Malcolm Turnbul pleaded with Annastacia Palaszczuk not to consider appointing Ian Macfarlane as Resources Investment Commissioner.
Malcolm Turnbul pleaded with Annastacia Palaszczuk not to consider appointing Ian Macfarlane as Resources Investment Commissioner. Shakira Sellen

Why Turnbull made a pleading call to Palaszczuk

MALCOLM Turnbul rang Annastacia Palaszczuk and pleaded with her to reconsider appointing Queensland MP Ian Macfarlane to the newly created role of Resources Investment Commissioner, it's being reported.

NewsCorp is reporting Mr Turnbull urged Ms Palaszczuk to delay the appointment during a phone call last week, amidst speculation he was trying to delay what many believe would be a damaging by-election for the Government.

It's also being said Mr Turnbull may have been trying to do Mr Macfarlane a favour as he can't legally take on a new job while he's still a serving MP. 

Mr MacFarlane has poured water on rumours he will leave before the election, citing the cost of a by-election in his seat of Groom on the Darling Downs as a key deterrent.

"My next step will be taken after this Parliament is dissolved and I look forward to future opportunities to apply my experience to new challenges," he said.

Mr Macfarlane appeared to reject the role in a statement yesterday.

"I thank the Queensland Government for its offer; however my first responsibility is to continue to represent the people of Groom, and to continue to support the Turnbull Government in delivering good government for the people of Australia."

But he wants to use his experience in the resources industry.

"As the longest serving Resources Minister in Australia, I am very keen to continue to build on my expertise outside Parliament, especially in a manner that will allow me to use my experience and my extensive contacts in the bipartisan manner that has always characterised my time in politics," Mr Macfarlane said.


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