State News


Emergency vehicles given the green light

Families across Queensland will be safer as more emergency vehicles are given the ‘green light’ when responding to emergencies. Premier Campbell Newman said Emergency Vehicle Priority (EVP) technology was being expanded to more fire trucks and ambulances in the state which had the potential to save ... ... (28-Oct)

Domestic and family violence summits urge Queenslanders to act

Some of Australia’s leading experts on domestic and family violence have joined forces to tackle one of the modern scourges of society at the Premier’s Special Task Force Summit in Brisbane. Premier Campbell Newman said the summit would gain invaluable insights into the issues and challenges of dome... ... (27-Oct)

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 trai... ... (27-Oct)

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 ‘S... ... (27-Oct)

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 Minis... ... (27-Oct)

New genetic counsellors to improve Queensland's cancer services

A new Queensland Government grant will see hundreds of additional women at risk of breast, ovarian and bowel cancer receive access to counselling. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg today announced $472,000 in funding will go to Genetic Health Queensland to appoint two genetic health counsellors an... ... (27-Oct)

Queensland Australian of the Year Award recipients announced

Passionate child protection campaigner Hetty Johnston has been named as Queensland’s recipient of the Australian of the Year Award for 2015. Premier Campbell Newman congratulated Ms Johnston, the founder of child advocacy charity Bravehearts, for her tireless and effective work in campaigning to kee... ... (27-Oct)

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 ye... ... (24-Oct)

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, negle... ... (21-Oct)

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 fo... ... (20-Oct)

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 ... ... (20-Oct)

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 el... ... (13-Oct)

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... ... (13-Oct)

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 ... ... (10-Oct)

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 ... ... (09-Oct)

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