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No. 1504

19 August 2010

MR EMERSON asked the Deputy Premier and Minister for Health (MR LUCAS)-

QUESTION:

With reference to sexual assault services in Queensland and the KPMG report titled ‘Review of Queensland Health responses to adult victims of sexual assault’—

(1) Which recommendations of the KPMG report will be adopted by the government?

(2) Have new funding agreements been entered into with non-government service providers for the period beyond December 2010 and, if so, how do they differ from existing funding agreements?

(3) What funding was provided to each non-government service provider in 2009-10 (reported separately) and what is the proposed level of funding for 2010-11 (reported separately)?

ANSWER:

I thank the Honourable member for Indooroopilly for his question.

Queensland Health commissioned KPMG to undertake a Review of Queensland Health Responses to victims of sexual assault. This report was delivered and publicly released in 2009.

The review identified that Queensland Health needed to adopt a stronger leadership role in promoting service delivery that is evidence-based, informed by practice standards and quality assurance mechanisms.

Queensland Health consulted widely in 2009 with other agencies in the government sector and funded non-government organisations during the development of the KPMG report and the associated 10 state-wide feedback sessions. The KPMG Review and the Spall Watters Feedback Report are available at Queensland Health website: www.health.qld.gov.au/sexualassault.

Queensland Health is considering the make-up of a sexual assault service system response which will include Sexual Assault Support and Prevention Program (SASPP) funding distribution and service arrangements. All SASPP funded non-government organisations and funded Health Service Districts will be informed of this outcome once this direction is determined.

Queensland Health will ensure future purchasing arrangements provide both acute sexual assault responses and non-acute sexual assault counselling services to females, males and diverse population groups aged 14 years and over.

The current service agreements with funded non-government organisations have been extended to 31 December 2011.

As soon as the arrangements for the future provision of the sexual assault support and prevention program are determined, a decision on future funding of non-acute services will be communicated to all currently SASPP funded non-government organisations.

In 2009/2010 Queensland Health, through the SASPP, provided $4.95 million to non-government organisations to provide non-acute sexual assault support services for females (the Atherton service also provides services to men). There is also an acute sexual assault response in Cairns and Bundaberg.

The breakdown of funding for 2009-10 and 2010-11 is provided below: (attached).

 

No. 1453

18 August 2010

MR EMERSON asked the Deputy Premier and Minister for Health (MR LUCAS)-

QUESTION: What is the final actual cumulative capital expenditure to 30 June 2010 and the final annual actual capital expenditure to 30 June 2010, for each capital project listed under the heading ‘Hospitals’ in the 2010-11 State Budget Capital Statement?

ANSWER: I thank the Honourable Member for Indooroopilly for his question about the Bligh Government’s $7.33 billion health infrastructure program, which is the biggest in the nation.

No portfolio that more starkly illustrates the benefits of the Bligh Government’s strong economic plan than Health:

• We are building or rebuilding hospitals across Queensland,

• We are hiring 1200 new clinical staff this coming year and

 

No. 1413

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Transport (Ms Nolan) -

QUESTION: Will the Minister advise (by individual station), the priority being given to and the likely start date for the upgrade of the Taringa, Chelmer, Graceville and Sherwood stations?

ANSWER: I thank the Member for Indooroopilly for the question.

The Bligh Government has recently announced $200 million allocation to undertake upgrade works on almost one-third of rail stations across the South-East Queensland public transport network.

Rail stations that will receive an upgrade will be announced in the near future.

No. 1376

Thursday, 5 August 2010

MR EMERSON asked the Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations (Mr C R Dick) -

QUESTION: With reference to the sentencing of serious violent offenders under the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992—

(1) How many offenders were sentenced as serious violent offenders in 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 (reported separately by year)?

(2) How many offenders in (1) were sentenced for more than one offence at the time of sentencing?

(3) How many offenders in (2) received concurrent sentenced with their head sentence?

ANSWER: The Bligh Government maintains a firm commitment to the safety of all Queenslanders, particularly when it comes to serious offenders. Recently, the government continued its ongoing improvement to the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act, which is the toughest regime of its kind in the nation. The government also introduced the Criminal Organisation Act to assist police in disrupting and dismantling organised crime groups, which was opposed by the honourable Member and his parliamentary LNP colleagues.

The Bligh Government has maintained its commitment to ensuring that the sentencing framework in Queensland remains in line with community expectations. On 2 September 2010, the government passed a range of reforms to the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 which greatly expand the range of offences for which an indefinite jail sentence can be imposed in Queensland courts. Regrettably, the honourable Member and his parliamentary LNP colleagues voted against these amendments on the second reading of the Bill. The Bligh Government introduced these amendments to ensure that indefinite sentences could be imposed in relation to offenders who commit torture, incest, maintain sexual relationships with a child and indecent treatment of a child under 16 years.

The Bligh Government has recently introduced into the Parliament a range of further reforms to the Penalties and Sentences Act, including the establishment of a Sentencing Advisory Council. Amendments also introduced into the parliament reflect the community’s expectation that repeat offenders should be punished with reference to their previous convictions and reinforces the government’s and the community’s denunciation of recidivists who continue to disobey the law. The bill ensures that, when sentencing a repeat offender, the court must treat previous relevant convictions as an aggravating factor in determining the appropriate sentence.

Further, the bill makes an important amendment to the serious violent offence provisions of the Penalties and Sentences Act. Currently, an offender convicted of a serious violent offence must serve 80 per cent of their sentence before being eligible to apply for parole release. The bill provides that, in the case of an offender convicted of an offence of violence committed against a young child or an offence that caused the death of a young child, the court must treat the age of the child as an aggravating factor when determining whether a serious violent offender declaration should be made.

Ensuring that Queensland’s communities remain safe is a priority. Under the Bligh Government, crime rates have continued to decline, while Queensland has the nation’s third highest rate of imprisonment for offences sentenced in the District and Supreme Courts.

The figures below relate to persons sentenced as serious violent offenders for the financial years 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10.

As there is no unique identifier enabling the identification and subsequent reporting of unique persons/defendants, defendants have been identified based on the national Report on Government Services counting methodology i.e. same surname, first name, date of birth and date the offence was registered within the courts criminal information system.

The number of offenders sentenced as serious violent offenders was forty-two in 2007-08, fifty-five in 2008-09, and thirty-two in 2009-10. Of these offenders, thirty-one, twenty-four and twenty-four respectively were sentenced for more than one offence at the time. The same number received concurrent sentences.

No. 1321

Asked on 4 August 2010

Mr Emerson asked the Minister for Education and Training (Mr Wilson) —

QUESTION: Will the Minister detail the methods of allocation of education funding and resources for the teaching of autistic children in the public sector and private sector (including methods of calculating cost-per-child, staff ratios, access to therapists, and direct funding to the schools)?

ANSWER: I thank the Member for his question.

The funding and resourcing allocation process for the teaching of students verified with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is the same as the process for funding and resourcing students with disabilities in general. The Bligh Government has committed an estimated $542 million to support student with disabilities in the state and non-state school sector this financial year.

State Schools

The Department of Education and Training (DET) provides an array of special education programs and services to support students with disabilities in the state school sector. ASD is one of the six disability categories recognised by the Department, where funding is provided to the education region based on information obtained through an Education Adjustment Program (EAP).

The EAP identifies individual educational needs of students with disabilities. This allows Regions to work with schools on a case-by-case basis to distribute resources, including specialist teachers, advisory visiting teachers (AVTs), therapists, nurses and teacher aides, designed to enable greater flexibility to respond to local need.

Special Schools

Special schools require highly specialised and individualised programs to cater for students with disabilities. Resourcing includes teacher Full Time Equivalents (FTE) that are allocated on the basis of one teacher per seven students, with an additional ratio of one teacher per 12.8 for students with multiple impairments.

Special Schools resources are allocated on the basis of the impairments of the students in attendance at each Special School.

Non-State Schools

Students with disabilities in non-state schools, including students with ASD, receive support from the State Government through a targeted funding program which is a set proportion of the general recurrent funding for non-state schools. In this financial year, more than $31 million will be provided to non-state schools through this program.

Allocated funds are administered by the two peak bodies for the non-state sector, Independent Schools Queensland and the Queensland Catholic Education Commission. The level of funding provided for each student is determined by an EAP, which is the same needs assessment process used in the state schooling sector.

No. 1248

Asked on 3 August 2010

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology (MR SCHWARTEN)-

QUESTION: With reference to the BSA licence class “Non-structural metal fabrication and installation” – Will the Minister advice how many licences of this type have been issued and provide a list of those licensees?

ANSWER: As at 31 July 2010, there were 953 licensees holding the licence class of nonstructural metal fabrication and installation. It is impractical to provide a list of the 953 licensees by name. Licence searches regarding individuals are freely available from the BSA website at www.bsa.qld.gov.au.

No. 1186

Asked on 11 June 2010

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland (MR MULHERIN)–

QUESTION: What were all the financial transactions involving unions or their agents made by all departments and agencies within his portfolio to date and for each of the past three years (reported separately by year, identifying the value and purpose of each transaction and whether, in each case, full payment including interest has been provided or received)?

ANSWER: I refer the Honourable Member to the Premier’s answer to Question on Notice No. 1132 of 2010 which provides a whole of Government response.

No. 1152

Asked on Thursday 10 June 2010

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT (MS NOLAN)—

QUESTION: With reference to the Minister’s media statement of 15 October 2009, pledging an additional 301,000 passenger per week capacity across the SEQ public transport network by July 2010—

Will the Minister detail how many of these additional seats will be operational by July 2010 and the particulars of these additional services (reported separately by service (a) bus, (b) train and (c) ferry)?

ANSWER: I thank the Member for Indooroopilly for the question.

On 2 July 2010 I announced that the Bligh Government had reached its target of delivering 301 000 additional seats per week on the Translink network.

This equates to seated capacity for 15 million additional public transport trips across the next financial year.

The breakdown consists of:

• 30 000 additional weekly seats on the Gold Coast, Cleveland, Ipswich, Doomben and Rosewood lines

• 215 000 weekly bus seats across Brisbane

• 40 000 weekly bus seats across the Gold Coast

• 10 000 additional seats for school services and buses in the Logan/Park Ridge area

• 8000 additional seats on Brisbane's CityCat services.

I also announced on 2 July 2010 that the new Queensland Rail would overhaul the CityTrain timetable. The current expansion of capacity between Corinda and Darra combined with the new Richlands line, opening next year, creates an opportunity to fix the timetables and create more capacity on the network.

In addition, next month, four new peak services will be rolled out on the Ipswich and Caboolture lines, creating a 9000 seat boost in seating capacity.

I would point out to the Member that if the Opposition were to implement a 3% efficiency dividend, as proposed at the last election and which has been reconfirmed since, there would be a reduction of 170 000 seats per week on the Translink network. The difference is clear.

No. 1095

Asked on 9 June 2010

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR TOURISM AND FAIR TRADING (MR LAWLOR) —

QUESTION: With reference to go cards and the government’s general growing tendency towards ‘smart’ stored-value cards and facilities—

Will the Minister advise whether the government will subscribe to the ASIC EFT Code of Conduct to give consumers certainty in their rights when utilising this technology?

ANSWER: No areas under my portfolio administer schemes which utilise stored valued cards.

Accordingly your question would be more appropriately directed to Ministers who have the administration of stored value cards as part of their portfolio.

No. 1029

Asked on 8 June 2010

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR TOURISM AND FAIR TRADING (MR LAWLOR) —

QUESTION: Will the Minister advise whether the Office of Fair Trading will introduce a toll-free number for customers to report go card faults free of charge?

ANSWER: The go card is Translink’s travel card which can be used on South East Queensland’s public transport system.

Consumers who have a complaint about a product or service should raise their concern with the trader in the first instance. In the case of go card, consumers may call 13 12 30 for the cost of a local call and speak with a customer service operator. If the issue cannot be resolved, consumers may seek the assistance of the Office of Fair Trading by telephoning 13 13 04 or by lodging a complaint online via the Office of Fair Trading website www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au .

No. 953

Asked on 20 May 2010

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland (MR MULHERIN)–

QUESTION: What planning processes are in place from DEEDI to promote and attract the next generation of agricultural consultants, agronomists and agricultural scientists into the agricultural sector?

ANSWER: The Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) actively participates in the national agenda for attracting, retaining and skilling the agricultural, agribusiness and pastoral sectors.

DEEDI supports the Primary Industries Education Foundation (PIEF) to provide national leadership and direction in raising awareness and promotion of primary industries in schools and encourage students to consider a science career in a rural industry.

DEEDI advocated for the development of a regional agrifood skills development strategy through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

DEEDI, as an economic development agency, is focused on improving the underlying factors that impact on productivity growth including supporting the development of a skilled workforce that has access to ongoing training opportunities.

The Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland recently announced a $20 million reform to the Australian Agricultural College Corporation (AACC).

The reform increases the accessibility of training by increasing the number of delivery sites from five to fourteen; delivers improved articulation of qualifications; enables career pathways from schools to tertiary education with multiple entry and departure points and links training with research, development and extension delivered by DEEDI.

DEEDI is also pursing meaningful collaboration between primary and secondary schools, vocational training universities and industry that will help them promote the diverse career opportunities across the agribusiness sector. DEEDI has:

- introduced the Gateway Schools to Agribusiness Project to eight Queensland secondary schools to assist young people make a successful transition from school into further education and/or employment in the agribusiness sector;

- hosted number of world class competitions in order to promote careers in agriculture including the Hermitage Research Station’s Schools´ Plant cience competition (established in 1997);

- stage, in partnership with the University of Queensland, the Revolutionary cience Event with the aim of capturing the imagination of some of the 200 trong audience of the State’s brightest young science minds to make them cnsider the benefits of an agricultural science career choice;

- supported AgForce's School to Industry Partnership Program which is a jointly unded program where the Queensland Department of Education and Training ad DEEDI have provided funding to Agforce to employ a schools liaison officer to promote awareness of careers in agriculture by conducting career talks, farm tours, science days and other activities.

- Established the Bundaberg Horticulture Science and Training precinct that will bring together all levels of education, industry and the latest in research and development.

- delivered the Bundaberg Skills Formation Strategy (established 2006) to enable the region’s growers to develop localised workforce solutions and strategies to attract and retain skilled labour.

No. 897

Asked on Wednesday 19 May 2010

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT (MS NOLAN)—

QUESTION: With reference to The Courier-Mail article on 26 April 2010 titled ‘Nobody at QR is Minding the Gap’ stating ‘Mr Scurrah said he would launch an investigation into how the problem was kept secret’—

Will the Minister advise (a) the terms of reference of this investigation, (b) the results of this investigation and (c) what action was taken as a consequence?

ANSWER: I thank the Member for Indooroopilly for the question.

I am aware that Mr Paul Scurrah as interim Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Rail has responded directly to you on the matters that you have raised.

In relation to the investigation, the Acting Chief Network Officer of Queensland Rail, Mr John Pistak, has advised Mr Scurrah that he has reviewed the matter and found that the previous business model did not encourage timely reporting across the various separate parts of the business. As such, the officers who became aware of the issue didn’t pass the information up the chain.

The new fully integrated structure for Queensland Rail simplifies processes and has established clear lines of accountability. This fully integrated model, combined with common outcome groups that will be used to manage issues across the network, operations and customer groups, will ensure better results for customers in the future.

No. 820

Asked on Tuesday 18 May 2010

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT (MS NOLAN)—

QUESTION: Will the Minister provide detailed information about all possible future track alteration options in the vicinity of Taringa Station?

ANSWER: I thank the Member for Indooroopilly for the question.

QR Network Pty Ltd advises that it has no plans to alter the track in the vicinity of Taringa station.

The only possible future alteration might be to increase accessibility to Taringa station platforms in compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

The existing configuration of four tracks and six-car platforms should be sufficient to meet demand at this station in the foreseeable future.

No. 749

Asked on 14 April 2010

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services (MR ROBERTS) -

QUESTION: With reference to the Fire Safety Management Tool for Owner/Occupiers Version 4.0 October 2009—

Will the Minister provide a list of approved consultants for each of these checkpoints to ensure ease of compliance with this checklist?

ANSWER: I am advised by the Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service that individual companies or licensees are not endorsed by the Service.

No. 660

Asked on Tuesday, 13 April 2010

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR NATURAL RESOURCES, MINES AND ENERGY AND MINISTER FOR TRADE (MR ROBERTSON)—

QUESTION: With reference to planning for the disposal of the Department of Environment and Resource Management site at Meiers Road, Long Pocket—

Given that 3.9ha of this land has been announced to be preserved as green space, will the Minister advise what are the plans for the other 7ha of the site?

ANSWER: A steering committee headed by the Department of Environment and Resource Management is being established to consider and evaluate the various options for the disposal of this land.

No. 631

Asked on 25 March 2010

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services (MR ROBERTS)—

QUESTION: With reference to the police records published by The Courier Mail on 12 and 13 March 2010—

What steps are being taken to combat the alarming increase in assaults and sexual assaults around the suburb of Indooroopilly?

ANSWER: The Bligh Government is committed to providing the Queensland Police Service with the funding it needs to effectively and efficiently fight crime and ensure the safety of communities across the State.

In 2009-10, this Government has provided a record $1.706 billion budget to the Police Service to increase the number of police on our streets and ensure that Queensland police officers have the resources, facilities and equipment necessary to enforce the law and secure the amenity of Queensland communities.

The Bligh Government continues to increase police numbers and is committed to providing an additional 600 new police positions over three years. By March 2012, Queensland will have more than 10,600 police officers.

The commitment of successive Labor Governments to law and order has seen a decreasing trend in the rate of crime across the State. Data released in the 2008-09 Annual Statistical Review revealed the overall crime rate in Queensland has fallen by 26 percent since 2000-01.

The figures quoted in The Courier Mail article, dated 13 March 2010, reflect the 2008-09 statistical reporting period for the Indooroopilly Police Division. That statistical reporting period concluded on 30 June 2009.

As at 31 December 2009, a number of crime classes, including “Assault” and “Sexual Assault”, showed reductions in the reported rates of offences for the Indooroopilly Division.

The crime class of Assault, which includes offences of Grievous Bodily Harm, Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm and Common Assault, is projecting a reduction of 7% from 2008/09 to 2009/10. The crime class of Sexual Offence, which includes offences ranging from willful exposure to rape, is projecting a reduction of 46% from 2008/09 to 2009/10.

The Indooroopilly Division, supported by resources from the Brisbane West Police District and other areas of the Police Service, has employed a number of proactive strategies which have provided positive outcomes for the local community and visitors. These strategies include high-visibility foot and mobile patrols of railway stations, carparks and surrounding public spaces, and the use of intelligence-driven shift objectives targeting known hotspots and offenders by uniformed and plain clothes police officers.

Police from the Brisbane West District have instituted high-visibility bicycle patrols in and around the bikeways of the Indooroopilly Division to prevent sexual offences.

In addition to these initiatives, Indooroopilly police work closely with local licensed premises regarding the responsible service of alcohol and efforts to reduce the incidence of alcoholfuelled violence and public disorder.

The Brisbane West District will continue to monitor crime trends to ensure that Indooroopilly and surrounding areas remain safe for all residents and visitors.

No. 559

Asked on Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Mr EMERSON asked the Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations (Mr Dick) -

QUESTION: With reference to the appointment of Mr Peter Carne as the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Trustee—

(1) What is Mr Carne's salary and what is the total cost of his remuneration package?

(2) Was he ever offered a lower salary or remuneration package and, if so, what was it?

(3) What was the salary and total remuneration package (reported separately) of Mr Carne's immediate permanent predecessor and who authorised any increase and on what basis?

ANSWER: The Public Trust Office (PTO) delivers a wide range of services to Queenslanders and has been doing so for nearly a century. These services include the preparation of more than twenty-one thousand free wills a year, acting as Trustee for more than 800 testamentary trusts and in excess of 4,400 trusts for minors.

As at 28 February 2010, the PTO had $1.18B of funds under management. The Public Trustee is responsible for the management of a Common Fund directed by an Investment Board. The Common Fund as at February 2010 stood at $477M.

The Public Trustee’s Investment Funds currently hold some $523M. The Public Trustee therefore is a significant undertaking in terms of funds management investing on behalf of others approximately $1.2B of funds.

For each matter the Public Trustee manages – for each adult with an incapacity for whom he is appointed administrator – and in respect to each trust and estate, the Public Trustee applies the prudent person rule and must invest in an orthodox and prudent manner.

In addition to funds available for investment, the Public Trustee also manages a significant amount of property on behalf of clients of the Office. Currently, more than $1B worth of assets are managed.

The Public Trustee is the accountable Officer, the Chief Executive Officer and the equivalent of the head of a Department.

The Public Trustee is also a corporation sole bearing the ultimate responsibility for all of the functions and operations of the PTO.

In addition to those roles and functions, the Public Trustee chairs the Investment Board which directs the investments of the Common Fund.

The salary of Mr Peter Carne, Public Trustee of Queensland is $255,059 with a total remuneration package of $320,000, which includes a motor vehicle, leave loading and superannuation. This salary package is in line with salary packages for other senior executives and chief executive officers in the Queensland public sector.

The salary and total remuneration package at the time of appointment of the immediate permanent predecessor of Mr Carne was at the equivalent of an SES4.2 officer of the Queensland Public Service, being $181,487 and $231,560 respectively.

Mercer (Australia) Pty Ltd was engaged and undertook an independent work value assessment of the Public Trustee position.

The final remuneration package was within the scope of the independent Mercer assessment, and the Governor in Council approved the increase in remuneration and the appointment of Mr Carne on 11 December 2008.

No.526

Asked on Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Mr Emerson asked the Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations (Mr C R Dick) -

QUESTION: With respect to the renewal of electrical work licenses-

Are there any plans to extend this program to other trades and professions and, if so, which trades or professions and what is the timetable for implementation of this program?

ANSWER: It is assumed the Honourable Member is referring to skills maintenance requirements that are necessary to renew a five-year electrical work licence, set by an electrical licensing policy established under the Electrical Safety Act 2002. To renew an electrical work licence, the worker needs to have kept up-to-date basic skills in:

• electrical safety legislation;

• risk management;

• testing; and

• resuscitation.

Only skills maintenance done during the previous two years will be recognised as evidence of continued competence in the relevant trade area.

I am not aware of any plans by the Government to extend this program to any other trades and professions.

However, in July 2008, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to introduce a national licensing system. Development of this regulatory reform process is proceeding under the auspices of a COAG Working Group. The new system is due to commence from 1 July 2012. Up to seven occupational areas (including electrical) were identified as priority trades for national licensing. Additional occupational areas may be included in the national licensing system over time. The proposed national occupational licensing board will have the responsibility for determining eligibility for trades licences and their renewal.

No. 436

Asked on Thursday, 11 March 2010

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR NATURAL RESOURCES, MINES AND ENERGY AND MINISTER FOR TRADE (MR ROBERTSON)—

QUESTION: With reference to the Queensland Smart Energy Savings Fund—

How many recipients have received funding and what are the details including the locations, project descriptions, costs, installation dates and electorates?

ANSWER: Round One of the Smart Energy Savings Fund was launched in February 2008 and closed on 12 May 2008. The Office of Clean Energy received eight applications requesting total funding support of $3.4 million.

Unfortunately, as the applications received did not meet all the criteria in the Smart Energy Savings Fund Guidelines, it was decided not to award any funding for Round One.

Given the demonstrated incapacity of the market to adequately meet the requirements of the Smart Energy Savings Fund – and so ensure value for public monies – the Government decided to reallocate funds to its Electricity Demand Management Initiatives Package and Queensland Solar Hot Water Program.

The funding reallocated to the Electricity Demand Management Initiatives provides for the Government’s continued support for a broad range of industry focused energy efficiency and conservation initiatives, that will not only help curtail peak loads, but avoid the need for additional network augmentation.

For example, Ergon Energy’s current agreements with several organisations will deliver $34 million of infrastructure savings (equivalently 14.2MVA). These organisations are also realising financial benefit from better managing their electricity usage. ENERGEX is in negotiation with a number of large energy users in South East Queensland that could potentially deliver $48 million in network savings(equivalently 20MVA).

The Smart Energy Savings Fund is now closed.

No. 402

Asked on 10 March 2010

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland (MR MULHERIN)–

QUESTION: With reference to the planning for the disposal of the Alan Fletcher Research Station at Magazine Street, Sherwood—

What is the date set for the closure of the site and what is intended for the future of the site?

ANSWER: The Alan Fletcher Research Station at Sherwood is to be disinvested and it is proposed that any sale proceeds would contribute to the whole of government funding for the new Ecoscience precinct at Boggo Road and Health and Food Science precinct at Coopers Plains.

These precincts and other innovative research infrastructure projects being implemented by the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation will ensure that Queensland’s agri-business sector has access to science and innovation to improve productivity and overcome production constraints.

These world-class facilities will ensure Queensland maintains its position as a leader in science and continues to attract and retain world class scientists. The facilities are built on the concept of collaboration and will integrate Queensland’s science effort.

They will include world class facilities for research into plant and animal production as well as disease and pest control.

In relation to the Sherwood site it is anticipated that operations will cease by the end of 2011. This timeframe will however be subject to the construction timetable of the Ecosciences Precinct being built at Boggo Road.

The future land use of the Alan Fletcher Research Station is yet to be determined by the Government.

No. 363

Asked on Tuesday 9 March 2010

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT (MS NOLAN) —

QUESTION: With reference to the Centre for Transport Strategy at The University of Queensland which lists its partners as Queensland Transport and Queensland Rail (QR).

How much does each contribute financially to the centre (reported separately)?

ANSWER: I thank the Member for Indooroopilly for the question.

In the 2009-10 financial year the department will contribute $178 280 (including GST) to the Centre for Transport Strategy, University of Queensland.

Over the same period of time, QR Limited is contributing $44 570 (including GST) to the Centre for Transport Strategy, University of Queensland.

No. 301

Asked on Thursday, 25 February 2010

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Transport (MS NOLAN) —

QUESTION: With reference to the selection and appointment of Mr Paul Scurrah in Queensland Rail as (a) Executive General Manager – Passenger Services and (b) Interim CEO—

(1) What date was he appointed to each position?

(2) What was the name and position of each person on the selection panels?

(3) What date was each position publicly advertised, how many applications were received for each position, how many applicants were interviewed by the selection panel and what is the total salary package for each position (reported separately)?

ANSWER: I thank the Member for Indooroopilly for the question.

Mr Paul Scurrah was appointed to the position of Executive General Manager, QR Limited's Passenger Services Group on 26 May 2008.

On 1 July 2008, QR Passenger Pty Ltd started operating as a wholly-owned subsidiary of QR Limited, and Mr Scurrah continued to lead the passenger business.

No selection process is needed for Government to nominate Mr Scurrah as Interim Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Rail. This is not a substantive appointment.

As I stated in Parliament, Mr Scurrah has not received a pay rise to undertake the Interim Chief Executive Officer role of Queensland Rail.

The Premier and I have both made it clear in the House that there will be a full, open merit selection process for the permanent Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Rail government owned corporation.

Although the details of QR Limited's recruitment processes are confidential, it can be confirmed that a professional search firm was used to assist with the executive selection process. Two hundred and forty curriculum vitaes from Australian and overseas potential candidates were considered, before deriving a long-list and subsequent short-list.

Government can further confirm that the selection process that brought Mr Scurrah into the corporation was open and merit-based. Probity checking required by the Queensland Government for appointees to Chief and Senior Executive positions was conducted by a firm specialising in such checks.

The 2008/09 Annual Report gives the total remuneration for the Executive General Manager (i.e. first full financial year during which Mr Scurrah was employed in the QR Group of Companies) as $422 000.

No. 243

Asked on Wednesday 24 February 2010

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Transport (MS NOLAN) —

QUESTION:With reference to the Minister’s letter of 30 November 2009 stating ‘TransLink is however, currently investigating mechanisms to manage demand for parking at and around heavily utilised park ‘n’ ride locations’—

Will the Minister detail the strategies currently being considered by TransLink to manage demand at park ‘n’ rides?

ANSWER: I thank the Member for Indooroopilly for the question.

The Queensland Government recognises that there is a high demand for parking across the TransLink network. To address this issue, the government is investing more than $150 million to deliver more park ‘n’ ride facilities across the TransLink Transit Authority network through the TransLink Station Upgrade Program over the next five years. This investment will create more than 1300 extra car parks for our customers.

Additional park ‘n’ ride facilities are being constructed at high use stations, such as Burpengary, Morayfield, Bray Park, Bald Hills, Dinmore, Birkdale, Sandgate and Ormiston. Many of these projects have commenced or are about to commence construction, with the remaining projects to be rolled out progressively over the next two years.

TransLink continues to investigate mechanisms to manage demand for parking at and around heavily utilised park ‘n’ ride locations, including:

• the provision of additional connecting bus feeder services and promotion of integrated ticketing with go card

• the provision of additional kiss ‘n’ ride (drop-off/pick-up) spaces

• an increase in cycling facilities (which also includes increasing lockers at train stations)

• the provision of increased number of park ‘n’ ride spaces

• working with other agencies on their campaigns to get more people using sustainable transport options.

As you are aware, the park ‘n’ ride at Kenmore (Moggill Road) recently opened, providing 148 car parks for commuters in the area. This is one way we can manage demand for parking at locations closer to the city, such as Indooroopilly. This is a smart solution that provides parking close to commuter’s origin and prevents car trips, congestion and pollution caused by commuters driving to park closer to their destination.

No. 195

Asked on Tuesday, 23 February 2010

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR NATURAL RESOURCES, MINES AND ENERGY AND MINISTER FOR TRADE (MR ROBERTSON)—

QUESTION: With reference to planning for the disposal of the Department of Environment and Resource Management site at Meiers Road, Long Pocket—

What is the date set for the closure of the site and what is the intended future of the site?

ANSWER: The site is expected to become vacant in 2011. The department is currently conducting investigations into the future use of the site.

 

No. 119

Asked on 11 February 2010

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Sport (MR REEVES)—

QUESTION: What were the costs of changing the corporate structure for the SuperCarnivale including the costs of terminating any contracts held by the Gold Coast Motor Events Co?

ANSWER: The Queensland Government has already announced that it will pay the International Management Group of America a $2.5 million settlement fee to dissolve the partnership. The majority of contracts that the Gold Coast Motor Events Company had in place as the former promoter of the event have been terminated in accordance with the relevant clauses. Wherever possible, any remaining contracts will be renegotiated for the new promoter to assume.

No.74

Asked on Wednesday 10 February 2010

MR EMERSON asked the Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Economic Development (Mr Fraser) -

QUESTION: With reference to the Centre for Transport Strategy at The University of Queensland which
lists its 'partners' as Queensland Government Department of Main Roads, Queensland Transport and QRail—
How much does each contribute financially to the centre (reported separately)?

ANSWER: Under the Standing Orders, this question should be directed to the Ministers with
portfolio responsibility for the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

No. 8

Asked on Tuesday 9 February 2010

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Education and Training (Mr Wilson) –

QUESTION: With reference to the Minister’s answer to Question on Notice No. 1857 of 2009—
Will the Minister provide an update on how many of the 272 maintenance issues identified
between February and October 2009 in schools in the Indooroopilly Electorate have now been
completely fixed and how many remain outstanding (listing the items by school and reported
separately)?

ANSWER: I thank the Member for his question. All maintenance assessments and works in Education Queensland Schools are carried out by Qbuild, part of the Department of Public Works and Information Technology. Qbuild have provided the following information to the Department of Education and Training regarding the 272 maintenance issues identified between February and October 2009 : (see PDF for table) All maintenance issues are prioritised. Issues affecting health and safety of students and staff are attended to immediately. Issues impacting on the operation of the school are next on the list of priorities. Any outstanding maintenance issues will then be prioritised for possible inclusion in any future program of work.

No. 1954

Asked on Thursday 26 November 2009

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES AND HOUSING AND MINISTER FOR WOMEN (MS STRUTHERS)—

With reference to youth offenders sentenced in Queensland Courts under youth justice legislation—

How many offenders were sentenced in 2008–09 for offences of rape, sexual assault, attempted rape and indecent treatment of a child under 16 and of those, how many (a) were sentenced to terms of detention and (b) enrolled in an approved sex offender rehabilitation program?

ANSWER:

In 2008–09, there were 69 young people sentenced for sexual offences.

Of these 69 young people, sixteen were sentenced to detention for a sexual offence.

The Griffith Youth Forensic Service and Mater Youth and Family Counselling Service provide specialised assessment and treatment programs for young people who commit sexual offences and both organisations receive State Government funding through the Department of Communities to provide these important services.

The department is aware of 28 court referrals to the Griffith Youth Forensic Service for assessment and/or treatment in 2008–09.

Also in 2008–09, the department is aware there were four court referrals of young people found guilty of sex offences to the Mater Youth and Family Counselling Service for treatment.

Data about how many young people were referred to other external providers of similar services is not available to the department.

 

No. 1926

Asked on Wednesday, 25 November 2009

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology (MR SCHWARTEN)-

QUESTION:

How many times has QBuild inspected schools in the Indooroopilly Electorate (reported separately) in the last 12 months?

ANSWER:

There are eight schools within the Indooroopilly Electorate:

                          Fig Tree Pocket State School

                          Graceville State School

                          Indooroopilly State High School

                          Indooroopilly State School

                         Ironside State School

                         Milpera State High School

                         Sherwood State School

                         Tennyson State School.

QBuild has inspected each of the above listed schools within the Indooroopilly Electorate once during the period December 2008 to December 2009 as part of the annual Condition Assessment Program. Maintenance Assessment reports are prepared on completion of the visits and are provided to each school for their records.

QBuild undertakes other site visits to the schools on a needs basis to attend to emergent maintenance, service maintenance, planned maintenance and to discuss programs and potential future work.

 

No. 1857

Asked on 24 November 2009

PDF : 1857-2009.pdf

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Education and Training (Mr Wilson) –

QUESTION:

With reference to maintenance inspections in all schools in the Indooroopilly electorate-

(1)   When was the last inspection conducted at each school (reported separately) and what problems were identified (reported separately)?

(2)   Was any asbestos containing material identified (reported separately)?

ANSWER:

I thank the Member for his question.

QBuild undertakes a condition assessment of each State school annually. These assessment reports, provided by QBuild, identify maintenance tasks for completion over the next 12-18 months.

Where the condition assessment process identifies a change in the condition of asbestos containing material or presumed asbestos containing material, the change is recorded in the Department of Public Works’ Built Environment Materials Information Register (BEMIR)

Maintenance inspection dates and the number of maintenance items identified at each school are outlined below. Specifics of each maintenance item are detailed in Attachment 1.

In addition to the annual condition assessment, trained assessors conduct an audit of suspected asbestos containing materials in State schools once every three years. Findings are entered into BEMIR. Inspection dates for schools in the Indooroopilly electorate are outlined below.

Information is publicly available via the Department of Education and Training’s website.

 

No. 1794

Asked on 12 November 2009

MR EMERSON asked the Deputy Premier and Minister for Health (MR LUCAS)-

QUESTION:

With reference to paragraph 4 of his answer to Question on Notice No. 400 of 2009—

Will the Minister advise the number and percentage of (a) ‘fail to attend’ patients for specialist outpatient services (reported by health district) and (b) ‘fail to attend’ and ‘not ready for care’ elective surgery patients (reported separately and by health district) for 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 (year to date) (reported separately)?

ANSWER:

I thank the Honourable Member for Indooroopilly for his question.

Queensland Health is trialling software to automatically communicate with patients regarding their appointment, in order to reduce the instances where patients do not attend scheduled appointments.

The question is almost identical to questions asked on notice previously by Opposition Members on 13 November 2008, 12 February 2009 and 2 June 2009. This question, asked on 12 November 2009, is the fourth time the question has been asked by Opposition Members in less than one year.

I refer the Honourable Member to my previously tabled answer to Question on Notice No. 400 of 2009.

Under the Bligh Government, more information is disclosed more often and more transparently than at any other point in Queensland history, in relation to public hospital performance. Queensland Health’s quarterly performance data reporting has been recognised as leading Australia and a model for other States to follow.

 

No. 1734

Asked on Wednesday 11 November 2009

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR MAIN ROADS (MR WALLACE)—

QUESTION:

With reference to increasing constituent concerns regarding rubbish on the Western

Freeway—

Will the Minister advise how often the Western Freeway is cleaned?

ANSWER:

I thank the Member for Indooroopilly for the question.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads contractor (RoadTek) coordinates litter removal on the Centenary Highway and Western Freeway with the regular mowing cycle, which is usually between six to eight weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

Departmental officers work within an allocated budget each financial year and the department’s number one priority at all times is safety.

As such, maintenance works are prioritised firstly by safety, secondly by asset preservation and finally works for aesthetic reasons, such as mowing and litter removal.

Where debris is obstructing traffic lanes and considered a hazard to motorists, the department will arrange for removal of the obstruction as soon as it is alerted to it.

Across the Metropolitan Region, the department spent $799,227.92 on litter removal in the financial year 2008-09 and has spent $43,848.68 during the first two months of this financial year 2009-10. This is money that can then not be spent on vital road upgrades, rehabilitation and maintenance.

It is important to remember that litter builds up on the sides of our roads and motorways because of the inconsiderate and illegal behaviour of some motorists.

I urge motorists to remember that littering is an offence and I encourage them to be mindful of the need to keep road sides clean for the benefit of our communities.

 

No. 1700

Asked on 10 November 2009

MR EMERSON asked the Deputy Premier and Minister for Health (MR LUCAS)-

QUESTION:

With reference to graduate nursing programs—

(1) How many persons submitted applications for graduate registered nurse positions in Queensland Health facilities in 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 (reported separately)?

(2) How many of the applicants identified in (1) successfully obtained a graduate registered nurse position in a Queensland Health facility in 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-

08 and 2008-09 (reported separately)

ANSWER:

I thank the Honourable Member for Indooroopilly for his question.

Since 2005, the Queensland Government has hired an additional 7931 nurses in Queensland Health. That’s an increase of 36 % in less than five years.

There is a growing demand for graduate nurse positions each year, with a 50% increase in applications received by graduate nurses through the online recruitment tool from the start of year 2007 to start of year 2010.

Graduate nursing positions in Queensland Health are in demand.

The respective figures for successful appointments and applications respectively for each of the years requested are as follows: 743 and 952 in 2005-06; 1022 and 1340 in 2006-07; 1091 and 1685 in 2007-08; 1189 and 1812 in 2008-09.

The Bligh Government is increasing the numbers of nurses, including the numbers of graduate nurses, in Queensland Health. By contrast, the Liberal National Party Opposition in Queensland went to the last election with a plan to cut the Queensland Health Budget and cut jobs in Queensland Health.

If the LNP was in Government, not only would there be fewer nurses in Queensland’s hospitals, but they would be diverted from their frontline duties caring for patients to do paperwork because of the LNP job cuts.

 

No. 1635

Asked on Thursday 29 October 2009

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT (MS NOLAN)—

QUESTION:

With reference to TransLink’s review of go card outlets—

How many new go card outlets will there be in the Indooroopilly electorate as a result of this review?

ANSWER:

I thank the Member for Indooroopilly for the question.

An additional 200 new go card resellers will be introduced across the TransLink Transit Authority network in order to provide increased accessibility for our customers.

Cubic Transportation Systems have prepared an Expression of Interest list which will be evaluated against a selection criteria aimed at maximising coverage.

Further information in regards to the number of additional resellers to be located in the

Indooroopilly electorate cannot be provided until the finalisation of this review.

There are five existing agents in the Indooroopilly electorate, which are:

1. St Lucia News

2. Campus News, University of Queensland

3. NewsXpress, Indooroopilly

4. 7-Eleven, Graceville

5. 7-Eleven, Indooroopilly

 

No. 1600

Asked on Wednesday 28 October 2009

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT (MS NOLAN)—

QUESTION:

How often is maintenance to control trackside vegetation growth and graffiti performed on the Ipswich train line in the Indooroopilly Electorate?

ANSWER:

I thank the Member for Indooroopilly for the question.

QR Limited undertook trackside vegetation control and graffiti maintenance in the

Indooroopilly electorate three times within the last 12 months.

Station precincts are inspected for graffiti on a daily basis by attending station staff. If removal is required, they will report it for removal.

Graffiti is removed as a matter of urgency if it is of an offensive nature.

 

No. 1533

asked on Tuesday, 27 October 2009

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR CLIMATE CHANGE AND

SUSTAINABILITY (MS JONES)—

QUESTION:

What were the results and particulars of the latest noise monitoring conducted at the Moolabin Goods Yard and surrounding area at Tennyson?

ANSWER:

The Moolabin goods yards are a rail loading facility operated by Toll/QRX.

Officers of the Department of Environment and Resource Management conducted noise monitoring on 9 and 15 October 2009 at the Memorial Park on Myra Terrace. This particular site is more exposed to the noise from the

Moolabin goods yard than other surrounding residential properties.

The noise levels measured were found to be lower on average than the measurements that were taken by the department during 2008.

Specifically, the noise level was on average about three decibels lower.

In 2008 the major noise source at the site was attributed to trailers travelling across uneven surfaces. Since that time, the area of uneven surfaces on site has been reduced significantly following the completion of stage one of a resurfacing project committed to by Toll/QRX, which has resulted in these measured noise reductions.

I understand that Toll/QRX will be implementing further noise reduction strategies as part of a planned $18 million site improvement program to lessen the noise emissions. Additional works will include:

further re-surfacing of the property;

alternative trailer configurations;

trials of noise barriers; and

a reduction in vehicle movements.

To date, only around a quarter of the proposed works have been implemented, with the remaining works to be completed incrementally over the next two year period. As the various upgrade programs are completed, it is expected there will be a continued improvement in the acoustic environment of the area.

The department will continue to monitor progress throughout the proposed upgrade period.

 

No. 1501

Asked on 8 October 2009

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services (MR ROBERTS) -

QUESTION:

What was the total number of call outs for Queensland Ambulance officers in 2008-09 and 2009-10 (to date) for suspected drug overdose/drug affected persons (reported by year and region) and how many of these call outs resulted in the patient being transported to a hospital (reported by year and region)?

ANSWER:

Demand for Queensland Ambulance services continues to grow. The Bligh Government recognises the trend and has supported the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) with a record budget allocation of $494.6 million in 2009-2010.

In the 2008-09 financial year, the QAS provided services in response to 744,004 incidents across Queensland - an increase of 2.76 percent over the previous year.

Thousands of these responses were to people affected by drug overdoses.

The following information has been obtained from the QAS electronic

Ambulance Report Forms.

QAS Northern region attended 653 incidents relating to drug overdose/drug affected persons in 2008-09, with 561 resulting in transport to hospital. In

2009-10 (as at 30 September 2009), QAS Northern region had attended 164 incidents with 139 resulting in transport to hospital.

QAS Central region attended 651 incidents relating to drug overdose/drug affected persons in 2008-09 with 542 resulting in transport to hospital. In

2009-10 (as at 30 September 2009), QAS Central region attended 170 incidents with 146 resulting in transport to hospital.

QAS South Western region attended 380 incidents relating to drug overdose/drug affected persons in 2008-09 with 328 resulting in transport to hospital. In 2009-10 (as at 30 September 2009), QAS South Western region attended 67 incidents with 56 resulting in transport to hospital.

QAS North Coast region attended 983 incidents relating to drug overdose/drug affected persons in 2008-09 with 814 resulting in transport to hospital. In 2009-10 (as at 30 September 2009), the QAS North Coast region attended 219 incidents with 189 resulting in transport to hospital.

QAS Brisbane region attended 3,023 incidents relating to drug overdose/drug affected persons in 2008-09 with 2,509 resulting in transport to hospital. In

2009-10 (as at 30 September 2009), the QAS Brisbane region attended 752 incidents with 646 resulting in transport to hospital.

QAS South Eastern region attended 1,723 incidents relating to drug overdose/drug affected persons in 2008-09 with 1,468 resulting in transport to hospital. In 2009-10 (as at 30 September 2009), QAS South Eastern region attended 390 incidents with 344 resulting in transport to hospital.

QAS Far Northern region attended 559 incidents relating to drug overdose/drug affected persons in 2008-09 with 464 resulting in transport to hospital. In 2009-10 (as at 30 September 2009), QAS Far Northern region attended 114 incidents with 90 resulting in transport to hospital.

 

No. 1449

Asked on Wednesday 7 October 2009

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT (MS NOLAN) —

QUESTION:

What is the timetable for plans to upgrade the Chelmer, Graceville and Sherwood railway stations to provide universal access?

ANSWER:

I thank the member for Indooroopilly for the question.

Please refer to my letter to you dated 27 October 2009.

 

No. 1366

Asked on Tuesday 6 October 2009

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning (MR HINCHLIFFE)–

QUESTION:

Will the Minister advise of plans to ease traffic congestion across the Walter Taylor Bridge at Indooroopilly?

ANSWER:

I thank the Honourable Member for Indooroopilly for his question.

As part of our commitment to addressing traffic congestion, the Queensland Government has established the Urban Congestion Task Force. The Taskforce coordinates the collective efforts of Government, industry and the community to develop and implement initiatives to tackle urban congestion in South East Queensland.

The issue of traffic congestion in this area has been considered as part of the Western Brisbane Transport Network Investigation (WBTNI), under the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

The Brisbane City Council’s Transport Plan for Brisbane 2008 – 2026 also nominates the Oxley Road Corridor for further investigation by 2012.

Managing traffic congestion throughout Brisbane is a high priority for the State Government and Brisbane City Council.

 

No. 1340

Asked on 17 September 2009

MR EMERSON asked the Deputy Premier and Minister for Health (MR LUCAS)-

QUESTION:

Will the Minister provide for 2008-09 a breakdown of elective surgery ‘long wait’ patients by hospital and by category for the September, December, March and June quarters (in a similar format to the answer to Question on Notice No. 1231 of 2008)?

ANSWER:

I thank the Honourable Member for Indooroopilly for his question.

Under the Bligh Government, more information is disclosed more often and more transparently than at any other point in Queensland’s history, in relation to public hospital performance.

The Queensland Health Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Reports (the Quarterly Reports) represent the most transparent and meaningful hospital performance reporting mechanism in Australia. That is recognised by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal in New South Wales, which recommends them as a model for other States and Territories to follow.

The Quarterly Reports are published quarterly on the Queensland Health website.

The Quarterly Reports provide breakdowns of elective surgery “long wait” patients by hospital and by category.

The breakdown by hospital may be found on page 11 of the June 2009 Quarterly Report. The breakdown by category may be found on page 9.

The Member has requested the data breakdown “by hospital and by category”.

The Quarterly Report for the quarter ending September 2009 will be published in the coming weeks, in accordance with the usual timetable.

I am pleased to advise that, consistent with the Bligh Government’s unprecedented record of transparency on hospital performance reporting, this data will be collated by both hospital and by category in one table.

 

No. 1287

Asked on Wednesday 16 September 2009

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT (MS NOLAN) —

QUESTION:

With reference to overcrowding on afternoon trains on the Ipswich line—

Are there any plans for new services to cover this peak period and if so, what are the proposed particulars of these new services (including how many more passengers will be serviced and when the services are to begin)?

ANSWER:

I thank the Member for Indooroopilly for the question.

The Queensland Government, through TransLink and QR Limited, has implemented rail service improvements during 2008 and 2009 to address growing passenger demand. In

October 2008, QR Limited introduced one early morning service on the Ipswich line at

5:25am. Most recently, on 12 and 23 February 2009, TransLink and QR Limited added two new three-carriage train sets to the Ipswich line. These new carriages, together with two existing three-carriage train sets provide an additional passenger capacity for 900 seated and 600 standing passengers.

As a result of this increase in services, the 2009 Passenger Load Survey showed that on the Ipswich line six out of 26 morning services were above their comfort design capacity compared to 11 out of 19 in 2008.

Further rail service improvements will be announced once finalised.

 

No. 1229

Asked on Tuesday 15 September 2009

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT (MS NOLAN) —

QUESTION:

With reference to the $26.5m upgrade of Indooroopilly Railway Station and the dangerous gap of approximately 30cm between platforms and trains—

(1) Who provides the public liability cover for QR and its passenger services and what is the extent of the cover currently in place?

(2) Is this public liability cover assured given that serious duty of care deficiencies have been identified and are known to exist at the station (and risk is generally underwritten on the understanding that liability cover is established to provide cover against unforeseen risk/incidents, not foreseen risk/incidents)?

ANSWER:

I thank the Honourable Member for the question.

The Member for Indooroopilly should remember that this $26.5 million station upgrade delivered three lifts, making the station accessible for the mobility impaired for the first time.

The upgrade also delivered a new concourse level and ramp from Coonan Street, improved lighting, CCTV technology and customer signage and new waiting shelters and seats.

Indooroopilly Station is on a curve and is low to accommodate freight and coal trains. Raising the platforms would cause these trains to strike the edge of the platforms. The Member for Indooroopilly is aware of this.

Many stations across the network are designed in the same way.

QR staff are responsible for assisting all passengers to board and alight from trains safely and train guards also assist passengers to board trains when required.

Earlier this year, QR also launched a safety campaign to remind passengers of the gap and the need to take care.

In addition, QR provides specific assistance for people who have difficulty boarding or disembarking its trains. In particular, QR provides an assisted boarding area at its stations.

These are indicated by the blue and white wheelchair symbol on each platform, and are generally located in the centre of platforms, close to the emergency help phone.

On Track Insurance Pty Ltd covers QR Limited and its group of companies for public liability insurance. The cover provided by this policy has a financial limit of $350,000,000 for any one occurrence.

The extent of the cover provided under this policy is not restricted to foreseen or unforeseen risks. It covers both types of risk.

 

No. 1137

Asked on 3 September 2009

MR EMERSON asked the Premier and Minister for the Arts (MS BLIGH) -

QUESTION:

With reference to Becton Property Group and associated entities—

Will the Premier (a) provide a whole-of-government response (including general government, statutory authorities, GOCs and associated entities) outlining all contracts with the company, (b) quantify the total of all government payments made to this company last financial year and (c) advise when each contract will be reviewed and re-let for tender?

ANSWER:

The Queensland Government’s State Procurement Policy requires budget sector agencies to publish the details of all awarded contracts and standing offer arrangements with a value of $100,000 or more on the website of the Queensland Government Chief Procurement Office. I refer the Honourable Member to this website.

The Honourable Member should note, that the State Procurement Policy requires Government agencies to conduct their procurement activities with the utmost probity.

Agencies are also required to ensure that procurement is carried out in accordance with such obligations as may be placed upon them by the Financial Accountability Act 2009, Financial Performance Management Standard 2009, Public Sector Ethics Act 1994 and such other legislation or government policy obligations as may from time to time apply to the procurement activities of the agency.

Furthermore, the Honourable Member should also be aware that all financial transactions involving Government agencies are annually and independently audited by the Auditor-General of Queensland. During the course of these audits, the Auditor-General makes an independent assessment of the financial management-related activities of agencies and provides reports directly to the Queensland Parliament on any matters arising.

 

No. 1116

Asked on Wednesday 2 September 2009

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT (MS NOLAN) —

QUESTION:

How many injuries have been reported at the Indooroopilly rail station since its upgrade in November 2008 and what were the causes?

ANSWER:

I thank the Honourable Member for the question.

There have been seven reported injuries at Indooroopilly station since November 2008. The causes of these respective injuries were as follows:

There has been one report of a single passenger who was injured after falling due to a seizure.

There has been one report of a single passenger who sustained a minor injury following an assault. The injury did not require treatment.

There have been two separate reports of injuries to single passengers as a result of them tripping whilst running through the subway and up stairs.

There have been three reported incidents whereby single passengers have injured themselves when embarking their respective trains.

In all cases, medical treatment was offered to these injured passengers.

 

No. 1055

Asked on Tuesday 1 September 2009

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning (MR HINCHLIFFE) –

QUESTION:

Will the Minister detail the impact of the South East Queensland Regional Plan on

vehicular traffic on Oxley Road and Honour Avenue in Chelmer, Graceville and

Sherwood and what plans he has to deal with traffic congestion on these roads?

ANSWER:

I thank the Honourable Member for Indooroopilly for his question.

The purpose of the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009–2031 (SEQ Regional

Plan) is to provide a planning framework to manage regional growth and change in

the most sustainable way to protect and enhance quality of life in the region.

The plan refers to the Brisbane – Indooroopilly corridor as a growth corridor which

will support commercial, retail and residential activities, making use of the existing

transport corridor. Opportunities for residential and mixed use development along

this corridor and other growth corridors will need to be investigated by the Council as

part of the development of its new City Plan and relevant local planning instruments.

The Oxley Road corridor is an important transport link in this area that I’m sure

Brisbane City Council is considering it in relation to future development and

infrastructure needs.

 

No. 1007

Asked on 20 August 2009

Mr Emerson asked the Minister for Education and Training (Mr Wilson) -

QUESTION:

Will the Minister advise the number of additional student places the government has committed to provide to schools within the lndooroopilly Electorate over the next five years in order to cope with the population growth due to the high density targets outlined in the South East Queensland Regional Plan?

ANSWER:

I thank the Member for his question and his interest in the Bligh Government's planning for tomorrow's Queensland

All state schools are closely monitored, continuously, for changes in enrolment levels. Data on the behaviour, over time, of numbers of state school students resident within each school's catchment area has been available for this purpose for a number of years.

My Department advises schools in the inner city area, including those of the lndooroopilly electorate, have remained basically stable in resident student numbers over the years. While there has been significant housing activity in this area, the increasing number of dwellings have tended to accommodate residents other than families with young children.

The department will provide suitable additional classroom facilities should the numbers of enrolled students exceed the school's capacity.

In 2009 - 2010, the Bligh Government will employ an additional 350 full-time equivalent teachers and teacher aides to cater for booming enrolments in Queensland state schools.

 

No. 951

Asked on Wednesday 19 August 2009

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning (MR HINCHLIFFE) –

QUESTION:

Will the Minister advise the additional areas of green space the government will

preserve within the Indooroopilly Electorate over the next five years to compensate

for its high density residential targets as outlined in the South-East Queensland

Regional Plan?

ANSWER:

I thank the Honourable Member for Indooroopilly for his question.

The Government recognises that, while achieving higher residential densities, for

example, near public transport nodes, helps to meet a range of environmental and

social objectives, urban green space can come under significant pressure from

development.

In the newly released South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009 – 2031, maintaining

urban green space is a Desired Regional Outcome. Specifically, Desired Regional

Outcome 8.4 – Urban green space includes a number of policies and programs to meet

the principle to provide a high quality, urban community green space network.

Urban greenspace is publicly accessible land for community activities including sport,

recreation, outdoor education, community services and tourism. It is used by a wide

range of people living and working in urban areas and contributes significantly to

quality of life.

Urban greenspace at regional, district and local levels can be created efficiently

through careful planning and site-responsive design by developers and Councils.

Urban greenspace can contribute to the legibility, identity and sense of place that

helps build and maintain communities.

 

No. 889

Asked on Tuesday 18 August 2009

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES AND

HOUSING AND MINISTER FOR WOMEN (MS STRUTHERS)—

Will the Minister advise for each staff member employed in their office at an A07 salary

or above (a) who has worked for a lobbyist, either employed or contracted, in the last three years, (b) in relation to (a) the name of the lobbyist firm/firms and the dates of employment and (c) the names of clients that staff in (a) lobbied for while employed by the lobbyist firm/firms in (b)?

ANSWER:

I refer the Member to the Premier’s answer to Question on Notice 893 of 2009 which is a whole of Government answer.

 

No. 810

Asked on Thursday, 6 August 2009

QUESTION:

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABILITY (MS JONES)—

With reference to staffing levels as at the latest quarter in each department, agency or government owned corporation for which the Minister is responsible—

Will the Minister detail the total number of (a) actual staff, (b) full–time equivalent staff, (c) actual staff that are permanent, casual and contract and (d) full–time equivalent staff that are permanent, casual and contract?

ANSWER:

I refer the Honourable Member to the Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Economic Development’s answer to Question on Notice No. 814 which I understand will be providing a whole of Government response.

 

No. 764

Asked on 5 August 2009

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services (MR ROBERTS)—

QUESTION:

How many people have been charged with contravening section 156A of the Liquor Act 1992 and how many people charged have been convicted for contravening this section?

ANSWER:

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) and Bligh Government provide comprehensive annual statistical information for various offence types including offences under the Liquor Act 1992. This data provides an accurate and statistically relevant indication of crime in Queensland and is published in the QPS Annual Statistical Review.

This publication is available from the following QPS website:

http://www.police.qld.gov.au/services/reportsPublications/statisticalReview/

With regard to liquor-related offences (excluding drunkenness), there were a total of 4,876 offences reported in 2005-06. Since then, the number of reported liquor-related offences (excluding drunkenness) has continued to increase, with 6,373 offences reported in 2006- 07 and 7,110 offences reported in 2007-08.

Section 156A of the Liquor Act 1992 creates an offence relating to irresponsible supply of liquor to a minor at a private place.

Offence categories used by the QPS for crime statistics are based on the Australian National Classification of Offences (ANCO), prepared by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. ANCO was designed to provide a national framework for classifying offences for statistical purposes.

In accordance with this framework the offence of irresponsible supply of liquor is recorded by the QPS, within the QPRIME system, under the category of ‘Liquor Act Offences/Other Liquor Offences’. Consequently the information is recorded along with many other liquor related offences within this category. Of the 7,110 reported liquor-related offences in 2007-08, some 4,727 offences were recorded in this particular category (Liquor Act Offences/Other Liquor Offences).

This category records any liquor offence not specifically categorised elsewhere. Identifying the number of people charged with contravening the specific section 156A would therefore require a manual search of each related entry.

As a result, collating the requested information would require a substantial and unreasonable allocation of police time and resources.

However, the QPS has a dedicated Drug and Alcohol Coordination Unit which monitors and provides advice on drug and alcohol specific issues. I am advised the unit, as part of their research and monitoring function, have identified five occasions where prosecutions have been commenced against adults for this specific offence since the legislation was introduced. The use of the legislation targets those parents and other adults who knowingly and recklessly supply minors with alcohol in a private place.

The primary aim of this legislation is to prevent the occurrence of this type of offence by raising public awareness of the government’s commitment to addressing the issue or irresponsible supply of liquor to minors.

To meet this aim, a comprehensive public information awareness campaign was implemented regarding the new ‘secondary supply provisions’ of the Liquor Act 1992.

Fliers and information booklets for this campaign were developed by the Office of Liquor and Gaming, and distributed to all school-based police officers and District Crime Prevention Officers for dissemination to parents, teachers and students. Information on the ‘secondary supply provisions’ was also made available on the QPS internet site and on relevant QPS information booklets available to the public.

The Bligh Government and QPS are committed to addressing the issue of youth binge drinking. Current initiatives include:

An extensive information and training program has been provided to QPS personnel regarding the new powers under section 156A of the Liquor Act 1992.

Queensland’s participation in the national ‘Early Intervention Pilot Project (EIPP), which aims to provide police with an additional intervention for dealing with binge drinking by young people. This project, which is funded by the Federal Government (Department of Health and Ageing) and has been endorsed by the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy, involves the provision of information packages and attendance at alcohol education awareness sessions. EIPP aims to bring a renewed understanding to young people and their parents/guardians of their need to take personal responsibility for binge drinking behaviour.

Recent QPS operations targeting binge drinking at schoolies celebrations. For example, in 2008 the QPS undertook a targeted operation at schoolies celebrations on Stradbroke Island. This strategy involved presentations to school students at nearby schools by local police on youth drinking and related offences.

The targeted operation on Stradbroke Island primarily focused on the consumption and possession of liquor in public places. A liquor infringement notice was issued for the first breach of any Liquor Act 1992 regulation. As a deterrent, all persons issued with a liquor infringement notice were warned regarding the consequences of committing another offence under the Liquor Act 1992, which would have resulted in a ‘notice to appear’. This strategy resulted in no repeat offences being committed and subsequently no ‘notice to appears’ issued. In addition, the number of liquor infringement notices significantly decreased from 120 in 2007 to 70 in 2008.

Police officers also worked closely with liquor inspectors during the Gold Coast Schoolies festival, with a focus on responsible consumption of alcohol. The focus will be repeated for Stradbroke Island and Gold Coast and other schoolies festivities this year.

 

 

No. 747

asked on Tuesday 4 August 2009

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR NATURAL RESOURCES, MINES

AND ENERGY AND MINISTER FOR TRADE (MR ROBERTSON)—

QUESTION:

With reference to planning for the disposal of the Department of Environment and

Resource Management site at Meiers Road, Long Pocket—

What is the date set for the closure of the site and what is intended for the future of the site?

ANSWER:

The Natural Resource Sciences Centre site at Meiers Road, Indooroopilly is currently occupied by the Departments of Environment and Resource Management and Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.

As a consequence of a State Government initiative to co-locate the Government’s natural resource, environmental, agricultural and geological science based functions to the new Eco-Sciences precinct at Boggo Road, Dutton Park, the Natural Resource Sciences Centre functions are planned to be progressively relocated to the Eco- Sciences precinct in the first half of 2011.

The Department of Environment and Resource Management is undertaking preliminary investigations into the constraints and opportunities for the Natural

Resource Sciences Centre site with a view to developing options for the future of the site.

 

No. 670

Asked on 19 June 2009

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR DISABILITY SERVICES AND MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS (MS PALASZCZUK)—

Will the Minister outline refurbishment costs for each workplace leased or owned by her department for each of the past two financial years, and the current financial year (to date) including all costs for re-decorating, painting, retiling, carpeting, as well as the purchase of soft furnishings, desks, chairs, lounges and the upgrading of bathroom/toilet and kitchen facilities?

ANSWER:

Departmental accommodation refurbishments do not take place lightly, with strict protocols of approval required at departmental level. Larger scale projects must also be approved by the Director-General of the Department of Public Works before they can proceed.

The Honourable Member should also note, that when departmental accommodation refurbishments are approved, the vast majority of the labour, materials and furnishings for the project are sourced locally, which of itself provides jobs for Queenslanders and stimulates the local economy.

In recent years, refurbishment works have increased the capacity of the office space to accommodate the significant growth in staff numbers, in direct service delivery.

For the purpose of the refurbishment costs reported in this answer, costs include the purchase of furniture including chairs and workstations and screens relating to refurbishments; refurbishment fit out works including installation of workstations, retiling and painting; and the installation of electrical, data, hydraulics and mechanical changes. However, the costs do not include items that are the responsibility of the Department of Public Works (as nominal building owner) or the responsibility of private sector landlords.

The refurbishment works have been carried out to ensure the department’s office accommodation - in particular regional office accommodation - is maintained at a high standard for staff and to deliver therapy services to the people of Queensland who have a disability.

Each year the department1 undertakes numerous refurbishment projects to improve the level of support the office accommodation portfolio provides to the department’s operations in owned and leased office buildings. The cost of the department’s refurbishment works in each of the past three years is as follows:

                • 2006–07: $1.232 million;

                • 2007–08: $1.177 million;

                • 2008–09 (to 31 May 2009): $1.384 million.

 

1 The then Disability Services Queensland

 

No. 615

Aslzed on 18 June 2009

MR EMERSON ASKED THE TREASURER AND MINISTER FOR

EMPL,OYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (MR FRASER)-

QUESTION:

Will the Minister provide (in table format) the amount spent by each department, office and work unit in his portfolio in 2008-09 on stationery, pot plants and subscriptions to magazines, newspapers and websites (reported separately by expenditure)?

ANSWER:

In accordance with the Government's financial framework all official expenditure is closely examined and approved by an appropriate expenditure delegate. Expenditure is incurred for official purposes only.

Government has established highly competitive whole of Government arrangements with selected suppliers to ensure excellent value for money in the procurement of common use items such as stationery. Expenditure on subscriptions incorporates a range of items including periodicals. reference databases and websites and newspapers.

Indoor plants are used to improve the amenity of Government buildings for visitors and workers alike. QBuild through its GoPlants division provides plants for Government buildings.

GoPlants currently has 14 permanent staff and enables training opportunities for people wishing to enter into the bolticultural industry through the annual engagement of horticultural trainees. The training provided to these trainees includes approximately a three month program. The program includes time within the actual nursery based at Zillmere maintaining a stock of approximately 16,000 plants and time servicing approximately 34,000 potted plants that are placed within Government buildings.

Regionally, other private nurseries are also used. Through the supply of plants to

Government buildings, the Government is supporting local horticultural industries throughout Queenslalnd.

Expenditure during 2008-09 (as at 3 1 May 2009) for the Treasury Department is:

Stationery $446,654

Indoor plants $55,756

Subscriptions* $328,538

Expenditure during 2008-09 (as at 3 1 May 2009) for the Department of Employment,

Economic Developmnenat nd Innovation is:

Stationery $1,970,000

Indoor plants $1 12,000

Subscriptions** $1,5 14,000

* Subscriptions to magazines, newspapers and websites.

** Subscriptions to magazines, newspapers and websites including scientific research journals.

 

No. 586

Asked on 17 June 2009

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT (MS NOLAN) –

QUESTION:

With reference to the Taringa Railway Station –

What is the timetable for re-developing the railway station and the park and ride facility?

ANSWER:

I thank the Member for the question.

I wish to advise the Member that all railway stations within the TransLink network are assessed and prioritised for upgrades on an ‘as-needs’ basis. Taringa Rail Station is currently ranked as a medium to low priority for an upgrade compared with other stations across the rail network. Consequently, upgrade works are unlikely to commence in the near future.

With regards to park ‘n’ ride, TransLink advise me that there are no current plans for any such facility at Taringa Rail Station. One of the key objectives of TransLink’s Park ‘n’ Ride Policy is to reduce traffic congestion. Consequently, the policy does not support expanding or developing new park ‘n’ ride facilities in locations within ten kilometres of the Brisbane central business district, less than one kilometre from principal activity centres or more than 400 metres from high frequency public transport.

Nearby, Indooroopilly Railway Station was recently upgraded at a cost of $26.5 million. This includes improved lighting, Closed Circuit Television technology and customer signage, new waiting shelters and seats and platform upgrades including tactile paving for the visually impaired. The revamped railway station includes a new concourse level and ramp from Coonan Street, three lifts and sets of stairs, a new ‘kiss ‘n’ ride’ zone and access to Coonan Street and Railway Avenue via a refurbished subway. As a result of the upgrade, Indooroopilly Railway Station is now fully accessible for people with disabilities.

Also, Toowong Railway Station features lifts and stairs to all platforms, accessible toilets, accessible parking, electronic timetable information and hazard tactile ground surface indicators along the length of all platform edges. Ample car parks are also provided adjacent to Toowong Railway Station.

 

No. 544

Asked on Tuesday, 16 June 2009

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Police, Corrective Services and

Emergency Services (MR ROBERTS) -

QUESTION:

With reference to the land at 122 and 126 Oxley Road, Chelmer, purchased by the Department of Emergency Services and flagged for a possible ambulance station –

When will community consultation begin over the site and have other potential sites in the local area been considered?

ANSWER:

The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) has identified the need for a new ambulance station in the Chelmer area to meet future service delivery needs.

The location of ambulance stations is determined by a number of factors including service delivery demand, the demographic characteristics of the community, response time profiling and the risk profiling of the community. An extensive search for potential land was undertaken within the nominated QAS search radius including properties listed on the market, expressions of interest and the consideration of any available surplus government land. Amongst the land options investigated, the properties acquired were deemed the most suitable for QAS purposes.

The purchase of the two adjoining houses at 122 and 126 Oxley Road,

Chelmer (Lots 1-4 on RP29383) was settled on 20 May 2009. The acquisition represented a strategic opportunity to secure two adjoining properties of suitable size in a corner location on the major thoroughfare.

The site at 122-126 Oxley Road, Chelmer was acquired as a strategic land purchase and there are no immediate plans to build on the site. Consultation regarding any proposed development occurs as part of the development approval process.

It is important the QAS plans strategically for the future to ensure the delivery of ambulance service meets community needs.

 

No. 503

Asked on 4 June 2009

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and

Regional Queensland (MR MULHERIN)-

QUESTION:

With reference to the planning for the disposal of the Alan Fletcher Research Station at Magazine Street, Sherwood—

What is the date set for the closure of the site and what is intended for the future of the site?

ANSWER:

Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries, Department of Employment,

Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI)’s Alan Fletcher Research station will be closed by 2012 as the invasive pest research presently undertaken by

Biosecurity Queensland at Alan Fletcher Research Station will move to new world class science precincts being built at Boggo Road and Coopers Plains.

DEEDI, the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) and

CSIRO will move to the new science facilities at Boggo Road (Ecosciences Precinct) and Coopers Plains (Health and Food Sciences Precinct) by 2011.

No decision has been made by Government in relation to the future use of the Alan Fletcher Research Station. The Government will examine options as planning for disposal commences.

 

No. 470

Asked on 3 June 2009

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and

Regional Queensland (MR MULHERIN)-

QUESTION:

With reference to planning for the disposal of the Department of Primary Industries site at Meiers Road, Long Pocket—

What is the date set for the closure of the site and what is intended for the future of the site?

ANSWER:

Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries, Department of Employment,

Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) does not own any land on the site.

DEEDI, the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) and

CSIRO will move to the new science facilities at Boggo Road (Ecosciences Precinct) and Coopers Plains (Health and Food Sciences Precinct) by 2011.

DERM as land owner, will then be responsible for any disposal of the property.

Accordingly, the question should be directed to my colleague the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade.

 

No. 391

Asked on 2 June 2009

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency

Services (MR ROBERTS)—

QUESTION:

With reference to the heritage-listed Chelmer Police Academy at Chelmer—

(1) To what use, if any, is the site currently being put?

(2) What is the intended future for the site?

ANSWER:

(1) The Queensland Police College at Chelmer is currently used for the following police training and associated purposes:

• office accommodation for staff from the Assessment Centre Program and the

Officer In Charge Program;

• first aid and computer training;

• Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) training – the accommodation barracks at the rear of the property are used to train members in specialist response techniques; and

• various meetings on an ad hoc basis.

In addition, the Sherwood Neighbourhood Watch regularly uses the conference room for its meetings.

(2) The intended future use of the Queensland Police College at Chelmer can be divided into two timeframes; namely medium and longer-term:

• medium-term – the facilities may be used for the conduct of assessment

centres (which are currently being reviewed). An examination of the potential for use of the College for assessment centre activities is presently underway as part of the broader review of the assessment centre process; and

• longer-term – the site is marked for possible disposal as part of the Westgate Police Academy project. Should this be the case, the various activities and functions associated with the Queensland Police College at Chelmer will be transitioned to the new Westgate precinct.

 

No. 341

Asked on 21 May 2009

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR TOURISM AND FAIR

TRADING (MR LAWLOR)—

QUESTION:

How many people have been charged with contravening section 156A of the

Liquor Act and how many people charged have been convicted for contravening this section?

ANSWER:

As the portfolio responsibility for this matter lies with the Honourable Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services, the Member should direct his question to Minister Roberts.

 

No. 308

Asked on 20 May 2009

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR TOURISM AND FAIR

TRADING (MR LAWLOR)—

QUESTION:

How many GoCard users are using his department to reclaim overcharged fares?

ANSWER:

While a total of nine complaints have been received since the introduction of the GoCard, only two consumers have approached the Office of Fair Trading to obtain a refund regarding overcharging by Translink. One of these was withdrawn.

 

No. 261

Asked on 19 May 2009

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency

Services (MR ROBERTS)—

QUESTION:

Will the Minister provide crime statistics per suburb wholly or partially contained in the Indooroopilly Electorate for the first quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of 2009 (reported separately) with a breakdown of how many crimes were property, assault or drug-related offences?

ANSWER:

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) records crime statistics based on the police administrative boundaries of regions, districts and divisions.

The QPS and Bligh Government provide comprehensive annual statistical information for all police districts and regions. This data provides an accurate and statistically relevant indication of crime in Queensland and is published in the QPS Annual Statistical Review.

This publication is available from the following QPS website:

http://www.police.qld.gov.au/services/reportsPublications/statisticalReview/

 

No. 196

Asked on 23 April 2009

MR EMERSON asked the Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and

Regional Queensland (MR MULHERIN)-

QUESTION:

With reference to the DPI site at Long Pocket—

(1) What planning has been established for the disposal of the site?

(2) What is the date set for closure of the site?

(3) What is intended for the future of the site?

ANSWER:

Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries, Department of Employment,

Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) does not own any land on the site.

DEEDI is moving from the site in 2011 and the Department of Environment and

Resource Management, as land owner, will then be responsible for any disposal of the property. Accordingly, the question should be directed to my colleague the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade.

 

No. 163

Asked on Wednesday 22 April 2009

MR EMERSON ASKED THE MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT (MS NOLAN) –

QUESTION:

With reference to overcrowding data on the Ipswich rail line –

What was the morning peak over-crowding data for the Ipswich line (reported separately for each week day in March 2009)?

ANSWER:

I thank the Member for the question.

Translink advise that the Passenger Load Survey is conducted once annually and over-crowding data is reported from these counts. Data is not available for each day.

In the last 12 months there have been four additional services added to the Ipswich line. This includes:

– six-car Ipswich to CBD service added in September 2008 (Arrive Central 6:25 am);

– six-car Darra to CBD service added on 12 January 2009 (Arrive Central 7:04 am);

– six-car Ipswich to CBD service added on 23 February 2009 (Arrive Central 6:55 am); and

– six-car Corinda to CBD service added on 23 February 2009 (Arrive Central 8:11 am)

These services have increased the capacity of the Ipswich line by 3 000 each weekday morning.

 

We are increasing overall health expenditure in the coming year to $9.99 billion.

Budgets are about choices: we choose investment in social services like health, the core business of State Governments.

By contrast, the Liberal National Party has recently stated that it will “re-assess” all building projects across the State, including our hospital building program that is delivering more beds and more ED spaces.

For example, we are upgrading and expanding emergency departments at Logan, Redland, QEII, Caboolture, Ipswich and Toowoomba hospitals, and building a dedicated paediatric emergency department at TPCH.

Major hospital infrastructure projects already underway include Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Mt Isa and Rockhampton.

Nearly 200 projects across the State will secure close to 40,000 construction jobs over the life of the projects.

The attached spreadsheet details actuals for 2009-10 and cumulative actuals to 30 June 2010 for each project reflected in the Capital Statement 2010-11.