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Brisbane Live: Monday January 6, 2014

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

Weatherzone: Brisbane storm tracker

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Dan Nancarrow: Thanks for reading Brisbane Live today.

We'll be with you again tomorrow with all the wash up of today's storm as well as the latest news and weather.

Have a safe ride home if you're in the city.

ABC News: And here's one more pic before we wrap up:

Dan Nancarrow: The storms are now passing over the Redlands.

Dan Nancarrow: Energex is reporting 11135 homes are without power in the Brisbane area due to the storm over the city.

10307 customers are without power on the Gold Coast and 2620 are without power in Ipswich.

Dan Nancarrow: This is a sight in itself:

Kristian Silva: Brisbane Airport Corporation is warning of delays this evening due to the storm activity, and have asked people travelling to the airport to check the status of flights.

Visit the website for the latest updates.

Dan Nancarrow: And here's another photo of the Storm smashing Brisbane!

Another shot of lightning over the city:

ABC: Flooding in Hale Street:

Seven News:

Ten News:

Australian Traffic Network: The storms are causing traffic problems in Brisbane. Here's an update on some closures:

Seven News:

ABC News:

Marissa Calligeros:

Seven News:

Kristian Silva: In what is clearly becoming a sign of the times, one of the first organisations to respond to the announcement of the Griffith byelection on February 8 was a betting company.

sportingbet.com.au fired off a press release to the media at 2.08pm - less than an hour after the announcement - declaring that Labor's Terri Butler would comfortably defeat the LNP's Bill Glasson.

The company said Labor's odds shortened from $1.55 to $1.18 since Ms Butler was named as its candidate.

Meanwhile, they said the LNP's odds have drifted from $2.40 to $4.25 in the past three weeks.

Kristian Silva:

Kim Stephens: Authorities have estimated 60 per cent of North Stradbroke Island has been destroyed by a bushfire sparked by lightning a week ago.

But with no lives or property lost, firefighters battling the blaze in potentially catastrophic heat have won widespread praise.

AAP: Hundreds of students from poor backgrounds who were offered University of Queensland scholarships on Christmas Eve have been told it was all a mistake and they won’t get any financial help after all.

The university has apologised for incorrectly offering 399 prospective students from low-income families UQ-Link Access scholarships valued at $3000 a year for up to four years.

The University of Queensland is among the 100 best in the world.

The University of Queensland is among the 100 best in the world. Photo: Glenn Hunt

Marissa Calligeros: STORM WARNING FOR SOUTHEAST QUEENSLAND: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for southeast Queensland, but the storms are not expected to reach Brisbane for another three to four hours.

Storms developed over the Darling Downs about 1.20pm and were expected to reach Ipswich about 2.20pm.

Firefighters battling a large bushfire on North Stradbroke Island have been holding out for rain, but their hopes could soon be dashed with little more than 20 millimetres expected.

A severe storm warning has been issued for the Gold Coast, Lockyer Valley, Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Toowoomba. Photo: BoM.

A severe storm warning has been issued for the Gold Coast, Lockyer Valley, Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Toowoomba. Photo: BoM.

Kim Stephens: Licensing for Queensland tattooists ruled by police to have no association with criminal motorcycle gangs begins on Monday.

Tattooists have six months to apply for the licensing.

Those found operating without a license after July 1 face fines of up to $55,000 for a first offence and up to $110,000 and 18 months jail time for subsequent offences.

Tattoo gun

Tattoo gun

Our story on the weekend heatwave killing 2000 bats around Ipswich haskicked off some interesting debate in the comments section about the cause of, and solution to, the bat problem in the city.

Some, like "Ray", believe the heatwave could be a blessing in disguise: "Well at least nature is taking care of what gutless councils and state governments wont do. Bats are a disgusting smelly disease carrying pest that should be eradicated from all residential areas."

Others, like "paxapunch", say our expanding city limits are causing the bat problem: "Populations of all species of flying foxes are declining. They are more visible in urban areas now most likely because there is less habitat for them outside cities."

Lleyton Hewitt's shock win over Roger Federer in Sunday's Brisbane International tennis final did more than provide a timely boost going into the Australian Open ... it also elevated him back to a spot he held for so many years: Australia's top-ranked men's player.

It's an inspiring effort from the 32-year-old, but former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash wonders what's happened to the next generation.

"Not taking anything away from Lleyton, he is a great player. But you would hope to have some other guys in the top 10, 20," he said.

Dan Nancarrow: You've seen the reaction of the audience to Jann Stuckey at the Brisbane International. Would you like to see pollies stay away from sports events?

Poll: Should politicians stay away from sporting events?

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Yes, they should avoid speaking at sports events.

74%

No, if they've put the money forward for an event, they should be able to claim credit at the event.

21%

I don't care about sport. Give me more politics and less sport!

5%

Total votes: 4167.

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Poll closed 8 Jan, 2014

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Natalie Bochenski: Energex crews are investigating what caused a brief blackout in Brisbane's inner-north late this morning.

A problem at the Victoria Park substation saw the power go out from 11:16 to 11:20am, affecting 12,000 customers in suburbs such as Spring Hill, Albion, Windsor, Newmarket and Enoggera.

The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital briefly went onto its back-up generator supply.

Ten News:

Ten News: A trial date has been set for the Yandina 5 in Maroochydore in late March.

Dan Nancarrow: Public appearances for politicians infront of sporting crowds are often fraught with danger.

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey found this out over the weekend when she mentioned the Newman government during the post match presentations at the Brisbane International.

Nine News: An update on the Stradbroke fire:

Dan Nancarrow: I've you've been outside today I don't need to tell you that it is hot. How hot?

Well the current temperature is 32 in Brisbane, just 1 degree off the predicted maximum. We haven't even hit the middle of the day yet!

There is likely relief on the way though, with an 80 per cent chance of rain predicted by the bureau and storms also expected.

We'll keep you updated throughout the day.

Dan Nancarrow: What happened overnight

- It was a big weekend with Australia completing a 5-0 Ashes whitewash of the English. The clean sweep is only the third of its kind in Ashes history (the other two were recorded by Australia as well). The English press haven't reacted well to the disappointment, to say the least.

- Election violence has erupted in Bangladesh with at least 13 people killed and 200 polling stations were set on fire or trashed by protestors. The election was boycotted by the country's opposition.

- There are reports out of Zimbabwe that president Robert Mugabe has collapsed. The president's press secretary has denied that the president is ill.

Alastair Cook (far left) with a far less jubilant England team.

Alastair Cook (far left) with a far less jubilant England team. Photo: Getty Images

Phil Lutton: If you missed the action on the court last night ... underdog Lleyton Hewitt topped Roger Federer in the Brisbane International final.

The final score was 6-1 4-6 6-3.

C'mon: Lleyton Hewitt kisses the trophy after beating Roger Federer in Brisbane.

C'mon: Lleyton Hewitt kisses the trophy after beating Roger Federer in Brisbane. Photo: Reuters

Marissa Calligeros:

Marissa Calligeros: The distraught family of a Sunshine Coast mother and daughter who died of suspected food poisoning in Bali are finding comfort in the knowledge the ‘‘best mates’’ will forever be together.

Less than 24 hours after arriving in Bali for a 15-day holiday, Noelene Bischoff, 54, and her daughter Yvana, 14, were dead.

‘‘It was a blessing that they went together I suppose, because they would have been lost without each other,’’ Noelene’s younger brother Malcolm Bischoff said.

‘‘They were extremely close. They were probably more like best mates rather than mother, daughter.’’

Noelene Bischoff and her daughter Yvan Jeana Yuri Bischoff.

Noelene Bischoff and her daughter Yvan Jeana Yuri Bischoff. Photo: Supplied

Kim Stephens: Firefighters are still battling to control a blaze that has been burning for more than a week on North Stradbroke Island.

A community meeting is planned at Dunwich this morning to provide residents with the latest information.

Authorities have estimated 60 per cent of North Stradbroke Island has been destroyed by the fire, which was sparked by lightning.

But with no lives or property lost, firefighters battling the blaze in potentially catastrophic heat have won widespread praise.

The fire burning on North Stradbroke Island near the township of Dunwich on Monday morning. Photo: Penny Dahl, Australian Traffic Network, via Twitter.

The fire burning on North Stradbroke Island near the township of Dunwich on Monday morning. Photo: Penny Dahl, Australian Traffic Network, via Twitter.

Marissa Calligeros:

Dan Nancarrow: Good morning and welcome to the first Brisbane Live of 2014!

Many of you are starting your first working week of the new year and we're happy to once again bring you the latest news and weather as well as keep you up to date on the news from around the world overnight.

Stay tuned for more updates throughout the day.

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  • Disgraceful, not forgetting that Jann Stuckey is the QLD tourism minister and that the tennis was being shown in 60 countries, not once did she promote QLD. Confusing for international viewers who would have no idea what the Newman Government is. Is this really in the best interests of QLD? Just once please stop being a politician and do your actual job, disgraceful sycophantic display.

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    tricky
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    January 06, 2014, 5:55PM
  • Agree completely with Michael. She should have said 'Queensland Government'. Referring to the 'Newman Government' made her speech sound political, inviting the unflattering response it then received.
    Though this isn't anything new - I recall then Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser being booed a couple of years ago when he was introduced at the ceremony for the same tournament. Maybe Queensland tennis fans have little time for politicians in general?

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    The Civilian
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    Brisbane
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    January 06, 2014, 2:53PM
    • Yep, we booed the ALP and look what happened to them. Now we boo he LNP, let's hope for a similar outcome.

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      DDH
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      January 07, 2014, 5:22AM
  • Politicians should definitely continue to attend sporting events.

    The Minister stepped outside the LNP bubble for once.

    She was forced to face the fact that the people despise what her Government has done to Queensland.

    It seems her government just ignores us the rest of the time.

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    LNP - one term of abuse
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    January 06, 2014, 1:22PM
  • Politicians can attend sporting events all they like. She's not a "politician", she's the relevant Minister so of course she can be there. However, big problem in this case was using the term "Newman government" - it's not the Newman government, it's the Queensland Government. Why does the distinction need to be made if not campaigning? This is not a political campaign, it's normal government business.

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    Michael
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    Brisbane
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    January 06, 2014, 1:05PM
    • A 'politician' - One who holds or seeks a political office??

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      Mr Is
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      Brisbane
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      January 06, 2014, 5:46PM
  • Were there any bikies sitting together at the tennis?,

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    FRACCINSTIEN
    Location
    MARYBOROUGH
    Date and time
    January 06, 2014, 12:19PM

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