From pastry chef to Snake Sheila

Jorge Branco 1:00 AM   A director terrified of snakes and a former five-star pastry chef turned Weight Watchers ambassador doesn't sound like the perfect combination for a show called Snake Sheila.

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Poll Call: Monday January 26, 2015

Campbell Newman and Annastacia Palaszczuk

12:26 PM   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

Brisbane serves up sentiment on Australia Day

Campbell and Lisa Newman with the Lohani family at The Gap State School.

Amy Remeikis 11:28 AM   The nation's melting pot grows deeper at halls around Brisbane.

LNP carrots target schools, sports groups

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.

Amy Remeikis 9:05 AM   Election promises tied to local LNP candidates being elected.

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Citizens' arrest near police station

Police investigations into an incident in which a man barricaded himself in a Kingaroy house are continuing.

Jorge Branco 8:28 AM   Bystanders come to woman's aid after alleged Gold Coast robbery.

Man missing off Surfers Paradise

Surfers paradise

Jorge Branco 8:14 AM   Man seen entering water at 12.25am Monday morning.

Man charged over Logan house fire

Police investigations into an incident in which a man barricaded himself in a Kingaroy house are continuing.

Jorge Branco 7:52 AM   Police say man was asked to leave house shortly before fire.

World's Greatest Shave founder, autism leader honoured

Dr James Morton laughs with two students of AEIOU Foundation's Nathan centre at Griffith University.

Jorge Branco 1:00 AM   When Andrew Morton was diagnosed with autism in 2001, his parents barely knew a thing about the disorder.

Queensland Election 2015: Newman promises Galilee Basin

Premier Campbell Newman answers a question at The People's Forum.

Amy Remeikis 1:00 AM   Campbell Newman has again guaranteed the Galilee Basin will go ahead under his government, despite its coal projects being reliant on private funding.

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Queensland Election 2015: Government can't rule out foreign ownership

Premier Campbell Newman answers a question at The People's Forum.

Amy Remeikis 1:00 AM   The Queensland Government is not making any guarantees the states assets will remain in Australian hands if it is allowed to move forward with its leasing and privatisation plan.

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Wife of cold case accused puts house on the line

Barbara McCulkin (right) and her daughters Vicky (left) and Leanne (centre) disappeared from their home on January 16, 1974.

Adam Davies 4:48 PM   AN accused killer's wife is willing to stake the family's Torbanlea home as surety in order to secure his freedom ahead of his murder trial.

Queensland election 2015: Palmer says he's suing health minister

Clive Palmer is the latest politician to threaten legal action during the Queensland election campaign.

3:56 PM   Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer says he's suing Queensland's health minister for defamation.

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Bruce Morcombe 'would invite son's killer to dinner'

Bruce Morcombe

Mark Furler 2:29 PM   When Bruce Morcombe is asked about the two people he would most like to invite to a dinner party, he doesn't hesitate for a second.

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Brisbane train 'racist' to spend time in jail


Jorge Branco 2:13 PM   The Brisbane teen who shot to national notoriety with a racist viral video on a train will spend more than a month-and-a-half in prison over unrelated charges.

LNP claims it has refunded bikie 'stunt' donations

Purported LNP bikie donor Angelo Garozzo.

Amy Remeikis 1:44 PM   Premier Campbell Newman has changed tack on his claims criminal bikie gangs are funding the Labor Party, now saying it is for "Queenslanders to judge".

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State election: Premier playing 'gutter politics'

Premier Campbell Newman debates Opposition leader Annastascia Palaszczuk at the The People's Forum.

Jorge Branco 1:42 PM   Labor Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has accused Premier Campbell Newman of playing "gutter politics" over allegations of unions funnelling funds to Labor via bikie gangs.

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Man killed in Eight Mile Plains crash

Police investigations into an incident in which a man barricaded himself in a Kingaroy house are continuing.

A man has died after apparently crashing into a guard rail and overpass barrier at Eight Mile Plains early on Sunday.

Queensland election: what you need to know

Premier Campbell Newman speaking at his LNP campaign launch, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Danielle Cronin   A gesticulating Gold Coast MP and a legal threat against a radio shock-jock defined the penultimate week of the Queensland election campaign.

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Labor candidates omit union links from profiles

Labor candidate for Nudgee Leanne Linard.

Kim Stephens   Labor candidates in four marginal southeast Queensland seats appear to be airbrushing their union links from their candidate profiles but the party has denied it is a ploy to deceive voters.

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Queensland election: Campbell Newman fails to speak out about IR plans

With the workers: Premier Campbell Newman on the campaign trail in Mackay on Saturday.

Amy Remeikis   Queensland Premier Campbell Newman spoke out against the GP co-payment and any possible changes to the GST, but he has nothing to say about the federal government's plan to review industrial relations.

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Queensland State Election: Palaszczuk hits back at bikie money laundering claims

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszscuk

Kim Stephens and Amy Remeikis   An angry Opposition has all but fired a "put up or shut up" missive at Premier Campbell Newman over his claims bikies are funnelling funds to the Labor Party through a powerful union.

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Queensland election 2015: Greens call for return of Qld upper house

Larissa Waters

The Greens have called for the resurrection of Queensland's upper house during a rally against the Newman government.

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Toowoomba mosque fire suspicious: police

Police tape.

A fire caused by a gas leak at a Toowoomba mosque is being treated as suspicious by police.

Story Bridge reopened after 6 hour police incident

Brisbane's Story Bridge was closed in both directions on Saturday morning.

Kim Stephens   The Story Bridge has reopened to traffic after being closed for more than six hours on Saturday due to a police incident.

Queensland election 2015: Newman defends anti-Palaszczuk email

This black and white image of Annastacia Palaszczuk was used in an LNP advertisement with a "don't wake up with regrets" tagline.

Marty Silk   Queensland's premier has defended an email showing a photo of the opposition leader with the words "don't wake up with regrets".

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Separate pedestrian deaths on Queensland roads

Police tape.

Kim Stephens   Queensland police are investigating two pedestrian road deaths at separate ends of the state overnight.

Queensland election: Week three sketch

Some found the debate between the Premier and the Opposition leader less than sparkling.

Amy Remeikis   It takes a lot to make a chicken dancing MP a footnote in an election campaign week, but Queensland managed it.

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Queensland election 2015: Newman stands by conditional local promises

Premier Campbell Newman takes to the microphone at The People's Forum debate with Opposition Leader Annastascia Palaszczuk.

Amy Remeikis   Premier Campbell Newman believes it was "quite reasonable" to only guarantee commitments where an LNP MP is re-elected.

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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.