QUEENSLAND senator Murray Watt has been appointed the Albanese Government’s Minister for Agriculture.

Watt has been part of the Federal Government’s upper house since 2016 and was in the lower house as Labor MP for the inner Brisbane seat of Everton from 2009 to 2012.

His appointment as the incoming agriculture minister was announced during a press conference tonight by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. The new ministry will be sworn in tomorrow morning.

Watt will also oversee the emergency management portfolio.

Watt was chief of staff to Queensland Premier Anna Bligh from 2002 to 2007.

Before entering politics, he had an extensive background as a lawyer, including as a judge’s associate in the Federal Court of Australia and as a solicitor for leading firms Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and Reidy and Tonkin.

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