Day: May 12, 2014

Politicians pay freeze on budget eve

On the eve of the Abbott Government’s first federal budget, salaries of politicians and senior public servants, have officially been frozen for a year. The government says they needed to “lead by example”. In the budget firing line assets, government

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Exploding TV evacuates unit block

An exploding television set forced the evacuation of a unit block in Melbourne early this morning. Fire authorities say it’s a timely warning for all householders to check their electrical appliances. Sushma Waller reports.

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Queensland nurses under stress

Today is International Nurses’ Day and to celebrate a state-wide campaign was launched in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall. It aims to highlight the stress Queensland midwives and nurses face in the workplace and at home. Rachel Riga reports.

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Volunteers wanted to help homeless

It’s National Volunteers Week and Housing Minister Tim Mander is calling on Queenslanders to move from a “me” to “we” mentality. St Vincent De Paul urgently needs more volunteers and the Minister says we should help. Whitney Angell reports.

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Birds feared poisoned

The RSPCA is appealing for information after the discovery of about 30 dead Corellas in a park at Thornside in Brisbane’s east. It’s believed they may have been poisoned. Ana Garcia reports.

Nerves run high on NAPLAN eve

Questions are being raised about the effectiveness of NAPLAN, on the eve of the annual test. It’s an anxious time as pressure mounts for parents and students alike. Cobey Bartels reports.

Pearce’s Origin hopes in doubt

Blues origin star Mitchell Pearce’s playing future is under a cloud. He was arrested following an altercation over the weekend. Mitchell Van Homrigh reports.

NAPLAN tutors in high demand

By Cameron Kirby A recent poll by The Daily Telegraph says parents are spending up to $800 a month on tutors to help their children receive top scores on NAPLAN tests.

Young people urged to sign up for National Volunteers Week

By Joshua Bristow National Volunteers Week has begun and not-for-profit organisations are asking for more young people to donate their time to help the homeless. Housing and Public Works Minister Tim Mander visited the St Vincent de Paul Support Centre

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Leaked refugee photos spark humanitarian outrage

Story by Joseph Cooney. Edited for online by Cameron Kirby. New leaked photos from Manus Island Detention Centre have renewed calls for the centre to be closed. Human rights groups are outraged by the plight of detainees.