Driv­ers lose li­cence to kill

Un­fit mo­torists dobbed in and forced off roads Fi­nal cur­tain for Harry Dean Stanton

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - JACK McKAY

MORE than 100 mo­torists a month are hav­ing their driver’s li­cence can­celled, sus­pended or amended be­cause of health con­cerns.

The Sun­day Mail can re­veal that be­tween 2012 and 2016, 6500 Queens­land driver’s li­cences were af­fected by a med­i­cal con­di­tion; and a fur­ther 1808 li­cences were sur­ren­dered over the same pe­riod for med­i­cal rea­sons. The Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads has re­ceived more than 250,000 new “med­i­cal con­di­tion no­ti­fi­ca­tions” since 2012.

More than 14,000 of these no­ti­fi­ca­tions were passed on to the depart­ment by a third party, such as a med­i­cal pro­fes­sional.

Al­though the depart­ment took ac­tion on more than FRAN­CIS Ba­con’s paint­ing Study of Red Pope is set to sell for a record £60 mil­lion ($100 mil­lion) af­ter be­ing hid­den from the pub­lic eye for al­most half a cen­tury.

The 1971 piece is the fi­nal in Ba­con’s cel­e­brated body of pa­pal por­traits.

It was ac­quired by the fam­ily of the present owner in 1973 and has ap­peared in all ma­jor pub­li­ca­tions ded­i­cated to Ba­con’s work, but has never ap­peared in a pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion.

It shows a pa­pal fig­ure – which fea­tured in many of Ba­con’s works – be­side the painter’s great love, Ge­orge 50,000 of the new no­ti­fi­ca­tions, the ma­jor­ity in­volved the re­newal of a li­cence that al­ready had the nec­es­sary med­i­cal con­di­tions recorded.

Po­lice As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Mike Keat­ing, head of Road Polic­ing Com­mand, was not sur­prised by the num­bers.

“I’d en­cour­age peo­ple of any age who have a con­cern about their med­i­cal ca­pa­bil­ity Dyer, who took his own life six months af­ter it was painted.

Christie’s yes­ter­day an­nounced it would be sell­ing the paint­ing on Oc­to­ber 6. It de­scribed the paint­ing as rep­re­sent­ing a land­mark mo­ment in Ba­con’s artis­tic out­put

The auc­tion house has given a guide price of £60 mil­lion, which would set a record for any art­work sold at auc­tion in Europe.

If it sells at this price, the to­tal cost, in­clud­ing pre­mi­ums, will ex­ceed the £65 mil­lion paid for Gi­a­cometti’s life­sized sculp­ture L’homme qui marche I in 2010. driv­ing a car to as­sess that and to seek some ad­vice,” he said.

“No­body wants to have a sit­u­a­tion where a se­ri­ous in­jury or death may oc­cur be­cause of an im­pair­ment that could be ad­dressed.”

Mark King, from the Queens­land Univer­sity of Technology’s road safety and in­jury pre­ven­tion re­search cen­tre CARRS-Q, said it was en­cour­ag­ing that many ad­mis­sions were vol­un­tary, but it was dif­fi­cult to de­ter­mine the suc­cess of the sys­tem.

“The sys­tem re­lies on vol­un­tary in­for­ma­tion from peo­ple and that tends to open it up to in­ter­pre­ta­tion by driv­ers who will gen­er­ally tend to be overly op­ti­mistic about their abil­i­ties to cope with a con­di­tion,” he said. HARRY Dean Stanton, the US ac­tor with a gaunt, bedrag­gled look who laboured in vir­tual ob­scu­rity for decades un­til his break­through in the movie Paris, Texas, has died aged 91.

Stanton (pic­tured) was best known for his roles in Twin Peaks, Big Love, Pretty in Pink and Repo Man.

He had a high-pro­file role as ma­nip­u­la­tive cult leader Ro­man Grant on HBO polygamy drama Big Love, which ran from 2006-11, and re­cently ap­peared as Carl Rodd in the Twin Peaks re­vival on Show­time. His most re­cent film, Lucky, about an athe­ist who

Dr King said changes to the road net­work should be con­sid­ered to cater to the needs of an age­ing pop­u­la­tion.

The RACQ said more needed to be done to sup­port el­derly driv­ers.

“There may be a need to mod­ify the road en­vi­ron­ment … to make it bet­ter for an older pop­u­la­tion, but we see driv­ing as more about abil­ity than age so there shouldn’t be a need to change the rules,” a spokes­woman said. comes to terms with his own mor­tal­ity, is sched­uled for re­lease later this month.

In 1984, when he turned 58, Stanton not only starred in Paris, Texas – his first role ever as lead­ing man – but also in Alex Cox’s pop­u­lar cult film Repo Man.

The movie, penned by Sam Shep­ard, was the dar­ling of the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, cap­tur­ing not only the Palme d’Or but other jury awards as well.

Stanton never mar­ried, al­though he said he had “one or two chil­dren”.

He died of nat­u­ral causes on Fri­day in Los An­ge­les.

Pic­ture: David Martinelli

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