The Western Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Fisheries and Electoral Affairs Norman Moore has announced his decision to not seek pre-selection by the Liberal Party for the next State Election due in March 2013.


Mr Moore said that he will therefore retire from State Parliament on May 21, 2013 when his current Legislative Council term concludes.


“I will continue in my ministerial role with the intention of completing a number of important projects and reforms in my portfolios prior to the election, as well as working as hard as possible to assist in the re-election of the Liberal-National Government,” he said.

The Western Australian Government has announced the membership of the inaugural board of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA).

The Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade Richard Dalla-Riva has announced the formation of a new Victorian Submarine Industry Project Team to grow the economic benefit to Victoria from submarine work.

The Tasmanian Government has paid tribute to outgoing Tasmanian Ombudsman Simon Allston, who is departing the role after six years to pursue a range of private interests.

The Northern Territory Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has announced the establishment of two active watching briefs into incidents in the Edith River in December last year.

Mining giant Xstrata has released a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for its planned $270 million expansion of its McArthur River Mining (NRM) operations, with the company saying the project will ‘deliver more benefits for the Northern Territory than first thought’.

Fair Work Australia has ruled in favour of a large number of community sector workers, ordering a pay rise of between 19 and 41 per cent.

Work on the Perth City Link has taken a major step after a ceremony saw the commencement of the tunneling to sink the Fremantle train line west of the Horseshoe Bridge.

The Victorian Minister for Health David Davis has released the Victorian Population Health Survey 2009 which provides a snapshot, based on a detailed survey of around 7,500 adults, of the general health and physical fitness of Victorians.             

The Western Australian Government has awarded Telstra $39.2 million in Royalties for Regions funding to provide s regional, rural and remote communities and businesses with access to a self-sustainable and affordable mobile voice and wireless broadband service.

The Queensland Government has announced a $28 million waste infrastructure grants program aimed at assisting businesses, industry and local government bodies adopt innovate resource recovery and recycling options.

The Queensland Government has announced that the Floods Commission of Inquiry has issued a number of new requirements of statements from senior Government officials.

The New South Wales Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, has announced the commencement of the water sharing plan for the unregulated upper and middle NSW Murray sub-catchments and Upper Murray alluvium.

The Federal Minister for Sustainability and the Environment, Tony Burke, has hit out at a proposal by the Victorian Government to reintroduce cattle grazing to the state’s Alpine National Park.

Consult Australia has adopted the principles of the Department of Infrastructure’s Creating Places for People: an Urban Design Protocol for Australian Cities.

The Victorian Building and Plumbing Industry Commissioner Tony Arnel has resigned after 12 years in the position.

Recent results posted by the Victorian Government shows that the state’s food and fibre exports grew by 19 per cent, or $1.3 billion, to reach a record $8.07 billion total in 2010-11.

The December edition of the WA Resources and Economics Report, released by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME), shows that the resources sector is continuing to display strong growth.

The CEO of the Financial Services Council and former leader of the NSW Liberal Party, John Brogden, has been appointed chairman of the NSW government’s property development corporation, Landcom. He replaces William Kirkby Jones who resigned from the position at the end of 2011 after 14 years in the role.  Mr Brogden will continue in his role with the Financial Services Council but will step down as a director of the Sydney Ports Corporation.

The ACT Government has reallocated half a billion dollars earmarked for the purchase of the Civic Government office block for investment in public health infrastructure in  Canberra, including building a new sub-acute hospital in northern Canberra.

Recruitment specialist Hays has released its January to March quarterly report into labour and skills demand, examining the ‘current hotspots of recruitment activity and trends’.

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