New Queensland premier Annastasia Palaszczuk addresses her caucus with deputy premier Jackie Trad and treasurer Curtis Pitt, Sunday,Feb. 15, 2015.
New Queensland premier Annastasia Palaszczuk addresses her caucus with deputy premier Jackie Trad and treasurer Curtis Pitt, Sunday,Feb. 15, 2015. AAP IMAGE - JAMIE McKINNELL

Premier Palaszczuk sticks to promise on number of ministers

QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has named her watered-down ministry which will be sworn in Monday at Government House.

Ms Palaszczuk, who was more than 45 minutes late from her scheduled announcement time, stuck to her pre-election promise to cut the number of ministers down from 19 to 14 plus one assistant minister, despite pushes from union factions keen to get numbers on the front bench.

It is the first time in Australian political history two women have led a major party after South Brisbane MP Jackie Trad was named Deputy-Premier at the weekend.

Continuing the role he held for the past three years while in opposition was Mulgrave MP Curtis Pitt who as Treasurer has the task of keeping the state's finances in order and paying down debt.

Labor, who won 44 seats at the recent election, have been able to form a minority government with the help of Sunshine Coast-based independent Peter Wellington who immediately threw his support behind Ms Palaszczuk after his list of demands were met.

Ms Palaszczuk said empathically during the election campaign she would not do any deals in her bid to form government.

Other winners from Sunday's Labor caucus meeting at Parliament House included first time MPs Coralee O'Rourke, Shannon Fentiman, Mark Bailey, Leeanne Enoch and Steven Miles.

While Yvette D'Ath, Anthony Lynham, Jo-Ann Miller and Bill Byrne have also been handed portfolios.

Former Bligh Government ministers Cameron Dick and Kate Jones will also take up positions in the new ministry while Sterling Hinchcliffe was named as the Leader of the House.

Ms Palaszczuk told Labor MPs she would lead a strong and stable government that will make sure it restored confidence in the Queensland community and in the business sector.

"We will run a steady ship and we will value Queenslanders no matter where they live in this state," she said.

"We will value them each and every day."

The new Labor Cabinet will meet for the first time next week.

- APN NEWSDESK


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