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Landslide victory for Newman just start of year of Qld drama

JANUARY

3: Details on Queensland Health's reform plan are announced. Premier Anna Bligh says the department will cease operations by July 1 and will be replaced by Health and Hospitals Queensland and the Health Corporate Services Authority. Bligh says the emphasis will be on the local management of health care.

10: One year on, Queensland remembers the victims of the devastating floods. Residents of communities including Grantham, Gatton, Murphys Creek, Helidon, Glenore Grove and Ma Ma Creek attend a special ceremony in the Lockyer Valley.

FEBRUARY

4-7: Heavy downpours cause flash flooding in south-east and western Queensland with Brisbane and surrounds particularly hard hit.

29: Football Federation Australia revokes the A-League licence of Gold Coast United FC but allows them to play the final four games of the season.

MARCH

13: Federal independent MP Bob Katter is offered police protection following public outrage at his anti-gay marriage ad targeting LNP leader Campbell Newman.

19: Queensland beat Tasmania by three wickets in the final of the Sheffield Shield.

24: The LNP wins government in a landslide victory, leaving Labor with just seven seats.

SOME of the faces and stories making the news in Queensland in 2012.
SOME of the faces and stories making the news in Queensland in 2012.

APRIL

16: Police Minister David Gibson resigns after it is revealed he was driving unlicensed when he received a speeding fine in February. Bundaberg MP Jack Dempsey takes over the post.

22: A last-minute penalty sees Brisbane Roar defeat Perth Glory 2-1 in the A-League grand final.

25: Market figures show that banana prices are down 60% in the last quarter, with prices tumbling to $22 a box compared with $120 at the same time in 2011.

28: A senior member of the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang Jacque Teamo, and a female shopper, are shot at Robina Town Centre by a bikie believed to be a Hells Angels member.

29: Chef Matt Golinski is released from hospital. The well-known chef was the sole survivor of a Boxing Day fire at his Tewantin home that killed his wife and three daughters.

MAY

16: Police remove an Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Musgrave Park in Brisbane.

JUNE

3: A scathing UNESCO report saying continued development of the Great Barrier Reef could threaten its world heritage status is rebuffed by the State Government. Premier Campbell Newman says although he is concerned about the reef "we are not going to see the economic future of Queensland shut down".

13: Gerard Baden-Clay arrested over his wife's murder.

JULY

4: Queensland secures victory in the State of Origin series for the seventh consecutive year.

18: New Hope announces its New Oakleigh mine near Ipswich has run out of coal and will close next year.

18: Brisbane is announced as the host city of the G20 Leaders Summit in 2014.

AUGUST

24: State Government and Brisbane City Council host a ticker-tape parade to welcome home the Australian Olympic team from London.

24: The High Court quashes the conviction of former Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel on manslaughter charges due to a miscarriage of justice, with a fresh trial to be held.

SEPTEMBER

2: Treasurer Wayne Swan approves a bid by a consortium of Japanese and Chinese investors for Cubbie Station, Australia's largest cotton farm.

3: Queensland's Deputy Commissioner of Regional Operations Ian Stewart is named the new Police Commissioner to replace Bob Atkinson.

11: State treasurer Tim Nicholls delivers the Newman government's first budget saying it will save Queensland $8 billion over the next four years. Some 10,000 public servants will lose their jobs with14000 jobs being made redundant overall.

OCTOBER

1: A 1934 De Havilland Dragon crashes in the Sunshine Coast hinterland killing pilot Des Porter, 68, his wife Kath, 61, Les D'evlin, 75, and wife Janice, 61, and John and Carol Dawson, both 63.

4: The four sisters at the heart of a custody dispute between their Australian mother and Italian father are ordered by the Family Court to return to Italy.

22: Premier Newman announces the state will allow a recommencement of uranium mining, despite saying before the March election his party had "no plans" to do so.

31: A preventive vaccine for the bat-borne virus Hendra is supplied to vets in Queensland.

NOVEMBER

1: Queensland Police Service Commissioner Bob Atkinson retires after 44 years of service.

2: Pilot Terry Kronk, 52, is killed when his light plane crashes at Helidon Spa in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane.

14: Housing Minister Bruce Flegg resigns after his sacked media adviser Graeme Hallett, went public with allegations the minister misled parliament.

14: Thousands of spectators in north Queensland witnessed Australia's first total solar eclipse in a decade.

17: A 500km long storm system hammers the south-east bringing with it destructive winds and heavy rains.

19: Cancer researcher Professor Adele Green nams Queensland Australian of the Year for 2013.

25: MP for Condamine Ray Hopper resigns from the LNP and joins the Katter Party saying he is unhappy with the leadership of Premier Campbell Newman.

25: The committal hearing of Brett Peter Cowan, the man accused of abducting and killing Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe in December 2003, starts in Brisbane.

26: Premier Campbell Newman delivers an apology in Parliament to thousands of Queensland victims of forced adoption between 1950s-1970s.

DECEMBER

2: Police charge a 21-year-old man with murder after a 17-year-old teenager was killed in a hit-and-run incident during a violent street brawl at Woodridge.

4: Queensland sweats under a heatwave. Brisbane experiences its hottest December day in seven years with temps of 38 degrees, while Tewantin on the Sunshine Coast smashed a record held since 1901 with temps of 39.07 degrees.

4: Gina Rinehart flies into Queensland's central-west to judge a Christmas lights competition in the towns of Alpha and Jericho. Rinehart, whose company is involved in in a coal mine proposal near Alpha, donates two trips to Singapore and cash prizes.

7: The Morcombes farewell their son Daniel nine years to the day he was abducted.

11: The Australian PGA Championship will have a new home next year after talks broke down with billionaire Clive Palmer. Jeff - a life-size T-Rex replica - stole the headlines ahead of the last PGA Championship in Coolum.

Topics:  bob atkinson, bob katter, campbell newman, clive palmer, daniel morcombe, david gibson, editors picks, gerard baden-clay, matt golinski, queensland, tim nichols


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