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(generated from captions) As we go to air tonight, the hours until the start Federal Parliament is counting down minority control of the Senate. of its winter break and the end of In the midst of all that, Mark Vaille as its new leader, the National Party has elected as Deputy Prime Minister. to replace John Anderson is calling his frontbenchers And, at the same time, Kim Beazley team for the uphill battle around to his office to re-shape his resumes in six weeks. Labor will face when Parliament From Canberra, Greg Jennett reports, emotion in Federal politics. on a day of upheaval and a little A new Deputy Prime Minister elect in the national parliament. on a day of great change and delighted. I'm absolutely elated It is an enormous honour Australia's major political parties. to be elected leader of one of

and in Parliament for 12 years, 49 years old the second-highest job in the land. Mark Vaille had long aspired to this morning. His chance finally came the interest After carefully weighing and my health of my party, my family, the time has arrived I have decided that as leader of the Nationals for me to step down after the winter break. and return to the backbench before last year's election. John Anderson had toyed with leaving with his family was well known... His desire to spend more time ..his health problem was not. from a medical condition - I have for some years suffered benign, prostate condition. a debilitating, but thankfully Although not life-threatening, was aggravated he says his prostate condition by the lifestyle his job demands - especially on long flights. it disrupted his sleep, for the last couple of years I think I've probably recognised

a crunch point at some stage. it was going to reach He told the Prime Minister he'd quit in February. soon after a trip to Europe

personal regard and affection. A man for whom I have a profound I've said on a number of occasions integrity in public life. I haven't met a person with greater Peter Costello, feels the same. John Anderson's close mate, around here, To the friendships we make and inspire us - the way in which they nourish it is a glory. a colleague and a friend - And I want to pay tribute to you - John Anderson. and father of four The 48 year-old farmer hasn't decided at the next election. whether he'll recontest his seat who climbed so high, Unusually for one he never had the zest for politics. John Anderson concedes personal passion for politics I do not share the great admirably possess. that so many parliamentarians and influence is most needed, He leaves at a time when passion their strength within the Coalition with the Nationals having to wield control of the Senate. once the Government takes and insight and energy It will require a lot of grit and I think in that context to take those things forward. it's time for another team The party is yet to decide to its ministerial team. who it will add Mark Vaille's deputy. Warren Truss will be is just hours away Tonight, the Coalition in the Senate. from ending its minority role When it comes back in six weeks, begins. a new era of opportunity and risk John Anderson to go, Just as that helped convince has dawned on Kim Beazley. the reality of the power shift That is why I have to make sure is all in the right positions. that my talented frontbench team is to be dropped from Immigration. That's why Laurie Ferguson

to keep Immigration? REPORTER: Would you like tomorrow. He's making some announcements to step into Immigration. Newcomer Tony Burke is likely added to his Foreign Affairs role. Kevin Rudd is set to have Trade

his frontbench Kim Beazley's expanding Annette Hurley, to include Senator elect and to bring back Lindsay Tanner. The details will come tomorrow, the long winter break... the start of ..and new beginnings for so many. Greg Jennett, Lateline. A Perth QC claims

Indonesian legal team the head of Schappelle Corby's wanted $500,000 from the Australian Government to bribe Indonesian judges. The lawyer concerned denies the claims,