Youth justice reforms crack down on repeat offenders

Overdue reforms targeting repeat juvenile offenders have been introduced to Parliament as part of the Newman Government’s commitment to overhauling the youth justice system. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the Government was getting the balance right in dealing with Queensland’s youth crime problem. “These reforms are tough, but fair and necessary,” Mr…

Water bottlenecks to be cleared

Construction approvals in south east Queensland will happen quicker and the process will be easier under the Water Supply Services Legislation Amendment Bill that was introduced to parliament today. Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said the Bill would enable growth and productivity in construction, delivering on the election promise to grow the sector…

Get in the game in 2014

Queensland sport stars have urged the state’s children to give sport a try in 2014, while launching the third round of Get Startedat the Queensland Reds Fan Day. Get Started is one of three programs under the Newman Government’s flagship $47.8 million Get in the Game initiative, which is designed to help Queenslanders get active.…

Queensland recognised at national tourism awards

The strength of the State’s tourism industry has been further recognised at the 2013 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards with eleven Queensland operators awarded for their outstanding contribution. Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey applauded the winners for their fantastic achievement which saw the State take home four Gold,…

Health sinks its teeth into dental wait lists

Queensland’s dental waiting list has been cut in half and the long wait list slashed from 62,513 to 8,494 between February and December 2013. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said Queensland Health had issued 80,000 vouchers to give patients access to dental care they so desperately needed. “In February last year, 56 per cent of people…

New laws to help keep parties ‘in control’

Organisers of out-of-control ‘Facebook parties’ could face hefty fines or jail time under new laws to go before State Parliament this week. Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the Newman Government’s proposed legislation was designed to crack down on wild suburban parties – that often lead to senseless violence and property damage. “All too often we’ve…

Queenslanders have their say on electricity prices

Household and business energy users across Queensland now have the chance to have their say on future electricity prices. Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) was holding electricity price workshops across the state starting in Toowoomba today. “The Newman Government is doing what it can to put downward…

Newman Government helping kids to Get Fit and ‘appy

A new mobile app which integrates technology with sport and physical activity is set to revolutionise the way children get fit. Minister for Recreation and Sport Steve Dickson said the Daily Physical Activity Guide app provided tips for incorporating physical activity into everyday life. “This free app delivers on our election promise to get more…

Business confidence continues to build in Queensland

Queensland businesses are now seeing the positive effects of a stronger state economy according to today’s Westpac Group CCIQ Pulse Survey of Business Conditions, Treasurer Tim Nicholls said. Mr Nicholls said the Newman Government’s disciplined efforts to turn Queensland’s economy around had seen general business conditions and sales revenue in Queensland rise to their highest…