Butcher's belt gets new notch as he climbs higher
DOWNPLAYING his rise through the ranks of the Queensland Labor Party, Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher referred to his new appointment as the Assistant Minister for Transport and Infrastructure as a "shuffle".
But the move to the bigger portfolio, after having only been appointed the Assistant Minister for Local Government and Infrastructure last November, could be viewed as a promotion.
Mr Butcher confirmed he had switched from the right faction of the ALP to the left, before he received his first appointment to the assistant ministership, which may have helped him secure his latest position.
Deputy Premier and fellow member of the left faction, Jackie Trad, replaced Stirling Hinchliffe as Minister for Transport after he quit his post earlier this week, as a result of the long-running Queensland Rail debacle.
Mr Butcher said his new role as the Assistant Minister for Transport would have him supporting the Deputy Premier while she attempted to fix Queensland Rail in the southeast.
"(Sorting out the Queensland Rail issues) is going to take up a fair bit of her time...(and) my role is to continue to support her and to go to meetings that she can't make," Mr Butcher said.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge and it's a good opportunity to make sure my electorate is looked after."
When asked if his previous role as the Assistant Minister to Local Government would have given him a better chance at helping out the Gladstone region, Mr Butcher said if anything, his new role would allow him to spend more time in town.