Dindemic: Queensland - Australia

By dindemic // August 10 2017 // 0 comment
The $250 million North Queensland Stadium featured again in Parliament today, as the Palaszczuk Government detailed the delivery of 87 per cent of its election commitments.State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham told Parliament that five work packages worth three-quarters-of-a-million-dollars had all been contracted to local companies.“We told the people of North Queensland at the election that we would contribute $100 million towards the stadium, and we are in fact over-delivering with $140 million,” he said.“The first sod will be turned on site next Friday, 18 August a

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Queensland Parliament has passed ‘No Body No Parole’ laws, including an Australian-first provision to broaden the laws to include anyone convicted of being an accessory after the fact to manslaughter.Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the legislation would go some way to providing all-important closure for grieving relatives.“These laws will help victim’s families and provide an incentive for offenders to cooperate with authorities,” Mrs D’Ath said.The laws will be retrospective and apply to people convicted of: murder; manslau

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A new $200,000 partnership between the Palaszczuk Government and Griffith University will open up more academic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Mark Furner said two jointly funded PhD scholarships, worth $100,000 each, would be offered to encourage Indigenous Queenslanders to have more input in national policy, research and academic conversations.“We know a collaborative approach is needed in our journey towards reconciliation, and the best people to have a say in future Indigenous polic

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By dindemic // August 10 2017 // 0 comment
My Government keeps its commitments, from Coolangatta to Cape York and the Torres Strait.Before the election, we made 553 commitments to the people of Queensland.The progress report I release today shows – in office - we had delivered 484 – or 87% - of those commitments by the 30 June this year.Another 50 commitments are in progress and 19 were superseded.Today, the Attorney-General will address another commitment with the introduction of legislation to re-establish in our State.Our commitments to Queenslanders reflect our commitment to our great State.We have restored frontline se

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Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch today (Thursday) called on the LNP to take up concerns about Mobile Black Spot funding in regional Queensland with their federal counterparts in Canberra.“Given the Shadow Minister has a very limited understanding of her portfolio areas, it is hardly a surprise she has a black spot in her knowledge of how this program is actually being administered,” Ms Enoch said.“Once again, she has publicly demonstrated her complete ignorance of critical digital infrastructure programs that are being delivered in Queens

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The Palaszczuk Government is backing a forward-thinking plan to roll-out free Wi-Fi by a group of councils - covering one-fifth of the state - to boost visitor numbers and business through technology.Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said today (Thursday) the proposed Outback Telegraph involved the mayors of seven Central West councils, comprising the Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD).Ms Enoch said the first stage of the Outback Telegraph was switched on by Winton Shire Council in June – with the smart tourism pilot a first for Queens

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Nurses and midwives across Queensland now have a chance to experience different working environments as the Nursing and Midwifery Exchange Program kicks off this week.Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said the Palaszczuk Government’s $1.5 million Nursing and Midwifery Exchange Program aims to upskill existing rural and remote staff, while encouraging their city counterparts to consider country life.“This exchange will see nurses and midwives from rural and remote hospitals and health services increasing their skills, competence and professional networks at som

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The Great Barrier Reef will be on display at the Ekka with a focus on encouraging Queenslanders to help protect this international icon.Minister for the Great Barrier Reef Steven Miles said it was a great opportunity to showcase the reef at Queensland’s largest annual event, now in its 140th year.“Close to 400,000 people pass through the Ekka gates over 10 days which is why we wanted to make the Royal Queensland Show our finale for the Reef Think Tank roadshow,” Mr Miles said.“This educational display, developed in partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, aim

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The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is tackling consumer product safety at Brisbane’s annual Ekka show, performing product safety assessments of toys and goods found in showbags and throughout the Ekka.Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said Fair Trading product safety inspectors had checked 241 showbags and 280 regulated product lines, including projectile toys, cosmetics, sunglasses and toys for children under age three.Unregulated products found in show bags were also given a general safety assessment by inspectors.Mrs D’Ath said show bag compliance was a

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Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has showcased the possible future of firefighting at a virtual reality expo held at the Queensland Combined Emergency Services Academy (QCESA) today.Augmented and virtual reality, flight simulators, remotely operated vehicles, robotics and new software programs were all on display, giving firefighters an understanding of potential new tools.Fire and Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan said the expo gave senior QFES staff the opportunity to engage and interact with state-of-the-art technology.“The virtual reality expo showcased new technolog

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