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Holding back the tide.

Repairs to start on Wangaratta's damaged levee.

America's burning issue. The

White House warns a Florida

church its plan to burn the

Koran will put lives at risk. What he is proposing to

do is completely contrary to

our values as Americans. And

the US on track on court as the US on track on court as it beats Russia to move into the

semifinals of the Basketball

World Championships in Turkey.

It's Friday 10 September.

Good morning. The top story on

deciding who should form 'ABC News Breakfast' - after

government, Rob Oakeshott has

another big decision to make.

The independent member for Lyne

her offer of a ministry. The is expected to tell Julia

Prime Minister has given Mr

Oakeshott the chance to drive

point has been whether he will regional reform. One sticking

be

be allowed to opt out of some Cabinet decisions. Mr Oakeshott's announcement will

clear the way for the Prime

Minister to unveil her new

ministry some time next week.

For more Julie Doyle joins us

now from Canberra. Any pointers

on just which way Mr Oakeshott

will go this morning? No, no

tips at this stage. He is

expected to make the

thinking announcement today. He has been

thinking about this since Tuesday when he announced Gillard. He has had a few days.

He wanted to talk to his family

to see what they thought about

the idea but it does pose an interesting question for him F

he takes up this ministry

he will be able to drive these

reforms, these proposals for

regional Australia and have

that much greater input into

that but it means he will have to give up some of to give up some of that

independence he values so

dearly. We're likely to hear

his decision today. That will clear the way for Julia Gillard to then be able to look at rest of her ministry.

some choices to make as to what

job she gives to Kevin Rudd,

she has a few vacancys to fill.

The ministry is expected to be sworn in next week and sworn in next week and then

Parliament on September 28. We we'll see the return of

had both Julia Gillard and Tony

Abbott rallying their troops in

their first respective meetings

ahead of that crucial since the election yesterday

reconvening of the rooms put on a brave Parliament? Yes. Both party

rooms put on a brave face.

Plenty of smiles and lots of

applause for both leaders.

Julia Gillard talked about Labor needing to renew its sense of purpose. She also talked about the fact sense of purpose. She also

going to consult more widely

with MPs and she also confirmed

that there's going to be a

broad review into Labor's

election campaign. On the other side, Tony Abbott looked very

happy, welcoming a lot more new

MPs into the party room. He

himself and Julie Bishop were

lead the opposition. So we saw

both parties there really

presenting a very positive image, but of course, Tony

renewing the attack on the Abbott.5also talked about

government so we can expect to

see how they plan to do that

and how they're going to put

this minority government to the

test when Parliament resumes on

September 28. Wilson Tuckey is held a press conference where gone but not forgotten? No, he gone but not

he talked about the highlights

of his 30-year career but he

had a go at Tony Crook the WA National candidate National candidate who won that

seat of O'Connor. He basically

called him a nobody and said he

couldn't wait to see his maiden

speech in Parliament, because there'd

there'd be nobody there to hear

it. He also criticised the

voting system and said he got a

much higher primary vote than

Tony Crook but under preferential system he ended up

losing his seat. Wilson Tuckey

said he's not going to retire

as such from the political

sphere and he does plan perhaps to start writing his own blog.

to start writing his own blog.

of that. Julie Doyle, thank We'll have to see what comes

you. Authorities have issued a

of the lower Goulburn River in major flood warning for parts

Wangaratta, work is getting the north. Further

under way to strengthen a

damaged levee. The levee is

holding back floodwater that is holding back floodwater that is

threatening about 60 homes. New

South Wales is set to allow

same sex couples to adopt

children. Legislation has passed State Parliament after a marathon two-hour debate. It finally passed after a compromise which allows people

giving up their children for

adoption to get more

information about prospective parents. Investigations are continuing into yesterday's continuing

fatal shooting of fatal shooting of a police

officer in Sydney. Forensic investigators are back at the

Bankstown flat this morning

trying to piece together what

happened. The policemen were

shot during a bungled drug

raid. One man has been charged with intent to murder. Another has been charged with

possessing an unauthorised weapon. Investigations weapon. Investigations into Manila's fatal bus siege has found that police may have accidentally shot some of the accidentally

hostages. Eight Hong Kong accidentally shot some of the

tourists taken hostage by a disgruntled former police

officer died during a chaotic rescue bid. presumed the hostage taker

fired all the shots that killed

them. And at least 17 people

are dead after a suicide bomb

attack in Russia. More than 100

car bomb exploded at the others have been injured.

entrance of a market. It's the

latest in a series of attacks

to hit the Caucasus region

which is plagued by an Islamist

inspired insurgency. The US President Barack Obama is the

latest voice against an international outcry against

the plan by a Florida church to

September 11. The President is burn copies of the Koran on

appealing to the congregation's

pastor to consider the backlash

the burning prompt. If he is the burning prompt. If he is

listening I just hope he understands that what he's

proposing to do is completely contrary to our values as

Americans this country has been

built of religious freedom and tolerance. As Commander in the United States, I just want him to understand that this

stunt that he is talking about

pulling could greatly endanger

our young men and women in

uniform who are in Iraq and

Afghanistan, who are already

seeing protests against Americans just

Americans just by the mere threat. President Barack Obama there. from Washington now. Lisa, an

interesting play by the

President. Do you think it's a

dangerous one really to bring into play what everyone knows, that it could that it could endanger troops,

making that an issue for this pastor to consider? No, we've

entered a really strange period

at the moment here. Everyone's

just waiting and seeing what

the next step is. He is really

only reiterating what his

commander in Afghanistan said, David Petraeus wouldn't have said that without the White

House's nod. It's just this continual escalation of the

condemnation on pastor Terry

Jones. Let me set the scene for

you. We've had the State

Department briefing. We've had

the Pentagon briefing, the

White House briefing where the

spokespeople come out and talk

to the media. All of those

briefings were consumed with this issue. The State Department announcing that

embassies around the world have

had emergency meetings, that

they fear for the safety of US citizens. The Pentagon again

suggesting it could put

military troops and soldiers military troops and soldiers in

danger. Meanwhile, down in

Florida, you had Pastor Terry

Jones whose every step is being

covered by more media than there are people in his

congregation. As the White

House pointed out. That he

actually only has 50 people in actually only has 50 people in

his church hand now there are

dozens and dozens of media who are following every step and

including the arrival of FBI

agents apparently to the church.

church. Now, he has told one of

the newspapers here in America

that if he gets a phone call

from someone in the

administration to ask him not

to burn the Koran on the

weekend, then that's probably a

request that he can't refuse. The administration is The administration is weighing

that up and deciding whether

they should engage with him and

make a direct phone call, and

what that person should be that

makes the phone call. So sit here, it's the story that

is consuming America and we are

waiting to see if one phone

call is going to be made that

perhaps may put an end to it all. There all. There were some

suggestions that Barack Obama himself would make that phone

call. Would that be a call. Would that be a dangerous

precedent to set and really set

the stage for further cases

like this down the track? I

would put be money on the phone

call not coming from the

President. I would be shocked

if Barack Obama was the one who

had to engage with someone that has been described as an obscure pastor from Florida, obscure pastor from Florida,

that that would then elevate

this man to an even

standing than he has already

has been. As one of the Muslim

groups said today, one thing

for sure he's going to get his

15 minutes of fame as being a

bigot. I would be surprised if

it came from Barack Obama. But

you're right, that is the risk.

What they're weighing up at the

moment. If seniority from the administration

moment. If any anyone administration makes the phone

call, then you have extremists

threatening all types of things just to get a phone call from

the administration. They're weighing up whether that risk

is higher or less than the risk

that seems to be growing to American citizens around the world and certainly to soldiers in Iraq and

in Iraq and Afghanistan. The

pastor is so protected by the US constitution, I wonder physical legal the White House has been

working overtime to see if

there isn't some way they can

stop him? It's the right free speech, everyone keeps

saying this is what America's

all about. But the only legal

avenue we've been told is the

fact he is not allowed to start fact he is not allowed to start

a bonfire on his property, that he doesn't have the fire

permits. The town fire brigade

have vowed to be there with houses on the day and if he houses on the day and if he

lights one Koran and does it in

view of them, they will put

their hoses on it. We'll see

how it plays out. Thanks for your time. Very

Some media organisations in the

States are having a serious

discussion about whether to

cover this event. Lest it give undue publicity to this

guy. That's something that

responsible media should do. If

they cut off his oxygen, he

would lose interest pretty

quickly. Let's look front pages. Major newspapers

now. The Prime Minister is expected to bring Greg Combet into Cabinet to be Climate Change Minister Change Minister reports the

'Age'. The 'Financial Review'

says the Gillard Government has received received a boost to its economic credentials with a

sharp drop in unemployment. The Australian reports Julia Gillard's pledge to start the

roll-out of the national

broadband network in regional

areas is in jeopardy. The

'Daily Telegraph' pays tribute

to a police officer shot and

killed during a drug raid in

joining the Middle Eastern

organised crime squad, the police officer had already

shown him to be a rising

star. The Courier-Mail says

Queensland Rail is headed for the stock the stock market after a coalition of companies dropped

a $5 billion bid for its coal freight network. Adelaide

energy company Santos has

secured contracts worth more

than $100 billion for its

Queensland liquefied natural gas gas project. The 'West

Australian' says a program left

partially paralysed after a

brawl is seeking almost $5 million in compensation. The 'Mercury' reports million in 'Mercury' reports Tasmania's

single mothers and their

children are going without

meals to pay their ever rising electricity

electricity bills. And the ACT Government's proposal Government's proposal to add a third tier to the Canberra

court system is dead in the water says the Canberra 'Times'. Footy club songs and

popular music have been banned from

from Catholic funerals under strict guidelines from priests

and funeral directors. A Darwin

radio startles how she became a victim of senseless

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A quick look at the weather

around the country:

You the top stories - it's

decision day again for Rob

Oakeshott, the independent

member for Lyne is expected to

tell Julia Gillard today if he

will accept her offer of a ministry.

ministry. If he does take up

the offer, he'd be the minister overseeing regional

development. Parts of northern

Victoria are on flood alert as

waters continue to rise aing on

long the lower Goulburn River.

Up to 20 mm of to fall in the catchment

today. The US President Barack

Obama has joined international

condemnation of a Florida

church's plan to burn copies of

the Koran. Mr Obama says the

burning would be a recruitment bonanza for al-Qaeda. NATO chief Rasmussen has

expressed his condolences to

the families of Australian

troops killed and injured in Afghanistan. At the same time

he rejected any political

settlement with the Taliban and said there was no

alternative to victory. He was

speaking at NATO headquarters in Brussels with Philip

Williams. He is a man with Williams. He is a man with a heavy responsibility. As NATO

increases the military pressure

on the Taliban the casualties have increased including

Australians. Let me express my deep-felt sympathy with all

Australian families who have

suffered from casualties in Afghanistan. He won't nominate a time when but he denies media reports

that the Americans have been

frustrated with the Australian Government holding our troops

back from the fight. No, on back from the fight. No, on the

contrary. I appreciate very

much the strong Australian

commitment to our operation in

Afghanistan. He says he won't

cut a deal with the Taliban if

it means a trade-off on basic

human rights. But I will give it

it a try to let

fighters who are willing to put down their weapons and cooperate with the Afghan

government to integrate them in

the Afghan society. He warns

the continued the continued publishing of

secret military documents on WikiLeaks could result in

people being killed. We have

information that is a potential

risk. Have you had to move

people or protect people because of the because of the WikiLeaks? I

cannot comment on that. He

acknowledges significant

progress must be demonstrated in Afghanistan in Afghanistan if he's to keep coalition countries like

Australia engaged. Will you win

in Afghanistan? There is no

alternative to success. We will

prevail. The challenge

just defeating the Taliban but

also maintaining public support

in faraway countries like

Australia. That this is a fight worth dying for. You can see the full

interview on ABC News 24's One

Plus One. So the markets Wall Street made tepid gains

overnight after better than

expected job figures inspired a

rally.

There is going to be, just

further to that story in the

'Herald Sun', a lot of concern within Melbourne about the potential banning of the playing of footy songs in Melbourne. Melbourne. The more I think

about it the more I think ... You're getting outrageed?

Slightly outraged. And also

concerned about just how it's

going to play in what is very

much a football crazy city, particularly particularly at this time year. Absolutely. For religion. To year. Absolutely. For some people, religion. To be denied that if they've been a passionate

supporter all those years, it will be a very interesting decision. The Catholic Church

may have to think again given the expected outrage

that. Indigenous leaders have

called for the Northern Territory's federal Labor

politicians to retire saying they're out of ideas and failing Aboriginal people. They failing Aboriginal people. They say Warren snow down and Trish

Crossen should make way for new

blood. There has also been a

call for Jenny Macklin to be

replaced as Aboriginal Affairs

Minister by the Territory's newest federal

politician was getting a warm

welcome in Canberra by her coalition cohorts ... The

member for Solomon, Natasha Griggs. (APPLAUSE) ... the

Labor Government's old Territory stalwarts were under

fire at home. Snowdon's use-by

date has come and gone. Until

the election, Snowdon was the

minister for Indigenous health. Labor's other politician is Senator Trish

crossen. Indigenous leaders say both are both are failing. Currently the Labor Party doesn't have a

future for Aboriginal people. The only future we see is

housing leases and that's about

it. Both Warren Snowdon and

Trish crossen have declined to

comment on camera saying they

don't want to add fuel to the

fire but they're not the only

Labor politicians under attack. Some Aboriginal people want Jenny Macklin dumped as the minister and replaced by someone with more

someone like Kevin Rudd. Kevin

Rudd to me will listen and come

up with ideas closer to what

Aboriginal people are talking

about. Kevin Rudd will be a great Aboriginal Affairs Minister. However, I think that

not many Aboriginal people talk

cant niece. There's also a push

to separate the Aboriginal affairs and families and affairs and families and communities portfolio. That

could mean Jenny Macklin won't

hold the port foalie under

Julia Gillard. To sport

preview a big weekend in footy

here is Amy. Let's start with

AFL news. A big weekend of

finals. The Dockers and Geelong

playing a semifinal tonight at

the MCG and Sydney take on the

Western Bulldogs tomorrow.

Matthew Primus has impressed Port Adelaide as caretaker

coach so much he has been given the full-time job for the next

three years. Primus revived the

Power's fortunes after Mark

Williams called it

wins from seven games as a

caretaker coach at Port made

Matthew Primus the obvious

choice to replace Mark

Williams. We have a group of

players players looking forward to

pushing this club in a new

direction. New was the word of

the day at a club that hadn't changed coaches since last

century. A lot of things new

are happening with the club. I

wanted to be a part of that if I had the opportunity. Daniel

Bradshaw will make his return

to the AFL against the Western

Bulldogs on Saturday. His Bulldogs on Saturday. His first

game since round 9.

naff clash will face St Kilda

will defender Stephen Baker is

closer to a recall after suspension and a foot injury

kept him out of action since

round 13. He has been on agenda for a while. We had the

countdown, week by week. Then

he had the hiccup injury. Every

day he gets more and more impressive. Podliadsi returns

for the clash with Fremantle. The Dockers played at the MCG, a ground they haven't played on

since 2009 when they lost both

of their games by an average of

70 points. It's just a patch grass grass really. Hopefully we can

just do it as we did last week

against Hawthorn. Come

tomorrow night it might look

like a very patch of grass with some very small

some very small goal posts. In

the NRL this weekend, Gold

Coast fullback Preston Campbell

is out of the Titans' qualifying final against the

New Zealand Warriors Campbell is struggling with a hamstring injury New Zealand Warriors tonight. Campbell hamstring injury that's kept

him out of the last three

games. Most of the other Titans

players under an injury cloud

have trained and are expected

to play. In the Warriors camp a a final decision on the fitness

of Luke Bailey, Mat Rogers and

several others will be made

today. Let's hear from today. Let's hear from the captains. His speed and agility

is one of his strike powers.

For him not to full up 100%

will play on his mind a will play on his mind a bit.

Doing everything we can to win

the game F that means the guys who are 50/50 will who are 50/50 will do

everything they can to get on

the field. In the tennis, there

has been women's doubles

overnight with Cara Black and

Rodinova taking on King and

Scledeva. The match went to

three sets and King and her

partner were the winners. And

in the mixed doubles Hoober and

Bryan won in straight sets in

the men us a draw, Rafael Nadal

takes on Verdasco later this

morning. To Formula morning. To Formula One. With just six races of the 2010

season remaining Lewis Hamilton

has regained the leader from

Mark Webber. Hamilton is

leading series by just 3 points

after winning the Belgian Grand

Prix last month. Webber and

Hamilton are in Italy ahead of the Grand Prix this

Saturday. Hamilton says there is a number of drivers who could challenge his lead. As

you get to the end of the year it closes up to one or two drivers. At the moment it's

obviously Jenson, it's Vettel,

Webber and Fernando. These guys

are really the closest and so I have to try

have to try to stay ahead of them. My hopes is that it's

sunny for all the fans. It's

always great weather here.

have such a historic and

incredible race here. So I'm

hoping that we're competitive

this weekend. I would love to

start from the front row like I

did last year and have a chance

of finishing the race. of finishing the race. Last

year I didn't finish so I would like to finish like to finish but like to finish but ahead of everyone. Mark Webber might

have something to say about that at the Basketball World

Championships in Turkey, Kevin Durant Durant score #3d 3 points to

help the United States beat

Russia 89-79 to move into the semifinals. Durant just miss Anthony's World Championship

team record of 35 points, set in

in 2006. The US are now two

wins away from their first World Championship title since

1994, and will play either

Lithuania or Argentina

tomorrow. Host Turkey and Serbia will play in the other semifinal. I do like the US

chances as per usual. No doubt

they will be there in the final

and a tough team to beat. Listening inth beat. Listening inth background

it sounds as though commentator has his voice back! It's a long couple of

weeks. There is always that

level of intense excitement

that basketball callers bring

to the game. It seems to be at

another level of intensity

altogether. It does. I often

think about the NRL and AFL

commentators and getting through a few through a few hours of matches. Then they through a few hours Then they have a full week to

rest up in between. These commentate have had a couple commentate have had a couple of matchs a day for about 10 days

now and it's still going. I bet

they love it though. They wouldn't be doing it otherwise.

Anticipation is mounting ahead

of the big clash tonight between Fremantle and Geelong.

I didn't realise and the

'Herald Sun' has pointed this

out this morning that Fremantle

haven't played a match at the

MCG all season. The MCG all season. The headline is

how unfair. And the AFL really

need to think about Fremantle being need to think about this. They probably Fremantle being there probably didn't Fremantle being there at this

stage. But it's unfair on a

team not have-to-have played

that ground. We saw those pictures of them training,

getting their first look at fwroubd different shape, it's huge. Try

not to picture the prospect of

80,000 Geelong fans screaming

for their blood at the same

for their blood at the same

time. They get great crowds

over their way, but the Gee

when it's full and final, it's something else. Opposition

supporters, don't take

your thoughts on this directive from the Catholic Church to ban football songs? I love the

comment in the paper from one

of the funeral directors says our MP3 says our MP3 players are loaded

up with every single footy theme song. Of course they

are! Would they do that to

rugby league as well? I'm sure

it's the case. This is broadly across

broadly across the Catholic

Church. Oh it is. But nowhere is football observed in greater

intensity than it is in Melbourne. There will fallout from there. 'ABC News

Breakfast' can be watched live on the

on the web from anywhere. Just

visit the main ABC News web site. Will

site. Will you find a link site. Will you find a link to

news 24 which is streamed live every day. Vanessa O'Hanlon

joins us for a look at the

weather now. Good morning.

Cloud is spread AIG cross the interior and into the east.

It's causing rain mainly over New South Wales and Queensland.

Blustery showers and alpine

snow as a front passes the south-east. A trough will

continue to push thundery rain into into the north tomorrow before it into eastern Queensland

it heads out to sea. A high

will clear most of the rain in

the south as a trough deepens over the western interior

tomorrow.

That's the latest weather. You're watching 'ABC News Breakfast'. Still to come, we

will be talking to Greens

candidate for Brisbane Andrew Bartlett after the great showing of the federally, they will have

another dip in Queensland. Also

ahead we'll have a review of

some of the newspapers this

morning, joined by Chip Le

Grand, the Melbourne bureau chief with the 'Australian'. Leading the news

this morning, the US President

Barack Obama has joined international condemnation of a

Florida chump's plan to burn

Florida chump's plan to burn copies of the copies of the Koran. Mr Obama

says the burning would be a

al-Qaeda. He is appealing to

the congregation's pastor to

consider the backlash the

burning would prompt.

Independent Rob Oakeshott is expected to decide today

whether he whether he will accept a spot

in Labor's ministry. The Prime

Minister has offered him a

regional development portfolio. His announcement will clear the way for Julia Gillard to

finalise her new ministry.

Parts of northern Victoria are

on flood watch, a major flood

warning has been issued for

parts of the lower Goulburn parts of the lower Goulburn

River. Residents in Ecucha are

over the next few days. In Wangaratta, work will start

today to strengthen a damaged

levee. Investigations are

continuing into the fatal

shooting of a policeman in

Sydney's south west. Forensic investigators are at the

Bankstown flat trying to piece

together exactly what happened.

The policeman died in hospital

after being shot during a drug

raid. Same sex couples in New

South Wales will soon be able

to adopt children. The law has

passed State Parliament after a mar none two week debate. The

breakthrough came after a

compromise which will allow

people to give up their children for more information about prospective parents. Barack

Obama has weighed into the

controversy over plans by controversy over plans by an evangelical pastor in Florida

to mark the anniversary of

September 11 by burning copies

of the Koran. of the Koran. President Obama said it would be a recruitment

bonanza for al-Qaeda, and

risked serious violence in the

Muslim world. In Pakistan, the plans of just

America have already provoked

demonstrations. Protesters burn an American flag to

much they object to Terry

Jones's plans to burn the Koran. Terry Jones leads what

is essentially a fringe

movement. His church has just

50 members but his plans have

now earned him a personal

warning from the President. If

he is listening I just hope he

understands that what he is

proposing to do is completely contrary to our values as Americans. That this country

has been built on the notions

of religious freedom and religious tolerance. And the

President has one specific

worry. This stunt that he is

talking about pulling could greatly endanger our young men

and women in uniform who are in

Iraq, who are in Afghanistan,.

We're already seeing protests against Americans, just by the

mere threat. At the mosque of

the Muslim Society in Virginia,

we found plenty of don't want anybody to burn the Koran but at the same time there is recourse.

there is recourse. We have

freedom of speech. He has

freedom of speech. We're not

here to harm people. We're just

trying to live a peaceful

life. This morning in Washington, everyone we spoke to to condemned Pastor Jones's

plans. I think that's stupid. Absolutely. Christians don't do that. It's wrong. America is built on observing everybody's religions. You shouldn't be

able to do that. There is no

law here against the burning of

Korans or even bibles. The

American constitution itself

prevents all acts of expression, however hateful

they may be. So in the end, if

the pastor wants to go ahead,

no-one has the legal power to stop him.

Residents in parts of northern Victoria are preparing

for theed into waters to speak with a major flood warning for the lower Goulburn River. In

Wangaratta at least 60 homes

are feared to be at risk from a

damaged levee. A representative

from the SES joins us now. Give us

us a sense of where the floodwaters are floodwaters are at the moment.

At the moment, we're actually

here in seeing a reduction in seeing a reduction in the river

levels which is a great sign.

And they're just continuing to progress down the

catchments. What about the levee itself? What sort

have you been able to have you been able to carry out? Yesterday, the council organised for the official

contractors to come in and the experts to have a look. They've

developed a plan. We believe

that today they're going to rip into the work and they have materials coming in, the vehicles coming in. They'll

start work on it today. I

believe they'll start at 7 o'clock. So not 25 minutes

away. 60 homes threatened. What

has been your advice to the people in those homes? people in those homes? Have

they all been asked to

evacuate? Look, the area which has been has been identified, we've been telling them that we can't

guarantee their safety and that

there is always that potential. We're advising people evacuate until we get from the evacuate until we get from the

experts a sense of when it's

safe to come back in. I have

heard a lot of people are

staying put and taking that

risk? There are a number of people doing that. What we are

really pleased with is that a

large majority of the people in

consultation with us and with the council have made that

decision to move. I have heard

of cases where the family was concerned about leaving but

what they have done is most of

the family has gone and just

one adult has remained. We're

still concerned they're We can't guarantee their

safety. We've said that's the

best thing to to. But we're

maintaining a good solid watch.

We have emergency resources

which are there to help

something does happen. There

must be a lot of other flood damage around that

region? Around the Wangaratta

area, it's really starting to

taper off as the water taper off as the water levels

drop. I've been talking to our command centre command centre in Shepparton. They're still working flat out

there. That will move down to

Echuca and other areas. It's

been about five, six, seven days since the rains came down

and it gradually moves down the

state. It will be a couple more

weeks before it leaves Victoria. What about the

forecast for the weekend? More

rain? We're going into a

normal winter cycle. We are

expecting more rains but we

telling us we need to be really have nothing on the radar

concerned. Worst case they

believe if we get some rains

they're only expecting a minor

or moderate flood level so not

the major flood levels we've

had. We're hoping we don't get

those rains. Depends falls, how intense it is, but

at this stage, we're fairly

comfortable with the fact that

we're not going to get anything

near what we had before. Thank

you so much for joining us.

Good luck for the rest of the

day. Thank you. I never thought

I would hear that saying, let's

hope we don't get that rain. It's

more rain in that area. The

more countries around the world talk about climate change the more nuclear energy seems tone ter the discussion. In

Australia the prospect of

building nuclear power plants

remains a tough sell politically. But in the former

Soviet republic of Lithuania, a

nuclear debate has played out

in a very different way. The

fuel is gone from the reactor.

And the work of closing this

nuclear power station goes on.

The days of generating power

for more than a million for more than a million homes

are over here. In the control

room, technicians are still on

duty, monitoring a mix of

modern western and Soviet era

technology. This plant is still

technically in operation, but it's

it's not producing electricity.

There's not much to do but

watch as livelihoods fade not many positive emotions. It's only recently that the

station worked and produced

electric energy. Now we've been transformed into a huge consumer consumer of electric energy.

Ointments not clear how long

this sort of work will be

maintained here. Closing the

nuclear power plant was the

price Lithuania paid for

joining the European Union. Its

reactors were similar to the

type that exploded at Chernobyl. After years of

planning the last unit shut

down when 2010 began. In the

nearby town of Visiginis, purpose built by Soviet

planners to house the plant's

workers, there is uncertainty

about the future. This about the future. This man

worked at the plant for 27

years before losing his job.

People here, he says, are

angry. Well, in general, yes.

Especially those who work at

the the station or hat least

their job is linked to the

station, because the station didn't electricity, it indirectly through its contracts was

feeding the economy all Lithuania. Lithuania was Lithuania. Lithuania was the

opposite, a nuclear protest state.

state. This plant provided 70%

of the country's power and most wanted

wanted it to stay open. In a

referendum more than 90% voted

to keep it running. But nothing

could stop the sutdown. Even those in charge acknowledged

that what they are doing will

not win them any not win them any popularity contests. Frankly speaking a

lot of people still believe

it's not - was not worth to do,

but as you know, we

what has been decided and that

cannot be changed and cannot be

reverted back. So we have a

fact which we are working

on. So with more than $1

billion of EU money, this

station is coming apart, piece

by piece. Decommissioning a

plant like this is a very long and painstaking process. It's not only the fuel rods that have been removed from this

reactor that need treatment for

high radiation levels. It's

also the pipes, also the pipes, the turbines,

any of the machinery used in

the plant also has to be treated. They will be

decommissioning this plant for

the next 25 to 30 years. Most of

of the equipment and of the equipment and machinery classified as low level radioactive waste will be

stored for the next half

century in a new building the plant. As for the century in a new building near the the plant. As for the spent

fuel, it could be highly

radioactive for perhaps 1,000 years. Environmental groups say

nuclear waste is just one

reason why close ing the plant

was the right move, even if it

remains an unpopular decision. We think that nuclear

is dangerous and it creates a

lot of other problems like from

an environmental point of view.

Erk the management. Spent fuel.

It's very expensive and very

dangerous. But those arguments

carry no weight for those

working here. They say the plant had a flawless safety

record and could've kept

running for decades. For running for decades. For many it's the only job they have

ever known. We've been working

here for 25 years. To find yourself in such a position

before retirement, many people

have turned out to be

unemployed. They were laid off.

We stayed but we don't know

either. Maybe in a year or two,

we'll also be laid sooner. Employment here is

falling by month. Soon, little

more than a skeleton staff will

remain. But Lithuania isn't

giving up on nuclear power. The

great hope is it can convince

some of its neighbours such as

Poland and Latvia to help it

pay for new reactors. Those

doing the shutting down here

hope they can do the building. Of building. Of course, everyone understands that nuclear energy

is much cheaper. It has its own consequences. As for consequences, anyone who's

visited one of these plants

doesn't need a reminder. Our

equipment is scanned for traces

of radiation and so are we. No

contamination. Here, such

checks are not a part of fear.

They're part of everyday life

that most don't want to see end. You're watching 'ABC News

Breakfast'. The top stories - the US

the US President Barack Obama has joined international condemnation of a Florida

church's plan to burn copies of

the Koran. Mr Obama says the burning would be a recruitment

bonanza for al-Qaeda. It's decision day again for Rob Oakeshott. The independent

member for Lyne is expected to

tell Julia Gillard today if he will accept her offer of a

ministry F he takes it up, he

would be the minister overseeing regional

development. Parts of northern Victoria are on flood alert as waters continue to rise along

the lower Goulburn River. Up to

20 mm of rain is expected to

fall in the catchment today.

A look at the papers now.

Politics for once sort of off

the front pages? It will still

thereby for a while yet. The

NBN is quite NBN is quite political in

itself. We're leading with a

story about - raising the question of question of not so much whether

it should be built but who will

build it. You have both the unions and the employer associations in the communications industry saying

there's this chronic shortage of

of cablers and fibre optic

engineers and the people you

need to actually build this

thing. It's going to be a problem particularly given that

deal where the NBN will be

rolled out in regional areas

first. Like a lot of skills

issue, it's harder to find the

skills tradesmen in the regions

than it is in the than it is in the cities. I

think the best number in this

whole thing to understand the

significance of this is and

this comes from a KPMG report

was that for every 1% increase

in the wages bill you're

looking at a total cost

increase of $1.6 billion. Over eight years you

people are concerned it will

come under that $43 billion

program. There is hardly ever a

government project which comes in on in on budget. Can we afford

the NBN? Particularly something

this size and over such a vast

area. You're talking about

250,000 kilometres worth of

fibre cable. The good thing is

if there are any school leavers

out there, if you ever thought

wanted to be a cable guy, now

is your time. There are so many

issues here. The 'Australian'

had a story in the last week

of election campaign about the

possible cost to wire up for

NBN, individual households, a suggestion of 2 to $3,000. It

comes into an absence of an overarching business plan that

shows how this things up, how the economics of the whole

things stacks thought who's going to build it

a pretty big a pretty big issue. Combet for

climate in the Haij? That's the mail coming out of mail coming out of the Labor Party room yesterday. Greg

Combet, who has a reputation as

a Mr Fix-it. Took over the pink batts responsibility from Peter Garrett when that ran into all

sorts of troubles. Developing bit of a reputation as a safe

pair of hands. Remember the

Black Adder episode where

Edmond is agaft at the idea of

being made the new Archbishop

of Canterbury, the last three

met a grisly end. You think of

the impact that trying to push

through the price on carbon has

had on some notable politicians, Kevin Rudd and Malcolm it a poisoned chalice?

Although Greg Combet has been

deft at fix ing up other people's mistakes. people's mistakes. Interesting to read Penny Wong the current Climate Change Climate Change Minister is

telling colleagues she wants to

move. She has had a fairly

fractious relationship with the

Greens. Given how important

those relationships going to be

in the new Parliament, they

might want to consider somebody else. Imagine

Barnaby Joyce and the like to get

get this through. The effort

for no outcome must've been incredibly frustrating for her.

The 'Sydney Morning Herald'

following up the fatal shooting

of the policeman yesterday? A

terribly sad story. Billy

Cruise . Son of a country

policeman. Brother of a Sydney cop. Three years out of the

academy. Still a detective in

training. All his friends are telling the 'Sydney Morning

Herald' what a likeable fellow

he was. Described as a laidback

form boy. It's just such awful

circumstances, it seemed to be

a mundane drug bust. They

didn't have any intelligence,

there were going to be firearms there. This fire fight has ensued and the policeman has

been killed in the line of

duty. A nice story about this young policeman, who died in

terrible circumstances. It does dangers of being a policeman.

Thankfully these shootings

don't happen often but when

they do, it reinforces the

problems faced all day, every

day ... You talked about as a

mundane drug bust. That back

dynamic is changing. The issues

between some of these groups

are becoming very big. Programs

the police have to rethink

the police have to rethink

their strategy in just going in. Its it's probably a poor choice of where they expected anything

like this to happen. Anna

Bligh has got no shortage of

problems in Queensland

politically? No, but she has a

couple of jobs. She started her

new job for the day last night,

as an orderly. Work fwhg a

Brisbane hospital. She clocked

on at 10.30 PM last night. She

has swapped her pumps for some trainers. Does any obvious references to government being trainers. Does the government being on life

support or the prognosis for

the very ... It's an open

invitation of puns. She says this

this is part of their walk a

day in my shoes program which

is all about reengaging with the

the voters. A debate between Peter Beattie and Jim Soorley about whether or not Peter

Beattie need s to disengage from the political This follows comments from Jim

Soorley that he thought Anna

Bligh's electoral prospect s

would improve if Peter Beattie

put a sock in it. Peter put a sock in it. Peter Beattie said when I left office I never promised to go quietly.

Brendan Fevola, he is going to

condition for a little while.

He did escape any charges being

laid over the Brownlow issue from last year. Yesterday, you

had the mother who has made the allegation against Brendan Fevola that he

himself to her in a car park in

Brisbane. She has now made a

complaint with police. Now

there is a complaint out there

that they can act on. Things

are moving in the wrong way for

Brendan Fevola. He has already

been suspended by his club, the AFL's

think now they're itching to

look for a reason to get rid of

him. As a former football

writer what do you see the club

doing? Do you see his

reputation being salvageable at all? No. He's gone, absolutely.

Brendan Fevola hasn't said much

on this although he put a

statement through to the 'Footy

Show'. He said I look forward

to giving my side of the story

to police as soon as possible.

I have nothing to hide. That's the problem with Brendan

Fevola. He has denied it.

These instances can sometimes

become an interpretation

between two people,

AFL and the club have to tread

very warily even if they would

like to see the back of Brendan

Fevola. That's true. I would

imagine that if we take the

Andrew Lovett case as an

example of how clubs can deal

with this sort of issue, you would think that the critical thing

thing would be whether or not

charges are laid. Whether or

not Brendan Fevola is found

guilty of this, matter. If he is charged and

the police feel there is a case

against him, then you would think that would be sufficient

for the club and perhaps the AFL to act. You would

various facial officials at AFL

headquarters would have their

Brendan Fevola voodoo dolls at

the ready. They'd look for the

AFL to have their voodoo dolls

out. At $2 million they'd be

very happy for that to help. Thanks for coming in. Thanks. To preview what will be a big weekend in football here

is Amy Bainbridge. The Fremantle dockers have named

the same team that beat Hawthorn last week for

tonight's clash with Geelong at

the MCG. Aaron Sandilands has

been named in the ruck. Geelong has made two changes to its

side with Andrew Mackie and

Mark Blake making way for Podsiadli and Lonergan. To the

NRL. The league's finals series

kicks offer tonight. Gold Coast

fullback Preston Campbell is

out of the qualifying final

against the Warriors. Campbell

struggling with a hamstring

injury that's kept him out of

the last three games. Most of

the other players under an

injury cloud have trained and

are expected to play. A final

decision of the fitness of

Bailey, Rogers and several other players will be made today. At the Basketball World

Championships in Turkey Kevin

Durant scored 33 points to help

the US beat Russia to move into

the semifinals. Durant just

missed the team record of 35

points set in 2006. The US are

now just two wins away from their first World Championship

title since 1994. The Wallabies

play the All Blacks in Sydney

tomorrow night. More in sport

next hour on that match and hear from some of the players as well. Thanks, Amy. Vanessa O'Hanlon joins us for a

the weather now. It's a foggy

morning in Sydney. Visibility

down to 50m in some places. At

the airport, reportedly below

500m with cancellations to flights. If you have any photos

we'd love to see them this

morning.

A lot of text messages on

the Koran burning issue in United States. From Mary, he

certainly is agitating a lot of

people. I wonder why the US Government isn't doing

anything? Michael says he is

right according to the

but poor taste, most likely

ignorant. It's not a news

matter that's for the public

good, so why is it that it's

become world news? Still ahead

on 'ABC News Breakfast' -

Labor's declining popularity in

Queensland creates a bits of an

opening for the Greens. We'll

talk to a candidate for the seat of Brisbane, Andrew Bartlett. We're also looking at the issue of skills shortages around Australia. All that after this very short break.

America's burning issue. The

White House warns a Florida

church its plan to burn the

Koran will put lives at

risk. What he is proposing to

do is completely contrary to our values as Americans.

From crossbench frontbench. Independent Rob

Oakeshott to decide whether to

take up Julia Gillard's offer

of a ministry. As work begins

on a damaged levee in

Wangaratta the SES is urging residents residents to leave. We're advising you to evacuate and to

relocate to another area until we

we can get from the experts a good understanding of when it's

safe to come back in. And the

US on track on court as beats

Russia to move into the semi

final of the World

Championships in Turkey. It's Friday, 10 September.

I'm Michael row land. The top story on 'ABC News Breakfast' - it sparked international condemnation but the Obama administration is desperate to

stop T the White House is

considering making a direct

appeal to a Florida pastor appeal to a Florida pastor

who's planning to burn copies

of the Koran on this weekend's

anniversary of the September 11

attacks. We have breaking news

that the Florida pastor Terry

Jones has just announced he has called off that public burning of the of the Koran in the wake of sweeping international

condemnation and possibly the

straw that broke the camel's back was the very tough words

from the US President. So just

confirming the plan by the controversial

Florida pastor Terry Jones to have a mass burning of the

Koran over the weekend has now

been called off. The good news

it seems that he has taken this

action of his own accord. Not

clear yet whether there was a

call made from the White House.

We had spoken to Lisa Millar

earlier today about whether

that was happen there was

discussion that the White House

would make would make a call to him to

make sure he didn't go ahead with this controversial

burning. Haul though he made

the point that he would reconsider his plan if White House expressed strong

views about the subject. In an

interview with ABC TV in America overnight, Barack Obama

made his views that it would be

a recruitment bonanza for

terrorists and could very well

the war in Afghanistan. We were

getting a few interesting SMSs

coming in. We had the one from Susan. We were talking about

earlier whether the world media

should shut this pastor down

completely. They've been

following him around like a

pack of wolves and giving him

the oxen he didn't need. Let's

hope perhaps he will now stop

getting the attention he has

been. That's obviously been

feeding his cause. We'll have

further developments on the

reasons for that decision as the the program goes on. To other news. NATO chief Anders

Rasmussen has expressed his condolences to the families of troops killed in

Afghanistan. At the same time

he rejected a deal with the

Taliban that compromises human

rights. He is a man with a

heavy responsibility. As NATO

increases the military pressure

on the Taliban the

have increased, including Australians. Let me deep felt sympathies with all

Australian families who have suffered from casualties in

Afghanistan. He won't nominate

a time when Australian troops

might be able to go home. But

he denies media reports that

the Americans have been frustrated with the Australian

Government holding our troops

back from the fight. On the

contrary. I appreciate very

much the strong Australian

commitment to our operation in

Afghanistan. The NATO Secretary-General says he won't

cut a deal with the Taliban if

it means a trade-off on basic

human rights. But I will give

it a try, to let former Taliban

fighters who are willing to put

down their weapons and

cooperate with the Afghan

government to integrate them in

the Afghan society. He warns

the continuing publishing of

secret military documents on WikiLeaks could result in people being killed. We have

information that it is a

potential risk. Have you had

to move people or protect people because of the

WikiLeaks? I cannot comment on

that. Mr Was Miss Mussen acknowledges significant progress must be demonstrated

in Afghanistan if he's to keep coalition countries like

Australia engaged. Will you win

in Afghanistan? There is no

alternative to success in

Afghanistan. We will prevail.

The challenge for NATO is not

just defeating the Taliban, but

also maintaining public support

Australia, that this is a Australia, that this is a fight

worth dying for.

Roeb has another big

decision to make. He is

expected to tell Julia Gillard today if he will accept her

offer of a ministry. The Prime

Minister has given Mr Oakeshott

the chance to drive regional

reform. One sticking point has been

been whether he will be allowed

to opt out of some of the Cabinet decisions. have issued a major flood

warnings for parts of the lower Goulburn River in

Goulburn River in Victoria's

north. Residents in Echuca are

preparing for the flood peak

with more rain forecast for the weekend. Further south weekend. Further south in Wangaratta, emergency services

have told households near a

damaged levee that they should

evacuate. About 60 homes are

under threat, as work begins to strengthen the levee. New South

Wales is set to allow same sex

couples to adopt children. Legislation

Legislation has passed State Parliament two-week debate. Parliament after a two-week debate. It finally

passed after a compromise which

allows people giving up their

children for adoption to get more information about prospective parents.

Investigations are continuing

into yesterday's fatal shooting

of a police officer in Sydney.

Forensic investigators are back

at the Bankstown flat this morning, trying to piece

together what happened. The

policeman was shot during a

bungled drug raid. One man has

been charged with intent to murder. Another has murder. Another has been charged with possessing an unauthorised weapon.

Investigations into Manila's

fatal bus siege have found police may have accidentally

shot some of the hostages.

Eight Hong Kong tourists taken

hostage by a disgruntled former

police officer died during a

chaotic rescue bid. It had been

presumeed the hostage presumeed the hostage taker

fired all the shots that killed them. Returning to them. Returning to our breaking

news. The Florida pastor who

was planing to burn was planing to burn the copies

of the Koran in a mass event on of the of the Koran in a mass event on

the weekend has now called off

the event. He says the decision

follows news that the

will be away from will be away from ground zero. What would have to

happen to call our event off?

We had one idea. Did this idea

we put out in prayer to God,

that if he would want us to

call this off if we have accomplished our

accomplished our goal, then our thought was the American people

do not as a whole want the

mosque at the ground zero location. That if they were

willing to either can set the mosque at the ground zero location or if they were willing to move that location, if they were willing to move it

away from that location, we

would consider th