- Who is Queensland's Governor?
Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC.
- Who is Queensland's Premier?
The Honourable Campbell Newman MP (Liberal National Party).
- Who is Queensland's Opposition Leader?
Ms Annastacia Palaszczuk MP (Australian Labor Party)
- What is Parliament?
The Queensland Parliament consists of the Legislative Assembly and the Queen as Head of State; but usually the State Governor acts in place of the Queen. Queensland's system of government is a representative democracy, where the people elect Members to represent them in the Legislative Assembly. Queensland is divided into 89 electorates (or seats), each represented by a Member of the Legislative Assembly.
The current distribution of seats in the Legislative Assembly is:
- Government - 78 Liberal National Party seats
- Opposition - 7 Australian Labor Party seats
- Katter's Australian Party - 2 seats
- Independents - 2 seats
- What is the difference between the Parliament and the Government?
The political party or coalition of parties with the majority of seats in the Parliament forms the Government. The Government is responsible to the Parliament, which means the Government must resign if Parliament expresses a lack of confidence in it. The Government is led by the Premier, who also heads the Cabinet, or Ministry. Members of the Government are appointed as Cabinet Ministers and allocated 'portfolios' - areas of Government administration for which they are responsible, such as Treasury, Primary Industries or Police.
- What happens in Parliament?
The Parliament has a number of functions, including the passage of legislation, which constitute the State's laws. It also has a financial responsibility by overseeing and granting the Government's requested yearly appropriations of revenue and expenditure. The Parliament provides a forum for the scrutiny of the Government's activities and for Members to represent their constituents' interests.
Business for a typical sitting day usually includes:
- Assembly, during which the Speaker takes the chair and opens the day's proceedings with a prayer;
- Preliminary Business, which includes messages from the Governor, statements by Ministers on matters pertinent to their portfolios, petitions presented to Parliament by Members on behalf of constituents and motions of condolence;
- Question Time, which provides an opportunity for the Opposition to scrutinise the Government's policies and activities through questions;
- Matters of Public Interest, which allows Members to raise issues relating to matters of public interest; and
- Government Business, which takes up the major part of the parliamentary day, and includes the debating of legislation.
- Who are the key figures in Parliament?
The Speaker (the Honourable Fiona Simpson MP) is the Member of Parliament elected by the House to preside over sittings of the Legislative Assembly and to maintain orderly proceedings. The Speaker is supported in her role by officers of the Parliamentary Service, including the Clerk of the Parliament, the Sergeant at Arms and Hansard reporters.
Other key figures in the Parliament are: the Premier (the Honourable Campbell Newman MP) and the Leader of the Opposition (Ms Annastacia Palaszczuk MP).
- Where can I get a free Queensland flag?
All enquiries about the Free Queensland Flag Scheme should be directed to Protocol Queensland.
Ph: + 61 7 3224 4778
Fax: + 61 7 3224 6502
PO Box 15185
City East Qld 4002
- Who can use the title Honourable?
Members of the Executive Council, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and Justices of the Supreme Court of Queensland are entitled to use the title Honourable while in office. However, they are not automatically entitled to use Honourable when they cease to hold that office. The Governor of Queensland has been granted a delegation of authority from the Queen to grant the right of retention of the title ‘Honourable’ for life in certain circumstances upon the recommendation of the Premier.
The Department of Premier and Cabinet maintain guidelines for the retention of the title Honourable. For further detailed information on this and other protocol issues, please refer to the Queensland Protocol Handbook.