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Archive for July, 2018
Taxpayers to pay Qld council’s legal bill

The Queensland government has been ordered to pay the majority of the Ipswich City Council’s legal bill following its aborted bid to sack the council. July 31, 2018 Taxpayers will foot the majority of the bill for an aborted legal case sparked by the Queensland government’s bid to sack the Ipswich City Council. The embattled […]

Govt must fund legal bill: Ipswich council

Ipswich City Council wants taxpayers to fund its legal costs after the Queensland government changed its mind about how best to sack the local body. July 31, 2018 Ipswich City Council says taxpayers should foot the bill for an aborted court case sparked by the Queensland government’s bid to sack it. The council, which is […]

Diseased prawns sold outside control zone

Qld authorities say there’s nothing to suggest White Spot has spread to inland rivers after diseased prawns were sold to a bait shop outside a control zone. July 31, 2018 A Gold Coast bait supplier has copped a $10,000 fine for moving raw prawns infected with White Spot out of a control zone and selling […]

Man rescued after hang glider crash in Qld

A man who crashed his hang glider soon after take-off in the Gold Coast hinterland has been rescued at Tamborine Mountain and taken to a hospital. July 28, 2018 A man has been rescued after he crashed a hang glider into a mountain in the Gold Coast hinterland. Specialist emergency services units used ropes to rescue […]

Screams heard before stabbing murder

Neighbours heard screaming and yelling before a 41-year-old man was stabbed three times and died in north Brisbane. July 28, 2018 Neighbours heard loud screaming moments before a man was stabbed multiple times at a unit complex in north Brisbane. Darren James Lawler, 36, has been charged with the murder of Paul Shannon Andrews, 42, who died after […]

Gabba likely to get naming rights sponsor

Stakeholders voice agreement with report calling for selling rights to name Brisbane’s iconic Gabba cricket ground to pay for upgrades. July 27, 2018 The naming rights for Brisbane’s iconic Gabba cricket ground appear all but certain to be sold after tenants and the Queensland government gave the idea their approval. An interim report handed down on […]

Calls for Ipswich council compo backed

Innocent Ipswich city councillors who are about to be sacked amid a corruption scandal deserve compensation, Queensland’s local government association says. July 27, 2018 Queensland’s local government association has backed calls to compensate Ipswich city councillors who are about to be sacked. Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe is pursuing a bill to sack the entire […]

Colonial massacres to pass 500 mark: study

New evidence has led researchers working on Australia’s colonial frontier massacres map to conclude more than 500 mass killings have occurred. July 27, 2018 Known Australian colonial-era massacres could total over 500 by the end of a comprehensive university study. A University of Newcastle team is collating a Colonial Frontier Massacres Map, charting verified and […]

Humpback entangled from Victoria to Qld

Rescuers say a humpback whale entangled in commercial fishing tackle off the Queensland coast had dragged the equipment from northern Victoria. July 26, 2018 A humpback whale has been rescued off the southeast Queensland coast after dragging commercial fishing tackle all the way from northern Victoria. A Sea World rescue team was alerted to the […]

Suspended Logan mayor a no-show in court

Suspended Logan mayor Luke Smith has has not appeared in court when his corruption charges were mentioned a few days after he was taken to hospital. July 26, 2018 Suspended Logan mayor Luke Smith has not shown up to face court on corruption charges, just a few days after he was taken to hospital following […]

Former One Nation staffer to be sentenced

Former One Nation media advisor Sean Black will be sentenced in Brisbane for the 2007 rape and assault of a woman. July 26, 2018 Former One Nation media adviser Sean Black will be sentenced in Brisbane on Thursday for the 2007 rape and assault of a woman. Black, a former staffer for ex-senator Malcolm Roberts, […]

Ice age sea level drops not linked to CO2

Climate scientists studying the Great Barrier Reef were surprised to discover that ice age sea levels dropped instead of rose as previously thought. July 26, 2018 Climate change scientists have been surprised to learn that ice-age sea levels dropped instead of rose, and that they weren’t linked to carbon dioxide increasing in the atmosphere. An […]

Diver’s death avoidable: Brisbane coroner

Fisheries Queensland director Andrew Thwaites’ drowning in 2016 following carbon monoxide poisoning from contaminated air in his scuba tank was avoidable. July 25, 2018 The diving death of Fisheries Queensland director Andrew Thwaites near Brisbane following carbon monoxide poisoning was avoidable, a Queensland coroner has ruled. Mr Thwaites became unconscious and drowned in August 2016 […]

Developers ignored Qld red flags: analyst

Investors are paying the price for developers and lenders failing to see obvious red flags of the Brisbane apartment glut, property researchers say. July 24, 2018 Tumbling Brisbane apartment prices and rising investor defaults have been blamed on developers and lenders failing to heed the obvious warnings signs. Property research outfit RiskWise says the over-supply […]

Queenslanders unhappy with economic growth

A national CEDA survey has found more than half of Queenslanders don’t feel they’ve gained from Australia’s unprecedented run of economic growth. July 20, 2018 Many Queenslanders don’t feel they’re getting ahead despite Australia’s record run of 27-years of uninterrupted economic growth. Higher levels of unemployment compared to the national average, stagnant wage growth and […]

Gun ownership growing in Queensland

The number of registered firearms in Queensland increased by more than 30 per cent over the past six years to 844,129 guns. July 18, 2018 Gun ownership is on the rise in Queensland with the number of registered firearms increasing by more than 30 per cent in the past six years. Police Minister Mark Ryan […]

Brisbane flood gives rise to new Drifter

Watching friends’ homes and his university go under the 2011 floodwater has led mechanical engineer Richard Brown to develop a new low-cost water flow device. July 18, 2018 It was the chaos caused by the 2011 Brisbane flood and watching his friends’ homes go under that made mechanical engineer Richard Brown realise there must be […]

Drones invade four Queensland prisons

Four Queensland jails were locked down after drones invaded their air space. July 16, 2018 Drones have invaded the airspace above four high-security Queensland prisons, forcing them all into lockdown. Authorities are investigating Sunday’s incidents but have determined no drugs or other banned items were dropped into the grounds of the jails, with all four […]

High-rise bandit leaps from tower balcony

Police have nabbed a death-defying bandit who scaled high-rise buildings and robbed 40 apartments in a two-month crime spree on the Gold and Sunshine coasts. July 16, 2018 A high-rise bandit who can climb like Spider-Man has hurled himself over a balcony more than 20 storeys up, after offering a quick apology to the person […]

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