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Testing time - another Independent lines up against

Speaker Peter Slipper. If Peter

Slipper is sitting in the chair

before all of these matters are

dealt with, I will either move

or support a motion of no

confidence against

him. Outplayed for now - him. Outplayed for now - Optus

loses the right to re-broadcast football matches on its

phones. It's vindication for

Telstra and the sporting bodies. Optus is disappointed by today's bodies. Optus is very

decision. Rupert Murdoch

admits a cover-up but says he,

too, was misled. Someone took

charge of a cover-up which we

were victim to and I

regret. And dwindling numbers

set to put the koala on the threatened species list. Hello

and welcome to ABC News across

Australia. I'm Ros Childs. The

local share market is drifting

back from this morning's highs:

More finance and Alan Kohler later in the

bulletin. Parliament Speaker is

fighting back against

allegations he criminally misused taxpayer-funded

Cabcharges. Peter Slipper has released copies of handwritten

Cabcharge vouchers to try to

prove his innocence, but with

civil claims of sexual harassment hanging over him,

debate is raging over whether

the Speaker should stay on the sidelines until that matter is settled. One key crossbencher

is taking an even harder is taking an even harder line, promising to move no-confidence motion against Mr

Slipper if he doesn't stand

down for longer. Here's political reporter George

Roberts. One way or another,

Parliament's Speaker faces a Parliament's Speaker faces

day of day of reckoning. If Peter

Slipper is sitting in the chair

before all of these matters are

dealt with, I will either move

confidence against him. Mr or support a motion of no

Slipper's fate threatens to

take the shine off Budget Week

as numbers are mounting against

him He safeguards the of the Parliament. It is him He safeguards the standards

absolutely crucial for the integrity of the Parliament that he be cleared of

everything before he resumes

his chair. We've probably had

enough of politicians playing

judge, jury and executioner on

this issue. The allegations

this issue. The allegations are

that he misused taxi vouchers

and sexually harassed a staff member Any attempt to rush Mr

Slipper back into the chair

while sexual harassment

allegations are hanging over

him, would send a terrible

Government doesn't take sexual signal to the public that the

harassment seriously. 13 taks.

Taxi documents have been released. The released. The Government's

leader in the Lower House

thinks they clear Mr Slipper of

the authorities work that criminal wrongdoing. We'll let

through, but a civil matter,

which is not brought by the

police or the authorities, has

to be considered

differently. At least two of

the crossbench MPs who

Government are delivered power to the

Government are siding with Tony

Abbott on this one. The only

person who doesn't seem to

agree is the Prime Minister. It

now seems clear Peter Slipper now seems clear Peter

won't be returning to the job won't be returning to the

next week as he hoped. While

the allegations inch their way

through the Federal Court,

momentum is growing to sideline

Mr Slipper for longer f not for

good. All MPs agree in innocence until proven

guilty. It's what to do until that's determined which is rattling the House How the

Government deals with the Peter

Slipper issue is as much a test of the Government's character as it is Peter

Slipper's. Testing times as

Budget Week looms. The Opposition Leader has

re-affirmed the fight against re-affirmed the fight

people smuggling would be among

his top priorities if the

Coalition wins government. In a speech in Melbourne, Tony Abbott announced he would

travel to Indonesia has part of

his plan to stem the people

smuggling trade at its source. Within a week of

taking office, I would go Indonesia to renew our taking office, I would go to

cooperation against people

smuggling, and I would, of

course, politely explain to the

Indonesian Government that we take as dim a view of Indonesian boat s discoveraging illegal arrivals in illegal arrivals in Australia as they quite rightly take of Australians importing drugs

into Bali. Queensland Police

have stepped up efforts to find a missing Brisbane mother

displaying a man quench outside

her home in the home it will jog memories. Allison

Bayden-Clay disappeared a week

ago. Her husband told police

she didn't return home after a

late-night work. Last night

police executed a search

warrant at his parent's house

and office. More than 100

police and emergency services

scour volunteers are continuing to

scour bushland and properties

in the rural area surrounding

the couple's home. A vigil was

held overnight at the church

next door with dozens next door with dozens of parishioners praying for the 43-year-old's safe return. It

looks like it is a case of TV

not now for Optus. The mobile

phone carrier has lost the

latest round in its latest round in its legal

battle to re-broadcast sports

matches with a slight delay on

its mobile phones and PCs. The

appealed an earlier ruling NRL, AFL and Telstra had

which said the Optus TV service did not breach cop ri which said the Optus TV Now

right. Karl Hoerr reports from

outside court in Sydney. Ros n

was actually dog the recording. the end this boiled down to who

The original Federal Court The original Federal Court who

heard this case, Justice Harare

rare had said it was the

customer, the Optus customer

who was actually making the

recording, and. That because of

that, there was no breach of

the Copyright Act because the

Act does allow for what's

referred to as personal and

private use of recording of program content such as

television. (Justice Steven

Rares.) But their decision, at

peel court judges have said,

no, that's not the case , it's actually Optus doing their recording, through their equipment that actually records

the programs and/or possibly a

combination of Optus and the customer. What's been the reaction from the main players? Well, surprisingly, very positive

reaction from Telstra. They're

very pleased with the decision.

We've also heard from the AFL. They've welcomed the decision, saying that it vindicates their original position, and also protects protects important commercial

rights. Optus, though, is very

disapoirnted. We heard from

some of the players out side

court after the judgment. Here

is some of what they had to

say. Today's judgment is a

great result. It's vindication

for Telstra and the sporting bodies who have negotiated content rights and what it

means is that there is certainty for the certainty for the content providers, the sporting bodies,

in their income and that's

important for fans, for important for fans, for players

and for Australian sport in

general. Optus is very disappointed by today's

decision. It is a complex

judgment. We now need to go and

read it and consider our options which includes an appeal. I cannot make any further comment at further comment at this

time. Carl Karl, can Optus take

this further? They can, z this further? They can, z Ros.

They have 21 days to lodge

appeal in the High Court. So

there is still a possibility

this legal battle is still not over. Carl, thank Ros. Rupert Murdoch has told

Britain's phone hacking inquiry that he and others fell victim

to a cover-up and has pointed

to a lawyer at the now defunct

'News of the World' as one 'News of the World' as one of those responsible. That lawyer

Tom Crone hit back, calling Tom Crone hit back, calling the

evidence a shameful lie. Mr

Murdoch has now finished his

testimony, apologetic and

regretful about the scandal and

what led to it, but refusing to take pecial responsibility.

Lisa Millar reports from London. A familiar

London. A familiar sight outside the courts for Rupert Murdoch. CHANTING this is our

democracy. And inside a democracy. And inside a now familiar subject. I move on

now, Mr Murdoch, to the issue of phone hacking. The of phone hacking. The world's

most powerful media mogul was

at times contrite as he faced

another three hours of

questions, but he rejected suggestions he was personally responsible. Someone took

charge of a cover-up which we were victim

were victim to and I

regret. The 81-year-old was

challenged why he, as chairman of News Corporation hadn't

asked more questions. Some

might say that all this might say that all this picture

is consistent with one of a

desire to cover up rather than

a desire to expose. Would you

agree with that? Well, to minds like yours, yes, perhaps. I'm

sorry, I take that back but...

excuse me. The flashes excuse me. The flashes of irritation soon passed as

Rupert Murdoch tried to explain

how it had come to this. I also

have to say that I fail ed. All

I can do is apologise to a lot

of people, including all of people, including all the innocent people in the 'News of the World' who lost the World' who lost their jobs. The 'News of the World' lawyer Tom Crone lawyer Tom Crone wasn't mentioned by name in the

inquiry, but he released a

statement saying the testimony that

that he had helped cover-up

phone hacking was a shameful lie. The Leveson Inquiry may

have finished with the

Murdochs, but this saga is far

from over. News International

is likely to face heavy

criticism from a much

anticipated parliamentary

committee report due to be released next week. Australian and Indonesian patrol boats

have just finished a joint

mission, targeting illegal

fishing in the Timor Sea. fishing in the Timor Sea. The warships have been patrolling

the northern waters as part of

an agreement to improve

maritime security We're on

board the Indonesian Navy boat, one of two fast attack craft

that have been involved in

that have been involved in an operation off the operation off the Australian

coast in the Timor Sea for the

past 8 years. Along with the Australian ship, HMAS 'Pirie',

and Armidale class patrol boat, the boats have been patrolling

the economic exclusion zone

just north of Australia for

illegal fishers. It's part of

an annual operation, a joint

operation, and improving

cooperation between Australian

and Indonesian Navies. The target is also to improve

maritime security along the

maritime borders, and that also

includes illegal immigrants and illegal ships coming in over

those borders. This will

continue in years to come and

it's seen as a successful

operation with the fact that they didn't apprehend they didn't apprehend any fishers on this last operation.

fishers on this last operation.

There are hopes Federal Court

action today could resolve a

dispute that has affected the

jobs of about 2,000 car

industry workers. Workers at

car parts supplier CMI have

been locked out of their

Melbourne factory for the past week because

week because the owner can't

pay the rent. The lockout pay the rent. The lockout has

made Ford stand down 1800

workers until the workers until the middle of

next week. Receivers appointed

to manage CMI say they will go to the Federal Court in a to the Federal Court in a bid

to force the landlords to

re-open the gates. If the gates

are open Monday morning, our members are very sure that they

can get the machinery back up

and running very quickly and

hopefully that will result hopefully that will result in

no further standowns. Even if

work resumes on Monday, CMI employees have been told the

receivers may shed some jobs to

keep the company running in the long term. This week's

inflation figures make a rate cut next week almost

inevitable, according to inevitable, according to most market commentators and that

will be good news for will be good news for home

owners, but they may be uneasy

about another economic event

schedule for the month of May

and that's the Budget. The Treasurer's commitment of

getting the country's finances into surplus means possible

spending cuts and other tough

measures. Here with his

thoughts of what's ahead is the

host of 'Inside Business', Alan

Kohler. Alan, most people agree

that rate cuts are a pretty

much a done deal, but how much? At least a quarter of a

percent. A lot of people are

calling for a half a percent,

including pee me. I think it

might be a good opportunity

fort the Reserve Bank to break

out of its slavish adherence to

quarters and halves. The banks

have been moving in odd numbers

like 6 basis points and 10

basis points, so I reckon they

could go like 0.35 or.4 instead

of a quarter or half. Something

like that would be justified in

my view. Now it seems we're

entering into a period of

falling interest rates. Do you

think more people would be

attracted to share dividends to

get a better run on their money ? In theory, falling interest

rates are good for shares, but

the trouble is falling interest

rates usually occur when the

economy is getting softer and

things aren't going great in

the economy and so bad for

profits, so a bit of a mixture

of, six of one, half a dozen of the other. On the whole, the

share market in Australia is pretty dominated by

pretty dominated by what happens overseas rather than

what happens here, so it's

really all about the Chinese

economy, whether there is a big

financial accident in Europe

again, and what happens to Wall Street. Let's look at the

Budget now. How tough do you

think it will be? It will be

very tough. In fact, it would

have to be one of the have to be one of the biggest fiscal turn-arounds in Australia's history, from a

deficit of something like $37

to 40 billion this financial

year to a surplus of $1 billion or so next financial or so next financial year which

is presumably what they will

announce will require an

enormous turnaround. A tough

Budget usually occurs when they can't forecast big economic

growth which allows for natural

increase in tax revenues but they have to get back they have to get back to

surplus anyway, and that seems

to be what's in store. So I'm

kind of hoping that they kind of hoping that they come

up with some unrealistic

economic foregafts that nobody

believes, but gets them to a surplus anyway. Finally, Alan

Kohler. Coles has reported good

business this weekend. You have the Managing Director on

'Inside Business' this weekend. Coles has been eating Woolworths groceries Woolworths groceries recently,

having been through years of

the reverse happening, so an

interesting dynamic there, but

Target is in trouble, so you

can't win them all. Alan, thank

you Thank you. The Australian

cattle industry says a mad cow

disease scare in the United

States could benefit local producers. Indonesia has

announced it will suspend beef

imports from the US because of

a confirmed case of mad cow

disease there. Two major South

Korean retailers have Korean retailers have also suspended sales. Australian

producers say they stand to

gain the most if America's

biggest export market suspend

trading Those markets, a lot of

Northern Territory beef and

Northern Australian cattle go into the

into the supply chain which

ends up in Japan and Korea

through the boxed beef trade,

so clear Lianne opportunity were the trade be

interrupted. Indonesia recently

cut back the number of cattle it's importing from it's importing from Australia after the suspension of the

trade last year. Let's go to

some of the other stories

making news in business and

join Alisha Barry, profit join Alisha Barry, profit at Macquarie Group is down? That's

right, Ros, Macquarie Group says it dropped nearly one

quarter to $730 million. That's the lowest level in 8 years.

Macquarie blames difficult

market conditions. As a result, Chief Executive Nicholas Moore

took a pay cut in 2012. Investor also get a final

difficult debd of 75 cents per share unfranked. The rest of the banking sector is mixed.

The Commonwealth Bank is the

strongest performer, up 0.4%. The National Australia Bank is giving back some ground. Alisha, disappointing news in the retail sector? Yes,

JB Hi-Fi says heavy discounting

at the shops has hit its bottom

line. The company say it is expects annual profit to fall

from last year to around $105

million. That news has hit JB Hi-Fi's share price. The stock

is down over 5% of the other consumer retailers are also being sold down in relation to

that news. Harvey Norman has

given back over 3% and

given back over 3% and the department store Myer department store Myer is off 2.5%. What does all this 2.5%. What does all this mean for the broader market, Alicia? Ros, the local market

is just managing to hold onto

early gains sparked by a strong session in the US. session in the US. The All Ordinaries is holding flat, and ASX200 is holding ASX200 is holding steady.

Telstra is up 7%. Telstra and a number of football codes have

won a legal case to stop Optus

broadcaster near-live vision of games through its mobile

phones. A check now of the

domestic market's other big

movers in the ASX 200:

Onto Wall Street and three

days of gains in a row now.

Pending home sales hit a nearly

two-year high and tech companies rallied on better-than-estimated earnings.

other stories making news in Let's go to some of the

business - Rio Tinto has launched a recruitment launched a recruitment campaign and wants more than 6,000 workers, most of them to join

its Pilbara operations in

advertising campaign will Western Australia. An

feature plans Libby Trickett

and Steve Hooker and is and Steve Hooker and is aimed

at attracting skilled workers.

There are more jobs going, though. Sydney-based though. Sydney-based trucking

company First Fleet company First Fleet has gone into administration, citing

cash flow problems. It employs

around 1,200 people and runs

1,000 truck as cross the

country. The administrator says the trucking industry has been

struggling with high fuel costs

and low margins. And consumers

have it too good at the moment, according to Apple and Pear Australia. The growers' group

says its members are suffering

in the current supermarket wars

and shoppers need to pay more

for fruit. Now, to a story

Northern Territory watch about a croc in a cop shop.

commander Dave Wilson snapped

to it overnight after reports a

croc was on the loose outside

the station. No Tasers or

handcuffs were needed to subdue

this captive. A towel and medical tape did the medical tape did the trick. I

took it out of the first aid

kit which was in the boot of

the car. I just taped his mouth

up and brought him back here

and put him under a towel. Although mostly quiet

while in custody, even the croc

had its moments T has been

handed to Rangers to find out

where it came from. A croc farm

over the road is the most

likely suspect. Koalas are

expected to be listed as a

threatened species in part threatened species in part fs

of Australia early next week.

Federal Environment Minister

Tony Burke is likely to classify koalas in South-East

Queensland as endangered Queensland as endangered and animals living east of the

Great Dividing Range as vulnerable. That listing could affect commercial development

in the affected regions, but

Deborah Tabart fears the

marsupials won't be given protection in some places because of those commercial interests. Minister Burke has

already foreshadowed that already foreshadowed that he

will not protect koalas across

the whole landscape. Because

I've been in my job so long and I've been in my job so long

sat through the Senate

inquiries last year, I know

industry is afraid of a

listing, and I know they have

lobbied very hard. The logging industry, the development industry and forestry

industry and forestry all

pleaded with the senators last

year, "Please do not list."

Now n our Senate Now n our Senate inquiry, coal

seam gas and coalmining did not

put any things in, but the

pressure on koala population in

those areas where coal seam gas those areas where coal

and coal are, I just have to be

cynical and I'm hoping I'm

wrong, but I have put a map out that said this is where I think

they will list and this is

where they don't and it does

coincide with a lot of big industry. But Minister Tony Burke says he industry. But environment

can't impose a blanket listing

across the country, and koala

nulls are actually doing well in Victoria and South Australia, they're not under

threat of disappearing altogether? Well, I'm delighted

to hear that, but I don't agree. I've been here for 23

years. The science is out. The

Grampians - I mean, I had a man

yelling at me yesterday saying

that the Grampians koalas are gone. That's just not the

truth. Some little tiny ice

lats might have a few - isolates might have a isolates might have a few

koalas, but Minister Burke is

using this small little issue

to cloud the conservation of

Australia's koalas and I think the Australian public would be

shocked if they understood how

perilously close the koalas are sliding towards endangered and ultimately to extinction. How many are left in the

country? We. Any minister that

we've dealt with, Minister Burke, Minister Garrett, we

year. This is 25 years hard gave that to the Senate last

work, 200 field sites, 100,000

individually measured trees, 99 scientific papers and truly t

falls on deaf ears, and I can

hear Minister Burke on Monday

saying, "You know what, we're

going to have to put some money

into research to see where

koala numbers are." I will koala numbers are." I will eat

humble pie, if I have to, I really will. If Minister really will. If Minister Burke

comes out with strong

protection for koalas, then I

will just retire, but I will just retire, but I really believe that it should be all

or nothing, and I don't

understand why he is choosing

which koalas to list and which

ones is he not going to. I think it will nonsense. Deborah Tabart, thank think it will be

you Thank you. One of Nigeria's

leading newspapers has been targeted in bombings that have killed nine people. was a suicide attack on the killed nine people. The worst

building of the pro-government

newspaper 'ThisDay', in the

capital. This forced through the back gates. The blast

killed the suicide attacker and

building four other people. Much of the

building was destroyed,

including the printing press.

The rest perished in The rest perished in the

country's north in an attack on

the a building housing an office of

the paper. One alleged bomber

arrested at the scene is

reportedly a member of the

Islamist group Boko Haram. The group has claimed

responsibility for the

bombings. The Syrian opposition

wants the UN Security Council

to investigate an attack on an apartment building in the

central city of Hama where they say 70

say 70 people were killed by pro-government forces.

Government sources say only 16

people died, blaming it on the

premature explosion of a

terrorist bomb. Whatever the

cause, the incident has high

lited the failure of the ceasefire which came ceasefire which came into force

two weeks ago, and the inadequacy of the UN's monitoring mission. Foreign

Affairs editor Peter Cave

reports. Hama in central Syria.

The crowd chants, "God to

great!," as they carry the body

of a young girl killed in a

bomb explosion which Dell Mohl lished an apartment block in

the city. Earlier this week the UN deployed two of its monitors

to Hama to investigate following shelling there following shelling there which

killed at least 20 civilians

and wounded 60, be and this is

Under Duma, a suburb of Damascus.

Under the ceasefire, troops and

heavy armoured vehicles heavy armoured vehicles are supposed to have been withdrawn from

from urban areas like this.

Activists say these are

civilians, suss specked of being opposed to the

government, being rounded up and detained by and detained by pro-government militias. The handful of

blue-helmeted UN monitors can do

do little other than move from one trouble spot to another, showing that they're there. We

have a role of deescalating the

situation. We do that and we

did that yesterday in Duma by maintaining our presence on the ground, patrolling the area. The Syrian opposition

says the deployment of - the

deployment of monitors is far

too slow and must be speeded up and that the ceasefire is

meaningless while troops and tanks remain in urban areas.

TRANSLATION: We understood that

ceasing fire meant to withdraw

heavy armed vehicles from all cities to be sent back to cities to be sent back to the

barracks. If there is any other

interpretation of the interpretation of the meaning

of ceasefire it will be the

regime's view, not regime's view, not ours. Human rights groups say now more than

400 people have died since the ceasefire came into force. To other stories making news around the world around the world - 40,000

people have braved the rain in

Oslo to sing along to a song

hated by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring

Breivik. Breivik described the song, 'My Race Rainbow', as an

example of the way Marxists had infiltrated example of the way cultural

Norwegian schools. Ukraine Norwegian schools. Ukraine has begun assembling a gigantic new

shelter to permanently secure

the stricken Chernobyl nuclear plant, as it marks the 26th

anniversary of the world's worst nuclear disaster. And

there have been some dramatic plane landings at Bilbao

Airport as strong wids Airport as strong wids poupded

northern Spain. Winds of up to 130km/h were recorded in the

Basque region, testing the

skills of pilots who decided go

ahead with landings. The West

Indies will require another 197

runs when play resumes tonight

in the third Test. Shane

Shillingford took 10 wickets

for the game as Australia was

all out for 259 in its all out for 259 in its second

ing nintion. Ed Cowan took a ing nintion. Ed Cowan took a su

superb catch, but the ever reliable Shivnarine Chanderpaul

combined with Dwayne Bravo for

a 110-run stand. a 110-run stand. Michael Clarke took 3 wickets, including Chanderpaul, for 69. COMMENTATOR: And this will be

a huge, huge wicket in the last

over of the day. Australia will

win the series 2-0 if it win the series 2-0 if it claims

victory on the final day. And just in, police are questioning

a person arrested in raids

aimed at putting an end to

Sydney's bikie gun war. About

18 properties were searched 18 properties were searched in morning, targeting Hells Angels

and Nomads groups. One person was arrested in the was arrested in the operation

just an hour after a new ban

came into force on bikie

colours in Kings Cross. A look at

at the weather and a satellite shows thick cloud over

Queensland in a deepening trough, cloud pushing over the

south-west ahead of an approaching trough, patchy

cloud over South Australia with

cool south westerlies. That low

and trough over south-west WA

should bring showers. Cool

south westerlies in the wake of

a front should drive showers

into Tasmania. The high should

keep much of the interior

dry. Around the capitals:

Let's go back to the Stock Exchange for a final check of the markets:

And that's the news for And that's the news for now.

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evening. I'm Ros Childs. Have a

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