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(generated from captions) Any indication of whether

he will take it further to a

grievance tribunal? So there

is an appeal mechanism in

place under the regulations

where Ricky has 14 days to

appeal the decision made by

the board today. But we have

received no indication as to whether he will exercise that

right or not. That will be

heard before the grievance

tribunal, which is set out

under the collective

bargaining agreement, but it

gets its power in this

instance through the regulations governing

accredited agents. Was a

lifetime ban ever considered? I think we

circumstances that the considered in the

penalty we have handed down

today was reasonable, and

that's the decision that the

board came at. I'm not in a

position to discuss the

specifics of the conversation

that we had as a board today. (INAUDIBLE) by lawyers

(INAUDIBLE). We received

submissions from Ricky Nixon

through his lawyer and we

gave him the opportunity to

be heard following the

investigation by David

Galbally QC but again I can't

comment on the specifics of

those submissions. At this

tage. Did it have any

bearing on the decision of

the final penalty. We

considered all of the

information available to us,

including those submissions.

So we certainly weighed that

up in decide ing how we dealt

with the matter today.

(INAUDIBLE) will you follow

the same process? I think we indicated in our statement

that the board should

consider the report of David

Galbally QC and also in

addition to that Ricky

Nixon's behaviour throughout

that period, if he did decide

to apply for accreditation in

the future but he would be

subject to the regulations

that are in place at that

time, and the process that is

applicable to all other

people who would apply in

similar circumstances. But in addition those other

things that I just mentioned.

Is it possible for these

players to be represented by

other people with the company

Flying Start? That's a matter

for the players to determine

but our accreditation is an accreditation which is

granted to individuals, and

players can make a decision

whether they want to be

represented by Flying Start,

they have another accredited

agent who works for that

company and that will be a

decision for the players.

Naud -- so Ricky Nixon could

still run Flying Start. It

is an ongoing business, it

has a range of interests,

including and beyond

representation of AFL

players, the decision which

the board has handed down today goes to the very heart

of a player agent to be able

to represent a client, that

is to negotiate his football

contract and that's a right

which has been taken away

from Ricky Nixon. But

players have got the right to choose which player agent

they want to negotiate their

contracts and if they chose

to have another player agent

represented by that company

that would be their choice.

Does the AFL Players

Association provide any

advice to Ricky Nixon's

clients as to what decision

they might make? Certainly.

We have been keeping in

constant communication with

Flying Start clients

throughout the previous weeks

because clearly it is a difficult position for them

to be in. We have been

contacted by players and we

have given advice to players throughout and we will

continue to do that. What is

that advice? Look, I think

each player's position is

different so it will be

difficult to speculate. What

we do is encourage the

players to talk to us, and we

will go through their rights

and obligations, under their

various contracts, talk them through that so they are in

the best position to be able

to make the decision s going

forward. As of today his

licence is revoked how many

players did he have under

him? I can only speak for

players as opposed to

officials in the AFL, but I

think the number is between

45 and 50. You are stopping

him trade (INAUDIBLE) I think

that at the end of the day we

have been regulate ing player

agents through this board for

nearly a decade and we think

it is - That news conference

live from the AFL Players

Association announcing that players agent Ricky Nixon has

had his licence suspended for

two years. Now you can

conference on Sky News continue watching that news

multi-view, just press red on

your remote. But Chris Rowe

joins me now at the Sky News

centre. A pretty harsh

penalty, the first time we

have seen that. That's right, this was the announcement we were

expecting a week ago but they

have taken the time to think

about it because Ricky Nixon

in particular send he wanted

time to respond and mount a

reply that was handed to the

AFL AFL Players Association

report. He will be able to

reapply after two years but

what happens in the mean time

is anyone's guess. Of course everybody will be reaching

for their lawyers no doubt.

He is a very powerful figure

in the game of AFL. He has

got something like 46, 48

frontline players, in his

stable, also two coaches.

And this is really going to

game one would imagine. What send shock waves through the

they said was he breached the standards of conduct, failing

to act in the best interests

of his players. And of

course quite a long meeting

today. And a long meeting

last week. Went a lot longer

than we expected. So he

can't say he hasn't had a

fair hearing. He also has 14

days to appeal the decision

so this may not be the end of

it? That's right, from the

AFL's perspective let's hope

that is the end of it because

it has over shadowed the

lead-up to the AFL season,

which kicks off tonight. We

have the first big game,

round one starts tonight and

the last thing we want to be

talking about is this sordid

affair unfortunately. We

will have more on Ricky

Nixon. Thank you. Tempers

have boiled over in Question

Time with the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader clashing over the carbon tax

debate. Tony Abbott is

resisting calls for him to

apologise after he attended

an anti-carbon tax rally at which attacks were made against Prime Minister.

Today in Question Time the

government accused him of

associating with

extremists At the end of the parliamentary week the

climate was charged P My

criticism is of the leader of

the opposition for exercising

the poor judgment of going

out to a rally and

associating himself with One

Nation, with the League of

Rights, with anti-semitic

groups and with grossly sex

it signs. If she really believes this why doesn't she

have the guts to face the

people? It was a calmer

morning for Tony Abbott

launching his annual poly

pedal charity ride.

Yesterday he was riding a

wave of dis content. He has distanced himself from some

of the more extreme elements

at the anti-carbon tax rally.

A few people went over the top, naturally I regret that.

Regret but no a apology. If fact Tony Abbott can

understand where the anger comes from. I can understand

why people feel very

passionate. The government

and the Greens are demanding

an apology, suggest the

Liberal lead is associated

himself with the far extreme

of Australian politics. Tony

Abbott knew exactly what he

was doing and any attempts on

his part to be contrite or to

express regret are simply

efforts to paper over the

fact that he made a very bad

error of judgment. In

currying to these extremists,

these misfit, odd ball, the

far right of Australian

politics. Words like witch,

bitch, suctions of fraud nt

criminals, orging like the

kag league of Rights, these

are groups that are on the far fringes of Australian

politics. He should not have

allowed himself to be put in

that position. The Prime Minister is positioning

herself with the climate

scientists. Today welcoming

a group visiting Parliament

House to explain the

evidence. Hello. G'day,

hi, nice to meet you. Dmr

were no smiles and certainly

no handshakes in the part.

The tension -- the

Parliament. The tension of

this last Question Time

before the budget reflected what's at stake. Both

leaders well aware the fate

of the carbon tax battle

could well decide their own.

Why doesn't she have the

guts to seek a mandate on her carbon tax and then accept the judgment of the Australian people?

Criticise the judgment of

this man in-going, the

judgment of this man in

associating himself with

extremists. The judgment of

this man in associating

himself with gross sexism.

Coalition aircraft are still bombing pro-Gaddafi military

forces across Libya. CNN's

Awa Damon is on the ground

and has the latest. The

foreign fighter jets dealing

with the Gaddafi military

machine devastating blows the

opposition fighters have managed to push the front

lines from in-flight just

outside Benghazi back to the

city of Ajdabiya where they

are now stationed at the

outskirt s of the northern

gate. The northern around

western gates still in

control of Gaddafi forces

with the opposition battling

it out inside, also battling

it out at these two

locations. One eye-witness

and opposition fighter

telling us that fighter jets

bombard ed at the northern

gate, destroying at least three tanks but there are

still many others that are

stationed there and the opposition fighters saying

they are coming under a

fairly heavy and intention

barrage of tank and artillery

fire. They say they are

trying to outflank Gaddafi's

military but they are

struggling in terms of being

able to move this

frontlineford. What we are

seeing however is that they

do appear to be more

organised. They are

employing more military

tactics, we have seen their

vehicles more strat eegically

positioned and they do say without additional equipment

and weapons this could

potentially be a very long

and bloody road. One has to

remember that the opposition fighters are a little more

than civilians who only

learnt how to use their

weapons in the last few week

s. And they are saying to be

able to take this fight to

the next step they might be

require ing additional help.

If we look at Ajdabiya we

have an example just how far

the air strike consist take the battle but the reality

too the opposition needs to somehow obtain the military expertise and equipment to be

able to get Gaddafi's troops

out of these various cities

and towns that they have

basically been entrenched in. The opposition certainly

appearing as if it is moving

closer to taking control of

that city but it is still

facing a number of challenges

when it comes to dealing

Gaddafi's military a truly

devastating and final blow.

Amidst all of this of course

we are hearing great concerns

being voiced about the

civilian population inside

Ajdabiya and other locations

specially Misrata with people

saying they are living

without electricity, without

water, without adequate

assets to medicine, people

are not able to evacuate the

wounded, the dead are lie

lining the streets in some of

these area so a lot of

concern a very tough and long

road ahead. Dairy products

from the area near the

stricken Fukushima nuclear

plant have been banned as

Japan as radiation crisis

deepens. Parents in Tokyo

are being warned not to let

young children drink tap water because of concerns

about the level of radiation

in the supply. Japanese

officials say it contapes

double the safe limit --

contains double the safe limit of radioactive iodine

as a result of leaks from the

Fukushima plant. Fans are

paying tribute to Hollywood

star Elizabeth Taylor, she

passed away from heart

failure at the age of 79

overnight. Flowers and a

wreath have been laid on her

star on Hollywood's Walk of

Fame. Her life story, child star, spectacularly

beautiful, all the marriages, almost dying. Then all of

the great work with AIDS

research. Michael Jackson's

best friend. So it is just

one of a kind. Taylor is also

being remembered for her

charity work, including her

personal crusade against

AIDS. Now look at the weather forecast for tomorrow:

You are watching News Day

here on Sky News. 'PM

Agenda' is just moments away,

joining me David Spears. We

will be taking a look at the fiery final Question Time of this parliamentary session

before all the MPs head home

to their electorates for the

six week Easter break. Julia

Gillard and Tony Abbott went

toe to toe in Question Time

during a censure motion this

afternoon throwing everything

at each other over the carbon

tax debate. She calling him

an extremist, he calling her

a liar. We will look at

whether either of them came

out of it any better than the

other. Plus, the mining tax,

the government is inching

closer to the introduction of

this other new tax, we will

look at that as well. We

will be joined by the 'West Australian' Nationals MP,

essentially a cross-bencher

Tony Crook for his thoughts

on these issue, and Mark

Kenny. All of that after the

break. This program will be live

captioned by Ai-Media

This is PM Agenda. Welcome

to the show. It was the last

Question Time before a six

week Parliamentary break and

it was the most fiery confrontation between Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott since

last year's election. For

weeks the tension over the

carbon tax has been building,

this afternoon the pressure

cooker exploded as the Prime

Minister and Tony Abbott went

toe to toe. My criticism is

of the leader of the

opposition for exercising the

poor judgment of going out to

a rally and associating

himself with One Nation, with

the League of Rights, with

anti-semitic groups and with

grossly sexist sign, that's

my criticism. Not of the

Australians that gathered out

there I utter not a word of

criticism about them. But I

criticise the judgment of

this man in going. The

judgment of this man in

associating himself with

extremists, the judgment of

this man in associating himself with gross sexism.

The Prime Minister was

responding to a censure

motion brought by Tony Abbott

in which he listed a raft of

broken promises, from a

government he says is built

on a lie. The Opposition

Leader's tirade culminated in

a demand for an urgent

election to test voter

support for a carbon tax. If

she really believes this why

doesn't she have the guts to

face the people? Why doesn't

she have the guts to seek a

mandate on her carbon tax and

then accept the judgment of

the Australian people? So,

she says he's an extremist lacking the judgment of

Liberal leaders past. He

says she is a liar. Any prospect of a calm reasonable debate over this issue appears to have gone all

together. So much for the

kinder gentler policy in this

paradigm part. Coming up we

look at who is non-parole

front as MPs head home for

the long Easter break. Mine

while today also saw the

government take another step

towards introducing the other

tax, the mining tax. It

accepted 98 recommendations

from Indiana industry

consultation panel -- its

industry consultation panel.

The Treasurer said this was

not a green light for the

States to start hiking royalties, warning the

Federal government does have

ways of keeping them in

check. We of course will credit royalties under this

regime, we are not expecting

any substantial change in

royalties in the near future.

But if and when that challenge arises then of course there will be discussions with the states.

But there is no green light

in this report for royalty increases, and no

justification for royalty

increases as well. There

are plenty of mechanisms and

we will talk to the state but

I name the revenue stream that comes to infrastructure.

The states want that re knew

stream. They need it.

Particularly in WA and

Queensland. But I don't

anticipate as we go through

this any great ker fufl to be

frank. Nor does Wayne Swan

expect any further impact on

the budget bottom line as a

result of these furgt changes

to the mining tax. But the

opposition and Greens don't

buy it. It is a wrong

decision, it adds to the

hundred billion being lost

over the next 10 years from

the public purse which should

be going to hospitals,

houses, defence, schools. And the Greens of course want the

mining tax to apply to -- at

a much higher rate. On

another front the government introduced legislation today

for a new voluntary carbon

farming market. The idea is

to pay farmers for their

ideas to reduce emissions to

better soil, using less

fertiliser, planting trees or

even tackling methodanne

emissions for -- Methane

emissions from livestock.

And independent MP Rob

Oakeshott likes the idea too. People in the sector won't

have a liability for the

carbon emissions but this on

the alternative is a

tremendous opportunity to

participate in tackling

climate change, drive an environmental benefit by storing carbon and to

generate a revenue stream. We

are a land of degraded soils

and if we do want to be a

more productive country here

is a unique opportunity to

really value-add to the soils

of this country through the

carbon farming initiative and

the link to the price on

carbon. Well on this issue as

with the mining tax, and the carbon tax the government

must win over the cross-bench

in the lower house to get

anything through. One of

those crossbenchers joins us

now, the Western Australian

Nationals MP Tony Crook.

Thanks for your time. Let's start with the carbon tax if

we can before we get to those

other issues, where do you

stand on what the government

has put on the table this

broad plan for a carbon tax

moving to an efts? Well --

to an emissions trading

scheme? I think first of all

good afternoon. I think you

have encapsulated it pretty

question well. We haven't

really got anything on the

table yet. It is still

broad. The only thing we

have got for certain is the

uncertainty of it is it going

to be a carbon tax. Does it

run into a trading scheme.

Think there is still a lot of

debate as to what we will

actually end up with and that's what most people are

concerned about. There was a motion this morning in Parliament on the principle

of having a price on carbon,

you voted against that. So you don't support the

principle of a price on

carbon? No, the main areas of

a price on carbon is yet to

be determined as to how it

will affect tlally my

electorate. I have got a big

mining electorate and agricultural electorate. I have got people travelling

vast distances, the price of

fuel is set to escalate. The

price of living is set to

escalate. What sort of

carbon tax comes into play

particularly with mining

companies, and what we have

to remember is that we have currently got a fantastic way

of life in this country and

it has all been on the back

of our agriculture and mining

industry and they look to be

the first ones going to be penalised when the carbon tax

comes in and I think that is inherently unfair. It doesn't look like the

government can hope to win

you over on that particular issue? Well certainly there

is a lot of work to do yet.

Let's look then at some

other areas the government is looking to your support on

today's announcement somewhat

related of a carbon farming

market. The legislation is

now being introduced. Greg

Combet calls this a win-win for farmers and the environment are you a

supporter of this? I actually think that does have some

merit. We have a situation

where our farmers and

particularly a lot of my

farmers are in arid farming

air dwras, they have dry land

farmers and they are innovative people and

research and development will

be the key to this and carbon

farming might be an opportunity and I would

welcome that, once again I

would wait to see how it pans

out. The idea is to pay

farmers for things like

better soil management,

better practices when

producing rice, better

fertiliser management and

then also to reduce deforess

station and to plant more

trees. Is this an area you

think farmers can genuinely

expect a new revenue stream

from? Particularly in your

seat? I would like to think

that would be the case,

although we don't grow a lot

of rice in WA, particularly

in my electorate. But a lot

of the farmers are already

doing that. They are putting

allies in and all of those

initiatives. And if there is

a benefit, if they will

derive a benefit and financial benefit I will

welcome that but we need to

see how it is rolled out into

the whole carbon tax debate.

What about the mining tax?

The government has - is

making further changes after this industry consultation

process, it is now saying it

will refund any future

increases in state mining

royalties. The big minor s

-- miners appear to be on

side. Where do you stand on

this? In WA we have a

fantastic program called the

Royalties for Regions program

which delivers 25% of the state royalties back to

regional projects. I heard

in your piece prior the

Treasurer Mr Swavn said WA

was calling out for more

infrastructure. He is dead right but currently what they

are offering is $2 billion

over eight years when they

are set to take somewhere

between $5 billion and $8

billion out of WA. That is

clearly nothing more than a

poke in the eye. Once again

WA will be propping up the

rest of the nation when it

comes to these sorts of

taxes. The tax that the

mining tax that is being considered, although it's

only aimed at the two major

projects at this stage, oil

and gas and coal obviously,

but the real concern in WA is

that's where it - that it

won't stop there and mining

smaller mining companies,

other base metals will be

dragged into it over time and

they just literally can't

afford it. A mining tax, you know, some companies do make huge profits but what you

have to remember when you are starting a small mining

venture and you invest in a

mining company you might be

eight or 10 years before that

company actually draws a

dividend because it's a high

risk game. It's a high risk

industry. It won't apply to

those small start ups, this

is aimed at the bigger

miners. That's true but it

is also the same principle is

applicable. There is a lot

of for every drill hole that

finds a bit of iron ore, a

bit of gold or nickel or coal

there is probably a million

that don't and there is a massive expense that goes

into doing that. So there is

a real concern that the

mining tax particularly in WA

won't deliver what WA wants.

And I heard the Treasurer was

saying that - I think you

said David that there was

concern that the states might

hike up their royalty s

program. Well, I don't see

that happening. I think in

particular in WA we have got

a government that's very

mindful of the mining wealth

that is generated in the west

and what it delivers to WA

and as I said to you the

royalties for regions program

has been an absolute coup in

regional WA, and when you

have got communities in

doctor shires in my community forking out half a million

dollars just to have a doctor

in their town when it is

clearly a federal issue is

wrong. So when we hear about

a mining tax being introduced

and 5 to 8 billion coming out

of WA it really does - it

really does rub people up the

wrong way. Before I let you

go, just as Parliament wraps

for this session and MPs head

off for the Easter break

tempers have been running

high particularly over the

carbon tax issue. We heard

Tony Abbott say today he

wants an election before any carbon tax is put to Parliament. What do you

think about this? Is he

right? Do Australians

deserve an election before

any carbon tax is put before

Parliament? Well, that's a

difficult one. We have had an election, Labor have been

returned, not by my hand I

would add. Whether or not an

election would solve this I

don't really know. I think

that's for the Prime Minister

to determine. Whether or not

an election would be the

answer, I think we need to be

a little bit more pragmatic

about this and that is that

we have a government in

place, we are going to have

robust debate and I think we

need to consider all of these

things before we fly off into

another election. We sure are

getting that robust debate.

Thanks for joining us Tony

Crook. Thank you. After the

break our panel Peter Harcher for the 'Sydney Morning

Herald' and Mark Kenny from

the tifzer. Stay with us.

Welcome back. Before we get to our panel let's check

in on the latest news headlines with Suzanne. headlines with Suzanne.

. Julia Gillard and Tony . Julia Gillard and Tony

Abbott have gone head-to-head

in a fiery". The opposition

is resisting calls to

apologise after he attended

an anti-carbon tax rally in

which abusive attacks were

made against the Prime

Minister. Senior ministers are furious at the language

used against Ms Gillard and

have demanded Mr Abbott

distance himself from the

extreme groups that attended

the protest. Allied nations heading the military

intervention in Libya say the

Gaddafi regime's Air Force no

longer exists as a fighting

force. After major strikes

by the Coalition. Attention

is now turning to attacks on

Libyan tanks and ground

forces, with reports that

Gaddafi's forces are

bombarding the rebel-held

city Misrata but as the

military operation continues

there is still no agreement

as to whether NATO will take

charge. There are grows fears

of contaminated food in Japan

specially around the troubled

Fukushima nuclear plant.

Parents in Tokyo are being

warned not to let their young children drink tap water

because of concerns about the

level of radiation in the

supply. Japanese officials

say it contains double the

safe level of radioactive

iodine as a result of leaks from the Fukushima plant.

Disgraced AFL player/manager

Ricky Nixon has had his

accreditation revoked for two

years. The ruling by the AFL players association comes

after damning findings he

acted in an dishonest and

unprofessional way in his

dealings with a 17-year-old

girl at the centre of the

nude photo scandal. Ricky

Nixon has admitted to having

inappropriate dealings with

the 17-year-old girl. World

wide tribute s are being paid

to screen legend Dame

Elizabeth Taylor who has died

in Los Angeles. The

79-year-old pass add way in

hospital surround ed by

family after suffering

congestive heart failure.

She silence ed her critics

when she won two Academy

Awards. She is also being

remembered for her charity

work, including her personal

crusade yaens AIDS. And in

sport. Swan s defending

Clint Bolton has been forced

into immediate retirement on

the eve of the AFL season,

the 30-year-old had just

recovered from an achilles

injury but suffered a new ankle problem. The

all-Australian key defender

fell just one game short of

recording 200 AFL appearance

s. He featured in the Swan's drought-breaking 2005

premiership team. Now to the weather: weather: weather:

Welcome back. As this Parliamentary session draws

to a close it is finishing

with a bang. Neither leader

willing to take a backward

step as they fight each other

tooth and nail over the

government's carbon tax

plans. We are joined from

Canberra by the political

editor of the Advertiser Mark

Kenny and the political editor of the 'Sydney Morning

Herald' Peter Harcher.

Thanks for joining us, Mark

what did you make of that

final Question Time session

where Julia Gillard and Tony

Abbott really were throwing everything at each other?

Like you said, it was a very combative final Question

Time. They sometimes take on

a bit of a last day of school

feel, with a bit of good

naturedness but there was

none of that really there

today. It is very obvious

that both Julia Gillard and

Tony Abbott know that they

are in the fight that really

is going to define their

success in the offices they

hold. Tony Abbott needs to

win this one as much as Julia

Gillard does, and both sides are throwing absolutely

everything at it. So there is

a lot of feeling, a lot of

name-calling, the debate

itself seems to have

descended into this kind of

very abusive and name-calling

stage and that was really

reflected in a very sort of, yeah, ugly sort of Question

Time I thought. I want to

replay a little bit of what

we saw in Parliament just to

give you another taste of it.

Tony Abbott earlier in the

day had expressed some regret

over the extremist views

expressed in that protest

yesterday, but then in

Question Time this afternoon

pointed out that previous protest rallies against John

Howard included some pretty

nasty elements as well. Take

a look at this. I tell you

what we never heard any

complaints from former Prime

Minister John Howard when

people like the minister for

climate change and the

Assistant Treasurer fronted

rally s before placards

calling the former Prime

Minister Satan and Hitler and

baby killer. This is the

kind of thing which the

former Prime Minister had to

put up and members opposite

did not utter the slightest

word of a apology or slow the slightest sign of

embarrassment. So hypocrisy going along with Tony

Abbott's charge that the government's lied about its

carbon tax, the Prime

Minister also was

personalising this attack. Suggesting that Tony Abbott

has become far too extreme to

be an alternative Prime

Minister. Have a look. Well

I say to the Leader of the

Opposition I believe

increasingly Australians are

disgusted by his negativity and revolted by his

arrogance. They see them on

display every day, this

puffed up arrogance, as he

pursues his narrow political

interests. She urged

Coalition MPs to go away into

this Easter break and have a think about whether Tony

Abbott has the judgment to lead the party. Peter Harcher, what did you make of

it all? Well, Gillard is

trying to trap Tony Abbott in

this rather narrow spit of

land he is walking. Abbott is trying to conscript a

people's army, a people's

revolt to create the

atmospherics to spook the

independents, to try to

divide them from the Gillard

government and bring down the

Gillard government. But on

the other hand he can't aisle

en ate mainstream Australia because that's where the

votes come from. So he is in

between the contest for the atmospherics and a contest

for the votes and Gillard is

trying to skewer him in that

rather than uncomfortable

position we saw him in and we saw it yesterday when he was

talking to the so-called people's revolt. You know,

giving them a rallying call for ending the carbon tax and

forcing the government to an

early election. Yet at the

same time saying "And by the

way, we know that climate

change is real, and man is

making a contribution". So

she is just trying to make

him squirm in that uncomfortable spot he is in.

It is interesting that

Abbott is caught between the

two roles between the wrecker

that makes him an effective

Opposition Leader and

whatever else he might need

to be in order to be

considered as an alternative

Prime Minister. And so, we

see him very eager just kind

of leverage the passion in the community that was

represented yesterday at that

rally, he was eager to be

there and he spoke and he enjoyed them. He described

them as fine Australians and

at one stage a slice of

middle Australia but the trouble is they are not

really. There were some

obviously very main stream

people there but there were also people from the extremes of politics and so Julia

Gillard's really try ing to

pin that on Tony Abbott and

he is sort of caught between

those two. Peter, there is

not a lot of love, if you

look at the polls, for the

carbon tax idea. So how did

Tony Abbott end up in this

situation where he is being

pinned an extremist and this

seems to be getting some

tration for the government.

Was it attending that rally

yesterday with the banners

behind him and all the rest

of it is that the big mistake

here? Well having called for

a - having called for a

people's revolt he can't then fail to appear before it. It

was a trap of his own making

if you like. So he is in an

uncomfortable position trying

to keep some balance between

those two positions of

moderate voters, yet extreme

noise-makers. He really is in

a trap of his own making. And

on the other hand I think he

is quite right, that Gillard

and the Labor Party generally

is being a little bit

precious about the level of

political debate, the level

of political accusation and

the level of political ac rim

owny. There is nothing

particularly new or shocking

or bracing in the insults

flying back and forth.

Perhaps the only new edge is

some of the specifically sexist references being

thrown at Gillard. But apart

from that Abbott is entirely

right. Hourd went for a

decade being likened to Hitler in almost any debate

on almost any question. It really is selective

short-term memory. As he

says - It is particularly

ugly. We didn't hear a lot

from union leaders Greg

Combet or Bill Shorten condemning those protests

back then. The mining tax

the government is accepting

the recommendations of its

industry consultation panel.

Wayne Swan didn't seem to this this will cost the

budget too much but it does

expose the Commonwealth

potentially to having to fork

out more if the States hike

their state royalties? Yes, it does actually expose the Commonwealth to that. I mean, according to Wayne Swan

nothing is going to cost the budget anything at the moment

and we heard the carbon tax

or whatever it is we end up with, carbon tax, emissions trading scheme, that's not

going to be on the budget

papers in the short term and

this is supposedly not going to have any impact but it does expose the Commonwealth

to the extent they are going

to refund the increased state

royalty ifs they are levied

and they are going to try to obviously stop the states

from doing that but they

don't have absolute power in

doing that so it could be that the Commonwealth

taxpayer is effectively

picking up - increases, But politically the government

need s to keep these big

miners on side. Keep them

happy, it cabinet afford a

fight to break out again --

it can't afford a fight to

break out on this front Absolutely and

everything the government is

doing, this and the carbon

tax they need to get progress this year and that's the

agenda. I think the

intention is to get this

mining tax legislation into

the Parliament and through

the Parliament this year, it is obviously an ambitious

thing to do. But it is all

about getting progress,

getting momentum and getting these things in and cornering the opposition in the

process. Depending whether

this Opposition Leader even

lasts that long. The

incipient fight now is no

longer with the mining industry or the multi-national, the fight now

is with the Greens and today

the Greens have said well, we

don't endorse this idea at

all of limiting the state's

royalties and as well as the

Federal tax attack on the

mining companies we think the

mining companies should pay

more. So the price of

getting this through the

Senate may well be the Commonwealth - the Labor

Party will have to do a deal

with the Greens that involves increasing the total tax take

on the miners. A final issue,

on politicians pay. While

they are grapple ing and

debating how long they should

debate changes to the national broadband network it

seems on pollies pay they can

deal with matters pretty quickly when they want to.

The special minister of State

Gary Gray introduced legislation this morning I

think it was passed 30 minutes later. This

essentially puts the Remuneration Tribunal back in

charge of setting pollies

pay. Parliament can no

longer override decisions

from the tribunal. Is this a

good idea? It is a good idea

in that it takes the issue

out of politicians hands and removes from the Parliament

the right to override

decision s on their own pay.

But the real reason that

this is being done, the sort

of underlying story here is that the Remuneration

Tribunal is going to propose

that all the current bits and

pieces that of allowances

that politicians receive are

packaged into a sickle cash

out option if you like and --

sungled cash out option and

bundled up with salaries.

This could be portrayed as a

50, 60, 70,000 a year pay

increase for an MP it will

roll electoral allow ances,

cars and travel into ones and

the MPs themselves don't want

to be seen to be having to

vote on giving themselves

what could be portrayed as a

huge pay rise even though it

is really just a repackaging

of their existing titlements.

It does allow them at least

to put their hands up and say

"Out of our hands, we can't

do anything about it". The

re mun ration tribunal alone.

We will accept this $50

reluctantly. Exactly. What a

shame. We are out of time.

Good to talk to you both, thanks for that. After the

break we will turn to the

final days, final hours of

the NSW election campaign.

We will hear from the

Opposition Leader Barry

O'Farrell. Who is on track to

become Premier on Saturday night.

It the NSW election campaign.

And there was some political

star-power on the campaign

trail today with Bob Hawke

joining the Premier on the

hustings. Despite admitting

Labor is heading for defeat

the former PM was clearly charmed by Kristina Keneally.

There are a few bonuses in

politic, you get to kiss occasionally a beautiful

woman. Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell meanwhile

took his campaign bus to the

NSW hunter region today,

leaving behind his Shadow

Treasurer Mike Baird to

release the Coalition's

costing, NSW election reporter Celina Edmonds was

on the bus and caught up with

Mr O-Farrell. She began by

asking how big a land slide

the Libs are expecting. It

will depend on the outcome of

the election, it will depend

on whether 4.5 million people

across the state decide to

vote for real change. I take nothing for granted in this

election campaign, we have

seen an avalanche of lies and

negative and untruthful

information to people's

letterboxes, claims frins we

are going to get rid of

public poll days in the state

an absolute lie. Not a

problem for Labor who ran ads

trying to promote it, put pieces into people's

letterboxes so I take nothing

for grant ed. If we are

entrusted for government on

Saturday we want to be a

honest comp department stable

government for NSW for a

change. A government focused

on the community needs not on

self promotion, not on jobs

for the boy, not on looking

after their mates. Despite

the negative campaign, the

predictions from the polls

are that Labor could be left

with as few as 13 seats? I

don't believe that. Labor is

again sitting a low bar for

itself. I think what we have

seen through this campaign is

a targeted approach by Labor

trying to appeal to its

heartland and appeal in a

very negative way. Through

lies, through smears, through

fears. Kristina Keneally

can't run on Labor's record

of non-delivery over 16

years, she can't run on her

scandal ridden team so she is

trying to prom oil fears about the National Party and I have to say they are

getting out of hand when Di

Lay our candidate from

Cabramatta who came in as a

refugee, allowed in by Malcolm Fraser against union

opposition, against

opposition of the Parliamentary Labor Party is

accused of being associated

with One Nation. That's des

pickable. It is gut renching

yet defended it. Unless

people vote Liberal national

locally on Saturday there

won't be change. State-wide

opinion polls don't reflect what happens in individual

seats, we need people to not

reward the lies, to not

encourage the scandals, to not cheer on the broken

promises and to not vote

Labor locally on Saturday if

we are to win. You have

started your bus-style

campaigning, was that because

Kristina Keneally has been

frantically campaigning on a

bus in most of the election campaign, and you have been

had a much more measured

campaign. Did you have a perception of being held

back? Do you think or do you think people wanted to see

you out and about more? We

always intended to finish the

campaign with a bus tour to

all parts of the state.

Kristina Keneally seems to

believe as usual that it is

all about her, that she

invented bus campaigning, I

think Thomas Dewey did the

first bus campaign in the 19

40s in America. Buses are

part of every campaign. Our

difference is I am

campaigning with members of

my team. I am proud of my

shadow ministry, I am proud

to know they have the skills

to do the job. They are keen

to do the job. That's in

stark contrast with Labor.

In stark contrast with

Kristina Keneally. We are

also going to every seat.

Every seat over 60 hour,

every seat over the last

three days to give every

person across this state.

Every voter, every voice we

hear the chance to join us to

our commitment to deliver

real change in NSW. Kristina

Keneally is narrow casting,

driven by the polls,

influenced by Hawker and Bastiari, only interested in where it counts and that's

been the problem in NSW over

the past 16 years, we need a

government that governs for

all. We need one that is focused on the public interest and a government

that is prepared to listen

and Kristina Keneally is not

listening to about

three-quarters of the state's seat in this current

campaign. There are a lot of people though that are

concerned about their jobs in

NSW. That your government is going to mean pain for the

people of NSW. And today we

have seen unions NSW ask you

to declare your hand on

government jobs. Do you have

an agenda with jobs to axe

jobs in NSW? No, in fact we

are committed to 2500 more

nursing position, 900 more

teaching positions, 550 more

policing positions but that

hasn't stopped either Labor,

Kristina Keneally or the NSW

union movement spreading the

lies to try to allow Labor to

hang on. We want to create

jobs in NSW. We have got a

plan to create 100,000

private sector jobs through

pal roll tax rebates. We

know that the population

projections will see Sydney's

population increase by 1.1 million people over the next

25. We see NSW on current

projections increase to 9

million people. That means

more people needing schools,

more people needing hospitals, needing trains and

transport. More people need

ing safe #k34u7b9ity, with

eare committed to -- community. We are committed to matching growth in this

state. With service s that

people rely upon. That means

more police, nurses, teachers, more people to work

in the transport system to

deliver services that people

desperately need. One of the

things about elections is

that people expect all of a

sudden their lives are going

to change. You seem to have

been running a relatively low-key, low - hasn't been

much bravado in your campaign

in the sense of big promises,

big changes. You have been

more hesitant. More

reserved. What can we expect

from Premier Barry O'Farrell

in say the first 100 days? I

think committing to an honest government after 16 years is

a big change. It will be

welcome across the state. Committing to a stable

government where we don't

have 7 - Is that going to

mean for something in the

person in the street do you think? Committing to a stable

government where you don't

have 7 small business

ministers over five years

means that you have a chance

of a government that's

committed to policies getting

those policies implemented.

If you have the instability

that you have in Labor, if

you have the decisions for

the nation's culture sold out

the public interest, if you

have a government focusing on

itself the public don't get

the benefit. I understand the expectations are out

there, I understand no-one

comes into office if we are

elected on Saturday with a

magic wand that can make it

all disappear overnight. But

what we are offering the

people of NSW is the choice

of a Liberal National team

that if elected from Sunday

will start the hard yards, to

start the tough work. To

make the decisions. That are

needed to deliver the

improved services, the

improved future and the

opportunities they are

looking for. And we did talk to Premier Kristina Keneally of course earlier in

the campaign. Do join us Saturday night here on Sky

News for the most

comprehensive coverage of

this election result and the

morning after as well. All

the wash-up, Barry O'Farrell

will be joining Peter van

Onselen on agenda. Will he

be Premier as widely expected

on Sunday morning? Time to look at what's happening in

business and finance. John

ker isson joins us, Qantas

hitting turbulence today.

What is going on the oil

price not helping? Exactly right. A difficult time for

the airlines not only because

of the oil price which we

have seen at $105 US a barrel

but because the airlines are

concerned that customers are

going to start taking fewer

trips because of the

international problems in the

Middle East and of course in

Japan. While Qantas has moved

twice on the fuel surcharge

they have moved to lift their domestic airfares by $10 a

trip. That will happen late

next week. The markets seems

pretty happy with this move

because the share price was

up about 2% today to $2.12.

All Blacks the tech watchers

will -- and all the tech

watchers will be looking for this little toy tomorrow. It

is in our hot little hands as

of this afternoon goes on

sale this afternoon. Lisa

Creffield will have a review

of the iPad I. It is not a -

it has got to go back to the

shop. Thanks that's all for

this edition of 'PM Agenda'.

Do join us for the Nation on

Sky News, we will be joined

by the Home Affairs Minister

Brendan O'Connor, the shadow

climate minister Greg Combet

as well as Arthur Siodinis, chief of staff to John

Howard. We will look at this

carbon tax debate and what's been happening on the asylum

seeker front as well. The

Nation. 8 p.m. on Sky News.

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