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Dan Nancarrow: Things we learnt this Friday:
1. The Private Practice Management Committee will be disbanded
It oversaw the "cost neutral" private practice in public hospitals scheme which ended up costing taxpayers $800m.
2. The public sector union claims the state government is cutting more jobs
This time in health, police, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs, Agriculture, and Fisheries and Forestry.
3. Kevin Rudd has been mobbed by locals in Brisbane
The prime minister is meeting with the premier today to discuss the Gonski reforms.
4. Ashton Agar has become an overnight Ashes sensation
The 19-year-old Test debutant is the highest scoring number 11 in history after his score of 98 against England.
5. Paul Gallen has been ruled out of Origin III
The NSW skipper is expected to be replaced as captain by Robbie Farah.
Detectives have called for public help to identify two men who may have been involved in the stabbing and robbery of a 36-year-old man near Park Road, Milton about 10.30pm a week ago.
The first man is described as about 178cm tall, of a slim build, with an olive complexion. He had short, black hair and was wearing a black jacket, black jeans and spoke with a Middle Eastern accent.
The second man is described as about 175cm tall, of a slim build with an olive complexion. He was wearing a white, baggy t-shirt with a dark coloured logo on the front, knee-length shorts and grey low-cut shoes. He also spoke with a Middle Eastern accent.
Police would also still like to speak to a woman, who is not regarded as a suspect, who left the victim’s driver's licence at the door of the Goodna Police Station about 9.45am on Sunday, July 7. Anyone with information can telephone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Katherine Feeney: There’ll be sunshine amidst light showers through the weekend but the drizzle looks set to thicken from next week.
A relatively moist onshore flow will bring in a bit of wet from the coast on Friday, and could see up to 10mm in the gauges on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts though Brisbane will stay relatively dry.
But Australian Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Jonty Hall said the wet weather would pick up again by the middle of next week as temperatures remained about average.
“We’re pretty close to the average for July – minimums of 12 to 13 [degrees] sneaking up to the low 20’s,” he said."
Friday: Max 21
Partly cloudy with a shower or two. Light to moderate SE winds.
Saturday: Min 12
Mostly fine, possibly shower.
Sunday: Min 12
Mostly fine, possible shower.
Scott Beveridge: Kevin Rudd has been mobbed in the Queen street mall.
The PM took a short stroll along the top of the mall at lunch time, stopping for a coffee and to get a few selfies and chat with shoppers.
Rudd is 'like a rock star'
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is mobbed by shoppers in Brisbane's Queen street mall Friday, with some saying he is "a great person" but others believing he can't "back it up with his policies".PT1M53S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2puo8 620 349 July 12, 2013
Australian Traffic Network: It's Friday afternoon, so that means congestion:
C O N G E S T I O N .. Western Fwy OB from Indooroopilly to Fig Tree Pocket— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 12, 2013
C O N G E S T I O N .. Ipswich Mwy OB from the Granard Rd merge - Rocklea— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 12, 2013
AAP: Queensland police are investigating the sudden death of a baby boy who was just a few days old.
Police said the baby died suddenly at Hervey Bay on Thursday.
They said no other details could be released, but have urged anyone with information about the death, which happened at Point Vernon, to contact them.
Australian Traffic Network:
Rocklea - slow traffic westbound Ipswich Motorway at Granard Road — Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 12, 2013
Wayne Rooney won't be playing, but Brisbane football fans will still have reason to tune into next week's Manchester United vs A-League All Stars game in Sydney.
Three more Brisbane Roar players were added to the A-League squad to take on the English premiers.
Today, the club announced Besart Berisha, Liam Miller and Michael Theo would join clubmate Thomas Broich to take on the likes of Robin van Persie, Ryan Giggs and Patrice Evra.
Bill Shorten says not all gaps have been bridged but they are closer to an agreement on Gonski with QLD. Deadline extended. @9NewsBrisbane — Chris O'Keefe (@cokeefe9) July 12, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: The final phase of the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum has been launched by the state government.
The curriculum is now available for all students from prep to year 9. Education minister John-Paul Langbroek says student uptake is gaining momentum.
“Bruce and Denise have visited more than 240 schools and in the last 12 months alone they’ve delivered their important message to more than 30,000 students at 109 schools," he said.
“No school has been too small or too far away for the dedicated Morcombes.”
Fed end min @billshortenmp says hopes can get school deal QLD know next "week or 2" @tennewsqld pic.twitter.com/wH2fVYsRVu — Cathy Border (@Tencb) July 12, 2013
Katherine Feeney: It's tribunal-palooza: Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will mirror Premier Campbell Newman in a bid to end controversy over a 41 per cent pay rise for politicians at City Hall by creating an independent pay tribunal of the council's own.
By creating such a body a link between the pay rates of councillors and state MPs will be cut - a link that would have seen the base pay for councillors rise jump by about $57,000 a year, if conditions hadn't been changed.
The would-be jump was brought about because the LNP state government said it received Crown Law advice that a freeze on politicians wages introduced by the previous Labor administration was illegal, leading to a pay-rate catch-up.
However there won't be any changes to the pay given to pollies at Brisbane City Council or Queensland Parliament until each tribunal now responsible rules on the matter...
AAP: Queensland drug dealers are using poisonous snakes and crocodiles to guard their stashes from police and thieves, wildlife rangers say.
About once a week Department of Environment and Heritage Protection rangers are called in by police to remove reptiles from cages where drugs have been hidden.
No breakthrough but @theqldpremier says meeting @kruddmp very positive & productive @tennewsqld pic.twitter.com/6x75Ow2el4 — Cathy Border (@Tencb) July 12, 2013
Australian Traffic Network:
Rugby League tonight - Broncos V Sharks - Suncorp Stadium .. affecting Milton Rd, Hale St, ICB, Coronation Drv & Caxton St #letsgobroncos — Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 12, 2013
Phil Lutton: Having debuted in game II, Maroons stars believe Manly's Daly Cherry-Evans will be a mainstay of the Queensland Origin side for a decade to come:
''He's played for his country, won grand finals. That's just what you expect from DCE. Ever since he's come into grade he looked like he had been playing for 10 years. He didn't look out of place in game two and he'll be ready to fire for us [in game three] as well,'' Johnathan Thurston said.
''He can cover anywhere for us. That's why he's in the team. No doubt he'll be one of the mainstays of this team, taking the team forward over the next few years.''
Daly Cherry-Evans has already proven himelf at Origin level. Photo: Bradley Kanaris
Katherine Feeney: Here's a reminder to football fans: There is free travel with TransLink to the NRL game between the Brisbane Broncos and Cronulla Sharks at Suncorp Stadium tonight.
Fans with pre-purchased match tickets or stadium membership cards will be able to travel free on all Brisbane Transport bus and Queensland Rail train services.
Free shuttle buses will also be available from Adelaide (stop 45) and Makerston Streets in the City, from Eight Mile Plains busway station, Carindale and Chermside bus interchanges and from Waterworks Road, The Gap. Shuttle buses will operate to the stadium from 5.30pm until 7.30pm.
Return shuttle buses will operate for up to 60 minutes after the game.
More info is available via the Translink website.
Australian Traffic Network:
C O N G E S T I O N .. Gateway Mwy NB (solid run) Nudgee to Deagon — Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 12, 2013
2VN2T .. Kingston Rd SB LL after Bega Rd .. Kingston— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 12, 2013
Gilberton - accident bothways Jacobs Well Road at Burnside Road— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 12, 2013
Katherine Feeney: Simone Covele celebrated her 19th birthday a world away from her family, new fiance, friends and the quiet neighbourhood in Ipswich, south of Brisbane, which she had always called home.
In Paris, by herself, the tall, leggy brunette was about to begin a job she had dreamed of since she was a girl, trained for during high school, and beat hundreds of other young women to claim only months before.
Covele had spent the last few hours in a small room, surrounded by women, applying layers of make-up, coiling her hair, and stepping into a new pair of shoes.
Now, she was ready to walk onto one of the world's most famous stages.
Covele was about to debut with a can-can at the Moulin Rogue.
Simone Covele, picture at left with her fiance, says she would not have made it to the bright lights of Montmatre without the lessons she took from growing up in Ipswich. Photo: Supplied
The ‘‘bad grog dispensed by the Waterford publicans” was jokingly blamed for rumours a crocodile was living in the Logan River, south of Brisbane.
The rumours were confirmed on June 22, 1905, State Library of Queensland project co-ordinator Myles Sinnamon writes on the John Oxley Library blog.
‘‘Rumour had it that nine years earlier, two well-known Brisbane residents were given a crocodile as a Christmas gift, but the contents of the package mysteriously went missing. If true, it lends credence to the admonition that pets aren’t just for Christmas – they’re for life.’’
A 1905 photograph of the crocodile captured in the Logan River. Photo: State Library of Queensland
Fed ed min shorten going into meeting @kruddmp @theqldpremier @tennewsqld #gonski pic.twitter.com/cJzutBLKqg — Cathy Border (@Tencb) July 12, 2013
Australian Traffic Network:
Stafford - accident northbound Stafford Rd at Stafford — Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 12, 2013
Boondall - slow traffic northbound Gateway Motorway at Sandgate Road— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 12, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: Beenleigh Rum was officially relaunched at the the heritage-listed Beengleigh Distillery this week.
The Queensland rum has been re-launched with new packaging, an improved premium liquid and a new honey-infused rum, reportedly Australia's first.
Throughout the evening guests were taken tours of the distillery, which the rum makers claim is Australia's oldest.
Vok Beverages celebrates the re-launch of Beenleigh Rum.
The parents of Matthew Fuller with attorney-general Jarrod Bleijie Photo: Amy Remeikis
Amy Remeikis: The parents of Matthew Fuller have met with the premier and attorney-general Jarrod Bleijie to discuss the recommendations from the coroner's inquiry into the federal government's pink batt scheme.
AAP: The federal government has agreed to pay some of the legal costs incurred by former speaker Peter Slipper’s defence of civil proceedings brought by his former staffer James Ashby.
Dan Nancarrow: Here's the Downfall version of Campbell Newman returning from holiday to address the MP pay fiasco, which we mentioned earlier:
Construction work will force the temporary closure of McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley from Saturday July 13 to Monday July 15, Brisbane City Council advises.
The closure will occur between 5am and 7pm on Saturday and continuously between 5am on Sunday and 5am on Monday.
Joe Hockey addressing Qld Media Club. It took less than 1 minute to take a dig at PM Rudd @9newsbrisbane pic.twitter.com/nAVJC2Whuv — Jess Millward (@JessMillward9) July 12, 2013
NAIDOC week celebrations in Musgrave Park. Photo: Patrick Begley
Patrick Begley: Thousands of people have gathered in Musgrave Park at South Brisbane to learn, dance and eat as part of NAIDOC Week's celebration of Indigenous Australia.
Hip-hop, carnival rides and AFL make the day a welcome change from school for the many children who attended.
But amidst the fun and music, stalls hand out information on health and legal services.
State minister for Indigenous affairs Glen Elmes called for a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and more companionship.
Patrick Begley: American football star Jesse Williams has proven a crowd favourite at the NAIDOC Week celebrations in Musgrave Park.
The 22-year-old Williams, nicknamed "Tha Monstar" was far from scary as he signed posters, hugged kids and posed for endless photographs.
"Happy to be here and give back and show my support to [health initiative] Deadly Choices and NAIDOC while I'm here," he said.
Williams will return to the US next week for a training camp with the Seattle Seahawks.
Seattle Seahawks rookie Jesse Williams. Photo: Patrick Begley
Dan Nancarrow: Police are urgently appealing for help to find 22-year-old Troy Davidson, 20-year-old Lyndell Jones and a two-year-old boy.
The three were last seen on June 18 in the Sunshine Coast area.
Police are concerned for the wellbeing of the boy.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au
Troy Davidson, Lyndell Jones and the two-year-old boy. Photo: Police Media
The QLD supermarket banning plastic bags. Smart move but why's the government not jumping on board? @9NewsBrisbane pic.twitter.com/kojSsEI0jV — Kate Limon (@KateLimon9) July 12, 2013
Daniel Hurst: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has been mobbed by locals during a Queen Street Mall campaign walk.
PM Rudd chatting to local business people in Brisbane's Queen St Mall. @9NewsBrisbane #auspol pic.twitter.com/o5vplTtSa8 — Chris O'Keefe (@cokeefe9) July 12, 2013
AAP: The Queensland government is cutting more government jobs including health and police-related positions, the public sector union says.
The Together union says members have reported more stealthy job cuts across several departments.
It said the cuts affected jobs in health, the Queensland Police Service, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs, Agriculture, and Fisheries and Forestry.
Clive Palmer not happy about getting the full body scan treatment at Brisbane airport. Prime Minister Palmer would ban them @9NewsBrisbane — Shane Doherty (@ShaneDoherty_9) July 12, 2013
Env Min Andrew Powell rules out a ban or cost being placed on plastic shopping bags @7NewsBrisbane — patrick condren (@PatrickCondren) July 12, 2013
Adrian Proszenko: NSW captain Paul Gallen has been ruled out of State of Origin III in a huge blow to the team's chances of breaking Queensland's seven-year stranglehold on the series.
Gallen was hopeful of overcoming a foot injury in time to take his place but was ruled out by medical staff on Friday morning.
Hooker Robbie Farah is expected to take over as skipper, while Aaron Woods will take the Cronulla forward's place in the line-up.
Blow: NSW skipper Paul Gallen has lost his battle to be fit for Wednesday's Origin decider. Photo: Ben Rushton
A quiet coffee - not @kruddmp and sister Angela Mary Doyle @tennewsqld pic.twitter.com/gFaQaPG50c — Cathy Border (@Tencb) July 12, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: What do you think of the proposed plastic bag ban for Queensland?
Poll: Should Queensland ban plastic bags?
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- No, it's too much of an effort and I already pay enough for groceries
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Poll closed 14 Jul, 2013
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Ten News: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is in Brisbane today for a book launch:
Amy Remeikis: Health minister Lawrence Springborg is addressing the media about yesterday's auditor-general report on private practice in public hospitals.
The government is abolishing that scheme and setting up a new performance based one.
Health minister Lawrence Springborg. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Seven News: The NSW captain has been ruled out of Origin III:
Scott Beveridge: A Queensland Health scheme where private doctors were paid $231 million in allowances in one year to treat public patients has drawn comparisons to "the infamous health payroll bungle".
Doctor pay scheme a 'scandal'
A Queensland Health scheme where private doctors were paid $231 million in allowances in one year to treat public patients has drawn comparisons to "the infamous health payroll bungle".PT1M50S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2pu60 620 349 July 12, 2013
Australian Traffic Network:
Springwood - accident southbound Pacific Motorway at Springwood Rd — Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 12, 2013
Luke Kennedy has opened up about his personal demons. Photo: Renee Melides
Natalie Bochenski: Luke Kennedy has admitted his marriage breakdown was the catalyst for him seeking treatment for depression.
“It was the straw that broke the camel's back, definitely,” said The Voice runner-up.
“Who knows how long I could've been suffering with depression before that? ... certainly the marriage breakdown was absolutely what made me hit rock bottom.”
The singer's golden boy image was shaken after the TV talent competition finished and news emerged of an affair that led to his marriage ending not long after the birth of his daughter Olivia, now two.
Kim Stephens: A 24-year-old man has died on the Gold Coast after being hit by a car.
The man was trying to cross the Gold Coast Highway about 7.20pm on Thursday when he was struck by a northbound car at Miami.
He was taken by ambulance to the Gold Coast Hospital but later died.
The driver of the car was uninjured.
The Forensic crash unit is investigating.
Toby Abbott says one of these students in the math class should be next Treasurer @9newsbrisbane @9newsaust pic.twitter.com/osORbtRBl1 — Jess Millward (@JessMillward9) July 11, 2013
Katherine Feeney: A ban on plastic bags and a crack down on companies dumping New South Wales rubbish in Queensland landfill form part of a waste-management scheme being considered by the state government.
Environment Minister Andrew Powell said more bins in public places and partnerships with the private sector were also being considered.
South Australia, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory all have plastic bag bans.
Daniel Hurst: Tony Abbott received a loud greeting from the year 6 students at Villanova College this morning.
"Good morning Mr Abbottt - you look smashing," the 25 students declared in unison before slamming their hands on their desks.
They then did a second version of their prepared getting that ended in: "You look smart."
A laughing Mr Abbott replied: "You like the blue tie, do you?"
Opposition leader Tony Abbott at Villanova College. Photo: Daniel Hurst
Maroons have the day off .. At Camp Coolum it's a day of rest!@9NewsBrisbane pic.twitter.com/p4QeeDth5U — Phil Willmington (@PhilWillmington) July 11, 2013
Devisive or coincidence? Abbott visits school in Rudd electorate @tennewsqld pic.twitter.com/9tcTrubzv7 — Renae Henry (@renaehenry10) July 11, 2013
There's already a 'Bunker' version of the pay rise mess. Very funny pic.twitter.com/nvzYnVhvcH — Shane Doherty (@ShaneDoherty_9) July 11, 2013
Kim Stephens: Rates of sexually transmitted infection will soar in Queensland following the slashing of services at Brisbane's only free sexual health clinic, a doctor has warned.
HIV specialist Wendell Rosevear said a decision to cut up to 30 jobs at Biala clinic was a purely economic one that did not consider the state's health needs.
"The sexual health service is very needed and is a cost saving service," Dr Rosevear said.
Natalie Bochenski: 90s nostalgia fans, take note - The Offspring is returning to Brisbane.
The American rockers, who topped the charts around the turn of the century with hits like Come Out and Play, Gone Away, and the now-derided Pretty Fly (for a White Guy) will headline the Vans Warped Tour.
It'll kick off at the RNA showgrounds on November 29 before touring the country.
Hot seat: The Offspring will play the Vans Warped festival.
Australian Traffic Network:
Forest Lake - accident eastbound Logan Motorway at Woogaroo St — Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 11, 2013
Stafford - accident northbound Shand Street at South Pine Road— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 11, 2013
Oxley - slow traffic eastbound Ipswich Motorway at Blunder Road— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 11, 2013
Kim Stephens: Motorists are advised to avoid the eastbound lanes of the Logan Motorway this morning after a grain truck trailer rolled about 6.30am.
Australian Traffic Network's Jay Lane said "massive delays" were expected throughout the morning peak as heavy haulage equipment was used to upright the trailer.
One lane of the motorway is currently blocked near Woogaroo Street, Forest Lake, southwest of Brisbane. Traffic is banked back to the Centenary Highway exit.
The driver of the truck was not injured.