Premier of Queensland

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Premier of Queensland
Incumbent
Annastacia Palaszczuk

since 14 February 2015
Style The Honourable
Member of Cabinet of Queensland
Appointer Governor of Queensland
Term length At the Governor's pleasure
Inaugural holder Robert Herbert
Formation10 December 1859
Salary$380,000 per annum
Website www.thepremier.qld.gov.au

The Premier of Queensland is the head of government in the Australian state of Queensland.

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By convention the Premier is the leader of the party with a parliamentary majority in the unicameral Legislative Assembly of Queensland. The Premier is appointed by the Governor of Queensland.

The incumbent Premier of Queensland since the 2015 election is Annastacia Palaszczuk of the Labor Party.

Constitutional role

Under section 42 of the Constitution of Queensland the Premier and other members of Cabinet are appointed by the Governor and are collectively responsible to Parliament. The text of the Constitution assigns to the Premier certain powers, such as the power to assign roles (s. 25) to Assistant Ministers (formerly known as Parliamentary Secretaries), and to appoint Ministers as acting Ministers (s. 45) for a period of 14 days.

In practice, under the conventions of the Westminster System followed in Queensland, the Premier's power is derived from two sources: command of a majority in the Legislative Assembly, and the Premier's role as chair of Cabinet, determining the appointment and roles of Ministers. Although ministerial appointments are the prerogative of the Governor of Queensland, in normal circumstances the Governor will make these appointments under the "advice" (in reality, direction) of the Premier.

Immediately following an election for the Legislative Assembly, the Governor will call on the leader of the party which commands a majority in the Legislative Assembly, and ask them to commission a government. A re-elected government will be resworn, with adjustments to the ministry as determined by the Premier.

Premier's office

The Premier has an office in the Executive Annexe of Parliament House, Brisbane, which is normally used while Parliament is sitting. At other times the Premier's ministerial office is in 1 William Street, which is across the road from the Executive Annexe.

List of Premiers of Queensland

Before the 1890s, there was no developed party system in Queensland. Political affiliation labels before that time indicate a general tendency only. Before the end of the first decade of the twentieth century, political parties were more akin to parliamentary factions, and were fluid, informal and disorganised by modern standards.

No.Name
(lifespan)
PortraitTerm of OfficePartyConstituencyElection(s) Won
1 Robert Herbert 10 December 18591 February 1866Squatter Conservative Leichardt 1860
1863
2 Arthur Macalister 1 February 186620 July 1866None Town of Ipswich -
(1) Robert Herbert 20 July 18667 August 1866Squatter Conservative West Moreton -
(2) Arthur Macalister 7 August 186615 August 1867None Town of Ipswich -
3 Robert Mackenzie 15 August 186725 November 1868Squatter Conservative Burnett 1867
4 Charles Lilley 25 November 18682 May 1870Liberal Hamlet of Fortitude Valley 1868
5 Arthur Palmer 3 May 18707 January 1874Squatter Conservative Port Curtis 1870
1871
(2) Arthur Macalister, CMG 8 January 18745 June 1876Liberal Ipswich 1873
6 George Thorn 5 June 18768 March 1877Liberal Ipswich -
7 John Douglas, CMG 8 March 187721 January 1879Liberal Maryborough -
8 Sir Thomas McIlwraith, KCMG 21 January 187913 November 1883Conservative Mulgrave 1878
9 Sir Samuel Griffith, KCMG, QC 13 November 188313 June 1888Liberal North Brisbane 1883
(8) Sir Thomas McIlwraith, KCMG 13 June 188830 November 1888Conservative Brisbane North -
10 Boyd Dunlop Morehead 30 November 188812 August 1890Conservative Balonne 1888
(9) Sir Samuel Griffith, KCMG, QC 12 August 189027 March 1893Liberal North Brisbane -
(8) Sir Thomas McIlwraith, KCMG 27 March 189327 October 1893Conservative Brisbane North -
11 Sir Hugh Nelson, KCMG 27 October 189313 April 1898 Ministerial Murilla 1896
12 Thomas Joseph Byrnes 13 April 18981 October 1898 Ministerial Warwick -
13 James Dickson 1 October 18981 December 1899 Ministerial Bulimba 1899
14 Anderson Dawson 1 December 18997 December 1899 Labour Charters Towers -
15 Robert Philp 7 December 189917 September 1903 Ministerial Townsville 1902
16 Arthur Morgan 17 September 190319 January 1906Liberal Warwick 1904
17 William Kidston 19 January 190619 November 1907 Labor South Brisbane 1907
1908
Kidstonite
(15) Robert Philp 19 November 190718 February 1908Conservative Townsville -
(17) William Kidston 18 February 19087 February 1911 Kidston; Liberal Rockhampton 1908
1909
18 Digby Denham 7 February 19111 June 1915 Liberal Oxley 1912
19 T. J. Ryan, KC 1 June 191522 October 1919 Labor Barcoo 1915
1918
20 Ted Theodore 22 October 191926 February 1925 Labor Chillagoe 1920
1923
21 William Gillies 26 February 192522 October 1925 Labor Eacham -
22 William McCormack 22 October 192521 May 1929 Labor Carins 1926
23 Arthur Edward Moore 21 May 192917 June 1932 CPNP Aubigny 1929
24 William Forgan Smith 17 June 193216 September 1942 Labor Mackay 1932
1935
1938
1941
25 Frank Cooper 16 September 19427 March 1946 Labor Bremer 1944
26 Ned Hanlon 7 March 194617 January 1952 Labor Ithaca 1947
1950
27 Vince Gair 17 January 195212 August 1957 Labor South Brisbane 1953
1956
Queensland Labor
28 Frank Nicklin, MM 12 August 195717 January 1968 Country Murrumba 1957
1960
1963
1966
29 Jack Pizzey 17 January 19681 August 1968 Country Isis -
30 Gordon Chalk 1 August 19688 August 1968 Liberal Lockyer -
31 Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, KCMG
(knighted in 1984)
8 August 19681 December 1987 Country/National Barambah 1969
1972
1974
1977
1980
1983
1986
32 Mike Ahern 1 December 198725 September 1989 National Landsborough -
33 Russell Cooper 25 September 19897 December 1989 National Roma -
34 Wayne Goss 7 December 198919 February 1996 Labor Logan 1989
1992
1995
35 Rob Borbidge 19 February 199620 June 1998 National Surfers Paradise -
36 Peter Beattie 20 June 199813 September 2007 Labor Brisbane Central 1998
2001
2004
2006
37 Anna Bligh 13 September 200726 March 2012 Labor South Brisbane 2009
38 Campbell Newman 26 March 201214 February 2015 Liberal National Ashgrove 2012
39 Annastacia Palaszczuk 14 February 2015Incumbent Labor Inala 2015
2017

Living former premiers

As of February 2015, six former premiers are alive, the oldest being Russell Cooper (1989, born 1941). The most recent premier to die was Wayne Goss (1951–2014), on 10 November 2014.

NameTerm as premierDate of birth
Mike Ahern 1987–19892 June 1942 (age 76)
Russell Cooper 19894 February 1941 (age 77)
Rob Borbidge 1996–199812 August 1954 (age 64)
Peter Beattie 1998–200718 November 1952 (age 66)
Anna Bligh 2007–201214 July 1960 (age 58)
Campbell Newman 2012–201512 August 1963 (age 55)

Graphical timeline

Annastacia PalaszczukCampbell NewmanAnna BlighPeter BeattieRob BorbidgeWayne GossRussell CooperMichael Ahern (Australian politician)Joh Bjelke-PetersenGordon ChalkJack PizzeyFrancis NicklinVince GairNed Hanlon (politician)Frank CooperWilliam Forgan SmithArthur Edward MooreWilliam McCormackWilliam Gillies (Australian politician)Ted TheodoreT. J. RyanDigby DenhamWilliam KidstonArthur Morgan (Queensland politician)Robert PhilpAnderson DawsonJames DicksonThomas Joseph ByrnesHugh NelsonBoyd MoreheadSamuel GriffithThomas McIlwraithJohn Douglas (Queensland politician)George ThornArthur Hunter PalmerCharles LilleyRobert Mackenzie (Queensland politician)Arthur MacalisterRobert HerbertWorld War IIWorld War I

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