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an asylum seeker boat capsizes

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is a very distressing and

tragic incident. We don't know

the full details yet but

clearly we have lost a number

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sentenced to 20 years jail for Bali bomber Umar Patek

his role in the 20 2002 Bali

bombings. A decision expected

shortly on whether Julian

Assange will be granted political asylum in Ecuador. And the excitement

builds as Black Caviar gets

closer to her English debut.

Good morning. It's Friday, 22

June. I'm Michael Rowland And

I'm befly O'Connor. The top

story - rescuers have spent the night looking for survivors

from an asylum seeker boat that overturned in Indonesian

waters. An Australian border

protection plane detected the

boat around 200km north of

Christmas Island. At least 110

people have been rescued so

far. But it's believed around

200 may have been on board the

boat. Two Australian Navy

vessels, three cargo ships and

other aircraft are now

searching the area. At this

stage, details are sketchy. But

what is apparent is that there

has been a large loss of life

at sea. This is a very distressing and tragic

incident. We don't know the

full details yet. But, clearly,

we have lost a number of lives

in a very dangerous journey

from Indonesia to Australia.

The Minister for Home Affairs

will make a comprehensive

statement on the details of

what has happened here in the

morning, Australian time. The

Acting PM will take

responsibility for any national security arrangements that need

to be made in Australia. I of

course will keep in contact

with both of them by telephone.

I have had a brief conversation

with President Yudhoyono about

this matter, our Indonesian and

Australian personnel work well

on search and rescue operations

cooperative and all of our normal

cooperative arrangement s will

be brought to bear in this

case. President Yudhoyono was

of course distressed about the

news. He assured me that we

would work together. Indonesia

and Australia on the rescue

efforts. We have good

understandings between us and

the best way of working

together with these kind of

incidents. I don't at this

stage want to talk about policy

oh or other questions. Our

focus is on the search focus is on the search and

rescue effort. Julia Gillard

speaking where she had those

Indonesian President. Jason Om conversations with the

joins us now from Canberra.

What is the latest? A clearer

picture of this rescue mission

se merging this morning. The Australian authorities

responded to this boat that was

north of Christmas Island that

had capped a number of

survivors had been clinging to

the hull of this boat. And the Australian authorities, the

Navy and a number of merchant

ships responded. They have now

plucked 110 people from that

capsized boat. And they are now

on HMAS 'Wollongong and the

Christmas Island where they merchant ships on their way to

will be transferred to the

local hospital and a number of immigration facilities. There

was some confusion over night

about how many boats were in

distress. That is because there

were some faxes between

Australia and Indonesia talking

about a number of boats over

the past few days that had been

in the area. But it is firming

up this morning that there is

one boat. The Maritime Safety

Authority's, Australia's

authority, is focusing on just

this one boat. But it is still

very un clear about whether

this boat is - where this boat

has come from and what its

destination was. Indonesian

authorities had been talking

about a boat that sounded like

this one that had left Jakarta

in the past few days and was on

its way to Australia. That sort

of all is clearing up this

morning but we still have to

get more information from the Government. Jason Clare, the Minister for Home Affairs, he

is going to talk later this

morning and we should get an

update from him. And just

finally, Jason, we are talking

about 200 people being known to

be on board that boat. 110

rescued so far doing the grim mathematics this morning the

search for the other 90 people

is going to be a pretty fraught

one, particularly because it is

still nightfall in that

area? Yes, the conditions were

a little rough overnight. But that didn't stop Australian

authorities from trying to get

those people. It's believed up

to 200 people were on that

boat. So 110, that is a pretty

big effort to get that many

people off that. But obviously there's 90 people who are

unaccounted for and the

Government and the authorities

aren't saying what's happened

to those people, whether they

have perished or whether they

are still unaccounted for. But

we know that possibly up to 90

people are still missing. Jason

Om in Canberra, we will leave

it there. As Jason mentioned, the Home Affairs Minister,

Jason Clare Clare qulb Claire

will give us an update later.

He will speak to reporters

after 7 o'clock eastern time

this morning. We will bring you

that media conference live. Now

the rest of the news. Good

morning, everyone. Bali bomber

Umar Patek will spend 20 years

in jail for a string of terror

offence, they include the Bali

bombings in 2002. He's admitted

mixing some of the explosives

used in those bombings which

killed 2 O2 people, including

88 Australians. But he insisted

his role was minimal. He's also been found guilty of terrorism

after attacks on Christian churches in 2000. An Indonesian military plane has

crashed into a residential

naind in Jakarta, kill ing 10 people. All seven crew died in

the crash as well as three

others on the ground. The

Fokker 27 had been conducting a

training exercise. The crew was

practising to land when it

crashed. The fate of Australian

WikiLeaks founder Julian

Assange may be known shortly.

Mr Assange walked into the

Ecuadorian embassy in London

earlier this week asking for

political asylum. He faces

extra gigs to Sweden where he

is accused of sex crimes but Mr

Assange insists that he will

end up in the US. The Ecuadorian President has said

he will decide whether Mr

Assange is being persecuted

before granting asylum. The

South Australian Senator Mary

Jo Fisher is quitting

Parliament. South Australian

police say she was involved in another

another shop lifting incident

in Adelaide last weekend. Late

last year, Senator Fisher was acquitted of shop liftling because she was suffering from

a panic attack. She says she's

resigning on medical advice

after experiencing another

attack. Now a quick look at

finance -

As you just heard from

Bev, Bali bomber Umar Patek has

been sentenced to 20 years in

prison for his role in the Bali

bombings in 2002. He was the

last of the known suspects to

be brought to justice. Our

correspondent Matt Brown

reports. He's usually smiling

and waving for the cameras but

on judgment day Umar Patek was

more restrained. It's been

nearly 10 years since he joined

his friends in Jemaah Islamiah

to bomb Bali, killing 2 O2

people, including 88 aunts.

He's admitted mixing some of

the explosives but tried hard

to minimise his role in that

and a string of other

crimes. He says he argued against attacking in Bali

because it is not an active war

zone. He's also abolgised to

all of the victims. He's even

been allowed to use the court

to urge would-be Indonesian

jihadists to go to Afghanistan

or the Palestinian territories

instead of attacking at home. While the death

penalty was an option, prosecutors requested a life

sentence and finally the judges

gave him 20 years in prison. Patek's lawyer says

his client is disappointed with

the sentence because it's the

maximum jail term . Umar Patek

was also found guilty of

preparing bombs for a string of

Christmas Eve attacks on

churches in 2000. He failed to

report the existence of a

terrorist training camp

discovered in Aceh in 2010.,

around had an illegal hand gun

while on the run. But his

lawyer says others who played

more serious roles received

lighter sentences and he will discuss appeal options with

Patek later today. Umar Patek

admitted using a false identity

to leave Indonesia for Pakistan

in 2010, on his way to fight in

Afghanistan. But he was cap

captured in the Pakistani town

of ABBA da bad before troops

stilled Bin Laden last last

year. An FBI told the trial of

intelligence that Patek went

there to meet Bin Laden and

revive terrorism in south-east

Asia. Patek's led an

extraordinary life at the heart

of terrorism in south-east

Asia. His sentence is the same

as the one handed to Schappelle

Corby for importing marijuana

and with good behaviour he will

probably be out in less than 15

years. The face of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is still

unknown this morning . Earlier

this week, he of course asked

for political asylum in

Ecuador. For the latest, let's

go to our ABC correspondent

Lisa Millar who is still

outside that Ecuadorian embassy

in London. I guess the wait

goes on. Do we get any closer

to a decision from the

Ecuadorian Government? Well, a

lot of confusion here today,

based on those comments that

came from the deputy Foreign

Minister in Ecuador, who said

yesterday, told the ABC, that a

decision would be made within

24 hours. Well, it's now passed

9 o'clock at night and there's

no decision that's been made.

Friends of Julian Assange's

have turned up here at the

embassy throughout the day,

taking in food and supplies,

which would seem to give every

indication it could be some way

off soon. In fact, one of those

who turned up was Sarah

Saunders who was one of the bail guarantors for Julian

Assange. She says he's doing

pretty well. Let's have a

listen to her. Julian is in

very good spirits at the

moment. He is working very hard

on all of the things that he

needs to do to prepare for his

asylum bid. There's obviously a

lot of evidence that he is

collating with the lawyers to

make that bid as complete as

responsible. - responsible

responsible. There are very complicated legal processes

that you're obviously aware to

go through and this will take

time. So your patience is

requested because it will take

time and the due process has to

be gone through. Lisa, we were

getting suggestions or I guess

indications from the Ecuadorian

government yesterday that they

must be mulling up the fact

that he may face the death

penalty if he was extradited to

the US and that was probably something they were

considering. Coyou think that

gives s a ivendication that

they're looking at this request

favourably? Well, they also on

the other side say that they

don't want to interfere with

the judicial processes in the

UK. So you're getting very

mixed signals from them. What

we have been hearing today is

from some international law

experts who have given us a bit

more detail about just why we

talk about the fact that Julian

Assange will be arrested as

soon as he leaves. They say

that is going to happen whether

he's granted asylum or not

because of international law,

because of the UK law trumping

any asylum that the Ecuadorians

might give, and there's been a

suggestion certainly by some

that Julian Assange may have backed himself into a corner

here. So he may not be gaining

the haven that he was hoping he

was getting, if Ecuador ended up granting

up granting that asylum. So

we've almost moved on we've almost moved on from wondering whether he is going

to get the asylum or not to

wondering what on earth happens

either way in regards to the

police, who remain stationed

outside the embassy here. He's

got some of the best legal

minds in the worlds work on his

side. It seems it might have

been a massive miscalculation

to go and seek haven at the

Ecuadorian embassy? That would

seem to be the opinion from many of Tex perts they've

spoken to today. His friends

say that that legal team, those

great legal minds, are at work

inside with him. He is still

busily looking at the legal

complexities of that application. But there is

definitely a sense here on the

ground in the UK the publicity

has been pretty unfavourable

and the words that have been

coming out of Sweden in fact

have been disappointment that

he hasn't been able to

extradited. In fact, just in

the last hour or so, one of his

key supporter, celebrity Jemima Khan tweeted she would have

liked him to have faced

questions and answered those

accusations in Sweden. So more

words of disappointment from

one of his key backers that he

has taken this route. Lisa

Millar, thank you so much. We

will await this result or this

decision as soon as it

comes. The results of Egypt's

presidential run-off have been

Adelaide by the election

authorities they had been due

to be announced overnight but

the election commission says it

needs more time to look at

several complaint. Shaimaa

Khalil is a journalist with the

BBC and joins us on the phone

from Cairo. What is the latest

there? I've just come out of a

press conference by one of the

presidential candidates, Ahmed

Shafiq. He has been reiterating

the line that his campaign has

basically said a couple of days

ago that according to the

numbers he believes she the

legitimate leader as he put it

and he is not the one who was

trumped. He also criticised the

process Tahrir Square saying

they're going to put pressure

on the Electoral Commission, he

called that un democratic.

Aside from that, this comes

against a backdrop of extreme

uncertainty. The one thing that

people are waiting for was the

president ial election. As you

know last week one blow to the

political situation after

another, the Parliament was

dissoovenld the armoury came

out with a declaration, a constitutional declaration

basically giving itself sweeping powers. So the one

thing that Egyptians were

really hanging on for some sort

of stability and a way of

moving forward was the election

basically the presidential

election results and now they

don't have that. On the face

of it, the Electoral Commission

said that as you mentioned that

we need to look at the results,

we need to look at complaints and appeals that have been

present ed to them but also

many people worried this means

that there are deals being

made, there are meetings that

are happening between the

Muslim broadhood. Many Muslim broadhood supporter also tell

you they're worried that might

change the course of the results against them. Both

sides would deny that. We've

spoken to the Muslim broadhood

yesterday and they denied they

had any meetings. Ahmed Shafiq

said just now they are not

meeting with anyone, just

waiting for results. Two

confident candidates and a very

uncertain situation here in

Egypt. Thank you for the update

there. Things are moving

very fluidly in regard to Julian Assange. He is in fact

talking to Fran Kelly on Radio

National. Let's take a

listen. ... for over a year

now. Talking about taking legal

action. It involves the ACLU

ETS. So they're playing both

games here. The games they're

playing is that the grand jury

needs to conclude on the

conclusion of the grand jury

process, the grand jury is a

device, a judicial device, if

you like, that would not seem

seem to be Parliament of the

executive. So they can say they

are not about to extradite

because the grand jury has not

yet concluded. On the conclusion

conclusion on the grand jury, the Department of Justice will

take the indictments of the

grand jury and pursue the

matter. But they're certainly

spending vast amount of

resources. Just today it was discovered that a contract put

out by the department of

Justice for one to two UN

dollars to maintain the

WikiLeaks computer system that

the department of jussies is

running, $1 million to $2

million just discovered

today. So you're clearly

agitated, understandably, if

you believe that the US is

preparing this extradition

treaty for you. Therefore, your

future is very much in up in

the air, you're waiting to here

whether whether the Ecuadorian Government will give you

protection. Do you feel

cornered? Because the British

police are saying if you set

foot outside that embassy you

will be arrested? There's I

think an important question is

why aren't they in the

Australian embassy? That is the

real question. Why didn't you

seek protection of the

Australian Embassy? Because

Nicola Roxon, after very

reasonable requests, made by my

lawyer Jennifer Robinson to her

in a half hour meeting and

followed by requests by a

celebrated human rights lawyer

asking them to ask for very

simple conditions of this, such

as if I was imprisoned in the

United States, refused any of those requests, refused to

consult in any extradition to

the United States which seems

to be involved in any of those

discussions which they've

solved this matter by simply

speak ing to me in the UK. This has been an effective

declaration of abandonment.

There is not a single matter of

concern under which the Australian Government by the

Attorney-General would ask

other governments to be

reasonable or just in this

case. Again, I put that to the

Attorney-General yesterday, do

you want to hear her

response? Yech. I totally

reject that he has been abandoned by the government.

We've offered support to him

through consular services,

we've made representations to

the British Government, to the

Swedish Government, to the US

Government. That is what the

Attorney-General said yesterday

and the Government has also

said you have received as much

or more consular support as anybody else has in matters

like this. Well, there is no

matter like this at all. Everyone knows that. But maybe

up until this recent case maybe

that is true even. The

Australian Government simply

does not support its people,

there's the journalist Austin

McCall who is trapped in Egypt

and he has the same complaints

I. Have these are empty words

when you hear the words

consular assistance. I haven't

met with anyone from the

Australian High Commission

since December 2010. What are

they talking about? So you've

had no consular contact with the Australian High

Commission? Since 2010. They

send SMS messages does Mr

Assange have any concerns? We

know what this is for. This is

so they can tick off a box and,

yes, we formally put our concerns to the

Attorney-General and the

response was dismissal in every

single area. Is have you

formally put to the Australian

Government, asked them what -

to seek reassurances from the

US about any plans to extradite

you and what those answers

are? Yes, we have formally put

requests to Nicola Roxon and

DFAT to ask that the United

States - I can't remember the

exact request but that prisoner

transfer arrangements an she

rejected this in every single

area. In relation to the sort

of clever rhetoric that's been

used at the moment, when they

say that we have not received

evidence from the United States

that they plan to extradite - of course not. At the moment,

the matter is before the grand

jury and until it comes out of

the grand jury there will be no

such evidence afforded: And you

look at other questions of

where the follow-up question is

- sorry to the Foreign Minister

- is there any indication from

the - is there evidence from

the US to extradite Mr Assange

and the Foreign Minister says,

no, of course not. And have you

asked for any evidence, no. So,

Julian Assange, let's go to

what's next for you. If Ecuador

doesn't grant you asylum, what

is plan B? Well, we're in the

position to draw attention to what is happening. The

Department of Justice in the United States has been playing

a little game. That little game is that they refuse to confirm

or deny the existence of a

grand jury and as a result the

press goes oh well they don't

confirm it and therefore we

can't really write about it.

That is not true. There's

public record everywhere.

There's multiple witnesses everywhere. There's testimony

in military courts about the

existence answer of what is happening in the 48,000

passengers of the pages of

WikiLeaks who are amongst the

subjectings. We hope what I am

doing now will draw attention

to the underlying issues. In

the case where the truth is on

your side, what is most against

you is lack of scrutiny. So I

welcome the lack of scrutiny.

People should welcome the

scrutiny, people should go to

justice for Assange.com and

they can read about some of

these issues. A good journalist

in Australia in Australia like

Philip Dorling, are also

showing that there are serious

issues here and they are being

hidden through slimey rhetoric

comes out of the US Ambassador

to Australia by Gillard and by the Foreign Minister. That

needs to stop. Is scrutiny

really what you're after here

rather than a life and a future

in Ecuador? We will leave

Julian Assange there speak ing

on Radio National breakfast

breakfast. You heard him

opening up with full Salvos on

the Australian Government,

using the Gillard Government of effectively abandoning him as an Australian citizen. And

there's been no representation

made on his behalf to those

various countries. The UK,

Sweden and the US, of course

the water is very murky as to what the US intention is. Bob

Carr said this week

categorically there had been no

indation from the US they were

looking to extradite Julian

Assange. Very interesting discussion. He was speaking we

assume from inside the

Ecuadorian embassy in London as

he awaiting the decision by the

Ecuadorian Government as to

whether that country will grant

him political asylum. The top stories - rescuers have spend

the night looking for survivor

s of the Indonesian boat that

overturned in Indonesian

waters, Bali bomber Umar Patek

will spend 230 years in jail

for a string of terror

offences. They include the Bali

bombings in 2000 20. He's ad -

202. He's admitted to mixing

some of the explosives used in

the bombing. And the fate of Australian WikiLeaks founder

Julian Assange zr may be known

shortly. Mr Assange walked into

tech ek ian Embassy in London this week asking for political

asylum. That country's

President has said he will

decide whether he's being

persecuted before granting

asylum. For more now on the top story - the asylum seeker

boat that's capsized in Indonesian waters 200km north

of criefrmtd We are of criefrmtd We are just getting news from the Maritime

Safety Authority that it has

confirmed it has found three

men dead in waters surrounding

that boat. Scores are still

missing. Yesterday, the Western Australian Police Commissioner

spoke to the ABC. Some of the

very early reports suggest that

up to 75 people may have

drowned: I do stress they're

unconfirmed at this stage. The

reports we have there seems to

be insufficient life jackets

for the people on board, that

is not unusual for a vessel of

this type. Big falls on the

overnight markets, the Dow overnight markets, the Dow has

shed 251 points.

Now let's get to some of

our sports news this

morning. And it's been a

thrilling week for horse racing

fans at Royal Ascot in the

UK. The local champion Franklin

blitzed all and former

Australian champion So You

Think won its tenth group 1.

But of course the race that

everyone is waiting for is

Black Caviar's. And it's

happening this Saturday. Gerard

Whately, a man who will be beside himself with

anticipation from Grandstand

yien joins us now from London.

Are you containing your

excitement, Gerrard? Not even

vaguely, Bev. This has been a

thrilling week as you say so

far. And given that Ascot is

the most famous race course in

the world and they've the world and they've been

staging event s there since

1711 the feeling from experts

in this part of the world is if

Black Caviar does book in Black Caviar does book in this carnival from what we've seen

from Franklin, and So You Think

and Frankie Dettori, the world

leading Bjorky, this could be

THE most famous and best Ascot

carnival yet. The Australian

invincible force has a real

loel roel to play on the world

stage here. Tell me about the

weather. We know that Black

Caviar has performed so

beautifully on those dead

tracks, the drier tracks. How

is the rain and what effect is

this going to have on him? It

will be a little bit softer

than she's run on in the past.

We're at a track work this

morning at Newmarket and in the

mist of the early morning at

4:30 when she worked it was

still dry but for about the

three hours after that when the

press conferences were being

held it was driving rain. At

various stages throughout the

day at Ascot it did rain and they described the ground there

as loosening. The forecast for

tomorrow is for a bit more rain

but it's more promising on

Saturday than that. Much like

Flemington it's a splendidly

draining course. I suspect

might it will be soft it won't

be a swamp. So Peattie Moody is

prepared to discount that as a

negative in the build-up to

that. So I am pre prepared not

to worry about the fickle

English summer. What an excuse

for a um summer! Peter Mooney

y is nationalistist in his

description of what this means

to have taken this beautiful

mare over there to race

plontion the world's best. - amongst the world's best. He

sees it as his Olympic, his

chance to represent Australia

as the trainer and to give her

the chance to achieve this

crowning moment on her career.

He was in tremendous form

today, playfully slap at the

British press and he had the

view that the best horses

around the world very rarely

travel and he cited Franklin,

who will never leave these

shores and Zinyatar, the mare

out of America who won 19 in a

row before being beaten in her

final start . She never left

America. So he was full of

praise both for owners and the

boldness of the to bring her

oerve here to take the chance

with the travel and then to see

how she would acclimatise and

whether she can bring that same

domination. I think that is a fair reference. One of the

intrigues is how it's been

treated here is it has been

described as the Ashes of horse

race big the local media. But

they are rooting for her.

There's no parochial aspect to

this where the Poms are hoping

the Aussie champion goes un

under. This very much barrack

force the sport and the sight

of greatness and it's not so

much that she would prove her

greatness to her, because it is

clear she is great. Their hope

is she does bring it here and

they get to witness it

themselves first hand. So it's

an endearing dynamic, it's

something truly special and I

think when we come to Saturday

and to the track it will be the

biggest crowd of the week,

there's about 5,000 Australians

who have travelled, there's

exry ef expectation there might

be 10,000 further ex-pats. It will Australian day at Royal

Ascot. You will be in the mix.

Have a wonderful time. We can't

wait for it all to happen.

Thanks for your time, Gerard Whately in London. Of course

apparent ly they've sold out.

They have this grassy verge

where they sell out and people

sit and have pick nicks an

hampers. About 10,000 tickets

so gone to Australians. Let's

hope they don't take Melbourne

Cup behaviour to Royal

Ascot. No it's much more

dignified at Royal

Ascot. Astute viewers would

have noticed that Paul Kennedy

is not with us - he slept in

and it's completely understand

profession alg. We've been

talking to him about it for

ages!. Paul is sick, so if

you're watching get well

soon. So Bev and I will be

doing the sport this morning,

so watch out. Vanessa O'Hanlon

joins with us the weather

now. Good morning. More fronts

are passing the south-east with

another strong one on Sunday.

It was Melbourne's cold est

June day in 12 years. There was

30cm of snow at Falls Creek in

Victoria in the 24 hours and

now half a metre of snow depth.

We have road weather alerts

that are current for Tasmania

and Adelaide. Also sheep

grazers in NSW and Victoria.

Also in NSW a severe warning

for damaging winds and blizzards for the south-easts

with gusts of over 120km/h over

the alpine peaks. A flood watch

in SA for Adelaide and the

Mount Lofty ranges and for

Victoria's north-east and

greater Melbourne catchments.

Further to Victoria there's

minor flood warnings for

Latrobe, Goulburn and Yarra

rifrs and for the western port catchments. This morning police

are evacuating 60 homes as the

Bunyip River continues to rise.

For the rest of the country - You're watching ABC News

Breakfast this morning. Still

to come - we will be talking to

Labor backbencher Kevin Rudd

who has spent the night

sleeping rough. Now he is no

longer CEO of Australia but it's all part of St Vincent de

Paul's annual CEO sleepout. We

will see how he fared. Also

ahead we will have a review of

some of the newspapers. This

morning we 're joined by Mike

Smith, former 'Age'

editor. Leading the news this

morning scores of asylum

seekers are feared dead after

their boat capsidesed in Indonesian waters north of

Christmas Island. Three people

are confirmed dead. At least

110 people have been rescue and

it's believed around 200 may

have been on board. Bali

bomber Umar Patek will spend 20

years in jail for a string of

terror offences. They include

the Bali bombs in 2002. He

admitted mixing some of the

explosives used in the bombings withings

withings which killed 2 O2 people including 88 Australians

but he insisted his role was

minimal. Indonesian military

plane has crashed into a

residential neighbourhood in

Jakarta, killing 10 people. All

seven crew died in the crash as

well as three others on the

ground. The Fokker 27 lad

opinion practicing to land when

it crashed. The fate of

WikiLeaks founder Julian

Assange may be known shortly.

Mr Assange walked into the

Ecuador wan Embassy in London

this week and asked for

political asylum. The

Ecuadorian President has said

he will decide whether Mr

Assange is being persecute ed

before granting asylum. And is

South Australian Senator Mary

Jo Fisher is quitting Federal parliament: South Australian

Police say she was involved in

another shop lifting incident

in Adelaide last weekend. Late

last year, Senator Fisher was

acquitted of shop lifting

because she was suffering from

a panic attack. She says she is

resigning now on medical advice

of experiencing another

attack. Now let's go back to

that top story today where

scores of people are feared

drowned after an asylum seeker

boat capsized north of

Christmas Island. Australian

authorities have mounted an extensive search and rescue

operation in the hope of

finding more survivors alive.

Here is Andrew o O'Connor. Just

a year and a half after the

ship wreck which left 50 asylum

seekers dead, Christmas Island

is again at the centre of

another maritime tragedy, one that could prove even

worse. There are about 200

refugees on board, we

think. Naval boats an merchant

ships have been dispatched to

the aid of a stricken asylum

boat which capsized more than

100 nautical miles north of

Christmas Island. Along with

the 40 people seen on the hull

of the boat, another 35 were spotted in the water. The fate

of the remaining passengers is

unknown. Some of the very early

reports suggest that up to 75

people may have drowned but I

do stress sthai're unconfirmed

at this stage. The boat went

down in Indonesian water s but

Australian ships an planes are

conducting the search. When the

asylum boat SIEV 221 was sthip

wrecked on Christmas Island in

heavy seas in 2010. The

subsequent coronial inquest

found an inadequate number of life jackets to contributed to

the death toll. Early

endications suggest the ims of

this latest disaster may have

lacked proper safety equipment. It seems to be

insufficient life jackets for

the people on board, that would

not be un usual for a vessel of

this type. A team of this type. A team of water officers has been flown to

Christmas Island and are

specially trained to manage

search and rescue

operations. Day and night

rescue as well because it looks

like this will have to go into

is night. The search nairct

aircraft and ships from the

Australian Navy and Customs an

borer protection are being

coordinated by the Maritime

Safety Authority. Jason Om

joins us now from Canberra.

Good morning to you. We have an

update this morning from

Australian authorities? Yes,

the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has updated us on

this massive rescue effort that

is happening north of Christmas Island. They have confirmed

that three men have died. 110

survivor s have been plucked

from that capsized boat. And

all of the survivors are

men. Now they the bodies and

those survivors are being taken

by the Navy and by a number of merchant ships to Christmas

Island where they will then be

transferred to hospital. There

will be medical teams on stand-by there. Those people

are due to arrive at Christmas

Island this morning at some

stage. And the doctors will

board those ships to attend to

those people and they might be transferred to Christmas

Island, to immigration. Now

Jason Clare, the Home Affairs

Minister is due to speak some

time this morning to give us

more details about this rescue

effort. The Prime Minister,

Julia Gillard, has contacted

her Indonesian counterparts,

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and

expressed her concern about

this and she says that

Indonesia and Australia will be

working together. At

working together. At this

stage, details are sketchy. But

what is apparent is that there

has been a large loss of life

at sea. This is a very

distressing and tragic

incident. We don't know the

full detail s yet but clearly

we have lost a number of lives

in a very dangerous journey

from Indonesia to Australia. Julia Gillard at the

Rio summit in Brazil. Jason Om we will go back to you

shortly. Some chief executives and politicians have spent a

cold night on the streets

experiencing what it's like to

sleep rough. It was all part of

St Vincent de Paul's CEO sleepout which raises money and

increases awareness about

supporting the homeless. Labor

MP Kevin Rudd spent a night on

a concrete floor in Brisbane

and he joins us now. Good

morning to you: Good morning. How was your night? If you're sleeping

outside you're not going to get

a whole lot of sleep. I think

everyone accepts that. St Vincent de Paul has been

running this for five years

across Australia. So it's got

two big advantages - raises national consciousness about

the continued problem of homelessness, something about

which I am pretty passionate.

And secondly it raises money. I

think they have put together

about $5 million overnight. On

you Vinnies. That exceeds the

record set last year, I

think? I think so, yeah. People

around the country and the

participating get large er each

year. This problem doesn't go

away, it's here, it's real, and

it requires government to work together with community sector

like Vinnies and other s

together with corporates

getting in with some money as

well. What more needs to be

done? You said you were

passionate on this subject for

many years now. What more needs

to be done looking at all the

tiers of Government - Federal,

state and local - should there

be more coordination in tackling homelessness? There

has been an intergovernmental

agreement on the whole question

of homelessness going back some

time now. The at the Australian

Government level all I can say

this is #1 this - we've sought

to put our money where our

mouth is. We've had the single largest investment in public

housing now in the country's

history. The last several years

we've repaired some 60,000

units of social housing to make

them probably fit for

accommodation, built an extra

22,000 units of social housing,

and across the country also in

partnership with others,

facility s like common ground,

major cities like Brisbane,

Sydney, Melbourne, also in

Adelaide and I understand in

Hobart as well, are provide ing

multiunit accommodation for

people who sleep rough. I'm

going down the road to one in

Brissie this morning where the

keys are handed over for a

place of 150 units of accommodation, which is

supported so that people with

mental health problems get the

support while they're taken off

the veets into a place they

streets into a place where they

can call home. But more needs

to be done. How important is it

that pretty high up and

powerful people like yourself

and business leaders do this

thing maybe not one night but

more often to get a deep

understanding of what it's like

to be homeless? I've done this

for a couple of years now and I know leading corporates have

done the same. I think what we

are reminded of on occasions

like this is that homelessness

can happen to anybody. There

was a presentation here last

night in Brissie from a young

woman who was a chef in a major

hotel with two or three kids

and she suffered an accident at

work, long story but the bottom

line is within a short period

of time she and her three

little children were sleeping

in a car. It took a while

before Vinnies tracked her down

in order to provide her access

to a small unit of

accommodation now with new

furniture, et cetera. But the

moral of the story is homeless

ness, either through accident

or injury or other life

tragedy, can happen to anybody

watching this morning. That is

the worry and illness can

strike anyone. We know of

increasing mortgage stress,

increasing utility costs, the

price of living often incomes

don't keep up with that. So it

is a threat to a lot of low to

middle income earners, the ever

present prospect of present prospect of losing everything. A lot of the -

there's basically anxiety in

countries around the world,

including Australia now as

people who are on the edge of

real mortgage stress and

worried and fretting about what

they do next. That is where we

as a society and as a Government have a responsibility to provide a

humane safety net. That is what

we're on about. We ain't there

yet but, as I said, if you're

invest ing large scale and

social housing which we are, if

you're investing large scale in

affordable housing which we as

a government are, and the work

being done through our Housing

Ministers, you start to make an

imprint on this problem, it's better than just pushing it to

one side and saying it's all up

to Vinnies or up to the

Salvation Army. These outfits

are terrific, often linking

people who are on the Treat Street, people who are in

destitution with the sthafs are fundamentally funded by

government. But without Vinnies

an the human face and the kind

face of people in the

community, it wouldn't work. Mr

Rudd, we are covering the

unfolding tragedy on this

program this morning of an

asylum seeker boat which has

capsized off Christmas Island,

scores feared missing and dead.

Could I ask your thoughts on

that? Any human being who sees

the death of innocents by which

I mean women, children, young

men who are victims of this

pretty ugly trade, you just -

anyone is moved by compassion

with this. These are deaths of

people often in desperate

circumstances seeking to come

to a safer part of the world. I

am not going to get into the

politics of it or the policy of

it. That is for others to speak

on. But on the sheer physical

dimensions of an unspeakable

human tragedy, this one makes

you feel sick in your

stomach. What is it going to

stop this sort of tragedy,

these sorts of tragedies which

as you know un fold

regularly? Nice try guys, but

when I came on to the program I

said I would talk about

homelessness. I am not go going

to get into the policy of

people smugglers. All I will

say is that any human being

watching this and the troonl

trajdies which have happened

before now are going right

back, right back is moved and

it's not just here, it's people

who are drown ing every week as

they seek to cross the

Mediterranean from North Africa

into Europe, those drowning

from Cuba to America. This

global phenomenon of people on

the move, seeking to escape

where they're from and falling

victim to a vile trade on the

way through. It's a problem for

us, it's problem globally. Today as we speak there are

some 12 million people

categorised by the UN hker

around the world - UNHCR around

the world ho are

internationally displaced

persons And that is who have

refugee status. And very few of

them have a place to go. That

is why this has to be tackled

globally. We have our responsibilities. But because

we don't see it on TV every

night, there's a tragedy every

day around the world as people

seek to escape from where they

are to find somewhere

safer. Kevin Rudd we will leave

it there, thank you very much

for your time this morning. Thanks for having me on the

program. Let's go to the

ongoing drama unfold ing on the waters around Christmas Island

and joining us on the phone is

Joe meeian from the Maritime

Safety Authority in Canberra. I

no it you're busy we've had three people confirmed dead

now. I guess where you are

expecting that number to really

increase? We will continue to

search for survivors for the

rest of the day and possibly

the next couple of days: Our

information is that the water conditions are quite good and

that the survivors that we have

recovered are all wearing life

vests which is a good sign for

their survivability. How many

have you been able to recover

at the moment? We have

confirmed 110 survivors. They

are all enro route to Christmas

Island via the Australian

vessel HMAS 'Wollongong as well

as three merchant vessels which

were diverted to the area and

assisted us in the search

yesterday. My understanding is

that the boat was actually

found in Indonesian waters. The Australian vessels are have

come to the situation to rescue

these people. Now what happen s

in those circumstances? Are we

will take them to Christmas

Island or is any, for them to

be taken back to Indonesia? Those questions are

for the border command and the

Australian authorities work

closely with the Indonesian

counterparts on a number of

distress situations. We have a

great partnership and it

generally leads to good out comes. You were saying that

most of the people did have

vests on. Were those the number

of the people that you rescued

or were there still people in

the water that you have not yet

recovered? As I say we have

recovered 110 survivors and

there we believe there was

about 200 people on the vessel

when it capsides. We have not

recovered any survivors

overnight but we will continue

to search for the rest fof day and the next couple of

days. You are saying the

weather conditions have

improved, they were pretty bad yesterday. Tell us what the

process will be for today

? Weather conditions seem to be

moderate. We have 20 knot winds

as well as some isolated

showers. Today we are expect

ing two more defence else haves

as well as four merchant else

haves which have been directed

to the scene. We will have to

up to five aircraft doing some

air surveillance throughout the

day as well. And those vessel s

will be going to Christmas

Island? I believe so. Many

thanks for joining us this

morning You're welcome. You are watching ABC News

Breakfast. These are the top

stories the morning - the

asylum seeker tragedy leads our

plin. Rescuers have spent the

night looking for survivors from that boat which overturned

in Indonesian waters. Three

people have confirmed dead and

at least 110 others have been

rescued but it's believeded

around 200 may have been on

board the boat. Bali bomber

Umar Patek will spend 20 years

in jail for string of terror

offences. They include the Bali

bombs in 2000. The he's

admitted mixing some of the

explosives used in those bombings. And the fate of WikiLeaks WikiLeaks founder Julian

Assange may be known shortly.

Mr Assange has sought political

asylum in Ecuador. The

Ecuadorian President has said

he will decide whether he will decide whether Mr Assange is being persecuted

before granting asylum.

Let's take a look at the

national papers. Today we're

joined by Mike Smith, the

former editor of the the 'Age',

now the chief executive of Inside PR. Good morning. All

over the front pages are the

changing face of the Australian

nation. Correct. Look, it's

good to finish the week with newspapers that aren't talking

about neems themselves or each

other! And the big story of

course is the refugee boat

tragedy but the other story the

paper love is the census

figures released every five

years. The paper s it for a

couple of rrntion one it's important because it's on what

things like GST allocations are

base ABC for planning in the

community and in Australia

we've got & about a 98%

response rate to census which

make it the most accurate snap

shot of the country in the

world, newspapers love it

because it's good print story.

Lots of data, lot easily done

on television and radio and an

enormous amount of figures and

newspapers can analyse them

quite well and sot some

depth. A lot of the newspapers

we knowed the the 'Australian'

there, there's the 'Age' also

cover it, great picture stories

as well - they pick a family,

the subject of some data and

ask them for their personal

stories: Yeah, that brings the

data life. Sometimes data can

be hard to absorb. Through

pictures an personal stories

that individual aspects of the

numbers that's quite effective.

The 'Australian', the national

paper, has gone for the

national angle of course. They

say that the country is

exploiting in population and

income west and north. Double digit population growth in the

last five years in WA and

Queensland and the 'Australian'

says that the old notion of half the population being in

the big citieses of Sydney and

Melbourne is dead. The other big issue too of course is just

the changing face of Australia

and of course we are seeing

there on that headline how the

Chinese and New Zealanders are

taking over from the English in

terms of the highest number of migrants coming to Australia. The migration,

multicultural numbers are extraordinary. One in four

Australians arrived here as

migrants. Now there's now 2.4

million Asian Australians, one

in five Melbourne residents is

of Asian ancestry and in the 25

to 35-year age group, a majority now are not

Christiance. They follow other

religion s or no le religion. Let's go to the

last couple of items on your

list, the the 'Australian' has

both a photo and a cartoon

which have caught your eye. Yeah, this is why

politicians do silly

photographic stunts. Not many

politicians would do the

physical stunts Tony Abbott

does. He does them at all. At

the Institute of Sport Somare

er saulting into the sea of

foam, but this is so open to

puns. Another pun in the

'Australian' this morning about

Abbott headed for a hard

landing. And of course Abbott

in the cartoon in the

'Australian' I think is the

cartoon of the day, where we

have the census and the Abbott

story intertwined. The census

official coming out of the office with Abbott there

looking into the distance, so

let's pretty much it, apart

from this one form where some

guy answered no to every single

question. It's don't know if

we can pull up that photo

before Mike Smith before Mike Smith was talking about. We don't have the foet yes. But it was essentially

Tony Abbott doing a Somer

saultd into a padded pit in a gymnasium in Canberra somewhere. A sea of somewhere. A sea of foam. And the Sports Minister also did

it. They executed cuted it

very well. To the fly-in,

fly-out, you have had a look at

that too in the 'Australian'? A

piece by Bernard Salt looking

at the census figures. He says

because the census measures

where you are on the night of

the census, he says it's thrown

up some distortion. There's

some mining towns in WA where

the population where 30% of the

population is fly-in, fly-out.

And they're counted in that

Western Australian mining town,

not their home town. So that is

a distortion in the census that

the social planners and even

Treasury will have to take

account of because the real

population of those towns is

exaggerated. Do they indicate

that they are temporarily,

because really it's about where

you were on that night? There's

no other explanation. You have

do have to say whether you're

visiting. In place s Gold Coast

has had visitors but the

fly-in, fly-out people are

there for extended periods of

time and they're working there

and distorting the population

figures. Thank you very much. I was disappointed

because I wasn't home on the

night of the census.. I am was

not counted. You're a nobody. I

am nothing. I don't exist. We

still you anyway. Vanessa

O'Hanlon joins us with the

weather. Yesterday was not only

the winter solstice but

Adelaide's coldest June day in

12 years and for Melbourne 12 years and for Melbourne in

19 years. What a 24 hours it's

been for the mountains. As we

can see here, plenty of people

were rugged up yesterday and

making the most of the fresh

snow. At Victoria's Fall's

Creek they had 30cm and the

depth is up to half a metre so

it will be lots of fun this

weekend. Another front will

send cold showers, winds across

the south-east, falling as snow

on the Alps as far north as the

NSW central tablelands. A

trough will cause light showers

in eastern Queensland, dry over

the interior and also most of

the West undear high pressure

system. In Queensland today -

After the break, we will preview this weekend's general election in Papua New Guinea.

It's been marred by a long running dispute over who in

fact the legitimate Prime

Minister is. Peter O'Neill or

Sir Michael Somare, who has

been Prime Minister for many

year. After 7 we will bring you

live coverage of a media

conference by Jason Clare He

will updatous on the situation

still unfolding off Christmas Island. Australian authorities have confirmed three asylum

seekers have died. 110 have

been found but of course there are

are grave fears held for the 80

or so others still missing in

the waters. We will bring you

those comment about further

coverage of this disaster off

Christmas Island after this

very short break. See you soon.

Scores feared drowned after

an asylum seeker boat capsize s

in Indonesian waters. This is a

very distressing and tragic

incident. We don't know the

full details yet. But clearly

we have lost a number of lives. This Program is Captioned

Live.

Y bomber Umar Patek sentenced

to 20 years in jail for his

role in the 2002 tragedy. A

decision expected shortly on

whether Julian Assange will be

granted political asylum in

Ecuador. And the excitement

building as Black Caviar gets

closer to her English debut.

Good morning, welcome to ABC

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