Former Governor-General chairs new Domestic Violence Taskforce

Former Governor-General, the Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO, will chair a Special Taskforce on domestic and family violence that will undertake a comprehensive and co-ordinated review to make Queensland as safe and secure as possible for women and families. Premier Campbell Newman announced the establishment of the Special Taskforce that will lead state-wide consultation with…

Getting Young Queenslanders into jobs

Helping Sunshine Coast youth get the right training and then get a job is so important. There are big changes in vocational education and training (VET) which aim to do just this with the $615 million 2014/14 funding training in priority areas – where the jobs are.  For information visit: http://www.training.qld.gov.au/resources/information/pdf/vet-investment-plan.pdf Under our new contestable approach to…

Jobs numbers point to need for Strong Choices

Today’s disappointing unemployment data further highlights the need for the Government to reduce debt so it can increase funding for job-creating infrastructure projects.  Treasurer Tim Nicholls said trend unemployment increased 0.1 per cent in July to 6.5 per cent while seasonally adjusted the rise was 0.5 per cent to 6.8 per cent.  The increase in…

Queensland speed limit review results released

Queensland motorists will travel more quickly and more safely on a number of the state’s major highways following the second round of a state-wide speed limit review. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said some stretches of highway would see an increase to 110 km per hour. “Highway changes will affect sections of the…

Queensland Law Reform Commission appointed

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie has welcomed the appointment of five members of the Queensland Law Reform Commission. Mr Bleijie said the Commission was a well-established independent body designed to review particular elements of Queensland laws and make recommendations to bring them into the present day. “This Government has worked tirelessly to revitalise…

Crime down and Queensland families safer

Queensland families are the safest they’ve been in half a decade because of revitalised frontline police, smarter technology and stronger laws. Premier Campbell Newman joined Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey and Police Commissioner Ian Stewart to reveal the rate of Queensland reported offences were dramatically down 11 per cent for the…

Strong law reforms protect families

Queensland families will have a safer state in which to live and raise their children, with strong new penalties for animal torturers and sex offenders and new double jeopardy rules expected to be passed in Parliament today. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the reforms delivered on the Government’s election promise to revitalise…

Sunshine Coast enjoys high level of water security

Sunshine Coast families and businesses have a very high level of water security irrespective of the situation in local water storages. Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said the Queensland Government’s strong plan for the water sector – WaterQ – placed a priority on responsible and efficient water management. “The 30 year strategy is about delivering…