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Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie is calling for Labor MP Jackie Trad to step down from the parliamentary ethics committee for what he says is a conflict of interest.
Mr Bleijie said Ms Trad had a financial interest in the worker's compensation legislation(through her husband) and did not declare it.
He says that makes her unfit to sit on the ethics committee.
One of Brisbane City Council's most awarded policies, its access and inclusion effort, has received two more gongs.
At the 2013 Inclusive Community Champions Awards last week, council was named State Champion for two big projects, the $215 million restoration of Brisbane City Hall and the $150,000 ‘Changing Places’ facility at the Wynnum Wading Pool.
The City Hall upgrade includes braille signage around the entire building, a changing places facility and a mobility centre, located on the ground floor that provides free hire of wheelchairs, prams and walking frames as well as free recharge facilities for scooters and powered mobility devices.
Three other council projects were also recognised at the awards – the installation of Braille and tactile street signs around the city, Ken Fletcher Park’s all abilities play facilities and Mitchelton Library’s access and inclusion upgrade.
The awards are coordinated by the Spinal Injuries Association.
A young teenage girl has been left bloodied and bruised after a hotel room attack at Schoolies on the Gold Coast.
The young victim, believed to be from Sydney, was allegedly assaulted in a room at the Vibe Hotel with a ceramic coffee mug on Monday night.
She was left bleeding profusely from her nose and a gash in her head.
Free magazines? Yes, please.
Anyone in possession of a Brisbane City Council library card can now download a range of popular magazine titles to their smartphone, tablet or computer for free.
Zinio, a new digital magazine download service that Brisbane City Council libraries had subscribed to, allows library members to read a selection of magazines simply be entering their membership card number.
BCC lifestyle chair Krista Adams said almost 300 titles would be available including Marie Claire, Men’s Health, Gardening Australia, Vogue Australia, OK!, Winestate and Peppermint magazine.Back to top
Transport Minister Scott Emerson has given the closest indication of where Brisbane's newest inner-city train station will be built.
Speaking at a Property Council business breakfast on Wednesday, Mr Emerson said the new underground train station would sit between Alice and Mary streets, under George Street.
The station will be built as part of the Underground Bus and Train (UBAT) project, announced on Sunday.
Former premier Peter Beattie has tweeted a picture of his visit to an Andy Warhol museum in the US.
Given his recent failed tilt at the federal seat of Forde, one might be tempted to joke that he's had his 15 minutes of fame.
GOMA is an asset to QLD & our tourism as is the Warhol Museum to Pittsburgh. Goofing around at Warhol today pic.twitter.com/E6Cb8uw0U9— Peter Beattie (@SmartState1) November 20, 2013
Ever wanted to be part of a Guinness World Record? Today could be your chance.
Brisbane fitness company Energy Galore is attempting to get 500 people on 500 fit balls in King George Square at 5pm today.
If they succeed, it will be the world's largest fit ball exercise class.
Alastair Cook has hit back at David Warner's suggestion the tourists are running scared, with the England captain saying his side fears nobody and wants to knock Australia off their Gabba pedestal.
Despite Australia having lost the past three series, Warner suggested that England were growing increasingly wary of a side finding some chemistry under the guidance of new coach Darren Lehmann and returning to their home turf.
"I think they are fearing us, they know we mean business and they know the little moments they won were the key to them winning the series 3-0," Warner said.
Meanwhile in state politics, it seems the opposition is wasting no time in spreading its message in the seat of Redcliffe.Back to top
Bill Glasson has been endorsed by the LNP to stand in the seat of Griffith, which vacated by Kevin Rudd last week.
Terri and Bindi Irwin were at parliament for the government's announcement that the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve would be granted protection from mining.
Bindi, who was unaware of why she was there, said it was "probably the greatest day of of my life".
"The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve was truly set aside in honour of my dad and the legacy he had, to mark all the incredible work that he achieved during his life for wildlife and conservation. It is the most pristine land on planet Earth and we are just thrilled."
More than 700 new graduate doctors will begin work as interns in Queensland hospitals in January.
Department of Health deputy director-general Dr Michael Cleary said all medical students from Queensland medical schools who were Australian citizens or permanent residents and graduated the end of this year, had been offered an intern position.
The 705 doctors will be split between the following locations:
Gold Coast 90
Princess Alexandra Hospital 95
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital 95
Prince Charles 20
The premier says the earliest a by-election could feasibly be held in Redcliffe is February 1.
February 8 is another date which has been thrown up.
Mr Newman says the party is working on a "great candidate".
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Irwin/Premier lovefest pic.twitter.com/usM6KD2efi— Amy Remeikis (@AmyRemeikis) November 20, 2013
The animals running around parliament today are of the four-legged variety.
The premier is announcing the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve and the Wenlock River on the Cape York Peninsula are to be the state's first "strategic environmental area".
No open cut or strip mining will be allowed.
"It means the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve will be protected for all time" Mr Newman said.
Australian coach Darren Lehmann gives his slips cordon catching practice at the Gabba.
Just one day to go before the Ashes series rumbles into life. Both captains will give their final thoughts during the day.
The Legal Affairs and Community Safety parliamentary committee has sent out an urgent call for submissions to the government's Criminal Organisations Disruption Bill.
The legislation was introduced late last night and allows for the Transport Department to hand over information to "approved agencies", among them, ASIO.
The Bill is set to be debated and passed on Thursday. Submissions close at 5pm today. Written submissions should be emailed to email@example.com.