Million-dollar first step to new Sunshine Coast heart

Tony Moore 11:36 PM   A new future for the Sunshine Coast begins on Thursday when Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk "turns the sod" on a 50-hectare new development in the heart of Maroochydore.

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New laws could restrict trading hours for bottle shops

Bottle shops could face new trading restrictions under proposals by a parliamentary committee.

Queenslanders would not be able to buy alcohol from bottle shops after 10pm under a new proposal Labor MPs have added to the government's alcohol-fuelled violence legislation.

Demolition to go ahead at Highgate Hill

The crowd grows outside the Highgate Hill house scheduled to be knocked down.

Three heritage houses at Highgate Hill cannot be saved from being destroyed as demolition approvals for the site had already been granted, Planning chairman councillor Amanda Cooper said.

Stabbing victim 'got in the way': court

A Cairns Supreme Court attempted murder trial has heard the accused meant to kill somebody else.

5:05 PM   A man accused of attempted murder told police he'd originally planned to kill his victim's drinking buddy, a Cairns court has heard.

Man stealing motorbikes during test rides

A man is stealing motorbikes in south east Queensland.

Five motorcycles stolen during test rides in south-east Queensland.

Qld LNP holds line on mandatory detention for asylum seeker children

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg.

Lawrence Springborg says LNP will only support resettling those who have "properly come to our shores".

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Pregnant teen refused bail over school bomb hoax

A pregnant teenager accused over a school bomb hoax has been remanded in custody.

3:39 PM   A pregnant teenager has been refused bail after she and three others allegedly made a hoax bomb threat that triggered the evacuation of a Brisbane school.

Win tickets to a preview screening of Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar! screens in cinemas from February 25.

Brisbane Times, Universal Pictures and Dendy Cinemas Portside are joining forces to bring readers a special preview screening of latest big-screen blockbuster Hail, Caesar!

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Australia's damaging love affair with consorting laws

Consorting laws have been introduced under the pretext of combating organised crime – including that committed by bikie ...

Are the laws justified? Are they an efficient and effective way to combat organised crime?

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'Hells Angel raid' yields $158k in cash

Police allege they located $158,000 in cash as well as a semi-automatic handgun, and ice in the Surfers Paradise raid.

Nearly $160,000 in cash was seized from an alleged Hells Angel in a Gold Coast raid at the weekend.

Six animal cruelty cases shock RSPCA Qld

This pregnant kangaroo was shot with a bow and arrow and later died on January 29.

It has been a "horror" start to the year for RSPCA Queensland, with six serious animal cruelty cases reported in under a month.

Qld mines in battle for survival: QRC

A study commissioned by the Queensland Resources Council found a third of Queensland coalmines were running at a loss.

12:06 PM   The Queensland government must help prop up the state's ailing coalmines or risk losing thousands of jobs, a lobby group says.

Hot air balloon clips powerlines in Qld

A balloon was attempting to land west of Cairns when it drifted into powerlines.

11:31 AM   Eighteen passengers have had a lucky escape after their hot air balloon clipped high-voltage powerlines in north Queensland.

CCC warns council candidates to stay honest

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Pic shows the polling booths at the New Farm State School where ...

Queensland's corruption watchdog has sounded a warning to candidates in local government elections to keep their campaigns clean, saying vexatious criminal allegations being levelled at rivals spiked in past elections.

Motorcyclist tries to catch train to hospital after crash

Ambos have protested outside Southport court.

A motorbike rider who suffered multiple fractures in a crash in Brisbane's inner north on Sunday night attempted to take himself to hospital by train.

Demolishers could move in Monday

One of the Highgate Hill houses that could be demolished as early as Monday.

A demolisher could move in to Highgate Hill early Monday morning and demolish two homes listed on Brisbane City Council's heritage register.

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James Bay holds back a river of presumptuous twaddle

James Bay wowed a crowd at BCEC on Sunday night.

There was always going to be an air of predictability about James Bay's Brisbane concert Sunday night, but it was the element of surprise which brought more than 4000 people to their feet.

Revenge porn laws needed 'sooner rather than later'

Mrs Night had previously sought to hide her identity but put a name and a face to her story to help raise awareness of ...

An MP and a revenge porn victim have slapped down the federal government's decision to leave reform in the area to an intergovernmental forum.

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Another Brisbane flood 'inevitable': here's how we'll deal with it

Brisbane City Council's redrawn flood-risk map.

A major flood is on the way down Brisbane River and the fridge tells us the groceries being home delivered will be coming with extra disaster management supplies.

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Mother appeals for 12-year-old girl's safe return

A 12-year-old girl missing since Friday has been found safe.

Girl missing from Brisbane's north found safe after mother's plea.

Two more charged over school bomb hoax

Four people face charges over a bomb hoax call to a Calamvale school.

Two more people have been charged over a bomb hoax call made to a Calamvale school.

Sneak peek inside Queensland's newest trains

Queensland's newest trains.

Queenslanders on Sunday got their first look at the new passenger trains to go into Queensland Rail's commuter fleet in the second half of 2016.

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Katie Noonan marks a new direction for Queensland Music Festival

Katie Noonan is the new artistic director of Queensland Music Festival.

Acclaimed Brisbane singer is already making her mark on Queensland's state-wide music festival.

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Missing Mackay girl found

Matilda White, 12, remains missing.

A 12-year-old Mackay girl missing since Thursday has been found.

Labor pledges free Friday buses, but LNP calls it 'a gimmick'

Brisbane councillor Steve Griffiths and Labor lord mayor candidate Rod Harding in Coopers Plains.

A Labor promise to make bus, ferry and CityCat travel free on Fridays for eight months was "a giveaway gimmick" that would cost ratepayers a 4 per cent rates increase, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said on Sunday morning.

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Queensland to join call for asylum seeker children to remain

Samuel is one of 37 babies born in Australia who is now destined to be sent back to Nauru.

Premier will urge Malcolm Turnbull to put politics aside and think closely about the children.

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Palaszczuk welcomes PM's comments on GST

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has welcomed Malcolm Turnbull's stance on tax reform.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has welcomed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's comments on tax reform.

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Brisbane street artists launch first festival

Lincoln Savage and David Don, directors of the Brisbane Street Art Festival, with artist Joel Fergie.

Brisbane's first street art festival is now under way a week after the city's local government took a prominent street artist to court for graffiti.

No vote on daylight saving in upcoming referendum

Queenslanders will not be given a vote on daylight saving in the upcoming referendum.

Premiere won't put the daylight saving question to Queenslanders in March 19 referendum.

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Man's body found in charity bin at Greenslopes

A man's body has been found  in a charity bin in Greenslopes

A man's body has been found Sunday morning in a charity bin in Greenslopes.

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Deported father 'lost' in Chile

Brisbane father Ricardo Bolvaran says he has "thought about suicide" since being deported to Chile for his criminal history despite living in Australia since the age of one.

Police dog rescued from car

Police chasing a runaway driver in Gold Coast bushland on Saturday are forced to search for a valued police dog after he goes missing. Nine News

Ambo bashed by patient

A Gold Coast paramedic suffers up to 60 blows to the head in a "relentless" attack by a man he was treating. Nine News

Biker takes stupidity 'to a new level'

A motorbike rider is filmed by police taking selfies while breaking numerous road rules riding through Brisbane streets. Nine News

Car splits in two during pursuit

A car crashes into a bus and splits in two during a dramatic police pursuit west of Brisbane on Wednesday. Nine News

Baden-Clay: no 'intent to kill'

Gerard Baden-Clay's murder charge is downgraded to manslaughter, leaving the family of his former wife "disappointed and saddened".

Palmer demands cash to save 800 jobs

Clive Palmer wants a state government handout to keep his Townsville nickel plant open but the Treasurer "won't be held to ransom".

Crane daredevil faces drug charges

A 21-year-old man who dangled off a high crane at Woolloongabba on Sunday faces a raft of charges including possessing MDA and public nuisance. Nine News

Highway murder charge: driver 'devastated'

Motorists are warned "don't pull over" after a man is charged with murder for allegedly punching a man into the path of a truck on the Gateway Motorway. Nine News

Crocodile feasts on crocodile

A giant saltwater crocodile is photographed thrashing about a smaller croc in North Queensland before eating it.

Mega hail storm leaves its mark

One year on from Brisbane's freak super cell hail storm in November 2014, more than 120,000 insurance claims for damage have been lodged.

Jupiters penthouse gets a reno

The penthouse at Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast is fitted out to cater for Chinese billionaires who "love to gamble". Nine News

It's an avalanche, not a sinkhole

A sinkhole opens up at Jumpin Pin on North Stradbroke Island off Brisbane, but experts say it's more like an avalanche or "rapid beach erosion event".