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Tuesday, 20 February

20:41

Sally Field Plays Matchmaker For Son Who Has Crush On Olympic Skater QNews Magazine

Hollywood star Sally Field deserves another Oscar for her role as Best Supporting Mum. Fields son, director Sam Greisman, has a serious crush on figure skater Adam Rippon, who won a US team bronze medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Greisman, 30, revealed on social media that not only did he have a crush ...

The post Sally Field Plays Matchmaker For Son Who Has Crush On Olympic Skater appeared first on QNews Magazine.

14:54

Vacancy rates drop in January "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Rental vacancies tighten

I've noticed many rental properties letting much more quickly in Brisbane in recent weeks.

Whether or nor this is the beginning of a trend for 2018 remains to be seen. 

SQM Research reported that nationally vacancy rates tightened from 2.5 per cent to 2.3 per cent in January, partly due to the seasonal variation over the Christmas period. 

In Sydney the vacancy rate fell from 2.6 per cent to 2.3 per cent in the month of January.

However, that's still higher than the 1.9 per cent recorded a year earlier.

Indeed, smoothing the numbers on a 6mMA basis you can see that Sydney's rental conditions have been easing, and rental price growth may now moderate from here. 


Hobart's vacancy rate increased to 0.4 per cent in January, but a severe rental shortage in the Tasmanian capital is putting continued upwards pressure on rents. 

Canberra also recorded a tight vacancy rate of 0.9 per cent in January, with Adelaide at 1.5 per cent, and Melbourne at 1.8 per cent. 

The trend in Perth's vacancy rate, although still elevated, is also improving. 

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14:20

Noosas Rainbow River Festival Is Returning Next Month QNews Magazine

Noosa on Queenslands Sunshine Coast will again play host to the annual Rainbow River Festival next month. The post-Mardi Gras event is an LGBTIQ-inclusive party which started in 2016 and is now an annual celebration of diversity in the picturesque region. Organisers are excited to welcome locals and visitors to join in the festivities to ...

The post Noosas Rainbow River Festival Is Returning Next Month appeared first on QNews Magazine.

14:04

Brisbane Swim Team Aqualicious Unveils Plans For Mardi Gras Float QNews Magazine

Brisbane LGBTIQ swim team Aqualicious have unveiled their plans for their colourful float in this years Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. The float, titled Lets get physical: exercise your rights, will incorporate fluorescent 1980s colours and pay tribute to gay icon Olivia Newton-John and LGBTIQ history. [The float] brings together themes of fitness, ...

The post Brisbane Swim Team Aqualicious Unveils Plans For Mardi Gras Float appeared first on QNews Magazine.

13:21

4EB's February 2018 Newsletter "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Click on the image below, to find out the latest news about Brisbane's one and only multi-language radio station, Radio 4EB:

 

 

12:59

WATCH: John Oliver Roasts Hypocritical Barnaby Joyce Over Affair Scandal QNews Magazine

US talk show host John Oliver has roasted Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce in the wake of Joyces affair with a former staffer. On his HBO show Last Week Tonight, comedian John Oliver introduced Joyce as a social conservative and said his opposition to same-sex marriage last year was hypocritical. Joyce is a social conservative ...

The post WATCH: John Oliver Roasts Hypocritical Barnaby Joyce Over Affair Scandal appeared first on QNews Magazine.

11:33

Brisbane Dance Company To Spotlight Next Generation Of Dance Talent QNews Magazine

Four emerging and established choreographers are set to take centre stage in Brisbane next month when the Expressions Dance Company presents their new show Converge. The choreographers Stephanie Lake, Richard Causer and Jake McLarnon from Australia and Xu Yiming from China will build daring new works with the award-winning dancers at the Queensland ...

The post Brisbane Dance Company To Spotlight Next Generation Of Dance Talent appeared first on QNews Magazine.

11:00

No, no, no: Shortens message to Adani "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

ALP leader Bill Shorten. Photo AAP

BRISBANE, AAP Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says theres no way hell support government money going to Adani to help the Indian miner get its Queensland coal mine off the ground.

Adanis planned mine has dominated a community meeting Mr Shorten attended in Townsville on Monday night.

If they want to use EFIC (the Export Finance and Investment Corporation) or any other form of government funding body to get the money no, no, no, he told the crowd.

There were tense scenes outside the meeting at the Currajong State School when a man scuffled with anti-Adani protesters.

Police were called and a 53-year-old man was issued with a notice to front court on three counts of common assault.

The mine is a divisive issue in Townsville, which is one of two fly-in, fly-out bases for the Galilee basin coal mine.

Some want the jobs Adani has promised, but others view the mine as an environmental disaster.

The post No, no, no: Shortens message to Adani appeared first on Echonetdaily.

07:52

Disproportionate numbers of Newstart/Youth Allowance recipients in Far North Qld, Wide Bay-Burnett & Logan "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Pete Faulkners post Job Seeker data shows little change for Cairns alerted me to the latest data on recipients of Newstart and Youth Allowance (for young job seekers) from the Commonwealth Department of Social Services. These data highlight the ongoing lack of economic opportunity in Far North Queensland (outside of Cairns and surrounding regions) and North West Queensland, which are home to many remote Indigenous communities (see map below). In the Far North ABS SA3 region, job seekers receiving Newstart or Youth Allowance account for over 12% of the working age population. The Wide Bay-Burnett region also has a relatively high incidence of Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients (at 6-7% of the working age population).

Newstart_Qld

Stark differences in the numbers of Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients exist across Brisbane metro regions. The leafy western suburbs have a very low incidence (at 1-1.5% of the working age population) while the Springwood-Kingston area has around four times the incidence of Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients (over 6%).

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00:15

So will the Turnbull Government come clean about ministers' VIP travel over the last eighteen months? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"



It would appear that Australian federal politicians have a long history of using RAAF VIP jets in an extravagant manner.

Take current Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals MP for New England  Barnaby Joyce as an example. 

News Mail, 28  December 2012:

One Coalition heavyweight, Queensland Senator Barnaby Joyce, racked up one of the highest percentages of ghost flights among non-government parliamentarians.
Senator Joyces travel bill totalled some $47,955 for 10 taxpayer-funded flights, primarily between Melbourne or Canberra and St George.
But he was only on board for three of those flights, with the remaining seven costing nearly twice as much as the flights he was on board for - racking up $31,395 worth of ghost flights.

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Monday, 19 February

18:32

Would You Pay This Much For A Meet & Greet With Kylie Minogue? QNews Magazine

Kylie Minogue is launching her upcoming new album Golden with shows at intimate venues across the UK and Europe next month. But fans eager to attend the singers London concert at the exclusive Cafe De Paris nightclub were left fuming at the price for a coveted Meet & Greet ticket to the show, which included ...

The post Would You Pay This Much For A Meet & Greet With Kylie Minogue? appeared first on QNews Magazine.

17:42

Libby vs Requin "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Requin are a four piece act from Brisbane.  They have released only two songs, one six months ago, and one a few days ago. We talked with guitarist/vocalist Fionn and multi instrumentalist Keely. Keely kicked off our discussion by sharing how it had all started.

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15:46

Filling up "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Cranewatch redux

I've done lots and lots and lots and LOTS of posts about the statistics behind Brisbane's apartment building boom.

When all's said and done Brisbane construction and apartment pre-sales are slowing up, while population growth into Brisbane is picking up strongly.

All that remains to be seen is how quickly or otherwise the new supply is absorbed. 

Here's a short blog with no statistics at all, just some photos from a major construction hotspot: Newstead. 

What was previously a great big planning hole, is now home to apartments, a supermarket, shopping centre, bars, and restaurants, all within easy walking distance of the Teneriffe ferry terminal, and a very short distance of the Central Business District (CBD) of Brisbane. 

I go to Newstead for a coffee most mornings these days - there's quite a bit going on around the gasworks area, not least in terms of cranes and construction! 

While other cities already have many attached dwellings, this style and scale of development is relatively new for Brisbane, and is resulting in a record uplift to apartment stock. 


There is still a fair amount of construction work ongoing, although the bulk of the new volume is either now completed or close to being completed. 

The large tower block in the centre of shot - Haven Apartments - only completed in October, so there are still plenty of rentals available here.  

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15:06

Revisit The Birth of Sydney Mardi Gras In TV Movie Riot QNews Magazine

The ABCs long-awaited LGBTIQ rights telemovie Riot will screen this weekend, as the historic 40th anniversary Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations continue. The movie follows key figures who were part of Sydneys first gay rights activist group CAMP (Campaign Against Moral Persecution) NSW and the landmark protest on June 24, 1978 that would ...

The post Revisit The Birth of Sydney Mardi Gras In TV Movie Riot appeared first on QNews Magazine.

14:58

Olympian Gus Kenworthy Kissed His Boyfriend And People Are Loving It QNews Magazine

The moment US skier Gus Kenworthy kissed his partner Matthew Wilkas on live TV before he competed at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics has gone viral. The kiss was screened live on US television and a screenshot the 26-year-old athlete uploaded to his Twitter account has been liked more than 50,000 times. I didnt even know ...

The post Olympian Gus Kenworthy Kissed His Boyfriend And People Are Loving It appeared first on QNews Magazine.

13:53

How To Come Out Of Your Shell QNews Magazine

I recently got acquainted with a young Asian man in his 20s. He had struggled with social anxiety since his teens. He feared people and their harsh judgments and found himself avoiding social interactions at all costs. In the last few years, he had worked hard to overcome his social anxiety and had made great ...

The post How To Come Out Of Your Shell appeared first on QNews Magazine.

13:08

Jacinda Ardern First New Zealand PM To March In Auckland Pride Parade QNews Magazine

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has become the countrys first leader to march in the annual Auckland Pride parade. Ardern (pictured, centre) cut a rainbow ribbon to officially open the event on Saturday, which reportedly attracted a crowd of between 25,000 and 30,000 people. She said she had participated in the parade numerous times ...

The post Jacinda Ardern First New Zealand PM To March In Auckland Pride Parade appeared first on QNews Magazine.

12:23

Anthony Mundine Says His Anti-Gay Rant Was Taken Out Of Context QNews Magazine

Boxer Anthony Mundine has claimed his anti-gay rant after leaving reality TV series Im a CelebrityGet Me Out Of Here was taken out of context. Mundine was filmed saying he believed capital punishment would deter the problem of homosexuality, which he said should be kept behind closed doors, how it used to be. If we were ...

The post Anthony Mundine Says His Anti-Gay Rant Was Taken Out Of Context appeared first on QNews Magazine.

11:45

ANZ Unveils Its New GAYTMs For Sydney Mardi Gras QNews Magazine

ANZ Bank have unveiled a new batch of GAYTMs to mark this years Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Each year the bank transforms several ATM machines in or around Sydneys CBD into elaborate works of art to celebrate Mardi Gras, with a different theme each year. This years GAYTMs are covered in light reflecting ...

The post ANZ Unveils Its New GAYTMs For Sydney Mardi Gras appeared first on QNews Magazine.

11:30

female Mandarin Duck (assumed escape) at Brisbane River, between Aranui St and Esplanade, Yeronga reported by Rob Elvish and M Hurwood on 17-02-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

This bird was reported as 'unknown'. Seen while kayaking. It stuck close to cover along the Yeronga bank and when pressed seemed unable to fly [moulting?] [I'm 99.9% sure it's a female Mandarin Duck which has escaped from somewhere. The only other female duck that I've seen like this is American Wood Duck but it doesn't look quite right. (Eds RPM).]

06:33

Rhianna who has cystic fibrosis and needs a lung transplant denied support by Centrelink "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Contributed from Queensland

Rhianna Johnson lives in Bundaberg in Queensland and she is one in the long list of sick people denied a disability pension by Centrelink. They say she is not sick enough.

The 24-year old is suffering from cystic fibrosis and and two years ago, after a lengthy stay in hospital, she was told that she needed a double lung transplant.  She has been on the waiting list since then.

I was first sent to the Prince Charles Hospital in December 2016. I was in hospital for about three months. My lung function dropped to just 23 percent which was really scary.

I was on oxygen for a week and I honestly thought I wasnt going to come off it.

At this time, she returned to Centrelink, in a wheelchair and pushed by her father, to be told that at best she will have to wait for months, before any decision was made.

She was eventually sent home from the hospital, because there was some improvement in her state of health. Unfortunately,  she began to deteriorate again after a while.

Rhianna tried to keep on working, but it was too much and she had to resign. Her condition made it too exhausting. Not being able to breath properly and absorb sufficient oxygen to maintain an active life is hard. It drains strength and demands rest periods.

I dont see my friends anymore and I dont have much energy. When I get up in the morning and Ive done all my treatments its pretty much time for a nap, she says.

For Rhianna, it has meant being on the waiting list for her life saving operation. It will not cure her cystic fibrosis. Not having the operation means that she will die soon. By having it, her life can be extended in terms of `both time and quality.

This means shifting to Brisbane, where she can get the treatment she needs, especially in the follow up time after the operation. This costs money.

But according to Centrelinks criterion she is not sick enough to deserve disability support.

Rhianna has chosen to speak out, because she does not want others to go through what she has had to put up with.

The problem is that applicants must meet specific criteria that are designed to rule out many who dont fall within the very narrow definitions set out on a table. This is not a clinical assessment. To get the points, the person must show virtually complete incapacity to look after oneself. Ability to work is not a consideration.

Meeting the table criteria may not be enough, because Centrelink still demands that the condition must be permanent. In Rhiannas case, it may be deemed that because a transplant is possible, she may be able to return to work one day. This means that her condition is not permanent.

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Sunday, 18 February

21:00

EP 237: Violent Soho "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Photo: Matt Walter

 

Violent Soho

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, 23rd December 2017

The Mansfield 4-piece first formed in 2004, all attending Mansfield State High School. Local shows with Brisbane favourites Eat Lazer Scumbag and Gazoonga Attack caught the eye of producer Bryce Moorhead of who recorded their first EP Pigs & T.V. in 2006.

The EP gained the band attention nationally, recruiting Magic Dirts Dean Turner as manager. He also produced and released their first full length album in 2008 on his Emergency Music label. We Dont Belong Here continued their steady growth in popularity, allowing them to tour internationally for the first time as well as play national festivals Homebake, Laneway, Meredith, Falls and Southbound.

Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth became a fan of the ba...

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Friday, 02 February

07:09

Media will be media "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

So weve all had a giggle had the governments misfortune at disposing of filing cabinets full of government documents. I expect there will be an investigation and several individuals will be tendering their notices and pursuing other interests and/or spending time with their families.

Over at Quadrant the always interesting Geoffrey Luck poses some questions regarding this apparent breach of national security:

  • When did the ABC first receive the documents?
  • Did the ABC buy them from the person who legally acquired the filing cabinets?
  • Who made the decision to evaluate the documents for news value, instead of handing them to a government agency?
  • How were decisions made on the order in which stories were published?
  • How did the ABC convince ASIO that the documents were its property?
  • Why were some documents dispersed to Brisbane?
  • Why are the original documents not available for public inspection on its website, as the ABC has boasted, only summaries?
  • What qualifications do ABC reporters have to decide what is, or is not a risk to national security?

Now some of these questions are interesting stories in and of themselves and Im sure other media organisations will pursue those questions in the coming days and weeks.  Yet the thrust of the article is that the ABC has done something wrong. Now as a working assumption that is a good place to start, but Im not convinced.

Now we can moan and groan, and wring our hands, and carry on about evil lefties, and what-not until the cows come home.  The fact of the matter is that the government abandoned those documents into the public domain. Whether those documents represent a security risk to the nation is not the ABCs problem or any other media outlets problem it is the governments problem.

Potentially news-worthy documents became available to a media organisation and they were assessed for their news value. That is what the media does that is what Australian taxpayers pay over $1 billion to the ABC to do. Now Im convinced that we dont get much value for that $1 billion, but that isnt the point here.

So in answer to this question:

How did the ABC convince ASIO that the documents were its property?

They probably produced a receipt. If the government wishes to appropriate that property I imagine t...

Thursday, 01 February

18:13

Buller's Shearwater & Black-naped Tern at Pt Lookout, North Stradbroke Island reported by Colin Reid on 01-02-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A four and a half hour seawatch delivered 4 Buller's Shearwaters and 2 Black-naped Terns among thousands of Wedge-tailed, hundreds of Hutton's and a hundred or so Short-tailed Shearwaters, hundreds of Common Noddies, Common and Little Terns, a few imm Sooty Terns and 1 Pomarine Skua. Conditions verging on extreme.

17:38

Jet City (Melbourne) Cessna 750 Citation X Bizjet VH-XCJ Arrives into Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Monday 29 January, Jet City (Melbourne) Cessna 750 Citation X bizjet VH-XCJ was noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport from its Melbourne (Essendon) base.

VH-XCJ at Adelaide Airport  (File photo)

The attractive Citation bizjet appears to be staying on Hamo for at least the night.

Meanwhile, also on Monday 29 January, Hopair (of Cairns) Cessna 337E Skymaster VH-OIQ was also noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport but from Toowoomba.  It seems to been flying around the Southern states and South Queensland.  While on Saturday 27 January, Hawker Beechcraft G58 Baron VH-EZD arrived from its Monto base.

Finally, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" has had a busy couple of days popping into both Mackay and Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airports.  During the afternoon on Sunday 28 January, VH-CXJ arrived into Mackay Airport from Townsville and later departed to Brisbane on what looked to be a medevac flight.  While late on Monday 29 January, VH-CXJ was noted completing what looked to be training at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport, flying from and back to Townsville.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 31 January, all aircraft mentioned above all departed Hamilton Island for differing parts.  VH-XCJ departed to Sydney and then Essendon.  VH-OIQ departed to the Gold Coast after completing a local flight on Tuesday 30 January.  VH-EZD departed back to its Monto base.

UPDATE!  Also on Wednesday 31 January, Brisbane-based Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-AAD arrived into Hamilton Island Airport from Brunette Downs via Mount Isa and Gunpowder Mine.  It is due to depart to Archerfield on Thursday 1 February.

Photo taken by Tony Haynes 

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