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Welcome to the program. How

quickly Tony Abbott's words

have come back if not to haunt

him, at least to embarrass him

a little. On the day he was

elected to Opposition

Leadership Mr Abbott chose for

his first attack on Labor to

describe Kevin Rudd's Emissions

Trading Scheme as a great big

new tax. Surprise, surprise,

the Government is now taunting

Mr Abbott with the same words,

plying them to his parental

leave plan funded by imposing a

new tax on big business. It's

emerged Mr Abbott announced the

plan without taking it to the

party loom, a habit of his

predecessor Murn wul to the

outrage of his colleagues -

Malcolm Turnbull, to the

outrage of his colleagues, Mr

Abbott had to apologise taking

Political Editor Chris that from Mr Rudd's book.

Uhlmann. Tony Abbott told his

partyroom that sometimes it's

better to seek forgiveness than permission. Did you run the

policy past the Coalition

Partyroom before he announced

it. Tony announced a policy

scheme yesterday, it will be debated today in the joint

partyroom. The leader's

decision to unveil a paternity

leave plan took much of his

Shadow Cabinet and backbench by

surprise creating confusion. Are you disappointed

the partyroom wasn't consult

before the announcement of the

policy. The Shadow Cabinet

was consulted. No, it wasn't.

Only some views from sought. Were you consulted on

it before... Yes, I was. The

Coalition leader apologised for

the partyroom for blindsiding

it. He said on occasions it was

necessary to make a leader's

call, but didn't elaborate why

it was one of those times, it's

reasonable to suspect he didn't

think he could get this by his

pear. 1.7% levy on the taxable

income over 5 million a year of

the 3200 companies paying this

would raise $2.7 billion.

Rolling in the baby bonus, this

would be enough to fund 26

weeks of paid parental leave at

an annual income of up to

$150,000 for every woman in the

work force prior to having a

baby. Clearly the message he

wants to get out is he has a

more generous parental leave

program than the Government's

promised 18 weeks at the

minimum wage. We are the party

of Australian families. There

are several problems. First the

detail is scant and a touch

confused. The second is that

Tony Abbott used to oppose this

idea. Voluntary paid maternity

leave, yes, compulsory paid

maternity leave over this

Government's dead body,

frankly, it just won't

happen. I have changed my mind

on this. There's a larger

problem to borrow a line from

Tony Abbott this, is a great

big new about face on tax. His

successful argument against the

Government's Emissions Trading

Scheme is starting to ring

holo. The Coalition will not go

to the election with a new tax,

Emissions Trading Scheme, whether it's stealth, the

whether it's upfront or

straight forward like a carbon

tax, there'll not be new taxes

as part of the Coalition's

policy. That change of

direction can't be disguised no

matter how hard some might

try We don't call it tax, we

cull it an invest. In human

capital. Tony Abbott's tax to

the max strategy hits business

and jobs to hand out money to

high income earners. In what

must be a first, big business

hates the idea, and the Greens

love T Well go Tony, it's a

good policy. The Government

sees its first big opening to

hammer Tony Abbott's character

after weeks of being on the

back foot. This comes back to

Opposition said he never credibility. The Leader of the

believed in it, now he does.

He said he'd never increase

routinely claimed that taxes, now he will. It's

Australia is only one of two

countries in the developed

world that doesn't have paid

parental leave, a Productivity

Commission inquiry says it was

semantics, finding the existing

baby bonus is the equivalent of

14 weeks parental lead at

two-thirds of minimum wage.

That makes the subsidy generous

by world standards. After

examining the option, the

Commission opted for a taxpayer

funded plan. Fully funded

costed scheme introduced

absolutely quarantined from

January next year. The Opposition doesn't think most

people will quibble over the

details, and part of the

strategy is to start a fight

with the big end of town. As

the Prime Minister refused to

commit to a real paid parental

leave scheme for Australia, can

he explain why he's supporting

big business over working

families. Some of those who

have to pay the tax may not be

so big. Mark Damon runs an

engineering firm employing 200

people. It's a bit too much to

take for business. It seems

like we are paying for someone's electoral

promises. The Prime Minister

attacked the plan for its lack

of consultation and the lack of

financial detail. There was fun and games in the joint

partyroom today as people

scratched their head and said,

"Where did this policy come

from". What happened within the

shall we say economic

leadership of those opposite in

deciding whether the approach

put forward was financially

sustainable? It didn't happen

Mr Speaker, because once again

in was policy making on the

run. There's more than a little

irony in that critique, because

those charges are levelled

against Kevin Rudd's health

plan by the States, all want

more detail on how the

financing will work . There are

big issues at play here, things

like the Henry Tax Review, how

a hype oath occasion of 30% of

our GST to healthcare, how does

that fit in with a broader

review of tax. And the

Victorian premier says he's

still wedded to cooperative

federalism but raised questions

about the Prime Minister's

commitment. It has always been

my view and always my view that

I thought that's what the Prime

Minister was also committed to.

I think we've seen movement

away from that philosophy, it's

unfortunate. On one issue

there's no splitting major

parties, they are delightful

about the arrival of the

Indonesian President. He'll be

the first Indonesian Head of

State to address the

parliament. There are few

countries as important to

Australia as Indonesia. There's

few where the relationship is

more complex or strains more evident over the past

year. Political Editor Chris

Uhlmann. Today's headlines

about millions on Defence

travel including luxury resorts

couldn't have come at a more

sensitive time. Later this year

the defence chief will hand the

Rudd Government their wishlist

for what is likely to be the

nation's biggest and ambitious

defence spending program. The next generation of submarines

destined to replace the

troubled and costly

Collins-class submarine, it's a

wishlist with a multibillion

price taing, and given the

checkered performance of the

Collins boats described as

shambolic, many question

whether Australia will make the

same mistakes all over again.

The Defence Force is facing a

series of programs like

Australia's wedge-tail early

warning aircraft and the

conventional army truck running

over-Budget or behind schedule.

Nick Grimm reports.

Modern warfare, it's high

tech, sophisticated and expensive. Australia time and

time again seems to repeat the

mistakes of the past. I have

been Frank about the pact that

there are frustrations and have

been now frustrations for some

time. No-one who has been in

this business for any length of

time would predict the future

would be any different to the

past. That's a gloomy assessment given the recent

past included debacles like the

Seasprite project. The Navy

spending $1.5 billion trying to install state of the art subdetection equipment into 40-year-old helicopters before

the Government cancelled the

project two years ago, without

success. As Australia prepares

to commit itself to its biggest military spending splurge in

the nation's history, there's

little confidence that

Australia's strategic planners

learnt from the past blunders

or figured out how to get the

best bang from the defence buck. Without doing that awful

these projects will risk

wasting huge sums of

money. Noses up. When it comes

to huge sums of money, the two

projects expected to soar the

highest will be new Joint

Strike Fighters for the Air

Force and new submarines for

the Navy. There's a lot of

things to worry about when

planning a future submarine

project. The Collins fleet at

the moment is in a shambolic

state, you'd have to say. Sub

dives to attack depth. As video

of this naval training exercise

demonstrates, Australia's

Collins class submarines can be formidable killing

machines. Enormous blast rips

through the battleship. It's

wrong to describe them as dud

subs, I have observed them,

they are very capable

submarines . But the fleet of

six subs has been plagued with mechanical and design problems

for years, and recently it

emerged that two of Australia's

submarines are seaworthy, two

boats are expected to be out of

service for a total of 4-5

years. The Collins submarine on

its day, is one of the finest conventional submarines in the

world. Yes, we are now getting

towards the end of 10 years of fairly consistent problems with

the fleet. Frustrated naval

chiefs called it disappointing,

while the figure is seeking 5 million in compensation from the Australian submarine

corporation. It is critically

important that we do learn the

many lessons of - from the -

from the Collins program. From

a marketing point of view, it's

everyone's worst nightmare that

right while you are in the

midful a promotional campaign a

major problem occurs. The

ongoing problems with the clins

couldn't have come at a worse

time for ASC, the news broke as leading manufacturers of

non-nuclear conventional

submarines gathered in Sydney,

knowing Australia would be in

the market for a new submarine

to replace the Collins. They

are more complex than a 747 if

you take into account the

machinery, tricks. It's huge I

am not of work for Australian

companies, the stakes are

big. Editor of the Asia-Pacific

defence reporter and defence

review Asia magazines Kym

Bergmann says Australia could

buy a submarine off the shelf

or like the cloins we could

build our own. You select one

company to produce the body of

the car and another company

theing in, and a third one the

transmission, so on and so

forth, then you give all of

those parts to a company that

has never built a car before,

and then you ask them to put it

together. It seems we have an

uncanny knack of choosing a

difficult and complex way of

trying to achieve an outcome. Guided missile

frigates, Wedgetail early

morning aircraft and the job of

choosing trucks for the army is

causing headaches too. Last

year the national audit office found eight major defence

projects are together a total

of more than 31 years behind

shold. I think it's fair to say

the Collins program, where we

need to learn our lessons, I

think there are other major

defence procurements, in fact,

that will be a key part of

informing the future submarine program. Perhaps one of the

Defence Ministers key lessons

will be the controversial Joint

Strike Fighter a plane under

development in the United

States, running behind schedule

and unlikely to do what was

initially promised. It's not a

perfect plane, it has a lot of

faults, it will be more

expensive than we hope, less capable, it will arrive later than we hoped. The US Government sacked the head of

the program, promising to speed

things up. When the US Defence

Secretary Bill line visited

Adelaide's naval shipyards

acknowledges it will come at

higher cost. Development will

cost more, unit costs have gone

up, the important thing is to

get it right and Budget

right. Every time we try

something expensive and complex

we collectively underestimate

the difficulties, and

underestimate the risks

involved. This year the Defence

Department plans to give the

Federal Government its wishlist

for the submarines that will

one day replace the cloins

feet. You can be sure - Collins

fleet. You can be sure what

they are cooking up on Russell

hill is big, complex, expensive

and risky. Hugh White is a

former deputy secretary of the

Defence Department and authored

the 2000 Defence White Paper,

he argues that Australia needs

lots of soibs, but they'd need

to be simple and - submarines,

but to do that they need to be

simply and cheap. My concern

is they'll go for the

Rolls-Royce solution, we'll end

up with a risky boat which we

can afford only to buy a small

number. Some estimates put the

cost of an All-Australian sub

as high as $40 billion. While the Federal Government promised

the new subs will be assembled

in South Australia, experts say

the cost could be kept to a fraction of that sum if they

are built to a foreign manufacturer's specifications without costly modifications. If you get an

80% solution off the shelf,

often that is better than

aiming for 100% solution that

you have to wait years and

expend a lot of dollars to get

and be disappointed with. No,

I don't accept that line of

argument. We need to be masters

of our own destiny, if we are

purchasing an off the shelf

submarine, we are forever going

to go back to whoever that

person was that made the

submarine to find out if we can

fix it, change it and we'd be

dependent on an external party.

Submarines are so fundamental

to the defence strategy, we

have to do it ourselves, it's

part of the growing

up. According to Hugh White the

question is - has the Defence

Department learned anything

from its hard lessons. I'm

uncertain that the people in

defence, the people in

Government have really sat down

and studied and understood what

went wrong with the Seasprite

and what went wrong with the

Collins, until they do that,

talk of learning from our past

mistakes is rhetoric. Nick

Grimm with that report. In an

effort to deal with the

escalating problem of domestic

violence Victoria changed its

laws in 2008 to ensure victims

of domestic violence aren't

further victimised through the

justice system, domestic

violence workers and lawyers

say the changes have not gone

far enough after a woman

seeking police protection,

Bridge, was charged and

convicted of conspiring to

pervert the course of justice.

The concern is that Bridge's

case sends the wrong message,

and contradicts the push to

support, rather than punish

victims of domestic violence.

Jill Singer reports. He drove

me to a remote area by the

beach, he'd punched me in the

face and chipped my tooth, and

then he said he was going to

kill me, and that I was going

to dig my own grave. When he

had calmed down my face was

swollen. He drove away and

laughed and said, "I really

wasn't going to kill you, I

just wanted to see you beg".

His angling mates call him the

big guy. His former de facto

has less affectionate names for

him. Life with Nick Pasenis

was, to put it in one word -

hem. It was torture. Bridge has

given evidence that Niklas

Pasenis often locked her in the

garage and taped her mouth

shut. He repeatedly bashed her,

on two occasions he snapped her arms, they are held together

with metal plates. The

testimony she has given about

being repeatedly raped is too

disturbing to report. Bridge

became well-known to domestic

violence workers and was in and

out of women's refuges. This is

some of the worst domestic

violence I've come in contact

with, and myself and all the

other workers involved have

been really affected just by

hearing about it. So it certainly is at the more

extreme end. In fact one of the

domestic violence workers who

worked with Bridge where are

rang me, so concerned she

suggested we needed to bring in

a torture expert. Serious

assault charges were laid.

Niklas was remanded here at the

Melbourne assessment prison.

But even jail couldn't seem to

stop him controlling every

aspect of Bridge's life. He

arranged to have her followed

by two men, despite an

intervention order he rang her

up to 12 times a day.

Authoritiesy news, they

recorded it and the tapes were

submitted as evidence. Bridge

. Why didn't you take my call

before. Why didn't you answer

my call. He arranged to have her followed by two men, despite an intervention order he rang her up to 12 times a day. Authoritiesy news, they recorded it and the tapes were answer my call. my call before. Why didn't you Bridgland. Why didn't you take submitted as evidence. Deanne

I got a call from a prison

officer with Nick sitting right

next to her. She told me so,

and I could hear him in the

background saying, "Hi Daryl,

love you Daryl" - and that he

was going up for bail. There

was always an issue of bail

when he was in custody, I never

knew when he was going to be

released. While in jail Nick

Pasinis arranged for this man,

his mate to pick up Deanne

Bridgland and take her to the Doncaster police station, where

she provided a statement of non

complaint against Nick Pasinis.

Paul gave evidence that you had

no choice. No. No. And I

didn't. She also dutifully

wrote a letter saying she

wanted him to get bail She just

felt that that was her way to

survive, was to follow

instruction, be compliant and

just go along with whatever he

wanted. So she was fighting for

her life. I believe so,

yes. While women might reach

out in disprags, if they don't have faith that the -

desperation, if they don't have

face that the judicial system

can protect them this, is when

they withdraw complaints

because they are in abject

fear. While police could have

continued the case against

Niklas Pasinis, it was weakened, charges were

dropped. Police took a

different tack which would see

them put Pasinis behind bars

but render his victim

conspiracy to pervert the collateral damage. Charges of

course of justice were named

against Nick and Paul. Deanne

Bridgland was also charged. She

was essentially charged with

agreeing with Nick Pasinis to

assist him in either having him

released from prison or

reducing or mitigating his

culpability. I felt to let

down. I felt like I had no-one

at all to turn to. I mean,

these are the people there were

supposed to be protecting me. I

couldn't believe that they did

it. Victoria Police Code of

Practice states its main aim in

dealing with victims of

domestic violence is to ensure

they are not revictimise the by

the system this, is shared by

the office of public

prosecutions. I current feature of the family violence

protection regime is that

family violence victims should

not be retraumatised by the

justice system, Deanne

Bridgland it appears did not

get that protection. It was

made clear that police knew

Deanne Bridgland was a victim.

The officer who laid the

charges testified that she

thought Pasinis would kill

Deanne Bridgland if she didn't

get away from him. The frogs as

part of their case had to -

prosecution as port of their

case had to and did con concede

that she had been assaulted and

seriously assaulted, and that

the relationship was a violent

relationship. Some people

watching this might find it

hard to understand why victims

are ever prosecuted. Why does

it happen It does seem

unbelievable. In our experience

police improved responses to

family violent victims,

officers don't fully understand unfortunately some police

or appreciate the impact of a traumatised family violence

victim participating in the

prosecution process. The

crown's case was that Deanne

Bridgland was undermining the

system designed to protect her,

even though it was acknowledged

that she suffered battered

woman syndrome. The two

offences she was charged with

carry maximum sentences of 25 years jail. Her lawyers

requested the office of public prosecutions not proceed

claiming there was no public

from in pursuing her through

the courts: The OPP refused. I

don't think they should have

pros duted, it's an appalling

waste of - prosecuted, it's an

appalling waste of public

resources, if we are serious about domestic violence we have

to support the victims,

punishing those who inflict

it. After a 5 week trial by

Deanne Bridgland, she was found

guilty of conspiring and

perverting the course of

justice, she was sentenced to 2

years jail suspended. Paul was

found not guilty. Nick pleaded

guilty and helped the crown

with prosecution of Deanne

Bridgland, seeing his sentence

cut in half to 2.5 years, with

15 month non-parole. In a sense

has justice been done. Nicholas

Pasinis is in jail, his victim

is free I don't think it works.

She has a record of a

conviction, she has a record of

having a two-year sentence imposed. If she makes a make

during the two years, she's at

risk of going into

jament. Despite her ordeal

Deanne Bridgland encourage

victims of domestic violence to

find the courage and assistance

to leave. It's a hard road.

However, it's worth it. And we did approach Victoria's Attorney-General, Victoria

Police and the Director of

Public Prosecutions in that

state to be interviewed for

tonight's story, they all

decline the. That report from

Jill Singer. The story of

Captain William Bligh and the

mutiny on the 'Bounty' is one

of the most enduring in

folklore, spawning Hollywood

books and songs. When the crew

mutein eed Captain William

Bligh and 18 men were cast

adrift. Sailing 14,000

noughtical miles from Tonga to

Timor. Now, more than 200 years

later an international group of

adventurers is recreating that

voyage and raising money for

Motor Neurone Disease, from

Hobart Michael Cuddihy

reports.

It was considered to be one

of the greatest open boat

journeys in maritime history.

They set off with little food

and water, and 48 days later

nearly 4,000 nautical miles

they arrived.

Don McIntyre braved the

blizzards of Antarctica, sailed

solo around the world? Circumnavigated Australia in a

Giro kepter, now he's

contemplating his toughest

journey, this time it's a well-documented journey. You

are sending me to my doom. You

are wrong Christian, I'll take this boat as she floats to

England if I must. Captain

William Bligh and his crew were

cast adrift near tofewa and

sailed to Tonga, there one man

was killed by natives, the

remaining sailors headed west,

4,000 nowical miles later they

reached the Dutch colony of

Copang on the island of

Timore. We are not taking

charts, toilet paper, iPods and

torches. If Captain William

Bligh didn't have it, we don't

get it. Don McIntyre has spent

four years planning the voyage,

on board a lot of gear will be

from the 18th and 19th

centuries as opposed to

satellite navigation. An ok

tant will help them to plan the position. You are basically

read frog here todays the

horizon. Pocket watches will

keep time, the four men on

board will survive on rations

of less than 400 grams a

day. Moultedy ships biscuit.

Very hard. - mouldy ships

biscuit. Very hard. Along for

the journey are teenager Mike

Perham, American Pete Steare

and Englishman David Wilkinson.

The foursome have spent just

three weeks preparing for 50

days at sea. The training's

included lessons on learning

how to right the boat should

heavy seas knock it down.

Apprehensive would be the

right word. At the same time

excited. Excited. It's a unique

experience for all of us. At

times I get a little nervous,

the thought of that much open

ocean, but as far as depending

on the other guys here, I feel

real comfortable with them.

Mike Perham is the youngest

person to sail unassisted

nonstop around the world, he's

just celebrated his 18th

birthday. We don't know what

will happen, what the weather

will do, being in a small boat,

it's hard to say how we'll

cope. We'll all do growing up,

learn what it's like to be in a

confined environment with four

others, you can't say, "Sod it,

I'm out of here", you are stuck

with three others and you have

to put up with it. Mike

Perham's record is in trouble. 16-year-old Queenslander

Jessica Watson is expected home

in late April or early May.

Ironically her record-breaking

attempt is backed by Don

McIntyre. It's getting done by

a girl, it will be funny things

going on. She's amazing, she's

really good value, and she's an

inspiration to everyone, the

reason that we decided to

support her. One of the primary

concerns of the voyage is the

ongoing health of the crew.

That simply means preventing

starvation. We have emergency

food, the temptation will be to

hit it. I'll drive the guys

hard, I have to be careful we

don't physically damage our

bodies. While Tasmania's

beaches might be a long way

from Tonga, the journey isn't

far away. As for Don McIntyre,

he reckons he hasn't quite

realised what he's got himself

into. I don't think it's really

going to hit home until we are

some days into it. We'll be on

our way, all of a sudden it

will be, "Here we are", it will

happen like that, it usually

does. Could be the ingredients

for a Mutiny, Michael Cuddihy

with that report. That's the

program, join us at the same

time tomorrow, for now,

goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI

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