George Roberts,

George Roberts

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

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Recent articles by George:

CSIRO fracking research 'doesn't pass the pub test', expert says

The CSIRO is accused of having a conflict of interest after releasing a report on coal seam gas that says fracking has little-to-no impact on the environment, while critics also question the sample size and location of sites studied. → Read More

Brisbane Airport to open second runway despite COVID-19 aviation shutdowns

Brisbane's airport opens its new $1.3 billion second runway — the largest aviation construction project in Australia — despite flights being cancelled and borders closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Brisbane International Airport still has hundreds of people arriving daily, but coronavirus has made it much harder to travel

More than 250,000 international travellers have touched down in Australia since the borders closed amid the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Queensland coronavirus restrictions to ease from midday — here's what you'll be able to do

From midday, life will get a whole lot easier across Queensland as COVID-19 restrictions ease to allow a range of activities that have been shut down for months. → Read More

Coronavirus restrictions ease to give Queensland couple fairytale wedding

Cathy Smith was facing a wedding without her mother walking her down the aisle, and despite going with a plan B wedding to meet coronavirus restrictions, she can now have all her guests following easing of restrictions this week. → Read More

Queensland's borders are opening as coronavirus restrictions ease and life moves toward normal

Some restrictions are easing faster than expected, but there is of course one major catch — Victorians aren't allowed and anyone coming to Queensland from that state will pay the price. → Read More

Australian security cameras hacked, streamed on a Russian-based website

Australians are being filmed through private security cameras that are being streamed on a website based in Russia with security experts saying countless databases of compromised cameras are accessible to hackers. → Read More

Online child sex abuse network busted by Federal Police, 9 arrested and 14 children rescued

Australian Federal Police release details of a major investigation into a child sex abuse investigation that operated across three states. → Read More

More coronavirus restrictions set to be eased for Queenslanders

The Queensland Government gave itself until today to decide which restrictions will be eased next and one Government Minister has indicated there's good news to come. → Read More

Department of Child Safety notified about two malnourished Brisbane boys found locked in house, neighbours say

GRAPHIC WARNING: Photos and vision of two teenage boys found malnourished and locked inside a home reveal the horrific conditions they were living in. Neighbours say despite notifying the Department of Child Safety, nothing was done. → Read More

Two malnourished teenagers found locked inside Brisbane house, man found dead in yard

Two teenagers have been removed by child protection officers after police discovered them locked inside a house where a man was found dead yesterday. → Read More

Online candlelight vigil held in memory of toddler Willow Dunn as father stands charged with murder

An online vigil is held in memory of four-year-old Willow Dunn, whose sudden death has sparked an outpouring of community grief. The child's father has been charged with her murder. → Read More

University of Queensland holds hearing behind closed doors to consider expulsion of student involved in China protest actions

A University of Queensland student walks out of a closed disciplinary hearing to decide whether he should be expelled, calling it a "kangaroo court." → Read More

Father and son accused of line dancing 'scam' arrested on Sunshine Coast

Police arrest a 67-year-old man and his son on Queensland's Sunshine Coast over an alleged line dancing scam after searching for the pair for more than a year. → Read More

Coronavirus fears after Australian father found dead in Bali hotel room

The son of a Queensland man found dead in a Bali hotel says his father was "well and enjoying an extended holiday", while Indonesian authorities fear coronavirus could be the cause of death. → Read More

Coronavirus JobKeeper payment loophole meant students as young as 16 were pocketing $1,500 a fortnight — but not anymore

Thanks to a loophole in the Federal Government's JobKeeper legislation, Lewis Mullins has been earning far more than he did before the coronavirus pandemic. But the same can no longer be said for his younger colleagues. → Read More

Gas fracking in Channel Country should stop, leaked department report told Queensland Government

A leaked expert report shows the Queensland Government was advised to stop further gas fracking in the state's sensitive Channel Country, but a separate department already extended gas exploration until 2030. → Read More

Renters will now be forced to prove they can't pay rent during coronavirus restrictions, Minister says

The Queensland Government backs down on its coronavirus rental relief package after the real estate industry waged a public campaign alleging the measures favoured renters over landlords. → Read More

Staff, volunteers pay for zoo animals' food as coronavirus cripples wildlife parks, sanctuaries

Wildlife sanctuaries, zoos and animal hospitals are being crippled by the coronavirus, with the ban on gatherings robbing them of the funds needed to feed the animals and retain staff. → Read More

Can I still catch a wave or go for a jog? How coronavirus will impact your exercise routine

In the new world order of physical distancing and a creeping paranoia about other people's germs, should you still puff and pant along a running attack, passing others who may have the coronavirus? → Read More