Qld Premier vows minimal change, ‘return to Westminster’

New Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has sought to reassure nervous public servants about coming machinery of government changes, saying she’ll try to make it as painless as possible.

New Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk promises her shake-up of the bureaucracy will be as painless as possible, as directors-general worry about the “merit-based” appointment process that could leave them out of a job.

Palaszczuk sent an email to the public service on Wednesday vowing “we will do everything we can to keep changes to a minimum”. And she said she’ll reverse changes made by former Campbell Newman’s government to workplace conditions.

The Premier cut her front bench from 19 ministers to 14 as a cost saving to taxpayers. The number of departments won’t be reduced, but portfolios and responsibilities have been shaken up.

Palaszczuk said the new government has “the highest regard for the professionalism and independence of the Queensland public service”:

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