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Live. Lebanon on the brimpg of

a change in Government in an

election keenly watched by the

western world. The Cronulla

Sharks under fire again after

new and damaging information

about the conduct of the club's

CEO. Schools closed in Perthed

a swine flu reaches Australia's

West. And Roger Federer secures

a career grand slam after

taking out the French Open in Paris. Good morning. It's

Monday 8 June. I'm Tamara

Oudyn. And I'm Joe O'Brien. The

top story on News Breakfast -

Lebanon is on the brink of a change in Government. There's

been a high turnout of voters

in an election that's pitted a

US back alliance against the

Opposition Hezbollah-led

Coalition. Experts predict a

possible swing to Hezbollah's

March #th group but Lebanon's

new leadership is loyal likely

to be made up of another

unitity Government. The

counting has gone into the

night. And with a record

turnout of voters cials it

could take days to confirm the

exact make-up of Lebanon's new

parliament but a win by the

Opposition led by the she unite

militia group Hezbollah is

looking likely. A Government

that would be consisted of many

different political parties, of the political personalities in

Lebanon. Under Lebanese law

Muslims vote separately from Christians and women separate

from metropolitan, not for

ldges reasons but more for lo

jestics. Although the crowd

still need control. 50,000

security forces were on the

streets and scores of

international observers

monitored the vote. It's the

first time Lebanese have voted

on a single day, until now

elections have always been held

on four consecutive Sundays

which only encouraged vote

buying in the time weeks as the

early results came in. In this

mostly Muslim nation it's

Christians who hold the key.

They're more or less evenly

split between the two political camps but even if the

Hezbollah-led alliance wins

it's Christians who will hold

the most seats. 35 members of

parliament that are Christian

in coordinatation with 11 seats

with Hezbollah, who is really

going to be running the show? An Opposition win would

give Hezbollah a role in

majority power for the first

time. In reality though it's

likely to share power with the

other side in a national unity

Government. It's quite likely

that the Cabinet that follows after this election will again

be a Coalition. The first

official results are expected

later today. In other new, the

Cronulla Shark are back in the

spotlight for all the wrong

reasons. A secret recording has

emerged of Tony Zappia's

offhappeneded treatment of a

former female employee he

allegedly punched in the face.

A the recording aired on the

Seven Network last night. The

NRL has called on the Cronulla

board to urgently review its

position in relation to Tony

Zappia. Health authorities have

moved to contain the latest

spike in swine flu cases in

Western Australia which has 14

confirmed infections. Two

schools will shut and another

will be partially closed. The

increase follows a trip to

Melbourne by an under 12 Perth

football club. Australia now

has 1039 cases of swine flu ,

874 in Victoria. Family First

Senator Steve Fielding has

returned from his fact finding

mission to the United States

with fresh doubts about climate

change. After attending a

Washington climate conference

he's now questioning whether

global warming is driven by

carbon dioxide or the sun. In

an article in today's awn

newspaper Senator fielding says

the Government need to look at

whether the country needs an

ETS. Brazil's navy says it's

recovered three more bodies believed to be from the Air

France plane that crashed into

the Atlantic last week. Five

bodies have now been recovered

off Brazil's east coast after

the plane carrying 228 people

disappeared. Brazilian

officials say other bodies have

also been spotted in the area

and ships are being sent to

recover them. This Queen's

Birthday weekend, 558 people

from a wide range of

disciplines are receiving

awards. Surgeon and cancer specialist Professor Chris

O'Brien was posthumously

awarded an Order of Australia.

He died on Thursday night from

brain cancer aged 57. Fashion

design designer Carla Zampatti

has received the highest Connor, Companion of the Order

of Australia, for her services

to the business world. To Federal politics now and

there's speculation the

Opposition will reshuffle it

own line-up after the PM made a

raft of changes to Cabinet over

the weekend. More more Hayden

Cooper joins us now from

Canberra. First of all, this

reshuffle, does it effectively

put the problems with

Fitzgibbon behind it? I think

so, Joe. It was a bigger

reshuffle an expected and it's all about turning a negative

into a positive. I don't

believe that Joel Fitzgibbon

resignation would have caused

the Government a great deal of

harm anyway, but even so Kevin

Rudd has taken the opportunity

to really try and treasuren up

the team and he's done it by

making some fairly significant changes, although it must be

said, some of the names put

forward for promotion are not

necessarily surprising. So

there's a debate now over

whether he's rewarding supporters or putting people

forward on merit? That's right.

There certainly is an element

of rewarding those people who

packed Kevin Rudd in the past.

And Mark Arbib is the chief

example of that. He was

instrumental in helping Kevin

Rudd replace Kim Beazley and

now he's been given a

promotion, brought in as a

Minister and it's a fairly

significant role as well and

the other thing worth noting

here is that this is also about

realining the Government ahead

of an election, so I mention

Mark Arbib. He's now the

Minister for Employment,

participation, and also the

junior Minister on Government service delivery, in other

words, jobs and infrastructure.

Two very important areas which

I'm sure will form the basis of

the next election campaign as unemployment, continues to go

up and the Government carries

on talking about

infrastructure. And by the way,

the next jobless numbers are

out this Thursday so I'm sure

we'll hear a bit more from Mark

Arbib. How do you read that

into it? Are there more

portfolios that have been

created for jobs and

infrastructure thap there were

before? It's simply about

realigning or streamlining the

Government's approach so it's

putting those two examples

together for the first time, so

you've got the one person

handling employment

participation, and also

infrastructure, so that's the

major area of change that the

PM has made. It really is about

strepging the team because I

think Kevin Rudd also knows

what the next election is going

to be fought on, it's the

economy and jobs. And that's

what he's trying to strengthen here. What about Malcolm

Turnbull, what is the

likelihood of him organising a

reshuffle now? It's fairly

likely. The Coalition most move

on from last week. It claimed a

decent scalp getting rit of

Joel Fitzgibbon but it has to

move on and find the next

battleground, otherwise it will

be left behind. To do that,

Malcolm Turnbull may well have

to announce a reshuffle of his

own, but the Liberals great

challenge is they don't have

the pool of young talent on the

backbench that the Labor

Government does, so that's the difficulty for Malcolm

Turnbull, but we should see

some sort of reshuffle in the

months ahead. Thank you for

that. The Pakistani capital is

on high alert but the country's

PM says an anti-Taliban

offensive in the Swat valley

will continue despite an

apparent spike in militant

attacks. The comments came

after a suicide bombing at a

police station killed two

police officers. It was the

second such attack in ten days.

Burp burn burn reports. -

Alicia Byrne reports. The

fighting in Pakistan's Swat

valley may be over 100

kilometres to the west of the

capital but its effects are

again being felt at official

Pakistani installations. The

latest suicide bombing at a if

Islam bad follow twos earlier

attacks, one ten days ago. TRANSLATION: This man says that whatever is happening is

neither good for the country

nor for Islam A week ago Pakistan's military has been

confident that the Swat valley

offensive would be over in

days. It's now saying it could

taking months to security the

whole region. And while the

offensive has America's

support, militant attacks continue elsewhere. This

weekend is also seen as suicide

bombling at a mosque in which

38 people died. It's also

thought that two close aids of

a Pro Taliban cleric were

killed. The violence has forced Pakistan's arts community to

come out and call for peace.

Famous writers from Pakistan's

tribal region reciting words

say Pakistan has become a

prison. Voting has closed in the European parliament

elections with exit polls

showing several national

Governments have performed

badly ch that's thought voter

apathy in recession hit Europe

could favour extremist parties. Many very expected to

vote on domestic issues with

Governments defeated in the

poll. For more, we're joined by

the ABC's Europe correspondent

Philip Williams. Good morning,

thank you for joining us.

Counter is under way right now.

Are there any early results row can tell us

can tell us about? Well, I had

hoped to have a few results out

for the UK, we'll come back to

that, but in Europe, it appears

that President sar sar's party

in France is doing very well.

That's a surprise. It was

thought that those incouple

bents suffering recession and

the same applies to Germany

would do rather badly but it

appears they've come out and

done quite nicely. That is

against the backdrop of very

poor voter turpout. It's

estimated from the exit polls

that only about 43% of the

eligible vote, and this are 370

million people eligible to

vote, actually bothered to do

it so it's a really poor

turpout, the worst they've ever

- turnout, the worst they've

ever had. But it's very significant, particularly for

Gordon Brown and his survival, perhaps within the next 24

hours. I doubt he'd be holding

his breath for a good result,

Phil? He would be praying for a

good result, but I doubt very

very much that he'll get it. A good result would be coming

third. It sounds extraordinary,

but that would be a good result

for him because at the moment

it's quite possible that he'll

come fourth behind the

conservatives, the Lib Dems and

the UK Independents party, and

I've just heard word from one

area down in Cornwall in the

south where it appears the

Labour party is coming sixth

and even the Cornish

Independent's party is beating

the Labour party. It's looking

pretty bad and that's going to

feed very much into the rebels

within his own camp that want

to see him gone and that

pressure will really be applied

to him when Monday strikes here

in London in a few hours

time. So once the results are

in, when if at all would we be

likely to see a challenge to

his leadership be mounted? Well

it could come very quickly. If

they're really disastrous and

clearly disastrous, the rebel

backbenchers may act and try

and get enough signatures to

force a leadership spill. Now,

they need 72 signatures. It's

unclear at this stage if they

have the numbers. There seems

to be some spklitionlation that

they haven't been able to -

there seems to be some

speculation that they haven't

been able to muster enough

people. We've had just the

counsel elections here in

England a couple of days ago,

they went very badly for

Labour. They were down to 23%

of the vote and that's a record

low for Labour as well. It's

looking pretty bad for them.

Gordon Brown - you've never

seen him look better strangely

enough. Some sort offure

Chilean reaction but he was out

today in the up to with

supporters looking quite robust

and cheerful and saying "I'm

going to fight on,". There is

no sense whatsoever that he's

going to quit and if they get

him out of number 10 Downing

Street they're going to have to

do it over his dead body I

think. Who is emerging as the

likeliest challenger? Well,

Alan Johnson is probably the

only name that's really seriously being bounced about

but he would have to be drafted

in. He's the Home Secretary at

the moment. He's not known,

generally. He's just - he's a

clean skin. Seen as an

afterable sort of fellow. A

working class fellow against

David Cameron from the

conservatives who is very much

not working class. There are a

couple of pluses but against

that, he's seen as fairly

colourless, not being well

knownor or loved around the

country. There isn't a single candidate that really stand

out. By the way, one little

technical point from him - he

said, "No way in the world do I

want it." He'd have to be

forced into it. Really, that's

the problem. There is the

Opposition, is actually poorly organise, they haven't got

their act together, the ones

that want to oust Gordon Brown,

and they clearly haven't got a

candidate they can put in his

place. Could anyone win an

election at the point? Probably

not for the Labour party. Each

day has been an exercise in

character building for the

Labour party. What can you tell

us about the leaked emails to

the press from Lord Mandelson? Yes,, Peter

Mandleson, let's go back a bit

many history - he was the arch

sworn enemy of Gordon Brown.

He's now his best mate and

greatest supporter and

organising the defence of

Gordon Brown. 18 months ago

before he was put in this

position he wrote an email to

somebody where he gave some

honest character assessment of

Gordon Brown, and in it he

included the phrases "not

comfortable in his own skin,"

he's angry and insecure."

Hardly ringing endorsements for

the man he's now touting as the greatest leader Britain's ever

had. They were joking about it

together. They had to sit on

the same platform together.

Gordon Brown made a reference

to "I didn't even know you

could email" but it all adds

up, to undermining Gordon

Brown's position but Gordon

Brown seems impreservous to the

lot. He just says that no, he's

got a job to do, to save brip

from the recession and he's the

only person in the world

capable of doing that and he's

not going anywhere. Fog to be

an interesting week in UK

politics. Philip Williams,

thank you. Phil was saying there he's never seen Gordon

Brown look so confident. That's

not saying very much, though

because Gordon Brown always

looks so dreary and downcast

and dischelleed. Sphwr now the

front pages of the - The 'Northern Territory News' says

rival outlaw bikie gangs are

trying to establish themselves

in the NT. The 'Age' reports

further attacks on Indian

students are undermining a PR blitz defending Australia's reputation. Drunken abusive

young women are behind the

growing violence on Melbourne's

streets according to 'Herald

Sun'. The 'Australian' says the

MCC has taken a hit from

within, that's the Melbourne

cricket club, as a prominent

member labels it as

undemocratic old boys

retreat. The'Canberra Times'

reports the ACT is rewarding

good behaviour with conjugal

visits for prison

inmates. The'Mercury' says it's

anti-fox population task force

may be shot down itself. The

Adelaide 'Advertiser' says here

we go again after the Socceroos

qualify for back-to-back World

Cups. And the 'Sydney Morning

Herald' says shshs circle

around Cronulla chief. As new

allegations surface over claims

the club's CEO punched a female

employee. Now if you'd like to

send us your feedback on any of

the stories we're covering

today, you can send emails to:

There's been a high turnout

of voters in Lebanon in an election that has pitted the

western backed a alliance

against the Opposition

Hezbollah-led Coalition. The

result is expected to show a

favourable swing for

Hezbollah. A secret recording

has emerged of Cronulla Sharks

CEO Tony Zappia's offhappeneded

treatment of a former female

employee he allegedly punched

in the face. The NRL has called

on the Cronulla board to urgently review its position. And schools are being

closed in Perth today for the first time as Western Australia health authorities deal with

the threat of intv swine flu.

The State has 14 confirmed

infections while there are more

than 1,000 across the country.

Eachier, hundred of

Australians are rewarded for their leadership and service to

the community.. This year, 558

people from a wide range of

disciplines are receiving

awards including fashion

designer Carla Zampatti and

surgeon Chris O'Brien who kieed

from cancer last week. Today,

fashion designer Carla Zampatti

who is already a member of the Order of Australia, has

received the highest award in

the Queen's Birthday honours, the Companion of the Order of

Australia. After migrating here

from Italy, Miss Zampatti began

her own business in 1965

without any Indonesians or

contacts and says her scees

should be an example to

others.. It's encouraging for

people, new migrants, to think

that they can do it, that this

is the kind of country that

allows people to succeed if

they have the ability. And the zermation. Msz Zampatti who

serves as the chair of the SBS

corporation says she was

honoured to ref an award that

celebrating women in business

and that it indicates how far

Australia has progressed as a

country. , they, women, are

almost expected to be part of

this business framework, but in

my - when I was first starting,

it was my most

unusual. Legendary performer

author and journalist John

Michael Howson says he was

surprised by his medal of the

Order of Australia. When I got

the letter from Government

House Canberra, I thought

they've made a terrible

mistake. But he did conkrood

that he's had a long and

illustrious career with one of

his proudest achievements

co-writing the hit musical

'Dusty' based on the life of

pop icon 'Dusty' dust. Hardly

a days go by if I'm anywhere

that people don't go up and

compliment us anywhere on

'Dusty'. That is great, and

what was even more important,

it attracted an audience of

people who don't normally go to

the theatre. For decades Dr

Jonathan Welch worked in the

music industry as a performer,

conductor and voice coach.

Today he's been honoured to the

community as founder and

director of the Choir of Hard Knocks. I really love the

challenge of this work and

that's what really enspired me

more than anything, I think the

opportunity to also pass on my

skills and play it forward if

you like. Dr Joyce Hill has

been recognised for her services to international

humanitarian aid in China.

She's the founder and director

of the New Hope Foundation in

Beijing which provides foster

care for infants. Lambis

Englezos also gets an award for

his community work after

kick-starting the search for

the remains of the Australian

soldiers buried in from nel

France. And cancer specialist Professor Chris O'Brien has

been posthumously awarded an officer of the Order of Australia for service to the community and medicine. The

well known head and neck

surgeon became familiar to TV

audience on the show RPA. He

was diagnosed with a brain

tumour and spent the last three

years of his life establishing

an integrating cancer centre at

the Royal Prince Alfred

Hospital. Professor O'Brien was

aware of the award before he

died on Friday at age 57. To

figures now - Soon, Vanessa O'Hanlon will

be with us to take a look at

this winter weather.. And also

we'll have a review of some of

the newspapers. This morning

we'll be joined by an drew. Now

with the long weekend sport,

here is Paul Kennedy? Thank

you. After so long, Roger

Federer has won the French

Open. He defeated Swede Robin

Soderling in straight sets

overnight. The score was 6-1,

7-6, 6-4, let's look at the

time two points. - final two

points.

He's not going to miss that

one. An open court. The

forehand volley takes Roger

Federer to match point. APPLAUSE

The Federer dream has come

true. The Pam is now complete.

On a very damp afternoon here

in Paris and the emotion

starting to flow as the man

takes the one title that has

eluded him to equal the record

of 14 grand slam titles. A

handful of people that won all

four maim ors and Federer joins

that group now. So many people

helped me and of course my

lovely wife, who is pregnant,

thank you. Button has won the

Turk yrk formula one Grand

Prix. Web web web came second.

Here is the end of the race.

COMMENTATOR: Here he comes from

another chequered flag. The

Button man wins six out of

seven races and that

championship is getting ever

nearer. Button win, Webber

second for Red Bull. Vettel

third for Red Bull. Huge

frustration there. But Jensen

Button just cannot stop

winning. And we'll go to some

high heights from the cricket

last night, the Twenty20 World

Cup continues. This is the game

between South Africa and

Scotland. Really only one

highlight and that's the catch

from this Scottish player. He

made 42 of his team's 81 later

on but South Africa dominated

that match of course and made

more than 200 so they wop by

130 odd runs. England - which

had an awful weekend getting

beaten by the Dutch, bounced

back last night and peat

Pakistan, England went on to

make 185. That's Kevin Petersen

going out there and they looked

in some trouble there but he

made 50 odd, England made 18 #

and Pakistan responded with

137. So comfortable win there

for the home team at oval and a

relieved captain there Paul Collingwood. An interesting

weekend for the cricket, because of course Australia

lost to the West Indies and now

they have to beat Sri Lanka

just to make it through to the

next stage of that tournament.

You'd have to say on their

current form that they won't

even beat Sri Lanka. Lee was

just pelted around the ground,

27 off one over I think it

was Did you see that interview

with Ricky Ponting after the

match A journalist said aid do

you think you maybe would have

gone a bit better if you had a

Andrew Symonds there? His

answer was brilliant, "maybe,

but I didn't have one." I

noticed he had a bit of a smirk

there. I don't see that he's

having much fun with Twenty20

at the moment so if they get

beaten by Sri Lanka they can

concentrate on the Ashes. It

shows what a different beast

the Twenty20 game is to Test

cricket, doesn't it? It's

completely different. I find it

funny that Australia's got two

of the best Twenty20 players in

the world, dam dam and Matthew

Hayden, because they're retired

they continue play for the

national team. Want to take you

to another incident from the

AFL yesterday. Hawthorn played

Sydney this is big Barry. This

was a magnificent game, really,

hard fought, Sydney were only

four points down at this stage

and they were in front many the

last quarter. Hawthorn it must

be said, despite this incident

sort of taking the headlines.

Hawthorn were great and really

brave despite some injuries but

braul, gave them a big handout

there with three 1,500m

penalties so it went from the Hawthorn's backline all the way. And Adam Goodes just

trying to calm it down. And we

heard of Andrew Symonds, the

final straw, when does it get

to braul and the final straw? I

don't expect that he'll play at

Sydney next year. I'm not sure

what they can do for the rest

of the year. I think everyone

expected - Paul Roos is very

big on discipline and has had

issues with Hall over the last

couple of years, but I'm not

sure - it's very difficult

situation for Roos as is him

coaching down on the sidelines

and having to drag Barry Hall

there and you'll see that he

walks past here and Roos

ignores him. He won't ignore

this behaviour and it's

catch-22 for Paul Roos . Does

he do what people think he

should and discipline Hall,

take him out of the team, maybe

end his career or does he keep

him in the team and consider

the team as a whole. He's given

him so many breaks so far. He's so important to their

structure, just to have Hall

down there allows Adam Goodes

and Michael O'Loughlin to

create Ha yok like they did

yet What sort of penalties can

Hall expect? With modern football they'll probably take

it to the leadership group and

let the players decide maybe,

but people like Brett Kirk

won't look too well at this

sort of behaviour. They're big

on discipline, Sydney, so we'll

watch and see but there was

another game of course. We'll

talk a bit more about the

Socceroos later, a guest coming

in and it's a great result for

the Socceroos to go through to the World Cup but there was another national team running

around on the weekend, that's

the Wallabies and I thought it

was a great start to their

season. It was walkover. There's Sonny Bill

almost getting to the line. He

got smashed there at one the

'Age' by Mortlock and we'll

look at that in a moment. It

was the first time the

Barbarians played in Australia. The Barbarians are

so different every time they

turn out, so it's not like they

had time to prepare or anything. But good for

Australia just to get some

points up and they look pretty

slick. And get some confidence

up. And they'll play Italy this

Saturday and Matt Giteau is if

not the best player in the

world, he's certainly in the

top two or three. They look

pretty strong the Wallabies,

I'm looking forward to a good

season with them and see if

they can when some big Test

matches after these preliminary

ones. Thank you. News Breakfast

can be watched live on the web from anywhere. Just visit:

There's some cold weather

hitting the south-east at the

moment. Here is Vanessa

O'Hanlon. There certainly is. A

flurry of shortfall late on

Saturday with about 10 centimetre falls across

Victoria and NSW over the

weekend. And with a cold week

on the way more is expected a

further to the south-east on

the satellite satellite we can

see that cloud is crossing the

south of sauce and also we were

parts of Victoria and Tasmania.

It's carrying showers. For the

rest of the south-east, cloud

in brisk easterlies will cause

a bit of snow for the alpine

areas but mostly clear over the

north and the west. This week

some cold weather for the

south-east, cold enough for

further snow on the alps as there's widespread rain, small

hail is expected over Tasmania,

Victoria, South Australia and

the southern parts of NSW but

it will be quiet for the rest

of the country with that high.

See you in half an hour.

The top story on News

Breakfast - there's been a high

voter turnout in Lebanon in an

reaction that's pitted a

US-backed alliance against a

Hezbollah-led Coalition. Voting

has finished and experts

predict a possible swing to the

Opposition quieks known as the

March 8th group led by the

powerful Hezbollah. But despite

the change, Lebanon's new

leadership is likely to be made

up of another national unity Government. Middle East

correspondent Anne Barker

reports from Beirut. The

counting has gone into the

night and with a record turnout

of voters, it could take days

to confirm the exact make-up of

Lebanon's new parliament. But a

win by the Opposition led by the Shi'ite militia group

Hezbollah is looking likely. A

Government that would be

consisting of many different

political parties, political

personalities in Lebanon. Under

Lebanese law Muslims vote

separately from complis

Christians and women separate

from men, not for religion

reasons but more for logistics,

although the crowd still need

control. 50,000 security forces

were on the streets. And scores

of international observers

monitored the vote. It's the first time Lebanese have voted

on a single day. Until now elections have always been held

on four consecutive Sundays

which only encouraged vote

buying in the time days as the

early results came in. In this

mostly Muslim nation it's

Christians who hold the key.

They're more or less evenly

split between the two political

camps. But even if the

Hezbollah-led alliance wins,

it's Christians who will hold

the most seats. 35 members of

parliament that are Christian

in coordination with 11 seats with Hezbollah, who is really going to be running the show? An Opposition win would give Hezbollah a role in majority power for the first

time. In reality though it's

likely to share power with the

other side in a national unity Government. It's quite likely that the Cabinet that follows

after this election will again

be a Coalition. The first

official results are expected

later today. In other news this

morning, the Cronulla Sharks

are back in the spotlight for

all the wrong reasons. A secret

recording has emerged of

Cronulla CEO Tony Zappia's

offhanded treatment of a former

female employee who he

allegedly punched in the face.

The recording aired on the

Seven Network last night. The

NRL has called on the board to

urge gently review its position

in relation to Tony Zappia. Health authorities have moved

to contain the latest spike in

swine flu cases in Western

Australia which has 14

confirmed infections. Two

schools will shut and another

will be partially closed. The

increase follows a trip to

Melbourne by an under 12 Perth football club. Australia now

has more than 1,000 case of

swine flu, 870 of those are in Victoria. Family First Senator

Steve Fielding has returned

from his fact finding mission

to the United States with with fresh doubts about climate

change. After attending a Washington climate conference,

he's now questioning whether

global warming is driven by

carbon dioxide or the sun. In

an article in today's

'Australian' newspaper Senator

fielding says the Government

needs to look at whether the

country needs an ETS. Brazil's

navy says it's erecovered three

more bodies believed to be from the Air France plane that

crashed into the last night

last night last week. Five

bodies have been recovered

after the plane carrying 228

people disappeared. Brazilian

officials say other bodies have

also been spotted in the area

and ships are being sent to

recover them. This Queen's

Birthday weekend, 560 people

from a wide range of disciplines are receiving

awards. Surgeon and cancer

specialist Professor O'Brien

was posthumously awardeded an

Order of Australia. He died on

Thursday night from brain

cancer. He was 5 p. Fashion

designer Carla Zampatti has

received the highest a honour, the Companion of the Order of

Australia, for her services to

the business world. In Western

Australia, schools are being

closed for the first time as

the State's health authorities

try to slow the spread of swine

flu. There are 14 confirmed

cases in that state now which

up to a week ago had only

recorded one case. Andrew

O'Connor joins us now from the

ABC Perth news room. Did this

extra spread come as much of a

surprise given that the virus

was so widespread on the east

coast? Well I think West

Australians have been watching

with some bemusement the

outbreak of swine flu, marly on

the east coast - particularly

on the east coast. Up until a

week ago we had only one case,

at time when Victoria was

dealing with more than 300. Our

second case only emerged in the

middle of last week but with

these 14 cases now emerging

here, swine flu is well and

truly entrenched in Western Australia and I think West

Australians are now starting to deal with some of the disruption that the east coast

has been dealing with for

weeks. How would you categorise

the spread in WA? Is it fairly

contained or spread out a

bit? Well at this stage it

seems to be confined to the

aflupt western suburbs of

Perth. It seems to be linked to

this one group of boys who

travelled to Melbourne as part

of a local football trip last

long weekend. Those kids go to

a mix of private and public

schools in the western suburbs,

one of those schools, a primary

score, has closed completely.

That has 100 students after one

of its students was diagnosed

with swine flu. Another scotch

Clem, one of the elite schools

has shut down its middle school

after ten cases, that's five

probably and five confirmed in

its year 6, 7 and christ church

grammar has two students

diagnosed with swine flu. At

this statement it is spreading

but it is confined to the

affluent western suburb and

linked to that one group of

boys who have travelled to Melbourne. What tactics in the

WA health department using to

try to contain the spread of

the yier vus? The school

closures is the first part of

it but there seems to be at the

moment an accept appearance

that there is going to eventally spread lu the general population. What they're trying

to do at the moment is not

contain this disease complete

but really I guess just slow

and limit its spread. At this

statement the disease is

presenting in a very mild form

as it's done elsewhere Wu but

the hell department was saying

yesterday there's no cause to

be unduelly alarmed. They

expect this to spread during

the course of the winter and

will mainly affect kids and

over time they'll develop an

immunity. Thank you.. Camels

were once the only way to

travel in central Australia,

now they're a best. Rav abling

cast cattle stations, nark park

and Aboriginal communities. A

million camels are estimated to

be roaming Australia's vast

interior. Authorities are now

devising a cross border camel plan to deal with the problem

but scientists are warning a

mass cull is needed urgently or

the animals may never be

brought under control. Daniel

Parry reports. Here on this

central Australian cattle

station, there's a plague

ravaging the land. Evidence of

this men jas everywhere. And

these past controlists are on a

mission to these the invaders

at bay. We estimate that this

are about a million camels out there and we know the

population is still increasing,

it's doubling about every nine

years. Over the last few years

they've become basically plague

proportions in the whole

central Australia region. These

animals now roam more than 3

million square kilometres of

land, across South Australia,

Western Australia, the Northern

Territory and Queensland.

Camels are certainly unwelcome

guests here on Curtain Springs

station, a million achor

property just down the road

from Uluru. Over the last 20

years I suppose it's gone if

you shoot the odd camel to now

we're seating well over 1,000 a

year. Any camel I see is

dead. This man runs about 4,000

cattle in this desolate land.

It's tough country to work,

water for the cattle is pumped

from underground and the camels

are unwanted rivals for scarce vegetation. The camels compete

with the feed for the cattle.

So, it is a one hell of a

problem for us. The cam es

completely destroyed the fence

here at rocky's dam em The

water this this dam has prove

yep I have resistible to the

ever thirsty camels and the

owners have been forced to

build a fortress-like fence to

keep them out. Thmpbilities

cable is just over 6mm and has

that 3 tonne breaking strain to

compensate for the strengthen

of the animal because they're

just so strong. Most fences on

this station are nowhere near

that strong and camels walk

straight through the wire,

sometimes dragging the fences

hundred of metres out of the

alignment. The station has

spent 120,000 dollars on fence

repairs in the past year

alone. They just totally

annihilate them. They just pull

the fences completely out of

the ground. But Aboriginal

communities are also struggling

to co-exist with the enormous

camel herd. This place lies on the Northern Territory border with Western Australia where

the desert has among the

highest camel densities in the

country. Animals like this con-Stanley inraid the township

in search of water. Camels have

actually managed to either turn

on taps or knock taps off the

sides of buildings in order to

get access to the town

water. At times there can be

up to 300 to 400 camles just

walking into town. It's quite

surreal to see it. We had a big

mob of camel and they welcome

my... This couple's fence was

torn down, when hundreds of

thirsty cam es rampaged lu the

community at the height of the

drought. Even we had wild

camels running no to get water

out of my little tap and knock

all - knock my fence down. I

see another camel in my yard

and they break into my house. This may look like a

piece of modern art but it's

actually a novel construction

designed to stop nightly

blackouts caused by camels

bringing down the power

lines. He actually got the old

bits out and put them

around. There's too

many...? Lyle Kenny xempfys the

love-hate relationship this

community has with camels. He

recognises the damage being

done by the pests but also has

a soft spot for them. He

adopted also ater after finding

the baby abandoned by its hert.

Now the animal's grown, Lyle

Kenny is not quite sure what to

do with him. I...

The dam is to to property is

so great here that the council

has applied for a 4.5 million dollar Federal infrastructure

grant to camel-proof communes

like Cocker River.. Boundary

fencing, some cattle grids on

major access points in and out

of the communities. But

scientists are warping fencing

is just one part of a much

bigger effort that's

uraniumently needed or else the

country's camel problem may

never be brought under

control. The problems going to

get a lot worse. And in fact I

may get beyond us in terms of

our ability to be able to

manage it effectively. An

alliance of community groups, Aboriginal organisations and

Government agencies in central

Australia has devised a $50

million cross-border plan to

cull camels on a massive scale.

They're now waiting to see how

much the Commonwealth and

others are willing to

contribute. Time is of the

essence, we need to remove over

the next eight years in the

order of a million camels out

of the system. And to do that,

effectively, I think aerial

culling will play a big role. Many believe there's

potential for stations like,

"Curtain Springs to run camels

as a commercial meat operation

but only after the size of the

herd is slashed. For these past

orrialists that can't happen

soon enough. Bring them back to

a manageable number. Put them

behind wire and then you can

start again. The problem is now

to a point, got to stop talking

about it, got to start doing

something.

That report from Mrs Par yes.

You're watching News Breakfast.

The top stories this morning -

there's been a high turnout of

voters in Lebanon in an

election that's pitted the

western backed a lie line against the Hezbollah

Opposition. The results is

expected to show a favourable

swing to Hezbollah. A secret

recording has emerged of

Cronulla Sharks Tony Zappia's

offhadn'ted treatment of a

former female em Ethat heallily

punched in the face. The NRL

has called on the Cronulla

board to uraniumently review

its position. Schools are being

closed in Perth today as the

swine flu outbreak continues.

For a look at the nacial

papers today we're joined by

the editor of plain English

editing and copyrights.

Andrew. Good morning. How are

you. Well, thank you. What's

piqued your interest? There's a

lot going on but the main thing

that's hit the stories which I

know you guys are covering are

the elections in Lebanon so

we've got a situation where

there's two major parties vying

for the outcome and both of

them will determine different

directions which Lebanon will

go. One which is the Sunni led

sort of more American friendly

Saudi backed Coalition, versus,

the Hezbollah people who are a

Shi'ite Coalition, preferred by

the Iran and Syria connection.

The outcome of course will

determine how things sort of go

for Lebanon, moving forward. It

will be interesting to see what

happens. Literally it's up

folding as we speak. They're

going to extraordinary leapts

to get voters into Lebanon to

vote for them?. They've flown

sting like 9,000 Australians

out there. The frequent flier

points would be fantastic! That

must have a lot of money behind

them? That's the case and also

the fact is this election will

be very close, so if you can

get a couple of thousand people

out literally the votes will be

down to a couple of

thousand. There's no postal votes They won't let them do

it. Maybe they've got to deal

with Qantas. I don't know

what's going on there. How do

you read the situation has been

up to now in Syria and what it

could develop into in terms of

the result result of the election.

The situation since they were

accused of assassinating the

PM, it's a hot bed, you know,

who knows where this one will

goment we need to wait till the

election is settled, see see

who ens up leading and then it

will be easy to determine what

will happen. We'll know results

later today It's unfolding in

great. It's the great thing

about current affairs. The

other thing that's unfolding is

Gordon Brown. Unraveleling.

He's unraveling . Poor Gordon

Brown. Part-time over the next

24 hours he'll make some

serious decisions on Gordon's

future. So this is in the... In

the 'Age' and it's got to the point now where they're not

even talking about winning the

next election, they're talking

about how they're going to lose

it. Do we stick with Gordon

Brownon and endure a slow,

painful death, or do we sort of

stick a few knives in his back

get someone else in and die

very quickly from a sudden

election. They've just held a

whole series of council

elections in the UK, and the

Labour party have been

absolutely hammered. They don't

even have a power over any of

the councils at all now and

these are indications of the

national result, well, look,

it's just a game over. I guess

it's just a wake. I thought he

was looking quite shaky in the

weekend on France. He looked

completely grey-faced. He was

getting booed when he arrived

and he wasn't having a good time. Our Europe correspondent

was saying before that he's

really thriving under all this

pressure and intense

speculation? Mpb he's got that

breathing thing. He sort of

breathes in like that. He's

about to have some sort of

attack the whole time. It would

be understandable. Some people

thrive under these conditions.

Personally I prefer not to be

there. The problem over there at the moment is that there's

as Philip Williams was saying,

there's no obvious replacement

for Gordon Brown and the

Opposition is in a bit of a

mess at the moment and suspect

necessarily seen by a lot of

people as a viable alternative

Government. So, where does that

leave the UK? Well the words

trouble and bit of come to

mind. The nationalist fervour

is getting a lot of play in the

UK at the moment. There's a

party that's just been elected

that basically want to talk

take the UK back to the stone

age. Get them out of the EU and

reintroduce the pound and all

this stuff. They're depeg a

look in because of all this

stuff. We could end up with

some very interesting MPs. That's one way of putting

it, dangerous is another. We're

going to the 'Herald Sun'

next. We are. How can you go

bast the herd sun. This is a

classic story. It has all the

makings of a Hollywood screen

play. This 23-year-old dirt

poor South ka coata farmer who

drives into town to buy some

feed for the stock and on the

way stops at convenience store

and buying 18 bucks worth of

lottery tickets. A phone call

later and is $300 million US

richer. The ripe old age of 23

and importantly he's single,

maybe I could get hold of

him I'm spoken for. Something

tells me he won't be single for

long. There are probably a few

young Australian farmers who

wouldn't mind to be in the same

situation? Be a great reality

show. Anyway. He quite

literally, his father was, you

know, existing on buying and

selling scrap metal. They were

barely eking out a living from

the dust in South Dakota. He

sort of - they just had their

mobile home repossessed. It's a

classic story, you know? Interestingly after taxes he'll

only have $100 million which is

still - it's a bit of a penny

poor guy obviously but it's a

bit like, "The fairytale where the prince and the prips es

walk into the sunnet and

nothing is ever thought about

afterwards. But what about to a

dirt poor former who has $100 million? A reality TV show? You've neglected to

mention one point, the town

that he bought the winning

ticket in... Winner. Yes, it's

called winner. He's going to

give Winner back some money or

Winnebago is probably what he

will buy. Have a look at the

continuing ruckses over the

chinl codeal? I was surprised

this one fell over. Anyway.

Damage control mode, swan has come out and said, you know,

open is Australia to Chinese

investment, sorry this was a

commercial decision. To foreign

investment if

general. Obviously. These

things happen. The $24 billion

recapitalsation deal between

Rio and Chinalco fell over,

let's just so and now they've

scrumped into bed with BHP.

It's been welcomed by the UK

investors, but Chinese

steelmakers are worried because

they've created this behem ot a that that will control this and

that. This all comes on the

back of the Chinese trying to

get a 40% reduction in the

price of steel, so it's a

difficult time for the Chinese,

good time for Rio and BHP. Do

you think that China is

entitled to feel like a spurned

lover at the moment? A little

bit I think, Tamara. I think

so, but otensibly, it's a commercial decision and I can

see why it was made. We keep on

hearing how important China is

to the resurgence of the

Australian economy. Let's hope

this zopt undermine that. Quite

possibly. Thank you for coming

in this morning. Good to see

you. A remind they're you can

watch all of News Breakfast if

you like streamed live every

morning:

Paul Kennedy? Thank you.

Roger Federer has won the

French Open. He has now tied

Pete Sampras on 14 grand slam

titles but now considered the

best ever men'stonnis player

because Pete never won in

Paris. The time score was 6-1,

7-6, 6-4. There was a low light

in that match when Federer was

leading 2-1 and there was an

intruder who came on to the

court. This guy calls himself

jimpy jump. He's a Spanish man

and he doesn't like Rafael Nadal because raffia doesn't

barrack for the same soccer

team as him so he wanted to

express his support for

Federer. He now faces 12 months

in prison does Jimmy Jump and

button has won another formula

one grand prix. But the yop has

won all but one race this

season. Web web web equalleded

his best ever race result by

finishing second. It's

disturbing to see that guy

jumping on to the court. Think

back to the Monica Seles

things. Federer himself said he

was a bit scared. It happened

before and it will happen

again. Here is Vanessa O'Hanlon

with a look at the weather..

Records have been broken in

tropical east Queensland. It's

a different story in the south-east where the cloud

that's crossing South Australia

and the western parts of

Victoria is causing showers,

for the rest of the south-east,

cloud and brisk westerlies will

cause a bit of snow for the

alpine areas. For the

south-east, cold weather is on

way as a low pressure system

remains south off Tasmania.

This cold front is also moving

through with strong winds and

widespread showers. Snow on the

alps and small hail over South

Australia, Victoria, Tasmania

and southern NSW. A high will

keep the rest of the country

fairly dry throughout the next

few days.

Still ahead on News Breakfast

- should he stay or should he

go? The de-Lima facing

Britain's PM Gordon

correspondent, Philip Williams, Brown. We'll be speaking to our

from London as the pressure

mounts on Gordon Brown to step

aside. That's coming up after

this short break.

Lebanon on the brink of a

change in Government in an

election keenly watched by the

western world. The krun y

Sharkses are under fire against new and damaging information

about the conduct of the club's

CEO. Schools closed in Perth as

swine flu reaches Australia's

West. And Roger Federer secures

a career grand slam after

taking out the French Open in Paris.

Good morning. It's Monday 8

June, time Tamara Oudyn. And

I'm Joe O'Brien. This top story

on nisz - there's been a high

voter turnout in Lebanon with

a Hezbollah-led the US-backed alliance against

Coalition. Experts predict a

possible swing to Hezbollah

'March 8th group but Lebanon's

new leadership is likely to be

made up of another national unity Government. Or Middle

East correspondent Anne Barker

reports from Beirut. The

counting has gone into the

night. And with a record

turnout of voters it could take

days to confirm the exact

make-up of Lebanon's new

parliament. But a win by the

Opposition led by the sh Shi'ite militia xwroup

Hezbollah is looking likely.. A

Government that would be consisting of many different

political parties. Or the political permities in

Lebanon Under Lebanese law

Muslims vote separately from complisians and women separate

from men. Not for religious

reasons but more for logistics.

Although the crowd still needs

control. 50,000 security forces

were on the streets and scores

of international observers

monitored the vote. It's the

first time Lebanese have voted

op a single cay until now

elections have always been held

on four consecutive Sundays

which only encouraged vote

buying in the final weeks as

the early results came in. This

this mostly Muslim nation it's

Christians who hold the keer.

They're more or less evenly

split between the two political

camps and even if the the

Hezbollah-led alliance wins it's Christians who will hold

the most seats. 35 members of

parliament that are Christian,

in keerndation with 11 seats

with Hezbollah, who is really

going to be running the

show? An Opposition win would

give Hezbollah a role in

majority power for the first

time. In reality though it's

likely to share power with the

other side in a national unity

Government. It's quite likely that the Cabinet that follows after this election will again

be a quieks. The first official

results are expected later

today. And in some breaking

news from Beirut there are no

official results but an

anti-Syrian Coalition has

committee feeted Hezbollah is

being reported this morning and

it's allied in Lebanon's

parliamentary election on

Sunday. The Hezbollah is saying

"we have lost the election. We

accept the result as the will

of the people." So it amps

Hezbollah has lost that

election in Lebanon this

morning. In other news, the

Cronulla Sharks are back in the

spotlight. A secret recording

has emerged of Cronulla CEO

Tony Zappia's offhanded

treatment of a former female

employee he allegedly punched

in the face. The recording

aired on the Seven Network last