Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney

Gympie has new Cabinet power

GYMPIE MP David Gibson was having a busy day at Parliament House yesterday, though possibly not as busy as another of our region's state political representatives, Callide's Jeff Seeney.

Mr Seeney, whose electorate includes the whole Widgee-Woolooga-Kilkivan-Goomeri district, has been named as Deputy Premier under the interim Campbell Newman Cabinet, which was sworn in yesterday.

"He's having a busier day than I am," Mr Gibson remarked as he and other newly elected or re-elected MPs met and found their feet in the historic Newman government.

To Gympie's north, LNP candidate Anne Maddern was not taking anything for granted as she nervously awaited the final count for what many say will be her new Maryborough electorate, which includes Curra, Glenwood, Gunalda and Tiaro.

At final count yesterday (8895 votes) she was substantially ahead of incumbent Independent Chris Foley, with 7524 votes and 34 out of 36 booths counted.

She said she was still nervous about postal and declaration votes.

Mr Gibson predicted Mr Seeney would be up for air, and comment, possibly by Wednesday.

"It's pretty busy down here," Mr Gibson said but, referring to Mr Seeney, added: "He's a bit busier than I am."

The new Campbell Newman Cabinet features Mr Seeney as Deputy Premier and Clayfield MP Tim Nichols as Treasurer.

"They've divied up the portfolios as they were under the previous government," Mr Gibson said.

Those portfolios will be split up into individual departments and ministries, as the new Cabinet makes its promised machinery-of-government changes.

The first formal meeting of LNP members is scheduled for tomorrow.