Goss Ministry

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The Goss Ministry was a Ministry of the Government of Queensland, led by Labor Premier Wayne Goss. It commenced on 7 December 1989, five days after the Cooper Ministry, led by Premier Russell Cooper of the National Party, was defeated at the 1989 election. The Goss Ministry was followed by the Borbidge Ministry on 19 February 1996 following the loss by Labor of the Mundingburra by-election two weeks earlier, which deprived the Government of its majority.

First Ministry[edit]

On 7 December 1989, a ministry of 18 cabinet ministers was sworn in. It served until the reconstitution of the Ministry on 16 December 1991 following the departure of Terry Mackenroth and Ken McElligott from the Ministry.

The list below is ordered by decreasing seniority within the Cabinet, as indicated by the Government Gazette and the Hansard index.

Office Minister

Premier
Minister for Economic and Trade Development
Minister for the Arts
Minister for Police and Emergency Services (10–16 December 1991)

Wayne Goss, LL.B., MP

Deputy Premier
Minister for Housing
Minister for Local Government
Minister for Health (10–16 December 1991)

Tom Burns, MP

Leader of the House
Minister for Police and Emergency Services

Terry Mackenroth, MP
(until 10 December 1991)

Treasurer
Minister for Regional Development (until 12 November 1990)

Keith De Lacy, BA, Dip.Agric., MP

Minister for Tourism
Minister for Sport
Minister for Racing

Bob Gibbs, MP

Minister for Transport
Minister assisting the Premier
  on Economic and Trade Development

David Hamill, BA(Hons), MA(Oxon), FCIT, FAICD, MP

Minister for Employment
Minister for Training
Minister for Industrial Relations

Nev Warburton, MP

Minister for Resource Industries

Ken Vaughan, MP

Minister for Primary Industries

Ed Casey, MP

Minister for Health

Ken McElligott, MP
(until 10 December 1991)

Minister for Education

Paul Braddy, LL.B., MP

Minister for Environment and Heritage

Pat Comben, BA, MP

Attorney-General

Dean Wells, BA(Hons), MA, LL.B., MP

Minister for Family Services
Minister for Aboriginal and Islander Affairs

Anne Warner, MP

Minister for Justice
Minister for Corrective Services

Glen Milliner, MP

Minister for Administrative Services

Ron McLean, MP

Minister for Manufacturing and Commerce (until 4 June 1990)
Minister for Manufacturing, Commerce and Small Business
  (4 June–12 November 1990)
Minister for Business, Industry and Regional Development
  (from 12 November 1990)

Geoff Smith, MP

Minister for Land Management

Bill Eaton, MP

First Ministry (reconstituted)[edit]

The following served from 16 December 1991 until the new Ministry was constituted on 24 September 1992 after the 1992 election:

Office Minister

Premier
Minister for Economic and Trade Development
Minister for the Arts

Wayne Goss, LL.B., MP

Deputy Premier
Minister for Housing
Minister for Local Government

Tom Burns, MP

Leader of the House
Treasurer
Minister for Regional Development (until 12 November 1990)

Keith De Lacy, BA, Dip.Agric., MP

Minister for Tourism
Minister for Sport
Minister for Racing

Bob Gibbs, MP

Minister for Transport
Minister assisting the Premier
  on Economic and Trade Development

David Hamill, BA(Hons), MA(Oxon), FCIT, FAICD, MP

Minister for Police and Emergency Services

Nev Warburton, MP

Minister for Employment
Minister for Training
Minister for Industrial Relations

Ken Vaughan, MP

Minister for Primary Industries

Ed Casey, MP

Minister for Education

Paul Braddy, LL.B., MP

Minister for Environment and Heritage

Pat Comben, BA, MP

Attorney-General

Dean Wells, BA(Hons), MA, LL.B., MP

Minister for Family Services
Minister for Aboriginal and Islander Affairs

Anne Warner, MP

Minister for Justice
Minister for Corrective Services

Glen Milliner, MP

Minister for Administrative Services

Ron McLean, MP

Minister for Manufacturing and Commerce (until 4 June 1990)
Minister for Manufacturing, Commerce and Small Business
  (4 June–12 November 1990)
Minister for Business, Industry and Regional Development
  (from 12 November 1990)

Geoff Smith, MP

Minister for Land Management

Bill Eaton, MP

Minister for Health

Ken Hayward, BCom, Dip.Acctg., MP

Minister for Resource Industries

Tony McGrady, MP

Second Ministry[edit]

On 24 September 1992, a ministry of 18 cabinet ministers was sworn in. It served until a major redistribution of portfolios on 21 February 1995.

The list below is ordered by decreasing seniority within the Cabinet, as indicated by the Government Gazette and the Hansard index.

Office Minister

Premier
Minister for Economic and Trade Development

Wayne Goss, LL.B., MP

Deputy Premier

Minister for Administrative Services (until 18 October 1993)
Minister for Emergency Services (from 18 October 1993)
Minister for Consumer Affairs (from 18 October 1993)

Minister for Rural Communities (until 16 December 1994)
Minister assisting the Premier on Rural Affairs (from 16 December 1994)

Tom Burns, MP

Leader of the House
Treasurer

Keith De Lacy, BA, Dip.Agric., MP

Minister for Tourism
Minister for Sport
Minister for Racing

Bob Gibbs, MP

Minister for Transport
Minister assisting the Premier on Economic and Trade Development

David Hamill, BA(Hons), MA(Oxon), FCIT, FAICD, MP

Minister for Primary Industries

Ed Casey, MP

Minister for Police and Emergency Services (until 18 October 1993)
Minister for Police (from 18 October 1993)
Minister for Corrective Services (from 18 October 1993)

Paul Braddy, LL.B., MP

Minister for Education

Pat Comben, BA, MP

Minister for Housing
Minister for Local Government
Minister for Planning
Minister for Rural Communities (from 16 December 1994)

Terry Mackenroth, MP

Attorney-General
Minister for Justice
Minister for the Arts

Dean Wells, BA(Hons), MA, LL.B., MP

Minister for Family Services
Minister for Aboriginal and Islander Affairs

Anne Warner, MP

Minister for Consumer Affairs (until 18 October 1993)
Minister for Corrective Services (until 18 October 1993)
Minister for Administrative Services (from 18 October 1993)

Glen Milliner, MP

Minister for Lands

Geoff Smith, MP

Minister for Health

Ken Hayward, MP

Minister for Minerals and Energy

Tony McGrady, MP

Minister for Employment
Minister for Training
Minister for Industrial Relations

Matt Foley, BA, BSW, LL.B.(Hons), MP

Minister for Business, Industry and Regional Development

Jim Elder, MP

Minister for Environment and Heritage

Molly Robson, MP

Second Ministry (reconstructed)[edit]

On 21 February 1995, a reshuffle of portfolios took place after Pat Comben's departure from the ministry to resume his studies and enter the Anglican Church, with Warren Pitt being appointed in his place. The ministers below served until a new Ministry was constituted on 31 July 1995 following the 1995 election.

Office Minister

Premier
Minister for Economic and Trade Development

Wayne Goss, LL.B., MP

Deputy Premier
Minister for Emergency Services
Minister for Consumer Affairs
Minister assisting the Premier on Rural Affairs

Tom Burns, MP

Leader of the House
Treasurer

Keith De Lacy, BA, Dip.Agric., MP

Minister for Tourism
Minister for Sport
Minister for Racing

Bob Gibbs, MP

Minister for Education

David Hamill, BA(Hons), MA(Oxon), FCIT, FAICD, MP

Minister for Primary Industries

Ed Casey, MP

Minister for Police
Minister for Corrective Services

Paul Braddy, LL.B., MP

Minister for Housing
Minister for Local Government
Minister for Planning
Minister for Rural Communities

Terry Mackenroth, MP

Attorney-General
Minister for Justice
Minister for the Arts

Dean Wells, BA(Hons), MA, LL.B., MP

Minister for Family Services
Minister for Aboriginal and Islander Affairs

Anne Warner, MP

Minister for Administrative Services

Glen Milliner, MP

Minister for Lands

Geoff Smith, MP

Minister for Transport
Minister assisting the Premier
  on Economic and Trade Development

Ken Hayward, MP

Minister for Minerals and Energy

Tony McGrady, MP

Minister for Employment
Minister for Training
Minister for Industrial Relations

Matt Foley, BA, BSW, LL.B.(Hons), MP

Minister for Health

Jim Elder, MP

Minister for Environment and Heritage

Molly Robson, MP

Minister for Business, Industry and Regional Development

Warren Pitt, MP

Third Ministry[edit]

On 31 July 1995, a new ministry of 18 cabinet ministers was sworn in, returning Ken McElligott to the ministry and replacing four who had retired at the election. It served until the defeat of the Government in a vote of no-confidence on 19 February 1996 following the Mundingburra by-election.

Office Minister

Premier
Minister for Economic and Trade Development

Wayne Goss, LL.B., MP

Deputy Premier
Minister for Tourism
Minister for Sport
Minister for Youth

Tom Burns, MP

Leader of the House
Treasurer

Keith De Lacy, BA, Dip.Agric., MP

Minister for Primary Industries
Minister for Racing

Bob Gibbs, MP

Minister for Housing
Minister for Local Government
Minister for Planning
Minister for Rural Communities
Minister for Provision of Infrastructure
   for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

(from 12 December 1995:)

Minister for Emergency Services
Minister for Consumer Affairs
Terry Mackenroth, MP

Minister for Education

David Hamill, BA(Hons), MA(Oxon), FCIT, FAICD, MP

Minister for Transport
Minister assisting the Premier
  on Economic and Trade Development

Jim Elder, MP

Minister for Police
Minister for Corrective Services

Paul Braddy, LL.B., MP

Minister for Health

Peter Beattie, BA, LL.B., MA, MP

Attorney-General
Minister for Justice
Minister for Industrial Relations
Minister for the Arts

Matt Foley, BA, BSW, LL.B.(Hons), MP

Minister for Administrative Services

Glen Milliner, MP

Minister for Business, Industry and Regional Development

Ken Hayward, MP

Minister for Minerals and Energy

Tony McGrady, MP

Minister for Environment and Heritage

Tom Barton, MP

Minister for Employment and Training
Minister assisting the Premier on Public Service Matters

Wendy Edmond, DipRadiog, DipNuclMed, MP

Minister for Lands

Ken McElligott, MP

Minister for Family and Community Services
Minister assisting the Premier on the Status of Women

Margaret Woodgate, MP

Minister for Emergency Services
Minister for Consumer Affairs

Ken Davies, MP
(until 12 December 1995)

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
Cooper Ministry
Goss Ministry
1989–1996
Succeeded by
Borbidge Ministry