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(generated from captions) Barack Obama lifts a ban on

funding stem cell research,

it's Angered religious groups,

scientists saying it will lead

to medical breakthroughs. A

bill the size of a telephone

book, the Federal Government reveals its reveals its etc are

reveals its etc are today,

Julia Gillard moves to shore up

support for workplace

changes. The search to resume

for a missing fishing trawler

in waters whipped up by Cyclone

Hamish as the Category 4 storm

brings rough seas to

brings rough seas to the

Queensland coast. The dropped

catch and some weary bowling

gives South Africa a Lifeline gives South Africa a

Australia. in the second Test against

Live. This Program is Captioned

good morning, it's Tuesday, 10

March, I'm Joe O'Brien, March, I'm Joe O'Brien, I'm

Virginia Trioli. The top story

on ABC News Breakfast, US

President Barack Obama

overturns a ban on overturns a ban on providing

Federal funding for human

embryonic stem cell research.

The restriction s originally imposed by the Bush

Administration are, and the

decision to lift them Angers

religious and abortion

religious and abortion groups.

Stem cells can turn into any

other cell. Bone, muscle or

nerve, scientists say it will

lead to vital breakthroughs in lead to vital breakthroughs in

medicine. Scientists believe medicine. Scientists

the cells will help us

understand and possibly cure

some of our most devastating

diseases and conditions, to

regenerate a severed spinal

cord and lift someone were a

chair. Spur insulin production

and spare a child from a

lifetime of needles, treat Parkinson's, cancer, heart

disease and others that affect

millions of Americans. We millions of Americans. We will

develop strict guidelines which

we will rigorously enforce,

because we cannot ever tolerate

misuse or abuse. We'll ensure

the Government never opens the

door to the use of showning for

human reproduction, it is

dangerous, profoundly wrong and

has no place in our society or

any society. US any society. US President

Barack Obama speaking

overnight. Michael Rowland overnight. Michael

joins us from Washington for joins us from Washington for

more. Good morning, is this was

a particular decision a particular decision that

Barack Obama could take-all by

himself, out necessarily going

to Congress for

approval. That's right, as he

has done several times, he

autographed a piece of paper in

the White House to sign off on

this proposal, which he

promised during the election

campaign, it's been celebrated

by stem cell researchers and

scientists waiting desperately

for the new President to

overturn the ban that the

former President put in place

on Federally financed stem cell

research back in 2001. Now, it

could be some time before we

see the first impacts of this

decision by Barack Obama, but

certainly a step in the right

direction according to those

advocating for this change of

course. The original decision

by the former by the former President George

W. Bush limited research to 21

stem cell lines already in

existence, so now scientists

can create new ones? Well,

that's a bit of a thorny issue,

what President Obama has done

is signed off on the executive

order opening the way or the potential floodgates for

further Federally financed -

further stem cell further stem cell research

financed by the Federal

Government. What scientists

can't do, because they are

restricted under a law restricted under a law passed

by the US Congress, about 15

years ago, they can't create

embryos, stem cells, they can

research as they have been

those 21 stem cell lines in place before President Bush

imposed his ban in 2001, and

under this new executive order,

they can now conduct research they can now conduct research

on embryos provided by

fertility clinics, private

fertility clinics around

America who can hand over

embryos to Federal scientists,

Federal organisations for the

research to be carried out,

what can't happen at the moment

and is unlikely to happen for

some time given the law in

place in Congress, these

Federally financed researchers

can't go out and simply can't go out and simply create

embryos to do the

research. It's interesting, as

part of this the President

issued what's called a

presidential memorandum, that -

aimed at insulating scientific

decisions, saying that

scientific decisions in future

would be assessed on the basis

of their credentials, not their

politics or the ideology, this is an interest shift as is an interest shift as well.

It is, President Bush was

widely criticised by many in

the scientific community over

the past eight years for

allowing ideology and politics

to intrude into pure science,

he was criticised for tampering

with science, the science on with science, the science

climate change, he was accused

of mixing ideology into family

planning policy decision, and a

range of other areas where

scientists argued that science scientists argued that science

and politics should be two

separate streams, President

Obama, with a great flourish Obama, with a great

signed the executive order

today, that he says will ensure

that politics and ideology have

no place in science, be it stem

cell research or any other scientific endeavour carried

out under his watch in the US

over the next 4-8 years. Good

to talk to you Michael

Rowland. In other news -

pressure building on two pressure building on two major

policy fronts in Canberra

today. The Deputy Prime

Minister Julia Gillard is

negotiating with crossbench

Senators trying to secure

support for the governments support for the

Fair Work Bill, the Coalition

hasn't decided whether to

support it. The Climate Change

Minister Penny Wong will today

release the long awaited draft

plans for an Emissions Trading

Scheme. A search will resume

off the Queensland coast for a fishing trawler missing fishing trawler missing in rough seas brought on rough seas brought on by

Cyclone Hamish, the boat, with

three people on board, sent out

a distress signal yesterday

morning north of Gladstone, the

Category 4 cyclone will condition along the condition along the Queensland

Central Coast bringing higher

than usual tides. Less than a fortnight to the Queensland

election Labor is behind. The election Labor is behind. The

Liberal National Partiy leading

Labor. The Premier Anna Bligh's

personal satisfactory rating at

45%, that is 7 points lower

than two weeks ago. But she still leads Lawrence Springborg

48-34 as preferred Premier. The British Prime Minister Gordon

Brown has vowed to catch Brown has vowed to catch the

The Real IRA gunmen who shot

dead two British soldiers

dead two British soldiers in Northern Ireland. During a

visit to the Barracks where visit to the Barracks where the

soldiers died Mr Brown

condemned the killers as brutal

murder,, not allowing the

splinter group's attack to derail the Northern Ireland

peace protest. Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai

ruled out foul play as the

cause of a car crash that

killed his wife. Morgan

Tsvangirai was injured in

Friday's accident which

happened when a foreign aid

truck hit the car he truck hit the car he and truck hit the car he and his

wife travelled in. Susan

Tsvangirai's funeral will be

held tomorrow in Zimbabwe. Returning Zimbabwe. Returning to Tropical

Cyclone Hamish, moving down the central Queensland coast and

for more Norte where are joins

us now from Hervey Bay. us now from Hervey Bay. --

Francene Norton joins us Francene Norton joins us from

Hervey Bay. Good morning, this

cyclone is tracking parallel to

the coast, south. There hasn't

been too much of a been too much of a change,

Cyclone Hamish is a Category 4 system, maintaining its

intensity, certainly there's a

lot of gusty winds around here

in Hervey Bay, the rain's not

too much of a problem. It's

travelling down the south-east

Queensland coast at about

10km/h, the Weather Bureau

spects it to slow further and

weaken into a Category

weaken into a Category 3 statement of claim it'd or

tonight. It could change direction direction slightly today, and

head back towards the coast,

but at this stage there's no

direct threat to the mainland,

there's mainly a warning for

the offshore islands like

Fraser Island. As you say, the

winds are up, we can see that

behind you, not a great deal of

rain so far, associated with

the cyclone. That's right. The

rainfall hasn't been as big rainfall hasn't been as big as

everyone expected. Talking to

the locals here yesterday you

wouldn't know there's a cyclone

hovering off the coast. They

are a bit blarza about it.

It's business as usual. As far

as the locals are concerned

they had bigger storms than the

cyclone hovering off the

coast. I'm sure it brings out the competitive element, " the competitive element, " Call

that a cyclone, we had a bigger

one 20 years ago itself, is one 20 years ago itself, is the Weather Weather Bureau expecting it to

peter out and dais it continues

to track South ward. That's

right, there'll be a search

resuming today for three resuming today for three people

on board a trawler, that

trawler left Mackay, it's an 18

metre trawler called the NBC,

now it set off on emergency

beacon yesterday. What's happened, it had been in happened, it had been in the

eye of the storm, the storm

crossed over them. That's when

they set off the emergency

beacon, because of the bad

weather yesterday, there was a

search and rescue plane out

looking for them, that was

forced back to the mainland.

Authorities couldn't send up

helicopters into the area

because of the bad weather. because of the bad weather. The

Defence Force sent up a C-130

Hercules from Sydney and is expected to join expected to join the search at first light this first light this morning, as

well as another search and

rescue blan, that gened on how

- plane, that depends how bad

the weather is today. Returning

to Federal politics, the Rudd Government defends the woj

place laws against the back -

workplace laws against the

worse economic data. It is expected

expected to shrink for the

first time since World War first time since World War II.

Julia Gillard says Julia Gillard says the Fair

Work Bill won't cost jobs. I'm

happy to give two guarantees,

the two guarantees I'm going to

give is that the Fair Work Bill

is fairer for working people

and simpler for employers, and

the other guaranteed I'm going

to give is this is a

Government, and I'm a Government, and I'm a Deputy

Prime Minister and Minister

that's going to be honest with that's going to be honest with

people about the people about the circumstances

of the Australian economy.

Let's just be, you know, clear

here, and not fall for here, and not fall for any of

the three card tricks played by

the Liberal Opposition - it's

the global financial crisis and

global recession that is

putting pressure on the

Australian economy, and

pressure on employment in this

economy. That is not about economy. That is not about our

Fair Work Bill. Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard Minister Julia Gillard on Minister Julia Gillard on the

7.30 Report. Where she was

asked if she could give a

guarantee that jobs wouldn't be

lost because of the Fair Work

Bill, she didn't - she wasn't

really clear, and couldn't

necessarily give that

guarantee. For more, Ben

Worsley joins us now from

Canberra. Ben, the Opposition

is grappling with this issue as

well: Julia Gillard could have

given a third guarantee, given a third guarantee, and

that is this Bill makes life that is this Bill makes life

more difficult for Malcolm

Turnbull. The divides Turnbull. The divides within

his party are coming to the

surface more and more every

day, this is another day, this is another example,

Shadow Cabinet met last night

to determine their final

position on this legislation,

and the joint party rooms will

meet today to hear about that,

and have their say on that

position. Malcolm Turnbull has

promised to promised to honour the mandate

on industrial relations that

Labor claims, but has reserved

the right to offer amendments

in the Upper House, and that

seems to be the path that they

are taking. Julia Gillard wrote

letters to the seven

crossbenches in the Senate last

night or yesterday, appeasing

concerns from both sides of concerns from both sides of the

industrial fence. From the workers' side, to workers' side, to shore up workers' side, to shore up some

of the safety net aspects and

also to appease some of the

Green's concerns about new

mothers re-entering the work

force, and it's appeasing or

trying to appease some of the

concerns from business -

keeping an eye on the bolstered

union right of entry and right

to information that this

legislation enslins, so we will

see later -

see later - enshrines, so we

will see a press conference from Malcolm Turnbull today where he'll outline the

official position from the

post-WorkChoice, post-Howard,

post-Costello, possibly

pre-Costello era of the Liberal

Party. It sounds like the

crossbenches will support what

the Government puts forward

after the technical

amendments. It does very much.

I would find it I would find it very unlikely

that the significant seven will

stop this. The point then,

obviously, becomes what the

Coalition decides to do later

today, which will make, if they

decide to support it, the seven

crossbenches irrelevant. They

only have a balance of power

when the Opposition decides to

oppose something. Ben, a busy

day in Canberra, you have the

release of the Government's draft ETS

draft ETS legislation. We have

had the enterm Garnaut report,

the Green Paper, White Paper,

today the draft exposure

legislation,, the interim Ross

Garnaut report. We'll get to

see what the legislation looks

like, we are not expecting it

to be different from the White

Paper released in December,

copping criticism from both

sides of the fence, left,

right, Green, business, which

the Government is trying to

sell as a virtue, they say they

have the balance right if

everyone's attacking them. Ross

Garnaut, as I mentioned is the main economic/climate change

advisor for the Government. He essentially framed this

legislation, he was on Four

Corners last night, hinting,

perhaps more than hinting that

he isn't entirely happy with

the way things have gone. Let's

have a quick look at what Ross

Garnaut said on Four Corners

last night. There's no doubt

that there's been huge

investment in seeking investment in seeking to

influence the political

process, and that has been influential on a number influential on a number of

aspects of design of aspects of design of the

Emissions Trading Scheme. Let

me say right away that vested

interest seeking to influence

the process is not illegitimate

in our democracy, but it can

lead to poor policy

outcomes. Now, the Greens and

the Coalition met last night,

curiously, to try to improve

the policy outcomes, to set up,

finally, this Senate Inquiry,

the concern from the

Government's point of view, is

it may take a couple of months,

once Parliament resits after

the autumn break, taking the

legislation past the June

deadline the Government set for

its own legislation, it's its own legislation, it's not out of the woods just out of the woods just yet as

far as the Government is

concerned by long stretch. Briefly, stretch. Briefly, if Emissions

Trading Scheme and IR is not

enough for Malcolm Turnbull to

deal with, he has PC. PC - which

which is nothing to do with the

politically correct, but it's about the Peter Costello. The

Australian, you would have to

say hasn't helped the cause as

far as Malcolm Turnbull is

concerned, including Peter

Costello in its latest Costello in its latest Newspoll

as far as preferred Liberal

leader and preferred Prime

Minister are concern. Brotly

Labor slipped a couple of

points - Brodely Labor slipped

a couple of points but

maintained a long lead. maintained a long lead. With Peter Costello in the Peter Costello in the better

Prime Minister stakes, 54 Rudd,

that's down from 61 without

Costello. 13 Turnbull, down

from 21, and 24 with from 21, and 24 with Costello,

as far as preferred Liberal

leader, Costello 45, Turnbull

38. Just a little bit from a National broadsheet to keep National broadsheet to keep the

Peter Costello along a little

further. Ben Worsley in further. Ben Worsley in

Canberra, thanks for that. If

you didn't take your money off

the table in relation to Peter Costello, last year, I Costello, last year, I think

you are looking

good. Definitely. Let's have a

look at the front pages of the

newspapers around the country.

The late amendments to The late amendments to the

Federal Government's industrial

relations laws is the lead

story in The Australian. And

the paper makes mention of that

latest Newspoll that Joe and

Ben discussed. You can see Ben discussed. You can see the

results this, I guess in pic

torial terms, a smiling Peter

Costello, and the Australian

chose a grumpy looking Malcolm

Turnbull. The Financial Review

reports to the World Bank

forecast the biggest

contraction of the global

economy in 50 years, a warning

from a key military figures

over the conflict in Afghanistan is the headline in the

the Waughs. A firefighter with

40 years experienced has been

fired for swearing during

fired for swearing during the

Black Saturday bushfires Black Saturday bushfires says

The Sun, and has a photo of two fighter jets from the Australian international air

show. Rugby League player Brett

Stewart was so intoxicated he

can't remember the details of

an assault on a teenage girl according to the The Daily

Telegraph, that paper made the

running on that story. running on that story. The Sydney Morning Herald reports

on problems with the CityRail

network. The Adelaide

Advertiser says the State's

gardens have been left to dais drought and water restrictions

cost millions. 'The Canberra

Times' leads on the

Government's industrial

relations laws looking

relations laws looking at how

much power the law may give to

unions. A gruesome local crime

issue is the lead story in issue is the lead story in the

The Mercury. The Courier Mail

says Anna Bligh's election

campaign is rocked campaign is rocked by

revelations that the Queensland

watchdog ind cluds the former

head of the Government's sports division. The Northern

Territory News reports on job

losses at insurer TIO and has a

photo of a car smashing through

the glass doors of a pizza

store. The Age says senior NATO

officials step up pressure on

Australia to do more in

Afghanistan. The paper says the State opposition accused the

Government of failing to do

enough to warn Victorians of

the fire threat. If you'd like

to send feedback:

to send feedback: has a photo of a car smashing through the glass doors of a pizza store. The Age says senior NATO officials step up pressure on Australia to do more in Afghanistan. The paper says the State opposition accused the Government of failing to do enough to warn Victorians of the fire threat. If you'd like

to send feedback: The top

stories on ABC News Breakfast -

the US President Barack Obama

overturns a ban on providing

Federal funding for human

embryonic stem cell embryonic stem cell research.

The decision angered religious

and abortion groups, scientists

say greater support for the

research will lead to vital

breakthroughs in medicine. A

big day ahead fort Rudd

Government in Canberra, Government in Canberra, Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard

continues to try to secure

support for the plan to scrap WorkChoices, climate WorkChoices, climate Minister

Penny Wong releases draft plans

for the Emissions Trading

Scheme. And the search to

resume off the Queensland coast

for a fishing trawler with

three people on board missing

in rough seas brought on in rough seas brought on by

Cyclone Hamish. The Category 4

cyclone is still tracking along

the Queensland coast, bringing

higher than usual sea levels.

The World Bank delivered a

pessimistic forecast for global

growth. It expects the world

economy to contract in 2009,

for the first time for the first time since World War

War II. A week before the G-20

meeting, the World Bank's President Robert Zoellick

warned developing nations faced

a debt crisis with a funding

short fall of more than $1 trillion. Desley Coleman

reports. The situation in reports. The situation in the

United States and Great Britain

is now so dire, that is now so dire, that both

Central Banks are printing

money. In fact the world bang

has been forced to lower global

forecasts and says the world

economy will shrink by half a

percent this year It's no worse

than we know, we know the

global outlook is terrible this

year. The World Bank is concerned about the concerned about the knock-on

effects for developing nations,

saying 130 countries won't saying 130 countries won't be

able to fund their Budget able to fund their Budget and

current account deficits. current account deficits. The World Bank President Robert

World Bank President Robert Zoellick says. .

With just about every

Government around the world

competing for funds, the World

Bank says it's developing

nations that will miss out,

warning of a funding shortfall

of 1 trillion Australian

dollars. The World Bank is

lobbying for more funding for

poor countries, and it wants

that agreed at the G-20 meeting

in April. What you see at the

moment, particularly amongst

the global institutions is

arguments that are addressed

basically to how they should basically to how they should be

governed and funded. The World

Bank predicts that trade will

record its largest decline in

80 years, and East Asia hit

hardest. Japan is a case in

point. Today revealing its

first trade deficit in 13

years. Pretty much signals the

end of one of the few areas of

growth in the Japanese economy.

Japan's economy has grown by

its exports for the last

decade. They kept a cheap yen,

pumping out manufactured goods,

particularly cars to the United

States, that business is

dead. A $2.8 billion deficit

and the global financial crisis

is creating a vicious cycle for

the Japanese economy Their

domestic stock market is

collapsing. As it goes down

Japanese investors have to sell

out. They make the decision to

sell offshore, bring that money

home, in doing that they drive

the yen up. We see it going

towards 90 yen to the dollar.

At that point their export

sector is no longer viable, and you start to

you start to see automotive

exports collapse, so the stock

market goes down further, it's

a self-fulfilling

prophecy. Demand for resources

will remain weak for some time

yet and a quick recovery will

depend on domestic demand. It's

terrible for Australia, our

exports, investment plans in

Australia, it does mean that we

are going to have to be reliant

on household consumption on

on household consumption on a

recovery in home construction,

to get through this year

without a very serious

downturn. Desley Coleman with

that report. Finance figures

now, and the markets are

trading with mixed results:

Han Chinese soon with the

weather, and ahead a review of

some of the today's newspapers

and this morning, we'll be

joined by Phil Kafcaloudes, but

now with sport here is Jamiee Kennedy Paul

Kennedy Paul Kennedy. Australia

took only two wickets on Day took only two wickets on Day 4

of the second Test of the second Test against

South Africa, leaving the

proets 2/244. Phil Hughes proets 2/244. Phil Hughes -

Proteas 2/244. Phil Hughes

making 160. Ricky Ponting

declared in front. The low

light for the visitors a drop

by Marcus North. Let's look at

some of the action.

some of the action.Proteas 2/244. Phil Hughes - Proteas 2/244. Phil Hughes making 160. Ricky Ponting declared in front. The low light for the visitors a drop by Marcus North. Let's look at some of

the action. Phil Hughes the action. Phil Hughes smashed

South Africa's Premier Bowler

with the new ball, back over

his head for six bringing up

the 150.

People of the world baseball

classics shake their heads,

Australia thrashing Mexico,

Aussies winning 17-7 invoking

the mercy rule. Mexicans are

major league players in front

of their home crowd. Here are

a few of the big moments.

That'll be deep enough for

Brad Harman to tag and score.

He's not in time. Australia

takes the lead. Australia takes

a 9-7 lead.

11-7 Australia lead. It's the

third home run of the night for

Team Australia. With play to

the offences - look at the

flyball to centre field. That's

gone. It's a 3-run home run. It

is now 17-7 Australia. . That's

it Thompson strikes out.

Australia has won by 10 runs.

The Game is over. Early

termination is how the rule

book calls it. It's the gong

rule, the mercy rule, whatever

you want to call it, Australia

comes from behind, ending up

routing Mexico tonight. Not

quite termination, they have

enough shot the Mexicans. The

NBL faces a decision over

whether to suspend Chris Anstey

from Game 4, charged with

elbowing Rhys Carter in the

head. Away nounsment today

after an investigation by the

NBL officer. Chris Anstey is

the best player for the

Tigers. A big decision there

because I think they'll because I think they'll take

into consideration a lot of

people are watching this grand

final series. They shouldn't. Basketball hasn't

had any good press over the

summer, it would be a shame to

see Chris Anstey out. It's not

necessarily good press. Press

nonetheless. They have major

photos near the back of the major papers in Melbourne at

least. For the first time. I

think anyone in basketball will

think, "People are talking

about us". They feel more

dismayed when they are

shunned. A couple of quick

questions about baseball, what is an Australian side doing

there, be that as it may.

What's the mercy rule. That's

where you get 10 in front You

can call it. Early

termination Early termination,

Australia must have had to

check the rule book, surely

they didn't know about the

mercy rule. Maybe they did,

thinking they'd be beaten by

10. Mexico is full of stars

from the Major leagues, Australia has fine players in

programs in the US, and some

play major league, but they are

way down on the rosters. Do we

put together a national team

every now and again to play the

international majors Yes, this

is probably the biggest win

Australia had, beating Japan in

the 2004 Olympics, which was

considered to be the greatest

moment in Australian baseball

history. Such as it is. This

goes past. Mexico plays South

Africa, the winner playing the

loser of Australia and Cuba. If

Australia beats Cuba, which

would be a bigger result. Cuba

won the world baseball classic

beating the Americans. Some of

the people in the Mexican crowd sounded like they were

dying. They didn't like

it. They weren't pleased,

it. They weren't pleased, like

Ricky Ponting would have been

feeling when North dropped

the,, Markous North dropped the

catch. ABC News Breakfast can

be watched live from be watched live from anywhere

in the world. For the first

time this morning, here time this morning, here is

Vanessa O'Hanlon with the

weather and details on Cyclone

Hamish. Damaging winds

affecting the northern parts of

the Fraser Island and high seas

weather warning in place for

the north-eastern area. As we

look at the satellite we see

the cloud remaining around

severe tropical cyclone

himmish, causing rain over the

Queensland coast, heavy squally

conditions on the islands, clouds fighting across clouds fighting across eastern

South Australia, western NSW,

and the south-west of

Queensland, that would trigger

showers and also some thunderstorms. Now it's expected that Cyclone Hamish

will weaken within the next 24

hours, but will generate heavy

rain, gale force winds and

large seas on the south-east

Queensland coast. Showers

moving across eastern NSW and

Victoria as easterly winds

strengthen, a trough triggering

a few inland storms, Hamish is

expected to move south-east, it

should change direction and

weaken tomorrow.

See you in half an hour. The

top story on ABC News

Breakfast, US President Barack

Obama overturns a ban on

providing Federal funding for

providing Federal funding for

human embryonic stem cell research The restrictions imposed by the Bush

Administration and a decision

to lift them Angers religious

and anti-abortion groups,

scientists say greater support

for the research will lead to

greater breakthroughs in medicine. Scientists believe

these tiny cells will help to

understand and possibly cure

devastating diseases and

conditions, to regenerate a

severed spinal cord, lifting

someone from a chair, spur

insulin production and spare a

child from a lifetime of

needles, treat Parkinson's,

cancer, harpted disease and

others that affect millions of

-- heart disease, and others

that affect millions of

Americans. We'll enforce strict

guidelines, we will not tall

rate misuse and abuse, we'll

ensure the Government never

opens the door to the use of

showning for human

reproduction, it's wrong and -

showning for human reproduction. It is

reproduction. It is dangerous

and wrong. What do you think

about the move in the about the move in the US in relation to stem cell relation to stem cell research.

Send an email to: In other

news - pressure is building on

two major policy fronts in

Canberra. The Deputy Prime

Minister Julia Gillard is

negotiating with crossbench

antecedents troig to secure

support for the Fair Work Bill

- trying to secure support for

the Fair r the Coalition the Fair r the Coalition hasn't

decided whether to - Fair Work

Bill, the Coalition hasn't

decided whether to support

that. Penny Wong releases that. Penny Wong releases the

Emissions Trading Scheme

plan. A search resumes off the

Queensland coast for a

trawlerer missing in rough

seams. The boat sent out a

distress signal yesterday

morning north of Gladstone, the

Category 4 cyclone will

continue its track along the

central Gold Coast coast

bringing higher than usual sea levels. Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai

ruled out foul play as the

cause for a car crash that

killed his wife. Morgan

Tsvangirai was injured in

Friday's accident happening

when a foreign aid truck hit

the car that he and his the car that he and his wife Susan Tsvangirai were

travelling in. Her funeral will

be held in Zimbabwe tomorrow. Tight security in

place in Tibet ahead of the

50th anniversary of the failed

Tibetan uprising against

Chinese resume. China has

employed extra soldiers fearing

a repeat of last year's

violence leading to death. It's

50 years since the Dalai Lama

was forced into exile. The man

known as the The Swiss Gigolo,

has been sentenced to six years

in a German jail for a

multimillion blackmail multimillion blackmail scam.

Helg Sgarbi pleaded guilty over

a series of purported sex

tapes, his high profile victim,

heiress to the BMW heiress to the BMW empire,

Susanne Klatten, paying out 7

million euro to the

40-year-old. On the 50th

anniversary of a failed

uprising in Tibet tensions are

high in the Himalayan region,

the Chinese Government promised

there won't be a repeat of last year's violent clashes leaving

more than 20 dead. Members of

the Dalai Lama's family told

the ABC they miss him and want

him to be allowed to

return. The military return. The military is

everywhere to be seen in

Tibetan areas, Chinese

authorities have had a year to

prepare for today's

anniversary. Paramilitary

police stand guard, police stand guard, and water

cannon trucks are ready to go.

We drove along the road

We drove along the road to tonk

ren hoping to reach a down

which saw clashes last year.

There's no getting past the

road blocks here in Tongren,

there's one way in and a heavy

police presence, every car is

checked, ours no exseption. We

were told that there's nowhere

here we are allowed to enter

and to return to Beijing. They

took our passport details and

Tibetans coming through were

getting special attention. In

this remote region, we managed

to reach one Tibetan village. This is the Dalai

Lama's home town, from here we

see the house that he was born

in, of course, he hasn't in, of course, he hasn't been

able to return for the last

five decades. The mood is

pretty tense. The Dalai Lama's

nephew's wife said the police

didn't want us there. She didn't want us there. She told

us she missed the Tibetan

spiritual leader.

TRANSLATION: I wish he'd come

back quickly, we all miss

him. We asked if tension was

high in the run-up to today's anniversary. anniversary. . TRANSLATION: We are not

TRANSLATION: We are not

allowed to talk about this. A

nan was telling us that nan was telling us that the

Dalai Lama's - man was tell ugg

us that the Dalai Lama Lam

return would be good for

Tibetans and Han Chinese. The

police were coming, we had to

go. The two British soldiers

killed outside their bar a killed outside their bar a in Northern Ireland have been

named. Sapin Patrick Khan and

Sapin Mark Quinn zi. After

visiting the army base visiting the army base British

Prime Minister Gordon Brown

said the peace said the peace process in

Northern Ireland was

unshakeable. The brutal attack

led to questions about security

at the barracks. People from right across Northern Ireland

have come to the murder scene

to show support for the dead

soldiers, the two young men

served together and died

together. Patrick Azim Carr was

21. He was from Wood green in

London and joined the army

three years ago. Mark Quinncy

was 23, scene here with his mum

and sister, he came from Birmingham where he's

remembered with great affection. It's absolutely a

waste of life, to be honest, he

was too good, you know, to have

that - what's happened to him.

And the people that have done

it to him. Obviously, you know,

have no thought for anybody but

themselves. It's not going to

achieve anything anyway. To me,

it's a waste of life, because

he was a nice lad. The soldiers

were killed three hours

were killed three hours before

they were due to leave Northern

Ireland for Afghanistan. Some

of them decided to order a

final takeaway pizza before

they departed. Shortly before

10:00, the pizzas arrived, the

group moved outside the

barriers to collect them, barriers to collect them, and

it was then that the brutal

attack took place. They were

off-duty, they were unarmed,

and they were dressed in desert

combats to deploy overseas. They were confronted

by two gunmen. But why did

no-one at the base fire

back. Are you suggesting that

people should have fired into a

closed compact group, including

my five soldiers? How well was

the base protected. The group

responsible for security at the

barracks is the Northern

Ireland guard service, not Ireland guard service, not part

of the Regular Army they are

employed by the Ministry of

Defence, made up of Defence, made up of former

police officers or soldiers,

carrying the same status as

special constables, they are

licensed to carry loaded

firearms. In spite of searches

across Northern Ireland since

Saturday night the killers

haven't been caught. A 3-man

gang from from The Real IRA was

involved, and the police want

more help to try to find

them. In spite of searches across Northern Ireland since

Saturday night, the killers

have yet to be caught. A 3-man

gang from The Real IRA was

involved, police want more help

to try to find them. We need

public support and people with information, particularly

people who will clearly know

who exactly was involved here,

to take - create a step to come

forward and provide us with

information they information they know. The

Prime Minister came to Northern

Ireland today to give his

support to the policitians the

security chiefs in the fight

against renewed violence. The

political process will not and

never be shaken, in fact the

political process is now

unshakeable. Almost everyone

in Northern Ireland hopes he's right. And that what happened

here Saturday night will never

be repeated. Today Manly be repeated. Today Manly player Brett Stewart is expected to Brett Stewart is expected to be

officially named for the

opening match of the rugby

league season, despite

allegations he sexually

assaulted a 17-year-old girl.

The Manly Sea Eagles are

standing by their player, but

the NRL says it will take

action against the full-back if

police lay charges. He's a star

player, so talented the NRL

hoped he'd become the face of

the game. Manly

the game. Manly full-back

Brett Stewart featured in rugby

league's knew multimillion

advertising campaign. Ever

since he was young he thought

he'd go far. He put his... The

ad has been pull, not Stewart.

His club, the Manly Sea Eagles

are standing firmly beside him,

despite allegations he sexually

assaulted a 17-year-old girl on

Friday night. It's an

allegation only, and as I say

at this stage, Brett is healthy

and fit to play, he'll be

and fit to play, he'll be

considered. Manly are the

reigning NRL champions, reigning NRL champions, and

Brett Stewart is expected to be

selected for the opening game

against the Canterbury

Bulldogs. They are aware of the

situation, as the week builds

up, the focus will come more on

the game. The NRL won't take

action against Stewart until

the police investigation is completed. If it was clearly

established fact that a player

had committed a sexual assault

then he would not be playing,

and if the club did not take

that decision, then we

would. The alleged assault

followed the Sea Eagles season

launch party at a Manly hotel,

where another player was

accused of slapping one of the

team's sponsors. We are speging

a report from them. We are -

expecting a report from expecting a report from them,

we are conducting inquiries,

clearly there are serious

question boeng thrown up as to

how alcohol was managed at the

function. The women who worked

with the NRL to educate players

about sexual ethics about sexual ethics and

attitudes to women want

action. There needs to be a

code of ethics developed by the

clubs and NRL saying clearly

when things go wrong, players

are stood down or sacked or

whatever. Catharine Lumby spent

four years working with the NRL

on improving player

behaviour. I think there's no

question in my mind in terms of

the stuff we've dealt with in

education programs, being out

wandering around drunk - this

in itself a inappropriate. The

chal industry is a major

sponsor of the - alcohol

industry is a major sponsor of

the NRL and they won't consider

a ban on ploirs drinking. We

believe it's not - players

drinking. We believe it's not

the way to go. The vast

majority of our players enjoy a

drink responsibility, that's

what we encourage. Police what we encourage. Police are

still interviewing witnesses to

the alleged assault, and the

results of DNA samples won't be

known for another week. You are watching ABC News Breakfast,

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For a look at the national

papers, we are joined by Radio

Australia broadcaster Phil

Kafcaloudes. Good morning. Have

to start with Anna Bligh, front

page of 'The Australian', the

Newspoll showing that she is

slightly - her party is

slightly behind. She is still doing well against Lawrence

Springborg, of course. Her

personal approval rating fell

significantly, there hasn't

been any particularly major

stumbles in the campaign It's

interesting, she's only

incredibly in front instead of

ridiculously in front. Looking

in The Australian, there's a

photograph there that photograph there that shows

Anna Bligh kissing a dolphin.

Now, this is a new turn, I know

you said before, Virginia, kissing babies doesn't

work. Doesn't cut it, if you

need to get it in the polls,

you have to pecker up to a

dolphin. Worked for a koala. I

want to know if the dolphin

consented to that. It came half

WA Babies don't consent either

- it came halfway. Babies

don't. The parallel is during

the Federal election campaign

journalists refused to believe

the polls having Rudd ahead and

that he was going to be that he was going to be the Prime Minister, it was

impossible. These polls,

particularly Newspoll have

looked bad for Anna Bligh from

the beginning, from the day

that the election was called.

There's no turning around yet.

She's a long way into this

campaign It's interesting too,

that as journalists we remember

there hasn't been a woman

Premier who has won an election, this should have

nothing to do with this state

and this particular age, but it

still stays in your head that,

you know, Carmel Lawrence

couldn't do it, Joan Kerryna.

Bev had territory but not State

leaders. Labor has been in

there for a substantial

period. That is an issue, it

hasn't necessarily been the

case in NSW where they've been

in power for a long time as

well, and Morris Iemma get

engine again after an X time

factor. - getting in again

after an X time factor. It's a

Test for Rudd. Many studies

have shown that there's no core

lags between State and Federal.

Neville Wran winning in '76

when Golf Whitlam was on the

poll. The other poll is the one

putting Peter Costello back

into the picture Yes, Peter

Costello, and as has been

mentioned on the program, the

front page of 'The Australian'

shows some people not looking

happy, and one particular

person not looking happy. That

push is, of course, Malcolm

Turnbull, and - that person Turnbull, and - that person is,

of course, Malcolm Turnbull.

What is interesting about that

is that when Malcolm Turnbull

was in Opposition, he was -

everybody wanted him to be the

leader, he was ahead by a mile,

he was 34% of people, the next

one up was 14%, wanted him to

be the Opposition Leader. When

he wasn't. When you are he wasn't. When you are not

Opposition Leader, you are

popular, when you popular, when you become

Opposition Leader, everyone

hates you. It must be

infuriating for him to see

these shots and vision of Peter Costello walking everywhere

with his smile on his place. He

has this smile that would has this smile that would drive

Malcolm Turnbull crazy It never

leaves his face, it's there,

permanent. This is Newspoll's provocative but interesting

decision to include Peter

Costello in the survey that

they did in the poll that they

put out into the field. Let's

whack his name in, see what happened. What happened was a

happy result for Peter

Costello. And a clear

preference for him. Yeah. Peter

Costello never said, "I'm never

going to be in this position",

we have to say for poor Malcolm

Turnbull, there is a bit of

advice that's come from another

former Opposition Leader, his

name Mark Latham. It's at the

back of the 'Fin Review', why Costello will lead the Liberals, and the claim that

he's making here is that it

will not be later, it won't be

after the next election, it

will be, perhaps, with one more

bad poll result, Peter

Costello. I don't think it will

happen. How would Mark Latham

know. Sorry, how would he

know. It's fascinating that he

says that. I don't think I care

what he says about the Liberal leadership He says what happens

in Oppositions is that people -

it's a beautiful quote, " The

problem with Opposition stops

people thinking rationally".

Not the Australian people,

Oppositions don't think

rationally. Many Labor members

looked with his elevation with

dismay and thought his party

wasn't thinking rationally.

He's broken the arm of

somebody, let's make somebody, let's make him

Opposition Leader. Peter Costello will hold on, you'd

have to think, for a little

longer He knows. The Australian

people do not throw a

Government out after one term,

it happened once before, that

was for the Scullin Government

during the Great Depression, during the Great Depression, if

there's a precedent, a

depression. What's on your

list. We are going to list. We are going to the The

Herald Sun, there's a couple of

surveys in The Sun, one of

which says that Kevin Rudd's

cash that, of course, we are

going to spend on local goods

is not going to be spent on

local goods, they did a Fei of

readers, it says the cash -

survey of readers, people are

going on holidays, to Dubai,

India, Bali, that's at least

what their survey says there.

That's not going to help the

economy whatsoever. It might

help travel agents, that's the

end of it. Another survey as

well about the Prime Minister's

slip where she said - where he

swore on television. It wasn't

that bad, was it? It wasn't a

slip in the first place. That's

the question, the survey: did

you think it was a slip. 71% of

people said no, it was

deliberately. 71%. 38% said,

"We weren't offended". He tries

so hard to be a man of the

people. That's why it's

undzable that feel would see it

that way. 38% weren't

offended. Look, I think it's offended. Look, I think it's -

I think most people conceded it

was a manufactured little

statement by him, we can't show

you this morning, because you this morning, because I

guess our language restrictions

prevent us, there's a funny

rude cartoon in the Australian

today, which presents a today, which presents a theory

as to how this happened, and

how Kevin Rudd got himself into

the... Sitting in front of the

mirror. How he got into a

highly rehearsed position of

letting the phrase roll off the

tongue. I'll have to look. In

the Sydney Morning Herald, this

is to do with Tom Cat, Mrs Tom

Cruz flying from America, New

York to Japan, and they didn't

fly in on one of the many jets

that he owns, or that they own,

they flew in commercial, first

class, of course, on commercial

only to find when they landed

in Tokyo, that Suri, their

daughter, obviously a name they

took a long time to think

about, they didn't think about

what it translates to in

Japanese, it translates to pickpocket in Japanese.

Welcome to Japan, Mr

Crews. Have the Japanese papers

had a field day. It's in

had a field day. It's in the

Sydney Morning Herald, so I gather. I imagine that Japan

would have a lot of fun. Nice

yarn. Good to see you. Remind

er, you can watch all er, you can watch all of ABC

News Breakfast streamed live

every morning: Now with sport

here is Paul Kennedy. Good

morning, Australia is

struggling to finish off their

good work in Durban in the

second Test, South Africa

2/244, chasing 546 for victory.

The Aussies could only take two

wickets on Day 4, ruing a

missed chance at first slip

when Kallis faced his first

ball - there it is, there it

goes. North, the fielder. Peter

Siddle, and Mitchell Johnson,

to make matters worse may be

carrying injuries. Australia

beat Mexico in the world

baseball classic 17-7 the

result shocking the host

result shocking the host nation

and the rest of the

competition, the Mexican team

full of major league stars,

Australia playing Cuba for a

chance to progds. St Marys

basketball - progress. St

Marys basketball teams place

Patty mills coming back for the semifinal after five weeks off

with a broken hand, a timely

return, adding the class to his

team that was needed to qualify

for the final against rival

Gonzaga to be played in a few

hours. Talk a bit more about St

Mary's, I'll give you highlights. A couple of other

matters. David Beckham looks

like - we know he's staying at

CA Milan for the rest of the

season, then back to LA Galaxy,

he tried to make everyone in

American soccer feel better,

saying he'll buy a team once he

stops playing. I guess you have

that much money, you can

that much money, you can buy

what you want. Splash it around

how you want. This one was

interesting. Pakistan's

chairman of cricket has made a

formal complaint against Chris

Broad for the comment he made

after he was shot at. That's

tough. The ICC going for people

who have been through is traumatic situation is so wrong. It's wrong. It's the Pakistan Cricket Board making the

complaint to the ICC we are yet

to find out what the I. CC

says, hopefully they say, "We

won't investigate Chris Broad's

comments". What's the nature of

the complaint. They said it was

unwarranted for him to make

comments. He said the police

scattered when guns started

going off. Why has the

Pakistani team taken offence. The Cricket Board

itself. They think it brings

them in a bad lining.

Crazy,. Of course it's in a bad

light, it was a poorly planned

situation. There needs to be an

independent situation, it can't

be resolved by legal suits

between individuals or various

organisations. For the ICC

saying they are considering

that complaint, considering the

arguments against the people

who were caught up in that,

it's wrong The complaint is

Christmassy, " He shouldn't

have gin his reaction by going

public, he should have put if

in the match report", he

probably wasn't thinking about

that at the time. Thank you

Paul. Now here is Vanessa

O'Hanlon,way look at the

weather. With Category

weather. With Category 4

Cyclone Hamish causing gale

force winds and high sea levels

a warning current for northern

parts of Fraser Island. On the

satellite cloud remains over

the severe Cyclone Hamish, causing rain over the

Queensland coast. Heavy squally

conditions on the islands,

cloud floating across cloud floating across eastern

South Australia into western

NSW and the south-west of

Queensland. That will trigger

thunderstorms and patchy rain,

it's expected Cyclone Hamish

will weaken in the next 24

hours but will generate heavy rain, gale force winds and

large seas on the south-east

Queensland coast. Showers

moving across eastern NSW and

Victoria as easterly winds

strengthening, a trough

triggering a few inland storms,

wind warning two Queensland's coastal waters.

Now still ahead on ABC News

Breakfast, we'll be talking to

the Opposition's the Opposition's emissions trading design trading design spokesman,

Andrew Robb, he'll be Andrew Robb, he'll be joining

us to give his take on the

Government's plans for

Government's plans for an Emissions Trading Scheme, and

the Green's Senator Christine

Milne later on that issue,

apparently they met to discuss

the senate inquiry into an ETS.

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