Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen
Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen Sunshine Coast Daily Archives - 21 June 1976

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen's best kept secret uncovered

A SECRET of the state's political past has been revealed by the development of Brisbane's Queen's Wharf casino-resort precinct.

Demolition work at the Queensland Government Executive Building has exposed a hidden staircase that led from the office of former premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

The concrete stairs, which did not feature in any of the official building plans, gave Sir Joh direct access from his 14th-storey office to the Cabinet Room on the floor below.

The hidden staircase did not feature in any of the official building plans.
The hidden staircase did not feature in any of the official building plans.

Sub-contractors working on the building at 100 George St - once dubbed "Sir Joh's Citadel" - found the route had later been sealed with blockwork, concealing its existence.

Rumours of a secret staircase have long circulated and confirmation will only add to the intrigue surrounding one of the most controversial periods in the state's history.

Read more on the Courier Mail.

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