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How Queensland cities fared in nation's performance framework - The Sydney Morning Herald

Queensland cities are as diverse as their residents a national performance ranking has found, with parts of the state boasting affordable housing as other areas struggle with unemployment rates.

The federal government released its National Cities Performance Framework on Friday, which provided 46 indicators for the country’s 22 largest cities, including Brisbane, Gold Coast-Tweed Heads, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns.

Brisbane city was among the 21 largest cities included in the dashboard. Brisbane city was among the 21 largest cities included in the dashboard. Photo: redbrickstock.com / Alamy Stock Photo

The framework covered six policy priorities - jobs and skills, infrastructure and investment, liveability and sustainability, innovation and digital opportunities, housing and governance, planning and regulation - and incorporated a range of data including ABS and Corelogic.

Take a look at how Queensland fared below.

Jobs and...


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Read more: How Queensland cities fared in nation's performance framework - The Sydney Morning Herald

How Queensland cities fared in nation's performance framework - The Sydney Morning Herald

Queensland cities are as diverse as their residents a national performance ranking has found, with parts of the state boasting affordable housing as other areas struggle with unemployment rates.

The federal government released its National Cities Performance Framework on Friday, which provided 46 indicators for the country’s 22 largest cities, including Brisbane, Gold Coast-Tweed Heads, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns.

Brisbane city was among the 21 largest cities included in the dashboard. Brisbane city was among the 21 largest cities included in the dashboard. Photo: redbrickstock.com / Alamy Stock Photo

The framework covered six policy priorities - jobs and skills, infrastructure and investment, liveability and sustainability, innovation and digital opportunities, housing and governance, planning and regulation - and incorporated a range of data including ABS and Corelogic.

Take a look at how Queensland fared below.

Jobs and...


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Read more: How Queensland cities fared in nation's performance framework - The Sydney Morning Herald

Queensland Poll: The Winners and Losers - NEWS.com.au

Winners:

Annastacia Palaszczuk -- Becomes the first woman leader in Australia's political history to win a second term, gaining enough seats to form a majority government in Queensland's parliament.

Robbie Katter -- the state leader of Katter's Australian Party will return to parliament with up to two other members in his team, which will include fellow incumbent Shane Knuth, and a possible newcomer Nick Dametto once the seat of Hinchinbrook is decided.

The Greens -- The minority party caused a stir and won its first seat in parliament. Candidate Amy McMahon ran a close second to Deputy Premier Jackie Trad in South Brisbane, while Michael Berkman claimed the inner-Brisbane electorate of Maiwar.

Losers:

Tim Nicholls -- The Liberal National Party leader was unsuccessful in his bid to return the conservative party to power after a term in the political wilderness and oversaw the loss of...


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Read more: Queensland Poll: The Winners and Losers - NEWS.com.au

Queensland Poll: The Winners and Losers - NEWS.com.au

Winners:

Annastacia Palaszczuk -- Becomes the first woman leader in Australia's political history to win a second term, gaining enough seats to form a majority government in Queensland's parliament.

Robbie Katter -- the state leader of Katter's Australian Party will return to parliament with up to two other members in his team, which will include fellow incumbent Shane Knuth, and a possible newcomer Nick Dametto once the seat of Hinchinbrook is decided.

The Greens -- The minority party caused a stir and won its first seat in parliament. Candidate Amy McMahon ran a close second to Deputy Premier Jackie Trad in South Brisbane, while Michael Berkman claimed the inner-Brisbane electorate of Maiwar.

Losers:

Tim Nicholls -- The Liberal National Party leader was unsuccessful in his bid to return the conservative party to power after a term in the political wilderness and oversaw the loss of...


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Read more: Queensland Poll: The Winners and Losers - NEWS.com.au

Dam operators had responsibility to protect south-east Queensland: court - The Sydney Morning Herald

Dam operators had a responsibility to protect all of south-east Queensland from flooding, not just a select group of downstream properties, a class-action trial over the Queensland floods has been told.

The NSW Supreme Court is hearing a class action against Seqwater, Sunwater and the state of Queensland on behalf of about 6000 flood victims who claim Wivenhoe and other dams were operated negligently during 2011's epic rainfall event.

Seqwater's barrister Brian O'Donnell said Wivenhoe was operated in a way that mitigated the severity of the flood. Seqwater's barrister Brian O'Donnell said Wivenhoe was operated in a way that mitigated the severity of the flood. Photo: Dean Saffron

Seqwater's barrister Brian O'Donnell QC has told the court operators had an overriding responsibility to protect the entire south-east Queensland region, including the structural integrity of dams such as Wivenhoe.

Operators could not simply act in the interests of a discrete group of clients whose properties might go...


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Read more: Dam operators had responsibility to protect south-east Queensland: court - The Sydney Morning Herald

Dam operators had responsibility to protect south-east Queensland: court - The Sydney Morning Herald

Dam operators had a responsibility to protect all of south-east Queensland from flooding, not just a select group of downstream properties, a class-action trial over the Queensland floods has been told.

The NSW Supreme Court is hearing a class action against Seqwater, Sunwater and the state of Queensland on behalf of about 6000 flood victims who claim Wivenhoe and other dams were operated negligently during 2011's epic rainfall event.

Seqwater's barrister Brian O'Donnell said Wivenhoe was operated in a way that mitigated the severity of the flood. Seqwater's barrister Brian O'Donnell said Wivenhoe was operated in a way that mitigated the severity of the flood. Photo: Dean Saffron

Seqwater's barrister Brian O'Donnell QC has told the court operators had an overriding responsibility to protect the entire south-east Queensland region, including the structural integrity of dams such as Wivenhoe.

Operators could not simply act in the interests of a discrete group of clients whose properties might go...


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Read more: Dam operators had responsibility to protect south-east Queensland: court - The Sydney Morning Herald

Damaging winds, large hailstones forecast for parts of Queensland - ABC Online

Dark storm clouds approach the Sunshine Coast

The threat of severe thunderstorms over south-east Queensland has passed for now, however they could redeveloped later in the day, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says.

Earlier today a severe weather warning from the BOM said areas between the Sunshine Coast, north of Brisbane, and Coolangatta on the border, were at risk from damaging winds and large hailstones.

Dark clouds seen from Brisbane backyard

The warning has since been cancelled, however BOM says storms could redevelop later this afternoon, particularly inland.

Thunderstorms approaching Brisbane's Fortitude Valley

During the storm a wind gust of 81kph was recorded at Beaudesert.

A more general warning issued by BOM says thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and...


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Read more: Damaging winds, large hailstones forecast for parts of Queensland - ABC Online

Damaging winds, large hailstones forecast for parts of Queensland - ABC Online

Dark storm clouds approach the Sunshine Coast

The threat of severe thunderstorms over south-east Queensland has passed for now, however they could redeveloped later in the day, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says.

Earlier today a severe weather warning from the BOM said areas between the Sunshine Coast, north of Brisbane, and Coolangatta on the border, were at risk from damaging winds and large hailstones.

Dark clouds seen from Brisbane backyard

The warning has since been cancelled, however BOM says storms could redevelop later this afternoon, particularly inland.

Thunderstorms approaching Brisbane's Fortitude Valley

During the storm a wind gust of 81kph was recorded at Beaudesert.

A more general warning issued by BOM says thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and...


Read full article on News GN Queensland


Read more: Damaging winds, large hailstones forecast for parts of Queensland - ABC Online

Hundreds without power after damaging winds rip through south-east Queensland - The Sydney Morning Herald

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Hundreds of residents across Brisbane, Logan and the Lockyer Valley are without power after severe thunderstorms tracked across the south-east coast on Friday.

The bureau issued a warning at 11.14am for people in the Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Logan, Somerset, Southern Downs, Lockyer Valley, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay Council areas.

The storms had formed and single band and were tracking off the south-east coast. The storms had formed and single band and were tracking off the south-east coast. Photo: Bureau of Meteorology.

From 11am, 21,500 lightning strikes were recorded across the region, an Energex spokesman said.

About 18 overhead lines were damaged in wind gusts that reached 80 kilometres an hour, leaving more than 900 Logan residents without power.

It is understood once the storms head off the coast Energex crews will respond to the damaged powerlines.

The storms tracked across Brisbane, heading east, and were...


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Read more: Hundreds without power after damaging winds rip through south-east Queensland - The Sydney...

Hundreds without power after damaging winds rip through south-east Queensland - The Sydney Morning Herald

109 reading now

Hundreds of residents across Brisbane, Logan and the Lockyer Valley are without power after severe thunderstorms tracked across the south-east coast on Friday.

The bureau issued a warning at 11.14am for people in the Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Logan, Somerset, Southern Downs, Lockyer Valley, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay Council areas.

The storms had formed and single band and were tracking off the south-east coast. The storms had formed and single band and were tracking off the south-east coast. Photo: Bureau of Meteorology.

From 11am, 21,500 lightning strikes were recorded across the region, an Energex spokesman said.

About 18 overhead lines were damaged in wind gusts that reached 80 kilometres an hour, leaving more than 900 Logan residents without power.

It is understood once the storms head off the coast Energex crews will respond to the damaged powerlines.

The storms tracked across Brisbane, heading east, and were...


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Queensland election: LNP's Tim Nicholls concedes defeat, quits LNP leadership - ABC Local

Tim Nicholls with a sombre expression on his face.

LNP leader Tim Nicholls has conceded defeat in the Queensland election, nearly two weeks after voters went to the polls.

Mr Nicholls phoned Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Friday morning to congratulate her.

Key points:

  • Labor's Annastacia Palaszczuk expected to visit Governor today to form government
  • Mr Nicholls calls for "new generation of LNP leaders"
  • Current Deputy LNP Leader Deb Frecklington to nominate for leadership with Tim Mander as her running mate

Ms Palaszczuk is visiting the Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey to advise him that she can form a majority government.

The Premier was waiting until the Electoral Commission declared the results in 47 Labor seats — the requirement for a majority.

That happened just before 2:00pm.

Mr Nicholls will not contest a leadership...


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Read more: Queensland election: LNP's Tim Nicholls concedes defeat, quits LNP leadership - ABC Local

Queensland election: LNP's Tim Nicholls concedes defeat, quits LNP leadership - ABC Local

Tim Nicholls with a sombre expression on his face.

LNP leader Tim Nicholls has conceded defeat in the Queensland election, nearly two weeks after voters went to the polls.

Mr Nicholls phoned Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Friday morning to congratulate her.

Key points:

  • Labor's Annastacia Palaszczuk expected to visit Governor today to form government
  • Mr Nicholls calls for "new generation of LNP leaders"
  • Current Deputy LNP Leader Deb Frecklington to nominate for leadership with Tim Mander as her running mate

Ms Palaszczuk is visiting the Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey to advise him that she can form a majority government.

The Premier was waiting until the Electoral Commission declared the results in 47 Labor seats — the requirement for a majority.

That happened just before 2:00pm.

Mr Nicholls will not contest a leadership...


Read full article on News GN Queensland


Read more: Queensland election: LNP's Tim Nicholls concedes defeat, quits LNP leadership - ABC Local

Greens claim first seat win at a Queensland election citing ... - ABC - ABC Online

Michael Berkman announces his intentions for parliament

The Greens are claiming the wealthy Brisbane seat of Maiwar as their first to be won at a Queensland election, attributing what they say is a historic victory to a nationwide swing.

The LNP's ousted member conceded defeat last week but Labor and the Greens' Michael Berkman have been fighting it out on preferences.

While the result has not been declared, Mr Berkman is about 1,300 votes ahead on a two-party-preferred basis.

"This morning we're claiming victory in the seat of Maiwar, which is obviously a historic moment for the Queensland Greens, for us to win our first seat in the Queensland Parliament," he said.

"Also we need to recognise that we've had a huge result across the state with over 10 per cent of the vote."

Initially the LNP was well ahead on primary votes, but lost what...


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Read more: Greens claim first seat win at a Queensland election citing ... - ABC - ABC Online

More than a quarter of new QLD homes sell to foreign buyers: ANZ - NEWS.com.au

MORE than a quarter of new homes built in Queensland are being bought by foreign buyers, according to new research from one of Australia’s big four banks.

Foreign investors are estimated to have bought between 11,000 and 18,000 homes in the state during the 2015/16 financial year, making up 10 to 15 per cent of total housing turnover.

But the number is significantly higher when it comes to new homes, with foreign buyers purchasing between 25 and 45 per cent of newly-constructed dwellings in Queensland in that period, according to new research from ANZ Bank.

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ANZ senior economist Daniel Gradwell said foreign property purchases in Queensland had increased fivefold in five years, largely driven by Chinese nationals.

“In Queensland, the vast majority of foreign approvals were for the construction of new dwellings — about 95 per...


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Read more: More than a quarter of new QLD homes sell to foreign buyers: ANZ - NEWS.com.au

Greens claim first seat win at a Queensland election citing ... - ABC - ABC Online

Michael Berkman announces his intentions for parliament

The Greens are claiming the wealthy Brisbane seat of Maiwar as their first to be won at a Queensland election, attributing what they say is a historic victory to a nationwide swing.

The LNP's ousted member conceded defeat last week but Labor and the Greens' Michael Berkman have been fighting it out on preferences.

While the result has not been declared, Mr Berkman is about 1,300 votes ahead on a two-party-preferred basis.

"This morning we're claiming victory in the seat of Maiwar, which is obviously a historic moment for the Queensland Greens, for us to win our first seat in the Queensland Parliament," he said.

"Also we need to recognise that we've had a huge result across the state with over 10 per cent of the vote."

Initially the LNP was well ahead on primary votes, but lost what...


Read full article on News GN QLD Brisbane


Read more: Greens claim first seat win at a Queensland election citing ... - ABC - ABC Online

Greens claim first seat win at a Queensland election citing ... - ABC - ABC Online

Michael Berkman announces his intentions for parliament

The Greens are claiming the wealthy Brisbane seat of Maiwar as their first to be won at a Queensland election, attributing what they say is a historic victory to a nationwide swing.

The LNP's ousted member conceded defeat last week but Labor and the Greens' Michael Berkman have been fighting it out on preferences.

While the result has not been declared, Mr Berkman is about 1,300 votes ahead on a two-party-preferred basis.

"This morning we're claiming victory in the seat of Maiwar, which is obviously a historic moment for the Queensland Greens, for us to win our first seat in the Queensland Parliament," he said.

"Also we need to recognise that we've had a huge result across the state with over 10 per cent of the vote."

Initially the LNP was well ahead on primary votes, but lost what...


Read full article on News GN QLD Brisbane


Read more: Greens claim first seat win at a Queensland election citing ... - ABC - ABC Online

Tim Nicholls under pressure to concede the Queensland election - Brisbane Times

Convention dictates the Premier wait for Mr Nicholls to concede before declaring victory, but the LNP insists it will wait for the final result in a number of marginal electorates, including Thuringowa and Mundingburra, which are neighbours to Townsville.

A concession from Mr Nicholls is expected to be on Friday at the earliest.

Re-elected LNP Member for Southport Rob Molhoek told reporters on Thursday the party would then need to make a decision about who would lead them going forward.

"There will be a full party-room meeting next week once all the seats have been declared and that'll be a tough one for us to tussle through," Mr Molhoek said.

"Disappointing election results always bring about hard-nosed discussions and I'm sure there'll be a few hard-nosed discussions in the party room next week about leadership."

The LNP is on track to secure 39 seats to Labor's 48, with Katter's...


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Read more: Tim Nicholls under pressure to concede the Queensland election - Brisbane Times

More than a quarter of new QLD homes sell to foreign buyers: ANZ - NEWS.com.au

MORE than a quarter of new homes built in Queensland are being bought by foreign buyers, according to new research from one of Australia’s big four banks.

Foreign investors are estimated to have bought between 11,000 and 18,000 homes in the state during the 2015/16 financial year, making up 10 to 15 per cent of total housing turnover.

But the number is significantly higher when it comes to new homes, with foreign buyers purchasing between 25 and 45 per cent of newly-constructed dwellings in Queensland in that period, according to new research from ANZ Bank.

GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE

ANZ senior economist Daniel Gradwell said foreign property purchases in Queensland had increased fivefold in five years, largely driven by Chinese nationals.

“In Queensland, the vast majority of foreign approvals were for the construction of new dwellings — about 95 per...


Read full article on News GN QLD Brisbane


Read more: More than a quarter of new QLD homes sell to foreign buyers: ANZ - NEWS.com.au

More than a quarter of new QLD homes sell to foreign buyers: ANZ - NEWS.com.au

MORE than a quarter of new homes built in Queensland are being bought by foreign buyers, according to new research from one of Australia’s big four banks.

Foreign investors are estimated to have bought between 11,000 and 18,000 homes in the state during the 2015/16 financial year, making up 10 to 15 per cent of total housing turnover.

But the number is significantly higher when it comes to new homes, with foreign buyers purchasing between 25 and 45 per cent of newly-constructed dwellings in Queensland in that period, according to new research from ANZ Bank.

GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE

ANZ senior economist Daniel Gradwell said foreign property purchases in Queensland had increased fivefold in five years, largely driven by Chinese nationals.

“In Queensland, the vast majority of foreign approvals were for the construction of new dwellings — about 95 per...


Read full article on News GN QLD Brisbane


Read more: More than a quarter of new QLD homes sell to foreign buyers: ANZ - NEWS.com.au

Tim Nicholls under pressure to concede the Queensland election - Brisbane Times

Convention dictates the Premier wait for Mr Nicholls to concede before declaring victory, but the LNP insists it will wait for the final result in a number of marginal electorates, including Thuringowa and Mundingburra, which are neighbours to Townsville.

A concession from Mr Nicholls is expected to be on Friday at the earliest.

Re-elected LNP Member for Southport Rob Molhoek told reporters on Thursday the party would then need to make a decision about who would lead them going forward.

"There will be a full party-room meeting next week once all the seats have been declared and that'll be a tough one for us to tussle through," Mr Molhoek said.

"Disappointing election results always bring about hard-nosed discussions and I'm sure there'll be a few hard-nosed discussions in the party room next week about leadership."

The LNP is on track to secure 39 seats to Labor's 48, with Katter's...


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Read more: Tim Nicholls under pressure to concede the Queensland election - Brisbane Times

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