Tulip Top Gardens set to re-open in spring but still no decision on Floriade

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Wallabies 2021: Rugby Australia big decision on whether to keep director of rugby Scott Johnson, Dave Rennie, Andy Marinos,

Update: At the end of 2018 Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle hired Scott Johnson to rein in Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

Now Rugby Australia’s new CEO Andy Marinos, who was coached by Johnson at Wales, must decide whether or not to keep the well-travelled figure as director of rugby.

It can be revealed that Johnson’s contract with RA runs out at year’s end.

Johnson wants to continue in the role.

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Easter hangs in the balance as Queenslanders await decision about possible COVID-19 lockdown extension

More than 2 million residents across Greater Brisbane are holding their breath as they wait to hear if the region’s three-day lockdown will end as planned at 5:00pm or if Easter holiday celebrations will be thrown into disarray.

Health authorities will decide this morning whether to ease restrictions in time for the holiday season.

Queensland recorded two cases of community transmission on Wednesday, down from six local infections on Monday.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the fact all cases had been linked was “encouraging” and she had her “fingers crossed” that the lockdown would not be extended over Easter.

“If we see very good testing rates across Queensland again, and we don’t see any unlinked community transmission, the signs for Easter are looking positive,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“If it’s encouraging news … we will be lifting the hotspot for Greater Brisbane.”

She said Queensland had recorded “probably our highest” testing numbers yet, with more than 33,000 people screened in the last reporting period.

Like many residents across Greater Brisbane, Donna Maher is hoping for good news this morning.

She was supposed to travel to Fraser Island with her two young sons today, but those plans have been put on ice.

“I’m half packed but then, not completely – I figured I’d just do what I can,” Ms Maher said.

“I think all Queenslanders are really ready for the Easter break, so crossing fingers for all of us that we do get to go away.

“The boys love surfing so we’ll be able to hopefully catch a few waves.”

The lockdown has been devastating for the state’s tourism industry, with operators experiencing mass cancellations this week from interstate and south-east Queensland travellers.

The Byron Bay Bluesfest, which was due to open today, has been called off after a local COVID-19 infection was detected.

The case has been traced to the Byron Beach Hotel, which an infected visitor from Brisbane attended last week.

Churches across Greater Brisbane have been scrambling to put contingency plans in place in case traditional Easter services cannot go ahead.

Brisbane Anglican Archbishop Phillip Aspinall said he was hopeful restrictions would be lifted in time for the important holy season.

“There is a sense of strength and joy that comes from being together to be able to celebrate Easter,” Archbishop Aspinall said.

“Plan B is that we can’t go to church, or only very few people can, in which case we would live stream our services from the cathedral and other parish churches.”

Easter services were locked down last year, forcing Archbishop Aspinall to preach alone in Brisbane’s St John’s Cathedral.

Several large sporting events due to be held in Brisbane are also up in the air, including the Australian Youth Water Polo Championships and Swimming Australia’s national age championships.

“We will provide further updates once more information is available, with relevant government advice and the health and safety of athletes, coaches, officials and staff paramount in any decision making,” a Swimming Australia spokeswoman said.

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QLD lockdown decision; Promising NSW COVID update

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Thursday morning that the shutdown would end at midday ahead of the Easter long weekend.It was due to expire at 5pm but Ms Palaszczuk brought this forward due to all local cases in the past 48 hours being linked to a known infection.“That is good news for Queensland and Easter is good to go,” she told reporters.A number of new restrictions will come into effect from midday on Thursday, including the enforcement of wearing masks in public until April 15.“All Queenslanders will be required to carry a mask when they leave their home,” Ms Palaszczuk said.NSW has recorded no new infections other than a case diagnosed on Tuesday.The case was recorded after 8pm on Tuesday and was included in Thursday’s announcement.The infectious person attended the same venue as a hen’s party in Byron Bay where positive cases in Queensland were recorded.UPDATED NEW VENUE ALERTSA gym and a pub in Byron Bay are the latest venues to be rocked by COVID-19 as the Queensland cluster continues to spread. The advice comes after Health Minister Brad Hazzard signed a public health order cancelling the planned Bluesfest over the Easter period.NSW Health authorities late on Wednesday urged anyone who attended the Surfit Gym in Lennox Head on March 28 between 6-11am to get tested and self-isolate until they receive further advice from NSW Health after it was visited by a confirmed case of COVID-19.Anyone who attended the Park Hotel/Model in Suffolk Park on the same date between 1-2pm is also urged to follow the same advice. LATEST NSW VENUE ALERTS ISSUED WED, 9PMPeople who visited the Pro Shop in East Ballina between 2.25-2.35 are considered close contacts and must immediately test and self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.Meanwhile, anyone who attended the venues below at the times listed is considered a casual contact and must get tested and self-isolate until a negative result is received. RESTRICTIONS IN PLACEThe following rules apply to the local government areas of Tweed Shire Council, Ballina Shire Council, Byron Shire Council and Lismore City Council:• Mask wearing is compulsory on public transport, in retail stores, and in all public indoor settings• the one person per 4 square metre rule applies at all public indoor settings including hospitality venues • the number of household visitors is capped at 30, including at holiday rental properties• patrons cannot eat or drink standing up, dance or sing at non-residential premisesThese restrictions will remain in place until 11:59pm on Monday 5 April, when the community will be updated.NAT – Stay Informed – Social Media

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Tabcorp says certainty trumps price in wagering decision

Tabcorp chairman Steven Gregg says a sale of its wagering arm hinges just as much on clearing regulatory hurdles and getting the racing industry onside as it does on bidders lifting their offers

The ASX-listed gambling group on Monday formally rejected a $3 billion offer from the British owner of rival outfit Ladbrokes for its wagering and media division, deeming it too low.

Tabcorp said the circa $3 billion offers for its wagering arm were too low. Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

US private equity group Apollo was also reportedly in pursuit of Tabcorp’s wagering business, while the Murdoch family’s Fox Corporation has also explored making an offer as it prepares to launch its own FoxBet brand in Australia.

However Tabcorp, valued at $10 billion, said it would now run a three-month strategic review that could open the door to either selling the wagering division or hiving it off from its booming lotteries division in a demerger.


Mr Gregg, who took over as chair from Paula Dwyer in January, said he was “very happy” for suitors to come back with higher bids. Market sources say Tabcorp wants at least $3.5 billion for the wagering arm but the review would have to fully assess how difficult a sale would be.

“Its just as much about… deal certainty as it is value,” he said. “At the moment value is well under what it is worth, but also we need to get comfortable with completion risk.”

Hurdles to a sale would include the Australian Competition and Consumer Comission (ACCC) objecting to Ladbrokes’ owner Entain buying the Australian wagering market’s biggest player, Mr Gregg said. Meanwhile, any new owner would also need the blessing of state-based racing bodies that licence TAB’s monopoly retail operations.

“Everything is overcomable – it’s just a matter of time and money and disruption,” he said. “If we go down a path of selling the company, which would take 12 months to do, you want to be very clear that you’re going to sell the company at the price you agreed.”

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Council votes to take 2032 Olympic host status ahead of IOC decision

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Brisbane City Council has voted to formally put the city forward as host of the 2032 Olympic bid after a closed meeting with confidential briefings from those deeply involved in early planning for the event, with a final decision expected to be as close as July.

Only Greens Gabba ward councillor Jonathan Sri voted against the motion after the eight-hour session, for which all had to sign confidentiality agreements. The chamber rung with applause as the meeting was again called to a close.

The council’s vote to sign on as host city will form part of the formal bid for the games, to be presented to the International Olympic Committee next month, after the proposal spanning south-east Queensland was installed as the preferred candidate by the IOC last month.

An online survey has also been opened by the council until April 20 for a new “City Centre Interim Action Plan” to build on the 2014 City Centre Master Plan amid the CBD’s sluggish COVID-19 pandemic recovery and forward focus on the major sporting event.

Media and the public were allowed to sit in only the start of the special meeting on Tuesday morning — the first held by council since deliberations on Clem7 tunnel proposals in 2007 — before it was closed for presentations by AOC president John Coates, also vice-president of the International Olympic Committee, and Paralympics Australia president Jock O’Callaghan.


Statements and presentations were also given by Queensland’s Tourism Industry Development and Innovation and Sports Minister Stirling Hinchliffe and his federal counterpart Richard Colbeck. Representatives of consultants EKS and law firm Clayton Utz also addressed the chamber.

Lord mayor Adrian Schrinner was among those who gave a presentation as chair of the bid leadership group formed by the state and federal governments, south-east Queensland Council of Mayors and AOC.

Independent Tennyson ward councillor Nicole Johnston called for Cr Schrinner to declare a conflict of interest at the meeting — deemed unneccessary by chair Andrew Wines — as a result of this and his position on the SEQ Council of Mayors, which has also been advocating for the Games.

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Federal Court orders native title tribunal to revisit decision on Taungurung Aboriginal corporation land agreement

A Victorian Aboriginal corporation says it is confident the land deal underpinning its $34 million settlement with the state government will be reinstated, after the Federal Court ordered it be set aside.

The Taungurung people’s 20,210-square-kilometre Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) stretches across the central Victorian towns of Kilmore, Seymour and Alexandra, and up to Euroa and the Ovens Valley tourist town of Bright.

The agreement, which was formally registered by the National Native Title Tribunal in April last year, formed part of the Taungurung Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation’s 2018 traditional owner settlement with the Victorian government.

The $34 million settlement included joint management of several national parks and funds to generate economic opportunities.

The traditional owner settlement process was set up by the Victorian government in 2010 as an alternative means of recognising Aboriginal peoples’ connection to country to the federal native title process.

Last month, the Federal Court found the native title tribunal had failed to adequately consider detailed points raised by objectors to the Taungurung ILUA when it registered the agreement last year.

The objectors behind the Federal Court action argue the ILUA, which precludes future native title claims over the land it covers, interferes with their sovereign rights as Dhudhuroa, Waywurru and Ngurai Illum Wurrung people.

On Friday, Justice Debra Mortimer ruled that the ILUA should be set aside and the tribunal must consider the application for its registration afresh.

Justice Mortimer also ordered that the Victorian government and the Taungurung corporation, who were the main respondents in the case, pay the legal fees of the applicants.

Taungurung Land and Waters Council CEO Matt Burns said the corporation was “very confident” the ILUA would be reinstated by the native title tribunal.

“In the long run, this additional scrutiny will only reinforce the strength of the process that we went through to get to what is hopefully a soon-to-be Taungurung Indigenous Land Use Agreement registration,” he said.

Mr Burns said despite the ILUA being set aside, the Taungurung people’s traditional owner settlement with the Victorian government, which acts “in concert” with the ILUA, could continue.

A Victorian government spokesperson said the Taungurung traditional owner settlement remained in place despite the court’s ruling on the ILUA.

“The Victorian government remains committed to empowering Aboriginal communities in the pursuit of self-determination and land justice – and this settlement was a positive step forward for the Taungurung people,” the spokesperson said.

“As outstanding matters remain before the Court, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

Dhudhuroa Waywurru Nations Aboriginal Corporation chairperson Gary Murray, who was one of the applicants in the Federal Court case, said the objectors planned to continue with a separate Supreme Court challenge to the traditional owner settlement.

The Supreme Court case had been on hold while the Federal Court assessed the validity of the ILUA.

“We’re in for the long haul,” Mr Murray said.

Mr Murray also expressed concern about the use of ILUAs in agreements struck under the Victorian Traditional Owner Settlement Act, where ILUAs are not required.

He said he believed a lot of groups may be opposed to entering into traditional owner settlements with the state if they involve effectively signing away their ability to assert native title rights over the same land in the future.

“That’s a big issue, because an ILUA, is designed to permanently extinguish our native title rights forever and to stop any future generations, unborn generations, from coming back and doing another native title claim,” he said.

“And that’s pretty repugnant to us and that’s starting to get carriage in our discussions across the state.”

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Tom Elliott says Victoria has a big decision to make

Tom Elliott says Victoria has a big call to make, once international borders re-open.

“We have a decision to make, as a city, as a state,” the 3AW Drive host said on Friday.

“Do we want to go back, once international borders reopen, to the annual increases in population of 120,000, 130,000, 140,000 people.

“Or do we want to continue to press pause?”

Tom Elliott said returning to “normal” would again put pressure on Victoria’s roads, hospitals and education systems.

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Australia’s population actually fell for the first time since records began 40 years ago during the September quarter.

The nation’s population fell by 4200 people.

Phil Browning, Demography Director at the ABS, spoke about the data with Tom Elliott.

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‘Black widow’ murderer Patricia Byers appeals against South Australian Parole Board decision denying prison release

Byers is serving a life sentence for murdering her former partner, Carel Gottgens, in Queensland in 1990.

His body was never found and Byers claimed at trial he was still alive and living in Thailand.

She was also convicted of attempting to murder another partner who survived being shot in the head in 1993, also in Queensland.

While investigating that case, police delved deeper into the disappearance of Mr Gottgens three years earlier.

Byers, who is now in her 70s, was transferred to a South Australian prison in 2009.

She has applied for a judicial review in the Supreme Court, seeking to overturn a Parole Board decision last year to refuse her latest application for release.

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Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham: Jose Mourinho says penalty decision was wrong

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says referee Michael Oliver “made a wrong decision” in awarding the penalty from which Arsenal scored the winner in their 2-1 victory at the Emirates.

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