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Native bees in kamikaze death match for hive supremacy

Sat, 2014-10-18 13:47

A groundbreaking study finds native bees engage in a kamikaze death match to rule prime property.

Cold case murder charges over McCulkin family deaths

Sat, 2014-10-18 13:04

Two men have been charged with the murder of Brisbane mother Barbara McCulkin and her young daughters, Vicki and Leanne, 40 years ago.

The cold case has baffled police since the family disappeared from their Highgate Hill home on a January night in 1974.

Their bodies were never found and police launched a review into the suspected murders in January.

Detectives believe they were killed because they knew too much about the 1973 Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub fire in Fortitude Valley, in Brisbane's inner-city, that claimed 15 lives.

Historic Dunk double-ton sees Tasmania slaughter Bulls bowlers

Sat, 2014-10-18 12:49

Ben Dunk hit the first ever domestic one-day cup double century as Tasmania put the Queensland bowlers to the sword.

Residents fear coal mining imminent in Brisbane Valley

Sat, 2014-10-18 11:47

Brisbane Valley locals fear coal mining is imminent in valuable farming land following recent amendments to mining laws.

All Blacks are stronger than 2011: Henry

Fri, 2014-10-17 21:04

Graham Henry believes the current All Blacks are a "better side" than the squad he guided to World Cup glory in 2011.

Life after Hayne starts for Kangaroos

Fri, 2014-10-17 19:17

Kangaroos captain Cameron Smith is still getting his head around Jarryd Hayne's decision to vie for a NFL career.

Legal observers to patrol Brisbane during G20

Fri, 2014-10-17 18:24

Independent legal observers will walk Brisbane's streets during the G20 summit next month, watching and recording incidents between police and the public.

The program was inspired by similar efforts around past G20 meetings in London and Toronto.

Solicitor Dan Rogers said one way to describe the independent legal observers on the streets of Brisbane were as "walking GoPros".

"That recording will secure an independent account of something that's occurred and will subsequently be important for court proceedings or potentially a public inquiry such as what occurred in Toronto," he said.

About 6,000 police from Queensland, interstate and New Zealand will be on duty for Brisbane's G20.

Church abuse victim says past decade 'a living hell'

Fri, 2014-10-17 18:03

A man who was sexually abused by a youth pastor as a child says Australian Christian Churches was more concerned with protecting its reputation than protecting him, an inquiry heard.

The royal commission into child sexual abuse has completed hearings into the way Pentecostal churches managed abuse complaints in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. 

On the final day of evidence at the Sydney hearing, the lawyer representing the man who was abused by the youth pastor read a statement from his client, known as ALA, that said the past 10 years had been a "living hell".

The former Sunshine Coast youth leader, Jonathan Baldwin, was jailed in 2009 for abusing ALA from the age of 13 for two years.

Minister rejects push to allow pet rabbits in Qld

Fri, 2014-10-17 18:03

The Queensland Government has rejected calls to make pet rabbits legal, with Agriculture Minister John McVeigh saying two online petitions and a campaign calling for pet bunnies to be approved will fall on deaf ears.

Moggill LNP successor linked to branch stacking: Flegg

Fri, 2014-10-17 17:42

Disendorsed Queensland Liberal National Party (LNP) MP Bruce Flegg has accused his likely successor in the seat of Moggill in Brisbane's west of branch stacking.

All Blacks will have an axe to grind, say Wallabies

Fri, 2014-10-17 16:18

Wallabies lock Sam Carter is expecting to meet an "angry" All Blacks outfit in Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup Test.

Family wants answers from inquest into soldiers' deaths

Fri, 2014-10-17 14:00

The brother of an Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan says his family is hoping an inquest provides some answers into his death.

No double dutch for Qld world champion rope skippers

Fri, 2014-10-17 13:37

Three Queensland rope skipping teams have returned home as world champions following the recent World Rope Skipping Championships held in Hong Kong.

Ebola threat prompts opening of Qld emergency coordination centre

Fri, 2014-10-17 12:50

Queensland Health has activated the State Health Emergency Coordination Centre amid the heightened national response to the threat from the Ebola virus.

Newman's chief of staff accused of 'abusive rant'

Fri, 2014-10-17 10:56

A senior staffer in the Queensland Premier's office directed an "ill-informed, abuse rant" against integrity commissioner David Solomon, according to a report tabled in State Parliament.

CCC, Queensland Police execute state-wide drug raids

Fri, 2014-10-17 09:08

Nineteen search warrants have been executed across Queensland as part of a two-year joint investigation into drug trafficking.

Man charged over terror plot preparations in Australia

Fri, 2014-10-17 07:48

A Logan man arrested in raids last month now faces new charges over preparing to commit a terrorist act on Australian soil, the Australian Federal Police have confirmed.

Agim Kruezi, 22, from Boronia Heights, and Omar Succarieh, 31, from Kuraby, were arrested when a taskforce of Queensland and Australian Federal Police officers raided an Islamic centre and several other sites at Logan, south of Brisbane.

Kruezi now faces additional charges including transportation of a firearm in preparation for a terrorist act, and possessing machetes, knives, balaclavas, military fatigues and fuel in preparation for a terrorist act.

Charges against both men were mentioned in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning, but neither of the men appeared in court.

Clive Palmer's wife to run for election in Queensland

Fri, 2014-10-17 06:01

Federal MP Clive Palmer has said his wife would have a tilt at politics in Queensland.

Anna Palmer is seeking preselection for the Palmer United Party for the Gold Coast seat of Gaven to challenge independent MP Dr Alex Douglas.

Mr Palmer said he would also have candidates in Mudgeeraba, Maryborough and Kawana.

Clive Palmer's wife to run for election in Queensland

Fri, 2014-10-17 06:01

Federal MP Clive Palmer has said his wife would have a tilt at politics in Queensland.

Anna Palmer is seeking preselection for the Palmer United Party for the Gold Coast seat of Gaven to challenge independent MP Dr Alex Douglas.

Mr Palmer said he would also have candidates in Mudgeeraba, Maryborough and Kawana.

Power price relief in sight in Qld: distributors

Thu, 2014-10-16 18:52

After years of electricity price hikes, two of Queensland's major power players have signalled an end could be in sight.

With the Australian Energy Regulator calling for submissions on what price to charge for using the network of poles and wires, distributors Energex and Ergon revealed they would call for below-inflation increases.

Ergon CEO Ian McLeod said he believed charges should be the rate of inflation minus 2 per cent.

Network charges made up about half the average power bill, with the other half including generation, retail costs and green schemes.

Energex CEO Terry Effeney would not put an exact figure on what the submission would request, but said it would also be below inflation.