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(generated from captions) the time to do it. Andly have more news from the hour. Don't forget to eat your more news from the market next

hour. Don't forget to eat your

peas! Now for a look at the market sports stories of the

are you? The Cowboys have day, Paul Kennedy joins

need Jonathan Thurston to win demonstrated that they don't

need Jonathan Thurston to win a

game? No, not in the short term

future anyway. They did really well last night. A m not sure

if you saw that coming. But many would have predicted many would have predicted the Newcastle Knight s would take

the opportunity to get a win

against a team ranked against a team ranked high

oreton NRL ladder but oreton NRL ladder but right

from the Will scored that try

the Cowboys were away. It was a

tight affair in the first and Kurt Gidley scored two

tries on night and also

strained his 4578 string

half. So that was one of the halfway through the second

things that contributed to the North Queensland victory because

because there was really no momentum there for momentum there for the Knight s

towards the friend the last 15 minutes. There's no minutes. There's no confidence

problems for them is there? No,

that is right. The Cowboys

ended up winning 22-12. They sit fourth on the ladder now.

So they're going well and game that they knew internal ly Dallas Johnson

in the club that the absence of stop them get ing a win. Jonathan Thurston would not

there's coach Kurt Gidley stop them get ing a win. And

looking glum about There was Dallas Johnson after

the game. And the end of

another round of NRL , Nick. Rugby league players throughout

the competition will try to

overcome the emotional and the physical strain of that

terrific State of Origin

series, as the year sort of

goes through these next few

pace for the finals. They can rounds

start to re focus now on the

finals. What about in the AFL?

Carlton has got a few injury worrieds, haven't right. Gerard Waite is right. Gerard Waite is the

latest. This was the big news

whether or in AFL circles yesterday -

whether or not he would come

up. It is an innocuous seem ing

incident again is enterard Waite. He limped Waite.

Waite. He limped off and had

some scans yesterday. He does

have a hip injury and might

miss four week and the whole of miss four week and the whole

the AFL is looking forward to

that match against

have missed him. Brad Ottens

him there, that elbow will cost

him a week. It's most likely he

will plead guilty to that one. He was faufrd he pleadsed not guilty he would have to argue

that he doesn't get

that he doesn't get three

weeks. That Malay cost the players few thousand dollars

where they have to pay up for those wrestling things. You

with that but now it costs used to be able to get away

you. It looks like it was spiteful you. It looks like it was a was the Richmond players was the Richmond players late in

in the quarter and then the last quarter when the bombe last quarter when the bombe ertion overran them they had ertion overran them they

nothing to o do but to start some fights. You can't do

in some fights. You can't do that

these days. So they try to in the AFL. It's clean game

minimise that, the league officials. Thank you, Paul. We minimise that, the league

will leave it there. Thank

the you. Now let's look at some of

the day's weather. Vanessa

O'Hanlon joins us again from our studios in Melbourne and

van yaes a tropical storm is

as I forming in the western Pacific

happening there? That is right.

It's farmed over open waters in

It's farmed over open waters in

where it's tracking. It's the last day or so. We can see

making itself - taking itself

west at west at the moment and it's

expelleded to become a serious cyclone towards the end of the

week bz as it causes effects to

the areas sump as ok no wa and

the southern - Okinawa and the

southern parts of China. So we

and could see very heavy rainfalls

and strong winds later in week. So what at home? Can you show us map? A lot of cloud in the at home? Can you show us the

west? There is. It looks

veryise busy at the moment.

Tle we have an an area of low pressure over

pressure over the west at the moment. That is pushing moisture into the western part

of the country. Troughs

picking it up. So that is start

ing to swing into the Northern

Territory and SA as that cloud

makes its way into that region.

So are the showers and the rain activity. It coast. We have high pressure around systems in

systems in various location

around the country. This has meant some very cold air across

the northern parts particularly in Queensland over the southern areas, but we also have another

moving over low pressure trough that is

Really picking up moving over Tasmania today.

again with those strong Really picking up those winds

westerlies an seeing

westerlies an seeing some rainfalls. For Victoria and

NSW, it means a few light

showers and also alpine show

snow, but not as heavy hit as

you, Vanessa. places in Tasmania today. Thank

Energy, one of the world's

largest producers has taken

valued on just under $5

billion. Analysts say the

proposed deal, the biggest ever bid for

bid for an Australian bid for an Australian coal

company, shows international

investors aren't being put off

by mining and taxes. This time major shareholder Peabody

the ArcelorMittal, which is one of ArcelorMittal, which is

the world's biggest steel

says makers. The Prime Minister

says it bodes well for the

sector. Meanwhile, Treasurer, Wayne sector. Meanwhile, the

confident the public will warm

to the idea of a carbon tax.

He says it's good policy and

it's only a matter of time

before the public shows their support. Putting in place a

price on carbon is not about a

opinion poll or our political

opinion poll or our political standing, it's about what we do

for our country, combatting dangerous climate change, reducing carbon pollution,

about getting the policy settings right for the 21st

century. Big reforms like this

are always tough and you lose some paint on some paint on the way through, but I believe at the end of the day the public will support

good public policy. I'm

confident that we have got in

place a first-class scheme to deal with

deal with carbon pollution. To

reduce it and to secure

prosperity for our economy and environmental sustainability.

Julia Gillard and I have always

been in favour of an emissions trading scheme and in place an emissions trading

scheme. It does have a scheme. It does have a fixed price for three years and that

does operate like a tax, but

the fact is we went to the last

election arguing for an emissions trading scheme. In

terms of the cost of our

terms of the cost of our

scheme, there is an upfront cost

cost because with big structural reforms there was

always an upfront cost, but the

calls on our surplus over the

surplus years are modest. In

two ways, countries around the

world, including China and

India, are doing a lot to reduce

reduce their carbon emissions. That's very

important to understand. There

is global action happening

right now. Secondly, Australia

is the high

is the high etion per capita

emitter of carbon pollution in the developed world and we are

in the top 20 emitters. So

what we have to do, like other nations emitting carbon

pollution, is act. We're

around the middle of the pack

now. If we don't act, we'll

fall behind. New labels that warn about the problems associated with alcohol consumption are being launched

today. The move is part of national efforts

national efforts to give national efforts to give people more information about consumption. Trish Worth is

the chair of Drink Wise Australia, whose members

include 80% of the alcohol sold in Australia and says it's a

positive step in the right

direction. This is direction. This is just one component of it, and there have

been for some time now calls

for labelling. We first made a submission about submission about this

submission about this to food

Standards Australia/New Zealand

back in 2008. Since then, and particularly through the part of 2009 and first part of

2010, we've been bringing a lot of the alcohol producers

together, having a working

party, going through all party, going through all the

licensing arrangement s about size, et cetera, of the label.

So there's no silver bullet and

you often hear that regulation

is the answer or making

everything taxed higher. I

don't think there's one single

thing that will do this. I

congratulate those in industry

who have been prepared to work

with us collaboratively on measure, but I stress that the

labelling is just one component

of it. Probably the most

important part of it is really

the education campaign as well,

and we rely on experts and ensure that

ensure that the fact sheets on our website are

evidence-based. An interim review

review into the handling review into the handling of

last summer's flood crisis in

Victoria has painteded a Victoria has painteded a dire

picture of state agencies picture of state agencies and ability to cope with major

disasters. Former Victorian police chief Neil Comrie, who

wrote the report, says urgent action is needed major flaws in the system and to sent lise

to sent lise control. Last

summer's floods presented

authorities with an unprecedented challenge and in spite of the best efforts of volunteers, they were failures

on many levels, from wrong

warnings to bad management and

communication. Neil communication. Neil Comrie's interim report outlined scores

of things which need changing of things which need changing to cope with big disasters. I

think the core problem is that we now have a set of legislation

legislation and mechanisms of delivering it in our emergency appropriate to the needs appropriate to the needs of really major events The acting Premier says Premier says an Premier says an umbrella body may be needed to coordinate

what the report calls the

siloed nature of agencies. We need

need a better structure in our

leks so that we can have all

those agencies working better together to deliver the together to deliver the

outcome. One of those agencies,

the State Emergency Service, was said to

was said to be simply

overwhelmed. The people of

flood-hit Charlton appear to

agree. I think they were.

They definitely were. I They definitely were. I don't know where they went to, but

they weren't around. Those that were here worked to the bone basically. Mr Comrie's

interim report couldn't be

clearer in its criticism or

calls for action, saying it's imperative for fundamental

flaws in the system to shall

urgently addressed. But even

though summer is only four or

sphiefz months away, Peter Ryan

says his Government is up to the challenge. We

of time, the next four, five

months. It's months. It's imperative they

lay out for Victorians a course

of action on what steps they're going to take. The going to take. The Government says discussion paper to be released within weeks. The final within weeks. The final Comrie

report is due in December.

report is due in December. The coroner heading the inquest into the Christmas Island boat

tragedy has been given a

first-hand look at the area

offshore where the accident

took place. Up to 50 asylum

seekers drowned when their boat

broke up in rough seas. The

ABC's Andrew O'Connor is

following the inquest on

Christmas Island and he filed this report. The coroner hadn't

planned to trade the bench of

the coroner's court for the

bridge of a patrol

bridge of a patrol boat, but island residents, he suited up

and headed to sea. The and headed to sea. The coroner received a high-speed ride

aboard the fast rescue aboard the fast rescue boats from HMAS Pirie, from HMAS Pirie, the same boats that proved instrumental in

rescuing 41 survivors interest

the wretch Russ waters at Rocky Point last December. His brief

cruise aboard gave the coroner

a sailor's perspective of the accident site

accident site but on calm,

idyllic seas. It was a stark

contrast to the horrendous

conditions described by island

resident Adrian

gave evidence on the first day

of hearings. He was among

dozens of residents to the cliffs to the cliffs as the asylum seeker boat seeker boat drifted dangerously close to shore. Mr described how twice the boat

was slammed against the cliffs without serious damage, but then a massive

then a massive wave came through, one that lifted the

boat up and smashed it boat up and smashed it against

the rocks. Asked how high that

wave was, he gestured "up here". At the time he was

standing on cliffs five metres high. Where he'd earlier seen terrified men, women and

he told the coroner he could

now only see their heads

amongst the debris and

wreckage. He described how he

saw a group of four men clinging

clinging to wreckage, one whom who swam to a whom who swam to a wreckage boat. The boat. The wreckage was slammed against the cliff. against the cliff. He never saw the remaining men again. Outside the court, he

said it's been tough for the

island but people here remain

strong. Christmas Island is

still Christmas Island, we're a

tight little community, get

along with each other and look

after each other. Thank you

very much. Other residents will

give evidence in the coming

days. Our top stories this morning - the Prime Minister

says a record mining takeover

bid is proof her carbon tax

won't cripple coalminers. United States-based Peabody

Energy has tabled a massive

offer for Queensland miner

Macarthur Coal. More bad news

today for Rupert Murdoch's media

media empire. News

international's bid for international's bid for control of BSkyB has been referred of BSkyB has been referred to the the UK's competition watchdog.

The United States condemns an attack on its embassy in Syria

by government supporters. A mob smashed windows and

vandalised the

Today's weather around the

nation, there will be a shower or two for Melbourne and Hobart, rain Hobart, rain periods clearing

for Perth. It will be dry

elsewhere and there will be a top of 14 for

top of 14 for Adelaide. The local

local share market is posting

sharp falls for a second day this week. Investors this week. Investors are worried the Eurozone debt crisis could get

scandal has widened. There are

now reports that former British

Prime Minister Gordon Brown and

the royal family were targeted by reporters from Rupert Murdoch's News empire. Europe correspondent

Philip Williams has the latest from

from London. Well, literally by

the hour we get more and more leaks. It's quite extraordinary. Today the main

features were the royal family

dragged into this mess. Well, that's hardly surprising.

They've always been a target of the hackers. That's how this

all started. But it's wider than that. Apparently

one of the officers - and these

are allegations, not proven -

one of the protection officers,

a policeman charged a policeman charged with

protecting the royal family,

was perhaps willing to sell the

royal book, which was royal book, which was basically

a phone book of the personal numbers of the Queen, of numbers of the Queen, of the

Duke and Duchess of Cornwall,

of all the major Royals of all the major Royals and

their friends and immediate

family. So family. So extremely serious risk really in the wrong Now, that added to Now, that added to now we have Gordon

Gordon Brown. Before he was

Prime Minister, when he was chancellor of the exchequer,

the number two guy in the

Government, it's Government, it's alleged that his personal details of a

property deal, of his bank

details, of his phone details,

and most disturbingly of all

medical details, including medical details, including the

details about his son, who had cystic cystic fibrosis, so much to the point where the Sun point where the Sun newspaper broke that story even as

to terms with the fact that their four-month-old son had cystic fibrosis. There's such

chaos at the moment and so chaos at the moment and so much speculation that we really don't know the don't know the individual

ambition s. We're just breaking

into that report there from correspondent Philip correspondent Philip Williams

to take you to a news conference with conference with the Opposition

Leader, who's speaking Leader, who's speaking in Melbourne right now. ... of

R&D programs. I can't tell

you, though, that we are going

to support the green bank, if you like, that the Government

the Government has promised as part of the Tax Package, the

carbon Tax Package. We won't

support that, but we certainly want to see innovative and creative businesses and, you

know, a lot of businesses are being innovative and creative

as things stand. A lot of

brick makers, for instance, in

this scuntry have voluntarily

dramatically reduced their

emissions intensity just

to do so. Australia has

reduced its emissions intensity by almost 50% over the last 15

years because it makes sense

for business to do so. for business to do so. I

visited the Visy plant on the other side of Melbourne a

couple of weeks ago. It's a re

cycling plant, very heavy users

of power, and they are going of power, and they are going to dramatically reduce their power

bill by taking garbage that can't be can't be recycled and can't be recycled and burning it it to produce power. Now, this isn't just 0 emissions power generation, it's generation, it's negative emissions power generation,

because it would

in landfills and provide far

more emissions than when it's

burntsz to produce power. So these are smart things that Australian companies, innovative Australian companies, are doing companies, are doing now

without a carbon tax, and the

point that Visy made to me when

I was there is that a carbon tax is just a cost and it will

actually make it harder for

them to be innovative than they

can be at the moment. Any

others? Yes. On Sunday, Julia

Gillard told us all that we've

had a debate on the science. had a debate on the science. I actually haven't seen a actually haven't seen a debate. When is that When is that going to happen?

That's a fair question. The

Prime Minister wants to turn

this into a debate about this into a debate about the science science and arguments will rage backwards and forwards. I

think this is not an argument

about the science, it's an

argument about how to deal with the issue, and I think that a

carbon tax is a bad way carbon tax is a bad way to deal

with the issue. I think direct

action to reduce emissions is a

good way to deal with the

issue. That's what I want to focus on. I want to focus on

smart policy to deal with potential challenges. Whatever

you ultimately think about the

role of carbon dioxide in limat change and change and let the scientists

and others argue about that, I

think it make s sense for us to

rest as lightly as we can on

the planet, given that we've

only got one, and if we can

reduce our emissions without destroying our destroying our competitiveness

and our prosperity, that's a

good thing. So that's what I

want to do. Another one? want to do. Another one? Anyone else? Anyone else? Is that a

journalist's question? We'll

have a doorstop later on. Does

that mean I'm not allowed to

ask a question? You can ask a

quez, but I want to give the

workers at the plant first

option. Any other questions,

or do you want the journalist

to start muscling in? I have to start muscling in? I have a

question, Mr Abbott. I don't question, Mr Abbott. I don't think in the history of government here in Australia

any one government has rescinded a tax another

government has put into place, so how would you actually go about that if you were elected? Okay. Well, it's interesting.

I think the thinking behind I think the thinking behind the

question is that in the question is that in the end

governments want more revenue.

Exactly. The point I

making is that this is a tax

increase dressed up as an environmental policy. This is,

if you like, socialism pretending to be

environmentalism and it's

redistribution pretending to be

compensation. I think that's a shrewd observation. shrewd observation. Look, I

was part of a government that

abolished some taxes. Now, abolished some taxes. Now, admittedly, admittedly, rewe replaced a range of bad taxes with another

one, the GST, but one, the GST, but it is

possible to change tax and we

demonstrated it before as part of the Howard Government.

Doesn't a party go into an election and work out their

budget on the taxes that budget on the taxes that are currently in place? That's

correct. If they want to change the tax mix, they've then got then got to look at their

spending. I think that proper

tax cuts require either a tax cuts require either a much stronger stronger economy with

productivity growth or they

require a government which is

more prudent and sparing with its spending. The trouble with

this government is that it's

been spending money like a

drunken sailor, often not drunken sailor, often not very effectively,

effectively, think pink batts, think school halls National Broadband Network. I

reckon it's very, very important that government respects the taxpayers' dollar,

because smart politicians know

how hard their constituents work and are very reluctant work and are very reluctant to take any more money off than take any more money off them

than is absolutely necessary

and the money they do take off them they don't waste.

them they don't waste. Okay -

well, look, Peter, are you

happy that we've - okay. I

know you guys have got real

jobs and I don't want to keep you away from it for too long.

There will be a doorstop which

will be an opportunity for

journalists to ask their questions at the

visit to the factory. Thanks

so much. Thanks, everyone. Really appreciate it. Thank Really appreciate it. Thank

you. That was the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, speaking there to workers in Dandenong

in Victoria about the Gillard Government's carbon tax. He was vitsitting a local business there. Returning to

the News of the World phone

hacking scandal now, there

hacking scandal now, there are allegations another British News Limited newspaper, The Sunday Times, targeted the former British Prime former British Prime Minister

Gordon Brown. Documents and a

phone recording suggest

attempts were made to obtain

his private financial and

property details when he was

chancellor. The Brown family

are also worried that medical records may have been records may have been obtained relating to their

Frazer. The allegations relate to the period before Brown became Prime Minister, when he was chancellor, the guardian of the guardian of the nation's

finances. In 1992, he bought finances. In 1992, he bought a flat in this block in Westminster and Westminster and eight years

later the ''Sunday Times'' ran

this story suggesting it this story suggesting it was purchased for a knockdown

price. Now the BBC's received

this tape of a phone call to a law firm

law firm which appears to

reveal how the information was obtained.

Mr Beardal, the man

interested in the flat, was

Barry beardall, adept Barry beardall, adept at getting information getting information for

newspapers. He has claimed he was working for The Sunday

Times. There's more. In 2000, someone called an Abbey

National centre in Bradford six times pretending to

Brown. He obtained financial

details. There's no suggestion of any failing of the building

society. In fact, letters

obtained by the BBC show the

Abbey whot to Gordon raising concerns someone was masquerading as him. A letter

was drafted to The Sunday Times was drafted to The Sunday Times setting out detailed concerns,

though the Abbey accepted it

couldn't prove the paper was

involved. All this goes beyond the original phone hacking

allegations to another of the dark arts of journalism,

so-called blagging. It works

like this: someone to ring up perhaps a

medical centre or a bank and

get the person who answers the

phone to give out private

information. Being a blagger requires a steady nerve and a degree degree of acting ability. Obtaining personal data,

personal information about

another person from a company

that controls that data, that

has that data, that is has that data, that is quite

clearly a criminal offence.

What is unclear is the extent

to which a journalist can say,

"Well, look, I have a defence

to that because I'm doing this, I'm obtaining that information, in I'm obtaining that information, in the public of the most disturbing

incidents for the Browns

surrounded their son Fraser,

here in the arms of his father

in 2006. A Sun in 2006. A Sun article revealed he had cystic

fibrosis. The brouns are

understood to be worried the information was obtained from

his medical records. Tonight the family said:

They've also been told Mr Brown's details were in the notebooks of private News international said it was investigating the allegations Russian leaders

have reacted with outrage to Sunday's sinking of a cruise

ship on the Volga River.

feared more than 120 people

died. Norman Hermant reports. For nearly two days

images of grieving families by

the Riverside have filled the Riverside have filled

Russian TV screens. President

Pamela Medlen has responded by

ordering sweeping safety checks

for all of Russia's passenger

carrying vehicles. Despite

being overloaded with engine

problems and not licensed carry passengers, the ship set

of on Sunday anyway. More than 200 people were on board, 200 people were on board, as

many of 60 of them children. Divers are recovered dozens of Divers are recovered dozens of

bodies, but say many more are

still trapped in a ship's hall

20 metres beneath the surface of the vol ka of the vol ka River. Today's satellite image, widespread

cloud over WA and also into SA is is in an area of low pressure.

That's causing widespread rain,

fresh westerly winds fresh westerly winds also triggering scattered showers in both Tasmania and both Tasmania and for the southern parts of Victoria. A

high is behind a few

mornings in the east, but the

days will be mostly sunny. A weak front will pass weak front will pass over Tasmania today and troughs from

the west are now spreading the

showers into SA and the NT's

south-west. Around the States, for Queensland a high from SA is extending a ridge over the

southern parts, with frost over the interior. the interior. Showers increasing about the central

In NSW - a few odd showers on

the western slopes of the far

southern ranges. Otherwise a

mostly sunny day. In mostly sunny day. In Victoria

- mostly cloudy with westerly

winds and isolated showers winds and isolated showers over southern and mountain Tasmania - scattered Tasmania - scattered showers in

the west and far south, a of snow about the higher peaks and gusty westerly winds will

persist, with a top of 13 in

Hobart. SA - patchy rain in

the west will reach the the west will reach the southern parts of the

north-east pastoral district by

the evening. Over in WA, the

rain will clear from parts of

the south-west today. Showers coming from the great coming from the great southern,

to the NT border. Further up north, the rain band has

shifted slightly higher into

the Pilbara and stretches across to the NT's south-west. You're

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Live. This morning - confidence

in coal, the Prime Minister

seizes on a record takeover bid to defend her

carbon price. A business is

interested in buying a big

mining company in this company,

a big coalmining company. Why

are they interested in that? are they interested in that? Because they're smart business

people and know there's a good

future in coal. Also morning - more hacking allegations threaten Rupert Murdoch's bid to expand his media empire. And Hillary

Clinton condemns the attacks on US and French embassies in

Syria. President Assad is

indisence pensable and we have

absolutely nothing invested in