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Getting Brisbane’s Quarantine Centre ready for the homeless

Politicians from all three levels of government are arguing about Brisbane’s Quarantine Centre being used to house the homeless, and the media and homelessness services have weighed in on the argument as well. The simple fact is that it is not yet fit for the purpose of housing 500 homeless people, and this article will … Continue reading

Helping the homeless in Brisbane

In 2005 I was in Brisbane, Australia, working for Big Issue Magazine. It was here that I got to help the homeless get off the streets. After returning from China in 2003, I ended up living on the streets in Brisbane for a short while. Then I found The Big Issue, and started selling the … Continue reading

On this day (Australia): In 2005, bomb threats shut down Brisbane’s public transport system and Brisbane’s CBD was evacuated

On 14 November 2005, bomb threats were made to the Brisbane public transport system. As a result, Brisbane’s CBD was evacuated and public transport systems throughout Brisbane were shut down. On the 14th, three calls were made to police warning of bombs on buses and trains in Brisbane. All bus and train services in the … Continue reading

On this day (Australia): In 1988, Expo ’88 drew to a close after running for six months

On 30 October 1988, Expo ’88 drew to a close after running for six months. Australia was approaching its bicentennial celebrations, and after Brisbane’s success hosting the 1982 Commonwealth Games, Brisbane City Council and the Queensland State Government were confident they could win the bid to hold the next World Exhibition. Brisbane won the right to … Continue reading

On this day (Australia): In 1962, the Paddington tram depot fire destroyed 67 trams in Brisbane

On 28 September 1962, the Paddington tram depot fire destroyed 67 trams in Brisbane. The Paddington tram depot in Brisbane, Australia was destroyed by fire on the night of 28 September 1962, one of the largest fires in Brisbane’s history. As well as the depot, 67 trams were destroyed, 20% of the city’s fleet.  The destruction of the depot is generally seen as … Continue reading

On This Day In Australia: In 1933, The Courier-Mail was first published in Brisbane

On 28 August 1933, the Brisbane newspaper, The Courier-Mail, first appeared. The Courier-Mail is a right leaning newspaper with four editorial endorsements for the Coalition to one for Labor in the period 1996–2007. The Courier-Mail generally supports free market economic policies and the process of globalisation. It supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The history of The Courier-Mail is through four mastheads. The Moreton Bay Courier later became The Courier, then … Continue reading

January 16, 1918 – Birth of Clem Jones, 8th Lord Mayor of Brisbane

Clem Jones AO (16 January 1918 – 15 December 2007), a surveyor by profession, was the longest serving Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Queensland, representing the Labor Party from 1961 to 1975. He was Chair of the Darwin Reconstruction Commission from 1975 to 1978. He was a successful businessman and philanthropist. Public life During Jones’ 15 years in office as the head of the Brisbane … Continue reading

January 11, 1986 – The Gateway Bridge, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia is officially opened

The Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges are a side-by-side pair of road bridges on the Gateway Motorway (M1), which skirts the eastern suburbs of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The western bridge carries traffic to the north and the eastern bridge carries traffic to the south. They are the most eastern crossing of the Brisbane River, the closest to Moreton Bay, crossing at the Quarries Reach, between Eagle … Continue reading

Brisbane City Council attack on Adele concert was not its greatest hit

Originally published by Independent Australia

Australian Prime Minister tells failed refugees to go back to where they came from

The Australian prime minister says failed refugees should return to their homeland, and shouldn’t expect financial support from the government. Julia Gillard was responding to a News Limited report that thousands of asylum seekers, including women and children, faced being left without the right to work or financial support from the government once their refugee … Continue reading

Australian military responds to storm crisis in Brisbane

Brisbane will flood for the second time in three years, with Premier Campbell Newman revealing last night that nothing can stop the city’s river breaking its banks and inundating thousands of properties as a powerful storm continues to batter the east coast. More than 3600 houses and residential unit lots would be affected, though not … Continue reading

Australia: Heavy rain and destructive winds for Brisbane until Monday

The weather bureau has warned of heavy rain and destructive winds of up to 125km/h for Brisbane from tonight as central Queensland is slammed by severe weather. The bureau issued the alert this evening and warned of possible flash and riverine flooding. In the next few days about 300mm of rain is expected in Wivenhoe … Continue reading

Australia: Single mums turn to brothels, stripping after welfare cuts

Some single mothers hit by recent welfare cuts to parenting payments have turned to prostitution and strip clubs in order to keep a roof over their family’s head. The payment cuts came in at the start of 2013 and affect 84,000 single parents, mostly mothers who received parenting payments. The majority have been shifted onto … Continue reading

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard orders probe into suburban violence

Prime Minister Julia Gillard is exploring what her government can do to tackle the recent violence in suburban Brisbane and Sydney. Referring to the street clashes in Brisbane and the spate of shootings in Sydney’s west and south-west, Ms Gillard said during her launch of a cybersafety program that she has asked the Home Affairs … Continue reading

Unjust Queensland Water Restrictions (2008)

The Courier-Mail in Brisbane today reports that there will be permanent water restrictions for households in Queensland, even after the drought has broken, and the dams are full again.  Why do households get the raw end of the pineapple, when they only account for about 5% of all water use anyway? The pre-drought average use … Continue reading

The Courier Mail, Brisbane Newspaper

The Courier Mail is Brisbane’s only daily newspaper, and is published Monday to Saturday, with the Sunday Mail on the seventh day. Once a broadsheet, it became a tabloid on March 13 this year, promising to continue the broadsheet style of in-depth journalism. The main reason for changing was to produce a more compact newspaper, … Continue reading

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