Day: May 12, 2011

Qld Parliament rejects Nuttall’s plea

State Parliament has rejected a passionate plea from Gordon Nuttall, fining him a total of $82,000. Leader of the House, Judy Spence said the $2,000 fine for each of 41 instances of contempt of Parliament, related to corrupt payments Mr

Police Minister proposes changes to Qld weapon laws

By Jin Kok Queensland Police Minister Neil Roberts has announced changes to the state’s weapons laws that will see tighter controls and stricter penalties for weapons-related offenses. Under the Bill introduced into Parliament today, penalties for behavourial offenses such as

Nurses celebration soured by pay issue

They deliver new life, care for the sick and injured, and are there at the very end. Today marks International Nurses Day, a day to recognise these unsung heroes. Sarah McVeigh has the story.

Tourism officials hope for winter boom

Holiday makers will be the real winners this winter as Queensland tourism operators work to get back on their feet. Tourism officials are hoping huge savings will bring people back to the sunshine state. Benjamin Leming has the story.

Qld parliament hands down guilty verdict for Nuttall

By Amy Kelly Former Labor Minister Gordon Nuttall has been found guilty of contempt and fined $82,000 by the Queensland Government after he appeared in Parliament today to defend the charges. Dressed in a somber navy suit, Mr Nuttall addressed

Cheaper electricity for Queensland households

The Queensland Government has proposed a string of changes to electricity pricing, which it says will benefit up to three quarters of households. The move follows repeated criticism by the LNP of the Government’s lack of action on the rising

Experts welcome mental health boost

Health experts have welcomed the $1.5 billion boost to mental health in this week’s Federal Budget. But there are concerns the funds may take too long to reach those in need in Queensland. Sophie Barrington reports.

Abbott ready for budget reply

Tony Abbott is set to take on the Government tonight in a contest over economic regulation. The opposition leader will use his budget reply to try and best the Prime Minister in a race to get the books back into

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

Rare planets light up night sky

The sky is offering all sorts of treats this week. A rare line-up of planets is offering astrologists an exciting view, while early season snow continues to fall in the New South Wales Alps. Ella Feinberg Large reports.