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(generated from captions) Australia's summer

- now Darwin is battered by

Cyclone Carlos. Fallen trees, downed powerlines, inundation

of water through roofs of

homes, and blockage of roads. This Program is Captioned Live.

The Government un moved as survivors of the Christmas

Island wreck plead to stay in

Sydney. ATM fees costing

Australians more than $700 million a year. And million a year. And WA noches

up a last-ball win over SA at

the WACA. Good morning, it's Thursday,

17 February. I'm Michael Rowland And I'm Virginia

Trioli. The top story - Tropical Cyclone Carlos is

continuing to thrash the gale force winds and widespread

flooding. Darwin has recorded

400mm of rain, that's cut main

roads and inundated at least 30 homes. Schools

today and the Darwin airport is

also still shut. Welfare

centre s have been open opening overnight cyclone centre s have been open but

shelter was in the end not necessary. Last night police

disclose d -- closed licensed

premiseis to discourage

drinking The main task for our people, both the emergency

service work er s volunteers

and essential service workers

has been fallen treed, downed

powerlines inundation of water through roofs of homes, and

blockage of roads either

through water over the road or

traffic lights not operating. We can't to see

people who decide to either

wade their way through or drive

through swollen creeks and practice, not only are they river

placing themselves at great

or emergency service workers risk but either good Samaritans

who have to go in there and who have to go in there

pull them out also face great risk. That's the Territory's

McRoberts who will join the Police Commissioner John

program a little later.

Tropical Cyclone Diane has

formed off WA's north-west

coast. The category 1 cyclone could bring gales of up to

100km/h to communities around Exmouth. Paul

more on both cyclones in the

weather report later this

hour. In other news this morning, survivors of the

refusing to return to the Christmas Island boat wreck are

island today.

lost family in the tragedy were

flown to Sydney this week for funerals. The immigration

Minister Chris Bowen has rejected calls to let them stay

on at Villawood. A 9-year-old

ir rare -- Iranian boy who Beau

l lost both his parent s l lost both his parent s is among those at Villawood. An inquest into the boat disaster

will examine why the vessel was

not monitored until it hit the

rocks. The coroner Alastair Hope has received Commonwealth support support for the inquest, which

is expected to begin in May. He hopes it will uncover the names of 20 victims who are still un

identified. At least 50 people

died in that December tragedy.

Australians are spending more

than $750 million a year on ATM

fees and that's despite

reform the attempts by the Reserve Bank to

the Australia Institute reveals reform the system. A report by

the overwhelming majority of

people think that banks

charging a $2 ATM fee to non-customers is unfair. A

quarter of those surveyed had

paid the fee in the last week.

The Federal Opposition says Japanese wheel whalers will

return to the Southern Ocean

unless the Government takes

legal action to stop them. The

Japanese fishing agency has

suspended its Antarctic whale

hunt after being harassed by

activists for months. The Sea

Shepherd group says it's a major victory

the Government to pursue an injunction against Japan. The political unrest sweeping the Middle East has reached Libya,

where hundreds of demonstrators have clashed share police and

government supporters. Police

fired rubber builts and tear

gas into the crowds at the capital, Benghazi. The demonstrators want their leader, Muammar leader, Muammar Gaddafi, to

step down. He has ruled the

country since a coup in this morning ignoring calls from survivors of the Christmas

Island boat tragedy to let them

stay in Sydney. The 21 asylum seeker s were brought to the Mainland Mainland for funerals this week

Christmas Island later but will be flown back to

today. But the immigration

Minister, Chris Bowen, says a 9-year-old WHO boy who lost

both his parents in the wreck

will be released from detention

soon. He has been through a

very traumatic situation but we

will do it in the way that

ensures he has the appropriate the relevant preparations have been made and it will be done quite separate to the funerals.

He was brought to Sydney for the funeral of his the funeral of his family, and

quite separate to that sensitively

sensitively and appropriate ly

community: You need to he will be moved into the

establish the appropriate accommodation to look after

them, the appropriate

psychological care on a case by

case basis and this applies

very much to him. For more,

Melissa Clarke joins us now from Canberra. Melissa, Mr Bowen could because we're getting reports

seekers are going to resist at least some of those asylum

being taken back to Christmas

Island? And that would create a

very un pleasant situation for very un pleasant

all concerned. This is a

difficult policy area for the

Federal Government, Chris Bowen or indeed the Labor Party had

promised since being elected to Government that it would

Government that it would ensure

that children aren't being held

in detention. That took some

time for the Government to

enact and when Chris Bowen would gradually ensure that announced a few months ago they

that happened over a period of

months, he has since been under

sustained attack for not making

it happen quickly enough. This

rather heart wrenchling case of

o& boy who lost both his

parents in the boat crash and a

brother as well, the case for

him of being brought to Sydney

for the funerals and then

returned has become a focal

point for those un happy share the Government moving on promise. The Government has

agreed that he will be released

into the community but he is

processes that must be gone processes that must sticking closely to the

through and he is not willing

at this point at least to

waiver from those processes. He

says all of those who were

flown to Sydney for the funeral

s will be flown back to

Christmas Island today and the

Government may well find itself

share a stand-off. As he

wrestles with the continuing

challenge of what to do share

the asylum seeker issue, Mr

Bowen was last night give ing fairly full throated defence of multiculturalism. This San

unusual move by the Federal

Government because we've been

getting all indications the

Federal Government was heading

the other way. When Julia

Gillard announced her Cabinet line-up and her ministry line-up after the election,

what was noticeably absent was

any Minister for multicultural affairs. There was a lot of

criticism at the time for that. But there were reasons given

and that's space left vacant

and those responsibilities were sort across the different

departments. Everyone was to

have multiculturalism in mind:

Clearly there has been a rethink by the Government

because what they have done is now appointed the Parliamentary Secretary for immigration, Senator Kate Lundy, as also

giving her specific responsibility for

multicultural affairs and, as

part of that new role she's now

gained, she will be setting up

a new independent body, a multicultural advisory body

which will secede which will secede the current multicultural advisory council

and set up an anti- racism

framework to tackle any racist

settlement elements settlement elements or fundamentalist elements as well

as a way of combining the two

elements in one broader

strategy. So if we look at

frilt the periods of -- it from

the perspective of the Cabinet

ministry line-up, it is one of

the many changes Julia Gillard

has had to make since she first

announced that Cabinet. It was a a case of having to constantly

rejig to make sure everyone is

happy. The Government is now

saying there's multicultural

adfairs and there is a focus which is important to the

fabric of Australian

culture. The timing is indeed

pretty strange. Do you see it in any

in any way tied to the

divisions we're seeing in the Coalition about the asylum seeker issue, for instance It

certain ly is convenient. It would be hard to imagine they

could have necessarily Drummed

it up in the space of a new to some of the troubles the

Liberal Party has had in recent

times about related issues. But

certainly in the speech last

night in the Sydney Institute that that Chris Bowen gave

announcing this, it is quite

fortuitous, given we are seeing that divide between the

moderate and more kfr forces

within the Liberal Party about

how to approach some issues relating to multicultural affair, in particular immigration. Melissa Clarke immigration. Melissa Clarke in Canberra, thank you very much. The Queensland State

Government has put an $800

million price tag on the damage in-flighted by Cyclone Yasi. A

fortnight after the category 5 storm devastated farmers and

businesses, they've been

offered an assistance package. Three-quarter of

Australia's banana crop was

wiped out when Cyclone Yasi unleashed its fury on Far North Queensland Queensland. Two

weeks on, the Federal and State

Governments assistance package. To keep those communities working, to

give the employer some certainty. Kane growers and small businesses coast can apply for

concessional loans and wage

subsidies. There's a $20

million rural resilience fund

to pay for farm clean-ups and counseling: This is a Lifeline

for the communities affected biasy,

biasy, it will keep farm workers in those communities. We don't think

it's gone as far west as it

should do. We are in discussion with extending it further west. The

primary industry has led primary industry has led to another slump in economic

forecast . For this year down to 1%. Treasury

to 1%. Treasury has re ical cue laelted the State's natural

disasters damage s bill: It is

expected the restoration and reconstruction effort following

Yasi will total approximately

$800 million, our share will be $200 million. The Federal

Government will chip in the rest. But what remains unclear

is how much money the Commonwealth will contribute to fixing

like water and sewage treatment

plants damaged in the floods. Brisbane's request for Brisbane's request for Federal

funds to re fir ferry terminals

and the river walk is

sure thing. There is not a

blank cheque here. There is a

limited amount of money which

has to go to those in the greatest need. After what I have heard

have heard from Mr Swan today, I am more worried than

ever. The Premier says she's

sympathetic to the council's

cause but she is asking them to be patient. be patient. Let's look at

the front pages of the major newspapers. The 'Northern Territory News' says Darwin was under siege last night as

Tropical Cyclone Carlos delivered a second night delivered a second night of powerful winds and heavy

rain. The The Federal

Government's new multicultural

policy aims to tackle voter

fear of Islamic extremism, says

the 'Sydney Morning Herald'. The 'Age' says BHP's

$10.5 billion half year profit has reignited call force the

Federal Government to ramp up taxes on mining companies BHP Billiton will spend

US over the next five years to meet growing demand from

emerging economies says the

'Financial Review'. The 'Australian' says the Trade

Minister has moved to distance the Government from the Government from AWU

secretary Paul Howse' stinging attack on Rio Tinto. 'The

Mercury' reports activists are claiming victory after the

Japanese whaling fleet called

off its controversial hunt in

Antarctic waters. The Brisbane

River was heavily contaminated

share dangerous bacteria before

the January floods, reports the 'Courier Mail'. 'The Daily

Telegraph' says a court has ruled the lesbian mother had the lesbian mother had the same

rights as other parent, despite

no biological link. A special

court is being set up in

Victoria to handle the large number of number of motorists contesting

speetding fines from Eastlink

cameras, that story in the merls. The 'Herald merls. The 'Herald Sun' also has a story about a hospital

disaster where a woman lost her

baby in the emergency room. The 'Advertiser' says experts are

warning Australia faces food

shortsages an inflated grocery bills, unless of youth into agriculture. The

'Canberra Times' says

salmonella infection rates are sky rocketing across the ACT

where more than 200 cases were

officially notify ed in each of

the past two years. And the

'West Australian' reports three

out of four Perth commuters become stress and frustrated on

their daily drive to work. Take

a number and get in the queue. There's commuters right around

Australia who have that

problem. That starting work at 4:30 in the morning, no peak hour! There's heaps to talk

about this morning, yet another

report telling us how much

we're pay for those dreaded ATM fees when you have to go to a so-called foreign so-called foreign ATM. Don't

set it up for me to sing that

song again. The sheer

frustration and ang they're it

causes being hit share that $2

fee to use an AT na. Is not

your own. Do an account balance check, $2 billion and

-- $and then another $2 to withdraw the money. Unbelievable. We will be joined

by an author from the Australia

Institute on the full cost of

the fee, more than $700 million

a year. Apparently you can now

invest in ATM machines. So

lucrative are they that there

are investors buying a stake in ATMs. Maybe some l of your

superannuation funds are in

ATMs. I reckon what might be good to kick

140 characters does it. This is

what I have tweed on it. I have long been a critic of Sea

Shepherd tactics but bringing

the Japanese whaling fleet

to a halt is an astonishing achievement. Kudos. There's

been much Sea Shepherd fleet

itself has done they've had huge

huge question marks over, but

my goodness that is some achievement. Its worked. At

this stage. It could be

permanent and full credit to

them. They will return to Japan

early. They set out share one

aim in mind which was to bring it to a halt. They

have. They've talked them out of the Antarctic! They've

chased them out of the Antarctic. If you would like to

is a have a say about that or

any other issues this morning,

perhaps you near Darwin and experiencing the full force of Cyclone Carlos, please contact us. us. A quick look at the

weather around the country.

These are our top stories

on ABC News Breakfast today -

Tropical Cyclone Carlos is still bearing End share gale force wind and

widespread flooding. There's

been 400mm of rain in Darwin

since cutting main roads and

inundating at least 30 homes. Strong winds have brought down trees and cut powerlines. The

Federal Government is ignore

ing pleas to let survivors of the Christmas Island boat wreck remain in Sydney. 21 detainees

who lost family in the tragedy

are being flown back to the

island today after island today after attending funerals earlier this week. And

Australians are fork

dollars a year on ATM fees. An Australia Institute report

found 80% of people think a $2

ATM fee to a non-customer is unfair. But a quarter of those

surveyed had paid that fee in

the past week. Now news that is warming the Federal

Government's heart, the biggest

of the big miner has unveiled a

huge profit. Soaring commodity prices has Billiton's earnings by more

than 7 o%. That has prompted

the company to announce it will

give $$10 billion back to shareholders. Rio Tinto shareholders. Rio Tinto last week, BHP Billiton this week,

the big miners are rolling in

cash. We are very proud of a

record set of the results, the

company is extremely well

configured around enormous

resource-base to continue to

grow. And grow BHP has been doing. First

soared by 72% to a record $10.5

billion as the company took

advantage of high commodity

prices to boost production. Revenue

Revenue at the biggest division iron ore more than doubled,

coal for steel making was up nearly 50% while base nearly 50% while base metals

revenue rose 30%. We've seen a

major move and a major

improvement in the economies

and that's certainly helped BHP

on the pricing front. It wasn't

all plain sailing, though, Rio Tinto, BHP has struggled to

maximise the returns from its

aluminium division. For some

reason, aluminium has not

benefitted from what we've seen in terms of economic growth,

global economic growth to date.

We do expect that perhaps going

forward and BHP may be

indicated a little bit indicated a little bit that they expect aluminium to go

stronger because they will be

putting additional funding into

that division. Flush share

cash, though, BHP Billiton is

giving more of it back to its shareholders. It's lifted its

interim dividend by 10% to 46

cents a share and will more

than double its share byeback

program to $10 billion arrange

increase of $6 billion I think

it's a starting point. I think the market s will be temporarily share that. But

it's a starting point. After

three failed attempts at mega

takeover, Marius Kloppers has

also flagged that future growth

for now will come through expansion of expansion of existing

businesses, share BHP planning

to spend $80 billion on capital

investment. But mine life has

his doubt about how long that

will last. Marius will last. Marius Kloppers is

driven by the acquisition dug

bug. He came - he was the first

CEO of the merged built group.

Since Marius arrived he's been looking looking for that killer deal. Gavin Went believes that

Australia in the form of

Woodside petroleum where Shell is selling out. The advantage

for BHP is they share ownership

of the North-West Shelf gas

project. In the past when Shell

made a bid for Woodside it was

knocked back on sovereign risk

issues. BHP being a largely Australian company shouldn't

have similar problems. BHP Billiton's huge profit has

sparked renewed discussion

about just how large the extra

tax on the

should be. It co insides share

claims the Government's

controversial and watered down version of a superprofits tax will raise billions of dollars

less than expected. We said at

the time it would raise less

revenue than expected by the

former proposal, vr. It does.

There is nothing new in what is

being said today. The biggest

downvied for BHP Billiton at

the moment is production at its

Queensland coal mine s will be

acted for the rest of the financial year financial year because of the

floods. We will look at the

markets now. US markets now. US stocks continued to rise overnight.

They were apparently propel ed

by a $20 million merger in farm suital sector.

Now, Victoria's locust s

are making a comeback after the

floods. This year's crops are not at risk. But it's farmers

last chance to spray the young hoppers who could threaten the next harvest in spring. Harvesters harvest is over for another

year Chris Douglas. While he

was on the headter locusts were

not a priority now he thinks

it's too late to spray ft We

probably missed the boat

the smaller stage because they

hached while we were busy share

our harvest and share such a wet aftded harvest it was

longer and we didn't have the

time. They snuck up on

us. Luckily the locusts are not

nearly as bad as they were in

September. Chris Douglas was

the first Victorian farm tore

report a hatching and the ABC

visited his property when it

was crawling share insects. The DPI says insects. The DPI says locust

numbers are high from Horsham

to Wodonga and only a small

amentd were washed away from in

the recent floods. During the

floods anecdote s

floods anecdote s emerged of people seeing hoppers climbed

up on sand bags in areas that were unundated. DPI says

farmers must spray this week to

sill Kill this second generation of locusts. We

understand farmers have had a

lot on their plate recently and they their plate, but it really is

worth focusing on the locusts

while they're still vulnerable

to protect themselves from

having that problem in having that problem in the future. The DPI says if people

don't spray now they could face

problems in spring. But Chris Douglas understands why some

would be blaz yi.s All that

wheat is off the paddocks and

it's in the silo and in the

bank. So there isn't that

stress. The DPI has sent a text message to thousands of they must act now. Now let's looked at the sport headlines now and Amy Bainbridge it's all been happened at the WACA. It

certainly. Is results from

one-day matches don't get much

more exciting than this. A superb century from Marcus

North guided WA to what was a

thrill ing two wicket final

ball win. The Warriors were

chase ing SA's total of thanks to North's composed 104

the home side crept over the

line. In the dramatic last ball, North ball, North was run out to leave Ryan Duffield the task of

hitting one reason for

victory. The iors set victory. The iors set the Redbacks in but it didn't pay off early. That zipped. James Smith did most of the damage, share share support from Aden

Blizzardks before Blizzard fell

to a disastrous run-out. Late wickets hurt SA as it finished

its opening overs for 429. But

WA was never in the hunt for

the first stage bonus point. That's in the air and

out. The Warriors last Adam

Voges to a poor piece of rung.

Marcus North and Tom Beaton combined for solid partnership

but Beaton was dismissed in the last over before the break.

Smith went early in the

Redbacks second stage and Ryan Duffield claimed another wicket

in the same over to bring WA back into

back into the match. Some

outstanding work in the field by Voges left the visitors struggling at 7/157 but cammon

Borgs and rescued the,

ensuring the Warriors required

another 140 runs to win. An

outstanding partnership between

north and Mitch Marsh moved the homeside within victory. Norlt

north passed 1 lun in the second last over before

Duffield hit the the last ball of the match. Cyclist Alberto Contador is

back in the saddle already. He

returned to cycling yesterday, less

less than 24 hours

cleared of doping by the spairn

cycling Federation. He's begun

a second successive title

defence in the Tour of Algarve

in Portugal. The 3-time Tour de France champion finished in 28th place, five seconds befine the belg European

positive for the banned substance Clem beautral on his

way to winning the Tour de

France but the cycle Federation

accepted he had un

intentionally ingested the

substance by eating contam meated beef. TRANSLATION: It is an enormous

satisfaction not only for me

but for my team and sponsors. I

am truly happy to be here. Now

we have to plan the season

share the managiner the next

few weeks, we will see what the

objectives are. I think everybody can understand that we are happy, that... that it's

good that he can good that he can race. And seven-time Tour de France

winner Lance Armstrong has

announced his retirement from professional cycling again. The

39-year-old American will now

focus his efforts on his cancer

fighting Livestrong foundation.

Armstrong has admitted to being

a little disappoint ed with his impact impact on returning to competitive racing in 2009. As

I've said many times it was

more difficult than I

thought. I truly believed I would win would win an 8th or a 9th tour,

whatever. I believed I would

win the tour again. It wasn't

meant to be. I was beat by guys

who were better than me. I had a bit of a bit of back luck in the

spring of 2009 but some spring of 2009 but some tour

time I was ready and I was

beat. That's what happens in

sport. So it was a surprise to

me but that is OK. No doubt

worth it even getting third, I

think it showed that something

there had been lots of

questions and doubts about career from certain people. You take

take four years off the back

and you're four years older,

you break your collar bone a couple of couple of months before and you

go as fast as you did before, got tested more than anybody

necessarily the sport that

year. I think it says a lot. Those doping allegations

that keep to follow him even

though he is heading though he is heading into

retirement yet again. There's

talk that Lance Armstrong might try his try his hand at iron man triathlons. When he retired

from cycling the first time

after 2005, he ran a marathon

and I think he did about and I think he did about 320

and then ran a subthree-hour

marathon, which is pretty

handy. He started his career as

a youngster in triathlons so it

is not a huge stretch to the

imagination that we might see

him at the worlds championship championships in hoo

wiey. Nothing would surprise me

share Lance it's been his entire life it

would be hard to give all of

that up. I think you raise an

interesting point wefrmt're

seeing a lot of Komebacks at

the moment, the swimmers coming

back, but after you dedicate

your life - Is it more like

deprivation syndrome. I think

part of it is also they have an

early freakout at the whole

nature of the long slog of

trying to have a long career and step back and then it at

some point realise, I see, you actually have to keep going for

as long as you possibly can

keep going which is the nature

of work for anyone. And a lot

of athlete s have spoke en

about the other side it can be

lonely. You don't have the

support or of the clubtor team.

The thing share the young er

psych Lis now, Jack bo bridge

is one of them and he is

focusing on track cycling and

then le will move to the road

later year So he very varied career than perhaps

some of the other athletes who

have just focussed on the same event for years of their

career. Lance Armstrong, smart

guy. He will still be busy and

still in the media. Smart. No

dope. ABC News Breakfast can be

watched live on the web from

anywhere. Just visit the main

ABC News website. There's a

link there for us. Here is Paul

Higgins now share a look at the

weather. Good morning. It looks

like two cyclones are on our

radar this morning. Diane well

course Carlos just south-east

of Darwin producing massive

amounts of rain and gales. In Queensland, showers and

thunderstorms for most of the

tropics along and near the east

coast. The central west and

southern interior although

basically fine in those areas. Brisbane a few showers. Mostly

fine across the south-west and

north-west slopes and plains of NSW. Showers and thunderstorms

ever wrestle across the State,

a few showers for knee and

kbra.s Warm and muggy across Victoria Victoria share showers and thunderstorms especially in the Melbourne. Morning show eers about Tasmania's #235r north-east, showers and thunderstorms developing in the

west this morning and spreading statewide. Showers in Hobart from later this from later this morning. Rain

will start to fall over SA's

far west today and extend across the west coast. Showers

about the southern coast's partly

partly cloudy in Adelaide. Showers and thunderstorms in

WA, especially over the south-west interior, the

Goldfields, Eucla and the

Gascoyne. Humid and partly cloudy

cloudy in Perth. To the short-terms in the pllt. A few

shower in the southern part of

the Territory. Shower in s the

north and heavy rain in Darwin

along share gales. Tomorrow: You're watching ABC News

Breakfast - toil to come,

Australians are

million a year on ATM fees and

don't we just Gough love doing

that. We will speak to the deputy director of the Australia Institute Josh Fear about a new about a new report on banking

fees. And we will also take a

look at some of today's

newspapers. This morning we're

joined by Jonathan Green if the

ABC's Drum website. Leading the

news this morning - Tropical

Cyclone Carlos is continuing to thrash the Territory

Territory's coastline share

gale force wind and widespread

flooding. Darwin has seen 400mm of rain which roads and inundated at least 30

homes. Schools are remaining

closed today and the Darwin airport is still shut. Survivors of the

Christmas Island boat wreck are refusing to return to the

island today. 21 detainees who

lost family in the tragedy

attended funerals in Sydney

earlier this week. The Immigration Minister Chris

Bowen is rejecting calls to let

them stay at Villawood in Sydney but he says a

9-year-olds boy whose parents

both drowned in the tragedy

will be placed in the community some some time soon. An inquest into the Christmas Island boat disaster will examine why the vessel wasn't being monitored

until just before it hit rocks and sank. Alastair Hope has

received Commonwealth support

for the inquest, which is

expected to start in May. He

hopes it will uncover the names

of the 20 victs who are still

un-Eid #2350ied. -- un identified. Australians are spending more than $700 spending more than $700 million

a year on ATM fees despite

attempts by the Reserve Bank to

reform the system. A report the Australia Institute reveals

the overwhelming majority of people think ATM fees are

unfair. But, a quarter of those

surveyed had paid the fee in the past the past week. And the political un rest sweeping the

Middle East has now reached Libya

Libya where hundreds of demonstrators have clashed with

bis police and government

supporters in city of Benghazi.

Protesters want Muammar Gaddafi

to step down, he's ruled the

country since 1969. Now, five

Egyptian statues and amlets

Pharohs are still mission after

looters broke into kier yoes'

museum during the recent political turmoil. Authorities

say a number of men have been

arrested in relation to that incident. incident. And journalists have now been allowed back inside

the museum which is still

closed to I have taskforce. The BBC's Christian Fraser

reports. It house s the secrets

to the world's first most serious civilisation. Today the

museum is guarded by the Army

but on the first night of the uprising uprising the most priceless

collection on

As attention focussed on a fire

at the ruling party headquarterses next door,

thiefs were busy climbing a

fire escape to the roof of the

museum. This is arguably the greatest museum in the world

but it's also a very old

building. Throughout the museum

you see windows and sky lights

like these and according to the

egyms authorities the people

who came into the building came

through a sky light like this

on a rope, dropping on to the

museum's collection is ongoing,

with eight piece s known to be missing from glass cants that were smashed. Three have been

recovered from the grounds of

the building. Among those the building. Among those still

building is a lime statuette of a

a Pharoh and this one of tutian ka mun being carried by a goddest.

goddest. If you actually see

the - If you actually see the

people, they are faceless, no heart, stupid. The reason

that I disagree share you if they're professional they would

take a master piece. The most

valuable master piece is the

golden mask of Tutankhamen and

for the first time today

journalists were allowed in too

see it. But you see a very fragile collection housed

without temperature control or any state-of-the-art security

and some might ask where the

billions of touris -- tourist dollars have gone. But this time the damage to the

invaluable collection was

minimum. And like many

people I've been to that museum

and was struck by just the same

thing, that it is just one of

the most poor liqueurated

collections you will ever

see. It's so old and so obviously piled on top of stuff and going

up to the ceiling. Dust ever, where items like within reach.

There is no climate control, no humidity control and you get

the feeling that you could just

reach over and pluck anything

you want and put it in your

pocket. It was really alarming Which one would you

take? I didn't give way to

temptation! Cyclone Carlos is

expected to cause more

widespread l wild weather around Darwin today. around Darwin today. It's

unlikely to intensify into a category 2 storm which is what

many suspected it might. Do

share more information we're joined by

joined by our reporter James

Glenday. To what is it like out

there? It's still pretty wild

and windy here. Conditions have

definitely'sed in the past

three or four hours. I went out

at about midnight last night

and it was very, very windy, probably the most intense winds

and heavy rain we've seen since

the storm arrived. But now I

was out a short time ago and

went through a couple of

suburbs and it really has eased off. It's not raining at the

moment. Ice still windy and the

weather bureau is saying if

weather will return. So the

status of the cyclone itself is still category 1 but still category 1 but has it moved well away from Darwin

now? It's not a long way away

from Darwin. It's just moved

inland, it's moving south-west

towards the WA border. And the

weather bureau expects it to

deep moving in that direction.

It is still a category 1

system. We're getting reports River and Pyne Creek and down

to Dundee beach which are a

only about 60 to 100km away

from Darwin they're being hit

by very defence winds and rain,

much like Darwin received most of yesterday. That is sounding

better then. Although you va number of homes that have been

inundate and quite a number of

people who have had to leave

their homes an stay elsewhere

because of all that

water. Yeah. A number have in

the Darwin's northern suburbs.

There's a creek that runs out and yesterday that combined with the number of homes. This morning

going around there's a number

of trees down, powerlines are

down, a few homes have been damaged not too badly but some

look like the windows have been

either cracked or they're leak

ing, there's tarps on a few

different place. But the tree

damage is probably the most

extensive. We have had a huge

amount of rain - up to more

than 500mm in the past couple of days. So some trees have

literally fallen over because the

the ground is so soft and Even in the Darwin city there's

big trees down, lots of leaves

an debris all over the roads,

it's going to take quite a long

time to clean up from this But

at the moment are you calling

this as the end of it, South as

the aftermath of the

cyclone? The bureau is saying

there's still a band, at the

moment Darwin is a little bit o

of a gap, the main part of the

178 is south of the city but the Tiwi Islands is still experiencing very heavy

rainfall and winds. So the

bureau is saying it at least some back but the

worst might be over for Darwin

breakthrough there is still

heavy rain and winds forecast

for later this morning. Good to

talk to you, thanks so much. Not a problem. And historic Goldfields mine

responsible for triggers WA's

nickel boom back in the '70 s

is set to restart next

year. Rising prices have

sparked Poseidon Nickel to resume. It's WA on the map, discovered more

than 40 years ago. It helped

forge the fortunes of many

Western Australians. The price

of nickel went through the roof

and suddenly everyone who had a

sniff of nick - nickel was

claim ing to have the next great plien. It even inspired

the move Nickel Queen. The town

made famous must be prepared

for everything. But the global credit crunch forced Poseidon

to abandon the mine in 2008. to

The resurence in the price of

nickel has gaven the company confidence to reopen win dar ya. The market really started

to move. And we're in a

position now where people are position now where people

very interested in funding a

protect ject of this

type. Analysts say the nickel

price has come back nearly 300%

since the global financial

crisis. We're looking at sub$10,000 US a tonne around now we're looking of over $28,000 US a

tonne. Analyst says the price

is likely to increase over the

next three years. The mine is

set to produce 10,000 tonnes of

nickel a year. Poseidon expects

lit mine the site for up to 10

years but it also believes production can continue beyond

that time. Now one issue that

blew up oversees but has caught the attention of everyone around the world and you might

be familiar share it yourself

is that

suffered by Lara Logan, an

American television network

reporter who was in Cairo

covering the protest there and

the aftermath as well. She was

set upon by a group of men and was brutually sexually

assaulted and was flown back to

the United States. There was

surprisingly many of us just an extraordinary extraordinary range of

criticism of her and sexist and

unkind comments about her looks

and how she appeared as a

reporter in relation to that back to the bad old days in

some respects of the you look a

certain way you ask for

it. That was exact ly what some

America were suggest vething. of the more vicious tweets in

Lara Logan is an attractive

reporter and was asking for reporter and was asking for it

by going into the crowd. One of

tweeters was professor at a New

York University, who put some particularly nasty

observations about her. This morning he has

morning he has ufr aufred his

resignation to NYU and it's

his job over been accepted. So he has lost

comments he made about Lara his job over those particular

Logan which is probably a good

warning to us all about the

world of twitter Dom. And also

a testment to how dangerous it

was for all the reporters on

the grounds there, including

streets of Cairo, a very, very our own team there on the

dangerous elements in that volatile crowd and as the Lara

crowd. She is out of hospital

now and recovering at home and

all is good. It's not a great

story in terms of the potential

danger and down falls of twitter either. Refugee

advocates say five survivors of

the Christmas Island boat wreck

don't want to leave the

Villawood Detention Centre. 21

asylum seekers with flown to

Sydney this week to attend

funeral services for relatives who died in thats

Detention Centre but will be disaster. They've spent the

sent back to Christmas Island later today. Relatives to the

detainees say being away from Christmas Island has brought Christmas Island

out the best of them. One who

lost her sister is really happy

today. She had a smile on her

face. She says I can't go back

there, when ever I go back

there I remember the memory of

how the boat sink. Just I everyone's how the boat sink. Just I want

really really poor people in there. Really broken heart.

Really. And especially I can't say anything to anyone, just I

want to say please support

everyone. These people doesn't them, support us . Support

have anything to lose because everything already lose. Australian people, Australian

Government help them, if you

are human, help them because

these people human like

plans is that they are removed

at 9am but clearly the humane

thing to do here is to allow them to stay in Sydney at

Villawood where they have many Villawood where they have

relatives for some normality to come back to their lives. Some

of the people outside the

detention centre yesterday.

Reporter David Lewis joins us from outside Villawood now.

Good morning. The asylum seek

rst are expected to be moved at

some stage this morning we

believe from Villawood? Yeah, a bus will come to

will be taken to an airport in

Christmas Island. Sydney and flown back to

Christmas Island. They have

written a letter to the Immigration Minister, Chris

Bowen, though, express ing

their will that they remain here at Sydney's Villawood Detention Centre. Essentially

the letter says that Christmas

Island holds too many grave

memories for them after last year's boat disaster and they

don't want to go back there.

It's too depressings. So we

could face a situation of some

of those at least some of those being put on the plane? Yeah.

At this stage we're not sure

exactly how they will resist

being put on a plane, whether

it's going to be a

stand-off or whether this is just a statement of solidarity

to express their lil not to go

back. But we will find out soon enough

enough and they will have

plenty of supporters gathering

here in a couple of hours to

help them along in their

cause. And obviously the

brothers are very keen to those as we all know harrowing

images from the funerals in

Sydney earlier this week and

pointing to the distress that these detainees have been brought all the way from Christmas Island went through

and obviously are still going through. Absolutely. The image

s that as you say were absolutely harrowing. The

Government has given some

ground on this. They extended visiting hours to Sydney's Villawood Detention Centre

yesterday to allow the

relatives to spend more time

share the grieving detainee s

because that was the number one

of the funeral s was that they weren't being allowed enough

time to grieve. So the

Government has been trying to accommodate

accommodate them as best it can. David Lewis in Sydney, we

will touch base share you as

the program goes on. Thank you

very much. You are watching

ABC News Breakfast. These are

our top stories today -

Tropical Cyclone Carlos is

still battering the Top End

share gale force winds and

widespread floodling. There's

been 400mm of rain in Darwin

and that's cut rain roads

Strong winds have brought down trees and cut powerlines. The

Federal Government is ignoring

pleas to let survivors the Christmas Island boat wreck remain in Sydney. 21 detainees

who lost family in the tragedy

are being flown back to the

island today after attending

those funerals earlier this

week. And au Australians are

forking out three-quarter of a

billion dollars a year on ATM fees and Australia Institute

report found 80% of people

think a $2 ATM fee to non-customers is unfair but a

quarter of those surveyed had

paid the fee in the last week. We will We will look at today's

papers. We are joined now by

the editor of 'The Drum', Green. What are you looking at today? Ice hard to go past the asylum seeker funerals and that

is the story of the week. is the story of the week. You

get the sense we're in a

political discussion, we're on

the verge of that great dissent into incredible ugliness that

people tread very carefully

around this as an issue. You

saw an interest ing counterpoint overnight share the release of the release of the multicultural plan. Very

interesting tiling, I thought. On the front foot but

even more interesting

development following the

comments made by Scott Morrison

and his vague backdown

yesterday. We saw the doyen of the Canberra press gallery, a

woman who plays her cards close

to her chest but when Michelle Gratton comes out and calls

like it is, you kinds of know

that things are serious. She

said about Morrison how could

it have happened it wouldn't

have taken much political nouz

to know the time of his

commentses would be disastrous

and subject and divisive within

the ibl Liberals. If the

initial Morrison attack was a

cynical ploy that went wrong,

it was a dis grace. If it was a

total misjudgment it's mystery.

It's rare day when Michelle

sort of climbs down from what is an balance - An independent

position. To come out like.

That Yesterday, Morrison backed

down, abat said he was

enough but he didn't back away

from his substance. , the

timing of them, the day on which the comments were

made. Too soon and the Liberal Party is pushing hard on a

number of fronts on what is - you would have to chacialth

rise it share the -- characterise it share Humphreys petition against Muslim immigration with what

Morrison was saying about the

funerals - it's playing a

particular card. We have a very interesting confluence

events and decisions taken by

various Liberal Party members

now on this particularly tough

subject that you mention. I

don't know if we can rather

quickly get up page 1 of the

'Australian'. But if we can that would be good. Interesting

to have a look at a story that

they've nailed today and made

the One Nation link even more closely

closely than they did yesterday

strongly suggesting that

right-hand column down the side

there that this approach and

particularly the approach taken by Tony Abbott cutting the Budget, the overseas aid element of the

Budget, particularly funding

for Muslim school s overseas

and in Indonesia that that came directly from One Nation lobbying. I got the emails

myself. This is a new tactic as

you send out the emails people

forward them and the One Nation

email was talking about the

amount of money that was being spent on overseas aid as against the amount of money being spent for Queensland being

flood victims. Low -- lo and behold a week after that campaign and the One Nation

spruik of those ideas we see the Cabinet discussion which

made that cut and again we

made that cut and again we then

go to this subtext running

of the growing divisions through all after these things

between the camps within Conservatives in the Liberal

Party. That headline in grish between Joe Hockey for instance el Gratton's piece

on one side and Scott Morrison and allies on the and allies on the other. Joe Hockey who came out and was

stepping away from Morrison I

think Hockey - Michelle points think Hockey

out I think Hockey is feeling there is opportunity in this

for him. And that more moderate camp in the Liberal Party are

feeling that there is a

potential here which a year ago

share a great unity that was

being shown behind Tony Abbott

would have been

unthinkable. And a very todays a flst the 'Sydney interesting and important piece

Morning Herald' which reveal force first time that Scott

Morrison brought to Shadow

Cabinet a proposal to

capitalise on the electorate's growing concerns about Muslim

immigration and to actually

make that a strategy of the

over Muslim immigration and Opposition to go the government

that of

that of course plays right to

that petition that has been

tabled into the Senate. Which

had three signatories which

- Not much. Three signatories

from organised bay church and

think in NSW by twi Senator

present to the from the ACT felt obliged to

present to the House. Which Scott Morrison did not - was not obliged not obliged on this program in

conversation to me to distance

himself from and did not do

that. Despite various opportunities. As len ore

points out there is a potential

that this is a very different strategy which they tip toe towards. It is not something

which they will sort of embrace. And there's opposition

and you still have the Russell within Shadow Cabinet

Broadbents and the Judith Troeth s running that line.

Let's move on to the 'Herald Sun', Steve Steve Steve

a long time radio prenltder is

now back in Melbourne on MTR. We wonder the Liberal

Party might tip toe around this

as an issue share the likes of

Steve Price. They have no

necessity to tip toe. They can

wade up to their fetlocks. He

was talking about the funerals

as well. We know that there the little child buried which

had taken some of the highlights in this funeral. The

father was already in the

country, the family were coming out to join the father. they were involved in that boat

sinking my question, says Mr

Price, to the father is how

could he have let his - left

his family behind, how could he

have come out on his own? And

he goes very directly to I

suggest the answer to that, Steve, is Steve, is that he was utterly

desperate. I wonder if he would

ask the same question of my

grand father who did just that?

Who left his wife and his young

son, my father, behind and got on a boat and went to

Australia. And then called for them to come over. How often

has if bread win er established

a home for the family. I wonder

where this entire belate is

going -- debate is going. I

think next week in farlt be really think next week in farlt will

are moments in the national be really interesting. There

discussion where people need to be really careful. There is this, as the political opportunity and there is this potential

playing to dark thouts. Let's change the subject away change the subject away from

dark naughts an

from money. Hard cold cash: And

BHP Billiton is now - has a profit equivalent of an emerging African Republic. Its

market capitalisation of $247

billion is now greater than the

combined value of the big four banks put for a half year profit. This on

the face of it would make it

easier for Government to sell

its resources tax but the

pressure is going to be would think so, wouldn't you! Your resources that work

there, folks But the pressure

is coming on the Government

from the Greens to back away

from some of the compromises

they've made to push that tax through. Ratchet it up again. They're clearly making

money here, I think we can recover some recover some of it. They've got

so much cash and few acquisition opportunities to fund back to shareholders. I

tell you whatted you could do

share that surplus

where it might go. It's called

consolidated revenue. NT News

we have to look at that. This

was a really interest ing - I

was wondering last night which

the NT News which is the giggle

paper, crocs attack UFOs, how would they approach something serious? They did it like a

real newspaper. A few little

pictures down the bot o. Not a

UFO in sight, no UFO in sight, no croc. They've

all been blown away by the storm. Very quickly the 'Age', page 5, Vegemite hasn't given

up No 2009 - it is a salt reduced version of the spread,

called my first is endearing and for the old

guys whose plood pressure is

too high. Flies to see you. Thank you. Thank you. Here we

are. Let's look at the sport

headlines and I suppose the

Western Australian cricketers are happy little Vegemite s

this morning Great pun there! They

They might be out of the finals

race but it was a thrilling win

for WA. He hit the winning run

off the final ball against SA

last night in the first innings

SA set the Warriors oa total of

235 runs to win. The Warriors

appearing to be struggle but a

partnership share Marsh and

North made a dramatic

final. Ryan Duffield hit one

run for victd I have. Alberto

Contador is back in the saddle

already. No we're not we can

see a few pict tlurs of that

match last night. So that was -

they tear pictures from South course Marcus North having a

bash there. Now to Alberto

Contador his return to cycling

less than 24 hours after he was

cleared of doping by the Spanish cycling Federation. He's begun a second successive

title defence at the Tour title defence at the Tour of Algarve. She the three-time

Tour de France champion and he

finished 28th place, five seconds behind the stage

winner. Contador tested

positive for the band substance

Clenbuterol last year on his

way to winning the third Tour de France. But the Spanish cycling Federation accepted he

had un intentionally the substance by eating contaminated bee. And Lance

Armstrong announced his retirement

retirement from professional

cycling again. The 39-year-old American will now focus his

efforts on his cancer fighting Livestrong

Livestrong foundation. #5r7 arm

admitted to being disappointed

with him impact on returning to competitive racing in 2009. There's some Champions

League games that have just

start sod later we will look at those. Paul Higgins joins us now share a look at the weather. Good morning. Twin

cyclones are menacing Northern

Australia today. We have Diane

well off the North west coast and Carlos south-east of Darwin

producing massive amounts of

rain. Darwin has had 644mm

since Monday morning. Showers over Queensland's tropics and

along the east coast and in the

far south-west. In Brisbane a

few showers. Mostly fine across

the south-west and north-west

slopes and plains of NSW.

elsewhere Showers and thunderstorms

for Sydney and Canberra, as

well. A sultry day in Victoria

share a few showers nepz the

tees east. Thunderstorms in the thunderstorms about Tasmania's west and south. thundery showers will fire up west and south. Elsewhere

this afternoon. Showers in

Hobart from later this morning.

A few showers over SA's

southern coast, also rain later

over the west coast, afternoon

showers and storms east of the

pastoral district. Partly range an in the north of the

cloudy for Adelaide. Showers

and thunderstorms in WA, interior, the Goldfields, Eucla

and the Gascoyne, humid and

partly cloudy in Perth. To the north, showers and storms over

theing in, cll and interior:

But the - There's a flood

threat advisory for the Darwin,

Daly and Arnhem districts. Stay

share us after the break more on

on the ATM fee debate and the

latest on Cyclone Carlos. Back


Australia's summer - now Darwin is batter brid Cyclone Carlos. Fallen trees,

downed powerline, inundation of

water through roofs of homes,

and blockage of roads.

The Government un moved as

survivors of the Christmas Island disaster plead to stay in Sydney. ATM fees costing

Australians more than $700

million a year. And WA noches up a last ball win over SA at up a last ball win

the WACA.

Good morning, it's Thursday,

17 February, I'm milder. -- Michael Rowland And I'm

Virginia Trioli. Tropical

Cyclone Carlos is continuing to be over for Darwin this coastline but the worst might

morning. The category 1 system

is moving south-west towards

the WA board. It's lashing

small communities around

Adelaide River and pine along the way. Darwin is Adelaide River and pine Creek

expecting more rain, share

400mm already recorded and

trees down across the city. Main

Main roads are cut and at least

30 homes have been

inundated. The main task for

service workers, volunteers, our people, both the emergency