Queensland cabinet to be sworn in after Trad's resignation

Queensland's new-look cabinet will be sworn in following the shock resignation of deputy premier and treasurer Jackie Trad.

Queensland cabinet to be sworn in after Trad's resignation

Queensland's new-look cabinet will be sworn in following the shock resignation of deputy premier and treasurer Jackie Trad.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the reshuffle on Sunday and the new cabinet will be sworn in this afternoon.

Health Minister Steven Miles will step into the role of deputy premier while Cameron Dick will become Treasurer, in addition to his other portfolios.

Tourism Minister Kate Jones will also become responsible for state development, while Fire and Emergency Services will pick up Ms Trad's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander department.

Member for Mackay Glenn Butcher will be promoted to cabinet as the minister for regional development and manufacturing.

Ms Palaszczuk announcement came less than 24 hours after the Crime and Corruption Commission confirmed it was investigating Ms Trad for the second time in 12 months.

It is alleged she interfered with the selection process for the principal of a new high school located in her South Brisbane seat.

Ms Trad denies the claims and said she "never expressed a view to anyone on who should fill that role".

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NSW nurses angry over proposed pay freeze

NSW nurses are angry that the state government wants to impose a public sector wage freeze as they deal with the pressures of work amid the coronavirus crisis.

NSW nurses angry over proposed pay freeze

NSW nurses are angry that the state government wants to impose a public sector wage freeze as they deal with the pressures of work amid the coronavirus crisis.

Frontline nurses and midwives say the middle of the coronavirus pandemic is hardly the time for the NSW Government to freeze public sector wages, especially with a "second wave" of cases imminent.

State Nurses and Midwives' Association general secretary Brett Holmes has criticised Treasurer Dominic Perrottet for saying he will "always put people before numbers" before denying workers on the COVID-19 frontline a wage increase from July.

"On the eve of International Nurses' Day, the NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association has attacked plans by the NSW Government to ram through legislation for a public sector wage freeze, as early as tomorrow when parliament resumes for special sessions," Mr Holmes said.

"The middle of a pandemic is hardly the time to be asking frontline nurses and midwives to suck it up, show up for their shifts and do even more for less."

Public sector unions representing frontline workers are calling on the NSW opposition and crossbench politicians to "vigorously reject" any wage freeze.

Sad nurse sitting on a hospital bed

"The government cannot deny the sacrifices of frontline workers, especially when more than half of the 144 NSW Health workers who have contracted COVID-19, acquired it while at work," Mr Holmes said in a statement.

"Thousands of nurses, midwives, other health sector workers and public servants are risking their lives daily to keep fellow citizens safe. These workers deserve recognition, not attempts by government to send wages backwards and our economy into further turmoil.

"We are all preparing for a second wave of COVID-19, yet the government is asking nurses and midwives to do more for less, putting the budget bottom line before people in need."

Mr Holmes said the proposed wage freeze was a "disgrace", especially as nurses had been "spat on and abused, forced to deal with a lack of Personal Protective Equipment and put themselves, and their families, at risk each shift".

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