Annastacia Palaszczuk waves to the crowd at the Qld Labor Party launch in January.
Annastacia Palaszczuk waves to the crowd at the Qld Labor Party launch in January. Rob Williams

Premier's proud dad sees daughter achieve her dream

WHEN Annastacia Palaszczuk was in Year 11 at school, her goal was to become prime minister.

Her father, former Labor minister Henry Palaszczuk, was among Ms Palaszczuk's family members who showed their support as the new Cabinet was sworn in yesterday.

"Annastacia set her mind to it a very long time ago," Mr Palaszczuk said.

"I think being Premier of Queensland is a wonderful opportunity. She is the 39th person in Queensland to achieve that honour and I feel so proud of her."

During the hour-long ceremony the premier, 13 ministers and one assistant minister pledged to serve the people of Queensland in their portfolios, and sealed their promises with a signature in front of Governor Paul de Jersey.

Some ministers will face challenges as they all hold at least two portfolios.

Steven Miles will be Environment and Heritage Protection Minister, along with the National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef brief.

Mr Miles said his first task would be "getting on top" of the UNESCO process to ensure the reef is protected and not listed as "in danger".

He believes he is ready for the challenge.

"I don't expect it will be easy but the environment is something I've been passionate about for a very long time," he said.

Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne was officially sworn in as Agriculture and Fisheries, and Sport and Racing Minister. He said it was a perfect fit for him, coming from the beef capital.

"Really, what I want to do is bring back a bit of optimism," he said.

"There's so much cynicism and hostility in politics these days, particularly on issues like agriculture, that I want to build a bridge."I want to build an environment where we can have honest discussions with all industry leaders and work with them as best we can to encourage agriculture in this state."

The new ministers were briefed yesterday afternoon and the first Cabinet meeting will be held next Monday.

Meanwhile the LNP has confirmed it will not refer the outcome of Ferny Grove to the Court of Disputed Returns.


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