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Live. The cattle export ban is lifted but animal welfare groups want stronger

guidelines. The conditions in place so place so far don't include


More turbulence for Tiger,

planes still to be grounded the airline's boss resigns and

until the end of the month.

The British Government an inquire into The British Government promises

an inquire into the 'News of

the World' phone hacking

scandal as more allegations

emerge. We are talking about murder victims, murder victims, potentially terrorist victims, having their terrorist victims, having their

phones hacked into. It is

absolutely disgusting. absolutely disgusting. A perfect farewell for Queensland

skipper Darren Lockyer as Queensland wins its sixth

straight Origin series. Good morning, good morning, it's

Thursday, 7 July, I'm Virginia Trioli.

welfare groups are saying this Trioli. The Greens and animal

morning that the government's

new guidelines for the live

cattle trade to Indonesia are

not strong enough. The not strong enough. The government lifted its ban on

exports last night and the cattle industry has welcomed

that news but says it could take months to get the industry

back to normal. The Greens and the

the RSPCA say stunning cattle needs to be made compulsory. For more, Melissa Clarke For more, Melissa Clarke joins

us from Canberra. Good morning.

It was unexpected to hear from It was unexpected to

the Minister last night,

Senator Ludwig, announcing the

lifting of the ban, lifting of the ban, but there

don't seem to be any formal

conditions put in place. conditions put in

That's right. We have the

Minister laying out just what

it will take for an export

permit to be granted. He is

saying what exporters need to

do is to have commercial independent auditors able to

regularly prove that all along the supply chain international

being animal welfare standards are

being met, from the paddock to

the vessel to the feed lot to

the abattoir. It will have to

be up to the exporters and those independent commercial

auditors to go about that and bring forward some documentation that that. Clearly some cattle documentation that satisfies

producers think that is enough

of a guideline and they can of a guideline and they can get

up and running soon. We have

already heard from a number of

now that cattle producers who say that, cattle producers who say

now that the stipulations have

been put down, they can work

with that, it has given them a

pathway to resuming the trade.

The NFF - we heard from The NFF - we heard from David

Crombie earlier this morning u who said they are pleased who said they are pleased that

at least there is a pathway

now, and he says the reliance

on the international standards

rather than trying to impose

anything stronger, that anything stronger, that is

allowing methods other than

stun guns to be used is the appropriate one to be used.

Australia and Indonesia are

both signatories of the OIE

accords. The OIE is the international agency that

manages animal welfare and has

a number of outcomes and the important thing was that we are both signatories to that and use that as the common

the international standard and standard. If we start changing

on putting Australian conditions

on top of it, I don't think that is appropriate. The

Greens, however, are clearly disappointed with this

decision. They and the animal

welfare groups say it doesn't

go far enough. They say the

absolute minimum needs to be

the use of stun guns, the use of stun guns, although

of course they would still like

to see the live export trade

either banned immediately or phased out altogether. Rachel Siewert, the Greens spokeswoman phased out altogether. Rachel

on agricultural issues, said

the stun gun is a crucial

element for getting public

support behind the resumption

of the live export trade. They

are minimum standards and were developed for developing are minimum standards and they

countries, but people see them

as the very minimum standards,

and they are certainly not what

the thousands of Australians

who are emailing us politicians are saying, and that is that

they want the industry banned, they want the industry banned,

but at the very least, if it is

going to resume they going to resume they want to see high standards, and that

must include stunning because

if you are not using stunning, animals can take up to 2 minutes for a very painful

death. On the other front, we

are waiting for more details of the carbon tax, which are

leaking out, with the formal announcement on announcement on Sunday. Have

you heard any new information overnight? The Federal

Government's decision to rule

out petrol, the carbon tax

being imposed on petrol in a

way that will not see households or small households or small business

affected by this, means that a

number of fuel supply and distribution companies that otherwise have otherwise have large carbon emissions attached to them

won't be involved in the carbon

Government had said the top tax. When the Federal

1,000 polluting companies will

be the ones paying the tax, it

is actually a lot less, and

will be around 500 companies

that will end up paying the tax. That will ultimately have

consequences for the amount of

revenue the Federal Government

raises through the tax, and as

as a flow-on consequence, as a flow-on consequence, the

money it has to pass to on households for compensation and the renewable energy the renewable energy sector to

give them a boost. The question

is Sunday is whether the elements have been scaled back

or whether the government will

pull in revenue from elsewhere

in the Budget or other means to

make up the difference. The government promised this would

be a revenue neutral If they pull in money from be a revenue neutral proposal.

from what had been elsewhere, that is a change

anticipated. I

anticipated. I jumped ahead without mentioning without mentioning the extraordinary extraordinary tweet this

morning from the federal Labor

member for Bendigo, Steve Gibbons. This is very interesting, going back to the

cattle exports, because the announcement from Joe Ludwig

yesterday has come as a

surprise to some Labor

backbenchers, who have been

crucial in pushing the

executive of the government to go as far as banning export,

and one person in particular who had concerns about the live

export trade was Steve Gibbons.

This morning he has put out a

tweet, which says:

We have a bit of a warning

from some Labor backbenchers,

who haven't been afraid to

speak out on the issue, making

it clear they are willing it clear they are willing to speak out if they speak out if they feel their

demands haven't been satisfied. Early this morning, our Sydney reporter

our Sydney reporter asked Sydneysiders if they supported

lifting the ban. Not really,

no. Why? They did it all

right the first time. They

should think about it and get

it right. Did you think it it right. Did you think it was

a good idea to ban the cattle trade for cruelty? Yes, a little little bit knee jerk, little bit knee jerk, but could

have put more thought into it. It affects a lot of people, a

lot of people involved in it. I think banning is the other

extreme, they shut wait to

improve the way the cattle is

transported, but not ban the transport, because that would

leave a lot of people

unemployed. You care about

all living animals, you have to

have a bit of compassion have a bit of compassion for

animals. I disagree with it. If you are going to have your

own product, you may as well do

it in your own country. It it in your own country. It was

a knee jerk reaction and it has caused issues. International issues. What do you mean?

Well, cultural issues as well.

We need to keep Indonesia on side for

side for trade. My mum wrote a

letter, because it is cruelty

to animals. You think they

should ban it? Yes, ban it.

It's probably a good idea, they

were wrecking the industry up

there. I think they had to do

something. Why? I think there were some abattoirs that

had reasonable practice , so

they should try to ensure they they should try to ensure they get the cattle sent to those. People on the streets of Sydney this morning. Tiger Airways future in Australia remains under a cloud. The air safety

regulator is going to ask the Federal Court today to extend

the ban on the airline's

domestic flights until the end

of the month. The airline of the month. The airline CEO

Crawford Rix resigned within hours of the announcement being

made. The safety regulator says

it needs more time to investigate safety concerns. There have been

There have been new allegations of hacking made against Murdoch-owned newspaper. Murdoch-owned newspaper. Police believe the paper may have accessed voice mail messages of

the families of the 2005 bombing victims and the

families of soldiers killed families of soldiers killed in Iraq have been targeted by the

paper. First it was the

celebrities, then the murder victims.

victims. Now, on the sixth

anniversary of the London bombings,

bombings, families of those

killed in the terror attacks

have been told by police they

may have been hacked. My mind

went back to 2005, and the real emotional turmoil and state emotional turmoil and state we were in, and that somebody was

listening to that. It's a

violation, isn't it? I still

don't know what I think about don't know what I think about

it, other than I'm really

angry. That anger is shared in the

the community and in the parliament, where parliament, where opposition

demand for an inquiry found

support. Let me be very clear.

Yes, we do need to have an

inquiry, possibly inquiries,

into what has happened. Let us

be clear. We are no be clear. We are no longer talking about politicians and

celebrities, we are talking

about murder victims, about murder victims, potentially terrorist victims,

having their phones hacked into. It is into. It is absolutely disgusting. Despite agreement

for an inquiry, there's for an inquiry, there's a strong political element. David Cameron's former director of

communications Andy Coulson had

been the editor of the 'News of the World' when much of the

hacking is alleged to have

happened. Media reports say he

authorised payments of tens of thousands of pounce to police officers. It's

officers. It's been illegal,

certain since the law was passed by parliament in 1901, called the prevention of

corruption Act. It's corrupt, it's bribery. For inquiry

campaigners like Labormm Chris Bryant, this apparent cosy

relationship between

journalists and police deserves

independent investigation. A

lot of lies have been told to a

lot of people. When police lot of people. When police

officers tell lies or at least half truths to ministers of the

Crown and then parliament ends

up being misled, that is

up being misled, that is a major constitutional issue for

us to face. The head of News Corp Rupert Murdoch says he is

disgusted by the latest

revelations but is backing

Rebekah Brooks to investigate

the hacking, despite her period

as editor of the 'News of the

World' now also being called into into question. Already,

advertisers are deserting the

newspaper, not wanting to be associated with associated with the scandal

that has sickened so many.

Frankly, astonished that people working working for newspapers should

be hacking into the phones of murdered children and the families of murdered children,

it is beyond belief, it is beyond belief, it's

despicable. A media empire is

under scrutiny just as under scrutiny just as it seeks

to take control of British broadcaster BSkyB and the

questions growing ever louder:

Who has been pulling the

strings? Eventually there will

be a full inquiry but it could

be months, even years away. In

the meantime, we are being fed

daily revelations and nobody

knows where it will all stop. Federal Health Minister Nicola

Roxon has denied she has caved into the

into the states on key elements

of the health reform deal. The government will leave it up to the states to decide how they

meet a four hour time limit for emergency democratic admissions. The Minister has

removed a requirement for the

state to pay for private

elective surgery if a patient waits too

waits too long. They have waits too long. They have said

it is better to introduce it

hospital by hospital rather

than triage category by than triage category by triage category, which they thought

was far too messy. That took advice from the Western Australians, who have already

implemented this rule. This

strengthens the deal, we have

more confidence that we will

have clinical support to be

able to deliver the change, and

that is a good outcome for patients. Nicola Roxon

speaking this morning. A

second night of wild weather is

causing more havoc in New South Wales. Train lines in the Blue Mountains are expected Mountains are expected to

remain closed until Monday.

Homes in Sydney's south and

west are without power after gale force winds brought down powerlines overnight. Flights out of Sydney are delayed and

the Weather Bureau says the Weather Bureau says the windy weather will continue for

the rest of the day. Bali Nine member Myuran Sukumaran has

lost his final legal appeal

against his death sentence for heroin smuggling, following a heroin smuggling, following a similar rejection for fellow

Bali Nine member Andrew Chan

last month. They will face the firing squauld unless the president grants them clemency. The Federal Government's plan to send

asylum seekers to Malaysia is

facing a High Court challenge

to detain people without

determining their refugee

status. Lawyers for a woman and status. Lawyers for a woman and child detained on Christmas Island launched a High Court challenge last challenge last month. Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd Minister Kevin Rudd has announced a sweeping overhaul

of Australia's foreign aid

program in the wake of a major

independent review quaulg for

the worldways poorest and most vulnerable people to be at the

core of Australia's program. CEO of Care Australia Julia

Newton-Howes told ABC News

Breakfast the refocussing of

the aid program means more money for humanitarian emergencies such the drought in

East Africa. It's a very good

outcome, a thorough review, and

you mentioned the refocussing

of this on very poor people. Recasting the purpose of the

aid program is helping people overcome poverty, is a very

good outcome. There is a good outcome. There is a range

of good things in this review.

It makes a very strong

commitment to women and we know commitment to women and we know

that investing in women in poor

countries is a very countries is a very good

investment. We we will also see

assistance in humanitarian emergencies like the terrible

drought in northern Kenya and Somali at the moment, which will increase significantly. will increase significantly. A sweeping security clampdown in

the former Soviet republic of

Belarus appears to have rattled the the country as

the country as anti-government protest

protest movement. Belarus is

run as a dictator ship and he

has warned that he will strike hard against insurrections such

as those seen in the Middle East. Norman Hermant reports from Belarus. The from Belarus. The president

rules a country with the most repressive security service in Europe, -- called Europe, -- called the KGB. The

more Belarus' strongman

president is backed into a

corner, the harder he pushes

back. On 3 July Belarus' Independence Day, the Independence Day, the president

vowed there be no colour

revolution in his country. Hundreds of anti-government

protesters were arrested. For weeks, demonstrations weeks, demonstrations organised on social media sites have seen

people gather to people gather to protest against the government by simply clapping. Activists

fear the 3 July crackdown was

so severe it could derail the protests. Tonight demonstrations were demonstrations were smothered

by the KGB, but, says an

opposition leader, they will be back. TRANSLATION: The

stronger the pressure, the

stronger the resistance, we

shall have the same picture

after the 3 July events. The

people reacted very harshly to

the violence last December, nobody expected that.

Belarusians are not

blood-thirsty, they are a

peaceful nation. The peaceful nation. The president

is running out of room to move. His political control is

fraying, Belarus' economy is in

a nose dive. But he has one

thing going for him: Timing. It

is now the northern summer,

when it is easier for people to

do without. Come November, do without. Come November, when

the winds turn cold, it will be much tougher. The top stories: The Greens stories: The Greens and animal welfare groups say the

government's new guidelines for

the live cattle trade to done

will do little to improve animal

animal welfare. They say there needs to be a guarantee that

cattle will be stunned before they are killed. Tiger's

domestic flights will remain

grounded until the end of the month. The air safety regulator

will apply to the Federal will apply to the Federal Court to extend the suspension.

Tiger's CEO resigned hours Africa is a Africa is a made that

announcement. The British Government has promised Government has promised an inquiry into the 'News of the

World' phone hacking scandal.

There are new allegations that the Murdoch-owned newspaper

accessed voice mail messages of

the families of the victims of

the 2005 London bombings. Coral reefs in waters Coral reefs in waters off Indonesia are under serious

threat from destructive blast

fishing carried out by local fishermen. Local

conservationists are combatting

the practice with a new approach, replacing the

core reefs with artificial ones made from concrete. The coral

reefs are famous among divers

for their breathtaking beauty

and diverse marine life and diverse marine life but they are sustaining serious permanent damage as permanent damage as local

fishermen use homemade bombs to catch more fish.

Conservationists are working

with villagers to change their ways. TRANSLATION: The coral

reefs have been damaged but the villagers want to grow them

back. We support the program to

make artificial reefs and

release them into the ocean, so

we can bring back the coral reef and breed fish in reef and breed fish in the

waters again. They appear waters again. They appear to

resemble underwater art work.

These are some of the 160 sets

of artificial reefs the

villagers have produced so far

and assembled in an area

covering five hectares of on the other hand

floor. TRANSLATION: We are

using bamboo to create the man

made reefs in a way that is

cheaper and more affordable.

Everyone can make them because

bamboo is easy to find in the villages. The bamboo is used

to make the reef frames, while

a mix of cement, sand and

gravel creates the Reeves. Some

plants have started growing on

the artificial reefs and locals

say a number of fish have

returned. It is a small step but conservationists are

hopeful it proves environmental protection and protection and economic practice can co-exist

successfully. To finance news, the International

Monetary Fund's new boss Christine Lagarde has confirmed

its board will meet tomorrow to

consider the payment of the

next round of the bail-out

package to Greece. package to Greece. In heir first news first news conference, Ms

Lagarde says world market are

on the rebound. When we look

at the growth forecast for 2011

and 2012 we are clearly on a

rebound and things are improving

improving and are getting

better, if we compare with the situation as it was in 2009 in

the height of the crisis. That

recovery is, as people will

say, as you will comment on,

uneven. We will look at the

markets now: US stocks

climbed overnight.

Amy brain bridge joins us

for a look at sport and at a terrific Queensland win. It

was, and Queensland supporters

will be celebrating for some time, because the Maroons

maintained their domination maintained their domination of State of Origin Rugby State of Origin Rugby League. They won their sixth straight series in Brisbane

series in Brisbane last night, winning 34-24. Queensland led

all the way to give their captain Darren Lockyer a captain Darren Lockyer a grand

farewell as he played his farewell as he played his last

Origin match at Lang Park. The

only concern is an injury to Cowboys Cowboys star Johnathan Thurston, who hurt his knee.

We will hear from the captains

and coaches of both sides.

Pretty relieved, towards the

end of the game, that we were

going to get the win. Everyone in the stadium was wanting a

win, and the boys I know win, and the boys I know wanted

it, and I wanted to win it. I

couldn't ask for anything

more. The thing I like more. The thing I like about

Darren is the humility and the

way he goes about his business.

It's a good lesson to any young

Rugby League player or any

person in society, the way he

carries himself. We rattled

their cage but they bound back

extremely well. They came out

tonight and played better, they

were the better team tonight

and they deserve all the credit and deserve to be spoken

about. We were confident

coming in, the feeling we had

around camp, the feeling we had

with each other was really

good, something I haven't

experienced at Origin before. It

It just wasn't to be. Not this

year at least. Looking at the Tour de France, Britain's Mark

Cavendish won a sprint finish ahead of Philippe Gilbert to

take stage 5. The stage had a number of crashes, one involving defending champion

Bert better. The 154km sixth

stage was marred by strong

winds and winds and numerous crashes which made life difficult for

the ridesrs. Mark Cavendish was

able to break his duck, thanks to the assistance of Australian

teammates Mark Renshaw and

Matthew Goss. Matthew Goss said

the victory will ease a lot of

pressure on the team. We pressure on the team. We take

it as it comes, we have got it as it comes, we have got the

one win after five stages. We

are relaxed and can go into the

other stages stress other stages stress free and

hopefully it will snow ball

from here. Australia's Cadel

Evans remains one second off the pace in second the pace in second position.

His team boss is happy with the team's progress. Cadell team's progress. Cadell and

the team - you can't do this

alone. Since day one we have

had a plan and we have had a plan and we have been

taking it day to day, every day

just kind of one step closer to

the end. We are not trying to

make big predictions, just trying to get the job done.

Tomorrow's 226km sixth stage is

one of the tour's longest and

will be one for the sprinters

and strong winds are likely to play havoc with the play havoc with the riders at

the end. In other sports

news. The Matildas are through

to the quarterfinals of the women's World Cup women's World Cup in Germany.

Two second half goals from

Symons saw Australia fight back

to beat Norway 2-1. Australia

will follow Brazil into the last

last 8 from group D. They will

play either Sweden for the

United States. The Australian

Diamonds have notched up

another big win at the world netball championships in

Singapore, with a comprehensive 97-20 win

97-20 win over Sri Lanka.

Gerard was named player of the

match. The Diamonds have a

rest day before playing Marla by in the by in the quarterfinals tomorrow. New Zealand are

undefeated and will undefeated and will play South Africa in the quarterfinals.

The final is scheduled in

Singapore for this Sunday, and

I guess, as expected, it will

be Australia and New Zealand that will that will contest that. They

have to get through the quarterfinals, the semifinals are where Jamaica and England

will show up, and they will will show up, and they will be tough matches as well. There

is not much doubt it will be

the same match-up? Most likelily, yes. There is such

fierce rivalry, we saw what happened happened at the Commonwealth

Games last year, Australia has

a score to settle, but Jamaica

and England are strong teams as

well. Now the weather with Vanessa O'Hanlon. Still on

the theme of sport, it is up to

stage 6 of the Tour de France tonight. There is a big storm

system over the UK. It will

push cloud, wind and rain through France for stage 6.

Mostly cloudy, riders will encounter rain and strong tail

wind, with south-westerly winds

averaging 25 to 50km/h and the tail winds will help with the

speed, and the rain will make

it slippery. Into stage 7

should be more bearable and

less wet. Back home, for us,

cold gusty winds cold gusty winds driving speckled cloud over southern

South Australia, Victoria and

Tasmania, causing showers, but

mainly heavy dumps of snow.

Despite the jet stream cloud in Western Australia it should be

a mostly dry day. On the

synoptic chart, there is a synoptic chart, there is a frontal system making its way

over New South Wales, bringing

another burst of cold weather and gusty south-westerly winds.

The front will move off the coast early, easing conditions

briefly during the way. Warnings are current in New

South Wales, with gale force

winds forecast. The ACT and Snowy Mountains are on Snowy Mountains are on a severe

warning for blizzards. At Lord

Howe island, waves are expected

to exceed 5m. The next cold front will approach the south-east tomorrow. For Queensland:

Repeating the tsunami alert

issued this morning for islands

north of the north island of

New Zealand and around Tonga, that has

that has been resiped. That's a

round-up of the morning round-up of the morning news. Up next is Business Today. See

you tomorrow on News Breakfast,

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Fitzsimmons. Coming up on program, trade relief,

Australian cattle bound for Indonesia but with strict

conditions. Severe turbulence, Tiger CEO quits as the safety regulator the safety regulator extends its suspension on flights.

Future challenge, the race for technological advances to boost

coal's efficiency. Those

stories coming up shortly.

First a look at the markets. The local session will start

soon. Yesterday, around the region the session