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The Government of Queensland is commonly known as the “Queensland Government”. The form of the Government of Queensland is prescribed in its Constitution, which dates from 1859, although it has been amended many times since then. Since 1901 Queensland has been a state of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Australian Constitution regulates its relationship with the Commonwealth. Queensland is governed according to the principles of the Westminster system, a form of parliamentary government based on the model of the United Kingdom. Executive power is exercised by the Premier of Queensland and the Cabinet, who are appointed by the Governor, but who hold office by virtue of their ability to command the support of a majority of members of the Legislative Assembly. The Queensland Legislative Council was the upper house of the Queensland Parliament until its abolition in 1922. Consequently, the Legislative Assembly of Queensland is the only unicameral state parliament in Australia.

The Queensland Parliament House and Parliament House Annex is the meeting place for the Parliament of Queensland, 2005 Legislative power rests with the Parliament of Queensland, which consists of the Crown, represented by the Governor of Queensland, and the Queensland Legislative Assembly. The Legislative Assembly generally sits at Parliament House, Brisbane and it currently consists of one member from each of the 89 electorates. In Queensland general elections must be held every three years.

DepartmentMinisterPortfolio
Department of Premier and CabinetCampbell NewmanQueensland Premier
Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural AffairsGlen ElmesMinister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and ForestryJohn McVeighMinister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability ServicesTracy DavisMinister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
Department of Community SafetyJack DempseyMinister for Police and Community Safety
Department of Education, Training and EmploymentJohn-Paul LangbroekMinister for Education, Training and Employment
Department of Environment and Heritage ProtectionAndrew PowellMinister for Environment and Heritage Protection
Department of Housing and Public WorksBruce FleggMinister for Housing and Public Works
Department of Justice and Attorney-GeneralJarrod BleijieAttorney-General and Minister for Justice
Department of Local GovernmentDavid CrisafulliMinister for Local Government
Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and RacingSteve DicksonMinister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing
Department of Natural Resources and MinesAndrew CrippsMinister for Natural Resources and Mines
Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the ArtsRos BatesMinister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts
Department of State Development, Infrastructure and PlanningJeff SeeneyDeputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth GamesJann StuckeyMinister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
Department of Transport and Main RoadsScott EmersonMinister for Transport and Main Roads
Queensland HealthLawrence SpringborgMinister for Health
Queensland Police ServiceJack DempseyMinister for Police and Community Safety
Queensland Treasury and TradeTim NichollsTreasurer and Minister for Trade

2012-05-27 Queensland, Government

Bjelke-Petersen was charged with perjury in respect of evidence given to the Fitzgerald inquiry. The jury in the case remained deadlocked. In 1992 it was revealed that the jury foreman, Luke Shaw, was a member of the Young Nationals and was identified with the “Friends of Joh” movement. A special prosecutor announced in 1992 there would be no retrial because Sir Joh, then aged 81, was too old.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fitzgerald_Inquiry

Fitzgerald Inquiry Report (4MB PDF): http://www.cmc.qld.gov.au/research-and-publications/publications/police/the-fitzgerald-inquiry-report-1987201389

Bjelke-Petersen’s trial was later the subject of a TV movie, “Joh’s Jury” (See Below)

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