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(generated from captions) Tony Abbott under pressure

for failing to have the

Coalition's policy as

Treasury. I am prepared to

make myself, my shadows and the

accounting firm that has costed the policies fully available.

At least 50 people killed in a

spate of bomb blasts across

Iraq. Australian aid handed

out at a camp funded by a banned Pakistani terror group. And the Australian Tax Office

bans Paul Hogan

Thursday 26 August. I'm Michael the country. Good morning. It's

Rowland. I'm Virginia Trioli.

The top story on ABC News

Breakfast - the Independent MPs

who will decide Australia's

Government have criticised the Government have criticised

coals for its refused to let Treasury cost Treasury cost its policies. Bob

Katter, Rob Oakeshott and Tony

Windsor want information about

the Budget impact of both

party's policies. Mr Katter

says the Opposition's refusals makes it look as if they've something to hide. Tony

Abbott says Treasury should not be provide would the

Coalition's plans. It is difficult for the

service to understand Coalition

policy, Opposition policy with

the same degree of insight and

depth that it has of Government

policy. That's just the nature

of these things. I am only

too happy to have the most candid conversations about our policies, about how they might work, about what they will cost

and I am prepared to and I am prepared to make

myself, my Shadows and the

accounting firm that has costed

the policies fully available to

the Independents. Tony Abbott

speaking last night. For more,

Julie Doyle joins us from

Canberra and Julie, the

Opposition Leader is digging on the question of costings? Opposition Leader is digging in

He is. The Independent MPs have

put their seven key demands to

both Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott yesterday in these

face-to-face meetings and one

Treasury to have a look at the of those

election promises and the

costings made by both parties. As we've heard there, Tony

Abbott is not interested in

doing that. He's offered

alternative and says he'll give

them access to the independent

and private audit advice the

Coalition has done. The reason

he's done this is he says the

Coalition is best placed to give advice to the Independents

on coals policies and not

Treasury but the Independents

haven't reacted too well to

this. Tony Windsor says that's

not acceptable, he wants the

costings done by the same

person as in Treasury and Bob

he thinks this makes it look as

if Tony Abbott's got something

to hide and says it makes it harder for the Independents to

give Tony Abbott the gong as

Prime Minister. Also Prime Minister. Also speaking last night, Independent Senator

Nick Zenophon said he also

thinks this move by Tony Abbott

is a mistake. I think that

Tony Abbott's dilemma is this -

if the Independents trust the

public service then he needs to

trust the Independents on that.

I don't think he's really got

that will really put tant in a any choice otherwise. I

very difficult position for any further negotiations. Nick Zenophon there. Julie, on the

other hand Julia Gillard

bending over backwards

seemingly to accommodate the

Independents? It looked like

that in that face-to-face

meeting yesterday where she was

handing out the black folders

with the advice on with the advice on how the

Government's policies will

affect each electorate for the

three Independents. Also she's

written a letter to them

basically saying chose prepared to consider these things will talk about

needing some changes in care-taker conventions to give

the Independent s the advice

they're seeking from Treasury. She She is seeking her owned a

viesz on that and seeing

whether that's possible. One of

their other demands is whoever

they give the gong to will

serve out a full term. She says

she's prepared to do that and

sit down with the Independents

and talk about an election date

some time between August and

October in 2013 so you'd centre to say that at this point Julia Gillard everything she can do accommodate the demands from

these three key Independents. And things will

pause briefly today. The

Independents are going back to

their electorates to tap

voters' mood there , but both

Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott

have a much more solemn

function to attend? Yes,

there's a funeral today for one

of the soldiers killed in

Afghanistan recently, Trooper

Jason Brown from the

Perth-based SAS will have his

usually, the floil leaders are funeral today so as is the norm

and put aside any discussion of

who will actually take over the

country and take over the role of Prime Minister and as you talked about there, the Independenterise heading

to their electorates today, not expected to come back to

Canberra until next week so we

won't really expect to see scby further developments on this today. Julie Doyle in Canberra, thank

thank you. In organise news, at

least 50 people have been

killed and 250 more injured in

a string of bomb attacks across

Iraq. More than 20 people died when a car outside police headquarters.

Several blasts also hit

security forces in Baghdad. No-one's claimed responsibility

but officials blamed Al Qaeda

for the Nations food organisation says for the attacks. The United

floodwaters have destroyed

large numbers of crops in

Pakistan. Millions of seeds for

future crops have also been ruined in the south.

Authorities fear frustration

about food supplies could lead

to more violence between flood victims. The World Food

Programme says it has enough

food to feed 6 million people the problem. The Australian Tax for a month the problem. for a

Office has banned actor Paul

Hogan from leaving the country.

The 'Crocodile Dundee' star is

accused of dodging a $38 million tax bill. No charges

have been laid yet. The

Australian taxation office

served Mr Hogan a departure

prohibition order last week. He denies any ewrong doing.

Australian health ecprtsz have warned

warned winter flu infections

are on inrise and won't peak

for another month. The group

group says flu season arrived

later than and swine flu may bow a threat.

The group has warned particularly totant strains are

still emerging. A krorlings

documentary about the life of

does Cousins has shown the former AFL player using drugs.

In the program Cousins admits abusing illicit substances

since he was a teenager and

when he played for the weeing

West Coast Eagles. Australian

aid is being distributeded at aid is being distributeded at a camp funded by banned Pakistani tear rts organisation. outlaw welfare group was linked to

tear rts organisation. The to the 2008 Mumbai terrorist

attacks and has been Black

listed by the US, Pakistan ask

United Nations but the UN World Food Programme

aid including some donated from

Australia to a camp receiving

funding from that group. South Asia correspondent Sally Sara reports from the southern city of

of Sukkur. Aid workers from an

Islamic charity manage this

relief camp. The United Nations

is distributing food here

including cooking oil donated

by Australia. The UN World Food

Programme says it Pakistani connections carefully. WP has carefully. WP has long established criteria on sorting

out who its partners will be

and one of the fundamentals of

that is they're not on any UN

blacklist. This charity known as FIF receives all of its

funding from the banned

terrorist group. Yes, we are

part of the banned terrorist

group and we receive all our funding from them. The group

was linked to the 2008 mum pi

terrorist attacks and has banned by the Pakistan and US

Governments and the UN. It's

now supporting the Islamic

charity FIF but the head of the

US international

agency didn't seem to realise

the connection when he gave

this warm welcome. Thank you this warm welcome. Thank you for your service. FIF is

managing this camp in Sukkur where aid groups including Save the Children are providing help. At the moment we're giving assist

giving assist ance to people in need. giving assist ance need. We're a neutral

organisation. There are still

hundreds of thousands of flood victims waiting for emergency

assistance. Islamic charities

are providing a lot of help to

many people who have been affected by

affected by the flood disaster

across Pakistan. They're

filling gaps left by the

Government and international

community but the concern for the political leadership here

in Pakistan is these

organisations may also be

filling a political vacuum. US officials wouldn't say whether

the visit to the camp was a

mistake or if they have softened their line on Islamic

charities. Our goal is not to

highlight any specific

organisation, it is to point

out our commitment is out our commitment is a

humanitarian one and about

meeting the needs of people

who've lost everything. Islamic

aid workers believe they're

winning the support of the

people because of their actions not their politics.

TRANSLATION: We are practical.

We are in the field to help

flood affected people so people

can decide between what we do

and what America says. Many

grateful to receive any help no

matter where it comes from.

Another group of slOekers has

managed to managed to iscape - asylum

seekers has managed to escape

from an Indonesian detention

centre. The 17 men tied bed

sheets together and fled over a

wall in Kupang. Most were recaptured. Indonesia

correspondent Kerri Ritchie

reports. Desperate, exhausted

and back in some of the asylum seekers who escaped from Kupang's

overcrowded detention centre.

They told police they tied tent

ropes together and scrambled over a wall.

the centre have recently become so cramped many asylum seekers

are now sleeping in tents in the exercise yard.

TRANSLATION: They feel

uncertain during their times in

the detention centre, secondly

they don't feel comfortable and

safe because the facility is

lacking. They're also bored. They have no they do is sit and wait day by

day. They tend to run because

what they really want is

freedom, a freedomal to enter

Australia. One preliminary Australia. One preliminary in

the blue T-shirt questioned the taxi driver who picked up the

men on the side of the road

near the detention centre and

drove them to a motel 20km

away. West Timor is the key departure point for people

smugglers, taking the asylum

seekers south to Australia's Ashmore they haven't found any evidence that people smugglers Ashmore Reef. Authorities say that people smugglers were

involved in this escape. Up

until now there is no

indication of the involvement

of our staff in the escape but

if you look at our limited capacity, I admit there might

be a chance of an outsider getting to them. Earlier this

month, 44 people escaped from

the same detention centre. These asylum seekers told

police they had plead would

authorities to be sent back to

Afghanistan but didn't get a

response and felt their future

was hopeless. Four men are

still on the run. look at the front pages of the

major newspapers around the

country and Tony Abbott is

balking at one of the key demands of the Independent MPs

and is refusing to submit the Opposition's Opposition's election policies for costings reports 'The Age'. The 'Sydney Morning Herald'

says there Abbott risked

angering the three men who will

decide who governs the nation.

The three Independents have

warned Australia will go back

to the polls unless Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott

negotiate with them in good

faith reports 'The Australian'.

The Western Australian says the

Prime Minister moved quickly to

back a set of radical demands

from the three Independents. Galaxy poll in the 'Advertiser'

shows voters in the three Independents' electorates want

the MPs toback a Coalition

Government. The 'Courier-Mail'

says the poll shows only 37% of voters in voters in the electorates of Kennedy, New England and line

line want their MPs to side

with Labor. The 'Canberra

Times' says the ACT Government

will today announce the

nation's most ambitious targets

for greenhouse emissions. BP chief executive Marius Kloppers

is cautious about the short-term outlook for the

global economy reports the 'Financial Review'. Indeed there are increasing America may be headed for the

double dip recession. Aussie entertainment icon Paul Hogan

is a prisoner in his own country after the tax man

banned him from leaving. The 'Herald Sun' says Australian Tax Office has

issued a it departure

prohibition order to the

'Crocodile Dundee' star. The 'Mercury' reports the Supreme Court in Hobart has closed the

case surrounding the death of a 4

4 yorl boy. The 'Northern

Territory News' says police are offering a $250,000 reward to help find the person

responsible for an arson attack

that killed an that killed an 8-year-old

boy. If you'd like to send us

your feedback on any of the

stories we're covering

on the intermtable between the Independents and

the- Come on , it's only been

a couple of days. You can't be

sick of it already. How long

can a Prime Minister care-take?

What are the public servants in Canberra doing? Because other than the

than the bare minimum there's nothing the Government can That's right. No formal Government can nothing the Government can do. That's Government can take place apart

from what's already in place

for example the Government instrumentalities, sending out

Centrelink cheques and the like but nothing else in relation to

policy and now neither are they costing the Opposition's

policies. I found it very

interesting the response of

Julia Gillard to the seven so-called demands by so-called demands by the

Independents. One aspect that's

not got a great deal of cover subject that Julia Gillard has

not only said to them, "Yes y

do commit to serving a 3-year term if we

arrangement, I won't rush off

to the polls and further to

that I'll come to an agreement

with you for the next election.

Let's fix the date for the election in three years time,

between August and October

2013, a date that suits us all,

and I'll sign off on that." Are

we inching towards fixed term s? Various State Governments

have long had fixed terms and

there's pieces in the paper this morning about it requiring a referendum. As was this morning about it possibly requiring

the case in NSW yrning don't

think there is going to be too much opposition to people

having an extra year before

having to go back to the ballot booths. Please keep the emails

coming. You might also have a view about what Australia is

doing in Afghanistan, whether

the mission is worthwhile as Australia prepares to bury

today yet another fallen

soldier. Our email address is:

These are the top stories on ABC News Breakfast - Federal Independent MPs Bob Katter, Rob

Oakeshott and Tony Windsor have

criticised the coals for

failing to have costed by trarings. The trio

wants information about the

Budget impact of both parties'

policies but Tony Abbott says

Treasury shouldn't be providing

advice advice on the Coalition's plans. A sear East Timorese

bomb attacks - a series of bomb

attacks across Iraq has killed

50 and injured many others. 'Crocodile Dundee' star

Paul Hogan has been banned from

leaving the country. He's

accused of dodging million tax bill. No charges

have been laid. The ATO has

served Mr Hogan with a

departure prohibition order but

the actor has denied any wrongdoing.

China's State media says the

flight data recorder has been

recovered from a plane that

crashed while attempting to

land in Yichun. 48 people died

when the plane overshot the

runway and burst into flames.

54 others escaped, most with

only minor injuries. The police darkness and more than a kilometre past the runway it

was aiming for. Media reports

citeing unnamed witnesses say the plan burst into

began to break up before it hit

the ground.

TRANSLATION: The plane was

descending. Suddenly e-I felt a

big jolt and after four or five

or six strong jolts the luggage

fell down from the luggage

rack. However it happened, 42 of the 96 people on board died.

Of those who survived, many

suffered burns, cuts and broken

limbs. Only three are said to

be in a serious condition. We stayed

but then the smoke came up. It

was choking and after two or

three minutes we couldn't

breathe. I panicked, knowing

something was really wrong. People sitting in the back

rushed to the tail of the

plane. We ran to the front.

There was a hole in the There was a hole in the right

side of the first row and we

escaped through it. Part of the burnt-out plane were strewn across grassland. The local

Communist Party chief has told State media the crew didn't

report anything unusual before

the crash. I felt a bump in

the back of the plane and then

a few collisions. The inside of

the plane began to fall apart

and stuff was falling. I rushed

to the front of the plane when

it stopped. Technician s from Brazil, where

made, have flown to China to help with the investigation.

The crash is China's wus

aviation accident since 2004

when a China eastern airlines

plane crashed in a frozen lake

in northern inner Mongolia

shortly after take-off, killing

more than 50 people. Members of

the Victorian police force are

facing serious misconduct

charges about the distribution

of racist and pornographic

emails. 10 officers will face

internal hearings over the emails but two others involved have resigned rather than face those hearings. Hamish Fitzsimmons reports. Those who

uphold the law are accused of betraying the community's trust. There's been some

scuttle buck, we're just

talking about a few girly

pictures. If we're talking

about a few girly pictures then

the sanctions are going to be

less than we're talking about.

We are talking about seriously

offensive material. 10 members of the Victoria police

including a superintendent have

been charged with disgraceful misconduct and disciplinary hearings. The

allegation s centre on emails

exchanged between officers,

some of which are described as racist and other containing violent pornography. The Police Union says the reports have

been exaggerated and it's

playing down the contents.

There's been reports that there

are videos or images of people

being tortured. Now I am

categorically advised that that

is not the case. Some of the racist material is, I'm

advised, as mild as occasional Irish joke. But the

allegation s are serious and potentially hue mimiating

enough to have led to two of

the police officers resigning.

In March this year a

involved in the inquiry

resigned and then committed suicide in his station. Victoria's top cop Victoria's top cop is promising

to pursue all involved.

There's a range of behaviour so

some matters have already been

dealt with and at the lower end

received bonds or fines or lower-order penalties but we're in the process of working through that. We do have some quite through that.

quite serious matters. The

Victorian Premier John Brumby wouldn't weigh

wouldn't weigh in but is concerned about a cultural problem within the Victoria police. They are very serious

issues. They are being fully

investigated and will be dealt

with the full force of the

law. And there's a cautionary

note for those who use work email for purposes other than

business. I'm advised that had

this material been sent from a

private computer to another

private computer there would be

no issue at all. It's the was transmitted on the police

internal system. The 10

officers under investigation

will learn what their future on

the force is over the next two weeks. We'll have a look at the markets now.

Sport now and there's been plenty plenty of action at the Youth

Olympics. Here with the details

is Paul Kennedy. Australia has

finished its part of the

Olympics with one day to go.

In-Aussies have wrapped it up

and that young Australian boxer

won silver overnight but the

Aussies have won a couple of

gold. Damien Hooper in the boxing won it in boxing won gold

won it in the kayaking and the

hockey lads won gold. 32 medals

overall for Australia. 8 gold,

15 silver and 9 bronze. There's

one day to dough one day to dough but

Australia's not taking part in

any of those. We know the

basketball world championship

championships are looming. They

start this weekend. Australia will take part and the Boomers are hoping to go further than

any other Australian team has

before. One team that won't be there is Great Britain because

Great Britain at the moment is trying to qualify for the

European championships. This an interesting story thou. Luol

Deng plays for the Chicago

Bulls and 20 years ago fled

civil war in Sudan and he's

gone home to play basketball England but also gone back to Sudan. Never before has a man

with a British passport hit

such heights. Luol Deng is the

cornerstone of the Chicago

Bulls. His 6-year contract is worth a basic ?46 million. But Luol Deng still feels he has

debt s elsewhere to pay which

is why he's spending the off

season not on the beach but on

court for Team GB, the country

which granted him asylum.

England has just done so much

for me and my family that I

want to give back in some way

and I felt like England has

everything. The only way I

could give back is through

basketball. It's been

unlikely journey. As a child,

Luol and his family fled the

brutal civil war in Sudan. Now for the first time in 20 years

Sudan's most famous refugee is

returning home. Luol Deng's arriving as more than a tourist. He's rols long funded

the rebuilding of southern

Sudan. Today's meaning for

His charitable organisation helped reconstruct the

buildings laid waste during the

achievement when you see what's

around. Sudan is still a place

Place of desperate need but as

the region in the prepares to vote on

independence from the north,

Luol has a message for schoolchildren. Every one schoolchildren. Every one of

you guys is capable of being

something special. Maybe you'll be the President of this country

country and lead us and We'll

have a great country. In one of the

the most ravaged spots on earth, Luol

earth, Luol Deng is a potent

example

who's made it and cause for

celebration among these refugees who've now returned.

You know, people who are role models, who have done great

things in the world when they

come back it's like an angel

coming through your house. I'm

getting a little emotional. I've never been in a place

where I walk in the street and

I actually feel home, I don't

feel like a refugee. No wonder

that for British basketball's greatest ever player Luol Deng's first Sudanese soil has Sudanese soil has such a special meaning. Now from that

inspirational story to

something a little bit peculiar, peculiar, I don't have to say

too much about this but it is a

real horse race in the United States and the commentary is

gold. Lady mew tadda by a

length and a half. Little miss

macho is in second, after that

comes my wife knows everything

in 3rd, on the far outside the

wife doesn't know is moving up

and alongside and alongside of my wife knows

everything. My wife knows

everything and the wife doesn't

know are moving together on the

far turn and coming to the

quarter fall. Lady quarter fall. Lady matada in

front. Here comes my wife knows

everything and the wife doesn't

know on the far outside. Little

miss macho is 4th there into

the stretch. Lady Mutada, my

wife knows everything, centre

of the track the wife doesn't

know, into the final furlong,

my wife knows everything. The

wife doesn't know. wife doesn't know. They're

one-two. Of course they are. My

wife knows everything in front. To know. My wife knows everything!

The wife doesn't know. My wife

knows everything! More than the wife doesn't know. Woo, miss

Tallahassee was third. A rice

for either mares or fillies

clearly. And a warmup to the

Spring Carnival maybe. I don't

think they're coming down to

the Melbourne Cup. If the

organisers were halfway smart they'd book a flight for the

horses for the sheer

entertainment value. Tell me in

in a couple of days' time

that's not going to be exposed

as a prank, please. It came on

the news wires. We trust them. For the most part For the most part the race

caller had a fairly straight

face or trait voice about it. They take things seriously. I

loved it when he said, "Of

course they are." Both horses

owned by Tiger Woods maybe. We

will hear from Tiger Woods next

hour. He did a press conference

overnight. We'll hear from him. Thanks, Breakfast can be watched live

on the web from anywhere.

Visit the main ABC news website, website, that's breakfast@your.abc.net.au. Vanessa O'Hanlon

O'Hanlon joins us for a look at the weather now. More the weather now. More cold

winter ry weather in the

southeast as a cold front

sweeps the region. Jet stream

cloud across the north and

causing rain mainly over central Queensland. Showers

over NSW, Victoria and

Tasmania. A high will move in

from the west and begin to the showers in SA and clear them from the north.

Coming up on ABC News

Breakfast we'll take a look at

Australia's role in Afghanistan

with Jason Thomas, a former

manager for the Central Asia

development group and he

travelled to Afghanistan to

help implement aid programs

there and also ahead we look at

today's newspaper said and joining us in the studio is

Paul Sheahan, former headmaster

at Melbourne Grammar and Test cricketer. The Independent MP Government have criticised the Coalition for who will

Coalition for its refusal to let Treasury cost its policies. Bob Katter, Rob Oakeshott and

Tony Windsor want information

about the Budget impact of both parties' policies. Australian

aid is being distributed a at a

camp for flood survivors funded

by a banned Pakistani terrorist organisation. Jawaat ud Dawa

was linked to the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks and has been

black listed by the US,

Pakistan and the United Nations but the UN World Food Programme

is distributing aid including cooking oil donated from

Australia at a camp funded by

that group. At least 50 people

have been killed and 250

injured in a string of bomb

attacks in Iraq. A car bomb

exploded outside police

headquarters in Kut. No-one is claiming

claiming responsible but

officials are blaming Al Qaeda

for the attacks. The Australian

Tax Office is preventing actor Paul Hogan from leaving had

country. The 'Crocodile Dundee'

star is accused of dodging a

$38 million tax bill but no

charges have been laid. He denies any wrongdoing. And

Australian health experts are warning winter flu infections

are on the rise and won't peak

for another month. The

Influenza Specialist Group says the flu the flu season expected

later-than-expected this year

and swine flu may still be a

threat. The group is warning particularly potent flu strains are

are still emerging. The

Independent MPs who will decide the next Prime Minister have

held their first talks with the

two party leaders, putting forward a list of seven demands

including a request to be briefed by costings affect the Budget. The Opposition Leader refused,

promising them instead full

access to his shadow Cabinet.

It was Independents' It was Independents' day in the national capital and the Prime Minister was spruiking her

Government's performance. I

have taken the liberty of

preparing a folder about what

our policies and plans mean for

your individual electorates.

Then it was the Opposition

Leader's turn and his new kinder and gentler go to the kinder and gentler polity. I love go to the country area I think,

"? T this fantastic." The

three Independent MPs presented

each camp with a 7-point wish

list. They've asked for a

briefing from the Treasury and finance and

detailed costings of each

party's election promises to

check the Budget bottom line.

We're doing what anyone would

do if they're going into any

negotiations, we're seeking all

information available to information available to make

sensible decisions. They're

yet to be convinced by the 43

billion price tag for Labor's

broadband network. Jo-I haven't

seen the real trail that ends

up with that number. it's a fictitious number. We

want to find out what the real

one is. Access the Government's

books is not as easy as it

sounds. What is sought by the

Independents goes beyond the

normal rules of the care-taker quenings. My predis position is

to amend the quenings to

facilitate the requests of the Independents. But the

Opposition Leader is playing

hard ball. He doesn't think

it's appropriate for public servants to brief the Independents on the Coalition's election promises. The

Government cannot discuss with

them Coalition's policies. The

Government can

them Government policies but

only the Coalition can speak with authority for the

Coalition's policies. Are you

scared of what Treasury will

find? No. Public servant are

not able to provided a vice on

Opposition policies in the same

depth that they are able to provided provided a vice on Government

policies. What happens if you

become the next Government?

The public service is not in

the same position vis-a-vis

Opposition policies to provided

a vice and insight as it is to

provide advice and insight on

Government policies. That

argument hasn't satisfied the

Independents either. The MPs

trust the public service and

want the departments of

Treasury and finance to cost

the coals's policies. The

Opposition Leader is to another of the Independents' demands, a commitment from both

leaders to serve a full term of parliament. Julia Gillard also

agreed and went further. She's

willing to nominate willing to nominate a date for

the next election in 2013. The

Independents also want sweeping reforms to political donations, electoral funding, truth in advertising and the

parliamentary process. Another

Independent, Andrew Wilkie, is

going it alone. He doesn't want

to negotiate as part of a bloc.

On his shopping list, more

funding for southern Tasmania

and he fired off a warning to both leaders. I'm yet to

finalise all of the issues I

will raise with both the Prime Minister and the Opposition

Leader but in essence they both

need to understand that I

haven't yet made a decision

whether I'll support the Labor

Party, whether I'll support the

Liberal Party or whether in fact I'll support no party.

He'll meet the Prime Minister

on the weekend and the

Opposition Leader on Monday. The country

Independents will head home and be

be back in Canberra next Monday

to spend a full week or to spend a full week or longer

until a deal with one side is finally sealed. finally sealed. Stephanie

Kennedy reporting. Police in

the UK are investigating the

murder of an intelligence worker whose body was found in

a sports bag in central

London. Detectives say the MI6 officer was reported missing by

colleagues and could have been

killed two weeks ago. The BBC's

Jon Brain reports. For a third

day this building in Pimlico

has been the scene of complex murder investigation.

As detectives and forensic

teams attempt to establish how

a 31-year-old MI6 worker

his death and when. The body of

Gareth Williams was discovered

in the bath in his flat on Monday. The street has been

cordoned off ever since.

There's been a huge amount of

police activity and people in

forensic outfits. All a bit

grim really. Good gracious me,

how a man can

his flat there is awful. It

doesn't normally happen. Although the body was only

recovered two days ago, it's

thought possible it may have

been in the flat for up to a fortnight. Mr Williams, a mathematics dpranlingwit, has

been described as talented but

un assuming. His family say his

work was a mystery to them. I

knew he was working in London

doing something but he would never talk about his work and

the family knew not to ask substantive job was at GCHQ in

Cheltenham but was an

secondment to MI6 headquarters

in London. Colleagues reported him missing him missing after he hadn't

been seen for several days. He

was found dead less than a was found dead less than a mile

away. A priority the for the investigation is to establish whether national security has

been compromised. Special

branch will keep an eye on the police investigation. MI5 will

look through to see the

situation and the chap, the work and situation and MI6 will look the chap, the work and operations he was involved in

and see whether any of those would yield any kind of clue. Whatever else, this has

been unwelcome publicity for

MI6, an organisation synonymous with secrecy. Officials

hoping the death of one of its employees doesn't have wider

implications. Now billionaire businessman Sir Richard Branson has celebrated his 60th birthday with another world

record attempt. It was a family affair

affair as he, his son, daughter

and nephews took off to kite surf surf across the English Channel. Europe correspondent

Emma Alberici etam the crew on

the beach at Dungeness. It

wouldn't be a birthday party

without balloons and wouldn't

be Sir Richard Branson's party

without a life boat on hand.

His whole family is here, many

of them about to join the

attempt to kite surf across the

channel. The record is four

hours. They need to get their

team of 10 kite surfers from

here in had UK across the

English Channel to the French

coast. It's not exactly the

way most sikt-year-olds would choose to spend their

birthday. The thing is that as

people will fune out when they

get older you don't feel any

older than when you're 20 so

you may as well behave like you are when you're 20. There are

some people on the team who've

only been kite surfing for a

couple of weeks. How confident

are you that you'll all make it

across? We'll see. There's Ibo

who we were on holiday with

last week, he's 15 years old,

he just learned to he just learned to kite surf

and we thought screw it, let's

do it, let's see him across and my daughter's

there. Holly's only recently

learned so they'll give it a go. That's the best way in

life. Have a go and if you

up having to be picked up by a

boat you have to be picked up

by a boat. As far as the

stunts you've pulled off in the

past, this would have to be one

of the riskiest, wouldn't it?

I don't think it's in the sort

of same risky league

fortunately as ballooning or

some of the other things we've

done in the past. It's more a wonderful, have with one's family and it will

will be much more tiring than

most of the other things I've

done in the past but I wouldn't

put it in the major risky

category fortunately. Because

you've got the life boat

following you? It's helpful

having the life boat right

behind us. You're quite

determined to set the record?

Of course. But if we don't

succeed obviously we'll pick

ourselves up. I've got to have something to something to do for my 70th. 29-year-old Holly Branson

only took up the sport very

recently. What was your

reaction when dad said, "For my 60th birthday 60th birthday I'd like to cross the channel." I said, "I can't

kite surf, I'm not coming," and

then I decided it would be good

to go so I've been practising

the last new weeks. How are

you feeling? Nervous. We have

been kite surfing in the Caribbean. The only thing

that's different here is water and ships and murky stuff

and not idyllic. It is more of

a challenge and quite fun. If

he manages to make it all the

way over to France and he

manages to manages to do it without any assistance whatsoever from the life

life boat, he'll be the oldest

person to have crossed the

channel on a kite board. The

team hopes to surf 39km

straight through a shipping

route, dodging freight and

passenger ferries travelling to

and from England and France.

Their board are just a metre

long. Hundreds of locals showed

up to watch. been surprised to be rubbing shoulders with royalty.

Princess Beatrice, the Queen's 22-year-old granddaughter and

fifth in line to the throne,

was there was there to cheer on her boyfriend who works for Richard

Branson's space travel company.

Also watching from the shore

was Eve Branson, Sir Richard's

mother who admits she's a

daredevil herself. Would you

try it? Yes, I have done. I

quite like it. Do you still do

it now? Not very often. Winds of up to 38 of up to 38 knots dashed hopes of making to the other side

within an hour and only 8km

from the shore. The coast guard

called the challenge off. I'm a

little bit angry to be We were going out there, the

waves were huge and really

ripping but I have no idea, we

were going along and we just

got told we had to head

backyism think to be honest the

safety boat was being a bit

over-cautious. The billionaire

leader of the pack has already

achieved one world record on this stretch of the fastest to cross to France

in an amphibious vehicle. He

was determined to make it on

his kite board but was chased

through the swell six times by

the safety boat. We had a big

argument with the boats and we

wanted to carry on but in the

end I think sense prevailed and

I've just been in the RNL life

boat talking to the guys there

and they said wiser people made the right of the team tried again but

succumbed to the wind. The Branson family will be back

here next week to try one more time. Only Sir Richard Branson

and then he'll try and commercialise those kite board trips across

trips across the

channels. Virgin kites. I can

see it now. Imagine the

outfits the hosties will be in. Should I ask what outfits?

You're watching ABC News Breakfast. Our Federal Independent MPs Bob Katter, Rob Oakeshott and Tony

Windsor have criticised the

Coalition for failing to have its policies costed by

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impact of both party's policies

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Opposition policies. Several

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dodging a $38 million tax bill. dodging a $38 million tax bill.

No charges have been laid but the Australian taxation office

has served Mr Hoing wn a

departure - Hogan with a departure prohibition order. He

denies any wrong doing. Today's papers, we're joined by Paul

Sheahan, former headmaster at

melmeland Test cricketer. We're

in this uncertain period where

we don't have any winning team but Independents. There are indeed but a number of very

but the country goes on.

Doesn't it in Yes. Not for

much longer I'm sure. There

will be some important

decisions that have to

but we do have an opportunity

to perhaps craft a different

paradigm for politics. You've

picked up on the baukt word as well.

well. I hate using that word.

I've never been to a conference

where they haven't used the

term paradigm shift. We do have

an opportunity to craft perhaps

a different way in politicians operate. You Mary that in with the news of the

resignation of the Victorian

Government whip and I think

some people are getting a little sick of being trodden on

by the party but Tony Abbott's

taken a very risky move here, I

think, by telling the

Independents, "No, you cannot

have Treasury look at these things because they won't

understand what we do." What a line. Let's look at the front

page of the 'Financial Review'. Every paper of course has

covered this story. a real chance with this line so

what's his argument here, Paul?

I think he's saying that he

doesn't trust Treasury

fundamentally, he was given

reason as I understand it - reason as I understand it - and

only he will know - to come to

the conclusion that's Treasury

had leaked some news during the

campaign and I think he just

doesn't trust Treasury now. The

other interesting little piece

in the newspaper related to all

of this is that a recent poll

taken in the three seats of the

Independents suggest that perhaps they want Independent MPs to support Tony

Abbott and not Julia Gillard so

there's a lot to play out in

this. It's a very fascinating

thing but, look, we're all getting phenomenally stirred up

about it and there's about it and there's a

tremendous amount of breast-beating in Canberra,

particularly by the 10-gallon

hat man, but in the end we'll

look back on it in 12 months

time and say, "What on earth

were we worried about?"

Talking about paradigms, it

could be a positive could be a positive way forward for Australia's political position. Fixed 4-year terms could go down well with voters

given they work so successfully

in a lot of states. in a lot of states. We could

hear a lot more of the word

paradigm and it won't just be coming from Bob Katter. There

are many things that can be, I are many things that can be, I think, improved about the way parliament operates and

certainly Question Time is one

of them. I don't think I've

ever heard a Minister answer a question during Question Time.

If there's a greater civility are called to account occasionally by the Speaker to

answer the question that's been

asked then I think things might

improve a bit. I think most Australians would probably

agree with you but there's a

paradox at the heart of this

and that is that the close

nature of this election result

will, in a sense, entrench

those party loyalties. It will

make it even more firm an issue

for you to be of the party and

for the party, to never miss a

away from the other side. I'm

not sure about Bob Katter. Do I

know enough about him? I know enough about him? I hear him blusting and pointing

fingers. I am impressed with

Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott.

I think they have at the base

of their thinking what's best

for Australia. If they can

craft something that puts a bit

of a brake sometimes on just of a brake sometimes on just mad-headed party politics then

I think that's for the

one long party, Ben Cousins is

very much back in the news this morning. Yes, there was a very

good play on words in the

'Herald Sun' with the headline,

"Days of Ben's life." To what

does that refer exactly? For

those of us who may have missed

this, I'm sure galvanising bit

of television, and I am one of

them. I did not see it. You

will. Ben Cousins has been in

the news for a long, long time

about potential drug abuse and a life that's totally spiralling out of control. For

some curious reason - I can't

imagine how this happened - but

for some curious reason they

made a documentary of Ben's life over three years. filmed about 160 hours of footage to put together a

2-part series so you can watch tonight if you missed last

night and you'll probably pick

up the threads. So this camera

or these cameras have been in

Ben's life for three years?

Yes, and they showed some

extremely graphic scenes. Of?

Well, it looked like drugs. Yes, he's basically

admitted to having the cameras

filming both the highs and the

lows of his life. And

consorting with some people probably wouldn't let your children consort with, Virginia. No, I'm very strict

about that. It did show a life

about that. It did show a life

that was detached from reality

is what John Howard say, I guess, but I do think the

public doesn't quite understand

the pressure that's on some of these very people. We don't have to

beyond golf to find someone

who's been in enormous trouble recently and partly for the

same reasons. They're obsessive

and they're narcissistic and they're high-profile and that

triple combination with too

much money and too much time can be very, very dangerous. I'm really glad you

used that word narcissism. That's something that's not

spoken of often enough and

often the onus is put on the

other side that there's too much scrutiny and

them, which there is, but an

incredible narcissism is

cultivated amongst the players

and the high self-regard leads to incredible selfishness. I

would urge you to have a look

at the documentary tonight

because this will be, I hope, all about the road to

recovery. I've got homework. recovery. I've got homework.

Exactly. This will be about the

road to recovery I hope and

putting Ben back on track

because he will find it

extremely hard when his playing days days are over. He will find it

extremely hard. The press will

move elsewhere, the public will

probably move elsewhere and

he'll be left to cope on his

own and that will be the true

test as to whether he's kicked

the habit. He'll turn up doing

celebrity spots- 'I'm a

Celebrity' get me out of here

or something. Nes. 'The Age'

newspaper as well you're taking

a look at. This is a story you

were referring to a moment

ago. Yes, I was referring to Government whip in ago. Yes, I was referring to it. Government whip in the seat of

Ivanhoe, making comments that

are pretty sharp about the

Premier and these have been

comments that have been a bit

veiled in the past, I guess, but they are constant

accusations about John Brumby

that he's a bit of his own man

in the sense that he won't

consult his Caucus and won't

consult people. He's a bit

poll-driven and can be a bit

pig-headed and leading into a

State election, to have a by-election immediately before,

there's No Doubt that

are going to be electioned out,

I reckon, by the end of

November. Really bad signs.

They're all pointing to a very

sticky end for the Labor

Government in Victoria including the result over the

weekend. Well, yes. I mean,

they do say, don't they, that Governments lose elections

Oppositions don't win them but

you've got to take a look at what the Opposition is throwing

at you and I think on the

Federal scene Tony Abbott ran a very good campaign and despite

the fact that some people were

very twitchy about the fact

that he wasn't his that he wasn't prepared to put that he wasn't prepared to

his costings to tryringsz

scrutiny. I think the Opposition in Victoria does

have to mount a good positive

alternative campaign for alternative campaign for Ted

Bailieu to be seen as an

alternative Premier. 'The

Australian' is looking at the

rising death toll in Afghanistan for Afghanistan for Australian

soldiers That was terribly bad

news again. This the 21st life

we've lost. I remember just

over the right-hand side there the heading, price in battle." This is the

6RAR who developed a phenomenal

reputation in Vietnam. When the

first deaths happened in the

Middle East we were all Middle East we were all deeply

shocked but we've now at 21 and

I think a bit of I think a bit of familiarity breeds contempt in a sense but

for the individual family this

is the most awful, awful circumstance. His wife is pregnant with their second

child, he was only 28 and from

all reports an absolutely wonderful man and now that family grows their father. The pressure's

really coming to bear, not just

on the Government but on all

parliamentarians now to stand up and publicly be accountable

for their joint and group decision that we remain in Afghanistan. I'm not sure it's

as simple as saying the toll is

too high we need to pull out. I

don't think it's as simple as

that but there's No Doubt there will be increasing scrutiny. Opera Australia is going to mount a ring cycle, Wagner's Ring Cycle but in Melbourne. going to mount a ring cycle, Wagner's Melbourne. Fantastic news. A

million dollars for every hour

of the opera but who cares in

the end? There have generous individual donors and

I think this is a wonderful thing for the arts culture in

Melbourne. Paul Keating will be

delighted. He will have to come

from Sydney to see it. It's only in Melbourne. They'll

come from all around the world

because there's Ring Cycle

junkies right around the world

who who'll turn up. Paul Sheahan, thank you. Paul Kennedy with sport

headlines. We'll bring you up

to date with what happened at

the Youth Olympics in

Singapore. It's wrapping up

there. Jess Fox who was the favourite in her sport and a

leader on the team at 16 has

overcome the pressure to win

gold overnight and she won the

K1 obstacle canoe slalom event.

The hockey boys have come from

behind to beat Pakistan in the

final of the hockey tournament

and win 2-1. Luke Noblett was

the champion who converted a

penalty to strike the winning penalty to strike penalty to strike the winning shot. David Hooper won the

boxing and looks to have a bright future. Some great

results there. Brett, a special

mention to him from WA, he won

a silver medal in the 60kg

division. No Australians are

competing tomorrow so that's

the final day of the Games. The

Australian team won 32 medals

all up. 8 gold, 15 silver and 9 bronze. Briefly we'll bring you up to date with football news.

Things have gone from bad to

worse at the Bulldogs. They've

found out Dale Morris won't

play for the rest of the year

with back injury. Barry Hall

and Brian Lake have

injury woes and there's been a

major retirement in the

umpiring ranks and I'll tell

you more about that in the next

half-hour and in league Darren

Lockyer won't play this weekend

but is hopeful to play next

weekend. More sport in half an

hour. Vanessa O'Hanlon joins us

now for a look at the weather.

Wet in Adelaide? 27mm since 9am yesterday taking the

monthly total tool 110mm, well

above the long-term average of 66.7. It's also been their coldest winter in 13

Let's go around the states. Vanessa, thanks so

much. Still ahead on ABC News

Breakfast, some alarming figures about domestic

violence. A survey out today

shows one in four people

believe women exaggerate or

falsify domestic violence rape claims. We'll speak to

the CEO of Victoria health

about the report, Todd Harper.

Protect breck back after this break.

Tony Abbott under pressure for failing to have the

Coalition's policies costed by Treasury. I am prepared to

make myself, my shadows and the accounting

accounting firm that has costed

the policies fully available. Australian aid handed out at

a camp funded by a banned Pakistani terror group. At

least 50 people killed in a

spate of bomb blasts across

Iraq. And the Australian taxation

Hogan from leaving the country.

Good morning. It's Thursday 26 August. The topster y on ABC

News Breakfast - the

Independent MP whose will decide Australia's Government have criticised the Coalition

for its refusal to let Treasury

cost its policies. Bob Katter, Rob want information about the

Budget impact of both party's

policies. Mr Mr Katter says the Opposition Leader's refusal makes it look as makes it look as though he has

something to hide. Tony Abbott

insists the Treasury should not

provided a vice on the

Coalition's plans. It is very

difficult for the public

service to under Coalition

policy, Opposition policy with

the same degree of insight and

depth that it has of Government policy. I mean, that's nature of these policy. I mean, that's just the

nature of these things. I am

only too happy to have the most

candid conversations about our policies, about how policies, about how they might

work, about what they will cost

and I am prepared to make

myself, my shadows and the

accounting firm that has costed

the policies fully available to

the Independents. Tony Abbott

there. For more, Julie Doyle

joins us now from Canberra and

although he's been heavily Julie, Tony Abbott is digging

his heels in? Yes, he

certainly is digging in on this

one. He's not going to agree to

this demand from the Independents to make Treasury costings of both sides'

policies available. What he's

offering is an alternative. He

says he'll offer briefings with

Shadow Ministers, he'll offer

the Independent costings, the

Coalition's own costings but he

doesn't want Treasury costings on the Coalition's election promises. He it's natural Treasury would

have a deeper understanding of

the Government's policies and

the Coalition is in the best

position to give advice on its

own policies. The Independents

haven't reacted well to this. Tony Windsor has said that this position is not acceptable,

that they want these policies

costed by the same person. They

want Labor and the Coalition's

policies looked at by Treasury.

Bob Katter has also said it

makes it look like Tony Abbott

as something to hide here and

he's not very happy about it

either and says they need to

trust the public service and it's

should be providing this kind

of advice. The of advice. The Independent Senator Nick Zenophon said on

Lateline last night he thinks Tony Abbott has made a

mistake. I think that Tony

Abbott's dilemma is this - if

the Independents trust the

public service then he needs to

trust the Independents on that.

I don't think he's really got any

any choice otherwise. I think that will really put Tony

Abbott in a very difficult

position in any further

negotiate eggs with them. Nick

Zenophon. Now, Julie on the other hand Julia Gillard seemingly backwards to accommodate the

Independents. She is certainly coming across as a lot more accommodating. She's said that

she is keen to assist them with

this request for this advice from Treasury. She has said she

does think it might need some

change to it care-taker

conventions so she's seeking