Wind farm code out for public comment

A draft code providing clear and consistent standards for the assessment of wind farm development applications in Queensland has been released for public comment, delivering on a key election promise. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the draft code had been developed to provide a consistent approach to…

Compare Queensland’s debt in real time

Queenslanders will be able to log onto the Strong Choices website and watch our debt levels accumulate in real time compared to the other Australian states from today. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the unprecedented scale of the State’s debt, which now drains $4 billion in interest repayments every year, was being realised by huge numbers…

Nature Play passports to book kids better health

Queensland children will be switching from screen-time to green-time and reaping the health and fitness benefits under the new Nature Play initiative, delivering on the Government’s election promise to revitalise frontline services. Minister for Recreation and Sport Steve Dickson said Nature Play provided children with personalised ‘passports’ full of nature-based ‘missions’, to help increase the…

Lighters out in Queensland prisons

It’s lighters out in Queensland’s prisons with all correctional facilities going smoke-free from today, but many prisoners have already chosen to butt out. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said Queensland Corrective Services and Health officials had worked hard all year to ensure a smooth transition to the new, healthier policy. “We made a…

Queensland Homicide Awareness Day

Families of victims and support agencies have joined together in King George Square to mark Homicide Awareness Day, which highlights the needs of those who have been left behind by terrible tragedies. Police Minister Jack Dempsey and Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie both urged everyone across Queensland to mark the day by remembering the victims and…

Government delivers on Commission’s recommendations

Queensland’s finances and productivity are improving as the Government marks one year since the release of the report of the Independent Commission of Audit.  Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the Government was on track to have a third of the 131 accepted recommendations completed by the end of the year.  “The first priority identified by the…

States’ representatives should axe Labor’s carbon tax

Scrapping Labor’s carbon tax is the quickest and easiest way of cutting electricity bills and relieving cost of living pressures on all Queenslanders. Attending the COAG Energy Council meeting in Brisbane, Queensland Energy Minister Mark McArdle called on all Australian senators to recognise their constituents overwhelmingly supported Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s mandate to axe the…

Double jeopardy reform means justice for victims

A significant roadblock to justice will be removed under reforms to Queensland’s double jeopardy defence. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said recent amendments to the defence would be made retrospective. “Our reforms will stop offenders from potentially and literally getting away with murder,” Mr Bleijie said. “We are keeping the promise we made…

G20 Police Operations Centre Launched

Hundreds of personnel from organisations across Queensland and Australia will direct Queensland’s largest police operation from a new purpose-built G20 Police Operations Centre launched today. Minister for Police Jack Dempsey and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP said the facility would allow both Commonwealth and Queensland officers to direct operations…

Draft recommendation backs Queensland’s reef management

Queensland Environment Minister Andrew Powell has welcomed UNESCO’s acknowledgement of the progress the Queensland Government has made in ensuring the Great Barrier Reef remains on the World Heritage List. Mr Powell said that UNESCO released its draft recommendations to the World Heritage Committee overnight and they would be considered by the World Heritage Committee in…