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Man hospitalised after being hit by car in Surfers

A MAN has been injured after he was hit by a car in Surfers Paradise overnight.

The collision happened at the intersection of Beach Road and Surfers Paradise Boulevard just before 11.00pm.

The man, aged in his 20s, was treated at the scene by paramedics for a head injury before being taken to  the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Queensland Ambulance confirmed the man was transported in a stable condition.

 

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Australia makes history as Senate passes Same-Sex Marriage bill 43 votes to 12

UPDATE at 1:00 PM | THE bill to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia has passed the Senate 43 votes to 12 in what will go down as a momentous day in the country’s history.

The bill, introduced by Liberal Senator Dean Smith, will now go to the House of Representatives for a final vote next week, paving the way for gay marriage to be legalised before Christmas.

The bill was co-sponsored by eight other senators from Labor, Greens, NXT, and Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party.

Mr Smith said the death of Tori Johnson in the terrorist attack at the Lindt Cafe in Sydney had changed him and influenced his support for same-sex marriage.

“Tori lost his life in the Lindt terrorist siege. He was brave, he was courageous and he had a partner named Thomas,” Mr Smith said.

“I thought of their loss and it changed me. I realised that people with real lives deserve their love to be blessed and affirmed by the institution of marriage if they so choose.”

Amendments to the bill from Conservative Liberal MPs, Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and the Greens were all defeated.

EARLIER at 7:17 AM | Debate has raged well into the night, but same-sex marriage legislation has moved a step closer.

For the first time in Australian history, and two weeks after the release of the result from the plebiscite, the Senate effectively passed a same-sex marriage bill late on Tuesday.

Every amendment from Coalition senators, including a proposal to allow civil celebrants to refuse to perform gay weddings, was defeated.

It means a final vote on the change to the law could come as soon as Wednesday.

However, its move into the House of Representatives will need to wait until next week, because of the Turnbull government’s decision to cancel this week’s session.

 

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Three men charged over sickening coward punch attack in Surfers Paradise

THREE men have been charged over a sickening coward-punch attack which saw a teenage boy knocked unconscious in Surfers Paradise.

The shocking incident happened about 3.20am on Monday at the corner of Orchid Avenue and Cavil Avenue.

Police say it’s alleged three men surrounded a 19-year-old man and started punching and kicking him.

“It will be further alleged that one of the men, a 19-year-old Upper Coomera man, has punched the 19-year-old man from the side causing him to fall unconscious to the ground,” police said in a statement.

The victim was rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment.

Following investigations, police have since charged the 19-year-old Upper Coomera man with one count of assault occasioning bodily hard and one count of contravention of banning order.

The two other men involved, both 21-years-old from Cootharaba, have been charged with one count each of assault occasioning bodily harm whilst in company.

All three men are due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on December 8.

The victim has since been released from hospital.

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Australia looks set to claim first Ashes Test at the Gabba on Monday morning

AUSTRALIA will need to make just 56 runs on Monday to take a 1-0 lead in the Ashes after grinding England into submission on day four of the first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane.

Cameron Bancroft (51 from 118 balls) and David Warner (60 from 86 balls) took the game away from England with a superb 114-run partnership on Sunday, guiding Australia through to 0/114 at stumps in pursuit of 170.

Victory is expected to be claimed before midday on Monday.

Australia second innings 0/114 after 34 overs. (Bancroft 51/Warner 60)
England second innings 195.
Australia first innings 328.
England first innings 302.

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The name of the new Prep to Year 12 college at Coomera has been revealed!

THE new Prep to Year 12 Catholic College set to open in Coomera in 2019 will be called St Joseph’s College.

The name was chosen by the school’s newly formed Steering Committee and has now been approved by Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Brisbane Catholic Education revealed on Thursday.

St Joseph’s College will be built on a 10ha site on Kerkin Road South and will have room for 1,800 students across its four-stream primary school (Prep to Year 6) and six-stream secondary school.

The College will first open in 2019 with a smaller number of students in Prep to Year 3 and Year 7.

Year levels will be added progressively until the first Year 12 students graduate in 2024.

St Joseph’s College will be one of three schools receiving pastoral support from the Coomera Parish, which also includes Assisi Catholic College (P-12) at Upper Coomera, and Jubilee Primary School at Pacific Pines.

In addition, it’s intended that the secondary year levels at St Joseph’s College will also attract students from Mother Teresa Primary School at Ormeau and students from other Catholic and state primary schools in the area.

The College’s new emblem has also been finalised | Supplied

 

Brisbane Catholic Education Executive Director, Pam Betts, said the choice of name was reflective of the values which the school will represent.

“The Steering Committee very strongly advocated for the new college to embrace the charism of Australia’s first saint, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, and of the order which she founded, the Josephites,” she said.

“The name chosen for the college pays tribute to the full name of that order – the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart.

“We are thrilled that the Sisters have given us their strong support for this, which will strengthen the Josephite charism and values on the Gold Coast.

“The college’s motto – Courage to Love, Learn and Serve – beautifully encapsulates the values and example of St Mary of the Cross, and we are sure these values will inspire the students, staff and families of the new college community,” Miss Betts said.

The Steering Committee has also finalised the college’s emblem, which will serve as a visual articulation of the school’s identity.

Featuring the college colours of gold and teal blue (the signature colour of the Sisters of St Joseph), the emblem represents the college’s Catholic identity, its location close to the Coomera River, the green hills and farmlands of the landscape, and the connection the college will provide for the community.

Applications for the role of Foundation Principal are now open, while enrolments will open early next year.