Queensland

Brisbane Live: Wednesday 13 November, 2013

Kristian Silva

And that's all we have time for today on Brisbane Live. Thanks for joining us.

Stay safe on the roads during the trip home. We'll continue to update brisbanetimes.com.au with weather details this evening.

We look forward to your company again tomorrow.

Kristian Silva

Back to the other big local news story of the day...

Kristian Silva
Kristian Silva

There have been more than 3000 lightning strikes in the last hour across south-east Queensland. Energex says 819 locations in the Lockyer valley are without power.

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Here's a radar image of this afternoon's storm...

Brisbane Live

A woman who suffered burns in a Logan house fire on Saturday has passed away.

The 36-year-old was injured in the November 9 fire, which began at a Blackwell Street house in Hillcrest shortly before 10.30am.

The woman was rushed to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

Four others, who were in the house when the fire began, escaped injury.

Police on Wednesday said the investigation into the fire was continuing.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Brisbane Live

A man whose two fingers were chopped off in an attack at a Gold Coast unit is not co-operating with police.

The 44-year-old man was allegedly attacked in his unit on Peninsular Drive at Surfers Paradise about 6.30pm on Tuesday.

He was taken by ambulance to Gold Coast Hospital, but did not wish to make a complaint to police about the incident.

Natalie Bochenski

Patti Lomax never expected to see herself on screen, let alone portrayed by Nicole Kidman.

“I'm just a housewife from a small town in northern England,” said the widow of Eric Lomax, whose story is the subject of The Railway Man, which premieres at the Brisbane International Film Festival on Wednesday night.

“Logically you know that it's you she's portraying but emotionally it's almost like a detachment. It's very odd, it really is,” she said.

Patti Lomax with The Railway Man star, Nicole Kidman.
Patti Lomax with The Railway Man star, Nicole Kidman. Photo: Jaap Buitendijk
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A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of the Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba council areas.

By 2.55pm, the Bureau of Meteorology expects damaging winds and hailstones to hit the areas south of Toowoomba, northwest of Cunninghams Gap and south of Helidon.

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Meanwhile in Canberra, the 44th Federal Parliament has just completed its first question time.

You can head across to Fairfax Media's politics live blog, The Pulse, for the full wrap-up.

While things got a little heated between the major parties, it was apparently more relaxed on the cross-benches.

Cross bench MPs Andrew Wilkie Clive Palmer and Cathy McGowan during question time Photo: Andrew Meares
Cross bench MPs Andrew Wilkie Clive Palmer and Cathy McGowan during question time Photo: Andrew Meares 
Brisbane Live

Two concealed drug labs and $170,000 worth of goods have been uncovered in a police operation in Brisbane.

Authorities charged 32 people with 98 offences during the 10-month operation, which focused on the production and trafficking of methylamphetamine.

Amy Remeikis

Continuing his year long tradition of sending salvos through the press, Clive Palmer has again accused Premier Campbell Newman of having bipolar disorder.

"He's a nice little fellow with a bipolar condition and sometimes doesn't take his medication,” Mr Palmer said.

“I'd advise Campbell Newman to take your medication, calm down."

Brisbane Live

Shareholder activists have stormed freight rail company Aurizon's annual meeting to demonstrate against plans to transport coal near the Great Barrier Reef.

Executives of the Brisbane-based company, formerly known as QR National, were asked about the environmental risks posed by its GVK-Hancock project to freight coal from the Galilee Basin to Abbot Point, in central Queensland.

About 50 protesters also gathered outside the meeting in Brisbane, including some dressed as corporate beggars. 

Brisbane Live

Back to our man Phil Lutton who's out watching The Bulls take on NSW in the shield cricket at Allan Border Field.

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Sleep-deprived schoolies are being urged to take daytime kips in the wake of research that indicates tiredness fuels risky behaviour in young people.

Those aged between 18 and 24 are more likely to take drugs, drink drive and have unprotected sex when deprived of three to four hours of sleep, the study shows.

Queensland University of Technology sleep researcher Kalina Rossa says young people are at higher risk of injury and even death when celebrating Schoolies Week because they generally feel invincible.

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Brought to justice: The Y-Bike ad on Gumtree.
Brought to justice: The Y-Bike ad on Gumtree. 

The state government's anti-bikie laws have reportedly forced a three-year-old to "turn in her colours and shift her hog".

The laws have allegedly driven a man to sell his daughter's Y-bike, known as the "orange beast".

In an ad on Gumtree, a man named Trent says his daughter has quit the "Duplo gang" and is now selling the bike.

"This model has been on the streets for about three years, scaring women and others who are easily scared by hard-core orange plastic balance bikes piloted by toddling bikies," the ad says.

"The bike still rolls beautifully, handles like a dream, and is stable in all sorts of conditions."

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