Category Archives: Government regulation
- A year of the Palaszczuk Government
- One environmentalist’s perspective www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/02/15/comment-one-year-what-has-palaszczuk-government-done-environment
- New narrative needed? www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/one-year-of-queensland-labor-government-palaszczuk-needs-new-narrative-20160215-gmut96.html
- An unanticipated success? http://theconversation.com/palaszczuks-first-year-in-office-an-unanticipated-success-52701
- Proposed alcohol lockout laws
- initially looked doomed to premature commentators www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-15/premiers-lockout-laws-unlikely-to-win-support-of-billy-gordon/7168718
- But the Katter’s Australia Party deal-makers eventually supported lockouts, with a package of initiatives http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2016/2/17/joint-statement
- And some in the industry are very unhappy about it http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/30852823/unemployment-will-skyrocket-nightlife-community-slams-queenslands-lockout-laws/
- Accelerating regional projects www.thechronicle.com.au/news/job-creating-government-works-be-fast-tracked-regi/2932982/
- New Cyber Security Unit for Queensland www.zdnet.com/article/queensland-government-commits-au12-5m-to-fight-cybercrime/
- Puppy farms ban: election promise being implemented www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-17/queensland-moves-to-quash-puppy-farms-with-new-laws/7176626
- The next Community Cabinet will cover Pine Rivers and Kallangur http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2016/2/18/palaszczuk-government-cabinet-coming-to-brisbane-northern-suburbs
- Public Safety Business Agency’s reduced role as corporate services support agency http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2016/2/17/report-into-the-public-safety-business-agency-psba-tabled-in-queensland-parliament-today
- Liberal National Party Members of Parliament are plotting to change leaders – or are they?www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-government/lnps-secret-revolt-revealed/news-story/a0c523fb8af188d6a416112cbeb13e05
- Capitalising on revelations and allegations about the CFMEU www.9news.com.au/national/2016/02/16/15/50/qld-lnp-to-introduce-anti-union-law
- Former Deputy Premier and Opposition Leader considering a Federal move www.9news.com.au/national/2016/02/17/11/57/lnp-s-seeney-to-consider-federal-politics
- Opposition MP guilty of contempt of Parliament and misleading Parliament www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-18/warrego-mp-ann-leahy-apologises-to-qld-parliament-over-pccc-disc/7179266
- Local Government elections are nearly here www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/eight-queensland-mayors-to-be-reelected-unopposed-20160217-gmwuim.html
- Leahy issue extends to attacks on Opposition staff www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-18/labor-calls-lawrence-springborg-chief-of-staff-stand-down/7181674
- Premier calls for Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility to be activated, and located in North Queensland: http://au.news.yahoo.com/qld/a/30873839/premier-wants-qld-base-for-fed-funds/
- Inner-city apartment supply is exceeding demand www.couriermail.com.au/business/suncorp-ceo-michael-cameron-on-innercity-units-supply-is-definitely-going-to-exceed-the-demand/news-story/76b3dc2836b51ae794bfbecc74343203
- ACCC wants to know why fuel costs are so high in Queensland www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/accc-ask-brisbane-retailers-to-explain-why-fuel-prices-are-unreasonably-high/news-story/a4b7693670c97cc79e7cc5b65dd1bdf2
- Major overhaul of Mental Health Act http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2016/2/18/queensland-primed-for-major-mental-health-reform-as-new-laws-passed
- Legislation passed this week created a Multicultural Queensland Charter and a Multicultural Queensland Advisory Council www.communities.qld.gov.au/multicultural/policy-and-governance/queensland-multicultural-recognition-bill-2015
- Respectful Relationships Education Program to start in schools www.news.com.au/national/queensland/domestic-violence-cycle-continues-as-children-as-young-as-10-offend/news-story/a1ebee6714ea67c991a718e91d9f7175
Economy and Infrastructure
- Infrastructure Australia identifies Brisbane’s Cross-River Rail Project as high priority in their 15-year plan www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/brisbane-cross-river-rail-business-case-by-midyear-deputy-premier-20160218-gmxagy.html
- The State Government offers no financial support to struggling resource companies www.qt.com.au/news/no-handouts-private-enterprise-premier/2930749/ but does cut some fees www.qt.com.au/news/coal-sector-misses-out-on-concess-from-state-govt/2935194/
- Biofuels are Queensland’s industry of the future? www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/Biofuels-will-keep-Queenslands-motorrunning-Premie/2930735/
- Rising business confidence – but why? www.gympietimes.com.au/news/business-confidence-is-rising/2936436/
- And it’s not evident everywhere www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/fears-still-exist-for-the-coast-economy/2932048/
- Queensland’s jobless rate leaps up www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/queensland-treasurer-deflects-from-jobless-rate-20160218-gmxg0f.html
- Ipswich Motorway upgrade moving closer www.qt.com.au/news/goat-track-upgrade-a-step-closer-to-reality/2935010/
- Improved renewable energy investment prospects http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2016/2/18/renewable-energy-investment-and-job-boom-looms-for-queensland
- State Parliament sat from Tuesday 16 February until Thursday 18 February, and will next sit on Tuesday 23 February. Here’s some of last week’s action: www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/whats-new
- Both Houses of Federal Parliament sit from Monday 22 February: www.aph.gov.au
- Regional communities looking to build more dams www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-16/dam-development-wish-list-central-queensland/7174550
- Peter Beattie has written a book about Queensland politics that will dominate news and aggravate incumbent politicians, for certain: www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/peter-beattie-book-extract-queensland-politics-20160219-gmyid0.html
- Internal Labor problems arising from Stradbroke Island disagreements? www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-government/awu-pulls-support-from-queensland-labor-over-stradbroke-island-sandmining-phaseout/news-story/b57b6457e1339a8d6614d35057ddc285
- Possible Ministerial conflict of interest? www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/minister-mark-bailey-lawyer-vavaa-mawuli-and-classaction-conflict/news-story/9b5af95b182a69410fcb3d79dc0a8f34
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The anniversary of the election of the Palaszczuk Government continues to generate plenty of media coverage, as do debates about the most appropriate policy response to alcohol-fuelled violence – read all about it in our weekly summary of last week’s news items, here.
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If you’ve ever watched the filling of Cabinet advisor jobs after an election, you would be aghast: across all political parties, narrow networks, factional partisans, warlord loyalists, mates of mates, and the staff from the previous (losing) Government of the same Party, are usually the principal sources of political advisors.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has insisted on a new way: she’s demanded competitive, merit-based* selection: the new Government has advertised senior Ministerial advisor roles via Seek**, and Ministers were initially allowed to employ a small number of temporary staff only.
One of the advantages of the usual system is speed: a Ministerial office can be up and running in a week; one of the disadvantages of merit selection plus competition is that it can’t work very fast.
How well this innovation works in the medium and long term remains to be seen, and that will be the test of the Premier’s innovation, but some of the new Ministerial offices have been struggling to respond effectively to correspondence and phone calls, until they secure more staff.
Boding well for the long term and tending to validate the new system, I’m aware of several excellent Ministerial staffing appointments that couldn’t have been made under the old patronage system.