Nolan ready for change
IPSWICH MP Rachel Nolan could gain a new portfolio or lose her Transport Minister role after Premier Anna Bligh promised a “serious shake-up” of her cabinet.
The Premier yesterday said she would announce her rejigged team before Monday after three Ministers resigned from their positions this week.
Another three backbenchers have been promoted in their place but Ms Bligh said all current cabinet positions could be changed.
There has been speculation the move is a clearing of the decks before a possible 2011 election, but Ms Nolan said she is expecting a 2012 election.
When asked if she would still be Transport Minister come Monday, Ms Nolan said it was a decision for the Premier to make.
She said she was happy in the portfolio but would be happy to work wherever Ms Bligh saw fit.
“There has to be ongoing change. Being in government is hard, we have to be constantly reassessing and bringing in people with new energy,” she said.
“All of it is in the Premier's hands. The Premier has said the election will be next year, and that's my expectation.”
The Labor caucus met yesterday elevate Yeerongpilly MP Simon Finn, Whitsunday MP Jan Jarratt and Mulgrave MP Curtis Pitt to the ministry to replace the outgoing Ministers.
Mr Schwarten and Ms Boyle will not recontest the next election, due in early 2012, while Mr Lawlor quit to concentrate on retaining his traditionally conservative Gold Coast seat of Southport.
Ms Bligh said she would not even guarantee Health Minister Paul Lucas would retain his deputy position in the change up.
“By the swearing in on Monday I think you'll see a very significant number of changes,” she said.