ETU launches defamation action over bikie claims

Tony Moore 6:20 PM   Qld's Electricity Trades Union has on Saturday served the Liberal National Party and the Courier Mail with defamation over allegations that bikies provided "wads of cash" to unions and to the ALP.

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Sailor badly burned as boat catches fire off the Gold Coast

Channel 7 image of a boat on fire off the Gold Coast.

Jorge Branco 1:58 PM   A sailor is in hospital after flames engulfed a 40-foot boat in waters off the Gold Coast.

Queensland State Election: Say goodbye to 'Can Do Campbell' Twitter man

Police arrest Iain Fogerty in New Farm.

Natalie Bochenski 12:42 PM   The man behind a popular Campbell Newman parody Twitter account will hang up the handle on Monday.

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Queensland man in hospital after two brown snake bites

The RACQ Careflight chopper took part in four missions overnight, including taking a snakebite victim to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Jorge Branco 12:05 PM   A Queensland man has spent the night in hospital in Brisbane after being bitten twice by a brown snake, the second-most venomous snake in the world.

Abbott 'becoming wrecking ball'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Premier Campbell Newman at the LNP party state convention in July.

Michael Gordon 11:41 AM   Tony Abbott has a new title and it sure ain't a knighthood. He is now the Liberal Party's wrecking ball, leaving a trail of destruction across the nation.

Tears, cheers as results roll in

Premier Campbell Newman addresses supporters at an LNP function at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

Amy Remeikis 10:55 AM   Labor is within a hair's breath of being returned to government, while Campbell Newman has conceded his loss in Ashgrove.

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Queensland wakes to new political landscape

Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk walks out of the political darkness, and into the spotlight as likely new Premier.

Amy Remeikis 1:22 AM   A new political landscape will greet Queensland as it enters a new month, with Labor set to take back power after just three years.

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Poll Call: Polling Day, Saturday January 31

Campbell Newman and Annastacia Palaszczuk

Dan Nancarrow and Danielle Cronin 1:18 AM   Welcome to Poll Call, our daily live blog that we'll be bringing you in the lead-up to the January 31 state election. Send tips, questions or feedback to election@brisbanetimes.com.au

Kate Jones makes history for Labor

Labor's Kate Jones claims victory in Ashgrove.

Kristian Silva 1:07 AM   There were tears of joy at Kate Jones' party in Ashgrove, where about 200 Labor supporters and volunteers gathered to celebrate her win over Campbell Newman.

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Annastacia Palaszczuk makes unofficial victory speech

Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk speaks to the party faithful.

Kim Stephens 12:28 AM   Annastacia Palaszczuk, until Saturday Opposition Leader to a team of just nine, would not officially declare victory in the Queensland election on Saturday night. But everything else in her speech indicated she was confident it was in the bag.

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Election result an opportunity for positive change

Labor Annastacia Palaszczuk calls it a new chapter in Labor history.

Simon Holt 12:02 AM   The election result is catastrophic for the Liberal-National Party, and an opportunity for a new Labor to do what others couldn't - to listen to the people.

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Belief in Labor win growing

Labor supporters in Ashgrove.

Kim Stephens 11:16 PM   Labor leader Annastacia Palaczszuk is yet to arrive to address the party faithful at Labor's campaign headquarters, but the sniff of victory is in the air.

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LNP leadership up for grabs

Treasurer Tim Nicholls is a leadership contender.

Amy Remeikis 8:47 PM   With exit polls pointing to the LNP losing its leader - if not government - the leadership question for the conservatives has become more pressing than ever.

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Lightning strike kills man, injures family on Gold Coast

Storm clouds over Morningside.

Natalie Bochenski 7:47 PM   A 40-year-old father of two is fighting for his life in a Gold Coast hospital after being struck by lightning at a polling booth on Saturday afternoon.

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Queensland Election: Complaints over signs flood in

A "Vote 1" election sign outside a Queensland polling booth in Nicklin.

Jorge Branco 6:43 PM   Election signs have been causing controversy across the state on polling day with an Electoral Commission of Queensland spokesman saying officers had received "a large number of complaints".

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Early exit poll figures predict Labor boilover

Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk will be Queensland's 39th premier, early exit polls suggest.

Jorge Branco 6:40 PM   Early exit polling suggests Queensland will wake up with a new government.

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Green vote to drop but still derail Newman

Greens Queensland lead spokesman Charles Worringham, Federal leader Christine Milne, Larissa Waters with candidates and supporters in Brisbane on Friday.

Kristian Silva 4:01 PM   Reduced vote may still be enough to help remove Newman.

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Fight against GetUp how-to-vote cards thrown out of court

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Jorge Branco and Judith Kerr 3:58 PM   Activist group GetUp has labelled an LNP move to prevent its volunteers handing out how to vote cards a dirty and desperate attempt to cling to power.

Carnival atmosphere as polls open

Premier Campbell Newman speaking to people on election day at Newmarket State School, Brisbane.

Kristian Silva   With a junior cricket game in full swing, young kids running around and cake stalls making a small fortune, election morning in the Ashgrove electorate could easily have been mistaken for a school carnival.

Car crashes into Gold Coast home

A Mermaid Waters home was damaged when a car ran through a fence and into the wall.

Natalie Bochenski   A Gold Coast family has escaped injury after a car crashed into their home on Saturday morning.

Sun shines and Queenslanders sweat on polling day

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Natalie Bochenski   Don't forget to take your ID to vote ... and while you're at it, pack a hat and sunscreen.

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Man ambushed with metal bars

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Natalie Bochenski   Four men waiting for man when he arrived home.

Boy charged over school threats

Police arrive at Miami State High School on the Gold Coast.

Boy allegedly sent threatening text messages to students.

Poll Call: Friday, January 30

Campbell Newman and Annastacia Palaszczuk

Dan Nancarrow   Welcome to Poll Call, our daily live blog that we'll be bringing you in the lead-up to the January 31 state election. Send tips, questions or feedback to election@brisbanetimes.com.au

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Queensland Election 2015: It's Mansfield, not Ashgrove, that counts

Mansfield voters John Voutos and Lina Boardman.

Tony Moore   It's the seat of Mansfield, held by Ian Walker, the LNP's Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts where the LNP should be worried.

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Premier Campbell Newman on brink of losing his seat

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.

Amy Remeikis   ​Campbell Newman heads into polling day on the cusp of making history as the first Queensland Premier to lose his seat in a century.

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North Queensland seats barometer of government's future

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk boards a flight on one of her campaign visits Cairns.

Tony Moore   The north Queensland LNP-held seats of Cairns and Barron River are the barometer of today's Queensland election outcome, one of Queensland's voting strategists said on Friday.

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Gallipoli relics recovered in Emerald

Soldiers rest during the campaign in Gallipoli.

Emerald surveyor Mark Murray is celebrating after an arrest led to the return of his grandfather's priceless war relics, which are due to go on display at the Australian War Memorial as part of the Anzac Centenary.

Older Queensland women are happiest

A study has found that older women are happier.

If you're a woman older than 50 living in Queensland, chances are you are one of Australia's happiest people.

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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.