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putting the Government on a Slipper steps aside as Speaker,

knife's edge. We deal with the

numbers as they are and we have

done so since the formation of this Government.

Police searching for four

people who fled the scene of another drive-by shooting in Sydney. French President

Nicolas Sarkozy loses the Nicolas Sarkozy loses the first

round of presidential

elections. And a late penalty A-League hands Brisbane Roar the

Good morning, it is Monday, April 23rd, I'm Michael Rowland. I'm Karina Carvalho.

The top story on ABC News Breakfast, the Trade Minister

mistake to make Peter Slipper, Craig Emerson says it wasn't a

Speaker of the House of Representatives. Mr Slipper has stepped aside from the stepped aside from the role

amid allegations of fraud and sexual harassment. That's put

the Government's numbers back

on a knife edge, but at least one Independent, Tony Windsor,

says he will continue to back

the Government while the

investigations take place. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has questioned the Gillard Government's integrity in light of the allegations. But Craig Emerson allegations. But Craig

has double standards. The told News Breakfast Mr Abbott

has double standards. The fact is under the previous Coalition government, Malcolm Turnbull as

a Minister, was the subject of civil proceedings. We didn't

ask him to stand aside. We

as Opposition didn't ask him to stand aside

as Opposition Leader. Processes

are under way. Those processes are under way. Those

should be able to take their

course without Mr Abbott calling for the ends of the

processes or interfering in the

process s, calling for early

elections. The truth is behind

this, all he wants is to be able to become the Prime Minister through a cheap and

easy way to the Lodge. It is not going to happen. Craig

Emerson speaking to us a short

Norton time ago. Our reporter Francene

Norton is outside Peter

Slipper's home on the Sunshine

Coast. She joins us now. Good morning to you. What's happening there? Well, nothing Michael, to put it bluntly.

There has been no real sign of

Peter Slipper since he arrived

back in the country yesterday. I'm outside his house on

Buderim on the Sunshine Coast.

me to get to Peter Slipper's There is a long driveway behind

house, about 100m, you can just

make out the house through trees but there is little sign make out the house through the

anyone is home. There anyone is home. There is one

car in the double garage but

other than that it doesn't look

like there is anyone home. Neighbours haven't seen Peter

Slipper either. There is a small media contingent here waiting to see if Peter Slipper

then, it is does arrive home, but until

then, it is a waiting game. I

morning to be waiting have to say it is a very nice

morning to be waiting for Peter Slipper. This is a real rain forest area in forest area in the Sunshine

Coast and the birds are having

a great time. There is a of activity for the wildlife a great time. There is a hive

but not at Peter Slipper's

the environment while he house. At least he can enjoy

considers his next considers his next options. We

don't know whether he will go

on camera today to was simply a written statement on camera today to explain what

that he'd step aside as

Speaker? No, there has been no word from Peter Slipper. He did put out that statement put out that statement denying the allegations and he says he believes that the criminal matter regarding the taxi

very vouchers will be put to rest

before the Parliament - very quickly and hope flip

hopefully before the Parliament

resumes in a couple of weeks. Enjoy the sunshine and

the birds, we will go back to

you later on. Thanks Mike.. A

tackle Sydney's bikie war will police task force set up to

investigate the latest drive-by

shooting. Shots were fired at a

block of flats in Merrylands block of flats in Merrylands in

the city's west after midnight.

Police were involved in a minor

collision with a white car were pursuing near the scene. collision with a white car they

They are looking for four

midnight on the nose. There was people who fled on foot. It was

about eight of them, about eight of them, handgun

shots, pretty sure they weren't

anything else. They all came pretty quick succession, one second apart so someone was

taking aim. Don't know why

though, nobody up there you'd

want to shoot at. Just regular

people. A man has been shot in

the leg in Adelaide's north.

Several shots were fired at a

house in Prospect shortly after

the man arrived home around one

this morning. The man is

say he recovering in hospital. Police

say he is refusing to cooperate with their investigation. WA

is the top performing state

accord ing to the late est CommSec survey. The survey

including retail spending, looks at eight key indicators

unemployment and construction.

Victoria and the ACT share

second place. Queensland, NSW

are in the next group. Overseas, early results

have shown Francois Hollande has beaten incumbent Nicolas

Sarkozy in if first round of France's presidential

elections. The pair will face

each other in a run-off election in May. Phillip

Williams is in Paris and filed

this report a short time (Cheering). Analyse this is the moment at

this is the moment at Socialist head headquarters where have heard the news head headquarters where they

candidate Francois Hollande is well ahead, Sarkozy on 25%. That was a

crucial figure. If Sarkozy had there is a chance for him in managed to do better, at least

the second round. Now there is a little a long supporter of the Socialist for

liked much more the personalty. liked much more He

He is a

he has the support of economists who are very in France and I think he will economists who are very famous do a good

in

will change in do a good job and the ambience

an impossibility an impossibility in the second round could pull off a surprise, he could still win? could pull off a surprise, he could still know. Everything can happen. We

never know. We have to continue

and normally it will be very

difficult for it will be very easy for

Francois Hollande. How will

Francois Hollande. How

Francois Hollande as President? I think from the point of

of economy, there will be not of economy, there will of economy, there will be not a very of economy, there will be not a

very big difference but I think very big difference but I think

in the day-to-day life in the day-to-day life and

because the Government, the actual Government, has been very close and with sometimes quite very close to very Right party and with sometimes and with sometimes quite racist. It has been difficult

for people, black colour and so on, and all these people - it

so. Thank you very much. You are are welcome. That is a summary

of how many people are welcome. That is a summary

of how many people feel of how many people feel here.

Many people are realistic the

world is not going to change

but the character more modest man, not the more modest man, not the bling bling of Nicolas Sarkozy gun. This is the first round. The next it is head gun. This is the first round. The next it is head to The next it is head to head, Hollande/Sarkozy and The next it is head to head, Hollande/Sarkozy and the President never Phillip Williams reporting from up. Europe correspondent Phillip Paris. Activists in Syria say at least

at least two people have Cannane has called on the Syrian government to withdraw its forces from the

says the UN vote to deploy up to pivotal moment to 300 monitors in Syria is a pivotal moment country. In Burma, President of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi delayed the opening

leader Aung San Suu Kyi for Democracy the wording of the oath of for Democracy is unhappy about the

explains. It is a test of Burma's fragile

What the NLD wants is a change

to the oath that new MPs when they are when they are sworn into the Parliament. The NLD objects the phrase 'Safeguard the phrase 'Safeguard the Constitution'. That's Constitution'. That's because it it believes the Constitution is

flawed. It was drafted by the military, put in dictates 25% of the is held by the military. The the phrase 'Respect the

Constitution' and that its members won't be attending the Parliament until that change is

made. There is some discussion that Aung San Suu Kyi and that Aung San Suu Kyi and the President may in fact President may in fact have already come

this issue but there is also talk it may have to actually be debated in the Parliament itself. Of course, we know itself. Of course, we know that

not all of President's reform process. It is a happened up until now here in side is going to have to give

in to progress those reforms

further. It may come down to Daniel reporting from Burma,

the continued fallout to the election of Aung San Suu election of Aung San Suu Kyi to that will have more on that News 24 as the day goes on. The

big domestic political story we big

are krf covering is the fallout big domestic political story we

are krf covering is to step aside as Speaker of the House of Representatives as

both the finance both the finance department and potentially investigate both criminal We have been hearing from government members including the Trade Minister Craig won't change a thing Also Craig Emerson was insistent the government would

continue to run its full term back to a wafer thin status at

the moment. We have had back to a wafer thin status at

the moment. We have had lots of that stinks all the

feen "Julia Gillard is running the country and in my opinion

feen "Julia Gillard the country and in my opinion doing a pretty good the country and

doing a pretty good job at it. I quite like a lot of their policies I quite like

team to a team to a certain extent but politicians politicians are still human. Tony human. Tony should send a thank you note human. Tony should him with so much ammunition to fire at the next fire at the next election. We are joined fire at the next election. We are joined by the Opposition Leader of business Leader Christopher Pyne from Adelaide. you. Good morning. Mr Slipper has done Mr Pyne, good morning to you. Good has done the right criminal and civil allegations

against him? criminal and Slipper should have stood aside as Speaker. He shouldn't resume as Speaker. He shouldn't as Speaker. He shouldn't resume the seat until he has been cleared of all the allegations

involving both the sexual

harassment claims and the criminal aspects to do with He did the fraud against the Anthony Albanese and Wayne Swan who on He did the right thing. Unlike said there was no reason why he should said there was is cleared of those allegations, would you support is cleared of those allegations, would you support

Speaker's chair? Once all Peter Slipper going back to the

both the civil and criminal matters, and Peter Slipper has been given by

the Federal Police a clean bill

been given by the courts and by the Federal Police a clean bill of health, the Federal Police a clean of of health, then of course he

should resume the seat of

Speaker that he was elected to by the Parliament

Speaker that he was elected to

by the Parliament reason he is because the Government because the

because the Government dispatched Harry Jenkins who was an decent Speaker in a was an honourable and fair and decent decent Speaker in a squalid deal in decent Speaker in deal in floor of the House of

Representatives which Representatives which speaks

volumes of the priority of the government, rather than government, rather than putting

stable government as the first

priority, they always put priority, they always put their

own political survival as their number one priority. What do

you say to Craig Emerson's

claim on this programme a short time ago that Tony Abbott was

whipping up a frenzy to follow

what he described as the cheap

and easy path to the Lodge? I

think it is sad Craig Emerson

would dismiss very serious sexual harassment allegations

by a staffer of Peter Slipper's

as whipping up a

think it is disappointing investigations being undertaken

by the Federal Police into the by the Federal misuse of Commonwealth resources as frenzy. I think sadly Craig Emerson is becoming frenzy. I think sadly Craig Emerson is becoming increasingly erratic Emerson is becoming increasingly erratic and

distracted. I think most

members of the Labor Party judgment that the Prime Caucus realise that judgment that the Prime

Minister made when Minister made when she dispatched Harry Jenkins and

home to roost and goes to the lack of moral compass of lack of moral compass of this government that Craig Emerson

or any other Minister would dismiss

whipping up a frenzy when I

think in the court of public opinion, people would opinion, people would be concerned our institutions clouds hanging over their

members and there is no more senior senior than the Speaker. What

do you say about the Queensland Liberal Party to pre select him

and pre-select him seven times?

We never made Peter Slipper Speaker of the House of

Representatives. He was never given the most senior job in the institution of the Parliament. That

Party in a squalid move decision made

decision made by the Labor

Party in a squalid move to deny

the Coalition a vote on the are coming home to roost. But an MP's position, as

an MP's position, as you one is a position of trust

integrity. Why one is a position of trust and know, Christopher Pyne, being

one is a position of trust and

integrity. Why then, given all these accusations which have swirled these accusations swirled around this many for so these accusations which have swirled around this many for so

many years was swirled around this many for many years was he continually pre-selected by pre-selected by your side of politics? This is the first

time anybody has taken a court

action against Peter Slipper

for sexual harassment. It is

the first time I am aware has been investigated for a criminal misuse of Commonwealth entitlements by the Australian

Federal Police. We have to happened Michael. These matters have happened since December on the

they were the ones watch of this Government and

watch of this Government happened since December on the

they were the ones watch of this Government and

Speaker. At the time they Speaker. At the time hailed it as a clever tactical

hailed it as a clever tactical move, yet again to shore

move, yet again to shore up move, yet again to shore

their support on the floor of

the House of Representatives, but I think the public have

finally are thoroughly sick of

this Government and they should

put them out of their misery,

put the public out of its misery by calling an election

so they can get the Government

they deserve, which is stable, one without the chaos and un certainty that besets this Government on a weekly basis. If you are so basis. If you are so concerned about the state of governance

in Australia, why won't the

Opposition move a vote of no

Government when Parliament confidence in the Gillard

resumes on Budget day? already don't have confidence resumes on Budget day? We

in this Government. We have had

Government since Julia no confidence in this

Government since Julia Gillard

broke her promise "There will

be no carbon tax under the government I lead" and government I lead" and promptly

introduced one as part of

another squalid deal with the

Greens following the election.

It won't come as a surprise to

the public to know the Opposition doesn't have Opposition

confidence in the Government.

It is up to the Independents to

move a volt vote of no confidence in the Government because we need their support

to carry it. Tony Windsor and

Rob Oakeshott continue to prop

up this government. When up this government. When they move, finally realise the Australia Network tender, Australia Network tender, the Tomson affair, the Tomson affair, the Slipper affair have sapped the confidence of the public in

their elected officials, it

will be worth moving such a motion. Until the Independents

make that move it would simply

be just emblematic of

Government. Christopher Pyne in continuing chaos in the

Adelaide, thank you time this morning. It is Adelaide, thank you for your

pleasure Michael, thank time this morning. It is a

you. That's the top story on ABC News Breakfast this

morning. The bencher Christopher Pyne says morning. The Opposition front

Peter Slipper has done the as right thing by stepping aside

as Speaker. Mr Slipper is denying allegations of fraud

and sexual harassment. His and sexual harassment.

decision has put the

Government's numbers in the House of Representatives on House of Representatives on a

knife's edge. Sydney police are

searching for four people after

another drive-by shooting another drive-by shooting in

the city's west overnight. A

block of flats at Merrylands

was shot at around midnight. The four people fled The four people fled after

their car collided with a

police car that was pursuing them French President Nicolas

Sarkozy has lost the first round of presidential elections. He is trailing his

Socialist rival by about 2% in early results. The winner will be decided in a run-off election next month. To finance news, the International Monetary Fund International Monetary Fund has

called on the Eurozone to make

bold reforms to reassure shaky global markets. The call

follows an agreement from top countries to inject $430

billion in the fund. As you can

imagine, we talked a lot about certain regions, certain

countries, the Euro area, the

United States of America, the

right balance between emerging

market economies and other

advanced economies and all of

that with the prospect of that medium-term anchoring that is so needed both for fiscal

policies and for the purpose of

stimulating that growth and this job creation that is so

much needed. It is not always

easy to conduct those discussions with such a discussions with such a large number of constituents in the

room. It worked extremely

well. It has been a French themed programme this morning.

We have had Christine Lagarde,

Francois Hollande from the Socialist candidate for the

Presidency, Nicolas

Sarkozy. The former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn was

meant to be running in the French elections. There you

go. There you go. We have done

very well we think with our pronunciations of the various

Franco names before us this morning. They have been rather

easy. They have, yes. Let's go

to the markets: The Bahrain Grand Prix has

gone ahead despite days of anti-government demonstrations and the death of protester. The race itself and the death of a

passed off largely without

incident as the BBC's Dan Roan

reports. The start of a race have taken place. In a build-up

do the

have taken place. In a build-up do the noise of do the Bahrain Grand Prix the

noise of engines had been

drowned out by that of

protests. The country's protests. The country's most prestigious sporting spectacle coincided with three days protests. protests. It claimed the life of one activist

of unrest this morning. People of Bahrain thinking this race

is racing on our blood because

until last night there victim of the until last victim of the regime. Concern the Grand Prix would surrounding the circuit was targeted, security on the round

intensified, the leaving nothing

before the race. Once the atmosphere is relaxed, it

feels like Formula One business feels like Formula One business as usual. It could be any other

After its cancellation last year, it was despite year, it was clear many here,

delighted the race despite the controversy, were

despite the controversy, event. There returned. It is a sporting

event. There is a few problems

in ba rean, event. There is a few problems in ba rean, but this is a

sporting event and it can only be good for sporting event and it be good for Bahrain. Some women

protesters did manage to get

inside the circuit protesters did manage quickly led away by forces. But to the relief forces. But to the relief of those who defied criticism by staging the those who defied international race. Sebastian Vettel leading there was no disruption to the

there was no disruption to the from the

from the front to claim however, that won't be remembered for remembered for who won. Are you pleased the Bahrain Grand Prix

weekend is over? Yeah, yeah.

Should be no real

today and we can leave. I think Should be no real celebrations today and we can leave.

we saw

we saw the size of the will celebrate the fact will today. F1 and its hosts here race will celebrate the fact this

race passed peacefully but as the road show rolls on, race passed peacefully but as

leaves in its wake unanswered questions s for the island and its people and the fallout s for the island politics collide. Speaking politics collide. Speaking of fallout, politics collide. Speaking fallout, there has been plenty of it from the A-League final fallout, there has been plenty of it from the A-League final yesterday. of it from the morning. There yesterday. Andrew Arthur good

yesterday. Andrew Arthur good indeed. Lots of morning. There have

indeed. Lots of unhappy Perth

Glory fans. There are two sides

to the fence, Karina is on one

side. I am a Brisbane Roar

fan. I am in the middle. You

can be the fence sitter. We

will talk more about the

controversial goal later but

let's look at it. The Brisbane City Council and Queensland State Governments are planning a ticket-tape parade to

celebrate the Roar's win. The

Roar scored all the goals in

the 2-1 victory. The first the 2-1 victory. The first was

an own goal which gave the

Glory the lead. The Roar hit back with a Besart Berisha header with Deep into injury time, was given a to give his team was given a penalty and scored

titles. Let's listen to Perth Glory captain Jacob Burns and

decision at the end. I think killed spectacle. Wonderful game of football. You can tell by Berisha's reaction, he knows

as well, he by Berisha's reaction,

as well, he came up straightaway said it wasn't a decisions they cost you cups. We deserve, we play cups. We deserve, good season, we work hard. It

is my first title

was a touch but, in the was a touch but, in think it was quite from throughout. It was think it was throughout. It was a touch, think it was quite from throughout. It was a touch, but yeah. Look, this is football.

Sometimes it is like this and Sometimes it is like this and I make the penalty and we win. We will make the call in - the goal in penalty

leave the local league to head to

leave the local league to the UK in the battle for the Premier League

to the UK in Premier League title. The two

Manchester teams are

high-scoring draw while had a two-nil win. Here are some of had a two-nil some of the highlights.

COMMENTATOR: He has scored!

There is a spanner in the works. Five

works. Five minutes to

time. United's equalised time. United's time. United's equalised it.

Welbeck. Brilliantly. scores. That is a goal of the

highest calibre from a team of the highest highest calibre from a team the highest calibre. Brilliant. Nani! It is not over just yet.

yet. Great dummy yet. Great dummy by welbeck. Rooney, yet. Great dummy by

Rooney, it had to be him.

defenders, 4-3. They've 4-4. It is 4-4. It is a goal that reverberates all the to wharfs where Manchester City to wharfs where Manchester COMMENTATOR: are lying in wait later. COMMENTATOR: He has tucked it COMMENTATOR: COMMENTATOR: He has tucked it away. Tevez away. Tevez is threatening again. N Stosur has helped Australia Stosur has helped return to the top flight of the

Fed Cup. Sam Stosur Andrea Petkovic

Australia won the tie by three rubbers to

Australia won the rubbers to two. They will

compete for the title in the world rubbers to two. They world group next year. compete for the title world group next year. In the world group next year. In desperate Melbourne to post their first win of the desperate Melbourne to post season. The their first win of the AFL

season. The Dogs led first quarter and hung on

13-10-88 to

13-10-88 to 9-13-67. They did lead early in the second half,

they staved off a challenge had the winning margin was 21 they staved off a challenge and had had the winning margin was 21 points. The Bulldogs are

looking to make it two in a row when they play GWS in looking to make it two in a row when they play round. That's all the sport. Thanks Andrew. Vanessa O'Hanlon joins us with Michael. A change from warm to very cold on the There is a massive cloud coming

from WA right across to eastern There is a massive cloud

NSW. It is caught up in from WA right across trough and a strong jet stream. This combination NSW. It is caught up in a trough

showers and storms. Very over parts of the Northern Territory over parts

Territory and also winds over parts of NSW. Down in the the social winter piece in the south-east and grab out

the social winter piece - essential through SA this morning heading towards the south-east. A low-pressure system is A low-pressure system is likely Victoria to develop just south of

Victoria tomorrow. Increasing rain over both Victoria Victoria tomorrow. Increasing rain over both Victoria and Tasmania Tasmania and bringing snow to

the alpine regions. By the time the change reaches the change reaches Sydney tomorrow afternoon, it tomorrow afternoon, it should

lose some of its strength.

Around the States: Thanks very much. That's

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