Entries by Matt McDonald

Asylum seeker death ‘preventable’

A Queensland Coroner investigating the death of an Iranian asylum seeker has ruled he would still be alive if he had received proper medical care. Hamid Khazaei died in Brisbane’s Mater Hospital in September 2014 after developing an infection in a leg ulcer while being held at the Manus Island Detention Centre. The Centre’s medical […]

PM warned to scrap company tax plan after by-election failure

The Prime Minister is under pressure to ditch his corporate tax cuts after the Coalition failed to pick up any seats in the Super Saturday by-elections. The Government has so far been unable to get enough crossbench support for its plan to slash the company tax rate from 30 per cent to 25 per cent […]

Gold Coast man on drugs charges after Ice bust

A man has been charged with drug offences after allegedly being caught with a ‘significant’ amount of Ice at Tamborine Mountain. Officers from the Gold Coast Rapid Action Patrol Group executed a search warrant at a home on Henri Robert Drive around 8.30am. They also searched a vehicle, allegedly finding 15.8 grams of Ice and […]

Road closures in place for Groundwater Country Music Festival

Motorists are being reminded about road closures around Broadbeach as the Gold Coast prepares for the 2018 Groundwater Country Music Festival. 65,000 people are expected to attend the event which runs from Friday to Sunday. Police are warning motorists travelling near Broadbeach to expect delays and diversions. The following road closures are now in operation […]

Gold Coast rental squeeze eases

Renting on the Gold Coast has become slightly easier in the last three months with an increase in vacancy rates. But economists warn the market is still tight. According to figures from Real Estate Institute Queensland (REIQ), the vacancy rate on the Gold Coast was sitting at 2 per cent in June. That’s up from […]