Dindemic: Queensland - Australia

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The Palaszczuk Government has slammed the state LNP opposition after they failed to support a motion in the State Parliament calling on the Commonwealth to support Queensland communities suffering post-Cyclone Debbie.Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for the Queensland Reconstruction Authority Jackie Trad, who introduced the motion, said she was shocked the LNP could not put politics aside for the good of disaster-affected Queenslanders.“The LNP in Queensland are spineless, completely failing to stand up to their mates in Canberra on behalf of the communities affected by Cyclone De

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The LNP have been caught out misleading Queenslanders about the prevalence of weapons and drugs in Queensland state schools.Education Minister Kate Jones said the LNP today moved a motion in State Parliament to highlight an apparent increase in weapons and drugs in schools.“During the debate it was revealed that the number of suspensions for weapons and alcohol and drug related misconduct was actually higher under the LNP government,” Ms Jones said.“The number of school disciplinary absences for tobacco, alcohol and other drugs was 3,238 in 2014 down to 2,810 in 2016.“T

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Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni today introduced into Parliament new laws to enable minimum housing standards for rental accommodation.Mr de Brenni said the new minimum standards would protect people from exploitation and substandard accommodation.“It’s a concern that people can rent a property where the amenities don’t work, “Mr de Brenni said.“I’m concerned that this creates a system where vulnerable Queenslanders can be forced to live in homes where basic services and amenities don’t work, and they have little recourse to do any

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The Palaszczuk Government will establish a fundraising body to raise money for the restoration of the Old Museum in Brisbane.Speaking ahead of the Royal Queensland Show, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Government had allocated $3 million for maintenance and a business case for restoration of the Old Museum, which was constructed in 1891.  Restoration costs are estimated to be at least $60 million “I am especially pleased to announce that His Excellency Governor Paul de Jersey has agreed to be the patron of this body, and Chris Freeman AM has agreed to be its chair,&rdquo

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Police Minister Mark Ryan and North Brisbane District Superintendent Katherine Innes are urging parents and carers to avoid losing children at the Ekka by collecting free wristbands and organising a meeting point should they become separated.Minister Ryan said the Ekka is a Queensland institution and we want everyone who visits the show to be able to enjoy themselves and remain safe.“The free wristband initiative at the Ekka has provided 10 years of ensuring lost children are quickly reunited with their parents or caregivers,” Minister Ryan said.“It is every parent’s wo

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The State Budget’s massive investments in new Child Safety staff have created a strong legacy of reform and improvements to the Child Safety system.Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman said $200 million to employ almost 300 new Child Safety Staff, on top of 129 employed last financial year, showed the strength of the Government’s commitment to vulnerable children.“The way in which a government constructs its budget is an ideal indicator of its priorities,” Ms Fentiman said.“The Palaszczuk Government has clearly demonstrated where our priorities lie when it comes

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Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath has today introduced legislation that outlines how the re-established Drug Court will work in Queensland.Re-establishing the Drug Court was one of the Palaszczuk Government’s election commitments, and in this year’s budget the Government committed $22.7 million over four years to re-establish the specialist court, which was axed by the LNP.“Today’s introduction of the Penalties and Sentences (Drug and Alcohol Treatment Orders) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 outlines the legislative framework for the

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Queensland communities are safer today thanks to the wide range of initiatives promised and delivered by the Palaszczuk Government.The raft of resources and strategy innovations, introduced under the Keep Our Communities Safe program, are all now in operation.Police Minister Mark Ryan said there was nothing more important to the Palaszczuk Government than keeping Queenslanders safe.“It is central to every decision we make, every piece of legislation we introduce, every policy we pledge,” Mr Ryan said.“That is why we made specific and concrete commitments, before the 2015

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Queenslanders are being reminded to keep emergency departments for emergencies as hospitals across the state feel the pressure with winter illness presentations peaking.Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said emergency department staff were experiencing an influx of patients as temperatures cool across the state.“We know the flu is affecting a lot of Queenslanders,” he said.“As of last week there had been 10,831 flu notifications and the past week has seen a steep increase.

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A joint agency operation between Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) and the Queensland Police Service (QPS) will begin today targeting heavy vehicles from New South Wales dumping waste in Queensland.The operation which will include additional Transport Inspectors as well as EHP and QPS officers kicks off this afternoon (Thursday 10 August).Environment Minister and Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles said the inspections would take place at pertinent locations along the border.“The special compliance operation – named Operation TORA –

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