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immunity from prosecution. Kussa has not been granted

There have been demands he

should be questioned over the

Lockerbie bombing and also the

smuggling of explosives to the

IRA. No, there is no deal, let

me be reassuring to people, about that. The Prime Minister and I have made clear there's

There will be no immunity. He no immunity from

hasn't asked for that. There

were reports in one or two isn't a deal. I know there

papers today of a deal. There

is no deal. All he asked for

was to be able to come here.

He chose to come to the United

Kingdom of his own free will.

That is a good thing, that he

has left this dispotic,

murderous regime, because it

weakens that regime. It's a

good thing we're able to

discuss with him the situation in Libya and in Libya and the Middle East, with of

experience of it. And it is a

good thing, of course, where

the Crown Office in Scotland

wish to talk to him about what's happened in what's happened in the past,

such as at Lockerbie, then my

officials are discussing with

the Crown Office tomorrow how

to go about that. That's not a

bad thing either. We want more

information about past events. William Hague there.

Now, the Greens have chalked up Now, the Greens have chalked up

another milestone, wing their

first ever lower house seat in

the NSW parliament. But that

Balmain win has been federal Labor and the Greens.

For the latest on the party's

fortunes, Jamie Parker joins me

now. Jamie is the new member

for Balmain and he's with us

from Sydney. Jamie from Sydney. Jamie Parker, congratulations. Good morning. good morning and

this Thank you It took a while for

this win to get through, it was

a tight battle, wasn't it? It

took over a week, but took over a week, but we're

delighted with the result.

It's the best-ever result the

Greens have had here in NSW.

We're second now in 12 seats across

across NSW, our highest ever

vote in the lower and upper

house and of course we have

Balmain. Except, despite the myself elected to the seat of myself elected to the seat

way you paint it in terms of a great success, it's only great success, it's only one

seat in the lower house. Your

party had great ambitions party had great ambitions of

achieving more than this. What

happened, do you think? happened, do you think? Well,

we've had our best-ever result,

so I don't think we should be

critical of that. But

obviously the election was very

hard-fought. Lgts a matter of

us building slowly and methodically and the achievement we received in this

election is a credit to

everyone who's looking for the environment and social justice

to be at the centre of politics

and not just an afterthought. Although, of course, the Government had a

crushing win in this election,

so in the lower house not only

will they not need you, but you

could be a very much not

listened to voice in the lower

House. Do you have anxieties

about that? No, in fact I think the opposite true. I think that the

community of Balmain is

incredibly active and vocal and I'll be working with them, with the Government, with the

opposition, to make sure that

the positive agenda that we

have, the values and principles

of the local community, are

expressed really strongly in

parliament. We have merit on

arguments our side with so many of the

about transport, about

reforming the planning system

and about health. So I'm confident we'll make a very significant difference. How much responsibility do you

think the Greens should take

for the possible election of

Pauline Hanson to the upper

house? Well, none, because the

Labor Party is going around

with their disin gen wus

campaign about preferences, the

facts are this: Labor Party

had nine people elected in the

upper house in 2007 and this

election they may have only

for Pauline Hanson. five. That's opened the door

seen is the Greens now in the

last battle between us and

wation, or the former wation

member Pauline Hanson, and Labor Party preferences will be

remember before the election important here. You'll

Labor were boasting about how

they'll be preferencing the

Greens. In fact, the opposite

is true. They did not

preference the Greens in a

majority of seats and now

they're trying to say that the

Greens somehow were involved in

this. The fact is that Labor

opened the door and it's Labor

preferences that will be the

deciding factor in electing the

Green over Pauline Hanson. So

you don't in any way criticism that's been made by

Anthony Albanese that, because

preference swapping deal with of your failure to do a

Labor in the upper house, that's that's brought

that's brought about this

entirely the Labor Party's situation? You're saying

fault? Well, the facts

demonstrate that his claims are ridiculous. But you didn't do the swapping deal, did you?

No, we did not, but the Labor preferences - You were one

party to the agreement. It's

two to tango, right? The difference in this election is

whether or not the Greens will

get up over Pauline Hanson, so

critical. it's Labor preferences that are

part, in the election or preferences play no part, no

otherwise of Pauline Hanson, because it's the Greens that

are fighting it out for the

last spot with Pauline Hanson

and it's Labor preferences in fact that will decide whether

the Greens candidate gets over

Pauline Hanson. So Anthony's claims are completely false.

This is one of the reasons why

Labor has collapsed in NSW. Misrepresenting the facts, presenting things as true when

in fact the opposite is the case. The new

case. The new Greens senator in

of course federal politics Lee

Rhiannon comes from NSW Greens.

Is her view

desire for a boycott

representative of the broader

NSW Greens' position and do you

share that view? Well, the

Greens NSW has a policy is called BDS, boycott

sanctions disinvestment. Of

course we support the NSW

policy. But I have to say

while the media has a fascination about this issue, during the campaign the issues

that people were focused on and

my priority will be health,

education, transport, dealing with climate

with climate change and addressing a clean, jobs-rich

future for NSW when it comes to renewable energy. And what do

you say to the accusation made

about you in the 'Australian'

today that the comments that

you made in new Matilda

magazine where you suggested the Greens' support for the Greens' support for that

policy had made Jewish people

unreasonable and while even

progressive jews had failed to

have a moderate response, those

jews provide cover for extreme

actions if they occur, that's

been criticised as being rather

inflammatory remarks during the

election campaign. What's your

response to that? Well, that's

not the language that I used, but the intent of my comments -

Hang on, let's just clarify

that first of all. That's an

important point. Are you saying you were misquoted? saying you were misquoted?

Well, the language that I used

on this issue, and I have been

working on this issue with

local Jewish and Palestinian

groups for many years now,

that's not the language that I

used. But it's important to

remember - I have to pull you

up again. You're not answering

the question. Are you saying

you're misquoted in new Matilda

magazine? That's an important

point if you're saying you are. The

The intent of my words were

the exact language I used, the

important point to remember is who's using the inflammatory

language. Yesterday on 'Insiders' my election was compared to

compared to the rise of Nazi Germany and Hitler. type of language no-one is

condemning, the type of

language that took place on the

ABC and no-one pulled up Andrew

Bolt when he made those

comments. The real extremists

in this argument are those on the right seeking to inflame the situation the situation and compare, for

example, emotion that

Marrickville council to the

murderous rampage. What I've done is

and I've been been disappointed people haven't done this, to

speak against this type of

inflammatory language,

comparing concerns for a just and peaceful and peaceful outcome in

Palestine, to Hitlerism, the

Nazis. It's time owe sat down

and constructively worked

together to see how we can develop the type develop the type of friendship

and positive relationships

between people that will promote justice and understanding. All right. It

seems from listening to you

this morning, though, that

you're equally engaged now in

wrapping up the heat around

this particular discussion by

such a lengthy spobs. I guess

the question still remains for

you about whether, on

reflection, you believe that

that's a useful way to keep this conversation this conversation going about some kind of boycott, some kind of boycott, using the

kind of language that you say -

I guess you're suggesting you

were misquoted, but using

similar language to that. On

reflection, do you think that

was helpful? Well, you were

the one that asked me the

question about it, so you've

raised the issue again. I'm

happy to respond and set the

record straight. My record on working with the support a just outcome in

Palestine is very clear. I

believe that we need to have

positive discussions that reflect

reflect the goodwill on all

sides towards finding a just

and peaceful outcome. I don't

believe comparisons to Nazism

or Hitler are appropriate, and I'm confident that people I'm confident that people will

move in a positive direction to

try to work on our similarities

and the things that brick us together, rather than inflammatory language. Jamie

Parker, finally this morning,

what's first on your agenda

when you take your seat in the when you take your seat in the lower house? Well, whole range of issues locally

I'll be working on. First of

all will do. Well, the first

thing I'll be doing is looking

at the issue of Callum Park, a

very significant issue in the local community. There's

urgent mental health needs

across NSW and in Sydney, and

we hope that Callum Park and

our master plan which the local council has put together will be supported by the coalition

Government. I look forward to

discussing that with the health minister and the minister with minister and the minister with

the responsibility for mental health as well. Jamie Parker,

good to talk to you today. Thanks so much.

Thanks so much. Thank you so much. Thank you. Obviously

One correction there that Jamie

Parker said Andrew Bolt

comparing - being seen to

compare the rise of the Greens

to the rise of Hitler in the 30s, he was pulled up 30s, he was pulled up by Mark

Kenny, of the Adelaide Tyzzer

on 'Insiders' yesterday. It's a very

a very much inflammatory issue.

We saw then how deeply felt the emotion is by Jamie Parker. It

wasn't the most formal pull

ping up of Andrew Bolt. You

could see Kenny's eyebrows went

up around his for many people who heard and

saw that observation. Yes, he certainly certainly made a remark about

it. If you want to have your

say about this and also the say about this and also the underlying issue of that obviously obviously very deepening

tensions between the Labor

Party and Greens, given the

fraughtness involved in minority Government in

Canberra, you can send your

emails. You can send text

messages. To talk about the

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top stories on 'ABC News

Breakfast'. The United Nations massacre in the Ivory Coast.

Both rival leaders are blaming

each other for the killings.

Scores of foreigners are

leaving the main city of Abidjan, as fighting there intensifies. The United States

is trying to salvage its

relationship with Afghanistan after more violent protests

there in response to the

burning of a Koran by an American

American preacher. More than

20 people, including seven

United Nations workers, have died since the violence flared

on Friday. on Friday. An Australian

Institute of Criminology report

has revealed that fraud is costing taxpayers $600 a year. It shows that in 2008/2009 alone 800,000

incidents of fraud incidents of fraud were reported in Commonwealth

agencies, ranging from Centrelink to Customs. A new

study into the impact of oil

spills has found that 50 times

more sea life dies than is ever

recorded. A leading West Australian scientist who took

part in the project is calling

oon the Federal Government to

develop better methods for

measuring impact of oil spills.

A new international study into

the effects of oil

marine life reveals the true

impact is not being measured.

The study has been published in

an online science journal. Dr an online science journal. Dr

Larz Bejder from Murdoch University University was part of the

research team that studied the

effects of the BP oil spill in

the Gulf of Mexico. It's been

quoted in the news but also

from polluters themselves, only

about 100 to 150 of the animals landed on

landed on the beaches. Now, if our calculations are correct,

then it would there'd be 50 times that amount of animals that died. The

findings show that the common findings show that the common procedure of counting dead

animals on the shore is an

inaccurate way

the death toll after an oil

spill. The key in this whole

problem is what are the factors that need to be implemented for animals that come ashore to the

ones that actually died. The

Montara oil spill off the Western Australian coast in

2009 leaked oil into the sea for more than for more than two months.

Clearly, there is evidence of impact on birds and, we know that. The research team that. The research team says

the impact of disasters like

months Aria will never be

known, unless the Federal

Government funds a project to record the abundance and natural death rate of sea

animals. We do not know all

the species that are there and

we certainly do not know the

abundance of the species. WA is preparing

preparing for a surge in development.

development. Currently there's a proposal before the Federal

Government for exploration drilling, along with several

other oil wells planned for the

Kimberley coast. Dr Bejder is calling for a stop to further development until authorities

have devised better methods of

measuring the impact of oil

spills. The Resources

Minister, Martin Ferguson, was

contacted for comment, not return

not return calls. To finance

news, the Reserve Bank meets tomorrow, and the overwhelming

view is it won't lift interest

rates. The last rise in the

cash rate was back in November, when

when it went up 4.75% in

response to rising commodity

prices and a tightening labour

market. The status quo isn't economists predict another hike

in the second or third quarter

of the year, with the rate expected to be

expected to be around 5.25% by

the end of the year Natural disasters in disasters in Queensland and

Japan have cost the Australian

economy dearly. It will wipe $2

$2 billion from Australia's

exports. The cost of the Queensland floods is even greater than first thought,

rising to around $9 billion.

Treasury predict s that the two

disasters could reduce national

growth by three-quarters of a

percent this year. Let's look

at the markets now. at the markets now. The Dow

closed up 57 points

The Nazdaq is up 8. S&P 500

has gained 6. Checking commodity prices:

Unemployment in the United

States has fallen to its lowest

level in two years and there is hope that new

deliver a boost to the economy.

For more, Stephen Halmarick is head of investment market research at Colonial First

State and joins us now from

Sydney. Obviously economic news there from the US

over the weekend Certainly very

good employment numbers, as you

said, 216,000 jobs created last

month, unemployment rate now

down to 8.8%. That's obviously

very good progress. But there

were construction numbers out

in the US on Friday which were

quite weak, so just showing, I

think, the diversity across the

US economy. But certainly that

fall in the unemployment rate was was welcomed by the markets. Do

you a see a trend emerging and

the unemployment rate continuing to drop in continuing to drop in America?

I think the trend is there,

you're right, but I think you're right, but I think at

8.8%, it's still very high. We

heard from one of the Federal

Reserve heads on Friday that

even though we're making progress on the unemployment rate, there's still a long way

to go. I was in the US a

couple of weeks ago and they

want to get the unemployment

rate down between 5 and 6%, rate down between 5 and 6%, so

still a long way to go. Even

though there's good progress

being made, there's still a being made, there's still a long way from Reserve beginning to tighten monetary policy. As you heard,

the Australian dollar has hit

$1.04 overnight. How high can

it go, in your view? think the thing about the

Aussie dollar is that the Aussie dollar is that the rally

is really driven by good

fundamentals. We had further

gains in our commodity prices. If

If the US isn't going to raise

interest rates in the near

term, it probably keeps the US dollar weaker as well. dollar weaker as well. It

looks like the Aussie dollar

still has upside potential from here. Speaking of interest

rates, the Reserve Bank board quick meeting, I suppose, when it comes to deciding it comes to deciding whether interest rates will go up.

Well, as you said earlier, I

think the overwhelming view is

rates will be unchanged when the board the board meets tomorrow. That's my expectation. There's

a lot going on in the global

economy at the moment and

locally. Clearly this will be a good opportunity for the Reserve Bank to talk about what

they think the impact of the

tragedy in Japan will be, lots

of things happening in the global economy, particularly in Europe, as well Europe, as well as geopolitics in North Africa. Then

the economy continuing to domestically we have obviously

cyclones earlier in the year in recover from the

Queensland and Victoria and how

that might impact on the

economic data here. So lots

for the RBA to focus on. I

think they'll continue

the message interest rates will

need to rise again at some need to rise again at some

point in time. That's probably

more of a second-half of 2011 rather than the next few

months. On that basis, I suppose more interest than

usually is the case after every

board meeting in what the actual statement says

regardless of any decision.

Yes, I think that's right. I

think people will be looking

closely at what the RBA about how events in Japan will

impact us here. Clearly our

impact. So we've coal exports are a major

impact. So we've had the

floods and cyclones in

Queensland, where the coal

originates, and now one

biggest customers had the originates, and now one of our

tragic event. There will be a

big negative impact on our

economy from that delay in coal

production and coal exports,

which probably could see the

first quarter of this year have

quite a weak GDP reading and

then as you get the rebuilding

phase and resmption of exports

quite a in the second half of the year,

quite a strong bounceback. could get a fairly soft first

part of 2011, quite stronger

later in the year and the

Reserve Bank I think will start

talking about statement on Tuesday. Stephen talking about that in their

Halmarick, always great to kick

off the week with you, thanks again for your time this

morning. Coming up, it's now

23 years since three Aboriginal

children were murdered in the small NSW town of Bowraville. Tonight ABC's Four

who say corners speaks to investigators

who say the case should have

been sold. We'll speak to

Debbie whit months for more. Let's go

great win by Novak Djokovic Yes, Michael, good morning. We'll head straight

overseas, look at this one from

the Miami masters, Novak

Djokovic has won 24 matches in

a row, defeated Rafael Nadal again. This one was again. This one was very

night, 7-6, a tie break in the third. It will give third. It will give Djokovic

hope he can maybe go on and win the French Open. the French Open. They'll hit

the clay court season now.

Rafael Nadal a good hit-out for

him, he looked exhausted after

the match. But at least he's

up there trading blows with Djokovic. More of the men's side of tennis can say at the moment. To the Rugby League, let's look at

yesterday's matches. It was St George beating the Knights narrowly

narrowly in perhaps the match

of the round. of the round. The Warriors

also won. Let's take a look at

all the action with John Hayes

Bell. Up graded stadium almost

filled to capacity, first filled to capacity, first home game of the season and a well-supported visiting team defending Premiers St George

Illawarra. The Knights had all

the ingredients for a rabble afternoon. The Dragons

went about their business.

Darius Boyd was on the spot in the scramble the scramble after a the scramble after a Jamie Soward kick. And a brilliant

off load by Mark Gasnier gave

his side a 14-point lead.

Newcastle struck back on half

time. But the Dragons

maintained a handy margin until

the Knights rallied. Tries by Cory Paterson and James McManus

ensured a grandstand finish.

The Tigers took an injury-ravaged line-up into

their clash with the Roosters.

The 2010 centre of the year,

Shaun Kenny-Dowall, did early

damage with strength. The Roosters had greater bulk and

used it to their advantage.

Cronulla was on course to be

rewarded after shifting its

home game against Warriors

across the Tasman. But New Zealand

Zealand turned it around with

three second-half tries to

climb off the bottom of the

ladder. John Hayes Bell there.

Let's look at the AFL results

from yesterday. Hawthorn was

able to turn around a deficit of the second quarter to win its

game against the Melbourne

Demons. Maybe the Melbourne

might be in for tough times if

they turn out they turn out performances like

this consistently. They were

expected to climb the ladder

this year. That leaves them

without a win after a draw against the Swans earlier in the year. the year. The Bulldogs were

terrific yesterday. Dusted off

the Lions by 78 points. Those two teams are completely

different at the moment. The

Bulldogs are looking to climb

back up the competition as they have been there couple of years. The Lions in

for a tough season. The Swans

and Essendon was a terrific

game. Five points, Jude Bolton

kicked the sealer, which with

just a few minutes to go. The

Swans hung on from there. It was a fine day in Sydney and

good result there for Sydney, getting its first win of the

year. Michael and Virginia, I

just want to go through now a

few things that I noticed from the weekend. This new substitution rule means you only have three on the beverage

and one sub, obviously you can

throw him on at at the pictures from the last

quarter yesterday. Watch the Sydney Swans get off the ground

there. This is late in the

match. These players are

utterly exhausted, and I think it's part of the substitution

rule, but also I think there's

more marking contests here,

long kicking contests, there's

quite spectacular contests in

the air, and there's all of

these hard collisions, because

there's been more contested ball, as they like to ball, as they like to call it

these days. It's terrific game there's not that

controlled flooding that teams

would like to do throughout.

Yeah, except these guys will be walking like 75-year-olds at

the age of 35. Well,

was to take collisions and high-speed collisions out of the game. They might have

taken the slight pace off the

game at the end of it, but the

collisions I would argue at

this point look

this point look like they're

far more often. But as a spectacle, I think it's great.

Close games there. This is

another big development in the coming in. They were smashed

by your team, Virginia. The

Blues are a team maturing now

and the Gold Coast team is full

of youngsters. So it was an interesting start to an

experiment. A training run

essentially for Carlton, let's

be frank. It be frank. It was, there's

Karmichael Hunt way behind his

opponent all night. A lot of commentary by some football commentators that Karmichael

Hunt has the technical skills

right, but is going to struggle

reading the game. He was all

at sea. He was trailing. If

they're going to play him deep in ef defence, teams will

exploit that every week, unless

he improves dramatically. A

lot of long kicking out of lot of long kicking out of

defence, remember a couple of

years ago it was chip chip chip, now we're kicking long to

contests and it's creating

turnovers. Teams like Collingwood, which have their

game together, will take

advantage of turnovers and kick big scores.

big scores. Pies have kicked

more than 20 goals in both

games so far this season. Tall

forwards, Collingwood has a couple of really good tall

forwards. The more long

kicking into the forward line suits suits those bigger again, it's better for the kro ud. Lance Franklin there,

hopefully will have a big year

as well. A couple of observation s from a Monday

expert. Couch potato. There

you go. He's not a couch

potato. He runs around on the

footy field much more than I

do. Thank you very much. Paul

Kennedy. Here's Vanessa

O'Hanlon with O'Hanlon with a look at the weather, Vanessa. Thanks,

Michael. First half of the

week is looking more like a

normal wet season, rain in the

north and very little in the

south. It's mainly due to tracked quite a long way.

Today it's situated near the

north Kimberley coast and still

has the potential to develop

into a cyclone if it follows this current path and moves

over open waters. In WA, cyclone warning is current for

coastal areas. Over the next 24 hours, we'll 24 hours, we'll see rainfalls

of around 200mm in the north

and west of Kimberley. The

region is on a flood watch.

The highest rainfall so far

have been at Windham Airport,

125mm. The cloud across the

north has been generated by a trough brisk southerly winds, pushing

a few showers along the coast

of Victoria, NSW and also

Tasmania. A high will clear

most of the south, while

directing cool south-easterly directing cool south-easterly winds and showers along the

eastern sooboard. The tropical

low, as we saw before, has the

potential to develop into a

cyclone still. On the West

coast, we have a trough drawing

in hot and dry winds through

southern WA. In Queensland

today, you have rain across the

tropics, also isolated showers

in the east, but it will be a clear day in the west and

south, with easterly winds.

For NSW, isolated showers about the coast and adjacent ranges, but a mostly sunny day but a mostly sunny day for those west of

those west of the divide, 27 in

Dubbo. Victoria, isolated

showers over the south will

contract to the coast and further over to east gipslands

during the afternoon, a mostly

sunny day in the north, a top

of 22 for Wangaratta.

Tasmania, light showers in the west, south and lower east, moderate south-west to

southerly winds, looking at a

top of just 16 in Hobart. Dry mostly sunny conditions in SA, with moderate with moderate south-easterly

winds. Over to WA, where Perth

is still in the midst of a

over 30. That trend will

continue today, heading for a

top of 33 and 35 in Geraldton.

Heavy rain and squally winds

for the Kimberley. Heavy showers across the NT's north

and interior, but a partly

cloudy day for Alice Springs, a

top of 28 degrees. A look

ahead to tomorrow, partly

cloudy conditions for both

Melbourne and Canberra, 20. Windy with rain Windy with rain in Broome, a

top of 30. Another hot day on

the way for Perth, expecting a

top of 34 degrees. That's the

latest weather. The top story on 'ABC News Breakfast' this

morning - the situation in the

Ivory Coast city of Abidjan is

tense as the battle for control

of the country continues.

residents are too afraid to leave their homes and scores of foreigners have begun foreigners have begun leaving.

France has sent in more troops and

and taking control now of the

city's Airport. The rival

leaders are blaming each other

for the massacre of 800 people

in the country's west. Dorothy

Krispy Kreme is a Krispy Kreme is a spokeswoman

for the international She says

the extremely serious. The Red

Cross is worried about further deaths as a result of the

conflict. According to the latest information latest information we received from our colleagues in Abidjan, the situation there is

extremely tense. Fighting has

been ongoing in certain areas

of the city. Our supporters, a

lot of people have been, they are increasing numbers of

casualties in the hospitals there and the situation is

definitely getting increasingly difficult for the difficult for the local population as well as for workers. We'll get to the

humanitarian workers and foreigners in just a moments,

but what information do you have on this reported massacre in the west of the country?

According to them, our staff

from the international Red

Cross could gather on the

ground, it seems apparently

that up to 800 persons or at that up to 800 persons or at

least 800 persons would have been killed in the last days of

March during - as a result of

intercommune call violence in

an area of the city of Duekoue,

in the west of the country. In

that specific area, which is called Gafu,

called Gafu, our colleague s found hundreds of bodies and

they were extremely shocked by

the scale and by the brutality

of this events. What happened

exactly there, this is what we

are trying to find out. Every

day our staff is going to area, is talking to the area, is talking to the people

on the ground to try to

establish what happened exactly

to those people who were killed in that area. Just how

terrified, just how unsettled

are the locals in the Ivory Coast at the moment as the

fighting intensifies? It's of course and the reason why we launched our appeal

our appeal for better respect

of the civilian population is

out of fear that such events

could happen again. We would like to prevents further such events from happening and we

are calling all the parties on

the ground to protect the

civilians in all circumstances.

civilians in all circumstances. It's really unacceptable civilians be attacked civilians be attacked directly. Earlier this morning

Ivory Coast national

Jean-Claude Meledje told us it

was only a matter of time

before Laurent Gbagbo

support of his army. He won't

give up the fight, despite the

fact that he lost all his

generals supporting him, but he still has support still has support from some

soldiers and some young patriots who are fighting for

him, who are prepared to die

for him. So even if Ouattara and his troops are taken about

80 or 90% of Abidjan, which is

the economical capital, the

fight is still going on and

Gbagbo is not ready to give But it's more likely that But it's more likely that

sooner or later he's going to

have to go, because he doesn't

have the back-up from his

army. Childcare workers who send toddlers to time out could

face big fines under national

child care laws to come into

force next year. We're joined by

of the Australian child care

alliance. Thanks for your

time, good morning. There are

fairly strict penalties under the new the new legislation being

adopted by State and Territory Governments for separating

children in child care centres.

How do you read what the

authorities are trying to do

here? Well, these regulations

are to introduce standard regulations regulations Australia-wide and

what our concern is that we

need to know exactly what the

meanings of each regulation

are. We're asking for a lot of training for

licensees as we head into this

on 1 January 2012. Based on

your initial reading, what do

you see as being time out and potential penalties being

incurred by childcare workers

who do separate a child from

the rest of the kids in child

care centres? Well, when we

look at separate, it can mean

separate the child socially or separate the child socially or

physically, and we have to be

very careful with children that we're not blaming the child, we're looking at So what normally happens is the

child will be removed from the

activity to within an area that

they can still see the activity

going on, they'll be

about their behaviour. We

really need to know is that the

acceptable thing under these new

new regulations. I would think

that it is to ensure that there

are no services who go beyond

by separating the child outside of the group physically.

it is something that we use for

behaviour management. We don't

have naughty chairs, we don't

have naughty corners. have naughty corners. That went out ages ago. We just went out ages ago. We just need clarification on what is

going to be acceptable and how

it's going to be meted. Isn't

it simply a case of plain old

commonsense being exercised by

childcare workers? Well, we

can't rely, when we're dealing

with so many people, on just

commonsense. We have to have ensure that everyone remains

within those boundaries. within those boundaries. If it

were - I'm sure it isn't -

meant that children can't even be

be taken away from the group, that would make it extremely difficult. Do you believe,

given there's so much confusion about just what these

regulations mean, that it's

regulation for the sake of regulation? The regulations

are huge and it's going to be a huge impost on

huge impost on services to get all their are, you know, hundreds of

thousands of staff and

educators around Australia that

are going to have to learn

these regulations and know for

sure exactly what they mean and

what they say. Now, as I

understand it, the regulations

also include penalties for

child care centres if they go

ahead with things like Easter

egg huntsz and Christmas tree decorations. What's your view on that? on that? No, that's not on that? No, that's not the

case. What it is is making a

child do something against the

cultural requests of the

family. That

child doesn't have a birthday

or celebrate Christmas, that

child is given another activity

so that they don't participate.

That comes That comes with services

interacting with their families

and ensuring that they know

what the families want. Okay,

what the families want. Okay,

Gwynn Bridge, good luck working

it out, thanks for your time this morning You're

welcome Anger is growing in the

Middle East over the burning of

a copy of the Koran in the US.

The latest protests in Afghanistan have killed two

more people. This morning our

North America correspondent Lisa Millar toldbrook brek the incident is threatening to sour

relations between the two

countries After three days of violence in Afghanistan, violence in Afghanistan, David Petraeus, the top commander, US

general, clearly decided that

it was better to come out and

say something balancing that of

course with his concerns that

every time anyone talks about

this, including the media, it's

giving this pastor, this

Florida pastor, more air time.

Certainly David Petraeus came out and condemning the burning of the

Koran. Let's listen to what he Koran. Let's listen to what he

had to say. We condemn the action

action a of an individual in

the United States who burned a

holy Koran. That action was hateful, it was intolerant, and it was extreme ly

disrespectful. And, again, we

condemn it in the strongest

manner possible. David Petraeus

there. Now, equally, there. Now, equally, Lisa, there are serious questions

being raised about Hamid

Karzai, the Afghan President's role in trying to contain this violence? Well, Michael, given

that the burning actually

occurred on 20 March and had been pretty much unreported,

certainly in Afghanistan and

the Middle East, it was only

after Hamid Karzai spoke about

it during a speech that it

suddenly seemed to gain traction. That's traction. That's led US

officials to be concerned about whether he has somehow

deliberately inflamed this

situation to appeal to certain

factions in Afghanistan, relationship between Hamid Karzai and the Obama

Administration is not a happy

one at times. They feel

he's the best one they've got

there, but there's certainly a lack of

lack of trust a lot of times.

Hamid Karzai has now called on

Congress here in the US to

condemn the burning. That came

from a meeting today that David

Petraeus had with Hamid Karzai.

So he's been meeting with them,

but certainly question marks over whether he has let this get bigger than what it might otherwise have

been. And this outbreak of

violence, Lisa, has also again violence, Lisa, has also again raised questions that have

already been there about the

handing over of handing over of seven provences

to Afghan security forces in

July this year, whether these

forces are ready to take

control of these provinces. I

don't think it's going to

change the decision on all of

that, but it certainly does

raise questions about it and it

does highlight just how

vulnerable and fragile the

situation is in Afghanistan. situation is in Afghanistan. Certainly Certainly David Petraeus gave other interviews after the

statement that he delivered earlier where he did indicate that this particular burning of

the Koran makes it even more

difficult, makes a difficult, challenging security situation even more challenging. That's

Lisa Millar in Washington. The

WA National party is distancing

itself from the federal branch

and keeping open the option of supporting a supporting a price on carbon.

For more, we're joined by

Melissa Clarke in Canberra.

Good morning, Melissa. What

was discussed at WA's State

conference in Canarvon over the

weekend, they had a number of motions before the State council

council to vote on, as you get

with any political party having these meetings. One of

motions was on using a market

mechanism to put a price on

carbon, which is what the

Gillard Government is proposing to do first to do first through a carbon

tax and then an emissions

trading scheme. Now, there was

quite robust debate at the

annual State conference and a

wide range of views. The State President, Colin Holt, says

because there were so many

different views and they felt they about precisely what was being proposed by the Gillard Government, they decided not to

vote on it, they left the

motion on the table, that the

State council will look at it

in a couple of weeks time, in a couple of weeks time,

they'll come back to it at a later date. Basically they

decided they weren't prepared

to either support it or condemn

it. Now, this is very

interesting, because not only

does it put the WA Nationals

Party at odds with the federal Nationals party, led by Warren

trust in the parliament, which

is dead against any sort of mechanism the Federal

Government might put forward to put a price on carbon, but it

also means that with a member of theirs of theirs in the Federal

Parliament in the balance of

power, that being Tony Crook,

the member for O'Connor, that means that there's a

possibility that perhaps under

some circumstances he may leave

open the option of supporting a

market-based price on carbon.

Now, Julia Gillard needs the

cross-benchers to get this through,

through, with Tony Windsor

and/or Rob Oakeshott to decide not to support not to support whatever the

plan the Government finally

comes up with, she would be

Tony Crook has perhaps just

left the door slightly open to

a possible plan B for the Federal Government there. So

while some WA Nats seem to

develop a little green tinge there, the Federal Government

is shrugging off any indication

it's worn anything green ever in the last 35 years. That's

right. They're at pains at the

moment to point out that they are

are not the Greens, they're not

related to the Greens. That

they don't like the Greens very

much either. They have nothing

to do with the Greens, in case

you didn't get the message when Julia Gillard comments a week and a half ago. She's come out and said them again at the end of last week

in a speech. We've had the

Resources Minister, Martin

Ferguson, talk about the Greens

being basket weavers over the

weekend. The Government leader

of the House Anthony Al ban ease has ease has talked about the

Greens being a grab bag of policies, to all of which the

Greens are getting a little

upset about it. Initially Bob Brown laughed off Julia Gillard's first comments and

said it's just a bit of product

differentiation. Now he's

saying that some of the

language that is being used is insulting to suggest Greens, the million and a half voters of people who voted

Greens don't share values to do Greens don't share values to do with family and looking after

families and working and

businesses. He says he's going

to raise this as an shall u with Julia Gillard when they

next meet in the next next meet in the next fortnight

or so as one of the regular

meetings they have in this minority Government. So it's a

fine line the Labor Party is

walking between trying to have

a distinct identity apart from

the Greens, but also needing

their votes and supports in the

parliament to get their parliament to get their legislation through. Julia Gillard is very closely

tip toeing on that line in the sand at the moment. Good to

talk to you, Melissa, thanks so

much. Now it's been 23 years since three Aboriginal children

were murdered in the small NSW

town of Bowraville. Despite

two trials and only one police

suspect, no-one has ever been prosecuted. Tonight ABC's

'Four Corners' speaks to

investigators who say the case should should have been solved Committed to solving

this matter, but I remain

objective. The opinion on who is responsible for this is based on evidence we've gathered. Yes, know who's responsible for the

three murders. I can make a

cop show out of this and it

wouldn't get to the first ad break because it would be all

out. The summation is that

quick. For more journalist Eddy

whit months joins us from

Sydney. Take us through this

case. Well, that's quite a case. Well, that's quite a

long story. As you

long story. As you heard, 20 years ago three Aboriginal

children murdered in a small

country town on the NSW north

coast, called Bowraville. You

really have a story about, I suppose, the community in that town and the

police and the rest of the

community over the last 20

years. For a number years. For a number of

reasons, which is what we look

at tonight, starting with the investigation, starting with investigation, starting with the distrust the distrust and the

relationship between the two

communities, and then a number

of legal problems, it has never

really been - there has never

been a situation where all the

evidence has been heard by a

jury. That's what police

prosecutors have been on about,

or the police investigators

have been on about. They want

to see this case heard

properly. It is quite like all history, and particularly I particularly I think what the

story tries to do is to look at the relationships in that

community and look at how history has impacted

When you see that, you can see

it's actually resulted in a

very difficult situation, a

very tragic one. And Bowraville

of course has had a bit of a

history with ration tension,

racial violence. That goes

right back to the 60s. right back to the 60s. In 1965 there was

there was the freedom right

from university university. Bowraville

they targeted. Back then it had a segregated picture

theatre, the classic thing with

a side door for Aboriginal

people. It was a totally

segregated town. Whilst

segregation has gone, there is

a legacy of that kind of experience, of the

community. How does that legacy

- you've obviously been there. - you've obviously been there.

How does that legacy play

itself out? Well, look, I

think now there is a lot more

intermingling between the two

communities, but the problem

has been these murders, which

have never been resolved.

There is, as one of the There is, as one of the police

investigators calls it, a

palpable tension there, and a

sadness in the town. I think what what the campaign these people have been on for 20 years,

which is extraordinary, shows which is extraordinary, shows

is their determination to fix

it up. Now, that may not be

possible, but what's

fascinating about this story is

that you have a' got police

officers who've also spent

years and years and years and years and years, detective inspector, one of the

most senior homicide

investigators in

14 years investigating this

case. He's a fervent believer that

that it can actually be resolved. Finally, Debbie, what

are the prospects of murder case ever coming back to

the courts? Well, the new

Attorney-General in NSW, Greg

Smith, has told us that he is

prepared to have another look

at the case again. There's been a lot of legal changes,

which we do cover in the program, which make it possible

now to hear the case in a full

way, and it is way, and it is a matter of the attorney being willing to attorney being willing to

proceed and being advised that

that's possible, and he's said

he'll consider that. Debbie

whit month from 'Four Corners',

thank you very much. thank you very much. Thanks, Michael. Police in Northern

Ireland are appealing for

information into the murder of

a young Catholic police officer

yesterday. 25-year-old Ronan

Kerr was killed when a booby-trapped device exploded

under his car in Omagh.

Religious and political groups have have been united in their

condemnation of the attack, as

London correspondent Rachael

day in Ireland, but flowers are arriving with the community's

condolences for norma Kerr.

Her son a new recruit to Northern Ireland's Police

Service was killed leaving

work. A mother has lost her

son, a son in whom she had

enormous pride in joining this fine organisation, fine organisation, and amongst the tragedy last night they

expressed to me their deepest

pride in him. The bombing has reopened scars of the 1998

Omagh car bombing that killed

29 people. Planted by Irish Republicans opposed to the peace process. Everybody's

heart broken for them. Nobody in this community wants this

kind of thing kind of thing to happen again.

I think we're all very I think we're all very shocked. Catholics and Protestants, unionists and

Republicans are singing the

same hymn. I'm calling very

direct ly on those who planned

or carried out this action to

stop. There's no sense to it,

there's no

no point to it and they should stop and stop now. 25-year-old

Ronan Kerr is the second officer to

officer to be killed since Northern Ireland's Police Service was formed out of Service was formed out of the royal Ulster con stab Larry a

decade ago. Mr Kerr's mother

has urged other Catholic police

officers not to be d he terred

as have political leaders. My

understanding of my Catholic

fellow countrymen is such that

they will not be intimidated,

they will not be threatened,

not be bullied by these not be bullied by these

people. Commentators say the bombing Northern Ireland has rarely been more stable. However,

vileant Republicans continue pressure, including a new group

at the fore, Irish for

solderures of Ireland. What we

know they can achieve is they

have an ability to kill, but

they're not capable of a rerun

of the IRA war, they're not as

well armed, don't have the same

expertise, or the same support

either at home or either at home or internationally. Church

leaders, politicians and even

sporting groups have told the dissidents there's no place for

them in Irish society. information about the bombers

to turn them in. To the sport

headlines now, Paul, you have more

more news on the emerging, if not the dominant star of men's

tennis. Yes, Novak Djokovic

looks to be as well established

now as the best player in the now as the best player in the world at the moment, if not

ranked number one, he and Rafael Nadal played another

final, the Miami Masters, and

Djokovic won 7-6 in the third

set, 24 matches he's gone

without losing now. Phil tournament in the United

States. Talking about States. Talking about golf of

course. This is the Houston

Open. This is the lead-in

tournament to the Masters.

Maybe he might win yet green jacket next week. To

green jacket next week. To

cycling, update there, the tour

of Flanders was overnight, one

of the great one-day races in

Europe. It was the bell jam

rider who overcame the favourite, no Australians

figured prominently in that

cricket. A good way to finish

perhaps for sport for the morning. morning. Sachin Tendulkar with

the World Cup. It was a long

time coming. It was his

World Cup and he finally got to

achieve his dream. It's

amazing how young he looks with

a bat in his hand and a

close-up on the face confirms

it. He doesn't look any older

than 22. He's 37 I think at

the moment. He looks fan

Tasmania it ig, absolutely.

The young master, not just the

little master He said he won't retire.

batting. Thanks, Paul. Here's Vanessa O'Hanlon with a look at the weather, Vanessa. Thanks,

Michael, so much water in the

north. A tropical low has

passed over a large part of the north-wees. have been taken in the NT as

the record-breaking wet season continues. A lot of roads are deteriorating. Police have

advised that the road to the

airport is closed. Parallel

road and barge road are unsafe

to travel on. Remote

communities in Arnhem Land are

communities in Arnhem Land are also being evacuated because of huge rain falls. The low has

the potential to develop into a

cyclone if it continues to

follow this open waters. At the moment

it's situated near the

Kimberley coast in WA. A

cyclone warning is current for

coastal areas. Rainfalls of around 200mm are expected in

the north and west Kimberley

today. The region is on a

flood watch. Windham Airport has recorded

has recorded 125mm. There's

still plenty of moisture in the

north. It's been dragged in by

a trough that's causing patchy

rain across the tropics. Down

in the south, brisk southerly

winds are pushing along the Tasmanian, Victorian and NSW coast. A of the south, while it directs

those cool south-easterly winds

and showers along the eastern

seaboard. We have a trough in

the west drawing in very hot air over the southern parts of

air over the southern parts of

WA. Let's take a look around

the States for today:

Vanessa, thanks so much. That's it from 'ABC News Breakfast' for this Breakfast' for this morning.

Thank you very much for your

company. We'll be back same time,

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