New Queensland Government due to reveal Cabinet line-up

Updated February 15, 2015 10:21:13

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is today due to reveal who will make up Labor's trimmed down ministry and which portfolios will be merged.

During the election campaign, Labor promised to cut the number of ministers from 19 to 14, and have just one assistant minister, compared to the Liberal National Party's (LNP) 12.

Ms Palaszczuk said the move would save $23 million over three years.

The Labor caucus is due to convene in Brisbane this morning to discuss the key appointments before another swearing in ceremony in the coming days.

Ms Palaszczuk has insisted she would have the final say on who was in and who was out, but factional numbers have played a part.

Former Bligh government minister Stirling Hinchliffe may miss out on a position, as could returning Brisbane Central MP Grace Grace.

A handful of new MPs are expected to go straight into Cabinet, including Shannon Fentiman, Mark Bailey and Leanne Enoch.

Kate Jones is also expected to return to the ministry, after ousting former LNP premier Campbell Newman in Ashgrove.

Labor's nine existing MPs should stay on the frontbench.

Ms Palaszczuk was sworn in as Premier on Saturday, along with Jackie Trad as Deputy Premier and Curtis Pitt as Treasurer.

Labor formed a minority government with the support of Sunshine Coast independent MP Peter Wellington.

Retailers said the appointment of Queensland's new government would provide certainty for the struggling sector.

The Australian Retailers Association's Russell Zimmerman said the industry needed to know the Government would make decisions that provided financial support and stability.

"As an industry association we're going to do our utmost to work with the Government," Mr Zimmerman said.

"What we want to see is job security and further more we want to see more jobs growth, so they'll be the two things that we'll particularly be looking for as we move forward with the new Labor Government."

Topics:government-and-politics, political-parties, state-parliament, parliament, qld

First posted February 15, 2015 09:30:30

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Updated February 15, 2015 10:22:19

At least 400,000 people have lined the streets of Perth for a second day to watch twogiant marionettes walk through the city as part of the International Arts Festival.

The six-metre tall little girl giant continued her search for a second giant, an 11-metre tall deep sea diver who had been resting outside the Perth train station.

On Saturday, he arose from his slumber and also began roaming the streets.

At one point he stopped and appeared to take a drink from a fire truck.

The two figures are due to meet on Sunday at Langley Park and leave on a barge on the Swan River.

The performance, The Incredible and Phenomenal Journey of the Giants, attracted an estimated 180,000 people to the city on Friday.

Crowds began pouring into the CBD from early this morning and people were standing 10-deep in some parts of the city.

A festival spokeswoman said 400,000 people had watched the performance on Saturday morning.

The little girl giant is operated by a team of 25 people pulling strings to make her limbs move.

As she moved along she performed a series of gymnastic moves, before arriving at Weld Square in Northbridge where she was due to have a four-hour nap.

Festival artistic director Jonathan Holloway said he had been "blown away" by how people had responded to the giants.

"The audiences have just been amazing ... obviously the girl is wonderful," he said.

He said the audience reaction had been "unbelievably good .... people are energised, they're excited".

Transperth spokesman David Hynes said trains had been at capacity between 8:00am and 11:00am, with many people at inner-city stations unable to board.

He said extra services and carriages had been put on, and an estimated 18,000 people an hour had travelled by train into the city during that time.

"We did have a few issues earlier - it would seem that people left it a bit late trying to get in to see the diver giant," he said.

"I don't think anyone was expecting such a crush this morning, but that's been resolved now, although numbers are still heavy."

Yesterday the girl travelled several city blocks before resting in a deck chair at Wellington Square and reading from a giant book.

The $5 million event is expected to draw in more than one million people over three days.

Information on finding and following The Giants is at Perth Festival website.

Topics:street-art, performance-art, perth-6000

First posted February 14, 2015 13:12:44

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