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a matter of conscience. Tonight - 45 ayes and 28 nays. abortion debate... The Senate reruns the that there can be a just war, If you can come to a view a just abortion? why can there never be Tony Abbott's power ..and votes to take away to veto the abortion pill. voted no confidence The senators have effectively in ministers and parliaments, at least on this issue. This program is captioned live. Good evening. Welcome to Lateline. I'm Tony Jones. to the House of Representatives, Now the RU486 bill goes back the Prime Minister's home ground. shifting the political battle onto Yesterday, John Howard indicated on this issue, he's siding with his Health Minister to get his way? so how hard will he lobby

lobbying efforts Tony Abbott's own unsuccessful by one of his own senators were laid bare today

his efforts with Liberal MPs and it's hard to imagine will be any less intense. for debate tonight, Mr Abbott was unavailable by his Shadow, but we'll be joined live Labor's Julia Gillard. That's coming up. First, our other headlines.

AWB boss Andrew Lindberg quits the former agriculture minister as Labor turns its guns on Warren Truss. ongoing outrage President Bush tries to calm of the Prophet Mohammed. over the cartoons And who wants to be a CEO? at Channel 9. Eddie McGuire takes the reins in the Senate After two days of passionate debate and weeks of intense lobbying, a comfortable win, it turned out to be at least on the numbers. the abortion pill RU486, For supporters of the senators voted over the drug. to remove the Health Minister's veto it as a "no confidence" vote A disappointed Tony Abbott described in government ministers. Craig McMurtrie reports. From Canberra,

In the end, the Senate conscience

vote wasn't close. 45 ayes and 28

nos, the matter is resolved in the

afor the first timive. Despite

afor the first timive. Despite hours of impassioned debate. Eventually

euthanasia will be legalised in

Australia. It's trendy, it's the

way it will go. And guess what

way it will go. And guess what will happen? There'll be a pill come up

and it will go to the TGA, not to

knock over babies, but to knock

knock over babies, but to knock over people and we will sit there and

say, "Well, that's a matter for the

TGA , they're an independent body.

TGA , they're an independent body. " If you can come to a view that

If you can come to a view that there can be a just war, why can there

never be a just abortion? The Upper

House decided to support removing

the Health Minister's veto over

RU486, leaving the way open to

non-surgical abortions and handing

responsibility for the drug over to

the they are futic goods admission.

I am deeply disappointed with the

result. We're just not up to the

job. The senators have effectively

voted no confidence in ministers

voted no confidence in ministers and parliaments, at least on this issue.

A former Howard Government Health

Minister was among those calling

Minister was among those calling for the removal of the veto. I don't

think the decision to allow to

prevent the TGA evaluating this

prevent the TGA evaluating this drug should depend on the view of the

minister of the day. Tony Abbott

says the issue has been a smear on

his Catholic faith, telling

colleagues that it reflects on him

as a minister. Many people have

as a minister. Many people have been saying that the reason why the bill

had to go through was because I

couldn't be trusted to exercise

couldn't be trusted to exercise this power responsibly. Is it true as

being rumoured that you're

considering resigning if this bill

becomes law? No,I ceremony am very

happy to be the Health Minister.

I don't think this is a matter that

ought to be focussed on one

minister. I mean, Tony Abbott is

not minister for life in this

country. Those who have long argued

for the wider use of RU486 and

removal of the veto were thrilled.

The vote was overwhelmingly carried

by women. It's certainly the case

that the case against was largely

that of men and men in the

that of men and men in the coalition party. It's a victory today of good

governance, and of logic over what

has unfortunately been some very

emotive mistruths and inaccuracies.

It isn't the final word on the

issue. It's now up to MPs who'll

have their free vote in the House

have their free vote in the House of Representatives next week. But

heartened by today's result in the

Senate, those wanting the removal

Senate, those wanting the removal of the ministerial veto, are confident. AWB has announced the resignation of its managing director, Andrew Lindberg. As the Iraqi wheat scandal claimed its first big scalp, the Howard Government's handling of the Oil-for-Food Program was undermined from within. Senior Liberal senator Bill Heffernan has condemned the organisation charged with monitoring wheat deals as a "toothless tiger". Andrew Lindburg took charge of AWB six years ago, which means he was at the top for most of the kickback scandal. At the Cole Commission, his memory failed him more than 200 times on key facts, meetings and emails, provoking counsel assisting the inquiry, John Agius,

to ask Mr Lindburg whether he was a complete fool. Now, he's become the inquiry's first casualty. Mr Lindburg has taken responsibility for his actions,

but John Howard refuses to take any responsibility for the actions of his government. The resignation came amid more damning evidence about AWB. A third former manager, Nigel Officer, told the inquiry the company's most senior executives were aware AWB was making payments to Saddam Hussein in breach of sanctions. In Canberra, Labor maintained its rage at John Howard and his ministers, but, more importantly, the Government's case was undermined from within. The Wheat Export Authority is charged with monitoring export prices. In 2004, it asked AWB about kickbacks and examined 17 Iraq contracts,

but, despite the unusually high prices, could find nothing untoward In Parliament, Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran accused AWB of repeatedly misleading the authority. They were clearly and repeatedly told by AWB there were no improprieties in regard to the contracts. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer went even further, arguing that backed the Government's case that it had not turned a blind eye to hints of kickbacks. He also praised the Wheat Export Authority as "..extremely credible and responsible."

But that's not the view of wheat farmer and prime ministerial confidant Bill Heffernan,

who today dismissed the organisation as a toothless tiger. A bed of pansies, where we need a cage full of gorillas. They haven't been equipped to do the work. Not only that,

Senator Heffernan says he and other Coalition backbenchers had been warning the Government of the problem for years. We've been saying this for three years. In other words, the Government had been told of the Wheat Export Authority's shortcomings well before it tried and failed to uncover the truth about the Iraq kickbacks. Jim Middleton, Lateline. The Deputy Prime Minister and Trade Minister, Mark Vaile, says Andrew Lindberg's resignation from AWB is a sign the company wants to restore its reputation. Like Warren Truss, Mr Vaile has been questioned about his knowledge of the alleged kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's regime. In Sydney tonight, he said it's clear AWB is serious about change. If this is an initial step, well, obviously, they're prepared to take some definitive action. And, obviously, I say again, the board's responsibility is to their shareholders. Mr Vaile also told journalists he couldn't recall if he'd attended a meeting with Mr Lindberg and AWB chairman Trevor Flugge about grain shipments in June 2000. He says he'll check his records. The Immigration Minister has confirmed that there's been another case of a mentally ill woman being wrongfully detained. The Opposition has called on Amanda Vanstone to release more details of the circumstances of the woman's detention, something the minister has so far refused to do. The revelation coincides with the tabling today of a new report recommending sweeping changes to the way the Immigration Department deals with the visa cancellation and deportation of long-term Australian residents. Tom Iggulden reports. Confirmation today of what many have long suspected - that Cornelia Rau and Vivian Solon are not the only two women with a history of mental illness to be wrongly detained by the Immigration Department. In an interview with the 'Age' yesterday,

I was asked the question - "Was I aware of any others "that might fit the equivalent of Cornelia Rau?" And I said, "Yes, I was. "There was one case that, I think, is a very tragic one." I don't, obviously, have the details of that case with me at this point, but I can say that the person was... You could have expected a question. Well, I know at the interjection I could have expected a question, yes, but, Mr President, I don't intend to delve into any of these cases until the ombudsman puts out his report. We wanted, and still want, an open royal commission into these cases, into the Department of Immigration.

That allows an open, transparent process. What the minister's done is opted for an ombudsman process that guarantees that she can't be interviewed, which guarantees that she can't be questioned, which keeps everything behind closed doors. All the minister will say is the woman's been detained a number of times. And is another example of the tremendous difficulty that both the police face with mental health cases and the Immigration Department faces in relation to these cases. The problems at the Immigration Department have been keeping the Commonwealth Ombudsman busy lately. Today he released a report

into how the department deports Australian residents. The report follows revelations on Lateline last year of the cases of Robert Jovicic, who was deported to Serbia despite having grown up in Melbourne and lived in Australia for more than 30 years, and Fatir Tunchoc, who was set to be deported to Turkey after being in Australia from the age of six. Both had criminal records. And our assessment was that those issues were not dealt with as fairly, as accurately, in a balanced way that they should be, bearing in mind the drastic consequences for the person being removed from Australia. Minister Vanstone has already rejected one of the report's key recommendations - that people resident in Australia for more than 10 years be protected from deportation. And that's fine by the ombudsman. We acknowledge that that's a power that's in the legislation and that's ultimately a policy issue for government. The only point that we made is that there has been an increasing use of that power in recent years. But the Opposition says the minister should adopt all the recommendations. Minister Vanstone has pledged to implement all the report's other recommendations, including a training college for immigration officers. Tom Iggulden, Lateline. n m l h a t x e t are rushing to Nigeria, following confirmation that Africa has suffered its first case of bird flu. The deadly H5N1 virus has appeared on a farm in the north of Nigeria, where nearly all of its 46,000 birds succumbed to the disease. Any remaining birds were immediately destroyed. Despite praise for the swift reaction of local health officials, there are still concerns about the ability of Nigeria and other African nations to cope should the disease spread.

It's something we have been saying for a while - that were the disease to get to Africa, it is a continent where most countries have a very weak veterinary infrastructure. And we know from our experience in eastern Europe and in South-East Asia that the rapidity to which the disease can be fought and how quickly we can eliminate it, has to do, very directly, related to the quality of the veterinary infrastructures and Nigeria certainly needs a lot of help right now. Tests are now under way to establish how close the Nigerian samples are to the H5N1 detected in other parts of the world. The US Government has singled out Syria and Iran for deliberately fanning violent protests over cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad. Iran says that's a baseless lie, claiming international protests would have happened regardless of the Iranian view. The 12 Danish cartoonists responsible for the drawings have gone into hiding, following advice from their intelligence service that their safety is in question. Stephen McDonell reports. They were protesting in Iraq... (All chant) ..in Pakistan... (Chanting) ..in Sarajevo... (Shouting) ..and the West Bank. GUN SHOTS Every day there's a new round of demonstrations against cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad. The Danish editor who, in September, commissioned the cartoons as part of a contest, could not have foreseen this worlwide fallout. I would say that I'm sorry and I apologise if they have been offended by this, that was not my intention. The 12 cartoonists have now gone into hiding, following advice from Danish intelligence. And despite the economic impact at home and the deaths of protestors overseas, Denmark's Prime Minister still defends the paper's right to publish the cartoons. We are witnessing all these events unfolding with disbelief, and deep sadness, of course, and we feel frustrated that 12 drawings can cause all these problems. Meanwhile, the US President has called on governments to reign in the violent protests. I call upon the governments around the world to stop the violence, to be respectful, to protect property, to protect the lives of innocent diplomats who are serving their countries overseas. The Secretary of State has gone further, blaming US enemy states. Iran and Syria have gone out of their way to inflame sentiments and to use this to their own purposes, and the world ought to call them on it. But Iran's Vice President, Isfandyar Rahim Mashaee, says the US accusation is a 100% baseless lie and that there's no link whatsoever between the protests and Iran's nuclear problems. Though the protests continue and are possibly fuelled for political ends, it remains only the fringe who are prepared to torch European buildings over 12 cartoons most have never seen. Stephen McDonell, Lateline. Returning now to our top story, and after clearing the Senate the RU486 bill will now be presented to the House of Representatives for debate and a vote next week. The Prime Minister indicated yesterday that he was sympathetic to his Health Minister views on this issue. But with a conscience vote allowed, it may be difficult for him to get his way. As for Tony Abbott, it's hard to imagine he won't intensify his lobbying efforts with Liberal colleagues in the lower house. To discuss today's outcome and next week's vote - we're joined by Mr Abbott's shadow, Julia Gillard. And as Leader of Opposition business in the house, we'll also get her views on the AWB inquiry.

Thanks for joining us Julia Gillard.

Hi, Tony. Is it your judgment that

with a large margin in the Senate

with a large margin in the Senate by which this vote passed it's also

likely to be passed in the House?

I don't like to speculate on the

outcomes of conscience votes. At

the end of the day, having a

conscience vote means every MP gets

the time to weigh the issue up and

work out what it is that he or she

wants to do. But I think the size

of the margin in the Senate does

bode well for the House, and we

bode well for the House, and we will be debating this as soon as next

week. Well we've spoken to several

of your senior Labor colleagues

of your senior Labor colleagues this evening. They now believe the bill

will be passed in the House with a

significant margin. That seems to

be the view in Labor? Look, I think

that the very size of the margin in

the Senate does tend to bode well

for the House. There's been press

speculation that it was going to be

tighter in the House than the

Senate. I never had that feeling

that it was going to be that it was going to be particularly tighter in the House of

Representatives than the Senate.

Representatives than the Senate. So I think what the Senate has done is

probably pretty indicative of what

the House of Representatives is

going to do. But we can't

going to do. But we can't pre-judge it because every individual MP does

have to weigh the matter up and

have to weigh the matter up and make up their mind. That is, of course,

the diplomatic answer and it's the

right thing to say, we understand

that. But the view seems to be on

the Labor side there will be a

strong vote in favour of this. Are

you getting that sense? There was a

strong vote on the Labor side in

strong vote on the Labor side in the Senate and I suspect that will be

true in the House of Representatives. I think what was

very interesting about the Senate

vote Tony was that of the 30 women

in the Senate 27 voted in favour.

in the Senate 27 voted in favour. I think that's a very interesting

statistic and tells us something

about how women are viewing this

issue. Not only women who sit in

Parliament, but I suspect women

right around the nation. You'd

expect the coalition women in the

House to do the same thing, because

the strong behind the scenes

indications we're hearing are that

that is true? Well, much of this

debate was started by Sharman Stone

in the hourption. Obviously now

she's gone on to become a minister

in John Howard's most recent

reshuffle. But she's been very

important to this debate, as have

important to this debate, as have of course, a number of Labor women,

Claire Moore, Jan McLukus, have

Claire Moore, Jan McLukus, have been very important to the debate, too.

We will see a number of coalition

women in the hourption prepared to

support the private members' bill

support the private members' bill in the way in which they were in the

Senate. Senator Judith Troeth was

Senate. Senator Judith Troeth was a sponsor of it. As a Liberal MP

Fiona Nash as a National Party MP.

The bill was supported by Jeannie

ferris, also a Liberal MP. You are

looking keenly at the numbers,

obviously? I always try to watch on

what people are doing in Parliament

Tony, it's partly my job. Let's put

this in political interprets,

notwithstanding it's a conscience

vote. If it passes in the House

vote. If it passes in the House and by a significant margin, will you

by a significant margin, will you or the Opposition regard this as a

defeat for the PM and significantly,

as a defeat for the Health Minister?

Well, look I wouldn't regard it as

Well, look I wouldn't regard it as a defeat for the PM, provided that

there's no evidence next week that

the PM is out seeking to impose his

view on the hourption' members that

there's certainly been no evidence

of that to date. My feeling is

of that to date. My feeling is that the PM has indicated his thinking

but he's content for his hourption

members to make up their own mine.

I think the Minister for Health

I think the Minister for Health Tony Abbott really is getting into some

very unusual territory here. He's

almost like a sort of ageing

rock'n'roll star warneding around

saying, "That's enough of me

saying, "That's enough of me talking about me, why don't you talk about

me for a while?" Tony Abbott

actually doesn't realise this whole

thing isn't about him, but it's

about a health policy decision

about a health policy decision about what serious policy in what people

think is in the best interest of

Australia's women. It will be

viewed as rebuff to Tony Abbott if

he continues to conduct himself on

the basis that he's not the Health

Minister looking after responsible

health policy but a strong

protagonist in this debate and

clearly one who's ringing around

trying to influence colleagues.

There's no question about that and

indeed Senator Ian Macdonald made

that clear. He for some reason he

spelled out exactly what sort of

lobbying was going on and what Tony

Abbott said to him. Inevitably he

said in trying to convince Senator

Macdonald that a vote in favour of

the bill would be a reflection on

the minister and the Government.

He's gone ahead and said that more

clearly, that it is a reflection

what the Senator's done on the

minister and the Government. I

minister and the Government. I take it you agree with that assessment?

Well I just can't imagine why Tony

Abbott thinks that's a persuasive

argument that his colleagues would

necessarily fall into line because

they're worried about an adverse

reflection on him. I think it

reflection on him. I think it shows an arrogance and a confidence that

might not be justified, Tony. Look,

I think Tony Abbott is well on his

way to personalising this debate to

himself. If he makes that rod for

his own back, then it will have

his own back, then it will have been him that made it, no-one else, and

it will be him who then has to make

a decision about his capacity to

continue as Health Minister if he's

gone round to his colleagues and

said, "This is all about me," and

then they've rebuffed him. Are you

one of those, however, who argue -

and Tony Abbott says there are

people out there like this - who

argue as a committed Catholic he

couldn't be trusted with the power

of veto over the abortion pill?

No,what I've argued about Tony

Abbott is he's played an

irresponsible role in the abortion

debate over a long period of time

now. We know that he's been out

there using statistics about

abortion numbers in Australia that

he knows to be wrong, but he's been

using those statistics to try and

evidence his claim that there's "an

epidemic of abortions". We know

he's been out there using

inflammatory language like backyard

abortions and pop and forget pill.

I think he said backyard

miscarriages. I accept that

correction. But obviously he was

alluding, of course, to the

alluding, of course, to the backyard abortions of old and he's been

abortions of old and he's been using terminology like "pop and forget

pill". Now he's been out there on

pill". Now he's been out there on a campaign and I've been prepared to

be in the public debate judging him

on that campaign. But my position

on RU486 is not about Tony Abbott.

It wouldn't be about me if I was

Health Minister or indeed anybody

else, Michael wool Ridge, Kay

Patterson, Carmen Lawrence in the

past. It's not about an individual

Health Minister, it's about better

health policy and I think better

health policy lies in having this

decision about RU486 made by the

very same experts we trust to make

decisions on every other medication.

OK, but Tony Abbott does still

preside over a health system in

which abortions are legal and

which abortions are legal and rather frequent. That doesn't - he has

argued against abortion but then

again so has Kim Beazley, so what's

the problem? Well I don't think you

can put the things that Kim Beazley

and Tony Abbott have said in the

same category. Kim Beazley has his

private view about abortion and

that, of course, because he's a

public figure is publicly known,

public figure is publicly known, but he's never in his political life

he's never in his political life run a campaign about abortion law in

this country, let alone run that

campaign from the office of being

Minister for Health. That's all

Tony Abbott's done since the last

election. Strangely today, Kim

Beazley seems rather sympathic of

Tony Abbott. He says, he thinks

it's unfortunate and unfair that

this has been sheeted home so

heavily on him. Have you been

unfair to Tony Abbott? No- All

you've been is unfair according to

your own leader? I don't think I've

been unfair and I think Kim Beazley

is once again showing that very

generous soul for which he's famous.

He's a very nice man. I think

there are people who have suggested

that this in some way is about Tony

Abbott but really it's not about

who's Health Minister, it's about

responsible health policy. But

responsible health policy. But Tony Abbott should wear the political

responsibility for the inflammatory

and incorrect statements that have

come out of his mouth. He deserves

to wear the responsibility for that,

and I think the public is going to

judge him on that. They don't want

people entering this debate using

wrong strafks, inflammatory terms.

Alright, let's change focus Julia

Gillard. After a week of hammering

away in Parliament at the

Government, you're still no closer

it appears to proving that any

Government minister is directly

involved. Is that political

involved. Is that political promise to do that slipping away from you

now? Look, this was always going to

be slow work, Tony. We are there

day after day in Question Time. We

get a maximum of 10 questions. And

the Howard Government ministers

spend all of their time trying to

avoid answering them. We're not in

the cross-examination environment

the cross-examination environment of a properly constituted commission,

and that's been part of our case,

that really the Howard Government

should be making sure that the Cole

royal commission can examine its

actions in full in that sort of

setting where you can get

prosecution and cross-examination.

But I think we have seen some major

things come forward this week,

including of course, the recent

evidence involving the WEA and the

role it's played and, of course,

we've seen the resignation today of

the head of the Wheat Board and

that's a very significant

development in this issue. There's

no question it seems that the AWB

no question it seems that the AWB is obviously deeply implicated in all

of this. Your problem politically

is sheeting it home to any

Government minister and you haven't

done that. Governor O Connor said

it was a smoking gun and Kim

it was a smoking gun and Kim Beazley says, "No smoking gun". There's no

smoking gun when it comes to a

minister, is there? What I think is

already undenial is that at the

already undenial is that at the very least this has been a scandal of

gross incompetence, where ministers

have just not been on job doing

their job as they should

their job as they should competently be doing it. I mean, they've

certainly been incompetent in

allowing this scandal to engulf the

Wheat Board and $300 million to go

through to Saddam Hussein. That's a

point that's being made time and

again by the Opposition. Can I

just, for example, point out what a

senior AWB Nigel Officer said in

senior AWB Nigel Officer said in the commission today. He says that as

far as the Federal Government were

concerned, "AWB preferred to keep

them in the dark". Now if they

them in the dark". Now if they kept them in the dark on the details of

these contracts on where the money

was going, how were any ministers

ever going to find out about it?

Well they were going to find out

about it from other sources.

Certainly naertzs were being raised

in the United Nations. They were

being raised with people in our

mission there. They were being

raised with Austrade

representatives. They were being

passed on by those people back to

Australian authorities to officers

within the Department of Foreign

Affairs and trade and yet when

Affairs and trade and yet when these matters are perk lating through,

Mark Vaile's idea of an

investigation is to ring up the

Wheat Board and say, "Hi guys,

what's going on? Oh nothing to

what's going on? Oh nothing to worry about, cheers ta" and put the phone

down. It beggars belief that any

competent human being could think

that if you've got allegations

that if you've got allegations about an agency, the only thing you do to

investigate is ring up the agency

investigate is ring up the agency in question and say, "Did you do it?

No, that's fine, not going to worry

about it anymore. " It's that kind

of incompetence. I would say it

amounts to more, deliberately

turning a blind eye to evidence in

front of you. That's the case

before us to prove and we'll keep

after it in Question Time. Julia

Gillard we'll have to leave it

there. Thank you very much for

coming in to join us tonight.

Thanks, Tony. The man accused of murdering Sydney woman Janelle Patton on Norfolk Island four years ago has allegedly admitted his involvement in her death. Glenn Peter Charles McNeill today appeared in court on the island after being extradited from New Zealand yesterday. The prosecutor said McNeill told police he accidentally hit Ms Patton with his car. Her body was found wrapped in black plastic and had more than 60 separate injuries, including stab wounds. Police say a DNA sample taken from hair found in the boot of McNeill's car

exactly matched Ms Patton's DNA. The case has been adjourned until February 24. Media personality Eddie McGuire was today confirmed as the new boss of Channel 9. Mr McGuire will head the network's mission to regain the ascendency in the ratings war with Channel 7. The appointment has attracted praise from many quarter, though some have questioned the former sports reporter's qualifications for the job. Rachel Carbonell reports. Eddie McGuire's appointment as the Nine Network CEO was announced to the Stock Exchange late this afternoon. Shortly after, he appeared on the network's evening news as its lead story...

The rise and rise of Eddie McGuire... ..and then on 'A Current Affair', where he revealed outgoing boss Sam Chisholm will be hanging around. Sam will remain a confidant of mine. He'll remain as a non-executive director of PBL, and he has a tremendous presence around this building. Eddie McGuire seems in no doubt about where he sits in the company's food chain. I have my riding instructions from day one - that is that John Alexander is the chief executive of PBL and Nine's part of PBL. I've been given the mandate to run Channel 9. With just a small proviso. I'm not worried about people coming in there. I'm a strong enough personality to make my own decisions and take them through and fight the fight that needs to happen. He also played down speculation that PBL boss James Packer doesn't have the same passion for television as his late father and might want to sell Channel Nine. Eddie McGuire's biggest leadership role to date has been his presidency at the Collingwood Football Club. His prolific media career spans almost 30 years. In the late 1970s, he was a football statistician for the 'Herald' newspaper and in the early 1980s he took up a role as a journalist and presenter at Channel 10. The man who gave him that job says Eddie McGuire's new career will be a huge challenge. It's a great announcement for Eddie, but I think he's taking over Channel 9 at probably the most vulnerable stage of its history. No longer is Kerry there to direct things and I think the future is a big unknown for them. Mr McGuire's managerial experience has been called into question. He doesn't have the normal requisites that we would look for in the appointment of a chief executive of a commercial television network or, indeed, any television network. Eddie McGuire says he's been hired for the job because of what he brings to it, not what he doesn't bring to it. His older brother Frank McGuire says his sibling has already proven his leadership abilities. Eddie is taking on a big challenge. It's a tough job at a difficult time,

but he's never shied away from a challenge and I think that goes to his credit. And he's always been able to find the way through. Eddie McGuire will stay as Collingwood Football Club president, but plans to give up his on-air roles. That'll come as a disappointment to Commonwealth Games boss Ron Walker, who was hoping to keep Eddie McGuire as the main host of the Commonwealth Games coverage. Well, that's up to them, of course. I mean, I just hope we don't lose him from the Commonwealth Games, because he's such a great asset for us. The stock market is yet to react, although shares in parent company PBL dropped slightly in the lead up to the announcement. Rachel Carbonell, Lateline. To the markets now. The All Ordinaries regained some ground today following a strong US lead. Gold stocks bounced back, with Newcrest Mining up 3%. The banks posted mixed results and Telstra shares closed 1% firmer, reporting a half-year profit result in line with expectations. In the region, both the Hang Seng and the Nikkei are ahead. London's footsie is also firmer. On the commodities markets, both gold and oil are stronger, and the Australian dollar is buying just above US$0.74. Now, to the weather. Brisbane - late showers and thunderstorms. Sydney - early coastal showers. Melbourne and Hobart - showers clearing. Darwin - afternoon and evening storms. Adelaide, Perth and Canberra - tomorrow should be fine. And that's all for this evening. If you'd like to look back at tonight's interview or review any of Lateline's stories or transcripts,

you can visit our website at: 'abc.net.au/lateline'. Maxine McKew will be in this chair tomorrow night, so please join her then. Goodnight. Closed Captions produced by Captioning and Subtitling International Pty Ltd

This program is not subtitled THEME MUSIC (Man sings) # Palace of dreams # Palace of dreams # Sad as it seems # When we're apart # In my palace of dreams # Palace of dreams # I'll carry you with me # Deep in my heart. # TRAIN HORN MAN: Sorry, mate, we're full. TRAIN HORN TOM RAYNOR: The night train to Sydney. How often I've dreamed of jumping a ride. Now that Dad's lost the farm there's no reason to stay. I'm just another mouth to feed. So, it's Sydney at last. Every country boy's dream come true. TRAIN HORN BLARES CLANGING AND CLATTERING MAN: Up you get. SHEEP BLEAT

Phew! HORN BLARES What do you want? I'm looking for work. What have you got on your shoes? I haven't got anything... What does that say? Nothing. That's exactly what we got. Can you recommend a place? I gave that up a long time ago. TOM: Sydney. Bigger and faster than you ever imagined.

Mile after mile of bustle and noise. Where nobody smiles or answers your questions. Where you race to dodge cars and jump back from trams. Here you're just another face. Just one of the throng. No mates, no work and no ticket home. You're on your own now, Tom, with five quid in your pocket and the address of some publican. Some friend of a friend. Now Gundagai's just a memory. A place in a song.

G'day. Wouldn't be any work, I suppose? It's hard work. Bloody long hours. No worries. I grew up on a farm.

Plenty of work down there. Come round the back, see if you can take it. What do I do? Turn around, turn around. Gotta see how strong you are. (Laughs) Hey, what are you doing?! You lousy bastards! Aw! It's just a bit of a lark, Mr Daniels.