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Brisbane Live: Friday January 24, 2014

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Dan nancarrow

Thanks for reading Brisbane Live today.

Because of the Australia Day holiday we're off until Tuesday when Kristian will be taking over Brisbane Live for the week.

Be sure to join us then.


Yesterday we asked "Would you speak up if a stranger was being racially abused?" inspired by a story by Natalie Bochenski about a Brisbane woman who stood up to an aggressive racist bully on a city bus.

The majority of you said you would, without a doubt. Here are the results:


Looking ahead to the weekend the weather bureau forecast is for showers and a chance of a storm tomorrow and a possible shower on Sunday.

Saturday 25 January

Min 22
Max 31
Showers and chance of a storm.

Sunday 26 January

Min 21
Max 29
Possible shower.

Source: bom.gov.au

Channel 9

A measles update:

Brisbane Live

A 24-year-old Sunny bank Hills masseuse has been charged with sexual assault after inappropriately touching a 41-year-old woman at a Moreton Bay Road business on Saturday.

He will appear in the Cleveland Magistrates Court on February 13.

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Brisbane Live

Queensland Health has issued a measles alert for the Brisbane area after a man contracted the highly contagious disease overseas.

Metro North Public Health Unit Director Susan Vlack said the 40-year-old man, from Wavell Heights in the city's north, is recovering after being hospitalised on January 17.


Brisbane hit a high of 29.2 degrees at 1.23pm today.

There's been only 0.2mm of rain fall since 9am.

Amy Remeikis

Opposition MP Bill Byrne has retuned from his fact finding mission to Newcastle, to help bolster the opposition's argument for a 1am lock out, 3am last drinks and ban on shots after midnight.

He says while the Newcastle solution won't work as a "cut and paste" answer for Queensland, it does have a lot of merit.

Labor's Bill Byrne.
Labor's Bill Byrne. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Natalie Bochenski

Tully and Mission Beach will host the first Queensland community cabinet of 2014.

Premier Campbell Newman said residents and business of the far north Queensland towns were encouraged to raise local issues at the meeting on February 23-24.

“Tully and Mission Beach residents will be able to speak personally to members of the cabinet, as well as Assistant Ministers, about the region’s wants and needs, to help drive visitor numbers and industry,” Mr Newman said.

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Dan nancarrow

Our own Scotty Beveridge is a twitter star after having his tweet retweeted by former California governor and film legend Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Is a film role up next for the Ryan Gosling lookalike?

Dan nancarrow

The other Australia Day Awards winners are:

Community event of the Year Award: Calamvale Carnival

Australia Day Cultural/Arts Award: Glen Gillard

Young Citizen of the Year’ Award: Geno Ferrer

Australia Day Sports Award: Sonya Fisher

Lord Mayor’s Green Heart Award: Friends of the Park

Lord Mayor’s Green Heart Award – Individual: Leslie Nothling

Australia Day Achievement’ Awards:

Karen O’Mara (Wakerley)

Wanda Davis (Lota)

Mike Davis (Lota)

William Caldwell (Norman Park)

Pamela Davis (Greenslopes)

David Phillips (East Brisbane)

Brian Wheeler (Mansfield)

Fay Kiely (Runcorn)

Ann Peshkoff (Sunnybank)

Kellie Noble (Nundah)

Roy Donley (Nundah)

Sunny Drescher (Bracken Ridge)

Jane O’Brien (Shorncliffe)

Pina Palatella (Jindalee)

Dale Borgelt (Brookfield)

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk with the Australia Day Awards winners.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk with the Australia Day Awards winners. Photo: Supplied
Brisbane Live

If you’re not doing the Australia Day long weekend migration to the coast or country, here’s a list of events - from cockroach races to fireworks - on in Brisbane.

You can even enjoy, if that’s the correct word, a live performance of  ‘‘Capper Cabana’’ by Warwick Capper.

Kristian Silva

A Brisbane public relations firm that works for the United Motorcycle Council has threatened to sue the Queensland Government over alleged defamatory remarks made by Premier Campbell Newman and Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie.

Scott Beveridge

Father-of-three Lee Matthew Hillier tells a Brisbane court he went to meet a friend for lunch in the city before becoming the centre of a 90 minute siege in the Queen street mall.

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Channel 7

Sunday is Australia Day. What does the annual public holiday mean to you?

Scott Beveridge

Super hornet flyovers, fireworks, dunny races, citizenship ceremonies and sausage sizzles will highlight Brisbane's Australia Day activities on Sunday.

Amy Remeikis

The Wolf of Wall Street is all about the excesses of wealth - and so is its advertising.

A security guard has been posted at this Edward Street ad until Monday - the ad features Leo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort with Amercian $100 bills being blown around him.

But the box it all sits in is worth about $50,000 itself - and the security guard is there to make sure no one feels the urge to break in for a Greenback.

This advertisement for the Wolf of Wall Street is worth about $50,000 itself.
This advertisement for the Wolf of Wall Street is worth about $50,000 itself. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Kristian Silva

Police will target the state’s busiest highways on Friday as part of a one-day road blitz.

As part of Operation Plow unmarked and marked police cars, along with every police motorcycle in the state will be deployed on the M1 and the Bruce, Cunningham and Warrego highways.

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said he hoped the operation would “send a clear message to drivers”.

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