Queensland's chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young after being named next state governor (Image: AAP/Dan Peled)

Within minutes of Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young being given the plum job of state governor, the inevitable question arose: monarchist or republican?

“I think that is irrelevant in this situation,’’ she said. “I’m here to provide a role that’s really important and I think that our process of government in Queensland and in Australia is to be envied around the world.’’

I’d read that as republican -- but who cares?