Author: Sebastian Sinclair

Behind the scenes at Bliss n Eso

As jubilant fans waited patiently outside the locked gates of Brisbane’s Riverstage, preparations were under way for hip-hop sensation Bliss n Esso to perform live in front of a sellout crowd. Sounds of bustling roadies, stallholders and Riverstage crew could

English exam upsets Queensland taxi drivers

By Vivien von Drehnen and Sebastian Sinclair Australian-born taxi drivers are upset they have to pay $90 to sit an English exam. The online tests were introduced last year as part of reforms to the industry.

Planets align for centenary event

By Natalie Sprott and Sebastian Sinclair For the first and most likely only time in our lives Jupiter, Venus, Mercury and Mars will tomorrow morning all be in alignment to be viewed without a telescope. At 5am, for the first

Voting rights restored to prisoners

By Elly Bradfield and Sebastian Sinclair Prisoners serving sentences under three years have had the right to vote in elections restored. Federal Parliament has ratified a High Court decision to overturn the previous government’s ban prisoners voting rights.

Farmers refuse mining company access to land

By Sebastian Sinclair A group of 150 farmers this week met on Wednesday to discuss the implications of Queensland Bauxite’s proposal to mine their land. Following Wednesday’s meeting, farmers from the Kingaroy region in southeast Queensland confirmed they would join

Brisbane students to help Vanuatu school

By Sebastian Sinclair Students from Faith Lutheran College on Brisbane’s bayside are gearing up for a trip to Vanuatu in June to help set up two new classrooms. The project is part of an initiative to help impoverished children from

Defence spending slashed in hopes of creating more jobs

Defence spending has been slashed and there was no mention of the carbon tax but Treasurer Wayne Swan says his fourth Federal Budget will create a ‘bigger and better’ workforce. Mental health, training and workforce participation are amongst the big

Tough budget not delivering its promise

We were warned of a tough budget but some critics say it’s not tough enough. Conservationists say polluters are being subsidised while our climate is suffering. Sarah McVeigh reports

Rush off death row

Convicted drug smuggler Scott Rush has successfully appealed his death sentence in Indonesia but now faces life in prison. It’s a bittersweet victory and his family say they’ll continue to campaign for his freedom. Sophie Barrington reports

Queenslands farmers use social media to update public concern

By Natalie Sprott and Sebastian Sinclair Australia’s banana industry has begun using social media as a tool to inform the public on the importance and development of its crops. North Queensland Banana grower Steve Lizzio has been updating on YouTube