Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk avoids grilling over emails

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will not face an Ethics Committee grilling over her controversial private emails.

Speaker Curtis Pitt knocked back the opposition’s bid to refer the premier to the committee over allegations she misled parliament about the emails on February 28, 2017.

Palaszczuk told the House on that day she had not used her private email account for official purposes.

In one of her emails publicly released, current Transport Minister Mark Bailey asked her about Paul Simshauser’s political leanings before his appointment as director-general of energy and water in 2015.

The Crime and Corruption Commission, and the former State Archivist Mike Summerell, have said her private emails should be retained as official…

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