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Live Welcome to 7.30 I'm Leigh

Sales. Tonight - the medical

watchdog under fire over a major scandal involving hip

replacements. I had a lot of

needed to have the hip out bone loss inside

straight away. This is a

ticking Tom bomb for hundreds

if not thousands of Australian patients. And a special

interview with the world's interview with the

highest paid TV star Hugh

Laurie. I'm a jack of all

trades is what I am.

Q. Now he's turned his hand

to music. (Sings) # When you see me in London... see me in London... Those

stories shortly. First, just

before 3 am today the mining Government Representatives. The tax bill passed the House of

Government is hailing it as

sharing the benefits of the

boom. The deal was sealed when

Labor agreed to a demand by the

Greens. Shortly, 7.30

political editor Chris Uhlmann

will be joined by Greens leader

Bob Brown to discuss just what

the compromise involved. First

to the day in Parliament where

the Government celebrated and

the Opposition's blood pressure

rose. Because we've got in Monti thy pie. What are the

romance done for us. What are

the mining industry done for

us. We're just going flat out

towards the ground. There's no-one running this show. The morning after morning after the night before. It is pan ammonium

palace. Barnaby Joyce railed

against the bill that cleared

the house. The Parliament

having passed 250 pieces of

legislation, I move that that

the house do now adjourn. It

as the was an agonisingly slow ordeal

as the house divided 32 times

and tempers frayed. This

still the sitting of the 22nd

the and anybody that was warned on

the 22nd remains warned. The

final hurdle was cleared in a

late night deal with the

Greens. That party had baulked

a ate government supported

amendment from independent

Andrew Wilkie that lifted the

rate at which the tax cut in

and cut the revenue by about

$20 million a year. I would

like to tell you what like to tell you what that

offsetting revenue measure is

but the Government has said

that they'll make that announcement in the next

of days. With a new day came

some clarity. The $100 million

lost over five years would be

by plugged with $140 million saved

by delaying for a year

cut on mine transfers between

foreign banks and their Australian branches. The Government has decided Government has decided to

action a modest savings

measure. We had it in

contemplation in the course of

preparing for the mid year

economic and fiscal outlook.

The mining tax will raise $11 billion over four years and

fund a list of promises from

the tax concessions that come

with lifting compulsory superannuation savings from 9

over to 12%. That will be phased in

over 7 years and increase super

savings by $550 billion by

2035. What we must do is to

spread the benefit of this boom to

to every corner of our country. The Opposition is

unmoved. The Government rammed this thing through the Parliament in the dead of night Parliament to have the full

facts. The support of the

Greens was bought by a secret

deal. And the tax faces hurdle next year. This tax is

now a pale shadow of what it

was when it was recommended by

Ken Henry and we'll still in

the Senate continue to try and

improve it. We're joined by

Greens leader Bob Brown.

Welcome Hello Chris. What was

gained by the deal you truck with the government?

with the government? $140

million in the coming years for

Australians who depend on the

Federal Government for funding

childcare, potentially of education, schools,

transport, or the equivalent,

if you like, of one or 200

teachers or nurses, a pretty important gain. That was lost

when the decision was made to

remove the tax from mining

companies earning up to $75

million. They're quite

the money. . Suezible companies. They got

money given back so that it

wouldn't be teachers and nurses being sacked to pay for it. The

government itself says this is

money it had identified for its

mid year review. Savings it

had made already. All it's

done is brought forward an

announcement. It said it was

considering it for its mid year

review. Now it is locked in.

It is a big decision. It is

money that's going to come from

foreign banks or from financial

institutions that are borrowing overseas and it means they're overseas and

withholding interest with

holding tax is going to be paid

for a year extra. Big

difference, though, for people

on the ground and people who

depend on Federal funding. depend on

What we've done effectively is

get schools ahead of mines, whereas as of yesterday, mines

were ahead of schools. The

intent of that tax was to make

housing and business loans

cheaper. That was the intent

of giving that tax break? .

The business loans will still

be flowing and available. At the other end of be flowing and readily

it, Chris, we're not going to see the number of public

servants who may go in

round of cuts and we're looking

at that with the mid year

report coming up potentially

next week. The Government says

it wants to make sure it has a

surplus this year. Something

is going to give there. I'm

very concerned and the Greens

are very concerned that that

will include vital parts of delivery of public well being.

And we don't... Our priority is

with the public interest, the

owned overseas can look after big mining corporations largely

themselves. They should be

paying more tax, not less.

When we saw them getting less,

we decided that we'd much in

and say not at the expense of

our schools, our hospitals. One

thing thing. This looks like

an accounting exercise really.

Because the government had

already factored it into its

mid year estimates and it's

going to have to find another

$140 billion if it want to make

those budge savings they talk

about. That's the job in front

of them. We have done our job.

We've secured 140 million Australians at public interest.

That was our job. We carried

it out. Isn't the big green win

this week what wind width got,

$200 million to make sure there are proper environmental assessment of coal seam gas. Yes. Con grantlations Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott, that's an important great

through. I hear the through. I hear the mining industry complaining about

that. More overseeing, for

goodness sake. No, let's have

a recognition you need to know

what the impact is going to be on water systems on which our

food growing depends, and our

farmers and biodiversity

depends. Threentsible and Tony

Windsor and Rob Oakeshott have

achieved that. Good on them. Will the Greens support the

bill when it goes to the

Senate. It appears you're re severing everything for

position for the Senate. Yes.

We always said we didn't want

to see the tax reducedment as of yesterday that was going happen. Now we've made sure it

doesn't get reduced. The

alternative here is Tony

Abbott's proposal to give the

mining companies some $10 or

$11 billion money at the expense of the Australian

people. Really, we won't be

supporting that. We will be

working, Chris, through the

Senate and the Senate does this

very well, to get feedback from

the public, from a small

business for example. to change the Government's

proposal to give the big

dortion corporations a 1% tax

cut to a 5% tax cut for small

business so that they really do

get it. Why should the

banks be getting... Are banks be getting... Are you going to be hold out for that?

Why should the big banks be

getting $4 billion in tax breaks when they're ripping so much money and so many service

fees out of small business

which in a two-speed economy is

finding it quite hard to make

ends meet. We the Greens are

there to help small business

and the people that small people than the big banks or

the mining industry. Are you

going to be holding out for

these things. Are you going to

be knocking off this tax if you

don't get changes? Our

intention is to improve

tax. As I explained to yosh

colleagues here today, the

Senate system is not for

nothing and we will expect that

we'll have business and the

community players who are

looking at the tax system, look

at the superannuation system.

Why should a few per cent of the the top income earners get $12

billion in tax breaks out of

the proposal. Why shouldn't we

make sure that's spread across

to the middle order and lower income earners so they get a

fair break too. We will be

looking into that and hoping we can get an

can get an improvement. Briefly

on this, did it look good for

you to do a deal in the middle

of the night on something you

weren't allowed to talk about?

It was a caveat put on it by

Government. We said we want to

go out and tell people exactly

what's going on. They said no, we've got reasons why you shouldn't do that. that agreement with them and we delivered to the Australian people. Bob Brown, we'll to

leave it there, thank

you. Thanks, Chris. The second

time in 12 years researchers

time in 12 years researchers have investigated the plight Australians living way

psychotic illness and it is a

mixed picture. Life for the

roughly 64,000 people affected

has improved over the past

decade, but loneliness and

isolation is still substantial

problems. Mary Gearin

reports. I call us

invisible minority. A lot of us can't Speak Out because

us can't Speak Out because you lose your confidence with this

illness. It takes away your

confidence. It shatters your

soul, it shatters who you

are. Sandy Jeffs is one of the

most articulate correspondents to ever report from the

fractured landscape of

psychosis. A land that

generally robs its inhabitants

of self expression. It is a

very un intellectual

experience, a very

experience, a very base primal

awful experience. Sandy Jeffs often shares her experience of

scrits her with mental health

worksers and 12 years ago she

spoke to this program. Hi

delusions of being evil and

voices telling me I voices telling me I was evil. Since we spoke to Sandy

Jeffs, she's published three

books of poetry and a highly

commended memoir. If you ask

her if life has inproved in

that time

that time she's ambivalent. If

you count that as success, it

sort of is. But it's always

done within the shadow of this

illness. So it is that the

launch of second the lot of Australians living

with psychotic illnesses has

also met with mixed

feelings. So many people fall

through the cracks in the system because there are so

many many cracks to fall

through. The national studies

that some positive findings.

More people have experienced

periods of good recovery

between multiple episodes of

psychotic illness. 29 .3% up

from 21.3%. The number of

people deteriorating due to

chronic illness has halved

since 1998 down to eh 11-point 2%. hospital have decreased by a

third to 22.7%. But as always,

third to 22.7%. But as always,

questions lie behind the raw

statistics. I think statistics. I think the

medications have flat lined the

illness so that we might not be

having as many frequent florid

he blowouts of our illness that require hospitalisation. A lot

of people I think are living in

a chronic state of low-level

ongoing illness. Fewer people

in hospital may mean that

people are not getting the care they need. I prefer that it means there are fewer

people becoming acutely un-Elle

well although we continually

hear from people who say

they're not able to get care

when they need it. There are still some messages about the degree of

debilltation involved in psychotic illness. Very local

levels of employment. There are

the physical problems. Smoking

rates remain very high. On

average 21 cigarettes a day.

Worryingly hatch the people

with psychotic illness abuse or

drugs up from 30% a decade

about. Almost half are obese

compared to 21% in the general compared to 21% in the general population. Unfortunately, it is the newer medications that

are often more implicated with

the overweight and O'Reilly

obesity and we've got to get

our heads around that one and

look at better ways of helping

people to retain a healthy

normal weight. Perhaps the most

chilling number in the survey

is this. 13.3% of people with

psychosis report having no

friends at all. It is social problems illness that hinder recovery

from it. Why are 80% of us

still on a government pension

for our main source of income?

for our main source of income?

Why are only 17% of Why are only 17% of people

with a psychotic illness in a de facto for married

relationship. Does this

suggest a happy healthy cohort

of people What do you think

lies behind all of those

statistics? The incredible

amount of pain that still

exists in the community caused by

counts himself lucky. The

friend he made during his civil

engineering degree here at the

University of Melbourne helped

him on the road to recovery.

He was 25 before being diagnosed schizophrenia. You can feel so

alone too that you don't really

even relate to yourself any

more. David Braniff says if it

weren't for his mother's tireless work for more than a

year from her home in a

Victorian country town, he wouldn't have received proper help. It shouldn't have to be

that hard. The Australian mental health system is

wonderful. But it is not

working in unison. All the

different areas, all the different programs all

different NGO, all the

government bodes and whatever,

they're not working as one. The

Government says a program

starting in July next year will

provide a one stop shop model

of service delivery in the

meantime, Sandy Jeffs hopes

greater awareness can help dissolve

dissolve the isolation so many

feel. We must not make the assumption

and out that, we're all

incapacity and we're all hopeless. And for information

about mental illness go to www.

Sane.org. Mary Gearin with

that report. Australia's medical watchdog has been

condemned for its handling of a scandal infecting hundreds

hundreds of patients. The

Senate has just completed an inquiry into hip replacements

that leached metal and made

many patients sick. It

queueses medical regulators of dragging their feet before device was removed from the

market. Now two class action

are under way and politicians

are pressuring the authorities to tighten the rulings. Hayden Cooper

Cooper reports. This is the

device that's caused so much

pain to so many patients around

the world. A metal on metal

hip replacement now withdrawn

from the Australian market but

not in entirely. I had a lot of bone loss inside my femur.

Virtualal ly the stem was go an break the

break the top of my femur bone

off and I needed to have the hip out straight away. Bob

Lugton is now back on his feet

after a horror run at the hands

of this major medical scandal.

It began with an operation to

fit a new hip, but instead of a

gradual recovery, his condition got worse until the

got worse until the device had to be split my femur open, take the

back of my femur out, my bones

were full of a grey sludgy material. It was a case of

metal poisoning. The grinding

of the hip released cobalt and chromium into the patient's

blood stream attacking the

blood stream attacking the

joints, tissue and muscle

surrounding the hip. This

is This is the hip that came

out of me. This is a Johnson & Johnson De Puy hip and it moves

around like that. As it moves

around, it sheds metal

particles. His wasn't the only case. 5,500 Australians have

had this hip implanted. Until

now almost 500 have had

now almost 500 have had to go

back and have it removed. More

could follow. This is a ticking

time bomb for hundreds if not

thousands of Australian

patients and that's why the TGA

needs to be held to account here. Nick Xenophon set up the Senate inquiry that's now

delivered a rebuke to

Australia's system of medical

regulation. A system run by the Therapeutic Goods Administration

Administration or TGA. The

committee was shocked by the

intolerable and unacceptable

experiences of patients, the

report says. The failure of

the TGA to act in a more timely

and decisive manner is

regrettable. The committee

believes that there may be many thousands of

continue to be unaware of these

issues. This

issues. This is clearly

unacceptable. The TGA as

watchdog too took long to The delay was completely

unacceptable. I have

constituents in South Australia

who are severely ill because

they had the devices implanted

well after the TGA became a

aware of these problems. Dr Graham

Graham Mercer represents the nation's orthopaedic

He'sgries the TGA was slow to

react to the emerging disaster.

Serious doubts about the device

were first raised in 2007. It

wasn't removed from the market

until 2009. Look, I think there

was some reticence to act on

the behalf of the TGA and

certainly since that time, we

have been working with the TGA

have been working with the TGA

to rectify that speed of

transfer of information. But

patients like Bob Lugton say

the surgeons too have many questions to answer. Like why

did some continue using the hips after doubts had been

raised? Something drove surgeons surgeons to continually keep

putting this hip in even after

they knew they continually kept

they knew they continually kept putting this hip in until we

had 5,500 or more of these hips

in. In particular, there were

designer surgeons who may have

been involved in the design of

the prosthesis who felt because

they had particular skill that, they

could still use this prosthesis

with less complications than their their fellows. I think that's

been shown subsequently the best of hands this

prosthesis at the tend 69 day was going

was going to have a higher than anticipated rate of revision. We need to go down

the US path and legislate for

medical practitioners to

disclose to patients the gifts,

the inducements they get from Informatics pharmaceutical companies and medical device

manufactures. The A S Rdes demr The Senate inquiry

recommends more rigorous

scrutiny in testing of devices before

Australian market. It wants

authorities to do better at

tracking the performance of

devices after they're implanted

and it is concerned there are simply

simply too many approved in the

first place. We can't just continue allowing manufacturers to come

to come to Australia

up anything even if it doesn't hold

hold any advantages to either

the patients or the system. That

system. That report from Hayden

Cooper. In recent years the British comedian Hugh Laurie

has become a huge success in

America in his role as the

curmudgeonly Dr House. Funnily

enough the show has never

become a hit in his home

country and his former comic

partner, Stephen Fry, once said

he's sometimes asked in the UK

whatever became of that Laurie bloke in fry and law re. turned his hand to a new challenge releasing a blues album called "Let Them album called "Let Them Talk"on

which he plays piano and guitar

and also sings. Hugh Laurie joined me joined me earlier from London. Thank you very much for

joining us. Good to be here.

Thank you. You're an award

winning actor, comedian accomplished musician, a champion

champion rower, a writer a

director, the face of L'Oreal,

an OBE. Please you can tell me

that are a bad at cooking or

pathologically untidy so I can

feel better about myself. I cook like an angle. No I can't

cook at all. I don't recognise

the person you just described.

That sounds like a list of

things that I - I'm a Jack of

all trade is what I am, a jack of all trades. I think that's

a respectable thing to aim for.

We can't Danny Allsop be David

Beckenham. Sometimes David Beckenham can be David Beck

ma'am. When you and Stephen Fry

were younger you were asked who

career you would like to

emulate. Fry said Alan benefit and

clipt Eastwood with a dash of

Mick Jagger. I was wondering

with the CD you've released if

that's the dash of Mick Jagger finally coming in? finally coming in? No that's

the puter use of no. I sing

like Peter and I play the

piano. Clint weeft wood does

play the piano and plays very

well. It seems to me I was cheat ing inmy answer. The

point was to pick on one person

and I was trying to get three

people in one. I don't think

the Mick Jagger thing was incorrect. I don't think I

really had the sort

think I could pull that off. I

have great admiration for

people who want to be the front

of the stage and cavorting. It

is not my thing. Where did the

love of the blues come from? It

is such a magical inapplicable

is such a magical inapplicable thing that I think it is

probably better not to try to

analyse it too much. I just

know that the very first blues

song I heard it was as if a big

hand had come out of the radio

and grabbed me by the throat

and it hasn't let go. (Sings)

# Sometimes I think my

baby's... Sometimes I think she

should be buried alive.

you don't know, you don't know

my past Clive James once wrote about the difficulty of

escaping, as he put t the

shackles of reputation, that

once you're a public figure and

people see you a particular way

it is hard to break out of that and do something different.

You seem throughout your career

to be able to transgress How do you think that is? My

secret was never to do

secret was never to do anything

so well that you got trapped in

it. I felt when I was starting

out as a comedian or as an

actor, you know, I looked

around and I could see

obviously that Kenneth Brannagh

was standing up there and doing Shakespeare incredibly well. I

was never able to do outdo him

in that. That was my

in that. That was my secret.

My secret was to hover just underneath that

underneath that level and never

excel to spectacularly in any

one area. That's my secret.

I'm giving it away. That was

my strategy. Everyone ill be

trying to do it now. Right. Yes? Yes. I

Yes? Yes. I recently finished

fry frae's memoir and he writes

when you were starting out. One of the things that's clear

the BBC and again you guys an incredible opportunity where get on board and strael what you like for

us. If you were starting out

in it. V today that you would

be given that leeway? . No.

Absolutely not. We were

incredibly lucky to arrive when

we did on the scene. It really

was a scene actually, if ever

there was, it was about timing.

So much of life is about

timing. Therefore, I mean is good fortune. We

were incredibly lucky and we'd never have a chance like that

now. I think it would be

completely different story now.

Or arse is Or arse is mine miss ter.

The day you joined this army

you signed your arse over to

me. I get it sir. Maybe you

can give him a piece of my arse

as a say of saving your arse. Shut your arse. Sir. Lob

likes a smart changed about the TV industry

now that people aren't given

that sort of freedom, I

suppose? I think that the

audience has so fragmented now.

When we were doing PG Woodhouse stories, Jeeves and Wooster,

for example, we would have 10

million people would watch the show and that wasn't even

considered an especially

gigantic hit. It was successful but Now if you can get two million

people to watch a show you're

enormous. The audience is so fragment the therefore there

isn't as much money to devote

to particular things. People

don't feel the inclination to sperpt in

sperpt in quite the same way.

They don't have the opportunity

to experiment. For that

reason, we were just so lucky

at that particular time. Are

you given much leeway in the

production of House to experiment experiment at all? Do you improvise much on air for

example? Yes, it's all me

really. They just come up with

a piece of paper and say

patients ill and I take it from

there. No, I don't... So there. No, I don't... So many

medical terms off the top of

your head you throw out. A lot

of them are made up actually.

A jumble of Latin and Greek

sill bumps. No, the script are

pretty much syllable perfect.

I'm not just saying that. They

take weeks if not months over these scripts and every time I

suggest it is like a chess

game, what about if we move the

knight, no we tried that if you move the knight there the

bishop takes, you

right. Every time I suggest

what about this line or this

joke or this idea? They say

then we tried that and it

affects something else and you

can't... We can't do it. I'm

more than content. Although I

can't read music, can I read

words and I sight read House. There's There's no very little improvisesation. I go where I

pointed. It makes me sound

like an I had why the I had

idiot. Your first case was an

interesting one. Won't go away. Complaining of back

spasms. I red about something

like that. Orange. The the

colour? No, Americans take yourselfden

indication, at face value or do

they get it? No, Americans it

must be said don't quite

understand the English fetish

for selfdenden indication. And

quite rightly. They're baffled

by it. You have to keep it in

check. You can see them very

rapidly lose interest. If you

don't think you're worth

talking to, then they don't

either. They don't find it

charming. Nor should they.

Now look at that. I'm being

self-deprecating about selfden

indication. That's crazy. Hugh Laurie thanks so much for

taking time to speak to us

tonight. Thank you very much. Thank Thank you. An extended version of that interview will be

available on our website soon.

That's the program for tonight. We'll be back at the same time

tomorrow but for now, good night. Closed Captions by CSI

BEN: 29! Ben! Stop playing Spot The Chav and sit down. I'm not telling you again. So the flag wasn't flying over Buckingham Palace so the Queen's not there. That's right. So the Queen's out wearing hats and shaking hands with people.

The Queen's boring. The olden-day kings and queens were much better. I mean, like, Mary burned and killed 500 people, which was why she was nicknamed Bloody Mary, but she should have been nicknamed something a bit like Ashy Mary or Flamy Mary or Bloody Flamy Mary.