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Kevin Rudd stands by his man

- ignoring calls to sack his

besieged Environment

Minister. Queensland votes to

allow altruistic surrogacy, but

not before a marathon

debate. 20 years on South

Africa celebrates Nelson

Mandela's release from

prison. Brumbies recruit Matt

Giteau will miss the Super 14

match because of injury. Good

morning, it's 12 February, I'm Virginia Trioli, I'm Joe

O'Brien, the top story on 'ABC

News Breakfast', the Prime

Minister is continuing to

dismiss calls for the resignation of the Environment

Minister Peter Garrett over his

handling of the Government's

insulation program. Mr Rudd

says Mr Garrett has his full

confidence. The Opposition

demands Peter Garrett quit

after his roof insulation

program was linked to four

deaths, a series of fires and

houses with electrified

ceilings, Mr Garrett says

electricians must undergo

mandatory training from today

if they want to install pink batts. Opposition Treasury Spokesman Joe Hockey says Peter

Garrett received warnings and

should have acted sooner. Peter

Garrett received warnings from

industry groups, State

Governments, including Labour

State Governments, it now

emerges he had warnings from

the unions and even his own

Department. At the end of it

four people are dead. Now, if

that is not a good enough case

for a Minister to resign, then

Kevin Rudd has no integrity in

the way he handles his

Government. Joe Hockey there on

'Lateline', for more Melissa

Clarke joins us from Canberra.

Good morning, it's been a

couple of very intense days for

Peter Garrett. But he seems to

have clung on and survived so

far. He survived a torrid week

at parliament. All the MPs

scattered back to their

electorates as the parliamentary sitting week

comes to an end, it won't

lesson the pressure on Peter

Garrett to stand aside nor the

pressure on Mr Rudd to make him

stand aside. That's likely to

step up. The ABC's AM program

has been told by the Western

Australian Treasurer Troy

Buswell that he, as Consumer

Affairs Minister over there,

that he had spoken to

departmental officials after a

phone Hook off with

Commonwealth Department environmental officials in

April last year with the

environmental Department

officials said there was a 10%

expected failure rate in the

program. Troy Buswell is saying

Environment Department spected from the beginning the

problems in 10% of insulation,

including things like faulty

insulations. Peter Garrett told

the AM program he's not aware

of that figure, that there'd

been a failure rate worked into

any of the programs, but news

like this is not going to help

Peter Garrett's case. He was

hanging tough yesterday, coming

out swinging, prosecuting his

argument and clearly in the

backrooms they've been working

out the time line, and working

out where they can cover-up the

holes in the story. He was

sounding pretty confident. He

was on both the offensive and

the defensive, he was out doing

the media rounds, putting out

his case, rebutting the

Opposition calls, explaining

what he had done and when. He

went into parliament and pre-emptively put out some of

the advice and warnings that he

had received as they were

starting to mount in the

Opposition's hands anyway, so

he got in early there, they are

trying both tactics, he's

determined that he's not in the

wrong, that he acted as he

should in terms of what

regulations are required, and

the fact that he went beyond

what standards were required by

Australian Standards, but that

doesn't at the moment seem to

be enough to satisfy the

concerns raised by the

Opposition, and industry groups

and interestingly for a Labour

Party politician, the unions as

well. Senate hearings continue,

and the Defence Department has

come in for a bit of a

grilling. If you talk about bad

weeks for Peter Garrett, the

Defence Force hasn't had much

of a better one, Senate Estimates continued to reveal

problems with the Defence

Department. The navy had to

restart an inquiry into

allegations that sailors had

organised a sex ledger betting

on how many female colleagues

they could sleep with because

the original inquiry had been

biased, this is another problem

with the military justice

system. We had revelations that

the Air Force's fleet of F1-11s

have been grounded after one

caught fire while performing in

a Singapore air show. The

F1-11s are stuck on the ground,

a day after the latest round of

pay bungles seeing the head of

the army 20 grand over paid,

having to pay it back. It's

been a terrible week for the

myriad of troubles they are Defence Force and exposing a

facing. Melissa Clarke, good to

talk to you. In other news -

Iranian Government supporters

rally in Tehran on the

anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, President Mahmoud

Ahmadinejad used the event to

criticise the west, announcing

Iran enripped uranium to 20%

purity. It was unclear how many

Opposition made it through to

to protest. EU is going to help

Greece out of his debt crisis,

Greece's deficit put pressure

on the euro, and it dominates

the EU summit. Loans from EU

countries were more likely than

cash. After 15 hours of passionate debate the

Queensland parliament passed a

bill to deculise altruistic

surrogacy, meaning is woman

will be allowed to give birth

to another couple's trial, for

no payment, commercial

surrogacy where a woman is paid

to give birth is illegal. In

Adelaide, police have charged a

30-year-old man over a fatal

car bombing in the city's

north, two were killed when a

car exploded in a suburban

street. One victim was a known

criminal, they can't be certain

the incident was related to a

bikie gang. British fashion

designer Alexander McQueen has

been found dead in his London home. Alexander McQueen was nicknamed 'The Hooligan of

English Fashion', with his

trademark close cropped hair

and Doc Martens. In 1996 he was

named the head designer at the

Givenchy. The Chinese Paris couture House of

Government is defending its

handling of the Rio Tinto case,

it says the rights of Stern Hu,

and the other three executives

have been protected, the four

Rio Tinto executives will soon

face court in Shanghai on

charges of bribery and

industrial espionage. The US

and European unions called for

the immediate release of a

Chinese dissident. It's been

seven months since Australian

Stern Hu, and three other Rio

Tinto executives were detained

by Chinese authorities. Now the Australian Government as

confirmed the group will go to

trial to answer charges of

receiving bribes, and stealing

commercial secrets. We

certainly continue to emphasise

to the Chinese authorities the

need for the case to be handled

transparently and

expeditiously. No trial date

has been set and Rio Tinto

maintains its employees are

innocent. It's not the only

case thrusting China's legal system into the international

spotlight. A court in Beijing

has upheld an 11 year sentence

for Prom innocent dissident Liu

Xiaobo, he was found guilty

last year on a charge of

incitement to subvert State

power, his supporters believe

the Government targeted Liu

Xiaobo because of his

involvement in 'Charter 08 ',

a public declaration calling

for increased political freedom

in China, his wife said she

predicted the Appeal Court's decision.

TRANSLATION: I knew from the

start this verdict would be one

thing, an uptolding of the

original verdict because this

Government is that - upholding

of the original verdict. This

Government is that Government,

you can't have expectations of

them. Diplomats from 17

countries and the Europe open

union gathered outside the

courthouse in Beijing to voice

concern over the failed

appeal. Persecution of

individuals for the peaceful

expression of political views

is inconsistent with internationally recognised

norms of human rights. A

spokesman for China's Foreign

Ministery was reluctant to

comment on the verdict, but

said China's internal affairs

and judicial independence

cannot be meddled with. Nelson

Mandela's historic steps to

freedom have been retraced:

former activist led a march

through the gasts of the former

prison near Cape Town

commemorating the anniversary

of Nelson Mandela's release on

11 February 1990. Africa

Correspondent Andrew Geoghegan

revisitors the event of 1990

with some of the key

players. There's Nelson

Mandela, Mr Nelson Mandela, a

free man, taking his first

steps into a new South

Africa. I remember that this is

a day that's an ordinary day,

but is not an ordinary day.

People are just gorgeous and

wonderful. It is like we are on

cloud nine. The release of

Nelson Mandela was a dream come

true for most South Africans.

It signalled the beginning of

the end of Apartheid, a system

of racial Segregation that for

decades stripped the black

majority of many basic

rights. I'm now in a position

to announce that Nelson Mandela

will be released from prison on

Sunday, 11 February at about

3pm For the leader of South

Africa's white minority Government, the decision to

free the world's most famous

political prisoner was simple.

I released him because I

believe that he has served his

full sentence. At that stage

we still had the death

sentence. And while we still

had the death sentence, a life

sentence usually meant 20-25

years. He has served 27 years. And so began South

Africa's radical

transformation. Within four

years Nelson Mandela would be

President of a free and

Democratic country. On both

sides there was an

understanding that that unless

Nelson Mandela was released, unless Nelson Mandela was a

political figure, nothing would

happen. Before he completed his

long walk to freedom. Expectations heaped on Nelson

Mandela were immense. I think

most black people saw him as a

leader, as somebody who could

defeat Apartheid, and there was

a great deal of excitement

among black South Africans, I

think the attitude among white

South Africans was more nixed,

there was a great deal of

trepidation, Whites were told

he was a dangerous terrorists,

many believed that, and I think

many White South Africans were anxious when he was

released. Nelson Mandela was

well aware of the tension. He

had a nation in the palm of his

hand. And his first words to

the world would be

crucial. Today a majority of

South Africans, black and

white, recognise that Apartheid

has no future. CHEERING


It has to be ended by our own

decisive mass action in order

to build peace and security. I

have cherished the idea of a

Democratic and free society in

which all fashions live

together in harmony, and - and

with equal opportunities. It is

an idea which I hope to live

for and to achieve. But if

needs be, it is an idea for

which I am prepared to die. The

Liberator would quickly become

the reconciler, as soon as he

walked out of prison Nelson

Mandela set about uniting the

country. He forged the path of

forgiveness and reconciliation

rather than what many might

have feared would have been his

message of retribution and

revenge, and I mean the world

is still amazed. I mean, that

we should have been able to

make this transition. Where the

world had expected a bloodbath,

racial bloodbath. Today, 20

years on, South Africa is still

dealing with the painful legacy

of the apartheid. Only a tiny

proportion of the black

population enjoys power and

wealth. The majority remain

deprived, and burredened with unacceptably high levels of

unemployment, poverty, crime

and AIDS. Andrew Geoghegan with

that report. Some time this

morning we'll show you terrific

footage of a little while ago

Nelson Mandela arriving in the

South African parliament. A

very frail and shaky - I think

91-year-old Nelson

Mandela. It's still an

inspiration to many people. He

was greeted rapturously in

parliament as expected. Now to

the front pages of newspapers - 'The Australian' Business Council of Australia has

questioned the Federal Government's approach to tax

reform, and urged it to rethink

its stimulus package. 'The

Financial Review' - Telstra

shares tumbled to its lowest

level in three months, fixed

line business has gone

south. 'The Age' Environment

Minister Peter Garrett faces an

attack from unions and the

Opposition for his handling of

the insulation roll-out. A

special investigation team is

preparing a work place blitz to

weed out bullies says 'The

Herald Sun', thousands of fans

were Thunder struck by the

AC/DC in Melbourne. Do you

think Angus Young gets new

school uniforms made as his

body shape might - change over

the years. They keep looking

fresh. He seems to get more of

a run than the lead

singer. He's astonishing.

Sydney says - residents accused

fire authorities of not warming

them of the 2001 bushfires near

warring . Toys and figure ins

are used to smuggle drugs into

Australia says 'The Daily

Telegraph', and Anthony Mundine

graces the front page looking

fierce. Adelaide 'Advertiser' -

deaths of two people killed in

a car explosion in Adelaide.

'The Northern Territory News' -

1,000 Territorians lost their

licence since demerit points

were introduced in 2007. 'The

Canberra Times' - joint coronial hearing to investigate

the cause of three ACT house

fires in the wake of

revelations about the Federal Government's insulation

program. Victims of Storm

Financial are on the brink of a

history-making payout according

to the 'The Courier Mail'. 'The

Mercury' - Tasmanian premier

David Bartlett to kick off the

State Election campaign in

what's tipped to be a bitter

5-week battle. It's been a big

week of news this Friday,

there's a lot going on in

parliament, we revisited discussions about the Emissions

Trading Scheme, and the

Opposition's other version, as

the insulation fas co-. News of

the death of Alexander McQueen,

if you think he was an

inspiration, Virginia was a bit

of a fan. Let us know what you

think. Our email address:

These are the top stories on 'ABC News Breakfast' - the

Prime Minister is standing by

his Environment Minister Peter Garrett despite controversy over his handling of the

Government's insulation

program. The Opposition's

demanding that Mr Garrett quit

after the program was linked to

four deaths. Hundreds of

thousands of pro-government

Iranians rallied to mark the

31st anniversary of the

nation's revolution, President

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used the

rally to attack the West and

said Iran had produced its

first stock of Ukranian

enripped to 20%. Queensland

parliament has passed a bill to decriminalise altrustistic surgery assy, children

important in this arrangement

can have personnelage legally transferred, commercial

surrogacy is still outlawed.

The fashion world is in

mourning today after the death

of cutting-edge British

designer Alexander McQueen. The

40-year-old was found dead in

his London home. The BBC's

David Siletto reports from

London. Alexander McQueen's

shows were a spectacle going

beyond fashion. Grand, Gothic

tailoring, art works as much as

clothes. Some people call me an

artist. You know, I don't see

it as art, just a way of

life. He trained on London I

said Saville row and art

college, he was a designer of

the year within a year or two,

the reason fashion came to

London fashion week. There's

few people you can call real

creators in the fashion world.

Most people follow a trend of

attendancy, there's a handful

in the world, the history of

fashion, 10 of them that are true creators. Alexander

McQueen was one of those. His

body was found this morning at

his home in London. He had

recently lost his mother and

three years ago the suicide of

his mentor Isabella Blow.

Today's news left many shocked

and bewildered. Loim horrified,

I think Alexander McQueen was

somebody so vital and full of

life, and such an important,

relevant figure in both British

and international fashion. His

clothes were regulars on the

red carpet. While business may

have demanded he move his shows

to Paris, his inspiration were

the streets of London and

cutting rooms of Saville

row. He had a flare for

tailoring, he was a quick learner, within a couple of

years, all the time he was

here, he'd learnt a lot how to

make a nice jacket. We was

proud of him, and disappointed

the day he left us, actually.

We was very sad about that,

obviously sad today that he's

passed away. At one point he

was couture House of Givenchy's

chief designer, he didn't last,

he was happyiers with his own

label. We lost one of the most

amazing artists, I don't know,

of my time, everyone's time, I

think personally because he

creates kind of like the most

amazing works of art. It's

sad. His undoubted skill ,

taste for drama and shock,

British fashioners lost one of

its greatest. He was an

extraordinary cutter, he had an

incredible line to his

tailoring which was

amazing. The model there with

the vest that was cut short and

you could see the waist, was

striking. Lady gaga is kind of

the pop queen of the moment,

and really out there. She was

interviewed on CNN just

yesterday and spoke about him

before news of his death,

saying he's on his own plon

planet doesn't need to respond

to trends or what anyone else

is doing, he's pure and from

within, and generally inspires

me. These are the shoes that

Lady gaga was wearing a few

days ago, that's Alexander McQueen's last contribution to

the world of fashion and

design. They are mad. Anyone

who puts on the so-called

armadillo shoes, the one on of

the left not the one on the

right, will tell you they are

meant to be mad, extraordinary

platforms, and turn your feet

into - it sort of turns you

into a creature out of Star

Wars. If you want to look at

them, they are in her latest

video clip 'That Bad Romance

'it looks great. Many people

aren't using traditional fixed

line phones at home any more,

preferring mobiles or wireless connections, a development

surprising our largest telco

Telstra, and the market. Shares

tumbled as a result of the news

and are expected to drop as

shareholders dump the stock,

unconvinced by the turn around

story offered by David Thodey.

Michael Troy reports. The

honeymoon has been short live

for the new head of

Telstra. It's been a

challenging six months, I make

no apology for that. We have a

lot of customer service

operational things to work

through. Results today are not

impressive, he's going to have

to deliver something impressive

to keep the shareholders

happy. It didn't take too long

to see how unimpressed they

were, Telstra shares diving 5%.

The new leaders bravado falling

on deaf ears. I'm feeling good.

I think we are starting to

dress the fundamentals of the

business, and we need to

translate into into top line

growth then I'll feel really

good. In the half to December,

the carrier turned in a profit

of 1.85 billion, down 3.3% on

the previous correspondenting

period. Sales revenue fell

2.5%, total revenue by 3%. The

biggest shock from a near 7%

fall in Telstra's fixed line revenue. It dropped off

quickly, December and January

was more than expected. That's

partly an industry structural

issue as people move to

wireless and is changing

behaviours of the need for the

fixed line phone. Telecommunications writer Stuart Corner believes

Telstra reacted too

slowly. It's a trend evident

for years, if you look at the

figures, two years ago, less

than 5% of homes had a mobile

phone. That figure is almost

10%. It wasn't until mid

December that they came out

with strategies to deal with

what was happening in wireless

and fixed line. There's no

impact, no information. The

market can go on. One theory is Telstra has been too

distracted, with huge resources

tied up in ongoing negotiations

with the Government over the

National Broadband Network, we

want to get this agreed one way

or the other as soon as

possible. We are not driven by

any particular date. We are

working with the Government.

Yes, we want it resolved. It's

very complex. We don't know

which way it will go, whether

they cooperate or compete The

impact between the two

alternatives is big. Whatever

the outcome is going to be, it

will have an enormous impact on

Telstra's business, which I don't think they can factor in

now. Whatever it is, the market

delivered its judgment on the

company strategy, with the

Telstra share price suffering

its biggest one-day fall since 2008. I don't know why anyone

is surprised, telcos have been

insisting that we take up

mobile telephony for 10 years,

we were always going to stop

the fixed lines. I haven't had

a phone at home for five years.

Interesting. Global mining

company Rio Tinto expressed

concern over tax changes in

Australia. The company which

posted a 33% annual profit

increase yesterday urged

caution over tax changes that

could be proposed in the Henry

Tax Review, the review is

expected to recommend scrapping

stayed-based royalties on

mining projects replacing with

a 40% resource rent tax. Stocks

rose overnight after a choppy

starts, as investors welcomed signs of improvement in the

labour and housing markets.

Dowel is up 98 points, NASDAQ 27.

In a few minutes Vanessa

O'Hanlon will be here with a

look at the national weather.

Ahead a daily review of the

newspapers, we'll be joined by

Tim Wilson, from the Institute

of Public Affairs. With sport,

here is Paul Kennedy. A blow

for the Super 14 season, it

kicks off tonight in Perth with

the Western Force versus the

Brumbies, Matt Giteau has been

ruled out with a quadricep

injury, and Rocky Elsom is in

doubt for the clash. It will be

a major blow, the first time

Rocky Elsom would be captain of

Australia, of course, would

play for the ACT Brumbies.

However, there are still plenty

of stars, James O'Connor, with

the ball in picture, and plenty

of interest in that match.

Let's hear from the Brumby's

coach Andy Friend. He's a

special footballer, you don't

want to lose a bloke like that

in Round 1 where you don't need

to. We have ability young

backups , with regard to squad,

there's a healthy squad. Most

teams looking healthy at the

moment. I read that our squad

is better than anyone else's.

We have to perform. We know

that. I mean, we have just as

many Wallaby players running

ut, the Force, theyant the

underdog tag, we'll ton up and

play. Australia will play the

West Indies at the SCG. They

want to clinch the series, the

Aussies are looking in good

shape. The West Indies will

look for form, we'll hear from the West Indies captain, he's

been reminded of his 4-1 prediction. I'm still

confident. I guess I'm going to

keep getting that question over

and over. If it doesn't happen,

we will try to win the next two

games. It's not that difficult

to be honest with you, it's a

little more thought and process

to actually get the job

done. The pleasing thing from

my point of view is we are

developing a bigger squad, more

players are getting opportunities, whether through

injury or opportunity , it's

happened we are getting a squad

with depth and quality about

it. That's the Australian coach

Tim Neilson. We'll look at the

- what is beginning the end of

a big career in basketball. One

of the champions of Australian

sport, really. Tony Ronaldson

is playing out his days at the

New Zealand Breakers, and they

had a great win last night, as

the underdogs against the Gold

Coast Blaze, and it keeps alive

Tony Ronaldson's hopes of going

to the play-offs, they have one

more match against the Cairns

Taipans, if they win and other

results go their way, Ronaldson

could bow out in the final

series, which would we great

for him. He played in the NBL

for 20 seasons, and last year

overtook Andrew Gaze as the

game's record holder, 665

games, I think he'll finish

with at the end of the regular

season. He shot more than

10,000 points. We don't talk

much about him, because he's

finishing his career in New

Zealand. He played a long time

for the Perth Wildcats, and

played in two championships and

Olympic Games. Why would we

have heard more about Andrew

Gaze than him. I guess

particularly because Gaze was a

3-point shooter, and really -

his scoring feats will never be

surpassed. So I guess he

thrilled the crowds with his

scoring ability, Tony,

Ronaldson, they call him 'The

Bear', he works the boards and

gets the rebounds and is more

of a grunt player, less

spectacular than Andrew Gaze

and Gaze played NBA and a

high-profile college season for

Seaton Hall. There's nothing to

take away from Tony Ronaldson's

feats, let's hope they can

sneak into the play-offs and

maybe he can have a dead-cat

bounce, and maybe get close to

the premiership. Thanks for that. 'ABC News Breakfast' can

be watched live on the web from anywhere. Just visit: Now, there were pretty

full-on storms around Melbourne

yesterday afternoon, Vanessa

O'Hanlon. Certainly was, good

morning. It was a very tropical

feel. It caused widespread

damage, flash flooding and

traffic chaos as we see. Plenty

of trees down throughout

Melbourne and SES worked to fix

things up. Melbourne had up to

34mm much rain, the trough

moving through the western half

of Victoria is on the movement

, dominate ing a large portion

of the country, let's see what

is happening on the satellite,

storms will continue across a

large part of the country, we

have a lot of broken cloud

through the Northern Territory

moving to the south-east. Cloud

with heavy showers storms for

the Queensland tropics, a clear

day in Western Australia as a

high pressure system moves

through the south. Here is the

trough causing all the damage

across the south-east. It's

slightly moving north-east, and

will cause heavy rain across

NSW over the weekend. It will

be a stormy weekend for most of

the Northern Territory,

Queensland, NSW and also

Victoria. With the north-east

of South Australia also copping

the rain. In Queensland,

showers and storms in the east.

Heavier in the tropics from a

trough in the Coral Sea, afternoon storms about the

south-west. NSW, showers and

stormy for all areas except up

in the north-east, a top of 33

in Lismore, later in the day,

rain to become heavy in the

south-east. Victoria - showers

and storms moving towards the

east and far north, reaching

the north-east this afternoon,

drizzle along the rest of the

South Coast. Tasmania - showers

about the west, moving to the

central north and north-east.

South Australia - isolated

showers and thunderstorms about

the pastor all and Flinders districts. Light morning

showers along the South Coast.

Western Australia - drizzle

about the South Coast, partly

cloudy and dry along the West

Coast, light to moderate

southerly winds. For the north

- storms about the Kimberley,

fine in Broome. Storms pretty

much across the Northern

Territory heavy about the

south-east. Tomorrow possible

showers in Brisbane. Thundery

stormy day ahead for Sydney.

Heavy rain in Canberra. More on

today's weather in half an


The top story on 'ABC News

Breakfast' - after a torrid

week in parliament, the Environment Minister Peter

Garrett is hanging on to his

job despite Opposition calls

for his resignation over his

handling of the Government's

insulation program. The Prime

Minister says Peter Garrett has

his full confidence, and the

Opposition is still demanding

that Peter Garrett quit after

his roof insulation program was

linked to four deaths, a series

of fires and houses with

electrical risks. Peter Garrett

says electricians must undergo mandatory training from today

if they want to install Pink

Batts under the scheme, saying

training and safety have been

taken seriously. It's important

to know that, in fact, the

department actually undertook a

risk assessment on the basis of

the consultations, wide

consultation s that it had, not

only with State Safety

Authorities, but the industry

as well, and also about

training bodies, as a

consequence of that process,

identified what potential risks

there were in the program, and

the program structure is

designed to meet those risks.

That is why we have, for the

first time, a nationally

accredited training

program. Peter Garrett there on

the '7.30 Report' last night

with a spirited defence. What

do you think about how he

handled the insulation program.

Our email address is:

? In other news - Iranian

Government supporters rallied

in Tehran on the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

used the event to criticise the

west, and also to announce Iran

had already enripped uranium to

20% purity. The Opposition

called on its supporters to

hold their own rallies, it is

unclear how many were able to

make it through the massive

security presence in place to

deter them. After 15 hours of

debate Queensland parliament

passed a bill to decriminalise

altruistic surrogacy, children

born in this arrangement can

now have parentage legally

transferred, but commercial

surrogacy is outlawed. The

Opposition tried to amend the

laws to exclude same-sex

couples and single people, unsuccessfully. A Haitian judge

ruled in favour of the release

of 10 American missionaries

accused of kidnapping children.

The missionaries say they

thought they were helping

children orphaned by last month

said earthquake, it turned out

many had parents who survived

the disaster. Rio Tinto says

it's concerned about the nature

of charges brought against four

of its executives in China, the

four Rio employees, including

Australian citizen Stern Hu are

facing charges in Shanghai on

charges of stealing commercial

secrets and stapting bribe. In

a statement on its website Rio

Tinto hopes for a transparent

and judicious trial. British fashion designer Alexander

McQueen was found dead in his

English home, he was make named the 'The Hooligan of English

Fashion', with close cropped

hair and Doc Martens, in 1996

he was named head designer at

couture House of

Givenchy. Hundreds of thousands

rallied across Iran to mark the

31st anniversary of the country's revolution, Brian

Abbott has more on the story.

It's an annual pilgrimage for

tens of thousands of Iranians,

packing out Azardi Square, in

Freedom Square, to mark the

anniversary of the founding of

the Islamic republic. But

there's a tug of war going on

this year. The Opposition

emboldened by the disputed

presidential election last year

have called on their supporters

to rally today too. One

Opposition website says

security forces fired shots and

tear gas at supporters of

Opposition Leader Mir Hossein

Mousavi. A website quotes

witnesses saying security forces attacked Opposition

Leader Mehdi Karoubi at a rally

shattering the windows of his

car. But it was at Azardi

Square that President Mahmoud

Ahmadinejad revealed the

enriching of Iranian fuel was

under way.

TRANSLATION: I would like to

notify you and announce with a

loud voice that thank god our

Chief Nuclear Negotiator

announced that the production

of fuel at 20% started under

the watchful eye of our


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said

production of 20% enriched

uranium fuel would be trebled

shortly and told the crowd that

Iran has the no-how to enrich

fuel to a higher level. TRANSLATION: Even right now in

the Natanz we have the capacity

to enrich above 20 to 80%,

because we have no need, we

won't do that. Western powers

are unlikely to be reassured

about Iran's nuclear

responsibility from the speech.

Japan and South Korea closing

ranks to pressure North Korea

to return to nuclear

disarmament talks. North

Korea's top en-Roy is in

Beijing for discussions on

resuming the six party

negotiations. North Korea was

predictable high on the agenda

as Foreign Ministers of Japan

and South Korea held high-level talks with Pyongyang demanding

the lifting of UN sanction and

a peace deal with Washington,

Seoul says it's North Korea

that must make the first move.

TRANSLATION: There must be a

return to the 6-way talks by

North Korea and progress on

denuclearisation before a

proposal for a peace treaty and

demand for ending sanctions can

be accepted. A view echoed by

his Chinese counterpart.

TRANSLATION: North Korea has

first to take denuclearisation

measures in order for the peace

agreement negotiations and the

lifting of sanctions, it is

requesting to take place. Their

efforts come as international

efforts towards a revolution

intensified. Visits to

Pyongyang by top officials by

Beijing and the United Nations

were aimed at coaxing North

Korea to return to the

negotiating table. As talks

between North Korea and China

resume in Beijing, South Korea

is pessimistic of a positive outcome.

TRANSLATION: It's a little early to prejudge contact

between China and North Korea

this will lead to a resumption

of six party talks, we hope

this contact continues

positively. The time is not on

Pyongyang's side. Analysts say

North Korea is reeling from the

sanctions with food shortages

expected to worsen this year.

Now the inquest into the Siev

36 boat explosion heard one of the Afghan refugees had

previously come to Australia on

a boat in 1999. The Coroner

granted one of the men who was

on board the boat which

exploded at Ashmore Reef last

April immunity from prosecution

for giving evidence. The

refugees who came to Ashmore

Reef as asylum seekers are

giving their account of what

happened when a fuel explosion

ripped through their boat. Even

before Sabzali Salman started

his evidence, his lawyer

requested a certificate from

the Coroner giving his client

immunity from prosecution, if

he says anything to incriminate

himself. Sabzali Salman's

memory was the same as most of

the former asylum seekers, who

have appeared at the inquest.

He couldn't recall if there

were any problems on deck, just

prior to the explosion, and

didn't know anything about any

petrol being spilled. His

lawyer Ian Reid called for a

suppression of his evidence.

The Coroner said, "No", "What

am I to make about the

credibility of a witness asking

for a certificate because he

has concerns his answers could

incriminate him, but gives us

answer giving a picture of

innocence of any crimes", also giving evidence was Ali-Madad

Talash, who had come to

Australia in 1999 as asylum

seekers, and who the inquest

heard had lived here for four

years. He said he returned to

Afghanistan because he was

worried about his family. But

he decided to make the trip to Australia again after receiving

threats from the Taliban. Ali-Madad Talash said he fell

ill in Indonesia, and tried to

get out of journey but knew

he'd loss, the $9,000 US he

paid to people smugglers, Ali-Madad Talash complained

about the time it took the Navy

to rescue him after the

explosion, the inquest

continues. Australians and

people around the world don't

need to be sold on the beauty

and value of the Great Barrier

Reef, but it could hold the key

to uncovering the long-term history of the climate change. Several researchers are

about to sail around the reef

and are hoping coral samples

will show them what to expect

of the future as well. The

'Greatship Maya' is custom-built to go where reef

science has never been before. 24 researchers from seven different countries are now on

a six-week voyage along the Great Barrier Reef's

Continental Shelf. We would

like to recover fossil coral

reef cores from below the

seabed from a range of water

depths, from about 50 metres to

140 metres. This apparatus will

drill past the modern reef,

where there's no coral to pull

fossilised samples to the

surface. I guess one man's lump

is another man's gold. If you

are a coral reef geologist, but

coral reefs are special, fossil

corals particularly. The Sil

indiccal samples are the

equivalent of library

encyclopedias, indicating sea

levels on the reef, providing a

window for fast temperatures

and salinity levels. The

6-week expedition will cost in

excess of $16 million, it is a

world first, and scientists on

board say the research will be priceless We have an idea of

how the system works, this will

prove it for us, we'll have to

basically think on our toes,

work every single call that

comes up. The real research

won't begin until July, when

the coral fossils are

transferred to Germany for

indepth inspection, scientists

hope the material could shine a

light into the future with

detail how the past affected

the Great Barrier Reef today.

Australia's biggest rock band

has played the first night of

the Black Ice Tour leaving

Melbourne fans somewhat Thunder

struck. A huge afternoon

thunderstorm didn't discourage

61,000-strong crowd and AC/DC

delivered a classic set list of

hard-rock hits. It was AC/DC

first Australian show in nine

years and marks 35 years of

band's career. Look at the

tatts. Fantastic. I did wonder,

yesterday, because it was an astonishing storm sweeping across Melbourne in the afternoon, whether it would

muck up the plans of those

attending to the concert.

Probably added to the

atmosphere. Fantastic to see

the performers and Angus Young

looking youthful. The age range

in the crowd was amazing. You

are watching 'ABC News

Breakfast'. These are the top

stories - the Prime Minister is

standing by his Environment

Minister Peter Garrett. Despite

controversy over his handling

of the Government's insulation

program. The Opposition is demanding that Peter Garrett

quit after the program was

linked to four deaths. Hundreds

of thousands of pro-government Iranians rallied to mark the 31st anniversary of the

nation's revolution, President

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used the

rally to attack the west and

said Iran produced its first

stock of uranium enripped to 20%. And Queensland parliament

has passed a bill to

decriminalise altruistic

surrogassy, children born in an

altruistic surrogacy

arrangement can have their

parentage legally transferred,

but commercial surrogacy is

still outlawed. We'll look at

the national papers, we are

joined by Tim Wilson, from the

Institute of Public Affairs.

Good morning. Good

morning. What do you want to

start off W I think we better

start with the BCA speech by

Graham Bradley, he had a piece

in the - extract of his speech

in the 'The Australian' today,

an op ed of it, he made bold

statements, business has balls,

I think is probably the best

way to say it. Except when it

needs to be bailed out, of

course. Look, they found their

voice, there's arguing that

Australia should not embrace an

Emissions Trading Scheme, we

should slow doing stimulus,

look at repairing Budget

deficits, these are big

statements for a BCA that's

been relaxed. Is this a change

of heart, it's been a business

group that's supported the Rudd

Government in these first

couple of years. I think it's a

significant change in the

attitude of the BCA towards the

Government. They have been working closely with the

Government, but it seems that

they are not interested in

cowtowing to the line as much.

They are seeing the opportunities of the election

year , they have a new

President, which obviously has

a big impact on the direction,

and they are choosing to use

it. Maybe it's a similar change

to the Liberal Party going from

Turnbull to Abbott. Business

needs confidence that there'll

be lead efforts that will stand

up for them. Abbott probably

has a part of it. Let's look at

Page 1 of 'The Age', give us

your view on how Peter Garrett

has got through this week. I

think he had a really difficult

week. That would be the polite

way of putting it, the Opposition grilled him hard.

The ACTU and President Sharan

burrows came out and criticised

Garrett directly, there's been warning signs about the

prospect of the deaths as a

consequence of insulation

program since February last

year. It's a long lead time,

it's a year ago now. They've

had notice that these things

are going to cause a problem.

And it looks like he's losing

friends fast. The PM is

standing by him. I don't know

that it will continue

longer. How far do you extend

Ministerial responsibility, can

you hold Ministers responsible

for outcomes like this, or was

he warned enough to stop

it? Well, I think that's why

Tony Abbott's explanation of

had he been a private business,

what would be the consequence. Board's are a long distance away from what's

the ground. Under some of

the - what's going on, on the

ground. Under some laws he

would have been charged with

industrial manslaughter. It's a

big deal, and a good analogy of

whether he needs to take a

sense of responsibility, his

position will be untenable

if... With the unions. Exactly.

You can't have the Opposition

and unions going at you hammer

and tongs. Your prediction is

he won't survive. If he does

he'll limp along and be a

ineffectual Minister. This is

an email. Why are the parents

of diseased home insulation

workers blaming Peter Garrett

for the death of the children,

shouldn't the blame be focussed

on employers, the buck stops

with them and OH&S practices

have been ignored, employers

should be prosecuted, not Peter

Garrett. We have a situation where the Government pushed

forward significant amounts of

money to making sure there's

insulation programs going into

the country, there weren't

proper safety measures, tests,

making sure that those who installed them were

responsible. Employers have a burden of obligation, it was

the Government that made sure

the programs were going ahead. We have got the first

election of the year on our

hands now. Yes, it will be an

election year, we have

Tasmania, which started. They

are going to the polls for 20

March, we have the Tasmanian

premier David Bartlett and the

Opposition Leader Will Hodgman

fighting it out. Of the Greens

are a significant political player in Tasmania. No-one

knows, they have a funny

electoral system there. It's

going to be a heated contest.

The Business Council in

Tasmania used the start of the

election season to criticise

their Government. It's going to

be a fun year, I think. The

headline on the front page 'The

Mercury' is Tassie's bitter

election started. Where does

the bitterness come from. I

think it comes from different

angles, it's likely or election

analysts including the ABC's

Antony Green says there's

likely to be no clear result.

It will be a mud-slinging fight

between the different parties

to get under their electoral

system where they have multi

member electorates and single

member electorates to get to

the point to take Government in

their own rights. It seems

unlikely that one party will do

that, making for a fascinating

election contest. You mentioned

the unions came out raising

concerns about how Peter

Garrett handled the insulation

program, they are attacking the

Government over cheap foreign

workers, the Government can't

rely on the unions for

unqualified support during the

election year. This is the

CFMEU coming out with what is

often a standard union position

attacking importing of foreign

workers coming into the

country, arguing they are

crowding out local jobseekers,

from the article it seems the

unions are claiming the

Government is using an excuse

of world trade talks to keep Liberalisation going and

bringing foreign workers,

someone who deals with trade

policy, I can say that's

rubbish, it will be interesting

to see how this evolves, the

industry is getting bolchy in

the election year. It would be

rubbish if you asked the fruit

growers, they can't year after

year get people to pick their

fruit. And they say they - the

locals won't take the jobs and

they need to wring them from

overseas. It shows a problem

with immigration, we need

skilled migration, but also

cheap labour, people prepared

to go out and work outside of

capital cities in

non-professional jobs, doing

things most Australians are no

longer interested in doing. We

need that, large numbers of

export jobs are dependent on

making sure the fruits go from

the trees into cans and boxes

and overseas. Now, are you

about to out yourself this

morning as an AC/DC fan. I have

to say. Surprise me. I wish I

could. I am not adverse driving

along the freeway listening to

AC/DC, but I can't say that I'm

a fan. I wasn't at the stayed

um last night and I would have

been deterred from the

weather. Look how many

perform It's a lot. They closed

the roof. They did close the

roof, but I don't know whether

it would be that or the

thousands upon thousands of

AC/DC fans banging their heads.

I don't think I could get into

it enough to enjoy it. I think

it would be wasted on me. Many

did. I have to make a phone

call to see if uncle Alf and

his children, my cousins would

have been at the concert, I

reckon they would have, there's

the age span for you and

younger. Indeed. It's not too

late for you to head bang That

was the first concert in nine

years, I'll be here if they

come back. Nice to see, thanks

so much. With a look at sport

here is Paul Kennedy, maybe

Paul Kennedy is an AC/DC

fan. That's a negative,

Joe. Not a big fan, anyway.

We'll look at the Super 14

first, kicks off this weekend,

the first round of matches, and

the long awaited return of Matt

Giteau to Perth. He left the

Western Force last year, was

supposed to play them, he's

been ruled out with a thigh

injury, he won't play, there's

talk that Rocky Elsom won't

play, which would be a blow for the spectators looking forward

to that in Perth. The Western

Force has lots of stars and

James O'Connor, as you can see

is one of them. Now we'll look

at the cricket. Australia to

play the West Indies in the SCG

today, lock looking to go 3-0

up in the best of five series,

and there'll be some interest

in the crude that turns out.

25,000 watched the first one in

Melbourne. 8,000 in Adelaide.

Let's hope for some decent

weather while that game is on,

and plenty of people to turn up

at the cricket. Tony Ronaldson,

a star of Australian sport in

the last 20 years has - is

playing at the New Zealand

Breakers, he announced his

retirement, the 37-year-old

games games record holder for

the NBL may have his career

extended by one or two matches, because the breakers have won

three games since he announced

his retirement, and they beat

the Gold Coast blaze last

night. There's a chance they'll

go to the play-offs , and Tony

Ronaldson may get to play in

another finals series. He won two championships beforing

playing most of his career with

Perth Wildcats. Speaking of Perth, they'll be disappointed

Matt Giteau is not playing, it

will be a blow if Rocky Elsom

doesn't turn up. He had

hamstring soreness and missed

the trial games, there's a

chance he won't play. Do you

think Chris Gayle his lost a

bit of shine now the prediction

of 4-1 came a cropper. What

shine. Maybe he's failed the

first two games. Basically the

situation with the West Indies

at the moment is that if Chris

Gayle has a day out, they are a

big chance to win. If he fails,

it's like the chances of the

team go with him. They are

missing key players through

injury. He has a very

inexperienced line-up. I hope

for the sake of the crowd at

the SCG that Chris Gayle makes

half a century, and maybe a

century, because that means

there's a contest. Thanks a

lot. Now here is Vanessa

O'Hanlon with a look at the weather. There's showers

around. That's right. There's

still showers in Victoria. We

have a broad trough stretching

from the north-west into the

south-east. It's slightly

moving towards the north-east,

and on the radar we see rain at

the moment over the north-east

of Victoria and also starting

to move to the southern parts

of NSW. There's another trough

we are keeping an eye on over

Queensland, up there the Coral

Sea. A wet day for most of the

States, Queensland - showers

and storms in the east. Heavier

in the tropics from that trough

in the Coral Sea, afternoon

storms about the south-west, a

top of 31 in Brisbane. NSW -

showers and stormy for all

areas except the north-east.

That rain will become heavy in

the south-east. Sydney heading

for a top of 33. Victoria -

showers and storms moving

towards the east and far north

reaching the north-east at the

moment. Drizzle for the rest of

the south, Tasmania - morning

showers about the west, by the

afternoon showers moving

towards the central north and

north-east. For South

Australia, isolated showers and

thunderstorms about the

pastoral and Flinders district.

Light morning showers along the

South Coast. A top of 30

expected in Adelaide. Western

Australia - drizzle about the

South Coast. Cloudy and dry

along the West Coast. Light to

moderate southerly winds.

Northern parts of the WA - fine

around Broome, storms around

the Kimberley and for the

Northern Territory heavy rain

about the south-east, showers

about most of the Northern

Territory. For the weekend -

fine in Adelaide. Hot one in

Perth. Stormy along the East

Coast for Sydney and

Canberra. Lot more ahead for

you an 'ABC News Breakfast', before talking about that,

we'll show you images coming

through to us. You can see

here this is the parliament in

South Africa and Nelson

Mandela, a very frail 91-year-old Nelson Mandela

arriving there at the

parliament for Jacob Zuma's

State of the nation address

commemorating the 20th year

anniversary of his release from

prison. Zuma pledged to boost

South Africa's economic

recovery at that address, as

the country's ready to host Africa's first football World

Cup, but the focus was all on

Nelson Mandela on this 20th anniversary of his

release. There he is sitting

next to his wife Grace, and he

was in parliament for all of

that speech that was delivered

by President Jacob Zuma, many

of the reports I read suggest

his appearance at parliament completely overshadowed the

state of the nation address, as

it would. A big day of

celebration insist South

Africa. Still ahead - nearly a

month on from the Haiti

earthquake aid agencies fear

the hurricane season will

prolong Haitians suffering, to

discuss the situation we'll be

joined by emergencies manager

for Oxfam Australia, Danny

Young. And we'll be talking to

Lisa Millar over in Vancouver,

ahead of the opening of the

Winter Olympics. It started to

snow. She may have seen that,

just a little coming down.

Coming up after the short break

on 'ABC News Breakfast', stay

with us. .

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