Coronavirus Australia

Qld records three new coronavirus cases overnight

There’s been three new cases of coronavirus overnight, but no new cases of community transmission.

The Premier announced Queensland’s daily figures via Twitter this morning.

Of the three, two are on an international vessel which is off the coast.

The other one is a return overseas traveller who is in hotel quarantine.

There are now seven active cases within the state.

Driving

QLD ELECTION | LNP’s promise of discounted licence fees to safe drivers

Good news if you’re a safe driver, you might be up for cheaper licence fees if the LNP win the state election.

The party has announced a new incentive plan, to reward drivers who are safe on Queensland’s roads.

It means that anyone who’s gone ten years without accumulating demerit points, can get their next licence for ten years, but only for the price of a five year licence.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington hopes the incentive will reduce the amount of fatalities on our roads.

 “There are many sanctions applied to drivers who infringe traffic laws, other than insurance, there are no incentives to recognise and reward safe driving behaviour.

“For those drivers who have not accumulated any demerit points in the 10-year period leading up to their licence renewal, they will be rewarded with a 10-year licence for the cost of the standard 5-year one.

“Rewarding safe driving will save lives, it is as simple as that. Slowing down on the road could save your life and now it can save money as well.

“We want to see less carnage on our roads and if this initiative only saves one life, than it’s worth it,” Ms Frecklington said.

LNP Shadow Transport Minister Steve Minnikin says a lot of people could be eligible for the discounts.

“There are approximately 2.8 million drivers between the age of 27 and 75 who potentially would be eligible to secure a 10-year gold licence,” Mr Minnikin said.

Jenny Mikakos

Victoria’s Health Minister resigns over hotel quarantine failures

Victoria’s Health Minister has resigned from Parliament, over the failures of the hotel quarantine program that led to the deadly second wave of coronavirus.

Jenny Mikakos has put out a statement this morning, saying she’s stepping down effective immediately.

It comes after Premier Daniel Andrews told the Board of Inquiry that Minister Mikakos was responsible for the decision to bring in private security rather than the ADF to monitor hotels, which ultimately led to the devastating outbreak which has left Victorians in strict lockdown for months.

Mikakos says there were matters her department should have briefed her on, but takes full responsibility and the buck stops with her.

“I have always put everything into my Ministerial responsibilities. I have never wanted to leave a job unfinished but in light of the Premier’s statement to the Board of Inquiry and the fact that there are elements in it that I strongly disagree with, I believe that I cannot continue to serve in his cabinet,” her statement reads.

“I have never shirked my responsibility for my department but it is not my responsibility alone.

“I am disappointed that my integrity has sought to be undermined. I know that my statement and evidence would have been uncomfortable for some.

“I am deeply sorry for the situation that Victorians find themselves in. In good conscious, I do no believe that my actions led to them,” Mikakos said.

Read her full statement below:

Related article: Victoria records 12 new coronavirus cases and 1 more death

Film Shoot

Joe Exotic TV series to film in Qld, as part of new $20M deal

The new Tiger King TV series is headed down under for filming, on a massive new film deal with the Australian government.

The federal government will today announce the $19.5 million dollar deal with NBC Universal, bringing the first productions here under the Location Incentive program which was announced back in July.

In fact, three major TV series from the Universal Studio Group will be filming in Queensland over the next 18 months, which is set to provide a massive boost to the local economy.

Joe Exotic, Young Rock and Irreverent will shoot back to back in locations across the south east and up north.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says this is a significant sign of confidence in Queensland’s economic recovery and will create plenty of jobs.

“These productions are expected to contribute around $143 million to the Queensland economy.

“More than 3,500 local cast, crew and extras will also be employed to work across the three shows and many more jobs supported in numerous industries like hospitality, tourism, transport and logistics.

“Due to the measures we have in place and the amazing efforts of Queenslanders in dealing with this pandemic, Queensland is one of the safest places to film not just in Australia, but in the world.

“Queensland locations, together with talented crew and first-rate facilities like Brisbane’s Screen Queensland Studios, are able to deliver what these big budget productions need.

“We’re able to support the industry and get people back into work in a COVID safe environment,” the Premier said.

Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich says it’s a testament to the hard work that has been done to highlight Queensland as an optimal choice for productions.

“This is a massive boost for the Queensland screen industry and a vote of confidence in how safe Queensland is as a major destination for film and TV production.

“We can’t wait to welcome the Universal Studio Group and Matchbox teams to Screen Queensland Studios and watch as these series take shape, and also see our facilities and locations showcased around the world,” Ms Munnich said.

ABOUT THE SHOWS:

YOUNG ROCK – From Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off the Boat) and Dwayne Johnson, NBC’s Young Rock is a comedy inspired by Johnson himself. The show will be produced by Universal Television, Seven Bucks Productions and Fierce Baby Productions.

JOE EXOTIC – is a limited series from UCP based on the hit Wondery podcast depicting the true events of Carole Baskin (Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon), a big cat enthusiast, who learns that fellow exotic animal lover Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel is breeding and using his big cats for profit, and sets out to shut down his venture, inciting a quickly escalating rivalry. The eight-episode adaptation will launch on flagship network NBC, USA Network and streaming service Peacock.

IRREVERENT – Hailing from NBCUniversal International Studios’ Matchbox Pictures is new ten-part drama series Irreverent, which is being developed and produced for the global market. It follows a criminal on the run from his life of crime back in New York, who is forced to hide out in a reef town in Far North Queensland, posing as the new church Reverend.

For further information about Screen Queensland Studios visit www.screenqueenslandstudios.com.au

Coronavirus

Victoria records 12 new coronavirus cases and 1 more death

Victoria has recorded another 12 coronavirus cases overnight, along with one more death.

The infection rate is just below yesterday’s of 14, bringing the 14 day average down with it.

That number now sits at 23.6, a good sign that the state is on it’s way out of harsh restrictions.

While the new death brings Victoria’s coronavirus death toll to 782 and the national toll to 870.

The age and gender of the person is not yet known, with authorities to provide more details later today.