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Dan Nancarrow: Five things we learnt this Tuesday:
1. A Griffith University PhD student has been accused of manufacturing dangerous drugs
In a case eerily similar to the television show Breaking Bad.
2. Political donation caps are going to be scrapped
The move is part of a raft of state government election reforms.
3. The Wesley Hospital has resumed all services
The hospital had been effectively shut down for a fortnight after a legionnaire's disease outbreak.
4. The cash rate has stayed on hold at 2.75 per cent
The RBA has kept the rate on hold for the second consecutive month.
5. James Horwill has been cleared to play the final test against the Lions
The Reds and Wallabies captain had a stamping allegation against him dismissed.
Dan Nancarrow: Inaugural Masterchef winner Julie Goodwin was in Brisbane today delivering breakfast to workers as part of an Optus campaign.
Ms Goodwin has been in Brisbane as resident chef of the Optus Search and 'Yes' Cue squad, a squad which has been on hand in Brisbane this week handing out free coffee and newspapers in the morning and cab vouchers for those heading home in the evening.
Masterchef winner Julie Goodwin visited firefighters in Brisbane.
Australian Traffic Network: A wrap up of the roads leading up to peak hour:
Boondall - slow traffic northbound Gateway Motorway at Sandgate Road— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 2, 2013
SUNNY COAST RADARS (more) ... (Eenie Creek Road - Noosaville)... (Maroochydore Rd - Kunda Park)...— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 2, 2013
SUNNY COAST RADAR (Sunshine Mwy - pacific paradise)... (Weyba Rd - Noosa)...— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 2, 2013
Australian Traffic Network:
Everton Park - collision bothways Rode Road at Old Northern Road — Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 2, 2013
Redcliffe - collision bothways Klingner Road at Oxley Avenue— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 2, 2013
Redcliffe - accident northbound Klingner Rd at Oxley Ave— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 2, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: Police are investigating the shooting of three wallabies in the Mary Kathleen Memorial Park, near Cloncurry.
The dead animals were found this morning suffering gun shot wounds.
Wallabies are classed as protected fauna.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au
Amy Remeikis: It has already started.
Kevin Rudd may be only about 120 hours in to his second prime ministership, but that hasn't stopped the Queensland government from going on the offensive.
From carbon tax to the second runway at Brisbane airport, Mr Rudd is either “all talk and no action” or “can't be trusted”.
Australian Traffic Network:
Kuraby - collision bothways Alingham Street at Saint Andrew Street — Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 2, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: Queensland Police are concerned about this year's road toll:
Halfway through 2013 & already 147 have died on our roads. By Christmas, it could be double that number. Enough is enough. #roadsafety— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) July 2, 2013
Police want to speak to this man.
Dan Nancarrow: Police are searching for a man who attempted to rob a store in Margate with a syringe this morning.
The man demanded cash from an employee at 7.30am at the business on Oxley Avenue this morning before the employee ran out of the store.
The man, a 190cm tall Caucasain in his 20s or 30s with blue eyes wearing black track pants and a red hoody, left the store empty handed.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at crimestoppers.com.au
Australian Traffic Network:
Fortitude Valley - stalled vehicle southbound Ann Street at Kemp Place — Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 2, 2013
Brisbane Airport - debris southbound Gateway Motorway at Toombul Road— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 2, 2013
A truck, carrying flour, rolled over at the intersection of Rochedale Rd & Fitzgerald Ave, #Springwood #bnetraffic pic.twitter.com/9qoJzDemRh — 7News Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) July 2, 2013
Scott Beveridge: Dr Ruth Barker has given a sobering reminder about the dangers of kids swallowing batteries.
It comes after a four-year-old girl died on the Sunshine Coast after suffering stomach bleeding from swallowing a battery.
Battery warning after toddler death
A doctor warns about the potentially "catastrophic" consequences of swallowing batteries after a four-year-old girl died on the Sunshine Coast.PT1M40S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2p9aj 620 349 July 2, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: And here's a facebook message from the "Blu Art Xinja", who posted the photo of the museum dinosaur with the blue tie to facebook, claiming responsibility for the stunt:
"I had to sit on his head and blindly loop the tie under his huge jaw...it wasn't on straight when I got down and saw it eventually. I had to go home and get a very long stick, and adjust it"
Celebrate Riverbend's birthday
Dan Nancarrow: Riverbend Books in Bulimba are celebrating their 15th birthday this month with a range of events and specials culminating in a birthday bash on Thursday, July 25, which will feature an appearance from David Malouf.
Over the next week children's author and illustrator Stephanie Owen Reeder will be appearing at the venue from 11am next Tuesday, and Suzy Wilson and Mary Philip will host a dinner party on Thursday to discuss new and upcoming releases.
For a full list of events visit the Riverbend website.
The tie hanging off the dinosaur outside the museum. Photo: Facebook
Jesse Thompson: Apparently our federal politicians aren’t the only ones being caught out wearing blue ties.
It’s also the accessory of choice of the life-sized T-rex fronting South Bank’s Queensland Museum.
The unsolicited garment was hung overnight by a local street artist who scaled the metres-high model. His effort was short-lived, and the item has since been removed.
At 1.6 metres in length, the tie is slightly larger than most in the federal Cabinet.
It is unknown whether or not the dinosaur intends to run for Parliament later this year.
Amy Remeikis: Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has announced electoral reforms for Queensland.
Monthly disclosures will be required for amounts of more than and including $12,400.
Online voting is being considered - but it will be a six year plan.
Also proof of identity will be needed on polling day.
We'll have the full story soon.
Jarrod Bleijie announces electoral reforms. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Nine News: An update on the CBD bashing story. The 32-year-old has faced court:
Man refused bail after allegedly bashing two elderly men outside a Brisbane pub. One is a cancer patient. @9NewsBrisbane— Jess Millward (@JessMillward9) July 2, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: Some breaking rugby news on Queensland Reds and Wallabies captain James Horwill:
Katherine Feeney: A man in his 30s has faced court in Brisbane charged with the brutal assault of two elderly men outside a pub in the city.
Police allege the 32-year-old man attacked the 73-year-old and 64-year-old Hervey Bay men at about 9pm on Monday, just after they stepped out of licensed premises on Charlotte Street.
The apparently unprovoked assault left the men lying on Charlotte Street, bloody and bruised.
A police spokesman said blows to their heads knocked them to the ground, where they were repeatedly kicked in their faces and bodies.
Australian Traffic Network:
Bundamba - accident northbound Boyce St at Brisbane Rd - CLEAR — Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 2, 2013
Ten News: The Gold Coast Suns and Brisbane Lions face off at the Gabba on Saturday. Brisbane coach Michael Voss has a warning for the Lions' local rivals:
Nine News: More from the Gold Coast:
Australian Traffic Network:
Everton Park - accident bothways South Pine Road at Halle St — Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 2, 2013
Nine News: A look at the wild weather on the Gold Coast:
AAP: A real-life Breaking Bad case involving a university tutor accused of manufacturing illegal drugs has returned to court.
Griffith University PhD student Jason MacKenzie, 42, is accused of using his degree in biochemistry to manufacture and traffic dangerous drugs.
Mr MacKenzie, who is on bail, didn't appear at Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday for a brief mention.
The case has been adjourned for a committal mention on September 3.
In a situation strikingly similar to the TV show Breaking Bad, a Griffith University PhD student is accused manufacturing dangerous drugs. Photo: Supplied
Katherine Feeney: Have you checked that your fire alarms are in working condition? Emergency services are saying a man in Hendra was lucky his alarms were in order when a fire broke out in his Hendra house earlier this morning. He'd fallen asleep on the couch in front of a bar heater but awoke when the sirens began blaring to find his house engulfed in flames.
Katherine Feeney: There are a few things happening in court today:
- The Drink driving case gainst NRL player James Tamou is due for mention in the Townsville Magistrates Court. He's expected to plead guilty.
- There will be a court mention in Dalby relating to Olympic boxer Damian Hooper, who is accused of exposing himself to, and spitting on, police.
- And a Griffith Universtiy PhD student with a degree in biochemistry is due to face court, alongside others, for using his knowledge to cook drugs...
Simon Holt: Younger Queenslanders seem to be dodging the melanoma bullet. A study by Cancer Council Queensland says those under 40 are less likely to cop skin cancers of the worst kind.
Stats show invasive melanoma has dropped 3.8 per cent a year in men since 1997, and 3.4 per cent in women under 40 between 2000 and 2008.
It bucks worldwide trends - particularly on exposed areas such as the trunk, arms and legs. This, the Cancer Council argues, is due to successful advertising campaigns. Slip, slop, slap!
Katherine Feeney: Keep an eye out today for a CFMEU rally against ’greedy’ miners. The Brisbane protest is set to be staged amid job cuts by Glencore Xstrata and Peabody Energy.
Katherine Feeney: Police are searching for a man after a woman was sexually assaulted at knifepoint in broad daylight in Brisbane’s east on Monday afternoon.
She had been walking along a suburban street when she was approached by a man who threatened her with a knife.
He forced her to walk to a nearby park where he sexually assaulted her.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.
One of the campaign posters in London. Photo: Nick Spence
Dan Nancarrow: Earlier this year we previewed the Choose Brisbane advertising campaign Brisbane City Council is using to advertise the state capital as a new world city during the lead up to next year's G20 summit.
Well, here's a photo of the campaign in action in Wood Green, London last month:
Katherine Feeney: A young man who stabbed another man in the head during a fight on the streets of Brisbane CBD early Monday morning has been charged with a string of offences. He's expected to face court in the city today.
Katherine Feeney: Got your umbrellas? You may yet need them. A low pressure system is set to continue battering the coast and bringing soggy conditions to Brisbane today.
However the weather is expected to improve as the day warms up, with only light showers forecast for the rest of the week.
Today, expect squally showers, tending to rain at times, easing to a shower or two later in the day. Fresh and gusty S to SW winds, tending strong and gusty near the Bayside. The city should reach a top of about 20 degrees.