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(generated from captions) The carbon debate gets new

heat from the man who shelves

the ETS. You make mistakes and

public life, that was a big public life, that

one. I made it. The Pike River way. Our job is Royal Commission gets under

way. Our job is to find out what happened, why and what

must change for the future

project that still doesn't have good. Congestion revives a

lift-off. That is why we need a

second airport for Sydney

sooner rather than later. And a dangerous word shell-like. It's acidification. a dangerous word in their

Hello. Welcome to ABC News

across Australia. I'm Ros Childs. On the local share market, the miners are getting

a good run-up thanks to higher

commodity prices.

Kevin Rudd has plunged his party into another round of

soul searching of the

The former Prime tumultuous events of last year.

he was wrong to put his plan

for an emissions trading scheme

on hold, but he has also thrown

in a jibe at his colleagues

saying some wanted him to

abandon the idea forever. And

the opposition wants to know if

Julia Gillard was one of them. Inside

Inside the Q & A confessional. something to get off his

chest. I think my judgment then

was wrong. Many had already

thought it, most had already said it. Now Kevin Rudd's

conceding his move to shelf

emissions trading was a poor

choice. Coy dance around this

on eggshells but I'm not. On

balance it was the wrong call.

We should've simply tried to sail straight ahead. You make

mistakes in public life. It decision that started a

haemorrhaging of public

support, flushed out a

challenger, and ended in downfall. But there is a tinge

of revenge in the Rudd admission.

admission. He says some in the

Cabinet tried to kill the ETS

once and for all. Not just

delay it. I tried find a path

up the middle T didn't

work. Same people that wanted

to junk it are the same people

that quantity to bring a carton

tax in now? (Laughter) The key

... let me answer it this way.

I'm not gonna go down that

road. Nice try for the fourth

time. The question remains unanswered. He has revealed that there were some members of

the Cabinet that wanted to dump

the pricing of carbon forever.

Given it is now the same

Cabinet under Julia Gillard,

the government needs to come

clean. The important thing is

what we do now and fight now.

That's what's important. The

fight now appears

prickly. The throwback to the

darkest days of 2010 does

nothing to help Julia Gillard

in 2011. Her sales pitch still appears to be appears to be missing its

target. In today's Newspoll,

Labor's primary vote has

plunged again to 32%. Handing

Tony Abbott's coalition a 10

point lead after preferences.

Let's go live to a news in northern Queensland? I conference with Julia Gillard

understand

concerned about cost of living

understanding that as we frame pressures. I'm certainly

the budget. And one of the

things we want to do in the

budget is to reduce pressures because I am concerned about

the pressure on people through

cost of living. On pricing I have said that the

single biggest use of the

revenue raised from pricing

carbon will go to generally

assisting households. We

in the middle of this year announce all the details about

pricing carbon. The figures people are seeing in their people

newspapers at the moment are

figures of speculation. When we

announce how we are going to

price carbon we will also announce the assistance package

for households, so people will be able to plainly see the

assistance that they are

getting. Every cent raised from

pricing carbon will go to assists households, assisting businesses to make the changes

they will need to, and also to

programs to tackle climate

change. Our biggest priority

will be helping Australians

with their cost of living. Staying with greenhouse gases with their cost of living.

the results of a two year study have confirmed what scientists

the Great Barrier Reef may soon feared, that coral growth on

struggle to rebuild. And in the Southern Ocean, Southern Ocean, whole

ecosystems are at stake. As

our environment reporter

explains scientists say impacts

are substantial. It took a month-long expedition and two

carbon dioxide in the waters of

the Great Barrier Reef.

Scientists can now confirm that

as the oceans absorb more

atmospheric CO2, there's a downside for marine

ecosystems. They probably are

becoming stressed. The

identified on the southern end greatest impact has been

of the Great Barrier Reef and inshore and the concern is that when

under the more acidic

conditions, they may struggle

to we build fast enough. So the

reef in 50 years' time, for

example, may not look anything

like we see at present. Less

corals, other organisms like

cooler waters. Southern Ocean, algae. Further south in the

scientists say the impact is also substantial. Tiny marine

organisms are getting lighter organisms are getting

in these waters. And it's a

species at the bottom of the

food chain that are most

vulnerable, including the tiny

marine snails called terapods.

If they do g, so too does the

food for whales, seals,

commercial fish and

birds. We're talking about the cornerstone of whole

ecosystems. While the most

witnessed in the Southern rapid response is being

Ocean, scientists say this

could be an indication of

what's in store for waters elsewhere. A Royal what's in store for tropical

Commission into New Zealand's Pike River Mine disaster has

been sitting for the first time

today. 29 men died after explosion in the mine last

November. On the line is

in Dominique Schwartz who that's

in Greymouth. What's happened

at the inquiry so nar? Today

was a preliminary hearing.

Basically to outline a road map

if you like for how the

inquiry. It begins siting in commission will conduct its

earnest in May and hopes to

wrap up public hearings in November before reporting back

to the government in March next

year or by the end of March

next year. Now, today we did

have some opening comments from

the chair of the commission,

and he was at pains to say that

what the commission wanted to

do was to find out what

happened on that fateful day,

why it happened and it try to

make sure that it didn't happen again. So look at the

New Zealand. He stressed that

it was not going to be a trial,

that there weren't going to be

any winners or losers out of it

and that the commission

wouldn't determine any liabilities. This is what else

he had to say. While the inquiry is in progress, public

comment on the evidence or

concerning witnesses is not appropriate. Comment or

criticism can of course be at the hearings, where those affected have an opportunity to

defend themselves. It's five

months since the disaster

happened and you were last in

Greymouth. What's the

atmosphere in the mining town

now? Since the disaster

happened I've been down here a

few times and most recently in

January when there was the

coronial inquest into the deaths of those 29 men which

found that they died at the time of within the minutes afterwards.

And I'd have to say that from

the families' point of view

they're very keen to et get

public hearings in the Royal Commission under way. They answers. They want things to be

made public. Because it has

been a long time and they don't

feel that they've got the

answers that they need. And

indeed, legal counsel for the

family said that they wanted to know the truth, whatever that

may be, and they really may be, and they really wanted

to ensure that miners who are now still working underground, not

but that they could look

forward to a safe future. There was counsel for the union representing miners who also

spoke today at the hearing. And

he said that there needs to be

better safety of underground coal mining in New Zealand that

the regulations lagged behind

other countries. He thought it

would be terrific if expert

opinion from Australia could be

included in the commission

hearings when they get under way. Will the bodies of those 29 miners ever be

recovered? Well, I suppose

that's the big question and the

families still haven't moved

away. A lot of the family members still haven't moved

away from the desire to have

those bodies recovered. Bernie

Monk a spokesman for the

families committee says that

many of them feel that the

receivers for Pike River Coal

have not been commited to

getting the bodies out, that

they're more intent on trying

to sell the mine which they do

hope to do in the hope to do in the coming few

months. We mattered from the

legal counsel for Pike River

Coal, which said that they're

in such a parlous financial

state that they might not be

able to provide all material that the Royal

Commission needs for its

inquiry. Now, this was met with

some concern by the Royal

Commission chair who said that

the whole Royal Commission had

basically been set up on the understanding that Pike River

Coal would so we wait to see what happens

with that. Thank you for that. Here the Federal Government has

announced plans for a immigration detention centre in

Tasmania. The Immigration

Minister says the facility will

house up to 400 asylum seekers

at a Defence site at Ponfill 30 kilometres from Hobart.

Government maintains it's a

short-term option while other

centres are upgraded. The US

President Barack Obama has

launched his 2012 re-election ahead of his potential

Republican rivals. But the

timing wasn't great coming on a

day his administration had to

break a long-held promise and

with Washington facing a possible government shutdown

over budget cuts. Welcome to

America's first billion dollar

presidential campaign. This

man is yet to officially say

he's running. It will take a

new President. But Barack

Obama isn't waiting,

his bid for re-election in 2012

with text messages, emails, and

this on-line video. Here it is,

2012, the election. He doesn't

even appear in it. I don't agree with Obama on

everything. But I respect him and I trust

is aiming to raise a billion

dollars for the coming campaign

topping his record-breaking

$750 million total for 2008 but there are immediate political

problems to overcome. First, a

broken promise, to try alleged

9/11 plotter Khalid Sheikh

Mohammed and other accused

terrorists in civilian courts.

Congress tied the hands of the administration in that regard. Today return to military

tribunals. It was unwise and

unwarranted to do

there is a dangerous game of chicken over funding the US

Government, a possible shutdown

is looming at the end of the

week unless Democrats and

Republicans can agree on a new

plan to cut $33 billion out of

the budget. The President meets

both sides tomorrow. Time is of

the essence. The sticking

leaders can persuade 87 of

their new members backed by America's Tea Party movement to

accept it. They want much

deeper cuts.

Salvage work could begin

within a month on wreckage from

the Air France jet that crashed

off Brazil in 2009. Photographs

have been released of a large

section. Airbus plane. Engines

and bodies were also located

recorders which could pinpoint

the cause of the crash.

Officials hope the discoveries

will yield vital clues. The

plane went down in bad weather

en route from Rio de

Paris in June 2009 and there

were no survivors. The approach

of the Easter holidays offers a

welcome break from

schoolchildren and for their

teachers but a new study has

found that a big majority of teachers want to put school

behind them for good and choose

another career. The centre for markets school surveyed staff

satisfaction levels of 850 teachers in government and

non-government schools across

the country and two-thirds want out. Dr Linda Vining is Managing Director of the

centre. She joins us now from Adelaide. Two out of three

teachers you surveyed want to

leave the classroom. Why are so

many of them so unhappy? We

often hear that teachers want

pay increases and better conditions but my at the satisfaction level of teachers and found deeper

underlying motivators that are not being fulfilled in

teachers. These are causing teachers to look at other career options. Are they

disenchanted with the children

they're teaching or is it the way they're being managed within the school and the school system that's the

problem? When we asked them

how they related to students

the result was very

How teachers related to other

teach years, good. When we asked asked them how teachers communicate with management the executive of a school, executive of a school, the

results plummeted. And it seems

the teachers feel unloved

unappreciated, overworked. Many of them talk about working in

isolation within the classroom.

Where they don't know what's happening, they're from the top about the

direction the school is taking,

or why these changes are being

made. How easy is it for

teachers who move out of

teaching to find alternative

careers? Very easy and this is changing our statistics teachers to look for other

careers. Teachers have very

marketable skills that the

corporate sector wants. Skills

of high-level organisation and

communication. They're used to

managing problems every day in

the classroom, they manage

problems. And so teachers are

being courted by outside

organisations, and this really

is causing them to focus on

what other things do. I ran a seminar for

teachers looking at careers

beyond teaching and the room

was full. Young and old were

looking at what are the skills

they have that are required?

And this year, for the first

time in the school education

expo, we're going to be running

a seminar on careers a seminar on careers beyond

teaching, because there is a hunger for this information. Dr Linda Vining,

thank you. Libyan leader

Colonel Gaddafi has signalled

he may be seeking a way out of

the crisis. A spokesman says

the government is willing the government is willing to

negotiate reforms but is ruling out Colonel Gaddafi's

resignation and despite

evidence of a willingness to

end the fighting, that's

certainly not happening in the strategic oil town of Brega.

The target of a renewed advance

by a now better organised rebel

force. On parade, brimming with bravado, the new unit just completed two weeks of

military training. 70 men with

nine rifles among them. Last

month, this man was a dentistry student. Now he's their RPG

specialist. Some still eyed

their uncertainty. But others

like the camp commander are

proud to display a formal rank

and number. We have our GPSs, our maps, Google Earth. Despite

shortcomings in targeting the

enemy these are the first signs

of coordination. But the

artillery they have is old. It

jams. And there's a good reason

why these guns are in short

supply. This was one of the biggest three arms depots in

the country A week after the

rebels had taken control of it,

a fire started in a warehouse.

The extraordinary chain reaction

the rebels an arsenal of light

and heavy artillery that would

surely have given them a fighting chance in this war.

Over 2,000 anti-aircraft guns

and tonnes of ammunition went

up in smoke. Whether sabotage

or accident t reflects the

chaotic nature of rebellion. In spite of the obvious difficulties thousands still come forward to do their duty .

Men who can hardly stand, boys

barely old enough them the only priority is

ridding their country of

Colonel Gaddafi and to that end

they have no option but to pick

up a weapon and fight. New

life and urgency is being

breathed into a project that has struggled to get off the

ground for decades. The federal Infrastructure Minister says

Sydney must have a second

airport with the existing one

running at capacity and

limiting economic growth.

Anthony Albanese airport was vital to the state

and not building one would have a range of consequences. Delays for passengers, inconvenience

and a cost to economic jobs and growths as a result of that

capacity constraint at Sydney

Airport. That's why we need a

second airport for Sydney

sooner rather than later. An

inquiry into possible locations

for a second airport is due to

report in the second half of this

would not be drawn on when any

decision might be made. More than 10 sites are being assessed. A slimy sea assessed. A slimy sea slug and

a brightly coloured clam could

provide a windfall for Aboriginal communities in the

Northern Territory. They're being bred in

being bred in Darwin , they're

bound for Aboriginal communities. are breeding at a flourishing

rate. They're bright in colour

to protect against sunburn and feed themselves through

photosynthesis. The reef

creatures will be handed over

to Indigenous rangers in the

Gulf of Carpentaria to see how they survive out of captivity. It's really good to

go out on this, a really

interesting project, to learn

different stuff. Sea cucumbers

are a delicacy in eventually become a new industry in remote communities. This activity

could lead to a very solid

business advantage and in the

longer term. What's the eating

size? The plans have the

growing endorsement of the

federal Agriculture stunning. The record wet

season in the top end has

increased the amount of fresh

water in Darwin Harbour. That's

delayed the breeding cycle for the giant clams and sea cucumbers being grown in in

trial at the Darwin aquaculture centre. The fact the animals

are stressed means they're not

in a healthy condition.

Researchers say it's a minor

setback for a new industry that

will offer alternative income and employment Aboriginal communities.

Some of the other stories

making news in business. The

Transport Workers Union says Qantas

industrial action by its staff

by training managers to handle

baggage and check-in operations.

operations. The airline has

been sending managers to Los Angeles for grand operations

training. It says it's a

contingency measure to ensure

nights can continue as normal

if ground staff strike. And

has contracted for a fifth straight

straight month. A survey by the

Australian Industry Group found

sales and new orders down in

March while costs accelerated.

Time for a check of the markets

now with Nicole Chettle. News

from some of the big

miners? Equinox has postpone ed

an important shareholder

meeting on news that it's being eyed off by Minmetals resources. Equinox says until a

formal offer is received it will continue its bid for

London Mining but hold off on

making a making a final recommendation to shareholders. Equinox shares

gave up some early gains but still adding 8 cents. Another

Perth miner is powering ahead A

feasibility study gave it the

thumbs up to build a new mine

in Africa. Its shares were up

more than 5%. It's since sliped

a little. It's now putting 30 cents. The insurance giant

QPE has announced a healthy profit

profit result? The Chairman told investors the company

expects pre-tax insurance

profit to rise by at profit to rise by at least 30%

this year and shareholders

warmed to news that QBE will

maintain or increase its

dividend. Stocks jumped more

than 3% or 59 cents. And how's the broader market looking? The

All Ordinaries index is edging

higher buoyed by the resources

sector. Its up 9 points to

4,996. And the benchmark ASX

200 six-week high adding to yesterday's gains and of course

all eyes are on the Reserve

Bank which is widely tipped to

keep interest rates on hold. A

check now of check now of the domestic

market's other big movers in

the ASX top 100.

A flat finish on Wall Street, commentators steam came out the market following last week's strong performance and ahead of the earnings season.

There have been dramatic

scenes in North Carolina as the

woman accused of murdering the 10-year-old Australian girl

Zahra Baker faced court. The

girl's disappearance late attention before her

dismembered body was found

scattered in bushland. Today

her lawyer accused prosecutors

of parading his client before

the media. Pale and slightly dish shelved, Alyssa Baker

shuffled into court. She'd shuffled into court. She'd been

expected to enter a plea, but

none came. They it later on in here. It was all

too much for the 42-year-old

who collapsed into a chair. The

hearing got a little lengthy,

bit heated and I think she was

overcome and just needed to sit down for a moment. As well as

the murder, she's facing a slew

of other charges, including

bigamy and the obstruction of

justice for writing a bogus

ransom note to throw police off

her trail. I believe that the

people of this county have the

ability certainly to put aside

all the media and all the

hyperbole and all the

information that's come out and give her a fair trial here, yes

I do. Complicating matters for the prosecution a coroner's

report has failed to specify

the cause of death, saying only

Zahra Baker died from undetermined homicidal violence. Her head is still

missing: the whole affair has

left its mark on a small community. There've community. There've been a lot

of people lost sleep and cried

and prayed too over this but

it's not gonna bring her back.

As for justice - the case

returns to court in late June.

Police have clashed with demonstrators in Bangladesh,

where a general strike has been

staged to protest against a new

policy giving women equal inheritance people were arrested during the

one day strike that closed

schools and businesses in main

cities and towns. Residents of a village in Hungary are

preparing to move into new

homes, six months after the

area was inundated by toxic red

sludge from a storage dam. The waist-deep sludge flooded streets and houses before

spilling into creeks feeding

the Danube River. And a dog

that survived at sea on

wreckage from Japan's tsunami has has been reunited with her

owner. Two other yield Ban

yapped and jumped into the yapped and jumped into the arms of the woman been missing her pet for a

while and wanted to spoil her a

lot. The satellite shows thick

cloud across the nornt tropics

in a monsoon trough, generating

heavy rain and storms. Low

cloud over the eastern seaboard

in moist onshore winds and

mostly clear skies elsewhere

under a high. The monsoon

should generate heavy showers North Queensland. A tropical

low will bring heavy rain to

the north west. A high should

keep the south mostly dry, whilst directing cool winds and

showers onto the east Around the capitals ..

There is continuous news on

ABC News 24 and also news

on-line. Our next full bulletin is at is at 7pm. I'm Ros Childs. Have a great afternoon. Closed Captions by CSI

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