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don't have a vuvuzela! Because that would be awful! Thanks, Mark. Before we go, a brief recap of our top story Commission has taken aim at the State's condemning a culture of cover-up. In its report into the handling of a death Queensland six years ago, custody on Palm Island in North commission found the Queensland six years ago, the investigation was seriously flawed and unacceptable. And that's ABC News. Stay with now for Kerry I will be back with 7.30 Report coming up next. And

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Welcome to the program. The

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is

under serious political

pressure at the moment and I'll

be talking with him shortly.

But first police, race and

truth are again at the centre

of a political storm in Queensland tonight. The

Premier, Anna Bligh, is facing

claims she has misled State

Parliament over the re appoint

ment of the State's comixer Bob

Atkinson. He has also been

effectively put on notice by

Queensland's anti-corruption

watchdog. What has sparked

today's dramatic events was the

tabling of a damning report

into the Queensland police

service's handling of the 2004

Palm Island death in custody of

Aboriginal man Cameron

Doomadgee. The Crime and

Misconduct Commission has found Misconduct Commission has found

that 2 police investigations

were seriously flawed. The

watchdog has recommended the

police service consider

disciplinary action against 6

officers. Queensland's top

anti-corruption fighter today

released the most damning

criticism of the Queensland

police service since the

landmark Fitzgerald report. I

think really that the culture

there at the moment is

corrosive and it isn't

effectively addressed that

corrosion could go further and

cause bad consequences. At the

heart of the issue is the 2004

death in custody of Palm Island

man Cameron Doomadgee. The

Crime and Misconduct Commission

has found that the initial

police investigation into his

death and subsequent review

were seriously flawed,

self-protecting police unprofessional and part of a

culture. They are characterised

by double standards and an

unwillingness to publicly

acknowledge failings on the

part of the police. For the

first time a retired former

Supreme Court Justice who's got

no allegiances anywhere is

calling it straight. I calling it straight. I accept

that we absolutely should have

investigated this matter better

than we did initially. Much of

that is with the wisdom of hindsight. Palm Island off Townsville is one of the

largest and most troubled

Aboriginal communities in

Australia. On November 19, 2004

local man Cameron Doomadgee was

arrested by police for public

drunkenness. Within a few hours

with his liver nearly torn he was found dead in his cell

with his liver nearly torn in

two. A week later anger over

the death and the police

handling of the investigation

sparked a riot and the police

station and courthouse were

burnt down. In the 6 years

since there have been 3

coronial inquests and a

criminal trial in which Senior

Sergeant Chris Hurley was found

not GMTV of manslaughter and assault. There was a trial, assault. There was a trial, all

the evidence was put before the

court, the jury made a decision

and the decision was an

acquittal and Sergeant Hurley

is now entitled to resume his

life and career. The Crime and

Misconduct Commission however

says the police service must

change. A report examining the

initial police investigation

into Cameron Doomadgee's death

and the internal police review

of that investigation has found

them both unacceptable and

points to systemic problems

that are the responsibility of

Police Commissioner Bob

Atkinson. The police comixer

must now rid the service of the

closed, self-protecting culture

which is manifest in this

case. Among the criticisms made

by the CMC a friend of Sergeant

Chris Hurley's was involved in

the investigation. Sergeant

Hurley picked up investigators

from the airport and provided

them dinner at his home. There

was a lack of vigour in

questioning a police witness

and initial investigators

didn't even ask Sergeant Hurley

the obvious question - did he

assault Cameron Doomadgee. You've mentioned a

police culture of officers

standing up for each other but

what role, if any, did race

play in what happened? Well, I

think it's remarkable rtion in

went to investigate in the a sense, that when the team

first place they took up with

their own and didn't take up

with the leader of the local

community. So you can draw your

own conclusion s. So this would

have been handled differently

if Cameron Doomadgee was

white? I think a lot of people

would believe that to be

so. The corruption watchdog

says the police service should consider disciplinary

proceedings against 6 officers. An acting chief superintendent

and an acting assistant

commissioner have only escaped

being included because they've

retired. But Queensland's

Police Commissioner, Bob

Atkinson, is firmly in the

CMC's sights because he

monitored the review team's

efforts and supported their

findings. The watchdog says it

has no confidence in the review

because it was focused on

allowing the officers' involved

in investigating Cameron

Doomadgee's death to give

largely unchallenged

explanations for their conduct

rather than finding out what

actually happened and why. He's

got 14 days to report back

about the action he intends to

take against the officers and

if the CMC's not satisfied

we'll take the matter to the

Queensland civil administration

tribunal. The State's top cop

has been given an ultimatum but

the Government is shoulder to shoulder with the

Commissioner. I have confidence

in the Police Commissioner and

in his ability and

determination to ensure that

these matters are appropriately

dealt with. Commissioner Bob Atkinson accepts only parts of

the criticism and he den that a

culture of police protecting

police drove the discredited

review he oversaw. In my view

the two commissioned officers

who completed that report did

so in good faith. I do not

believe that they knowingly and

intentionally in any way

attempted to engage in a cover

up at all. Nigel Powell is a former Queensland police officer who helped to establish

the Fitzgerald inquiry 2

decades ago. He said police

culture was a problem then and

remains one now. The responsibility for

investigating police can no

longer stay with Queensland

police. It has to be outside of the police service. They've had

20 years to fix this. This is

ridiculous. Over the past 6

years barrister Andrew Boe has

represented the Doomadgee

family. He says Queensland's

Police Commissioner is now in

the spotlight. The challenge is

there, he's got nit a book

telling him exactly what the

failings are and blind Freddy

can tell you that the only

options that are really

available are to route out

these officers and get them out

of the force. If he's not

prepared to do something like

that then his capacity to lead

from the front is very, very flawed. I mean it's questionable. The Crime and

Misconduct Commission may have

also sparked a political crisis

for the Queensland Government.

Last week the Premier, Anna

Bligh, said the head of the CMC had approved the Government

offering another 3-year term to the Police Commissioner at the

end of the year. The Minister

for Police sought through a

direct conversation with the

chair his views on the proposed appointment, secured his

agreement before putting it

forward and making any decision

or announcement on it. But when

Martin Moynihan was today asked

if what the Premier said had

happened actually did the eyes

answered first? No, I was told

of the appointment shortly

before it was announced and

said I had no comment and I've

since pointed to the provisions

of the legislation. The Police

Minister denies there's any

confusion. I asked the CMC

chair whether there was any

impediment or words to that

effect in terms of the Premier making making that announcement or

that statement and the answer

was no. Officers from Queensland's corruption

watchdog today took their

findings to Palm Island. It's

been 6 years since Cameron

Doomadgee died there in police custody. But the death

continues to expose the fault

lines of race, police and

politics in Queensland. I

think this is a start and a new

beginning of the people of Palm

that action is going to be

taken against the 6 police

officers. We would not be here

now if the Queensland Police

Service review of the original

investigation had add hered to

high ethical standards. I'm not

saying we're perfect and I'm

not saying there's not a number of areas where we need to

improve. There are and I'm

committed to effecting that improvement. John Taylor reporting from Brisbane. This

is a fascinating time in national politics, national politics, the Rudd

Government has ridden high in

the polls for most of its

tenure, no previous prime

minister has ridden so high for

so long as Kevin Rudd. But over

the past few months we've seen

a fairly spectacular display of attempted self-destruction,

even if you're only a casual

observer of current affairs

you'd be familiar with Labor's

decline in the polls and spate

of speculation about frustrated

ministers and bewildered backbenchers. Particularly after the Neilsen after the Neilsen poll in

Fairfax newspapers recorded

Labor's primary vote at an

incredible low of 33%. Pretty

much unchartered territory.

Whatever good news stories

Labor has felt it has to tell

have largely been swamped by

stories about the insulation

fiasco, the ux turn on the

emission s trading scheme, the

uproar on taxing

uproar on taxing mining. Labor

parliamentarians left Canberra

tonight nervously anticipating

next Monday's new Newspoll. If

things keep heading south for

Labor things will be very

brittle indeed inside the

Government. The Prime Minister

joins me now from

Canberra. Kevin Rudd, when you

singled out the mining industry

table at the mid winter ball in

your speech last night, and

said to them in relation to the

current dispute over the

resources tax quted we've got a

long memory", what exactly did

you mean? Well I think it's

pretty interesting, Kirry.

First of all it's good to be

back in 7:30 Report land, it's

good to be back with you. The

ball last night is just a fun

and frivolous occasion. Last

time I heard it was supposed to

be sort of off the record. It

was just a throw away line,

that's all. I think anyone observing that would know observing that would know that. There are throw away line

and throw away lines, of

course. If you say you're

negotiating in good faith with

the mining industry but you

tell me how you'd react if

you're locked in a bitter

argument with somebody an they

say to you "I've got a long

memory, mate", how would you

take that? You know something,

Kerry, we're engaged in a very

hard fight with various parts

of the mining industry. It's

all about tax reform and why

we're putting this tax reform

forward because we believe that

within the mining industry we

had to move to a system which

taxes profits rather than

production. It's the best thing

to expand the industry long

term. Secondly, the extra

revenue we'd get from that we'd

use to fund better super for

working families, bring down

tax for corporates and for

small business and to fund the

road, rail and ports that so

many of our mining communities and communities that support

them need. Now, mining

companies, many of them,

obviously unhappy about that

because they don't want to pay

more tax. Well there's nothing

particularly unique in that so

it's a very hard and hard

fought debate. You have said

all this, you've been explain

ing this for weeks now which is

certainly had no positive

impact for you in the polls but

what I'm asking you is whether if somebody said to you when

you're in the middle locked in

a very bitter argument with

them and they say to you "Mate,

I've got a long memory", wouldn't they take that as

something of a threat, a

warning? Kerry, I just think

it's pretty important to put a

few light-hearted remarks at a

mid winter ball with a bunch of

journos into n the room into

its context. If you were going

to repeat everything else I had

to say last night on this

program in terms of, you know,

various comments about how I or

the Government have performed,

are they to be taken the same

sort of serious light? It's

just a throw away line. It was

reported this afternoon, it's

already been reported in the

media, yes, know it was chat m

House rules, it's already been

reported. I've spoken to

several people and they all

took the same reaction from it that you were sending the mining industry a

message? Kerry, it was just a

throw away line. It this is a tough negotiation with the mining industry. It's very

tough and you say that

obviously we're having no

impact in communicating the

Government's position on that.

Bear in mind we're also up against a forensic campaign

being launched by a very

profitable industry in this country which doesn't want to

see change. The same industry

who said that when we changed

Work Choices that the mining

industry would fall over, that didn't didn't happen. The same industry that said that when we

brought in native title

legislation that the industry

would fall over and that didn't

happen and 10 years before that

when we brought in the

petroleum resource rent tax

that would kill the offshore

industry and that didn't

happen. These debates are

always tough and that's why the

Government is going through a

tough time. This is a really

hard-fought debate. Do you want

to clear the air now for

anybody that's taken your

comments wrongly to tell the

mining industry there will be

no attempt at payback after the

next election if you win it. I

also have a very short term

memory as well. I don't understand what that

means. It's just a joke. If you

take what I said at the mid

winter ball, the bunch of

journos are out there having fun done up fun done up in their glad

rag. What is the current status of negotiations because it's

become very confusing. Have you

now taken personal charge of

the negotiation s? Are you

negotiating company by company?

Are you embarked on a strategy

where you gradually whittle away opposition from various

elements within the industry

leaving the big gies like BHP,

Rio and Xstrata expose

ed? Kerry, we've gone about this in this in two, in fact three

stages. Firstly in terms of

consultation prior to the 2 May

when we released the Henry

review and our response to it,

the Treasury and the team under

Ken Henry have been engaged in

about 18 months worth of

consultations with industry

including the mining industry,

including the prospect of a

profits based tax, including

many of the elements of what

subsequently emerged in it as

well, so let's not pretend that

this simply emerged from the

blue on 2 May. Second thing is

since then the last month or so

we've had a consultation

process through a Treasury

panel which has been out there

bringing forward all the

numbers and information from

individual companies about the

details of the proposed tax

reform and its effect on them.

Thirdly, we are now engaged in

a process of negotiation and we

are in negotiating with

individual companies around the

country, many of whose circumstances are quite different depending on where

they are, what mineral they're

mining and what the nature of

their production process

is. Are you now staying in daily contact with that, are

you in effect now heading the

negotiations? The team of

negotiators at the political

level is of course myself, the

minister responsible for the minister responsible for the

resources sector Martin Ferguson and the Treasurer

Wayne Swan, as you would

expect. And secondly, supported

by a team of Treasury officials

who do the number crunching.

This is how it would normally

work, complex, hard commercial

negotiations with some

companies which don't take the

Government's proposals all that

well. Blind Freddy can tell

that your back's to the wall

politically. Polls haemorrhaging, an election

keeping closer n a mess over

the mining tax, the industry

heavy weights can read the

polls too. So what's the

incentive for them to settle

this now when they can see the

prospect of a Liberal

Government that would actually

dump the tax idea? Well the

first thing I'd say to you,

Kerry s we have to be pretty

mindful of some political

history here. You've mentioned

polls just now. Governments before have been up and before have been up and been

down. My predecessor went

through that on multiple

occasions as did his and as did

Bob Hawke before him. Have you

ever seen the Labor Party

record a poll where it's

primary vote was running at

33%? Kerry, if you were to go

back through the history of the party in the last several

decades you will find we've

been up and down at various

times. Have you seen one this

low, 33% primary, incredible? Kerry, I'm just incredible? Kerry, I'm just saying governments are up and

down depending on the circumstances at the time and the toughness of the fight in

which you are engaged. This is

a tough fight. There are people

in your own party who are

musing this didn't have to be quite this tough in quite this

way. When you say that the

mining industry was engaged

from 18 months ago through the

process of Henry, it's one

thing to be consult and have an opportunity to present your

case to a review process, a

committee or a task force but

then once the policy - once the

Government puts its policy in

place that's a different matter all together. Why couldn't you

have consulted directly with

the mining industry about the

prospect of this mining tax

before you hit them with a finy detailed crafted policy and

said here it is, now let's talk

about it? Well my answer to

your question, Kerry, is in two

parts. Firstly, look at

carefully at the nature of the

discussion papers, etc, which

the Treasury put out prior to 2 May. They actually went

straight to the question of a

profits based regime, Ken Henry

made multiple speeches on this

subject, invited submissions

from the industry, the Mining

Council of Australia said they

wished to move to a profits

based regime themselves. That's

prior to 2 May, going back 6

and 12 months. Secondly - Ken

Henry is a public servant, he's

not the Government. He's not actually making the policy. He

was doing the review. You're

the ones who have put the

policy together and you've done

that in secret behind closed

doors an then gone to the

mining industry and said here

it is? Kerry, the review, which

Ken headed, was actually

conducted by a wide panel and

in the consultation process

prior to 2 May there was

extensive discussion across the

board in terms of moving to a

profits based tax. That's the

first thing. The second thing

is since 2 May when the policy

was released, what we have said

consistently is that we believe

that the framework we've put

forward on 2 May is right, the

tax reform to deliver those

changes that I referred to

before, but on questions of

detail, of transition and of implementation including

generous transition

arrangements that we would then

engaged in detailed consultation negotiation with

the industry which is what we

are doing now. Now are you

seriously suggesting, Kerry

that, if we had gone through

this process with companies

before and said hey guys, we'd

like to bang this tax on you,

I'm just going to consult with

you for about 3 months about

that, they would have said,

"That's terrific, thank you for consulting, we'll now pay more

tax." It was always going to be

hard. I think it's quite

frankly wrong to assume it was

going to be more easily landed

as a consequence of having done

it some other way. Why didn't

you handle the tax pretty much

in the way the Hawke Government

did successfully in '84 with

its resource rent tax on the

petroleum industry. Signal your

intent of having the tax,

release the parameters as the

government based in your

instance on Henry's findings

for genuine negotiation, then

announce your policy? What you

did instead was to sit on the

Henry report for months while

you determined the poll s, then

you sprang it on the industry

and the public, enshrined it in

the Budget and then invited

them in for consultation about

the transition costs. That's

not a policy negotiation, is

it? Well, Kerry, you slid over

the very end of your question

the whole point of transitional

arrangements. What are transitional arrangements mean?

It goes to the existing state

of projects which mining

companies are operating. They're vastly different and

when we have said consistently

they're in the market place for generous transitional

arrangements we mean that. So

in terms of if you like,

flexibility about those transitional arrangements, we've always we've always been upfront about

that since 2 May. What you seem

to be assuming is if you were

to say all that before hand

that mining companies would be

out there dancing in the street

and saying yep, we really want

to pay more tax, we'll just

have a discussion with you on

the design features. Let's get

real about this. They wouldn't

want to do that and what we as

a reforming government have

been on about is to use this

tax reform one, to actually

boost the long-term growth of

the industry by making it an

efficient profits-based tax as

opposed to a blunt instrument called a production tax which

tlotens so many early companies

in the early stages of their

development and beyond that to

use the revenue which comes

from that tax reform to fund

better super for working

family, 7.5 million of them,

better tax breaks for small

businesses, 2.4 million of

them, a 2% cut in the corporate

rate for the 770,000 Australian

businesses who are incorporated

and beyond that investing in

road, rail and port in the

regions of Australia as well.

That's why it's a tough debate

because whenever I ask the

question of the mining

industry, hey guyings, where am

I actually going to find this

extra money from to invest in

the road, rail and ports right

around regional Queensland,

regional WA, various parts of

Queensland where I was even

today, the question comes we

need to get this investment to

support our local mining stris,

who's going to pay for it? Well that's the question I'm now

putting back to the industry.

That's why we're proposing a

regional infrastructure fund in

part to.... There's been a lot

of criticism of the way you

have centralised power within

the government that since the

global financial crisis cabinet

has become not much more than a

rubber stamp, the big issues

decided by the so-called gang

of 4, yourself, Julia Gillard,

Wayne Swan and Lindsay Tanner

and for instance on the

resources tax your Resources

Minister Martin Ferguson, a

skilled negotiator who knew all

in s and outs of the industry

was very much on the periphery

as the policy was put together.

Have you now reembraced a wider

cabinet consultation process? Well, you know

something, Kerry, I think the

proposition is wrong. Let's

just go to what the Government

has been doing in recent times

and over the last year or two. Nicola Roxon the Health Minister, fantastic minister,

national health and hospitals

network a major health reform.

Go to what Julia has been doing

in terms of the national curriculum. She's been doing

that and bringing it ultimately

to the cabinet for conclusion. Look at various other reforms

by other ministers, penny Wong

and the renewable energy

target. Look at the other

reforms which we've brought in

through various other

ministers. Tony Bourke the new

reform in national drought

policy which is currently being

trialed in Western Australia.

Chris Bowen in ters of what's

now been done with uniform

national credit laus. This is

all done by individual ministers and this is done

- And did Penny Wong bring a

submission to cabinet to ault

- alter the timing an schedule

and walk away in the next two

years from the emissions

trading scheme or was that

decided by you,, Julia gi lar,

Wayne Swan and Lindsay

Tanner? These are always done

through cabinet or the cabinet

structures referring to the

matter you just referred

to. Was that decided within

that committee group of 4? I

won't go fo the internal

cabinet decision making processes individual decision,

you know that as well as I

do. I'm not asking you to

reveal secrets about what you

talked about, I'm asking you to talked about, I'm asking you to

tell me whether that decision

was taken by yourself and 3

other ministers and then

presentsed to the cabinet as a

fate acomplrk. How much

discussion was there in

cabinet? To go back to your

point before about the budget

consequences of the emissions

trading scheme, of course Penny

was consulted on that. I

consulted her as did other

ministers on many, many

occasions. The key question

though, and I go back to your though, and I go back to your

broad point, about what

ministers are doing in this

cabinet of the Australian

Government if you lined up our

cabinet members, our cabinet

ministers one by one and

compared them with their

opposite numbers, this is an

exceptionally strong cabinet

team and if you go down the

list of what I've just gone

through and I dechbt get to

Jenny Macklin on paid parental

leave, a stunning leave, a stunning reform

through the Australian

Parliament today so the first

time from 1 January next year

you're going to have a paid parental leave scheme for

148,000 parents across the

country. And missing a lot of

space in the media because it's

taken up with all these

negative issues, some of which

even your own colleagues

believe you've brought on

yourself. Well Kerry, tonight I

notice that you haven't asked a

question about paid parental

leave, 148,000 parents out

there about to have their lives

changed. You're asking me about

communications tactics, you're

asking me about political

management, I'm seeking to talk

to you about policy. This is a

policy which affects 148,000

people a large slice of whom

will be watching your program

tonight and it means being able

to spend more time with a

little bub when it comes home,

a bit more support financially

when that time comes in your life and this is something the

country's been waiting for for

years and years and to go right

back on the core question you

asked, Jenny Macklin has had

responsibility for this,

discharged it, concluded it,

brought it to cabinet and

decided. I can give you a list

of 100 of these things which

have been done in the last two

years and I think it's pretty

easy to become, you know,

fixated on one thing or

another. But this list of

reforms is impressive, those

ministers are impressive

ministers are as are their

colleague and they've taken

charge of these things

themselves in a proper

process. And to some degree I

imagine the media will be

fixated over the next 24 hours

with what the Auditor-General

acseeded to a parliamentary

committee today that your advertising - government

advertising guidelines had been

context of softened and this was in the

context of the campaign that is

running now on the mining

industry and I'm told that this

is an issue that's resonating

in Labor electorates, in

marginal electorates that the

people are taking a view nah

you have departed from your own

pledge on this, that you set

advertising to prevent abuse new ground rules for government

and that you've now changed

those ground rules which the

Auditor-General says have been softened? Well Kerry, I made

two commitments prior to the

last election on this. One was

I said the quantity and the

volume of government

advertising under the Howard

Government was obscene. Let me

just go to some facts. In the

first year that this government

was elected we spent, I think,

about one-third of what the

Howard Government had spent on government advertising in the

previous year. In the second year of this government we

spent about one half of what

the Howard Government spent on

advertising the previous year.

And in 2007 I think they spent

about $250 million on government advertising. In the

last 12 months I'm advised we've probably spent $50

million or $60 million on

advertising. When it comes to

introducing the goods and

services tax, the Howard

Government tax spent $450

million on that I'm advised. On

this particular campaign we're

spenting $47 million. Let's put

this into some quantitative

context. The guideline, we said before the election we would

involve the Auditor-General in

an approvals process. On 1 July 2008 we brought in that because

we thought it was the right way

to go. At that stage I'd

already received a let er from the Auditor-General to me

personally, not long after

becoming prime minister, saying

that he thought this was not

the right way to go and it

should instead be an

independent committee. We said

we'd review this after two

year, we did so in 2010 by an

independent committee. It then

established or recommended an

independent communications

committee, that's been

functioning since the beginning

of this year. That is what we have done and I think it's

important to put it into its

context. So on the commitments

I've made I believe they're

consistent with what I've said

to you and to others prior to

the election. Very briefly

coming back to those polls, if

the trend in those polls is not

reversed in coming weeks or at

least I - arrested will you

consider putting your party

ahead of your own personal

ambitions an resign? Can I say

to you, Kerry, this business of

reform is a tough business,

it's a hard business. It's

never some sort of even and

smooth trajectory. I expect

we're going to continue to take a whacking in the polls for

some little time to come

yet But you've got an election

looming, you've got an election

coming. We have an rex due by

whatever it s March or April

next year and we only have

3-year terms. You've got to use

the time effectively. You can't

just dodge hard questions like

tax reform. You've got to

engage in it and that's what

the business of being an effective government of the

country is like together with

the other stuff that we have

done keeping the economy

strong, unemployment at 5.2%, that's as important as the

other matters we're engaged in

right now. Kevin Rudd, thanks

for talking with us. I

appreciate it. Time now for

John Clarke and Bryan Dawe

caught up in the spirit of the

World Cup. Thanks for your

time. It's good to be talking

to you, Bryan. How are things

at the World Cup there? It's

fantastic what a great

supporting event this is. It's

probably the greatest sporting

event in the world. Aifts great

it's in South Africa. It is.

What an amazing country South

Africa is. It's a nation of

contrasts, isn't it? It's very

good, it's a nation of

contrast, that's very astute, Bryan. How much of the

condition trrk have you seen so

far? Most of I think I any. I

was at a lion Park on

Tuesday. That would have exciting. It's amazing

country. A nation of

contrast. A nation of contrast. Tell us about

Australia, how are we going? We didn't get off to an ideal

start, did we? The first match

didn't go well. It was an an

solute shocker, what went

wrong? We can't put it together

on the day. You've got to put

it together on the day and we

didn't do that. We expected

more though, didn't we? There's

been criticism of Rudd but if you look at it again you'll

find he didn't have a lot of

opportunities. He was unmarked

all day. Come on, he had more

ft ball than anyone elsors he just made some shocking

decisions. Maybe too much has

been expected of Rudd , there's

a huge amount of pressure on

Rudd, it's relents will. Hnchts

detell us he was going to bin

the tournament. That's right,

he has said some silly

thing. And then he doesn't

deliver. I don't know you can say he doesn't deliver at

all. Tell me something, why

didn't we put Gillard up the

front? Well, because look, he

was selected as centre forward

and they went in with a match

plan and they kept to the match

plan. But she was all over the

opposition. She's strong,

stylish and she's a known

striker. They went in with a

plan and the plan was to put

the four strongest players in

the coach's estimation right up

forward, they did that and they

did it all day. The plan's not

working, is it? I mean did we

have the best team on the

park? You'd like to think you

fielded the best side and

obviously we've got some injury

worries. There's no getting

around that. What are they?

What about Joe Hockey. Well,

you know, torn hamstring. Bob

Brown? Dislocated shoulder. Tony Abbott? Corked head. Barnaby Joyce? Well

Barnaby was OK but he ran into

a post, a goalpost in training

the other night and a bit of a

vision problem there with

Barnaby. I think we'll all

agree. And we've got some

injury worries and it's a very

tough group. So maybe it's not

our year? Well look hang on,

don't write us off yet. Do we

have some more defeat s to

come? I'm saying don't write us

off until we write Australia

off now. What is that noise The

you shut the window. It's not a

sound problem. Shut the window.

Snchts that those tumpets. No,

no, Kevin Rudd's giving a press

conference, can you shut the window. It's a terrible

noise. It is we've had it for 3

years. It's terrible. Tell him

to shut up! Thanks for joining

us. Sorry, I can't hear you. And that's the program for

tonight and the week. Don't

forget 'Stateline' tomorrow.

I'll be with you again next Monday but for now goodnight.

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