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Tonight - the Liberals' new

leader speaks out. We were not

working together. We weren't communicating. We weren't

listening to people. And the State's water supplies to join the nation in

flouridation. That's why we say

it's a brave and courageous

decision and that's probably

why Peter Beattie and some

councils backed away from it.

Welcome to the show. I'm John

Taylor. After weeks of what

even they described as a farce, Queensland's Liberal Party MPs

have a new leader Mark McArdle.

The member for Caloundra though

has to look over his shoulder

as the man who led the charge

for a leadership change, Tim

Nicholls, is now the deputy.

Mr McArdle is showing he is

prepared to wade into dangerous

territory, raising the

prospects of a Liberal premier

should the coalition win power at the next State election. I

spoke to Mr McArdle earlier.

Welcome. Now, you've called on Queenslanders not to look to

the past but look to the what

you and your party will do in

the future. Why should they

given what's happened over the

last two weeks? I understand

very clearly, Queenslanders

have every right to be

sceptical, to say, what can you

offer us? But I'm saying to

Queenslanders, we have put the

past behinds us by learning

from it. I've taken away the

issues and the concerns raised in the last seven days. What

are the issues then? They are

the issues that we were not

working together. We weren't

communicating, we weren't

listening to people. We need to

understand what they are, those

issues and concern, and then

take them on as positives. I

thought the real issue was that

you blokes in the Liberal Party

just couldn't get on? That's

not quite right. What we

understood very clearly as of

yesterday and over the past four, five days is the moral

obligation that we owe

Queenslanders. We had to sit

back and assess individually

who we were, what we were, but

also, understand very clearly

there is a moral obligation as

parliamentarians, as

politicians, in our situation,

to be an effective opposition.

But this is just spin, though.

Because you were elected as the

anybody but Tim Nicholls

candidate, the fact was that

the party was divided, four

people on Dr Flegg's side, four

people on Tim Nicholls' side.

Sure you were voted 8-0, but that's only because you weren't

Tim Nicholls in the

end? Certainly not. The eight

people in that room assessed

how we were to go forward. Now

Tim and I met on a number of

occasions during that time to

assess what we can do together

to try and work out an effective leadership

effective leadership team. We

said to the eight in that room,

collectively and individually,

we can do it, we can work

together and I'm saying to

Queenslanders, don't look at us

now. Give us the opportunity,

give us the chance and in six,

eight, 12 months' time, judge

us at that juncture. Let us

learn and I mean this, we have learnt from what we have done.

We are going to regain that

trust. How much damage have

you done to your party? I think

at this point in time the trust

Queensland and throughout level is almost zero in

Queensland. I've noticed that. You can't --

I acknowledge that you can't

walk away from that scenario

and acknowledge the truth. We

are now saying we have that

moral obligation and the

backbone and we are going to do

it. It will mean going out,

understanding their aspirations talking to people,

and their needs and talking to

each other and going back out

again. You also have to

solidify your leadership. As

part of that, do you have to

push Santo Santoro into the

background of your party? As

far as I'm concerned, the

organisational wing and the

nothing to do with the aspirations in that body have

parliamentary team. I'm focused

on being the leader of the

parliamentary team. I will work

with Tim Nicholls and every

member in the parliamentary

team as a unit in conjunction

with the coalition National

Party to make an effective

organisation. But does former

senator Santo Santoro remain a

significant powerbroker in the

Queensland Liberal Party, a

divisive player as well? From

my personal perspective, no, he

doesn't, because I'm committed

to being a leader, a true

leader and a true leader leads

by example and a true leader,

once they are that, takes

people along with them. I'm not

gonna look behind me every

second of the day. You don't

lead by doing that. I mean,

Tim Nicholls has said that he's

still interested in being

leader of the Liberal Party.

You're on a highwire. If you

fall off you're doomed because

he wants your job badly. Tim

Nicholls is a young man withs a

pir raithss for the future and

I praise that. In fact I'd

rather have men and women

around me who are eager, eager

to get on, than people who are

not prepared to put the hard

yards in. It's up to me to lead

the team. At some point in

time, every leader has to move

on. I accept that. And politics

is a hard, tough game. But I'm

not going to back away from it.

I'm not going to back away from

the situation that we face at this point in time. Tim may

well be the leader in time to

come and I endorse that young

man as having a good future.

If the coalition were to win

office, and if the Liberal

Party ends up with more seats

than the Nationals, who's going

to lead the coalition? Let's go

back one step here. The

coalition agreement makes it

very clear at the end of an

election cycle, the party room

determines who is going to be

the the leader and deputy

leader. Now, if we win 20 seats

and can I say this, John, I

hope we have that wonderful luxury and that wonderful

become the coalition problem ... So you could

leader? The party room will

then determine the leadership.

Can I say this ... It's a big

change from Dr Flegg who said

that if the leader going into

the election if Jeff Seeney

seen then the leader no matter

what the result afterwards will

be Jeff Seeney. That's a

commitment that Dr Flegg made.

the coalition agreement I'm saying very clearly here

dictates the leader and the

deputy leader at any time of a

cycle, whether it is during an

election time or after that

time. Doesn't that put you in

a weak position in an election

campaign? Depending on the

outcome the person the voters

thought they may be electing to

premier may not be the premier?

Mi. Not at all because we're

putting in a leadership team.

A team that may be reversed

after the election? I would've

thought very clearly if we

picked up 20 seats under the

leadership of Jeff Seeney and

Mark McArdle there would be an

expectation in Queenslanders'

minds as to what would happen.

But for years and years the

coalition agreement has made it

quite clear the party room has

the overriding determination.

Alright, well, congratulations

on becoming leader and we look

forward to talking to you more

in the future. Thank you, John.

More than four decades after

it was first introduced into

Tasmania, Queensland is to

flouridate its water. The State

Government says adding fluoride

to water is the best way to

ensure our children don't have

the worst teeth in the country.

It also shows premier Anna

Bligh's willing to wade into

territory that her predecessor

Peter Beattie didn't. His

government wouldn't make a

decision about fluoride.

Opponents though say it's mass

medication that will harm

Queenslanders. 2007 has been

Queensland's water year. The

drought, the water grid, and

now, flouridation. But fluoride

wasn't always part of the

agenda. We will not be contemplating a decision until

the water grid is built, until

the drought has been relieved,

and the new water ownership

arrangements are settled. Her

own conditions still haven't

been met. But what's changed is

that Anna Bligh is now the

premier. When I became premier

in September this year, I said

that I wanted to take action to

stay one step ahead of the

problems that we face in the

future. Putting fluoride in our

water is one of the most

important preventive health

treatments we had possibly

make. And this example of new

leadership was backed by a

carefully choreographed media

announcement. A Brisbane school

provided the backdrop, complete

with a trip to the

dentist. Tess has beautiful

teeth. This child's teeth

couldn't be more different to

the horror images the

government has released as part

of its fluoride public

relations campaign. Fluoride dramatically reduces tooth

decay, and the government

believes images such as these

needn't happen. Our rates of

tooth decay are in many cases

double that particularly

amongst our young kids compared

to the rest of Australia.

Health Minister Stephen

Robertson will put the

necessary legislation for flouridation before Parliament

next year. The thing that makes

the biggest difference to

improve the rate of tooth decay

amongst our kids is

flouridation. There are no

wiggle rooms. Councils will be

required to do it. That

argument has been and done.

Greg Hallam from the Queensland

Local Government Association

says many councils have looked

at flouridation in the past,

but shied away. The reason is

that for a substantial minority

of the public, it's a

vote-changer. That's why we say

it's a brave and courageous

decision. That's probably why Peter Beattie and others backed

away from it and some councils

to be truthful. Some people have concerns about the science

which we don't. There are

another group of people who

take a very high moral

position, which is that it's

mass medication. In a quirk of

history, Townsville has had

flouridated water since 1964.

It came in a wave of

flouridation across the

country. Every other State and Territory, apart from

Queensland, saw it as an

important public health

measure. At Townsville's water

treatment plant, the raw

fluoride arrives in bags. It's

then dissolved in the water,

which is then treated. The

process is tightly

monitored. Part of Queensland

Health, we've got to do testing

actually twice a day on each

shift, and also our onsite

laboratory here tests up to 200

samples per week through houses

and they also test the water

daily. The Queensland

Government says a smaller

proportion of kids in

Townsville have teeth problems.

But it's not enough to satisfy

critics like GP Dr John Ryan,

who heads the group

Professionals Against Water

Purification. It's a poison.

It's compulsory. It's for a

lifetime. It's without any

knowledge of the patient's

history or what conditions such

as kidney disease or whether

indeed it's a baby who's been

bottle-fed. He believes there

are other ways the government

can fight tooth decay. Can I

point out that the average

child in this country has 27

tea spoons of sugar a day and

most of it's hidden, and if the

ADA and the government want to

do something really effective,

they'd look at that problem.

The Australian Dental

Association says flouridation

involves only a tiny amount of

fluoride. Dr Martin Webb says

the move is long overdue, and

will only benefit

Queenslanders, not hurt them. I

don't believe there's any real

science behind these

allegations. They use Internet anecdotes. They use people who

make up stories on the Internet

and have others believe that

that is the truth. Concerns or

not, Queenslanders will soon

have no choice. Every tap,

every glass will have Fleur

dated water. This is the best

thing that we can do to help

our kids grow up with strong,

healthy teeth with a minimal

amount of decay. It was once

an almost essential part of

country life, belonging to a

Rural Youth or Junior Farmers

club. In Queensland in the

1960s there were more than 200

of these clubs, providing essential education services to

rural communities. Recently in

rural communities. Recently in

Brisbane, former members of the

Queensland Junior Farmers

Organisation gathered to mark

its 60th anniversary and try

for a revival. Amanda Clark

reports. What a wonderful

organisation, non-political,

non-religious, and it just

served the community so well.

What about three cheers? Hip,

hip hooray! Hip hip hooray.

Hip, hip hooray. Right, let's

get this show on the road. The

last time some of these men and

women saw each other was more

than 50 years ago. Back then,

they were young, single country


Recently, they got together

to remember the good old days.

This celebration marks 60 years

since the formation of the

Queensland Junior Farmers

Organisation. We the Junior

Farmers declare allegiance to

our sovereign ... Well, it was

our life. I just loved it. It was everything that I ever

wanted to do and be in it.

Junior farmer groups sprung

up around Australia in the

early 20th century. In

Queensland, the Junior Farmers

organisation emerged in 1947.

Amateur historian Jan Veacock

says the emphasis was on

providing post-school

education. But by the end of

the war, it was clear that

country parents were very

worried about their children's

not receiving the same

education as city children. It

was a very big part in giving

me opportunities early in my

life. It taught me many of the

things that young people these

days learn at school and

university. Although set up to

fill the need for further education, Junior Farmers had

some other surprising benefits. It offered the

opportunity for country young

people to get together, enjoy

some social life that was

probably not otherwise

available. This is at the State conference, Tallebudgera, the

dance, the 1963 conference. I

have no idea why I had the mask

on, but ... (laughs) I thought

it was very handsome! You

thought I looked better with

the mask on, OK! (Laughs)

Junior Farmers actually had -

nearly every Saturday night

there was a dance and we really enjoyed tripping the light


The State ball was something

very special that was held in

the City Hall in Brisbane, and

I can recall the conga that

used to go in those days. It would go right around and up

through the balcony and back

down the other side.

Just to prove this social

fabric issue, put up your hand

if you met your partner through

Rural Youth or Junior Farmers. (APPLAUSE)

And actually, it was on a

blind date that I met my

husband. And we went down to

the Riverside Ballroom, and of

course, it eventuated from

there. But it was such a funny

thing, that there was actually

five girls in the club, five

fellas, and of course, they all

teamed us up on this blind date

and it's a funny coincidence

that we're still all together

today, the whole five of us.

The organisation peaked in

the 1960s. At the time, there

were over 220 clubs. In those

days, members would receive a

monthly copy of the JF

magazine. But it was certainly

a buzz time. And with all those

clubs around the State, you

really felt as though there was

something really drumming, really going on and just to belong to an organisation was

just tremendous. In 1964,

following a national review,

Junior Farmers was renamed

Rural Youth - a change common

to all States. And as it went

along, I believe through the

70s when I was well and truly

out of it but it gained

tremendous momentum. I was

delighted to hear it was

running so well but like a lot

of things through the N hHn t o g t e of things through t e 80s, of thin s through t e 80s, for of things through the 80s, for various variou reasons, thi gs various reasons, things started various reasons, thi gs started various reasons, things started to taper to uaper off.

to taper off. In to tap r off. In 1990, to taper off. In 1990, to taper off. In 1990, under to tap off. In 1990, under a to taper off. In 1990, under a to tap r off. In 1 90, under a to tap r off. In 1990, under a new constitution, new constitution, t e new constitution, the

organisation stopped receiving gua anteed guaranteed government guaranteed governme funding, guaranteed government funding,

and the club relied heavily on

volunteers. At the turn of the

century, we had about seven or

eight clubs and that's fallen

down and we're base --

basically in limbo at moment which is a great shame. Although past members

would like to see Rural Youth

revived, there has been some

discussion about what its focus

should be. The world has

changed. The sort of things

that built Rural Youth, the

demands there for education for

young farmers, to provide citizenship and the like, are

now largely being provided

through the school system. We

need to be aware of what's

happening now, what young

people from 15 to 35 would be

interested in participating

in. Some of us of course have

been have been a doing a little

bit behind the scenes there and

I hope that it will happen. It

will be have to be something

quite different to what it was

in our day, because Jen

rise-wise, got a lot of strange

ideas that we have to cope with

but I'm sure we can revive

something that about enrich

their lives. Brisbane this

year played host to a fashion festival bringing with a flurry

of models, air kisses and couture. Students

couture. Students from around

Queensland put their work on QTeensland put hei work on QTeen land put the r wo k on

display for the inaugural Fashion Graduate of the Year

competition. And the winner was

Nicholas Wilsdon from Brisbane.

Maggie Hill reports. He thinks

conceptually but he also

really, really thinks about

clothes as being beautiful

things that the woman wants to

wear and I think that's quite

rare in somebody that young. He's done a tremendous

job. His range is quite

sensational, and it's got sensational, and it's got a

real commercial bent to it.

While still having that edge

that students do when they

design these types of outfits.

The praise for Nicholas Wilsdon

after being dubbed the

Australian fashion graduate of

the year at the Brisbane

Fashion Festival is glowing.

The festival's director says

the competition was created to

put the spotlight on emerging

talent. We designed a

competition that really allowed

the country to come together to see the best sDe the best see the best of the best. It's

not lost on the 21-year-old. It

defines me as someone to watch.

Also, the fact that this is a

nationwide competition, it's

really huge. For Wilsdon,

fashion is a challenge as well

as a passion. You're

engineering fabric around the

human body and the end product

always goes back to being worn

or going to the customer and

that's a nice challenge. Nicholas Wilsdon is currently

completing an honours year at

the Queensland University of

Technology after graduating

with a bachelor of fine arts in

fashion last year. With pieces

from his graduate collection

and some new works he created

the collection which won him

the title. The pieces are

conceptual in design. I was

really trying to push ideas of

costume references into modern

fashion. The commerciality of

his designs is an important

consideration. Wilsdon will be

using his $5,000 cash prize to

get his self-titled label off

the ground. Metropolitan South

TAFE graduate Penelope Bell was

another emerging designer

taking part in the parade.

While she don't take home

honours she found the

experience invaluable. It's

earn couraging for not only us

but the people following us.

It's a benchmark I suppose for

graduates to try and reach.

Bell's collection 'Beauty and

the Pop-Up Book' was inspired

by shapes and memories from

childhood found in pop-up

books. I wanted to incorporate

that feeling of when you're

young, the excitement of seeing

a pop-up and that element of

surprise. She says colour is

an important factor in all her designs, something highly

evident in this collection. By

doing something that's

colourful and a bit different

to what you normally see in a

shop, that stays in people's

minds and they remember

something on a catwalk.

The designs may differ

greatly but both Bell and Wilsdon agree Brisbane's

fashion industry is growing

rapidly. Right now, the way

Brisbane is going in terms of

the cultural development, it's

a really good place to be. By

doing things like the fashion

festival and other sort of

fashion events and things like

that, it's slowly starting to

build a name , because there is

a lot of untapped talent I

think. Suzie Vaughan, head of

fashion at QUT, came to

Australia from the UK in 2002

when the university first

opened its fashion faculty. I

have experienced London

Graduate Fashion Week and had

seen the interest that the

press had in that week. At the

time, Brisbane was considered

Australia's third city when it

came to fashion. While things

have moved on, she feels it's

still important for fashion

graduates to look beyond the

Sunshine State. I think now

people are realising that the

world is actually very small.

It's more important to talk about Australian fashion than

to concentrate on the States or

the different cities. The

future seems bright for both

Wilsdon and Brisbane when it

comes to fashion, and for now,

that's where he's staying. For

the time being, I feel it's

important to stay in Brisbane,

just because there's so much

happening here, and you know,

it's really moving on.

That's it for this week and

indeed the year. A big thanks

to the many people who helped

make the show this year. There

are as they say too many to

mention. We'll leave you

tonight with a look at some of

the highlights of the year, and

we'll see you in 2008. Goodbye.

The Police Service and

indeed the members of this

union right across the State,

it's just overwhelming to see

the support we have received.

I'm going get up, Mr

Doomadgee, get up. I said,

don't start it again, you know.

Anyway, he was down there. And

he refused to get up.

I guess it's not the outcome

that we wanted. Based on the

injuries that was caused, we

were not expecting this, I


I'm a realist. I believe that

the attacks will occur again.

There's about 500 children could have been exposed over

that period of time to

excessive amounts of lead.

Yeah, we might go home and

have a cry, but when we're

on-the-job we're on the job,

it's gotta be done.

I will shortly resign from

this august institution. It's

never really been clear whether

there was a person from

Scotland Yard here in my mind.

Your house is never clean. Coal

dust is deposited everywhere.

These were some of Merri

Rose's last public moments of

freedom. Nearly two hours later

she was told she was going to

jail. His precious cargo,

cancer patients from northern New South Wales and the Gold Coast who are forced to travel

to Brisbane on a daily basis

for treatment. There are women

who did work at the ABC in

Brisbane who have been exposed

to something. I personally

told him whatever goes on

there, I will rip it down and I

don't care what happens. The

people of Australia, especially if you're

if you're on rural airlines,

don't fly. I have never

experienced anything of this

magnitude that's going as fast

as it's going and seems as

contagious as it is. Given that

the Japanese are going to start

taking humpbacks, from a purely biological and conservation

point of view, we hope they

take them out of the east

Australian population.

Australian population. Save

our towns! Many councils are

unsustainable and we want to

make sure ...


Rubbish! I'm not sure that

anybody is ever ready for the

next big challenge in their

life. This ... is the Esk rain

gauge, perhaps the most

important in Queensland right

now, because just 15 kilometres

down that road is Wivenhoe

dam. It really is one of those

special buildings that says

something that I think if it

becomes privately owned, really

loses some of that sense of

what it's about, as being a

really integral part of the

Queensland story, so to

speak. For Peter Beattie, the

triple S process stands for

secrecy, slimey and - I'll do

that again. For Peter Beattie,

the triple S process stands for

secrecy, slimey and sleazy.

Small little fashion company,

one lad gets a few Murris

around, makes something deadly,

get it on commercial

television, and now look at us!

And she was crying to me on

the phone, just saying how many

kids are now sleeping on the

street in our swags? In

America, I'm shen shen from

Georgia Tech or from the Bulls

or Portland or something, but

back here I'm just some tall

freak walkin' around the

streets. It takes a lot because

you have to be around, pick up

the crap they do, but hey,

that's life! This hatching has

been seen before by only a

handful of Australians, and

never recorded on film or

tape. Oh! It was an amazing

experience, but I was flying

decide a general who came along

for the last ride soy didn't

get to touch the flight

controls much. Disappointed. It

means that women are now at

last recognised as fully equal,

even fully human, in the eyes

of the church and its

constitution. Sculptors often

use a wire frame as a base and

cover it with other materials.

But Ivan took that one step


People coming here, within

just a matter of five years,

are buying houses.

We shook hands, and I

congratulated everybody on

doing a fantastic job, and I

suppose at that point you could

say the task force was

dissolved. The infamous media

tart suddenly lost for words.

I wish him well in his

retirement but I don't think we

should rewrite history.