Monthly Archives: September 2010

Bush B&Bs neglected by new shiny tourism campaign

Today’s Sunshine Coast Daily reports: A SOUTHERN Downs tourism operator has slammed the latest Tourism Queensland advertising campaign as “beach-centric” and accuses the organisation of selling out the bush. Stanthorpe accommodation provider Phil Moye said he was “completely frustrated” with … Continue reading

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Upcoming events on a Qld upper house and climate change

At the Brisbane Polo Club next Tuesday evening (5 October), the Brisbane Institute will host a forum on whether the Queensland Parliament should re-establish an upper house – i.e., the Legislative Council which was abolished in 1921 by a suicide … Continue reading

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Wine making not an industry for a Smart State

Queensland’s 185 wine makers must have noted with some concern Brown Brothers’ investment in Tasmania last month (Climate drives big wine deal): VICTORIAN winemaker Brown Brothers has outlined critical environmental reasons behind its $32.56 million purchase of Gunns’ wine assets … Continue reading

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Australia has 4th highest obesity rate in OECD

With 25% of the adult population obese, Australia ties with the UK as the fourth most obese OECD country.  In first place, of course, is the US (34%), in second place is Mexico (30%) and in third place is New … Continue reading

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Outdoor culture makes Coloradans skinny, but not Queenslanders

Obesity is a serious health problem for individuals and a serious cost to public health budgets and the economy through lost workforce participation and productivity  – Access Economics estimated its total cost to the Australian community at nearly $4 billion … Continue reading

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One in 14 Queensland Indigenous adults part of the Stolen Generation

One out of every 14 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of adult age living in Queensland is a member of the stolen generation, according to a summary booklet of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) … Continue reading

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Kicking off concession card holders unfair, but we may need to review peak fares

mX (Brisbane’s free afternoon newspaper) today ran with a typical attention grabbing front page headline “Peak fare shock: Kick concession cards, says forum”: Concession card-carrying commuters should be relegated to off-peak services only, a peak transport body says.  A report … Continue reading

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