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Council angry over State ban on river development

Deputy premier Paul Lucas came under fire at this week’s Brisbane City Council meeting as he was accused of being anti-development for the city. Cr Amanda Cooper said Paul Lucas’s decision to reject the development at the Howard Smith Wharves was inconsistent and against city development. The chair of council’s neighbourhood planning and development assessment […]

Health minister grilled over missing $62 million

A parliamentary estimates hearing scrutinised state Health Minister Geoff Wilson yesterday by about the missing $62 million in staff overpayments. The independent member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham questioned Mr Wilson on how staff could prove they were paid correctly, when the new payslips lacked the necessary detail. “It appears to me… they’re being required to […]

Queensland beats Canterbury to take Super Rugby glory

Both teams had come from areas of natural disasters this year, but in the end the Queensland Reds were victorious 18-13 over the Canterbury Crusaders in the Super Rugby grand final on Saturday night. In front of a sold-out crowd of 52,113, the Crusaders came out strong in a gutsy performance and held 60 percent […]

Reds down Blues in historic Super Rugby semi-final

The Reds continued their dominance of the Super Rugby competition last night, victorious over the Blues 30-13 in front of a sea of red at Suncorp Stadium. With a healthy attendance of 44,940, with only the southern top tier empty, the crowd were encouraged to repeat ”we are red, we are red” to support their […]

Young string players charm Brisbane Square

The Terzina String Trio entertained patrons with enchanting baroque music at the Brisbane Square library last week as part of the Fête de la Musique Brisbane festival. The two-year-old trio is made up of Queensland Conservatorium students – twin 19-year-old brothers Michael Poulton on violin and Phillip Poulton on viola and Camilla Tafra, 20, on […]

Sherbet icon braves the sun for Green Heart

Skin cancer victim Daryl Braithwaite endured the strong Queensland sun yesterday, to wow the crowd at the Council’s Green Heart Fair at Chermside. The Australian pop icon, who made his name in the ’70s band Sherbet, was the climax of the festival, a initiative of Council’s Green Heart (sustainability) campaign. Green Heart is Council’s attempt […]

Street poll: Should women be in frontline combat?

Triggered by the Skype sex scandal, the Government has brought forward the initiative which would lift the ban on women in frontline combat positions. Defence Minister Stephen Smith said people’s roles in the forces should be based on their physical and intellectual capacity, not gender. “It opens up all of the leadership roles for women […]

Bligh accuses former mayor of borrowing for pet projects

Campbell Newman borrowed recklessly for his pet projects, the Premier, Anna Bligh, said in Parliament today. “The former mayor of Brisbane has been out borrowing, borrowing, borrowing – committing money forward for his pet projects,” Ms Bligh said. She said her government paid $1 billion for the Council’s water assets and had made the council […]

Street poll: Is Julian Assange a hero or a villain?

Julian Assange is the founder of Wikileaks, a website that provides an anonymous way for independent sources around the world to leak information to journalists. After Wikileaks’ release of 250,000 US diplomatic cables late last year, including much controversial and embarrassing information on American diplomatic opinions of other countries’ leaders, former U.S. vice-presidential candidate Sarah […]

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