Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced over the weekend that the new 14-minister cabinet would be comprised of “fresh faces” and a “mix of experience”.
The statement rings true for the new Minister for State Development and Natural Resources and Mines, oral and maxillofacial surgeon and member for Stafford Dr Anthony Joseph Lynham.
The 54-year-old, dentistry graduate of the University of Queensland and medicine graduate of the University of Newcastle, is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery) who undertook a Fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in the general stream.
Dr Lynham was first elected in July 2014 at the Stafford by-election, resulting in the resignation of former member Chris Davis and defeating Liberal National Party candidate Bob Anderson.
He will joining other new cabinet ministers including:
- Yvette D’Ath, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Training and Skills
- Mark Bailey, Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, Minister for Energy and Water Supply
- Steven Miles, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
- Bill Byrne, Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Minister for Sport and Racing
The Cabinet will consist of 14 ministers, a shrinkage from 19, intended by the ALP to save a claimed $23 million over three years.
They will all be sworn in today at 11am.