Queensland plugs funding gaps at integrity bodies stretched by pandemic

Queensland plugs funding gaps at integrity bodies stretched by pandemic

The state government quietly boosted the funding of two state watchdogs hit hard by COVID-driven workloads,but calls from other accountability agencies went unanswered in Tuesday’s budget.

  • byMatt Dennien

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Budget eve government wage offer averts public servant protests

Budget eve government wage offer averts public servant protests

The Queensland government narrowly avoided the distraction of budget day protests from frontline workers negotiating wage rises,as it lifted a years-long hiring freeze on other positions.

  • byMatt Dennien
Queensland budget:Govt to levy more than $1b from big business for mental health
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Queensland budget:Govt to levy more than $1b from big business for mental health

The new levy,revealed in Tuesday’s state budget,will generate ongoing funding for mental health services in the state expected to total more than $1.4 billion across the next four years alone.

  • byMatt Dennien
Demand for new homes,renos contributes to delays in major projects

Demand for new homes,renos contributes to delays in major projects

The budget papers show the building boom is bigger than the 2016 flurry of apartment construction in Brisbane - but not everything can be done at once.

  • bySean Parnell
Queensland increases coal royalties,insists no promise is broken

Queensland increases coal royalties,insists no promise is broken

Coal companies will bear the brunt of Queensland’s revenue increases,with a sliding royalties scale to help fund the state’s huge health and infrastructure spend.

  • byCameron Atfield
Queensland balancing two booms as budget books arrive

Queensland balancing two booms as budget books arrive

As coal and property prices soar,Treasurer Cameron Dick faces twin revenue windfalls — and their potential benefit to the state — as he hands down the Palaszczuk government’s eighth budget on Tuesday.

  • byMatt Dennien
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$3.5b to be spent on Queensland rail projects in state budget

$3.5b to be spent on Queensland rail projects in state budget

Treasurer Cameron Dick announced the outlay on Sunday while marking a major milestone for the Cross River Rail project.

  • byToby Crockford
Boom not bust:Queensland enjoys tax windfall from property,mining

Boom not bust:Queensland enjoys tax windfall from property,mining

Treasurer Cameron Dick last forecast a budget deficit of $2.4 billion for 2022-23 but is now confident of a much smaller number.

  • byFraser Barton
Distracted,stubborn:Problems with Palaszczuk government restructure

Distracted,stubborn:Problems with Palaszczuk government restructure

The Queensland Audit Office has laid bare the impact of the Labor government’s last restructure,saying it had “so many repercussions”.

  • bySean Parnell
Traffic fines set to increase as Qld Treasury takes an interest

Traffic fines set to increase as Qld Treasury takes an interest

Treasurer Cameron Dick will allow traffic fines to surge but has put a cap on additional motor vehicle registration costs.

  • bySean Parnell
Queensland keeps rein on debt but new variant could hurt budget bottom line

Queensland keeps rein on debt but new variant could hurt budget bottom line

Treasurer Cameron Dick has handed down his update to Queensland’s state budget.

  • byFelicity Caldwell