Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she still loves her job and intends to lead Labor to another election following the release of a damning integrity review.
Professor Peter Coaldrake’s landmark report into the public service, released on Tuesday, outlined a tolerance of bullying and a reluctance to deviate from the perceived official government line.
Ms Palaszcuk initially stopped short of issuing an apology to affected staff when questioned about the report but addressed them directly on Friday.
“To any public servant who has been bullied, I do apologise for that,” she said.
The premier also sought to underline the seriousness of the findings after describing the Coaldrake report as a health check.
“I probably wasn’t as clear yesterday as I should have been … the report is serious, of course we take it seriously, that is why I have accepted every single one of those recommendations,” she said.
And there is no uncertainty about whether Ms Palaszczuk intends seek another term when Queensland returns to the polls in 2024.
“I intend to take this team to the next election … and the people of Queensland will decide whether or not they want a government that’s focused on them … or whether they want an opposition that is yet to provide any alternative polices,’ she said.
“I love this job, I love the people of this state and the people of this state give me energy every single day.”
The comments follow Liberal National opposition leader David Crisafulli taking aim at the premier for not taking a harder line against behaviour outlined in the report.
“(A leader) would accept responsibility for it, they’d apologise and they would hold the people who they employ directly accountable,” he said on Thursday.