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(generated from captions) million bonus, really sticks in

the craw of most people who

want to help the workers but

don't see that as a way of

doing so. REPORTER: If the amendment fails will you amendment fails will you still

vote for the transformation

plan and also have uyou the Government for the criteria plan and also have uyou asked

and the conditions that will be

in the regulations before you

have to vote on it because

because if you don't get them

ail afterwards you might have

much leverage, will you? The

plan will be going to the house - House of Representatives this

week and the Government is

you still writing the conditions if

you like and so nobody has those, but certainly what we

have said is we are going to put this as a second reading

amendment in the Senate. It's

not possible to do that in the Reps but we will be supporting the plan Government does, because we think it is think it is the responsible

thing to do but having said that we will be looking over

the Government's shoulder to regulations and conditions, make sure nah in writing the make sure

that they do take into account

the priorities that will assist the priorities that will assist

workers and communities in this transformation. Of course, we don't have courage of don't have courage of it, it's

up to the Government to do the

due dill against here and it

really is a question of the Government asking parliament to Government asking the

and to assist the industry and they'd better and to assist the steel

it right. REPORTER: Are you industry and they'd better get

saying that the condition... (INAUDIBLE) Central to the Green plan for

co-generation plant. It has the Illawarra is the

been an on and off proposition

for a number of years now,

BlueScope have defer ed it

essentially for a decade and

have said what they intend have said what they intend to

do is build various parts of the co-generation plant and

expect to have it the whole thing completed within decade. What we are asking is that the Government take that the Government take into

account that plan in allocating

the $300 million and of course bewould want to least the components of the

co-Gen plant brought forward

but that's something the negotiate with BlueScope. Thank Government will have to

you very much. That was the

Greens Senator Christine Milne

Federal parliament in Canberra and Adam Bandt live from

announcing they will support

plan, that $p00 million plan.

This is compensation in the

wake of the carbon tax. The

Greens will move an amendment to the legislation but they they will see it through the to the legislation but they say

parliament. Christine Milne

says she'll be meeting BlueScope executives this

afternoon urging them to drop their plan to award themselves

bonuses of millions of dollars.

We're also expecting Nationals

MP Tony Crook to step up to

that very same spot in a that very same spot in a few minutes and we'll go to that soon as ehe starts but actually

he's just stepping up now so

we'll go to that. We're expecting that this will be in relation to his in the

aslyum seeker plan. I used to Act changes as part of the

be 6 foot 3 too at the start of

this! Those of you who don't

know me before I was 6 foot 3 wasn't I Andrew? Yeah! Whatever. Thank

you everybody for turning out

today. It's a bit fresh out here but sun out, that's for sure. Today

I'll move an amendment to the climate change bill around

diesel fuel excise and diesel fuel excise and the fact

that so many of my and really across regional that so many of my constituents

Australia are going to be

heavily impacted by the changes

to the diesel fuel excise rebate. This was supposed to be a tax on the 500 a tax on the 500 biggest polluters but the simple fact

of the of the matter is there'll be

hundreds of thousands of my electorate really really to struggle to find that to struggle to find that extra

money to - which will be a

just no alternative to diesel major burden to them. There's

fuel in many locations. I have road houses along the Eyre

Highway sheep stations, mining camps, the whole gambit camps, the whole gambit of people that use fuel to provide energy where there's just no choice and I think this is certainly a hit

Australia, it's a further hit on Western Australia, we've on Western Australia, we've got the carbon tax, the meaning tax

GST which is coming and also the

floor put in place at 7 5% which are all which are all critical issues

to my electorate. This amendment that we'll be putting up this evening when we get to

it, will be about ensuring that

those smaller businesses don't have the impact of a diesel -

the diesel fuel rebate hit on

them. As I said, up to - over 100,000 businesses have been

affected and I'd certainly be seeking support on go forward. REPORTER: Any

closer to a decision on the

having Migration Act yet? Not yet. I'm

having a couple having a couple of meetings

this afternoon with both

Government and Opposition and

then we'll go from

are those meetings with Both

Government and Opposition.

Certainly meeting with Tony

Abbott. I've also got a meeting

with the leader of the with the leader of the House

enable at some stage ll I enable at some stage ll

haven't actually pinpointed a

time. Will you be see Julia Gillard? I hope to see the Gillard? I hope to see the PM

at some stage either today or tomorrow. REPORTER: Do you should be able to decide what offshore processing they want? I think there's a whole number of issues around here. It's around border It's around border protection,

the safety of those people take the massive risk, it's about killing off the about killing off the people that profit from this industry.

There's a whole number of things, obviously the

Government thought that the

Malaysian deal was going to be

in a position where it would in a position where it would do that. That hasn't panned out. I

think there's many other things

to consider as well as the one you've just you've just mentioned.

REPORTER: What are the

questions you want to put to those those leaders to then those leaders to then help

make your decision? We've had

lots of discussion around all

of these things. As I said, I stated publicly, I've had real

concerns about the risk that these people take, you know,

being involved in the Christmas Island review was Island review was something

that really took - brought home

to me the fact that these

people are prepared to take people are prepared to take a

massive risk and the Christmas

Island tragedy was the tip of

that obviously. There's been a

lot more people lost their

lives along the way. Obviously border issue for me, it's a major

issue is my let in Western

Australia. It's for ail

Australians, we need to have secure border protection and that's obviously the Government's role. And obviously breaking the people

smugglers' business model is

the key to all these things. I

do support offshore processing.

I think it is a deterrent I think it is a deterrent but

we must ensure that all of those things along the way,

that we get to that final position. REPORTER: Which way

would you people like you to

vote in the electorate do you think? Well, I think doubt that my doubt that my electorate would

be strong on border protection. But I would like to think all

the people of Australia would like to see aslyum seekers

managed in a humane way as I

certainly do, and I would think

that they would ask that they

don't take that massive risk. I

want people to come to Australia through normal channels. People channels. People are prepared

to take a massive risk to get

to our country and to others and

and we need to find a mechanism

or a trigger that does or a trigger that does make

them reconsider those like a yes for like a yes for the legislation? I don't think legislation? I don't think

that's correct all. Everyone

else in the House has made up

their mind on this a couple of week ago. What is the

fundamental conflict stopping you holding you from making a

decision? I never took the

decision last - the Thursday of

the last sitting week, the last sitting week, because

it was brought on late. There

were changes - there was amendments that Rob Oakeshott

put up at the last minute that

I had no idea what they were about. about. The Bali solution was

dish had no idea what that was

about. I told the PM that if they were going to proceed on

that day that I wouldn't be

supporting it because I wanted more information. We've taken

that process to the nth degree.

I welcomed Scott Marson'sel to

my electorate to visit the

detention centre. Obviously we

had a four hour drive which I

managed to wear Scott out at

the end of but we talked about

any number of things. Obviously

the migration bill was a one but it was a good

opportunity for me to talk to

Scott about issues that really

do affect my electorate like

the floor in the GST, the floor in the GST, about region am doctor, Western

Australia's krnlly 62 dwps

short in regional Western Australia. They are critical issues in my issues in my electorate. Are you holding up the you holding up the vote? No,. I'm telling you that the

conversation we had over four

hour and I think hour and I think Scott slept for nearly 20 minutes of the ride. ... Treated in ride. ... Treated in Malaysia, were you confidented by temperature un-'s - UNHCR's temperature un-'s - UNHCR's comments that they're probably

baeft out of there than in mandatory detection. I've

stated on many occasions that when aslyum seekers get to

Australia, they need to be

managed in a humane and a

professional way and professional way and we currently do that with currently do that with the

detension centres. I've been to

Leonara twice now and I've

found the facility to be quite just a mining catch but it's got all the facilities, the

young adults that we saw there, the young teenagers we saw there, last Thursday I were there, were pretty content, admittedly they've

only been there for a few days. What

days. What about Malaysia, is there anything about sending them there that really worries

you? Obviously all the issue

around Malaysia has been talked

of. I did oppose it previously.

When it came before the parliament on the grounds that there were concerns. Those

concerns may still well concerns may still well be legitimate concerns. ... Reopening Nauru and

reintroducing TPVs would be sufficient policy changes? It

worked in the past, the

evidence clearly shows that it

did have - did stop the boats.

I'm not sayling that that's the

new solution. I've stated

publicly that I'm a bit disappointed that disappointed that both Government and Opposition vent

worked through a process a bit better here better here and come to a

solution that is more workable

and would have the support of the parliament. I think the parliament. I think all of

these things are important when

we weigh this up. If we do end

the week with no changes to the

Migration Act and the only

option is Nauru, do you think that Nauru would inevitably face legal challenge in ? I

don't know. I would have - having considered what happened

over the Malaysian surprised if there wasn't a challenge to anything that

comes up now. And that's

obviously a concern and that's

part of the reason why the Government are looking to make these these amendments. Secondly on

that issue, I know that you've

been given briefings by various

sorts including Andrew M et

calfe, do you agree the experts

same that Nauru is no longer

the sufficient deterrent it

once was? I don't know that it

was for me to agree or not. The fact of the matter is

did work in the past. We're did work in the past. We're now

told that it may not be as

successful as it was

previously. It was a

previously. It was a situation

that did work. I think - I go

back to my main argument, that

is that we need to be strong on

border protection. We need to

ensure that those people don't

take that massive risk and we break the people smugglers'

cycle, so any number of issues around that which are clearly

offshore processing because

theman we have onshore

processing the boat also come

and that's opinion clearly

proven straight after the

announcement the High Court challenge you think of the argument that

if the Government doesn't get through through the House on

Thursday there should be an election? Well, that's for

other people to decide. I never

gave my support to this Government in formling

Government. I gave my support to Warren position to form a Government.

And they weren't. So I continue

to sit on the cross bench and

as I said I would from day one

of the campaign to try leverage a better deal for

Western Australia. If Western Australia. If a

Government can't get a piece of Government through the house should they go to the polls? That would be up for the Government to Government to decide. I'm not

beholden to this Government. I look at the issues that I see that are important up my decisions accordingly as I do with every piece up I do with every piece of

legislation that comes into

this parliament. taking your vote on this deeply

seriously even though in

legislative terms it may be futile given the position of the Senate. Does that have any

influence on the way you may make a decision in your vote? No. The Senate is vote? No. The Senate is a

separate House. If we were to

consider everything that as it goes through the like this, we need - like this, we need - the House

of Representatives needs to of Representatives needs to do

it business and the Senate will do their's. That will be clearly a decision for the Government to decide. I think

we'll have to make a decision

at some point, probably not

today. But I don't think it's too far away if the Government

are keen to bring this vote on and they've talked about

Thursday or Tuesday. We've got

a couple of days to wade flu a few things yet. Taking into

account all the concerns you have

have prexszed do you have leaning one way or the other at this point? No, not really.

It's very much a betwixt and

between position. I find good and bad on both sides of the

argument and we'll just

continue to work through all of

these processes. I look forward

to the meetings we have teed up today and in the further, if

anybody wants to come and see

me about it, we'll work me about it, we'll work through

those as well. REPORTER: those as well. REPORTER: You meant the West

Nationals yesterday. What did -

who were they, was that the State executive? I did. I met with my leader Brendan with my leader Brendan Grylls

and also Colin Holt an also the State president. We

discussed this at length and

they are very keen for me

make the right decision and

they will support any position

that I come to. REPORTER: They didn't

didn't have a position that they thought you should support? No, not really. The WA

Nationals have been fantastic in

in their support of what in their support of what we've

tried to do in the parliament. And that is as I said, sit on

the cross bench and try the cross bench and try and

leverage a better deal for

Western Australia in what is an unbelievably unique parliament

and we're finding and we're finding that out this

week. Brendan and Colin were

fantastic, gave me good points

for view on both sides and I'll

talk to them again probably

today and tomorrow as

well. REPORTER: Can I push you

on this idea of which way

you're going to go. This debate

has gone on for a long time

now. You've had a number

be a vote on Thursday. Surely

you must have some sort of idea

either an in principle leaning

one way or the other? How

credible is it that you still

don't have an idea? I don't

think my credibility is at

issue her, thanks. I'm weighing

up all of the information that

I can get from both sides of

this argument. And I'll make my

decision in my time and in due course. It will be this course. It will be this week.

There's no doubt about

that. Thank you, Tony. So as

same questions in 20 million

different ways to see if they

could get Tony Crook to indicate which way indicate which way he's going

to vote but WA Nationals MP

Tony Crook live from Federal parliament saying there parliament saying there he

still hasn't made a decision on

which way he'll vote on the Government's proposed changes

to the Migration Act. Those are

the changes the that Government had to resort to had to resort to after the High

Court ruled out the previous Malaysia aslyum seeker deal.

Support from him will be

critical to get the changes through the lower house for the Government, but

through the Upper House anyway.

Tony Crook was saying he supports offshore processing and says all Australians would like to see aslyum seekers

handled in a humane way. So we're expecting that we're expecting that vote on

the legislation on Thursday. We

had the Greens media conference before that as well, so before that as well, so to discuss both of these we're joined now by our political

editor Lyndal Curtis in

Canberra. First we'll go to the Greens

Greens media conference. Was

there ever any real expectation

that the Greens would not

support that steel industry compensation you never know until people

stay way way they're going to

vote as we've heard Tony Crook

not saying yet which way he'll

vote but the Greens in tend will support the Government's $300 million steel

transformation plan. They want some definition in the regulations that will accompany

that to encourage a move to

cleaner energy. The Greens were talking about a co-generation

plant in the Illawarra. Some

pushing of the BlueScope Steel

to I guess bring that forward.

It's what they seemed to indicating. Christen Milne will

be meeting with both BlueScope

and Wun Steel this afternoon.

She's got some criticism of

their executive bonuses being paid but in the paid but in the end even if the

Groups amendments that they're

going to move on the steel

transformation plan don't get

ul up they'll still support it. If the Greens hadn't

supported that, then the

Opposition could point to Opposition could point to all

the steel industry job losses

that flowed beyond that as a

result of the Greens' action the Government's been putting

some pressure on the Opposition

because as you mentioned, Tony

Abbott's been warning of job losses, particularly in the steel industry as a result of carbon tax, the carbon price.

But he not voting in favour of

the steel traps formation plan. We'll have a listen, Tony

Abbott was again asked why he won't vote for it this morning

and he again outlined his

views, this is what he abanother had

pure and simple. That's all it

is. It's not about is. It's not about structural

adjustment for the steel

industry. It's just carbon tax compensation. Now, the

Government promised a carbon tax tax but they promised

compensation as well. If they

can't deliver the compensation,

they shouldn't proceed with the carbon tax. So that's Tony

Abbott there speaking in queeb

just a couple of hours ago. just a couple of hours ago. We

also heard there from Tony

Crook and at this stage we

don't know which way he'll

fall? No we don't. It's another number added to of people in the parliament who do support offshore processing.

A clear majority of the

parliament supporting offshore

processing. It's where the processing will happen, that's the sticking

point is crucial to whether or

not the Government's legislation gets through the

lower house. It's not going to

get through the Upper House.

The Government's looking for in

essence a symbolic victory in

the lower house on the legislation. Interestingly, in the press conference, he used

the language of both the language of both the Government and the Opposition. He says he want legislation that will break business model, language that the Government's been using but

he also said that using Nauru

had worked in the past, had worked in the past, had

stopped the boats, language you

hear from Tony Abbott very often. He's not yet made up his

mind. He wants offshore

processing, something that will

stop people making the stop people making the risky journey from other places to

Australia. He wants something that ends the people smugglers'

trade, what that is we don't

know yet, what he'll vote for,

he having meetings with Tony

Abbott and the leader of House, Government Minister

Anthony Albanese, he's likely

to have a to have a meeting with Julia

Gillard as well but the vote is

not until Thursday and we

probably won't know until what

he is saying which way he'll

vote Do you expect the

Government to pull that

legislation if that's not sure

that it has the numbers? It that it has the numbers? It

might well do that but it's certainly not flagging its

intention. It's certainly been

the subject of some speculation

but the Government wants to

keep up maximum pressure

it now knows for sure which way

the Government also go. Whether

it wants to risk having a loss

on the floor of parliament ,

the first loss on a piece of Government legislation in many,

many years if that happens,

some are saying that that would

be a defacto confidence vote although although in this parliament, I think a motion of no confidence

would have to be a motion of no confidence before confidence before the Government would consider it Government would consider it as

such but that option is such but that option is open to the Government but as I say I

don't think the Government would canvass that would canvass that option at all

that it either does have the

votes or doesn't have the votes. Are you expecting that

Graham Perrett will be asked

any questions by the Opposition in Question Time today? Unfortunately for the Opposition, which may like to

ask him questions, there's no actually formal mechanism for

the Opposition to ask questions

of a backbencher who doesn't

have a piece of legislation and certainly not on internal certainly not on internal party matters. I'm sure the speaker

would take a very dim would take a very dim view of that. Thank you Lyndal Curtis.. Thank you, Joe. Cricket Australia has slammed allegations that Australian cricketers are the biggest

offenders of spot fixes. offenders of spot fixes. The accusation were made by a Pakistani cricket agent Pakistani cricket agent who

fronted a corruption

two Pakistani cricketers in London. Chief executive James

Sutherland says the claims are

baseless but has vowed to follow up any follow up any credible

allegation.. What was heard in

a London court overnight

comments or allegations that

would appear to be outlandish

and made by a person of repute and I note that many of the comments that were heard

overnight have already been rebutted by various people.

Cricket Australia has a very strong view about corruption and that is there is no and that is there is no place

for corruption in our sport and

if there is one skerrick of

credible evidence against

Australian players, then we will work with the ICC to

ensure that ininvestigated with ininvestigated with vigour. I think these think these sweepling statements unfairly malign Australian cricketers. say, if there is one skerrick of evidence, we will investigate, investigate, Australian players, but in my dealings

with the ICC, I'm very confident that I would know and

I would understand if there were concerns about were concerns about Australian players, these would appear to

be baseless allegations, but at

the same time cricket needs to

stand very firm in its

conviction against corruption

in our sport and if there are

allegations that have any sense then it's very important that

we take all of the necessary action to investigate. To more

sport now and I'm joined by the ABC's sport

Wilkins. Welcome. What do you

make of that whole Pakistani corruption allegation thing and

particularly in relation to the

Australians? It was like a

dodgy guy in a secretly

recorded conversation with recorded conversation with a 'News of the World' journo,

masquerading as someone else.

Do you think it will come of

it? It's hard to say. You can't

conclusively say no although I misconfess when the story and it context this

morning I thought, "gee that

sounds a bit thin" and then you

make a couple of phone calls

and there's absolutely no

evidence as Paul Marsh the head of the Australian cricketers association association said he was

prepared to name Pakistani players who I'm sure would be

horrified and mortified and be

coming out with a few things themselves to say against these allegations but he allegations but he wasn't prepared to name any Australian

players too and some of the

Australian management, they haven't even heard of this manage manager,

they've never met him so you

really have to hold these

allegations made covertly at arm's lep at the moment. That's not to say that corruption

isn't an issue but it really is in the in the words in the words of James Sutherland quite outlandish for this to come up like this And even James Sutherland even James Sutherland was

saying that this is kind of an

example of why it's so

important for the game to

remain vigilant too? Absolutely. He'll be

guided by the ICC. investigate, the variety their

of those allegations means

there'll be some sort of investigation but nothing he's

heard over a period of time has

given any inkling that this

might have occurred. But again,

it does raise the spectre of

the spot betting that sort of

bracket fixing and if you're

going to put every match in question across the world, question across the world, the integrity of sport will just suffer immensely down suffer immensely down the

track. Turning to the rugby

World Cup and Quade Cooper ,

will he or won't he be include

in the team? He has to be included. The boss reeps is backing him to turn it backing him to turn it around, he's going to forgive him that

one bad game. Maybe the

previous game wasn't that good either. I think the biggest

problem for Quade Cooper is the

pressure that's going to be

exerted on him by the All

Blacks. The Australians are

trying to defuse that by saying that the All Blacks have got

enough worries of their own not having beaten Australia in a

World Cup match, but Quade

Cooper, he really is the 'X many an expert. He can bin you a game. You mean the Z factor

too He is going to back him.

Robbie Deans, he's very much looking forward to the contest.

It has to be It has to be a win-win situation for the Australians

because they're going to be the

outrageous underdogs. And

they're fairly relaxed about it after escaping from jail but the coach Robbie Deans, the New

Zealander, coaching against his

nation nation is excited about the

Hugely excited. It's fantastic.

We know each other well as

teams. There's a huge amount of history, there's no more history than between the Wallabies and the All Blacks

and there's a lot of history at

World Cup time as well so it's going to be great. Robbie

Deans, to me there he looks as

relaxed as I've seen him in a

long time. Kind of the pressure

is off now. That relief of

having escaped from the contest

that they possibly shouldn't have won have won to now move forward to

a game that they're just the underdogs, they can go and free

wheel if you like and really

pull out their best against a side who will have pressure on them. We hear pressure on them. We hear so

much about Quade Cooper much about Quade Cooper being

sledged by the Kiwis because of

his little indiscretions with

Richie McCaw but what about

Robbie Deans, has he copped

much of a sledging for being much of a sledging for being a traitor and coaching the

Australians? In time he has but I think everyone's matured a

little bit. They've moved little bit. They've moved on.

No doubt he'd have to cop that

all the time and particularly if it comes down to the crunch and they manage to eliminate the All Blacks from the contest, that would be quite a

feather in his cap but it also would incur the wrath I of some passionate New

Zealanders. The Australians do

have some injury concerns though. Kurtley Beale, though. Kurtley Beale, the fullback, has a fullback, has a hamstring. They

said, is he definitely out? No,

he's going to be passing, having to having to pass a fitness test

over the next day or so, I'm

not sure whether that's on

right at this moment or not but

he'll have to prove his fitness,

fitness, it's a bit of injury though so if there's a

slight chance, he's been

hatchered by it but they've got

a few options for fullback

there. The most likely will play Adam Ashley-Cooper and bring Berrick Barnes into the

centres, Charlie Condou centres, Charlie Condou still

to stay on the wing. Path

McCabe has shoulder has

improved so he looks like he could take

could take his place and Sekope

Kepu turned ankle. I guess the

biggest doubt would be on

Kurtley Beale and they really

need him because he's been need him because he's been a

fantastic attacking weapon for the Wallabies and the year The All Blacks have got their troubles too? They

certainly have. They're down to

their third number 10. A youngster called Aaron Cruden,

no pressure on him at all, Dan

Carter, he is the big loss Carter, he is the big loss and then their second Stringer they

lost him on the weekend, but

Daniel Carter, he's been such a liench pin that many a liench pin that many a critic also feels that the All Blacks aren't functioning with the

same authority that they were with

going to be a great game, isn't

it?? It will be an ep pick, an absolutely epic. Turning absolutely epic. Turning to

soccer now. This game against

Oman tonight. If the don't win this it will be a bit

of a shocker? It will but Oman,

will be a tough obstacle for them but international football these

these days, it doesn't these days, it doesn't really present too many ease yes contests unless you're playing

Malaysia last week. I've contra

diketed myself there. Oman are the bottom lank ranked the bottom lank ranked Asian

team? They're near the I need to check on that.

They're 1 # #0 5 so I don't

think they'd be the think they'd be the bottom ranked team but they're a ranked team but they're a long way below the Australians. The Australians are Australians are 19..

The Australians have - Holger

Osieck has really revamped the

side, he's got them looking pretty good at the moment, he's

rung the changes he's sorts of massaging this team into a good combination and there was

always the fear in a match like

this and threetd be a letle mental complacency against a side campaign Lucas Neil says

they'll be weary of that. We

know their very difficult, we

know they can cause

know they can cause problems because of the pace because of the pace that they have and the speed that they can break on the counter, so we

have to be playing to our

potential, or as close to our

potential as possible on the

night otherwise we could find

ourselves in an embarrassing situation That's unlikely. The way they're playing at the

moment. They've just got a

really good feel about them.

One would expect that they'd go

on with it against Oman and perhaps win the Sea Eagles, with Des Hasler moving on in the moving on in the weather, they had to come up with a replace

nm a hurry kind of thing and

Geoff Toovey has been named

today. I've got this memory of

a little blonde guy running

around the field in the Manly

jumper back in the 90s. He

played 280 odd games for

Manly? A tiffic stalwart for

the Manly club, another Des

Hasler type, if you think once you're you're at Manly and got it in

your blood it's hard to leave. He was a Premiership winner, terrific player, pound for pound, one of the most ferocious defenders in the game

and he could also attack and he's been doing his apprenticeship with - under Des

Hasler. He was a

wasn't he? In the Alan Langer

mould. One of the smallest to

play and a great motivation

any diminutive any diminutive players out there, stand next to Geoff

Toovey, realised he played that many games at the top level, he was hard as nails, he wouldn't

shirk from a task and this shirk from a task and this one

is going to be a big one

because Des Hasler has

over the last few years, two grand final s wins in four

years, he's made the ad nauseum so... And ad nauseum so... And Geoff Toovey has been working under

for all that time. He knows how

that's done? They called an

energy board meeting last night to secure Geoff Toovey You're

not only the Manly board? No

I'm not. I love in the area but

no Are you a Manly supporter? No. You live in the area and you're not a team?.

The Dragons. But Geoff Toovey

has said he'll guard, he

believes that they won't have a

mass exodus of players. That is

the fear that if a coach is

leaving at some point

throughout that year, then some talent will be secreted talent will be secreted away

from the side for the following

year so it will be fascinating

to see how this chapter

to see how this chapter playingst out, whether Des

Hasler seeing the year out at

Manly, whether he elects to go

early or the board elects early or the board elects to

get him go early. If he manages

to stay on next year can win another Premiership, it will be one of the most unbelievable coaching and

diplomatic performance you've seen in Australian sport. Thank

you for that and I hope you can

go home tonight safely in the

suburbs of Manly. I'm in the

area. It's not unusual. We won't reveal your home address

. It's not unusual. There are

many people who live on many people who live on the peninsula who are not

supporting Manly, they'll support another club boldly and

passionately, the Manly fans, don care, they expect that. Now

with a look at tomorrow's weather here is Vanessa

O'Hanlon. Thank you Joe. As we can see, we've got cloud can see, we've got cloud coming

from the bill barra down to the south and into the western sport sport of Australia. That's

associated with a

associated with a trough and another trough is showers

another trough is causing a few showers over central Queensland

today. A cold front has been

making its way over the

south-east bringing a wintery

blast, also stronger winds,

mainly affecting Tasmania,

Victoria and the southern parts

of NSW. This high in the Bight is mainly in South Australia but it's also starting to send onshore

winds awrong the Queensland and

NSW coast and as we can see here we'll see showers increase

over that central coast over that central coast in

Queensland tomorrow. As we

into Thursday, those winds will

increase as the high moves further towards the Tasman and

we'll really start to see

showers ignite throughout

Queensland and also the northern parts of NSW and they'll continue right through

until the weekend. Let's take a

look at how tomorrow is shaping up

up for the capital cities -

Our top stories today -

parliament has restated the

debate over the clean energy

bills which are expected to

pass poth houses of parliament this week with the support

the Greens and Independent MPs.

The Greens have just announced

they will support they will support steel industry compensation package

which is a major part of the carbon tax

carbon tax plan. The family missing Perth man Bri in Martin

says it's hopeful today's

search will bring closure. Hi

son told the media his father loved the ocean and was aware of its dangers the 64-year-old

is believed to be the victim of

a white point er shark attack. He went missing yesterday while

swimming at Cottesloe many as 500 people across

Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam

are now know known to have died

as the worst flooding in

decades threatens to create a

humanitarian crisis in South-East Asia. The floods are

the result of inusually heavy

moon soon rains which have destroyed homes and forced thousands of people to evacuate

to higher ground. And cricket

Australia says claims that

Australian players have been involved in spot fixing will involved in spot fixing will be investigated if there's any real evidence. real evidence. President James

Sutherland says the allegations made

Majeed are baseless. Mr Majeed

is accused of conspireing with

three Pakistani players to fix

part of the Lord's Test in

August last year. Let's take a

look at business news now, here

is Elise Morgan. The share market has lost some of its earlier momentum but remains in positive territory.

It's on the back of hopes that Eurozone debt woes may be closer to being resolved closer to being resolved after Germany and tackled to tackle the problem within within a month.

Tom Piper from Bell direct

says it's been a great session

for the Australian dollar. It

really was a rally in commodity

prices as well as stocks.

Invests looking to get back

into riskier assets which

includes the Australian dollar. It was

It was also stronger against the yen, the British pound and the Euro. A business confidence rose sharply in September despite

the turm yol on local and global for instanceal markets,

the NAB monthly business survey of more than 400 found confidence has rebounded

off the two-year low it hit in August. Business conditions

also improved after edging down

for two straight months.

Economists at NAB says

businesses were cheered during the month by the plummeting Australian dollar and speculation of an interest rate

cut. And the prize of oil in

the US has surged $10 a barrel

in only a European leaders promised to

come up with a solution to the

region's debt problems. West

Texas crude hid a 1.5 year low last week of $75 US last week of $75 US a barrel.

In London, Brent North Sea

crude jumped around 3% overnight. Traders are betting

the debt resolution will bring

financial stability and spur economic growth and therefore

the demand for crude. But

Johnathan Barrett says it's too

soon to say that? The sheer

size in the jump of the moves not only commodity prices , it's as if

all of a sudden we're back to

the gold old days and it's

clearly not the case and I

think we still need to see more information as to whether or

not it can be sustained commodity prices moving higher,

there are in fact there for a

reason, other than sheer weight of the US dollar and optimism so it is a cautious time. To

somor stories making business today - Jet star passengers

won't be charge charged for

excess baggage on Friday as check-in staff press demands for a new workplace agreement. It says it's the first industrial action its ever

taken against the airline but workers are frustrated that

negotiations have dragged on

for more than a year. And ANZ

has frozen pay for around 900

executives in a company memo,

chief executive Mike Smith says

most executive salaries most executive salaries will

remain fixed for the year with

hikes targeted at those performing well on lower pay

scales. For more on the business confidence survey I'm

joined now by a senior economist at NAB. Good afternoon good afternoon.

What's happening with all these

economic firs at the moment.

Yesterday we had the job Yesterday we had the job ads figure out and then nose diving and today business confidence is up. How does that is up. How does that work? Well obviously the they're measure two separate things. Obviously

the labour market is still

quite soft and yesterday's job

advertisements figures just

indicating and confirming that the pace of hiring has really

slowed over the last three or

four months but today's figures

suggest that there's some some

resilience in the economy.

Obviously it took a big hit in August amid market turmoil that was

happening during that month. We

saw business condition and confidence fall significantly

if August so it is encouraging that we've seen a bit of a

rewound in September. Business conditions are back to a positive index. positive index. Business

confidence has improved but it is

is still negative overall but we have seen a bit of a bounce

after that very, very pessimistic environment that we

were seeing back in August so

when you put these numbers into context, hour business context, hour business survey

today, obviously the outlook is

still pretty weak. We've still pretty weak. We've seen an improvement on one month but the and business conditions are a lot lower than this time last

year so it's good to year so it's good to see that there are some resilience but obviously the trading environment is still quite tough out there at the

moment. What do you attribute

this one month spike this one month spike in

reillence to? Probably the two

key factors over the past month

has been the fall in the Australian dollar, obviously

the Australian dollar a the Australian dollar a couple of months ago was around 1130

US cents and have been in the mid 90s

mid 90s over the last couple of weeks.

manufacturers in our surveys,

their confidence levels have

improved and their conditions, the retailers have also responded to the lower

Australian dollar. The other key factor key factor is the ongoing talking about potential for

interest rate cuts and with obviously market speculating

that we could see interest rate

cuts over the next little

while, that's obviously seeing businessings increase their confidence about confidence about the outlook as

well so really the Australian

dollar and the outlook for interest rates, probably the

two key factors that have

driven the bounce in confidence

in September. Do you see the

suppose it depends how thing go

over the next little while. I think we'll just see the

confidence figures and also

conditions just stabilise over

the next little while. still a lot of uncertainty as to what will happen in Europe.

Where the global economy is

going, so I can't see a lot of

strength in our survey or strength in our survey or in business conditions or business confidence until tend of the

year. But certainly if we take

a medium term view, the strength in business

investment, in 2012 that we

expect to see, expect to see, and obviously the ongoing mining resources boom, that should certainly see conditions in the economy improve significantly

over the next 12 months even if the next three or four months will tough. Thank you very much for that. In a week the Gillard

Government wants to use to

stamp it authority on the parliament a Labor backbencher

has ensured unwanted attention remains on the Labor Party been slapped down by senior

colleagues after declaring he'd

quit and force a by-election if

Julia Gillard was dumped as PM.

It's not the issue Labor wanted

to be talking about as it moves

towards important votes towards important votes on its

carbon tax and the Malaysia

aslyum seeker deal. Here's

political reporter Andrew Green? Graham Perrett clings to

the most marginal Labor seat in

Queensland but he's prepared to

pack it all in on

principle. I'm a man of honour, I I live by my own moral code. The member for Moreton's

declaring he's walk away from politics and force politics and force a by-election if Labor dumps

another leader. I believe that I should not switch leaders as happened in the past because I

had nothing but negative

comments from the people of

Moreton saying that they

thought I'd betrayed their trust. Senior colleagues get

the sentiment but not the

logic.. Graham might like to

think about how this think about how this dampens

leadership speculation. There's

no doubt that if that objective then he hasn't achieved it I think everyone

ought to just calm down. We've got some serious work to be

done here The polls show just

how much work. The latest Newspoll has Labor enjoying a

slight rise in support, but it's primary vote is still

stuck below 30% and when converted with converted with preferences,

gives the Coalition a thumping lead. I believe this parliament

is doing a good job. I believe that Julia Gillard's doing

slept job as PM. It's not slept job as PM. It's not a

source of joy, they do not

deserve to be in Government, we

need to go to an election, but certainly this carbon tax vote

must go to an election. Forrel Legislation

for the carbon tax will soon for the carbon tax will soon be voted on in parliament. Clean energy bill, 2011. Where the

Government has the numbers to

pass it through the lower house. We've got to play our party internationally in tackling climate change and

this is a ll are really important way of

contributing. Passage of the carbon tax marks

carbon tax marks a high point for the minority gig's policy

agenda but after that comes the risk of a earth. Legislation for its Malaysia aslyum seeker deal is

on shaky ground and if on shaky ground and if it's lost the Government will become

the first since 1929 to lose a

vet on a bill in the lower vet on a bill in the

house. More than 1,000

complaints of sexual abuse in the military the military have been

documented and handed to the

Government to decide what Government to decide what the do about them. The Defence

Minister hired law firm DLA

Piper to look at atorent of complaints incident at the academy. The

law firm examined each

allegation and has made

recommendations on what action

should be taken. This will be a very important starting point

for me and the Government as we give consideration to these

very important and very

difficult issues so thank you very much. The Government will

release the report and its

response later. The PM is being

forced out of the Lodge, not

for political reasons but

because the historic home is in roof will have to be removed

and pipes and electrical wiring

replaced. The project will cost

millions of dollars and millions of dollars and is

expected to take up to 18 months. Rendering the 84 yard

home uninhabitable for much of

the time It will be substantial, it does require roof replacement. The slate on

the roof. It requires massive

work to the electrical work to the electrical system, much of which is old copper

wrapped in cloth so therefore a substantial fire risk. In

addition to that, there plumbing issues and also

contained Besnard but Besnard that does really need to be

removed moved. Gary Grey there.

Another saysor case Another saysor case of Hendra Virus has Virus has been de-Defence Secretaried in south-east Queensland. The potentially deadly veerus has been discovered at Beachmere north of Brisbane. The Queensland

Premier has told us that the

property owners were

informed This is the 12th infected this year in Queensland. There is no doubt

that 2011 has been a that 2011 has been a difficult year for this year for this terrible virus. Meanwhile another near the Gold Coast where more

than 20 have died from than 20 have died from a

mystery illness. Only four of

the original herd of 25 quarter horses on the

still alive and they've been

moved to a new location. Biosecurity Queensland is teing

the dead animals and hasn't

ruled out poidz Geelong from

paraylsis ticks, weeds or water contamination. A swimmer contamination. A swimmer is

believed to have been taken by

a shark off Perth. An extensive search area has failed to find any

trace of 64-year-old Bri ni,

Martin but a pair of black

swimmers found in waters in the

same area showed damage police say is say is consistent with an attack by a white attack by a white pointer shark. And his wife has

confirmed they do appear to confirmed they do appear to be

his swimmers. Mr Martin was a

regular swimmer at Cottesloe beach which has been closed

until further notice. An oil

leak from a stranded container

ship off New Zealand's North

Island has dramatically

further breach in the main further breach in the main fuel

tank with oil spilling out at a much greater rate than 30

tonnes already released. And it's heading towards the Bay of Plenty coast already

the scars. Overnight as well

we've had a release of oil we've had a release of oil and from the overflight we from the overflight we estimate

it - and it is an estimate - of

between 130 and 3 between 130 and 3 #r50 tonnes

of oille the the our modelling

indicates that some of this oil

will strand on the beach

sometime after 9 o'clock tomorrow morn A removal of the crew and salvage

work is still on board the

'Rena' as a precaution because

of deteriorateling weather but maritime officials say the ship is not breaking

of the beaches was due to begin

today with residents urged not

to try to do the job

themselves. As many as 500

people across Thailand,

Cambodia and Vietnam are known

to have died as the to have died as the worst flooding in decades threatens

to create a humanitarian crisis

in South-East Asia. In Thailand, the the worst affected region the worst affected region as thousands of soldiers thousands of soldiers embark on

a huge aid operation. Lending a

helping hand to flood weary victims. The Thai PM tours the country's worst hit city,

promise to boost Government

efforts in the area.

TRANSLATION: We want to rescues and evacuate people urgently,

the army is in the area and

we're also trying to protect people's homes as well as the industrial zone. Facing her first crisis as PM, the popular leader insists that the situation is under control.

She's refused to declare any disaster zones, despite the

rising death toll and millions of people who have

been made homeless. Soldiers have set up three evacuation

centres in the city where

they're battling to prevent a humanitarian crisis. TRANSLATION: There are diseases

from the water, such as athlete's foot and athlete's foot and scrin

problems says this rescue worker. Nutrition levels are where the death toll has now passed 200, the Mekong river

has burst it banks after two months of monsoon and clean water are becoming

scarce and disease is spreading. "My children are

sick" says this man. They have

a rash on their hands and feet

so I'm urging the Government to

help but giving us some medicine." But like Thailand the Cambodian

the Cambodian Government says

everything is under control. We are working to

repair the damage caused by the worst floods we've ever seen in order to help our people. Government officials say more than 200,000 across Cambodia have been affected by the rising

floodwaters which show no sign

of subsiding any time soon.

Thousands of people have attended the funerals of

protesters killed during

clashes with security forces in

Cairo. Members of Egypt's Christian minority have blamed

the des of 25

army. Protesters said they were

attacked by thugs before security

security forces fired on them

and drove military vehicles

into the crowd. Middle East correspondent Ben Knight reports. Cairo's Coptic

cathedral was boiling even

before the coffins arrived.

Even priests were leadling the

chants against the chants against the country's

military council. When the

coffins did get there, the

mourners drove themselves into

a frenzy of grief. There were

places in the cathedral for 35

cough yips. But burying all will take more than one day. Egyptian Muslims joined the mourners in the mourners in solidarity. This country's Christians feel the revolution has done nothing

to change their lives. 90

persons want to go pl 90% of

Christians in Egypt want to leave. Why? They're scared.

They have no chance to live

here This funeral has been as

much an expression of anger as of grief. Coptic Christians of grief. Coptic Christians say

they're simply no longer

prepared to be a repressed in their they're tired of turping the other

other cheek. As they left the

cathedral, thousands cathedral, thousands of

mourners took to the streets

once again to protest. Egypt's military council held an emergency meeting and has

promised a speedy

investigation. There's much investigation. There's much to

explain about how so many died

in what began as a peaceful Australian armed protest and

the tactics the army used.

TRANSLATION: It seem as if they

had instructions to use excessive force. I've excessive force. I've never seen armoured

run over protesters. As if they

were competing for a prize. Europe and the United

States have called on States have called on Egypt's

military council to ensure religious religious freedom in the

country. But it's Christians

say it was the army that

allowed this to happen and have lost whatever trust in it they

once had. India's Supreme Court

has stayed the death sentence

handed down to the lone

surviving gunman from the 2008

appeal hearing. A spokesman for

the Supreme Court says the

appeal should be a top priority

but a date is yet to be set. Pakistani national Quasad was

one of ten gunmen who killed

166 people. He was convicted in

May 2010 on a number of charges including murder and terrorism

. Two black South African farm

workers accused of I canning the the white supremist leader. The

errebla in, ce he,. The lawyer

said the conditions on his farm

were appalling and it was unfit

for human has beentation. The

trial that triggered some of

the worst racial tension in

recent years gets under way.

This 29-year-old and a 16-year-old who can't be named

for legal reasons face charms

of murder. For hacking white

supremist leader Eugene Ter re,

ebla in, ceh to death. They

their boss over unpaid wages in

April last year. The pair say they're not guilty. Terrebla in, c he, AWB members

are demanding justice. There is a place for the AWB because our whites have been threatened in

their own country. We either being murdered on our being murdered on our farms,

murdered in own townships all

the time they're attacking the time they're attacking our language and that's mean. These

that our whites must stay still

in the country. And this

country is our country. All of us can stay in the one us can stay in the one sun, that means whites and blacks.

This can't no one says This can't no one says it's just a country for the black,

and no-one say it is just a country for the whites. He was stabbed a Parramatta beaten

withed a wean club and a

post-mortem report revealed he

suffered 28 injuries his

resistance movement waged a violent end offar part yied in end offar part yied in 1994 but

he live aid way from the

limelight after spending three

years in jail after the 2001

attempted murder of a

worker. His killing in April

last year sparked clashes

between his white supporters

and the local black and the local black community.

Many fear it could flare up

racial tensions again if justice is justice is not done. It's a

trial that's been closely

watched by community and police. Time now for what's making news in the

arts and entertainment. Hello,

I'm Nick Dole. The gallery if

London has unveiled its latest

blockbuster compensation. The

11 minute silent film 11 minute silent film by the British artist Dean is

projected on to a Joel Clinton monolith. The work entitled

'Film' featuring various images the. The describes the work as a visual poem that sell Brays analogue film making. Actress Shirley Mccomplain is to be honoured

with a life time award. She'll be presents with a prize at

a prize at a gala tribout ute in Los Angeles last in Los Angeles last year. She

already has a string of honours

to her name including an Oscar for her film 'Ter term of Endearment' and