Reforms ensure safer and more productive worksites

Queensland worksites will be better protected and free of union abuse under work health and safety (WHS) reforms introduced in Parliament today. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Bill 2014 included much tougher penalties for electrical safety breaches and new rules to prevent union bullying.…

Queensland’s jobs growth three times national average

Today’s ABS labour force figures underline the importance of the Newman Government’s efforts to grow the economy, reduce debt and invest in infrastructure for the future, Treasurer Tim Nicholls says. Mr Nicholls said the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate went up slightly in January to 6.1 per cent, while the more reliable trend rate remained steady…

Duplication removal leads to better environmental outcomes

A new streamlined approach to environmental offsets will improve environmental outcomes, cut green tape and reduce costs. Environment Minister Andrew Powell said the Environmental Offsets Bill which was introduced in parliament today would replace five separate Queensland Government offsets policies. “Environmental offsets are a component of the assessment process that enables development to proceed,” Mr…

Government sets high bar for integrated resorts

Queensland is set for a tourism and construction boost, with strong competition to create up to three integrated resort developments in metropolitan and regional Queensland. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said interested proponents have until 28 February to register their interest in securing licences to establish integrated resort…

New partnership to grow Youth Week celebrations

The Police-Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) Queensland will help deliver and co-ordinate Queensland’s Youth Week activities under a new partnership with the Newman Government. Communities Minister Tracy Davis said the three year partnership delivered on the Government’s election promise to revitalise frontline services. “PCYC will receive $210,000 to run a small grants program, marketing campaign and…

JOINT STATEMENT: Gateway bottleneck out to tender

The design and construction tender to fix one of Queensland’s major road bottlenecks is underway.  Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson announced the first stage of the tendering processes for the Gateway Upgrade North project. “This project can’t start soon enough for the 75,000 vehicles that use…

Queenslanders to have their say on property review

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has released the first two issue papers for a review that will improve how Queenslanders buy, sell and manage property. Mr Bleijie said it delivers on the Newman Government’s commitment to review Property Law in Queensland.  “It is an exciting opportunity for property professionals, bodies corporate, property owners and the wider community…

Statement on the anniversary of the National Apology

Today marks the sixth anniversary of the National Apology to Australia’s Stolen Generations, which acknowledged the wrongs of the past to Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people. The annual National Apology commemorations remind and raise awareness among politicians, policy makers and the Australian public about the significance of the forcible removal policies, their impact…

State Govt takes the legal heat for employees

Police officers, emergency workers, child safety officers and medical staff are among thousands of government workers who will be protected from being sued for doing their duty. Legislation passed by Parliament today will see the State Government provide protection to its employees for civil claims made against them when doing their jobs. Minister Assisting the…