Author: Riana Horner

Coal dust killing the Great Barrier Reef

Written by Sam Mortimer, edited for online by Riana Horner New research has revealed the potential environmental impacts which shipping coal could have on the Great Barrier Reef’s ocean life.

Students strive to save new mothers

Written by Keira Wallace, edited for online by Riana Horner Townsville high school students are working to save expectant mothers in developing nations. Students from Saint Margaret Mary’s College have been constructing and distributing birthing kits in an effort to

Queensland prison staff strike

Written by Imogen Kars, edited for online by Riana Horner Staff at five Queensland prisons are walking off the job this week in effort to negotiate the overcrowded conditions they work in. The strikes, which came as a result of

Law council demand legal aid funding increase

Written by Imogen Kars, edited for online by Riana Horner The Law Council is calling for both sides of the government to commit to an extra 350 million dollars to fix the nation’s legal aid crisis.

Dementia funding boosted

Written by Keira Wallace, editied for online by Riana Horner The Queensland Government has announced a 20 million dollar boost in funding to provide respite care for both those suffering with dementia and their carers.

Labor pledges to reduce child drownings

Written by Isabella Pilbeam, edited for online by Riana Horner The Labor party has pledged 41 million dollars to go towards swim safety programs, in a bid to reduce the annual number of drownings in Australia. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten

Superannuation changes stir MPs anger

On day three of the federal election campaign it became clear the government’s changes to superannuation may come back to haunt it. Some backbenchers are said to be white hot with anger fearing they’ll lose votes and their concerns have

Labour hire companies under inquiry spotlight

Queensland unions are ramping up their campaign against what they claim are rogue labour hire companies and they are getting support from government with a parliamentary inquiry into the issue. Unions claim many employees are being shortchanged in wages and

$150 million support for Indigenous families

There are far more indigenous Queensland children needing state protection than any other group. So in a bid to close the gap, the state government is going to do more to keep Aboriginal and Islander families together. It believes it

Hospital services boosted to fight the flu

Queensland health officials warn we are facing one of the worst flu seasons ever and have boosted hospital services to cope. This year there are four different strains of influenza, so the government is increasing hospital services and nursing staff.