Everyone knows the Queensland treasurer damaged her own government, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk admits.
Ms Palaszczuk says an integrity saga involving Treasurer Jackie Trad has cost her administration, eight months from the next state election.
“I think everyone knows that there has been damage to our government,” she said on Friday.
“There is no denying that. I’m the first person to admit it, and I’m quite sure Jackie admits it as well.”
Ms Trad failed to properly declare a $695,500 Woolloongabba home she bought in March last year, near the route of the Cross River Rail project she was overseeing at the time.
It plunged her and the state government into crisis.
But Ms Palaszczuk insists Ms Trad will not be sacked despite the reported ruckus among backbenchers over her position.
“Jackie contributes to the cabinet and Jackie is working on, the deputy premier, is working on the budget as we speak.” she said.
The premier issued a stern directive to her ministers: “Step up or step out”.
Queensland’s anti-corruption body looked into the matter but found no evidence to support a reasonable suspicion of corrupt conduct.
However, it did push for changes to the way conflicts of interest are dealt with, including criminal penalties if MPs fail to declare such conflicts and don’t update their register of interests.
Proposed laws are now before parliament.