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Brisbane Live at Work: Tuesday February 12

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Somebody get Ringo back to Queensland! This yellow submarine (CSIRO's Starbug) has gone missing off Amity Banks, Moreton Bay. The robot was mapping kelp and coral on the sea floor when it dived out of sight.

Somebody get Ringo back to Queensland! This yellow submarine (CSIRO's Starbug) has gone missing off Amity Banks, Moreton Bay. The robot was mapping kelp and coral on the sea floor when it dived out of sight. Photo: CSIRO

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Sean Baumgart: That's it for another day on Live at Work. Tomorrow looks to have a few showers waiting for us, if you're inclined to believe the weather man

Join us again here in the morning.

 

Sean Baumgart: The four-car crash at Virginia still has Sandgate Rd blocked at Goss Rd, so be warned if that's on your route home from work. 

Happy 100th birthday to the Boys' Brigade 1st Brisbane Company, billed as the oldest company of its type in Australia.

The company was formed in 1913 and still congregates in the original building near the Ithaca Presbyterian Church in Red Hill. 

It has supplied this picture. If you recognise anyone, let us know by posting a comment on the right hand side of the blog.

Members of 1st Brisbane dig trenches behind the Boys' Brigade hall in Red Hill during World War II.

Members of 1st Brisbane dig trenches behind the Boys' Brigade hall in Red Hill during World War II. Photo: Supplied

Dan Nancarrow: Australian Traffic Network reports a crash in Virginia has blocked Sandgate Road northbound at Goss Road.

Delays are reported.

Katherine Feeney: In another, completely unrelated yet vitally important matter, I'd like to note the number of Valentine's Day related press releases sashaying into my inbox this week.

Any other fans of Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet may find the latest amusing as it relates to names, and what's in them.

Apparently a dating website called ForgetDinner.com.au has divined, through an exhaustive and doubtlessly highly academic research activity, most men want to wine and dine gals named Sarah, whilst women would prefer to step out with a Michael on their arm.

But we all know that a rose by any other name smells as sweet...

Dan Nancarrow: Kudos goes to reader Jimbo from Logan:

"The missing submarine is in the Octopus's Garden, surely?"

Fairfax Media's Entertainment Editor Supreme Giles Hardie has interviewed Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead - the zombie TV series which has broken its own ratings benchmark as the top rating show on US television.

But with so many top class television dramas on television nowadays, is it the best?

Poll: What's the best current ongoing TV drama series?

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Boardwalk Empire

6%

Breaking Bad

13%

Game of Thrones

10%

Downton Abbey

24%

Elementary

5%

Girls

2%

Homeland

8%

Law and Order

6%

Mad Men

8%

Sons of Anarchy

8%

The Walking Dead

4%

The Bold and the Beautiful

6%

Total votes: 112.

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Poll closed 14 Feb, 2013

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

Dan Nancarrow: Public transport wise the run home looks pretty clear. There are no delays reported by Translink on Queensland Rail trains, and only minor disruptions to the 539 and 680 bus routes.

Ferries are still being delayed up to 10 minutes due to debris in the water, resulting from recent floods.

Dan Nancarrow: The Australian Traffic Network reports congestion on the Ipswich Motorway westbound from Moorooka to Oxley, Sandgate Road northbound from Northgate to Virginia, Gympie Road northbound through Kedron and Chermside as well as the Gateway Motorway northbound from Nudgee to Boondall.

Does not sound like a fun commute home on the roads!

Katherine Feeney: A special establishment and coordination committee report brought to chambers today confirms the damage done to Brisbane by the storms and floods experienced around Australia Day stands at $60.5 million.

According to the document, council will transfer funds from existing parts within this year's budget to cover the cost upfront. The two areas nominated relate to funds held in reserve- an infrastructure reserve and an expenditure and inflation reserve- and as such the adjustment is not expected to affect council's budget surplus.

What's more,  Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said council would be covered for the bulk of this cost under a National Partnership Agreement struck between the state and federal government on Friday last week.

However Cr Quirk has admitted council will still be out of pocket to the tune of $10 million. That comes on top of the $100 million gap council was left with after the 2011 floods.

Natalie Bochenski: The first official survey of TV ratings is underway, and Channel Nine is claiming victory for its news and current affairs hour in southeast Queensland last night.

The network says its 6pm bulletin averaged 303,000 viewers, over Seven's 231,000.

And it says the A Current Affair exposé on a Logan granny dealing drugs to locals and school children attracted an average of 270,000 viewers over Today Tonight's 200,000.

I guess we'll see how the two rivals match up tonight!

Amy Remeikis: The independent member for Nicklin Peter Wellington has given a rousing speech to parliament - mainly calling for a change to planning and development approval laws.

Mr Wellington, who could be characterised as one of the more passionate speakers of the day, said it was time Queensland governments stopped "bowing to the development industry" and put some thought into planning communities.

Katherine Feeney: How much should council spend on 'feature lighting' on the Story Bridge? According to Cr Dick not $676,614- the amount listed in a contracts and tendering report discussed at chambers this afternoon.

Cr Adrian Schrinner, Cr Quirk's deputy, has decided to address Cr Dicks concerns about the bridge, which he describes as council's "most iconic asset".

The Deputy Mayor has said the extra expense was brought about by council's frequent need to make changes to the feature lighting to reflect the various colour schemes required by charities and event organizers that use the bridge in their campaigns.

Cr Schrinner says every time the lighting is changed, every individual bulb needs work at a cost of about $10,000 and at great risk to the council officer appointed to the job.

The upgrade represents the replacement of the bridge's light bulbs with LED lights so that the colours could be changed "at the flick of a switch", Cr Schrinner has said.

Labor councillors continue to question whether the outlay is as necessary as upgrades to roads or parks.

Dan Nancarrow: There's been a mixture of shock and (digitised) laughter on social media to our story of marijuana muffins being taken to a worker's farewell party:

It's only two days away so if you haven't got anything planned for Valentine's Day you might find yourself hit by the blunt end of cupid's arrow.

But fear not! We've collated a list of Brisbane's best meals, deals and events for the big day on Thursday.

We've also got a list of great ideas for singles too, so no excuses for moping around miserably!

Brisbane is set to be a hive of Valentine's Day activity.

Brisbane is set to be a hive of Valentine's Day activity.

Katherine Feeney: Public transport has again cropped up as a sore point between Labor and LNP councillors at City Hall as the matter of the state government's SEQ bus review was raised at this afternoon's meeting.

Calls for documents to be tabled are flying around from both sides of the room, but so far said table remains bare.

The fuss is worth it however- this review stands to create an uncomfortable situation for the LNP-dominated council and the LNP-majority state government as George Street will be making cuts and changes to City Hall's bus routes...

Dan Nancarrow: Want to watch the Academy Awards live and in style? Dendy Portside are airing the 85th Academy Awards on the big screen from 11am to 2.30pm on Monday February 25.

Lunch, refreshments and canapes will be served with prizes for best dressed male and female also on offer.

Sounds like fun for those lucky enough not to be working!

The 85th Annual Academy Awards will be aired on Monday morning, February 25 in Australia.

The 85th Annual Academy Awards will be aired on Monday morning, February 25 in Australia. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Ringo Starr is in town and a yellow submarine is missing.

The happenstance is too good to ignore.

CSIRO has appealed for public help to find its robot Starbug, which resembles a ‘‘small yellow submarine’’ and measures 2 metres by 1.5 metres, last seen off Amity Banks in Moreton Bay where it was mapping kelp and coral on the sea floor and dived out of sight.

Have you seen it Ringo?

CSIRO's missing Starbug.

CSIRO's missing Starbug. Photo: CSIRO

Katherine Feeney: And the 4395 meeting of the Brisbane City Council is underway. While condolences characterise parliament today, we're beginning with business and planning at City Hall this afternoon.

Cr Quirk has opened question time with a call for more hotels to help cope with demand brought about by the G20 summit, and a yell for the people of Brisbane to contribute their thoughts to the new draft City Plan currently before council...

Marissa Calligeros: Detective Superintendent David Hutchinson has spoken to the media for the second time about the search for missing Gold Coast mother Novy Chardon.

He appealed for anyone with information about Mrs Chardon's dark blue four-wheel-drive, which was found near Nerang train station last night, to come forward.

Mrs Chardon was last seen leaving her Upper Coomera home about midnight last Wednesday.

Police have been trying to track her movements since then.

Members of the public have reported seeing Mrs Chardon, but those sightings have not been confirmed, Superintendent Hutchinson said.

Danielle Cronin: Remember the ‘‘Postcard Bandit’’?

A man who once helped break out one of Australia's most notorious criminals from prison has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy and a gun charge in a Melbourne court.

Brendan Berichon in 1997 assisted Perth-born Brendon Abbott – infamously tagged the ‘‘Postcard Bandit" – and four other inmates to escape a maximum security Queensland jail in 1997.

 

Danielle Cronin: Take care if you're travelling on the Pacific Motorway.

 

The only thing more surprising than finding a good restaurant in Carindale is finding a good restaurant in a shopping centre in Carindale, writes Natascha Mirosch who has reviewed Gallery One.

The shopping centre restaurant isn't a new concept, of course - Sydney's Westfield boasts some impressive names and even Brisbane has seen it before. Almost a decade ago, restaurateur Murray Williams opened The Mark in Toombul Centro with a bar, formal restaurant and a cellar. Sadly, despite keen interest and favourable reviews, it wasn't long for this fickle world.

Gallery One.

Gallery One. Photo: Natascha Mirosch

Amy Remeikis: Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said there was just one school which had not re-opened - Lowmead State School - in the Bundaberg region - since the floods.

However Mr Langbroek said the students had been taken in by the nearby Rosedale school, which had helped keep them together as their school attempted to recover.

After lunch Mr Langbroek said he would discuss the work school chaplains undertook during the floods.

Amy Remeikis: Education Minister, John-Paul Langbroek is speaking on the impact of schools in flood affected communities.

Mr Langbroek says he never truly understood the "Herculean effort" principals and teachers signed up for until the Australian day floods and he has learnt a lot - primarily "if you let community leaders, like principals, take the lead; they deliver."

Dan Nancarrow: On Twitter #aliaonline is trending in the city according to Trendsmap Brisbane. 

The Australian Library and Information Association are holding their ALIA Information Online conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from February 12 to 15. 

Amy Remeikis: Parliament is now hearing from Ian Rickuss, the member for Lockyer.

Mr Rickuss said the extent of the damage to his electorate was about 30 % of that in 2011 - but for some people it was worse.

He has called on "city cousins" to support regional communities in their recovery but said the $750 million in damage to the Lockyer region, estimated in media reports, was a "gross exaggeration".

But he called on Queenslanders to support the flood appeal.

Marissa Calligeros: For some it would be the ultimate office farewell gift.

A worker at a Sunshine Coast employment agency allegedly took a tray of marijuana-laced muffins to a farewell morning tea for a colleague.

She's been charged and is due to face court next month.

(Actual pot muffins not shown).

(Actual pot muffins not shown).

Dan Nancarrow: This video of Kevin Rudd singing Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe at his recent barefoot bowls day in Coorparoo has been doing the rounds for a day or so. But we thought we'd give you guys a listen just in case you haven't heard it yet. You can thank me later:

Amy Remeikis: The Member for Bundamba, Jo-Ann Miller, whose electorate includes Goodna, Redbank and Riverview said her community is one which "knows what it's like to go back to zero, zilch, nothing" after a major natural disaster.

Ms Miller has spoken of the fear her electorate felt at the news the river would rise again and said  her community is grateful and thankful the water did not reach that high a second time.

But Ms Miller said the hearts of people in her community went out to Queensland communities who had not been so lucky this time round.

Amy Remeikis: Health Minister and member for Southern Downs, Lawrence Springborg has taken the floor;

He praised those involved with evacuating Bundaberg Base Hospital patients to Brisbane at the height of the flood crisis before moving on to detail the damage to his electorate.

In a recurring theme, he is speaking about the resilience of the people in his communities - but has acknowledged that for some people, starting over once again, might be too hard.

"For some people, this will become a road that's a bit too far," he said, adding that some people won't be able to recover.

Member for the Southern Downs and Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg.

Member for the Southern Downs and Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg. Photo: Harrison Saragossi/File Photo

Phil Lutton: After the farcical display we saw on the weekend, there's more sad news today for fight fans, with Toowoomba slugger Michael Katsidis forced to retire with an undisclosed injury.

Katsidis was due to face Weng Haya in Melbourne on February 21 but has now given the sport away.

A former world title challenger, Katsidis was an all-action fighter who never backed down from an opponent. But he suffered some heavy shots late in his career and this could be a blessing in disguise.

We'll find out more on this throughout the day.

Michael Katsidis knocks Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez to the mat in November 2010.

Michael Katsidis knocks Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez to the mat in November 2010. Photo: AP

Marissa Calligeros: Police are preparing to brief the media today on the investigation into the disappearance of Gold Coast mother-of-two Novy Chardon.

Mrs Chardon, 34, was last seen about midnight on Wednesday by her husband at their Upper Coomera home.

Her husband, John Chardon, has since flown to Jakarta with their son and daughter, aged seven and nine.

Detective Superintendent David Hutchinson will brief the media at 1pm on the Gold Coast.

Missing Gold Coast woman Novy Chardon.

Missing Gold Coast woman Novy Chardon.

Natalie Bochenski: More touring news: geeky American alternative band They Might Be Giants is coming to Australia in April/May.

Formed in 1982 by John Linnell and John Flansburgh, the band has had numerous hits including Birdhouse in Your Soul, Istanbul (Not Constantinople) and Boss of Me from the TV show Malcolm in the Middle.

They'll play The Zoo in Brisbane on May 8, and you can find out more info here.

They Might Be Giants are coming to Brisbane.

They Might Be Giants are coming to Brisbane.

Amy Remeikis: And David Gibson closes as he opened - with the words of Dorothea Mackellar.

Core of my heart, my country! Land of the rainbow gold....you know the rest.

Missing man Noel Baines,

Missing man Noel Baines, Photo: Police Media

Marissa Calligeros: Police are searching for a man missing from a central Queensland town since Saturday.

Noel Baines, 47, was last seen leaving a Graves Hill residence in the town of Rubyvale, 60 kilometres north-west of Emerald, about 10.30am.

He was travelling in a blue 1994 Toyota Vienta with Queensland registration 040 SAG.

Police hold concerns for his welfare as he suffers from a medical condition.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.

Amy Remeikis: In one of the longer speeches of the morning, David Gibson, the member for Gympie, spoke of the impact to his electorate's farming community - particularly the macadamia and dairy industries because of the floods - but he also spoke of his appreciation for the fast mobilisation of interpreters for the deaf.

Mr Gibson, who grew up interpreting for his deaf parents, used part of his speech to express his "disappointment" at individuals on social media who "ridiculed" the signs used by the interpreters.

"Their ignorance displays their lack of appreciation for other languages and other members of the community".

Hear, hear.

Katherine Feeney: Ringing off the hook is one way to describe it; Brisbane City Council’s call centre received nearly 50,000 phone calls from the public during the wild weather-worn Australia Day weekend the lifestyle committee was told this morning. Meanwhile council’s disaster dedicated website received over 66,000 hits – about 400 per cent more than usual – and City Hall’s various social media accounts transmitted about 4,000 messages during the storm and flood event. #notbad

Amy Remeikis: The member for Gympie, Dave Gibson, has invoked Dorothea Mackellar to open his speech;

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.

Mr Gibson said while the Gympie community considered itself lucky - compared to other areas - as four floods in two years "brings its own fatigue" and the ongoing effects of dealing with the frequency of floods was impacting on businesses and the community.

Member for Gympie David Gibson.

Member for Gympie David Gibson. Photo: Harrison Saragossi/File Photo

Amy Remeikis: The member for Burnett, Stephen Bennett, has appealed to parliament to remember the ongoing problems farmers will face. He says some farmers won't be able to gauge the true extent of the damage for many months.

Mr Bennett said the Burnett River "is a mess", the local fishing industry "is on it's knees" and labour is needed to help clear the debris from farms.

Unemployment in the region was already an issue before the floods - Mr Bennett has called for additional support to help his electorate get back on it's feet.

Amy Remeikis: Treasurer Tim Nicholls has assured parliament "Queensland is open for business" in his speech.

Mr Nicholls said he was heartened by the resilience he saw from the people in the communities he visited during and after the flood disaster.

Mr Nicholls said the spirit "that abounds in this great state" was on show - from Eagle Street in Brisbane, where businesses helped each other sandbag, to Laidley, where they cleaned up for the second time in two years and of course to Bundaberg, where people took in complete strangers made homeless by the flood.

He said parliament must now "do what it can and do what it must" to rebuild and recover as fast as possible - to a "better standard".

Dan Nancarrow: More MPs will speak about the flood disaster in parliament today:

Amy Remeikis: The member for Rockhampton, Bill Byrne, has the floor.

He spoke of his admiration for the members of his communities, who, he says, show the best elements of the Australian character.

He finished with a call for parliament to work together in terms of the recovery "after all...we can find many other things in here to disagree with".

Sidenote - the murmuring volume increased momentarily during Mr Bryne's speech.  That couldn't have anything to do with Mr Bryne being a member of the opposition could it?

Judith Ireland: Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has made a thinly-veiled criticism of Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Treasurer Wayne Swan over the mining tax, which he says has not raised ''any real revenue''.

When asked in a television interview if the new Labor leadership team had given away too much to the miners, Mr Rudd replied: ''History will be the judge of that.''

Former PM Kevin Rudd has commented on Prime Minister Julia Gillard's woes with the mining tax.

Former PM Kevin Rudd has commented on Prime Minister Julia Gillard's woes with the mining tax. Photo: Andrew Meares

Amy Remeikis: The member for Mundingburra and the newly sworn Minister for Local Government Community Recovery and Resilience, David Crisafulli, has just finished his speech.

While paying tribute to those who lost their lives, homes and livelihoods, Mr Crisafulli spoke a lot about the recovery.

He said that tomorrow, the job of rebuilding smarter and better would truly begin, giving Queenslanders the security that they would have some protection from the "might and power" of their state.

Amy Remeikis: Just some numbers on the 2013 floods - and lets remember that the recovery is still ongoing.

  • Six people died 
  • $2.4 billion - the estimated damage bill - a number likely to grow
  • 21 - Local government areas where the natural disaster assistant scheme was activated
  • 4224 - the number of property damaged
  • 2302 - the number of properties inhibitable (1321 just in Bundaberg)
  • 50 per cent of pork producers affected
  • 50 per cent of dairy farmers affected
  • 1/3 of Queensland's citrus industry and EVERY citrus property in Bundaberg and Central Burnett districts affected.
  • $10 million - worth of crops have been lost.
  • Six weeks - when Australian lemons and mandarins are due to hit the supermarket shelves;

  • Premier Campbell Newman urged shoppers to buy Australian/Queensland where they could.

Katherine Feeney: Councillor Nicole Johnston is pressing councillor Peter Matic, chairman of the public and active transport committee, for a briefing on council's involvement in the state government's bus review at the committee meeting this morning.
Cr Matic is insisting there is no update for the committee to be briefed on, and Cr Johnston insists otherwise, supported by Labor councillor Steve Griffiths.

The review is likely to affect 'hundreds' of Brisbane City Council bus services, Cr Johnston says, again calling for Cr Matic to table any correspondence between City Hall and the State Government on the issue.

Needless to say, no letters were tabled today...

Amy Remeikis: Deputy Premier and Member for Callide, Jeff Seeney, has taken the floor.

After paying his respects to the people who lost their lives, Mr Seeney said people from his electorate had originally welcomed news of coming rain - but that no one anticipated what was to come.

Mr Seeney said a lot of older residents had spoken of the great flood of 1942, but until the most recent disaster, many people had been unable to imagine waters reaching that high.

Deputy Queensland Premier Jeff Seeney has spoken about the impact of the flood disaster.

Deputy Queensland Premier Jeff Seeney has spoken about the impact of the flood disaster. Photo: Harrison Saragossi/File Photo

Amy Remeikis: "We can never forget how we will come together yet again" says Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk, finishing her speech.

The Member for Bundaberg, Jack Dempsey, now has the floor.

He too has opened his speech by paying tribute to the six people who lost their lives during the flood disaster, paying his condolences to their families and recognising those who were injured and are still recovering.

Queensland's Police and Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey.

Queensland's Police and Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey. Photo: Harrison Saragossi/File Photo

Amy Remeikis: Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has taken the floor.

Ms Palaszczuk has spoken of Queensland's "nightmare" revisited, of the people who came together to help others and the heart that was shown throughout the disaster.

Ms Palaszczuk also paid tribute to the six people who lost their lives as a result of the floods.

Amy Remeikis: Premier Campbell Newman has also spoken of relocating or raising highways "to protect them from flood waters" as "the Bruce Highway is the lifeline of the north and lifelines need to stay open".

Given this was only a speech, Mr Newman did not get into specifics, but he also flagged a "whole new approach" to replacing bridges and repairing roads - even if cost more.

"We must build back better" was the message of the morning - in honour of those who lost their lives as well as those who must rebuild and recover.

Amy Remeikis: Premier Campbell Newman refers to the most recent flood disaster as a "game changer" that would result in a "bold new approach" from the Queensland Government, "rebuilding a more resilient Queensland.

Mr Newman says the government needed to acknowledge Queensland was a "state of extremes" and build infrastructure accordingly.

He says the government would look at building flood levees and dams and consider relocating entire parts of suburbs and communities - "if that is what the community wants".

Amy Remeikis: Premier Campbell Newman has spoken of the six people who "lost their lives directly because of this extreme weather event", placing "Parliament's deepest sympathy to the families of those six people" on the record.

He read their names out one by one;

  • Three-year-old Angus Burke from Gordon Park
  • 27-year-old Jacob Luke Shearer from Widgee
  • 65-year-old Roger Boyles from Greenbank
  • 81-year-old Wolfgang Kaden from Bundaberg
  • 25-year-old Yu-Kun Pan from Gatton, formerly of Taiwan
  • 34-year-old Swee Leong Fan from the Lockyer Valley, formerly of Malaysia

Mr Newman said he wanted their families to know "their loved ones won't be forgotten" and their deaths "will mark a turning point in the way Queensland approaches natural disasters".

Amy Remeikis: Parliament has sat for the first time this year and in an echo of events two years ago, question time has been sidelined for a condolence motion to talk about the floods.

The House observed a minute's silence as a mark of respect before Premier Campbell Newman commenced his speech, recounting the events and expressing his shock, respect, admiration and heartache "in the wake of Queensland's second widespread major natural disaster within two years".

Phil Lutton: It's already out there.... bad news for the Reds with James Horwill missing the season opener with an ankle injury.

The big fella can't take a trick. He is scheduled to be back for round two against the Tahs at Suncorp.

Bad news for the Queensland Reds with James Horwill ruled out of the season's Super Rugby opener with an ankle injury. He is scheduled to be back for round two against NSW at Suncorp Stadium.

Bad news for the Queensland Reds with James Horwill ruled out of the season's Super Rugby opener with an ankle injury. He is scheduled to be back for round two against NSW at Suncorp Stadium. Photo: Getty Images

ABC News: The Premier speaks about the flood impact on residents:

Phil Lutton: It's a big day in sport in the Sunshine State. The Queensland Reds are gearing up for their Super Rugby season opener against the Brumbies and will have news on injured captain James Horwill within half an hour.

Then there's the ACC investigating the North Queensland Cowboys, the Broncos preparing for their first official trial and more fall-out from the farcical fight at Boondall on Friday. I've set up a bed under the desk.

Nine News: Parliament pays respects to the state's flood victims:

Marissa Calligeros: Veteran unionist Bob Carnegie will return to the Federal Court in Brisbane today to face charges over a series of construction protests last year.

Yesterday, hundreds of union supporters and construction workers rallied outside the Federal Court on Tank Street, even forming a guard of honour for Mr Carnegie.

Mr Carnegie is facing 18 alleged breaches of a Federal Court order that banned him from picketing at the South Brisbane construction site of the Queensland Children’s Hospital last year.

Mr Carnegie was originally facing 54 counts of contempt, but was found not guilty of 34 charges yesterday and a further two were dropped.

Yesterday, the court heard a private investigator had allegedly filmed Mr Carnegie at the Abigroup construction site during the nine weeks of industrial action.

About 10 construction workers holding union flags are sitting outside the court ahead of Mr Carnegie’s 10.15am hearing today.

Marissa Calligeros: CBD protest: Refugee activists will protest in Brisbane today against the Australian-run detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

The Refugee Action Network says supporters will gather outside the PNG consulate in Brisbane's CBD as a legal challenge against the centre opens in a Port Moresby court.

Lawyers acting on behalf of PNG Opposition Leader Belden Namah are seeking to have the Manus Island facility declared unconstitutional and will ask the court to temporarily stop asylum seeker transfers until it has made its final decision.

AAP

Dan Nancarrow: Here's a look at the top stories on brisbanetimes.com.au this morning:

Failing health ... Pope Benedict XVI.

Failing health ... Pope Benedict XVI. Photo: AP

A Generation X-er - but a Baby Boomer at heart - Beatles fan Cameron Atfield reviews last night's Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band performance at the Brisbane Convention Centre:

"The man is a legend. A bona fide part of music history. A genuine icon. And his All-Starr Band is at the top of its game."

Ringo Starr in his first Australian show since 1964.

Ringo Starr in his first Australian show since 1964. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

Dan Nancarrow: The Australian Traffic Network is reporting a crash on the Pacific Motorway inbound after Ester Street, Greenslopes.

Traffic is backed up back to Upper Mount Gravatt.

Dan Nancarrow: Having a look at the weather forecast today the Bureau predicts a fine and mostly sunny morning seguing into a partly cloudy afternoon and a possible shower or thunderstorm this evening.

We should see a maximum of 29.

Dan Nancarrow: Good morning and welcome to Brisbane Live At Work this Tuesday morning.

We'll have all the latest on the NRL doping scandal this morning following the naming of clubs involved in the Australian Crime Commission report overnight.

One of those clubs being the North Queensland Cowboys.

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  • The missing submarine is in the Octopus's Garden, surely?

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    Jimbo from Logan
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    February 12, 2013, 4:11PM
  • Mick Katsidis retiring - nooooooooo!!

    If this is correct let me be the first to dip my hat for a true Australian Sporting champion, who rose from a rough period to be at the pinnacle of the worlds hardest sport. respecettd by all who competed in the sport he truly carried himself with dignity and honesty.

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    February 12, 2013, 4:02PM
  • The evidence is as clear and transparent as Vaille and Downer. Behold! O True Believer. Froggy Newman, O`Farrell and Lord Ted have been got at by the Friary Shrink. All three are now competing for the lead role in the Archangel Abbott Production of Goody Goody Two Shoes.

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    February 12, 2013, 12:19PM
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