After 16 years as Queensland’s top doctor, Jeanette Young will embark on a new journey today, becoming the sunshine state’s new Governor.
Young will become the 27th person to take on the role, and just the fourth woman to do so, when she’s officially sworn in this afternoon.
The former Chief Health Officer is replacing Paul de Jersey, who has been in the role for almost seven years.
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Mr de Jersey’s term was due to expire in July, but he agreed to continue in the job until November to allow Dr Young to continue overseeing the state’s vaccine rollout.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she chose Dr Young for the role due to her handling of the pandemic, stating it “was an obvious choice”.
“Everyone knows Dr Young has stood by our side through thick and thin. She has been with us every step of the way during this pandemic,” The Premier said.
“People across Queensland have stopped me and said to me ‘Dr Young’s going to be our Governor’ and that’s exactly what’s going to happen.
“I’m quite sure she’s going to be the people’s Governor because she has been with the people of this state through the most difficult challenges this state has ever had to face.”