Queensland

Brisbane Live: Thursday 14 November, 2013

Weatherzone: Brisbane storm tracker

Kristian Silva

Thanks for joining us today on Brisbane Live.

Plenty of news still unfolding today, so stay tuned into brisbanetimes.com.au for all the updates.

Natalie Bochenski will be with you tomorrow to take you through the day's news as it happens. 

Have a great evening.

Tony Moore.

Police have been asked to investigate serious sexual abuse allegations at Brisbane Airport.

Claims have surfaced that five female international students working as cleaners at Brisbane Airport have been sexually abused by a man working for a contract cleaning business.

The company at the centre of the allegations has told Fairfax Media they had received a complaint about 1pm on Wednesday, stood him down immediately and contacted police.

The online petition against sexual abuse at Brisbane Airport.
The online petition against sexual abuse at Brisbane Airport. Photo: www.coworker.org
Kristian Silva

Brisbane is unlikely to be hit with thunderstorms and heavy rains tonight, after a storm passed through the region about lunchtime on Thursday.

Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Dean Narramore said western and southern suburbs may receive some rains in the next few hours, and there was only a “small chance” of it reaching the city.

Mr Narramore said showers coming from the north-west may produce rainfall in the city overnight.

Amy Remeikis
Dr Susan Vlack addresses the media.
Dr Susan Vlack addresses the media. Photo: Amy Remeikis

Dr Susan Vlack, the director of the metro north public health unit, is updating the media on a salmonella outbreak, which has been linked to one death and 220 illnesses.

She said Melbourne Cup functions were "dotted around Brisbane" and preliminary results have led to an unnamed Brisbane catering company - "but it's nothing we can hang our hat on"

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One woman has died and hundreds of others have reported illness after a Salmonella outbreak linked to a Brisbane catering company.

The company, which has not been named by Queensland Health or the Metro North Hospital and Health Service, provided the catering for 40 different Melbourne Cup functions last week.

At least 220 people have reported being sick and a 77-year-old woman's death has been linked to the food poisoning outbreak.

Symptoms, which include fever, headache, nausea, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and vomiting, usually present within six to 72 hours after exposure. More to come.

Marissa Calligeros

The "good burghers" of Griffith appear to be divided over Kevin Rudd’s departure.

A vox pop of voters along the cafe and restaurant strip of Oxford Street, Bulimba, revealed feelings of relief, disappointment and anger within the electorate on Thursday morning.

According to residents the people of Griffith have long had a love affair with the man dubbed Kevin '07, who defeated John Howard with a landslide victory, but not with the Labor Party itself.

Rudd gone: 'Big whoop'

Voters in Kevin Rudd's Brisbane seat of Griffith say it's a "good thing" the former Prime Minister has resigned, and that the LNP is now a "shoo-in" to win the seat.

Kristian Silva

Things appear to have calmed down in the city weather-wise, but the thunderstorm warning still remains in place.

The bureau released its latest warning summary at 1.41pm, and will put out another update at 4.45pm.

Phil Lutton.

There's the half century for Usman Khawaja and it's looked pretty. Strokes Copeland to the fence with a lovely swipe off the legs and raises the bat to the stands.

Queensland now 1/114. Khawaja would love to go on with things here this afternoon to keep his name in the Ashes frame.

Phil Lutton.

Play has resumed here at AB Field, with Qld back out there in pursuit of the NSW total of 386.

Usman Khawaja is two short of his 50, with Greg Moller on 31.

The outfield is bound to be fairly soggy so we'll be playing with a heavy ball for much of the afternoon.

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Tony Moore.

Looks like we're going to have some cricket here this afternoon.

Play between Queensland and New South Wales set to resume at 1.30pm, with tea now set for 3pm assuming the weather behaves.

Amy Remeikis

Campbell Newman is having lunch with the state's actual one pre centers - the 100+ club.

The state's centurions gather each year for a pre-Christmas lunch. Mr Newman is their patron.

Twenty-three of the 84 guests are aged over 100 years, including one woman who walked over the Sydney Harbour bridge when it first opened.

Campbell Newman enjoys lunch with some of the state's oldest citizens.
Campbell Newman enjoys lunch with some of the state's oldest citizens. Photo: Amy Remeikis
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Kristian Silva

A severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds, heavy rain and large hailstones has been issued for a large section of the state's south-east, including Brisbane.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the storm may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones over the next few hours.

Potentially affected areas include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Maroochydore, Gympie, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Emerald, Rockhampton, Kingaroy and Stanthorpe.

Kristian Silva
Rain moves in on Thursday.
Rain moves in on Thursday. 

Bit of thunder around the city already.

Here's the radar from the Bureau of Meteorology from 12pm.

Amy Remeikis

Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk says it is time to "lift the veil of secrecy" surrounding the hearings currently being held by the committee which oversees the Crime and Misconduct Commission.

The Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee is speaking to acting CMC head Dr Ken Levy, investigating whether he misled them over contact the government had with his office regarding his public support of the bikie laws.

The premier has also said he believes the hearing should be public.

The committee held a 12-hour hearing yesterday, but under the CMC Act, no one can speak about what was said, unless the committee makes the transcripts public.

Phil Lutton.

I'm out at Allan Border Field watching Queensland take on New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield.

Dark clouds have started to drop rain, with the players dashing off for what we hope is a short delay.

The Bulls are 1/99 in pursuit of the 386 set by NSW in the first innings.

Joe Burns was the man to fall on the second morning, caught behind off the bowling of Trent Copeland for 14. Usman Khawaja (48) and Greg Moller (31) are the pair that will resume once the skies clear.

Amy Remeikis

Three bikies quietly drinking in a bar?

Premier Campbell Newman says they should be arrested.

On Thursday Mr Newman said he had no regrets his government’s new anti-association laws were used to arrest three alleged criminal motorcycle gang members while they drank at the Palazzo Versace bar on the Gold Coast.

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