Qld election fallout: Labor could win, shake up service

Labor could pull off a remarkable victory in Queensland with the help of minor parties and an independent. And that could mean big changes to the way the public service operates.

George Street is on tenterhooks after Saturday’s election, with Labor in sight of a remarkable victory — with potentially significant changes to the bureaucracy to follow.

Counting in knife-edged electorates continues today, with Labor confident it could form a majority potentially with the help of an independent and two Katter’s Australia Party MPs. The Liberal-National Party hasn’t conceded defeat, but leader Campbell Newman has walked away from Parliament after losing the seat of Ashgrove to former Labor minister Kate Jones.

Both sides pledged there would be no further cuts to the public service, after a tumultuous term that saw 14,000 bureaucrats sacked. But Labor has vowed to make changes to portfolios and potentially departments, and a new LNP leader may have new ideas of their own.

Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk pledged to reduce the number of ministers from 19 to 14, and cut 12 assistant ministerial positions down to one. Planning was underway to determine which departments could be combined, she said.

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  • themandarinau

    Some good points, Roger. Have you worked in the service yourself? Would be interested in chatting; drop us a line if you don’t mind: jwhittaker@themandarin.com.au

  • roger dennis scott

    I was Director-General of Education in the Goss years after making the still unprecedented move from a Vice-Chancellorship. I returned to academe to be the last Dean of Arts at QUT (before it was rationalised into the Faculty of Creative Industries) then moved to sessional and honorary positions at the University of Queensland. After the fall of the Bligh government I was offered the role of Executive
    Director of the TJRyan Foundation, a progressive think tank concerned solely with Queensland.