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Dan Nancarrow: Five things we learnt today
1. An extra 30 minutes has been added to the off-peak fare period
- The council move is a bid to lure more commuters onto Brisbane's public transport network.
2. Kevin Rudd is officially Prime Minister of Australia
- The 26th Prime Minister was sworn in at Government House this morning.
3. Johnathan Thurston is furious at his teammate being king hit
- Trent Merrin attacked Brent Tate during Queensland's Origin victory on Wednesday night.
4. James O'Connor has held on to the Wallabies No.10 jersey
- He'll remain in the position for the second Test against the British and Irish Lions.
5. An NFL star has been charged with murder in the US
- Aaron Hernandez was charged following the shooting death of a man.
Dan Nancarrow: Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark McArdle has released a statement indicating he is taking six weeks medical leave from late July to undergo treatment for prostate cancer.
Queensland Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
Australian Traffic Network: Another accident to be aware of:
Lawnton - accident northbound Bray Rd at Rose St— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 27, 2013
Brisbane - slow traffic citybound Inner City Bypass at Milton Road - CLEAR— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 27, 2013
Jess and her husband Daniel.
Dan Nancarrow: The Specsavers store in the Brisbane CBD are holding a vintage tea party on Saturday, July 6 in support of charity Violets and Lace which helped team member Jess through a four year battle with skin cancer.
Giveaways on the day include goody bags, sweet treats and a raffle for prizes including hair treatment packages, comedy club tickets, books and fitness class packages.
The store will be decked out in violet and $5 from every eye test carried on the day will go to the charity.
Australian Traffic Network:
Annerley - accident northbound Venner Road at Somervell St - CLEAR — Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 27, 2013
Kedron - slow traffic northbound Gympie Road at Kitchener Road— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 27, 2013
Rocklea - slow traffic westbound Ipswich Motorway at Granard Road— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 27, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: Police have renewed their appeal for information regarding missing man Martin Frodsham.
Mr Frodsham, 44, came to Brisbane from West Australia in June last year, heading north to find work in the Gladstone area.
Police say he may be using the name "mat" and may be seeking work as a truck driver.
He is described as a Caucasian, 169cm tall, with a tanned complexion, brown hair and green eyes.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at crimestoppers.com.au
Tony Moore: Queensland hospitals must regularly treat water systems to kill legionella bacteria, not simply report test results for the bacteria, a New South Wales testing company has said.
Queensland's hospital on Friday will report the full results of the testing of their water systems for legionella bacteria, which can cause Legionnaires' disease.
However, Michael Buhagira, of Environmental Water Monitoring, which runs testing of water systems in New South Wales hospitals, said Queensland needed to do more than simply test the water in their systems regularly.
The Wesley Hospital, in Brisbane's inner-west. Photo: Australian Traffic Network
Australian Traffic Network: Having a look at the roads this afternoon:
Coochiemudlo Island - radar bothways Elizabeth Street at Elizabeth Street— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 27, 2013
Slacks Creek - accident northbound Watland Road at Park Road - CLEAR— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 27, 2013
Margate - accident bothways S27 Oxley Avenue at Bank Street— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 27, 2013
Annerley - accident northbound Venner Road at Somervell St— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 27, 2013
Eight Mile Plains - slow traffic southbound Pacific Motorway at Logan Road— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 27, 2013
AAP: Voters in Kevin Rudd's Brisbane electorate are divided over his return to the Labor leadership.
Some say it couldn't have happened soon enough, but many can't forgive the Griffith MP for breaking his promise not to challenge Julia Gillard for the leadership.
Cafe owner Glen Higgs was celebrating, preparing to mount the Australian flag on a pole outside his business in Oxford Street, Bulimba, to mark Mr Rudd's return.
The dyed-in-the-wool Labor supporter says the returned leader always makes time for his electorate and is the best person to lead the party to an election victory.
"It's awesome news," Mr Higgs said. "We have our prime minister back."
New team: Kevin Rudd and Anthony Albanese. Photo: Andrew Meares
Phil Lutton: The Queensland team loves nothing better than flicking through the chapters of history and finding inspiration in the ghosts of Origin past.
On Wednesday night at Suncorp Stadium, they saw the first glimpse of their Origin future when Daly Cherry-Evans took the field for the Maroons in their 26-6 win over the Blues.
There's more than one powerbroker in the QRL who sees Cherry-Evans at the very heart of the next generation of Queensland Origin sides, even as a potential captain.
Even playing wildly out of position, there was nothing to suggest the Manly playmaker won't be a fixture at Origin level for years to come. The role was fresh but the class shone through from his first confident touch.
Daly Cherry-Evans of the Maroons passes the ball during game two of the ARL State of Origin series. Photo: Bradley Kanaris
Katherine Feeney: We could soon have an idea of what the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Village will look like with the news today one development company and two consortia have been shortlisted to submit detailed proposals to the government.
The shortlisted developers are:
· Grocon Pty Ltd
· A partnership between Mirvac Queensland Pty Ltd and Laing O’Rourke Australia Constructions Pty Ltd
· Village Park Consortium – comprising Australand Holdings Ltd and Citta Property Group.
Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said the deadline for developer proposals is October, with the winner to be chosen by early 2014. The Commonwealth Games Village is to be built on the 29.4 hectare Parklands site at Southport.
Tony Moore: A Queensland Labor MP has told how he believes his switch of leadership allegiance will help save his party at the next election.
Member for Blair Shayne Neumann stood alongside Bill Shorten when the influential former Workplace Relations minister announced he was throwing his weight behind reinstalled Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
The parliamentary secretary for Health and Ageing on Thursday described himself as "emblematic of the pragmatists, the moderates and the realists" on Labor's backbench.
"Elections are won and lost in the rugby league states, Queensland and New South Wales," Mr Neumann said. "That's a truism. The Labor Party needs to win seats in Queensland. Kevin can help us win seats in Queensland."
Queensland Labor MP Shayne Neumann in the House of Representatives. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Dan Nancarrow: From all reports it was a great night at Suncorp Stadium. Here's some of the fans enjoying the atmosphere at the home of Queensland rugby league.
State of Origin - Game 2
Maroons fans arrive. Photo: Getty Images
Katherine Feeney: Greens candidate for Griffith, Geoff Ebbs, has offered barbed congratulates to his opponent Kevin Rudd this morning following his return to the role of Prime Minister.
“The people of Griffith can now send a message to the highest office in the land that they are sick of the political gamesmanship and want a government that is building for a long term future," Mr Ebbs said today.
He said also said he was looking forward to engaging in public debates with Mr Rudd and Mr Glasson leading up to the election - whenever that may be...
Dan Nancarrow: Bernard Fanning has announced a series of tour dates in October and November this year to support his new album Departures.
Fanning will be playing A Day On The Green on Sunday November 3 at Sirromet Wines, Mount Cotton.
Tickets go on sale Monday July 8, at 9am.
Rock everyman: Bernard Fanning is back.
Dan Nancarrow: The Burrito Bar is celebrating the opening of a new store at Portside Wharf with $2 burriots and a mariachi band.
From 11am to 8pm on Saturday July 13 proceeds from the sale of the burritos will go to Camp Quality.
The new Burrito Bar at Portside Wharf.
Sean Baumgart: In much the same way Kevin Rudd divided the Labor party, the sworn-again prime minister has divided his own electorate, Griffith, in Brisbane’s south.
Here are a couple of comments from voters in his patch:
‘‘I want Kevin to finish the job that he started and now he has a chance to do that’’ - Glen Higgs, cafe owner.
‘‘I don’t think he’s somebody that you can ever trust again’’ - Sue Nicol, 58, office manager.
Dan Nancarrow: Still pumped up after last night's win? Thought you might be.
Just in case you had a few too many jars to remember what happened (guilty as charged) here's a recap of Origin II:
Katherine Feeney: An extra 30 minutes has been added to the off-peak fare period in a bid to lure more commuters onto Brisbane's public transport network.
Transport Minister Scott Emerson made the announcement this morning, and said the 20 per cent off-peak discount would start at 8.30am – rather than the current 9am - from January next year.
But the expansion of the off-peak system comes at the same time as a 7.5 per cent fare increase.
Does the off-peak extension change your view about the cost of public transport in Brisbane?
Proud Queenslander Patrick O'Sullivan leaves hospital with his family. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Dan Nancarrow: Patrick O'Sullivan has left the Mater Children's Hospital yelling 'Queenslander'.
Katherine Feeney: Queensland Leader of the Opposition Annastacia Palaszczuk has offered her congratulations to federal MP Kevin Rudd who became Prime Minister today following the spill at Canberra last night.
"I congratulate Kevin Rudd and pay tribute to Julia Gillard for her service to the country and the landmark reforms she initiated, such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme and education reforms," Ms Palaszczuk old Fairfax Media this morning.
"With the federal party settling the leadership issue it is now up to everyone in the Labor Party to unite and work towards keeping Tony Abbott from repeating on a national scale the same sort of slash-and-burn policies Campbell Newman has been inflicting on Queenslanders."
Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
Amy Remeikis: Five-year-old Patrick O'Sullivan is well enough to go home after he was flung from an amusement park ride in Toowoomba last month.
He has about a year of rehabilitation ahead of him, but his dad says he is walking, talking and coming closer to the little boy he used to be.
Barry O'Sullivan junior and his father arrive to talk to the media. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Phil Lutton: Johnathan Thurston may have climbed out of a hospital bed to decimate the Blues but he had enough energy after the game to take aim at Trent Merrin’s ‘king hit’ on Maroons winger Brent Tate.
A livid Thurston was the one to say what the rest of the Queenslanders were feeling after the Blues' interchange prop let fly with a volley of punches at the head of Tate in Queensland's 26-6 win in State of Origin II at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.
“Have a look at the vision. When we were looking at the big screen, you could just see him step to the side of me and start laying into him,” Thurston said.
“The judiciary has dealt with it. Do I think he deserved more than a week? Yes. For a king hit, you’re only going to get a week now. I thought the judiciary could have come down harder on him.”
Stink: Four players were sent to the sin bin afterf all-in brawl. Photo: Getty Images
Dan Nancarrow: Member for Griffith Kevin Rudd has been sworn in as Prime Minister this morning at government house.
Anthony Albanese is his deputy and Chris Bowen has been sworn in as treasurer.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd tickles his granddaughter Joesphine with the Governor General Quentin Bryce and his wife Therese Rein at Government House in Canberra. Photo: Andrew Meares
Simon O'Brien: A fire has torn through a two-storey building at Wellers Hill State School in Tarragindi, in Brisbane’s south.
A Department of Community Safety spokesman said the fire spread throughout the timber building on the Toohey Road property after starting about 6.40am, leaving it extensively damaged.
Everyone inside the building was evacuated and no one was injured, he said.
Labor MP Kevin Rudd arrives for the leadership ballot at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 26 June 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Simon Holt: Kevin Rudd's ascendancy to the prime ministership has shaken federal politics up. Our editor Simon Holt has written this piece on what the leadership change means for our state:
It might not have been turned totally on its head, but the political landscape leading up to the next election in Queensland has changed. Overnight, no less.
If Southeast Queensland, as many suggest, is – along with western Sydney – to become the hunting ground for change; the catalyst for electioneering, then Moreton (1.1 per cent to Labor), Oxley (5.8 per cent to Labor) and Petrie (2.5 per cent to Labor) are other marginal seats where there will hold plenty of interest.
Each will see visits from the new prime minister, the media circus in toe. Along with that comes a few promises. Anyone need a new highway?