Qld governor wants to change ‘right to remain silent’ law

QUEENSLAND’S new governor Paul de Jersey believes arrest laws should be changed in the sunshine state.

The former Qld Chief Justice told ABC Radio he wants to see changes to laws regarding a person’s right to remain silent when being arrested.

Mr de Jersey said people should not have a complete right to silence when being questioned by Police.

“They should be in a position, arguably, where they’re warned that if they don’t tell their story upfront at that stage, the trial judge may comment on that to the jury at a later stage,” he told ABC Radio.

Mr de Jersey said he regrets not changing the laws when he was head of the Supreme Court.

Shocking report reveals alcohol kills 15 Aussies a day

NEW data has revealed alcohol kills 15 Australians every day and hospitalises another 430.

The Alcohol’s Burden of Disease in Australia report by Vic Health found that in a decade the number of alcohol linked fatalities has increased by 62 per cent.

Injuries accounted for more than one in three alcohol-related deaths among men, with cancer and digestive diseases causing 25 and 16 per cent respectively.

Heart disease was the biggest alcohol-related killer among women, resulting in around a third of deaths.

The report also found that alcohol caused 157,132 hospitalisations a year.

National memorial service planned for Australian MH17 victims

A NATIONAL memorial service will be held in Melbourne next week to pay respect to those who lost their lives in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 disaster.

The multi-faith service is scheduled for Thursday August 7 at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

Thirty-seven Australians including a Burleigh Heads woman were killed when the plane was shot down in East Ukraine two weeks ago.

Flags on all Australian government buildings will be flown at half-mast on the day of the service.

The Queensland Plan reveals 30-year vision for state

QUEENSLANDERS have spoken loud and clear in The Queensland Plan saying that the economy, education and the regions are the keys to a vibrant and prosperous state.

Premier Campbell Newman launched The Queensland Plan: Queenslanders’ 30-year vision in Hervey Bay today.

The plan is the culmination of the largest community engagement activity of its kind in Australian history and one of the largest in the world.

Mr Newman said the 80,000 participating Queenslanders wanted their state to be the number one performing economy, which provided the best job opportunities in Australia.

“People from every corner of the state contributed ideas to The Queensland Plan with a common vision to grow our regional economies, foster innovation, strengthen our education sector and encourage community connections,” Mr Newman said.

“This was a massive and exemplary exercise in listening and consulting which involved various discussion forums from summits and community think tanks to boardroom workshops and robust family debates.”

Mr Newman said Queenslanders’ feedback was that they wanted to maximise our natural talents and assets and envisaged a state that was focussed on industry development and diversification and with centres of excellence that drove innovation.

He said The Queensland Plan offered many challenges to government with targets such as doubling the population of regions outside South East Queensland while other goals would require new thinking by all levels of government.

He said the community’s vision would be driven by The Queensland Plan Ambassadors Council, which would be chaired by Public Service Commission Chief Executive Andrew Chesterman and included people such as Professor Ian Frazer, tourism chief Daniel Gschwind and former Labor Minister and Mt Isa Mayor Tony McGrady.

Minister responsible for The Queensland Plan, Andrew Powell, said the plan set bold, new targets that would take transformative action and dedicated focus to achieve but he was confident Queenslanders would rise to the challenge.

“Queenslanders told us they want an education target of 100 per cent of children having basic literacy and numeracy in primary school,” Mr Powell said.

“They also want a doubling of our regional population outside South East Queensland which will require integration with innovative plans such as RegionsQ and close co-operation with the Federal Government to build stronger regional economies.”

For more information on The Queensland Plan, click here.

Athletics Australia suspends coach Eric Hollingsworth over spat with Sally Pearson

ATHLETICS Australia says it had no choice but to suspend head coach Eric Hollingsworth.

The suspension comes after Hollingsworth publically criticised team captain and Gold Coaster Sally Pearson.

In a statement Hollingsworth said the Olympic gold medallist showed poor leadership, missing a recent team camp.

“Sally was coming all along until the last minute when she opted to take a race in London,” Hollingsworth said in a statement.

“What’s lost here is she’s the team captain and there’s a reasonable expectation she’d be in the camp ahead of something as major as the Commonwealth Games. Her no-show sets a bad example to the entire national team.”

Athletics Australia said in a statement that Hollingsworth knew not to air his complaints publicly and should be focusing on supporting the athletes.

“He acted without the authority of Athletics Australia and in contravention of the specific instructions of the chief executive officer,” the statement read.

“Athletics Australia condemns in the strongest terms his disparaging comments about Sally Pearson and his timing.”

Hollingsworth will remain suspended “until such time as the Athletics Australia board can convene to consider the matter”.