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Brisbane Live: Wednesday 13 November, 2013


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

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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 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.

ABC News:

Kristian Silva: Here's a radar image of this afternoon's storm...

Kristian Silva: 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.

Marissa Calligeros: 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

Kristian Silva: 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.

Kristian Silva: 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

AAP: 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."

AAP: 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. 

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

AAP: 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.

Nine News:

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

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

Kristian Silva: 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."

Ten News:

Ten News:

Dan Harrison: Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer will abstain from voting on the Abbott government’s legislation to repeal the carbon tax.

In a statement, Mr Palmer said the Palmer United Party went to the September 7 federal election with a policy to abolish the carbon tax and refund the tax already paid.

He said he would abstain from the vote to avoid ''a potential conflict of interest''.

Marissa Calligeros: Excavators will soon start bulldozing what remains of one of Brisbane’s oldest homes, the Belvedere, after it was gutted by fire on Wednesday morning.

The cause of the blaze may never be known, because it is too dangerous for fire investigators to step inside what remains of the 125-year-old house before it is demolished.

Fire investigator Mark Burchard said the remaining walls would be torn down by excavators, so firefighters could safely hose down any remaining hot spots.

Kristian Silva: Police investigating a crash on the Gold Coast which left three women hospitalised yesterday are appealing for witnesses.

The accident occurred in a carpark in Station Street, Nerang about 10.40am.

Initial investigations suggest a 90-year-old woman lost control of her car, ploughing into two pedestrians.

They were both hurt, with an 81-year-old sustaining head injuries and a 56-year-old receiving head and hip injuries.

The driver of the car was taken to Robina Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Phil Lutton: Finally a wicket at AB Field. David Warner went for a rapid fire 52 as he holed out in the deep off leg-spinner Cam Boyce.

He didn't muck around this morning and rarely looked troubled. Clobbered a huge six the ball before and had another lash while he was on a roll, before Usman Khawaja circled around and took the catch.

The Blues are now 1-104 as we get close to lunch.

Allan Border Field.

Allan Border Field. Photo: Phil Lutton

Kristian Silva: Our sports editor Phil Lutton is down at Allan Border Field this morning, watching Queensland take on New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield.

It's a particularly important game for David Warner, Brad Haddin and Steve Smith, who have been named in Australia's squad for the first Ashes test at the Gabba next week.

Kristian Silva: Bus routes 196 and 198 have been diverted around Browning and Edmonstone street in South Brisbane, Translink says.

Destroyed: The Belvedere in South Brisbane.

Destroyed: The Belvedere in South Brisbane. Photo: ABC/David Lewis

Kristian Silva: The ABC is reporting that residents next to the Belvedere have been told to shut their doors and windows due to the asbestos risk.

AAP: Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has accused Clive Palmer of seeking preferential treatment to get approval for a rail line out of the Galilee Basin.

Mr Newman gave insight into the bitter feud with the Sunshine Coast MP and miner, saying one of the catalysts was Mr Palmer’s attempt to get favours.

Mr Palmer says the premier’s comments indicate he is concerned about the impact the Palmer party will have on the LNP at the next Queensland poll.

"I’m hearing that [Mr Newman] is getting increasingly anxious about the threat of [Palmer United Party] at the next Qld election," Mr Palmer tweeted.

Kristian Silva: Here's a story reporter Tony Moore wrote about the history of the Belvedere.

The Belvedere as it stands today. Click for more photos

Historical Brisbane home The Belvedere

The Belvedere as it stands today.

Tony Moore: Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has expressed his disappointment at the destruction of the Belvedere, one of Brisbane's oldest homes.

“It’s very sad news for the local community and the broader Brisbane community that this precious and historic building has been destroyed by fire," he said.

“In 2010 I stood outside this important part of Brisbane’s heritage and declared council would oppose any attempt to knock it down."

Brisbane City Council refused an application in March 2010 to demolish the building, which is on the council’s heritage register. The decision was appealed and is currently before the courts.

Phil Lutton: It's a hot and humid morning at Allan Border Field and NSW are feasting on the Queensland attack early in the Shield game.

In a vital warm-up for next week's first Test against England, David Warner has raced to 35 and Nic Maddinson 18.

The NSW 50 has arrived in just over 10 overs. The Bulls are missing a few key quicks and this pitch is flat and placid, making it tough to knock over bats of this sort of quality.

Kristian Silva: Brisbane radio station 96five Family is hoping to raise $170,000 for victims of the Philippines typhoon disaster.

The station kicked off its Share Hope Appeal fundraising drive this week, and had already collected $45,458 by 8am this morning.

The donations will go towards Christian charity Samaritan's Purse.

96five's campaign runs until 9am Friday. Any donations of more than $2 are tax deductible.

Details: or call 1300 965 965.

Marissa Calligeros: A report on Queensland’s finances shows the state remains $7.7 billion in the red, despite the Newman government’s harsh cost cutting measures.

The 2012/13 report on the state’s finances, due to be tabled in Parliament today, shows the budget bottom line was almost $1 billion better than expected. (The fiscal deficit was estimated to be $8.6 billion last financial year.)

But a $7.7 billion budget deficit remains, the Australian Financial Review reports.

Natalie Fortuna: Year 12s are primed to celebrate.

Parents, meanwhile, are often in a state of panic as schoolies week approaches.

So safety volunteer organisation Red Frogs has come up with a survival guide for parents leading up to the graduation celebration event at the Gold Coast and elsewhere

Schoolies 2013 is about to kick off on the Gold Coast.

Schoolies 2013 is about to kick off on the Gold Coast. Photo: Michelle Smith

Nine News:

Phil Lutton: Refreshed and reinvented, Australian opener David Warner believes a pivotal series of sessions with a sports psychologist has him primed to fire in next week's Ashes opener in Brisbane.

Warner returned from the UK down on confidence and with some serious decisions to make following a largely forgettable Ashes tour, in which he missed the first two Tests after his run-in with England counterpart Joe Root.

If you've ever wondered what Warner could possibly be thinking at various points in his career – and many fans and officials have – it turns out he was trying to unravel out the same thing.


Kristian Silva: Clive hits back at criticism levelled at him yesterday, where he was accused of ripping off a John F. Kennedy speech when he addressed the National Press Club.

Nine News:

Tony Moore: Australia's largest toll road company is interested in buying and controlling all of south-east Queensland's toll roads.

Transurban, which runs the CityLink toll road network in Melbourne and the Lane Cove Tunnel, the Hills M2, the Eastern Distributor, Westlink M7, the M5 Southwest in Sydney, is interested in buying the state government-owned Queensland Motorways.

The Queensland government-owned QIC confirmed it was getting financial advice on the best way to put Queensland Motorways to the market.

The Clem7.

The Clem7. Photo: Glenn Hunt

Kristian Silva: Almost three hours since emergency services were called to the Belvedere, and there's still plenty going on...

Marissa Calligeros: The historic Belvedere home in South Brisbane has been destroyed by fire.

Six fire crews are battling the fire, which has gutted the two-storey, heritage-listed building on Edmonstone Street next to the Greek Club.

The roof of the abandoned home has collapsed, leaving nothing but its charged shell.

The Belvedere building burns in South Brisbane. Photo: Penny Cameron/Australian Traffic Network Click for more photos

Belvedere building destroyed

The Belvedere building burns in South Brisbane. Photo: Penny Cameron/Australian Traffic Network

Kristian Silva: Good morning, Brisbane.

Hope you've had a good week so far.

Welcome to Brisbane Live, where we'll be bringing you all the day's breaking news.

There's an 80 per cent chance of rain today, with showers and a possible storm predicted. There should be a top of 27 degrees.

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  • Wow..No bikie news on the front page today. Let's keep it that way. We are sick of hearing about it.

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    November 13, 2013, 9:55AM
    • I for one am happy to read daily of the farce of these "bikie cracdowns" and am endlessly amused by stories such as the forced sale of old-mate's daughters' Y-bike...

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      November 13, 2013, 4:34PM
    • Me too, I love the stories.
      Keep at them guys until every last one has left the building.
      But tell me where they've gone so I don't inadvertently take a holiday in Biker's Paradise.

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      November 13, 2013, 5:28PM

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