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(generated from captions) The Prime Minister concedes

more funds may be needed to

meet his ambitious homelessness

target. The US toughens its

stance on Zimbabwe, saying

Robert Mugabe has lost touch

with reality and needs to step

down. Iraqi MPs are ready to

support a bill that allows

Australian soldiers to continue

serving in Iraq serving in Iraq until next July. And Ricky Ponting flags

changes to the bowling attack

for the Boxing Day Test after

yesterday's defeat to South Africa.

This Program is Captioned

Live.

Good morning, it's Monday,

22 December, I'm Joe O'Brien. And I'm Virginia

Trioli. The top story on 'ABC

News Breakfast', the Prime

Minister Kevin Rudd has

promised to reassess whether

further funding is needed to

properly implement the

Government's new homelessness

strategy. The Federal option

says the Government is missing

the point saying the key to

preventing homelessness is

keeping people in their

jobs. Mr Rudd plans to halve by

2020 the 100,000 declared

homeless every year. His plan

including building 50,000

rental homes for low and

moderate income earners, and

3,000 homes for people who are

homeless or at risk of

homelessness. One, turning off

the tap - better prefference of

homelessness, it's actually --

prevention of homelessness,

it's intervening to make sure

people don't step into the

abyss, it's harder to gt out of

it once you have that problem.

There's a series of practical

actions that can be taken at

that level. The second is improving expanding services

for those that are homeless.

That's where we see so much of

the great work done here at

psych of Mission. Thirdly, breaking the

psych of of homelessness, once

-- cycle of homelessness, once

people have been assisted and supported to get their lives

back together, to get the step

out enabling them to break the

cycle. Kevin Rudd speaking at

the announcement. Ben Worsley

joins us now from Canberra for

more. The issue of homelessness

in Australia was a key

political and philosophical

planks of Kevin Rudd's policy

proposals during the election campaign, what's he saying that

he wants to do. It is - it does

seem central to his outlook,

and it's one of those areas

that always attracts sort of

cynical assessment, and I

suppose Bob Hawke has a lot to

do with that, in his famous

pledge in 1987 to end child

poverty by 1990. He regrets

that himself as a silly target

to set yourself. Now, Kevin

Rudd has obviously learnt from

that, he - the benchmark for

the time to achieve his goal

for a start is 12 years later,

when, you know, you wouldn't

expect him to still be Prime

Minister. But it's also - this

policy also has more nuts and

bolts to it, more money put

towards it, and more of a plan

for success, and you have to

say it's been overwhelmingly

welcomed by those working with

homeless people in Australia.

So at its crux is to substantially increase

emergency housing for people,

but also to try and stop people

ending up on the streets, and

that's what Kevin Rudd is

pointing to, is the departure from previous homeless policy

in Australia, that there's a

lot of money put towards

helping people who come out of

care or institutions so they

don't end up on the streets.

That's what he's talking about,

that turning off the tap. But

as you say, you know, he's left

the door open for more

spending, it is - it's a vast

issue for a Government to deal

with, but, you know, one he's

taken the first step. It was

the first white paper his Government announced. We shouldn't be fooled into

thinking yesterday was about shouldn't be fooled into

new stuff. This was announced

at COAG, but was buried under

the attention given to the

global financial crisis. Take

us through the money involved

then, Ben. $800 million will be

split between the Commonwealth

and the States towards housing.

Now- sorry, towards the

improvement of services for

homeless people. The $400

million making up the 1.2 goes

towards the housing that Kevin

Rudd is referring to in his

speech. So, look, some of that

is simply cheap public housing,

some of that is housing

directed directly for people

who are deemed at risk of being

at the street. Some is going to

indigenous housing, around

4,200 houses will be built. Now, there's also going Now, there's also going to be

more than 2,000 new services

provided for people deemed at

risk, children who are

identified through the welfare

system, at being at risk of

ending up on the streets. Kevin

Rudd, in many of his policies,

health particularly, and also

in this area of welfare,

identifies prevention as being

obviously the way to go about

dealing with these problems. It

hasn't been immune from criticism. The Opposition says

there should be more of an

emphasis in creating employment

in the general community to

stop people ending up on the

streets, but also some welfare

groups criticised the

Government for quarantining

welfare payments for people who

breached welfare conditions,

saying that will end up adding

to the number of people who

don't have homes. The

Government isn't completely

immune from criticism on this

policy front. A number of

people speaking to us about the

White Paper and policy

announced yesterday including

from the Government and Opposition, we'll take those

arguments as they come to us

this northern. Changing tackts

slightly on another top There

are -- tackts slightly, there

are reports in some of the

papers, the relevantly recent

razor gangs, Tony Blair not

that omed. Resurrected by --

it's not that old. Resurrected

by Kevin Rudd. We have razor

gang one. I'll see that

movie Who would star as Lindsey

Tanner. Let's not go

there. Razor gang one was

supposed to wind up at the end

of this year. Ordering to

Lindsey Tanner in 'The

Australian', it will continue I

its work over the next few

months until

ALL: Ministers deliver the

Budget submission -- until all Minister deliver the Budget

submission, wish list to the

Government. The Government in

the last couple of months

announced spending of around

$39 billion, so something has

to give. The idea of this razor

gang part three, I suppose, is

to find where, you know, any

remaining excesses can be

trimmed, so all the Ministers

have been told to find areas of

trimming before their Budget submissions otherwise they

won't be getting any Christmas

pudding, I suppose. It is the

next step along the way to a

very difficult Budget. There's

a good line in the 'Sydney

Morning Herald' that Treasury

officials, is it says, "Are

currently pouring over the

Government's finances trying to

work out the appropriate time

to let Wayne Swan know that the

Government's coffers are in

deficit", that's a phone call I wouldn't like to have to

make. A new kind of Government

deficit watch now, one that

doesn't require funding. Good

to chat to you, thanks. If

you'd like to send us your

feedback on stories we are

covering, you can: ? In other

news the US shifts its stance

towards Zimbabwe's power

sharing arrangement, and is actively calling on President

Robert Mugabe to resign, the US

backed the power sharing dill

between Robert Mugabe and

Morgan Tsvangirai reached in

September. With inflation out

of control and cholera

spreading rapidly the US says

the arrangement failed and

Mugabe must go. Iraqi MPs say

they have reached a compromise

allowing troops from Australia,

Britain and other foreign

countries to stay in Iraq until

next July. MPs say they'll pass

a resolution giving Baghdad the

authority to sign bilateral

deals with individual nations.

The UN mandate allowing foreign

troops to be in Iraq expires at

the end of the year. Australia

has 800 soldiers there. The

holiday road toll has risen to

14 after another two deaths in

NSW overnight. A motorcyclist

was killed in a collision with

a bus on the State's mid North

Coast and a 34-year-old

Queensland man died when his

truck rolled in Coffs Harbour.

In Victoria - there's been four

lives lost on the roads since

Friday, in Queensland 2, in the

Northern Territory one, and one

in WA. Two luxury hotels hit in

last month's Mumbai terror

attacks have reopened for

business. About 80 guests and

staff of the Trident Hotel and

the Taj Mahal Palace Hotels

were killed in what's known as

India's September 11. A

spokesman for the hotels say

all visible signs of the

attacks have been removed,

including bullet holes in the walls. Ceremonies have been

held in Britain and the United

States to mark the 20th

anniversary of the bombing of

Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie in

Scotland. 259 people aboard the

London to New York, and 11 on

the ground were killed when

explosives inside a suitcase in

the 747s hold detonated. A

former Libyan intelligent agent

was convicted over the bombing

in 2001, and is serving life in

prison. When Joe Biden is sworn

in as America's next

Vice-President next month it's unlikely he'll seek advice from

his predecessor. Speaking on

US television Senator Biden

accused Dick Cheney of abusing

his power, damaging America's

place in the world. Vice-President Dick Cheney said

his use of power was in line

with the constitution and vital

to the war on terror. I think

the recommendations, the advice

that he has given to President

Bush, and maybe advice to

President already had decided

on before he got it, I am not

making that judgment, has been

not healthy for our foreign

policy, not healthy for

national security, and it has

not been consistent with our

constitution, in my view. His

notion of a unitary executive,

meaning that in time of war essentially all power, you

know, impose to the executive,

I think, is dead wrong, I think

he was mistaken. I think that

it cost this administration in

adopting that notion to

overstep its constitutional

bounds, but at a minimum to

weaken our stand in the world,

and weaken our security. If

he wants to diminish the office of Vice-President, that's

obviously his goal. I think

that President-elect Obama will

decide what he wants in a

Vice-President, and apparently,

from the way they are talking

about it, he does not expect

him to have as consequential a

role as I have during my time.

The fact of the matter is that

especially given the kind of

conflict we are faced with

today, we find ourselves in a

situation where I believe you need strong executive

leadership. What we did in this

administration is to exert that

kind of authority, we did it in

a manner that I believe, and

the lawyers that we looked to

for advice believed was fully

consistent with the

constitution, and with the laws

of the land, and there's ample

precedent for. When you think

about what Abraham Lincoln did

during the civil war, he went

behind anything we have done in

the global war on terror. Dick

Cheney speaking a moment ago or

hours ago on the US programs

overnight It's usual in these

situation, where there's a

change of Government, that

there's a degree of the

civility between the changing

administrations but Joe Biden

wasn't pulling punches He's

echoing criticisms made in the

last number of years, in a

number of good books looking at

the number of executive decisions that that administration, and Dick Cheney

in particular, that allowed no

scrutiny whatsoever. Times are

going to change with the new

admin. It shows how deep the

divisions are in the US between

the red and the blue, resulting

after the last election. A critical incident investigation

team is examining the circumstances surrounding the

police shooting of a woman?

Sydney's Westover the weekend.

It's alleged a 48-year-old wom

armed with a knife lunged at a

police officer who fired

several shots. The woman is in

a serious but stable position,

and the shooting led to renewed calls for operational police in

NSW to be trained in the use of

taser stun-guns, Charlotte

Glennie joins us now from

Sydney. Good morning, take us

through what happened overnight This incident

actually happened in the early

ours of yesterday morning,

around 1:30 yesterday morning,

police were called to an

address in Parramatta where it

is Adelaide that a 48-year-old

woman and 23-year-old man were

fighting. According to police

the woman lunged at them with a

knife, and then police used

capsicum spray to try to subdue

her, which didn't work. At that

point the woman was shot by a

junior officer several times,

we understand, and in the

chest, and is now in hospital

in a serious condition. This

whole incident has raised

concerns about the fact that

the police involved didn't have

any access to taser guns, they

just had police issue pistols,

and no officer on duty this

that whole area that night had

a taser gun, and the NSW Police

association says that this is

yet another reason to - showing

that taser guns are really

needed in these kind of

situations, because police

don't want the risk of fatally

hurting someone, the Police

Association says that taser

guns are that much more safe,

the non-lethal possession. It's

a remark -- option. It's a

reminder about the story of the

shooting death of a 15-year-old

boy in Melbourne last week in a

similar circumstance, where

police were called to the scene

and he lunged at them with a

knife. What is the situation,

Charlotte in NSW, in relation

to taser guns, are they allowed

to be used by NSW Police, are

they readily available to them

at all. Unlike in Victoria

there's more use of taser stun

guns here in NSW, but they are

limited in terms of their

availability. They are only

available to senior officers.

In the past they've only been

available to officers in

special commant positions such

as tactical -- command

positions such as tactical

units or the riot squads,

there's a plan in NSW to make

them more readily available

after police go through

rigorous training in their use,

although the State Premier

Nathan Rees is resisting calls

by the Opposition at the moment

to make guns - that the

Opposition wants the stun-guns

available to all front-line

police in New South Wales, and

that is something the Premier

is not prepared to do at this stage, because he says there

are risks still associated with

the guns, that if they did

cause anybody to die, there'd

be a lot of questions about

that. He wants more

investigations about them.

Before they are readily

available. Thank you, we'll

talk later this morning. And

now to the front pages of the major newspapers around the country. 'The Australian' says

Government spending will be

slashed in an effort to deal with the global financial

crisis, as we talked about

earlier. The paper says

Ministers will propose areas

where spending can be cut so

the Government can deliver to

priority areas, including to

pensioners and low income earners. The Australian

securities exchange is

investigating reforms to

provide flexibility for share

market listed companies rushing

to raise funds to replenish

balance sheets according to the 'Financial'. 'The Age' - international students in

Victoria are underpaid and

exploited in the work place

according to a State Government

inquiry. 'The Sun' is saying

that cricket captain Ricky

Ponting is under pressure after

Australia's loss to South

Africa yesterday. The paper

reports the Brumby Government

will clamp council on rogue

rave operators after 30 people

suffered life threatening drug

overdoses. A Sydney grandmother

is challenging police's account

of a shooting reports the

'Sydney Morning Herald'.

Nursing homes also to face

tougher surveillance after the

rise in residents going hungry

and thirsty. A NSW top cop

accused two motorcycle gangs of

fighting like little girls reports 'The Daily Telegraph', opening a discussion I don't

know how to begin. The paper

shows a picture of a 6-year-old

boy who is spending his first

Christmas at home after many

years in hop. The Adelaide

'Advertiser' says Government

schools will introduce an

invoice system distinguishing

compulsory and voluntary school

fees after confusion. 'The

Northern Territory News'

reports that a man pleading not

guilty to possessing 70 ecstasy tablets thought the pills were

birth control tablets for his dog. 'The Canberra Times' shows

an image of a bodyboarder on

the NSW South Coast running

amok there. The paper reports

that the Federal Government's

$1 toy 2 billion homelessness

White Paper leaves people

falling through the cracks

because mental health is not

addressed. 'The West

Australian' says doctors are

prescribing powerful

antidepressants to children at

twice the national average. 35

infants under the age of 4 were

given the drug last financial

year. Hobart 'Mercury' reports Christmas shoppers spent 10%

more than last year despite the

economic crisis. The 'The

Courier Mail' shows an image of

a Gold Coast lifesaver rescuing

fellow club members caught up

in rough conditions, and

reports that Queensland

Ministers enjoy perks, such as

$30 a month for bottled water

in their limousines. It's a

tough life. The top stories an 'ABC News Breakfast'. Prime

Minister Kevin Rudd concedes

further funding may be needed

to properly implement the

Government's new homelessness

strategy. Mr Rudd committed to

halving the number of homeless

by 2020 by building 50,000

affordable rental homes for low

and moderate income earners,

and 3,000 homes for the

homeless. The US policy an

Zimbabwe shifts dramatically

with the super power calling

for President Robert Mugabe to

resign. The US originally

backed a power sharing deal

between Mugabe, and Opposition Leader Morgan Tsvangirai, but

they now say the arrangement

has failed. Iraqi MPs say they

are ready to back a bill

allowing Australian and British

soldiers to stay in Iraq until

next July. MPs say they'll pass

a resolution giving Baghdad the

authority to sign bilateral

deals with individual nations.

The head of the International

Monetary Fund warns that 2009

will be really bad for the

global Sydney. Dominique

Strauss-Kahn says his

organisation plans to revise

its global economic growth

forecast next month, saying it

will be a dark outlook. He's

called on Governments around

the world to release a further

$1.8 trillion in financial

stimulus packages in order to

avoid a global recession. To

finance - Wall Street is

slightly down despite news that

US President-elect Barack Obama

plans to expand his economic

stimulus package with the aim

of creating 3 million new jobs.

In a few minutes Vanessa

O'Hanlon will be here with a

look at the weather. Ahead a

review of the papers, and this

morning we are joined by

academic and author Waleed

Ally. With sport here is Paul

Kennedy, what about the run

chase. It was incredible.

South Africa's record run chase

in Perth created pressure on

Australian players, and, of

course, the selectors. Young

Proteas Ab De Villiers, and JP

Duminy took the tourists to

victory after Graeme Smith's

powerful century on Day 4. The

Proteas lead the 3-Test series

1-0. Graeme Smith's first Test

century against Australia put

the tourists in a solid

position at stumps with a day

to play, the captain falling

for 108 as Mitchell Johnson

claimed his 10th wicket for the

match, the Proteas finished

3/227. I'm certainly way ahead

of the game in what I

expected. South Africa began

the final day in need of 187

runs for a memorable Victoria

on a fifth-day pitch keeping

low of the Jacques Kallis

scoring his second 50, he and

Ab De Villiers produced a 100

run stand. The second new ball

was taken, it didn't change the Proteas's aggressive approach.

Ab De Villiers posted his

second half century of the Test. The target was down to

111 when Australia's main

strike bowler drew Jacques Kallis into a loose

shot Mitchell Johnson has

broken the spell. The second

session started with the

Proteas 92 runs from victory,

Australia went in pursuit of

six wickets. Both

dressing-rooms were feeling the

pressure I'm a bit toey, we'd

like a wicket. On debut JP

Duminy used his feet to the

spin of Jason Krejza to good

effect. A handy six. Ab De

Villiers brought up his triple

figures in sublime

fashion. What a 100. That is

about as good as it gets. As

the Proteas closed in on a

brilliant win, JP Duminy scored

his maiden 50 and hit the

winning runs. South Africa, a

chase down 414. What a famous

victory that is for South

Africa. Both teams have a few

days to get ready for the

second Test in Melbourne. And

Graeme Smith was cool after the

game, celebrating without

Ponting suggested changes might getting carried away. Ricky

be needed for the Boxing Day

Test claiming his team has

several passengers at the

moment. Easiest way to describe

is is the way we felt after

addressed ourselves saying, Mitchell's super spell, we

"This is what we want to go,

put the peg in the ground again

going forward", to see the team

from our perspective do that

again, come back and put our

peg in the ground with good

skill and character, finishing

it off today with two of our

young boys at the crease with 100-run partnership, winning

the game, for me as captain

that's incredible feel. We talk

about the different emotions of

the two teams, you have 40 to

go, as a batting team you

don't leave anything to think, "We have to make sure we

chance", the fielding team is

thinking, "The game is gone",

it's the nature of the occasion

that you never really think

about it. I started relaxing

once JP settled in, and once AB

sort of was cruising in the

back-end of the innings there I

started to relax a little

more. You know, I was

reasonably happy with 414 as a

target for those guys to chase,

but saying that Really think we

had an opportunity to play them

out of the game and bat them

out of the game with our second

innings, and, you know, whether

we weren't good enough there

skills wise or mentally we

weren't in the right place to

do that, occupy the crease and

build a second-innings total, I

am not sure. But 319, as it

turned out was nowhere near

enough in the second innings.

As history of the game shows,

you'll win more than you lose

with 400 plus on the board

going into the fifth day or

fourth innings of a Test. It's

a worry we weren't good enough

to take 20 wickets in this test

and only to take four in the

fourth innings is very

disappointing for everybody.

Some of our cricket has been

really good. Some of the guys

in this Test have done amazing

things individually, Mitchell

Johnson performance is

outstanding, he was the only

one through the game ta looked

like taking a wicket. Andrew

Symonds had a good game,

Matthew Hayden, Michael Clarke

had a reasonable game. Simon

Katich had a good game, when

you have that many guys having

good games and you lose, it

shows up that the rest of the

guys didn't have much of a contribution. Yes, we have to

think about the bowlers in the

side at the moment and the

style of bowlers in the side at

the moment. Weather conditions

we'll be confronted in

Melbourne and Sydney, work out

if they are the best guys to

win the next few knams, if not,

we'll make changes -- games, if

not we'll make changes. There

were three Premier League

games:

Let's have a look at the

highlights. He gets it. Chance for West Brom.

. City with the throw. Flick

on. What an effort. What a

goal. Great power he's showing

for a back heel, bringing it

down beautifully, taking a

slight deflection on the way

through. Agonisingly could

Carson do better there, do you

think? Good cross. Yes. He's

done it. Tony kept him on, and

it looks like he scored the

winner. West Brom 2, Manchester

City 1. Fought by nazry, van

Persie, wonderful finish. Robin

Van Persie for Arsenal. No more

than that. Scores splendidly.

What a strike from Robbie

Keane. Boy that would improve his life.

his life.

Manchester United won the

world club cup in Japan, it was

a frustrating evening for the

Red Devils against the South

American champions. Both sides

were unable to score until the

73rd minute. Then it was Wayne

Rooney to the rescue as United

took the game 1-0, lifting one

of the few trophies to have

alluded it. Sir Alex Fergusson

achieved a treble. English,

European and world champions.

Cricketers and tennis players

have to come up with ways to

stay cool over the summer

months - here in Australia, not

in America. Check out this

football game between the New

England Patery ots and Arizona

cardinals Ever played in a game

like this. Footing is an issue

in the goal line, for defensive

line men. . It is huge, down

here they have astroturf,

depending on your shoes, you

have to dig in and get your

legs, look at the ball. You

want to come off with the ball,

get the edge, the penetration

for the for the backfield. New

England's 21-0 against Arizona.

Too much snow in Arizona. You

are waiting for play to start

and everyone to run and fall

flat on their face. Incredible

they play through it. What

colour is the ball. Who knows? Ricky Ponting's

criticism of the bowlers was

pointed saying Mitchell Johnson

looked like the only guy to

take a wicket. He took 11 out

of 14. Brett Lee, he said, is

under pressure as well. It will

be an interesting time in the

next three days. The problem

is Lee didn't leak runs like

the other two did. Siddle and

Jason Krejza seemed to be

fodder for South Africa. So -

but they've put their faith

into Peter Siddle and Jason

Krejza . How do you dump them

straightaway. They mentioned

Doug Bollinger might come into

the frame, the left armer from

yesterday against South NSW taking six wickets

Australia. They'll have to

weigh up whether to bring Doug

Bollinger in, or Hilfenhaus

from Tasmania, how do you dump

the guys you brought in and Brett Lee. 'ABC News Breakfast'

can be watched live on the web

from anywhere in Australia. Go

to our web site:

Now here is Vanessa O'Hanlon

with the weather. Good morning,

the Weather Bureau predicts

former Tropical Cyclone Billy

could reform tonight. The

tropical low expected to

reintensify moving off the

coast later today. There's a

cyclone warning from Kalumburu

to Cockatoo Island, and a cyclone watch from Cockatoo

Island to Broome, and a flood

watch for the northern

Kimberley. Looking at the

satellite - heavy rain and

monsoonal rain falling because

of thick cloud over the

Kimberley and top end,

extending obvious eover the

eastern causing odd storms over

Southern Queensland. Patchy

cloud over South Australia and

eastern WA. A trough bringing a

change to South Australia, odd

showers and storms for

Tasmania, Victoria and NSW.

Queensland - isolated afternoon

and evening storms about the

northern tropics and inland.

NSW - isolated showers clearing

from the far North Coast. Hot

and humid with showers in the

west and south-west. In

Victoria - isolated showers and thunderstorms, extending across

the state, warm to hot, strong

gale force northerly winds,

summer arrived in Melbourne.

Tasmania isolated light showers

in the west, fine apart from

the chance of an afternoon

storm in the south. Summary day

for Hobart. In South Australia

- isolated showers over the

north-west pastoral north-west

Woomera and west coast district

north of Cook, in WA - the

southern part, the chance of a

few showers for Eucla and Albany, sunny for the rest of

the south, and up to the north

a flood watch current for the

Northern Kimberley. Showers and

storms north of Elliot, squally

monsoonal about the Top End.

Tomorrow:

See you in half an hour.

You are watching 'ABC News

Breakfast', the whaling chase

in the Southern Ocean is on

again. Anti-whaling activists

claim an advantage after

already discovering the

Japanese whaling fleet as the

season gets under way. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

says it intercepted a Japanese

ship in the Australian

Antarctic economic exclusion

zone at the end of last week,

Paul Watson is the captain of the Sea Shepherd Conservation

Society the 'Steve Irwin', and

joins us on the phone from the

Antarctic. Paul Watson good

morning. When did you come

across this ship, what

happened? We came across the

initial around Marru, and the

nooush around Marru two days

ago in the morning, they were

in the Australian economic

exclusion zone off the coast of

territory, we have been

pursuing them, and we chased

them about 300 miles. Is it

illegal for these ships to be

in the Australian zone at

all? There was a court order, a

Federal Australian court order

a year ago that prohibits them

specifically from killing

whales in the Australian

territorial waters, so they are

in contempt of that order. They

are in violation of

international law because they

are chasing an endangered

speesies in a whaling

sanctuary. How far away from

the ships, from you, are they

now? Well, we are right on

their tale, we chased them

about 300 miles, it's been horrendous weather conditions

for the last day. That is over

now. They'll keep running, as

long as they are running they

are not killing whales. Last

year we didn't catch them this

early, we are hoping we'll have

a larger impact on their quota

and profits this year an

last. You'll continue to follow

them. If they come across

whales, and try to hunt them

down, what will you do. They

are not going to kill you

whales while we are after them.

They'll run from us, if they

try to kill whales, we'll be on

them and make life miserable

for them if they do. How will

you do that? Well, we have a

number of tactics, we device

our tactics where it won't hurt

anybody, it makes it difficult

for them to work. We hit them

with water bombs, making

everything sticky, cellulose

making the decks slippery, we

harass them, get in their way,

block them. I have not seen

them killing whales the entire

time I have been down here over

the last five years, because

when we show up they run and

stop whaling. We remember shots

of two of your members boarding

the ships. What happened to the

court action against the people. There was no court

action, we are in a

no-man's-land, the governments

refuse to uphold international

law and Australia is refusing

to uphold their own law in

these territory. Australia's

argument is Japan hasn't

recognised Australian

Antarctical orders, then again

they didn't recognise

sovereignty in 1942. If you declare sovereignty over a

place you should be prepared to

defend it. You shouldn't have

people going in doing what they

want, killing whales. Will you

be trying to put more of your

people on board Japanese ships

this season. It's a possible

tactic. Japan said that they

would take anybody back to

Japan and charge them, and I

think that would put the

Australian Government in a

difficult position. If

Australian citizens are taken from the Australian territory

in chains back to Japan, trying

to defend whales from illegal

whaling activityise, it's a

complegs international legal

issue. Dismr complex

international legal

issue. Thank you for talking

tous. Here is how you can

contribute: us. Here is how

you can contribute: Convicted

terrorism supporter David Hicks

is spending his first days as a

free man but is not satisfied.

It's believed he wants his

terrorism conviction quashed

and his name cleared. Matthew

Smithins us from the Adelaide newsroom. Good morning, looks

like David Hicks wants to erase

the past. Most definitely. The

first step in all of this was

making sure Australian Federal Police didn't extend the control order that has been

placed for a year, and saw him

have a nightly curfew, have to

report to police twice a week, not being able to travel

interstate without permission,

he was successful when Federal

Police announced that would not

be extended. Now he told his

poster he's wondering whether

the election of Barack Obama,

and his plans to shut doun

Tracy Gahan raises questions

about the legality -- shut down

Tracy Gahan, raises questions

about the league atty The first

critical step, it seems , to

him getting free of all this is

that in order to be completely

released from the overview of

the Federal Police, he has to

comply with one final interview

with them. That's right. It was

a longstanding request to be

interviewed by Australian

Federal Police. That was part

of the plea bargain he agreed

to which eventually saw him

released. His Adelaide based

lawyer David McLeod says he's

not ready to go through with

that interview, he's receiving

psychiatric treatment, but it's

something he may do in the

future. If he gunt doesn't,

there's little chance any

action will be taken. Thank you

so much. The Australian navy

had to provide assistance to a

second yacht in the Southern

Ocean involved in the

round-the-world race. HMAS

'Arunta' picked up a French

sailor Yann Elies, who broke

his leg needing medical

treatmentment the commander

said it then went to the aid of

a British sailor, Mike Golding

who lost the mast from his yacht. Andrew O'Connor joins

us. When is it likely Jan is

going to get to -- Yann Elies

is going to get to WA. They are

steaming back to WA. He's been

stabilised, he's in a serious

but stable condition, but is

being made comfortable. The

boat could arrive back in

Fremantle in early afternoon eastern time. eastern time. We expect to hear

more from the commander Steven

bow water about the rescue, he

told us the French sailor was

in danger of dying had he not

received medical assistance. He

had been immobilised for 72

hours, it was a timely,

successful rescue. With the

whaling over the Christmas

period, the rescue of yachtsman

in the Southern Ocean is a bit

of a regular during this time

of year. What is the cost of

this, and is there any

suggestion that the race

organisers or the people who

are being rescued will help

meet those costs? I don't think

there's any suggestion at the

moment that they'll help meet

the costs, Joe. These questions

have been raised over the last

10 years, really. Back in 1995

there was Isobelle Autissier,

rescued about 1,500km south-west of Adelaide. The

cost of that rescue, about $1

million. Then there was Thiery

Dubois, and Tony Bullimore

rescued in January 199 #. I

gain the cost ran into

millions. I think Australia's

obligations in these matters

are clear, there's a couple of

international conventions

making us responsible for going

to the aid of anyone in

distress in a vast area of 53

million square kilometres,

seven times the size of

continental Australia. So if

that happens Australia is

obliged really to go to the aid

of people which it's done in

this particular case. Now,

whether or not the sig gnat ris

to those conventions envies

imed we'd dispatch naval assets

to rescue racers, I don't know. I remember with Isobelle

Autissier, they didn't know the

cost of launching a rescue,

they did no what the cost

wouldn't be, that's her life, a price no responsible nation is

prepared to pay. To North

Melbourne, and paramedics

express concern over a series

of drug overdoses among

party-goers at a rave in the

weekend. More than 30 attended

the dance party at Festival

hill, more than 30 of them

required treatment after taking

the party drug GHB. Lisa

Maksimovic joins us from

Melbourne. Lisa, what do the

police understand went on at

that dance party. Well, I'm

here at Festival Hall where it

took place on Saturday night.

It really was a horror night

for paramedics and police, as

you mentioned 30 young people,

we are talking teenagers to

people in their early 20s were

overdosing on this drug, GHB.

It was apparently a bad batch

of the drug, this is the drug

also known as Fantasy, of those

30, 12 were taken to hospital

in a serious condition,

suffering fits, breathing

problems, hypothermia and

dehydration. One young man was

in such a state that it took

eight paramedics into the ambulance. Now, do police

believe this is a problem

restricted only to Melbourne

and Victoria. Are they watching

other states in the terms of the distribution of the

drug? Absolutely not. This is a

drug that is known as a summer

party drug, now coming into

music festival season, this is

a time where it does get busy

for police, they need to crack

down on antisocial behaviour,

drugs and alcohol. In Melbourne

today we are seeing police

launch operation summer, summer

blitz, which will see them targeting licensed premises

across the state for this sort

of behaviour. In NSW they have

already launched operation

simmer, which will target

public events and beaches for

this sort of behaviour as

well. And do we know what state

those 30 young people are in

this morning, if they were

taken in over the weekend in

that rather alarming situation,

how are they doing now, do we

know? Well, a few of those 12

stayed in hospital overnight.

One, I believe, was in hospital

last night. The rest have been

discharged from hospital.

Police continuing their investigations into what

happened here will be

interviewing all of those young people that were affected by

the drugs as well as the licensees. Lisa Maksimovic,

thank you so much. You are

watching 'ABC News Breakfast'.

The top stories - Prime

Minister Kevin Rudd concedes

further funding may be needed

to implement the Government's homelessness strategy. Mr Rudd

committed to halving the number

of homeless by 2020, by

building 50,000 affordable

rental homes for low and

moderate income earners, and

3,000 homes for the homeless.

US policy on Zimbabwe shifts dramatically, Washington

calling for Robert Mugabe

President, to resign. The US

originally backed a power

sharing deal wean Mugabe, and

Opposition Leader Morgan

Tsvangirai, but now say the

arrangement failed. Iraqi MPs

say they are ready to back a

bill allowing Australian and

British soldiers to stay in

Iraq until next July. MPs say

they'll pass a resolution

giving Baghdad the authority to sign bilateral deals with individual nations.

For a look at the national

papers we are joined by author

and lecturer Waleed Ally, good

morning. David hicks is back in

the news He is, which I

suppose we could have predicted

given he is now a free man. The 'Sydney Morning Herald' is the

paper I have chosen to do this.

They have one of the greatest

quotes of all time about this

story. This was from I think

from his poster saying, "Mr

Hicks wants nothing more than

to be a boring person, and I

think he's got everything it

takes to achieve that". What do

you - I can't understand that.

Why would you say that. It's

being called Jerome

D'Ambrosioed with faint

praise. It's a -- damned with

faint praise. It's a serious

story, the question now being

whether or not David Hicks is

capable of getting his

conviction as a result of his

confession overturned in some

way or removed from the record.

I find it hard to see how that

could happen, actually, that's

a legal process. What it would

presumably require is someone

to launch a legal action in the

United States Supreme Court and

say that military tribunal for

the purposes of the law never

existed or something like that.

I can't see how anyone will do

that. Perhaps he'll be happy to

put this thing behind him and

move on, it sounds like that's

what he wants to do. It's hard

to know. With this we hear

things that he wants, it's

never from him. There was a

brief statement online that we

came across, apart from that

it's been via other people. I

don't actually know what he's

going to want. Whether he wants

to put it behind him or not.

It's a big thing to wear,

carrying around that you confessed to a terrorism

offence. I can see him wanting

to change that. Really his best

bet is to rely on the fact that

this will be a discredited system and hope that carries

him through. Of greater

interest to me is a requirement

that he submit to a final

interview with police before

the last remnants of the

control order be released. That

is an intriguing situation.

What would the nature of this

interview be, and what status

would it have? My guess is, and

it's all I can do, is that it's

really the AFP wanting to make

sure if he's about to be

released, not have a control

order, that they are not

walking into a stupid situation

where they have someone clearly

of interest. Or a potential

danger. They'd be wanting to

tie-up loose end. I can't

imagine there'd be more to

investigate. You can't say they

wouldn't in that interview sit

and say, "Come on, mate, what

did you do while you were over

there?". Of course, they might.

It's hard to know what they'd

get out of him. A lot of these

issues have been thoroughly interrogated I would have

thought. I think it's probably

a precautionary last step ,

something he has to do as a

matter of formality. A final

friendly chat, is that how you

put it. , "Nice to see you Mr

Hicks". Exactly. The situation

in Zimbabwe caught your eye as

well. This is an interesting

opinion piece in the 'The

Financial Review', by Jeffrey

Bauker a regular columnist. He

makes an interesting ju. Tea

position. He says, "Compare the

-- jump tea position. He says

compare the way governments

respond to the financial crisis

to make sure we are financially

viable and stock portfolios

don't lose value with the way

they respond to Zimbabwe, where

people are starving, dying,

women are getting raped over

the border, so a collect tive

inaction taking place, where

there's a serious human threat

compared to where there is -

you know, a serious issue, not

a threat on the same scale is

telling. He makes it - he -

it's a fairly acerbic

column. That's his style. He

makes an interesting point.

Perhaps unfair, he admits this

it's perhaps unfair but he says

so far Australia has reserved

$2 million for the right to

protect fund, that's a

fledgeling doctrine in international law that

countries can go in and invid

another country to protect the citizens, Australia have $2

million set aside in a fund for

that. So far the Government

announced economic stimulus

packages totalling $21.6

billion to ease financial

hardship. Merry Christmas. We

had a media commentator last

week Alan Hou saying that, he

put it in stronger terms, if we

had a Coalition of the willing

going into Iraq, why wouldn't

you have something similar for

Zimbabwe. He was using inflatry

terms to describe it, in

essence it's an argument that

many people have made. This is

part of the problem with the

right to protect as an idea

has. It's easy to see how it

can be abused. It was an ogz, a

duty to protect in terms of the

US charter, it was an obligation. What happens with

the right, duty or doctrine

after Iraq. It has a bad test

taste. You can see how it can

be abused. It's a humanitarian problem. It's something that

has to be addressed in the wick

of Iraq It does, how do you do

it. We have a political system

created out of an imperial age

creating states with

sovereignty as a way to stop

wars, now we are complaining

that they stop too many wars,

and we need to come up with a

system to override it to

protect people. It's tricky

political and legal terrain, I

don't know how it will come

through. That was a

fascinating way, I never saw

any juxtapose those issues

together. As a cricket nut I

thought you would pause on a front page photograph of Ricky Ponting. Would you like me to,

I can. It's up to you. It's a

good photo, looking like it was

taken in 1945. It does. I'm

flipping the page. Yes. 'The

Sun' have an interesting story

based on new studies showing

that among certain migrant

groups, particularly Jordanian

and Egyptians arriving in

Australia over the last two

years, we are looking at 100%

unemployment for the migrant

groups, compared with Koreans

4.1%, New Zealanders 6.4%. I

am not sure why a New Zealander

would come to Australia if they

are going to be unemployed

here. The benefits are so good,

I guess. Maybe, I don't know.

Various others from Central

Asia 58.6% unemployed. This is

a major concern, that's a

social time bomb waiting to

explode. As you have noted on

the program before,

paradoxically Muslim youth in

Australia actually have a very

high-level of education, and I

think higher generally, if I can use the Anglo

standard. Higher than the

national average, a lot going

into tertiary studies, but

higher unemployment. There's a disconnection. Does the article

point to a reason for

that? Well, there's arguments.

The Government is saying a lot

has to do with the fact that

these are humanitarian entries,

and so they are not necessarily

skilled. The major issue is

language, where they come from

an English speaking background

employer is easier, the

demographer, Bob Birrell from

Monash University, he says it's

not to do with swils, whether

they are skilled or unskilled,

language is the issue, the

other is a lack of recognition for qualifications, a problem

Australia has. In Melbourne we

have the highest - the most

highly educated taxi driver

service in the world because of

people that can't get

qualifications realised. As a

cricket nut stick around, we'll

talk sport in a moment I will.

You can watch all of 'ABC News

Breakfast' streamed live every

morning. The address is: Here is Paul Kennedy with the

cricket news. Thanks, Australian captain Ricky

Ponting is facing the biggest

challenge of his career. He

has just a few days to prepare

for the Boxing Day Test in

Melbourne. South Africa will be

brimming with self-belief after

chasing 414 in Perth yesterday.

Ponting must not only try to

inspire his charges, there's a

tough task of helping selectors

pick the team. Several players

are under pressure to hold

their spots. In English Premier League this morning there were

three games, two of them

decided in injury time:

it looked to be a

great result. Arsenal

Liverpool's goals coming in the

first half. Robbie Keane eased

the pressure, scoring an

equaliser, in the other game

Newcastle won 2-#. Damian Duff

with the last goal. Manchester

United won the World Cup cup in

Japan, it was a frustrate ing

evening. Both sides unable to

score until the 73rd minute. It

was Wayne Rooney to the rescue

as united took the game 1-0

lifting one of the few trophies

to have alluded T Sir Alex

Fergusson and his men achieved

a rare treble. English,

European and World Club

champions. Not a bad

ever. Cricket is the big issue

in sport. Someone texted in

from Bundaberg saying:

I don't know if that's fair

enough. Ponting was talking

about the deficiencies of the

Australian team He was good

really. He answered questions

as well as he could after the

game, talking about the pitch.

The pitch was a batting

pitch All he said it's not the

old WACA pitches they expect.

We all like the old bouncy

pitches, but, you know, it was

supposed to crumble on the last

day, it didn't. Big deal. We

have heard it's a batting

pitch. To me that raises a

question, it's easy to point at

the bowlers saying they

couldn't defend 414. Our

highest score was 375. The top

order failed twice, we should

have picked a team of bowlers,

they would have made all the

runs, do you know what I mean.

There was a failure at the top

order masked a bit. Ponting

referred to that saying the

second innings was a

possibility for them to bat South Africa out of the match,

and it didn't happenle They

should have had a lead of

600. Robert Craddock in News

Limited said Australia were

arrogant. I think they are.

One of the biggest problem the

Australian team has is the

middle order. Andrew Symonds

looked good while batting, but

he went out to two terrible

shots and looked to have thrown

his wickets away both times.

They should look at the middle

order. On the statistics it was

intriguing the off quoted

comment this is the second

highest run chase here are the

others. West Indies playing

Australia, 2003, beat us 41,

South Africa 414 again, that's

this one, West Indies 406

against India in '76 and

Australia got one against India

in 19478. It's been a while.

The South African - the

innings coming to mind

yesterday was when South Africa

chased 430 in a one day game

against Australia a couple of

years ago. I was thinking Mark

Boucher played a role, he

didn't get a bat. I thought

once we get Boucher out we'll

be right. He didn't have to

walk out To get 400 at four

down. We'll have to leave

it. Down boys. Here is Vanessa

O'Hanlon with a look at the weather. weather.

Finally warmer weather down

in the south-east as we go to

the satellite. More heavy rain

over the north in that cloud

and a part of the reforming of

cyclone Billy, cloud extending

over the east causing the odd

storm. Patchy cloud moving over

South Australia and eastern WA

causing storms, a trough

bringing a cooler change to South Australia with the odd

shower and storms for Tasmania,

Victoria, and also in NSW.

Queensland - isolated afternoon

and evening storms about the

northern tropics and inland.

NSW - isolated showers clearing

from the far North Coast. Hot

and humid, showers in the west

and south-west. Victoria -

isolated showers and storms

extending across the state warm

to hot, strong gale force

northerly winds. Tasmania

isolated light showers, fine,

apart from the chance of an

afternoon storm in the

south. Summary for Hobart:

South Australia - isolated

showers over the north-west

pasture, north of Woomera, over

the west district of Cook. WA

showers for Eucla and Albany,

fine in Perth. Up to the north

a flood watch is current for

the Northern Kimberley, a

chance of cyclone Billy

reforming. Showers and storms north of

north of Elliot.

See you in a few moments an

'ABC News Breakfast'.

The Prime Minister concedes

more funds may be needed to

meet his ambitious homelessness

target. The US toughens its

stance on Zimbabwe, saying

Robert Mugabe has lost touch

with reality and needs to step

down. Iraqi MPs say they are

ready to support a bill

allowing Australian soldiers to

continue serving in Iraq until

next July. And Ricky Ponting

flags changes to the bowling

attack for the Boxing Day Test

after yesterday's defeat to

South Africa.

This Program is Captioned

Live.

Good morning, it's Monday,

22 December, I'm Joe O'Brien,

I'm Virginia Trioli, the top

story today on 'ABC News Breakfast', Prime Minister

Kevin Rudd has promised to

reassess whether further

funding is needed to properly

implement the Government's

homelessness strategy. The

Federal Opposition insist