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COVID restrictions extend to Gold Coast

Queensland coronavirus health restrictions limiting people gathering are set to be extended to the Gold Coast as Schoolies Week is cancelled. August 29, 2020 Queensland coronavirus health restrictions on the number of people who can gather are set to be extended to the Gold Coast. No more than 10 people can gather in Brisbane, Ipswich and […]

Qld man ‘swindled $1m of clients’ super’

A former Queensland financial adviser has faced court for allegedly swindling almost one million dollars of his clients’ superannuation funds. August 28, 2020 A former Queensland financial adviser accused of unlawfully accessing almost a million dollars of clients’ superannuation funds has faced court. Brett Andrew Gordon, 52, appeared on Friday in Maroochydore Magistrates Court charged […]

Algorithm detects tweets abusing women

A Queensland university has developed an algorithm to detect misogynistic social media posts, including threats of harm or sexual violence. August 28, 2020 A Queensland university has developed an algorithm to detect misogynistic Twitter posts containing words abusive to woman, such as whore, slut and rape. Queensland University of Technology’s sophisticated formula can analyse millions of tweets […]

Schoolies cancelled amid COVID-19 risk

Schoolies Week on the Gold Coast has been cancelled with students warned concerts and mass gatherings on beaches will be banned to stop coronavirus spreading. August 28, 2020 Schoolies Week has been cancelled with Year 12 students warned there will be no mass gatherings on the Gold Coast due to coronavirus. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk […]

Qld prisons to remain in COVID-19 lockdown

Central and southeast Queensland prisons will remain in COVID-19 lockdown until health officials are sure an infected staff member hasn’t spread the disease. August 28, 2020′ Thousands of Queensland prisoners potentially exposed to COVID-19 remain locked in their cells until health officials are sure the disease hasn’t spread. About 7000 inmates from the central coast […]

Older Qlders urged to trial COVID-19 jab

Queenslanders aged 56 and over are being called to volunteer for the next phase of human trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine. August 27, 2020 Volunteers aged 56 and over are being urged to help with the next phase of human trials for the University of Queensland’s COVID-19 vaccine. The tests will gauge if the vaccine […]

Queensland prisons in COVID-19 lockdown

Queensland prisons from the central coast to the state’s southeast are in lockdown after a corrective services training officer tested positive for coronavirus. August 27, 2020 Thousands of prisoners across Queensland have been locked in their cells after a corrective services staff trainer tested positive to coronavirus. The man, 60, didn’t work in a prison […]

Aged sector needs $621m to lift standards

A first of its kind study into the aged care sector has found $621 million will be needed annually to achieve a basic quality consistently in nursing homes. August 27, 2020 Australia’s aged care sector will need more than half a billion dollars annually just to achieve basic quality consistently in nursing homes, researchers say. […]

Virus probe into Gold Coast luxury yacht

The occupants of a luxury yacht which allegedly visited COVID-19 hotspots before arriving on the Gold Coast are under investigation, Queensland authorities say. August 27, 2020 A group who sailed from Victoria to Queensland aboard a luxury yacht under an exemption for repairs are being investigated. Seven people arrived on the Gold Coast aboard the Lady […]

Border ruling a defeat for knockers: Miles

A Federal Court ruling endorsing Western Australia’s hard border closure is a “defeat for our knockers” Queensland’s Health Minister Steven Miles says. August 26, 2020 Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says a Federal Court ruling endorsing Western Australia’s hard border closure vindicates Queensland’s decision to quarantine the state. Justice Darryl Rangiah on Tuesday found the hard borders […]

Qld construction union quits Labor’s left

A powerful construction union has quit Queensland Labor’s left faction saying it’s a “creche for party hacks” and out of touch with the working class. August 26, 2020 A powerful construction union has dumped the Queensland Labor party’s left faction two months out from the state election, labelling it a “protection racket for dud” politicians. […]

Qld investigates Vic luxury yacht arrival

Queensland police are investigating seven people who sailed to the Gold Coast from Victoria aboard a luxury superyacht under an exemption for repairs. August 26, 2020 A criminal investigation has been launched into a group of people who sailed a luxury yacht to Queensland under an exemption for repairs. The seven people arrived at the […]

Counting resumes in tight NT election race

Michael Gunner’s Labor team is expected to retain government in the Northern Territory, where vote counting is set to resume in the tight-run race. August 24, 2020 Vote counting is set to resume in the knife-edge Northern Territory election, with incumbent Labor edging closer to a majority. The three-way race, which includes the County Liberal Party […]

Labor eyes majority after NT election win

Michael Gunner’s Labor team is expected to retain government in the Northern Territory, where counting continues in a knife-edge election. August 23, 2020 The Northern Territory will have to wait at least another day to find out if incumbent Labor has polled enough votes to form a majority government. Vote counting resumed on Sunday morning […]

Labor wins NT poll as vote count continues

Michael Gunner’s Labor team is expected to retain government in the Northern Territory, where vote counting has resumed in the tight-run race. August 23, 2020 Labor is edging closer to a majority in the knife-edge Northern Territory election, which is the first major political test of the COVID-19 pandemic. Vote counting resumed at 10am on […]

NT Labor’s Gunner survives tough year

Northern Territory chief minister Michael Gunner’s tough 2020 has included a heart attack, managing COVID-19 and an election. August 23, 2020 It’s been a challenging year for the Northern Territory’s chief minister with a heart attack, the COVID-19 crisis, the birth of a son, and an election. And as Michael Gunner points out: it’s not […]

Triumph for NT chief minister after tragedy

The Northern Territory’s chief minister looks set to reclaim power after a tough year that has included a heart attack, the birth of his son and an election. August 22, 2020 It’s been a testing year for Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner – a heart attack, the birth of a son, the COVID-19 crisis and […]

Voting closes, count begins in NT election

The polls have closed in the Northern Territory election with Chief Minister Michael Gunner ruling out his Labor party forming a minority government. August 22, 2020 Top End voters are set to deliver the first test of an Australian political leader’s coronavirus management, with polls closing in the Northern Territory election. Chief Minister Michael Gunner […]

NT Labor ‘no deals’ promise on polling day

On election day, Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner has ruled out his Labor party forming a minority government. August 22, 2020 Incumbent chief minister Michael Gunner has ruled out Labor’s involvement in a minority government as the Northern Territory goes to the polls. His party is tipped to retain power at Saturday’s election but […]

Gunner won’t deal as NT goes to polls

On election day, Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner has ruled out his Labor party forming a minority government. August 22, 2020 Incumbent chief minister Michael Gunner has ruled out Labor’s involvement in a minority government as the Northern Territory goes to the polls. His party is tipped to retain power at Saturday’s election but […]

NT Labor say election majority or nothing

On election day, Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner has ruled out his Labor party forming a minority government. August 22, 2020 Incumbent chief minister Michael Gunner has ruled out Labor’s involvement in a minority government as the Northern Territory goes to the polls. His party is tipped to retain power at Saturday’s election but […]

NT voters in for late-night count: Gunner

Bookies are tipping Labor to win the Northern Territory election but Chief Minister Michael Gunner says he’s expecting a close contest and late night. August 22, 2020 Northern Territory voters are in for a late-night before they learn who will form the Top End’s next government, the Territory Labor leader says. The NT goes to […]

Bookies tip Labor victory in NT election

Bookies are tipping Labor to win the Northern Territory election after a campaign dominated by the COVID-19 crisis and the Top End’s ailing economy. August 22, 2020 The Northern Territory’s Gunner government looks set to retain office after an election campaign dominated by the COVID-19 crisis and the Top End’s cash-strapped economy. The NT goes […]

COVID-19, the economy dominate NT campaign

The Northern Territory’s two major parties have campaigned on COVID-19 and the state of the economy, while a Top End newcomer says voters want change. August 21, 2020 The Northern Territory election campaign has ended much as it began – with the two major parties trading barbs over COVID-19 and the state of the economy. […]

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