Claims 2nd Sydney Airport will boost GDP by $24b

In this report, Transport Minister and Deputy PM Warren Truss tells PM’s Louise Yaxley the 2014 general plan for Sydney’s second airport, including that it will likely start as a domestic airport then grow into an international facility depending on investor interest. The current operators of Kingsford Smith Airport, Southern Cross airports, have the first right of refusal on construction contracts. A $3.5b roads package has been announced to complement the new airport. Continue reading

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Tigerair adds 130k (night) seats Bris>Darwin annually

Tigerair are making the first Brisbane-Darwin return flights on 16th April 2014. Whilst the flights are welcomed, it’s questionable if the 130,000 seats can be filled when the flights departing Darwin leave at 1.15am. Continue reading


SA whale-watching centre closed when body found

Missing French tourist, Aurelie Lhorme is missing and a female body has been found at the base of cliffs near the WA/SA border. The body is not confirmed to be Aurelie, but her car was found nearby. Police are looking for witnesses. Continue reading


Tourists’ family not letting QLD Police off the hook

The family of a backpacker that went missing in 1982 is looking for closure by calling out the Queensland Police force of the early 80s. Tony Jones went missing hitchhiking between Mt Isa and Townsville. Rife corruption of the QLD (and NSW) Police Force in the early 80s has since been proven. Continue reading


Adelaide transport not at its peak

Adelaide bus drivers are organising a strike via text message and one train line has been closed so long some students going to the uni the line services don’t even know the line exists. All is not well with transport in Adelaide. Continue reading


What does James Packer really want?

James Packer clearly plays by his own rules – his casino, to be built on sacred Sydney land, made possible by a new license created especially for him and with his own special tax rate – looks set to go ahead. As the ABC profiles the motivations of Kerry Packer in a two-part documentary, the independent Saturday Paper has a detailed account of the man who, more than any other individual, controls the tourism industry. Continue reading


The cost of modernising – NFSA cuts 28 staff

The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) is cutting 28 jobs as part of a major restructure of the Canberra institution. A new business model is being introduced which the archives says will take better advantage of online technology.
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Tourists and drivers suffer taxi industry reforms

PHOTO: Taxi drivers protest industry reforms in Exhibition Street Melbourne. The Victorian government has raised taxi fares by $5 per trip on Friday and Saturday nights to get more drivers on the streets – but taxi licensees holding $500k licenses are livid that new operators can rent licenses for $20k. Continue reading


$1.3m in Commonwealth festival money missing

The finances of an Indigenous cultural festival in the Northern Territory are being investigated by the regulator of Aboriginal corporations after up to 60 creditors launched legal action over unpaid accounts. Continue reading


Man wanted over cameras planted in toilets

POLICE are hunting this man (pictured) after video cameras were found hidden in a highway’s female public toilet cubicles in Western Australia’s popular South West region. Continue reading


Scenic railway collides with car in FNQ

A MAN has been cut from his car by emergency services after the vehicle and far north Queensland’s Kuranda Scenic Railway train collided. Continue reading

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