Dan Nancarrow: Thanks for reading Brisbane Live At Work this week.
Be sure to visit us again on Monday for all the latest news as it breaks.
Dan Nancarrow: Five things we learnt today
1. Gold Coast will host the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships
- $20 million has been set aside by council to build a new aquatic centre to hold the event next year.
2. A Labor minister wants Kevin Rudd and his supporters to put up or shut up
- Gary Gray made the comments over ongoing leadship speculation.
3. Sunshine Coast students have been asked to bake a cake rather than have sex
- as part of sexual education classes at their school.
4. The ADF has been rocked by another scandal
- Seven male cadets and midshipmen have been suspended over allegations of serious misconduct at the weekend.
5. The Miami Heat are the 2012-13 NBA Champions
- The US basketball team have won their second championship in a row.
Dan Nancarrow: The temperature today has stayed pretty constant, we hit a low of 12.3 degrees at 5.20am and a high of 13.6 at 2.14pm.
There's also been a bit of rain about, 5.6mm since 9am.
Thankfully the weekend is expected to be fine and mostly sunny, although it will be cool on Saturday (a minimum of 11 and a maximum of 19) and Sunday (minimum of 9 and a maximum of 19).
Salon, at the Judith Wright Centre, is a must-see for lovers of the exotic, the erotic, the sublime and the exquisite. Photo: Dylan Evans
Natalie Bochenski: This weekend marks the Winter Solstice - the shortest day of the year. That means there's a lot of night time to be filled with activities, including circus cabaret show Salon at the Judith Wright Centre.
Danielle Cronin: Remember those balmy days in a Brisbane backyard, wading through long grass as grasshoppers seemed to skip between the blades?
Well, James Cook University’s David Rentz writes there are some 700 known species of grasshopper in Australia.
But, fewer than half have been described and there is no strategy for conserving grasshoppers in Australia.
The metallic-coloured Schayer’s Grasshopper. Photo: David Rentz
Australian Traffic Network: Continue our traffic watch. And there's a lot to watch:
3 Car Nose to Tail .. Pacific Mwy OB RL after Vulture St - Wooloongabba (delays building back to the City)— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 21, 2013
Truck and Car Crash .. Bruce Hwy SB after the Deception Bay Rd Overpass - Deception Bay .— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 21, 2013
AAP: A crackdown on politicking in Queensland’s state schools hasn’t stopped federal Treasurer Wayne Swan increasing pressure on Premier Campbell Newman to sign up to the Commonwealth’s education reforms.
Mr Swan has sidestepped the state school ban to spruik his government’s Gonski reforms at Catholic school Padua College in Brisbane’s north.
"It’s time for Mr Newman to put those games away, to get on or sign up to this important agreement, which will lift the quality of education in our schools," Mr Swan said.
Home & Away star Lisa Gormley will be one of the judges at Talent Quests Australia, which is currently recruiting for participants. Photo: Supplied
Natalie Bochenski: Calling all creative types!
Talent Quests Australia is currently recruiting acts for its competition - which offers prizes and the chance to kickstart your performing arts career.
Any act at any age is eligible to enter. Home & Away star Lisa Gormley and Matthew Hesse from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra will be among the judges at the Brisbane final, which will take place on August 3 at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
Australian Traffic Network: The roads continue to be a problem this afternoon:
2 Car Nose to Tail .. Riverside Expressway IB RL (under the Victoria Bridge) - City— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 21, 2013
C O N G E S T I O N .. Sandgate Rd NB from Virginia to Boondall .— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 21, 2013
C O N G E S T I O N .. Gateway Mwy SB from Belmont to Mackenzie .— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 21, 2013
C O N G E S T I O N ... Pacific Mwy SB from the the City to Greenslopes (after an earlier crash)— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 21, 2013
C O N G E S T I O N .. Gateway Mwy NB from Nudgee to Deagon— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 21, 2013
Single Vehicle Accident (Truck) .. Bruce Hwy NB Blocked B4 Steve Irwin Way - Elimbah (Big Delays back to the Lower King St Exit)— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 21, 2013
Amy Remeikis: Tolls for Brisbane motorists have continued to increase, with the operators of the Clem7 tunnel the latest to announce a rise.
Driving through the Clem7 in a car will cost 11 cents more from July 1, with the price of the trip rising to $4.16.
Clem 7 Toll from July 1:
Light commercial vehicle: $6.93
Heavy commercial vehicle: $12.23
PIC: Brisbane's Story Bridge changing colour to support @qld_maroon. See more @7newsbrisbane 6pm @marooncrusade pic.twitter.com/mW6gmb97bk — Michael Coombes (@MichaelCoombes) June 21, 2013
Marissa Calligeros: The Wesley Hospital wants us to know it's back in business ...
"There are smiles all round in The Wesley Hospital’s Maternity Unit with five new arrivals in the past 24 hours," director of nursing Callan Battley says.
Staff are delighted to be back on deck delivering bubs – three boys and two girls - he says.
"The Maternity Unit has been very busy with calls from expectant mums who are due to deliver at the Wesley and our staff are delighted to be busy again."
Marissa Calligeros: What the Friday ... courtesy of our friends in blue.
Zoe Hinchliffe: Police have charged three people after discovering a drug laboratory in central Queensland.
Police searched a residence in Norville, Bundaberg about 9am yesterday when they discovered a clandestine laboratory and quantities of cannabis and paraphernalia.
A 22-year-old woman and two men, aged 21 and 18, have been charged and are due to appear in Bundaberg Magistrates Court next month.
Marissa Calligeros: A private jet was forced to make an emergency landing at Gold Coast Airport early this morning due to a bird-strike.
The incident occurred about 4.30am.
The CitationAir plane was damaged, but landed safely.
Marissa Calligeros: Acting Queensland Eduction Minister Ian Walker isn't impressed with the Gonski funding figures released by Julia Gillard today.
“Another day, another set of figures,” Mr Walker said.
“When it comes to Gonski the numbers just don’t add up."
The federal government revealed Queensland Catholic schools would receive $254 million over six years under the plan, while independent schools would receive $258 million.
Dan Nancarrow: In case you've forgotten there's a big weekend of sport ahead. Let's look at how our poll is going:
Poll: Which sporting event are you most looking forward to over the next week?
- Wallabies v British and Irish Lions at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday
- State of Origin II: Queensland v NSW at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday
- Brisbane Lions v Geelong Cats at the Gabba on Sunday
- Other (leave your answer in the comments)
Total votes: 199.
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Poll closed 22 Jun, 2013
These polls are not scientific and reflect the opinion only of visitors who have chosen to participate.
Dan Nancarrow: More than 176 Queensland CEOs slept the night at South Bank Piazza having raised an amazing $732,976 for Vinnies’ homeless services.
CEO Scott Flynn from Kenlynn Properties was the Queensland Fundraiser of the year.
The money raised goes towards St Vincent de Paul Society services.
CEOs bunker down for the night at the South Bank Piazza. Photo: Supplied
Marissa Calligeros: It is understood a drunken father may have allowed his seven-year-old son drive nearly 10 kilometres from Southport Spit into the heart of Surfers Paradise in the early hours of this morning.
The 41-year-old man has been charged.
The boy is in the care of relatives after they travelled from NSW following the incident.
Phil Lutton: Yes, we know it's a blatant plug. But boy the team at Sportsbet has gone to some effort here. They've managed to paint what they reckon is the world's largest sign to gee up the British and Irish Lions before Saturday's opening Test in Brisbane. Disclaimer: If the image of a marsupial getting a tad frisky with an apex predator disturbs you, best skip this one.
Australian Traffic Network:
Crash .. Creek Rd WB just B4 Logan Rd - Mt Gravatt (EMS attending) — Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 21, 2013
Truck vs Car .. Gateway Mwy NB CL and RL blocked at Wynnum Rd - Tingalpa (Delays)— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 21, 2013
Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate. Photo: Tony Moore
Tony Moore: Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate has found $20 million for a new Gold Coast Aquatic Centre on the old Gold Coast Highway at Southport in the Gold Coast budget this morning.
That will mean the Gold Coast will host the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in 2014.
The average general residential rate increases by 2.92 per cent, or about $1.45 a week.
Australian Traffic Network:
Drewvale Update** A car has rolled over on Beaudesert Rd NB LS just after the Logan Mwy - (EMS attending) — Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 21, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: Has been a terrible morning out on the roads:
7 separate crashes in the last 25 minutes! please take care in the very conditions today..— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 21, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: Matilda Bay launched two new beers in style at The Regatta Hotel on Thursday night.
A special canapé menu was designed to go with two brand new draught only beers - Little Ripper Sparkling Lager and Ruby Tuesday Amber Ale.
Tessa Scott, Jess Milward, Joel Dry and Chris O'Keefe. Photo: Supplied
AAP: Tony Abbott will outline his vision for northern Australia today, but the Coalition has already been forced to deny it’s engaged in a bid to win votes.
Mr Abbott will use a visit to Townsville to promise a white paper on the north’s development within 12 months, if the Coalition is elected.
It’s expected to paint a vision to develop the north as a hub for food production, energy exports and tourism and opposition finance spokesman Andrew Robb has told ABC radio all options to achieve that, including tax cuts, will be on the table.
Marissa Calligeros: A man has been charged over allegedly allowing his seven-year-old son to drive in the early hours of the morning because he had too much to drink.
A police patrol noticed the child behind the wheel after the car drove along The Esplanade at Surfers Paradise, without its headlights on, about 3am on Friday. His father was allegedly drunk in the front passenger seat.
The 41-year-old man has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and adult in charge under the influence of liquor. He is due to face court on July 3.
Marissa Calligeros: A Queensland University of Technology building was evacuated this morning after a suspicious substance was found in a four litre container left in a car park.
Fire crews diluted the substance before disposing of it.
Staff and students have since been allowed to return to the building.
Australian Traffic Network: There are some major delays on Gympie Road:
Petrie Update** Crash on Gympie Rd NR the Anzac Ave RAB is causing big delays for Anzac Ave, Gympie Rd and Dayboro Rd— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 20, 2013
Crash .. Station Rd NR the Matilda Servo - Loganlea— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 20, 2013
Anything maroon is ‘‘going straight to the pool room’’ in Peter Brown’s castle at Flinders View, west of Brisbane.
The Queensland Times reports the Queensland State of Origin supporter has transformed his pool room into a shrine to the Maroons. About the only place where the NSW gets any recognition is the toilet.
The Blues emblem is strategically adhered to the inside of the toilet bowl - much to the amusement of Queensland visitors who find the need to relieve themselves.
"For my family, it's just a toilet, but for guests who visit, it's one of the attractions of the room," Mr Brown said.
Maroons fan Peter Brown has created a cheeky tribute to NSW. Photo: Claudia Baxter/The Queensland Times
Dan Nancarrow: Here's what is making news on brisbanetimes.com.au this morning:
- Students at a Sunshine Coast private school are being taught to consider baking a cake instead of having sex.
- Gold Coast City Council abandons Council of Mayors.
- Brisbane motorists drive more than 300,000 kilometres further than they need to because the city has inadequate river crossings, traffic forecasters say.
- Brothels aren't included in the Queensland government's campaign to cut red tape for small businesses.