Bridie Jabour: A woman is accused of ripping off the state government $140,000 by claiming natural disaster relief payments
It will be alleged the 54-year-old Grantham woman made fake applications to The Premier's Disaster Relief Fund and Natural Disaster Recovery Relief Arrangements, claiming a total of $140,000 in 2011.
The claims were for money to repair and replace damaged property. She is due to appear in Gatton Magisrates Court on February 25.
And that brings Brisbane Live At Work to a close for today. We'll be back about 8am tomorrow.
Just spoke to a lovely chap out at Cawarral in Rockhampton's north east. Ryszard Sikora is marooned out at his property but said he has "seen worse". And don't worry - he said they were warned and stocked up yesterday in order to sit out the wet.
A little bit further south and Tegan Raggett out at Gladstone said things aren't too bad yet. "There is a bit of flooding around, but nothing too serious," she said. "But it has been bucketing down since 5pm yesterday."
Dan Nancarrow: Continuing our series of prominent Queenslanders naming their favourite Australian songs leading into Australia Day, state opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk’s favourite is GANGgajang - Sounds of Then (This is Australia).
“This is my favourite Australian song as it conjures quintessential images of Queensland and Australia and it is written by a Queenslander from Bundaberg,” she says.
Phil Lutton: Darren Lehmann is one of the great straight-shooters of Australian cricket and he's a handy coach as well.
We have the mentor of the Queensland Bulls and Brisbane Heat live and ready to chat tomorrow from 11am. Get your questions ready, leave them in the comments section and 'Boof' will answer as many as he can.
Queensland Bulls coach Darren Lehmann. Photo: Getty Images
Natalie Bochenski: Will we be hearing more or less of Brisbane comedian Mel Buttle on radio this year?
In 2012 she had a successful spot with Triple J's breakfast duo Tom and Alex, but has tweeted that will no longer be the case in 2013. All she would say is that the station is "looking at other options" for her. Intriguing.
Katherine Feeney: There's outrage on Twitter this afternoon thanks to this photo of a tour poster which, er, reveals the 'most wanted' troupe of half-naked men in the US of A have omitted Brisbane from their Australian schedule. #Travesty.
The Chippendales Australian tour poster.
Bridie Jabour: Treasurer Tim Nicholls has called a press conference to draw a line under the "miasma of mistruths" (A+ to whoever came up with that line!) peddled by Wayne Swan. He says the federal government has cut the Queensland Health budget by $103 million while the state government increased it by $800 million.
The two treasurers are currently duelling over whose fault it is the Queensland Health boards have made a swag of cuts in different regions. Mr Swan has counter argued the Feds are putting an extra $600 million into the state's health budget over four years.
A press conference on the minute details of indexation, budgets and Mid-Year Economic Forecasts is thrilling for all involved. Photo: Bridie Jabour
Marissa Calligeros: That crocodile everyone has been talking about - the one photographed by an Ingham police officer on the Bruce Highway. Well, it turns out the croc was a baby and was on a mud bank well away from the highway. Nothing to see there folks!
Katherine Feeney: @brisbanecityqld is reminding Twitter followers this afternoon to get along to the opening of Ken Fletcher Park opening on Sunday. There'll be "lots of cool entertainment, free plants, food and more" apparently.
Amy Remeikis: Taking a look at the decisions and choices made before someone ends up in front of our court system has sparked a couple of conversations today.
Of course we know that these charges and their result (in this case, cruelty to kids) are horrendous. But rarely is anything in the court system black and white.
Glenn A Baker.
Danielle Cronin: The baby boomer in the colourful cap, Glenn A Baker is calling for Australians to spread the 'g'day culture'.
After taking the audience along for an entertaining romp through his career highlights from meeting Bob Dylan to hearing a Midnight Oil song playing at the Berlin Wall as it came down, he urged Australians to say g'day to someone new and to have a great Australia Day.
Simon O'Brien: Next up in our list of prominent Queenslanders' favourite Australian songs is Independent member for Gaven Alex Douglas's choice - Reckless by Australian Crawl. The former LNP member says it gives him "hope for Australia."
Danielle Cronin: INXS drummer Jon Farriss says 'it's great to be Australian' after he is presented with a framed plaque to mark the band's inclusion on a series of stamps featuring Australian music legends.
Danielle Cronin: The ballroom is packed for the Australia Day Luch at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre hosted by Premier Campbell Newman who has chosen to throw away his speech and 'speak from the heart'.
Mahalia Barnes performed the National anthem... can confirm there was no lip syncing for this soul singer.
Marissa Calligeros: Erosion at Gold Coast beaches could worsen as ex-tropical cyclone Oswald moves south, with wet and windy conditions forecast for the weekend. Here's what the Gold Coast looks like today ...
Beach erosion on the Gold Coast. Photo: Bianca Stone, Seven News
Scott Beveridge: The Federal President of Katter's Australian Party, Max Menzel, has angrily rejected comments by senate candidate Bernard Gaynor that he would not let a homosexual person teach his children.
Mr Menzel told 4BC Mr Gaynor was trying to "get publicity" and was creating a "sideshow of nonsense".
Bridie Jabour: Is anyone ever going to win a PR battle with ambos? Ambulance officers are about to go into arbitration with the state government in a battle over the conditions being offered in their new awards. According to the United Voice union ambos' meal allowances are being scrapped, an unfair rostering system is being introduced and decision making powers are being limited.
The issue has been ongoing for months and United Voice secretary Gary Bullock has issued another statement "pleading" with Premier Campbell Newman to backdown on the proposals.
Natalie Bochenski: Here's another Australian favourite, from B105 breakfast crew host Abby Coleman:
"Has to be a classic and since I am so bogan I chose Down Under by Men at Work! My brothers and I knew all the lyrics and would sing it non stop on family road trips in my parents' Holden station wagon."
Bridie Jabour: Treasurer Tim Nicholls has called a press conference at 2.45pm. In what would be a startling revelation it seems he may disagree with some things Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has said about Queensland's health budgets.
Simon O'Brien: Roma Street, Park Road and Bowen Hills train stations are southeast Queensland's most lucrative for ticket inspectors who are issuing fines to up to 50 fare evaders each day.
Poll: Have you ever deliberately avoided paying a public transport fare?
- Yes, I do it all the time
- Yes, I did it once or twice but I’ve changed my ways
- No, I’m not a crook
- No, but I’ve thought about it
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Dan Nancarrow: We're talking music this week with our list of prominent Queenslanders' favourite Aussie songs. So we should probably defer to an expert, in this case Pig City author Andrew Stafford:
"It’s funny that a song occasionally touted as an alternative national anthem is not about Australia at all, at least not per se. The Warumpi Band were formed in Papunya, in the deserts west of Alice Springs, and this achingly homesick song was written by the band’s white guitarist, Neil Murray, for their proud Yolngu singer: “home” in this case is actually the late George Burrawanga’s birthplace of Elcho Island, in north-east Arnhem Land."
Marissa Calligeros: Here's a brief weather update: At least two north Queensland towns have been cut off by floods, with water lapping at the doors of homes and businesses.
Torrential rain is now hitting central Queensland around Mackay, Rockhampton and Gladstone. Brisbane's set to cop it from late tomorrow.
Cameron Atfield: Recent homophobic remarks by Katter's Australian Party candidates have earned a stiff rebuke from the party's national director, former Queensland MP Aidan McLindon:
"Katter's Australian Party will not be used by people to air and promote their own personal preoccupations," he said in a statement to media today.
"This position will be be communicated to all proposed and potential candidates and zone chairs across Australia."
Scott Beveridge: Urban Affairs reporter Katherine Feeney had her weekly chat with Greg Cary on 4BC this morning.
If you missed it, here is what they talked about, including childhood vaccinations, Moggill road upgrades and delays at Brisbane Airport.
Amy Remeikis: Given the somewhat...polished appearance of King George Square, this square of grass in the George Street court district has become the green hangout de jour for inner city folk.
King George Square on Thursday morning. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Chrissie Swan on Can of Worms.
Natalie Bochenski: Channel 10 has proudly announced that the third series of discussion show Can of Worms will be recorded live-to-air, when it returns from Monday February 11.
But of course, that's live in Sydney and Melbourne, where the show is being filmed this time around. It will be delayed into Brisbane due to our lack of daylight saving.
Maybe there's a place for Can of Worms on one of Ten's digital channels? ABC24 screens Q&A live during the summer months, perhaps Channel 10 could put it on 11 to allow equal access for Queenslanders - particularly those who like to join in Twitter and Facebook live discussions.
Danielle Cronin: In addition to the localised flooding, black-outs, train-line closure and a croc spotted taking a swim near the Bruce Highway at Ingham, it’s too wet to put a snag on the barbecue.
The Rockhampton Morning Bulletin reports Saturday’s Great Australia Day Beach Party at Yeppoon has been called off. It will be held on Monday, weather permitting.
And The Gladstone Observer reports a Virgin Australia flight bound for Gladstone has been forced to return to Brisbane because of poor weather.
Katherine Feeney: Cross, cross, cross: Following reports the Reserve Bank board is keen to see the controversial $4.4 billion Cross River Rail project get off the ground, Brisbane City Council Leader of the Opposition Milton Dick has decided to add his two cents. According to Cr Dick:
“...it’s clear to anyone who catches a train into the city each morning that the time to deliver a cross river rail solution for Brisbane has arrived. I’m disappointed that the Newman Government has spent more time planning a new office for its Ministers than it’s spent planning for the future of rail travel in Brisbane..."
Phil Lutton: Bernard Gaynor is in the news this morning for his clanger on gay teachers in schools but it isn't the first time he has popped up of late.
Cricket fans may remember Gaynor from late last year, when he went on record defending Greg Ritchie from the jackbooted 'joke police' after some attempted 'humour' during the Protea tour.
The routine caused great offence in South Africa but Gaynor couldn't see what all the fuss was about. He was more worried about having to throw out all of his 12th Man CDs. We're seeking comment from Popavalium Andropov.
Scott Beveridge: Here is some more footage on the ground in Ingham and Tully in north Queensland.
Residents have told Channel Ten there is a bit of deja vu happening, with shops running out of bread and milk and residents "panic buying" as Ingham gets cut off by floodwaters.
Dan Nancarrow: We've got another addition to our list of prominent Queenslanders' favourite Australian songs. ABC 612 breakfast host Spencer Howson tells us:
"This week especially, I find it hard to not be drawn to a song about Australia. I don't understand why people shirk away from the flag and other symbolism when celebrating Australia Day.
"Surely we give in to extremists if we give them exclusive use of the flag. Fly the flag on your car and ignore the trendies who scoff at the idea. So, some will call this cliche, but I'm going to go with Graeme Connors and A Little Further North.
Marissa Calligeros: Premier Campbell Newman also wants the ACCC to investigate the milk price wars.
Coles, Woolworths and Aldi supermarket chains last year dropped their homebrand milk price to $1 a litre.
Mr Newman told Fairfax radio 4BC that will see farmers driven from the industry in the long term.
‘‘I am absolutely on the dairy farmers on this one,’’ he said.
Scott Beveridge: The heavy rain is starting to make an impact in north Queensland.
Here are some pictures from the Nine News helicopter this morning showing floodwaters coming very close to homes near Ingham.
Katherine Feeney: Can they fix it: Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander has this morning revealed who'll make up the expert panel charged with assessing the recommendations of a parliamentary committee into the Building Services Authority. They are (in no particular order):
- Mr Phil Kesby – Independent business consultant
- Mr Andrew Wallace – Construction law barrister
- Mr David Hanna – State Secretary, Builders Labourers Federation (BLF)
- Mr Neil Castles – Director-General, Department of Housing and Public Works
Marissa Calligeros: Premier Campbell Newman has told Fairfax radio 4BC he'll establish a separate unit inside the Department of Public Works to oversee reforms to the Building Services Authority.
It follows recommendations from a parliamentary committee which looked at licensing standards and regulatory reform that could lower the cost of building a home. We'll have more on this soon.
John Birmingham is a funny man. This can't be disputed.
But he also attracts readers and commenters who are just as hilarious, as today's blog on the David Koch breastfeeding controversy reveals.
Amy Remeikis: Out and about in the city this morning there are more than a few people eyeing the sky wearily.
Seems after days of grey sky teasing not too many people came prepared with umbrellas today.
Pedestrians take cover from the rain on Adelaide Street. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Marissa Calligeros: What a rip off: Brisbane motorists forked out more for unleaded petrol last year than drivers in every major mainland capital city.
The RACQ’s 2012 Annual Fuel Report revealed Brisbane’s average ULP price was 145.4 cents per litre.
That was 4.8cpl higher than Melbourne, and up 3.9cpl on Sydney.
Marissa Calligeros: Wrong place, wrong time: An alleged drunk driver has slammed his sedan into a police car parked at the scene of a serious crash.
The sedan's 41-year-old male driver was allegedly twice the alcohol limit when he crashed into the parked patrol car on Juliet Street in Mackay about 1.50am on Thursday. No one was injured in the crash, but the sedan and the police car needed to be towed.
Amy Remeikis: Three Aborigines contesting charges after they were removed from Musgrave Park in December while attempting to re-establish the Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy have had their bail conditions altered.
They're allowed back in the park - as long as they don't set up tents or the sacred fire. They'll find out next month if they have a case to have their charges dropped.
Katherine Feeney: Flagging fun: The Premier has announced the official program for Australia Day celebrations in Brisbane.
South Bank will host most of the brass and brouhaha, with the party starting from 10 am, hitting a high note with the flag raising ceremony at 11.15 am, banging on with a RAAF fly-over and gun salute at noon, and wrapping up with a knees up at the Parklands... Here's hoping the sun shines!
Dan Nancarrow: Fans of heart-on-sleeve New Jersey rock-and-roll don't just have Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to look forward to this year.
The Gaslight Anthem are also heading out to Australia. The band will play The Tivoli on May 10.
Natalie Bochenski: Champion swimmer Stephanie Rice has a new job, on Channel Nine's Today program.
She'll present in-studio segments and reports on health, fitness and cooking.
"It's not every day you have a multiple Olympic gold medalist join your team," says Today executive producer Neil Breen. "And I don’t think the early mornings will be a problem for her after years in the pool.’’
Australia's Stephanie Rice stretches during a training session. Photo: Getty Images
Campbell Newman is about to jump on Fairfax radio 4BC. Word has it that he'll be making some sort of announcement. That's all we've got, but we'll let you know more as soon as we get the word.
Clouds above Brisbane's CBD on Thursday morning. Photo: Amy Remeikis.
Marissa Calligeros: Ain't no sunshine in Brisbane today - 10mm of rain is expected across the city, before the wet weather really sets in tomorrow afternoon.
Katherine Feeney: Whoa-boy: This just in from Racing Queensland Limited - the race meeting scheduled for the Beaudesert Race Club on Monday has been postponed due to "considerable rain", and "difficulties that have arisen following an act of vandalism on the newly renovated surface"...
Natalie Bochenski: I'm back on deck after a flying visit to Melbourne - and you'll never guess who I met on the flight home last night.
Thunderstruck is an AC/DC tribute band that have been doing homage to rock legends for 20 years. They're embarking on their first tour of South-East Queensland, starting with the Warwick RSL tonight, then the Aspley Hornets AFL club tomorrow night.
Despite their hard-rocking exterior, I saw a softer side - one of the band members had never been on a plane before, and was quite nervous during take-off and landing!
Thunderstruck live on stage. Photo: www.thunderstruck.net.au
Scott Beveridge: The Queensland Nurses Union is angry about widespread cuts to Queensland Health.
Premier Campbell Newman is trying to offer an olive branch by ensuring working nurses are on all hospital boards.
Katherine Feeney: Blessing from Buckingham Palace: Premier Campbell Newman is congratulating Ms Penelope Wensley AC today after Her Majesty the Queen extended Ms Wensley's appointment as Governor of Queensland.
In the post for the past four and a half years, Ms Wensley's proved herself "an excellent servant" to the state according to Mr Newman. Here's to a further 12 months of the same.
Meet Queensland's First Families
Sir George Ferguson Bowen, governor from 1859-1868. The first governor of Queensland, Bowen was known as a hard man well suited to the hard colony just separated from New South Wales. Despite his stern character, Bowen was popular with the people, and had his term extended by a further two years. Photo: State Library of Queensland
Want to know what is happening from the council halls to the urban sprawl?
Tune in to 4BC at 8.45am to hear Katherine Feeney speak to Greg Cary about all things urban affairs.
Scott Beveridge: Delays at Brisbane Airport are the worst in the country, according to new figures.
Brisbane Airport Corporation is not happy about the situation, but passengers face a seven year wait for a new runway to be finished.
Simon Holt: We're expecting a few showers today but still a high of 30 degrees in the city.
The Queensland Greens are attempting to stir some debate this morning over the use of exotic animals in circuses. Gold Coast Council is allowing the use of animals such as elephants, lions, tigers and monkeys - a move the Greens say is "draconian".
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Dan Nancarrow: Good morning and welcome to Brisbane Live At Work.
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