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Brisbane Live: Tuesday 5 November, 2013

Simon Holt

And that's it from Brisbane Live today.

Join Kristian Silva tomorrow - that is, if he ever returns from his Melbourne Cup jaunt at the Hilton today.

We hope you backed a winner at the races today. Don't drink and drive, stay safe, and join us for another day of live coverage tomorrow.

The Voyager of the Seas was in the spirit of Melbourne Cup, a carving of a horse as the buffet centrepiece.
The Voyager of the Seas was in the spirit of Melbourne Cup, a carving of a horse as the buffet centrepiece. Photo: Simon Holt

And here's the ice centrepiece:

The ship has a stack of bars and restaurants, a climbing wall, skating rink, theatre, pool deck, running track, mini golf, nightclub, and plenty more.

We're told there are exactly 3071 guests representing 10 nationalities on this trip. And another stat, it's too tall to fit under the Gateway Bridge which is why it doesn't dock at the more picturesque Hamilton Wharf.

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Brisbane today added another cruise liner to the visitors' list, with Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas docking at Port of Brisbane.

It might not have been the best of views for visitors, but the ship certainly brightened up the port skyline during its first visit to the city. It had travelled from Singapore and Darwin, on its way to Sydney where it will call home for its Summer cruising schedule.

With all the facilities of a mini city, the ship hosts more than 3000 guests and is about 311 metres, slightly longer than the QEII.

Chefs today got into the spirit of the Melbourne Cup, carving a horse ice sculpture as the centrepiece of the lunch buffet.

The Voyager of the Seas was in Brisbane for the first time today.
The Voyager of the Seas was in Brisbane for the first time today. Photo: Simon Holt
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Okay, that's it from me here at Hilton Brisbane.

A big thanks to Babes In Business for inviting us to their Melbourne Cup Function. 

Stay tuned to Brisbane Live for more of the day's breaking news.

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These interns from KDPR have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to make today's Babes In Business event tick.

From sorting out the sweepstakes winners to placing all the table nametags, they've certainly been kept busy.

Kysha Hawley, Fiona Heyman and Jennifer Beltran.
Kysha Hawley, Fiona Heyman and Jennifer Beltran. 
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Tony Moore.

Exactly 408 years since Guy Fawkes was caught attempting to blow up British parliament (November 5, 1605), masks of his likeness have appeared en masse in Brisbane's King George Square.

Between 300 and 500 people have taken part in a march and rally under the banner of internet activists Anonymous, which began in Roma Street Parklands and finished with a sit-in outside City Hall.

They're chiefly angry about anti-bikie laws.

Protestors outside King George Square as part of an Anonymous rally.
Protestors outside King George Square as part of an Anonymous rally. Photo: Tony Moore
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Ivy Wan
Ivy Wan 

Ivy Wan was judged as best dressed lady, and said the win came as a huge surprise.

Ivy bought her hat from House of Windsor and her dress is from Manning Cartel.

Even though she is from Melbourne, Ivy says this is her first Melbourne Cup experience.

Well done, Ivy!

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Katrina Phillps.
Katrina Phillps. 

Katrina Phillips had the best hat, for this snakeskin and pheasant feather creation.

Men's finalists for fashions on the field.
Men's finalists for fashions on the field. 

Finalists of the Men's Best Dressed. The guy on the right, Carl Lowe, took out the award.

When asked why he chose his Politix suit, he simply replied "that's how I roll"

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Ok folks, for those wondering, I'm still alive and at Vintaged at Hilton Brisbane. I'll run you through some photos from the afternoon as things begin to wind down.

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Tony Moore.

They are colourful, reasonably-well informed and "Anonymous" as they march though Brisbane's streets.

Many wear masks to hide their identity, but many others did not bother with masks as they marched from Roma Street Parklands around the inner-city and into King George Square.

"Pheonix", a polite young man with long sandy hair spoke before the march.

He said Daniel Walker, who was identified in the video released yesterday, had been spoken to by police and released without being charged.

"Phoenix" said Anonymous supporters were part of an international group of people frustrated with what he described as the separation of government from ordinary students and working class people.

Anonymous protestor at march through Brisbane on November 5.
Anonymous protestor at march through Brisbane on November 5. Photo: Tony Moore
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Protestors at the Anonymous rally that met at Roma Street Parklands, before heading off towards King George Square.
Protestors at the Anonymous rally that met at Roma Street Parklands, before heading off towards King George Square. Photo: Tony Moore

Around 350 people have turned out for this afternoon's Anonymous rally in the city.

The group met at Roma Street Parklands before heading up Turbot and down Edward Street.

They're protesting a range of issues, but chiefly new state government laws against bikie gangs.

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Crowds in Brisbane cheer on runners in the Melbourne Cup.
Crowds in Brisbane cheer on runners in the Melbourne Cup. Photo: Kristian Silva

Crowds were glued to the action during the race. 

Given this is an event hosted by Babes in Business, there are quite a few ladies here, so there was a huge cheer when Gai Waterhouse's horse got over the line.

Really shouldn't have put my money on Dear Dami...

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Gai Waterhouse has finally done it with a win on Fiorente! What a battle down the final straight. Great entertainment.

Plenty of champagne here at Vintaged at the Hilton to celebrate, or drown the sorrows. 

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And off and racing! Big cheer from our Brisbane fans at Vintaged.

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Amanda Reboul is our host for this afternoon, here at Vintaged in the Hilton Brisbane.

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All fun and games here at Vintaged at the Hilton Brisbane. 

The big race is about 40 minutes away...

Amber Day, the mystery lady, and Nicole Zarafa.
Amber Day, the mystery lady, and Nicole Zarafa. Photo: Kristian Silva
Natalie Bochenski

Queensland's Under Treasurer has resigned for personal reasons.

Helen Gluer was appointed to the position in March 2012 after the Newman government won office.

Before that she had been a Chief Financial Officer for Brisbane City Council then CEO of government-owned energy corporation Stanwell.

In a statement just issued, Treasurer Tim Nicholls says Ms Gluer's leadership helped the government begin its fiscal repair task quickly.

“She was appointed to the role as soon as the Government came to office and from the beginning has been leading the implementation of our plans to restore Queensland’s finances.

“Ms Gluer also broke new ground as the first woman to take on the role of Queensland Under Treasurer.”

A replacement process was now underway.

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