Street poll: Will you watch the royal wedding?

How interested are Brisbane people in the forthcoming royal wedding? It’s less than 48 hours until Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot. As well as a guest list of more than 1900 people, the couple have invited the world to their big day via live streaming from their official website. The couple are […]

Street poll: How do you rate emergency response services?

Emergency services responses at the time of Toowoomba’s tragic January 10 flash flood have come under scrutiny at the Toowoomba Hearings of the Queensland Floods Commission Inquiry. Husband and father of flood victims Donna and Jordan Rice told the inquiry of his sorrow. “I’m of the understanding that a triple-0 call is for emergency response […]

Street poll: Should we ban the burqa?

France has passed laws to ban the wearing of the burqa in public places. The ban has attracted criticism from many people, including human rights groups, but some say there should be similar laws in Australia. We asked people in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall what they thought.

Street poll: What do you think of Brisbane losing Wayne Bennett to Newcastle?

Former Brisbane Broncos and current St George-Illawarra coach Wayne Bennett has signed a four-year deal with the Newcastle Knights at a reported $2 million per season. He had previously been widely tipped to rejoin the Broncos. South Sydney was another club chasing his services. Newsbytes asked people in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall what they thought […]

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 […]

Street poll: Should cigarettes be sold in plain packaging?

New laws will force tobacco companies to use plain packaging plus graphic anti-smoking images on cigarette packs. Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon says the generic olive green packaging will take away the glamour of smoking. “Cigarette packs will now only show the death and disease that can come from smoking,” she said. However, the British […]

‘No no Nicole’ – Mayor refuses Johnston’s questions but honours Hinchliffe

Independent Nicole Johnston says she is “feeling left out” at Brisbane City Council meetings, after being repeatedly denied the chance to question Lord Mayor Campbell Newman at this week’s explosive meeting. After postponement of the regular question time, councillors resorted to a quaint provision in the rules letting them interrupt the Lord Mayor mid-speech to […]

Street poll: Should Nicole Johnston have been thrown out of Council?

This week’s Brisbane City Council meeting didn’t exactly go to plan. After refusing to leave council chambers following her suspension, Independent Cr Nicole Johnston was escorted from the building by police. We talked to people in Brisbane’s CBD to get their reactions, and asked them what they thought should have been done.

Police evict rebel Brisbane councillor – EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Police were called to evict independent Nicole Johnston from tonight’s Brisbane City Council meeting when she refused to obey a suspension order. Four police officers escorted Cr Johnston from the building after being called by council chair Krista Adams. Cr Johnston had refused to leave after Cr Adams suspended her for eight days following angry […]

Street poll: Should euthanasia be legalised?

Euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke is reportedly looking for a location in Adelaide to build Australia’s first euthanasia clinic. A bill to allow doctor-assisted euthanasia is close to being passed by the South Australian parliament – but there are mixed opinions on this issue. We went to Queen Street Mall to find out people’s opinions […]

Street poll: Anna Bligh or Campbell Newman?

Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman announced this week he will move to state politics, challenging Labor minister Kate Jones for the seat of Ashgrove. As leader of the Liberal National Party he will be campaigning to replace Anna Bligh as premier of Queensland. We asked people in the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens whether they preferred […]

Street poll: Has Campbell Newman abandoned Brisbane?

The Labor Party has accused Campbell Newman of abandoning Brisbane in pursuit of his political career. Mr Newman is quitting his role as Brisbane lord mayor to run for election to the Queensland parliament as alternative premier to Anna Bligh. We went to the City Botanic Gardens to ask people what they thought. Camera and […]

Newman denies intervening in dam operation

Pressure is building on Campbell Newman to provide answers over claims the Council played a role in water not being released from Wivenhoe Dam before dangerous levels were reached. The issue has fresh urgency with the Lord Mayor’s decision to quit the council and fight Anna Bligh for the premiership of Queensland. The Australian journalist […]

Newman will quit City Hall in bid to become Premier

In a shock move Campbell Newman today announced he would resign as Lord Mayor of Brisbane in a bid to become Premier of Queensland. Cr Newman is seeking preselection as Liberal National Party candidate in the state seat of Ashgrove, held by Labor minister Kate Jones. The parliamentary LNP has accepted Campbell Newman as their […]

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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