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Brisbane Live: Wednesday January 8, 2014

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

Poll: Should Queensland's bikie laws be repealed?

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Yes, they infringe on Queenslanders' civil liberties

77%

No, they are keeping law abiding Queensland citizens safe

14%

No, but they could be toned down so they're not so harsh

9%

Total votes: 7751.

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Poll closed 10 Jan, 2014

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Dan Nancarrow: Thanks for reading Brisbane Live.

Make sure to bookmark this link and join us for all the live coverage around the city tomorrow.

Dan Nancarrow: The forecast for tomorrow is for a top of 27 with 40 per cent chance of a shower. 

Catherine Armitage: The incoming human rights commissioner, Tim Wilson, has called for Queensland's anti-bikie legislation to be repealed, arguing “Bikies have just as much right to freely associate as other Australians”.

The statements, posted on his blog before he takes up his controversial appointment, put him at odds with the Queensland Liberal government and, by association, the federal Liberal government which appointed him. 

Mr Wilson says the Queensland anti-bike laws are “inconsistent with an individual's right to freely associate and should be repealed” in a blog post on Wednesday.

Cameron Atfield: If you've noticed a bit of smoke around Chermside this afternoon, it's not much to worry about.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service tells us the reports of smoke near the Westfield shopping centre is due to a vegetation fire near Kitty Hawk Drive.

A QRES spokeswoman says the fire is not threatening any properties.

Nine News:

Dan Nancarrow: Once again the Brisbane temperature has exceeded the forecast maximum, with the city hitting a high of 29.6 at 12.21pm today despite a predicted maximum of 28. There's still a chance of a shower this afternoon.

ABC:

Tania Bell with her grandchildren Adam and Ammy, pet dog Tara, bottom right.

Tania Bell with her grandchildren Adam and Ammy, pet dog Tara, bottom right. Photo: Robyne Cuerel

Fraser Coast Chronicle: Fraser Coast council has offered an unqualified apology to a devastated family after their beloved dog was mistakenly euthanised at Hervey Bay Pound - and it has offered them another dog.

Esther Han and Marissa Calligeros: Indonesian police investigating the sudden deaths of the Sunshine Coast mother and her 14-year-old daughter, Yvana Jeana Yuri Bischoff, have revealed they uncovered 30 different medications in the pair's room at Padang Bay Beach Resort in East Bali.

Marissa Calligeros: Here's the latest from the Department of Community Safety on the North Stradbroke Island fire:

  • Firefighters are hopeful that water bombing from two fixed wing aircraft on a fire on the southern end of the island around Native Companion Lagoon and a Helitack bombing a fire at Brown Lake will have eased the situation.
  • A helicopter is also being used for air observations.
  • The fire is not threatening any properties but is causing a large smoke haze, with a south-easterly wind pushing smoke towards the southern bay islands.
  • Residents are advised to keep their doors and windows closed, and if they suffer from respiratory conditions, to keep medication close by.

Natalie Bochenski: The clear warm summer evenings make Moonlight Cinema in New Farm Park a great entertainment choice.

Take a picnic blanket or camping chair - or rent a bean bed onsite - and enjoy a new release or an old favourite:

10 Jan – Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2
16 Jan – Monty Python's Life of Brian
17 Jan – Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
19 Jan – American Hustle
23 Jan – Top Gun
25 Jan – 12 Years A Slave
26 Jan - The Castle
30 Jan – The Rocky Horror Picture Show

My advice - take something warm along with you, because it can get surprisingly cool once the moon's up!

Moonlight Cinema in New Farm Park.

Moonlight Cinema in New Farm Park. Photo: Supplied

Marissa Calligeros: A couple has been bashed and mugged by a group of teenagers in an Ipswich park, west of Brisbane.

The man and woman, who live adjacent to the park on Mitchell Street, Riverview, approached the group of teenagers to ask them to quiet down shortly after midnight on Wednesday.

As they spoke to the group, the teens turned on them.

4BC:

Dan Nancarrow: Should the Queensland bikie laws be repealed? Have you say:

Poll: Should Queensland's bikie laws be repealed?

Poll form
  1. Please select an answer.
  2. View results
Yes, they infringe on Queenslanders' civil liberties

77%

No, they are keeping law abiding Queensland citizens safe

14%

No, but they could be toned down so they're not so harsh

9%

Total votes: 7751.

Would you like to vote?

You will need Cookies enabled to use our Voting Feature.

Poll closed 10 Jan, 2014

Disclaimer:

These polls are not scientific and reflect the opinion only of visitors who have chosen to participate.

Amy Remeikis: An hour in and we've seen our first big sale - a bay colt sired by More Than Ready with Ringa Ringa Rosie for a dam went for $450,000.

Marissa Calligeros: Shots were fired at three homes in the central Queensland town Mackay last night.

Police have cordoned off a house at Meadow Street in North Mackay where multiple bullet holes have been found in the windows of a townhouse.

Shots were also fired at a house in the Mackay suburb of Rural View and at another property in Blacks Beach.

No-one was injured.

Police are yet to determine whether the shootings are linked. Investigations are continuing.

Amy Remeikis: The Magic Millions sale yard car park is full and prospective buyers are pouring over the catalogue book.

Anyone can come have a look, which is part of the attraction.

The Magic Millions sale yards.

The Magic Millions sale yards. Photo: Amy Remeikis

Marissa Calligeros: Two women have been taken to hospital after being hit by a car in Brisbane's inner-city.

The women were crossing James Street in Fortitude Valley when they were struck by a car about 10.20am.

Both women have been taken by ambulance to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital with minor injuries.

"They were conscious and breathing and in a stable condition," a Department of Community Safety spokeswoman said.

Dan Nancarrow: The Premier's social media employee has been granted leave and the ability for the public to post to Campbell Newman's page removed following an incident this week where a question was asked about bikies having group sex. 

The page responded to the query by saying: "it would be illegal for three criminal gang members to have sex in public."

The staffer is away until Monday. In that time questions are being directed to the relevant ministers via email.

Screengrab of Premier Campbell Newman's facebook page.

Screengrab of Premier Campbell Newman's facebook page.

Marissa Calligeros: North Stradbroke Island fire: Here's the latest update from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service ...

  • Multiple crews continue to fight a large bushfire in the vicinity of Brown Lake, North Stradbroke Island.
  • QFES crews advise that there is also a number of small fires on the southern end of North Stradbroke Island which are causing a large smoke haze, affecting southern bay islands, including Russell and Macleay Island.
  • The fires are not threatening any property. Water bombing operations are expected to take place throughout the day.This will be concentrated on fires that are inaccessible by fire crews.
  • Residents are advised to keep their doors and windows closed, and if they suffer from respiratory conditions, to keep medication close by. There is restricted access to some roads and camp grounds on the island.

Amy Remeikis: We're headed out to the sale yards today for the Magic Millions.

The $2 million Magic Millions two-year-old classic this Saturday is where some of last year's yearlings get to show off what breeding, good training and a bit of luck can do.

Horse sales can be a barometer of the global economy - so it will be interesting to see what happens today.

The Magic Millions trophy.

The Magic Millions trophy. Photo: Amy Remeikis

Dan Nancarrow: What happened overnight:

- At least four people have reportedly died in Chicago as a dangerous cold swept through the city - temperatures hitting as low as minus 26 degrees.

- Michael Schumacher's wife has called on reporters to stay away from the French hospital where he is being treated and allow his doctors to do their work without media pressure.

- Al-Qaeda-linked militants have been urged to leave the city of Falluja to avoid a military assault by the Iraqi army.

Ice builds up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero.

Ice builds up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero. Photo: Getty Images

Ten News:

AAP: A Gold Coast lifeguard accused of running over a man and woman on a beach has been charged.

Police say the pair, aged in their 20s, were lying on a beach in Surfers Paradise when a slow-moving lifeguard vehicle ran them over.

Both suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment following the December 23 incident.

A man is taken to hospital after being hit by a 4WD on the beach at Surfers Paradise.

A man is taken to hospital after being hit by a 4WD on the beach at Surfers Paradise. Photo: Seven News

Marissa Calligeros: Water bombing aircraft have again been deployed to help firefighters battling a large bushfire on North Stradbroke Island.

The fire has burnt more than half the island, off Brisbane, and flared again yesterday when strong winds hit.

Firefighters worked throughout the night to strengthen containment lines and will use water bombing aircraft today to extinguish fires they can’t fight from the ground.

Marissa Calligeros:

Dan Nancarrow: The forecast for today is a maximum of 28 and a 30 per cent chance of a shower.

Dan Nancarrow: Good morning and welcome to Brisbane Live.

Stay tuned for the latest news and weather updates.

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  • This government should be repealed too.

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    Neal
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    Cairns
    Date and time
    January 08, 2014, 6:26PM
  • Any update on the fires on Straddie? I heard they are stopping people going over?

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    Scotty
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    January 08, 2014, 11:22AM

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