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The gloves will come off when Queensland MPs return to Parliament on Tuesday ahead of an election year when Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington takes on two-term Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

It will be the first time the two women have faced off in the chamber since Ms Frecklington took aim at the Premier’s appearance in a heavily criticised interview over the summer.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (left) and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (left) and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington.Credit:AAP – Composite

Beyond the personal politics likely to surface during the week, as MPs return from a 67-day break from parliamentary duties over the Christmas period, mining safety will be front and centre.

Legislation to establish a new independent safety and health regulator for the state’s 70,000 resource sector workers is expected to pass this week.