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A friend of the child’s mother intended on collecting the boy from childcare, arriving earlier than usual at 6:20pm on Friday night. When she could not initially find the little boy, she searched for him throughout the centre. It was then that she found the two-year-old in the laundry of the centre with the employee in question.
The man, who remains unnamed, has since faced Brisbane Magistrates Court and has been charged with a number of offences, including deprivation of liberty, attempted rape, and entering premises with intent.
He was granted bail by Magistrate John McGrath, provided he stays with his mother and has no unsupervised contact with persons under 16.
Nick Hanly, the alleged defence lawyer, confirms that his Blue Card (his working-with-children permit) has been suspended, however, its cancellation will be challenged in a hearing with the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
The Liberal party has retained the Western Australian seat of Canning after candidate, Andrew Hastie, won yesterday’s by-election.
The ABC reports that 52 of the 56 polling places have been counted, indicating that Hastie has held on to win 54.95% of the two-party preferred vote, despite a 6% swing to Labor’s, Matt Keogh.
Mr Hastie was unusually joined by three members of the ministry, including Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, and Justice Minister, Michael Keenan.
In his victory speech, Mr Hastie honoured former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, thanking him for his support and service.
“From day one, he wanted me to succeed,” said Mr Hastie.
“I was immensely proud to have him visit and support me and my family on this campaign and I’m grateful for his guidance.”
Mr Hastie also commended Malcolm Turnbull for his ongoing support throughout the campaign.
Neither Mr Hastie, nor his opponent, Mr Keogh could vote in the election, as they both had just moved the electorate.
Canning was forced into a by-election after the sudden death of former member, MP Don Randall, in late July.
News Corp reports indicate that PM Malcolm Turnbull is preparing to remove the awards of knights and dames from governmental processes.
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has confirmed that the PM is set to meet with his reshuffled Cabinet, after its announcement later today, and will propose to dismiss the recently reinstated knights and dames from the system.