Archive for August, 2011

Lung buster legislation

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Dull durrie legislation (Pic: ABC News)

Australia looks set to bring in plain packaging for tobacco products from next year after the legislation passed the House of Representatives last night.
The legislation requires cigarettes to be sold in dark green packets with graphic health warnings and without trademarks from July 1 next year.

Both bills to implement the plan have now gone through the Lower House, despite the Coalition’s concerns about the potential for intellectual property infringements. The legislation will now go to the Senate for approval.

Ms Roxon told Parliament the Opposition was “shamed into backing the bill, but really opposed it with every fibre of their body”.

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Editors Comment: I do not understand how this will make truckies in Australia who smoke, give up the habit. If a truckie smokes and enjoys it and can afford to buy cigarettes, is obviously capable of making the decision to quit and not be forced into it via stupid cigarette packaging. Democracy gone mad? It makes me ponder what the government will do next. Who makes the most money from the sale of a packet of cigarettes? It’s not the manufacturer, the wholesaler or the retailer.
I’ll have a pack of 25’s… you know…the dark green ones… the ones without the trademarks…. their the better cigarettes!

Toowoomba Range lane closure

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Truckies advised of Toowoomba Range closure Sunday 4th. September 5.30am to 3pm (Pic: Courier-Mail)

Queensland Transport and Main Roads media alert

One lane of the Toowoomba Range will be closed on 4 September to allow for slope assessments, Transport and Main Roads Regional Director Tony Platz said today.

“Ensuring the safety of drivers, as well as the slope assessment teams, is the key consideration in these lane closures,” Mr Platz said.  The lane closure will be as follows, weather permitting:  west bound (one up lane): Sunday, 4 September, between 5.30am and 3pm.

“In the event of wet weather, the assessment will be postponed,” Mr Platz said. “Queensland Transport and Main Roads has scheduled the lane closure to not inconvenience drivers travelling to Toowoomba for the Carnival of Flowers from 17-25 September.” One lane will be closed to allow the technical experts to examine steep slopes of up to 30 metres above the road, following flood damage earlier this year.

Mr Platz said these assessments were a continuation of work on the Range section of the Warrego Highway that would allow Transport and Main Roads to determine risk of landslip and erosion, and to develop options for remedial works if needed.

Heavy vehicles will not be permitted to use the west-bound lanes during the closure to allow the inspectors to do their work safely and to avoid the risk of further delays or crashes in the event of a vehicle breakdown.

They will be able to wait at a holding area at Withcott at the bottom of the Toowoomba Range during inspections of the west-bound lanes, or they will be able to use the alternative route via Murphy’s Creek Road if they are regulation size.

Slope assessments on the Range will be overseen by Queensland Transport and Main Roads and police officers to enforce the changed traffic conditions.  Mr Platz said safety was the number one priority. “We thank motorists for their patience while these important investigations take place,” he said. “These works will help to make the Range crossing more resilient and safer.”

The work is being delivered through National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) funding, uunder which the federal government provides 75 per cent of the funding, with 25 per cent from the Queensland  Government.

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Truckies Canberra “convoy”

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Pic: Trucks are travelling from as far away as Western Australia's Pilbara region to take part in the protest.

ACT police say the main routes in and out of Canberra will be clogged by protesters in trucks, vans and cars on Monday. The protesters arrive in Canberra on Sunday before starting a formal convoy from 5:30am Monday to protest against Federal Government policies like the proposed carbon tax.

The Truckies Convoy of No Confidence‘ is expected to clog Canberra’s main streets including Northbourne Avenue, Adelaide Avenue, the Tuggeranong Parkway, Gungahlin Drive, and the Monaro and Barton highways. Superintendent Michael Chew says police are working with the protest organisers to try to avoid traffic gridlock.

“At this stage there’s no expectation there’ll be any violent demonstration associated with the convoy,” he said. Truckies want to make their point with the members of Parliament and the organisers have been working with us over the last couple of weeks to ensure everything runs smoothly.

“The Truckies been co-operating with us over the last couple of weeks and have stated they will continue to do so throughout Monday and Tuesday.” But Superintendent Chew warns there will be traffic disruptions. “There will be traffic delays and traffic diversions in place to allow the Canberra public and the Canberra convoy participants to have access to Parliament and try and lessen the disruption to Canberra motorists on Monday morning,” he said.

“The volume of traffic that they are potentially bringing into Canberra as part of the truckies convoy will naturally cause bottlenecks and disruptions.” Superintendent Chew is urging commuters to be patient and consider taking alternate routes to work. “We just ask everyone to be patient, and flexible, and if they can take other modes of transport to work on Monday morning or arrive later on Monday to work, then that would assist us in the movement of traffic around Canberra,” he said. He says the disruptions could flow into Tuesday.

“At this stage they plan to have the protest at Parliament House on Monday and possibly again on Tuesday. “So we’d anticipate them hanging around Canberra for the two days. We’re not sure how many people will hang around for the second day. But we’re anticipating there could be traffic delays on Tuesday.”

Source: ABC News (

Bull kills truckie loading cattle

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Loading cattle on to a truck is a dangerous business

Chrissy Arthur
Workplace health and safety officials are investigating a fatal accident at the Longreach saleyards in central-west Queensland.

A 44-year-old Warwick man was loading cattle for Frasers Livestock Transport at the saleyards when the incident occurred.
It is understood the truck driver was struck in the chest by a bull. He later died in hospital. A report is being prepared for the coroner and a departmental investigation is underway.

Liz Schmidt from the Livestock Transporters Association of Queensland say it highlights the dangers of working with cattle.
“Any kind of workplace accident is a terrible thing and we’re just very devastated that this has happened,” she said.
“We train our people to work with the cattle in the safest possible environment, but every beast is different and these things happen.
“There’s not a lot that can be done about it but we train our people to make sure they know the dangers and can avoid them as best as possible.”

She says the accident comes on top of a difficult year for livestock transporters, who have been affected by the live cattle export ban.
“It wouldn’t matter if we hadn’t had a bad year – this is still horrific however you look at it,” she said.

Source: ABC News (