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Laura, they're moving out

for the family photograph on

the lawns? Exactly right.

Beautiful setting at Sydney

Harbour. We saw 16 Ministers, three Parliamentary

Secretaries pledge their

commitment for their new

portfolios. You couldn't help

feeling, David, that perhaps

they weren't exactly pledging their commitment to Julia

Gillard personally. We know

some of them from the left

and as you mentioned some of

them such as Bill Shorten and

Mark Arbib largely seen to be

getting a promotion because

of their support for Julia

Gillard. Interesting in the

room there was probably - it

the crowd, including was a very small room, 30 in

Ministers as well, and you

couldn't help feel for Kim

Carr who was kitting in

between two of the winners,

you might say, Mark Arbib and

O'Connor on the other side of

him. As Ashleigh and both you

and Ashleigh have said, some

very brave faces in there.

Even Chris Evans sitting next

to Julia Gillard at the

beginning of the ceremony,

even having a joke with the

Governor General. He forgot

to read his oath or am affirmation, she commented

"haven't you done this

before?" A few jokes in the

room, there was an underlying

simmering tension. Chris

Evans comment earlier tht day denied disappointment with

the change. He loses workplace employment, he

becomes the minister for tertiary l skills, science

research he adds. He talked

up the importance of those

roles. He remains leader of

the government in the Senate.

Caucus. He will continue A position elected by the

playing a strong role within

the Cabinet and within that

leadership group as the

leader of the Senate, so,

Laura, the photograph that

will take place, there will

be a photograph as Ashleigh

was saying two for the women

in the minister - ministry.

That will be an important

moment. I'm sure for a lot of

them there today this marks

what has been a long

political year. Some of them

will be spending their summer

break as long or brief as it

may be boning up on new


Absolutely. This is the day responsibilities.

moving forward, taking on

those new portfolios. Greg

Combet is one minister that

has been sworn in today that takes on new responsibilities, already a huge portfolio. He was

telling us earlier in the

week that innovation and

industry is already very much

part of his climate change

portfolio anyway. Look, a

number of other Ministers

taking on extra roles, bull

today here you'd have to say

there was a strong emphasis

on the role of women. The

first female Governor

General, the first female

Prime Minister and now for

the first time a female Attorney-General. There will

be a special photo

opportunity on the lawn there

and also when Julia Gillard announced this on Monday she

talked up the number of women

now in her Cabinet, and she

said that's a very important

step moving forward and in

this quite substantial

represent the fire power she reshuffle it says it does

needs in moving forward and

forward to the next election.

We saw Bill Shorten there

sworn in by his mother-in-law. He didn't give anything away, though, you'd

have to say. His role as

industrial relations

minister, that will be a very important role in the leadup

to the next election. This

will be a battle ground, seen

as a difficult area for the

Coalition. His success in

this area will really

translate into success for

the Government. Thanks for that. We will let you catch

up with the rest of the

formalities there. This marks

the final set piece event for

Julia Gillard for the

political year. She wraps up

for a couple of weeks break.

She spoke on earlier today

about how she will be heading

out to country Victoria and

then SA to wind down and read

a few books and take her mind

off politics for a few weeks.

Politicians on both sides

will look forward doing.

We're not done for this

political year, still ail bit

to G we will be talking to

the NSW premier Barry

O'Farrell who along with teld

Baillieu has today signed a

new reform part they areship

deal between the two states,

NSW and Victoria. What does

this mean? Is it a challenge

to the Co ago process, or is

it a move to grab back a bit

of power for the states that

has been dwindling over the

years. We will talk to Barry

O'Farrell. First to check in

with the rest of today's

headlines. The Government in

pap wa new beginy are on the

verge of collapse because

rival factions refuse to

agree on who should be the

jorn general. It is backed by

former leader Sir Michael

some mayor. The PNG head of

state has sworn in the team

of the team of Michael some mayor. It looks binding but

MPs in the parliament are

demanding the Governor

General swear in someone

else, Peter O'Neill. Sir

Michael some mayor was recuperating from a heart

problem in Singapore when MPs

ufted him this August. The

Supreme Court ruled the

appointment of Mr O'Neill is

unconstitutional a decision

most PPs were quick to

reject. That legal position

is confused, even more by a

retrospective law passed in

parliament on Monday. They

patched up what the Supreme

Court said was done wrongly.

There is a valid law in place

until the Supreme Court rules

it is unconstitutional. Under

the PNG system the parliament

laws are supreme unless the

Supreme Court rules them

invalid. Mr O'Neill's

backers have resumed

parliament from the

Government benches, passing a

moment that the Governor

General make himself

available to swear in the

O'Neill team. Sky News. PW

police have charged a man

over the murder of a 15

year-old man dura girl.

Jessie Cate went missing on

Monday night. Live toll

Perth, bring in our reporter

Michael hop kin. Michael,

what can you tell us about

this man who has been

arrested? He's a 19

year-old man from Pinjara

near to man dura, 70

kilometres south of Perth. He

was charged in the early

hours of this morning with

Jessie's murder on Monday

night. He appeared in Court

briefly today and was

remanded in custody until next the Wednesday. Now,

details of what exactly

happened to Jessie are still

- have not been released by police. There's speculation

that there may be more than

one crime scene that police

are investigating. It's been

reported that Mr Garth was a

friend of the family, indeed

he was an ex boyfriend of

Jessie's sister. They very

briefly worked together at a Woolworths supermarket just to the south of Mandurah.

Jessery had spent six weeks

as a cashier there before

disappearing on Monday night.

Shet wasn't seen after

leaving work at around 6.30

on that Monday evening. She

was missing for the whole of

yesterday which is what

sparked concerns among police

and family. Speculation that

Mr Garth may have offered her

a lift. Forensic work is

continuing at the crime scene

and the media have been told

that because of that ongoing forensic examination there will be be no opportunity to

take photographs or

investigate that scene. It's

believed to be near a beach

down nearly Mandurah, but

that is work that the police

say is ongoing and that they

need to carry out behind

closed doors. Michael hop kin

in Perth. We will leave it

there. NSW premier Berry

O'Farrell and Victorian

premier Ted Baillieu have

entered into a new interstate

agreement to drive a range of reforms. Speaking at

parliament house in Sydney

the premier s welcomed ideas

from other states as well as

the private secretary r to

enhance economic growth.

What we're announcing today

is an interstate reform

partnership between NSW and Victoria, to progress the

goal of growing the economy, to progress the goal of making it easier to do

business between the two

states. This will not be an

exclusive Victorian/NSW

relationship, we're happy to

accept ideas from the private

sector, nor the not for

profit sector, also happy to talk to other states about

this process, because it's in

everybody's interest to make

it easier to do business

across the country. This is

about joining together in a

partnership to create

reforms, which will benefit

business, benefit families

and benefit both states, and

it's certainly - our aim is

to be party to driving

reform, driving productivity

improvements and driving

additional jobs. In New

Zealand the Prime Minister

and his Cabinet have been

sworn in in a ceremony in Wellington. Prime Minister

John Key was accompanied by

20 fulmin sters for his

National Party and four

Ministers for Coalition

partners Act United future

and the Maori Party. Governor

General led the ceremony at

parliament house. New Zealand's 50th parliament

sits for the first time next

Tuesday. More trouble for actor Matthew Newton after he

was a charged with alleged ly

pun fg a Sydney taxi driver.

Police say he hailed a cab in

Crows Nest. The actor was

issued with a court

attendance notice after being

charged with common assault.

He will appear at North

Sydney court next month.

Three Queensland Health

employees have been stood

down as the investigation he

into an alleged 16 million dollar fraud continues. Sky

News Brisbane reporter John

Connell has the details. Joel

Barlow is behind bars due to appear in Court again on

January 16 facing one count

of fraud, an allegation that

he stole 11 million dollars

from Queensland Health in one

transaction and the

investigation into other potential fraud has claimed

its first scalps. I kl

confirm that the Director

General of Queensland Health

has today stood aside l three

senior Queensland Health officials in the finance and in the complaints investigation area, pending

the outcome of current police

l and CMC

investigations. There is no

allegation they were involved

in the fraud, but there is a

concern about the thoroughness of an

investigation more than a

year ago into Mr Barlow.

Queensland Police have

already admitted that if they

had liaised with their New Zealand counter parts they

would have discovered that

Joel Barlow had a criminal record for fraud in New Zealand. But the opposition

is again laying the blame at

the feet of the government.

Deputy leader Tim Nichols

said instead of bureaucrats getting the blame it should

be the Health Minister. The

Auditor General's report was

released in June, the fraud

that apparently has taken

place took place only two and

a half weeks ago. Geoff

Wilson is the minister

responsible. Under all the

principal of Westminster

convention Geoff should take

responsibility, if he doesn't Anna Bligh should sack

him. On the back of this

latest scandal Anna Bligh

announced she was going to

split the department in two

and manual checks are being

made on all the payments out

of the community services

bran: with an election next

year it should be hard for

voters to forget. Tomorrow's

for cast, cool in the

southeast. It's 13 minutes

past 4 eastern daylight time.

Back to David Speers in

Canberra with PM Agenda. After the break we will be

talking to the NSW premier Berry O'Farrell about the

reform partnership he signed

up to today with Victoria's

premier Ted Baillieu. Later

we will also be crossing live

to Port Moresby for the

latest on the constitutional

crisis in Papua new begin

yee. Stay with us. -- Guinea.

We're going to

move on from the reshuffle

and the swearing in of the

new ministry now. Today the

two Lyn ral premiers of the

two biggest states, NSW and

Victoria signed up to a

reform partnership agreement.

They insist Barry O'Farrell

and Ted Baillieu that this is

not the rival to COAG, the Commonwealth and state body

that normally deals with

reform of states and the

Commonwealth and regularly

meets ands over seen by the

Commonwealth. They say this

will work along side COAG.

It's clear that the two

premiers do have concerns

about the way that COAG works

and that the Commonwealth has

too much power over the

states. We think this is an

opportunity through this process to deliver

significant reforms to the

two largest economies in the

nation. We both believe that

COAG has an important role to

play. I think we have also seen the limitations that

COAG has, we have seen that

the Commonwealth is obviously

in the driving seat around

COAG reforms. The COAG

process is a slow one, subject to all the nuances of

the politics of the day. Also

subject, there's a degree of imbalance in the final

designificance making. Not a

rival toll COAG as the

premiers point out there

there is short comes with how

COAG works. Why are they

doing this, what's it going

to achieve? Is this a move to grab back at least some

power for the states to

return the system of

federation as it used to

work. I suppose earlier to

the NSW premier Barry

O'Farrell. Berry O'Farrell,

thank you for your time. Can

I start by asking you is this

a move to reclaim some power

for the states that has been

dwindling over the years is

this I think this is within

the COAG reform framework.

Simply a sensible idea

between two states that

represent more than half the

national economy, more than

half the population to get on

with the reforms that are

easy to do whilst the bigger

national reforms are agreed

amongst the other states. Nonetheless while

this may be within the COAG

framework the areas you

nominated harm Monday icing apprenticeships, energy

efficiency, why that can't be

done through COAG? Why do

you need this additional

process? No doubt as the COAG process proceeds there

are consultation with nine different governments around Australia. That sometimes

takes time. We know for

instance in occupational

health and safety where we're

elected on a platform of

raising standards in NSW we

still don't have a national

agreement in that area. What

we have said with the Victorian government in areas like apprenticeships instead

of companies that operate in

both NSW and Victoria being

unable to send apprentices in

the other states without

there being changes to

contracts, a cred tags and competency. We ought to get

on and make those charges,

recognising that Chris Evans said the Federal government

was going to start down the

path, it's a path we think we

can make a good start on

ourselves within the wider

COAG framework. If the idea

is to reach agreement between

the two big states than you

can faster than the rest of

the country, will you apply

that to other areas of

inefficiency that can be harm

Monday iced I'm thinking

payroll tax and the stamp duties that are different between the states. Will that

be covered? It may well be,

the issue that frustrates all

the states at the last COAG

meeting we aren't able to

discuss tax, tax was off the

agenda because of a federal

government decision to have a

separate tax summit the. It's

hard to discuss without tax

being there. We can lobby the

Government individual le as

we do. For instance when we

left office in 1995 the payroll tax rate between NSW

and Victoria was the same. That was because both governments recognised it was a competitive disadvantage to

have a higher payroll tax

rate, but I think the focus

now is trying to ensure that

businesses which tend to

operate beyond one state,

often nationally can do so

seemlessly without an extra

layer of red tape which gets

in the way of their activity

which gets in the way of increased productivity, which

gets in the way of families

getting access to the jobs

they deserve. Just to be

clear on this, because this

as as you indicate an area of great frustration for

businesses trying to operate across the borders, you had

be prepared under this

framework to sit down with

Victoria and fast track

payroll and stamp duty. What

we have said is everything is

on the table. We have

identified four areas,

relating to Pentisships, energy efficiency,

authorities that exist in

both states share ideas, it

lifts a number of other areas. Nothing is off the

table any more than it's up

to table for the premiers for

the COAG meeting. I made the

point today, David COAG is a

reform process. What weefl

set up today between Victoria

and NSW is designed to

further the reform agenda, to

address the urgent issue of

productivity which has been

in decline since the days of

the Hawke Keating and Howard

governments which is a threat

to both state and national economies. At the top of the list of the priority areas

you mentioned there energy

efficiency, does this mean we

will see Victoria and NSW

harm Mondayising the sort of

incentives, roof top solar

panels, is this an area that

you're talking about?

Energy efficiency schemes as

opposed to renewable energy

is to try and encourage

households and businesses to

use energy more wisely, with

greater restraint, and what we again see is companies

that operate across the nation running into barriers

in relation to the

regulations that apply in

different states. That adds

cost to their operations in

that state. So by trying to

again streamline, to make

consist tent the regulations

that apply around the energy efficiency schemes we can

drive down prices for consumers, whether they're businesses individuals or families who want to have

access to these energy

efficiency schemes. Speaking

about energy yesterday the

energy draft White Paper was

released. It calls on the

states to private ties the

electricity assets. You've

been under prerb your from

Nick Greiner and other

Cabinet colleagues. You're

refusing to sell. The polls

and the Ys, you promised you

wouldn't. What is the argument against

privatisation? The one

we're per Ewing is we took it to the election, a review of

of what is the best path

forward. Sell the remaining

generators, those that had

been affected in part also by

the sail of trading rights,

sell the development sites

and a coalmine, the

Government has accepted that. We have also renewed and

restored the policy which was

not to sell poles and wires.

Weerl getting on with the

job, all very well for the

Federal state to tell the

states what to do. I do

notice of in NSW of the 17%

power increase suffered on 1

July this year almost half of

of it was due in part to

renewable energy schemes

initiated by the Federal

government, for which they

don't pay the state or state electricity consumers a

single dollar. Now, that

White Paper also talked about

you'll uranium and nuclear

power having to become part of the debait possibly in the decades to come. UEFA

announced some shift there in

NSW too that could lead to

uranium mining. We have had

a 25 year policy put in place

by the Rann government that

didn't even a loul uranium

exploration in NSW. We don't

know what uranium exists in

NSW. In the light of commentary by Paul Howes and

others we should stop being

hypocritical on the one hand

arguing ex porlt bans should

be lifted but not allowing

exploration in NSW. We

should allow it, see what if

any uranium assets we have,

then have a sensible and mature discussion about

whether or not we want to

mine. Can I say, David, in

relation to Mr Ferguson's comments yesterday about

nuclear power, my opposition

to nuclear power has always

been a practical one. A power

plant requires a lot of water, have to be built on the coastline, in order to

ply the water to cool the

process. There's no part of

the NSW coast that I'm

prepared to give up or NSW

communities to allow the

construction of a nuclear

power plant in NSW, that's

why we retain our opposition

to that. You could be

prepared to allow uranium

mining in parts of the state.

It could be lucrative. Would there be local concern in

some parts of the state?

Firstly what we're saying is

we're going to over turn the

exploration ban to allow us

to determine what if any

exists, then have the

sensible and mature beh debate if it is found where

it will happen. We're also in

the process of putting in

place for the first time a

strategic jik land use policy

that makes the u turnl

conflict that has existed

between agricultural and other purposes and mining NSW

is settled in a process that

allows the community to have

a say, that accepts the science and the environment

sal factors. We will have to leave it there. Thank you for

joining us. My pleasure

David As you can season the

bottom of your screen while

we're been playing that

interview recorded a short

time ago confirmation that's

been a magnitude 7.- 7.30

earthquake strike off the

eastern part of Papua New

Guinea. No diminish reports

of damage or injury, we will be crossing to Papua New Guinea coming up in a few

minutes to talk about the

constitutional cry sis that's

going on there as well. We will get an update on what's

happened with that quake as

well. Do stay with us.

You're watching PM Agenda.

In a moment we will be live

to Port Moresby on the latest

of the constitutional crisis

in Papua New Guinea. First

the news headlines with van

necessary a. First two some

breaking news a powerful 7.3

magnitude earthquake has hit

off the coast of Papua New

Guinea. The tremor was

centred around 90 climb terse

south southwest of lay. At

this stage no agency has

issued a tsunami alert. There

are no initial reports of any

sub sthangs damage or

injuries. We will of course

bring you more information as

it becomes available. Prime

Minister Julia Gillard has

sworn in her new ministry

this afternoon. Ministers

lined up one by one to be

sworn in at the ceremony at

Sydney's admiralty house. It follows his Gill's front

bench reshuffle in which she

unveiled an expanded 22

member cap net elevating Bill

Shorten Mark Butler and Tanya

Plibersek. Also a denotion,

Kim Carr dropped to the utter

ministry. The teenager

charged with the murder of a

15 year-old Mandurah girl has

appeared in Court. Kyle row

han Garth 19 was taken into custody last night. He's been

charged with the mufder of

Jessie Cate. Police believe

the girl's body is buried in

bushland. They say it's too

early to say how she died.

Garth has been remanded in custody, will reappear in

Court next Wednesday. Actor Matthew Newton has found

himself in trouble again

after he wafs charged with

allegedly punching a Sydney

taxi driefrl last Sunday morning. Police say Newton

hailed a cab in Crows Nest in

the city's North. The actor

was issued with a court attendance notice after being

charged with common assault.

He will appear in North

Sydney court next month. At

least five people have died

and 10025 injured after a

convicted gun fan nat ic through hand grenades and opened fire on a busy

squarely bustling with

Christmas shoppers in the

centre of the Belgian city of

league. - Liege. Hours after

failing to show up for police

interview he unleashed a

lunchtime attack, a Christmas

attack that attracts millions

of visitors a year N sport another setback for test

hopeful Tim Paine. He'll be

out of action for three to

four more months. His

recovery from a fracture to

his right index finger has

been slower than expected.

He'll go under the knife today in a bid to aid his

recovery as he pushes for a

shot in the Australian side.

Today's forecast showers and

storms for the interior, cool

in the southeast. Thank you.

We will turn to the unprecedented uncertain and

volatile situation in Papua

New Guinea. A country with two Prime Ministers at the

moment. One with the backing

of the Supreme Court and the

Governor General, the other

with the backing of the parliament. Sir Michael some mayor was Prime Minister for many many years in August,

though, of this course he was

very nil a coma and in

Singapore. It was decided he

be replaced but his

replacement Peter O'Neill has

this week been found by the

Supreme Court to be appointed

unconstitutionally. Both are

making a claim to the job,

neither is refuse to go make

a backward step. In a moment

live to Port Moresby. I want

to play you this local story

that's been done by the

channel there, EMTV.

Security was even tighter at the Government house this morning, the road leading up

to the Government house was

blocked off with police

vehicles. This as we found

out later was because of the swearing in ceremony that was

being held there. Some mayor

and his group of members were

already in the Government

house well before 9 o'clock

this morning. The head of

state Governor General Sir

Michael Ogio sworn in 19

Ministers, the Ministers

sworn in are Patrick Pruage

as minister for pressure and

finances, sir ah nond AJMED,

Zibe held AIDS and

international minister,

internal security minister,

Samobo as deputy minister and immigration minister, James

Marapu, national plan and

district development

minister, Ben jam main

Pamara. Pare higher education

research science and

technology and Foreign

Affairs and trade minister,

Fidel to bowl began villa

fares, Francis Potape energy

minister, Fisheries and

commerce and industry

Ministers, Andrew Comoke

housing development. Sports

and minister assisting Prime

Minister, Bob Dadi as defence

minister, Dame Carol Kidedd

has community development

minister. The only member

absent for the swearing in

was Patrick Tamore was given

the information and communications ministry.

After the swearing in the

newly sworn in Governor

General offered a play.

Gracious heavenly father we

faus at this moment of

the... After learning of the

swearing-in this morning the

parliament have summonsed the

general govern to make

himself available to the

parliament house to swear in Peter O'Neill as the Prime Minister of Papua New

Guinea. So the swearing in

there to state that authority

on the claim for government

by Sir Michael some mayor,

neither side backing down in

this. Live to port Moresby a

news editor joy l Kisselpar

joins us. What is the latest

there? Has there been nil

new development in this stand

off between Peter O'Neill and

Sir Michael some mayor?

Right now at the parliament

house parliament commencing

at 3 o'clock. The speaker

came in and they continued to

the end of the day, Ministers

and members of parliament express ing disappointment in the current political

situation. I have been told

by a minister in the old

government that they are

awaiting him to make himself

present at parliament house

to swear in O'Neill and to

explain things. He swore in

Somare and his Cabinet

Ministers, we have been told

that the GG will not come

down to the parliament house.

He has recognised Somare's

Cabinet as the Government of

the day, so he is

implementing the Supreme

Court decision. That is what

is happening right now at

parliament. So if the

parliament is backing Peter O'Neill where he does have

the numbers but the Governor

General has sworn in, is

backing Sir Michael Somare as

Prime Minister, what can

constitutionally happen? Can the parliament sack the

Governor General, would it

get to that point? Okay, we

have been told that the

parliament can go ahead to sack the Governor General but

that will have no effect,

because the jrn again has

already recognised Somare as the legitimate government of

the day. So therefore the only Other Avenue be

therefore for the Queen to actually dismiss the Governor

General or make a decision,

something that I suppose is

most unlikely? That - it

might come to that, it might

not, the Governor General is

saying he is seeking

independent legal advice on

what will be the worst case scenario for Papua New Guinea's political

situation. Can I ask you what

really is the difference here? Is this just a personality difference

between the two men or is

there a policy dispute

between Peter O'Neill and Sir

Michael Somare? Policy?

Not so much on policy. Maybe

more to do with governments

and how how Somare's

government was running the

country how O'Neill thinks he

can run it better, that's

what they're talking about,

what O'Neill is saying, most

of what they're saying they're disappointed in the

Somare government is the

governance issue, the poor

governance system that we

can. Can I ask you about the

security situation there?

I've seen reports that the

police, who of course are

crucial in all of this, there

is some division, some split

within the police force. Is

that right? The police say

that there is no split or

division in the Force, and

that they're just acting on advice from the Government of

the day. So is the situation

generally calm on the streets

of port mores bee or are

people getting fairly anxious

about this? Most of them -

in some parts of the country

though, the situation is a

bit tense, people are anxious

to know what is happening,

who is the Government of the

day. In port Morresby but not

much. What's the best guess

of what will happen here? Do

you think we will see a compromise outcome, people

step back from the blink of

this stand off, or is this

going to continue for a

while? I think it might

continue for a while, because

- I don't know what the

parliament will do now, if

the GG doesn't turn up they

say they will sack the GG and

have the acting swear in

O'Neill. I can't say what is

going to happen after that.?

If that happens you're going

to have stwo Prime Minister's

claiming to be sworn in by two different Governor

Generals. We could see this

division lasting for some

time? Yes. The division

might last for some time.. At

the end of the week I can't say. Okay, what about the

people? Who are the people

preferring? Is there any

opinion polling or any sense

of who the people would

prefer to see in the role?

There's a lot of opinions on

who they want to see in

power. I think a lot of

people are leaning towards

the O'Neill government at

this stage Joy, can I ask

you, you have seen the news

come through about an earthquake that's hit off eastern Papua New Guinea.

Have you seen any reports

about that, what can you tell

us At the parliament house,

no, the parliament house was

shaking for about five

seconds when it convened. I

can't tell you, but the parliament did shake for about 5 seconds. That's

interesting, we're seeing

where the epicentre was a

long way from where you are.

Thank you for joining us live from Papua New Guinea, on

what is a crazy day for you

and your team there, thank

you for that? All right,

thank you. We might actually have a look at another piece

from MTV there in port

Moresby about what the latest

situation is, of this

extraordinary political stand

off. Let's look at the report.

All hell broke loose today

as all 72 members of the

government went to the parliament after learning

that Sir Michael Somare was

going to be sworn in today.

they were led by Mr Fred


All front line MPs in the

O'Neill government will claim

they're still the Government

of the day, stood their

grounds under the scorching

heat refusing to leave. Armed

policeman stood guard at the Government house gate denying

entry to everyone, however a

vehicle ferrying the

stational secretary were

granted entry earlier after

the group learnt of this

truth they demanded Fred

Yakasa to open the gates to

let them in as well. You

will be in trouble. No, no,

listen. We understood you,

all right. I can also stand

my ground if I want. We

understood you so take it

easy. You take them out

that's what I'm asking. They

didn't come through gun

point, you've got to go and

get them out. The public are

going to riot on the street.

Go and get them out. They

claim the Government elected

by the parliament majority is

warranted, the act place by

the parliament was more superior than the court

decision. That has toob

respected. No criminal, issue

of rule by majority on the floor of parliament, thereafter we sit out here,

this is our house, we respect

the police, but l please

don't use the guns, there is

no crime here, no criminals.

The GG will have to make his

decision. We sit down, okay.

What you find her is

democracy, it is vibrant form

right now. What I'm saying is

we sit here as a team, it was

elected by the majority, the

minority is electing O'Neill

as the Prime Minister of this country. They described the

police as reckless, inciting

frustration. After a long

wait outside the gate representatives of the

general govern addressed the

members, they still are were

not satisfied and demand

today see the head of state

themselves. Yes, that report from Papua New Guinea. Of

course we will keep you

up-to-date as this

extraordinary situation

unfolds. This stand off between two men claiming to be Prime Minister in Papua New Guinea. After the break

we're going to shift focus

back home to look at the

social trends in Australia,

new statistics out this

afternoon here in Canberra

show the rich are getting

poorer, the poor are getting

poorer, perhaps we're working

harder, some changes in the

workplace as well over recent

decades. Stay with us.

Welcome back. It's official, the rich are

getting richer and the poor

are getting poorer. New

figures out today from the

Bureau of Statistics show the

wealthiest 20% of households

in Australia grew their share

of the pie between 2004 and

2010 but the poorest 20% of household remain stuck

holding 1% of the wealth. The

latest trend survey looks at

changes in the workforce,

documents a steady decline in

resent years in the number of

international students coming

to Australia. I spoke earlier

to the bureau of stats.

Well, Jane, thank you for

your time. International stul

dent numbers, what's been

happening with the other raul

number of international

students in Australia? The

number of international students in Australia has

dropped since 2008 dropped by

about a quarter this that -

in that time period,

particularly from India,

where the number of applications has dropped by a

half. But there was quite a big increase between 2006 and

208 even though there has

been a drop, we have more

students than we used to

have. There's been a drop in

those coming from India. What

about the mix overall of international students in

Australia? Has there been a

change in where they're

coming from? More

international students come

from China than anywhere

else, 20% come from China,

12% come from India, 5% come

from South Korea. There has

been some drop from

India. You've also looked at household wealth in this

quarterly survey. Is the l

gap between the richest and the poorest in Australia

getting wider, or is it

getting narrower? It is

getting a bit wider, for the

bottom 20% of household the

poorest household they only

have 1% of all household

wealth, whereas the most

wealthy household they l own

two-thirds of all household

weths, about 3 pearls points

higher than in 2003. What

about where we hold our

wealth our assets, has that

changed much? Most of the

assets, the family home is

the most - largest assets on

average people have, about

two-thirds of all households

have a family home. Other

assets people have is superannuation, property,

other l than the house, like

your rental homes, holiday

homes, people can also have

shares, unincorporated businesses, incorporated

businesses, the proportions

changed a bit over time over

that six year period the

proportion of superannuation

has gone up, now

three-quarters of people -

three-quarters of households

have someone with

superannuation and one in

five households now own

property other than the

family home, but of interest

is the proportion of people

that now directly hold shares

has dropped in that six years

from 21% to 18%. Perhaps

because of the volatility

weefl seen on the stock market. You've looked at

trends in the workforce as

well, and over a long time,

over 50 years, clearly there

have been big changes, what

have been the most dram

Mattic? Three major

changes, the proportion of

women in the work force, the

rice of part-time work, the

type of work that people do,

the industries and the

occupations they do. If you

look at the women in the

workforce over the 50 years,

it used to be a about a third

of women worked whereas now it's almost doubled. That's

for a variety of reasons. It

can be social at tit tudz

have changed a bit, there's -

attitudes have changed a bit,

childcare facilities, with

the add vept of the pill

women have a little bit more

control over how many and

when they have children, so

that helps. There's also the

rice of part-time work, that

has enenabled women to balances their family

responsibilities and their

work. Are we working longer

hours than we were back then?

We haven't looked into that

aspect. All right,

anecdotally I would say we

probably are. Jane Griffin

Warwick, thanks for joining

us. Thank you. Yes, another

interesting set of figures

from the bureau of stats.

We're nearly out of time for

today's program, after the

break we will bring you up to Speed on what's been

happening in Papua New

Guinea. Also the swearing in

of the Gillard ministry

that's taken place in Sydney

at admiralty house this

afternoon we're just getting

some pictures coming in of

the family photos, the

Ministers you'll lining up

for a group shot. In

particular the women in the

ministry, a record number now

on the front bench. Julia

Gillard he's been pretty keen

to promote that fact. They all joined together for a

group photograph with the

female Governor General as well. Plenty of smiling

faces, any disappointment

amongst those Ministers have

either been Dom motored or shifted side ways, well, all

of that was kept fairly well

until check for the swearing

in ceremony today. More on

that after the break, do stay with us.

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