Dan Nancarrow: Thank you for reading Brisbane Live At Work this Thursday.
Two good pieces of news to pass on: tomorrow is Friday and there's still Origin games two and three to come.
So we've got a lot to look forward to.
Join us again tomorrow at this link for all the latest news and weather.
Dan Nancarrow: Five things we learnt this Thursday
Water systems at all Queensland public hospitals will be tested
- This follows the deadly outbreak of legionnaires' disease at a Brisbane private hospital.
Nate Myles believes Blues captain Paul Gallen shouldn't have been punished for punching him
- Gallen has been banned for one game.
Queensland has one of the highest pay gaps between men and women
- The figures come from a new report into gender discrimination in the workplace.
The AWU has failed in its bid to challenge state IR legislation
- The High Court denied leave to appeal against a recent decision on the laws.
The Australian dollar has dropped to 94.35 cents
- And could fall below 90 cents by the end of the year.
Katherine Feeney: Woohoo! Nominations are now open for the 2013 Lord Mayor's Business Awards.
And this year the awards include three new categories - Digital Champion, High Growth Business Start Ups and Excellence in International Education Delivery.
Winners of each of the business categories will automatically go into the draw for the Optus Business Platinum Award - celebrating outstanding business achievement.
Not to mention the ceremony itself returns to the elegantly refurbished City Hall. Get cracking on your entry now!
Katherine Feeney: What are you doing this Saturday? Perhaps you'll be one of 20,000 people expected to attend Stradbroke Day, the highlight of the Winter Racing Carnival thanks to the prize $1.38 million Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke race (which forms part of a $3 million prize pool).
Not to mention the food.
“There will be more than 40 chefs preparing 700 dozen oysters, 900kg of prawns and 8000 petite desserts for racegoers this weekend," Chief Operating Officer Darren Condon said today.
Gates open from 10am.
Natalie Bochenski: The Wesley hospital will remain suspended for all new admissions until mid next week. Uniting Care chief Richard Royle says patients due for surgery until then should contact their specialist to make other arrangements.
There are 345 patients currently in the hospital, which remains on bypass.
The billboard used in the WhatRUHaving campaign.
Katherine Feeney: Here's a snapshot of the launch of the “WhatRUHaving” Campaign, put together by local LGBTQI activists to encourage conversation about the need for marriage equality. It was commissioned by Brisbane mother Shelley Argent (pictured) of the group Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
"For many years now I have been asking the Federal Government to recognize that my gay son should have the same right as any other of my children to be married," Ms Argent said.
"What if your child was born gay or lesbian, wouldn’t you want the same thing?"
Australian Traffic Network: Here's a look at what is happening on the roads this afternoon:
Crash .. Turner Ct near Scarborough St - Caboolture .— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) June 6, 2013
C O N G E S T I O N ..Gateway Mwy NB (busy) from Boondall to Deagon .— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) June 6, 2013
C O N G E S T I O N .. M1 SB from the Gateway Merge - Eight Mile Plains . .— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) June 6, 2013
Katherine Feeney: Have you ever stopped to consider Queensland’s top pioneering scientists? Well, now you can through the new Kangaroo Point Natural History Project.
To be located in CT White and James Warner parks, the trail will chronicle the work of early pioneers James Warner, Silvester Diggles, Frederick Manson Bailey, Cyril Tenison White and Oscar Tiegs through a series of interpretative signs.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has said the signs will be installed later this month and display reproductions of the pioneers’ illustrations – everything from botanical, ornithological (birds) and entomological (insects) pictures, to park designs and surveying maps.
Natalie Bochenski: The ABC has issued a somewhat cryptic statement about the future of one of its flagship programs.
Not Q&A or 730... but Bananas in Pyjamas.
ABC TV says it will continue to broadcast the show, and the current new series has 156 episodes.
But then there's this statement:
"Another series of Bananas in Pyjamas will go through the usual commissioning process to determine future production of the program. This process does not relate to current Government funding."
Let's hope that means the sleepwear-clad Bananas will continue to ripen for years to come.
Queensland Nurses Union distributes anti-privatisation ribbons to members to coincide with Queensland Day. Photo: Supplied
People spending Queensland Day in hospital may notice nurses and midwives wearing a maroon ribbon.
The Queensland Nurses Union advises members have taken Premier Campbell Newman’s advice to wear maroon for Queensland Day, opting to wear maroon anti-privatisation ribbons.
The union is railing against the ‘‘state government’s policy of privatising public hospitals, community health services and ... nursing homes’’.
Recently, Health Minister Lawrence Springborg ruled out ‘‘privatising any existing public hospitals’’ and accused union bosses of ‘‘inflammatory hysterical rantings”.
Amy Remeikis: Education minister John-Paul Langbroek and Environment minister Andrew Powell - who is heading up the Queensland Plan arrive at Stafford State School to discuss the Plan's school program.
Students will be asked to "create a 30-year vision" for the state, which will be incorporated in to the Queensland Plan
Education minister John-Paul Langbroek and Environment minister Andrew Powell at Stafford State School. Photo: Amy Remeikis
AAP: A fishing trawler has run aground in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area off the central Queensland coast.
The incident happened about 3.30am on Thursday near Lady Elliot Island off Gladstone, police say.
Natalie Bochenski: Queenslanders may complain about the commentary, but they still tuned in to Channel 9 in droves to watch State of Origin I last night.
It was the number one program, recording an average audience of 779,000 viewers in southeast Queensland, and an average of 2.5 million nationally.
State of Origin - Game one
Jarryd Hayne outsteps Greg Inglis. Photo: Wolter Peeters
Marissa Calligeros: Legionnaires disease infection: There have been cases of Legionnaires outbreaks at overseas hospitals with very old plumbing.
The odd thing about this outbreak is that the building at the Wesley Hospital is just three years old, with modern plumping facilities.
"There is also uncertainty about how both patients actually contracted this disease," UnitingCare Health executive director Richard Royle said.
Dan Nancarrow: Maroons great Steve Renouf has weighed into the Gallen/Myles stouch.
He says the NSW Blues captain's behaviour sets an atrocious example for youngsters who aim to emulate their heroes.
Swing and a hit: Paul Gallen scraps with Nate Myles. Photo: Adam McLean
Marissa Calligeros: Legionnaires disease infection: The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital is on standby to receive up to 12 expectant mothers, or new mothers and their babies from the Wesley, if needed.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young says she's not concerned about the pressure the closure of the Wesley's emergency department and cancellation of admissions would place on other hospitals.
‘‘We do have a lot of capacity overall in Brisbane. We’re a large metropolitan city with a lot of hospitals, so I’m certainly not concerned,’’ she says.
Marissa Calligeros: It's not wise to lower the temperature of domestic hot water systems, even to save on power costs, because it can create an ideal breeding ground for potentially deadly Legionella bacteria.
"You run the risk that it doesn't get hot enough to kill the bacteria, if they are there," Dr Karl Kruszelnicki said.
Dr Karl told 612 ABC Brisbane most modern heating systems no longer store water. ‘‘We have gas hot water heaters that do not store any water and they heat it up as needed, so you never have water that is stored above 40 degrees and less than 70 degrees,’’ he said.
Legionnaires’ disease is often contracted through breathing in the Legionella bacteria through very fine water droplets vented through air conditioning systems. But it can also be found in hot water systems, shower heads, spas, and soil and potting mix.
Amy Remeikis: Question time: The opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has taken to the floor to begin her budget reply speech.
She said she is asking Queenslanders to "fight back" against the rising cost of living and ask themselves at the next election if the government had kept its promise to lower it.
Dan Nancarrow: What better way to nurse the pain of an Origin loss than with cake?
The nice folks at Lend Lease gave us this Queensland Day cupcakes this morning, designed by Design a Cupcake Party.
Should we try and saw Queenslander with them stuffed in our mouths?
Queensland Day cupcakes courtesy of Lend Lease. Photo: Dan Nancarrow
Our story on Campbell Newman proclaiming support for unions has raised a few eyebrows.
Predictably, there has been plenty of vitriol in the comments section, but nobody showed quite as much commitment as "Two-F-Jeff", who wrote:
“That's why I cheered for NSW last night even (though) our family have lived here in Queensland for five generations. Any state that would vote in this LNP government doesn't deserve to win anything.”
Dan Nancarrow: It's been a busy morning so we haven't had a chance to have a look at the weather!
The temperature is up at 21 degrees having dropped to 14.5 degrees at 2.25am this morning.
The forecast is for a possible shower with a top of 23, which is pretty smilar tothe forecast for the next seven days.
Marissa Calligeros: Both patients who contracted Legionnaires disease at the Wesley Hospital were being treated for cancer, Health Minister Lawrence Springborg says.
He's requested Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young conduct a full investigation of the outbreak and provide a report to Parliament.
Amy Remeikis: Question time: Woahhhhh....maybe it's last night's State of Origin loss or maybe it's the fire that comes with Queensland Day (there is a LOT of maroon in the House today) but question time has started with a bam.
Deputy premier Jeff Seeney has fired up before opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk even managed to ask her first question. He objected to how it was being asked - a "blatantly untrue" statement instead of a question, he says.
Ms Palaszczuk has rephrased her question on rising electricity prices and premier Campbell Newman is answering. His answer - it is "clearly" the fault of the Labor party, both at a state and federal level. "GET RID OF THE CARBON TAX," Mr Newman proclaims.
Marissa Calligeros: Here's more from Health Minister Lawrence Springborg:
"Recently workplace health and safety considerations have required authorities across the world to lower the temperature in hot water systems to protect people from unintended scolds.
"As a consequence of that it becomes more likely that bacteria can survive in the pipes."
Dan Nancarrow: Seems like listening to Phil Gould would be the harshest penalty of all:
Marissa Calligeros: Health Minister Lawrence Springborg has told Parliament the water supply at all public hospitals across Queensland will be tested for Legionella bacteria, following the outbreak of Legionnaires disease at the Wesley Hospital.
He has advised operators of private hospitals to do the same.
Mr Springborg said he has also requested Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young conduct a full investigation of the outbreak and provide a report to the Parliament.
Dan Nancarrow: The decision not to take on-field action against Blues skipper Paul Gallen last night for striking Nate Myles during and after a tackle before half time had Queensland fans scratching their heads last night.
What do you think should have happened to Gallen?
Poll: What on-field punishment did Paul Gallen deserve for hitting Nate Myles with a swinging arm and punching the Maroons prop?
- Send off
- Sin Bin
- Placed on report
- No punishment at all
- Forced to listen to Phil Gould's Origin analysis for a week straight
Total votes: 105.
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Poll closed 7 Jun, 2013
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Simon Holt: At 10am tomorrow, marine biologist and underwater cinematographer Richard Fitzpatrick embarks on a 12-hour dive he hopes will help educate the world about the Great Barrier Reef.
Via a Youtube feed, he'll be talking to a web audience. He'll get some help from a panel of bioligists, conservationists and tourism operators. Television broadcaster Steve Liebmann will facilitate.
It's called ReefLive and is an initiative of Tourism and Events Queensland, held in conjunction with World Oceans Day. There'll be a discussion around Twitter #reeflive, and Google Hangouts from a land studio while Richard breaks from the water. and is an opportunity for those who love adventure, the ocean and nature to get a new perspective of the Great Barrier Reef and learn more about this unique ecosystem.
"Using technology and social media, ReefLive lets people around the world tour the Great Barrier Reef – without leaving their home and without getting wet,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.
UPDATE: This event starts tomorrow at 10am, not today as previously reported.
Richard Fitzpatrick diving the Great Barrier Reef. Photo: Simon Holt
Dan Nancarrow: Here's what is making news on brisbanetimes.com.au:
- A woman is in intensive care after becoming the second patient at a Brisbane hospital to contract the potentially deadly legionnaires' disease.
- Nate Myles defends his tackling technique after Queensland's 14-8 loss at the hands of New South Wales.
- $2.8 billion of $11 billion in capital purchases have been allocated to Brisbane in this year's budget.
- Premier Campbell Newman proclaims support for unions ahead of transparency bill.
The Wesley Hospital, in Brisbane's inner-west. Photo: Australian Traffic Network
Marissa Calligeros: Authorities cannot be certain the potentially deadly Legionella bacteria has not spread to the air conditioning system of the Wesley Hospital.
Dan Nancarrow: Paul Gallen's swinging arm and punches to Nate Myles's head during last night's Origin game certainly had social media users typing away frantically.
Two time gold medal winning Olympian Jessicah Schipper lashed out at former Blues captain Andrew Johns and current captain Paul Gallen after the game:
Now we have a grub talking to a drugo love the @nswrl— Jess Schipper (@JessSchipper) June 5, 2013
Blues take the spoils in gritty opener
The NSW Blues were held pointless in the second half, but managed to hold off a Queensland comeback to win game 1.PT1M19S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2nr1n 620 349 June 6, 2013
Marissa Calligeros: More than 3000 staff and patients at the Wesley Hospital may have been exposed to the potentially deadly Legionella bacteria.
Phil Lutton: A bruised and battered Nate Myles emerged from the Queensland dressing rooms to defend his tackling technique after it was called into question by NSW fullback Jarryd Hayne, who has accused him of serial ‘headbutting’.
New South Wales won the opening Origin match 14-6. Cronulla's Luke Lewis was awarded man of the match.
Gang tackle: The Blues zero in on Nate Myles. Photo: Getty Images
Marissa Calligeros: UnitingCare Health executive director Richard Royle is addressing media at the Wesley Hospital.
He says the situation is "extraordinary and unprecedented".
The legionnaires disease press conference at Wesley Hospital. Photo: Marissa Calligeros
Marissa Calligeros: Media have gathered at the Wesley Hospital's auditorium to hear the latest on the legionnaires disease infections.
The hospital's corridors are very quiet this morning, as all admissions have been cancelled and the emergency department closed.
Dan Nancarrow: Good morning and welcome to Brisbane Live At Work.
Big morning of news with the fallout from the Queensland Origin loss (or the Blues victory, however you want to put it!) and the unfolding story of legionnaires disease infections at the Wesley Hospital.
Stay tuned for the latest updates.