Home ownership dream fades

With the rising cost of living, historic rental shortages and booming house prices, the Labor government faces a tough task. Housing was a defining issue in the federal election, but according to Dr Heather Shearer, a researcher at Griffith University’s Cities Research Institute, there are no easy solutions. ‘Housing affordability, unfortunately, is what urban scholars […]

Australian women pay more for disease test

Australian women still pay extra for a more efficient cervical disease test which costs nothing in the UK, USA and parts of New Zealand. The National Cervical Screening Renewal Program is reviewing the conventional Pap smear and it could be replaced as standard with the ThinPrep Pap test as soon as next year. Currently Australian […]

Council accused of a lousy deal over bike helmets

The number of Brisbane cyclists with itchy heads may increase dramatically in the next three months, the Brisbane City Council trialling a shared helmet system for Citycycle. From next Monday a third of the bike fleet will have a helmet provided free of charge, one of the council’s seven improvements to increase the struggling scheme’s […]

Minister vows to protect school kids from knife attacks

More than 100 students were expelled from Queensland schools last year for incidents involving weapons, Parliament was told today. In the wake of last week’s stabbing at Southport High School, Minister for Education Cameron Dick has announced initiatives and legislative changes to ensure Queenslanders “that our schools are safe”. “Incidents involving weapons are very rare. […]

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