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(generated from captions) widespread Flooding damages

homes and properties in

south-east Queensland, hundreds

of residents in northern NSW

are told to evacuate. Four

Australians, inclupding three

children, quarantined after

testing positive for swine flu,

the Melbourne mother forced to

pay a $30 fine for stealing a

bar mat in Thailand is to

arrive home today. Cronulla

Sharks forward Reni Maitua is

suspended for returning a positive drug test.

Live. This Program is Captioned

Good morning, it's Thursday,

21 May, I'm Joe O'Brien, and

I'm Virginia Trioli, the top

story on ABC Breakfast News the

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh will convene a disaster

management meeting this morning

as the state dals with second

major floods this year. - deals

with second mainlior floods,

south-east Queensland - major

floods. Houses damaged, roads

cut and thousands of homes are

without power. Across the

border in northern border in northern NSW

Emergency Services will begin

evacuating some homes as

flooding worsens, more rain

expected in both states in the

coming days. The ABC spoke to Queensland residents dealing

with the deluge. I just take a

little care. If you abuse it it

could get worse and they'll

have to close it. I've never

seen it like this, a lot of

locals haven't. Everything has

been in plastic boxes in

storage, it's the

inconvenience. Wetness in the

walls, we don't know what

damage it's doing to the

house. The roads are flooded,

we can't get through. I don't

know what the solution is here,

this is the worst I've seen.

The The water is sitting on the

floor, seeping into the

furniture and carpets. It's a

brilliant combination of

conditions, we have persistent

heavy rain, we'll see heavy

rainfall continue through the

south-east Friday and Saturday

again. That was the again. That was the forecaster

Michele Barry, and

Queenslanders dealing with the Dellunal, Prime Minister Kevin

Rudd says the Federal

Government will be - deluge.

says the Federal Government The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd The Prime Minister Kevin

will be ready to

help. South-east Queensland in

the last 24 hours received

almost half of its normal

rainfall. There are quite a

large number of people at this

stage who are isolated in their

vehicles, I'm advised and

further advised that there are

a number of schools cut off.

Local authorities in south-east

Queensland activated their

disaster management plans, the

Queensland Government is

monitoring the situation very

closely. We are in close closely. We are in

contact with the Queensland

Government, should there be any specific requests for

assistance. Kevin Rudd speaking

there. We'll take you live to

Queensland and to NSW for more

reports in a moment. But in

other news this morning, Heath

officials confirmed four new

cases of swine flu, three boys

from a Melbourne family and a

NSW woman contracting the virus

whilst in the United States. A

fifth person travelling with

the woman has been tested. The the woman has been tested.

number of global cases of swine

flu has risen above 10,000, an

Australian woman convicted of

stealing a bar mat in Phuket is

due to return it Melbourne at

lunchtime. Annice Smoel was

released by Thai authorities

after being found guilty of

theft, she was given a six

month suspended sentence and

fined $30. She was celebrating

her mother's birthday at her mother's birthday at the

Aussie Hotel when accused of stealing. The Federal

Government may consider backing

down on employee ownership

schemes announced in the

Budget. The Government wants to

limit tax breaks on schemes to

people earning less than

$60,000, some schemes have been

shut in response to the

proposed changes, Chris Bowen

says the Government will listen says the Government will

and to the concerns of businesses

and yunions. Investigation and yunions. Investigation into

child abuse at nugs

institutions run by the institutions run by

Catholic Church - at

institutions run by Catholic

Church in Ireland were endemic.

It found Government inspectors

did little to stop the abuse,

it detailed examples of abuse

by priests and nuns dated from

the 1930s to

the 1930s to 1980s. 98 people

confirmed to have died in the

plane crash in Indonesia, the

military plane was carrying

soldiers and families going

down in East Java, it hit two

houses and crashed in a rice

field. 15 survived, many with

serious burns, the cause of the

crash is not yet known. As

mentioned Annice Smoel is on

her way home in morning were

Phuket after being deported

because of a practical joke

that went horribly wrong. The

36-year-old denies stealing a

bar mat but was convicted and

paid a $30 fine. Karen Percy

reports from Phuket. After huge

pressure, the Thai court dealt

with the matter quickly

yesterday handing Annice Smoel

a six month suspended sentence and a $40

and a $40 pine. I've been

interested by my lawyers not to

make comment at this

stage. There was a nervous time

at the immigration office at

Phuket, not just for Annice

Smoel, and Darren Smoel, but

for the Thais who copped flak

for the way the case was

handled. With the case done handled. With the case

they were scene to get them

home. We are trying. We

certainly are trying. The case

centred on an incident at the

Aussie pub in puke et where Aussie pub in puke et

Annice Smoel's girlfriend

decided to play a joke and put

a bar mat in her Hand back, she

was arrested, spent two nights

in jail and had her passport

confiscated. Not the best thing

I had to deal with, talk to the

splifr. Now the couple is keen

to leave it all behind them and

get back to Melbourne and their

four daughters. We love you

girls, hopefully we'll see you

soon. Mum will be home soon,

girls, and yeah, we are trying

really hard, it's looking good.

That's all I want to say.

Despite this ordeal Annice

Smoel doesn't hold a grudge

against those that did the

deed. What are they saying to

you. Good luck. Do you regrets

or resentment against them at

all, they put you in this position. No-one intended it to

be this bad. This incident has

caused a great deal of

embarrassment here in Phuket

and across Thailand. The and across Thailand. The police

have been criticised for beak

too heavy-handed and slow too heavy-handed and slow in

proceeding with the case, it

has shone a spotlight on the

way Australians behave abroad.

A former Australian Head

swimming coach says high-tech

suits have turned international swimming into a farce, swimming into a farce, and

Forbes Carlisle says he wants Australia to boycott further

meets in a bid to try to get

rid of them. The world swimming

body FINA banned 10 swim suits

sending 130 back for modifications. Barrel

modifications. Barrel

reports. It's not world records

that are tumbling this week,

it's swim suits, swimming's

world governing body banned 10

competition suits and send 136

back for redesign. We can

progress the sport through some

form of technology, but within

limits. The result confirms the

rejected designs were

performance enhancing. You

know, I never really fully

believed that the suit

necessarily provided as much

performance enhancing as other

people did, it's probably a little ignorant on my

behalf. The rejection calls

into question many of the 180

world records broken over the

past 18 months including by

Frenchman Elaine Bern add at an

unofficial sponsors meet. That

record should be taken away,

but the suits earlier in the

year the suits had been

improved, and records were

ratedified and kept. It's a

complete farce that FINA allows

to occur in swimming. World

records now mean nothing. Australia's former

head swimming coach Forbes

Carlisle advocates a return to

swimsuits in use before

2007. FINA procraftinated about

the matter, they tried every

trick in the trade to keep the

suits there. He says Australian

and American swimming bodies

should boycott swim meets until

FINA creates a true level

playing field in the pool They

should not compete under those

circumstances, they should say

that. You'll see a change

quickly. Swimming aus says it's

confident a way to clarify the

suit saga will be found. Libby

Trickett is not keen on going

back to the pre-Twitt suits We

would see a drop off in the

times in our sport, and on some

level would make the sport less

exciting for the public to

watch. Manufacturers have 30

days to resubmit suit designs

in time for the next World

Championships in Rome. And you

can anticipate some heated

debate on that subject debate on that subject when

Luke Waters joins us on the

couch to talk sport in 10

minutes time. As a reporter

this morning, three children

are among four Australians

testing positive for swine flu,

two of the children go to

Clifton hill Primary School in

Melbourne's inner North, James

Bennett is there. What is the

school's response to the

situation been? The school's

response as been praised by

parent when they found the boy

was positive, they isolated him

and another class of his

brother, and his older brother

attending the Thornberry attending the Thornberry Park high school has high school has been

quarantined. The students have

been given the Tamiflu

antiviral drug and students

will most likely stay home, a

rapid response from the school

which yesterday won plaudits

from the parents. We have seen

the images of kids holding

windcheaters over their noses

which I'm sure will go a long

way to not spreading the

disease. What are health

officials saying about the officials saying about the risk

to the broader public Dr rows

Mary Lester was saying it Mary Lester was saying it is

possible it could spread and

health authorities are in the process of trying to contact

all those coming into contact

with the boy and his amly since

returning from Disneyland

overseas which assist - family

since returning from Disneyland. Authorities are

saying do remain calm, most of

the cases so far have been

mild, and it must be remembered

there hasn't bb deaths from

this disease in - been deaths

from this disease in Australia

despite four cases

confirmed. Let's look at the

front pages of the newspapers

around the around the country. Sydney

Morning Herald - MP s tell the

truth on expense truth on expense claims.

Adelaide Advertiser - it's a

house party as policitians hire

family members to work in their

offices, The Financial Review -

mining industry has joined the

revolt against the Government's

crackdown on employee share

schemes. Australian - Federal

Government is considering a

backdown over the changes to

the employee share schemes. The

Age Melbourne schools are Age Melbourne schools are on

swine flu alert as we swine flu alert as we mentioned after three Melbourne schoolchildren tested schoolchildren tested positive

to the new flu strain. Canberra

Brumbies NRL $727,000 from the

ACT Government after a sponsor went into went into administration. The

Daily Telegraph disgraced NRL

player Reni Maitua laibled all

brawn no brains after failing a

drug test. The Herald Sun - AFL

star avoided injury after a

shot was fired into his

Melbourne home. The Mercury -

Tasmanian Government bungled a

contract re-emploig a

Department chief one day before

the Department he headed was

shut down. Judges raise grave

doubts over attempts to give

criminals longer jail terms

according to the The West

Australian, The Courier Mail -

no relief in flight for flood-affected flood-affected Queenslanders.

The Northern Territory News

women are leaving Darwin

because they can't find a good

man. You'll have a conversation

about that later. We'll have

more on that. Top stories - Parts of south-east

Queensland declared a disaster

zone, widespread flooding

cutting off roads, causing

landslides and leaving homes

out power. In northern out power. In northern NSW

Emergency Services to evacuate

homes as floodwaters rise.

Three boys from a Melbourne

family and a woman from NSW

test positive for swine flu

after visiting the United

States. A fifth person

travelling with the woman is

being tested after displaying

flu-like symptoms. An

Australian woman convicted of

stealing a bar mat in Phuket is

due to return home to Melbourne

after being deported by Thai

authorities, Annice Smoel given

a 6-month suspended sentence

and fined around $30. Just when

the Japanese thought their

economy couldn't crash further,

it has. Japan's GDP shrunk it has. Japan's GDP shrunk 4%

in the March quarter for an

annualised drop of 15%, that's

a record contraction, and the

fourth straight quarter of

decline in the world's second

largest economy. Mark Willacy

reports from Tokyo. For more

than four decades this factory

weathered every economic storm

which battered with Japan, from

this floor three workers

produce machine parts for cars

and elevators, like tens of

thousands of other businesses,

they have been pushed to the

brink of bankruptcy by brink of bankruptcy by the

global financial crisis and the

domestic resession. I can

hardly afford to eat business

is so bats. It is said this

recession is one in 100 years,

our company ran out of orders.

Companies we supplied heard we

were going bankrupt and agreed

to continue ordering even

though they too are in

trouble. Mr Kinami cut working

hours and as time sheets attest

overtime has good afternoon,

everyone is out the door at an

un-Japanese 5pm His two

employees were sweating over

their machines, Japan's

Government released horrific

financial news, revealing a 4%

contraction in GDP. If you look

at the level of nominal GDP,

economists focus on real, but

if you look at nominal, it's

back to where it was in 1992. I

think what you were doing is a

long time ago, has been a

disastrous decline in the past

six months. This collapse in

GDP eclipses the previous

record for economic contraction

set during the oil shock of the

set during the oil shock of the

1970s, the economy shrank by 4%

or annualised rate of 15.2%,

and the bad news didn't stop.

Consumer spending dropped by

1.1%, exports by a further 26%,

while corporate capital investment slumped by

10.4%. Exports collapsed that

dragged down corporate

investment and incomes reducing

waters. Second thing is less

obvious, it seems that

consumers panicked about job

security and the savings rate

went up producing an unusually

strong negative reaction of consumer consumer spending. The global

financial crisis sideswiped

some of Japan's biggest brands

and profitable companies, among

them the Doyans of the auto and

electronics industries Toyota

and Sony, Toyota reported a

loss of nearly $6 billion, its

worst result in 60 years, Sony

racked up a loss of $1.4

billion, hit by the surging

value of the Japanese yen and

slumping global and domestic

demand for their products. The

biggest loss by the electronics

and equipment maker Hitachi

$10.6 billion. It's record

losses of Toyota and hit achy

dominating the headlines, it's

small firms supplying them

which are going under. For the

past 11 months, the number of

bankruptcies continue to rise

with thousands of small firms

hitting the wall. I really fear

bankruptcy, without an

improvement in the economy my

company will not survive. Tiny

businesses like Mr Kinamis are

the industrial artery through

which joint enterprise niece

waeth is pumped. For waeth is pumped. For workers

there are more. I hope the

economy will improve so the

factory will be busy

again. Maybe his prayers will

be answered. Having absorbed

the latest GDP figures some

believe Japan's economy hit

bottom and the only way is

up They hit the bottom January,

February. March it was

stabilising, it looked like the

recovery begun from April. You

can see in the confidence surveys there's been a sharp

improvement over the past two month.

After months of economic doom,

that's more like the sort of

economic forecast Kinami wants

to hear. Now. The Federal

Government appears likely to

introduce tougher fuel

efficiency and emissions

standard. The Government

following the leads of following the leads of the

United States bruising

emissions standard for new cars

and trucks, the American plan

seeing vehicle emissions cut by

a third, and the issue on the

agenda of a meeting between State and Federal Transport

Ministers. The former Telstra boss Sol Trujillo says boss Sol Trujillo says the

Federal Government's $43

billion broadband plan is a

fantasy, and says he thinks the

tax-payer funded broadband

network is a bluff from the Government and will be

surprised if if happens. The

former Telstra chief spoke former Telstra chief spoke from

the US after handing over the

top job to new CEO David

Thodey. Looking at the figures Thodey. Looking at

in the markets: For more on

the floods affecting south-east

Queensland and northern New Queensland and

South Wales, environment

reporter Shane McLeod joins us

from the town of Lismore in

northern NSW. Shane, what has

it been like overnight in terms it been like overnight in

of the weather. It's been

constant rain. About 11:00 constant rain. About 11:00 the

rain started coming down here

in Lismore, it's only just

eased off now. The concern in

this part of the world is on

the coast. We heard from the

SES at 4:30 the Bureau of

Meteorology recorded a wind

gust of 122km/h at Cape Byron,

giving you some idea. Extreme

weather battering the coast.

The SES will focus their attention there, where attention there, where they expect most of the problems to

be. Has the SES ordered

evacuation s from areas in NSW

already or are they expecting

to later. Last night they were

advised from the Bureau of

Meteorology, that rivers around

Muir will im bar were rising,

they buttress dents around

there on stand - put residents

around there on stand-by. They

haven't had to go through the

evacuation, rescinding that

order putting people on

stand-by. They are expecting

localised flooding. In Lismore

there's a minor flood warning

for the Wilson river, they are

expecting to have trouble with

the riverses over the next few

hours. What are the major

rivers they are concerned

about. There are three main

systems, the Tweed, Richmond

and Clarence. The water is

falling in the Tweed and

Richmond catchments, that's

where they'll watch. The SES's

concern is the impact of strong

winds hitting the coast at the moment. They expect to see

damage to houses as a result of

those winds than trouble from

floods at the moment. Water

authors advising people to do

in the northern NSW area

today. At the moment they want

people to be vigilant, pay

attention to the warnings and

heed directions from SES or

local authorities, at the

moment they are just waiting moment they are just waiting to

see what impact this weather

has, the rain is falling

obviously right across the

catchments of these rivers, how

quickly the rivers rise, could

be the big issue for them later

today. They are expecting the

brunt of this system will

affect the region in the second

half of today. Shane McLeod in

Lismore, thanks for that. We'll

cross to you later this

morning. In a few minutes Vanessa O'Hanlon will be here morning. In a few minutes time

with a look at the

weather. Ahead Ben Worsley will

be here to talk politics, and

the editor of the Sunday

the editor of the Sunday Age

Gay Alcorn will join us to

review the papers, Luke Waters

with sport. The Cronulla Sharks

disastrous season conditions with backrower Reni Maitua

testing positive to a banned

substance. An ASADA deft found

traces of Clenbuterol, Reni

Maitua was suspended and faces

a 2-year ban which would all

but end his tushuent NRL

career, the sharks are reeling

from involvement in the New

Zealand sex scandal, they are

in debt and in crisis talks

with a sponsor. To football and the Newcastle Jets are the

second Australian club to reach

the knockout stage of the the knockout stage of the Asian

Champions League, the Jets

shrugged off a week of drama

defeating their Korean

opponents 1-0. Newcastle Jets

have the goal they want, Jason

Hoffmann with his first goal

for Newcastle, what a time for Newcastle, what a time to score it.

score it. Cricket and defending

IPL champions Rajasthan IPL champions Rajasthan Royals

have been knocked out of the

2009 competition, Kolkata

Knightriders prevailed by four

wickets in a low-scoring thriller.

Still on Cricket and Andrew

Symonds omission was the

talking point to arise from the

Ashes squad announced lunchtime

selectors opting for two

wicketkeepers and - opting for

two wicket-keepers. We had a

stab at who we thought would

make it, there were three

incorrect. We went for boing r

the left armer, but Stewart -

Doug Bollinger, the left armer,

but they opted for Stuart Clark

and took the second keeper.

Bryce McGain missed out on a

con tract but was never

realistically that much of a

chance and they have chance and they have taken

Nathan Hauritz, it's an

interesting one, he's a

defensive off spinner forging a defensive off spinner forging a

reputation as a defensive

Bowler, in tests you need to

take 20 wickets, that's the

path they've taken. You did

well. You could be a

selector. I could. Up would

somewhere gone down a different

path with the spinner. Why did

they go with a second

keeper They are playing a

couple of games against county

sides, it's taxing for Haddin,

who is a good batsman to play

the extra games and one dares

and the Twenty20, it gives him

a bit of a spell and Graham

Manou a sniff with the baggy

green cap. Ricky Ponting is

refusing to let go of the line

to Andrew Symonds, he's his

champion all the way. You hear

that Ponting was instrumental

in Andrew Symonds selection, a

lot of people resisting because

he was a one-day specialist.

Ponting endorsing him Ponting endorsing him earlier

in the week. I think you'd say

he was fairly and squarely he was fairly and squarely in

Andrew Symonds's quarter, if

Watson is in and bowls and

keeps his body right, Andrew

Symonds will find difficulty

getting into Test cricket. He's

starting to be forgotten, too

much trouble. I get that much trouble. I get that

sense. Watson has a few

physical problems. He has

niggles with hamstrings and

knees. ABC News Breakfast can

be watched live on the be watched live on the web. If you visit:

Here is Vanessa O'Hanlon with

the weather and big rainfall totals for south-east

Queensland. It's been

incredible over the last 24

hours, Beer Bar Um hours, Beer Bar Um 138.8mm, a

total of 554.4mm since the

start of the week. Brisbane

adding 76.2 and Coolangatta

104.4, the radar showing heavy rain over the north-east of

NSW, intensifying as the day continues, the low is moving

further south and closer to the

coast, off southern Queensland,

with it heavy rain, with it heavy rain, high winds,

large waves to NSW north-east.

Similar to Queensland over the

past few days, adding to the

major event is the trough moving further into the

north-east and a high over north-east and a high over the

Tasman Sea intensify, that's

increasing the winds. Over increasing the winds. Over to

Western Australia, and there's

a lot of activity happening

there now as the cold front

moves n there's showers and

storms throughout the day,

continuing over the next few

days. We have a massive cloud

sitting over the south-east of

Queensland and northern NSW, surrounding itself in the

trough and low causing

widespread thundery rain, heavies falls over the

north-east of NSW, flash

flooding near the coast.

Queensland - strong weather

warnings, it will be a wild

day, warnings for flooding

across the south-east coast

district, Granite Belt and far

south-east. NSW - most of the

activity is around the

north-east areas, northern rivers, tablelands

rivers, tablelands and Mid North Coast with

warnings. Victoria - a good

day, early morning fog,

isolated showers in the far

east. A sunny day, east. A sunny day, similar conditions throughout the conditions throughout the whole

of the south-east with

Tasmania, make make a careful

one onned roads with areas of

fog. Drizzle in the

south. South Australia - fog,

but a dash of spring. Western

Australia - showers Australia - showers increasing,

there are warnings for widespread damaging winds and

high tides in the south-west in

a line from Geraldton to

Hopetoun, in the north - quite,

sunny conditions over WA, fine,

dry and sunny through the dry and sunny through the whole

of the Northern Territory.

Looking ahead to Looking ahead to tomorrow.

Brisbane expecting rain, 23,

showers, possible in Sydney and

Canberra, 16 degrees. I'll see

you in half an hour.

The top story on ABC News

Breakfast, parts of south-east

Queensland have been declared a

disaster zone with the State

dealing with a second major

flood this year, the wild

weather claiming the life of

one man hit by a falling pane

of glass on the Gold Coast

yesterday. Severe yesterday. Severe weather

warnings issued for today and

SES services responded to 700

calls for help. Across calls for help. Across the

border in northern New South

Wales houses and farms could be

evacuated as the flooding is

expected to worsen with heavy

rain on the way. ABC spoke to Queensland residents dealing

with the deluge. Just take a

little care. If you abuse it it

could get worse and they'll

have close it. I've never seen

it like this, a lot of locals

haven't seen it like this.

Everything has been in plastic

boxes that we have in storage,

it's the inconvenience of the

wetness in the walls, we don't

know what damage it's doing to

the house. The roads are

damaged, we have to scump the

median strip. I don't know -

jump the median strip. I've

never seen it. The water is

seeping into the carpet. It's a

brilliant combination of

conditions, we have conditions, we have persistent

heavy rain It will continue through the south-east Friday

and Saturday. That was

forecaster Michele Barry, and the Prime Minister Kevin the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says the Federal Government

will be ready to help with disaster management in both

states if required. South-east

Queensland in the last 24 hours

received almost half of its

normal rainfall. There are a

large number of people isolated

in their vehicles, I'm advised,

and further advised there are and further advised there are a

number of schools cut off as

well. Local authorities in

south-east Queensland activated

their disaster manage plans.

The Queensland Government is

monitoring the situation very

closely. We are in close contact with the Queensland

Government should there be any

specific requests for

assistance. Kevin Rudd speaking

there, If you are watching us

from the flood zones we'd love

to hear how you are getting on.

In other news this morning,

health officials confirmed four

new cases of swine flu in

Australia. Three boys from a

Melbourne family and a NSW

woman all contracted the vifr

us in the United States, a

fifth - virus in the United

States, a fifth person

travelling with the woman is

being tested. The number of

global cases of swine flu has

risen above 10,000, an

Australian woman convicted of

stealing a bar mat in Phuket is

due to return to Melbourne at

lunchtime today. Annice Smoel

was released by Thai

authorities after being found

guilty of theft. The mother of

four given a six month

suspended sentence, fined $30.

She was celebrating her

mother's 60th birthday at mother's 60th birthday at the Aussie Hotel when she was accused of stealing. accused of stealing. The

Federal Government may back

down on propose said chance to

employee share ownership

schemes announced in the

Budget. The Government wants to

limit tax breaks on schemes to people earning less than $60,000, some schemes have been

shut in response to the

proposed changes, Assistant

Treasurer Chris Bowen says

Government will listen to

concerns of businesses and

unions, an investigation into

child abuse at snugss run by

the Catholic Church in Ireland

found sclul abuse of children

was in - sexual abuse of

children was endemic, rape,

beatings and humiliation

widespread for 60 years and

found Government suspectors did

spittle to stop the - inspect

juniors did little to stop the abuns. The Burmese Government

allowed foreign journalists and

diplomats to witness the trial

of Australian Goverment r,

beginning behind closed beginning behind closed - Aung

San Suy Kui, beginning behind

closed doors. She was scriked

as calm and composed, she's

charged with breaking house

arrest and facing five years

jail. Indonesian officials

started an investigation into a

plane crash killing 98 people

in East Java, it was carrying

soldiers and families when it

slammed into homes and burst

into flames. Across an East

Java paddy field the broken and

burning pieces of an burning pieces of an Indonesian

Air Force flick. The Hercules

C130 transport plane crashing

into homes coming to rests into homes coming to rests a

few kilometres from a military

air base, breaking the plane

apart leaving the tail intact.

More than 100 were on board the

flight taking airmen and their

families to Papua, a senior

officer and his wife were on

board the flight. Rescue

workers were quickly at the

scene, there was little they

could do, other than pull

bodies from the bodies from the wreckage.

TRANSLATION: The plane crashed

into two houses causing heavy

damage. There were survivors

taken to a hospital hospital

many with severe many with severe injuries.

TRANSLATION: The machine was

good, weather good, we can't

say what happened. We've formed

an investigation team to look

into the crash. It's the second

fatal Indonesian military crash

in recent month, in April 24

special Air Force trainees were

killed when their plane crashed

and hit a hanger while landing

during a storm. Returning to

the sorry on the 9 year

investigation into child abuse

in Ireland. The inquiry found

priests and nuns abused

thousands of children in institutions run by

institutions run by the Catholic Church. Philip

Williams reports. They were

supposed to be places of care,

refuge, love. Today's report

catalogues endemic violence,

sexual abuse, humiliation,

horrors compounded by State

authorities that stood by and

did nothing. When you take

people into a state-regulate

statutory system of care,

whether it's right or wrong to

subject to such detention, you

owe them a duty to take proper

care of them. 10 years in the

making the detailed report

compiled evidence from 2,000

that suffered from Ireland and

beyond, including Australia. It

is, indeed, damaging for the

church and Irish Government and

society as a whole. All I can

say to that is we have a long,

long way to go to make

reparation for the sins of

ourselves and our fellows and

the church in general. Victims

wanted their suffering taken

seriously, and it has been, a

bitterly disappointed the perpetrators haven't been named

or charged. We need to see

those that committed the abuse

that are alive prosecuted. that are alive prosecuted. We

need to see those in the

hierarchy of the church and

religious orders bought to the

criminal courts. While all the institutions involved are

closed, memories are too

fresh. I was physically abused

and sexual sexually and sexual sexually abused.

They wouldn't let me home, it's

something I'll never

forget. The report detailed a

system of Government

inspections failing to protect

the children and religious

orders more interested in

looking after reputations than

the children they

controlled. An institution of

fear, scandal, damage of

reputation to the church placed

at a greater level of

significance than the safety and welfare of

and welfare of

children. Victim's groups say

offenders were moved to other

parishers. They want the

Vatican to start its own

inquiry, there's been

apologies, compensation and now

the report. What those that

suffered want the most can't

have, memories of a happy

childhood. I have no faith in

the church. I'm a the church. I'm a Christian, I

am not a Catholic, I left my

Catholic religion at the

gates. More now on Federal

politics, the Government is

considering backing down on its

Budget plan to make changes to

the employee share ownership

scheme. The Rudd Government is

facing calls for an

investigation into Federal policitians allowances, Ben

Worsley joins us from Canberra.

This is going to be a rather

improving backdown, it was a

key feature of the Budget. Yes,

is it an embarrassing backdown

or the Government listening to

the concerns of stakeholders, depends on your point of

view. And your terminology Yes,

I would suggest the former,

quickly, this was a measure to

bring in there 200 million over

four years that the Government

as going to sfruf. It was

setting a threshold - at

$60,000, at which point workers

with employee shares are taxed

up front. This invited a chorus

of criticism from big business,

who many of them largely shut

down their employee share

schemes on the night of the

Budget, unions and mining

kilometres, an ununusual

alliance proving powerful. Tax

experts, Treasury officials,

staff from Wayne Swan's

staff from Wayne Swan's office,

Business Council met to discuss changes, the language

indicates, from the Government,

that they are heading towards a

backdown, but the language is

confused. Kevin Rudd was

talking about they intend to

stand by the tough decisions

made in the Budget to bring the

Budget eventually back into

surplus, but Chris Bowen surplus, but Chris Bowen the

Assistant Treasurer put out a

release saying they'll consult

and look at efficient ways of

protecting the tax bait and

cutting rofrting at the high

income end and protecting share

schemes. It seems they are

paving the way to a significant

change. It does look like a bit

of a stuff-up. They aimed to

cut down on rorting at the high

end and the unintended

consequences that you hear

about seem to catch up the low

income earners that Labor

supposedly is all about

protecting. It seemed like an

odd announcement for a Labor

Government to make. Kevin Rudd

is copping it from all sides on

a number of different issues,

he's on what is commonly known

as a hard-hat tour at the

moment. Kevin Rudd - yes, he

is. He received a bit of

criticism early in his

administration for being in

campaign mode, there he is with

the now familiar fluorescent

yellow and the hard hat and the

smile that never leaves his

face. He got out of that sort

of trend when the global

financial Chris sigs hit and he

became a Prime Minister -

crisis hit, he became a Prime

Minister more than a Minister more than a candidate.

Post Budget he's back to the

election hustings, he's heading

to Geraldton in Perth, he's

been in the Hunter been in the Hunter Valley,

Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, ips

itch Melbourne, Adelaide and

Perth, the idea to sew into the

minds of voters watching TV

news with the hard hat that infrastructure is what this

Budget is about, forget the

debt and the deficit issue we

hear about and focus on the

nation building and jobs

spackts of the Budget. It spackts of the Budget.

doesn't - aspect of the Budget.

It doesn't seem to be working.

It may get through

subconsciously. The debt issue

is dominating the political

debate and we are seeing a

farce of Kevin Rudd and Wayne

Swan reluctantly saying the

word billion and dollars word billion and dollars next

to the estimates for debt and

deficit. It shows how much

media strategy dominates the

Government, most governments it

Dom mates in the modern Dom mates in the modern era,

reports in the paper suggesting

that this is about the refusal

to use the word billion and

dollars is all about not

allowing the Liberal Party to

use those grabs and words in election-some time campaigns. They have their

minds focussed and set on the

next election campaign. Very

much so, which is why we are

seeing this roadshow at the

moment. I remember one day in

the election campaign flying

from Sydney to Brisbane to

Mackay, Alice Springs, Perth,

staying in Perth for six hours

and flying to Adelaide. That's

almost what Kevin Rudd is

doing, whether he can keep it

up until the election is called

remains to be seen, that's the

focus continuing today. Good to

talk to you, thank you. You are watching ABC News Breakfast,

the top stories - parts of the south-east Queensland have been

declared a disaster zone, with

widespread flooding cutting off

roads, causing landslides

leaving hundreds of homes

without power. In northern without power. In northern NSW

Emergency Services begin to

evacuate homes as Flood waters

rise. Three boys from a

Melbourne family and a woman

from NSW test positive for

swine flu after visiting swine flu after visiting the

United States. A fifth person

travelling with the woman is

being tested after displaying

flu-like symptoms. An

Australian woman convicted of

stealing a bar mat in Phuket is

due to fly to Melbourne. Annice

Smoel was given a 6-month

suspended sentence, fined

around $30. Now we'll look at

the national papers, and the national papers, and today

we are joined by the editor of

the Sunday Age Guantanamo Bay. Good morning. Where are

you starting today. In

you starting today. In the

United Kingdom, with what's

been one of the most

interesting stories in the last

couple of weeks, the expenses

rort, it's inevitably

newspapers will do this, they'll look at what is

happening here, a natural and

good thing to do.Ment United

Kingdom story is interesting on

a number of levels, the news that Gordon Brown the Prime

Minister made an announcement

that there'll be an independent

audit of MPs expenses, it never

happened before, a star happened before, a star chamber

The Age calls it, an outside

group of people to discipline

MPs if they are found to

exploit their expenses, we've

seen incredible revelation, it

seems so, I don't know, lavish and frivolous at the same

time. Greedy. One MP hired

important videos and her

husband watched them, out

rageous shocking things and the

Sydney Morning Herald looks at

allowance system in Australia the expenses, the electoral

and sees calls for it to be independently audited. There

seems to be no record at all of

how it's spent. There are

guidelines, you can't spend it

on hair, entertainment or

childcare. No-one a looking at

whether that's pocketed or used

for other purposes. We heard

ashuns that if MPs don't -

assurances that if they don't

spend money on electorate they

buy tickets in charities, you'd

think it would be hard to argue

against an independent audit to

sort out what is happening. Some oversight.

People demand oversight. I

think it's an issue, there is - just reading about the British

situation, it seems to be

totally outrageous in a time of

recession and a time when

people are asked to make

sacrifice and living in

difficult circumstances, what

seems to have happened there is

that their pay is low and has been by international standards

for a long time. It's been an

informal this is it works to

prop up salaries, there's an

argument. It's unpopular to say

127,000 that backbenchers get

here, is it too low and the way

it's propped up informally,

that no-one looks hard because

that salary is too low. You that salary is too low. You are

going to disagree, I think it's

a factor and the enjoyment of

people hating policitians is

not a good thing for not a good thing for democracy,

they are not all core

unemployment, but there are a

lot doing the wrong thing. Deep

cynicism about politicians that

this plays into is not a great

thing, one of the problems is

they have known this for so

long, little things came up.

They tried to block

transparency. The problem w I

guess inform ally topping it up

is that it invites scepticism

and scorn, if you believe they

are underpaid have the courage

of taking that on. Tony Abbott

will back you. He'll make that

argument. Can we have an honest

debate about build their pay is

beaten too low or not. It will be

beaten up 12,000 compared to

the average salary of 60 is

generous, it is a difficult ,

onerous job, long hours, we

want good people to do it, not

that they should be paid a

million but that seems worthy

of debate. Page one is the

audit proposed. That's 32,000

electoral allowance. That'll be

looked at and what it's spent

. When you say they get

$130,000, I would like to know

what the total package means

they get. True. 130,000 is not

the end of it. Generous

superannuation scheme, electoral allowance, what the

package is, the Sydney Morning

Herald story really good Herald story really good idea.

Let's see what happened in

Australia and the fact that

there's no oversight is not -

clearly something that needs to

be looked at. There are calls

from usual players, Greens and

so on to say, "Let's have a

closer look." Germaine Greer

isn't backwards in coming

forwards, she writes a bit of a

column.Ism she does. She

displace a keen interest, with

every twist or turn in the

public debate. She has a strong

view on it and is this article,

the essay that Kevin Rudd wrote

in monthly causing debate in

the Australian media and

criticism in the press, her

view is a left-wing perspective. It's perspective. It's worth

reading, an interesting view.

I'll try hard. She's saying

that she seems to say that the

global economic crisis was a

surprise to everyone, she says

it wasn't. It was inevitable,

inherent in the system we have

that this would happen, it's

easy as he says to blame

fundamental capitalism, greed,

whereabouts he was - he and the

other policitians were part of

the problem. Corporate greed

was encouraged, was encouraged, executive

salaries were not reined in. I

think she case corporate

leaders were buckin ears and

paid to be so. We have a

cartoon. That is a spooner, is

it. Yes. She's throwing

confusion over to Rudd. As he

sits at the computer. A

favourite crisis written along

the top. GFS. A left-wing

critique saying, "Is it a

pretend". He needs to take

responsibility. It was inherent

that this would implode,

executive salaries when crazy

and says it's not economic

fundamentalism but the

Australian way, which it was to

privatise everything, which was

to allow big rack ups of debts,

not to reign in corporate

excessors, to say we weren't -

we have no responsibility is

not a fair argument. It's a

provocative interesting

peace. There's a news story

from which I took a great deal

of heart. I did too. About

of heart. I did too. About how

we are not stupider as we get

older, we believe the brain of

the child, it's flexibleable

and that's where you can

learn. Yes. We have not lost

time. No, we have not. This is

in the Australian. What in the Australian. What page. I

don't know, sorry. I'll grap it

for you. It's a story about an

author coming for the author coming for the Sydney

Writers' Festival and he wrote

a book about the brain and how

it works and says it's a

no-brainer, use it or lose it.

The traditional view is we had

a flexible brain and crumbles

and falls apart, hit 40 and

it's difficult to learn new

skills, retain information and

so on. It's entirely not true.

Think about the brain that is

resilient learning things,

particularly languages. And the

piano. 60 you can learn the piano. And

dancing. Particularly if it's

something new, if you learn the

same that you did in your

youth, it's the same thing. If

you do something differently -

it works for you up until the

end. Thank you for bringing

good news to us. Nice to see

you. A reminder you can watch

all all of ABC News Breakfast

streamed live: Now with sport

here is Luke Waters, the

Cronulla Sharks disastrous

season continues with back rower Reni Maitua testing

positive to a banned substance. An ASADA test found traces of Clenbuterol, a performance enhancing drug. Reni Maitua was suspended and faces a possible 2-year ban all but ending his career, the shock, are reeling from involvement in the New Zealand sex scandal, Jets shrugged off a week of drama making it through to the knockout stage. Asian Champions League, becoming the second Australian side to make the stage when a Jason Hoffmann header found the back of the net. Korean opponents leaked dangerous, Jets defence stood up to the challenge and they'll play Pohan Steelers in the next round. Rajasthan Royals have been bundled out of the 2009 competition, Shane Warne led Royals could only manage 101 for the loss of nine for the loss of nine wickets. It was a dismrand effort in the field from the Knight Riders getting off to a shaky getting off to a shaky start with the bat before Shukla guided his team across the line with unbeaten 48. That's it in sport. We've been reporting about the floods around the

Queensland NSW border. Can we

expect much more rain up there,

here to tell us is Vanessa

O'Hanlon. We certainly can, as

we take a look at the rainfall

model. In NSW the for

north-east 200mm is possible,

you see around the blue region

where most of the falls will

be. 100mm is possible for

remaining parts of the

north-east and southern Queensland. We Queensland. We can't forget

about Western Australia where

it hasn't rained for some time,

the south-west expecting 50mm,

why is this happening. Most of

it has to do with a low moving

closer to the NSW North Coast.

That's bringing heavy rain,

high winds, large waves to the region, similar to region, similar to Queensland

over the past few days, over

the next few days the low

generating a series of surface lows lows off southern Queensland

and the trough dipping further

into the north-east and high in

the Tasman Sea intensifying,

the winds stronger. For

Queensland rain contracting to

the far south. The West Coast has the cold front moving

through, a strong westerly

change causing showers and

storms. Cloud over south-east

Queensland and northern NSW

surrounding the trough and low causing causing widespread thundery

rain, heavy falls over the

north-east and later NSW north-east and later NSW with

flash flooding expected near

the coast. In WA cloud in the

south-west moving along the

front causing front causing showers,

sometimes they'll be thundery.

Queensland wild, flood warns

for the south-east Granite Belt

and south-east Darling Downs.

NSW - severe works for the

northern rivers, tablelands and northern rivers, tablelands and

mid North Coast. A flood watch

from coastal rivers down to

Nambucca. Isolated showers in

the far east for Victoria

. Tasmania - take it easy on

the roads, areas of fog, apart

from patchy drizzle about the

north it will be cool but fine.

Similar for South Australia -

spreng in the air, foggy to

start with, clearing to a sunny start with, clearing to a sunny

day, warm northerly day, warm northerly winds.

Western Australia - warnings

for damaging winds and high

tides in the south-west in a

line from Geraldton to Hopetoun

with heavy rain and storms.

Quiet in the north, sunny

conditions, fine, dry and

sunny, moderate southerly

sunny, moderate southerly wind. Looking at tomorrow:

Looking at tomorrow:

Rain continuing in Brisbane.

storms on the way for Perth.

Still ahead on ABC News Still ahead on ABC News

Breakfast, we'll cross to our reporters in Brisbane and

northern NSW in Lismore to talk

about the flood problems up

there. Those rain falls

mentioned by Vanessa

astonishing. 500mm this

week. Down south dry as a bone.

Lots more coming up after this

break an break an Brock or, stay with us.

Widespread flooding damages

homes and properties homes and properties in

south-east Queensland, and

hundreds of residents in

northern NSW told to evacuate.

Four Australians, including

three children quarantined

after testing positive after testing positive for

swine flu, a Melbourne mother

forced to pay a $30 fine for forced to pay a $30 fine for

steeling a bar mat in steeling a bar mat in Thailand

due to arrive home today.

Cronulla Sharks forward Reni

Maitua is suspended for

returning a positive drug test.

This Program is Captioned Live.

Good morning, it's Thursday,

21 May, I'm Joe O'Brien, 21 May, I'm Joe O'Brien, I'm

Virginia Trioli, the top story

on ABC News Breakfast, the

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh will convene a disaster

management meeting this morning

as the state deals with its

second major floods, south-east

Queensland has been declared a

disaster zone after receiving

half of its annual rainfall in

two days, 120 Kip winds hit the

two days, 120 Kip winds hit the

coast, houses have been -km/h

winds hit the coast, winds hit the coast, houses

have been damaged. Emergency

Services say they'll evacuate

some homes as the flooding

worsens, rain expected in both

states in the coming days. For

more Francene Norton joins us

from the suburb of the Gap

North of Brisbane and

environment reporter Shane

McLeod in the town of Lismore

in northern NSW. Francine, in northern NSW. Francine,

we'll go to you first, what

happened in south-east

Queensland overnight. Good

morning, thankfully the rain

has cleared across Brisbane a

relief. The problem area is

relief. The problem area is the

Gold Coast where there's a lot

of rain and the high winds

causing further damage. The

danger isn't over yet here in

Brisbane, there's been a couple

of incidents this morning, on Brisbane's south

Brisbane's south side a man had

to be rescued from the roof of

his car in floods at Acacia

Ridge and a woman at Oxley. She

was stuck in floodwaters. There

are a few problems on the Gold

Coast. Most of the problem is

with fallen powerlines, there

are about 5,000 homes and

businesses pout Power at the moment. moment. Because of the

flooding, crews are unable to

get to a lot of areas, it could

be a while before some areas

are restored. Shane McLeod you

are in northern NSW in Lismore,

are there planned evacuations

there today. There were planned

evacuations or warnings of

evacuations overnight. evacuations overnight. They

have been rescinded, the SES have been rescinded, the SES

are asking people toll keep are asking people toll keep a

watch on conditions, they are

keeping an - told to keep a

watch on conditions. It's down

on the coast where the strong

winds continue along the

northern part of the NSW coast.

That's why where the SES things they'll have troubles, where

they expect to have a lot of

their resources focussed. They

are not quite sure what the

impact will be on rivers, impact will be on rivers,

there's minor flood warnings

for rivers in the northern

rivers district, it's along the

coasted and strong winds coasted and strong winds that they are worried they are worried about.

Francene Norton, what are

authorities in south-east

Queensland advising people to

do there today? At the moment

people are advised to stay away

from flooded roads and creeks,

there's a few drownings from flooding in south-east

Queensland in recent Queensland in recent months.

People should stay away People should stay away from

those areas, if you are on the

coast stay away from the

water's edge because of the

strong winds, and the Premier