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(generated from captions) the government to immediately

rule out any changes along the

lines of those recommendations

and if the Government and if the Government isn't

I prepared to rule them out now,

I think we can safely assume that

that there is a new hit list

coming, that Julia Gillard in the

the coming election, just as

she did in 2004 when he was

part of Mark Lathan's

opposition, will have a new hit

list for independent

schools. Thanks Tony. It is

great for you to be here in my

electorate Sturt, supporting me electorate Sturt, supporting

and coming to a great school

here in Windsor Gardens. Tony's

absolutely right about the

effect of the Gonski review on the potential uncertainty in

the independent school sector.

The Gonski review itself is not the problem but the Labor Party

is the problem. What they cherry picked from the cherry picked from the report

is the danger that independent

schools need to be very

concerned about. One thing that

principles and systems can't

abide in education is

uncertainty and there has been real uncertainty created by Government's response to the real uncertainty created by the

Gonski row view. If the Gonski

review is to be review is to be cherry-picked

by the Government and government to introduce by the Government and the

means-testing of the capacity

to pay of nongovernment school parents, that could only lead

to one thing, less funding and higher school fees. If indexation doesn't continue at

6% as it is now, it can only mean one thing, less money to nongovernment schools and

higher school fees. If the

government goes ahead and

requires a 10% minimum school fee in nongovernment fee in nongovernment schools,

there are literally hundreds of schools around Australia, low fee schools, Catholic protestant schools, protestant schools, independent

schools that have less than 10% parent contribution. That can only mean one thing, only mean one thing, higher school fees. Those school fees. Those people who

welcomed the Gonski review need

to know that it can only work

governments stump up $113 if State and Federal

billion more of new spending

between now and 2025 so that

there are no losers. there are no losers. Quite

of schooling around a fantastic frankly, a planning the future

intervention of $113 billion is

like a family planning their

Powerball family budget around winning

Powerball on Thursday. It is utterly unrealistic. The Coalition will be making sure that

that there is no back-sliding

by this Government in support

for nongovernment

schools. There are 1.2 in

illion children in

nongovernment schools. They

deserve the support that the Coalition is certain to give

them and that Labor Party has

kept open-ended. REPORTER:

Gave Gonski has said he cannot

understand how the Coalition has come to this position, has come

there is no threat to the funding of schools...

(Inaudible)? I don't think

David Gonski is a threat to independent schools but Julia

Gillard is. What we have seen

from this Government are a

series of attacks on middle series of attacks on

Australia, whether it is the

carbon tax, the private health

insurance means test or all the

other means tests which this

Government has announced. Government has announced. The

Treasurer is laying down a

smokescreen with his recent attacks on so-called

billionaires. The fact is put aside his phony class war

attacks on billionaires and

middle look at the real attack on

middle Australia that Government is already middle Australia that this

wait for the next responsible for and let's just

chapter. REPORTER: Given the

Gonski review, can you indicate

(inaudible) The only way the

Gonski review can result in no school losing money is if there

is $113 billion worth of

additional funding over the

next 12 years. Does anyone

think that $113 billion of

additional funding forthcoming from State and additional funding is forthcoming

Federal Governments in the

current climate? Of course

that money just isn't there. If

these recommendations are going

to be implemented, some schools inevitably are going to lose

and we know who the schools

will be. It will be independent schools that this will be. It will be the

Government just doesn't like. In the marrow of the Labor

Party bones is a dislike for

independent schools. It is in

their DNA, as sure as night

follows day, if this Government

is reelected there will be an

independent school list. You keep talking about a

means test. The sector heads

have already said the SES is a

style of means testing anyway.

What would be the danger of

developing a more discrete

tool? I will ask Christopher

to add to this, but the fact is what the recommendation

includes is a look at the

specific capacity of the individual parents at

particular schools. It is not a particular schools. It is not

general community test, it general community test, it is an individual family test the review is an individual family test that

the review is recommending.

That is a means test. Simple as

that. Once you get away from

looking at the broader community to individual

families, you have a means test

and that is a dramatic threat

to future of the independent to future of the

school system in Australia. Tony's Australia. Tony's absolutely right. On p.81 of the Gonski

review it talks about the capacity

capacity to pay of parents in nongovernment schools.

to pay is a euphemism for a

means test. If you ask the means test. If you ask the real

capacity to pay of parents in nongovernment schools, you're essentially adopting a means

test, which as Labor has done

for the private health insurance rebate, is exactly the direction that Labor the direction that Labor would

like to head in. The current

SES funding model is an object

model based on the data, the

qualifications and occupations of parents in nongovernment schools. The Coalition will

never support a means test on

the parents of children in nongovernment schools. Labor's

already introduced one for already introduced one for the private health insurance rebate

and it would like to introduce

one for private school fees. The Coalition will

The Coalition will never

support it. As Tony has support it. As Tony has said,

anyone who seriously believes

there is a $113 billion pot of money

money about to be rained down

on schools around Australia, 70% from the States, many of whom are basically broke, and the the Commonwealth who is

massively in debt and deficit, is prepared to believe in anything. It is like, as I

said, the family planning their

budget around winning Powerball on Thursday. REPORTER: The

issue about the minimum 10%,

for how many schools would

really be affected like that,

if we were looking at, in the

Gonski report, 10,500 was the

2009 figure per student. If you

were looking at 10% how many

students would be lower students would be lower anyway

- it would be pretty much

non-existent for the private

schools I would have thought?

It is the principal of the

thing when it comes down to it.

We think that independent

schools ought to be free to run

thems selves, provided they thems selves, provided they can meet the curriculum requirements and requirements and the

educational standards

requirements, the normal requirements for health and

safety. Provided safety. Provided those requirements are met,

independent schools should be

able to run themselves. What

business is it of the

Government to tell schools that

they must increase their fees?

How dare the Government say to

schools which exist to help people from particular

communities, how dare the

Government say "Your fees are

too low? And that is implicit

in this particular recommendation. It is very

important that question. It goes to the goes to the perception of independent schooling in

Australia. I can tell you

exactly a figure of the exactly a figure of the number

of schools in QLD alone. of schools in QLD alone. There

are 292 Catholic schools in

QLD, 77 - so about a quarter -

have school fees below 10%.

There is a specific example. A

quarter of the quarter of the Catholic schools

in QLD alone, because the perception of independent

schooling doesn't bear out the

reality. Sure there are a few

very expensive innocent schools

but the vast majority of

schools in the independent sector

sector are small Christian or non--faith based schools in local communities with very low

school fees serving parents who

want to choose that option. Mr Abbott on the paid parental

leave scheme. Business groups have been highly critical have been highly critical of the cost burden to business.

Are you at risk of repeating

perhaps the lack of

consultation that you have been consultation that you have been so critical of, of the Labor Government's mining tax? Let

me make this fundamental point

first. There will be a modest

cut to company tax under cut to company tax under the next Coalition Government and

there will be a modest levee on

the taxable incomes over $5

million a year for the 3,000 largest companies in Australia.

There will be no net increase

in tax on large companies and there will be a there will be a reduction in

tax for small business. That is

our position. The next point I

make is it is essential, if

there is to be true justice and

equality in this country, that

women get a fair dinkum paid

parental leave scheme and that

involves six months off at a

woman's full pay. At the moment

what we have got is a welfare entitlement, paid parental

leave should not be a welfare entitlement, it should be a workplace entitlement and that means it has to be paid at a

woman's full pay. That is the Coalition's commitment. We Coalition's commitment. We get

it in respect of modern

Australia. We get it in respect of modern women, in a way that

the Labor Party doesn't. I am amazed, frankly, I am amazed

that people like Sharon

burrows, the former President

of the ACTU, who claimed to be

in a favour of a fair deal for

women in the work force aren't

coming out and praising to the skies the Coalition's policy.

Ask Jed Carney who she has Ask Jed Carney who she thinks

has a better policy and if he

was fair dinkum she would have

to say that the Coalition has a

better scheme than better scheme than the Government? . I won't

apologise to the big business

of the country for asking them

to pay this modest levee given

they are receiving and they will receive a modest

compensating tax cut T is a

perfectly reasonable way to

bring about a vital social

advance. If we want real

justice for women and want to

increase female participation

and boost the productivity and boost the productivity of

our economy, this is a vital

reform. It is an overdue reform. Frankly, I reform. Frankly, I understand

why a lot of people, on both

sides of politics, have their

reservations about it. 10 years

eyeing had reservations about

it myself, but frankly, we have

to grow, we have to change and move on. The move on. The Coalition has

moved on and the Labor Party

should stop fix yating in the

past on this issue. Can you guarantee that you would introduce it in the first term?

Yes, I can. (Inaudible

question) I think that Mr Menadue I think that Mr Menadue also

admitted when he was

interviewed this morning that the Howard policies the Howard Government's

policies have worked in a that policies have worked in a way that the current Government's

policies have manifestly

failed. There have been more

than 15,000 illegal arrivals and almost 300 illegal boats. failed.

Julia Gillard used to be the

Shadow moirnt for immigration and Shadow moirnt for immigration

and occasion ly she put out

press releases headed up "Another

"Another policy failure". There

were 15 policy failures in the

last five years of the Howard Government and by her Government and by her standards

been 300 policy failures in the four years of the Rudd/Gillard Government. I know what Government. I know what the public knows, that this

Government has no answers for

border protection. The Howard

Government had the answers Government had the answers for border protection. The

Coalition has the answers on

border protection and I wish this

this PM wasn't so stubborn and

so proud to admit she's got it

wrong, Howard had it right and

to put back in place the

policies that work. That is the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott

Abbott speaking at a school in

Adelaide. The press conference

was called between him and Christopher Pyne in response to

what they say is uncertainty

created by the Government's

response to the Gonski review

into education funding. Let's

move on to developing news. US

media is saying media is saying that Newt Gingrich has won the Gingrich has won the first

major contest of Super Georgia. He's expected to win the state

of Georgia. Opinion polls put

the front-runner Mitt Romney

just ahead of his main rival Rick Santorum in the crucial

swing state of Ohio. Mr Romney

will be hoping to pick up

enough states to strengthen his grip on the nomination. Joining me

me now is Jane Cowan. As we grip on

to win Georgia. No surprises

there? That's right. That is

the projection now from

multiple US television networks based on the exit polls based on the exit polls that

are coming out. Only three

states have closed so far. It

is Georgia, Virginia and Vermont. Newt Gingrich, they

are saying will win his home

state, the State he represented

for many years in congress.

This is a State that Newt

Gingrich the former house speaker needed to win speaker needed to win and avoid embarrassment and keep his

campaign alive. In terms of

Virginia it looks as though the

exit polls are saying, although

it has not been projected it has not been

firmly yet, but the exit polls

will are suggesting that Mitt Romney

will win in both Virginia and

Vermont and neither of those results would be a surprise. In

Virginia, only Mitt Romney Virginia, only Mitt Romney and the libertarian candidate were even

even on the bat local because

Santorum and Gingrich failed to

file the proper paperwork. Not much much competition for Mitt

Romney and in Vermont, that is

a State close to his home State of Massachusetts and he's

expected to do well there. No

surprises. In terms of Ohio

what can we expect? The polls

will be closing shortly, in a

matter of minutes. We will get

our first indication. This is

the State where Rick Santorum has the best chance of really taking the fight to Mitt Romney.

Romney. He was actually leading in the opinion polls there

until a week ago but at this

stage Mitt Romney seemed to

clawback some momentum. Ultimately Mitt Romney the former Massachusetts Governor is expected to take out Ohio

out Ohio and that will be a decisive moment for his

candidacy because it will prove

he can woo the blue collar

voters who will be a crucial

constituency in the general election against Barack Obama in November. That should

silence some of the doubters if

he manages to show he can

appeal to that group. Speaking of Barack Obama he called a press conference just ahead press conference just ahead of

the vote. Was there anything to

be read into that? It is a bit cheeky. Barack Obama's people,

the White House say twa it was

just a coincidence, if you can believe that there are any

coincidences in politics at

this highly contested this highly contested level.

The press used this press conference to announce a conference to announce a new housing initiative but he went

on to use it also to have a bit

of a crack of the Republican challengers for their criticism of

of him and his policy on Iran

and Iran's nuclear ambition. He talked about there being too

much casual talk of war on much casual talk of war on the campaign trail by people who

are using the issue for political gain rather than people who actually have responsibilities. He was

looking very presidential there

and rarely you see him now using everything at

using everything at his

disposal as the incumbent as

this election heats up. He was

also asked specifically also asked specifically about

what he had to say back to his

main challenger Mitt Romney in response to some of the criticism, because Mitt

Romney's called him the most...

President that the united state

has had. REPORTER: Mitt Romney

has criticised you on Iraq and

he said you're America's most feckless President since

Carter What would you like to

say to Mr Romney? Good luck

tonight. No, really?

Really. As we speak, I

understand Newt Gingrich is attending a rally to celebrate

the win in his home state?

That's right. He has been

saying, even if he hadn't won

tonight - that was unlikely -

but even if he hadn't he was vowing to fight on. vowing to fight on. This

basically keeps his campaign

alive and avoids a massive

embarrassment for him if he had

have lost in Georgia, it been

completely over for him. 9 fact

remains his candidacy at this stage is more stage is more of a nuisance

factor in terms of the broader

contest. There is 32 states and

territories still yet to vote so we will see what happens. Thanks Jane. Emergency

services are moving the focus

from Wagga Wagga to from Wagga Wagga to other Riverina towns and cities affected from last week's

torrential rain. Up to 600

people have been evacuated from

low-lying parts of Griffith after

after heavy rain caused creeks

extra to overflow. The SES is sending

extra staff and resources

there. In Wagga Wagga residence

are relieved after the flood

peaked below what they had feared. Further north at

Forbes, the first of two major Forbes, the first of two

flood peaks are expected on Lachlan River tonight. flood peaks are expected on the

properties are being asked Residents of more than 200

evacuate. In victim ya, the properties are being asked to

floods waters from the broken

creek at Nathalia is lapping at

the town's levee. It is

or early tomorrow expected to peak late tonight

morning. Joining me now from Wagga

Wagga Wagga is reporter

Laetitia Lemke, what is the

latest? #1 People are moving

back into the city at quite a pace. The traffic has picked up,

up, businesses are starting to

open and power is back O are still council workers open and power is back O there

moving around the edge of the levee checking different parts

of it. The river level is

continuing to drop. It is

getting back to normal. There although 10.1m now and life is

is some expectation that perhaps people may be able perhaps people may be able to get back into East Wagga Wagga, one of the flood-affected regions, perhaps this

afternoon. North Wagga Wagga

residents and Gumly Gumly

residents, it will take time

before those waters drop down.

There was a significant body of water flowing through water flowing through there.

You could see from the air that

properties were isolated and

there were clusters of cattle

trying to find dry land and the

water moved through strongly.

Significant property damage out

there and machinery damage out there. What is happening

further downstream? There are concerns for flooding, as the concerns for flooding, as the Murrumbidgee river and this

bulk of water starts to move

downstream, there are concerns

for other townships along the

Murrumbidgee but also over land

flooding, there is a concern of

that. Griffith, for example,

that is not on the

but it is connected to the Murrumbidgee irrigation system

and those channels, there are big concerns for the channels.

We have heard just in the last

hour that travel to Griffith by rail has been cut. There were

around 600 people from Griffith. They have sent around 600 people evacuated

extra emergency services down extra emergency services

there and it is a bit of a there and it is a bit of a wait

and see to see what happens at

Wagga Wagga thank you. Griffith. Laetitia Lemke in

Meanwhile in Victoria, the

remaining residents in

flood endangered town of

Nathalia are being warned Nathalia are being warned to

evacuate. The flood waters are

expected to peak later today or

tomorrow. The SES says 172 properties inside the flood

barriers are at risk. Residents have spent the night

sandbagging in an effort to

protect the town. Julie Evans from the Bureau of Meteorology joins us for an update on the

new front coming across the

state. What can you tell us? I will focus on the NSW coast

where we're expecting an east

coast low to form this evening

and it is going to affect parts

of the coast from the Hunter right down to the south right down to the south coast

of NSW. What does that mean in

terms of what we have already seen

seen over the last few weeks, in terms of those catchments

being just so saturated

already? I think thing for people to remember

with this event, it is quite

different to what we had last

week which was broad scale rain

over a wide area lasting many days. This event will be short

heavy and sharp. We're expecting the

heavy rain to start at lunchtime today and all be over

by lunchtime tomorrow. With an

east coast low we also east coast low we also have gale warnings for coastal

waters offshore and we expect

strong winds but right on the coastal fringe, unlike some east coast lows, we're not

expecting the rain and wind to

penetrate a long way inland. It

is very much a coastal event. Does it have any impact

on the catchments then? There

will be some rain in the

catchments but at this point in

time are gale warnings for the coastal waters and a coastal waters and a severe warning for flash-flooding in

those areas. Also, most

importantly, we're expecting very very high seas with this event

and there is the potential for coastal erosion because we're

expecting quite high tides tomorrow. Recapture exactly what portions of the coast will

be affected? Some of the

centres would include the

central coast, Gosford central coast, Gosford and

Wollongong is an area we watch closely in these events because of the proximity which

exacerbates the rainfall around

there and Sydney and extending

the to Batemans Bay, right down to

the south coast. Julie Evans,

thank you for the update. If

you're affected by the floods

and need help, you can Don't call the SES number

Don't call the SES number if you need road information

because that is apparently clogging up the line. In emergency you can call emergency you can call police, the fire brigade and ambulance

services on 000 and listen to

your local ABC radio your local ABC radio for emergency broadcasting in the

flood-affected areas. Time for

sport with Lucy

Carter. Australian captain

Michael Clarke is out for tomorrow's tri-series final?

Not the news the Australian

team wanted. Sri Lanka

thumped Australia by eight

wickets in Adelaide to set up tri-series decider tomorrow.

The visitors were set 272 to

win after both Michael Clarke

and David Warner hit centuries

for Australia. Warner, a pretty

slow 100 and a Clarke a pace I slow 100 and a Clarke a pace I yer 117. Mahela Jayawardene

survived a caught behind early

in his knock when Clint in his knock when Clint McKay yer Tillakaratne Dilshan went on to destroy Australia's

bowling. The pair put on 30 in

the first three overs an

settled in to what became a

commofrtable run chase. The

deciding game will be played deciding game will be played at

the same venue tomorrow. I am disappointed we lost, to be honest. The

honest. The guys tried their

best. I thought we were short

with the bat. We didn't score

enough runs on a very good

batting wicket and knowing Sri

Lanka had stacked their batting

line-up and played an extra

batter at No.7, we didn't score

enough runs. Probably no excuse

for the performance in the

field. We let ourselves down in

the field and the bowling was

poor once again. We have a

couple of days to turn things around. The commitment is

there, the passion is there,

guys have put in a guys have put in a lot at practices so we need to make sure they're concentrating

better on the field. As a group, over here group, over here against good

quality opposition, I think we have improved quite a bit with

the batting and confident

chasing and defending totals

and a guys are picking up wickets as a group, not like individuals. That is great. We

had some outstanding had some outstanding fielding performances throughout performances throughout the

tournament. We are improving

but we still can push ourselves to be a better team. Brisbane

Roar's kicked off its Asian performances Roar's kicked off its

Champions League soccer

campaign with a 2-0 loss to FC

Tokyo at Lang Park. The app Janice team found holes in Brisbane's defence and went

ahead before the break. And

they score through Ye z, owa. The visitors dominated the game and again proved too

classy as they put away a second in an second in an impressive performance. They're a good performance. They're a

team and that is what we

expected. We want to try and play our football against

better sides. I thought we were

nervous to start with but

gradually got into the game and

in the second half I thought we

were better and more were better and more positive

about things. I have a feeling

we will be better for the experience. It was a better

night for Adelaide United. The

Reds defeated Uzbekistan champions Bunyodkor champions Bunyodkor 2-1. Turning to rugby league Turning to rugby league and

the Canberra rairts have lodged

a complaint with the NRL,

alleging Melbourne used a

dangerous tackling technique called the chin strap in first round clash. Raiders called the chin strap in their

coach David Furner says he's identified several incidents identified

from the match where the Storm targeted his players'

heads. The Melbourne Storm has

become accustomed to

controversy in recent years and

it hasn't taken them it hasn't taken them long to

find it in 2012. The club's win

over Canberra has produced good

and bad news. The good news is

they secured two competition

points and have had an onfield

dismissed. Bad news has emerged dismissed. report against Billy Slater

in the form of an official complaint

complaint against the tackling technique from Raiders coach

David Furner. There is a David Furner. There is a couple

of incidents I had a look at

and mainly the welfare of the

players. There was a couple of

complaints about... The video

referee from the win has also been stood down for incorrectly rewarding

rewarding the Storm a try while

prop Brian Norry was offside.

This week it is something of a reunion fixture with former

Storm players Crocker, King eng list playing for South Storm players Crocker, King and

Sydney and Michael Maguire head

coach at the Rabbitohs. I think

he has the club going in the

right direction and Michael

Crocker was fantastic last

night. They have players in

good form. There is good form. There is lingering

drama in rugby union with the

Melbourne Rebels yet to receive

the reasoning for a 10-week ban a report from SANZAR regarding

on Adam Byrnes on eye gouging.

They will have 48 hours to

lodge an appeal witness they

have that and their game

against QLD on Saturday night,

the clock is against them. In the AFL, Western Bulldogs defender Tom Williams will be side-lined for up to four

months after surgery to repair

his injured shoulder. Williams

suffered the injury in the

opening quarter of last weekend's preseason cup win weekend's

against Carlton. It is his

second shoulder reconstruction

in six months. Former in six months. Former England rugby captain Louis moody has

the sport. Thanks Lucy. Time announced his retirement from

for the latest weather with

Vanessa O'Hanlon.

On the satellite image, the

system from central QLD

system from central QLD down

towards the NSW is weakening but still thick cloud

surrounding a low off Fraser

Island. A trough is moving

inland ahead of a cold front and over and over in the east and over in the east a trough

deepening in the Tasman Sea and

a low heads towards the central

NSW coast. In QLD, a high is

pushing in stronger southerly winds across the south. Rain developing about the central and south coast in NSW.

It will become heavy at times

during the afternoon and south to south-easterly winds also

ranges. Showers increasing in increasing about the coast and

Victoria, mainly over

Gippsland. Our top stories - a Our top stories - a major

lifted flood evacuation order has been

lifted in the NSW city lifted in the NSW city of Wagga

Wagga. Residents now returning

flood damage. Meanwhile, the home to assess the level of

communities of Forbes and communities

Griffith are bracing for the

worst, with residents warned to

evacuate. The Lachlan River

near Forbes is forecast to

reach 10.6m tonight and homes

Authorities in Victoria say are already being inundate.

they're confident the town of

Nathalia won't be inundated

despite a flood peak

later tonight. Temporary levees

have been erected around the

town as a precaution and a

small leak has been repaired.

Residents outside the levee

have been advised to evacuate their properties. TV networks

in the US are predicting a win

for Newt Gingrich in the state

of Georgia. It is the first

indication of a result in the

biggest day in the US

presidential campaign. Voters

in 10 states have been picking

their preferred candidates on

what is known as Super Tuesday. And Sri Lanka has

wickets in the one-day beaten Australia by eight

wickets in the one-day cricket match in Adelaide last night.

The win levelled the tri-series

finals at 1-1. Michael Clarke

has been ruled out of

tomorrow's deciding match a hamstring injury. Figures tomorrow's deciding match with

just

just out from the Australian bureau of bureau of statistics show the Australian economy has grown by

0.4% in Australian economy has grown by

0.4% in the December quarter. Australian economy has grown by

0.4% in

0.4% in the December quarter. That is less than economists

That is less than had expected.

had expected. Alicia be had expected. Alicia Barry will had expected. Alicia Barry will be along shortly with more had expected. Alicia

details on that. Emergency be along shortly with more

details on be along shortly with more details on that. Emergency services removing the focus

services removing the from Wagga Wagga to services removing the focus

Riverina towns affected by from Wagga Wagga to

from Wagga Wagga to other Riverina towns affected by flash-flooding from last week's affected by last week's rain. Up to last last week's rain. Up to 600 people have last week's rain. Up people have been evacuated from people have low-lying parts of people have been evacuated from low-lying parts of surrounding villages after heavy rain caused low-lying parts of Griffith and

surrounding villages heavy rain caused irrigation channels and creeks heavy surrounding villages after heavy rain caused irrigation overflow. The SES overflow. The overflow. The SES is sending extra staff overflow. The SES extra staff and resources there extra staff this morning. Central Wagga extra staff and resources there Wagga residents have this morning. Central Wagga the all clear this morning. Central Wagga Wagga residents have the all clear to return to the all their homes. the all clear to return to their homes. North Wagga Wagga The town of residents remain under The town of Forbes, the first residents remain under water. The town of of two major flood peaks are The town of Forbes, the first expected on of two major flood peaks expected on the Lachlan River of two major flood peaks are expected on expected on the Lachlan River tonight. Residents in more

expected on the Lachlan River tonight. Residents in more than 200 properties have expected on the Lachlan River tonight. Residents in more tonight. Residents in more than 200 properties 200 properties have been asked to evacuate. 200 properties have been asked to evacuate. The water is still 200 properties have been asked to evacuate. rising in the town of Nathalia to evacuate. The water is still in Victoria. A

rising in the town of Nathalia in Victoria. A flood peak is rising in the town of Nathalia in Victoria. A

expected later today in Victoria. A flood peak is expected later today tomorrow morning. Guy Stayner expected later today or earlier tomorrow is northern Victoria's tomorrow morning. Guy Stayner Nathalia. Here he is northern Nathalia. Here he is. Here Nathalia. Here he is. Here in Nathalia. Here he is. Here Nathalia. Here he is. Here in Nathalia, the flood waters Nathalia. Here he is. Here in starting to have an effect Nathalia, the flood Nathalia, the flood waters are starting to have an effect edge the town. I am on the eastern the town. outside edge of the town which is the town. I am on the eastern edge

edge of the town which is is protecting the majority of outside the levee system which homes inside Nathalia. is protecting the majority homes inside Nathalia. As you homes inside Nathalia. can see behind me, there homes inside Nathalia. As you can see behind me, there are homes can see behind me, there homes that are homes that are now isolated homes that are homes that are now isolated and there is homes that are now isolated there is about 17 this around this eastern edge

of Nathalia. The water this around this eastern edge of Nathalia. The water the moment is at about the moment is at about 2.5m

around the broken creek

around the broken creek but it is expected to rise another half

around the broken creek but it

is expected to rise another half metre or more and therefore half metre or more and are protecting that therefore those sandbags that its own private levee its own private levee there, that is its own private levee that is where the water that is that is where the water level will reach.

that is where the water will reach. That sandbagging

will around the edge of the will reach. That sandbagging system will be critical around the edge of system will be critical to see around the edge of the levee system will whether or not homes system will be critical to whether or not whether or not homes like that one there

whether or not homes like that one there will survive without

inundation. We can also inundation. We can here the already

effect that the here the already effect that the flood waters

effect that the effect that the flood waters is having around Nathalia. having having around Nathalia. All of the bubbles of air having around Nathalia. the bubbles of air pockets from the bubbles of under the road and what it

the bubbles of air pockets from really doing is

under the road and what it really doing is lifting the road surfaces and under the road and what it is really doing is road surfaces and that will be really doing is lifting the road surfaces and

like this right road surfaces and that will be like this right throughout this like this right

which is 20km east of where I

am standing here which is 20km east of where I am standing here am standing here in Nathalia. The broken am standing here in Nathalia.

The broken creek is about about The broken The broken creek is about about The broken creek is about 200m the other side. That is

200m the other side. That where there is a 200m the other side. That is where there is a dirt levee where there is a that protects the town. As where there is a dirt follow the creek that protects the town. around, it also that protects the town. As you follow the creek around, it also links follow the creek further around, it around, it also links up with the around, it also links the temporary levee system, the aluminium fence that has the temporary levee system, erected through the aluminium fence that erected through the majority of aluminium fence that has been

the town. That is protecting the town. another 172 homes. the town. That is another 172 homes. At the moment there another 172 homes. moment there is a little bit of

seepage under the levee system but locals seepage under but locals are confident that

it will hold. We can but locals are confident that it will it will hold. We can see that while it will hold. We can while it is 200m that side while it is 200m that side to the while it is 200m the edge of the Broken the edge of the Broken Creek, the flood waters the edge of the the flood waters way into the paddocks the flood waters are extending way into the paddocks around way into the paddocks Nathalia. There are other houses further down that Nathalia. There are other houses further down that cemeteries is another 200m cemeteries is another 200m that side and that is cemeteries is another 200m side and that is already starting to cemeteries is another 200m that starting to have water flowing through side and that is already through the cemetery. There are starting to have water flowing

through so many bends

through the cemetery. There so many bends in the Broken

Creek that all this flood water is breaking the Creek that all this flood is breaking the banks of the Creek that all this flood water is breaking creek and flowing and forming is breaking the banks of the just like creek and flowing and forming just like a massive lake right just like throughout the eastern edge just like a massive lake throughout the eastern edge of

throughout the eastern edge throughout the eastern edge of throughout the eastern edge of eastern states

eastern states has flooded the once Nathalia. Heavy rain across the eastern states once panched Murray eastern states has flooded the once panched Murray and Murrumbidgee rivers. once panched Murrumbidgee rivers. It is good news for farmers once panched Murray and Murrumbidgee news for farmers who depend on Murrumbidgee rivers. It is good the rivers for irrigation but it news for farmers who depend on it may not be good news the rivers for irrigation but it it may not be good news for the long it may not be good news long term health of the long long term health of the river system. To explain why I

joined by scientist Tim

joined by scientist stubs. Putting aside all the damage the floods joined by scientist Tim damage the floods have caused, stubs. Putting aside all the

damage the floods have caused, are they a good thing? Yes. For the

are they a good thing? For the ecology of the river system are they a good thing? Yes. For system they're critically For the ecology of the river important, the big floods. system they're critically we have seen th, is sort of important, the big once in

we have seen th, is sort we have seen th, is sort of a once in a 30-year type event. 74 was the last once in a 30-year type event. 74 was the were talking about levels this 74 was the last time people

hie. They're really important were talking about levels this hie. They're really to get the water out on the flood to get the water out on

flood plain because they work together to have a flood plain because they together to have a healthy ecology. What together to have a ecology. What happens at that really macro level? What you ecology. What happens at that

see is the water comes down really macro level? What from the high lands and see is the water comes the flat flood

from the high lands and hits the flat flood plain. from the high lands

the flat flood plain. We have a the flat flood plain. drop of

the flat flood plain. We have a drop of 130m from Albury right

down to the mouth in

drop of 130m from Albury right down to the mouth in very flat and that water very flat and that water moves very flat and that water out on the flood

out on the flood plain and

triggers triggers the ecosystems of the

flood plains to come triggers the ecosystems of the

flood plains to come triggers the ecosystems of the and it flood plains to come to life

and flood plains to come to life and it triggers species from

the river to move out

flood plain the river to move out onto the and it triggers species from

flood plain to feed and breed the river to move out

the river to move out onto the

flood plain to feed and breed and trigger all the different

and trigger all the life forms. It

and trigger all the different

life forms. the aquifers that life forms. It puts water the aquifers life forms. It puts water in flood the aquifers that sit under the

flood plain and allow the flood plain in the flood plain and

plain in the dry times and it flood plain and allow the flood

brings material that has plain in the flood plain and allow the flood

brings material that has been plain in the dry times and

brings material that has decomposing

brings material that has been plain back decomposing onto the flood

channel and that feeds the plain

channel and that feeds plain back into the river river and that happens as it

river and that happens as moves through the systems. We

see the water bringing back into the moves through the systems.

back into the channel and back see the water

out onto the flood plain as back into

back into the channel and back out onto the flood plain as goes out onto the flood plain as it

out onto the flood plain as it goes down. How does it interact

with the irrigation and farming goes down. How does it interact

that takes place in those with the irrigation

with the irrigation and farming areas?

that takes place in those areas? Part of the reason

farm on the flood

areas? Part of the reason we because that farm on the flood plain is areas? Part of the reason

been happening for because that interaction has farm on the

been happening for thousands of because farm on the flood plain is

because that interaction has been years and the

been happening for thousands of

made up of the soils that years and the flood plain is years and the

years and the flood plain is deposited by made up of the soils that have made

deposited by the floods that made up of the

deposited by deposited by the floods that have moved out

have moved out into the flood

plain in the past. That is plain in the past. That is why plain in the

plain in the past. That is

we're irrigating there. Part of the issue is we need

the issue is we the big the issue is we need not just

maybe every the big events that happen

maybe every 30 years but the the issue is we need not just

maybe every 30 years but we maybe the big events that happen

every maybe every 30 years but also need events that

maybe every 30 years but we every two to five also need events that occur

every used to move on every two to five years that

as well, to every two to also need events that occur

as well, to keep the health of used to move on every two to five years that

used to move on the flood plain

the flood plain the flood plain going between

the large events and we don't

the flood plain going between have those anymore because we the large events and we don't

have those anymore have those anymore because we have captured them in the dams.

have captured them in the That is part of the reason

the big floods are That is part of the reason why

the big floods are critical and That is part of

the big floods

the big floods are critical and get really great outcomes

get really great it is not fixing

system. It it is not fixing the river

system. It is doing a good job it is not

system.

system. It is doing a good job while it is there but we need

while it is there but we to make sure we look after

to make sure we look health in to make sure we look after the

health health in between the big flood

events. How much room is to change the health in between the big flood

events. How much room to change the currently managing the to change the way we're

to change the way we're currently catchments. The Victorian currently managing the

catchments. currently managing the Government is talking

clearing the creeks and Government is talking about

systems and that's clearing the creeks and river Government is

systems and that's drawn a huge clearing the Government is talking about

clearing the creeks and river

response against it. We need to understand we're living on a response against it. We need to understand we're living on a

flood plain, the name flood understand we're living on a flood plain. We will

flood plain, the name flood events that spread flood plain, the name flood

events that spread out on the plain. We will

events that plain.

critical for the health flood

flood plain flood plain and they're

critical for the flood plain and the industries critical for the health of the flood and economies of those communities that flood plain and the industries communities that exist on communities that communities that exist on them. We need communities that exist on We need to replenish the

We need to plain and drive the ecosystems

of the river and the flood plain and drive the ecosystems of the river and the flood of the river and plain. It is all an important

balance of working with each other. If balance of working with

other. If we clear large areas

and make it so other. If we clear large and make it so the floods travel down rivers and make it travel down rivers more quickly and make it so the floods and don't go onto the travel down rivers more quickly

plain and all those sorts and don't go onto and don't go onto the flood

plain and all those sorts things, we are tipping out of balance of

things, we are tipping out of balance of ou the system out of balance evolved. It he involved out of balance of ou the system floods and droughts, it floods and droughts, it is how we work and the evolved. It he involved for the floods and droughts, we work and the more we tamper and floods and droughts, it is how and try and change we work and the more we tamper and try and change it, the more we and try and change we will run into problems down the and try and change it, the more the track with the health of the we will run into problems down the track with the health of the river system and the health of the communities and the the river system and the health industry that rely on the

of the communities and rivers to get their

industry that rely on rivers to get their income. It rivers to get their is interesting to take that rivers to get their income. It is interesting to take that view. The damage to is interesting to take that view. The damage to roads and view. The damage infrastructure in the view. The damage to roads and of NSW could run into the infrastructure in the hundreds of millions of of NSW could run into the hundreds of millions of dollars. The hundreds of millions of

dollars. The Michael McCormack says Government assistance will Michael McCormack says Government assistance will be needed tore Michael McCormack says Government assistance will Government assistance will be needed tore damage repairs. The

road damage bill alone is needed tore damage repairs. The road damage bill alone is going road damage bill alone to be $500

to be $500 million. That is half a

to be $500 half a billion that wasn't plan half half a billion that wasn't plan ordinary half a billion that wasn't plan ordinary budgeted. We will ordinary require federal assistance. I ordinary budgeted. We will am sure

require federal assistance. I am sure the PM won't come

empty-handed. She will see the empty-handed. She situation. She will be doing empty-handed. She will see the flyover and meeting and situation. She will be doing

greeting people. I have situation. She will be doing a flyover and greeting people. I have always said that greeting people. I said that the best insurance greeting people. I have always said against flood damage is to said that the best insurance against against flood damage is to have against flood damage is to don't a surplus. Unfortunately we

don't have one of against flood damage is to have don't have one of those in the federal Government a surplus. Unfortunately we don't don't have one federal Government at the don't have one of those in the

moment. The money will required to come from somewhere required to come and local and State coffers required to come from somewhere won't be able to fit the bill and local and State coffers won't be able to fit the in this regard. This damage

hasn't been as in this regard. This damage

hasn't been as bad thankfully hasn't been as bad as Grantham and floods. That flash-flooding as Grantham and queen land floods. That flash-flooding caused untold billions

floods. That dollars caused untold billions of dollars worth of damage floods. That flash-flooding caused untold dollars caused untold billions of dollars worth of We haven't had the huge dollars worth of damage to QLD. We haven't had the huge loss of life We haven't had the huge

life and public infrastructure but We haven't had the huge loss of but we have got a big damage life and public infrastructure bill and that

but we have got a big bill and that will need to bill and that bill and that will need to come from shire councils Government and Barry O'Farrell from shire councils is well aware of that Government and Barry O'Farrell sure he will be in is well aware of that sure he will be in contact with the PM this is well aware of that and I am sure he will be in the PM this morning, if sure he will be in contact with

the PM this hasn't happened overnight to the PM this morning, hasn't happened overnight call for assistance call for call for assistance federally. Newt Gingrich call for assistance Newt Gingrich has won the call for assistance federally. Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich has won the US media projections. State of Georgia, according to US media projections. The former house US media former to take his former to take his home State of former house speaker was tipped to take his home State of Georgia to take his home State Georgia decisively. He's Georgia thanked his home State on

Twitter and is hoping the thanked his home State on Twitter and is hoping the win will pick up

Twitter and is hoping the

will pick up momentum. John Barron is the

most of Planet America and has most most of Planet America and has

most of Planet America

closely. No surprises there? None in Georgia. It looks as

though we could be heading for a close contest in Ohio. a were a close contest in Ohio. We a close contest in Ohio. were talking earlier about how were

crucial that State will were talking earlier about They have crucial that State will They have finished voting in the last quarter though They have the last quarter of an hour. They have finished voting in the

The exit polls are coming out the last quarter of an hour. and good news for

The exit polls are coming and good news for

up 4.5%. I understand

is speaking right about now - I wonder if we can take a is speaking right about now - I wonder if we can take in. We celebrate next year the wonder if we can take a listen

in. We celebrate next year

100th anniversary of 100th anniversary of the federal 100th anniversary of federal reserve by repealing the federal reserve act. federal reserve by repealing the federal the federal reserve act.

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE A lot as happened in the A lot as happened in last four years. These problems A lot as happened in the have been going on for a long

last four years. time. It would have been going on for

time. It would be nice if we have been going on for a long time. It would could blame one person or one time. It would be nice if we administration but it has been could blame one person or going on a long

administration but it has going on a long time so many young going on a young people, you're young people, you're realising, young people, you're young people, you're realising, you're getting a young people, you're realising, you're getting a bad wrap for what young people, you're realising, what you're inheriting and you're getting a bad wrap for

better deal can be found what you're inheriting and better deal can be found in less government and

better deal can be less government and only sending people better deal can be found in less government and sending people to Washington who

less government and only sending people sending people to Washington who constitution and will obey who have actually read

constitution and will constitution and take their oath of office

constitution and take

oath of office seriously.

Which would do so many wonderful things for wonderful things for us. Takes for Which would do so many for instance, if you're tired wonderful things for us. Takes for of the wars - I

for instance, if you're tired of the wars - I hope you're sick and tired of the wars we're involved in... APPLAUSE What if we had in... APPLAUSE What if we had

the return to the constitution the founders made sure in the

document in the constitution

that the wars would only occur

not by the executive grants but not by

only by the people through the representatives in congress. That

That is the way all wars should

be declared. If necessary they

should be declared and get them

over with and come home. That is the way it was supposed to

Since World War II we have

gone to war without a

declaration and for

declaration and for that reason

we essentially haven't won one of

of the wars and there has been

a lot of tragedy. In the past 10 years, the wars fighting

10 years, the wars we're fighting in the Middle East,

over 8500 Americans have died, 44,000 have come back with

serious injuries and am pu

tationz. Hundreds of thousands

are looking for help because of

post-traumatic stress syndrome

and at the same time economically it has been damaging. damaging. It has added $4

trillion to our national debt.

That is what you're inheriting.

This is the reason why it is so

important to change the

constitution and have a lot

less war and make more effort

to promote the cause of peace.

Ron Paul there speak Ng North

Dakota. I'm with John Barron

here on ABC News 24. What here on ABC News 24. What do you make of Ron Paul and you make of Ron Paul and his position in the race? position in the race? He's

never been a front runner or he

won't be. What does he bring to

the race? We heard Ron Paul's

greatest hits in that couple of minutes from his speech. running minutes from his speech. He's

running on a platform that is anti-national Government,

anti-fed reserve. He thinks the American dollar should be back

on the gold standard which it

hasn't been since the early

1970s and he thinks American

shouldn't get involved in

foreign wars and it shouldn't

have bases on foreign soil which is why Ron Paul has a

fascinating Coalition behind

him which is on the extreme

libertarian right of the

Republican party and the left

wing of the democratic party so

there are a lot of young people

who are attracted to his antiwar message as well as his libertarian small libertarian small government

and low taxing kind of message. He won't get elected President,

as you say. He's done well in

the number of caw customers but

he will come fourth out of four

candidates in today's super

Tuesday primaries. He area Stoking the antigovernment

message that has led to the rise

rise of the Tea Party movement.

He was one of the ideological God

God fathers of that movement

after the 2008 election. He's a

significant player. He's likely

to stay in the race not because

he wants to be the nominee but

he wants to make the speeches that are broadcast across that are broadcast across the US and around the world. Over

in Ohio how are things looking

for Mitt Romney and Rick

Santorum. It was a tight race?

It is shaping up to It is shaping up to continue

to be tight. This is the one

we'll watch over the next

couple of hours, Ohio and

probably Oklahoma and

Tennessee. Ohio is really the

test. If Mitt Romney can test. If Mitt Romney can win

there, he can prove it is he

not Santorum that has the

ability to reach across and try

and get blue collar conservative Democrats to vote for a Republican candidate. If

he doesn't, what happens? Then

this race could go on for this race could go on for a

long time, maybe all the way through to the last primaries

at the end of June and the

convention at the end of

August. This race may not be

over today but if it shapes as

it is looking, the metrics are favouring Mitt Romney who's

extended to a 10% nationally

over his nearest rival, the

pressure will be on Rick Santorum to drop out. The

pressure will become intense on

not just Rick Santorum but Newt Gingrich, despite his win

in Georgia. He'll try and

position himself to the

alternative. Come back

kid. This could go on for a

long time but the pressure