After facing intense scrutiny over unpaid bills, Agriculture Minister, Leanne Donaldson, has resigned from the cabinet. It was recently revealed that the member for Bundaberg had not paid almost $8000 in rates for three years.

On Thursday 3 November, Ms Donaldson told Parliament her position had become untenable. She also revealed she had not paid her car registration by the due date.

"This morning I met the Premier and Deputy Premier to discuss the issue of my unpaid property rates and I was asked to advise if there were any other issues of which they should be aware.

"Following Question Time I became aware that my vehicle registration had not been paid by the due date last week and I took immediate steps to rectify this issue.

"However, last week I had driven the vehicle on a date after the registration had expired.

"Clearly this does not meet the high standards set by the Premier for all members of the government."

Ms Donaldson said she informed Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, on Thursday night of her decision to resign as a minister.

"I wish to take this opportunity to thank departmental staff for the work that they have done, and the support they have given me during my time as minister."

She also thanked her ministerial staff for their hard work.

Source: queenslandcountrylife.com.au