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Friendly robots an inspiration for crop-picking vision

KRISTIAN SILVA 12:00am Programming a knee-high robot to walk up to a plastic tree and pick a "cherry" dangling from a string is harder than it looks.

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Latest state news

Woodley performs in your general direction

Frank Woodley (centre) with fellow Knights of the Round Table Steven Hirst and  Chris Kellett in Spamalot.

Nicholas Kilvert 7:02pm Comedian Frank Woodley joins fellow stars Jon English, Simon Gallaher and Julie Anthony for Harvest Rain’s production of Spamalot, playing Thursday to Sunday at the QPAC Concert Hall.



Going the extra nautical mile: how Australia captured Pirates 5

Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz in <i>Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides</i>. The film has grossed more than US$1 billion worldwide.

NATALIE BOCHENSKI 7:17pm It took a treasure chest of money to get it here, but Disney's fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie will be filmed in Australia.


Queensland court rules toxic fire mishandled

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5:28pm A court has found a massive chemical fire was mishandled by Queensland firefighters, but the state has avoided paying millions in compensation.

Bandido 'attacked' woman, 75, at Acacia Ridge


KRISTIAN SILVA 4:49pm Alleged bikie charged with attacking two women in home in city's south.

Glenn Lazarus great sportsman, misguided politician: Walker

Senator Glenn Lazarus says launching the inquiry into the Queensland government was

NATALIE BOCHENSKI 5:04pm Cabinet minister accuses Senator of being under Palmer's control.

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Police helicopter called in to Logan chase

Qld police

KRISTIAN SILVA 3:46pm Two men are on the run from police, with officers in a helicopter trying to track the pair through the streets of Logan.

Brisbane Live: Thursday October 2, 2014

NRL Round 7. The Newcastle Knights VS The Brisbane Bulldogs. Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow. 2nd Half. Picture shows Broncos player Josh Hoffman scores a try.
18th April 2014 Newcastle

2:10pm Welcome to Brisbane Live, where you'll find rolling coverage of the news as it happens in Brisbane.

Vaughan Johnson to retire from state politics

Gregory MP Vaughan Johnson is retiring after 25 years in state politics.

CAMERON ATFIELD 1:48pm The Queensland Liberal National Party government will lose one of its longest-serving members at the next state election after Gregory MP Vaughan Johnson announced his impending retirement from politics.

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Animal cruelty charges dropped in Gabba pig smuggling case

Ash, the pig.

1:15pm Animal cruelty charges have been dropped in the case of a pig smuggled into the Gabba sports ground during the last Ashes series.

MP, councillor presenting petition locked out of Executive Building

South Brisbane MP Jackie Trad, West End Community Association president Dr Erin Evans and South Brisbane councillor Helen Abrahams speak to the media after being locked out of Queensland's Executive Building.

TONY MOORE 1:57pm A Queensland MP, Brisbane City councillor and a community representative have been dramatically locked out of Queensland's Executive Building when trying to lodge a petition.

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Pirates of the Caribbean movie confirmed to film in Queensland

Johnny Depp in <i>Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides</i>.

NATALIE BOCHENSKI 3:52pm The worst-kept secret in Australian showbiz has been confirmed, with the announcement that the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film will be shot in the state in 2015.

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Slain Gold Coast man Mark Spencer 'lived life to the fullest' say friends

Police at the Coomera house where a man was found dead on Wednesday morning.

MARISSA CALLIGEROS 8:42am Police believe Mark Spencer may have been victim of targeted attack.

Man arrested after north Mackay siege

Qld police

MARISSA CALLIGEROS 9:06am A tense police standoff in central Queensland is in its ninth hour as officers try to negotiate with an armed man holed up inside a house.

Top bureaucrats pocket big bonuses

Former Public Service Commission chief executive Ian Maynard received a $74,402 bonus for 2012-13.

KIM STEPHENS 5:08pm Government executives get generous performance sweeteners.

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South Brisbane plan a 'fluffy cartoon': architects

The redevelopment of South Brisbane's Kurilpa Peninsula is set to include highrises and parkland.

TONY MOORE 12:01am Architects to ask council to redraft a "fluffy cartoon" plan to develop South Brisbane.

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Queensland's correctional officers face prisoner ratio blowout

jail prison gaol

CAMERON ATFIELD 12:00am Newly revealed figures have shown Queensland's prison officers are becoming increasingly outnumbered by a booming prisoner population, with the officer-to-prisoner ratio gap widening in the past year.

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Man evicted from seniors complex over 'drug lab'

seniors retirement

KRISTIAN SILVA 12:00am Police claim utensils and drugs found throughout unit.

Investors snap up Ekka apartments

Lend Lease complex The Yards, part of the Brisbane Showgrounds redevelopment project.

NATALIE BOCHENSKI Construction giant Lend Lease believes it set a new record for apartment sales in Brisbane after 160 apartments in the Ekka redevelopment precinct were snapped up in just four hours.

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Soldier charged with the rape of a fellow soldier

Amberley RAAF base where the assault is said to have occurred.

CAMERON ATFIELD An Australian soldier has been charged with the rape and sexual assault of a colleague while on a south-east Queensland military base.

Deputy Premier isn't angry, just disappointed

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney.

AMY REMEIKIS Labor, Jeff Seeney isn't angry at you.  Just disappointed.

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Murder charge over 1995 Wacol prison death

jail prison gaol

KRISTIAN SILVA Prisoner found dead in cell of former Sir David Longlands Correctional Centre.

Emmanuel College: Man guilty over online attacks

Emmanuel College, on the Gold Coast.

KRISTIAN SILVA Disgruntled father created websites claiming Gold Coast school principal was a "sexual predator".

Hammerhead shark without fins found on north Queensland beach

Fisheries Queensland is investigating how a hammerhead shark found on Kewarra Beach in north Queensland came to be de-finned.

MARISSA CALLIGEROS A hammerhead shark without fins has been found washed up on a far north Queensland beach.

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Brisbane Live: Wednesday October 1, 2014

brisbane live

Welcome to Brisbane Live, where you'll find rolling coverage of the news as it happens in Brisbane


Woman fends off intruders with a mop


MARISSA CALLIGEROS Baseball bat attack in Durack leaves man in hospital.

Robina shopping centre bikie gunman sentence adjourned

Scene from the Robina shopping mall in 2012.

Nathan Paull Robina shopping centre shooter's fate remanded until November.

Westpac to close call centres in Brisbane and Perth

Westpac says not all staff will lose their jobs when the centres close down next March.

CAMERON ATFIELD Closures affect 159 jobs in Queensland and Western Australia.

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New Zealand father 'distressed' before shot dead in Inala siege

Shaun Kumeroa was shot dead in Inala driveway.

A New Zealand man has been shot dead by police after brandishing and firing a handgun during a four-hour siege in Brisbane.

Pensioners living below the basic standard of living

Older people.

MARISSA CALLIGEROS Pensioners who rent in Brisbane are doing it so tough they cannot afford the basic standard of living.

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Galleries and Videos

Pirates: 'Queensland got it'

The "biggest film ever to be filmed in Australia", Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will generate $100 million in investment.

Doors shut on community leaders

Three elected officials trying to lodge a petition on the South Brisbane draft plan are locked out of the Executive Building.

Robina shooting caught on camera

CCTV footage show the moment Mark Graham tried to murder Jacques Teamo by firing two shots at him in a busy Gold Coast shopping centre.

Bashing murder a 'targeted' attack

Police believe the bashing death of 37-year-old Mark Spencer at Coomera was "not a random event". Nine News

Boggo Road Gaol gets $300m facelift

Boggo Road Gaol will become a "bustling retail, commercial and residential precinct" featuring 500 apartments.

Inquiry a 'quest for revenge': Seeney

Clive Palmer is "hell bent on revenge" by initiating an inquiry into the Queensland government.

Man bashed to death

A 37-year-old man is found dead on the back porch of his Coomera home early Wednesday morning.

Rego labels come unstuck

Motorists no longer need to display a registration sticker from Wednesday, with charities offering to help remove the labels to raise funds.

Inala gunman lost custody of girl

A man shot dead by police at Inala reached "breaking point" after losing custody of his three-year-old daughter. Nine News

Tide is turning for Newman

Polls show Campbell Newman is still the preferred Premier as he vows to "serve the people of Ashgrove". Nine News

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