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‘Human’ skeletal remains found in Qld river

Investigations are underway after skeletal remains were found in a river at Mackay.

A passerby located the bones slightly submerged in the Pioneer River near Barnes Creek Road Park around 3pm on Friday.

Initial examinations have revealed the bones are human, however further forensic testing will be carried out.

It’s not yet known if they are male or female, or how long they’ve been in the water for.

Officers said further investigations will be conducted at first light today.

Anyone with information is urged to come forward.

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You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Milk

Qld govt savaged for offshore deal on milk

An award-winning Queensland milk company has accused the state government of “hogwash” after a lucrative contract to supply hospitals went to foreign-owned companies.

Sunshine Coast dairy company Maleny Dairies is seeking an urgent meeting with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to explain why it was overlooked in favour of offshore interests.

“The Queensland government has spent last year saying it will support local Queensland owned businesses and Queensland jobs and then gives a milk tender to a Chinese and French owned company,” the company said in a Facebook post challenging the decision.

“Maleny Dairies farmers needed that contract and so did we. Local farmers will struggle to stay in business if we cant get the kind of support that Norco enjoys from their state government (in NSW).”

Owner and director Ross Hopper said claims his company could not supply enough milk for the Metro North Hospital and Health service’s 19,000 staff and one million patients were rubbish.

He also said the decision made a mockery of the government’s Buy Queensland strategy to support Queensland jobs.

“We’re currently doing over 200,000 litres a week. That tender was only five per cent,” Mr Hopper has told ABC radio on Friday.

“It’s hogwash. Why would we put the tender in if we couldn’t supply it?”

In a statement on Thursday, the government spruiked the fact staff and patients would continue to get “fresh milk”, sourced “as much as possible” from Queensland dairies.

It said the government “knows the importance of supporting local providers wherever possible” and pointed out the successful bidder, Lactalis Australia, began with the Pauls milk factory on the banks of the Brisbane River in the 1930s and had a head office at South Brisbane.

But it made no reference to the fact that Lactalis Australia is owned and operated by the Lactalis Group, a French business and the world’s largest fresh dairy company.

A small part of the supply contract will be serviced by Lion dairy, which is owned by Japan’s Kirin Holdings but is about to be bought by the China Mengniu Dairy Company, with that deal subject to a review by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Acting Minister for Health Leeanne Enoch said the government chose the only tenderer able to supply the full range dairy products needed. A Metro North spokesperson told the ABC Maleny Dairies could not supply enough product to service the contract.

The local company, which employs 50 staff and buys milk from 11 Queensland dairy farmers, hopes to secure a meeting with the premier and the health minister.

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Pauline Hanson

“We can’t afford it”: Pauline Hanson’s push to stop Qld Olympics bid

One National Leader Pauline Hanson has launched a campaign against a Queensland bid for the 2032 Olympics, describing it as ‘irresponsible’ and a ‘waste of money’.

Senator Hanson’s opposition to the Games will be made clear with more than 50 bright orange billboards to be put up across the State.

They will have the simple message – “2032 Brisbane Olympics, regional Queensland says NO”.

Senator Hanson says people in regional Queensland don’t want the Olympics, and the money could be better spent.

“Queensland is now in debt to the tune of about$90 billion and we’re talking 12 years down the track,” Senator Hanson told the Nine Network.

“We can’t afford it because we cant even afford water for Queensland. I’ve got townships (like) Stanthorpe – no water, now you cant tell me that we can afford to put on the Olympics.”

Hosting the 2032 Games in Queensland is estimated to create an additional 129,000 jobs in construction, retail and tourism and pump a massive $10 billion into the economy.

Pauline Hanson is launching more than 50 billboards across QLD against a 2032 Olympics bid.

But Senator Hanson says the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games were a failure, and an Olympics would be too.

“It didn’t work, look at the Commonwealth Games we had in Queensland, they were flat out selling tickets to it and they were giving tickets away and it was a failure as far as I am concerned.

“Businesses on the Gold Coast and the people actually complained because they didn’t have the people coming into to support their business, the locals were not happy at all.

“Even how Peter Beattie ran it was ridiculous.”

Senator Hanson argued the Games bid was more about buying votes.

“We have  incompetent governments that have no regard for taxpayers’ dollars in this State and where the money goes.

“It’s alright to grandstand about it but they won’t be around in 12 years time.”

“I’ve spoken to people in regional and rural areas of Queensland, they don’t want it, and they’re sick and tired of seeing everything go to south east Queensland.

“It’s not fair on the State, it’s not fair on the people in rural and regional areas.

“Let’s do the projects that we can put the money into to benefit the people of Australia and Queensland.”

Family of Young LNP Club drag queen protester express their grief

The family of a young conservative who took his own life after a backlash over a drag queen story time protest, admit he got some things wrong.

But they say he was a young man with compassion who had a “desire to make the world better.”

Wilson Gavin and members of the University of Queensland Young Liberal National Club stormed a library in Brisbane on Sunday chanting “drag queens are not for kids”.

Video footage of the protest went viral, sparking public outrage against the group and in particular Mr Gavin.

The 21-year-old, himself a gay man, was found dead on Monday morning.

His family has today released a statement expressing their anguish at his death and the circumstances leading up to it.

“To everyone who knew our son and brother and shared their stories of who Wilson Gavin really was – we thank you.

“To those who have described Wilson as “a deeply troubled young man”, including so-called family members – with all due respect – you never knew him.

“To anyone who is or was angry with Wilson – we know he regularly got the “how” wrong and occasionally got the “what” wrong. This made us angry with him too.

“To the LGBTIQA+ communities and Rainbow Families Queensland – we love and support you.

“To young, politically motivated people of all persuasions – we implore you to seek kind and wise mentors who will guide you, and not use you or wash their hands of you when you no longer serve their purposes.”

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The family also addressed the attacks Mr Gavin faced on social media in the wake of Sunday’s protest.

“To those who are now regretting words said or typed in anger that may have contributed to another person’s suffering – we know and share your pain all too well.

“To the people impacted by our son’s decision to end his life in the way that he did – words cannot express our sorrow for you.”

The family also thanked Police and emergency services for treating them with “dignity and compassion”.

“We loved Wil for his compassion and sense of justice – just some of the many things he got right.

“We respected the unwavering strength of his convictions and desire to make the world better.

“And we admired Wil’s drive to contribute, so often in ways not many knew about – like serving at a soup kitchen every Saturday or the year he spent teaching kids in Mongolia. He would regularly give the last note in his wallet to a homeless person on the street.

“Wil worked tirelessly for causes without personal gain, gratitude, or in some cases, loyalty.

“We remember him as a devoted and loving son and brother. We will love him, always and will be forever grateful he was part of our family.

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Truck crashes off Gateway Motorway injuring two people

Two people including a young girl have been injured after a semi-trailer careered off the Gateway Motorway at Rochedale and down an embankment

The accident happened in the northbound lanes of the motorway approaching the Pacific Motorway around 12.15pm.

The truck ended up in a creek bed.

Queensland Ambulance Senior Operations Supervisor Michael Low says three ambulance units including critical care and high acuity unit responded to the accident.

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“Accessing one of the patients was quite complex, the patient was down an embankment in a creek bed, approximately ten metres down (from) the road.

“The patient was extricated from the vehicle and then it was a complicated extrication winching that patient from the creek bed back up on to the road.”

The male patient had injuries to his chest and abdomen and was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a stable condition.

The girl was taken to the Queensland Children’s Hospital in a stable condition with a shoulder injury.

Northbound traffic on the motorway remains extremely heavy with lane closures in place.

Gateway Motorway Traffic @ 1400 | Image : Google Maps