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(generated from captions) This Program is Captioned Live. The security council

meetings as Syria denies massacring scores of

civilians. It is a familiar

tactic of the Assad regime to

blame others for what is

happening in their country, to

try and get out of

responsibility for the scale of

death and destruction. Senior

Labor ministers rally around

Julia Gillard amid fresh talk

of a leadership challenge. SA

fears a revised plan for the

Murray Darling Basin will be inadequate. And Mark Webber

leads from start to finish to

win the Formula One Grand Prix

in Monaco. Good morning, it

is Monday, 28 May, I'm Michael Rowland. And I'm Karina Carvalho. The top story on ABC

News Breakfast, the number of

people killed in a massacre in

the Syrian houn of Houla has

risen to 116. The UN security

council is meeting to decide

how to respond to the massacre

of civilians, including more

than 30 children. Syria has

denied the army was responsible

and Russia has told the UN it is sceptical about suggestions

that the government was behind

the attack. They crowd in.

The UN vehicles can barely get through. Revolution,

revolution, they continually

chant. This is believed to be

the town of Deera, and it shows

how much people are now looking

towards the international

community. For the monitors,

almost too much to absorb.

Stories of torture, kidnap,

killings, the photograph of a

lost loved one. And from Houla,

more chilling detail of the

atrocities, compounding the

fury and the grief. Some killed

by heavy weapons of the Syrian

army, others, particularly the

children, stabbed or they had

their throats cut in

cold-blooded systematic murder. Syria responded by

saying it wasn't to

blame. TRANSLATION: Firstly, we categorically deny the

responsibility of the Syrian

government forces for this this

massacre and we condemn, in

very strong terms, this

terrorist massacre of Syrian

girls, youths and old men in a

clearly criminal way. But the clearly criminal way. But

shelling is from the Syrian

government, amateur video

continues to stream in with no

respite today. We are

absolutely sickened and the

British government and across

international community by what

we have seen over the last

couple of days, in particular

the deaths of more than 100

unarmed men, women and

children. The language from the

UN, America, Britain and others

is some of the angriest ever

heard. Brutal, vile,

unforgiveable, deplorable.

Syria's most senior diplomat is

being summoned here to the

foreign office tomorrow while

the for yek secretary William

Hague heads for Moscow. On the

Syrian streets they are losing

their fear and coming out in protest. With killings every

day more and more are now

asking for how long can this

regime survive. That was the

BBC's Humphrey Hawksley

reporting. Let's take you to

New York now where the UN

security counsel is meeting. As

soon as that meeting is over

the ambassadors usually file

out of the room and speak to

reporters from the podium. We will bring you their comments

over the course of the morning.

It has been been an emergency

meeting being held by the UN

security council. They have

been briefed by Robert Mood,

who is the peace - aheading the

piece keeping mission there. He

has earlier told the BBC that

the UN cease fire has been

broken in Syria on a daily

impras. He's addressed the ambassadors at that UN Security Council meeting and we will

the course of the bring you more from that over

morning. Here's 9 rest of the

news. The Craig Thomson saga

will be in the spotlight again today with officials from Fair

Work Australia set to get a

grilling in a hearing. The Coalition won't be able to

question the author of the

report into the Craig Thomson

and the HSU because the

official is still on leave.

Julia Gillard faces a fresh

outbreak of leadership speculation and discontent

within Labor ranks over a

policy that allows big miners to import foreign workers. The

latest version of the

Basin plan will be released controversial Murray Darling

today. The draft plan called

for 2,750 gig litres of water

to be returned to the river

system. The NSW and Victorian

governments say that is too

much. But the South Australian

government says it is inadequate. 10,000 submissions

have been made since the plan

was released. The Australian

air force has helped rescue

nearly 50 people who were

adrift off the Solomon islands

for four days after their boat

sank. An Australian plane

spotted the life raft

south-east of the Solomons late

yesterday. The survivors are in

hospital now and are all said

to be in good health. Greeks

have reacted angrily to

comments by the head of the IMF

that they should pay their

taxes. Christine Lagarde has told 'The Guardian' newspaper Greeks should take

responsibility for their fate. She added that deprived

children in Africa need more

help than people in Greece. Her

criticism has provoked thousands of critical comments

on her Facebook page and

political leaders say her

comments are unacceptable. A

concert promoter for Lady Gaga

has confirmed the singer won't

perform in Indonesia because of

threats from Islam ych

extremists. The singer was due

to perform at a sold out

concert in Jakarta. The

hard-liners said her clothes

and provocative dance moves

would corrupt young people.

They were threatening violence

inside the stadium during the

concerts. The WA Liberal Party

is standing by its decision to

endorse a candidate for next

year's election who was sacked

by the Victorian Liberals four

years ago for treachery. Simon

Morgan was behind an anonymous

web site designed to

destabilise Victoria's then

Opposition Leader Ted Bailleu.

He's now the Liberal's official

candidate for a seat in the

parliament. Simon Morgan made

front page news four years ago

when he was exposed as the

enemy within. Employed by the

Victorian Liberal Party he used

his computer to post anonymous

blogs on a web site to

destabilise Ted Bailleu. They

were spiteful and about many of

Mr Bailleu's supporters. They

have shown themselves to be

dishonourable and disloyal and probably cowardly and I

wouldn't have thought their

enhanced by this employment prospects have been

activity. After the storm, Mr

Morgan moved to WA and has been

working for Federal Liberal MP

Luke Simpkins and is about to

start work with WA's you?est

Senator Dean smith. Mr Morgan

was endorsed by the WA Liberals

as its candidate for the State

seat of Butler. He will be up

against Labor's John Quigley. They preselected of this person knowing of his

background. This is Mr sleaze

of Victorian politics who is

now living in exile in WA. He

couldn't get a job with the

Liberals in Victoria. The WA

Liberal Party is standing by Mr

Morgan saying the blogs were

written when he was in his 20s.

But the opposition says age But the opposition says age is no excuse and doesn't explain

many of his observations about women in particular. His

attacks on women in his emails

was particularly disturbing. In

a statement Simon Morgan said

he acknowledged the post was

silly and stupid and a matter

of regret. He's now focusing on

providing the people of Butler

an alternative to the current

sitting Labor MP. The party's

State director hit back saying

it is unfortunate the Labor

Party has chosen to personally

attack Mr Morgan saying it

shows they have nothing

positive to offer WA. The

Premier Colin Barnett says he doesn't know Mr Morgan very

well but is looking forward to

working with him on his

campaign in Butler. It is set

to be a volatile week in

Canberra. Are they anything but

at the moment? Leadership

speculation, the row over the

foreign guest workers about to

pour into the Pilbara and the

Craig Thomson saga. Let's go to

Melissa Clarke in our

Parliament House bureau. The Craig Thomson affair again

front and centre this morning?

He might have been begging for

a break at the end of last week

but it is not going to happen

today. We have Senate estimate

hearings at the moment which is

where government and Opposition

senators get the chance to

question government agencies

about their spending and their

activities and guess who is up

first thing today? Fair Work Australia will be appearing

before one of the Senate estimates committees which

means they will be getting a

grilling from Coalition senators determine today

extract more information from

Fair Work Australia about this.

The author of the Fair Work Australia report that was so

damning of Craig Thomson and the Health Services Union is

not actually going to be

fronting before the committee

because he is on long arranged

leave. Therefore Terry Nascios

who Craig Thomson has been personally critical of won't be able to be questioned by

senators. We can expect the President of Fair Work

Australia Ian Ross to be

fielding the questions coming

thick and fast from the

Coalition. They have already

flag that had they intend to

press Fair Work Australia to

give more information about

what they believe was

misleading statements from

Craig Thomson that Craig

Thomson gave them, although

Craig Thomson denies that. They

will also press to find out more about any potential links

which it comes to the Labor

Party's funding of Craig

Thomson's legal defence in

response to the Fair Work

Australia report. There are

very distinction Caucus

rumblings as well about the

deal to allow 7 or 800 foreign

workers to work on one of Gina

Rinehart's big mining projects?

This wasn't a flash of

discontent at the end of last

week. Many in the Labor Caucus

are very concerned about the prospect of tens of hundreds of

foreign workers being brought

into the country to work on the

nation's big mining projects

particularly as many

manufacturing jobs are being lost or scaled down around the

country at the moment, to the

point where we're expecting

Labor left faction leader, Doug

Cameron to move a motion in

Caucus when they meet tomorrow.

It will remain to be seen how

much support that will get at

that meeting but it is an

indication of the level of dissatisfaction within the

party at about how this has

panned out. This idea of

allowing the big mining

companies to get large scale

importation of foreign workers

in areas of skills shortage.

This was all a well-known government policy. There was

provision made for it in the budget. People have known about

it but the way it has been

executed has frustrated many

within the Labor Party and more

broadly within the Labor movement. Julia Gillard is

going to be hosing down that as

well this week. All that has

fared once again into renewed

speculation about the PM's hold

on the top job? Both of these

two issues make it harder for

Julia Gillard to keep her head

above water. More speculation

over the weekend about dissatisfaction with Julia Gillard's leadership and while

there is confusion about

precisely where some of the

latest leadership speculation

is emanating for the fact that it is happening shows how difficult it is for Julia

Gillard to keep on top of all the difficulties her Government

is facing at the moment.

Whenever things get to a

particularly critical point the

question always comes back to

leadership and it will be a very long 12 months this

government can manage to see

out its full term if Julia

Gillard has to keep battling

these leadership speculation

all the way through,

particularly given it is likely

to get a kick along tomorrow with another poll out

tomorrow. I suspect you're in

for a busy week Melissa. Let's

look at the front pp.of the

major newspapers around the country. The 'The Advertiser'

says an investigation of

Australian military practices

in Afghanistan has found

diggers' bodies have been mishandled. The 'Herald Sun' reports defence force investigators wrongly placed

three bodies in the lids of caskets. The 'The Daily

Telegraph' says the defence

chief has insisted that all

Australian bodies had been treated with the jut most respect. The investigation also

found deaths in Australian

custody weren't investigated

and evidence went missing

reports the 'Courier

Mail'. 'The Australian' says resource sector employers claim

they are advanced in their bid

to bring in thousands of

foreign workers. 'The Age' says

the PM is battling new

leadership speculation amid a

rift over the foreign worker

plan. Julia Gillard has sought

to sure up her leadership to

force big resources projects to

local jobs. That is in the

'Financial Review'. The

workplace strife at the Canberra Institute of

Technology has escalated

reports 'The Canberra

Times'. Real estate owners want home owners to tell potential

buyers if someone's been killed

on their properties. That is in

'The Mercury'. And the

'Northern Territory News' have

said that the truck driver's

death earlier this month was a

freak accident. That is a

picture of a snake. I haven't

read the story. I assume the chook is in the snake. Yes,

that is what it looks like.

That is harsh for this time of

the morning. Happy Monday to

you. It will be a busy week.

Lots coming up. We just heard

from Melissa Clarke. A volatile

week in Canberra. We are going

to play you a story that is causing concern in NSW and that

is a move by the State

Government to prosecute parents

who allow drinking at underage

parties which strikes me as a

sensible move. They sensible move. They want

criminal charges to be pressed

against parents who allow underage drinking in their

homes. There is also calls for

a public inquiry to look into

weather tougher penalties are

needed. It is one of those

things that is really - goes to

heart of Australian culture

which is that - that idea that

when your kids are at home if

they're underage they can have

a drink or two because they're

under your supervision. We want

to know your thoughts, whether

in fact criminal charges are a

step too far or is this what

really is needed to stem the

tied of binge drinking and

change that culture. Can you

send emails in...

Let's look at the weather

now. Brisbane a mostly fine


The top stories on ABC News

Breakfast - the head of the UN

monitoring team in Syria has

told an emergency session at

the UN Security Council that

116 people have been killed in 116 people have been killed

the town of Houla. Syrian's

foreign ministry has denied yd involvement in the latest bloodshed. Fair Work Australia

will appearing before the

Senate estimates hearing today

but the author of the report

into Craig Thomson and the

Health Services Union so leave.

The hearing comes as Julia

Gillard faces a fresh outbreak

of leadership speculation. The

latest version of the Murray

Darling Basin plan will be

released today. The plan called

Ford 2,750 gig litres of water

to be returned to the system.

The SA Government says that is

an inadequate amount of water.

To that story about teenage

binge drinking that we mention

aid moment ago, the NSW premier

Barry O'Farrell says parents

who allow underage drinking in

their homes should face criminal

criminal chargeses. He's

announce aid public inquiry to

look into whether tougher

penalties are

needed. Supplying alcohol to

your own children under

supervision is legal in NSW. Do

you reckon I can have a drink

too? Opening the bar to other

under 18s without their parents

permission has a maximum

penalty of 12 months in

jail. The Premier says it is

clear that many are unaware of

the law as it stands. I am

aware as a parent, as many

parents are of parties where

alcohol is provided without

permission being sought. Police

are coming face to face with

the problem of underage

drinking every day. Broadly

speaking, somewhere around 70%

of our contact with the public,

we think is related to alcohol and its influence on peoples'

actions. The Premier has asked

the social issues committee of

parliament to review laws on

the supply of alcohol to minors

in the home. Whether the laws

are effective, whether they be

be improved and whether we can

do better in relation to

telling people about the laws. The Opposition says the Premier should get on with the

job. What we have is a Premier

who is just seeking to run

another review into laws that

already exist. It is estimated

that almost half the alcohol

consumed by children is supplied by their parents. Is

it parents are start to go

become more friends as opposed

to parents? We are encouraging

them to set some guidelines and

rules and delay the onset of

alcohol consumption as long as possible. The drink wise organisation says alcohol

consumption by teenagers can

have a serious impact on their

brain development. The big

question is how to you police

that? It is all very well to

have tougher laws but on any

Saturday night in Sydney, there

could be hundreds of parties.

How do you make sure everybody

is over the legal drinking age?

I guess it would be maybe the

parents of the friends who have

been allowed to drink at the

other friend's house, that

might call police - Who see the

after affects. We saw some of

the afteraffects in David's

report. A food for thought this

morning. We would like to hear

your views on the

issue. Increasing lots of

parents like to see themselves

as friends of their kids not parents, setting firm

guidelines as to what you can

drink and how much. There is

the addresses. Let's look at

how the markets wrapped up at

the end of last week.

It may be an acquired taste

but Tasmanian fresh water wild

eels are taking international

markets by storm. Demand markets by storm. Demand for

live eels has surged because of overfishing in other countries

and producers and fishermen are

struggling to keep up with

demand. In this quiet corner

of north-east Tasmania lives a

prized delicacy. Short-fined

fresh water eels are found in

Tasmania's lakes, rivers, dams

and lagoons. They grow from

anywhere from 2 or 300g which

is a small eel to probably 2kg

which is a large one. Wild eels

are a popular dish in China,

South Korea and Japan. Fisheries in the northern

hemisphere have collapsed. The

population of eels has never

been exploited really

unsustainably and so I suppose

wear one of last places left

that still has them. Exporters

and fishermen are struggling to

meet the growing demand. From October right through to the

end of May, you could work

seven days a week, 16 hours a

day and you still wouldn't catch enough to meet the

demand. The eels are caught, graded

graded and perched for five

days in clean water and then

shipped to Asia. We pack them

in Polly Steyr yeen es kiss

with ice and water and we can ship them live for about ship them live for about 50 hours. Inland fisheries says

there is still room for the

fisheries to grow. We are

looking at over 60 tons in the

harvest this year thanks say

big step up from the last three

years which were around 34

tons. The spike in demand for wild eels has ensured the

survival of a Tasmanian

tradition. Shaun's grandfather

applied for a licence more than

50 years ago and his family has

been fishing for eels ever since. Three generations

dedicated to putting Tasmanian

eels on dinner plates around

the world. Yummy. You were expressing distaste about

that. It is a bit slimy for

this time of the morning. I

can't think of those as yummy

right now. They are very nice.

Let's go to sport and wear

joined by Paul Kennedy. A fantastic win in Monaco for

Mark Webber. He's done it again

at that course. It is his

second win there. He's the

sixth winner this year on the

Formula One Grand Prix circuit.

He led from start to finish.

There was a threat of rain at

one stage which you will hear

from Mark Webber in a moment

caused some nerves with the

pack of drivers but Webber was

OK and Nico Rosberg finished

second and Fernando Alonso

finished third. The Australian

was - he was typical in his press conference. Let's

listen. Rain, as Fernando said

in the car, he was praying for

rain and when it started he

said "No, I don't want it to

rain", it was like that for all

of us September me. For the

first guy it is tricky. An

amazing day for me and the

team. I am happy to have won

again here and it say great

memory for me. Mark Webber

there. Let's stay overseas to

the tennis. Elena Baltacha was

the opponent for Australian

Samantha Stosur in the first

round at Roland Garros and

Stosur breezing through the

second set 6-0 after winning

the first set 6-4. Stosur

looking good in the first round

knocking ots the Scott who is

ranked 60 in the world or

something like that. No easy

beat and she went through. Juan

Martin Del Potro was tested and

had to fight it out to get his

win. His knee was heavily

strapped. Good for him to get

through. Most of the other top

seeds got through without any

worries at all last night. The

other Australian in action

Casey Delakqua lost. In the

Giro d'Italia that has finally

wound up after three weeks. You can see Joaquim Rodriguez can see Joaquim Rodriguez had

to ride for his life in the

time trial to try and hang onto

the pink jersey. He was unable

to do that. That is Ryder

Hesjedal who was terrific in

the last week or so and he lost

a couple of seconds on other

rivals but was able to rivals but was able to surpass

Rodriguez in the final stage

there. Ryder Hesjedal from can

yad wins the Giro d'Italia. -

Canada. Lots of people are

saying he could be a threat in

the mountains in the alps in

the Tour de France. Let's wind

it up with the football. The

AFL news from yesterday is

Carlton had a win over

Melbourne. North Melbourne held

on against Brisbane and Nic

Naitanui held onto that mark as

the West Coast Eagles toppled

Fremantle by 48 points. Matt

Roza had 43 touches, 13 marks,

kicked a goal or two and won

the Ross Glendinning medal at

the derby. There is Darren

Glass with the silver ware, I

think it is. Not a bad trophy

for the derby. Ross Lyon's

comments after the derby were

that he will have to rebuild

Fremantle's midfield. It didn't

take long for him to start

winding out the R word. Lots of

rebuilding going on this season. His team should be

doing better at this stage of

the season because he's come

into a strong list. They have

had good performances but some

inconsistency and West Coast

looks er bit the team to looks er bit the team to finish

in the top two. That was a very

bad loss for Freo. That was the lowest ever score in the

derby. There is one thing

losing but there is another thing to lose without scoring

much at all. Ross Lyon's teams

are usually focused on defence

and they were able to do it for

a while. It was tight in the

first half but they got blown

out of the water after that.

Collingwood had a terrific win,

talking about the top teams,

they took care of the Crows. The

The Crows look like they will

finish top four. But Lochlan

keef went down with a serious

knee injury. One of a few Collingwood players with

serious injury concerns. They

can't allow any more key position players to go position players to go down.

They have done well to cover so

far and they get Tarrant and

Reid back in and Nathan Brown

in defence. We will wait and

see how they go with injuries.

You need to be fit to make a

charge at the flag. And Mark Webber likes that course. He's always measured in the

conferences after the win. It

is always interesting to see

how he speaks. Whether

- Sometimes he works in an

accent. He was very Aussie

there. We will fly the flag for

him this morning. Paul

Kennedy, we will see you very

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A very good Monday morning

welcome to Paul Higgins. On

Friday nearly the entire east

of the country was under cloud.

This morning it is clear. There

is low cloud over the south-east which doesn't show

up that well. The reason for

that is a large high which is

dominating our weather. Onshore

winds bringing coastal showers

to the east. Fine in the west

and north September for QLD

where an upper level trough

moves into the south today. You're watching ABC News

Breakfast. Good morning. Still

to come, we will speak to

cabinet minister Anthony

Albanese about the talk at the

weekend of a challenge to the

PM and that significant Caucus

discontent over the foreign

guest worker deal involving one

of Gina Rinehart's mines in the

Pilbara. We will look at the

Monday morning newspapers as

well. We will be joined by Jim Middleton to do that. First,

here's the news with

Karina. The UN Security Council

is meeting to decide how to

respond to the massacre of 116

civilians at the weekend. Syria

has denied the army was responsible. The foreign

affairs minister Bob Carr has echoed international calls for more sanctions against Bashar

al-Assad's regime. The Craig

Thomson saga will be in the

spotlight again today when Fair

Work Australia officials attend

a Senate estimates hearing. The

author of the report is on

leave and won't be at the

hearing. It comes as the PM

Julia Gillard faces a fresh outbreak of leadership

speculation. The latest version

of the controversial Murray

Darling Basin base plan will be

released today. The draft plan

called for nearly 3,000 gig

litres of water to be returned

to the river system. The NSW

and Victorian governments say

that is too much, but the South

Australian government says that

is inadequate. The Australian

air force has helped to rescue

nearly 50 people who were

adrift off the Solomon Islands

for four days after their boat

sank. The survivors are in

hospital and all are said to be

in good health. Lady Gaga's

concert promoter has confirmed

the singer won't perform in

Indonesia because of threats

from Islamist extremists. The

singer was due to perform at a

sold-out concert in Jakarta.

Islamic hard-liners said her

clothes and dance moves would

corrupt young people. Let's go

back to the top story and world

leaders are this morning

condemning the latest massacre

in Syria. Britain's Foreign Minister William Hague says his

government will push for

stronger responses by the

United Nations if the cease

fire plan fails. It say

familiar tactic of the Assad regime to blame others for what

is happening in their country

to try and get out of

responsibility for the scale of

death and destruction. We are

absolutely sickened and the

British government and across

international community by what

we have seen over the last

couple of days, in particular

the deaths of more than 100

unarmed men women and children.

They are part of 12,000,

perhaps 15,000 deaths in Syria

over the last year,

predominantly at the hands of

the regime. They are more

statistics in that huge total.

They also shine a light for the

whole world on the nature of

this conflict, on the app

re-examination and brutality of

the regime and the deaths of so

many children although they are

along many hundreds of children

who have been tortured, abused

or murdered by the Assad

regime, it again Al lum nats

the type of tyranny that the

people of Syria have been experiencing. The important

thing at the moment is to try

and make the Annan plan work. The international community is

not agreed on what would happen

on whether there would be

intervention or what type of

intervention if the Annan plan

didn't work. If we come to the

point where the Annan plan has

clearly failed, Britain will be

arguing for a stronger response

from the world and the UN Security Council, increasing

our support to the Opposition

and imposing further sanctions

and measures on the Syrian

regime. The emphasis now on all

the permanent members of the

security council, Britain and

Russia included is to try and

get the Annan plan to work.

Time is running out to adopt

the plan, implement the plan

and stop the torture and murder

and abuse of the Syrian

people. News coming in is that

the UN, in a letter from Ban

Ki-moon, the security council

has been told that artillery

and tank shells were found in

residential areas of Houla

where that massacre took place

over the weekend. You can see

the live shot in New York where the UN Security Council is

holding an emergency meeting. The ambassadors, once that

meeting is over, will come out

and brief reporters. That is

the area that they will do that

and we will bring those to you

live as they happen. Lots of

calls for a stronger response

but the one sticking point, and

a fairly big one, is

Russia. Russia disagrees with

the UK and other world leaders

saying that most were killed by

the - the victims were killed

by knives or shot at

point-blank range. That is

obviously in dispute with what

the UN is now coming out and

saying. Russia being one of the

last remaining allies of the

Syrian regime, pushing strongly

to minimise action against that

country by the UN. We will

bring you comments at that

podium by the UN ambassadors as

soon as they happen. The

massacre was one of the worst

attacks we have seen in Syria

since the uprising started 15

months ago. The Assad regime is

denying it was behind the

killings. TRANSLATION: We categorically deny any

responsibility of our

government forces and we strongly condemn this terrorist

massacre which targeted our

children, women and old people.

At the same time, our condemnation is doubled when

accusations against our forces

are casually presented. We have

got used to these types of

accusations against the Syrian

state. The let's stay

overseas. Greeks have reacted

angrily to comments by the head

of the IMF that they should all

pay their taxes. Christine

Lagarde has told 'The Guardian' newspaper Greeks should take

responsibility for their fate.

She even added that deprived

children in Africa need more

help than people in Greece. Her

criticism has provoked

thousands of critical comments

on her Facebook page and

political leaders say those

comments are unacceptable. The

economic crisis that is

crippling Greece is bringing

hundreds of expats back to

Australia. In Darwin the influx

has been huge with 10 Greeks

returning every week. Eleni

Roussos reports. These brothers

have swapped life on a Greek

island for work in a Darwin

pub. They say the glass is

definitely half full. Very nice

life. We have got a lot of

opportunities here, a lot of

jobs. Everything is OK. They

represent a wave of young

people leaving Greece for work

elsewhere and say their

politicians have let them down. Too much corruption,

yeah. All of them. Most of

them. They don't really fight

for their country as much as

they have to. Most of Darwin's

10,000-strong Greek community

come from the island of Culinos

which has been paralysed by the

economic crisis. About 300

expats have left the island so

far this year bound for

Darwin. For the last six

months, the figures showed that

on average about 10 new

arrivals a week are coming back

to Darwin. A lot of the Greeks

coming to Darwin are picking up work in the construction

industry, which is set to face

a skills shortage when a major

gas project starts. There are

renewed calls for the Federal

Government to set up special

working visas so more Greeks

can come and fill the gap. How

are we going to replace these

people? You can't replace them

out of nothing. There is plenty

of jobs in WA and here in the Territory. For these post-war

Greek migrants it is history repeating itself and decades

on, they are still betting on a

stronger future in Australia. From as far as

Darwin, they are warning Greece

against a European Union

exit. TRANSLATION: If Greece

leaves the European Union

Greece will burn and the people

won't have anything to eat. For

now, Greeks are left to guess

who will win next month's

election and regardless of the

outcome, there is bound to be

plenty of new faces around town.

A nice bit of symmetry there.

A childhood conference has

heard society is depriving

young people of valuable life

lessons. Statistics show it is

safer now for children yet

they're getting fewer

opportunities to roam and play

freely. Donna Field reports. It

is what childhood memories are

made of, the great heights of a

grand tree. I can't get up

there. Childhood experts are

worried that many kids don't

have adventures where they test

their resolve and mettle. There

is probably a culture of overprotection but

overprotection but that is not

just about parents. We are

seeing - it is the whole of

society. Sometimes I work in

communities and I say what

things did you do that were

risky and they go through a

long list of things that are

complete adventures and I say you're letting your kids do that and they say

no. International experts in

Brisbane for an early childhood

conference have heard that a

risk adverse approach to play

means children miss out on

valuable learning about their choices and consequences. They

say people who take more risks

when they are little can cope

better when they are older and are less prone to

depression. They seem to have

more guts in their tank because

they have had those moments. It

doesn't diminish us when we

have the bumps and bruises. It

builds our capacity to say what

could be the worse thing that

happens? The UK's leading

child hod advocate says children need opportunities to

make mistakes because otherwise

their first risk may be behind

the wheel of a car. It helps

to remind ourselves of what I

think is one of the magic

ingredients of childhood which

is the sense of freedom and a

feeling what life is like when

you don't have a grown up

looking over your shoulder. And

being able to learn from

mistakes is a lesson for life.

It is said that charity

begins at home but for a number

of families the act of giving

is becoming an important lesson

in social justice. A

philanthropy fund has been set

up in Sydney to teach children

how to raise money for kids

less fortunate than themselves. It is called kids

in philanthropy. Kids in

philanthropy. Kids in philanthropy. Kids in

philanthropy. A charity by kids

for kids. People who are less

fortunate than us and don't really have what we have. The

indigenous kids, and the poor kids. Their parents want them

to learn about social justice

and the importance of

giving. Doing garage sales and

selling baking stuff. Garage

sale and sell my things that I

don't need anymore. It is not

all cake stalls and garage

sales. Each family has donated $5,000 to get the fund

started. A corporate fund

raising program will have a

schools fund raising program

and we will be doing some sort

of high level fund raising in

addition to the bake sales and

garage sales. The money goes

towards projects that support

kids in need. The first is a collaboration with Fairfield

city council and schools in

Sydney's west. To help students

from migrant and refugee

families. In learning English,

access to computers, access to fiscal activity and healthy

food options. The program is

done in a way that there is

never the receiving community

of the funds feel that they are

being given because they are

less than the other kids. Dr

Wallis hopes it will grow into

a nation-wide charity paving

the way for a better culture in

Australia. I am with the kids. Philanthropy. I have

always had trouble with that word. Even they are having

trouble with it. They were

good. They were great. They're

as bad as me. Mind you they

were 40 years younger. I tend

to disagree. I thought they

were great. I don't think at

that age I could ever put

together a word with that many

sylables. If last week wasn't

eventful enough in Canberra, we

are expecting a huge week in

the national capital. It starts

at 9 o'clock this morning when

the Senate estimates committee

grills representatives from

Fair Work Australia about that

report into Craig Thomson's

time at had the SU. We will

bring some of that to you live

later on as well as that, we

will speak to the infrastructure minister Anthony

Albanese over reports over the

weekend that this renewed

leadership speculation stemming

from Government whip Joel

Fitzgibbon in - has been quoted

in News Limited papers as

questioning PM Julia Gillard's

leadership. There is Caucus

rumblings about the plan to

allowed 1700 foreign workers

into the Pilbara to help get

one of Gina Rinehart's big

mining projects off the ground.

A lot coming up. Stay with us

on ABC News Breakfast. You

won't miss a beat of all the events. The top stories this

morning - the head of the UN

monitoring team in Syria has

told an emergency session of

security council that 108

people have been killed in the

town of Houla. Syria's foreign

ministry is denying vovrlment. Fair Work Australia

will appear before the Senate

estimates hearing today but the

author of the report into Craig

Thomson and the Health Services

Union is on leave. The hearing

comes as Julia Gillard face a fresh outbreak of leadership

speculation. And the latest ve,

of the controversial Murray

Darling Basin plan will be

released today. The draft plan

called for nearly 3,000 gig

litres of water to be returned

to the river system. SA's

Government says that is inadequate. - involvement.

For a look at the national

newspapers, we're joined by the Newsline presenter Jim

Middleton. How are you both?

Let's start with the front

page of 'The Age' and the renewed leadership

speculation. It is not just

'The Age' but all the nation's

body sheets are basically

paying a great deal of

attention to this story. Once

again everything in Canberra is

being seen through the prism of

leadership. It is the story

about not overly - there is a

conflation of two stories. One

is the stories about the 1700

foreign workers being permitted

to come in and work on Gina

Rinehart's new project in the

Pilbara which is conflated with

news that and suggestions which

emerged over the weekend in

both Fairfax and News Limited newspapers that the chief government whip who is supposed

to look after the PM's

interests and numbers in

Caucus, Joel Fitzgibbon, has

misgivings about her leadership

and about the viability of the Government indeed in the

situation where there is the

hung parliament which he

suggests is toxic and people

hate it. This is all coming

together one way or another.

There are also the questions

about the dynamics leading up

to the announcement that Gina

Rinehart's company would be the

first to benefit from this

important Labor scheme. It goes

back to the 2011 budget. It is

not exactly a surprise. The

second thing about it is what

gives it added weight is that

Chris Bowen and Martin Ferguson, the two ministers

involved are known to be Rudd

supporters within cabinet and

Julia Gillard's office, or

people close to her, have been

suggesting that she will

somehow bounce odd this announcement on Friday, both

Martin Ferguson and Chris Bowen

suggest in fact her office knew

well in advance of even the

company being told they were in

prospect. It is yet another

example of what is happening

when you're in trouble as a leader. It doesn't reflect well

in the sense that if the PM

wasn't told until late in the piece, questions are being

raised about how this

government works or more

importantly doesn't work. Yes,

it raises questions about the

management of her office and

management of the government as

a whole. There is two

possibilities, the one that you

raised, which is she wasn't

told and the second, which is

being put about by Chris Bowen

and Martin Ferguson, was she

was told in good time at

officer level, if it went from

officer to officer, advisor to advisor

advisor then why wasn't she

told within her office that

this was happening? There is

another point to this which is

another difficulty for the

Government. The question of it

being Gina Rinehart herself who

is the first recipient of this

bounty, because the Government

has been very hard, not just on

Gina Rinehart but also on Clive

Palmer and Twiggy For rest too

and suggesting they're

ungrateful and selfish - It

negates the attack, doesn't it?

Indeed it does, which brings

us to the second story, I

think, that I have chosen to

highlight this morning which is

analysis from Peter Martin which appears in 'The Age'

which points to the facts behind this situation and notes

that the Bureau of Statistics

pointing out that in the past

financial year, 6,000

Australian workers have moved

across the Nullarbor from the

eastern states, where

employment is difficult, as we

know, to Perth to work

permanently. That is only 18 a

day, despite the great demand

for labour in WA, while close

to 31,000 overseas migrants

have moved into WA, which is 84

a day. The fact of the matter

as Peter Martin points out, the

new workers servicing WA's

mining boom overwhelmingly come

from overseas, not because

Australians can't move to WA,

we can, but because Australians

will not, which was also

pointed out by WA minister

Garry Grey last week as

well. He said that the Pilbara

is not for everybody, which say

valid point to make. It is obviously a difficult thing to move yourself and your family

right across the continent.

Even if it is hard to get work

in the eastern states and much

easier to get it in wchl

A. This is not a new problem or

a new issue - it is a problem

that has faced WA for years and

years, since the first round of

the boom, the fact that they're so desperately short of skilled workers for that mining

industry. How you go about

trying to get the workers to

move from this side of the

country to that side of the

country is where it all sort of

falls down. The WA Government

does in fact have incentives in

place to get people across but

it doesn't seem to work. There

is a $5,000 relocation payment. There is all sorts There is all sorts of

incentives but whether people

actually heed the message and go to

go to where the jobs are, there

is a disconnect there. There is

also another problem which is

when you get there, where are

you going to live? While the

jobs may be there, up in the

Pilbara, the accommodation is

not. You cannot - It is not. You cannot - It is very expensive. Indeed. The only

option then is fly in and fly out and that is not for

everybody either. Let's go back

to 'The Age' front page which

has a take on the overall employment situation in

Australia. Yes, this point -

this is another aspect of the

problem and the imbalances

within the Australian economy.

Mark Hawthorn in 'The Age' is

reporting that more than 2,000

jobs will be axed after the

hasty group ch, is the nation's

biggest provider of

airconditioning and refrigeration systems

apparently for office towers, apartment blocks and hospitals,

but more than 2,000 jobs will

be going there because the

company has collapsed under

$500 million of debt. No

comment from the company yet.

But apparently, according to

'The Age', a $20 million

accounting irregularity emerged

in the company's books just as

it was reneg yosh yating its -

renegotiating its finances with

the banks. I suspect that means

that refinancing will not go

ahead. Once again, it means

another 2,000 jobs in eastern

Australia going. In the middle

of this story, 'The Age' also

reports suggestions that News

Limited is undergoing a massive

restructure, which I know that

is actually happening. They are

saying that up to 400 editorial

jobs could go there and there

is restructure ing going on at Fairfax, whether that means

jobs. Those are two other things happening. Once again

we're seeing this difficult

situation for the Government to

manage. The unions will be on

their back yet again. Jobs in

WA, job shedding in the

east. Let's look at stories

from other papers this morning

about the outrage over

treatment of fallen

diggers. This was covered in

all the News Limited newspapers

with headlines ranging from -

the 'Herald Sun' "Our war

shame" it says in the 'Herald

Sun'. Other News Limited

newspapers - tabloids across

the nation "Diggers disgrace".

It centres on the fact that defence force investigators are

looking into the mishandling of

the bodies of dead diggers, up

to eight of them, misplaced in

caskets upside down

apparently. There has been an

acknowledgement of this error

by the defence force, which

says that it was probably a

result of a training deficiency, not particularly

pleasant for the families of

the individuals involved. It

also deals, this report,s with

the defence correspondent about

the mishandling too of insurge

ent's bodies. A statement from

defence saying that some of the

assertions made in the News Limited publications today are

in error and do not accord with

the facts. The families of the

three ADF personnel whose

repateriations were referred to

in the reports have all talked about their distress that this

should end up in the

media. Let's move on to

Syria. It is a daily event and

it appears that the

international community is

increasingly impotent in this

situation. There has been an

emergency hearing of the UN

Security Council which has done

very little apparently. That is

another shocking incident in

the city of Houla, something

like 100-plus people massacred,

reported in the world pp.of 'The Australian' and other

newspapers. 32 children among

them. US Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton describes the

Assad regime's performance as

bees ruled by murder and there

have been calls for urgent international action. As long

as Russia and China will not

agree to it, there won't be any

and it is a very difficult

situation which there seems to

be no way out of whatsoever and

unfortunately I fear all we

will see is more death and

mayhem in the weeks and months

ahead. Let's hope you're wrong

on that one but I doubt you will be Jim. Thanks very

much. A pleasure to talk to

you. Let's shift gears now and

go to sport headlines. Paul Kennedy. Do you like that

little clue a as to what is

coming up? Formula One you

mean? Hard to top.

Australian Mark Webber's

claimed his first Formula One

victory of the year after

winning the Monaco Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg was second and

Fernando Alonso was third. It

is the first time six different drivers have won the first six

races of the season and Webber

says it is an unusual says it is an unusual season.

There was threat of rain and

that made it tricky, but not so

for the Australian who went

from start to finish in front. Australia's Samantha

Stosur has become the first

player to go knew to the second

round of the French Open by beating Britain's Elena

Baltacha. That was 6-4, 6-0 on

a very hot day. She's next play

Irina Falconi of the United

States in the second

round. Last night, no great

upsets at the Open and Juan

Martin Del Potro was among a

top seed who had a bit of a hiccup along the way but got

through OK. He was a popular winner last night. Canadian

Ryder Hesjedal has ridden a superb final time trial to win

the Giro d'Italia. He beat

Joaquim Rodriguez.

Eventually was the Canadian

winning by 31 seconds.

Hesjedal's Australian sport

director Alan Piper says his

ride over the Italian alps in

the past few days was like

Cadell Evans in last year's

Tour. He will be a threat at the Tour de France,

particularly in the icy

mountain stages. You see them

riding over the snow-covered

Italian alps on the

weekend. It looks treacherous.

They don't have chains either. That's right. That is

my first thought. I hate driving in the snow. The

build-up to the Tour de France

is in July. It will come around

quickly now. We can start and

get a gauge on who will be the

main contenders. Thanks

Paul. Paul Higgins joins us

with the weather now. Good

morning. Mostly settled weather

across the nation. A shower or

two for QLD's southern coast

and border ranges and over the

central coast and islands.

There is still lots to come

on ABC News Breakfast. We will

speak to our North America

correspondent Jane Cowan, who has been following developments

at the UN Security Council

meeting in New York. That

meeting still under way. As

soon as it is over we will

bring you the ambassador's

comments as and when they speak

to reporters. Russia is the key

sticking point there. It is

indeed. We will also speak to

cabinet minister Anthony

Albanese about what is shaping

up to be a big and volatile

week in Federal politics which

renewed leadership speculation

and concern over the guest

worker plan. We will speak to

the Rolling Stones biographer

on the group's 50th

anniversary. Do you know which

of the group's songs was

written in Australia? No, I

don't. We will find out. That

is a tantalising hook to get

you to watch after 7 o'clock.

All of that coming up after

this short break. This Program is

Captioned Live. The security

council meets as Syria denies massacring scores of

civilians. It say familiar

tactic of the Assad regime to

blame others for what is

happening in their country to try and get out of

responsibility for the scale of

death and destruction.

Senior Labor ministers rally around Julia Gillard amid fresh talk of a leadership

challenge. SA fears a revised plan for the Murray Darling

Basin will be inadequate. And

Mark Webber leads from start to

finish to win the Formula One

Grand Prix in Monaco. Good morning, welcome to ABC News Breakfast. It is Monday, 28 May, I'm Michael

Rowland. Coming up in the

program. We will speak to senior cabinet minister Anthony

Albanese about the big week

ahead in Federal politics

including the fresh talk of a

clear shpd challenge. Despite

death, drug busts and bitter

personal feuds, the Stones keep

rolling on 50 years down the

track. (Sings) # I was

raised... I think the obvious

analogy a they're like an

elderly married couple, can't

live with them, can't live

without them, that kind of

thing. They all agreed if it

lasted 12 months, they would be

lucky. 49 years-plus later here

we are. 50 years going strong.

We speak to rolling stone's

band biographer Christopher Sandford. The UN Security

Council is continuing to debate

the weekend massacre in the

Syrian town of Houla. More than

30 children are among the 108

civilians killed in the attack.

United Nations and western

powers have blamed the massacre

on the Syrian government but

Damascus and Moscow have blamed

rebels. The foreign affairs

minister Bob Carr has echoed

calls for more sanctions

against the Syrian regime. The

Craig Thomson saga will be in

the spotlight again today when Fair Work Australia officials

attend a Senate estimates

hearing. But the author of the

report is on leave and won't be

at the hearing. It comes as the

PM Julia Gillard faces a fresh

outbreak of leadership

speculation. Irrigators say

today's release of the latest draft plan for the Murray

Darling Basin is likely to be

met with anger. The draft plan

is likely to call for nearly

3,000 gig litres of water to be

returned to the river system

unchanged from the previous proposal. Irrigators say rural communities feel the authority

hasn't listened to their concerns. Sydney police say

they will be interviewing again

this morning