Council rejects plan to cut federal disaster funding

Tony Moore   Australia's largest council - Brisbane City Council - has unanimously rejected Productivity Council moves to reduce federal disaster relief funding.

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E-cigarettes the same as traditional cigarettes under new Queensland law

Using an e-cigarette will be treated the same as smoking under a new Queensland law.

Amy Remeikis 1:00 AM   Electronic-cigarettes and their tobacco counterparts are now considered equal in the eyes of the Queensland government, who changed laws to ensure if you can't smoke there, you also can't vape.

Jarrod Bleijie strengthens swathe of penalties and sentences

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Amy Remeikis 1:00 AM   Moving a body will bring more jail time, the Supreme Court will be able to throw out 'vexatious' proceedings without bringing in the complainant and criminals who hurt themselves while committing an offence will not be able to sue under a raft of new laws introduced by the government overnight.

Queensland research could save thousands of soldiers' lives

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Cleo Fraser 8:31 PM   Queensland scientists are developing a drug that they say has the potential to save the lives of thousands of soldiers critically wounded on the battlefield.

ADF investigates noise impacts on children near RAAF bases

RAAF Super Hornet from the Amberley base.

Eveline Fielding 1:00 AM   Defence at RAAF bases Amberley, Darwin and Williamtown have shifted their Workplace Health and Safety priorities from pilots to preschoolers as emerging research suggests children may be more sensitive to aircraft noise than adults.

Clive Palmer fraud hearing to wrap up on Thursday

Clive Palmer allegedly shifted money from a mining operation to his political party.

Natalie Bochenski 7:54 PM   The Brisbane Supreme Court will hear closing arguments in a breach of trust case against Clive Palmer on Thursday, in which the billionaire was accused of creating and backdating a "sham" document.

McDonald's Restaurants to adopt Brisbane's recycling lesson

The Big Mac index was created in 1986 to make exchange rate theory more digestible.

Tony Moore 1:00 AM   Is Brisbane successfully teaching one of the world's biggest multinationals a lesson in recycling?

Queensland dilutes water rules, unlocks reserves

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6:59 PM   Some bore owners no longer need water licences, and vast water reserves have been opened to investors in Queensland.

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Integrity Commissioner calls for more transparency on lobbyists

The previous Integrity Commissioner noted in-house lobbyists were "extremely influential".

Amy Remeikis 1:00 AM   The state's new Integrity Commissioner has urged Queensland to learn from the lessons of other states, as the government ruled out making in-house lobbyists declare their contact with ministers.

Brisbane train 'racist' caught breaching bail by going to Schoolies

Abdel-Kader Russell-Boumzar.

Kristian Silva 1:00 AM   The teenager charged with racially abusing a Brisbane train security guard has now been fined for breaching bail after being discovered at Schoolies.

Palmer United Party big loser out of latest polls

Is it an earpiece or a noose?

Amy Remeikis 6:30 PM   The Queensland election is still too close to call, but the Palmer United Party has lost support in almost every state according to the latest poll.

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Senate inquiry an expensive stunt, Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie says

Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie.

6:02 PM   Queensland's attorney-general has refused to front the Senate inquiry into the state government.

Daniel Morcombe murder: Brett Peter Cowan appeals conviction

Brett Peter Cowan.

Cameron Atfield 5:10 PM   Lawyers representing the man convicted of Daniel Morcombe's murder have accused police of an "abuse of process" in "tricking" Brett Peter Cowan into a confession.

Dominatrix's death was self-defence, says accused

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4:37 PM   A former high school teacher says he acted in self-defence when he killed a "psychopathic" dominatrix who owed him money, a court has heard.

Commodore driver Matt Doyle sick of being pulled over by cops

Matt Doyle with his Commodore that has been pulled over by police.

Melanie Plane 4:23 PM   Hanging up the keys to his pride and joy is the last thing Matt Doyle wants to do.

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Queensland schoolie has lucky escape after balcony fall

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4:12 PM   A teenager has had a lucky escape after falling three storeys from a balcony during schoolies celebrations on the Gold Coast.

Integrity Commissioner can't tell you if MPs misrepresent his advice

"There are significant constraints for me": Integrity Commissioner.

Amy Remeikis 3:51 PM   Queensland's new Integrity Commissioner has echoed the same concerns as his predecessor in that individual MPs can release advice he provides them – but he cannot, even when his advice is misrepresented.

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Clive Palmer funnelled CITIC funds to Palmer United Party, court told

Clive Palmer allegedly shifted money from a mining operation to his political party.

Natalie Bochenski 3:38 PM   Clive Palmer allegedly took co-signatories off a bank account and created a sham services agreement as part of a move to shift money from a mining operation to his political party, a Brisbane court has heard..

Newman govt 'most open and accountable govt in whole nation'.

Queensland Energy and Water Minister Mark McArdle.

Amy Remeikis 3:37 PM   Queensland's energy minister, who has come under fire for hosting a LNP fundraiser in a power company's boardroom, maintains he is part of the most "open and accountable government in the whole of this nation".

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Background briefings key to police shootings probe: criminologist

Police might not be getting the information they need before they deal with offenders, says criminologist Dr Terry Goldsworthy

Kristian Silva 3:14 PM   The background information provided to officers in the lead-up to three fatal Queensland police shootings should be closely scrutinised in the coroner's inquest into the deaths, a leading criminologist says.

Toowoomba teens banned from school formal to take fight higher

Justin Liddell of Centenary Heights Stat High School, flanked by father Steven Liddell.

Nick Houghton 2:26 PM   Three Centenary Heights students will take their fight to the Department of Education after being banned from attending the school formal.

Accused wife killer Brian Pearson begged for victim to 'wake up'

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Peter Hardwick 2:18 PM   A distraught Brian Frederick Pearson was recorded crying and asking for his wife less than an hour after Delareece Ann Pearson was found dead on the floor of an Oakey home.

Taringa Moggill Rd bottleneck to remain until 2026

The Taringa Neighbourhood Plan focuses development around the train station, but offers no relief to motorists on Moggill Rd in the near future.

Tony Moore 1:41 PM   Neighbourhood plan allows 12 storeys around train station, but traffic jams remain.

Brett Cowan's appeal 'bizarre': Daniel Morcombe's parents

Bruce and Denise Morcombe.

1:27 PM   Daniel Morcombe's parents say an appeal by the man convicted of murdering their son is bizarre and a waste of taxpayers' money.

Alleged drug runner faces more jail time

Courts generic.

1:22 PM   A Melbourne man accused of helping a drug syndicate smuggle over $22 million of cannabis into Queensland will remain behind bars until next week.

Medical marijuana legalisation 'closer'

Many Australians already use cannabis medicinally, albeit illegally, especially for chronic pain.

Amy Remeikis 1:06 PM   The legalisation of medical marijuana is creeping closer – albeit "cautiously".

Court upholds Cape York murder conviction

The scales of justice.

12:55 PM   A Queensland court has rejected an appeal by a murderer who attempted to have his conviction overturned by claiming the trial judge gave no warning about hearsay evidence.

Outsourcing court transcripts 'another great debacle'

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Amy Remeikis 12:34 PM   The Opposition has declared one of the government's outsourcing test cases a failure, labelling the privatisation of the state's court transcription services "another great debacle".

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Search continues for Queensland man feared drowned

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11:26 AM   The search for a man feared drowned at a deep far north Queensland lake has entered its fourth day.

Schoolies 2014: 'Toolies' arrests down at half way mark

Local traders say the influx of schoolies into Dunsborough is vital for the local economy.

Kristian Silva 10:56 AM   School leaver arrests set to be similar to 2013 figures.

Highlights

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.