Simon O'Brien: Apologies for the lack of posts this afternoon. There have been a few technical issues.
Thanks for your understanding. Join us again tomorrow from 8am.
Dan Nancarrow: RACQ has warned parents to be extra vigilant around schools tomorrow as the National Walk Safely to School Day takes place.
The event encourages primary school children to commute safely to school.
RACQ Community and Education officer Karina Halliday said the organisation was anticipating a big increase in the number of students walking, cycling and riding scooters around schools, "particularly at peak times between 7 and 9am and 3 and 5pm."
AAP: A man is in hospital with serious injuries after he became caught in a machine at a Gold Coast pet food manufacturer.
The 25-year-old has significant arm and chest injuries, a Department of Community Safety spokeswoman says.
Emergency workers were called just before midday on Thursday to VIP Petfoods at Ormeau.
Firefighters extricated the man, who was conscious and breathing, the spokeswoman said.
Amy Remeikis: Parents who choose not to vaccinate their children may find themselves refused from Queensland childcare centres under a new bill introduced into State Parliament.
Do you agree with the move by the state opposition?
Poll: Should childcare centres be able to refuse entry to children who have not been vaccinated?
- Yes, childcare staff should have the right to protect their staff and children in their care.
- No, it's punishing the parents for their choice.
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Poll closed 25 May, 2013
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Katherine Feeney: When was the last time you went to the dentist? The Newman Government is today touting their good work in that area, with Health Minister Lawrence Springborg saying they've slashed the number of patients waiting longer than two years for a routine dental check by more than 4,000 in less than three months.
Instrumental to this success is the national partnership agreement funding the state uses to engage the private sector in the provision of emergency public dental services enabled public sector dentists to reduce waiting lists, Mr Springborg says.
Marissa Calligeros: Friends and coworkers are holding a vigil in memory of slain McDonalds worker Joan Canino Ryther.
Mourners gather in Logan at a service for slain Joan Canino Ryther. Photo: Marissa Calligeros
Simon Holt: One of our favourite charities at Brisbane Times is YoungCare. On Friday May 31, One Night for Youngcare is being hosted at Rydges South Bank and 100% of the $195 entry fee goes straight to the charity.
It's been confirmed that the ticket just got a whole lot more worth it. Jewels by designer Stefano Canturi will grace the catwalk. And a diamond necklace will be up for grabs in the raffle.
If the diamonds weren't enough, there will also be a trip to Canturi New York thrown in - business class, no less. It's a $15,000 prize. Beats the old meat tray.
Dan Nancarrow: Southbank's River Quay, the Queensland Supreme Court's new internal gardens and Brisbane's newest scientific research centre are some of the designs in the running to win Australian Institute of Landscape Architects awards.
Fifteen Queensland landscape architecture firms will compete for titles including Queensland’s most visionary design, innovative planning, inspiring public spaces and more.
The winners will be announced this Friday at Hillstone in St Lucia.
Southbank's revitalised River Quay.
Katherine Feeney: Were you affected by the flood events that hit south east Queensland in January and February this year?
You might be interested by some reports relating to the Big Wet the state government will make publicly available today. Head over to the Seqwater website to find out more about how Wivenhoe, Somerset and North Pine Dams and were impacted by the flood event.
Amy Remeikis: The Queensland opposition have just announced they will be following in their NSW counterparts footsteps and introducing a 'no jab, no play' style bill to parliament.
They want to make it legal for child care centres to refuse to enroll children who have not been vaccinated. Annastacia Palaszczuk says she is hoping for bipartisan support.
Annastacia Palaszczuk at the press conference this morning. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Simon Holt: While on the topic of Queensland travel, we thought the cooler weather meant it might be time to spice things up with a chance for you to win an escape to Novotel Twin Waters Resort on the Sunshine Coast, just north of Maroochydore.
In conjunction with the Brisbane Times Queensland Escapes guide to the state's best accommodation, Novotel is giving away a luxurious overnight stay which includes dinner and breakfast for a family of two adults and two children.
An up high view of Novotel Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast. Photo: SUPPLIED
The Ben Te'o assault allegation has taken a different twist this morning, with Queensland cricket star Chris Lynn unleashing a tirade against the alleged victim, Katie Lewis, on twitter. Lynn deleted the tweets swiftly but the damage was done by that point. Cricket Australia is now investigating the matter.
Across the road from where Joan Canino Ryther's body was found. Photo: Marissa Calligeros
Marissa Calligeros: Scenes of crime officers are examining blood spots opposite the yard where Joan Canino Ryther's body was found yesterday morning.
Plain clothes detectives have retraced the route Mrs Ryther would have walked from her home to work on Tuesday night.
She never arrived for her 9pm shift at McDonald's on Tuesday.
Dan Nancarrow: Want to get a taste of Italy without having to pay the airfare?
Brisbane's seventh Italian Week Festival will be held from Sunday May 26 to Sunday June 2, among the highlights include music, cooking classes, barista classes and a waiters race next Thursday in Queen Street Mall.
Full event details can be found at the festival website.
Traditional food and cooking classes is some of the big attractions at the Italian Festival.
Simon Holt: It's all about tourism in Queensland this week. The government has thrown open 25 business opportunities - most of them along the coastline.
And the biggest hype seems to be around an area the marketing gurus are calling the ‘Southern Great Barrier Reef’. The rest of us know it as the area between Gladstone and Bundaberg.
Let's not be too cynical though. There are plenty of beautiful areas and top notch resorts in the area. One of the guests at a launch this morning is the owner of Lady Elliot Island, Peter Gash. Feeling like a holiday yet? Check out our Queensland Escapes section.
Amy Remeikis: Question time: And that's it for Question Time. And my patience. It has been a long week.
Get ready for budget - that is sure to be a fun time for all - and, as always, Hansard will have the full transcript - with QT finishing at 11, it should be up around 2.
Amy Remeikis: Question time: Just back to the question about the cancelled Senior's Dance - here is the first part of a release put out by the Opposititon.
Seniors All Dressed Up With No Place To Go As Government Cancels The Dance
"The mean-spirited nature of the Newman Government has been exposed yet again with the axe falling on funding for an annual event that Brisbane senior citizens enthusiastically mark on their calendars.
Shadow Communities Minister Desley Scott said the annual Senior’s Week Dance, staged at New Farm’s Riverside Ballroom, had been axed by Communities Minister Tracey Davis – for the sake of saving $10,000.
Mrs Scott said the annual dance – which normally draws a crowd of about 250 older Brisbane residents – had been outlawed by the government in a move that typified its slash and burn nature with little regard for the consequences."
It might have just been easier to say - BRISBANE IS THAT TOWN FROM FOOTLOOSE FOR SENIORS.
Amy Remeikis: Question time: A question from Queensland Australia United Party/Palmer's United Party leader Alex Douglas about staff carparking costs for the Gold Coast University Hospital has brought the LOLs from health minister Lawrence Springborg.
"I thank the leader of the united Democratic Party of Clive for his question; it must be wonderful feeling to have finally joined a party that is not about the ego of an individual and a party that is not just one man," Mr Springborg said.
Wishing Dr Douglas (who resigned from the LNP in November) all the best, Mr Springborg referred to the Palmer United Party as the "political equivalent of the Addams Family". ZING
Mr Springborg did eventually say he would go look into the parking costs and get back to Dr Douglas.
Amy Remeikis: Question time: WHY WON'T THE GOVERNMENT LET SENIORS DANCE?! OK, that wasn't really a question - but it was close. The opposition wants to know why the government is spending $1 million on advertising for the Queensland Plan but can't find $10,000 to fund the annual Senior's Ball as part of Senior's Week.
I am not sure Communities Minister Tracy Davis was prepared for this question. She has told parliament how much she respects and admires the state's seniors. Which is a lot. And also, seniors are part of the Queensland Plan. So there's that. But the state finances are bad. So that's a bit sad, but there will be no dance. But Ms Davis looks forward to continuing to work with and for seniors.
That was the gist of it.
Amy Remeikis: Question time: And a question from the opposition to the Energy Minister about the Ergon news announced late last night - if you missed it, we have it here.
Will the government release the modelling it used to justify the decision?
Mark McArdle basically said no. And then attacked the Labor party. I am sensing a pattern.
Amy Remeikis: Question time: Parliament is definitely less firey today. Even the insults have been lacking. Mr Newman referred to Labor policy as "turning to custard". Not his best.
We've had a couple of dixers - which is normal - but the pressure on the Katter's Australian Party seems to be increasing. Any time Robbie Katter or Ray Hopper have said something or asked a question, they have been smacked down with criticism that Bob Katter has kept Labor in power federally. Personally, I think that might be giving Bob a little too much credit.
Oh - another dixer. What is the government doing for the economy and are there any alternative views to the budget Mr Treasurer?
Short answer - everything bad = before the LNP came to office. Everything good = after the LNP came to office.
Amy Remeikis: Question time: They love them some slogans in parliament.
The Labor party has taken to calling the proposed flood levy a "big new tax on Queensland families". It is a bit of a mouthful, but it gets the point across. Ms Palaszczuk wants to know how much it will be and what projects it will fund.
I'll save you some time - don't expect an answer before the budget is handed down on June 4.
Marissa Calligeros: A five-year-old boy who was thrown off a carnival ride at his primary school fete at the weekend is expected to be moved out of intensive care today, after waking from a coma.
Patrick O’Sullivan, who was flung metres into the air from a fast-spinning ride called the Frisbee on Sunday afternoon, remained in a coma at the Mater Children's Hospital until 2pm yesterday.
His school principal says Patrick’s family has indicated he could be moved out of the hospital’s intensive care unit today.
Patrick O’Sullivan was injured when he fell off a ride at a Toowoomba school fete. Photo: Supplied
Amy Remeikis: Question Time: - for the last time this week. Parliament did not finish until after 1am this morning, so there are quite a few tired eyes in the house this morning. The voices aren't quite as charged.Not that this is a bad thing.
First up - a question from opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk to premier Campbell Newman about the closure of the chronic pain management clinic at Redcliffe Hospital.
Mr Newman admits that he is unaware of the issue that Ms Palaszczuk raised but says "of course I'll look at the matter". He suggested that Ms Palaszczuk should have approached him privately instead of "grandstanding" in question time. Mr Newman rounds out his time by attacking the federal Labor government and Bob Katter for keeping them there.
Marissa Calligeros: A teenager has survived a three-storey fall down a ventilation shaft in an inner-Brisbane apartment building this morning.
It took firefighters an hour to free the 17-year-old, who may have been trying to get into an apartment via the roof of the Alfred Street student complex in Fortitude Valley.
He was freed via an air-conditioning vent and was taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital with leg and pelvic injuries.
Scott Beveridge: 22 year-old Katie Lewis wants Ben Te'o to "be held accountable" for punching her in the face in a Brisbane home. Te'o says it was him who was violently attacked. As yet, no charges have been laid over the incident. Here is the story which ran on Nine News last night.
Te'o should 'be held accountable'
Katie Lewis says she doesn't want to "ruin his career" but Ben Te'o should be held accountable after he "punched me in the face". Nine NewsPT3M26S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2k22a 620 349 May 23, 2013
Marissa Calligeros: At least 20 police officers investigating the killing of 29-year-old McDonald's worker Joan Canino Ryther are preparing for a briefing this morning.
Detectives are also gathering security video from businesses and homes near the yard where Mrs Ryther’s body was found yesterday.
Mrs Ryther's bloodied, partially-clothed body was found by a resident in the front yard of a Leichhardt Street house about 6.30am yesterday.
Dan Nancarrow: Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is being held today to raise funds for cancer research and patient support. So for $962,449 have been raised.
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Fairfax Media in Brisbane's morning tea. Photo: Dan Nancarrow
Scott Beveridge: Police will step up their hunt for Joan Ryther's killer today.
The body of the McDonald's worker was found by neighbours yesterday morning in the front yard of a Logan home.
Neighbours 'devastated' by killing
Logan residents realised "it was real" after discovering Joan Ryther's body in a front yard Wednesday morning, before trying to cover her up.PT1M50S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2k207 620 349 May 23, 2013
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