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Ten years ago, small businesses, those with fewer than 20 employees, employed over half of private sector workers in Queensland, but that is no longer the case. This was revealed in an excellent note, Small Business in Queensland, published yesterday by the Queensland Government Statisticians Office, part of the Queensland Treasury:
While small business makes a significant contribution to total employment in Queensland, its share has fallen from 55.9% in June 2007 to 44.2% in 2016.
The trend decline occurred across Australia, although the fall was greater in Queensland than the rest of Australia, on average.
While small business employment declined, employment in medium-sized businesses (20-199 employees) increased. The Government Statisticians Office reports:
Between June 2007 and June 2016, the number of persons employed in a small business in Queensland decreased by 166,000 (down 15.4%)Conversely, the number of persons employed in a medium or large business increased by 128,000 (38.0%) and 172,000 (33.5%) respectively.
Incidentally, medium-sized businesses and large businesses (200+ employees) make up only 2.6 percent of total businesses, but account for 56% of employees (see chart below).
Why have small businesses declined in relative importance? Many factors have probably contributed to the downward trend, including, among others:
Of course, technology is now allowing many people to set up micro-businesses, such as consultancies or Uber driving businesses, so there may be a reversal in the longer-term trend to some extent. But the longer-term trend away from traditional small businesses, such as a corner store or newsagent employing half a dozen people, appears unstoppable.
There were moving scenes at Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 19 September as a 'Guard of Honour' was formed by
members of the Singapore Armed Forces to honour one of their fallen
comrades before the visiting Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)
Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker '752' transported his body home to
As we posted below, on Monday 18 September,
the visiting United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super
Galaxy (L-500) 87-0030 was loaded with one of two United States
Navy SEAL's Combatant Craft Medium (CCM) Mk 1 Stealth Boats - truck
and trailer included - along with some pallets and containers -
before it departed to Hickam Air Force Base (Hickam Field) in
Hawaii as "Reach 468".
Now this is what Im talking about! Weve heard a lot about the tough guys of the animal kingdom in recent weeks: hippos that lay the smack down on lions, hippos that terrify Steve Irwin, lions that are definitely voting yes on the gay marriage plebiscite and bears that scare the living sh*t out of mountain bikers. Now, finally, its Strayas turn.
I present you with the f*cking cassowary!
Faster than a bloody ninja, crankier than my mother-in-law when shes on the sauce, scarier than the thought of dying old and alone; you do not want to f*ck with these bad boys!
Why, you ask? Check out the Velociraptor claw!
You know what else you can add to the list though? Theyre f*cking criminals. Thats right, these colourful avian rogues are no better than smackheads and have taken to breaking into bloody houses in North Queensland.
Just last week a young cassowary innocuously named Ruthie, bailed an old bloke up, threatened him and tried to get into his house. Bloody hell!
As part of Kurilpa Futures ongoing Youth Engagement Strategy, West End State School (WESS) Environment Club students joined members of Kurilpa Futures (KF) in a collaboration to green the verge in the Hardgrave Rd Greening Project (one of three proposed by KF). Students from the WESS Environment Club and their families were out in 
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With certain publications, you know what you are getting. You usually know well before you read them. There are seldom surprises with the ideas or the agenda. That does not mean that they should not be read. It also does not mean that what is written is always right or always wrong or not funny. Think the Sydney Morning Herald. Think the Guardian.
The David Horowitz Freedom Center is best seen as a School of Political Warfare. The Centers mission is to defend free societies which are under attack from enemies within and without, both secular and religious. The Centers focus and the Schools curriculum have two agendas:
1. Identify the enemy and understand his nature
2. Devise ways to attack and neutralize him
Three creatures on earth are impossible to get rid of: lice, cockroaches and Clintons.
But while Democrats wish Hillary Clinton would go away, she embodies todays left better than anyone. Hillary was Americas First Crybully: the malicious professional victim, the abuser who claims to be the abused, the black nationalist thug throwing cinderblocks at police while shrieking, Hands up, dont shoot and the leftist campus protesters screaming how afraid they are while they terrorize speakers.
If I could do only one thing in my remaining days, I would correct Greenfield. Four creatures on earth are impossible to get rid of: lice, cockroaches, Clintons and that irritating fellow from Queensland who now lives in New York.
The same to you mate! Shake your own sauce bottle!
Tomorrow Night at the Ryde Library between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m the City of Ryde present their regular Author Platform, featuring Newsreader/Journalist Tracey Spicer.
Tracey reveals the many aspects of her life of a woman, from growing up in the early years living in Brisbane to being inspired by journalist Jana Wendt and working her way into her dream role of being a national news anchor in the TV industry. She also talks about her struggles as a woman in the media industry such as being sacked via email after having a baby. In this frank and funny memoir, Tracey reconstructs the structural barriers facing women in the workplace and encourages us all to shake off the shackles of the good girl.
For more info check out the event on the City of Ryde Website
We are excited to be running this fun and interactive one-day workshop for teenagers which will cover what to do in an emergency in the bush, how to manage survival situations and, crucially, how to not get into an emergency situation in the first place! It wont be all talk though, there will be practical 
The Brisbane Vegan Markets debuted in November last
year, and have quickly become a regular event. I blogged about
attending the first one, but it was a couple of
months before I went back again. That first one I went to was on a
very,very hot day, and it was so crowded with very little seating
on shade. But I am happy to report that they have addressed those
issues that they can, and now that it is a regular event the crowds
are a little easier (though I still always get there early before
they build). The weather they can't control, which I think is why I
missed the next few during the particularly oppressive summer
months. I've been back now many times (it's become a regular event
for me in the last couple of months), but today I will share with
you my eats for March and April (I know, I am way behind).
In March I discovered that the nice thing about the morning markets is that I can do a yoga class, have a quick shower at the studio, then it is just a short drive down to West End! Unfortunately for the March markets, the night before I had eaten had a huge, greasy meal that wasn't so great and sat heavily in my stomach even the next morning, so I was not able to manage much. Thankfully they had some light options for me. I picked up a refreshing Green Tea Soba Salad from the September 18 stall, and a passionfruit lemonade from the Get Vegan with Jadda stall.
Last month, Education Queensland began investigating a vertical high schools policy. High-school cramming in inner-city school necessitated the need for a new model for school development.
The Fortitude Valley location is one of two proposed vertical high school schools in Brisbane, with the second slated for the inner south.
A planning day run by the Department of Education in November will develop concepts for the Fortitude Valley proposal.
The schools will accommodate between 1200 and 1500 students each.
Introducing Dragonfruit, who bring a European vibe to music enthusiasts in Australia through creating a positive, inclusive and uplifting environment in which to socialise, participate and be exposed to the very best of underground house & techno music on offer both domestically and, especially, internationally. Hosting artists such as Carl Craig, Joseph Capriati, Nastia, Matthias Tanzmann, and MARCEL DETTMANN.
They will be hosting the techno pavilion at earthcore Brisbane!
International DJs and local artists TBA soon!
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Jonathan Sri, Anne Gardiner, Michael Crook are scheduled to speak at the event in South Brisbane.
The organisers hope that the event will make Labor listen to the 75% of people who do not want a billion dollars of public funds being gambled on Adani.
Ipswich has new deputy mayor and vows for tough conflict of interest laws
Former Queensland Labor MP Wanye Wendt is set to take over from former deputy mayor Paul Tully. Mr Tully stepped aside from his role after handing over his resignation early last month.
Australian Shadow Assistant Treasurer Dr Andrew Leigh will be speaking at the Brisbane launch of his Lowy Institute paper Choosing Openness on the evening of Wednesday 4 October, at the Queensland College of Art in South Brisbane. This looks absolutely unmissable for anyone interested in economics and politics. Here is the summary from the website:
In-conversation with Andrew Leigh and Sam Roggeveen, Senior Fellow of the Lowy Institute, followed by a Q&A.
In the early part of the twentieth century, the world turned inwards as fear shut down flows of people and goods across national borders. A century later, can we make a better choice?
Please join us for the launch of Choosing Openness, a new Lowy Institute Paper by the Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP and published by Penguin Random House Australia.
Across the developed world, global engagement has become a major political fault line. Some say that trade, investment, and immigration are threats rather than opportunities. Global uncertainty, rising inequality, and populism present real challenges to globalists. Choosing Openness argues that Australias past prosperity has flowed from engaging with the world. An open Australia requires stronger advocacy and smarter policies.
Such a discussion is especially needed in Queensland at the moment, given the recent adoption of the Buy Queensland procurement policy, one of the most illogical and misguided pieces of policy implemented in recent times in this State. Recall this is the policy that massively favours local firms in procurement processes, risks a blowout in government expenses, and has upset the New Zealand Government, causing a trade policy headache for the federal government. I strongly suspect Buy Queensland is inconsistent with the views that will be advanced by Dr Leigh in his Choosing Openness paper. I hope that the policy is discussed in either the conversation or Q&A component of the evening.
My previous posts on the new Buy Queensland procurement policy include:
Mystery surrounds a loud explosion that shook Moranbah homes overnight. Just before 11pm, numerous residents reported hearing a huge 'bang' that seemingly shook their homes. A Queensland Police media spokeswoman confirmed police were alerted to a potential explosion around 10.49pm. "We received a call from someone saying they had heard an enormous bang that sounds like an explosion," the QPS spokeswoman said.
This is a guest post (begun as a series of tweets) by Phil Orchard, Senior Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations at the University of Queensland and the Research Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. He is the author of A Right to Flee: Refugees, States, and the Construction of International Cooperation, the forthcoming Protecting the Internally Displaced: Rhetoric and Reality and, with Alexander Betts, the co-editor of Implementation and World Politics: How International Norms Change Practice. He tweets @p_orchard.
The past three weeks have seen remarkable violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar. On 25 August, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) launched a series of coordinated attacks on police posts and a military base which killed twelve government officials. The ARSA, an armed insurgency organization which began its first attacks in October, claims that their goal is have the Rohingya be a recognized ethnic group within Myanmar. While many Rohingya can trace their roots back centuries in Myanmar, the government considers them to be illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. It does not recognize the term Rohingya, and has refused to grant them citizenship; as a result the vast majority of the groups members have no legal documentation, effectively making them stateless and face significant discrimination and government restrictions.
The Myanmar government has responded to the ARSA by branding it a terrorist organization and claiming that the Tatmadaw, the Armed Forces of Myanmar, is using clearance operations to target militants. Even Aung San Suu Kyi has blamed terrorists for a h...
On Monday 18 September, Republic of
Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker '752' was
photographed into Rockhampton Airport as 'SAF8750' / "Singa 8750"
direct from Singapore.
After arriving into Rockhampton Airport the previous day, on
Monday 18 September, the United States Air Force
(USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy (L-500) 87-0030 was loaded with
one of the two Combatant Craft Medium (CCM) Mk 1 Stealth Boats
which are operated by the United States Navy SEAL's and were in
Central Queensland to participate in joint Military Exercise
Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17).
Bringing to life the natural and cultural history of North Stradbroke Island, Mirroring Minjerribah is a one-night-only exhibition that features the works of over sixteen emerging Brisbane artists. The exhibition features works by students from Griffith Universitys Queensland College of Art and Queensland Conservatorium of Music, which respond to an immersive week-long experience on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). 
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There is an urgent need for a cleanup in the relationship between the energy industry, government and the bureaucracy. Mounting evidence points towards an improper association that is feeding corruption, as the industry offers inducements to open the way the benefit of the major shareholders.
To an extent, it is already clear that there exists a network of payments mainly going into the Coalition parties. Payments that often arrive by circuit, designed to prevent disclosure under Australias existing and inadequate disclosure laws and there is good reason to believe that donations to political parties and other types of payments are significant enough to ensure that policy is effectively written in the boardrooms and then rubber stamped in parliament by willing politicians.
Nothing shows this more clearly than Australias energy policy and the containment of the debate over where to go from here. In the face of overwhelming scientific evidence and the experience of changing weather patterns, it remains that government keeps on refusing to act decisively to reduce carbon emissions.
One suggestion that is often made is that there is an ideological block, keeping the politicians locked into the religion of free market. After all, we have constantly been reminded that only the forces of demand and supply, unhindered by government interference, will provide the answers.
The truth is that they dont believe this any more than anyone else does. The best proof is that they have put into place a truckload of measures that bring government into the centre of regulation and control, not for the purpose of ensuring the needs of society are met, when these do not coincide with the corporations bottom line, but to assist them to expand their activities and guarantee a certain level of profitability. Their opposition is not to government intervention. Its just to certain kinds on intervention.
From the corporate viewpoint, paying for service makes good business sense, when the opportunity exists.
A good reason to suspect why the industry is currently enjoying so much support is that is has been paying for the service.
Two controversies have begun to untangle the web more than anything else and they are the Adani project in Queensland and events around fracking industry.
How is this help being given? By establishing generous funds to help with new proje...
Nai Palm, a two-time Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and musician from Australia, is the type of artist that arrives once in a generation.
She is a composer, instrumentalist, producer, vocalist and poet who approaches all of these self-taught disciplines with an intuitive, infectious grace which sent her on a journey to sculpt songs that have been received and treasured across the world. It is a world she has travelled many times over with her live band project Hiatus Kaiyote, who along with Nai Palm have become household names since they first began playing together in Melbourne in 2011.
Championed the world over by musical icons including ?uestlove, Erykah Badu, Anderson Paak and the late Prince, 2017 has seen Hiatus Kaiyotes album sampled on two of Hip-hops biggest releases, opening Drakes project More Life, and closing Kendrick Lamars album Damn.
This success has set the stage for Nai Palms first solo release Needle Paw.
Needle Paw is Nai Palms self-imposed challenge to explore the potential for immortality and timelessness within her music by stripping away the produced layers to focus on the element that is closest to the source of the human soul, the voice.
Compromised almost entirely of her guitar playing and vocal arrangements Needle Paw is the most honest glimpse into Nai Palms musical world. It is dreamlike, honest, beautifully transparent and reveals her musical ruminations to listeners with a courageous vulnerability and artistic generosity.
I want to remind people that there are humans behind the music. Not just compression and reverb. The urgency for accuracy is not human. The exposed process is human, without the cheat codes.
Anti-Adani protesters promise week-long action against Queensland mine https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/qld-adani-protesters-promise-week-long-action-20170916-p4yvy9.html 16 September 2017
Tycoon Gautam Adani last month announced the company would break ground on the $16.5 billion central Queensland mine in October.
Demonstrators from the Frontline Action on Coal and Reef Defenders groups were undergoing training on Saturday and Sunday ahead of a planned week-long protest kicking off at Yasso Point in Bowen on Sunday night.
Whitsunday tourism operator and farmer Paul Jukes will be among the protesters.
He said governments were prioritising the international mining behemoth over thousands of north Queensland business owners who relied on the Great Barrier Reef.
A Deloitte Access Economics report released in June put the value of the Great Barrier Reef at $56 billion, more than twice that of t...
Image Courtesy of The Acfields Sibling folk duo The Acfields havent made life easy for themselves, given theyve decided to live in different cities. With Hannah in Melbourne and Dan in Brisbane, The Acfields have to overcome the tyranny of distance to write, record and tour but somehow they make it work. The new 
Under the Governments proposed developments, more areas will be opened for commercial fishing and protection zones will be downgraded to allow for more trawling operations.
Environmentalist Michelle Grady says these proposed changes are completely contrary to public consultation and the removal of our current marine protections would constitute world first.
The Government says that these allegations are false and that these new plans have considered both biodiversity and local industries.
Qantas set to fly global entrepreneurs to Brisbane
On Monday 11 September, Royal Australian Air
Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft A97-441
was noted completing airwork around Bundaberg Airport. It
looked to fly North from RAAF Base Amberley and was heard to be
using the radio callsign of "Trojan 20".
|A97-441 taxis in at Rockhampton Airport during Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (File photo)|
The man, who 4ZZZ cannot name for legal reasons, failed a working with children check after a two month period in 1982 saw him commit various offences against women when he was still a teenager.
The court found that the man, who has since become a successful businessman, was no longer a risk to children.
SURGE IN ICE USE IN BRISBANE
The number of ice addicts seeking treatment in Brisbane has increased dramatically.
Planned upgrade and maintenance to the QPWS Springbrook National Park Visitor Information Centre (Old School House) located on Old School Road, is in progress, until further notice. The upgrade is a park improvement project approved under the Queensland Government Capital Works program for 2017/18 financial year. Affected parks: Springbrook National Park.
Road closed due to pending road works, remaining road network open to traffic Affected parks: D'Aguilar National Park.
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