Backdown on allowances but pay offer will stay

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has ruled out reversing the effective pay cut for Defence families, despite a partial backdown on allowances on Monday.

Mr Abbott promised only that Defence Force staff would get the "highest" pay increase of any public servants next year, at the previous 1.5% rise, which is less than expected inflation.

Rejecting appeals from Senator Jacqui Lambie on the issue, he said Christmas, travel and food allowances would not be cut. But the decision came after talks with Coalition backbenchers and not Sen Lambie.

Mr Abbott said the original Defence tribunal decision would not be reversed.



IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Photos from the weekend

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Photos from the weekend

THERE was plenty of entertainment over the weekend for Gladstone.

Parked car creates road block for council upgrades

premium_icon Parked car creates road block for council upgrades

A car parked innocently on Auckland St becomes centre of attention.

National Rugby Championship to kick off next month

premium_icon National Rugby Championship to kick off next month

Marley Brown Oval will play host to the Queensland derby clash.