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The PM under fire for

breaking a major election promise on climate change. Unions condemn

Telstra's plan to slash up to

900 jobs. Global markets slide

as Greece's debt is downgraded

to junk status. And Adelaide

United loses but finishes on

top of its pool in Asia. Good

morning. It's Wednesday 28 April. I'm Joe O'Brien. And I'm

Virginia Trioli. The top story

on ABC News Breakfast - the

Federal Government has been

slammed for reneging an

election promise to take the

lead on climate change and

introduce an Emissions Trading

Scheme. Kevin Rudd has delayed

that scheme until 2013 because

the bill would not pass the

Senate. The Opposition says

Kevin Rudd lacks conviction for

choosing to shelve the ETS and

the climate institute says it's worried the Government has

opened the door to indefinite

delays on climate action. For

more Julie Doyle joins us from

Canberra. Good morning. At this

stage after so many broken

election promises and this key

one in particular, how is Kevin

Rudd's credibility looking this morning? Certainly looking a bit shaky this morning

Virginia. You'd have to say, but this is what happens when

you go around making very big

statements like he did on

climate change where he called

it the greatest moral challenge

of or generation, he was very

tough on those who wanted to

delay saying that it was

unacceptable, it would damage

the economy and the environment

and now of course he's had a

change of heart and he's

delayed this scheme and lit

save a lot of money so I guess

that's one reason it's being

touted but he's also blamed it

yesterday on the fact that the

Senate wouldn't pass this

legislation and he he's also said that international

proftion was too slow. In the

past that didn't worry him. He

was still very strong on those

comments that he was saying so

he really has opened the door

to criticism and coming on the

back of some of the other

election promises and backflips

that we've seen recently, now

the Opposition of course has

really honed on this even

though they didn't support the

scheme but they're talking more

about the credibility issue and

the fact he did talk about this

being such a big issue.

Industry groups, some are

worried about the sunnernity

this would cause and some

environmental groups of course

are also worried but the Greens

didn't actually support this

scheme and the Greens leader

Bob Brown says that Kevin

Rudd's Emissions Trading Scheme

wasn't the best way

forward. The Rudd ETS which

would have given $24 billion to

the big polluters and the

depratian study which we've

seen released showed that 20

billion of that would have been

effectively wasted taxpayers'

money, would have not achieved

the reduction in generous

emissions that's required but

would have locked us in into a

a failure to achieve the

necessary reduction for the

next 10 to 25 years and we

weren't agoing to allow that to

happen. What we have put forward is instead of a

proposal to reward the big

polluters, a proposal to put a

levy on to the big polluters as

Professor Garnaut recommended

so you've got the money to

stimulate business but you also

immediately get a reduction in

gene house gas emissions,

something the Rudd scheme would

not have done. Senator Bob

Brown speaking there and I

guess we should make mention of

the fact that the critics who

are lineling up to criticise

Kevin Rudd are the same ones

who criticised the ETS. They're

not arguing that they wish this terribly flawed scheme to

pass.. That's right. He's

definitely not saying that. He

never liked it anyway He's

saying in that interview last

night that nothing is actually better than what Kevin Rudd was

talking about the and the Opposition are interesting

position here in they they

didn't support it either but

they've really honed in on the

backflips and the lack of

credibility and I was thinking

this morning that Malcolm

Turnbull must be just wondering

was it all worth it. Look what

he staked his political today

ear on supporting this ETS and

now Kevin Rudd's backed away

from it indefinitely. But it

does come after a lot of recent

changes of policy. We saw the

proposal to build all those 2

60 child-care centres last

week. That was scrapped. It's

also been reports this morning

that those child-care centres

were actually costing double

what the Government estimated

so there could be a monetary

issue behind that one as well

but there was also the revamped

home insulation scheme that was

Dutched last week as well. We

also saw a change of policy

reversal on the rules or for temporary residents buying property and the Government

relaxed those rules a year or

so ago and tightened them again

in the last couple of weeks and

there was FuelWatch and goch

which it handed over there to

'Choice' so there's been a

whole lot of backflips and

changes of position, leading up

to this election campaigning

all makes for an interesting

campaign We'll give the last

word this morning to Peter

Nicole spb in the 'Australian'

F we can look at the cartoon

and his drawing. There's all

the babies thrown out, there

are all the policies that have

been abandoned a tossed overboard. Kevin Rudd wandering

if they need to keep the bath

water and the bath water might

be the only thing, maybe they

can sent some of that down the

Murray. Thank you Julie. .

Thank you. In other news this

morning, the union representing

telecommunications workers has

condemned Telstra's plans to

slash up to 900 jobs. Telstra

has told workers that new

technology and more efficient

work practices mean their jobs

are no longer needed. A Telstra

spokesman says the exact number

of jobs cuts has not been

Communications, Electrical and finalised but the

Plumbin Union says one in 16

service delivery workers could

go. Stock markets in Europe and

the US have dived as concern

grows about Greece's ability to

recover from debt. Shares fell

more than 2% after the cred

rating agency Standard & Poor's

downgraded Greek debt to junk

status. It's the first time a

Euro zone member has lost its

investment grading, Greece

wants $40 billion Euros from

the I im after t Euro zone to

help get it out of debt. West

Australian Greens MP Adele

Carles says her former lover

Troy Buswell has paid a high

price for misusing Government

funds. The Liberal Treasurer yesterday resigned from the

frontbench. It was revealed

he'd used public money to

organise a rendezvous with Ms

Carles. She says his

resignation is tough but not

surprising. Iceland's airports

have closed again because of

threat of volcanoic ash. The

closures were announced just 24

hours after the airports reopened to international

traffic. Ash from Iceland's

volcano shout airports across

Europe for almost a week

causing widespread delays and

disruptions. The EU says losses

to Europe's air and tourism

sectors could be more than $3.5

billion. More than 100,000

flights were cancelled. And

Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu

says he hopes to resume peace

talks with the Palestinians

next week when he visits Egypt.

He told supporters in Tel Aviv

he was committed to a real

peace process, talks between

Israel and the Palestinians stalled in March when Benjamin

Netanyahu announced plans to

build 1600 new home on occupied territory. Returning to

Greece's dent crisis now and

the country needs to race $9

billion Euro by ares by 19May

to pay its debts. Another day,

another protest. And yet more

bad news for an economy that's

under even greater pressure.

Standard & Poor's downgrading

of Greek debt to junk status

has sparked more fears of

default. Add to that the highly

qualified Germany support for a

rescue package and confident is

ebbing away. Some Greek

Government bond rates have spiralled to an un-South

Australia takenable high just

under 15%. The two main reasons

are first the a the certainty

about the rescue packages and

the reaction of Germany and the

second one is fact that the

markets are pricing in a

restructuring of Greek debt and

even more possibility of

default of Greece. All of that

was supposed to have been

settled with the joint IMF Euro

zone rescue package. But the

fine detail has yet to be

agreed and the Greek Government

is under pressure to cut public

spending even more

deeply. Governor of the bank

of Greece said in order to

bring about a fe tintive

reversal we must surpass

ourselves and favour bri surprise the markets by

chooving even greater

improvements that the ones

prokts. In other words more

pain. This bus driver says if

there is justice then the MPs

must tax themselves first, I'll

join too but let them start.

The Puner reads no to the

overturn of the social security

system. No to reduction of

salaries and yet both are

likely. This protest ended

peacefully, others haven't. The

next few weeks will be a test

for Greek patience and of the

resolve of the Euro zone

nations to contain the crisis

that poses an ever increase

risk far beyond this embattled

economy. The chairman of the US

Senate inquiry into America's

financial crisis has attacked

the role of investment bank

Goldman Sachs. Executives appearing before the inquiry

were accused of reckless greed

that contributed to the

downturn. For more Lisa Millar

joins us now from Washington.

You've been watching this this

morning, it's been treat pretty

feisty and they haven't even

got to the McMananan yet? No,

they to call a fire investigation is to underplay

what we've seen today. They've

been going for six hours.

They've just taken their first

break so the first four

witnesses who were two current

and two former Goldman Sachs

officials sat there being

grilled or skewered as one of

my colleagues suggested for

five hours without even a

toilet break, so they certainly

felt the anger from the

committee pause this particular

committee, while Goldman Sachs

is facing fraud charges from

the securities and exchange commission, this particular

committee believes that there

was not just one dodgy investment plan that Goldman

Sachs has involved in, but

many, so they started trawling

through documents and emails

and just to give you a little

sense of the kind of exchanges

that we saw, we'll play

something from the chairman of

the committee Senator Carl

Levin has he's talking to one

of the former mortgage trader

of Goldman Sachs and referring

to an email that was written so

let's have a look at that. Sail

Sales team was saying about

timberwolf. Boy, that

timberwolf was one shitty keel.

- deal. They sold that shitty

deal. This email was from the

head of the dwi, not the sales

force. Whatever it was, it's an

internal Goldman document. This

was an email to me in late

June You sold Timberwolf after

as well. We did trades after

that. OK . The trades

after... The contact the

context is mightly clear. June

22 is the date of this email.

Boy, that Timber Stwolf was one

shitty deal. Much of that

shitty deal did you sell to

your clients after June 22

2007? Mr Chairman, I don't know

the answer to that but the

price would have reflected

levels that they wanted. That's one of the exchanges there at

that inquiry. There's been very

little contrition from the

Goldman Sachs employees. No,

although it's been very interesting, Joe, because one

of the people on the panel is

the only individual who is

facing fraud charges by the SEC

and that's Fabrice Tore, the 31-year-old mortgage trader who

is still working for the

company and the company is

still backing him. He was the

one who in an email to his

girlfriend described himself as

the fabulous Fab who was going

to be the last man standing out

of the meltdown and the crisis.

He was asked about that email

and he said he certainly

regretted sending it because it

had not looked good for the

firm and it had not looked good

for him. There have been some

interesting exchanges where in

fact one of the Senators pushed each of the men and said,

"Well, what is your duty to

your client? Does the client

come first?" And three of the

four hedged it and wouldn't

really answer the question. The

frustration was quite

extraordinary from the

Congressmen and women who

basically said, "Listen, you

not answer all the questions

that you want to sit here and

fudge but we are going sit here until you give us all the

information we want." So it was

- I've seen many committee

hearings on Capitol Hill and I

must say that this was one of

the fascinating to watch and as

you said when you we first

started chatting we haven't

even seen the CEO, the lord,

he's still due to appear. We're

not sure given the day is now

getting on. It's quarter past

four in the amp, whether he

will actually make it ?h? this afternoon or whether this will

drag on to another day. This

fabulous Fab that you

mentionside identified as one

of the architects of the deals

that led to this downturn and

it seems that the Senators are

just dumb founded that this

fabulous Fab is show nothing

sign at all of acknowledging

that anything he did was

wrong? The particular

investment plan that he says

yes he was the author of, he

says, well it wasn't meant to

fail, there was no intention of

it failing, and it's been

interesting because the Senators basically who are

having to get an extraordinary

grasp of finance and what goes

on, you know, the language that

is being discussed here today,

I confess it's making me

scratch my head a little

because there are terms and

short cuts in the way they

speak that are leaving a lot of

us dumb founded ourselves, but

the Senators have done a pretty

good job of getting across it

all. Whenever they feel that

they are getting not the answer

that they're looking for, they

do really push these four

current and former employees of

Goldman Sachs, but you're

right, Fabrice Tore says he

fight the charges and he categorically conditions he did anything wrong and he'll see

the SEC in court. Lisa Millar

keep on watching that. It

sounds like one of the more

interesting inquiries to watch

there in Washington. We'll take

a look at the front pages of

the major newspapers appear the

country and the Emissions

Trading Scheme dominates.

According to the 'Australian',

MPs in his own party believe PM

Kevin Rudd is Roosing control

after backflip on several key policies including the Emissions Trading Scheme The

'Financial Review' says the ETS

backdown will save about $4

billion from this year's budget. But the 'Advertiser'

says the ETS postponement as

wasted hundreds of millions in

taxpayer funds. While the says

without the scheme hundred of

jobs in the national's capital

are in danger. The 'Age' has a

special report on Melbourne's

Windsor hotel and the Victorian

Government's high level

strategic plan to block the

redevelopment The 'Herald Sun'

details a preelection plan to

get desk-ridden price back on

to the beat. There's growing pressure for a wide ranging

inquiry into salary cap rorts

in rugby league according to

the 'Sydney Morning Herald'. Brian Waldron the man

at the centre of the Storm

scandal received as $275,000

golden hand yak from the Rebels, that's in the 'Daily Telegraph' and he stood down

from the Rebels just the other

day. The West Australian

reports that dumped Treasurer

Troy Buswell faces an inquiry

into the taxpayers' money spent

during his affair with a fellow MP. The 'Courier-Mail'

questions the timing of Queensland Premier Anna Bligh's

trip to North America as the

list of domestic issues grows

at home Nothing like a good

krork story from the 'Northern

Territory News'. Four Mirrormen

were seconds from death after a

lock - large crocodile caped

their boat. What do you think

about this backdown, backflip

of Kevin Rudd on the ETS?

There's a lot of angry people

about that this morning and

people sceptical about the PM's

credibility. He says he's been

frustrated by the Opposition

and that the slow moving global

tendency towards climate change

action. You can send emails to

us at - The top stories on ABC News

Breakfast - the PM's commitment

to action on climate change as

come under attack over his

decision to delay the Emissions

Trading Scheme until 2013.

Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce

has ridiculed Mr Rudd for

choosing to shelve the ETS

sphed of calling an early

election. The union

representing Telstra workers

says the company plans to slash

900 jobs. Telstra claims that new technology and more

efficient work prak tilss means

some employees are no longer

needed but the telco hasn't

said how many job also go And

world markets have reacted

poorly to news Greece's debt

crisis could intensify.

Standard & Poor's has slashed

Greek debt to junk status.

That's heightened fears the

multibillion Euro bailout could

be blacked are blocked by the


The NRL has rejected fresh

calls from amnesty on clubs who

have breached the salary cap as

the Melbourne Storm standical continues to play out. The

Storm's former chief executive

Brian Waldron says salary cap

rorts is widespread and he

claims the Storm's owners News

Limited knew exactly what was

going on but News Limited says

Mr Waldron was the soul

architect of the scheme. Brian

Waldron says rorts goes on at

every NRL club. And he's

prepared to reveal all about

News Limited's $66 million investment in the Melbourne

Storm. I think the issue is

certainly that I'd like to in

due course make comment. I wish

I could say more but

unfortunately I can't at this

stage Across town News Limited

which towns Storm had its

heaviest hitters available to

speak to the team and the

media. I'm down here today to

show my commitment on behalf of

News for the Storm, number two,

to address some of more recent

issues that have surfaced. That

News Limited says it won't

support a player ore chest

traited appeal against the

penalties imposed on the side

and it's Australian boss John

Hartigan was quick to return

fire against Brian Waldron

labelled the rat in the ranks

and the architect of $1.7

million salary cap rort. I

think it's a charade. Brian

Waldron has come out. He's

tried to spray other people,

other clubs, the reality is

that he's got something to

answer for himself, he's

managed to nicely deflect that

and he's blaming other people.

Let him go to the police, let

him be truly open about the

process But critics continue to

question who knew what and

went.. It's a pretty hard thing

to sustain when it's a 100% oubed subsidiary and News

Limited has appointed the six

directors to the board and all

six are Craig Bellamying they

knew nothing that was going on

there Business commentators

like Stephen May say getting

away with breaches for five

years shows a complete

Breakdown of governance at the

Storm at best. How can all

sixth directors, the auditor,

100% shareholder, completely

miss that this has been going

on for five years. While the

financial history of the club

is being taken apart the club's

owner is encouraging more

whistle blowers like the one

who allegedly tipped the gnarl

off about the rorts in the first place to come

forward. We've got an inquiry

in process at the moment. It is

going to deliver I think who

are at fault and I'm going to

appeal to everyone at the club

if they have any knowledge

about anything wrong doings

whatsoever to come

forward Brian Waldron also

claims he spoke to NRL boss

David Gallop about widespread

salary cap scams. I don't have

recognise legislation of that but people from time to time

have suggested amnesties, we've

breached - most clubs in the

competition have certainlily

breached Melbourne Storm but

we've always rejected the idea

of mam nesties and we'll

continue to do so And digging

into all the clubs as Mr

Waldron is suggesting may lead

to even bigger problem for the

code. If you believe him, part

of the whole NRL current, it's

just a massive breach of

governance and the rules so

clearly huge issues for News

and the NRL if it is found to

be widespread across the whole competition. The scandal hasn't hurt News Limited's appeal to

investors. Its shares broke

true the $20 mar mark for the

first time since 2008. A key

adviser to the Australian Government says the world may

be heading towards a new oil

crunch which would abruptly end

the economic recover

y. Professor Peter Newman says

oil production peaked in 2008

and there will be a flow on

effect in western

countries. Just when it

appeared the global financial

crisis has behind us, along comes another spectre. There

are fears rising oil prices may

kill consumer demand. The

recovery would very quickly

unravel. Oil prices have been

on the ride, and have been

fluctuating around 85 US a

barrel. Professor Peter Newman

is a Government adviser on the

infrastructure Australia

council and says world oil

production peaked in 2008. And

that a new crunch may kill the

recovery. As the demand

increases again, the supply

crunch will happen and the

price will go up. So there's no

question that most oil

companies people are now saying

the era of cheap oil is

over. But there are

optimists. What I see happening

following the recession is an

after recovery, is demand

growth actually to flatten in

the United States with the

introduction of more fuel

efficient vehicles, measures to

conserve fuel as well It's

countries like China with their

densely populated cities and

good public transport systems

which are best adapted to

cope. They're building metros

in 89 cities in China, 14

cities in India are putting in

new electric rail metros. But

it wouldn't be so easy in

countries like the United

States and Australia where

sprawling suburbs are often

poorly serviced by public transport. Some local councils

like this one in Melbourne have

already drafted plan plans for

how to cope with an oil crunch,

but Professor Newman is calling

for a national peak oil

strategy. We'll take a look at

markets now -

Now with a look at sport here

is Paul Kennedy. Thank you.

Adelaide United will host a

knockout in the next stage of the Asian Champions League

after qualifying on top of

their pool. This was despite a

last night to Shandong but the

other results when their way to

let's look at the highlights

from last night.

COMMENTATOR: The ball from

Cassio, back heel from him. A

great ball. To pick out Travis

Dodd, looks to square it up.

There'll be plenty of Nashing

of teeth in China. This is a

great counter by Shandong. What

a finish it is from LaWey. He

has given Shandong the lead.

Adelaide have the ball. Reid

looking for Leckie. He wins it

in the air. He goes down, van

Dyke is in the vicinity. There

is the full-time whistle.

Adelaide United have lost here

at Hindmarsh but we believe

they've won anyway. I thought

we did enough to certainly get

a result. Just a little bit of

luck didn't run our way And

just repeating Adelaide United

will host a knockout match as

they move into the finals. In

the A leek Robbie Fowler has dieded that he will leave North

Queensland. We knew that but

he's going to go to Perth

Glory, so a trip to the west

there and he won't be going to

Sydney FC and that's the

Socceroos outfit for the World

Cup. And it was unveiled

yesterday on the Sydney Harbour

as you can see with Craig Moore

and Tomic and doesn't look a

whole lot different to the

other once. They just tinker

with them before each come

pain. In the AFL, Matthew

Stokes the young Geelong player

that was charj charged earlier

this year with drug

trafficking, had ha charge

taken away, he was still

charged with possession. His

matter was dealt with in court

yesterday . He was fined $3,000

and given a 12 months good behaviour bond which paves the

way for him to return to the

AFL perhaps in another krple of

weeks. He's been playing in the

Geelong rerfs and been going

very, very well. Lleyton Hewitt

is the continuing his comeback

from hip surgery. He plays in

the Rome Mastest overnight and

he won that match and moved

through to the next round. It

took him three sets. He lost

the second set 4-6 to Youzrny

but was able to win in the

enand looks to be back to some

sort of form. He got knocked

out of the Barcelona Open last

week and probably thought that

his comeback was not really on

track but as we approach the

French Open Lleyton Hewitt

seems to be going acay at least

for that match. He's made

himself available for the Davis

Cup next month which is good It looks like Bernard Tomic's

missed out on that for the

momenters That's right. Tomic's

inexperience on clay cost him

there. Australia will play

Japan on clay in Brisbane in

May so Lleyton Hewitt will come

back for that. He missed the

recent tie gebs Thai within a

so Hewitt to come back in.

That's good news for

Australia. Let's get a little

speculative this morning F

there was to be an amnesty on

NRL clubs do you think it would

show that many of them are

breaching the salary cap? I

think if they all treated it as

a genuine amnesty and threw

everything open I would suggest

that you would see salary cap

breaches in the NRL and I

also... Third party payments. I

also think you'd see it in

almost any other sport with a

salary cap. There are rumours

in any sport ft That's right.

But I think traditionally and

historically we know that clubs

and leagues have problems with

salary caps and that they do as

much as they can to push the

boundaries and I'm not sure

whether the checks and balances

in other sports are better so

that that doesn't happen. I'm

talking about the AFL and

beyond, but you would expect

that the automatictor also do a

much better job and perhaps it

might be a lot cleaner from now

on, dare I say it, after the

Melbourne Storm copped such a

heavy penalty. They'll need to

ask to see the second books.

Thanks for that. Can I have the

other ones? Just got to go

around to people's houses as

well as the club offices f ABC News Breakfast can be watched

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what's happening on the weather

front? Good morning. On the

satellitement am cloudy moist

easterlies is driving the odd

shower and storm over the

tropics. Further to the north

we also have a trough sitting

in Queensland and it's causing

quite a few showers along the

east coast. A cold front is

moving over the south

particularly causing heavy rain

about Tasmania and also over

the southern parts of Victoria.

Very cloudy day for those two States in Queensland today -

You are watching ABC News

Breakfast. Still to come we'll

be speaking to Lowy Institute

executive director Wesfarmers

with. The nut has now search

soug three-quarters of

Australians want action on

climate change but most of them

aren't willing to pay for it.

That's as the Government

shelves the ETS. Also ahe'd

we'll have a review of the papers and this morning we'll be joined by Editor of the

'Sunday Age', Gay Alcorn and

one of the big issues today of

course is the Government

changing its policy on the ETS

and we're already receiving comments from you this morning

on FaceBook. Peter says, "it

was the greatest moral and

economic challenge of all

time." According to him. Kevin

Rudd, and it was shelved in an

election year. At least John

Howard had guts and conviction.

And Rob says, "when your an

obstructionist Opposition that

cannot understand science,

what's the point in carrying on

with it?" So keep those

comments coming in. Now with

the new s this morning here is

Virginia. Making new this

morning, the Federal Government's been criticised

for breaking a key election

promise on climate change.

Kevin Rudd has delayed his Emissions Trading Scheme until

2013 because it wouldn't pass

the Senate. The Open says Kevin

Rudd lacks conviction for

choosing to shelve the Emissions Trading Scheme. The

union representing

telecommunications workers has

condemned Telstra's plans to

slash up to 900 jobs. Telstra

has told workers that new technology and more efficient

work practices means their jobs

are no longer needed. A Telstra

spokesman has confirmed that

around 900 jobs will go.

Starktss in Europe and the US

have dived as concern grows

about Greece's ability to

recover from defnlt shares fell

more than 2% after cred raegt

agentsy Standard & Poor's

downgraded Greek debt to junk

status. This is the first time

a euro zone member has lost its

investment grading. The

chairman of a US sphat inquiry

has attacked the role of

investment bank Goldman Sachs.

Senator Carl Levin spoke of the

reckless greed that infected

Wall Street's financial

community. Senior bank

executives are giving evidence

before the hearing. And

Iceland's airports have closed

again because of the threat of

volcanic ash. The closures were

announced just 24 hours after

the airports reopened to

international traffic. The EU

says losses to Europe's air and tourism sectors could be more

than $3.5 billion as more than

100,000 flights were cancelled. The West Australian Premier

Colin Barnett now faces the

task of delivering next month's State Budget himself. Troy

Buswell resigned as Treasurer yesterday after revelations

that he misused public money

during a four month affair with

a Greens MP. State Government

ministers arriving for a

Cabinet Minister were unwilling

to talk about what everyone

knew as about to happen. Look

these are all matters for the

PM. What is happen, is with the

PM Less than an hour later the

Premier confirm confirmed that

Troy Buswell had resigned as

Treasurer. I woint int pod out

to him that his situation was

untenable. He accepted that. He

agreed with that. And tended

his resignation. Mr Buswell has

admitted he had a four month sexual relationship with the

grbs MP Adele Carles. But it

was confession that he had

misused public funds on four

occasions during the affair

that the Premier described as

the final straw. This was a

situation which he went into

open eyed and there is no

excuse, Troy accepts that, and

he has accepted the

consequences today of losing

his Cabinet position. Mr Barnet

says he became aware of the

affair last week but only found

out about the misuse of

entitlements shortly before it

became public. I'm surprised

that the Premier having known

of these events for a week

didn't ask Mr Buswell the

obvious question. The misuse of

taxpayer resources is the

issue. The Premier will take

over the Treasury portfolio,

with the State Budget due to be

handed down in three weeks. But

he says he'll consider a

long-term replacement later

this year. The Premier concedes

Troy Buswell departure is a big

blow for the Government. Mr

Buswell released a statement

saying he would stay on in the

parliament and hopes he can

continue to make a contribution

from the backbench. When he

entered part five years ago, Mr

Buswellwise seen as a man with

a big future but his career has

been overshadow by controversy When hofs

Opposition Leader he admitted

snafing the chair of a female

staff member. When he became

Treasurer in 2008, his problems

continued including rows over

several false travel

claims. The issues with Troy go

back some time. After the last

issue with rp to errors on his travel allowance which I think

were innocent errors I made the

point to Troy that you have to

lies left. The Premier hasn't

ruled out promoting him

again. I would not see Troy

returning to a Cabinet position

in the foreseeable future. What

happens in the long-term.

That's another issue for

another day. But for now, Mr

Buswell is on his own. No media

advisers, no Government driver,

and no 100,000 ministerial allowance. A Brisbane doctor

issing with investigated for

failing to tell health

authorities that a 2-year-old

girl died after he gave her the

seasonal flu vaccine. Across

the country nearly 300 children

have had adverse reactions to

those shots. It's prompted

dlerps could be a back lash

against immunisation. Queensland health

authorities have been under

fire over the flu vaccine

death. Now they're pointing the

finger at the Brisbane GP who

gave the injection. There is a

legal requirement on a doctor

that if you believe an vad jers

reaction has occurred as a result of a jackination that

you must notify Queensland

health. That did not take

place. The toddler's death is

the only fatality, although

nation wide nearly 300 young

children have suffered side

effects. For anxious parents

there's another reason for

concern. A new study has found

doctors often underestimate the

possibility of serious disease

in children brought to hospital

with a fever. At worst it meant

that children were at home

sick, feverish and not getting

anti-otics. But for Jasmine

Ryan it could have been a lot

worse than. When her daughter

Chilli developed a feverer she

rushed her to their local

hospital but after running a few tests doctors sent her

home. I kind of felt like it

was blow out When the

6-week-old's condition didn't

improve she tried again but

just cop a ticking off from the

doctor. I was walking through

the emergency room and kind of

ran into him when he asked me

what I was doing back here? In

quite a stern voice. The

worried mother demanded to see

a paediatrician. Her daughter

was admitted immediately with

severe bronchitis and spent

seven days in hospital. If

you're not happy with it, ask

to see a paediatrician. You

know, make sure you get that

specialist care. A prescription

for persistence. It's been

almost a month since suicide

womaners killed 3 # people on

Moscow's underground metro. For

manies million - disglsh they

live in a society where

prejudices is common and

suspicions have grown since the

bombings. She's been in Moscow

for ten long years but her life

isn't getting any easier. She

is a Chechen, something she's

been reminded of every day

since last month's bombings on

the Moscow metro killed 3 # people.

TRANSLATION: It's tough for the

local Chechens to live, touch

for everyone. She is bracing

for a backlash. Even though the

suicide bombers blame for the

attack were from another North

caucuses Republic. She says she

and her children will do what

they have always done - hide

where they are from.

TRANSLATION: I don't mention it

right away, not to scare

people. Groups that track the

attitudes of Russia's Slavic

majority say minorities here

are right to be cautious. The

visible minorities are subject

to a lot of xenophobia in

Russia generally and in big

cities like Moscow in

particularly. This is a home to

a large number of migrant

workers. They are crucial to

the Russian economy but are

often not treated as welcome

guests. For proof, look no

further than this TV show. Its

star characters are two dim

witted might grants whose

ineptitude drives their boss to distraction. It was enough to

make an association sue to try

to knock the show off the

air. We can see how they come

to Russia and become insecure.

We see the chaos and the

slavary and it's all shown. Not

many are betting the law suit

against the makerers of one of

the country's most popular show

also succeed. It seems Russians

are happy to have migrants do

the job they want do but most

are not willing to treat them

as equals. Ukraine's part-time

has descended into hay chos

over a controversy bill. The

legislators let go of their

political manners as they

engaged in a fracca involving

smoke bombs eggs and umbrellas. There was hair pulling and

punching during the vote on a

treaty to extend a lease for a

Russian naval base. The parliament looked like

something out f of a street

riot. Opposition mob pps

launched eggs and smoke bombs

disrupting debate over the

agreement and forcing the

speaker to take cover. Outside

parliament, anger too over the

deal. But despite the chaos

parliament approved the deal.

It took less than an hour for

politicians to vote 4 50 to 410

in favour of the agreement

allowing the Russian navy to

extend its stay in a Ukrainian

part for another 25 years.

TRANSLATION: More than 60% of

Ukrainians support it despite

the furious propaganda of the

Opposition. Indigenous that

it's a connect and mutual ly

advantageous situation. It's

samed aimed at strengthening

the security of our nation But

Ukraine's Opposition criticised

the renewal of the lessest

lease as a historic surrender

of sompity. Dampbility in the

parliament the process of

losing ucrepian territory

started. It's the first step,

it's. There are to doubts that

these gangsters will be allowed

to continue with their policy,

Crimea will follow. It is a black page today because

Ukraine started to lose its

independence. The deal makes

Ukraine eligible to receive a

30% discount on gas imports. It

also marks a dramatic turn

around in the country's ties

with Russia which had refused

to do business with Ukraine's

previous Government. They call

our parliament rowdy. I'm glad

it doesn't descend to those

kind of levels in the

Australian parliament. They get

a bit of criticism every now

and then in the Australian

parliament but at least they

don't do that Tasmanian bird

lovers are in a flap after a

council announced plans to cull

a local galah population. The

council says the birds are a

costly nuisance. But the

biggest galah of all may be the

country but until a few years

ago has been feeding the

birds. The Central Coast

council's at war. The enemy

galahs which are killing trees

and gnawing powerlines pug

people in danger. The council

says the introduced species has

reached plague proportions

a@Ulverstone. Nobody really

wanted to go down the poisoning

line, we were looking at all

sorts of other wiefs means of

doing it. But unfortunately

council just had to make this

decision based on expert

advice The council admits it

helped create the problem by

providing feed stations until

just a few years agoful it's

decision the swap seed for

poison had bird lovers hopping

mad. Very angry for the simple

fact they don't deserve that

sort of death. It is definitely

unethical. There are better

ways to manage this program

than going gung-ho wanting to

to kill hem them There are

other options so why would you

take the very last resort. To

till them as a first resort Bird enthusiasts have

fwloked oa page set up on

FaceBook to vent their anger.

They fear other species could

also fall victim. That bird can

then fly away whether it be 50,

100 and 200m and other wildlife

can then eat that bird But

environmentalists and bird

watchers have defended the

council saying galahs could

drive out other species like

the already endangered plaque

cockatoo . Some would say it's

better to act while we've got

the opportunity before it

becomes a situation like

starlingsor sparrows where it's

just not feasible The

death-knell sounds for a once

fert write friend. There

there's to votes in poisoning

birds even when you try and get

rid of those pesky bats and

have eaten out botanic s and

the like. Try and cull those

and you get it in the next. They've got some bick

fans. You are watching ABC News Breakfast, the top stories on

ABC News Breakfast - the PM's

credibility on climate change

is being questioned after his

decision to delay the Emissions

Trading Scheme until 2013. Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce

has ridiculed for rudd for choosing to self-the ETS

instead of calling an early

election on the issue. There

are concerns that Telstra plans

to slash 900 jobs. Telstra says

new technology and more

efficient work plaque trieses

means some employee are no

longer needed. The company

hasn't rereveal ed just how

many job also go and says it's

hoping for voluntary redund

sis And world markets are slide

on news that grease's debt

crisis could untensefy.

Standard & Poor's has slashed

Greek debt to zwruning status.

That's heightened fears that

the multibillion you're yore

bailout could be blocked by the

EU. Take a look at the papers

now and we're joined by Editor of the 'Sunday Age', Gay

Alcorn. Good morning. Good

morning to both of you Got to

start with the ETS. Do. All the

papers around the country really have a lot of reporting

and analysis of this decision

this morning by Rudd to dethey

ETS. The one I've chosen is the

'Australian's which has the

angle of their chief

commentator Denis Shanahan who

is essentially saying that

there's starting to be rumbles

within the Ruth Cabinet about

all the quick decisions to change things or to scrap

things in the lead-up to the budget but really in the

lead-up to the election. These

people run named at this stage

but the 'Australian's angle is

saying this is broader than the

ETS decision which as you've

been reporting is coming under

a lot of attack from people

because it was such a central

point of the election last

time. The election campaign and

- they made such a big deal of

it in terms of principle. All

the analysis today. One of the

papers says that they'll take

some short-term pain on this

and it is embarrassing for

them. It does question their

credibility but for the

election anyway it will be

probably the best decision

because this is not as

politically popular as it was a

a couple of years ago. Is it a

good thing to delay the ETS in

terms of the planet, but

they're all looking at the politics and there are

different views on this but

overall, the coverage today is

very questioning of Rudd and

how the electorate will see the

credibility on such an issue

that he has made such a big

deal of. I've got the ability

to put his quotes from three

years ago against what's said

now and it just looks so

bad. It does. Last night I saw

it on '7:30 Report' and this

morning, those quotes are sort

of replayed and it wasn't

simply something they wanted to

do. It was a moral cadge of our

time and Mr Rudd scoffed at the

Opposition's idea that somehow

we should wait for the rest of

the world and now that's what

we're doing. The other thing is

that the it was such - it has

started to become quite a

poisonous issue for them. Think

didn't want to fight an

election on a great big new

taxed a Tony Abbott was putting

it so politically it may be a

short-term pain is some of the

analysis this morning. The Lowy

Institute has recent polling

suggesting that 72% of

Australians still consider it a

serious issue and that

something needs to be done

about global warming and an

Emissions Trading Scheme might

be. East what's the sense from

your readers at the 'Age' about

how important an issue this and

how many of them might ba might

want to see Kevin Rudd pursue

this agenda even with a hostile Senate? Well, I think - I don't

think it's easy to say what

theen public's view is. The

general 'Age'

readership? They're probably

reason bri educated on the

issue and have strong views on

the issue. Whether or not those

- I think it is, just my

perception, that there's a

minority of people very

passionate about this issue and

want - they thought the ETS

scheme was too wimpy that the

Rudd Government had put up

anyway and they wanted strong

more strongly done on it and

there are other people, the

Copenhagen, meefting was such a

shemozzle, that the GFC and the

decline of the economy also

made people sort of question about how much pain they were

willing to take. I do think

Abbott's been reasonably

effective in muddying the

waters and you had some stierfg

fuzzes, they might have been

quite minor but they sort of

chipped away at the confident

about whether or not this was

the right way to do. It's not

as sleer a picture as it was a

kiple of years ago but most people still want something

done, they're not quite sure of

the exactly what and what's the

most effective thing to do to keep the economy going as well The problem for ?g?

unfortunate is that most of

those people aren't willing to

pay for it either. That's

right. Exactly - people say

they are though often, we'll

have slightly higher taxes or

we'll pay for it in some way

but when it comes down to it,

if they're concerned jobs or about health and education and

things being paid for that, it

still seems to be a netballous

issue for a reasonable number

of the population You're

turning also to a piece in the

'Age'? Look, this is more

gossip and salacious really but

it's the Troy Buswell story in

WA which leads the West

Australian papers and it's on

the prominent in most papers

around the country today. We

all know of that story. He's

forced to resign yesterday over

his affair with a Greens MP and

in particular his use of public

money. A small amount but the

principle of using public money

to carry on his affair. The

piece I've chosen is by a

commaenttator in the 'Age' and

she's a lovely writer but she

takes a V8ly different tact and

asks, incredously how do

powerful men have the time do

these things. Women whinge all

the time about having work life

balance and looking after the

children children and maintain

a career but how did he fit

this in between budget meets. I

asked the same question when

the Tiger Woods scandal broke.

At the Masters she shade a

woman after such an event would

want a lie down or indulge in some chocolates. Bill Clinton is the other. How did he goat

the time in the middle of the

196 election to have regular

phone sex. She uses some gender

stereotyping but suggests that

powerful men need sex and they

will find time in their busy schedule. It's entertaining and

an interesting piece Maybe they

get to those positions also

because they are good time

managers. They do or they

select themselves. That's one

interpretation. But if you've

got minders ferrying women to

your hotel you don't need to be

a time manager ft I'm not sure

if women would do the opposite.

I don't know if the reverse

would apply. Maybe not too many

men might sit around waiting in

hotel rooms. An interesting is

social logical piece A story

that's of significance in the

media world and in Victoria in

particular is a battle between

a former editor and a behem ot

of Australian media. It is a

story that's very interesting.

I also think it's of some national interest. It's the form editor of the 'Herald

Sun', the biggest tabloid here

in Melbourne, suing News

Limited for unfair dismissal. A

rare little glimpse into I

think the way corporate world

works a bit but also the media

world in particular. What he's

claiming is they got rid of him

before his contract was up and

he's claiming. He thought he

was going well. He was told by

Rupert Murdoch just a couple of

weeks before, "good on you." They won the newspaper of

the year award but what's come

out is little snippets of how

thing work in this sort of

industry and it raises some

other issues about the media. There's a claim that Melbourne

Storm as we all know News Limited owned Melbourne Storm

had offered to pay a 'Herald

Sun' photographer to go to England with them because they

were going on a visit. Mr

Guthrie says he raised the this

as a cash for comment issue,

about should they be paid for.

His boss say said what is the

problem? We own the team?" And

there's a question about media

groups owning things like

football teams and whether that

compromises their coverage and

of course Peter Blunden has

come back and said, "Hang on a

minute you took a free trip to

South Africa with your family

and how do you fusy is

that?" Side issues. For them to

make their case they were

justified in letting them go

they'll have to chip at little

criticisms here and there of

his job as editor. I don't

think we get an insight very

often whether it's Melbourne,

Sydney, and the cash nor

comment in Sydney in particular

created a much bigger issue

about how the media actually

operates. There's a way for

this to play out so stay tuned.

Good to see you. Thank you..

Now with some Champions League

action, here is Paul

Kennedy. Food and bad news for

the Adelaide United Reds. They

lost last night's match against

Shandong but overall they

finished on the top of their

pool because the other matches

fell their way so that's pretty

big news for Adelaide ut ulted

because they'll be able to host

a knock out match in the final

16 of though tournament.. They

will get a home final of sorts.

The Socceroos of course have

modelled their new geerl, the

other news out of round ball

game is that Robbie Fowler will

go to pert but here they are

the sock Roos modelling their

new strip for the World Cup. Of

course that's not far away. The

World Cup just a couple of

months now and we want to have

wait too long. Lleyton Hewitt

had hip surgery after the

Australian Open and won in Rome

overnight in three sets.

Looking good for Lleyton

Hewitt. Thank you for that

Paul. Now with a look at the

with the here is Vanessa

O'Hanlon and it's pretty wild

in Tassie this morning It is.

Showers are falling over the

north-west, a severe weather

warning has been issued for

damaging winds for the whole of Tasmania. At the moment they've

been recorded at 8 5km/h for

Mount Wellington. About 9

o'clock this morning a cold

front is likely to reach the

south-west. It's due to cross

the west and southern districts

around noon before it clear to

the north-east late in the day.

If Queensland - Still ahead on ABC News

Breakfast - there are fears

that Telstra could dump up to

#00 jobs. We'll be speaking to

the national President of the

communications union len

Cooper. We'll also be talking

to the Lowy Institute about that poll that found that a lot

of Australians do want

Australia to take action on

climate change but not many of

them are willing to pay for it

. Stay with us. We'll be back shortly on ABC News Breakfast.


This program is not subtitled Disglb This Program is

Captioned Live.

The PM under fire for

breaking a major election

promise on climate change. Unions condemn

Telstra's plan to slash up to

900 jobs. Global markets slide

as grooetion's debt is

downgraded to junk status. And Adelaide United loses but

finishes on top of its pool in

Asia. Good morning. It's

Wednesday 28 April. I'm Joe

O'Brien. And I'm Virginia

Trioli. The top story on ABC News Breakfast - the Federal

Government has been slammed for

reneging on an election promise

to take the lead on climate

change. Kevin Rudd has delayed

his Emissions Trading Scheme

until 2013 because the bill

won't pass the Senate. The

Opposition says Kevin Rudd

lacks conviction for choosing

to shelve the ETS and the

climate institute says