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…

Queenslanders can calculate their electricity savings

Every Queensland household can now calculate how much they would save on their electricity bills under the Queensland Government’s $3.4 billion Strong Choices Electricity Price Relief plan. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said a simple online calculating tool was now available for Queenslanders to fill in electricity bill information and determine their savings. “The LNP came to…

Positive signs for housing industry

Queensland’s housing industry continues to show positive signs, with figures released today showing housing finance approvals for owner occupied dwellings rose in August for the 20th consecutive month. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said approvals rose 0.3 per cent in trend terms in August to be up 5.0 per cent over the year. “Queensland has had the…

Strong Choices will boost Queensland jobs

Jobs figures out today highlight the need for Queensland to reduce debt so it can increase funding for job-creating infrastructure projects. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said while the ABS figures showed Queensland’s annual trend jobs growth was higher than the national average at 1.4 per cent, there was still more to be done. “Regardless of uncertainty…

Asset leasing plan will reduce debt and create jobs

The Queensland Government’s $80 billion debt would be reduced and funds would be freed up for job creating infrastructure under the final Strong Choices plan to lease some government-owned assets.  Premier Campbell Newman said the Government had listened to Queenslanders and responded to their feedback about retaining their stake in public assets.  “We have listened…

Strong Choices Plan gets finishing touches

Queenslanders will see the Government’s finalised Strong Choices plan to pay down the State’s $80 billion debt through asset leases next week.  Premier Campbell Newman and Treasurer Tim Nicholls today put the finishing touches to the plan which they will take to Cabinet on Tuesday.  “This is a momentous decision for Queensland and we’ve taken…

New app released for Rego Sticker Liberation Day

Checking your car registration status will be simple for Queensland drivers following the release of a new app to coincide with Rego Sticker Liberation Day. Assistant Minister for Public Transport Steve Minnikin said that from today Queenslanders could rip off their sticky registration labels for good. “Cutting red tape for Queenslanders is all part of…

Government pledges $36 million for more apprenticeships

School leavers and people looking for new skills or a career change will have more opportunities under a new innovative scheme paying employers up to $6,000 for each additional apprentice taken on this financial year. Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the $36 million Queensland Apprenticeship Pledge was an investment in the…

Queensland students get lessons on alcohol and drugs

Queensland secondary students will start a new education program to prevent alcohol and drug-related violence from Term 4, delivering on the election promise to revitalise frontline services. Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the new program was part of a suite of initiatives developed under the Queensland Government’s ‘Safe Night Out Strategy’. “The Alcohol and other…