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Tonight, first there were US Marines in Darwin. Will there now be drones on Cocos Islands?

They continue to be the subject of discussions at official levels. But our focus has been on
implementing the arrangement that we struck about the deployment of Marines.

The Prime Minister refuses to rule out a US base for drones on for drones on the Indian Ocean

This Program is Captioned Live.

Good evening, welcome to Lateline. I'm Emma Alberici. It's been dubbed Alberici. It's been dubbed
the cash for policy row. Wealthy businessmen in Britain handing money to the Tories in return for
influence over government decisions. David Cameron has admitted that he did host private dinners at
Downing Street for major Conservative Party donors, who are now also known to have been wooed at
his country residence, the wealthiest donors were taken to Downton Abbey. The Downton Abbey. The
opposition Labour Party is calling for an independent inquiry. To discuss the political fought-out,
we will cross to London to talk to Sam Coates, political writer for 'The Times'. Our guest tweeter
is Peter Brent, publisher of the website, you can join the conversation at #lateline.
First, our other headlines. Trimming the targets - Victoria slashes its carbon emission slashes its
carbon emission reduction goals from 20% to 5%. Safety net, the police blitz on safety breaches in
the trucking industry.

Australia could host US drone base

Australia could host US drone base

Broadcast: 27/03/2012

Reporter: Tom Iggulden

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has not ruled out the prospect of hosting a permanent US drone base on
the Cocos Islands.


EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: The Prime Minister has downplayed American news reports that the Pentagon
is looking to base military drones on Australian territory.

Julia Gillard hasn't completely ruled out the prospect, as officials continue to bed-down details
of the new defence strategy agreed with president Obama last year.

Political correspondent, Tom Iggulden, reports from Canberra.

TOM IGGULDEN, REPORTER: A US media report says defence officials are eyeing the pristine and remote
Australian territory of the Cocos Islands for their military potential. The islands are reportedly
being looked at as an expansion for the overcrowded Diego Garcia airbase, closer to military
trouble spots in the Middle East.

The Washington Post says "US and Australian officials said the atoll could be an ideal site not
only for manned US surveillance aircraft but for Global Hawks, an unarmed, high-altitude
surveillance drone."

The report follows an agreement for closer military ties struck during president Obama's visit to
Canberra last year when the Defence Minister acknowledged a potential greater utilisation of the

JULIA GILLARD, PRIME MINISTER: In terms of progress on many of those matters since Minister Smith
outlined them last November, there has not been any substantial progress.

TIM IGGULDEN: But the Prime Minister isn't denying the Washington Post story.

JULIA GILLARD: Look I'm not going to play a rule-in, rule-out game about something that's been
discussed at officials level.

TOM IGGULDEN: Defence matters of a different sort were on the Prime Minister's mind earlier in the
day. Following on from the Queensland election defeat Newspoll's found Labor's primary federal vote
continuing to drag at or under 30 per cent, while the Coalition continues to surge. The two-party
preferred measure confirmed the Coalition's election winning position.

Now about halfway through a full term the Prime Minister says her policies need more time to cut it
with voters.

JULIA GILLARD: Now I understand that they are complicated policies and that they are not the kind
of thing that is instantaneously popular.

TOM IGGULDEN: And she says she'll stay the course even in the face of that disastrous Queensland
election result.

JULIA GILLARD: But my job is to both listen and to lead, and that is what I will be doing as Prime

TOM IGGULDEN: The Government says Tony Abbott's already acting like he's at the control's in

TONY ABBOTT, OPPOSITION LEADER: This is the famous joystick.

PILOT: That's the one.

TOM IGGULDEN: But he says he's taking nothing for granted.

TONY ABBOTT: I think that I'm the Opposition Leader.

TOM IGGULDEN: Mr Abbot offered as proof the arduous regime of exercise he's keeping up while the
Prime Minister rubs shoulders with world leaders.

TONY ABBOTT: Do you think I'd be getting on my bike and peddling 100km every day for nine days if I
thought that this thing was somehow in the bag?

TOM IGGULDEN: Meanwhile the United Nations High Commission For Refugees today confirmed what the
Immigration Department's been saying for months, that asylum claims in Australia are falling,
mostly due to lower boat arrivals.

TOM IGGULDEN: The UNHCR says there was a 9 per cent drop last year compared to 2010, while in 44
other countries it surveyed it was a 20 per cent surge. The Government says its failed Malaysia
solution was a deterrent, the Opposition says the Government's delusional and the Greens say
they're both wrong.

SARAH HANSON-YOUNG, GREENS SENATOR: Anyone who's suggesting that we're being flooded, that we need
to start turning boats around, that we need to dump vulnerable people - men, women and children -
in foreign countries; there is just no facts to back up those policies.

TOM IGGULDEN: Julia Gillard returns to Canberra tomorrow.

Tom Iggulden, Lateline.

World agrees on stronger nuclear security

World agrees on stronger nuclear security

Broadcast: 27/03/2012

Reporter: Stephen McDonell

The international summit in Seoul has signed an agreement covering the transport of nuclear
weapons, safeguarding nuclear facilities and a change in nuclear security culture.


EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: The transport of atomic weapons, the safeguarding of nuclear facilities
and a change in nuclear security culture are all part of the final agreement in Seoul.

The world's most powerful leaders have been meeting there for a summit designed to keep nuclear
weapons out of the hands of groups like Al Qaeda.

Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has also called for a stronger nuclear watchdog to
prevent weapons material from being trafficked.

Earlier, the United States president, Barack Obama, warned that hundreds of thousands of people
could be killed if nuclear weapons got into the wrong hands.

Stephen McDonell reports from Seoul.

STEPHEN MCDONELL, CHINA CORRESPONDENT: China and Russia walked in together; then United States
president, Barack Obama, arrived. This high-powered summit is hoping to keep nuclear weapons out of
the hands of groups like Al Qaeda. And to achieve this, even old enemies will shake hands.

Australia's Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, joined more than 50 delegations in Seoul, all here to
speak about what they're doing to secure nuclear weapons materials.

BARACK OBAMA, US PRESIDENT: We are improving security at our nuclear facilities, we are removing
nuclear materials; in some cases getting rid of these materials entirely.

STEPHEN MCDONELL: But president Obama warned that there are still unsecured nuclear storage
facilities dotted around the world.

BARACK OBAMA: It would not take much to kill hundreds and thousands of innocent people. And that's
not an exaggeration, that's the reality that we face.

STEPHEN MCDONELL: The main speeches were all behind closed doors. But on the side, some
presidential reassurance regarding his own controversial missile shield.

BARACK OBAMA: This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.

RUSSIAN AIDE: I understand. I transmit this information to Vladimir.

STEPHEN MCDONELL: Earlier the Prime Minister explained what Australia could offer this meeting.

JULIA GILLARD, PRIME MINISTER: We are at the forefront of capability in forensic technology to
detect illicit nuclear material, we can share that.

STEPHEN MCDONELL: The final agreement deals with the safe transport of nuclear weapons material,
the prevention of illegal trafficking and the promotion of a better nuclear security culture.

Australia amongst others has also called for a strengthening of the International Atomic Agency so
it can police so-called nuclear terrorism.

As host, South Korea's president Lee Myung-Bak brought the conference to a close.

LEE MYUNG-BAK, SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT (Translation): The leaders agreed to expand information
exchanges between countries, strengthen cooperation with the IAEA (International Atomic Energy
Agency) and Interpol, as well as improve the capacity of detection and monitoring of nuclear

STEPHEN MCDONELL: With the final communique document released, Australia's Prime Minister spoke to
the press.

JULIA GILLARD: I think we genuinely can say out of that that the world is a safer place than it
otherwise would have been when it comes to nuclear material. But that doesn't mean that there's
room for complacency or that there's nothing more that can be done.

STEPHEN MCDONELL: She was asked about North Korea's refusal to halt its satellite launch that
critics say is really a long-range missile test.

JULIA GILLARD: The pressure has to be kept on North Korea at this time to take step back from what
they have announced. I think the statements that have been made here by leaders are part of putting
that pressure on.

STEPHEN MCDONELL: It was all winks and nudges for the traditional leaders group photo; one big
happy family - at least on this issue.

Stephen McDonell, Lateline.

Victoria slashes carbon reduction target

Victoria slashes carbon reduction target

Broadcast: 27/03/2012

Reporter: Hamish Fitzsimmons

The Victorian Government plans to save $2 billion by cutting Labor's carbon emissions reduction
target from 20 per cent to 5 per cent, but the renewable energy sector says it will cost jobs.


EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: The Victorian Government is under attack for scrapping the previous Labor
government's carbon emission reduction target of 20 per cent and replacing it with one that looks
to reduce greenhouse gases by just 5 per cent.

The Baillieu government says sticking to the 5 per cent target set by the Federal Government will
save Victorians $2 billion. But the renewable energy sector says it will cost jobs at a time when
Victoria can least afford to lose them.

Hamish Fitzsimmons reports.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS, REPORTER: Victoria will cut emissions but the coalition government doesn't want
to pay more than other states. And says the Federal Government's emissions target of 5 per cent
seems about right.

RYAN SMITH, VICTORIAN ENVIRONMENT MINISTER: Our view is, here in Victoria we shouldn't be setting a
target for Victorians. We should be making sure that we are supporting the federal program, the
federal target, at least cost to Victorians.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: An independent review of Victoria's climate change laws found no compelling
reason to stick to the 20 per cent reduction target by 2020 set by the Brumby Labor government.

The Baillieu government says the introduction of the federal carbon tax means the state scheme is

RYAN SMITH: Victorians shouldn't be paying an unfair burden. Victorian jobs aren't worth four times
the cost of other jobs and the state and Victorians shouldn't be carrying the cost of trying to
achieve a target that's around four times greater than what it is nationally

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: The state government's track record on the environment has come under fire. In
2010 it allowed cattle loose in the Alpine National Park to see if cows grazing helped prevent

That experiment was quickly knocked on the head by the Federal Government and the state opposition
says the Baillieu government is at war with the environment.

DANIEL ANDREWS, VICTORIAN OPPOSITION LEADER: They don't know the difference between a beef farm and
a national park. We've seen an end to the premium solar feed in tariff; we've see an end, in
effect, to the wind energy industry with some of the most restrictive and wrong-headed planning
rules and laws anywhere in the world.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: Victoria's peak environment lobby says abandoning the 20 per cent emissions
reduction target is environmentally and economically irresponsible.

KELLY O'SHANASSY, ENVIRONMENT VICTORIA: The Baillieu government have put the nail in the coffin of
clean energy and all the jobs associated with it; not interested in tackling climate change, not
interested in a state of clean energy.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: Victoria has been hit by a series of job losses in the finance and
manufacturing this year, and the government is under pressure to find answers.

DANIEL ANDREWS: We've got a manufacturing sector that's doing it tough with the high Australian
dollar, we've got tens of thousands of Victorians out of work every single month. We need to pedal
faster. We need to do more.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: Employers see abandoning a state-based emissions reduction scheme as a sensible

of manufacturing, of heavy engineering, automotive industries aluminium smelting. Key industries
which very much would be under greater pressure under two targets than they already are under the
clean emission energy scheme

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: And the state government also scrapped regulations that set emissions standards
for new power stations.

But Victoria is not alone in reviewing state-based climate initiatives; Queensland's new Liberal
National government has also announced it will scrap eight environment-related schemes.

Hamish Fitzsimmons, Lateline.

Police crack down on trucking safety

Police crack down on trucking safety

Broadcast: 27/03/2012


Police have raided two Victorian trucking companies, finding drugs on three drivers and tampered
speed limiters on five trucks, adding to tampering evidence found in Sydney and South Australia.


EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: A truck driver has been caught on camera driving at almost twice the
speed limit along an Adelaide Hills freeway as a crackdown on trucking safety breaches widened to
three states.

In an early morning raid police descended on two Victorian trucking companies, Fred's Interstate
Transport and Damorange, after several of their trucks were caught speeding earlier this month.

Of the 14 trucks searched so far, three drivers were found with drugs and five trucks showed speed
limiter tampering.

Police want to check a further 130 trucks.

SUPERINTENDENT STUART SMITH, NSW POLICE: I'm calling on those rogue operators or the cowboys in the
industry who modify speed limiting systems, you must return the trucks to standard as soon as

EMMA ALBERICI: Today's swoop follows raids on the Lennons and Scott's trucking companies in Sydney
and South Australia, which uncovered widespread tampering of speed limiters.

The industry denies safety breaches are a growing problem.

The British Prime Minister David Cameron has admitted to hosting dinners for Tory party donors at
number so, after revelations that his chief fundraiser had offered access to ministers and to the
access to ministers and to the government's policy setting committee for a fee. Mr Cameron has now
promised an internal party inquiry into the fundraising issue, but the opposition is calling for
greater scrutiny. Europe correspondent Philip Williams reports from London. A few days ago the
British Prime Minister David Cameron was asked by schoolchildren about where he lives.

I live in a little flat, a very nice flat, above number 11 Downing Street, but what I get up to in
there is private.

It's not so private now, after David Cameron was forced to reveal the names of big party donors he
had entertained at number 10.

In the two years I have been Prime Minister there have been three occasions on which significant
donors have come to a dinner in my flat. None of the dippers were fundraising dinners and none of
the dinners were paid for by the taxpayer.

That came after the now resigned Conservative Party co-Treasurer Peter Cruddas offered an
undercover journalist posing as a potential donor possible influence over policy and dinner with
the Prime Minister for around $400,000.

Our bigger donors have been for dinner in number 10 Downing Street in the Prime Minister's private
apartment, with Samantha.

David Cameron ordered an internal party review. The opposition wants a full independent inquiry.

This scandal speaks for the conduct and character of the Prime Minister and the government.
Anything short of an independent inquiry will leave a permanent stain on this government and this
Prime Minister.

The government says previous offers to reform previous offers to reform the rules on political
donations have been rejected by Labour, which did nothing during its 13ers in power.

I am ready to impose a cap on individual political donations of ?50,000 without any further need
for state funding. To be fair, this must apply equally to trade unions as well as to private
citizens or businesses. We could do that tomorrow and take the big money out of British politics
once politics once and for all.

It is an offer unlikely to be accepted, with the Labour Party dependent on millions of pounds of
funding from the unions. The whole donation story was broken by the 'Sunday Times', a News Limited
paper. Rupert Murdoch has been tweeting demands for an independent inquiry, trust must be
established, he said. But he had problems of his own. A few hours later, the BBC 'Panorama' program
detailed 'Panorama' program detailed what it alleges is evidence a News Corporation owned company
was involved in the hacking and distribution of increpted codes that allowed people to view pay TV
competitors programs for free. Undermining the revenue base for ITV Digital, which collapsed in
2002. All allegations denied by News Corporation. Now David Cameron and Rupert Murdoch share
something they probably wish they didn't - calls they didn't - calls for investigations into
business practices. Both deny wrongdoing.

The Tories have form here: Coates

The Tories have form here: Coates

Broadcast: 27/03/2012

Reporter: Emma Alberici

Political writer at The Times Sam Coates says it is unlikely that any policies have been changed
directly as a result of paid access to government ministers, but the scandal is damaging for the


EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: The Sunday Time in London first broke the story this week.

And so we are now joined from the Westminster studios by the political writer at The Times, Sam
Coates. Thank you for being with us.


EMMA ALBERICI: The I guess the revelations could not have come at a worse time, as they did just a
few days after the Tories were accused of helping out the rich by handing them a tax cut; the
highest income tax rate being dropped as it was from 50 to 45 per cent?

SAM COATES: It's been a grizzly few days for David Cameron. First, he did the budget. George
Osborne, the chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered the coalition's budget, that drew a lot of
fire, not least because they decided to drop the top rate of tax on the wealthiest, those earning
over 150,000 pounds, making it look like the Tories were looking after their friends in the city
and the super rich.

Just four days later, these revelations came along. Now what we saw at the weekend was the Tory
Party treasurer, now that's a position a little bit like fundraiser in chief, rather than somebody
who works day to day in the Conservative Party, going out there and offering a couple of undercover
reporters the chance to meet the Prime Minister, meet other members of the government in return for

And I think what is important about what we saw at the weekend, about what was said to the
undercover reporters, was that really the treasurer, the Tory treasurer, Peter Cruddas, was
breaking a big taboo in party fundraising.

What he was doing was he was promising something for something; a specific exchange between a sum
of money and for such a sum of money you would get a specific thing in return, be it dinners or
meetings with people.

Because as you know, pretty much in Britain the system of funding political parties relies on
voluntary donations. And it is forever and a day been the case that the people who give the largest
sums tend to hobnob with the politicians they have given the money to. But really this went one
step further than what people see as acceptable, and offered, as it were, a tariff for different
sums, for different outcomes.

EMMA ALBERICI: So has any firm evidence surfaced of donations being given in return for any sort of
specific Tory policy back downs or policy changes?

SAM COATES: Well at the moment that remains unproven. Certainly, Peter Cruddas was suggesting that
you would get the chance to put your views forward to policymakers in return for the money that you
offered. But he did stop short of saying that you would then definitely be listened to.

And I think what's going on in the houses of parliament behind me, is there are a large number of
journalists and opposition politicians leafing through policy documents and talking to people,
trying to establish whether any of the wealthiest donors can be fingered as having changed a policy
because of the money that they gave.

And I'm a little bit sceptical that that has particularly been going on, not least because we are
in a coalition government over here. And not least because one of the things Peter Cruddas talked
about to the undercover reporters, he gave the example of how the British government is seeking to
introduce a law to legalise gay marriage. And he said that was extremely unpopular with many donors
to the Conservative Party, but that was tough and he was just having to spend his time pacifying
them. So on that big policy issue, he suggesting that they might have less influence than they
otherwise would want.

But what it does do is reinforce rather ugly perceptions of both the Conservative Party, which is
the party of enterprise, being too close to the rich, and the use of taxpayer funded buildings to
entertain wealthy donors as well. All of which isn't terribly pretty.

EMMA ALBERICI: The Sunday Times did in fact mention David Cameron's veto of the new EU treaty,
opposition to the financial transactions tax. I mean we know the financial sector in the UK is
probably the biggest donor to the Tory Party, and the Sunday Times lists those two as evidence of
policy outcomes that would appear to have been purchased by wealthy donors.

SAM COATES: I think that is stretching it a bit far. I think that - I listened to that bit of the
recording with Peter Cruddas, and he was giving an example, as you say, of how I went to Chequers
and David Cameron was meeting Angela Merkel the next day, and he took the opportunity to say to
David Cameron, while they were having their photo taken, don't allow this kind of financial
transaction tax to be imposed on Britain.

The only problem with that part of the story is that was never going to happen in a million years.
It was the joint policy of the Tories and the Liberal Democrats that it would not happen. And as it
were, I don't think that Peter Cruddas would have had any influence at all on that decision.

And that is why working out where, what influence, what money buys you in precise terms is
extremely difficult.

You know we've got lots of different kinds of signs that something is wrong in the system. And no
doubt Peter Cruddas crossed the line, and was subsequently sacked, but the idea that you can
actually trace a change of policy because of a sum of money given is very hard. I'm not saying it
doesn't happen, I would be surprised if it had never happened, but I'm just saying we don't quite
have that level of evidence yet.

EMMA ALBERICI: Now it's illegal in Britain for foreign companies to donate to political parties.
And I guess perhaps the most damaging comment by the Tory fundraiser on the tape there, where when
he told those undercover reporters posing as donors, when he told them that money that might come
from Lichtenstein could in fact be disguised as such. Now that perhaps was the most damaging part
of the tape.

SAM COATES: I think you do touch on something that is incredible important. The last Labour
government brought in very strict rules about who could donate and have influence in British
politics. And foreign individuals and foreign companies were outlawed from doing that. And here we
had a prima facie attempt suggesting you could get around this legislation.

Now the Conservative Party are trying to make out that Peter Cruddas is a one rogue treasurer as it
were and this was a completely unauthorised, unorthodox attempt to get around the law.

I think that we can be justified in being quite a lot more cynical about that specific bit of the
exchange. And the reason is that the Tories have form in this area.

The guy who is Peter Cruddas' line manager for the Conservative Party as it were, Lord Feldman,
he's the guy that runs the party day-to-day, has been in exactly this position in 2008, where him
and chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, went on a yacht, the yacht of a Russian
billionaire, and they began a discussion about whether or not they might be able to find a way that
that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska, was able to give money to the Conservative Party. And
presumably some of these methods may have come up.

Now the accounts of what happened at the time were a bit disputed. But there is no doubt that the
guys running the Tory Party today should know a lot better but do have form for trying to get
around the electoral law in this way.

But again, we come back to the problem that, because they were two undercover journalists rather
than donors making this offer, the transaction never, as it were, went through, therefore we don't
know whether it would have happened or whether it would have been stopped by a piece of due
diligence later down the process.

Bus as I say I am not inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt on this because it has
happened before.

EMMA ALBERICI: Now David Miliband has come out and called these revelations grotesque.

But I suspect that the Labour opposition there needs to be a bit careful where it throws its
stones, because, of course, we know Ed Miliband, David Miliband's brother and the leader of the
Labour Party, holds his position thanks to the union movement over there, which puts a lot of money
into the Labour Party. Indeed 50 per cent of conference votes come from the union movement; it
might be said that they've bought themselves a lot of influence with Labour.

SAM COATES: I think the first thing to say is that it takes quite some chutzpah on the part of the
Tory Party who, facing a scandal over political donations, to use that scandal to impose caps and
donations and new rules on the opposition Labour Party. I mean I think that there is - it takes
some guts to do that, and whether they will be successful, I have my doubts.

But you are absolutely right, it is not as if the conservatives are the only party with
difficulties in the funding area. The Labour Party grew out of the union movement in the early part
of the last century, their relationship is kind of intertwined and they do give the bulk of the
money, particularly in the difficult years for the Labour Party, when businesses and private
individual are less inclined to give money. And it is absolutely fair to say that the only reason
that Ed Miliband is in his job of leader of the Labour Party is because the union barons decided to
back him against his brother David.

So from that point of view, it is perhaps unsurprising that David has come out and said, 'you know
what, I think we should change', whereas Ed's been silent on the subject of whether or not he would
allow reform to the way that the Labour Party is funded.

EMMA ALBERICI: And, of course sticking with the Labour side of politics, it was, of course, Tony
Blair who was accused of changing government policy on tobacco advertising for Formula One, after
it was later revealed that the Labour Party in power received a 1 million pound donation from
Bernie Ecclestone.

SAM COATES: You are absolutely right.

I mean it's interesting that some of the ugliest - no doubt one of the ugliest episodes of Labour's
period in government - interesting how early on in the government it happened. I think a lot of
people back in 1997/98 when this affair happened would have seen the Labour Party as pretty much
whiter than white, that was their aim, that was what they had come in to be, and a lot of people
saw them as that. And yet these sort of extremely grubby deals were going on with businessmen back

And yes, I think it's fair to say that a lot of politicians dislike the kind of horse-trading that
they end up doing with the wealthy people who get them into power. And I suppose in some ways we as
voters are complicit because we are unwilling to allow other forms of funding to come in, such as
state funding. But at the end of the day you trust your elected politician to know where the line
should be drawn and to say no to a specific request in return for cash.

But given that all the conversations take place in private, you just have to hope that they do not
cross the line. So it is extremely worrying when stuff comes to light, either back then or now,
suggesting that the line is not as sacred as I think voters would like it to be.

EMMA ALBERICI: Do you think, as a result of all this, the system of donations to political parties
might change? I mean there was only just a report wasn't there, four or five months ago, that
suggested a cap on donations, and yet that was kind of shelved and ignored.

SAM COATES: There have been pretty serious attempts to reform the way British that political
parties are funded for about six years. And at every stage they have ended in failure. There is, as
one person wrote this morning, essentially like a prisoner's dilemma for both sides, you know, do
you agree to change what will hurt you and hope that the other side will also do the same?

The problem is that you basically need two reforms to happen simultaneously: a cap on donations of,
David Cameron suggested of 50,000 pounds, which would in the main hurt the Tory Party, because they
are funded by wealthy donors at the moment who give millions of pound a year individually.

And on the other side, you need to break the link with the unions and stop individual union barons
being able to give vast sums of money, millions of pounds themselves, and find a different way to
manage the relationship, and that would disproportionately hurt the Labour Party.

The question is can you get them both to jump together at the same time?

The last six years have been a process of seeing that - people try and fail to do that. And it's
hard to see how simply a scandal over the Tories is going to encourage a Labour Party, which does
have very close relationships with the unions, because they are financially dependent on them and
because the leader was elected via the unions, how that in any way encourages them to voluntarily
cut themselves off at the knees and accept a dramatic funding cut.

EMMA ALBERICI: Sam Coates we'll have to leave it there; thank you very much.

SAM COATES: Pleasure.

DSK investigated over prostitution allegations

DSK investigated over prostitution allegations

Broadcast: 27/03/2012


Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is being investigated in France
over his alleged involvement in a prostitution ring.


EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: The former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique
Strauss-Kahn, is being investigated in France over his alleged involvement in a prostitution ring.

The allegations relate to his supposed involvement in hiring prostitutes for sex parties at hotels
in Lille, Paris and Washington.

Mr Strauss-Kahn has admitted he attended some parties, but says he didn't know the women were

Eight people have already been placed under formal investigation, including a senior police

The 62-year-old resigned from the IMF last May, after he was accused of trying to rape a maid at a
New York hotel.

Those charges were later dropped.

Jim Stynes honoured at St Paul's Cathedral

Jim Stynes honoured at St Paul's Cathedral

Broadcast: 27/03/2012

Reporter: Guy Stayner

Central Melbourne stopped today to pay tribute to AFL champion and humanitarian Jim Stynes, who was
honoured by a state funeral at St Paul's Cathedral attended by 1,200 mourners.


EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: Central Melbourne ground to a halt today, pausing to pay tribute to Jim

The football champion and humanitarian was honoured with a state funeral at St Paul's Cathedral.

Twelve-hundred mourners attended the service.

But as Guy Stayner reports, thousands more were watching outside at Federation Square, to honour a
remarkable life.

(Footage of people gathered in Federation Square, Melbourne)

GUY STAYNER, REPORTER: For a man who proved so hard to stop in life it seemed fitting Jim Stynes
death brought Melbourne to a standstill.

While dignitaries and AFL identities were among the 1,200 mourners, thousands more gathered outside
St Paul's Cathedral to hear the moving service.

GARRY LYON, FORMER TEAMMATE: Big Jimmy would have loved this, he thrived on a big crowd. If he was
here he'd have us all standing up, waving our hands above our heads and singing, turning to the
person next to you giving them hugs and shoulder massages.

GUY STAYNOR: And he would have loved the courage his wife displayed honouring his request to read a
poem for their children.

SAMANTHA STYNES, WIFE: Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.

GUY STAYNOR: But tears were never far from the surface.

BRIAN STYNES, BROTHER: (Crying) He was an inspiration to us all and we could not have a better son,
brother and uncle.

I tried following in his footsteps but they were always too big. I will miss you Stynser, my
brother and my best friend.

(Footage of Jim Stynes playing AFL)

GUY STAYNOR: The service celebrated a remarkable life, the Irish immigrant who crossed the globe to
play Australian Rules and became the game's best player; setting records that may never be broken.

PAUL CURRIE, REACH FOUNDATION: Jim was adamant that his battle with cancer was going to be public
because he wanted to draw light on the fact that there are many people struggling with all types of
illnesses and their lives are just as important and as noble as his was.

GUY STAYNOR: Ironically it was Stynes' selfless attitude that made his life special. In
establishing the Reach Foundation for disaffected youth, Jim Stynes proved much more than a

PAUL CURRIE: (Crying) You're my business partner, my teacher, my guardian and my best friend. We
all wanted to be like Jim. You were a warrior poet who was ahead of his time and your legacy gives
us all the greatest code to try and live our lives by.

(Footage of coffin being carried through the Cathedral)

GUY STAYNOR: His Irish and Australian heritage was featured as grand old flags around the state
flew at half-mast.

The Federation Square crowd spontaneously gave him three cheers - twice.

Melbourne players formed a guard of honour for the cortege that took Stynes on a final journey past
the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground).

His ashes will be take to Ireland.

(Jim Stynes Funeral Card: State Funeral for Mr James (Jim) Stynes OAM 23 April 1966 - 20 March

Guy Staynor, Lateline.

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