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Elderly man bashed in street

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Kim Stephens 3:00 PM   An elderly man was bashed by three people in an apparently random attack in a Rockhampton street on Thursday.

Peter Wellington nominated as Speaker

Independent member for Nicklin Peter Wellington has been nominated as Speaker by Queensland's new Labor government.

Kristian Silva 2:46 PM   Queensland's independent kingmaker MP Peter Wellington will be the new Labor government's nominee for Speaker when state Parliament is recalled next month.

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Baden-Clay daughters unable to access life insurance

Allison Baden-Clay was murdered in 2012.

Kim Stephens 2:32 PM   The three young daughters of slain Brookfield woman Allison Baden-Clay remain unable to access their mother's two life insurance policies until their father exhausts his legal avenues to overturn his murder conviction. 

Commonwealth Games boxer Ben McEachran missing

Commonwealth Games medallist Ben McEachran, 34, has gone missing in central Queensland.

1:20 PM   McEachran, a former light heavyweight boxer, won bronze medals at both the 2002 Manchester and 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Cancer Council aims to rekindle sex spark

Cancer survivors often struggle with sex following their treatment.

Cameron Atfield 12:20 PM   Sex after cancer can be a daunting prospect, but the Cancer Council of Queensland hopes to help survivors rekindle that spark.

New dinosaur makes Queensland Museum home

The brachiosaurus is installed outside Queensland Museum.

Kim Stephens 11:28 AM   He's 10 metres high and weighs 1.3 tonnes. But according to the Queensland Museum, this brachiosaurus is just a baby.

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Sinkhole causes traffic chaos on Lytton Road

A burst water main has caused traffic chaos in Brisbane's east.

Kim Stephens 10:14 AM   A burst water main is creating traffic chaos for morning commuters in Brisbane's east.

Teenager glassed at Gold Coast nightclub

Qld police

Kim Stephens 9:38 AM   A man has been charged over a glassing at a Gold Coast nightclub that left a teenager in hospital.

Oh Toowoomba, how you’ve changed ... or is it just me

The Carnival of Flowers remains a big event on the Toowoomba calendar.

Simon Holt 9:14 AM   It's for the old, the rich and the insane. Or so the saying went about my old home town, Toowoomba. A population of 3 million, it's just that nobody lives there - yet another cruel myth.

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Queensland man charged with attempted murder

Qld police

6:57 AM   A man has been charged with attempted murder after a shot was fired during an altercation in southeast Queensland.

Bipartisan support critical for Brisbane Olympic bid

Matilda greeted the crowd at the Brisbane 1982 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony at QEII Stadium.

Kristian Silva 6:51 AM   Securing early support for Brisbane's potential Olympic Games bid from state and federal governments will be critical to the city having any chance of hosting the event, experts say.

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UQ suppressed bus racism study: academics

Bus

Jorge Branco 6:50 AM   Two Brisbane academics claim the University of Queensland suppressed the results of their study into racial discrimination on city buses after complaints from Translink.

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Tony Abbott visits cyclone recovery staff

Prime Minister Tony Abbott travelled to Yeppoon on Thursday.

Jamie McKinnell 8:53 PM   Prime Minister Tony Abbott has visited the central Queensland town of Yeppoon almost one week after it was left battered and bruised by Tropical Cyclone Marcia. Mr Abbott arrived in the regional town late on Thursday afternoon where he met with disaster officials and volunteers for a barbecue at the Livingtsone Council Depot.

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CCTV holds key to suspicious Cairns death

CCTV: "I think not all businesses would realise that the cost has come down and the quality has gone up..."

6:50 PM   Detectives probing the suspicious death of a man in central Cairns are trawling through CCTV footage as they try to piece together his movements.

No witnesses after knife robbery in broad daylight

Queensland police.

Jorge Branco 5:28 PM   Police say they have no witnesses after a daylight armed robbery outside one of Brisbane's busiest train stations.

Rex restores air services to Bamaga

Regional Express has announced it will introduce a Cairns-Bamaga service.

Cameron Atfield 5:26 PM   The Australian mainland's northernmost town will once again have regular passenger air services from next month, with Regional Express announcing it would introduce a Cairns-Bamaga route from March 30.

Right and wrong of rejecting Campbell Newman's book, according to UQ

Campbell Newman bids farewell to politics.

4:56 PM   The University of Queensland Press was right to have rejected a pitch for Campbell Newman's memoir - but wrong for saying it was because the former premier axed a literary awards program.

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Queensland man steals anti-theft devices to secure home

A Queensland father's bid to bolster home security lands him in court.

Chris Owen 4:22 PM   In an effort to better secure his home, a Queensland father-of-two was caught trying to steal padlocks from Bunnings Warehouse.

Sydney Olympic Games criticism shouldn't worry Brisbane, says Lord Mayor

Queenslander Cathy Freeman lit the flame at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games opening ceremony. Will a flame be lit in her home state come 2028?

Kristian Silva   Brisbane's Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says he isn't worried about the city risking a huge financial loss if it wins the rights to host the 2028 Olympics.

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Queensland Literary Awards might be reinstated

Labor is considering reinstating the Queensland Literary Awards.

Tony Moore   Labor is considering reinstating the Queensland Literary Awards, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Thursday.

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Tropical Cyclone Marcia: Charities share in $1 million for cyclone relief

Uniting Care's Bob Gilkes, John Pinney from the Red Cross, Major Neil
Dickson from the Salvos and Peter Maher from St Vincent de Paul speak
with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in Brisbane.

Tony Moore   Queensland's four major charities will share an additional $1 million from the State Government for cyclone relief, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced.

Cyclone payment criteria unfair, says Queensland MP

This image obtained from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows VIIRS infrared imagery from Tropical Storm Marcia as it approaches the eastern coast of Australia on February 19, 2015.   A powerful cyclone roared ashore in a heavily populated area of Australia on February 20, 2015  with authorities warning of a "calamity" as howling winds and torrential rain saw residents hunkering down to wait out the terrifying conditions. Tropical Cyclone Marcia slammed into the Queensland coast just after 2200 GMT, February 19, 2015 having been upgraded to a category five, the most severe.   Hundreds of people were cowering in cyclone shelters although there were no immediate reports of significant damage.    AFP PHOTO / NOAA / NASA/ RAMMB / CIRA    == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL  USE / MANDATORY CREDIT:  "AFP PHOTO /  NOAA / NASA/ RAMMB / CIRA" /  NO A LA CARTE SALES  / NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==

A central Queensland MP is calling on the federal government to make it easier for those struggling in the wake of Cyclone Marcia to receive disaster assistance.

Brisbane fish and chip shop now roach-free, says new owner

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A Brisbane fish and chip business that became infested with cockroaches has been given a fresh start by its new owner.

We'll be constructive Queensland Opposition: Springborg

LNP leader Lawrence Springborg.

Lawrence Springborg says he'll lead an effective and constructive opposition in Queensland.

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Brisbane to bid for 2028 Olympic Games

Brisbane will host the 2028 Olympic Games if Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has his way.

Kim Stephens   Fresh from its success as host city of the G20 World Leaders' Summit last year, Brisbane is set to make a bid for the 2028 Olympic Games.

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Four men charged over outback iron bar attack

Qld police

Kim Stephens   Four men have been arrested in outback Queensland after allegedly barricading five men in their car and threatening them with an iron bar last year.

UQ Press knocks back Newman book over premier's literary awards axing: author

Campbell Newman has resigned as premier.

The author of Campbell Newman's planned memoir has accused a publisher of political bias for knocking the book back because of the former Queensland premier's decision to axe a state literary award.

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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.