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Brisbane Live: Thursday 14 November, 2013


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

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Kristian Silva: Thanks for joining us today on Brisbane Live.

Plenty of news still unfolding today, so stay tuned into 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:

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.

Dr Susan Vlack addresses the media.

Dr Susan Vlack addresses the media. Photo: Amy Remeikis

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"

Amy Remeikis: 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.

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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.

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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.

Marissa Calligeros:

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Marissa Calligeros: Jessica Rudd says she will not contest her father's seat ...

Phil Lutton: 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

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.

Rain moves in on Thursday.

Rain moves in on Thursday.

Kristian Silva: 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.

Kristian Silva: Maybe today's storms will hit Brisbane earlier than yesterday?

Marissa Calligeros: Bryce Jarratt, 21, was in Bulimba this morning. He said he feels for Kevin Rudd.

"It's a bummer. He was trying so I feel sorry for him," he said.

"I went to school with his kid at Morningside State School ... and I like what [comedian] Rove did, he made him funny.

"I don't know, what was his position now? The other guy seems alright I suppose."

Marissa Calligeros: It appears Labor will lose the seat of Griffith when the electorate heads back to the polls in the wake of Kevin Rudd's resignation from Parliament.

"People here voted for Kevin, not for Labor," Bill Kendall said.

"This isn't a Labor seat." Should LNP candidate Bill Glasson put his hat back in the ring he'd be a "shoe in," Mr Kendall said.

Marissa Calligeros: We have been down on Oxford Street, Bulimba, in the heart of Kevin Rudd's former electorate of Griffith, asking voters what they think of his shock resignation from Parliament.

"One would have expected the resignation on the night of the election," Patricia Woods said.

"But is it a surprise? No. Because he's been invisible in the electorate since the election."

Griffith voter Peter Wilson isn't phased to see Kevin Rudd quit his post as the local member.

Griffith voter Peter Wilson isn't phased to see Kevin Rudd quit his post as the local member. Photo: Marissa Calligeros

Marissa Calligeros: Voters in Kevin Rudd's former electorate of Griffith are not surprised at unexpected his resignation from politics, while others just don't care.

This voter, Peter Wilson, said "big whoop". "It's probably a good thing he's gone," he said.

Nine News: Now for some news from a different Griffith...

Amy Remeikis: The Premier has thanked Kevin Rudd for his service - but believes he has done the right thing.

He says who runs is a matter for the LNP.

Surf Life Saving Queensland will receive a $50,000 grant from the state government. The announcement was made at South Bank this morning.

Surf Life Saving Queensland will receive a $50,000 grant from the state government. The announcement was made at South Bank this morning. Photo: Amy Remeikis

Amy Remeikis: The Premier is at the closest thing Brisbane has to a beach to launch the Surf Life Saving annual appeal.

Surf Life Saving relies on community support for about 70 percent of its funding.

And there is a big cheque! $50,000 to kick off the appeal which starts next Monday and runs for two weeks.

Selena Gomez will tour Australia in February 2014.

Selena Gomez will tour Australia in February 2014. Photo: Supplied

Natalie Bochenski: Pop star Selena Gomez will tour Australia for the first time in 2014.

The Disney star and singer will bring her "Stars Dance" show to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on February 6.

Tickets go onsale through Live Nation from November 22.

Heath Aston: An asylum seeker who was moved off Nauru to give birth is being locked up for 18 hours a day in a detention centre in Brisbane while her week-old baby remains in hospital.

Latifa, a 31-year-old woman from Myanmar, is confined to the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation.

She was separated from her baby on Sunday, four days after a caesarean delivery, and has since been allowed to visit him only between 10am and 4pm at the Mater Hospital.

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Tony Moore, Marissa Calligeros: Firefighters cannot rule out foul play in the blaze that destroyed one of Brisbane's oldest homes, although investigators may never be able to determine the cause of the fire.

The president of the Greek Orthodox Community, Jim Georgiou, said the Greek community organisation would wait for reports from police and fire investigators before deciding its next step for the site.

"I don't feel real good about it going, because we had certain plans for it. It's unfortunate and it’s not good, but we will wait for the reports and see what happens," he said.

Mr Georgiou said he first heard of the fire on Wednesday morning: "The same as everybody else," he said.

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Belvedere blaze is 'devastating'

Fire destroys the historic Belvedere house next to the Greek Club in South Brisbane Wednesday, leaving "a big loss" for the local community. Nine News

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Marissa Calligeros: Three members of the Mongols motorcycle gang have become the first bikies charged under Queensland’s controversial anti-association laws after being arrested at a Gold Coast luxury hotel.

The three men, aged 26, 28 and 36, were arrested by Surfers Paradise detectives in the foyer of the Palazzo Versace hotel at Main Beach about 11.30pm on Wednesday.

Their arrest was the first of its kind under the anti-association laws, where three alleged bikies were in the same place at the same time.

Marissa Calligeros: More severe storms are expected to hit Brisbane on Thursday and Friday, the Bureau of Meteorology warns.

Bureau forecaster Jonty Hall told 612 ABC Brisbane that winds in the upper-atmosphere would likely generate more storms and heavy rain on Thursday afternoon.

The aftermath of Wednesday afternoon's hail storm in Toowoomba. Photo: Bev Lacey/The Toowoomba Chronicle.

The aftermath of Wednesday afternoon's hail storm in Toowoomba. Photo: Bev Lacey/The Toowoomba Chronicle.

Tony Wright: It was all about Kevin. Always.

And so, Kevin Rudd chose the dying hours of the first evening of the first full day of the new Parliament, his chance of redemption gone, to announce his resignation from Parliament.

There will be relief and anger in equal measure within his party: relief his influence and his simmering, often malevolent ambition would no longer sit as a threat to the party and the leadership he has left behind; anger that he did not go long ago.

Time to zip: Kevin Rudd wipes away a tear after announcing he's quitting politics.

Time to zip: Kevin Rudd wipes away a tear after announcing he's quitting politics. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

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Cameron Atfield, Tony Moore: With Kevin Rudd gone, the attention shifts back to the seat of Griffith with a by-election looming.

Former Australian Medical Association president Bill Glasson is expected to again be preselected for the Liberal National Party after his strong performance in the September federal election.

Employment lawyer Terri Butler leads a list of contenders for Labor preselection in the seat of Griffith Mr Rudd's shock resignation from Parliament.

Kristian Silva: Good morning, Brisbane.

Pleasure to be with you this Thursday.

What an eventful evening we had last night, with former PM Kevin Rudd retiring from politics. There will be an abundance of coverage on this website today, including a little bit on this blog.

We'll also be bringing you the rest of the day's local news, as it happens.

Much like yesterday, we're expecting a top of 27 degrees with showers and storms in the evening.

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  • My home weather station is going crazy and the readings are pointing to VERY bad storms and heaps of rain.
    Here in Brighton we had 10mm early today and looks like that figure increasing even further

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    November 14, 2013, 4:26PM

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