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(generated from captions) A new crackdown on the

alcohol-fuelled violence

marring Sydney's night

life. I'm a father of two and I

have two young children and I

don't want our children to be

going out on the streets and

have the fear that something

could happen to them. This Program is Captioned


Residents flee intense fight,

- fighting as Syrian rebels

launch their campaign for

Damascus. Another big bank

another scandal - a HSBC chief

executive resigns over money laundering. One global bank

file failed to comply with rule

s, and that fuels so much of what threatens the global

economy. And in sport Chris

Judd suspended for four matches

over that chicken wing

tackle. It was never my

intention to hurt Leigh Adams.

I will express this apology to

him personally since strength

and we would like to extend

that to the Carlton footy club

and their supporters. Good

morning, it's Wednesday, 18th

July, I'm Michael Rowland And I'm Beverley O'Connor. The top

story - every bar and club in

Sydney's Kings Cross will be

audited in a crackdown on

alcohol-fuelled violence. The

the move last night. It follows State Government a announced

the death of 18-year-old Thomas

Kelly in an un provoked attack

earlier this month. Last

night's forum also discussed ways to improve public

transport out of Kings Cross

and opting a more integrated

approach to tackling the

problem. A major effort has

been commenced, a major

operation has been commenced by

the office of liquor gaming and

including the police, to

undertake an inspection audit

and a compliance audit of every

licensed venue in Kings

Cross. With crowds and alcohol

and frustration about getting

home, it's not surprising our

researchers have observed 80

incidents of serious

anti-social behaviour in just

one hour during that time. As

an immediate measure the city

has proposed what we have

called a trial of a late night

- what we're called a sprint

service of oneway trains out of

the cross to town hall or

central where they connect with

extra night ride buses, of

course long-term what we need

is 24-hour transport. I

believe one of the things we

must resolve to do tonight and

hereafter is pay much more

attention to the police. The

police and the emergency

services, the police who have

to deal with the problems on

the street, the emergency

services who have to patch up the consequence s at the

hospital, they are at the front line. And we will be focusing

heavily on that very important

story this morning, and we will

be bringing you Sydney lord

mayor Clover and the Federal member for Wentworth Malcolm

Turnbull, who you just saw

speaking there about some of

the solutions that Dr Have come

out of f that forum. Our

reporter will talk to business

owners and the public in Kings

Cross. Let's get the rest fof

day's news. Good morning.

Syria's rebel forces say

they've launched an all-out

assaultor the capital,

Damascus. Fight has escalated

across the city as Government

forces deploy dunships to try

to relame rebel held areas. All

this comes as Western leaders

seek diplomatic measures to end

the civil war. Annan is in

Moscow at the moment to lobby

for tougher sanctions against

Syria which Russia and China

have so far rezisd. The

international bank HSBC has

been accused of helping drug

king pins and rogue nations

launder money. A US Senate

committee investigating the the

situation says money plas

passed through the bank and

HSBC failed to put in place

safeguards or in some case intentionally ignored them. The

bank's head of compliance David

Bagley has resigned while

appearing before the committee.

Poor sales of the forth falcon

mean another 440 workers will

lose their job, cutting daily

vehicle production by a third.

The Federal Government says it

remains committed to supporting

the company with a 34 million

dollar handout. Catholic

priests could be order ed to

report crimes revealed to them

in confession. This is part of

a number of submissions to be

considered into the handling of

child abuse by religious groups

but Jesuit and human rights

lawyer Father Brennan says

priesties can never reveal secrets of the confessional.

The head of the company responsible for providing

security for the London

Olympics says the situation is

a shambles. He's confirmed he

will only provide 7,000 of

210,000 security officers he

promise. He's humiliated by the

fiasco but he says he won't

stand down. Let's look at the

financial market. Let's get more on that

HSBC scandal now. Jane Cowan

joins us from Washington. Let's

remind us what this report

revealed happened at LSBC? The

report which is the result of

this year-long investigation

essentially found that hx

HSBR, which is Europe's largest

bank, one of the world's

largest, gave terrorists and

drug cartels access to

America's financial system by

failing to properly safeguard

against money

laundering. Perhaps the most shocking allegation, finding in

this report is that HSBC

conceal ed about $16 billion

worth of transactions from Iran

that circumvented sanctions

that the US had against that

country . There are also

findings that the bank gave an

account to a designated Syrian

terrorist, that it also opened

an account for an organisation

that had links to the Taliban

and kept that account open even

after soept 11. The report also

found that huge amounts of found that huge amounts of drug

money from Mexican cartels

almost certainly flowed through

this bank into America to be

laundered and there are also

allegations that the bank

provided very little over sight

of accounts that were set up in

this kind of fictitious shell

operation that it had in the

Cayman ieltsd. But the report

doesn't stop there. It also

points the finger at regulation

and says the US bank regulator was also lax for failing to

properly monitor HSBC, that in

fact it was more like a lap dog

than a watch dog. Let's have a

listen to what Senator Karl le

Vin who is the one who chaired

the investigation had to say this Senate committee that ran

about that point,

regulation: It's bad fluff that

a single bank such as HSBC

exposes the US financial system

to multiple money laundering

risks. It's made worse when

there is a failure of

anti-money laundering oversight

by the regulator which is

supposed to oversee our biggest

banks, the OCC. It is of great

concern to the subcommittee and

it should be of great concern

to every American that the OCC tolerated the mounting

anti-money laundering problems

at HBUS for five years without

taking any formal or informal

enforcement action. The chair

of the hearing there. I guess

it's no surprise given those

damning findings that in fact

one of the senior executives

fell on his sword at that

hearing. That is right. It's a

hearing that began with several

of the executives really being

given quite a grilling and as

you say ended with that

resignation of David

Bagley. This was fairly

excruciating to watch as these

top officials that such a large

bank were really taken through

the litany of failures and

invited to agree how appalling

it all was. These HSB officials

were really trying to

themselves hammer how much the

bank has changed, saying that

they've already put in place

improvements to the way they do

business, to make sure this

never happens again, and one of

the new managers in charge of

this changed process was

actually saying that she has

personally fired people since

she's taken over, that they've

cut loose about 14,000

customers that no longer fit

the bank's ap title for risk,

as they say, and she was really

making the point that something

like this is not just about

policy, it's about people and

that the bank has now been

actively burning bridges so

that people who were part of

this problematic culture cannot

find their way back into the

system. And as you say, David

Bagley has resigned from his

post. He was with the bank for

quite some time. He has really

taken responsibility and have a

listen to what he did say as

part of this effort for the

bank to really apologise and

show that it is turning a new leaf. Transparency is a

principle that HSBC and every

bank should make a top

priority, even when it is not

legally rider: Think with our

revised structure and approach

this is where we are today.

Indeed we have learned a number

of valuable lessons and the

bank is well along the way of

converting those lessons into

solution. The resignation

there of Bagley. Another sorry

banking saga, Jane Cowan. Thank

you for your time. Thanks,

brefrly. The Prime Minister has

been playing down fresh

leadership speculation as

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott s

to boost his foreign policy

credentials with a visit to the

United States. For a look at

Federal politics we're joined now from Parliament House by

Winsome Denyer: Good morning.

What has Mr Abbott been up to

in Washington? Michael, Tony

Abbott has gone to Washington

for the Australian-American

leadership dialogue conference

and it's been happening for a

couple of days there in the US

capital, and soon in just a

couple of hours he's due to

head to New York where that conference will continue and he

will have a few events

happening in New York as well.

He is expected to visit the New

York stock exchange and we're

expelling at some point during

his visit in New York he will

be addressing the media, so we

will keep an eye on that for

you. But in Washington he has

just wrapped up a speech to a

Conservative think-tank calmed

the Herr the 'Age' Foundation.

Mr Abbott was speaking there on

the role of the US and

Australian security alliance in

the Asia Pacific region. Let's

take a listen. The Asian

century will be an Indian

century an a Japanese century

as well as a Chinese one. It

will be an American century,

because the United States is an

Asia Pacific power as well as

an Atlantic one. Australia's

relationship with America does

not isolate us from our

neighbours. It makes us a

better neighbour. Our ties with

the United States give

Australia more standing in the

region, conversely our standing

in the region makes us a more

valuable ally for the United

States. Tony Abbott. And back

home the Prime Minister has

buried firmly squashed fresh

outbreak of leadership speculation? Yes, that is

right. What unit have come as

very welcome new to her

yesterday when we heard from

the government chief whip Joel Fitzgibbon speculating about

her tut ure she explained that

was dealt with in February when

we saw the leadership challenge

by the former Prime Minister

Kevin Rudd. But Julia Gillard

has been in WA.. She arrived in

Kununurra yesterday and she

gave a speech there to the kun

nuclear a Chamber of commerce.

While there she made an

announcement of $14 million Federal Government money

upgrade to the Great Northern

Highway and that is going to

the replacement of the big

McPhee bridge which is a

critical piece of infrastructure in that part of

the world, obviously quite an

isolated area of Australia, so

that is a major requirement for

the region. But she's got a

busy day ahead of her today as

well. She's going to spend the

morning in Kununurra. She is

going a mums and bubs breakfast

and tree planting there and

shen the is going to head

further west to Wyndham and she

has a few events happening

there, and then she is going to

an early childhood learning

centre and we expect her to

address the media there. We

will catch up with you later in

the program. Now let's get to

the front pages of the newspapers. In 'The Daily

Telegraph' authorities have be

yun cracking down on clubs an

pubs in Sydney's Kings Cross in

of 18-year-old Thomas the wake of the fatal bashing

Kelly. The 'Sydney Morning Herald' welcomes the creation of a new taskforce to tackle

drug and alcohol-fuelled

violence in the Kings Cross

night club district. Gamled

away - the 'Financial Review'

reveal s carbon tax

compensation payments have led

to a surge in gambling

spending. The 'Age' reports the

latest round of sackings at

Ford have embarrassed the

Gillard Government and revise

revived questions over car

industry subsidies. In the

merld hurls, no more secrets -

priests could be ordered to

report confessions of sex abuse

to Victoria police. In the

Northern Territory a

13-year-old girl was dragged by

a dingo while camping in cack

du. The 'Courier Mail' reports

Queensland's biggest

electricity retailer has called

on the Government to stop interfering with power prices. If the 'Australian' a union-linked company is trying

to port to 2,000 skilled

workers to plug shills

stortages. Mo morn More than

8,000 cars were impounded in SA last year after authorities

were given greater enforcement powers. 'The Mercury' is

reporting a Hobart mall will

continue to be hosed down despite residents being urged

to cut their water yu.s We are

asking for your thought on the

contentious issue around

whether if you go to confession

and tell the priest your since

and whether there is an

obligation on him in certain

cases and particularly in these

very devastating cases of widespread sexual abuse where

whether he has an obligation to

pass on that information to

police. It it's an issue that

Victorian parliamentary will be looked at by the

committee that is investigating

child sex abuse by all

religious organisations, it's

thrown open questions that if a

priest hears a confession

another priest or other member

of the congregation that

they've abused children that

they should be ordered to

report that to the police. In

the next half hour we will hear

from Father Frank Brennan

saying that he and other priest

jail before they reveal ed the s would be prepared to go to

secrets of the confession. It's

a comment I think that prove

jarring to a lot of them.

Should Catholic priests be

ordered to reveal the scrits of confessions or should what

happens in the Conall stay very

much - confessional stay very

much private? Let's take a

quick look at the weather.

The top stories on ABC News

Breakfast - a compliance audit

of pubs, clubs and bars in

Sydney's Kings Cross has begun

in a crackdown on

violence. Hundreds of people alcohol-fuelled

packed a public forum last

night to discuss the problem

and it follows the death of 18-year-old Thomas Kelly in an

fighting in Syria's capital, un provoked attack. The

Damascus, continue s to escalate. The rebels have

launched an all-out assault on

the city. The regime has

responded by sending in more

tanks. A US Senate committee

has found urp Europe's biggest

bank HSBC failed to stop money

laundering by drug king pins

and rogue nations. The bank has

apologised, its head of

compliance has resigned:

Let's get more on the situation in Syria and the UN

Special Envoy Kofi Annan has

held talks with Russia's

President in Moscow. Vladimir

Putin has assured Mr Annan that

end the violence in Russia still backs his plan to

Syria. Obviously the discusses

in the Security Council

regarding the resolution also

came up and I would hope that

the council will continue its

discussions and hopefully find

a language that will pull

everybody together for us to

move forward on this critical

issue. The boss of the private

contractor in charge of

security at Landon's Olympics

says he regrets the company

take on the job. Nick Buckles

faced the committee after his

company had failed to provide

the numbers required. It's the

story Olympic officials wish

would just disappear. But a

executives very public grilling of G 4S

executives by a committee of

MPs ensured it won't. So you're

just deeply disappointed and embarrassed, you're not

sorry. Absolutely. Deeply

sorry, it It's a humiliating

shambles for the company, yes

or no? I can not disagree with

you. That embarrassment was

compounded with more reports of

G 4S staff failing to turn up

to guard venues. But the

company is still insisting on

gets its management fee. $57

million is your fee. And you still think you ought to claim it? Yes. Even after all that's

happened? We're still expected

to deliver a significant number

of staff for the Olympics: I fine that astonishing. Now,

football ticket s will be news that half a million

withdrawn not enough interest,

half the seats at Cardiff's millennium stadium will be

closed off for the first time

and there are still hundreds of

thousands of tickets to other

sports available. There are

still tickets and there are

still tickets on the website.

If you do want tickets, get on

to our website. There are still

tickets left. Won't run away

with the idea be we're going to

have great gape ing gaps in our

Ren swrie, not. There is now a

growing sense of excitement and

anticipation from visitors and

local s alike but the greatest

sporting show on earth is about

to begin. Let's get to

finance. The chairman of the

Federal US reserve says

America's recover write is

being held back. The US economy

has slowed significantly in

recent months. Reflecting its

concerns about the slow pace of

progress in reducing

unemployment and the down side

risk to the economic outlook,

the committee is prepared to

take further action as

appropriate to promote a

stronger economic recovery and

sustained improvement in labour

market conditions. Europe's

financial market t an economy

remain under significant stress

with spillover ercts on financial and economic

conditions in the rest of the world including the United States. Moreover, the possibly

that the situation in Europe

will worsen further remains a

significant risk to the

outlook. Now let's check the


To sport now we're joined by

Amy Bainbridge. A fairly huge

story is developing from the

Tour de France? Another rest

day. That means another drug

scandal. We will have news on

Chris Judd in a moment but

first to some breaking news

coming out of France. Frank

slek has failed a drugs test

and will not continue this

year's tour. James Bennett

joins us now from the Pyrenees

where the raid riders have been

enjoying a rest day. What do we

know about the situation with

Frank Schleck? What Frank

Schleck's team has recently

announced in a statement is

that obviously he will be sent

home as a result of this. It is

an interesting one because this

substance is what they call a

specified substance, meaning

it's slightly lower on the

scale than perhaps something

like an EPO or a blood doping

substance. What you have in

this instance is obviously a

die ret yk. So it in itself

doesn't hold any performance

enhancing properties but it has

the capability to mask something else that a rider

might be taking. So his team

says it has no explanation why

this would be in Frank settle

reck's body but it will

accordingly follow the due

process and request an analysis

of the B sample, the ride ore's

urine sample, that is separated

into two samples and they can

of course request now that the

B sample be tested to ensure

that it is consistent with that

initial result and that it

wasn't perhaps something that

was either contaminated or a

testing anomaly. Why has Radio

Shack taken this decision? The

UCI didn't immediately suspend

him or ban him? Is Radio Shack being pre-emptive? What is

behind this decision, do you

think? It's essentially a

recognition of the fact that if

he were to continue he would do

so under a cloud. And as we

speak, there are numerous police vehicles and obviously

quite a large media pack

gathering outside the Radio

Shack hotel. And what you have

is a situation where it's quite

clear that it would be very,

very difficult for Frank

Schleck to continue riding and

to focus in any way on

competing. He currently lies in

12th position, so just outside

the top 10 and it would be a

very, very difficult ask for

him to focus while obviously he

has that cloud hanging over his

head. So the statement from his

team reads that, accordingly,

he will leave the race to

ensure that it can continue

without having this cloud

hanging over its head. The

other thing as well is that is

a pre em tive move on the

team's behave to say make sure

you let the rest of us continue

racing. We will send Frank home

but in the team's interests

they would like to stay in the

race. And just finally and

briefly, a pretty bad year you

would have to say for Radio

Shack. The team boss has

already left the tour after

being named in relation to the

Lance Armstrong investigation.

So quite a depleted team

now? That is right. In fact the

team boss never came to this

year's tour. They had one of

their stand-in directors

because of exactly that same

reason, that he would have

simply been under such great

scrutiny the entire time and

they scr had some stories

circulating about non-payment

of rider wages. So it hasn't

been an easy tour for Radio

Shack at all. James Bennett,

thank you for bringing us up to

date. Thank you. It is of

course a rest day before we

head into stage 16 which is

another mountain stage. Back

home now and Carlton captain

Chris Judd has been suspended

for four weeks after being

found guilty of intentional

misconduct by the AFL tribunal.

Judd was found guilty of

twisting the arm of North

Melbourne's Leigh Adams. The

incident of course has become

known as a chicken wing tackle.

The jury rejected Judd's claim

that he did not intentionally

twist Adams' arm. The council

misconduct which would have said he was only guilty of

attracted a lower

penalty. We're disappointed but

we respect the tribunal's

decision. I would just like to

reiterate it was never my

intention to hurt Leigh Adams.

I have obviously expressed this

apology to him since the event

and we would just like to

extend that apology to the

Carlton footy club and their

supporters for letting them down. I would like to

reiterate on behalf of the

Football Club and make it cloo

they're under no circumstances

did Chris intend to harm Leigh

in any way. It's an unfortunate

incident. We will obviously be

assess ing the situation and

determine ing tomorrow morning

whether we take the matter

further. We don't want to take

too much comment in the

meantime. Thank you for your

time. You are considering a

penalty or an appeal in terms

of the penalty? We're

considering all our option.

That is all we want to say at

this stage. We should find out

more about that today. Whether

they will appeal or not. I

imagine they wouldn't. The very

disappointing thing is Chris

Judd's rather lame explanation. It was pretty lame. Very disappointing lame. Very disappointing that

he didn't say more about I

can't believe there wasn't

intent. I think anyone who

looked at it, it just feels

like more should have been

said. It's such a bizarre

circumstance really, given that

Adams already had an injured

shoulder, it doesn't sit

well. Four weeks I think he

might have got away with - He

was very lucky. He's also got a

new nick name - Colonel Judd.

The king tackle! There there

are some reports of Judd

specials at supermarket. You don't have to look too

far. More in the Tour de France

development later in sport. ABC News Breakfast of course can be

watched live on the web. Go to

our main ABC News website and

you will find a link there to

ABC News 24 which is streamed

live every day. Vanessa O'Hanlon is here with the

weather now. Good morning. Good

morning. We have a cold front that is passing through the south-east this morning. The

winds are increasing, there are

around over 60km/h at Hogans

Island. That front is bringing

a cooler change and as we can

see here on the radar there's

some showers passing through

over SA, Tasmania and Victoria.

Two in Adelaide, 10mm in Cape

Nelson in Victoria's south-west

but the highest falls have been

in Tasmania. 31mm at Mount

Reid. A trough in the

north-east is once again

causing unseasonable rain over eastern Queensland and

north-east NSW. Brisbane has

already had over double the

July average. So far not much,

just 0.2mm. Late tomorrow the

trough will contract to the

Tasman Sea and deepening to a

low and on Friday this will

cause showers along the NSW

coast. A ridge of high pressure

is allowing the winds to ease

in the knot but a developing

trough will cause a few showers

over the Pilbara and Gascoyne

region. Tomorrow a high in the

south will direct showers along

the south-east coast. N around

the States -

You're watch ing ABC News

Breakfast, hot Lotts to come

including a closer look at the

rising incident of violence in

Sydney's Kings Cross. There was

that public forum last night to

discuss the vexed issue. We

will be speaking to one of the

local business owners in the

inner industry area. We will be

taking a look at that decision

to dreg Gladstone harbour in

central Queensland. Commercial

fishermen say it will ruin

their livelihood and should

governments be propping up the

car industry? We will speak

after 7 to the Parliamentary

Secretary for industry and

innovation Mark Dreyfus in the

wake of Ford's latest job

cuts. But first here is all the

latest news with Bev. Thank

you. Good morning. Let 's get

to that top story of the news

out of Sydney - where every bar

and club in the Kings Cross

on alcohol-fuelled violence. will be audited in a crackdown

The State Government announced

a move last night at a public

forcm to discuss the problem

and it follows the death of 18-year-old Thomas Kelly in an

un provoked attack a few weeks

ago. Syria's rebel forces say

they've launched an all-out

assault for the capital,

Damascus. Fighting has

escalated across the city.

Government forces have deployed

helicopter gunships to try to

reclaim rebel held areas. The

international bank HSBC has

been accused of helping drug

king pins and rogue nations to

launder money. A US Senate

investigating committee says

billions of dollars in

suspicious funds from countries

including Iran, Syria and

Mexico passed through the bank.

The bank's head of compliance

David Bagley has re signed while appearing before the committee. Union leaders will

meet at Ford's Geelong plant to

discuss the company's future.

Poor sales of the Ford Falcon

means 440 workers will lose

their jobs. And the head of a company responsible for

providing security for the

London Olympics has admitted

that the situation is a

shambles. G 4S boss Nick

Buckles has confirmed he will

only provide 7,000 of the

10,000 security officers he had

promised. He told British MPs

he is humiliate ed by the

fiasco but he says he will not

stand down. Let's have more on

the top story. The NSW

Government will conduct an

audit of every bar and club in Sydney's troubled Kings Cross.

The announcement wads made at a

community forum held last

night. The ABC's Louise Negline was there and she failed

report. More than 2,000 people was there and she failed this

head to Kings Cross every

Friday and Saturday night. The

main concerns from locals and

business owners is violence,

public safety, and public

transport. About 300 people

have attended the community

meeting at Sydney's town hall.

They've heard from politicians

and industry leaders. They've

all given their condoleences to

the family of Thomas Kelly who was king hit in Kings Cross a

couple of days ago and day died

days later. We need planing and

licencing laws that would

enable the city to control and

manage the number of licensed

premises. This includes the

introduction of a renewable

licencing permits which helps

other cities, other global late

night cities such as New York,

pairs and Amsterdam manage their problem of venues. The Gaming Minister has announced

there would be an inspection of

every venue and night club in

the Kings Cross area over the

coming days to ensure that

they're complying with safety and liquor licencing laws.

Let's go now to our reporter

Kumi Taguchi, who is in Kings

Cross this morning, talking to

concerned locals. Morning

Kumi. Morning. Yes I am in

Kings Cross I'm just about a block away from where Thomas

Kelly was killed and I'm 'm in

a cafe which is strange,

there's a real difference to

the cafe culture and the bar

culter here. With me is Tim

peat everson, who owns a cafe

here. He's been in this cafe

for a couple of years now.

Thank you for your time. That

is OK. How did you feel about

the forum last night? I think

it was a use forum to have and

it was well thought through and

remained civil and in terms of

fixing the problems around

Kings Cross, do you think that

is possible with, say, new

licencing laws? I I think the

licencing laws can be reviewed:

I think there is a lot of other

things that need to be looked

at as well, transport

operations and police, and

other security measures. But I

think the liquor licencing laws

could be reviewed most

particularly with a view to

change the operation of some of

the bigger all-night

places. What seems to be really

pertinent is this divide

between kind of a weekday Kings

Cross area and a weekend. That

is right. What is your usual

weekday like around here? Usual

lit's fairly quiet. We over

very close to the city but it's

a small, quiet community

basically. It's a vibrant and

engaged community with lots of

artistic people and lots of

amazing people. And it's a

community that is really very

tight, I think. And I think

what we're finding is that the

Friday-Saturday night crowd,

that is not representative of

what this community is like usually. That is for

sure. There has been a lot of

talk about the density of the

bars and the density of the

violence I think three-quarter

of the violence in Kings Cross

occurred around four streets

oj. Is that to you the main

issue there, that density of

bar culture? I they that is

part of the problem. We're a

couple of blocks removed from,

where all the action is up on

Darlinghurst Road: We don't see

any of the sort of shenanigans

down here that happen closer up

to the Cross itself. We get 20

to 30,000 people in here on a

Friday or Saturday night that

don't live in the area and so

they have no real connection to

this area as communities, so

they have no respect for it I

guess. We don't have as much

problem down this part because

we're further into the quieter

residential area. When you get

that number of people in an

area that have no connection to the community, that is where

the problems come from. Let's

talk about business. How do you

feel Kings Cross - has this

kind of incident and the whole

focus on the bar culture

tainted in a way Kings Cross's

view and how do you feel about

that with your business? I

think there is a negative per

essential now, building about

what Kings Cross and Potts

poibt are as a suburb. I think

that is really reasonably to be

expecteded considering the amount of media attention

particularly on some of the violent incidents that have

been going on up here. But I

don't think it's a fair

representation of what this

area is usually. Monday to

Friday, during the day and even

during the day-time on weekends

it is a quiet dvment - there's

lots of people around but it

happen s quietly. There's families here and it's a

wonderful place to be. We have

two nights on of the week and

mostly late at night when

problems can often occur. And

that is as I say when the

community is taken over by

people from outside of it. It's

a management issue as much as

anything. And it's unfortunate

that the whole area is getting

this negative reputation as a

result. Tim Peterson, thank you

for your time. You're welcome. And we will be

speaking with a lot more

residents and also officials

here this morning. We have -ly

be a chart chatting with a

resident in the next half hour

and we will be speaking to

Clover, the lord mayor of Sydney and Malcolm Turnbull,

local member, later in the morning. Obviously

morning. Obviously this is an

incredibly complex and diverse

situation which affects so many

aspects of the community. So it

is it's very much a puz thal is

needing to be pieced together

at the moment. Thanks. As we've been reporting this morning Catholic priests could be

record ordered to report crimes

revealed toem them in private

proposals that are being confessions under radical new

proposed at this stage in Victoria. The suggestions are

part of a number of submissions

to be considered by Victoria's

parliamentary inquiry into the

handling of child abuse by

religious groups but Jesuit and

human rights lawyer Father

Frank Brennan says priesties

can never reveal secrets of the

confessional. In confession I

think that is a simple case, no

matter what was confess sod me

in - to me in confession I am

not at liberty to disclose that to anybody and az I would agree

disclose what was revealed to to going to jail rather than

me in confession. But outside

the formal sacrament of

confession, if there be a

process where material is

dischosed to me as a priest, I

am saying the exact legal

obligation should apply to me

as to you. So there is the

response by Father Frank

Brennan, who echoes the

church's ideals that secrets

should not be revised that have

been made in the confessional.

There are lot of you buying

into this. Al tweets make the

confessions available. If they

want to help the priests, top

stop the abusing of the

is part of parishioners. Account yaiment

is part of this

process. Priests are just money

men - profession al are obliged

to report abuse to the police.

The law must take precedence.

So should police be forced to

reveal to police what is told

to them in the confessional

booth or stay forever secret? Let's update you on some

news overseas a gunman has

opened fire in Alabama bar wounding 17 people. Police say

it was a deliberately targeted attack. The bar in Tuscaloosa

is popular with university

students. Four victim s are in

a critical condition. The hunt

can't continue force the

attacker who escaped on

foot. New research has phase raised fierce of thousands of

new cases of cancer following

the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. The Stanford

University study arounds up to

1300 deaths - cuddle result

from the fallout, it's based on

an atmospheric model. Fighting

in the Syrian capital Damascus

has escalated now as rebel

forces attempt to gain control

of the city. I comes as Western

lead ers seek new diplomatic measures to end the civil

war. What started out as ro

tests in March last year has

descended into violence and

much glood shed. Syria lies on

the eastern shore of the

Mediterranean Sea bordering

five other countries. For

centuries it was ruled by the

furkish otaman empire and then

controlled by the French after

the First World War. Syria gained its independence

following the second worl war

but there were decades of

political turmoil. Then, in

1971, the military backed

Defence Minister seized control

in a bloodless military coup.

He became President and ruled

until his death in 2000, when

his son Bashar Al-Assad took

over the leadership. The

30-year-old's arrival on the

scene raised hopes for reform

but that wasn't to be. The the

Alawite community make up 10%

of the population but they

dominate the power and wealth.

Most Syrians are Sunni Muslims.

There's also a significant

Christian minority there as

well in a nation of around 21 million people. The current

unrest in scira was sparked in

March last year when protesters

took to the streets emboldened

by the Arab Spring spreading

across the region, it's become

the greatest challenge to the

forward decade long grip on

power but politically the

protesters have struggled to

unite themselves into a

cohesive force. The Syrian

National Council is distrusted

by some Syrians who see it as

dominated by the Muslim broadhood. The other group is 2

national coordination

committee, it's made up of more left leaning parties and then there's the free Syrian Army

which is mainly made up of

defectors in the Syrian formed

force. Meanwhile the Syrian

Government draws support from a

shadowing militia Moment called

the Shabiha which means crooks

anding throughs. They have been

accused of as toities -

atrocities on behalf of the

Assad regime. 20,000 people

have already died in the uprise

bug now the conflict may have

reached a new and dangerous

turning point. Rebel attacks

are striking at the very heart

of the Assad regime with

heavyphyting takes place in and

around the capital, Damascus.

The Syrian Government has vowed

it will not let the city

fall. Overnight, Kofi Annan was

in Moscow on a seemingly

fruitless attempt to try to

convince Russia and China to

support much stronger US Security Council action on

Syria. Russia is very strongly

supporting the regime. So as

this violence continues to

desen into all outblood shed an

as the Red Cross has describe

it it is nothing short of a

civil war. It will be

interesting to see how the

diplomatic chess board plays

out in in the next few days

central Queensland a stoush is

unfolding of the Gladstone Port

authority's decision to dredge

the harbour. It means much

larger ship requests b k be

used to export the Liquefied

Natural Gas. But commercial fishermen claim it is poisoning

fish and our reporter William

Rollo joins us now from

Gladstone. How long has this

been going on for? This has

been a problem in the Gladstone

harbour for quite some time,

and halfway through thisst last

year commercial fishers started

complaining fish in the harbour

like barramundi were developing diseases. Unsurprise glit's

pretty well devastated the

local commercial fishing

industry. Last September the State Government put a

temporary ban on fishing in the

region which led to a mark on

Gladstone as fishing spot and

the reputation remains today,

even healthy fish are still

getting rejected at the

markets. The problems coincide

with the developments you spoke

of before, the Gladstone port

corps is undertaking the

dredging program but local

fishers correlate these two

events. They say that dredging

is the cause of the sick fish

and because it's wiped out

their industry they're seeking

compensation for loss of

income. They were file failed

their case earlier this year.

It was heard in the Brisbane

planning and environment court

this week. But no answer just

yet. The case was adjourned.

The judge has reserved his

decision to see if the case can

actually proed preed in 2

environment court. And that has

caused a bit of angst in the

industry. The fishers want an

answer. The Queensland seafood

industry association said the

issue has been dragging on far

too long now. What happens if

it can't be heard heard in the

plan ing and environment

court? The fishers adamant the

environment court is the right

court but they say if it can't

proceed there, they will take

to the matter to the supreme

court. In a nut shell it's a

bit of a David and Goliath

case. The fishes say they will

not drop it without a

fight. What are fisher men

basing their claims on? Both

sides of the argument of the dispute have commissioned a

quote reports that support their claims for the

fisherings, they have a number

of reports which back up that

belief that dredging is the

cause of the health problems.

Their most recent report comes

from James Cook University. And

they also base their view on a

report by a prominent

veterinary scientist called Dr

Matt Landoss. On the other hand the Gladstone port corporation

says the issue has been cause

by toxic run-off from the

floods a year and a half ago

and they quote reports which

back up that view which

complicates the matter even

further. What about ports corporation themselves , have

they responded? They don't

respond to the media while it

is in course but they have

agreed development has ha had

an impact on tish earns they

will compensate the commercial

fishing side of the sector uf.

But the reason it's gone to

court is the figurers want all

part of the industry compensate

ed. That would include whole

salers and processes as well.

The fishers say they're

impacted much jition as much.

The crux of the argument

against that is it could open a

bit of a pandora's box to compensation. Where does it

stop, does it stop at place

store, general fishing stores

et cetera? Both arguments are

compelling so it will be

interesting to see which way it goes. William Rollo, thank you

for your time No worries. You're watching ABC

News Breakfast. These are our

top stories - a compliant audit

of pubs, clubs and bars has

begun in a crackon on alcohol-fuelled violence in

Kings Cross. Hundreds pack add

forum last night to discuss the

problem. It followings the

death of 18-year-old Thomas

Kelly in an un provoke ed

attack. The fighting in Syria's

capital is escalating. Rebel

forces have launched an all-out

assault on the city. And the US

Senate committee investigation

has found Europe's biggest bank

HSBC failed to stop money

laundering by drug king pins an

rogue nations. The bank has

apologisednd & and the head of

compliance has resigned. Let's look at the national

papers. Tonight ood wefr ire

joined by Lawrie Zion. Great to

see you again. Hi. Not

surprisingly the Ford story

leads in the 'Age'. And the 'Age'

'Age' looks at this

embarrassment for Gillard, who

of course has been behind

getting a lot of government

money into propping up Ford

over the last certainly in this

year as well. But the editorial

in the 'Australian' points out also

also that it says we're

speeding down a slippery slope

that sales of Falcons which is

I guess in some ways the iconic

Ford car have dropped from

80,000 a year to a decade ago

to 20,000 now. So the question

is coming up - to what extent

can this be marijuana tained? Gillard has been defended her

decision to support Ford by

saying that many more jobs

would have gone by now had she

not intervened earlier in the

year. But I think the support

all up has been around $1

billion. What we seem to be

seeing here is what we saw in

the US with GM and the reality

now it is that Australians are

not going to go for the falcon

anymore. I don't think we've

heard the end of it. A lot of

the analysts and the fact that

Ford doesn't really have a good

global strategy. They don't

seem to be focussed unlike GM

and Toyota, where they know

where they're going into the

future. And that makes it hard

on the Government to decide

what to do. There's There's a

lot of attention in the

Melbourne papers the terrible

losses will be for people in

Geelong, broad meadows, the

people at the plants. What

we're Starting to see is a

general realisation that this

is an unsustainable

situation. In the Melbourne the

'Age', the fresh outbreak of

leadership speculation that

followed the comments from Joel

Fitzgibbon on 'Q&A' the other

night. I think we're starting

to see a change in the

discussion again about the

leadership issue because seen

Carney has a great piece in the opinion pages of the the 'Age'

today where he says no-one in

the ALP even regards victory as an vul possibility. He really

questions whether loyalty to

Gillard is a good strategy at

the moment. In a) way what he

is doing the reflecting the

comment of Joel Fitzgibbon and

he end up his article by saying

loyalty to an individual can

result in the betrayal of a cause. The real question for

Labor is who is going to take

over and when and is the stlat

y to change leaders again to

stop an absolute haemorrhage of

the Labor vote in the next

election? There's obviously

crid and a fairly sizeable camp

of Labor MPs in the anybody but

Rudd camp: Yes. So I think it's

seen as an a kind of exercise

in imagine control and any

further talk of a leadership

change. But the father party is

going to to face a very

difficult facing if it goes

down that back. If you go to an

election campaign and say we

Kevin Rudd and now you've got voted for Gillard, she replaced

Rudd back again, assume ing it

is Rudd. And most assume that

is who it will bh. It will look

like the NSW Labour Party and

even the scale of a defeat for

Labor should be xation er

exacerbated by another

change. A topic we've been

focus on this morning and gets

a lot of spofns to is this

cushion around whether priest s

should be able to reveal information told this tome. The. The 'Herald Sun' led with that this morning

relevance it's something that

has clearly been floated out

there, they're testing the

parties to see what public

reaction will be to it. But I

am not aware of this ever

actually having happened in

Australia before, that anyone

has suggested that anything

that happens in confession

- This is an interest group, the parliamentry committee

raising this as one possible

area tone force in their

newspapers are running polls inquiry? So mot surprising the

on. In I think, though, there

would be a lot of public

support behind the idea that

anything that the church finds

out at all but child abuse

through whatever means that

that information can not be privileged. The police will

argue where does it start and

stop? The priest and we've seen

Frank Brennan being vehement in

his opposition to this

confessional ever being

Brocken: But equally when it

comes down to it rape is rape

and murder is murder. We should

see more of this story over the

coming weeks. And very

carefully a ding dingo? The NT

News leads with the story of a

dingo dragging a goal. We can

almost call these explosion

exclusives. This store yir has

gone through the metro spres

around the country and in fact

the 'Herald Sun' has a big

article about it on page 7: The

girl was fininged in question

but she says she was kind of

dragged by the dingo but

managed to get away. I by by

barking zers herself or scare ing the dog off ing the dog off that

way. Let's have a quick look

at sport now. Pretty big news

coming from the Tour de France

this morning Icts indeed.

Developing news that is coming

is a drugs controversy has

again hilt the Tour de France.

Lexemborough rider Frank Shrek

will not continue this year. He and has failed a drugs test and

finished third in last year's

race and he's the older brother

of the 2010 winner Andy

Schleck. Back home,

Parliamenton captain Chris Judd

has been suspended for four

weeks after being found of

intentional misconduct. Judd

was found guilty of twisting

the arm of North Melbourne's

Leigh Adams, now known as a

ticken wing tackle. The the

rur rejected Judd's claim that

it was an accident. It's not

known if the decision will be

appealed. To golf and the

preparations for the 2012

championship at Royal lidham

and St Anne's in England are

under way. All the big names

are already out practising.

Australians including Adam

Scott, Aaron Baddeley and

Robert Allenby are teeing off

when the championship begins

tomorrow. Tiger Woods is also

completing there. Van yaes is

here with the weather now. The

front is passing through the satellite image and a cold

south-east and this is bring

ing a cooler change, strong

winds and showers. There is a

love in Queensland and NSW.

This is causing showers over

eastern Queensland and

north-east NSW. Last tomorrow

the trough will continue into a

low on a Friday. There's

another trough copping on the

person coast. In Queensland


We are going to keep that

conversation going around the

violence in Kings Cross and of

course this is a story that is reflected right turnaround

country. Kumi Taguchi will

residents, business owners and continue her conversations with

of course we will talk to

Clover, the mayor and hucial,

whose electorate falls into

that area. With will also look

at the Ford job cuts with Mark Dreyfus, the Parliamentary

Secretary for industry and

innovation and a whole lot more

after this very short break. See you soon.

A new crackdown on the

alcohol-fuelled violence

marring Sydney's night

life. I'm a father of two and I

have two young children and I

don't want our children to be

going out on the streets and

have the fear that something

could happen to them. This Program is Captioned


Residents flee intense

fighting as Syrian rebels

launch their campaign for Damascus. Another big bank,

another scandal as senior HSBC

executive resigns over money laundering. Our focus today is one global bank that failed to

comply with rules aimed at

combatting terrorism and money

laund thaerg fuels so much of

what threatens the global community. And Luxembourg

cyclist Frank Schleck out of the Tour de France after

failing a doping test.

And good morning to you.

You're watching ABC News

Breakfast on Wednesday, 18 July

I'm Beverley O'Connor. We've

got lots coming thup morning

is government assistance to the

car industry a waste of money.

A multimillion-dollar bail-out

has not saved 400 jobs at Ford.

We will speak to the

Parliamentary Secretary for

industry and innovation and

should priests report any

crimes admitted in the

confessional? That is a

discussion we're having here

this morning, it's one that's

been had before a parliamentary

inquiry in Victoria. Particularly around

the sexual abuse of children

and we're keen to hear your

thoughts too. Let's get the

morning's news with

Michael. Good morning. Every

bar and club in Sydney's Kings

Cross will be audited in a

crackdown on alcohol-fuelled violence. The State Government announced the move last night

at a big public forum to

discuss the problem. It follows

the death of 18-year-old Thomas

Kelly in an un vo Volked attack

earlier this movement Syria's

rebel forces say they've

launched an all-out assault for

dam Australia cus. Fighting has

escalated across the city as

forces try to re claim rebel

held aries. Meanwhile Russia

says it's ready to seek

agreement at the UN Security

Council aimed at ending the

war. All this comes after

President Putin held talks with

Kofi Annan in

Moscow. International bank HSBC

has been accused of helping

drug king pins and rogue

nations launder money. A US Senate investigating committee

says billions of dollars in

suspicious funds from count

rirs including Iran, Syria and

Mexico have passed through the

bank. The committee says HSBC

failed to put in place

safeguards or in some cases

intentionally ignored them. The

bank's head of compliance has

resigned while appear bfrg the

committee. Union leaders will

meet at Ford's Geelong plant

this morning to dus cus the

company's future. #350r sales

of the Ford Falcon mean another

440 workers will lose their jobs. The Federal Government

says it remains committed to supporting

supporting the company with a

$34 million handout. Catholic

priests could be ordered to

rereport crimes revealed to