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(generated from captions) Chile's miners just hours

away from rescue. We will

as soon as everything is ready

to do it, the safe est way. Barack Obama to lift a ban on deep water drilling, six

months after the Gulf of Mexico

oil spill. Gender equality in

Australia worse than some Australia worse than

developing African nations. And

Australia holds a slim lead in

another exciting Test in

Good morning, it's went, 13 October, I'm Virginia

Trioli. And and I'm Waleed Aly. You're looking at now from the San Jose mine in Chile where the final preparations are under way

before the before the rescue operation can

begin to troop trach the 33 miners. The men have miners. The men have been below

the surface for two

months. Rescuers will attempt

to pull them out one at time in

a steel capsule. That will

start shortly after 10 o'clock eastern time. Chill 'S Mines Minister Laurence

Golborne says the rescue will

take around 48 hours. We will

start to do this test first

with the with an #e6r7ity cage, later

going to go down and up a

couple of times with him and

take some measures, then this

guy will set down and he will

help the first miners to go

down. Then the second rescue er

will go down. The second miner

will go up, then the third

rescuer will go down, and then

we will continue in a normal

process sending people. Any

rescue process has a risks.

accidents could happen. We can

have mistakes in the process.

We have prevent all these kinds

of things. We have train add lot. We have

consideration all the matter that could affect this rescue.

We know that nothing is going

to happen. We feel we are very

well prepare and we will see

the result of this preparation

in a couple of days. ABC

reporter Michael Vincent joins

us now from the San Jose site

via web cam. We're away now. Are there nerves in

the air? Absolutely. For the miners underground miners underground and two hours ago they started their

69th day. For some this will be

their last day. For others they

will have to wait up to 48

hours to wait to be the last

one out. Down at the camp Hope it's been dubbed (PROBLEM WITH SOUND) Anxious as well.

Apologies for that. We seem

to have a problem with that

link for our sound there. So we

will head back to that mine

site as soon as we can. In other Obama is preparing to end the

ban on deep water drilling gas

drilling. White House spokesman

Robert Gibbs says there will be new requirements for allowed to drill exploratory

wells. More than 300,000 people

have taken to the streets in

Paris to protest against

pension reforms. The Government

wants to raise the minimum

retirement age from 60 to 62. Flights have been cancel and

and transport systems

throughout France have been

disrupt ed by the industrial

action. Unions say they want

the Government to withdraw the changes and negotiate changes and negotiate a fairer

system. Australia is still well behind other countries when it

comes to equal pay and opportunities for women.

Australia has dropped three

places to 23rd in Economic Forum annual gender

gap index. The index measures how

how income, resource and

opportunities compare between men and women. Australia was

ranked behind Mozambique and

Lesotho. Iceland, Norway and

Finland topped the list.

Regional Australia is still

struggling to attract doctors

according to a new report. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports on the country's

medical labour force. In 2008,

there w were less than 190

doctor s in outer regional

areas for every 100,000

But this figure jumps to more

than 370 people for people in major cities. Australia's

winning streak continues at the

#qu5i78s in Delhi. Jarrod

Bannister recorded a personal

best throw of 81.7m to claim

gold in the javelin. Australia now has 68 gold now has 68 gold medals, and is

leading the medal tal a ahead

of the host nation,

India. Footage of the devastation caused by the

London bombings shown in public

for the first time today today

at the inquest. The video showed images from the bus blown apart from Tavistock

Square and underground. These

pictures of the wreckage has

have just been released at the

inqust, five years after the bombs devastated three trains

and a bus. 52 innocent lives

were taken, many some left with horrific and

permanent injuries. There were

story of heroism and an

emergency response confused by poor communications poor communications and misinformation. At Aldgate

station the driver heard pleas from

from passengers but couldn't

raise the alarm. When help did

arrive, everyone was ordered to

evacuate because of fears of evacuate because of fears of a

bomb but they continued to

help. At Cinks cross computers were killed. This is the carriage next to the one where the bomb exploded. Pictures of that scene were

judged to be too harrowing to

be released. Here

Road it was revealed the first ambulance arrived 24 minutes

after the first bomb. They had

been given the wrong address.

Above ground the aftermath of

the attack on in number 30 bus at Tavistock Square revealed

the terrible force of the

explosion. The questions as yet

unanswered could more lives

have been cave saved if the

an confused?Glsh glsh delayed and and confused Australian

athletes have added more golds

to the tally overnight and have

stretch ed the total count to

150 5 3. Michael Rowland is in

Delhi and he filed this report. We seem to have a problem

with that report . A few

technical issues this morning.

We may just have it accused up

now. Let's cross our fingers

and see if we can him. I'm presenting this report from the lush grounds of

the Australian High Commission

in Delhi andly get to in Delhi andly get to the

reasons for that in a reasons for that in a moment. If you look at the results from

last night first. It's fair to

say it was well and

India's night at the Games. The

host nation took out host nation took out the

women's four by 400 relay

event. There was a deafening

roar when the Indian side won.

Pearson and her team-mates

could only manage fifth place.

Australia did better in the

men's 4 x 400 relay. Jarrod Bannister won gold for Australia in the javelin and we took out the pole vault

event. Now there was also event. Now there was also ear

piercing noez noise at the hockey

hockey stadium where England to advance to a Grand

Final match-up against

Australia. It's fair to say

that is one event crowd

organisers, event organiser es

will have absolutely no trouble

filling. The Indian side in red

hot form. The Kookaburras have

their work cut out for them.

Australia's rugby 7s side did

well to advance to the rugby Grand they came up against a dominant

All Black side. Last night also

produced two more silver medals

from the diving pool. I am

here at the High Commission for

launch of a festival that show cases

cases Indian culture and music

that will be taking place next month, appropriately in

Parramatta, an area of Sydney

that hosts the largest Indian community. One of the headline acts acts is Bollywood starical esh

Kerr. He said he was keen to do

all he could to sometimes mend the fractious the fractious relationship between Australia and India. It

is bringing the harmony, is bringing the harmony, peace, love, and brotherhood amongst

the communities. That is the

only purpose of this festival, through music, art, language

and so much of

happenings. Bollywood star Karl

esh Kerr there. The highlight

of today will be the women's up against New Zealand and

hopefully the Hockeyroos will

win one back for Australia for

our rugby 7s side. The Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison says

all Afghan asylum seekers in

detention in Australia should

have their asylum claims

assessed. It is just one of the

motions put forward by an

Opposition keen to use new parliamentary rules. Melissa

Clarke joins us now from

Canberra. On that issue of Bowen have been in East Timor.

How are his conversations going? They have decided to

have more talks which is

probably what we were expecting

out of this meeting. They were never going to come to never going to come to any sort of final signed off decision in

the first meeting. So Chris Bowen has announced there will

be a new regional consulting

group to have discussions about

this idea to try to develop the

plan of something this's been more concrete that can be then

put to the Australian and East

Timorese governments early next

year. Jose Ramos Horta, who

made it very clear that East Timor was considering because of the humanitarian

aspect, but also made it clear

that it would have to have the

support of the East Timorese

people and there would have to

be a time frame on East Timor's

involvement and it couldn't be a situation where East Timor

ended up with asylum seekers hanging

hanging around indefinitely, as

we see in Indonesia and

Malaysia and other country, be seen as a short cut be seen as a short cut to Australian migration. From

Chris Bowen's perspective, he

now has head of the Immigration Department Andrew Department Andrew Metcalfe and the special Australian ambassador for anti-people

smuggling issues James smuggling issues James Larsson heading up this working group

and has made it very clear to

East Timor that this will work

within the regional process -

that is, the Bali process.

That's what we've had out of

this first major trip for the

new Immigration Minister. There's been some

interesting agreement and

disagreement over the fine details as we know it so far,

in particular over it being if a facility is established there

an open facility, which is what

the East Timorese would prefer

there. As opposed to a detention centre. That is

crucially different from what

we see established here in

Australia. It would have a lot

of difference in how the East

Timorese can sell this to their

local population. If money is going to be poured going to be poured into the

construction and facilities

around detention, and the

things that come with that under international laws you

have to be able to provide education facilities, those

sorts elements, then that #23

that was in an open system that

might have more flow-on

benefits for local communities

within East Timor, which of

course would certainly welcome more resources and facilities

of those likes. So although it

may not necessarily follow the

detention sent system that we

see here in Australia, it is certainly a very big

negotiating point as to negotiating point as to how any

facility might operate both for

the people it's designed for - that, the asylum seeker s - but

also for the local

debate on Australia's role in

Afghanistan? Is that what's looming? We're now going to

have this debate next week. It is something that

is something that the Greens had sought had sought from Labor when it

was going through those negotiations of supporting Labor to form a minority Government and Julia Government and Julia Gillard

agreed to set up a parliamentary debate on Australia's involvement in

Afghanistan. It's one of those

issues where the executive arm of Government gets to decide

when Australia goes to wafrmt So even though the

Parliament is meant to be the

top democratic function of the nation and where these ideas

are fought out and the battle

of ideas is done, that is not

always the case when it comes

to Australia's troops and where

they are. So we will now have this parliamentary debate starting starting in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. It

will start with the Prime

Minister giving a statement and the Leader of the Opposition a

statement and then other MP

also get their chance during

the week. The senators won't

get their chance to debate the

issue and that means if Greens,

until the week after because

their Senate estimates hearings

next week. So it will go over the course of the next fortnight of the parliamentary

sitting. Just final ly will

this debate result in a vote, in a free vote by

parliamentarians as to whether

Australia should be there or

not, or is it just a chat? It's

a chat but a chat might be a genial way of describing it. I

am sure it will fire a lot more

emotion than that. What the

Parliament discusses won't

dictate an outcome. It won't -

even if the majority of MP s

you can certainly expect won't

happen but should that happen that direction of the policy because this is something that can be

set by the executive of

Government governments. It is

more about an airing of issuing

and people feeling they've had the chance the chance to say have their

say and put their argue fomentd

the Australian people. It has

ash sh - - argument to the

Australian people. It has

slightly more indirect

function. Always a problem

with the airing of the issue, every household around

Australia would know this. An

issue can be aired but issue can be aired but if

nothing actually flows from it

it can end up being really

frustrating. Something has to changed. Everyone hates those family meetings. Exactly. family meetings. Exactly. Now the White House is planning to

announce ang end to the moratorium on deep water oil

and gas drill ing today. The Obama Administration has issued

new rules to tighten deep water drilling rules after the Gulf

of Mexico oil spill. For more north American correspondent Lisa Millar joins

Lisa Millar joins us now from

Washington. This moratorium has

been lifted now more than a month earlier than originally forecast. Why is that? That's a

very good question. The White

House says that it's been a deliberative policy process

that just happened a little more quickly than more quickly than they

expected. Now anyone in

politics who thinks that policy

processes happen faster than

expected must be dreaming. So

the question of course was

asked of the White House in the dreef briefing that's currently

still going on was there

pressure that had come to bear

on the White House to lift this

moratorium early? The area because they said that

perhaps 8 to 12,000 jobs had

been lost while this moratorium was in place. Pressure the Democrats because one of

the senators down there was

protesting against the

moratorium by refusing to give

her vote in Congress for President Obama's new budget

director, who he absolutely

needed to get into the job but

he was not going to be

confirmed without this vote

from the Democrat and she from the Democrat and she was

not go going to vote until this moratorium was lifted. It's a

complicated question. I am not

sure we will get to the bottom

of it but it has been announce and the moratorium has been

lift and deep sea oil drilling

can continue in the Gulf of

Mexico. You mentioned jobs and obviously a resumption of

drilling will mean jobs. If not

in the short-term then the

medium and long-term. Has President Obama's hand forced by the bad run of economic news recently? He

hasn't had much luck with the figures. In fact the last

figures just last week which kept

kept unemployment at kept unemployment at 9.6% were

going to be the last national

figures that we'd see before the mid-term elections, which

are now just over 20 day s

away. So he had been hoping

that he would see those figures

change. I don't know that the

jobs - I guess indirectly the

jobs is what may well have

twisted his hand. But certainly the pressure that would have the fact that the mid-term

elections are just weeks away,

the pressure on the Democrats, the pressure on the Democrats,

the bad news that keeps coming out

out for President Obama -

perhaps all of that weighed in

to ensure that this decision was made earlier than expected. It's one thing for

the moratorium to be lifted. I guess it's another thing for drilling to take place. How

long do you think it will take before drilling recommences? They say it will a

couple of weeks at least before that happens. But it going to happen if various

Xi'ans sign up to these new safety regulations, which have

been put in place. Some people

say they're not enough, some

people say they're too much.

But basically the executives of

these companies will have to

personally sign off on agreeing

to these new strict regulations. One of them being

that they all have in place

proper safety plans and plans

to deal with another oil spill.

It's interesting the actual commission that's been looking into this is They've come out with some

initial thought about what

caused the spill and writ all

went wrong. They're meeting

again tomorrow in fact just a

couple of blocks down the road from our office here to go over those initial recommendations.

So behind the scenes all of

that is still happening which

has raised the questions of the

White House, I guess, why

they've taken this move when

there is so much still going on devilling into why the oil spill happened in the first

place. You mentioned those regulations, the new tight time the commission that you

mentioned are still I read discussing what those

regulations might be in the final form they might take. I am

am reading industry saying they

want greater clarity want greater clarity on the issue. Just how finalised are

the regulations that we're

talking about? We've only heard

just the briefest of mentions of them this afternoon. That

is, the executives having to

personally sign off on the documents and the companies to

have their own plans in place

if faced

spill. Both of th those to me

seem pretty logical. You would have thought that would be in

place anyway but apparently

they were not. I am sure

will far more technical and complicated parts of that we

will discover as sometime Time

goes on. Certainly this oil

spill commission will probably

come out with its own recommendations. So it may well

be that the recommendations

change or are altered so these

companies that sign up to start drilling again now and to these regulations might find

some tougher ones down the

track. Lisa Millar, thanks very

much for your time. Thanks. A

quick look at the

Sydney a little rain later.

The top stories Breakfast - 33 trapped miners

in Chile are edging closer to

freedom. Rescuers will attempt

to pull them out one at a time

in a steel caps sul shortly after 10am eastern men have been trapped underground for two months. US President Barack Obama is poise

poised to lift a ban on poised to lift a ban on deep

water oil and gas drillingry wi

is imposed after the Gulf of

Mexico oil spill. The White

House says there will be new

requirements for companies

wanting to drill exploratory illwells. Australia is lagging

behind other country whence it comes to comes to equal pay for women.

The jender gap index shows

Australia slid to 23rd.

We can take you back to

Chile now and we will show you

some live pictd frurs the San

Jose mine where the operation

to rescue 33 miners will begin

in just a few hours. As we're

hearing just a moment ago when we

we were hearing from the mining

Minister, it seems to be they will be sevending down rescuer almost each time to

bring back to the surface one of those trapped miners.

They've been underground for

about two months. That will take take 48 hours to complete. We've heard about

the capsule that's been

specially designed. There is

not a huge amount of room to

move. I suspect and I look forward to talking to Michael

Vincent about this in a moment,

that this will be un chartered water force the rescue operation. The ABC's Michael

Vincent is at the mine site the phone. Good morning, it's

lovely to be with you after those technical difficulties. Obviously could

you just take us through how

exactly this rescue is going to take place? Well, the Chileans

have been assuring everyone

that they have done every

single thing possible to ensure

the safety of the miners. They have got hundreds of contingency, they say, in case

gig goes wrong. Now, they've - the tunnel itself, the shaft

itself is 625m down to the

where the men have been trapped

for more than nine weeks. Today

just a couple of hours ago they

entered their 69th day. The way

it will work today is when they

finish doing their practice run

with the capsules, the Phoenix

1, 2 and 3. They will send down a mining rescue person,

followed by a paramedic, followed by another rescue

person, followed bay paramedic. Before rescue workers will start to put the very

first miner on to - into the

capsule. They will put them in special

special shoes, in a thermal

coat with pants. They will put

an oxygen mask on them and they

will put a helmet on them. They

will then put them into the capsule which has been painted

in the Chilean flag - red,

white and blue. And one metre

per second it will attend to

the surface. They can speed it

up or slow it down. But metre the second is the same

speed at which a regular

elevate or goes up. So they

don't believe they will have too many problems with the speed and the change in pressure for the pressure for the miners, who

have obviously been having the

worst of it for the past nine

weeks. Once they get to the

top they will then be assessed.

Standing on a platform on the

other side of the Valley where

the mine is. Once they are out

they will be a assessed by

triage. And they will go up the hill to where family members are waiter to

for them in white demountables

at the top of the hill. The

other 66 selected after that,

or 64 selected family members

are waiting in a camp below. Once

Once they have reunited with

their family members and when

they are fit and ready they

will be put on to a helicopter

and transported down to the

nearby city of Copiapo where

two levels of the local

hospital have been set aside

forrem them. There's a lot that

could go wrong in this but the

mining Minister and the Health

Minister have assured the

general and hundreds of pretion that

are here, international and

local, that they have done

everything they can think of to

make sure everything goes

right. I think with the live

pictures at the moment I

sigh See the Chilean President

there. This

there. This is going to be an

event that has an extraordinary amount of attention on it and

scrutiny. Are they going to be able

able to stop all of that

interfering with the actual

rescue operation? Yes. The

podium I am on is about 10m away will be speaking. You're right,

that's him in the distance. I

can see him getting can see him getting a

viewing. He will eventually be waiting with the families and

commuting with them until their

relatives are out. He initially

said he wanted to hug every

single one of them that came

out. When he thought about that

for a moment he thought it's

important they relatives first. There is enormous scrutiny here if

anything could go wrong with

this operation the Chileans have taken as much time as possible. The President was putting a little bit of pressure pressure on because he is due to fly out for an important

meeting on the 15th. He has now

delayed that for until the 17th. If anything goes wrong,

there is another drill you may

hear in the background, if -

there is another oil drill

which is still continuing.

That's plan C. That is more than 500m now keep drilling until the very

last man is out. That is the

Chilean President walking down

the hill accompanied by a

couple of his officials after being

has been put in place to winch

these men out. The eyes of the

world are on Chile and they

think they will get it

right. And the dhilian

President. & am I right in

suspecting that this rescue

operation is in un charter and

waters an we're really looking

at an attempt that seen the likes of before? I've

been talking to a couple of the

drilling guys down here and one

of their colleagues helped out

in Penn Sylvania when the mine

collapsed more recently. And he

said compared to that this is

incredible. You have got - they

have 17 days they didn't know

that these guys were arrive. - alive. Theyed that food apparently for just two days. And they managed to survive 17 days. Until the

sound recording device could

get down 50 there and hear their voices were still alive. So you have

that element of survival

initially. Since then they've

had all these sorts of medical supplies -

supplies - they've had video

and audio communications sent

down to them. They had

everything from football

T-shirts from the likes of

Barcelona to Real Madrid, local

football teams, one guy had the collection complete works of

Elvis sent down to him so he

could listen to them on an iPod

as he jogged up and down the tunnel some 1km underground

while he did exercise. There's some

incredible story. There's the

stories of 233 men under there.

One has become a father while

this has been going on. Another

wife is about to give birth while he is under there. So

there is enormous emotions

related to this. The family

members who we spoke to today

and we speak to on a daily basis, they have had massive

highs and lows throughout this process. Today they're just

waiting, waiting, waiting. Who of of all of them is going to come out first and last -

speculation is building. It's

an incredible event and

hopefully there will is a very

good end in site. Thank you. We

will check back with you later

in the day? We can share with

viewers that the first miner to

come out of the mine has been

selected. And that will be

31-year-old driver Florenceo

Valos. He was chosen to be the

first miner brought to the

surface. He will be followed by

Mario Sepeldera and Mario Sepeldera and Carlos Mamani who is the only Bolivian in that group of trapped

miners. We will leave those

pictures now. We were

discussing the other day there

was much analysis made of

mental state of the miners drop

trop trapped down there as to who should come out first and

who had the mental tough ness

to be left until they were

last. And they all started to

volunteer that they would be

last. It's like that episode I

remember of the Simpsons where once something line that you never

want to see those people ever

again. That might be the

definition. And glad to hear

that Elvis Presley is getting

in on the act. To the markets

now - the US Federal Reserve seems poised to further stimulate the economy if the

recovery continues to slow. The

Dow is trading 10 points up. Now, here is the sport with

Paul Kennedy. Let's look at the

cricket. Firstly from India and

it's become another exciting

test that won at Bangalore. The

Aussies cleaned up Sachin

Tendulkar after he made his 200

and then cleaned up the Indian

tail but they lost wickets mainly to the spin from

the Indian duo. Ricky Ponting

was the only one that bat well

and he made 72. But the Aussies

seven down with a lead of 180

with one day to play.

look at the highlights from

yesterday. He goes for the

single. Hussey can't get up to

close in. Six double hundred

for Sachin Tendulkar, second of

the year.S After it was a

dream run in 2010 continues.

He's bowled him. The ball

has been coming in to the

batsman. He's gone. Got batsman. He's gone. Got him.

It's been taken, beautifully

bowled. Nicely bowled. That

turned sharply. The finger has

gone up. He makes no mistake.

Great delivery. He's given it. He's bowled

it. Cleaned him up. What a

bowler this is Harbhajan Singh.

Very important for the

Australians and the men were

flicked down. Four more valuable runs. That's 50 for

Ponting. Superb innings,

leading from the front there

and Australia need him to come good

good as Nathan Hauritz supports and that

match. He has gone the job for

India. Edged and taken. That's

beautifully bowled. We will

move away from India for a

moment to look at what's

happening in the world of

surfing. Ace's Mick made it to the third round of

the event in Portugal. He will be up

be up against Slater be up against Slater and Jordy

Smith. There were 1.5m barrel

Fos tr second round of the heat and Fanning and Fanning is third in the standings for the 2010

championship. Nine-time world

champion Kelly Slater is going

very well this season. He says

he is not feeling any

pressure. Look the pressure is

on Mick. And there's just depends on how you look at it.

I can look at it the wrong way

and the pressure is on me. But

really if I didn't catch

another wave this year Mick could still have to do well in

the next few contest.Ly just go out and surf and keep getting

results. Kelly Slater there.

She in front of the world champion race at the just a couple of events to go. I will bring you up to date with all the Commonwealth Games

news and an track and in the

gymnastics and so North the

next half an hour

hopefully. Another 70 for Ricky

Ponting. Another one. ABC News

Breakfast can be watched live

on the web from anywhere. Just

visit the main ABC News website

at: You will find a link to

News 24 which is streamed live every day. Now Vanessa O'Hanlon joins us with the weather. Humid and stormy

weather is streaming down from the north-west in a the north-west in a trough. It's pushing the rain into NSW,

Victoria and into SA. Heaviest

rain also follow the Victoria

and southern NSW today. It's

also stormy up over the

north-west. Thund ure - - thubd

er ry rain will make its way

across the country. Apart from the south-west, rain will fall

over much of the country. That

rain band

Swales and requested. - into

NSW and Queensland.

Still to come on the

program - the rescue operation

for the trapped miners in Chile

will begin within hours now and

we will continue to bring you

the latest news on that

situation at the San Jose mine.

Also ahead we will have a

review of the newspapers. This

morning we're joined by radio presenter Jon Faine. Leading

the news this morning - an

operation to rescue 33 trapped

miners in Chile will begin

later this morning. The men have been 620m below the surface at

for two months. Rescue ers will

attempt to pull them out one at

a time in a steel capsule

shortly after 10 o'clock

eastern time. Sydney Police are investigating the fatal a man in the city's south-west.

37-year-old man was found with

gun shot wounds at a home in

Mount Pritchard. He was treated

by paramedics but died at the

scene. Two men were arrest and been questioned by

police. Australia is still well

behind other countries when it

comes to equal pay and

opportunities for women.

Australia has dropped three

places to 23rd Economic Forum annual gender

gap index. The index mesh how income, resources opportunities

compare between men and women.

Australia was ranked behind Mozambique and Lesotho. Ice

land and Norway as well as

Finland topped the list. US President Barack Obama is

preparing to end the ban on

deep water oil and gas

drilling. The ban was imposeded

after the BP oil spill in the

Gulf of Mexico. White House

spokes person Robert Gibbs says

there will be new requiren't

force companies allowed to drill exploratory than 300,000 people have been have taken to the streets in

par toys protest against

pension re forms. The

Government wants to raise the

minimum retirement age from 60

to 62. The first of the miners

trapped for more than two

months is due to be winched to

the surface if two hours. That

miner has just been announced d

he's a 31-year-old driver. So

the trial runs are complete and

the medical staff are ready and

the family have an agonising

wait that is about to end.

Andrew Harding reports from the

San Jose mine. San Jose mine. Emerging from

the depths, the Phoenix rescue pod on its final test run.

German cable, NASA tech

nocialtion all in place now for what's become a truly global

event. In the crowded desert

here, a frenzy of anticipation.

What will the miners make of it

all and what about their

families? Smartening up this

afternoon for a long afternoon for a long awaited

reunion with grand pa. Some

children can't wait to get back

to school. Others are

of a hurry. This woman is

wondering what kind of husband will emerge from

changed a lot down there. He's

more hup bl now. Let's just

hope it lasts." At the

entrance to the fry um quantity

plan B tunnel the final

preparations. For now it's going like clockwork. We have

hundreds of different contingencies an we

procedures to do it. And obviously if something different happens we have the

best people there, prepare and

technically capable to face technically capable to face any contingencies. For 17 days the

world thought they were dead.

For 51 days they have been kept

alive by the narrowest of

umbilical chords. Now we're

just a few hours a way from the

climb ASX 100 of this

extraordinary rescue drama. The

first miner should emerge just

after night fuel. This is it should. Do go. After a

medical check-up the first

miner will be strapped into 2

Phoenix capsule and he will be

winched up at no more than a

metre a second about 15 minutes

latter miner will reach the

surface. He will be surface. He will be taken

straight to a triage area where

a doctor and two nurses will

assess his condition. After

that it is on to a field

hospital next door, if he is

well enough he will be re

united here w here with no more than three helicopters have been

rehearsing the next stage. A

quick flight out of the des

toert the main hospital in the

town of Copiapo. Most of the men are said surprisingly good health. But

one is diabetic. Others are struggling with high blood

pressure and stress. They will

all need so some time to

readjust. Will they be given

it? In town and across the country, relief, pride and

preparations for a serious home coming

coming party. Immigration the East Timorese President,

Jose Ramos Horta, to discuss establishing a regional refugee

processing centre. While

nothing concrete came out of

the meeting the two country have agreed to continue talking. Among the many concerns raised by President

Horta is the poectd that any facility could become a magnet for asylum seekers. Andrejs Everitt reports. The processing

centre seems a long way off but from the Australian Government's perspective at

least the process has least the process has started. East Timor's President has

agreed for more talks with

Australia. They're set in a month. The President has

kindly agreed that a high level

working group to develop this proposal further which would be

led from Australia's first of -

point of view by secretary Metcalfe. But

Metcalfe. But the President

says it's too soon to make any guarantees. Officials from guarantees. Officials from both sides have been charged with

developing the de-Tays of how a processing centre here in East

Timor would work could work. A

proposal would then be

negotiated as part of the multination discuss with our neighbours,

Indonesia and the others and

then we will see when we have

something on paper, we will see

how we proceed through the Bali

process. Australia's Minister

says the people of East Timor

would have to benefit. We also discussed the discussed the potential

benefits of such a proposal.

The benefits in terms of economic benefit, capacity building and in terms building and in terms of regional engage. That is something we clear on. That such a proposal

would need to be very clearly

to the benefit of the people of Timor. But the President says

the Timorese people are not

dhog for themselves and are continuing discussions humanitarian grounds. We don't

look at it from the potential

benefit. I have no idea whether

this will have any potential

benefit. I look at it first, as

humanitarian issue. The stick

points could be how long the

centre will remain on Timor's

soil and how long it will to process asylum seekers. Jose

Ramos Horta's concerned the

processing centre will act as a

magnet. And we don't want the centre whether it's established

to be then also how you say an

attraction for people knowing

that, well, we go to Timor, we

just have to wait there for a

few years and then we go on to

Australia. So it cannot be

either an incentive for people

jumping the queue, jumping the queue, short cut s to the regular normal immigration process. In

Australia, Julia Gillard

continues to talk up the

processing centre. But I am

determined about it because I believe that a regional

protection framework and a regional processing centre

would take away from people

smugglers the very product they

sell - the very incentive to

get on a boat. But there's

still plenty of work to be

done. You're watching ABC News

Breakfast. These are our top

stories - 33 trapped miners in Chile are freedom. Rescuers will attempt

to pull them out one at a time

in a steel capsule and that

will start shortly after 10am

eastern time. The men have been

trapped underground for two

months now now. The President Barack Obama is

poised to lift a ban on deep

water oil and gas drilling

which was imposed a TV Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The White

House says there will be new

requirements for companies

allowed to drill exploratory

wells. And Australia's lagging

behind other countries when it

comes to equal pay and opportunities for women. The

World Economic Forum annual

gender gap index shows

Australia slid

23rd and it measures how income

resources and opportunities compare between men and women.

We will look at the papers

we're joined by ABC local radio

presenter Jon Faine. Morning. What are you

starting with? First of all I

put a jacket on and it's

because Waleed has set the

standard for editorial elg

elegance. Previously when I

have joined for the papers I have not warned a jacket. It's

customary Ri for the guest not

to wear a jacket. And what are we starting with today? There's

a recuring them of housing but first up news to me and I am

sure to many people is that

Peter Slipper, the man who is the Deputy Speaker under the

delicate deal done in Canberra,

is under fire. The 'Courier

Mail' and also 'The Daily

Telegraph' are running front

page stories about allegation

of his entitlements not being

entirely kosher and that he or

should I say Halal this morning. He could keep this

going all the way through. And

there is obviously some concern about whether or not he's gone

too far in his entitlements and

questions being raise raised

there about his judgment on a

broader scale, not just on this

particular issue. So would

Labor have been aware of this

when it nominated him for Deputy Speaker is the question

they have to answer? And how far does

far does it go? How far back do

you go? Do you conduct an

inquiry going flu all the

records to find how many of

these thesed areas of And then it cast a pall and a

cloud over other matters he's

involved. With whether it wlit

undoes any of the deals only time will tell. Or whether

actually as we have seen in

some members of the - some

parts of the media, it's an an

attempt to dis credit the

people the Government as you

say delicate has put this place

to try to cobble together some

sort of manageable government

because it has been reported

before about Peter before about Peter Slipper's

taxi fund mis use so that is

not new but it's been brought together by

papers His son driving a

government car which is he he

is not entitled to and so why

is it being raised now and put

together and who has

on and neatly wrab v wrapped a

ribbon around it all? ribbon around it all? I think

today might be a day of some

development on that front. My question is how does this

matter even if for example you

completely undermind Slipper

and that was the end of his

role as Deputy Speaker, the

Coalition has put another Deputy Speaker and

presumably the role would fall

to them. I & I am not sure if

anything would change in the

game of politics. It depends on how Machiavellian you want to

be. But if the Coalition can

stop anyone on their side from

taking the chance and

attracting all the extra

scrutiny that comes from being

part of this shower sharing

arrangement, then does it make

even harder for Julia Gillard

to get her majority on the

they were he did it. Some will

argue it's payback. You have to give some

give some treed Creedence to that. So the ang they're flows

from the deal that was done is almost enough to justify a theory around. That Fand you were thinking you were

interested in you would have to

be squeky clean. And remember

Tony Abbott warning members of

the Liberal Party not to attack

him, leave him alone. We

suggest there was that bitterness towards it possibly be in politics that

people say one thing while they

do another? I cannot abide you

making such a comment? If you

two are going to to be so Fay

and coy I will go and make a

coffee. Often when you do the

newspapers it's hard to find

stories from some of the other

capital cities an we

concentrate sometimes far too

much of what's going on in

Sydney and Melbourne and to a

lesser extent Brisbane. But if

you bring Australian' front page today, together with the 'Canberra Times' front, the 'West

Australian' front page shows

there's a snap shot of the

mining boom driving a spike in

house prices in WA. Then

there's this contrast and

compare - let's go to the

'Canberra Times' and have a

look at the way house prices

feature on the front page of

the 'Canberra Times' which is where prices are slumping because the economy in Canberra

is not like the economy in WA.

match to it a house story, not

house prices story, but a

housing story on the front page

of Hobart's 'Mercury' newspaper

where it's in fact not about

ownership of houses at all but

instead about people without

accommodation, people with no

permanent place to live and

people who are existing on the edge

edge on the brink and surviving

in temporary accommodation and

struggling to do so. There's a

snap shot, Perth booming, Canberra assessing its

backpocket while things were

not going as well as some and prices here are leveling out. In parts nation, particular ly here in

Hobart they would just like

somewhere to live. It reflects

the two-speed economy issue

that is a massive issue in

politics at the moment. And

maybe overly typical ABC

fashion I will say a topic that

just doesn't get discussed anymore, which is the growing

wealth gie.s been put in the

too hard banket it hardly comes

up in the national conversation

which is the growing gap

between the haves and have nots

an how a long lot of people the economy are mission out on the boom like the 'West

Australian' is mointing out and

they're consign sod to the too

hard banket. In Darwin the

median house price is $550,000.

Which is close to the Melbourne

median house price and just be

low Sydney for a place riek

Darwin where clearly there is a housing shortage as well. In

Canberra there would be a lot

of people happy with a price ing slump in houses because

they're notoriously expensive

in Canberra. But for a decade the national conversation about housing prices was dominated by

Sydney. And how high could it go. And it was the go. And it was the perpetual

conversation in NSW capital was only ever ant house pricis an how to ratchet yourself up to

the next bracket and next

level. They're not alone in

having that conversation bit's

a very different kind

now. Let's talk about a story

that probably won't mean much to people outside Victoria but

it has galvanised people who

have an interest in matters legal in Melbourne. But it has elements of scurrilousness

about it. Take us through the

Jeremy story. It is on the

front page of the the 'Age'

again today and rightly so too. When issues of sexual

harassment, for instance the

David Jones case nominated -

donlinate international story

and politicians all sort of

things, here we have our own scandal in Melbourne with the

DPP, the most senior prosecutor

in Victoria who is in charge of impartially applying the law,

has had 20 come to the extraordinarily extraordinarily embarrassing

position of needing to publicly

denigh that he is involved in

an an inappropriate sexual relationship would have been his own junior staffers who

according to the others has

been promoted beyond her level

of competence. This has now

boiled over to where the

Attorney-General has had to

intervene On my radio program

on 774 on ABC Melbourne on Monday

Monday we had the bizarre situation where I was

interviewing the DPP about whether or not he's having an

affair with one of his staff. I

was quite embarrassed seemed to be as the Monica Lewinsky-Bill

Lewinsky-Bill Clinton scenario.

It's become so public and so embarrassing for everybody

he felt he needed to public ly

make denials which is quite extraordinary. I might say they are denials that are not widely believed in legal circumstances. You mentioned in

passing that's not necessarily

the allegation at this stage that there's been harassment. No, of an affair. A consentual

was not being leveled at

Jeremy? No, but that is the

flavour of it all and the con

text of it all. The situation

is that with the young woman involved she's in where she says I've been

promoted on merit. The Scutt m

butt in the legal community is

no you haven't. She is embarrassed and perhaps she may

claim to fame. Jeremy is considering his option bus the

fact that the whole thing is

being publicly debated is quite will survive it? He is showing

no science at the moment of

thinking there is anything

untoward about having to publicly make denials. Whereas

I find it bizarre that you are

in a position where you have to

make those de-Niles. We will

see where - denials. Wle see where it goes with the

Attorney-General

intervening. Now here is paend

Paul Kennedy Paul Kennedy with

the sport. We will bring you up to date with what's happening

in that exciting cricket fest

in Bangalore. Australia was

able to bowl out the Indian

team after Sachin Tendulkar made his 200. And so they did

well there. Peter George had a

moment to remember his first Test wicket being the greatest

batsman since Don Bradman. Australia was in a Australia was in a spin in its spending innings. They lost seven wickets. Fronting was the only

only one to survive long enough

to make enough runs. He made

7046 odd. Now Australia as ha

as slim lied of about 180 if

they can get another 30 or so.

They might have something to

bowl on the final day. It's

like almost a that first Test in Mohali. To

the Commonwealth Games, plenty happened last night happened last night and there was lot honourable senator happening on the track and other things. Australia's

winning streak continues.

won several gold overnight.

Jarrod Bannister recorded a

personal best in the javelin to

claim gold. Alannah Boyd

claimed bold in the pole claimed bold in the pole vault,

following in the footd steps of

her parent s who gold medals in

197 and '82. And the men's four by by 400m relay team won track gold. Australia now has 68 gold

medals. And Mick Fanning is

trying to make ground against

Kelly Slater in Portugal. He

needs to upset Kelly Slater there tb Slater is to be denied a 10th world title which is

what he is pressing for. And in

the next half hour I will show

you some highlights of one

opportunity from the

Commonwealth Games and one race

in particular caught everyone's

attention last night - the

women's four by 400m event.

Sally Pearson, the Australian

was drafted into the team. not a natural 400m runner she

did really well but India won

that gold medal and all of the

supporter s bent

was a fantastic scene. It's

like Freeman winning gold in

Sydney. But only there's added

interest here because India

hasn't won any track gold medal at the Commonwealth Games for

some 50 years. Vanessa O'Hanlon

joins us now with the weather.

Thanks. Following if deluge

in the South-East this week, the flood gates of

the wiven hoe dams were opened yesterday, all flood gates are now open. It will be throughout most of Queensland

but it will be short lived a as

another rain system is making

its way over the country. Has

its sights set on Victoria and

southern NSW. By Friday it will be back over southern

Queensland. There's still a few showers over the Queensland coast today. It's coming from the moist easterly winds. With rain expected throughout rain expected throughout the capital. A mostly fine day in

the west ahead of isolated

thundery showers. Rain is

falling this morning mainly

over the eastern border and Victoria.

Now still ahead on ABC News

Breakfast, we will cross to

live to Chile where

preparations are under way for an imminent removal an imminent removal of the

miners trapped underground: Chile's miners

away from res ku. We will start

as soon as everything is ready

to do it in the safest way.

Barack Obama to lift a ban

on deep water drilling ism six months of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Gender equality in Australia worse developing affray can nations. And the men's four by

400m relay team caps off another golden night for

Australia at the Commonwealth

Games.

Good morning, it's Wednesday,

13 October, I'm Virginia

Trioli. And I'm Waleed Aly. The

top story - you're look at live

pictures from the San Jose mine

in Chill Chile where the final

preparation s are under way

before the final rescue

operation can begin.

have been 620m below the

surface at San Jose moo mine

for two months they will be

pulled out of a steel capsule after 10am. Chile's Mines

Minister Laurence Golborne says

brings all the men to the surface is expected to take

around 48 hours. We will start

to do this test first with an

empty cage, later with the first

first rescuer. We are going to

go down and up a couple times with him and take some

measure, then this guy will set

down and he will help the first miners to go miners to go out up. Then the second rescuer will go down,

the second miner will go up,

then the third rescuer will go down, and then we will continue

in a normal process sending

people. Any rescue process has

risks. So accidents could happen. We can have mistakes in

the process, we have to prevent

all these kinds of things. We

have trained a lot. We have

taken into consideration all

this matter that could affect this rescue. We hope that

nothing is going to happen. We

feel we are very well prepare

and we will see the result of

all this preparation I hope in

a couple of days. And our

reporter is on the spot there.

Michael Vincent will join us from the mine site very

shortly. In other news today - US President Barack Obama is

preparing to end the ban on

deep water oil and deep water oil and gas drilling. That ban breakfast the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says

there will be new requirements

for companies allowed to drill

exploratory wells. Sydney

Police have investigating the

fatal shooting of a) man in the city's south-west. A

37-year-old man was found be a

gun shot wound at his Ho home

in Mount Pritchard. He was

treated by paramedic bus died a

TV scene. Two men were arrest and are being questioned by

police. Australia is still well

behind other countries when it comes to equal pay and

opportunities for women. Australia has dropped

three places to 23 world, economic forum annual gender gap index. That index

measures how income, resource

and opportunities compare wean

men and women. Australia was ranked behind ranked behind Mozambique and Lesotho. Iceland, Norway and

Finland topped that list. Regional Australia is still

struggling to attract doctor,

according to a new report. The

Australian Institute of Health

and Welfare has released two

reports on the country's

medical labour force. Now in

2008, there were less than 190

doctors in outer regional areas for every 1,000 this figure jumps to more than

370 for people in major cities.

More than 300,000 people have

taken to the streets in Paris

to protest against pension re

forms. The Government wants to raise the minimum retirement

age from 60 to 62. Flights to

and from France have been cancel and transport systems disrupted by the industrial

action. Unions say they want the Government to withdraw the changes and negotiate a fairer

system. Footage of the Dev sta

station caused which the 2005

London bombs was shown in

public for the first time today

at tin quest into the deaths of

52

shown the Victoria video of the wrecked

the wrecked understood ground

trains as well as images from

the bus blown apart from Tavistock Square. Phillip Williams has this report. These pictures are the wreckage have

just been released at the

inquest, five years after the bombs devastated three trains and a

and a bus. 52 innocent lives

were taken, many more injured,

some left with horrific and

permanent injuries. There were

stories of heroism and an

emergency response confused by poor communications and station the driver heard pleas

from passengers but couldn't

raise the alarl. When help did arrive everyone was ordered to evacuate because fear of a second bomb. That second bomb. That was ignored.

They continued to help as many

of the injured as possible. At Kings Cross, 26

Kings Cross, 26 commuters were killed. This is the carriage

next to the one where the bomb

ex-floweded. Pect urs of that

scene were judged to be too