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Police evict rebel Brisbane councillor – EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Police were called to evict independent Nicole Johnston from tonight’s Brisbane City Council meeting when she refused to obey a suspension order. Four police officers escorted Cr Johnston from the building after being called by council chair Krista Adams. Cr Johnston had refused to leave after Cr Adams suspended her for eight days following angry […]

Newman denies intervening in dam operation

Pressure is building on Campbell Newman to provide answers over claims the Council played a role in water not being released from Wivenhoe Dam before dangerous levels were reached. The issue has fresh urgency with the Lord Mayor’s decision to quit the council and fight Anna Bligh for the premiership of Queensland. The Australian journalist […]

Newman will quit City Hall in bid to become Premier

In a shock move Campbell Newman today announced he would resign as Lord Mayor of Brisbane in a bid to become Premier of Queensland. Cr Newman is seeking preselection as Liberal National Party candidate in the state seat of Ashgrove, held by Labor minister Kate Jones. The parliamentary LNP has accepted Campbell Newman as their […]

Review: David Campbell

The promotional material promised a night of classic and modern Broadway songs accompanied by a dazzling orchestra. Finely groomed and in a shiny three-piece suit, David Campbell promises “an election free zone” and “no swingin’… until later.” With the coloured lights and overworked smoke machine it’s easy to imagine you are knocking heads in a […]

Street poll: Election slogans overused? [video]

With the federal election set for August 21, each major party has come up with a slogan to represent them throughout the election campaign. But the Labor Party’s “Moving Forward” and the Liberal’s “Real Action” catchphrases have attracted criticism for being simplistic and condescending. Prime Minister Julia Gillard defended her party’s slogan on the ABC’s […]

One man dares to review all

Chances are you have never met anybody like Myles Barlow and you’ve never seen a show quite like his.

Naughty girl sent to the front of the class

Nicole Johnston sits alone at the front bench on the opposition side of the Brisbane City Council chamber. She is like a naughty girl forced to sit in front of the headmistress. The council’s headmistress is chairman Margaret de Wit, who has twice this year thrown Cr Johnston out of meetings after clashes and warnings. […]

‘Grange-gate’ slanging match

In a fiery exchange at today’s Brisbane City Council meeting, Lord Mayor Campbell Newman attacked the Opposition over the $6,000 bottles of Grange consumed by the previous administration and demanded an apology. “The leader of the opposition’s comments were in the paper, they were a lie, and they have not been withdrawn and I’m quite […]

Nikki Lynn – an angel sings dirty

You probably would not take your parents to see her perform. In fact, she did not even let her biological parents hear any of her “funny songs”. [WARNING: strong language follows] If you did not understand English you would swear Nikki Lynn Katt (pictured) was an angel singing. But when you understand her, it’s a […]

Cameraholics get their photographic fix [with video]

Hundreds of camera enthusiasts flocked to Brisbane this morning to get their photographic fix at Cameraholics’ Camera and Photographic Fair. Young and old gathered around tables stacked with cameras, lenses, flashes, enlargers and every other imaginable photography-related piece of equipment at the annual event. The Photographic Society of Queensland first held the event in 2000 […]

Brawls between neighbours lead to new laws

Neighbourhood rows about fences and overhanging trees are set to be reduced following tabling of proposed laws in the Queensland Parliament. Queensland Attorney-General Cameron Dick has called for public consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Disputes Resolution Bill. “We have modernised the outdated laws regarding dividing fences, which were introduced almost 60 years ago, to ensure […]

Attorney-General won’t meet Graham Stafford

Queensland Attorney-General Cameron Dick has ruled out meeting victim of procedural miscarriage of justice, Graham Stafford. Opposition member Peter Wellington asked the Attorney-General in Parliament yesterday if he would meet Mr Stafford and reassure him the the Government would seek to redress the terrible miscarriage of justice. A 1992 jury found Graham Stafford guilty of […]

Queensland has ‘toughest youth justice system’

Opposition criticisms of the youth justice system were branded as “scandalous mistruths” today by Queensland Minister for Community Services and Housing Karen Struthers. Opposition deputy leader Lawrence Springborg said yesterday a youth who committed 19 property offences while on bail for grievous bodily harm would not serve a single day in detention. “This young criminal […]

Big bore ready to start work

Two imported tunnel-boring machines will be ready to start work on the Airport Link tunnel in July. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh told parliament today 80 workers were assembling the boring-machines, which arrived from Germany late last year. “This assembly work has been ongoing since November 2009, and these two massive drills are now ready to […]

Fiji media controls ‘appalling’

The serious decline in media freedom in the Pacific was passionately condemned yesterday by veteran ABC foreign correspondent Sean Dorney. “The situation confronting journalists in Fiji at the moment is positively appalling,” Mr Dorney said. “There have been military appointed censors in every newsroom for more than 12 months now.” Mr Dorney, a keynote speaker […]

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