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Brisbane Live: Tuesday 29 October, 2013

Kristian Silva

And that's all we have time for this afternoon on Brisbane Live, thanks for joining us today.

We were on storm watch for much of the day, and although nothing major happened, there has been a bit of thunder around in the last few minutes. 

Have a safe trip home and we'll see you again tomorrow...hopefully not to discuss how bad the damage was from tonight's weather!

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Kristian Silva

This comment piece from Brisbane Times' managing editor Simon Holt has received a lot of feedback today.

Simon says Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie can seize on the momentum of the bikie crackdown, and use it to consult the community about ways to clamp down on all types of crime.

What do you think?

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Queensland's former state politicians racked up almost $300,000 in travel perks during the last financial year.

Retired state politicians are eligible to a Queensland Rail gold pass that gives them free long-haul travel.

Former Labor MP Darryl Briskey racked up the biggest travel bill, claiming $9,688.49 in flights and rail travel.

Former Cleveland Labor MP Darryl Briskey.
Former Cleveland Labor MP Darryl Briskey. Photo: Bayside Bulletin
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The "Watch and Act" warning below was issued a few minutes ago by the Department of Community Safety:

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is advising residents in the vicinity of Coondoo (south-east of Gympie) to enact their bushfire plans.

At 4pm on Tuesday, a large bushfire was located at Toolara Forest. The large, fast-moving fire is travelling in a southerly direction and is expected to impact the areas of Coondoo within the next two hours.

Residents in Parsons Road and Mcrae Road are advised that if their plan is to relocate or they do not have a plan then they are advised to relocate now. Leaving well ahead of a fire is the safest option for survival.

Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.

Currently, more than 10 urban and rural fire crews are working to contain the blaze but firefighters may not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

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Kristian Silva

Well, after all that, perhaps this tweet from the Brisbane Broncos is the best storm-related tweet of the day?

Natalie Bochenski

The Weather Bureau says severe thunderstorms are no longer affecting southeast Queensland, with any immediate threat passing.

However, forecasters are continuing to monitor the situation.

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A young Queensland boy has died in hospital after being attacked his grandfather’s German Shepherd at the weekend.

Three-year-old Korbin Sprott passed away on Tuesday afternoon at the Townsville Hospital.

Korbin had been playing in the front yard of his grandfather’s Grant Street home in Mackay when he was attacked by the dog about 6.45pm on Saturday.

Natalie Bochenski

The RACQ has excellent timing... as we wait on today’s storm, the auto lobby has released research showing more than half (57 per cent) of all Brisbane residents have made NO preparations for the storm season.

Only 18 per cent of homeowners in the River City have checked their home, contents and insurance policies.

“Now is the time to take the necessary steps to safeguard life and property,” the RACQ’s Mike Sopinski said.

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John Birmingham.
Marissa Calligeros
Kristian Silva

Here it comes...

Scott Beveridge

The mother of Mia Quinnell has spoken to 4BC about her decision to donate her six-year-old daughter's organs after she was killed in a car accident near Toowoomba early on Sunday morning.

While heartbroken, Kylie Bauer says she wants Mia's cheekiness and spirit to live on in other people.

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Tony Moore.

The Queensland Government wants to replace the Queensland Studies Authority with a new body called the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority to judge senior school achievement from July 2014.

Education Minister John Paul Langbroek has just tabled the bill into parliament, saying major changes in education since the Queensland Studies Authority made the change necessary.

"We have seen the introduction of NAPLAN testing, national school reporting, the growth of vocational education and training in schools," he said.

Further changes will come into effect soon, with the move to the national curriculum.

Marissa Calligeros

The bureau has just updated its storm warning for the south-east corner.

The storms are now forecast to hit Redbank Plains at 1.20pm and Beenleigh, Logan, Coomera and the northern Gold Coast by 1.50pm.

Updated storm warning ... Source: The Bureau of Meteorology
Updated storm warning ... Source: The Bureau of Meteorology 
Marissa Calligeros

The bureau has issued a severe storm warning for south-east Queensland, including Logan, Ipswich and Brisbane.

It says severe storm cells were detected on the radar at 12.35pm near the Border Ranges National Park.

By 1.05pm the storms are due to hit Ipswich, Boonah, Greenbank, Redbank Plains and Amberley.

By 1.35pm the storms are due to hit Beaudesert, Beenleigh, Logan City, Logan Village, Woodridge and Sunnybank Hills.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Gold Coast, Logan, Ipswich, Brisbane and the Redlands. Source: The ...
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Gold Coast, Logan, Ipswich, Brisbane and the Redlands. Source: The Bureau of Meteorology 
Kristian Silva

Brisbane has now been included in the storm warning region.

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