Meaghan Scanlon was unexpectedly elevated to housing minister in Queensland


Meaghan Scanlon has been promoted to housing minister in a surprise Queensland cabinet reshuffle.

Ms Scanlon, who was previously the assistant minister for housing and public works, has been moved up to the role of minister for housing and public works.

Ms Scanlon replaces Michael Hart, who has been shifted out of the housing portfolio to become minister for state development, manufacturing, infrastructure and planning.

The reshuffle comes as part of a wider cabinet reshuffle, with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announcing eight new ministerial posts on Sunday.

Ms Scanlon said she was “humbled and excited” to be moving into the role of housing minister.

She said her primary focus would be on providing more affordable housing options to Queenslanders, as well as working on strategies to combat homelessness.

Ms Scanlon said she would also be looking at ways to make renting more affordable and secure for tenants.

“We’re going to be taking a fresh look at the rental market in Queensland, looking at ways to make it fairer for tenants, and ensure they have a secure and affordable place to live,” she said.

Ms Scanlon also said she would be looking at ways to increase the supply of public and social housing in the state.

“It’s important that everyone in Queensland has access to safe, secure and affordable housing, and I’m looking forward to working towards that goal,” she said.