A number of Queensland ministers are still on holidays (like Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey; the Sunday Mail splashed with her Maldives break after talking up local tourism). Perhaps that's why Bob Katter and Clive Palmer are casting such a long shadow over George Street.

This week, we've seen revelations Palmer's potential new party and Katter's Australia Party failed to come to terms around the issue of state-owned enterprises. Professor Palmer's previous remarks that he couldn't identify with some of KAP's "redneck" policies didn't help matters.