Delays on Pacific Motorway after serious multi-vehicle collision


Heavy delays are polluting a major motorway out of Brisbane, after multiple cars collided on Sunday.

Eleven people narrowly escaped serious injury, after seven cars collided on the Pacific Motorway at Springwood.

A spokesperson from Queensland Police said it was a nose-to-tail scenario and occurred in the northbound lanes of the highway.

Paramedics treated four people with minor injuries at the scene, with several others fortunate to walk away unscathed.

Three adults patients were transported to hospital in stable conditions.

The crash caused traffic chaos on the northbound lanes of the motorway and surrounding roads, with long delays expected into the afternoon.

The incident caused traffic to build up back to the Bryants Road exit, almost 9km from the scene of the crash.

Delays have stretched out to 20 minutes for motorists, as authorities continue the clean-up.



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Qld aged care worker given wrong second dose of COVID-19 vaccine


Queensland health authorities have confirmed that an aged care worker received the wrong second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The woman was given a Pfizer dosage for her first jab but received AstraZeneca for the second this week, not realising the error until she was given a pamphlet after the injection.

The employee of the Ipswich aged care facility, west of Brisbane, was monitored for an hour by healthcare professionals at the clinic before being sent home with an ice pack for a headache, 9 News reported.

She was told to watch for any adverse reactions and to call an ambulance if she became unwell.

On Friday afternoon, Queensland chief health officer Jeannette Young confirmed the woman had received the wrong dosage.

“I’m sure the place where it happened will look at how that occurred, but she’s fine today, which is very good news,” she told reporters.

The mix-up comes after the Prime Minister on Thursday night revealed new medical advice for the AstraZeneca jab, recommending Australians under 50 not receive the vaccine due to the rare possibility of blood clots.

Scott Morrison said the guidance was based on advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

The AstraZeneca vaccine will continue to be issued to those when the benefits outweigh the risks of the deadly virus.

Those include elderly Australians, who are more likely to become seriously ill from coronavirus than young people.

Administration of the Pfizer vaccine will not be affected.

ATAGI considered evidence from colleagues in Europe, where there were a small but concerning number of cases where people developed blood clots after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.



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Ryan Andrew King charged over second ‘consensual’ castration surgery after frozen penis found


Almost a year after police allegedly found a severed human penis and testicles in a Brisbane tradie’s freezer while investigating a separate castration, the eunuch has been identified and fresh charges have been laid.

Ryan Andrew King, 28, has been charged with a second count of grievous bodily harm with intent to maim after police identified the 66-year-old victim of his first unauthorised castration surgery.

Police allege the saga began when King allegedly partially castrated a 26-year-old man he had met online in a “consensual surgery” in July 2020 despite having “no formal surgical qualifications.”

Police were called to a backpackers hostel in Brisbane after the younger man suffered complications. He was taken to hospital and King was initially charged with intent to maim.

On September 22, King’s charges were upgraded to grievous bodily harm with intent to maim.

While carrying out a raid at King’s West End home the day after the backpackers incident, police allegedly found medical tools, as well as a severed human penis and testicles in his freezer, news.com.au reported at the time.

No complaints were lodged about the set of severed male genitalia, but on Friday Queensland Police confirmed they had identified the man they belonged to.

A Queensland Police spokeswoman told NCA NewsWire a 66-year-old man had allegedly met King at a rental accommodation on the Pacific Highway in Loganholme on September 2, 2019.

“He is then alleged to have performed consensual surgery on the older man, despite having no formal surgical qualifications,” the spokeswoman said.

It’s alleged this was the second time King performed surgery on the 66-year-old, after having travelled to Melbourne in 2018.

Police confirmed King has been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent to main in relation to the older victim.

According to the Courier Mail, Queensland Police analysed King’s GoPro footage to identify the alleged victim.



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Queensland one step closer to replacing driver’s licences with digital option


Queensland is on the verge of introducing digital driver’s licenses, allowing motorists to ditch physical identification cards.

The Sunshine State revealed the rollout was one step closer following last year’s successful trial of the licence app north of Brisbane on the Fraser Coast, where drivers glowingly endorsed the progressive move.

Over a seven-month period, more than 750 residents and 120 drivers were able to ditch their physical driver’s, identification and boating licences and display information on mobile phones.

The success of the pilot scheme will come into consideration for a broader rollout across Queensland, a Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said in a statement to NCA NewsWire.

“The pilot allowed residents to access their driver’s licence, recreational marine licence and photo identification card on the app,” the department said.

“The pilot concluded on 30 September 2020 with a customer satisfaction rating of 94 per cent.

“The digital licence app includes security and privacy features designed to protect data against cybercrime and theft.”

Queensland is yet to commit to a date for a broader rollout, but legislation passed in mid-2020 gave the Sunshine State legal authority for digital licences to be used in lieu of physical cards.

Recent reforms also paved the way for digital replacements to be used instead of a personal identification licence, personal watercraft licences and recreational marine driver’s licences.

The changes will give residents the option of either displaying their licence in a physical form on a card or the digital alternative.

Motorists in NSW and South Australia already have the option to use digital licences.



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Qld boy, 16, dies after stabbing in Brisbane CBD


A 16-year-old boy has died after a stabbing attack in Brisbane’s CBD on Thursday night.

Queensland police say the teenager was stabbed in the stomach after he was confronted by a man at Emma Miller Place, near Roma Street Station, at 8pm.

He staggered to King George Square where he collapsed, while the offender was seen running towards nearby Roma Street Parklands.

The teen was located by police and paramedics treated him at the scene before he was transported to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

He died a short time later.

A police spokeswoman said crime scenes have been established, and urged anyone who may have witnessed the attack to come forward.



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No link between Pfizer and Blue Care death


Australia’s Chief Medical Officer has said there is no apparent causal link between the death of an elderly Queensland woman, and the COVID-19 vaccination she received hours earlier.

The 82-year-old, who had been living at the Blue Care Yurana aged care facility in Springwood, south of Brisbane, received her jab about 10am on Wednesday. Police were called to the home about 1.30pm.

Her death has been classed as non-suspicious and police will prepare a report for the coroner. CMO Professor Paul Kelly said while the death would be investigated, there did not appear to be a link between her death and the vaccine.

“Sadly more than 1000 people pass in aged care every week. It is inevitable, as the head of the TGA has noted, that this will include people who have been recently vaccinated,” Professor Kelly said.

“Any event that happens following vaccination is fully investigated.

“The medical experts and the TGA will review the specifics of such cases and reach a conclusion based on the facts.”

The woman is said to have suffered from a number of underlying health conditions, including lung disease, as has been reported by the Courier Mail.

Professor Kelly said the TGA was monitoring COVID-19 vaccination in elderly patients “across the world.”

“It can be expected that older and more frail people in an aged care setting may pass away due to progression of underlying disease or natural causes, this does not mean the vaccine has contributed to this,” he said.

“The TGA will continue to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines as they are rolled out in Australia and internationally.”

In January, the TGA investigated 30 deaths among the elderly population in Norway who had received the Pfizer vaccine.

At the time, the European Medicines Agency found no causal link between the vaccination and the deaths, and the TGA found no risk of vaccinating elderly patients with the Pfizer jab.

Both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines being rolled out across Australia can cause minor side effects, including fever, muscle pain and fatigue, but have been declared safe.

It comes as the EMA has found a possible link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and rare cases of blood clots in some patients.

The Federal Government was expected to deliver 10,500 vaccines to 150 aged care facilities across Queensland this week.



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Elderly Queensland woman dies hours after receiving Pfizer coronavirus shot


An elderly woman has died in a Queensland aged care facility just hours after receiving her coronavirus vaccination.

The 82-year-old woman was a resident at the Yurana aged care facility in Springwood, west of Brisbane.

She received her shot of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccination around 10am this morning. Emergency services were called less than three hours later, at 1.30pm, to reports the woman was unresponsive.

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The Courier-Mail reported the woman’s death may not be linked to the vaccine as she was suffering from other health issues, including lung disease.

A Blue Care employee, the parent company of the Yurana home, confirmed a woman had died after receiving the vaccine.

A Queensland Police spokesman confirmed to news.com.au a report was being prepared for the coroner to understand how the woman had died.

Her death is being treated as non-suspicious.

About 855,000 people across the country have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of April 5, despite the Prime Minister predicting that four million Aussies would be vaccinated by the end of March.

Scott Morrison today said the reason for the discrepancy was because millions of doses didn’t arrive in Australia.

“Three-point-one million of the contracted vaccines that we had been relying upon in early January when we’d set out a series of targets did not turn up in Australia,” he said.

Aged care facilities ban visitors after Brisbane cluster

Queensland’s aged care homes are still in semi-lockdown after a cluster of cases hit the Brisbane region earlier this month.

Visitors to all aged care facilities were banned on April 1 and will be banned until April 15.



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AEC launches investigation into Andrew Laming’s social media accounts


The actions of embattled Liberal MP Andrew Laming have again come under the microscope, with the Australian Electoral Commission confirming they have launched an investigation into his social media accounts.

The probe was sparked by revelations the federal member for Bowman created more than 30 Facebook pages and profiles to promote the LNP and attack Labor opponents.

Mr Laming is alleged to have operated the pages under the guise of community groups, news pages and an educational institute, The Guardian reports.

However, none of the pages include political authorisation disclosures required under the laws governing electoral communication.

“With regard to the Facebook activity mentioned in the Guardian article published yesterday, I can confirm that we will be investigating the requirement for electoral authorisation,” an AEC spokesman said in a statement.

“A key purpose of the authorisation laws is to allow voters to know who is communicating.

“To require an authorisation statement the communication needs to be deemed ‘electoral matter’.”

Mr Laming, who is on a month of medical leave, refused to comment on the investigation.

The development is another blow for the Morrison government – which is requiring Mr Laming to undergo empathy training – after he took a photograph of a woman with her underwear exposed in a Brisbane shop.

Police last month confirmed they would not file charges.

He was also forced to apologise for harassing a series of women online.

In the wake of the scandals, Mr Laming announced last month he would not run again at the next election.



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