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Alex Brewster
Alex Brewster

Alex Brewster

Alex Brewster joined the ABC in Brisbane in 2021, covering news for Queensland across television, radio, and digital. He has a background in finance and has a keen interest in the housing market, as well as politics, crime, and sports. Follow Alex on Twitter @alexbrewster95

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Modelling shows Queensland COVID hospitalisations will peak in late August amid third Omicron wave

New modelling shows COVID-19 hospitalisations are likely to peak in late August at around 1,660 cases as the state records another 21 deaths today.
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Palaszczuk in a red blazer.

Heavy rain and gale force winds on the way for large parts of Queensland

Areas in southern and central Queensland will bear the brunt of the wet weather while coastal regions will be at risk of damaging surf conditions with massive swells expected.
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Curving storm clouds bringing rain over the outback, Longreach, Western Queensland.

Man accused of stabbing murder at Brisbane train station identified

The man accused of the stabbing murder of Lauie Tagaloa near Fortitude Valley train station on Monday morning is identified as 20-year-old student Seyram Kwami Djentuh.
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A group of people were involved in an altercation

'Practice what you preach': Pressure grows on Redland City Mayor to resign after drink-driving charge

Karen Williams was allegedly more than three times over the legal limit when she crashed the car last month. She says she will seek a period of unpaid leave before her case heads to court on August 1. 
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Headshot of Redland Mayor Karen Williams.

'She's got a fight ahead of her': Queensland horseracing community in shock after horrific fall

Apprentice jockey Leah Kilner, 24, was riding Stella's Turn in race three when the horse fell in the home straight, dislodging the jockey from her mount.
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A young woman dressed up in front of a sign at a track.

Landmark women's safety and justice report makes 188 recommendations

Sexual consent laws could be strengthened in Queensland and an education campaign launched to dispel rape myths, following recommendations from Women's Safety and Justice Taskforce.
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Headshot of Margaret McMurdo speaking.

Ipswich council to spend money renaming bridge after corrupt sex offender ex-mayor

Mayor Teresa Harding says she is shocked and disgusted by her fellow councillors' decision and confirms the council will have to spend money to put convicted sex offender Paul Pisasale's name on the bridge again.
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Headshot of former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale arrives at the District Court in Brisbane.

'I asked for this': Palaszczuk downplays integrity concerns, starts process to release cabinet papers early

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says her government will release cabinet papers after 30 days instead of 30 years as she addresses her government's response to the Coaldrake report into accountability in the public service.
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk speaking during Question Time at Queensland Parliament House in Brisbane

'Fairly substantial rain' to fall across much of Queensland, BOM warns

Abnormal winter rain is forecast to hit large parts of Queensland from today, with a separate cloud band forming early next week, potentially compounding the wet weather.
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A man holds an umbrella while walking with a primary school-aged child in the rain on a street.

When Jashneil was told large cracks in his new home were 'within reason', he lost faith in the building watchdog

A damning report into the effectiveness of Queensland's building and construction watchdog recommends sweeping reforms to overhaul the troubled regulator after finding its organisational structure and processes were not fit-for-purpose.
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A large crack creeping up from a door frame.

Queensland scraps more COVID-19 restrictions, but it's not the end of masks

Despite health authorities confirming the state is experiencing a third wave of new cases of the virus, many of the state's last COVID-19 restrictions have eased.
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Woman removes white face mask, trees in the background

'I don't pay electricity bills': Household solar battery users praise upside, but no rebate to be found in the Sunshine State 

Queensland invested in large-scale batteries in its budget, but there is nothing there for would-be home solar battery users. The Energy Minister says there is not a need, but experts say help with upfront costs could be a "good thing".
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A man stands looking at a Tesla battery on the side of his home.

Queensland Attorney-General announces appeal into sentence of teen who struck and killed pregnant couple with stolen car

A petition against the sentence of the man jailed for killing Katherine Leadbetter and her partner Matthew Field when he struck them with a stolen car last year garnered tens of thousands of signatures.
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A close up of woman with long brown hair and man with hat and goatee. They are smiling

Footage of drive-by shooting at boxer Justis Huni's family home released by police

Police release security camera footage of a drive-by shooting at the family home of champion heavyweight boxer Justis Huni on Thursday morning.
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CCTV captures the moment boxer Justis Huni's Brisbane home is targeted in a drive-by shooting

Brisbane's petrol prices tipped to hit record highs, drivers told to fill up now

Prices are following a global trend, with high oil prices driven by the war in Ukraine and China easing its COVID-19 restrictions and increasing its demand for oil.
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Fuel costs sign at Coles Xpress service station in Brisbane

How much does solar power cost to install and is it worth it?

Rising electricity bills have some people warming to the idea of solar power. So how much does it cost to switch to solar and how long will it take to pay off? We asked the experts.
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A solar panel in the foreground with a tiled roof in the background.

More rain on the horizon as Queensland in for a wet winter

The BOM says more rain events this winter could break records, and climate change is only making things worse. 
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The Brisbane skyline over the river.

100mm of rain could be dumped over already sodden parts of south-east Queensland, BOM warns

An incoming trough system appears set to bring increasing rainfall over parts of south-east Queensland, while a risk of flash flooding remains across coastal regions over coming days.
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A woman walks with an umbrella in the rain in Montague Road at West End in Brisbane

Man, 42, charged after police stand-off and detonation of suspicious device in inner-Brisbane suburb

Exclusion zones were set up in two suburbs after a man allegedly threatened to kill his housemates and explosive materials were discovered. 
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Police cordon off a street at Wooloowin in Brisbane's inner-north

Rebuild, raise, retrofit, buyback: The $741m Resilient Homes Fund is here, so who is eligible?

The grants package has been touted as the largest of it's kind and is aimed at preparing Queensland for future flood events.
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A flooded street in Milton in Brisbane

'I am an absolute emotional and mental mess': Severe weather warnings leave flood victims anxious and stressed

Victims of the devastating February floods in south-east Queensland say the latest severe rain event has triggered trauma, as a joint federal and state government flood package becomes available to flooded homeowners.
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A woman with bright red died hair stares sombrely into the camera.

'It's a joke': Aged care workers use day off to rally for better work conditions after strike delayed until after election

Hundreds of aged care workers in Queensland and Western Australia walk off the job in a stand for better pay and work conditions, but South Australian aged care staff remained diligently at work after the Fair Work Commission put off their strike until the day after the federal election.
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People gather wearing red in a park holding flags

Promising rugby player with 'enormous potential' killed in Springfield crash

Twenty-two-year-old Vaea Taavale is described as an "all round great human" after being killed in a three-car crash west of Brisbane yesterday. 
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selfie of Vaea Taavale

Instrumental in stopping the spread of COVID, Queensland's expert contact tracers sign off

Queensland's specialist COVID-19 contact tracing team will stand down today after 15 months on the job, tracing more than 15,000 contacts and following up on more than 10,000 cases.
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Nine people sitting at desks in front of computers holding up phones, all wearing masks.

The mounting costs of Queensland's new COVID-19 close contact testing rules

Rules for COVID-19 close contacts in Queensland have been eased but a social services group says the new requirements could put further pressure on families already struggling with the rising cost of living.
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A close-up of a person using a rapid antigen test, holding a swab in one hand and a dropper bottle over the test in the other.

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