Emma McBryde

Review: Macbeth

New Farm Nash Theatre Blood and butchery, swords and sorcery, tyranny and tragedy, murder and mayhem,  daggers and death are all promised in promotions for Nash Theatre’s production of Macbeth.  It’s a promise the cast are clearly driven to deliver as much as Lady Macbeth in her wanton desire for the throne. Brenda White’s decision […]

No dodgem Latham as Gillard moves forward into sideshow

Outspoken former Labor Party leader Mark Latham gatecrashed Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s tour of the Brisbane Ekka yesterday. Barging through show-goers and a tight media scrum, Mr Latham greeted Ms Gillard brusquely with “Long time, no see”. Mr Latham quickly made it clear his words were not in welcome of his former friend and ally, […]

Major parties’ mental health policies slammed

The major parties’ mental health policies in the current federal election campaign are an improvement but still a long way short of Australia’s needs, the chief executive of the Mental Health Council, Mr David Crosbie, said today. Mr Crosbie (pictured) said the Greens’ policy was the most comprehensive and well-developed put forward by any party, […]

Street poll: How will you vote? [video]

The 2010 federal election is only three weeks away. Newsbytes asked people in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall if they have made up their mind which party to vote for. Most are still making up their minds. Reporter: Emma McBryde Camera and production: David Stuart

Brisbane fans give iPhone a good reception

Hundreds of die-hard iPhone fans lined up outside the Queen Street Mall’s Optus and Telstra stores for this week’s launch of Apple’s iPhone 4. Harsh criticism of poor reception from reviewers did not stop customers from queueing outside the stores from midday on Wednesday. By 11.30pm the 400 Optus queuers were being pampered with free […]

Anti-Israel protests in city streets

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters marched through the city on Friday night protesting against the deaths of 10 people when Israeli commandos boarded a flotilla carrying humanitarian aid and activists to the Gaza Strip. The march followed a similar gathering on Tuesday night. Organiser of the two protest marches, Justice for Palestine’s Kathryn Zahran, said Australia […]

Hundreds brave winter rain in bid to save the Regent [with video]

Early morning rain and cold did not stop more than 300 protesters gathering at Reddacliffe Place in the city yesterday morning to call for rescue of the historic Regent Theatre. Regent building owner Industry Superannuation Property Trust plans to keep the Regent’s historical components but turn the rest of the building into a 38-storey office […]

Call for computers at polling booths to stop vote cheating

A Toowoomba author and life coach is campaigning for computerised voting registers to stop people rorting the electoral system. Nancy Sommerfield (pictured left) wants polling booths to be equipped with computers so that Queenslanders are flagged state-wide when they vote. “Voting is really important, sometimes there are only six votes difference in elections,” she said. […]

Dogmatic councillors argue over who cleans up the mess

Pooper-scoopers became the subject of debate in a slanging match at yesterday’s Brisbane City Council meeting. It all began over who should take the blame for a simple Brisbane residential mapping error. Lord Mayor Campbell Newman, Opposition leader Shayne Sutton, and two other councillors spent 10 minutes pointing the finger over three Hamilton Road properties […]

Busking in glory

Some Brisbane city buskers can make a healthier living on the street than in a normal job. According to 39-year-old guitarist Tim Brennan (pictured) the corner of Elizabeth and Albert Street, outside bookstore Borders, is the place to be. “I make about $700 a week there, Wednesday to Sunday from 8 ’til 4. It’s great!” […]

Women in red promote heart awareness


The Premier and most women MPs were in their best red livery this week in honour of the Heart Foundation’s Go Red for Women campaign. The campaign seeks to raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of Australian women, killing 11,000 women in Australia each year. According to the Heart Foundation, heart […]

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