Queensland’s deputy premier Jackie Trad has resigned from cabinet amid a corruption probe and Health Minister Steven Miles has been elevated to deputy premier.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement on Sunday, following the news the Crime and Corruption Commission was investigating Ms Trad for the second time in 12 months.
Health Minister Steven Miles has been appointed deputy premier, while Cameron Dick will also take on the role as treasurer, in addition to his other portfolio.
“Jackie Trad has resigned from her ministerial portfolio responsibilities. And I want to thank her for her service. I mean, she has served the state over five and a half years in relation to her ministerial duties.
“She has made the decision in the best interests of her family, the community and the party. She does not want there to be any distraction for the Government as we respond to the COVID crisis, and where the Government must be focused on recovery and jobs.”
Cameron Dick will become treasurer and retain the infrastructure portfolio.
Kate Jones will be the Minister for State Development, while continuing as the tourism and Innovation Minister.
The minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Craig Crawford, will assume responsibility, also for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partnerships.
The premier has also appointed an additional regional minister, Glenn Butcher from Gladstone. He will join the Cabinet.
The premier announced there were two new COVID cases in the state.