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‘Weird’: Premier’s ‘lunch box chat’ panned

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Queensland Premier Steven Miles is nicknamed ‘Giggles’ in some circles. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Glenn Campbell

Queensland Premier Steven Miles has marked 100 days at the helm by giving voters a behind-the-curtain look at how he makes a sandwich.

The Premier was sworn in on December 15 following Annastacia Palaszczuk’s resignation, giving the man nicknamed “Giggles” a little more than 10 months to stamp his authority before an election.

Two-party preferred polling in the Sunshine State is neck-and-neck between Labor and the LNP.

Marking his 100 days of premiership, Mr Miles set up a phone in his kitchen, hit record and made a chicken and salad sandwich while talking to constituents via social media.

Mr Miles said he travelled as much of the state as he could in the first 100 days and did a lot of work, with viewers directed to an achievements’ list in the comments section that included freezing vehicle registration fees, funding boosts for homelessness and criminalising coercive control.

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“We have a lot more planned for the next 100 days and right through to October and in October we will have a plan for our state going forward,” Mr Miles said.

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Steven Miles was named premier after Annastacia Palaszczuk resigned in December. Picture: NCA NewsWire / John Gass

He said the focus of the Miles government was the budget.

“Really want to make sure the budget delivers as much cost-of-living relief to households as we possibly can,” he said.

While tearing apart some chicken, Mr Miles said his decision last week to nix a new Olympic stadium was “really quite tough”.

“I did that because it was going to cost $3.4bn, and I reckon at the moment there’s more important things to spend Queenslanders’ money on than a big new stadium for the Olympics,” he said.

Squirting mayonnaise onto white bread, Mr Miles said he was getting to Wide Bay this week to talk with farmers about Coles and Woolworths ahead of a supermarket inquiry.

“So that’s our lunch box chat for this week,” Mr Miles signs off before his daughter pops half a tomato into tupperware.

Today host Karl Stefanovic got the figurative comment section rolling: “The whole thing’s a bit of a joke. It’s weird,” he said on TV on Monday morning.

“There’s controversy in regards to the sandwich. He’s got the tomato out there with the chicken, tomato and chicken,” Stefanovic weighed in.

Several commenters are backing the Premier, one saying: “I don’t doubt your potential as our state leader. Much respect Sir for everything you have done for Queensland.”

Some commenters questioned the Premier’s “everyman” media strategy, but most focused on the contentious Olympic stadium options and cost of living.

“Must be great to afford food, I just ate my son’s leftover egg on toast and that’s me done for the next 24 hours,” one woman commented.