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Hello and welcome to the

program. I'm Ashleigh Gillon. Just when Labor thought it

was getting its groove back

with the poll s steadily

increasing and the packing of

the mining tax. It's now hit

a brick wall. Today's

Newspoll shows Labor's

primary vote federally has

plummeted to just 28%, that's

a result that would see most

of Labor's ministers wiped

out an well and truly give Tony Abbott as Prime Minister

a mandate for repealing the

carbon tax among other

things. We'll chat to Peter

Hayne, he was a Minister

under Tony Blair and Gordon

Brown and he's been tasked

with renewing the Labor Party

in the UK. He's got some

interesting advice for Labor colleagues. Also to David

Speers in Seoul. First here's

Vanessa with today's top

stories. AFL great Jim

Stynes has been farewelled

with a funeral service in

Melbourne. Thousands turned

out to pay tribute to the man

who's been remembered as an

inspiration on and off the

football field. He lost his

battle with cancer last week

at the age of 45. Melbourne

came to a stand still as

thousands gathered to honour

a man who has touched so many

lives, footballers,

politicians, family and

friends filled St Paul's

cathedral while outside

federation Square became a

sea of navy blue and red. Jim

Stynes has been remembered as

an inspirational man and a

family man, someone who

always tried to improve the

lives of others. He was an

inspiration to us all, and he

could not have a better son,

brother and uncle, I tried

following in his foot steps

but they were always too big,

I will miss, Steins my

brother and my best friend,

the Lord of mercy on his

soul. Jim was remembered for

his work on raoech, the

organisation he cofounded to

help children reach that I

potential. Fare well but

never goodbye Jimmy, you were

my business partner, my

teacher, my guardian and my

best friend. We all wanted to

be like Jim. And he was remembered as a footballer

and a friend who spent so

much of his life trying to

make others smile. If he was

here he'd have us all

standing up turning to the

person next to him giving

them hugs and shoulder

massages, it's the sort of

weird stuff he did and it

took us a long time to get

our head around it. Jim's

wife read a moving poem. Do

not stand at my grave and

cry, I am not there, I did

not cry. Ted Bailleau read

from the scriptures and there

was a call to armses for

others to stand tall and

follow his legacy. We are

both challenged and #c5u8d to

continue Jim's work in out we

live our own lives. After a

traditional Irish blessing

Demons footballers... You

can see a replay of the State

funeral for AFL legend Jim

Stynes tonight on A-PAC.

Australia's public affairs channel will bring you the

service in full at 7 p.m. and

10 p.m. eastern daylight

time. That's Jim Stynes's

State funeral tonight. The

Prime Minister may be in

Seoul but he hasn't been able

to escape the wretched

Newspoll out today, with the

primary vote down to just

28%. In response to the poll

Julia Gillard says she

understands she needs to

listen and lead in a bid to

win back support. For now though the Prime Minister is

focussing on the bigger

picture and a nuclear

security summit in South

Korea. A show of unity from

world leaders, more than 50

nations are represented here

in Seoul making pledges to

lower their stocks of nuclear

material to prevent any

winding up in the hands of

terrorists. We've come a

long way in a very short

time, that should encourage

us and that should not lead

us to complacency however, it

should fortify our will.

It's what the President said

when he didn't think the microphones were on that's

caused a bigger stir back in

the United States. He thought

it was a private discussion

with his Russian counterpart

about plans for a missile

defence shield which Moscow

opposes. He was heard saying

he'll have more Obama's

republican opponents were

quick to pounce, accusing him

of saying one thing to

leaders and another on the

American people. Our hope is

that we can resolve these issues dim matically.

Australia has already

switched from higher grade to

lower grade at the Lucas

heights raeckor. We will keep pressing neighbours to do

more. They are small steps

and that's because we do

start from a higher base.

The latest Newspoll shows

recent gains have

disappeared, Labor's primary

vote has fallen to 28%,

dangerously close to the

disastrous result for

Queensland's Labor on the weekend. Julia Gillard says

she is listening. My job is

to both listen and lead and

that's what I will be doing

Minister says the carbon tax as Prime Minister. The Prime

is complicated, not instantly

popular but she's confident

that will change once people

have a lived experience of

what it will actually mean to

them. This summit in Korea

the Prime Minister to shift has been a brief chance for

the focus to the

international stage but

she'll return home tomorrow

to a difficult claimant. It

may not be of nuclear proportions but the fallout

has rattled the nerves of

MPs. Meantime Queensland's

Labor MP Annastacia

Palaszczuk has announced she

will take on the role of

Opposition leader in the wake

of Anna Bligh's resignation.

He says she has the support

of her parliamentary

colleagues ahead of a Caucus

meeting tomorrow morning. Ms Palaszczuk acknowledged

she'll have a tough job

leading in Opposition with

just seven seats. No

illusion of the task ahead,

the fact that we need to

restore people's faith in the

Queensland Labor Party. Ms

Palaszczuk has been in

parliament since 2006.

Australia's media watchdog

has found on air comments

made by Kyle Sandilands about

a female journal ist to be

derogatory, offensive and in

breach of commercial codes.

The Australian communications

and media authority is taking

steps to impose new

conditions on the station's

broadcasting licence. Media

watchdog the ACMA has found

comments by controversial

Sydney radio host Kyle

Sandilands were indeed a

breach of the broadcast

industry's code of practice.

The ACMA launched their investigation after

Sandilands called a female

journalist a fat slag and

threatened to hunt her down

in November over a scathing

review she wrote about

Sandilands's TV show. ACMA

chairman Chris Chapman says

their investigation was an

open and shut case, with a

clear breach to the code

relating to matters of

decency. The ACMA found that

this was a broadcast that was

grossly demeaning, that was

deeply derogatory of the

journalist. The ACMA found

this to be a clear breach of

that provision. The ACMA is

moving that decency

conditions in the code of

conduct now be written into

Southern Cross Austereo's

licensing conditions. The conditions too ambiguous to

be workable. I think you

should understand that the

licence condition isn't just

about negative comments. As

we've said we don't endorse

the comments that were made

last year. At this point in

time we're not even sure we

can make a positive comment.

It has a restriction on

making undue emphasis on

person's gender.

Sandilands's comments have

already stung the today

network with several

advertisers and sponsors

jumping ship including Jenny

Craig, Bunnings and

Vodafone. A rogue Afghan

soldier has killed two

British troops in southern Afghanistan. Officials say Coalition forces returned

fire and killed the gunman.

It happened outside the base.

The officer demanded access.

This was refused.

Transtranswhen the gate was

opened he immediately started

shooting at three soldiers.

As a result two of them were

killed and the other one was

err wounded. An ISAF guard

opened fire on him and killed

him. He was from Nangahar.

The defence secretary said an

investigation was now under

way. It appears that a

member of the Afghan national

army opened fire at the

entrance gate to the British

headquarters killing the two

British personnel. The

assailant was killed by

return fire. The MOD will

issue further details. The

investigation will first ask

if lieutenant Lazar was acing

on behalf of the Taliban. So far there's nothing to

suggest he was. The other

scenario is that of an

officer angered at being told

what to do in his own

country. Second rifles to be

training the Afghanistan

army. It's Afghanistan, not

Surrey or Kent. These people

have been fighting wars for

over 30 years, there's no

sort of anger management

counsellors in Afghanistan

and the only way they know to

vent their grievance is

through the gun. If this was

a Taliban attack it

underlines the vetting

problems the Afghan army has.

If this was simply a raged

man with a gun it points to an equally deadly problem.

The areas of the foreign

forces such as the recent

accidental burning of Korans

fuel the fires of a society

which regards foreigners with suspicion and that all plays

into the issue of the

quality, training and

monitoring of the men who

were supposed to replace the NATO forces in two years

time. Tomorrow's forecast

now, showers along the

eastern seaboard, storms in

the north, dry in the south.

It's 12 minutes past 4

eastern daylight time. Back

eastern daylight time. Back to Ashleigh Gillon as PM

Agenda continueses. After

the break we'll go live to

South Korea, Sky News political editor David Speers

will join us from Seoul on

the latest of the security

discussions happening there.

Also chat with him about

Barack Obama microphone gaff. Stay with us.

Welcome back. Well opinion

polls at home have Labor MPs

becoming increasingly nervous. Overseas the Prime

Minister is focussing on the

bigger picture at a nuclear

security summit in Seoul.

There she's been very clear

that Australia would like to

see China show stronger

leadership on the issue,

especially when it comes to influencing North Korea.

David, Julia Gillard has been

talking up today Australia's

efforts to tighten up on

nuclear security. She has

made it clear other countries

like China could be doing a

whole lot more. Yes in

particular putting more

pressure on North Korea to

step back from the brink in

relation to its announced

plans to launch a long Range

ballistic missile. China's officials say it is what it

is doing, it doesn't want to

see this missile launch

either. There's no doubt international pressure is

against North Korea on this

one. Here at the summit on

nuclear security, this two

day summit is supposed isn't

supposed to be targeting

North Korea, this is about

trying to stop nuclear

material ending up in the hands of terrorist

organisations, something

that's consider a low risk

but one that needs to be

taken seriously because of

the consequences were it to

happen. Barack Obama two

years ago set up this process

when he announced a pledge to halve

halve the world's stocks of

highlily enriched uranium and plutonium. Countries are

coming here to update the

progress they have made. For

Australia's part I think we

need to acknowledge we are

only a bit player in the

nuclear game, we don't have a

nuclear weapons program, a

nuclear energy program. We do

have one reactor at Lucas

have one reactor at Lucas

Heights. We've switched from

high to low grade uranium,

even though we have a small

amount of highly enriched

uranium. Also ratified the

terrorist convention and the

Prime Minister has announced

next year we'll host in

Sydney a regional workshop on what countries in our

neighbourhood can do. Also going to

going to allow an IAEA

inspection of the lublingas

heights reactor as well. The

Prime Minister pointed this

out during her one

contribution on the floor of

the summit today. She also

told us a bit about it

earlier when she spoke to the

media earlier in the day in Seoul, spelling out what

Australia has done, what it

would like to see happen from

here. Take a look. Well, we do start from a high

do start from a high base so

for some countries of course

there are big strides forward

that they can make. For us

because we start from a high

base we are identifying significant practical steps

forward. I mean they are

small steps but that's

because we do start from a

high base. Now, there are things Australia would also

like to see coming out of

this whole process, not

necessarily just this summit here

here in Seoul. There is

another one scheduled in two

years time which is going to

be the final one. The Prime

Minister in her intervention,

her comments to the other

leaders said she would like

to see more teeth given to

the IAEA to empower it more

to better police this issues

of nuclear security. She

would also like to see a pier

review process so that

international delegate s can

come and have a look for

themselves at what's being

done in each country to meet

the commitments they're

making to better safeguard

and secure these nuclear

materials. Let's face it, the

main players here are the

ones with stocks of highly

enriched uranium and

plutonium. The Ukraine has

plutonium. The Ukraine has

anoubsed it's going to better

security in Russia. Also a

lot of pressure on Russia to

do better itself, it's understood Russia has been

resisting a push to set a

deadline on ending the use of

highly enriched uranium in

research reactors. The final

commune Kay will talk about

phasing out the use of highly enriched uranium but there

won't be any date, any

deadline for that. President

Barack Obama, this whole

thing is his idea. This

morning he welcomed del gats

to the final day of talks and

laid out to them the

challenge that still remains

on this front. We've come a

long way in a very short

time. That should encourage

us. And that should not lead

us to complacency however, it

should fortify our will.

The President also spoke

about there still being a

challenge here. He said there

are a number of bad actors

when it comes to nuclear

material and still too many

vulnerable sites so he still

thinks there's a job to do

here. They'll have another

summit in two years time.

Whether they can achieve his

goal of halving the stocks of

nuclear material by 2014

remains to be seen. It's

still fair to say a big ask. David unfortunately for

Barack Obama some of his comments there have been over

shadowed a bit by a gaff he

made, mikephones picked up

what the President thought

was a private conversation.

Haven't these politicians

learned yet that microphones

are on, how did this gasp

come about, what was he heard saying? You'd think

President Obama would have learned from a similar slip

in November last year when he

was caught talking to French

President Nicholas Sark owesy

about Benjamin net nat Hugh,

today he was engaging in what

he thought was a private conversation with Dmitry

Medvedev, he's then overheard

saying in relation to US

plans that he'll have more

flexibility to negotiate on

this after the White House

negotiations in November.

President Medvedev said he

understand and will transfer

that message to Vladmir who

will resume the presidency in

rush ae. The reaction has

been very swift from Barack

Obama's political opponents.

The Republicans rushed out a

TV advertisement, suggesting

he's saying one thing to

world leaders when it comes

to missile defence but

another thing to the American

people. It also shows Barack

Obama perhaps getting a bit

ahead of himself in relation

to this election, assuming he

will be re-elected and have

that flexibility to negotiate

that he talks about. I'm

sure there will be plenty

more gaffs in the lead-up to

that November election. Back

home we've seen another

Newspoll out today. Julia Gillard I understand gave

some reaction to that today. It really was a shocker for

Labor. What did the Prime

Minister mean when she said

she knows she needs to listen

and lead in a bid to turn

those polls around? Look, I

think this is really all the

Prime Minister can say in

many ways. I mean she can't

exactly just ditch the carbon

tax even though that's what

the Coalition say they would

like her to do. I think that

would be a huge sign of

weakness for her at this

point. Nor can she water it

down either given she's

invested so. In this carbon

tax. All she can say in

response to the Queensland result on the weekend and

then today's pretty terrible

Newspoll which has seen them

lose some of the gains and

drop back below 30% to a 28%

primary vote, all she can say

is yes, she is listening but

she's not driven by the

polls, she needs to lead as

well. Have a look. My job

is to both listen and lead.

And that's what I will be

doing as Prime Minister. So I

will be continuing to deliver

the important policies that will make a difference for

the future of Queensland, and

the future of our country.

Now I understand that they

are complicated policies and

that they are not the kind of

thing that is instantaneously

popular but if you become Prime Minister of the nation

to make the decisions that

are right for the nation's

future. So she's saying not instantly popular, the carbon

tax, I think no-one would

disagree with that. But it

does oppose the question when

is this going to be popular?

She talked about people

having a lived experience

when it comes to the carbon

tax, that means once it is

introduce ed along with the

tax cuts and pension increase

to compensate for it she

doesn't think people are

going to be as set with the

carbon tax, that is still a

big if. And Labor were hoping

that the heat would come out

of this issue long, long ago

and that things would turn

around. If today's poll is

any guide that has not

happened yet. As we draw

closer to next year's

election and as Seebohm

things like the Queensland

result for Labor in the

sunshine State, I think you

can understand why the nerves

of a number of federal Labor

MPs are being rattled so. The PM leaves here tomorrow

morning. She's had a couple

of days where she's been able

to shift the focus to the

international stage. David

just finally before you go, you've been observing Julia

Gillard there, on the world

stage for a couple of days

pretty closely now. Do you think that now Kevin Rudd is

out of the picture as Foreign

Minister it gives her a bit more of an opportunity to

shine in this area, which we

know isn't her pet port

folio. How has she been

performing over there? Look

pretty good. You've got to

say Julia Gillard was a bit

silly to say what she said so

publicly about foreign policy

not being the passion that

got her into poll ticks, but

since then she has actually performed pretty well on the

world stage. I mean the

address to congress, the

hosting of CHOGM, she has a

very warm familiarity with

world leaders, she's also won

a fair bit of praise from

various people here for what

Australia's doing, not necessarily just on the

nuclear issue but on the

carbon tax as well. So yes,

she is, I think at ease on

the international stage and

it is quite a contrast to see

the sort of political

problems and receptions she's

getting back in Australia

almost constantly compared to the respite she gets on the international stage as well.

I think it's all too brief unfortunately for Julia

Gillard. David Speers, thank

you. Coming up next we're

going to be looking at what

Labor does need to do if it

is going to reverse its

fortunes in the poll. We'll

be chatting with the man in

charge of renewing the Labor

Party in the UK. Stay with us.

Welcome back. We're have

more on Agenda shortly. First

let's check today's top

stories with Vanessa at the

Sky News centre. AFL great

Jim Stynes has been

farewelled with a funeral

service in Melbourne.

Thousands turned out to pay

tribute to the man who's been

remembered as an inspiration

on and off the football field. Prime Minister Julia

Gillard has today outlined

Australia's efforts to rid

the world of nuclear

terrorism in front of 50

world leaders at a nuclear

security summit in Seoul. Ms

Gillard says it was up to

Australia to lead the region

in nuclear safety but when it

comes to the risk posed by

North Korea she said she

would pressure China to take a administration of justicer

role. It comes as a Newspoll

shows Labor's primary vote is

down to just 28%. Queensland

Labor MP Annastacia

Palaszczuk has announced

she'll take on the role of

Opposition leader in the wake

of Anna Bligh's resignation.

The i-Noela MP says she has

the support of her

colleagues. Ms Palaszczuk

acknowledged she'll have a

tough job leading in

Opposition with just 7 seats.

Ms Palaszczuk has been in

parliament since 2006. A

rogue Afghan soldier has

killed two British troops in

southern Afghanistan.

Officials say Coalition

forces returned fire and

killed the gunman. It's

believed the incident

happened after an argument

between the victim and the

shooter. 13 foreign troops

have been killed in similar

incidents so far this year.

The latest celetion come at a

time of heightened tension in

the country following the

shooting rampage by US colonel ger two weeks ago

that claimed the lives of 17

Afghan civilians. The media

watchdog has found on air

comments about a journalist

by Kyle Sandilands were

derogatory and offensive.

ACMA launched an investigation after

Sandilands described a female

journalist in demeaning terms

and threatened to hunt her

down. The watchdog says it's

now taking steps to impose

new conditions on southern

Cross Austereo's broadcasting

licence. The NRL match re

view committee has charged

Chris Laurence with a grade

one dangerous throw following

the Wests Tigers loss to

Canberra, Laurence follows a

week on the side laoirch for

his tackle on Jack wayton but

can escape suspension with an

early guilty plea. Tomorrow's

forecast, showers along the

eastern seaboard, storms in

the north. Dry in the south.

As we discussed before the

break the latest Newspoll is

a nightmare for Labor. MPs

hope that eethey have time to

win back support. But are

voters listening to Julia

Gillard anymore. More

broadly, why is it that Labor

is so on the nose around the

country and also overseas in

the UK? The British Labour

Party is now in Opposition

and former Blair and Brown

minister Peter Hayne has been

tasked with renewing the

party. I spoke with Peter

Hayne a short time ago. Well

it's obviously serious, the

Queensland result was

devastating coming on top of

the NSW result a year or so

earlier, but what I notice about Australian politics

which is very different to

the last period of Labor in

Britain when I was in the

cabinet is that you have a

Prime Minister whose ratings

are going up in Australia,

whereas our Prime Minister

Gordon Brown's were stuck low

and if anything falling, and

you have an Opposition leader

in Australia who's flat

lining, whereas the

Opposition conservatively,

the now Prime Minister in

Britain was actually

consistently ahead of our

Prime Minister. So it's very different in terms of

leadership and who will look

after the country's interests. What is similar to

me, having led the party

reform agenda that the Labour

leader asked me to do is that

some of the problems of party

politics in the ALP situation

are very similar to labour's

situation andy lema in

British politics and frankly the dilemma of all parties

that have lost traction with

voters. What were those key problems that you

identified? Modern voters

are less differential, less automatically inclined to

support any party, and

therefore parties have to be

far more pro active in going

out and searching and

persituating people and

winning their trust than

parties have been used to in

the past where you just

needed to get your vote out

and fight for the switch

voters. Now I think with the

social media, with the

ability to communicate with

people online, in all sorts

of ways, there's a much

greater desire for flaktivity between governments and

citizens, between parties and

voters. And that is the new

politics and the existing

party system and the existing

political party tradition is

bust. That's been my message

to the ALP in NSW and now it

its party leaders here in Canberra, to say that the

party has to reform to get

back in touch with people in

their communities on local

issues so that people

actually see their

politicians even see their

party activists rather than the compulsory voting system

just expect can them to turn

up to the polls and give

their assent to one party or

the other. I guess the big

question is how the parties

go about fixing those

problems, what measure s

should be put in place in a

bid to re-engage with

voters? We have adopted the

view that people are not

joiners of parties in the

numbers that they used to be

in past decades and

generations. People are not joiners because party membership has been on the

slide now in British politics

for 60 years. It's only a

quarter of what it was, all

parties collectively as a

proportion of the electorate,

the voters in Britain, we're

only a quarter of what we

were 60 years ago. There's

clearly a disjunction, a separation between parties

and voters. One of the ways

which we have decided to

solve that problem is say

"Well you may not want to

join us but if you support us

can we have a relationship

with you, an inter active relationship?" instead of just talking to our members

and at election times trying

to listen to voters and talk

to voters we do it all year

round with you as supporters,

registered supporters on an

online basis and that

interactivity is I think key

to creating a new type of

political party that can back

in touch and back close to

its support and then anticipate supporters voting

for, in our case the Labor

Party whether in Britain or

Australia which is what

obviously we want to do for

the country and for a better

future for our people.

What's been the British

labour experience with the

model of directly electing

canned dates. Do you think

that process would be

beneficial here in Australia? These decisions

are for the Labor Party here

in Australia, not for me. All

I can say is directly

electing our leader and other

positions in the party has

meant that our members feel

much more involved and have

their views listened to and

it's much more democratic. We

used to have the system that

operates in the ALP here in

Australia where just MPs

decided who was the party

leader and in some cases as

we've seen recently who was the Prime Minister. We

changed that and we've now

got a position where every

party member, alongside every

MP, and in our case every

affiliated trade unionist to

the Labor Party has a vote,

it's much more democratic, it

produces an outcome in which

leaders of a much better

mandate and it's not so much

subject to the fickle views

of MPs at any one time here

in the parliamentary bubble

but actually much more

closely in touch with the

electorate. It's part of a party facing upwards rather

than facing inwards on itself

as all party machines do and

are prone to do, and that causes this big divide

between the voters who think

what goes on in parties and

in parliaments, whether here

in Canberra or in London is

actually in a different world

from their own world. So I

think it's about re building

a relationship with voters,

this particular preselection,

direct election of leadership

danddates, that agenda.

There is a concern in some

quarters that the current

crop of politicians are too

obsessed with spin, too

obsessed with focus groups

and the 24 hour news cycle.

Is that a global problem and

can anything be done to

address the cynicism about politics that comes with

that, or is it just a modern

reality that we all need to

accept? Unfortunately it's a

modern reality. That doesn't mean to say you can't do

anything about it. What I

notice in Australia and what

is certainly the case in

Britain, in our case there's

a Westminster bubble, there

may well be a Canberra

bubble, I don't know because

I'm not sufficiently

involved, but I observe very

similarities, and what's

wrong with the Westminster bubble is you have politicians and journalists

in the media in this bubble

and in a sense play acting

with each other, bouncing off

each other, it's all about

process and divisions and personalities and who's up

and who's down. What the

voters want to know is what you're going to go for them,

what the policy s are, what

the issues are, we collectively, journalists and politicians have to break out

of that bubble because

ultimately otherwise we have

no future, either as

politicians, democratic

politicians in a health ease

relationship with our

citizens or as the media

whose job it is professionally and

independently to report it as

they see fit and earn the

respect and the trust of

their viewers, their

listeners or their readers.

And so I think there's a

problem we together face, you

and I Ashleigh as a

politician in my case, as a

journalist in your case, and

all of our peers, we are operating in a different

world from that of the

average voters and we need to

fix that or we're all

doomed. Peter Hayne,

appreciate your insight.

It's a pleasure. Comes up

next we'll look at the new direction Queensland Labor is

going. We're going to discuss

the woman who has just taken

on what has to be one of the

toughest jobs in the country,

Annastacia Palaszczuk is set

to become Queensland's

Opposition leader. Where does

she start? We'll cross to

Brisbane after the break.

Brisbane after the break.

Welcome back. Most of us

have probably never heard of

Annastacia Palaszczuk but

most of us wouldn't envy her

right now. The former Queensland Transport Minister

was just one of eight of her

colleagues to survive last

weekend Queensland election.

Now she's set to become the

State next Opposition leader.

With such a reduced presence

in the parliament renewing

the party is a daunting task.

It's one Annastacia

Palaszczuk says she isn't

shying away from. Tomorrow

our caucus will meet and I'm

pleased to advise that I have

the support of my colleagues

to serve as the leader of

to serve as the leader of the

parliamentary Labor Party.

I'm under no illusion of the

task ahead. We may be small

in size but we have the

determination to do the right

thing by Queenslanders. It's

going to be an uphill battle,

like climbing Mount Everest

but I'm sure that we can do

it. My caucus, our caucus is determined to do the best

that we can. We will fight

every inch of the way to restore the faith of

Queenslanders. I represent a

large working class

electorate and I know that we

need to connect back to

people and we need to make

sure that the Labor Party is

relevant. On Saturday what we

saw was absolutely horrific

and a lot of communities have

lost some very, very good

people and I'm under no

illusion of the task a head

to rebuild what we need to do

and the fact that we need to restore people's faith in the

Queensland Labor Party. Did

you go willingly into this

job or were you drafted? I'm

more than happy to serve as

the leader of the party.

Campbell Newman has made a

lot of pronss. We has put up

there the cost of living. We

will make sure that he keeps

to these promises and we will

make him accountable each and

every day in this parliament.

Minister had better be across

their briefs because we will

be asking the questions. I'm

disappointed that Cameron

Dick was not elected to

serve. Cameron Dick is a very

strong leader. Would you be

here today if Cameron Dick

had got over the line. - had

been elected to Green sloms.

I'm here today, my caucus has indicated their support for

me as leader of the

parliamentary Labor Party.

What about Curtis Pitt. Curtis Pitt has indicated to

me that he is no longer

interested in the top

position. Would he make a

good deputy. The deputy will

come from regional

Queensland. Our caucus will

meet tomorrow and we will

discuss those issue us. Sorry

Patrick. Do you support the

ALP electoral campaign?

Look, there's going to be a

very full review of the

electoral campaign and that

review will be thorough and

we will definitely be talking

about that in more detail at

the state conference. Look,

in relation to what we saw on

Saturday night it did not

come about just in the last

five weeks of the election

campaign. What we saw was the Government had stopped listening to people and

people had stopped listening

to the Government. We heard

that message loud and clear.

Look, what we saw on Saturday

night was a once in a lifetime event. I never want

to see it repeated in my life

time. So now the job is to

rebuild, to re focus and to

restore the faith of

Queenslanders that the Queensland Labor Party is

relevant to them. Annastacia

Palaszczuk, the soon to be

Queensland Opposition leader

promising a full review of

the way the Labor Party ran

its campaign, a review and no

doubt a lot of soul searching

after that result. Joining me

now from Brisbane is Sky News

reporter Tom constable. Thank

you for joining us. Tell us a you for joining us. Tell us a bit about Annastacia

Palaszczuk, was she ever

tipped as a future leader.

Has her rise simply come about through a lack of

choice? There's one part of

it that makes it perfect for

this role, her actually means resurrection, it has Greek

origins, she's certainly got

the right name for the job.

She's on other measures quite

inexperienced, been a

Minister since 2009, Minister since 2009, 42 years

of old. She does have good

pet agree being the daughter

of a Labor Minister in

Queensland. There's no doubt

she's been thrust into this

role. She today didn't seem

to have any great vision, she

wasn't talking about policy.

She had a few lines about the

fact Labor needed to listen

to the electorate, they need

overall, there's no doubt

she's been thrust into this she's been thrust into this role. I don't think anyone

was thinking before Saturday

she would be the leader of

the Labor Party this week,

but of course she's one of

just two ministers left, they

essentially had to turn to

her in the end. What's the latest on Anna Bligh's seat

and who might contest that.

Why didn't Cameron Dick or

Andrew Fraser, the two names

that kept popping up as the

fronts runners to be the next

Opposition leader, Opposition leader, what do we

know about why they didn't

decide to throw their hats in

the ring. In terms of the

other two you mentioned they

were tipped to be lead every,

Andrew Fraser was of course

Anna Bligh's deputy, he was

also Treasurer though, it's

it's a moot point whether he

would have won that seat. He

had some baggage with the had some baggage with the electorate. Many people

didn't enjoy the way the

campaign went in terms of

attacks on Campbell Newman.

Andrew Fraser was conducting

them months out. He was also the Treasurer that oversaw

the asset sales, which for

many voters even three years

later was still one of the

top issues. Cameron Dick was

in a better position in terms

of his portfolio, education, in which Labor felt

confident. We believe there

was some factional issues in

terms of Cameron Dick not

being able to run. We heard Annastacia Palaszczuk saying

Labor needs to stop

concentrating on those

issues, perhaps a reference

to the fact Mr Dick is not

going to be running for that

seat. You were of course

following the leaders weeks

before the campaign, you

observed this campaign

intimately, what do you put

down Labor's loss to? Asset down Labor's loss to? Asset

sale is something we hear a

lot about. I think you can't

ignore the fact that these

polls before the election

were bad. What's astonishing

is that it actually turned

out worse by election night.

That is a factor of a longer

than normal campaign, this

risky trat ji to attack

Campbell Newman and to have

this negative roll out. If

they came up with that there may have been questions

hanging in the air, as soon

as the CMC cleared Mr Newman

and Anna Bligh admitted she didn't have enough material

to submit to the CMA a lot of voters said what have you

been trying to tell us. We

saw the polls go away. You

can't ignore in politics,

it's time factor, it's

happened to state and Federal

Governments in Australia for

decades. I think it will

continue happening, they were

in power are for 22 years,

you always have had baggage

in government. There were

some tough decisions in

recent times of course, some

really obvious political

baggage, also the held

payroll system which is

something people couldn't

believe kept happening here

in Queensland as well. A

myriad of issues, that time

factor, the baggage of being

in government for so long.

What is the mood now among

Labor MPs? Obviously we heard Annastacia Palaszczuk really

trying to sound very up-beat

earlier, it's a tough slog

now for them. I'm assuming

each of the members for Labor

will now be a Shadow Minister

with multiple portfolios,

what are they saying to you

about that task. It's going

to be a mammoth one, also these parliamentary

committees, these are usually

spread out over the entire

team. There are going to be

people who are part of

multiple committee, they're

going to have to say sorry, I

can't go to this one today,

I'm attending this one. We've

heard the jokes about the

fact that the Labor Party in

Queensland would now fit

comfortably inside a Torago. Although gistically it is

going to be a nightmare, they

don't have many strong

parliamentary performers,

they're going to be a tiny

section in Question Time.

There's all sorts of issues,

I suppose in many ways

they're ones they haven't

come across. The first one is

to try and get one more

member to win that seat of

South Brisbane. On the one

hand we need some sympathy,

on the other hand let's keep

punishing them, this obviously could spill ore

into the federal side of things, we know Julia Gillard

has spoken about this

possible impact, the fact

that Queensland has so

vehemently rejected the Labor

Government. This is a very

difficult defeat for Labor, a

very severe defeat for Labor,

and that means that always a

Labor Party in Queensland and

more generally, we need to

listen, but my job is to both

listen and lead and that's

what I will be doing as Prime

Minister. So I will be continuing to deliver the

important policies that will

make a difference for the

future of Queensland and the

future of our country. Julia

Gillard there, now all

politicians of course read

the polls, we know that

despite what they say but it

was the nature of this victory I think that would

have had her really shaking

her head on Saturday night.

Campbell Newman told us for

weeks that he's the can do

candidate, how have his first

couple of days in the job

gone? Is he getting straight

down to business. He did in

a sense. He went to the

governor as soon as he could.

We've already had

appointments of bureaucrats.

He's swept a bit of a broom

through some of the old Labor

bureaucrats as you'd expect.

The cabinet is going to be

Friday. That's his first real

balancing act. Thinks about

what the old guard wants and

not put out too many noses

but also reward some of the

fresh blood that was part of

his audacious plan to get power being outside of

parliament. He'll be

announcing his cabinet on

Friday, they'll be sworn in

on Tuesday. Thanks for that.

And that is all we have for

this edition of PM Agenda.

Make sure you join Kieran

Gilbert in the morning, he'll

be along with AM Agenda. I'll

be back with you tomorrow.

Until then I'm Ashleigh Gillon. Thanks for your company.

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