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Queensland election: Palaszczuk announces cabinet, promises hard work

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will take on the trade portfolio. Photo: ABC
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Queensland’s new Labor government and opposition is starting to take shape after the marathon wait for an election result.

The entire 18-member ministry will be sworn in on Tuesday, with the government drip-feeding the announcements of its new-look ministry.

Ms Palaszczuk addressed the Labor caucus on Monday at Parliament House, receiving a minute-long standing ovation from her party colleagues.

As I look around the room here today, isn’t it lovely to have majority Labor government.”

Key announcements on Monday included the elevation of Steven Miles from Environment to the Health ministry, while Grace Grace adds Education to her Industrial Relations responsibilities.

Mark Bailey continues as Main Roads minister, adding Transport to his portfolio while dropping the Energy brief, which has been picked up by Anthony Lynham, who also remains Natural Resources and Mines minister.

LNP looks to the future

On Tuesday the Liberal National Party will also pick itself up from defeat, with Deb Frecklington tipped by insiders to win the opposition leadership ahead of John-Paul Langbroek and outsider Mark Robinson.

Several MPs who spoke to AAP said they expected the leadership vote to be tight, but Ms Frecklington had secured the upper hand by enlisting potential rival Tim Mander to run as her deputy.

Deb Frecklington (centre right) with outgoing opposition leader Tim Nicholls. Photo: AAP

Mr Mander’s decision to give his support to Ms Frecklington surprised many and some in the party have warned the move could undermine his chances of claiming the leadership in the future.

Nanango-based Ms Frecklington is seen by some as the antidote to the party’s problems in rural and regional Queensland, where the party bled support to One Nation, while still being able to engage with voters in the southeast.

Population reflected in cabinet gender carve up

The new cabinet includes nine men and nine women, a ratio Ms Palaszczuk said reflects the reality of Queensland’s population.

Changes have been made to reward ministers for their work during Labor’s first term of government.

The premier said Labor had won seats from Gaven on the Gold Coast to Cook in Far North Queensland, where Cynthia Liu has become the first Torres Strait Islander woman elected to parliament.

The premier said Labor MPs needed to work hard to deliver on the party’s promises.

“We promised the people of this state we would provide decent, good, hardworking government, and I need everyone to focus on that over the next three years,” the premier urged her MPs.

The premier had already revealed her “four key economic ministers” who have been tasked with driving Queensland’s economy into the future.

Ms Palaszczuk is herself taking on the trade portfolio and chairing the cabinet budget review committee.

Queensland’s new treasurer, Jackie Trad.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad was appointed treasurer, with Cameron Dick moving from health to state development, infrastructure and planning, and Kate Jones adding innovation to her tourism and Commonwealth Games responsibilities.

Former treasurer Curtis Pitt has been sidelined from cabinet and will instead sit in the speaker’s chair.

Yvette D’Ath will be the new Leader of the House while remaining in her role as attorney-general.

LNP looks to the future

On Tuesday the Liberal National Party will also pick itself up from defeat, with Deb Frecklington tipped by insiders to win the opposition leadership ahead of John-Paul Langbroek and outsider Mark Robinson.

Several MPs who spoke to AAP said they expected the leadership vote to be tight, but Ms Frecklington had secured the upper hand by enlisting potential rival Tim Mander to run as her deputy.

Mr Mander’s decision to give his support to Ms Frecklington surprised many and some in the party have warned the move could undermine his chances of claiming the leadership in the future.

Nanango-based Ms Frecklington is seen by some as the antidote to the party’s problems in rural and regional Queensland, where the party bled support to One Nation, while still being able to engage with voters in the southeast.

 

-ABC, AAP