Dan Nancarrow: Five things we learnt this Thursday:
1. Peter Beattie is running for the federal seat of Forde
The former premier was officially announced as Labor's candidate by Kevin Rudd this afternoon.
2. Seven students and a teacher from Nudgee College have been injured
After a four wheel drive rolled at least three times in Northern Territory.
3. The LNP has introduced further regulation of unions
The state government has made an "anti-avoidance" amendment to the union transparency legislation passed in June.
4. Surfing legend Allan Byrne has died in Bali
The founder of Gold Coast company Byrning Spears was 64 years old.
5. Migaloo has been spotted off Queensland
The white humpback whale was sighted near Upolu Cay Reef, off of Cairns.
Dan Nancarrow: Brisbane hit a low of 9.1 degrees at 5.53am today before reaching a high of 22.6 degrees just before noon.
Things will be even cooler tomorrow with the outlook for Friday a fine and sunny day with a top of 23 and a minimum of 8 degrees.
AAP: A Queensland teacher and seven students are lucky to have escaped serious injury after their four wheel drive rolled at least three times on a remote Northern Territory road.
The year 10 students from St Joseph’s College, Nudgee were on a school excursion about 230km west of Alice Springs when the accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon.
Police say the teacher, who was driving, lost control of the 4WD and it rolled at least three times on the Mereenie Loop Rd.
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AAP: A woman has been granted bail after being charged with the manslaughter of central Queensland man Timothy John Pullen.
Mr Pullen, 34, disappeared in April last year.
Kiera Jeannette McKay, 26, was arrested in Darwin last week and extradited to Queensland in relation to the death but was granted bail with her case adjourned until October 11.
Thirty-one-year-old Nicholas Voorwinden is also charged with manslaughter in relation to Mr Pullen.
Rachel Olding: Is it halal, haram or Koran?
Just don't ask Stephanie Banister, an anti-immigration candidate vying for the Brisbane seat of Rankin in the upcoming election.
Jews aren't under haram, they have their own religion which follows Jesus Christ
The 27-year-old ''poster child'' of the One Nation movement did her campaign no favours in an interview with Channel Seven on Wednesday night, mistaking Islam for a country, confusing haram with Koran and drawing a blank on the nationwide disability scheme.
One Nation candidate describes Islam as a country
Stephanie Banister, the One Nation candidate for Rankin in Queensland, says Islam is a country and gets her facts wrong on multiple issues in an embarrassing television interview.PT3M9S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2riq5 620 349 August 8, 2013
Marissa Calligeros: The police force welcomed 90 new police officers to its ranks in a ceremony at Oxley this afternoon.
The 79 men and 11 women graduated from the Queensland Police Service Academy as first-year constables after a 25-week recruit training program.
The new officers range in age from 19 to 54, with former financial advisors, landscapers, child care workers and police officers from overseas among the cohort.
Today’s induction ceremony also saw the swearing-in of bomb detection dog Pezz.
Natalie Bochenski: Young Ollie McCahon won't be getting lost this Ekka.
The four-year-old's been fitted with his identity wristband ahead of the show kicking off today.
Parents are urged to get their kids a wristband at the Qld Police stand. It will contain their name and parents' phone number, in case they get separated.
Sign at #qldnursesunion rally QLD parly @tennewsqld pic.twitter.com/Rk48l2nsoG — Cathy Border (@Tencb) August 8, 2013
Judith Ireland: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has introduced Peter Beattie as the brand new candidate for the seat of Forde, riffing on his own catchphrase: "His name's Peter, he's from Queensland and he's here to help as well."
Officially launching Mr Beattie as Labor's star candidate on Thursday afternoon in Forde, Mr Rudd praised the former Queensland premier as "rolled gold Queensland".
Kevin Rudd introduces the ALP candidate for Forde, Peter Beattie.
AAP: Famous white humpback whale Migaloo has reportedly been spotted playing with a pod of dolphins in waters off far north Queensland.
The albino whale was sighted near Upolu Cay Reef, about an hour boat ride east of Cairns, on Wednesday.
Deep Sea Divers Den spokesman John Brown says Migaloo breached several times, giving a great opportunity for tourists to observe the unique creature. Mr Brown says Migaloo hung around for about 20 minutes before continuing north.
The whale is on an annual migration from Antarctica to the warmer waters off far north Queensland.
Migaloo, photographed off Cape Moreton last year. Photo: Sea World Whale Watch
Amy Remeikis: In March Queensland Premier Campbell Newman was able to laugh about the man they called the "Teflon Premier" [because "nothing stuck" to him] telling reporters he "missed having him [Peter Beattie] around to actually talk to and to enjoy sort of some of his political repartee".
"I've always enjoyed his company," Mr Newman said earlier this year.
"He gave me a fair run as lord mayor of Brisbane and I'll always be appreciative of that."
But on Thursday, just hours after news of Mr Beattie's return to Queensland politics broke, it was a different story.
"The man who never wanted to be in politics again is now going to be the saviour of the federal Labor party , running for Forde," deputy premier Jeff Seeney said, to rambunctious LNP members.
"I think the old band is being put together, the old team is back in town."
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and former Queensland premier Peter Beattie are addressing the media in Beenleigh.
You can follow the action here.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and former Queensland premier Peter Beattie in Beenleigh on Thursday. Photo: Andrew Meares
Marissa Calligeros: National logistics firm Blue Star Logistics has just signed the dotted line on one of the biggest industrial leasing transactions in Brisbane this year.
The company has agreed to rent 14,000 sqm of office and warehouse space on Bellrick Street in Acacia Ridge for the next 12 years.
And it will pay about $1.1 million a year.
The warehouse space in Bellrick Street, Acacia Ridge.
The public transport alert service.
Marissa Calligeros: Here's what the new public transport alert service developed by the clever minds at QUT looks like.
It's the commuter version of severe weather alerts.
Instead of sending blanket warnings to everyone, the Commuter Info Service only sends you email alerts relevant to you.
Amy Remeikis: It must be the day for invigorated debate - about 200 QNU protesters, wearing red Hands Off Our Public Health Services t-shirts and armed with whistles have rallied outside Parliament House.
"Campbell Newman come out here - you said we had nothing to fear."
"Campbell Newman come outside - come and tell use why you lied."
"Trust nurses not Newman."
They are protesting health services outsourcing plans - both at a state government and federal Coalition level.
ANU protesters outside State Parliament. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Nine News: Here's a photo from the nurses protest at State Parliament. There are about 200 and growing, Shane Doherty reports:
Dan Nancarrow: A new Vibe Natural Health Clinic is opening in Grange later this month, with opening day specials including free treatments, health assessments and seminars.
The clinic will be home to Naturopaths, Doctors, Psychologists, Acupuncturists, Nutritionists, Osteopaths, and Remedial Massage Therapists.
The clinic opens on Saturday August 31.
Nine News: It's been a day dominated by politics but don't forget the Ekka has started:
Natalie Bochenski: Peter Beattie is wasting no time embracing his "media tart" heritage...
The former Queensland Premier will appear on ABC 7:30 tonight, to be interviewed by host Leigh Sales.
Mr Beattie will contest the seat of Forde for the ALP in the upcoming federal election, in a bid to win back the seat from the Coalition.
Dan Nancarrow: The Queensland Nurses Union are marching on State Parliament today to express their opposition to the "public hospital privitisation policies" of the state LNP and federal Coalition.
Dan Nancarrow: They love their morning tea in Karumba!
The small Gulf of Carpentaria town raised $47,221 at their recent Karuma Cancer Cuppa for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea.
That record-setting feat was achieved in a town of just 600 people.
The Cancer Council Queensland have congratulated the town on their "outstanding" efforts.
Karumba set a new state fund-raising record.
Ten News: The state opposition reacts to the return of Peter Beattie:
Dan Nancarrow: We're still gauging the public reaction to the return of Peter Beattie, but in light of his return we thought we'd ask you which living politician you'd like to see return to office:
Poll: Which former politician would you like to see follow Peter Beattie's lead and make a political comeback?
- Rob Borbidge
- John Howard
- Cheryl Kernot
- Steve Bracks
- Natasha Stott Despoja
- Paul Keating
- Malcolm Fraser
- Amanda Vanstone
- Denver Beanland
- Jim Soorley
- Wilson Tuckey
- Jeff Kennett
- Anna Bligh
- Bob Hawke
- Nigel Freemarijuana
- Eddie Obeid
- Gordon Nuttall
- Jesse "The Body" Ventura
- Mal Meninga
- Other (leave in the comments field)
Total votes: 496.
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Poll closed 10 Aug, 2013
These polls are not scientific and reflect the opinion only of visitors who have chosen to participate.
Natalie Bochenski: If you're a fan of TV talent quest The X Factor, make sure you head to Reddacliff Place at the top of the Queen Street Mall this Sunday.
Four performers from Season Five - Will Perrett, Tyler Hudson, Riv Ngwenya and Mitchell Thompson - will strut their stuff for a free concert from 12-2pm.
Scott Beveridge: The mistress of Peter Dowling says the member for Redlands "really wanted to use me" but when she told the LNP they "tried to sweep it under the carpet".
Dowling's mistress denies 'revenge' motove
The mistress of Peter Dowling says the member for Redlands "really wanted to use me" but when she told the LNP they "tried to sweep it under the carpet".PT2M37S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2rhh5 620 349 August 8, 2013
Amy Remeikis: Queensland Parliament: It was a late night for Queensland MPs last night - and it shows.
The members are so rambunctious this morning, it's hard to hear the minister's answer.
But just to recap - Peter Beattie is to blame for all Queensland's problems.
BREAKING: bomb squad has detonated a 'ball wrapped in tape' on a vacant West Ipswich block.@tennewsqld — Renae Henry (@renaehenry10) August 8, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: The Queensland Literary Awards have launched the "I Love Literature" crowd-sourcing campaign through Pozible to raise $20,000 to fund prizes for the event.
Depending on the size of your donation rewards include books by nominees and winners as well as invitations to the Queensland Literary Awards Presentation Ceremony on September 4.
The deadline for donations is September 3.
Writers, musicians and actors such as Wendy Harmer, Benjamin Law, Jennifer Byrne and Anna McGahan have teamed together in the following video to support the campaign:
Kim Stephens: Police have conducted more explosions in Ipswich, after finding more chemicals at a vacant block adjacent to the Clay Street home rocked by a blast two weeks ago.
An emergency situation was again declared in the area surrounding the home just after 5pm on Wednesday and revoked an hour later.
Amy Remeikis: The Attorney-General has made the latest move in the battle of wills between the government and the unions.
Parliament passed the Criminal Law Amendment no 2 Bill just before 11pm on Tuesday night. Included among the higher penalties for drug traffickers and graffiti offenders was an "anti-avoidance" amendment to the union transparency legislation which was passed in June.
The Together Union had attempted to circumvent the government’s legislation, which would have required the organisation to hold a ballot each time it wanted to run a political campaign over $10,000, by establishing a separate company to deal with the union’s finances and campaigns.
On Tuesday night, Mr Bleijie amended the Industrial Relations Transparency and Accountability Act, to include "anti-avoidance" provisions "to cover entities associated with an industrial organisation".
Dan Nancarrow: Pop rockers Paramore are touring Australia next year with the American rock band set to kick off their five date jaunt with a show at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on January 9.
Tickets go on sale Thursday August 22.
Dan Nancarrow: For Beattie to return someone had to go. Here's the former Labor candidate for Forde in happier times:
Kim Stephens: Former Queensland premier Peter Beattie will stand as a federal ALP candidate for the seat of Forde, ABC radio has reported.
Mr Beattie has been selected to replace candidate Des Hardman in the seat.
Mr Hardman is expected to stand down this morning.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is a flying to Brisbane today to make the official announcement of Mr Beattie's candidacy.
Former Queensland premier Peter Beattie. Photo: Glenn Hunt
Missing girl. Photo: Police Media
Kim Stephens: Police have concerns for the welfare of a 14-year-old girl last seen in Maroochydore on July 30.
The teen has been missing since leaving an home on Broadwater Avenue and hasn’t been seen since.
Police say she has not contacted family and her behaviour is out of character.
She is described as being Caucasian in appearance, around 160cms tall, and has a slim build, light brown hair and blue eyes.
Police believe she will be wearing dark clothing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au