On a personal note, I'd like to say how thrilled I was to be sworn in as the Minister for Housing and how keen I am to deliver affordable housing solutions to people in housing need across our state.
I was first elected to Parliament as the State Member for Algester in 1998. Prior to entering Parliament, I was the Assistant Director at the Queensland Council of Social Service.
I hold a Bachelor of Social Work with Honours from the University of Queensland and look forward to applying that knowledge and the professional experience I have gained over the years to my new position as Minister.
The last few months have been very busy for the new Department of Communities.
As you may be aware, in March 2009, the Queensland Public Service underwent the most significant reform in almost two decades with the 23 stand-alone government departments streamlined into 13.
These changes brought together the functions of a number of former departments to form a new Department of Communities to give Queensland individuals, families and communities the best possible service.
I will be visiting regional areas across Queensland regularly, and hope to meet tenants and community organisations to discuss ways the Government can help to meet the housing needs of Queenslanders and their communities.
Minister for Community Services
and Housing and Minister for Women