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.

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

Annastacia Palaszczuk MP

BREAKING | Restrictions on businesses eased across Qld after another day of zero cases

A number of coronavirus restrictions will be eased for businesses in Queensland as the state records another day of no new cases.

From 1am October 1, COVID safe venues with outdoor spaces, including pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants, will be able to double their capacity.

The original one person per four square metres rule will now be replaced by a one person per two square metre rule.

“This is what some of the businesses have been calling for,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“I’ve been listening .. it’s going to be very welcome.

“It means more people can enjoy outdoor cafes, dining and beer gardens across Queensland.”

The state government has also announced outdoor events, who only have a COVID checklist rather than a COVID safe plan, will now be able to expand their capacity from 500 to 1000.

“So, for example, if people were thinking about having Christmas carols at the end of the year, you’ll be allowed to have 1000 people,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

End of year school and sports events will also be able to increase to that limit under the changes.

Queensland stadiums will be allowed to operate at 75 per cent capacity, up from 50 per cent.

Theme parks and zoos can also increase their capacity.

The Premier has also lashed out at the federal government for refusing to extend the ADF’s stay at the Gold Coast border checkpoints.

Ms Palaszczuk said this morning troops were remaining at the NSW and Victoria border until mid October, the Northern Territory until the end of October and South Australia until the middle of October.

“I don’t think it’s fair or reasonable that Queensland has being singled out here,” she said.

“I have written to the Prime Minister. I had a response back from the Minister for Defence where it states very clearly that they will not be moving on Queensland.”

“My question is, why is Queensland being singled out?

“Once again I urged the Commonwealth to reconsider and treat Queensland like everyone else.”

Josh Frydenberg

“Stumbling, bumbling lightweight”: Federal treasurer’s stunning attack on Qld Health Minister

The tension between the Queensland and federal governments has reached a new level today, with the Federal Treasurer laying it all out on national TV.

“He’s a stumbling, bumbling, lightweight that no-one’s ever heard of who’s just made it up as he goes,” Josh Frydenberg told the Today Show, about the recent actions of Queensland’s Health Minister Steven Miles.

It comes after the ADF announced it would be pulling its support out of Queensland’s border operation, a move that the state government accused as a political ‘bargaining chip’.

Health Minister Steven Miles made a point during yesterday’s press conference, of handing out correspondence between the state and federal governments, confirming that Queensland had requested an extension of the ADF’s support.

He called for an apology from Josh Frydenberg, after he apparently said that Queensland had not requested further assistance.

“This is yet another example of a federal government minister being sent out by the Prime Minister to attack our government in the local media here in Queensland being caught out in a lie,” Miles told reporters.

“Josh Frydenberg should apologise for the statements he made.

“It’s time for the Federal Government to stop using the ADF – which is for all Australians – as a bargaining chip in their war against our restrictions,” he said.

It was later revealed that Josh Frydenberg had said nothing of the sort, confirming on radio yesterday that Miles’ claims were totally ‘rubbish’.

Frydenberg, backed up by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, have now launched a fresh attack on the Health Minister on The Today Show this morning, opening with the words “stumbling, bumbling lightweight…”

“He’s a stumbling, bumbling, lightweight that no-one’s ever heard of who’s just made it up as he goes,” Frydenberg said.

“I mean, I was asked a question on radio yesterday whether the government’s movement of ADF Troops was designed to deliberately damage Queensland’s border policy, and I said that was absolutely rubbish.

“And then he goes and holds a press conference asking me to apologise… For what?! I mean, this guy just as Peter Dutton said earlier, just seeking to pick a fight, to play politics, to play politics with the pandemic, to play politics with the deployment of ADF troops.

“I mean, that guy should just grow up,” Minister Frydenberg said.