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Why small business dislikes the Queensland government above all ... - Brisbane Times

If the Queensland government entered a popularity contest, it would win the wooden spoon.

That is according to the latest Sensis Business Index, which shows the Queensland government is the least popular state or territory government in the nation among small and medium businesses.

A Sensis Business Index survey released today shows the Queensland government has the worst approval rating of any state ... A Sensis Business Index survey released today shows the Queensland government has the worst approval rating of any state or territory government in the nation, according to small business owners surveyed. Photo: James Brickwood

The Queensland government's approval rating fell four points to -22, according to the index, due to be released on Friday.

Sensis chief executive officer John Allan said businesses were worried the Queensland government took too much notice of unions and did not understand the needs of small business.

The results could be worrying news for Annastacia Palaszczuk's government - which is facing an election in the next 12 ... The results could be worrying news for Annastacia Palaszczuk's government -...

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Opera Queensland scores new artistic director - Courier Mail

OPERA Queensland has scored an award-winning director of opera, theatre, and large-scale outdoor events as its new artistic director.

Patrick Nolan, the former artistic director of Sydney’s internationally acclaimed Legs on The Wall contemporary dance and theatre company, will officially take the helm of Opera Queensland from November 1.

Once upon a time relocating to Brisbane was considered tantamount to convict transportation in the arts world, but Nolan, 51, says those days are long gone.

Speaking to The Courier-Mail exclusively on Thursday, Nolan, said scoring the gig was “bloody fantastic”.

“I’m excited, really excited,” he said.

“This is a great city with exciting things going on culturally. I think Brisbane is where it’s at. “There’s a willingness to embrace the arts here and a generosity about the local audiences. Now I need to come and immerse myself.”

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'It's a cover-up, pure and simple' - Courier Mail

A CULTURE of cover-up is permeating the Queensland Government, with the review of youth detention the latest in a string of reports to be kept secret.

The State Opposition last night accused Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk of stunning hypocrisy after she stood for election on a platform of honesty and transparency.

Ms Palaszczuk backed Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath’s decision to release a $500,000 report in which one-third of the pages were redacted.

That release came the same day Health Minister Cameron Dick quietly announced he would not disclose a promised mental health review into the man charged over the fiery death of bus driver Manmeet Alisher at Moorooka last October, again citing legal constraints.

And it was just two weeks after the Government again blamed the Director of Public Prosecutions for preventing the release of three reports into bungling surrounding the...


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Found: Four-Year-Old Boy Safe After Being Taken From Hospital - Huffington Post Australia

A four-year-old boy has been found safe and well with his father after he was taken from Lady Cilento Children's hospital in Logan, south of Brisbane, on Thursday afternoon.

Queensland Police issued an amber alert on Friday for the then-missing boy, who suffers from a serious medical condition and needs ongoing medical attention.

The boy will be taken to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, authorities confirmed on Friday evening.

Police have not disclosed the name of the boy, who was seen being taken by his mother and father, despite being in need of medical assistance. Queensland Police confirmed later on Friday that the boy's mother was found in NSW, before the boy and his father were located.

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Start-ups paid to relocate to Queensland - Technology Decisions

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Start-up businesses are being encouraged to move to Queensland under the government’s Advance Queensland Hot DesQ initiative.

The program offers visiting start-ups a maximum of $100,000 in funding to help them relocate from interstate or overseas.

“Hot DesQ is an Australian-first program attracting international and interstate start-ups to Queensland — creating new jobs, mentoring local entrepreneurs and connecting with regional businesses,” said Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch.

“It’s luring successful international and interstate start-ups to Queensland and is helping to strengthen our start-up ecosystem while leveraging our state’s unique industry strengths.”

There are start-up hubs based all around Queensland aligned with industry strengths including tourism, agribusiness, mining, energy and health.

“Hot DesQ offers everyone from early-stage and established start-ups to...


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More firms to splash out on equipment - Courier Mail

QUEENSLAND businesses are becoming more optimistic about acquiring equipment and other assets as commodity prices rebound.

The quarterly Equipment Demand Index produced by finance company Alleasing shows there has been a rebound in sentiment, sparking a significant increase in the asset acquisition intentions of businesses in Western Australia and Queensland.

Alleasing chief executive Daniel Blizzard said the number of Queensland businesses that planned to acquire new assets had almost doubled to 31.4 per cent in the March quarter.

Nationally, the index revealed nearly one third of businesses planned to increase their asset base during the June quarter.

“The resurgence in commodity prices in the second half of last year is now starting to impact sentiment and this in turn is flowing through plans to acquire assets,” Mr Blizzard said. “We are clearly seeing businesses in the mining...


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Why I love playing for Queensland - Courier Mail

IT took four long years for me to taste what it felt like to beat NSW and shape the most important elements to battles like we face tonight as Queensland.

The clash itself means a lot and we have also spoken this week of what unites us when a third of the team wasn’t born or raised in the culture of Queensland v NSW.

That’s me included having been born in New Zealand.

The power to me is in the mateship of going into battle with your Reds mates when you know what this game represents for Queenslanders.

Cooper with Reds legends Tim Horan and Stan Pilecki. Picture: Mark Calleja

Even from NZ as a kid watching State of Origin rugby league, I could pick up the vibe of the tight band from Queensland and I was drawn to the jersey.

My mum worked two or three jobs. Nothing was handed to us and I picked that up in how Queensland’s sporting culture was displayed.

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People who lost value on land are entitled to Queensland flood compensation: 2011 campaigner - Brisbane Times

Lawyers behind a second class action seeking damages for victims of the 2011 Queensland floods say there has been an influx of new clients.

Lawyer Michael Gillis, the principal of Gillis Delaney Lawyers, which is leading the second class action, told Fairfax Media on Friday about 60 people, "or about six per day" had contacted the firm to discuss joining the class action in the past week.

In January 2011, West End business owner Ross Clayton wades through knee-high water on Montague Road. A second class ... In January 2011, West End business owner Ross Clayton wades through knee-high water on Montague Road. A second class action for the flood event is under way. Photo: Andy Zakeli

Many say their homes are still worth $100,000 less than they were in December 2010 before the January 2011 floods.

This second class action is for people whose land or house values reduced as a result of the flood but did not receive any physical damage to the land or home.

The new 2011 floods class action now allows claims for 'pure economic loss'. The new 2011 floods class action now allows claims...

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String of deaths after scheme axed - Courier Mail

A $2 MILLION scheme to tackle Queensland’s deadly domestic violence scourge was shelved by the State Government only for more women to die at the hands of their violent partners.

A scathing new report released this week by the Queensland Audit Office reveals the scheme to streamline domestic violence orders was part of a $67 million program meant to integrate Queensland’s criminal justice system and keep better track of offenders.

But the DV scheme was one of 10 out of 16 projects that were either scrapped or only partially delivered because of mismanagement and government department infighting. Since the scheme’s demise, a string of Queensland women including Tara Brown, Karina Lock and Teresa Bradford have been violently murdered by their ex-partners.

The audit report found that a raft of projects under the Integrated Justice Information Strategy stretching back to 2002 were...


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Parramatta Eels outclass North Queensland Cowboys to surge to third straight win - The Sydney Morning Herald

North Queensland 6, Parramatta 26

The late scratching of star halfback Johnathan Thurston was a blow the North Queensland Cowboys couldn't recover from as they slumped to a 20-point loss at 1300Smiles Stadium on Friday night.

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Schools closed, evacuations ordered as 'nightmare' Debbie stalks south - NEWS.com.au

Queensland will be drenched today. Picture: BOM

CYCLONE Debbie may now officially be ex-cyclone Debbie but it doesn’t mean she’s done.

The “eye” of the former cyclone is passing over Brisbane, causing destructive wind gusts.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned winds stronger than 100km an hour could plague residents in southeast Queensland.

BOM recorded 115km an hour winds at Redcliffe.

Earlier, 40,000 residents in northern NSW had been ordered to evacuate ahead of major flooding as southeast Queensland and northern NSW are lashed by the leftovers of Debbie.

NSW SES acting deputy commissioner Mark Morrow said on Channel 10: “About 40,000 people are subject to evacuation orders, both on the upper and lower Tweed River but also on the Wilson’s River particularly in Lismore where there is about 6,500 subject to an evacuation order there. That is a area we are looking at tonight, we are...


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Multiple burglaries, Brisbane region - myPolice (press release) (blog)

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Detectives investigating a series of burglaries at homes and businesses across Brisbane over the past month are appealing for public assistance with the matter.

Police believe a 26-year-old and 29-year-old may be able to assist with inquiries relating to a significant number of property offences across Brisbane between March 9 and April 18.

Residences and businesses were targeted in Wakerley, Carina, Coorparoo, Virginia, Tingalpa, Wilston, Windsor, Alexandra Hills, Lawnton, Mango Hill, Nudgee, McDowell, Nundah, Everton Hills, Albany Creek, Toowong and Capalaba.

It is also believed several vehicles stolen during the burglaries have then been involved in numerous fuel drive-off offences.

The men may currently be travelling in a stolen 2013 silver Ford Falcon with QLD registration 722MCX, a grey 2013 Volkswagon Amarok...


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Anzac Day Day 2017: Queensland remembers - Courier Mail

WITHIN a trench message runner’s distance of Gallipoli Barracks on Brisbane’s northside and about an hour before dawn on Anzac Day, veterans will begin their tradition of sipping rum and milk.

It’s the start of a long and emotional day for several hundreds of women and men who will gather before first light at Gaythorne’s RSL for the yearly ritual – one of dozens across the state to remember those who have fallen and served in honour of Australia.

“When they were going ashore at Gallipoli, rum was the last thing the soldiers had,” said Gaythorne RSL president Merv Brown.

“It’s like two-up, drinking rum and milk at dawn is one of those traditions that has grown legs ever since.”

At sunrise, about 6.10am, Gaythorne RSL will conduct its own dawn service and march, before serving breakfast and whisking the veterans, proudly wearing shiny medals, into Brisbane’s CBD for the main...


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Anzac Day Qld 2017: Live coverage of services around greater Brisbane - Courier Mail

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Redcliffe's own wordsmith Rupert McCall recited his poem 'Ode to the Fallen 42' - a tribute to the Diggers who lost their lives in Afghanistan, at Redcliffe's dawn service.

FROM poetic tributes at dawn, to touching services and heartwarming sights of veterans marching. This is how southeast Queensland commemorated Anzac Day.

At one service this morning, poet Rupert McCall gave a touching tribute to a special 42.

The Brisbane poet recited ‘Ode to the Fallen 42’ — a tribute to the Diggers who lost their lives in Afghanistan at Redcliffe’s dawn service.

Crowd numbers were big at all services, and the attendance...


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Conservationists slam Qld shark cull program 'out of the '60s' - Brisbane Times

Conservationists have slammed a recent decision to approve shark culling on the Great Barrier Reef, saying the introduction of 173 new drumlines would threaten endangered species off the north Queensland coast.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority granted the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries approval to install the drumlines – baited shark hooks suspended from a plastic float – for the next 10 years.

Sharks are being targeted by baited lines along the Great Barrier Reef. Sharks are being targeted by baited lines along the Great Barrier Reef. Photo: Michael Jones

The program was in place in the Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Capricorn Coast and Gladstone areas.

GBRMPA director Kirsten Dobbs said the continuation of the $3 million-a-year shark control program was consistent with a 1997 Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Council decision to replace, where possible, all shark nets with drumlines "so long as bather safety is not likely to...


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'Lucky' no deaths after Qld boat capsizes - NEWS.com.au

Eleven people are lucky to be alive after a fishing charter boat capsized in shark infested waters off Brisbane.

Acting Inspector Steve Holland said the boat overturned in the South Passage Bar between North Stradbroke and Moreton islands around 6am on Wednesday morning with nine passengers and two crew on board.

The waters are shark infested and Act Insp Holland says the eleven people were unable to access their life jackets.

"It's very lucky we haven't had any fatalities," he told AAP.

Water police had to get into the waters to help with the rescue, he said.

Three people have been taken to hospital, with one man airlifted to Princess Alexandra Hospital with spinal injuries. He's in a stable condition.

One person is being treated after ingesting water, while another has a large cut to their head.

Act Insp Holland says investigators are trying to work out how the boat capsized.

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Cold fronts to bring, wind, rain to NSW and Qld, as snow falls in Victoria - NEWS.com.au

Melbourne workers make their way through the cold rain too their dry warm office buildings in the CBD. Picture: Nicole Garmston

SUMMER is all but a distant memory across most of southern Australia, with a cold snap bringing biting wind and rain and even snow in the Victorian alpine areas.

Steady snow fell at Mount Hotham and Falls Creek on Wednesday morning, blanketing the winter playgrounds in a thick cover of white.

The snow comes after parts of Victoria, including some areas of Melbourne, were flooded following drenching rains late on Monday.

The first bite of winter is well and truly being felt in the southern states, with minimum temperatures tipped to continue their plunge into single digits in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania over coming days.

Northern neighbours will not escape the wintry blast either.

Snow at Mount Hotham on the morning of April 26. Picture: Hotham Alpine Resort

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Business confidence high in regional Qld, lower in Brisbane - myGC.com.au

Confidence among small and medium businesses in Queensland has risen to its highest level in seven years, and experts say the Gold Coast is driving a lot of that confidence.

The latest Sensis Business Index survey shows the net balance went up in the Sunshine State for the fourth quarter in a row.

The net balance is calculated by comparing the number of businesses who are feeling confident (59%) to the number who are feeling negative (15%). The score of +44 was up one point this quarter and has risen 14 points over the past year.


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In some not so good news, confidence in Brisbane fell 11 points to +43.

On a positive, there has been an eight point rise to +44 in regional Queensland, putting them ahead by one point.

Sensis Chief Executive Officer, John Allan said: “Queensland businesses are now the fourth most confident in the...


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Queensland police aren't fudging stats: Ian Stewart - Brisbane Times

Queensland's police commissioner has defended his organisation from a scathing report into crime statistics, saying the mistakes did not constitute corruption.

The Queensland Audit Office blasted crime data collection across the state, highlighting an unacceptable level of  "incomplete, inaccurate, and wrongly classified" data.

Government 'engages in cover-ups'

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Hog-ties, use of dogs for discipline to be banned in Queensland youth detention changes - Brisbane Times

Almost two decades after an investigation revealed failures in Queensland's youth detention system, several of those issues still remain, a damning report has revealed.

The Independent Review of Youth Detention was ordered by Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath in August, a month after a royal commission was ordered in the Northern Territory following the airing of footage and allegations of mistreatment of children in youth detention.

CCTV images appear to show a teenager with ankle-cuffs being held down at the Townsville centre. CCTV images appear to show a teenager with ankle-cuffs being held down at the Townsville centre. Photo: Supplied

It is one of three reports released by the Palaszczuk government on Wednesday, the others being the government's response to the independent review, and the Office of the Chief Inspector's report into the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre riot in November.

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