Fresh new faces in Queensland transport ministries


The Queensland transport industry has been lumped with two relatively inexperienced ministers in Queensland Premier Anna Bligh’s revamped ministry

The Queensland transport industry has been lumped with two relatively inexperienced ministers in Queensland Premier Anna Bligh’s revamped ministry.

Bligh’s "hand-picked" ministry, which includes eight new faces, hands responsibility for Main Roads to Craig Wallace and oversight of Transport to Rachel Nolan. These portfolios were previously headed by experienced hands Warren Pitt and John Mickel respectively.

Wallace was previously Minister for Natural Resources and Water; while Nolan held the post of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communities, Disability Services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Multicultural Affairs, Seniors and Youth.

Other key appointments include:

  • Andrew Fraser - Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Economic Development
  • Stephen Robertson - Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade
  • Geoff Wilson - Minister for Education and Training
  • Desley Boyle - Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Partnerships
  • Sterling Hinchliffe - Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
  • Cameron Dick - Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
  • Kate Jones - Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Peter Lawlor - Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading

Bligh says the new Cabinet reflects her commitment to renewal across government.

"It's a mix of experience and new blood and reflects a government that is hungry for change and hungry to get on with the job and deliver for Queensland," she says.

"The returning Ministers are the most experienced in government and the new faces are among the most talented people from the back bench.

"Today I have finalised matching both these new and experienced Ministers with appropriate portfolios and have also delivered a clear message - now is the time to jump straight in and get on with the job.

"Queenslanders have given us a clear mandate to do just that and to improve our performance as a government and I have been extremely clear in delivering that message to my Ministry."

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