Napa keen to play for Queensland

Sydney Roosters Dylan Napa could be plaiyng in his first State of Origin match for Queensland in round 1. The Roosters giant (pictured) has been picked as 18th man in Mal Meninga’s Queensland squad, but an injured Daly Cherry-Evans could see Napa taking his place on the field. Queensland Coach Meninga said he would very […]

Assault destroys police officer’s career

A police officer faces the end of his career after being assaulted while arresting a drunken man north of Brisbane last year, the District Court has been told. Judge Philip Robin QC said as an unintended consequence of the incident Sen. Const. Mark Zeller had seriously injured his knee while struggling with Brent James Mattingley, […]

Robbery ‘a disgraceful, cowardly act’ – judge

A District Court judge has described a street robbery in Brisbane’s Forest Lake last year by a gang of juveniles as a disgraceful cowardly act. Judge Philip Robin, QC, told Brendan Scott Williams, now 18, he was part of a gang of six or seven drunken, rowdy teens roaming the streets. He told Williams: “You […]

‘Gangster lifestyle’ turns man to crime

The Brisbane Supreme Court was told yesterday a man became involved with guns and drugs because he was impressed with the gangster lifestyle. Lee James Ralph, 26, pleaded guilty to multiple charges of unlawful possession of firearms and various dangerous drugs over the past three years. Defence counsel Mal Harrison said Ralph became involved with […]

Speaker gives hairdresser Stefan a clip

Hairdresser and businessman Stefan Ackerie

Celebrity hairdresser Stefan Ackerie was reprimanded in Parliament yesterday by the Speaker, Fiona Simpson, after taking photos from the public gallery. Although not named by Ms Simpson, her warning to the gallery came in response to Stefan’s flamboyant visit to the state house for yesterday afternoon’s question time. Stefan, accompanied by veteran LNP MP Howard […]

Safety of women and children paramount in alcohol review – minister

The government will not liberalise indigenous communities’ alcohol management plans in in any way that will put women and children at risk, Queensland Parliament was told yesterday. The Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs, Glen Elmes, said revised plans needed to ensure women and children were not bashed or neglected. In […]

Editors coy over response to media council

An Australian magazine editor has declared he will break the law if recommended media reforms are introduced – but most leading editors around the country are unwilling to say whether they will take the same action. Editor of Quadrant magazine Keith Windschuttle said he would not cooperate with the statutory News Media Council recommended by […]

Bubblers saved after Newsbytes report

The Queensland Rail ban on bubblers has been reversed by Transport Minister Scott Emerson after the policy was revealed by Newsbytes. Mr Emerson said he became aware of the water fountain ban on Friday and scrapped it on Saturday. Newsbytes reported on the policy last week following investigations by student journalist Melissa Archer. Mr Emerson […]

Another scoop for Newsbytes

For the second week in a row Newsbytes has beaten all major Queensland television and multimedia news services with our exclusive coverage of dramatic scenes in the Brisbane City Council. Video-journalist David Stuart recorded the only video footage of the expulsion of independent councillor Nicole Johnston from last night’s meeting. Keeping to his post long […]

Newsbytes has a scoop with exclusive video of historic day in Council

Newsbytes video-journalist David Stuart captured the only video record of Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman’s historic announcement to the council chamber of his decision to run for the Queensland Parliament. (See story.) Although an army of television cameramen and reporters covered early stages of Tuesday’s shock meeting, only Stuart outlasted an Administration filibuster to be […]

Newsbytes reporter wins media award

Newsbytes reporter John Corlett has won the most outstanding journalism student (metropolitan) award in the Queensland Clarion Awards. The Clarion Awards,  the peak prizes for journalism achievement in Queensland, are administered by the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance. Corlett, a Diploma of Journalism student at Jschool journalism college in Brisbane, won the award for stories, […]

Two Newsbytes reporters in Media Awards finals

Two Newsbytes reporters have been named as finalists in the Queensland Clarion Awards. John Corlett and Anthony Gough are among four finalists for the Most Outstanding Journalism Student, metropolitan division. Previously known as the Queensland Media Awards, the Clarion Awards are the major state-based event for recognising quality journalism. Corlett and Gough are Diploma of […]

Former premier calls for cuts to state governments

Former NSW premier Bob Carr has called for a drastic reduction in the size of state governments.

Newman attacks newspaper tunnel coverage

Lord Mayor Campbell Newman today lashed out at the Courier-Mail for downplaying the opening of the Clem7 tunnel. “The largest infrastructure project in this city’s history did not actually have a photo on the front page — it had a photo of a paddock,” he said. The tunnel opening story was relegated to an inside […]

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