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Captioned Live. Incivil case against Peter Slipper heads to

the Federal Court this morning

as Bob Carr defends his crit

isicism of his accuser. Sexual

harassment is serious. If there

authorities, don't have a is a complaint, take to the

meeting with your employer's

political opponent on three

occasions. Public school

teachers in NSW go on strike

this morning.

# I love to love you, baby

# I love to love you, baby #

The queen of disco Donna

Summers dies at the age of 63.

And world MotoGP champion

Casey Stoner announces he's

quitting the sport to spend

more time with his family. Good

morning. It's Friday, 18 May.

I'm Michael Rowland. I'm

Ernesto Valverde. The top story on ABC News Breakfast - the

Tsiparis of sexual harassment staffer who's accused Alexis

says he didn't raise his concerns earlier because he feared reprisal from the

Federal Government. James

Ashby's civil case against the

sidelined Speaker in the

Commonwealth will get its first hearing in the Federal Court

today. Mr Ashby has complained

to the human rights commission

about comments Bob Carr and

Barnaby Joyce made about him.

Carr says Ashby had contact

with several Coalition figures

before he made the complaint.

Sexual harassment is serious,

precisely because of that, if

there is a complaint, take to

the authorities, don't have a

meeting with your employer's

political opponent on three

occasions, don't talk to the

Opposition's chief attack dog

or have a telephone call with

the deputy leader of the

Liberal Party. Let's keep it

clean and lodge a complaint and

see that it's heard in the

proper way not filtered through

politics. Bob Carr there. For

more, Michael Clarke joins us

from Canberra. Good morning.

What do we expect to play out

in the Federal Court today?

It's only a directions hearing

so we won't get a great deal of

detail. It's likely to be highly procedural. Where the

information is really coming

from is from the response

Commonwealth we have already statements from the

had so far which gives us an

indication of how they're going

to contest this case put

forward by James Ashby so the

Commonwealth is raising

questions about Ashby pafings

approach to this. They've said

he could have taken other

avenues to try and resolve this

rather than going straight to

legal action. They say he could

have given the Commonwealth the

opportunity to try to

ameliorate the situation or

offer compensation, he could

have gone to the department of finance to investigate this

rather than heading straight to

court. They've also raised some

questions about the fact that

quickly after the documents this hit the news media so

were file would the court late

on a Friday and it also points

out James Ashby's decision to

proceed with legal action will

mean it's a more protracted

matter and a more expensive

matter for all involved as well

as a pointing out lot of the initial claims made by James

Ashby have been dropped by the

statement of claim to the time he made his final

courts. We're getting some idea

of how the Commonwealth is

going to tackle this case. And

James Ashby has hit back quite

quickly at claims by the

Commonwealth? He's been very

quick to respond. Often with

any comment but at the moment legal cases it's hard to get

we are having a very vigorous

defence from James Ashby as to

his position. He put out a

statement after we heard the

details of the Commonwealth's

position late yesterday and a

spokesman for him has made the

point that the reason whey he

went and took the course of

action that he did by launching

straight into legal proceeding

was because he was concerned

that if he didn't take it to

this level there was a risk he

may well be discriminated

against in the workplace and he

felt that he might have some

kind of reprisal either from

Peter Slipper himself or the

office or even the Commonwealth

as a result of taking this

action so James Ashby saying he

felt he had no choice but to

this matter to the Federal take a very big step of taking

Court. And of course the other

continues to be the Dale Thomas big saga dogging the Government

affair and that just happens to

- the Craig Thomson affair and

that just happens to figure

into one Tony Abbott's

movements today? It does. We

have Tony Abbott taking

advantage of a nonsitting week

to get around the country and

he's spending time in Melbourne

and today he's turning up in

the NSW Central Coast in the

electorate of Dobell and if

that rings a bell, it's because

it's the seat held by suspended

Labor MP Craig Thomson. The

Liberals have recently

preselected a candidate for

that seat to contest so we can

expect to see Tony Abbott pop

up there rather than

conveniently at this stage in

the motion with Craig Thomson

very soon to give his side of

events in an address to

parliament at the start of next

week so Tony Abbott clearly grabbing that political opportunity and heading to the Central Coast today. We'll

leave it there. Melissa Clarke

in Canberra, thank you. Now

here's Karina with the rest of

the news. Public school

teachers across NSW will stop

work for two hours this

morning. They're striking over

the State Government's moves to

give schools greater control

over Budgets and staffing. The

State's P and C federation

isn't backing the industrial

relation action but says it understands the union's

concerns. The trial of Ratko

Mladic has been suspended

because the prosecution failed

to hand over important

documents to the defence. The

former Bosnian Serb army

commander is charged with 11 counts of genocide and crimes

against humanity. He's accused

of ordering had massacre of

thousands of men and boys in

Srebrenica during the Balkan

war. Before the suspension the

court was shown video footage

of the lead-up to the massacre.

The court has been given six

months to process the

documents. Donna Summers has

died at age of 63. She had a

string of hits over the years.

She died in Florida after a

battle with cancer. Casey

Stoner has stunned the world of

MotoGP racing by announcing

he's quitting the sport at the

end of the season. The world

champion says he isn't enjoying

racing anymore and wants to

spend more time with his

family. Stoner gave a media

conference overnight. We'll

bring you some of that shortly.

After accumulating almost a

billion users and nearly $4

billion in annual revenue,

Facebook is going public. It

will launch itself on the US

stock market today, giving

investors a chance to buy into

the company. Facebook's initial

public offering is expected to

raise more than $15 billion,

making one of the biggest stock

market launches in US history.

Greece's care taker Government

has been officially sworn in to

take its country to the second

election this year. The

nation's political leaders are

urged to do all they can to

stay in the Eurozone but George

Osborne says the break up of

the Eurozone is a real possibility. European shares

were hit hard with markets in

London, Frankfurt and Paris all down more than 1%. country to the second election this year. The nation's political leaders are urged to do all they can to stay in the Eurozone but George Osborne says the break up of the Eurozone is a real possibility. European shares were hit hard with markets in London, Frankfurt and Paris all down more than 1%.

David Cameron has warned the

Euro faces collapse if member Governments don't support

weaker economies like Greece. A

care taker Government has

official ly taken over in Greece until the country

returns to the polls next

month. Philip Williams reports.

The pomp and ceremony masked an

escalating crisis. The

technocrat interim Government

is not supposed to make big

decisions but events may force action especially the

continuing low-level run on the

banks. Hundreds of mill yOchBz

Euros have already been -

hundreds of millions of Euros

have already been withdrawn

from Greek banks. "I don't have

hope anymore," says this man.

"Regardless of what happens,

things are going to get worse."

And from this pensioner, "Why

have elections again? We keep

having more elections.

Politicians are one big

enonmous company looking to

fill their stomachs." The same politicians have been blaming

each other for the political

and economic failures but all

parties know the election is

boiling down to those who

support austerity and those who don't. Syriza's leader says,

"We asked for a popular mandate

for a left Government, a

popular mandate so there will

be a final end to the bail-out

agreement so we can keep hope

alive." It's going to be up to

the Greeks to decide whether

they want a pro European

Government or whether they want

to choose a road that will lead them

them into complete isolation

and I am confident they will

choose the first. Hope a

commodity in increasingly short

supply in Spain as the bond

markets saw rates clime and the

Government was forced to deny

reports of a run on a troubled bank. British Prime Minister

David Cameron repeated his

message to the Eurozone to get

its act together and fast. The

Eurozone is at a cross-roads.

It either has to make up or it

is looking at a potential break

up. His warnings may not be

appreciated in Berlin and Paris

but he says everyone suffers if

the Euro mess continues.

Teachers in NSW are taking

industrial action this

morning. Ignoring pleas to

hold their 2-hour meetings

outside school hours, teachers

will stop work at 9:00. Joining

us is the President of the NSW

teachers' federation. He joins

us from Sydney. Thanks for your

time. This is all about school

principals having more autonomy

but why are you taking this

action outside of - during

school hours, sorry. We're not

taking action over principals

'autonomy. We have a belief

there should be more

flexibility and autonomy but we

have a NSW Government using

that to cut back on staffing formulae, remove executive

positions out of schools, deregulate class sizes and

effective ly casualise the

teaching workforce where

permanent teachers, once they

retire, will leave the school,

they won't necessarily be replaced with another permanent

teacher but with a casual or

temporary teacher. It's effectively about reducing the

number of people employed in

our schools and how much

they're paid. Why not take the

action outside of school

hours? We've been meeting

after school now for weeks.

We've met after school on many

occasions, we've been meeting

on the weekend. I've addressed

meetings all over NSW. We've

been putting to the Government now for months, "Why haven't

you included the profession in this?" In fact there was this?" In fact there was an ambush on the profession,

fwlirnz a secret steering

committee the Department of Education NSW has had since last August, there's no representatives of the

profession on that since last

August and despite our

requests, both formal and

informally and in writing to be

included in this we've been

locked out and instead they've

got an accountancy firm called PricewaterhouseCoopers has been

developing the staffing model

for NSW schools and there's

only one reason a Government

brings in the accountants. Do

you think parents will be sympathetic to your cause given

the disruption this is likely

to cause this morning? I'm

mindful of the disruption and

that's why we've been trying to

negotiate now for months but of

course the greater concern for

parents I think will be the

disruption to their child's

learning in the years to come

with the loss of specialist

positions when class sizes

increase, when they see

permanent positions being

turned into temporary positions, when they see the

loss of senior curriculum

choice because the school

principal will be unable to

meet the Budget. This is a grab

for centralised control. The

Treasurer will control the

school's budget and the school

will be forced to rob Peter to

pay Paul, not giving principals

any autonomy, just bullying

them to make cuts at the local

level. How do you know that's

the likely outcome? You've

seen a proliferation of

independent schools in states

like WA and that hasn't been

the result. In WA, in the so-called independent

autonomous schools, 47% of the

staff are now employed on

short-term temporary contracts.

That's that State. Victoria,

which went down this road years

ago have 7,500 fewer teachers

than in NSW and in fact in

every single country in every

single public education system

where they've devolved like

this it has led to defunding

and cuts to staff. That's the

reality. That's the truth. It's

a wolf in sheep's clothing. The

notion of school autonomy is

just a marketing ploy

politicians use to abrogate

responsibilities to resource

and staff schools. That's why

they love it so much. What

will it take to resolve this

situation? The IRC made a recommendation on Wednesday

that the teachers' federation

be given a seat on that

steering committee, the

Education Department, have they

responded to you as yet? Not

yet, no. Of course it's not

just about being on that committee, although we would welcome involvement of course.

The Government has to pause.

The process to do has been absolutely flawed. They have to

pause, review why they've handled it so badly. They've

got the same people in the

department who couldn't get disabled children to school

earlier this year, the same finance people in the department are now designing

this. They need to pause,

review, bring the expertise of the profession on board and then we can take it from

there. Thank you very much for

your time. Thank you. Let's

look at the front pages of the

Friday morning newspapers now

and the 'Financial Review' says

workers at BHP Billiton's

Queensland coal mines are

preparing for a 7-day strike

next week. 'The Age' is

reporting the competition

watchdog will investigate

clothing importers who've been

asking overseas suppliers to

stop selling on the Internet or

to reduce their online prices.

The 'Herald Sun' says Melbourne

AFL footballer Liam Jurrah

could play in tomorrow's match

against Sydney despite facing

new charges over alleged assaults in Alice Springs in March. The Western Australian

leads with the State Budget. It

says the Barnett Government has

delivered a small surplus and

will create a billion-dollar

Future Fund. 'The Australian' reports on the Western

Australian Government's

decision to set up a Future

Fund as part of that State

Budget. The 'Mercury' leads

with the Tasmanian Government's Budget that further cuts to the

public service. The 'Canberra

Times' says the ANU's vice

chancellor reversed a decision

to halve the amount of one on

one tuition to School of Music

students. The Northern

Territory news reports on a

$200 million plan for the old

Woolworths site in Darwin. The

'Daily Telegraph' reports on

three Wiggles retiring and a

woman joining the line-up. The

'Advertiser' also features the

Wiggles along with the funeral

for the victims of a triple

murder. The Wiggles make the

front of the 'Courier-Mail'

which is also reporting the

public servants have been told

to bring their own tea and

coffee to work as part of State

Government cost cutting. They

should speak to us at the ABC,

we've been doing that for

years. Luxury up north. Now the

big news we're covering this

morning is of course nothing

that's going on with James

Ashby or Europe but the

break-up of the Wiggles - the

departure of three founding

members. Jeff, Murray and Greg

have had enough after 21 years

of driving the big red car,

cutting hot potatoes, they are

having a rest and hoping to

rejuvenate the Wiggles by

bringing in three younger members including a woman.

That's extraordinary but do you

think it's probably about time

that they moved on? The brand

is so successful, does it

require them as individuals to

be involved or if you just fill

a red, blue, yellow, purple top

that will do it? That could

potentially do it. They also

have suffered continuing public

backlash, you may recall there

was lot of anger over the

dumping of Sam Moran who was

brought in some years ago to

fill in for Greg Page otherwise

known as the yellow skivvy.

Greg was sick at the time. He

is still fairly sick but came

back in January this year and

the dumping of Sam Moran, he

was effectively sacked by the

other Wiggles, angered a lot of

parents. The residual anger was

apparently feeding through to a

lot of their gigs recently and

also you look at the fact that Jeff

Jeff Fatt, the oldest Wiggle,

is 58. He had emergency heart

surgery last year and he's

there still prancing around on

stage like a 21-year-old. If I

was him I'd want to give up as

well. Do you think children

will notice the difference?

I'm sure they'll notice Emma

Watkins. Yeah, they probably

will. They'll certainly notice

the addition of a female member

and they're not so much

concerned about the backstage

machinations as the parents

are. It got very political

there and I think the best take

on this is done this morning in

the cartoonist world by 'The

Australian''s Kudelka.

I love the tie-in with

politics. Brilliant. You'll

notice both Karina and I are

paying our own tributes this

morning to the Wiggles. You're

the purple one, I'm yellow. I'm

expecting Paul Kennedy to come

in blue and much as I'll try to

get Melissa Clarke to wear red

this morning, she wouldn't play

ball. At least she is maintaining some shred of credibility on ABC News

Breakfast. We'd love to hear

your thoughts. All jokes aside,

they have made an enormous

contribution to Australia's

entertainment scene, not just

in Australia but around the

world. What do you think the Wiggles' legacy will be and

will it be the same with three members departing at the end of

the year?

The top stories on ABC News Breakfast - foreign affairs

Minister Bob Carr has brushed

aside a complaint from the man

who launched a sexual

harassment case against Speaker

Peter Slipper. James Ashby's

lawyers have lodged a

victimisation complaint with the Human Rights Commissioner

over remarks made by Senator

Carr and Barnaby Joyce. Public

school teachers across NSW will

stop work for two hours this morning affecting 7,000

students. The teachers are striking over the State

Government's moves to give

schools greater control over

budgets and staffing. And Ratko

Mladic war crimes striel has

been suspend ed prosecutors

failed to submit key documents

to the defence. Prosecutors had

been showing evidence alleging

Mladic orchestrated the

massacre of 7,000 men and boys

in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica. The Tasmanian

Government has handed down a

Budget injured that shows the

State will record a net debt

for the first time in a decade.

The Premier Lara Giddings says

the dwindling GST revenue

forced her to take more tough

decisions. Here's State

political reporter in Tasmania

Brad Markham. Lara Giddings'

second Budget as Tasmania's

Premier and Treasurer had been

pitched as a Budget with a

heart but unions say it's

anything but. Despite several

major Government departments

being quarantine from extra

cuts, the Health Department

will be forced to find savings

of $100 million next financial

year. Unions believe the

State's public sector will have

to shed a further 800 jobs. The

Government's income has taken a

major hit and falling GST

revenues are blamed for that. That's helped push the State

further into the red. Not

since the 1930s have we seen

financial and economic

challenges of the scale

currently facing Tasmania, Australia and in fact every

economy in the world. The

Government will post a $29 million deficit this financial

year and won't return to

surplus until after the next

state election in 2014. Now for

the first time in almost a

decade, Tasmania will go into

net debt, meaning the

Government will have to borrow

money to pay for its bills.

Lara Giddings has staked her

credibility on not taking this

State into net debt. The Greens

have always been arguing for it

and it appears once and it appears once again they

have got their way. Despite the

grim state of Tasmania's

finances, taxpayers will spend

about $110 million over the

next four years to help keep Forestry Tasmania afloat. We

will do everything we can to

make sure this money is not

used to prop up Forestry

Tasmania but used to wind up

Forestry Tasmania. The Premier

will begin selling her Budget

at a series of business

briefings and gatherings across

the State today. To the

markets:

Let's go to sport headlines.

Good morning to Paul Kennedy

with the news of the shock

announcement by Casey Stoner

overnight. Yes, and we can

hear from Casey Stoner in just

a moment. He will retire at the

end of the season and it is a

complete shock. A couple of the

riders talked overnight about

there had been some

speculation, in fact he was

asked whether he was going to

retire at the end of the season

after last race and he laughed

it off and said people make up

a lot of things and so along

comes this news overnight and

this is what Casey Stoner had

to say. The end of this 2012

season I will be not racing in

the 2013 championship. I will

be finishing my career at the

end of this season in end of this season in MotoGP

and go forward in different things in my life. After so

many years of doing the sport

which I love and which myself,

my family made so many

sacrifices for, after so many

years of trying to get to where

we have gotten to at this

point, this sport has changed a

lot and it's changed to the

point where I'm not enjoying

it. I don't have the passion

for it. At this time, it's

better if I retire now. There's

lot of things that have

disappoint mead and also lot of

things I've loved about this

sport but unfortunately the

balance has gone in the wrong

direction so, yeah, basically

we won't be continuing anymore.

It would be nice if I can say

that I would stay just one more

year but then when does it stop

and so we decided to finish

everything as we are

now. Stoner tone there speaking

in France and at the same press

conference his rival Jose

Manuel Barroso and Jorge

Lorenzo were ask - Valentino

Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were

asked about their reaction and

here it is. It is a big surprise also for me, like I

think for everybody, and it is

bad news, I think, for all the MotoGP world

MotoGP world because at the end

of the season maybe we lose one

great rider, one great rival

who is negative but is own

decision. Surprise for me, for everyone, because I didn't

expect it. I hear the rumours

and I thought it was a

possibility but I was thinking

that Casey will continue next

year but now he say this his

decision and, I don't know, it

not good news for MotoGP, I think. Jorge Lorenzo, the man

at the moment who pushes Casey

Stoner every race. Those two

are right at the top at the

moment so they will duel for

the rest of the year to see who

becomes the world champion in

Casey Stoner's last MotoGP season. Liam Jurrah was in the

news yesterday, the Melbourne

player had more charges to

contend with but he'd also been

brought up to the Melbourne

team after spending a couple of

weeks back from injury in the

Melbourne reserves team. Jack

Watts is back in the same team

and Jack Green will be elevated

from the VFL after spending

time there. Essendon forward

Michael Hurley recovered from a

hamstring strain and will play Richmond on Saturday night

remembering that is the

Dreamtime match, an Indigenous

round, and Collingwood welcome

back big names this weekend.

It's the Grand Final rematch

and Collingwood is ready to

welcome back some high fliers.

Jol is up and about, Daisy's

ready to go, Chris is over his

virus so we've got an

interesting selection dilemma

with probably 26 or 27 blokes

that deserve positions.

Scarlett and Bartel will return

for the Cats. I think it's a

bit premature to say it the end

of an era. We're still four and

three, I think it's not panic

stations or anything like that. Nathan Buckley was

loathe to talk about last

year's Grand Final, saying he paid more attention to how

Adelaide unravelled the Cats

last week. There's no doubt

this is going to be bit of an

arm wrestle and a real battle

and the Collingwood club's

ready. Brett Ratten also paid

close attention to the Crows.

Adelaide y watched them on the

weekend and they are running as

hard as anyone in the competition. Christine Lagarde

has new boots for Indigenous

round - Jeff Garlend has new

boots for the Indigenous

round. We're a long way from

content. We sit 4 and 3 and you

lose a game like this one and

you're right back in the mire.

And with the match against the

top side in Perth the mire is a distinct possibility but Scott

Watters says he's not scared.

The idea of getting on a plane

with a big challenge in front of us and 22 players against

50,000 y love it. Just as well

he loves the challenge. The

Eagles haven't lost at home

since round three last year.

That's the sport for the

moment. In the next half hour

we'll check with the cycling in the Giro D'Italia and catch up

with tennis news as well. Those

are the big stories. Casey

Stoner, it's a big shock Stoner, it's a big shock for

that sport. Amazing story. See

you soon. ABC News Breakfast

can be watched live on the

web. Visit the main abc news

website at abc.net.au/news and

you'll find a link to news 24

which is streamed live every

day. Vanessa O'Hanlon is here

with the weekend weather

outlook. Good morning. Good

morning. I'm disapoinl yed

didn't coordinate with the red

top. A strong high is centred

over southern NSW and although

it's keeping most of the east

dry we do have onshore winds

dragging moisture in from the

Tasman Sea mixing with a

low-pressure trough over

Queensland and creating showers

over parts of Queensland's

coast. A weak trough is

triggering patchy rain over SA,

Victoria and showers through

southern Victoria and Tasmania tonight. A trough is causing

showers in southern WA and by

Monday the high will shift away

and this will allow that trough

to increase. Rain mainly in Queensland and northeast NSW.

We can see that increasing as we head into next week.

You're watching ABC News Breakfast. Still to come on the

program, we'll bring you a live press conference that Tony

Abbott will be holding in the

next half hour or so, as well

we'll be taking a look at the

state of the nation. Roy Morgan

has done some research and

there's interesting results

about the country-city divide

and what's important to people

in those different regions of

the country. We'll also look at

the day's newspapers, joined by

Ed Gannon, editor of the Weekly Times. Foreign Minister Bob

Carr has brushed aside a formal

complaint from the man who

launched a sexual harassment

case against the Speaker Peter

Slipper. James Ashby's lawyers

lodged a formal complaint of

victimisation yesterday over

remarks made by Senator Carr

and Queensland Senator Barnaby

Joyce. NSW public school

teachers will stop work for two

hours this morning. 750,000

students right across the State

will be affected by that

stop-work. The teachers are

striking over the State

Government's moves to give

schools greater control over

budgets and staffing. Greece's

care taker Government has been

officially sworn in to take the

country to its second election

this year. The nation's

political leaders are being

urged to do all they can to stay in the Eurozone.

Overnight, European shares were

hit hard once again, with

markets in Paris, Frankfurt and London all down by more than 1%

and Wall Street's Dow Jones was also down 1.5%. After accumulating almost a billion

users and nearly $4 billion in

annual revenue, Facebook is

launchingself on to the US

stock market later today. The

initial offering is expected to raise more than $15 billion,

making one of the biggest stock

market launches in US history.

And US singer Donna Summers has

died at the age of 63. Summer

had a string of hits throughout

the '70s and '80s including disco classic, "Love to love

you, baby." She died in Florida

after a battle with cancer. The

The trial of Ratko Mladic has

been suspend under definitely

because the prosecution failed

to hand over important

documents. The former Bosnian

Serb army commander is charged

with 11 counts of genocide and

crimes against humanity. Europe

correspondent Rachel Brown

reports. This session was

devoted to the most notorious

massacre of the Bosnian war,

the murds of up to 8,000 Muslim

men and boys at Srebrenica.

This was and will remain

genocide. Ratko Mladic listened impassively as the prosecution

said it would focus on his personal responsibility. In

1995, Serbian forces overran

the enclave of Srebrenica. This

footage shows a man being

ordered by his captors to call

back his son who'd fled to the

hills. Both father son were shot dead. The defence says it

has an alibi but at the height

of the killings General Mladic

was in Belgrade but the

prosecution says there's no way

the massacre would have been

carried out without the

commander's knowledge and authority. The VRS carried out their murderous orders their murderous orders with incredible discipline,

organisation and military efficiency. Capturing,

detaining, transporting,

murdering and burying over

7,000 men and boys was a truly

amazing feat of utter

brutality. Victims' families

have waited 16 years to see

Ratko Mladic in the dock but a

disclosure error by the

prosecution will see them wait

longer. The chamber is still

in the process of gathering

information as to the scope and

the full impact of this error.

The court is adjourned while

the Hague decides whether to

grand the defence a 6-month

delay. Let's come back home and

a new report has found the

people who live in the city

fair much better in terms of

health, education, wealth and

employment than their rural counterparts. Roy Morgan

researchers collected data from

50,000 Australians as part of

their ongoing single-source

survey. Michelle Levine is CEO

of Roy Morgan research and

joins us now from Melbourne.

Good morning. The economy comes

out on top for both country and

city respondents, doesn't it?

Yes, when we asked people in

their own words what they think

is the most important issue

facing Australia, the economy

comes through loud and clear

for people in the sit any the

country. It's a little bit

higher for people in the city

but not that much. 46% of

people in the city mentioned

something about the economy and

40% of people in the country

mentioned something about the

economy so clearly we're all concerned about the economy. I

think though the interesting

thing was that when it came to

the environment we would

probably think that country

people were more concerned

about environmental issues. The

data dispelled that myth. The

data showed that 16% of people

in city, in the capital cities, were concerned about

environmental issues but in the

country it was only 8% so there

were some surprises in the

things that are worrying us

wherever we live. And over the

years we've seen that really

change. It wasn't so long ago

that that was the most

important issue facing

Australians was that of climate

change? Is Absolutely. This

question really picks up what's

in pipal's minds. In 2005 when

we started asking people this

question, the biggest issue

facing Australians were things

to do with terrorism and border

security then we started to get

concerned about the environment

so by the end of 2007, 2008 it

was all about the environment,

that was our biggest worry that was our biggest worry and

then we had the global

financial crisis and our

worries turned more to the

economy and everything to do

with things economic and today

clearly unemployment is a

really big concern. Some 11% of

people now say that

unemployment is the biggest issue facing Australia and

that's up from about 2% only a

year ago. And one of the other

key issues when you're talking about the economy that I thought was really interesting

was that people in the country

found that homelessness was an

issue that was facing them but

that wasn't something you got

from the respondents in the

city which is quite curious

given that we usually think of

homelessness as being an urban

problem. Yes, I think

homelessness and over-population came through in

the words of people outside capital cities which is

interesting because you do tend

to think of it less as an

issue. Roy Morgan is actually

doing a study on homelessness,

it will be interesting toee

whether our pre conceived views

are correct. Perhaps there is more homelessness in country

areas than we're aware of but I think with over-population,

perhaps country people are

thinking about had city and the

traffic and congestion and

thinking they don't want that.

It is interest weeing see

different words and different

concerns coming through. The

whole concept of the economy and economic issues and the

problems caused by financial hardship are mentioned hardship are mentioned and described in different ways

depending on whether where

people live and obviously their

education levels and their

experience in life. And if we

talk about some of the social

issues, the report has found

that country respondents are

more likely to be smokers,

they're also more likely to

drink beer rather than wine.

Would that surprise anyone?

Absolutely. Well, the funny

thing about this is once you

find the facts you think,

"Well, that makes a lot of

sense." I don't know whether

it's a surprise but I really

did approach this study I guess

with the city person's view,

thinking of the country as a really healthy place to be,

healthy lifestyle, fresh air

and those sorts of things and

what the data shows quite

clearly is that people living

in the country are actually

drinking more, they're smoking

more, they're more likely to be

overweight, they're less likely

to be doing physical exercise

or to be engaging in going to

the gym and really taking care

of themselves or be worried

about their physical wellbeing

and they're also more likely to

suffer from almost every

illness or health complaint

that we measured. We didn't see

a great deal of healthy a great deal of healthy living

and healthy experience in the

country compared to city

people. And still top of mind

for lot of people is politics

and even the issue of asylum

seekers which we haven't been

hearing about too much in the

media of late but that still is

top of mind for many of the

respondent? Yes, I think

asylum seekers is coming back

as an issue. It is an

interesting point. The whole

issue of asylum seekers about

border security, about wars and

fears about terrorism. It does

wax and wane according to

what's going on around the

world but it is one of those

things that's got to be seen as

a sleeper, as soon as there's

any concern about war,

terrorism and those things get

muddled up in people's minds

with asylum seekers, the issue

can be inflamed so very, very

easily. One of the other areas

that I thought was really quite

interesting in here is that in

the country the predominant -

predominantly people are

Australian-born so something

like 84% of people living

outside the capital cities are born in Australia whereas in

the capital cities it's only

about 63, 64%. There's a much

larger influx of people from

other countries and

particularly from Asia in city

areas. You've got 14, 15% of

the population were actually

born in Asia and in the country

that's less than 3%. There's a

real difference there in terms

of an international multicultural outlook which I

think probably has a lot to do

with some of those more conservative attitudes

conservative attitudes we're

seeing coming through in

country areas. Thank you. If

you're just tuning in, good

morning. You may not have come

across the big news locally this morning and that is the

break-up of the Wiggles or the

departure of three founding

members. The yellow Wiggle,

Greg Page, the red Wiggle

Murray Cook and the purple

Wiggle Jeff Fatt will hang up

their skivvies at the ends of

the year, as we're seeing in

many papers around the country

this morningtism is headline

news. These guys have been

together for 21 years and look

at some of their achievements.

23 million DVDs sold, 7 million

CDs, 4,000 live shows. No

wonder they're tired.

Incredible. Jeff Fatt, the

oldest Wiggle, is 58. He had

heart surgery last year and not surprisingly they're all

getting a bit sick of prancing around the stage as 50-year-olds and late

40-year-olds. The Wiggles'

announcement did take a lot of

people - especially parents -

by surprise. The sis how they

announced it on their website

yesterday. Hi, we're the

Wiggles. We've got some big

news for you. Jeff, Greg and I

have decided it's time for us

to hand over our purple, red

and yellow skivvies to a new

generation of Wiggles who'll

continue to sing, dance and

make music for you just like we

have. We've had a great time

singing, dancing and wiggling

for children all around the

world for 21 years. A lot can

happen in 21 years. We've done

more than 4,000 shows,

performed in lots of countries

and some of our earliest fans

have even grown up to be mums

and dads themselves. It is a

long time, Jeff. We've been

lucky enough to entertain

almost a million people each

year all around the world but

this has meant we've had to

spend lot of time away from our

own families and friends. We

miss them and Jeff, Greg and I

have decided it's time to spend

more time at home so we're

planning one final tour so you

can say good-bye and then there

will be three great Wiggles

joining Anthony next year.

Fair enough. They're sick of

touring, they're missing their

families. The mention there of

the three new Wiggles includes - this is also the

ground-breaking news - it is

going to include for the first

time a female Wiggle. Emma

Watkins, 22-year-old Sydney

singer, is going to don the

yellow skivvy. It is going to a

very sad day for lot of

parents. I for one have been to

quite a few Wiggles concerts,

have spent a large chunk of

disposable income over the

years on Wiggles merchandise

and watched far too many hours

of Wiggles DVDs so I can almost

recite songs by heart. If you

ask me nicely, Karina, later in

the program I might do that. I

think we should leave that for

as long as possible so that we

can promo it as many times as

possible and we'll definitely

bring you that. I think you

have to do that now, given you

suggested it. We're showing

Murray Cook. One of the

highlights of going to a

Wiggles concert is he's Wiggles concert is he's a

long-time musician, mid concert

while the other Wiggles were

getting changed into the next

set of costumes he'd break into

a guitar solo, stair way from

heaven or Start Me Up or

something. The adults went

completely wild. It meant

nothing for the kids. There was

always something for the

grown-ups at a Wiggles concert. There is one thing I have

learned after watching all of

those hours of DVDs- Just one

thing? As well as the songs.

It is this... Yeah, you've

been doing that all morning. I

have. It's his own special

tribute and we'll bring you his

musical tribute later in the

program. It won't be the last

time either. We are getting

some parents writing in. We've

got messages. Ross tweeted,

"Great contribution to

children's entertainment. All

good things must end. Time for

a new generation to wiggle

on." They'll go from

strengthing to strength. New

generations will come in and

the 7 or 8-year-olds of today

are just get nothing to the

Wiggles and they'll get to know

the new members of the cast and

crew so it was interesting to

see how it goes. We'd still

like to hear your views on the

Wiggles legacy and what the shakeup means for you as a

parent and perhaps your kids.

Our Twitter handle is

@breakfast news and I hope you appreciate the colour

quaredination this morning.

Purple, yellow and Paul Kennedy

is wearing blue. Bob Carr is wearing blue. Bob Carr has

brushed aside a formal

complaint from the man who

launched a sexual harassment

case against the Speaker Peter

Slipper. James Ashby's lawyers

have lodged a victimisation

complaint with the Human Rights

Commission over remarks made by

Senator Carr and Barnaby

Joyce. Public school teachers

across NSW will stop work for

two hours this morning

affecting 750,000 students. The

teachers are striking over the

State Government's moves to

give schools greater control

over budgets and staffing. And

Ratko Mladic's war crimes trial

has been suspended because

prosecutors failed to submit

key document has to defence.

Prosecutors showed evidence

alleging Mladic orchestrated

the massacre of 7,000 Muslim

men and boys in the Bosnian

town of Srebrenica. For a look

at the national newspapers

we're joined by the editor of

the Weekly Times, Ed Gannon.

Good morning. Good morning.

We're going to start with

Greece. Greece What can you

say? Throw your hands up. I will throw my hands up.

Incredible story what about's

going to happen with Greece. I don't think we realise how big

a story this is in Australia

and the impact it's going to

have. The issue for me is the

impact on the Eurozone. This

could potentially be the

falling apart of Europe. Talk

about Greece jumping out of the

Euro, going back to the drachma

and then suddenly the rest of

Europe is going to say, "We

don't want to have a part of

you anymore. You're on your

own. We don't want to pay your

bills anymore." What fascinated

me with the story is Ken Henry,

the former head of Treasury,

came out the other day and

said, "I never thought the

whole Euro thing and the whole

Eurozone was ever going to

work." For someone like that in

that position who's privy to

the information he has and

obviously talks to the people

he has, for him to come out and

say that, I reckon that's

staggering. There were quite a

few heavy hitters, policy

makers around the world, saying

just that as well. They never

thought the concept of European

integration would work from the

get-go. Amazing. Was it ever

said at the time? I don't

know. Their voices were there

but they were outweighed by

those supporting greater

cooperation. It just

fascinates me that we can have

now all these voices coming out

and saying, "I don't think it's going to work," but the

implication for this if it does

happen for everywhere around

the world, the Commonwealth

Bank has said it's going to

cost us increased costs getting

money and straight away that puts pressure on interest rates

for home loaners lending in

Australia ayism don't think

people realise the country - I

think it's 11 million people -

if-F it falls over, they've got

elections again on June 17,

nearly as many elections as

Japan has. What's really

interesting about the elections

in Greece is the party that

looked likely to get the biggest share of the vote, the

Syriza left-leaning party, is

anti-austerity but wants to

keep the Euro. What a great

line to go into an election and

say, "Vote for us, things won't

be that bad for you." Pretty

simple old message to say to

people and its appealing to the hip pocket now without ever

having to think about what's

going to happen in the future.

It's just an incredible mess. I

don't think we quite get it in

Australia, the implication it's

going to have for us. We're

about to be the sound of it. Certainly not in WA where

they're now setting up a Future

Fund because they have that

much money. We talk about

Australia as the Europe in the

Eurozone and one of Ken Henry's

points was Australia has to

work like Australia works where

we all contribute to a central

fund and then we have WA who

turns around and I've said this

before on the program, WA almost

almost treats itself like a

separate nation. Here's the

first State to set up a Future Fund. The Commonwealth

Government has a Future Fund.

Peter Costello set this up and

we've had the mining tax, the

watered-down mining tax which

is trying to grab some of the

proceeds from this but the

turn-around for an actual State

to turn around and say, "We're

going have to our own Future

Fund." It's a pretty incredible thing for one State in

Australia. The other

interesting point is yesterday

we had Tasmania's State Budget.

I'm not sure of the raw figures

Tasmania came out with but I would say they were pretty

different to the figures WA

were dealing with. They're deep

in debt in Tasmania. Cases of

haves and have-nots. Western Australians always considered themselves different from the

rest of the mainland and when

you turn around and see you turn around and see the

royalty boom they're having

over there and putting actually

money into a Future Fund, their

own Future Fund, it just

separates them even more from

the rest of Australia. And it's

going to be really curious to

see the repayment of royalties

back to the mining companies

that the Federal Government has

promised under the MRRT because

the State Government has in

fact increased those

royalties. There's a real division between the Federal

Government coming State Government over this. People

are saying, "Why isn't it a now

fund instead of a Future fund instead of a Future Fund?"

Because he's locked it away

until 2032. Incredible. 'The

Age' has a new twist in the

saga between pitting the online

retailers and the bricks and

mortar shops in mortar shops in Australia? ACCC is going to launch an

investigation into - it's

mainly to do with fashion

groups actually saying they

don't want - going to retailers

and saying, "Don't offer our

line of clokting on your sites

for Australians to buy at a

cheaper rate." I'm really

intrigued as to how the ACCC

can actually police this sort

of thing. The issues over the $1,000 GST threshold for

imported goods on the net and I

think it's down to about $50 or

something like that. How does a

body such as the ACCC turn

around to an overseas body and

say - if a fashion retailer's

come to this to say, "I don't

want you to do this," how does

the ACCC police a body based in

another country and tell them

to do it? If a fashion

retailer said, "We don't want

you to sell their lines," I can't say sea the involvement

they're going to have. As a

parent, are you shedding a tear

this morning about the big

Wiggles new s? I'm not shedding

as many tears as the amount of

ink that's been shed. I'm

intrigued by the stories. The

front page of every story I

think except for the 'Financial Review', boring old 'Financial

Review' didn't get the Wiggles

on it, the Western Australian,

the 'Mercury' in Tasmania who

both had State Budgets

yesterday and the NT News

didn't play the game either but

they've got a crocodile on the

top of theirs. A crocodile

always wins in the NT. I think

a crocodile in a skivvy would

be fantastic. It would be the

perfect story. I'm intrigue ed

by the amount of coverage this

story's had on all the front

pages. It has indeed. Stay

there because Paul Kennedy,

fellow Wiggles fan, joins us

now. You're also feeling a bit

- dare I say - blue this

morning. I'm surprised they've

gone this long. Ed, earlier in

the week Michael and I were

celebrating the one fact that

Barry Hall goes to Wangaratta

Rovers and comes out of retirement and Michael loves

Barry and I love the Wang

Rovers but Ros langon in your

paper has written about what it

means for AFL players to go

back and play in country

leagues, the pros and cons of

that? Yes, Ros is our footy

editor. She's put it in a piece

this week, had her view is it's

not a good thing because you've

got fly in fly out play ers and

I think Barry spent four games

with Wang. They'll be quality

games. But the issue is who's

going to miss out? If you've

got a young bloke who's been

training all year, he misses

out, what happens when they get

to the finals and they say to

Barry, "Can you play?" Yep, no

worries, suddenly this bloke

misses out. It happened with Brendan Fevola and Jason

Akermanis as well. She's

pointing out the pitfalls that

come from these things and the community because footy clubs

are now more the community

organisations than say the

church is or anything like that. It is the pinnacle of

community and for them to turn

around and bring a bloke in and

say, "We'll pay you all this

money," and poor old Joe Blow misses

misses out on a game. There's

cash involved and not many

people are bold enough to

criticise when the stars come

in. They make lot of money out

of it but there's other issues

that have probably been swept

under the carpet that have

longer ram fntions. Thank you,

Ed. PK, the rest of the sport. Thank youyism will

attach that story to my Twitter

account so people can have

their say and read Ros

Lannigan's piece. World

motorcycling champion Casey

Stoner has stunned his support

by announcing he'll quit at the

end of the season. He won the world championship last year

but had a baby a couple of

months ago and has spoken about

his disappointment with a few

different things in the sport.

After so many years of doing

the sport which I love and

which myself, my family made so

many sacrifices for, after so

many years of trying to get to

where we have gotten to at this

point, this sport has changed a lot and it's changed to the

point where I'm not enjoying

it. I don't have the passion

for it. Casey Stoner there and

he's taken to Twitter overnight

wrote, "Sorry for the news. It

has been coming for a long time

now. I'll still be the same guy

on the grid when I line up on race

race day." Very briefly in

cycling, Lars Bach won the 12th

stage of the Giro D'Italia. He

broke away with 800m to go on a

tough stage and the sprinters

where nowhere to be seen. Joaquim Rodriguez still in pink. That's the sport news.

Vanessa O'Hanlon's here with

the weather now. The satellite

image, it's still fairly clear

over the eastern interior. We

had the strong high that

centred over NSW and it's

keeping most of the east dry

although we have onshore winds

from this system dragging moisture in from the Tasman

Sea, affecting parts of the

Queensland coast. Also got a

low-pressure trough and a weak

cold front moving through the

south and that's triggering

isolated showers.

Thanks, Vanessa. Still ahead on ABC News Breakfast, we'll

take you live to the Sydney

market in Flemington where

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott

will be holding a press

conference in the next 10

minutes or so. We'll also look

at Facebook's launch on to the

US stock market, and a

valuation of $100 million. All

that and more after this break.

The civil case against sip

ipsip heads to - the civil case against Peter Slipper heads to

the Federal Court this morning

as Bob Carr defends his

criticism of Mr Slipper's a