News 18-19th October

Premier Campbell Newman has today revealed a 92 per cent drop in the state’s elective surgery waiting list.

He thanked ministers and health staff for making the reduction possible.

There are currently 531 patients on the waiting list, compared to more than 6,000 patients in March 2012.

The announcement was made as part of the 60th anniversary celebration for the Prince Charles Hospital.

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The Australia Fire Foundation is calling on the government to back smoke alarms which give families more warning on fires, potentially saving lives.

Spokesperson Jodee Wyatt says buying photoelectric smoke alarms, instead of the old ionisation alarms, is literally the difference between life and death.

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A new report says the Queensland government is jeopardising the Great Barrier Reef for practically no benefit.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society says the report shows the state government is egging on coal mining companies to expand, at the expense of the Reef ecosystem.

Campaign director Felicity Wishart says this has to stop

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Premier Campbell Newman says December could see Queensland become the first state in Australia to bring its number of long-wait surgery patients to zero.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg says the state is facing the largest growth in health care demand in Australia.

He says the current success comes down to the changes they’ve made to the system.

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