Youth crime debate in wake of Emma Lovell stabbing a ‘political death spiral’, expert says

A prominent criminologist has accused both sides of politics of mishandling Queensland’s youth crime issue. Key points: More children are incarcerated in Queensland than in any other state, according to a Griffith University professor Ross Homel says the government and opposition are trying to “outdo” each other on the youth crime issue and that will … Read more

Queensland’s COVID protocols downgraded from amber to green, so what’s changed?

COVID-19 will continue to place significant pressure on Queensland’s health system in 2023 with more waves predicted throughout the year, the state’s Chief Health Officer John Gerrard says. As Queensland’s fourth Omicron wave recedes, Dr Gerrard said it was impossible to know whether the virus would eventually become seasonal, like the flu. “What exactly happens … Read more

North Lakes: Annastacia Palaszczuk announces major youth crime reform

Juveniles face up to 14 years in jail for stealing cars – with harsher penalties if they boast of their crimes on social media – while major amendments to the Youth Justice Act will require courts to scrutinize young offenders’ bail and criminal records during sentencing. The sweeping reforms to Queensland’s youth justice response were … Read more

Sydney rental crisis: Rent bidding made illegal but continues in secret

A shocking new photo has revealed the hidden flaw in Sydney’s merciless rental market, as renters across the city struggle to put a roof over their family’s heads. In the photo, which was shared to the AusFinance Reddit page this week, dozens of hopeful renters can be seen lining up in a building lobby to … Read more

Qld police officers killed in Wieambilla: Rachel McCrow, Matthew Arnold funeral

Thousands of Queenslanders have gathered across the state to pay their respects to two officers who were gunned down in the Western Downs in a horror pre-planned ambush. Constables Rachel McCrow, 29, and Matthew Arnold, 26, were killed on December 12 after they attended a welfare check on a rural property at Wieambilla. While there … Read more

Queensland Police officers killed in Wieambilla given state memorial

Thousands of Queenslanders are expected to gather across the state to pay their respects to two officers who were gunned down in the western Darling Downs last week. Constables Rachel McCrow, 29, and Matthew Arnold, 26, were killed on December 12 after they attended a welfare check on a rural property at Wieambilla. The pair … Read more

Qld police shooting: Calls to reform gun laws

Top cops and officials on both sides of the Queensland-NSW border have called for reform to gun laws after two police officers were shot dead in what was later described as a sick ploy to lure authorities to their deaths on a rural Queensland property. As they prepare to send a large portion of NSW … Read more

Queensland reopening its borders ‘seems like a lifetime ago’. How has the state fared with COVID since?

Experts have warned COVID-19 is as “serious as it ever was”, one year on from Queensland re-opening its borders. On December 13 last year, Queensland was relatively COVID free. Now the state has recorded more than 1.7 million cases. Within weeks of the border re-opening, the first wave hit Queensland. Large lines formed outside testing … Read more

Queensland’s ‘unsophisticated’ hotel quarantine system left man without proper medical care, coroner finds

Questions have been raised about the death of a man who was in hotel quarantine before he died by suicide, after a coroner found the “unsophisticated” quarantine system left him without proper medical care. Key points: Brendan Luxton died a day after he was released from hotel quarantine The coroner said an army officer who … Read more

What the federal government’s coal price cap means for power bills, generators and Queensland’s royalties

The federal government has announced a price cap on gas and coal to help ease the cost of energy. While some of the details still need to be nutted out, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said parliament will move to place a temporary cap on gas at $12 a gigajouleand that states will be capping coal … Read more