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(generated from captions) Class warfare - Tony Abbott

attacks Wayne Swan's battlers

Budget. The fundamental problem

with this Budget is that it

deliberately, coldly, calculatedly plays the class

war card. This Program is Captioned

Live.

Twin suicide bombings in

Damascus kill 55 and injury

many more. Any and all violence

that results in the in

discriminate kill ing cannot be justified. Stormy script - Prince Charles delivers the

weather to a surprised Scottish

public. The potential for a few

flurries over Balmoral - flurries over Balmoral - who

the hell wrote this script - as

the afternoon goes on. And the

world champion Mark Cavendish

pips Matt Goss at the Giro. Good morning it's

Friday, 11 May I'm Michael

Rowland. And I'm Beverley

O'Connor. The top story -

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott

has used his Budget reply

speech to call on Labor to

change its leader. He's accused

Labor of wage ing class war

fare with its Budget and

ridiculed the $1.5 billion

surplus. He has promise ed to

find savings to cover tax cuts but hasn't identified where

they will come from. This

Government's message is the

harder you try, the harder we

will make it for you. Madam

Deputy Speaker, from an

economic perspective, the worst

aspect of this year's Budget is

there is no plan for economic

growth. Nothing whatsoever to

promote investment or employment. Without

employment. Without a growing

economy, everything a

government does is basically

robbing Peter to pay Paul. With

a growing economy, it's

possible to have lower taxes,

better services and a stronger

Budget bottom line. As

Australians discovered during

the Howard era that now seems

like a lost golden age of

prosperity. As this Budget

shows, to every issue, this

Government's knee jerk response

is more tax, more regulation

and more vitriol. Tony Abbott

in the House of Representatives

last night. Our political correspondent Melissa Clarke

joins us now from Canberra.

Good morning to you. This was

part Budget reply, part

campaign speech? Certainly was

and I think there was more of

the campaign speech half than

the Budget reply. It reminded

me of a censure debate than of

a Budget reply because it was very heavy on political brawling. He spent substantial

amounts of time attacking the

Prime Minister and her role,

particularly the party as it

stands as she's leading over it

at the moment. He talked about

the slease factor in reference

to Craig Thomson, called on

Julia Gillard to stand down, saying the Labor Party should

be looking for a different

leader. There wasn't a great

deal of detail on Budget policy

attack on the Federal at all, instead it was a direct

Julia Gillard herself. Let's Government and in particular on

hear one brief part from his

speech which I think is

emblematic of the tone, and the approach that Tony Abbott took

to this opportunity in the

House of Representatives,

throwing down the challenge to

Julia Gillard to step aside

from the leadership of her

party. Decent Labor people

shouldn't be bluffed by the

deal with Independents into

keeping a leader who is

trashing a once honourable

political party. Before this

Government dies of shame, it

should find a leader who isn't

fatally compromised by the need

to defend the

indefensible. When he did talk

restated the Coalition's about matters economic he

opposition to both the carbon

and mining taxes and promised

to find at least $50 billion of

savings but the speech was very

short on fine financial

detail. We didn't have any real

detail about how he would fund

the policies that have been

promised. Those that have been

announced before the last

election and since. There

wasn't much in the way of new

policies, only one on language

education. Where we were

looking for more details about

how the Government would not

only pay for the policies it's

announced in the past but pay

Budget measures for things such as various

Budget measures that the

Government is passing things

like the increase to the family

tax benefits payments, things

such as the supplementary

allowance which the Opposition is intending on supporting

through Parliament. But which

they aren't able to fund

because they say they will

rescind the minerals resources

rent tax. There was no

indication in this speech how

May well pay for that. That was

all left to the future, to the

never never. Instead, we had

Tony Abbott giving a

reassurance and references to

the Howard Government being

able to deliver strong

surpluses and putting that

forward as an economic plan and

an economic basis for his

argument, that the Coalition

can do a better job of economic

management. He instead focussed

on this idea of class war fare,

accusing the Prime Minister of

means testing things to the

extent where people who are

actually just struggling to get

on by are being treated like

they're wealthy and un

deserving of assistance, which

is certainly taken up a bit of

speed in the last few days,

this battle over war fare. The Government's Finance Minister,

Penny Wong, says the only

element of class war fare

coming from here is from Tony

Abbott himself. The only class

war fare that is being waged is

by Mr Abbott against working

families. The class warfare is

Tony Abbott talk oh walking into the House of

Representatives and voting against the School Kids Bonus

for low and middle income

Australia at the same time as

he's defending the rights of

wealthy miner, the rights of

Clive and Gina. That is the

class warfare that is being waged. Melissa Clarke we will

speak speak to you later in the morning. Now for the rest of

the news. Good morning. Two

suicide car bomb attack s have

killed at least 55 people and

wounded nearly 400 in Damascus.

The two explosions went off

during the morning rush hour. A

Syrian military intelligence

complex appears to have been

one of the targets. Both the

Opposition and the Government

blame each other for the attack. Former 'News of the

World' editor Andy Coulson has

admitted he held shares in News Corporation while working as

the British Prime Minister's

press secretary. Mr Coulson has

been giving evidence to the Leveson inquiry into phone Leveson inquiry into phone

hacking. He told the inquiry he

was not hired as David Cameron's communications chief

because of his links to News International. Brisbane Police

are again appealing for

information from the public

about the murder of Allison

Baden-Clay two weeks ago. The

mother of three's body was

found beside a creek in

Brisbane's west, about 10km

from the family home. Police

want to hear from anyone who

used a roundabout in the Brookfield area on the night of

April 20. The funeral for Mr

Baden-Clay will be held later

this morning. Adelaide Police

have revealed a shot was fired

at a high school on Monday when

a student is alleged to have

taken a loaded hand gun to school. Witnesses have since

hand add spent kartridge to

police claiming a gun was fired

on school grounds. The teenager

and his father are facing a number of firearm

offences. Tele vision aud

yeskss matching the weather

forecast in Scotland received

an unexpected. Prince Charles

looked the consummate professional. But his

prediction of flurries over

Balmoral brought a cool

princely delivery to a chilly

aside. You can hear some of his

report a little later this

hour. Looks like they might be

both looking for another job. Let's look at the

finance. Let's get more now on the

massive car bomb that's killed

55 people in Damascus. The

blast happened during morning

rush hour and ripped the front

off a military intelligence

building. Both the Opposition

and the Government blame each

other for the attack. The BBC's

reports. Just before 8, the

first blast went off. Within

minutes, another more powerful

explosion was captured on this

amateur video. They tore

through the tarmac of a major highway south of the

capital. This intelligence

complex appears to have been

one of the targets. Many

lives were lost. The anguish

was raw. The explosions

wreaked damage across a vast

area. I've counted more than

20 vehicle s strewn across this

blackened highway. Yellow taxis, service vans, family

vehicles, buses. All of them

making their way in to Damascus

early in the morning, going to

their jobs, going to the school

not far from here. The crowds

quickly gathered and anger

grew. This man waving a child's

school book cursed Saudi Arabia

and Qatar, countries he said

were arming the opposition. On

the edge of the crowd, one man

pulled us aside, insisting the

Government did this to dis

credit its opponents. In this

conflict, hatred and mistrust

runs so deep,, both sides

believe the worst of their enemy, the best of themselves. The UN pleaded for

an end to this violence. But

fine words are lost here.

Doctors are just struggling to

cope. This man lost two of

his cousins. You don't need to

understand Arabic, this is so

bad, he is tearing the clothes

off him. 18-year-old Ahmed

survived the blast. His mother

tells us, 'We came from the

city of Homs to escape the

violence and look what happen.

God won't forgive the people

who did this.' Every week

seems to bring new threats,

more fear that the worst is yet

to come. In the UK, the former

'News of the World' editor Andy

Coulson has told the Leveson

media inquiry that he held

60,000 dollars in News Corporation shares whilst

working for the British Prime

Minister. But he has described

it as an oversight and denied

it led to a conflict of

interest. Andy Coulson was once

a key advaizor to the British

Prime Minister, but the Leveson

inquiry suggests he was only

employed by the Conservatives

because of his Murdoch contacts. I am sure the conversation would have touched

on my previous employers in

some way. It was the elephant

in the room, wasn't it? Not

really, no. He had taken the

job just months after quit ing

as editor of the new defunct

'News of the World', his

reputation tarnished after

Clive Goodman went to jail for

phone hacking. Mr Cameron also

asked me about the Clive

Goodman case. Can you remember

the gist of your answer? I was

able to repeat what I had said publicly, that I knew nothing

about the Clive Goodman and

glen Mulcairr case in terms of

what they kaid. Andy Coulson

has always denied knowledge of

phone hacking while editor but

he is one of dozens who has

been arrested. He admitted he

still owns ed shares in News

Corporation when he went to

work for Government and while

futer of broadcaster BSkyB was

being debated: I didn't take

the time to pay close attention

to my circumstances in this

regard. It was also revealed

that he had attended top level

meetings with low level

security clearance. Did you

have any insupervised access to information designated top

secret or above. I may have

done, yes. This part of the

inquiry is looking directly at the relationship between politicians an the press and

it's going all the way to the

top with David Cameron called

to appear. He will have to

respond to accusations he's

been too close to the Murdoch

empire. A close friend of his,

former News International chief

Rebekah Brooks takes the stand

next. She is likely to face a

grilling about their

relationship. And of course

there will be full coverage of

Rebekah Brooks appearance before the Leveson inquiry

tomorrow on Weekend Breakfast.

Let's go to the front pages of

the major newspapers around the

country now. The 'Australian'

says the Opposition Leader Tony

Abbott used his Budget reply

speech to make a savage and

deeply person al attack on

Julia Gillard. The 'Age' looks

at pl Mr Abbott's promise to

reverse the decline in foreign

language teaching at schools. The 'Sydney Morning

Herald' says Mr Abbott

condemned the Federal Budget as

a document that deliberately

and coldly played the class war

card. And a Daily Telegraph

talks to the a woman who lives

on the same street as Tony

Abbott. The Independent MP Rob

Oakeshott says the Craig

Thomson scandal is under mining

his agreement to support the

Prime Minister. That is in the

'Financial Review'. The

'Courier Mail' says teachers an

principals have stepped up

calls for help to deal with

rising child mental health

issues. Police have declared

war on vicious gangs of youths

responsible for a wave of

violence in the heart of Melbourne. The 'Canberra Times'

says a landmark study has

identified urban activity as

the worst culprit for the state of Lake Burley Griffin. The

'Advertiser' is encouraging

people ith Bright young

students overseas. And if

flert News speaks to the family

of a man who was killed in a

horror crash this week. It's

been quite a week in

Canberra. It has. We've seen

the Budget speech, now the

Budget reply last night but

then the Craig Thomson scandal

continuing to dominate national

affairs but over arching all of

this has been what many peel

See as the increase ing toxic

atmosphere, the name calling,

the class war, the level of

abuse has reached new lows. And

very person al attacks is what

everybody is noticing. everybody is noticing. The

lastiness is noticeable. It's

not about policy or politics

it's become directed at

individuals. It's leaving a bad taste in my mouth. That is the

impression we've been getting

from you over the week. As we

wrap up this Budget week in

Parliament, what do you think

about the tone of national

political debate at the moment?

Have you given up on our

national politicians or is

there hope for improvement in

the weeks ahead? You can see

your messages to us.

Let's take a quick look at

the weather for today.

I am going to get you to do

around impersonation in the

morning. That was the weather

here. But in Scotland Prince

Charles made a surprise

appearance. In the west, rain

will be lighter and patchy.

There may be a few drier

enterluds over Dumfries

House. There will be snow for

the higher ground of the highland highlands and

Aberdeenshire. The potential

for a few flurries over

Balmoral, who the hell wrote

this script - as the day goes

on! We will bring you more of

that princely weather report.

One must pay attention to

everybody said. Did you notice

they were only the kaltion s

they were they were interested. There's

no truth to the rumour that

Vanessa O'Hanlon is feeling the pressure this

morning. Opposition Leader has

used his Budget reply speech to

call on Labor to change its

leader. He's accused Labor of

waging class warfare with its

Budget and says the Budget will

do nothing to promote

investment. Two suicide car

bomb attacks have killed at

least 55 people and wounded

near ly 400 in Damascus. A

Syrian military intelligence

complex appears to have been

one of the targets. Brisbane

Police are ael poog for

information about the murder of

Allison Baden-Clay two weeks

ago. The mother of three's body

was found beside a creek 10km

from the family home. A funeral

for Mrs Allison Baden-Clay will

be held later this morning. An

anti-corruption inquiry in

Papua New Guinea has found the

machinery of Government is

dominated by a corrupt,

self-serving mobocracs, so far

35 #35 people have been arrested include ing current and former MPs and public

servants: It's recovered $20

million and identified $200

million that could be targeted

with proceeds of crime

legislation. Sam Koim says the amount of corruption in Government is

frightening. Generally our investigations we have discovered a frightening trend

of corruption in this

country. And the level of

corruption migrated from a

sporadic to a systematic and

now an institutionalised form

of corruption. I believe that

this initial step that we have

taken with the taskforce sweep

is just mainly a step showing

the country we can make it

work. Now Greece is on the

brink of financial ruin as its

Eurozone membership is also in

doubt. Talks to former new Coalition Government have

collapsed now for a second time

after the radical left party

failed to drum up enough

support. Just days after an in

conclusive election, Greeks are

facing the prospect of

returning to the ballot box.

TRANSLATION: I want to believe

that with the president's mediation eefforts the best solution for the country will

be found. We don't need new elections. Everyone definitely

must agree on a compromise for

the good of the Greek people. TRANSLATION: I expect nothing.

I think we will have a new election and it is disapoibtdsing. The new

democracy party which won the

largest proportion of the

weekend's vote has already

announced it can't form a

Government. Now the left

coalition, led by Syriza, has

also given up and handed back

its mandate. It had wanted Greece to stay in the Eurozone

but with an end to Tim posed

austerity measures. It would be

a political sue side for Greece

not to use the advantage of

being a member of the Eurozone

in order to negotiate the fate

of the country for the next

period and the next years to

come. But leaders in Brussells

have re repeatedly said there

will be no negotiation of the

promises made to win the

bail-out. Those who declare

that a country orn an isolated

course can be successful are

not only creating an illusion

but they lie. It is a question

of credibility not only for

Greece but for the euro area as

a whole. If this agreement is

not respected it will be very

negative for Greece. Whether breaking that agreement would

be any worse than the current

crisis is debatable. The latest

figures show unemployment at a

record 21.7% for February or

42% higher than a year ago and

the figure for young people is

even worse with almost 55% un

employed. This is only the beginning. Those figures play

into the hands of extremist

groups, particularly the

nationalist golden Dawn party which has won parliamentary

seats for the first time. Get

immigration out of my count

country, out of my home. The

party's mantra is Greece for

Greeks and its leaders

celebrated the election result

saying those who betray the

motherland should be scared

now. Next week, Greece faces

another debt repayment but some

in the EU are suggest ing that

part of the billions in bail-out funds should be

withheld. If the disparate political parties can't agree

by next week, fresh election

also have to be held. Now a

report by a leading accounting

firm says banks haven't boosted

profit s. KPMG has looked at

the four big banks first half

profits. It says the banks

aren't lying about the pressure

from higher funding costs. The Let's look at how

markets fared overnight.

Let's go to the sport

headlines now and we're joined

by Paul Kennedy. Now I like

talking about cycling only

because it gives me the chance

to utter the words Giro

d'Italia and there's been a lot

more action there. Mark

Cavendish has beaten Matt Goss

but as we see the latest stage

of the Giro d'Italia, we can

see that Matt Goss is the only man who can get near Mark

Cavendish at the moment and

that augers well for the

GreenEDGE team in this race and

in the future. But Mark

Cavendish is the world

champion, check out how this

latest stage finished. Goss

comes around the outside. He is on the wheat of Mark Cavendish. Cavendish will spend himself

too early. Goss is going to

come at him. Cavendish is going

to get this. It's a 2-man race.

Cavendish beats goes gos in the second place and finally the

train works its magic. Goss

goes around the outside and has

to sprint that little bit

longer than Cavendish. Gets

into the wheel. He's used that

extra effort. He has to try to

come around him again here . I

think Goss will take the time

and he took at the perfect

time. Of course Cavendish hit

the deck a couple of days ago

so he has done really well to

recover from that crash and get

back on to the top of the

podium. We will show you more

of Mark Cavendish if a few

moments. But Serena Williams

has weet Beithen Caroline

Wozniacki, so she had to

overcome a really slow start in

this one but she's made the

quarterfinals at the Madrid

Masters. She will now play

Maria Sharapova. It is yet

another significant performance

by Serena Williams who has had

10 wins and no losses on clay

this season. She is looking

good in the lead-up to the

French Open. There are a bunch

of swimmers from Australia

preparing for the Olympics, all

over the world at the moment.

There's swimming camp in

Townsville, there's also one in

Mexico at the moment. And we've

been able to get one of our

rove ing reporters to do some

interviews with those swimmers

in Mexico. Including Brenton

Rickard who is the champion

breastroke swimmer and Chris

Wright, a butterfly swimmer

going to his first Olympic,

it's all about going there to

do some altitude training. We

have done a feature for Contact

Sport late er tonight but here

is a snip snippet of that. I

find you get fatigue add lot

quicker. That is to do with the

lack of oxygen getting to your

muscles within training. I

remember the first day we got

here we had to climb three sets

of stairs to drop our bag off

and we were out of breath and

we thought we had walk three

flights of stairs! Primarily

Brenton Rickard wanted to do

this. He's had great success

with altitude training with the

Beijing Olympic s so he was

adamant he wanted to make this

part of his preparation. We are

always looking to add is

something new to our training

program. So it was a good opportunity. The great thing

about altitude training is it

stresses your body in a way

that training at sea level

can't really do. That lack of

oxygen in the air just make s

you work that little bit

harder, just doing a similar

type of work load so you get

that little extra 1% of

physical benefit from the same

amount of work and hopefully

then when we go back home and start training again at sea

level we will be able to

increase the quality of our

work. That was Brent on

Rickard wide winding up that

report there. It's an

interesting mix too for Chris

Wright who is going to his

first Games. His girlfriend

Melanie sh Langer is on that

same squad. I will show you

more about that in the next

hour. But they're getting along

just fine. It could be a testy

environment there but they're

driving each other to new levels of

performance. Competition is a

good thing. Yes. Most of the

time. Just check out Mark

Cavendish, he had a special

reporter at this stage of the

Giro last night. His girlfriend

was there and his new baby

daughter delye Lila was there.

We - Delilah was. There he was

able to take her up on to the

podium later and there she is.

Little cutie. He took her up

on to the podium and said

there's only one thing better

in the world than holding your

own daughter in the arms and

that is doing it on top of the

podium. Just as well he didn't

say it the other way

around. We were both discussing that blue clay which

I still can't get my mind fully

around, growing up watching countless watches on red clay. It must be for the

telly. It's interesting because

it's like Wimbledon and it's

tradition. Apparently they're

extract ing something out of

the clay that makes it red,

it's some kind of chemical that makes it red but my

understanding is the players

are not loving the surface at

all. A-parent ly it's very

slippery, there's no grip, of

course clay slides but there's

no grip to stop them. That could be really

dangerous. Especially forz

Rafael Nadal, playing in the

final goes to slide and just

slides rite out of the

arena! No doubt, though, the

Collors are much brighter for

telly. You can see the ball.

We will bring you more of those

swimmers in next hour. ABC News

Breakfast - watched live on the

web. Just visit the main ABC

News website and you will find

a link to News 24 which is

streamed live every day

. Vanessa O'Hanlon joins us

with the weather and news of

yet another hot one in

Sydney. Summer has wear Reared

its warm rays. It was the

highest May temperature in 70

years yesterday and today 28.

This morning wild weather in

Tasmania as a cold front

crosses the south-east with an associated low. Tomorrow that

low will move to the south-east

of Tasmania and we will have a

high that will build up over

the bight. Combined this will

produce strong and gusty wet

south-westerly winds and we

won't see it ease until Monday.

A weak trough is causing isolated showers in southern

NSW and we still have a

tropical low in the noort is

moving away from the Northern

Territory towards WA, ielt tes

south-east that we're watching

at the moment, a very cold

weekend ahead. Queensland,

showers about the peninsula and

on the east Keys coast from

Innisfail to Ingam.

And you're watching ABC

News Breakfast. Great to have

your company this morning.

Still to come we will talk to

Labor Senator Sherry who retires from Parliament in June

after 22 years in politics.

Also we will have a review of

some of the newspapers. This

morning Greg Barton from Deakin

University will join us. Here is mike well the news. Thanks.

Leading the news - Opposition

Leader Tony Abbott has used his

Budget reply speech to call on

Labor to change its leader.

He's accused Labor of waging

class war fare with its Budget

and ridiculed the $1.5 billion

surplus. He has promised to

find savings to cover tax cuts

but hasn't identified where

they would come from. Two sue

side car bomb attacks have

killed at least 55 people and

wounded near ly 400 in

Damascus. The two explosions

went off during the morning

rush hour. A Syrian

intelligence military complex

appears to have been a target.

Andy Coulson has Dee de nighed

he was hired as the Prime

Minister's British press

secretary because of his links

to the News International. He's

been giving toefds the Leveson inquiry into phone hack

fag. Police are appealing for information about the murder of

Allison Baden-Clay two weeks

ago. The mother of three's body

was found beside a creek in

Brisbane's west about 10km from

the family home. The funeral

for Mrs Allison Baden-Clay will

be held later in morning. Dlid

police has reseal add shot was

fired at a school. Witnesses

have hand add spent kartridge

to police claiming a gun was

fired on school grounds. The Opposition Leader Tony Abbott

has used his Budget reply to attack the Prime Minister's

leadership. He says Julia

Gillard's support of Craig

Thomson raises more

questionsant her

judgment. Budget Week hasn't

just been about the Budget,

under these circumstances how could it be - it's been, Madam

Deputy Speaker, about the Prime

Minister's integrity and

judgment. As long as Labor keep

s voting in this Parliament to

protect the member for Dobell,

and keeps paying his legal

fees, his suspension from the

Caucus won't end the slease factor paralysing this

Government. Madam Deputy Speaker, decent Labor people

shouldn't be bluffed by the

deal with Independents into

keeping a leader who is

trashing a once honourable

political party. Before this

Government dies of shame, it

should find a leader who isn't

fatally compromised by the need

to defend the indefensible. And

our political editor Lyndal Curtis will speak to Tony

Abbott live here on News

Breakfast in about an hour's

time. The United Nations

special envoy for Syria Kofi

Annan has condemned the suicide

bombs in Damascus. A statement

read by a UN spokesman, Mr

Annan has called on all sides

to stop the violence. Tun

league of Arab states joint

special envy for Syria Kofi

Annan has condemn ed in the

strongest possible terms the

attacks that took place earlier

today in Damascus. He is

saddened by the loss of life

result ing from the two blasts

and extends his condolence s to

the families of the victims.

These abhorrent acts run

acceptable, said Mr Annan, and

the violence in Syria must

stop. He reiterated his call

to all parties to adhere to the

se sation of violence. Any

section that serves to escalation tensions and raise

the level of violence can only

be counterproductive to the

interests of all parties. The

joint special envoy calls on

all parties to avoid further

bloodshed and to protect civil

yap ian - sixiance. The Syrian

people have already suffered

too much. Back home, a program

designed to deal with problem

drinking in Far North

Queensland communities has been

blamed for an increase in violence in central

Cairns. Volunteers are being

put at risk due to an influx from the communities but indigenous leaders say the

policy is working. Dr Harold

vouch has run a food service for young homeless people in

Cairns for more than 20 years.

He says the city streets have

become an increasingly

dangerous place for those tries

ing to lend a hand. We have had

been punched up. We've had

people throwling things at us and someone being threatened

with a knife not long ago. So

that is pretty severe stuff. He

blames alcohol management plans

in indigenous communities for

pushing people with serious

problems into the which already

has the highest rate of homelessness in the

State. People who want to drink

and hard wore drinkers will

leave their community and come

down to Cairns where they can

buy alcohol quite freely. They

get drunk down here and with that comes the violence that

goes with it. Local police are

also under pressure and they

say alcohol management plans

are partly to blame for an

increase in itinerants on the

city's streets. The LNP has

promised to review the plans

and the new Indigenous Affairs

Minister met with a number of

Far North Queensland mayors to

discuss the issue last

weekend. He's looking forward

to a great partnership with

them, to take their communities forward with practical,

sensible initiative, not paternalistic approach paternalistic approach that we

saw from Labor. But some

indigenous leaders say any to

abolish alcohol management plans would be disastrous. This

is about children and this is

about their mums, the aunties,

the sister s who regularly on a

weekly basis are fronting up to

the nurse with horrific

injuries caused by grog. The

plans have been many place in 19 Queensland indigenous communities since 2002.

Let's go to WA now where a multimillion-dollar shark

tagging program in the State's

south-west has failed to find a single great white

shark. Conservation ists say

it's proof there's hardly any

great whites in WA waters but

the experts say the sharks are

just hard to find. Mike Burgess

has spent the last two month s

chasing sharks as part of a $2

million government initiative to track great whites in the

south-west. He wrapped up this

week after failing to find a

single white pointer. White

sharks are very mobile and

transyenlt fish. So I guess

they are difficult to locate

and there is fluctuating

abundance. The search began

just days 5633-year-old diver

Peter kurmian was kill bade

shark here Busselton. He Qantas

the fourth statal Schork attack

in WA in seven months,

prompting a raft of government

research initiatives to prevent

further attacks. Matt

Hawkesworth is a documentary

maker who has travelled the

world capturing sharks on film.

In South Africa where these

pictures were shot, white

pointers trfl travel in packs

while in WA they tend to swim

alone and without any known pattern. White sharks are very

difficult, almost secretive

animals to a degree. They don't

want to be seen. They rely on

sfraiz attack force hunting.

They want to stay out of

everything's way. In the weeks

following the latest attack

there were claims it was due to

a rising number of sharks in WA

waters but the dement says the

difficulty in finding any great whites to tag over the last month proves the problem is more complex. Conservationists

agree and believe while shark s

may be drawn closer to shore by

warmer current s carrying fish their numbers remain low. We're

seeing a change in where

they're looking for their

food. The deputy of fisheries

says despite its lack of cess

'Success' in tagging sharks

this time round, the program will continue. As

Australia's athlete s countdown

to the Olympics they are not

the only ones heading to

Britain to showcase their

skills. London is hosting a

5-month festival called Wonder

Ground ahead of the Games.

In The show piece speegle tent

you will find the Australian

circus and vaudeville cocktail

cantina. Kan Tina.- d

'Kanimbla'.

Joining me is Chelsea. A lot of people might feel like

they're walking on air after

drink ing champagne but you

take that to a whole new

experience. Here at Cantina we

walk on bottles and wires an a

lot of things. What goes

through your mind while you're

up there? I try to keep my mind

as empty as possible. That is

one of the skills that I need

for balance. You need an empty

mind as possible and anything

that upons can be a really

great distraction. David

and I perform a number of acts

in the show from the dance

pash, the Charleston and we do

a high heels act where I walk

all over him in still ETA

shows. Most people would have

trouble walking in them alone.

How do you do that? It's funny

because I never wear high heels

outside of the show because I

find them difficult and

comfortable. Walking on David

has a whole other element of

pleasure to it so I quite enjoy

that! Did you always want

to run off and join the

circus? Not exactly. I was always flipping around and

stuff but my parents I did bits

of dance and karate and stuff

like. That But my parents

actually took me along to

audition for flying fruit fly

circus with my sister and I ran

a way because I want to go. But

my sister told me how good it

was and I decided the next year

to join. Ed is one of the co directors of this festival.

Nice to meet you. I hear

there's a bit of gloom

surrounding the idea of theatre over the Olympic period. I

think there's definitely a bit

of western in the West End

about how - whether they will

get the audience they usually

do. The West End relies heavily

on the tourist comes in in the

summer and there's an argument

that normal tourists that would

traditionally come in summer

won't be coming but it will be

Olympic tourists. Where we are

on the South Bank, I on the South Bank, I think

we're better placed in terms of

what we do. I think our tickets

to our festival are

cheaper. That might be a nice complement to

sport. Absolutely. I don't

think anyone wants to watch

sport 24 hours a day. I think

people will be looking for

things to do. We're lucky

because we're right next to the

London Eye on the banks of the

Thames and we're offer ing a

program of cabaret, comedy and

music and feel-good things. We are really keen to bring the

speegle tent to London lots of

Australians have been in them

before, in Melbourne and

Sydney, Adelaide. They're

stunning venue, original 1920s

Belgian mirrored tents. They're

beautiful and you put the right

show in there and they work

very well. Just one of the many

cultural attracts you can see leading up to the Olympic

Games. Let's stay in the UK. Shall I do my Prince Charles

I. I would like you to. Prince

Charles had an unknown talent for

for weather present ing during

a visit to the BBC in Glasgow. 63-year-old one read especially written script which include written script which include ed

forecasts for royal residences

in Scotland. Take a look. I am

delighted to say we have a new

member of our weather team

tonight. Let me hand over to

him now. Your Highness. It's an

unsettled picture as we head towards the end of the week.

This afternoon it will be a

cold, wet and windy across most

of Scotland. We're under the

influence of low pressure and

this weather fr front pushing

north is bringing cloud and

outbreaks of rain. The rain of

course will be heaviest over

the borders. And around

Edinburgh where it could lead

to difficult conditions on the

roads. In the west, rain will

be lighter and patchier, there

may be a few drier interludes

in Dumfries House, a that,

there be a snow for the high er

ground of Aberdeen shire. The

potential for a few flurries

over Balmoral - who the hell

wrote this transcript script -

as the afternoon goes on? The

best of the drier and brighter

weather will be over the

northern Isles and the

mainland. A cold day everywhere

with temperatures of just 8

sells yils and a brisk

north-east erly wind. Thank God

it isn't a bank holiday! Do you

think he's feeling upstaged by

the young royals at the

moment? Possibly. Attempt to be the people's be the people's prince. I

thought he did a great job. And

reading the autocue, that he

seemed to have no difficulty

reading that script. I still

think Vanessa O'Hanlon is

better. T Streets ahead

including many of you. Mark has

tweeted - bugger Charles, give

us more Vanessa. Ronald says

nothing would phase out my

favourite weather presenter,

Vanessa and he says it's cool

in ocean glove Victoria unlike

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- Tony Abbott has used his

Budget reply speech to attack

the credibility of Prime

Minister Julia Gillard. Mr

Abbott has given a general

outline of his own economic

approach saying there would be more chasm cuts and - tax cuts

and efficiency. Two powerful

bomb blasts have rocked

Damascus kills at least 55

people and wounding nearly 400.

The Syrian military intelligence complex appears to

have been one of the

targets. Brisbane police are again' Appealing for information about the murder of

Allison Baden-Clay two weeks

ago, a priest who helped

organise today's funeral for mother of three says the

community is still in shock.

Let's see how the national

nape papers are looking today.

We're joined by Professor Greg

Barton. Great to see you. Lots

of fodder for you this morning,

it It's one of those days that it's hard to know what to focus

on. A lot of serious and grim

new, even Australian politics

has taken a nasty turn. It's

getting very tawdry . The

headline s in today's the

'Australian' which is usually

sympathetic towards the

Opposition has a very critical

headline, talking about the

fact that Abbott fires bullets but

but misses. And it's reflecting

on the fact that last night's

reply speech to the Budget

turned very personal, was

short, though, on big vision

economic de tail about an

alternative vision, a cup -

couple of positive suggestions

but very, very personal against

the Prime Minister and in a way

that didn't seem necessary It

seems like he feels he can

continually escape giving any

detail about what they actually stand for. How they are going

to actually tackle the very

issues that they constantly criticise the Government

on. Indeed, no-one expects an

Opposition leader to come out with a clear alternative Budget

the week of the Government's

Budget. But at the very least

some broad brush ideas about

where the money would come

from. If you are going to save

$50 billion you have to say we

will make the savings here, you

can't just say we they're

hopeless, we're clever. In this

time of political turmoil he

figures the Government is doing

the job for him, he does

haven't to put promises out

there because as he sees it the

Government itself is damage ing

its own credibility. He's got a point of

point of course and he got

stuck into the Government

particularly the Prime Minister

over its obvious sort of

weaknesses in week. That Budget

was competent if not

inspirational piece of work but

that was not the substance of

the attack. It was problems

with feral former members of

the party, the Craig Thomson

affair looms large, fair enough

to question the Prime

Minister's judgment and the

party's judgment, the

preselection procedure. But it's a Budget reply

speech. There seems to be a

general degeneration now. We've

seen it and so much response

we've put that out this morning

in terms of the tone of

politics has been getting

really nasty. It went to a new

level overnight with personal lives of politicians being put

on attack. It wasn't just the

Opposition Leader's reply

speech. We saw the Australian

once again and as I said it's

not always going in hard on the

Opposition, but there's some

interesting stuff there on the

inside pages. On the front page

leading inside is a story about

attempts to dredge up some past personal politics including a

story that goes back to

allegations laid against Tony Abbott

Abbott back decades ago. Way

back in his student days. He

pushed some to the back, he

said he Caz accused of groping,

the charges were processed and

thrown out. But the fact that

this stuff is coming up again

we saw Anthony Albanese and

Sophie Mirabella having a very

personal family matters to do

with her late partner and

issues. But it sort of

spiralled down into the gutter. This is the extraordinary photograph taken

of Sophie Mirabella going and confronting Anthony Albanese,

the Labor frontbencher who made those personal comments about

Sophie Mirabella. And that

photo above all else sums up

what the atmosphere has been

like in Canberra this week. You

used the appropriate week -

feral, it's become very feral. And toxic. Once they

start desending into these very

person al attacks, how far do

you go? Where does it end? Not

only do these attacks but loads

of rumours flying around

Canberra in the home hope that

some of it will stick. One good thing about Canberra good thing about Canberra over the decades and media

discussion about politics is

the Australian media and the

political leadership has

collectively stayed out of tawdry

tawdry discussions about

marriage, families, affairs,

that's been offlimit s which

now seems like we're

dangerously close to crossing a

threshold let's put this into

some degree of perspective now

and go to Syria and see what is

happening there Not a good

news morning. But Canberra is

un pleasant. Syria is just

horrible. Not just because this

car bomb ing events, two cars

and a tonne of explosives targeted targeted primarily an

intelligence building, it

probably almost you would hate

to say guarantees but we seem

to be tipping into a civil war

in Syria. Kofi Annan said this

is descend intobling a civil

war and how will it be

stopped? Normally when the

Government in Damascus says there's a terrorist attack you

say yes of course you would say

that because you're an op

pressive police state but this

time it looks like they're

right. It looks like they're

al-Qaeda-links groups, links

into Iraq. There's a lot of

technology and expertise on

that attack. But that suggests

the civil war won't just be

contestation Arab spring style over time for electionings, it will be something much

darker. Let's come back home

and look at the the 'Age' and look at the the 'Age' in

Melbourne. Yes. What was the

story in the 'Age'! Dylan

Welsh. I would like to say that

is a nice turn but he has a

very nice one-page spread in if

the 'Age' looking at a similar

theme, talking about possible

al-Qaeda terrorist attacks in

Syria. He reminds us that

al-Qaeda central may be greatly

diminished but in all of the

affiliate s, al-Qaeda and their

peninsula, Somalia, possible

links to bokka hor yam, this is

a for - Boka Haram and this is formidable. Sarah Philips

from Sydney University is a

Yemen expert, points s out that

this is in danger of turning

elements of otherwise sort of

non-sort of terrorist tribal

groups on side with terrorism,

so it's also a possible civil

war looming, very, very disturbing. Now of course we

covered this extensively

yesterday but Barack Obama very

bravely going out and declaring his support for same-sex

marriage in an election

year. We say bravely and I

would say brave ly. But it's

tricky. There's different

interpretations. You can be

fairly certain that his staff

gamed this and I do believe it

was a brave statement of

politicians. But there's a nice

analysis in today's the

'Australian' where it's point

out the guy who may be most at

risk from the President's

statement is Mitt Romney, who

on matters such as this is

close to Barack Obama but now

has to play a different role. He's had to shift way to

the right to get the

nomination. Indeed he's just

had a staffer resign who was

openly resign. A key

adviser. Of course what no-one

is openly discussing yet that

will become big is Barack Obama

is a church growing Christian

and Mitt Romney is not. He's a

religious man, a family man but

whether that gets turned into

nasty partisan attack we will

have to wait and see. Thank you

for coming in, Greg

Barton. Let's go to the the

sport headlines now. Lots of

action in the Giro d'Italia

overnight Yes there was and a spectacular finish. The news

headline s sport headlines and Australian Matt Goss has been

piped at the post at stage 5 in

a print finish by Mark

Cavendish. The two printer s

were way out in front of others

in the bunch but Cavendish took

this one after a nice lead out

by his team and Matt Goss

settled for a close race

second, not the first time that's happened in this Giro

d'Italia. Serena Williams beat

Caroline Wozniacki to reach the

quarterfinals of the Madrid

Masters. She will now play Maria

Maria Sharapova. Williams

improved hefr record to 10

wins, no losses on clay this

season as she gears up for the

French Open. The flame that

will burn during the London

combaims has been lilt at the

birth place of the ancient

Olympics. An actress dressed as

a high priestess today before

the 2600-year-old temple and

that was the tart of the torch

reply. And to cricket

Australian fast bowler Mitchell

Johnson is on the international

cricket comeback trail. He

hasn't played since last

November but he will travel to

England for a five-match

one-day international series

and a tour by Australia. News

wasn't so good for some other

Aussies include ing wa Usman

Khawaja. They want him for the

2020 World Cup, the next one.

They're building their stocks.

Mitchell Johnson might not be

able to play Test but he will be good in that form of the

game. There's three different

forms now and not everyone is suited to every style. It suited to every style. It want

to show you something else from

that ceremony that we saw in

Greece with the lighting of the

flame. There's so much history

there of course. There's your

priestess again. Some jazz

flute burr gundy style. Here we

see the origins of synchronised

swimming. Very few people knew

it dated back to Greece and it

was done on dry land. I I've

completely made that up! Very

well done. Vanessa O'Hanlon

joins with us the weather now. The satellite image is

showing a lot of cloud over

Tasmania and Victoria. This is

associated with a strong cold

front and low. Gusty showers

and storms and colder weather

right across the weekend. A

weak trough is causing showers

in southern NSW. Up to the

north and a tropical low is

triggering showers along the

Kimberley and Top End coast and humid onshore winds are humid onshore winds are causing showers over tropical

Queensland. Further to

Queensland:

It is going to be a truly

spectacular stay Day in Sydney.

We can bring you some pictures

of the emerald city as we

prepare to reach that high of

29 degrees today. It looks

beautiful as the sun just

bouncing off the buildings

there and although it was chilly overnight so 14 for Sydney that is good but what Sydney that is good but what a spectacular day. You see

pictures like that and you know

when people say that it is

truly one of THE most beautiful

cities in the world. The coat

hanger there, the Opera House to the left and a

Class warfare - Tony

Abbott attacks Wayne Swan's

battlers Budget. The fundamental problem with this

Budget is that it deliberately,

coldly, calculatedly plays the

class war card.

Suicide attacks, twin

bombings in Syria kill 55 and

injury hundreds more. To any and all violence that results

in the in in discriminate

killing of civilian a

represencible and cannot be

justified. The funeral for a

murdered mother Allison

Baden-Clay to be held today as

police continue the hunt for

her killer. And the world

champion Mark Cavendish pip s

Aussie Matt Goss again at the

Giro. Good morning. And welcome to ABC News Breakfast.

It's Friday, 11 May. I'm

Michael Rowland It's fantastic

to have your company. Coming up

we will speak very shortly to Tony Abbott about his response

to the Budget. And also what's

been a particularly bruising

week in Federal politics. And Prince Charles makes an unusual

forecast. In the west, rain

will be lighter and patchier,

there may be a fewer interludes

over dumbfullies House! There

will be snow for the higher

ground of 2led the highlands and Aberdeenshire. The

potential for a few flurry over

Balmoral - who the hell wrote

this script - as the afternoon

goes on! Prince Charles shows

ingses off his talents. And

Vanessa O'Hanlon is feeling

pretty nervous this morning.

But first here is the latest

news. Good morning. Opposition

leader Tony Abbott has used his

Budget reply speech to call on

Labor to change its leader.

He's accused Labor of waging

class warfare with its Budget

and rid uled the $1.5 billion

surplus. He's promised to find

safes to cover tax cuts but hasn't identified where they will come from. Mr Abbott says

the Budget will do nothing to

promote investment. Two suicide

car bomb attacks have killed at

least 55 people and wounded

nearly 400 in Damascus. The two

explosions went off during the

morning rush hour. A Syrian military intelligence complex appears to have been one of the targets. Both the Opposition

and the Government blame each

other for the attack. The

former world editor Andy

Coulson has admitted he held

shares in News Corporation

while working as the British

Prime Minister's bres

secretary. Mr Coulson has been

giving evidence to the Leveson

inquiry into phone hacking. He

told the inquiry he was not

hired as David Cameron's

communications chief because of

his links to News International. Brisbane police investigating the murder of a mother of three have turned

their attention to a stretch of

road near the family home. The

body of 43-year-old Allison

Baden-Clay was found near a

creek two weeks ago. Last

night, police spoke to drivers

at an intersection in

Brookfield and near where the

body was found. The funeral for

Mrs Baden-Clay will be held

later this morning. And

Adelaide police have revealed a

shot was fired at a high school

on Monday when a student is

allege to have taken a loaded

hand gun to school. Witnesses

have since hand add spent

kartridge to police, claiming a

gun was fired on school

grounds. The teenager and his

father are facing a number of

firearm offences. It was a

Budget reply speech with a

focus on attacking the Julia

Gillard but - glths but Tony

Abbott did criticise the Budget for doing nothing to promote

investment. This Government's

message is the harder you try

the harder we will make it for