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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Queensland’s new Cabinet focusses on jobs

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Sunday, February 15, 2015

    Queensland’s new Cabinet focusses on jobs

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says her new Cabinet will be focussed on job creation, listening to Queenslanders and acting on their concerns, while restoring integrity and accountability to government in Queensland.

    “The new Cabinet is an exciting mix of experience and fresh talent,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “My Government is committed to delivering on the election commitments we made to Queenslanders, and my Cabinet is the team that will fulfil that task.

    “First and foremost, today I have directed the Government to cease any and all work being undertaken on the former Government’s asset sales program.

    “Today I have delivered on another commitment to reduce the number of Ministers from 19 under my predecessor to 14, saving taxpayers $27 million in this term.

    “Including myself, my Cabinet will include four Ministers with previous Cabinet experience, ensuring a smooth transition for the new Government.

    “Ministers such as Curtis Pitt, Cameron Dick and Kate Jones bring with them a wealth of previous Cabinet and Parliamentary experience, while the new faces bring their own special skills and experience.

    “Coralee O’Rourke, the Member for Mundingburra, will also be in the Cabinet as Minister for Disabilities and Minister for Seniors, along with specific responsibilities for Northern Queensland, exceeding my original commitment to have an Assistant Minister for Northern Queensland.

    “The Assistant Minister’s position will now be filled by Stirling Hinchliffe who will directly assist me on integrity and accountability issues while also serving as Leader of the House in State Parliament.

    “I’m excited by the level of talent and fresh ideas my Ministers will bring to Cabinet. I have no doubt they will hit the ground running when it comes to delivering for Queenslanders.”

    Ms Palaszczuk said she had also moved to appoint Dave Stewart to the position of Director-General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

    “Dave is a highly experienced public servant who has served as a Director-General in Queensland and for the New South Wales Government.

    “I’d like to place on record my appreciation to Jon Grayson for the work he has done as Director-General over the past three years and for his commitment to ensuring a smooth and professional transition.

    “Until Mr Stewart takes up the position of Director-General it will be filled on an interim basis by long-serving public servant Kevin Yearbury.”

    Palaszczuk Cabinet:

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    Annastacia Palaszczuk MP
    Member for Inala

    Deputy Premier
    Minister for Transport
    Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
    Minister for Trade
    Jackie Trad MP
    Member for South Brisbane

    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations
    Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    Curtis Pitt MP
    Member for Mulgrave

    Minister for Health
    Minister for Ambulance Services
    Cameron Dick MP
    Member for Woodridge

    Minister for Education
    Minister for Tourism, Major Events and Small Business
    Minister for the Commonwealth Games
    Kate Jones MP
    Member for Ashgrove

    Minister for State Development
    Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    Dr Anthony Lynham MP
    Member for Stafford

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    Minister for Training and Skills
    Yvette D’Ath MP
    Member for Redcliffe

    Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services
    Minister for Corrective Services
    Jo-Ann Miller MP
    Member for Bundamba 

    Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
    Minister for Sport and Racing
    Bill Byrne MP
    Member for Rockhampton

    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports
    Minister for Energy and Water Supply
    Mark Bailey MP
    Member for Yeerongpilly

    Minister for Housing and Public Works
    Minister for Science and Innovation
    Leeanne Enoch MP
    Member for Algester

    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection
    Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
    Steven Miles MP
    Member for Mount Coot-tha

    Minister for Disability Services
    Minister for Seniors
    Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    Coralee O’Rourke MP
    Member for Mundingburra

    Minister for Communities, Women and Youth
    Minister for Child Safety
    Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    Shannon Fentiman MP
    Member for Waterford

    Leader of the House
    Assistant Minister of State Assisting the Premier
    Stirling Hinchliffe MP
    Member for Sandgate