Queensland parliament, a Dickens of a time

Amy Remeikis 12:00 AM   Queensland parliamentary sittings.  It's the best of times.  It's the worst of times.

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Latest state news

Valley tower has rooftop running track

An artist impression of the tower, complete with disco ball entrance.

Kristian Silva 1:13 PM   Development features rooftop athletics track, open-air cinema and giant artwork.

Scientists work to create 'super prawn'

Researchers are working to improve the black tiger prawn through selective breeding.

Jorge Branco 1:08 PM   New prawns to grow faster and resist disease.

Queensland Parliament live: Question Time May 5, 2015

Live coverage of Queensland Parliament.

Amy Remeikis 12:27 PM   Labor won office in January but today marks the start for the first real session of Queensland Parliament since election day. Join our live coverage of Question Time.

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Rail link flooding probed

Flooding struck across the south-east on Friday.

Tony Moore 12:24 PM   Inquiry announced into impact Moreton Bay Rail project had on flooding.

Premier orders Grantham inquiry

Flooding left 12 people dead and caused 50 families to lose everything in Grantham in 2011.

Amy Remeikis 10:47 AM   Commission of Inquiry to probe 2011 flooding that cost 12 lives.

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Springborg escapes probe over documents

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg.

Amy Remeikis 10:33 AM   No probe for releasing confidential documents related to Billy Gordon.

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Friends' plea to find 22-year-old missing from nightclub

Police are searching for missing 22-year-old Rebecca Mackenzie. It is believed she was involved in a verbal disagreement with a male friend at the Met Nightclub on Wickham Street.

Jorge Branco 9:11 AM   Friends of a young woman missing after an argument in a Brisbane nightclub have started a desperate public campaign for information as the search continues.

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Teens charged over stabbing

A man has been arrested over alleged domestic violence.

Kim Stephens 8:39 AM   Man, 22, hospitalised with stab wounds to the back.

More victims to get flood grants

Five people died north of Brisbane in Friday's deluge.

Kim Stephens 8:15 AM   Financial assistance for flood hit areas of Brisbane and Moreton Bay.

Missing woman found at West End

Mihiata Bruce went missing after an accident on the the Gateway Motorway.

Kim Stephens 7:11 AM   Mihiata Bruce contacted family four days after Motorway accident.

Charity pays tribute to flood victim as damage bill climbs

The Haven manager Gail Torrens and Brisbane American Motorcyle Club president Emmett O'Brien enjoy Back to School Day, an event both organisations worked together to provide.

Photo Jorge Branco / Caboolture News

Jorge Branco 12:00 AM   A Queensland charity has paid tribute to one of the drivers who lost their lives in Friday's "catastrophic" weather event.

Increase to fines is fine, says Labor

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt.

Amy Remeikis 12:00 AM   It turns out that Labor doesn't feel the need to change everything the previous government did.

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Qld research shows need for changes at emergency departments

Health Minister Cameron Dick will meet the mother of a suicide victim on Monday.

Tony Moore 12:00 AM   Nine people will die from suicide every day in Australia, the chief executive of Australia's Mental Health Council Professor John Mendoza said on Tuesday.

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COMMENT

Opinion: Professor John Mendoza - inaugural CEO Mental Health Council

Australia needs to do better when it comes to preventing suicide.

Professor John Mendoza 12:00 AM   Despite the fact that on any given day in Australia, more than double the number of people will die prematurely from suicide than road accidents, suicide and suicide prevention are given little prominence in the media or by government.

Olympic champ backs City2South

4.5.2015. Fairfax. City2South Beat Camp . Queen st mall. Brisbane. Personalities of Liz Cantor from channel 7 , Sally Pearson , Mashd N Kutcher will DJ , base body babes attended the event. Images: Robert Shakespeare. www.robertshakespeare.com

Phillip Wells 6:15 PM   Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson leaves for Europe on Thursday to begin final preparations for the 2015 World Championships.

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Bikies plead guilty over Gold Coast brawl

Jacques Teamo leaves Southport Magistrates Court.

6:15 PM   The alleged ringleader behind a mass bikie brawl on the Gold Coast is confident of a "greatly reduced" sentence after he and several former associates avoided trial in a last-minute plea deal.

Pregnant giraffe a welcome Mother’s Day surprise

Australia's Zoo's Rosie the giraffe, left, is pregnant.

Ellie Campbell 5:52 PM   Flag the royal baby, Australia Zoo's tallest resident Rosie the giraffe is knocked up again just in time for Mother's Day.

State legislation stops us from halting 'over the top' applications: BCC

Sydney developer Payce Consolidated and Sekisui House West End development plans.

Tony Moore 12:00 AM   State Government legislation prevents Brisbane City Council from immediately objecting to development applications when they exceed the City Plan guidelines, a senior Brisbane City councillor said.

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Woman missing after nightclub argument

Police are searching for missing 22-year-old Rebecca Mackenzie. It is believed she was involved in a verbal disagreement with a male friend at the Met Nightclub on Wickham Terrace.

Jorge Branco 4:08 PM   Search for woman last seen in Valley early Sunday morning.

Police officers kicked, spat on in Townsville

Two people have been charged after separate assaults on police in Townsville.

3:36 PM   One police officer was kicked in the groin and another was spat on in separate incidents in the same far north Queensland city, according to police.

Ute driver sought over missing woman

Mihiata Bruce is missing from Springbrook. She was last seen on the northbound side of the Gateway Arterial after a traffic incident.

3:31 PM   White ute picked up missing Springbrook Mihiata Bruce on Gateway Motorway. 

Palmer wins court case against Chinese company

Clive Palmer has defended legal action against Chinese firm CITIC.

Amy Remeikis 3:23 PM   Inveterate litigant and outspoken MP Clive Frederick Palmer has had a win.

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Gold Coast bikie brawl 'a show of force'

Jacques Teamo leaves Southport Magistrates Court.

2:57 PM   A mass bikie brawl on the Gold Coast that sparked a government crackdown was designed to be a show of force, a court has heard.

Ex-bikie 'regrets' Gold Coast brawl

Jacques Teamo leaves Southport Magistrates Court.

Miranda Forster 2:22 PM   Former Bandido has changed his whole lifestyle, lawyer says.

Immediate hardship grants opened after 106 homes were flooded on city's downfall

Moreton Bay mayor Allan Sutherland

Tony Moore 2:19 PM   More than 100 homes in the Moreton Bay region – from north of Brisbane to Caloundra – were flooded in the massive deluge that swept through the region on Friday and Saturday morning.

Woman, 71, stabbed in home invasion

A 20-year-old man is accused of stabbing a 71-year-old woman.

Natalie Bochenski 1:40 PM   Man, 20, accused of stabbing elderly woman.

Lord mayor hopeful pledges to fast track foot bridge

An artist impression of the proposed Kangaroo Point-CBD pedestrian bridge.

Kristian Silva   Bridge linking Thornton and Edward St to be completed in 2018 if Labor wins office.

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House burned, man stabbed at Lowood

A house erupted into flames and police attended a disturbance at properties in McInnes St, Lowood on Sunday morning.

Ashleigh Howarth   Altercations break out before, during and after house fire.

Highlights

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.