News Wrap: Qld police grilled, Twitter sued, kids fat

News Wrap: No honeymoon for Qld Police at Watson trial

Our kids are losing the battle of the bulge, Rudd still avoiding the big questions and Twitter legal action begins.

The future is not so pretty for Queensland’s overweight kids

Queensland parents are being urged to take action to prevent an obesity epidemic among the state’s children.

The State Government’s Child Health Status 2011 has found the state’s youth are getting fatter, exercising less, eating fewer vegetables and spending much more time playing computer games and watching TV.

Queensland Health’s executive director of preventative health Kevin Lambkin said the findings were of “real concern”. The Courier-Mail

Australian police face a grilling in US court

Townsville police interviewed every person on both dive boats linked to the mysterious death of Tina Thomas and located no divers Gabe Watson claimed he approached as he sought help for his drowning bride. That was the testimony presented by Queensland detective Senior Constable Kevin Gehringer yesterday to a jury of eight women and six men in Watson’s murder for insurance money trial in Alabama.

Watson, 34, was dubbed the “honeymoon killer” after the death on the SS Yongala in 2003. The Courier-Mail.

Rudd avoids PM suggestions as he continues to campaign against Campbell

Kevin Rudd will do little to quell leadership talk today with another appearance on the Queensland state election campaign trail. But the event will also be personal.

The former prime minister will visit the pivotal seat of Ashgrove, held by Labor’s Kate Jones. It is being sought by the Liberal-National Party Opposition Leader, Campbell Newman. Then Mr Rudd will address an assembly at Marist College Ashgrove, where he was sent as a boarder mid-way through 1969 after his father died. Sydney Morning Herald

Tax office to crack down on dodgy agents

Tens of thousands of tradespeople across the country could soon face tax audits after the Australian Taxation Office launched its biggest-ever crackdown on accountants and tax agents operating in the cash economy.

Official ATO documents reveal the tax office has compiled a hit list of 1000 “higher risk” tax agents who are suspected of submitting false tax returns on behalf of their clients. The Daily Telegraph

Twitter is being sued for defamation for the first time under Australian law.

Joshua Meggitt, the Melbourne man wrongly named by writer and television identity Marieke Hardy as the author of a hate blog dedicated to her, is now suing Twitter. Sydney Morning Herald