Leanne Donaldson has been announced as the new Minister for Agriculture, replacing Bill Byrne who has been shuffled to the police portfolio.
Leanne Donaldson has been announced as the new Minister for Agriculture, replacing Bill Byrne who has been shuffled to the police portfolio. Mike Knott

Palaszczuk announces new cabinet with four new faces

ROCKHAMPTON MP Bill Byrne will take over the police portfolio from Jo-Ann Miller as rumoured.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced her new-look ministry, which includes three extra ministers and four new faces.

Mr Byrne, who has held the agriculture portfolio since February, will be replaced by Bundaberg MP Leanne Donaldson.

Ms Donaldson is the first female agriculture minister in this state.

Ms Palaszczuk said it was important to keep the regions in the forefront of her mind and the Wide Bay was an important district.

"Bill Byrne is a  very experienced minister who's done great work in agriculture but I believe he is the right person to take on that important role (of police minister)," she said. 

Former minister in the Bligh and Beattie governments, Stirling Hinchliffe, will take on the transport and Commonwealth Games portfolios.

Mick De Brenni will take on housing and public works from Leeanne Enoch, who will take on a new portfolio - innovation, science, digital economy and small business.

Brisbane Central MP Grace Grace will take on employment and industrial relations, racing and multicultural affairs.

Mark Ryan becomes assistant minister of state, assisting the premier, while Jennifer Howard becomes assistant minister for local government.

Ms Palaszczuk said her new, expanded, Cabinet included a mixture of new energy and experience.

"I believe I have the right combination of experience, regional representation and also women," she said. 

"Today I have added three new ministers to my team, as well as replacing the former Police Minister, bringing the size of Cabinet to 17 - still smaller than every other Cabinet since 1986.

"This allows me to add another regional voice to Cabinet in Bundaberg's Leanne Donaldson, as well as experienced Parliamentarians Stirling Hinchliffe and Grace Grace, and the talented Springwood MP Mick de Brenni.

"The Cabinet includes 53% female representation, making Queensland the most progressive Government in Australia.

"It allows me to have a minister firmly focused on innovation and the digital economy, and it places a bigger emphasis on the biofuels and renewable energy sectors, all areas that are crucial to the next phase of Queensland's economic story and central to my government's agenda.

"And we will also have Queensland's first Minister for the prevention of domestic and family violence.

"We cannot let this issue fall by the wayside. Minister Fentiman will work with other ministers but will have responsibility for the coordination of the government's roll-out of our domestic violence reforms.

"I have spoken endlessly this year about my government's desire to create the jobs of the future, to drive economic growth into the future, and to deliver a better way of life for Queenslanders into the future.

"My team has worked tirelessly to deliver a better way of Government in 2015, and this dynamic new team will build on those achievements into next year and beyond."


Palaszczuk Cabinet

Minister for the Arts
Annastacia Palaszczuk MP

Deputy Premier
Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
Jackie Trad MP

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
Curtis Pitt MP

Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
Cameron Dick MP

Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism and Major Events
Kate Jones MP

Minister for State Development
Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
Dr Anthony Lynham MP

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
Minister for Training and Skills
Yvette D'Ath MP

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services
Minister for Corrective Services
Bill Byrne MP

Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
Stirling Hinchliffe MP

Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
Mark Bailey MP

Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
Dr Steven Miles MP

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
Leeanne Enoch MP

Minister for Communities, Women and Youth
Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
Shannon Fentiman MP

Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors
Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
Coralee O'Rourke MP

Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations
Minister for Racing
Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Grace Grace MP

Minister for Housing and Public Works
Mick De Brenni MP

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
Leanne Donaldson MP

Assistant Ministers

Assistant Minister of State Assisting the Premier
Mark Ryan MP

Assistant Minister for Local Government
Jennifer Howard MP