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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s cabinet shake-up propels rising stars Meaghan Scanlon and Shannon Fentiman into the spotlight

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Queensland’s premier said she has “listened” and “acted” as she unveiled her new-look cabinet after a reshuffle that moves around familiar faces to new positions while also propelling some rising stars.

Annastacia Palaszczuk’s “refreshed” Labor team was sworn before Governor Dr Jeannette Young at Government House on Thursday.

Future leadership hopeful Shannon Fentiman will take on the beleaguered health portfolio while keeping control as minister for women, a role she fought to retain.

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Rising star Meaghan Scanlon will be promoted to housing to tackle the state’s growing accommodation crisis.

The challenging task of Youth Justice falls to Di Farmer, who will move from employment, training and skills development.

Yvette D’Ath is moving from health to return to the attorney-general role she held until 2020.

Former housing minister Leanne Enoch is set to steer Queensland’s path in the treaty, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partnerships, communities and the arts portfolios.

Leanne Linard’s move from youth justice to take on environment and science was seen as a significant demotion.

Adding insult to injury, the former youth justice minister’s name was noticeably misspelt on the official cabinet announcement – to Leeanne Linard.

Newly sworn-in Minister for Housing Meaghan Scanlon (left) and Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Shannon Fentiman (right). Credit: AAP

The premier insists her “refreshed” cabinet will focus on delivering for Queenslanders.

“Our government cares about Queenslanders and what they’re thinking. I have listened, and I have acted,” the premier said.

“I’m going to use the experience I have as premier to have a critical focus on shaping a better and fairer Queensland, now and for the future.”

Palaszczuk said she and her team remain firmly focused on the future.

“That’s why I have refreshed the government by refreshing the cabinet, and today marks a new beginning,” she said.

Opposition responds

The opposition insists the reshuffle solves nothing and is a distraction from the issues still faced by everyday Queenslanders.

“I’m not going to be distracted by governments that are constantly looking at the politics of things and looking for ways to relieve political pressure,” Liberal National leader David Crisafulli said.

“I’m looking for ways to relieve people’s financial pressure. I’m looking for ways to make sure that the services they rely on are world-class.”

Deputy leader Jarrod Bleijie said the reshuffle showed a government desperate to cling to power.

“This is completely about the premier trying to reset her government,” he said.

“What we’re seeing over the last 48 hours with respect to the chaos, the crisis and the dysfunction – many Queenslanders will be shaking their head in disbelief.”

Perhaps the biggest scalp remains Yvette D’Ath, who continues to be singled out for support by colleagues.

Police Minister Mark Ryan on Wednesday praised her “great work” in what he conceded was a difficult portfolio.

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Queensland’s premier said she has “listened” and “acted” as she unveiled her new-look cabinet after a reshuffle that moves around familiar faces to new positions while also propelling some rising stars.

Annastacia Palaszczuk’s “refreshed” Labor team was sworn before Governor Dr Jeannette Young at Government House on Thursday.

Future leadership hopeful Shannon Fentiman will take on the beleaguered health portfolio while keeping control as minister for women, a role she fought to retain.

Watch the latest news and stream for free on 7plus >>

Rising star Meaghan Scanlon will be promoted to housing to tackle the state’s growing accommodation crisis.

The challenging task of Youth Justice falls to Di Farmer, who will move from employment, training and skills development.

Yvette D’Ath is moving from health to return to the attorney-general role she held until 2020.

Former housing minister Leanne Enoch is set to steer Queensland’s path in the treaty, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partnerships, communities and the arts portfolios.

Leanne Linard’s move from youth justice to take on environment and science was seen as a significant demotion.

Adding insult to injury, the former youth justice minister’s name was noticeably misspelt on the official cabinet announcement – to Leeanne Linard.

Newly sworn-in Minister for Housing Meaghan Scanlon (left) and Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Shannon Fentiman (right). Credit: AAP

The premier insists her “refreshed” cabinet will focus on delivering for Queenslanders.

“Our government cares about Queenslanders and what they’re thinking. I have listened, and I have acted,” the premier said.

“I’m going to use the experience I have as premier to have a critical focus on shaping a better and fairer Queensland, now and for the future.”

Palaszczuk said she and her team remain firmly focused on the future.

“That’s why I have refreshed the government by refreshing the cabinet, and today marks a new beginning,” she said.

Opposition responds

The opposition insists the reshuffle solves nothing and is a distraction from the issues still faced by everyday Queenslanders.

“I’m not going to be distracted by governments that are constantly looking at the politics of things and looking for ways to relieve political pressure,” Liberal National leader David Crisafulli said.

“I’m looking for ways to relieve people’s financial pressure. I’m looking for ways to make sure that the services they rely on are world-class.”

Deputy leader Jarrod Bleijie said the reshuffle showed a government desperate to cling to power.

“This is completely about the premier trying to reset her government,” he said.

“What we’re seeing over the last 48 hours with respect to the chaos, the crisis and the dysfunction – many Queenslanders will be shaking their head in disbelief.”

Perhaps the biggest scalp remains Yvette D’Ath, who continues to be singled out for support by colleagues.

Police Minister Mark Ryan on Wednesday praised her “great work” in what he conceded was a difficult portfolio.

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