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Brisbane Live: Wednesday January 15, 2014

Brisbane Live

Police have identified a Filipino man who was rescued from the Brisbane River early Monday morning.

The unknown man discovered by police in the Brisbane River on Tuesday.
The unknown man discovered by police in the Brisbane River on Tuesday. Photo: Queensland Police Media
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The Premier says he is "appalled" that the opposition leader commented on his bikie laws/cancer metaphor:

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Brisbane hit a high of 30.4 degrees today.

The forecast for Thursday is a top of 30 with a 40 per cent chance of rain.

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On the back of a contentious decision this week to trial flu shots at chemists, Health Minister Lawrence Springborg has flagged further expanding responsibilities, drawing ire from doctors.

The Australian Medical Association doesn't want pharmacists to be responsible for immunisations, arguing it requires special training.

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Police are asking for public help to identify a man rescued from the Brisbane River on Tuesday.

The man, believed to be 30-years-old and a Phillippines national, was assisted out of the water just after 5am on Tuesday.

Police have been unable to ascertain any further information from the man.

They are asking anyone who may recognise him to contact West End Police Station on 3840 9100 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

The unknown man discovered by police in the Brisbane River on Tuesday.
The unknown man discovered by police in the Brisbane River on Tuesday. Photo: Queensland Police Media
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The opposition has weighed in on the Premier's metaphor of the bikie laws as chemotherapy for a cancer:

Polls

The overwhelming majority of voters on our daylight savings poll believe it should be introduced in Queensland.

Kim Stephens

It's a lamb love-in here at the Norman Hotel.

In addition to the lamb-laden menu (looking forward to seeing how they work it into dessert) a Tasmanian lamb producer has just described it as 'the sleeping giant of red meat.'

I've lost count of the number of times Sam has described his lunch as 'outstanding'.

BT reporter Kim Stephens with Sam Kekovich.
BT reporter Kim Stephens with Sam Kekovich. Photo: Kim Stephens
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The Norman Hotel menu for the lunch with Sam Kekovich.
The Norman Hotel menu for the lunch with Sam Kekovich. Photo: Kim Stephens

Sam Kekovich is in town for a lunch at the Norman Hotel.

I'm sitting right beside him. Wish I brought the ear plugs.

Natalie Bochenski

Screen Queensland has appointed a new CEO.

Tracey Vieira used to work for SQ back when it was the Pacific Film and Television Commission, and has spent the past nine years based in Los Angeles with Ausfilm.

She'll return home to take up the SQ post.

It's been a tumultous time for the film production body, with former chief operating officer and Brisbane International Film Festival director Jennie Hughes being let go less than a year into her three-year contract.

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Two people in less than 24 hours have been stung by jellyfish in waters off Fraser Island.

RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter crew helped a 19 year old woman stung while swimming near the Sandy Cape Lighthouse on the island’s northwest coast on Tuesday afternoon.

She was suffering from symptoms of an irukandji sting.

She was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital in a stable condition shortly before 5pm - the second marine sting the RACQ CareFlight Rescue service has responded to in less than 24 hours. 

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Polls

Bernard Tomic retired hurt during his game with Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open on Tuesday night. Was the crowd wrong to boo the Queenslander?

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The connect with council pod.
The connect with council pod. 

A "Connect with Council" pod touted as an Australian first is being trialled at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre to enable shoppers to video conference with council staff.

The pod is a portable room with a computer screen and printer that allows customers to hold a teleconference with call centre workers.

Brisbane City Council finance chairman Julian Simmonds said the pod was installed on December 23 and the trial would last for four months.

"This pod enables residents and business owners to have remote access to Council through highly secure and high definition video and voice communications," he said.

"This is a great opportunity for Council to provide leadership in technology uptake while continuing to provide multiple methods of engagement with our customers."

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