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(generated from captions) I'd now like to

parliamentarian s to please come and respect come and respect our culture of the smoking ceremony. the smoking ceremony. Please

move forward and get a cleansing. It helps.

We can see members of parliament now moving around

the smoking ceremony which was

is an conducted by Matilda House who

is an Aboriginal elder from the

known here. And we heard from Canberra region, extremely well

the Prime Minister who said

that words and symbols were important, that this was the

second time that we were seeing

this ceremony now starting the

opening of Parliament but in

fact it was now entrenched the standing orders of fact it was now entrenched in Parliament and we will see Parliament and we will see it

at the opening of every

Parliament from now on. And

Tony Abbott said that he wanted this Parliament to be a parliament of action about the things it did on indigenous parliament of action about the

affairs, take it beyond the

words and symbols. The Prime

Minister was also highlighting

that as well. I'm joined in the

studio by Anabel Crabb who is

our chief political writing

from online. You will remember

well from lst time around that

Kevin Rudd was the one instituted this and it was best

known for its apology to stolen generation. known for its apology to the

stolen generation. It had a

great start but he himself they would be judged by great start but he himself said

practical things happened and I

guess that perhaps some might

think they fell a bit short on that in the last parliament. Falling a little

short in this particular

portfolio area is not a new

thing for prime ministers. That

is a long and rich history of prime ministers in Australia

who come to the end of their

terms feeling a sense of regret

and remorse about what they

managed to failed to do or how little they

managed to do of a practical

use in this particular

portfolio area. And even if you

look at John Howard, one of the most fascinating parts thought of the 2007 election Sydney during the campaign when

he talked about his - he made a

frank assessment of his own role in this portfolio area he talked about being a product role in this portfolio area and

of his own generation and

talked about renewing a push for a recognition of for a recognition of first

Australians in the constitution

by way of a preamble. You also had Bob Hawke who was very

emotional at tend of his term

about the amount of change he

course of his prime course wasable to effect over the

duties for course of his prime ministerial Australians. Now you can see

Paul Howse is the man

the didgeridoo, he is Matilda's

son and a great many of

Matilda's relatives involved in

this. You can't see it but it's

a gorgeous mosaic in the a gorgeous mosaic in the fore

court of Parliament House and the Prime Minister greeting

some of the Aboriginal

delegation there. It's fascinating, it is the original sin of anything seem to have been able to do

anything much about - and sin of settlement that we never

interestingly too, Tony Abbott spoke about Jim any Clements and

and there's a great story from

how the 'Canberra Times' of 1927

how it mentioned this lone

representative of a vanishing

King race that turned up to see the

King and was to be hurried on

by a policeman. But the

interesting part of interesting part of that was

that the crowd turned in that the crowd turned in Jimmy

Clements' favour and wanted him Clements' favour and wanted

should be staying. to stay and thought that he

should be staying. It is sometimes our sentiments just never really matched by sometimes our sentiments are

our actions. Sure, and I think

that there is always the sense of exclusion, isn't there, that of exclusion, of exclusion, isn't there, that that there is always the sense of

in some way even the people who

come here today to perform the

smoking ceremony are being invited as a special dispensation of some kind. Do

you remember when Kevin Rudd was departing his office was departing his office as

emotional press conference that prime minister in that long and

he talked he talked about that day when

of the stolen generations into he welcomed the representatives he welcomed the

Parliament via his office to

observe that historic occasion

and he said that they were

frightened and it was our job

to make them feel comfortable

and at home. I mean he obviously charged with emotion when he particular incident. That was when he remembered that

another crazy day in parliament

in the sense that I think whale

while he was while he was doing speech was still churning the printing press. He had speech was still churning off

found it very difficult found it very difficult to

write that speech. But yes,

there's that sense of being

invited into what should be all Australians' house

Australians' house of

parliament. It's interesting

too that in the 110 years of

Australian parliament and the

House of Representatives there have been about 190 member, I'm

member, not quite sure, sorry 1,090

members of the Senate in that

time and yet only 3, Neville

Bonner, Aiden Ridgeway and now

Ken Wyatt who have an indigenous background and

Democrat. We're yet to see a Liberals and one was a interestly two of

has an indigenous Labor mep of the parliament who

background. That's quite

interesting. There's a lot of

international interest in Ken Wyatt taking his seat He's of substantial interest Wyatt taking his seat today.

and a matter of great pride to

the Liberal Party. We're seeing

the end really of this ceremony

now. We can see the Australia, the Torres

Aboriginal Australia in the Australia, the Torres Strait,

background there as the Prime Minister and John Hogg the President of the Senate continue to greet the delegation there and in the

background we can see the magnificently dressed deputy sergeant of arm. I love sergeant of arm. I love the

meld of these two world, meld of these two world, in

14th century dress there with

some thousands of years old. We ourselves, certain parts of parliament are stuck in certain

generations. I know and that's

part of the majesty of the day

and one of the great things

about the opening parliament is that it is an excuse for people

to wear some truly fabulous outfit s and I'm very outfit s and I'm very much hoping that the swearing in

will involve some people wearing hats. happen all the time but I love it it on it on the occasions when it

does, I love it when people

dress up. I also like about

these parts of the ceremony, these parts of the ceremony, I love it when the Prime love it when the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader are

required to sit next to each

other in a state of other in a state of polite

mutual tolerance, which in this

particular instance will even more difficult to maintain

than usual. You remember last

time we were in this position watching watching a parliamentary

opening it was Kevin Rudd and Brendan Nelson sitting slightly

uncomfort ably side by side and

I think there was a slight

moment where Brendan Nelson was

called upon to speak on that

occasion which he wasn't entirely expecting. And entirely expecting. And he

thought that that was the first sign that the Prime Minister

was saying one thing and doing

another. It was interesting

during this very ceremony last

time he thought it was the

Prime Minister only that was apparently, according to him,

Kevin Rudd leaned over and said

I'd like you to say a few words. You're up next. And

Brendan Nelson of course could

say a few words at the drop of

a hat but he did take that

badly. And also interestly we

had that experiment had that experiment last time round in Kevin Rudd inviting

Brendan Nelson to be part of

this great project, which this great project, which is a

great project, to try to do

something about the lot of

indigenous Australia and again

he made the first steps he made the first steps towards doing something about doing something about that and

then believed it was being used against him. Yeah, it the last parliament with much talk of talk of bipartisanship. This

parliament's a little bit

different, I think, because you

have two parties that are now,

as of last week, kind of prowling around each other's outer perimeter outer perimeter fences looking for weak points. I for weak points. I mean the discussion about discussion about bipartisanship

is a much more complex one than

it was 3 years ago. But the other thing that I remember

from that day, the apology day,

and this was a very interesting aspect, I thought, of aspect, I thought, of the

interrelation at that stage between the leaders of each party is that during the actual

speech before parliament where

Kevin Rudd delivered the apology, do you remember when Brendan Nelson made his, Brendan Nelson made his, at the

time, very controversial speech

and there was a great - there was

was a feeling of dissatisfaction obviously

outside the chamber and also some sort of discome bob laition within it as the

representatives of the stolen generation heard what Brendan

Nelson had to say and I thought that Kevin

that Kevin Rudd kind of rescued Dr Nelson a bit situation. He defused the tension within the chamber by

going over and literally

grabbing Brendan Nelson by the elbow grabbing Brendan Nelson by the

elbow and taking him around to parliament from the stolen

generation. I think that was a

gracious gesture at the time. I

didn't last particularly long. And as I said it long. And as I said it was interesting, you're right,

there were a lot of tensions on

that day as we that gracious moment from the Prime Minister

which I think again Brendan

Nelson did see as a gracious

moment. But let's talk about the 43rd Parliament of

Australia. It has not yet begun and when was the last time and when was the last time in

the 110 federation that we've ever

focused on who will be the

deputy speaker? Well it's a

turn up for the books. And it's sort sort of turned into this

strange kind of reality TV

show, you know, so you want show, you know, so you want to be deputy speaker. And be deputy speaker. And what will you do when you get the

job. Yeah, and I think today is

actually a really good example

of how this parliament will

work in the sense that we know

that by 5:30 pm or so there

will be a deputy speaker but we

actually literally don't know who that will be yet and Government decides to do. It

has undertaken in the group hug

agreement, as we now fondly

know it, to accept a deputy

speaker from the ranks

Opposition. But that was on the understanding that the votes of

the speaker and the deputy

speaker would balance each other

other out and that no harm

would be done or otherwise to the Government's tiny majority. And now it looks as though the Government is considering reneging on that undertaking.

So the Opposition will put up a deputy speaker candidate and much will

So the Opposition will put up a deputy much will depend on whether the

Government decides to accept that deputy speaker. Why does

it matter who is the deputy

speak sner well of course it

normally doesn't matter at all but but it matters in these circumstances because if the circumstances because if the

deputy speaker comes from the

ranks of the Opposition, then

the Government has a bit of a

motive for sidetracking its own

speaker, Harry Jenkins, at difficult moments when difficult moments when it

really wants to be sure of

every vote that it has, thereby

relieving the deputy speaker of

a working vote or her to serve in the chair. This is the sort This is the sort of entry kacy

on which we are now forced to

rely on draw our conclusions about where legislation about where legislation is

going to come from in this

House and whether it's going to

become law. And numbers mean

everything and I don't think

you can just count it as 75, 74

when you take the speaker out

because who knows which way on

any given think Tony Crook will vote or

vote or Bob Katter. Or indeed even Windsor and Oakeshott. Let's not signed up to an agreement to guarantee guarantee supply to the

Government and to - and not to

support no confidence motions unless there are circumstances

of egregious corruption or

slrks they haven't issue nid

undertaigings at all on other

policy areas. I think it's like policy areas. I think it's like

trying to pile bunnies into a

basket. We've seen the way it

works in the Senate, you get

one in and while you're chasing

around for the other ones the

original one hops out again. That's kind is going to look at That's kind of what is going to look at at That's kind of what this thing is going to look at at times. It's fascinating and

trying to wrangle your own trying to wrangle your own over

the course over last week with Alex Somlyay

perhaps taking up the does remind me a little bit

like them being taken down into the the basement and shown the

implements of torture and the statement comes out with saying

no, of course, they were always

member of the one true faithful. We're going to wrap up from here very shortly and

come back at 10:30 when we will

get back into the ceremonial

side of this opening and then

we will see the Chief for the Governor-General in for the Governor-General in the

Senate where the members of the

House of Representatives are

called. One last quick question to

to you, do you think we're

about to see a kinder, gentler

polity or not? I don't think

we're going to seen we're going to seen one that's kinder or gentler. I think both

sides of parliament, the major

parties have made that pretty

clear. What I think we clear. What I think we are

going to see is a very vigilant

parliament and that's parliament and that's not

necessarily a bad thing. A lot

of MPs are now getting used to

the fact that they will be required to be in Parliament House at all times to vote. Now, that, to

Now, that, to them, is difficult. To a member of the

public it might seem like a fairly reasonable requirement. The other thing is

single MP in this House of

Parliament is now relevant. The parties are learning that to

their own dismay. They know

that people that they have

overlooked or failed to take

care of or promote to their own

satisfaction are now satisfaction are now possible explosions waiting to happen.

But it does mean that each MP now has the responsibility of their their own behaviour, on their

own shoulders and that's probably not an unhealthy thing. We'll be back and we

will be joined by John Nethercote from Catholic University and will be

able to take us through the

wonders of the ages but we will

return to our studio in Melbourne and Paul Kennedy Melbourne and Paul Kennedy with the rest of the the rest of the day's news. Thank, Chris and there

will be continued coverage of the swearing in of Australia's 43rd Federal Parliament

43rd Federal Parliament on ABC News 24 later today including the selection of the selection of a deputy speaker which is yet to be decided. Some other and overseas where Israeli construction work is pressing

on in the West Bank in the face of international calls of international calls for restraint. Palestinian

President Mahmoud Abbas has

held back on a threat to quick peace talks, at least for now. Middle East correspondent Ben

Knight reports. On the first day after the building freeze

ended, the diggers were back at

work as expected. This morning

we started to build again the houses for the people that

bought it and - I

you how much a relief that

you how much a relief that we

can do it because people, the politics kill them

financially. Around 2,000 new houses are understood to houses are understood to be ready to go. Thousands more are

only waiting for local council

approval. We're waiting for

this for more than 2 year s. It was planned and foundation was put down put down more than 10 months

ago and was froze by the Prime

Minister who had no right, no right by the Government, no

right by the people to stop the building in Israel. This is

Israel. But it appears to have

been a relatively slow start perhaps because of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, perhaps holiday of Sukkot, perhaps because of the Israeli Prime Minister's call for restraint. TRANSLATION: We are in a period

of some uncertainty, a sort of

passing crisis. I hope whatever

happens we cannot stop efforts to achieve a complete peace.

But this crisis isn't But this crisis isn't going away. The Palestinian President

is under enormous domestic pressure to pressure to walk away from the talks as he promised to do if building resumed. But in Paris building resumed. But in Paris

Mahmoud Abbas said it would be

for the Arab League to decide

what to do at their meeting next week.

TRANSLATION: We will not have

now any quick reactions, we

will not say yes or no, we want

or we don't want. We need to

study all the results and consequences. A real deep study

with the Palestinian leaders

but also with the Arab countries. His countries. His host, the French President, was supportive. TRANSLATION: Of course we

regretted that the regretted that the unanimous

calls for the extension of the

Israeli moratorium on settlements have not been

heard. I regret it. This freeze

was in place for 8 months and

we had to maintain it in order

to give negotiation a chance. to give negotiation a chance. I

say it in front of President

Mahmood Abbas the settlements must stop. So far Benjamin Netanyahu Netanyahu has resisted that kind of international pressure

and seems to be doing so with the support of the Israeli public. Soldiers from

Australia's elite SAS are conducting a

exercise in Bali today with the Indonesia's controversial special special forces unit

Human rights campaigners have criticised the training. They

argue it undermines efforts to hold

hold ka - Kopassus for ongoing

human rights abuses. This is

the new generation the new generation of Kopassus. At their graduation ceremony

in July these young soldiers

were full of pride. For decades

Kopassus has been involved political repression, murder

and acts of terror. Its commanding officer Major

General Lodewijk Paulus has 7

tours of East Timor tours of East Timor under his

belt but he says his unit has

turned over a new leaf. We have

changed already, we changed

culture. Australia's elite SAS

has been in indigofera decora

- Indonesia training Kopassus

for a week. Later for a week. Later today they'll stage a counter-terrorism

exercise at Bali international

airport, one modelled on a mum

by style attack. Major General

says his men are here to

protect Australian lives. You know, that's a lot of

Australian people in Bali so I want to show them, give information to give information to them day by day the Australian day the Australian zint - citizen still protect by the Kopassus. However this training is controversial. Despite the

talk of reform human rights

investigators continue to

report serious abuses in

provinces like Aceh and Papua.

The well train ed officers of The well train ed officers of Kopassus, they say are still used to repress the Indonesian

people Very few people from

Kopassus have been investigated, prosecuted, convict and served appropriate

sentences for serious

crimes. The ABC crimes. The ABC has confirmed that several Kopassus officers convicted of human rights

abuses have merely been moved

out of Kopassus and in to other

units. That's out of step with

demands from the US Government. It wants the soldiers removed

from the military all together

before American training can resume. But General Lodewijk Paulus thinks with the SAS will show with the SAS will show the

Americans the right way

forward. I hope so. I hope so

because they know well what the

Australia and I Australia and I think they

believe Australia and Australia

have joint exercise with have joint exercise with Indonesia. The Kopassus chief

is hoping to further expand

ties with Australia including

training in urban warfare and jungle warfare. Now for jungle warfare. Now for an update on sport and the debate

about who the next Essendon coach may be settled in the coach may next hour or so. I'm joined by

Amy Bainbridge. Thank, Paul.

Yes, the Essendon Football Club Yes, the Essendon Football Club is poised to make an announcement on announcement on a new coach for

next season. The club is

holding a press conference at

10:00 eastern time. Essendon

great James Hird has told the

Bombers he'd love the coach the club and Hird has confirmed

he's been through the interview process. Paul, of course, much

speculation over the last month or so ever since Matthew

Knights was Hird initially sort of bowing

Knights was dismissed. James out of any public discussion about what about what the future would be for next year saying that he

had business interests and

other things to consider. That

all changed, I guess, over the

last sort of 2 weeks or so and last night he came out and

confirmed that he'd been

through the interview through the interview process and let's take a quick look at

what he had to say last

night. I've put my hat in the ring and gone through the process, spent about 1.5 weeks going through the process going through the process of

interviews an meetings with the Essendon Football Club. But Essendon Football Club. But as

we sit here today or right now

I haven't been offered that job. I'm very hopeful job. I'm very hopeful that it does happen does happen and excited that it

could happen. So there you go.

So in just about - well just under 10 minutes time we under 10 minutes time we will

have some news on what's

happening with the coaching team. Of course even speculation in the papers this speculation in the papers this

morning that Bomber Thompson, the premiership coach from

Geelong will be part of a dream team for James Hird to take the Bomber tlus to next season. And Bomber tlus to next season. And he would be a director of

coaching and that's the

speculation, is it, at the

moment, the Australians running

that at least? Yes, it does

appear an Smith in the 'Australian' saying he appear an article saying he would take not the head coach position, of course,

that looks like it's solely to

the responsibility of James Hird

Hird but look, I guess Geelong facing an unsettled time. They didn't make the grand final this year, question mark this year, question mark over their star Gary

their star Gary Ablett. He's

yet to make his decision, Gary

Ablett so Bomber Thompson will

probably know what the decision is by is by now. You'd have to think

so. I guess one thing the so. I guess one thing the AFL didn't want is for this to overshadow

overshadow the grand final these clubs have got to get

their houses in order and approach the next season approach the next season but we do have more AFL news on do have more AFL news on this

weekend's rematch. St Kilda remains tight remains tight lipped about remains tight lipped about the injured ruckman Michael

Gardiner ahead of the rematch this weekend. He's one of

several players under an injury

cloud and there's also a tough selection decision looming for

Collingwood that's because Simon Prestigiacomo is Simon Prestigiacomo is in the

mix. He pulled out on the

evening before the grand final last weekend. To the injury concern last weekend. To the NRL and injury concern ahead of this Sunday's premiership decider Sunday's premiership decider

against the Dragons. Now their

issue is with the winger Phil Graham. He has torn a muscle his Graham. He has torn a muscle in his chest but he did train

yesterday and the club is

hopeful he will play. hopeful he will play. He's

feeling confident there. And

the Opals have continued their

unbeaten run at the basketball world championships in the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic. The Opals thrashed Greece 93-54 in the second round of the competition. Lauren competition. Lauren Jackson,

she's back to her best, she finished with 20 points and 12

rebounds and young centre Liz

Cambage is having a stellar

tournament. She added 20 points

and 6 boards of her own and and 6 boards of her own and she said she set some personal

goals for the tournament and obviously she's achieving them

so far by getting those strong

rebounds there. The Opals are playing France and then they will face

will face the United States and

that will round off round 2 of the tournament and then you're

into the medal round after

that. Thank, Amy. Now to Vanessa with Tasmania overnight #12340e has closed part of the Cradle Mountain link road and Lyell

Highway. For Queensland and we have isolated showers and

storms that will continue over

the north and east with the north and east with light to moderate northerly winds,

clear and dry for

clear and dry for the south-west. NSW isolated shower

and thunderstorms in the north-east and south-east

corner. Colder westerly spreading across the State. spreading across the State. For Victoria a cold morning at Mount Buller, isolated shower on They will increase throughout the afternoon with possible

hail and snow down to 1,200 metres an then 900 tonight. For

Tasmania even colder widespread showers with to 300

to 300 metres. Isolated thunderstorms and hail thunderstorms and hail about the west and far south. Cold

westerly winds will turn south-westerly tonight. Sauft South Australia, cold south-westerly winds and show about the south otherwise a

mostly sunny day across the rest of the State. In WA,

sunshine along the west sunshine along the west coast.

Isolated showers in the far north otherwise

north otherwise a sunny day. 37

degrees in Broome. 39 for Port headland. Isolated

thunderstorms up in Darwin, a

top of 34 degrees but a fine

day throughout the Alice.

Thank, Vanessa. That's a

round up of the morning news. Stay tuned

Stay tuned to ABC News 24 and ABC online throughout the day. There will be

There will be continuing coverage of the swearing the 43rd Federal Parliament

from Canberra with Chris

Uhlmann and Anabel Crabb, that will include the position

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roll back into the West roll back into the West Bank. Human rights concerns - Australia's elite SAS union

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