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Live. International pressure

mounts as Egypt's military

starts to flex its muscles. We

want to see a transition to democracy. Implement

Cyclone Anthony in Queensland

downgraded but strong winds an

heavy rain still batter the

north Queensland coast. New

hope for two mebs of the Bali 9

facing the death sentence. And

Novak Djokovic wins his second

Australian Open title. morning, it's Monday, 31 Australian Open title. Good

January, I'm Michael rowland. And I'm Virginia Trioli. Protests in Egypt have

entered their sixth days as

thousands gather on streets.

The death toll has passed 100

and the Egyptian military is

attempting to assert its

authority but protestors remain defiant. Two air force jets and

a helicopter have been flying low over Liberation Square, the main gathering point for the

demonstrators. A column of

tanks have been sent in but

it's path has been blocked. The

Government has shut Al-Jazeera. Around 100 people Government has shut down

have died since the protests began. Egypt's Opposition

Leader Mohamed elbar die Leader Mohamed elbar die says

the situation is a mess. The concern right now is that

Mubarak has to go immediately.

The first step if we need to

get out of this mess, and it's

total mess, security is not

there, it's a total

he has to go, second step we

have to have a government of

national salvation in

coordination with the army so

the people and the army will get together, go for a transitional period where then

we'll prepare for a we'll prepare for a free and fair election, a new

constitution and move on to a

democracy. Also saying I look

to the government to implement

democracy. To ask a dictator to

implement democratic measure

oxymoron. They Ned to let go of after 30 years in power is

Mubarak. Philip Williams joins

us on the phone from Cairo.

there, what is the situation on It's getting late into techbing

the streets? The situation is

calm at the moment. We've had

Mohamed El Baradei talking to

the people and basically

repeating that message that he

must - the President must go

and and that order must be restored

and that the country put together again in a

democratic and a fair way that

benefits all Egyptians and not

just the elite. There still people ignoring the

curfew. At 4:00 when the curfew was officially proclaimed again

people just kept streaming in to that area and totally

ignoring it. They are ignoring

it right now. They're walking

around the streets as we speak.

There are still some cars

driving, but not many, it

quieter than normal, that's for sure. But this defiance

continues and this was in face

military with low-flying F-16 of the enforcements of the

jets which frightened a lot of

us when they first appeared on

the scene because we weren't

quite sure of their intentions

and then of course lots and then of course lots of

passes , increasing l low passes by the jets. But did it passes, increasingly noisy

move the people? Noot not at

all. In fact it enraged them

more and made them determined to stay more and made them more

continue these protests until

they get what they want which

is a new president and basically a new country. What

role is the military actually

playing? Of course we've seen

pictures over the weekend of

many soldiers being embraced by the protests, joining those

protests? It's a slightly

them. They're supposed to schizophrenic situation for

president is uphold the constitution, the

president is their boss but yet

they've played a benign role in

the street, guarding key

installations and they haven't

been interventionist at all and

this in the face of the police, a total absence of police. It's created a security vacuum and

meant opportunists have been

able to start looting in areas,

it's meant people have had to

themselves. They've formed start looking

essentially vigilante groups.

They've armed themselves with

sticks and whatever they can

their homes and get their hands on to stop

businesses being looted. So the security situation particularly

in the suburbs, particular plrk

in some of the wealthier

suburbs have been bad. There

has been shootling, there's

been sounds of shots in some of

those areas and that situation

isn't under control. So there is another problem, they want

to bring the police back for

security but not to intimidate

the protestors. If the

protestors do come back - sorry, if the police do some back tomorrow it will provoke - no doubt it will provoke the

protestors and battles would probably enshoe again. probably enshoe again. We've

just heard a few gun shots in the background there, don't

know exactly the source of that

but it does underline the fact

that Cairo, while on the face

of it is

this very moment, it's still extremely tense and really waiting to see how this impasse

will unfold. Will the President

give way or will eventually this rebellion be

cracked? Exactly, the ball's

very much in Hosni very much in Hosni Mubarak's

court. I mean what options does

he have if the protestors

continue to flout the curfew and ignore the military? Yes,

exactly. So you've basically

got a refusal on all sides to

budge and so it's a case of who

blinks first. Now, the blinks first. Now, the military

perhaps tapping the President may play a significant role in

on the shoulder vent chully if

this continues and saying it's

time to move on. But on the

continue other hand they may just

continue to back him. No-one

actually knows exactly what the upper echelons of the military

have in mind here. Clearly

the country becomes totally

ungovernable and the situation

is untenable for too long, the

military will have to move in some way or another.

how that will play out really nobody knows. It's a fascinating and of course

tragically deadly drama that's

being played out here and many more chapters to be told. Phil thank you for your update. In Williams, for the time being

cyclone Anthony has crossed the other news today tropical

north Queensland coast mere

Bowen bringing with it strong

winds and torrential rain.

lashed the coast Winds of up to 155km/h have

and Mackay. Now power has been

cut to about 10,000 properties

and while Anthony continues to

weaken there is concern about another cyclone that's expected

to cross the coast on Thursday.

The Federal Government will

start trying to sell the merits

of its flood levy to the cross

benchers today. Ministers will

start talks with start talks with Independent Senator and meet wtion the other Independents are scheduled for

later in the week. An Indonesian court has raised the

hopes of two member of the

so-called Bali 9 drug ring trying to trying to escape the death penalty. Andrew Chan and Myuran

Sukumaran have made their final

appeals against their death

sentences. Fairfax is reporting

the panel of 3 judges has said

the right to life must not be

ignored, reduced or taken away.

Their written opinion has now

gone to the Supreme Court for a verdict. And thousands of

people have turned Tunisia for the return of a leading Islamic leader. He has

arrived in the capital Tunis

after two decades of exile. He

had been charged with plotting

against the case. Ben Ali fled

into exile this week. Mr

Ghannouchi says he's not

interested in running for political office. And

preliminary results in southern Sudan's referendum show

overwhelming support for

independence. More than 99 % voters backed a proposal to separate from the north. Those results don't include votes

from the north and overseas communities including

Australia. A final result is

expected in the expected in the next couple of weeks. There have been heart

breaking scenes in Victoria's flood-ravaged north-west as farmers return to their

properties to survey the damage. damage. Adding to the emotion

is the real zaiisation that some properties will be

underwater for up to 2 months. Kerri Ritchie reports Benjeroop. The flood waters are

right flu Mick Prentice's 100-year-old farm house. We filmed the father of 10 two

days ago when he was days ago when he was waist

deepment today he's back in the roton water. The kids are

finding it pretty hard. We've

got a couple of other kids

coming later and I know they're

going to be very upset. The

smaller kids, they done know

what's going on at the moment

and they just want to get home

so it's going to be a

while. He's been told the putrid flood around his place for at least another 2 months. Using his excavator Mick excavator Mick Prentice battled

to save other properties. When

he returned to his place at 4:30 in

up. The water is up to 30 cm inside his house. He said the State and Federal Governments

must do more. He desperately

needs about a dozen purps in

here. Steve Hawken who lives

nearby drnt know Mick Prentice

very well before the floods, he

says he's proud to know him

now. The only way into Steve Hawken's place is by guess I'm probably too angry to

be sad. Everything but the

house went under on his dairy

farm. He watched some of his cows drown. He has a massive

mortgage and couldn't get flood

insurance because his farm insurance because his farm is

classed as a commercial business. I saw concrete troughs floating, there's one for the records, never saw for the records, never saw a concrete trough float before.

Well I did this time. Steve

Hawkens says politicians, SES bosses and government officials have got in the way and have

made things harder for locals. Just makes my blood

boil and I'm not the only one. Someone's probably lucky they

haven't had their throat cut over this. Steve Hawkens

his daughter is already having nightmares. Mick Prentice says

his 10 children will struggle

in coming months. Power is cut

to about 10,000 properties in central Queensland after tropical cyclone Anthony tropical cyclone Anthony hit

the coast with strong winds and rain. Winds reached 155km/h when the cyclone

late last night. For the latest

Josh Bavas is in Bowen and he

joins us now. Do we know what

damage has been rort by damage has been rort by the

cyclone so far At this stage we

know it's very dark around parts of North Queensland here.

The category 2 The category 2 system crossed

the coast a little bit earlier

than expected at about 10pm.

Now we're in the dark here, the Now we're in the dark here, tourhood

neighbourhood is all blacked out, the sun is just starting

to peak over the clouds

my left here. Then residents

will be able to assess just

exactly how much damage. But

look, it seems like Bowen itself has survived this

cyclone fairly

It just seems to be a lot of vegetation damage at this stage, so branches down over

the roads, but look, it will be

as the sun comes up that people

will be able to walk around their home and just check exactly what was done overnight. So it's very still

clearly where you are now, so

the cyclone has well and truly

passed through, is it on its

saying it has died off since crossed saying it has died off since it

crossed although it is now a

tropical low moving to the south-west across Queensland. But look, here

didn't seem to get much

rainfall last night, only about

half the time that it was

crossing was actually rainfall.

The other half was this dry

wind that was sweeping in off the coast. Just in the main

part of town here we were getting

getting hit with sand coming frup the foreshore where I'm

standing at the moment. Look, standing at the moment. Look,

it seemed to be very strong

wind. We saw a couple windows getting broken in a few

hotels up here, power lines

down and of course we saw a few power lines arcking as well. So

it seems to Seems to have been

downgraded to the tropical low.

The rainfall was it significant

elsewhere because we know in

Queensland right now you guys don't need anymore rainfall. It

seems like Mackay and those

areas to the south they copped

most of the wind and the rain

overnight. Not exactly sure

exactly how many millimetres of rain they received but are m coing through that they

doped the brunt of this cyclone

as it moved through. Good to

talk to you Josh, thanks so

much. Let's take a look at the front pages of the papers around the country this morning and the 'Australian' says Egyptians gathered last night

for a sixth day of protests

against Hosni Mubarak's regime. The 'Age' says Victoria's public housing

system is in crisis with

disadvantaged people waiting up

to 18 years before they can find a home. The 'Courier Mail'

reports the next major weather

event for Queensland will event for Queensland will be cyclone Yasi as we've

heard. The 'Canberra Times'

says a gptal working group has recommended a dedicated coroner

be established to oversee

inques in the ACT. The

Victorian Police Minister Peter

Ryan has ordered an urgent

review of the State's traffic

camera network. The 'Sydney Morning Herald' reports that a

number of public sites across

the State are being rezoned for residential development. The

Government's key climate change

adviser Ross Garnaut has warned

Australia is United States and China in dealing with the dealing with the issue. The

'Daily Telegraph' says power

bills in NSW are set to rise by

25% this year and that's twice

as fast as originally forecast. Submissions to

Tasmania's independent energy

watchdog show people could save

up to 10% a year on their power

bills if they were allowed to

shop around. The 'Advertiser'

has spoken to the daughter of an 87-year-old woman who was

murdered in her home in

Adelaide. The 'West Australian'

says 2 people have died in storms in Western Australia. And Territory News' reports the

ombudsman is recommending

tighter controls on police

accessing citizen's phone

records. If you'd like to join

the conversation on breakfast

this morning, on any of the

stories we're covering, perhaps

if you're an Egyptian national

or have friends and family in

Egypt perhaps your view on the

situation on the streets of Ky

oh should Mubarak step down

sooner rather than later, who

reels should Australia and the

rest of the international community

community be playing in trying

to defuse the rapidly growing tension there. You can send emails to: Let's Let's take a quick look at the weather now:

The stop stories on ABC News Breakfast - there's a Breakfast - there's a tense

stand off in Egypt between protestors and the military.

Tens of thousands of people

have again flooded on to the

street of street of the country's main cities. Opposition Leader Mohamed El Baradei has told the

crowds change is coming and

President Mubarak must go. Cyclone Anthony is

battering the North Queensland

coast with gale force winds and

torrential rain. About 10,000 properties have now properties have now without power and while Anthony has

been downgraded now to a

cyclone is forming off the coast. And there are new signs

that two members of the Bali 9

drug ring may escape the death sentence. An appeals court has indicated it accepts that Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran should have their

death sentences commuted. It's death sentences commuted. It's

now up to the Supreme Court to issue a final verdict on the appeal. While the Federal

Government will meet cross bench MPs this week to seek their support for Minister Julia Gillard wans a

one-off levy to raise $1.8

billion to help fund the

rebuilding of Queensland and

also Victoria. For more Melissa

Clarke joins us from Canberra. Melissa, good morning. We've had the preamble and of course

the beginnings of the public sell of

sell of the flood levy. Now the private sell? It begins in

earnest because of course

parliament returns next week and that's when the Government

wants to get this levy through

Parliament as quickly as

possible. So it's using this

week to talk to the cross

benchers in both the House and the Upper House to

try to convince them to take

this levy proposal as it is.

Now, the Government is going to

have to convince not have to convince not only the

regional Independent s in the

Lower House and Adam Band, the

Greens MP in the Lower House to

approve this, but also senators

Fielding and Xenephon in the

Upper House if they're going to

get it through and they're

going to have to address a

number of derns that they have.

For instance, Senator Xenephon

wants to see more of a

justification as to why the

levy needs to be raised and

precisely whether or not it's

going to be - show value for

money. We've got Tony Windsor

in the Lower House raising questions about whether or not

there could be a more

option in terms of a national

disaster fund. So there's a

number of criticisms of the way this has been approached and questions coming from different

approaches, so to speak. approaches, so to speak. So the

Government is going to have to

address concerns from a lot of

different areas in a very short

period of time and it will come

down to this - is

all on the details of the flood levy because Julia Gillard has made it clear she doesn't want to have to make any changes.

She wants it pushed through

quickly, keeps urging them to look

look at the urgency of getting

this done as quickly as

possible and doesn't want to

have to make any changes but

that may be very difficult if

she wants to get all of them on

board. So she doesn't want to

have to make any changes then

are we looking at trade offs.

Are we looking at some sort of

sops being offered to various

critics in order to get their support. It's certainly the Government is going to have

to get used to doing as it

faces this problem increasingly

through the parliamentary year.

It may be the case be able to get an agreement

from the cross benchers by

agreeing to a series of future

measure, be it reviews of this

idea of having a national fund

like New Zealand does for natural

natural disasters. She may have

to agree to some kind of

process for looking at that in

the future or looking at other

it comes to the way the money

is administered or those sorts

of ways, things that can be

added to placate the Kearns of

the cross benchers without necessarily changing the detail of the flood levy itself in

terms of who it's levied out

and at what level. So the

Government may have a bit of

room to move there but Julia

Gillard has made it clear she

doesn't want to move on the

specific detail. The 0.5% and

1% and what income points

they're raised at so that

doesn't leave her a lot of room

to move. Me liss ark thank you very much. The NSW

Premier says she's furious

about the latest scandal to hit

her Government. The husband of

Education Minister Verity Firth is facing a drug

once again in distracting Labor

as it faces a titanic battle to

be re-elected. Just months ago

the Education Minister Verity

Firth was handing out broshures

on the dangers of drugs. It's advice her husband Matthew after being charged by police

on Friday night for possession

of one tablet of ecstasy, he resigned

resigned as chief of staff to the Minister for Roads Kristina Keneally another

headache. You could sum up my

feelings about his alleged

behaviour in one word and that

is I'm furious. It was the

Premier and her Roads Minister

who fronted the media today to

finally launch the duplication

of the Iron Cove Bridge. Did

you have any inkling of this

behaviour? Of course not. The new bridge is Ms Firth's

electorate but the Premier says her Education Minister was

given the day off. The Minister

was not involved in this,

according to the reports and I

say this, what this shows is

that nobody is above the

law. The Premier acknowledged

the public is tiring of the

string of scandals afflicting

her Government. My patience for

self-indulgent behaviour is

wearing very thin. Verity Firth

only held her seat by 3.7% at

the last election. While it's not known

not known how this incident

will ask her prospects,

ironically her main opponent, the Greens, decriminalising the personal use of ecstasy. Verity Firth

was seen as one of was seen as one of Labor's

brighter tallents with the

party hopeful she could survive

the expected swing. I would

like to be part of that renewal process. Rather than part of

the turnover? That's exactly right. Matthew court on 1 April. You couldn't write that script, could you? If you wrote If you wrote this script about the Labor Government in NSW and submitted it to your publisher,

say, they'd - They'd cross it

out laughing. They would send

it back for a rewrite. Could it

possibly get any worse? I think there's 4 weeks to go before

the Labor Government has to go

into care taker mode. The next 4 weeks are going to be 4 weeks are going to be a roller coaster ride. One of the

columnists in the the 'Australian' this

in Australia. He writes 4 weeks

there's still time for a horse

to be elected to the Upper House. That's exactly right.

The consul's horse will appear

next. We'll look next. We'll look at the markets now and the Dow has closed down

166 points on Friday. Let's take a look at the

sport headlines now and Paul

Kennedy, despite all the

anticipation last night the

men's Open final was a bit of

an anticlimax. We might get a

first hand account later on but

we'll look at the highlights firstly. Novak Djokovic firstly. Novak Djokovic has

outplayed Andy Murray to win his second Australian Open title. The

won 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 to regain the title he won in 2008. Novak Djokovic stood between his long-time friend Andy and a place in history as the

first Brit in 75 years to win a

grand slam title. Djokovic made

the better startment Both

players struggled in the first

set as they slugged out point

after point from the base line. When the break finally came it

delivered the first set to the

Serb. The first blow to Djokovic. Djokovic was enough to answer any challenge

and Murray's game started to

implode. Horrendous

game. Djokovic stepped up the

pressure. Like a battering ram and

and he races to 5-0. Murray had

brief flashes of brilliance.

Well done and the come on

because he hit the winner time. But along with the sublime came the ordinary.

Murray's body language said he

was a beaten man. And while the Scot inflicted his own

Novak Djokovic was at the other

end rubbing salt into the open

wounds. A match that promised

much proved a fizzer. It was

the most lopsided men's final

in years. Murray has now

played 3 grand slam finals and

not won a coming back next year and trying to win, thank

you. Djokovic has a second Open

title. There's been a tough

period for our people

that we are trying every single

day to present our country in

the best possible way so this

is for my country Serbia. is for my country Serbia. Thank you. The world number 3 is inching closer to Federer and

Nadal. Now before we talk a bit

more about the tennis we'll get

you up to date with the cricket news. Australia has won that one-day series against England

by defeating the English if

Brisbane. The Aussies set a

total of #249d and then bowled

out their opposition and raised

a lot of money as well for the

flood relief fund. Let's take

look at all the action. Shane

Watson has been on the front

foot since flood wauts hit his

home town of Ipswich. He

adopted the same approach from

the first ball at the Gabba. Brad Haddin broke the shackles with exquisite timing while his

team-mates went to work raising more money for flood victim.

Hadin reaped the rewards but Watson's day ended on 16. Haddin tried to keep the score board ticking over but used his

feet once too often. The out of

form skipper set about winning

over the fan. Wickets fell

around him but Michael Clarke

looked on song as he blasted

Steven Finn through midwicket.

The captain brought up a much

needed 50. The celebrations

didn't last long, Clarke

out for 54. Steven Smith pushed

Australia towards a competitive

total but his team-mates fell

around him and Australia was all out for 249. Australia's

bowlers gave England a hostile

welcome and Matt Prior was soon

back in the pavilion. The

Australians claimed the scalp

of England skipper Andrew

Strauss next ball. The collapse

continued when Jonathan Trott

fell to Brett Lee. Kevin

Pietersen loomed as the biggest

threat for Australia and

combined with Ian Bell to add 73 for the fourth Hastings derailed the run chase

when he dismissed Pietersen for

40. England's hopes appeared

dashed as they lost 3/8. Shane Watson shipped in with 2

wickets to reduce the tourist

to 8/128. James Anderson and

Steven Finn combined to add Steven Finn combined to add 53

with some telling blows but

Watson broke through to claim a

51-run win and the series. And there were yesterday. It was Phoenix

defeating the Jets 1-0 and in

the O'Contentious match it was

Victory beating the Gold Coast

by 2-0 and the coach of

Gold Coast FC said after the

match that the Victory, who was flaying intimidatory football

and was brutal. He said it was

war like but there were two

great goals there so maybe a

little bit of byplay going on

before the finals because the Gold Coast and Melbourne

Victory may meet in the final

sear glis a couple of weeks. Let's enjoy the Let's enjoy the goals from Danny Allsop. What a goal from Danny

Allsop. The prod Cal son returned and he's setting the

A-League alight. Doing well. Now, the men's final Novak

Djokovic, I know you were court

side so you can tell us what you thought but it seemed to me

Andy Murray was the interesting story out of the

final and he's played in 3

grand slam finals now and hasn't

hasn't won a set. That's an

amazing statistic. He looks for

lorn. This I reckon gets us

back to this discussion we so

often have on this program

about the great athletes playing a very tough and good

mental game. Watching them on court, court, I mean they play that

base line slug fest which

frankly can get a bit tedious

but they do have

extraordinarily powerful shots. They're playing with old fashioned topspin. Remember the

topspin of Agassi and Sampras

where it would go flying across

the kour. They're pretty evenly

matched in that regard but this

young fellow, Andy Murray, can

just fall apart like a

cooky. You saw it up close and

personal, how bad was the body language covers it. I think he

was car yig on like a pork chop

actually and frankly not doing himself any favours. I don't

know if we have any shots here, there's that sort of stuff but

they all do that. You should

have seen the walking back to

the base line, that's a fast

walk for him. He was just

dragging his feet like he's 100

years old, hang dog, depressed,

exhausted, hot, tired, and I

wanted to yell out to him

you're in a grand slam mate, pull it together. He's noose around his neck is the

1936 Fred Perry stat, the last

British male to win a grand

slam. He's also a little bit

torn. He's got the of having sledged England

before so a lot of English

people don't really care for

him. Don't embrace him at all. He had a lot of the

support at arena. I would have

said it's split 50/50 down between the two of them and some wonderful people turned up

in full braveheart dress with

face paint and kilts and the like and they their support for him. He

wasn't lacking public support. But when it came to winners

that he would have assumed like

overhead smashes and the like and chips at couldn't deliver them. We

should mention Novak Djokovic.

He came in with unbelievable

form. He took Federer apart in

the semifinal in straight sets,

so anyone who beats Federer in

straight sets comes in feeling

pretty good about himself and

perhaps he's on top of his

game. And all this talk game. And all this talk about Murray is not was a clinical performance by

Djokovic. He didn't waste an

ounce of energy. He was

entirely focused on entirely focused on every

single shot. The first few

games neither of them could

deliver their real shots until they settled down.

But then Djokovic did and Andy

Murray couldn't and he just

stayed focused where you could

see Andy Murray was sending

energy everywhere and not in

the right direction at all. Opposite amounts of

self-belief those two guys. Can

I just quickly mention we might

touch upon this later touch upon this later on, Kim Clijsters versus Li Na on Saturday night was the great

essence of elite sport. It was two great competitors, match could have gone either way. At some stages Clijsters

looked like she was just hanging in. She changed her

match, used her experience and

started using those looping

shots really fairly deep and Li

Na just went a little bit off

her game and then Clijsters won

and they were all class after

the match as well. It was a really great game. I enjoyed that. Clijsters'

experience and experience and court time I

think got the better of Li Na

but she's certainly got a long

way to go in women's tennis. It's interesting what

you say about you say about the wobble there that you saw three quarters of

the way through with match with

Clijsters and you're quite

right and you saw that focus and that concentration come in.

I love those shots of her

waiting at the base line to

receive and honestly, a hornet

jet could have flown past and

she wouldn't have seen it. She

was just focused on Li

Na. There were time with crucial points in that second set if she had of lost them or lost a crucial game the

title would have been gone. You

saw Mike Smith in the background there as one of the sponsors from sponsors from ANZ. He handed

out the prize money and lip

reading what he had to say to

Kim Clijsters it was so crass and funny. He said, "Here's

some money." He's a banker

after all. What else would a

banker say "Here's some cash.

Qunchts and Li Na, the focus

winner's cheque. Still the runner's up cheque would have been substantial as well. Just to finish off, the chat between

those two players those two players as the

dignitaries were giving their

spiel and the two players had a conversation behind, they both looked like they were really

enjoying the moment. It was great. Now ABC News breakfast

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streamed live every take a look at the weather now.

Here's Paul Higgins. Good morning to you. It's been a

tale of two cyclones over the weekend with Bianca crossing

the west coast near Perth

Anthony making landfall over Queensland's Central Coast last

night. There is a severe

weather warning for damaging

winds and flash flooding for

most of central Queensland with

that rain spreading into the

central west this morning. In

Brisbane though just the chance

of a shower. Mostly sunny

across NSW and very hot inland.

There will be an early cool

change along the southern coast. A

getting up to 37 degrees in

Canberra. Hot across Victoria

as well with a north wind, a cool change will gradually

extend from down the south-west

but have little effect across the the north. Mostly sunny in Melbourne. 39 in city but lit

be milder in the south. For

Tasmania a cloudy Monday with

patchy rain in the north and

that will extend across the

State. That patchy rain should

reach Hobart during the afternoon. In South Australia

an extreme heat warning today for most of the State as you

swelter through another mostly sunny day. A late change expected over the far west


Across southern and western

part of the south-west land division there will be drizzle this morn, morning drizzle in

Hobart. To the north a few

thunderstorms especially in the

afternoon, the same across the

Northern Territory along with

gusty winds and afternoon

storms for Darwin.

You're watching ABC News

Breakfast and still to come -

we'll keep you updated about what's happening in Egypt and

week speak to the ABC's foreign affair affair editor Peter Cave about

what this means for the Middle

East. We'll have a review of some of today's newspairps. Today we're joined by Thom

Woodroofe. Leading the news

this morning tens of thousands

of protestors have again flooded the street flooded the street of Egypt's

main cities demanding an end to

Hosni Mubarak's rule. The death

toll has now passed 100 and the

to assert its authority but the

protestors are remaining defiant. Egypt's main opposition leader Mohamed El Baradei has addressed people in

Cairo saying change is on its

way. Ex-tropical cyclone Anthony has brought gale force

winds and torrential rain to North Queensland's coast. It crossed the coast late last

night. Power has been cut to

about 10,000 properties. The

Federal Government will start

trying to sell is merits of its flood levy to the cross bencher

talks with Nick Xenephon later

this morning. Meetings with the

other Independents are also scheduled for later scheduled for later in the

week. An Indonesian court has

raised the hopes of two member of the Bali 9 drug ring who are trying

trying to escape the death penalty. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have made their final appeals against their death

sentences. Fairfax is report

ing this morning the panel of 3

judges has said the right to life must not be ignored,

reduced or taken away. And

thousands of people have turned

out in Tunisia for the return

of a leading Islamic

in the capital Tunis after 2 decades in exile. He'd been

facing charges of plotting

against the state and Mr

Ghannouchi says he's not

interested in running for

political office. Tensions are

rising in the centre of Cairo

this evening as military jets make repeated low-level flights

over the city's central square. Thousands of people have

gathered there for a 6th day of protest. Opposition leader Mohamed El Baradei has change is on the way and

President Mubarak must go. This report is from the BBC. Sunday

has provided some of the most powerful images of this powerful images of this popular

uprising. In central Cairo an

army officer was carried aloft

on the shoulder of cheering

protestors within sight of his

own tanks. At times the army

and the protestors appeared to

be on the same side. But it's a precarious situation and President Mubarak may yet order

his troops to turn against

these demonstrators. That would

lead to more of this,

being killed and injured on being killed and injured on the streets of their streets of their own capital. More than 100 people have been killed in the

protests and demonstrations across

across Egypt. Progovernment

forces still using live

ammunition against their people

and this is where many of them are being treated, in a

makeshift hospital actually a former mosque right in the

heart of Cairo. This man was shot in the neck today by

progovernment police at a demonstration at the interior ministry. Working ministry. Working without

anaesthetic and using basic medical equipment, volunteers are working here around the

clock. Doctors here are making

very, very great efforts. They

are using very, very little equipment and no facilities

from this place only, 50

killed. 50 people kild. And we

have information from the other hospitals around us there is

much larger numbers. How this

uprising, this revolution

develops is impossible to say.

There's an uneasy truce between the people and the army. But

just before curfew two air

force jets flew low repeatedly

over the crowds in the main

square. On a day of

extraordinary symbols in Egypt,

this a clear message from a

government which isn't backing

down. And for the first time nearly 30 years Egyptians can

seriously contemplate a future

without Hosni Mubarak as President. Witnesses say the

sense of change in the capital is palpable now. 39-year-old architect Cherif Morsi has been

among the protestors an Philip

Williams spoke to him.

What is it like now to be an

Egyptian at this very moment?

Quite proud. I mean to

honest, I mean I kind of lost

hope that we the people to hope that we the people to be able to change something and

it's really happening. What is happening? This is the

question, where is it all

leading? Look, I mean that's

of course the golden question.

I mean nobody really knows

where we're going but one thing

is for sure that we changing. I

mean that's it, we're not going to just stop and do

nothing. Isn't there still an

outside chance that

Mubarak could hang on? I mean of course nothing is impossible but my personal opinion that

that's not going to happen. I mean his days are numbered and

he really doesn't have much

cards to play anymore. Now, a

week ago these people were

going about their business, perhaps unhappy with the

political system but no sign of

what effectively is a people's

revolution. Suddenly all of

this, where did it come from? time now. I mean it's been

cooking, there's been major

events in the past 2 or 3 events in the past 2 or 3

months and Tunisia, of course

and suddenly that's it. I and suddenly that's it. I mean people, it's a popular movement

and I think people they realise

that's the moment. What for you

is the most objectionable

aspect about Mubarak? The

fear. I mean the rule of

felt that yourself? Of course, of course. Explain that. The

rule of fear really takes many shapes. It's not force which exists, of course.

It's fear. I mean you It's fear. I mean you talk badly about the system, you

will be ecliped. If you have

business they can start

stopping it for you. There stopping it for you. There are

many shapes of muzzled here, so

muzzled we

sure. There is almost an electric atmosphere here,

people are very, very excited,

you're clearly very excited but

it's not over is it? It's not

over yet.. That always feeds in panic, a bit of panic.. We have

to go through that, that's my personal opinion, we really have to go through it. To get

to what point, what's the end

game for you? You mean me

personally? I need a new

system. So if he doesn't go

this is just the beginning? I

believe so. If he doesn't go that's it, that's the

beginning. The fear has been

broken, that's the, you know, the only way he could rule for

that long is through fear.

Anybody, I mean if I rule I

would rule for 30 years I would

have to scare you, OK. Now the

fear is completely gone,

completely gone so he doesn't have this anymore. He's putting

thugs in the street. I think

lit take time and the fear

would go anyway. If I was him I

would go. That was Phil

Williams who of course is on

the streets of Cairo talking the streets of Cairo talking to Cherif Morsi one of the

thousands of protestors taking thousands of protestors taking to the streets. What's been so

interesting about what he had

to say there as well was - and

this is a comment made by

everyone who's inside the protest or commentators far

removed from it, where does this end, here? And not even this man who

is desperate for change he says

can say how lit end, where it

will end, what the end game is but this process has to be gone

through, he feel, in order for

any change to start. And the

process must start with the

ending of the 30-year rule of

Hosni Mubarak as they say. They're into the deep unknown after

after that. We'll have

continued coverage of what is

still a very volatile situation

in Egypt as the morning

progresses. Let's head back

home now and cyclone crossed the Queensland coast south of Ayr overnight bringing

winds up to 155km/h and driving rain. Now it's expected the

cyclone could dump up to 400 mm

of rain in parts of the State's Central Coast Central Coast just where they

don't need it. Mike Brooke ner

is the mayor. Good to talk to

you, thanks so much. So it's

pretty still there at the

moment I can see behind you,

what's been the effect of this

cyclone crossing the coast over

the last 24 hours? Well it

looks very peaceful behind us at

about 10:00 last night it

wasn't too peaceful and I think

if we compare cyclones or look,

if you're preordering a cyclone

this is the one you'd want to

have because of the size of it

and the amount of rain we got

we're quite happy. I think it's

nature's way of pruning the

town and I think we've got

that. A lot of environmental

damage at the moment. There's

trees, a few tree branches down

a couple of rattly roofs at

this stage,

you can see the daylight is only only just starting to come out.

Once we get more of a situation

report this morning we'll have a better idea. a better idea. Airlie Beach

lost power early last night so

it would have been a bit uncomfortable for those guys

down there but I'm sure ergone

will be out on the job this

morning and reinstating that power. There's got to be an

easier way to get your township

pruned but I do like the way

you've described that. The rainfall you've experienced,

you're not aware of any

outs to the SES? Obviously up

until 6:00 last night the rain that we had wouldn't have

settled the dust, so from 6:00 onwards we got the driving

rain, like you would have seen

in the reports last night. But

certainly not the lead up.

Traditionally cyclones that

come in from the north you

might get days and days of

saturating rain being in the

depression below it but

fortunately for this one it

come and left us just as quick

fears with the Don River at the

particular time of flooding so

that's a good sign and it's

good for our region. That's a

very good sign, Mike, and the kind of relief kind of relief that you need.

Now we're hearing reports of

another low developing off the

coast, what do you know of

this? Well, it's formed and they've named the cyclone.

We've been keeping an eye on it

for a while. I think it's got a

lot of North Queenslanders

quite concerned and they should

be. I think be afraid, be afraid because if we get that

cyclone at this particular time in

in the next 3 or 4 days I think we'll be looking at different circumstances. So again circumstances. So again it's good to be worried because

you're going to take the

precautions I think in this

particular area and throughout North Queensland a lot of

people were taking precautions

but yeah, this one, category 3

or above is going to be a lot

different to the category 2 and

below we just experienced. So fingers crossed it's not in this particular area. Yes, indeed indeed and look, that cyclone

Yasi as you say it's been named

that you've been talking about

there, good luck with that one.

We may be speaking to you We may be speaking to you again over the next couple of days.

Thanks for joining u. I hope not. I hope not too. Never not. I hope not too. Never good

circumstances in which to speak

to someone. Thanks so much. The

mayor of the Whitsunday shire

and they got out of it reasonably lightly there in Bowen which is good. Fingers

cross. You're watching ABC News

Breakfast - the top stories,

tins of thousands of people have

have flooded on to the street of Egypt's main cities. Mohamed El Baradei addressed protestors

if for first time and he told them change is coming and the

President must g go. The North Queensland

Queensland coast has been

lashed by gale force winds and

lashed by gale force winds and

heavy rain. Ex-tropical cyclone

Anthony crossed the coast late

last night and has now been

downgraded. Power has been cut

to about 10,000 properties.

And an Indonesian court has

indicated it supports two in their attempt to avoid the

death sentence. Andrew Chan and

Myuran Sukumaran have appealed their sentences. The Supreme Court will now make decision.

We'll take a look at today's

papers we're joined by foreign policy analyst Thom Woodroofe.

Good morning. We've been of

course covering repeatedly the

situation in Egypt and you're looking looking at that today as

well. Yes, so let's basically

focus on that and then come back to

back to Australia towards the

end and look at the levy a

little bit. But I've done a little bit of a scan of the papers throughout the Middle East and North Africa and I

want to look at particularly 3

English papers in that region firstly so. If we go to the Jordan Times which is a

newspaper published twice

weekly, one of which is today,

the local protests there are

featuring only in the local

news. So while Egypt gets some

coverage the protests that have

also to some extent been

sparked there by Egypt are only

getting a little bit of coverage. Next Times which has got quite a lot

of protests happening, particularly with a lot of particularly with a lot of resentment for the rulers there

in the wake of sort of their assistance

flights in recent years. Again,

there's nothing there about

local protests or about Egypt.

And finally to the Sudan

Tribune which is also a daily

paper. There's nothing there

even though there's been some

massive protests yesterday I

believe it was, there was 8,000

protestors out on the streets

arrested last week for calling

for people to come out. So I

guess it gives some indication

of the extent to which these local protests sparked elsewhere are not getting

coverage in their individual

country as well. That's

intriguing and we know that so many of these protests have

been using social media and online sites but Internet

coverage has been shut right

down in Egypt. You'd have to

wonder what's going on in those

particular countries and how

those people are managing. And

fears like other

the potential domino effects of

these protes did explode further into further into other authoritarian States. I saw one

Egyptian, a local, make comment over the weekend that Facebook sets the date, Twitter

organises the logistics and

YouTube shows the world which think YouTube shows the world which I think encapsulate how this

works. I think particularly

twiteder is a bit overstated to some extent in these thing and

social media and new social

media tends to grasp on to

their effects a little bit. Where it's overstateside in term of

getting information out. To

show us as well. Absolutely the best reporters are best reporters are the reporters that I have the

greatest amount of trust greatest amount of trust in are tweeting from their locations

repeatedly and that's in real

time. Nick Christophe from the

'New York Times' got 'New York Times' got in last night and he's twittering away. One of the most intereging

aspects of the whole Egypt saga

as been the United States response to it and the daily beast over the weekend published a really nice published a really nice piece

which is one of the things

about diplomacy I find most

interesting which is sort of how it actually how it actually happens in real

time and it's an intriguing

story, slightly sort of candid,

I guess, about the advisers

sitting down trying to work out what to

what to do in the White House

late one night having to

Popyint corn because they can't

order pizzas anymore because of

zurt risks. But the White House apparently was absolutely

convinced that Mubarak would do an LBJ in wouldn't run in the fur. Which may still happen. True, but

then - In order to achieve the

transition that Hillary Clinton ton has been talking about overnight? I hi Clinton's

comments were a bit ambiguous.

And when she came out and said

what she said that didn't particularly help the

situation. The real question is

what can the US do, I done think there is much

particularly they can do but

the advisers in the story decided it was best that Obama

didn't speak to Mubarak purely

almost because mu Barack would

ask for his support and he

didn't want to have to say no

to him thasmt changed on Friday with the National Security

Council meeting which said you have to say something so he did. But I'm not - I'm not

convinced that if Mubarak

simply said he would not

contest the next election that

is necessarily the - going to

lead to the resolving of this l situation. El Baradei situation. El Baradei in my

opinion is not the solution. I

think that he would perhaps be not really connected to the protestors. He doesn't have the

widespread support that say the

Muslim Brotherhood does. He doesn't have street cred overnight when he spoke at the

square that will some square that will some extent

help his cause but he has lived

overseas for the last number of

years. You wanted to look at the Washington post as well. They have another good piece they published over the

weekend. It argues Bushes approach

approach to the Arab world was

right. It goes back to what you were

about the domino effect in play

here to some extent. Saying

when democracy or individuals

in countries rise up against authoritarian authoritarian regimes it will

spread across the region. So it

is worth a read although it

does encapsulate a lot of that

US response stuff we were

talking about earlier. And home

page daily? Yes, it's a

student-run newspaper I believe

around the world but they have

a piece, this is actually quite

old. This is from 2009 but I

want to give - there's a great quote in here about the person Mubarak has now appointed as his vice-president Omar

Suliman. He is the de Suliman. He is the de facto

second in charge anyway. But Mohammad Habib, the Australian

who was in Guantanamo Bay in

this article is quoted as

saying that Suliman who was in

charge of intelligence directly interrogated him and this

hasn't been running at all in the quote is Suliman slapped Habib's face so hard the

blindfold was dislodged. When

you think that this is now the

guy who is potentially going to

be the next President certainly the next vice-president it

gives you some indication this

is probably not going to

satisfy the needs of the

people. The reporting is sound, you have faith in that? It's something that

got a little bit of coverage at

the time but because he was not

notable at the time, not so much,

interesting. It's been a bit on

Twitter about it. But nothing

that's come in the Australian

newspapers. So I would say yes

but it's in Habib's memoirs as

well. Good to see you, thanks

so Melbourne Cup. Let's take a

look at the sport snou and Novak Djokovic has Australian Open victory. Probably happened a little easier than he thought but let's go and have a look but let's go and have a look at pictures now of Novak pictures now of Novak Djokovic celebrating his second Australian Open. Of course he won it a couple of years ago

and there's Andy Murray we've talked this morning about him

missing his opportunity. He

played 3 grand slam finals now

and lost them all and Djokovic is really closing the gap now.

If he hasn't already between himself and the two top

players, Roger Federer and

Rafael Nadal. To the cricket and yesterday up at the WACA, the

Aussies made 249 which didn't

seem to be a huge total but in

the end it was some 50 runs more than they

were able to bowl the were able to bowl the English

out. This was a key partnership

between Pietersen and Bell that

was broken by the Australians

and from tr there they liked the

the likely winner. They also

raised a lot of money too in

that match for the flood relief

and they won the series to

boot. To the Socceroos, we'll

talk more about this in just

half an hour goal that sunk the Socceroos on Sunday Sunday morning our time. Of

course Australia played so well

in the Asian Cup and they got

to the final against Japan and missed missed their opportunities. Played a terrific game really

with people like Harry Kewell

and Tim Cahill creating

opportunities just not able to

seal the deal there and Japan

has won now it's fourth Asian

Cup title. The next Asian Cup

will be held in Australia in

four years. So the Aussies will

be looking to go one step

further there.

in those matches, it seems. But

the Aussies weren't able to get

it done there. Full credit for

making the final though. Now

here's Paul higins with a look

at the weather. And good

morning once again. As we've been hear ing this morning

cyclone Anthony came ashore over

over Queensland's Central Coast

late last night. It's now a

tropical low but a severe

weather warning for damaging

winds and flash flooding for

most of central Queensland is

still current with rain already spreading into the central the south of the former

cyclone. Brisbane will have cyclone. Brisbane will have a mostly fine day. Mostly mostly fine day. Mostly sunny

and a very hot one inland

across NSW. A bit of an early

cool change coming up for you along

though. A sunny 32 in Sydney,

37 for Canberra. Hot across

Victoria with a north wind. A

cool change will gradually

spread from down in the

south-west but have little

affect acrotss the north.

Mostly sunny in Melbourne. 39

in the city but milder at the

soitern end of the bay. For Tasmania, a cloudy Monday with patchy rain in the north e. Tending State. The patchy rain State. The patchy rain sould reach Hobart during the

afternoon. Now to South

Australia, there's an extreme

heat warning for most of the

State as you swelter through

another mostly sunny day. A late late change over the far west

coast but 42 degrees before any

change in Adelaide. Across

southern and western part of

the south-west land division

some drizzle this morning. Slowly clearing from the west

and that morning drizzle will

also fall in Perth. To the

north a few thunderstorms, especially during the

afternoon. And the same there for the Northern Territory

along with gusty winds, some afternoon storms Tomorrow, Brisbane will be

mostly fine:

Now still ahead on ABC News

Breakfast, the Egyptian

community in Sydney has held a peaceful demonstration and

they're also calling for the

removal of President Hosni

Mubarak. We'll be speaking to

Omar Mustafa he is one of local Egyptians very keen to

see the Hosni Mubarak rule end.