Media

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Most recent releases

  Labor Treasurers back removal of GST from sanitary products

14 August

The Treasurers of Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and the ACT today confirmed that they will seek to have the GST removed on sanitary products, when it is raised at next week’s Council of Federal Financial Relations in Canberra.

  Queensland tops national consumer confidence index

13 August

Queensland’s consumer confidence has risen to its highest level in almost two years, according to the Westpac-Melbourne Institute Consumer Sentiment Index (CSI).

  Construction site electrocution inquiry highlights need to improve safety

12 August

The State Government will consider all recommendations handed down by Coroner David O’Connell yesterday following his inquiry into the death of 20 year old Jason Garrels on a housing construction site in Clermont in 2012.

  Queensland business confidence highest of all mainland States

11 August

Queensland business confidence is now the highest of all the mainland States, according to the NAB Monthly Business Survey for July.

  Cassowary rehabilitation receives emergency funding

11 August

Rainforest Rescue will continue to operate Garner’s Beach Cassowary Rehabilitation Facility thanks to funding from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

  Near record housing finance levels

10 August

Today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics data has revealed Queensland’s established investor housing finance commitments are approaching levels not seen since the market hit its peak in June 2007.

  IR Minister not impressed by midnight sackings

10 August

Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations Curtis Pitt has condemned the midnight sacking of 41 maritime workers via text message last Thursday night.

  Ergon waives charges for drought-affected farmers

10 August

Drought-affected farmers in Banana Shire, Gladstone, Fraser Coast, Bundaberg, North Burnett and Gympie areas have been given a much needed reprieve on their electricity bills through Ergon Energy.

  Queensland Competition Authority releases industry assistance report

7 August

The Queensland Competition Authority has released its final report into industry assistance in Queensland.

  Public consultation now open for Queen’s Wharf precinct

7 August

Public consultation is now open around the proposed development scheme to transform Brisbane’s riverfront and deliver the Queen’s Wharf integrated resort development. 

  Employment on the up again in Queensland

6 August

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force data shows Queensland added a total of 3,600 jobs in July.

  Meat, minerals and LNG drive growth in Queensland merchandise exports

4 August

Queensland merchandise exports in 2014-15 amounted to almost $47 billion, according to official ABS data released this week.

  Treasurer welcomes new Brisbane Innovation Precinct

3 August

Treasurer Curtis Pitt today visited the site of Queensland’s newest Innovation Precinct at Brisbane Technology Park on the city’s southside.

  Queensland leads way on building approvals

1 August

Treasurer Curtis Pitt says that ABS figures released this week point to the continued strength of Queensland’s property and construction sectors.

  State Budget delivers business confidence bounce

30 July

Business confidence is on the rise in Queensland, according to a new survey by the State’s peak industry body.

  Pitt hits the road on statewide Budget tour

22 July

Treasurer Curtis Pitt has launched a statewide tour of Queensland to highlight the Palaszczuk Government’s first State Budget.

  Echo consortium wins Queen’s Wharf Brisbane prize

21 July

The Destination Brisbane Consortium – including Echo Entertainment - has won the right to develop the multi-billion dollar Queen’s Wharf project in Brisbane’s CBD.

  First Palaszczuk Budget - A Better Way For Queensland

18 July

Treasurer Curtis Pitt welcomed the vote of confidence from Queensland’s MP’s, as the Palaszczuk Government’s first Budget passed through the Parliament.

  Palaszczuk Government delivers on election commitment to injured workers

16 July

Legislative amendments introduced to State Parliament by the Palaszczuk Government will make it simpler for injured workers to pursue legal claims through the courts.

  Proposed changes to provide security for sick firefighters

16 July

Queensland firefighters will be provided with greater certainty in their worker’s compensation coverage for latent onset diseases under legislative amendments the Palaszczuk Government has introduced to State Parliament.

  Treasurer commits extra $400,000 a year for asbestos clean up

16 July

The Palaszczuk Government has created a new asbestos repair fund worth $400,000 a year to carry out urgent rectification works at hazardous properties.

  A Budget for jobs, health and education

14 July

The Palaszczuk Government’s first Budget delivers on its election commitments to increase health and education funding – with record budgets for these key service delivery portfolios.

  $10 billion infrastructure investment to support 27,500 direct jobs in 2015-16

14 July

The Palaszczuk Government has announced a significant infrastructure funding program of $10.1 billion in the 2015-16 State Budget, and total capital purchases of $35.4 billion over the four years to 2018-19.

  $6.9 billion in surpluses forecast over next four years

14 July

Queensland has a positive Budget outlook, according to independent Treasury forecasts which predict $6.9 billion worth of surpluses over the next four years.

  Keeping Queenslanders safe key Budget focus

14 July

The Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to keeping Queenslanders safe was on display in its first Budget handed down by Treasurer Curtis Pitt today.

  $500 million injection for Schools and Hospitals Fund

14 July

The Palaszczuk Government has announced a $500 million injection in Queensland’s local schools and hospitals to enable the delivery of important refurbishment and maintenance projects.

  Regional and rural Queensland benefit from additional Budget funding

14 July

The Palaszczuk Government’s first Budget features additional funding and new programs to benefit regional and rural areas of Queensland.

  Statement from Treasurer Curtis Pitt

13 July

Treasurer Curtis Pitt has ruled out ‘raiding’ public servants’ superannuation funds, amid opposition scaremongering.

  Social Benefit Bonds explore new solutions to complex problems

13 July

The Palaszczuk Government will undertake a pilot program to explore new service delivery and investment options to tackle complex social issues – including re-offending and homelessness.

  Queensland opens door to private infrastructure investors

13 July

The Palaszczuk Government will introduce a streamlined assessment process to encourage infrastructure investment and development in Tuesday’s State Budget.

  $180 million Advance Queensland to create jobs of the future

13 July

The Palaszczuk Government will invest $180 million in the Advance Queensland program, a comprehensive suite of reforms that will create jobs now, and jobs for the future.

  Green light for Herston Quarter health precinct

10 July

The Palaszczuk Government has shortlisted three proponents for the development of a world-class health precinct adjoining the Royal Brisbane Hospital at Herston, who will now work up detailed plans for the development of the precinct.

  Public ownership of GOCs to reduce general government debt by $4 billion

10 July

Treasurer Curtis Pitt today announced the State’s general government debt would be cut by approximately $4 billion by restructuring the balance sheets of Queensland’s Government-owned electricity network businesses.

  Queensland trend unemployment down again to 6.3%

9 July

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force data shows Queensland added 3,500 jobs in June, all of them full-time.

  $750 million Budget for jobs and training

6 July

Next week’s State Budget will include more than $750 million to assist up to 37,000 extra Queenslanders a year to access skills to be job-ready.

  NAIDOC Week celebrates learning and respect

6 July

This NAIDOC Week Queenslanders are being encouraged to make a real effort to learn about Australia’s indigenous history and culture.

  Toowoomba Second Range Crossing preferred tenderer announced

3 July

Nexus was today announced as the preferred tenderer to deliver the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project.

  Queensland merchandise exports up 19.3% in year to May quarter

3 July

The value of Queensland’s overseas merchandise exports rose 19.3 per cent to $46.5 billion in the year to the May quarter 2015, Treasurer Curtis Pitt said.

  Palaszczuk Government to build permanent home for Netball

28 June

Queensland’s ‘future Firebirds’ will have a new permanent $30 million facility to call home, Acting Premier Curtis Pitt said.

  Queensland’s youth unemployment steady in May

20 June

The latest labour force data released this week by the ABS show that Queensland’s youth unemployment rate is unchanged from last month.

  Canberra needs to deliver real infrastructure funding for North Queensland

19 June

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt has welcomed the Federal Government’s long-awaited white paper on Developing of Northern Australia.

  Better power price outcomes for Queenslanders

18 June

For the first time in many years, electricity prices in Queensland are on a steady course rather than spiralling upwards following a determination announced today by the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA).

  1 William Street to house Queensland public service from 2016

15 June

State Government Ministers and other public servants will be headquartered at 1 William Street in Brisbane’s CBD from 2016, Treasurer Curtis Pitt announced today.

  Queensland investor housing finance hits seven-year high

12 June

Investor housing finance commitments in Queensland have hit a seven-year high, according to ABS data released today.

  New $18 million power station gets green light on Palm Island

12 June

A new $18 million power plant will be built on Palm Island, off Townsville, after being given the go ahead by the Palaszczuk Government.

  New QCA Chair to drive competition for Queensland

11 June

The Palaszczuk Government has appointed Professor Roy Green as the new Chair of the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA).

  Queensland adds 6,200 full-time jobs in May

11 June

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force data shows Queensland added 6,200 full-time jobs in May.

  Queensland leads way on business confidence

9 June

Queensland continues to lead the way nationally on business confidence, according to the latest NAB Monthly Business Survey.

  Business urged to have say on Queensland industry assistance

5 June

Businesses and industry are being urged to have their say on a Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) draft report into industry assistance in Queensland.

  Payroll tax incentive to help kickstart jobs

2 June

Queensland business are being encouraged to employ apprentices and trainees so they can access payroll tax incentives following new laws passed in state parliament tonight.

  State Government commits $100,000 to renew partnership with QRC

2 June

The State Government has committed $100,000 to renew an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander jobs partnership with the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).

  Cairns welcomes first SilkAir service from Singapore

30 May

Treasurer Curtis Pitt was on the tarmac at the Cairns International Airport today to welcome passengers disembarking SilkAir flight MI828, the first into Cairns.

  New Queensland housing construction at near five-year high

27 May

ABS figures released today point to an increase in the construction of new houses, units and apartments in Queensland over the last quarter.

  Economic development on agenda at Palm Island Indigenous leaders' meeting

26 May

Economic development and jobs will be among the key priorities at the Indigenous Leaders' Forum and Ministerial Roundtable on Palm Island this Thursday (28 May).

  3,000 new jobs for Queensland as business backs Labor’s positive economic agenda

25 May

Treasurer and Minister for Employment Curtis Pitt has welcomed a major investment from McDonald’s which will create up to 3,000 new jobs in Queensland.

  $1.1 million housing and jobs boost for Wujal Wujal in Far North

21 May

The Palaszczuk Labor Government is delivering a $1.1 million social housing project that will create more accommodation and employment opportunities for Wujal Wujal locals.

  Queensland consumer confidence hits 18-month high

20 May

Queensland consumer confidence has hit an 18-month high, according to the latest Westpac-Melbourne Institute Consumer Sentiment Index (CSI) released today.

  Queensland housing finance commitments up as investor confidence grows

15 May

Treasurer Curtis Pitt has welcomed new ABS figures released today which show Queensland’s housing sector going from strength to strength.

  Townsville jobs growth encouraging though more work to be done: Pitt

14 May

Townsville has shown a positive 2.3 per cent increase in employment, with 2,500 jobs created over the year to April 2015, in the latest ABS regional jobs data released today.

  Regional and youth unemployment data highlights jobs challenge in Cairns

14 May

Today’s regional jobs data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics highlights the need for government action to get young people into work, said Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt.

  Gold Coast leads way on job creation

14 May

The Gold Coast is leading Queensland on job creation, Treasurer and Minister for Employment Curtis Pitt said.

  Regional and youth unemployment data highlights jobs challenge

14 May

Regional and youth labour force data released today by the ABS highlight the importance of the Palaszczuk Government’s jobs agenda, Treasurer and Minister for Employment Curtis Pitt said.

  Queensland tops nation on key business confidence measure

11 May

Queensland recorded the highest business confidence level of all the Australian States in April, according to the latest NAB Monthly Business Survey.

  Woolies' $100m Qld investment great for local jobs: Premier

11 May

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has welcomed a $100 million investment in Queensland from Woolworths Limited (Woolworths), which will create more than 2,000 construction and retail jobs.

  5,300 full-time jobs created in Queensland in April

7 May

Queensland added 5,300 full-time jobs in April as the state's trend unemployment rate remained steady at 6.6 per cent.

  No new State taxes for foreign property investors: Queensland Treasurer

6 May

Treasurer Curtis Pitt has ruled out any new State taxes targeting foreign property investors in Queensland.

  Queensland merchandise exports up 10.8% to $11.4 billion in March quarter

6 May

Queensland's overseas merchandise exports for the March quarter 2015 rose 10.8 per cent to $11.4 billion compared to the same period last year, Treasurer Curtis Pitt said.

  Queensland leads nation on retail trade growth in March quarter

6 May

Queensland is leading the nation on retail trade growth, according to fresh ABS figures released today.

  New $85 million Berth 8 at Port of Townsville now open for business

6 May

Treasurer Curtis Pitt has welcomed the announcement that the new $85 million Berth 8 facility at the Port of Townsville is now open for business.

  Queensland building approvals rise in March to be up 26 per cent in 12 months

4 May

Treasurer Curtis Pitt has welcomed the latest ABS Building Approvals data which show the total number of dwelling approvals (trend) in Queensland rose 3.0 per cent in March.

  Labor focused on growth and job creation

1 May

Queensland's Labor State Government continues to chart a course for growth amid challenging economic conditions, Treasurer Curtis Pitt said today.

 

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