Thursday's news in 5 minutes.

1. Father who gave newborn OxyContin to stop her crying released from prison after just 17 days.

A 22-year-old Queensland man who almost killed his newborn daughter by feeding her OxyContin to stop her from crying has been released from prison after just 17 days.

The man gave his newborn daughter the “hillbilly heroin” to make her sleep by crushing up the drugs and mixing them with water.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reports that the man then googled: “Is OxyContin dangerous to babies?”

He later called an ambulance after the baby girl became sick.

Judge David Kent described the incident as a “nutty experiment.”

“What else could you expect? It’s pretty basic,” he said. “He (later) did a Google search ‘is OxyContin dangerous to babies? It revealed to him, yes it is’,” he said.

“He doesn’t have to be smart — Google is smart for him.”

Judge Kent said he considered the 17 days spent in custody immediately after his admission of guilt as time served.

The man was sentenced to three years in prison but walked free from court on probation yesterday.

2. Dreamworld to reopen tomorrow, three days after the death of four people.

Dreamworld will open its doors tomorrow just three days after four adults were killed, and two children miraculously survived a malfunctioning ride.

In a statement the company said only smaller rides will operate and the proceeds will go towards charity.

“Park safety is our priority. Dreamworld would like to assure the public and our guests that at the time of the incident the park was fully compliant with all required safety certifications,” the company said.

Lawyers have said the park owners could face substantial negligence claims and employees who may have been responsible could be sentenced to up to five years behind bars. It has been revealed that the employee operating the ride’s emergency stop switch was an 18-year-old woman on her first day on the job.

Two women – 42-year-old Cindy Low and 32-year-old Kate Goodchild – died in Tuesday’s accident along with Ms Goodchild’s brother Luke Dorsett, 35, and his partner Roozbeh Araghi, 38, when a raft they were in on the Thunder River Rapids ride flipped backwards.

A private ceremony will also be held on Friday for staff, friends and emergency services involved in the accident.

“In support of the guests and staff present at the time, we have established a program of grief counselling with Queensland Health and the Australian Red Cross,” Ardent Leisure said.

Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph reports that ten people have filed Supreme and District court personal injury and damages claims against the owner of Dreamworld and White Water World since 2010.

3.  Man who choked and bashed his partner so savagely she suffered 46 injuries avoids jail time.

The man has avoided jail time.

The Canberra Times reports the former public servant inflicted multiple bruises, abrasions and lacerations to the woman's face, head, back, chest and arms in the domestic violence attack. The court heard that  photographs of her injured body "painted an horrific picture".


The man called police after assaulting his partner following a night where they drank alcohol and smoked marijuana.

He lifted her head and slammed it into the ground as he choked her - while beating her.

Now according to the court, the pair have reconciled and the woman was in court to support the offender.

Chief Justice Murrell said the offence was "mid range" and noted the offender's remorse.

He was sentenced to two years' imprisonment, to be fully suspended upon entering a three-year good behaviour order. he will serve no jail time.

4. Five-year-old boy with liver disease treated in public lounge of $1.5 billion hospital.

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A mother has posted a Facebook image of her five-year-old son who has end-stage liver disease being treated in a public lounge in the $1.5 billion Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

Coen Osbaldiston was at the hospital for admission to receive his life saving medication when he was placed in the parents’ lounge for treatment.

His mum Melinda wrote on Facebook with a photo of her son, who will need a liver transplant to save his life, “Another admission where we end up admitted to the parents’ lounge. Even after the cannula has been placed. Never would have thought this could happen more than once.”

The Courier Mail reports that a Children’s Health Queensland spokesman said Coen was moved into the public lounge by his parents.

“Children’s Health Queensland can confirm that Coen was booked for his routine treatment on Wednesday,” the spokesperson said.

His treatment commenced within an hour of his admission at the hospital in a ward treatment room, which is a clinical area.

“It was the family’s decision for Coen to leave the treatment room, and the parents escorted their son to the parents’ lounge in the ward.”

5. Child dies after being hospitalised during gastro outbreak.

A child has died after being hospitalised during a gastro outbreak at a Sydney child care centre. The child was one of seven to contract gastro at the centre and one of five to be hospitalised.

NSW health authorities say the death doesn't appear to be related to the illness at this stage.

The centre Little Zak’s in Artarmon released a statement saying:

"Our directors have been in contact with the family of the child to convey our sincerest thoughts and condolences and to offer any support we can.

“Please be assured our Artarmon Centre is fully accredited and compliant with all health and regulatory requirements, and we endeavour at all times to operate to the highest standards of care and hygiene."

Two of the children remain in hospital, while two others have recovered and been sent home.

Health authorities are working on finding the cause of the child's death.

6. Qantas pilots to face strict uniform rules.

Qantas pilots are reportedly angry over strict new guidelines about the uniform standards they need to meet to uphold their "image as a trusted, experienced ambassador of the Qantas brand".


Handlebar moustaches, backpacks and chewing gum have been put on the banned list, while pilots have been told to wear their jackets more often such as when travelling to their aircraft unless it is more than 27 degrees or they are at airports in the tropics.

"If full uniform [is] not worn, you should not be recognisable as a Qantas pilot [when travelling to or from work]," the guidelines state.

Fairfax Media reports that pilots though have been critical of the uniform rules, including their white hat.

"The white cap is supposed to take us back to the days of flying boats but it's 2016, not the 1940s. We don't fly flying boats, we fly aeroplanes," one pilot said.

The rules state pilots must never "use a backpack or rucksack when in uniform", "chew gum or drink alcohol in uniform" or "smoke when in uniform in view of the public". They must also button up their uniform jacket and wear their hats when walking through an airport terminal.

Earrings are allowed to be worn only by female pilots, but they "should be plain round pearl, silver, gold or diamond studs".

Hair length "that falls onto eyebrows or shirt collar is not acceptable", and beards are not permitted while "sideburns should be below your earlobe in length".

Female pilots hair should not fall past their shoulder, and their fringe "should be kept above the eyes".

"Brightly coloured or sparkly eyeshadow should not be worn."

7. Sunrise to take Today show to court over “win” claims.

The Seven network has launched a legal challenge against Channel Nine court over the Today show’s claim to be “Australia’s number one” breakfast TV show.

Seven says that Nine may have posted more weekly wins in the five-city markets but Sunrise has continued dominance in average audience figures for metro markets and regional viewers.

Mumbrella reports that on those figures Sunrise continues to lead Today by about 80,000 viewers - 545,000 to 475,000 people.

8. Study finds women do not feel safe walking home alone at night.

A major study by the Community Council for Australia has found that more than half of Australian women surveyed said they did not feel safe walking alone at night — well below the OECD average of 60.6 per cent.

In comparison nearly 80 per cent of Australian men said they felt safe walking home.

Council chair Tim Costello told the ABC said this highlighted an important relationship between men and women.

He said that it should prompt discussion about the causes of why women felt unsafe and vulnerable when they were alone.

"We men actually have to have a conversation about why our wives and partners and daughters are actually feeling that," he said.

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