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  • John on Calls for Island bridge RITA the Bridge Majority all know you are for the Bridge. The bridge to Bribie has made it the most unique pristine life ... more
  • Rita on Calls for Island bridge Reg, I am all for a bridge to Russell Island... It is well over due/ the only solution to fix the ongoing parking & ... more
  • Reg Southern on Calls for Island bridge I'm with Rita too. The bridge to Bribie Island is destroying Bribie Island. The whole reason for moving here and living ... more
  • From Ebola to military on our streets on Ebola tests return negative First and foremost is the potential threat. Every time the virus infects a new host it mutates and becomes stronger. At the ... more
  • Dirty Harry on Terror suspect planned to behead police The Victorian police are nationally renowned for firing the warning shot into the chest of the alleged criminal. Not once ... more
  • Justin on Terror suspect planned to behead police If a bikie did this there'd be no holding back. But a Muslim, oh no, "Islam is peaceful, he acted alone." But then again, ... more
  • Its decision time on Terror suspect planned to behead police Consider these issues. The Ukraine, Malaysian Airlines, Ebola, ISIS and Syria. Considered in isolation they all assist the ... more
  • CRY FREEDOM on Terror raids in Australia Thanks labor for letting them in by the boat loads. more
  • Gutless Wonders on Terror raids in Australia How do you sleep at night. How can you look into your childrens eyes and not accept the fact that your actions are ... more
  • All stand in applause for WA on Terror raids in Australia How clever is WA. We should all take of our hats to their extraordinary contribution. The WA division of Fairfax radio is ... more
  • Australia is a nation under siege on Terror raids in Australia When foreign or domestic enemies attack or seek to undermine Australia, government is the first line of defence. When ... more
  • John on Calls for Island bridge Phillip ISLAND, Bribie ISLAND ask any of there locals, they still say mainlanders, what a rediculous arguement if you build ... more
  • John on Calls for Island bridge I'm with you Rita, Two words for me , Bribie Island still pristine where locals enjoy living and touries can't get enough ... more
  • John on Calls for Island bridge I'm with you Rita, Two words for me , Bribie Island still pristine where locals enjoy living and touries can't get enough ... more
  • John on Calls for Island bridge I agree totally with Walter. A bridge will destroy the uniqueness of Russell Island. It appears that the almighty dollar is ... more
  • eddie terrill on Catch up with Ken Sparkes hi ken; great show tonite 30-09;enjoy the music once again ,keep on rocking from a60s&70s listener.eddie t. more
  • Bruce Norman on Farewell Mark 'The Ear' I started listening to Mark when the 4BC came to Tasmania, and I just think the "turf teasers", even though you have to wake ... more
  • John on Calls for Island bridge Did buy a block to build and retire to one day. It's nice to get good clean discussion about the Bridge , not to sure about ... more
  • Helen Arnall on Calls for Island bridge Private enterprises could be used to build a bridge - Look to Isle of Skye in Scotland - lots of protests, but successfully ... more
  • Dale on Crime corner Whiskey au Go Go Bluey O.Gorman loved to go the knuckle with the smartys but no way was he involved with the rat pack or ever on the take. more

Qantas Jet Upgrade

Posted by: Gordon Campbell | Gordon Campbell 23 October, 2014 - 11:04 AM

4BC Online: Qantas is stepping up the pressure on Virgin with a new “business Class War” between the two carriers, but it’ll be Brisbane that benefits from the move.

Today, the flying Kangaroo unveiled its new business class lie-flat beds for the A330 aircraft, featuring a lie-flat bed, more storage space and a greater range of TV and movie selections as part of a new look In Flight Entertainment system.

The work begins in November to refresh the aircraft interior and it’ll be carried out at the Brisbane Qantas maintenance facility.  Turnaround for each A330 refresh will take nearly a month.

While not giving away exact details of the costs involved in the project, Qantas boss Alan Joyce admits, it's a significant and necessary investment.

Today’s announcement comes as the carrier ramps-up its base operations in Los Angeles with a 20 year lease being signed for a massive maintenance facility at “LAX”. 

The new hangar will be capable of taking the A380 “Super-Jumbo” and create employment for about 150 maintenance staff and another 50 general employees.


Canada Parliament in lockdown

Posted by: Staff Writers | Staff Writers 23 October, 2014 - 7:39 AM
MPs block the door with chairs during a caucus meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. (Photo: Nina Grewal)

4BC Online: A gunman believed to be behind the outbreak of violence in Canada’s parliamentary building has been shot dead.

The shooting has left a Canadian soldier dead and parliament put under lockdown. In video footage obtained by Canada’s The Globe and Mail, shots were fired inside parliament as politicians run to safety.

The shooting began at the city’s War Memorial where Corporal Nathan Cirillo was shot dead while standing guard.

WATCH: iPhone footage of shooting inside Canada's parliamentary building

Journalist Alison Sandor from CFRA News Talk Radio said tension has waned but the city is still under partial lockdown as police are unsure whether the gunman acted alone.

A statement from the Prime Minister of Canada’s office has been released confirming Prime Minister Stephen Harper is safe.


Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said this tragedy has left everyone in shock.

United States President Barack Obama have condemned these attacks and said the outbreak of violence is a wake-up call for America.

"Every single day we have a whole lot of really smart, really dedicated, really hard-working people ... who are monitoring risks and making sure we're doing everything we need to do to protect the American people," he said.

Professor Greg Barton, terrorism expert from the Monash Universty said Australia may ramp up security in response to Canada’s shooting.

Speaker Bronwyn Bishop said Australian Parliament House will have security measures in place and Australian Federal Police will increase its presence.

Exploring Brisbane from high

Posted by: Stephanie MacDonald | Stephanie MacDonald 22 October, 2014 - 12:32 PM
Tour bus

4BC Online: Tourists will soon be able to see the city from new heights on the new double-decker Brisbane Explorer.

Those taking a trip on the double-decker will get a little taste of London transport.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk launched the open top bus this morning which will start running in November.

City Sightseeing will be operating the service and offer 90 minute tours every 45 minutes.

Councillor Quirk says there'll be 15 hop-on, hop-off stops showcasing key attractions.

"The beauty of this particular expedition is that people can hop on and hop off as they go at places like Anzac Square, King George Square and City Hall... South Bank and a whole host of city attractions," he said.


Posted by: Pak Yiu | Pak Yiu 15 October, 2014 - 10:16 AM

4BC’s Breakfast show hosts Ian Skippen and Loretta Ryan spoke with Mark Holden on their show this morning about his bizarre behaviour on Dancing With The Stars last night.

Social media has gone crazy since the show aired last night with Mark’s clown act and Ian feels Mark is a clown, whilst Loretta thinks he may be sorry for his actions but still brought the show down last night.

The breakfast duo also spoke with judge Todd McKenney who wasn’t kind about the incident and the phones lit up throughout the morning.

Have a listen for yourself.

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LISTEN: Mark Holden apologises for his behaviour on Dancing With The Stars.

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LISTEN: Dancing With The Stars judge Todd McKenney responds to Holden's challenge.

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Security guard speaks out

Posted by: Pak Yiu | Pak Yiu 14 October, 2014 - 3:52 PM

4BC Online:  The security guard who was racially abused on a Brisbane train has finally spoken out.

The security guard, named Joe, spoke to reporters on Tuesday saying he just wanted to get back to his job.

“If [the two men involved in the racial attack] are willing to say sorry, they can direct their words of sorrow to the QR because all what happened, it happened within QR”

When asked whether the perpetrator of racial abuse should be locked up, Joe said this was an incident too small for a reaction like that.

“[Racial abuse] happens in every society, it happens every house, every nationalities, every country, [and] this is too minor as far as I’m concerned.”   

The social media video went viral after it was uploaded on the weekend. 

The Brisbane African community has come out and condemned the abuse and said it was the last straw.

LISTEN: Joe the security guard speaking on Tuesday.

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