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…

Grants for migrants to secure economic future

A new Queensland Government program will provide funding for local community projects to help migrants and refugees find employment or become involved in business ventures. Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs Glen Elmes announced today that the Economic Participation Grants Program would provide $250,000 for projects to promote economic participation and…

Queensland construction sector surges ahead

Queensland’s property and construction sector is continuing to surge ahead according to ABS data released today. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said trend dwelling approvals were now at their highest levels in almost six years, and had been growing constantly each month since the Newman Government was elected. “Our measured plan to strengthen the property and construction…

Mandatory jail for GPS cut and run sex offenders

Dangerous sex offenders will face mandatory jail time if they remove or tamper with their electronic monitoring bracelet under tough new laws designed to prevent the worst of the worst from re-offending. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the Government was keeping its promise to Queenslanders that it would make this state the…

Communities to get a say in principal selection

The Newman Government has today announced changes to the recruitment process for school principals, giving parents and communities a greater say in who runs their local school. Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the importance of school principals in the success of a school could not be underestimated and it was vital…

Honour our great Queenslanders

Queenslanders have the opportunity to recognise our greatest achievers with nominations for the 2014 Queensland Greats Awards now open. Premier Campbell Newman said the program honoured individuals and institutions whose long-term or lifetime achievements had played a significant role in shaping the history and development of Queensland. “There are many worthy Queenslanders who deserve to…