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Palaszczuk met other state leaders to ‘get to the bottom’ of land tax concerns

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He first flagged the change with fellow Board of Treasurers members in May last year, with the topic kicked along at two further meetings before it was announced in December.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Queensland LNP leader David Crisafulli pointed to the premier’s unilateral decision on land tax to suggest she should also make a captain’s call to extend a compensation deadline for mothers following a damning report into Mackay hospital.

Cabinet will meet on Wednesday to canvas further action on the report, as well as Robert Gotterson’s findings into Star’s Queensland casino operations.

The internal compensation scheme, questioned by some, closed for applications on Friday – the day a long-awaited external probe was revealed to have found “failings” at the regional health service.

“If a tax proposal can be cancelled without talking to the treasurer, the deadline for compensation for women can be extended by the premier of this state – and it should happen immediately,” Crisafulli said.

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Deputy opposition leader Jarrod Bleijie suggested the land tax reversal, and how it was managed by Palaszczuk and Dick, showed a government in “dysfunctional freefall”.

Also questioned by local media about her government’s response to youth crime concerns, Palaszczuk said the government was considering “expanding youth justice detention”, including a new site in Cairns.

Former police commissioner Bob Atkinson’s finalised review of the state government’s 2021 youth justice reforms – featuring a presumption against bail, in some cases – is yet to be made public.

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