Stories of Influence

Stories of Influence

A second stage of a light rail project that will bring huge economic benefits and link Brisbane to the Gold Coast in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games has secured government support, after a relentless campaign by the Gold Coast Bulletin. Extending the Gold Coast’s light rail line to the heavy rail station at Helensvale, […]

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Public awareness is a vital ingredient for the Australian restaurant industry and The Australian Financial Review has generated as much as 20 per cent more trade for featured establishments with the debut of its Top 100 Restaurants list. The new peer-reviewed list was launched in May to bring together top end restaurants with […]

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Newspaper advertising undertaken by Australian Marriage Equality (AME) has inspired hundreds of brands to sign up and support the cause. In June, AME placed full page advertisements in The Australian. Qantas, PwC, Commonwealth Bank, Optus, Google, Virgin, Westpac, David Jones and ANZ, are some of the 50 brands that […]

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The Newcastle Herald’s Toxic Truth investigation revealed the shortcomings of a state-sanctioned clean-up of industrial pollution at hundreds of homes surrounding an old lead and zinc smelter at north Lake Macquarie, New South Wales. It found that despite the government publicly describing the suburban clean-up as ‘‘the…

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HOMES are sold faster and for more money when advertised in a newspaper, according to new analysis of 850,000 homes sold over the past two years. Average prices for houses increase by 8.7 per cent, or almost $50,000, in Perth when advertised in print and online compared with online alone. In Sydney, the city with […]

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The Queensland Government approved 100% fly-in, fly-out rosters for two coal mines in Central Queensland. After Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney announced 650 jobs would be pulled from Brisbane and 250 from Cairns – locking out our readers from work in their own towns – publisher Australian Regional Media took up the fight.

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Nate Dunbar was eight months old when a drunk driver crashed through his bedroom wall. He died despite desperate attempts to save him. Moved by his death and sensing an opportunity to change community behaviour for the better, The West Australian approached Nate’s parents Stacy and Justin Dunbar.

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In January 2013, Brisbane Airport held the dubious honour of being the worst metropolitan hub for on-time arrivals in the country. The growing tide of frustration saw The Courier-Mail launch a campaign for a new runway and asked its readers to join the conversation by telling Brisbane Airport what they thought using #bnelateagain.

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The two-year anniversary of the death of their son Thomas Kelly was bittersweet for the Kelly family. While mourning their loss, the family also took comfort that their campaign for change was working – with the anniversary marked by the halving of alcohol related violence injuries at St Vincent’s Hospital.

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