Kristian Silva: Thanks for joining us today on Brisbane Live.
Have a safe trip home and we look forward to your company tomorrow.
Schapelle Corby's biographer: the family is excited. "It looks like this is it. It isn't just hype,but we'll wait til she sets foot outside" — triplejHack (@triplejHack) February 5, 2014
AAP: Alleged bikies charged under tough new Queensland laws are being warned by their lawyers not to show up for their day in court.
More than 20 alleged bikies were represented by their lawyers at Southport Magistrates court on Tuesday, after they were urged to stay away to avoid further charges.
Under new anti-association laws, when three or more bikies gather in public they can be prosecuted and jailed for a mandatory six months and as long as three years.
AAP: A cricket fan who was found with a pig at the Gabba during the first Ashes test has agreed to undergo mediation with the RSPCA.
David Gunn, 33, was charged with animal cruelty after the pig was allegedly smuggled into the Brisbane sportsground with its snout taped shut and disguised as a baby.
The pig, who was traumatised from the incident, has fully recovered, the RSPCA says.
Ash and his new canine friend. Photo: Supplied
The Ride The Tide Jet Trek will raise money for sick, disadvantaged and special needs kids. Photo: Supplied
Kristian Silva: Long-distance charity events are usually held on dry land, but here’s one where the participants will be taking to the water.
The 2014 ‘Ride the Tide’ Yamaha Variety Jet Trek is raising money for children’s charity Variety, with riders travelling 600 kilometres from Port Macquarie to Mooloolaba.
Along the way, they’ll stop off in Brisbane, along with Nambucca Heads, Coffs Harbour, Wooli, Yamba, Ulmarra, Ballina, Kingscliff, Jacobs Well and Bribie Island.
Trekkers must raise a minimum of a $2000 donation to take part in the fundraiser, which begins on February 24.
Kristian Silva: Thanks to everyone who voted in the lunchtime poll....well over 700!
Obviously, it's not a scientific poll so it shouldn't be taken as gospel. However I think it shows there's healthy support for the two key candidates in Saturday's byelection.
Tony Moore: New coal seam gas wells in the Surat Basin will jump from 1000 a year to 1900 a year, according to a Brisbane-based CSG supply company.
Titan Energy Services, based in South Brisbane, is cashing in on the boom, with its net profit after tax for the six months to December jumping 117 per cent.
Profits were $5 million, up from $2.3 million 12 months earlier.
Natalie Bochenski: It’s the question 65 million years in the making: Should we bring dinosaurs back to life?
The technical and ethical barriers to resurrecting the lost creatures will be the focus of a debate at the Queensland Museum on Thursday night.
Geneticist and Molecular Identities Lab Manager Jessica Worthington Wilmer said the desire to see Tyrannosaurus Rex roam again was understandable.
“But would they be so fascinating if they were chasing you down the highway or in your backyard? People just don’t realise how big and how phenomenally dangerous that would be for us.”
Kristian Silva: One hour left in the lunchtime poll. Great to see more than 500 people having their say already.
Cameron Atfield: Same shopping centre, different candidate.
Twenty days after Labor Griffith candidate Terri Butler led Opposition Leader Bill Shorten through the Westfield Carindale shopping centre, it was Liberal National Party candidate Bill Glasson's turn on Wednesday.
And this time, the special guest star from the Australian Parliament was Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Glasson on the Griffith campaign trail at the Carindale Westfield shopping centre. Photo: Cameron Atfield
Kristian Silva: Let's take a look at what's making news around the country on our partner sites smh.com.au, theage.com.au, canberratimes.com.au and watoday.com.au
A new witness claims convicted murderer Simon Gittany threatened to kill Lisa Harnum and make it look like suicide several times before he eventually threw her off the 15th-floor balcony of their Sydney apartment (Sydney Morning Herald).
V/Line staff used excessive force when they removed a “frail old man” from a country train and restrained him on the ground with his pants around his ankles, the Victorian Ombudsman has found (The Age).
One of the ACT's most senior public servants was forced to apologise to her workers after sending an all staff email that included the word ''leso'' in reference to homosexual women.
And finally, a heartbroken Romeo from Leederville is hoping for a happy ending for the engagement ring he no longer has any use for, offering it online for $3000. It comes with one condition, you must be ready to pop the question (WA Today).
AAP: A Gold Coast lifeguard accused of running over two sunbathers in a four-wheel drive was on his way to help a collapsed swimmer in December, his lawyer says.
Luke Bartlett, 24, made a brief appearance at Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday after being charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. The cast has been adjourned until March 27.
Brisbane Live: With Schapelle Corby likely to be back in the spotlight over the coming days, here's a flashback to 2005.
Nasty accident at #Toowong - delivery truck smashed into power pole, passenger taken to hospital #eyewitnessnews pic.twitter.com/xu2evedl7k — Sarah Greenhalgh (@GreenhalghSarah) February 5, 2014
#BREAKING: Indonesian Justice Minister announced he will sign Schapelle Corby’s parole application within next three days. #9News — Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) February 5, 2014
Kristian Silva: Time for the lunchtime poll.
We ask, who deserves to win the Griffith byelection?
It's a carefully-worded question...we're not asking who you think will win.
For readers on mobile devices, you'll need to scroll to the very bottom of the page and press "Full site" to vote.
Marissa Calligeros: Police are hunting for four balaclava-clad men who robbed a Caltex station in Ipswich last night.
The men threatened the store attendant with a piece of wood before taking money from the till.
The thieves were dressed all in black and covered their faces with black balaclavas or pieces of material.
Images of four men who held-up a Caltex service station in Ipswich. Photo: Supplied.
Ashley Mackinnon: Construction is set to begin this week on a new environment information centre at Wacol in Brisbane’s south-west.
The centre, named Pooh Corner, is estimated to cost $273,000 and is intended to conserve one of the city’s bushland areas.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said: "The centre has been designed to properly integrate into the bushland environment and the area that has been chosen is already clear of trees and vegetation”.
It is expected to be used by local environmental groups and be a focal point for activities such as weed control and habitat restoration projects.
Construction is expected to be complete by mid-2014 with a $7 million environment education centre to follow at Karawatha Forest, which is home to more than 300 plant and wildlife species.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and BCC Environment, Parks and Sustainability Chairman Matthew Bourke at the Pooh Corner site on Tuesday. Photo: Supplied
Kristian Silva: Nice one!
Pretty rewarding going to see little Ethan today and putting a smile on his face pic.twitter.com/pInKkfRzxk— Tom Rockliff (@rockwiz38) February 5, 2014
Phil Lutton: World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko’s record is 61-3 (51 KOs). He dates Hollywood actress Hayden Panettiere, has a net worth of $24 million and sponsorship deals with Mercedes-Benz. His brother, Vitali, might be the next president of the Ukraine.
Logan's Alex Leapai has a record of (30-4-3 24 KOs). He is married with six children, drives an old Holden and is sponsored by a local property firm. This will be the first time he has trained full time for a bout. Boxing has claimed some of his teeth, which are yet to be reinstated.
Logan boxer Alex Leapai, with trainer Noel Thornberry and Phil Murphy of sponsor Oxmar Properties, at Mt Coot-tha inking the deal for his world title fight. Photo: Scott Beveridge
Kristian Silva: Speaking of the Griffith byelection, brisbanetimes.com.au this week hosted live Q&As with Labor's Terri Butler and the LNP's Bill Glasson.
We were flooded with questions from readers on social media, who were keen to put the two key candidates through their paces.
The LNP not getting it all their way. #Griffithvotes #malmentum pic.twitter.com/HvGj0jM9OZ — Cameron Atfield (@CameronAtfield) February 4, 2014
SPC workers crash Malcolm Turnbull's Brisbane trip. Baked beans grown in Qld @9NewsBrisbane #qldpol pic.twitter.com/qaziPTVOAx — Shane Doherty (@ShaneDoherty9) February 5, 2014
Brisbane Live: Brisbane Times journo Cameron Atfield is out on the hustings in Griffith today, as the campaign heats up for the byelection on January 8.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is out at Carindale Shopping Centre with candidate Bill Glasson.
Natalie Bochenski: A line cut from the Queensland Theatre Company’s production of Australia Day will be put back in.
Artistic Director Wesley Enoch admitted it was his call to cut the punchline “Two words: Campbell Newman” from the satire.
“People have to acknowledge that this is what an artistic director does: you stand up and sometimes you make mistakes,” he told Fairfax Media.
Newman line back in play
A line referring to Campbell Newman in a Queensland Theatre Company play was taken out because audience members "thought the whole show was a political rant".PT2M42S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3205c 620 349 February 5, 2014
Former Echo CEO John Redmond. Photo: Nic Walker
Jessica Gardner: The CEO of Echo Entertainment Group - the company that owns casinos in Brisbane and the Gold Coast - has quit after one year in the job.
John Redmond has announced his retirement and Chief financial officer Matt Bekier will take the reins of the group.
On Wednesday, Echo announced a 1.3 per cent rise in underlying net profit of $71.5 million for the six months ended December 31. The result was just ahead of market consensus of $70 million.
Reported net profit fell 30.5 per cent to $46.1 million, due to a one-off financial expense.
Cameron Atfield: Autopsies have found food poisoning likely caused the deaths of Noelene and Yvana Bischoff in Bali last month.
Their family has been told forensic pathologists found they died from a combination of food poisoning and existing medical conditions, after they ate fish at a Bali restaurant.
A photo of Noelene and Yvana Bischoff at a memorial for the mother and daughter who died on a holiday in Bali. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
Marissa Calligeros: Two men who allegedly held-up the same Brisbane hotel four times in as many months have finally been arrested.
The men, aged 22 and 38, were arrested on Monday, more than four months after allegedly committing the first armed hold-up at the Kedron Park Hotel in Kedron.
It is alleged the men stormed into the hotel on October 6, 19 and 25 last year and again on January 29 this year and threatened staff with what appeared to be guns.
Tony Moore: There has been a 22 per cent drop in the number of women accepted into the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland, research shows.
This follows the controversial decision by UQ in 2009 to scrap a formal interview with the potential domestic medical students as part of the selection process.
By 2012, the percentage of women being accepted in medicine at University of Queensland slumped to 26 per cent, while the number of young men had jumped to 74 per cent.
Kristian Silva: Good morning, Brisbane.
Welcome to another edition of Brisbane Live, where we'll bring you the news as it unfolds.
Hope you packed your umbrella today. The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting showers and a top of 30 degrees. Between 1-4mm of rain is expected to fall around the city.