Queensland Inspiring Women honoured by Speaker Fiona Simpson MP

Speaker Fiona Simpson presented the Queensland Inspiring Women awards at Queensland Parliament House this morning, Friday 7 March 2014, during a sold out breakfast event being held in recognition of International Women’s Day. The awards were initiated to honour women who strengthened individuals or communities in the area of business, community service, the arts, the…

Simpson urges stand against binge drinking & disrespect

State MP Fiona Simpson has taken to the floor of Parliament to support a community call to action over alcohol-fuelled violence. Ms Simpson said: “It’s time to challenge the culture that tolerates binge drinking and losing control and to take a stand against behaviour that disrespects others and threatens their safety.” Expressing her condolences to…

Overhaul of fisheries management in Queensland

The LNP Government will undertake a wide-ranging review of fisheries management in Queensland to deliver a better system for the state’s commercial and recreational fishers. Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister John McVeigh said the review would fix a system that was complex, costly to administer, inconsistent and a burden on fishers. “Fishing is a vital…

Doors open for small business

Online tendering resources will allow small businesses to operate on a level playing field with larger enterprises for the first time, delivering on the Newman Government’s election promise to cut red tape and regulation by 20 per cent by 2018. Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the…

Queensland Choices consultation to secure our future

Queenslanders are being asked to join the conversation about Queensland’s choices to reduce the $80 billion debt left by the previous Labor Government, Treasurer Tim Nicholls said today. “Queensland is a great place to live and work, but the outlook for our strong economic future is being overshadowed by an $80 billion black cloud of…

Respected doctor’s advocate welcomes improved contracts

Better working conditions and entitlements provided by new contracts to 650 Visiting Medical Officers (VMOs) in Queensland Hospitals have been recognised in the final report of their industrial advocate, outlined in State Parliament today. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg welcomed the findings of the VMO’s long-time industrial representative, Dr Ross Cartmill which had been subsequently endorsed…

Queensland’s resources sector moving up the ranks

Moves to strengthen Queensland’s resources sector by encouraging investment and cutting red tape have been endorsed by an independent industry survey. Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps welcomed the results of the Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies 2013 and said it showed the Government was delivering on its election promises. “We…

Nineteen bidders vie for integrated resorts

A total of 19 national and international developers have registered their interest in delivering up to three new world-class Integrated Resort Developments in Queensland. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the announcement shows that people want to invest and do business in Queensland. “The level of interest in…

Insurance data predicts lift in construction activity

Construction activity is set to boom across the state, with insurance policy data released by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) increasing by 27 per cent in two years. Minister for Housing and Public Works, Tim Mander, said the data showed the Government was delivering on its election promise to grow construction as one…