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Annastacia Palaszczuk walks with her niece
Annie and her two dogs
Lookout headland on North Stradbroke
) is a favourite short getaway for
Queensland’s new Premier
You have four nieces and nephews; where
do you like to take them on a day out?
I have three nieces and one nephew aged 2 to 6.
I regularly take two of my nieces to their ballet
classes at Sumner Park, but I most enjoy having
my family around at my place for a barbecue, a
swim and, of course, ice cream afterwards.
You like swimming. Pool or beach?
I have a couple of favourite spots like Cylinder
Beach on North Stradbroke Island and Main
Beach at Southport. Nothing beats the backyard
pool at home with family though.
What do you like to do for entertainment?
I love being Premier, but I’m also really excited
about being Arts Minister. Brisbane has a
thriving art and cultural scene, something
many other destinations are envious of. It’s a
great coup for QAGOMA to be hosting the
David Lynch exhibition [until 7 June]. Other
art galleries around the world would be falling
over themselves trying to host it, yet it’s right
here in Brisbane. I’ve seen it and it’s amazing.
The South Brisbane precinct has a lot to offer.
QAGOMA is world-class, our museum is great,
there’s always something happening at QPAC,
and so much more. I also love taking my
mother to the ballet and definitely recommend
The Triffid, at Newstead for live music.
What is your favourite journey in Brisbane?
Taking the CityCat from St Lucia to New Farm.
It’s such a peaceful journey and Brisbane is so
beautiful from the river.
What’s a favourite walk in or around
I really enjoy the walk from Seventeen Mile
Rocks Park to Jindalee Bridge whenever I get
the chance. The Riverwalk is also an enjoyable
stroll from the city to New Farm Park and
You like reading and writing for pleasure –
where do you like to read or write?
On my back deck at home.
Who is an author you are reading now?
I have always been a fan of history and I’ve
recently just read Matthew Condon’s second
book in the series,
Jacks and Jokers
fascinating reading. I’m currently reading
on a Mission
by [respected Aboriginal elder]
Uncle Albert Holt.
How has your life changed since becoming
Premier of Queensland?
Of course there’s additional responsibilities like
less time with family as well as many different
meetings and events that take up almost
every spare moment, but I’d like to think that
regardless of the office I’m in, I won’t change as
Whether you’re a backbencher or Premier,
getting out and about and listening to the views
and concerns of everyday Queenslanders is what
it’s all about and that’s what I’ll continue to
do. If you take the time to listen you won’t lose
touch with people.
What is a short break you enjoy outside
North Stradbroke Island in Moreton Bay. Give
me Straddie any day!
Images: Main picture opposite page, Russell
Shakespeare/Newspix. Above, Tourism and Events
“What I most enjoy
is having my family
around at my place
for a barbecue in the
backyard, a swim
and, of course, an ice