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Brisbane Live: Monday January 20, 2014

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

Poll: Do you agree with Campbell Newman's plan to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence?

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  1. Please select an answer.
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Yes, tougher penalties for anti-social behaviour will rein in violence

41%

No, severe penalties don't work

7%

No, lockouts and scaling back opening hours would work better

38%

No, higher alcohol taxes would work better

1%

No, education is the key

9%

Other (please leave a comment below)

4%

Total votes: 1405.

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Poll closed 21 Jan, 2014

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Dan Nancarrow: Thanks for reading Brisbane Live. 

Be sure to join us again tomorrow for the latest news and weather.

AAP: Queensland has the fastest economic growth rate in the nation, CommSec's latest State of the States report shows.

While the quarterly data labelled Western Australia as the best-performing economy, Queensland maintained the fastest annual economic growth rate in the nation, up 4.2 per cent on a year ago.

Business investment was also strong, but there was weakness in population growth.

Australian Traffic Network:

Dan Nancarrow: Brisbane hit a maximum of 33.5 today.

The outlook for tomorrow is a minimum of 23 and a top of 36.

Natalie Bochenski: Parents of young kids, take note: the ABC is shifting its kids programming.

From Sunday February 2, children's programming currently screening on ABC1 on Sunday mornings and weekday afternoons will migrate to ABC4Kids and ABC3.

Then from Monday July 21: all educational programming currently screening on ABC1 weekday mornings will move to ABC3.

Aunty says the move will save parents having to skip channels to find content, and allow them to change up their adults programs as well.

Nine News:

Natalie Bochenski: We've all had knockdowns in life, and they say it's how you get back up that matters.

If that's true, well, this chap might need a few more life lessons.

Brisbane recruitment officer Tae told us that it's not uncommon for rejected job applicants to reply in frustration, but this email really takes the cake.

She's posted it on Twitter as a word of warning for people to take some deep breaths before hitting the "Send" button.

What's the worst reaction to a job rejection you've seen? Or 'fess up and tell us about a bad reaction you had that you'd rather forget!

Is this letter the worst response to rejection you've seen?

Is this letter the worst response to rejection you've seen?

Kim Stephens: Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has been down at the Valley's Brunswick Street mall today to officially kick off the strip's $4 million facelift.

As reported in Brisbane Times on Saturday, rejuvenation works on the mall are set to be completed mid-year.

It is hoped the works will improve the area's daytime economy.

Intended works include the removal and replacement of pavers, improvements in lighting and public entertainment areas, placement of overhead wire structures for art installations and the construction of small retail and art pods.

"It’s important that Brisbane and the Brunswick Street Mall is ready to sell itself to the world when thousands of delegates, support staff and media travel to Brisbane for G20 Summit," Cr Quirk said in a statement this morning.

Kristian Silva: A quick reminder on school term dates for 2014...(so you know the dates to book those holidays!)

For Queensland state schools, terms run from:

  • Term 1 - Tuesday January 28 to Friday April 4
  • Term 2 - Tuesday April 22 to Friday June 27
  • Term 3 - Monday July 14 to Friday September 19
  • Term 4 - Tuesday October 7 to Friday December 12

The final day for year 12 students, before exams, is November 21.

Kristian Silva: A small group of protesters has gathered outside the Department of Immigration and Border Protection office on Adelaide Street in the CBD.

Members of the Refugee Action Collective say that more than 50 asylum seekers are being held in indefinite detention because of an adverse ASIO security assessment.

Protester Margarett McPherson said the plight of a Sri Lankan Tamil woman, Ranjini, was one case where a seemingly innocent person was being held in detention.

“We should not allow people who have apparently done nothing wrong...to be locked up indefinitely on the say-so of one agency,” she said.

Refugee Action Collective members gather on Adelaide Street in the Brisbane CBD.

Refugee Action Collective members gather on Adelaide Street in the Brisbane CBD. Photo: Kristian Silva

Natalie Bochenski: It's a long way from September, but never too early to start planning your theatrical year!

Tickets for The Perfect American, which will see its Australian premiere at the Brisbane Festival this year, have gone on sale.

This opera, from iconic composer Philip Glass, imagines the final months of Walt Disney's life, including appearances from Abraham Lincoln and Andy Warhol and clever animated projections.

The production runs from September 15-20 at the Concert Hall QPAC, so get in early to grab tickets.

Amy Remeikis: Hundreds of family members and friends have gathered in Gatton to farewell Noelene and Yvana Bischoff.

The mother and daughter lived on the Sunshine Coast, but their roots are in the small town, just outside Toowoomba.

Loved ones have come dressed in colour, determined to celebrate the lives of the pair, who adored each other and those close to them.

AAP: Immigrants and refugees who agree to settle in regional Queensland could jump the queue to come to Australia under a proposal flagged by the premier.

Campbell Newman has spoken to federal Immigration Minister Scott Morrison about plans to fast-track applications in return for driving growth outside the state's crowded southeast corner.

 

Kim Stephens: Campbell Newman has flagged a zero tolerance approach to alcohol-fuelled violence, saying more cops and tougher penalties are the key to curbing anti-social behaviour.

Poll: Do you agree with Campbell Newman's plan to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence?

Poll form
  1. Please select an answer.
  2. View results
Yes, tougher penalties for anti-social behaviour will rein in violence

41%

No, severe penalties don't work

7%

No, lockouts and scaling back opening hours would work better

38%

No, higher alcohol taxes would work better

1%

No, education is the key

9%

Other (please leave a comment below)

4%

Total votes: 1405.

Would you like to vote?

You will need Cookies enabled to use our Voting Feature.

Poll closed 21 Jan, 2014

Disclaimer:

These polls are not scientific and reflect the opinion only of visitors who have chosen to participate.

Phil Lutton: George Bailey's short Test career looks like it may be at an end.

The Tasmanian has been left out of the Australian squad to tour South Africa, with Alex Doolan and Shaun Marsh preferred.

Marsh looked in great touch in the one-dayer in Brisbane on Friday while Doolan remains an obvious talent. Bailey averaged 26 in the Ashes series and passed 50 just once in eight innings. Even being in a side that won 5-0 couldn't save his bacon.

Dropped: George Bailey played in all five Tests of the Ashes series.

Dropped: George Bailey played in all five Tests of the Ashes series. Photo: Getty Images

Marissa Calligeros: It’s like Christmas has come again ... well, for one Brisbane couple at least.

A Redland Bay man bought a $2 Instant Scratch-It ticket on Christmas Eve, but left it sitting in his car for three weeks. He found it on the dashboard, while cleaning out his car last week.

Now, he and his partner are $100,000 richer.

The couple say they will pay down their debts and perhaps use what is left over to fund their wedding.

For those of us who are particularly optimistic, the top prize-winning Scratch-It was purchased at Logandale Plaza News.

Dan Nancarrow: What happened overnight:

- Thai police have released a closed circuit television image of what they say is an attacker who threw a grenade into a crowd of anti-government protesters in central Bangkok, injuring 28 people.

- The UK Independence Party has suspended a councillor who claimed recent floods were the result of the British government's decision to legalise gay marriage.

- US lawmakers claim Russia's security services have not fully shared information needed to protect American athletes in the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics.

Photos taken from CCTV footage shows the bombing suspect who threw hand grenades and fired shots at anti-government protesters at Victory Monument on Sunday afternoon.

Photos taken from CCTV footage shows the bombing suspect who threw hand grenades and fired shots at anti-government protesters at Victory Monument on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Criminal Reporter & Photographer Association of Thailand

Marissa Calligeros: There were two politicians on a train ...

4BC:

Marissa Calligeros: There are delays on the train lines this morning after a car struck boomgates at a level crossing on Warrigal Road: 

Beenleigh/Gold Coast line trains are experiencing residual delays of up to 30 minutes in both directions. 

Ferny Grove line trains are delayed up to 15 minutes in both directions.

Shorncliffe line trains are delayed up to 10 minutes in both directions.

Marissa Calligeros: Family and friends will gather in the Queensland town of Gatton this morning to farewell Noelene and Yvana Bischoff, who died in mysterious circumstances in Bali.

A service for the mother and her teenage daughter will be held at the Gatton Baptist Church from 11.30am.

Autopsies have been completed on their bodies, but the family is yet to learn the cause of their deaths.

Our reporter Amy Remeikis will be at the service in Gatton.

Marissa Calligeros: Two toddlers are in hospital this morning after separate near drownings at the weekend.

A three-year-old boy was pulled unconscious from a backyard pool on the Gold Coast and a three-year-old girl was found face down in the Cairns Lagoon on Sunday.

Marissa Calligeros: Look what the Australian Traffic Chopper spied from the sky this morning ...

Marissa Calligeros: A north Queensland mother has been charged after allegedly punching her baby in the face as it cried in a pram on Sunday afternoon.

A local resident raised the alarm after allegedly seeing the mother punch the baby girl on a footpath in the Townsville suburb of North Ward about 1pm.

Kim Stephens: Public transport advocates have hailed Monday's introduction of 200 extra rail services in Queensland's south east as a revolution in the state's train travel.

The extra Translink services will mean 15-minute frequency on many suburban rail lines, hauling Brisbane and the south east's public transport network into line with many other Australian cities.

Dan Nancarrow: Good morning and welcome to Brisbane Live.

Stay tuned for the latest news and weather, as well as our lunchtime poll and wrap of all the news from overnight.

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  • We have no one to blame but ourselves for this social drinking behavior, after all we encourage the consumption of alcohol during schoolies. So of course this behavior becomes the norm. More police presence just add cost to the public purse to keep law and order. If you want to be serious, increase the drinking age to 21. It has worked in the US where it was reintroduced.

    Commenter
    Dakabin Charlie
    Location
    Dakabin
    Date and time
    January 20, 2014, 6:18PM
  • Seriously who needs to be on the grog after 2am...what a waste of time.

    Commenter
    beautiful one day Bleijied the next
    Date and time
    January 20, 2014, 4:22PM
  • A joint approach is needed. Yes, the perpetrators need to feel the full effects of the law, whatever that is here in Queensland with our soft Magistrates and Judges, and, the opening hours of licensed premises should be reduced.

    Commenter
    Four term Tony
    Location
    Whyalla
    Date and time
    January 20, 2014, 4:18PM
  • As with most things, a balance between the "options" would probably be the most effective policy, although this won't happen because we're dealing with politicians, to whom "balance" is a dirty word. Tougher penalties and policing by themselves won't be enough and all they do is pass the cost onto the taxpayer while the distributors, retailers and manufacturers of alcohol keep raking in their massive profits. The economic onus should fall on the industry, not the taxpayer and the penalty for the crime should be delegated to the offender not the victim! A balanced mixture of tougher penalties (the problem is, will our judiciary enforce them?) increases in alcohol tax, plain labelling, education and regulated trading hours is our best hope.

    Commenter
    PaxUs
    Location
    Austerelia
    Date and time
    January 20, 2014, 4:15PM
  • I'm a fan of zero tolerance for alcohol violence. I'm also a fan of the idea of lifting any and all lockouts. If you limit the trading hours to shorter periods of time, all you really do is just shorten the time available for people to 'have a big night'. With the 'get pissed for a great night' culture we seem to have all that does is encourage faster drinking. I'd like to see a trial of completely relaxed operating restrictions. If people want to be out until 5am, then let them, they're adults - they'll have to pace themselves and behave to get there.

    Commenter
    SecretAgentMan
    Location
    Brisbane
    Date and time
    January 20, 2014, 2:40PM
    • I think an incentive to stop 'pre' drinking, don't let drunk people into bars / clubs to start with will help, make the industry accountable, educate and, let us honest, we have enough dinky new policing actions out there already. Go on Campbell, put some pressure on industry and listen to what 'mums and dad, grandparents, academics, medicos etc are saying instead of asking the perpetrators!

      Commenter
      Science is still here, just nobody listens
      Location
      Date and time
      January 20, 2014, 11:25PM
  • Smart True Believers never need to worry `bout their conniving little Wabbotteer bitin` orf more`n he can chew, his mouth is a whole lot bigger`n ya`all thunk.

    Commenter
    Geronimo
    Location
    Yippee Yi Yo
    Date and time
    January 20, 2014, 1:34PM

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