Hunt for schoolboy who threw Vegemite sandwiches at Gillard

Gillard speaks to Students at a Queensland school. Photo: SCMP Pictures

An investigation was under way yesterday into who threw Vegemite sandwiches at Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard as she toured a school in the state of Queensland. Gillard tried to play down the prank on Wednesday at Marsden state high school in Brisbane. "One kid thought he might just be a little bit naughty," she said.

Friday, 10 May, 2013, 4:35am

Briefs, January 27, 2013

A boat washed up onto rocks in Queensland. Photo: Reuters

Unidentified attackers blew up Yemen's main oil pipeline, forcing the country to shut down one of its most lucrative sources of income. A government source said production was halted after a device placed under the pipeline exploded. 

27 Jan 2013 - 5:09am

Twenty rescued as floods sweep northeast Australia

A screengrab shows a rescue in surging flood waters.

A teenage boy was dramatically rescued from surging floodwaters as he clung to a tree on Friday, while others were plucked from stranded cars and homes as floods swept northeastern Australia.

25 Jan 2013 - 2:39pm

Ocean dream within reach

Many of us do like to live beside the seaside - especially in Australia, where more than eight in 10 people reside within 50 kilometres of the coast, according to a government census.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

The architect of head-hunting

Gina McLellan is managing director for recruitment and contracting in Asia at Talent2, where her responsibilities include people management, operations, sales, financial management, commercial strategy and business plan accountability.

12 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Bligh highlights city's importance to Queensland

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has reaffirmed that Hong Kong was a key trade and investment destination for the Australian state, and she pledged to ensure that business between the two places continued to flourish.

30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am


The stereotypical Queenslander is seen largely as right-wing and with a penchant for pumpkin scones, cane-toad ashtrays and an infamous beer called XXXX. However, other Queenslanders - the houses - represent the most quintessential architectural style of the region.

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Canto-pop Twins on mission to bring China to Queensland

Canto-pop duo Twins have been named the new faces for tourism in Australia's Sunshine State.

Queensland officials hope Charlene Choi Cheuk-yin and Gillian Chung Yan-tung will entice some of the millions of their fans across Asia to visit Down Under.

12 May 2011 - 12:00am

Battered Brisbane seeks to bounce back

After four years of flat sales and stagnant values, the last thing the property market in Brisbane needed was a devastating flood. But the heavens opened on Queensland's capital city in January, dumping the most rain in living memory.

20 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Long queue for 'HK's best job'

Hong Kong now has its own version of the 'best job in the world', to rival the similar position offered by Queensland, Australia.

11 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Price of belonging

When life gets difficult, I think about my hometown. My mind wanders to the carefree days of my childhood, when there were few responsibilities and always someone who could be counted on to get me out of trouble. I dream of my grandmother's Sunday roast dinners, playing cricket in the park and long weekend drives in the countryside.

25 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

We must be prepared for nature's extremes

Devastating floods with heavy loss of life are associated with countries that are low on the development ladder. Australia is affluent and wealthy, yet its northeastern state of Queensland is struggling physically and emotionally to deal with torrents of muddy water that have swept away lives and livelihoods and inundated tens of thousands of homes.

14 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it

Economic meltdown getting you down? Sick of the cold weather? Well stop your whingeing. There are far worse jobs out there ... take this one for example.

Tourism Queensland wants someone to take up residence in a three-bedroom house with its own swimming pool on Hamilton Island, on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, for six months and tell the world all about it.

12 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Rivalries abound - just ask Buddha

Australians were not just battling their cousins from across the Ditch yesterday, they were also having a go at each other.

The rivalry is especially heated between NSW and Queensland. Leading the battle for Queensland at the Indian Recreation Club was Chris 'Buddha' Handy, who took on Andrew Macintosh, a former Sydneysider and general manager of NAB Banking in Hong Kong.

2 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

HK boys hit top form

Local players dominate junior squash tournaments in Australia

Hong Kong boys gave an outstanding performance at the 2008 National Junior Squash Series (NJSS) in Ballarat, Australia last month.

They made a clean sweep of the first tournament and won three events in the second.

14 Apr 2008 - 12:00am