How to get tanned and not set kids on fire

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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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Charity ball makes $120K school bus dream come true: Video

COMMUNITY: A sea of people turn out to support Rosella Park School.

A SHOW of community spirit has seen a local school collect $120k

Curtis Island flaring brings plume of black smoke

A previous incident of increased flaring on Curtis Island in November.

UNPLANNED shutdown brings black smoke to Curtis Island.

Dredging begins in Gladstone's port

Dredging the 2.3km Narrows crossing of the QCLNG and APLNG gas pipelines. The dredging involves a small backhoe dredge mounted on a barge, two tug boats, a survey vessel. After the pipelines are laid in the same trench, they will be covered with rock for protection from shipping and will still allow sufficient depth for boat traffic through The Narrows. Photo taken on the GPC Gladstone Harbour Tour.

BUOYS removed to make room for dredging operations.

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Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

Push to sell homes that flooded Gladstone's market

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Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.