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A rethink of the stimulus

package after revelations of a

cost blow-out. The architect of the Northern Territory

intervention, Mal Brough hits

out at UN claims the emergency

response is racist. A woman who

claims she was raped by a

Carlton footballer accuses

Victorian police of offering

her hush money. And Melbourne

storm star ging is given the

all clear to return to the NRL

- Melbourne Storm Greg Inglis.

Good morning, Friday 28th

August. I'm Joe O'Brien. And

I'm Virginia Trioli. The top

story - the Federal Government

will have to make dramatic

changes to its $42 billion

stick stimulus package, a

report by the Commonwealth

Co-ordinator General has found

the school infrastructure

spending program is facing a

massive cost blow-out. Primary school infrastructure spending

has been - overrun by $1.7

billion, the Rudd Government

stimulus package to ensure says it will revamp its

greater value for money. This

includes allowing schools to

reject excessive building

quotes. The opposition has

labelled the blow-out a

debacle. For more on this Emma

grif itsd joins us from

Canberra. good morning. What's

going to change with the

stimulus spending? A few

things., coming out of this

report yesterday the government

announced it's going to insert

in its guidelines a value-for-money component,

maybe before they thought that

was simply a given. They're

going to stipulate it must

comply with local council

regulations and that

apprentices should be on these

work sites at public primary

schools. It's also put in black

and white the fact that signs talking about the Federal

stay in Government stimulus plan will

stay in place at schools until

March 2011, so voters who are

coming in to cast their ballots

not only in the Federal

election but also in the New

South Wales State election in

March 2011 will be reminded of

who has paid for these new

buildings at their schools. The

criticisms or at least the

findings of the twej, do they

bear out the - of the Commonwealth Co-ordinator

General do they bear out the

criticisms the opposition has

been make for some months

now? I'm not sure you could say that, I'm sure the Opposition

is saying that. If we look at

the budget bottom line, though,

the Government isn't really

talking about this as a cost

blow-out. It's saying it's more

of a top-up for the primary

schools program of about 1.5

billion. It's coming at the

cost of other things

cost of other things they had

originally had in their

stimulus package. The money's

going to come out of public

housing, science and language

centres that were to be built

at high schools and out of energy efficiency homes

package, they're saving $600

million out of that. It's a

major financial rejig of their

pack age. They have had to put

in about an extra 1.5 billion

into the primary schools

building package. One of the main

issues is Mal Brough coming

back into the political circle

and back into the headlines. He

is staunchlly defending his

intervention. He S he is the

man that put it in place. He

has listened to the stories

yesterday coming out of the

United Nations special

United Nations special rapport

teur, James Anaya, this is what

he has had to say. These

measures overtly discriminate

against Aboriginal peoples,

infringe their right of self

determination and stigmatise

already stigma it issed

communities. The emergency

response is incompatible with

Australia's obligations under

the convention on the

Elimination of all Forms of racial discrimination.

racial discrimination. What -

what's been Mal Brough's

response to that? Mal Brough

has been very - really angered

by that. He has made a few

comments, essentially coming to

the fact this is for him not so

much about breeching human

rierts treaties but about the

health and safety of little

children in indigenous

communities. Turning to much

more meaty politics, I guess

the cut and thrust of electoral

politics. The seat of Bradfield

is going to turn into one hell

of a contest, isn't it. It's

going to be interesting to see

who puts their hand up for

that. Today Fairfax newspapers

are saying the former tennis

champion John Alexander is

joining the queue. They're

saying he joined the party just

a few weeks ago. He attended

his first Liberal Party branch

some issues he meeting on Tuesday. He has got

some issues he wants to tackle.

He is concerned about childhood

obesity and wants to set up

more sports facilities. This

blue ribbon seat of Bradfield

on Sydney's North Shore they're

going to have a lot of people

that want to represent them.

Those lucky people. You have to

say that shows a significant

health state, doesn't it,

really for the Liberal Party.

When all these great people

line up for them Yeah, they should feel very

should feel very wanted. That's

right. Emma Griffiths, thanks

so much. In other news a woman

who says she was raped by a

Carlton AFL player 10 years ago

has accused Victorian police of

offering her hush money. The

woman known only as Kate says

police bungled her case and

then orred her 20,000 dollars

to keep quiet. The ABC

understands she's since reached a

understands she's since reached a new confidential settlement.

The woman says police are also investigating allegation that

is another Carlton player had

links to underworld drug

dealers. Research commissioned

by the Federal Attorney-General

has found serious problems with

shared parenting laws. It finds

children in shared care are

more troubled, and distressed

more troubled, and distressed

than those in a stable home

base. The Rudd Government has

commissioned two reviews to

examine the issue. The swine

flu vaccination program is in

disarray because insurers may

not core doctors who administer

the vaccine. Fairfax papers are

reporting insurers are

concerned the vaccine could

infect patients with blood born

diseases. This would lead

doctors open to being sued. The

Australian Medical Association

has called on the Government to

indem nif y doctors. Russia has

charged 8 men with piracy and

kidnapping over the alleged

hijacking of a cargo ship last

month. The men mostly from

Estonia are said to have posed

as police when they boarded the

ship off the coast of Sweden.

The freighter was found weeks

later in the Atlantic Ocean.

There's speculation it may have

been carrying illicit cargo. The motor

The motor cared carrying the

body of US senator Ted Kennedy

has set off from his Cape Cod

home for Boston. He will lie in

repose at the John F Kennedy

Library on Friday, he will be

buried near his brothers in a

private service at the

Arlington National Cemetery on

Saturday. Tens of millions of

Japanese will vote this weekend

in an election almost certain

to sweep aside one of modern

deck si's most

deck si's most successful

political parties. For 54 years

the Liberal Democratic party

has enjoyed almost unbroken

rule. Opinion polls point to a

land slide victory for the

Democratic party of Japan.

Swept along by the electoral cycle, Katsuhito Yokokume has

been crisscrossing this

constituency for weeks. The

27-year-old is a candidate for

27-year-old is a candidate for

the Opposition Democratic Party

of Japan. He might be the son

of a humble truck driver but

polls suggest he could be about

to roll his blue blooded

opponent. The son of former

Prime Minister cois ummi. He want

to change the Government and

put an end to the Koizumi

family using this as a

hereditary seat. Thissed crb the man to

the man to lead one of the

world's most successful

political parties to

annihilation. The Prime Minister Taro Aso has spent

this campaign apologising for

his lack of leadership while

pleading slitr with voters to

hand his party a miracle. Please give me a

chance to fight this election.

I will personally give my

all. If the polls are right Mr

Aso's all means nothing to the

votesers. He was brought.in a

rich family. Mr Aso doesn't

understand the common

people. Like Taro Aso

opposition leader Yukio

Hatoyama is the grandson of a

prime minister, and the sky on

of an - scion of an affluent

industrial party. With your

support we will replace the

Liberal Party's cold blooded

policy with a warm hearted

approach. Compared to the

ruling party I feel that Mr

Yukio Hatoyama cherishes the

people, the ruling party ran the government for themselves.

If the deectic Party of Japan

does manage to break the ruling

party's long grip on power it

will have one group in its

sights - the country's

bureaucrats, the DPA accuses

these mand rins of meddling in

policy and effectively

hijacking government. On the

streets of Kanagawaa opposition candidate Katsuhito Yokokume is

poumeding the pavement and

pumping the pedals. Soon he

could be enjoying the electoral

cycle from within the more

luxurious chambers of the

Japanese Parliament. 70 years

ago this week chill chill's -

Winston Churchill's famous war

rooms became operational.

rooms became operational. An

exhibitings has open to

commemorate the work of many

civilians who helped draft the

speeches and let thars chaiped history. Ther ate significant

others from World War II

working along side Winston

Churchill in his underground

war room in the anals of

history they're there just out

of frame. He thought it evened

out the atmosphere having

civilians working around him.

These telephonists, typists

and secretaries did, what they

saw and how they lived are in

this exhibition. Staff were

given these sun lamps displayed

here too are the battle plans

they helped draft. I do

remember typing the battle

orders. Of course, we were

using those old fashioned waxes

which were hell to type on It

was 75 pence a week ages. I

think ra pound was LAS. We got

2 pounds 10 sillings. -

shilings. Oh I didn't. How did

you get that?

LAUGHTER We will fight on the

beaches, we shall fight on the

landing grounds - This display

marks 70 years since Winston

Churchill first used this

bunker to help plan the war.

It's the first time notes from

one of his speeches draft in

this room has been made

public. He tenned to work long

hours and just naturally assume

other people would work long

hours as well. It was a

beautiful tale of a secretary

taking dictation till 3am. He said no need

said no need to get that really

tonight just have it ready by

tomorrow morning. Most of the

buildings here around White

Hall were damage ed during the

war, the house of commons was

raze ed, Buckingham Palace was

hit too. Virtually the only one

not bombed knurg during the

raids was this one, the bunker. Surrounded by the heads

of the army, navy, Air Force,

even occasionally heads of

State from places like

Australia who were contributing

to cabinet meetings on a

regular basis. It's the one

place if the Nazis wanted to

bomb they should've done but

they never did. Did they not

know about this place? It turns

out they didn't. But the people

who worked here during the war

had no idea, because they

weren't privy to that sort of information. Everyone working

here felt safe, but this letter revealed to the Government

revealed to the Government that

this bunker was not actually

bomb proof.

We'll take a look at front

pages of the major newspapers.

'The Australian' is reporting

the Prime Minister's revamped his economic stimulus

his economic stimulus package,

after warnings it could expose

taxpayers to high costs

delivering those promised new

school buildings. 'The

Australian Financial Review'

reports on the $1.7 billion

bho-out in the cost of the Federal school infrastructure

spending. The 'Sydney Morning

Herald' says the Federal

Government's plan for mass

swine flu immunisations is in

chaos because insurers may not

cover doctors who administer

the shots. The 'Northern

Territory News' claims

authorities may have tried to

authorities may have tried to

cover up the death of a toddler

who was suffering from swine

flu. Business investment in

Victoria has surged over the

past 3 months confounding

everyone including 'The Age'.

The 'Herald Sun' features

photos of the nine captains of

teams vying for the AFL finals

who've united in a TV campaign

to stop street violence in

Melbourne. It seems you hear

about those attacks in

Melbourne every day now. The

Melbourne every day now. The

'Daily Telegraph' reports New

South Wales Premier Nathan Rees has ordered his Ministers and

MPs to get back to work

threatening to sack those who

don't support him. The 'Adelaide Advertiser' says key

companies are lining up to join South Australia's defence

industry resulting in an

employment boom. A concrete eyesore will be torn down as

part of a major revamp of

Hobart's Parliament Square says

the 'The Mercury'. Finally the

'The West Australian' reports the

the new Perth-Bunbury Highway

will be saturated with speed

cameras and police drug and breath testing patrols next

month when it enons. - next

month.

The top stories - the Federal

Government will make dramatic

changes to its $42 billion economic stimulus package amid

warnings of wastage. There are

reports this morning the school infrastructure spending program

has blown out by as much as

$1.7 billion. The former

Minister who oversaw the Northern Territory intervention

has angrily rejected claims by

United Nations official the

program's racist. Mal Brough

says the intervention was

necessary to protect indigenous

children and to break a system

of abuse. A woman who says she

was raped by a Carlton AFL

player 10 years ago has accused

Victorian police of offering

her hush money. The woman known

only as Kate says police

bungled her case then offered

her $20,000 to keep quiet.

James Packer's Crown limited

has blown close to $1.5 billion

in its North American casinos.

The write-downs has analysts

suggest Crown might exit the

market altogether. The late

Kerry Packer was noted for his

Las Vegas gambling sprees

include youing one that

reportedly earned him $33

million. His son James however

is having no such luck on the

famous strip with Crown Limited

writing down the value of its

North American casinos by $1.4

billion. It was an ill-timed

investment, we've seen the US

economy going to a far more of

a recession than say, we

experienced in Australia. And

as a result they paid too much.

Those write-downs saw Crown

posta net loss of $1.2 billion.

However, underlying earnings

grew by 9%. Two Australian cas

os performed well, the gaming

revenues were up solidly,

refurbish ams at Burswood and

Crown have been occurring

through the year, they're

ongoing. That highlights the

strength of those operations

that they could record growth

in earnings even though they

were doing the

refurbishings. The two casinos

returned an all-time record.

Both casinos are off to a solid

start in the new financial

year. Rowan Craigie believes

the refurbishments will lead to

further growth. He says the

group's two casinos in Macau are

benefitting from improving

Asian economiesment Patterson's

MarkOlopolous says now the Crown's

written down its investments in

the US it will take the focus

of Crown's performance in the

troubled US economy. It would

look to me they're looking to

exit those assets altogether,

they may decide to have a fresh

look at the US in years time.

However, Wilson HTM's Henry

Edgar says it's unlikely Crown

is clearing the decks in

preparation for a possible

privatisation. Once they've got

the balance sheet right and the

company right, yeah, I'm sure

they'd love to own it off - out

of the spectre of public view.

But for the moment I think

they do need access to that

sort of capital. While the

economic backdrop remains

challenging row an Craigie says

Crown has one of the strongest

balance sheets among

international gaming companies

with no significant debt

refinancing obligations until

2013.

It's a different story for

Woolies. Woolworths defied

international trends and

delivered an impressive 13%

rise in earnings. The retailers

also among the view to offer

guidance for growth next year.

It said the outlook was

somewhat clouded by the fact

that consumers can no longer

rely on government hand-outs.

While other companies have

struggled to keep their balance

sheets intact, Woolworths has

sailed through the global

financial crisis as though it

didn't happen. Woolworths was

one of the few company that is

didn't have to raise equity

during this period of global

financial meltdown, that shows

you how well we've managed the

business up until this

date. Net profit after tax was

up 13% on a

up 13% on a 5.5% increase am

sales as the company lowered

its cost of doing business. I

think it was continuation of...

Strong ah... Earnings growth

and sales growth that was in

line with expectations. It's

become a pattern for Woolworths

over quite a few years. The

biggest division, supermarkets,

saw pre-tax earnings jump 15%

but the star performer was the

discount department chain Big W

where profit was up by a

quarter. It really just says

when you have a proper plan,

one that's really focused on

the cumpleer and you deliver it

you're in a wonderful position

to have customers choose you rather than someone else.

Consumer electronics including

Dick Smith saw a 19% slump in

earnings after a rebranding of

the business while profit from

hotels grew just 1% reflecting

the generally tough conditions

in that market. The retail

sector has held up well during

the global financial crisis,

with shops like Myer and JB hi

fi reporting big increases in

earnings and David Jones flagging its profits will be

higher than expected. The big

challenges lie ahead as the

effects of the government stimulus package wear off and

consumers are forced to stand

on their own 2 feet. This is

just probably the stand-out

result for... Woolworths is one

of the few giving profit

guidance for this year, at

8-11% growth its prediction is

is only slightly down on last

year.

The finance figures now. Wall

Street stocks pushed higher bol

stered by better than expected

jobs data.

In a few minutes Vanessa

O'Hanlon will be here to look

at the National weather. Then'

review of the newspapers. We're

being joined by the former 'The

Age' rr editor Mike Smith.

no-one knows where the money in

Victoria for investment has

come from. Maybe he can

explain. Melbourne storm player

Greg Inglis will resume his

place in the team this weekend.

The club and the league say the

assault charging he facis will

not be resolved by the end of

the season. In the meantime

they say it is fair his

suspension be lifted. The Storm

face the Roosters Saturday

nightment club official it's

insist they checked with the

League before recalling Inglis.

Let's hear from the League executive. From what we

understand of the matter his

culpability is very much inis dispute and needs to be determined by the courts. There

are no issues outside the court

issue which would require our

intervention. So we won't stand

in the way of him coming back to play for Melbourne Storm

this weekend. Clearly it's not

all over, there's an important

court process that has to

happen. But at this stage we

don't believe it requires us to

step in and stop him playing.

After almost 2.5 hours the AFL

appeals Board last night denied

Lance Franklin the right to

play this weekend. The Hawk was

trying to argue against his

two-week suspension for a bump

on Ben Cousins, after a

marathon hearing the board took

just 5 minutes to throw out

that appeal. It leaves Franklin

on the side licences and the

traditional bump banished

forever. The 'Herald Sun' is

saying the bump is dead. The

Wallabies must overcome a

line-up reshuffle if they're to

win against the Springboks in

Perth this weekend. James Okon

yor has been cleared to play

despite a calf injury. Rocky

Elsom will also play, Ryan

Cross comes in for Berrick

Barnes requiring some tinkering

with that back formation. The

Aussies are zero and 3 in the

tri-nations rr this season so

far. Two professional snooker

players have been questioned by

police over alleged irregular

betting patterns. The

allegations relate to a match

between the two players last

December. The BBC's James

Pearce reports. The UK

championships last December,

Jamesie Burnett was at the

table. 8-3 down. So much money

had been gambled on the final

score being 9-3, the book

makers ith stop ed taking bets

before the game even begun. If

Burnett pot this had black

those betting on 9-3 would've

lost. He overcuts that black

far too thick. Instead McGuire stepped up and potted the

black. The match other, the

final score 9-3. He's massively

overcut it, he's not even hit

the jaw with it. If he was

under pressure...

This is a very poor attempt

by anybody's... That would be a

poor attempt for an oomture. For

a professional it's a very poor

attempt. I just play and try to

win. If there's something else

behind that... It's nothing to

do with me. I'm not interested.

I just play snooker and that's

that. Snooker's really

struggled recently, the new

season starts in less than 2

weeks still half of the events

don't have a sponsor. Whatever

the outcome of the police

investigation it's publicity

the sport can ill-afford. Our

game's been great over the

years, we've only had two

incompetence dents since I've

been a pro, two incidents.

Let's hope the game is still as

clean as I think it is. The investigation's been carried

outs by the Economic crime unit

of Strathclyde police. Two

players were question this had

morning and later released

without charge. Inquiries are

continuing. I enjoyed the look

on that guy's face. That's the

sort of shot I would play. He

was so guilty, wasn't he, when

he went and sat down. The

potential for problems with

betting in snooker must be

huge, but they say they've only

had two problems in 27 years.

Just when you have two

individual players that - the

potential must be so much greater than there is for team

games. I assume so. Once you

get to that elite level, if you

do watch those games, I'm not a

big snooker fan, but I've

watched them, they barely miss

a shot so I guess when they do

miss a shot eyebrow s are

raised. Joe, you've been asking

this week about the traditional

AFL bump. The hip and shoulder.

Shirt front, whatever you want

to call. The 'Herald Sun' is

saying the burn is - bump is

dead. Bemoaning the fact Lance

Franklin got 2 weeks for what

is basic an an every week

occurrence some years ago. How

do you legally take down an

opponent now if you don't bump

'em. You have to tackle. The

instructions from coaches are

you should tackle instead of

bump. Occasionally you get a

circumstance where a player's

eyes will light up and they'll

be able to barrel someone. They

just can't do it any more.

Players will think twice before

even doing what laings Franklin

did, tucking in the elbow and

charging someone. They'll have

to go for the arm ace round to

pull them down rather than just

going in with a shoulder. The

arms are deploy ed you probably

have a better defence because

then you're trying to bring

that player down then you're

getting into holding the ball

territory. It's an interesting

one. Basically there is no

clear answer. I think the

simplest way to say it is that

the rules have been set up so

that they don't have people

knocked out on a regular basis.

I think the league doesn't

want Mums and Dads sending

their kids to Auskick to have

those images on TV. That's the

bottom line. Then the rules are

massaged around that on a case

by case basis. How common has

the bump been in AFL over the

years? Incidents like that you

don't see very often these days

because players are wary of

them. a shirt front used to be

way of disarming a player

really. You just run in and

charge the player and knock him

over, I guess it's the game's

quickened up, coaches like you

to tackle more any. Yep. I

don't think the bump is dead.

LAUGHTER As long as blokes

don't get knocked out. Thanks,

Paul. ABC News Breakfast can be

watched live on the web from

any where. Just visit us.

Now with the weather here is

Vanessa O'Hanlon. It's been a

wet week in Tasmania thanks to

the frontal activity in the

central district butler gornl

has had its west ers period in

over 60 years. a showery day,

cloud in westerlies for

Tasmania's west coast and the

south of Victoria and South

Australia.

Western Australia, showers

and cloud increasing over the

south-west, a cold front passes

the south coast bringing a cold

change. Tomorrow a trough over

western New South Wales

bringing a warmer air mass to

the north, a cold front

entering the

Another front is due to move

through Bass Strait Monday.

Queensland - isolated showers

for inland areas of the

south-east, over the south very

little rain in the high cloud,

fire danger warning in place.

New South Wales patchy rain

about the inland parts, mostly

over the south and central

areas. South-west - chance of a

thunderstorm. Victoria,

isolated showers for the

south-west and about the coast,

rain developing over the north-west in the afternoon

before it moves further

south-east. Tasmania - flood

warnings still current for

northern and western rivers.

Showery for the west, far south

and Bass Strait islands. South

Australia - rain and thunder

about the inland areas

spreading further east, a late

cold change expected to make

its way to the west. 20 degrees

the top in Adelaide. Western

Australia wet and thundery day across the south coast

particularly. Quite windy,

showers for the south and

south-west. WA - another mostly fine day for the Northern

Territory clear and dry. Hot

conditions, a few showers

expected in the Alice. Weekend

- possible showers for Sydney,

top of 27.? In Perth - 16.

Mostly fine in Brisbane.

More weather in half an hour.

The United Nations has

slammed Australia's emergency

intervention into indigenous

communities as overtly

discriminatory. The UN special

reporter on indigenous human

rierts says the 2-year-old

intervention is heavy handed

and breaches at least 3 of

Australia's international

Treaty commitments. James Anaya

spent 11 days with Australia's

indigenous people and his

assessment is harsh. The

emergency intervention that was

supposed to improve lives has

instead only increased

discrimination. These measures

overtly discriminate against

Aboriginal peoples, infringe

their right of self

determination and stigmatise

already stigmatised

communities. The intervention

was initiated to crack down on

child abuse in remote

communities. The UN envoy says

it's gone too far. Any special

measure that enfringes on the

basic rights of indigenous

peoples must be narrowly

tailored, proportional and

necessary to achieve the

legitimate interests being

pursued. In my view, the

Northern Territory emergency

response is not. Professor

Anaya has urged the Australian

Government to immediately

reintroduce the racial

Discrimination Act which was

suspended to enable the

intervention to go ahead. The

emergency response is

incompatible with Australia's

obligations under the

Convention on the Elimination

of all forms of racial discrimination. The Government has made a commitment to

reinstate the operation of the

Racial discrimination Act in the Northern Territory that.

Legislation will come into the Parliament later this

year. That alone won't ease the

special rapporteur's concerns.

While he's applaud ed the

historic apology to Aboriginal

people taken from their

families there's still

unfinished business. There

should be reparations. The

United Nations criticisms

coincide with a new plan to

establish an indigenous he

representtive body in

Australia. The proposal to the

Government is for 128-member

Congress and an 8-person

executive who would be a

day-to-day voice for Aboriginal

people. We've been without a

voice for Aboriginal... Peoples

at a national level for too

long. We've made it clear it

will be establish ed before the

end of this year. But no

promises on whether the new

body will have any teeth. This

morning we've heard the former

Minister in charge of the

intervention Mal Brough has

rejected those claims by the ub

special Rapporteur, Mal Brough

says the intervention was

necessary to protect indigenous

children and break a system of

abuse. Craig on twitter says it is discriminatory. Is there any

doubt of that? What the UN's

position doesn't reflect,

though, is the social reality

in the Northern Territory

rashis says every time people's

freedoms are reduced because

of,000l how they live it is

digs crim Nat ry even if change

can cause improvement.

In other news - a report by the Commonwealth Co-ordinator

General has found the school

infrastructure spending program

is face ing a massive cost blow-out. The 'The Australian Financial Review' reports this

plo-out could be as much as

$1.7 billion. The Rudd

Government says it will revamp

its stimulus package to ensure greater value for money. This

will include allowing schools

to reject excessive building

quotes. A woman who says she

was raped by Carlton footballer

10 years ago has accused

Victorian police of offering

her hush money. She says police

bung thele ed her case then

offered her $20,000 to keep

quiet. The ABC understands

she's since reached a new

confidential sesmt. The woman

says police are also

investigating allegations

another Carlton player had

links to under world drug

dealers. Research into shared

pairchting laws warns in high

conflict families shared

parenting doesn't cater to the

best interests of the child. It

finds children in shared care

are more troubled. The Rudd

Government has commissioned two

reviews to examine the issue.

Russia has charged 8 men with

piracy and kidnapping over the

alleged hijacking of a cargo

ship last month. The men mostly

from Estonia are said to have

posed as police when they

boarded the ship of the coast

of Sweden. The freighter was

found weeks later in the

Atlantic Ocean. There's

speculation it may have been

carrying illicit cargo. The

motorcade carrying the body of

US Senator Ted Kennedy has set

off from his Cape Cod home for

Boston. The veteran politician

will lie in repose at John F

Kennedy Library on Friday, he

will be buried near his brothers in a private service at the Arlington National

Cemetery. On Saturday. Tie

wan's President has approved a

visit to the islandtate by the

Dalai Lama. The move will

undoubtedly anger Beijing. Land

slides caused by typhoon

Morokat killed a round

. The depths of grief among

his citizens, Taiwanese

President has decided invite

China's No. 1 enemy to come and

help ease the burden. We have

decided to invite the Dalai

Lama to Taiwan. To ask him to

pray for the dead and bring

hope to the living. China

accuses exiled Buddhist leader

of heading a separatist

movement. His presence in

Taiwan, will only inflame

tensions just as Beijing and

Taipei appear to be getting

friendlier. The decision to

approve the Dalai Lama's visit

is President Ma's first major

test of how much independence

he was prepared to give up in

the pursuit of closer relations

with Beijing. The move's being

supported by the mayor of the

area worst hit by the typhoon.

As long as the central

government can help and agree

to grant a visa I believe the

Dalai Lama and his delegation

can arrive in Taiwan an August

31st. Ib tet's government in

exile says President Ma should

have nothing to fear from the

Dalai's visit. I think it's a

very good thing for even you

see, for him to come here and visit Taiwan to visit the

people of Taiwan, Taiwan is a

free society, it's a democracy

and these things can not happen

inside chieb. China says it's

resolutely opposed to the visit

according to a statement

carried in the official

newsagency. Whether that will

translate into Beijing back

tracking from recent gains in

its relationship to Taipei

remains to be teen but for the

President the Dalai's visit

will bolster his support. For

Muslims Ramadan is a time of

peace and celebration, in

China's Muslim majority

Xinjiang province this year's

Ramadan is a solid affair.

Ethnic Uighurs are taking stock

of how their lives have changed

after July's deadly riots which

reportedly killed up to 200

people. In Islam, Ramadan is a

mobility of prayer and

reflection, from sun-up to sun

down Muslims observe a fast, to

some Uighuring this Ramadan has

provided much food for thought.

It's it's less fest ive, so

many people have died and you

don't feel very good about it.

In the capital the streets are

quiet. The city's bazaars have

only a few customers, although

the summer months are usually a

boom time for tourists. After

dark, Muslims still flock to night markets to break their

fast. The local delicacies are

as appetise ing as ever. But

there are fewer takers. This

shop owner says the situation

is different now, last year

business was very good, this

year his business is very bad.

Last month's riots between Han

Chinese and ethnic Uighurs

still cast a shadow. Official

Chinese figures say 197 people

died, and 1700 were injuried in

the violence which began July

5th. Lobby group the World

Uighur congress says more than

10,000 Uighurs disappeared.

This week the Chinese President

toured Xinjiang and told locals

victory against the rioters

showed the strength of the

Chinese communist Party and the

people. Some Uighurs are still

traumatised by 9 riots. I hope

the various ethnic groups stay

united, there woman says, "I

hope we can go back to the time

before the July 5th incident

and live a quiet and peaceful

life together". There's still

no trial date for those

arrested in relation to the

riots. He wrote about the rich,

the famous and the murd urous,

gossiped with the stars and feuded with the

Kennedies. Dominic Dunn, the

investigative journalist who

celebrated crime Wrighting was

driven by the murds of of his

own daughter has died of cancer

in New York. Dominic Dunn was

famous for knowing all about

the rich and famous. Hey,

Dominic. I love you, man. I've

read all your books. The

author, jorn ast and hotted hod

producer was even more

interested if crime and

especially murder was

involved. I only cover the

trials of the rich, the

powerful and famous. Bass it is

- because it is different for

them than for other people. His

celebrated coverage spned the

trials of fill Spectre, the the

Beverley Hills brothers Lyle

and Eric men enDaz and OJ

Simpson. Not guilty of the

crime of murder...

I hate defence attorneys who

are all congratulating each

other because they got a guilty

man off. Dominic Dunn came to

the crime files late. He was

driven by the 1984 trial of the

murd urer of his daughter

Dominique Dunn. It was

everything when Dominique was

killed in 1982 that redirected

his whole life. To see what was

injustice, he felt, when it was

his daughter's life. Australian

film making couple, Kirsty

degar ris and Tom Jolly

befriended Dominic Dunn over 3

years making a documentary

about his life. Loved to

gossip. We managed to speak

with him a couple of days ago.

He said to us the last thing he

said was a piece of

gossip. Can't repeat it?. I

think we can repeat

it. Oh... Maybe not. Dominic

Davis Cup as attraction to the

powerful put him on a collision

course with the Kennedy's,

covering the rape case of

William Kennedy Smith then the

murder of trial of Bobby

Kennedy's nephew. He is not a

journalist, he is a gossip

columnist. He is man for whom I have no respect.

have no respect. And I went to

his parents' wedding, by the

way. (Laughs) But Dominic Dunn

also had lots of friends in

high places. And was said to be

working on a tell-all book when

he died.

We'll have to wait for that documentary to find out that

piece of gossip. It's been a

remarkable life. You would

always pick up a copy of

Vanitiy Fair hoping there was a

Dominic Dunn piece in and there

and he was prepared to sit day

after day in the back rows of

those courtrooms. He wrote some fabulous stuff about high

profile cases. When you're

driven by the death of your own

daughter I guess where that's -

that's where that passion comes

from. A 17-year-old Briton, has

become the youngest sailor to

circumnavigate the globe single

handed when he returned to

British waters. Mike perham spent 9 months sail aig round

the world battling 15m waves,

gale force winds and damage to

his yacht during the 40,000km

trip. He says tackling problems

with his auto pilot and rudder

were low moments. Celebrations

inrelief after 157 days at sea.

17-year-old Mike Perham has

sailed into the record books.

He is the youngest person to

ever sail solo a round the

world. And his Dad was at the

finish line to greet him.

Mike's first human contact in

months. Hi, mate. I love you so

much. You too. Over the past 9

months Mike has battled through

50-foot seas which caused him

sea sickness. Down here in the

Southern Ocean... 42 degrees,

getting colder. He slept in

power naps of 20 minutes. And

he's dealt with the solitude of

being at sea. The worst ongoing

part is the loneliness. You're'

on your own, there's no-one

there, no physical contact

whatsoever. What I'd give for a

hug sometimes, or just a

helping hand. Leaving

Portsmouth last November Mike

had intended a non-stop voyage,

but just a month into the trip

auto pilot problems forced him

to dock at the Cane airy

islands. Earlier this year he

crossed the equator heading for

Cape Town and Sydney but en

route he cap sised dealing with

a ripped sail. Then in July a

tug boat collided with the boat

in the Panama canal. He was

then battered by a hurricane.

Rather than dock off the

Cornish coast, Mike has a few

more days at sea. He is going

back to where his challenge

began in Portsmouth coming

full-circle, a home coming

awaits on Saturday for the

record breaker. I don't get

those people! (Laughs) I'll

have to clarify what Jesse

Martin the young Australian

adventurer did and sea how that

compares or shapes up with what

this 17-year-old Briton

achieved. You're watch ing ABC

News Breakfast. The top story -

the Federal Government will

make dramatic changes to the

$42 billion economic stimulus

package amid warnings of wastage. The school infrastructure spending program

has blown out by as much as

$1.7 billion. The former

Minister who oversaw the

Northern Territory intervention

has angrily rejected claims by

United Nations official that

the program is racist. Mal

Brough says the intervention

was necessary to protect

indigenous children and it

break asis emtem of abuse. A

woman who says she was rain

rapped - raped by a Carlton AFL

player 10-year ago has accused Victorian police of offering

her hush money. The woman known

only as Kate says police

bungled her case then offered

her $20,000 to keep quiet.

Looking at the Friday papers,

we're joined by the former editor of the 'The Age', good

morning. Good morning. I'm

developing a theme this week,

it's politics played out

outside of closed doors. I

think we've seen it with

Malcolm Turnbull and public

warnings to his own party about

negotiating with the government

over the ETS. Nathan Rees is up

to something similar it

seems. It seems so, I'm not

quite so sure. I'm sure ABC

Breakfast has a riveting

program but yesterday was

what's known as a slow news day

for the nunts - newspapers t

show this is morning. The

stories were a bit of a

stretch. Show us what you

mean. The Nathan Rees story the

'Daily Telegraph' is one of

them." I will sack them all",

referring to disloyal

Ministers. I can't find

anything in that story where he

actually says that.

LAUGHTER There is a line about

some Labor sources saying maybe

it's an option. The rest of the

story seems to be saying there

is no imminent threat. Shh...

That's the 'Daily Telegraph''

effort on a slow news day.

They're trying to nudge it

along. The 'Herald Sun' has

found a clever way to go with

football and crime. with the

nine captains of the AFL teams

left in the finals race joining

a campaign against strieghte

street violence in Melbourne. I

don't believe the paper

initiate ed the campaign No,

but I think it was planted in that paper because of the sort

of paper it is and they knew

they would love that story.

It's a serious issue in

Melbourne. It's a very clever

way to bring it to public

attention but hardly hot news.

At the same time it's been a

serious story, there are hard

hets heads dealing with it. The

it's important to remember with

crime reporting the great

report by Lincoln Stef ens back

in the hay-days of American

journalism, "I make a crime

wave", where on compactly that

evening on a slow news night

when he's working on the city

police desk he decides there

agency nothing to report so he

and his mates get together,

reporting a few overnight reports from the police

blotter, they do it the next

day and the next day, lo and be

hold New York City is in grip

of a crime wave. I'm enot

trying to down play the

problem. I'm not either. In the last 12 months the availability

of new technology, camera

phones and closed circuit TV.

Every bit of violence all of a

sudden becomes very visible and

graphic: I think that increases

community fears. I don't want

to down play the issue because

it is serious but the way it's

reported heighten it is beyond

what it may otherwise have

been. It increases awareness of

something there may not have

been that level of awareness

before. To see those shots of -

there's 1 shot of a kid being -

choked air round the neck and

collapsing to the floor. To see

that is really shocking and as

you say, we didn't get to see that kind of stuff

before. Yeah, and if that

increased awareness leads to

action that does combat it, and

lead to reduction that's a good

thing. Is it a slow news day on

the front page of 'The Age' as

well? 'The Age' has made a big

call. Victorian boom leads

reCorey - recovery." Boom",

that's a big word in economic

terms. 'The Age' is saying

Victoria is leading a national

recovery, based on one set of

investment figures, may be

sustained, maybe not. That's a

big call. especially when you

look at the 'Adelaide

Advertiser' it's their boom.

LAUGHTER They've got the boom

with increased consumer

confidence and the promise of

thousands and thousands more

jobs in their defence industry.

Those jobs in defence are

maybes. People get sick and

tired of the negativity or what

they see as the negativity the

media so maybe they'll be happy

to see some positive

stories. And why not. We need

them, don't we. We do. I might

be showing my east coast bias

here but I'm more likely to

believe a Melbourne-led boom

than an Adelaide-led boom. I

think the Victorian one has a

little bit more substance. But

one report is not a boom. Is

that ex-editor code for "I

wouldn't have done that" Ah,

yes. I think" boom" in the

economic context, it's a huge

word. It's a small word that

fits in a headline but it

carries great meaning. I don't think that word's justified in

that case. I think you

represent some old value that

is may have passed us by. Well,

it's true. Those key words that

you instinctively as a

newspaper man, you

instinctively have a bit of a

recoil response from, they're

thrown around like confetti

now. They are. I think that is

a feature of the media in

recent years, the mag nif

ication, news itself is mag

nificsation, the media is mag

nif ication. the shrinking of

the news cycle is leading to

more mag nif ication and mag

nif ication on mag nif ication I

think 'Surge' would've been a

more appropriate word for me

and just as short. You don't

think those apreaches were

adopted by newspaper people

ten, 15 years ago? Of course

they were, especially in the

tabloid world. Yeah, but I

think it's much more common

now, particularly amongst our

broadsheet papers and what we

used to call our serious media.

There's a lot of broadsheet

papers now that are tabloids in

broadsheet clothing. 'The

Australian', let's look at that. National papers, 'The Australian' and the 'The Australian Financial Review'

are going on the revamp of the Rudd stimulus package

particularly in schools. It's

probably the main political

story of the day. I still think

there is a little less to it

than meets the eye, a 3.5% shift in funding on the stimulus package, more to

schools, less to something

else. I don't think it amounts to

what 'The Australian' calls a

dramatic reconfiguration. I

think it's a slight tweaking.

There has been a lot of pressure on the Federal

Government over this issue and

questions aboutle the schools program. There has,

particularly by 'The Australian', there has been a

relentless campaign The really

really interesting to me part

of that is where the money's

coming from, cutbacks to public

housing when that was one of

Kevin Rudd's key election promises, that's wherener'

cribbing the money from. And

Green Australia, money from the

insulation money to subside

insulation, the demand if that

has been lower than expected

the. Maybe we're not as green

as we think we are. Maybe the government's not what we

thought it was. Good to see

you. Thanks. You can watch all

of ABC News Breakfast streamed

live every morning. The address

-

Here is Paul Kennedy.

Melbourne Storm player Greg

Inglis will resume his place in

the team this weekend, the club

hain the league say the assault

charge Greg Inglis faces will

not be resolved by the end of

the season, in the meantime

they say it's fair his

suspension be lifted. The Storm

face the Roosters Saturday

night. Almost 2.5 hours after

the AFL appeals Board started

to hear the Lance Franklin case

it was decided within just 5

minutes. Lance Franklin was

trying to argue against the

two-week suspension if a bump

on Ben Cousins. The board

decided that he had no case and

won't play this week or the

first final if the Hawks are to

make it. The Wallabies must

overcome a line-up reshuffle if

they're to win against the

Springboks in Perth this

weekend. James O'Connor has

been cleared to play despite a

calf injury, Rocky Elsom has

been cleared to play, Ryan

Cross comes in to play at

inside centre for Berrick

Barnes, the Aussies are zero

and three in the trimaigs this

is season. A little bit of

cricket news - England played

Ireland overnight in 1 day

international, just scraped

home. The English made 203,

reduced for rain. The Irish

fell 3 runs short of the

target. That's a pretty big

shock, isn't it? Yeah. Maybe

they're celebrating their Ashes

win too hard. Ravi bap ar ar

came back and made a duck. He

is not having a good time of

it. Jamie Cox, a selector has

conceded he made a mistake - or

he was among those people that

made a mistake by not playing

the spinner in the fifth Test,

he said half an hour into day

one he realise it had was a

spinnic deck and they should've

had haur its there - haur its

there. Hauritz there.has conceded he made a mistake - or he was among those people that made a mistake by not playing the spinner in the fifth Test, he said half an hour into day one he realise it had was a spinnic deck and they should've had Hauritz there - Hauritz there. Hauritzhas conceded he made a mistake - or he was among those people that made a mistake by not playing the spinner in the fifth Test, he said half an hour into day one

he realise it had was a spinnic deck and they should've had Hauritz there - Hauritz there. Hauritz there. You thought

Jesse Martin had done something

better re the sailing solo. We

knew Jesse Martin did it as

well. Jesse left when he was 17

and got home when he was 18.

This guy from Briton left when

he was 16 and got home when he

was 17. Jesse has just been

outdone. Poor old Jesse Martin.

He went on another trip but had

to call it off because there

was a mutiny brewing, probably

doesn't diminish his

achievements. Beaten by a

birthday. Here is Vanessa O'Hanlon with a look at the

weather. A wet Saturday ahead

for the south-east. showery

weather, cloud, westerly winds

across Tasmania's west coast.

Patchry rain and storms over

the interior spread ing towards

the Society south and east. In Western Australia showers and

cloud increasing over the

south-west as a cold front

passes the south coast with a

cold change.

A cold front will enter the

south-east. A cool change also

expected for Queensland,

temperatures will drop to 10

degrees in Brisbane. Isolated

showers in the afternoon for

inland areas of the south-east.

New South Wales - patchy rain

about the inland parts. Mostly

over the south and central areas, south-west also the chance of a thunderstorm.

Victoria - isolated showers

for the south-west and about

the coast, rain developing over

the north-west during the

afternoon before it moves

further south-east. Tasmania -

flood warnings and watches current for northern and western rivers. Showery for the

west, far south and Bass Strait

ieds. South Australia - the

rain and thunder ibland will

spread further east. Late cold

change. Western Australia - wet

and nundry. Windy with showers

for the south and south-west

regions. WA's north - mostly fine. Northern Territory -

mostly clear and dry, hot

conditions.

Possible showers expected in

Sydney for the weekend in

Sydney. Rain through Canberra

at times. And in Melbourne.

Some live pictures in now

from Boston. That's where the

coffin holding Senator Edward

Kennedy has arrived. He will

lie in repose at the John F

Kennedy Library before a

funeral sever then he will be

laid at rest at Arlington

National Cemetery. More for you

after this short break.

The government bows to

concerns about the stimulus

package after revelations of a

billion dollars billion dollars blow-out. blow-out. The architect of the

Northern Territory intervention

Mal Brough hits out at UN

claims that the emergency

response is racist. A woman who

says she was raped by a Carlton

footballer accuses of Victorian

police of offering her hush

money. And Melbourne Storm star

Greg Inglis is given the

all-clear to return to the NRL.

Good morning. Friday 28th

oigist, I'm Joe O'Brien. I'm

Virginia Trioli. The top story

- the Federal Government will

make dramatic change