Monthly Archives: August 2013

RIP Cobber: Australia loses journalist Bill Peach to cancer Australian television journalist Bill Peach has died of cancer. Peach was presenter of renowned current affairs program This Day Tonight when it launched in 1967. He worked on the program alongside journalists such as George Negus, Richard Carleton and Mike Willesee. On Tuesday morning, he died in Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital after battling with cancer. […]

Did Hird depart as a winner?

By Terry Mallinder  The Sunshine Coast Daily It was as if the writing was on the wall behind them that their coach was about to be taking an enforced break from the game. Gathering together in a circle for the traditional singing of the club song, Essendon players weren’t about to launch into “See the […]

Election 2013: Bundaberg farmers call for slashing electricity tariffs

Sunshine Coast Daily Bundaberg:  Local Farmers are calling for federal candidates to make electricity costs a key focus of their campaign, fearing rising power bills will force growers off the land as the industry becomes unviable. Bundaberg Regional Irrigators Group (BRIG) manager Dale Holliss said one of the biggest issues facing Bundaberg’s farmers this election […]

Queensland’s drunk drivers caught cheating on alcohol ignition interlocks

Courier Mail More than 150 of Queensland’s worst drink drivers have been caught cheating while on the alcohol ignition interlock program, which requires them to drive with zero alcohol. Drivers who have been convicted of driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 or more, or for repeat drink driving within five years, must use the […]

Election2013: Affordable housing policy missing from election manifestoes, experts

By Mehroz Siraj Housing industry experts across Australia have sharply criticised the country’s two main political parties for failing to bring in a viable housing policy into their election manifestoes. New research has shown that rentals across Australia have increased by over 20 per cent since the time of the last elections, whereas mortgage payments […]

Pauline Hanson’s Ipswich fish and chips shop now being run by Vietnamese immigrants It was once the most famous fish and chip shop in Queensland. Behind the counter was one of Australia’s most divisive political figures – a woman regularly accused of racism and xenophobia. Today, it is a migrant success story, run by a Vietnamese couple who came to this country 20 years ago. Pauline Hanson […]

Voters rank economy biggest issue in new ANU poll

The Canberra Times Less than a month before the federal election, the economy and job security have been revealed as the leading public concern among voters. Of respondents in the latest ANUpoll, to be released on Tuesday, 30.3 per cent nominated concern about the economy as the most important problem facing Australia. The result has […]

Election2013: Tourism an important issue for Ballarat economy

The Ballarat Courier Boosting tourism and ensuring major events remain in Ballarat are vital to the city’s hospitality industry, according to Seymours Hotel licensee Chris Sargent. Sargent said that  large events in Ballarat had economic flow-on effects which benefited the entire community. “Tourism is a huge benefit for motels and pubs,” he said. “When they […]

Drinking hot chocolate could keep brain healthier, study reveals Want to ward off dementia later in life? Chocolate may be the answer. Consuming just two cups of hot chocolate a day may help elderly adults who are experiencing impaired blood flow to have healthier brains and improved thinking skills, new research claims. The research, published by the American Academy of Neurology, looked […]

Further actions on ICAC reports to take time, says O’ Farrell.

By Mehroz Siraj NSW Premier Barry O’ Farrell has said that developing a future course of legal action in accordance with the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s (ICAC) reports on the state’s mining industry corruption investigation will require time and additional resources. While addressing the NSW  parliament on August 1, the premier announced that the state […]