Bridie Jabour: Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!
As Brisbane Live At Work signs off for the Australia Day long weekend we hope everyone has a fun few days and more importantly, stays dry! With 200 to 300 millimetres expected to be dumped on the city over the weekend, drive carefully and steer clear of creeks and drains.
Brisbane Live At Work will be back on Tuesday. May your beers be cold and your sausages not soggy.
We wonder whether Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie likes his birthday presents. Photo: Barclay White
Bridie Jabour: Birthday boy: Shout out to the Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie who will be blowing out the candles on his birthday cake tonight.
Rumour is the cake will have 31 candles but we haven't been able to get official confirmation. 31! Jarrod Bleijie could technically be a member of Generation Y.
Dan Nancarrow: How’s this for a ready-made Australia Day playlist? Unless we get some unexpected late additions, this is our list of prominent Queenslanders’ favourite Australian songs:
- Lord Mayor Graham Quirk: True Blue by John Williamson
- Member for Rankin Craig Emerson: I Am Australian
- Kevin Rudd: My Happiness by Powderfinger
- Queensland Premier Campbell Newman: My Baby by Cold Chisel
- 4BC breakfast announcer Mary Collier: I Still Call Australia Home
- Triple M’s Greg Martin: Happy Man by The Sunnyboys
- Triple M’s Pete Timbs: More Than You Are by Grinspoon
- Triple M’s Michelle Anderson: Do You Love Me by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
- John Birmingham: The Sentinel by Hilltop Hoods
- Queensland Theatre Company’s Wesley Enoch: Treaty by Youthu Yindi
- Member for Gaven Alex Douglas: Reckless by Australian Crawl
- ABC 612 breakfast host Spencer Howson: A Little Further North by Graeme Connors
- Pig City author Andrew Stafford: My Island Home by The Warumpi Band
- B105’s Abby Coleman: Down Under by Men at Work
- State opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk: Sounds of Then (This is Australia) by GANGgajang
- Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls: Sounds of Then (This is Australia) by GANGgajang
- Mining magnate Clive Palmer: I Was Only 19 by Redgum
Bridie Jabour: Sewage is bubbling up in the streets of Gladstone but Mayor Gail Sellers says it's nothing to worry about. The sewers have been flooded by the Big Wet and overflowed but Ms Sellers said it was very diluted and did not pose a health risk.
Dan Nancarrow: If you're planning on catching public transport tomorrow Translink tells us everything will be running to a normal Saturday timetable.
However, Brisbane Transport and Queensland Rail will be running a Sunday timetable on Monday, although no NightLink services will be running.
Queensland Rail will also be running an additional Gympie North train at 6am, arriving at Roma Street at 8.53am. There'll also be extra trains running from Central station to Doomben for the Australia Day Races.
Bridie Jabour: Rockhampton has begun to mop up after the worst of the Big Wet has passed and there is some serious cleaning to do. Channel 7 got this shot of a house which was the victim of a mudslide.
. Photo: Seven News
Dan Nancarrow: We’ve had Clive Palmer tell us his favourite Australian song, but what about Jeff - his pet T Rex? We put the question to Jeff on Twitter (@JefftheTRex) and fed the response through our robotic dinosaur translator:
"Hey @brisbanetimes, Jeff is partial to anything by fellow dinosaur Jimmy Barnes. After all, we're about the same age. #rahhh"
Bridie Jabour: Lucky escape: Eight people have been rescued from floodwaters in central Queensland. Police said they did not know if the eight were in separate cars or a mini-bus but they were airlifted from water at Wycarbah.
Amy Remeikis: He's a man of action. A man of words - lots of words. A man of dinosaurs and Titanic sized ideas. But at heart, he's a man of music.
Clive Palmer's favourite Australian song is "I Was Only 19" by folk singer favourite Redgum. He thinks it is a great Australian song - but while he has been spotted waltzing and dancing a jig to an Irish folk band, there has been no word on whether the war ballad is a favourite shower belter.
But maybe he saves the bathroom acoustics for 'Georgy Girl' - Clive tells us he is also a massive fan of The Seekers.
Bridie Jabour: Victory! In its short life, Brisbane Live has achieved something many thought was near impossible. Treasurer Tim Nicholls and Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk have agreed on something! We have bipartisanship on what the best Australian song is in the lead up to Australia Day. Mr Nicholls has picked Sounds of Then by GANGgajang as his favourite Aussie song, the very same song which Ms Palaszczuk chose in yesterday's Brisbane Live.
Katherine Feeney: No island paradise: Redlands Mayor Karen Williams has issued advice for people living and travelling to the region and North Stradbroke Island this weekend, with monsoonal conditions and tidal surges forecast.
Though "tempting" to some, Ms Williams said localised flash flooding, higher than usual tides and winds up to 90km/hour were dangerous conditions best avoided, with everyone responsible for avoiding "tragedies" suffered during similar conditions in previous years.
Dan Nancarrow: Here's the most popular comments and posts of the week on our Facebook account:
Most liked page post: Teen’s dramatic rescue (88 likes, 186 shares)
Most commented page post: Teen’s dramatic rescue (39 comments)
Keep commenting and check back next week.
Katherine Feeney: With a long weekend of bad weather ahead, we're sure there'll be more than a few parents thinking about going back to school with a touch more gusto than they did the other side of Christmas.
Just don't forget to check your school bus routes aren't changed...
Dan Nancarrow: In the lead-up to Australia Day we’ve been getting prominent Queenslanders to name their favourite Australian songs, so we thought we’d think bigger and ask both the federal Opposition Leader and the Prime Minister what their favourites are.
We’re yet to hear back from Tony Abbott’s office, but Prime Minister Julia Gillard has provided us with a list of Australian acts she likes to listen to, which include Cold Chisel, Russell Morris, Midnight Oil and Kylie Minogue. However she didn’t name a specific song (when you’re Prime Minister you get to make the rules).
Since she named Russell Morris, we’ll play you the only Russell Morris song we know:
Natalie Bochenski: The very lovely lads of Celtic Thunder (four Irish and a Scot) are in town ahead of their Tuesday night show at the Concert Hall.
They've confessed their female fans often give them a lot of mothering, knitting them jumpers and baking them cakes!
Celtic Thunder in Queensland today. Photo: Natalie Bochenski
Scott Beveridge: 200mm of rain in the next 24hrs. That's the prediction for Brisbane from weatherzone.
It will mean high winds, heavy rain and flash flooding. Not great for the Aussie Day BBQ.
Natalie Bochenski: Artistic director of the Queensland Theatre Company Wesley Enoch reveals what his favourite Australian song is:
"Treaty by Youthu Yindi is my all time favourite song. It makes me want to get up and dance and is still the best mix of hard rock, electronic and that fantastic vocal that just soars. It is an amazing mix of everything that goes to the core of this country. It reminds me that art can tell a story that can influence a nation."
Amy Remeikis: It doesn't appear that recent internal furore in Katter's Australian Party will be blowing over any time soon - dumped Senate candidate Bernard Gaynor says he intends to fight his suspension.
Mr Gaynor says that other party member's have expressed their personal opinions and not been suspended - and thinks the party leadership personally supports his opinion.
"The last time I spoke to Bob Katter he commended my moral courage. I am disappointed, however, that his party has chosen a politically-correct course of action. The Greens would be very happy with this decision," Mr Gaynor said in a statement.
Danielle Cronin: RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter is heading to bridge north of Middlemount, in central Queensland, where a car has reportedly been washed off the road and is submerged up to its roof.
A spokeswoman says there are no more details at this stage, including whether any people were inside the vehicle.
Paul J Turner. Photo: Fairfax Radio 4BH
Natalie Bochenski: End of an era... long-time 4BH announcer Paul J Turner's announced on his Facebook page that he's resigned from the hits and memories radio station.
No reason has been given, but Turner says he's happy to take offers.
Bridie Jabour: Police Minister Jack Dempsey had some harsh words for some of the people involved in swift water rescues over the past few days.
‘‘If it’s flooded, forget it,’’ he said a press conference at the Kedron Emergency Services Complex this morning.
‘‘Now we have seen some ridiculous situations throughout Queensland in the last 24 hours where people have unnecessarily put emergency services workers’ lives at risk just simply for a little bit of tomfoolery.’’
Simon Holt: Here's our list of the top 5 stories on brisbanetimes.com.au this week:
Dan Nancarrow: Being a long weekend, and Australia Day falling on Saturday, there is plenty on to entertain you and your family around Brisbane (weather permitting).
The Australia Day Festival is being held at South Bank on Saturday, with children's activies and bands among the scheduled entertainment, while Caboolture-raised country rocker Keith Urban is playing the Brisbane Entertainment Centre all three nights of the long weekend.
Keith Urban performing on stage. Photo: Daniela Rodriguez
Katherine Feeney: Booked a beachside villa up the coast for the sunny Australia Day weekend we all wished we were getting? While nothing can be done about the rain (sob!), take comfort in the fact the Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group will ‘stand up’ from 6am Saturday to tackle the severe weather forecast.
Local Disaster Coordinator Alan Rogers said high tides are expected to be above a King Tide, with people in low lying coastal areas at risk of being flooded.
- Reconsider any travel plans for Saturday afternoon and Sunday
- Ensure that your kids don’t play in flooded creeks.
- Be aware of debris in the rivers and on our beaches
- Check conditions with the lifeguard before swimming at your local beach
- Watch for very big waves and dangerous surf conditions on the beaches
Water levels in southeast Queensland dams will be reduced to protect urban areas from any flooding associated with ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.
Premier Campbell Newman says water releases from the Wivenhoe/Somerset and North Pine dams will begin this afternoon as a precaution.
Dan Nancarrow: We all know writer/blogger John Birmingham is the coolest of the cool. We invite him to all our brisbanetimes.com.au parties but he’s always too busy doing a reading in some trendy Melbourne bar or chugging lattes on his fix-speed bike, all the while listening to the innest sounds from way out.
So it is no surprise he’s picked a streetwise hip hop track for his favourite Australian song:
That's it folks - thanks to everyone who fired in some questions to Darren Lehmann, who rates himself a handy, left-handed slogger that would have gone ok at T20. We'll leave him to plan the conquest of the rest of the season so thanks Boof for your time.
Scott Beveridge: Finding it impossible to get a date in Brisbane, 27-year- old Brisbane girl Marnie Clarke took matters into her own hands.
She has so far put up about 65 posters around Brisbane looking for a bloke, and she says she has met some very "nice" men and not a single "weirdo".
Darren Lehmann: Simon asks:
Have there been any players that have surprised you with their performance this year?
Ben Cutting has been outstanding for the Bulls and Heat and outside of our group, Phil Hughes has been outstanding for the Redbacks and Australia.
Darren Lehmann: Vinnie asks:
Who are the young players in your squad that you think have leadership potential?
Peter Forrest, Chris Lynn and Joe Burns are three that spring to mind. Khawaja as well.
Darren Lehmann: Sean asks:
Which player from before the T20 era would have been best suited to the short game?
Easy one - Viv Richards. Gun fielder, gun batter and bowled handy off-spin.
Darren Lehmann: Michael asks:
Do you think Burns will play for Australia?
If he continues improving the way he has, the answer is yes.
Darren Lehmann: Sean asks:
How would you have gone at T20 in your playing days?
The perfect game for a fat, left-handed slogger.
Darren Lehmann: Dan asks:
We know you love cricket, but what other sports have you played or do you follow passionately? Have you got into rugby league up here in Queensland?
Yes, into rugby league. Like going to Broncos games. AFL was my passion. Follow the Crows but have a soft spot for the Suns. I play golf very, very badly.
Darren Lehmann: @5starmatt73 on Twitter wants to know
What are your thoughts on Maxwell over Khawaja for the West Indies series?
I'd like to see Khawaja get an opportunity as I think he's been one of the form batters this year in all forms.
Darren Lehmann: Gerry asks:
Was there one particular game this year which was a turning point for the Heat?
Probably the Hobart game, where we won comfortably with a very good team performance and some brilliant batting from Luke Pomersbach.
Darren Lehmann: @BIGnosestu asks on Twitter:
How come the selectors keep neglecting our players?? #giveburnsabat #geeup
We would love more players in the Australian set-up because we feel our younger players are getting better and better. It's the selectors' call - all we can do is make sure our players are ready to play at the next level when given the opportunity.
Darren Lehmann: Ryan asks:
What about those god awful Big Bash League uniforms? Fluro everything? Any chance of getting those changed?
The colour choice is great for teenagers. My kids love the colours.
Darren Lehmann: Jim asks:
If you could pick any other players from opposing squads who would it be?
Kieron Pollard for T20. He excites the fans. And Shane Watson for Shield cricket.
Darren Lehmann: Simon asks:
Do you see T20 a viable version of the sport or just a fad that will eventually die off?
Look at the crowds and the age demographic that goes to T20. I can certainly see it surviving. The one-dayers will taper off, I would think, and Test matches will still figure strongly. I don't think it's just a passing fad.
Darren Lehmann: null asks:
With players workload increasing significantly between test, ODI, Shield, Domestic 1 dayers and the array of T20 comps, do you think in ten years we will be using rotation just like the US MLB and the current furore will have been forgotten?
The difference being baseball play 160 games in 150 games, or something along those lines. They play all the time and need to rest more. In cricket terms, if they continue to play more cricket, it probably will go down that path.
Katherine Feeney: "Ludicrous" - No, Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps is not talking about the rapper, he's slamming the Queensland Resources Council for their position on a new competitive cash bidding system for highly prospective coal and gas tenures in Queensland.
By suggesting the process is open to corruption, Mr Cripps said "a clearly unhappy" QRC was using "alarmist tactics in an attempt to discredit the new system".
Darren Lehmann: Null asks:
You have rightly gained a lot of respect for your more rounded view of preparing cricketers for cricket rather than PBs on training paddock - but I would be interested in hearing your views on what ways the high tech science stuff can improve the wishing to break into the elite level.
Sports science has become a big part of cricket in general. We still use sports science to tell how our players are going. But at the end of the day, it's about improving their skill level to make sure they can play at the level required for state or country.
Darren Lehmann: Jan at Mermaid Waters asks:
What is your fondest playing memory?
Any time I represented club, state or country.
Darren Lehmann: Jan at Mermaid Waters asks:
What is your fondest dressing room memory? You must have seen some characters.
A lot of funny things happen behind closed doors but the biggest pest were Glenn McGrath and of course, Merv Hughes.
Darren Lehmann: Froggie at Ferny Grove asks:
The game is changing rapidly, so how do you see cricket developing over the next 10 years?
Like very sport, the game develops. You have better athletes and skill levels. The challenge for us is to make sure they are playing and learning cricket like the legends of the past.
Darren Lehmann: Judy at West End asks:
Surely, you don't regard Twenty20 as serious cricket, do you?
Yes, I think the world game does and I thoroughly enjoy all formats of cricket, from Test matches to one-dayers and T20 and Shield.
Darren Lehmann: Sam at Carseldine asks:
What are your thoughts on Australia's rotation policy?
I think the rotation policy will be reviewed. Let's just leave it at that.
Darren Lehmann: Butch at Enoggera asks:
You're not overly known for your athleticism. How do you go about telling players how important fielding is to the modern game when you didn't seem to practice what you're now preaching?
Obviously you didn't see my run-out in the 2003 World Cup of Virender Sehwag. But you're correct - I'm not very agile.
Darren Lehmann: Tony Magrathea asks on Facebook:
When will 20.20 be on (terrestrial) TV? Sick of just reading about it.
I agree with you there should be some free-to-air coverage. The TV rights are in discussions right now with Cricket Australia and hopefully there will be some games on free-to-air in coming seasons. CA would be the people to ask about that one.
Darren Lehmann: @BrissyDan asks on Twitter:
How many current players of the @heatbbl be contracted when the Champions League is played? Will it be a new squad?
No - it will be a current squad of 18 plus overseas players. We still have to wait until the rules and regulations come out from the ICC.
Phil Lutton: G'day everyone - I'm out here at Queensland Cricket with Darren Lehmann, who's on hand to answer your questions. Fire them in - and here we go.
Bridie Jabour: It might be raining but it's not washing away the resolve of protesters at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. The Queensland Nurses Union say they will be rallying at 12.30pm to protest the rumoured 1000 job cuts at the hospital and under no circumstances will it be a wash out.
Simon Holt: Don't forget you can win an all-expenses paid trip to Paris. Fly Korean Air, stay seven nights and have $2500 to spend. All you have to do is see a show at the Brisbane Powerhouse this summer.
Natalie Bochenski: Once again the Queensland Theatre Company and La Boite have dominated nominations for the 2012 Matilda Awards, released today.
The best mainstage production category features Bombshells and Kelly from QTC, As You Like It and Tender Napalm from La Boite, and The Harbinger, co-produced by La Boite and Dead Puppet Society. The awards recognise the best in Queensland theatre, and will be announced on Monday March 4.
Amy Remeikis: Seventy-seven-year-old Clare Hansson faced the Brisbane Magistrates Court charged with causing the death of heavily pregnant Kerryn Ann Bulcher in September last year.
Ms Hansson was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle after a four-month police investigation.
Four days before police charged her over Ms Blucher's death, Ms Hansson was allegedly found driving without due care and attention in Newstead. She'll face court again in March.
Clare Hansson and lawyer Angelo Venardos. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Natalie Bochenski: Triple M's Grill Team have told us their favourite Australian songs - and the rock station breakfast hosts have gone for an eclectic mix.
Marto likes Happy Man by The Sunnyboys, Pete Timbs plumps for Grinspoon's More Than You Are, and Michelle Anderson gives Do You Love Me by Nick Cave a big tick.
Katherine Feeney: Brisbane's creek-flood hot-spots
View Brisbane's creek-flood hot-spots in a larger map
These are the areas Brisbane City Council will be watching closely this Australia Day long weekend with heavy, sustained rainfall on the way.
Scott Beveridge: Some amazing bravery from swift water rescue teams at Rockhampton.
A 14-year-old boy was caught in raging floodwaters and they expertly plucked him from a tree and dragged him to safety.
Here is the raw vision, courtesy of ABC News.
Phil Lutton: Queensland cricket coach Darren Lehmann will have plenty to say in our live chat in just over an hour - as long as you ask him the right questions.
Put yours in the comments feed and Boof will give you the answer in an hour's time. He's live from 11am.
Queensland Bulls coach Darren Lehmann. Photo: Getty Images
Dan Nancarrow: To paraphrase Sally Field: "You like us, you reeeeeaaalllyy like us!"
We just clicked over to 9000 likes today on our Facebook page. Thank you to all our Facebook followers.
Katherine Feeney: Sand man: Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is urging residents in low-lying areas prone to creek flooding to stock up on sandbags after a severe weather warning was issued for areas within the city limits.
Areas particularly at risk:
- Norman Creek
- Bulimba Creek
- Breakfast Creek/Enoggera Creek
- Zilman Waterhole (Boondall)
- Stable Swamp/Oxley Creek
- Cabbage Tree Creek
Pre-filled sandbags are available from council depots at Darra, Morningside, Virginia and Newmarket.
But Cr Quirk said residents should remain alert not alarmed.
Amy Remeikis: A 77-year-old woman will face the Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning charged with driving without due care and attention and dangerous driving causing death.
The woman was charged over the death of Kerryn Blucher last September at the Redland Spring Festival.
Ms Blucher, who was 35 weeks pregnant, died after she was struck by an alleged out of control car while at the Bayside event.
Scott Beveridge: Here is another pretty shocking road rage incident which happened in Sydney yesterday afternoon.
Apparently the two parties had some sort of road rage confrontation, then when a mother and son pulled into Maccas drive through, a man attacked them with a shovel.
Someone was brave enough to film it on their phone.
Marissa Calligeros: Dramatic scenes have unfolded in central Queensland where a 14-year-old boy has been rescued from raging flood waters. He was found clinging to a tree in the Rockhampton suburb of Frenchville about 7.30am. Swift-water rescue teams carried him to safety.
The ABC captured this photo of the rescue:
A teen is rescued in Rockhampton. Photo: ABC
Dan Nancarrow: It's Australia Day tomorrow so during the week we've been posting the favourite Australian songs of prominent Queenslanders. Today 4BC breakfast announcer Mary Collier reveals hers:
"After trying to deny it for 10 minutes and considering many hipper alternatives I'm letting my heart rule my head by choosing I Still Call Australia Home, simply because it does make me cry."
Marissa Calligeros: The rains are 'ere:
The remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Oswald are lashing central Queensland. It's now raining cats and dogs in Gladstone. Parts between Bundaberg and the Sunshine Coast are set to cop it next.
Brisbane is due to feel the brunt of the tropical low from this afternoon, with 50-100 millimetres of rain expected across the city. It's likely up to 200 millimetres of rain will be dumped on Brisbane from Saturday afternoon.
Dan Nancarrow: Here's what is making news on brisbanetimes.com.au this morning:
- Emergency working to rescue people from houses, cars and trees as central Queensland floods.
- Victims of the Wickham Securities collapse and their frustrating search for answers.
- Backlash against Nova Peris prompts former Olympian to explicitly address a whispering campaign.
- North Korea has threatened to conduct a nuclear weapons test targeted at their "arch-enemy".
Simon Holt: Drag out the rain coat and check the springs in the brolly. This weekend is going to be wet, wet, wet.
Today, we're keen to hear what you'll be doing to steer clear of the deluge. Weekend in? Heading for the shopping centres? What, in normally sunny Queensland, is a good wet weather activity?
Simon Holt: Good morning and welcome to Friday in Brisbane.
Today on Brisbane Live, we welcome Queensland cricket captain Darren Lehmann who will be available to answer your questions from 11am. To ask a question, either post it as a comment to the right of the screen, or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'll be keeping you up to date with all the news, not least the floods in North Queensland.