Day: May 10, 2011

Insurers not to blame for slow funding release, CEO says

By Amy Kelly Most of the insurance claims made by Queenslanders following the floods and Cyclone Yasi have now been processed, according to industry figures released today. Insurance Council of Australia chief executive Rob Whelan said more than 118,000 claims

Carbon tax missing from Federal Budget

The Federal Budget is about to be released, but the Opposition says it won’t be a real snapshot of what Australians can expect. They say the government has not included the carbon tax so the numbers will not add up.

Flood inquiry hears rescue workers “had no chance”

The Brisbane flood inquiry continued today as rescue workers gave reports on their efforts during the January disaster. Firefighters from Toowoomba told how limited resources stopped them providing proper help. Kieran Rooney reports.

Educators question NAPLAN test relevance

It was a testing time at school today for more than 230,000 Queensland students. While schools use the information gained to assist in setting curriculum agendas, educators say NAPLAN tests are only one part of assessing a student’s worth. Sophie

Feast of biblical proportions to aid male abuse victims

The business end of town headed out of their comfort zone today to raise money for male victims of sexual abuse. Up to 500 people packed out St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane for the annual Loaves and Fishes Lunch. Alex

Firebirds fly to grand final

The Queensland Firebirds have soared into the grand final of the Australian National Netball League after a history-making victory. The eleven-goal win over New Zealand’s Waikato Magic means the Firebirds will host the grand final in their first ever championship

Brisbane embraces Suitcase Rummage

By Michelle Thomas and Tom Kojrowicz Monthly Brisbane flea market Suitcase Rummage is taking budget-conscious communities by storm. Suitcase Rummage co-founder Daniele Constance says the rising costs of living are attracting more participants to each event.

Detained children face legal fight

By Elly Bradfield and Tom Kojrowicz The Federal Government is being called upon to release 13 Indonesian children who have been detained for 10 months in the Northern Territory. The children are currently detained under suspicion of being involved in people smuggling or

Students on a Vanuatu mission

A group of local high school students will travel to an impoverished school in Vanuatu next month, to provide hands-on help to the cyclone-affected community. A leading Vanuatuan missionary today praised the students’ initiative and gave them an insight into

Schoolboy attacked with stun gun

By Mitch Sabine A teenage boy has allegedly attacked a fellow student with a Taser gun at a Sydney high school. The weapon was found by staff at the Peakhurst High School last Friday.