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Brisbane Live: Monday 4 November, 2013

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

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Kristian Silva: Thanks for joining us today on Brisbane Live - a day where supposedly anonymous hackers found themselves thrust into the spotlight.

brisbanetimes.com.au revealed the identity of the man who posted a video, directed at Premier Campbell Newman, which sparked concerns for the safety of his family. Whether or not those concerns were a storm in a teacup, is something you can decide for yourself.

We'll be back again tomorrow morning to bring you the latest news as it happens from Brisbane.

Good luck in the workplace (or household) Melbourne Cup sweeps tomorrow.

Kristian Silva: A motel in the small tourist town of Agnes Water, about 120 kilometres north of Bundaberg, was one of the 100-odd Australian websites targeted by hackers from Indonesia.

The Mango Tree Motel's website was displaying a message from the hackers until earlier this afternoon, when the page was taken down by the motel's web designer.

Owner Mick Seebacher said he was at a loss to explain why his business was targeted, but said people could still book accommodation over the phone or via a third-party booking service.

"It’s a bit strange. It goes to show you what these buggers can do. If they can get into ours they can get into anyone's computer," he said.

David Wroe: Innocent victims of the spying spat between Indonesia and Australia include the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane, a children's cancer association and an anti-slavery charity, whose websites have been attacked by Indonesian hackers.

Schools and community groups were also among at least 100 Australian websites hit by the wave of cyber-attacks, which were launched in retaliation to the Australian embassy surveillance affair.

Wesley Hospital spokesman said the cyber-attack was fixed quickly and there was no chance that patient information had been compromised, though some patients may have experienced minor inconvenience.

Tim Flannery will appear at the Men of Letters event next Sunday.

Tim Flannery will appear at the Men of Letters event next Sunday. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Kristian Silva: A male spin-off to the popular "Women of Letters" stage show is coming to Brisbane next Sunday.

With a lineup including environmentalist Tim Flannery, Ernie Dingo, Spencer Howson and comedian Lawrence Mooney, the audience at The Zoo will be in for an interesting afternoon.

A total of nine prominent Australian men will each be penning and reading a letter to 'The Woman Who Changed My Life'.

For more details about the Men of Letters, visit The Zoo website.

Kim Stephens: A South Bank tunnel just got a whole lot more colourful with a $30,000 mural near South Brisbane rail station unvelied by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.

The mural, painted in a tunnel that links Stephens Road and Colcheseter Street is part of a City Hall bid to cut down on graffiti and enhance the vibrancy of the area.

"Council worked in partnership with Jugglers Art Space to deliver the mural, which depicts the local history," Cr Quirk said.

"The mural is built around a theme of pathways linking indigenous history, education and the South Bank Parklands.

"Council is working hard to prevent graffiti through the installation of community murals such as this one with stakeholders banding together to plan and deliver the project."

Council has spent $30,000 on a mural in a tunnel that links Stephens Road and Colcheseter Street in South Bank.

Council has spent $30,000 on a mural in a tunnel that links Stephens Road and Colcheseter Street in South Bank. Photo: Supplied

Corey and Aneka Davis, the one time they got to hold their hero baby, Sonny, before he passed away at 18 days old.

Corey and Aneka Davis, the one time they got to hold their hero baby, Sonny, before he passed away at 18 days old. Photo: Supplied

Kim Stephens: Sonny Davis, the tiny Townsville boy whose inspiring battle for life earned him the label "hero baby", has passed away at just 18 days old.

Sonny's parents Corey and Aneka Davis made the heartbreaking decision to let their son go on Saturday after his battle against the rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma finally became insurmountable.

Despite continually defying the expectations of doctors at Brisbane's Royal Children's Hospital by clinging to life, infection and irrevocable damage to Sonny's tiny liver and kidneys prompted Mr Davis and his wife to make the decision the young father said no parent should ever face.

"We told him it was okay to stop fighting," Mr Davis said.

Marissa Calligeros: Meet the man behind the Anonymous video posted to Campbell Newman, which sparked safety concerns for the premier's family.

He is Daniel Walker, an activist from Brisbane who has previously campaigned for the rights of single parents in Queensland.

A photo of Daniel Walker from his Facebook page.

A photo of Daniel Walker from his Facebook page.

Natalie Bochenski: As someone who's been known to haunt the Myer Centre foodcourt, I was surprised to discover the whole place has been given a makeover.

Apparently that was on purpose - much of the refurbishment was carried out after hours to minimise disruption.

The Myer Centre worked with Brisbane architects Arkhefield on the new look, which includes a large format digital screen and two vertical gardens.

Local industrial designers luxxbox who custom-designed and locally manufactured a number of the new food court chairs.

The refurbished Myer Centre food court.

The refurbished Myer Centre food court. Photo: Supplied

Tony Moore: An apprentice mechanic who posted online a photo with Campbell Newman's personal details - which ended up in the hands of people claiming to be linked to an internet activist group - wrote to the premier to apologise in August.

The apprentice photographed the mobile phone numbers and home address of Mr Newman and his wife Lisa and posted it to social media to boast about working on the premier's car in August, according to the managing director of the dealership.

The Newmans received harassing phone calls at the weekend after their mobile phone numbers and home address were reposted online.

Scott Beveridge: Here is Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers speaking on 612ABC radio this morning about plans to give police protective vests.

He also wants permission for officers who feel under threat because of tough anti-bikie laws, to be able to take their firearms home at night.

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Police families are 'scared'

Police want body armour and the option to take their firearms home because they feel "more of a target" due to tough anti-bikie gang laws.

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Kristian Silva: Here is Fairfax Media's analysis of the 24 runners in tomorrow's Melbourne Cup.

Good luck if you're trying to pick the winner.

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Not sure which horse to back for the Cup?

From Dunaden to Ruscello, our racing experts analyse all 24 contenders for the 2013 Melbourne Cup.

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AAP: Police investigating the stabbing murder of a man outside a Gold Coast holiday complex five months ago have seized a car they believe is linked to the crime.

Max Waller, 28, was stabbed to death in front of a Broadbeach holiday unit complex in June.

Police say a vehicle believed to be linked to the murder has been seized from a Burleigh Waters property.

AAP: Conman Peter Foster says he will likely be granted a Fiji protection visa if he can get an outstanding arrest warrant lifted.

Foster, 51, fled the country last month after an arrest warrant was issued over his failure to front the Federal Court in Brisbane to be sentenced for contempt.

He was handed a three-year jail term, with at least 18 months to be served behind bars, for ignoring a 2005 ban on taking part in the weight-loss industry.

Kristian Silva: Hang on a minute...

Kristian Silva: Not-for profit-youth organisation, NSI Youthlink, celebrated its 21st birthday on Saturday.

The organisation provides opportunities for young people on North Stradbroke Island to be active, creative and contributing members of society. 

Some of the programs the group runs include: skating competitions, whale welcoming, sand art festivals, adventure camps, rodeos, lantern festivals, photographic workshops and discos.

All grown up...NSI Youthlink turned 21 on Saturday.

All grown up...NSI Youthlink turned 21 on Saturday. Photo: Supplied

Lara Seville, manager of Miala Teahouse at Mt Glorious.

Lara Seville, manager of Miala Teahouse at Mt Glorious. Photo: Tony Moore

Tony Moore: The Newman Government's heavy-handed approach to new bikie legislation has put two businesses on the popular Brisbane weekend biker trail at risk of going broke.

Now there is a fear that the downturn in weekend bikers is having a bigger impact, hitting the weekend "tourist trade" in the Brisbane Valley.

The Miala Teahouse at Mt Glorious and the Pitstop Cafe at Mt Mee have both seen a 30 per cent cut to their trade over the past three weeks.

Kristian Silva: And I can confirm that nothing has occurred down at Roma Street police headquarters. It's just an old-fashioned fire drill, police say.

Kristian Silva: We'll try to get to the bottom of this. Not exactly sure what has occurred, if anything.

Kristian Silva: The Queensland government has allocated $1.4 million towards community events to be held across the state.

The grants, which range from $5500 to $135,000, have gone towards things like Currumbin’s Swell Sculpture Festival, and Airlie Beach’s Race Week.

“The latest funding round supports a diverse calendar of Queensland events, ranging from sailing regattas to triathlons, food and wine festivals and arts and cultural celebrations,” Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Jann Stuckey said.

Nine News:

Tony Moore: Police Minister Jack Dempsey approved lightweight protective body armor for Queensland police on Monday morning.

It will first be rolled out in police areas where outlaw motorcycle gangs are known to operate.

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers met with Mr Dempsey at the Queensland Law Building, and emerged to announce the minister had agreed to order the equipment.

Today’s development comes after police called for the body armor last week, following threats from bikie gangs.

Kristian Silva: It’s a strange thing for a football manager to be unhappy with his players after a 3-0 win.

It’s even stranger for him to be unhappy when that win takes his club to the top of the table.

According to Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey, elements of their performance against the Melbourne Heart suggest there is a long way to go until his side good enough to lift silverware in the A-League this season.

Brisbane players celebrate after Brazilian forward Henrique scores.

Brisbane players celebrate after Brazilian forward Henrique scores. Photo: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

AAP: The federal government has approved a massive coal mining project in central Queensland that will be the largest in the country.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt approved the 37,380 hectare Kevin's Corner project on Friday.

The mine, to be operated by a joint India-Australia consortium, GVK-Hancock, is the first to be approved since the introduction of a new water trigger rule by the previous federal government.

Tony Moore, Marissa Calligeros: Premier Campbell Newman and his wife Lisa received harassing phone calls at the weekend after their mobile phone numbers and home address were listed on a social media site.

The security breach has caused escalating tension within the Premier's family, given that information may have landed in the hands of outlaw motorcycle gangs.

The personal information was posted on a social media site linked to motorcycle groups in Australia.

Meanwhile, police are investigating a YouTube video directed at the Premier purportedly posted by international cyber hacker group Anonymous.

Kristian Silva: Good morning, Brisbane.

Welcome to Brisbane Live, where we’ll be bringing you the news from our city as it happens.

We’ll also try to throw in some colour to brighten up your Monday.

Speaking of brightness, it has been a bit of a gloomy start to the morning, but the Bureau of Meteorology is expecting things to clear and a top of 27 degrees.

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  • They are getting body armour, no that are not getting body armour. Does anyonre know who is running this state? More reactionary policy from a lightweight, pathetic government. Time for Queenslanders to vote in a real government instead of these fools that are so far out of their depth it's an embarassment

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    November 04, 2013, 12:27PM

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