Feds blast Newman government

The Newman government’s decisions on aged care and education were condemned by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and deputy Wayne Swan at last night’s federal community cabinet in Redcliffe. Mr Swan said the state’s closure of Eventide Sandgate to sell some of the site was “simply cruel”. The Commonwealth pays for residents in state-run nursing homes and closing 140 beds could not be justified in any public policy, he said. “We need a grass-roots community campaign... Read More

Choppers fight Brisbane fire

Two helicopters were brought into waterbomb a bushfire at Doolandella on Brisbane’s south on Tuesday afternoon. A Queensland Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson said four fire trucks worked closely with air operations to contain the blaze. She said although there was no threat, crews were working to protect a caravan and nearby homes. Backburning began at Brookside Street, opposite Forest Park estate, after 4.30 pm as fire services sought to control and extinguish the fire. The... Read More

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