Watch CCTV of armed robbery at Illawarra servo

CCTV footage captures the moment three boys enter the Metro service station on Winnima Way at Berkeley. Picture: 9 News IllawarraThey aren’told enough to drink, drive or smoke, but police say three boys – aged 13, 14 and14 – armed themselves with knives and held up a Berkeley service station early on Friday morning.
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The masked trio entered the Metro servo on Winnima Way in the dead of night, just before 1am,allegedly threatening the male employee working behind the counter.

Police further allegeone of the boys struck the employeewith the butt of a knife, before all three fled with cash and cigarettes.

CCTV cameras captured thehold-up, which left staff at the popular servo shaken.

Service station attendantKoushik Ramineni was manning the counteron Friday afternoon, after being called in to cover for a female colleaguetooscared to work.

Service station attendant Koushik Ramineni. Photo: Robert Peet

Mr Ramineni said the male attendant threatened during the early-morning raid was “pretty scared” duringthe ordeal, but was otherwise OK.

“He just opened the door, they came in and they were standing in front of here [the counter] and they were showing the knives,” he said.

“They came in [behind the counter], they first gathered the smokes and they took the money from here [the till].

“They were long knives [and]there could be danger for him, so he didn’t want to risk his life.”

The Metro servo on Winnima Way, Berkeley. Photo: Robert Peet

MrRamineni said themain doors to the service station building were lockedand a night counter window operational when the incident unfolded.

“He thought they were the customer [and] he opened the door,” he said.

“Unfortunately they were notthe customer.”

A police investigationled officersto a home on Northcliffe Drive where all three boys were arrested andcharged withrobbery armed with an offensive weapon.

The boys fronted a children’s court on Friday where they were all refused bail to reappear on August 29.

Lake Illawarraduty officer Acting Inspector Jack Brown said the robbery was of concern to police, particularly “whenthere is a level of violence involved”.

“While there were no serious injuries to the victim, attempting to rob someone at knifepoint is of great concern,” Inspector Brown said.

Road kill lifts Knights off bottom of the table

YOU BEAUTY: Dane Gagai congratulates Mitch Barnett after his early try. Picture: AAPNEWCASTLE have courageously climbed off the bottom of the NRL ladder –and ended an away-game hoodoo in the process –with a stunning 29-10 boiloveragainst Parramatta at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.
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The Knights last won on the road in Melbourne on August 24, 2015, and had endured a 23-game losing streak in enemy territory.

Yet they dominated the fifth-placed Eels from the opening exchanges to claim their third successive win and biggest scalp since Nathan Brown was appointed coach at the end of the 2015 season. The upset triumphlifted Newcastle to five wins, equal with Wests Tigers, who host Manly at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

The two teams have equal differentials of minus-181 points, but the Knights –wooden spooners in 2015 and 2016 – have scored more points (370 to 323) and have hence, temporarily at least, climbed above the Tigers.

Newcastle have now beaten St George Illawarra, the Warriors and Eels in successive weeks.

“It’s our first away win in the 18 or 19 months or however longwe’ve been going, and we played a team that had won six on the bounce and that a lot of people were talking about winning the grand final,’’ Brown said.

“And I thought we were clearly the better team.”

Brown encountered no arguments from Parramatta coach Brad Arthur, who admitted his team had been “out-enthused” by Newcastle’s giant-killers.

“Maybe we thought we could just come here and get a soft win,’’ Arthur said.

“They just worked harder than us …they came here with a lot more energy than us. They just did everything better.”

Newcastle’s win sets up a blockbuster clash with likely minor premiers Melbourne Storm at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday week.

For the 12thtime this season, Newcastle led at half-time, by 12-10, and the margin could possibly have been greater.

Five-eighth Brock Lamb was again the architect of Newcastle’s win, creating two tries, scoring one himself and kicking his career-first field goal to completely overshadow Parramatta’s star halves pairing of Corey Norman and Mitchell Moses.

Former Eels winger Ken Sio opened the scoring against his old club in the sixth minute when quick hands gave him a yard of space on the left edge.

Two minutes later, lock Mitch Barnett scored his third try in two games after combining with Lamb and Dane Gagai.

The Eels hit back with tries by centre Michael Jennings and fullback Will Smith, a former Knights lower-grader.

Smith went from Parramatta hero to villain 14 minutes into the second half when he was sin-binned for a professional foul.

Lamb set up a try for back-rower Lachlan Fitzgibbon and then scored himself while the Eels were down to 12 men.

Sio’s second try, a spectacular one-handed, diving effort, took the result beyond doubt.

Lamb capped another fine all-round game with 78th-minute field goal.

Dragons and Titans clash at Jubilee Oval in Sydney

Dragons and Titans clash at Jubilee Oval in Sydney Kurt Mann of the Dragons (right) celebrates after scoring during the Round 23 NRL match between the St George-Illawarra Dragons and the Gold Coast Titans at UOW Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Saturday, August 12, 2017. (AAP Image/Craig Golding)
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Jarryd Hayne of the Titans warms up before the Round 23 NRL match between the St George-Illawarra Dragons and the Gold Coast Titans at UOW Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Saturday, August 12, 2017. (AAP Image/Craig Golding)

St George Illawarra Dragons fans on the hill before the Round 23 NRL match between the St George-Illawarra Dragons and the Gold Coast Titans at UOW Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Saturday, August 12, 2017. (AAP Image/Craig Golding)

Jason Nightingale of the Dragons is tackled by Joe Greenwood of the Titans during the Round 23 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Gold Coast Titans at UOW Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Saturday, August 12, 2017. (AAP Image/Craig Golding)

Jarrod Wallace and Leivaha Pulu (Facing) of the Titans warm up before the Round 23 NRL match between the St George-Illawarra Dragons and the Gold Coast Titans at UOW Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Saturday, August 12, 2017. (AAP Image/Craig Golding)

Jarryd Hayne (left) and Leivaha Pulu of the Titans warm up before the Round 23 NRL match between the St George-Illawarra Dragons and the Gold Coast Titans at UOW Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Saturday, August 12, 2017. (AAP Image/Craig Golding)

Nene MacDonald of the Dragons is tackled by Jarrod Wallace of the Titans during the Round 23 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Gold Coast Titans at UOW Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Saturday, August 12, 2017. (AAP Image/Craig Golding)

Tyson Frizell (left) and Joel Thompson of the Dragons warm up before the Round 23 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Gold Coast Titans at UOW Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Saturday, August 12, 2017. (AAP Image/Craig Golding)

St George Illawarra Dragons players celebrate after Kurt Mann of the Dragons scored during the Round 23 NRL match between the St George-Illawarra Dragons and the Gold Coast Titans at UOW Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Saturday, August 12, 2017. (AAP Image/Craig Golding)

Tyson Frizell of the Dragons is tackled by Kevin Proctor of the Titans during the Round 23 NRL match between the St George-Illawarra Dragons and the Gold Coast Titans at UOW Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Saturday, August 12, 2017. (AAP Image/Craig Golding)

Dale Copley of the Titans goes up to take the bomb during the Round 23 NRL match between the St George-Illawarra Dragons and the Gold Coast Titans at UOW Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Saturday, August 12, 2017. (AAP Image/Craig Golding)

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Landmark long-term study shows opioids no good for back pain

The number of overdoses from prescription pain killers, including opioids, is on the rise in Australia. Photo: APGot back pain? Think once, twice and then again before taking any opioid-based painkillers, warn international experts after the release of groundbreaking new research.
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It found opioids were no better than ibuprofen or paracetamol at reducing lower back pain over a 12-month period, yet these opioids came with the threat of dependence and addiction, which has been blamed for an increase in accidental overdoses.

A long-term trial byErin Krebs and the Minneapolis Veterans Health Care Systemstudied 240 veterans taking opioids for chronic back and knee pain compared with those treated by non-opioids. The results were presented at a major medical conference in the US, but are yet to be published.

“The data do not support opioids’ reputation as ‘powerful painkillers’,” Dr Krebs told the medical publicationThe Back Letter.

“The results support CDC [Centres for Disease Control and Prevention] guideline recommendation: that non-opioid medications are preferred for chronic pain.”

They were also consistent with shorter studies that founds opioids to be no more effective than other groups of analgesics for lower back pain than anti-inflammatories or antidepressants, according to the Cochrane Review.

Back pain researcher James McAuley at Sydney’s Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) said Kreb’s research was “important” and relevant to the almost 20 per cent of Australians with low back pain who were prescribed opioids.

Experts are looking for other ways to treat pain to reverse the explosion in the use of opioids, particularly to treat chronic pain. About 3 million Australians take opioids every year.

While exercise was recommended for most people with chronic back pain, it didn’t lessen the pain, Dr McAuley said.

Now new research projects at NeuRA have found that changing the way that the brain deals with pain can make a big difference. These interventions, dubbed pain neuroscience, could also work to reduce other chronic pain. “The reason you have pain is that your brain has looked at all the evidence from your senses that there is danger to a certain part of your body. And if there is a threat, your brain produces pain so that you do something to remove the danger,” Dr McAuley said.

Research by Dr McAuley and his colleague Sylvia Gustin found that the brains of people with chronic pain changed, with the areas that control emotions, such as the medial prefrontal cortex and the anterior insula, shrinking. “These brain changes increase the longer that someone has pain, but recently they have been shown to return to normal if pain goes away,” he said.

They also found that people with acute back pain lack a chemical called Gaba, which calms the neurons in the brain. Gaba – gamma-Aminobutyric acid – reduces neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system.

To stop someone with back pain developing chronic problems, a pilot study at NeuRA by Dr McAuley and Dr Gustin found the use of a hypnotic used to help people sleep increased the Gaba.

They will soon launch a large randomised study in the hope this will prevent acute pain from becoming chronic.

It was the puzzle of phantom pain that prompted the new field of brain neuroscience, Dr McAuley said.

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Another promising new study tried to turn down the “pain alarm” in people with chronic pain. In these cases, the brain’s ability to locate the source of the pain had become inaccurate.

“If I was to touch you on the back, you couldn’t tell whether I was touching you with a cotton wool bud or something sharp,” he said of people with this kind of chronic pain.

By touching the backs of these people – and retraining the brain to identify different sensations – the brain’s pain alarm was switched off, and sensitivity returned to individual areas, leading to less pain.Dr McAuley also recommended against back X-rays for anything other than very serious back pain. They only increased anxiety.

As for the American study, Stanford University Professor of Medicine Steven Asch responded by immediately tweeting: “Long-term opioids no better than Motrin for low back pain at 12 months. Just don’t start them.”

Asked if he had any advice for patients and physicians in the wake of this study, Asch toldThe Back Letterto use caution.

“Think twice before starting opiates in chronic musculoskeletal pain, then think again. They will work for a while, but this study says they don’t do any better than Motrin or other [non-opioid drug] therapies in the long run.”

He toldThe Back Letterthat the study on opioids versus non-opioid treatment of back pain filled “a gaping hole in the literature”. “Many have asked, ‘Do opioids work for chronic musculoskeletal pain?’ but until now, there have been few, if any, high-quality trials,” he said.

“Now we know better. The best evidence argues against the use of chronic opiates for patients with long-term back or other musculoskeletal pain.”

Inside Karen community wrist-tying ceremony | Photos, Video

Inside Karen community wrist-tying ceremony | Photos, Video Dancers form part of the Karen wrist-tying ceremony at Bendigo South East College. Picture: DARREN HOWE
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Dancers form part of the Karen wrist-tying ceremony at Bendigo South East College. Picture: DARREN HOWE

Dancers form part of the Karen wrist-tying ceremony at Bendigo South East College. Picture: DARREN HOWE

Dancers form part of the Karen wrist-tying ceremony at Bendigo South East College. Picture: DARREN HOWE

Dancers form part of the Karen wrist-tying ceremony at Bendigo South East College. Picture: DARREN HOWE

Dancers form part of the Karen wrist-tying ceremony at Bendigo South East College. Picture: DARREN HOWE

Dancers form part of the Karen wrist-tying ceremony at Bendigo South East College. Picture: DARREN HOWE

Dancers form part of the Karen wrist-tying ceremony at Bendigo South East College. Picture: DARREN HOWE

Dancers form part of the Karen wrist-tying ceremony at Bendigo South East College. Picture: DARREN HOWE

Dancers form part of the Karen wrist-tying ceremony at Bendigo South East College. Picture: DARREN HOWE

Dancers form part of the Karen wrist-tying ceremony at Bendigo South East College. Picture: DARREN HOWE

TweetFacebook“Uniting the spirits back into our bodies makes us healthy and happy,” Ms Thein said.

Karen communities from across Victoria attend the event,Community leader VenerableAshin Moonieinda said.

Around 500 people attended the event atBendigo South East College, including deputy mayor Rod Fyffe.

Dancing, music and traditional Karen food –includingbanana, water, flour, tea, coconut, rice and sugarcane –was part of the occasion.

The food also has a symbolic meaning, representinga way of binding people together,and comes in sevens.

British tourist charged with grooming Sydney girl, 13, for sex

British tourist charged with grooming Sydney girl, 13, for sex Police speak with the man, left, moments before he was taken into custody. Photo: NSW Police
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Police seized a phone and computer belonging to the man. Photo: NSW Police

TweetFacebookA British touristwho allegedly groomeda 13-year-old Sydney girl to have sex in his campervanhas been caught in an undercover sting.

The 34-year-old man, who was travelling Australia’s east coast in a campervan, was arrested in Westmead, in Sydney’s west, on Friday after arriving from Cairns.

Police allege that last week he began talking online to a person who he thought was a 13-year-old girl living in Sydney.

He engaged in “sexually-explicit conversations with the child,” police said in a statement.

“The mantold the child he was driving down the coast from Cairns and made arrangements to meet when he arrived in Sydney.”

However, the ‘girl’ was actually an undercover police officerfrom theNSW Police’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit.

The man was met with detectives when he arrived in Westmeadshortly after 11am on Friday.

Officers conducted a search of a campervanand seized a number of items for forensic examination including an iPad and iPhone.

Police seized a phone and computer belonging to the man. Photo: NSW Police

Police released photos of the van showing a makeshift bed set up in the back.

The man is expected to appear in Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday on charges of usinga carriage service to procure persons under 16.

Members of the Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) speak to the man. Photo: NSW Police

Sex Crimes Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Linda Howlett, said yesterday’s arrest is a timely reminder for parents and carers to speak with young people about the dangers of talking to strangers online.

“While the online environment allows us to be better connected with people we know, it also provides opportunity for people we don’t know to connect with us – and this includes strangers talking to our children,” she said.

She said it is common for young people to feel uncomfortable reporting inappropriate conversations.

“I urge parents to make sure they let their children know they don’t need to be embarrassed or upset – no one will judge you,” she said.

She said young people should becareful about providing personal details to someone they only know online and take extreme caution if making plans to meet up.

Knights stun Eels to bury away-game hoodoo

YOU BEAUTY: Dane Gagai congratulates Mitch Barnett after his early try. Picture: AAPNEWCASTLE ended an away-game losing run dating back almost two years and climbed out of the NRL cellar with a stunning 29-10boilover against Parramatta at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.
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The Knights last won on the road in Melbourne on August 24, 2015, and had endured a 23-game losing streak in enemy territory.

Yet they dominated the fifth-placed Eels from the opening exchanges to claim their third successive win and biggest scalp since Nathan Brown was appointed coach at the end of the 2015 season.

The upset triumphlifted Newcastle to five wins, equal with Wests Tigers, who host Manly at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

The two teams have equal differentials of minus-181 points, but the Knights have scored more points (370 to 323) and have hence, temporarily at least, climbed off the bottom.

Newcastle have now beaten St George Illawarra, the Warriors and Eels in successive weeks.

For the 12thtime this season, Newcastle led at half-time. Of the previous 11 half-time leads, only three led to wins.

Former Eels winger Ken Sio opened the scoring against his old club in the sixth minute when quick hands gave him a yard of space on the left edge.

Two minutes later, lock Mitch Barnett scored his third try in two games after combining with Brock Lamb and Dane Gagai.

Halfback Trent Hodkinson converted both tries.

Ten minutes later, turbo-charged Eels centre Michael Jennings burst through some flimsy defence to score a runaway try.

On the last play of the first half, Parramatta hoisted a bomb and it ended in the hands of fullback Will Smith, a former Knights lower-grader, who strolled over.

Tempers flared at this point and a host of players from both teams became embroiled in a melee.

Smith went from Parramatta hero to villain 14 minutes into the second half when he was sin-binned for a professional foul.

Within a minute, Newcastle extended their lead when Lamb laid on a try for back-rower Lachlan Fitzgibbon.

Six minutes later, the Maitland-born five-eighth stepped his way through Parramatta’s goal-line defence for his third try in as many games.

Hodkinson’s goal made it 24-10 to the visitors with 20 minutes to play.

Sio’s second try, a spectacular one-handed, diving effort, took the result beyond doubt.

Lamb capped another fine all-round game with 78th-minute field goal.

How to make sure your marriage vote is counted

Confused about the postal vote on same-sex marriage? Here’s some of the big questions about the survey and the answers you need to make sure your vote is counted.
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Who will oversee the postal survey?The Australian Bureau of Statistics will be responsible for polling the country on whether the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry.

Who will be able to vote?The voluntary survey will cover all Australians on the electoral roll.

You are eligible to enrol if you:

are an Australian citizen, oreligible British subject,aged 18 years and over, andhave lived at your address for at least one month.If you are an Australian living overseas, you must have registered an international address to participate in the postal vote.

You can enrol to vote, or change your personal details, by visiting the Australian Electoral Commission website.

Approx 68,000 enrolment transactions received yesterday compared to an average daily intake of 4,000. Majority address updates #auspol

— AEC (@AusElectoralCom) August 11, 2017When must I be on the electoralroll to take part in the vote?You must be registered before 6pm on August 24 to participate.

When will I get to vote?Your ballot papers could arrive as early as September 12.

For your vote to be counted, you have until November 7 to post it back. A result would be returned by November 15.

Read more: Same-sex couples talk marriage equality

Is voting compulsory?Unlike at elections, where you are legally obliged to vote, you are not required to participate in the marriage survey.

What happens next?A majority of votes in favour of same-sex marriage is not enough to legislate it.

If the postal survey finds more than half of participants in favour, then MPs would be granted a free vote on a same-sex marriage bill. It is expected such a bill would pass both houses or parliament and become law.

But one of the controversial parts of the postal vote is that MPs will not be bound to vote according to its result.

Read more:Bishop calls for respectful debate

Several MPs have already indicated they would still vote against same-sex marriage even if a majority “yes” vote was returned.

Others have said they will respect the will of the majority of Australians.

If the people vote “no” in the postal ballot, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has indicated no bill would be put before the parliament.

‘I’m so sorry I couldn’t help’

‘I’m so sorry I couldn’t help’ TRIBUTE: Carolyn Young’s message to the late man, left at the scene of the collision.
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Police on the scene

ASSISTANCE: Carolyn Young, pictured with paramedics at the scene of the crash in the Chiltern Valley on Thursday, tried in vain to rescue the car crash victim from his vehicle.

TweetFacebookA GOOD Samaritan who tried in vain to save a person from a burning car wreck has written a heartfelt tribute to the late man.

TRIBUTE: Carolyn Young’s message to the late man, left at the scene of the collision.

Despite her efforts at the crash scene on Thursday, Carolyn Young wishes there was more she could have done to help him in his final moments.

“I don’t know your name, but I was beside you at the end,” she wrote on a card, which she placed on the side of the Chiltern Valley Road with flowers on Friday.

“You weren’t alone but I couldn’t help you.

ASSISTANCE: Carolyn Young, pictured with paramedics at the scene of the crash in the Chiltern Valley on Thursday, tried in vain to rescue the car crash victim from his vehicle.

“I’m so sorry.”

The man, who has not yet been formally identified, died at the scene after crashing his vehicle into a tree about about 3.15pm.

The car rolled and the driver was trapped as fuel leaked from the vehicle.

Ms Young touched the man and spoke to him, and tried to comfort him, but had to be dragged back by another person as the flames took hold of the car.

“I thought it was someone’s son, or father, or brother,” she said.

Police on the scene

“I just did what I could to help.

“At the time I felt so helpless that I couldn’t do anything, even though Itried.

“I’d like to think someone would do the same for me if they were first on the scene.”

Ms Young travelled into town to buy flowers and the card and placed them on the tree the vehicle struck.

Debris from the vehicle was strewn through the area.

She said there had been an “explosion” when the vehicle crashed, followed by a plume of dust.

Ms Young did not get a reaction from the victim after the crash, and hopes he was unconscious or had already passed away when the fire took hold.

“It was like a bomb going off,” she said.

“At least I tried to help.”

The road was closed for several hours after the collision.

People have paid tribute to the man online.

“So sad to hearthis,” onefriend said.

“You were taken too soon.”

Another friend said he was “gone but never forgotten”.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.

The driver’s vehicle appeared to have traveled into dirt on the wrong side of the road before veering back towards the left and hitting the large tree.

The fire burnt for between 20 minutes and half-an-hour before firefighters could extinguish the flames.

Police will prepare abrief for the coroner.

One Nation candidate for Logan was a Hells Angel

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation candidate for Logan, Scott Bannan. Photo: Joshua PatersonOne Nation has preselected a former Hells Angel bikieto contest the seat of Logan in the upcoming Queensland state election.
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Scott Bannan, who wasalso a former world kickboxing champion, was amember of the outlaw motorcycle club 10 years ago.

The Queensland leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, Steve Dickson, told ABC radio Mr Bannan had been upfront about his history.

“He’s one of those top blokes and he came clean straight away,” Mr Dickson said.

“He’s never been charged with anything.The guy’s as straight as the days come.”

Mr Dickson said he had confidence in the “family man”, who had “huge businesses” in the Logan area.

“I think the Labor candidate is absolutely terrified he’s running,” Mr Dickson said.

Mr Dickson toldFairfax Media Mr Bannan’sHells Angels membership was “old news”.

“Thorough background checks are conducted on all candidates to ensure they have no criminal record,” he said in a statement.

“Scott is an upstanding member of his community. He is family man who runs a successful local business and he would make an outstanding representative for the people of Logan.”

Mr Bannan was announced as the One Nation candidate for Logan in June.

He told Fairfax Media’sJimboomba Timeshis lack of political experience was a boon for locals.

“The fact is I’m from the real world, I’m not a career politician, I’ve had to juggle bills, support my family with my bare hands,” he said.

Speaking about his year-long membership in the Hells Angels, Mr Bannan said he was not concerned it would affect his chances at the polls.

“I understand that some think just because you were in a club you’re a criminal; I have no criminal record and zero criminal history,” he said.

“I’ve been warned about how nasty the other two main parties get digging up anything they can find, my mates are all having bets on what headlines they can come up with, but I’m a big boy, I can handle it.”

When asked about Mr Bannan’sbikie link, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said voters would probably disapprove.

“You’d have to ask them (One Nation)but I don’t think the public down there would find that acceptable,” she said.

Opposition leader Tim Nicholls said voters should not vote for any One Nation candidate.

“I’ll leave that up to the voters of Logan,” he said.

“I’ll simply say in relation to One Nation, if you vote for One Nation you’re simply going to get a Labor party government that is going to do nothing for the next three years all over again.”

Compulsory preferential voting will be in place at the next state election and there has been no indication One Nation will direct preferences to the Labor government.

– with AAP