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Brisbane Live: Friday February 7, 2014


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

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Kristian Silva: Thanks for joining us this week on Brisbane Live.

Still lots going on, with all eyes on Indonesia as we await the decision about Schapelle Corby. We'll have the latest updates on the Brisbane Times website. 

Brisbane Live will be back on Monday morning. 

Have a great weekend.

CityKat: ‘She’s 79, he’s 38 - and they’re madly in love!’’

That’s a real headline, published on an actual newsite, relating to the latest tongue-wagging doco to grace the airwaves of the UK’s ever entertaining Channel 5.

Funnily, old blokes with young birds is a far more common, and socially acceptable phenomenon.

Why is that? Why are we less in love with the idea of older women loving younger men, than we are when the bedside tables are turned?

Edna and Simon.

Edna and Simon. Photo: BBC

Two men have been charged with almost 500 graffiti offences, causing significant damage to railway and roadway fencing, trains, platforms and roadway signage in southeast Queensland, according to police.

A 27-year-old Pimpama man has been charged with 326 counts of wilful damage by graffiti, while a 22-year-old Pimpama man has been charged with 152 counts of wilful damage by graffiti.

They are both due to reappear in the Southport Magistrates Court on February 25.

Peter Ker: BHP Billiton will cut 230 jobs at its Saraji coal mine in central Queensland as part of what it described as a "relentless'' focus on productivity.

The company said it had determined that staff numbers at the Saraji mine were too high.

It will begin talks with workers over how the numbers will be reduced.

Kristian Silva: The results are in on the lunchtime poll.

Looks like not that many people are keen on Schapelle's telemovie...with blanket coverage of the issue expected from this evening, maybe viewers reckon they'll be sick of hearing about her.

The Sochi Winter Games aren't much more popular either.

The ABC's Rake - a show about a dysfunctional lawyer - was your clear favourite.

Poll: Lunch poll: Sunday night's 8.30pm timeslot is shaping up to be the biggest television battle so far this year. What will you watch?

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Rake season 3 premiere (ABC)


Schapelle (Nine Network)


INXS: Never Tear Us Apart (Seven Network)


Winter Olympics (Ten Network)




I won't be watching television


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Kristian Silva: The Greens are also out and about in Griffith, on the final day of campaigning.

Kim Stephens: Who says politicians don’t have a sense of humour?

There was a rare moment of unity during debate at City Hall on Thursday afternoon, when councillor Shayne Sutton had a slip of the tongue while attempting to illustrate a point to councillor Ryan Murphy.

“If someone, that you are living next to, all of a sudden, one day you wake up and as you’re having breakfast you hear the jackhammers start and the bulldozers come out, you go outside in your nightie and say, ‘what’s going on?” Cr Sutton said.   

It prompted an immediate response from Cr Murphy to the council chair.

“Madame chairman I find the assertion I would be leaving in my nightie offensive,” Cr Murphy said.

“Rest assured for the comfort of the whole chamber I have absolutely no interest in what Cr Murphy wears to bed,” Cr Sutton replied.

Even Lord Mayor Graham Quirk weighed in.

“I’m glad we agree on something here today,” he quipped.

Ashley Mackinnon, Kristian Silva: Valentine’s Day can often be a tough time of year for all you single folk out there.

While February 14 is seen as a day for loved up couples, there are events around Brisbane that embrace singletons.

But for those who aren't single and still feel let-down, a Gold Coast company has come up with a novel way to get slack partners into gear., an experience gift company, will mail out Valentines letters with a gift voucher from a fictional man. digital marketer Josh Armstrong said about 15 per cent of women had previously sent themselves Valentines gifts before, and the concept of sending "jealousy cards" to customers was something new this year.

"A lot of people have a bad taste in their mouths about Valentines Day," he said.

"We're trying to bring fun and something extra to the occasion. Our idea is instead of giving chocolates or flowers, actually go out and do something. Have an experience and celebrate it in a new way."

Brisbane has plenty of options for singles and couples this Valentine's Day.

Brisbane has plenty of options for singles and couples this Valentine's Day. Photo: Nicki Davey

Cameron Atfield: The two main candidates vying to be the new federal member of Griffith have gone head-to-head in an on-air radio debate, speaking about the moments that caused them most grief during the campaign.

Labor candidate Terri Butler was "horrified" by allegations of union corruption, while LNP candidate Bill Glasson nominated the proposed $6 co-payment for patients visiting a GP.

The polls open at 8am tomorrow.

Griffith byelection candidates Bill Glasson (LNP) and Terri Butler (ALP) at Fairfax Radio 4BC's outside broadcast at Oxford Street, Bulimba.

Griffith byelection candidates Bill Glasson (LNP) and Terri Butler (ALP) at Fairfax Radio 4BC's outside broadcast at Oxford Street, Bulimba. Photo: Glenn Hunt

AAP: The Queensland premier shouldn't apologise for claiming bikies' lawyers are part of their "criminal machine" because he was taken out of context, Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie says.

Campbell Newman caused outrage in legal circles after he was quoted this week as saying lawyers who defend bikies are "hired guns" who belong to a "criminal gang machine".

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Scott Beveridge: Here is a sample of the press conference given a short time ago by Police Commissioner Ian Stewart.

He is "disappointed" about the rape charges against two uniformed officers in Mackay but says it is not reflective of the wider police service.

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Police rape charges 'disappointing'

Rape charges against two "junior" Queensland constables in Mackay will "impact on the trust the community has with us", according to the Police Commissioner.

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Natalie Bochenski: Queensland's police commissioner has made a direct plea to a community after two Mackay police officers were charged with rape.

He acknowledged the allegations could affect public trust in the police service but hoped the investigation would show it was an isolated incident.

The constables, aged 28 and 29, have been granted bail after facing Mackay Magistrates Court, in north Queensland, charged with five counts of rape, torture and deprivation of liberty.

The pair allegedly assaulted a woman in the early hours of February 2 while on duty.

Kristian Silva: Time for the lunchtime poll. Sunday is set to be a blockbuster night in Aussie television.

So, we ask, what will you be watching?

Mobile users can vote in the poll by scrolling to the bottom of the page and pressing "Full site".

Kim Stephens: Brisbane's planning chair has hit back at claims that the new city plan will pit neighbours against each other, with Amanda Cooper labelling the claims by the opposition as "fundamentally wrong".

Cr Shayne Sutton said residential planning changes would remove the requirement for developers to notify neighbours of building plans by way of a sign, which would lead to conflict.

However, Cr Cooper said the council's hands were tied by changes to the Sustainable Planning Act made by the previous state Labor government, which removed the code notifiable requirement.

Brisbane Live: And that's all from the press conference. No doubt this will be a story that will go on for some time.

Natalie Bochenski: Commissioner Stewart says he hopes their investigation will show that this incident is an aberration, and not a cultural problem within the police force.

He says a majority of police do their job properly.

Natalie Bochenski: Commissioner Stewart was unable to comment on any aspects of the incident. He says the officers were on general duties when the alleged incidents occurred.

The officers had less than five years experience each.

They are currently suspended on full pay, but have been served with "show cause" notices.

Commissioner Stewart says woman is being supported. She's feeling "traumatised" like any sexual assault victim.

Natalie Bochenski: Ian Stewart: "We work in a society where the consent of community is paramount... Disappointing conduct like this would even be considered."

Natalie Bochenski:

Brisbane Live: Police are expected to address the media any minute now, over the rape charges pressed against two officers in the state's north. We'll bring you live updates.

Natascha Mirosch: Brisbane's Ortiga restaurant has been sold.

The fine diner, which closed in October, is expected to re-open in March with a new name and a more casual focus.

Excited: New owners Godfrey and Jenny Mantel in the space.

Excited: New owners Godfrey and Jenny Mantel in the space. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

Natalie Bochenski: A Beenleigh man has been charged with the murder of a baby near Gympie in 2012.

The one month old girl died at Gunalda in September 2012, prompting an investigation by the Maryborough Child Protection Unit and the State Crime Command's child trauma taskforce.

On Thursday, detectives charged a 28-year-old man with murder, failing to provide the necessities of life, assault occasioning bodily harm and torture.

He will face the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday.

Kristian Silva: But will they say anything we haven't already heard??

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Brisbane Live: Our mobile readers may have noticed a few changes to the website when they logged on to this morning.

After extensive reader feedback, we have redesigned the site to make your experience of Brisbane Times very engaging on your smartphone.

Here's a list of the new features.

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Fairfax Radio 4BC:

Kim Stephens: Neighbour will be pitted against neighbour under new residential planning laws designed to slash red tape, Brisbane City Council's opposition has warned.

An opposition councillor says some Brisbane homeowners could remain clueless about their neighbour's property development plans until construction workers moved in.

Kristian Silva: The resemblance is uncanny...

Kristian Silva: It's the final day of campaigning in Griffith today, and the Labor and LNP candidates have popped in for a radio spot. While it's all smiles now, one of these pollies will not be so pleased by tomorrow night.

Kristian Silva: When the phones started ringing hot with Queensland investors last year, the directors at M6 Securities knew something strange was happening.

The boutique Perth firm didn't even have personal investment clients.

It has now been revealed that the problem for the troubled clients was their money hadn't been given to the real M6 Securities.

Police will allege in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday that the company investors poured money into was a hoax, set up by a 33-year-old man with links to outlaw bikie gangs.

Items seized as part of the Taskforce Maxima’s ‘Criminal Economy Unit’ investigations into two allegedly fraudulent schemes, estimated to have realised in excess of $2 million.

Items seized as part of the Taskforce Maxima’s ‘Criminal Economy Unit’ investigations into two allegedly fraudulent schemes, estimated to have realised in excess of $2 million. Photo: Scott Beveridge

Natalie Bochenski: A Logan woman is in hospital after she was tasered in the eye by police.

Officers were called to the Woodridge house on Thursday after reports a 36-year-old woman was acting aggressively.

A police spokeswoman said the woman became aggressive towards officers, one of whom then used her stun gun.

One of the Taser's steel prongs, which carry high voltage electrical charge, struck the woman in the left eye.

A morning shower or two predicted today and a top of 28 degrees.

It'll be a bit gloomy on the weekend with some rain - but not too much. Nothing unusual temperature-wise - maximum's of 29 and 30 for Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Kristian Silva: What happened overnight:

The Italian navy has rescued more than 1100 migrants from nine large rafts in the waters south of Sicily, the latest arrivals from North Africa.

Officials in New York and New Jersey have warned they are starting to run short of the rock salt used by road crews to keep ice from building up on highways and roads, because of repeated storms.

Negotiators for Pakistan's government and the Taliban urged an end to hostilities after meeting in the first round of talks aimed at ending the militants' bloody seven-year insurgency.

And finally...A so-called "musical genius" deaf composer from Japan has admitted he is a fraud. Mamoru Samuragochi has shocked his home country by revealing he didn't write his most famous works. He's also confessed that he's not actually deaf.

Not "Japan's Beethoven" after all: Mamoru Samuragochi can't even write sheet music.

Not "Japan's Beethoven" after all: Mamoru Samuragochi can't even write sheet music. Photo: AFP

Natalie Bochenski: Two Queensland police officers have been charged with raping a woman while on duty.

The two constables, aged 28 and 29, will face Mackay Magistrates Court on Friday in the wake of an Ethical Standards Command investigation this week.

The alleged incident involving two on-duty officers and a woman took place on Sunday morning, and was reported to police on Monday afternoon.

Kristian Silva: Good morning, Brisbane.

Happy Friday! That's right, just 8.5 (or nine if you're unlucky) hours to go until this working week is done.

Still plenty of news to get through today. Keep this page open in the background while you work, and check back regularly to see quick breaking news updates. If something interests you, click the link and read the full story.

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  • OK, here is my dispassionate and uninformed view on the Corby thing. The Minister has 1,700 parole applications in his inbox; things could take a while. Second, that Schapelle show is going to air on Sunday and will no doubt call into question the veracity of the Indon legal system. Thirdly, Corby has become a pawn in the ongoing diplomatic dispute over boat people/spying etc. I dont think she's coming out any time soon because I cant see the Minister rushing to placate a bunch of Aussies whingers

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