Borbidge Ministry

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The Borbidge Ministry was a Ministry of the Government of Queensland, led by National Party Premier Rob Borbidge and his deputy, Liberal leader Joan Sheldon. It commenced on 19 February 1996 after the Goss Ministry, led by Premier Wayne Goss of the Labor Party, resigned following the loss of the Mundingburra by-election two weeks earlier. The Coalition party leaders were sworn in by the Governor of Queensland as a two-member cabinet. A week later, on 26 February 1996, they resigned so that a full ministry could be sworn in. The Borbidge Ministry was followed by the Beattie Ministry on 26 June 1998 upon the Government's defeat at the 1998 election.

First Ministry[edit]

On 26 February 1996, a full ministry of 18 cabinet ministers (consisting of 12 Nationals and 6 Liberals) and 3 parliamentary secretaries was sworn in. It served until the end of the Ministry on 26 June 1998 following the 1998 election.

The list below is ordered by decreasing seniority within the Cabinet, as indicated by the Government Gazette and the Hansard index. Blue entries indicate members of the Liberal Party.

Office Minister

Premier

Rob Borbidge, MP

Deputy Premier
Treasurer
Minister for the Arts

Joan Sheldon, BPhysio, MP

Leader of the House
Minister for Families
Minister for Youth and Community Care

Kev Lingard, BEdSt, BA, AEd, MP
(until 13 February 1998)

Attorney-General
Minister for Justice

Denver Beanland, MP

Minister for Police and Corrective Services
Minister for Racing

Russell Cooper, MP

Minister for Health

Mike Horan, MP

Minister for Education

Bob Quinn, DipTeach, MP

Minister for Economic Development and Trade
Minister assisting the Premier

Doug Slack, MP

Minister for Tourism
Minister for Small Business and Industry

Bruce Davidson, MP

Minister for Environment and Heritage

Brian Littleproud, DipTeach, MP

Minister for Primary Industries
Minister for Fisheries and Forestry

Trevor Perrett, MP
(until 13 February 1998)

Minister for Local Government and Planning

Di McCauley, BA, MP

Minister for Training
Minister for Industrial Relations

Santo Santoro, BA, BEcon(Hons), MP

Minister for Natural Resources

Howard Hobbs, MP
(until 13 February 1998)

Minister for Transport
Minister for Main Roads

Vaughan Johnson, MP

Minister for Public Works and Housing

Ray Connor, MP
(until 28 April 1997)

Minister for Emergency Services
Minister for Sport

Mick Veivers, MP

Minister for Public Works and Housing

Dr David Watson, BCom(Hons), AAUQ (Qld), MA,
PhD, FCPA, FCA, MP (from 28 April 1997)

Minister for Primary Industries
Minister for Fisheries and Forestry

Marc Rowell, MP
(from 16 February 1998)

Minister for Natural Resources

Lawrence Springborg, MP
(from 16 February 1998)

Minister for Families
Minister for Youth and Community Care

Naomi Wilson, BEd, DipTeach, MP
(from 16 February 1998)
Parliamentary Secretaries

Mark Stoneman
Dr David Watson (until 28 April 1997)
Naomi Wilson (until 16 February 1998)
Tony Fitzgerald
Bob Harper (from 8 May 1997)
Graham Healy (from 16 February 1998)

References[edit]

  • All information about ministries was sourced from Ministries from December 1989, extracted from the Queensland Parliamentary Handbook.
  • All information about events was sourced from the "Australian Political Chronicle" in various instalments of the Australian Journal of Politics and History.
Preceded by
Goss Ministry
Borbidge Ministry
1996–1998
Succeeded by
Beattie Ministry