Exports: a tale of two states

While SA extends a program to boost exports, Qld’s coffers are boosted by the recovery of its coal exports.

Legal lessons from the Queensland Health Payroll Report

By Michael Grosser* The Queensland Government’s procurement practices and the acceptance of the role of probity advisors have evolved considerably since 2007 when it commenced the procurement activity for the Queensland Health Payroll System. Probity is now recognised by Queensland Government agencies, statutory bodies and Government Owned Corporations as being an integral part of how […]

Queensland councils cleared to take out bat colonies

By Paul Hemsley The Queensland government has given councils the all-clear to take aim at “problem” flying foxes in an effort to mitigate the potential health hazards they present. The approval follows a long campaign by councils which demanded that the state government cut “red tape” that previously hindered them from shifting flying fox infestations. […]

Doctors slam resuscitation of ‘Workchoices-style’ hospital contracts

By Paul Hemsley The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has slammed the Queensland government’s decision to move all of its public hospital Senior Medical Officers to individual contracts from 1st July 2014. The peak doctor’s group has warned that the state government’s decision will have “dramatic” consequences on medical workforce numbers and could force doctors to […]

Financial probe launched after Wide Bay Water mayhem

By Paul Hemsley The Queensland government will instigate a ministerial probe into the financial operations of the Fraser Coast Regional Council and the Wide Bay Water Corporation (WBWC) recent stoushes between the two organisations prompted Minister for Local Government David Crisafulli to approve an extraordinary appointment of a councillor to the WBWC board. The ongoing […]

Queensland releases government technology vision

By Julian Bajkowski The Queensland Government has set out its grand vision for recasting how the state’s public sector buys and consumes more than $1.6 billion a year in technology services, software and infrastructure, confirming it will dump confirmed the longstanding build-own-operate model in favour of buying technology as a service. In a set of […]

Queensland police expand drive-by number plate surveillance

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski The Queensland government has expanded its use of Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to controversially include unmarked police vehicles that will be tasked to silently snoop-out car registration details as they drive-by alleged crime hot spots. The government says the drive-by surveillance technology is being deployed as part […]

Wesfarmers muscling into government procurement

By Julian Bajkowski Retail stationery juggernaut Officeworks has successfully prized its way into the Queensland government’s procurement panel for office and educational supplies as the company pushes hard to build up its business-to-business (B2B) customer base in the public sector. The win by the Wesfarmers subsidiary is a significant development for government buyers because it […]

Queensland drafts graffiti vandals as council cleaners

By Paul Hemsley Vandals caught defacing public and private property could soon be forced to scrub off their own unsightly mess under a hands-on aversion therapy plan by the Queensland government that will let local governments pressgang offenders into the role of council cleaners. The plan to force taggers to erase either their efforts or […]

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