Queensland budget: Surplus gets $1b boost due to higher coal royalties, Jackie Trad says

Queensland budget: Surplus gets $1b boost due to higher coal royalties, Jackie Trad says

Updated June 12, 2018 10:06:13 Higher-than-expected coal royalties have bumped Queensland’s annual budget surplus up by about $1 billion more than predicted six months ago, Treasurer Jackie Trad says. The State Government had predicted a net surplus of $485 million for 2017/18 in December, but on Tuesday morning Ms Trad …

Queensland budget 2018: ‘stubborn’ jobless rate prompts surge in borrowing

Queensland budget 2018: ‘stubborn’ jobless rate prompts surge in borrowing

Updated June 12, 2018 17:02:55 Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad has revealed a new waste levy will boost government coffers by more than $1 billion as the state deals with the end of the mining and construction booms. What is in the budget? The state’s debt increases to $83 billion over …

Teen put in spit mask by Brisbane prison guards sues Queensland Government for $750K

Teen put in spit mask by Brisbane prison guards sues Queensland Government for $750K

Updated June 12, 2018 07:48:30 Related Story: Images show 17yo in spit mask at Brisbane prison Related Story: Queensland youth detention abuse concerns ‘taken to government in April’ A man who was restrained in a spit mask as a teenager in a Brisbane prison and claims he was “treated like …

Developer criticised for plan to dredge Queensland wetland and build 3,600 homes | Australia news

Australia’s largest private property developer has launched a third attempt to dredge and reclaim the Ramsar-listed wetland south of Brisbane to build an artificial harbour and 3,600 homes. Toondah harbour is listed by the Queensland government as a “priority development area”, a state-significant site identified for accelerated development. It also …

Queensland budget: High school enrolments surge, $250m set aside for new classrooms

Queensland budget: High school enrolments surge, $250m set aside for new classrooms

Updated June 11, 2018 09:00:36 Photo: Nearly 60 high schools across the state will share in the building boost. (ABC News: Craig Berkman) Another $250 million will be spent over the next two years to build more space in nearly 60 Queensland state high schools by 2020, when there will …

Queensland budget: Could Queensland soon have its first waste to energy plant?

Queensland budget: Could Queensland soon have its first waste to energy plant?

Updated June 11, 2018 18:46:50 The Queensland Government is setting aside $100 million in revenue from the incoming waste levy in a bid to move towards a European model of turning waste into energy, the ABC can reveal. The new fund, to be announced in Tuesday’s state budget, will be …

Polo pops up in central Queensland to test regional Australia’s appetite

Polo pops up in central Queensland to test regional Australia’s appetite

Updated June 11, 2018 06:31:50 Usually reserved for royalty and society’s uber elite, polo has popped up in regional Queensland in a bid to “bring polo to the people”. In a test of regional appetites for the game, Urban Polo held its first event in Rockhampton in central Queensland and …

Long Tan movie starring Vikings actor Travis Fimmel puts small Queensland town on the map

Long Tan movie starring Vikings actor Travis Fimmel puts small Queensland town on the map

Updated June 11, 2018 07:44:39 Photo: A timber plantation became a battlefield for the filming of a movie about the Battle of Long Tan. (Supplied: Instagram: Kriv Stenders) The sound of helicopters, gunfire and explosions is not what you’d expect to encounter in the sleepy regional Queensland town of Wooroolin, …

BreastScreen federal vetting push labelled ‘ridiculous’ by Queensland minister

BreastScreen federal vetting push labelled ‘ridiculous’ by Queensland minister

Updated June 08, 2018 09:53:51 Photo: Only people with Medicare cards are officially allowed to visit BreastScreen clinics. (Facebook: West Moreton HHS) Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles has hit out at his federal counterpart over a push to police patient access at BreastScreen clinics. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt wrote …

Queensland Government considering funding $100m road for Adani mine, documents show

Queensland Government considering funding $100m road for Adani mine, documents show

Updated June 06, 2018 07:27:53 Photo: The Moray-Carmichael Road, pictured in 2014, would cost an estimated $100m to upgrade. (Supplied: Adani Mining Pty Ltd – Road Impact Assessment 2014) The Palaszczuk Government is still considering covering the estimated $100 million upfront cost of road access for Adani’s Queensland mine, despite …