MEMBER for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey has pledged to fight Bundaberg's corner after his elevation to the front bench of the Campbell Newman-led State Government.
Mr Newman named his first ministry yesterday, with Mr Dempsey the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Multicultural Affairs, as well as Minister Assisting the Premier.
The Bundaberg MP said it was an honour and a privilege to be part of Mr Newman's first LNP cabinet.
"There are a lot of challenges ahead, but I'm looking forward to it," Mr Dempsey said.
"It came as a surprise, but I'm very thankful for it," he said.
Mr Dempsey said he was also excited for the Bundaberg community because he felt having a representative in the ministry was good for the region.
He said there would be a lot of different issues to address in his portfolio.
"Queensland is a melting pot of multiculturalism. We have to ensure we promote respect and tolerance," he said.
Mr Dempsey said he also looked forward to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
"We've got to look at the whole of Queensland and making sure we get it right," he said.
Mr Dempsey said particular issues in that part of his portfolio were home ownership, health, education and the economic future in north Queensland.
He is the only minister with two assistant ministers, with David Kempton helping out on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Robert Cavallucci on Multicultural Affairs.
Mr Dempsey said in his role as Minister Assisting the Premier he would take on various jobs at the direction of Mr Newman.
He said he was looking forward to the opportunities he would have in those experiences.
Mr Dempsey said serving in the cabinet and as the Minister Assisting the Premier also enabled Bundaberg to have a strong voice at the cabinet table.
"I promise the people of Bundaberg that I will use the opportunity of being at the cabinet table to be a strong voice for our community's needs with Premier Newman and my cabinet colleagues," Mr Dempsey said.
He said it was a united and strong team.
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