Qld govt looks to take focus off Trad talk

The Queensland government is keen to avoid talking about Deputy Premier Jackie Trad.
The Queensland government is keen to avoid talking about Deputy Premier Jackie Trad.

The Queensland government is desperate to focus on anything but itself as state parliament resumes for the second sitting week of the year.

Or at least, anything but its second-in-command Jackie Trad, with talk over her position as deputy premier reaching fever pitch.

The integrity saga involving Ms Trad which then engulfed the government has since dragged on, with MPs now reportedly sniping at her.

Problems with the deputy premier started in March 2019 when her husband bought a investment property just before its value could have skyrocketed due to its proximity to Brisbane's new Cross River Rail project.

The pair sold the property after the Crime and Corruption Commission was asked to investigate the matter.

Labor MPs either backed Ms Trad or remained silent as they filed into Monday's party meeting, and were tight-lipped once it was over.

It comes after premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters her deputy would not be sacked.

Three new bills will be introduced to parliament this week, and a new mine safety regulator is expected to be voted through.

Meanwhile, debate on proposed limits to political donations and election spending has been postponed as the government considers making amendments.

Australian Associated Press