Acting Premier Jeff Seeney says it was appropriate for Queensland's Arts Minister to take a holiday before returning to work from extended sick leave.

Ros Bates took extended leave late last year while recovering from shoulder surgery and after injuring her back falling down stairs.

She missed the final sitting of Parliament and questions about stood-aside Transport Department director-general Michael Caltabiano.

She had also been facing questions about her son's government job.

Mr Seeney says he has no problem with Ms Bates holidaying in Bali after her sick leave.

"That was part of the recovery period," he said.

"Over the Christmas period was a typically quiet period and it was very appropriate that she took that time to recover properly and come back to work as she has done this week with a renewed vigour and a renewed energy."

Mr Seeney says although she is now back at work, Ms Bates is not yet ready to speak to the media.

"She is in her first day back at work after a long period and she needs to get a handle on issues before she starts to talk to media in the normal way and that was the recommendation that I made to her," he said.


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