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STUDY: Country Queenslanders lead state in foreign name pronunciation

1 February, 2015. 13:01 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact QUEENSLAND is the nation's self-proclaimed "smart state" - yet over 90% of Australia's "sun-kissed minority" cannot pronounce the name of their likely new premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk. While the more cultured and progressive states have been battling with Polish names for decades, this is the first example of Queenslanders having to learn a...

Gold Coast family disown son after discovering his “Southern Cross” tattoo

30 January, 2015. 19:48 CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact A GOLD COAST family have today publicly announced that they will no longer have anything to do with their eighteen-year-old son, after his "disgraceful display of commonness". But, what did he do? William got drunk and accidentally revealed his new "Southern Cross" tattoo to his parents. Bill and Suzie McClymont, former wine-growers from Stanthorpe, have...

Northern Territory man found ALIVE after spending days lost in Pymble wilderness

28 January, 2015. 15:00 STANLEY WORTHINGTON | Sydney Correspondent | Contact A DARWIN man is lucky to be alive today after spending the past few days lost in the wilderness, near the Sydney suburb of West Pymble. After attending his cousin's barbeque, contract musterer Glenn Stevenson became disoriented after he left the party to walk to the train station. Mr Stevenson, an experienced outdoorsman, was in good health...

Bill Shorten considered making Prince Phillip a union boss, highest Labor honour

27 January, 2015. 10:51 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact OPPOSITION leader Bill Shorten says he "toyed" with the idea of making Prince Phillip the national secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union  (CFMEU) to compliment his new title, knight of the Order of Australia - the country's highest honour. The title of national secretary of the CFMEU is the Labor Party's...

The Western Australian “99%” protest higher wages for state’s low income earners

23 January, 2015. 15:10 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact THE "one-percent" of Western Australia launched a campaign this morning to better the work conditions of the state's lowest paid workers. This has sparked outrage among the remaining 99% of the WA's workforce, which says the greedy "one-percenters" should either "get a better job" or move away. A small demonstration has begun at...

“Not in Toowoomba, mate!” – Entire Queensland town to boycott Triple J

24 January, 2015. 8:48 CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact A local radio station based in the small, South-East Queensland town of Toowoomba has declared a war of the waves against national radio giant Triple J in the lead up to their highly-anticipated Hottest 100. ‘The 4DDG Annual Hottest Aussie 100 Count Down’ was unveiled yesterday during the station’s popular Friday FM...

Mike Baird: “Our police will target anyone wearing an Australian flag cape tomorrow”

CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact In an effort to avoid public drunkenness and unwanted scenes of unrest, New South Wales Premier Mike Baird and his Queensland counterpart, Annastacia Palaszczuk, have confirmed this morning that police in both states have been advised to use "healthy stereotypes" on Australia Day - in an effort to provide crowd control during public celebrations. "There is no...

Coral cleaning machinery arrive at Great Barrier Reef just in time

22 January, 2015. 12:34 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact LONG-AWAITED coral cleaning machines have arrived at The Great Barrier Reef, heralding a new beginning for the World Heritage Site. The revolutionary technology has been under development in China for the past decade - with the goal of repairing the damage done by the warm phase of the El Niño Southern Pacific Oscillation. Commissioned by...

Helmet-less cyclists will not be covered by health insurance – protective equipment to subsidised

21 January, 2015. 15:05 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact CYCLISTS who refuse to wear a helmet will no longer be covered by most health insurance companies if they injure themselves while riding. A landmark bipartisan agreement between the big six Australian insurers and the NSW state government was set in stone this morning as the medical and legal fraternities say they've grown...

Dulwich Hill teens attempt to “stone” classmate to death

13 March, 2015. 14:30 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact THREE TEENAGERS FROM Sydney's inner-west are in police custody this afternoon after tricking a classmate into consuming 1.1kg of "cannabis brownies". The victim was rushed to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown after he lost consciousness at around 1:30 pm. It is alleged by police that the boys were curious to see whether it was...

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