Newman names 19-member cabinet

Six days after leading the Liberal National Party to a landslide victory Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has revealed his 19-member Cabinet.

Mr Newman appointed former LNP leader Lawrence Springborg as Health Minister, with ex-Australian Medical Association head Chris Davis as assistant health minister.

Long-term front-bencher Fiona Simpson is to be Queensland’s first woman Speaker.

A Liberal Party leader before the parties amalgamated, Dr Bruce Flegg, was appointed Housing and Public Works Minister. David Gibson became Police Minister, while another former leader, John-Paul Langbroek, was given the education portfolio.

Mr Newman said Mr Springborg was well-placed to take on the challenging health portfolio.

“Health consumes 25 percent of the budget. It needs a minister who will be able to take it forward,” Mr Newman said.

The Premier said he didn’t believe he had passed Mr Springborg a poisoned chalice.

“Frankly the state of Queensland’s finances, the state of these departments and their performance delivery means that all these jobs are difficult jobs. That’s the sad situation we face,” he said.

Mr Newman said departmental restructuring would help rebuild government accountability.

He said the new cabinet would provide strong representation for Queensland.

“It’s a diverse lineup. There is strong representation for the regions of Queensland as I promised and this team is going to work very, very hard for Queenslanders,” Mr Newman said.

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said she didn’t believe Mr Newman’s government was representative, particularly of women.

“Labor used to have six ministers, female. Now it’s been reduced to three,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

The Opposition Leader said while Labor welcomed the appointment of Queensland’s first female Speaker, Ms Simpson should have been appointed to a senior cabinet position.

The ministers will be sworn in on Tuesday by the Governor, Penelope Wensley.

The Cabinet:
Campbell Newman, Premier;
Jeff Seeney, Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning;
Tim Nicholls, Treasurer and Minister for Trade;
Lawrence Springborg, Minister for Health;
John-Paul Langbroek, Minister for Education, Training and Employment;
David Gibson, Minister for Police and Community Safety;
Jarrod Bleijie, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice;
Scott Emerson, Minister for Transport and Main Roads;
Bruce Flegg, Minister for Housing and Public Works;
John McVeigh, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry;
Andrew Powell, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection;
Andrew Cripps, Minister for Natural Resources and Mines;
Mark McArdle, Minister for Energy and Water Supply;
David Crisafulli, Minister for Local Government;
Tracy Davis, Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services;
Ros Bates, Minister for Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts;
Steve Dickson, Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing;
Jann Stuckey, Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and Commonwealth Games;
Jack Dempsey, Minister for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander & Multicultural Affairs and assisting the Premier.
Assistant ministers (previously known as parliamentary secretaries):
Lisa France, Assistant Minister for Natural Resources and Mines;
Tim Mander, Assistant Minister for Sport and Racing;
Chris Davis, Assistant Minister for Health;
Gavin King, Assistant Minister for Tourism;
Steve Minnikin, Assistant Minister for Public Transport;
Rob Molhoek, Assistant Minister for Child Safety;
Ian Walker, Assistant Minister for Planning Reform;
Deb Frecklington, Assistant Minister for Finance, Administration and Regulatory Reform;
David Kempton, Assistant Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs;
Saxon Rice, Assistant Minister for Technical and Further Education;
Robert Cavallucci, Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs.
Parliamentary positions:
Fiona Simpson, Speaker;
Glen Elmes, Deputy Speaker/Chairman of Committees;
Ray Stevens, Leader of the House;
Vaughan Johnson, Chief Whip;
Rosemary Menkens, Senior Whip;
Ted Sorensen, Deputy Whip;
Tarnya Smith, Deputy Whip.

Photo: Kait Richardson

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