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Australia is ranked last

among developed nation in

preparing for a clean energy future. Another double dissolution trigger, the Rudd

Government is accused of

playing politics with health

care. Jockeys to meet the

Australian Racing Board to try

to resolve the standoff over

whipping rules and a semifinal

upset at the US Open. Rafael

Nadal thrashed by Juan Martin

del Potro. Good morning. It's

Virginia Trioli and I'm Joe Monday 1 # September. I'm

O'Brien. The top story on News

Breakfast - Australia has been

ranked last Amon developed

countries in terms of readiness

to... The first G20 Carbon

Competitiveness Report said

Australia was nowhere near

ready to maintain its wealth

while reducing its carbon

emissions. The report was

co-authored by and found

Australia was amound the worst

performing countries in meeting

the global greenhouse gas

emissions target. For more on this Melissa Clarke joins us

now from Canberra. This surely

will come as a bit of a blow on

Kevin Rudd. He's staking his

Government's credentials on its

approach? It's certainly a blow

but it's probably not a

surprising one. This report

finds the fact that Australia

has such a reliance on commodity exports that are

emissions intensive, that

Australia has such a focus on

coal generated electricity, we

have high consumption and high

car use across Australia, this

report finding that those

factors mean that among the

G20, among the 20 wealthest

nations in the world, Australia

is one of the least prepared to

move to a carbon friendly

economy and that if limits were

imposed as of right now,

Australia would be in a very

bad position in terms of

attracting investment to

Australia because of its high

carbon emotions The other

mantra that we hear reported to

the fact where it's back jargon

is the need to create green ons

and read in the paper that some

member of the CMFEU thinks this

is a bit of a furphy anyway. If

that's the future, Australia is

not well positioned there

either ? The report says that

money and investment around the

world global capital, is going

to flow to the Neil Craigs that

are best prepared for a low

carbon economy to nations like

France where they're already

well ahead, they've got a

strong reliance on nuclear

energy which is much greener in

terms of emissions, that

investments more likely to flow

there because costs imposed on

businesses will be much less

and the economy will be more productivity, so Australia

obviously isn't rating very

well there. But another interesting point of this

report is the pace at which

countries are moving to low

carbon emission and to a more

carbon friendly economy and

whether they're moving quick

enough to meet the stated

target of keeping greenhouse

gas es mes to #4r50 PPHM. This

report finding there are only

two countries in the G-20,

Mexico and Argentina that on on

track to mayortary part of

their obligations. All the

other nations are nowhere near.

Automatic is particularly low

down at 16. Turning to matters

more political in Australia,

what is happening with the

Government's desire to attempt

to recall the Senate in order

to get some legislation passed

through? Well, the Government's

making a lot of noise but it

might be that it's bark is

worse than its bite because

it's making a lot of noise

about trying to recall the

Senate in December so that it

can try and get this move to

insurance rebate through by the means test the private health

end of the year. It can't get

its three month constitutional

lapse to make it a double

dissolution trigger unless it

dauls parliament back in December, otherwise it would

have to wait until the new year

but the Government can't do

that, unless the Senate agrees

to extend its sitting and which

case you need the majority of

Senators to agree to that and

they've made it clear that

they're not keen on that idea.

We've had Nick Xenophon say it

would be a blatantly political

move and a waste of taxpayers'

money to bring back the

parliament in December when the

matter could be just as easily

dealt with in the new year. The

Government is trying to use a

throw its weight around and put

a bit of pressure on the

Senate. In other news, jockey

also meet the Australian Racing

Board to try to resolve a

dispute about whipping rules.

Jockeys walkinged after the job

last week to protest about

wruls the number of times. Own

on say they're prepared to continue their fight and

disrupt the spring racing

carnival if necessary. The Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

says there's still work to be

done before peace talks can

resume with Palestinians. Mr

Benjamin Netanyahu made the

comments before a meeting with

the US Envoy George Mitchell.

He's in Israel trying to

kick-start talks, Mr Mitchell

wants a freeze on Jewish

settlement construction in the

West Bank. A man charged over

the death of the cruise ship

passenger Dianne Brimble is due

to stand trial in Sydney today.

South Australian Mark Wilhelm

has pleaded not guilty to

manslaughter and simplying Ms

Brim prim with the date rape

drug fantasy on a P & O ship.

Her body was found in a cabin

shared by three men in 2002. An

Australian-led team of retchers

may have scored an important

breakthrough in the treatment

of hepatitis C. They've

identified a variant in a gene

linked to the treatment of

chronic hepatitis. Researchers say the finding could help

treatment of the chronic

disease. It's a leading cause

of liver disease. And

environmentaler if officers

mont orring a beached whale say

it's unlikely it will survive.

The whale washed up up on to

City Beach in Perth on Sunday.

Officers say it was probably

attacked by a pod of killer

whales. The whale made it out

to sea twice yesterday but

returned to shore. The US

Middle East envoy George

Mitchell has arrived in Israel

on a mission to re-start peace negotiations between Israeli

and Palestinian leaders. Last

week Israel announced

permission for hundreds of new

Jewish hopes on the West Bank

and that was a move that brought criticism from

Washington. The BBC reports

from Jerusalem. The pace of

diplomacy is quickening. The

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

today briefed his Cabinet before flying to Cairo to see

the Egyptian.

TRANSLATION: I hope we'll p

able to narrow the gaps he

said. From our point of view

there's nothing holding things

up. We're not the once setting

up obstacles. We could enter a

political process tomorrow or

even yesterday. As far as the

Palestinians are concerned, though, the Israelis are

responsible for a big obstacle

and it's this. Continued

Israeli building on occupied

territory in the West Bank and

east Jerusalem. Under

international law, settlement

of occupied territory is

illegal. The Israelis talking

about maybe a temp rather halt

to further construction in the

West Bank. But within the last

week they've given permission

for00 of new homes to be built

in the West Bank and east

Jerusalem. The US Envoy George

Mitchell has come to Israeli to

try to square these competing

positions. While we have not

yet reached agreement on many

outstanding issues, we are

working hard to do so. And

indeed, the purpose of my visit

here this week is to attempt to

do so. All this are remember is

just so that the Americans can

get to the point where they can

have the Israeli and

Palestinian leaders together in

the same room. It's a reminder

of the depth of the

difficulties ahead. Indian

police believe they know who

masterminded a powerful bomb

blast in Indian Kashmir that's

left four people dead and 10 wound.. They say the evidence

points to the Pakistani-based

militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba

as those responsible for

Saturday's terrorist attack The

attack in the ream's summer

capital was own it was deadliest this year. Explosives

were backed in a car parked

near the city's central jail

and detonated by remote control

as a police bus drove past. The

blast was heard up to 5

kilometres a way, three

policemen and a women died. Ten

others were injured. Police

announced a $20,000 reward for

information on the attack but

they already have lead that

suggest the Pakistan-based

group Lashkar-e-Taiba is behind

it. We know who has done it.

It's a Lashkar-e-Taiba master

mind a Pakistani national, who

is hiding like a rat in the

mountains. He is masterminded

this blast. We also know who

has made the mine and how they

get it here. Police say it's

only a matter of time before they catch those responsible.

There's been a surge in

separatist violence across

Kashmir recently, officials say

tens of thousands have been

killed since a revolt against

Indian rule broke out in 1989.

Kashmir remains at the centre

of a circumstance decade-long conflict between India and Pakistan which both claim the

region in full but rule in

part. Staying in the region,

farmers in India's northern

Punjab state have called on the

Government to protect them from rocket atabs from

Pakistan. Their demands come

after two recognisets were

fired into the area on Friday

night. Imicate without warning.

Two rock es fired from

Pakistani territory, exploded

just outside this village late

on Friday. Leaving locals

fuming. Ment if the first such

incident in decades to strike

Punjab's region, which is one

of India's key agricultural

hubs. While no casualties were

reported, farmers here are

afraid of returning to the

fields, fearing further

attacks. Farmers are frightened

even to go farming during the

day time this man says. Such an

act can take place again from

the Pakistani side. The farmers

should get security so that

they can work. Indian

authorities have reacted

angrily to the attacks and have

threatened to return fire. All the -

TRANSLATION: We will not tolerate any such agent in

which our civilians are

targeted. We will not tolerate

this. The packy Government is

yet to respond, but border

commanders from both sides are

expected to discuss the

incident. New Delhi says lit

launch an official complaint to

Islam bad and it couldn't have

come at a worse time with

Foreign Ministers from both

countries set to hold high

level talks in New York later

this month. Now we'll go to our

daily look at the front pages

of the major newspapers around

the country. And the

'Australian' features an exclusive report on record membership increases for

Australian unions. The

'Financial Review' says Kevin

Rudd has given his strongest

indication yet that he's

considering an early

election. The 'Age' reports on

new crime statistics, that show

children as young as 10 have

been caught using knives during

armed robaries. Unruly students

would be isolate special cool

off class this in a bid to

tackle violence if schools says

the 'Herald Sun' snr.

Ratepayers are forking out tens

of thousands to serve mayors

and councilors Gourette banquets according to the

'Daily Telegraph'. I don't

think that's anything nu. The

Adelaide tizzers reports that

women are doctors shopping for

women are doctors shopping for

diet pills to lose weight. A

ban on all outdoor water use

could still be enforced in

summer with the ACT dams the

lowest on record, according to

to the. A new poll shows that

Queenslanders are keeply

dissatisified with Premier Anna

Bligh's performance says the

'Courier-Mail'. Vet investigating sparrow deaths in

Hobart have warned a new strain

of salmonella could spread to

humans and that's on the

frontal of the'Mercury' And the

Federal Opposition has called

for an inquiry into immigration

policies warning up to 10,000

asylum seekers could arrive in

the next year says the 'West

Australian'. If you'd like to

send us your feedback throughout h this morning on

any of the news stories we're

covering today -snx? The top

stories on ABC News Breakfast -

Australia is lagging behind the

rest of the world in being carbon competitive, according

to a new report. The first G20

low Carbon Competitiveness

Report ranked Australia 15th in

an analysis of its capacity to

generate business in a low

carbon economy. The Federal

Government says it won't rule

out calling an early election

to get its proposed health

changes through the Senate. The

changes were rejected in the Senate last week and the

Government sought advice on recalling parliament in

December to try and get the

bill passed. And the Australian

Racing Board will be hoping to resolve a dispute about

whipping rules when it meets

jockeys today. They walked off

the job last week about new

rules that limit the number of

types a horse can be whipped

during a race. For many year,

Aboriginal Australians in the armed forces were serves a

country that didn't treat them

as equal citizens. All that of

course has changed but now

South Australia is leading the

way with a campaign to

commemorate Aboriginal veterans

with a stand alone

memorial. We used to come

here. This woman served her

country in the navy. She's come

to the war memorial on North

Terrace today today pass art of

her latest mission. Her goal

along with everyone else in

this group is to build a stand

alone memorial to the State's

Aboriginal veterans. It's taken

a long, long time for them to

actually be acknowledged at

all, let alone looking at

putting up a memorial and why

not because we've got memorials

all around this parade ground

here in Adelaide, where you

have for the nurses, for the

horses, for the Vietnamese, and

every other nationality or

whoever served so it's time we

acknowledged the first nation people. She says Aboriginal

people have served in every

theatre of war from the bore

war through to Afghanistan. She

joined the navy in 1963 and

when that happened it made news

in the 'Advertiser'. There's a

story in there about when

ejoined up because I was the

first Aboriginal woman to join

up, doesn't look like me, I was

somebody else. She joined with

her parents' blessingings but

she says in those days she also

needed the nod from the

protector of Aborigines. By the

late 60s though all that had

changed as Debbie Bond found

when she joined the navy? There

was no deterrent for me. No-one asked for anything although I

was Aboriginal. I filled in the

forms as normal, I travelled to

Adelaide and had a medical.

Passed the test and four weeks

later I was in. In those days,

women didn't serve on ships,

both marriage and Debbie Bond

trained as stewards in Victoria

and both shared an experience

of happy times. Loved it,

absolutely loved that. But I

guess my upbringing being my

family around me but in a

mainstream school in a

mainstream town, I think I

lived the best of both worlds

so no I didn't feel any way deterd being Aboriginal and in

fact felt quite proud. I never

felt any different. I actually

felt that it was a good

experience for me. I'm a bit of

a stickler for people being on

time and all of that, but

that's bred from being in the

service I think and colour -

and your nationality, didn't

mean a thing, you were all

green as they say in the army

but for me I never felt any

different. I was treated really

well. Hello and welcome. How

you going The Aboriginal veterans memorial project is

being supported both by the

Premier and the RSL. And here

at this work shop in then arton

the proposal is taking

shape. Here's the market and

we've arrived at a bend of

stage one. Three artists

including project manager Tony

are working on the design which

as I they say is stale work in

progress though so far so

good. I'm really stoked about

it. I think it's looking really

good They're still toing and

froing over the colour of the

granite and whether to use

black hill rock or rock from

near Palma. The key to making

it work will be a bit of a

bhaemtion trick.. The main two

sources of inspiration were one

with the Aboriginal side was

that connection with land,

spirituality, the rainbow

serpent and their strength and

the other is coming back to the

from traditional war memorials

and owners the formality, the

sense of ritual. It's pro ez -

proposed to put it near the

Vietnam veterans parade ground

but the cost is estimated to be

half a million dollars . The Adelaide City Council, the

State and Federal Governments

along with some other donations

have so far raised $250,000. We

also want our own Aboriginal

people to buy a paver so they

can own this thing. For

instance, just little bits of

money, like the nurses at the

Gawler hospital, they put the

hat around, came one $250. Now,

that's the sort of thing that

I'd like to see happen. And

that's where Marj Trip sees the

memorial as part of a wide ever

battle. She says the way it's

funded is important to the

future of her people. She hopes mining companies will come on

board with donations. She says

she'll travel anywhere any time

to talk about the project if

that will help secure the

cash. Why are you so adamant

nah thes are of tun money

should be raced by other means

than going to Government? I

think we we're always been well

known as the wealthy people,

wove been a wealthy state of

people and so I feel that we

need to get other than the

Government paying things, you

know? With the responsibility

of the Commonwealth to care for

Aboriginal people and today,

you know, like, we're quite

capable of looking after

ourselves. For those that went

to war it's something about

being proud of not only being

Australian but being proud of

being an Aboriginal person. So

that for me Simon makes the

difference, it's who we are and

what we are and to acknowledge

that with an specific

Aboriginal memorial would just

be lovely. It would mean lots

to us as Aboriginal

people. We'll have a look at

the finance news now and

Britain's PM is expected to

tell union members tomorrow

that the country's economy is

on the road towards recovery.

We hear that frizz a fair bit

now. Gordon Brown will tell

Liverpool's trades union

Congress that recovery must not

be put at risk by public

spending cuts but Mr Brown will

stress that the economy is

still fragile according to extracts from his speech. We'll

take a look at the finance

figures now -

Shortly Vanessa O'Hanlon will

be here with a look at the

national weather.. And also

we'll have our review of the

newspapers and this morning

we'll be joined by Monash

University lecturer Waleed Aly.

But now with sport here is Paul

Kennedy. Thank you. Good

morning. Nad Ma nad has been

beaten in the first US Open

mens semifinal. Juan Martin del

Potro was his conqueror. The

former world number one never

looked in the contestment he

lost in straight sets 6-2 6-2

6-2 and Juan Martin del Potro

who looks in fantastic form

will now play the winner of the

Roger Federer, Jockovich

semifinal to be played later

this morning. Rubens

Barrichello won the Italian

Grand Prix overnight. Mark

Webber crashed out. Barrichello

is the Brawn team-mate of

Jensen Button who finished

second button retapes his

overall lead in the race for

the title. And there were two

games in the English Premier

League this morning. Tim Cahill

scored for Everton but his team

lost 2-1 to Fulham andiston

villa beat Birmingham with a

late goalment here are those goals.

COMMENTATOR: He has scored and

he may well have snatched

victory in the second city

derby. Bang, downwards,. The

header is in. It's Cahill. He's

a man who's renowneder for his

aerial ability. His body

language suggests he been as to

take this. It is fur my. It

will follow, it took a

deflection through. Here comes Johnson, peeling away to the

right. On the left foot drives

one in. And Fulham might just

have their win. And there was plenty of football of course in

Australia over the weekend. In

the AFL, finals Collingwood was

a great winner, but in the

league, it was Parramatta that

stole the show. They beat the

ladder leaders there St George,

it was a second year in a row

the 8th team has beaten the first team in the first week of

the semifinals, so it was an

unbelievable result, really,

there's Eric Grothe stealing an

intercept there and Jarryd

Hayne, the Dalimism winner was

the spark for the Parramatta

Eels. He created the first one

with a high bomb, then later on

if you have a look at this, one

of the tries of the season. He

just works his withdraw through

there with power and speed and

Jarryd Hayne, fantastic. There

your team, prose. It would have

been good to see the Titans get

up, the newer team in the comp

but Lockyer came through with

the goods in the end as he

always does Experience counts

for a lot in finals. It was a

bit of a brutal affair, there

was an incident early on but

Brisbane were able to scratch

their way through and the Canterbury Bulldogs were work

man-like in their game as well,

but I guess there's probably

not too many people around that

didn't see Serena Williams on

the weekend. She should be

booted out for months as far as

I'm concerned. Yeah. Well US

Open officials have been

reviewing video tapes of that ips depth with Serena Williams.

Where she confronted a lines

woman, it was a bizarre end to

the match. She had a point

taken off her and that was

match point, the move razz

raised speculation she could be

ed a former tennis champion Pam

that river has called for

Serena Williams to apologise to

that lines woman who call

called her for a foot fault.. A

lot of news programs lants were

resident sent to actually spell

out what she was said but she

base ically and this is what

some people are saying they

heard because because it was

hard to hear part-time but she was threatening to hov the

balls down her throat and she

threw in a few ex-pleatives to

lace that up there. It's shocking. I didn't say I would

kill you are you serious? She

thought that the lines woman

said - the lines woman said she

thought that Serena Williams

said, "I'll kill you" which

would happen you if you shove

balls town your throat. Maybe

she was taking it just

literally there. It's really

intimidating behaviour. It's

great that it happened in the States in her home country because if it happened anywhere

else, the Americans might well

say, "Oh well, it's the

international people being har osh inus German but it's at

home, I hope the media turns on

her really strongly and she

loses a couple of

sponsors." Can I get you a milk

crate? It wasn't good. We

haven't seen scenes like that

in ten foirs a long time. Of

course John McEnroe was famous

for it and became loved for it.

It is a funny sport as far as

those outburs go. She did break

her RACQ net the first set as

well. Do you think her

circumstances in which for Kim

Clijsters to win, you take away

the prize but there's always

going to be that feeling in

your stomach about it not being the most wonderful victimory

and your are also simply denied

that very lovely moment of

feeling ou good that feeling,

the adrenaline rush and the

joy No, doubt she was going to

win anyway. She was a long way

in front and it was match point

but she'll get to celebrate if

she wins the final and that's

going to be played probably

about nine or 10am eastern standard time this morning, so

she'll get her chance. And

Federer will play in a little while. He'll play against

Jockovich and the winner plays Juan Martin del Potro. That will be a great final. Del

Potro seem to be a man on the

march so 6-2 6-2 6-2 against

Nadal is a big result. . Thank

you, Paul. News Breakfast can

be watched live on the web from

anywhere. Now with the weather

sheer Vanessa O'Hanlon. Good

morning Joe. And it was a warm

wir across the south-east.

Breaking September records on

Saturday and NSW yesterday Bega

got up to 33 degrees. Their

high nest 16 years of record t

for today we have very little

cloud over the country. It is

patchy along the south-east

coast in westerly winds, also

over the interior cloud is

being driven across the

south-west in on shore winds. A

few showers. On shore winds

will also cause showers along

Queensland's tropical coast.Tor

northern New South Wales and

southern Queensland northerly

winds along this trough. So

warm weather for the south and also the east.

You're #w56ling News

Breakfast. The Federal

Government has moved a step

closer to an early election to

try to pressure the Opposition

to support its reform agenda in

the Senate. The Government has

sought advice on recall recalling parliament in

December to try to reintroduce

a bill that will means test the

private health insurance rebate. The Opposition has

accused the Government of

playing politics with health,

but Federal Health Minister

Nicola Roxon says the pleasures

important and should pass the

Upper House. We're not looking

for a double dissolution

trigger. We're looking to get

the measure passed. We believe

this is a sensible measure. But

I am not afraid about arguing to the public that

sebilityaries and nurses and

taxi drivers shouldn't have to

pay for my hell insurance or a

Newcastle their's hell surps or

Mr Turnbull's health insurance

. There suspect a lot of logic

to that. Jo if the PM wants to

fight an election on a core

election promise of retaining

the incentives for people to remain in private health

insurance rebate, then he

should signal that but this a

PM not interested in recalling

parliament, he's interested in

political advantage and people,

the Australian people, will

mark down a PM that uses a core

issue like health for blatant

political advantage. Opposition

healths spokesman Peter Dutton

dut dr. In other news this

morning, Australia is believed

to be nowhere near ready to

compete in a low carbon global

economy, according to to a new

report. The first G20 Carbon

Competitiveness Report said

Australia was less able than

Mexico and Argentina to main

taken its wealth while reducing

its carbon emissions. The

co-was co-authored by the climb

institute. Jockeys will meet

the up a Australian to try to

resolve a dispute about new

whip rules. Jockeys walked off

the job last week to protest

against rules that limit the

number of ties a horse can be

whipped during a race. People

people say they're prepared to

continue their fight and

disprupt the Spring Racing Carnival. Israeli PM Benjamin

Netanyahu says there's still

work to be done before peace

talks can resume with

Palestinians. Mr Benjamin

Netanyahu made the comments

before a meeting with the US

Envoy George Mitchell. And he's

in Israel to try to kick-start

the Middle East peace process.

Mr Mitchell wants a freeze on Jewish settlement construction

in the West Bank. A man charged

over the death of cruise ship

passenger Dianne Brimble is due

to stand trial in Sydney today.

South Australian Mark Wilhelm

has pleaded got guilty to

manslaughter and supplying

Brimble with the date rape drug fantasy on the P & O ship

'Pacific Sky'. Dianne Brimble's

body was found in a cabin

shared by flee men in 2002. An

Australian-led team of

researchers may have scored an

important breakthrough in the

troment of hepatitis C. They've

identified a variant in a again

linked to the troment of

chronic hepatitis. Researchers

say the finding could help

treatment of the chronic

disease. In West Australian,

wildlife authorities are

continues to manor a whale

which remains straned on one of

Perth's most popular beaches.

The humpback whale beached

yesterday morning and

authorities are increasingingly pessimistic about its chances

of survival. Moreno Andrew

O'Connor joins us now from the

as nus Perths new rooms. Are

there any theories as to what

this particular whale beached? Well it's a very young

whale, it's about a year old

but it weighs 7 tonnes. Wild

life officers here believe it

was on a migration, it's first

from Antarctica to water off

today narfon about midway up

the West Australian coast. It

somehow found it way to

metropolitan wears and beached

itself at City beach which is

one of the central beaches here

in Perth yesterday morning. It's been stuck there since yesterday morning in the

sufficient zone struggling and unfortunatelily it continually

is progressively deteriorating. Are there any

obvious signs of it having been

attacked by killer whales.

Question zoo scratches on it theresome I think that that's

what they've concluded. The

problem for this whale is that

it's stuck in the surf zone so

the whale itself part-time

managed to free itself twice

yesterday, was driven back into

shallow water by the surf and

the surf's doing two things, it

prevents the whale from

escaping but it's also rued out

any sort of rescue effort.

We've become accustomed to

volunteers lending a hand to

guide these whales out to

deeper water but the wildlife

officers say it's too dangerous

to have anyone this the water

with this whale. They've also

ruled out, trying to tow this

wail out into deeper water.

They say that with a whale of

this size, 7 tonnes, attaching

anything to the tail of this

whale and trying to tow it out

risks actually ripping the tail

off. It's really going to be

left up to the whale itself. It's distressing to

seet rolling appear there. We have reported this morning that

it made it out to sea twice

yesterday but came back? Yes,,

that's right. The problem is

that this one of the most

popular surf beaches in pert so

the surf there is quite heavy,

what they're really reliant on

is the wave action and a rip

sort of I guess drifting this

whale into a gut they're would allow it to find some deep

water. It managed to do that

twice yesterday, but still the

surf drove it back into that

shallow water. So the whale itself has continued to

struggle through night. I spoke

with a wildlife officer just a

short time ago, he was saying

that the wail was continuing to

struggle but progressively it's

energy is becoming exhausted so

I guess this morning the

wildlife officers say that

they're very pessimistic now

about the whale's chances of

escape or survival. There are

no plans to try towing it out

or helping it back out so it's

up to its own devices

now? That's right. The surf

conditions, because of the

seize of the whale, it's only

very young but because of the

size, it is thrashing around in

the surf but it's also being

pushed around by the surf

itself, so they say to have

anyone in the water with a

whale of that size and these

conditions is simply too yorp

dangerous. If sea conditions

calm, that might make the

situation different but I think

they have absolutely ruled out

any attempt to try and tow this whale. Andrew O'Connor in

Perth, thank you very much for that. And staying with

wildlife, expert ing are

warning that the world wees

rhinoceros population is being

threatened by a increase in poaching in southern Africa.

They're hunted for their horns which sell for hundreds of

thousands of dollars. We travelled to a rrf in South

Africa's Limpopo province and

met a man who's build a man

who's developed an

extraordinary bond At the foot

of the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa's Limpopo province

a remarkable bond has developed

between man and beast. Denis,

how are you This field ranger

has struck up a friendship with

a 2 tonne white rhinoceros.

He's called Denis the Menance,

the reference to his vicious temper, but he's easily won

over with food and a bit of

affection. Denis listen to me,

don't attack the people. After

being badly injured in a fight,

Denis was nursed back to health

at the Moholoholo

Rehabilitation Centre. And then

one day his friend try

something extraordinary. And

Denis, he allowed me to climb

on, like I'll do, like

this. They even have a circus

trickment I think he's

obviously got a very tempered

rhino and you got to know that

he's known him for a long time

and can see what his moods

are. How quick is he? Very

quick. So I wouldn't stand a

chance here? Really? Denis's

horn here could be worth a

quarter of a million dollars,

on the black market. And that's

why these rhinos are so

threatened in southern

Africa. Motorola reserve

provides a sanctuary for ripos

and oh animals to roam free

from poachers. In the last few

years there's been an increase

in rhino poaching for the horn,

so it is a worrying thing, this

has to be very high security

mashs pertaining to them, we

have to monitor them scantly,

know where they are constantly

for their safely However

there'll be no problem finding

Denis. He'll be walk with his

friend. No idea the horns were

worth that much money. Hundred

of thousands of dollars.. That

was one very calm rhino, wasn't

it? Extremely calm. England

he's a bit groggy from the

sun. You always hear of the

dangers in South Africa for

touris over there, is it

hipposor rhinoceros? I always

get them mixed up in terms of

the ones that are the most

dangerous. It must be hippos I

think. I think they'd both come

after you A busy operating

theatre suspect the place you'd

expect to find an artnies

residence but that's what

happen in Flinders Medical

Centre. One of South

Australia's best portrait

painters has spend nine months

capturing the medical teams at

work. Sorry, we seem to have a

bit of a problem with that

story. We'll try and bring that

to you later. You are watching News Breakfast. We'll have a

quick look at the top stories

for you now. And Australia is

nowhere near ready to compete

in a low carbon global economy

according to a new report. The

first G20 Carbon

Competitiveness Report said

Australia was dehind Mexico and

Argentina in taping its wealth while reducing carbon

emissions. The record was

co-authored by the climate institute and the European

think tank, E 3 GF The Federal

Government says it won't rule

out calling an early election

to get its proposed health

changes through the Senate. The

chains were rejeted in the

Senate last week and the

Government has sought advice on

recalling parliament in

December in order to get the

bill passed. And the Australian

racing board will be hoping to

resolve a dispute about

whipping rules when it meets

jockeys today. Jockeys walked

off the job last week angry at

new rules that limit the number

of times a horse can be whipped

during a race. As we to you

before we're bringing you a

story now about an artist

speping time in residence in a

hospital and an artist has

spent nearly nine months

capturing the real life Drahm

drama of the medical staff at

that hospital. MUSIC

I thought now here is a

challenge. And I'm up for

it. Avril Thomas is a full-time

artist, but she trained as a

nurse so for her the offer of a

post as artist in residence at

the Flinders Medical Centre was

a case of life, work and art

all blepding into one. And it's

been a labour of love. She's

spent almost nine months

capturing on can vsz the real

life drama of the operating

theatres she'd worked

in. They're surgeons and these

staff are so well practiced in

what they do and really,

because it's a teaching

hospital, they're very used to

having people in the room so

this is not an unusual thing

from the point of view of

someone observing them. She

worked in the operating

theatres at Flinders and at her

studio a couple of kilometres

away in Blackwood, travelling

back and forth day and night to

create 4 # medical master

pieces that now grace a gallery

at the hospital. I went into

marathon mode to really do it.

19 hours a day, seven days a

week, until the projects was

finished. So it's been all

consuming. The first time I

saw the finished product, it

was as though there was a

mirror there. Avril Thomas's

eye catching art work first

appeared on Stateline five

years ago when she entered the

Archibald prize with a portrait

of frogman Professor Mike

Tyler. Although it didn't win

she soon had enough

commissioned work to finally go

profession aal and give up her

30 year career as a nurse so

this exhibition in a way is her

salute to the nurses and doors

she's worked with over the

yearsment What I know about

being a nurse is that if you

work on the wards you do get

thank yous from the patients in

theatre, your patients are

under anaesthethic, you don't

get that feedback from your

patients and I thought "Well,

what a great way to be a thank

you or a tribute to these guys.

Because they don't get

this." He's just wake up out of an anaesthethic and

everyone's really really

focussed. One of most poignant

pictures is of the moment a

child is about to awake after a

major operation. And the nurse who has been capture holding

the child's hand is clearly

moved by the portrayal. I think

she's just done a fantastic

job. Another magical medical

moment is the birth of a

child. A nice, simple birth as

it should have been and just

memorable from the point of

view that we were being photographed. And what will

happen to the painting? I think

theatre have their eye on it,

they have their eye on a few of

them and I think this might be

one of them. So you'll be

immortalised at the flip Flynn

in perpetuity? Yeah. I

hope. The hospital says having

an artnies residence in

horpting theatres is an

Australian first. And it only

got the go ahead after a great

deal of consideration. I wasn't

100% sure that that was a good

thing to do. You know, there

are the privacy issues and it's

a very stressful environment.

There's infection control

issues, there are moissues that

we needed to consider but we

decided that it was worth

terrificing, and so negotiating

with individuals surgeon and we

got an overwhelm dwli positive

response, all the staff that

were involved were keen to have

the artist in the theatre. It

gives the public a god idea

what happens because they don't

get to see inside the theatre.

Flinders Medical Centre set

up an arts and health program

and turned its corridors into

art galaries 13 years. So Avril

Thomas's work is also hanging

next to exhibitions by two

other artists both of whom have

connections with the

hospital. We've got four galleries in the hospital and

really the galleries are a -

we've got a regular music

President Obama, we havemision

thatdom in we've had dancers in

the hospital. It's a really

big diverse program and it's

the largest artst and health

program in the country and

there's retch that comes out of

the Chelsea and Westminster

hospital in London which shows

that people who have art in

hospital need less pain relief,

levels of stress and depression

are aye leavated in staff and

patients so it's a program

that's for all people who visit

the hospital. I'm amazed, it's

just captures that moment where

we're concentrating looking

after the patient, it's


Have you spoken to many of the

other staff about their

reaction to the

exhibition? They're all of the

same opinion, we do this every

day and we never get to stop to

capture this and just to see it

frozen like that is

beautiful. Already it seems

thissar firstic experiment has

proved to be a great success.

And when the exhibition

finishes at the end of

September, around half a dozen

works will still hang

permanently in the hospital.

Sending an ongoing message to

the staff. I think it just

gives us a pat on the back for

what we're doing and what a

great team we are.


We'll take a look at the

national paepers today and

we're now joined by Monash

University lecturer Waleed Aly.

Good morning. Good morning.

You've been reporting on it so

far and I think it's worth

picking up, a story from the

'Sydney Morning Herald' talking

about a new study that has been

commissioned by two climate

change institutes, And the aim

that's reported it. The climate

institute and the European

environmental group. Saying

that Australia of all the G20

cups, haus is worst positioned

to cope with a low carbon

economy. When you read through

some of the rankings or the

limited details we have, it's

actually quite startling. The

idea here is that if you limit

emissions, Australia is the

least productive or one of the least productive or the least

productive of the major

developed countries and in the

G20. We only outrank tofd G20,

we only outranked Indonesia and

Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia

you'd expect given its reliance

on oil. And China, Russia and

turkey outranked us so in a low

carbon world, we're simply not

set up to be an economic power

house. This is the problem that

we seem to be facing When you

say Saudi Arabia you'd expect

because of its reliance on oil,

couldn't you have the same

argument about Australia and

say that Australia you'd expect

because of our huge coal

reserves? That's precisely what

the report is finding. It's not

so much - I don't think, that

Australia hasn't been taking

sufficient action to create a

low carbon economy although

that does seem to be the way

it's being spun by the climate

institute. I'm not sure that I

agree with nah charactersation

of the report but it's more the infrastructure of our economy

is such that it doesn't sit

very well with moving to a low

carbon emissions economy

because we're so reliant on

coal and so on. France, topped

the list, France being the most

productive in a low carbon

environment, the economies

about the same sizes a as

according to this report but

they are three times as

productive. They get three

times the GDP per tonne of

emissions. In our case, I don't

know what you do with this report. I'm sure the Government

will probably just ignore it

and so will the Opposition but

you could read this either way.

It's fascinating. Do you read

this to say that Australia

should just give up because

we're just not set up to do it

and so there's no hope, or do

you read it in a different

way? If we can briefly look at

the front page of the the

'Australian', the CMFEU is

saying the whole idea of green

jobs and green job of the

future if we can look at the front page of the

'Australian',. You read my mind actually. There's your

attitude here in Australia? Can

I just pause on the front page

of the 'Australian' ch there's

a fantastic photograph and I

really hope we've got it. There

was a protest at Hazelwood

power plant at Victoria

yesterday. There were a lot of arrests. There were apparently

a bit of tension involved

between the protesters and the

police but this aspect of the

protest is worth celebrating.

This is a group of protesters

who have obviously just ripped

off mopty python and they're

carrying brief cases here that

say the Minister of energy

resource, and silly walks and they're performing it very

well. I thought in fact it was

from mopty python when I saw

the original grab.. Not a bad

shop. Why don't you think you

can draw that conclusion that Australia hasn't been serious

about setting up the economy

forea low carbon future? I

think you can make that

argument. I just don think that

is what is being revealed in

the report. This report is

saying that we're just not very well position and the reasons

are deeply structural. They're

not to do with the way the Rudd

Government for example has responded for the Howard

Government previously, it's

just the way that we've been

set up over a LPG period of

time. The question is what

capacity do we have to shift

and so the interesting question

for me is one I alluded to

before - what can your response

to this? Do you just say it's

hopeless or do you say we have

to work doubly hard and that

means the implication is we'll

go through that much more

economic pain than any other developed country and more than

most in the G-20. Let's move on

to the United States. The

health care reform debate there

has t got entirely off the

track? It tends to do this

though in the States. There are

some great fots of the protest.

There was a protest that took

place in Washington and you can

see posters being held up of

Obama rendered as Che gu vaa,

oballism is the new cry.

There's a famous picture you

can see in the top right hand

corner on the pack of one

protester with Obama rendered

as the joeker from Batman. Just

a guy playing around on the

computer one day and - It's a

fantastic image. One the White

House won't like A very Po tent

political one. Even though it

wasn't created as a political

statement, it's been

appropriated in the way and of

course the big banner socialism

underneath It the depth of

hatred at these kind of

protests now indicates that

very a lot of people protesting

against this kind of thing,

that it's not about the actual

policy at all, It's about a lot

more. It's about a lot more. In

the photo it's we just saw on

the screen, there was one

person holding a banner saying

Obama the audacity of dope and

had a picture of him smoking

marijuana. I assume it's

marijuana. That's got fog do

with - I suppose you could say

it's got something to do with

health care but these are oblique thing being lump

together. There's obviously a

strong things in American

politics among people and

politicians, the idea of

limited Government being a

central idea, to the American

political experiment and so

whenever you try to come up

with a comprehensive health

care system as Obama is doing

you do run the risk that you'll

be deemed social imand

commonistment it's really not

hard to be a socialist in

America. You need to just move

one inch to what would

classically be called the left

and that's what's happening. If

you get a chance to read the

airmg story... Do you think

race has anything to do with

that? Well if so not overtly. I

think it's just a concern that

here you have quite a popular,

heavily reforming. But to see a

whole hundreds of thousands of

people mobilising themselves

against Government funded

health care is a most

remarkable thing to see when

you come from a country like Australia? For us it's very

difficult but it is why the US

remains the only developed

country without universal

health care Take us through

this lovely last story. This is

from the 'Sydney Morning

Herald', from the Guardian picked up by the 'Sydney

Morning Herald'. Iran has now

authorised its first transexual

marriage. This was ordered by a

court. In Iran to get married

you need the permission of your

father, the fare was hoding out

op giving permission, so it was

brought before the court and

finally capitulated. This is a really interested story for a

number of respects but it has a

lot to do with the fact that

sex change operations in Rehn

extremely common. It's the

second most - the country with

the most sex change operations

in the world after Thailand.

Activists have been saying,

criticising this saying that

it's a way that people can

avoid being homosexual and so

dealing with it this way. It

seems to to be a first for the country Thank you. Here is Paul

Kennedy with a look at the

sport headlines. Thank you.

Rafael Nadal has been beaten in

the first US Open semifinal

this morning. Juan Martin del

Potro was his conqueror. The

former world number one never

looked in the contest. He lost

in straight sets 6-2 6-2 6-2

and del Potro will move on now

to play the whenner of the Roger Federer

# Jock vimp semifinal to be

played just a little

while. Rubens Barrichello won

the Italian formula one Grand

Prix overnight. Mark Webber

crashed out on the first lap.

Barbarians is the Brawn them

mate of but the but the ut who

finished second, to a 1-2 for

Brawn GP like it was at the

start of the season button

retains his overall lead in the

race for the title. And there's

a very happy number one

sponsor. The Aussies netballers

beat New Zealand 36-33 to take

a 2-1 lead in the best of five

series yesterday in front of a

sell-out crowd in Brisbane. The

time dime went goal for goal -

the Diamonds went goal for goal

with their rivals, the scores

were locked at half-time.

Australia took control in the

final quarter. The Diamonds

were able to withstand a late

surge from the spherps. The win

was a double celebration for captain Sharelle McMahon, it

was her 100th Test for

Australia and she has been a

great player A sell-out could

there because the Queenslanders

love their netball. They do.

Here is vam with a look at the

weather Farely calm conditions

across the cup as we take a

look at isment. There is some

patchy cloud around the

south-east coast causing a few showers. We also have cloud

over the interior and cloud's being driven across the south-west in onshore winds.

That will cause a few showers

today, about 5mm at the most.

On shore winds will also cause

a ufew showerses along

Queensland's tropical coast.

For northern NSW and southern

Queensland, warm northerly

winds winds ahead of that

trough and a high is extending

a ridge into Queensland.

Still ahead on News Breakfast

we'll talk to Tim Costello

about his plans to take the

climate change debate from our

schools to the United Nations. And staying on that

subject, John Connor from the climate institution is going to join us to talk about the

science behind the latest

carbon emissions report. That's

our top story this morning and

that and lots more coming up

for you after this very short

break on News Breakfast. Do

stay with us.

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Australia is ranked last

among developed nations in

preparing for a clean energy

future. Another double

dissolution trigger e the Rudd

Government is accused of

playing politics with health

care. Jockeys to meet the

Australian Racing Board to try

to resolve the standoff over

new whipping rules And a

semi-final upset at the US

Open, Rafael Nadal is thrashed

by Juan Martin del Potro. Good

morning. It's Monday 14 saept.

I'm Virginia Trioli. And I'm

Joe O'Brien. The sop story on

News Breakfast - Australia is

nowhere near ready to come Pete

in a low carbon global economy.

A new report has ranked

Australia 15th in terms of our

ability to generate welt while

gutting greenhouse

emissions. The report was

co-authored by the climate

institute. It also found

Australia was among the worst

performing demuns meeting a

global greenhouse gas emissions

target. And for more on this

Melissa Clarke joins us now

from Canberra. Tell us why this

report has conclude ed h the very poor position that

Australia is in? Well the research institutes have looked

at various factors in the G20

nations. To see how prepared

they are to keep going with

economic prosperity and

economic growth if limits on

carbon and carbon emiss were

introduced say as of tomorrow.

They've looked at factors in

Australia such as high energy

consumption, high us