Teresa Ralton

Hedley Thomas pays tribute to Paul Lockyer

Gold Walkley winner Hedley Thomas has described ABC newsman Paul Lockyer as a “truly outstanding storyteller” and has urged young journalists to follow his example. In his keynote speech at the 2011 MediaPass Student Industry Day in Brisbane, The Australian newspaper’s national chief correspondent paid tribute to the veteran ABC journalist who was killed last […]

Row over future of historic church

A war of words has broken out between Brisbane city councillors over an historic church at Wynnum slated for demolition to make way for a six-storey office block. At this week’s council meeting Cr Amanda Cooper blamed Cr Peter Cumming for supporting demolition instead of removal of the former Baptist church. Ms Cooper, who chairs […]

Juggers play it fast and furious in New Farm

It looked like the rehearsal of a medieval battle scene. People fighting with swords and spears, wearing track pants and t-shirts, were thrown into relief against a darkening sky in New Farm park. The mystery was solved when someone handed me a green leaflet that said: Jugger. Jugger is a game based on the 1989 […]

Press photography exhibition: capturing an instant in time

The combination of a great photo and explanatory text is powerful. The shock of the image stays in your mind in a way that even the most descriptive story never does. World Press Photo 11, the 54th annual World Press Photo exhibition of photojournalism is showing at Brisbane Powerhouse. It has been publicised with a […]

Councillors come to a halt over bollards

Brisbane councillors are at loggerheads over the future of bollards in the Brisbane suburb of Richlands. A church wants bollards to slow down traffic, while motorists are driving around bollards on a nearby street. Labor deputy opposition leader Milton Dick copped a tongue-lashing from Infrastructure chairman Margaret de Wit at a recent council meeting. Cr […]

Mayor promises rates to be below CPI

Rates increases to be announced in the forthcoming budget would be below the 3.6 percent Brisbane CPI for the average householder, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said at this week’s council meeting. Asked by Opposition leader Cr Shayne Sutton if he would either commit to a 3.6 percent rates cap for all properties in his budget […]

Glimpses into the life of an artist who died too young

Queensland Art Gallery When painter Amrita Sher-Gil died in 1941 aged 28 she was already recognised as one of India’s most important artists, though she left behind only about 150 canvasses. Born in Hungary to a Jewish opera-singer mother and an Indian Sikh father, her talent was nurtured early and at the age of 16 […]

Street poll: Do we still need International Women’s Day?

March 8th this year marks 100 years of International Women’s Day. With its roots in early 1900s socialism, International Women’s Day has developed into a global celebration of women. It draws attention to the achievements of women and examines the gender-based disparity that still exists across many cultures. We asked people in Queen Street Mall […]

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