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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
    The Honourable Leanne Donaldson

    Premier offers condolences

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
    The Honourable Leanne Donaldson

    Friday, August 12, 2016

    Premier offers condolences

    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has offered her condolences following the tragic passing of Mr Andrew Thwaites, Director of Fisheries Queensland.

    “Mr Thwaites made a significant contribution to the Queensland Government during his 23 years of service,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “A passionate marine environmental advocate and scientist, Andrew held many roles with the Queensland Government including within Queensland Fisheries Management Authority, Biosecurity Queensland and Fisheries Queensland.

    “My thoughts are with his family, friends and work colleagues, and especially his partner Kelly-Anne during this very difficult time.

    “Thanks to the many officers of the Queensland Police, Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol, Fisheries Queensland, and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service who assisted in the search,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Leanne Donaldson said: “I am shocked and saddened by this tragic news.

    “Andrew’s loss is felt very deeply in the department. On behalf of his colleagues, our hearts go out to his family and friends at this time.”