Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (right) and Innovation, Tourism and Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones walk away in front of Labor caucus.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (right) and Innovation, Tourism and Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones walk away in front of Labor caucus. DAN PELED

New farming minister based in city

QUEENSLAND'S agriculture minister will not be based in regional Queensland in a new-look cabinet.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to individually announce the ministers in her re-elected government.

Ferny Grove MP Mark Furner will be the new agriculture and fisheries minister. Retired Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne and former Bundaberg MP Leanne Donaldson were agriculture ministers in the government's previous term.

Mr Furner is a former senator, representing Queensland between 2007-2014. He served as Local Government Minister in the government's previous term.

Former Environment Minister Steven Miles has been moved to the health portfolio, and former Employment Minister Grace Grace to education under the reshuffle.

Some ministers will remain in their existing portfolios with Mark Ryan to stay on as Police Minister, Anthony Lynham to remain Mines Minister and Mark Bailey to continue as Transport Minister.

The announcements came after Ms Palaszczuk announced Curtis Pitt would be nominated for Speaker with Deputy Premier Jackie Trad taking over from Mr Pitt as Treasurer.

On Sunday, former Health Minister Cameron Dick was announced as State Development Minister and former Education Minister Kate Jones was announced as Innovation Minister.

Barron River MP Craig Crawford and Bulimba MP Di Farmer were added to an expanded 18-person cabinet.

On Monday morning Ms Palaszczuk addressed her new parliamentary team with Ms Trad, Mr Dick and Ms Jones sitting next to her.

"A few years ago we were a team of seven," she said.

"We had a few by-elections, then it went to minority government and now we are majority government.

"I need everybody working as hard as possible over these three years.

"We made a commitment to the people of this state that we would focus on jobs, health and education.

"We made a commitment that we would work as hard as we possibly can so that people across this state can get access to employment."

The number of assistant ministers has increased to five with Ipswich MP Jennifer Howard and Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher joined by Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert, Keppel MP Brittany Lauga, and new Gold Coast MP Meaghan Scanlon. - NewsRegional

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