The re-elected Queensland Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced her full Ministry on Monday, 11 December 2017, after announcing key economic portfolios a day earlier (see here). Cabinet will be sworn in on Tuesday 12 December.
You can download short biographies of Cabinet members here http://bit.ly/2jsOJMk.
Cabinet has been expanded to 18, and there are three new Ministers, to replace the retiring Bill Byrne and Curtis Pitt who is to become Speaker: the new faces are Di Farmer, Member for Bulimba, Craig Crawford, Member for Barron River, while Stirling Hinchliffe, Member for Sandgate, returns to Cabinet.
Of the Cabinet of 18, 9 are women. 9 are from the Left Faction, 6 are from the Labor Forum (often called “Right” or “AWU”) faction, and 3 are from the Labor Unity (“Old Guard”) faction.
- Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier, Minister for Trade*;
- Jackie Trad, Deputy Premier, Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
- Cameron Dick, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, Minister for Manufacturing
- Kate Jones, Minister for Innovation, Minister for Tourism Industry Development, Minister for the Commonwealth Games
- Yvette D’Ath, Attorney General and Minister for Justice
- Steven Miles, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
- Grace Grace, Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
- Mark Bailey, Minister for Transport and Main Roads
- Anthony Lynham, Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
- Mick de Brenni, Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology, Minister for Sport
- Shannon Fentiman, Minister for Employment and Small Buiness, Minister for Training and Skills Development
- Leeanne Enoch, Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science, Minister for the Arts
- Mark Ryan, Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services
- Coralee O’Rourke, Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and Seniors
- Mark Furner, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
- Stirling Hinchliffe, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing, Minister for Multicultural Affairs
- Di Farmer, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
- Craig Crawford, Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
The Premier also announced he appointment of five Assistant Ministers, each with both a policy portfolio and a regional focus:
- Jennifer Howard, Assistant Minister for Veterans Affairs and Assistant Minister of State (Ipswich)
- Glenn Butcher, Assistant Minister for Treasury (Gladstone)
- Julieanne Gilbert, Assistant Minister for State Development (Mackay)
- Brittany Lauga, Assistant Minister for Education (Keppel)
- Meaghan Scanlon, Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development (Gold Coast)
* Corrected from original post
Re-elected Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has on Sunday 10 December 2017 announced part of her new Cabinet ahead of confirmation of the full team.
She has established a four-member economic team of senior Ministers.
The Premier will add Trade to her own responsibilities and she will chair the Cabinet Budget Review Committee, with senior Ministers to hold key economic roles.
- Deputy Premier Jackie Trad will be appointed Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
- Cameron Dick will be appointed Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for Manufacturing, with responsibility for Economic Development Queensland and Queensland Reconstruction Authority.
- Kate Jones will be appointed Minister for Innovation, Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games. Minister Jones will also have responsibility for International Education.
In her surprise media release she made extensive mention of Labor’s job-creation credentials and plans, including infrastructure.
The Premier has also announced she has expanded Cabinet to 18, and invited to join it:
- Member for Sandgate Stirling Hinchliffe
- Member for Barron River Craig Crawford and
- Member for Bulimba Di Farmer.
The Premier’s allocation of all portfolios will be publicly announced ahead of the swearing-in ceremony at Government House on Tuesday 12 December 2017, and Labor’s new Caucus of 48 will meet in Brisbane on Monday 11 December.
You can access the full release here: http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2017/12/10/premier-announces-cabinet-economic-team-to-drive-job-growth-across-qld
- Queensland budget announcements commence:
- $170m to reduce prison overcrowding www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/queensland-prison-system-to-get-170m-budget-injection-to-fix-overcrowding/news-story/6404dfb0d1fcf8159d11808a16129657
- $21m for country racing http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2016/6/5/state-budget-to-deliver-extra-21-million-to-support-qld-country-racing
- Successive Labor Governments ignored warnings about underground coal gasification www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/premiers-ignored-warnings-in-pushing-toxic-coalgas-technology/news-story/68ab95fd8a2a6e3998d6a4da6cf0b04f
- Government moves on teacher skills shortage www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-teacher-shortage-government-launches-professional-development-program-to-boost-skills/news-story/92c2b775d25424f447151c527d521e59
- Queensland targets 120MW of solar power www.pv-tech.org/news/queensland-commits-long-term-funding-for-120mw-of-solar
- Rail link tender to be audited after safety delays http://au.news.yahoo.com/qld/a/31761005/qld-rail-link-audit-to-probe-tender/
- Huge cost possible to meet Great Barrier Reef targets www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-02/great-barrier-reef-pollution-fight-could-cost-billions/7469740
Government financial plans slammed as smoke & mirrors www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/government-resorts–to-smoke-and-mirrors/news-story/c237f9b0a85a37086cc4167f789dcf98
- … while Queensland Treasurer Pitt responds to criticism www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/queensland-treasures-for-sale-over-my-dead-body/news-story/479a70be000395271d3a9975dd3f2eb2
- Government considering ban on political donations from developers http://au.news.yahoo.com/qld/a/31737792/qld-govt-to-consider-developer-donor-ban/ and www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/political-donation-reform-is-possible/3036611/
- See below re container deposits
The Opposition and Crossbench
- Container deposit scheme might have bipartisan approach http://au.news.yahoo.com/qld/a/31767461/lnp-wants-container-deposit-scheme/
- Opposition queries completion of Rick Williams MP investigation www.qt.com.au/news/make-police-investigation-labor-mp-public-oppositi/3036183/
- … but runs into a rocky media conference www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/when-political-press-conferences-go-bad-ian-walkers-train-wreck-20160531-gp8juh.html
- Queensland’s importance in Federal election reiterated www.skynews.com.au/news/politics/federal/2016/06/04/qld-will-decide-election–lazarus.html
- Rumours Minister Cameron Dick wants to be Treasurer www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/queensland-news-politics-courts–corridors-of-power/news-story/d22f46aa768a233134daa14d92b4add4
- Queensland Government delays alleged to be stalling Bruce Highway upgrade www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/state-government-costing-delays-stall-hopes-for-an-election-gift-to-boost-the-bruce-between-brisbane-and-sunshine-coast/news-story/0a21f2942dfcd3694912e6b6d3bdd8dd
- Stadium’s importance in Townsville www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/editorial-election-may-hang-on-townsville-stadium/news-story/6956a9e203cd416f6f0791221e747745
- Independent review of schooling of children with disabilities www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-government/queensland-government-announces-review-into-schooling-for-children-with-disabilities/news-story/e14279b55a7d1ac2db2dda3a06a789bc
- AgForce steps up opposition to Queensland’s proposed tree-clearing laws www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-02/crunch-time-for-tree-clearing-south-east-qld/7470024
- Massive student housing project at UQ www.afr.com/real-estate/251-million-student-property-development-for-university-of-queensland-20160531-gp81qk
- Government rules out crocodile cull www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-31/crocodile-cull-ruled-out-by-qld-government-daintree-attack/7463722
- Gabba cricket test boost to the economy www.news.com.au/sport/cricket/gabba-cricket-test-locked-in-for-at-least-the-next-three-years/news-story/75e8d1a98f1cc3c026787cfc8b79b688
- Sustainable sugar cane farming praised http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2016/6/1/sugar-leader-sets-the-bar-for-environmental-practice
Economy and Infrastructure
- Adani may abandon Carmichael mine www.livemint.com/Companies/yi55tjAIUNHho6AlYr9J7O/Adani-may-abandon-Australian-coal-mine-project-citing-delays.html
- Direct Vancouver/Brisbane flights commence www.travelweekly.com.au/article/air-canada-direct-bris-vancouver-flights-take-off/
- … and more tourists from Asia this year http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2016/6/5/tourism-flying-high-with-half-a-million-new-seats-to-queensland
- Big increase in Chinese tourist numbers www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/china-overtakes-new-zealand-as-queensland-top-international-tourism-market/news-story/dc85405c99934cfc8afdab9c2dd4b506
- Sunshine Coast resort blockage www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/10-million-sunshine-coast-resort-left-in-limbo-after-state-government-disputes-rock-wall-design/news-story/e7807149c01d64ef03855c1fb5722303
- Will $1bn in cheap loans kick-start Queensland’s tourist sector? www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/federal-election/federal-election-2016-labor-plan-to-deliver-1-billion-in-cheap-loans-to-kickstart-queensland-tourism/news-story/a9c14a7ee2f1096996a2c7eb5719cd5c
- Queensland’s Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap launched at BIO International Conference in San Francisco http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2016/6/5/govt-backs-in-qld-as-asiapacific-biofutures-hub
- Major new development commenced on city fringe www.theurbandeveloper.com/170m-900-ann-street-tower-breaks-ground/
- Building approvals a positive economic indicator http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2016/5/31/queensland-records-highest-building-approvals-growth-in-australia-for-april
- Queensland’s Parliament next sits for the State Budget, from Tuesday 14 June to Friday 17 June; the budget will be presented on 14 June
- The Queensland Parliament’s summary of what’s new, including newly-introduced and passed legislation, is here www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/whats-new
- The Federal Parliament has been prorogued until after the Federal Election on 2 July – see www.aph.gov.au
- Energy pricing a growing issue www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/calls-for-power-bills-to-be-slashed-by-40/3038090/
- Hell’s Angels pushing into Gold Coast drugs? www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/hells-angels-pushing-into-gold-coast-drugs-market/news-story/efbe09439ffe389f6226f09a5ce940ec
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