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Brisbane Live: Friday January 24, 2014

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

Poll: What does Australia Day mean to you?

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It's a celebration of everything that makes our country great

35%

A day off and a barbecue with friends/family

11%

Triple J Hottest 100 time

8%

It's just another long weekend

20%

I regard it as Invasion Day - the day marking white settlement

17%

An excuse to get drunk - despite the warnings

2%

Other (please leave a comment)

7%

Total votes: 857.

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Poll closed 27 Jan, 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.

Dan Nancarrow: 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:

Poll: Would you speak up if a stranger was being racially abused?

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Yes, without a doubt

51%

Yes, if other people were speaking up as well

7%

I'd like to think I would but I'm not sure if I could

27%

No, it isn't up to me to protect a random stranger

3%

No, I would be too fearful of my own safety

9%

Other (please leave a comment)

3%

Total votes: 3748.

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Poll closed 24 Jan, 2014

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Dan Nancarrow: 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

Nine News: A measles update:

Dan Nancarrow: 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.

AAP: 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.

Dan Nancarrow: 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

4BC:

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.

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

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

Poll: What does Australia Day mean to you?

Poll form
  1. Please select an answer.
  2. View results
It's a celebration of everything that makes our country great

35%

A day off and a barbecue with friends/family

11%

Triple J Hottest 100 time

8%

It's just another long weekend

20%

I regard it as Invasion Day - the day marking white settlement

17%

An excuse to get drunk - despite the warnings

2%

Other (please leave a comment)

7%

Total votes: 857.

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Poll closed 27 Jan, 2014

Disclaimer:

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

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Australia Day plans for Brisbane

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

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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”.

Dan Nancarrow: The Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards winners were announced at a ceremony held at City Hall last night.

The Citizen of the Year Award was given to Balmoral's Peter Rasey in acknowledgement of his volunteer work.

The Senior Citizen of the Year Award went to both Beres McCallum and Diana Hacker.

While Phillip Di Bella won the Corporate Citizen of the Year award.

We'll have a longer list of winners later in the day.

Dan Nancarrow: The forecast for today is for a top of 29 with an 80 per cent chance of showers. 

For a wrap of all the flooding yesterday following the evening rain read Kristian's story here.

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AAP: Forensic officers have searched a house in central Queensland as they continue hunting for the bodies of two young murder victims.

Dan Nancarrow: What happened overnight:

- Tony Abbott has broken with the convention of avoiding domestic point-scoring while on the international stage by claiming Labor had erred during the financial crisis while speaking in Switzerland overnight.

 - Protesters battling the police in the Ukrainian capital agreed to a temporary cease-fire as opposition leaders planned to attend a second round of negotiations with President Viktor Yanukovych.

- Reports in the US say Apple will come out with two new iPhone models this year, and each one will feature a larger screen

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has attacked Labor's stimulus spending during the GFC in his speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has attacked Labor's stimulus spending during the GFC in his speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Photo: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Dan Nancarrow: Good morning and welcome to Brisbane Live.

It's thankfully the last day of the working week, so let us take you through to the weekend with the latest news and weather.

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  • Yearly I attend an morning citizenship ceremony to delightfully watch with pride, the glowing faces of people becoming Aussies.

    Many colourfully dressed in their home land attire. Their family and friends so happy to witness this commitment to Australia....

    I take the oath every year while I try to hold back my tears...
    I am, we are Aust-ra-lian. - Inspiring

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    Rawso
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    January 25, 2014, 10:46AM

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