Thursday, 15 November 2012

Former NRL ref Mander made Qld Housing Ministe

Former NRL ref Mander made Qld Housing Minister
Former NRL referee Tim Mander has been named as Queensland's new Housing Minister after Bruce Flegg was forced to resign from the portfolio yesterday.

Dr Flegg was forced to resign yesterday after his former staffer Graeme Hallett raised allegations about his interactions with his son, who works for a lobbying firm.

This morning Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said Mr Mander, who was elected earlier this year to represent the Brisbane seat of Everton, would be taking over the Housing and Public Works portfolios.

"Tim will continue on the good work started by Dr Flegg in addressing Labor's 30,000-long public housing waiting list," he said.

"Mr Mander has proven his ability, enthusiasm and passion during his time as the Assistant Minister for Sport and Racing.

"He is also a well-known identity beyond politics, in his 20-year role as an NRL referee."
Mander refereed the NRL grand finals in 2004 and 2005 and later worked as a video referee.
He was formerly the head of Scripture Union Queensland.

Dr Flegg fell on his sword after Mr Hallett raised allegations about his lobbyist register and diary.
Last night Mr Hallett reiterated that Dr Flegg never acted corruptly or for personal gain, but said the first-time minister was politically and administratively inept.

Dr Flegg, a former LNP leader when the party was in Opposition, says he will stay on as the Member for Moggill.

The Member for Mirani, Ted Malone, has been appointed Assistant Minister for Police and Community Safety.

Mr Malone says despite the new responsibilities, he will continue to chair a review into the state's Rural Fire Service.

"I'm totally committed to bringing the review report back to the Minister and the Cabinet by the end of February next year," he said.

Former minister David Gibson will replace Mr Malone as chair of State Development, Infrastructure and Industry Committee.