Bligh Ministry

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Anna Bligh was sworn in as Premier of Queensland on 13 September 2007 with her first ministry, replacing Peter Beattie, who had retired from politics, and his ministry. She subsequently won the 2009 state election with a reduced majority against the newly merged Liberal National Party of Queensland. Shortly thereafter, on 26 March 2009, Bligh reshuffled the ministry. She conducted a second reshuffle on 21 February 2011. Following her party's loss at the 2012 state election, she soon resigned as Premier to make way for the Newman Ministry.

Initial ministry[edit]

The first Bligh ministry was sworn in on 13 September 2007.[1]

Portfolio Minister
Premier Anna Bligh
Deputy Premier
Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
Paul Lucas
Minister for Public Works, Housing, Information and Communication Technology
Leader of the House
Robert Schwarten
Minister for Police, Corrective Services
Minister for Sport
Judy Spence
Treasurer Andrew Fraser
Minister for Education and Training
Minister for Arts
Rod Welford
Minister for Health Stephen Robertson
Minister for Transport, Trade, Employment and Industrial Relations John Mickel
Minister for Main Roads and Local Government Curtis Pitt
Minister for Child Safety and Women Margaret Keech
Minister for Tourism, Regional Development and Industry Desley Boyle
Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries Tim Mulherin
Minister for Mines and Energy Geoff Wilson
Minister for Natural Resources, and Water
Minister Assisting the Premier in North Queensland
Craig Wallace
Minister for Communities, Disability Services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Partnerships,
Multicultural Affairs, Seniors and Youth
Lindy Nelson-Carr
Attorney-General
Minister for Justice
Minister Assisting the Premier in Western Queensland
Kerry Shine
Minister for Emergency Services Neil Roberts
Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation Andrew McNamara
Parliamentary Secretaries
Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier
Parliamentary Secretary for Veterans Affairs (from 25 April 2008)[2]
Phil Reeves
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer Julie Attwood
Parliamentary Secretary for Education Training and the Arts Bonny Barry
Parliamentary Secretary for Sport Chris Bombolas
Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, Trade, Employment and Industrial Relations and for Multicultural Affairs Michael Choi
Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, Trade, Employment and Industrial Relations Gary Fenlon
Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe
Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Regional Development and Industry Jan Jarratt
Parliamentary Secretary for Main Roads and Local Government (to 25 April 2008)[2] Ronan Lee
Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General (25 April[2] – 5 October[3] 2008)
Parliamentary Secretary for Communities, Disability Services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Partnerships,
Seniors, Youth and Multicultural Affairs
Rachel Nolan
Parliamentary Secretary for Health Karen Struthers
Parliamentary Secretary for Main Roads and Local Government (from 9 October 2008)[4] Annastacia Palaszczuk
Whips
Government Whip Carolyn Male
Deputy Government Whip Simon Finn
Kate Jones
Changes
  • On 25 April 2008, Bligh reassigned two parliamentary secretaries. Ronan Lee moved from assisting the Minister for Main Roads and Local Government to working for the Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and Minister assisting the Premier in Western Queensland. Specifically, he was to assist on the Fair Trade portfolio, dealing with payday loans and the like. Phil Reeves, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, took on the additional responsibility of Parliamentary Secretary for Veterans.[2]
  • Ronan Lee defected to the Greens on 5 October 2008; Annastacia Palaszczuk was appointed to his former post of Parliamentary Secretary for Main Roads and Local Government on 9 October 2008.

March 2009 reshuffle[edit]

On 26 March 2009, following the 2009 election, Bligh's reshuffled ministry was sworn in.[5][6][7]

Portfolio Minister
Premier
Minister for Arts
Anna Bligh
Deputy Premier
Minister for Health
Paul Lucas
Treasurer
Minister for Employment and Economic Development
Andrew Fraser
Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology Robert Schwarten
Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
Minister for Trade
Stephen Robertson
Minister for Education and Training Geoff Wilson
Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services Neil Roberts
Minister for Main Roads Craig Wallace
Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland Tim Mulherin
Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Desley Boyle
Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe
Minister for Transport Rachel Nolan
Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading Peter Lawlor
Minister for Child Safety
Minister for Sport
Phil Reeves
Minister for Community Services and Housing
Minister for Women
Karen Struthers
Minister for Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs Annastacia Palaszczuk
Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Kate Jones
Attorney-General
Minister for Industrial Relations
Cameron Dick
Parliamentary Secretaries
Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier
Leader of the House
Judy Spence
Parliamentary Secretary for Health Murray Watt
Parliamentary Secretary for Employment Jan Jarratt
Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources, Water and Energy and Trade Michael Choi
Parliamentary Secretary for Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs Julie Attwood
Parliamentary Secretary for Education Carolyn Male
Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services Peta-Kaye Croft
Parliamentary Secretary for Industrial Relations Simon Finn
Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism Steve Wettenhall
Whips
Government Whip Margaret Keech
Deputy Government Whip Vicky Darling
Betty Kiernan

February 2011 reshuffle[edit]

Bligh again reshuffled the ministry on 21 February 2011.[8]

Portfolio Minister
Premier
Minister for Reconstruction
Anna Bligh
Deputy Premier (until 16 September 2011)[9]
Attorney-General
Minister for Local Government
Special Minister of State
Paul Lucas
Deputy Premier (from 16 September 2011)
Treasurer
Minister for State Development and Trade
Andrew Fraser
Minister for Health Geoff Wilson
Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services Neil Roberts
Minister for Energy and Water Utilities Stephen Robertson
Minister for Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure Craig Wallace
Minister for Education and Industrial Relations Cameron Dick
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Regional Economies Tim Mulherin
Minister for Employment, Skills and Mining Stirling Hinchliffe
Minister for Finance and The Arts (until 22 June 2011)[10] Rachel Nolan
Minister for Finance, Natural Resources and The Arts (from 22 June 2011)
Minister for Environment and Resource Management (until 22 June 2011)[10] Kate Jones
Minister for Transport and Multicultural Affairs Annastacia Palaszczuk
Minister for Child Safety
Minister for Sport
Phil Reeves
Minister for Community Services and Housing
Minister for Women
Karen Struthers
Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jan Jarratt
Minister for Government Services, Building Industry and Information and Communication Technology Simon Finn
Minister for Disabilities, Mental Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Curtis Pitt
Minister for the Environment (from 22 June 2011)[10] Vicky Darling
Parliamentary Secretaries
Parliamentary Secretary for Parliamentary Reform
Leader of the House
Judy Spence
Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Multicultural Affairs Michael Choi
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer Murray Watt
Parliamentary Secretary for Health Julie Attwood
Parliamentary Secretary assisting the Premier on the Gold Coast and Commonwealth Games Peta-Kaye Croft
Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services Betty Kiernan
Parliamentary Secretary assisting the Premier and for Economic Development in the Far North Steve Wettenhall
Whips
Government Whip Margaret Keech
Deputy Government Whip Vicky Darling (until 22 June 2011)
Grace Grace (from 22 June 2011)
Carolyn Male
Changes
  • On 22 June 2011, Kate Jones resigned to concentrate on her re-election contest in Ashgrove, fighting against Liberal National Party Leader Campbell Newman. Vicky Darling took over the Environment part of her portfolio and was in turn replaced as a Deputy Government Whip by Grace Grace. The Natural Resources portion of the brief was given to Rachel Nolan, making her Minister for Finance, Natural Resources and The Arts.
  • Paul Lucas resigned as Deputy Premier (retaining his other portfolios), having announced the previous day he would stand down from politics at the next election. Andrew Fraser replaced him.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bligh Ministry named". The Courier-Mail. 13 September 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Press Release: Premier Announces New Appointments" (PDF). Government of Queensland. 25 April 2008. 
  3. ^ "Qld Labor MP set to defect to the Greens". ABC News. 5 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "Minister welcomes appointment of new Parliamentary Secretary". Government of Queensland. 9 October 2008. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Extraordinary issue Archived 2 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine., Queensland Government Gazette, vol. 350, no. 71, pp. 1307–11.
  6. ^ "Premier announces new Bligh Ministry portfolio responsibilities". Government of Queensland. 24 March 2009. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Premier announces new Parliamentary Secretary responsibilities". Government of Queensland. 24 March 2009. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Premier announces new Cabinet portfolio responsibilities". Government of Queensland. 21 February 2011. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Press Release: Paul Lucas announces retirement from politics". Government of Queensland. 15 September 2011. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c Extraordinary issue[permanent dead link], 22 June 2011, Queensland Government Gazette, vol. 375, no. 61, p. 451.


Preceded by
Beattie Ministry
Bligh Ministry
2007–2012
Succeeded by
Newman Ministry