Communities get choice on fluoride

(The Chronicle) FLUORIDE will not be forced on the region’s outlying communities in a move that could prevent millions of dollars being wasted on water no one drinks. […] But Premier Campbell Newman has scrapped the compulsory scheme, announcing communities could now decide for themselves whether they wanted their water fluoridated. Read and vote Editors comment: […] […]

Qld council mergers catastrophic: ex-mayor

(Business Spectator) Forced council amalgamations were a catastrophe for one far north Queensland community, its former mayor says. Mike Berwick was the mayor of the Douglas Shire, north of Cairns, for 17 years. He says the state government’s decision to force the local council, and others, to merge with Cairns council sparked unbridled anger in […] […]

Alan Jones MUST SEE speech on Coal Seam Gas (CSG)

(AustraliaMatters) I’ve never been much of a Alan Jones fan over the years, but seeing him recently stand up against the Juliar Rothschild carbon tax rot (that will do zero for the planet considering China isn’t cutting back emissions and volcanoes still erupt) caught my ear. He’s back again–this time he’s giving me goose bumps. I’ve […] […]

Bevan Alan Mowen fails in court bid to force a referendum into sale of Queensland Rail

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(CourieMail) A ROCKHAMPTON man has failed in a court bid to force the State Government to hold a referendum into the sale of Queensland Rail. Bevan Alan Mowen (image left) went to the Supreme Court in Rockhampton asking Justice Duncan McMeekin for an injunction which would force the Government to hold a referendum into the sale. […] Justice McMeekin said whatever the merits of the application he believed there were three fundamental problems with the application. He said the application was made against the "Queensland State Government" which was the wrong entity. Secondly, he believed he had no jurisdiction to order the State Government to hold a referendum into such a matter. Justice McMeekin said the third point was he doubted Mr Mowen had the standing to bring the action. read more
 
Classic example of why the country is screwed. The "Queen" (see Hill VS Sue) sub-servant Judge need have only gone to the "Queensland State Government" own website where they, not Mickey Mouse, openly brag they sold QR. As for the Judge's other two supposed valid reasons, "he believed" and "doubted", are not valid answers. How much do these King Solomon loving Freemasons in drag get paid by we the Australian people to sit there and thumb their upper class noses at our FACTUAL concerns? Well done Mr Mowen!

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OCTOBER 2010 FLASHBACK: Thai rain making comes to Qld

royal_rain_maker.jpgOCTOBER 2010 FLASHBACK: (SMH) A rain-making method developed by Thai king Bhumipol Adulyadej is set to aid Queensland in battles with drought after an agreement between the state government and the Thai royal household. The Queensland government's access to the rain-making technology, developed by King Bhumipol over the past 30 years, came a year after the state approached the royal household last year. As a result, Queensland is set to be the first major region outside Thailand where the rain-making technology will be put into full effect. read more

Was the "full effect" three months later from nature or from another screw up by the Bligh government that caused innocent deaths, destruction, lower property values, public debt, and a walk in next election for a woman that most hated before the "full effect" 2011 floods? Those fascist (government merged with unelected corporations) clowns can't even get the municipal drinking water mass medication dosages right.  Thanks to our reader 'rjw' for this important flashback reminder.

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Coal miners to blame for Queensland floods, says Australian Greens leader Bob Brown

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(CourierMail) GREENS leader Bob Brown says the coal mining industry should foot the bill for the Queensland floods because it helped cause them. The floods are Queensland's worst for nearly 40 years, with more than 26,000 homes affected and at least 16 people killed. Senator Brown said the Federal Government should impose the original version of the Resources Super Profits Tax, and use the funds to pay for the clean-up. "It's the single biggest cause – burning coal – for climate change and it must take its major share of responsibility for the weather events we are seeing unfolding now," he said in Hobart today. read more

Who without blinking would the coal mines pass the "Resources Super Profits Tax" onto? Yes the consumer that's already paying way too much. The day we see two male hump back whales doing what Bob Brown does we'll happily replace "un-natural" with "natural". This is the same Bob Brown that was done and dusted until an unelected business man called Dick Smith came along and funded Bob Brown with private capital. Two things of many that should be left to fail naturally  — private banks like Goldman Sachs and washed up politicians like Bob Brown.

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How Jordan died to save his brother

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(SMH) IT IS almost unimaginable the fear 13-year-old Jordan Rice would have felt as the car he and his family were in was pummelled by a wall of water. But as it began engulfing the vehicle, Jordan, who could not swim himself, insisted his younger brother, Blake, 10, be rescued first. read more

I'm proud to be a fellow Queenslander (90km's from the flood) with young men like Jordan around. May you and your dear mum rest in peace young mate.

related: Good Samaritan saves five lives

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Australia floods cause possibly years of damage

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(Reuters) GLADSTONE, Australia (Reuters) – Australia's flood-stricken coal industry may face months of disruptions as reports emerge of key rail and road links being washed away, while some infrastructure may take years to repair, authorities said on Friday. […] About 200,000 people scattered across an area the size of France and Germany combined have been affected by the flooding and three people killed. Damage from the floods, the worst in the state in 50 years, has been estimated at $5 billion. read more

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Ipswich workers face sack days before Christmas

(CourierMail) A MANUFACTURING business west of Brisbane will close its doors, leaving more than 140 staff out of work just days before Christmas. Ipswich-based Australian Hardboards will shut down on December 17 after operating in the city for more than 50 years. […] Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale said it was a "gut-wrenching" development, saying more jobs had been lost as a result of cheap overseas imports. "Recently Bradken Industries announced jobs were going offshore, and now after more than 50 years Ipswich will lose Australian Hardboards due to cheap imported products flooding the market," he said. "Australia must re-examine why we allow cheap overseas imports to destroy jobs." read more

The so called Australian government is ALLOWING which foreign country to import their dirt cheap harboard products into Australia? If we say China, will Julia Gillard label us "protectionist" for saying so? Anyone that's been reading here for a while knows we don't give a flying rabbi about what Fabian Gillard thinks anyway.

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[Queensland Rail] QR National sale a success says Treausurer Andrew Fraser

(CourieMail) THE sale of Queensland's rail business, QR National Ltd, has been a success and history will remember it as the right decision, Treasurer Andrew Fraser says. The freight haulage company made a positive debut on the Australian Securities Exchange on Monday, trading at $2.65 at 14:30 (AEDT), above the $2.55 IPO price per share for institutional investors and $2.45 price for retail investors. read more

A "success" for whom — the Queensland people or global banksters and the monopoly art of privatisation? The Queensland tax payers already paid off and owned QR, yet now they are being asked to buy shares in something they already own?

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