Author: Madolline Gourley

Live music is heading online

By Madolline Gourley In 2007, Billboard magazine named Brisbane as one of the world’s top international music destinations. Billboard, a US magazine devoted to all things music-related, said the city’s successful acts, such as Powderfinger, The Veronicas and Pete Murray,

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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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Community and social services workers may get pay boost

By Grace Duckham , Madolline Gourley Fair Work Australia has found that thousands of social and community service workers have been grossly underpaid for years. In the landmark decision, Fair Work Australia said women working in the social services sector have been

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Tourism expert seeks reform of visa age requirements

By Frank Carmine, Madolline Gourley Members of the Australian Tourism Export Council have heard how making changes to working holiday visa requirements will make Australia a more attractive destination for visitors. The Backpacker and Youth Industry Conference has been held in Airlie

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Dam safety boss floats flood manual changes

By Madolline Gourley The man responsible for the safety of Wivenhoe Dam has argued for a new step to be added to the dam’s emergency flow chart, allowing for more time to release floodwaters. Dam safety regulator Peter Allen today

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Mental health money needed now, experts say

By Madolline Gourley The $2.2-billion allocation to mental health in this year’s budget needs to be made accessible immediately, according to Queensland health professionals. After a series of natural disasters in Queensland over the past summer, doctors and psychologists say

International road safety reform launched in Brisbane

Queensland is leading the way in an effort to stop road deaths. In a world first, more than 70 countries have banded together to fight for road safety reform, and today Brisbane launched the international Decade of Action for Road

Ipswich houses still uninhabitable after floods

Flood-affected Ipswich residents were today offered free personalised advice by financial ombudsmen to determine the next step in their fight against rejected insurance claims. Despite the assistance the devastated residents remain bewildered about their future. Briony Skinner reports.

Budget stirs mixed views from Brisbane residents

There were mixed reactions to the budget in Brisbane today. Individuals thought some of the funding went to the right areas in the wrong way. Kieran Rooney reports.

Vaccine gives hope for coeliac sufferers

By Andrew Cook and Madolline Gourley For sufferers of coeliac disease – a disease caused by an immune reaction to gluten protein – relief may soon come in the form of a vaccine Scientists at Melbourne’s Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical

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