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Brisbane Live: Thursday October 17, 2013


Welcome to Brisbane Live, where you'll find rolling coverage of the news as it happens in Brisbane. From 8.30am to 5pm each working day, Brisbane Live features updates from our team of Brisbane-based reporters, incisive analysis, giveaways, polls, video and photos.

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Natalie Bochenski: That's it for Brisbane Live for Thursday October 17.

It'll be warm and clear in the River City tonight, with a low of 17.

Friday will be cloudy with some showers and the chance of a storm, a top of 24.

Thanks for reading and join us for the final day of the working week tomorrow.


Natalie Bochenski: A Gold Coast bikie has handed in his colours after pleading guilty to possessing steroids.

Redcliffe constituents have had enough of Scott Driscoll.

A Gold Coast firie has been fined after slapping a child who threw a lollie at him.

Hundreds of people rallied outside state parliament to protest changes to WorkCover.

And it looks like Brisbane has lost another two popular restaurants.

Natalie Bochenski: More bad news for Brisbane's restaurant scene...

There are reports that Piaf and The Sardine Tin at South Bank are in the hands of receivers.

The cafe/bistros are both owned by Simon Livingstone, who also runs Survey Co in Burnett Lane.

Mr Livingstone has not been available to comment.

Earlier this month both Ortiga in the Valley and Bistro One Eleven in the city announced they would close.

Uncertain future... Piaf at South Bank.

Uncertain future... Piaf at South Bank. Photo: Piaf website

Natalie Bochenski: Here's a mystery Logan police are keen to solve.

Over the past two weeks a number of drain and telecommunication pit covers (commonly called "manhole" covers) have been stolen from streets in Park Ridge, Chambers Flat and Crestmead.

Police say removing the covers poses a significant risk to the public, as the shafts they cover are up to four metres deep.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


Angelina Jolie leaves a water taxi at Cleveland.

Angelina Jolie leaves a water taxi at Cleveland. Photo: Bayside Bulletin/Chris McCormack

Marissa Calligeros: Showbiz has come to Stradbroke Ferries!

The company's barge has been turned into a floating movie set for Angelina Jolie's latest flick, Unbroken.

The director herself was snapped yesterday after visiting the location at Peel Island.

Amy Remeikis: Hundreds of union members and supporters have come together outside Parliament House to protest the government's changes to the worker's compensation laws.

Protesters express concern over changes to WorkCover outside Parliament House.

Protesters express concern over changes to WorkCover outside Parliament House. Photo: Amy Remeikis

Ten News:

Nine News:

Kim Stephens: Brisbane City Council's business hotline, established in July last year, is celebrating its resounding success with 92 per cent of those who have used it reporting they are satisfied with the service.

133BNE launched in 2012 as a 24/7 hotline for business owners to seek advice and council answers on all business related enquiries.

Since the launch, 24.300 calls have been made.

"This hotline is about helping Brisbane businesses help themselves, providing them with valuable information so our local economy continues to grow," Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said.

Cr Quirk encouraged all business owners to make use of teh free service.

Nine News:

ABC News: A former army sniper turned strongman has avoided jail after kicking a customs dog in the ribs at Gold Coast airport.

Natalie Bochenski: This is a great way to get kids enthused about Shakespeare.

Brisbane's own Shake&Stir Theatre Co. have revived Statespeare, a show about four teenagers working on their Shakespeare assignment. Along the way they learn more about the Bard's great works, including Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth.

It's playing at the Brisbane Powerhouse tonight.

Shake&Stir Theatre Co. present <i>Statespeare</i>.

Shake&Stir Theatre Co. present Statespeare. Photo: Supplied

Amy Remeikis: The Premier has accepted a petition and letters from the people of Redcliffe calling for Scott Driscoll to be sacked as their MP.

Campbell Newman said he would table the documents and that it is "terrible" that the Redcliffe community has been put in this position.

Campbell Newman accepts the anti-Scott Driscoll petition.

Campbell Newman accepts the anti-Scott Driscoll petition. Photo: Amy Remeikis

Natalie Bochenski: Arts Minister Ian Walker has confirmed the appointment of Professor Peter Little as the new chair of Screen Queensland.

It's been a turbulent time for the state's screen body, with staff turnover and confirmation during budget estimates this year that there had been $0 international investment in films in 2012/2013.

Earlier this week CEO Bryan Lowe resigned.

Mr Walker said the agreement to film parts of Angelina Jolie's film Unbroken - negotiated in part by Mr Lowe - marked a turning point for the industry.

Professor Little is currently vice-chancellor of QUT.

Natalie Bochenski: The Queensland Art Gallery will acquire one of the last works of influential Australian potter Gywn Hanssen Pigott, who died in London earlier this year.

Trail with dark beakers 2008-2013 consists of seven pieces of wood-fired stoneware, and was shown at an exhibition at London’s renowned ceramics gallery Erskine, Hall and Coe earlier this year.

QAGOMA director Chris Saines said Ms Pigott, who had been based in Ipswich since 2000, would be greatly missed, but the work would complement nine others already in the gallery's collection.

<i>Trail with dark beakers</i> by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, now in the Queensland Art Gallery's collection.

Trail with dark beakers by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, now in the Queensland Art Gallery's collection. Photo: Supplied

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ABC News:

Natalie Bochenski: Deputy Opposition leader Tim Mulherin has used Question Time to ask Premier Campbell Newman if he’ll send the bills rushed through parliament this week to appropriate committees so stakeholders can have a say.

“We use the process to expedite bills through this place for good reasons,” Mr Newman responded, going on to criticise Labor for using its majority when in government to do things like protect corrupt former member Gordon Nuttall.

After pressing from the Speaker to answer the question, Mr Newman responded, “The answer to the question is ‘no’.”

Natalie Bochenski: A report into the outbreak of Legionnaires disease at the Wesley Hospital earlier this year has been tabled in state parliament.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said while the hospital didn't breach specific regulations, administrative issues did affect the management and response to the outbreak.

“Deficiencies were also detected in the laboratory information system and supporting procedure documents at Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology,” Dr Young said.

“These deficiencies resulted in their failure to notify Queensland Health of the first positive Legionella test result from the Wesley.

A 60-year-old man died and a 46-year-old woman was infected during the outbreak in May/June.

The report's made six recommendations to prevent any future incidents.

Marissa Calligeros: Daphne McKinley has spoken on the loss of her son racing star Sean Edwards who was killed in a fiery crash at Queensland Raceway on Tuesday.

She has revealed she asked her son not to travel to Australia for a two-day coaching session and instead focus on the Porsche Supercup Championship.

“And he said, ‘well Mum, I love mentoring’. He loved bringing on young drivers though the ranks, and he died doing it."

Read more here.

Race car driver Sean Edwards was killed in a crash at Queensland Motorway.

Race car driver Sean Edwards was killed in a crash at Queensland Motorway. Photo: Facebook

Comedian Dave Hughes.

Comedian Dave Hughes. Photo: Supplied

Natalie Bochenski: Comedian Dave Hughes is fitting in a "sneaky" Brisbane show on October 26 at the Eatons Hill Hotel.

It's Hughsie's only live stand-up gig in the River City this year.

The 42-year-old is finishing up as a breakfast host on Nova Melbourne at the end of this year, but will continue on as a co-host of Channel Ten's The Project and Before the Game.

Marissa Calligeros: There's a 'fowl' smell on Lytton Road this morning ...

A frozen chicken truck rolled on the Pritchard Street overpass. It may not be moved until midday.

The M&J Chickens truck rolled at 4.20am on Thursday. Photo: Penny Dahl, Australian Traffic Network

The M&J Chickens truck rolled at 4.20am on Thursday. Photo: Penny Dahl, Australian Traffic Network

Natalie Bochenski: The state government has listed data about Queensland's social housing system on its Open Data website

Housing Minister Tim Mander said as well as social housing information, the data would also provide a greater level of detail on other types of housing assistance available through the department.

“As well as the basic social housing data, there is also information on our range of private rental and assistance schemes, including RentConnect and Home Assist Secure,” he said.

“We will also provide details on the number of households assisted for National Rental Affordability Scheme properties.”

Marissa Calligeros: Purple jacaranda trees are in full bloom across Brisbane.

If you're lucky enough to grab a bird's eye view from the sky you'll see purple dots all over the city.

Jacaranda trees in full bloom in Ashgrove. Photo: Penny Dahl, Australian Traffic Network

Jacaranda trees in full bloom in Ashgrove. Photo: Penny Dahl, Australian Traffic Network

Scott Beveridge: Jarrod Bleijie has been described as showing signs of "extreme megalomania" by civil libertarians, and for blurring the lines between the separation of parliament and the courts.

The attorney-general is submitting legislation which will grant him the power to lock up criminals for life.

Photograph taken by Michelle Smith on Saturday 28th September, 2013.
Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie (pictured) along with Police Minister Jack Dempsey and Queensland Police Commission Ian Stewart, have announced more resources for police to combat crime on the Gold Coat. Click to play video

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Bleijie displaying 'extreme megalomania'

Civil libertarians say new laws giving the attorney-general power to lock up criminals indefinitely is 'lunacy' from a 'young and inexperienced' man.

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Kristian Silva: Got plans to buy a property this spring? If so, this is worth checking out.

A statistical analysis of 8700 suburbs around the country has revealed that if you want to find an affordable home relatively close to a capital city, then Brisbane is the place to be.

That is, unless you want to move to Hobart.

RP Data’s Spring Buyer’s Guide also lists Brisbane’s most expensive and affordable suburbs based on sales data from the last 12 months.

James Blunt.

James Blunt. Photo: Getty.

Natalie Bochenski: James Blunt is back.

The British singer captivated the world with his mournful tunes You're Beautiful and Goodbye My Lover back in 2005. Of course, they were played so much they inevitably sparked a backlash against him!

But now, Blunt has a new album out called Moon Landing, with a new single, Bonfire Heart.

He'll tour Australia in May/June 2014, playing the Brisbane Convention Centre on Monday June 2. Tickets available online.

Natalie Bochenski: Good morning, and welcome to this bright and sunny Thursday.

After our adventures in Logan yesterday, we're back in the River City to bring you rolling coverage of the day's events.

Big talking points today are the tough anti-bikie laws passed in parliament this week, with lawyers for motorcycle groups pledging a legal challenge.

In very sad news, six Australians have died in a plane crash in Laos.

And we've got a list of suburbs where you're more likely to find a house for sale at a bargain price.

Happy reading, and stay with us through the day!

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  • Why is the LNP secretly introducing legislation that will further erode public servants entitlements.

    14,000 public servants have been forcibly retrenched in the last 18 months and their payout was based on 2 weeks payment for each year of service (maximum 52 weeks).

    This is now been eroded to a MAXIMUM 16 weeks payment. DISGUSTING.

    Public Servants should be very afraid for their futures - particularly employees with more than 20 years service.

    I work for a business unit that will either be closed or sold with 2 years - where is my justice or future.

    The Goop
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    October 21, 2013, 6:41PM

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