Jeannette Young becomes governor of Queensland
âDr. Young stood by our side through thick and thin.
âShe has been with us every step of the way during this pandemic. “
But it was the everyday Queenslanders who made the decision, the PM said, as Dr Young’s health instructions impacted everyone in the state.
Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles recalled on Monday that he was approached last year by the wife of a cane farmer in Prosperine, who asked him if he was a politician who worked with Dr Young.
“She asked me if I could pass on to Jeannette her thanks for her hard work and encouraged her to continue to stand up to those who criticize her,” he said.
âI said, ‘I can do better, she could tell him herself.’
“I called Jeannette and let her speak directly and since then it has become my favorite thing to do whenever someone stops me and asks me to pass the message on to Jeannette.”
Dr Young remained humble when he addressed the media on Monday, saying the new appointment was a huge honor.
She had advised four prime ministers through six epidemics, including MERS, swine flu and the 2009 dengue epidemic.
Its response to the COVID-19 pandemic has helped Queensland come out of lockdown, despite continued criticism of sudden border closures and severe restrictions that have hampered businesses and the tourism industry.
âIt would be a real privilege to walk through our wonderful state and talk to Queenslanders all over the state because itâs the Queenslanders who have been doing it for the last 18 months, they have given up so much that we are where we are, “she said.
“These will be big shoes to fill, our governor has been an incredible governor through difficult times.”
The health bureaucrat began her career as a doctor at Westmead Hospital in West Sydney, before packing and moving to Rockhampton, then moving to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.
Looking ahead, she said she hoped the pandemic would be “on the way out” by the time she becomes governor.
âI want to keep pushing to deploy the vaccine,â she said.
âI want every adult in Queensland aged 16 and over to at least be offered the vaccine before they become governor.
“It’s absolutely my boost between now and November.”