Adani boss targeted by protestors on the Gold Coast

Protestors have tried to confront the Australian boss of mining giant Adani during a business lunch being held on the Gold Coast.

Adani CEO Lucas Dow was guest speaker at the function in Southport this afternoon.

A handful of people gathered outside a restaurant on Como Crescent where the event was taking place, holding up anti-Adani banners.

The group was calling on both Adani and the the State Government to rule out any sort of royalty deal with work set to get underway soon on its Carmichael mine.

Protestor Marie Carbolth said Mr Dow has said before that Adani doesn’t need any taxpayer’s money.

“We would like him to rule out asking the government for a royalty deal, we’re also asking the Queensland Government, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, to rule out any possibility of any taxpayer money going to Adani.,’ Ms Carbolth said.

“We don’t want them to consider any royalties deal and Premier Palaszczuk has in the past promised there would be no public money, taxpayer dollars going to Adani.”

Police watch over an anti-Adani protest ion Southport. Image: Dean Shelton

#StopAdani Gold Coast spokesperson Matt Ross says Mr Dow admitted the during the event that the mine will only create 1500 jobs, not 10,000 as has been reported.

“Adani says they don’t need public funding, the Queensland government says they don’t support public funding for Adani, so why on earth is a deal on the table?

“Every cent Adani does not pay for the coal it digs up is a cent robbed from our schools, hospitals and other public services.”

Police said the protest was peaceful.

Mr Dow left the event via an underground car park, avoiding the protestors outside.

Adani CEO Lucas Dow addressing a business event in Southport. Image: #stopadani

Coles Little Shop Swap

Coles, Woolies in plastic toy promo wars

As some Australian families strive for a plastic-free July others will be rushing to Coles and Woolworths to bag new plastic trinkets for their kids.

Coles is about to start handing out a new range of miniature grocery items it says are collector’s items.

From Wednesday every $30 spent will entitle shoppers to one mini grocery item, and they can even get plastic-lined display cases to store them in.

Coles says it’s bringing back the “incredibly cute” Little Shop promotion because the first one was a “phenomenon”.

Meanwhile, Woolies’ says its range of plastic collectibles to be launched in its stores on Wednesday can be recycled.

Its series of Lion King-themed pencil toppers/finger puppets are recyclable in-store where they’ll be given to a partner to make outdoor products such as fences.

Coles chief marketing officer Lisa Ronson says last year’s Little Shop campaign “brought to life the traditional hobby of collecting enjoyed by all generations”.

In the final half of 2018, after the first campaign, the retailer recorded a 2.0 per cent lift in revenue to $20.35 billion, largely due to a 3.1 per cent growth in supermarket sales boosted by Little Shop.

However, not everyone is feeling the Little Shop love, including Australian families who have signed up for Plastic Free July – a global movement that encourages households to refuse single-use plastics.

Supporters are incensed by the timing of the Coles announcement, which also comes about a month after Coles congratulated itself for diverting 1.7 billion lightweight single-use plastic bags from landfill since removing them from check outs a year prior.

“Wow.. Coles.. just wow.. You have just proved you really do not care for our children’s future by bringing these so called ‘collectables’ back,” Sara Coates wrote in launching a change.org petition urging customers to boycott Coles.

So far it’s attracted more than 11,300 signatures.

Coles does point out that the soft plastic wrappers its Little Shop items come in can be recycled when returned to collection points at supermarkets.

And Coles has released in-house research to back its claim that Little Shop items are being kept not dumped.

It said of the 2026 Coles customers surveyed online, 94 per cent said they still had their Little Shop minis from last year, or had given them to others who were collecting.

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Petrol Pumps

Petrol prices jump 40c as school holidays end

Can somebody – anybody – explain how the setting of petrol prices works in this country?!

Yesterday as my family and I returned to the Gold Coast from a short staycation over the border in the northern NSW coast, I noticed that petrol prices were sky high. They hovered between $1.55 and $1.60 per litre – until we crossed the border, that is, and they dropped sharply to just $1.25.

I made a mental note to fill up on the school run this morning. And that’s precisely what I did, pulling into a Caltex at 9am, where I scored ¾ of a tank of fuel for $1.215 per litre.

As I walked back to my car, the ink on my receipt barely dry, I noticed that the price per litre being advertised on the massive street signage had changed. In the time it took for me to walk inside and pay, it had leapt to $1.635 per litre.

It had jumped a whopping 42c per litre!

I double-checked my receipt, which confirmed I had filled my car’s belly with 43 litres of E10 at the cheaper price.

Multiply 43 litres by 42c and that’s a difference of $18!

I thought of the friendly checkout operator who had just served me; She’s about to cop an earful, I thought.

I understand, in basic terms, that petrol prices rise and fall based on supply and demand and global market prices for crude oil.

I don’t understand how a switch can be flicked and fuel can become more than 30% more expensive, just like that.

I’m clearly not the first person to be perplexed by this.

A quick google search reveals a statement from the government, which offers a vague explanation: “International prices for petrol, as with other commodities freely traded on the world market, are set by supply and demand factors, rather than production costs.”

It also states that gross margins in the fuel game run at only 3 or 4 cents a litre.

It’s all a little too complicated for this basic brain to comprehend.

For anyone smarting because they missed the discount fuel, this ACCC guide might help you strategise for a better deal next time.

Earring

Does this make me a bad mum – or the best mum?

My daughter wants to get her ears pierced. She’s been asking for them for years, but my rule has always been: when you’re old enough to take care of them yourself (aftercare/being careful taking clothes off etc), then you’re old enough to get them done.

She’s 8 now. She makes her own toast, Band-Aids her own ouchies and unstacks the dishwasher with ease. Therefore, I figure, she’s old enough to cope with managing some pierced ears.

So off we went to Skin Candy at Robina Town Centre, where we discovered you could book two consultants for an extra $10. The purpose: they can shoot both ears at once, meaning your little princess (or prince) only has to go through the emotional experience of having their ears pierced once.

“Great idea!” my husband said.

“No way!” I said.

My husband looked at me, confused. “Why not?”

Here’s my reasoning…

Getting your ears pierced is not all that painful. A little sting, a little bite. A small ache for half an hour afterwards. Then it’s done and dusted, and you get to experience the joy and pleasure of having pierced ears forever.

It’s a small rite of passage and the way I see it, it’s one of a number of little manageable “pains” my kids might experience as they journey towards adulthood.

The thing is, I don’t want my children to grow up looking for the shortcuts. For the easy way out. For the opportunities to side-step the pain and dive straight into the good stuff. I want them to develop grit and resilience, and experience the pure joy and satisfaction of pushing through something difficult and getting to the other side!

Which is why I explained to my girl: “You can get your ears pierced right now if you like! But you have to get them done one ear at a time. Sometimes in life, you have to go through a brief bit of pain in order to get to the good stuff. Plus, we don’t want to waste $10 just to save 5 seconds of time, right?”

Luckily, she got it. And she decided to go through with it.

There were some tears and some anxiety, but when it was all over with, she beamed with pride. And so did I.

What do you think? Am I a mean mum and I should have opted for a double consultant – or would you do the same thing in my shoes?

Gold Coast Police

UPDATE: Tattooed, mullet-wearing vibrator thief arrested over string of robberies

Update – July 15: A man has been arrested over the theft of more than $500 in sex toys on the Gold Coast.

He’s been charged with multiple offences, including six counts of stealing, two counts of using counterfeit money, one count of burglary, one count of entering premises to commit an indictable offence and one of receiving tainted property.

The man made headlines after police released a photo of him, showing a receding mullet and distinctive facial tattoos.

It’s understood he was wanted for taking products from an adult store in Oxenford last month.

He’s also accused of stealing a phone and some lollies from a Surfers Paradise convenience store, snatching a woman’s iPhone in Coombabah and forced his way into a Southport home before stealing a car.

He’s due to front Southport Court today.

Earlier – July 11: Gold Coast Police are hunting a man with distinctive facial tattoos and a spectacular receding mullet over the theft of almost $500 worth of sex toys from a store in Oxenford.

It’s one of a number of robbery offences under investigation that Police believe involve the same man.

The first incident happened at an adult store at Oxenford on June 18 when the man asked to look at a number of items.

He then grabbed several vibrators before running of the store.

The same man is believed to be behind a robbery at a Surfers Paradise convenience store a week later.

A mobile phone was stolen along with two sour gecko lollies on June 26.

He’s also suspected of robbing a woman of her phone at Coombabah the following day after organising to buy the phone from her.

Police believe he is also responsible for breaking into a Southport home and stealing two cars as well as using stolen bank cards after breaking into another car.

The man has numerous tattoos on his face and skull including ones that read “Never take my soul” and “Death before dishonour”.

Anyone who sees the man or recognises him is urged to contact Police.

Have you seen this man? Image: Supplied

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