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Ag Minister Resigns

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Former Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne

October 7, 2017

Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne has resigned due to a serious medical condition,

Mr Byrne tendered his resignation to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk as Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Economic Development.

Ms Palaszczuk said Mr Byrne would not recontest the seat of Rockhampton at the next State election.

However, he would serve the remainder of this term in the Parliament.

Ms Palaszczuk said Mr Byrne had been advised that his condition was life-threatening.

He will undergo more tests in Brisbane next week.

It is believed to be a cardiovascular condition.

“Throughout his career, in the Australian Defence Force, as a Member for Parliament and recently as a Minister, Bill has put others ahead of himself and his family,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“I know with the arrival of their first grandson Wyatt has brought so much joy to Bill and his wife Kim.

“They are looking forward to the arrival of a second grandchild in the New Year.

“Bill told me he did not want to put that at risk.

“I know Kim and having nursed Wyatt, I could not ask Bill – based on his medical advice – to take that risk.

“Bill is a great friend and colleague. He was one of only seven Members in the Labor Caucus after the devastating loss of 2012.

“In government, Bill has played a critical role delivering on what we promised – restoring frontline services and creating jobs for Queenslanders.

“I have asked Minister for State Development, Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham to serve as Acting Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Economic Development.”


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