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of the Christmas Island funerals of the first victims

disaster. Battle disaster. Battle is not over

yet - now protests and strikes

flare in the centre of Cairo. US President Barack Obama delivers a down-payment on America's extraordinary

debt. And Michael Klim says

that he will swim for London,

too. This Program is Captioned

Live. Good morning. It's Michael Rowland And I'm

Virginia Trioli. The top story on 'ABC News Breakfast' - two

months after an asylum seeker

boat smashed onto rocks and

sank off Christmas Island, the first funerals for those victim also be held in Sydney

today. Some of the relatives

have been flown from detention

on Christmas Island to attend

those funerals but they're

angry Muslim burial traditions aren't being followed. Jon

Stewart reports. Odey el

Ebrahemy has been waiting for

two months to bury his 8-month-old

died in the Christmas Island boat tragedy last year. Baby

Zahra's mother and brother were also on the boat.

Their bodies have never been

found. It makes me and my

family very upset. My brother,

you thinking every day which

day is your daughter - two

months, very long brother has been detained on Christmas Island since arriving

in Australia in April last

year. He will also attend the funeral. The family is angered that the ceremony will not follow Muslim burial

traditions. Bodies in Muslim

funerals had usually washed at

a mosque and buried in a cloth

without a cassette - casket,

traditions which the family say the Federal Government has

clean the body, you know, and ignored. To wash the body, to

to say goodbye to the body, and

this is very important. Some relatives believe relatives believe the

Immigration Department has not

allowed the families to view

the bodies, to stop them seeing the conditions of the victims,

something they say would shame the Federal Government. We understand that the bodies

could be in very bad situation

and with a lot of them

decomposed, lost, and this is

what the Government wants to

Immigration hide. But a spokesman for the

Some families were so

concerned about the funerals

they decided to send bodies back to Iraq to be buried in a

proper religious ceremony. It

seems that the Government were

more happy even to spend more more happy even to

money to send them to Iraq but

not to follow a Sim Pell

procedures of Muslim people,

you know. The funerals are being held in Sydney. Jon Stewart with that report. In

other news today, new protests

and strikes have flared in

Egypt as demonstrators better pay and conditions from

the country's new military rulers. Bank, transport and military workers all

demonstrated in Cairo. Some

police also rallieded, marching

into Tahrir Square. The army

has issued a statement saying the strikes are damaging Egypt. US President Barack

Obama has unveiled his 2012

Budget, describing it as a

down-payment on reducing the US Budget

to cut more than a trillion

dollars over a decade. Mr Obama

said America had to live within

its means, making scores of programs, but its means, making cuts to

Republican, who control the House of Representatives say

Telstra is unveiling an more savings were needed.

upgraded wireless Internet

service which could compete with the National Broadband

Network. The Government warns

public uptake of the NBN could from wireless providers. be undermined by competition

Telstra's long term standard is

capable of speeds up to 150 megabits per second. A new

Government climate study has found Federal

initiatives have put a higher Government climate change

price on carbon than the dumped Emissions Trading Scheme would have. A Fairfax newspaper

analysis shows governments who

spend $5.6 billion cutting

carbon in the past decade. That's $168 for each tonne of

emissions reduced. The ETS was

slated to cost about $25 per

tonne. Labor's solar panels rebate was one of rebate was one of the least efficient initiatives, costing

$300 for every tonne that was

reduced. Britain's royal

wedding will have a royal best

man with Prince William asking

his brother, Harry, to do the

honours. Prince William and Kate Middleton have confirmed

the members of their wedding

party as preparations for April 29th ceremony will be

announced. The bride's maid of

honour will be her sister,

Philippa Middleton and the

couple have chosen four young

bradz maids and two page

boys. Dozens of people have

been arrested after protesters

clashed with security forces.

from It was a major show of defiance

from the opposition which tried

and failed to force a

revolution two years ago. The

BBC's James Reynolds

reports. Demonstrators in

Tehran were told that their protesters didn't listen. Many rally was illegal, but these

cover their faces to avoid

being identified, and here they

confront a man they suspect of

working for the

paramilitary force. It's rare

to see this kind of challenge. CHANTING Here, another group of protesters shouts, "Death to

the dictator!" These are the

biggest demonstrations against

the government in more than a the government in more

year. We can see hundreds of

anti-riot police and security

disperse the people by force, forces and then they started to

but people had started chanting slogans against the police. I

could see a lot of clashes, severe clashes. Police have

started to launch tear gases

and pepper gases. I myself was

affected seriously. One man

protested early whier in the

day by climbing object a crane

in the centre of Tehran. These

mobile phone pictures show him

on the top left. It took on the top left. It took the

police a while to get to him.

You can see the protester here wearing a green bandana, the

symbol of the opposition green movement. We don't yet know if

these protests will have any everlasting impact, but Iran's

- it is still alive. Now, as I opposition has proved one thing

just mentioned a

submitted his third annual President Barack Obama has now

budget to Congress. The budget

pivots on reducing the deficit

which is predicted to be than $1 trillion over the next

year. To tell us more, Lisa

Millar joins us from

Washington. Lisa, these are

staggering sets of numbers we are talking about Michael,

that's exactly what I was about

to say to you. There are so

many zeros that I've been

dealing with over the last couple

spending, but what I can tell you, the budget the President

proposes - he sort of gathers the information, well his staff

do and put it is to Congress,

it has to be passed

Congress, but the budget he is propose something propose something a $7.73 trillion-dollar budget for

2012. The fiscal year starts in

October, so that's why we're

talking about 2012, even though

we've just got into 2011. Now,

some of it - he is planning to cut a lot cut a lot of programs, even talking about selling 14,000

government offices that are no

longer needed, so is he looking

for efficiency, you but he is also trying to strike this

balance to still spend money in

areas like education and on

science, because you will remember from remember from his State of the Union speech it was all about

winning the future, so he

doesn't want to sacrifice the

future, he says. Let's have a

listen to how he was presenting

it at a school this morning I'm convince fd we outbuild,

outinnovate, outeducate as well

as outhustle the as outhustle the rest of the

world, the jobs and industry

will take root here in the

United States. Our future will

prosper and our country will

succeed. But I'm also convinced

that the only way we can make

these investments in our future is if our government lives

within its means, we take

responsibility for our Bev sits. That's sworn in as President I pledged

to cut the deficit in half by

the end of my first term. The budget I'm proposing today

meets that pledge and puts us

on a path to pay spend by the middle of the

decade. Barack Obama there,

Lisa, as you touched on there,

the President is facing a huge

challenge in getting this

budget approved by the House of Representatives. Many

Republicans, as you know, are

in favour of much deeper

spending cuts? Well, they are

and of course they have all

these freshman who have come in on the

furore over the size of the US

debt, many of them Tea Partiers

who are demanding much greater

cuts, as you say. Last week in

Congress we saw a bill passed

that would see cuts already to

the 2011 before they even get

started on this proposal for

2012, so certainly the rugans

are saying, "This doesn't go anywhere near it. There have to

be much deeper cuts." This is always

never - the budget as it is

presented never remains presented never remains as it

is. It is always part of the negotiation, but Michael, we

also have this looming date,

March 4th, which is when March 4th, which is when these

temporary bills that allow the

funding of government run out,

and so we could get to this

kind of brinkmanship that could

see the gunding of government disappear and that there could

be a kind of shutdown that we saw in the days of President

Clinton in 1995 when literally the government

the government shut down. So

although today is sort of one

step in the process, there are a couple of a couple of deadlines looming

that could certainly see this

become an even more interesting story for the US. Testing days

indeed for the President. Lisa Millar, thank you. Thanks,

Michael. And it was during that

shutdown in the mid-90s that

Bill Clinton got to know a

certain intern Monica Lewinsky and we

up, just a bit of American trivia for you this

morning. That's why it's morning. That's why it's never

good to be in close good to be in close confined

quarters with a young woman for too long if you are a

too long if you are a president. No I thought Lisa president. No I thought Lisa

was going to say we would see a

shutdown as we saw in the West

Wing series. I still take most

of my political guides from the

current episodes. And depends

on who you on who you are talking to, some on the front line do as well. This he could do

worse. To the papers around the

the country now. 'The Age' says the Federal Government has spent more than spent more than $5.5 billion

over the past decade on climate change programs that are

delivering only maul re-dutions

in greenhouse gas

emissions. The 'Sydney Morning

Herald' says the small

reductions are being delivered

at unusually high costs for taxpayers and the economy The 'Courier-Mail' says the

insurance industry faces

tougher regulation if it fails to treat flood fairly. The 'Financial Review'

says the Tax Office is getting

tough on small business owner

whose claimed losses during the

financial crisis The battle of

the banking giants the banking giants will escalate today when Westpac

ASXes a raft of home loan fees,

that story in the 'Advertiser'. Double-page advertisements in

every paper around the country

today. They're spending a Mott 15 on this. The 'Canberra

Times' says the ACT Liberal

senator Garry

upset Canberra's Islamic

community by tabling a strongly worded anti-Muslim pegs in the

Senate Victoria's police Chief

Commissioner says Melbourne is awash with cheap alcohol which

is fuelling violence on the streets. That story in the

'Herald Sun'. 'The Australian'

says Labor's own corporate

advisers say the growing

popularity of wireless Internet could have a significant impact

on the economics of the National Broadband Network. The

Dale says a hotel bill of almost $2.5 million a month is

being racked up by the government to house asylum seekers outside detention

centres. The 'Mercury' says the

$33 million Three Capes Walk on the Tasman Peninsula will go ahead despite the State Government's financial

crisis The 'Northern Territory

News' says a German tourist has

told the paper that she watched

in horror as her friend was attacked by a gang in Alice

Springs. The physical of those funerals being held for the

victims of the Christmas crash is being held today. Its at a time when a number of

issues are now swirling pub bling attention around

detention and the treatment

asylum seekers and you saw that

front-page story on 'The

Telegraph' today. The basic

issue of cost is now coming issue of cost is now coming to

the fore, as it did at a

certain point during the Howard

administration which at some point are you actually just

throwing money away in keeping

people locked up for so long Given that shortage of boats coming in our direction and no serious

inroads of those boats and people smugglers. Layer in the

program, we will be having a

chat it a representative from Amnesty International which

only this morning is releasing

a strongly worded criticism of

the Government's approach to

asylum seeker issue. So the

question being asked is one for

you to consider as well: Is it

time for Australia serious Li consider Leing these people out into the community

in a limited way so that they

can work or volunteer once

they've passed health checks

and once they've security checks while their asylum seeker claim is being assessed? We assessed? We would love to hear

your view on that today. If you

would like to join the conversation on

conversation on that or any of

the other stories we're

covering this morning:

We'll take a quick look at

the weather for you now:

These are the top Tory

today - funerals will be held in those kiln the shipwreck off Christmas

Christmas Island last year.

Family members of 12 of the

victims live in Sydney and

requested that they be buried

there. 50 asylum seekers killed in that December wreck. Cairo has again erupted

with protests after 18 days of

demonstrations forced Prime

Minister Hosni Mubarak to step

down. Government workers and even police have rallied for better conditions. The

country's new military rulers

say the strikes are damaging Egypt. And US President Barack

Obama has unveiled

budget with big spending cuts.

Mr Obama plans to cut more than

a trillion dollars from the US deficit over a decade, but

Republicans who control the US House of Representatives said

more savings are needed. Indonesian needed. Indonesian cleric Abu

Bakar Bashir has heard a detail

list of evidence against him

for the first time. Prosecutors

in the South Jakarta court have

told Bashir he is accused of

planning and funding acts of

terrorism as well dangerous firearms and explosives. The 72 - the

72-year-old faces the death

penalty if he it found guilty.

Kate Arnott reports. Keeping close eye on Bashir supporters,

1,200 police guarded the South

Jakarta court. As the cleric

arrived, he said the charges against him were fabricated.

TRANSLATION: I should be free

because I have done nothing

wrong. Just because I defend

the Islamic religion, I was

arrested. Prosecutors presented

a 250-page indictment court. In it, Bashir is accused of planning

of planning and funding acts of terrorism. TRANSLATION: Trance Abu Bakar Bashir planned and mobilised

people against the law. He

created, conceived, and store

ed weapons or dangerous

explosives with with a plan to

carry out a terrorist Act. It's alleged Bashir raised money for a training camp in Aceh. A little bit of truth, but most

of it are exaggerations, exaggerations of the case.

TRANSLATION: I'm sure our teacher is teacher is innocent. Supporting

a training camp is against the

terrorism law, but it was not a

training camp, it was a gathering. Bashir allegedly hired Bali hired Bali bomber dul Martin as

a field operative of the

training camp and received

regular reports from him.

Prosecutors say the cleric

incited his followers to robberies to fund terrorism,

including a deadly bank raid in 2009. Bashir has repeatedly denied involvement in any acts

of terrorism, saying he doesn't advocate violence. Now, China's

economy is now the world's

second largest. It's overtaken

Japan which had held the title for 42 years. China correspondent Huey Fern Tay

reports. Japan's so-called lost

decade of the '90s and decade of the '90s and the

severe recession two years ago

have cost its economy severely. Figures

Figures released by Tokyo show

that as of the end of 2010,

China and not Japan is now the world's second largest economy.

This is the first time Japan

has surrendered this title in

49 years, officials point out this is

only half the story.

TRANSLATION: Japan is still around

around 10 times higher than

China in terms of per capita

GDP. We have to make use of our

after flew Wednesday, as well

as the development of neighbouring countries to help

pass on our wealth to the next

generation. That's a point not lost on many ordinary Chinese.

TRANSLATION: It demonstrates

the success of the reform and opening policy, about you we

cannot be fooled by the GDP, because our GDP per GDP, because our GDP per capita

is still rank ing among the 100

of the world's economies. Once praised for its praised for its post-war

economic miracle, Japan has

Yong yen and high public debt,

issues its political system has been struggling to come to

grips with.

TRANSLATION: Japan may be done for it if it doesn't change the

way it has been doing things.

China is facing a lot of inflation, but even all about politics in

Japan. Analysts expect Japan. Analysts expect Japan's

report card for the first three

months of the year to improve

as a result of a rising tide of

global recovery. We'll have a

look at the markets now and

Wall Street trade has been mixed

mixed overnight following the

budget cuts that have been

announced by the US President:

Let's take a look at the

sport headlines now and Paul

Kennedy. Huegill, Thorpe Kennedy. Huegill, Thorpe and

now Michael Klim? Yes, back to

Sydney. 10 years ago, believe it or not. They're feeling feeling lost and missable and need their sport back. I don't

think Michael Klim is as lonely

as the rest of him. He says he

wants his kids to be able to

watch him swim. We will see

he can do that if his times are good

good enough. Of course he was a

great Olympian, but Michael

Klim is heading back to at pool

and he announced that

yesterday, perhaps inspired by

his former colleagues or

perhaps he has just done all

the times, looked at what

they're swimming now and thinks

he can make the team. hear now from Michael Klim. I

have been training with Rowan

Taylor who actually coaches

Leisel Jones. We've been trying out the out the new training tech anythings and minimising the

amount of miles I can do, so

save my shoulder, so to speak.

I've had some injuries over the

past years, but my times aren't

too bad and not far off,

actually. I think I'm in touch

already which is a really good

sign. He doesn't have to shave down for his down for his comeback. To the

A-League finals launch yesterday and there are all the captains of

captains of the six remaining teams in

teams in the A-League. The

Brisbane Roar sits on top of

the ladder, of course, and goes

in with virtual Lianne

unbackable favourite to win the overall competition from here

on in, but the coach says he is not taking anything from

granted. They name an All Stars

team yesterday for the season

and Brisbane Roar dominated

that with taking out most of

the places, and

last night also in Australian soccer, Mark Viduka soccer, Mark Viduka was honoured as a legend and says

he has officially retired. He hasn't played for but there is always talk about

whether he comes back to the

A-League and play some matches.

He was made one of only four legends of Australian soccer.

Mark Douglass from the ABC interviewed Ange Postecoglou, the the coach from Brisbane

Roar Our consistency both home

and away shows that we should

be able to cope with what is

thrown at us. The issues for me as a coach as a coach is how we're playing

and how we're training. The

boys are still working

boys are still working hard, still doing all the right

things. Even though it is a new

competition, I don't think the

extra pressure that will be there hopefully won't affect back for a while now. Every week have had to rise to a new

challenge of the times has not

much changed from our point of view.

REPORTER: Did it help to have that celebration on that celebration on Saturday

night? Yes, I think so. It was

a good way to end it on

Saturday night, being back at

home, final home game and doing

it the way we did. I think it

does put a good full-stop to

the season and now the players

realise it is a whole new

competition and a whole new set of circumstances for us. Again,

the important thing is we've

got good

four on the trot, had a good

performance on Saturday night.

You need that, I think F we had

have just limped in the finals,

I think it was a case we would

have more concerns about. Our

form and everything else we're

doing suggests we are in the

right frame of mind. Just a brief stop-in with the Australian cricket team, they're preparing for their

second warm-up match in India. They

They will play against South

Africa - a good choice of

opponents before the World real test. South Africa will be

one of the favourites, and they

will relie more on pace, is he

that's good for the Australian

team which struggled against

spin yesterday. Let's hear

Ricky Ponting's reflections on yesterday's loss yesterday's loss where they

were bowled out by the spinners

on a very unusual and dusty

one-day wicket. Hopefully some

of our younger guys in the

middle order batting wise today

can learn a little bit about starting in tough conditions

like we had tonight. It was an unusual one-day wicket, no

doubt about that. I don't

remember the last wicket that I played on that spun that much, but you've got

to find a way sometimes to

combat good spin bowling in

tough conditions like that. Who

knows, as the tournament goes

on, we could face some

conditions like that somewhere

else in the tournament and I

would like to think that we

play a lot better than we play a lot better than we did

tonight, otherwise we're not going to

going to win. Ricky Ponting

them and Indian captain MS

Dhoni actually criticised that

pitch as well. It was unusual but good to watch with the spinners dominated the I need to do some research to

go back whether the guy from equatorial Guinea in

Olympics, Eric The Eel, the guy

who stole our hearts Comeback

for him Didn't steal mine I

maybe was the only person

during the Olympics who was thinking, "Get out of the

pool." I don't think you were the the only one What are these

guys after? Is announcing aback

a new and efficient way of

getting a good

to be so cynical, Klim Klim doesn't stand a chance of

matching his own

times Interesting for Klim. I can understand Huegill, Libby

Trickett clearly retired too

young. She realised her error there. Michael Klim is now in his 30s. I'm not sure what his

actual drive it. It's one of

those sports, if he swims the

times, he deserves to go. If

there are no younger

competitors who do his times,

so be it. Where will it end.

Should we send a camera down to

Dawn Fraser Pool Is she

limbering up? Dawn still swims

very well. Mr ri Rose was

making the point - was it last week when

announced when he was going to

come back and said that his problem with the whole idea problem with the whole idea is

that it depletes your squad and

your side and it robs a younger person of the position. The

argument is there is that a younger person may not, even if

it's swimming just a fraction

of a second slower, but goes to

London, gets the experience and

then comes back four years later with better times.

That's right. The point has

to be made and I was in Delhi

to witness this, the swimming team let the side

down. The female team ranked

supreme. The male swimming team

for the Australians has long

been an issue for the selectors. No doubt Klim and

Thorpe looking at the times and thinking, "Why not in" Looking

forward to the new relay team -

Klim, Thorpe, Huegill and some

scared new kid. Maybe Grant Hak

Kett. Well, he looks fit as well. Well, probably no doubt he couldom back and make the

team for the 1500. I want to

hear from the scared new kids.

I can't to hear from the kids

when are thinking, "Get when are thinking, "Get out of

my way. You've had your chance now just nick off." They're

doing their 3,000 laps of the

suburban pools this morning so

they're not watching.

Exactly, focusing on the

blabling line with which it

where they should be. The Australian trials to make the

team will be like a mini

Olympics and it may, all these

guys coming back, may just spur

those younger athletes to swim

faster between now and Good. I hope it does. Watch

this space. 'ABC News Breakfast' can be watched live

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can stream live there every

day. Here is Paul Higgins with the weather. Good morning.

Mostly settled across the

nation's south today, but widespread showers

widespread showers and

thunderstorms over the north.

In Queensland, thundery rain

just about everywhere across

the State. Fall also be fairly

patchy over the central districts and

south-east. A few shower wers

and possible thunder in

Brisbane. Showers across most

of New South Wales but dry in

the riefr Rina. early fog in southern Victoria, then fine

until a few showers develop

from the north unusually, mostly about the ranges and

north-west N Melbourne Tasmania, fog at first, showers

in the south-west, otherwise a

mostly sunny day coming One or two showers in South

Australia's north, spreading

everywhere except for the Eyre

Peninsula, southern coasts and

Kangaroo Island. Partly youdy

and very warm across WA's

south. The chance of thunder in

the Goldfields and Eucla and

this afternoon across the

Gascoyne. To the north, showers and thunderstorms especially in

the north-east Pilbara and

Kimberley. Mostly fine in Alice


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that will look at the effects of climate change on Australia's primary industries. Leading industries. Leading the new

this morning, two months on

from the Christmas Island boat

disaster, the first will today be held for those

killed in the shep wrik. Family members of 12 of the victims

live in Sydney and requested

they be buried there. Seven

survivors will travel from

Christmas Island for the

ceremony as long with 14 other detainees. 30 bodies detainees. 30 bodies were

recovered from the wreckage

with 20 other people missing, presumed presumed dead. Presh protests

and strikes have flared in

Egypt as protesters demand better pay and conditions from

the country's rulers. the country's rulers. Bank,

transport and tourism workers

demonstrated in Cairo after the

resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. US President Barack

Obama has unveiled his 2012

budget, describing it as a

down-payment on reducing the

massive US Budget deficit. The

budget aims to cut more than $1

trillion from the deficit a decade. Telstra is unveiling

an upgraded wireless Internet

service today which could

compete with the National Broadband Network. The telco

service comes as a government report warns

the NBN could be undermined

from competition from wireless.

It's came of speeds of 150

megabits a second. A new study

has found Federal Government climate change initiatives have

put a higher price on carbon

than the dumped Emissions Trading Scheme would have. Fairfax newspaper analysis shows governments have spent

$5.6 billion on cutting carbon

in the past decade. $168 for

each tonne of emissions

reduced. Some of the victims of

the Christmas Island boat

tragedy will be buried in

Sydney today. More than a dozen

family members have been flown

from Christmas Island to attend

those ceremony. With more information, our reporter David

Spicer joins us now from

Sydney. David, good morning. Tell us what's happening today. This morning there will

be seven funerals for victims

Muslim tradition. They will be buried at Rookwood certainly tri-and this afternoon

five victim also be buried at a

Christian ceremony in Sydney's

Western Sydney. Of course all

funerals are sad but this one

particularly poignant particularly poignant because there will be the horrible

sight of small casket. Of

course there were adult and

children victims of the boat accident and relatives of course, will

the small number of detainee

whose have been allowed to come

and witness these funeral

ceremonies. Yes, and that's an interesting and also somewhat

controversial part of today as

well because some of those relatives have been brought relatives have been brought to

Sydney and some have been allowed to leave Christmas

Island for a short period of time, the detention centre

there. That's right. A small

number have been allow ed to travel. Some harrowing

examples. One man has saying he

has lost his infant child. His infant child will be buried this this morning and his wife is

missing at sea, resumed dead.

Supporters say it's good that

he has been allowed and others

have been allowed to attend

this funeral, but why the rush? Why are they being transported

from Christmas Island and not

allowed more than a few Hors

with relatives? So, there are

should have been allowed a bit

more time to meet their

relatives in Sydney and attempt

to come to grips with what has

happened. In fact, refugee

advocates are really quite

angry about this situation,

aren't they? That's right, and

there are also some claims that the Federal Government has not

adhered to Muslim tradition in

a strict sense. The Muslim

tradition is that the body

should be buried as quickly as

possible. In this instance,

it's two months since tragedy and refugee advocates

say they could have managed these funerals earlier. these funerals earlier. They

also say that the bodies weren't

weren't washed properly and in fact that relatives weren't

allowed to view the bodies in

some instances. Now, the

Federal Government has

responded saying that they have

respected with Muslim tradition, they have consulted

local imams and the tragedy is that if they had allowed the relatives of the victims to

view the bodies, given the

state they were in, it have caused much more trauma,

so all up, a very sad

situation. 12 funerals being

held in Sydney today in very sad circumstances. David Spicer,

that. We will talk later on

this morning. Three new

studies have played down the

health risk associated with a

former toxic waste dump in

Tullamarine. The studies

commissioned by Victoria's

environment watchdog, detect ed

a negligible amount of toxin s in the area incidence of cancer there was

no greater than anywhere else, but as Frances Bell reports.

The report maintains they haven't haven't looked at all the

evidence . The toxic waste dump at Tullamarine has been closed

for nearly three years, but

opponents of the site believe

it remains a health risk to nearby residents. Peel are

scared. They're scared to let

their children play outside or

attend the local schools. The Environmental Protection Authority has sought to reports on the landfill site.

They're yet to be released

publicly, but the ABC has seen

advanced copies.S First by the

Cancer Council concludes:

The second, by two US

landfill experts gives qualified approval to the

design of caps used to stop

gases escaping from the site.

The third by the EPA concludes that cancer-causing pollutants

in the air surrounding the site are low and of minimal Rhys tock the opponents remain unconvinced. It doesn't prove us wrong at all. What it's

shown in fact is that what

we've been arguing all along,

namely that there namely that there is not enough data, that there is no

effective follow-ups. It a's

true, they admit in their own

reports that they don't have a

lot of information they

need. The EPA declined to be

interviewed saying it wants to

report the findings to the

community as first. The EPA is planning a letterbox drop for

the Tullamarine area

coming weeks. Now, the

Insurance Council of Australia is encouraging Queensland policyholders to challenge

insurance companies who are

refusing to pay out for flood damage. At a forum in Ipswich,

flood victims have reefed moral support from the mayor as well

as a promise the policies

should have clearer definitions

of just what constitutes of just what constitutes a flood. Emma Pollard reports. These Ipswich

residented survived the flood.

Now they say insurance companies are the brink They cannot tell me

if I'm covered, that's all I

want to know. I've got a want to know. I've got a wife who wants to go

want to go home But we

can't. Simone Allard says her

insurer insists her property

was flooded by river reason flooding but she insists her

property went under before the

river peaked. We read our PDS,

we knew we weren't covered for river reason, but for flash

flooding Then pursue it

because you have a right to. Policyholder as cross Australia Australia had to take note what's happened in Queensland Everybody has lost

enough and we don't need

whatever dignity or whatever

sanity is left to be stripped

by the insurance industry of

Australia. We're not going to

take it any more. We want good

customer service and we want

them to treat us them to treat us with respect. The Insurance Council

says it's in talks with the Government

contracts. We want people to be

absolutely clear about what

cover they have and we will

work hard to make sure that's the case into future. The

assistant Treasurer says a single definition for "flood"

it needed. When you go into McDonald's anywhere in the

world, a Big Mac is a Big Mac, a

a flood should be a flood. The

spotlight is also on 1,400

people being investigated for

fraudulently applying for disaster

own pocket when you're not

entitled to a payment is very

despicable behaviour. The State Government has announced two

measures it says will measures it says will help people affected by and Cyclone Yasi. The

enforcement of new pool safety

laws will be delayed by six

months and the release of new

land valuation also be postponed by three months. Small wins for

residents with bigger battles

on their hands. Julia Gillard

has promised prosperity into opportunity

during a speech to the Labor

faithful on the Gold Coast last night. It's the Australian Workers Union's 125th anniversary and the Prime

Minister says Minister says the labour movement Haas much to offer

today as it did more than a

century ago. As Enrique

Iglesias reports, that was just

one part of a rather big day for the Prime Minister

yesterday. Hello. First stop,

Canberra Sure, fine details

have to be nutted out. Next,

Launceston for a funeral to

mourn the loss of Corporal

Richard Atkinson, killed in Afghanistan. Richard, you Afghanistan. Richard, you are now an immortal ANZAC. Then

back to Canberra to record an

interview and sound a to those who leaked Kevin

Rudd's opposition to her health

deal. It's very clear that

Cabinet is confidential and

that is an obligation that is an obligation of participating in the Cabinet

process. By sundown, it was the

Gold Coast. delivering an

after-dinner speech to national convention. We will be

as bold in our future as we

have been in our past. Key to

winning another election, as

she sees it, is

voters that Labor has got the

tick tore carry out tough reforms and with an in-principle agreement from the

premiers on changing hospital

funding, she is claiming her

first victory. That through

this Labor government we will

harness the benefits of economic

that those benefits persist

into the future which is why

the struggle for health reform

has been so important to me in

the days that have just gone

by. And with that, it was finally time to clock

off. Thank you for asking me to

join you here for that Valentine's Day. Valentine's

Day or not, there is no love

from the Opposition towards the

PM's plan. They say she was

desperate for a deal and would have signed almost anything. The premiers, I

think, have really pull the wool over this Prime eyes. And Liberal premiers

themselves claim they were able

to win large concessions from the Prime Minister. Negotiation

s in Canberra yesterday went on

for 12 hours, however, what we ended up with was very

different to what we started the morning with. But State and

federal Liberals aren't sure they can nut out the details. I

assure you that the wheels are going

going to fall off this

incompetent plan

Julia Gillard. Unless there

was something absolutely

dreadful that the states hadn't

signed up to in principle, I

think the capacity exists to

work through Gillard's original proposal was

already a watered-down version

of the deal that Kevin Rudd

struck with State premiers last

year. The further concessions State Liberal Leaders say

they've won from her won't

enhance her reputation as a tough negotiator, still, it

gets the reform ball rolling in what Julia Gillard is calling a year of decision and delivery. The next leg on The next leg on the Prime Minister ministerial schedule -

New Zealand. Enrique Iglesias

there with that report. astronauts have found out what it's like

it's like to walk on Mars. They

took their first steps on the

Red Planet, though this was

just a simulated version. It is

the latest in an experiment in

Moscow to find out how humans would cope physically and

mentally on a real expedition.

This report from the BBC. Imagine coming on Mars, months of flying

through space leading to a

touchdown and then emergeg into

the dust of this alien world

and taking the first steps. At

the moment it's the moment it's just wishful

thinking, but today in Moscow,

two men prepared for a taste of

what Mars could be like. They

put on real space suits. They're obviously come burr

some, it was heavy-going, as they pretended to be the first

humans on the Red Planet. humans on the Red Planet. Even acting as astronauts wasn't knocked to the ground. The

surface here is a copy of a real part of Mars and samples

were collected as if a proper

mission was under way. and it's

all happening inside here, this

series of chambers where six

men have now been cooped up for

257 days. Watching events today

was a real astronaut. That's a

real challenge, to be very

careful and there is a lot of

preparation and it's also

exciting. I'm sure they're very

excited with doing. So what's the point of this strange experiment? Well, space travel takes ages. Just

getting from the Earth to the

Moon, a relatively short distance, took distance, took the Apollo

astronauts three days, but

that's not compared to the time

taken for a space krft to reach

Mars. From Earth, that journey

could take eight long months, could take eight long months,

just one way, which is why this

experiment is so valuable. The

six men from Russia, China, France and halfway through this cosmic

version of Big Brother. Get ago long together is crucial and

even more so f a real mission

to Mars is ever to happen. When

you're talking about going to

Mars, this is the most

ambitious expedition in the history of human expeditions-

that's what we're talking

about. And huge risks and constant threats

constant threats to life all

the way through, so

are just unimaginably hard. So

what chance of doing this for

real? Well, at the moment there

isn't the money, so for a while

this is as close as anyone will

get. I'm sorry, Michael, that

just looks like for an excuse

for spending a whole lot of money on computers. Very

expensive commuters. And I can

imagine a whole lot of imagine a whole lot of other

things that the Russian society

could use that money for other than that Yes We are talking

ultra hypothetical. Not in our lifetime, kiddo. Shoot lifetime, kiddo. Shoot for the moon and you may reach Mars. You never know Yeah. Family

members of 12 of the victim s

are vn flown to Sydney. The

bodies of 17 victims were flown

to Sydney last week. Cairo has

general erupted in protests after 18 days of demonstrations forced President Hosni Mubarak

to step down. Government workers and police members have

held rallies demanding better pay

pay and conditions. The country's new country's new military rulers

so those strikes are damaging

Egypt. US President Barack

Obama has ub veiled his 2012

Budget with massive spending

cuts. Mr Obama plans to cut

more than $1 trillion from the

US deficit over a decade, but

Republican whose control the US

House of Representatives say more

more savings are needed. We'll

take a look at today's papers

and we're joined by Dr and we're joined by Dr Michelis

Michael. Good to see you, Good

morning Virginia and Michael. I

can imagine that Egypt would be

impossible for you to resist

this morning. You're looking at a story in 'The Age'? That's

correct. Egypt has been the

story of the month, how

the next few weeks and months

will determine not only the

destiny that have country but obviously have a serious impact

on the region, Middle East and

North Africa, of course As that

story points out, there is a

whole lot of uncertainty where

Egypt goes forward. It's ruled

by the military but who emerges

after that is anybody's guess? That's true, that's true,

although you have to expect a

certain period of transition. Now, of Now, of course, it's very vulnerable, very sensitive, vulnerable, very sensitive, the military is still in control.

The interim Prime Minister or

caretaker Prime Minister is a defence minister of course and he is

he is very close to the

military. I don't think the

military can sort of go back

military can sort of go back on its word, barring, of course, a

major eruption of violence.

After all' is briefed, that is

as caretaker prnl to bring

about sta dilt. Obviously with

today's events with protesters turning back to that symbol of

public space, Tahrir Square,

indicates that they are not just going to lay down and

allow the military and the regime to continue with business as usual. Do you

believe that Egypt will require

some assistance from outside

the country in the process of

redrafting the Constitution?

Are all the skills needed there

in order to put a new

Constitution in place and

actually have free and fair and

representative elections? I'm

very confident that there is a reservoir of intellectual and political nous within the

Egyptian community and the diaspera to enable them to

draft a Constitution. I would like to point out that the

former Secretary-General of the

United Nations, Bui tres Bui

tres galley was an Egyptian, so

they have very imminent people,

but obviously if they but obviously if they need

assistance or need vice and counsel, upon the international community, including Australia. We have a propensity of export

in our former ministers and judges,

Downer to trouble spots in the

world. Could also be a job for,

dare I say, Kevin Rudd. He is

featuring in the next story

you're looking at on the front

page of 'The Australian' Yes,

Kevin Rudd, he is in the news

and he has made a statement on

Egypt, of course, and his

concern about the Muslim

Brotherhood, but obviously Brotherhood, but obviously he has got has got other matters more

internal with the Labor

Government and the leaks, or

his departure from the Cabinet meeting

meeting on Thursday. Yes,

that's right. He has denied and

it would seem that in that report 'The Australian' is

accepting that that was an exaggeration, the suggestion

that he stormed out of Cabinet

when he found out that his earlier health deal was being redrafted by the relatively new

Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

They're accepting that now, so now the story has become now the story has become about destabilising leaks and people

who are still aiming to hurt

Kevin Rudd. Mmm, that's true,

that's true. If anything, I

think it might be more the case

of reading more into it than

actually took place, but it

does reveal this sort of

undercurrent of some sort of

tension there That's right,

yes There is of course a

blowback from the leadership change that hasn't gone away,

and that's expected when you've got a former prime minister who

is still around and possibility of a comeback if

the polls continue to sort of

drag down. Not for him, I

wouldn't think . The words are still

still raw and it

potentially detract from any

attempt at Cabinet solidarity

that Julia Gillard would want

to forge In fact, they're both

having to deal with this, the

Cabinet and the Shadow cabinet,

they are both in fractured

states that any incident is both capable of being a truly

tense incident and also overinterpreted because no-one trusts that those two trusts that those two Cabinet rooms are sound. No, no,

Kevin Rudd obviously still

smarts over the manner of his

deposition from the top job,

and he is not going anywhere

and as you say, he may harbour

hopes of coming back to the top

job, but I think... Well,

politics is a funny business We

might get to Mars before that. Yes, not in my lifetime.

The 'Herald Sun' has a cartoon

this a Mark Knight cartoon?

Yes, it is. Take us through

this cartoon? Well, I found

it very telling. A couple of

stories there. You can see on

the monitor, the reference to

the latest Nielsen poll that

has the Labor Government of

course trailing on a two-party

preferred basis and the primary

vote, and then you've array of various premiers

looking over the shoulder of

Gillard as she tries to stitch

up the health bill or the

health agreement any way. I found it very interesting and

the expression on the faces is

one of nervousness but we're nearly there, we stitched up

the deal, even if it is

in-principle and just be

patient. I love Michael - Mark

Knight and he has a wonderful likeness of all the

wiff as well. The Premier is too tall, like an AFL player. Oh, no, Ted Baillieu

has the stature of an AFL full-forward. And also you're

looking at the ABC News website

this morning Yes, I did. I

particularly liked the photo of

Tony Abbott. Closer inspection

reveals that it is a cafe latte

rather than a Guinness beer and obviously taken in Parliament

House, maybe just outside

Ozzies for those people who know

know the place. There is a smirk there, obviously for the

polls rather than any media appearances. Yes , woe be feeling reasonably

pleased. Trying no the to think

about Julie Bishop and Joe

Hockey and all the tensions

involved there. Thank you for joining us.

Thank you. Paul Kennedy is

here. Paul, you've made a comeback to headlines. Well, it's in vogue,

although somebody who has made

a retirement, I will speak about

about that in just a moment,

about you to bring you up to

date with the swimming world, Michael Klim has announced he

will make a comeback, trying to

get on the team with the London

Olympics. He won't be able to swim competitively until

November fr. The time you make

your announcement, it takes

nine months to go back into pool due to all the

drug-testing regulations. The was held yesterday and last

night an All Stars team picked

for the season and it was the

Brisbane Roar which has

dominated the year, had 7 of

the 11 players on that All

Stars team. And the coach is

Ange Postecoglou. And Ange Postecoglou. And to the

cricket, and update on the

Australian team. They're

preparing to play South Africa

in what will be a vastly different

different warm-up

different warm-up match for

this World Cup. They will come up against

up against some pace bowling and it won't be all about the spinning conditions and Ricky

Ponting hopes that he doesn't

come across a pitch like they

did in the warm-up yesterday

where India spun the

Australians out. And there been a big retirement

overnight. Reinaldo, the

Brazilian striker who basically owned

owned the World Cup in 2002 and

he has - he is credited with being in two World Cup-winning

teams. He was basically a kid

back in the '90s when they won

it as well. We will briefly at his career and what

he has achieved. 34 years old

now, only a year older than

Michael Klim What are you suggesting, suggesting, Paul? Different sports, I think.

And he has maintained T like

Klim, he has had a number Klim, he has had a number of injuries, but isn't he the

highest - the highest scorer of

goals at World Cups. I think he holds

holds the record. That's right.

Along with Ruben Zadkovich from

Franz, only.

Zetine from France. Yes, the

World Cup 'Vanity Fair'

edition We want to see that and

it's not for the soccer either.

It's lovely. OK. We will see

how we go Just don't find it.

Paul Higgins joins us now with

the weather. Paul. Thank you, Michael. Widespread thunderstorms will fire up

across the north today so it might look nice and clear for

the moment in Queensland, but

thundery rain will develop just

about everywhere across the

afternoon. showers across most

of New South Wales, but dry in the

the southern Riverina. A few

storms for the Western inland and the far and the far north coast. Cloudy

in Sydney with a few showers and afternoon showers for

Canberra. Early fog in southern

Victoria and then fine until a

few showers move in from the

north, mostly about the ranges

and now in the west as well. and now in the west as well. In Tasmania, fog at first,

showers over the Showers and thunderstorms will

develop across South Australia

except over the Eyre Peninsula,

Kangaroo Island and southern

parts of the north-west pastoral district. Partly

cloudy and very warm across

WA's south. Still the chance of

thunder in the Goldfields and

Eucla and across the Gascoyne

this afternoon. Across north, this afternoon. Across the north, showers and thunderstorms especially in the

north-east Kimberley and the Pilbara. Afternoon thunderstorms to the squally showers with heavy

falls in Darwin. To tomorrow


Thank you, Paul. Still ahead on 'ABC News

on 'ABC News Breakfast', a

report into a toxic dump in

Melbourne's west has failed to

impress local residents. We

will be speaking to the President of the so-called Terminate Tullah toxic Action Group And ahead of Julia Gillard's arrival, the Greens

seem to be upsetting her visit

to the land of the long white

cloud. That's coming up this short break.

Controversy atends the funerals of the first victims of the Christmas Island disaster. It's not over yet -

new protests and strikes flare

in the centre of Cairo. US President Barack Obama delivers

a down-payment on America's extraordinary debt. And Michael

Klim says he will try to swim

for London, too. Good morning,

it's Tuesday, 15 February. I'm Michael Rowland And I'm

Virginia Trioli. The top story on 'ABC News Breakfast' - two boat smash onto rocks and sank

off Christmas Island, the first

funerals for eight of the

victims will be held in Sydney

today. More than a dozen

members have been flown from

Christmas Island to attend

those ceremonies. With more

information, our reporter David

Spicer joins us now from

Sydney. Good morning, David. Tell us what's happening

today? This morning there will

be seven funerals for victims

of the boat accident of the

Muslim faith. They will take place place at Rookwood cemetery and

then in the afternoon a further

funeral for a member of the

Christian faith. Of course,

just two months since we saw the harrowing pictures of the

boats crashing onto the rocks off Christmas Island and more

harrowing pictures today as the

victims are laid to rest. They

range from infants, less than a

year old to mature adults and

some detainees have been flown down by the Federal Government

to attend the funeral as as Sydney relatives of the

victims. Some of those people

who have been brought in to attend the funeral, it's under trfr trfr shal circumstances.

They're being released from

detention, but only very

briefly, David? That's right.

Just last night a number were flown from Christmas flown from Christmas Island.

One of them, his name One of them, his name is

Hussain Hussaini, he will bury

his infant child. His wife is

missing at sea, presumed dead,

and he will only be allowed a

They're very angry about that. They say that the immigration

official 'cause have been more compassionate, could have given

him more time to spend with his

relatives at what is the horrendous time possible. That's right, and

refugee advocate haves have had

very strong things to say about

that as well, particularly when

you point out that swub is in

detention, they've lost their

infant child, and their wife and their other child. Those

are the are the circumstances he is in.

What are the advocates saying

about this? Well, they're

saying how can you send them

back to detention after having

gone lieu this process, but if

they are to come to Sydney, why

couldn't they have spent a few days with their relatives? days with their relatives?

Adding insult, the advocates

are saying the circumstances of

the funerals have not been in

strict accordance to Muslim

tradition. According to Muslim

tradition, the bodies are meant

to be burieded as quickly as

possible. This