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Archive for September, 2019
Envious Qld footy mum jailed for fraud

A Brisbane mother-of-five could be deported to New Zealand after her bid to keep up with the Jones landed her in jail for fraud and forgery offences. September 30, 2019 A Brisbane mother, who felt so much pressure to keep up with other football mums that she committed thousands of dollars worth of fraud and […]

Palmer’s Qld Nickel ‘insolvent for months’

Clive Palmer’s Townsville nickel refinery was cash-strapped months before administrators were called in and hundreds of workers lost their jobs, a court heard. September 30, 2019 Clive Palmer’s failed Queensland Nickel refinery traded insolvently before administrators were called in to help save the cash-strapped Townsville operation, a court has heard. Insolvency expert Peter Gothard on […]

Sailors rescued by cruise ship back home
Sailors rescued by cruise ship back home

Three sailors rescued from a life raft by a passing cruise ship after their boat sank near New Caledonia says the incident won’t stop them taking to the sea. September 28, 2019 Three rescued sailors plucked from the sea by a passing cruise ship after their boat struck trash and sank near New Caledonia say […]

Qld govt integrity advice requests balloon

Queensland’s Integrity Commissioner has been hit with a jump in requests for advice on ethics and integrity issues in the last year. September 28, 2019 Requests by Queensland’s politicians and senior public servants for advice on ethics and integrity issues hit an unprecedented high in the last financial year, the state’s Integrity Commissioner says. Ministers, […]

Qld cold case murder accused faces court

A second man has appeared in court over the 2007 murder of 21-year-old Jay Brogden near Airlie Beach in Queensland’s north. September 27, 2019 A second suspect has faced a Queensland court charged with the murder of a man in the state’s north more than a decade ago. Gavin Philip Parnell, 33, appeared briefly in […]

Accessory to man’s murder jailed in Qld

A man who helped hide a rifle used in a Father’s Day shooting murder north of Brisbane has been jailed for six years. September 27, 2019 A disabled man who helped his younger brother hide a sawn-off rifle used in a Father’s Day drug murder north of Brisbane has been jailed for at least two […]

Queensland murder accused faces court

The case of a 24-year-old man accused of murdering a mother of two at her home south of Brisbane has been mentioned in court. September 26, 2019 A Queensland man accused of murdering a mother of two whose body was found with head injuries has been remanded in custody. Nilisi Kaniki, 24, was not required […]

Single dad’s cruelty sentence delayed

The sentencing for a single parent who failed to properly care for his severely disabled daughter has been delayed in a Queensland court. September 26, 2019 The sentencing in a Queensland court of a single parent who failed to properly feed and care for his severely disabled daughter in the months before she died has […]

NSW dad to be sentenced for child cruelty

A single dad’s failure to properly care for his severely disabled daughter after her mother abandoned them could result in him jailed by a Queensland court. September 26, 2019 A Sydney dad who failed to properly feed and care for his severely disabled daughter in the months before she died of pneumonia is expected to […]

NSW dad who underfed daughter faces jail

A single dad’s failure to properly care for his severely disabled daughter after her mother abandoned them could see him jailed by a Queensland court. September 25, 2019 A dumped Sydney’s dad’s failure to properly feed and care for his severely disabled daughter after her mother abandoned them could see him jailed. Ronald Gary Smith, […]

Ten years for Queensland Boxing Day attack

A man who attacked a family on the Gold Coast after a Boxing Day dispute involving a pink car has been jailed for 10 years. September 20, 2019 A Gold Coast man who shot a father and son during a bizarre Boxing Day spat involving a pink car has been jailed for 10 years. Francesco […]

Queensland man jailed over fatal punch

A Queensland man has been jailed for eight years over the one-punch killing of a 50-year-old man outside a KFC north of Brisbane. September 20, 2019 A man has been sentenced to eight years prison over an alcohol-fuelled punching attack in a Queensland KFC car park so violent it fatally tore an artery in his […]

Sacked Qld workers ‘used as pawns’: union

A union representing 150 sacked Queensland workers says they were used as pawns in a failed bid to win government approvals for a controversial coal project. September 20, 2019 Sacked Queensland workers were used as pawns in a failed bid to win government approvals for a controversial $900 million coal project, the CFMEU says. About […]

Palmer’s ASIC criminal charges stalled

Charges against Clive Palmer for allegedly breaching the Corporations Act in relation to a timeshare scheme at Palmer Coolum Resort remain stalled. September 20, 2019 Clive Palmer’s criminal charges for allegedly breaching the Corporations Act in relation to a timeshare scheme at Palmer Coolum Resort remain stalled. The former federal MP is facing a charge […]

Sacked coal workers hope for Qld govt help

Sacked coal workers are hoping the Queensland government will immediately approve a controversial mining project and save 150 jobs. September 19, 2019 Queensland miners “gutted” at being retrenched as approvals for a controversial coal project stalled are hoping the state government will intervene to save hundreds of jobs. After three weeks of staff negotiations, 150 […]

Queensland fatal shooting driver jailed

A man who drove a getaway car from shooting murder north of Brisbane has been jailed. September 19, 2019 A man who drove a getaway car from a Father’s Day murder north of Brisbane has been jailed. Christian James Sands, 26, admitted to accessory after the fact to a malicious act with intent after Clinton Pollock, […]

PM called on to stop Qld shark kill ban

Queensland’s tourism minister says the prime minister could have “blood on his hands” if he doesn’t act to allow shark culling on the Great Barrier Reef. September 18, 2019 Queensland’s tourism minister says Prime Minister Scott Morrison could have “blood on his hands” if he doesn’t intervene on a ban preventing shark culling on the […]

Qld govt appeal over shark kill ban fails

The Queensland government’s appeal over a ban on its controversial shark culling program has failed in the Federal Court. September 18, 2019 The Queensland government has lost its battle for the right to use nets and drum lines to catch and kill sharks in a bid to protect swimmers on the Great Barrier Reef. The […]

Ex-Brisbane Roar player jailed for weapons

A former professional soccer player whose life fell apart after he was dumped by the Brisbane Roar has been jailed in Queensland for drug and weapons dealing. September 18, 2019 A former Brisbane soccer player’s fall from grace is complete after being handed a five-year prison sentence for drug and weapons dealing. Ex-Brisbane Roar player […]

Brisbane’s serial masturbator avoids jail

A serial public masturbator who terrorised Brisbane women for four years has been handed a six-month suspended prison sentence. September 17, 2019 A thrill-seeking security guard terrorised Brisbane women for four years by masturbating naked or semi-naked in front of them on footpaths, at bus stops and in bushes. Now he has been handed a […]

Ex-staffers charged with Qld college fraud

Four former senior staffers from a private college south of Brisbane have been charged with a raft of serious fraud offences. September 17, 2019 A former principal and his family siphoned $4.6 million from a private school south of Brisbane so they could buy expensive artwork and fund luxury trips to Europe and Asia, a […]

Brisbane street masturbator to learn fate

A serial public masturbator who terrorised women in Brisbane for four years is expected to be sentenced. September 17, 2019 A man terrorised Brisbane women by masturbating naked or semi-naked in front of them on footpaths, at bus stops and in bushes because he craved the rush it gave him. Benjamin Frederick Moran, 43, is […]

New laws delay Qld cold case inquest

Changes to the Coroner’s Act have delayed an inquest into the suspected murder of a World War II veteran who disappeared from Townsville 26 years ago. September 16, 2019 The family of a World War II veteran who mysteriously disappeared from Townsville 26 years ago has been told an inquest exploring fresh evidence about his […]

Pisasale to stand trial for sexual assault

Former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale will stand trial on 16 charges including official corruption, perjury and sexual assault. September 16, 2019 Former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale has been committed to stand trial on a slew of charges related to his time in office, including sexual assault and dishonestly using a barbecue. The 68-year-old appeared in […]

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