The Northern Territory Treasurer, Delia Lawrie, has welcomes the Federal Budget, saying Federal spending will build a ‘strong national economy with initiatives to build the workforce needed to support resource jurisdictions like the Territory’

“The Commonwealth’s $558 million plan to provide 130,000 extra training places in key industries like mining complements the Territory Government’s Jobs NT plan to grow our own workforce. Providing more training places will help Territory businesses to grow and take advantage of our economic opportunities.” Ms Lawrie said.

Ms Lawrie has also welcomed a range of education initiatives to be rolled out in the NT, including;

  • $5.1 million to support quality teachers;
  • $2.2 million boost for programs for disabled students and support for teachers;
  • $5.2 million for a boost to literacy and numeracy programs; and
  • $17.5 million for low socio-economic schools.

The Queensland State Government has announced the passing of the Electoral Reform and Accountability Amendment Bill 2011.

The Secretary and Chief Executive of the Federal Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research has been announced as the new Director-General of the NSW Department of Trade and Investment following his transition from Commonwealth to State governments.

The Victorian Government has announced its aim to establish an inquiry into identifying best practice policy initiatives for managing State Government infrastructure.

The Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs has recommended that legislation introduced by the Australian Greens to end federal control over territory laws be passed by the Senate.

The Queensland Government has called for expressions of interest for funding under the third round of the Natural Disaster Resilience Program.

The NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has announced that legislation will be introduced to Parliament to ban lobbyist success fees, over and above normal service fees.

The NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell, has completed the government’s team of 13 Parliamentary Secretaries, with the appointment of  five new appointments.

The Victorian Baillieu government’s first budget has focused on meeting election promises, with hefty spending combined with a major cut in GST revenue resulting in net debt blowing out by $7.5 billion.

The NSW Government’s Special Commission of Inquiry into the sale of the state’s electricity assets by the previous Labor government will be headed by Justice Brian Tamberlin QC.

A report by Deloitte Access Economics has predicted that South Australia will become "a titan of the global resource landscape" but warns that its manufacturing sector is flagging due to the high Australian dollar and struggling to remain a significant employer.

The Northern Territory Budget has targeted support for small business, homeowners and infrastructure in a big-spending budget that is predicted to see debt blow out to $2.2 billion in 2013-14

All Tasmanian Government agencies have been asked by the Premier, Lara Giddings, to review spending on external consultancies as they work to find Budget savings.

The Woomera Protected Area (WPA) has been opened to mining following discussions between the South Australian and Federal Governments.

The Queensland Reconstruction Authority has released its second monthly report into the damages caused by flooding and cyclones earlier this year.

Skills shortages are continuing to have a significant impact on business performance in New South Wales, according to the recently released NSW Business Chamber - Commonwealth Bank Business Conditions Survey for the March 2011 quarter.

New analysis shows governments across Australia are spending at least four times more on building roads and bridges than on public transport infrastructure.

The ACT Government’s 2010-11 Capital Works Program December 2010 Quarterly Progress Report has shown government expenditure for this financial year stands at $273.622 million or 34% of available funds for the year. This compares with expenditure for the same period last year of $180.280 million, or 23%.

An interim report prepared by the advisory committee to the Victorian Coalition  Government, chaired by Michael Vertigan, has found that Federal Government funding, including stimulus spending and grants through Infrastructure Australia, has obscured the state’s true financial position,  and that Victoria is currently financilly “unsustainable in the medium term”.

Professor Peter Shergold AC, has been appointed incoming Chairman of the Board of the NSW Public Service Commission.

South Australia’s third Strategic Plan is progressing towards completion, following the release of the report of the Community Engagement Board.

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