A-G strengthens swathe of penalties, sentences

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.

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LNP fundraising club QForum shrouded in secrecy

Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls.

Amy Remeikis 8:58 PM   Treasurer Tim Nicholls didn't exactly dispute an assertion from a journalist talking about the LNP fundraising club, but stubbornly rehashed the line the government has stuck to the entire week.

Brisbane Live: Thursday November 27, 2014


8:45 PM   Welcome to Brisbane Live, where you'll find rolling coverage of the news as it happens in Brisbane.

Plonker Peter Dowling blames media for end of parliamentary career

Peter Dowling blamed the media for the end of his political career during his valedictory speech.

Amy Remeikis 8:35 PM   The LNP MP caught who posed with his member in a glass of red wine for a photo he sent to his mistress has blamed the media for the end of his parliamentary career.

Brisbane storm catches city by surprise

Violent storm lashes Brisbane on Thursday, November 27. Plane overturned at Archerfield.

Cameron Atfield 8:27 PM   It came with plenty of warning, but the sheer ferocity of Thursday's storm caught most of Brisbane by surprise.

Palmer breach of trust decision reserved until New Year

Clive Palmer.

Natalie Bochenski 7:09 PM   A decision on whether Clive Palmer breached trust by allegedly funnelling money from a mining partner into his 2013 federal election campaign has been held off until the New Year.

Daniel Morcombe murder: Brett Peter Cowan awaits appeal decision

Bruce and Denise Morcombe - still forced to endure through the process of convicting their child's killer.

Cameron Atfield 6:39 PM   For a couple that has already endured more than 10 years of heartache, the wheels of justice continue to turn slowly for Bruce and Denise Morcombe.

Independent MP calls for Heiner "cover-up" inquiry

Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham has urged the Commission of Inquiry.

Tony Moore 5:38 PM   Independent MP Liz Cunningham has on Thursday in State Parliament asked that a special Commission of Inquiry be called to investigate the "cover-up" of the 1990 decision by the Queensland cabinet to shred documents required by a court.

Scorching, dry summer for most, BoM warns

Drought concerns spread - just as the National Water Commission faces the axe.

Jamie Duncan 4:34 PM   Most Australians are in for a substantially hotter and drier-than-normal summer, the Bureau of Meteorology's latest seasonal outlook says.

Queensland government cuts red tape on alcohol sales

Red tape

Amy Remeikis 4:04 PM   Sushi eaters and hipster beer enthusiasts rejoice. The government is cutting your red tape.

Rebel allegedly induced two-year-old to take meth

Methamphetamin on glass

Kristian Silva 3:29 PM   A two-year-old boy was rushed to hospital with methamphetamine poisoning, after allegedly being encouraged to take the drug by a member of the Rebels Motorcycle Club, police allege.

Spike in hate mail for Cowan's lawyer

Brett Cowan's solicitor Tim Meehan.

2:28 PM   The lawyer for Daniel Morcombe's convicted killer says hate mail from the public won't stop him representing his client.

Queensland dad, son fight it out in mudflats


2:20 PM   A man and his son are no doubt feeling a little foolish after the pair had a public punch up while stuck in mudflats off central Cairns.

Schoolies 2014: 37 arrested on Wednesday

Police watch over revelers at schoolies on the Gold Coast.

Kristian Silva 1:29 PM   Police arrested 37 people on the Gold Coast on Wednesday night as Gold Coast Schoolies celebrations ramped up.

Newman Government launches into motivational monologues

Campbell Newman and Tim Nicholls.

Amy Remeikis 12:34 PM   The Queensland Government has used the last morning of the final sitting of the 2014 parliament year to talk itself up ahead of next year's election, saying everything it has done has been "necessary".

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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 11:37 AM   Is Brisbane successfully teaching one of the world's biggest multinationals a lesson in recycling?

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Brisbane Live: Thursday, November 27 2014

Brisbane Live

11:24 AM   Welcome to Brisbane Live, where you'll find rolling coverage of the news as it happens in Brisbane.

Rebels drug raids hit 70 properties

Raids have reportedly netted $5 million worth of drugs.

Kristian Silva 10:46 AM   At least 10 people to face Brisbane court over drugs.

Special Queensland police team could probe Clive Palmer's dealings

Federal Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer.

9:18 AM   A special police team could be formed to examine allegations that millions of dollars were misappropriated by Clive Palmer.

Man drowns in Gold Coast swimming pool

The pool area at Ryde Garden where Stage Two launched last weekend. Artist's impression.

Kristian Silva 9:17 AM   Police say Surfers Paradise death was not related to Schoolies.

Attorney-General pushes for more jail time for Daniel Morcombe's convicted murderer

Beneift: Police were able to use metadata to determine the parents of Daniel Morcombe played no part in his disappearance.

8:31 AM   Lawyers for Queensland's Attorney-General are expected to argue why Daniel Morcombe's murderer should be locked up for longer than 20 years when his appeal resumes on Thursday.

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.

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Queensland research could save thousands of soldiers' lives


Cleo Fraser   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   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.

Queensland dilutes water rules, unlocks reserves


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.

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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   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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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.