Surgeon named Qld resources minister

DOCTOR Anthony Lynham has been appointed as Queensland’s new Minister for Natural Resources and Mines after Labor’s Annastacia Palaszczuk formed government on Friday.
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Dr Anthony Lynham

Kristie Batten

Lynham is considered one of Australia’s best maxillofacial surgeons and chose to enter politics last year to protest the former Newman government’s cuts to health, education and housing.

But former Bligh government minister Cameron Dick got the health portfolio, while Lynham was also appointed as Minister for State Development.

“I am delighted to have been appointed today as the Minister for State Development, Mines and Natural Resources,” Lynham said.

“I look forward to commencing work in this incredibly important portfolio and being a part of the honest and consultative government that Queenslanders deserve.”

Queensland Resources Council CEO Michael Roche congratulated Palaszczuk and her new cabinet on their election win.

“We are confident that a globally competitive resources sector will continue to enjoy bipartisan political support as an essential contributor to Queensland’s economy, jobs growth and revenues to fund state government services,” he said.

“The ALP’s ‘iron-clad’ campaign commitment not to increase royalties for coal, minerals, petroleum or gas is a welcome step towards that objective, noting that the best way to boost government royalty revenues is the implementation of policies that support resources sector growth.

“QRC looks forward to working productively with the Palaszczuk government to secure for Queensland the globally competitive business environment needed to both attract further new resources investment, and importantly, to sustain existing operations in very challenging market conditions.”

Palaszczuk, who was sworn in on Saturday, also appointed Mark Bailey as Queensland Minister for Energy and Water Supply, along with handing him the Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports portfolio.

Bailey is a former high school teacher and Brisbane Councillor. He is Labor's MP Elect for the seat of Yeerongpilly and lives locally in Moorooka.

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