No ministry for Malone
IT'S not often you hear a Labor politician sticking up for an LNP one, but Tim Mulherin says Premier Campbell Newman's decision not to make Ted Malone a minister is a "kick in the guts".
Queensland's premier announced his new ministry, but Mr Malone, who has been Member for Mirani since 1994 and has been shadow minister of several portfolios, was not on the list.
His extensive experience and prime location at the coalface of the biggest driver of Queensland's economy didn't even get him a position as an assistant minister.
Labor's Queensland deputy leader Mr Mulherin, who is waiting to see if he'll retain his seat as Member for Mackay, said the news was "a kick in the guts to Ted Malone".
He said Mr Newman's ministry was dominated by southern politicians - with 17 of 19 from South East Queensland, the Darling Downs and Wide Bay Burnett - when the seat of Mirani was home to one of the state's regional powerhouses.
"We've been snubbed by Newman, who I feel doesn't really understand regional Queensland," he said.
"Poor old Ted did not even get a parliamentary secretary (role). He's been relegated to a parliamentary committee (as a chair when he has extensive experience as a shadow minister). This is how he's been rewarded, so I wonder how they'll reward the people of this region?"
Mr Newman said there was a lot of talent to choose from in the new LNP Government and this needed to be balanced against regional representation.
"Mr Malone has a lot of experience and he will be taking on the important role of committee chair for Industry, Education, Training and Industrial Relations Committee," Mr Newman said.
Mackay mayoral candidates Justin Englert and Karen May were also disappointed Mr Malone did not receive a ministerial position, given his experience.
"Ted certainly has a passion for education and training and being that committee chair is something he will give 120% to," Cr May said.
Mr Malone, who has been the shadow minister for Public Works and Housing, Employment and Training, Local Government and Planning and Industrial Relations and Employment Skills, did not return the Daily Mercury's calls on Friday.