Craig Lowndes powers home in V8 supercars double-header

Craig Lowndes has declared he will fight for the V8 championship after clean sweeping the Coates Hire Ipswich 300 at the weekend. Team Vodafone’s Lowndes won both the Saturday and Sunday races ahead of Ford’s Mark Winterbottom and Lowndes’ teammate Jamie Whincup. “The weekend couldn’t have gone any better,” said Lowndes, currently ranked fourth in the national championship behind Whincup, Winterbottom and Will Davison. “As long as we stay in the 300-point... Read More

QEII court building opened

Brisbane’s new multi-million dollar Supreme and District Court building is one Australia’s largest court buildings. Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley opened the Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law at a private ceremony on Friday. Opened for public viewing in the afternoon, the $570 million building has 39 courtrooms over seven of its 19 floors. Level 10, which houses the State Reporting Bureau and mediation rooms, could be converted to an additional six courtrooms if needed,... Read More

MPs dig deep to help green Australia

Politicians got their hands dirty at the weekend as they helped plant 1500 native trees in Ashgrove. Premier Campbell Newman, state MP Saxon Rice and federal MP Jane Prentice joined more than 80 volunteers in the mass planting at Dawn Street, Ithaca Creek. Planet Ark, SOWN (Saving our Waterways Now) and Greening Australia contributed tree seedlings, selection and design layout skills, mulch and volunteer networking for National Tree Day, as part of a two million tree plant around... Read More

Mary Valley to be rebuilt

A plan to rebuild the Mary Valley following abandonment of the Traveston Dam was announced in Parliament this week by Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney. Mr Seeney said there had been more than a hundred inquiries about buying properties or being involved in projects. As a result of the previous government’s purchase of land to be affected by the dam, the government owns 13,000 hectares of land across 468 properties, plus water allocations. “The strategy aims to create conditions... Read More

Opposition quizzes Newman over state debt

The Opposition this week sought to embarrass Premier Campbell Newman by quoting statements to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission by Queensland Commission of Audit Commissioner Doug McTaggart. Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Mulherin referred to Dr McTaggart’s statement to the QIRC that the projected State debt by 2014-15 of $85 billion was “manageable”. “Will the Premier advise whether Dr McTaggart’s statement is correct?” Mr Mulherin said in Parliament. Manager... Read More

Private sector jobs under threat – Opposition

Job reductions in the public sector will threaten thousands of jobs in the private sector, according to the Queensland Opposition. Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk told Parliament Premier Campbell Newman’s “slash and burn” approach to government was “not only costing thousands of government jobs but also threatening thousands of jobs in the private sector”. Mr Newman said he was a bit a loss to understand what the Opposition were actually... Read More

Prado masterpieces bring the heart of Spain to Brisbane

The masterpieces of Prado take their audience on a journey of religion, mythology and sainthood in the Queensland Art Gallery exhibition “Portrait of Spain”. As you step into the largest most significant international loan undertaken by Madrid’s museum, Museo Nacional del Prado, you feel as though you are stepping through the corridors of Madrid. Dr Miranda Wallace gives a curator’s perspective of how the exhibition captured Spanish history through its passion... Read More

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