Talking Politics

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...

Royalties for the Regions Round 4 opens today

Supporting jobs and regional investment will be one of the funding priorities when Round 4 of the Queensland Government’s successful Royalties for the Regions program opens on the 20th August. Round 4 will provide $210 million for councils to apply for including funding for strategic projects to supercharge regional economies. Royalties for the Regions is a flagship program developed by our LNP Government to reverse the neglect Queensland’s regions experienced under Labor.    Read more...

Fresh plan to supercharge Queensland regions

Families and businesses across the state will benefit from the release of the Queensland Government’s strong plan to create jobs and prosperity in regional communities. Our government recognises that Queensland’s regions are the economic powerhouse of the state, with more than $140 billion worth of output produced outside Brisbane in 2010-11.  Since we were elected in 2012, our government has restored respect for the important role that regional Queenslanders play in driving our state’s economy.   Read more...

Landmark laws resolve disputes

Farming families and resource companies now have an easier method of resolving land disputes after the commencement of landmark laws. The Regional Planning Interests Act 2014 has introduced a clear process to assess mining and gas developments, creating certainty for the agriculture and resource industries and delivering on a key election promise. The new process restores balance, creates an incentive for agreements to be reached and a disincentive for court action.   Read more...

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