Meth, stun guns found in Gold Coast raid

A MAN and a woman have been arrested and charged after police allegedly found more than 50 grams of crystal meth and two stun guns in a raid at their home on the Gold Coast.

Detectives stormed the couple’s Cawthray Street home at Biggera Waters around 11am on Wednesday.

While searching the property, officers allegedly found more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, GHB, two conductive energy weapons, knives, around $10,000 cash and other drug utensils.

(Source: Qld Police)

(Source: Qld Police)

A man and woman, aged 32 and 36, were arrested at the scene and have since been charged with a long list of drugs and weapons offences.

The man was also charged with possessing tainted property, while the woman is facing an additional charge of unlawfully possessing a motor vehicle.

The couple will appear in Southport Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Detective Inspector Brendan Smith of the Gold Coast’s Northern Crime Group said police were committed to stopping the supply of dangerous drugs on the Coast.

“Offenders need to change their behaviour or expect police to come through their door at any time, day or night,” he said.

Phone Call

Optus, Telstra attract most complaints to Telco ombudsman in 2017-18

The national Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) has revealed they received the most complaints about Optus and Telstra in the last financial year.

A report released by the TIO shows they received a total 167,831 complaints during the last financial year, with 40,665 of those about the Optus Group and 82,528 complaints about Telstra.

Optus had a 35 percent increase in complaints compared with the previous year, while Telstra had a 7.7 percent increase.

Ombudsman Judi Jones told the ABC she couldn’t find a standout issue that drove the rise in complaints about Optus.

“There’s nothing that shouts out to us from our data,” she said.

In regards to Telstra’s figures, Ms Jones told they attracted the largest proportion of complaints due to the fact “they’re a much larger provider than other telcos”.

According to the report, the majority of complaints made to the TIO were about mobile phone services, with 51,328 complaints in the last financial year.

The TIO also received 46,703 complaints about internet services, 18,736 complaints about landline phone services and 1,189 complaints about property.

Queensland fire and emergency truck

Fire engulfs Brisbane primary school

Firefighters have managed to extinguish a massive fire that ripped through a Brisbane primary school during the early hours of this morning.

At around 3am, emergency services responded to reports of a fire at Morningside State School on Pashen Street.

Queensland police made an emergency declaration for the area, encompassing Pashen St, Riding Rd, Stephens St and Thynne Rd.

Some residents were evacuated, while others were told to stay inside and close any windows and doors due to the smoke.

Inspector Jeff Coote told the Courier Mail the fire was well-involved when officers arrived on scene.

“There’s a number of buildings which have been completely destroyed, at least three, and there’s another building which has sustained significant damage as well,” he said.

“For us the size of the fire is suspicious.”

The school will remain closed for the day, with parents advised to keep their children at home.

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Scott Morrison

Coalition popularity increases in latest newspoll

The coalition has gained ground on Labor in the latest newspoll, published in The Australian.

While Labor leads the coalition 53 percent to 47 percent on a two-party preferred basis, the government is continuing to narrow the gap, up 3 points from a low of 44 percent following August’s leadership spill.

In the primary vote, the coalition is just one point behind on 37 percent to Labor’s 38 percent.

Newspoll also found Scott Morrison remains the preferred prime minister with a 45 percent to 35 percent lead over Labor leader Bill Shorten.


Lawyers clash during Dreamworld Inquest

A senior barrister at the Dreamworld Inquest has accused Shine Lawyers of opportunism and possibly compromising witnesses evidence.

Ken Fleming QC is assisting Coroner James MacDougall in an investigation into the death of Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett and his partner Roozi Araghi on the Thunder River Rapids Ride in 2016.

Mr Fleming told the ABC, Shine Lawyers were using the case to build their own profile after the law firm announced they would be representing former Dreamworld employees suing the theme park.

He said it also compromises the witnesses’ evidence.

However, today, he apologised outside of the Southport Coroners Court.

“In so far as there might be any imputation against Shine Lawyers that they have acted inappropriately or unprofessionally I unreservedly withdraw those and unreservedly apologise for those.”

Inside the courtroom, lawyers continued to question first aid workers.

A number of these workers suffer from post-traumatic stress and are suing the park.

The court also heard there was another incident, in 2014, where a woman fell into the water on the Thunder River Rapids Ride.

The inquest continues.