Jobs creation and accountability will be the new
Queensland Government's legislative focus
The Queensland Government has announced its intention to embark
on an "extensive legislative program" as it introduced
five Bills during its first Parliamentary sitting last week.
This legislative program is set to touch on a number of key
policy areas from political integrity to jobs creation, with
payroll tax rebates for employers and changes to political donation
laws being the first big-ticket policy cabs off the rank.
In introducing a Bill to provide a 25% payroll tax rebate over
the next three years for employers hiring specified apprentices and
trainees, Treasurer Curtis Pitt spoke about ensuring
Queensland's economic growth into the future by providing a
highly skilled workforce to permit delivery of projects.
The Payroll Tax Rebate, Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment
Bill 2015, now referred to the Finance & Administration
Committee, is likely to be the first of many Bills focusing on jobs
creation, with the Government flagging the following relevant
policies to play a part in its legislative program:
the introduction of a requirement that 10% of workers on major
public and GOC projects must be apprentices and trainees;
the implementation of a "Locals First Program" to
support local contractors and suppliers for regional areas;
the introduction of legislation to prevent 100% fly-in/fly-out
projects to create more jobs for Queenslanders in regional
the introduction of a three-year payroll tax holiday for new
companies coming to Queensland as a result of Advance Queensland
the introduction of a "Ready To Work" scheme to help
young people to prepare themselves to enter the job market;
the establishment of "Jobs Queensland", a roundtable
group representing business and industry which will advise the
Government on the skills that the State needs.
The Government also introduced three Bills which aim to deliver
on its promise to restore accountability and integrity in
The Electoral & Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015
introduces (and reverses) a number of changes to political donation
laws, including the following:
the threshold for the disclosure of anonymous gifts to
candidates, parties, third parties and associated entities will be
lowered from $12,800 to $1,000, backdated to 21 November 2013;
large gifts of $100,000 or more will be subject to special
reporting requirements; and
six-monthly reporting of donations by political parties and
associated entities will be required.
Over the coming months, Queenslanders can also expect the
following policy announcements to shape the integrity and
accountability Bills introduced to Parliament:
levels of government accountability will be increased with the
reinstatement of an independent Crime and Corruption
a Commission of Inquiry will be established relevant to
organised crime across Queensland (with the powers of a Royal
Commission) to focus on broadening criminal justice laws to target
more than just bikie gangs; and
a new body, Building Queensland, will be established to assess
all major infrastructure proposals worth $50m or more, to
independently ensure that infrastructure is funded and sited where
needed and is not determined by political demands or
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