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…

Funding for community ANZAC projects

Communities across Queensland can apply for funding from today for local events, projects and re-enactments to commemorate the centenary of Australia’s involvement in the First World War. Minister Assisting the Premier on the Anzac Centenary Glen Elmes said the grants will provide an opportunity for communities to commemorate the role played by individual citizens or…

New laws cut funding red tape

Community groups will have more time to deliver frontline services after new laws were introduced into State Parliament to reduce regulation and red tape. Communities Minister Tracy Davis said the Communities Legislation (Funding Red Tape Reduction) Amendment Bill 2014 would simplify current laws and improve the management and use of public funds. “This Bill will…

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…