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Brisbane Live: Tuesday 12 November, 2013

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

Clive Palmer MP for Fairfax, at home among the mics. Photo: Andrew Meares

The 44th Federal Parliament sits for the first time today, and joining the suits in Canberra will be the member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer. While today is mainly a ceremonial day, Mr Palmer has a busy schedule, and will be addressing the National Press Club. We'll be following his progress throughout the day. Photo: Andrew Meares

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

We'll be back tomorrow to bring you all the news from the River City, as it happens.

Have a wonderful evening.

Kathryn Foran: Brisbane backyards are set to receive a welcome drenching over the next two days with rainy days set to be the norm into next week.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting falls of 30 to 40 millimetres on Wednesday and Thursday, with senior forecaster Jonty Hall saying the city could easily see falls in the 50-100 millimetre range for the week.

He said the "unsettled" weather was likely to continue past Thursday. 

Kristian Silva:

Kim Stephens: Forget the Christmas seafood shells, the nappies and the unwashed cans and bottles, the number one contaminant of Brisbane recycling is something far more innocuous.

The humble plastic bag.

Kristian Silva: Police say the incident on the Story Bridge is still going, and have asked motorists to avoid the area.

Support is available for anyone who may be distressed by phoning Lifeline 131 114.

Scott Beveridge: Here's a video wrap from today's Ashes squad announcement.

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Warner has 'got the respect back'

The Australian team for the first Ashes Test at the Gabba is named Tuesday, with David Warner desperate to make up for the series in England where he "let them down".

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Natalie Bochenski: Sad news for fans of The Exorcist, with star Linda Blair pulling out of her visit to the Brisbane International Film Festival.

Blair was going to be a guest of honour for a 40th anniversary screening of the classic horror, in which she played a teenager possessed by the devil.

It's been a rough trot for BIFF - the festival's other big ticket guest, Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac, was also scheduled to appear, but the band's tour was cancelled due to John McVie's cancer treatment.

Kristian Silva: X-Factor winner Dami Im joined us at brisbanetimes.com.au this afternoon to answer questions from readers and chat about how life has been since she won the competition.

Dami was asked all sorts of questions, including her response to people who make fun of her home town of Logan.

brisbanetimes.com.au entertainment editor Natalie Bochenski and X Factor winner Dami Im answer read questions.

brisbanetimes.com.au entertainment editor Natalie Bochenski and X Factor winner Dami Im answer read questions.

Marissa Calligeros: Motorists have been warned of traffic delays on the Story Bridge due to a police incident.

One northbound lane of the Story Bridge has been closed and police have advised motorists to avoid the area.

The pedestrian walkway on the bridge has also been closed.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or MensLine Australia 1300 789 978

Marissa Calligeros: Police have released comfit images of two men wanted over a sexual assault in north Queensland.

A woman was dragged inside a house in the Townsville suburb of Cranbrook and sexually assaulted about 5.30pm on November 8, police said.

Comfit images of two man police want to speak to after an alleged rape at Cranbrook, in north Queensland.

Comfit images of two man police want to speak to after an alleged rape at Cranbrook, in north Queensland. Photo: Supplied

Kristian Silva: Plenty of back-slapping after Clive Palmer's National Press Club address this afternoon...

Clive Palmer is congratulated by Palmer United Senator-elect Glenn Lazarus and Motorist Party Senator-elect Ricky Muir after his address to the National Press Club in Canberra on 12 November 2013.

Clive Palmer is congratulated by Palmer United Senator-elect Glenn Lazarus and Motorist Party Senator-elect Ricky Muir after his address to the National Press Club in Canberra on 12 November 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

The man police wish to speak to regarding an assault on October 27.

The man police wish to speak to regarding an assault on October 27. Photo: Suppied

Kristian Silva: Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to, following an incident in Fortitude Valley where a man was elbowed and punched in the face.

The assault occurred on October 27 about 2am, when the 36-year-old victim was trying to buy drinks at a licenced premises.

He was taken to hospital with facial injuries.

The man police want to speak to is described as about 25 years old, 180cm and has a stocky or muscular build with short, dark hair.

Kristian Silva: Interestingly, Clive Palmer also said this during his Press Club address:

"I've accepted I'm a failure, but like most people, I've turned to politics by being a failure and hopefully one day I'll be successful at something."

Marissa Calligeros: New video has emerged of a suicide bomber in Syria believed to have been a Queensland family man.

The man, known by the alias Abu Asma al-Australi, drove a truck laden with 12 tonnes of explosives into an army checkpoint at a school in north-eastern Syria in September, killing 35 soldiers.

The man, who claimed to be Australia’s first suicide bomber, is believed to have lived in Logan, south of Brisbane, before travelling to the Middle East with his wife and child earlier this year.

See the video here.

Jesse Hogan: The squad for the Australian team to play in the first Ashes test at the Gabba next week has been announced.

Michael Clarke (c), Brad Haddin (vc), George Bailey, James Faulkner, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, David Warner, Shane Watson.

Marissa Calligeros: Police divers are searching a lagoon in the Gold Coast hinterland for a missing mother of three.

The 32-year-old woman, whose name has not yet been released by police, was reported missing by her husband on Sunday morning.

Her car was found by police near the Kooralbyn lagoon off Boomerang Drive on Tuesday morning.

‘‘We don’t believe there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding her disappearance at this stage,’’ Logan Detective Senior Sergeant Michael Thiesfield said.

Officers are scouring nearby bushland, while police divers search the lagoon.

Marissa Calligeros: A nine-month-old boy is in hospital after swallowing a small round battery.

The boy, from the Sunshine Coast, swallowed the object on Monday afternoon and was taken to Nambour General Hospital.

He was later airlifted to the Royal Children's Hospital.

It was the second such incident on the Sunshine Coast this year, according to the Sunshine Coast Daily. In June, four-year-old Summer Steer died after swallowing a lithium battery the size of a button.

Marissa Calligeros: The pedestrian walkway on the Story Bridge has been closed due to a police incident.

Staff reporters: "I love the questions I've had today," says Mr Palmer at the Press Club.

Go, scrutiny, he says.

But he has said he won't be revealing the details of the agreement Palmer United has made with the Motoring Enthusiast Party - at least not yet. The new Senate (to which the agreement relates) doesn't kick in until July next year, he reasons.

And he is still dancing around the issue of how his business interests relate - or potentially conflict - with his parliamentary career.

"Companies I own are not me," he protests.

* This post was taken from Fairfax Media's live politics blog, The Pulse.

Clive Palmer at the National Press Club Photo: Andrew Meares

Clive Palmer at the National Press Club Photo: Andrew Meares

Kristian Silva: A man is in hospital with serious injuries after he was hit by a taxi in Salisbury this morning.

Police said the accident occurred about 6.45am, when the 22-year-old man was crossing Orange Grove Road.

A police spokeswoman said it was not clear how fast the taxi was travelling when it struck the man, and an investigation was under way.

The 22-year-old, who is from Moorooka, was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Did you know? The Gold Coast has 159 safety cameras. There are five new cameras in Broadbeach which will be switched on today, and another 15 to be fast-tracked this year.

Scott Beveridge:

Neil Finn will tour Australia in 2014.

Neil Finn will tour Australia in 2014. Photo: Supplied

Natalie Bochenski: Neil Finn has announced his "Dizzy Heights" tour of Australia next March.

The Split Enz and Crowded House frontman will play the QPAC Concert Hall on Friday March 7, 2014.

Tickets will go onsale from November 22 through Live Nation.

Kristian Silva: In Canberra, the politicians are sitting in the chamber now, haggling over who will be chosen as speaker. The Coalition's Bronwyn Bishop will eventually take the chair.

Here's a shot of Clive and his sitting partner Cathy McGowan from earlier today. Ms McGowan hails from the Victorian seat of Indi on the Vic/NSW northern border.

AAP: Schapelle Corby’s half-brother has avoided jail time for possessing cocaine and fleeing from police.

James Soeli Kisina, 26, this morning pleaded guilty to possession of a dangerous drug and obstructing police in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court.

Dami Im's former school is rallying around its pop star graduate.

Dami Im's former school is rallying around its pop star graduate. Photo: Kristjan Porm

Natalie Bochenski: If you're a member of the Dami Army, get your fatigues on, because Dami Im is heading our way!

The winner of The X Factor will join us here at Brisbane Times HQ from 12:30pm for a live blog.

What would you like to ask Dami about her growing up in Logan, her passion for music, her journey through a TV talent show and her new life as a bona fide pop star?

Send your questions to scoop@brisbanetimes.com.au or leave a comment here on Brisbane Live.

Staff reporters: Clive Palmer flew into Canberra yesterday, where he surprised everybody by picking up his own bags from the carousel and announcing he was off to a restaurant.

Mr Palmer is continuing to make noises about not being in parliament all the time. He says he needs to get out into his electorate.

"Parliament overall is not a diversion from the needs of the people," he says.

Yes, clearly he is not overcome by the sense of occasion, pointing out that MPs should not spend so much time in the nation's capital.

No wonder they are "devoid of ideas," he says.

"[Canberra's] a nice place but I woudn't like to live here."

* This post was taken from Fairfax Media's live politics blog, The Pulse.

Clive Palmer MP for Fairfax arrives at the House of Representatives for the opening of Parliament at Parliament House. Photo: Andrew Meares

Clive Palmer MP for Fairfax arrives at the House of Representatives for the opening of Parliament at Parliament House. Photo: Andrew Meares

Kristian Silva: It's kind of like the first day of school for Australia's federal politicians.

And one of the new kids in town is Clive Palmer. Mr Palmer was in good spirits this morning was he arrived in Canberra.

Mr Palmer is expected to address the National Press Club at lunch time.

We'll follow his progress throughout the day.

Clive Palmer MP for Fairfax, at home among the mics. Photo: Andrew Meares

Clive Palmer MP for Fairfax, at home among the mics. Photo: Andrew Meares

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk signs the condolence book this morning.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk signs the condolence book this morning. Photo: Kim Stephens

Kristian Silva: Brisbanites can sign a condolence book to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan at City Hall.

The book will be available between 8.30am-5pm each day until November 22 in the King George Square foyer.

“This is an opportunity for the people of Brisbane to send a message of condolence to those who have lost their lives as a result of the typhoon that has devastated many parts of the Philippines,” Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said.

“The messages will be presented to the people of the Republic of the Philippines as an expression of the city’s sorrow and sympathy for those who have lost loved ones.”

In the latest Blunt Instrument column, John Birmingham has managed to "acquire" a letter written from Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to the president of Indonesia.

In the so-called letter, Mr Morrison asks: "Why won't you do what we promised?"

Fears for the future of koala populations in south-east Queensland.

Fears for the future of koala populations in south-east Queensland. Photo: Jay Cronan

Tony Moore: Almost 16,000 koalas were killed in south-east Queensland between 1997 and 2011, yet Queensland's Environment Minister will not say if he has been asked to raise the level of protection from "vulnerable" to "endangered".

Australia Koala Foundation's chief executive Deb Tabart said Environment Minister Andrew Powell was "sitting on" the recommendation.

Mr Powell on Monday did not directly respond to the accusation.

Kristian Silva: Looks like the Attorney-General isn't (or should that be "wasn't"?) too phased by the saga surrounding the wording in the bikie legislation...

Marissa Calligeros: An 87-year-old man has died after his Darling Downs home was destroyed by fire on Monday night.

Emergency crews arrived at the man’s King Street home in the town of Goombungee to discover it well alight about 10.30pm.

They were unable to get into the home due to the intensity of the flames.

Firefighters battle a fatal blaze on the Darling Downs.

Firefighters battle a fatal blaze on the Darling Downs. Photo: Channel Nine

AAP: One word can be the difference between freedom and incarceration.

Namely "is" and "was".

The state government may be forced to rewrite its controversial anti-bikie laws after a major flaw in the wording of the legislation was exposed.

The laws only apply to ‘‘a person (who) is a participant’’ in outlaw gangs, which means those who have handed in their club colours can avoid being jailed.

Marissa Calligeros: The owner of an old Brisbane quarry has asked police to start prosecuting trespassers who cut through chain wire fences to swim at the property's water hole.

The Freshwater Quarry on Pine Mountain Road in Mount Gravatt East has been a popular swimming hole among Brisbane teenagers, since operations at the site ended in 1991.

Zekria Sayed, 16, drowned in the murky and slightly acidic water while he was swimming with his three cousins at the quarry on Sunday afternoon.

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Zac drowning is 'a big loss'

Family of Zekria Sayed urge authorities to "tighten the security" at Freshwater Quarry, south of Brisbane, after the 16-year-old drowned on Sunday. Nine News

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Kristian Silva: Good morning, Brisbane.

Glad you can join us this Tuesday. I have a feeling we'll be in for a busy day of news.

First things first though, we're expecting a top of 28 degrees and there is a 70 per cent chance of storms and showers. Shouldn't be huge amounts of rain.

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  • Doesn't Michael Clarke send a great message out to all of Australian sport. His clean cut image and slightly confused style is refreshing.
    The way he keeps bouncing back loss after loss is amazing. Any other captain by now would have stood down to allow a more capable person take the reigns. Michael Clarke, you are the best player England has never had and I am sure your losing ability will survive the Ashes Tour of Australia,
    Yes, it's not about winning but all about taking part. At that, you are the best!

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    Stevo16thedilf
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    November 12, 2013, 12:51PM
    • Ouch! On another note, can you guys stop parroting every idiotic utterance that comes out of Clive? As Parliament goes he is just a sideshow. Lets face it he will quit as soon as he realises he cant run the country from his seat on the cross benches.

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      Sheldon
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      November 12, 2013, 4:25PM
  • Neil Finn, hard to look at and even harder to listen to even in his day. Old and grey with an ashen face I wonder who will get pleasure in the one was famous tour?
    Dami Im... Wow! Refreshing to have a star in the making with an amazing vocal talent. I would pay money to hear her sing. Thank you for being discovered.

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    Not even an Elvis fan
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    November 12, 2013, 12:11PM

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