Palaszczuk brings in more private sector hands to run departments

Annastacia Palaszczuk has appointed the woman who will run the department supporting the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast City, and the new director-general of Energy and Water Supply. There are still eight more positions being decided.

The staggered appointment of the top 17 public service positions in Queensland continues today with a further two people brought in from the private sector to replace existing agency heads at the departments of Energy and Water Supply, and Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and Commonwealth Games.

This follows a clean sweep earlier this year in which Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told each one of her top mandarins to reapply for their jobs or move on. The first two were appointed to Premier and Cabinet and Treasury in May. Then seven more followed last month.

Megan Houghton

Megan Houghton

Today, the premier announced Megan Houghton and Professor Paul Simshauser will join those ranks, having been appointed following the recommendation of an independent panel continuing the merit-based recruitment process.

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