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Queensland Government


Address: GPO Box 611 Brisbane Qld 4001 Australia

Tel: +61 13 13 74 68

Web: www.qld.gov.au

Company description

Queensland welcomes people from interstate and overseas with ideas, skills and initiative to share a quality of life that ranks with the best in the world. A relaxed lifestyle, affordable homes and easy commuting make Queensland one of Australia's most attractive places to live and work. With up-to-date technology and services, the lowest taxes in Australia and plenty of space to develop and expand, Queensland is the preferred location for many new businesses each year. The people of Queensland enjoy an outdoor lifestyle with world class beaches and waterways, national parks, rainforests and tropical reefs. Our pleasant climate (average summer temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius, average winter temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius) means that Queenslanders enjoy more winter sunshine and warmth than most other Australian states. Queensland's enviable lifestyle ensures that its current population of over 4 million continues to grow and prosper.

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The Queensland State Government, using both Federal money and money raised from its own taxes and activities, provides services like hospitals, schools and policing. Because of State Government reliance on Federal Government money, the State Premiers meets annually with the Prime Minister and the Federal Treasurer to discuss funding issues. Local governments throughout the state are responsible for making decisions on local, town or city matters. Grass roots issues like street signs and traffic control, libraries and rubbish collection are the province of local government. While local governments collect taxes in the form of rates, fees and fines to pay for the services they provide, they also receive money from both the State and Federal Government. Once again, Queensland local governments coordinate their activities consulting with both State and Federal colleagues to get the best service outcome for their constituents. At the State level, Queensland has a parliamentary system of government, based on a representative democracy. The people, exercising their democratic right to vote, elect Members to represent them in the Legislative Assembly, the only chamber of the Queensland Parliament. (Other Parliaments, such as the Australian Parliament, may have two chambers.) Queensland is divided into 89 electorates (or seats) each represented by a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MP). Typically, candidates offering themselves for election to Parliament belong to a political party. However, candidates need not belong to a political party - any citizen may nominate for election. If elected, they are referred to as 'independent' Members.

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