Gold Coast MP to oversee environment following cabinet shakeup

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has unveiled her new cabinet with Gold Coast MP Meaghan Scanlon appointed Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef.

At 27-years-old, Ms Scanlon is the youngest cabinet minister in the state’s history.

She has also been given responsibility for Youth Affairs as well as Science.


As announced on Tuesday, Deputy Premier Steven Miles will move from the Health portfolio to State Development, Planning and Local Government.

Yvette D’ath takes on Health while Cameron Dick will continue as Treasurer while also adding Investment to his portfolio.

The role of Tourism Minister, crucial to the Gold Coast, will be taken on by Stirling Hinchliffe who will also become Sports Minister.

Mick de Brenni is the new Minister for Energy with the added title of Minister for Hydrogen.

Shannon Fentiman has been promoted to Attorney-General, also taking on the role of Minister for Justice, Women and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.

New cabinet appointee Leanne Linard is the Minister for Children and Youth Justice as well as Multicultural Affairs.

Di Farmer will assume the role of Minister for Employment and Small Business, Training and Skills Development.

Police Minister Mark Ryan will add Fire and Emergency Services to his portfolio while Mark Bailey remains as Minister for Transport and Main Roads.

The Premier says her new-look cabinet reflects the importance of the state’s recovery from COVID.

“Queenslanders expect us to get on with implementing our Economic Recovery Plan,” the Premier said.

“They expect the roads, schools and hospitals we need and the jobs that go with building them.

“It is our job to get on with the job and that’s exactly what we will do.”

The new cabinet will be sworn in at Government House on Thursday.

New Cabinet lineup – 

  • Annastacia Palaszczuk – Premier and Minister for Trade
  • Steven Miles – Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Local Government, Infrastructure and Planning
  • Cameron Dick – Treasurer and Minister for Investment
  • Grace Grace –  Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing
  • Yvette D’Ath – Minister for Health and Ambulance Services
  • Shannon Fentiman – Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
  • Mark Bailey – Minister for Transport and Main Roads
  • Mick de Brenni – Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement
  • Leeanne Enoch – Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts
  • Mark Ryan – Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
  • Mark Furner – Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
  • Stirling Hinchliffe – Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Innovation and Minister for Sport
  • Di Farmer – Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
  • Craig Crawford – Minister for Seniors and Disability Services and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
  • Glenn Butcher – Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Minister for Water
  • Meaghan Scanlon – Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs
  • Scott Stewart – Minister for Resources
  • Leanne Linard – Minister for  Children and Youth Justice and Minister for Multicultural Affairs