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The Queensland Police Service is currently making inquiries in relation to allegations that have been raised to the police handling of an investigation where a cyclist was injured on Kingsford Smith Drive," police said in a statement. Those allegations have been forwarded to the Ethical Standards Command and this matter is now the subject of an internal inquiry." Mr Cowled has been told it may take a year for him to recover full mobility, and there is a chance he will need a hip replacement. Six weeks later, he is still taking strong medication to manage constant pain.

The incident has come at a time when cycling advocacy organisations are campaigning for states to adopt laws that enforce a minimum distance for cars passing bicycles. After months of public hearings and requests for submissions, a government inquiry into cycling in Queensland was completed last week. It is due to deliver its findings on November 29. The inquiry follows a court case over the death of Mr Pollett, a virtuoso violinist, who was run over by a truck while cycling on Brisbane's Moggill Road in September 2011. In May this year, a jury found the truck driver was not guilty of any offence under the available laws.

The former Bligh government feared suing IBM over the Queensland Health payroll woes, citing “poor or inadequate project record keeping” and the IT giant’s ability to highlight problems with the state’s management of the project. Previously secret cabinet documents provide an insight into the dispute that escalated between IBM and the former Labor government after the new health payroll system was switched live in 2010 and failed to pay employees correctly. The debacle ended up costing hundreds of millions of dollars to fix. The document said the scope of the contract was a significant area of ongoing contractual dispute between IBM and the state government.

The 18 lengthy documents – tabled in Parliament by Labor Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk on Wednesday following intense political pressure from the Newman government – will take time to examine. However, one document, dated July 22, 2010, shows how the Bligh government’s Cabinet Budget Review Committee decided it would be best to try to negotiate a settlement with IBM amid ongoing problems with the new system several months after it went live. The negotiation talks were to be limited to six weeks. Public Works and ICT Minister Robert Schwarten’s submission said the contract was signed on December 5, 2007, to deliver a replacement for Queensland Health’s old LATTICE payroll system.

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