Daily News Roundup

February 23, 2018

A car stranded in floodwaters at Marshall Rd, Rocklea. Picture: Peter Wallis

Always a state of extremes, Queensland’s gone from heatwave to doona-grabbing weather in only a matter of days, the ABC reports.Heavy rain is now causing havoc along much of the state’s coastline, with a month’s worth of rain heading for parts of the south-east in coming days.The weather bureau is warning of falls of between 100 millimetres and 200 mm in the central east and northern parts of the state as well as the south-east.

A flood watch is current for coastal catchments between Maryborough and Caboolture, including the Sunshine Coast. Widespread rainfall is predicted in the 50mm to 100mm range on Friday and Saturday, with isolated falls of up to 150mm possible. Parts of Brisbane could also end up sodden over the next few days.

Suburbs on alert include Daisy Hill, Calamvale, and Regents Park, with falls of over 100mm expected. The Gold Coast is also bracing itself for a mass of rain, with 150mm forecast, possibly flooding areas like Carrara, Varsity Lakes and Elanora.

The heavy rain will also see the mercury plummet to five to six degrees below average in the south-east.

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The National Party has confirmed a formal complaint has been made against Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.The ABC understands the complaint is in relation to allegation of sexual harassment involving a Western Australian woman and Mr Joyce.

Mr Joyce said he had been “made indirectly aware” of the allegation and described the claim as “spurious and defamatory”.

A spokesman for the Deputy Prime Minister said “allegations of wrongdoing should be immediately referred to police so that the veracity of any claim could be
properly tested”.

“All complaints are taken seriously and treated with the strict confidentiality and given due process,” the National Party federal director Ben Hindmarsh said
in a statement.

WA Police said they had not received a complaint about Mr Joyce.

On Tuesday, WA Nationals MPs then held a regular partyroom meeting where the sexual harassment complaint against Mr Joyce was raised.

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US President Donald
Trump has called for teachers to be “highly trained, gun adept”, saying gun-free schools are “a magnet for bad people”, following last week’s school massacre in Florida.

Mr Trump pushed for an offensive strategy, warning “defence alone won’t work”.

Mr Trump hoped armed teachers could “solve the problem instantly, before police arrive”.

He said giving concealed guns to teachers would mean “far more assets at much less cost than guards”.

But Mr Trump proposed only arming teachers with “military or specialist training experience”.

He first raised the idea of arming teachers during an emotional, hour-long discussion with students who survived the attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and a parent whose child did not.

Seventeen students and staff members were killed in the February 14 attack.

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