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(generated from captions) Sri Lanka's military says it

killed the leader of the Tamil

Tigers ending a war leaving a

humanitarian crisis in its

wake. Israel's Prime Minister

fails to commit to a two-state

solution after meeting Barack

Obama at the White House. Kevin

Rudd shrugs off a slump indeed

opinion polls blaming the

Opposition's focus on Opposition's focus on debt.

Billy Slater fires as the Storm

slashes the Raiders in Monday

night football in Melbourne.

Live. This Program is Captioned

Good morning, it's Tuesday,

19 May, I'm Virginia

Trioli, And I'm Joe O'Brien,

the top story on ABC News

Breakfast - the Sri Lankan

Government officially announced

the end of its Civil War

against the Tamil Tigers,

saying it killed the Tigers

leader Velupillai Prabhakaran leader Velupillai

as he tried to escape the

fighting in the north-east. As

victory the thousands celebrated the

victory the international

community raised the alarm

about the humanitarian crisis

left behind. Sally Sara reports

from Colombo. Residents of the

capital rallied on the streets

to celebrate the end of Sri

Lanka's Civil War. There was a

sense of joy and relief, they

revelled in the army's victory

against the Tamil Tigers. The civilians are very happy for

this moment. We were looking

for 30 years for this moment.

For freedom. Government officials appeared on State

television to announce that

combat operations were over and the leader of the Tamil the leader of the Tamil Tigers,

Velupillai Prabhakaran, had

been killed. His son, and other

senior Tiger commanders had

also been shot. In a telephone

conversation with the external

affairs Minister, the President

of Salma Siraj confirmed that

armed resistance by the armed resistance by the LTTE

has come to an end, and that LTTE leader Velupillai

Prabhakaran is dead. The army

stays Velupillai Prabhakaran stays Velupillai

was shot dead by Government

forces as he tried to escape

the combat zone in an

ambulance. The leader of ambulance. The leader of the

Tamil Tigers was revered by his

followers, feared and despised

by many in the capital. It is

so important that he is no more

to dictate the Terrorism

Activityies in the country. In the north-east the full the north-east the full scale

of the humanitarian situation

is yet to unfold. Four doctors

treating the injured behind treating the injured

Tamil Tigers lines and giving

reports on casualties have been

arrested. Some aid groups are arrested. Some aid groups

cut off from workers on the

front line where up to a

quarter of a million people are

displaced. Here the

displaced. Here the ICIC has

lost contact with its team on

the ground, however the ICIC

has made an offer to the

authorities to deploy on ICI

team. Aid groups say the Government doesn't have enough

resources to meet the needs of

civilians stranded in camps.

To The Sri Lankan Government is

under pressure to rebuild infrastructure and confidence infrastructure

in the north, it's difficult to

gauge how hard that task will

be. Foreign observers and aid

groups are waiting for

unhindered access to the areas. The Sri Lankan The Sri Lankan President

Mahinda Rajapaksa awarded

military honours to the

campaign against the Tamil

Tigers, he'll address the

nation to society out his plan

for lasting peace. In other

news - the US President Barack

Obama has reaffirmed his

commitment to the creation of a

Palestinian state. His view was

not explicitly backed by the

Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin

Netanyahu. After a meeting at

the White House the Israeli

leader said he was ready to

start negotiations with the

Palestinians, but made no

mention of a two-state solution. The Prime Minister

Kevin Rudd has taken another

hit in the opinion polls,

today's Newspoll showing Kevin

Rudd dropped six points as preferred Prime Minister but he

is still well ahead of Malcolm

Turnbull. Support for Labor is

one point higher on a two-party

preferred basis, 30% of voters

don't believe the Treasurer's

assurance that the Budget will

return to surplus within six years. Queensland parents have

been told not to send their

children to school as 37,000

teachers go on strike. Talks

stalled between the Government

and the teachers unions over

pay and conditions, teachers pay and conditions,

saying the deal offered makes

Australia and flagged them the worst paid teachers in

industrial industrial action. The Northern

Territory Government is set to

announce a shake-up of remote

Aboriginal communities,

according to Fairfax papers,

thousands will be pushed out of

remote camps into larger centre

to receive Government services,

20 communities will be set up

as regional hubs, it will be

announced by the announced by the Territory's

Chief Minister Paul

Henderson. Two men with Henderson. Two men with links

to the Gypsy Jokers are

recovering from gunshot wounds

in a Perth hospital, one shot in a Perth hospital, one

in the chest, the other the arm

after shots were fired in the

southern suburb of Jandakot, southern suburb of

they were taken to hospital in

the back of a ute. Police are

searching for a third Prime Minister blamed his searching for a third man. The

Prime Minister blamed his slump

in the opinion polls on the

Opposition's fixation with

debt. Kevin Rudd says public

debt is forecast to reach 300

billion, speaking on Lateline,

the PM defended the figure

saying it was the lowest net

debt of any major economy hit

by the global recession. You will see clearly outlined in

the Budget papers that we are

aiming to a gross figure of 13

oi 8, coming out at - 13 oi 8

coming out at 300, the Liberal

failed to nominate or support

savings in the Budget making

our positions virtually

identical. The point I wish to

make is this: this is the

lowest net debt of any of the

major advanced economies,

secondly, it is lower by the

factor of seven, that is it's

seven times lower than the

average net debt of major

advanced economies. Prime

Minister Kevin Rudd on Lateline, returning to Washington where US Washington where US President

Barack Obama has failed to win

the support of the Israeli the support of the Prime Minister Benyamin

Netanyahu, for a Palestinian

state. The two men spoke at state. The two men spoke at the

White House a short time ago. I

have said before, and I will

repeat again, that it is, I believe in the interests not

only of the Palestinians, but

also the Israelis, and also the Israelis, and the United States and the

international community to

achieve a two-state solution in which Israelis and Palestinians

are living side by side in

peace and security. We have seen progress stalled on this

front, and I suggested to front, and I suggested to the

Prime Minister that he has a

historic opportunity to get a

serious movement on this issue

during his tenure. US during his tenure. US President

Barack Obama, and North

American correspondent Mark

Simkins joins us from Washington. Good morning, they

were careful words, they were

diplomatic words, but they had

some steel behind them, didn't they? Yes. There's no they? Yes. There's no doubt

there were some - there was

some tough talking going on at

the White House today. This was

a meeting that went more than

one hour over time, and it's a

meeting that despite all the

diplomatic niceties afterwards

both leaders talked about their

extraordinary talks,

relationship, their special

bond, how they praised each

other, so forth and so on, other, so forth and so on, but

there are fundamental

differences on both the issue

of Iran and mid east peace, and

specifically on the issue of

the mid east peace. Barack

Obama really was laying Obama really was laying down

the law in some ways to the

Israelis, underscoring the need

for a two state solution, and

the Israelis to stop expanding

settlements in the West Bank

and the Israelis dancing a

diplomatic dance, or refusing

to be drawn on either of those

specific issues. How

deliberately, how explicitly did Benyamin Netanyahu avoid

using the phrase, or the

commitment to a two-state

solution. Yes, it's almost the

proving a negative. It is a

diplomatic dance here. He did

not use the word state. He -

that is obviously a deliberate

strategy. He talked of the two

countries - Palestinians and

Israelis living side by side in

peace and harmony, he didn't

say how that would be achieved.

By explicitly not using the

expression "two state

solution", given the diplomatic

scrutiny and media scrutiny scrutiny and media scrutiny of

a parseng if you like, it's a

deliberate strategy on his deliberate strategy on his part

of the he did say he'd of the he did say he'd be

willing to start negotiations

with the Palestinians as ong as

the Palestinians give security

- as long as the Palestinians

give security guarantees,

recognising Israels rights to

exist. There was an olive

branch held out for some sort

of peace negotiations, what

wasn't made clear is what would

be negotiated. Iran naturally

enough was drawn into that

conversation too, and the

President had some tough things

to say there. Almost a bit of a

deadline set in terms of talks

with Iran. Yes, very much so.

That's really the first That's really the first time

Barack Obama put a timetable on

the negotiations with Iran,

this is another point of this is another point of issue,

of course. Benyamin Netanyahu

wanted to talk about Iran as

his priority in these meetings.

He is really putting the

pressure on the United States

to take Iran seriously, Israel

sees Iran as an existential

threat to its existence, and

Pam Barack Obama said, "We are negotiating - Barack Obama

said, "We are going to

negotiate with Iran, we'll keep

talking to them, but not

forever, if we don't see

process of signs of Iran being

serious about coming to the

table by the end of the year,

we'll look at other issues on

the table, other options", that

involves tougher sanction, it

could involve, this is the

unspoken issue, the possibility

of an Israeli air strike on the nuclear facilities in

Iran. Good to talk to you,

thanks so much. Burma's

military junta looks set to

hold a drawn out trial against

the country's the country's detained Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi. She faces charges of

breaching security after an

uninvited man visit ffed her

home this month the the case

began in secret yesterday, began in secret yesterday, and

Karen Percy reports from

Thailand. As many as 200 Thailand. As many as 200 of

Aung San Suu Kyi's supporters

turned up at Insein Prison

Rangoon where the trial began,

they defied the warnings and

imposing presence of security

officers, a group of diplomats,

including an Australian tried

to enter the ground to monitor

the proceedings, they were

turned away. Aung San Suu Kyi's

legal team was allowed in, they

hoped to convince the judge to

hold open hearings and hold open hearings and release Aung San Suu Kyi while Aung San Suu Kyi while the

trial proceeds. They were not

given the chance. The trial was

adjourned until today in a

tactic to drag out the

process Well, I can't process Well, I can't predict

how long it will last. It will

be a few more weeks, if not

months. Why do you think that? Because they are trying

to make this period long enough

beyond her detention

period. For more than 20 years

the junta targeted Aung San Suu Kyi and Kyi and her National League for

Democracy Party after their

historic win in the 1990 elections. Since then elections. Since then she's

spent almost 14 years in

prison, or under house arrest.

Her latest detention order due

to expire next week. A person

from the US Embassy was

reportedly able to attend the

trial to assist 54-year-old

Missouri man yet where are

arrested earlier this month

after spending two nights after spending two nights in

Aung San Suu Kyi's home. He

used handmade tlipers to swim

across a lake to her home. Her lawyers argue that she lawyers argue that she is incident of the charges, incident of the charges, the

prosecution is said to have 22

witnesses ready to give

evidence against her. People

willing to cooperate for with

the military regime for their

own benefits, not for the

people or NLD. They condition

testify to put Aung San Suu Kyi

and her party in danger.

Objections are being raised Objections are being

across the world with protests

in Bangkok and beyond, and some

senior regional leaders

demanding justice, but the

generals are unlikely to

listen, as they look ahead to

national elections next year

and the prospect that the

leader the people call "the

lady", will be out of the

picture. And now for a look at

the front pages of the

newspapers - Australian - the

$2 million golden $2 million golden handshake

Great Southern gave former

managing director. The company

collapsed yesterday about

40,000 investors ode up to $4 billion. The Financial Review billion. The Financial Review -

Federal Government's

controversial Budget crackdown

on employee share ownership

could spark a Senate could spark a Senate Inquiry.

The Age - shake-up of funding

will kill indigenous will kill indigenous homelands in the Northern in the Northern Territory. The

Canberra Times - ACT Government

will borrow up to $550 million

to plug a hole in the Territory's Territory's Budget. Sydney

Morning Herald - expansion of

electricity networks around

Sydney sparks health fears. The

Mercury Tasmanians may have to

wait 20 years before wait 20 years before the Royal

Hobart Hospital is completely repliffed. Queensland

Government admits it bungled

the amount of fluoride added to

drinking water drinking water again according

to the The Courier Mail. to the The Courier

Western Australian - dash bikie

shooting where two men were

gunned down in a Perth gunned down in a Perth suburb.

The Daily Telegraph - The Daily Telegraph - stressed

out Federal MPs are getting

counselling. The Northern

Territory News - shocking story

of a young Territory mother

impaled on a log in a car

crash. Adelaide Advertiser -

the city's pub poker games may

be shut done because the

State's hotels and casinos

believe they could be believe they could be illegal.

The Herald Sun Lou Richards,

AFL great snubbed the offer of

a lifetime achievement award

after the Hall of Fame after the Hall of Fame wouldn't

make him a legend. If you'd

like to send feedback on like to send feedback on news

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Sri Lanka's Government Sri Lanka's Government declares

an end to the Civil War with

the Tamil Tigers. And claims to

have killed the Rebel have killed the Rebel leader

Velupillai Prabhakaran. The

conflict destroyed entire

villages in the north-east and

left more than 220,000

civilians living in aid

camps. The US President Barack

Obama has reaffirmed his call

for a Palestinian state after meeting Israel's Prime Minister

at the White House. Israeli

leader Benyamin Netanyahu says

he's ready for talks to restart

with the Palestinians, but made

no mention of a two-state solution. Prl Kevin Rudd says

he's not concerned with opinion

polls blaming a slump in polls blaming a slump in the

personal approval rating on the

Opposition focus on debt. The Newspoll showing Kevin Rudd

dropped 6 points as dropped 6 points as preferred

Prime Minister, he's still Prime Minister, he's still well ahead of Malcolm Turnbull. ahead of Malcolm Turnbull. ime Minister Kevin Rudd says he's not concerned with opinion polls blaming a slump in the personal approval rating on the Opposition focus on debt. The Newspoll showing Kevin Rudd dropped 6 points as preferred Prime Minister, he's still well

British MPs called on the

speaker of the House of Commons

to resign for his role in an

expenses row. Michael Martin apologised for the handling of

the scandal. He was accused of

trying to prevent the release

of details showing MP's

claiming thousands of dollars

in expenses. We must all accept

blame. To that extent I have -

that I have contributed to this

situation I am profoundly

sorry. I think there is now

only one way of sorting out the

mess, and that is for

Parliament to be dissolved and

for there to be an immediate

general election. That was conservative leader David Cameron speaking to Cameron speaking to the House

correspondent Philip Williams of Commons, with more Europe

joins us from London. David

Cameron called for this

immediate election, is there

any likelihood of that

happening? No likelihood of

that at all because the Labor

Party is so far behind in the

polls, and they'd be

annihilated. They'll probably

be annihilated anyone, they

have a year to call the next

election, as for spa speaker election, as for spa

Michael Martin's future, he'd

be lucky to last a week,

because in Parliament today,

it's almost unprecedented what

happened, he was - there were

people asking him to accept a

vote on his own future. He

refused to accept it. He

basically said, "Look, I am not

going to consider that now",

instead of dissipating the

anger with an apology for the

house, which was an apology or

his handling of the fiasco, an

apology for blocking reform apology for blocking

over the last couple of years,

instead of that dissipating the

anger, it increased it. He's in

a worse position than he a worse position than he was

going into today. It's only

going to get worse because

people really want his neck

now. In the old days, 300-400

years ago, that's how they

dealt with speakers that were a problem, they'd cut their heads

off. It won't be literally,

this time, he'd be lucky to

last a week. Why is he copping

the blame, is he just a scapegoat. There's that

argument, some MPs say that is

what's happening, coming to his

defence. Some of the MPs

calling for his head have

dipped heavily into the

expenses themselves. They are

saying as the Speaker of the House he's responsible for

managing the expenses and he

did everything in his power,

spent hundreds of thousands of

pounds stopping publication of

the expenses in the newspapers,

making them public, and that,

if that had happened a couple

of years ago, would have

stopped those rorts dead in

their tracks then. So he's

really blamed for dragging his

feet and trying to maintain the

status quo, which is

unsatisfactory when we see the

figures of people charging for

cleaning of their mots and

helicopter pads and bags of

manure and dog food. It's been

a shocking episode, it's hard

to underestimate the palpable

anger from the average voters,

there's an absolute contempt

for policitians here in Britain

at the moment, and MPs know it,

and that they have to do

discarding Michael Martin's something, if that means

head, sobeit. I don't think

that will end it. I think the

anger is too deep and we'll see

all the parties punished in the

upcoming European election, the

major parties, next month. So

who will win from this. You say

the major parties will loses

out. Who will gain in the

polls It's whoever stands as

an independent. Independents

will do nicely. There's been

talk of people putting their

hands up saying, "I'm so angry

about this I'll put my hand up.

I would never have considered

politics before, now I will", perhaps some of the frin ge parties, including the parties, including the British

National Party, it worried some

people, it's regarded as a

racist party, it's unclear how

that will play itself out. It

is a pox on all of their houses

at the moment, and polls show

there's a general disgust with

policitians, it's a perfect

opportunity for cleanskins to

come into the parliament, at

this stage the only way it will

work is probably independence,

this happened in the past when

policitians have been on the

knows, when party politics are

seen to be dirty, independence

do W imsure at the next

election Independents - I'm

sure at the next election

Independents will do well. Why

has it reached a feverpitch

this time, it has come up before? Simply because the telegraph newspaper got a telegraph newspaper got a hold

of the expenses details and it

looks likely that they bought

them from somebody, somebody

that didn't legally own them.

There's certainly a question

about that, we'll leave that

one alone. They've been

publishing them day by day, we

are into about day 11. Each day

brings a shocking revelation of

waste or horrifying overclaims.

Even two people claiming for

mortgages, payments, which is

allowable under the system for

houses that either didn't exist

or the mortgages had been paid

off. There's awful abuses, it's

clear that some MPs, a small

number, some, may end up in

jail over this whole

affair. Philip Williams in

London thanks for that. To

finance news - the World finance news - the World Bank

announced it will make its

first grand to Simone

Zimmermann since 2001. The 22

million loan - Zimbabwe, the 22

million is a breakthrough. Zim

bab way needs to secure

billions in aid. The World Bank

says funds will come offer the

African nation clears arrears

with the bank. We'll look at

the finance figures, US Stocks

rebounding after last week's rebounding after last week's grand Zimbabwe since 2001. The 22

million loan - Zimbabwe, the 22 million is a breakthrough. Zim bab way needs to secure billions in aid. The World Bank says funds will come offer the African nation clears arrears with the bank. We'll look at the finance figures, US Stocks rebounding after last week's losses. babwe needs to secure billions in aid. The World Bank says funds will come offer the African nation clears arrears with the bank. We'll look at the finance figures, US Stocks rebounding after last week's losses. Shortly Vanessa O'Hanlon will

look at the weather, and also

ahead a review of the today's newspapers, and this morning

we'll be joined by Radio

Australia broadcaster Phil

Kafcaloudes, with sport and a

big win for the Melbourne

Storm, here is Luke Waters.

Good morning, it was his first

and two tries to Melbourne full-back Billy Slater guiding

the Storm to a 46-6 win against

Canberra. The Storm season is

on track, the club on track, the club fifth, point

of viewed for an assault on the

NRL finals, let's checkout last

night's highlights.

To netball and a late surge

from Catherine Cox wasn't

enough for the struggling NSW

Swifts to take the pointed over Queensland Firebirds, Romelda

Aitkin shooting 52, 58-54 the

final score. Let's take a look.

They had a great start to the

season winning five of the

first six games... doit To IPL

action, brilliant knock of 77

from just 41 balls to Aussie

Brad Hodge saw the Kolkata

Knightriders overhaul Chennai's

imposing total of 188. The

riders pass the the target for the loss of three wickets.

Riders pass the the target for the loss of three wickets.

Big hits there. Too football

- Chelsea and Blackburn played

out a lacklustre out a lacklustre English

Premier League match. Safe from

relegation Blackburn conceded

two goals as Chelsea attacked

for most of the for most of the game. Here are the highlights:

He becomes the joipted top

scorer. There's an EPL relegation, Sunderland and

Portsmouth, we'll have pictures

later. It's 0-0. I want to have

a chat about coaching in the

AFL. Former Collingwood player

Shane Wakelin came out and said

things aren't as they appear at

Collingwood, with a lot of big personalities, Eddie Maguire,

Mick Malthouse as coach and

Nathan Buckley, former playing

making no secret that he has

coaching aspiration s, pies

aren't travelling well, perhaps

it's not as stable there as it

has been. This comes off the

back of a big loss at the

weekend. You have to take into

consideration that they are

undermanned the pisz at the

moment, the forward - Pies at

the moment, the forward forward

line, midfield is missing their

best players, it's

opportunistic in taking pot

shots. What's the point. shots. What's the point. What is he

is he after. Wakelin. Yeah. I

don't know that he has an

agenda, just that he's made a

foray into the media, and he's

making observations, he

possibly has a little insight

than other people. ABC News

Breakfast can be watched live

on the web from anywhere. Now,

there's been heavy falls oversouth-east Queensland, here to tell us about them to tell us about them is

Vanessa O'Hanlon. There has

been, Brisbane Airport recorded

59.4mm, and Coolangatta 56.4.

Flash floods current for Flash floods current for the

Wide Bay and Burnett. Darling

Downs as well. The heavy rain

forecast to continue until the

weekend. The high over weekend. The high over the

Tasman Sea driving magnificent

easterlies over south-east

Queensland and the NSW coast,

the trough over the border will

deepen, causing heavier storms

as a low forms, producing areas

of rain storms and gusty winds.

A weak front helping showers increase over the south-west.

The high maintaining dry

conditions over most of the

south, cloud coverage in the

east is in the trough causing

light patchy rains for inland

areas. Heavier showers along

the coastline, strengthening

winds, cloud clipping edge winds, cloud clipping edge of

Western Australia is causing

showers. Queensland - heaviest

rain falls over the south-east,

rain, isolated storms for the

southern and central interrors

and Central Coast. NSW - apart

from the south-east, showers

and rain, heavy falls over the

north-east and adjacent inland.

Victoria - fog near the Victoria - fog near the south

of the divide, a frosty day

ahead of a cool to mild day in

the east. Cloud and showers

increasing in the north-west.

Tasmania - be careful on the

roads, with warnings of frost

and ice particularly in

elevated areas and inland

southern districts. South

Australia - partly cloudy, the

chance of light rain over the

east and early morning fog

patches over the west coast and

lower south-east. Western

Australia - showers Australia - showers developing

over the south-west region,

nothing too significant, less

than 5mm before the rain

increases over the next few

days, to the north - fine, with the exception of the North

Coast, isolated showers, skies

clearing as the cloud moves

further east. Ahead to

tomorrow, windy, rain in

Brisbane, a top of 19. 20,

cloudy in Melbourne. See you in

half an hour.

The top story on ABC News

Breakfast - the Sri Lankan

Government has officially

announced the end of its Civil

War against the Tamil Tigers,

the army says that it's killed

the leaders, Velupillai

Prabhakaran, as he was trying

to flee the fighting in the

country's north-east. As

thousands celebrated the

victory in the capital the

international community raised

the alarm about the

humanitarian crisis left

behind. Sally Sara reports from Colombo. Residents of the

capital rallied on the streets

to celebrate the end to to celebrate the end to the

Civil War, there was a sense of

joy and relief, revelling in

the victory of the army against

the Tamil Tigers The civilians

are happy, we are looking are happy, we are looking for

30 years for this moment, for

freedom. Government officials

appeared on state television to

announce combat operations were

over, and the leader of over, and the leader of the Tamil Tigers, Velupillai

Prabhakaran had been killed.

His son and other senior Tiger

commanders had been shot. In a

telephone conversation with the

external affairs Minister, the

President of Sri Lanka

confirmed that armed resistans

by the LTTE has come to an end,

and that LTTE leader Velupillai

Prabhakaran is dead. The army

says Velupillai Prabhakaran was

shot dead by Government shot dead by Government forces

as he tried to escape the

combat zone in an ambulance,

the leader of the Tamil Tigers

was revered by followers but

feared and despise ed by many

civilians in the capital. It is

important that he is no more to

dictate the terrorism and terrorist activities in the

country. In the north-east the

full scale of the humanitarian

situation is yet to unfold,

four doctors who are treating

the injured behind Tamil Tigers

lines and giving reports on the

casualties have been arrested.

Some aid groups are cut off

from workers on the front line,

where up to a quarter of where up to a quarter of a million people are

displaced. Here the ICIC has

lost contact with its team on

the ground. However the ICIC

has med an offer to the

authorities to deploy an ICR

Government doesn't have enough team. Some aid groups say the

resource toss meet the needs of

civilians stranded in camps. The Sri Lankan

Government is under pressure to

rebuild rebuild infrastructure,

stability and confidence in the

north. It's difficult to gauge

how tough that task will be.

Foreign observers and aid

groups are waiting for

unhindered access to the areas. The President Mahinda

Rajapaksa awarded military

honours for the campaign

against the Tamil Tigers, and

will address the nation to set

out his plan for lasting peace,

later today. The US later today. The US President

Barack Obama reaffirmed his

commitment to the creation of a Palestinian state. Palestinian state. The President Barack Obama failed

to win the support of the Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin

Netanyahu, after a meeting at

the White House the Israeli

leader said he was ready to

restart negotiations with the

Palestinians immediately, but

made no mention of the US plan

for a two-state for a two-state solution. The Prime Minister has taken

another hit in the opinion

polls, today's Newspoll polls, today's Newspoll showing

Kevin Rudd dropped six points

as preferred Prime Minister but

is well ahead of Munn bull.

Support for Labor is one point

higher on a two-party basis,

but 30% of voters don't believe

the Treasurer's assurance that

the Budget will return to

surplus within six years.

Queensland parents have been

told not to send their children

to school as more an 37,000

teachers go on strike. Talks

stalled between the State

Government and the Government and the Queensland

Teachers' Union over pay and

conditions. Teachers say the

deal being offered will make

them the worst paid teachers in

Australia and flagged further

industrial action. The Northern industrial action.

Territory Government is set

announce a radical shake-up of

funding for many remote

Aboriginal communities, Fairfax Aboriginal communities,

reports that thousands of

people will be pushed out of

remote champs into larger

Territory centres in order to

receive Government services,

the plan sealing 20 communities

set up as regional hubs and is

due to be announced by the

Territory already's Chief

Minister Paul Henderson. Two

men with links to Gypsy Jokers

motorcycle gang are in a Perth hospital recovering from

gunshot wounds, one shot in the

chest, the other the arm after

shots were fired in the

southern suburb of Jandakot,

police are searching for a

third man. third

More than two-thirds of the

earth's surface is covered by

water, most people never get to

see much below The waves,

commuter technology is helping

to demystify the oceans in a

way that could help protect the

marine environment from

pollution and climate change. pollution and climate

Gavin Fang reports. Few people

get to experience first-hand

the beauty and diversity of

marine life beneath the ocean

waves. Now with satellite

mapping, and pictures taken by

scientists and tourists,

computer programmers are trying

to create the next best

thing. Scientists share facts

about the ocean, we work with

ocean lovers, divers, surfers,

who share facts and companies

that shares of their ships on

the ocean, creating a rich

model mirroring the state of

the ocean to the world. Because

the ocean is challenged, if you

see it clearly you can see the

problems. Michael Jones is the

creator of Google earth, his

country is work, on mapping country is work, on mapping 70%

of the planet covered by water.

A better picture of the ocean

will encourage conserved and

help scientists understand

information. In some cases we

have sharks and with whales

tagged with GPS by scientists

and can replay the bath path of

a whale through the ocean a whale through the ocean and

you can fly along and see what

the whale sees, what the shark

sees, scientists use that to

understand the behaviour of the animals, they have the

information to context, where

they can see the sea floor,

what animals live there. The

ocean model won't match the

experience of diving or

snorkelling but creates a

better picture of what life is

like in some of the last

unchartered parts of the

planet. The play about Israel

that's provoked worldwide howls

of protest last night had of protest last night had a

debut in debut in Melbourne. Seven

Jewish Children depicts parents

telling their children about

Jewish history. Even before

it's one-off performance there

were protests by Jewish groups in Melbourne's city in Melbourne's city centre.

Rafael Epstein reports.

Outside there was a stand-off

between supporters of the play,

and those who think it's

anti-Semitic. When this play

was put on in Sydney in was put on in Sydney in March

there were no demonstration and

not nearly as much media

coverage, soon the police

decided to separate the decided to separate the groups

and the protesters drifted

away. The play lasts for eight minutes, covering seven periods

of Jewish and Israeli

history Tell us, dead babies,

did she see babies, tell her

she has nothing to be ashamed

of. Tell her they did it to

themselves, tell her they want

their children killed to make people... tell them I am not

sorry for them. Much of the

controversy stems from a last

section where a parent decides

what to tell their child about

Israel's assault on Gaza a few

months ago. Tell her we won't

stop killing them until they

are safe, tell her I laughed

when I saw the dead policemen,

tell her they are animals,

teller I don't care if the

world hates us, I don't care if

the world hates us. British

actress Miriam Margolyes is actress Miriam Margolyes is a

de facto spokeswoman for the Group Australians for

Palestine, the group putting on

the played The play isn't

anti-Semitic, it's critical

offist rails, and there are

reasons that one should be

critical of Israel, that is

entirely proper, I'm critical

of Israel myself, not all Jews last when Palestinians are

killed, some do. It's the

Jewish parent laughing at dead

children. A dead policemen

taking pleasure out of this

whole thing. If that's all you

have to say, it's a terrible

indictment of people, it's only

about Jews. Miriam Margolyes

was stopped at performing at at Jewish retirement home Jewish retirement home because

of the controversy, and she

says some of the response

stifled debate. Absolutely,

it's about stif like dialogue,

it's wrong and a great pity, in

Israel people are talking about

it. Israel is a country where

people are able to speak what

they feel and do so, with why

can't we do it in Australia,

extraordinary. It's the entire

opposite of the truth. It's

Gerbles returning in 2009.

There's an orchestrated attack

on the integrity of Israel and

Jewish people worldwide.

Jewish people worldwide. I know

what their intentions are, and

where they were behind the

violent behaviour that took

place in the streets of

Melbourne. I know what their

background is. The play was

staged by the Group Australians

for Palestine and was followed

by a panel discussion that

included prominent QC Robert

Richter. It's spring in London

that means one thing, flowers

are in full bloom for the

Chelsea flower show. Normally

it's the place for fantastic

creation, the economic crisis

led to a more modest led to a more modest supply,

Philip Williams reports. These

are the real stars of the show,

but there are many less perfect

specimens here to pay homage to

the pulling power of a flower

Flower Power, exactly, it must

be time. Summer of love was a

long time ago, maybe it's time

for a new one. In the field of

dreams fantasy meets foliage,

fantcy is where - Chelsea is

where imagination. The cack

offany of colour wants to

create a statement. This was

created by the homeless, a

message of hope. It's giving no

prospect of life. I know what I

can do. I'm 56, I'm still

learning. The social conscience

stirred with this garden

designed to promote cancer

research and this is site of

what should be the Australian

Flemmings garden, a gold

winner, it was forced to cancel

because of the Victorian

bushfires replaced by the

credit crunch gardens, the

designer used to creating

$600,000 exhibits, this was put

together with junk and imagine

ration reflecting recessionary

times. If you have time and

imagination, you can have an ep

lek tick garden suiting your

personality. Chelsea is where

fashion meets flowers, where

self-expression sometimes tacts

an incomprehensible path. But

for all, this is a piece of

peace, where the famous and the

frail enjoy one of the special

days in London life. It's very

much part of the London scene. May in London wouldn't be

anything without this. It

wouldn't be the Chelsea Flower

Show without a good old

downpour or two, after all,

this is gardening British

style. Rolf Harris was a bit

cold or something. If he walked

up to you and did that, you'd

call the cops, wouldn't you.

Such a freak. You are watching Such a freak. You are

ABC News Breakfast. The top

stories - Sri Lanka's

Government declares an end to

the Civil War with the Tamil

Tigers, claiming to have killed

the rebel leader Velupillai

Prabhakaran, the conflict

destroyed entire villages in

the country's north-east

leaving 220,000 civilians

living in aid camps. US President Barack Obama

reaffirmed his call for a

Palestinian state after meetingest rail's Prime

Minister at the White House,

Israeli leader Benyamin

Netanyahu says he's ready for

talks to restart with the

Palestinians, but made no

mention of a two state solution. Prime Minister Kevin

Rudd is not concerned with

opinion polls and blames a

slump in the approval rating slump in the approval rating on

the Opposition's focus on

debtment today's Newspoll

showing Kevin Rudded dropped

six points as preferred Prime

Minister but is well ahead Minister but is well ahead of Malcolm Turnbull. Malcolm Turnbull. dropped six points as preferred Prime Minister but is well ahead of

Malcolm Turnbull. Let's look at

the national papers, and we are

joined by Phil Kafcaloudes,

because he's read them all. In

the last two hours, I've been

reading nothing but the papers,

and War and Peaceful I have to

tell you about the Kevin Rudd

poll, the me-too pom. The one

where Fairfax said that Kevin

Rudd had gone down 10%, down ta

a ridiculously high-level. The

me-too poll in the News Limited

papers saying he's gone down

6%, from 64 to 58. I don't

think the Newspoll would like

to be called a me-too. What

will happen tomorrow, will will happen tomorrow, will the

Northern Territory news do a

poll saying he's gone down

3-4%. What is the

3-4%. What is the interesting,

and we look at the scale of

what they have, he's gone down

6%, as we can see in Kevin

Rudd's performance, satisfied -

not so much any more. But if we

look at what the parties are

doing on a two-party preferred

basis, Labor has gone up 1%.

Excuse me - how does that work?

Is it that maybe they Is it that maybe they thought

Wayne Swan had done such a good

job with the Budget that

perhaps... Apparently not,

because one of the questions in

the poll was do they the poll was do they believe

Wayne Swan assertion that

Australia will emerge from

surplus by 2015 and there's surplus by 2015 and there's a

fair few people that question

that. In fact, there's another

poll here taken in the same lot

of questioning, and it says

here, "Do you feel like you'll

be worse off in the Budget?",

and 33% of people say yes. 33%

may not seem that high, but if

you look through what the poll

has here for you, it shows that

that's the highest percentage

since '02. Talk us through the

personal approval and disapproval rating there disapproval rating there of Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin

Rudd. They are interesting

figures, and there's clearly

been a slump there for been a slump there for the

Prime Minister There certainly

has been. Malcolm Turnbull's

satisfaction rating has gone up

from 36 to 40. We are starting

to get a bit of a fight to get a bit of a fight on. Now

we are getting a contest We are

talking about 58 to 40. Better

PM down to 58%. Malcolm

Turnbull went up from 19 to 24

as betterpm. A 5% improvement.

There's a long way to the

election, we probably won't

have a double dissolution. Is

there a Peter Costello figure. No, that'll be figure. No, that'll be the Northern Territory news

tomorrow. That's the polls,

the me-too. Let's go to the

front age of 'The Age', this is

a story that surprised me, it

wasn't on the front page of wasn't on the front page of the

Northern Territory news, the

one about the Aboriginal

people, the suggestions - it's

going to come through from going to come through from the

Northern Territory, expecting

to announce it will move

Aboriginal communities into

regional hubs, part of a

response to Federal Government

funding, predicated on larger

hubs getting extra funding. Is

the description moving them a

bit over the top. They'll be

directing greater funding to particular areas but will

maintain funding at levels they

are now in the smaller centres. It's not about

funding. According to the

story, they'll be moving

communities closer to communities closer to where there'll be facilities for

them, which is the big issue

here, Aboriginal Elders have

been spoken to by the paper and

said they disagree with this,

because it will move because it will move people

into where there'll be drug -

potential for drug abuse,

alcohol abuse and violence. On

this couch a month or so ago

this issue was flagged by the

Minister Jenny Macklin in the

studio, talking about wanting

to create economic hubs, she

said, when she was asked a

direct question about whether

various communities would be

closed down, she ducked around

that a little bit and didn't

want to speak directly to that

saying there was a case they

may stay, that's where the

money goes, but then you need

to be able to make the case

that the economic hubs, such that the economic hubs, such as

Alice Springs, and the down

camps are good places for

indigenous people, many indigenous people, many argue

they are not. There's the issue

about the homeland movement,

moving people back to their

traditional homelands, to the

forced removal of communities

away from homelands could bring

a whole lot of other a whole lot of other problems,

we are talking about a

different society here. You are looking at a Sydney Morning

Herald story. The front Herald story. The front page.

Sydney Morning Herald, Nicolas

Sarkozy wanted suggestions

about what too do about

beautifying Paris, a suggestion

on the bottom right-hand of

on the bottom right-hand of the Sydney Morning Herald is to

make a replica of the make a replica of the Sydney

Opera House on the Seine Really. Yes. I don't

think it would fit. Was that a

suggestion from within France.

Yes, it was an architect

hired by the French President,

and he wants to do that. He

wants to have this architect.

Instead of designing his own

thing, he'll pull our plan. I

can under, it is one of the

most beautiful modern buildings

of all-time Come here. of all-time Come here. They

can take a copy, it's a nice

idea. Couple of court idea. Couple of court stories,

Lleyton Hewitt, calls himself,

"I was Mr 1%", this is not to

do with popularity, but it's to

do with what he claims that his

managers had done for him, his

management agency had taken his

millions and put it in a 1%

interest account. He says,

instead of earn what they

should have been earning. Is he

launching legal action. He's

suing his managers, they are

countersuing, as these things

happen. We go to 'The Age', as

a gambler suing Crown Casino,

man sues crown for $30 million

loss. Now,... This is

amazing. This is a man that

lived on the Gold Coast. He

says that Crown Casino sent a

golf stream jet to pick him up

- all before court. This is his

case, his side of this case.

They set a gulf stream jet to

pick him up, bring him to

Melbourne for the Crown Casino,

on top of that he says that

they knew he had a gambling

problem. On top of that they

gave him $30,000 to get him

started. Leaving a box of started. Leaving a box of cash

in the plane for him to find

when he was there. More

appositely, he had himself

banned, he had been banned from

casinos, that he argues, or

lawyers argue goes across Stateline, carbon should have

been aware of that, because he

had a problem with gamling. He

flew to the Philippines as

well. I nice little fillip

along the way. There was a 20% rebate on the loss, but they were mounting to 1.5 billion, $1.5 billion with a "B". A quick one on how you get away with surfing on a sicky This is interesting, it was a result of a story, a work and said, "Do you have my shift filled?", they said yes, it's fill. He then went in the surfing carnival and his boss saw him, sacked him, he's been reinstated. It was an unfair dismiss alp I want that defence. That's right. We'll launch it for you one day. A remind e you can watch all. ABC News Breakfast streamed live every morning: With sport, here is Luke Waters. Good morning, league first and Billy Slater first and Billy Slater inspired Melbourne Storm recording an imposing 46 of 6 win over the Canberra Raiders, the Storm workman like in the first half, gaining the upper hand, going into the break with an 18-6 lead. Cameron Smith, and full-back Billy Slater ignited, Slater crossing twice, the

highlight a 70 metre solo

effort after splitting the hapless Canberra defence.

Netball - Firebirds were

impressive in their win against

the struggling NSW Swifts.

Firebirds taking control, Laura

gets repelling a number of

Swifts attacks. Catherine Cox

resurvived the NSW team with a

suk secs of goals early in suk secs of goals early in the

third. The class of Romelda

Aitkin prevailed in the final,

scoring 51 of the Firebirds

58-54 win. Man of the Match to

Brad Hodge steered the Kolkata

Knightriders to an impressive

IPL win, Chennai batted piling

on the sixes finish with 188.

Enter Brad Hodge and Brendan

McCullam, who smashed McCullam, who smashed the bowling to all bowling to all corners of the

park, passing the target for

the loss of three the loss of three wickets, Man

of the Match Hodge finished

with 71 from 41 and Brendan

McCullam 81 from 48. In pretty

good nick, Brad Hodge, as we

said he manufacturures good

innings and more runs.

Interesting to see the Ashes

squad is announced tomorrow.

Even though he got

Even though he got a contract,

you'd be doubt. As to whether

his name would appear. Here

his name would appear. Here is

Vanessa O'Hanlon with the

weather, it's windy weather, it's windy in New

South Wales. Sure is, there are current warnings throughout

NSW, for strong wind. Most of this weather continuing over

the next week for Queensland

and NSW. As we look at the maps, there's activity

happening here at the moment.

We have a high sitting in We have a high sitting in the

Tasman Sea, directing

magnificent easterly winds over

the coast of the NSW in

Queensland, and we also have a

trough deepening, over the

border, it will produce rain,

and also a low will and also a low will develop

over the next few days over

southern Queensland, and that

causes rain, storms and gusty

winds, a weak front helping

showers increase over the

south-west and a high maintaining dry conditions over

most of the south. The most of the south. The large

cloud covering over the trough

causing rain and showers for

most of Queensland and northern

NSW, heavier showers expected

along the coast with the

strengthening wings, cloud

clipping the edge of Western Australia, south-west causing

showers. Queensland - heavy

rain falls over the south-east,

rain and isolated storms for

the southern and central

interrors and Central Coast.

NSW - apart from the NSW - apart from the south-west

showers and rain heavy falls possible over the north-east

and adjacent inland,

thunderstorms for northern

inland. Victoria - frosty in

the east ahead of a cool to

mild day. Cloud and showers

increasing in the north-west.

Tasmania - warnings of frost

and ice on the road

particularly in elevated areas.

Inland southern areas ahead of

a cool but fine day. South Australia - cloudy, Australia - cloudy, light Australia - cloudy, light rain

over the east rgets early

morning fog patches over the -,

and early morning fog and early morning fog patches.

Western Australia showers developing, nothing

significant, hessian than 5mm

before increasing. - - less

than 5mm. Territory - isolated

showers, skies clearing, cloud

moving to the east. Finally this

this hour, an account of the

death in police custody of Palm

Island man has won the

non-fiction prize at the NSW

Premier literary awards. They

were presented by were presented by Premier

Nathan Rees, after accepting

the prize the author of The

Tall Man said meeting dooum

ajy's family compelled her. I

was affected by the was affected by the family's

grief and struggle to achieve

justice for their brother and

the story got undermy skin, I

wanted to know what happened in

the Palm Island watchhouse.

Author of the The Tall Man and

the Australian writer Nam Lee

won two awards with a fabulous

clebdsful stories. Wall Street

markets about to close, all major indicies major indicies up 3% on the

back of a rise yesterday. back of a rise yesterday. The Foreign Minister Stephen Smith

joins us to talk about joins us to talk about the

situation in Sri Lanka. That's

all coming up after the short break on ABC News Breakfast.

See you in a little while.

ollection of stories. Wall Street markets about to close,

all major indicies up 3% on the back of a rise yesterday. The Foreign Minister Stephen Smith joins us to talk about the situation in Sri Lanka. That's all coming up after the short break on ABC News Breakfast. See you in a little while.

Sri Lanka's military says it

killed the leader of the Tamil

Tigers, ending a war leaving a

humanitarian crisis in its wake. Israel's Prime Minister

fails to commit to a two state

solution after meeting Barack

Obama at the White House.

Kevin Rudd shrugs off a

Kevin Rudd shrugs off a slump

in the opinion polls blaming

the Opposition focus on the Opposition focus on debt.

Billy Slater fires as the Billy Slater fires as the Storm

thrashes the raiders in mog

night football in Melbourne -

Monday night football in Melbourne.

This Program is Captioned

Live. Good morning, it's

Tuesday, 19 May, I'm trirrk Tuesday, 19 May, I'm trirrk I'm

Joe O'Brien top story - the Sri

Lankan Government announced the

end of its still war against

the Tamil Tigers, the army says

it killed the Tigers it killed the Tigers leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, as he

tried to escape the fighting in

the country's north-east, as

thousands much people

celebrated the victory in the

capital the capital the international

community raised the alarm

about the humanitarian crisis

left behind. Sally Sara reports

from Colombo. Residents of the capital capital rallied on the streets

to celebrate the end of to celebrate the end of the

Civil War, there was a sense of

joy and relieve, they revelled

in the army's victory against

the Tamil Tigers. The

civilians are very happy for

this moment, we were looking

for 30 years for this for 30 years for this moment.

We were looking for freedom. Government officials

appeared on State television to

announce that combat operations we