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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Welcome to the program. the rise, fall and redemption Shortly, we'll examine Chief Magistrate Di Fingleton. of Queensland's former novelist Shirley Hazzard We'll also talk to Australian and, being Thursday, Dawe's take on the week in politics. we'll have John Clarke and Bryan But first, Michael Brissenden's take

the parliamentary session on the end of around the corner, with a whole new Senate ball game

Deputy Prime Minister the departure of the Labor reshuffle and a last-minute but overdue thrown into the mix tonight. break in captioning transmission. We apologise for this temporary How did John Clarke, Bryan Dawe. How John Clarke, Bryan Dawe. John Clarke, Bryan Dawe. And

Dawe. And that's for John and Bryan. How did we get John Clarke, Bryan How did we John Clarke, Bryan

Bryan Dawe. And that's for John and

government does have control of the Bryan.o the point where the

Senate? Because the Democrat vote

effectively collapsed and people

went back to the major parties, in

particular to the Liberal Party.

There have been a lot of

departures today but there have

also been a few significant

arrivals and this is one of the

most significant of all. Senator

Joyce I suppose we all you now, do

we? As if Canberra wasn't stormy

enough today, Barnaby Joyce the new

National Party Senator and the man

who gave John Howard the majority,

said he intends to make a mark.

Looking forward to it? Yes, but

not that bent and twisted out of Looking forward to it? Yes, but I'm

shape about it. I want it to be

effective. I've get my own family

and my own business and I love my

family and I don't - if we achieve

nothing, I'd rather stay at home.

It's - you also give up a lot to

do this job and I hope I can be

effective. I would hate to sort

sit back and walk out of the effective. I would hate to sort of

chamber. Maybe the people of

Queensland will kick me out in six

years time and if they kick me out

to look back and say I should have

spent my time back in St George.

You might have thought the

government majority might have

made the Senate little more than

rubber-stamp and politics generally made the Senate little more than a

a dull affair, indeed. Think again.

We're in for an interesting ride.

There are real risks for the

government. It has the ability to

become a dictatorship and what is

standing between an instructor

all of the back benchers who now standing between an instructor are

will have to really stand up and

speak out and not wait for the

Senate to make the arguments that

they've got their fingers crossed

hoping will be made. The

has an ambitious fourth term agenda hoping will be made. The government

and the Senate is critical to John

Howard's dreams of real lying some

of his cherished ideals. We now how

Senator joy joy feels about Telstra.

He wants price parity and a $5

million infrom strauk cher fund

before he even thinks of supporting

the sale. On IR 2 he's clearly

signalling that the government

necessarily expect his vote. signalling that the government can't

My job under the Constitution is

to protect my state's rights and it

would seem peculiar if something

that protected my state's rights I

didn't make a comment on and I have.

I can't see why people find that

unusual why any Senator would be

wanting to look at the legislation

before they make a statement I

wit. That's my job. If the state before they make a statement I agree

party says we don't like the

legislation that the government is

putting forward, you clearly would

be prepared to vote against it?

That's a very serious thing when

your state party starts telling you

what you should and shouldn't do

you're to be guided by that and what you should and shouldn't do and

be looking at how our state party you're to be guided by that and I'll

votes on the end of July because

they're the people who paid ate lot

of money for the National Party to

win this Senate seat and we must

respect their view. I'll be

respecting their view.

respecting the It's not just

Joyce the government has to respecting the It's not just Barnaby

convince. The Labor ral Senator

David Johnston also hinted he might

vote against the IR changes as they

stand on state's rights grounds as

well. The opposition is already

lapping up the early signs of a

government suddenly finding

on the way to its historic government suddenly finding potholes

opportunity. The Coalition mutiny,

the Coalition dismunty we've seen

over John Howard's extreme and

unfair and divisive industrial

relations proposals going further

you be Senator Johnston. If that

happens the government will look

votes elsewhere. Where might that happens the government will look for

be? You would think they would look

to family first and of course the

they have been doing that. In fact

both sides have been ringing.

more sleeps when Steve Fielding both sides have been ringing. Eight

becomes Senator Fielding but the

con-Joeling is well under way.

I don't know whether I'm getting

split kalg pressure or no. I

talk and continue to kauk on both split kalg pressure or no. I will

sides. I've got friends on both

sides of the party. The issue for

is to make sure I do put families sides of the party. The issue for me

first and I look at each issue,

exactly what the Senate was

for, was a house of review and to exactly what the Senate was designed

make sure you are voting to make

sure it will benefit Australian

families. And what issue worries

Steve Fielding most? Out of all

the policies the workplace is I Steve Fielding most? Out of all of

think the one that most concerns me

and it is from the job security

perspective and Australian families

want to ensure they have job

security. Meg Lees is one

Senator who knows all about cutting security. Meg Lees is one departing

deals, but she says IR is just the

start of the potential problems for

the government. Throughout her time

she says government senators would

routinely slip her information and

use the independence to force

changes to legislation. Now she

all of that will have to happen changes to legislation. Now she says

within and she says there are signs all of that will have to happen from

it already is. We're now seeing

about four areas already where

individual senators or members are

standing up and speaking out. It's

not just Petro Georgio and looking

at the hot issue of detention

centres. We've had people talking

about VSU and today concerns about

industrial relations and I think

that's just going to keep bubbling

there. Those people before could

work within the committee system of

the Senate, encouraging committee

reports and findings and arguments.

They'll have to do that I suspect

the floor of the Liberal Party They'll have to do that I suspect on

room and if it all doesn't hang the floor of the Liberal Party party

together, then hopefully they'll

cross the floor and vote how they

really feel they should. So

dissenting Liberals and maverick

Nats, no sounder David Johnston

looked relieved. His retirement has

been rumoured for some time but he

said his health forced his decision.

A besign - ebesign but long-term

problem. I don't look for

problem. I don't look for sympathy for tir tating problem I've had for

years. It is not life thenning and

never has been. It's a condition

that apparently is not understood

that apparently is not understood in either its causes nor easily cured.

The simple proposition has always

been put to me it is related to, a

product of my lifestyle, the hectic

sorts of nature of it, the stresses

of it, the hours, the travel and

that I can assume it will right

itself reasonably quickly if I step

away from that lifestyle. It's

always been presented to me as a

choice and up until now I've chosen

to live with it. But frankly over

the last couple of years it's get

progressively to the point where I

just have had to say enough is

enough. Behind all of the comings

and goings, the machinations of

politics have been ferocious as

well. The National Party has met to

elect a new leader and after a

torrid few weeks Kim Beazley has

announced his long overdue

frontbench resufl. From July 1st

the Australian people will be

relying on the ALP more than ever

relying on the ALP more than ever to hold this arrogant government to

account. They get this arrogant

government total power in the

government total power in the Senate from July 1st and the only force in

Australian politics capable then of

holding them to account will be the

Australian Labor Party. Now, that

Australian Labor Party. Now, that is why I have to make sure that my

talented front bench team is all in

the right positions. The exact

makeup of the new Labor frontbench

is still a work in progress. But

what we do now is Wayne Swan will

stay as Shadow Treasurer, Julia

Gillard stays in health, Kevin Rudd

adds trade to his foreign affairs

portfolio and Stephen

portfolio and Stephen Smith will

keep industry, infrastructure and industrial relations but transport

will be given to someone new.

will be given to someone new. Robert McLelland stays in his defence job

but Laurie Ferguson will be moved

from immigration. Lindsay Tanner

will be brought back to the

frontbench, either to fill the

immigration position or to take on

finance. Lindsay, as you know is

finance. Lindsay, as you know is a heavy hitter. It may be but not

even is happy particularly in the

left faction. The left gave up a

frontbench position for Simon Crean

back when Mark Latham became leader.

Some believe they'd had a deal that

snow done from the Northern

Territory would fill any new

position. Trouble is, Kim Beazley

announced Lindsay Tanner's

announced Lindsay Tanner's elevation without consultation and several

hours before the faction had even

met. There are some very unhappy