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Brisbane Live: Friday June 6, 2014

Dan nancarrow

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partly cloudy

Brisbane hit a high of 25.9 degrees today. 

The forecast for the weekend is:

Saturday: Partly Cloudy and a top of 24

Sunday: A possible shower and a top of 23

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Remember the Lifeline Bookfest starts tomorrow:

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Brisbane Live

The parents of an Australian journalist on trial in Egypt say they're prepared for the worst after prosecutors demanded the maximum penalty for all defendants in the trial.

Prosecutors say they want penalties ranging from 15 to 20 years' jail for all 20 defendants, including Peter Greste, in the trial of Al Jazeera journalists accused of aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood.

Mr Greste's parents told reporters in Brisbane on Friday that although they know their son is innocent they are still prepared for the worst.

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As we posted earlier, the Liberal National Party has named a senior psychologist as Dr Chris Davis's replacement in Stafford.

Dr Davis forced a by-election in the north Brisbane seat by resigning from parliament after speaking out against his Liberal National Party government's policies.

Bob Andersen, a senior psychologist with Queensland Health, will take his place for the LNP at the byelection on July 19.

Labor's candidate, facial surgeon Dr Anthony Lynham, has already been named and is favoured to claim the seat.

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Brisbane Live

A man accused of trying to abduct a toddler at a shopping centre was released from prison just two days before the incident.

Daniel Carl Austin, 29, faced court on Friday charged with child abduction after he allegedly snatched a three-year-old boy from his mother at a north Brisbane shopping centre on Thursday.

Bystanders alerted by the woman's screams chased a man through Lutwyche Shopping Centre and held him until police arrived.

The man accused of trying to snatch a toddler from a Brisbane shopping centre leaves Stafford police station in handcuffs.
The man accused of trying to snatch a toddler from a Brisbane shopping centre leaves Stafford police station in handcuffs. Photo: Seven News
Phil Lutton.

Reds stars James Horwill and halfback Will Genia were omitted from the match-day squad altogether by their former Reds coach, but both men are determined to prove their worth over the international winter.

The Wallabies open the international rugby union season at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

Wallabies skipper James Horwill prepares for the Lions.
Wallabies skipper James Horwill prepares for the Lions. Photo: Getty Images
Channel 9

More LNP election candidate news:

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Amy Remeikis

Retiring LNP MP David Gibson has used parliamentary privilege to accuse a fellow party member and police officer of warning against questioning his loyalty as he had "delivered death threats on behalf of the party''.

Mr Gibson claimed "serving police officer Mr Llew O'Brien'' made these statements.

When contacted by Fairfax Media, Mr O'Brien declined to comment about Mr Gibson's claims.

Party president Bruce McIver also declined to comment, as did the Queensland Police Service.

Queensland MP David Gibson.
Queensland MP David Gibson. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
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The LNP pick is in: 

Polls

Today is Queensland Day - June 6. While the day isn't as big of a celebration as Australia Day, we wonder if it should be. What are your suggestions for celebrating Queensland Day?

Tony Moore.

Stradbroke Islands traditional elders Robert Anderson and Aunty Evelyn Parkin take the Quandamooka people's Writ against the Newman Government's over-riding of their indigenous land use agreement on Stradbroke Island to the High Court.

The Quandamooka people say they had an indigenous land use agreement in place since 2011 under the Native Title Act.

They believe the Newman Government over-rode that agreement when they allowed sand mining to continue past 2019 without talking to the Quandamooka people.

Robert Anderson and Aunty Evelyn Parkin take the Quandamooka people's Writ to the High Court.
Robert Anderson and Aunty Evelyn Parkin take the Quandamooka people's Writ to the High Court. Photo: Tony Moore
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Marissa Calligeros

It has been revealed the woman stabbed to death in a suspected murder and suicide attempt on the Gold Coast is well-liked grandmother.

Neighbour Sharrene Allen has lived near the woman and her husband for 16 years.

"They have lovely grandchildren," she told ABC Radio.

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Kim Stephens

Twenty-two-year-old Lucas Bird was sitting on a bench reading a book while waiting for his mother when a trio of young men approached him at the University of Queensland.

Recognising him as the “poofter” always holding hands with his partner, they unleashed an explicit, homophobic verbal tirade.

Mr Bird said the shock of the unprovoked attack was heightened by the fact that the trio loudly and persistently raged at him with explicit homophobic language yet no-one came to his aid.

He said part of the reason he went public with the incident was to raise awareness that such behaviour was not acceptable.

Lucas Bird with partner Arthur Dowdle. Mr Bird was subjected to a verbal homophobic attack in broad daylight at the ...
Lucas Bird with partner Arthur Dowdle. Mr Bird was subjected to a verbal homophobic attack in broad daylight at the University of Queensland's St Lucia campus. Photo: Supplied
Marissa Calligeros
breaking news

Police are investigating a possible murder and suicide attempt on the Gold Coast.

Officers were called to a Tuesley Court home in Southport about 8am today, where they found a deceased woman with multiple stab wounds.

A man, believed to be aged in his 70s, was also found inside the house with serious stab wounds. He was taken by ambulance to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

Anyone needing support can contact Lifeline on 131 114 or Mensline on 1300 789 978.

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