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Live. Israel bombs the UN

compound in Gaza damaging aid

and medical supplies as

negotiators continue to argue

over the details of a

ceasefire. Overnight rain helps

firefighters gain control of 3

major fires continuing to burn

in answer around Sydney.

Islamic leaders in Queensland

slam calls to ban all head wear

including Burkeas in shops, as

bigoted and ignorant. And

Lleyton Hewitt gets knocked out

in Sydney and packs his bags

for Melbourne where the

Australian Open draw is release

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Good morning. It's Friday

16th January. I'm Joe O'Brien.

An I'm Tamara Oudyn. The top

story - the United Nations

Secretary general Ban Ki-moon

has called for answers from

Israel after the United Nations

compound dem Gaza was shelled

for a second time. At least 3

aid workers were injured, aid

and medical supplies damaged.

Israel's Prime Minister has

apologised for the attack

saying that Israeli forces were

responding to Hamas militants

who were launching attacks from

the UN site. Meanwhile Hamas

officials say the Hamas

Interior Minister has been

killed in an Israeli air

strike. There were hopes today

would see a breakthrough.

Instead it saw more blood shed.

As Israeli forces pushed

deeper into Gaza City, there

was intense fighting, and more

casualties. Including

journalists struck by shell

fire that smashed into TV

offices. Also hit, the United

Nations aid agency

headquarters, vital supplies

destroyed. A very unfortunate

situation here in the UN

compound in Gaza. Our

warehouses have been hit by

some type of explosive and have

caught alight. The fire has

spread from the workshops via

the oil and spread to the

warehouses, one by one the

warehouses are going up, we're

now trying to build a buffer

zone between the warehouses and

the offices to try and stop the

offices. We've lost all our

food and med sib to this

fire. The UN Secretary-General

Ban Ki-moon was in Jerusalem

peace. First he had to deal meeting Israeli leaders urging

with the attack at the UN in

Gaza. I had the telephone talk

with Defence Minister before I

began my meeting with the

Foreign Minister. Defence

Minister barrack said to me, it

was a grave mistake and he took

it very seriously. He assured

me that extra attention will be

paid to the UN facilities and

staff and that this should not

be repeated. The Israeli Prime

Minister apologised for the

shelling but said his forces

building. Absolutely true that came under attack from the UN

we were attacked from the...

But the consequences were

very... Ban Ki-moon's more

general message for both sides

was clear. The time has come

for the violence to stop and

for us to change fundamentally

the dynamics in Gaza and to

pursue again the peace talks

for a two-state solution which

is the only road to lasting

security for Israel. We don't

have any more time to lose. We

must end the civilian suffering

now. The response was more

violence. Rockets from were

fired from Gaza into Israel,

inflicting more casualties

there. Theision Israeli Government adamant the conflict

is all the fault of Hamas. And

Hamas that controls Gaza Strip

is an obstacle, not only for

Israel but in the way for the

Palestinians to create a State

of their own. They're

responsible to the situation in

Gaza, to the loss of life of

Palestinians as well and to the

humanitarian situation in Gaza

as well. On a hill near the

Gaza border people come to

watch the violence in relative

safety. A clear view of an

unfolding horror that's drawing

increasing condemnation from

around the world. But for all

the frustration and anger the

war continues and the world

must sit and watch and wait and

hope for an early end to this

killing. In other news -

another bush fire has broken out in New South Wales

overnight. This time near the

Blue Mountains. Tough terrain

has hampereded efforts to fight

the blaze which was started by

a light nipping strike.

Meanwhile fires that threatened

homes in the suburbs of London

dery are under control. Evans

head, port Stephens and Singleton

have fires being watched by the

firefighters. The Islamic

Council of Queensland has

called calls to ban burqas and

head gair is bigoted and

ignorant. A Brisbane radio

station said full face veils

were offensive in some situations. The State Retailers

Association says it supports a

ban but Queensland's acting

Premier Paul Lucas says the

radio station should be wary of

offending people. The Fijian

Attorney-General has criticised

Australia and New Zealand over

the amount of funding provided

in the wake of flooding. The

Federal Government has been in

discussions with Fiji about

what help can be given. So far

Australia has donated $150,000.

Gill dill of around $30

million. There are fear that is

figure could rise to more than

100 million. Senator Hillary

Clinton has been approved by a

senate committee to become the

next Secretary of State. The

decision was made bespite

concerns over the charitable

fundraising of her husband

former President Bill Clinton.

Senator Clinton still has to be officially nominated and

confirmed by the full senate.

That's a formality. And it will

happen shortly after Barack

Obama's inauguration. The last

the last Ethiopian soldiers

have completed their withdrawal

from the captial Mogadishu. Ethiopia intervened in Somalia

2 years ago to help fight

Islamist rebel groups. Those

Islamist forces have now taken

over most of the Rahmy bases

left behind but the Prime

Minister insists the city is

safe. Around 16,000 civilians

have been killed in the

conflict. To Zimbabwe now,

where the Opposition Leader

Morgan Tsvangirai has demanded

the release of detained

opposition supporters. Mr

Tsvangirai says President

Robert Mugabe is failing to

honour a power-sharing deal

reached last year with the

Government continuing to abduct

and detain opposition

activists. Bridges to the MoU

and its global political

agreement. These have been

ongoing since the signing of

the above agreements and are

vivid evidence of the bad faith

with which Zanu PF entered into

this agreement. These include

abductions, illegal detentions,

crackdowns of civil society

organisations, the unilateral

appointment of civil servants,

senior civil servants,...

Speech spewed by the state

media. These must stop

immediately. And those abducted

and illegally deteaned must be released unconditionally if

this agreement its to be

consummated. To Thailand now where the Prime Minister says

he hopes to put the country

back on track after months of

political turmoil. Thailand's

last government was ousted by a

decision of the constitutional

court sparking mass protests

both for and against the decision. Prime Minister

Abhisit Vejjajiva has told

South East Asia correspondent

Karen Percy he hopes he can

unify the country. Justice is

the key. I think think the

digses have been created by

unjust actions. I intend to

provide justice in 3 key areas,

first of all concerning the

cases and violations over the

last 2, 3 years, we'll make

sure there is fair treatment to

all concernsle legal proceedings against various

groups. Secondly, there will

have to be a process of

political reform where

participation of all sides will

be invited so that everybody

can speak with a voice and that

we have an inclusive process of

moving forward with Thai

democracy. Thirdly, I am here

to work for all Thais.le

wherever they live, urban,

rural, whichever region,

whatever colour shirts they

wear. That's the only way to

bring stability and also peace

and reconciliation back I think

that it is possible in a

Democratic society there will

always remain differences. So

long as those differences are

reflected within the frame of

the law, within the - under the

constitution, that's fine by

me, so even, my opponents, they

have every right to dem

straight but they mustn't break

the law. You can watch the full

interview with the Thai Prom l

Prime Minister on the '7.30 Report' tonight. The Federal

Government has rejected calls

to review policies on boft

carbon emissions control and

industrial relations. Opponents

say both areas could cost jobs.

For more, Ben Worsley joins us

from Canberra. Good morning. We

had these job figures out

yesterday a 0.1% increase. How

has the government responded to

that? Joe, you can read

employment figures however you

like. Julia Gillard's spin, the

work plagues relations

Minister, the acting Prime

Minister, her spin is yes,

unemployment is rising but

Australia is in a better

position - we've hear it before

- than many other countries to

weather the storm of the global

economic slowdown, but we're

not immune. Full-time

positions have gone to the

extent of 44,000 in the last

month but the net job losses is

just 1200, because part-time

employment was up around

42,000, so you can read those

as I said, however you like.

The thing about unemployment

figures is they tend to drag

behind the general economic

indicator that represent a

slowdown by about six to 9

months which means that yes at

the moment we're gradually

climbing but the expectations

are that it will climb further

to a round 5, 6, 7%, depending

on who you listen to and who

you believe. Now, as you mention in that introduction

the Government has been urged

by various people from the

opposition to business groups,

et cetera, to slow down, delay

or amend various major reforms

that they promise before the election campaign and they

started the ball rolling since.

Industrial relations reform

was obviously central to

Labor's pitch for the election campaign. They're sticking to

their guns, they're not

delaying anything, all the

reforms are in train and they

plan to stick to them despite

what they would say is

scaremongering by the

opposition and is genuine

concern by various employer

groups. The emissions trading

scheme is another area that has

sensitivity when it comes to

employment. Obviously..

business groups are very

concerned about the effects,

especially in the mining

sector, and other resource

sensitive areas, and carbon

intensive areas. They have a

concern that the Government's

plans for carbon reduction will

have an effect on employment.

It all adds up to making jobs,

jobs, jobs, as we keep saying,

the key to political debate for

this term. The opposition isn't

letting up bibut the Government

at this stage seems to be

sticking to its guns. The

emissions trading scheme issue

is becoming increasingly

sensitive for the opposition.

It is. They seem willing, if

not determined to fight out

their differences in public. It

some extent, the Government, does take the pressure off, to

which has to implement these

dramatic changes to the

Australian economy. Christopher

Pyne is a frontbencher for the

Liberal Party. He is

increasingly senior as they

look to move forward to a

post-Howard-Costello era. He is

from South Australia. He wrote

an open letter just the other

other day calling for a more

centrist progressive approach

on climate change for the

Coalition. Now, Nick Minchin is

a senior Liberal figure, also

from South Australia. He is has

written in reply today in the

'Sydney Morning Herald'. He

said that Christopher Pyne

seems to be advocating a

significant move to the left

wanting to become a Greens

party, inconsistent with the Liberals' history and

philosophy. He says it's not a

sensible recipe for returning

to Government. That's possibly

you would argue a sensible

debate to have behind closed

doors as you formulate a

policy. It's not healthy or

helpful. You would think to

have two senior members

squabbling it out in a public

newspaper. Chris tofr Pyne was

regarded as a staunch Costello

ally, nick Minchin a very

staunch Howard ally in those

sensitive years in the Howard

era when those two factions, if

you like, collided. It's

continuing to play out in the

public and it's not a great

look po the Coalition and

another head ache, you would

think, for Malcolm

Turnbull. Sound like Malcolm

Turnbull's gonna have a lot on

his hands in relation to that

issue. Thanks very much. We'd

like tolary your feedback on

how the Federal Government is

handling the economy: We'd also

like to hear what you think

about the debate on head wear

being worn in Queensland shops.

Despite yesterday's release

of poor emploismt figures for

December, the broadsheet also

says the Western Australian

Government will introduce tough

new alcohol restrictions

throughout the Kimberly

region. 'The Age' has more on

up employment figures with a

report Victoria lost nearly 150

jobs a day last month. The

biggest fall in almost 6 years.

The 'Canberra Times' says the

ACT continues to have the

lowest unemployment rate in the

country. The 'Sydney Morning

Herald' says most job losses

are occurring in full-time

positions with many employers

rehiring staff in part-time

roles. It also features an

impressive photo of a

firefighter struggling to battle a bushfire near

Londonderry in Sydney's

north-west. The blaze being described as a 'wall of

flames'. Global share markets

tumbled to their lowest levels

in 2-week yesterday reports the

'The Australian Financial

Review'. Major retailers

Association has call ed for Muslim headscarves to be banned

from being wosh inside shops -

being worn insides shops

reports the shun should happen.

would cover all headgear, The Courier-Mail says the ban

including hoodies. Adults in

Tasmania who supply alcohol to

other people's children without

consent will soon face hefty

fines, reports the Hobart

Mercury. The 'Northern Territoy

News' reports on a woman who

found what she believes to be a

snake skin in a packet of

chips. The 'Adelaide

Advertiser' features a photo of

a dead shark that washed up on

a suburban beach yesterday. The

shark is thought to be one of

the sharks that's been menacing Adelaide swimmers in recent

weeks. The top stories on ABC

News breakfast this morning -

Ban Ki-moon rr calls on Israel

to explain why it shelled the

UN aid headquarters in Gaza for

a second time. At least 3 staff

were injured and aid and

medical supplies damaged.

Meanwhile Hamas officials are claiming the Hamas Interior

Minister was killed overnight

in an Israeli air strike.

Overnight, rain and cooler

temperatures make life easier

for firefighters battling a

number of blazes in and around

Sydney. A bush fire mnl is

still in place across New South

Wales. The latest fire to start

was in the Blue Mountains which

was triggered overnight by a

lightning strike. The Islamic

Council of Queensland seas

calls to ban burqas in shops

and banks are bigoted and

ignorant. The debate was

triggered by a Brisbane radio

prepper who told listener that

is full face veil were

offensive in some

circumstances, the State

Retailers Association says it

ban burqas in shops and banks supports a ban.seas calls to

Brisbane radio prepper who told debate was triggered by a are bigoted and ignorant. The

circumstances, the State were offensive in some listener that is full face veil

Retailers Association says it

shops and banks are bigoted and seas calls to ban burqas in supports a ban.of Queensland

triggered by a Brisbane radio ignorant. The debate was prepper who told listener that

is full face veil were offensive in some circumstances, the State Retailers Association says it supports a ban.

Charter o 8 calls for

multiparty democracy in China.

Like many political

organisations it's a movement

organised largely on the

Internet. When a high pree file

signatory to the petition was

put under house arrest in

December it was widely reported

on several blogs.

Several thousand signatures

were added. A web site that

hosted the blogs of several

signatories to the petition.

It's not for example going to

provide the seed for a

democracy movement like we saw

here almost 20 years ago. I

doubt it. Charter 8 is a very

academic issue, signed by a

bunch of intellectuals. It's

not - it doesn't have a lot to

do with ordinary poor

people. What do you think it

was about charter 08 that

caught the attention of the Government? I think there are a

few things. The Chinese

Government, the communist party

never likes independent

organisations that span

geographical distances that are

have a explicitly polit aim. We

got a double speak answer. How

concerned the Government was

with charter 08 and whether

that was the behind the recent

closing of the bull og web

site. Translation: Chinese

Government protects its

citizens freed dom of speech

and faith by law, however no

citizen has the right to be

above the law. There is let

less outright blocking of whole

sites and more filtering, I

think, which in some ways is

more insiduous because it's

more difficult to tell what is

being sensored.

Seems like the sen seniorship

campaign is working. US markets

are continuing their downward

trend due to concerns some

American banks could need more

bail-out money.

with Mersina Halvagis will be here

Vanessa O'Hanlon will be here

with the weather. We'll be

joined by professor Greg Barton

from Monash university. David Nalbandian beat Lleyton Hewitt

to progress to the semifinals.

Hewitt will turn his attention

now to the Australian Open, his

form has been good since

returning from injury, but

he'll hope for a relatively

easy first round at Melbourne

park when the draw is announced

this morning. Hewitt wasn't

displeased with his game last

night, the down side is he will

have no more high class match

practice before the major

begins. Really tough continues.

I thought Tuesday was gusty. It

was worse today.announced this morning. Hewitt wasn't displeased with his game last

night, the down side is he will have no more high class match practice before the major begins. Really tough continues.

I thought Tuesday was gusty. It was worse today. It was tough

for both of us to serve. I

probably didn't get a high

enough first serve percentage

in. He is a step up. - in class

to the two other guys I played

this week. I was a point away

from steaking the first set.

I'm as ready as I think I

thought I would ever be coming

into this situation. You never

really knew what to expect especially before the Hopman

Cup going in after having so

many months out. But this is

where it starts, and next

week. Elena Dementieva and

Dinara Safina are through to

the final of the Sydney International. Elena Dementieva beat Serena Williams in

straight sets. Williams has

struggled to win matches since

she arrived in Australia and

was completely crout played.

The Russian won that one 6-3,

6-1. Her compatriot sfina was

too powerful for Japan's Ai

Sugiyama, winning 6-4, Safina was too powerful for Japan's Ai

Sugiyama, winning 6-4,

7-6. Michael Clarke will play

today despite a sore thumb. He batted well in the nets

yesterday and will take any

discomfort he still has into

the game. It means power

hitting newcomer David Warner

will miss out. He was placed on

standby for the match. For that

Twenty20 opening batsman it's

been a strange week. He was

compared to Shane Warne and

Babe Ruth after his heroic s

only to fail at the Gabba.

Mike Clarke's a world class

playerer, we were always trying

to expect him to play. Not a

disappointment for me. I've had

the experience of lifetime in

those two Twenty20 games. I'm

just happy to be there. All of

a sudden from your first

innings Playing for Australia

and wearing the Australian

colours, you became a bit of a

superstar? In a way, yeah, I

have. Obviously after the first knock the expectations were

pretty high the second game.

That's cricket. Just gotta get

on with it. Were there

expectations on yourself? In a

way there is. It's cricket. You

just gotta go out there and

play your best, sometimes you

come off, sometimes you fail.

That's cricket. It's a shock

to myself as well, that innings

has put my name up there and if

I get that chance I'm in the

gonna hesitate. I'll do my best

again. Obviously, you are

committed to New South Wales.

You're desperate to get into

the four-day side. I think

Victoria are already sniffing

around saying they'd be

interested in taking you. Yeah.

(Laughs) I'm staying

here. There is a Victorian

connection, the coach of

Victoria was the coach of the

IPL team that pecked David

Warner up. No doubt he would be

trying to get him to Victoria.

I was surprised he wanted to

play even though he has a sore

thumb. I thought they might

just let the young fella play.

It makes ne think Australia's

taking it pretty

seriously. Serena Williams, it

seems like they only arrived in

the country a couple of days

ago and she's been playing

pretty heavily since then. Has

she had less of a run-up -

leadup in Australia to these

tournaments than the other

players? Sno No. They all

arrive at different times. She

played in Brisbane as well. She

only just overcame Sam stows

our up there - asbestos urer.

Sam stowsure up there.

I didn't mind it. Expect

that he looked overly fit which

I think was probably the sculptor was being complimentry

there. If you remember anything

about Tony Lockett it was his

massive frame. Breg brek can be

watched live op the web from

any where in the world. Just

visit our web site then click

on the "Watch live" icon. Here

is Vanessa O'Hanlon with the

weather. What's been happing in

Fiji with all that rain? There

is still plenty of it about.

Heavy rain is still expected.

Rain is expected to redevelop

over the western and sorn parts

over the weekend. So far

between 19 and 22 January it

should be fine. A massive cloud

over western Queensland is

producing rain and the odd

storms. A cloud band pushing

over Tasmania and southern

Victoria Waite cold front is

bringing showers. A weak

monsoon trough over the tropic

s will toib to cause thundery

rainfall. Another trough here

will generate hot northerlies

in southern Queensland and

northern New South Wales with the odd

the odd storm.

Can you tell us where is this compond and what

happened? It's in Gaza, it's

the main compound where we have

a Gaza field officer, a big

warehouse, a big shop... A big

workshop where we fix vehicles

and things. Just to say one

thing absolutely - this

allegation coming from the

highest levels of the Israeli

Government that militants are

firing from within our compound

is completely baseless. I have

one simple killer fact and that

is that this very afternoon...

Was meet with 9 Israeli Army,

the Israeli Army representative

admitted and gave a detailed

that the firing came from

several hundred metres outside

our compound, meanwhile the

Israeli spokes people and

others were saying that it was

coming from within, as a way of

justifying this attack. It's

the second time in a week it's

happened that there has been an

instant allegation which turned

out to be completely wrong.

Quite frankly the credibility

of... Putting this stuff out is

hanging in p rags. Ehud Olmert

was saying it's absolutely true

that we were attacked from that

place." Well, I can say quite

categorically that the militant

fire did not come from within

our compound. And guess who the

source of it is? It's the

Israeli Army who said to us in

a meeting today that they know

for a fact that the firing came

from about 200m from our

compound. So yet again we have

the Israeli officials on the

record saying all sorts of

things, allegations and really

dangerous allegations because

as people here, Israeli

soldiers on the ground, this

drip, drip, drip of of

misinformation that UN R esmght

E workers are consorting

with... The Israeli defence

establishment has expressed

deep regret and apologised but

we want more than words. We

want action, we want deeds.

This has to stop. How do you

find the Israeli Governments

and spokes.men approach to

these situations? There've been

two in the last as you say? ... Make these

allegations then they up make

the allegations. They flip and

they flop. This happened with

Jabalia, about a week ago we

had similar allegation that is

there were militants in our

compound. Of course the spin

doctors said it was inside the

compound. We knew for a farkts

we sent our investigators to

look at this, we can say there

were no militants or militant

activity in the school in

Jabalia, the same is true of

our compound today.

Incrementally the credibility

of Israeli spokes people

putting this deliberate

misinformation out is dented

incrementally with every one of

these false accusations. You

say you want action now, you

don't want words. What action

do you want? Well, several

things. We want the

coordination to work. Amazing

lgly as you saw the picturing

of our compound a-Blaze blaze

we temporarily interrupted our

work getting vehicles in answer

out of the warehouse that was

on fire, the rest of our

convoys did move around the

strip, we continued with our

food Dragons, continued with

our health care, continued to

move urgently needed fuel and

medical supplies to hospital

around the strip but the other

important action we want is for investigation. Let's be very clear about this - we want

there to be justice. For that

to happen there has to be a

proper investigation, the facts

have to be impartial

investigation, the facts must

come out, the facts must be

allowed to speak for themselves

and where it is found that

there have been violations of

international humanitarian law

there must be justice. People

must be brought to justice.

What sort of punishment should

be meted out to people who are

found to be in violation of

these laws?. Here we are

jumping haid of our ses. Let's

first of all gets an impartial

investigation done. This matter

needs to be handed over to the

legal experts and thereafter

determination can be made about

built, punishment and about

these questions you ask

where... (Coughs) we first of

all need to get the facts out.

Allow the facts speak for

themselves. Let there be

accountability, let there be

justice. How much aid was

destroyed and how many people

were injured? 3 people were

injured. It's astonishing only

3 because the Israeli Army new

bass we co-ordinated with them

that there were tankers full of

fuel in that compound. There

were 700 displaced people in

that compound, they had the GPS

cord naits of the compound.

They have done even before this

conflict started. Goodness

knows what would've happened if

any of that white phosphate

which came no our compound had

hit the fuel tankers, because

there would've been a much

mouch ch much worse tragedy. As

far as is this allegation of

white phosphorus is concern, as

a colleague of mine said in

Gaza, it looks like it, it

smells like it and it certainly

burns like it. There's little

doubt that white phosphorus was

used. This could've been so

much worse because there were

tankers there and 700 people

take ing shelter as

well? Exactly. Imagine if white

phosphorus had hit several

large fuel tankers that were

full of fuel? With 700 people

having taken refuge there? This

thhighlights the real - one of

the real tragedies about Gaza,

there is no real safe place in

Gaza, Gaza is unique in the

anals of human suffering in

that its conflict with a fence

round it, the fence was put

round about 10 years ago, then

came the embargo, the first

time in human history the first

time people... Then the air

attacks, then the ground

offensive. By anyone's

standards that is both

remarkable and extraordinary.

Thanks very much for talking

to us this morning. Here is how

you can contribute to ABC News

Breakfast - you can have your

say but sending emails

In other news - another bush

fire has broken out in New

South Wales overnight, this

time near the Blue Mountains.

Tough terrain has hampered

efforts to fight the blaze

started by a lightning strike.

Meanwhile fires that threatened

homes in the suburbs of cringe

and Londonderry have been

brought under control - in

Londonderry and Mt Ku-ring-gai. The Islamic

Council of Queensland has

called calls to ban burqas in

shops as bigoted and ignorant.

The debate was triggered by a

radio presenter who total

listener that is full face

veils were offensive in some

circumstances. The State

Retailers Association says it

supports a ban on head wear

including sunglasses and hood

youse which is aimed at

stopping thieves but Queensland's Acting Premier

Paul Lucas says the raidie

station should be wary of off

ending people. The Fijian

Attorney-General has criticised Australia and New Zealand over the amount of funding provided

in the wake flooding. The

Federal Government has been in

discussions with Fiji about

what help can be provided. So

far Australia has donated $150,000. Fiji estimates a

damage bill of $30 million,

there are fear that is figure

could rise to more than $100

million. Hillary Clinton rar

has been approved by a senate

committee to become the next US

Secretary of State. The

decision was made despite

concerns over the charitable

fundraising of her husband,

former President Bill Clinton.

Senator Clinton still has to be officially nominated and

confirmed by the full Senate, a

formality which will take place

shortly after Barack Obama's

peacekeep says inauguration. Peacekeep

Pakistan says its security

forces have closed five

training camps run by Lashkar

e-Toiba, the group blamed for

the recent Mumbai terrorist

attacks. 124 middle and top

level leaders of of a related

Islamic charity have been

arrested sense November. Pakistan has been under pressure to crackdown on terrorism in the wake of the

attacks which have led to a

straining of relations with

neighbouring India. The

Philippines Red Cross says 3 of

its aid workers have been

kidnapped on the southern holo

island. The 3 were in car on

their way to holo airport when

they were abducted by men

believed to be members of the

Abu sigh yef group. They were

driving away? A vehicle that

was from the Red Cross seethe

in Philippine. They were

stopped by unidentified armed

men and abducted. Military

officials have ied ied the

victims at a man from

Switzerland, an Italian answer

a fill pina. We appeal to

those who have taken them that

these are innocent

non-combatants and that the

Geneva convention provides

absolute were tection for

people like this doing

humanitarian work. The group

has staged several abductions

in recent months although to

date all the abductees have

been released usually after a

ransom has been paid. Fiji's

Government has made an appeal

for emergency funds to help its

cleanup effort in the wake of

massive flooding. At least 11

people have been killed.

Estimated 9,000 people are

living in emergency

accommodation. Matthew Brennan

is staying in Fiji and joins

us. Thank you for joining us on

the program this morning. Ghts

a pleasure. Where are you and

what situation are you in in

terms of the flood

waters? We're currently staying

at the nef iti resort on the

coral coast, about 9 o minute

out of Nadi. Where are the

flood waters in relation to

your situation new?

Where you are, are there lots

of tourists? How are they being

dealt with in this crisis?

Funnily enough, the resort is

not very full. We're a bit

surprised, there are quite a

few empty rooms, the dine ing

rooms aren't as full as I

would've expected. Flying in

Monday at the airport in Sydney

there was a sign up saying - we

suggest you should rethink your

plans to travel to Fiji because

of the situation. I would say a

few people have done that.

those that are here are being

treated well, there's plenty of

food and water at the nef iti.

Other resorts we've been told

are running out of water.

You're getting the impress

it's business as usual despite

what's going on? Pretty much.

Where we are. I can't speak for

Nadi. We haven't been there

since Monday. The place looked

pretty bad. There were craters

through all the roads where the

bitumen was washed away. Debris

was washed up against houses

and builds ings. The bridges

were OK to get people across.

You've been there since Monday

and watched this whole weather

system played out. Have you not

been tempted to leave at any

point? not really: The only bad

night we had was Wednesday

evening when the cyclone was

supposed to have arrived.

Reports were we got wind up to

just under 50 knots. That was

the worse we've had. It has

rained every day we've been here. Have no intention of

leaving just yet. Thank you for

joping us on the phone this

morning. The campaign against

alcohol fuelled violence and

anti-social behaviour in

Aboriginal communities appears

to Spencify with tough new

alcohol restrictionsing, 'The

Australian' newspaper is

reporting Western Australian

authorities are planning to

restrict alcohol sales across

the far north of the state.

Andrew O'Connor joins frus our

Perth newsroom. How is this ban

going to work? If the bans go a

head the restrictions will

intensify the limitations that

are already in place in Halls

Creek where there are already

severe restrictions on hotel

trading hours and the sale of

liquor such as cask wine and

battled spirits. The

restriction extend to the

so-called king browns, large

bottle ofs of beer and packaged

beer, doing it in areas right

across the Kimberley, towns

like Broome, Kununurra, the

intention is to cut off the

flow of full strength take away

alcohol. The alcohol which has

been consistent linked to a

whole range of social health

and law and order problems in

the Kimberley. The director of

liquor licencing has reviewed a

whole range of evidence and has

concluded basically whatever

the negative impacts of these

types of bans they would be

outweighed by the possible

social and health benefits. He

has given licensees in that

area about a month to come up with reasons why these bans

shouldn't be put in place in

the public interest. If they

can't they'll take effect.

He'll make a decision on that

towards the end of next

month. We've heard of bans

being introduced in Fitzroy

Crossing, there was evidence

they were working pretty

effectively? The bans have

worked quite effectively in

other towns but you have this

problem of sly grogging, the

practice where people buy

alcohol answerion sell it

illegal le agrotly inflated

prices. In Halls Creek a women

just before Christmas was

charged with sell ing a six

pack of of mixed drinks for

$50, more than double the

retrail price in Broome. Police

claim sly groggers have tried

to sell off packaged beer for

$107 a carten. $170 a carton.

Just turning to another story

today in the West, we've heard

over the last year or so about

all the problems at the West

Australian newspaper, there has

been another development

today? That's right. Paul

Armstrong, the controversial

editor who has been there since

2003 has his last day today as

reaching what has been

described as a mutual agreement

with the management. Mr

Armstrong was a colourful sort

of campaigning editor of the

West. There was a certain

inevitability about his

departure once Kerry Stokes

took over as chairman of the

board last month. Mr Stokes has

been very critical of the

paper's performance both

commercially and editorially. I

don't think it was any surprise

Mr Armstrong would ultimately

go with some sort of golden

handshake. Meantime Bob chrone

- chronen will be acting as the

newspaper's editor while they

search for a very critical of the p

and editorially. I don't think performance both commercially it was any surprise Mr Armstrong would ultimately go with some sort of golden handshake. Meantime Bob chrone - Cronin will be acting as the newspaper's editor while they search for a very critical of the p performance both commercially and editorially. I don't think it was any surprise Mr Armstrong would ultimately go with some sort of golden handshake. Meantime Bob chrone - Cronin will be acting as the newspaper's editor while they search for a replacement. Hamas militants were firing The UN has denied claims

from the UN compound before it

was hit. At least 3 staff are

injured, aid and medical

supplies were damaged.

Overnight rain and cooler

temperatures have made life easier for firefighters

battling a number of blazes in

and around Sydney. A bush fire

emergency is still in place

across New South Wales, the

latest fire to start was in the

Blue Mountains t was triggered

overnight by a lightning

strike. The Islamic Council of

Queensland says calls to ban

burqas in shops and banks are

bigoted and ignorant. The

debate was triggered by a

Brisbane radio presenter who

told listeners full face veils

were offensive in some

circumstances, the State

Retailers Association says it

supports a ban.

We're joined by professor

Greg Barton from Monash

university to talk about the

papers. What's caught your

eye? Mostly bad news. We start

with the front page of 'The

Age' in Melbourne, talking

about the need to baton down,

we're in the midst of an

economic storm, it's gonna get

worse. Losing 150 jobs a day,

the share market sliding here

and internationally and

consumer spending way

down. Pretty grim news. It was

just that 0.1% increase, but

everyone's - we've been talking

to Ben Worsley in Canberra

about that, about the

likelihood it is going to the

get a lot worse. 0.1% didn't

seem too bad. Yes, 0.1% stop

there would hardly matter

except for those who lost their

job but they're talking about

it possibly doubling. If those

predictions are true that's

pretty bad. It's rapped up too

in what's happening a round the

world, the US retail sales

down, the markets there

slumping. Everybody

panicking. That's right, we've

just had the big losses this

year. - on the stock exchange

yesterday, sliding on the New

York Exchange as well. That

December retail spending in the

US is critical season way down

as well. The Finn Review was

looking at this issue as

well? The Age takes the

domestic perspective. The Fin

Review takes a global

perspective. It says globally

it's grim every where. The link

for us is that particularly as

Americansroom buying Chinese

produck the Chinese don't need

as much of our metal and other

resources, it's hardly

optimistic in the short to

medium term. It was reporting

yesterday on the Argyle diamond

mine and the big job losses in

WA. That's right. The fact that

a diamond mine could close. is

incredible. The fact that we

thould commodity prices were

going to stay reasonably high

for a long time and they've

collapsed. That's drif.by

consumer demand. Going to 'The

Australian'. 'The Australian'

should be a jihad against authentic saying that there which is thought to be alleged Osama bin Laden tape about Obama's response to the somewhat positive. A story There is a story here that's has a couple of stories today. you have to ask why. Ststist true if he carelessly takes a tape against a mountain backdrop we can figure out where he S but there's plenty Israel because of the attacks in the Gaza Strip. So there is a suggestion now that Obama catch bin Laden. I think that's probably credible given this tape is an audio tape. If it his bin Laden he is not in good shape, presumably he doesn't want to be seen on video. The fact it's an audio tape is because physically he dumb want to present himself. You think that's a sign that physically he's probably very weak and he dumb want to be seen to be looking weak? Diminished? It's been a long time since we saw a videotape from bin Laden and of ways around that. He doesn't have to stand outside and show us his location. The official line is this awedr audio tape is a sign of diminished

influence rather than being a

cause of concern. So I think

the Barack Obama line is a

sensible response. As a keen

watcher of international

politics you must be pretty

excited about next week's

events? It's hard not to be

wound up with it. You have to

spare a thought for Barack

Obama and what's on his in-tray

when he comes into Office. He

has taken time to write an open

let tore his children before

next week. Yes, you have to admire

admire the guy's - just that

level of energy and

discipline.. if anyone seems

able to handle what's on his

table as he comes into the

Office would have to be this

guy. I don't know how I'd

function in his situation. I

don't think I'd be writing

letters to my daughter. It's a

good idea, great. But I'd be

curled up in a ball I

think. There has been something

in the Washington Post.

in the Washington Post. E, the

associate editor Bob Woodward,

the water gate story all those

years ago, has written 12 books

non-fiction boorks, the last 4

being all about the Bush

administration that involves

hours with Bush and thousands

of hours with key leaders. He

says every President lives in

the shadow of the unfinished

business of the previous

President. There are ten things we

we can learn. Want me to run

through some of

those? Sure. They're all very

sensible. First - presidents

set the tone. They shouldn't be

passive. In other words, they

have to lead. They are the

world's most influential. And

an important part of setting

that tone will be the

inauguration speech next

week. Absolutely What are you

expecting from that, just expecting from that, just

quickly? Um... This message of

hope has to be sustained. But

it has to be believable. He has

to address a nation that's in

for a long, hard period.

Somehow strike that balance

between being credible, giving

them confidence yet not sinking into

into despair. If he succumbs

to any pessimism it becomes a

self full-filling prophecy. He

has to be confident but

plausable. Woodward says about

lessons from the Bush

administration you have to tell

the truth as it is, you have to

be trens parent and be prepared

to put your stamp on things and

take your line. If there is any

deanger for Obama I think it's

his rhetoric sets the bar so high

high in erm its of expectation

that is there are likely to be

a lot of disappointed people

when he dumb reach those kind

of levels that he set for himself. It's a terrible bind,

isn't it. I think that's y he

has to modulate expectations

and the inauguration speech is

the beginning of that. In fact,

this response to the bin Laden

tape suggests already a degree of

of modulation. OK. The fact

that he now has a very strong,

it would seem, likely to be confirmed incoming Secretary of State in Hillary Clinton means

he can let some other members

of his team spell out the plans

and in a sense he can hem his

bets a little bit. Be their

baby... Spread the responsibility. We're gonna

have to leave it there for the

moment. Thanks. You can watch

all of ABC News Breakfast streamed live every morning.

Now with sport here is Paul

Kennedy. Lleyton Hewitt's run

at the Sydney International has

come to an end. David

Nalbandian beat the Australian

7-6, 7-5 to progress to the

semifinals. Hewitt will turn

his attention now to the ap.

His form has been good since returning from

returning from injury. Elena

Dementieva and Dinara Safina

are through to the final of the

Sydney International. Elena

Dementieva beat Serena Williams

in straight sets. Williams has

struggleded to win matches

since she arrived in Australia

and was outplayed

comprehensively. The Russian

won 6-3, 6-1. In the other

semifinal, Safina outclassed

Japan's Ai Sugiyama 6-4, 7-6.

Michael Clarke will play for

Australia in the match against

South Africa at the MCG today

despite a sore thumb. He

batteded well in the nets

yesterday and will take any

discomfort he still has into

the game. It means power

hitting newcomer David Warner

will miss out. The 22-year-old

was placed on standby for the match.

match., there was some suggestion the Twenty20 matches

are going to be undermining the

one dayers. Is the interest

though is still there at the moment? Zi think people are

still pretty interested. It was

such a gruelling test campaign

that even lovers of Test

cricket like myself are happy

to settle back and watch a bit

of 50-over cricket. Is it a bit

easier to digest? It is. easier to digest? It is. It's

not - you don't get your

expectations so high. I think

the Twenty20s are catching on.

There is some commentary in the

paper it's the end of an era,

the 50-over game is going out.

It might be a bit early to make

that call. I think there is

some merit in it. I think

Twenty20 is captured particularly

particularly the families

attention, young kids can go to

the game rather than the 50

overs. Earlier this week

Matthew Hayden was all for it.

He suggested it. parents like taking kids for

taking kids for the 3 hours

rather than the 6 hours. Here

is Vanessa O'Hanlon with the

weather. Cairns so far recorded

563mm. That's compared to the

average of 385 and there is a

lot more on the way. A massive

cloud over western Queensland

is producing rain and the odd

storms. A cloud band pushing

over Tasmania and southern

Victoria with a cold front is

bringing showers. A weak

monsoon trough that's still

sitting around the tropical

area is causing more thundery

rainfall, another trough will

generate hot northerly s in

southern Queensland and

northern New South Wales with

the odd storm. Cooler southerly

wind behind the trough will

affect New South Wales and the

south-east. The high here will

keep South Australia dry.

Queensland is suspecting rain

to slowly move North no the

Herbert region. fine about the

south of the State. New South

Wales - isolated showers and

storms in the north-east,

isolated showers developing

later in the day along the

southern and central coasts. In

Victoria, isolated showers in

the southment fine and mostly

sunny in the north.

Hot easterly wind over the

south of the Territory. Ahead

to the weekend - wind y with

showers in Brisbane.

Not a bad start to the

weekend. We've been having a

bit of a discussion this

morning on this Queensland

morning on this Queensland talk

about a possible ban on wearing

burqas in shops. Sun Geran has

twittered in -

We've got a message from

Mabster... ? Coming up -

? Coming up - the latest

developments on the situation

in Gaza.

Israel bombs the UN compound

in Gaza damaging aid and

medical supplies as negotiators

continue to argue over the

details of a ceasefire.

Overnight rain helps

firefighters gain control of 3

major fires continuing to burn

in and around Sydney. Islamic

leaders in Queensland slam

calls to ban all head wear

including burqas in shops as bigoted and ignorant. And

Lleyton Hewitt gets knocked out

in Sydney and packs his bags

for Melbourne where the Australian Open draw is released this morning.

released this morning. Good

morning, it's Friday 16th

January. I'm Joe O'Brien. I'm

Tamara Oudyn. The top story - the UN Secretary General Ban

Ki-moon has called for answers

from Israel after the United

Nations compound in Gaza was

shelled for a second time. At

least 3 aid workers were

injured and aid and medical

supplies damaged. Israel's

Prime Minister has apologised

for the attack saying that

Israeli forces were responding

to Hamas militants who were

launching attacks from the UN

site. The UN has refuted that

claim. Meanwhile, Hamas

officials say that the Hamas

Interior Minister has been

killed in an Israeli air

strike. Correspondent Philip

Williams reports from

Jerusalem. There were hopes

today would see a breakthrough.

Instead it saw more blood shed.

(Explosion) As Israeli forces

pushed deeper into Gaza City,

there was intense fighting. And

more casualties. Including

journalists struck by shell

fire that smashed into TV

offices. Also hit, the United

Nations aid agency

headquarters, vital supplies

destroyed. A very unfortunate situation here in the UN

compound in Gaza. Our

warehouses have been hit by

some type of explosive and have

caught alight. The fire has

spread from the workshops by

the oil, and spread to the

warehouses, one by one the

warehouses are going up, we're

now trying to build a buffer

zone between the warehouses and

the offices to try and stop the

offices. We've lost all our

food and all our medicine to

this fire. We need the shelling

to stop. That's what we need -

the shelling is inside the

compound. At the very same

time, the UN Secretary-General

Ban Ki-moon was in Jerusalem

peace, but first he had to deal meeting Israeli leaders urging

with the attack at the UN in

Gaza. I had the telephone talk

with the Defence Minister

before I began my meeting with

the Foreign Minister. Defence

Minister Barak said to me pt

was a grave mistake and he took

it very seriously. He assured

me that extra attention will be

paid to the UN facilities and

staff and that this should not

be repeated. The Israeli Prime

Minister apologise ed for the

shelling but said his forces

came under attack from the UN

building. Absolutely true that

we were attack from that place,

but the consequences were

very... Ban Ki-moon's more gen

message for both sides was

clear. The time has come for

the violence to stop and for us

to change fundamentally the

dynamics in Gaza and to pursue

again the peace talks for a

two-state solution which is the

only road to lasting security

for Israel. We don't have any

more time to lose. We must end

the civilian suffering now. The

response was more violence.

Rockets inflicted more

casualties in Israel. The

Israeli government adamant the

conflict is all the fault of

Hamas. And Hamas that controls

Gaza Strip is an obstacle not

only for Israel but in the way

for the Palestinians to create

a state of their own. they're

responsible to the situation in

Gaza, to the loss of life of

Palestinians as well and to the

humanitarian situation in Gaza

as well. On a hill near the

Gaza border people come to

watch the violence in relative

safety. A clear view of an

unfolding horror that's drawing

increasing condemnation from

around the world. But for all

the frustration and anger the

war continues and the world

must sit and watch and wait and

hope for an early end to this

killing. Hospitals in Gaza City

have also been shelled today,

including one run by the

Palestinian Red Crescent

Society. The international

economy of the Red Cross says

such attacks are unacceptable.

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