Queenslanders to spend hard and long at sales

Amy Remeikis 12:04 PM   It's a holiday tradition as Australian as backyard cricket and eating your body weight in seafood.

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Police praise driver behaviour

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3:07 PM   Fewer drivers are doing the wrong thing on Queensland roads so far this festive period despite a shocking high-range drink-driving incident southeast of Brisbane.

Christmas Regifted

Queenslanders unwrapped $100m in dud gifts

Dud gifts: Courtney Thomson got a foot spa recently, and still doesn't know why.

Natalie Bochenski 2:49 PM   If Santa brought you a dud present this year, you're not alone.

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Gold Coast siege 'gunman' also kept rabbit: court

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2:30 PM   A man who allegedly sparked a Christmas Day siege on the Gold Coast has appeared in court on charges of attempted murder and keeping a rabbit.

Brisbane driver allegedly caught more than 7 times the legal limit

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Amy Remeikis 1:07 PM   The Queensland government's 'mates motel' isn't getting through to everyone, with one driver allegedly caught driving seven times over the legal limit.

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Rain to bring in the new year

Brisbane is likely to have a soaking wet introduction to 2015.

Amy Remeikis 12:44 PM   Continuing the holiday festivities?

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Gold Coast man injured in serious smash

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12:26 PM   A Gold Coast man has suffered serious head injuries after crashing into a parked car and a tree on Christmas Day.

Arson, assault charges from Brisbane fire

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11:47 AM   A man will face court in Brisbane today charged over a fire that severely damaged a unit in the city's south.

Police quad bike chase ends in serious injuries

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11:10 AM   A Queensland man has been taken to hospital with serious neck injuries after a quad bike crash.

Gold Coast gunman could face extra charges

An armoured car inside the Southport unit complex.

11:07 AM   A Gold Coast man at the centre of a Christmas Day siege is to appear in court on a number of serious charges including attempted murder.

Folk Festival

Woodford gets ready to blister in the sun

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Natalie Bochenski 12:00 AM   One of the world's largest cultural festivals gets ready for its 21st instalment at Woodford, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Cairns families pull together for Xmas

Family representative Rod Willie, grandfather to seven of the children, tells of the family's grief in Cairns.

Cleo Fraser   This Christmas is one of the toughest for many families in Cairns and the Torres Strait Islands, after the murder of eight children just six days ago.

Gold Coast siege ends peacefully

An armoured car inside the Southport unit complex.

Natalie Bochenski   A Christmas Day siege on the Gold Coast has ended peacefully with a gunman giving himself up to police.

Phillip Aspinall's Christmas message: 'Let the light shine'

Dr Phillip Aspinall: "We come looking to be uplifted, looking for refreshment, restoration, hope."

Dr Phillip Aspinall   The Archbishop of Brisbane's 2014 Christmas message, as delivered at Christmas Day services.

Man fires shots in Southport residence, Queensland police hope for 'peaceful' resolution

Queensland police have asked residents near the Southport unit to remain indoors and fear an armed man may have a hostage.

Lucy Cormack and Natalie Bochenski   Gold Coast police are negotiating with a man holed up inside a Southport unit block, after two shots were fired in the suburb overnight.

Mark Coleridge: 'We must think of Christians in the Middle East'

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge   Christmas always evokes a very particular time and place – the Middle East a little more than two thousand years ago. This Christmas, we think of that place at this time.

Aggressive Qld crash victim tasered

The victim of a traffic crash in Central Queensland was tasered after allegedly assaulting paramedics trying to help him.

Natalie Bochenski   A man who crashed his car in north Queensland has been shot with a stun gun by police after he lashed out at emergency service workers.

Fire damages Queensland unit block

A fire has damaged a unit in Brisbane's south.

Police surround man in Gold Coast unit

Police will be very visible across Queensland this holiday season.

Shots have been fired at a Gold Coast unit complex where an armed man is holed up.

Brisbane weather: Christmas day set to be perfect

Christmas day weather is set to be almost perfect in Brisbane.

Santa is predicted to deliver perfect weather for Christmas feasts around Brisbane. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, it will be a perfect Summer day without being too hot.

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Paedophiles brazenly approaching children in public, police warn

Child sex offenders are becoming more brazen, Queensland police warn.

Tony Moore   Child sex predators are no longer luring to children to secluded places, but are now meeting them in public places, the policeman in charge of Queensland's child safety and sex crime unit has warned.

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Boxing Day sales expected to draw big crowds

Each Queensland family is expected to spend an average $273 at this year's Boxing Day sales.

Natalie Bochenski   Queensland families are expected to spend an average of $273 on Boxing Day sales, with bargain-hungry shoppers set to pump $2.1 billion into retailers' cash registers nationally on Friday.

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Street artist Anthony Lister champions 'peaceful act of creativity'

Shoppers at Westfield Carindale will be able to see Brisbane-born street artist Anthony Lister's fusion of art with fashion until June 5.

Natalie Bochenski   Creating an installation that fuses art and fashion, paint and fabric, is a long way from Anthony Lister's first creative endeavours at Westfield Carindale.

Brisbane Times summer reads 2014

It's been a big news year at BT. 

There's no bravery in no make-up selfies

Brisbane Times reporter Kim Stephens during chemotherapy (left) and as she appears today (right).

Kim Stephens   Show me your no make-up selfie when I'm in the midst of chemo, and I'll beat you with my drip stand.

For the Morcombes, the After Time begins

The image of Daniel Morcombe that haunted Queensland for a decade.

Amy Remeikis   It was the sort of photo parents take all the time.

Ipswich man groomed 8-year-old Candain girl; police

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Natalie Bochenski   Man allegedly convinced girl to take indecent pictures of herself.

Man arrested over 'gutless' bashing at timber mill

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Natalie Bochenski   Police have charged a 47-year-old man over a "gutless and sickening" bashing in the Sunshine Coast hinterland that may be tied to an outlaw bikie gang.

Man charged with child abduction

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Natalie Bochenski   Man allegedly left woman's home with car and child.

Cairns children to rest in peace together: family

Family representative Rod Willie, grandfather to seven of the children, tells of the family's grief in Cairns.

Natalie Bochenski   Grandfather says eight children killed in Cairns will be buried in new year.

Highlights

Storm pounds Gold Coast

Hail, lightning and powerful winds hit the Gold Coast on Tuesday afternoon. Nine News

Violent storm lashes city

A violent storm swept quickly across Brisbane on November 27, causing widespread damage.

Qld research could save soldiers' lives

Scientists developing a drug to help troops critically wounded on battlefield.

New honour tolls for CQ flying ace

One of Queensland's most important historical figures will be honoured in Italy next year.

Schoolies 2014: It's not all about the children

Our hearts are full of pride for our kids, but there's a part which feels a little heavy.

Photos could hold key to coral health

Qld researchers analysing half a million photographs in a bid to understand coral.

Obama puts Qld tourism tagline back on map

"Beautiful one day, and then perfect the next" - US President a tourism operator's dream.

G20 protesters burn Australian flag

Indigenous protesters set fire to the Australian flag at Roma Street Parklands on Sunday.

Barack Obama's "Brisbane speech" in full

US President Barack Obama gives a rousing speech at the University of Queensland during the G20 summit

Brisbane comes of age, again, with G20

Bravo, Brisbane. Your tag as a “new world city” has been justified.

Push to keep Brisbane sign

Having a permanent Brisbane sign is "under discussion" with plans to "create a better city" after the successful G20 summit.