QUT Web News – Fri 21 Oct 2016

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A legal debate over jury members and social media, in the wake of the Gable Tostee verdict.

Ready for business – thousands of state public servants prepare to move into the “tower of power”.

Another poor report card for the barrier reef, although a QUT robot is offering some hope.

And a Brisbane cellist has a whale of a time making music with performers from the deep.

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Surprise pacesetter at GC-600

This weekend’s Gold Coast 600 is already off to an exciting start, with Volvo’s Scott McLaughlin posting the fastest time in a furious opening practice session.

He surprised everyone and seems bent on making up for an incident at Bathurst.

Cherlyn Tung reports.
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Robot offers hope for Barrier Reef

For the fifth year in a row, the Great Barrier Reef has scored a D-rating for its overall health.

But a robot developed by QUT is offering hope of some improvement.

It can poison and kill the dreaded Crown of Thorns starfish, a job previously done by hand.

Maudy Veltema reports.
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Musician has whale of a time

A Brisbane cellist is turning to our oceans to find new inspirations from the deep.

He’s calling on some unusual performers for his music.

Joseph Ogilvie reports.
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Debate over jury members use of social media

The wash up from the Gable Tostee trial has dominated legal circles today.

There is no indication yet if the Crown will appeal the verdict because of the actions of a juror on social media.

Tostee was found not guilty of the murder or manslaughter of Warriena Wright.

Elisabeth Moss reports.
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Turnbull and Abbott in crossfire over gun laws

The debate over gun laws fired up again today.

State and Territory Police Ministers have agreed to a firearms amnesty next year.

This will allow owners of the banned Adler shotgun to hand them in without penalty.

Roisin O’Sullivan reports
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Tower of power ready for business

Public servants have begun moving into the newest addition to Brisbane’s skyline.

The government building, known as One William Street, brings five thousand employees under one roof.

But it will cost taxpayers.

Molly Houseman reports.
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Diwali festival lights up Brisbane

Brisbane’s Indian community is celebrating one of its biggest religious events.

The Diwali Festival, represents new beginnings.

Kate Lavrencic reports.
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American classic performed at QUT

A taste of New Orleans has come to QUT’s Kelvin Grove Campus.

A reboot of “A Streetcar Named Desire” has just opened at La Boite’s Roundhouse Theatre.

Roisin O’Sullivan reports.
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Stage play takes audience into the future

A new stage production looks at what life might be like, 20 years from now.

It’s a chance for students from the Australian School of Performing Arts to show off their acting skills.

Andrew Behne reports.
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