Thursday, 12 May, 2022

Queensland goes under again; Canada’s loo-lurking politician; bye-bye Apple Ipod; and the Kings beat the JackJumpers.




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And the rains have returned to Queensland …  barely three months since the state went underwater in the February floods, the Sunshine State is once again the sodden state as the heavens opened again.

The far north of Queensland copped the brunt of the wet weather yesterday with the capital Brisbane, and the highly-populated south east corner of the state expected to be smashed today. 

Townsville – which is renowned for its sunny weather and tropical climate – copped more than 230 mm of rain in a six hour period – which is a lot. Farmers in the west of the state were cheering the heavy falls there, as the Burdekin River in Charters Towers continued to rise. 

But it was Brissie and the Gold Coast that were on high alert last night with the clouds settling in and heavy falls starting to cause flash flooding. Winds were so strong on the Gold Coast that boats were torn from their moorings and smashed against rocks. 

Weather experts say because the ground is still saturated from February’s devastating rain bomb, the threat of flash flooding is greater than usual.

You know the drill Queensland Squiz Kids … stay safe out there.  



Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops .. and today we’ve landed in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada … where a politician has gotten in trouble for taking part in a parliamentary debate while sitting on the loo.

Now, if you’re anything like my teenage son, you maybe like to dawdle while you’re on the throne … hey – sitting down is comfortable, I get it. But if you were a member of parliament and you were on a Zoom call taking part in official government business, would it be such a good idea to take your phone into the toilet with you for all to see? 

Probs not. 

This latest Canadian loo fiasco follows another Zoom incident last year when a politician was sprung in his undies while taking part in a video conference call. Less multi-tasking, more focussing on the job at hand, people!




A fairytale ending was not to be for the Tasmanian JackJumpers after they last night lost the NBL championship to the Sydney Kings.

The Tassie underdogs caused much excitement at the end of last week after they made the finals playoffs in this their first ever season in the national basketball league. 

The two teams were evenly matched in the third game of the playoffs last night in Sydney – up until the final quarter that is, when the Kings pulled ahead, taking out the game 97 points to 88.

In front of a record home crowd in Sydney, the Kings proved too strong – wrapping a three match clean sweep – and ending a 17 year championshp drought. 

And while the JackJumpers didn’t go home with the trophy – they can hold their heads high and will no doubt be welcomed back to the Apple isle as champions nonetheless.   




Hands up if you like music? Yeah, of course you do! Maybe you’re even one of the hundreds of millions of people who listen to music on an iPod. Back in 2001, when they were first released, iPods were a REALLY big deal. Before then, old folks like me who wanted to listen to music on the go used something called a Walkman, which played something called a cassette tape, or a Discman, which spun tunes off a compact disc. Both of those technologies only let you listen to one album at a time… so the iPod was revolutionary, because, as its advertising slogan said, you could carry 1,000 songs in your pocket. Music industry experts agree that the iPod transformed the way that we listen to music. Over the last 21 years, the technology giant Apple has sold 450 million iPods… but ever since the iPhone was invented—more and more people have been getting their music on their phone – and more people are streaming. Sales of the iPods have dropped, and yesterday, Apple officially announced the end of the iPod era. Farewell, little fellas. You served us well. 



It’s Thursday – and that means the next episode of our special four-part series, The Sensational World of Civics drops today. 

The subject of today’s episode? What happens in Parliament? 

Ever wondered what our politicians do all day inside that big building in Canberra you see on the telly every night? Now’s your chance to find out. 

How are laws made? What’s the difference between he House of Reps and the Senate? WHat is a bill and why does it have nothing to do with a platypus or a duck?

All of these pressing questions are answered in this week’s excellent episode – which will play immediately after this if you’re listening on an app – or is otherwise available on our website:

Brought to you in association with our friends at the Museum of Australian Democracy in Canberra – it’s a fun, informative romp through the political system that reaches into all of our lives. 

And – with a federal election on the near horizon – it couldn’t be more timely.

So don’t just sit there … get listening! 


This is the part of the podcast where you get to test how well you’ve been listening …

1. Which Australian state is currently copping a drenching with record rainfalls and more flash flooding?

  1. In which country did a politician try to do a video call from the loo?
  2. What’s the name of the Apple music device whose manufacture will be stopped? 




It’s May 12 .. hey – it’s my dad’s birthday! Happy Birthday Peter Corbett! Better get cracking and organise a prezzie … 

It’s also a special day for these Squiz Kids celebrating a birthday today … 

Zoe from Fairfield, Jack from the Gold Coast, Jonathan from Wheelers Hill, Vahin from Oran Park Public School and Quandale from Tooradin.

And belated birthday wishes go to… Freddie from Taringa and Archer from Adelaide. 

Classroom shout outs go to…class BM6 at Labrador State School, class 6E and Mrs Benson at Musgrave Hill State School, class 6C and Miss Curties at Cherrybrook Public School and lastly a shout to all of year 3 and year 5 at Ivanhoe Primary School  – your teachers wish you the best of luck with your NAPLAN assessments this week. 


The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. Queensland
  2. Canada
  3. Ipod