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(generated from captions) Tonight - the blame game

continues as more claims are

aired about the parliamentary

Speaker, Peter Slipper. This Program is Captioned

Live.

Also ahead - Nicolas Sarkozy stumbles as the Socialist vote

surges in France's presidential elections. Burma's democratic

reforms hit a snag with new MPs refusing a new oath of

'Grandstand' with allegiance. And later on

'Grandstand' with Peter Wilkins, the furore continues

over a controversial penalty in

last night's A-League Grand

Final. Live across Live across Australia, this

is ABC News 24. Hello. I'm

Speaker is looking an isolated Richard Davies. Parliament

figure tonight as the nation's figure tonight as the nation's

leaders squabble over who is responsible for his political longevity. The Prime Minister longevity.

is accusing the Coalition of

turning a blind eye to Peter Slipper years ago. Tony Slipper years ago. Tony Abbott

says he only got to be Speaker

because of a squalid deal done

all, Mr Slipper denies by the Government. Through it

harassment and criminal all, Mr Slipper denies the

allegations against him, about

you is saying nothing more

publicly. Here's chief

political correspondent Mark Simkin. No scent of scandal

here. Fabulous colour. This is

a Dendrobium Julia Gillard, a

Prime Minister. It's beautiful, hybrid orchid named after the hybrid orchid named after

very nice. Julia Gillard has

travelled 6,000km and brought

some baggage with her. REPORTER: Prime Minister, should Peter Slipper should Peter Slipper resign?

Thanks a lot Prime Minister, should Peter Slipper resign? Peter Slipper has put

himself in the sin-bin while

allegations he miss misused his

Cabcharge account are dealt

with I believe his step aside is the appropriate with I believe his decision to

decision. Some of the allegations

allegations date back years

well before at the made the

Labor turncoat Speaker I formed

a professional judgment about his ability to do the job.

This is a Prime Minister who did something squalid and

tawdry to shore up her numbers

in the Parliament. It's now

ended in tears. Not to mention

in court. In this statement of

claim, a staff member accuses

Peter Slipper of: This Prime Minister doesn't

get it. She just doesn't get it get it. She just doesn't

when it comes to the

seriousness of this. She is

essentially making light of

sexual harassment. I am very

concerned that Mr Abbott is behaving more like the leader

of a lynch mob than a leader of

the Liberal Party. Mr Abbott

can't have it both can't have it both ways. Tony

Abbott attended Peter Slipper's wedding. The Liberal and/or

National Party had endorsed him

at nine consecutive

still in the sin-bin when elections. If Peter Slipper is

Parliament resumes, the Government's margin will be

razor-thin. That's why Labor

wants him back in the Speaker's

chair immediately if he is

cleared of the criminal allegations, but the Opposition thinks he should remain

sidelined until the sexual

harassment case is heard and

that could take months. Key

crossbenchers still back Labor,

so as things stand, the

Coalition can turn up the heat, but it can't bring down the

Government.

Burma's fragile reform

disagreement over the oath of process has hit a hurdle with

allegiance sworn by new MPs.

Opposition politicians including Aung Sang Suu Kyi have refused to attend have refused to attend the opening of the new national

Parliament. It's because they

would have had to pledge the

safeguard the military

constitution. But Burma's

Parliament insists the oath is

here to stay. Zoe Daniel reports closed doors at NLD reports from Rangoon. Behind

headquarters in Rangoon, headquarters in Rangoon, party

members hold a final meeting to

discuss the oath and emerge

with no solution. There will no trip to with no solution. There will be

no trip to the capital

today. REPORTER: Do you plan to

go to Naypyitaw this week? We

don't know where we stand. Aung

Sang Suu Kyi's response

reflects the waiting game that her National League for

Democracy is playing. Elected

in historic by-elections three

weeks ago, she and 42 others

now hold parliamentary seats,

but on principle they're

refusing to take an oath to safeguard the military constitution that quarantines constitution that quarantines a

quarter of the Parliament for

the army. They're happy to use the word "respect" , at the word "respect" , at least

for the moment, and they're

waiting to see if the

government will agree to the change. So far authorities have

refused and a parliamentary

vote may be required. Maybe

resolving the problem will be resolving the problem

in the Parliament. The election

of Opposition members led to

joyous celebrations. joyous celebrations. Australia

and the US have eased sanctions

as a reward and the EU may suspend them today, but the

impasse may be a sign of things

to come with much more complex

reform as head. The Opposition has rejected criticism that it's stalling the process it's stalling the process of

change too early. We

Aung Sang Suu Kyi says the

Opposition is not boycotting

the Parliament, it's merely

waiting for the right time to

go. It's believed the issue may be debated in the Parliament

today.

Nicolas Sarkozy is fighting

for his political life after

losing the first round of the

French presidential election.

He was beaten by Socialist

rival Francois Hollande who is

tipped to win the second ballot

correspondent Philip Williams in a fortnight. Europe

reports from Paris. For hours, Francois Hollande's supporters waited with anticipation,

hopeful their man was edging

closer to victory.

CHANTING. This is the moment CHANTING. This is the

that the Socialists have been

waiting for, for so long.

Suddenly they seize a reality - President Francois Hollande

President Francois Hollande -

and they're absolutelile lated.

Speaking from his home town,

Francois Hollande appealed to

every one to unite behind his

vision of a nation renewed.

TRANSLATION: I am in the best

position to become the next

President of the Republic. This evening I became the vote of the

the French people, the

candidate of all they want, to

turn a page and write a new

one. The President Nicolas

Sarkozy may have been the first

incumbent in modern times not

to win the first round, but if

he was humiliated, it certainly didn't show.

TRANSLATION: This is about

choosing the one who will choosing the one who will be responsible for our country,

and who will have to protect

the French people for the next five years.

The real surprise of the

night was the far right

national front leader Marine Le

Pen who managed around 20% of

the vote. Anti-immigration,

anti-EU, she proved the polls wrong.

TRANSLATION: Millions of French

people tonight are stating

their resistance. This is only

the beginning. We continue the

fight. Now the question is

where the votes for her and where the votes for her and the

other losing candidates will

migrate to the second round. Nicolas Sarkozy wants Nicolas Sarkozy wants three televised debates against Francois Hollande. The

Socialist leader says one Socialist leader says one will

do. As the frontrunner, he sees

little value in little value in taking

risks. But with everything to

lose, a President built for a

fight is not about to give up.

In Swaziland, a mountain

town's deadly past is putting

its future at risk. Bulembu and

its asbestos mines were

abandoned five years ago. Now

plans to transform the town

into a haven for orphans are being questioned by health

officials. Africa correspondent

Ginny Stein travelled to

Bulembu for this report. Hundreds of orphaned and abandoned children now call

this former asbestos mining

town home. Bulembu has town home. Bulembu has been brought back to life by an evangelical church group. I

think our vision for the

community is to change

Swaziland. With the highest

rate of HIV infect shun in the

world and 10% of the country's total population orphaned,

there is no doubt Swaziland

needs help Some of the babies

have been abandoned, and then

the police will bring them into

us. But maybe not here, and the shadow of an asbestos tailing

dump It's rather shocking the

size of the dump and the

location. It's square in the

middle. The church group that

now runs this town firmly

believes there is no problem

with its asbestos. In 2001 the

mine liquidated and it's primarily because asbestos

encountered a bit of a branding problem. Timber manager, Kurt

Puttkammer, like all church

workers here, is not worried by

a fibre most of the developed

world considers deadly. Profits

from here are helping to revive

the town. The directors, before

they even thought about

establishing the ministry here,

did extensive tests on the mine

dump to make sure it is dump to make sure it is safe,

especially for the

children. There are more than 1,200 orphans and their 1,200 orphans and their carers

here at the moment, but there

are plans to dramatically increase that number to more than 2,000. Bulembu Ministries

maintain it is has carried out

air testing in the town that

shows it's safe, but shows it's safe, but despite repeated requests, it has

provided no proof. provided no proof. New South Wales police are defending

their decision to shoot to try

to stop an allegedly stolen car

full of young Indigenous people. Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch says mobile phone

footage of the incident doesn't tell the full story. The

fallout from Saturday morning's

Kings Cross shooting continues,

and it centres on this vision.

Moments after police shot the

two Indigenous teenagers. two Indigenous teenagers. But police say that's not the

story. We need to view that incident in

incident in its entirety. We do

not need to get carried away

with what's been seen in the

media over the last couple of

days in terms of what police

did and what they potentially shouldn't have done. But that's

exactly what's under

scrutiny. Adrenaline is going

to be pumping. Very, very difficult in those

circumstances to control one's

emotions. However, that is not,

I repeat, not an excuse for

police not to behave professionally and appropriately. Difficult, yes. Excuses, no. Following these comments, Aboriginal elder Mick Mundine and

Mundine and the families of the

injured teenagers held talks

with the Assistant

Commissioner. The families have

decided not to comment further

and to let the investigation

take its course. There are also questions about whether police officers can properly investigate

colleagues. The Greens are

sceptical and have referred the incident to the Police

Integrity Commission. O- for

the community, particularly the Aboriginal community, to Aboriginal community, to have comfort that they're going to

get the truth of the matter t can't be police investigating police t has to be independent. The police

officers involved in the

incident remain on duty. It was

a violent weekend in Sydney

with another drive-by shooting

in Sydney's west overnight.

Eight shots were fired. Eight shots were fired. No-one

was injured. A man found with a

missing Victorian schoolgirl in South Australia's south-east

has been extradited back to

Victoria. Dean Patrick James appeared in the Mount appeared in the Mount Gambier Magistrates Court this morning

charged with pro curing a charged with pro curing a girl

under 16 for sexual penetration

and child stealing. The court heard the 36-year-old had

allegedly been grooming allegedly been grooming the girl online since she was 11

and was on bail for an

identical charge. He was arrested by police at the Millicent swimming

Millicent swimming lake on Saturday after a tip-off from

the public. We would like to

thank all the public that thank all the public that have assisted us with this investigation. If it wasn't investigation. If it wasn't for

the public yesterday, we

certainly wouldn't have had

such a timely arrest and location of the 13-year-old

girl as well. So, that was

great. Victorian detectives

took James back to Ballarat

this afternoon where he will

face court again tomorrow. The daughter of a Melbourne woman

murdered exactly 30 years ago

has joined police to make a

renewed appeal for information.

The body of Jenny rose Ng was

discovered by her children at their Richmond Housing

Commission flat when they came

home from school at home from school at lunchtime.

The mother of four had been stabbed multiple times while

her 11-month-old baby slept. To

coincide with the anniversary,

one of her daughters has set up

a website and has arranged for

flyers to be distributed at

Commission flats in the Elizabeth Street area. Even

though we have moved on with

our lives, it's always at the

back of your mind, so back of your mind, so it's really important that people

who may know something comes

forward with that information,

and that means a lot to us and that means a lot to us as a family for family for closure.

Where she knew this person.

As I said, she normally kept

her flat lock ed. We understand she

she was wearing a nightie at

the time. She wouldn't have let

a stranger into the flat. A $50,000 reward still stands for information that helps solve

the crime. A group of trail

bike riders has been rescued

after spending the night lost

in the Wye River area in the Wye River area of

Victoria. Eight men got trapped

in a are convene. Three of the

men were rescued men were rescued yesterday afternoon, while the afternoon, while the others were spotted from a police

helicopter this morning. A bit

of a disaster, really. Never go

down a dead end track again

like that. Best practice

obviously is to stay together.

It's disappointing that they

didn't do that and it has made

the search longer and a little bit more labour intensive than

probably we would want, but the

outcome will be OK, I think. Awful the men are now

safe and well.

This year's ANZAC Day This year's ANZAC Day in

Darwin will have an American influence. More than 300

sailors will march in the city's Dawn Service. They

arrived in port today aboard

one of the world's most powerful warships. Hit hard, hit fast, and hit often -

that's the motto of the USS

'Halsey'. Fangsfully it's only

in Darwin so its crew can hit town Most importantly we will

be having a good time, getting

to note the local Darwinian

culture and building our bonds of friendship. The guided missile destroyer has been at

sea for five months, conducting missions throughout the

Asia-Pacific. This is one of the most powerful warships in

the US Navy. The missiles on

board can hit a target over 1,500km away. The target this

week - the hearts of Darwin

residents. Some of the crew

will visit schools and will visit schools and provide

tours before taking part in ANZAC Day. They are quite well invited to participate within the march and also within the

service because they do have

their fallen comrades to remember. They will join remember. They will join more

than 90 US marines who are

stationed in the Top End. In

all, American troops will make

up more than 10% of the city's

march. It's a sign of things to

come. 2,500 marine also be

training around Darwin by

2017. We're very honoured and

privileged to be participating in the Day of remembrance. The

'Halsey''s mascot is a bull and it's named after a fleet

Admiral, famous for getting his

own way. Its military muscle

won't be missed this ANZAC Day. The Defence The Defence Department is

about to change the provider

for 21 of its for 21 of its childcare centres around the country. The

decision has outraged the

current provider, B4Kids, who

have been running the centres since the collapse of ABC

Learning. It's another day of

fun and games at childcare for

these Darwin children. Honey.

That's right. And where does

honeycomb from? But for their staff, it is a different

story. We have a lot of

unsettled educators. Educators

don't know what the future

holds for them. The family es

don't know what's happening into the future. 34 kids took

over 21 is Defence childcare centres around Australia when

ABC Learning collapsed in 2009.

The company just found out its three-year contract won't be

extended and its 400 staff are

worried. They don't know about

their pays, they don't know

about their long service, their

annual leave, their sick leave. When ABC collapsed, B4Kids

fought for two years for the

entitlements. About 2,000

children attend centres run by B4Kids around Australia.

Parents say they weren't

consulted during the tender process and want to know more. Consultation prior to the

decision being made would have

been nice because for us it's

not just financial, not just financial, it's relationship-building and our

children need continuity in

their relationships, I think. The Defence Department

is tight lipped about why the

contract wasn't extended. In a

statement, a spokeswoman for

the Minister Warren Snowdon

says:

B4Kids isn't walking away

without a fight and has started

a nationwide petition, but it's

unlikely that will change the

decision, and a new provider looks

looks set to rule looks set to rule the playground in July. The West is by far the best,

according to the latest State

by State comparison of economic performance.

performance. The CommSec report

has resource-rich Western

Australia on top. Here's finance finance correspondent Phillip

Lasker. Mining - it's a dirty

business, but everyone would

love to do it because those

that are, are doing very well. Western well. Western Australia is

light year as head of some of

the other states now. Western

Australia tops the list in five

of eight categories - economic

growth, construction, jobs, retail spending, retail spending, and

investment. The ACT and

Victoria are a distant second

where home building and housing

starts are strengths, but

retail spending and investment are weaknesses. Queensland, New

South Wales and South Australia

are next with economic growth,

population growth and jobs the

key positives. But economic

growth is very weak in New

South Wales and housing is a

problem for the other states. In the worst performing

regions, jobs are a strength in

the Northern Territory and housing for Tasmania, but housing for Tasmania, but the Territory needs workers and

Tasmania needs jobs. A rate cut

certainly looks like it is a much needed scenario. We can't

just relie on the mining boom

to drive the entire Australian economy going forward. Helping

the rate cut case were today's

numbers showing a numbers showing a quarterly

fall in wholesale prices for

the first time in more than two

years. And that is likely to

mean that we're going it see mean that we're going it see a relatively low CPI print

tomorrow, low enough to see the RBA cutting rates in May. But

even if the Reserve Bank

chooses to cut its interest

rates early next month, there is a good chance most lenders

won't pass it all on. Because

as is evidenced by the ANZ's

opinion piece in the Fairfax

press, lenders are stepping up the defence of their interest

rate behaviour. Well, that fall in wholesale price has in wholesale price has also

taken the wind out of the

Aussie dollar with traders betting on an interest betting on an interest rate cut

next week. Here's Alan

Kohler Actually, you can Kohler Actually, you can lock

in a rate cut next week. Take

it to the bank, although it's always possible of always possible of course the

bank will say, "Thanks, but no

thanks." Today's chart shows

the producer price index which

came out today showing a fall

of 0.3% in the first of 0.3% in the first quarter,

plus the core and headline CPI.

The P. I is more volatile than

the others but the CPI does

tend to follow it so there is a

good chance that

good chance that tomorrow's inflation number will not inflation number will not scare

the RBA nags so they can the RBA nags so they can cough

up the first rate cut of 2012.

The dollar dropped about half a

cent at 11:30 when the PPI

popped out reflecting the unanimous view that a unanimous view that a rate cut

is on the way. European and

American markets were up

slightly on Friday, but that

turned into a negative tone in

Asia today. Most of the pain in

Europe this year has been in

Spain, both in shares and

bonds, but as you can see, the

only share market to escape has

been Germany where the economy

is flying, businesses are doing beautifully and the

unemployment rate is 2.8%. The

Paris Bourse is flat for the

year and Italian market down

for the year. As for Spain,

bond yields went up above 6%

again which is not good. The Australian All Ordinaries

slipped a third of 1% today

thanks mainly to a half thanks mainly to a half a

percent fall by BHP. Telstra continued to go up, continued to go up, following

last week's discussion on all

the cash it's getting from the cash it's getting from NBN.

Qantas and most of the banks

went down. That's

finance. Guide-dogs have been

at work in Australia for 50

years, but some restaurants and

taxi drivers are still breaking the law by turning them away, as Laetitia Lemke reports. When

it comes to extreme sports,

Bart Bunting is an Australian

legend. Blind ski something a

rather strange sport. I think

you've got to be a little bit

crazy to do it. He is a

Paralympian and world champion,

but here in Australia he is

still struggling to access his basic

basic rights. I've been refused

from restaurants on a lot of occasions. Varying reasons

given and varying situations

and varying outcomes, I guess. Under the law,

guide-dogs are allowed

everywhere, except operating

theatres. Denying them access

can result in a hefty fine, can result in a hefty fine, up

to $880. But in New South Wales

alone, more than a third of all

guide-dog users have

experienced zis crim nation. Even the Federal Disability Discrimination Commissioner has

been asked to leave I'm a

fairly assertive guy who knows

the law, but for someone who is

a newer guide-dog user, doesn't

have my confidence or whatever,

it can be a huge knockback. It

is a gutless act to refuse any

person with a disability into a

business and it is a timely

reminder for those who have

engaged in this practice that they understand they understand their obligations unthe obligations unthe law. Guide

Dogs New South Wales is

launching a new campaign urging

guide-dog users to stand up for their rites. Simply

their rites. Simply walking

away from it make it is OK. It mean

mean s it makes them feel it's

OK to refuse somebody service

with a guide-dog, and it's not

OK. They're also calling for

wider community support, asking people to report discrimination

when it happens. A view from

the trenches has one this

year's Gallipoli art prize. The

painting by Sydney artist Harvey evokes the Harvey evokes the muddy passages where so many diggers

lost their lives. Bugles,

helmets, tools and hand prints

- they are some of the motifs

Geoff Harvey spread across a double canvassed and then

weathered outdoors to look like

relics from Gallipoli As I've

got older, it meant more and

more to them because I realise

the children they sent over to fight that war were so young

and so innocent. A lot of them suffered and it was amazing thing they did for their country. His winning work,

'Trench Interment', was also a dedication to his father who

lied about his age and went to

World War II and Papua New

Guinea at the age of 16. More

than 140 artists from Australia

and New Zealand created their

own takes on the ANZACs and the

Turks to capture the Gallipoli Club's creed of loyalty,

respect, courage, comradeship, peace and freedom. The runners-up were Bill Nix for a

haunting painting of a town memorial, Peter Gardiner for memorial, Peter Gardiner for an

image of a digger, and Leo

Robba for a garden of remembrance. I wanted to try

and have the idea of

remembrance coming through remembrance coming through the

work, that idea of that gardens

hold memory. Young students

from John Colet School

portrayed the different men and

women engaged in war, including

a nurse I think it would have

been very traumatic having been very traumatic having to

see all the blood and all the

soldier whose were in pain, so

you would have to be very brave

to do that job. This year some

of of the artists have turn of of the artists have turn add

way from the past of Gallipoli

to the present, prompted by the

reality that there are many Australian soldiers in active

service in far-flung war

zones. Like Mary Hunt's

painting of a soldier, so far from home in Afghanistan. Graham two-day Graham Creed with the two-day outlook, and winter has

arrived a little bit early

across the south-eastern states

and there is actually no significant improvement over

the coming days. Now, a cold

front is moving up front is moving up through Victoria, along that cold front

overnight we're going to see overnight we're going to see a low pressure system form around

Bass Strait. That is going to drive very moist air drive very moist air into

central and south western parts

of Victoria, so heavy rainfall developing. That will then

spread into the Gippsland area

as we head in towards the

afternoon or evening. There are

flood watches out through some

of those southern districts in

Victoria. Widespread showers

through Tasmania. Through much

of South Australia, heaviest

about the south-east coast and

winds will become very gusty about South Australia about South Australia and

Victoria as we head in towards

the afternoon. And the frontal

system will also move through

New South Wales. It will clear

a rain band out. That will

still be situated about the

South-East Queensland, all the

way up into the north-west and

then across intoes central and southern parts of the Northern

Territory, so patchy, thundery

rain expected there. But for New South Wales, once that rain

band clears the north, we're

expecting to see showers expecting to see showers with

that frontal system moving

through, but all those falls

are expected to be light, and

there will be snow down to

relatively low levels across New South Wales and Victorian alps. Western Australia clear,

though, that's because the high

pressure system is directing easterly to north easterly

winds over the state, so temperatures quite warm for Perth and showers

Perth and showers and thunderstorms across the far

north of the Northern Territory. As we Territory. As we head into Wednesday, an upper Wednesday, an upper level

disturbance moving back into

Queensland, so patchy rain

again. A few showers about

parts of the coast but most of

the remainder of Queensland will

will be relatively clear at this stage. Clear with dry

south westerly winds through

New South Wales but still

coastal showers around the

south-east, the west and also

southern parts of Tasmania.

Still got mostly clear

conditions in Western

Australia. That's again thanks

to east to north easterly winds. Could be a couple of

isolated showers about the

coast. This is as a middle level disturbance moves through, but really not

expected to trigger anything in

the way of significant falls.

Most of the fall as cross the south-east will also start to

ease off, heavy at first

through Victoria, but then the heavy falls contracting to

Gippsland where they should

ease later in the day, ease later in the day, could possibly hang around until Thursday through parts of far

eastern Gippsland. A eastern Gippsland. A few showers on the way showers on the way for Canberra, fairly cold. Through

the south-east, fairly isolated

showers through Tasmania about

the west and south. A few

shower as long the tropical

coast of Queensland, but drier about

about the southern parts but cooler-than-average temperatures particularly over

the inland. Mostly dry for Perth and shower or thunderstorm for Darwin. Parliamentary Speaker

Peter Slipper has denied

accusations he misused taxpayer-funded Cabcharges and

a civil claim that he a civil claim that he sexually

harassed a male staffer. Mr

Slipper has stepped aside as

Speaker while the criminal charges are investigated but the Opposition says he

shouldn't return until shouldn't return until the

civil matter is dealt with as well. The Socialist challenger

in France's presidential

election Francois Hollande has beaten Nicolas Sarkozy in the first round. They will meet again in a second round again in a second round of

voting in a fortnight. But the

biggest shock was the size of

the vote for the far right. It

appears that one in five voted

for national front candidate

Marine Le Pen. Burma's Opposition Leader Aung Sang Suu

Kyi and other opposition Kyi and other opposition MPs are refusing to attend the opening of the new Parliament

because of a dispute over the swearing-in oath. Burma's

President has said that while

he is committed to reform, he

has no plans to change the

wording which swears allegiance

to the military regime. And New

South Wales police are

defending their decision to shoot to try to stop an

allegedly stolen car full of

young Indigenous people. The

police say mobile phone footage

of the incident doesn't tell

the full story. Despite the

controversy, the officers who

fired the shots remain on

And now it's time for all the

day's sports news with Peter

Wilkins. Wilko, what have you got coming up in

'Grandstand'? Richard, tonight,

were Perth Glory robbed in the A-League Grand Final? The

Brisbane Roar are the A-League

champions once again, but the

penalty which handed them the

trophy has sparked furious

debate. Never a penalty. I

think he has his feet up in the

beau-ball, air swing and beau-ball, air swing and then loses balance and goes loses balance and goes down. The referee makes a quick

decision, maybe consulted with

his linesman. Also tonight the

Swans are flying high, but one of their stars has been grounded for the season. And swimming legend Murray Rose farewelled in farewelled in Sydney. Hello,

I'm Peter Wilkins and this is

'Grandstand'. This Program is Captioned Live.

It's good to have your company once again. Brisbane

Roar's second A-League title

will long be remembered for the controversial final moments of

the Grand Final. A penalty

awarded to the Roar awarded to the Roar which handed them a winning advantage

has dominated the fallout from

the game. Perth Glory's coach and captain insist they were

hard done-by, but the victors

have no doubt the referee got

it right. Less than 24 hours after securing after securing back-to-back championships, the Roar were

still trying to come to terms

with their historic win. It's

my first final and I scored two

goals and, whatever it is, it

just feels perfect. At a goal apiece, Brisbane's apiece, Brisbane's fortunes controversially changed in controversially changed in the

dying seconds of

Snaffled up. Down goes

Berisha. A penalty. A penalty for Brisbane Roar. The league's

leading goal scorer didn't

waste the opportunity. And