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    Premier & Trade
    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    Double Duties For MPs As Beattie Team Stays Fresh

    Premier & Trade
    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    Thursday, May 26, 2005

    Double Duties For MPs As Beattie Team Stays Fresh

    Two Parliamentary Secretaries will double their workloads and sharpen their skills as Premier Peter Beattie maintains dynamism in his leadership team. Lindy Nelson-Carr and Neil Roberts have today taken on expanded roles as Parliamentary Secretaries by taking on new portfolios, Mr Beattie told Parliament.

    "Parliamentary Secretaries assist Ministers and gain insight into how portfolios run, so by expanding the work of two Parliamentary Secretaries we are looking to the future," Mr Beattie said.

    "From today, Ms Nelson-Carr is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Main Roads (Paul Lucas).

    "This is additional to her continuing role as my Parliamentary Secretary for North Queensland.

    "Mr Roberts is from today the Parliamentary Secretary to the Acting Minister for Communities, Disability Services and Seniors (Henry Palaszczuk).

    "Mr Roberts will continue to be Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier and Treasurer (Terry Mackenroth)."

    Her Excellency the Governor appointed Ms Nelson-Carr and Mr Roberts to their new roles today.

    "Ms Nelson-Carr, the Member for Mundingburra, and Mr Roberts, the Member for Nudgee, are in the next generation of Queensland Government leaders, and this is an opportunity for them to sharpen their skills and experience and ultimately provide better service to the people of Queensland," Mr Beattie said.

    "Also, having them in these busy portfolios will give Queenslanders more opportunities to deal directly with leaders who can make a difference.

    "Paul Lucas tells me he looks forward to maximising Ms Nelson-Carr's continuing role as Parliamentary Secretary for North Queensland, and her wealth of regional expertise.

    "Queensland is Australia's most decentralised mainland state, with roads expenditure about 2 1/2 times that of Victoria.

    "Having a North Queenslander behind the wheel as Parliamentary Secretary will help maintain a continuing strong voice for regional Queensland in transport and main roads.

    "Henry Palaszczuk welcomes the new role for Mr Roberts, whose important contributions will include meeting and consulting regularly with key people in the communities and disability service sectors.

    "He will help keep the Minister thoroughly informed about matters of community interest and concern.

    "Mr Roberts has a long-standing and genuine interest in community affairs.

    "He has relevant experience, as he was Parliamentary Secretary to the previous Minister for Families, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy, Disability Services and Seniors (Judy Spence)," Mr Beattie said.

    26 May 2005 Media contact: 3224 4500