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Live. Tonight - dramatic

developments - the Prime

Minister agents on Craig

Thomson and Peter Slipper. I

about respect for the believe a line has been crossed

Parliament. While she has

disowned Mr Thomson, she hasn't

disowned his vote. Raising

awareness of depression - one

road at a time. And a Shark

attack at Canberra Stadium as Cronulla take down the

lack-lustre Raiders. Pb Good evening. Craig Allen

with ABC News. The Speaker has

been sidelined and a

backbencher has left the Labor

fold as the Gillard Government

hit double trouble in one

difficult day. With the details

on Julia Gillard's move against

Peter Slipper and Craig

Thomson, here's Chris Uhlmann

at Parliament House.

The Prime Minister says

today's move against two

troubled MPs is about upholding

standards, but it's also about

her survival. Julia Gillard

stemmed to move the bleeding as

the scandals involving Craig

Thomson and Peter Slipper add

more wounds to her already

bloodied Government. But it has

raised questions about the

Prime Minister's judgment and

her future. I'm joined by chief

political correspondent Mark

Simkin. The politics of this

were inevitable, weren't

they? Chris, this was one of

those surprise announcements

that almost everyone in

Parliament thought had to

happen eventually. As one

senior figure told me this

afternoon, "Something has been

building for months, something

with two words and the first

word ask cluster." The party

hopes today is a turning point,

but it's also prompted awkward

questions about the Prime

Minister's timing and

judgment. By her own admission,

Julia Gillard needs to clear

the air. I feel keenly that

Australians are looking at this

Parliament and at the moment

they see a dark cloud over

it. Two storms have buffeted

this Government and the Prime

Minister wanted to deal with

both of them. Asserting her

authority by picking up her

phone and putting down her

foot. I do believe a line has

been crossed here, and because

a line has been crossed, I've acted. But Julia Gillard can't say exactly what that line

looks like, or precisely where

it lies. I don't think this is

a chemical formula about one

molecule plus another molecule

gives you an answer. I actually

think it's a judgment call. Craig Thomson received

the first phone call. Obviously

a very busy and difficult day,

and we'll move on. He is moving

on to the crossbench where he

will sit as the Parliament's

newest Independent. I indicated

to Mr Thomson that I had decided it was appropriate for

him to no longer participate in

Labor Caucus, to be suspended

from the Labor Party. Craig

Thomson is accused of using

union fuds to pay for

prostitutes and other

indulgences. Two report noose

his former union are due to be

released in the next few

weeks. Can I point out that

there are no allegations that

have been subistanate ed

whatsoever. There are no

charges against me. Crucially

for a minority government,

Craig Thomson won't force a

by-election and will vote with

the person In relation to

myself and my values I am a

Labor person and that's why on

the crossbenches I will

continue to support

Labor. Which is why Tony Abbott

wants Craig Thomson to stand

altogether The Prime Minister aside from Parliament

has confirmed that there is a

crisis consuming the Government

but she hasn't resolved it,

because while she has disowned

Mr Thomson, she hasn't disowned

his vote. For months Julia

Gillard stood by her man I have

complete confidence in the

Member for Dobell. Suddenly

that confidence is gone. What

does the Prime Minister know

now that has suddenly caused

her to disown Mr Thomson? The

disowning didn't stop there.

This morning the Speaker got

the call. I have indicated to

him that I believe it is best

that he stand aside from the

position of Speaker for a

further period of time. Peter

Slipper is accused of rorting

his Cabcharge account and

sexually harassing a staffer.

Labor has repeatedly maintained

he need only spend a short time

in the sin-bin, but when the

Parliament resumes, the Deputy

Speaker will take the high

chair. This is what could be an

attempt to avoid the debate on

the Parliament. Peter Slipper

said: Thank you very much. A

week before the Budget, dignity

isn't the only

imperative. Somehow the tales

of two men have grown to

torment an entire Parliament.

All leaders agree the

institution is being damaged,

but as George Robert reports,

the Government's own fate

depends on stopping the sense

of wrath that has stubbornly

set in on Capital Hill. The

chamber has been empty for five

weeks but it turns out it

doesn't need politicians

sitting here to cause damage to

the Institution. The 43rd

Parliament is led by a Government in shrinking

minority, has a Speaker who may

never take the seat again and

"shame", "fraud" and is a place where words like

"prostitute" are elevated in

daily debate, adding to the

sense of crisis the Prime

Minister has now responded

to. Since day one of politics

this year, Labor has been

running into and away from

trouble. CHANTING It started

on Australia Day and cost the

Prime Minister a staffer. He

offered his resignation to me

and I accepted it. The next

month, the party spent a week

tearing itself apart as Kevin

Rudd entertained his ambition

to take back power. She won

that one, but last week the

Government's conscript to the Speaker's chair was plunged

into controversy. Everyone

understand that - we all

understood it then, we

understand it better now, that

Peter Slipper was only thrust

into the Speaker's chair to

marginalise me. Somewhere

between Istanbul and Canberra

the Prime Minister decided it

was time to act, but if she

hadn't, others would have acted

for her. If at some point in

the future the Government

mishandles this badly, then I

would have to sear youtionly

consider a motion of no confidence. Snoot allegations

against the Speaker are

serious. I think it is

appropriate that he has stepped

aside to allow the issues of substance to be

resolved. Trouble has hung over

Craig Thomson much longer Well,

it has been unrelenting. For

almost 4 years. His former

union is fall ago part. Three

investigations are still to see

the light of day, and, for now,

the creation of the Labor

Movement is fending for himself

as an Independent in an

electorate that seems as

exasperated as he is. Yes, just

too much troubles at the moment

going on with Craig Thomson and

not enough honest, so I think

he needs to get out of where he

is . We look to our

politicians for honesty and

openness and we're not getting

it at the moment, I'm

afraid. The Prime Minister has

heard that message I think she

is a sunk boat. I think she

needs to move away. The tide of

public opinion finally prompted

Julia Gillard to act. Whether

it's enough to stem the tide

isn't known, but that's the

challenge confronting the Government when its members

file in here on Budget Day. I'm

rejoined by chief political

correspondent Mark Simkin. So

where does this leave the Government's numbers in

Parliament? In a very painful

place, Chris. Labor now needs

to supply a Speaker and that,

plus Craig Thomson's sin-binning reduces its numbers

on the floor of Parliament to

70, one fewer than the

Coalition's 71. Once the crossbenchers are taken into

account, though, it's likely

the Government will control 75

votes, the Coalition 73, but

that assumes Andrew Wilkie

votes with Labor. If he were to

side with Tony Abbott, it's

74-all, giving Labor's Speaker

the deciding vote, so it's

unlikely the Government is

about to fall because of this,

but its foundations have

suddenly become a little or a

lot less stable. Mark, what

does it mean for the Prime

Minister? Well, the leadership

chatter has started again,

Chris, although everyone I've

spoken to today insists it is

just chatter at this stage at

least. Some in the party are

asking why Julia Gillard waited

so long to act, others wonder

what's changed given her

previous support for the two

men. Even senior figures loyal

to the Prime Minister are

saying things like, "Nothing

significant is happens at the

moment." . " And we'll just

have to limp on with the

current leader." Hardly kree a

- reassuring. It all makes the

Budget crucial. That's what

today was all about shall

clearing the air, clearing the

decks for a Budget the

Government hopes will be a game-changer. Thanks, Mark.

That's it for now from

Canberra. We return to your

local news bulletins. To other

news now and the Queensland

Government has boosted police

funding in the wake of

yesterday's double shooting on

the Gold Coast. Police have

released images of the

suspected gunman who is still

on the run. The innocent

bystander who was caught in the

crossfire is still in hospital. Yesterday's suburban

violence is still etched in

shoppers' minds Yeah, I'm

surprised and shocked but life

goes on, doesn't it. Shae

Arthur was just metres away

from the gunman when he opened

fire I seen two guys arguing

and one pulled out a gun, just

leaned over the black thing,

shot the other guy. He says he

saw the gun being fired. A

bullet passed through a

42-year-old's man arm and hit a

53-year-old woman who was an

innocent bystander. Shouldn't

happen in a public place. It

was in front of little

kids. Police have released

images of the alleged gunman.

He fled the shopping centre

after the shooting. We have not as yet identified this person

and that aspect is critical to

our investigations. The male

person who was shot who, as we

mentioned yesterday, has an

association with outlaw

motorcycle gang activity has

not been cooperative with

us. The State Government has

announced a $750,000 funding

boost for police, and an extra

20 detectives will be deployed

to combat the recent outbreak

of violence in South East

Queensland. There is no longer

a Labor government who are soft

on crime issues. There is an

LNP Government that will not

allow these things to

happen. The Queensland Cabinet

meets tomorrow and will look at introducing minimum mandatory sentences for people caught

carrying a hand gun We've got

to take these guns off the

street and we've got to make

sure the perpetrators receive

the full force of the law. The incoming Gold Coast mayor Tom

Tate says he supports the State Government's plan to crack down

on crime, adding yesterday's

shooting was an unsavoury

incident which reflects badly

on the tourist city I view them

as urban terrorists. Police say

the injured woman is recovering

well in hospitality, while the

42-year-old man is refusing to

cooperate with investigators.

And New South Wales police

have hit the street as cross

the State in a massive

operation targeting organised

crime. It is being hailed a

success with more than 400

people arrested and 12 firearms seized. Laetitia Lemke

reports. It was a police

crackdown on a scale rarely

seen. This weekend officers

raided 14 hundred businesses

and searched more than 1,300

people in an operation to

disrupt and dismantle organised

crime. It's obvious that the only thing that these people

understand is in-your-face

policing and that's what we've

provided them. But while

hundreds of arrests were made,

police have pointed to only

three linked to motorcycle

gangs, for parole and bail

breaches. Police still say the

operation was a success We did

over 600 home visits to members

of outlaw motorcycle gangs and

associates, as well as tattoo

parlours. Those will form the

basis of future operations. A

dispute between motorcycle

gangs has been blamed for many

of the shootings and

firebombings in Sydney's west

and in the city's nightclub

district. As police hit the

ground to stamp out any turf

war, prominent club owner John

Ibrahim was also making his

presence felt. Today police

wouldn't be drawn on saying the

situation is out of control,

saying there has been a spike

in shootings, they do want more

information from the public,

but they don't want panic We

are having people who will

report a cracked window. We

will send all our specialist

people there to investigate it

and we investigate every single

incident. The extra policing

and Operation Spartan wrap up

this evening, but officers are

convinced the impacts will be

long term, slowing gun crime

and gang activity across New

South Wales. Queensland Labor

looks set to keep the

electorate vacated by the

former Premier Anna Bligh. Ms

Bligh quit immediately after

last month's State election

reduced the ALP to just a

handful of seats. Former Labor

staffer Jackie Trad is claiming

victory in the South Brisbane

seat Can I also thank the

former Labor leader and former

Premier Anna Bligh who is also

here tonight. The LNP

Government holds a record 78 of

Queensland's 89 seats to

Labor's 7. There has been an

outcry over revelations that

chemical giant Orica is ware

housing thousands of tonnes of

ex-ploughives on a ship off

Newcastle. The maritime safety

agency says the ammonium

nitrate is being stored safely,

but unions say conditions on

board the ship are appalling.

The Maritime Union is calling

it a ship of shame where

seafarers are living in squalid conditions They're paid as low

as $400 a month. Some crew

members have been on board this

vessel for well over 14 months

that we know of. The MCP

'Kopenhagen' is carrying 3,000

tonnes of ammonium nitrate Why

did the State Government allow

Orica to store thousands of

tonnes of industrial explosives, potentially

explosive cargo, on a

substandard flag of convenience

vessel? On Friday, Orica

transferred its excess ammonium

nitrate onto the ship which is

now out at sea, but not that

far from Caves Beach near Newcastle. Our immediate

concern is are we safe? Will it

explode? What's going

on? Maritime Safety Authority

inspectors have been on board

the ship. They found eight

minor operational deficiencies,

but a dangerous goods

inspection was completed at

which all requirements for

safely carrying ammonium

nitrate were satisfied. A

spokeswoman for Orica says the

MCP 'Kopenhagen' is just 5

years old, has a 5-star rating,

and meets International

Transport Federation standards.

She added if the Australian Maritime Safety Authority had any serious concernses about

the ship it would have detained

it. In a statement later today

the company stressed, "claims

that there is anything untoward or the community should be

concerned about the shipment of

ammonium nitrate on the MCP

'Kopenhagen' are ill-founded."

Orica is one of the world's

largest producers of industrial

explosives. It says it

regularly transports ammonium

nitrate by road and sea. Syrian

rebels have launched an attack

from the sea, targeting a

military unit on the

Mediterranean coast. UN observers have travelling to trouble spots in Syria to

prepare for the arrival of 300

additional monitors. The

veteran peacekeeper will

oversee the implementation of

the peace plan Major General

Robert Mood will be arriving in

Damascus tomorrow afternoon and

he will resume command of the mission. Several governments

have expressed concern about

the persistent bloodshed since

the ceasefire technically

started on April 12. Concern is

growing over the health of

jailed Ukrainian Opposition

Leader and former prime

minister Yulia Tymoshenko. More

than a thousand supporters

rallied outside her prison,

demanding her immediate

release. There are allegations

she was beaten by prison guards

earlier this month.

TRANSLATION: We are demanding

she be treated in an

independent clinic, a

specialised clinic with doctors

she trusts because her

condition is not getting any

better. She was jailed last

year for abusing her powers as

Prime Minister. Critics claim

it was a politically motivated

charge. The European Union has

urged Burma to continue its

journey towards democracy. The

EU's top diplomat Catherine

Ashton met Opposition Leader

Aung Sang Suu Kyi days after

the organisation suspended

sanctions against the isolated

country. Opening the EU's

office in Rangoon, she said

European firms were keen to

invest, but cautious about the

country's new reforms. We know

that changes take time. They

need to be well embedded and

they need to be guaranteed so

that people can feel confident

in their own future. European

companies now have the green

light to compete for a share in

Burma's vast, untapped natural

resources. Winston Churchill

famously labelled it the black

dog and today hundreds of

bikers rode to raise awareness

of depression. The aim of the

Black Dog Ride is to bring a

message of hope and solidarity

to towns and cities around the

country, and today's leg took

riders from Canberra to the

south coast. They're tough men

with a soft side, taking a

fluffy approach to a pretty

hard issue It's one of those

things that has been in the

shadows, if you like. I think

people were a bit embarrassed

to talk about T So a cuddly

mascot has been strapped in to

help break the ice when it help

comes to talking about depression They call him

Winston. The black dog will

ride pillion with about one in

five Australians at some stage

in their lives, but for the

Black Dog Ride, he is a

friendly companion. Charity

rides like this are a popular

approach for raise ago wearness

about all sorts of issues, but

for depression sufferers, it

can have instant results Yes,

you find out it can happen to

anybody. And anybody can join

in. Anything from trail bikes

to Harleys - everyone is here. These kinds of activities

are exactly what the experts

recommend for people dealing

with the black dog xgt Things

like this, get out in the sun,

be with your friends, talk to

people. The riders made their

way from Canberra to the coast,

riding through small towns

along the route. That's one of

the points of this ride, is to

get out to get out and talk to

people in the smaller towns

because there is still a lot of

stigma in some places. The message: Recovery is

possible. Just like a noisy

bunch of big blokes on bikes,

this, too, will pass. The 2012

fare ri tale has continued for

krun krun with a 24-point. For

Cronulla with a 24-point

thrashing of Canberra this


The Sharks ran rampant in

the capital to earn their sixth

straight win. Ben list son

reports. The Sharks wasted

little time cracking the

Raiders' leftside defence. Two

tries to Josh McCrone kept the

home side in the hunt early on,

but the Sharks held Josh Dugan

in his own end, then used every

bit of the field to punish Canberra. Paul Gallen continued

to show why he is one of the

best in the game. Gallen to

Smith, with support, back on

the inside to Morris. And

former Raiders halfback Todd Carney continued to press for

Origin selection, setting up

numerous shark attacks, and

perhaps it was the camouflage,

but the Raiders defence appeared absent throughout the

match. Coach David Furner

unimpressed as the Sharks

scored 8 tries to 4 in a

convincing win in Canberra. Draped Parramatta

recruit Chris sand dough

watched on as the last-placed Eels' season continued to

crumble. The Parramatta side

were as wasteful as the Tigers

were brilliant. Wests scored

what appeared to be a

meaningless field goal on

half-time to lead 19-0 and the

visitors added to their lead in

the second half to go up

31-0. But in a remarkable

turnaround, the Eels clicked

into gear as the Tigers

switched off. And Parramatta

registered a stunning five

tries in the final 13 minutes

to fall short by a solitary

point. COMMENTATOR: That field

goal from Benji Marshall will

be the difference. South

Sydney's Greg Inglis continued

his incredible form at fullback

last night against the

Cowboys. As the Rabbitohs raced

to a 20-0 lead in just 20 minutes. The Cowboys shut the

door after that, though,

sacrificing their bodies for

the cause. And after half-time,

North Queensland mounted a

challenge. Three second-half

tries gave the visitors a late

chance to snatch victory. South

Sydney hung on, though, to move

into the top 8 xgt In the

Canberra Raiders Cup, Belconnen

United smashed West Belconnen

yesterday 16-18. - 60-18. In

other matches:

In Super Rugby, the New

South Wales Waratahs have lost

to the Crusaders but only just.

The Crusaders beat the Waratahs

37-33 in front of a crowd of

almost 3 is,000 in Sydney this afternoon. Afternoon rugby

brought out the best in the

Waratahs when they hosted offed

the Sharks last month and they

made a confident start against

the Crusaders. Adam Ashley-Cooper, this time

Pakalini catches it. This time

he is going to score. What a

try! The visitors didn't take

long to level it up. Robbie

Fruen's pace was as sharp as

his hair cut. Under the post,

the big mohawk gets stronger

every day. The rampaging Fruen

was proving more than a handful

for New South Wales an the

ndzers went to the break with a

1-point lead. Brilliant. The

Waratahs wrested back the advantage through Wycliffe

Palu, but the masters of

running rugby returned fire

with two quick tries. A familiar face exposed the

frayed edges of the New South

Wales defence. Unbelievable.

Robbie Fruen! The

reinforcements from the bench

were also handy. Welcome back,

Richie McCaw. A converted try

to halfback Sarel Pretorious

narrowed the margin to 4, but

the Crusaders held on to beat

the Waratahs for the 10th time

in succession. The Western

Force lost 17-3 to South

Africa's Stormers last

night. Away goes Bryan

Habana. But the Perth team

looks set to gain a Wallaby

halfback next year with Will

Genia to move from the Reds to

the Force. In the AFL, the

Sydney Swans have celebrated

Adam Goodes' club record 304th

game with a thumping 37-point

win over Hawthorn in

Launceston. Last night's

winners were squild and

Geelong. This afternoon:

Sydney needed no greater

inspiration than Adam Goodes'

record-breaking game to

continue its best start to a

season since 1998. Hawthorn's

home away from home in

Launceston had delivered it 7

straight wins. Goodes was

closely watched and had few

opportunities to shine in the

first half. The Hawks main man

Lance Franklin was dangerous,

but Jarryd Roughead did the

scoring - he got five. The

defensive pressure from both

sides was relentless. Key Hawke

defender Josh Gibson was

injured and eventually subbed. Franklin's brilliance from

ground level helped keep the

Hawks clear They're lining up.

Rioli for his 4th, would you

believe. An evenly contested

second term included Cyril

Rioli's soaring mark over three

Swans, but it was this strong

mark by Goodes that proved the

sign of what was to come. The

20-point margin disappeared as

Hawthorn was held scoreless in

the fourth quart he. Goodes

began to dominate up front, as did former Hawke Josh

Kennedy. Sydney was out by 13

when Kieran Jack notched this

goal. Rioli came back to life

to drag his side back into it,

but the Swans booted the last

six goals of the match. It was

a 57-point second-half turnaround, and the

record-breaker was in the thick

of T Adam Goodes! He was meant

to be. The Swans return to Sydney undefeated. There will

be more celebrations for Goodes

when they play Adelaide next

Saturday at the SCG. In the

north eastern football league

Ainslie have won a 7-point win

at Manuka Oval today. :

Canberra women have shown

how it was done in daunting icy conditions at the Australian mountain running Championships

in Hobart this morning. Mount

Wellington was blanketed in

snow as 70 runners tested

themselves running up mountain

tracks. Tasmanian Jordan

Harries won the men's

competition running 12km to the

summit in 56 minutes 45

seconds. Canberra runner

Jessamy Hosking claimed the

women's title, just ahead of

ABC political correspondent

Melissa Clarke. No running

through the halls of Canberra

Port House. I think there is

quite a bit of good fit nns

attitude. Some of The Pollies

are showing the way. The National Mountain Running

Association will use today's

results to determine who will

compete in the titles in Italy

in September. Well done,

Melissa. No snow here at least.

We made it to a top of 18. It

was cool overnight, just 1

degree down in the Tuggeranong

Valley and 2 at the airport.

While there were a few threatening clouds around this

afternoon, it was a fine day

around the south-east. On the

coastal strip: A southerly change has

brought some showers over the northern New South Wales coast,

while a trough is providing a

few showers to southern WA. A

high pressure system will keep

our local conditions fine,

until that trough brings some

unsettled weather mid-week. It

will stay mostly sunny and fine

for the southern capitals,


And that's the latest from

the Canberra Newsroom. I'm

Craig Allen. Thanks for your

company. Goodnight.

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