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Live. Up to 2.5 million people

affected by Pakistan's deadly

floods. This was known as the

flood of incenturies.

Tony Abbott rejects an offer

for a second debate against the

real Julia Gillard. Police to

begin the third day of

searching for a missing girl in

Western Sydney. And Newcastle

keeps its finals hopes alive by

beating Manly in the NRL. Good morning. It's Tuesday, 3 August. I'm Jenny Rollo. I'm

authy years have Virginia Trioli. Top story -

Pakistan's worst floods in bridges, roads and entire authy years have destroyed

villages. The road cross says

up to 1500 people have died up to 1500 people have died and

There's growing frustration as 2 million are homeless.

the army struggles to reach

those cut off by the

floodwaters. BBC reporter Orla

Guerin reports from the Swat Valley. Crossing the raging torrent, this was the only

option for some in Pakistan's Swat Valley today, plagued militant in the past,

now terrorised by nature. This is, or

is, or was, one of the area s

worst hit by what some here are

calling the flood of the

century. We flew deep into the

disaster zone with the army. A

helicopter is the only way in.

Below us a Below us a landscape turned muddy brown. Fields and homes saturated, crops and communities buried, communities buried, whole

villages have been washed away.

And what's been torn asoner

will take months, innot years,

to repair. You get a real sense

right here of the destructive

power of the monsoon rains.

This is where the road ends.

The concrete has crumpled as if

it was paper and over here we can see that was swept away by the

power of the water. This is one

of 29 bridges in this area that

have been destroyed. The army says communities here have been turned into islands and areas still can't be reached. turned into islands and some

But the army has managed to

evacuate close to 30,000

people. These are some of the

latest, plucked to safety after

three long days. with his baby son and five with his baby son and five three long days. Yassir escaped

other children with only the clothes they are wearing.

TRANSLATION: It rained for three days and the water just

kept rising and became a flood.

Many people drowned. My cousin

fell into the water. We haven't

been able to find him. been able to find him. Trans

At a temporary camp we met

three, alive today because she

can swim. When the water came into the house we went without

the children. People helped us

to carry them. Then the

was up to our necks and we

managed to swim out. We didn't

care about our lives, we just wanted to save the

children. Some were running out

of strength, struggling to reach a waiter helicopter.

Among those who managed to get a place there was relief. But another threat

looms in this valley, the risk

that the Taliban may try to

exploit this moment to make a

comeback. Orla Guerin, BBC news, Swat Valley. In other

news, the Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott says he

doesn't have time for another

debate with Julia Gillard. The

Prime Minister had initially

rejected the Opposition's call

for three debates but now says

she's ready for a second debate

on Sunday with a focus on the economy. Opposition says Ms Gillard thinks a says Ms Gillard thinks a debate

will help get her campaign back

on track. Police investigating

the disappearance of a

6-year-old girl in Sydney are looking been absent from school for up looking into reports she had

to week. Kiesha Abrahams was last seen on Saturday when her mother put her to bed in her

Hebersham home. It is unclear

whether she wandered off or was

taken. Two men lost in the snow in southern NSW have been

rescued. The men are suffering a freezing night without shelter in Kosciuszko National

Park. The rescue team trekked

through blizzard-like

just before 2am. The men were conditions and reached the

skiing yesterday when they phoned authorities for help.

Israel has announced it will

cooperate with the United

Nations investigation into

deadly raids on an aid flotilla. Nine Turkish

activists were killed when

Israeli commandos stormed the

ship bound for Gaza. The UN inquiry will month. President Barack Obama inquiry will begin later this

says the United States is on

track to end its combat

operations in Iraq by the end

of the month. will be withdrawn from of the month. 15,000 soldiers

country by August 31. 50,000 US

troops will remain in the

country to train Iraqi security

forces and provide security and

they're due to leave by the end

of next year. The Opposition

Leader Tony Abbott will be in

Brisbane this morning through nounce changes to his paid

parental leave scheme. For

from more, mulusa Clarke joins us

altered his proposal? He is

instead going to announce today that

instead of

parental leave scheme with a instead of funding his paid

1.7% lesky on company tax for big businesses he is going to

lower it to a 1.5% levy. This

is designed so that the

increasing taxes for any Coalition can say it's not

businesses. When Tony Abbott first announces this paid

parental leave scheme, which he

didn't consult with his Cabinet

or shadow Cabinet at the time,

it raised a few than what the Government was because it went much further

looking at. It was a 6-month paid parental leave scheme

paying at mothers' full salary

for the six months up to $150,000 a year and that would

be funded by the levy on be funded by the levy

companies whereas the

Government's scheme was much

more modest, 18 weeks minimum

wage funded by the taxpayer but

it had the problem for Tony

Abbott that he had built the Coalition's case against the Coalition's

Government, saying the

big Government was about imposing

big new taxes, be it the carbon

tax ormining tax, yet sudden ly

he had this problem that he

himself was proposing to put a

big new tax on companies so through the election he's doing his best to address this. Last week we his

announcement that a Coalition

Government would drop company

tax by 1.5% which is half a per

cent more than the Government

is offering and now by lowering

this levy on the big companies

from 1.7 to 1.5% he can now go

to the polls and

won't be imposing any higher or

newer taxes on any businesses

at all. It's a very strategic

move we're seeing from Tony

Abbott today. And hoping to

neutralise the issue. Moving to

the interminable debate the interminable debate about the debates. Julia Gillard has

changed her mind, she tuz want

a second debate against Tony

Abbott but the Opposition

Leader is not keen? Julia

Gillard suddenly did her

switch, perhaps this is part of

the new real Julia Gillard when

she was being interviewed on 'Today Tonight' last night. She

suddenly opened the offer for

an economic debate. I'd be

happy to be in it. I want it to

be about the economy that's at

the centre of this the centre of this campaign.

Jobs, cost of living, the

investments we need to make for

the future like the national broadband network, we can't

have great schools and decent

health care unless we've got a

strong economy so I'd be happy

to debate Mr Abbott on the

economy. Peter Costello reckons

he's bored by it so it would an interesting debate. That's

Julia Gillard saying, "You wanted the extra debates, wanted the extra debates, I'm

up for it if it's on the

economy and this Sunday night."

They were important riders she

put on it because this Sunday we're expecting the Coalition

to have their campaign launch so obviously for Tony Abbott to

agree to that would require major changes to his entire

campaign and he very quickly

put out a statement saying

extra debates weren't good enough for Julia enough for Julia Gillard

before, she is only agreeing to it because she's panicking and

I shouldn't have to change I shouldn't have to change my

schedule for her. He had

back-up from one of his frontbenchers, Christopher

Pynech The faceless men of the

ALP might run Julia Gillard

ALP might run Julia Gillard but they don't run the Liberal

Party. Tony Abbott is the

Leader of the Opposition and he

has a schedule Ofl event

planned right through to

election day and we are not

going to change our schedule

because the faceless men of the ALP have told Julia Gillard,

"You need a debate your campaign." We know Tony

Abbott is in Brisbane today.

What's the Prime Minister up

to? Julia Gillard spent last

night in Sydney. She's been there a while now. We're

expecting her to head up the

coast possibly to Newcastle

today but they're all keeping their movements close to their

chests today. Thank you. The

remote Northern Territory

community of Wadeye southwest

of Darwin has earned reputation

for gangs and violence. But

the community is sick of the

imagism elders are demanding greater say in support it's

receiving to battle its issues

as Sara Everingham

reports. Alex loves his family but find

but find it hard living with up to 30 of his relatives at

once. This house where I'm

living now over-crowded. Too

many kids, too many

adults. He's expecting to get a

new house here in a new

subdivision planned for Wadeye under the Commonwealth's $700

million Indigenous housing

program but now he's uncertain

if this is where it will go. I've been worried for that.

The least they can do is follow

it through. The senior men of

Wadeye are upset. They say last

week they were told the new

subdivisions could be smaller

with higher density housing. The Federal Government says discussions are continuing but these men thought they already

had a deal. They know back

into town and they change the things around. The community had already allocated the new

homes with the goal of giving Wadeye's 20 clans some space.

In one community having all

these different clans living

together just create a feeling that you wouldn't want to have. Wadeye's been trying to

turn itself around. A

community-owned company is

building houses under building houses under the Federal scheme with equipment

funded by the Commonwealth but it says the Government could

have saved money by cutting out

the middle man. I'm sure it

would have been very effective

on the bottom line had we been

given the opportunity directly

from the Government to build all these 50 houses. Wadeye's

keen for a greater stake ipits

development. Now let look at

the major newspapers around the

country. It's not Tony Abbott

or Julia Gillard but Kirsty Fraser-Kirk Fraser-Kirk who's dominating

all the front pages. The former

David Jones publicist has put

herself up for a champion for women by lodging a sexual

misconduct action against David

Jones and Mark McInnes. That in the 'Advertiser'. The 'Herald Sun'

down when she spoke about her claims. The 'Daily Telegraph'

says Fraser-Kirk's sexual

misconduct action is

Australia's biggest case. The 'Financial Review' says Labor

will plunder $300 million will plunder $300 million from Medibank Private to fund

election promises. The

Coalition will delay the start of the paid parental leave

scheme by a year according to the 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

'The Age' says Victoria will

have a new fire fighting chief

from this summer and the stay-or-go policy wile be overhauled. The 'Canberra

Times' says new charges ada

parpark near the parliamentary

triangle is certain to lead to

fees on thousands of free

parking spots nearby. Perth's

public hospitals face

disruptions as clerical

disruptions as clerical staff

take action. The 'Northern Territory News' shows jockey

Robbie Fradd who fell off Shout

Out Loud yesterday but not before he clinched a thrilling win. If you would like to send

ussio urfeedback on the stories we're covering today, Julia

Gillard's attempt to have a second debate with Tony Abbott, is he being disingenuous by

offering to have it on Sunday

which is the

Party election launch or should

Tony Abbott stump up and

participate? It would be

interesting if that's just a

faint of Julia Gillard's to call her bluff and say, "OK,

see you there." Our email

address is:

We'll take a quick look now

at the weather around the nation's capital

The international Red Cross

says more than 2 million have

been made homeless by floods in Pakistan. Almost 1500 people have died in the country's

worst floods in

Pakistani military has

committed 30,000 troops and

dozens of helicopters to are relief effort. The Federal

Opposition has dismissed the

Prime Minister's call for another election debate. Julia

Gillard says she's now ready

for second debate on Sunday

with a focus on the economy but Tony Abbott says he doesn't

have time. 6-year-old Sydney girl Kiesha Abrahams is still

missing. She was last seen on

Saturday night when her mother

put her to bed in their Hebersham Hebersham home. Police looking into report she had been absent

from school for up to a week.

The Australian artist Bill Henson has railed against censorship calling for politics that's safe for art.

Authorities pulled the

Australian artist's work from a

gallery two years ago after

complaint it crossed the line

from art to photography. Kevin Rudd called his photographs absolutely absolutely revolting but now

the artist is fighting back as

Hamish Fitzsimmons reports. The man who man who two years ago was

accused by some of exploit ing the innocent in his art says

the duty of politicians is to

make art available to every

member of the community, not to

stop them from seeing it. (APPLAUSE) We need a

politics that makes the world

safe for art. Art itself of

course can never be entirely

safe, either in its origins or

its experience because it's a

form of truth and truth is a

wild thing for us to tame. Bill Henson has been called controversial since the early 1980s but that opinion was

mainly confined to the art world. That all changed in 2008 when he gained national

notoriety after complaints were made made about his photos in a

Sydney gallery. The pictures,

some of which shows naked

teenage as young as 13, were

seized by police and a debate

ensued about whether it was art

or child pornography. It's portraying

portraying children in a sexual

context which is what this is.

It's clearly sexual. There's no

question about that. I think

obviously that's the point of

the art. Even the Prime in. I find them absolutely

revolting. Kids deserve to have

the innocence of their

childhood protected. I have a

very deep view of this. Then Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull, who

Turnbull, who owned a Henson work, called for level heads to

prevail but reports that Henson

was allowed to scout for models at a Melbourne school

complicated the debate. There

are very big issues here

relating to the protection of

children, their privacy and

informed consent. At the time00 hen remained silent

speaking at the Melbourne art

fair he's criticised what he believicise indevaluing of

artistic expression in

Australia. We see a new growth

in senoriousness and impulse

restrict the conditions under which artists produce, absurd

attempts to conflate child

welfare and artistic freedom as

an issue. The idea that the two

could be in some way mutually

ex cluveive is don't feel too worried about

it. It may well be if convenient and crazy from time

to time but everything we know

about the world comes to us through

through our bodies. The idea of

banning the human body at

whatever age as a subject for

art is ridiculous if you look

at it in a historical context.

The artist says politicians

should be more statesman-like

and lead rather than pander to

fear, real or imagined, about

the portrayal of the human that report. For many people the

the issue was about consent and

whether a young person can

actually give proper inform scpleetedly

to being photographed in that

way when he or she might go on

through the years and regret it

and Bill Henson made an

interesting and I suspect somewhat controversial

abovation last night where he

said that of course a

10-year-old is capable of

giving consent. The example he

used is to give constatement to

an action that in any other

case may be considered straight

had out assault, that example

is dental work. You can consent

to that as a 10-year-old and

I'm not sure I'm not sure that's going to

fly. That's a long bow. I

don't see the need he - I don't

see why he felt the need to

come out and say what he said

last night. Leave well enough

alone, I say. He's not one to

shy away and he's work's always

been provocative. Yes, and as

his speech was last night but I thing comparing giving

permission to be photographed

nude and giving permission for

a dentist to pull out a dentist to pull out a tooth

are two quite separate things.

I reckon that one's going to

run as a discussion for a little while. If you would like

to have your say on that or

anything else you can comment at breakfast@your.abc.net.au.

The economic numbers have been

kinder to the Federal Government an the opinion

polls. Last week's inflation

figures means the Reserve Bank

is very unlikely to raise

interest rates today as it did

to the Howard Government three years reports. If the experts are right, Reserve Bank dpveer

Glenn Stevens will find the

Reserve Bank board meeting an

enjoyable one. The decisions I like are the like are the ones that are

really obvious. Unfortunately I

haven't had all that many of

those confront me during the past nearly four years. It's

one of those rare sure things.

The cash rate's expected to

stay at 4.5% for a 4th month.

I think it's fairly clear the

Reserve Bank's not going to do

anything tomorrow. It's a combination economy, people being concerned

about Europe, equity markets

being a bit weak and

particularly the retail sector

is quite weak globally and locally. The weak retail

sector where cautious consumers

are reluctant to pay full price

is the main reason for

Australia's benign inflation landscape. Last week's

weaker-than-expected CPI result

has been backed up by today's

TD securities inflation gauge

which rose 0.1% in July. The increases have

smaller since May. Also wilting

increases have been getting smaller since May. Also wilting is the housing sector. The

withdrawal of stimulus and

higher interest rates are

starting to bite. House prices are softening and sales are softening and sales of

newly built homes fell for the

second straight month, down

more than 5% in June after a 6%

slump the previous month. At

this point in time we have

close to 200,000 dwellings

short of where we need to be to

meet the demands of the population. That primarily concentrated in NSW

to a lesser extent also in

Queensland and in WA. But WA

has its mining boom to nourish the State and national economies and the manufacturing

sector is staging a comeback

despite the higher interest rates and Australian dollar.

Australia's performance of manufacturing index rose 1.5

points in July, remaining above

50 which means the sector is

expanding thanks to an

encouraging mix encouraging mix of rising new Ords, deliveries and

production. It's partly why

most analysts think the jobs

market will remain tight and

capacity pressures will reemerge along with the

likelihood of higher interest

rates. The mining sector, the

manufacturing, particularly the manufacturing, particularly the

construction sector and finance

is now doing better. Business

investment is starting to come

back and eventually you're

going to see house prices continue to

continue to go up, unemploym to

go down and so it's just a

matter of timing as to when you

start to increase contrast, international data has been on the weak side.

There was a marked slow-down in

growth in the second quarter data out of the United States

while today's numbers out while today's numbers out of China showed the manufacturing sector cooled

sector cooled further in July

but the weakness off shore isn't enough to change interest

rate perceptions for Australia.

It's just a question of whether

the next rate rise is next month or next year. Phillip

Lasker with that report. We'll look at the markets

The Australian dollar against

the US dollar is coming back the US dollar is coming back a

bit. It's come up a cent or

two in the last day or so. With news of Newcastle's victory

over Manly last night in the

NRL, here's Kencon Ken.

Newcastle still has a slight

chance of making the finals

after beating Manly last night

32-14. It was all really set up

in the first few minutes.

Newcastle scored two tries in

the first six minutes of the

game and then ran away with it

from there. Let's look at all the tries. COMMENTATOR:

away, now Gidley changing the

point of the attack. Coming

back to marl ln who gets in

behind and is grabbed by hodconson. Quick play hodconson. Quick play of the

ball. He got to the line.

Gave Uate an opportunity to

go one on one with Robertson.

It was excellent, mate.

That's what we trained for all

week, getting off to a good minutes of the game. That what

we did. We didn't have to

defend for the first 7 or 8 minutes. Newcastle move to 12th on the ladder but have a

couple of big hard matches

before they can say they're going going to make the finals and

Manly remains in sixth and some Manly remains in sixth and some

question marks over their form

at the moment. Now we'll move to the AFL and take a look at what's happened with the

wrap-up of the last round and

Cyril Rioli got A bit of a

Barney on the weekend in the match against Port He's been suspened for three matches but can take two

matches. That would be the most

likely outcome if he pleads

guilty. There's still a chance

he may challenge that and the

club may try and explain that was about. Chris Tarrant

will miss four to six matchwise

a medial ligament strain. The

timing is the worst thing about

that. Not an awful injury but a

terrible thing to happen at

this time of year with

Fremantle going into the finals

and Chris Judd's injury as bad as they thought. The A-League start on Thursday

night with the new club the

Melbourne Heart to take part. There's plenty of new changes

in the competition this year

with new faces. Let's hear now

from the FFA boss Ben Buckley

xen the coach of the Melbourne

heart and then Graham Arnold

who's coming back into club

coaching at the Central Coast.

This will test the resolve of

our players' endurance, a

coach's ability to manage more

matches in essentially the same

period of time, our medical and conditioning teams and of course our fans'

anxiety levels as they ride course our fans' nerves anxiety levels as they ride the

highs and lows of the season

You still have to gel. A lot of

players just arrived the last

two or three weeks. Michael Beacham, Joseph Skoko a

Brazilian player, we have players coming back from injury

so we hardly played together. I

don't expect really from the beginning we're going to see

the gel in the team but it

surely will come and it has to

come with the games we're going

to play. Jo It's been an enjoyable adjustment think one of the things I missed with coaching the

national team is spending time on the field with the players,

having a real say on how the players perform because in international football

sometimes you only get them for

two training sessions and it's

a bit of a hit and Miss job.

It's been very enjoyable. The

club has been fantastic. A

great culture and a good stable

great culture and a good stable

club. That's Graham Arnold and

it's a tough gig for the

A-League starting as most of

the interest starts to centre

around the AFL and NRL finals but this particular round but this particular round of matches will be can be watched matches will be keenly can be watched live on the web

from anywhere. Just visit the

main ABC News website, abc.net.au/news, you'll find a

link to News 24 which is streamed live every day. Vanessa Vanessa O'Hanlon joins us for a

look at the weather now. Cloud

is spiralling around an intense

low with galeforce southerly

winds and thunderstorms.

Unfortunately we don't have the

maps. Here we go. We've got cloud sitting

around a low. That low will gradually make its way up

north. In the mean, we do have

a severe weather warning a severe weather warning for NSW for NSW for gusty, strong winds. Now a high is also dominating

the country. It is moving in

further and will cause some frosty mornings over the next

few days for the south and east

and another frontal system will

begin to approach the southeast tomorrow. Around the states:

You're watching ABC News

Breakfast. Still to come on the

program, the real Julia Gillard has joined the election

campaign. We'll have a look at

authenticity on the campaign

trail with former Liberal

staffer and PR director Bob

Lawrence and we'll have a

review of some of today's

newspapers, we're joined by

Phil Kafcaloudes. Rescuers are

trying to roach more than

27,000 people trapped by flooding in

rain and landslides and washed

away villages, killing 1100.

The army rescued 30,000 people

but 2 million more are

homeless. With more rain expected there are fears the

death toll will rise. The Federal Opposition Leader Tony

Abbott says he doesn't have

time for another debate with

Julia Gillard. The PM Julia Gillard. The PM initially

rejected the Opposition's call

for three debates but now says

she'll take part in a debate on

Sunday as long as it focuses on

the economy. Christopher Pyne rejected the Prime saying the Prime Minister -

rejected the debate, saying the Prime Minister Prime Minister only wants

another debate to try to

salvage her election campaign.

Police are looking into reports

a missing girl had been absent

from school for up to a week. Kiesha Abrahams was last seen on Saturday when her mother put

her to bed. Police say it's

unclear whether she wandered

off our was taken. Search crews

spent yesterday scouring local

bushland and will soon resume

their search. Rescue crews have

found two men lost in southern NSW. The men are

suffering hypothermia after

spending a freezing night in Kosciuszko National Park without shelter. The men skiing yesterday when they

phoned authorities for help. Israel has announced it will

cooperate with the United

Nations investigation into

Israel's deadly raid an an aid

flotilla. Nine Turkish activists were killed when

Israeli commandos stormed the

ship to stop it reaching Gaza. The Israeli Government an independent investigation.

Pakistan's floods are now being

described as the worst flooding in living memory and there's

even mormonsoonal rain to

BBC science correspondent David

Shookman looks at what causing the unprecedented rainfall.

Amid the torrent a fence became

a life-line, two men clinging

to strands of wire as the

waters surged around them. This

is when the floods first struck last Thursday. A bridge overwhelmed, one of many. This

is the season of monsoon storms

but this year the rains have

been unusually heavy. Hundreds of of people used the higher

ground of a road to seek

shelter. This was the beginning

of a disaster that's still

unfolding. This was known as

the nod of the century - the

flood of the century which has

devastated most of the

structures, especially the

areas close to the river. The monsoon

monsoon that's hit Pakistan is part of part of a regular pattern of

weather. The Indian

subcontinent warms up every mum

subcontinent warms up every mum and draws in moisture from and draws in moisture from the

sea. When the storms reached Pakistan last month they were devastating. In the north-west

around Peshawar the

rainfall for July was set in

1956, 212mm in the entire

month. Compare that to last

Thursday, 312mm in a single

day, about a foot of rain. Now

the floodwaters the floodwaters are heading downstream, they're threatening

new areas and more rains are

set to fall. Satellite pictures show that another weather

system is on its Forecasters here in London say

that a lull in the storms will

soon be followed by more heavy

rain. We've seen the rains

ease off a little bit during

the past 24 hours but over the

coming days the storms with are

going to intensify further and

parts of central and northern Pakistan, eastern Afghanistan

will see more prolonged rain

and of course all that will hinder what's happening at the moment. Even who need help aren't yet

getting it. The floods have

turned whole villages into

rubble. The rains that caused all this

all this were the most powerful

in living memory. The monsoon

that millions depend on to

water their crops and keep them

fed has ruined lives instead.

United States President Barack

Obama says US troops are on schedule tool end their mission

in Iraq by the end of the month. The President says

brought home but warns US

forces have not seen the end of

sacrifice in Iraq or

Afghanistan. These are dangerous tasks. There are

still those with bombs and bullets who will try to bullets who will try to stop Iraq's progress. The hard truth

is we have not seen the end of

American sacrifice in Iraq. But

make no mistake, our commitment

in Iraq is changing from a military effort led by our

troops a too a civilian effort

led by our diplomats and as we mark the end combat mission in Iraq a grateful America must grateful America must pay

tribute to all who served

there. We will continue to face huge challenges in Afghanistan

but it's important that American people know that be

are making progress and we are

focused on goals that are clear focused on goals that are clear

and achievable. On the military

front, nearly all the

additional forces I ordered to Afghanistan are now in place.

Along with our Afghan and

international partners we going on had offensive against

the Taliban targeting their

leaders, challenging them in

regions where they had free

reign and training Afghan national security forces. US President Barack President Barack Obama speaking

a short time a short time ago. Now the well known retailer David Jones says

it will fight Australia's

biggest ever sexual misconduct

suit brought against the company and its former chief

Mark McInnes. DJs former

publicist Kirsty Fraser-Kirk

has lodged a Federal Court

claim for $37 million. Mr

McInnes stood down as CEO in

June after admitting unbecoming behaviour. It was an extraordinary fall from grace

and now the former head of

David Jones is facing an extraordinary claim for damages. Kirsty Fraser-Kirk,

who worked in the marketing

department, is seeking around

$37 million for alleged sexual

misconduct. That's 5% of David

Jones's profits and Mr

McInnes's income over the past

seven years. I am a young woman standing here today simply because I said it wasn't simply because I said simply because I said it wasn't

OK, because I said that this

should never happen to me or to

anyone. I just wanted to be treated with treated with respect. Ms Fraser-Kirk claims she was repeatedly harassed by the head

of the company. Her allegations

include repeat unwanted kisses, touching

touching and text messages. She also said she was deliberately

sent into Mr McInnes's presence

at work functions despite

having raised her concerns

about his conduct with her

managers. She said her parents had brought

right thing. It is because of

your teachings and values that

afforded me the strength and courage to try my courage to try my best to see

that real change takes place.

We will stand by her, whatever

it takes. David Jones issued a

statement saying both the

company and its directors will defend the claims vigorously.

Kirsty Fraser-Kirk cess she

would give any damages to

charity.It's an it, with a young woman saying

that. Interesting, as part of

the stories, as we've been mentioning this mentioning this morning, one of our specific allegationicise

she made mention of this to her

superior and she said that the

attention was constant and

unwarranted and she was told,

"Look, just be firm with him, just tell him

just tell him no and he'll get

the message." Now if that's proven in court that's terrible

for any company now when it

goes to corporate responsibility. It has executives and right up to the

board. If that can be proven

that she said what she did to

someone within the company then

bad consequences follow. problem with her case is you

tend to believe everything she says and Mark McInnes's

resignation is an admission she

was guilty of unbecoming

behaviour but the $37 million

claim a lot of lawyers claim a lot of lawyers are

saying is a problem and could affect other sexual harassment claims around the country, stopping other stopping other women getting

smaller sums of money. A case

to watch, that one. The ABC's

aM radio program is on a nation-wide tour to gauge the

pulse of people living in

regional and rural Australia in

the lead-up to the federal

election. Theorise dOchBts the Aboriginal

Aboriginal camp known as One

Mile Dam live in ramshackle

corrugated iron houses and only

have communal bathroom

to one of the elders, David

Timber. How many people would

be living in that place? Over 20. It's a 2 20. It's a 2 or 3-bedroom

house? No, it's one big room. Then you've got a

spill-over of people in the tents? Yes, that's correct.

That's their families and

friends. Are they necessarily

from here or they're from out

at town? No, not really. They

canned if they could move in and I said yes but then they

have all their families and friends come along and they

want to stay here. It's a pretty good camp. It's a lovely

camp. Nice area. Got a beautiful beautiful feel to it. But at the end of the day with a

building like this one over

here - let's have a look at

this one - what's with all the

things around the outside of

it, all the canvas and stuff?

That building used to have

walls around and-T and there's

no walls there now. What

happened to the walls? I

remember working for ADF, I knocked another bloke when I used to

with irk for ADF. The wall with irk for ADF. The wall came

down and now they're still using it but with tarpaulins.

Are people living in it? Yes,

there's heaps of people living

in there right now. It's not

ideal, is it ? No, it's not

ideal but you have to make do

with what you've got if the Government is not going Government is not going to listen to you. But is it the Government's problem with that

or is it the Aboriginal corporation which is over

seeing the site in You see what I mean? Yes but from when

it was sort of operational it was

was their responsibility to put money towards building better

housing like the one I live in

but those tin sheds have been

there since after the cyclone they

they were built. There's about

four of them. That's going

back a long way. Yes. Even

though they're very old you've

still got families living in the one toilet them and

the one toilet block here.

That is true, that's correct. A

lot of these houses were built

after the cyclone, they've got

four walls and a bed and a tap

and that's it. How long have

you been in One Mile Dam camp?

I have lived here for 22

years. Do you reckon you'll

live here for another 22? I'll probably die here. You're

happy to stay here even though it hasn't got facility s? Yes. It would be good to have

facilities. You don't seem

angry about it, you seem happy. If you try happy. If you try and bloody

do yourself up a bit you get a

bit worked up, you'd probably

get sick. That's Tony Eastley

speaking to David Timber, one

of the elders at the Aboriginal

camp One Mile Dam. We'll hear

from Tony Eastley as the AM crew travels around Australia

visiting various remote electorates before

day. Tony will speak to us on

this program towards 9:00.

During this election campaign

every day we're heading out to

towns and cities talking to a local about local about an issue that's

important to them. Today we

visit the electorate of Bennelong in NSW.

The world are becoming The boundaries in world are becoming smaller and

smaller because as he gets old

er he becomes more relune on me, he's becoming more

introverted. I'm Jenny Rollo, I

live in Sydney and vote in the

electorate of Bennelong. My major issue from for the

upcoming election is disability

services. My son is 27 years

old. I'm middle-aged, I can see that there's an end to when will be able to continue to

caring for him. He is

incontinent so I have to change

his pull-ups. I have to shave

him, I have to wash his hair. He also chokes He also chokes all the time so

I need to make sure that he

doesn't help himself to food so

there are locks on the fridge.

He constantly makes noise and

sings. Here he comes. sings. Here he comes. Hey,

gorgeous. Are you gonna sing a

song?

(Sings) I think it's

important for the Government to

step in at some point and it

certainly should be before I

die. I need to know he's settled. I need to help him

transition into somewhere.

Supported accommodation is where

where the people with

intellectual disability live

together within a group home.

Carers paid by the Government come in come in and look after them.

What I would like to be able to

do is to have a place even if

it's in the future where I can

say to David, "When you're

older this is where you'll be

living." I would probably be

able to have a retirement. At the moment that's impossible. I

look at these other women who are in their 80s and their 90s and they're still looking after their adult children. I find that frightening. I don't

have a future apart from caring

for David which, as much as I

adore this young man and I'm

very devoted to him, I don't

know that it's healthy that that's all I have to

that's all I have to look

forward to. Jenny Rollo talking about the challenges of caring for her disabled adult son,

there in the seat of Bennelong,

an issue that's a constant

problem for so many aging

carers of their children. If

you would like to look at what other Australians have to say

about issues that matter to

them, visit our ABC elections page. You're watching ABC News

Breakfast, the top stories -

the international Red Cross

says more than 2 million people

have been made homeless by

floods in Pakistan. Almost 1500

people have died in the

country's worst floods in 80

years. The Pakistani military

has committed 30,000 troops and

dozens of helicopters relief effort. The Federal

Opposition has dismissed the Prime Minister's call for

another election debate. Julia

Gillard says she's now ready

for a second debate as long for a second debate as long as it's held on Sunday it's held on Sunday and on the economy but Tony Abbott says he

doesn't have time. And 6-year-old Sydney girl Kiesha

Abrahams is still missing. She

was last seen on Saturday was last seen on Saturday night

when her mother put her to bed

in their Hebersham home. Police

say they're looking into

reports she's been absent from

school for up to a week. We'll take a look at We'll take a look at the

national papers today and we're joined by radio Australia

broadcaster Phil Kafcaloudes.

Is it just me or has there been

a subtle shift in this a subtle shift in this election campaign? It's just you. I

thought so. It's not that

subtle when you think about the things that that have happened

to Julia Gillard. What is the

shift for you? A whole lot of

stuff. We'll get to the debate

thing we've just been talking

about here but & that's a shift

of power. We'll discuss that in

a second. Yesterday I was watching Julia Gillard couple of media conferences,

broadcast live on 24, it was so interesting. We were waiting for big announcements on

education policy and really,

maybe as a guy who doesn't have

kids, they didn't seem to come.

Giving power back to principals

wasn't that much of a policy

announcement and it took her

forever to make this

announcement at two separate media conferences which I

thought was interesting. Where

was the big slam dunk? Get

with the program, Phil. This is

the big policy announcement for

the election campaign on both

sides. There isn't the money. Both leaders have wrapped

themselves up in the rhetoric of fiscal discipline that they

really can't afford to break

that with anything costing more

than $50 million or $90

million. Although according to some commentators,

philosophically and

ideologically what Julia Gillard has announced

cumulatively now actually

doesoid up to a doesoid up to a big deal in education - does add up to a

big deal in education and there

has been a significant shift

and significant changes in terms of the My School terms of the My School website

and this a huge deal to the

teaching unions and they will

fight this stuff tooth and nail

but the fact that as a Labor

person she's doing that, the

commentator in 'The Australian' today was saying that is

significant. It may not be a

great bag of money but philosophically it's a shift for the Labor page of 'The Australian',

Dennis Shanahan is putting into context what's at stake for

Julia Gillard. He says she faces the prospect of being

reduced to a novelty PM in history. I history. I did like that

line. Atise-T was a very strong

line. I don't know whether she

would be. If she loses this

election she probably would be.

Have a look at Carmen Lawrence, Joan Kirner, they were Premiers for much longer than Julia

Gillard was Prime Minister if

Julia Gillard lost this

election. Nevertheless, to be a

Prime Minister for a weeks- A footnote of history. Who was the Prime

Minister between Chifley and

Curtin? Ford.

Prime Minister for 40 days and 40 nights. That was only marginally shorter than Julia

Gillard would have been. He

said that was it was nicely paralleled

paralleled with the Bible.

Lots of Labor strategists are

coming out and saying, "We told

her she should have waited until October to establish

gravitas." Trartsing already.

I bet a lot of have gone for a double

dissolution about five months

ago. This is one of the subtle

shifts I'm talking about here.

We're talking about the real

Prime Minister. The 'Advertiser' 'Advertiser' front page - this

line is being used in a number

of News Limited papers. It says

she looked like Julia Gillard,

sounded like Julia Gillard,

however the woman with the red

hair and twang was apparently a

more authentic version and that

is Julia Gillard at her media

conferences. They could see very

very little difference there.

The question has got to be who has been dealing with for

been dealing with for the last three week

three week s? I thought three week s? I thought the promise was Julia Gillard right from the day she took office,

she said she would be her, that

she would be a new style she would be a new style of

leadership, that she would be someone who's authentic and she

hasn't been? This is where you

start to make big changes in

the middle of an election

campaign, you disown what

you've already said and that's

a dangerous thing for a person

to do. That's a big danger

there. The 'Herald Sun', page 23, there's a

the 'Herald Sun'. You've got

Julia Gillard and in the back

looking like someone from the night of the living dead is

Julia Gillard in the garbage

can. A slightly beaten-up, trashed version of Julia Gillard. It invites that very

question which is so who have

you been up until now? Tony

Abbott will play with that very nicely. It's a nice target for

the Coalition and is the new

real Julia Gillard the one

who's back-tracked dramatically

on the debate question? And

the debate is the big issue here. Again, we have talked

about what's happened over the

last couple of days. Julia

Gillard was strong saying, "I'm giving you one debate, Tony Abbott, one debate and no

more." Now she's said, "You want to debate me, Tony

Abbott." She has done the thing

you don't do in an election

campaign and that is completely

turn around but also to change

the view that you've had

earlier on. Give the power to

tab toot say no and of course big surprise Tony Abbott has said no. Someone in my

just said a little bit earlier

doesn't it make Tony Abbott

look scared to debate her on

economics? I think it makes

him look like he is the person who's deciding if he should do it. He's busy. Twitter was alive yesterday particularly

with commentary from Laurie

Oakes on Channel 9 about why would Tony Abbott say night of his this night of his campaign this when the offer night of his campaign launch.

It is disingenuous by Labor and

you could argue that Labor is looking desperate by

back-tracking so dramatically

on the debate

Certainly. That's on the front

page of the 'Canberra

Times'. Got quick time for 'The

Age' story you're looking

Senate This is the story about had Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Ingames are coming up in a

couple of months. There's been

allegations about corruption

and shoddy building work and

they can't take a trick into the fact we've got the

monsoon season that's started

and some journalists were

gathered. In front of the

journalists water was pouring down through the roof and the person who was in

thinking on his feet, said, "No, this is actually a

drainage point, not a leak."

Perfectly spun. Thank you.

With all the other sport

headlines here's Paul Kennedy. Good morning. We'll

take a look at the league from

last night and it was Newcastle

bringing some sort of hope that they may make was the result and it was set

up early with a couple of

lightning tries at the start of

the match. Two tries in six

minutes and then they were out

of sight for most of the night.

Manly stays in sixth position

and Newcastle moves to 12th. In

the AFL, Cyril Rioli has been

suspended for three matches but

can take two if he pleads

guilty to striking and

attempted striking. That was

from the match from Port

Adelaide game on the weekend.

And the A-League is launched this weekend and the

Melbourne Heart will play on Thursday

Thursday night of course and

all of the talk is that this is

going to be a fresh new season

with a couple of

and the new club of course. Vanessa O'Hanlon joins

us for a look at the weather

now. Vanessa, windy in NSW? Overnight

Overnight the galeforce wind of

more than 130 km/h blacked out

thousands of homes across Sydney, the south and Central

Coast. A severe weather warning

is currently in place for

destructive winds and damaging surf

surf for the south surf for the south coast, igwar

a metto, Hundredor and southern

mid north coast. Wind gusts are

certainly 104 km/h. On the satellite, off the Central Coast of NSW we've got the low

pressure system. It's an

intense one, got a lot of cloud

circling around it too and will

gradually move northwards. A

high pressure system will

dominate the country and we'll

see frosty mornings over the

south and east before another

41 moves into the southeast

tomorrow.

After the short break we'll

speak to the Families Minister

Jenny Macklin about the

Government's plan to boost family payments. All that and

more including your comments after this short break.

Up to 2.5 million people

affected by Pakistan's deadly floods. This was known as the flood of the century. This Program Is Captioned Live.

Tony Abbott reject an offer for a second debate against the

real Julia Gillard. Police to

begin a third day of searching for a missing girl for a missing girl in Western

Sydney. And Newcastle keeps its

finals hopes alive by beating

Manly in the NRL.

Good morning. It's Tuesday 3 August. I'm Mike August. I'm Mike Roland. I'm Virginia Trioli. The top Tori

on ABC News Breakfast - Pakistan's worst floods years have destroyed bridges,

roads and entire villages. 1500

people have died and 2 mill wherein are homeless -

million are homeless. BBC's

Orla Guerin reports from the

Swat Valley. Crossing the

raging torrent, this was the

only option for some in Pakistan's Swat Valley today.

An area plagued by militant in

the past, now the past, now terrorised by

nature. This is, or was, one of

the areas worst hit by what

some here are calling the flood

of the century.

We flew deep into the

disaster zone with the army. A

helicopter is the only way in.

Below us a landscape turned

muddy brown. Fields and homes saturated, crops and

communities buried, villages have been washed away.

And what's been torn asunder

will take months, if not years,

to repair. Well, you get to repair. Well, you get a real

sense right here of the

destructive power of the

monsoon rains. This where the

road ends. The concrete has

crumpled as if it was paper crumpled as if it was paper and over here we can see the remains of a bridge remains of a bridge that was swept away by the power of the

water. This is one of 29

bridges in this area that have

communities here have been turned

turned into islands and some areas still can't be reached.

But the army has managed But the army has managed to evacuate close to 30,000

people. These are some of the latest, plucked to safety after

three long days. Y ark ssir

escaped with his baby soon and

five other children with only

the clothe they are wearing. three TRANSLATION: It rained for

three days and the water just

kept rising and became a flood.

Many people drowned. My cousin

fell into the water.

been able to find him. At a

temporary camp we met Nadia,

now a homeless mother of three,

alive today because she can swim. TRANSLATION: When the water

came into the house we went out

with the children. People helped us to cirry them but

then the water was up to our

necks and we managed to swim

out. We didn't care about our lives, we just wanted to save

the children. Some were running

out of strength, struggling to

reach a waiting helicopter.

Among those who managed to get

a place there was obvious relief. But another threat

looms in this valley. The risk

that the Taliban may try to

exploit this moment to comeback. Fweer gear gear, BBC news, The Federal Opposition leader

Tony Abbott says he doesn't have time for another debate with Julia Gillard. The Prime

Minister initialry rejected the

Opposition's call for throe

debates but now says she'll

take part in a second debate on

Sunday as long as it's on the economy. Opposition

frontbencher Christopher Pyne

has rejected the offer, saying the Prime Minister only wants another debate because she's

trying to salvage her election campaign. the disappearance of a 6-year-old girl in Sydney are

looking into reports she had

been absent from school for up

to a week. Kiesha Abrahams was last seen on Saturday when her

mother put her to bed. Search

crews spent yesterday scouring

local bushland and will soon

resume their search. 2 men lost

in the snow in southern NSW

have been rescued. The men are suffering from suffering from hypothermia

after spending a freezing night

in Kosciuszko National Park. The rescue team trekked through

lizard-like conditions and

reached the pair just before

2:00 this morning. The men were

skiing yesterday when they phoned authorities for help.

Israel has announced it will

cooperate with a United Nations investigation into deadly investigation into deadly raids

on an aid flotilla. Nine

Turkish activists were killed

when the ship was stormed,

bound for Gaza. The UN inquiry

will begin later the this month. President Barack Obama says the United States is on

track to end its combat

operations in Iraq by of this month. 15,000 soldiers

will be withdrawn from the country

country by August 31. 50,000 US

troops will stay in the country

to train Iraqi security forces

and provide security. They're

due to leave by the end of next

year. So whais the real Julia

Gillard? And do voters really

know what they're getting in

Tony Abbott? Both sides of politics now believe they've

got the advantage of their

leaders being themselves but

just what is it to be authentic in politics and does

Joining us now is long-time political observer Bob

Lawrence, former Liberal

staffer and now head of

company Jackson Wells. It's an

interesting turn of event,

Julia Gillard saying, "It's

going to be the real me, I'm going to play this election

campaign as I see it," it begs

the obvious question which Tony

Abbott is running with which is if this is the real Julia

Gillard, who have we seen up to

now? Is it a dangerous had to do something. The Australian people can spot a

phony at 10 paces and in the

first week she came out wearing

the pearls and dresses and I

was expecting by now she would

be wearing a twin set and

pearls and next week join the

CWA and be doing the lamington

judging on 'Masterchef'. It was

the Julia we knew and the Australian people Australian people were

wondering who she was and out

comes the 'Women's Weekly' who

had someone who looked roughly think they had to do something.

The campaign is off the rails.

This is why they want the

second election and I would certainly advise Tony Abbott

not to give her the oxygen. I think really it a product of

their own making and the PR

people are probably trying to

unspin or maybe this is just

double spin. But why does

putting on a set of pearls make

you a phony, Bob Lawrence? Why

can't a woman slip on a dress

or jacket and wear make-up and

have her hair done? Why is

that considered being a phony?

I've had my hair and make-up done this

Absolutely. Any woman c