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Live. A friendship for the future. Julia Gillard pledges

to stand firm with the United States in her speech Congress. You have a true friend Down Under. APPLAUSE

Colonel Gaddafi's warning to

the world - the Libyan leader

says his people will rise up against international against

intervention. The Government's

plan for gender equality in the

from business. And workplace gets a cool reception

from business. And the space

shuttle 'Discovery' makes its

very last landing. Good

morning. It's Thursday, 10

March. I'm Michael Rowland. I'm

on ABC News Breakfast - Julia Virginia Trioli. The top story

Gillard urged the United States

to be bold and worthy of its to be bold

best traditions in a speech

that she's just delivered to

the American Congress. The

Prime Minister was given a

standing ovation as she entered

the packed chamber. She urged

the US to be courageous in

tackling the economic and

security challenge of the

future and said Australia would

be there with them. The Prime Minister emphasised the importance of relationship with China. Ms

Gillard also signalled

Australia's support for America's efforts in

Afghanistan and the Middle East

and paid tribute to the ANZUS alliance, saying after 60 years it was as important as ever.

When our alliance was signed 60

years ago, the challenges of

the space age were still to come,

come, the challenges of

terrorism were still to come. For 60 years, leaders from

Australia and the United States

have looked inside themselves

and found the courage, the courage to face those

challenges. And after 60 years,

we do the same today. The

Prime Minister received a standing ovation, in fact four minutes worth,

the joint sitting of the US

Congress. North America

correspondent Lisa Millar joins

us now from Washington. What

was it like, the speech? Well,

I think most people consider it

a very good speech. It was

certainly warmly received, four

minutes of a standing ovation

but 20 times during the speech

applause. There was a lot of she was interrupted

chatter beforehand about just who

who would be in the audience at

11:00 on a Wednesday morning in

DC. You're not going to get

of the Senators and House

members. They call it a joint

sitting of Congress but in fact

a lot of staffers, friends

the Australian Embassy and a lot of staffers, friends of

other dignitaries made up the

numbers on the floor of the chamber. Certainly some senior

members there, Senator John

McCain, Senator John Kerry, yes, I think it was warmly McCain, Senator John Kerry, and

received. The Speaker of the

house was brought to tears and

Kim Beazley was spotted wiping Kim Beazley was spotted

away tears. Julia Gillard's

voice started breaking towards

the end of it. It was an emotional moment. What were the

key lines in the speech. When you say there were 20

interruptions for applause, I

know that's completely stage

managed when it comes to it

state of the union for example,

I have to assume this wasn't staged. What were the lines

was that word ally. Ally, ally, that drew such response? It

again and again. She used it

many times but she did tick the

boxes in making sure every 1 was going to be happy with this speech because she paid tribute

to John Howard, the last Prime Minister to address the joint

sitting, and said he was still

talked about security issues an ally of America and when she

and terrorism she was certainly

the Democrats, she talked about playing to the Republicans. For

leadership and economic reform. So

So all of those subjects getting lots of applause but certainly ensured

there was lot of ininterest on the subject of China, as you

indicate. John McCain yesterday

raised his concerns about the military rise of China. Barack

Obama previously has warned

Americans that China is

educating its children better

than America is, it's

determined to lead the world

and America has to be wary of that, so Julia Gillard almost

sent out a word of caution in

her speech, telling them they

shouldn't be afraid, there can

be winners all round so let's

have a listen to you, our relationship with

complex. China is important and

complex. We encourage China to

engage as a good global citizen

and we are clear eyed about where differences do lie. My

guiding principle is that

prosperity can be shared. There

is no reason for Chinese prosperity to detract prosperity to detract from

prosperity in Australia, the

United States or anywhere in the world. Prime Minister Julia

Gillard addressing Congress

just a few hours ago. Lisa, she

did entered the troubleded

waters of international issues,

saying Israel should be secure

and the Palestinian s need

state of their own, state of their own, emphasising

the Australian policy there? I was sitting watching it in the studio

studio as it was happening live

and getting emails and text

messages from people on the

floor of the chamber. They said

that certainly China was the

big subject so the Middle East,

even though she touched on

that, it was more to do with

people China and Indonesia, that

ears over, but the general feel towards the end of the speech

was she'd spen 29 minutes there

on Capitol Hill but ensured the

years and years to alliance would be strong for

That's a decent investment of

time then. Does she have

anything else to do on this

trip to Washington or is she heading off somewhere else

now? She's heading to New

York. Smee was having a lunch

in her honour immediately after

the speech. She left the

chamber at about 11:45 DC time

and heading up to New York

where she's going to be meeting where you can imagine the

Middle East will be back on the agenda for her. Lisa Millar,

good to talk. Thank you. Thanks, Virginia. In other

news, Moammar Gaddafi is vowing

to fight any attempt to impose

a no-fly zone over Libya. The

defiant dictator says it's an

attempt by the West to seize

Libya's oil and his people

would take up arms to fight it.

His forces appear to have taken

control of the rebel-held town

of yeah yeah while opforces are

coming under heavy fire in

suicide bomber has killed 37

people during a funeral in north-west Pakistan. Official

say the attack was targeted at

members of an militia attending the funeral. Dozens of others were injureded. At least 13 people have died and another 140 have

been injured during violent

clashes twine Muslims and

Christians in Egypt. The

violence erupted when a Muslim mob attacked Christians

protesting against

of a church in Cairo. Business groups and the Federal

Opposition have reacted coolly

to the Government's plan to improve gender equality at

work. The Government wants larger businesses to report

just how many women work for

them and be able to do spot

checks to assess their pay and conditions. Business groups are

concerned the proposals will if

crease red tape. The space

shuttle 'Discovery' has

completed its final mission,

landing safely at space centre in Florida. It

ends 27 years of service for

the oldest of the space shuttles. 'Discovery' will now

go on display at the centre's museum. The final two space

shuttles will be retired later

in the year. A 28-year-old man is recovering in hospital after

surviving a crocodile attack at

Weipa. Ples say he was fishing

on the banks of a creek when

the 4m crocodile charged out of

the river and grabbed him. He clung to a tree before another man came to his rescue. Papua New Guinea's Prime Ministermer

Somare could be suspended from

office today as he faces a tribunal over allegations of

official misconduct. The leader will answer questions about

financial declarations he made in the 1990s. A special

leadership tribunal has been

established here at the Supreme Court. Three foreign judges

have been appointed to have been appointed to hear allegations Sir Michael failed

to properly lodge several years

worth of financial statements in the

in the 1990s. Roger Giles is

the tribunal's chairman. Sir Michael described the charges

as minor in nature and vowed to

fight them. Indeed, he's fought a long-running a long-running legal battle in

the Supreme Court about the investigation by the watchdog,

the ombudsman commission. Today

the 74-year-old's lawyers are

expected to seek to the

tribunal post-poneded until the

case in had Supreme Court is finished. If the investigation

succeeds it will run for around

three weeks and will have to decide whether to suspend Sir Michael from office during that

time. If he is found to have breach

breach ed country's leadership

code, the potential punishtment

could range from a could range from a small fine to removal from office. Joe Hockey is calling for

wide-ranging welfare reform and

says Centrelink should be given

the power to control welfare payments to

payments to parent who have

drug or gambling addictions.

For more on politics, Hayden

Cooperer joins us from Canberra. Some fairly bold comments by Joe Hockey overnight? I think so, Michael. Income management already exists Territory in Aboriginal communities. Joe Hockey wants

it to go national in cases

where parents are found to have

drug or gambling problems. It would be a fairly difficult

plan to implement. It would

require a lot more cooperation

between State agencies and

Centrelink, for example, but

that's exactly what Joe Hockey

is calling for. He made these

comments last night in a speech

in Sydney. Let have a look.

They should also have the capacity to consider the

extension of income management, the

the control of welfare payments

through quarantining and direct pay schemes where they believe

that it is warranted. This is

particularly important for families where families where children may be

at risk from parental drug

abuse, gambling or other

lifestyle afflictions. If a

State Department of commune services identifies families which welfare payments are

being used to fund addictions

like drinking or gambling, like drinking or gambling, they

should are the capacity, indeed

the responsibility, to work

with Centrelink to put in place income management arrange for that family. Joe Hockey

there and Hayden, as Mr Hockey was addressing

was addressing the Sydney

Institute, the Climate Change Minister Greg Combet Minister Greg Combet was on

Lateline again trying to defend the carbon tax policy? Yes,

Greg Combet's been trying to

head off these accusations that

the Government has gone about

this in the wrong way and the

example that he has come up with to suggest otherwise is

the GST, believe it or not. He

says that John Howard followed a

moved to introduce the GST back

before '98. Now, in this case

of course there's one big difference that Greg Combet hasn't pointed out and that is

that John Howard went to an

election promising this so

that's the Opposition's natural response but Greg Combet

obviously very keen to overcome

some of the issues here. Today

there are also reports that a

group of big businesses in

Australia wants the scheme delayed, the carbon tax industry greenhouse network

represents these companies

across a range of areas in

mininging and manufacturing and

so on and they are saying that it might be prudent to it might be prudent to hold off

a little bit but it doesn't

seem that that's something the Government would consider. The

story that just keeps on giving. Hayden Cooper, thank

you. We'll take a look at the

front pages of the major

newspapers. 'The Age' is saying the Prime Minister Julia

Gillard has told US Congress

that Americans shouldn't feel threatened

threatened by China's economic

stressed the importance of the

US remaining a military and economic power in the economic power in the Asia Pacific. 'The Australian' says

big business will press Julia

Gillard to delay the start

her carbon tax which is planned

for July next year. The 'Financial Review' says the Government is considering a

deal with mining company to

address skills shortages in big

resource project. The 'Herald Sun' reports police video

helped find Judy Moran guilty

of master minding the murder of her brother-in-law. The

'Advertiser' says Judy Moran

faces the prospect of dying in

jail after yesterday' The 'Courier-Mail' says Kevin

Rudd plans to bring 100 foreign

diplomats to Queensland to send a global message that the State

is back in business after its

summer of disaster. The

'Canberra Times' says working

people are battling to gain a foothold in the Canberra property markets while rich investors reap big rewards. The 'Daily Telegraph' profiles

Kristina Keneally, the real Kristina. The Western

Australian says a former mayor Australian says a former mayor is denying any involvement with a Mafia group. The 'Mercury'

says the Police Association of

Tasmania fears up to 200 jobs

could go as part of the State Government's looming Budget

cuts. The 'Northern Territory

News' says a crocodile was hit

by a car as it tried to cross a

busy road in Darwin's northern suburbs. Remember of course

that terrible attack on that man that we just mentioned

before that before that Michael did during

the new os bulletin was in Far

North Queensland, it was in

Weipa so not in the Northern

Territory's cut-off point for

covering that and I thing they little jaws about that. They

would have been very miffed.

Lots to talk about this

morning. Perhaps you have a

view on the fairly bold, many people would argue,

announcement by women's affairs Minister, Kate Ellis, yesterday

together the debate we had

earlier this week about quotas

in the boardroom, she now wants

spot checks carried out on

companies to ensure gender

equality on things like pay and

condition s is being met. An

issue that will polarise a lot

of people. It remind mead of

almost yesterday, Michael, where you

had Joe Hockey on Q & A saying

there needs to be quotas when it comes to women it comes to women on boards.

I'll see you and raise you, we

have spot checks too. Companies

have to be on notice that

they'll be checked for whether they're observing gender

equality or not. Businesses

arguing this is a huge wrong

step and will increase things

like red tape. Weald like to

hear your views on that or any

of the other stories we're

covering this morning.

Let's look at the weather for

you now.

These are the top stories on ABC News Breakfast - Julia Gillard has emphasised

Australia's close ties with the US Congress. The Prime Minister talked of inneed for

strong leadership from the

United States in the economic

and the security challenges

facing the world. Ms Gillard

also spoke of Australia's important relationship with

China. Colonel Gaddafi is

warning the world to stay out

of the trouble in Libya. He

says his people will take up

arms against any attempts to

impose a no-fly zone. The tick

dart's forces are making

advances on the rebels and

appear to have recaptured a key

town. Business groups fear the

Government's plan to improve

will just create more red

tapech under the plan, businesses with more than 100

employees would need to report

how many women work with them

and spot checks would be

carried out to assess women's

pay and Now the Defence

Minister Stephen Smith on his

way to Brussels for a NATO

summit in Afghanistan. He's currently in London where he's

just met with British Defence

Secretary, Liam Fox. He joins

us now from our London studio.

Good morning. give you any insight into any

possible moves into imposing a

noflz over Libya? - Impose ing

a no-fly zone over lib cru. He

reinforced this an issue the international community needs

to take step by step. Clearly,

if a no-fly zone is to proceed, the international community

would want to see the starting point being a United Nations

Security Council resolution but the relevant European countries, formally through

NATO, are doing what they

describe as scoping or

preplanning in the event preplanning in the event that

such authorisation would occur

but the impression I was left

with by Defence Secretary Fox

was that both the United

Kingdom and NATO itself will

take this very much in a methodical, cautious , step-by-step manner. NATO Defence Defence Ministers of course meet tomorrow, Thursday,

followed on Friday by the ISAF meeting which will of

course focus on Afghanistan.

Realistically though, it does

look unlikely that the UN Security Council is going to

approve a no-fly zone any time

soon? I don't think we can

come to a concluded view on that. Australia has been saying

in recent days that we believe

that a no-nigh zone properly

authorised by the Security

Council, enforced by Council, enforced by relevant regional countries, would assist difficult and tragic situation

in Libya. The easy and quick

solution of course to Libya is

for Colonel Gaddafi to move off

the stage the stage but no-one is

expecting that that will occur

so whilst we don't rule out

entirely Security Council

authorisation, it is something

which the Security Council and

the permanent members will of

course move cautiously on and

we've seen such statements from

Secretary of State Clinton in

the last 24 hours which reflect

that as see Libya resolved in a way in

which the human tragedy ceases, which would see Colonel Gaddafi, President Gaddafi move

off the stage, but it something which international community

will take in a deliberative

manner and the Security Council of course being subject to veto

powers, whilst I don't rule it

out and Australia doesn't rule

it out entirely or completely,

it's not something we expect

the Security Council will rush into. Given that - In the

mean, Australia- Would you

expect NATO therefore, given

the potential delays or nonaction on the Security Council front, Council front, would NATO, in

shades of Bosnia in the 199s,

go it alone on imposing a

no-fly zone? Well, the think

tomorrow when NATO Defence Ministers meet they'll clearly

talk about Libya as its highest

priority issue. The secretary-general Rasmussen made it clear that NATO internally is doing its

preparatory work for the

potential of a no-fly doing the scoping studies,

putting ing itself in a

position to respond if the call

of the international community

comes. I think in the first

instance, both NATO formally and constituent countries and

the international community

would much prefer to see the

authoritative resolution of the

Security Council, but as you historically we have seen with

the intervention in Bosnia NATO

itself making a resolution and

the regional community and international community subsequently regarding that as

a sufficient enough reflection

of international law to

authorise the intervention.

What we want to see of course

is the humanitarian tragedy

stopping, Colonel Gaddafi desisting from the action he's

taking against his own people and

and Australia's view is that no-fly zone would be helpful in that respect. Of course it's

not the only method that

Colonel Gaddafi is using to

apress his own people so it wouldn't necessarily of itself

be a complete solution but we

believe it would be of

assistance in relieving the humanitarian disaster that's unfolded in Libya. Minister,

you've met today with

executives from defence

manufacturer BAE who is

some of our troubled amphibious

landing craft. Did you get any

assurances the project is on

track or perhaps those replacements may be

fast-tracked? BAE are one of

our important Defence industry

companies in Australia, headquartered in the United

Kingdom, so I took the

opportunity of visiting UK

headquarters. BAE are involved

in two of our important naval projects, the Air Warfare

Destroyers and the landing helicopter docks amphibulous heavy lift

replacements expected in 2014

to 2016 and they're both very

important projects. We do have, as I've indicated publicly in

recent times, we do have

problems and difficulties in making

making the transition to those

landing helicopter docks and I

had, with Defence Secretary

fox, an important conversation

where I made it clear to him

that Australia will put torward

a formal bid to either lease or purchase the heavy amphibious

lift ship had United Kingdom is

puttong the market, the bay

class amphibious heavy lifter

ship, so I formomy advised

Defence Secretary Fox this

evening at our meeting London

time that we'll place a bid for that

that and so we are keen to pick

up that. There's no suggestion

that our timetable for the

arrival of the landing

helicopter docks will change.

We're looking at that the

middle of this middle of this decade, 2014 to 2016, but we do need to get

better and more available and

more capable heavy amphibious

lift in the lift in the commeent that's the transition plan we've been

working on very assiduously for the

the last few weeks. How much

will the leasing - if Australia

wins the bid, how much will the

leasing of that UK craft cost?

I wouldn't propose to go into

those details in advance of a

successful bid. Obviously some

of those matters are clearly commercial in confidence so

comments about that. If we are successful in our bid then

quite clearly it's appropriate

that those details be made

public, which we would wouldn't be proposing to do

that in advance of a competitive

competitive bid process. Julia

Gillard spoke to the US

Congress just some hours ago,

the issue of Australia's

relationship with China not surprisingly was heavily

emphasised by the Prime

Minister but equally you would

have been aware of comments

made by the Republican Senator

John McCain during his meeting with Julia made some fairly robust

comments about the threat, the

very clear military threat he

said chaina posed and he

stressed that Australia and the

United States had to work

together to ensure that together to ensure that China

observed things like freedom of

the seas. Is that something

that you agree with and those

sort of comments you'd

endorse? I saw those remarks

from Senator McCain and I also saw the Prime Minister's

response which is the same

response that Australia has

been making with respect to China's emergence over the last few years, which is we are positive and optimistic about

China's emergence. We want, as the Chinese the Chinese would say, China to emerge into a harmonious

environment. We believe that as

China's economic prowess rises

that it is entitled to enhance

its military cape scpbility

capacity to reflect that growth

in its economy but we also

expect China to be transparent

about its military strategy and

we also, as I have made in my own conversations with Chinese

counterparts clear over counterparts clear over the

years, that we both want to and

expect China to emerge in a

manner which is respectful and respecting of international

norms and international law and that applies in particular to maritime, territorial disputes

we see for example in the South

China Seas. These are points

knrve made to China both publicly

recently in a formal sense at

the Defence Ministers' meeting

in Hanoi late last year. We remain optimistic that China

will emerge in that fashion and

the bilat wrl relationship

between Australia and China is obviously very important but

the relationship, the bilateral

relationship between China and

the United States will in many

respects be one of the most

important relationships in the

course of this century and so

it's very important that China

and the United States have a

relationship at every level,

not just economically, but also

defence and military

cooperation so we encourage that very much. Defence

Minister Stephen Smith in London, thank you for taking

the time to talk to us this

morning. Thank you sO. We'll

have a look at the markets for you now.

To sport headlines now and

Paul Kennedy has the latest

from the cricket World Cup in

India. We'll get to had game in

a second that was overnight, the India-Netherlands clash,

but Michael Hussey is in There he is with the team photograph, right where he

tapts be after straining that

hamstring, missing out on

selection but getting the call-up and he trained with the

Australians who are perpetually waiting to have a hit-out.

Their game is on Sunday against

one of the minnows, Kenya, but

there they are at least looking

fit. Let's hear now from Michael Clarke on the value of

Michael Hussey. Training

started at 6:00 this morning so

he's keen as mustard to get a

bat in his hand and start

getting used to these

conditions. I think No Doubt Husz brings a lot to our team

ark lot of experience. His career in all forms of the game

is as good as anybody in the

world. His statistics are

unbelievable in one-day cricket and he's been very successful.

I think opposition teams will

definitely take note that Michael

Michael Hussey is back in Michael Hussey is back in our

quadand will play a big part in the rest this World

Cup. Michael Clarke there, the

Australian vice captain. Let's

take a look at the match over

night, India versus the

Netherlands and made almost 200. Would have

been pleased with that against

one of the tournament one of the tournament

favourites. India weren't able

to completely dominate the

Netherlands. They ran down that total with 14 overs remaining

and there was some spark from

Sachin Tendulkar. Singer are

was Man of the Match again, his

second in a row. The

Netherlands did have something

to celebrate too when the

Little Master got out and they

actually took five wickets so a

lacklustre game there. Let's

move on to yesterday and Kelly Slater won

the title on the Gold Coast at

Snapper Rocks. There he is

celebrating. Let's take a look

at the final now between Kelly Slater and Taj Burrow and

there's Slater. There was some

criticism they left it slightly

too long to start the final.

They were a little bit

disappointed with the conditions but overall the past

couple of days' action was

fantastic and the crowd is

testament to that. Let's hear

how it was announced, how Kelly

Slater found out he'd pipped

then let's hear from the man

who's won 10 world titles and

maybe number 11. There is Taj

Burrow's best wave. Kelly

Slater is your champion. Wow.

Now, there it is. He's just

heard it. Lock at Taj. He is

cut. He can't believe he's just

lost that final. We probably

pushed it about an hour too

long waiting for the tide to

get low. I think we didn't realise with this realise with this little bit of

north wind and the swell

turning east the current was

going to chew it up. I thought

it was actually going to be better better but we probably should have started an hour earlier

and we would have had a better

final. Everybody back home, I

don't know if my daughter's watching, she's probably

sleeping by now but thanks all

you guys for coming down. This sport's crazy. Seriously, are Australians that What's going on here?

Seriously. Thank you, guys.

You've been great. We can't all

be world champion surfers, can

we? No but it's a good

What are you all doing here in the middle

the middle of the week? It's very much participate of the

culture, part of the way of

life on the Gold Coast. It was

great. I thought the last couple of days have been

terrific. They were demoaning

their conditions for the final

but it looked OK to me and you can't have perfect conditionalise it time with

surfing. will be bell's beach and I

think it will be much

anticipated, Kelly Slater going

for the 11th world title will

dominate what people

talking about and whether dpil

Gilmore can get back - whether Stephanie

Stephanie Gilmore can get back.

We'll wait to see how that

unfold. Nice pointer on the

back page of 'The Australian' today, calling him the old man

of the sea. He doesn't look old

when he's out there. 39. Thanks, Paul. ABC News

Breakfast can be watched live on the

us is abc There's a

link there. You can stream us whenever you like. Vanessa O'Hanlon O'Hanlon is here now with the weather. No changes for the

north of the country. We have

that active monsoon that's

sitting causing very heavy rain

and storm said over the northern region. Flash flooding

in North Queensland. Another

trough is causing trough is causing patchy rain from the interior towards the southeast and the trough into the southeast is on the move,

starting to push rain and storms over particularly of NSW and Victoria and further east. We

also have a high that's sending

a few showers along the

Queensland coast and Queensland coast and directing warm northerlies over the

eastern interior. You're watching ABC News

Breakfast. Now still to come

we'll speak to David Gregory from from the Australian Chamber of

Commerce and Industry about the

Government's new plan to boost women's workforce participation, including the

carrying out of spot checks on

companies to ensure gender

equality is being observed.

Also ahead we will have a

review of the newspapers, this morning joined by presenter of insides, Barrie Cassidy.

Leading the mews - Julia

Gillard has emphasised

Australia's close friendship with America the US Congress. The Prime

Minister urged the United States

States to be bold in tackling

the economic and security

challenges of the challenges of the future. She spoke about the importance of

Australia's Australia's relationship with China and signalled Australia's

support for America's efforts

in Afghanistan and the Middle

East. Moammar Gaddafi has

warned the world to stay out of

Libya, saying his people would

rise up against any attempts to impose

impose a no-fly zone. His

forces appear to have taken forces appear to have taken

control of the rebel-held town

of Zawiya while Opposition

forces are coming fire in the oil port of Ras

Lanuf. At least 13 people have died and another 140 have been

injured during violent clashes between Muslims and Christians

in Egypt. The violence erupted when a Muslim mob attacked

thousands of Christians

protesting against the burning

of a church in Cairo. Business

groups say the Government's

plan to improve gender equality

at work will increase red tape.

The Government wants larger

businesses to report how many

women work for them and be able

to do spot checks to assess

their pay and conditions. A

man's roving in hospital after survivinging at Weipa in Far North

Queensland. He was fishing on

the banks of a creek when the

4m croc grabbed him. He clung

to a tree until another man fishing nearby fishing nearby came fishing nearby came to his rescue. As Virginia just mentioned, mentioned, lib's Moammar

Gaddafi is vowing to fight a

no-fly zone if the international community chooses

to impose one. He's also issued

a reward for the capture of the

rebel leader and former Justice

Minister as fighting continues throughout Libya. Our correspondent Tim Palmerer is

in Tuni is

and joins us now. We just spoke

to Defence Minister Stephen

Smith who was indicating NATO

may make decisions on its own

on a no-fly zone if the UN

Security Council does nothing

on that front. That's right.

The United States have put themselves in a bit of a corner

by suggesting - Hillary Clinton

suggesting the US would not be

prepared to go ahead without the broadest of UN mandates from the Security Council.

(Problem with sound) I think -

Tim, we're just having a few

audio issues there. We might

cross back to you now. As you

were saying about the situation America faces itself in at the

moment? Tim Palmer, we might

leave Tim Palmerer there. Apologies for that. Technical issues on the line from Tunisia. Defence Minister Stephen Smith

is heading to the NATO Defence Minister's meet tomorrow and

NATO is going to have to make

some tough decisions about what

it does on a no-fly zone given there seems to be widespread

consensus that action on the

United Nations front may be a

long time coming. I believe Tim

Palmer is back on the line and

as you were saying, America has

put itself into a corner on the

issue of no-fly zone s using a

UN mandate? That's right. They

have sought the broadest

possible mandate coming from the

those veto powers of Russia or

China come into play, and we

don't know what their hand is

going be at this stage, that effectively leaves effectively leaves the United States without this point but certainly a

Kosovo-style NATO decision to

impose a no-fly zone would

become another option. We're seeing Libya's Colonel Gaddafi becoming increasingly

confident, if not increasingly belligerent in his public addresses to the nation. We had

a particularly tough one

is something of a momentum

shift and a lot of that is

driven by this extremely fierce offensive on Zawiya. It's been

going for four days and seems to be

tonight for the first time

rebel as well as Government

forces coincided in declaring

the Government troops

the Government troops and tanks

had made it right into the

central square of Zawiya.

Whether they'll be able to hold

that position or not is another

thing but the fighting has

taken very heavy casualties

today. One doctor said 40 dead

where he was those reports can be relied

upon we simply don't have any independent sources within

Zawiya, in fact today journalists, some of whom have been arrested trying to get

there, were herded on to buses

in Tripoli to be taken to Zawiya and then taken back off

those buss and put into a hotel

at around the time Al-Jazeera reported a general and senior

colonel had been killed on the

Government side in Zawiya. We

are in the dark but we know

large parts of the city have

been flattened. The fighting has been Gaddafi's Loyalists, led by one

of Moammar Gaddafi's sons, have

decided to take this one key

beachhead for the rebels, the Western-most significant town

the rebels hold. the rebels hold. Other towns like Misurata are sitting in a

State of siege without

offensives, the occasional air strike, while the key offensive

is Zawiya. The Government hases

played on that, sending its own

journalists to the edges of

Zawiya to show troops in full

control of at least the outskirts

outskirts of the town and

purported to show demonstrations are Government Loyalists. What

we can trust from that we don't know. That the great fear,

that Gaddafi's forces are

adopting something of a

scorched earth strategy as they

repel the rebels? The seps is

this is very much like the kind

of offensives the Syrians ran

in restive cities some years

ago in the '80s. This is the

Middle East dictatorships of

old, simply flatten the town

where the insurgents are strongest and Misurata and do the same thing.

That would set the tone for a

long and brutal crack-down on insurgents because these are

major population centres, some hundreds of hundreds of thousands of

people. It's hard to see the

Government would be able to

retain any real social

structure within those cities

if they do achieve a victory at all. Tim Palmer in Tunis, thank

you for the update. One of the

more interesting twitter feeds I'm following I'm following during this

entire Libya problem is one independence movements, the

young people who'vigate

themselves as much as they can

on social networking, given the

really stop and start situation

they have there when it comes

to Internet provision. This has

just come through - Zawiya is

still in the hands of had

people. The hash tags they're

using are Libya, February 17,

which is when this started, and

Gaddafi crimes. The reports we're hearing, particularly

from the BBC , is that from the BBC , is that that little city has been reduced to ashes. That directly contravenes what Gaddafi is telling his

to know who to believe given

that the great difficulties independent Western journalists

have in operating in towns like

Zawiya to get a full hold the battles there. I reckon

the truth though, and probably

both sides would concede this,

is it's been a very bloody

battle and casualties would be

terribly high there. Let's head home where cyclone-ravaged community in North Queensland

are again under attack from the

element, this time from flooding rain. Cardwell has been isolated by floodwaters

and about 20 homes are now

underwater. Further north, weather-weary residents in

Tully are bracing for a second

major cleanup with floodwaters

further damaging cyclone-hit

homes. Kirrin McKechnie reports. It's reports. It's a cruel double

whammy for a township that's already copped its fair share

of devastation. Slammed of devastation. Slammed by

Cyclone Yasi last month, now

Tully Heads is getting a

drenching. It is probably the

worst we've ever seen. We'll

just wait and hope the sun

comes out. Rita Porter's to put on a brave face but

admits she's worn out by the

wave of natural disasters.

It's pretty devastating because

just when you think you might be

be getting a little bit ahead

you sort of another two steps

behind. Half the houses in Tully Heads are uninhabitable

and the further rain is

hampering had cyclone cleanup.

If we let the rain stop us we'd

never get anything done. Right

along the Cassowary

soggy conditions are causing

havoc. Some parts of the region

have copped as much as 500 mm

of rain over the past couple of

days. This isn't just a result of the rain. It's combine would

the drainage system up there

that has been filled with sand

from the recent cyclone. The Premier says

Premier says it's a timely

reminder the wet season's not

over. While it's

heart-breaking for them and for

all of us at the same time, we

hope they can stay strong, keep

their spirits up and get

through the latest event. Bit by bit, day by day. That's my

motto. A motto sure to be adopt bite her fellow North

Queenslanders. You'd really need all had fortitude in the

world to put up with those

double whammies. A former

Western Australian mayor says

claims that he's linked to the Italian Mafia are outrageous

and he's called the defamatory.

defamatory. The ABC confirmed firmer Stirling mayor Tony

Vallelonga has been named in an

investigation into the powerful Calabrian Mafia, known as the

Ndrangheta. Tony Vallelonga is

a former long-serving councillor and mayor of one of

WA's biggest suburban councils,

the city of Stirling. Now he's

fighting allegations he's

linked to the Italian Mafia. I

was always an outstanding citizen. This hurts my family.

Of the allegations surfaced in

foreign media reports about a major crack-down on the

Calabrian Mafia. It was claimed

members were being sought

overseas, now Calabrian police

have confirmed Mr Vallelonga has been named in their

investigation. The police say

it reports to secretly recorded

conversations he's alleged to

have had with a local Mafia

identity. But through his

lawyer, Mr Vallelonga has

maintained he's done nothing

wrong. What is being said

about Mr Vallelonga absolutely outrageous. He has

no dealings with the Mafia. He

is a man of impeccable standing

in the Western community. The Australian Federal Police refused to com, other than to say the agency had receiveded a request for

assistance from Italian police

but Mr Hammond says his client has not

has not been told anything.

The media is our only source of

information and that is why we

say this very unfair on Mr Vallelonga and his family. Mr

Vallelonga migrated to

Australia more than 30 years ago from calbria where in the

past decade the Mafia has grown to to be described as a powerful

and aggressive organisation but

Mr Vallelonga's lawyer says

he's been unable to confirm reports that an arrest warrant

has been issued. There are no

charges. Mr Vallelonga has not

been arrested. He is not in custody and everything being

said at the moment is pure and utter utter speculation. Mr Vallelonga hasn't ruled out

taking legal action for

defamation, maintaining he will

be cleared of any wrongdoing. Joanna reports and we're both off to

Italian language lessons after that introduction. Ndrangheta. That's right.

You're doing it next. You're watching ABC News Breakfast.

The top stories this morning - Julia Gillard is urging the United States to be bold and

worthy of its best traditions

in a speech to the American

Congress. The Prime Minister

talked to the need for strong

leadership from the US in leadership from the US in the economic and security

challenges facing the world.

She also spoke of Australia's important relationship with China. Colonel Gaddafi says

his people will rise up against

any attempts to impose a no-fly

zone in Libya. The forces are making advances on

the rebels. They appear to have recaptured the key town of

Zawiya. Business groups say the

Government's plan to improve

gender balance in the

will create more red tape.

Larger businesses would be

required to report the number

of women they employ and spot

checks would be done to assess women's pay and conditions.

We'll take a look at the papers

today and we're joined by the

presenter of insides and

Offsiders, Barrie Cassidy. The papers speed with everything that's happened so post--papers, what's happened of significance? Of course the

Prime Minister's address to the

Congress. It went over really well, clearly, and you'd think

it would, given the nature of

it. It was pretty much Julia

Gillard telling them what they

want to hear and that's

generally what happens in these

circumstances. Their allies

have been doing that for generations and that's probably

why they keep making mistakes.

The speech itself I think Lisa

Millar suggested there were 20

times she times she was a given sustained support and again I think that reflected the nature of the

speech. In the end I felt it

was a Julia Gillard speech delivered as Julia Gillard

delivers them and there's not a

whole lot she can do about them

that. You mean to say they're

dull? They sound like

speeches. Not at any point does

it sound conversational and I

think the message gets lost

along the way There was

emotion at the end where she

teared up about America's first

visit to the moon. Yes, she

ended though with a line, "You can do anything," and she

didn't mean by that you can do

what you like, I think that was

an expression of a sentiment

that it was supposed to inspire confidence within America to-

We've got this wire report from

the AFP news agency and we have

to take it on face value to take it on face value on

Julia Gillard's speech and the

people listening to it in the

chamber. Observers noted,

according to this wort report,

that youthful House pagers and

staff rather than law-makers

made up much of her audience

and one aide called the sparse attendance by officials and

media as not our finest hour.

I looked at how AAP I looked at how AAP reported John John Howard's speecherse the most recent by another Australian Prime Minister in

2002. They said 75% of the 500

seats were taken up by

diplomats, staffers and

Congressional pages. That was

June. Maybe they took an early holiday because their holiday

season is coming on them around

about then but it just shows

that parently that's pretty

much par for the course, they present as a joint sitting of

than half, 75% in the case of

John Howard, taken up by these

people. I tried to find a

report on that speech in the

'Washington Post'. There was a very short one but very short one but it wassant

by a Post reporter t was an AP

wire story. Let's look at the

front page of 'The Australian'.

A yarn there or a poll there on

Mike Rann, the South Australian

Premier, you want to look at? This goes to the heart of

what's happening to the Labor brand brand around the country. Mike

Rann, once the most popular

Government in the country, the

longest-serving Premier and his

party trails 56-44 and his

dissatisfaction rating is 59%.

When you look around the

country, NSW is about to - if

the polls are right they're

going to suffer the biggest

swing of all time, bigger than

the swing the John Cain senior

Government of Victoria suffered

which was 14.5%. In Queensland, hanging Bligh hanned the disaster so well but it does raise the

question of whether the brand

is worth anything anymore and you sort of throw ahead three

or four years. Go back three or

four years and Labor virtually

owned the country. Three or four years from now it could be

the reverse of that. He's got

time on his hands now, Rann.

He's notgue to go tee the polls

for another three years. Yes,

but the remarkable thing is he

won last time around, given

that most of the issues were

out there and they had to deal

with them during the A story in the 'Financial

Review' yesterday talked about this march that the Labour

Party is about to have to mark

its 1 20th anniversary. They've put it

put it off until after the election. You zop to book for

this by the way. 120 years of

Labor and they're going to have

it in Balmain and go past the

unity hall hotel where they

first gathered. Which could be

in Green hands. Yes. Just how

they handle that event will be

fascinating to osee. Given

Balmain doesn't have broad, wide boulevards, it's just a

plotty, tiny place where you

could probably fit them all in. There will be other

arguing I thought Barcaldine was the birthplace of the Labor Party. That's shearers met and inspired a more formal meeting in

Balmain. We'll look at the

front page of the 'Herald Sun'.

This a story that under other

circumstances you might

consider just a local

State-based crime story but

when it comes to the Moran

family it is nationwide. It is

maybe not the end of it but it

should be. The last of the Morans really. She's buried

husbands and two sons, killed

in gangland wars and now she

looks like she's going to spend

the rest of her life in jail.

For me, it was interesting to

see the 'Herald Sun' and 'The Age' because the old team of

John Sylvester and Andrew Rule

who have written so much about

the gangland wars have been

split up with Rule moving to

the 'Herald Sun'. Both had good

coverage but I like what Andrew

Rule wrote. He said the problem

for Judy Moran wasn't she was a

poor man's version of an

old-time sex siren, her problem was

preferred men with guns in

their trousers. And only Andrew

could get away with that. You're right, it should be the

end of it. I'm un aware of an

appeal being pellaged but you've bought to appeal - of an

appeal being flagged but you've

got to expect there will be

one. The jury was out with

seven days. I thought they'd

come back with not guilty.

Maybe they were tossing around

between manslaughter and murder. Amazing. Thank you, Barry. Thank you. And Paul

Kennedy is joining nous for a

look at the sport headlines.

More happening at the cricket

World Cup so I'll take

at them. Michael Hussey is now

with the Australian team over

in India and he was probably

the most pleased to be involved

in this photoshoot they had

last night and there it is,

just sitting on the end and

sitting pretty. Maybe he'll

replace his brother in the

middle order at some stage.

We'll wait to see. The Aussies

are just getting ready, just

waiting for a big hit-out

Let's look at what happened

last night on the field. It was

India versus the Netherlands.

The Netherlands made almost 200

and India chased down those pruns fairly comfortably

although they lost five wickets

along the way. Singh made a

half century in this match and

appears to be maybe a big

player coming up with all those

big names around him. Maybe Youvraj Singh is the man.

Cycling and Matt Goss has in Paris-Nice. The he is there.

The breakaway was unable to be

chased down and Thomas Voekler

won the stage overnight. After

leading from start to

the 5-man breakaway and Thomas

is now the overall leader. You

see the peloton in the background. Matt Goss didn't

lose too much time. Michael and

Virginia, there's a big story

in the streaking world. Let's

take a look at a match, a

nonleague match in the UK. This

goes for about a There's the streaker there.

He's a Borat impersonator. He's got his man-kini on. Look

at the players. They don't want to touch him. That's

Dorchester town versus Havant and waterer loo. The player

manager is Ashley vicars from

Dorchester town in the yellow.

The security guards are

reluctant or too lazy to chase

him and in the end it's left up

to one of the players. The guy gets to gets to the player manager. He's effectively the playing

coach. He thought he was doing

security there a favour but the

ref didn't agree and sent him

off and his team lost off and his team lost 3-1. Absolutely dumb-founded he

was. Look, he's red carded!

Even players from the other

team are arguing it. That's

ridiculous. Imp who was red

carded? The guy who tackled the streaker.

I love the reaction from the

crowd. It's actually a small enough crowd people laughing. What I like

best is these Manly tough blokes standing around going,

"I'm not touching that. Where

do you put your hands? He looked a bit too quick for them

anyway. I liked his moves.

That's the serious sport news

for the morning. Vanessa

O'Hanlon is here to tell us

about more wet weather along the Queensland coast. There's no sign of the weather

changing. The first pictures

are from Tully Heads. An active

monsoon is near

producing more heavy rain and

thunderstorms. The region

between Ingham and Cairns is

bracing for possibly 100 mm

today and to add to the problems an upper level trough

may move into the northeast

tropical coast tomorrow. There is a severe warning is a severe warning now for flash flooding for the tropical

coast and adjacent ranges

between Cairns and Rollingstone

and flood warnings are current

for coastal rivers and adjacent inland streams between Cooktown and Townsville.

There's been some flooding in

the US as well, Virginia. We'll

look at that next hour. Still

ahead on ABC News Breakfast,

heavy rain is battering parts

of North Queensland as Vanessa

mentioned and the areas that were hit by Cyclone We'll speak to Daryl Camp from Emergency Management Queensland about the efforts on the ground there. That's coming up after

this very short break. Julia Gillard

urges America to be bold,

pledging Australia's support in her

her address to Congress. You have have a true friend Down

Under. APPLAUSE This Program Is Captioned

Live. Colonel Gaddafi warns

the world to stay

while debate continues on a

no-fly zone. Both the United

Kingdom and NATO itself will take

take this very much in a methodical, methodical, cautious, step-by-step manner. Business

cool on the Government's plan

to improve gender equality in

the workplace. And the space

shuttle 'Discovery' makes its last landing.

Good morning. It's Thursday, 10 March. I'm Michael Rowland. I'm Virginia Trioli.

The top story on ABC News Breakfast - Julia

bold and worthy of its best traditions in her address to

the American Congress. The

Prime Minister urged the US to be courageous in

futurer economic and security challenges. While emphasising

the close ties with the US, she

also spoke of the importance of Australia's relationship with

China. Ms Gillard pledged

support for America's efforts

in Afghanistan and the Middle

East and paid tribute to the

ANZUS alliance. When our

alliance was signed 60 years

ago, the challenges of the space age were still to come, the challenges of terrorism

were still to come. For 60

years, leaders from Australia and the United States looked inside themselves and

found the courage, the courage

to face those challenges and

after 60 years we do the same today. Now the Prime Minister

got a long standing ovation

from the US Congress. Er north America correspondent Lisa Millar says the speech was

warmly received. Four minutes

of a standing times during the speech she was

interrupted by applause. There

was a lot of chatter before00

about just who would be in the

audience at 11:00 on audience at 11:00 on a

Wednesday morning in DC, you're

not going to get all of the

Senators and House members.

They cull it a joint sitting of

Congress but in fact a lot of

staffers, friend of the

Australian Embassy, other

dignitaries made up the numbers

on the floor of the chamber.

Certainly some senior members

there, Senator John McCain,

Senator John Kerry think most people believeded it

was very warmly received. It

certainly brought the speaker

of the House to tears and Kim Beazley was spotted wiping away tears towards tears towards the end of the speech. Julia Gillard herself

in fact, her voice started

breaking towards the end of it.

It was quite an emotional moment. what were the key lines

in the speech, when you say there were 20 interruptions for

applause. Are know that's

always completely stage-managed

when it comes to, say, the

state of the union. I've got to assume

assume in this case it wasn't staged. What that drew such response?

That-T was that word ally,

ally, ally, again and ally, ally, again and again.

She used it many times but she

did tick the boxes in making

sure everyone would be happy with the speech because she

paid tribute to John Howard,

the last Prime Minister to

address the join sitting, and

said he was still an ally of