After leading Queensland through the COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s top doctor Jeanette Young has been appointed as Queensland’s next Governor.
Dr Young will take over from Paul de Jersey who has been in the role for almost seven years.
Mr de Jersey’s term was due to expire in July but he has agreed to continue in the role until November to allow Dr Young to continue overseeing the state’s vaccine rollout.
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Dr Young says she had no hesitation accepting the offer.
“This is an enormous honour and one I’m so pleased to accept,” Dr Young said.
It will be a privilege to go across our wonderful state and talk to Queenslanders across our state because it has been Queenslanders who have done this over the last 18 months. They’ve given up so much for us to be where we are.”
Dr Young admits she has big shoes to fill, paying tribute to Mr de Jersey.
“Our governor has been an amazing Governor through some very difficult times and I really look forward to talking to him.”
She also praised the Premier and her cabinet for their handling of the pandemic.
“I just wanted to thank our government led by the Premier. She has been an amazing person to work with the last 18 months.
“The advice I have given to her over this time I’m sure has not been easy at all but she has never waivered.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Dr Young was an obvious choice for the role.
“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 suite 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.”