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Brisbane Live: Wednesday November 20, 2013

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Kristian Silva

Thanks for joining us today on Brisbane Live.

Stay tuned for plenty of action tomorrow, when the first Ashes test kicks off at the Gabba. 

Until tomorrow morning, it's adios from the Brisbane Times team.

Amy Remeikis

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie is calling for Labor MP Jackie Trad to step down from the parliamentary ethics committee for what he says is a conflict of interest.

Mr Bleijie said Ms Trad had a financial interest in the worker's compensation legislation(through her husband) and did not declare it.

He says that makes her unfit to sit on the ethics committee.

Kim Stephens
Brisbane Lifestyle Chairman Krista Adams, Spinal Injuries Association Community Development General Manager, John Mayo, ...
Brisbane Lifestyle Chairman Krista Adams, Spinal Injuries Association Community Development General Manager, John Mayo, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, and Wendy Lovelace. 

One of Brisbane City Council's most awarded policies, its access and inclusion effort, has received two more gongs.

At the 2013 Inclusive Community Champions Awards last week, council was named State Champion for two big projects, the $215 million restoration of Brisbane City Hall and the $150,000 ‘Changing Places’ facility at the Wynnum Wading Pool.

The City Hall upgrade includes braille signage around the entire building, a changing places facility and a mobility centre, located on the ground floor that provides free hire of wheelchairs, prams and walking frames as well as free recharge facilities for scooters and powered mobility devices.

Three other council projects were also recognised at the awards – the installation of Braille and tactile street signs around the city, Ken Fletcher Park’s all abilities play facilities and Mitchelton Library’s access and inclusion upgrade.

The awards are coordinated by the Spinal Injuries Association.

Marissa Calligeros
The photo of the alleged victim posted on Facebook ...
The photo of the alleged victim posted on Facebook ... 

A young teenage girl has been left bloodied and bruised after a hotel room attack at Schoolies on the Gold Coast.

The young victim, believed to be from Sydney, was allegedly assaulted in a room at the Vibe Hotel with a ceramic coffee mug on Monday night.

She was left bleeding profusely from her nose and a gash in her head.

Kim Stephens

Free magazines? Yes, please.

Anyone in possession of a Brisbane City Council library card can now download a range of popular magazine titles to their smartphone, tablet or computer for free.

Zinio, a new digital magazine download service that Brisbane City Council libraries had subscribed to, allows library members to read a selection of magazines simply be entering their membership card number.

BCC lifestyle chair Krista Adams said almost 300 titles would be available including Marie Claire, Men’s Health, Gardening Australia, Vogue Australia, OK!, Winestate and Peppermint magazine.

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Tony Moore.

Transport Minister Scott Emerson has given the closest indication of where Brisbane's newest inner-city train station will be built.

Speaking at a Property Council business breakfast on Wednesday, Mr Emerson said the new underground train station would sit between Alice and Mary streets, under George Street.

The station will be built as part of the Underground Bus and Train (UBAT) project, announced on Sunday. 

Natalie Bochenski

Former premier Peter Beattie has tweeted a picture of his visit to an Andy Warhol museum in the US.

Given his recent failed tilt at the federal seat of Forde, one might be tempted to joke that he's had his 15 minutes of fame.


Kim Stephens

Ever wanted to be part of a Guinness World Record? Today could be your chance.

Brisbane fitness company Energy Galore is attempting to get 500 people on 500 fit balls in King George Square at 5pm today.

If they succeed, it will be the world's largest fit ball exercise class.

Phil Lutton.

Alastair Cook has hit back at David Warner's suggestion the tourists are running scared, with the England captain saying his side fears nobody and wants to knock Australia off their Gabba pedestal.

Despite Australia having lost the past three series, Warner suggested that England were growing increasingly wary of a side finding some chemistry under the guidance of new coach Darren Lehmann and returning to their home turf.

"I think they are fearing us, they know we mean business and they know the little moments they won were the key to them winning the series 3-0," Warner said.

England's Alastair Cook plays at a high ball.
England's Alastair Cook plays at a high ball. Photo: Rick Rycroft

Meanwhile in state politics, it seems the opposition is wasting no time in spreading its message in the seat of Redcliffe.

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Kristian Silva

Bill Glasson has been endorsed by the LNP to stand in the seat of Griffith, which vacated by Kevin Rudd last week.

Amy Remeikis

Terri and Bindi Irwin were at parliament for the government's announcement that the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve would be granted protection from mining.

Bindi, who was unaware of why she was there, said it was "probably the greatest day of of my life".

"The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve was truly set aside in honour of my dad and the legacy he had, to mark all the incredible work that he achieved during his life for wildlife and conservation. It is the most pristine land on planet Earth and we are just thrilled."

Kristian Silva

More than 700 new graduate doctors will begin work as interns in  Queensland hospitals in January. 

Department of Health deputy director-general Dr Michael Cleary said all medical students from Queensland medical schools who were Australian citizens or permanent residents and graduated the end of this year, had been offered an intern position.

The 705 doctors will be split between the following locations:

Bundaberg 16

Caboolture 15

Cairns 40

Gold Coast 90

Ipswich 35

Logan 40

Mackay 30

Mater 25

Nambour 42 

Princess Alexandra Hospital 95

Redcliffe 27 

Rockhampton 30

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital 95

Prince Charles 20 

Toowoomba 35

Townsville 70

Amy Remeikis

The premier says the earliest a by-election could feasibly be held in Redcliffe is February 1.

February 8 is another date which has been thrown up.

Mr Newman says the party is working on a "great candidate".

Amy Remeikis
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Amy Remeikis

The animals running around parliament today are of the four-legged variety.

The premier is announcing the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve and the Wenlock River on the Cape York Peninsula are to be the state's first "strategic environmental area".

No open cut or strip mining will be allowed.

"It means the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve will be protected for all time" Mr Newman said.

Open cut and strip mining will be banned from the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, the premier announced on Wednesday.
Open cut and strip mining will be banned from the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, the premier announced on Wednesday. Photo: Amy Remeikis
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Phil Lutton.
Australian cricketers train on the Gabba before tomorrow's first Ashes test.
Australian cricketers train on the Gabba before tomorrow's first Ashes test. Photo: Phil Lutton

Australian coach Darren Lehmann gives his slips cordon catching practice at the Gabba.

Just one day to go before the Ashes series rumbles into life. Both captains will give their final thoughts during the day.

Amy Remeikis

The Legal Affairs and Community Safety parliamentary committee has sent out an urgent call for submissions to the government's Criminal Organisations Disruption Bill.

The legislation was introduced late last night and allows for the Transport Department to hand over information to "approved agencies", among them, ASIO.

The Bill is set to be debated and passed on Thursday. Submissions close at 5pm today. Written submissions should be emailed to lacsc@parliament.qld.gov.au.

Kristian Silva
Scott Driscoll's Twitter page on Wednesday.
Scott Driscoll's Twitter page on Wednesday. 

A day after quitting politics, former Redcliffe MP Scott Driscoll seems to be in a cheerful mood.

He’s changed his Twitter profile picture and background image.

“KEEP CALM and ENJOY RETIREMENT,” says his new avatar.

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