The Victorian State Government has announced a survey in which it will seek public opinion on criminal sentencing in the state’s justice system.

Attorney-General Robert Clark launched the survey, which is being run on MyViews, a new online survey site at, and supported by a number of Victorian media outlets.

"This survey will help inform the government about community views on sentencing and help shape decisions about future sentencing levels and other sentencing reforms in Victoria," Mr Clark said.

The Victorian State Government has announced a series of grants worth a total of $3 million in an attempt to reduce waste that would otherwise contribute to landfill.

The Tasmanian Government has released Tasmania’s Action Plan to Reduce Emissions, which sets out the Government’s immediate priority plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions following the Tasmanian Wedges Report, with advice from the Tasmanian Climate Action Council.

The Queensland Government has released its Green Door policy which will see the state government agencies work with local government and referral agencies to accelerate the development assessment of projects that that demonstrate exemplary sustainability performance.

The Federal Government has announced a $20 million spending package aimed at facilitating easier access to higher education for the state’s regional students.

The New South Wales Government has announced it will review plans for the construction of the Byrrill Creek Dam that were scrapped by the previous state government, which favoured the expansion of the nearby Clarrie Hall Dam.

The Federal Government has announced that Perth will be classified as a regional centre in a bid to streamline overseas recruitment.

The Western Australian Government has called for a ‘significant change in the way public transport operates’ if it is to deal with the expected exponential growth in demand over the next 20.

Territorians will need to buck the “lazy” tag this Census if they are to secure much needed federal funding for areas such as education, health and roads, according to a population expert.

Western Australia has announced it will reform its nine Regional Development Commissions (RDCs) in line with a review into their structure requested by the State Cabinet’s Economic Expenditure and Reform Committee.

The New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority and three other agencies will be abolished as part of the most significant restructure of transport in NSW history.

CommSec’s State of the States quarterly report shows that Western Australia has the strongest economy in the country, propelled by a strong mining and engineering sector that has driven commercial construction and a vibrant export industry based on the mining and minerals industry. 

NSW Planning Minister Brad Hazzard has announced an 18-month review of  the state’s planning laws.

The NSW Government has begun consultations on the creation of a Public Sector Ethics Act as part of its commitment to restore integrity to the NSW Public Service.

The Western Australian State Government’s plan to reduce the number of local government councils has taken another blow after the City of Nedlands and the City of Subiaco voted to remain independent.

Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser has expressed his confidence that his state will return to 5% GDP within the 2011-12 financial year, despite the state experiencing no growth over the 2010-11 year.

Victorian Acting Premier and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan has released the interim report of the Review of the 2010-11 Flood Warnings and Response.

Queensland capped off 2010-11 with an extra 2,400 trend jobs and a drop in the unemployment rate, ABS employment data revealed.

Treasurer Andrew Fraser said after the natural disasters hammered the economy earlier this year, Queensland looked to be regaining momentum towards the Bligh Government's 100,000 jobs target.

"Queensland created 2,400 of the nation's net total of 3,800 jobs in June 2011," Mr Fraser said.

"Official figures now show there are 23,300 jobs to go before we hit the 100,000 jobs target.

"The trend unemployment rate in June dropped 0.1 percentage point to 5.2 percent, 0.4 percentage point lower than the recent peak in January.

"The drop in trend unemployment in June was supported by both part time and full time employment, which gained 1,900 and 500 jobs respectively.

"That's 20 straight months of full time employment growth."

Mr Fraser said the results closed off a challenging financial year peppered with clear positive indicators for a strong 2011-12.

"Queensland is on a launch pad with a 140,000 jobs bonanza forecast over the next two years in the 2011-12 State Budget," Mr Fraser said.

"We will continue to deliver our massive building program and the reconstruction effort as well as fostering investment from the resources industry to support 5 percent growth in 2011-12.

Queensland Health Minister Geoff Wilson has announced the final three shortlisted contractors currently vying for the construction of the $2.03 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

The Queensland Government has released its Queensland Infrastructure Plan (QIP) for public comment, providing a blueprint for the state’s infrastructure development over the next 20 years.

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