Former Minister Keith de Lacy claimed on Tuesday that the ALP was not ready for government. This claim has been countered by the ALP.
‘A spokesman for Labor said the party had a plan prepared ahead of the January 31 poll and had turned to another Goss and Beattie government minister – Terry Mackenroth – among others, for assistance.
“Labor’s plan was developed by those with extensive experience in administration at the state government level,” the spokesman said, in a dig at Jeff Seeney’s comments on Monday, where he said the LNP “underestimated” the challenge of bringing both Campbell Newman and his City Hall staff “into a situation where they weren’t familiar with the accepted norms”. The plan includes administrative arrangements giving effect to Annastacia Palaszczuk’s commitment to reduce cabinet from 19 to 14 and reduce assistant ministers from 12 to one assistant minister to the Premier, for northern Queensland. The plan was finalised in the weeks leading up to polling day. Its existence was known to only a handful of people.” (Amy Remeikis, Brisbane Times, ‘Labor’s ‘secret’ plan to govern’).