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Queensland Cabinet Reshuffle

September 2006

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Following its convincing re-election on Saturday, the Beattie Labor Government in Queensland has today announced the allocation of Cabinet portfolios for the coming term.

With the resignation of Henry Palaszsuk and Tom Barton and the defeat of Chris Cummins, three vacancies in the Ministry have appeared in the wake of the election. In addition, Mike Reynolds will exchange his role as Minister for Child Safety for that of the Speaker.

Reflecting the Government’s priority for its fourth term, the Health portfolio will now include a greater focus on acute care and responsibility for implementing the $9.7 billion Health Action Plan.  Non-acute elements of mental health and aged-care will be assumed by the expanded Communities portfolio.

The Premier has also identified infrastructure and the delivery of the water grid as key priorities.

The four new additions to Cabinet are

The distribution of portfolios is as follows:

Minister Portfolio
Peter Beattie Premier
Trade
Anna Bligh Deputy Premier
Treasurer
Infrastructure
Paul Lucas Transport
Main Roads
Robert Schwarten Public Works
Housing
Judy Spence Police and Corrective Services
Rod Welford Education and Training
Arts
Stephen Robertson Health
John Mickel State Development
Employment
Industrial Relations
Warren Pitt Communities
Disability Services
Seniors
Youth
Desley Boyle Child Safety
Linda Lavarch Attorney-General
Justice
Women
Margaret Keech Tourism
Fair Trading
Wine Industry Development
Tim Mulherin Primary Industries
Fisheries
Pat Purcell Emergency Services
Andrew Fraser Local Government
Planning
Sport
Geoff Wilson Mines and Energy
Kerry Shine Natural Resources and Water
Lindy Nelson-Carr Environment
Multiculturalism

Parliamentary Secretaries have also been appointed to their portfolios:

Parliamentary Secretary Portfolio
Julie Attwood Child Safety
Bonny Barry Education and Training
Arts
Michael Choi Environment
Multiculturalism
Gary Fenlon State Development
Employment
Industrial Relations
Jan Jarratt Primary Industries
Fisheries
Ronan Lee Communities
Disability Services
Seniors
Youth
Andrew McNamara Main Roads
Phil Reeves Transport
Neil Roberts Treasury
Karen Struthers Health
Craig Wallace North Queensland
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