Have your say on motorcycle road rule changes

Easing congestion on our roads and making it easier for motorcyclists to ride are the main purposes behind a new discussion paper for Queenslanders to have their say on. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said including lane filtering in the road rules was one of the proposed changes in the Motorcycle discussion paper,…

Construction industry payments now fairer

Resolving payment disputes in Queensland’s construction industry will be easier and more transparent under changes introduced to Parliament. Minister for Housing and Public Works Minister Tim Mander said the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act was created in 2004 to give builders and contractors an alternative way to resolve construction payment disputes, but the industry…

Red tape reforms boost Queensland economy

Significant savings are on the way for Queensland’s construction, resources and tourism industries thanks to red tape busting reforms to the QLeave scheme, passed in Parliament last night. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said they delivered on the Government’s election promises to supercharge the economy and revitalise frontline services. “Both workers and businesses…

Changes to legislation to improve mental health outcomes

Delivering better mental health outcomes for Queenslanders is the goal of a major review of mental health legislation to pave the way for more relevant and effective laws. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg released a discussion paper for public comment on changes to the Mental Health Act. “Years of ad hoc approaches by Labor Governments have…

Queensland exporters taking on the world

Queensland exporting businesses making important contributions to the state’s economy through job creation and increased community prosperity can now nominate for the 25th Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said Queensland’s exporters were taking on the world and succeeding, reinforcing the state’s strong track record of supplying innovative and reliable goods and services…

Queenslanders to help shape crime fighting future

Queenslanders can have their say on how crime is tackled in their state, with a special Parliamentary Inquiry shining a light on the issues that affect them. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the Inquiry into Criminal Activity would help build upon extensive crime-fighting reforms and successes already achieved by the Queensland Government.…

Queensland child protection reforms passed

The Queensland Government is delivering on its commitment to making Queensland the safest place to raise a child with reforms recommended by the Child Protection Commission of Inquiry passed in Parliament today. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the Government was following the Commission’s roadmap to build an effective and sustainable child protection…

Closing go card loophole saves $200,000 a year

Honest public transport users will benefit from savings of more than $200,000 per year after changes were made to the refundable deposit on adult go cards. In May 2013, the refundable deposit on adult go cards was increased from $5 to $10 to close a loophole that saw people deliberately running the balance below $5…

Forgotten bonds redirected to help needy families

Queensland residential tenants and rental property owners are being urged to check if they are one of more than 42,500 people who have forgotten to get their bond refund. Housing Minister Tim Mander said the Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) was holding $9.35 million in forgotten bonds that had accumulated over the past 25 years. “I…

Coles injects $480m and 8000 jobs for Queensland

Coles Supermarkets commitment to create around 8000 jobs and invest $480 million in Queensland over the next four years is a significant vote of confidence in the state’s economy, Premier Campbell Newman said today. Premier Campbell Newman said the investment would help deliver a brighter future for Queensland. “My team has a strong plan to…