Original article by Michael McKenna
The Australian – Page: 5 : 15-Jan-21
The Queensland government has confirmed a proposal to house returning international travellers in remote mining camps due to growing concern about the high-contagious UK variant of COVID-19. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says this is a "rational option" given that the new variant is up to 70 per cent more infectious than the original strain. Palaszczuk intends to put the proposal to the upcoming meeting of the national cabinet on 22 January. Queensland has recorded four new cases of COVID-19 among people in hotel quarantine, and there are 27 active cases statewide.
QUEENSLAND. DEPT OF THE PREMIER AND CABINET
Original article by Hayden Johnson
The Courier-Mail – Page: 4 & 5 : 11-Jan-21
The three-day lockdown of Greater Brisbane is slated to end at 6pm on 11 January, but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has not yet committed to lifting the restrictions. The snap lockdown was imposed after a cleaner at a quarantine hotel tested positive for the highly contagious UK strain of COVID-19; two returned travellers in quarantine at the hotel have also been diagnosed with the mutated variant of the coronavirus. Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young says the latest COVID-19 numbers will determine the government’s next move. Queensland has recorded two consecutive days with no new cases.
QUEENSLAND. DEPT OF THE PREMIER AND CABINET, QUEENSLAND HEALTH
Original article by Mark Ludlow, Hannah Wootton
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 3-Nov-20
Queensland will open its borders to all of regional New South Wales on 3 November, but its borders remain closed to people from Sydney. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the national cabinet are aiming to have all state borders open by Christmas, and ABC health expert Dr Norman Swan says there is no justification for state borders to remain closed while national numbers of COVID-19 cases are so low. Meanwhile, federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud accused Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk of playing on the fears of older Queenslanders in an attempt to win votes.
AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF AGRICULTURE, WATER AND THE ENVIRONMENT, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, QUEENSLAND. DEPT OF THE PREMIER AND CABINET
Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 28-Oct-20
Roy Morgan conducted extensive qualitative and quantitative research with Queenslanders about their concerns over either a re-elected ALP Government led by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk or a potential LNP Government led by Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington in the run-up to this week’s Queensland election. Interviewing for this survey was conducted with a representative cross-section of 1,187 Queensland electors from October 12-15 via SMS polling. LNP supporters are concerned about the poor economic management, spending, lack of integrity and corruption of a re-elected ALP Government. Meanwhile, ALP supporters are most concerned that a re-elected ALP Government will face hurdles to governing from a potential hung parliament as well as Federal Government interference. Meanwhile, ALP supporters are concerned about the quality of leadership of a potential LNP Government as well as their plans to cut services and cut public service jobs, while LNP supporters’ biggest concern about an LNP Government is Frecklington’s leadership.
ROY MORGAN LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, LIBERAL-NATIONAL PARTY OF QUEENSLAND
Original article by Chris Merritt
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 10-Jun-20
A Brisbane-based travel agency is the lead plaintiff in a High Court challenge to the legal validity of the Queensland government’s coronavirus-induced border closure. The six plaintiffs want the government to disclose the information it relied upon when deciding to close the state’s borders. Amongst other things, they contend that the border closure breaches their constitutional right to travel freely within Australia and goes beyond what is necessary to control the virus’s spread.
HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA, QUEENSLAND. DEPT OF THE PREMIER AND CABINET
Original article by Craig Johnstone, Sarah Elks
The Australian – Page: 5 : 22-May-20
Professor AJ Brown of Griffith University says a war of words between state leaders over restrictions on interstate travel may undermine the national cabinet’s spirit of co-operation during the coronavirus pandemic. The professor of public policy and law says it is "surprising and a little disappointing" that New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian is calling for state borders to be reopened for economic reasons. NSW has criticised Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for signalling that her state’s borders may remain closed until September.
GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY, NEW SOUTH WALES. DEPT OF PREMIER AND CABINET, QUEENSLAND. DEPT OF THE PREMIER AND CABINET
Original article by Craig Johnstone
The Australian – Page: 1 : 14-May-20
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has criticised the Queensland government’s proposal to acquire a stake in Virgin Australia via the state-owned Queensland Investment Corporation. State Treasurer Cameron Dick has stressed the importance of having two sustainable national airlines, adding that his priority is to retain and create jobs for Queenslanders. The QIC is tipped to join one of the consortiums that are bidding for Virgin, and Dick says its investment could take the form of a direct equity stake, a loan, guarantee or other financial incentives.
VIRGIN AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX VAH, QUEENSLAND. TREASURY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS
Original article by Olivia Caisley
The Australian – Page: 1 & 5 : 24-Jan-20
More than 2,800 homes have been lost across Australia during the current bushfire season, including 49 in Queensland. The state government has been urged to review the building standards for homes in bushfire-prone areas; the state has a fire danger index rating of just 40 for such homes, compared with an FDI-100 rating in Victoria and most parts of New South Wales. Professor Grahame Douglas, a fire danger expert from the University of Western Sydney, says Queensland should look at upgrading to an FDI-100 rating for areas that are at risk from bushfires.
UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN SYDNEY
Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 : 17-Jun-19
Yancoal Australia CEO Reinhold Schmidt has welcomed the decision by Queensland’s Department of Environment to approve Adani’s groundwater management plan for its proposed Carmichael coal mine. The decision was arguably accelerated by Labor’s poor showing in Queensland seats in the federal election, but Schmidt says the mining sector wants consistent and predictable rules, no matter which party is in government.
YANCOAL AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX YAL, QUEENSLAND. DEPT OF ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE PROTECTION, ADANI MINING PTY LTD
Original article by Jamie Walker, Sarah Elks
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 6 : 12-Jun-19
Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad has defended the state government’s decision to increase the royalty on gas production from 10 per cent to 12.5 per cent, arguing that the state’s LNG royalty has been frozen for 10 years. She describes the increase as a "modest measure" given than some countries have LNG royalties of up to 30 per cent. The Budget measure has been criticised by Queensland Resources Council CEO Ian Macfarlane and former federal resources minister Martin Ferguson, who warn of the impact of the move on gas supply and prices.
QUEENSLAND. TREASURY, QUEENSLAND RESOURCES COUNCIL LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN PETROLEUM PRODUCTION AND EXPLORATION ASSOCIATION LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, ACTU