THIS week the LNP backs solar, Queenslanders forget how to read and a clothing company almost sets our kids on fire.
THE State Government is urging Queenslanders to check the terms and conditions of gift vouchers before buying the popular last minute stocking filler, to avoid getting ripped off and turning Christmas spirit to sorrow.
The dollar value of unspent gift cards this year rose to $450 million, the kind of cash that could tank an entire investment bank.
When asked to comment, retailers pointed to Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek, citing that it was his job to teach consumers how to read.
THE international value of coal is no longer just of interest to analysts and investors, it has become the focus of Queensland's shaken public service workers.
The downgrade in mining royalties to the Queensland government has prompted Treasurer Tim Nicholls to consider further funding and job cuts.
"Queensland's budget is set for a surplus in 2014-15", said the last remaining analyst in the treasury.
FEDERAL Treasurer Wayne Swan says he doesn't care about the inevitable political problems that will follow the government's decision to all but abandon a budget surplus.
Much like Queensland, falling tax revenue forced the Treasurer to drop the surplus target, gaining applause from Economists.
The Opposition slammed the move as another broken promise and a missed opportunity to slash jobs.
THE owner of Ipswich's last commercial solarium will continue to operate the machine until it breaks, despite a strong anti-solarium message from the State Government.
In the LNP's only law to promote solar power, new solaria are banned in Queensland, with operators only allowed to operate with existing beds.
In an APN poll asking readers their favourite method of tanning, nobody admitted to using spray-tan.
LOCAL businesses are boosting their online presence through social media in an attempt to retain their market share and fight the rise of internet shopping.
A major gripe for Australian retailers has been the lack of GST applied to online purchases under $1000.
Executive director of the Australian Retailers Association Russell Zimmerman has called on the Federal Government to make things more expensive for consumers.
CLOTHING company Cotton On has been hit with a $1 million fine for selling children's nightwear that was so flammable it should "not have been sold in Australia".
Cotton On voluntarily recalled the garments after being approached by the ACCC.
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