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Customs: Eight arrested

Customs 4BC Drive: Eight people, including customs and quarantine officials, have now been arrested as officials escalate a two-year corruption investigation in drug ring putting major question marks over our border security.

Red Cross' Christmas

IntSolomons1 4BC Drive: This Christmas, let's remember those Aussies who won't be at home for Christmas, the Red Cross Aid volunteers who are working in third world countries. Tim McInerny is a Red Cross Aid working in the Solomons.

Lord Mayor: City Hall restored

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk 4BC Drive: Lord Mayor Graham Quirk joins Gary Hardgrave for the last time in 2012, to talk everything Brisbane, from the restoration of City Hall to public transport hours over Christmas and New Years.

Taxing Tinkler

4BC Drive: The tax office has moved on Nathan Tinkler's Hunter Sports Group, Newcastle Knights Pty Ltd and Newcastle Jets Pty Ltd and is seeking to have them wound up over $2.7m worth of unpaid debts.

Gen Y Panel: Merry Christmas

Generation Y panel 4BC Drive: Gary Hardgrave's Gen Y Panel meets again in studio for the final time in 2012 to discuss everything from Schoolies, Christmas greetings and their assessment of the performance of our leaders- both State and Federal.

50 years of The Seekers

The Seekers 4BC Drive: Legendary Australian band The Seekers, are celebrating their 50th anniversary in the music industry. Judith Durham and Athol Guy join Gary Hardgrave to share some of their career highlights.

Dogs driving cars

dog 4BC Breakfast: "Rough" time on the roads? Let a dog do the driving. In New Zealand, dogs are being taught to drive - and they do amazingly well, even using the gearstick! Chris Kalin from the Auckland SPCA explains why.

Qld health job cut details

springborg-thumb 4BC Drive: Following up on yesterday's discussion on Qld Health job cuts, State Health Minister Lawrence Springborg speaks to Gary Hardgrave to clear up confusion over what positions are being cut.

Coffin loo pronounced dead

Coffin toilet 4BC Drive: Pat Renolds, President of the Millaa Millaa Chamber of Commerce catches up with Gary Hardgrave after it was announced that the community's iconic coffin shaped toilet would be getting the boot.

GP's covering cancer costs

GPs 4BC Drive: Gold Coast General Practioner, Dr Sonu Haikerwal claims many GPs are paying private medical bills for patients they believe may have cancer, so they don't have to suffer on hospital waiting lists.

Dogs pass driving tests

dog 4BC Breakfast: The dogs that were learning to drive in New Zealand have now passed their tests. Peter and Mary from 4BC Breakfast catch up with Chris Kalin from the SPCA Auckland.

Tim Fischer: time for Obama to lead

Tim Fischer 4BC Drive: Former Deputy Prime Minister to John Howard, Tim Fischer, joins Gary Hardgrave to discuss the tragic Connecticut school shooting and how many are using the Howard Government's banning of guns in 1996 as an example.

Racial tension in Logan

Logan teen Jordan Matehaere Tukaki 4BC Drive: Racial tension has been blamed for the hit and run death of Logan teen Jordan Matehaere Tukaki on Saturday night. Federal Member for Woodridge, Desley Scott, joins Gary Hardgrave.

Facial surgeon wants a day off

Fighting 4BC Drive: Renowned Maxillofacial Surgeon Dr Anthony Lyntham says his diary is packed on Mondays and Tuesdays with reconstructive facial surgery appointments as a result of alcohol related violence after each weekend.

St Thomas More mourns

schoolies 4BC Drive: Sunnybank teen, Harrison Kadell, has died while on a Schoolies trip in Fiji, drowning in a resort pool while allegedly attempting a "breathing game". Principal of St Thomas More College, Peter Elmore, joins Gary Hardgrave.

Qld health: you're fired

610279627 4BC Drive: United Voice spokesperson, Sharon Caddie, joins Gary Hardgrave to comment on the latest round of Queensland Health job cuts, affecting hundreds of permanent, full time, front line staff just weeks out from Christmas.

Insecure workforce

Positions Vacant 4BC Drive: Australia's workforce is filled with more casual workers than ever before. Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens Party Adam Bandt has proposed a bill that would tackle insecure working conditions.

Defence flies Sri Lankans home

111955656 4BC Drive: Shadow Defence Spokesperson Stuart Robert is angered by the Federal Government who are using money from the national defence budget to fly Sri Lankan asylum seekers back home.

Australian company out-sauces

Rosella 4BC Drive: Rosella is the latest home grown product to go into receivership. Ausbuy CEO Lynne Wilkinson joins Gary Hardgrave to discuss the ups and downs of one of the countries most enduring brands.

Interviewing the Morcombes

0612_daniel 4BC Drive: On the eve of Daniel Morcombe's funeral, A Current Affair Host Tracy Grimshaw sat down with Bruce and Denise to talk about the nine year journey that has lead to them finally being able to lay their boy to rest.

Work in Antarctica

antarctic-icew 4BC Drive: Looking for a job and want to get out of the heat? The Australian Antarctic Division want you! They're on the look out for everything from plumbers to doctors who can come and work in Antarctica for six months in 2013.

Dinosaurs: not good for golf

Clive dinosaur 4BC Drive: The Australian PGA is looking for a new home as a result of a deteriorating relation with Clive Palmer's Hyatt Coolum Resort. SCRC Councillor Russell Green believes the life-size dinosaurs wouldn't help.

Daniel Morcombe rests in peace

morcombe 4BC Drive: Thousands of people - most of them who never met Daniel - attended the funeral to honour the former Siena Catholic College student in the grounds where he once played.

Roger Glover of Deep Purple

Deep Purple 4BC Drive: Founding member of Deep Purple and the man behind one of the world's most famous riffs, Roger Glover joins Gary Hardgrave for an indepth interview on their career spanning 40 years and the story of their biggest hit.

Council takes over Southbank

Southbank 4BC Drive: Lord Mayor Graham Quirk speaks to Gary Hardgrave after the State Government handed control of Southbank back to Brisbane City Council. Lord Mayor Quirk says this won't come at a cost to ratepayers.

Cigarettes wrapped up

Packaging laws 4BC Drive: Anthony Do Rozario is the General Manager of Box Wraps, the new company based at Yatala that sells colourful stickers for plain cigarette packaging at $8.75 for a pack of 6.

The ethics of a front page

Courier Mail 4BC Drive: The Courier Mail has printed a photo of a prominent female athlete on their front cover who was unknowingly snapped talking on her mobile phone while driving. Criminal lawyer Terry O'Gorman joins Gary Hardgrave.

Australian Defence data stolen

Data 4BC Drive: It took just three minutes for a lone hacker to steal the personal details of thousands of Australian military staff in an attack he conducted "for fun". It is one of the worst known cyber attacks on a government organisation.

Apple Maps lost in Brisbane

Mildura Maps 4BC Drive: Victoria Police say a glitch in Apple's new iPhone mapping system is putting lives at risk by sending motorists into isolated parkland.

Taxing Tinkler

Nathan Tinkler 4BC Drive: The tax office has moved on Nathan Tinkler's Hunter Sports Group, Newcastle Knights Pty Ltd and Newcastle Jets Pty Ltd and is seeking to have them wound up over $2.7m worth of unpaid debts.

Well protected burger chain

Burger Urge 4BC Drive: A Brisbane burger chain has divided the public with their latest marketing campaign, sending out condom packets to customers bearing the slogan "get intimate with our new premium beef".

Voluntary school fees: rort

<p> 4BC Drive: Mother of three Rose Mottola feels the school she is sending her children to is discriminating against her because she can't afford to pay a 'voluntary fee' for extra resources and excursions.

Supertramp's Roger Hodgson

Roger-Hodgson-and-Band 4BC Drive: Founding member and voice of legendary British rock band Supertramp Roger Hodgson joins Gary Hardgrave for an in depth interview on the band's worldwide success thanks to a string of hits.

Refugees poorly accommodated

Brisbane refugee 4BC Drive: Stuart Crow is a local business owner in Milton who came to work this week to find 30-40 refugees camped on his premises with little to no warning. Crow is told they have been placed there by the Multiucultural Development Association.

Metcash competes with Costco

Metcash 4BC Drive: Australian company Metcash is going head to head with U.S retail giant Costco by opening a discount warehouse in Brisbane's Eagle Farm. Divisional Manager, Neil Simpson, joins Gary Hardgrave ahead of the grand opening.

Thanks, but no tanks

Water tank 4BC Drive: The Newman state government has dropped the mandate for water tanks and energy saving measures on new homes built in Queensland, with Housing Minister Tim Mander arguing the move will save around $5000 for new home buyers.

Compensation for sex injury

Bra on unmade bed 4BC Drive: After a 5 year legal battle, a female public servant has won compensation for a sex injury sustained on a work trip. The court said the injury was "no different to one sustained during a game of cards".

No blood from Hardgrave

Mobile blood bank 4BC Drive: This time of year, the Australian Red Cross is appealing for blood donations more than ever, with over 27,000 donations needed each week. Gary Hardgrave was ready to donate on air but found out he couldn't. Find out why.

Translink extends to the bay

South Moreton Island Ferry 4BC Drive: Redland City Council has made a landmark agreement with Translink to make public transport far more affordable for Southern Moreton Bay Islanders who use water taxis, buses and trains.

Julia Gillard: zombie fighter

Apocalypse Gillard 4BC Drive: Prime Minister Julia Gillard has recorded a video for national broadcaster, Triple J, as part of their "end of the world" celebrations. Gillard is relieved that she won't have to do Q&A again.

Bruce Highway: $800M boost

Bruce Highway 4BC Drive: An infamous stretch of the Bruce Highway will receive an $800m boost, with an extra 13km of highway to be built to improve safety and travel times for the 20,000 drivers who use the road every day.

Unattended aged care

aged care 4BC Drive: A recent audit has revealed that a Gold Coast nursing home has been left unattended for 10.5 hours a day from 8pm-6:30am- but is the issue of understaffed aged care facilities widespread throughout South East Queensland?

We wish you an 'appy Christmas

Top 10 Christmas Smartphone Apps 4BC Drive: 4BC Tech guru Josh Withers joins Gary Hardgrave with the funniest, craziest and kookiest mobile phone apps for Christmas, including a Santa Tracker that monitors the world's airspace for Santa's sleigh.

All Saints: 20 OP1s

All Saints 4BC Drive: A Gold Coast private school has set a new record for the most amount of OP1 students in one year, with 20 students earning the highest results possible, accounting for 5% of the state's total OP1 students.

Mark Dreyfus QC on Brough

Mark Dreyfus 4BC Drive: Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called on opposition leader Tony Abbott to "come clean" about the Peter Slipper saga and the involvement of former liberal MP Mal Brough in the James Ashby sexual harassment case.

Questioning Jesus' sexuality

Buddy Christ 4BC Drive: An Anglican church in Auckland has caused uproar after posting a Christmas billboard that questions Jesus' sexuality. St Matthew-in-the-City's Church is familiar with controversy, openly supporting gay marriage earlier this year.

App: Paul Keating insults

Paul Keating iPhone insults app 4BC Drive: Dan Nolan, inventor of the Paul Keating Insult App joins Gary Hardgrave on his latest invention, an iPhone app that helps you tweet insults made famous by Australia's 24th Prime Minister. Listen now and join the conversation.

Asylum seekers: $375M redirected

Asylum seekers 4BC Drive: The Federal Government has announced it will be redirecting $375m worth of foreign aid money towards asylum seekers, angering many in the community who feel it is a way of "robbing Peter to pay Paul".

Longer trading hours for SEQ?

Retail 4BC Drive: Some larger retailers around South East Queensland are again pushing to axe trading hour restrictions, with a particular focus on extending Saturday trading hours across the region.

Manchester fans: united outrage

Manchester United game sold out 4BC Drive: 100,000 Manchester United fans flocked online at 9am Wednesday morning to get their hands on tickets to their friendly match against an all-star A League team in Sydney in 2013- with only 15,000 tickets available.

Bayar family disgust: Police

Crash - friends 4BC Drive: Belinda Bayar is the sister of Thomas Bayar, the sole survivor of a horrific road accident on the Pacific Highway, Coomera that took the lives of 5 teens earlier over the weekend.

Your "Ruddy" future

Kevin Rudd t-shirt 4BC Drive: It's day one of Prime Minister Julia Gillard's Christmas holidays and Kevin Rudd has taken to national television to announce the winner of his campaign t-shirt competition. Shane Marchewka from Melbourne designed the shirt.

Toy gun buy-back

Toy gun 4BC Drive: Two Adelaide mothers have come under fire for planning a Facebook event that encourages parents to "buy back" their kids' toy guns for $5 a toy, following the tragic elementary school massacre in Connecticut over the weekend.

Apple Maps loses Mildura

Mildura Maps 4BC Drive: Victoria Police say Apple's new iPhone mapping system is putting lives at risk by sending motorists into isolated parkland. Over the past month, officers have had to rescue five motorists.

End of the world gadgets

AR-Drone 4BC Afternoons: Tech guy, Joshua Withers joins Moyd and Loretta with gadgets to stockpile to prepare for the end of the world and news on the Instagram privacy invasion.

Campese questions female voice

campo 4BC Drive: Wallabies legend David Campese has been slammed by current and former players for questioning whether a female newspaper journalist should write about rugby, referring to Fairfax journalist Georgina Robinson.

Funding to see the light

Eye-thumb 4BC Drive: Scientists are facing a $2m shortfall in funding for the world first bionic eye project. Professor Anthony Burkitt, Director of Bionic Vision Australia explains to Gary Hardgrave how the eye will work and what is needed to get it over the line.

Chefs cooking over parking

parking meter 4BC Drive: Brisbane restaurateurs are up in arms after Brisbane City Council last week announced metered parking across the CBD, South Bank and Fortitude Valley. Gary Hardgrave talks with local business owners about the permits.

Premier says sorry

Premier Cambell Newman spoke about the sale of Cannon Hill caravan park 4BC Drive: The Premier has apologised to the victims of forced adoptions. Premier Newman told parliament and a packed public gallery he is sorry for the lifelong pain and suffering caused by the forced removal of babies from their mothers.

Ban schoolies balconies

balcony 4BC Drive: Following endless debate about balcony safety at annual schoolies week, Greg Kafritsas, Manager of the Beachcomber Resort at Surfers Paradise has decided to lock balconies during next years celebrations. Listen now.

Australian defence abuse

army 4BC Drive: A leading military compensation lawyer has welcomed the Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith’s announcement of comprehensive measures to deal with allegations of sexual and other abuse.

The Red Frog Crew responds

Red Frogs Andy 4BC Drive: The saving grace of Schoolies, the Red Frog Crew, respond to the overnight tragedy on the Gold Coast. Founder, Andy Gourley, joins Gary Hardgrave and tells him what the Red Frog Crew is doing on the ground in Surfers Paradise.

Pay rise ballot: insensitive

Ballot 4BC Drive: Some public servants who lost their jobs have received ballot papers to vote on a pay rise for those employees who retained their job. President of the Together Union Alex Scott joins Gary Hardgrave, slamming the error.

Surplus may cost lives

686163059 4BC Drive: Chemotheraphy patients are the latest to fall victim to budget cuts, as the Federal Government attempts to save $40m. Shadow Minister Peter Dutton says that Swan's surplus should not come at the price of people's lives.

Racist Australia revealed

bus-rant 4BC Drive: Mike Nayna is the comedian who was on a Melbourne public bus and filmed racists abusing a French girl who was singing on the bus. Nayna joins Gary Hardgrave after posting the video of the abuse on Youtube.

Tyson: massive scam

Mike Tyson 4BC Drive: Gary Hardgrave follows up with Myles, a 4BC listener who attended the Mike Tyson Cocktail Party at the Convention Centre. Having paid over $300 a ticket, Myles calls the event a "massive scam."

Chicken manure useful

Chicken - Toilet 4BC Drive: David Bray, Development Manager for Cleveland Power joins Gary Hardgrave after it was announced that Redland City will start using chicken manure to deliver clean energy to the community.

Female Mo'bro

Losa Morrison 4BC Drive: Losa Morrison is one of the few women across the country participating in Movember, bravely growing facial hair to help support her father who suffers from mental illness.

Red Frogs found at Schoolies

Schoolies 2012 4BC Drive: Gary Hardgrave hit the streets of Surfer's Paradise with Red Frogs founder, Andy Gourley, following around Red Frog volunteers who have helped keep schoolies safe for the past fifteen years.

Macleay Is. mystery continues

Macleay Island 4BC Drive: Acting Detective Superintendent Geoff Sheldon speaks to Gary Hardgrave with the latest on the murder of Macleay Island grandmother Liselotte Watson, as locals are left to wonder if the killer is from their tightknit community.

Bob Carr: Schoolies travel warning

Bob Carr 4BC Drive: Foreign Minister Bob Carr joins Gary Hardgrave as more and more school leavers opt to travel overseas for their end of year celebrations. Minister Carr stresses the importance of being aware of foreign laws.

Schools ban ball games

Ball games at school 4BC Drive: Several Primary Schools in Northern Sydney have banned ball games and running in the playground as a result of overcrowding. Steph Croft says the overcrowding is so bad, next year extra classes will be held in the library.

Herbicide kills farmer

Paraquat 4BC Drive: Tragically, a longtime Darling Downs farmer, Howard Reck, has died after being sprayed by a highly toxic weedkiller, paraquat. Nine cameraman Peter Collins was at the scene as Mr Reck was being treated and joins Gary Hardgrave.

Leisel Jones retires

Leisel Jones 4BC Drive: Four time Olympian and much loved swimming champion Leisel Jones joins Gary Hardgrave as she announces her retirement from competitive swimming.

Supercell storm weekend

Supercell 4BC Drive: Supercell storms are likely to produce severe weather for Brisbane this weekend. Senior forecaster for the BOM, Peter Otto, joins Gary Hardgrave along with storm chaser, Andy Barber. 4BC advises you prepare for severe weather.

Problem: Station Road, Bethania

Bethania train 4BC Drive: Gary Hardgrave broadcasts live from the notorious level crossing at Station Road, Bethania. Gary catches up with Logan City Mayor, Pam Parker, Logan City Councillor Luke Smith and State Transport Minister, Scott Emerson.

License to smoke up in flames

smoker 4BC Drive: The Australiasian Assocation of Convenience Stores Jeff Rogut joins Gary Hardgrave after suggestions were made to force smokers to apply for a licence. Rogut believes this would put huge strains on small store owners.

Baton passed to Tim Mander

Tim Mander 4BC Drive: The State Government has announced that former NRL referee Tim Mander will replace Bruce Flegg as State Housing Minister. Mr Flegg resigned earlier this week after a former staffer declared he was unfit to serve as a Minister.

Visa loopholes for criminals

Scott Morrison 4BC Drive: Shadow Minister for Immigration & Population Scott Morrison is criticising a new law has allowed a criminal from New Zealand to stay in Australia because he feels he is in danger of an attack from a bikie gang in his homeland.

Flegg resigns as housing minister

Bruce Flegg 4BC Drive: Queensland Housing Minister Bruce Flegg has resigned, amid allegations he misled parliament over contact he had with his lobbyist son. Gary Hardgrave speaks to Premier Campbell Newman in response to the resignation of Minister Bruce Flegg. He then speaks to Opposition Leader Anastacia Palaszcuk.

Review confessional systems

Confessional 4BC Drive: A leading expert in child safety claims some priests don't believe pedophilia with young boys "breaks celibacy". Emiritus Professor Freda Briggs joins Gary Hardgrave to discuss this culture within some facets of the Catholic Church.

Tony Abbott in studio

Tony Abbott with Gary Hardgrave 4BC Drive: Tony Abbott joins Gary Hardgrave in studio after his personal approval ratings hit an all time low this morning. Gary questions Abbott about the latest polls, as well as the Prime Minister's announcement to hold a Royal Commission.

Axe hangs over Bruce Flegg

flegg 4BC Drive: Yesterday, State Minister for Housing and Public Works Bruce Flegg sacked his senior media advisor, Graeme Hallett, his second senior staffer within a week. Hallett now claims Flegg is unfit to be a Minister.

Your're fired: big four banks

Mark Bouris 4BC Drive: Former Wizard Home Loans and now Yellow Brick Road Chairman Mark Bouris is teaming up with Macquarie Bank to offer a new type of affordable home loan for families, going head to head with the big four banks.

Airport Link in trouble

Airport Link Tunnel 4BC Drive: The operators of Brisbane's Airport Link tunnel, BrisConnections, have been placed in a trading halt before the release of details regarding "cruicial talks with it's bankers." Should the government subsidise the tunnel?

PM: Royal Commission called

Church Cross 4BC Drive: Prime Minister Gillard has called for a Royal Commission into child sex abuse claims within the Catholic Church. Gary Hardgrave gets the response from Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston and Dr Mal Washer.

Message for Minister Langbroek

John-Paul-Langbroek 4BC Drive: State Education Minister John Paul Langbroek joins Gary Hardgrave to discuss the latest issues affecting our schools and training services. The Minister also answers calls from listeners concerned about TAFE curriculum and state school funding.

Binge drinking

Binge drinking 4BC Drive: Experts are warning that teens who binge drink are at risk of trapping their brains into permanent adolescence, sparking concerns for our future leaders, teachers and health practitioners.

Seeney: Books aren't cooked

Seeney Palmer 4BC Drive: Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney joins Gary Hardgrave in studio after mining magnate Clive Palmer called for him to be sacked. The colourful millionaire also accused the LNP of "cooking their books".

500 refugee boats

500 boats 4BC Drive: This week, the five hundreth boat carrying people smugglers arrived on Aussie shores, totalling almost thirty thousand people since Labor came into power in 2007. Shadow Minister for Immigration and Population Scott Morrision tells Gary Hardgrave.

Sex workers: No room in the inn

Sex and the city 4BC Drive: State Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie has announced legislation that allows hotel owners to kick out suspected sex workers doing business on their premises. Criminal Lawyer Terry O'Gorman joins Gary Hardgrave with his concerns.

No free hugs for students

Hug 4BC Drive: A second child has had to serve detention after hugging a fellow school student, breaking a 'no'. Is this political correctness gone mad? Behavioural Therapist Rod Bambury joins Gary Hardgrave to weigh in.

VC standards questioned

VC 4BC Drive: Former Vic. Premier Jeff Kennett has caused controversy after questioning whether standards for awarding the Victoria Cross were slipping.

Father devastated

jail 4BC Drive: Gary Hardgrave follows up with Michael Roberts, the Aussie father whose American ex-wife tried to murder him. She is currently serving a life sentence but he can't take his kids off U.S shores without her permission.

Michael Palin with Hardgrave

Gary Hardgrave with Michael Palin 4BC Drive: Monty Python legend Michael Palin joins Gary Hardgrave in studio to discuss his incredible career, from Monty Python to a Fish Called Wonda and now, his travels around the world writing books. One of Gary's favourite interviews.

The Lennon Letters

John Lennon 4BC Drive: Hunter Davies is the Beatles authorised biographer and he joins Gary Hardgrave to discuss the private and public thoughts of John Lennon, his relationship with Paul McCartney, his son Jullian and Yoko Ono.

Climate change: coral

Coral 4BC Drive: A new study is set to examine the DNA of coral to understand how it will be able to survive climate change in the future. Marine biologist Dr Michael Berumen joins Gary Hardgrave with all the details.

Mental health laws need reform

State Health Minister Lawrence Springborg 4BC Drive: State Health Minister Lawrence Springborg speaks to Gary Hardgrave after it was revealed yet another mental health patient from the Park has escaped from the facility. Police waited 21 hours before alerting public.

Too overweight for surgery

surgery 4BC Drive: A four year old Brisbane boy has been refused surgery because he was deemed too "overweight" to have his tonsils removed. The delayed surgery is now causing other medical problems for him. Listen now and join the conversation.

Banning live sheep exports

Sheep 4BC Drive: Heather Neil, CEO of the RSPCA is calling for a banning of live exports following the controversial culling of 21 000 sheep, with damning footage showing abuse and some being buried alive.