5 YEARS AGO
GIRLS BOYS IN A MIX Boy-girl sporting teams, neutral uniforms and mixed toilets and change rooms will all be promoted under a plan to downplay gender in state schools. Schools will be required to consider the needs of homosexual, transgender and intersex students in a bid to further protect vulnerable children from discrimination and bullying.
30 YEARS AGO
FIVE LIBS SACKED IN HOWARD’S SHAKE-UP Mr Howard has dumped five Liberals from his frontbench. A spokesman said that Mr Jim Carlton, Mr James Porter, Mr Warwick Smith, Mr Jim Short and Senator Amanda Vanstone had been dropped. Promoted are Mr Neil Brown, Dr John Hewson, Mr Alexander Downer, Senator Jocelyn Newman and Senator Robert Hill.
70 YEARS AGO
10 DIE: 31 HURT IN NQ SMASH Ten people were killed and 31 injured, two dangerously, when an RAAF semi-trailer dived over the Macrossan traffic bridge and into the Burdekin River, 12 miles from Charters Towers, at 5pm yesterday. The victims were civilians employed at an RAAF stores depot about a mile from Macrossan railway station.