New era for crime and corruption watchdog

Queensland’s top crime and corruption fighter will be refocused and revitalised while remaining strong and independent under a range of reforms to be introduced in Parliament today. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) would become the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC), with a clear objective to focus…

Business sector most positive in Queensland

Queensland is the only state where businesses have a positive view of the economy, according to a new survey. Treasurer and Minister for Trade Tim Nicholls said the Sensis Business Index survey showed Queensland businesses were positive about both the state’s economy and Government’s efforts to support the business sector. “The index shows the net…

Tough but fair reforms tackle youth crime

Tough but fair reforms targeting repeat juvenile offenders and Queensland’s growing youth crime problem have been passed in Parliament. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the Government was delivering on its promise to Queenslanders to overhaul the youth justice system. “This is about stopping the revolving door of repeat offending that was left…

Red tape reforms for the economy and community groups

Three of Queensland’s four pillar economy drivers and the state’s hardworking community groups will all receive a huge boost from just one red tape busting Bill introduced in Parliament this week. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said reforms to the QLeave scheme would generate significant savings for the construction, resources and tourism industries.…

Home for Good’ to help Brisbane’s homeless

An army of volunteers will hit the streets for the largest ever grass roots assessment of Queensland’s homeless population, as part of a new campaign to tackle homelessness. The Queensland Government’s new Home for Good initiative will commence with a two-week ‘registry’ project in Brisbane to fill gaps in current homelessness data and give service…

Newman Government planning for resource towns

Towns in resource regions have received infrastructure upgrades and State land for homes and industry through the Newman Government’s Regional and Resource Towns Action Plan. One year on since the plan was released, Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said 40 per cent of the plan’s 136 actions had…

Queensland’s planning landscape set for positive change

More affordable housing and new jobs are expected on the back of sweeping reforms which deliver on the Queensland Government’s election promise to provide better planning. In an address at the Queensland Planning Forum in Brisbane today, Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said significant changes to legislation would…

New campaign offers perfectly seasoned escapes

A change in season will be the focus of a new marketing campaign set to showcase the best tourism experiences and seasonal produce Southern Queensland Country has to offer. Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said Southern Queensland Country’s autumn campaign is the largest marketing campaign launched for the region to date and delivers on the Government’s…

Queensland roads win with Federal program

The Newman Government has welcomed a $35.5 billion commitment from the Federal Government for national infrastructure, including key Queensland roads. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said after years of neglect by the former Labor government the package would deliver the Federal Government’s promise of $6.7 billion for the Bruce Highway. “This is the…

Revitalising the international education and training sector

The State Government is calling for public input to help revitalise Queensland’s international education and training sector. Acting Education, Training and Employment Minister Ian Walker said attracting international students was vital to boosting the education sector and growing the Queensland economy.  “For 20 years Labor ignored the importance of educational links with our international neighbours,”…