Story Bridge would never be built today, says mayor

Cameron Atfield   Lord Mayor says the "largesse" of the Story Bridge design couldn't be repeated in today's economic climate.

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State of Origin 2015: Tale of three halves

Show time: Johnathan Thurston and Michael Morgan congratulate Ethan Lowe after his try against the Panthers.

Beth Newman 9:07 PM   No matter how the halves combinations play out for Queensland next week, Origin III is likely to be a more settled one for Johnathan Thurston.

Gay army major Pat O'Neill preselected for Labor to run in Brisbane

Preselected Labor candidate for Brisbane Pat O'Neill.

Cameron Atfield 8:01 PM   The Labor Party has backed a serving army major to become the first openly gay member of the Australian House of Representatives.

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Tim Carmody discussions still ongoing

Chief Justice Tim Carmody

Amy Remeikis 6:26 PM   Tim Carmody may have returned to work, but Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said her discussions with the Chief Justice were continuing.

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Crime watchdog locked in standoff as Labor refuses LNP nominee

The Crime and Corruption Committee is locked in a standoff with Labor refusing to accept Jeff Seeney's nomination.

Amy Remeikis 6:04 PM   Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath has accused the Opposition of "appalling conduct" over its handling of the chair appointment for the state's corruption watchdog.

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'Tower of power' fall death investigation continues

An artist's impression of 1 William Street, Brisbane.

Jorge Branco 5:57 PM   A police investigation into how French tourist fell to his death from Brisbane's 'tower of power' continues as it becomes the second fatality linked to the urban explorer trend this year.

Ipswich 2.49 per cent rates rise to help city cope with growth: Pisasale

Ipswich City Council

Cameron Atfield 4:46 PM   Ipswich residents will see their council rates bill increase by an average 2.49 per cent in 2015-16, but mayor Paul Pisasale says the rise is needed to cope with the city's growth into the future.

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Brisbane freestyle rapper delights with street rhymes

Brisbane freestyle rapper 21Hundred.

Natalie Bochenski 4:16 PM   A Brisbane hip-hop troubadour captivating social media with his freestyle raps said the meditative state he goes into to deliver impromptu rhymes is addictive.

Taiwanese men in bizarre daycare centre knife attack

Two Taiwanese men have appeared in court.

3:19 PM   Two Taiwanese nationals have faced court over a "bizarre" knife attack outside a Brisbane childcare centre.

High-risk tenants need more chances: commissioner

Under laws passed by the LNP Government in 2013, a three-strike policy was introduced in social housing.

Amy Remeikis 2:13 PM   Queensland's mental health commissioner has recommended that the state make greater use of alternatives before issuing 'strikes' to social housing tenants with complex needs.

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Levy replaced as acting head of crime watchdog

Outgoing interim CCC head Ken Levy.

Amy Remeikis 1:55 PM   Deadlock forced to appoint acting CCC chairman.

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Gagai ready for Origin debut

Dane Gagai says he's excited about his Queensland debut.

Beth Newman 1:48 PM   Making your Origin debut at Suncorp Stadium in a series decider would put pressure on any player.

Mayors want to trial European infrastructure plan in SEQ

Jackie Trad rules out a new levy for developers  to raise infrastructure funds.

Tony Moore 12:14 PM   Southeast Queensland's mayors want to trial an alternative means of financing large infrastructure projects – modelled on a European scheme in place in 28 cities – and get big projects ready sooner.

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Qld men charged over fraud escort website

More than 130 people parted with cash between December 2014 and May this year, when the men were arrested.

12:11 PM   Two men charged over a fraudulent escort business have appeared in a Queensland court.

Protester denies shoe-throwing charge

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

12:05 PM   Queensland man allegedly threw shoes in disgust Immigration Minister.

Designing Matilda: Contest to create Gold Coast Games mascot

Matilda the Kangaroo, mascot at the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games, pictured at the closing ceremony on 9 October 1982.
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Tony Moore 11:52 AM   Get ready to design the mascot for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

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Brisbane man fighting IS to die in battle or face jail: Peter Dutton

Ashley Dyball poses in an abandoned fridge: "no bathtub no problem".

Jorge Branco 11:39 AM   A Brisbane man taking up arms in Syria has been issued stern warnings by the immigration minister and a terror expert.

Man bashed while trying to recover bike from thieves

Stolen bike

Jorge Branco 11:12 AM   A Queensland man has been badly bashed while trying to get his bike back from a trio of would-be thieves.

Escaped Winton jail camp prisoners turn themselves in before midnight

 The jail labour camp from which the men escaped is about 10 kilometres north of Winton.

Kim Stephens 10:22 AM   Two prisoners who escaped a Queensland jail labour camp on Monday apparently changed their minds and turned themselves in hours later.

Boy, 3, dies after being hit by car

A three-year-old boy has died in Cairns hospital after being hit by a car.

Kim Stephens 9:26 AM   Driver questioned after accident in Cairns last week.

Man, 79, charged over stabbing

An altercation at a Sandgate nursing home resulted in an attempted murder charge.

Kim Stephens 8:09 AM   Victim suffers cuts to neck and face at Sandgate aged-care facility.

Police hunt Sunshine Coast gunman

Police are hunting for a gunman in Mooloolaba.

Kristian Silva   Police are on the hunt for a man who pointed a gun at a family on a Sunshine Coast road before trying to rob a nearby motel.

'No public health risk' to proposed rat poison limits in pork

Food Standards Australia New Zealand is reviewing allowable limits for rat poison in pork.

Amy Remeikis 12:00 AM   Just a year ago the issue closed a Queensland piggery, but Australia's food authority is considering a proposal that would allow pork products containing traces of rat poison to be legally sold.

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American tourist found after five years 'missing' in Qld

Found...Kenneth Rodman.

Kristian Silva   It was the ultimate game of outback hide and seek. But after vanishing five years ago an American tourist has been found and is set to be deported back home.

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Qld job queen Sarina Russo: 'attitude determines your job altitude'

Sarina Russo. CEO and founder of the RUSSO Group. Brisbane. Photo: Robert Shakespeare. www.robertshakespeare.com. 0404507257 13.4.2015 . AFR. Sarina Russo. CEO and founder of the RUSSO Group. Brisbane. Photo: Robert Shakespeare. www.robertshakespeare.com. 0404507257

Tony Moore   Queensland's 35-year queen of the job-hunt queues, Sarina Russo, expands from 27 job sites to 93 job sites in July.

French tourist falls to death from CBD tower after 'fun' climb

An artist's impression of 1 William Street, Brisbane

Kristian Silva   Police believe a man who fell to his death at the 1 William Street construction site may have been scaling a crane for fun when he slipped.

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Swiss drug giant buys UQ-developed Spinifex for $US200 million

Spinifex's founding technology was developed at the University of Queensland.

US-Australian anti-pain drug developer Spinifex Pharmaceuticals has been sold to Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Novartis for more than $US200 million.

State of Origin: Queensland side named for game III decider

Cooper Cronk ran the show for Queensland in game one but will miss out in Melbourne due to a knee injury.

Beth Newman   Maroons coach Mal Meninga says it was versatility that got Michael Morgan over the line ahead of Daly Cherry-Evans.

$20m class action 'weeks away'

The retirement plans of 150 investors were put in jeopardy when Wickham Securities went bust.

Kristian Silva   Investors lost millions when Wickham Securities went bust.

Ravenshoe cafe blast driver 'stable' with broken back

Ravenshoe crash. CREDIT SEVEN NEWS

Kristian Silva   The condition of the driver whose ute crashed into a Ravenshoe cafe, causing a giant explosion that claimed two lives, has improved from "serious" to "stable".

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A slim majority is enough

As Queensland's new Labor minority government sits down to determine its immediate priorities, it faces a difficult choice: hasten slowly, or seize the day?

Newman's 'zombie role' as decision looms

Labor will "almost certainly" be allowed to form government in Queensland as a caretaker government "can't go on forever".

LNP 'well ahead': Katters

While Labor is likely to form government, the Katters are leaning towards the LNP but "a sneeze could change government". Nine News

Newman must 'resign his commission'

Labor says Campbell Newman should resign at "6.01pm" Tuesday night but the LNP says they are trying to "snatch the keys to the Executive Building".

Labor will 'restore good government'

Key independents vow to "work with anyone" as Labor is favoured to win government after an historic Queensland election. Nine News

LNP must 'eat humble pie'

Katter party MPs say it will be 'very difficult to negotiate' with a Tim Nicholls led LNP.

Prepare for another election: Seeney

A new minority government will be a "complete disaster": Seeney.

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.