Queensland’s Liberal National Party Lawrence Springborg (left) and his new deputy John-Paul Langbroek.
Queensland’s Liberal National Party Lawrence Springborg (left) and his new deputy John-Paul Langbroek. DAN PELED

LNP set to appoint more shadow ministers than Labor Cabinet

THE LNP will have more shadow ministers than the number of ministers actually in Cabinet and those extra frontbenchers will not be paid.

Queensland LNP leader Lawrence Springborg confirmed on Tuesday that party members were supportive of having 18 to 19 shadow ministers, even though there were only 14 ministers under the new Labor Government.

"There is a good reason for this," Mr Springborg said.

"Basically we're looking at a $50 billion public business, which is the government in Queensland and I think what Labor have done will prove itself in the medium to long term to be absolutely unworkable," he said.

"It cannot represent properly the magnitude of the business of government in Queensland and it makes sense to actually have portfolios that are manageable because otherwise you become frozen by indecision and you're not across your brief."

Having more shadow ministers than the number of Cabinet ministers will mean those extra LNP members will have to volunteer their time to take on the extra responsibilities.

But Mr Springborg said members were prepared for unpaid workload.

"People understand the reality of what we're dealing with; they understand that we can really only officially shadow the government but people are certainly willing to make sure that we have the commitment as individuals to provide a real alternative for Queenslanders."

Mr Springborg said the party room supported the decision and it hoped to form the shadow ministry by the end of the week.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced during the election campaign, Labor would cut the ministry from 19 to 14 to save $23 million over three years.

- APN NEWSDESK


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