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Australian Traffic Network:
Norman Park - accident northbound Wynnum Rd at Norman Ave — Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 9, 2013
Tony Moore: Expect to see Qantas contribute a large sum of money to Tourism Queensland on Thursday as it pushes ahead with the third of its 'give to the states', not to the national Tourism Australia campaign.
Qantas and Tourism Australia are no longer seeing eye to eye after Qantas chief executive got annoyed that Tourism Australia chief Geoff Dixon became involved in a bid to buy into Qantas and change its business direction.
Qantas has since already tipped in $400,000 to Tourism Queensland in February and tourism sources are tipping even more on Thursday
Dan Nancarrow: Five things we learnt this Tuesday
1. Scott Driscoll has emerged from the political wilderness
At a press conference the Member for Redcliffe alleged misconduct by his former party the LNP but wouldn't answer any questions.
2. Campbell Newman's salary almost matches the US president's
The Queensland Premier is set to receive a $117,623 pay increase.
3. Ewen McKenzie is the new Wallabies coach
The Queensland Reds mentor will take over from Robbie Deans.
4. The USS Bonhomme has docked in Brisbane
The US military ship brings 3000 personnel to the city.
5. The Maroons have named an unchanged squad
Queensland's 17 are the same as they were in Origin II for the final State of Origin game in Sydney.
Danielle Cronin: Together Secretary Alex Scott has weighed in again on the politicians’ pay rises, saying ‘‘cabinet is making this up as they go along’’ and ‘‘the government needs to guarantee the $57,000 MP pay rise will be reversed’’.
“They can’t keep fudging on the issue and hope that it will get through,’’ Mr Scott said in a statement issued after acting premier Jeff Seeney’s latest press conference.
Mr Scott added: “More importantly they need to start treating the public sector workers with respect and grant a decent inflation pay rise to all public sector workers who are the ones delivering for Queenslanders day in and day out rather than working out how they can line their own pockets.’’
Australian Traffic Network:
Kippa-Ring - accident eastbound Anzac Avenue at Hercules Rd — Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 9, 2013
Woolloongabba - accident clockwise Reis St at Morrissey St— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 9, 2013
Brisbane Live At Workers, have you ever wondered why your post, video or picture on social media falls flat rather than goes viral?
It could be all in the temporoparietal junction.
Dumb Ways To Die: Viral sensations such as this one would have stimulated the temporoparietal junction in the brain.
Daniel Hurst: Tasmania has become the latest state to sign up to the federal government’s school funding overhaul, but there’s still no sign of a potential deal with Queensland.
Tasmania’s deal - said to involve an extra $380 million in combined federal and state funding over the next six years - is the first to be struck after the Labor leadership change disrupted negotiations.
Tasmania becomes the fourth jurisdiction to get on board after NSW, the ACT and South Australia signed up to the needs-based reforms, whereby a base level of funding would be set for each student, to be topped up by ‘‘loadings’’ targeting disadvantage.
Scott Beveridge: Here is a sample of the press conference Ewen McKenzie held a short time ago at the Sofitel in Brisbane.
He is proud to be the new Wallabies coach and is already closely examining every position on the team.
McKenzie 'proud' to be Wallabies coach
Ewen McKenzie says he is "really looking forward" to the challenge of coaching the Wallabies but warns players they are on a "week to week contract".PT3M21S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2pnup 620 349 July 9, 2013
Do you know the owner of this car captured on CCTV?
Police suspect the car was driven by two male offenders who broke into an auto parts business on Beaudesert Road, Coopers Plains and assaulted two employees about 7am on June 28
The car is described as a small white sedan, probably a 2005 Toyota Corolla. If you have more information call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police want to speak to the owner of this car. Photo: Supplied
Gold Coast Detectives investigating the suspicious death of a man at Gilston have identified the victim as 37-year-old Shyam Dhody aka Sam Dhody. Photo: Supplied
AAP: The brother of a Gold Coast man shot dead in his bed says the family is shocked that anyone could do it to him.
Shyam Dhody, also known as Sam, was found dead by his partner when she arrived at their Sunbird Court home at Gilston just before 5pm on Friday.
His brother Sanjeev described his brother as a generous man who liked to make donations. ‘‘The family is shattered and obviously devastated by our loss,’’ he said.
Scott Driscoll's Twitter page.
Independent MP Scott Driscoll has updated his Twitter page.
We’re not quite sure what to make of the former LNP MP’s choice of photograph. Have your say by clicking thumbs up or thumbs down on this post, or by leaving a comment.
Danielle Cronin: It's all clear on the motorway after an earlier break-down.
Heathwood - blocked by broken down vehicle westbound Logan Motorway at Stapylton Road - CLEAR— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 9, 2013
AAP: A Queensland man looks set to get away with refusing to pay a parking fine he incurred while in court defending himself against another parking fine.
The north Queensland man had successfully challenged a court order to pay the $20 ticket and had the complaint dismissed. Now the Townsville City Council has lost a Supreme Court appeal against that decision and been ordered to pay legal costs.
Phillip Ernest McIntrye incurred the $20 fine in 2011 while in the Townsville Magistrates Court defending himself against another $20 parking ticket.
Ewen McKenzie has been formally ushered in as the new Wallabies coach following the departure of Robbie Deans.
McKenzie's appointment has been confirmed at a press conference in Brisbane.
Danielle Cronin: A break-down on a busy motorway
Heathwood - blocked by broken down vehicle westbound Logan Motorway at Stapylton Road— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 9, 2013
Simon O'Brien: The state's MPs aren't the only Queensland politicians to have gotten a pay rise.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has received a $93,054 pay rise, taking his annual salary to $315,000.
The city's remaining councillors have gotten at least a $57,481 annual increase, with those who chair the council's committees receiving more.
Amy Remeikis: Acting premier Jeff Seeney is holding his third press conference explaining the pay rise.
He has reiterated the government made no decisions - just passed on the Crown law advice to the Clerk of the parliament.
He said everyone was ‘‘very uncomfortable’’ with the pay rates, ‘‘but that is the Act as it stands’’.
Acting premier Jeff Seeney's press conference. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Scott Beveridge: Here is opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk talking to the media this morning.
She says that from today premier Campbell Newman's annual salary will in fact not go up by $57,000, but instead it will rise by almost $120,000.
Amy Remeikis: Redcliffe MP Scott Driscoll says he is providing a statement for the "betterment of Queensland" - breaches to the ministerial code of conduct.
Scott Driscoll is hitting out at his former party's spending - naming the Premier's Support Unit and back bencher liaisons - which he says is against ministerial guidelines.
This is his first appearance since April.
Redcliffe MP Scott Driscoll. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Trucks line up to supply tonnes of fresh QLD produce to US Navy ship in Brisbane. @9NewsBrisbane pic.twitter.com/l89T6eyGzl — Darren Curtis (@DarrenCurtis9) July 9, 2013
Natalie Bochenski: War Horse officially opens on Thursday night at the Lyric Theatre.
Media are getting a sneak preview of the amazing puppetry that brings the horses to life.
War Horse tells the story of Albert, who loses his beloved steed Joey to the war effort. Both boy and horse have tremendous travels as Albert seeks to reunite them.
It plays until August 4.
A sneak preview of Warhorse. Photo: Natalie Bochenski
Dan Nancarrow: Under the new MP pay schedule Queensland Premier Campbell Newman will receive a base salary of $398,271, a $117,623 increase from what his salary was when he went on holidays just last week.
Poll: Does Premier Campbell Newman deserve a $117,623 salary increase?
- Maybe a little less of an increase than that
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Police are still at Gilston murder scene of Sam Dhody, family are expected to make public appeal for info today pic.twitter.com/OYIAnjme7F — 7News Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) July 9, 2013
Amy Remeikis: Queensland Premier Campbell Newman's base salary now almost matches that of US President Barack Obama, following the pay rise the government awarded MPs last week.
Under the new pay schedule, Mr Newman will receive a base salary of $398,271, a $117,623 increase from what his salary was when he went on holidays just last week.
Before allowances, the president of the United States receives an annual salary of $400,000.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman speaking in state parliament. Photo: Harrison Saragossi/File photo
Dan Nancarrow: The forecast for today is fine and partly cloudy with a maximum of 21 degrees predicted.
Katherine Feeney: Is this the beginning of blue-team revolt? LNP MP for Ipswich Sean Choat has told the Queensland Times he has vowed not to take a $57,000 pay rise supported by his party's cabinet at Parliament.
Mr Choat said he would use the money to top up and increase his parliamentary allowance that is used solely on behalf of his electorate, and that he was angry that it was even authorised.
Meanwhile Acting Premier Jeff Seeney moved to distance himself from the proposal earlier today, telling the ABC negotiations around the pay rise were handled by the public service commissioner, not politicians...
Katherine Feeney: Looks like jobless singles in Queensland are doing it tough, while working families are enjoying a slight reprieve, according to a new cost-of-living report.
The Queensland Council of Social Services' fifth annual Cost of Living Report shows that, while families are able to afford the basics, unemployed individuals are unable to afford necessities.
But QCOSS CEO Mark Henley said all low-income households would begin to feel the pain of recent hikes electricity prices, insurance stamp duties, state taxes and council rates.
How are you keeping up with bills?
Australian Traffic Network:
Windsor - accident southbound Lutwyche Rd at Le Geyt St — Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 9, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: Here's a little more information on the USS Bonhomme Richard which has arrived in Brisbane, carrying more than 3000 US sailors and marines.
The marines are part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and in Brisbane as part of a scheduled visit in support of Exercise Talisman Saber 2013.
The ship itself is an amphibious assault ship, with a primary mission to deploy troops in amphibious assault operations using helicopters, landing craft, and amphibious vehicles.
The crew will take part in a number of community events while in Brisbane.
Amy Remeikis: More on the Premier's salary increase:
POTUS receives about $400,000 plus allowances-which brings the total package to about $550,000/year. Prem rec $400,000 - all to be reviewed— Amy Remeikis (@AmyRemeikis) July 9, 2013
The document detailing salary rises. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Amy Remeikis: The opposition has released the new salaries of the government.
Premier Campbell Newman is to receive $398,271 - as much as Barrack Obama, Annastacia Palaszczuk says.
She's here. The USS Bonhomme Richard carrying 3000 sailors & marines arrives in Brisbane @tennewsqld pic.twitter.com/aosG6zLTKo — Renae Henry (@renaehenry10) July 9, 2013
Katherine Feeney: All conversations in cabs will be recorded and fare metres automated under new taxi regulations to be brought in by the state government.
The new laws, announced on Tuesday, follow the arrest last week of a 25-year-old cab driver for sexually assaulting a woman on the Gold Coast.
There have also been three cases of cab-driver assault in south-east Queensland since Sunday.
Part time cabbie Andrew Stafford says he tries not to think about the dangers of driving a taxi. Photo: Ryan Osland
Scott Beveridge: A new casino in Brisbane is a step closer with the acting premier calling for "formal negotiation" between Crown and Echo Entertainment.
Time for a new casino
A new casinon in Brisbane is a step closer with the acting premier calling for "formal negotiation" between Crown and Echo Entertainment.PT1M38S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2pmzk 620 349 July 9, 2013
Katherine Feeney: Brouhaha surrounding the proposed 40 per cent pay rise for state MPs worth $57,000 the LNP-majority Parliament is set to pass when it sits again in August continues this morning.
Labor MP Jackie Trad has today revealed she's written to the Clerk of Parliament asking to be exempted from the pay-rise.
What do you think about the issue? Is a pay rise for politicians justified?
Phil Lutton: Queensland have announced an unchanged squad for Origin III in Sydney, adding Jacob Lillyman and Will Chambers as the 18th and 19th men to cover injuries in the lead up to next week's decider:
Queensland Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Justin Hodges, Greg Inglis, Brent Tate, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Matt Scott, Cameron Smith (c), Nate Myles, Sam Thaiday, Chris McQueen, Corey Parker. InterchangeMatt Gillett, Josh Papalii, Daly Cherry-Evans, Ben Te'o.
Dan Nancarrow: Good morning and welcome to Brisbane Live.
A reasonably chilly morning in the city with the gauge nearly dropping down to single figures at 10.7 degrees at 5.25am. Things have warmed up to 14.2 degrees.
Stay tuned for a forecast for the rest of the day and all the latest news.