5.29PM: GLENN Butcher says it is a "huge honour" to be given an economic portfolio after he was sworn in as Assistant Minister for Treasury at Government House in Brisbane this morning.
Mr Butcher is one of five regional MPs who will serve in Assistant Minister roles in the new parliament, with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk seeking to counteract the view her new Cabinet is too Brisbane-centric.
The new role will see him assisting Deputy Premier and Left factional ally Jackie Trad with the Treasury portfolio, having previously assisted her with Transport and Infrastructure.
Ms Trad has replaced Cairns-based MP Curtis Pitt, who will serve as Speaker.
"I think it was just a matter of lining up what my role was with the Deputy Premier," Mr Butcher told The Observer.
"A big part of this is to make sure that regional Queensland isn't forgotten.
"My expectations and the Deputy Premier's are that I'll probably be spending more time in regional Queensland and Central Queensland to get our story out there and drive those projects which will bring money into Queensland."
Despite his name having been mentioned in discussions for a fully-fledged position in Cabinet, Mr Butcher said he was pleased to have been given the chance to prove himself in an economic position.
"The other portfolios are good solid portfolios, but when you start getting to economic positions it's a level above," he said
"It will make it so much easier to get across what we really require in Gladstone... but in saying that obviously Queensland's a big state and there's only so much money to go around.
"It's totally new to me, but I tend to enjoy those types of challenges where you've got to learn about it and get your teeth into it."
The new Cabinet has not been received well by some in the Labor fold, with CFMEU branch secretary Michael Ravbar saying it was not the "dynamic, visionary and hard-working team that Queensland needs and deserves".
"Whilst there are some hard-working and talented members of the Premier's new cabinet, others are simply not up for the job," Mr Ravbar said.
"Some of the current ministers have failed as ministers in the past but unbelievably, for some reason, are still there."
But Mr Butcher laughed off Mr Ravbar's comments, describing the mood at the first full meeting of the Labor caucus as "buoyant".
"That's up to the union, they can say that if they like," he said.
"But I think we've got a pretty good team.
"We got re-elected with a majority so that certainly tells you the Premier's doing some things right and the Cabinet's doing some things right."
8.11AM: GLENN Butcher has been named Assistant Minister for Treasury in the new Palaszczuk Government ministry.
The Gladstone MP will be assisting Deputy Premier and factional ally Jackie Trad, who has replaced Cairns-based MP Curtis Pitt as Treasurer.
Mr Butcher was previously assisting Ms Trad with the Transport and Infrastructure portfolios.
Announcing the promotion on Facebook last night, Mr Butcher said it was "a huge honour to be in an economic portfolio".
Keppel MP Brittany Lauga and Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert have also received Assistant Minister positions.
This is a developing story. Updates to follow as details emerge.
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