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Brisbane Live: Friday January 17, 2014

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

Poll: Should bicycles be regulated off the road, as Michael Pascoe has suggested?

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Yes, it is too dangerous for them to be on the road

25%

Yes, they are annoying to motorists

6%

No, they have just as much right to drive on the roads as motorists

28%

No, but more could be done to decrease the need for cyclists to ride on the road

37%

Other (please leave a comment)

4%

Total votes: 1050.

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Poll closed 19 Jan, 2014

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Dan Nancarrow: Thanks for reading Brisbane Live.

Enjoy the weekend and we'll see you again on Monday with all the latest breaking news.

Dan Nancarrow: Looking ahead to the weekend forecast there could be a bit of rain about:

Saturday 18 January

Min 21
Max 30
Possible morning shower.

Sunday 19 January

Min 20
Max 32
Cloud clearing


Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Dan Nancarrow: Brisbane hit a high of 30.8 degrees today. There's a 30 per cent chance of a shower this afternoon, according to the bureau.

Dan Nancarrow: A big deal is made every year about New Year's resolutions, but going by this poll not many people are interested in them!

Poll: Have you given up on your New Year's resolutions yet?

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Yes, they didn't last more than two weeks

3%

Yes, they only lasted a few days

5%

No, I am sticking to them so far

48%

Some I have, others are still going strong

5%

I didn't make any

39%

Total votes: 218.

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Poll closed 17 Jan, 2014

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Simon Holt: Three winners from the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), which were covered live by the Brisbane Times from City Hall late last year, have been nominated for an Oscar.

Omar, which won the 2013 APSA for Best Feature Film, has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category, while The Act of Killing, which won the APSA for Best Documentary Feature Film, has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary category. 

Yi dai zong shi (The Grandmaster), whose lead actress Zhang Ziyi won the 2013 APSA for Best Performance by an Actress, has been nominated for two Oscars - Cinematography and Best Costume. APSA nominee for Best Animated Feature Film, Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises), has won an Oscar nomination.

Dan Nancarrow: Looking back at some of our polls this week, the majority of voters believe you should never boo an injured sportsperson, following the crowd booing Bernard Tomic after he withdrew with an injury at the Australian Open.

Poll: Was the Australian Open crowd right to boo Bernard Tomic after he retired hurt?

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Yes, he should have played on

35%

No, you should never boo an injured sportsperson

41%

No, you should never boo a fellow Australian sportsperson

2%

No, you should never boo any sportsperson

19%

Other (please leave comment below)

3%

Total votes: 867.

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AAP: A large blaze on the Darling Downs could reach homes this afternoon.

The fire has burnt 400 hectares of land near the Gore Highway at The Pines, about 120km west of Toowoomba, at noon on Friday.

Dan Nancarrow: Another traffic accident on the state's highway, this time on the Warrego:

The Bruce Highway southbound is now open:

Here's an update on the traffic north of the city:

The Gabba one dayer between England and Australia is underway.

England are currently 1/57.

Follow all the action on our live blog.

England captain Alastair Cook and Australia captain Michael Clarke with the ODI trophy.

England captain Alastair Cook and Australia captain Michael Clarke with the ODI trophy. Photo: Getty Images

Katherine Feeney:

Cameron Atfield: The ballot paper for the Griffith by-election has taken shape.

The candidates were randomly drawn at the Australian Electoral Commission in Brisbane this afternoon.

Here's the order they'll appear in for the February 8 poll:

  1. Timothy Lawrence – Stable Population Party
  2. Geoff Ebbs – The Greens
  3. Christopher Williams – Family First
  4. Karel Boele – Independent
  5. Anthony Ackroyd – Bullet Train for Australia Party
  6. Anne Reid – Secular Party of Australia
  7. Terri Butler – Australian Labor Party
  8. Melanie Thomas – Pirate Party.
  9. Travis Windsor – Independent
  10. Ray Sawyer – Katter’s Australian Party
  11. Bill Glasson – Liberal National Party
The Griffith ballot is drawn.

The Griffith ballot is drawn. Photo: Cameron Atfield

Traffic camera shows backed up traffic on the Bruce hwy.

Traffic camera shows backed up traffic on the Bruce hwy. Photo: Transport and Main Roads

Amy Remeikis: A five car pile up on the Bruce Highway has bottle necked all traffic north of Brisbane.

The crash, which is believed to involve two caravans, has closed southbound lanes from 500 metres north of the Pine Rivers Bridge.

One northbound lane has also been closed.

Dan Nancarrow: Michael Pascoe has suggested regulating bicycles off the road in his latest column for Fairfax Media. Do you agree?

Poll: Should bicycles be regulated off the road, as Michael Pascoe has suggested?

Poll form
  1. Please select an answer.
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Yes, it is too dangerous for them to be on the road

25%

Yes, they are annoying to motorists

6%

No, they have just as much right to drive on the roads as motorists

28%

No, but more could be done to decrease the need for cyclists to ride on the road

37%

Other (please leave a comment)

4%

Total votes: 1050.

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Poll closed 19 Jan, 2014

Disclaimer:

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Cameron Atfield: The Griffith spinny thingy of destiny.

In a few minutes' time, a draw will determine the order of candidates on the Griffith by-election ballot papers.

The ballot draw for the Griffith byelection.

The ballot draw for the Griffith byelection. Photo: Cameron Atfield

Nine News: A traffic issue to be aware of if you are hitting the road:

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Kim Stephens: Brisbane’s northside cycling community rejoices.

Northside cyclists have long believed themselves to be the poor cousins of their southside counterparts when it has come to investment in cycling infrastructure, with no continuous off road path to take them into the CBD.

The soon-to-be constructed ‘‘missing link’’ is stretch of pathway, which will run behind the RNA showgrounds and link O’Connell Terrace in Bowen Hills with an existing path that runs beside Victoria Park Golf Course.

He features in one of the most enduring rugby league photographs, which was inspiration for the NRL premiership trophy.

Rugby League legend Norm Provan has put his Sunshine Coast hinterland property on the market, hoping to sell his three-level home for more than $2 million.

Norm Provan's luxury three-level, five-bedroom home is built on 22 hectares, and boasts hinterland and coastal views. Click for more photos

Rugby league legend's home for sale

Norm Provan's luxury three-level, five-bedroom home is built on 22 hectares, and boasts hinterland and coastal views. Photo: Supplied

Cameron Atfield: In a little more than an hour, the all-important Griffith ballot draw will take place in Brisbane’s CBD, with the coveted top position vital to attracting the electorate’s constituency of donkeys.

In addition to the ALP’s Terri Butler, the LNP’s Bill Glasson and the other candidates highlighted in our preview story yesterday, Kevin Rudd impersonator Anthony Ackroyd and independent Karel Boele are also expected to appear on the ballot.

Ackroyd is running for the Bullet Train for Australia Party (we think they’re keen on bullet trains), while Boele is running on a “participatory democracy” platform, with every vote in Canberra to be determined by internet vote.

Natalie Bochenski: Sad news for Brisbane commercial radio station 4BC.

They're losing presenter Heather Stott after just five days in her new role as Afternoons co-host.

According to station management, family circumstances have arisen that will prevent Ms Stott continuing in a full time role, but she will stay with the station as a casual presenter/producer.

It's hoped a replacement will be named as soon as possible.

Kim Stephens: Excitement is building down in Edward Street, where the queue for the Apple store opening is growing by the minute.

Some people have been in line since 7pm last night to be the first in the door at the new MacArthur Chambers store, the first in the CBD.

 

People line up outside the new Apple store in the Brisbane CBD.

People line up outside the new Apple store in the Brisbane CBD. Photo: Kim Stephens

Dan Nancarrow: What happened overnight:

- The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child demanded far more transparency on crimes that rocked the Catholic Church, calling on the Vatican to reveal the scope of the decades-long sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests.

- The use of a new form of lethal injection used for executions in Ohio proved to be problematic. 

- The trial of four men accused of assassinating Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri began.

Cameron Atfield: American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson has not seen a decline in Queensland sales since the VLAD laws were introduced but they are aware of the situation in the Sunshine State. 

Queensland Government proposes tough new anti-gang laws.

Queensland Government proposes tough new anti-gang laws. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Dan Nancarrow: We've got a new feature on Brisbane Live this week - The Week In Pictures gallery - which highlights the biggest stories of the past seven days.

Have a look back at the week that was:

Saturday January 11: The bodies of Noelene Bischoff, 54, and her daughter Yvana, 14, arrive in Brisbane after the pair died within hours of each other while on holiday in Bali last week. Later in the week the pair's bodies were released to their families. Click for more photos

The Week in Pictures: Friday January 17, 2014

Saturday January 11: The bodies of Noelene Bischoff, 54, and her daughter Yvana, 14, arrive in Brisbane after the pair died within hours of each other while on holiday in Bali last week. Later in the week the pair's bodies were released to their families. Photo: TERTIUS PICKARD

  • Saturday January 11: The bodies of Noelene Bischoff, 54, and her daughter Yvana, 14, arrive in Brisbane after the pair died within hours of each other while on holiday in Bali last week. Later in the week the pair's bodies were released to their families.
  • Sunday January 12: A video of Wynnum bike enthusiast Jamie Evans's encounter with a police officer goes viral. Mr Evans claimed he was being harassed by the officer after he was detained for "close to an hour" without any charges being laid. Later in the week he received an apology from police commissioner Ian Stewart for being inconvenienced.
  • Monday January 13: Premier Campbell Newman returns from holidays, telling new 4BC Morning Show presenter Patrick Condren that a state election won't be until next year. He also admitted to not liking his government's own bikie laws, but stated they were necessary.
  • Monday January 13: Australian Actress Cate Blanchett wins Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Award for Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards.
  • Tuesday January 14: Australia's Bernard Tomic is booed by the Australian Open crowd as he retires hurt from his match against Rafael Nadal.
  • Wednesday January 15:  Pat Rafter returns to professional tennis, playing alongside Lleyton Hewitt in the mens doubles at the Australian Open. The pair lost their first round match against Eric Butorac of the United States and Raven Klaasen of South Africa.
  • Thursday January 16: University of Queensland venomologist Bryan Fry reveals the details of a discovery of old snake venom in the Journal of Proteomics. Within the find, from a collection curated by late renowned venom researcher Struan Sutherland, were 52 venom samples, some of which were incredibly rare and historically important.
  • Friday January 17: The new Apple store at Macarthur Chambers in the Brisbane CBD opens to the public.

Dan Nancarrow: Good morning and welcome to Brisbane Live.

Stay tuned for the latest news and weather from around the city.

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  • What about ban cars and leave the road for bikes. What an offensive survey.

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    Mark
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    January 17, 2014, 5:54PM
  • C'mon BT - a poll such as this helps no one in the cav v cyclist debate. This is the type of thing I'd expect on a News site.

    Cyclists and car drivers are all people and are all at fault. This simply antogonises each group.

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    Pie Thrower
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    January 17, 2014, 1:39PM
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