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Queensland Election Results and Ministry

On Saturday 14 February 2015, Queensland Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk was sworn in as the state’s 39th Premier, after the Electoral Commission of Queensland formally declared the results for all seats.

At final count, Labor won 30 of 40 Greater Brisbane seats, seven of 12 Central Coast seats, and seven of eight North Queensland seats; a total of 44 seats. Independent MP Peter Wellington pledged his support to Palaszczuk, allowing … Read more »

Purchase of Agricultural Land by Foreign Investors

The Abbott Government delivered on one of its key election promises today, introducing new rules for the purchase of agricultural land by foreign investors.

From 1 March 2015, the Foreign Investment Review Board will begin screening foreign purchases of agricultural land valued at $15 million or more, down from the current threshold of $252 million. The lower threshold will also apply to the cumulative value of land owned by the … Read more »

Parliamentary Sitting Schedule - 2015

See below the Parliamentary Sitting Schedule for the Australian Parliament in 2015...

National Political Update

Federal Government

In the lead up to the return of the Federal Parliament in Canberra next week, this week saw Prime Minister Tony Abbott deliver his second National Press Club address as Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister’s address expressed the Government’s agenda for 2015, focusing on a number of key policy platforms: national security, economic management, parental leave payments and small business policy.

The Prime Minister announced that, notwithstanding the … Read more »

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