Cameron Atfield: That's it for Brisbane Live today. Thanks for reading!
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And remember, it's all downhill to the weekend now.
Cameron Atfield: Now here's what you want to see at the end of the work day.
All train services are running as normal so far this afternoon for the commute home.
Cameron Atfield: Here's one for the cricket tragics - and I promise that, unlike our current Ashes squad, this won't send you into the depths of depression - have a look at what was a Brisbane resident recently uncovered.
Signatures of the English and Australian cricket teams from the 1928-29 Ashes Tour of Australia Photo: State Library of Queensland
Scott Beveridge: Health minister Lawrence Springborg told an estimates hearing today the far northern border of Queensland is not secure, with people turning up in hospitals after coming from PNG.
He says the PNG refugee solution won't work as Australia is just a
"hop, skip and a jump" away.
PNG border like a 'spaghetti colander'
Queensland health minister Lawrence Springborg says the PNG refugee solution is "depositing a problem on the doorsteps of Australia" as the border is a "hop, skip and a jump" away.PT1M52S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2qiwh 620 349 July 24, 2013
Tony Moore: Prominent economist Ken Wiltshire, describing himself as "Citizen Ken", drew applause from the CEDA lunch when he warned Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney against allowing casino interest to impinge on Brisbane's heritage precinct between George and Wiilliam Street.
Mr Seeney calmly explained he had a duty to let private sector interests explore options in what is described as "the government precinct".
However, Mr Seeney said the "last thing" he wanted to see as he looked from his office was "gaudy baubles".
Cameron Atfield: Redcliffe state MP-in-hiding Scott Driscoll raised some eyebrows a few weeks back when the former LNP member used a photo of himself with newly installed Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as his Twitter background photograph.
We noticed today that Opposition Leader Tony Abbott now takes pride of place on his Twitter profile.
Any way the wind blows...
Scott Driscoll's Twitter background picture now features Tony Abbott.
Tony Moore: Deputy Premier and Infrastructure Minister Jeff Seeney has just told the Queensland Economic Development lunch that he intends to replace the Sustainable Planning Act with a new Planning for Development Act.
Mr Seeney has described the Sustainable Planning Act as a "disincentive for developers".
Cameron Atfield: If you're keen to come along to the House of Power at the Brisbane Powerhouse, you might want to get registering ASAP.
The night of political forums, presented by brisbanetimes.com.au, 4BC and Nine News, is already filling fast, with hundreds of registrations since the August 22 event was first publicised last night.
The House of Power at the Brisbane Powerhouse will see members for southeast Queensland electorates, including Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and former treasurer Wayne Swan, go head-to-head with their challengers.
Click here for more information.
The Brisbane Powerhouse at New Farm will host a huge night of political debate on August 22. Photo: Glenn Hunt
Scott Beveridge: Lisa and Campbell Newman had a light hearted chat about all sorts of things on B105 this morning.
Here is a snippet, with the premier's wife revealing how she went on a shopping spree after they had an argument.
Lisa Newman's retail therapy
The wife of premier Campbell Newman talks to B105 about her lingerie shopping spree to "make up" with her husband and the secret to a great marriage.PT1M33S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2qiq7 620 349 July 24, 2013
Nine News: There's at least one familiar face in today's nurses' rally.
What’s on your lunch menu?
This story suggests more people are bypassing the golden arches.
McDonald's, the world's biggest fast-food chain, says sales in Australia are going backwards, citing incorrect figures on the level of youth unemployment to help explain why fewer people are buying its burgers and fries.
No thanks ... Australian fast food diners are turning away from McDonalds.
Amy Remeikis: Here is what the nurses' union protest looks like from the stage. They have taken over the Speaker's Corner to hold their rally.
QNU secretary Beth Mohle says nurses are against the strategy for graduate employment - fearing graduates will be worse off in both pay and mentoring - and will continue to fight it.
Nurses rally at Parliament House. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Transport officials are urging motorists to proceed with caution on Waterworks Road, The Gap because of a signal fault.
Traffic lights are flashing amber at The Gap shopping centre.
Amy Remeikis: About 200 protesters have attended the Queensland Nurses' Union rally outside Parliament House - held to coincide with the Health budget estimates hearing.
Federal Lilley MP Wayne Swan is among those at the rally.
Queensland Nurses' Union is staging a rally outside Parliament House. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Amy Remeikis: Members and supporters of the Queensland Nurses Union are due to rally outside Parliament House very shortly - but the Health Minister Lawrence Springborg says there is nothing to protest about.
The QNU has organised to protest the Metro North Hospital and Health Service announcement that 150 nurse and midwifery positions would be cut, but Mr Springborg says no nurse will be forcibly sacked and 224 nurses had already put up their hands for the 140 redundancy positions.
"There is a lot of merit in inviting those people who are burnt out, coming towards the end of their career, who want to leave the organisation to make way for nurse graduates and that is the great thing about this," Mr Springborg said outside a budget estimates hearing on Wednesday.
Nine News: Think it was cold in Brisbane this morning? Try heading west.
Between Stanthorpe and Warwick, where this image was taken, it reached a low of -2 degrees overnight!
Fog this morning, between Stanthorpe and Warwick. Photo: Nine News
Scott Beveridge: Brisbane Times sports reporter Phil Lutton has been down at the press conference for the Brisbane International where it was announced that Roger Federer will be headlining the January event.
Phil says it's a massive coup for the tournament, which should now see a rush on tickets.
Federer coming to Brisbane
Tennis legend Roger Federer will play in the Brisbane International this summer in a "huge coup" for the tournament which should see an "unprecedented rush on tickets".PT1M56S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2qihr 620 349 July 24, 2013
Gold Coast United's Robson takes on the Fulham defence in the club's 2-1 victory over the English Premier League side in 2009.
Cameron Atfield: Ahead of tonight's big Melbourne Victory v Liverpool FC match at the MCG, it's worth remembering that time a MIGHTY A-League side saw off an English Premier League team on home soil.
(DISCLOSURE: Cameron Atfield was one of Gold Coast United's 23 fans)
The destroyer . . . Mitchell Johnson. Photo: Getty Images
Sean Baumgart: Defending KFC T20 Big Bash League champions Brisbane Heat have stepped up their bid to defend their title, bringing an old face back to the Gabba.
Free-agent fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, who started his first-class career in Brisbane, will join the franchise for two years.
The Perth-based quick will potentially play against his WA-based teammates in Brisbane’s opening match of the BBL, the championship rematch against the Perth Scorchers at the Gabba on 22 December.
The Heat also secured their second international player, with English ODI and T20 batsman/keeper Craig Kieswetter joining New Zealand legend Dan Vettori as Brisbane’s two permitted overseas players.
Roger Federer is set to play in next year's Brisbane International. Photo: Julian Finney
Phil Lutton: Huge news for Brisbane tennis fans with the majestic Roger Federer confirmed to play in the 2014 Brisbane International.
It's the first time Federer has played the event and he will use it to kick start his assault on the Australian Open.
Scott Beveridge: Sharing a birthday with a future King is not a bad talking point to have for the rest of your life.
And Queensland newborns are being honoured with a special medallion for arriving at the perfect time.
Babies share birthday with a future king
Queensland babies born on the same day as the future king are given a commemorative medallion as the "sheer madness" of royal baby fever grips the state.PT2M1S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2qi6x 620 349 July 24, 2013
Cameron Atfield: Revheads take note – the V8 Supercars will be rolling through Ipswich at lunchtime today.
Queensland Police tell us the parade of B-double transporter trucks will run through the city at midday, under police escort, and may cause traffic delays.
The convoy will run from the Willowbank Raceway to the Ipswich CBD and back again. The route will run along the following roads: Champions Way, Cunningham Highway, Warwick Road, Churchill Street, East Street, Limestone Street, Ellenborough Street, Brisbane Street, East Street, Churchill Street, Warwick Road, Cunningham Highway and Champions Way.
Johnathan Thurston's Instagram photo of ASADA officials visiting him at 6am. Photo: @jthurston6
Cameron Atfield: #effingtorture, says Johnathan Thurston after the North Queensland Cowboy had ASADA officials banging on his door at 6am for a urine and blood test.
The Origin stat uploaded a pic to his Instagram with the following message:
"Thanks asada for the 6am visit for a urine and blood test!," Thurston, 30, wrote.
"I nearly forgot to say thanks for bashing down the front door and waking Frankie up too! #effingtorture."
Kim Stephens: It may be somewhat sacrilegious in a Maroon state but the Story Bridge looked quite spectacular last night bathed in blue light to celebrate the arrival of Prince Cambridge.
The Australian Monarchist tweeted this picture.
The Story Bridge lit up in baby blue. Photo: Australian Monarchist
Amy Remeikis: Health Minister Lawrence Springborg says the water border between Queensland and PNG is not secure.
He says all you need is a canoe to get to Australian territory, then it's "two plane rides and a taxi to western Sydney".
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg addressing media this morning. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Kim Stephens: A firearm was produced by a would-be burglar at a Bowen Hills home early this morning, when a resident disturbed two men trying to break in.
The man disturbed the pair just before 1am as they attempted to break in through the back door.
They then ran towards the front door, where another man confronted them.
One of the men produced a firearm before the pair fled empty handed on foot along Abbotsford Road.
One man is described as being about 170cm tall, with a slim build, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in appearance and was wearing an orange shirt.
The other man is described as being around 180cm tall, with a solid build and Pacific Islander in appearance.
Anyone with information is asked to phone CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or at crimestoppers.com.au
Kim Stephens: A 36-year-old man has been taken to hospital with serious head injuries this morning following a single vehicle rollover at Slacks Creek.
The rollover occurred on Paradise Road, under the Pacific Motorway, about 6.25am.
The man was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious condition.