Archived News for Professionals in State Government - October, 2011
The Northern Territory Government has introduced the Constitutional Convention (Election Bill) 2011 before Territory Parliament, as recommended by the bi-partisan Steering Committee and the Northern Territory Constitutional Convention Committee.
The Bill will facilitate the electing of delegates for the Constitutional Convention, to be held in April 2012, which will push for the Territory adopting Statehood.
Chief Minister Paul Henderson said the Bill was an important step for Territorians, with the Constitutional Convention playing a pivotal role in setting the groundwork for a model and case for Statehood.
Two separate reports published by the Federal Government have examined the potential for renewable energy development in regional Western Australia.
The South Australian Greens have slammed the special Committee set up by the State’s Lower House to examine the Olympic Dam Expansion Bill, describing the hearings as farcical.
Queensland Mining Minister Stirling Hinchliffe has announced that the state has attracted a record $1.126 billion resource exploration investment.
TRUenergy has announced it is seeking to invest in two new gas fired power stations in Queensland. The move has been welcomed by the Federal Government, describing the announcement as a welcome step towards meeting Australia’s energy needs through lower emissions generation.
A new regulation under current environmental law will prohibit the reintroduction of cattle grazing to the Alpine National Park in Victoria without due assessment of the potential environmental damage.
The Queensland Government has released the $125 billion Connecting SEQ 2031 transport plan, which outlines the region’s transport vision for the next 20 years.
The Queensland Government has introduced the Biosecurity Bill 2011 before State Parliament that will see the seven separate Acts that govern biosecurity in Queensland brought under the single Bill.
The Western Australian Government has approved a 570 kilometre railway corridor that will connect the state’s Mid-West iron ore projects to the proposed deepwater port at Oakajee.
The Federal Government has released its State of Australian Cities 2011 report, finding that residents of Australia’s major cities are using less electricity, leaving their car in garage more often in favour of catching public transport, producing less household waste and raising children who are staying at home until an older age.
The South Australian Government has released the Renewable Energy Plan for South Australia, providing an agenda for future growth of the state’s renewable energy sector.
The Federal Government has opened the new Crisis Coordination Centre (CCC) in Canberra, which will serve to improve the government’s capability to respond to large-scale natural disasters or acts of terrorism.