Dan Nancarrow: Thanks for reading Brisbane Live At Work this Friday.
Enjoy your long weekend, we'll see you back here on Tuesday at this link.
Amy Remeikis: Anna Bligh has commented publicly on her cancer diagnosis:
“I am very grateful for the excellent care I have received from the staff of St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, and the loving support of my family and friends,” Ms Bligh said.
“I am maintaining my positive attitude as I prepare for treatment.”
Dan Nancarrow: What we learnt this Friday
John Bjelke-Petersen is joining the Palmer United Party
- The son of the infamous Sir Joh will run as the federal candidate for the seat of Maranoa.
At least 1700 IT public service jobs will be axed
- But the government is rejecting suggestions the entire IT component will be outsourced.
The government has been hiding school land sales behind lot numbers
- It hasn't been providing the addresses or school names.
A Gold Coast restaurant mistakenly gave a costumer oven cleaner
To help cure hiccups.
City2South has already raised more than $100,000
- For different charities who'll benefit from the June 16 fun run.
John Bjelke-Petersen has left the LNP. Photo: Paul Harris
Women of Letters is in Brisbane on June 9.
Dan Nancarrow: Women of Letters is coming back to Brisbane this Sunday, for a matinee performance at The Zoo.
Speaking at Sunday's show will be journalist Tracey Spicer, Adele Pickvance, of The Go Betweens, artist Fiona Foley, writer and theatre critic Sommer Tothill and writer and hip hop artist Candy Bowers.
Tickets are $20, with the performance running from 3pm to 5.30pm at The Zoo.
We're offering three lucky readers the chance to win double passes to the show. Just be one of the first readers to leave a comment in the comments field to the right of the blog by 5pm and we'll add your name to the door.
Amy Remeikis: Former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has been diagnosed with cancer. She will begin treatment of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma shortly.
Former Queensland premier Anna Bligh.
Dan Nancarrow: Spencer Jolly isn't the only Queensland journalism legend to announce he's leaving the profession today:
By Wayne HemingIt seems reports of my AAP death are not greatly exaggerated. RIP byline 1969 - 2013.— Wayne Heming (@TickerOz) June 7, 2013
Tony Moore: Kevin Rudd's challenger, Bill Glasson, has questioned why Kevin Rudd needs a "town hall" debate hosted by a Brisbane newspaper when the pair already have a debate set in August.
Mr Glasson this morning said the pair already have a live debate set for August 6, organised by the Southeast Brisbane Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Bill Glasson hopes to win the seat of Griffith from Kevin Rudd. Photo: Erin Johansson
Here is the list of hospital areas where water samples will be taken for legionella test:
- Main water mains and holding tanks
- Hot water inflows and outflows
- Potable water outlets in patients’ rooms
- Cooling towers, condensers and humidifiers
- Decorative fountains, irrigation systems, fire sprinklers, hot tubs and hydrotherapy pools
Source: Queensland Health
Here are some key facts about legionnaires' disease.
Queensland Health has also answered questions from our readers.
AAP: Queensland's chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said the director-general of health had written to Queensland's public hospitals telling them to immediately put in place a testing regime for their water systems.
She said she had written to private hospitals, advising them to do the same.
The move came after one patient died and a second ended up in intensive care after an outbreak at Wesley Hospital.
AAP: Queensland’s public hospitals have been given one week to report on their legionella testing as a formal investigation is launched into an outbreak at a private Brisbane facility.
Australian Traffic Network: A couple of accidents on the roads this afternoon:
Single Car Crash .. Anzac Ave EB LL at North Lake Dve - Mango Hill (EMS on Site)— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) June 7, 2013
Car and Bike Crash .. Moreton St at Stradbroke St - Heathwood— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) June 7, 2013
Parking ticket comes in at a nasty $72.
Simon Holt: There's a school of thought which seems to think the traditional Friday long lunch has gone out the window. People are working harder, and personal relationships aren't as significant in the KPIs column as they used to be.
It's all a game of economics, they say. And this lunch-time punter agrees after seeing the cost of a parking spot at Eagle Street recently - $72 for a little over three hours. Is that more than Sydney?
Simon Holt: The Australian Institute of Management was a Queensland brainchild 60 years ago, and has grown to become one of the largest membership-based organisations in the country.
Now, a merger between its NSW/ACT and Qld/NT divisions means it has 10,000 personal and 1500 corporate members who tap into the organisations management training programs.
The merger was nine months in the making and AIM Chair Grant Dearlove said: “Our vision is for better managers and better leaders for a better society.”
Quade Cooper may yet miss out on a Wallabies berth for the British and Irish Lions tour, but the controversial playmaker will have one bright moment on the tour.
The out-of-favour former Wallaby will captain the Queensland Reds in the Lions’ tour match at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow night.
With seven current Australian squad members unavailable for selection, Cooper will enter the game as Queensland’s most capped Wallaby with 38 appearances and with an impeccable Test record at Suncorp Stadium having won all four matches he has played for Australia at the venue.
Cooper has also been invaluable to the Reds’ Super Rugby efforts in 2013 and has played every minute of all 15 regular season matches in the number 10 jersey.
Queensland Reds playmaker Quade Cooper. Photo: Getty Images
Simon Holt: Lights, Coomera, Action!
Theme parks remain a major focus in the latest Gold Coast tourism campaign which is about to hit the big screen. The theme is "famous for fun" and advertisments will be delivered in movie-trailer format.
They'll appear in Sydney and Melbourne, with the campaign running until the end of June. All up, visitors to the Gold Coast in 2012 spent more than $3.1 billion on trips. Oh, and here's the video:
Natalie Bochenski: Queensland Parliament will be a different place without veteran Channel Nine political reporter Spencer Jolly.
He's announced his retirement after 40 years in the media.
Thanks for all the kind wishes With another birthday approaching end July it is time to bow out and hand over tonew eyes and ears #qldpol— Spencer Jolly (@SpencerJolly) June 7, 2013
Simon Holt: Country Paradise Parklands at Nerang on the Gold Coast turn to bluegrass and folk this weekend. It's the first time the festival will be held at the parklands which opened late last year.
The top event is a concert and bush dance with the Bushwackers. The band's been around for 41 years and has recorded 22 albums, has three Golden Guitars, five books, a DVD and a performance history as long as your arm.
Natascha Mirosch: Deery's Restaurant at the historic Story Bridge Hotel is about to undergo refurbishment. The Brand + Slater architect firm has been engaged to "freshen up" the restaurant.
One of Brisbane's original old pubs, the hotel was constructed in 1886 and has been in the Deery family for more than 40 years. According to owner Richard Deery, the renovations include moving the bar from its current location to the other side of the restaurant, while the courtyard with its city views will be given a new identity with its own (as yet unreleased) name, a separate bar and a more casual share plate menu.
Natalie Bochenski: Some bittersweet news out of Channel Nine today:
Tony Moore: At least 1700 of the 5000 public servants who work the Queensland Governments IT areas are likely to lose their public service jobs in the next two years.
Information Technology Minister Ian Walker has just outlined that Shared Services which employs 1200 staff and CITEC which employs 500 staff would be outsourced within two years.
He was unable to put a figure on anticipated savings or how many of the 5000 staff who now work in government IT would still have a government job at the end of the review. The government's IT audit cost $5.2 million.
Kerstin Kehren: It seems Thor Prohaska, the Palmer United Party candidate for Petrie, has had a crack at re-writing the national anthem. He says the new version, which he drafted in 2002, is "better". You be the judge:
Australians all let us rejoice
for we are all born free.
We are the dreaming of this land
its spirit breathes in me.
Our home abounds with nature's gifts
of beauty rich and rare.
At every stage let history's page
treat all Australians fair.
With joyful voices let us sing
Australia is our home.
Beneath the radiant Southern Cross
we'll toil with hearts and hands
to leave our children's children
a whole and sacred land.
For those who've come across the seas
as friends we welcome you.
With courage let us all combine
to make our dreams come true.
With joyful voices let us sing
Australia is our home.
Simon Holt: Our team is gearing up in parliament to answer live questions from Environment Minister Andrew Powell. He's heading up the task of looking into Queensland's crystal ball, and devising a plan which will take us into 2043.
What do you want Queensland to look like in 30 years? Got a question to ask the "man with the plan"? Simply email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll have a look.
The live Q&A will take part from 12.15pm until 1pm.
Simon Holt: Brisbane Times City2South presented by Westpac is just over a week away on June 16. And there's plenty to celebrate. Fun runners have raised more than $100,000 so far, including more than $6000 by sole campaigner Michael Lorimer from Victoria Point.
Scores of charities will benefit from the 14km event, which kicks off from the Botanic Gardens, crosses three bridges and finishes in Musgrave Park.
About 6000 runners are registered to take part in the inaugural run - the largest number to take part in any inaugural event of its kind in Brisbane.
Simon Holt: Students from Stuartholme School and Nudgee College got the chance to jam with jazz king James Morrison at Brisbane Airport recently.
In flash mob style, they played Waltzing Matilda, Ode to Joy and We Will Rock You. It was a prelude to a planned performance at Suncorp Stadium on July 13, where they'll be part of a world record attempt - for the world's largest orchestra.
“We’ve been practicing for months now and it was amazing this morning to finally see it come together,” Stuartholme student Georgia Perry said. The record attempt is part of the Queensland Music Festival and needs 6500 performers to play more than five minutes.
Students from Stuartholme with James Morrison.
Dan Nancarrow: Here's what's making news on brisbanetimes.com.au this morning:
- Questions are being asked about why it took more than a week for health authorities to be informed about an initial case of legionnaires' disease.
- Motorists may soon have to observe 1m overtaking rule when passing cyclists, with government ordering review.
- Car crashes into building on Ann Street, Fortitude Valley.
- 'Gutted' Gallen angry over ban for going 'toe-to-toe' with Myles.
The Wesley Hospital, in Brisbane's inner-west. Photo: Australian Traffic Network
The Bolshoi Ballet season has sold out before the first performance of The Bright Stream springs in to action tonight at Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
The first production of the season was Le Corsaire, which opened to great acclaim, while The Bright Stream is the second and final production of the season and starts tonight.
Neither ballet has been performed in Australia before and is exclusive to Brisbane.
Bolshoi Ballet principal dancers Katya Shipulina and Mikhail Loubukhin with some of the Queensland Ballet's young dancers. Photo: Natalie Bochenski
Marissa Calligeros: Legionnaires update from The Wesley Hospital:
- The second patient to contract Legionnaires remains in the intensive care unit in a serious condition;
- More than 700 former patients have been contacted by phone;
- The water system continues to be flushed with water at 65 degrees. This process has been in approximately two thirds of the hospital as at 10.30am;
- All admissions and and surgeries have been cancelled until further notice;
- The hospital’s emergency department remains on full ambulance bypass;
- Showers remain off-limits to patients. All patients have access to bath kits.
Amy Remeikis: John Bjelke-Petersen is officially has become a PUPpy.
Mr Bjelke-Petersen quit the LNP on Wednesday. His father had quite a lot to do with the 'N' part of that party, but Mr Bjelke-Petersen said he was "disgusted" with how they were treating regional Queensland.
He will stand for Palmer's United Party in the federal seat of Maranoa at the September 14
Dan Nancarrow: A woman was robbed of her handbag and assaulted last night in Bowen Hills.
The 33-year-old woman had her handbag stolen by three men walking along Folkestone Road at about 7.30pm.
The three men were described as Caucasian in their 20s.
Anyone with information which could assist police in their investigation is urged to contact Crime Stopppers on 1800 333 000.
Amy Remeikis: Environment minister Andrew Powell will be with us from 12:15pm to discuss the Queensland Plan. How do you want the state to look in 2043?
Six questions were created at a summit in Mackay last month - but what do you want to know?
- In the context of living in the community, how do we move our focus from me to we?
- How do we create and foster an education culture that teaches skills and values to meet global challenges and optimise regional strengths?
- How do we empower and educate individuals, communities and institutions to embrace responsibility for an active and healthy lifestyle?
- How do we structure our economy to ensure our children inherit a resilient future?
- How do we strengthen our economic future and achieve sustainable landscapes?
- How do we attract and retain the brightest minds and ideas where they are most needed and capitalise on global opportunities?
Zoe Hinchliffe: The car which which crashed into a building on the corner of Bridge and Ann streets in Fortitude Valley has been towed from the crash site.
The Suzuki Swift crashed into Brisbane’s BMW car dealership around 7.25 am this morning.
The car crashed into the corner of the dealership knocking over a street light and disrupting underground electricity wires and causing damage to the side of the building.
No one was injured in the incident.
The damaged building on Ann Street. Photo: Zoe Hinchliffe
Phil Lutton: Queensland could pull the trigger on young bull Josh Papalii and set up a mouth-watering showdown with Paul Gallen as Maroons selectors begin to mull over potential changes for the Origin rematch at Suncorp Stadium.
Gallen stood tall as the alpha forward in Origin on Wednesday night, violently marking his territory at ANZ Stadium with a controversial flurry of punches to the head of Queensland's pack leader Nate Myles.
Josh Papalii at Maroons training last week. Photo: Bradley Kanaris
Australian Traffic Network: It's busy on the roads this morning:
Accident.. Handford Rd at Grasspan St - Zillmere . . . . .— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) June 6, 2013
broken down car . Anzac Ave EB LL B4 the Bruce Hwy O/P .. Kallangur— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) June 6, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: Want to meet the Lions mascot?
Jesse Thompson: A morning coffee could be brightening more than just your day.
More than 250 cafes across the nation, including 36 in Queensland, will donate $1 from each coffee sale towards helping the homeless as part of CafeSmart, an initiative of national charity organisation StreetSmart.
Money raised will be used to help StreetSmart provide extra funding for grassroots charities lacking the fundraising capabilities, volunteer base and profile of larger groups.
A full list of participating cafes is available on the StreetSmart website.
More than 250 cafes across the nation will donate $1 from each coffee sale towards helping the homeless. Photo: Eddie Jim
Australian Traffic Network: There are a few other incidents on our roads this morning, but we will keep you up to date on the Ann Street accident:
AccidentOld Gympie Rd at Pitt Rd - Burpengary (EMS attending) . . . . .— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) June 6, 2013
HAZARD .. (Paint Spill) Gympie Rd IB LL after Rode Rd - Chermside (no delays) . .. .— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) June 6, 2013
Marissa Calligeros: Questions are being asked about why it took more than a week for health authorities to be informed about an initial case of Legionnaires disease at a Brisbane hospital.
A 60-year-old man has died and a 46-year-old woman is in intensive care after contracting Legionnaires' disease at the Wesley Hospital on Sunday.
The man tested positive for the disease last Wednesday, but Queensland Health was not notified of the case until Wednesday this week.
Australian Traffic Network: Here's a high up shot from the Australian Traffic Network of the accident on Ann Street in the Valley where a car has hit a building.
The crash scene in Fortitude Valley where a car hit a building on Ann Street. Photo: Australian Traffic Network
Missing woman Nicole Pilmer.
AAP: Police are searching for a woman whose clothes have been found near a Brisbane home.
Nicole Pilmer, 29, was last seen by relatives as she fled a house at Camp Hill last night. The white top and black pants she’d been wearing have since been found nearby. Police hold concerns for her welfare, and are seeking help to locate her.
Ms Pilmer is described as 160 centimetres tall, of medium build and she has long light brown hair. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Danielle Cronin: A car has hit a building in the Valley.
Car V building .. Ann St IB RL near Bridge St -Fortitude Valley (crews on site blocking Bridge St- Delays b2 BreakfastCreek Rd)— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) June 6, 2013