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Dan Nancarrow: Campbell Newman has called on the New South Wales Premier to honour the states' traditional State of Origin wager ahead of Wednesday night's third and deciding game.
Traditionally the two premiers agree to fly the opposing state's flag over either the Sydney Harbour Bridge or Brisbane's Story Bridge if their state loses the series. But Barry O'Farrell has backed down on the pledge this year.
“Barry’s a great bloke but it looks like he may have lost faith in the Blues’ ability. They even have the home ground advantage!" Mr Newman was quoted in a statement.
“I was looking forward to seeing the Queensland flag flying over Sydney again, but we need the New South Wales Premier to step up to the plate. Maybe after seven straight series wins they were thinking about keeping it up there instead.
“Barry’s got my number – if he changes his mind, it’s not too late!"
Dan Nancarrow: Five things we learnt this Tuesday
1. Campbell Newman does not have a butler
But the Queensland Premier has told an estimates hearing that Kevin Rudd has someone carry a cushion around for him.
2. 50-million-year-old fossils have been found in Brisbane
The discovery was made at Geebung where a rail overpass is being built.
3. Michael Caltabiano received more than $650,000 for less than a year's work
The former Transport and Main Roads director-general's salary was mentioned during budget estimates.
4. Kevin Rudd has announced $4 billion worth of cuts or deferrals
To pay for his promise to switch from a carbon tax to an emissions trading scheme.
5. Mal Meninga has poured cold water on the Gold Coast's push to host a State of Origin game
The Queensland coach says he'd prefer the Maroons play at the "home of rugby league, Suncorp Stadium."
Nine News: Kevin Rudd is in Rockhampton, and so are protestors:
Scott Beveridge: 50 million year old crocodiles, fish and plants are found at a work site on Brisbane's north side in a "phenomenal" discovery.
Fossil find is 'incredible'
50 million year old crocodiles, fish and plants are found at a work site on Brisbane's north side in a "phenomenal" discovery.PT1M55S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2q1wp 620 349 July 16, 2013
Amy Remeikis: Premier Campbell Newman took the opportunity during estimates to announce the Prime Minister has a member of staff carry a cushion for him.
"When I go to Kevin Rudd's office I notice someone has a cushion they carry around for him. I certainly don't do that," Mr Newman said.
"I can confirm that the current Prime Minister...has a gentleman carrying a cushion around for the PM, that seems very much to be the nature of a butler."
It is understood Mr Rudd uses a support cushion for his back, of which he tweeted a photograph on Tuesday afternoon:
Dan Nancarrow: Brisbane hit a high of 22.2 degrees at 1.55pm today, having fallen to 13.1 at 6.19am.
While the predicted rain hasn't eventuated yet the forecast for tomorrow is a minimum of 14, a high of 22 and a few showers.
AAP: More than 190 names are on the witness list for the trial of a far north Queensland man accused of killing his wife and dissolving her body in acid.
Klaus Andres, 69, is accused of murdering Li Ping Cao, 42, on or about October 30, 2011, in Cairns.
Ms Cao's bank card was used to buy 60 litres of acid before her death.
Her false teeth and other remains were allegedly found in a drain by investigators outside the couple's house.
Amy Remeikis: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has someone carry a cushion for him, Premier Campbell Newman does not have a butler and two wooden flag poles cost just short of $635.
In between such distracting issues, such as job cuts, MP pay rises and how much sacked department of transport director-general Michael Caltabiano was paid for 10 months work, the parliamentary budget estimates hearings managed to work through some more meaty matters.
The Premier does not have a butler, although Mr Newman did admit, as most executives do, to having a staff member carry out administrative and preparation tasks.
Scott Beveridge: The Ekka is almost upon us!
We have just joined a few hundred other lucky people for a sneak preview at the RNA showgrounds of what you can expect to see come August 8.
Ekka is 'going to be spectacular'
Ekka fever begins to take hold with promises of "a fresh new face to the old Ekka" including a spectacular nightly entertainment show.PT2M5S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2q1mw 620 349 July 16, 2013
Mal Meninga says the @Qld_Maroon players need to be humble and not complacent tomorrow night. @tennewsqld pic.twitter.com/8KhX2ABZdP — Rob Hazel (@robhazel10) July 16, 2013
Kevin Rudd about to exit his plane at Rockhampton Airport ahead of tonight's community cabinet and forum pic.twitter.com/ZtWaJCAr4f — Ursula Heger (@ursulaheger) July 16, 2013
AAP: A man accused of murdering his father and then claiming his Centrelink payments will remain in jail until at least the end of August.
Nikolaus Blyton, 22, is accused of stabbing his 66-year-old father to death on his Gold Coast houseboat in November 2011.
Mr Blyton has been charged with murder, interfering with a corpse and an unrelated attempted armed robbery charge. He didn’t appear in Southport Magistrates Court today as his case was adjourned until August 27.
AAP: Queensland household electricity tariffs will be reviewed on the back of a massive rise in power consumption over the last 30 years.
Energy Minister Mark McArdle says the Tariff Reform Working Group will examine all tariffs with a goal of cutting the price of electricity.
Mr McArdle says consumers are using electricity in a way that was never envisaged when network tariffs were first designed.
AAP: A woman accused of beating her eight-year-old daughter with a vacuum cleaner pole so severely that she died from her injuries will likely plead guilty to manslaughter.
Although the woman is charged with murder, prosecutors told a far north Queensland court on Tuesday that she plans to plead guilty to the lesser charge. It will be up to Queensland’s Director of Public Prosecutions, Tony Moynihan, to decide whether to accept the woman’s plea or whether the case proceeds to trial.
The girl’s body was found at a unit in the Cairns suburb of Westcourt in November 2011.
Getting in early on the Ekka action. Photo: Natalie Bochenski
Natalie Bochenski: These kids have the Ekka sorted!
Today's launch event is being held in the RNA's new Convention centre.
It's been open since February, but the show will be the first time the general public will really get to experience it.
Amy Remeikis: The Premier's "handpicked" director-general Michael Caltabiano received more than $650,000 for less than a year's work, before Campbell Newman sacked him for "no reason".
Mr Newman was forced to reveal the salary of the former transport department director-general under questioning by the leader of the opposition during budget estimates on Tuesday.
Mr Caltabiano had been referred to the parliamentarian ethics committee in October 2012, after comments he made in last year's estimates committee hearing about the employment of Ben Gommers, the son of then arts minister Ros Bates.
Transport and Main Roads Director-General Michael Caltabiano. Photo: Robert Rough
Kim Stephens: Just more than a week ago, six-year-old Miah Sleight suffered a knock to the head in a playground accident that had her mother Nicola rushing her to the emergency department.
This morning, her doctor Jason Acworth told reporters why Miah is a prime example of a paediatric head injury patient who did not require a CT scan.
Dr Acworth and his team at Children's Health Queensland are undertaking a new research project examining the use of CT scans in children with head injuries and determining in what circumstances they may not be required.
It is though the project could set a new benchmark for the treatment in hospitals across Australia and New Zealand.
Six-year-old Miah Sleight. Photo: Kim Stephens
Brisbane's Canon David James Garland was instrumental in starting Anzac Day ceremonies in Australia.
Tony Moore: Anzac Day was created in Brisbane - and the city and the man behind the very first ceremony should be recognised for it.
That's the view of Paul Noskoff, who has written to Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and to the Queensland RSL proposing David Garland’s work be recognised by 2015, the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli.
Joel Gould: NBN Co contractors have severed a major Telstra network cable for the second time in three months at Goodna, west of Brisbane.
Businesses opposite St Ives Shopping Centre were without phone and eftpos facilities for four hours when contractors cut the cable outside Civic Video in Smiths Road about noon on Monday while they were laying high speed fibre optic cables.
In April, a contractor for NBN Co severed a cable outside the Goodna telephone exchange causing 2400 businesses and householders to lose connection.
Read more at The Queensland Times.
Belmont petrol & pie thief refused bail. He's refusing to tell police where his ram raiding accomplice is @tennewsqld — Renae Henry (@renaehenry10) July 16, 2013
Nine News: A follow on the Belmont service station incident:
21yo Justin McLellan-Gray says he'll plead GUILTY to stealing petrol & pies in a dramatic ram-raid on a Belmont servo @9NewsBrisbane— Jenna Hudson (@JennaHudson9) July 16, 2013
Fish fossils. Photo: Tony Moore
Tony Moore: A mix of plant, shell and crocodile fossils have been found at the Zilman Waterholes off Robinson Road at Geebung.
The find includes a 50 million year old ancient crocodile which could be four or five metres long.
Range of plant, fish and crocodile fossils found at Robinson Road at Geebung that are being hailed as unique in Australia and possibly the world. Photo: Tony Moore
Queensland Museum Network CEO Professor Suzanne Miller said the fossil find was significant for Brisbane and Queensland.
‘‘This site is particularly significant because very few sites of this age are available for study, as similar-aged sites in the greater Brisbane area are often no longer accessible due to housing and urban development,’’ Professor Miller said.
‘‘The construction works have fortuitously provided access to a new locality that was not previously known to palaeontologists.’’
Part of an ancient crocodile vertebra that has been discovered at Geebung. Photo: Tony Moore
Workers upgrading a level crossing in Brisbane have stumbled upon a trove of ancient plant and animal fossils believed to be 50 million years old.
The builders made the discovery during excavation works last month near the Geebung Railway Station.
The fossils were brought to the surface in the discharge from a piling rig, which had been driving piles about 15 metres below the ground.
The remains of ancient crocodiles, fish, freshwater molluscs and plants are contained within a layer of shale oil, which is approximately 50 million years old.
Amy Remeikis: The premier has opened his estimates hearing...by talking State of Origin.
Barry O'Farrell wants no part of the annual bet between the two premiers - which has seen the Queensland flag fly above the Sydney Harbour Bridge for the past seven years.
"What's wrong, Barry?" Mr Newman asked.
And now back to less serious matters - how the state's money is spent.
Amy Remeikis: Growth continues to be the government's favourite buzzword, but Treasurer Tim Nicholls cannot guarantee Queensland's credit rating won't be downgraded again.
In response to questions on notice to the finance and administration committee ahead of budget estimates on Tuesday, Mr Nicholls admits that “it is not possible for the government to 'ensure' the negative outlook placed on the state does not result in a further downgrade”.
Queensland lost the prized AAA credit rating in 2009. Last year, major credit ratings agency Moody's downgraded Queensland's Aa1 rating outlook from stable to negative, just two months after the government announced 14,000 public service positions would be made redundant.
Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
Kim Stephens: The Gold Coast is making a bold bid to host a 2017 State of Origin match in an effort to stamp itself as Queensland's sporting capital.
Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate has written to the NRL to try to secure the match at Metricon Stadium, as a test for the expanded and revamped facility ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
"Hosting the Commonwealth Games is no easy feat, it is the single largest event in southern hemisphere in a decade requiring significant upgrades to sporting infrastructure," he said.
"It would be prudent to do a dry run ahead of the games and what better than the State of Origin, since the Gold Coast is a border city with NSW."
Metricon Stadium, home to the Gold Coast Suns AFL team.
Dan Nancarrow: A 29-year-old man has been charged with the sexual assault of a woman on the Gold Coast on Saturday.
It is alleged the 23-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in a Surfers Paradise unit.
The man is due to face Southport Magistrates Court today.
Kim Stephens: It's official. Segways are coming to Queensland.
Transport minister Scott Emerson has the safety restrictions on the two-wheeled, self-balancing vehicles from August 1.
Segways will have a speed limit of 12km/h, lights and reflectors are needed for night riding and use of a mobile phone will be banned while on the vehicle.
Mr Emerson said users would be required to stick to footpaths and bike lanes as well as cross roads at pedestrian crossings.
Segways will hit Queensland streets from next month.
Dan Nancarrow: Brisbane hit a low of 13.1 degrees this morning and is expected to hit a top of 21 today.
The forecast is for a cloudy day with a few showers.
Kim Stephens: The Queensland Police Ethical Standards Command is investigating the death of a man at Petrie, north of Brisbane, on Monday afternoon.
Police arrived at a residence about 1.40pm, Monday and the man, aged in his 30s, retreated to another part of the house.
It is believed he suffered a fatal, self inflicted wound.
The Coroner and the Crime and Misconduct Commission have been informed.