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. Photo: Simon Holt
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.
Simon Holt: 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. Photo: Simon Holt
Kristian Silva: 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.
Kristian Silva: 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.
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. Photo: Tony Moore
Kristian Silva: 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!
Kristian Silva: Katrina Phillips had the best hat, for this snakeskin and pheasant feather creation.
Men's finalists for fashions on the field.
Kristian Silva: 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"
Kristian Silva: 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.
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. Photo: Tony Moore
Protestors at the Anonymous rally that met at Roma Street Parklands, before heading off towards King George Square. Photo: Tony Moore
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.
Anonymous march @9NewsBrisbane #qldpol pic.twitter.com/RlRyTfurW9 — Shane Doherty (@ShaneDoherty_9) November 5, 2013
RT @Tencb: Anonymous & others protest Roma st forum @theqldpremier pic.twitter.com/2PnuUfdg0k — TEN News Queensland (@tennewsqld) November 5, 2013
Crowds in Brisbane cheer on runners in the Melbourne Cup. Photo: Kristian Silva
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...
Kristian Silva: 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.
Kristian Silva: And off and racing! Big cheer from our Brisbane fans at Vintaged.
Kristian Silva: Amanda Reboul is our host for this afternoon, here at Vintaged in the Hilton Brisbane.
Kristian Silva: 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. 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.
AAP: Queensland’s chief magistrate has put himself in charge of all disputed bail applications made by accused bikies.
Chief Magistrate Tim Carmody has issued an edict that will effectively ensure he makes all the decisions in disputed cases.
The Queensland government and the judiciary have been warring over a number of bikie cases, after Parliament passed new laws with a presumption against bail for members of criminal gangs.
Kristian Silva: Here's the crew from BT Marketing, who are looking stunning today.
Marie Loveday, Donna Rogers, Harriet Nunan, Belinda Travers, Marita Fox and Bettina Daley. Photo: Kristian Silva
Kristian Silva: Crowds are starting to come in here at Vintaged. We're in for a fun afternoon I think...everyone certainly seems to be in a festive mood.
The crowd begins to arrive at Vintaged. Photo: Kristian Silva
Brisbane Live will be soaking up the glitz and glamour of the Melbourne Cup for the rest of the day.
While the rest of the Brisbane Times journos grumble from the office, we’ve dusted off the suit and headed to Vintaged at the Hilton Brisbane...arguably the next best thing to sitting on the grass by the Flemington straight.A very nice party has been organised by Babes in Business, who have generously allowed us to come along. The festivities will be getting under way soon.
We'll be bringing you some colour from the event, and continue to deliver the rest of the day's breaking news.
Melbourne Cup Party is about to begin at Vintaged Photo: Kristian Silva
Marissa Calligeros: A teenager is in hospital with burns after the metal rims of a car’s mag wheels melted during a police chase through Brisbane’s southern suburbs.
But the 18-year-old drove on, as the rubber of the tyres slowly disintegrated. It is understood the wheels of the car eventually started spinning uncontrollably and became so hot they began to melt, spraying molten metal across the road.
When the car stopped, the driver allegedly made a run for it, and police tackled the teenager to the ground in a small patch of the molten metal.
Kristian Silva: Here's one from earlier today...
AAP: Schapelle Corby's half-brother will plead guilty to cocaine possession charges, his lawyer says.
James Soeli Kisina appeared via video link in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court, south of Brisbane, on Tuesday.
His lawyer Tamara Lawton asked for an adjournment until next Tuesday, saying her client would plead guilty.
The 26-year-old was charged with possession of a dangerous drug and obstructing police after being arrested at Waterford, near the southern Brisbane suburb of Logan, on October 26.
Schapelle Corby's half brother will plead guilty to a drug charge next Tuesday, his lawyer told Court this morning. @7NewsBrisbane — Michael Coombes (@MichaelCoombes) November 4, 2013
Kristian Silva: For the football (soccer) fans out there, this would be of interest.
Arrived at Flemington. Over 5 hours until the race and I'm shaking already. The beast is raring to go. Come on Brown Panther.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) November 4, 2013
Kim Stephens: A push to introduce a curfew at Brisbane Airport could cost the city up to $1.3 billion by 2029, City Hall has warned.
Despite more than 5000 noise complaints made by residents about the airport last year, Brisbane City Council opposed the move, citing major negative economic impact.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Brisbane's status as the only major airport on the Australian eastern seaboard without a curfew gave it a distinct advantage.
Brisbane City Council oppose moves to introduce a curfew at Brisbane Airport. Photo: Glen Hunt
Phil Lutton: On the fairways of Royal Pines this week, golf fans will see Adam Scott, the player.
But Scott represents far more than an elite golfer each and every time he steps out on the tee, or even out of the door.
The Gold Coast native has become a walking, talking marketing dream for some of the world's blue-chip companies, helping pump his personal worth to an estimated $45 million.
Adam Scott receives his green jacket after winning the 2013 Masters golf tournament at Augusta. Photo: Brian Snyder
Kristian Silva: Ron Burgundy of Anchorman fame has sent his Australian fans a Melbourne Cup message...
Marissa Calligeros: A man who allegedly attacked two women has died after being restrained in a citizen’s arrest in Cairns.
The man, 37, was unconscious when police arrived at the scene in the suburb of Bentley Park on Saturday. Police only revealed the death on Tuesday.
‘‘Initial information suggests members of the public intervened and restrained the man and called police,’’ police said in a statement.
Kristian Silva: For those following the Melbourne Cup action today from your desk, here are when the races are scheduled (Brisbane time):
1. 9.20am - 7News Stakes
2. 10.00am - TAB Rewards Trophy
3. 10.45am - Carnival Handicap
4. 11.30am - Lavazza Short Black
5. 12.15pm - Schweppes #flemmingtonfling
6. 1.00pm - Lexus Hybrid Plate
7. 2.00pm - Emirates Melbourne Cup
8. 2.55pm - Visit Victoria Plate
9. 3.45pm - MSS Security Sprint
10. 4.15pm - Emirates Airline Plate
Kristian Silva: Good morning, Brisbane.
Hope you're in for a productive day, as our friends down south in Melbourne relax and take a public holiday.
Welcome to Brisbane Live, where we'll bring you the latest news and views from the River City.
A top of 26 degrees is predicted for today...perfect race-going weather.