Opinion

Thu 13 Dec 2018

OPINION: Clearing up confusion on the cashless card

premium_icon OPINION: Clearing up confusion on the cashless card

GENUINE curiosity led me to the website of the Department of Social Services to find out for myself some more information about the Cashless Debit Card.

Australia needs to keep getting rid of the guns

premium_icon Australia needs to keep getting rid of the guns

Another international shooting shows we're on the right track when it comes to reducing chances of gun violence.

Your honour, here’s why journalists matter

premium_icon Your honour, here’s why journalists matter

In banning media from a high-profile child abduction case, a magistrate has asked why journalists should be treated any differently to bloggers. Here’s why.

ADANI: Mayor says mining firm given raw deal

premium_icon ADANI: Mayor says mining firm given raw deal

Mining company Adani have been caught in the crosshairs of a bitter, at times ugly but very important debate, says Rockhampton mayor Margaret Strelow.

Wed 12 Dec 2018

Flashback: On this day in Gladstone

Flashback: On this day in Gladstone

In 1958, a beloved resident and former councillor of the Gladstone Town Council was farewelled.

Facebook fail as online vigilantes harm child victims

premium_icon Facebook fail as online vigilantes harm child victims

Think before you share that photo of an accused child abuser. Journalist SHERELE MOODY says social media vigilantism is widespread but it has to stop.

Why an alcohol tax won’t beat the bulge

premium_icon Why an alcohol tax won’t beat the bulge

Any fool can see we urgently need a plan to target Queensland’s obesity crisis, but taxing people to save them from themselves won’t work.

The only why that we should be asking

premium_icon The only why that we should be asking

I'm tired of running scared, of looking behind my shoulder and crossing my fingers that I remain safe, Tessa Patrick writes.

Barnaby Joyce is ready to pounce

premium_icon Barnaby Joyce is ready to pounce

Why is Nationals leader Michael McCormack partaking in a meaningless photo opportunity this week? Look no further than Joyce’s ambition to take back leadership,...

The John Farnham joke I’m sick of hearing

premium_icon The John Farnham joke I’m sick of hearing

Every time John Farnham does a new show, social media heroes take time out from their busy schedules to make the same old joke, writes Cameron Adams. Yawn.

Giving video games doesn’t make you a bad parent

premium_icon Giving video games doesn’t make you a bad parent

As Christmas rolls around and children hand over their present wish lists, it’s easy feel guilty about buying them video games. Here’s how to do it right, writes...

Why my first solo trip abroad turned into a nightmare

premium_icon Why my first solo trip abroad turned into a nightmare

This time two weeks ago I woke up in the middle of the third-world street, my travel bag stolen, with it my phone, wallet and cash.

Tue 11 Dec 2018

Flashback: On this day in Gladstone

Flashback: On this day in Gladstone

Back in 1939, two young visitors from Miriam Vale were injured in a car crash.

OPINION: The only Christmas present we want from ScoMo

OPINION: The only Christmas present we want from ScoMo

Some will argue that Prime Minister Scott Morrison has time to turn the Titanic around but does anyone seriously believe that?

Give the grandest of all gifts - your experiences

Give the grandest of all gifts - your experiences

Think twice before buying another toy for the grandkids this Christmas and offer something more meaningful.

India strikes back in explosive sledge war

India strikes back in explosive sledge war

Just when you thought we were in for a well-mannered summer, a fired up India has come out swinging after claiming victory in the First Test.

Parents must talk to primary school kids about drugs

premium_icon Parents must talk to primary school kids about drugs

In the wake of another suspected overdose at a music festival, parents must talk with children about the dangers of illicit drugs, writes Michael Carr-Gregg.

Abbott’s critics have no useful advice of their own

premium_icon Abbott’s critics have no useful advice of their own

Tanya Plibersek’s criticism of Tony Abbott’s ideas to improve lives of Aboriginal children offered no alternative, writes Anthony Dillon.

SOAPBOX: Don't join the Christmas Cop-out

premium_icon SOAPBOX: Don't join the Christmas Cop-out

I'm unashamedly one of those people who like to spoil others at Christmas.

Mon 10 Dec 2018

A rally for help for our struggling farmers

premium_icon A rally for help for our struggling farmers

"Let's remember that many Australian farmers have had a tough year because of the drought.”

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