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PM, cabinet not hurt in ceiling collapse

AAP logoAAP 25/10/2016 Darren Cartwright

As the walls crumble on Malcolm Turnbull's popularity, the ceiling has fallen in on government staffers.

Three women were injured on Tuesday when large ceiling tiles fell on them as the prime minister and his cabinet met at the Commonwealth Parliament Offices in Brisbane.

The drama came on a day when Newspoll showed Mr Turnbull is tanking in the eyes of many voters, and is now slightly less popular than Tony Abbott was before he was rolled a year ago.

Emergency crews rushed to the government's offices on the 36th level of Waterfront Place, fearing for the safety of the nation's political heavyweights.

But it soon became clear that - cloistered as they were in a nearby meeting room - they were oblivious to the drama unfolding in the reception area down the hall.

Three large ceiling tiles, measuring about a metre by a metre, fell on the women about 11am, leaving them with minor injuries.

Two of them were taken to hospital suffering grazes. One was in shock. The third worker was treated at the scene.

Inspector Daniel Bragg said emergency services took no chances when they realised there was an incident on the same floor as where the cabinet meeting was taking place.

"Thank goodness it was nothing more sinister and thank goodness they were not injured more seriously." Insp Bragg told reporters.

"We take the security of our prime minister very seriously."

The Dexus Property Group said the ceiling collapse was "an isolated minor incident" and the area was being stabilised to make it safe.

"There is no risk to the rest of the building," the company said.

It's not the first time Waterfront Place has had problems. In 2008, a canopy had to be erected to protect pedestrians after more than 200 windows fell from the highrise over a number of years.

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