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How to get tanned and not set kids on fire

Kieran Salsone
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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.

What's the worst product you've ever bought or been bought for Christmas?

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'Silly politics' ruining CQ's once-in-a-generation projects

FUNDING: Rookwood Weir is expected to be backed in an announcement by Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister. INSET: MP Michelle Landry tours the site with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.

MAJOR Central Queensland projects are held up by stubborn governing.

Flashing light, boom, tremor: What we know so far

In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower as a photographer wipes moisture from the camera lenses Friday, August 12, 2016 in Spruce Knob, West Virginia.

What's been ruled out as the cause of flashing light, boom.

OPINION: Buying locally more critical in downturn

Gladstone CBD, January 2016. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer

JOBS are scarce and we need to dramatically change our ways.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Storks delivers family fun

A scene from the movie Storks.

ANIMATION can be hit or miss but when it hits, it hits hard.

Nick 'the snake' to call the shots on Survivor jury

Australian Survivor contestant Nick Iadanza.

LATEST evictee is out of the game but will still have a say.

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

'Baby' recreates famous Nirvana cover shot 25 years later

The baby from Nevermind album has recreated the iconic cover shot.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

'Flex muscles': Gladstone suburb drops $120K

BUYERS are scooping unprecedented deals by “flexing their muscles at the table”

Few bright lights for property after mining downturn

The Gladstone Regional Council wants associated LNG companies like Bechtel to be apart of the EIS housing accommodation strategy from the outset of the projects and not mid-way through.

Tannum Sands continues to write its own property success story

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Market opens as Gladstone sellers drop prices to force sale

VENDORS are dropping the price on houses to force a sale.