Month: May 2012

Opah! Brisbane Paniyiri festival officially open

Australia’s longest running Greek festival, Paniyiri, had a smashing start at South Brisbane’s Musgrave Park yesterday with the controversy and protests surrounding the eviction of the tent embassy earlier in the week long forgotten. This morning Aboriginal elders and representatives

Qld told to get on board with NDIS

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan and Disability Reform Minister Jenny Macklin were in Brisbane today, selling the Government’s new National Disability Insurance Scheme. They’re trying to get Queensland and the other states on board, to fund the extra $288 million needed

Qld’s bravest honoured

A group of Queenslanders was honoured for acts of bravery today at Government House. Among them, the six naval personnel involved in a fiery rescue from an asylum seeker boat off Ashmore Island in 2009. Isobel Roe reports.

It’s all Greek to go

The annual Paniyiri Greek Festival swings into action at Musgrave Park tomorrow. And organisers say the controversy surrounding the shut down of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy earlier this week, won’t deter expected record crowds. Cameron Robinson reports.

New charges laid in Slipper case

The sexual harassment lawsuit bringing former Speaker Peter Slipper to his knees headed to federal court today containing fresh charges against the Commonwealth Government. The plaintiff said the case should be tried by a jury as a matter of urgency

More winter fire warnings

A unit complex in Red Hill caught fire last night, after the chimney of an open fireplace ignited. The blaze has sparked warnings from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service urging people to take care as winter approaches. Amity Neumann

Largest woodworking expo opens in Brisbane

Calling all wood and timber enthusiasts. The Brisbane Timber and Working With Wood expo at the RNA showgrounds kicked off today and will continue all weekend. Suraya Daly reports.

All eyes on Origin

A big weekend ahead for AFL with the grand final rematch between Geelong and Collingwood on tonight and Dreamtime at the G tomorrow night. And in league, it’s just five sleeps until Origin One with both teams training in Melbourne

Navy personnel honoured with bravery awards

By Nicholas Chin. Six men from the Australian Navy have been recognised for their brave efforts when they saved asylum-seekers from a boat explosion off Australia’s north-west coast in 2009. Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley 17 medals at Government House to

Tent embassy relocates… 200m away

Aboriginal activists in Brisbane’s Musgrave Park are tonight digging in, maintaining their tent embassy. After being evicted from the original site to make way for this weekend’s Paniyiri Festival, they’ve now relocated just 200 metres away. Jane Buckle reports.