Peter Dutton plays down fresh doubts on Cambodia deal; Labor slams ‘expensive joke’

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has played down reports Cambodia does not want to settle more refugees as part of its transfer deal with Australia. Four people were transferred from Nauru to the South-East Asian nation in June in an arrangement costing Australia more than $55 million, but a Cambodian ministry spokesman has reportedly said the fewer refugees the country receives, the better. Mr Dutton said the comments were from a low-level official and he expected Cambodia to continue to honour the agreement. “We have discussions ongoing at an officials level, and we have a level of confidence in the...

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MP asks how many will die on hospital’s access road

The Queensland Government has promised to upgrade the road network around the Sunshine Coast University Hospital before it opens.At budget estimates on Friday, Maroochydore MP Fiona Simpson tabled crash statistics for a stretch of the Sunshine Mwy, across the Mooloolah River and to Nicklin Way. She said the road, which is the hospital’s main arterial, was a hot spot for crashes. “As this is the main arterial access to the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital, how many people will be hospitalised, injured or killed as a result of this arterial road until you have a plan to upgrade it?,”...

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Truck carrying crane crashes through M1 guard rail into Coomera River

The crane operator who crashed into the Coomera River yesterday morning has told of how he “thought it was the end”.Brett Marr, 50, was lucky to escape the crash alive and miraculously only suffered minor injuries. “It all happened so fast, I didn’t have time to think of much, but in that moment I was sure it was the end,” he said. The veteran crane operator said he owed his rescuer Sam Manning a “few beers” and a heartfelt thanks. Mr Manning swam out and helped Mr Marr after the crash. He spoke on the scene, but has been...

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Arson investigation, Mount Cotton

Police are appealing for public assistance to help identify two men who may be able to assist with their investigations into a stolen car that was found burnt out on Wednesday August 5 on Eprapah Road, Mount Cotton. The vehicle is a 1999 model BMW 528i sedan which was stolen from a Fortitude Valley address on July 30. The car was spray painted white before it was set alight and destroyed. Police found a number of empty spray cans within the vehicle. Anyone who may recognises these people or has any information that may assist police with their investigations...

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Jayde Kendall: Teenage friend accused of murder ‘depressed and agitated’

The teenager accused of killing Queensland schoolgirl Jayde Kendall is extremely depressed and agitated his lawyer says.18-year-old Brenden Bennetts was remanded in custody after a brief appearance in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning. As he entered the dock in prison browns, Bennetts smiled at his mother and father who were both in court and sat quietly during his appearance. His lawyer Brendan Ryan said he will plead not guilty to murder and will apply for bail in the Supreme Court in due time. “I wish I was here in happier circumstances,” he said outside court. “I know there...

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Australia’s ‘most wanted’ was ‘hiding in clear sight’

A court has heard a man who made Australia’s most wanted list for his alleged involvement in a burglary on the Sunshine Coast nine years ago has been “hiding in clear sight”. Troy Newton, 38, appeared in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court this morning after being extradited from Western Australia over the alleged December 2006 crime, in which two armed men forced their way into Minyama home. Mr Newton also faces charges relating to alleged Brisbane and Gold Coast offences, including a burglary which netted more than $200,000 in goods and a failure to appear in court . Police have...

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Sport celebrities hit Coolum over weekend for MX Nationals

If you’re wandering around Coolum this weekend, don’t be surprised if some of the faces in the crowd look familiar.The popular coastal strip attracts its fair share of famous visitors but this weekend it’s going celebrity crazy. If you keep an eye out, you might see V8 motor racing stars Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup admiring local Commodores as they cruise the esplanade. Or international surfers Mick Fanning and Julian Wilson checking out the popular Coolum break. Two-time MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner may even cruise by. They’re just some of the celebrities expected to hit town for the...

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armed robbery, Maroochydore

Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred last night in Maroochydore are appealing for public assistance. Around 6.30pm, a white sedan was driven into the drive-through of a sandwich store on Aerodrome Road. The man driving the car demanded money from the attendant and produced what appeared to be a firearm. The attendant complied and gave the man a sum of cash before he drove off. Images of the vehicle involved have been released with investigators believing it is possibly a late model Hyundai i40 or i45 sedan. Investigators are also conducting inquiries with rental agencies believing the...

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Virginia shooting: Two WDBJ7 television journalists killed live on air; gunman dead after shooting himself

Two journalists for a local television station in the US state of Virginia have been shot dead during a live broadcast, by a disgruntled former employee who later shot himself and died in hospital. WDBJ7 journalist Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were shot at close range while conducting an on-air interview. Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe said the gunman was a disgruntled former employee of the television station. He was identified as Vester Flanagan, 41, according to a dispatcher for the Augusta County Sheriff’s Department. Stills pulled from Ward’s camera helped identify him. Parker was talking to...

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Woman due for release asks for more jail time to finish course

A woman once labelled “obese” who fell on a police officer dislocating his ankle during a scuffle, has bizarrely asked for more time in jail so she can finish a personal training course – at a cost of around $9000 to taxpayers. Kim Newton, 45, resisted arrest when two police officers went to her Arundel home on January 13 last year to investigate a noise complaint. When the officers arrived they observed drug use and attempted to arrest Newton and her 16-year-old daughter. While resisting arrest Newton fell on the senior constable’s leg, causing him to fall to the...

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