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19:26

Ghosts of privatisations past and future? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Most people wont recognise the name Leo Hielscher unless they regularly cross the eponymous* bridge (better known by its original name, the Gateway). But he is a figure of great consequence in Queensland, responsible for the downfall of two governments. Hielscher ran the states finances for decades, and was the architect of the Bjelke-Petersen strategy of an extractive economy based low taxes, low services and low skill. His proudest boast was the states AAA credit rating

The low point of his career was probably the leadup to the 2009 election when Anna Bligh announced that, rather than cut infrastructure spending or sell assets in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis, she would allow the states credit rating to be reduced to AA+. Bligh was re-elected, and promptly announced a massive program of asset sales. This was one of the rare instances where I was directly involved in the policy process, providing advice to the Queensland Council of Unions, and in this capacity I got to observe Hielscher in action. He was very effective in pushing the (economically spurious) case for asset sales and the need to regain the AAA rating.

Bligh, and her Treasurer, Andrew Fraser pushed through the asset sales and pushed the Labor government off a cliff, being reduced to seven members at the 2012 election. Of course, Bligh landed on her feet, ending up as CEO of the Australian Bankers Association. I didnt get such a ringside view of the process that led Campbell Newman and Tim Nicholls to adopt their catastrophic Strong Choices asset sales campaign, but I have no doubt that Hielscher played a significant role in the background. Both Campbell and Nicholls have duly been consigned to well-deserved political oblivion.

Now the rightwing Australian Institute of Progress has staged a reunion.

After denouncing the public debt levels sustained by the Palaszczuk Labor government, Hielscher

received a standing ovation from the high-powered audience that included former LNP premier Campbell Newman, former state Liberal leader and treasurer Joan Sheldon as well as former Labor treasurers Keith de Lacy and Andrew Fraser.

Anna Bligh was obviously too busy defending the massive corruption of the banking sector to make it to Brisbane, and Tim Nicholls is still keeping a low profile. Apart from that, though, the whole team was there. De Lacy left politics before the events Ive described, but hes the archetypal  careerist who du...

16:35

La Boites Fierce New Comedy Brings The Womens March To Rural Australia QNews Magazine

A brand new stage production will bring the spirit of the global Womens March protest to a new play at Brisbanes La Boite Theatre Company. Award-winning Queensland writer Claire Christian will makes her mainstage debut as playwright next month with Lysa and The Freeborn Dames. In her play, nineteen-year-old Lysa King has come home to ...

The post La Boites Fierce New Comedy Brings The Womens March To Rural Australia appeared first on QNews Magazine.

15:38

Red-lored Whistler, Murray-Sunset & Werribee sunshinecoastbirds

Red-lored Whistler

Following the visit with Bernie O'Keefe and Scott Baker to Diamantina National Park and our travels down the Birdsville Track and through the Flinders Ranges, we moved on to the huge expanse of mallee in the Murray-Sunset National Park on the Victoria-South Australia border. We set up camp in a spot the guys knew of at the junction of Pheeneys and Old Bore tracks in remote, old growth mallee deep in the national park. I've always loved the mallee and it was a joy to be back in it.

Camping in Murray-Sunset National Park
Red-lored Whistler is one of the more difficult Australian birds to see and photograph so was high on our wishlist. I found a male whistler three kilometres north of the camp in almost exactly the same spot where Scott saw one many years previously. This was just the second time I've seen this species. At the same time, Scott found another bird south of the track junction, while a third whistler was heard early the evening before in the vicinity of the camp. So we had three Red-lored Whistlers within 4kms of each other over.
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15:34

Nominations Open For Cairns Tropical Prides Community Hero Awards QNews Magazine

Nominations have now opened for the Cairns Tropical Prides Community Hero Awards, recognising the regions LGBTIQ volunteers of the year. Cairns Tropical Pride is north Queenslands largest LGBTIQ festival, celebrating the diverse people and places of the region each year, and this years festival will take place from October 12 to 14. Each year, the ...

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15:30

The Longman By-Election "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Longman is a federal electorate in Brisbanes north held since the 2016 election by Susan Lamb for Labor. Lamb was born in Mackay, Queensland of a British father and Queensland born mother. Her own legal advice confirmed that she obtained British citizenship by descent at birth. So, she applied to renounce her British citizenship before

The post The Longman By-Election appeared first on The AIM Network.

12:22

Cher Announces Second Brisbane Concert On Upcoming Tour QNews Magazine

Cher has announced a second Brisbane show on her upcoming Australian tour. This September and October, the singer will be bringing her Here We Go Again Tour to arenas in several cities around the country. And with her Brisbane show on September 28 now sold out, a second and final show has been added at ...

The post Cher Announces Second Brisbane Concert On Upcoming Tour appeared first on QNews Magazine.

10:23

Swim Team Aqualicious Holding Fundraiser Screening Of New Mamma Mia QNews Magazine

Brisbane LGBTIQ swim team Aqualicious are holding a fundraising screening of musical sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again to raise money for their upcoming swim meet. Aqualicious is Brisbanes Masters swim team open to friends and members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. The team welcomes new members of all age and ...

The post Swim Team Aqualicious Holding Fundraiser Screening Of New Mamma Mia appeared first on QNews Magazine.

07:12

Brisbanes Tim Roberts To Compete At London Powerlifting Championship QNews Magazine

Brisbane athlete Tim Roberts will be one of four Australians to compete in the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships in London later this month. Roberts (pictured), an art historian, said he accidentally discovered the sport of powerlifting in 2014 and has been training since then at a gym in Fortitude Valley. Id been training there for ...

The post Brisbanes Tim Roberts To Compete At London Powerlifting Championship appeared first on QNews Magazine.

Wednesday, 18 July

15:23

Lonely Gay Porn Star Reveals The Impact Of His Career On His Personal Life QNews Magazine

A gay porn star has opened up about the toll that his career has taken on his dating life in a moving video. Blake Mitchell has starred in a number of gay porn films and took to his own YouTube channel to reveal the loneliness he feels in his personal life due to his unique ...

The post Lonely Gay Porn Star Reveals The Impact Of His Career On His Personal Life appeared first on QNews Magazine.

13:50

QNews Magazine

The first trailer for Boy Erased, the emotional drama telling the story of a US gay conversion therapy survivor, has been released. Troye Sivan stars alongside fellow Aussie actors Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe in the film, which will be directed by Australian actor-director Joel Egerton. It tells the story of Jared (played by Manchester ...

12:30

Win A Pop Up Wedding At Brisbanes Same Same Weddings Expo QNews Magazine

The publishers of Australian wedding magazine Same Same Weddings are holding their next same-sex wedding expo next month, and they have a pop-up wedding to give away to one lucky local couple. The team from Paddington Publications held Brisbanes first same-sex wedding expo in April, and it was such a success theyre planning another for ...

The post Win A Pop Up Wedding At Brisbanes Same Same Weddings Expo appeared first on QNews Magazine.

11:00

Same-Sex Couples Wanted For Brisbane Festivals One-Of-A-Kind Wedding Event QNews Magazine

Brisbanes King Street in Bowen Hills will transform into a giant garden street party on September 8 when Brisbane Festival hosts the weddings of eight same-sex couples. Radiating rainbows in the electorate that polled the highest yes vote in Queensland in last years marriage equality survey, the Qweens on King wedding event will see the ...

The post Same-Sex Couples Wanted For Brisbane Festivals One-Of-A-Kind Wedding Event appeared first on QNews Magazine.

10:55

NRL Couple Open Up About The Emotion Behind That Iconic Kiss QNews Magazine

The two NRL players whose reunion kiss went viral after the inaugural womens State of Origin match last month have opened up about the emotional moment. The viral photo of players Karina Brown, who played for the Queensland side, and Vanessa Foliaki, who played for New South Wales, was posted to the NRLs social media ...

The post NRL Couple Open Up About The Emotion Behind That Iconic Kiss appeared first on QNews Magazine.

10:50

Robina Roos AFLW Team Preparing For Queenslands First Pride Cup Match QNews Magazine

The Robina Roos AFLW team is getting ready to host Queenslands first ever Pride Cup match this month to help fight homophobia in sport. The initiative sees footy teams don rainbow colours to celebrate inclusion and diversity in sport and send a message to LGBTIQ players and fans that theyre welcome and accepted. The inaugural ...

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08:18

Adani close to financing Qld mine rail line "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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BRISBANE, AAP Adani is close to locking in the finance for a rail line to service its $16.5 billion proposed Queensland coal mine, the son of the companys owner says.

Karan Adani, who is the CEO of the Indian groups ports business, made the revelation during a video interview with The Economic Times of India.

We have completed the financing of the mine, the port is already operational. Now we are just closing on the financing on the rail part, he said on Tuesday.

So once that is done we will start.

Mr Adani stressed the company had all of the necessary government and environmental approvals related to the Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland.

The rail financing for the project was almost $US1 billion, he said.

The rail line is needed to move coal from the mine to Abbot Point port, which is being expanded.

There had been questions over the rail financing after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last year vetoed a $1 billion federal government loan to Adani for the project.

Previously, Australias big four banks refused to put up money for the mine, forcing the company to look for funding overseas.

The state Labor government has imposed more than 240 conditions on the Carmichael coal mine project, 132 of which relate to water conditions.

A month ago, the government also insisted Adani find the source of local groundwater before it signs off on the water management plan for the mine.

The post Adani close to financing Qld mine rail line appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:07

WATCH: Rami Malek Looks Just Like Freddie Mercury In Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer QNews Magazine

A full-length trailer for the long-awaited biopic of rock band Queen and frontman Freddie Mercury has been unveiled. Rami Malek, the star of TV series Mr. Robot, is playing the charismatic Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, set to hit screens in November. The film takes place over the course of 15 years, from the bands formation ...

The post WATCH: Rami Malek Looks Just Like Freddie Mercury In Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer appeared first on QNews Magazine.

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