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rescued in rough seas are on their way to Christmas

Island. Only last week we saw

another four people drowned.

That is what concerns me -

stopping people dying at sea.

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The former head of Barclays

bank quizzed by MPsant

Britain's rate rigging

scandal. I'm sorry. I'm

disappointed. And I'm also

angry. Was Yasser Arafat poisoned? The former

Palestinian leader's widow

agrees to have his body

exhumed. And the Maroons claim

a seven-straight series win

after a thrilling Origin decide

er What a champion footy side

to win seven in a row. It takes

something special. Good morning, it is

Thursday, 5 July. I'm Andrew Geoghegan. And I'm Karina

Carvalho. The top story - a

group of asylum seekers whose

boat got into difficulty offer

the Indonesian coast are on

their way to Christmas Island.

162 people were on board the

boat which sent out a distress

signal early yesterday they've been transferred to two naval

ships. They've been taken to Christmas Island for health,

security and identity check,

it's believed three asylum

seekerings require medical treatment. For more Winsome

Denyer joins us from Canberra.

Just talk us through, what are

the details of this latest boat

arrival? Well, Andrew, we do

know that the asylum seekers on

board those two Australian Navy

ships are still en route to

Christmas Island. Weir not

quite sure exactly when they

will arrive but probably likely

some time this morning or later

today. There are 162 people on

those boats and we did hear

that three of them are requiring medical

assistance. So we will just

have to wait and see what the

outcome of that is. Now, on a

related matter, we understand

that the Greens Senator Sarah

Hanson-Young has gone to

Indonesia to talk to those

people seeking asylum? That is

right. Senator Sarah Hanson-Young who

Hanson-Young who is the Greens

immigration spokes woman, she's

taken herself to Indonesia to

speak first hand to asylum

seekers and refugees there. And

she's found that people that

she has spoken to have a

genuine fear and she says that

they know the risks when

they're going on these boats

but they're in such a desperate

situation they feel that is

still the best option for them. She said that this experience

of going over there has even

further hardends her opposition

to offshore processing. So the

Greens have already said that

they're not willing to

compromise, so it doesn't look

like there is going to be any compromise coming from the

Greens on that asylum seeker

policy impasse at this

stage. There must be even

further concern about the

situation on Christmas Island,

given we have had so arrivals

recently. I think there is

concern that the accommodation

there has certainly reached the

point where it's now full. That

is right. Obviously we've had

so many arrivals an there's

only a limited amount of space

on Christmas Island. We will be

seeking to speak to those

people there on Christmas

Island to see the situation

because it will definitely be

reaching a breaking point and

with 162 more people on the

way, the question has to be asked where everyone is going

to fit in. Just on another

matter this morning, there is

speculation in the media of

talks between the Greens and

the Government about possible

changes to the carbon tax legislation. That is right.

There's a report in the

'Australian' newspaper this

morning that says the

Government is negotiating with

the Greens on possibly lowering

the floor price of the carbon

tax. Now, the ABC has spoken to the Climate Change Minister

Greg Combet and he says that

the Government is still

committed to that floor price

that has been put forward with

the carbon tax package.

Obviously the Government is

continuing to speak to Greens

on a variety of issues, but he

says that the Government is

still committed to that floor

price at this stage. Thanks

very much. Let's check the

rest of the day's news. Good

morning. The former head of

Britain's Barclays bank has

apologised for the rate rigging

scandal that cost him his job.

Diamond has been questioned by

British MPs for three hours.

He's described the behaviour of

those responsible as

represencible. Mr Diamond says

he only learned the full extent

of the scandal this month and

felt physically ill when he

read emails from traders

accused of rate fixing. The

widow of former Palestinian

leader Yasser Arafat has agreed

to have his body exhumed to

find out if he was poisoned.

The Palestinian Authority had

been considering the move but

only if his family only if his family agreed

iefrmtsd been reveal Swiss

scientists have found evidence

of the radioactive material

polonium on the clothes he was

wearing when he die ed in 2004. Mining billionaire Palmer has revealed Tony Abbott talked

him out of contesting the

Treasurer's seat at the next

Federal election. Mr Palmer had

intebdsed to seek preselection

for Wayne Swan's seat of

Lilley. He is now eyeing off

the seat held by Independent MP

Bob Katter. He is also

on the Sunshine Coast. The man considering the seat of Fairfax

accused of decapitating his

neighbour in northern NSW is

expected to face court in

Sydney today. Jonathon Stenberg

was extradited from Darwin

yesterday after a 6-day man

hunt. In a bizarre twist, it's

emerged he auditionedtor the

role of a police officer in a

murder mystery film in the

Queensland town of Winton while

he was on the run. The sunshine

state is also a lot brighter

this morning - Queensland has

won its seventh straight State

of Origin series. A late field

goal by halfback Cooper Cronk

secured the win in the dies

stages of the match. We will

have more on the win in sport

quick with Paul Kennedy. Let's take a

quick look at finance.

The US markets are closed

for 4 July celebrations. More now on the More now on the rate rigging scandal. Former

Barclays chief executive Bob

Diamond has acknowledged there

were mistakes and reprehensible

behaviour at the bank. However,

he insisted Barclays had acted

quickly to tackle the problems

as soon as rate fixing scandal

came to light. Appearing before

a British Parliamentry inquiry

in London, Mr Diamond says the

behaviour at the bank was

disappointeding. I'm sorry. I'm

disappointed. And I'm also

angry. There is absolutely no

excuse for the behaviour of the

- that was exhibited in those

activities in the types of

emails that were written. And I

stand for a lot of people at

Barclays that are really,

really angry about this. One of

my biggest worries is this is

wrong and I'm not happy about

it. But we put all the

resources we could to make sure that the people we knew with that behaviour were dealt

with. For more on this story

our Europe correspondent

Phillip Williams joins us now

from London. Good morning. Bob

Diamond was quizzed for three

hours by MPs. What else did he

have to say? Really his basic

message was one of apology, of contrition, saying that the

majority of the 140,000

employees at Barclays didn't

deserve the stain on their

reputation created by a few

rogue traders. He also said

that as soon as they got wind

that this activity was going

on, this manipulation of this

key interest rate by some of

its traders that they got the

investigators in, spent ?100

million, $250,000 trying to

sort it out. Of course

then. Then the of course

questions came from the Select

Committee members, saying hang

on you were the boss this was

happening under your watch, why

on earth didn't you know about

this? And he said simply it had

been kept at a low level and

the news of it just hadn't

filtered up the system. Of

course a lot of criticism about

not just his style but the bank's structure that the senior members wouldn't know

what was going on further down

the line that affected a very,

very important key rate that of

course affects us all

ultimately because it is a lead

rate that other institutions

follow. And many MPs weren't

satisfied with Bob Diamond's

evidence, were they? No, and

there are many that aren't

entirely convinced that senior

executives and perhaps him included didn't know about

this. And want a further full

inquiry, a full judicial

inquiry. This is something the

Government has resisted. The

British Government has said,

no, it will have a

parliamentary inquiry. That is

xefl the first step happened

today with this select

committee and others said,

look, these are MPs, they're

not trained interrogators,

they're not necessarily the

best of the job. We need fully

trained barristers and lawyers

doing the job to the best of

their ability and we will get

more out of it and ultimately

get a better banking system.

But really what Bob Diamond is

emblematic of a system that

many in Britain regard as out

of control, as having been

governed by greed and having

basically eroded the good name

of the British banking system

and many concede and Bob

Diamond concedes of course that

they now have a task of re

building that and his departure

rules a line to some degree under Barclays but of course in

there are all the other

questions - if Barclays was

involved in this and Bob Diamond certainly hinted there

are others, then surely there

are many others that have

questions to answer as well. What is likely to happen

next with the parliamentry

inquiry? Well, they will no

doubt wheel in all - a host of

other banker, the Bank of

England will no doubt be

involved, the regulatory

authorities and it will be

interesting to see what they

come up with in the end because

they want the Prime Minister -

the Prime Minister wants this to be a quick turnaround

inquiry so they can get quick

action and it doesn't make a

long time. I would imagine what

they will be doing is in the

end some sort of advice about

re regulating about removing

what was called the light touch

on the city and basically

putting a little more teeth

into the regulatory authorities

that they have already or

perhaps inventing some new ones

because certainly that vital

word - trust - has been

decoupled from the other word -

banking. Until that is reestablished, of course then

you really have a situation

where the British public and

perhaps those beyond Britain

look at British banking and

think how honest is it? Phillip

Williams in London, we will

leave it there. The scientists

who came up with the idea of

the Higgs Boson particle says

he's delighted Europe physicist

appear to have proven its existence. The researchers say

they're all but certain to have

found the sub atomic article

which is the building block of

the universe Professor Higgs

says it's great to be proven

right. For me it's just the

confirmation of something that

I did 48 year s ago and it's

very satisfying to be proved

right in some way. What I did

48 years ago wasn't very

specific, it wasn't actually

about a theory but a type of

theory so I am not particularly bothered about whether this is

a single Higgs Boson or one of

several. But it's very

satisfying. That is Professor

Peter Higgs there. And we will

be speaking to Graham Philips,

the presenter of 'Catalyst'

later in the program just to

discuss the significance of

that finding. Now, to the front

pages of the major newspapers

around the country - and little

wonder what the Queenslanders

are leading with on their front

page. It is great to be a Queenslander - the 'Courier

Mail' celebrates the Maroon's

magnificent seven. 'The Daily

Telegraph' says the boys in

Blue did NSW proud in last

night's one-point loss. There's

lots of bloodies on that front page. Origin also leads the 'Sydney Morning Herald'

alongside a report that falling

overseas sales of the ugg boot

have triggered a collapse in

global sheepskin prices. The

'West Australian' pays tribute

to SAS sergeant Blaine Diddams,

the soldier from Perth who was

killed in Afghanistan this week. The 'Herald Sun' reports

that Hoddle Street executioner,

as they term him, Julian Knight

has been refused parole ahead

of a potential release in 2014. In Geneva and Melbourne

yesterday scientist announced

they had discovered the God

particle and that story is on the front page of the

'Age'. Labor is negotiating

with the Greens to lower the

floor price of the carbon tax, according to the 'Australian'.

More on that a bit later. Striking unionists give

Gina Rinehart the finger on the

front of the 'Financial

Review'. Criticism from the

coroner is making SA Bliss

think twice about going on high

speed pursuits, reports the 'Advertiser'. Hobartians are being monitored by hundreds of

CCTV cameras, says the

'Mercury'. And a sing soug Dog

is on the front page of the

Northern Territory News.

Freddie Barcury! A singing

crocodile not maybe not. If you

would like to send us your

commentings or emails, here are the details.

Michael Rowland is not here

at the moment. I'm sitting in

for him and it's ABC Andrew G.

I should update my Twitter

account! Let's take a quick

look at the weather around the


These are the top stories -

more than 160 asylum seekers

rescued in rough seas off Indonesia are now on their way

to Christmas Island. They're on

two Australian Navy ship that

went to their aid early yesterday. Three of the asylum

seekers are believed to need medical treatment. The former

head of Barclays bank says the

behaviour of those responsible

for the rate rigging scandal is

reprehensible. Bob Diamond has

been quizzed by British MPs.

He's apologise and says he

didn't know the ex tent of the

scandal until this month. And

Yasser Arafat's widow has

agreed to have his body

exhumed. Swiss scientists

believed the former Palestinian

leader may have been poison

after they found radioactive material polonium on his

clothing and belongings. It's emerged that Opposition Leader

Tony Abbott interveevened to

stop Clive Palmer's plan to

contest Federal Treasurer Wayne

Swan's seat of Lilley. Now is

looking at the Fairfax on the

coast of Queensland or Kennedy. What actually happened

is we got enormous sport. I had

3,700 letters written to me,

3,000 people offering to work

in the campaign, major

candidatings coming forward:

The LNP will tell you on the

way day I expressed my

announcement for Lilley I got

double the number of

nominations for the state. Have

a talk to Brad Henderson, I am

sure he will tell you that. I listened to what Tony Abbott said. He said, Clive, don't

stand for Lilley. And of course

I didn't stand for Lilley

because I respect my leader. The Queensland Premier

was left shaken but unhurt

after being involved in a car

accident on the Sunshine

Coast. Campbell Newman had to

kick his way out after another

car allegedly ran through a

stop sign. It was over within

a matter of seconds, the

Karbalaying the state's leader

collided with another car along

ocean Drive, shocking nearby

drivers. The blue car came

flying out of here and the

white statesman came through,

hit him. It happened so

quickly. We were two cars

behind with the baby in the car

so it was scary. But Campbell

Newman kept his cool. Shook us

all up a lot. The door was

completely jammed. I had to

kick the door with both feet to

get out of the car. The driver

of the other car ran through a

stop sign and rammed into the

Premier's car. They bounced off

us. Airbag s deployed, saving

the passengerses from serious

injury. I was on the phone at

the time to my chief of staff

and the Director-General of

Premiers. I kept talking

throughout the thing I think I

said we've just been in a car

accident. It was he was

travelling with a driver, body

guard and media officer. Police

are waiteding to speak to the

woman in the other car who was

treated for neck and back

pain. The main priority was for

her to get medical

treatment. Campbell Newman made

to it the local government

conference but took the rest of

the afternoon off. A new

survey has found almost 80% of Australia's biggest emitteders

believe a price on carbon is

here to stay . That's despite

Tony Abbott's commitment to

abolish the carbon tax if he

wins Government. Around 40% of

those surveyed expect the

carbon tax will be repealed but

most expect a price on carbon

by 2020. Sam sung has been

forced to stop selling its

galaxy Nexus smartphone in the

United States. Apple paid a $96

billion bond to cover Sam

sung's loss, it follows a

prelipnary ruling that the

company inflinged four of the

iPhone pait yints. -

patents. Let's check finance

and the figures. In the US the

markets were closed for

Independence Day.

Before sport, let's bring

you up to date with a story

that's come out of the

international whaling Committee

meeting that is being held.

South Korea is proposing to

hunt whales under regulation s

permitting scientific hunting.

Hunting would take place near

the Korean coastline on minke

whales. How many would be

caught is still unclear.

Apparently many governments at

the i.z WC meeting have

condemned the Korean

announcement. We will bring you

more details on that as we get them this morning. Meantime,

Paul is on the couch to talk

sport and. It was a good match

last night. A great match. A

good morning for Queensland

fans and Queensland you were

barracks hard for the Ma

roonce. For the Blue, always

next year. For those people who

didn't see all the action in

the State of Origin, all for

those who did and want to see

it again, here are all the

highlights because the

Queensland team has won 21 to

20 with Cooper Cronk kicking

the winning point. One for the

Blues: He goes over the line.

Does he get the ball down? A

simple try. If it has been

scoertd. Thy thy thy. - scored.

Thied thied thied. It's a - Sam

Thaiday. He's got the ball away. Smith was away. Smith was there waiting. Here comes the defence

of Carney! Carney across the

ground like lightning. Now

Ingmar Bergman then it's gone

to - now I think less and then

to Parker. Hodges running it

out to the open. Hodges! He

scored! He puts a little kick

in and Stuart. And he beats

another. It's Smith giving it

to G #i678d. Greg Inglis is

pulled down. Farrer puts a kick

out. They are over the top. So

they're on the last tackle and

Cooper's gone for a long range

shoi.'S got plenty of business. Goodness gracious me, what a

kick! He put the ball into the

crowd on the eastern side. So

what do the coaches think about

that? Let's take a listen. What

a champion footy side. To win

seven in a row, it takes

something special, it takes -

you've got to understand the

enormity of the challenge,

obviously going into every

series favourites and trying to

keep that winning streak going,

it takes a lot of fortitude and

effort. Attitude it's fantastic

the commitment from the footy

side. And we had to be all that

tonight to win that game. So

very proud of the boys and the

way they went about the game

tonight and because of that effort we're in there

celebrating. It's nice to see

the two groups come together

genuinely and legitimate ly after that game. Those

Queensland boys, they won a big

match there tonight, and it was

nice to hear some of the things

they were saying to our

blokes. It was nice to see

those boys in the circle there

because they know what it's

like and no-one likes losing

but you take it on the chin, we

have to move forward. Let's go to overseas sport because the

Tour de France had a

spectacular crash in Mark

Cavendish was in the middle of

it. And Andre Greipel won the

stage. There's a lot of

movement again but they are

coming down here in in excess

of 55km. Cavendish is in the

middle of that one at the

moment! And so too I think is

Boasson Hagen. We will check

again but Robbie Hunter has

gone on the ground. He's was in

three crashes yesterday. It is

Cavendish sadly he is down. He

looks a little bit stunned at

the moment. He is waiting to

make the move and he is making

the move now Matthew Goss as he

runs up the outside. With

Greipel hold off Goss. Simon is

coming up on the right. Greipel

has won this, Petacchi around

him. Petacchi on the line. Poor Mark Cavendish, he

won't be a happy camper this

afternoon because that could

have been another victory for

him. Another big night in the

Tour de France and a big night

in tennis too at Wimbledon.

With all this sport around

there were quarterfinals played

last night to tell us about it

is Steve Pearce. He was court

side for those matches. Let's

start with Federer. He had an

easy win and some say this was

Federer of five years ago. He

looked good. It was a vintage

Federer display. But this is

the match he loves here at

Wimbledon. It was a

quarterfinal meeting and he was

pretty happy to have a chance

of booking his place in the

semifinal for the first time in

three years an he came up

against a Russian who he beats

for fun. They've met now 14

tiement an Federer has won

every single time they've

plaid. As youz can see the

match-up is just great for him.

Federer is able to dictate all

the things that happen on court

- his movement was just superb

today. Everything was working

and his lovely little dinks and

slices that he can manage at

the net on both flanks and his

power of that single handed

backhand which is still a thing

of beauty when he is coming up

against player s who don't have

the power of Nadaled on

Djokovic. At one point he

turned to Andre Agassi, up in the royal box and pleaded for

some help, who was sitting

along side William and Kate.

But no help came. He won just

five games. Agassi looks

straight there in a suit! Let's

talk about Djokovic, Djokovic,

Murray and Wilfred Tsonga were

on last night. Djokovic looked

pretty good. He came up more

resist ance but it was a pretty

much a regulation win. He was

quickly off the court: When he

needed to raise his game and he

did and to me Djokovic is

looking the most solid of all of

of those players. He is very,

very likely to defend his title

I would think but he does have

to get through Federer first.

Andy Murray, this was the real

drama of the day. This was very

long match. The best part of four hours an it ebbed and

flowed and his opponent, who

has become a great player on

all surfaces made a habit of

getting every ball back. He snatched the first and should

have had the second. From there

it would have been a tough ask

for Murray. But somehow he

forced a tiebreak, found

himself behind in the tiebreak

but manage ed to dig himself

out, and sometimes just

sometimes he can hit some of

the bigger winners as he gets

deeper into the match. It's his

defence that's beaten Murray

out of so many tough

situations. He managed to get

through to the great pleasure

of the local crowd, the local

fans and I think that the whole

tennis world really because

just having the home player at

whichever tournament gives it

that extra buzz, especially

when you have that record that

not since 1938 has a British

man been to the singles final

here. He is one step a way and

he does haven't to play

Nadal! That is going to be

important in the end. You will

be glad to know I have a feel

ing inside that it might be

Murray's year with the 1930

statistics wheeled out early in

this tournament. I think Andy

Murray might win it this year.

With that, I thank you and

enjoy. I know you're off to dinner now. So thanks

again. Off to the Indian up the

road and then ladies semifinal

tomorrow. It should be tomorrow. It should be a good

day tomorrow. And I hope I

haven't overdosed everyone on

sport this early in the

morning: There's plenty

happening so we might down

break down the Origin match at

the end of the day. ABC News

Breakfast can be watched live

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ABC News website, and you will

find a link to News 24 which is

streamed live every day. Now

let's check the late nest the

weather. Good morning. Well

this map says it all - barely

any cloud as the weather

becomes more settled in the

south-east. And remains the

same clout the interior and

north. We do have the combination of a very strong

high pressure system and also a

complex low pressure cell that

is directing a cold southerly

flow. The southerly winds are

pushing showers along the

coastline, mostly affecting

NSW. Tomorrow, rain and winds

will increase over WA's

south-west, we will see the

development of a front al

system and by Monday this will

have ros cro crossed into the

south-east and - crossed into

the east and we should see rain

increasing over parts of the

east of Queensland.

You're watching ABC News

Breakfast. Let's you some more

information now on the proposal

that South Korea has put

forward to begin a whaling

program. It's proposed to hunt

whales under regulations

permitting scientific whaling

similar to that of

Japan. Hunting would take place

near the Korean coast on minke

whales but how many would be

caught is unclear. Now, the

IWC, the international whaling

Commission is meeting in pan y

Ma at the moment and the -

Panama at the moment and the

New Zealand delegation says

this board owners the reckless

because there is a kind of

minke whale jay stock that

severely deploelt ed in these

waters. The South Korean

delegation says the proposal

has not bnl ven b finalise bud

the expected situation is to

resume the hunting of minke

whales in that area. Now we

will also speak to our

Queensland reporter Francene

Norton about the sentencing of

triple murderer Max Sica. Insiders presenter Barrie

Cassidy will be here to review

the newspapers and we will

discuss a new survey that shows big business thinks the carbon

tax is here to stay. But before

all of, that we will watch

catching up on the morning's

news with Andrew. Leading the

news - more than 160 asylum

seekers rescued from rough seas

near Indonesia are on their way to Christmas Island. They've

been transferred to two

Australian Navy ships after their boat got into difficulties difficulties early yesterday.

They've been taken to Christmas

Island for health, security and

identity checks. The former

head of Britain's Barclays

banks says those responsible

for the rate rigging scandal is

re pre hencible. He says he

didn't find out about the full extent of the scandal until

this month. The widow of former

Palestinian leader Yasser

Arafat has agreed to have his

body exhumed to find out if he

was #30isonned. The Palestinian

Authority had been considering

the move but only if his family

agreed. It's been revealed

Swiss scientists have found

evidence of the radioactive

material polonium on the clothes he was wearing when he

died in 2004. Mining magnate

Clive Palmer has revealed Tony

Abbott talked him out of

contesting the Treasurer's seat

at the next Federal election. Mr Palmer had intended to seek preelection for swaips's seat

of Lilley. He is now eyeing off

the seat held by Independent

Bob Katter and Fairfax on the

Sunshine Coast. The man accused

of decapitating his neighbour

in northern NSW is expected to

face court in Sydney today. Jonathon Stenberg was

extradited from Darwin

yesterday after a six-day man

hunt. More now on our top

story - passengers of an asylum

seeker boat which sent out a distress signal early yesterday

are now on their way to

Christmas Island. The Home

Affairs Minister Jason Clare

says the safety of people on

board is the priority. In the last 12 months we have seen

more than 300 people drown. We

saw 200 people drown in

December, we saw 90 people

drown three weeks ago, only

last week we saw another four

people drown. That is what

concerns me. Stopping people

dying at sea. Britain's Prime

Minister has described the

scanned Atmore Barclays bank is

appalling. Irt means homeowners

and businesses have had to pay

higher interest rates. Mr

Cameron says bankers who leave

their jobs amid scandals

shouldn't be excited to huge

payouts. I think it could be

completely wrong if people who

are leaving under these

circumstance were given some

vast pay off. It would not be

right and I very much hope that

does not happen. In term of what the Government can do,

what we are going to do is

legislate to all pay deals are

put to shareholders in a

binding vote and those deals

should include any severance

payments. Just to that news we

were reporting of earlier and

the bomb shell that sorng has

dropped on the International

Whaling Commission say ing it's

planning to start killing

whales for scientific research.

I want Fos use the same loop

hole used by Japan to justify its whaling program. And South

Korean delegates at the Whaling

Commission say they will submit

their plans to the global body

scientific committee. They say

they're not looking for

approval from other nations.

Now this meeting is taking

place in Panama City. The South

Korean sell gaetion says the -

delegation says the research

was needed for proper assess

ment of whole stocks. There are

different stocks or groups of minke whales in the region. One

of them, the jay stock, is

severely deploet deplete and

New Zealand's delegation says

they believe that scientific whaling on this stock board

owners the reckless. But the

South Korean sell gaetion says the program was necessary to

answer questions about minke

whale stocks that non-lethal

research had been un able to

solve. We are seeking some

comment from the Government. We

haven't had any success there

at the moment. As soon as we do

we will bring that to you. This

will have reverberation s

across the world. Certainly

here in the Southern Hemisphere where Australia and New Zealand

are very much opposed to

whaling of course and that as

we reported they - South Korea

are now essentially wants to be

seen to be doing what Japan is

doing. Perhaps with a to

hunting what they say coastal

huntdzing of whales. Some sort

of loophole in the

International Whaling

Commission. We will seek the

comment from conservation

groups as well. It's seen as

the holy grail as physics. A

particle's whose existence has

never been proven but is

believed on the the basic

building black of the universe. It's being hailed as

the biggest breakthrough in

physics in 100 year. Announcements in Geneva and at a conference in

Melbourne heralded the sight of

a particle consistent with the

Higgs Boson which has I A-luded

scientist force decades . It's

clearly one of the biggest

discoveries we're looking for

and for the last 100 years that

is for sure. The Higgs Boson

will be a manifestation that

the theory which predicts why

particles have a mass, why we

have a mass for example, so

it's really the last missing

link in what we call in physics

the standard model which we see

in all other aspects of any perfect description of nature. The Higgs Boson thorough theery was published

in 1964 by Professor Peter

hition. He explained how as the

smallest part of the atom it

allowed matter to acquire mass.

Dr Peter Yenny who believed

finding it could help explain

the world better. When we

understand the laws of physics

we are able to develop

technologies for the benefit of

society. The physical work

defined the Higgs Boson was

done in particle accelerators.

The main one is the large

Hadron collider at the European

organisation for nuclear

research or CERN in Switzerland. Thousands around

the world including in Australia contributed to the

atlas experiment which built

the equipment powerful enough

to find the Higgs Boson. The

standard model is not complete

but without this in fact this

is the last ingredient of the

standard model and it really

puts the finishing touches on a

model or it tells us we have to look somewhere else. Many

fizzists doubted whether the

Higgs Boson doubted at all

which is why this announcement has electrified the science

world. I think it's a very

important milestone on our

quest to understand the beauty

of nature. The symmetry of nature

nature time and time again has

helped physicist and other scientist understand the world

around them. Far from being the

last word, the discovery will

be the basis of future research

say those involved. What this

is doing for suss giving us a

new - for us is give us a new

platform, a small breaking of

the sim et ry is taking place

and then we can look at things

like dark matter, to things

like whether there are extra

dimensions in space, time. More

research is being done to

confirm once and for all if the

invisible particle that was the

star of the show is in fact the

Higgs Boson. We will have more

on that later in the show. BHP

Billiton has launched legal

action against the maritime

union over an illegal but

short-lived strike in the

Western Australian town of Port

Hedland earlier this year. The

mining company is seeking

millions of dollars in damages.

The union says it will

vigorously defend the law

suit. The world's biggest

miner is taking on Australia's

waterfront union. BHP Billiton

has issued a writ in has issued a writ in the

Supreme Court seeking damages

from the Maritime Union,

alleging tug boat operators in Port Hedland took illegal

industrial action in early

March at the direction of a

union official. The miner

claims the four-hour stoppage

disrupted shipping and it's now

seeking to recoup its losses of

$7 million. The union says it will vigorously defend the

claim and it's not the only

fight it's had on its

hands. Chevron attacked the MWU

after its members in Kwinana

prevent add barge with foreign

workers from reaching the

Gaughin gas projetting on

Barrow island. In a statement

the company Syd said it was

ex-treatmently disappointed

with what it calls the disruptive and irresponsible

behaviour of the union. But the MWU says it's just looking

after its members. The reason

they're against my union is

because they're the most

productive union in the

country. As far as I am

concerned we are militants but

we give work ears fair go. The

Premier has weighed into the

debate saying the MUA is

hurting the State's

meperation. Some of the big

company also saying we cannot

be sure of the reliability of

work being done in WA, not the

work being done but the ability

to transport it by barge to the

site. The barge is now site. The barge is now heading

north after Fair Work Australia

intervened in the dispute. You

are watching ABC News Breakfast. The top stories -

more than 160 asylum seekers

rescued in rough seas off

Indonesia are now on their way

to Christmas Island. There they

are on only two Australian Navy

ship s to went to their aid

yesterday. Three of the asylum

seek ers are believed to need

medical treatment. South Korea

says it plans to follow Japan's

lead and start hunting whales

for scientific research.

They've told the International Whaling Commission they will

submit their plan s soon and

aren't looking for approval

from other nations. The former

head of Barclays bank says the

behaviour of those responsible

for the rate rigging scandal is

reprehensible. Bob Diamond has

been quizzed by British MPs.

He's apologise and says he

didn't know the extent of the

scandal until this month.

One of Britain's best

loved come comedy actors an

writers Sykes has died, aged

89. Sykes's career spand more

than 50 years. He first came to

prominence as a regular

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Show'. He had his own TV comedy

show in the 1960s. For a For a

look at the national newspapers

we're joined by the host of ABC

Insiders and 'Offsiders'

program, BAS Barrie Cassidy. We will start with the front page

of the 'Age'. The front page of

practical ly every newspaper in

the world, I - the point has

been made that most people will

reed read this story and almost

to the last person nobody will

have a clue what they have just

read. It will mean absolutely

zip to them. This is the discovery of the Higgs Boson

which most of us didn't exist

and we didn't know we were

looking for it and now we've

found it what do we do with it

and what does it mean? We will get excited because the sign

Ties are excited but I am yet

to read a piece that explains

it to someone without a

scientific background. We know

it's about mass. It helps us

understand how the universe was

formed. That is one thing, it's

a milestone in the history of

modern science, its last un

discovered particle and this

goes to your point it's thought

to give all other particles

their mass. But so what? What

does it - excuse me. They

compare it for example to the

discovery of DNA. We know what

that has done for society. What

will this do? I think it's

about the DNA of the universe, the building block of the

universe, it's referred to as

the god particle but I think

people are saying once we get a

good understanding of it

perhaps we can do something

with mass, remove mass. So you

can move abouts that won't

weigh anything. Is that what

you can do? That is one

interpretation. Good. I'm

learning something all the

time! This is what I was looking for in today's newspapers an I couldn't find

it. We need some really simple

explanations as to what I

thought it might mean. I

thought the 'Age' article was

good at explaining what it was.

There is a video on the BBC

website that uses ping-pong

balls to explain it. Maibt's

me. But this cost $10 billion.

Not just this discovery but the

whole exercise that is going on

under the am s at the collider

and basically what are they

doing with the collide ever

they're smashing things at very

fast speeds and then suddenly like

like this turns up. A group of scientist said they wanted to

gribry a court injunction to

stop it because they thought

the experiment might cause a

black hole and destroy the

earth. It. If you're smashing

a-Doms it's a scary thought.

Still, it was really

interesting that it broke

simultaneously in Melbourne and

the rest of the worlds because

so many of these key scientist brs gathered in Melbourne at

the same time. Let's move on to

the 'Financial Review'. And the

continuing fallout from the

carbon tax. Yeah, and Geoff kit

ni if the 'Financial Review'

has an interesting take on

this. He talks about sudden

sidence in the debate that both

sides have surprised how

quickly the public debate dried

up. This is the most

controversial new reform in a

decade and was spoke ed to

wreak havoc but the quote he

has here is that it's had a

very soft landing. The question

raised in that is who benefits

from the fact that already the

debate has gone quiet? The

Government would argue it means

there is no momentum to Tony

Abbott's campaign in this that

he will struggle to keep nit

the headlines. And that it

shows that it's a massive beat-up. That is their

argument. The Coalition on the

other hand says it means the

people have already made up

their minds and they're simply looking forward to the election, they don't want to

hear any more about it. I guess

that is - the pressure is on

the Government, surely, given

that the shape of the poles an

the people need persuading ite

it's a good idea, so the

pressure is on the Government

to persuade them, not the other

way around. You've been across

this for so long. Has it

surprised you that the heat has

gone out of it for so long? No,

with 1 July there was nothing

tangible, there was nothing to

see or feel, prices aren't

going to go up immediately in

mostis kaitss, the power bills

haven't arrived yesterday,

nothing has happened in the

supermarket. I am not

surprised. It's a hard story

for the media to keep going and

it's hard for Tony Abbott to keep it going because he's used

all the lines before. It is a

question as the Opposition says

silence is golden. Maybe it is

because as I said it's the

pressure is on the Government

to turn this one around, not on

the Opposition. But there is

some pressure on the Opposition

to explain how exactly they're

going to fund pension rise and

tax cuts if they repeal the

carbon tax and they haven't

been able to spell that out. If

I if they 're going to take

compensation away and that is

unprecedented to give someone a

benefit and then take it away

because then you have to

persuade people the prices will

come down accordingly. The

headline in the 'Australian' as

well about the Government

according to this story is

talking to the Greens about

lower the floor price and also

bringing the ETS forward from

2015. But you're reporting this

morning I think Greg Combet has

denied that. Yes, and I think we're speaking to Frank Jotzo

later on. The latest survey

from the big emitters about

what they think the future of

the carbon tax will be, most

seem to think it will be here. It may

It may be repeal ed in the

short-term but eventually it

will come back. If this story

is not right the Government needs

needs to jump on it quickly.

Any impression that they're

starting to go weak at the

knees under mining their whole

campaign to try to persuade

people it's necessary and

they're on the right

track. Let's move on to the front page of 'The Telegraph'. Got to love the

'Telegraph', there's a pointer

on page one about cash strapped

drivers running on empty. This

is the theory that motorist s

are squeezing every last drop

out of their fuel tanks before payday because presumably

they're broke and the cost of

living is overwhelming them,

it's apparent ly far worse than

it's ever been. The evidence in

this is that the NSW road says

one driver a week runs ot of

petrol in the harbour tunnel,

78 drivers in a year had to be

towed off the bridge. These

numbers are up a bit on

previous years. The theory that

people think squeezing every

last drop out of the tank

actually work s and that you

get more kilos out of your full

tank by doing it it treats

people as total idiotings.

People run out of petrol not

because they're squeezing every

last drop but because they're

careless. It's not great for

your car either when you're

scraping the bottom of the

barrel as far as the engine is concerned. Then you have to

wait for the NRNA, get dragged

off the bridge. This sort of

stuff it does treat the reader

as it idiotings. Interesting

time given that fuel prices are

at their lowest level they've

been in some time. Let's move

on to the State of Origin. I

always the newspapers after

State of Origin. And especially

at the end of the series. This

one is a little different. No

whinges, no controversies and

that is what make s it

different and the referese

aren't even being mentioned in

any of the stories which is a

hell of a relief. The 'Courier

Mail' I lo love the headline - it's great to be a Queenslander. The Queenslander. The mighty Maroons have done it again and

they've got pictures enclosed

in a giant seven and that is

seven series in a row now. The

Queensland paper, though, does

concede the toughest series by

far of the seven. But they won

it in the end because of

composure and that they kept

cool heads. In NSW, now 'The

Telegraph' bruised, bloody and

brave, that is all fair enough

because they did well. I like

Paul Kent's take on it in 'The

Telegraph'. He says draw the

curtain, pull the koofr covers

over, Queensland has won again,

it's now official purring

trilasts at least seven

yearsance all because of one

lousy point. There's always

next year as they say. That is what the front page says. There

will be discussion as to

whether this was the greatest

series ever. Because it was so

tight. Three games the margins

were 8 points, four points an

one point. So I guess that

tells you that the Queensland

dominance is over. The run

continues but NSW is competive

again. I think, though, the

sobering thought out of all of

this is Queensland won again

without the best player in the

world, without Billy Slater. Incredible. Thank you

very much. Thank you. The man

at the centre of Queensland's

longest murder trial will be

sentenced in a prison court

today. Max Sica was convicted

of killing his former

girlfriend and her two siblings

in their home in 2003. ABC reporter Francene Norton has been followed the case and

joins us now from Brisbane.

Good morning. This has been one

of the biggest cases to hit the

Queensland courts in years,

heent it? Yes, that is

right. Good morning. This is

Queensland's longest running

murder trial, it lasted almost

80 days, it's also one of

Queensland's most notorious

crimes in recent history. It

took police nine year s to that

Max Sica, a Brisbane man,

killed his former girlfriend

with a guard European Union

fork. He also murdered her

brother and sister in their

Bridgeman Downs home in 2003 on

Easter Sunday. Their bodies

were dumped in the family spa

bath. Now it was Max Sica who

called triple zero and alerted

police to discover ing the

bodies in their home. And so

what is expected to happen

today, Francene? Well, the frct

Justice John Byrne will hear sentencing submissions from the

prosecution and the defence. We

do know that Max Sica will

spend at least 20 years behind

bars because there is a

mandatory minimum jail term for

those convicted of multiple

murders. We understand, though,

that the prosecution could ask

Ask for a jail tem of 45 years.

He is pex expected to get less

than that but Max Sica is in

his 40s, so he will spend a

good proportion of the rest of

his life in jail. Although Max

Sica's supporters have

indicated they will appeal and

they have just under less than

a month to do that. We will leave it there, thank you. Time

to check sport with Paul. He is

on the couch. You're wearing

blue by they lost last

night. It was a great match and

Ricky Stuart can look to next

year if he is re appointed

there. Queensland kicked a late

field gold in last d d goal in last night's State of Origin

decide tore secure the seventhe

straight series win. It was

halfback Cooper Cronk who

kicked the field goal and 21 to

20 was the score. It left Blues

fans wonder ing what might have

been. NSW fans have been left

broken hearted after their team

went down by a point to

Queensland in a thrilling

decider. After so many years

without a win, the crowd was on

its feet as Todd Carney leveled

the scores with a conversion of

his career, after a freak try

from Josh Morris. But from Josh Morris. But the scenes of jubilation quickly

turned to devastation when

Cronk slot add field goal to

put the homeside in front and

clinch an unprecedented seventh

straight series victory. I was

heart broken. When he had that

king and he took it, he got -

kick and he took it, and we

were just sitting there so devastated. Pretty gutted. I

think it's time for the side to

rebuild over the next year and

I think NSW just needs to regroup. Amazing. Awesome.

That was probably & about six

of us. I have lost my voice

because I was cheering so loud. The match was billed as

one of the biggest in history

and it lived up to expectation,

it just wasn't the result Blues

fans were after. Including Jen

spher Browning I have to say.

But bad luck, Jen, and the Blue

s spores: They have a good

springboard for next year. To

the tennis now - Roger Federer

beat Youzhny last night 6-1,

6-1, 6-2. A very easy Family

First for Federer. He goes

through to a tough semifinal.

He will have to play Novak

Djokovic. Djokovic went through

in straight sets as well. Andy

Murray beat David merer in the

long - feriner the long match

of the day. You see the crowd

is very etch peck about the is very etch peck about the of Andy Murray. He will play Jo

Wilfred Tsonga in the

semifinal. At the Tour de

France, if you're a bit

squeamish don't look at this

crash. It was very difficult.

They were going fast at this

stage. It was 2.6km from the

end. And Mark Cavendish, the

world champion, the great

sprinter was in that. So he

wasn't able to get back into

it. Andre Greipel won the

sprint. And Cavendish was able

to get back on his bike and

finish the race. But not finish the race. But not sure

what is going to happen in the

near future for him. A couple

of weeks to go to the Olympics

so he might have to take care

of himself. Time for the

weather. Vanessa. On the

satellite image and cloud is

building along the NSW coast

with showery southerly winds. A

large band of cloud also making

its way to WA's south-west, and

this will increase rain and

winds tomorrow and into the

weekend by early next week a

high will make way for the

frontal system to move over

towards the east and that will

then interact with a trough in

Queensland. Further to

Queensland, isolated showers

about the south-east coast.

Stay with us because the

next hour we will be talking to

the Opposition's environment spokesman Greg Hunt about South

Korea's whaling proposal. So we

will have more on that after

the break including what it

means for Australia of course

Australia has been very opposed

to Japan's scientific whaling

program. And how this has come about from

about from that International

Whaling Commission meeting in

Panama that is being held. More

details on that. And we will

put those questions to the

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam. We

will be back after this very

short break. Stay with us.

More than 160 asylum

seekers rescued in rough seas

are on their way to Christmas

Island. Only last week we saw

another four people drown. That

is what concerns me - stopping

people dying at sea . This Program is Captioned

Live. Following Japan's lead

- South Korea plans to kill whales in the name of

science. The former head of

Barclays bank quizzed by MPs

about Britain's rate rigging

scandal. I am sorry. I'm

disappointed and I'm also

angry. And the Maroons claim a seventh straight series win

after a thrilling Origin

decider. What a champion footy

side. Just to win seven in a

row it takes something special.

Good morning, you are

watching ABC nufz on Thursday,

5 July, I'm Andrew Geoghegan.

Colling up - what is the future

for price on carbon? According

to a new survey most big emitters think it's here to

stay. We will find out more

shortly and Apple takes a bite

out of rival Sam sung. The

technology giant has won a

court Ord tore some Sam sung

selling its Nexus smartphone in the United States. To find out

what that means we will speak

to our technology expert Luke

Hopewell later in the program.

First the news. Thanks. Good

morning. A group of asylum

seekers whose boat got into

difficulty off the Indonesian

coast are on their wie to

Christmas Island. 162 people

were on board the boat which

sent out a distress signal

early yesterday. They've been

transferred to two Australian

rive naval ships and being

taken to Christmas Island for

health, security and identity

check, it's believed three

asylum seekers require medical