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…

More Independence for Queensland schools

The Newman Government has welcomed the $70 million Independent Public Schools initiative launched today by the Federal Coalition Government.  Minister for Education, Training & Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the Abbott Government’s announcement that 1,500 existing public schools would become Independent by 2017 would be celebrated by Queensland school communities.  “Already there are 80 Independent Public…

Health staff target fraud

The Department of Health has adopted a zero tolerance approach to fraud, misconduct and corruption, to prevent another fake Tahitian Prince scandal as witnessed under the former Labor Government. Acting Health Minister Scott Emerson said that as part of Fraud Awareness Month, staff would take part in a variety of activities to discuss ways to…

Opportunity is knocking on International Women’s Day

Queensland women are being urged to seize some of the amazing opportunities on offer around the state, this International Women’s Day. Communities Minister Tracy Davis said International Women’s Day on 8 March would embrace the ‘Opportunity is knocking’ theme by highlighting the wealth of options available to women in Queensland. “Queensland is a great state…

Tertiary transport rort to stop

The Newman Government is cracking down on public transport users falsely claiming to be full time university students in order to receive cheaper fares. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said a tertiary transport concession card, similar to that used in regional Queensland since 2004 and interstate, will be rolled out across South East…

Next round of road safety grants open

Community groups, schools and local councils will have a second chance to tackle Queensland’s road toll with the next round of the Community Road Safety Grants program now open. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson called on locals to put forward their innovative road safety ideas for a share of the $1.2 million in…

2014 Queensland Small Business Week announced

The important work of Queensland’s 410,000 small businesses will be celebrated again by the Newman Government with the 2014 Queensland Small Business Week. Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey, today announced the second annual Queensland Small Business Week would run from 1-6 September 2014 with events across the…

Construction corruption needs to be investigated

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie has called on the Federal Government to expand its planned inquiry into union conduct to also investigate mounting allegations of corruption and collusion with criminal gangs. Mr Bleijie said reports today that senior union officials were linked to bribery and criminal gangs needed to be examined. “These allegations…

New trains for half the price

A multi-billion dollar contract to deliver 75 new trains in South East Queensland will save taxpayers more than $11 million per train. Treasurer Tim Nicholls and Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said Bombardier NGR Consortium has been contracted to design, build, finance and maintain the new trains under a 32-year contract valued at…

Environment grants give threatened butterfly a new lease of life

The Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell has congratulated the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers in a major effort to protect the endangered Richmond Birdwing butterfly habitat on the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Mr Powell said the Newman Government had provided the Conservation Volunteers with $200,000 over the last two years under the Everyone’s…