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Brisbane Live: Friday January 17, 2014

Dan nancarrow

Thanks for reading Brisbane Live.

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


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

Saturday 18 January

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Max 30
Possible morning shower.

Sunday 19 January

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Cloud clearing

Source: Bureau of Meteorology


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.


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


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.

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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.

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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.


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:

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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
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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

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.


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

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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
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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.

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