Day: October 17, 2013

Wild fires ravage NSW

Homes have been lost and evacuations begun as wildfires rage west of Sydney. The situation worsened this afternoon. At one stage, more than 250 firefighters were battling one of the worst outbreaks in the Blue Mountains. Seventy Eight fires continue

Unions vent anger as Workcover changes are approved

Changes to Queensland’s WorkCover scheme have been passed in parliament today as thousands of protestors gathered outside. But Campbell Newman’s decision to push ahead could be costly with recent polls indicating his seat of Ashgrove is in danger. Nicholas Chin

Energy industry in spotlight

The future of the energy industry is under the spotlight, at a two day conference in Brisbane. At the heart of the discussions coal seam gas, the carbon tax and energy affordability. Mike Burgess reports.

Roxon lashes out at Rudd

Public disunity continues to trouble the Labor Party. At a lecture in Melbourne, Senior Labor MP Nicola Roxon lashed out at two time Prime Minister Kevin Rudd calling him a bastard. Bernie Thompson reports.

Poverty provides food for thought

Anti-poverty week is providing ‘food’ for thought for those less fortunate. A market event at QUT today, coincided with a report from the Queensland Council of Social Services calling for urgent help for society’s poor. Joseph Cooney reports.

Fast movers for the future

More than 100 school students pitted their engineering skills against each other with their own versions of Formula One cars. They may be small, but these cars accelerate faster than the ‘real deal’. Mackenzie Lyon reports.

Aussies lose ‘unloseable’ game

India has produced one of the greatest run chases, in the second one-day match against Australia. They won by nine wickets, making their target with 39 balls to spare. Meng Zhang reports.

Oktoberfest for teens

About 2000 Brisbane schoolkids got a lively dose of Bavarian culture today. ‘Oktoberfest for Teens’ was packed with traditional music and dance and of course, yodellers. Zuzanna Kamusinski reports.