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Brisbane Live: Tuesday January 14, 2014

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We're expecting a top of 30 tomorrow, with a 30 per cent chance of shower predicted.

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The wife of a Queensland man jailed for allegedly meeting bikies in a pub wants the tough laws reviewed to ensure others don’t suffer the same fate.

Joshua Carew, 30, was granted bail in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday, more than a month after he and four others were locked up under the state’s tough new anti-bikie laws.

 

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Brisbane hit a high of 30.2 at 11.49am today. 

There is still a 70 per cent of rain according to the bureau, with a shower or two predicted.

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Amy Remeikis

The government's controversial bikie laws could be short-lived.

Campbell Newman has renewed his government's promise to review its contentious anti-association gang laws in 2016, a condition which was written into the act last October.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman (R) and Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie have had taxpayer-funded security upgrades to ...
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman (R) and Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie have had taxpayer-funded security upgrades to their homes. Photo: Michelle Smith
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John Birmingham.

Drugs war's over, Can Do. Regulation, prohibition, big government? They lost. We lost. And now it’s time to rebuild, by which I mean, it’s time to ching-ching-ching cash in.

The US states of Colorado and Washington are expecting a tourist influx when recreational marijuana becomes legal on New ...
The US states of Colorado and Washington are expecting a tourist influx when recreational marijuana becomes legal on New Year's Day. Photo: AP
Dan nancarrow

In this article from the Conversation Jamilla Rosdahl of the University of the Sunshine Coast asks:

Why are we so afraid of strong, muscular women?

At full stretch: Serena Williams.
At full stretch: Serena Williams. Photo: AFP
Phil Lutton.

Alex Leapai has locked in a date to fight for the world heavyweight champion against Wladimir Klitschko.

The Logan slugger will meet the world champ in Germany on April 26 and will become a millionaire overnight.

It's a stunning story really, given Leapai has battled through the ranks while trying to feed six kids and driving a delivery van.

Now, he gets his shot at glory. What more could any fighter want?

Queensland's Alex Leapai will fight Wladimir Klitschko for the world heavyweight title.
Queensland's Alex Leapai will fight Wladimir Klitschko for the world heavyweight title. Photo: Getty Images
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Natalie Bochenski

Brilliant news for the Queensland Art Gallery, which will tour one of its 2013 blockbuster shows to New Zealand in March.

My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia will be presented at the Auckland Art Gallery until July.

"We want to share the many strengths of our Collection with the rest of the world and I am delighted that our largest exhibition to date of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is the first touring exhibition to represent this new strategic direction for the Gallery," QAGOMA director Chris Saines said.

New QAGOMA director Chris Saines.
New QAGOMA director Chris Saines. Photo: Supplied
Polls

The government's consideration of a proposed nightclub curfew has been put off until later this year.

Should it go ahead with the 1am lockout proposal?

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Jonathan Swan.
Alex Somlyay
Alex Somlyay Photo: Andrew Meares

Taxpayers have allegedly been defrauded of tens of thousands of dollars by a recently retired Sunshine Coast MP who appears to have paid his wife for non-existent work in his electorate office.

Documents obtained by Fairfax Media indicate Alex Somlyay, a Liberal MP for 23 years who retired at the election in September, billed taxpayers $69,157.15 for his wife's employment during 2012-13 alone.

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Dan nancarrow

The fallout from the introduction of the government's bikie laws continues. An LNP supporter posted this image of what appears to be a certificate of appreciation from the party for volunteering at the state election campaign on Jarrod Bleijie's Facebook page. The certificate, addressed to Gary and Connie Duffy, has the words "Never again while Newman and Bleijie are in Government" typed over the top of it.

Mr Duffy goes on to comment:

"Never again will I or Conny support you while you two are in Government & Taking away the Freedoms Australians fought for, MY Grandfather was in the Bore War, the Front line of the First World War and was still in the Army in the Second world war. He fought for the freedom of all Australians to do what they wanted to do with the freedom to do it as long as they were not breaking the law, but where you say a person faces arrest for marching on ANZAC day then you are against the Ideals of all Australians. If the Queensland Bikies were such massive Criminals how come they have such shitty small club houses and most of them ride bikes worth less than $20,000 or the same price as a USED Toyota Corolla. If they were as Big as criminals as you make out they would all be in Rolls Royce's and Bentlee's."

Mr Duffy's post on Jarrod Bleijie's Facebook page.
Mr Duffy's post on Jarrod Bleijie's Facebook page. 
Dan nancarrow

Labor's Yvette D'ath is a $1.33 favourite to win the Feburary 22 Redcliffe byelection according to Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au 

The LNP is at $3 to win the seat while the Palmer United Party is at $11.

Redcliffe by-election winner
$1.33   Labor
$3.00   Liberal National Party
$11      Palmer United Party
$34      Katter’s Australia Party
$51      Greens

Abby Coleman

In this week's Downtown Abby blog friends reveal their embarrassing sex stories.

The science of attraction is explored in <i>How to Get More Sex</i>.
The science of attraction is explored in How to Get More Sex
Kristian Silva

The number of people turning up to Queensland public hospitals with snake bites has jumped 22 per cent in the last year.

So are there more snakes around? Apparently not, say Brisbane snake handlers.

Instead they blame carelessness and "stupidity" for the increase.

Queensland hosiptals reported a 22 per cent rise in admissions due to snake bites.
Queensland hosiptals reported a 22 per cent rise in admissions due to snake bites. Photo: Nick Cubbin
Kim Stephens

A 75-year-old man was hit with a metal bar during a burglary in Underwood last night.

Police say two men and two women, all wearing balaclavas, broke into a storage shed business where the elderly man lives as a caretaker, about 11.30pm.

One of the man demanded cash before striking the man with a metal bar.

The group fled with the man's wallet.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics.

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