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    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announces new 14-person ministry

    By Patrick Williams, Melinda Howells and staff
    Updated 49 minutes agoSun 15 Feb 2015, 9:04pm
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    Video: Qld Labor Party unveils new ministry (7pm TV News QLD)
    Photo: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was flanked by the Treasurer and the Deputy Premier as she entered the Caucus meeting. (ABC News)
    Related Story: Annastacia Palaszczuk sworn in as Queensland Premier

    Map: QLD
    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a "mix of experience and fresh faces" in her 14-person ministry following the party's first Caucus meeting.
    At a press conference on Sunday afternoon, Ms Palaszczuk announced her cabinet would feature eight women, including Indigenous MP Leeanne Enoch.
    All 44 Labor MPs met at Parliament House earlier today to discuss the composition of the party's newer, slimmer ministry.
    During the election campaign, Labor promised to cut the number of ministers from 19 to 14, and have just one assistant minister, compared to the Liberal National Party's (LNP) 12.
    They claimed the move would save $23 million over three years.
    Ashgrove MP Kate Jones, who dethroned former premier Campbell Newman at the election, was named Minister for Education; Tourism, Major Events and Small Business and Minister for the Commonwealth Games.
    New Cabinet

    • Annastacia Palaszczuk: Premier, Minister for the Arts
    • Jackie Trad: Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Minister for Trade
    • Curtis Pitt: Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    • Cameron Dick: Minister for Health, Minister for Ambulance Service
    • Kate Jones: Minister for Education, Minister for Tourism, Major Events and Small Business, Minister for Commonwealth Games
    • Anthony Lynham: Minister for State Development, Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    • Yvette D'Ath: Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Training and Skills
    • Jo-Ann Miller: Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Minister for Corrective Services
    • Bill Byrne: Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Minister for Sport and Racing
    • Mark Bailey: Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, Minister for Energy and Water Supply
    • Leeanne Enoch: Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Science and Innovation
    • Steven Miles: Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
    • Coralle O'Rourke: Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors, Minister assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    • Shannon Fentiman: Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety, Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    • Stirling Hinchliffe: Leader of the House, Assist Minister of State assisting the Premier
    Dr Anthony Lynham, who won a by-election in Stafford last year, was named Minister for State Development and Natural Resources and Mines.
    Redcliffe MP Yvette D'Ath, who also won a by-election last year, was made the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, as well as Minister for Training and Skills.
    Treasurer Curtis Pitt will also take on the role of Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.
    Deputy Premier Jackie Trad will also be Minister for Transport, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade.
    Stirling Hinchliffe was made Leader of the House.
    Ms Palaszczuk made no announcement as to who would be Speaker, stating she had yet to turn her mind to who would take the job.
    All new cabinet ministers will be sworn in on Monday at 11:00am.
    Earlier today, Ms Palaszczuk was greeted with a round of applause as she made her way into the Caucus meeting at Parliament House, flanked by her Deputy Premier and Treasurer.
    "Well done, everyone," Ms Palaszczuk said to her gathered MPs.
    "I think back three years ago there were seven us of us ... look now.
    "We have climbed Mount Everest ... but having climbed Mount Everest there is now an enormous amount of responsibility that needs to be placed on each and every caucus member sitting here today.
    "That's the responsibility of standing up for your constituents each and every day, not to be silent, but to represent them and fight for them every step of the way."
    Ms Palaszczuk said her first act as Premier was to put "a clear stop to any work to do with asset sales".
    Who is Annastacia Palaszczuk?


    Annastacia Palaszczuk has been dubbed the "accidental Premier", but those closest to her say there was nothing accidental about the way she brought down Campbell Newman.
    Prior to today's meeting, Woodridge MP Cameron Dick said "hard work" would define the new Queensland Government.
    "Hard work to make sure we stay connected to the people of Queensland, hard work to deliver on our promises and hard work to change Queensland for the better," Mr Dick said.
    "Today with the first meeting of the state Labor Caucus we see the end once and for all of the Newman government ... I and I know so many Queenslanders are so glad to see the back of a bad government.
    "But the work now falls to us, the hard work starts today and I'm just so delighted to be here."
    Ms Palaszczuk was sworn in as Premier on Saturday, along with Jackie Trad as Deputy Premier and Curtis Pitt as Treasurer.
    Labor formed a minority government with the support of Sunshine Coast independent MP Peter Wellington.

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