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Live. Labor's leadership gamble

pays dividends. The latest nus

poll shows an increased support

for the Government. Election role

role deadline, many have only

until tonight to enrol. The

Queensland government to oppose

Jayant Patel's appeal against

his manslaughter cob viction.

Louis Oosthhuizen produces a

stunning performance to win the

British Open. Good morning.

It's Monday 19th July. I'm

eMichael Rowland. And I'm

Virginia Trioli. The top story

- Labor's leadership change

first appears to be paying off. The

first Newspoll conducted since

the Federal election called

shows the ALP has a commanding

lead over the opposition. Labor

is put 10 points ahead on a

two-party preferred. The

Coalition's dropped to 38. Both

leaders insist the election

will be hard fought. For more

Melissa Clark joins us from

Canberra. Takes us through the figures of

figures of this Newspoll. They

would be very happy. With the

all-important two-party

preferred vote is this Newspoll

mirrors what we saw in the

Fairfax Neilson poll last week

- a ten-point lead by the ALP

over the Coalition, 55-45.

They'll be very pleased to have

two reputable pollsters coming

up with similar results from

both last week and this week

called now that the election has been

called as well. Labor's primary

vote is steady over the 40%

margin, which is where they

want to be, they need to be

over 40% primary vote if they

have to win an election, to be

at 40% and steady is good. The

Coalition has dropped 2 points

in the primary vote. That no

doubt causes some happiness for

positive for the the ALP camp. The other big

positive for the ALP is how

Julia Gillard is faring in the

polls, we've seen a big turn

around in the satisfaction

ratings and dissatisfaction

ratings with the ALP leader now

that Julia Gillard is at the

helm. More people are

dissatisfied with Tony Abbott

in his role as opposition leader since Julia Gillard took

over that job. The other

stand-out point from this poll

is a question that wa was asked

about the economy - who do you

think was best able to think was best able to manage

the economy? It's pretty much

even Stevens. At least from a

polling point of view it seems

the economy is a fairly neutral

issue. It's not a huge

advantage for one side or the

other. What will be the

campaign areas for both sides? What's the territory they'll

mark out and try and avoid? The

territory will be very small.

They're going to be marking out

very small home grounds because

we're going to see in this

election campaign is very

narrow debate. It's more about

ruling things out than in. It's

about what the parties don't

stand for or what they won't do

rather than what they will do.

It means there is not a lot of

contested ground. We can see

this from both sides. From the

ALP Julia Gillard has been

quick to try and say the

Coalition is coming across to

their ideas on asylum seeker

policies and that there is a

consensus building and there's

not that much difference

between what Tony Abbott wants

and what Julia Gillard wants

and when we're talking about

the Coalition, we're seeing the

same kind of approach from Tony

Abbott. He is saying when it

comes to industrial relations

they won't change anything in

their first term in office.

Trying to neutralise that

issue. We're going to see a

very narrow fighting ground.

the economy will be won - we've

seen Tony Abbott jump in on

that area. Population and

immigration will be another.

And health. Given how much

money the government has thrown

at that already this

year. Where are the leaders

heading today? Julia Gillard, who spent last night in

Brisbane, will be heading off

to one of Queensland's regional

centres - Townsville or Mackay.

centres - Townsville or Mackay.

they are both regional centres

that are marginal Labor seats..

for Tony Abbott, he spent

yesterday in Sydney, but is

heading to Julia Gillard's home

ground today, to Melbourne, he

will be giving a speech to the

Australia Israel Chamber of

comers. - of of comm ers.

Thanks so much. In other news

- first time voters have just

today to put themselves on the

electoral role if they want a say in the federal Alex.

Estimated 1.4 million

registered, the Australian Australians are not yet

Electoral Commission says

people unregistered have until

8 tonight to either fax, email

or hand deliver an enrolment

form to AEC offices. The

Queensland Government says it

will strongly oppose Jayant

Patel's appeal against his

conviction. Lawyers for the

surgeon lodged his appeal

against his 7-year jail term.

He was found guilty of 3 counts

of manslaughter and one of

grievous bodily harm. Queensland's attorney general

Cameron Dick says he will fight

the bid. Victoria's former

will undergo surgery today police chief Christine Nixon

after being rushed to hospital

over the weekend. It's

understood she's suffering from

gall bladder problems. She was

hospitalised just a day after

resigning from her position as

the head of Victoria's Bushfire

Reconstruction and Recovery

Commission - authority.Imise

Nixon has been heavily crits

issed for announcing issed for announcing her resignation just hours after

the federal election was

called. The number of people

killed in a suicide bombing in

central Iraq has risen to 45.

At least 40 others were

injured, police say the bombers

government-backed Sunni targeted members of the

militia. it is the most deadly

attack in Iraq in two months.

The US Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton has visited

Pakistan for talks to boost the

fight against terrorism. Ms

Clinton will meet both the

President Ali Asif Zardari and

Gilani on the visit. She's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza

expected to announce a deal

aimed at reducing anti-American

sentiment in the region. Ms

Clinton says Pakistani leaders Clinton says

must take greater efforts against attackers. The

attacker targeted a militia

which had been helping American

forces combat al-Qaeda. The bb

BBC's Gabriel gatehouse reports

from the Iraqi capital. They

were queueing for their pay

cheques. Instead they got a

hail of shap nel. Members of

the Sunni militia group the Sunni militia group known as

as the Awake think ing Council

had been wait ing outside an

army base when the suicide

bomber detonated explosives. As

the medics carried wounded to

hospital the death toll

mounted. Mot most of the

footage taken in the immediate

aftermath of the explosion is

too horrific to broadcast. too horrific to broadcast. The

steady flow of coffins to and

from the scene told its own

story. The SAQA are mainly made

up of former insurgents,

militiamen who switched sides turning against al-Qaeda during

the worst of the sectarian

fierghting in 2006-7. They were

put first on the American then

the Iraqi Government payroll

and they're credited with

greatly reducing the overall

levels of violence in Iraq. But

they've increasedingly become

the target of militant attacks

in recent months. as American

forces increase the pace of their withdrawal many members

say they're feeling less and

less support from Iraqi

Shi'ite-led government. These

men didn't want to show their

faces after today's bombing.

Members like these can be seen

protecting Sunni communities

across Iraq often in

conjunction with the regular

police and army. The fear is

under pressure from all sides

these men could start slipping

back into insurgency. Former South African President Nelson

Mandela has celebrated his 92nd

birthday. The United Nations

has marked the occasion with

the inaugural Nelson Mandela

Day which encourages community

service in his honour. As our

correspondent reports, an

Australian initiated project

has come to the party and is

changing lives in South

Africa. He now asks people to

donate 67 minutes of their time

to help the needy. Every day is

Mandela day with nita Square. Rhonda Lourie's

extended family wanted to help

the sick and poor children in

southern Africa. We ask the

people and the knitters of the

world to send knitted squares,

and in South Africa, we cobble

them together and hand them out

to starting off with children

but then later on anyone who is

affected or infected with

HIV. Hundreds of people have inundated roundo Lourie with

knitted squares. The goodwill

of people across the world is

being turned into blankets here

in the Johannesburg township.

There are so many desperately

poor townships like this one

scattered across South Africa. Mandela Day is designed to

give these people some relief.

The gen Rossity of Mandela Day

has ensured these kids will

stay warm this winter. The

federal election campaign has

just begun. It's already off to

a violent start in Adelaide.

Police have questioned two men

after a South Australian

Liberal candidate and volunteer

were reportedly assaulted while

campaigning. On the first day

of the campaign the Liberal

candidate Jassmine Wood and

volunteer Adrian Robb were campaigning outside a

supermarket in the electorate

of Hindmarsh. They say they

were approached by two men who were approached by two men who were criticising the Liberal Party's border protection

policies when the confrontation

turned violent. My poor

volunteer got smacked in the

face. I got hid in the head at

the same time. My volunteer got

pinned to the ground and

punched over and over. Matt

Hammond says he was shopping

with his friend when he was

approached by Ms Wood. He said

he began discussion with her

about asylum seekers but he

said he and his friend didn't

assault the pair. Mr Hammond's

friend didn't wants to be

identified but he supplied

these pictures which he says

are of injuries inflicted by Mr

Robb. Mr Robb, I believe his

name is several times jumper

punched my friend who has quite

a number of injuries to his face. Any suggestion that

myself and the Liberal

candidate would randomly attack

a shopper is probably as

preposterous as it sounds. The

two men will appear before the Adelaide's Magistrates Court at

a later date. Out of the front

pages of the major newspapers -

they're dominated by election

campaign coverage. Australian

rr says the Labor Party's a decision to replace Kevin Rudd

is paying off. Tea Tony

Abbott's declared there be no

carbon price on consumers.?

Both leaders addressed voter

concerns about overcrowded

cities and the cost of living

says the 'Australian Financial

Review'. The Courier-Mail says

Kevin Rudd could star in

Liberal Party attack adds rr.

Julia Gillard has armed

herself with at least 3 attack

adds rr against Tony Abbott.

Canberra Times - ruling out

cuts to the public service by

Julia Gillard. Labor and Greens

are close to a preference deal

which would help the Greens

gain the balance of power. the

suburban heartland will be the

main area for Julia Gillard.

Police are investigating a

suspected shooting at a Labor

candidate's home and office.

'The Mercury' reports police

are searching for arsonists responsible for several attacks

on businesses and homes in

Hobart. Finally - in the Northern Territory news a

Darwin radio host was told

she'd be stabbed for turning up

to Ladies Day in the same dress

as another woman. If you'd like

to send us your views on the d

shall I was gonna let that story go through to the

keeper. I think you should. I

Do thought, no, don't get

there. Discretion is the better

part of val our. We'd like to

hear what is going to influence

your vote at the election. Is

it the economy? Asylum seekers?

Clj climate change is it As

Melissa Clark outlined for us,

if it turns out to be so, it's

a very very small battle area

the two leaders will mark

out. That they will answer

avoiding more areas than

they're addressing. Is that a

good thing or bad thing for you

this election? Send us your

emails. you can send text messages also. I would welcome - commiserations when I have to

throw in the many good fight I

fought against phrases such as 'Moving forward' which have

been banned on this program and

others for many years, today I

just have to give in. 'Moving forward' apparently has

triumphed. Yep, you'll be

hearing a lot more of it. The

top stories - Labor's decision

o oust Kevin Rudd in favour of

Julia Gillard appears to have

reversed the party's poor

polling. The ALP now leads the Coalition by two points on a two-party preferred.

Australia's estimated

unregistered voters have less

than a day to register. The

deadline to hand in forms with

the AEC is 8pm. Registered

voters have until Thursday to

update their details. Queensland Attorney-General

Cameron Dick says he'll strongly fight Jayant Patel's

con appeals against his

convictions,. Jayant Patel's

lawyers lodged an appeal

against his 7-year jail

term. It's been a year since

five members of the Lin family

were murdered in Sydney but no

charges have been laid. Scold

Brenda Lin was overseas, the

scold was overseas. Freshly

laid flowers, a tribute to a family whose lives were cut

short. It's been very hard, I

think for a lot of people. We

will never forget it. The home

of min Lin, his wife Lilly and

3 children has remained empty,

the gardens untended. A year

ago while Brenda Lin was on an

overseas trip her parents,

brothers and aunt were

bludgeoned to death. The

community is still wondering why, which

why, which is the big question and are very uncomfortable

about it. I'm a bit more

careful as I walk around personally because you don't

know if it was motivated or

not. Many theories have been

put forward. Police say they're

making progress, releasing a

statement saying that is tragic

incident that is one of the

largest single homicides in New

South Wales history and as such

it remains a complex

investigation. I think it was a

very well planned crime. very well planned crime. That's the problem. Min Lin's newsagency is still in the

family, now being run by his

sister and brother-in-law. They

paid their own tribute, putting

up this memorial yesterday.

They're looking after their

scold niece, Brenda Lin is now

in year 11. She recently spoke

with a local newspaper

journalist. She is still

struggling, just in the sense

she doesn't know why this

happened, but I think she has

accepted it. Police have

described their investigations

as sensitive, they're now

liaising with authorities in

China. The former head of the Bushfire Reconstruction and

Recovery Commission Christine

Nixon is expected to undergo

gall bladder surgery today

after being rushed to Hospital

yesterday. Christine Nixon

stepped down from her post

after intense pressure about

her whereabouts on the night of

the bushfires. I think it's

great news, but it's too late.

She's done a lot of damage

because she didn't do anything.

She's just a figure head. I

think possibly she made a

mistake. Um, and that she's

paying for it now but I don't

think she's the only person out there that has made a mistake

about it. I think it's one of

those things where maybe she's

been forced to resign. I think

it's sad. I think a lot of

people are judging about the

fires and you don't know unless

you're involved. I was

disappointed because she's disappointed because she's the

continuing thread, she knew

what it was like to be a woman

who'd lost everything. And... I

don't know why people made such

a fuss about her having dinner

or her hair done because what

could she do for us at that

particular time? Nothing. There

was no plan of action for what

happened. Locals there in some

of the communities affected by

the Black Saturday fires.

Boeing's warned it could be

another year before it delivers

it's new 7 # 7 as the - 787 as the 'Dreamliner' made its first

international appearance. The

American aircraft landed at

Farnborough in the United

Kingdom for an international

air show. The 'Dreamliner'

project is already two years behind schedule behind schedule after the

economic crisis slowed airline

order, nip nip is due to

receive the first of the

aircraft - Japan's All nip on

airways is due to receive its

first aircraft this year. due to receive the first of the aircraft - Japan's All nip on airways is due to receive its first aircraft this year.

Now with sport here is Bainbridge. Now with sport here is Amy

Bainbridge. The latest on the

Tour de France in a moment, but

first to golf - South Africa's

Louis Oosthhuizen has produced

a brilliant performance to win

the British Open at St Andrews. Louis Oosthhuizen had missed

the cut in all of his 3

previous Opens. he never looked threatened, this time after

starting date four clear and

finishing with a 71 for a 16

under total of 272. The 7

strokeses ahead of his nearest

challenger Lee Westwood and

Tiger Woods. Casey stoner

finished third in the German

Moto GP. The race was halted

during the ninth lap because of

a 3-bike crash. Dani Pedrosa

won the race. Casey stoner

attacked Valentino Rossi in the

final lap to take third

position. Rossi's fourth place

comes in his first race back

just 6 weeks after breaking his

leg. To the Tour de France -

the 14th stage was the first of

four days in the Pyrenees. The

day took in one unclassified

mountain pass before finishing

on the summit. After an 8km

climb, Frenchman Christophe

Riblon took his first stage win

of of this tour, after the 185,

4.5km journey from risk el.

7-time winner Tour de France

Lance Armstrong has now dropped

out of the top 30. This year's

Tour is shaping up to an old

fashioned showdown between

Alberto Contador and Andy

Schleck who is still in the

yellow jersey. Joiningsing us

on the phone more is SBS

cycling reporter, Jim Trail. A

showdown it is. Who do you

think has the edge at the

moment? I think Alberto

Contador is still the man with the chance to win this Tour de

France. I tipped him to take

the yellow jersey today and

wear it through the Pyrenees,

he's a Spaniard. We're not far

from the spanish border. The

road side is chock full of

Spanish cycle fans. I thought

Alberto on this 100th

anniversary of the Tour

visiting the Pyrenees make his

mark early and sustain that

yellow jersey for the last

week. It doesn't seem to be. Do

tell us about the mind games

that are reportedly going on or

have been, in the 14th stage?

What did you pick up from

watching this battle in the

mountains this time? This was

quite fascinating, Andy Schleck

holds a 30-second lead on

Alberto Contador but Schleck is

nowhere near as good a time

trialer at Contador. In a few

days' time from Bordeaux to

Poliack we have a time trial.

Contador with beat Schleck in

that by probably about 30

seconds. Between now and then

Andy Schleck needs to pick up

60 seconds on Alberto Contador.

The two marked each other very

closely. Contador managed to

get a little bit of time the

other morning on Schleck on the

way up to the climb. He managed

to do that only because it was

a very short climb, Schleck

wasn't able to go with him.

Today Contador tried everything

but wasn't able to shake

Schleck off his rear wheel. If

the Luxembourger is going to

win this Tour de France and

keep the yellow jersey he is

going to have to put 60 seconds

at least more into Contador

before the final time trial. We're talking about

these two main contenders, is

there anyone else you think is

a real threat? Dennis mench ov

and Sanchez sitting third and

fourth respectively are

looming. Because Schleck and Contador today were playing

games, riding slowly as if you

might on a track, a velodrome

where you don't deliberately

overtake each other, they were

doing that sort of thing,

menchov and Sanchez thought

right, we're going to keep

going as fast as they can and

they put a bit of time in so

they're creeping up. Tomorrow's

stage has a very steep descent,

Cadel Evans this afternoon call

it had quite dangerous, Sammy

Sanchez is one of the best

defenders. It's little creeping

section that is will get these

guys a little closer. The point

is they have to be very careful

on the remain ing descent, if

one of those puts it into the

bushes as it were, that will

lose them some time and some.

Other contenders may rise. I

think it's a two-horse race. We're talking about the

fortunes of various riders last

week. Cadel Evans has a

fractured elbow. I think his

19th and Mike Rogers is just

one place ahead, the

Australians are hang flgn there

at the moment.. they are, Cadel

lost five minutes and 36. So he

is well out of contention.

Improving every day, we catch

up with Cadel Evans pretty much

every day after the staij for a

quick chat. He is completely

bushed when he finishes but we've seen him climbing out of

the saddle. He wasn't able to

do that not long after his

broken elbow because of the

prsh usual that standing and

cycling puts on your arms.

We've noticed the strapping he

had on the elbow early on has been lessening every day. He is

down to one piece of strapping

and a restrictive bandage. He

is on the improve, he is well

down the order. It's faintly possible, ever so faintly

possible he now has the

latitude to go away and do

something special. He is not

really able to go with the top

guys in this tour. I don't

think we'll see too much more

from Cadel. Thanks for that

update. It's a pleasure.

Briefly, Lance Armstrong is

now - dropped out of the top

30. He is still hoping to win a

stage in this year's tour am

back home - in AFL news the

match between Melbourne and

Fremantle in Subiaco turned

into a nail biter last night,

the contest looked all but over

after a poor first half by the

Demons. The Dockers won by 11

points, the Demons kicked 7

goals to 2 in the second half.

Briefly, the other winners were North Melbourne over

Richmond, and Sydney over

Carlton. Collingwood now on top

of the ladder after their win

on Saturday. I can tell you, we

were talking early about

Valentino Rossi making his

comeback after breaking his

shin bone about 6 weeks ago.

We've got great pictures now.

This new camera, a gyro scopic

camera - the pressure he is

putting on his legs as he tips

over, that camera is on the

back of Valentino Rossi's bike. the angle and the lean he is

getting on his legs - he has reported feeling a little bit

of soreness in his leg and

ankle. Just a little! He says

he is holding up alright. He

said I can get back on the

bike, it's not like I'm

running. He has done very well

and finished fourth. I know

it's a commercial sport but a very forward thinking sponsor

has plastered an advertising

message on the back there. With

the gyro cam perfectly positioned. Product placement

at its best. He has done well,

fourth. He was in third, Casey

stoner pipped him on one of the

final corners of the 30th lap.

A bit cheeky there by

A bit cheeky there by the Australian but a good performance. Thanks, Amy. ABC

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the weather Vanessa O'Hanlon.


A trough is spreading light

rain over western Queensland,

New South Wales and down to

north-east Vicia. A front is

moving over the south-east with

cold winds and alpine snow.

Mostly dry over Western

Australia. That's from a high

that's moving towards the byte.

In Queensland, scattered

showers in the south-east and

southern interior, isolated

showers along the south-east


A fine day in the north-west

in New South Wales. Patch y

light rain for the rest of the

State. Victoria - rain at first in the east easing to showers,

clearing this afternoon, late

showers in the south-west, snow

above 1,000m. Tasmania -

morning showers about the west,

south and Flinders Island, snow

about the highlands, fine day

but cool in Hobart. South

Australia, cold and cloudy in

the south. Light showers.

Morning fog and a shower or two

in Adelaide, mostly sunny for

those in the north. Western

Australia, showers near the

south-west and south coast and

about the Gascoyne. Dry for the

rest of the south and mostly

sunny in Perth. Sunny for the

north of WA and across the

Northern Territory. Gusty winds through the central parts.

Cooler in the south with cloud

clearing. For tomorrow a fine

day in Brisbane as you head for

a top of 20 degrees. A clearing

shower for Sydney. Sunny and

wind why for Darwin and Alice

Springs with a top of 15.

That's the latest weather. You're watching ABC News

Breakfast. Still to come -

we'll speak to Liberal MP Fran

Bailey is Who is retiring today

after a long career. She's

healed McEwen since 1996. We'll

have a review of some of the

newspapers. We' be joined by

Monash electurerual id alley.

Labor's primary vote stayed

steady at 42%. The Coalition

has dropped 2 points to 38.

Tony Abbott will head to Julia

Gillard's home town of

Melbourne this morning for the

second full day on the

hustings. Julia Gillard is due

to leave Brisbane after efforts

to shore up votes in the home

state of former prime minister

Kevin Rudd. With the election

little more than a month away

Australians have until 8pm

tonight to enrol to vote. The

Queensland Government says it

will strongly oppose Jayant

Patel's appeal against his

conviction and steans. Lawyers

for Jayant Patel lodged the

appeal against his 7-year jail

term. Patel was found guilty of

3 counts of manslaughter and one of grievous bodily harm.

Victoria's former police chief

Christine Nixon will undergo

surgery today after being rushed to hospital at the

weekend. It's understood she's

suffering from gall bladder

problems. She was hospitalised

a day after resigning from her

position as head of psychiatricia's bush fire reconstruction and recovery authority. She's been

criticised for announcing her resignation just you hours after the federal election was

called. The number of people

killed in suicide bombing in

central Iraq has risen to 45.

In the worst attack police say

the bomber targeted members of the government-backed Sunni

militia who were lining up to

be paid. The British defence

secretary says soldiers

fighting in Afghanistan could start leaving in four years'

time. Under a timetable

expected to be agreed to in

Kabul this week, after gan

forces will take - Afghan forces will take charge of

their own security by 2013. the

continuing human cost of of war. Marine Jonathan Crooks

from 40 commando Royal marines,

sergeant David Monkhouse from

the Royal drag on guards and

senior aircraftman can icci

Griffiths from the RAF. All

named as three of the four

servicemen who've died in

Afghanistan in recent days.

They won't be the last British

casualties, not until there are

more scenes like this. (gun

fire) 500 Afghan troops this

week taking part in one of the

first operations planned and

led by their officers alone.

The government hopes by 2014

this will be the norm so

British combat troops can come

home. The mission has always said the Afghan national

security forces would be able

to deal with their own security

by 2014. Training forces may be

available after that date, but

we have made it very clear that

will not be combat forces. In

the meantime the government's

promising more aid to help reconstruct Afghanistan's

economy and local government.

An extra 200 million pounds

over the next four years, money

diverted from other countries

to help speed Britain's exit

from Afghanistan. One of the changes this government is

making about development, is we

are now looking at the results

we achieve for our spending, so

we have a series we have a series of specific

results and outcomes we want to

achieve in Afghanistan and

we've got the money to support that. This Government is using

foreign aid to further British foreign policy, that's quite a

change. It's also an answer

perhaps to MPs over there who

ask why aid budgets are being

protected when so many others

are being cut. In Kabul today,

a mid the talk of

reconstruction and timetables a

reminder of the reality on the

grounds, 3 civilians dead,

another #40i7b jured in the

latest suicide attack.

Archeologists have discovered

an Aboriginal painting this

which rewrite the history

books. An ancient sailing boat

shows South East Asians came to

Australia up to a century

earlier than previously

thought. First contact - it's

the point when two two cultures

collide. This painting of a

boat is Australia's earliest

representation of that moment

in time. We got a result of

between 1624 and 1674. That's

much earlier than we expected.

The boat was painted at a rock

shelter near the north-west

Arnhem land coast. The

archeologist carbon dated the

bees wax dots above the

painting. They say it has the

features of a prou, a boat

popular in aishia. Distinctivetry pod marks, particular style of

rigging that's painted across

and this pointed end on the

bow. It somehows Aboriginal

people were interacting with

outsiders in meaningful ways

long before Europeans arrived.

Another archeologist is not

convinced. It's quite possible

that an Aborigine saw a prou

going past and managed to paint

a picture of it, on the other

hand maybe there's some problem

with the dating of the bees

wax. The researchers have also

been excavating along the coast

where South East Asian mek asas

used to fish for

trepang. Archeologist s believe

at the height of the trepang

trade dozens of large fishing

boats would sail from Indonesia

to fish along the Arnhem Land

coast. From pottery to

paintings, the region is rich

with evidence of early contact.

The archeologists say this

painting of a monkey shows

Aboriginal people were even

travelling to Asia. It's been

50 years since the small West

Australian town of Killarney

first laced up its footy boots. Former Collingwood footballer

Shane Wakelin travelled to the

State's wheat belt where he

donned the local guernsey to

help mark the local

anniversary. A local deshy in

the central wheat belt is

guaranteed to draw a crowd. The

kill anni Bulldogs had a home

ground advantage when they met

the beacon Bombers on the weekend. When they may with

heart they play a good brand of

football. Past and present

players travelled from all over

the state to help celebrate the

milestone. The community's

population of around 200

swelling to 600 for the



several years of drought and

declining populations it's been

the town's local sporting codes

which have often been the

social glue holding the community together. Shane

Wakelin grew up in country

South Australia and understands

the importance of sport to

rural communities. It's

absolute pleasure to come out

here and have a kick with a lot

of young lads who are really

passionate about their

football. It means so much for

a small community like kill any

that embraces their - kill an i

that embraces their local

team. It is one of these

communities that has a

tremendous community spirit,

they show a lot of initiative.

I think that's shoun by today's

events. The Bulldogs went down

35 points to the Bombers. The

home side is looking for

revenge next time. thousands of

people will descend on

Fromelles for a memorial.

Private Lesley Clarke Dunn was

27 when he enlisted and cept to

the Battle of the Somme. He

made the the mat sacrifice nine

days after. He will be buried

with full military honours. His

grandson Les and great grandson

Chris spoke to the ABC. I don't

know exactly what happened, he

was part of a greater assault

and against well entrenched and

in pill boxes, the Germans with

machine guns and whatever. The advance was rather disorganise

ed. I have a letter here or a

report from one of his come

raids that - comrades that says

that" I last saw Dunn at 7.30pm

on 19th July, 500 to 700 yards

behind the last line of German

trenches at Fromelles. We got

on too far and came back into

the barrage of our own guns. We

had to faught fallback, Dunn

was not seen to come back with us. us. I've already sent these

details to his wife in

Melbourne." It was from private

Beck also of the 31 St

Battalion. When did you first

hear then about the Battle at

Fromelles and how your

grandfather died there? When I

retrieved his records from the Australian Archives, included in that was the fact in that was the fact he was

killed at Fromelles. I took

that - there wasn't a great

deal of literature at that

stage. I guess that was

probably about 10 years ago

that I started to take an

interest in it. Then over the

past few years where the

possibility of finding where he

may have been buried and he was

- his remains were removed from

the battlefield, documented,

and interred by the Germans but

nobody knew where. So he was

just missing. Do you have

anything that's been handed

down to you about your

grandfather? Not a great deal.

I do have a brooch with his

photograph. He's quite a slight


chap. My grandmother wore this

for years after the... I guess

for another 30 years after he

was killed. And really - and

that and one of his identity

discs, this was the one

retrieved by the Germans and

handed back as part of an exchange of names and details

of losses. That was done I

think in - about a year after

he died. How much does it mean

to you to have those me

mementos. It's a tangible link.

It's really the only tangible

link I've got with him,

something I can healed Hold in

my hand and say this belonged

to him. Were what were your

feelings when you heard the Australian Government was going

to excavate the site at from

ems and that there was a

possibility that the remains of

your great grandfather might be

found? I thought it was great.

They're going to excavate. I

think the dedication for a

cemetery - of of a cemetery at

from els would be a wonderful

thing. You both come from a

family with strong military

tie, four generations of your

family have been in the

military. Cha what does it mean

to finally find these soldiers

who've been lost for over nine

decades? Ah... It puts a -

start point on our - on family

or the military history within

the family. My Dad joined the Air Force,

Air Force, he was a pilot

during World War 2, subsequently Christopher and I

have - not in that order - have

joined the Air Force as

well. Is this dedication

ceremony at Fromelles a sort of

home coming of sforts these

lost diggers? I hope so, as I

mentioned before it's at least

we know where they are. And

that they have been reinter ed

properly I might... As individuals. What are your feelings now that feelings now that your great

gand father will finally be

given an individual burial with

full military honours? It makes

me feel honoured that he's been

given the funeral. It's

intensely sad as well. My first

tour to the cemeteries and

whatever, in the Somme two

years ago, was intensely moving for me.

for me. Cemeteries, grave

stones, love, life lost, that

sort of stuff is intensely

moving. More than 1700

Australian soldiers died at the

1916 battle of Fromelles. Today

a ceremony will be heard to commemorate their reinterment. The Kings troup

Royal horse artillery will play

an important part in the

ceremony. I'm here with staff

sergeant Harry Grantham from

the Kings Troop Royal artillery

which will be bringing coffin N

can you tell me about the

important role these horses

play? I think it's a very

important role. They're going

to be carrying the coffin of an

unnamed soldier, the last

soldier that's been found in

the grave. There are two

leaders and two that act as a break? Two leaders which break? Two leaders which will

be the lead pair of the gun

carriage, then we have the

wheelers, which have been

charged with the brakes, to

make sure everything goes

steady on the procession. This

is Red Car. He is breaker, so

he will be a wheeler. He is

quite a cheeky guy. He likes to be inquisitive and know what's

going on. These horses have

been brought from London with

their own passport. Yes, the their own passport. Yes, the

same as we have passports. The

horses have to when they travel

to Europe or any other country.

It's quite amusing. The Kings

Troop Royal artillery has a

very special role especially in

World War 1, didn't it. Yes,

that was our main role in the

first World war was to pull the

gun carriage into and out of action in tremendous conditions. We've not conditions. We've not changed

anything over the last 102

years now, we try and keep

everything as it was in the

first World War through the

tack, through the horses that

we choose,. Irish draft

horses? Yes, they're a very

robust horse. We find their

capabilities are very good for

the job we employ them to

do. Today these horses will be do. Today these horses will be

having drummers behind them, dignitiries, grand stands, big

live screens. How are you

preparing them? I know some can

be skittish? They can. It's a familiarisation of the area,

getting them used to what their

surroundings are. A lot of

rehearsals, time and patience

is needed for the horses,

because we need to get them

settled first before we can

bring the units in. The saddle

ry has remained the same? It

has stayed the same for over a

hundred years. The harness and

saddle, keeping the traditions

of the Kings Troop alive. What

will it mean for you being

involved in the ceremony to

bring a cam rad home? I think -

a comrade home? To bring one of

our undon't known soldiers to his final resting place his final resting place will

abDean down emotional day a

deep down emotional day. Is it

poignant that the sal jer -

soldier they're burying last is

an unknown soldier? I think it

is. It would be nice to know

his whereabouts and identity so

the family can connect

themselves to the person that

they've not known for this

time. Have you been heartened

by the amount they've been able

to attach to names? Yes, it has

been quite impressive through

the DNA testing with the

Australians and the British

side, to find these soldiers

and give the families some

identity of the people they've

lost in the first World

War. Thank you very much. Thank

you. You're watching ABC News

breakfast. Today's Newspoll

backs Labor in as the clear

favourite to win the federal

election in August, the latest

Newspoll shows the ALP leads

the Coalition by ten points on a two-party preferred preferred

basis. Australia'sist mated 1.4

million unregistered voters

have less than a day to

register to vote. The deadline

to hand in enrolment forms with

the Australian Electoral

Commission is 8pm. Registered

voters have until Thursday to

update their details. Queensland's Attorney-General

says he will strongly fight

Jayant Patel's appeal against

his convictions and steans. The

former surgeon wan was found

guilty of 3 counts of man

slaught and one of grievous

bodily harm. His lawyers lodged

an appeal against his 7-year

sentence last week.

Looking at today's papers -

we're joined by Monash

university lecture ur Waleed

ALy. I am going to pick up a

commentary piece rather than as

in piece about it. This is what

I might call a sparkling poll

emic. He articulates something

that has been on my mind. That

is this sense that although

there is a lot of hype about

this election, and it will probably have unprecedented

levels of media coverage, it is

perhaps the most meaningless

election we've ever confront ed

in the sense that the differences between the parties

have narrowed to such an

extents that it really doesn't

matter who you're voting

for. And if you look at - the

argument he makes is if you

look at the issue that is are

defoining the election you're

seeing a relentless narrowing

or - the parties are

approaching each other, more likely the Labor Party

approaching the Coalition which

is perhaps an odd thing going

into a first-term election that

the opposition would be making

the running on the agenda but nonetheless that's what's

happened. I detect a tone through this piece, that he

seems to be suggesting this

might just be the way things

are moving now, that we may not recover from this sort of

political malaise where

elections become more about

less and less. "How have we

reach this had curious and

sorry state where personal

hostilities are deepening while

policy differences are narrowing".

narrowing". It's that kind of

juxtaposition I think is an

interesting one. An interesting

question too because it begs

the" of how can theylike each

other so much when there's so little difference between them? And how much of that is

manufactured? And what exactly

is it about? This is probably a

really good way to kick off our

paper reviewses over the

election period, I think this

is the question that I guess

voters should start asking themselves, if we haven't

already. That is what is this

election actually about? No

doubt we'll hear a little bit

about that in the coming weeks

and Julia Gillard I note gave a

speech yesterday saying she was

for more public services and

Tony Abbott wasn't and so

on. But besides the moving

forward and back and side ways

rhetoric I don't really - not

really sure what it's about. I

look forward to developments,

so I guess does Jeffrey

Barker. One policy area where

there is very little difference

is Afghanistan. Interesting, I

read over the weekend Tony

Abbott was now backing away

from his promise to send more

troops over to Afghanistan.

'The Age' has a take on Afghan

refugees. This is an

interesting piece that I saw

pop up. I was looking for something else. The United

Nations has started asking why

it is that Australia has

suddenly started rejecting a

lot more refugee applicants

from Afghanistan. Previously -

this is a much trumpeted fact

oid - the asylum seeker lobby

puts out, that the overwhelming

majority of people who make it

to Australia get assessed as

genuine refugees then processed

as such. Apparently in recent

times we've been rejecting

Australia, that is, about 70%

of applicants from Afghanistan.

The UNHC are are saying our

guidelines on Afghanistan

haven't changed d the UNC are

are saying. So what is the

cause of this? There are some

suggestions weaved into this,

there is an interview from UNHCR representative through

the piece - there seems to be a

suggestion - although the UNHCR

can never really come out and

say it - that really the

difference is political. That basically the Australian Government is saying it doesn't really want to be processing

more people or accepting more

people. So these abnormally

high rejection rates. Also a

little bit of sadness that it

seems unarguable now that the Australian Government is not

using UNHCR guidelines as its

principle source for decision

making, and I guess a little

bit upset about that. I think

it's an intriguing development

and article because you'll remember when the Rudd

Government as it was then

decided to suspend process ing

refugee applications from Afghanistan Afghanistan and Sri Lanka one

of the reasons it stated for

doing that was a new assessment

of the country was coming along

and it would have to revisit it

then, that was always a bit

offen odd rationalisation, now

you have the UNHCR saying our

guidelines haven't changed so

what exactly is the issue? It's

another political difficulty

for the government to have

approval raightings for -

ratings for asylum seekers like

that so elevated. It's a part

of the smaller Australia vision

of Julia Gillard's, I

guess. Except it's not a huge

crbs to - contribution to a big

Australia. Don't mention the

raw numbers. Sorry about

that. That's where the argument

falls down. It's the impression

created. Where was my head? I'm

sorry, I forgot all about. It

is an intriguing development.

You're also looking at

Australia's Afghanistan

commitment too. This is an interesting article I noticed in the Australian in the World

section, it gets us away from the election which is perhaps a

good start. NATO troops have

declared they bill be trying to

get - will be trying to get out

of Afghanistan by 2014. It was

a secret document that has been

leaked so not declared. leaked so not declared. The

idea of a 2014 withdrawal, it

is a fair while away but when

you look at the enormity of the

task which is to set up a functioning government in

Afghanistan, I think 2114 is

probably optimistic at this

point. It's a very difficult

task. And it's well after the

August 21 deadline which is

going to be very flexible that

President Obama has set for US troops. That's true. The secret

plan we're not meant to know

about says essentially they

wanted to start the process by

2010. Thaim plies a four-year -

that imply as four-year

process. There are other

elements of this article in the

Australian rr which I find really interesting to think

about - the first is a growing

consensus emerge ing out of the

Great Britain from top military

command thars we need to be

talking to the Taliban. If

you're running a

counterinsurgency operation you

need to talk to the major force

behind the insurgency, they say

we've got no choice but to

start doing that in the south.

It's getting to a point where

it's essentially inevitable

we'll face that. The other

thing I did notice is in the

past week or so three British

soldiers have been killed. It

mention in this piece they were

killed by official Afghan

military. So the real fear here

- this makes the 2014 deadline

even more complicated - is that

these police forces and Afghan

military forces are being

infill rated by insurgents, by

the Taliban particularly, if they're killing those forces they're meant to be allied

with, if that's the case this

whole things becomes so much

murkier, it's a problem that

they might have to confront but

if they do it's going to be

very hard to move on. One final

item which has nothing to do

with any of the above?. This is

the serious item of the day. A

former lawyer in New York,

David A-Rick has come up with

the butch bakery, it sells cup

cakes for men. Like a beer cup

cake. Michael: Oh yes. This is

my favourite - the great banana

peanut butter and crushed

butter pancake which he calls

the Elvis sandwich. A beer cup

cake. What a wrai to ruin good

beer. He's going gang busters,

he is getting orders from

Australia, from all over the

world including Australia. I'd

order. He was laid off in the

financial crisis, there is his

new job. The blokes I know that

would cram down a frost the cup

cake as soon as look at it,

male or female. Most of his

customers are women. this is in the 'Daily Telegraph'. Today's

newspapers are the ones to get

- get them, get all the

lift-outs, store them, put thom

to one side then read them in

five weeks' time. They have all

the information you need for

the next few weeks without the

film flam. Amy Bainbridge is

back with the sport headlines.

To golf - South Africa's Louis

Oosthhuizen has produced a brilliant performance to win

the British Open at St Andrews.

He finished at 16 under par to

clinch his first major title. 7

strokes ahead of Lee Westwood

from England. twads was tied in

23rd place. - Tiger Woods. The

race was halt ed during the

ninth lap due to a three bike

crash. Dani Pedrosa won the race ahead

race ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, Australian Casey stoner

attacked the reining world

champion Valentino Rossi in the

final lap to take third

position. Rossi's fourth place

comes on his first race back 6

weeks after breaking his

leg. The 14th stage of the Tour

de France was the first of four

days in the Pyrenees. The day

took in one unclassified mountain

mountain pass. Frenchman

Christophe Riblon took his

first stage win of this tour

after the 184.5km journey

frommive el. 7-time winner

Lance Armstrong has now throped

out of the top 30. More updates

on the results neck hour in the

AFL. A look at the weather now.

A change moved over the

south-east yesterday but was

there much rain with it?

The rain mainly fell around

Adelaide. The city scored

12.4mm n Melbourne 8.8mm. A top

of 11.5 degrees yesterday was

Adelaide's coldest day since

July 2008. In Queensland -

scattered showers in the

south-east and southern interior, also moderate

south-easterly winds across the

northern tropics. In New South

Wales fine up in the

north-west, patch ry y light

rain for the rest of the state.

Snow easing in the alps.

Victoria - rain at first in the

eat. It will ease to showers,

clearing this afternoon. Late

showers in the south-west, snow above

above 1,000m. Tasmania -

morning showers about the west,

south and Flinders Island, snow

about the highlands, fine but

cool in Hobart, a top of 12.

South Australia cold and cloudy

in the south, light showers,

morning fog and a shower or two

in Adelaide, mostly sunny in Adelaide, mostly sunny for

those up in the north with a

top of 17 for Coober Pedy. WA -

light showers near the

south-west and south coast and

about the Gascoyne. Dry for the

rest of the south and mostly

sunny in Perth. For the north -

a sunny day across the Northern

Territory, gusty winds across

the interior with Tennant Creek

heading for a top of 23

degrees. Tomorrow - mainly fine

in Hobart. A top of 12. Sunny

in Perth. 18ment windy, in Perth. 18ment windy, but

sunny for Alice Springs. 15


We'll be joined by Fran

Bailey, the member of one of

the most marginal seats in

Australia, she is resigning at this

this election. She has been a

critic of Christine Nixon.

We'll talk about Christine

Nixon's departure as well,

which was announced on pretty

much the same day as the

federal election. Stay with us on ABC News Breakfast.

Labour's leadership gamble

pays dividends, the latest

Newspoll shows an increase in

support for the government. support for the government. Election role deadline -. The Queensland Government to oppose

Jayant Patel's appeal against his manslaughter conviction. South Africa's Louis

Oosthhuizen produces a stunning

performance to win the British

Open. Good morning. It's Monday

19th jul yu, I'm Michael Rowland. I'm Virginia Trioli.

The top story - Labor's leadership

leadership change appears to leadership change appears to be

paying off the. The first news

poll since the election was

called shows the ALP has a

commanding lead over the

opposition. Labor's primary

vote stay steady at 42%. The

Coalition's has dropped to 38%.

Both leaders insist the

election will be hard fought.

Melissa Clark from Canberra joins us. This is going to be a

tough battle, it would seem the favourite has already been

tipped by Newspoll. News pop

has the ALP leading the

Coalition on a two-party

preferred basis by a ten points

margin - that is 55-45.

margin - that is 55-45. it

mirrors the Neilson poll - the

divide at 55-45. A subsequent

poll had steadied a little bit.

This newest poll brings back to

that post-leadership change sugar hit Julia Gillard had <