A day after standing aside from her ministerial positions pending a Crime & Corruption Commission investigation, Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad has resigned from the frontbench completely.
The CCC is investigating allegations Ms Trad interfered in the appointment of a principal for a new secondary school in her South Brisbane electorate.
She has denied the claims.
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Ms Trad announced on Saturday that she would move to the backbench while the investigation is carried out, but the Premier confirmed on Sunday that Ms Trad has quit cabinet altogether.
Health Minister Steven Miles has been appointed as the new Deputy Premier while retaining the health portfolio.
State Development Minister Cameron Dick will take on the role as Treasurer while retaining Infrastructure and Planning.
Kate Jones will be the new Minister for State Development while also remaining in charge of the Tourism and Innovation portfolio and Cross River Rail.
Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford will take on Ms Trad’s role as Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partnerships.
Glenn Butcher will join cabinet as Minister for Regional Development.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has thanked Ms Trad for her service and says she has acted “swiftly and decisively” to reshuffle her frontbench.
“She has made the decision in the best interest of her family, the community and the party,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“She does not want there to be any distraction for the government as we respond to the COVID crisis and where the government must be focussed on recovery and jobs.”
“Queenslanders expect myself and my team to be focussed on dealing with the the health and economic crisis that we have before us and that is absolutely my intention.”
Mr Miles says it was a privilege to be the Deputy Premier.
“It’s a great honour for me to have been asked to be Deputy Premier of the State I love, Queensland.
“As you all know every single day I have lived and breathed our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and nothing about that will change.
“Our government’s response to the pandemic is going to be absolutely crucial and its an honour for me to continue to lead our health services throughout that response.”
Mr Dick says his biggest priority as Treasurer will be jobs and the State’s recovery from coronavirus.
“Unemployment is a blight to individuals, for families and for communities and i know the impact it can have on individuals and families,” Mr Dick said.
“So my responsibility as Treasurer is to ensure that we can get Queenslanders back to work as quickly as possible.”
The new-look frontbench will be sworn in on Monday.
Ms Trad said on Saturday that she planned to contest her seat of South Brisbane, but The Premier says Ms Trad won’t be returning to cabinet before October’s State election.
“This is absolutely the team focussed on the economic recovery and the health response that Queenslanders expect my government to be doing.”