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Our Annastacia becomes Premier

FINALLY... VICTORY: Labor leader and incoming Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (left) with the Labor Party's Ipswich MPs Jim Madden, Jennifer Howard and Jo-Ann Miller.
FINALLY... VICTORY: Labor leader and incoming Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (left) with the Labor Party's Ipswich MPs Jim Madden, Jennifer Howard and Jo-Ann Miller. David Nielsen

THE GIRL who went to school in Ipswich has grown up to become the most powerful politician in Queensland.

Annastacia Palaszczuk has formally accepted Governor Paul de Jersey's offer to form Queensland's new government and later today her interim ministry will be sworn in at Government House.

Ms Palaszczuk, Jackie Trad and Curtis Pitt will form the interim ministry.

The Electoral Commission of Queensland finished its count yesterday declaring all 89 seats, with Labor securing 44 and the LNP 42. They also revealed, as predicted by the QT, that they will not take the outcome of Ferny Grove to the Court of Disputed Returns.

With the support of independent Peter Wellington, Labor had the majority 45 seats. Ms Palaszczuk's meeting with the Governor occurred less than two hours after all the seats were declared.

"The Governor has invited me to form government," she said yesterday, as she left Government House. I have accepted that offer. It is an extremely humbling experience."

Ipswich's connection to the new government is expected to be even further promoted with Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller set to be named as one of the new ministers in the weeks to come. She is heavily favoured to be given an expanded Public Works portfolio.

Topics:  annastacia palaszczuk, jo-ann miller, queensland election 2015



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