Early Start for school literacy and numeracy support

A new teacher kit is set to improve literacy and numeracy skills of Prep to Year 2 students across Queensland over the coming years. Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek today launched the Early Start kit, a resource designed to help schools and teachers to monitor progress in literacy and numeracy. “The Newman Government…

New board for construction watchdog

Queensland’s new building industry watchdog will soon be a reality with a governing board set to take the reins from December. Housing and Public Works Minister Tim Mander said the creation of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) represented the start of the most significant reform of the way the industry was regulated in…

Birth certificate receives royal approval

Buderim twins have become the first babies to receive their special birth certificate, commemorating the birth of Prince George of Cambridge. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie today presented little Ivy and Phoenix Bowman with their new mementos. “Prince George’s birth was an important day in our history and the certificates will be a…

GraffitiSTOP campaign goes mobile

The war on graffiti is going hi-tech with a new purpose-built mobile phone application designed to give people the power to report graffiti anywhere in the state at the touch of a button. Launching the App today, Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said it would mobilise community minded locals against graffiti like never before.  …

Voting revolution for Queensland

Voting will be revolutionised at the next state election under electoral reforms introduced in Parliament today. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said Queensland’s electoral system would be modernised and simplified but also better protected. “By thinking outside of the ballot box, Queensland will lead the way with its electoral system,” Mr Bleijie said.…

Red tape reduction boost for tourism operators

The Newman Government continues to deliver on its commitment to slash red tape with the introduction of a range of further liquor licensing reforms. Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said common sense changes made to the Liquor (Red Tape Reduction) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013 will help small businesses and support one of Queensland’s four key…

Landmark regional planning legislation introduced

Regional Queenslanders will benefit from clearer, common sense planning for growth under the new Regional Planning Interests Bill introduced into State Parliament this week.Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Planning and Infrastructure Jeff Seeney said the Regional Planning Interests Bill 2013 demonstrated the Newman Government’s practical approach to land use planning across Queensland’s regions.“This…

Distraction topping road safety messages

More than 34 per cent of Queenslanders have said the mobile phone and distractions are their biggest safety concern, while taking part in the Newman Government’s new Join the Drive campaign. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said Queenslanders have just three more days to join more than 250 possible TV stars and share…

Newman Government closing in on criminal gangs

More industries that have been infected by criminal gangs will be cleaned up under further reforms to be introduced in Parliament today. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the licensing regime, that was put in place to tackle criminal motorcycle gangs’ grip on the tattoo industry, would be expanded to make Queensland safer.…