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A magistrate has said two Queensland schoolies are lucky to be alive after they pleaded guilty to climbing between floors of a Gold Coast hotel.

Embattled Queensland Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller is under continued pressure to be removed from her cabinet position, including from her own local paper.

Early gains were again reversed and the Australian sharemarket closed in the red as the major banks and miners ran into profit taking following the release of dismal Chinese industrial profits.

Knowing the science of climate change and failing to act is madness, not Labor's new emissions reduction target, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says.

Philip Nitschke has refused to abide by restrictions imposed upon him by the Medical Board and says he will continue to advocate for end of life choice.

Former AFL player agent Ricky Nixon will publish his tell-all autobiography but the "St Kilda Schoolgirl" Kim Duthie says it is a farrago of lies.

After 10 days of deliberations the jury in Robert Xie's murder trial say they are unable to reach a verdict but the judge has urged them to continue.

A judge has criticised a murderers's version of what happened to his victim, saying he 'pulled her from her bed, forced himself on her and strangled her'.

The Queensland Council of Unions says the state's health minister has called into question Labor's links to the union movement for his own self-interests.

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