Talking Politics

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 used to ensure Queenslanders no longer had to subsidise the cost of solar usage through their power bills. “Our Government came to office determined to ease cost of living pressures for Queenslanders,” he said.   Read more...

Abbot Point wetlands project means no dredge spoil on Reef

The Caley Valley Wetlands at Abbot Point Port will be protected and enhanced by the Queensland Government’s Abbot Point Port and Wetlands Project. I totally reject the scaremongering by the World Wildlife Fund calling for a delay to the project. This project enables the use of dredge material—which will otherwise be dumped in the Great Barrier Marine Park Area—to be used beneficially on land. Any delay to this project puts it at risk, meaning the alternative, dumping the dredge material at sea, is once again a live option.   Read more...

Jobs and economy to grow through Strong Choices

The LNP Government’s Strong Choices final plan could generate 33,600 new jobs and an additional $8.1 billion in gross state product, new modelling shows. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the modelling from the independent officers of Queensland Treasury revealed more detailed economic benefits of the Government’s plan for reducing debt, investing in infrastructure and providing cost of living relief.   Read more...

Fourth nurses' pay boost delivers 12 per cent more in pay packets under LNP

Queensland nurses and midwives have been granted their fourth pay-rise since the election of the Newman LNP Government, making them overall about 12 percent better off than they were under Labor. The increase comes on top of a $500 boost to annual base salaries as part of the 2012 EB8 agreement, due on March 31, 2015. As a result a Grade 5 nurse at pay point 5 will earn an equivalent wage increase of 2.89% in 2015.   Read more...

Government pledges $36 million for more apprenticeships

School leavers and people looking for new skills or a career change will have more opportunities under a new innovative scheme paying employers up to $6,000 for each additional apprentice taken on this financial year. Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the $36 million Queensland Apprenticeship Pledge was an investment in the state’s future and took the government a step closer to delivering on its election promise to create 10,000 new apprenticeships by 2018.   Read more...

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