Annastacia Palaszczuk takes a savage swipe at Scott Morrison as she calls for a ‘national women’s summit’ and ‘action to address harassment’ in latest political stunt from the Queensland government
- Annastacia Palaszczuk wrote a letter to Scott Morrison and posted to Twitter
- She wants National Women’s Summit to address ‘ongoing inequality’ for women
- Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese re-tweeted it in a dig at Mr Morrison
Annastacia Palaszczuk has written a letter to Scott Morrison calling for National Cabinet to host a gender equality summit every year and demanding more action from the prime minister to improve life for women in Australia.
The Queensland Premier said she wants a National Women’s Summit to address ‘ongoing economic and social inequality facing Australian women’.
She also demanded ‘action to address the gender pay gap, the gender superannuation gap, affordable childcare and sexual harassment’.
Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) has written a letter to Scott Morrison calling for National Cabinet to host a gender equality summit every year
Ms Palaszczuk – who addressed the prime minister as ‘Scott’ – posted her letter on Twitter
‘Right now I believe our nation is at a point in time when real and enduring action must be taken to address the economic equality endured by Australian women for far too long,’ the state Labor leader wrote.
A Labor source told Daily Mail Australia the letter was a swipe at Mr Morrison because it implied the government was not doing enough to address equality and safety after former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins alleged she was raped in parliament.
The source said the letter also implies that state governments will need to be involved in finding and implementing national policies to benefit women.
Ms Palaszczuk posted her letter on Twitter where federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese re-tweeted it with the caption ‘leadership’ in a dig at Mr Morrison.
Even though it’s routine for politicians to address each other on first-name terms, twitter users believed Ms Palaszczuk added extra sass to her letter by calling him ‘Scott’.
‘Crossing out pm and writing ”Scott” what a queen,’ wrote one.
The Coalition has taken a hammering in the polls after Ms Higgins came forward with her rape allegation, former attorney-general Christian Porter was accused of an historical rape which he denies and backbench MP Andrew Lamming was accused of trolling women on Facebook and taking a photo of a woman bending over.
In response, Mr Morrison brought together senior colleagues on Tuesday at the first meeting of the new cabinet women’s task force to address gender equality.
Ms Palaszczuk’s letter comes after her deputy Steven Miles launched a series of attacks on the federal government in a brawl that has been ongoing for months.
He has accused Mr Morrison of using the vaccine rollout to distract from his handling of women’s safety issues and also slammed Defence Minister Peter Dutton for criticising Premier Palaszczuk over Brisbane’s three-day lockdown last week.
Mr Morrison brought together senior colleagues on Tuesday at the first meeting of the new cabinet women’s task force to address gender equality
‘Go eat some chocolate and read a book Peter Dutton,’ Mr Miles tweeted.
‘We might not have needed the lockdown if you’d delivered the four million doses you promised by March 31.
‘Maybe the new defence minister could help get our aged care workforce vaccinated?’
Last year Mr Miles ripped up a tax invoice from the New South Wales government and called Scott Morrison a ‘school bully’ for telling the state to pay for its quarantine hotel costs.
The deputy premier filmed himself destroying the $30million bill charging for the 7112 travellers with Queensland addresses who were held in New South Wales quarantine from March 29 to September 30 last year.
Queensland has said it won’t pay up until Prime Minister Scott Morrison allows a proposed national quarantine hub near Toowoomba in the state’s south-east.