Labor Left gain in Qld cabinet reshuffle

Marty Silk
·3-min read

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has promoted Shannon Fentiman to attorney-general in a wide-ranging cabinet shuffle in which Labor's Left gained on factional rivals.

The faction picked up two of the 10 most important cabinet positions at the expense of the rival Old Guard and Right factions.

Ms Fentiman, a Left faction member, will also take on the justice, women and prevention of domestic and family violence portfolios.

The top Left-aligned frontbencher remains Deputy Premier Steven Miles, and he has taken the new responsibilities of state development, local government and planning.

Ms Palaszczuk gave the investment portfolio to Right faction leader Treasurer Cameron Dick, in a shake-up she says is aimed at economic recovery.

"Queenslanders expect us to get on with implementing our economic recovery plan," she said in a statement on Wednesday.

"They expect the roads, schools and hospitals we need and the jobs that go with building them."

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath is being promoted to the health portfolio, previously held by Dr Miles, in a small win for the Right faction.

Partially making up for losing a top ten position the Old Guard's Grace Grace, the education and industrial relations minister, has been elevated to be fourth most senior frontbencher.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey stays on in his role.

While Left faction colleague Mick de Brenni remains as public works minister, he adds energy, renewables and hydrogen to his responsibilities.

Ms Fentiman is the eighth most senior minister followed by Police Minister Mark Ryan, who takes Left factional ally Craig Crawford's Fire and Emergency Services portfolios.

Right-aligned Stirling Hinchliffe has also moved from the local government to the tourism, innovation and sport portfolios.

Factional colleague, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Mark Furner, stays in those roles.

The Left's Leeane Enoch will take responsibility for digital economy, communities, housing and arts after losing her innovation portfolio to Mr de Brenni.

Regional Development and Manufacturing Minister Glenn Butcher remains with his responsibilities, but also picked up the new water portfolio.

With her child safety and domestic violence prevention portfolios taken by Ms Fentiman, Old-Guard-aligned Di Farmer will be minister for employment and small business and for training and skills development.

Mr Crawford will stay as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partnerships minister while taking responsibility for seniors and disability services.

Meaghan Scanlon, Scott Stewart and Leanne Linard have also been handed their portfolios after being promoted to the front bench on Tuesday.

Ms Scanlon will be environment, Great Barrier Reef, science and youth affairs minister.

At the age of 27, the Left faction member is the youngest female frontbencher in Queensland's history.

Mr Stewart, from the Right, will be resources minister, and Old Guard-aligned Ms Linard takes the children and youth justice and multicultural affairs portfolio.

Overall the Labor Left faction picked up one seat to have nine members around the cabinet table, while the Right remain unchanged with five and the Old Guard still have three.

The new Labor government will be sworn in on Thursday morning at Government House.

The Liberal National Party is due to hold a ballot for a new leader and deputy leader later in the day after the resignations of Deb Frecklington and Tim Mander in the wake of last month's state election.

David Crisafulli is believed to be unchallenged in the vote for leader, while David Janetzki, Dale Last, Christian Rowan and Steve Minnikin are vying for the deputy position.