Construction corruption needs to be investigated

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie has called on the Federal Government to expand its planned inquiry into union conduct to also investigate mounting allegations of corruption and collusion with criminal gangs. Mr Bleijie said reports today that senior union officials were linked to bribery and criminal gangs needed to be examined. “These allegations…

Great Results a guarantee for Queensland students

The Newman Government has unveiled a bold new plan to lift student outcomes and ensure that Queensland is among the top performing states in literacy and numeracy in Australia by 2020. Premier Campbell Newman and Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek today announced that a funding boost of $131 million would be provided to all Queensland state…

Outlook bright for strong Queensland economy

Another independent report has confirmed Queensland is set to be the fastest growing state economy in 2014-15, Treasurer Tim Nicholls said today.  Mr Nicholls said the Deloitte Access Economics Business Outlook: December 2013 estimated Queensland’s economy will grow at 3.6 per cent this financial year and next.  “That puts Queensland well ahead of the national…

Mooloolaba boat ramps set for major upgrade

A MAJOR $810,000 upgrade to Mooloolaba boating facilities is set to begin next week in order to boost access for boating and tourist community. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson welcomed the State-funded work on the ramps, located on Mooloolaba Harbour, at Parkyn Parade, saying it was a significant investment in local marine infrastructure. “The existing…

Make a difference with a career in teaching

The Newman Government is asking Queenslanders to consider starting the new year with a new career – in teaching. Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the government was working hard to attract high quality teachers to a profession that makes a real difference in the lives of young Queenslanders. “We’ve set ourselves…

Calls for a tougher stance on drug and alcohol-related violence

The State Government has announced a stronger stance against drug and alcohol-fuelled violence, including tougher penalties for offenders and a greater police presence in entertainment precincts. All options must be put on the table for consideration with feedback from Queenslanders, and especially young people, about what approach should be taken to tackle this problem. So…