Explainer: Domestic Violence in Queensland

Monique Mita Queensland’s next Premier is all but guaranteed to be a woman, but where do the major parties stand on an issue that disproportionately affects women? The brutal murder of Hannah Clarke and her three children in the Brisbane … [Read more...]

Explainer: Private vs public prisons

Jasmine Camp In July 2020, the Queensland Government completed the transition of the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre from private to public control. The State’s last privatised prison, the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre, is scheduled for … [Read more...]

Woongoolba pool closure saddens locals

Woongoolba Aquatic Centre

ALEX WELLS The permanent closure of the City of Gold Coast’s Woongoolba Aquatic Centre has left locals feeling disappointed and potentially facing a long, hot summer.   The Woongoolba pool, which opened 50 years ago in 1970, has been a … [Read more...]

Parliament to debate Job-ready Graduates Package

Graduates Photo Courtesy Brett Jordan/Unsplash

ELIZABETH FOSTER, JADE MACBETH AND STAFF WRITERS It’s been a tough few months for the university sector and some experts argue the situation may be about to get worse with the controversial Job-ready Graduates Package scheduled for debate in … [Read more...]

Debate continues over Gold Coast shark nets

Great White Shark Gerald Schombs/Unsplash

CRYSTAL FOX AND ROSE MANSON The use of controversial shark nets to reduce the chances of shark attacks on Gold Coast beaches continues to cause debate, with many believing the nets are too much of a danger to other marine animals.   The … [Read more...]

Week puts focus on Queensland’s mental health

Queensland Mental Health Week

JADE MACBETH There’s no arguing that 2020 has been a stressful and unsettling year, which is why Queensland Mental Health Week couldn’t come at a better time.   The state-wide event runs from October 10 to 18 and is a joint initiative … [Read more...]

Exhibition to capture emotion of KP120 protests

Portraits of Protest project

HARLLY A LEWIS Two Brisbane-based journalists are working on plans for an immersive photographic exhibition about the Kangaroo Point protests, and the detained refugees known as the KP120.   The project, dubbed “Portraits of Protest”, … [Read more...]

Locals fight to make Kirra a formal suburb

Currumbin MP Laura Gerber and Kirra local Piers Booth

COURTNEY THOMAS Kirra locals are petitioning for the iconic surfing hotspot to become an official suburb in its own right rather than just a part of Coolangatta.   Kirra has not been legally gazetted under the Place Names Act 1994 as a … [Read more...]

Kangaroo Point protests inspire local spirit

Kangaroo Point protests

HARLLY LEWIS Members of the local community have been protesting since April after finding out about the ongoing detention of 120 refugees, known as the KP120, in a repurposed apartment block in the Brisbane suburb of Kangaroo … [Read more...]

Businesses struggle over border closures

Tweed Harbour Motor Inn

ROSE MANSON COVID-related border closures are making life increasingly difficult for small business owners in the Tweed Shire, especially those in the tourism and retail sectors.   The latest Queensland-New South Wales border closure … [Read more...]