Doctors’ deal backed by the power of Parliament

A commitment to protect Senior and Visiting Medical Officers from the previously unfettered power of the Director General of Queensland Health was delivered to doctors by the Queensland Parliament tonight. Legislation, passed by MPs, will provide doctors with unique and highly-valued life-long contracts to boost the performance of the Queensland public health system, with key…

State schools guarantee great results

The Queensland Government’s drive to boost literacy and numeracy in state schools is now well underway with every state school in Queensland implementing a targeted education plan. Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said funding had been delivered and the plans submitted by state schools to implement the Great Results Guarantee were now…

Queenslanders celebrate Youth Week

Celebrations are being held across the state to shine a spotlight on the talents and contributions of young Queenslanders as National Youth Week kicks off. Communities Minister Tracy Davis said the initiative was another way for the Government to revitalise frontline services as promised at the election and connect young Queenslanders to the opportunities in…

Supply chain a vital link in ResourcesQ

Strengthened supply chain systems and economic growth are the focus of a Queensland first top level forum to be held today as part of the Newman Government’s 30-year ResourcesQ vision. Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said more than 60 supply chain industry leaders from across Queensland would attend the forum to provide…

Four years until Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Friday 4 April 2014 marks four years until the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™, with planning well underway to deliver the best Commonwealth Games ever, on-time and on-budget. Premier Campbell Newman said the Queensland Government and Commonwealth Games partners had been working diligently to deliver the biggest sports event ever held on the Gold Coast…

Park pals to boost national park management

Environment and wildlife warriors will soon be pulling on the work-boots to help care for parks and forests across the state, thanks to new Friends of Parks contracts worth almost $880,000. Four organisations have signed on to assist with volunteer campground hosting and visitor services, wildlife monitoring, weed control, revegetating, and park maintenance. National Parks…

Asbestos overhaul to make worksites safer

Queensland homes and worksites will be safer under a new asbestos management strategy that will be the most comprehensive and rigorous of its kind in Australia.  Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the Statewide Strategic Plan for the Safe Management of Asbestos in Queensland focused on effective cooperation with local councils, education and…

Blueprint to drive future of natural resources

A blueprint has been released to deliver better services and economic and social benefits to Queenslanders, fulfilling the Newman Government’s election promise to grow a four pillar economy. Mr Cripps said the Department of Natural Resources and Mines blueprint outlined the government’s vision for the responsible and productive use of Queensland’s land, water, mineral and…

State supports Fatality Free Friday

Queenslanders are being urged to support Fatality Free Friday (May 30) in a bid to further drive down the road toll. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson and Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey said the Queensland Government was supporting the initiative for a second year, delivering on a key election promise.…

Labor supports militant unions over safety and productivity

Queensland worksites are becoming the safest and most productive in Australia with legislation that toughens penalties for electrical safety breaches and prevents union bullying passed in Parliament. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the work health and safety (WHS) reforms restored balance to the system. “We are protecting workers from unsafe practices and…