The happy camper state

TESS HAINING A series of regional workshops designed to improve Queensland’s camping and caravanning industry have been launched in Cairns this week. Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said the promotion of camping options was a key initiative during … [Read more...]

Stephen Conroy admits NBN over-ambitious

PHILLIP HARSANT Former Communications Minister Stephen Conroy used his first public speaking appearance on Friday, since stepping-down from the front-bench, to admit the National Broadband Network (NBN) construction targets were “overly … [Read more...]

The best volunteer job in Queensland

GABRIELLE SMITH Following the success of the Daintree National Park's campground host volunteer program, Queensland National Parks Minister Steve Dickson has decided to expand the initiative statewide. Mr Dickson said the Queensland government … [Read more...]

Abbott reimburses taxpayers for wedding expenses

GABRIELLE SMITH In a media conference held yesterday, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced he had used government entitlements to attend of two weddings in 2006. While reports have emerged that the PM had already repaid upwards of $1,000 … [Read more...]

Tony Abbott puts student amenities fee on the back burner

TAMARA SYDENHAM Prime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed today that LNP has no immediate plans to scrap compulsory university student services and amenities fee. The Gillard Government passed legislation in 2011 to allow universities and higher … [Read more...]

The man who would be king

LUCINDA KENT It is sweaty, dark and loud in a crowded upstairs room in Brisbane’s confusingly-titled Melbourne Hotel on an unseasonably warm September night.Lithe young things clutching their iPhones in one hand and their vodka, lime and sodas in the … [Read more...]

Keelty Review to see major changes to Queensland’s emergency services

PHILLIP HARSANT The “Red Room”, Queensland’s Legislative Council Chamber was the venue chosen for Premier Campbell Newman’s release of the state's review into emergency services completed by former Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty. Red … [Read more...]

Albo launches leadership bid in Brisbane

LUCINDA KENT Anthony Albanese’s campaign to become leader of the Labor party has officially launched in Brisbane. The Federal Member for Grayndler is running against Bill Shorten in the first Labor leadership contest to be voted on by every … [Read more...]

Anti-Abbott rally calls for marriage equality

JONATHON NOONE Hundreds of people marched on Brisbane's King George Square at ‘anti-Abbott’ rally to protest Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s election and his Government’s policies. Marriage equality was the key issue at the rally and there was … [Read more...]

Government extends education trial for Indigenous Australians

SARAH ROHWEDER The Queensland Government has granted a 12-month extension for the Cape York Australian Aboriginal Academy (CYAAA) education trial. Minister for Education John-Paul Langbroek announced the extension in State Parliament earlier … [Read more...]