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Editor’s Column Issue #170

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I DON’T often talk about the so-called crime wave because it’s depressing.

But I was particularly saddened by the death of a 70-year-old grandma, who was stabbed at a Brisbane shopping centre, in broad daylight, in front of her six-year-old granddaughter.

Tragically, she could not be saved, despite a doctor rushing to her aid.

It sounds like it was a completely random attack. The perpetrator stole her car and fled with others, before dumping the car a few hours later.

A life for a car. This is just not right. What is going on here?

The Federal Government – the crime wave is not limited to Queensland – really needs to get on top of the situation.


On a happier note, the Australia Day Award recipients were finally recognised, after a postponement due to weather.

Award ceremonies took place on Saturday, at Flagstaff Hill, in Bowen, and on Sunday, in Collinsville.

The bad weather event associate with ex-TC Kirrily had postponed the celebration (originally due to take place on Australia Day) but it didn’t quell the excitement of the nominees.

See our story on pages 1 and 4, with lots more pics on page 18.


It’s Valentine’s Day next Wednesday, February 14 – see our feature on pages 12 and 13.

The day does not necessarily have to focus around romantic love. It can, instead, focus on family or love of friends.

Why not surprise your mum with a beautiful bunch of flowers – it will make her day!


Tuesday, February 6, was Safer Internet Day 2024.

Safer Internet Day raises awareness about online safety for people of all ages and is celebrated in 170 countries. This year’s theme for Safer Internet Day is Connect. Reflect. Protect.

As technology is constantly advancing, while there are many benefits, people are often exposed to risks with real-life impacts.

It has never been more important to promote the safe use of technology – more information at www.ipc.nsw.gov.au/connect-reflect-protect-safer-internet-day-6-february-2024.

As always, thanks for reading this newspaper.


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