1. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott have finally agreed on an election debate. The pair will go head to head this Sunday night at the National Press Club in Canberra from 6:30pm.
The debate will be moderated by the ABC, but all networks will air a feed of the footage. Mamamia’s election blogger Scott Limbrick will be live tweeting the debate from the @Mamamia account.
2. A Brisbane women whose twin toddlers starved to death will not be charged for murder. The 35-year-old made an earlier plea of manslaughter, which has been accepted.
The woman’s defence team argued that if the woman was ‘in denial’ after the death of her toddlers, she could not have possibly have intended to kill them. You can read more about the case here.
3. A two-year-old girl was hospitalised after a dog attack yesterday. She is in a serious condition in the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
This attack comes less than a week after 2-year-old Deeon Higgins was attacked and killed by a family dog, which prompted Miranda Devine to call for a ‘dog buyback’ scheme.
4. Labor’s new candidate for the federal seat of Forde is former Queensland premier Peter Beattie. Beattie has declared himself the “underdog” in the race for the seat, which is currently held by the LNP.
At a press conference yesterday Mr Beattie said: “I’m not taking anything for granted … This will be the toughest fight that I’ve ever been in in my political career. I’m not the favourite in this seat. I am the underdog in this seat. I have a battle ahead of me.”