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(generated from captions) Australia braces itself for

a spike in swine flu cases with the country's top doctor

warning that 2 million could

become infected. Pakistan

blames the Taliban for a

suicide bombing that's killed

dozens in the city of Lahore.

North Korea threatens a

military strike on the south

after abandoning the armistice

Anthony Mundine claims his that ended the Korean War. And

Third World title in a split

decision and says he's ready to fight overseas. This Program Is Captioned


Good morning. It's Thursday,

28 May. I'm Virginia Trioli. I'm Joe

Trioli. I'm Joe O'Brien. The

top story on 'ABC News

Breakfast' - Australians are

being warned there will be a

rapid rise in the spread of

swine flu cases. The country's

Chief Medical Officer says it could infect up to 2 million

people. There are 67 confirmed

Federal Health Minister Nicola cases in Australia, and the

Roxon says she expects the

number to spike by the end of

the week. The Rudd Government

has launched a new campaign to

help allay fears and educate

people on how to prevent

getting the virus. The flu and

you. The government is closely

monitoring the recent outbreak

of human swine influenza in

Australia and is taking steps

to help limit its spread. You

can minimise the spread of flu

by covering your mouth and nose

disposing of used tissues in when you sneeze or cough,

the bin, washing your hands

often and thoroughly. If you

are unwell, seek medical advice

and try to avoid close contact

with others. For further

information, visits the web

site or call:

That's the Commonwealth's community service announcement

there on swine flu, which has

just been released to

television stations in the last

24 hours. Luke Waters joins us

now from the Melbourne

Children's Hospital, where a

dedicated testing unit has been

set up. Luke, good morning. So

what's the situation there at

the Royal Children's

Hospital? Good morning. 300

children a day are going to be

tested at this dedicated swine

flu testing unit. It's one of

four units set up at Victorian

hospitals yesterday. Now, the

Victorian Premier John Brumby

called for calm yesterday after

it was revealed that up to 1 in

8 Victorians or 600,000

Victorians may over the next 12

months test positive to swine

flu, so he called for calm.

There are also the P & O ship

'Pacific Dawn' which sits off

Willis Island in North

Queensland near Cairns. There

are three crew members there

still waiting for tests for

swine flu. It's hoped those

tests will come through

negative later this morning but

fears obviously also held for

that, so those three crew

members are obviously facing a

nervous period at the moment.

Just before you take us through

a breakdown on the numbers

Australia wide for those who

may have been tested positive

for swine flu, at the

are, I understand there has Children's Hospital where you

been almost a daily rush of concerned parents bringing

children in to be tested? Yes.

There've been fairly crammed

waiting rooms. It is a

specifically design and set up

specifically design and set up

designated unit to deal with

the increased demand. Obviously concerned parents - my understanding is that something

like 2,500 cases of seasonal

flu and it's precisely the same

symptoms that people present

with. So obviously parents are

concerned when their children

have sniffles and these sorts

of symptoms. There is

definitely a rush. It's quite understandable. Take us

through the figures Australia

wide when it comes to the dying

knows sis of swine flu. 67 are confirmed nationally. That's

expected to jump today. People

are speculating on how exactly

how much it will jump, but 67

still remains confirmed. 34 of

those their Victoria, where

2,000 people remain in

quarantine. There's 18 in New

South Wales, 7 in Queensland, 3

in each of South Australia and the Australian Capital

Territory, and just one

confirmed case at the moment in

Western Australia. Luke

Waters, thank you so much. In

other news this morning the Pakistani government is blaming

the Taliban for a suicide bomb

that's killed at least 24

Militants shot at police people in the city of Lahore.

officers before detonating the

device, injuring 300 others.

The number of dead is expected

to rise. North Korea says it's

abandoning the truce that ended

threatened military action the Korean War. The regime

against countries who've signed

up to a US-led initiative to

search ships for nuclear

weapons. South Korea is among

the signatories. The UN

Security Council is considering new sanctions against North

Korea after it tested a nuclear

device and launched a series of

missiles into the Sea of

Japan. The Federal Government missiles into the Sea of

has refused to detail the steps

it's taking to secure the

release of an Australian

photographer kidnapped in

Somalia. Nigel Brennan and

Canadian journalist Amanda

Lindhout have been held in

Mogadishu since August. The

Foreign Affairs Minister

Stephen Smith says he fears

media coverage of the event

will jeopardise Nigel Brennan's

safety. Towns along Victoria's

Great Ocean Road could have 40m-wide fire breaks after

being identified as vulnerable

to fire. Victoria has submitted an application to the Federal

Government asking for twice the

usual allowance according to

Fairfax Media. The coastal

towns are considered high risk

as they're close to the Otway Ranges. The Royal Commission

into the Victoria bushfires

continues today. And the

Federal Opposition leader has

dismissed a report which puts

him among the 200 richest

people in Australia. The latest

BRW rich list places Malcolm

Turnbull's wealth at about $180

million. He said he did not

provide the magazine with

financial details, and the

figures were plucked out of the

air. Now, as Joe just

mentioned, the Federal

Government has refused to

detail the steps it's taking to

secure the release of the Australian photojournalist

in Somalia Nigel Brennan who was kidnapped

in Somalia nine months ago

along with a Canadian

Minister Stephen Smith told colleague. Foreign Affairs

'Lateline' last night that

media coverage isn't helping. I

think that prejudices our

prospects of returning him. So

I certainly won't go into

detail of what would generally

or normally be described as

operational matters when an

Australian citizen has been

kidnapped and frankly

kidnapped and frankly his life

is at risk. The Foreign

Minister Stephen Smith speaking

there on 'Lateline' last night.

The Federal Government has been

criticised for giving its $900 stimulus payments to thousands

of expats and dead people. For

more Hayden Cooper joins us now

from Canberra. We'd heard about

in before, about these payments

going to expats and dead

people, but a figure hadn't

been put on it? No, it hadn't.

But now we know that

But now we know that the figure

is $40 million. Steve Lewis

writing in News Limited papers

this morning has come up with

that figure from the Tax Office

and it suggests that $40

million of the most recent

stimulus effort was sent out to

the estates of dead people and also to Australians living

overseas. Now, the breakdown on

that is that around about

16,000 people who have died in

16,000 people who have died in

the last couple of years

received the $900 payments, and

about 27,000 people living

overseas were given the

stimulus payments. So I'm sure

this will bolster the

opposition's case that much of

the stimulus effort was wasted.

And no doubt Joe Hockey will

give you that line when he

talks to you later in the

show. I guess some of the money going to

money going to those estates

might eventually end up in the

economy, but it really is the

last thing that the government

needs as this debate continues? That's right. It is

the last thing the government

needs, and the money that went

overseas as well will be of no

good to Australia. It will be

used on economies in countries

like the UK. So it is not what

the government wants, and in question time, we will

question time, we will probably

hear more about it. The week so

far has been about debt for the

opposition. That has been their

principal line of questioning.

And they would seize these

figures in a hurry, I would

expect, when question time

rolls around again. What's

your take on how Malcolm

Turnbull emerges from getting

on the BRW rich list? I think

he would've been fairly

dismayed to see the political

debate turning in this

direction, because from Day 1

he has been trying to debunk

the claim that he's a bit of a

toff, and and to have this out

there would do him not a great

deal of good especially among

the battlers of Australia. But

having said that, I don't think

it's something that Labor will

really kick along for too

really kick along for too long. Apart from the obvious jibes

from backbenchers in question

time, it won't be something

taken up by the senior members

of the government, because

although the Turnbulls might be

worth $178 million, the Rudds

are worth about $50 million. So

you know what they say about

people in glass houses. I don't

think we'll hear a lot about

this from the Prime Minister .

They're not doing too badly themselves! Hayden Cooper,

thanks very much for that. The

Pakistani government says a

suicide car bomb attack in

Lahore is in retaliation

against its crackdown on the

Taliban in the Swat Valley.

The attack at a police building

has killed at least 24 people

and injured more than 300. The

building was all but on lit

rated. Officials say at least

two people in a car packed with

explosives tried to ram a

barrier outside the police emergency response unit. Then

they opened fire on security

guards, but failed to get past

a checkpoint, smashing into a

barrier instead, and the car

exploded on impact. This

witness says, "When the blast happened, everything went dark

in front of my eyes. Then there

was gun fire. It looked as if

there was a battle going on."

Emergency crews and volunteers

pulled the injured from the

rubble, with many going

straight to hospital. The force

of the explosion damaged nearby buildings in the heart of

Lahore's commercial district.

Local television's been showing

pictures of police arresting

two suspects at the scene. We

hope that Pakistan and India

could join hands together to

fight this spectre of terror.

There's been no immediate claim

of responsibility, but

suspicion has inevitably fallen

on the Taliban and groups

linked to al-Qaeda. The blast

has been labelled a revenge

attack for the latest offensive

against the Taliban in

north-west Pakistan. I believe

that anti-Pakistan elements who

want to destabilise our country

and see defeat in Swat have now

turned to our cities. The

Prime Minister has condemned

the blast, and blamed state

enemies. It's the third major

attack in Lahore in recent months.

Now for the first time this

morning let's look at front

pages of the major newspapers.

The 'Australian' reports

resurgent unions will challenge

the Rudd Government with a new

round of workplace demands. The

'Financial Review' says the ANZ

has kick-started a multibillion dollar fundraising plan to help

its expansion in Asia. The

'Age' reports swine flu is

still on rise with one in five

Australians predicted to catch

the H1N1 influenza strain. The

'Herald Sun' says the Rudd

Government has wasted $40

million by paying the $900

economic stimulus bonus to dead people

people and expats. Some of

Sydney's largest public

hospitals are buckling under

debt according to the 'Sydney

Morning Herald'. The 'Daily

Telegraph' has photos of a Sydney family quarantined with

swine flu on the 70th floor of

their apartment building. The

'Advertiser' warns more than

half Australia could catch

swine flu in the worst case

scenario outlined by a leading

vaccine researcher. Australia's

Top End is suffering from

outbreaks of swine flu,

whooping cough and mozzie

disease. They stole yesterday's

'Herald Sun' outline there, outbreak. Nicola Roxon has warned Australians to expect

swine flu deaths reports the

Canberra 'Times'. The 'Mercury'

says the Tasmanian Government is blaming bad apple bureaucrats after details of the State's Budget were leaked

for the third day in a row. The

controversial former WA Premier

Brian Burke is among the

creditors stung by the collapse

of Great Southern according to

the 'West Australian'. The

Courier-Mail says passengers

being kept in swine new

quarantine on board the

'Pacific Dawn' cruise ship are

seasick. If you'd like to send

us your feed Pack on any of the stories we're covering today,

here are our contact details:

These are the top stories on

'ABC News Breakfast'. The

Federal Government has launched

a national television offensive

about the spread of swine flu.

The number of cases has risen

to 67, and is expected to spike

by the end of the week. The country's Chief Medical Officer

Dr Jim Bishop says this could

infect up to 2 million people. The Pakistani government has blamed the

Taliban for a suicide bomb

attack that's killed at least

24 people in the city of

Lahore. Militants shot at

police officers before

detonating the device. Another

300 people were injured. North

Korea has threatened to attack its southern neighbour after

pulling out of the armistice

that ended the Korean War. The UN Security Council is

considering new sanctions

against North Korea after it

tested a nuclear device earlier

this week.

The death toll from cyclone

Aila which hit the coast of

Bangladesh and India's West

Bengal state has risen to 18

1 Emergency teams are

struggling to rescue victims

and to deliver food and fresh

water to the worst-affected

areas. This wet season's

biggest storm so far has left

hundreds of thousands of people

homeless. And rescue workers

racing to help them.

Bangladesh's disaster

management minister says more

than 500 kilometres of levees

were washed away on the

country's outer islands. In

India, more than 40 mudslides

have caused havoc after the

fierce storm flooded West

Bengal state and blasted

through the State's

capital. The basic problem is

from last year, disasters have

happened. We are not getting

electricity as well as water

supply. Beyond the city, the

army has moved in to help those

stranded and to deliver basic

supplies. There are some

helicopters, they are doing air

drops, giving some food out,

food means drinking water and

all this. But we feel there are

some areas that are really damaged. Officials say the

death toll is likely to rise as

rehaef workers reach outlying

villages. The tidal surge has

also flooded the state's

mangrove forest. The largest in

the world, and home to several

protected tiger species.

Conservationists have begun a

search in the forest which is

home to 650 Bengal tigers

according to a recent survey.

Finance now. US car maker

General Motors is closer to

bankruptcy this morning after a

debt for equity offer to bond

holders was unsuccessful. The

offer to exchange about $34

billion in debt for a 10% stake

in a reorganised company fell

short of the target set with

the Obama administration. Fuel

refiner Caltex is making a move

into the retail stakes with

plans to spend $300 million on

more than 300 Mobil branded

service stations in the eastern

States. The plan has been

criticise ed for its

concentration of market power

and is still subject to

approval from the competition

regulator. We believe that this

deal of acquiring 302 Mobil

sites actually improves our

competitiveness as a retailer

in Australia. So we're hopeful

that the ACCC will approve the

acquisition. We accept several

months for the ACCC to go

through its processes. But with

that done we'd hope to finalise

the deal first quarter next

year. The ANZ has finally done what everyone was expecting it

to do and asked its shareholders for more

funds. The move has boosted

ANZ's balance sheet and now

gives it significant firepower

in its bid to buy distressed

assets in Asia. Andrew Robb

Bert son reports. With the

other big banks already having

gone back to their shareholders

for billions of dollars, it was

only a matter of time before

ANZ followed suit, something

conceded by the Chief Executive

at the bnk's last profit result. Capital is about when

you need it, you have to raise

it, or when the opportunity

comes to raise it, you should

do. Both need and opportunity

are behind ANZ's move. Need

because the bank is bidding for

some of the Asian assets of

Royal Bank of Scotland and

opportunity because ANZ's share

price has risen strongly in

recent months as confidence has returned to the share

market. It's more about the

timetable of the assets that

they're looking to bid for or some pre-bid conditions is why

they've gone now. And there

have been some large capital

raisings over the last few

weeks. At some point that

window will close. However, IG

Markets analyst Chris Weston

believes ANZ also has a nervous eye on its capital

position. Their tier 1 ratio

probably is at the shy end of

the other freeze situation at the moment. We know the situation is expected to

deteriorate. If you look at the

economic situation and some of

the metrics there, they're

expected to get worse. There

are some who think ANZ has

brought forward its capital raising because of ASIC's

surprise earlier than expected

lifting of the ban on short

selling of financial stocks. But Donald Williams says the

threat of attack from hedge

funds has eased. I think people

are underweight financials, and

I think that the big gains from

selling financials short have

been made. But also, the

underlying conditions for the

financials are improving. The

institutional placement is

being made at $14.40 a share,

which is a discount of just

7.5% to

7.5% to Tuesday's closing price

of $15.57. It's one of the

smallest discounts on a placement since financial

markets began to implode more

than 18 months ago. It's an

indication that the risk

appetite of investors has

definitely gone up. And it's

also an indication of improving

markets and improving

confidence generally. While

ANZ was shoring up its balance

sheet and promoting its latest expansion plans,

Queensland-based Suncorp Metway

was revealing how it's still

being buff felted by the global

financial crisis. Third-quarter

bad debt charges were $136

million, with total impaired

loans up 26% to $1.2 billion.

And the company has warned that

for the full year, its bad debt

charges will be higher than

previously expected. It was

something which took the market

by surprise and was reflected

in a 3% fall in Suncorp's share

price. If you look at Suncorp

as a stock, it's trading at

about 20% discount to its peers

in terms of price earnings. You

can see how much out of favour

it is at the moment. Suncorp

Metway says it's pushing ahead

with a major restruck door

which could lead to the

creation of a non-operating

holding company owning key

assets in a move reminiscent of

Macquarie Group's

reorganisation a couple of years ago.

To the figures now. US

stocks are still trading and

have fallen after yesterday's


Vanessa O'Hanlon will be

with us soon to take a look at

the national weather. And then,

we will be doing our swine flu

review, and reviewing the

papers for us today will be the

presenter of Insiders and

Offsiders on ABC1, Barrie

Cassidy. Now with sport here's

Paul Kennedy. Good morning.

Anthony Mundine has had the

best night of his boxing career,

career, claiming a middleweight

world title in a split decision

over Tasmanian Danny Geale.

Unlike most of Mundine's other

fights this was a great

all-Australian bout. Here are

some of the highlights.

This is fast and this is

tough! A straight right from


Mundine hurt Geale there, had

him offbalance.

Oh, Mundine - on the end of

a right hand, and Mundine


What a performance! 36 of the

toughest minutes you could ever imagine.

imagine. Daniel Geale and Anthony Mundine, we are proud

of both of you!

It could go either way. So

many of those rounds were


The winner ... by split

decision ... and new IBO

middleweight champion of the world, Anthony Mundine!

Yeah!!! Yeah! That's how it

feels. Whether you support me,

whether you don't support me,

you support a boxer tonight,

but let me tell you, Daniel

Geale is one son of a gun. I

knew it would be a hard fight.

That's why I want to give a round

round of applause for Daniel.

But I ... am ... the ... new

... middleweight ... champion

of the world. IBO buddy. I want

the world! I want the world!

Barcelona leads Manchester

United 2-0 in the UEFA

Champions League. It's their

79th minute at the moment. The

scorers were Cameroon superstar

Samuel Etoo and Argentinian Lionel Messi.

It's in for Barcelona. They

score early against the run of

play and Samuel Etoo is the

man. As he was in 2006 in Paris.

The header is superb and

Lionel Messi has scored his

ninth Champions League goal! In

basketball, the Orlando leads

Cleveland 3-1 in the FBA

conference play-offs. Game 4

went into overtime after Le

Bron James tied that match. But

he couldn't land another buzzer-beater. Let's look at the action.

He's tripped up with 5/10ths

of a second to go.

And he hits it! He got the

roll! On the front rim! To tie

the game!

Le Bron James actually made

one of those shots, called the

buzzer beater, in Game 2. He is

the world's best basketball

player but his team-mates

aren't lifting so looks like

they might go down. Is that called a 3

called a 3 pointer? Yeah that

would've been a 3

pointer. Gettin' there! You're

a bit of a boxing fan. How did

you rate that bout? It was a

good fight. I tapeed it last

night, got in early this

morning and watched most of

it. Minute by minute! You're

officially a tragic. That's

hilarious. We have to explain

this. He won a world title but

it was the IBO title and it's

the least important of all the

World Titles in the

World Titles in the

middleweight division. But it

now really places him well. He

said last night he will go

overseas now and fight a couple

of the big guns. In the world

he is rated No. 3 in

middleweight. He's just been

coming down to middleweight.

That's his second fight at

middleweight. 72 kg, I think it

is. Now he will pace Kelly

Pavlic or Arthur Abrahams or

Felix Stern. Those

Felix Stern. Those three guys

are the top fighters in that

division in the world. Danny

Geale was a really good firter

but he the ranked 18 by the

people who know best. Up until

now, what did you think about

the performance of Mundine and

the fighters that he took on up

until last night? I've been

impressed by the way he has

been coming down. He has been coming down

coming down to middleweight for

the last 18 months. He has beaten everyone in front of

him. He was expected to do so,

but Danny Geale, he is a

younger man and on the way up

you would think, although he is

28, but his perform ances - you

could question them, because

the opponents weren't great but

he has had a plan and it looks

like the plan is now coming to

true wigs and he said he wants to take on the world, so

to take on the world, so I will

look forward to watching

it. But me said --

he said it in an American

accent. The man got a plan! You

can watch the show live on the

web from anywhere. Just go to

the web sites and click on the

watch live icon. On a foggy

morning in Sydney, here's Vanessa O'Hanlon with the

weather. Good morning, Joe. A

reminder with poor visibility

in Sydney, motorists are asked

in Sydney, motorists are asked

to take care on the roads. For the rest New South Wales today

there is a weak trough moving

with the cloud. That's causing

showers mostly about the

ranges, but it will move

further up into the north east

today. A north west cloud band

is building over the western

and central interior. Over the

next few days, it will move

further south-east and

intensify, generating patchy

rain and thunder. Just the odd

light shower over the southern

coasts in cool southerly winds. The cool

The cool southerlies will mostly affected Tasmania,

southern Victoria and also

coastal South Australia, with a

trough slowly moving through

swils and Queensland,

conditions will become windier

and wetter over the next few

days, but it won't be as severe

as last week. The showers will

increase over the weekend.

Troughs in the west will cause

rain, mostly over the interior.

Unfortunately most of the west

coast will miss out with dry

easterlies instead.

I will see you in half an


The top story on 'ABC News

Breakfast' - Australia's Chief

Medical Officer says he expects about 2 million Australians

will contract swine flu this

winter. Confirmed cases of the

virus are rising every day, and

authorities are expecting a

spike in numbers by the end of

this week. Virologists say

interest may yet be Australian

interest may yet be Australian

swine flu deaths but health

authorities are urging people

not to panic. Television has

become the latest weapon in

stopping swine from you. You

can minimise the spread of flu by covering your mouth and nose

when you sneeze or cough,

disposing of used tissues in

the bin. But the new strain of

H1N1 influenza is establishing

a foothold here. There are more

than 60 confirmed cases in

than 60 confirmed cases in

Australia, and thousands of people from the cruise ship

which brought in at least 18

cases are in voluntary

isolation. We've just spent

nine days together on the

cruise ship. So coming home and spending another seven days

together, it's great!! Really

good! (Laughs) The 'Pacific

Dawn' is now parked off Willis

Island east of Cairns. Three

crew members have flu symptoms and authorities don't want

and authorities don't want the ship to dock. New South Wales

is now treating all passenger ships as if they are carrying

the virus. It's as if that's an

affected country. The Prime Minister is expecting the

number of cases to take off

over the next few days. The Australian community should

prepare for the number of swine

flu cases to continue to

increase, consistent with

pattern that we have seen in

other countries around the world. That pattern

world. That pattern includes

possible deaths. We do know

that this swine flu has a quite

hard edge to it. That is, a

small proportion of cases can

be much more severe. And we have seen that in some of the

deaths that have occurred, for

example, in the United States. Health authorities say so far,

all cases in Australia are

mild, although it's understood

this are several swine

this are several swine flu

patients in hospital. Some

virologists say this strain is

being underestimated. So we'll

certainly see deaths from this

virus. It's just at this stage

the number of cases is so low

that it's hard to pick that

up. Australia's Chief Medical

Officer, Dr Jim Bishop, is now

expecting 10% of the population

or up to 2 million Australians

to get sick. However, there are

even higher estimates. I think we could

we could see anywhere between

10 to 30% of the population

getting sick from this virus.

We could see quite a high

number of deaths, higher than

normal seasonal flu. We will

see our hospital systems and

health care systems stretched

to the maximum. And we'll see

high levels of absenteeism from

the workplace, from school.

Even in a mild form, swine flu

could seriously hurt the

economy. Given the results from

our earlier work, it could be

around $2 billion lost from the

economy. Most of that comes

from people staying away from work. The Reserve Bank board

member and academic has

compared the current swine flu

to the major pandemics of the

last century, including the

severe 1918 Spanish flu

outbreak. This appears to be

quite a mild influenza

outbreak, similar to a standard

influenza cycle. And we have

enough information to make some rough estimates, and it is

billions of dollars.

Businesses, even small firms,

are being urged to plan now for

pandemic disruptions. They're

also being reminded they have a

duty of care to their staff to

help stop the spread of the


Are you living in swine flu

quarantine? Let us know how quarantine? Let us know how you're going.

In other news this morning the Pakistan government has

blamed the Taliban for a

suicide bomb attack that killed

at least 24 people in the city

of Lahore. Militants shot pat

police officers before

detonating the device, which

injured 300 people. The number of dead

of dead is expected to rise.

North Korea says it's

abandoning the truce that ended

the Korean War. The regime has

threatened military action against countries who have

signed up to a US-led

initiative which allows the US

to search ships for nuclear

weapons. South Korea is among

the signatories. The UN

Security Council is considering new sanctions against North

Korea after it tested a nuclear device and launched a series of

missiles into the Sea of Japan.

The Federal Government has

refused to detail the steps

it's taking to secure the

release of an Australian

photographer who was kidnapped

in Somalia. Nigel Brennan and

Canadian journalist Amanda

Lindhout have been held in

Mogadishu since August. The Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith says he fears

media coverage of the event

will jeopardise Nigel Brennan's safety. Aboriginal children are

subject to abuse at a greater

rate than previously thought,

according to a new crime report. The Australian Crime

Commission is expected to find

there's been significant

underreporting of serious

crime, this according to News

Limited papers today. Child

abuse was one of the major

types of crime uncovered by the

ACC. The Federal Opposition

leader has dismissed an

estimate which puts him among

the 200 richest people in

Australia. The latest BRW rich Australia. The latest BRW rich list places Malcolm Turnbull's

wealth at about $1 # 8 million.

He said he did not provide the

magazine with his financial

details and the figures were

just plucked out of the

air. Leading climate economist

Sir Nicholas Stern says

Australia will have more

influence at global climate

negotiations if it commits to

higher emissions reduction

targets. He told the 7.30 Report that Australia must

commit to deeper CO2 cuts and

invest in green technology if

it wants to be taken seriously

at the Copenhagen climate

conference. If you went into

the high range of 5 to 20, if

Australia was a leader in

technologies as I think that it

could be and shared those

technologies, if Australia

contributed to the challenges

of avoiding deforestation for

example in its close neighbours

in Indonesia and Papua New

Guinea, I think if there was a

combination of contributions

like that, all of which I think

Australia is eminently capable

of doing and would stand it in

great stead going forward in

terms of growth, then I think

Australia would be regarded as

coming into the

coming into the vanguard. Sir

Nicholas Stern speaking on the

7.30 Report now. Returning now

to the story of the journalist

held hostage in Australia. Australian photographer Nigel

Brennan from Bundaberg and can

naid Canadian Amanda Lindhout

were on a freelance assignment

when they were kidnapped. Nigel

Brennan hadn't been heard from

for months. Last August he and other journalists were

kidnapped by a group calling

itself the Mujaheddin itself the Mujaheddin of

Somalia. Over the weekend a man

thought to be Nigel Brennan

spoke to an agency journalist.

He said he'd been shackled for

the last four months, that his

health was extremely poor and

deteriorating rapidly due to an

extreme fever. In January this

were drivers and translator

were released. This man told

'Lateline' that neither the

Canadian more the Australian

Governments have been in

contact with him since his contact with him since his

release. No, I have said to

you. Some of the questions

because of my family's security

and even my colleagues are

still being held, so you are a

journalist and I'm a

journalist, so try to

comprehend everything. In the

brief interview, Nigel Brennan

asked for help from the

Australian Government and for

his family. The press agency

says they weren't able to ask questions and

questions and the two western journalists seemed to have been

told what to say. The

37-year-old photographer from

Bundaberg and his Canadian

colleague have now spent more

than 260 days in custody. Their

translator says no ransom

should be paid. Ransom money

will encourage to be kidnapped

for other journalists by the

kidnappers. If the people can

get another way in which they can

can help Amanda and Nigel, it

is good. But ransom money is

not good. Amanda Lindhout reportedly said she'd been sick

for months and was being kept

alone in a dark room. The

families of the western

journalists are reportedly

treating this news as

confirmation that the pair are

alive and in relatively good

health. Their translator says

he was not so lucky. I was

treated very, very bad. They

have beaten me already. And I

was the only one who has been

beaten by the kidnappers. The

other two drivers, they didn't

beat them. I couldn't imagine

what they are doing to Nigel

and Amanda. He says he will

soon ask the Canadian and

Australian Governments to

accept him as a refugee.

Distressing to she those

shots but as the families say

at least they know they're

alive. Now, a group of glowing

monkeys is evidence that

scientists have for the first

time been able to genetically

modify primates and in such a

way that the implanted gene is

inherited by their

offspring. Scientists are

claiming this marks a

breakthrough in treatment of

genetic diseases such as

Parkinson's, but animal rights

campaigners say it's unethical.

Under ultraviolet light a

few years ago came the strange

sight of mice modified to glow

in the dark. Some say this is a

step too far. The mice had a

gene added and it's the glow

that proves it's there. Cats

have been used in a similar

process. Also injected with a

gene. Researchers say this

technique should help develop

new therapies and cures,

especially with the news today.

From Japan, these pictures of

marmosets, the first primates

to be modified, the closest

creatures to us to be

artificially altered in this

way. A pair of feet in close-up

glowing in the dark. The

starting point for this project

was a jellyfish, one that's

fluorescent. Researchers

studied its DNA and manage to

isolate the gene involved.

Then, they took the embryo of a

marmoset and using a harmless

virus, they injected the gene

that causes the glowing and it

took hold. The result - the

feet you can see in the dark.

And there's more. This baby

marmoset was fathered by one of

the modified monkeys. The

creation of a new line which

researchers hope will

accelerate the hunt for better

treatment. We're at an early

stage at moment, so it's

difficult to say how useful

this will be, but it's next

stage in trying to develop or

mimic Parkinson's, and once we

can get this developed, it

could take one year, two years,

five years, it's very difficult

to say. But how far should

this go? Recently these beagles

were modified. They carry the

gene that glows. Critics say this this research is just

wrong. There is a line

ethically that people are uncomfortable with. People

don't want to see experiments

done on chimpanzees, for

example. People don't want to

see painful experiments done on

monkeys because their capacity

to suffer is too great.

Images from the world's

conflict zones have been

captured by the Red Cross over

the years. Their impact on

women subject of a photo

exhibition that's been around

Australia and will open in

Hobart tomorrow.

I watched the images, and I

related to lot of them because

a lot of family and

a lot of family and friends

have told the stories of

similar incidents happening to


It wasn't a comfortable

feeling because I'm a very

emotional person, and I'd love

to help the world if I could.

This woman is a Bosnian refugee

who has never experienced war. She has never

She has never seen death and

destruction first hand. This

photo here is my parents, mum

and dad. But she knows the feeling of despair when loved

ones are caught up in


The world watched on as the former Yugoslavia

former Yugoslavia tore itself

apart in a war marked by

brutality, genocide and the

blurring of civilian and military lines and lives.

When I heard that on the

news, I've put my head into a

pillow and I cried myself to

sleep every night. And then a

few months after not knowing

what happened to our

what happened to our family, we

received a handwritten message

from Red Cross saying that they

were safe and alive, and they

were all OK. So that was a big

relief. Gratitude motivated this

woman to participate in an woman to participate in an

exhibition of war photographs

organised by the Red Cross. These pictures show the many

faces of war and have been

touring Australia for the past

few months. Taken over many

years from the world's conflict

zones, these photos offer a

glimpse into a life affected by war. Particularly from a

woman's perspective. It shows that women injuring times of

armed conflict aren't just

victims. Women have terrible

things visited upon them during

times of armed conflict.

However, women are also - play

a range of roams. They are

courageous, they show resilience, they learn new


Some show happy moments such

as family reunions. Others are

confronting in a very graphic

way. Then there are those that

harbour a lot more than meets

the eye. Why do you like this

photo so much? I find this a

really moving photograph. What

it depicts is a lady called

Ditza from the former

Yugoslavia, from the boz nee

Herzegovina. She is looking

through a book which helps

people who have lost family

members identify their family

members. In her instance her

husband and two sons.

Certainly, this has a story to

it, because a couple of years

ago, she was advised through

some DNA testing that they'd

found one of the bones of her

husband, and one of her sons.

So whilst it wasn't a happy

ending it's an ending that

stops her uncertainty. The ultimate aim of the

exhibition, though, is to raise

awareness about the

international laws that protect

women in times of war in the

hope that fewer atrocities will

be committed, and more

tragedies avoided.

You're watching 'ABC News

Breakfast'. The top stories

this morning - the Federal

Government has launched a national television offensive

on the spread of swine flu. The

number of cases has risen to

67, and is expected to spike by

the end of the week. The

country's Chief Medical Officer

Dr Jim Bishop says the virus

could infect up to 2 million

people. The Pakistan government

has blamed the Taliban for a suicide bomb attack which

killed at least 24 people in

the city of Lahore. Militants

shot at police officers before detonating the device and

another 300 people were injured. And North Korea has

threatened to attack its

southern neighbour after

pulling out of the armistice

that ended the Korean War. The UN Security Council is

considering new sanctions

against North Korea after it

tested a nuclear device earlier

this week. Chr For a look at

the national papers, we're

joined by the host of ABC TV's

Insiders and Offsiders, Barrie

Cassidy. Good morning. Good

morning. I will resist the

temptation this morning to talk

about the swine flu. I will put

the swine flu in the same

category as Peter Costello. I

will get back to those stories

when either it or he are serious. In the meantime we'll

leave it alone. Big call there! A few million

Australians about to get it,

but don't you worry about

that! Then we'll talk about it.

Now, the BRW rich list is on

the front page of the 'Age' and

some other newspapers. Some

really interesting aspects to

this. The fact that Anthony

Pratt is No. 1 on the list and

he inherited most of that money

just in the last month or so.

Frank Lowy's fortune has halved

because of the share prices.

And the same with one or two

others. You've got to look a

long way down the list to find

Mr James Packer? Andrew

Forrest, $2.4 billion, last $7 billion again because of the

failing share prices. But yes,

the one that gets all the

attention is Malcolm Turnbull

who comes in in at about

180-something. It's interesting

in a way that he sort of

responded to this and I suppose

Bill Heffernan as well, who

attacked the media for even

questioning him about this

because he says, what are you

guys on about? Why are they so

sensitive to this. Why doesn't

he just said I have top well, I

am capable of leading a

political party, I can do the

job? The fear is that maybe some people think how could you understand how I live when

you're so wealthy? Maybe that's

the fear. But most Australians

would say, well, I wish I had

the smarts and I wish I had the same opportunities to be as

successful as you've been. I

think it's an interesting case

study in how you can lose

perspective and lose your nerve

in that fish bowl of a job. He

started out in that way. He

started out claims his heritage, claiming his waetd

and saying I have done well,

now I want to give to the

country. Now I will get paid

very, very little to do this

public service. And that spray

from Bill Heffernan was just

bizarre. I don't understand

where it came from. As Laurie

Oakes said to him at the time, we're just asking questions

here, we weren't making

judgments about it. This is

how that happened. They this a

Biggest Morning Tea event an an

knell crab writing in the

'Sydney Morning Herald' said

that Laurie Oakes was lying in

wait at this minor function. He

said "For a politician, that's

like coming home and seeing the cop car outside your front

door. You know there's something afoot, that you have

problems ahead." She goes on

beautifully, Mr Turnbull is one

of nature's optimists. Hello

Laurie, he began brightly.

You're really not here to club

me over the head, are you? And

Laurie Oakes's first words were "Congratulations. Started very

well. From then on, an knell

crab called it turn Turnbull's

filly bus tee of fear. --

filly buster of fear. In one of

the shots you could see Malcolm Turnbull looking at Bill

Heffernan launching into it and

thinking, you're not helping

me! Leave it alone Bill. Governor-Generals, why isn't we

have one like Canada's has?

This is one is out of the

box! She has gone out into the

ice country and she has shared

- they slaughtered a seal for

Herben fit and then she gutted

the seal herself and then said

"Can I cult out heart" she then

ate the heart and said it

tasted like sushi. She did all

this because they wanted to

identify with the Inuit people.

They're under pressure because

of the ban on seals in the

European Union. But that was

quite a performance, to go into

the wilds and do that. I read

this report this morning.

Remind me again, though, did

she really cut it out herself? She didn't slaughter

the seal but she did cut out

the heart herself. And then ate

the heart. With bloodied

fingers. Well, you would, the

heart's still bloody. Quentin Bryce's made a point of going

and visiting the troops with

the hard hat on but I can't see

her going to those kinds of lengths in inland Australia? She will have to go

out into the Aboriginal

communities and ... what ...

share a witch et tee grub or a

goanna. A tourist does that!

On the same page in the 'Age'

is the photograph of President

Obama with his appointment to

the High Court. She Hispanic

and she'd be the first Hispanic

if she goes through the whole

process unscathed and she'd be

the third woman. It reminds me,

why is Sol Trujillo so

sensitive about being Hispanic?

Somebody very proud of her race

here. It's the first thing that

people say when her name comes

up. She's Hispanic. You're very

familiar with the Washington

process. Just describe for us,

'cause it really beggars understanding here in

Australia, just how gruelling

that confirmation process can

be, and how unsuccessful it can

be? She has been through the

process once or twice before as

she has risen up the ranks and

they do have to do that from a

fairly junior level, but she

will be grilled on all of her

personal issues. She's

pro-abortion for a start. That

will create some problems with

many of the Republican

supporters. But her whole life

will be examined. Every

decision she has ever taken.

Her most famous decision was

she broke the baseball strike

10 years ago when the game

ground to a halt. And she found

in favour of the players, they were trying to replace the

players with others and she

found that breached workplace

agreements. And that in the end

was what got the players back

and the game going again. I

hear there are Hispanic people

in the States who, on hearing

this , were emotional. How

significant is it from your

experience over there in terms

of an Hispanic person getting

to that position? It will be

huge. She's from Puerto Rico.

Tiny community but Hispanics generally a such larger

community of that's one of the reasons why Barack Obama would

look at this appointment,

because they're not traditionally Democrats but

this may I guess warm the

Hispanics towards the

Democrats. For those of us who

are fans of 'The West Wing',

the Obama administration

continues to parallel the last series of 'The West Wing' with

an Hispanic Supreme Court

judge. You can be too clever

by half but that one seems to

be quite a good appointment.

The other one I wanted to

mention is in the 'Telegraph'.

They have an exclusive story suggesting that the latest in

the Cronulla arrangement may be

they're about to appoint a

woman as chairperson. For all

the problems they've had pat

Cronulla they think this is the

answer. Her name is Madeleine

Tyne. She is a car dealer that's one of the major

sponsors of the club. She has

been around the club a long

time. They feel maybe this is

the way to change their image. This are serious

concerns that the club will not

survive this? They were in trouble surviving anyway because they were down and out

in terms of finances. They were

trying to get off to the

Central Coast and then that

failed but it's just been an

extraordinary run of outs. Now

Paul Gallen their captain has

been fined $10,000 for racial

vilification. He says he will

appeal against it. If the NRL

is serious they should say OK

that's $20,000 because you

clearly don't get it. If he

still appeals, $40,000 until he

finally says, oh I see you're

mad at me. There is a real "Sit

down and shut up" moment needed

in all of this. That's a

classic case that one. This is

going to be seen as a far too

late bandaid, isn't it? I

imagine so she'd be the first

woman to be chairperson of an

NRL club. I don't think it's happened in the AFL

either. Thank you, Barrie. You

can watch all of 'ABC News

Breakfast' streamed live every


Here's Paul Kennedy with sport. Thanks, Joe. Good

morning. Barcelona has beaten

Manchester United 2-0 in the

UEFA Champions League final in

Rome. The Spanish team scored

after 10 minutes against the

flow of play. At that stage

anyway. Manchester United never

really looked like winning

after that. Anthony Mundine won

a split decision over Danny

Geale to claim the IBO

middleweight world title last

night. The fight was a classic.

It lasted 12 rounds and the judges gave Mundine the points

decision by 1 point. He will

fight overseas now against the

world's best. To tennis. Lleyton Hewitt has won through

to the third round. French Open

with a straight sets victory.

His reward is a match-up

against world No. 1 Rafael

Nadal. The Spaniard was

typically clinical in his

second-round match winning 6-1,

6-4, 6-2, and in the women's

draw, Maria Sharapova came back

from struggling at 2-4 in the

third set to beat Petrova 8-6 and progress to the third

round. The former world No. 1

has recently resumed playing

after a long injury

lay-off. Very sorry to hear the

news about Man U. Do you need a

tissue? No, it's OK. They're

not my No. 1 team. Our floor

manager need as tissue. He is

in tears! Rooney and Ronaldo

couldn't come up with the

goods? They didn't fire. Lionel

Messi scored the second goal

for Barcelona. And there has

been a lost talk over this

season whether he is actually a

better player than Ronaldo. He

came second in the player of

the year so he wins today! Thanks, Paul. Now here's

Vanessa O'Hanlon with a look at

the weather and it's been a

very dry start to the year in

mbl? Certainly has, Joe. The

driest since 1967, with only 99

mm, 160 short of the average.

And there's not much on the

radar for the rest of the day,

either. 5 mm of rain possibly

today. A north west cloud band

is also building over the

western and central interior.

Over the next few days, it will

move further south-east and intensify, generating patchy

rain and thunder. A weak trough

is moving with the cloud in New

South Wales. This will also

cause some rain about the ranges and it will move further

into the north east today. As

the trough slowly moves through New South Wales and Queensland, continues will become windier

and wetter over the next few

days, but it won't be as severe

as last week. The showers will

increase over the weekend. The cool southerlies will affect

most of Tasmania, southern

Victoria and coastal South

Australia, and the troughs over

in the west will cause rain. It

will intensify over the next

few days but unfortunately most

of the west coast will miss out

with the dry easterlies


I will see you soon. Still

ahead on 'ABC News Breakfast' -

Small Business Minister Craig

Emerson joins us to explain why

dead people and expats got a

big swag of the stimulus. I

don't think Craig Emerson is on

the BRW rich list. Small Business Minister? Probably

not. That's all coming up

after? Very short break on 'ABC

News Breakfast'. Stay with us.

Australia breakses itself

for a spike in swine flu cases,

with the country's top doctor

warning 2 million could become

infected. Pakistan blames the

Taliban for a suicide bomb

that's killed dozens of people

in the city of Lahore. North

Korea threatens a military

strike on the south after

abandoning the armistice that

that ended the Korean War. And

Anthony Mundine claims his

Third World title in a split

decision and says he's ready to

fight overseas.

Good morning. It's Thursday,

28 May. I'm Virginia

Trioli. I'm Joe O'Brien. The

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