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Brisbane Live: Thursday November 28, 2013


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Natalie Bochenski: That's all for Brisbane Live at Work this afternoon.

Good luck to all of our colleagues in the media nominated for the Walkley Awards, being held tonight at the RNA Convention Centre at Bowen Hills.

Let's hope there aren't too many sore heads in the morning.

Enjoy a clear evening with a low of 19 and a top of 34 tomorrow, with the chance of a late storm.

Natalie Bochenski: After six years and two albums, popular Brisbane band Hungry Kids of Hungary has announced they're breaking up.

The four-person group has announced the news on its Facebook page, saying lead vocalist Kane Mazlin no longer wanted the life of touring and other commitments the band had become used to.

"We entertained the idea of continuing without him, but have come to the conclusion that it’s just not possible. Hungry Kids has always been a collaborative effort between its four founding members and if you take one piece of the puzzle away the resulting picture is just incomplete. It doesn’t work."

The band has thanked fans, and apologised for not being able to attend the Falls or Southbound festivals over New Year's as a last hurrah.

No more... Brisbane band Hungry Kids of Hungary call it quits.

No more... Brisbane band Hungry Kids of Hungary call it quits. Photo: Supplied

Natalie Bochenski: Delays are expected on Brisbane's bus network this afternoon after wildcat industrial action at the Toowong Depot.

Members of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union are currently holding a meeting.

The City Council has lodged an application with the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, with a decision expected this afternoon.

Meanwhile Translink says minor delays could affect some services as they're prioritising school runs.

Natalie Bochenski:

Ten News:

Natalie Bochenski: Our very own mild-mannered reporter, Dan Nancarrow, has been out and about again for his "Dan Versus..." challenge series.

This time he meets sideshow experts The Dirty Brothers, whose show The Dark Party is playing at the Judith Wright Centre this weekend.

Check out what happens when Dan comes face to face with a whirring chainsaw!

Dan Nancarrow comes face to face with a chainsaw.

Dan Nancarrow comes face to face with a chainsaw. Photo: Scott Beveridge

Kristian Silva: Senior Victorian homicide squad detective Ron Iddles says he has ‘‘no regrets’’ about showing a graphic crime scene photo of Jill Meagher to a crowd at a fundraising event.

Speaking in Brisbane on Thursday, Detective Senior Sergeant Iddles apologised to anyone who may have been offended by his actions.

But he said his public address was "delivered in a totally professional and compassionate manner".

Ten News: Jarrod Bleijie has had a busy morning on the Gold Coast, opening a brand new display at the Wax Musueum.


New QSIA chair Karen Collard.

New QSIA chair Karen Collard. Photo: Supplied

Elouise Quinlivan: The Queensland Seafood Industry Association has unanimously elected their first female chair for the next 12 months in the associations 100 year history.

Karen Collard has a long history in the fishing industry, operating the FV Fiora from her home port of Townsville with her husband Tony.

Mrs Collard has been an active member of  QSIA over the past five years, working on the Fishing Industry Emissions Calculator, presenting at the 2010 Australian Climate Change Symposium and assisting with organising QSIA functions.

Natalie Bochenski: Here are just some of the weapons seized by police after two days of searching a property near Monto in Central Queensland.

Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker said they were pleased to get the 328 weapons and 4.2 tonnes of ammunition off the street.

"Our fear is these firearms are high calibre firearms and if they got into the wrong hands they could be used in a nasty way."

Natalie Bochenski: More on the huge stash of weapons found in Central Queensland:

Three men have been charged with possessing the cache - a 69-year-old man and his two sons, aged 46 and 42.

They'll face court in Biloela on December 18.

Police say the guns - which included military style weapons, many modified - were found in sheds on a property at Moonford, near Monto.

Natalie Bochenski: Police have seized over 300 weapons and four tonnes of ammunition in one of the biggest firearm raids in recent Queensland history.

Automatic and semi-automatic rifles as well as handguns were found during the search of a property in Moonford, near Monto, in Central Queensland.

Marko Magasic: Parasitic worm infection rates have halved among rural Chinese children thanks to an educational cartoon created by a Brisbane scientist.
University of Queensland researcher Dr Franziska Bieri won the Research Australia Discovery Award for helping develop The Magic Glasses cartoon, which has the potential to help eliminate worm infections globally.
“Intestinal worms are one of the most wide-spread and disabling chronic infections, affecting nearly a third of the world’s population,” Dr Bieri said.

Natalie Bochenski: The Arctic Monkeys have announced a tour of Australia in May 2014.

The British band was last in Australia in 2011, and will tour here and New Zealand to support their new album AM.

Their Brisbane show will be on May 7 at the Entertainment Centre.  General release tickets go on sale on Wednesday December 11.

Jamie McKinnell:  

Natalie Bochenski: Over 600 Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary and secondary students will celebrate their schooling achievements next week at the annual ARTIE Beetson Fun Day tomorrow.

The event, organised by the Former Origin Greats (FOGS) will be held at WhiteWater World at Coomera.

The ARTIE (Achieving Results Through Indigenous Education) Academy students are from the Sunshine Coast, Caboolture, Logan, Ipswich, Barcaldine and Longreach regions.

They've all joined "Club 90", which means they had to obtain 90% school attendance across term three.
Joining the celebrations are several FOGS including Gene Miles, Steve Price and Wendell Sailor, as well as Big Brother runner-up Tahan Lew-Fatt.

Kristian Silva: A senior Victorian homicide squad detective who showed graphic crime scene photos of slain Melbourne woman Jill Meagher's at a fundraising event will address the media in Brisbane this morning.

There's a media frenzy down in Melbourne today, after it was revealed Detective Senior Sergeant Ron Iddles showed the photos to about 400 people during a speech at the Biggest Blokes Lunch in the regional city of Bendigo last Friday.

Police command has apologised to Ms Meagher's family.

Detective Senior Sergeant Ron Iddles.

Detective Senior Sergeant Ron Iddles. Photo: Penny Stephens

Danielle Cronin: Some sad news for music fans.

Brisbane independent record store Kill The Music will close on January 5, 2014, owner Paul Voge has confirmed in a Facebook post picked up by industry publications.

‘‘Working the 3 jobs to keep the shop going is just too much for me too handle financially and mentally ... keep in mind I'm an old man now. I would love to keep going for another 70 years but we can not afford to make this a reality and this makes me sad and I am sorry. ‘But this shop made it for 7 years! 7 f***king years!!''

In a case of one man's art is another's trash, we've got the latest on the kerfuffle over singer Justin Bieber's work on the Gold Coast.

Mayor Tom Tate is definitely not a fan. ‘‘The last thing we want is to have graffiti glorified and more young people thinking it's a cool thing to do. Justin has his talents but they’re best kept in the recording studio,'' he said.

The hotel's management has praised Bieber's artist skills, saying his graffiti was a wonderful addition to the "colourful Gold Coast arts scene".

What do you think? Leave a comment or click on the thumbs up/thumbs down at the bottom of this post.

Graffiti left by Justin Bieber at his Gold Coast hotel after his first Australian concert.

Graffiti left by Justin Bieber at his Gold Coast hotel after his first Australian concert. Photo: Evan Davis

Marissa Calligeros: Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found near a bridge in Mackay in north Queensland.

Walkers along the city's Bluewater Trail found the man’s body near the Ron Camm Bridge shortly after 5am on Thursday.

Danielle Cronin: Assets sales are on the agenda.

Selling Queensland's assets now comes with a billion dollar incentive, our state political reporter Amy Remeikis writes.

The federal government has dangled tax incentives, potentially worth billions of dollars, in front of the states in exchange for asset sales, with the money from that being pumped into job-creating infrastructure.

It has already attracted quite a few comments, which we are processing now.

Danielle Cronin: Good morning Brisbane and thanks for joining us.

We've made it through Hump Day. Now, we're on the home stretch to the weekend.

It's currently 23 degrees. The temperature is forecast to reach 30 degrees today.


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