Australia’s Wealth Gap

Over the past few years, an inequality in wealth distribution has snuck its way into the Australian economy. This growing crevasse in the spread of wealth has hit a critical point, becoming what has now been dubbed the Australian Wealth gap, that … [Read more...]

Supportive housing aids city’s vulnerable

Common Ground Queensland’s apartments

JASON NYKIEL In Brisbane’s West End is an apartment complex with a difference. Unlike the multitude of other new housing developments that seem to be filling the suburb’s streets, this complex has a special mission: To provide safe and affordable … [Read more...]

Australia Day debate ‘needs to change’

JAKE GALLAGHER Byron Shire Council is the latest local government to have citizenship ceremonies stripped following controversy over Australia Day. The Federal Government removed Byron Shire's role in conducting ceremonies in response to the … [Read more...]

Feeding birds does more harm than good

LUCY REES Feeding the birds is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon, but can be detrimental to the health of ducks, swans and other aquatic animals. Lucy Rees talks to a local wildlife rescuer to learn more about the harmful effect bread has on the … [Read more...]

Activists rally to support abortion Bill

Abortion rights campaigner

LUKE ANSCOMBE Pro-choice activists marched from Brisbane’s city hall to the state parliament building this week in support of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018, which would decriminalise abortion in Queensland. The Bill, which is based on a … [Read more...]

Universities back sustainability movement

Waste facilities at the University of the Sunshine Coast

JESSICA MCLAUGHLIN Universities around Queensland are moving towards a more sustainable future, as the younger section of the population increases the pressure to go green. While it has become commonplace to see the state’s universities … [Read more...]

Youth find hope, purpose in protest

ERIN SEMMLER Nineteen-year-old student Jordan Rowand said climate change makes her feel helpless, which begins to explain why she's standing outside a politician's office, holding a protest flag.   “Climate change is a pretty depressing topic … [Read more...]

Mental health sector struggles under NDIS

NDIS request form

REBEKAH ROENNFELDT Brisbane mental health service providers are concerned the transition to the disability-focused National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) may leave some mental health workers and their clients feeling insufficiently … [Read more...]

NSW surf towns say ‘no’ to shark nets

Grey Nurse shark caught in net

TOM ROBERTS Following a drop in community support for shark nets on the NSW North Coast and the state government’s decision last month not to carry out a third shark net trial, experts and residents are looking to alternative technologies to keep … [Read more...]

‘It’s me or jail’: foster care crisis warning

BRIANNA MORRIS-GRANT Grame Hopf has seen almost everything in 48 years of foster caring. He takes on the most extreme cases, and his home is littered with the proof of it – holes punched in the walls and doors, the windows replaced 10 times over. … [Read more...]