Cameron Atfield: That's it for Brisbane Live At Work today, but we will continue to bring you breaking news on the main site.
Brisbane Live At Work will resume about 8am tomorrow. See you then!
Amy Remeikis: After an unsuccessful Court of Appeal application last month, the Australian Workers' Union and the Together Union are attempting to take their fight against the Newman government to the High Court.
The unions filed a special leave application to the High Court on Monday, asking for the right to appeal the Court of Appeal's decision in the nation's highest court at a date to be set.
Amy Remeikis: The man to whom we all owe a debt – the father of what has become the modern interwebs, or our digital home away from home – will be visiting Australia for the first time in a decade to give a speech at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus next month.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee will be giving a free lecture on Saturday, February 2, featuring his views on open data and the future of innovation. The Griffith lecture is his only Queensland stop. For more information head to http://tbldownunder.org.
Katherine Feeney: Despite a heads up from the Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Federal Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Anthony Albanese is looking for more information about a deal before City Hall concerning the Legacy Way toll tunnel - a big bit of infrastructure to which the Commonwealth has committed $500 million.
According to a spokesman for the Minister, there's some concern the deal could impact that funding agreement...
Bridie Jabour: It's a nightmare on the Bruce Highway this evening with the highway closed in both directions at Maryborough and no traffic diversions in place. Motorists are being forced to just sit on the highway after a serious traffic crash.
There are not many details at the moment but police said they closed the highway about 500 metres south of the Perkins Road turnoff.
Natalie Bochenski: Queensland scientists have made a breakthrough discovery in the fight against HIV.
A team at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research has mutated a protein so it acts as a sort of "light switch", prohibiting the development of HIV into full-blown AIDS.
It's hoped animal trials will begin later this year, with the goal of a one-off gene therapy treatment developed within about ten years. But researchers are reminding us that prevention is still the best cure.
Bridie Jabour: A man was beaten up in Woodridge in the early hours of this morning when a group of men attacked him with bottles and piece of wood. At 1.40am two men drove to a carpark off Ewing Road and when the driver got out of the car he was attacked by a group of men.
The victim suffered cuts to his arm and head. Police are investigating and described one of the attackers as having a fair complexion and a pony tail and wearing a yellow singlet and boxer shorts.
Dan Nancarrow: Seems like Brisbane is suffering from a string of pizza-related crimes:
@brisbanetimes maybe these are the same people who stole my order pizza capers last night— vezpa_girl (@Vezpa_girl) January 16, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: Taking a look at the public transport situation this afternoon all ferries and trains are reportedly running on time.
There are minor delays on the 374, 375, 385, 411, 574 and 575 bus routes.
Bridie Jabour: A 14-year-old boy has been charged with punching a bus driver in the head on the Gold Coast. Police will allege the teenager punched the 61-year-old man in the head at 11.45pm on Sunday night when he pulled over the bus and asked the boy and his friends to get off.
The teen's assault charge will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.
Dan Nancarrow: There's some congestion on the main roads out of Brisbane for commuters to be aware of this afternoon.
The Australian Traffic Network is reporting congestion on the Pacific Motorway southbound from Logan Road to the Gateway Merge, as well as westbound congestion on the Ipswich Motorway at the Granard Road merge, Rocklea.
Bridie Jabour: A female cyclist has been hit by a bus in the Brisbane CBD. The 32-year-old woman was taken to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital with minor injuries after the accident at the corner of Ann and Creek Streets just after 3pm.
Katherine Feeney: From Canberra, with love (for local politics): Media are hearing today Local Government Association of Queensland President Margaret de Wit (who is also Chairman at Brisbane City Council) has just delivered a rousing address to a key federal parliamentary committee in regards to the constitutional recognition of local government.
Sound dry? Well, according to Cr de Wit, without it there's real doubt about the legality of the Commonwealth directly funding some community infrastructure, as evidenced by recent High Court cases.
"The need for this referendum is clear, and it can’t be left to linger," she said.
Dan Nancarrow: It's Australian Open time and that means the country goes a little tennis crazy. Even our leader it seems:
Danielle Cronin: It seems quite a few people have been hoarding overdue library books and took advantage of the amnesty.
Bridie Jabour: One person has been injured after a jet ski exploded on the Gold Coast. The jet ski caught fire while cruising a canal in Broadbeach Waters behind the Convention Centre. One person was taken to Gold Coast Hospital with unknown injuries.
Dan Nancarrow: The drive-by pizza robbery in Logan Central isn't the only pizza-stealing incident reported this week.
Police are also looking for a man in his early 20s believed responsible for stealing pizza and cash from a delivery driver in Noosa on Monday.
Safely secure your pizzas people. Or else... eat them quickly.
Simon O'Brien: A large grass fire is burning in the Noosa suburb of Cootharaba. Four fire crews are currently at the scene working to contain the blaze.
Authorities are warning nearby residents to prepare for the fire by moving cars to a safe location, bringing pets inside, closing the house and sealing all gaps, filling containers with water, patrolling yards for embers and extinguishing spot fires. Stay safe everyone.
Katherine Feeney: So it seems we're still car crazy. Figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show of 1,113,335 new car sold last year, 235,025 were bought in Queensland.
Though the state was third behind New South Wales (341,221) and Victoria (293,778), when you account for population, there were more cars bought per head in the Sunshine State...
Cameron Atfield: Police are on the lookout for a group of hungry crooks who stole pizzas at gunpoint last night. Police say a 25-year-old man was robbed of his pizzas at Logan Central about 10.40pm on Tuesday.
He was walking along Station Road with the newly bought pizzas when he was approached by five men in a black Mitsubishi sedan. One of them produced a gun and demanded the pizzas. Not surprisingly, the man handed over the pizzas to the bandit, who drove off with his mates.
A drive-by pizza theft in Logan sounds cheesy, but according to police, it is true. Photo: Luis Enrique Ascui
Dan Nancarrow: Good news old school metal fans. Thrash metal giants Anthrax will be bringing the noise to Brisbane's Hi Fi on February 21 for a Soundwave sideshow.
Anthrax are one of several big name metal acts playing the sold out Brisbane leg of Soundwave at the RNA showgrounds on February 23.
Thrash metallers Anthrax are playing a Soundwave sideshow in Brisbane.
Natalie Bochenski: Dozens of leggy ladies have lined up to be judged on their physical traits in The Queen Street Mall.
Australia's Next Top Model is searching for its next contestants. But you have to measure at least 172cm tall before you can enter.
Next Top Modelling in Queen Street Mall. Photo: Natalie Bochenski
Dan Nancarrow: Backpacker blogger Ben Groundwater has an interesting take on Australia Day festivities:
"The more I travel the more I become convinced that the whole concept of nationality and nationhood is irrelevant. Where do you come from? It shouldn't matter."
What's your take?
Simon O'Brien: Keep a close eye on your letterbox - $120,000 has allegedly been stolen from a Logan man’s superannuation account, apparently through identity theft.
"We forget [alleged] scams like this can occur from old fashioned mail theft", detective Superintendent Brian Hay of the State Crime Operations Command's Fraud and Corporate Crime Group says.
Amy Remeikis: Carson James Hollier, 19, will spend at least 10 months of his three year sentence in jail after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing death.
Hollier's 17-year-old step brother was killed a year ago today after Hollier lost control of his high powered vehicle and slammed into a tree on Scenic Road in Redland Bay.
The young man just nodded as his sentence was read out. A friend called out encouragement "I'll see you next week".
Simon O'Brien: The RACQ has thrown its support behind a proposal for Brisbane City Council to lease the tolling rights for the Go Between Bridge and Legacy Way to Queensland Motorways Ltd.
The motoring body says the deal would allow the council to recover some debts and direct its resources to ‘‘much needed upgrades’’ on major aterial roads, such as Wynnum Road and Kingsford Smith Drive.
Scott Beveridge: The Briggs family load their possessions on to two removal trucks on Wednesday morning and leave Woodridge after several nights of violence.
Woodridge family leaves violence behind
A Woodridge family at the centre of violent street clashes moves out "to start a new life" but their neighbours say "it wasn't meant to be ending like this".PT1M33S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2csx1 620 349 January 16, 2013
Sean Baumgart: If you have the chance, take a look out your office window at 2pm:
We understand that some F-18s will be doing some training over Brisbane from 2pm. Pull over somewhere safe BEFORE watching!— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) January 16, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: There has been a lot of social media support for Wesley Enoch's piece on the Logan situation:
Danielle Cronin: During this month in 1940, Queensland experienced a heatwave and Brisbane's medical officer recommended residents ‘‘avoid over-eating, wear light clothing, expose to the air as much of the surface of the body as can be done with modesty”. The John Oxley Library has blogged on the event, including a kangaroo shooter’s remarkable survival story involving a flannel shirt and a dog.
This month in 1940 - Sweltering heatwave throughout southern & central Qld. Find out how Queenslanders stayed cool? - blogs.slq.qld.gov.au/jol/2013/01/15…— Queensland History (@History_Qld) January 16, 2013
Amy Remeikis: Justice George Fryberg has adjourned the Brisbane Supreme Court where Dr Jayant Patel's legal team had made an application to have aspects of the prosecution's particulars struck out.
An earlier application to have the manslaughter charge against their client stayed was withdrawn.
Particulars are the basic details of the prosecutions case. Dr Patel's defence want them amended to have certain elements struck out before they reach trial.
Justice Fryberg has reserved his decision.
Katherine Feeney: And now for something completely different... We're familiar with Movember, but hands up who's heard of "Fanuary?"
The call is going out to media today to get behind the Brisbane businesses participating in this new, er, hair-related charity initiative.
Apparently, during the month of January, all profits raised from bikini and Brazilian waxes at participating salons will be donated to the Australia Cancer Research Foundation. Sound appealing?
Natural Selection Theory's Live Red 2012. Photo: Michael Ellis
Michael Ellis: Unlike a lot of us. when the new year rolls around our wine expert Michael Ellis resolves to drink more, not less.
He's got a whole list of wines lined up to enjoy this year, including this bottle of red from Natural Selection Theory.
Sean Baumgart: A big welcome back to regular commenter "Bob Menzies of Cannon Hill", who has been out of action since suffering a stroke in November. Bob writes on our story about Kingsford Smith Drive:
"Hello everyone. I still thought the railway infarstructure was still existing in and around Hamilton , I'd rather spend the money building rail. Still not A1 but at least I can type with one hand."
Good to see you're on the mend, Bob.
Katherine Feeney: Honk if you’re unhappy – Leader of the opposition Milton Dick has come out swinging against plans to lease Legacy Way and the Go Between bridge to the state-backed super fund managers QIC.
He says the deal doesn’t seem to do much to alleviate council’s $2.415 billion debt burden, and worries rates will go up as a result.
Today Lord Mayor Graham Quirk batted away the criticism, saying "debt is not an issue for this administration..."
Amy Remeikis: The case of Carson James Hollier becomes more tragic with each statement of fact the prosecutor reads out.
One year ago today the then 18-year-old Hollier left his Brisbane home with his 17-year-old step brother in his new Suburu Imprezza turbo car and travelled 80km to Redland Bay.
Traveling at double the speed limit, Hollier, a learner driver lost control and slammed into a tree. His step brother was killed. The prosecution is asking for a head sentence of three to four years.
Simon Holt: Brisbane Live@Work is attracting a growing following. Thank you for your support. For those who haven't yet looked, it works great on your mobile. Simply go to m.brisbanetimes.com.au and click on the Brisbane Live tile. It's usually about half way down the page - one of the pictures.
Bridie Jabour: An eldery woman has been hit by a car in Brisbane's southwest.
The 70-year-old suffered a minor shoulder injury after the accident on the corner of Mount Crosby and Hawesbury Roads in Anstead, at about 10am.
Emergency services are still on scene and there are some traffic delays in the area.
Amy Remeikis: A young man, Carson James Hollier, is about to be sentenced in the Brisbane District Court for dangerous driving causing death while a learner driver.
A lot of lives have been changed by this. One woman became overcome with emotion at the court room door and couldn't enter.
The sentencing has been adjourned for an hour while the prosecution speaks with the deceased's father.
Bridie Jabour: The fighting in Logan between two families has social media heating up.
Channel 7 has decided to delete their facebook posts about the violence because the comment section was getting too inflammatory.
Amy Remeikis: As with any court mention featuring Dr Jayant Patel, it's a full media house here in court three of the Brisbane Supreme Court.
Dr Jayant Patel has appeared and is sitting behind his legal team at a separate bench.
He is attempting to have the manslaughter charge relating to the death of Mervyn Morris in 2003 stayed, which effectively means the charge would be suspended - no prosecution.
Marissa Calligeros: "It's over," says Tim Briggs. The father-of-four is moving with his family to the Gold Coast after this week's violent clashes with a neighbouring Tongan family.
He's called for unity and peace among Aboriginal and Pacific Islander youths.
A screenshot of Dickie Knee Free. Photo: iTunes
Natalie Bochenski: The iPhone game we were all waiting for has finally arrived. Well, maybe the iPhone game fans of Hey Hey It's Saturday! fans were waiting for.
Dickie Knee Whacker requires you to "whack" Australia's most famous head on a stick as he chases you.
The description also suggests you "Save up your Dickie Dollars to unlock new ways to whack Dickie!"
All the subtlety the character was known for.
Sean Baumgart: City Hall's plan to offload assets to bring forward Kingsford Smith Drive and Wynnum Road upgrades has been greeted with universal support. Reader Tim comments:
"Still trying to build roads to 'solve' congestion?
We'll be bankrupt and our streets still clogged with traffic."
Dan Nancarrow: Brisbane Heat are in to the Big Bash League final, thanks in no small part to the play of Luke Pomersbach.
The former West Australian smashed 112 off 70 balls to lead the Heat to victory over the Melbourne Renegades on Tuesday.
The Heat will play the winner of tonight’s Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Stars semi-final in the competition decider on January 19.
Heat is on: Brisbane's Luke Pomersbach smashes a delivery in the semi-final against the Melbourne Renegades. Photo: Getty Images
Amy Remeikis: Former Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel is back in the Supreme Court today.
His lawyers have made an application to the court to quash or stay his manslaughter charge.
This is Dr Patel's second attempt at having the charge stayed.
Delta of Venus Life Drawing Club. Photo: Megan Reeder Hope
Dan Nancarrow: Looking for an artistic outlet with a twist? Southside Tea Room is hosting a new life drawing club, with models styled in quirky themes such as according to the 1920s, 1950s or Victorian era.
The Delta of Venus Life Drawing Club will be held on the second Thursday of each month at the Morningside venue (the lovechild of Brisbane band The Grates) starting on Valentine’s Day. Artists of all skillsets are invited to attend.
Marissa Calligeros: In Woodridge, Indigenous community leader Paul Butterworth is due to speak to the media shortly on behalf of the Aboriginal family leaving Logan today.
Simon Holt: It's probably too early to get overly excited about the month-long Brisbane Comedy Festival which stretches from February 26 to March 24.
But with more than 35 comedians coming our way, it's hard not to. Stephen K Amos, Tom Ballard, Hannah Gadsby, Josh Thomas, Tom Gleeson and Wil Anderson are just some of the better-known faces.
Simon Holt: Australia Day lamb ambassador Sam Kekovich is in town today. The PR machine is driving a lunch for 35 guests, at which the aging outspoken ex-footballer is expected to share tales of misfortune.
His latest campaign is about a condition the spin doctors are calling "lambnesia" - and Sam's job is to share a personal tell-all account of how he has recently engaged in a series of unAustralian acts. Hard to believe. They don't come much more Australian than big Sam.
Marissa Calligeros: A removal truck is at the home of the Aboriginal family fleeing Logan to escape a neighborhood dispute that escalated into a racial feud.
The Briggs family are packing their belongings to move to a new home on the Gold Coast after six years on Douglas Street. The police blockade at the street has ended. Traffic reopened today.
A removal truck at the Douglas Street house in Logan. Photo: Marissa Calligeros
Dan Nancarrow: The Australian Christian Lobby's claim that the Prime Minister has assured religious groups they can discriminate against homosexuals under a new rights bill has sparked plenty of debate on Twitter:
@brisbanetimes No one stops you from being gayStart your own church if you dont like ours and stop whinging then you can discriminate
— roy harvey (@barnbrack) January 15, 2013
Katherine Feeney: City Hall is looking to pass off a fortune in infrastructure to the Queensland Investment Corporation in a deal the mayor hopes will help fix Brisbane's rough roads.
He's told us the deal is likely see the $308 million Go Between Bridge and the $1.5 billion Legacy Way tunnel handed over to the state-backed super-fund managers. In return, $650 million will be spent fixing Kingsford Smith Drive and widening Wynnum Road. The lord mayor will hold a press conference later today.
Simon Holt: Traffic is relatively clear this morning. Wynnum Rd is its usual nasty self.
There's a car rolled along Boundary Rd at Alexandra Hills, a crash on Barrymore St at Everton Park, and a car and bike bingle at Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.
Simon Holt: Good Wednesday morning. It's a beautiful 24 degrees in the city, and we come with news that peace seems to be just around the corner for people in Logan. Some of the troublemakers are moving out of the danger zone.
Lance Armstrong is a huge talking point, but on a positive sporting note, we've pulled on our Brisbane Heat colours after the boys last night made their way through to the Big Bash grand final against either Perth or Shane Warne's Melbourne mob.
Join us again as we bring you all the news from Queensland, as it happens, all through your working day.
Dan Nancarrow: Here's what's making news on brisbanetimes.com.au this morning:
- Aboriginal family at centre of violent clashes in Logan plans to move to defuse suburban feud.
- NRL giant Petero Civoniceva calls for calm in Logan, pointing to Aborigines and Islanders uniting in the All Stars match.
- City Hall may offload major road assets to hasten the Kingsford Smith Drive and Wynnum Roads upgrades.
- Prime Minister has assured religious groups they will have the ''freedom'' under a new rights bill to discriminate against homosexuals, according to Australian Christian Lobby head.