Queensland Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad resigns from ministerial duties

Queensland Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad has resigned from her ministerial duties, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.

Health Minister Steven Miles will take over as deputy premier.

Cameron Dick has been announced as the new treasurer and Kate Jones will be minister for state development.

The Premier said this would be the Queensland leadership team going into the upcoming state election.

Yesterday, Ms Trad announced she was standing aside from her ministerial duties during an investigation launched by the state’s corruption watchdog.

Ms Trad said the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) informed her on Friday afternoon that it would investigate the recruitment and selection process for the principal of the new Inner City South Secondary College, in Brisbane’s Dutton Park.

“Today, Jackie Trad has resigned from her ministerial portfolio responsibilities,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“She has made her decision in the best interests of her family, the community and the [Queensland Labor] party.

“She does not want there to be any distraction for the Government as we respond to the COVID crisis. I really want to thank her.”

Ms Palaszczuk said she had moved “swiftly and decisively” to decide on the new leadership team.

“I want to reassure Queenslanders that these are permanent appointments.

“Queenslanders expect myself and my team to deal with the health and economic crisis that we have before us and that is absolutely my intention,” she said.

Mr Miles said his appointment to deputy premier was “a great honour”.

“This year I have lived and breathed the response to the COVID-19 pandemic — nothing’s changed,” he said.

“It is an honour for me to continue to lead our health workers throughout that response.”

More to come.

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