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THIS week the LNP backs solar, Queenslanders forget how to read and a clothing company almost sets our kids on fire.

Gift card warning over $450 million in unused vouchers

THE State Government is urging Queenslanders to check the terms and conditions of gift vouchers before buying the popular last minute stocking filler, to avoid getting ripped off and turning Christmas spirit to sorrow.

The dollar value of unspent gift cards this year rose to $450 million, the kind of cash that could tank an entire investment bank.

When asked to comment, retailers pointed to Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek, citing that it was his job to teach consumers how to read.

QLD treasurer hints at possibility of further job cuts

THE international value of coal is no longer just of interest to analysts and investors, it has become the focus of Queensland's shaken public service workers.

The downgrade in mining royalties to the Queensland government has prompted Treasurer Tim Nicholls to consider further funding and job cuts.

"Queensland's budget is set for a surplus in 2014-15", said the last remaining analyst in the treasury.

Wayne Swan abandons pretence on returning budget to surplus

FEDERAL Treasurer Wayne Swan says he doesn't care about the inevitable political problems that will follow the government's decision to all but abandon a budget surplus.

Much like Queensland, falling tax revenue forced the Treasurer to drop the surplus target, gaining applause from Economists.

The Opposition slammed the move as another broken promise and a missed opportunity to slash jobs.

Solarium operator vows to keep on tanning

THE owner of Ipswich's last commercial solarium will continue to operate the machine until it breaks, despite a strong anti-solarium message from the State Government.

In the LNP's only law to promote solar power, new solaria are banned in Queensland, with operators only allowed to operate with existing beds.

In an APN poll asking readers their favourite method of tanning, nobody admitted to using spray-tan.

Retailers fight back with social media

LOCAL businesses are boosting their online presence through social media in an attempt to retain their market share and fight the rise of internet shopping.

A major gripe for Australian retailers has been the lack of GST applied to online purchases under $1000.

Executive director of the Australian Retailers Association Russell Zimmerman has called on the Federal Government to make things more expensive for consumers.

Cotton on fined for selling flammable clothes to children

CLOTHING company Cotton On has been hit with a $1 million fine for selling children's nightwear that was so flammable it should "not have been sold in Australia".

Cotton On voluntarily recalled the garments after being approached by the ACCC.

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How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

'Culture shock': Gladstone's new powerhouse doctor

Gladstone Medical Centre has welcomed a new doctor Sameer Pabalkar.

Doctor with more than 20 years now calls Gladstone home.

$25 billion APLNG project spared in Origin's mass sell off

LNG FUKUROKUJU is purpose built to carry LNG from the APLNG facility at Curtis Island to Kansai Electric facility in Japan.

APLNG won't be part of a separate entity after Origin revamp.

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What's on the big screen this week

TJ Miller and Jason Bateman in a scene from the movie Office Christmas Party.

A COMEDY about a rowdy office Christmas party hits cinemas today.

MOVIE REVIEW: Moana is an original adventure in paradise

The character Maui (Dwayne Johnson) in a scene from the movie Moana.

One Boxing Day animated film has a heart as big as the Pacific Ocean

MOVIE REVIEW: Singing the praises of a joyous animated film

The character Buster Moon in a scene from the movie Sing.

Animated film Sing hits all the right notes for family entertainment

Rogue One keeps Star Wars excitement alive

Felicity Jones in a scene from the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

GEORGE Lucas spin-off to hold fans over until Episode VIII.

MOVIE REVIEW: Bad Santa 2

Billy Bob Thornton and Brett Kelly in a scene from Bad Santa 2.

NAUGHTY Santa sequel falls flat.

High profile premier invests in Gladstone industrial facility

Former Queensland premier Campbell Newman heads a group that bought the UGL warehouses in Paget for about $10 million.

FORMER PREMIER heads group that's backing Gladstone to bounce back.

Council opens up on 'secret' private development companies

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

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