Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Curtis Pitt, says the Premier is showing a stunning lack of leadership by flip-flopping on the Cape York welfare reform trial.

“Yesterday the Newman Government through Minister Glen Elmes was making it clear it would be walking away from the trial in its present form at the end of the year and would press for changes after the federal election,” Mr Pitt said.

“This morning the Premier was on radio in Brisbane bagging the trial by suggesting the state and federal money spent so far had been wasted,” Mr Pitt said.

“He was questioning the value of the trial that has been delivered in the communities of Mossman Gorge, Aurukun, Coen, and Hope Vale.

“But just hours later the Premier announces an extension to the trial and additional funds. What changed in the interim?

“If anyone wants a case study of shoddy policy-making and knee-jerk decision-making the Premier has provided a prime example.

“The Premier may have criticised the trial but he offered no specifics on an alternative approach.

“It is clear his shoot-from-the-hip style is not suited to dealing with the sensitivities and subtleties of dealing with programs such as this one.

“All his lack of leadership has done is to bring uncertainty to the four trial communities and others in Cape York,” Mr Pitt said.