Political Update: The state of politics in Queensland

Published on
October 25, 2016

What does the current political state of Queensland mean for your business?

Attend our FREE seminar with Rowland’s Strategic Advisor Hon. John Mickel and learn what the next 12 months holds for Queensland politics.

Numbers are limited to 15 guests per session so please book at your earliest convenience.

Click here to book your place now.


Rowland Brisbane
Level 2, 10 Eagle St
Brisbane, QLD 4000

Date and Times:

  • 9am, Thursday 3 Nov, 2016
  • 3pm, Thursday 3 Nov, 2016
  • 9am, Monday 7 Nov, 2016
  • 3pm, Monday 7 Nov, 2016

About Hon. John Mickel

John is a former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and Minister for multiple portfolios under ALP Governments in Queensland. Prior to being elected, he worked as a senior policy advisor to the Goss Government and to then-Opposition Leader Peter Beattie.  At the 1998 state election, he became the Member for Logan, winning the seat vacated by former Premier Wayne Goss on his retirement from Parliament. During his time in Parliament, John was Minister in a series of high profile portfolios, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Policy, Transport, Trade, Employment and Industrial Relations.  In 2009, after the re-election of the Bligh Government, he was elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and won bipartisan respect for his authority in running the Assembly. He retired from politics in 2012.

In January 2013, John was appointed by the then-Treasurer and Minister for Trade, the Hon Tim Nicholls MP, to review the role of Trade and Investment Queensland. Upon completion, the report’s recommendations were strongly supported by government, and led to the establishment of Trade and Investment Queensland as a statutory body.  John was appointed to the Queensland Rail Board in September 2013 and has maintained an active role in the organisation’s strategic direction. He has also been recently appointed by the Palaszczuk Government to Chair the review into retail trading hours.

In addition to his role as a Strategic Adviser – Government Relations at Rowland, John is also an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Law at the Queensland University of Technology where he is a Sessional Lecturer in Political Science, and is a regular political commentator on radio and television.