Queensland backs call for federation review

The Prime Minister’s call for a fundamental review of the roles and responsibilities of state and federal governments has today been welcomed by Premier Campbell Newman. Mr Newman said Queensland was ready to play a full part in the national debate on the future of federation. “I welcome Prime Minister Abbott’s commitment to working with…

Paramedics, nurses keep watch at QLD watch-houses

Detainees in watch-houses will be monitored and treated by a paramedics or a nurse in a trial designed to blunt the dangers of alcohol, drugs and street violence. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said 17 watch-houses were included in the trial, which was part of the Government’s Queensland-wide ‘Safe Night Out’ Strategy. Dedicated paramedic officers and…

Extra safety boost for transport network

More Senior Network Officers will patrol south-east Queensland’s public transport network as part of the Newman Government’s plan to keep Queenslanders safe. Premier Campbell Newman and Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson announced the first of 18 new Senior Network Officers will be trained and deployed on the network by the end of the…

Double penalty for health assaults

People who assault nurses, doctors and paramedics will face up to 14 years in prison under tough new laws introduced as part of the Queensland Government’s Safe Night Out Strategy. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said thousands of health workers were punched, stabbed, bitten and spat on every year in Queensland while serving the public in…

Backlog maintenance blitz

Queensland public hospital patients will continue to receive world-class health care in a high quality and safer environment with building repair programs worth more than $124 million now underway. The essential operational maintenance and upgrades at key local facilities throughout the state, neglected by the former Labor Government, follows on from $51.6 million in emergency…

Eye surgery vision in sight

The wait for important eye surgery will soon be over for almost 8,000 Queensland patients with a $23.4 million blitz bringing them much-needed relief. Premier Campbell Newman said the new state-wide campaign to slash the ophthalmology (eye surgery) long wait list would improve the quality of life for patients who had been queuing for treatment…

Surgery wait time ‘best ever’

Fewer Queensland patients are waiting for important elective surgery with new figures showing a massive reduction in waiting lists of more than 90 per cent. Premier Campbell Newman said Queensland was poised to become the only state in Australia to reduce the number of long-wait surgery patients to zero by December. Mr Newman said the…

Queenslanders to get electricity price relief

The average Queensland household will save $577 on their power bills over the next five years under a Queensland Government plan to permanently remove the cost of the Solar Bonus Scheme from electricity prices. Premier Campbell Newman said the $3.4 billion Strong Choices Cost of Living Fund would be used to ensure Queenslanders no longer…