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(generated from captions) not. Tony Crook is trying to

avoid being stuck with - being

labelled as the person

responsible for this process

falling apart. He says that he is

the Parliament and is one of just many members in

have gone through the the Parliament and it wouldn't

have gone through the Senate

anyway. Just that he was the

last one to make up his mind.

the government and the But with the ball back now in

opposition's court, we opposition's court, we will have to wait and see what they're going to do. Because we

know the coalition has shown

little inclination to compromise. We know the last

round of negotiations between round of negotiations

Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott

hand not terribly were brief at least. Were brief

So it's not hand not terribly productive.

So it's not yet known whether

they can really have a better

go at negotiating some kind go at negotiating some kind of

agreed outcome second time around. Already we have coalition figures like Joe Hockey the shadow Treasurer

saying the government would be cowardly if it decided to that Bill today. cowardly if it decided to pull

that Bill today. So the

government really has to make a pretty sensitive decision at that Cabinet meeting which is

happening as we go to happening as we go to hair?

And what we had at the end of the last parliamentary sitting

when we thought there was going

to be a vote but there wasn't,

we had Julia Gillard come out

and say on ABC Radio that she

wanted it marked down history so that it could be wanted it marked down in

shown in the future that the

coalition voted against this

process. She was very strident

that the record books as she

put it show that the coalition

didn't support the government's

moves here to find a way to

make offshore processing

happen. What we have had this

week from both the Prime

Minister and also the leader of

the government in the House,

they've talked about their

intention to put forward their

vote, that that's the plan, that's how things are

scheduled, but the language and

as strong as it was previously. the rhetoric hasn't been quite

Now we have an Cabinet meeting being called. Now we have an unscheduled

That started about half an hour

to whether or not the ago. There is some question as

government will go ahead. government will go ahead. Now,

this actual amendment to the

Migration Act is listed on the

notice paper for today. But it

is quite late in the

government's business and it's

quite possible they'll run out

of time to get to it. I'm sure

they won't be rushing to get to it now that they know the

outcome. The question is whether or not they push ahead and make the vote happen given

(a) they won't win the vote and

that's not a good look and (b)

there are people within their

own ranks, people from Labor's left who aren't happy where in government's government's policy position anyway . That's no doubt what's being kicked about the Cabinet

Clarke in Canberra, thank you. table as we speak. Melissa

A look at the top stories A look at the top stories on

ABC News - West Australian MP

Tony Crook confirms he wont

back asylum seeker changes.

Good morning. You're

watching ABC News. I'm Michael

Rowland. Federal cabinet is

holding an emergency meeting as

confirmed he won't support the we go to air, after Tony Crook

Federal Government's changes to

the Migration Act. He says he

can't vote for the can't vote for the amendments

because he's concerned about

unaccompanied miners being sent

to Malaysia. The lower House

is due to vote on the changes later today. Without Mr

Crook's support, the Government

will lose that vote. Also

making news this morning -

around 7,000 Qantas passengers

are facing yet another day of

frustrating delays. Qantas

ground staff have returned to

work after a two-hour stoppage

this morning, but are planning

more action this afternoon. 14 more action this afternoon.

flights have been cancelled and 38 services have been In a separate dispute, Customs

officers are also striking over officers are also striking

a pay dispute. Earlier this morning Transport Workers Union

spokesman Nick Pieri told 'ABC

News Breakfast' that striking

workers had made an effort to minimise disruption The workers

came in to help the came in to help the contingency

staff, so we could minimise

much of the damage that would staff, so we could minimise as

happen. Qantas thought, in

their good wisdom, they'd lock

them out from 4 o'clock. Let's

face it, Qantas interested in their passengers face it, Qantas aren't

at all. But the reality is

here we are again. This whole

action could be avoided and it

could be over and it's all up

to Qantas. If Qantas come to

us, here we are talking the table and negotiate with

us, here we are talking about

job security. That's our

message. That's all the guys

are mainly there fighting

about. Qantas have made about. Qantas have made sure

that they put the fear of God

into them. 2500 jobs over the

last 18 months gone and here

we've gone to a meeting yesterday and once again nothing, stonewalled. Union

leader Mick Pieri there. Six

people have been killed after a

gunman opened fire at a hair

salon south of Los Angeles.

Police say three others were

injured. The shooting injured. The shooting happened

at Seal Beach. The area around the callon has been cordoned

and US media is reporting a

suspect is now in custody. A

Nigerian man dubbed the underwear bomber has pleaded

guilty to trying to blow up a

US-bound plane on Christmas Day

two years ago. In a trial in

the US he admitted to all eight charges against him including

terrorism and attempted murder. Slowly, perhaps nervously, a

young Nigerian man declares war

on Christians and Jews. He

then took his fight to America,

attempting to blow up a plane

as it prepared to land here

using explosives hidden in his

underwear. In a Detroit underwear. In a

courtroom today, the defendant

changed his plea to guilty,

describing the underwear bomb

as a bless ed weapon to save

the lives of innocent Muslims.

He told the judge "I intended

to wreck a US aircraft for the

US wreckage of Muslim lands and

property." It played out on Christmas Day two years ago,

when he boarded a flight from

Amsterdam to Detroit. An Amsterdam to Detroit. An hour

before landing, he locked

himself in a bathroom, himself in a bathroom, then

back in his seat he plunged a

syringe into explosive powder

packed around his groin. There

was a pop. Smoke and flames.

The bomber and the fire The bomber and the fire were smothered by smothered by other passengers.

Alan Gonder was on that flight

on that day and now watching in

court. I was saddened by the

whole thing, to see him coming

in and pretty much act like he

didn't care about what

happened. It didn't look like

he was someone sorry about what

he did. What made this case

even more shocking was that the

authorities here in America had

been warned about Abdul math

ala. His own father had raised

the alarm. But as Barack Obama

would later admit, rival would later admit, rival US

agencies failed to join the

dots. He'd been trained for

Jihad ap at an al-Qaeda camp in

Yemen. He told the judge he

was inspired by the militant

cleric killed by US drone

strike last month. Those in

court described the defendant

as chilling. Their only comfort is that he comfort is that he failed. That report from the BBC's report from the BBC's Steve

Kingston. A series of bomb

attacks across the Iraqi

capital, Baghdad, have killed

at least 28 people. In the

worst attack, two suicide

bombers detonated cars packed

with explosives just minutes

apart at police checkpoints.

They killed 22 people and at least

least six people died in the

other attacks. The US

Secretary of State, Hillary

Clinton, is describing an

alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi

ambassador to the US as a

dangerous escalation by Tehran. The United States has begun talks with UN Security Council

ambassadors and Ms Clinton

ambassadors and Ms Clinton says

Iran must be held accountable. This plot very fortunately

disrupted by the excellent work

of our law enforcement and intelligence professionals was a fragrant violation of

international and US law and a dangerous escalation of the Iranian Government's

long-standing use of political violence and sponsorship of

terrorism. Hillary Clinton. Earlier this morning our North America correspondent America correspondent Craig McMurtrie told 'ABC News

Breakfast' the US is Breakfast' the US is also considering considering economic sanctions

against Iran. From the State

department to the White department to the White House, the Vice President this morning

was saying nothing has been

taken off the table in terms taken off the table in terms of

what the US might be prepared

to do on this, though to do on this, though officials

are also at pains to are also at pains to say

they're not talking about a military response here, military response here, they're

talking about a political and economic

economic action. The White

House has called it a flagrant

violation of international law.

A Republican has even gone so

far as to describe it as an act

of war. John Boehner, of war. John Boehner, the House Republican Speaker, has

said that Iran's feet should be

held to the fire and Hillary Clinton spoke out again, she

spoke about this yesterday, she

called it a dangerous escalation. That's North America correspondent America correspondent Craig McMurtrie there. New Zealand authorities fear the authorities fear the stricken

container ship leaking oil off

the coast may now break the coast may now break apart.

More than 350 tonnes of oil

have already leaked from that

ship. It's been buffeted ship. It's been buffeted by heavy seas and some of its containers containers have fallen

overboard. The ship's captain

has faced court charged has faced court charged with operating the ship in operating the ship in a dangerous manner. Authorities

in Burma have begun releasing prisoners as part of the

Government's amnesty involving

more than 6,000 detainees.

Around 300 political prisoners

have been released. They included members of Suu Kyi's

national league for democracy.

Along the first to be freed Along the first to be freed is

a prominent monk who led

protests during 2007. Sony fears there has been another

attempt to hack into its attempt to hack into its online entertainment networks. The

company has suspended 93,000

accounts. The alarm was raised

when a wave of unauthorised sign-in attempts were detected.

Sony was forced to temporarily

shut the PlayStation network as

well as other services. The

United States Senate has approved a controversial bill designed to pressure China designed to pressure China into allowing its currency to

appreciate. Beijing has warned

the bill breaches rules set by the World Trade Organization

and could spark a trade war. China correspondent Huey Fern Tay reports. The US currency

bill is a proposal that even

the White House feels may be in breach of international law,

but it was still approved in

the US Senate. On this

measure, the ayes are 63, the

nayes are 35, the bill is

passed. That prompted a passed. That prompted a swift and furious reaction from

China, who described the bill

as a protectionist as a protectionist step. TRANSLATION: It won't solve the economic and job problems

of the United States, but will severely disrupt China-US

economic and trade relations

and the shared efforts of China

and the United States as well

as the international community

to promote vigorous recovery

and growth in the global economy. The US feels China's

currency is severely

undervalued against the US

dollar. Some of its politicians say the

artificially low value of the artificially low value of the u

an has given China an unfair

advantage and at the expense of

American jobs. If the currency

bill is passed by the House of

Representatives and receives an unlikely presidential approval,

it would allow the US to impose

duties on goods from currencies

it feels are undervalued.

China says it is committed to

gradual currency reform and has

pointed out that the UN has

appreciated by 30% against the

US dollar since 2005. US President Barack Obama, who

faces a tough reelection battle

next year, will be put in a difficult position if he has to

decide whether to sign the bill

into law. Signing it will anger China, a major trade

partner, ignoring it could cost

him some much-needed votes. Let's come back home

now. A new report into

Tasmania's Arthur Pieman Cos

conservation Area has

identified more than 100 new

Aboriginal heritage parks. Recommended a closure of the third of the tracks surveyed,

which once again raised the ire of those who use the area. The Arthur Pieman conservation area covers about 100,000 hectares of the State's Far North-west

and is rich in Aboriginal

heritage. It's also heritage. It's also popular for shack owners, four-wheel

drivers and quad bike riders, many who have been visiting the area

area for decades. A report on

indigenous heritage and vehicle

tracks documented 129 new Aboriginal sites, including rock shelters, hut depressions

and engravings. I would put

them anywhere from, you know,

2,000 to 3,000 years old. The

report confirms that

significance, but also talks

about ways we can manage the

area better to protect the

Aboriginal heritage values. 66

tracks were surveyed. Of those, the parks and wildlife

service recommends 21 be

closed, six partially closed

and a further six closed seasonally. A group representing users of

representing users of the area

says its disappointed it hasn't

been given access to two sections of sections of the report. If we'd worked cooperatively with

parks and with the Minister and

with the Aboriginal people to

deliver a good outcome for deliver a good outcome for that

west coast area, then we need

all the information on the table. The group says if table. The group says if the recommendations are adopted,

they'll have a big impact. It

denies people the freedom to

use identified tracks and use identified tracks and there

is a potential that it would

concentrate or increase the

traffic on fewer tracks, which

would lead to a safety

problem. A public meeting will

be held next month before a

final decision on management of

the Arthur Pieman area is

expected toward the end of the

year. Police have charged a

senior WA public servant over a

series of acid attacks on luxury cars in Perth. Police

will allege the 46-year-old man

attacked more than 130 cars

from Mount lauly to from Mount lauly to Claremont,

causing half a million dollars

damage. Grant win

reports. Detectives raided the

man's Morley home after weeks

of surveillance. It's alleged the 46-year-old targeted top of

the range vehicles in some of

Perth's most affluent suburbs.

Armed with a syringe full of

paint stripper, he would allegedly squirt the bonnet,

panels and boots of the cars.

Businessmantony Sage was Businessmantony Sage was one

prominent victim. I felt

extremely angry. You get very upset when you've worked all

your life to attain a car like

this. To see it damaged in

that way maliciously for no

reason was extremely

upsetting. Other attacks were

on vehicles belonging to property developers,

high-profile lawyers and real

estate agents. The damage

caused to the cars was both

extensive and ex#3e7bsive. It's shocking. You It's shocking. You imagine

you go for dinner or lunch somewhere, you park your car

and come back and you have

rubbish all over your car that

has literally ripped the

paintwork off it. Some people

are really upset, because

they're new cars. The man

accused of the attacks holds a senior position with the

Department of Corrective

Services. A spokesman says Services. A spokesman says the

department is aware of the

police investigation and is reviewing the 46-year-old's employment. The man

135 charges of criminal damage

and is expected to face the

Perth Magistrate's Court next

month. Police are still trying

to work out the motive for to work out the motive for the attacks. Top stories on ABC

News this morning - federal

cabinet is holding an emergency meeting after Tony Crook

confirmed he won't support

changes to the migration act to

allow offshore processing. The

lower house is due to vote on

those amendments this

afternoon. Without Mr Crook's

support, the Government will

lose that vote. Around 7,000

Qantas passengers are facing yet more delays today. Ground

staff are holding a series of stoppages at airports right

around the country. 14 flights

have been cancelled and 38

services delayed. The man

accused of trying to blow up a

plane over the American city of

Detroit on Christmas Day 2009

has pleaded guilty. Nigerian-born man had concealed

explosives in his underwear.

He now faces life behind

bars. BHP Billiton has promised

to spend more than $1 billion

on preparations for its Olympic

dam mine expansion in SA. The company and the State Government signed an Government signed an agreement

yesterday. Kevin Foley, the Minister

Minister assisting SA's

Premier, told 'ABC News

Breakfast' that the Olympic dam

expansion project will be an extraordinary multimineral

resource. I think what it

means not only for SA but for

our nation entirely is that we

have in excess in this have in excess in this deposit

30 to 35% of the world's known

uranium. It will be I think

the fourth-largest copper mine

in the world, the fourth-largest goldmine in the world, the largest in

Australia, and throw in a bit

of nickle and a few other bits and pieces, this is an

extraordinary multi-mineral resource and no other company globally, other than BHP, would

have had the balance sheet to

make this project work. South

Australian Minister Kevin Foley

there. Australia's business

community is preparing for the

start of the annual start of the annual general

meeting season next week, with

institutional investors

expected to attend upwards of

30 such events each week. 30 such events each week. Many

are now outsourcing voting

powers to so-called proxy

advisers. Emily Stewart reports. It's coming up to a

busy time for institutional

investors who should attend up

to 30 annual general meetings a

week. 80% of Australian companies

companies have their meetings

in that main proxy season of

October to early December, and

that means that there's a

really strong incentive to

outsource parts of the process. That's why process. That's why they've been turning to proxy advisers for for advice on how to vote on

issues such as executive issues such as executive pay

and mergers and acquisitions.

A report commissioned by the Australian Institute of Company

Directors shows directors have

concerns about the growing

influence of proxy advisers.

Some company directors strongly felt that institutional investors are

outsourcing the responsibility

of voting decisions to proxy advisory firms due to advisory firms due to resource

and time constraints, and this was abrogating an important responsibility they should be

performing. Don Argus is performing. Don Argus is former

chairman of BHP Billiton and he says corporations try to build

up goodwill with their investors, but it creates

difficulties when proxy

advisers step in. To have an

outlier who gets their funds from these investment

institution s going out and running

running their own agenda - running their own agenda - and I guess if I ran one, I'd

probably do the same, because

I'm looking for further revenue. Directors also claim it's too difficult it's too difficult to communicate with proxy advisers

during the AGM season. What

has happened is that with the

outsourcing to proxy

the mismatch is knowing who to

speak with at the proxy

advisers and getting access to the proxy the proxy advisers. David

Crawford says proxy advisers

take on more staff during the

busy period who may not have key background knowledge about

a company. And they're a company. And they're really looking at formulaic proposals

for the purposes of making

their recommendation. There's

a couple of proxy advisers that have become legends in their

own time and I'm not sure that

they've got the skills to

properly analyse the original investment decision. But

consultant Maria Leftakis disagrees, saying advisory

firms are well equipped to

provide advice. There is

usually a fairly large team

that works on the analysis of

resolutions before they produce their research

recommendations. The two major

proxy advisory firms in

Australia are ISS and Glass

Lewis. Neither company was

available to speak on camera,

but they say why would clients

pay a substantial amount of

money for their advice if money for their advice if it wasn't well researched and

accurate? Executive pay

remains one of the key areas of

concern, with super funds

voting down more than 40% voting down more than 40% of

remuneration reports last year, and it's an issue that's likely

to raise its head at more than a few AGMs. Emily Stewart

reporting there. To other

finance news now, the President

of the European Commission,

Jose Manuel Barroso, has set

out a plan to bring an end out a plan to bring an end to

the Eurozone debt crisis. He

said banks must set aside more

assets to help guard against

future losses. Banks that do

not have the required capital

should present and then

implement plans to have it in

place as quickly as possible,

and until they have done so,

they should be prevented from paying out dividends paying out dividends and bonuses by the national

supervisors. APPLAUSE

Banks should use private

sources of capital first. If

necessary, the national

government should provide

support as the next step, and

as a last resort, drawing on a

loan granted from the EFSF. Let's look at the markets

now. The Dow Jones put on now. The Dow Jones put on more

than 100 points overnight. than 100 points overnight. The Nazdaq gained 23: Checking commodity

Two chemists and a physicist

have taken out the major prizes

at the top science awards last

night. One of those honoured

was Professor Stuart withe, who won the award for physical scientist of the year. I'm

interested in how the first

galaxies form in the universe.

Over the last decade we've come to really understand how structure

structure formed in the universe, how

universe, how old the universe

is, and how fast it's is, and how fast it's expanding

in its overall history. I'm

interested in our place in the universe and our place begins

with how galaxies first formed

and stars formed within them.

Using what we know already

about the universe and trying

to make predictions about the

first galaxies. We have very little information currently

about the first galaxies. Over

the next decade, with introduction of new introduction of new telescopes,

we'll finally get some good

information on this first 10% of the universe's age when galaxies appeared. My work has

been involved with trying to make predictions that enable make predictions that enable us to design those telescopes to design those telescopes and

experiments with those telescopes in the

way. Let's go to sport

headlines now. I suppose the

rugby universe is still very

much centred in Auckland at the

moment? Yes, I think that's

very safe to say. very safe to say. There's so much attention now focusing on

these two World Cup these two World Cup semifinals.

It will be a thrilling weekend.

We caught up with Paul earlier.

You could tell even by You could tell even by him talking about Sneddon and

getting a sense of the atmosphere over there, so much

attention on the games, a great weekend. Can't wait. So Australia and New Zealand are

struggling with injuries to key

players ahead of Sunday's World

Cup semifinal at Eden Park.

The Wallabies fullback Kurtley

Beale hasn't been ruled out

yet, but he's very unlikely to play

play due the hamstring injury

he picked up in the win over

South Africa last weekend. The

All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw missed training yesterday for

New Zealand and could miss New Zealand and could miss the

big game with a foot injury.

The battle between McCaw and

Wallaby David Pocock is seen

critical to the outcome of critical to the outcome of the

game. Pocock is #34r5iing down

the rivalry with McCaw, though.

I don't get involved in that

kind of thing. I guess for me

it's such a big game for it's such a big game for the

team and that's pretty much all I'm focusing on at the

moment. That's all he's

focusing on. Quade Cooper is

focusing on his own form. He

doesn't look likely now to be

filling in that fullback filling in that fullback role

for Kurtley Beale, but he'll

certainly have to find form in

a country where he is a country where he is public enemy number one. Well, I think having a good game think having a good game is

going to play second fiddle to

winning the game. I don't care

if I have a shocker and we win

as a team. On the weekend we

got through the game. We found

a way to win. It's all about

winning the game as a

team. Quade Cooper there talking yesterday. talking yesterday. He'll

certainly be looking for a much

better performance than he was able to put up in that quarterfinal win against the

Springboks. Australia has

taken an unbeatable 2-0 series

lead against England in the three-match netball series.

The Australians notched an The Australians notched an easy

67-36 goal win against England

in Canberra last night. in Canberra last night. The

Australians were never troubled

by a disappointing English side

that never got close to the

Diamonds on the court in Diamonds on the court in skill or on the scoreboard. or on the scoreboard. Kim

Green was tad named player of

the match for Australia, with

the series now set to conclude

in Sydney this Sunday. Let's

hear from Kim Green talking

after the match, enjoying her

role as centre in place of the

injured Natalie Van Berto.

It's a shame Natty is not

here, obviously I don't want to

be in this position. Obviously

we've worked really hard as a

team and the benefits came at

the end. I think we stepped up

our defence tonight. The our defence tonight. The one on one really on one really worked. Casey

Stoner is hopeful of confirming his

his moto GP championship win at Phillip Island in Victoria Phillip Island in Victoria this weekend. The 25-year-old

Australian has enjoyed a

dominant season and he leads

the championship by 40 points

heading into the race. Stoner

has won the last four races at the island and will take the island and will take the

title if he wins and title if he wins and nearest

rival Jorge Lorenzo comes in fourth

fourth or worse. That's some record he has there.

Australian Matthew Ebden Australian Matthew Ebden is through to the third round at

the Shanghai Tennis Masters.

Ebden produced the best

performance of his career to

beat Ryan Harrison and set up beat Ryan Harrison and set up a match tonight against Gilles Simon.

Simon. Bernard Tomic plays his

match today. They'll join

Rafael Nadal in the last 16 of

the tournament. Jo-Wilfried

Tsonga went out last night. Michael, that's all in Michael, that's all in sport

for now. Thanks, Steve. Let's

look at the weather now. Good morning, Vanessa O'Hanlon. Good morning, Michael. On morning, Michael. On the satellite image, picking satellite image, picking up

thundery clouds, the cloud

spreading further into

Queensland. Low-level cloud

still lingering over the

southern parts of Victoria,

Tasmania and WA's south-west.

But stormy weather on the way

as a trough deepens and showers and thunderstorms become heavier across mainly

Queensland, but also the north-east of New South Wales

and the NT. A high-pressure

system moving into the Tasman

is keeping the south-east

mostly dry with north easterly

winds. A weak front is moving

towards WA, bringing a cooler

showery change for the south.

Tomorrow the trough will

continue to deepen, spreading

showers even further across

Queensland, NSW and the NT. At times the storms will be quite heavy, especially in

Queensland. Already warnings

coming out. Another trough

will cause lighter showers in Victoria

Victoria and SA and a high will

clear southern WA. So for Queensland today, a moist

north-easterly air flow is

directing showers and

thunderstorms over the east. Looking around 5 to

Looking around 5 to 10mm, possibly more, just closer possibly more, just closer to

the close and from the northern

goldfields to the south-east.

Partly cloudy in NSW, scattered

showers over the central and

north-east districts. In

Victoria, fine and mostly sunny

day as Melbourne heads for a

top of 20 degrees. In

Tasmania, the light showers in

the far south and south-west

will gradually ease. It will

be a fine and mostly sunny day

across the State. Sunny

conditions also in SA, as the warmer north-easterly winds

develop across the State. WA - a band of showers will spread

the showers from Perth this

morning down along the south coast and should clear by coast and should clear by the

evening. Afternoon storms over

the northern Kimberley and Top

End. A fine day around Alice Springs, although gusty Springs, although gusty winds

and therefore a day of total

fire ban, Michael. Thank you

very much, Vanessa. That's all

from ABC News at the moment. A

reminder to stay with ABC News

24 and ABC 1 for further

developments following the

rejection by Tony Crook of the

Government's Migration Act

amendments. Have a great day. Closed Captions by CSI Live. This Program is Captioned Good morning. Welcome to 'Business Today' for Australian

network. I'm Whitney

Fitzsimmons. Coming up on the

program - taking heart, US

investors welcome a comprehensive plan to support

Europe's troubled banks.

Currency clash - China reacts

angrily to American angrily to American legislation

targeting the Yuan. And slow

motion - Black berry users in Asia the latest to suffer from

service problems. Those stories

coming up shortly. First let's take a quick look at take a quick look at the

markets. We'll have more in

what will happen in trade in a