NEW ERA: Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington in Roma with Warrego MP Ann Leahy.
NEW ERA: Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington in Roma with Warrego MP Ann Leahy. Marguerite Cuddihy

Leahy receives LNP front bench role

WARREGO MP Ann Leahy has been named a shadow minister in new Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington's shadow cabinet.

The LNP's first female leader has appointed all except one of the LNP's female MPs to new roles, with Ms Leahy taking on the role of local government spokeswoman.

The line-up was announced on Friday, and Ms Leahy said it was an honour to be included as one of four women in the shadow cabinet.

"I look forward to working with all local governments across Queensland,” she said.

The new shadow cabinet member said she had the experience required to be capable in the position.

"I have worked a lot with local governments over the years and I hope to bring that corporate knowledge to be an effective LNP Opposition for them,” Ms Leahy said.

"I know local governments face a lot of challenges and I want to work with them to face those challenges.”

Ms Frecklington said on Friday her shadow cabinet was a mix of experienced and fresh faces, and said their job was to keep the government honest.

"This is the team that will hold the Palaszczuk Government to account and earn back the trust and respect of Queenslanders,” she said.

"I have communicated to my new team my first priority is to unite Queensland with a team that represents all of Queensland.”

Ms Frecklington's portfolio will mirror premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's trade portfolio while her deputy, Tim Mander, will hold the same treasury responsibilities as deputy premier Jackie Trad.

Former LNP leader Tim Nicholls has been left off the party's new front bench, as his successor talks up her revitalised team.

Ms Frecklington was drafted as Opposition Leader two weeks ago, taking over from Mr Nicholls, who resigned from the position after an election loss that dealt the LNP its worst result in almost 20 years.

The Nanango MP said her frontbench team would "work their butts off” to hold the government to account and earn back voters' trust.

"I think the LNP has an exciting challenge ahead of us. The fact that I'm a female, at the top of the LNP, my goal is to encourage more women into politics, more women into the LNP and that's one of the things I'm going to be working hard to do,” she said.


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