Massive jobs-to-do list for Miller
BUNDAMBA MP Jo-Ann Miller landed four portfolios, including the position of Opposition Whip, among the Labor Party shadow cabinet announced yesterday.
All six of Queensland's Labor MPs were getting acquainted with a whole lot of new files and facts after Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk announced her cabinet.
Mrs Miller was assigned the Natural Resources and Mines, Health, Housing and Opposition Whip portfolios, with each of her colleagues receiving a similar workload.
She admitted the task ahead was immense, but could not wait to begin when parliament meets for the first time post-election on May 15. Before then, Mrs Miller faces a lot of reading through budget and cabinet papers.
"I'm very enthusiastic about serving the Opposition in Shadow Cabinet and I am passionate about the portfolio responsibilities I have been given," Mrs Miller said.
"We do have a small team and we will have to be across all the portfolios as a team. We will have to have knowledge of each folio."
Mrs Miller takes over the position as Labor Party whip from former Albert MP Margaret Keech, who lost her seat in the election.
Ms Palaszczuk said the Opposition team was under no illusions about the tough task ahead of it, given the government's unprecedented parliamentary majority.
"We have an enthusiastic team ready to get on with the important job of opposition," she said.
Mrs Miller said each of her shadow portfolios held significance to Ipswich.
"Housing is of particular importance in Bundamba because of the need for social housing.
"I'm very eager to get on with the job of opposition and hold the Newman government accountable."