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today was a day when the Prime

Minister's words came back to

haunt him big time. Late last

year, when the Opposition was

demabdsing a delay in the

Government's Emissions Trading

Scheme until after the Copenhagen summit, Kevin Rudd

accused him of absolute

political cowardis, and an

absolute failure of leadership. He also He also described climate

change as the greatest moral,

economic and

challenge of our generation. challenge oion. Now,

Now, he has postponed the ETS

for three years at least, and

what was once a central plank

in Labor's first-term agenda is

now at the bottom of the pile.

Political editor Chris Uhlmann.

Climate change is... the

great moral challenge of our

generation. To delay any

longer would be reckless and irresponsible for our Chee and

for our environment. - for our economy and for or

environment. The fact is long

er we delay our response to

climate change the harder our

job will become and the more it

will cost. We cannot run and we

cannot hide. We confrant the

great, moral and environmental

challenge of our

generation. That's now a very

inconvenient truth. The implementation of a carbon implementation of

pollution reduction scheme in

Australia will, therefore, be

extended until after the

conclusion of the current Kyoto commitment period, which finishes at the end of

2012. The Government's put

plans for an Emissions Trading

Scheme on ice, that was to be

the centre piece of the centre piece of its

response to climate change.

Part of the argument for

raising the white flag is that the emissions trading bill

cannot clear the hurdle of the

Senate where the Opposition,

the Greens and Independents

have twice voted it down. The

Opposition have decide ed to

backflip on its historical

commitment to bringing in a

carbon pollution reduction

scheme and there's been slow

progress in the realisation of

global action on climate

change. These two factors ether change. These two factors

together inevitably mean

together inevitably mean that

carbon pollution reduction the im - implementation of a

scheme in Australia will be

Adelaide. But if the Prime

Minister really wanted an

emissions trading scheme, he

could have it this year. He

could use the fact that his

bill has twice been rejected by

the Senate to ask the the Senate to ask

both houses of Parliament, if Governor-General to dissolve

he won the election then his

bill would pass in a giant

sitting of those sitting of those houses. Mr

Rudd has a challenge on his hands. Why has he run away from

what he said was the greatest moral challenge of our

time? The other argument for

delay is that Australia needs

to wait and see what the rest

of the world does when the

Kyoto agreement expires in 2 20 12. That will provide f, therefore, the Australian Government at that time at the

end of 2012 with a better

position to assess the level of

global action on climate change

prior to Tim plementdation of a

CPRS in Australia. That is also

a tough case to mustiner the

the Prime Minister wake of a blister ing attack

the Prime Minister launched

last year. Then he ridicule ed

those who dared suggest waiting

even a few months for the

outcome of the Copenhagen

climate conference. What

absolute political cowardis.

What absolute failure of leadership. What absolute

failure of logic. The Innes

capable logic of this approach

is if every nation makes the

decision not to act until

others have done so, then

others have done so, then no

nation will ever act. Given

there is no practical argument there is no for

for delay, there must be a

political argument: Just simply political argument: Just

is not going to take action

because the big end of town

doesn't want it. The Australian

people do. But perhaps the

Government's going cold on emissions trading because its

polling shows the electorate's cooling on global warmling.

What was a huge political

positive in 2006 is becoming a

liability. Since 2006, the Lowy liability. Since 2006, the

Institute has conducted a

yearly poll which asks whether

Australians should take action

on climate change, even if it

involves significant cost. 68%

of those polled agreed with

that proposition in 2006. That

is now down to 46%. I think

back in 2006-07 when we were

polling there was combination

of factors. There was the Al

Gore movie, the Stern review,

there was white ranging drought

and fires and so on and people

I think had started to make the

connection between climate

change and some of these natural disasters that were

happening. I think roll forward

a few years you have the

problems with the Copenhagen

climate change talk, you've got

some doubts raised biabout the

science around climate change,

and the fact that the - the

drought is no long wer us and

it's start ed to rain again. So

I think all of those sorts of

things play into public

expectations and

perceptions. Action on climate

change was a toe temic part of change was a toe temic part

the argument for the future

that Kevin Rudd campaigned on

in 2007. His first act as Prime

Minister was to ratify the

Kyoto agreement to the applause

of the world. The Government

used climate change adds a club

to bludgeon the Opposition for

two years, and and it beat two

Opposition leaders to death.

Brendan Nelson was killed off

for arguing for delay. Malcolm

Turnbull for desperately trying

to meet the Government's

December deadline. A major

political party must have a credible policy on climate change. There is another

benefit in abandoning emissions

tradesing. Over the next four

year, compensation associated

with the scheme was estimated

to cost the budget $2.7

billion. Now that money can be

saved. Going halfway to offsets

the $5 billion the Prime

Minister just spent cobbling

together his health deal with

the State an health is the

issue Kevin Rudd wants to

campaign on. Today he went out

hard against the Coalition for

blocking another part of his

agenda in the Senate. Means testing the private health

insurance rebate. It's

reckless, it's irresponsible,

and it's opposition for

opposition's sake and this

measure should be allowed to

pass in order to deliver pass in order to deliver more hospital beds, more doct

Organisation and nurses for working family, pension

relevance and carers

everywhere. The health

insurance Bill is another

double dissolution trigger and

that that gun could be fired as

late as August 2010. But if the Government does call a double

dissolution, how could it argue

it shouldn't find that election on its climate on its climate change

bill? What was the greatest

moral challenge last year has

become the greatest

inconvenience this year. It is

hard to see how the Government

can walk back from its myriad

of bold statements on the

desperate need forret putting a

price on carbon without

damaging its likability. If you

believe climate change is the

greatest moral and economic

challenge of our age, you

wouldn't retreat because if you

did people might begin to

wonder what you actually

believe in. Political editor

Chris Uhlmann. It was the worst

kept secret in the west, and

the end of the line for yet another controversial character

in the State's colourful

Parliament. Today, the troubled

Treasurer, Troy Buswell, was

forced to resign after

admitting to a cross-bench

affair with a Greens MP and to

travel s amounting to just a few hundred dollars. The timing

was unfortunate. Mr Buswell's

demise was left Premier Colin Barnett with little choice Baw

to take on the Treasurer's job

himself, just weeks from the

State Budget. It marks another

spectacular stumble for a man

who had bhn slow win ing back

credibility after the chair

sniffing scandal that cost him

the leadership less than two

years ago. This morning I have

accepted the resignation of

Troy Buswell as both Treasurer

and as a member of Cabinet. I

accepted his resignation with a

sense of disappointment and

sadness. The announcement was

no great surprise after the

Treasurer's implosion in front

of a huge media pack yesterday where he confessed to sleeping

with the enemy, Greens MP Adele

Carles. I am a married man who

is admitting to having an

affair and that is not

acceptable. Troy Buswell was

forced to come clean about his

4-month liaison with the new

member for Fremantle after she

went public in a weekend

newspaper, pleading for forgiveness. I would

particularly like to apologise

to my wife, Marget, to our boys

an our extended families. I

sincerely regret my actions and

have sought professional

assistance to help me with the

personal work ahead of me. Had

the Troy Buswell sex scandal

ended there, he probably would have sphieed but the Treasurer

sealed his fate when he admitted to rorting his admitted to rorting his xpense expense and using his

government car for their

romantic rendezvouses. I've

acknowledged they've made

mistakes an errors. I will

repay the money and I am keen

to continue on and hand to continue on and hand down

the March Budget. Yesterday

bugs Buswell was defiant and

keen to stay on. But for the

Premier, the rorting was unacceptable. I know the

attention might be on their

relationship, but the reason

that Troy has resign and the

reason I've accepted that is

about the misuse of

entitlements. That is the final

straw. That is the issue that

3459ers. Troy's resignation was

inevitable once he admitted misuse ing taxpayers

resource. It came down to the

money. Colin Barnett and in

fact as mentioned Eric Ripper

did not want to make the

dismissal or take further

action on the basis of the

personal relationship

alone. The problem for Mr

Buswell is that he has a notorious history, making

international headlines for all

the wrong reasons. There was

the boozy parliamentary sitting

night in 2007 when Mr Buswell

snapped the bra of a Labor

staffer and then the revelation

he had sniff add chair vacated he had sniff add chair vac

by a female colleague. It's

hard dealing with these matters

and having to face up to your responsibilities,

responsibilities, behaviourally

publicly. It's harder to do it

privately. It cost him the Liberal leadership and his

successor, Colin Barnett, went

on to on to win government in 2008. Since then, Troy 2008. Since then, Troy Buswell

was been working hard to

restore his political

reputation. He looked to be in

command of his position and it

looked as if he was maybe even

rehabilitating himself to rehabilitating himself to the point when Colin Barnett

stepped down he may be the heir

apparent. But it all unraveled

yesterday with news he had made false travel claim force third

time in a year. I made the

point to Troy that you have no

lies left. You cannot make any

more mistakes. This was a

situation which he went into

open eyed and there is no excuse. These blunders or

mistakes that he seems to have

made have hit hard and really

Colin Barnett I think has been

placed in a situation where he

just can't ride it out. The

woman at the sent over the

storm, Carles car, has been

dodging the Cameron ras since

rumours of the affair started

last week. Is your relationship with Troy Buswell causing

problem force the Greens? Ms

Carles has been a leading light

for the Greens after bin

Wynning the blue libbon seat of

Fremantle in a by-election last Fremantle in a by-electionr. Adele

year. Adele Carles denies any

travel rorting but pundits say

the cross-party love affair

makes her chances of

re-election bleak. She could

have been a member for a long

time but the whole soinks this

affair will be extremely

alienating as far as Fremantle

voters are concerned. People in

Fremantle fancy themselves as

progressives and Troy Buswell

is a sort of persona non is a sort of persona non grata

for them. The Premier has

ordered an audit of both MPs

trax expebss and he has taken

on the Budget which is just

three weeks ago . He admits he

has wo his work cut out for him to restore confidence in the Government. It has damaged the

standing of the Government. I

during the election campaign

said that a Liberal Government

would be a Government of

honesty and integrity. That has

been compromised. Troy was very

key part of this Government

government but it's now up to others to simply step up and

fill that gap. Danielle parry

reporting. If the prominent Australian economic Australian economic forecaster

Access Economics is right,

Australia is well on the road

back to a dilemma most

countries today would kill for countriefor -

- a resources boom - a resources boom that

promises to be so successful

and so sustained that it will

push comparatively low unemployment significantly

lower, it will return the

Government's budget back to

surplus much bik quicker but it

will also force inflation back

up and rising interest rates up and risi even even higher. We're also well on

the way back to a two-speed

economy, it seem, with the two

resource rich States and the

rest, but apparently this time

the downside of that phenomenon

won't be quite so bad. To

expand on the findings of

Access economic's latest

quarterly business outlook, I

spoke earlier tonight with Access director Chris

Richardson. Your latest

quarterly business outlook for

Australia presents a pretty rosy picture, thanks to the

rebound of resources boom 2 rebound with a

with a sting or two in the

tail. Can we have the big

picture first on what coal and

iron ore exports in the main

are likely to deliver in the

next few years? A lot of extra

money. Coal prices have gone

by about half. Iron ore prices

have almost doubled. That's not

quite the same pay rise that

the world gave us back in 2008.

But it's pretty close to it. We

know that that will have big

effects not straight e straight

away but by 2011 back to the away but by 2011 back to t-speed

two-speed economy. How does

that translate on those various

Touchstone elements of the

economy? Good news for jobs and unemployment amazingly

different here, a bit over 5%

compared to either side of compared to either side of the Atlantic. But we here will go

back unter 5 5% relatively

soon, but coming at a cost. The

Australian dollar stays high,

the interest rates not merely

continuing to rise but we've been talking about them going

back to normal. The economy

itself at least for a while

will be going beyond normal and our fear is that interest rate

also have to do the same. OK,

so you're talk about interest

rates continuing to trend

upwards over the next two or

three years even? I would say

this year and next year,

beyond, that as always these

days it comes down to China.

China is once more travelling

too fast. That's not sustainable. It certainly

continues for a wheel and that is enough to have Australia's

next 12 months in the bag. But

there are growing risks there

too. What about growth? Short-term, growth

lifting steadily. But it won't

be the way we usually talk of

growth in terms of real growth,

the amount of stuff we're producing, it is not actually

the amount, it's the price. The

world is give ing us a very big

pay rise and the increase in national income will do what it

did in 2007 and the first

of 2008, spread right through

the economy. You're talking

about a 2-speed economy, going

back to the kind of issues

related to a 2-speed economy related to a 2-speed econot

that we had with the previous

resource ofs boom before the

global recession. You say we're

going back into a two-speed

economy but I get the sense it

won't be quite as exposed as it

was last time in those

non-resources boom States? No,

I would certain ly hope not,

partly because I think

governmentses and businesses

and families won't make the same mistakes this time same mistakes this time around.

We won't take the proceeds of

the boom and churn it back into

the economy, pimp it further up

still with tax cuts because the

Budget is still in trouble.

Businesses won't assume that it

lasts forever, families won't keep borrowing into the boom.

You will see a lot of the same

effects but the full extent effects but the full exten't

won't be as much. With won't be as much. With the

previous boom, the benefit to Australia really came Australia really came from

increased prices rather than increased prices rather thaincreased increased exports. Is

Australia's - given the money

that's been splashed at

infrastructure in the last

couple of year, and the infrastructure improvements

that are in the pipeline, can

we expect to see Australia

benefit more with a more

efficient and higher rate of

exports as well as simply

increased prices? We should be

able to get more out the door.

Partly as you say because we've

spent money on ports an road

and rail and capacity through

the system. But of course the

the system.the mines the

mines themselvesies can now

produce a lot more, a lot produce a lot more, a lot of

money is being spent. I'd have

to say a long way to go,

remember this is not - prices

may not stay this high but

China and India and others keep

growing for a long time. We

will have to add a lot to that

capacity over time Baw lot

better than it was a handful of

years ago. We should look at

what this mean force the Budget

deficit. You've talked about

this bonanza increase in

revenue. What will that mean

for Budget bottom line? Next

year it will help. It is not

going to be until the year

after that that you will see

more substantial gains. The

straight line from a pay friez

the world to company tax is

going to travel more slowly

than url this time around

simply because a bunch of

companies did less well in companies did less well in the

last little while and it will

take a while for the tax system

to catch up. It will catch up

but it won't be 2000 - 2010-11

and the election Budget that

will see the big money, it will

be the year after. Wayne Swan

said as recently as the last

mid-year economic and fiscal

review in November that the

Budget would still not return

to surplus until 2015-16. You're saying that we

would return to surplus sooner

than that? I think 20 13-14 is

a reasonable hope. I doubt it

can be earlier than that given

the signs of the stimulus

spending and that lig ling

Force a while. But remember by

that time it does come back that time it does come back to

the China question. You need

China to be travelling fast

enough to keep those prices

pumped up - possible but I

wouldn't take to it the

bank. So the issue of

Australia's net debt which had

threatened to become something

of a political issue, say, 12

months ago, do you think that

is going to - that the net debt

picture will again show real

improvement here? It will hit

the ceiling much south-eastern

and it will be lower? Sooner and it will be lower? Soon notably

and notably lower, yes. You saw

Nobel reductions the last time

the Government updated its forecasts six months ago. You

will see reductions this time

again and you will see reductions further when

Treasury puts out its

pre-election update ahead of

the election later this

year. So also there's the issue

of the spending cap that the

Government put on itself to demonstrate its determination

to get back into surplus by

2015-16. One assumes that if we

get back to surplus a couple of

years sooner, or possibly even

three years sooner, then that

spending cap comes off south-eastern as well and you

can see the money flowing out again. Yes. Again, subject to

the China caveat but remember

the hard bit of that

Government's 2% real hasn't hit

the election. In yet and may not hit ahead of

the election. In the short-term, it's not hard to

hit that cap because the

stimulus spending is winding

down. It's after that that the

difficulty of taking those

decisions really bites. decisions rick is

is will we hear about that from

either side of politics ahead

of of the election of or

after. You're obviously being

cautious in applying the good

news of the resource boom. But

there are those who see this

running for a decade or even

more. That is a possibility,

isn't it, that we could

actually experience a real

bonanza for the foreseeable

future? A lot of good future? A l I economist economists think there could economists think there could be

a decade or more in it. I must a decade ormust admit

admit I am sceptical part ly

because China is travelling too

fast at the moment to be

sustainable but more

fundamentally booms always sow

the seed of their own

destruction. You only have a

boom in two out of three in

demand and supply and price and

at the moment it's in at the moment it's in demand

and a lot of it is in price. If and a lot oe. If the

the miner s dig deeper and

supply catches up, that price

will come back a long way. Chris Richardson, thanks

for talking with us. Thank you.

With the Federal Government

claiming a historic victory in

its battle with States over health care funding there is

still urn certainty about how the compromised diseel will

quork in practice. But one

agreement that is in place at

least in principle is for a

fundamental policy shift in the

way the Disable Road treated.

Apart from - disabled are treated. There's after Mo away

from individualised funding

packages so the disabled around

their fam clis spend government

entitlement s however they see

fit. Victoria is about to give

direct funding access to thousands of the disables an

their dr - disabled and their

families after a successful

trial the Commonwealth hopes

will be adopted by all

States. Heather Ewart reports.

Warren O'Brien has always

wanted to be a nan blue. He's

35 year s old and has cerebral

palsy and palsy and a moderate

intellectual disability. Now,

his cream has come true. Once his cream has come true. Once a

- dream his come true. Once a

week he volunteers at the

police museum where he feels

part of the community. I like

doing it. It's good fun. Do you

like the police? Yeah. Would

you love to be a

policeman? Yeah, one day!

This is Delia Fisher, who

became a quadriplegic 35 years

ago after surgery for a tumour

of the spinal chord. She and

Warren have one thing in common

- both are disable want the

freedom to live their live as

they choose just like everyone

else. People with disables are

just the same as everybody

else. We have equal right. We

are equal citizens and we

should be able to do what we

want when we want. For most of

her adult life, Delia Fisher

has been confined to a wheelchair, living at home with

her mother who has heart

problems. Delia has had to

follow the strict rules of

government appointed service

providers offering her 35 hours

of care a week. You have

guidelines, times to get up,

times to go to bed. Not much

you can do during the day. We

didn't know if a carer was

going to turn up or if a carer

wasn't going to turn up, if she

was going to go to bed. It was

the most terrible time. The

turning points came when Delia

Fisher's son, her only child,

decided to get married back in

2000. She was very excited and

rang her service provider to

pass on the news. I wanted to

be hostess at my son's wedding

and they said that works ot but

you have to be home at 10

o'clock at night. And I said

but I am hostess, I only have

one son, I only have one big

wedding to go, to can I come

home at 12 when the guests have home at 12 when the guests

left? No, you can't come home

at 12, that's too late for the

carer. After several pleading

phone calls to one agency after

another, Delia Fisher got her

way, but it left a very sour

taste. I was told what to do

even for my only child ing's - child's wedding and that was

too much. Delia Fisher was

galvanised into action and

attendance service in instigated an overnight moenl

Melbourne, known as Nightlife.

With the help of a group called

Personalised Lifestyle

Assistance, PLA. It's a partly

State Government funded boy

body that advice s the disabled

and their families on

alternative s to traditional

forms of care. Now staying out

after 10 is an option. I've after 10 is I heard

heard people say after many

years of standard institutional

care like having a bite of the

for-Biden Trute scbroo. Last

year was the first year I

celebrated New Year's Neve 35

years. For Warren O'Brien and

his family, life has also taken

a turn for the better after

years of frustration with the

system that promoted

institutionalised programs. Before we met

Warren, his life was very

segregated from the community.

He lived in a group home and He lived in a group home

all of his time was spent in a

day service for people with a

disabilities. Warren now

shares a flat with a local

chef. He's a volunteer not just

at St Vincent's Private at the police museum but also

Hospital and the Salvation

Army. After PLA helped his

parents to look at alternatives

and discover what Warren's

interests were. He's learning

what doing a job is, he's never

had a job like up until he was

30, he didn't have a job where

these are volunteer jobs but

we're moving - going to towards

to getting him a paid job. So

it's confidence, and happiness.

So every day happiness. It's

cases like this that have

prompted the Federal and State

Governme approach. Governments to change their

approach. They're moving away

from institutions and offering

the disabled individual funding the disablending packages

packages they hope will lead to

more flexible services, instead

of one size fits all. What

we've got to do is put 2 person

in the centre of the disable

system and say how do we let

you have an ordinary life the other 20 million you have an ordinary life like

Australians? We had very loud

voices from people with a voices from people with

disability that we needed to do things differently. The thing about individualised fundsing

is it says that a person with

disabilities and their family

are the best person to control

how their money gets spent. In how their m Victoria, Victoria, the State Government

has just completed a successful

trial that means thousands of disabled citizens will stoon

soon be able to access direct

payments. So instead of us telling people with disability what supports and services they

need, they will have control

over their own fund ing

allocation and be able to make

those choices. The aim is not those choict

just to give the disabled

freedom of choice but also to

en courage greater involvement

in the community. That means a sharp rethink in the way

government appointed service providers do providers do business. Putting

the policy into practice is not

so freight forward. At the coal

face, people are struggling

with those principles. We've

got many services that operate on providing group activities

for people with a for people with a disability.

And we need to undo that and we

need to be able to work with

each person, one person at a

time. I think they're trying

but I won't see them getting

anywhere just yet. There is

cultural change that needs to

happen and we're working with

our organisations to achieve

that. An starting that. And that change we're

starting to see but we've still

got a bit further to go. The

Victorian Government holds up personalised lifestyle

assistance, PLA as a glowing

example of the new direction

organisations should take p organisations should take to

help the disabled achieve their

aspiration s. Yet PLA is not

sure if it can rely on ongoing

Government funding. With e're

continually told that PLA

doesn't fit into any of the

funding that is coming out from Treasury. At the moment, we

are working with PLA, the

department is working with them

to see how we can support the

work that they're doing. The

wider problem for the

Commonwealth is to get tall

States on board with its policy

shift. Though there's in

principle agreement, some are

lagging behind. I think

different States disability services are at services are at different stages stages for individualised

funding. For many of the

disabled and their family, the

bottom line is this - You have

to dream for your son or daughter with your disability

just as you have to for your other children. We should

Ewart with that report. allowed to do that. Heather

That's's the program for

tonight. We will be back at the

same time tomorrow but for now

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CC to the glamorous First Lady From the breakthrough bombshell must-see woman of all, and of course that most intriguing, and they all call France home. they're all very famous faces So what do the French make of this? When you hide your face to somebody, I am the victim. Nobody wants to talk about the violence under the burqa and how you are just reduced to an animal. Tonight, from the fashion capital of Paris - What Not To Wear. Hello and welcome to Foreign Correspondent. I'm Mark Corcoran. Many women who wear the burqa say it symbolises their public commitment to Islam and shows them to be empowered by their faith.

But the French government has resolved