Brisbane Times / Queensland

Thursday, Feb 22


Five Gold Coast private school students still in hospital after drug overdose

Two of seven Gold Coast students hospitalised after a drug overdose have been released as police investigate whether more of the narcotic could still be out there. Five Saint Stephen’s College students remained in hospital on Thursday…

Wednesday, Feb 21


Relax, there's no need to follow Trump on company tax - yet

When US companies got a tax cut, they give a big slice of it back to their shareholders. It’s probably what you would do if you got an income tax cut. You’d spend a little on yourself, and only later think about working harder.


Tasmanian bus driver found guilty over crash that killed Queensland policewoman

The driver of a Tasmanian bus which fatally struck an off-duty Queensland policewoman has been found guilty of negligent driving causing death.


Joyce 'affair' reveals hidden limits of PM's authority

Barnaby Joyce's refusal to resign after being told to "consider his position" has revealed a fault that was hitherto unknown.

Tuesday, Feb 20


Queensland's energy sector records staggering $1.9b profit

Queensland's government-owned energy corporations posted a massive $1.9 billion profit last year. That was a 45 per cent increase on the $1.3 billion in profits recorded in 2016. Queensland's publicly-owned energy corporations posted a $1…

Self-interest standing in the way of a fix for the Murray-Darling

Some people earn their living in ways that damage the environment, and don't want their businesses and lives disrupted by being obliged to stop.


Debunking the myth of the Christian baker

The Christian baker argument is not about religious freedom for everyone, it's about religious freedom for business owners.

Final five in the running to build Brisbane's Cross River Rail

The digging of tunnels for Brisbane's Cross River Rail will begin in the second quarter of 2019, heralding the start of south-east Queensland’s biggest infrastructure project for more than a decade. Five companies from the 89 that…


The Nationals are in a leadership crisis, but who is ready to lead?

Vexed Nationals are hardly flush with talent if they are forced to replace Barnaby Joyce? The options are anything but well known.

Monday, Feb 19


George Christensen's vile Facebook post encourages cyberbullies

The Greens' Sarah Hanson-Young is used to receiving threatening emails.

Fishy business: Barnaby Joyce won't budge

The Deputy Prime Minister is confident his electorate and his party are behind him and that the controversy over his affair with a staffer will pass.


LinkedIn says a deputy PM must be 'experienced', 'passionate' and, er, 'creative'

The words “never been caught on the tool at work” have dropped out of most Australian deputy prime minister profiles.

Saturday, Feb 17


It's worth getting a degree even if what you learn is useless

There's a case against education, and it's surprisingly persuasive.


Joyce doesn't deserve to be deputy PM

The leaders of the Nationals must step down, and fast.


Barnaby Joyce: a rebel without a pause button

Malcolm Turnbull delivered an extraordinary moral verdict on his own Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce on Thursday. Recovery now seems all but impossible.

Friday, Feb 16


Turnbull has lost control of the Coalition

This week, an increasingly frustrated Prime Minister has been left ranting impotently.


Libs and Nats edge perilously close to divorce

The stand-off between the cabinet's two most senior figures now represents the gravest threat to the Coalition government since it was formed.


Barnaby Joyce affair shows how when men make abysmal choices, women pay the price

Women pay the consequences for men’s failures and weaknesses far more often than the reverse is true.

Thursday, Feb 15


Queensland Police Service among state agencies not managing fraud risk

The Queensland Police Service is among five state agencies that are not effectively managing fraud risk, leaving them potentially exposed to fraud. The findings were handed down in a Queensland Audit Office report, tabled in State…


The unintended consequences of Barnaby Joyce's affair

The PM didn’t even try to persuade us about the Indigenous 'Uluru Statement from the Heart'. It wasn't deemed worthy of the Barnaby treatment.


Palmer to 'enjoy' millions, not reopen Queensland Nickel if assets frozen

Clive Palmer claims to be worth $4 billion but says he won't spend the money needed to reopen his failed nickel plant if liquidators win a bid to freeze his assets. The former federal MP says it will be "unworkable" to reopen the plant if…

Wednesday, Feb 14


Parents who stay at kids' birthday parties need to learn how to relax

Go and grab a coffee. Get your nails done. Why make the next two hours awkward?


Queensland Parliament to head to the regions

The entire Queensland Parliament will head to the regions this term, in a first for the Palaszczuk government. In a 45-minute speech to formally open the 56th Queensland Parliament, Governor Paul de Jersey confirmed the Parliament would…

Tuesday, Feb 13


Breastfeeding MP prompts Queensland Parliament rethink

Rules banning Queensland politicians from breastfeeding on the floor of State Parliament will be reviewed. Labor member for Keppel Brittany Lauga made political history on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to breastfeed her baby Odette in…

Investigation into offensive Wikipedia edits linked to government networks dropped

An investigation into dozens of unsavoury and offensive edits to Wikipedia pages made anonymously by Queensland public servants and political staffers has been dropped. In one edit, reported by Fairfax Media in October 2016, the September…

Monday, Feb 12


Pitt cleared to replace Wellington as Speaker

Former Queensland treasurer Curtis Pitt has been cleared over Opposition claims he misled parliament, allowing him to become the new parliamentary Speaker. The Liberal National Party called for Mr Pitt to be referred to the ethics…

Sunday, Feb 11


Meet the women who run Queensland

Queensland is smashing the glass ceiling when it comes to female political power. The most visible female leader in the state, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, made history as the first Australian woman to be elected for two terms as premier…


Clive Palmer questions reports of nephew in Bulgaria

Queensland businessman Clive Palmer has questioned whether images of his nephew in Bulgaria were faked. News Corp journalist Ellen Whinnett reportedly tracked down Clive Mensink - Mr Palmer's nephew - in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, where…

Friday, Feb 9


The motherhood penalty is still deeply entrenched ... even in Denmark

Brisbane Times

It will take more than progressive government policies to ensure equal opportunities for mothers and fathers

Thursday, Feb 8


LGAQ boss sues ex-MP over 'Jabba the Hutt' Facebook posts

Greg Hallam, boss of the peak body representing Queensland councils, is suing former state independent MP Rob Pyne, two anti-corruption campaigners and the husband of one of them for more than $2 million in damages over Facebook posts,…