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.
Brisbane Lifestyle Chairman Krista Adams, Spinal Injuries Association Community Development General Manager, John Mayo, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, and Wendy Lovelace.
Kim Stephens: 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.
The photo of the alleged victim posted on Facebook ...
Marissa Calligeros: 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.
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.
GOMA is an asset to QLD & our tourism as is the Warhol Museum to Pittsburgh. Goofing around at Warhol today pic.twitter.com/E6Cb8uw0U9— Peter Beattie (@SmartState1) November 20, 2013
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. Photo: Rick Rycroft
Kristian Silva: Meanwhile in state politics, it seems the opposition is wasting no time in spreading its message in the seat of Redcliffe.
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:
Gold Coast 90
Princess Alexandra Hospital 95
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital 95
Prince Charles 20
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".
Irwin/Premier lovefest pic.twitter.com/usM6KD2efi — Amy Remeikis (@AmyRemeikis) November 20, 2013
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. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Another cracker of a day at the Gabba for Australia to train ahead of the 1st Test details @tmitch_86 @9NewsAUS pic.twitter.com/vTeUDfOtLg — Howie Bennett (@howieb69) November 20, 2013
Australian cricketers train on the Gabba before tomorrow's first Ashes test. Photo: Phil Lutton
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 email@example.com.
Scott Driscoll's Twitter page on Wednesday.
Kristian Silva: 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.
Phil Lutton: You can dislike Kevin Pietersen. You may take issue with his nation-hopping as an ambitious teen, or the attitude that switch-hits between confidence and arrogance.
But find yourself on the brink of boredom? Never. On the verge of his 100th Test, the English batsman remains one of cricket's most divisive figures.
''We've all made mistakes in our lives, and if I hadn't learned I wouldn't be sitting here on the eve of my 100th Test match,'' he told reporters yesterday.
Pietersen 'buzzing' for Ashes
Kevin Pietersen is "so excited" to be playing his 100th Test match at the Gabba starting Thursday and warns England has "come to win".PT3M11S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2xsq9 620 349 November 19, 2013
Kathryn Foran, Scott Beveridge: Sophie Moman and Campbell MacCorquodale are living their dreams after scoring roles in the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
The nine and 10-year-olds were selected from more than 300 auditionees to take on the roles of Jemima and Jeremy Potts in the show's five-week run at the Lyric Theatre.
Chitty stage show is 'wonderful'
The stars of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang say fans of the film will "love the stage show" which is playing at QPAC until Christmas.PT0M59S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2xu43 620 349 November 20, 2013
Marissa Calligeros: Police are investigating the death of a three-year-old boy who was found unconscious in the back of a car in central Queensland on Tuesday afternoon.
The toddler’s body was found in the car on a property on the corner of Uhlmann Street and Woongool Road in Maryborough about 3.40pm.
The child’s parents called an ambulance after finding their son unconscious.
Police at the Maryborough house where a three-year-old boy died yesterday. Photo: Alistair Brightman/Fraser Coast Chronicle.
Amy Remeikis: The government's opposition is set to begin its election campaign from early next year.
The union movement and "concerned citizens" have formed a "broad based coalition" and will begin campaigning in LNP seats a year out from the 2015 election.
The news follows about 1000 people protesting against a diverse range of state government measures in the Brisbane CBD on Tuesday afternoon.
About 1000 people marched on Queensland Parliament in Brisbane on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
AAP: An alleged bikie has been charged with weapons and drug offences in southeast Queensland.
Police say they searched a home and a business in Toowoomba on Tuesday after reports of a disturbance at a bar in the city two weeks ago.
Officers allegedly found weapons, ammunition and dangerous drugs.
Kristian Silva: Good morning, Brisbane.
Welcome to Wednesday, and to Brisbane Live, where we’ll be bringing you breaking news updates and more.
Some good news to start with – the weather today in the city should be perfect. A top of 30 degrees is predicted, along with sunny conditions.