Logan man killed in horror highway collision

Investigations are underway after a Logan man was killed in a car crash last night.

Emergency services rushed to the intersection of Green Road and the Mount Lindesay Highway just before 8.00 pm, following reports of the incident.

On arrival, it appeared two cars had collided; a Dodge Nitro and a Mitsubishi Outlander.

Despite desperate attempts by paramedics, the 58-year-old male driver of the Dodge was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was the only occupant in the car.

While the driver and sole occupant of the Outlander sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital for further treatment.

Police are now looking into the circumstances surrounding the crash and are calling on anyone with information or dashcam footage to come forward.

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Qld legalises voluntary assisted dying

Terminally ill Queenslanders will be able to end their lives at a time of their choosing from early next year after the parliament voted to legalise voluntary assisted dying.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill was on Thursday passed by 61 of the state’s 93 MPs in a conscience vote in Queensland’s single legislative chamber.

The laws allow people suffering a disease, illness or medical condition that is advanced, progressive and terminal access to voluntary-assisted dying (VAD).

Their condition must be expected to cause death within a year, they must have decision-making capacity, and proceed without coercion.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles says the law won’t make terminally ill Queenslanders’ deaths any less tragic, but it will ease their pain and suffering.

“It has been a very considered debate and, as many members on both sides of the house have said, it’s been a very difficult debate,” he told parliament on Thursday.

“But I think our goal in everything is to make sure we get this right.”

Thirty MPs voted against the bill and one abstained. LNP member for Surfers Paradise John-Paul Langbroek missed the vote after being stranded by state border closures.

Many of the objectors were concerned that due to a funding shortfall for palliative care, the bill would put pressure on some patients to end their lives.

“Will this government provide a guarantee that people will get access to quality integrated palliative care services wherever they live in Queensland, when they have a terminal diagnosis, and not just in the last few months of life,” Liberal National Party MP Fiona Simpson said.

But Mr Miles said palliative care and voluntary assisted dying were complimentary policies, which gave more options to terminally ill people.

“Members do not have to choose between palliative care and voluntary assisted dying, they are not competitive,” he told parliament.

“They, in fact, can and do operate, side by side and by continuing to harp on as though it is a choice you’re attempting to demand members make a false choice. And it is indeed a false argument.”

Parliament did not pass any of Deputy Opposition Leader David Janetzki’s 54 proposed amendments, which he said would improve safeguards for conscientious objectors and reporting processes.

The scheme will be operating from January 2023, meaning Queensland will become the fifth jurisdiction in Australia to legalise euthanasia.

Voluntary-assisted dying is legal in Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.

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Border bubble squeezed after COVID detected in northern NSW

Queensland has announced changes to the border bubble after a positive case of COVID-19 was detected in New South Wales.

Lismore is being plunged back into lockdown from 6pm on Thursday after a student tested positive late yesterday.

The lockdown will run for at least seven days.

Queensland Health has confirmed the City of Lismore will be removed from the bubble and become part of the restricted border zone with New South Wales.

Anyone who has been in Lismore in the last 14 days will be barred from entering Queensland.

Anybody who has been in Lismore in the last 14 days but is already in Queensland needs to get tested and isolate until they get a negative result.

Read more: Lismore back in lockdown as NSW records 1351 cases, 12 deaths

“We know the situation can quickly escalate with this virus, which is why it is important we respond appropriately,” Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said.

“We are closely monitoring COVID-19 developments in New South Wales and will continue to review restrictions as the situation escalates and deescalates.

“I understand this is tough for some, but it is necessary in ensuring we can continue to protect Queenslanders.”

Lismore back in lockdown as NSW records 1351 cases, 12 deaths

The Lismore local government area is being plunged back into lockdown after a positive COVID case was detected in the community/

Albury in southern New South Wales is also going back into lockdown.

The seven-day lockdown will begin at 6pm on Thursday night and comes just days after the regions came out of the statewide lockdown.

A student from a school in Goonellabah in northern New South Wales was confirmed on Wednesday as being positive with New South Wales Health listing several exposure sites in Lismore and Evans Head.

“Can I say that I express my sadness to the local community that having been free of that for a little while they have to go back into lockdown but it is for your safety and the community’s safety more broadly,” NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.

“Health has made a decision that the period of lockdown initially will be seven days. The reason for that is to try and get a handle on what exactly is going on in the local areas.”

It’s not clear yet what this means for the border bubble with Queensland with authorities in the Sunshine State expected to remove Lismore from the bubble.

“We will work with the cross-border commissioner. We’ve opened up the Tweed. We worked hard with Deputy Premier Miles to lift restrictions and put in place a border bubble,” NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro said.

“We’ll reach out to Queensland and make sure we have the information but we’ve made a decision to lock down an area for the health and protection of that community and we’ll now work around what happens with the bubble.”

Officials have also confirmed a case has been detected in Glen Innes which also threatens the border bubble.

A decision on locking down that region is yet to be made.

New South Wales recorded 1351 new cases and twelve further deaths.

The number of people who have contracted the virus across the state since the beginning of the current outbreak has now surpassed 15,000.

There are now 1231 patients being treated in hospital for COVID.

Of those, 231 are in ICU with 108 being ventilated.

Qld launches tough home quarantine compliance system

The Queensland Government has implemented a new home quarantine compliance system that will make sure people aren’t breaking their quarantine directions.

Queensland recently allowed school students from boarding schools in interstate hotspots to return home for the school holidays as part of a home quarantine trial.

The students and their families would be monitored by technology to make sure they are complying.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has confirmed that program will now be extended to anyone going into home quarantine as a close contact.

“We need to adapt to the new challenges posed by Delta and find news ways to monitor people at risk, including those in home quarantine,” Ms D’Ath told parliament on Thursday.

The new system sends a random message to individuals in quarantine at least once a day. This message will contain a hyperlink that they must respond to within in 10 minutes.

“This means Queensland Health will be able to ensure individuals in home quarantine are at the residence that they’re lawfully required to be at,” Minister D’Ath said.

“It specifically allows authorities to identify if anybody is away from the approved residence.

“Potential breaches will be assessed by police to identify whether further action is required including fines and a direction to go into hotel quarantine at their own cost.

“This new check-in feature of our home quarantine system will also enable authorities to check on the welfare of those in home quarantine which, as we know, can be a challenging times for individuals and families.

“Our improved home quarantine system will benefit the community through strengthened compliance and more effective monitoring of people’s welfare.”