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    1.3 Ministers

    Ministers are appointed by the Governor on the advice of the Premier. On the formation of a government, notifications appear in the Queensland Government Gazette stating the Governor has appointed certain persons as Ministers and as Members of the Executive Council. Ministers administer, and are responsible for, their departments of State.

    Cabinet comprises all appointed Ministers, with the Premier, as the Leader of the government, being the Chairperson of Cabinet. The Premier's authority rests upon political convention together with a capacity to maintain the support of the Parliament. That requires the support of Ministerial colleagues and the political party which the Premier leads.

    The Premier is the channel of communication between the Governor and the Cabinet and between the Queensland Government and the Commonwealth Government or other governments.

    1.3.1 Ministerial declaration of interests

    The Cabinet process requires the highest standard of propriety to ensure public confidence in the decisions of executive government.

    Under the Ministerial Handbook and Ministerial Code of Conduct, Ministers must advise the Premier in writing about any conflict of interest between their personal interests and their ministerial responsibilities and the actions that will be implemented to manage the conflict. This is done via a Conflict of Interest Management Plan.

    There is a standing agenda item for all meetings of Cabinet or Cabinet Committees for Ministers attending the meeting to declare any conflict of interest between personal interests held by them, or members of their immediate families and the matters before the relevant meeting.

    Where Integrity Commissioner advice has been obtained in relation to the matter, prior to the meeting, this may be tendered at the meeting.

    Generally, where a Minister gives notice of a conflict of interest at the meeting of Cabinet or a Cabinet committee, unless the matter under consideration concerns a general public policy or where the Minister has no greater interest than that of other classes of people in the community or within the Cabinet generally, the Minister will withdraw from the meeting while that matter is being considered.

    It is recognised that where the matter to be determined concerns a matter of general public policy or where the Minister has no greater interest than that of other classes of people in the community or within the Cabinet generally, the Minister is not required to withdraw from the meeting and may continue to participate fully in the determination of the Government's policy on the matter.

    The Cabinet Secretary will record in the Cabinet minutes that the Minister declared his/her potential conflict of interest and if the Minister withdrew from the meeting during consideration of the relevant matter.

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    Last updated:
    21 October, 2019
    Last reviewed:
    10 October, 2019