Day: May 17, 2011

A new make-up for Maroons

They may have the wins on the board but Queensland’s depth will be tested when the Maroons take on New South Wales in the opening State of Origin game next week. Today selectors named a familiar side. Only a few

A new home for the Gold Coast Suns

Queensland’s latest state of the art sporting venue opened its doors to the media today ahead of an official launch this weekend. Premier Anna Bligh will formally open the state’s newest stadium on Sunday at a family day hosted by

National budget burden

Queensland has a 10 speed economy, says State Treasurer Andrew Fraser. Speaking at an economic development forum, Mr Fraser says the state has suffered through the GFC and recent natural disasters, and is heading into a golden era. Ellen-Maree Elliot

Cigarette plain packaging war

Big tobacco companies say they’ll hit back at the Federal Government’s plan to introduce plain packaging. They say the government’s turning a blind eye to the real problem, illegal tobacco. Andrew Cook reports.

Campbell ahead in popularity polls

No election has been called but indications are Premier Anna Bligh would be out of a job if Queenslanders went to the polls. A summer of popularity experienced by the Premier has gone cold. A news poll out today has

Improved flood maps for Brisbane residents

The Brisbane City Council has released new flood maps which show just where the water reached during January’s disaster. As part of a Flood Wise Property Report, around 60,000 residents will be able to use the information to better protect

Five-cent coin’s future in doubt

By Stephanie Scott, Phoebe Baker With inflation slashing coin value and metal prices rising, the future of the five-cent piece in Australia looks bleak. Executive director of the National Retail Association Gary Black said there is no doubt the coins

Plain packaging may fuel illegal tobacco trade

By Alicia Bolton The Government’s decision to enforce plain cigarette packaging may fuel the underground market in illegal tobacco trade and products, the industry has warned. Cheap contraband products known as ‘chop chop’ come from China, Indonesia, the Middle East

Government ignorning dementia: Ita Buttrose

By Madolline Gourley Alzheimer’s Australia president Ita Buttrose believes the Federal Government is lagging behind in its mental health reform, with dementia-related issues often overlooked. Ms Buttrose told the 14th Alzheimer’s Australia national conference, held in Brisbane on Tuesday, more assistance

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Video game to offer same-sex relationships

By Ella Feinberg Large, Alicia Bolton Producers of popular sci-fi computer game Mass Effect have announced same-sex relationships will be introduced in its upcoming release. Mass Effect’s executive producer, Casey Hudson, is proud of the company’s decision to include homosexual

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