News 20th October

The political mud-slinging continues, as Opposition health spokesperson Jo-Ann Miller says LNP numbers for hospital wait lists are wrong, and unfair to the public.

Her tirade comes after the LNP announced over the weekend the best long-wait surgery figures in a decade.

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As October draws to a close, the Cancer Council is calling on women to host a ‘Girl’s Night In’ to raise funds to beat women’s cancers.

The event has women come together for a night to hang out and have fun at home, donating the money they would have spent on a night out, to the Cancer Council.

The Cancer Council is looking to raise more than two million dollars through the initiative.

Spokesperson Katie Clift says Girl’s Night is also about supporting your friends.

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The Assistant Commissioner for the G20, Katarina Carroll, has suggested Brisbane-ites remain in the city for the G20, to see a ‘once in a lifetime’ event.

The G20 sees the heads of 20 nations converge on South Brisbane in mid-November to discuss global issues.

The government had previously asked all Brisbane residents to leave the city on that weekend, but Assistant Commissioner Carroll told 4BC’s Patrick Condren that all are welcome.

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Queensland Conservation is calling for a state-wide ban on plastic bags, in the wake of France’s announcement they will ban bags by 2016.

The latest National Litter Index report shows Queensland is the worst state in terms of litter, but Queensland Conservation says a bag ban would solve this problem.

More than four billion plastic bags are used by Australians each year, and conservation spokesperson Toby Hutcheon says a ban would also help out the environment.

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Unfortunately for transport and storage workers, they’ve risen up the ranks this year, topping the 2014 list for Australia’s most dangerous jobs.

The annual list compares deaths and injury rates between professions, and surprisingly this year, health and community service workers were head and shoulders above the rest in terms of injury.

Michelle Hutchison, speaking for lifeinsurancefinder.com, says workers need to be aware of the risks everyone faces on the job.

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