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Brisbane Live: Friday November 22, 2013

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Dan nancarrow

Thanks for reading Brisbane Live.

We'll see you back here on Monday, hopefully the Aussies have won this first test by then!

Have a great weekend.

Dan nancarrow

Okay Cricket fans, here's the bureau's forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday they're expecting a top of 30 with scattered showers and storms throughout the day.

On Sunday the temperature is expected to hit 33 with isolated showers and a chance of a thunderstorm.

Not the best forecast with Australia in a commanding position but hopefully we don't lose too much play.

Tony Moore.

Labor's former infrastructure and education minister Stirling Hinchliffe will stand in the traditionally safe Labor seat of Sandgate at the next Queensland election.

Labor firmly believes the LNP plans to go to an early state election in 2014 seeking a mandate to sell a number of publicly-owned assets in order to boost Queensland's finances.

Stirling Hinchliffe will run in the seat of Sandgate at the next Queensland election.
Stirling Hinchliffe will run in the seat of Sandgate at the next Queensland election. Photo: Glen Hunt
Amy Remeikis

Ken Levy has announced he intends to stay on as the acting head of the Crime and Misconduct Commission.

Acting head of the Crime and Misconduct Commission Ken Levy.
Acting head of the Crime and Misconduct Commission Ken Levy. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Dan nancarrow

Brisbane hit a high of 28.1 degrees today without a speck of rain falling since 9am.

There's a lot of storm activity west of Brisbane at the moment, but it isn't supposed to interrupt play at the Gabba. 

Stay tuned for a weekend forecast.

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Dan nancarrow

Australia have dismissed England for 136, giving the Aussies a 159 run-lead over the tourists as Michael Clarke's boys head back out to bat in the second innings.

Keep up to date with all the latest Ashes action in our live blog, hosted by sports editor and pig-naming specialist Phil Lutton. 

Golden duck: Steve Smith of Australia dives to take the catch to remove Matt Prior.
Golden duck: Steve Smith of Australia dives to take the catch to remove Matt Prior. Photo: Getty Images
Kristian Silva
The Modball Rally will roll into Brisbane this weekend.
The Modball Rally will roll into Brisbane this weekend. Photo: Supplied

Hundreds of cars and vehicles will roar into Brisbane this weekend as part of Australia’s first Modball rallies.

Sports cars, fire engines, limos, movie cars and monster trucks are expected to take part in the event, which kicks off in Sydney on Saturday.

The Modball Rally troupe will drive from Sydney to Brisbane, via Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay.

Marissa Calligeros

Schoolies arrests are at their lowest in five years.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey, who toured the Surfers Paradise precinct with Police Commissioner Ian Stewart on Thursday night, said there had been just 72 arrests during the annual celebration, which attracted 30,000 teenagers to the Gold Coast this year.

Phil Lutton.

Good news about the predicted storms:

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Kristian Silva

A father has faced court on manslaughter charges over the death of his son and two others after they drank a batch of home-made spirits at Ballandean this year.

William Neil Clarence Lynam, 69, faced the Warwick Magistrates Court on Friday morning where he was granted bail by Magistrate Graham Lee until January 8.

In June, 21-year-old Joel Lynam, 30-year-old Brad Wilmot and 21-year-old Vincent Summers died after drinking the home-made alcohol.

Amy Remeikis

Government MPs now hold the balance of power in the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee.

Leader of the House Ray Stevens announced on Friday LNP MPs Ian Rickuss, Michael Pucci and Verity Barton would form part of the seven person committee, with the LNP member for Capalaba, Steve Davis, taking the chair.

This is despite a 2010 parliamentary committee review, which recommended legislation be changed to allow the opposition leader to select the chair, so as not to give the government control.

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Bernard Tomic has got into the spirit of Schoolies, partying at Sin City nightclub on the Gold Coast.

Kristian Silva

A line of about 50 were queued outside Angus & Robertson on Adelaide Street this afternoon to get their book signed by Matthew Reilly.

Reilly's new book is called The Tournament.

Matthew Reilly signs books for fans.
Matthew Reilly signs books for fans. Photo: Kristian Silva
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There's those storms that the bureau predicts will hit this afternoon:

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Natalie Bochenski

Here is Cai's famous 2006 work 'Head on', featuring 99 wolves throwing themselves at a glass wall.

Cai says he uses animals to depict human behaviour.

Arts minister Ian Walker said the lunging lupines reminded him of this week in parliament.

Cai's 2006 work 'Head on'.
Cai's 2006 work 'Head on'. Photo: Natalie Bochenski

Clive Palmer heaped praise on the Brisbane Times during a press conference in Coolum today. How should we take this?


"But I must say I’ve been very impressed this week by the Brisbane Times. I’ve been reading it all the time now.

"It’s my number one publication in Queensland. It's easy, it’s free, you get to do it online.

"Throw away that bulky Courier-Mail and that bulky Australian.

"You don’t want to read that, you’ve got to pay for that. Just click on and then you’ve got the Brisbane Times, one of the best papers in the country, it gives you fast, efficient and quick news."

Natalie Bochenski
Another of Cai's works.
Another of Cai's works. Photo: Natalie Bochenski

This is Cai's second new work, Eucalyptus.

This tree was felled as part of development out at Brookfield. It's now art!

Marissa Calligeros

RSPCA officers hold grave concerns for the young pig that was smuggled into the Gabba cricket ground with its snout taped shut on Thursday.

RSCPA spokesman Michael Beatty said the dwarf pig was extremely stressed and refusing to eat on Friday morning.

When Gabba security was alerted to the pig during the first day of Ashes play on Thursday afternoon, the animal and the spectator allegedly responsible for smuggling the animal into the stadium were turned over to police.

The pig is currently being looked after by the RSPCA.
The pig is currently being looked after by the RSPCA. Photo: Supplied
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