One year on from promising hope and a better Queensland, the Palaszczuk government has an image problem - it's too concerned with it.
Risk averse to the point of inertia, any tough or controversial decision is delayed, swatted away or ignored in favour of emotional, community-friendly debates that on the surface win hearts, but don't take a lot of thought.
Premier 'needs to do something'
One year into government, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is urged to be "more positive" while others say she is doing a "very good" job. Nine News
That strategy, coming as it does, top down, leaves the government unable to deal with any more than one big issue – usually of its choosing – at a time, fossilises ministers and has resulted in a somewhat restless voting public who were promised change but have since discovered it's to be delivered in amber.
While the rest of the east coast is dealing with Uber, Queensland won't look at it until at least August, leaving two industries and customers in limbo.
It still can't give a clear answer on the Adani Carmichael mine. The public transport fare review it commissioned is languishing in the halls of bureaucracy as it seeks "clear air" to deal with its alcohol-fuelled violence laws.
The donations inquiry which was promised to secure Peter Wellington's support has been thrown on the back burner for a variety of reasons, none which actually stand up to prolonged scrutiny.
A decision on the Newman government's anti-association laws has been put off until March, after it was first put off until Christmas, while the government works out how to deal with something potentially unpalatable, now that the public appears to be in favour of at least parts of the legislation.
Draft recommendations from the Queensland Productivity Commission that would meet the government's commitment to lower electricity prices have been immediately shelved, after a moment's bad press that 100,000 seniors, not pensioners, could lose their subsidies.
The government has pointed to 33 pieces of legislation it has passed in the past year, but take away party vanity projects – union encouragement, returning Labour Day to May, unwinding Newman government policies, the mechanisations of government and those which were already in the pipeline – and not one of those pieces of legislation could be considered controversial or unexpected.
Its work in the domestic violence policy space and the speed with which it responded is to be commended, but was also completely without risk.
And a year on, with just one MP standing between power and a trip to the Governor's office, the Palaszczuk government is still to come up with a narrative outside of "we're not Newman".
And it shows in the polls.
Queensland voted for change and an end to my-way-or-the-highway style governing. But there's a lot of room between what the state had and what it's being given now. Holding back can be just as bad as rushing forward. And in the end, both styles come down to the same thing. Control.