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2020/21 Budget

The Treasure Cameron Dick has delivered his first budget which largely mirrors the fiscal position.

The biggest news is the substantial deterioration in revenue as a result of the COVID recession. While Queensland’s fiscal position was expected to take a huge hit, the scale is somewhat larger than predicted. Revenue is forecast to be $12.3 billion lower since the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Review in December 2019.

This includes a $4.5 billion less in tax revenue, $3.8 billion less in GST revenue and $4 billion less in royalty revenue due in part to the deteriorating coal price and international trade tensions.

That being said, the Government was upfront with voters before the election about its intention to borrow to build and fill the gaps in our economy where required.

The government is however committed to spending to grow and step in when the private sector retreats as it did during the GFC. This includes:

  • $54 billion capital works program over four years
    • $14.8 billion in 2020/21 alone
  • $21.8 billion for health
    • $1.6 billion for infrastructure projects, including upgrading and increasing capacity at major hospitals and building seven new satellite hospitals
  • $17.5 billion for education and training
    • $1.7 billion or the Building Future Schools Fund for new schools, land acquisition, and future planning
    • Almost half a billion to continue to air-condition state schools
  • $6.3 billion for transport infrastructure
    • This includes the ‘second M1’, Bruce Hwy upgrades, Centenary bridge upgrade, Ipswich Mwy upgrades, M1 upgrades, Gold Coast light rail stage 3A, etc.

While there are challenges, there are also positive signs with the speed of the recovery in Queensland. The latest figures show the state has added the same number of jobs lost due to COVID, and while it’s not the same people or the same type of jobs perhaps – it is a very impressive milestone. This together with the 85,000 people migration boom we’re expecting in Queensland bodes well if the settings are right for our economic recovery.

Cabinet

The cabinet has seen the addition of three new ministers replacing the three who retired at the last election. Scott Stewart, Member for Townsville takes on the resources portfolio, a member of the Labor Right should provide comfort to mining companies, the QRC and those Queenslanders who rely on resource jobs.

The other new ministers being Leanne Linnard, Member for Nudgee now looking after Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs and Meaghan Scanlon, Member for Gaven on the Gold Coast and a member of the Labor Left will take on the Environment portfolio.

Major changes include Steven Miles moving into the State Development portfolio to focus on the economic recovery through the substantial capital works program and Yvette D’Ath taking over in Health.

Former lawyer, Shannon Fentiman gets a big promotion to Attorney-General in recognition of a good performance in the past term.

The remainder of changes are movements to the secondary portfolios of Ministers with the majority continuing in their previous roles.

Minister

Title

 

ANNASTACIA PALASZCZUK

Premier and Minister for Trade

 

STEVEN MILES

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government 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

 
 

MARK BAILEY

Minister for Transport and Main Roads

 

MICK DE BRENNI

Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement

 

SHANNON FENTIMAN

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence

 

MARK RYAN

Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services

 
 
 

STIRLING HINCHLIFFE

Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Innovation and Minister for Sport

 

MARK FURNER

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities

 

LEEANNE ENOCH

Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts

 

GLENN BUTCHER

Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Minister for Water

 

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

 

SCOTT STEWART

Minister for Resources

 

MEAGHAN SCANLON

Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs

 

LEANNE LINARD

Minister for Children and Youth Justice and Minister for Multicultural Affairs

 

 

Assistant Ministers

Partly due to the increase in members in her caucus post-election and to reward up and coming talent, the Premier has expanded the number of Assistant Minister from five to eight:

Assistant Ministers

Title

BART MELLISH,

Member for Aspley

Assistant Minister to the Premier for Veterans’ Affairs, Trade and COVID Economic Recovery

NIKKI BOYD,

Member for Pine Rivers

Assistant Minister for Local Government

CHARIS MULLEN,

Member for Jordan

Assistant Minister for Treasury

BRITTANY LAUGA,

Member for Keppel  

Assistant Minister for Education

JULIEANNE GILBERT,

Member for Mackay

Assistant Minister for Health Infrastructure

BRUCE SAUNDERS,

Member for Maryborough

Assistant Minister for Train Manufacturing and Regional Roads

LANCE MCCALLUM,

Member for Bundamba

Assistant Minister for Hydrogen Development and the 50% Renewable Energy Target by 2030

MICHAEL HEALY,

Member for Cairns

Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development

 

Machinery of Government

There has been a number of ‘machinery of government’ changes as a result of the new ministerial portfolios mentioned above. For a comprehensive list of exactly which Minister is responsible for what area of government polices please click here.

 

Directors-General

The Premier has largely maintained the status-quo in the leadership of Departments and agencies going into this next term to provide stability.

Departments / Agencies

Name

Title

Current status

Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Mr Dave Stewart

Director-General

Continuing appointment

Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

Mr Damien Walker

Director-General

Continuing appointment

Coordinator-General

Ms Toni Power

Coordinator-General

Continuing appointment

Queensland Treasury

Ms Rachel Hunter

Under Treasurer

Continuing appointment

Department of Education

Mr Tony Cook

Director-General

Continuing appointment

Queensland Health

Dr John Wakefield

Director-General

Continuing appointment

Department of Transport and Main Roads

Mr Neil Scales

Director-General

Continuing appointment

Department of Energy and Public Works

Mr James Purtill

Director-General

Continuing appointment

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Mr David Mackie

Director-General

Continuing appointment

Queensland Police Service

Ms Katarina Carroll

Commissioner

Continuing appointment

Queensland Corrective Services

Mr Peter Martin

Commissioner

Continuing appointment

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Mr Greg Leach

Commissioner

Continuing appointment

Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport

Mr John Lee

Acting Director-General

Temporary Acting appointment

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Ms Beth Woods (retiring)

Mr Bob Gee (to transition from early 2021)

Director-General

Continuing appointments

Department of Communities and Housing and Digital Economy

Ms Clare O’Conner

Director-General

Continuing appointment

Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water

Mr Frankie Carroll

Director-General

Continuing appointment

Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Mr Warwick Agnew

Director-General

Continuing appointment

Department of Seniors and Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

Dr Chris Sarra

Ms Mary-Anne Curtis

Director-General

Associate Director-General, Seniors and Disability Services

Continuing appointment

Continuing appointment

Department of Resources

Mr Mike Kaiser

Acting Director-General

Temporary Acting appointment (commencing January 2021)

Department of Environment and Science

Mr Jamie Merrick

Director-General

Continuing appointment

Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs

Ms Deidre Mulkerin

Director-General

Continuing appointment

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