... decision in appointing Peter Slipper Speaker
PREMIER Anna Bligh says it is yet to be seen if the Federal Government made the right decision to elevate Peter Slipper to the Speaker of Parliament.
The Labor minority government effectively gained two extra votes in the Lower House on Thursday when former Speaker Harry Jenkins stood down to return to the back bench and was replaced by Mr Slipper.
Mr Slipper, who is the member for the Queensland seat of Fisher, quit the Liberal National Party to sit as an Independent and has previously faced allegations over his use of parliamentary ...
Labor factional boss Bill Ludwig yesterday declared Anna Bligh has his "100 per cent support".
His assertion came after a rival union leader labelled the ALP's prospects in Queensland "terminal" and called for a leadership change.
The Queensland Premier has been under immense scrutiny following Labor's poor result in the federal election -- where the ALP lost seven seats to the Liberal National Party -- and amid dire state polls showing a collapse in support.
The latest Newspoll, released this month, showed a plunge in Labor's primary vote to 29 per cent from its election-winning ...
...for central Queensland
Premier Anna Bligh has given her tacit approval to a proposed merger between CQUniversity and the Central Queensland Institute of TAFE, which would result in the state's first one-stop higher education shop.
Ms Bligh described the intended amalgamation as "one of the most exciting developments in post-school education that we have seen in Queensland for many years''.
"If this facility is able to come together, what it offers people from all around Central Queensland is an opportunity to upgrade their skills without having to go from institution to ...