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Man jailed for sex with girl, 14

A judge told the District Court today that a father of two took advantage of a vulnerable 14-year-old girl under his care for his own “sexual gratification”. Steven Andrew Brady, 36, pleaded guilty to charges of indecent treatment, unlawful carnal knowledge and maintaining a sexual relationship with a child under 16. Judge Richard Jones labelled […]

Fuel discounts still attract shoppers, despite warnings

In the wake of record fuel prices across Queensland, motorists say increased shopper docket discounts will have a “dramatic impact” on where they fill up. According to locals, most drivers go out of their way to shop at Coles or Woolworths in order to take advantage of the discounts. The shopper dockets offered by major […]

Quirk promises ‘no trickery’ in council budget

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has promised there will be no “trickery” in the forthcoming budget for Brisbane city. Opposition leader Milton Dick accused the Lord Mayor of tricking ratepayers by re-announcing existing projects in the budget. “Why are you treating ratepayers with such contempt?” Cr Dick asked. But Cr Quirk told today’s council meeting re-announcements […]

Mayor defends overseas trips

Overseas trips by councillors were slammed as an extravagance at today’s Brisbane City Council meeting. Opposition leader Milton Dick asked the Lord Mayor to guarantee that ratepayers would not be subject to increasing overseas travel costs for LNP councillors. He said overseas trips were an extravagance the Brisbane City Council could not afford, given the […]

Swan accuses Opposition of fear-mongering

Treasurer Wayne Swan has dismissed Opposition concerns over budget debt as “fiscal fear-mongering”. Speaking during a fiery question time today Mr Swan also compared the Opposition to the Tea Party in the United States. Mr Swan levelled the accusations at shadow treasurer Joe Hockey when responding to repeated questions about the level of peak gross […]

Modern obituaries put truth before praise

No longer just grim notifications of death, obituaries have become colourful features in newspapers around the world. Visiting British editor and writer Tim Bullamore (pictured) spoke this week of the evolution of obituaries in a lecture aptly titled “Obituaries to die for”. A classical music agent turned expert obituary writer, Mr Bullamore has written for […]

Youth pay tribute to diggers at moving ceremony

The flame of the Anzac spirit burns brightly with the youth of the Centenary Suburbs. Flowered wreaths were laid by children paying their respects to the fallen in a moving Anzac Day service this morning. Hundreds of locals gathered at the Centenary Suburbs War Memorial Gardens in Brisbane’s western suburbs, to pay tribute to those […]

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