Premier of Queensland

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Premier of Queensland
State Badge of Queensland.svg
State badge of Queensland
Flag of Queensland.svg
Annastacia Palaszczuk

since 14 February 2015
Style The Honourable
Member of Australian Labor Party
Seat Inala
Appointer Governor of Queensland
Paul de Jersey
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holder Robert Herbert
Formation 10 December 1859
Salary $380,000 per annum

The Premier of Queensland is the head of government in the state of Queensland, Australia.

By convention the Premier is the leader of the party with a parliamentary majority in the unicameral Legislative Assembly of Queensland. The Premier is appointed by the Governor of Queensland.

The current Premier is Annastacia Palaszczuk of the Australian Labor Party, who was sworn in as Premier on 14 February 2015, following the 2015 state election.[1]

Constitutional role[edit]

Under section 42 of the Constitution of Queensland the Premier and other members of Cabinet are appointed by the Governor and are collectively responsible to Parliament. The text of the Constitution assigns to the Premier certain powers, such as the power to assign roles (s. 25) to Assistant Ministers (formerly known as Parliamentary Secretaries), and to appoint Ministers as acting Ministers (s. 45) for a period of 14 days.

In practice, under the conventions of the Westminster System followed in Queensland, the Premier's power is derived from two sources: command of a majority in the Legislative Assembly, and the Premier's role as chair of Cabinet, determining the appointment and roles of Ministers. Although ministerial appointments are the prerogative of the Governor of Queensland, in normal circumstances the Governor will make these appointments under the "advice" (in reality, direction) of the Premier.

Immediately following an election for the Legislative Assembly, the Governor will call on the leader of the party which commands a majority in the Legislative Assembly, and ask them to commission a government. A re-elected government will be resworn, with adjustments to the ministry as determined by the Premier.

Premier's office[edit]

The Premier has an office in the Executive Annexe of Parliament House, Brisbane, which is normally used while Parliament is sitting. At other times the Premier's ministerial office is in the Executive Building a short distance down George Street.

List of Premiers of Queensland[edit]

Before the 1890s, there was no developed party system in Queensland. Political affiliation labels before that time indicate a general tendency only. Before the end of the first decade of the twentieth century, political parties were more akin to parliamentary factions, and were fluid, informal and disorganised by modern standards.

Name Portrait Took Office Affiliation
1st Robert Herbert Queensland State Archives 2954 Portrait of The Honourable Sir Robert George Wyndham Herbert Premier of Queensland c 1862.png 10 December 1859 none
2nd Arthur Macalister Arthur Macalister.jpg 1 February 1866 none
_ Robert Herbert (second time) Queensland State Archives 2954 Portrait of The Honourable Sir Robert George Wyndham Herbert Premier of Queensland c 1862.png 20 July 1866 none
_ Arthur Macalister (second time) Arthur Macalister.jpg 7 August 1866 none
3rd Robert Mackenzie RobertRamsayMackenzie.jpg 15 August 1867 none
4th Charles Lilley Charles Lilley.jpg 25 November 1868 none
5th Arthur Palmer Arthur Hunter Palmer.jpg 3 May 1870 none
_ Arthur Macalister, CMG (third time) Arthur Macalister.jpg 8 January 1874 none
6th George Thorn George Thorn.jpg 5 June 1876 none
7th John Douglas, CMG John Douglas.jpg 8 March 1877 none
8th Sir Thomas McIlwraith, KCMG Thomas McIlwraith.jpg 21 January 1879 Conservative
9th Sir Samuel Griffith, KCMGQC SGriff1.jpg 13 November 1883 Liberal
_ Sir Thomas McIlwraith, KCMG (second time) Thomas McIlwraith.jpg 13 June 1888 Conservative
10th Boyd Dunlop Morehead Boyd Morehead.jpg 30 November 1888 Conservative
_ Sir Samuel Griffith, KCMGQC (second time) SGriff1.jpg 12 August 1890 Ministerial
_ Sir Thomas McIlwraith, KCMG (third time) Thomas McIlwraith.jpg 27 March 1893 Ministerial
11th Sir Hugh Nelson, KCMG Sir Hugh Nelson.jpg 27 October 1893 Ministerial
12th Thomas Joseph Byrnes Thomas Joseph Byrnes.jpg 13 April 1898 Ministerial
13th James Dickson James Robert Dickson.jpg 1 October 1898 Ministerial
14th Anderson Dawson AndersonDawson.jpg 1 December 1899 Labour
15th Sir Robert Philp, KCMG Queensland State Archives 3062 Portrait of The Honourable Sir Robert Philp Premier of Queensland c 1900.png 7 December 1899 Ministerial
16th Arthur Morgan Sir Arthur Morgan.jpg 17 September 1903 Liberal
17th William Kidston William Kidston.jpg 19 January 1906 Labour; Kidston
_ Sir Robert Philp, KCMG (second time) Queensland State Archives 3062 Portrait of The Honourable Sir Robert Philp Premier of Queensland c 1900.png 19 November 1907 Conservative
_ William Kidston (second time) William Kidston.jpg 18 February 1908 Kidston; Ministerial
18th Digby Denham Digby Denham.jpg 7 February 1911 Ministerial
19th Thomas Joseph Ryan, KC TJRyanPortrait.jpg 1 June 1915 Labor
20th Ted Theodore Ted Theodore.jpg 22 October 1919 Labor
21st William Gillies William Gillies 1920.jpg 26 February 1925 Labor
22nd William McCormack William McCormack.jpg 22 October 1925 Labor
23rd Arthur Edward Moore, CMG Arthur Edward Moore.jpg 21 May 1929 CPNP
24th William Forgan Smith William Forgan Smith.jpg 17 June 1932 Labor
25th Frank Cooper StateLibQld 1 120576 Frank Arthur Cooper.jpg 16 September 1942 Labor
26th Ned Hanlon Queensland State Archives 4694 Premier Hanlon MLA c 1952.png 7 March 1946 Labor
27th Vince Gair Vincent Gair.jpg 17 January 1952 Labor; QLP
28th Sir Francis Nicklin, KCMGMM Frank Nicklin.jpg 12 August 1957 Country
29th Jack Pizzey Jack Pizzey.jpg 17 January 1968 Country
30th Sir Gordon Chalk, KBE Gordon Chalk, 1950.JPG 1 August 1968 Liberal
31st Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, KCMG JBPetersen.jpg 8 August 1968 Country/National
32nd Mike Ahern State Badge of Queensland.svg 1 December 1987 National
33rd Russell Cooper State Badge of Queensland.svg 25 September 1989 National
34th Wayne Goss State Badge of Queensland.svg 7 December 1989 Labor
35th Rob Borbidge State Badge of Queensland.svg 19 February 1996 National
36th Peter Beattie Peter Beattie, BYCC, August 2013 (cropped).jpg 20 June 1998 Labor
37th Anna Bligh Anna Bligh crop.jpg 13 September 2007 Labor
38th Campbell Newman Campbell Newman being interviewed (cropped).jpg 26 March 2012 Liberal National
39th Annastacia Palaszczuk AnnastaciaPalaszczuk1.jpg 14 February 2015 Labor

Living former premiers[edit]

As of February 2015, six former premiers are alive, the oldest being Russell Cooper (1989, born 1941). The most recent premier to die was Wayne Goss (1951–2014), on 10 November 2014.

Name Term as premier Date of birth
Mike Ahern 1987–1989 (1942-06-02) 2 June 1942 (age 73)
Russell Cooper 1989 (1941-02-04) 4 February 1941 (age 74)
Rob Borbidge 1996–1998 (1954-08-12) 12 August 1954 (age 61)
Peter Beattie 1998–2007 (1952-11-18) 18 November 1952 (age 63)
Anna Bligh 2007–2012 (1960-07-14) 14 July 1960 (age 55)
Campbell Newman 2012–2015 (1963-08-12) 12 August 1963 (age 52)

Graphical timeline[edit]

Annastacia Palaszczuk Campbell Newman Anna Bligh Peter Beattie Rob Borbidge Wayne Goss Russell Cooper Michael Ahern (Australian politician) Joh Bjelke-Petersen Gordon Chalk Jack Pizzey Francis Nicklin Vince Gair Ned Hanlon (politician) Frank Cooper William Forgan Smith Arthur Edward Moore William McCormack William Gillies (Australian politician) Ted Theodore T. J. Ryan Digby Denham William Kidston Arthur Morgan (Queensland politician) Robert Philp Anderson Dawson James Dickson Thomas Joseph Byrnes Hugh Nelson Boyd Morehead Samuel Griffith Thomas McIlwraith John Douglas (Queensland politician) George Thorn Arthur Hunter Palmer Charles Lilley Robert Mackenzie (Queensland politician) Arthur Macalister Robert Herbert World War II World War I

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Annastacia Palaszczuk sworn in as Queensland premier". Guardian Australia. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 

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