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Live. Departure without

notice. The Speaker of the

House of Reps stands down

and parliamentary debate and suddenly. We desire is to be

this would be incompatible with

continuing in the role of

Speaker. A remarkable thing

has happened in this parliament

this morning. It this morning. It is a

remarkable thing for this

parliament to witness, out of

the blue like this, the resignation of a Speaker. At

least 20 homes lost when a burn-off backfires in WA.

Neighbours on either side of us

have is lost their houses and it's just

landscape. New murder charges

for a man accused of starting a

Sydney nursing home fire. And a

shudders through scores of Family Court ruling sends

despondent dads. Hello and

Australia. I'm Ros Childs. Wall welcome to ABC News across

Street tumbled again overnight

but the local share market's

not been hit as hard. The All

Ordinaries is down just over 10 points, the Nikkei Dow Jones down 230 points and

the Australian Dollar a little

over 97 US cents. More finance

later. Parliament's final

sitting day of the

brought a dramaticing change in

fortunes for the Gillard

Government. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Harry Jenkins, has resigned, clearing

the way for a renegade

Coalition MP to take the job. Labor is backing Queensland's

Peter Slipper as Speaker and

Tony Abbott is demanding he

quit the Coalition. The

manoeuvring bolsters Labor's numbers on the

House, reducing its reliance on

the cross-bench. Greg Jennett

reports from Canberra.

Honourable Members, the

Speaker. The last sitting day

of the year and the Speaker's

last stand. Pay respects to

the elders past and present, of

all Australia's Indigenous

peoples. The nervous start and

a fullish chamber hinted of

something afoot. Then this... My desire is to be able to

participate in

parliamentary debate and this

would be incompatible with

continuing in the role of

Speaker. As a consequence, when

I vacate the Chair at the end

of this short statement, I will

visit the Governor-General to

tender my resignation. Harry Jenkins explains he no longer

want to play the apolitical

role he has in this hung

parliament. To further avoid

controversial party political

matters, I have to force myself

from involvement with the

Party. In this era of minority Government, I have

progressively become frustrated

at thus stricture. After 1382 days in the chair, he's gone.

I go placidly, with my humour

in tact. I wish you all

well. APPLAUSE Order! No-one

side it seen it coming. Tony Abbott stepped up with the

first tribute. One of the

really superior speakers of this parliament this parliament has left the

Chair. And smelt a rat. One

must assume something

extraordinary is happening

inside the Labor Party at the

moment for the Speaker to

resign his office. A snap

Caucus meeting confirmed his hunch. Deputy speaker Peter

Slipper had defected from the

Coalition and won nomination to replace Mr

Jenkins. Have you in asked to

fill the Speaker's role? Mr

Slipper had been at war with

the LNP in Queensland muchths with his preselection

on the line. Labor had courted

him, even publicly. Kevin Rudd

paraded in his electorate just

last week. Operation Slipper

had been very carefully orchestrated indeed. The Labor

Party had spoken to him for

weeks. It was a covert

operation that also involved giving explanation to Harry Jenkins in

the event he had to step aside.

Tony Abbott says Mr Slipper

kept him in the dark. Did Mr Slipper give you any indication Slipper

he was in discussions in

relation to this issue? No.

The Coalition's inviting him to

become an Independent. No

member of the Coalition party

room should accept the Government's nomination for the

Speakership at this time and

that any member who did so

would henceforth be excluded from the party room membership. Tony Abbott says expected to resign party

the Government's in crisis.

It's still in minority but its

margin on the floor of the

House just increased by two.

Residents in WA's southwest are demanding

demanding answers after two

controlled burns got out of

hand. At least 20 houses have

been lost and about 200 people

were evacuated late last night,

sheltering in an emergency

centre. What were meant to be

strictly controlled burn-offs in the Ellensbrook and Prevelly

districts began to get away

from authorities on Monday and

by yesterday they'd joined to

form a fierce bushfire that's

destroyed or damaged two dozen

propts in Margaret River. Jake

Sturmer is on the line. Where

are you and what's the

situation there? Is I'm here

at the control point in

Margaret River where the

department of environment and conservation is providing a

briefing to the media. I've

just returned from fire grab

where I witnessed a heritage

building from 1857 with paper firefighters managed to save. bark in the

The flames actually surrounded the building but firefighters

managed to keep them at

bay. Residents must be pretty angry with what's happened.

What have they told you?

you might expect, there's mixed

emotion from the people I've

spoken to. There's frustration,

there's no question, that's

mainly stemmed from a lack of

understanding as to why the

department was doing these

prescribed burns with this sort of weather forecast. Those sort

of questions are likely to be

answered in the next few days

question here on and weeks but there's no

all the hard work the

firefighters have done to save

the properties. Jake, what are

the forecast conditions? Are authority hopeful

on top of the fire soon?

Firefighters got a reprieve

last night with wind conditions

shifting and the winds actually

dying down. That allowed them

to contain large parts of the

fire but where I am right now I

can feel the winds starting to

pick up again and the winds

changing and that's going to

ahead for firefighters. Jake, so make the job that much harder

thank you. A nurse accused of

starting a fire that killed

nine residents in a Sydney

care home is facing new

charges. Roger Dean was

initially charged with four

counts of murder after Friday's

fire at the nursing home at Quakers Hill in Sydney's west.

The case was briefly in court

today. Here's reporter Karl

Hoerr. Roger Dean was brought

here to Central Local Court for this morning's appearance but

elected not to come up to the matter was mentioned before a

magistrate. Now police confirm

that an additional four charges

of murder have been laid, bringing the number bringing the number of charges

to eight, eight charges of

murder. Now we know of course

that nine people have died since the blaze at the Quakers

Hill nursing home, thirty-two

died in the fire - three died

in the fire last Friday and the

remainder have died in hospital. It's understood the

exact cause of death for one of the people who died is yet to be formally established. Police

that were involved in the case

spoke to reporters outside

court after the matter court after the matter was mentioned. All we can

mentioned. All we can say at

this point is that we're very

much counting on out of the

chaos and despair, we're

counting on some justice at the end of the

end of the day so that's all we

can hope for and we have high

hopes for that. Now police

have been given a longer than

normal period for the of the brief of evidence given the complexity of the

investigation and the case will

be back before the court on 16

February next year. Staff at Melbourne's royal women's

hospital say they are deeply

sorry for a medical bungle that

led to a patient losing her unborn

unborn twins. The woman was 32

weeks pregnant but had decided

to abort one foetus on doctor's

advice because of a congenital

heart defect. A clinician mistakenly terminated the

healthy foetus on Tuesday and the woman

Caesarian section to abort the

other. The hospital says it will fully investigate what

it's described as a distressing

clinical accident. Support is

being offered to the extended family and staff

directly involved. Many

separated fathers are claiming

that changes to the Family Law

Act passed by the Senate this

week make it hard for them to share custody of their

children. The amendments roll

back the shared care policy of

the Howard Government which

tried to ensure that both parents had access to children

after a divorce or separation.

backgrounds of a case in Queensland where a father has

been banned from having any

contact with his 5-year-old

daughter until she reaches 18 because the Family decided it the mother would

destroy the relationship

between herself and the girl

rather than agree to shared

care. Warwick Marsh is from the Fatherhood Fatherhood Foundation and he

joins me now. Good to see you.

What do these changes to family

law mean for fathers? Very

sadly, they are a wind-back of shared parenting. It's not

written into the law as such but in effect because they've

taken out any fault for false

charges, so in other words if

you make a false charge you make a false charge in

court it can be - it's not

actually - there's no

responsibility taken for that

and the family parent-friendly

provision has been taken out

which is very sad because it's a

a very wise provision. It was

onus on the parents to try to

work together and what's wrong

with that? And of course family you want it to mean. In other

words, if I raise my voice here

at the studio at you, Ros, you

could say, "Warwick, you're

violent," and you could get taken off taken off and locked up on that

situation. It is a very sad situation. Often when parents

separate it's the father who

has control of the finances and

with that comes an awful lot of

power. Isn't it right to try

and re-dress the balance? I

think Bettina Arndt says no

gender has monopoly advice and

I think unfortunately sexes miment situations and

this is a very sad case because

here the judges have ruled that

child can have nothing to do

with that father until she's 18 which is effectively making the

child fatherless and fatherless

children have enormous challenges. The court is effectively saying the relationship between the child

and its mother and more

important than the relationship

with its father and that's very difficult to fight from the

father's point of view?

Correct and the other Correct and the other reality

is that four out of five

suicides in Australia today are

men and we've got of suicide amongst men and many

of those men are separated men and they're grief-stricken

about situations like this

where the court is acting as if God and of course it takes mother and father to produce a

child - hello - and now they're

saying, "Let's just disband

that theory and make up a new

one." This issue was famously

highlighted by the man Michael Fox who climbed Sydney Harbour

Bridge in May of this year to

highlight this whole issue. Are

you aware of many other cases like this one in Queensland?

Unfortunately, Ros, there's

many cases like this. I'm aware

of a father that was put of a father that was put in

jail in Victoria for sending a birthday card to his very similar situation probably

to this in the sense the court

said no contact but there was

some limited contact and he'd sent a

sent a card to his child and

was put in jail. These things

are happening and have been

happening the last 3 or 4 jeers

with the mild changes in 2006.

In effect, the 2006 have been roll back by a very antagonistic Labor-Greens Government. They're very antagonistic to marriage and

family and fathers and it's

very sad. Warwick Marsh, thank

you. Violent protests are still

raging the Egyptian capital

despite promise by the military

oaf a faster transition to

civilian rule. There was a

brief pause in the clashes but

they soon resumed. The violence is causing growing inter national concern and prompting

calls for security forces to end the excessive use of force.

The ABC's Michael Vincent

reports from kierpo. For a few

hours there was a party

atmosphere in Tahrir Square. The protesters celebrated their

moral victory over the police.

Local Muslim leaders said they

had brokered a truce. TRANSLATION: The truce has TRANSLATION: The truce has been made. The army is between the protesters and the police

positions. This is a call for

the field marshal. I to quickly hand back power to

the civilians. But now there

appears to be a sort of peace

here in Tahrir Square. Walls of

people have formed along the

streets on the side where there's been fighting to stop

any potential trouble-makers

from going in and ensure that

this peace holds. It's clear that the destruction of the

last few days in the streets off

off the square is extensive.

Cars have been destroyed and

buildings gutted. And this is

what has kept the sides apart,

the army separating the police

and the protesters.

for a short time. The moment the truce was broken.

(Gunfire) Masses of tear gas

were lobbed in to the crowd of

nearby civilians, only for the

wind to blow it back in the wind to blow it back in the

faces of the police. (Coughs) Panic took hold. The police were coughing and collapsing into nearby ambulances.

ambulances. Commanders urged

their officers back into their officers back into line.

It wasn't long before they were

once again making arrests. It's

clear it's going to be another long night Tasmanian timber company

Gunns is holding its annual

general meeting today, not on

the island but in Melbourne.

The company says it's not to

escape protesters though only a

few have turned up. Reporter Danny Morgan is at the Danny, Gunns is yet to secure a

major backer for its proposed pulp

pulp mill in the Tamar Valley.

Was there any news on that

today? Ros, there was no news on

on a financial backer for the $2 billion project. The company

says that's because of the

turmoil in European debt

markets but it does say it's

determined to press on with the

project and says it will

succeed but protesters and

shareholders aren't so sure and

here' what they had to say

today. We're prepared to

engage in civil dis-Obeidiance if that's necessary. We also have contacts on the corporate

level of people who are

involved and... No pulp

No pulp mill! Trying to get $2

billion for this project and

we've heard nothing about it

for all this time, the share

price has collapsed. Doesn't

look good. If you can't make money shipping woodchips, how

can they make money making pulp

and how can a company so small build a plant

Danny, it company's former

chairman John Gay was this week

charged with insider trading. Did the board address that?

They were second by one - asked

by one shareholder about the

charges against Mr Gay but they

weren't too keen to talk about

it. They say there's a court case next month and there will

be no comment from the company

until then. Today's AGM was in

Melbourne where you are, not in

Launceston. Why was that?

Well, there were some who said

that perhaps Gunns were moving it to Melbourne to avoid some

protests that often are at

these sort of meetings but the company

company says no t was merely

because Melbourne is an venue for institutional

shareholders to get to the AGM

so they say there was nothing sinister in that. Danny, thank you. Recent widespread flooding

in Thailand is set to bump up

the price of computer

equipment. The rising waters

have is wiped out more than a

quarter of the world's hard

drive production. The ABC's southeast Asia Zoe Daniel reports. It was a

desperate fight. The army, the

staff, the volunteers all

working together to protect

factories and livelihoods. But

in the end it was in the end it was a battle lost. A series of industrial

estates to the north of Bangkok

gave way to the force of the

water. Micro electronics

company Hana was producing 1500

units per day. Their product

used in cameras, computers and

phones among other things. The chief executive says since the flood, output is down to 1

million. The main factory is

stripped and submerged. These

are very heavy pieces of

equipment, arging between 800

kg and two Tons chhad to be

hoisted out on to a raft and

sail out. The worst monsoon in decades has flooded thousands of factories. About 700,000

jobs are lost. Analysts expect

a shortage of key computer in the short-term because the

floods have wiped about 30% of

global hard drive supply. In

the short-term I think it will

hurt a bit but I think in the

future maybe the big companies

of the world, maybe they locate some production to another

country to reduce the risk of

threat. The two hoardest hit

hard drive manufacturers are

Toshiba and Western Digital who

together hold 45% of the

market. Western Digital makes

35% of its product at two tie

factories which have shut down. It's It's expected shortages will

kick in next year and could

increase price by more than 10%

until supplies get back to

normal but that will take three

to six months at least. James

Murdoch has stepped down from

the board of News Corporation's

British newspapers. Rupert Murdoch's 38-year-old son

remains executive chairman of

News International the the company's three British

newspapers. The move is seen as

a way of distancing the young

Murdoch against a lawsuit filed

in London against the deic

funkt 'News of the World'.

check of the markets now and

another sales slump for David

Jones? Yes, tough times for

the retailer. Sales fell 11% in

the first quarter, that's worst

than expected. The outlook is

grim with first half profits

set to tumble as much as 20%.

DJ shares touched a sev-week low

low in early trade and shedding about 30 cents.

Surfwear maker Billabong is

copping big losses, off more than

than 8%. The Woolworths has

confirmed it will make a decision on the future of the struggling electronics train

Dick Smith in February. And how

are the banks looking? The banks

banks are mixed, Ros. Westpac's

announced a management shakeup

and the formation of a new division called Australian

business Services. Brian

Hearter from the Royal Bank of Scotland will lead that unit

taking in Westpac's retail and business Banking group and BT Financial.

Westpac shares are slightly

higher. So too are ANZ stocks

rather they're on the way down and also on the slide is the

NAB, dipping NAB, dipping into the red but

headed the other way is the

Commonwealth Bank, it's making

some modest gains. Finally some modest gains. Finally the broader market? Stocks are

mixed today. The miners are up

and some of the banks and

retailers are on the slide.

European stocks closed sharply

lower after weak sales of German bondstism seems

investors are wary, fearful

that either the German

Powerhouse and traditional safe haveson not immune from the

Eurozone crisis. On the local

market, the All Ordinaries is

losing 13 points to 4,001 12

and the benchmark ASX 200 is

shedding nine points. Let's

take a check of the domestic

market's others big movers in

the ASX top 100. Two property

groups are leading the way.

Dexsis up 2.5 ers and Mirvac is

next in line thOchbility way

down though are Alumina and Worrally parsons. Thanks,

Nicole Chettle. To a sixth

straight day of losses on Wall Street. Traders are worried

about the European debt It may be deepening and weak Chinese factory output.

A man is being questioned

about a shooting overing night

that's claimed the life man north of Melbourne. Paramedics and by-standers

tried to revive the victim aged

in his 50s who was shot several times in

times in the chest. An hour

after the incident, a man handed himself handed himself in at a police

station. Police are appealing to witnesses. We'll be

checking anyone who might have

seen something and asking them

to come forward. to come forward. Any

description of any vehicle that

may have left the scene or

heard the gunshots to come

forward. Detectives are trying

to work out the Russia, with the parliamentary election campaign in full

swing, it's not hard to see how

the ruling United Russia party

gets a leg up in the

gets a leg up in the race. Authorised rallies are rare, permission to protest against

United Russia and its allieses

is even rarer as a group of

university students discovered. When university students

decided on a rally opposed by

the ruling United Russia party

in the middle of an election campaign, the police were

having none of it.

TRANSLATION: Let us observe the

law if we want to live in our country. A student

organiser pleads his case. "Why

to you prevent us from moving

to some other spot? to some other spot? There is

not any problem in that?" When

for the police, that was a

problem. As is often the case,

permission to protest here had

been denied. This graduate student was headed for detention until his friends turned on the police. Quadkaledling

"Captain, you have no "They shout. Lucky to be

released and still confused,

the student explains he simply

wanted to demonstrate against a

student council decision to back a political front allied

with the ruling party. I'm

expressing my protest at this

action or to be more exact I'm

trying to do so. But this

wasn't over. The protesters did

decide to move and the police

gave chase, first on foot, then

with mobile reinforcements. the nearby university campus, the detentions continued. "We

don't know why," says this protester. "We got together to

discuss the future of the

student union. The meeting student union. The meeting is unsanctioned, a policeman

interrupts. He will hold his

tongue in a moment." Before

they are taken away, one more

act of defiance, an attempt to

lie down and block the police

van goes no where. Yet another

student is arrested with the

police suggesting the demonstrators move to the

approved protest location, an

from the university. This was

just one demonstration with a

few dozen protesters but it

shows just how lard it is for the Opposition Russia and it's another reason

why many critics say Russia has

a democracy in name only.

Monmon, ABC News. Let's look at other stories making news

around the world. Riot around the world. Riot police

in France have fired tear gas

at anti-nuclear protesters

trying to delay the departure of a train

uranium. The train is bound for

a temporary storage facility in

Germany but further trouble is

expected along the route. Heavy

rain in southern Italy has triggered flash triggered flash flooding that's killed at least four people.

One of the worst affected areas

was Saponara, a village in

Sicily which was hit by a

mudslide. And the 11th world

toilet summit and expo is

attracting big crowds in China.

There was plenty of interest in environmentally friendly toilets along with mobile

vacuum units that assembled within 20 minutes.

Britain's press inquiry has

been hearing from the McCanns,

the husband and wife couple

whose daughter went missing in

Portugal more than four years ago. Kate and Gerry McCann have

told the Leveson inquiry in

London that the British pres

were sympathet ic to them after

the disappearance of Madeleine

but soon turned sinister in the

coverage of the story. Emma

Alberici reports. Kate and Gerry McCann welcomed the opportunity to give evidence to the inquiry into press

standards. Back in 2007, they

were desperate to find their were up against a tabloid press

desperate for information about

what remains an international

mystery. Any aspects of

campaigning for our search with

what happened to us and how

it's portrayed in the media

meant we were completely ham-strung in our ability to counter anything. The couple

spoke of photographers bashing

on car windows, scaringing

their children. Then there were about selling their daughter

into to slavery to pay off

their mortgage. We desperately

wanted to shout out, "It's not true," but whits rrt your

against the powerful media, it

doesn't hold weight. Kate

McCann told the inquiry she was

shocked to find the contents of

her private diary splashed

across the front page of the

'News of the World'. I felt

totally violated. I'd written

these words, my thoughts at the

most desperate time and it was my only way of

communicating with Madeleine

and for me, you know, there was absolutely no respect shown for

me as a grieving mother or as a

human being or for my daughter. Lord justice Leveson called this uncomfortable

evidence. Lawyers say the

McCanns' treatment at the hands

of the British press is a

national scandal. To the

weather now. The satellite

shows cloud over the Top End, Queensland and

Queensland and NSW along a trough, patchy over SA in a pool of cold air

and clear skies in the west

thanks to very warm, dry

easterly winds. A trough should

generate rain and storms

eastern states with further

heavy falls in southern

Queensland and north-eastern

NSW. A low should bring patchy

rain and storms to western NSW,

Victoria and SA. A west coast

trough should head inland,

bringing a cooler, mainly dry change to southwest WA.

Let's go back to the stock exchange for a final check of

the markets:

That's the news for now, on a

day when Labor cleared the way

for a renegade Liberal MP to

take over as Speaker in the House of flor of the House and bushfires

were still burning out of

control in southwest WA. There's continuous news on ABC

News 24 and also news News 24 and also news online.

Our next full bulletin on ABC 1

is 7:00 this evening. I'm Ros

Childs. Thanks for joining us

and have a great afternoon.

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