Annastacia Palaszczuk was sworn in as Queensland’s 39th Premier on Saturday 14th February, two intense weeks after the State went to the polls.
Out of the total 89 seats in Queensland, Labor won 44 seats, the LNP won 42 seats and Katter’s Australian Party claimed 2. Nicklin MP, Peter Wellington, claimed the only Independent seat in the State and subsequently threw his support behind Ms. Palaszczuk, allowing Labor to form a minority government.
Ms. Palaszczuk announced her Cabinet on 15th February, with the ministry being sworn in at Government House in Brisbane the following day.
45 year-old Annastacia Palaszczuk is the daughter of former MP Henry Palaszczuk. She worked as a senior policy adviser and media adviser to the Beattie government before her election to parliament in 2006. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law from the University of Queensland and a Master of Arts from the University of London. She was appointed to the Bligh Ministry after the 2009 election and elevated to the senior Transport portfolio in February 2011. After Anna Bligh’s resignation following the 2012 election defeat, Palaszczuk became Leader of seven member Labor caucus.
Trad grew up in East Brisbane where her parents owned and ran the local fruit shop and now lives in West End. She has a career working as a ministerial adviser in the Beattie and Bligh governments and later worked as Labor’s Assistant State Secretary. She was elected at the April 2012 by-election following Anna Bligh’s departure and is Shadow Minister for Transport, Environment and Heritage Protection, Small Business, Consumer Affairs and The Arts.
37 year-old Pitt was first elected at the 2009 election, succeeding his father Warren. Pitt was one of the few Labor candidates to include his middle name on the ballot paper in 2009, clearly hoping that his middle name ‘Warren’ would remind voters of his retiring father. Pitt the younger attended local Gordonvale Primary and High School and St Mary’s College in Woree. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from James Cook University. Before his election Pitt lived in Brisbane working for the Queensland Governments Indigenous Jobs and Enterprises Taskforce, and previously worked for the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships working on alcohol reforms in Indigenous Communities. He has also worked on the Queensland Governments business and skilled migration program. Pitt was appointed Minister for Disability Services, Mental Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships in February 2011. Since narrowly surviving the 2012 bloodbath, Pitt has been Shadow Treasurer and Manager of Opposition Business.
A barrister by occupation, Dick completed bachelor degrees in Law and Commerce, and later a Bachelor of Arts degree, at the University of Queensland. For three years in the 1990s he worked as an international development volunteer in the small South Pacific island nation of Tuvalu. During this time he worked in the Office of the Attorney-General, initially as the Crown Counsel. At the age of 27, Dick was appointed the acting Attorney-General of Tuvalu, a position he held for one year. He then read international law at Cambridge University and was awarded a Master of Law degree. Dick was appointed Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations immediately after his election to parliament for Greenslopes in 2009. Attorney-General was swapped for the Education portfolio in the February 2011 ministerial re-shuffle and Dick was defeated in Greenslopes at the 2012 election. He is the brother of former ALP State Secretary Milton Dick, who is Labor’s opposition leader on Brisbane City Council, and Cameron is spoken of a chance of taking the same role in state parliament if Labor loses the 2015 election.
35 year-old Jones was first elected at the 2006 election and became the youngest woman in the Queensland parliament and later the youngest Government Minister. Jones was appointed Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability after the 2009 election, becoming Minister for Environment and Resource Management after the resignation of several Ministers in February 2011. Jones resigned from Cabinet in June 2011 to concentrate on the high profile battle for Ashgrove which was won by Premier Campbell Newman. She now returns to again contest Ashgrove against Newman.
54 year-old Dr Anthony Lynham was a maxillofacial surgeon at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and specialises in trauma surgery. He completed his surgical training in maxillofacial surgery in Queensland and undertook further training in the area in Switzerland. From his work experience, he has become an advocate for reform of alcohol laws in an effort to cut down on the number of assaults in public. Lynham is an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, is a Senior Lecturer at the University Of Queensland School of Medicine, and is Chair of the Final Examinations for Maxillofacial Surgery in Australia and New Zealand. Before his victory at the 2014 by-election Lynham was also undertaken research in regenerative technologies for human bone.
44 year-old D’Ath left school and started work when she was 15, but in her twenties began part-time study, matriculating and then going on to complete a law degree. D’Ath easily won the local seat of Petrie at the 2007 federal election and limited the swing against her in 2010 to just 1.7%. D’Ath was appointed a Parliamentary Secretary in February 2013 and became Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change, Innovation and Industry when Kevin Rudd resumed as Prime Minister. D’Ath was defeated at the September 2013 Federal election, but with her high local profile, easily won the Redcliffe by-election in March 2014.
56 year-old Miller has held the seat of Bundamba since the 2000 by-election and is currently the Opposition Whip and Shadow Minister for Health; Natural Resources and Mines and Housing. Miller worked on the staff of former Bundamba MP and Minister Bob Gibbs before he resigned from Parliament in December 1999.
Byrne completed a four year electrical apprenticeship with Queensland Rail before enlisting in the Army in 1980, attending the Officer Cadet School, Portsea. He was commissioned as an infantry officer and has since served at various times as an instructor, staff officer and company commander. He has served in a number of senior command positions, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, his career including active duty and overseas service. In recent years he held civilian regional management positions within the Department of Defence with core responsibility for the sustainable management of nearby Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area. He separated from the Defence in January 2011 in order to contest pre-selection for the seat of Rockhampton. Byrne also has experience and civilian qualifications as a marine coxswain, rural fire-fighter and emergency management incident controller.
Bailey previously worked on the staff of Anna Bligh and is a former Moorooka Ward Councillor on Brisbane City Council when Jim Soorley was Mayor. He is a former high school history and drama teacher and has worked in transport, gambling, liquor and racing policy for the state government. He is a graduate of Griffith University.
Enoch spent a decade as a high school teacher, working in schools in South-East Queensland and in London. After leaving teaching, she worked for the Australian Red Cross for seven years as the Queensland state director. Before the election she worked with the Queensland Council of Unions on its Indigenous Working Party to develop policy and strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Enoch is a Nunukul-Nughi woman from North Stradbroke Island.
Miles has a PhD from the University of Queensland, runs a local small business and has three young children. He was the Labor candidate for Ryan at the 2010 election.
O’Rourke is childcare teacher and a Director of a community-based early learning centre in Aitkenvale.
Fentiman holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from QUT and Masters of Labour Relations Law from Melbourne University. She has previously worked as an industrial advocate for the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and has also worked as a Judge’s Associate in the Supreme Court of Queensland. She has also been a board member of the Logan Women’s Health and Wellbeing Centre and Secretary of the Centre Against Sexual Violence in Logan.
44 year-old Hinchliffe was first elected at the 2006 election A former self-employed property industry analyst and policy manager with the Australian Property Council, Hinchliffe has lived on Brisbane’s north side since he was four. He was appointed a Parliamentary Secretary when Anna Bligh became Premier in September 2007 and entered the Ministry after the 2009 election as Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, becoming Minister for Employment, Skills and Mining in the February 2011 re-shuffle. He has worked with a training company since losing his seat of Stafford at the 2012 election.