Drought declared in south east Queensland

Farmers in Queensland’s south-east corner may qualify for assistance from the Queensland Government after the region was officially drought declared today. The declaration follows a deterioration in rural pastures in the region because of a lack of significant rainfall and will have no impact on domestic water supplies. Agriculture Minister John McVeigh said Brisbane City…

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Queensland welcomes endorsement of reef strategy

The Queensland Government has welcomed Commonwealth endorsement of the state’s long-term plan to preserve the Great Barrier Reef. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the Federal Government approval recognises Queensland’s planning and development framework is effective in protecting the Great Barrier Reef, while ensuring the continued prosperity of…

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Former Governor-General chairs new Domestic Violence Taskforce

Former Governor-General, the Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO, will chair a Special Taskforce on domestic and family violence that will undertake a comprehensive and co-ordinated review to make Queensland as safe and secure as possible for women and families. Premier Campbell Newman announced the establishment of the Special Taskforce that will lead state-wide consultation with…

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More scholarships to support QLD women

More Queensland women could find themselves managing a team of workers on a construction site, tuning cars at a mechanics or helping to protect the Great Barrier Reef following the opening of the next round of the State Government’s Supporting Women Scholarships. Visiting the Ekka, Premier Campbell Newman and Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul…

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Getting Young Queenslanders into jobs

Helping Sunshine Coast youth get the right training and then get a job is so important. There are big changes in vocational education and training (VET) which aim to do just this with the $615 million 2014/14 funding training in priority areas – where the jobs are.  For information visit: http://www.training.qld.gov.au/resources/information/pdf/vet-investment-plan.pdf Under our new contestable approach to…

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Queensland Law Reform Commission appointed

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie has welcomed the appointment of five members of the Queensland Law Reform Commission. Mr Bleijie said the Commission was a well-established independent body designed to review particular elements of Queensland laws and make recommendations to bring them into the present day. “This Government has worked tirelessly to revitalise…

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Queensland speed limit review results released

Queensland motorists will travel more quickly and more safely on a number of the state’s major highways following the second round of a state-wide speed limit review. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said some stretches of highway would see an increase to 110 km per hour. “Highway changes will affect sections of the…

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Jobs numbers point to need for Strong Choices

Today’s disappointing unemployment data further highlights the need for the Government to reduce debt so it can increase funding for job-creating infrastructure projects.  Treasurer Tim Nicholls said trend unemployment increased 0.1 per cent in July to 6.5 per cent while seasonally adjusted the rise was 0.5 per cent to 6.8 per cent.  The increase in…

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Crime down and Queensland families safer

Queensland families are the safest they’ve been in half a decade because of revitalised frontline police, smarter technology and stronger laws. Premier Campbell Newman joined Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey and Police Commissioner Ian Stewart to reveal the rate of Queensland reported offences were dramatically down 11 per cent for the…

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