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Live. Fall from grace, two

former 'News of the World'

editors among eight people

charmed with phone hacking..

I'm obviously extremely

disappointed by the CPS

decision today. I will fight

these allegations when they

eventually get to court. Syrian

war planes bomb the ancient

city of Aleppo as rebels gain

ground. So if a Government

cannot or will not protect its

own citizens, then the United

States and like-minded partners

must act. Crunch time for the

States to sort out funding for the National Disability

Insurance Scheme. And they said

they weren't needed, now 1200

British soldiers are called in

to bolster Olympic

Wednesday 25 July. I'm Michael security. Good morning. It's

Rowland. And I'm Beverly

O'Connor, the top story - a former adviser to Britain's PM

and the one time head of Rupert

Murdoch's News International

are among eight people who will

be charged with phone hacking.

Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks

both edited the now dedungt

'News of the World'. They'll be

charged with accessing the

phone messages of Milly Dowler,

the others are accused of

hacking the phone of hundred of

people including celebrities

Brad Pitt and Angelina

Jolie. They were among the

biggest names in tabloid

journalism and two of the

Rupert Murdoch's senior

executives but now Rebekah

Brooks and Andy Coulson are

among eight facing a total of

19 charges over phone hacking. All the evidence has

now carefully been considered.

Applying the two stage test

many this code for crown

prosecutors I have conclude nad

suspects there is sufficient in relation toation of those 13

evidence for there to be a realestic prospect of

conviction in relation to one

or more offences. They allege

phone hacking on a massive

scale over six years with at

least 600 victims, Rebekah

Brooks says she's distressed

and angry at the charges which

include conspiracy to hack the

phone of Milly Dowler.

Once the editor of the 'News

of the World', Andy Coulson

resigned under pressure from

the PM's office last year as

the scandal unfolded. He's facing five charges. The 'News

of the World', we worked on

behalf of the victims of crime,

particularly violent crime and

the idea that I would then sit

schemes to undermine in my office dreaming up

investigations is simply

untrue. The private investigate

glen mull carry and long time

'News of the World' reporter

Neville Thulbeck will be

charged. The Leveson Inquiry

wrapped up, 470 witnesses have

appeared over eight months at a

cost of more than $8 million.

Police already have new rules

for dealing with the media and

politicians will no doubt keep

their distance from

propriertories but ba Justice

Leveson might recommend and

whether it be have long lasting

impact is still to be seen. And

we'll have much more on that

story over the course of the

morning. For the first time in

the Syrian conflict, war planes

are vorted to be bombing rebel

strong holds. The target is the

ancient city of Aleppo where

battles have been raging for

four days. Meanwhile Opposition

activists claim that Government

forces have killed dozens of

worshippers at a mosque in a

village north of Hama. Hillary

Clinton says it's not too late

for President Assad to

negotiate an end to the violence. State and Territory leaders are being urged to

National Disability Insurance agree on a way forward for the

Scheme. It's a major iron on

the agenda at the COAG meeting

in Canberra today. Disability advocates are worrying the

scheme could be derailed by

political bickering over its

funding. The man charged with murdering Thomas Kelly in

Sydney's Kings Cross faces

court today. Kieran Loveridge

is alleged to have King hit the

18-year-old. The incident

sparked a new crackdown on

alcohol-fuelled violence in

Sydney. And alleged victim of

sex abuse that was covered up

by the Catholic church has now

told his story to police. Mark

Boughton was an altar boy 30

years ago. He was told the 7.30

program he was repeatedly

abused by the self-confessed

fed file known as father F. The

church has previously said it

could not act because no

victims had some forward. The

PM has asked for a review of Australia's sanctions against Australia's

Zimbabwe. It follows a direct

appeal by the visiting PM

Morgan Tsvangirai. He's been

work working with the country's

President Mugabe in a unity

conditions in Zimbabwe, Mr Government to improve

Morgan Tsvangirai says

sanctions could be eased ahead

of next year's elections. And

another 1200 troops have been

deployed to bolster Sturt three

days before the Olympics begin

snurt to 3 500 drafted in after

security contractor G4S

admitted it was short of staff.

The UK's Culture Secretary

Jeremy Hunt says the Government

doesn't want to leave anything

to chance. Let's see what the

markets have been up to

overnight -

Back to that situation in

Syria where the US Secretary of

State Hillary Clinton says

there's still time for the

al-Assad regime to again the

transition. She's also called

on Syria's Opposition not to engage in retribution against

the Government. It is not too

late for the al-Assad regime to

commence with planning for a

transition. To find a way that

ends the violence by begin ing

the kind of serious discussions

that have not occurred to date.

We think it's very important

that the Opposition fighters as

they get better organised and

expand their presence more

broadly send a message that

this is for the benefit of all

Syrians, not for any group, not

engage in any reprisals, in

retribution that could lead to

even greater violence than

currently is taking

place. Hillary Clinton, the US

Secretary of State, for more on

the situation developing in

Syria we're joined by Leonard

Institute's Centre for Spector from the Monterey

Non-Proliferation Studies. And

many thanks for your time this

morning. What do you make of

this escalation with fighter

jets now being used over the

ancient city of Aleppo? I'm

sorry. Say that again? You are

ahead of me in Australia. I

would say that's a very

significant development. Up to

now we've only seen the use of

helicopter gun happenship and

artillery, which the use of the

fixed widge aircraft takes this

to another dimension and these

are even more indiscriminate.

You know a lot of civilians are

being put hurt. You've talked

about the escalation through

the various weaponry that Syria

does have at its disposal.

Yesterday we heard that they

would not be using chemical

weapons, but they did talk about using it against

envaders, what would that

mean? If the United States or

Israel or Jordan were to send a

column of troop in the to

protect an enclave of civil

yaps against fighting or to

secure some of the chemical weapons sites that there would

be a risk of these weapons

being used. However, if the

United States or others were to

use air power it would be much

more difficult to make the

chemical weapons useable in

that environment. The whole big issue of course can whemical weapons

weapons is the danger of these

weapons because there is so

much conflict now of these

weapons falling into the wrong

hands? That's correct. There's

great nervousness that they

might fall into the hands of

Hezbollah which is quite nearby

and veries closely aligned with

Syria. There's also great

concern that al-Qa'ida might

have some of these weapons.

They're operating during this

insurgency with a pretty

prehand. It wouldn't take many

of these weapons, artillery

shells let's say in the hands

of al-Qa'ida to cause havoc if

they were set off in a major

city. For the moment would the

US be looking at making sure

that the current Syrian regime

keeps control of the those

weapons? I think that's

certainly the hope that these

weapon also sort of be held

aside, they'll be secure and

then when the Government

changes there'll be some kind

of orderly management of these

weapons. Ideally the new Government should get rid of

them by signing one of the international conventions on

chemical weapons and then

having these weapons destroyed,

that may be too much to hope

for but it's certainly a goal that the rest of the

international community would

like to see achieved. As you

say, too much to hope for

because it is very unclear when

this conflict is ever going to

end and what will be left

because there seems to be so

many different groups forming

and participating in this

insurgency? That's correct. Eventually some kind of

Coalition Government will be established but there may be

much violence ahead just as

we've seen and are continuing

to see in Iraq. I guess it's

hard to look post that

situation as we look now but

work would be done to really go

to point of destroying the

chemical weaponry arsenal that

Syria has built up? The first

step even though it sounds so

obvious is to inventory what

we're speaking about, how many

weapons are there, what kind,

where they're located. Then

you'd have to have a substantial international

effort because the destruction facilities are quite expensive

and there's quite a bit of

chemical weapon to be

destroyed. So this might take a

number of years even in Libya

where the arsenal was much

smaller it has taken some teem

and when Colonel Gadaffi fell

there were still some weapons

that were to be destroyed. This

doesn't happen overnight. The

key thing we need to press for

is some kind of political

understanding about what

happens. That they don't

transfer as a new weapon for

the next Government but rather

are stroied under international auspices. Thank you for

joining us. Thank you. To

London now where more

Australians have been kited up

in their Olympic uniforms

overnight. Before we start,

let's get the latest on the

news of that extra security

presence by Britsh troops there

on the streets? Yes that's

right Michael. The UK

Government announced that

there'll be another 1200

military personnel roped in to

provide security for the games.

This is on top of the waves put

on over the last few weeks

after you might remember the

private security firm G4S

failed to deliver on the

staffing, that it had promised.

A couple of days ago the

Government was saying we

wouldn't need anymore troops,

now an extra 1200 have come out

of remembers, that puts the

total number at 18200 and

that's about double the UK

contingent to Afghanistan. What

this is being interpreted as is

a lack of confidence in the

ability of all of the present

staff to make do with the

games. The Government is just

saying that it just wants to be sure. Also gearing up is

Australian equestrian rider

Megan Jones, the latest to arrive in the Australian camp,

how is she feeling? She's

feeling a little shocked and

she's got mixed emotions.

They've got a history of riding

together, Megan Jones and Shane

Smeltz, they were in the same

group of five that won silver

in Beijing, they were all

debutants together and what

they achieved there obviously

had them form a very special

bond, so when we caught up with

her in the uniform, the

outfitting session that she had

today, rushed in, she had to

get all of her kit, she

expressed a lot of mixed

emotions about replacing her

friend. When Prue called me do

I smile or do I cry for Shane.

The worst thing was yesterday I

was on the phone and then he

came and gave me a cross

country hat and made sure it

fitted and it did and I was

like god I'm going to cry for

him and then his name was still

on it. I thought I'd take it

off. I'll actually keep it on

there so he's still here in

spirit and he's one of the

world's best cross country

riders so I'll show it to the

horse and say that we're going

fast, we're doing this for

Shane. He's still here Good

luck to her too. What is this I

hear about the women's hockey

team being involved in a spying

scandal? It's an international scandal indeed Michael. There

was a newspaper report saying

that the Australians were paranoid about the New

Zealanders and accused them of

spying on them in a recent

train ing event. What had

actually happened was that the

Australians did approach a

crew, a television crew, in the

stands, and because they wanted

to see what was going on. This

was the response from the Black

Sticks, the coach, the female

New Zealand hockey team, in

response to those claims. We

don't quite have it there.

We're getting the tape ready

Mary but I suppose it's an

unwanted distraction for the

hockey team just days out from

the games but let's hear from

the New Zealand player

there. We were in France. From

my point of view I think it's

great, they're obviously a bit

concerned about us, so, you

know, and I know we haven't

been doing that, the only

filming we've been doing is

when they played the Four

Nations when we played each

other and obviously the other

game. I suppose from our point

of view it's a positive, it

give us ussate bit of confidence that they know we're

going to be a challenge and

that's a real plus a for us Has

there been any response from

the Australian camp? There was.

I ultimate these allegations to

the Australian camp and they

did admit that they did

approach this crew that was

sitting there, watching them

for quite a long time, it turns

out that they were Argentinian

and of course you know, so in

the end, wasn't so much of a

scandal but what they said was

"look, we have to actually,

there is such a thing as

spying, we were worried that

the tape would fall into the

wrong hands." Now when they

meet New Zealand their first

match will be on Sunday that no State secrets will have been

given away. Thank you. A bit of

drama. All's fair in love and

war The games haven't started

yet and spying, security

threats and what the opening

ceremony is three days away, so bring it on. To the front pages

of the major newspapers around

the country this Wednesday

morning now, and the 'Australian' is reporting that

eight people including the

former 'News of the World'

editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy

Coulson have indeed been

charged over the UK phone

hacking scandal. Abbott

confronts China. The 'Age'

reports he's call for the

Chinese communist party to

loosen its grip on power. In the 'Financial Review', Opposition Leader Tony Abbott

has committed the Coalition to a tougher line on a tougher line on Chinese

Government owned companies

taking over Australian

businesses. In the 'Daily

Telegraph', a young nursing

student speaks out about

another slishs attack which

left her with a smashed jaw and

broken teeth. A 'Herald Sun'

reports on a mother's battle

with a rare ailness. Foot raid, the 'Mercury' reports

Tasmaniian farmers are dismaced

that vegetable impores have

skyrocketed over the last two

years. The stop story in too

imtime the carbon tax is

hitting consumers hard eest in

the ACT costing the average

family more than $500 a

year. The commil reports the operators of a new Brisbane

airport toll road says it will

needor meet traffic targets N this 'Advertiser' police have banned a bikie from entering

pub and clubs for two years as

the jailed gang member applies

for bail. And the 'Northern

Territory News' reports that

councillors vote double their

pay after lifting rates and

cutting services. If you'd like

to buy in on any weeg we're

covering this morning we'd love to hear from you -

The top stories - prosecutors have confirmed that eight

people will be charged over the

phoning hacking scandal that

forced the closure of the 'News

of the World'. Most prominent

are Rebekah Brooks and Andy

Coulson. The British PM's media

spokesman who was forced to

resign. For the first time in

the Syrian conflict war planes

are reported to be bombing

rebel strong holds. The target

is the ancient city of Aleppo

where battles have been raging

for four days. State and

Territory leaders are being

urged to agree on funding for the National Disability

Insurance Scheme. It's a major

issue on the agenda at today's

Council of Australian Governments meeting in Canberra. Players in Tasmania's

forest peace talks want more

taxpayers' money to seal a

deal. A peace agreement was due to be finalised this week to

end decades of forest conflict

but the parties have been given

more time to reach a deal. The

Federal Government has already

committed more than $2 70 and

the PM has refused to make any further comments. Parties on

opposite sides of the forest peace negotiations remain

optimistic. Despite needing

more time. Nobody can guarantee

anybody - anything,. Jo wee

been prepared to give the

stakeholders extra time but

parties in Tasmania need to be

working to get the done. The

extra fortnight will be used to

test whether a preferred plan

which key industry, union and

environment groups are close to

agreeing on is workable. Until

we know that, it's not possible

to put our hand on our heart and is they that we'll seen up

to that. We need to know what's

on the table. These are public

forests. Jo we're not going to

talk about the specifics of

what is being modelled

here. The signatories have

revealed they'll be speaking

more taxpayer funds to help

implement any deal. But aren't

saying how much. They are

issues that can only be

resolved with some funding,

they weren't foreseen at the

time the ornl IGA was signed. Any extra would be on

top of the $276 million already

earmarked for the process by

the Commonwealth. We've been

very clear about the funding,

that's already on the table

through the inter-Governmental

agreement. It's important that

if there is any new money

flowing as part of the IGA or

in addition to the IGA, that

that money not flow until the

reserves are formally created. Environment groups

involved in the talks have

conceded it's clitical veneer

processor tar Anne has a wood

supplier to met its

contracts. It's something that

everybody has accepted. But

whether it will be received by

groups outside the talks

remains to be seen. To finance

and investors remain worried

that spin won't be able to

avoid a full bailout. The

Spanish Government has borrowed

$3.5 billion on finance markets

and been forced to pay 3.7%,

the second highest rate for a

short-term loan in the Euro's

history. It's desperate

struggle to its get its finance

in order have seen its borrowing costs soar. It's

long-term borrowing rate has

now climbed above 7.5%. Greece

's PM is warning the country

will suffer a deeper recession

this year than first thought.

He says he expects the economy

to sh rempg by 7%. Greece's

Central Bank had forecast a 5%

decline and there have been

protests as international

lenders prepare to assess

Greece's progress towards

reducing its huge debt. Let's

take a look at how the markets fared -

Sport now, Amy joins us and

it's a nervous wait for

Rabbitohs star Greg Inglis? It

is. It's turning out to be yet another big week at the judiciary in the NRL. Greg

Inglis will tonight risk a four week suspension after South

Sydney opted to contest the

grading of his dangerous

contact charge at the judiciary

tonight. Greg Inglis was placed

on report and charged for his

shoulder charge on the Dragons

Dean Young. Greg Inglis pleaded

guilty to the dangerous contact

defence but will seek a

downgrade from four to three. If he's successful Greg Inglis

will accept an early guilty

plea for the new charge and

mission the next three weeks of

competition. Key Adelaide

forward Kirk Tippett will rely

on the advice of a nuclearo

surgeon who specialises in

concussions to work out when

he'll play AFL again. Three

head knocks in five weeks have

thrown his immediate future

into doubt. There was no sign

of Tippett as hi team-mates

prepared to play Geelong. He's

to see a Melbourne concussion

expert but is unlikely to be

fit for Saturday. I'm sure the

club's going to look after his

health the main priority, so

we're going to get that right

first. One player with first

hand concussion knowledge is

Port's Tom Logan who has lost

count of the number of times

he's suffered head knocks. Some

episodes are left him with

headaches, feeling dazed and

struggling to deal with

oncoming car lights while

driving at night. But he's not

had the bad luck of Tippett. Never three and four week, no, that's quite

dangerous and like I said, he's

a smart man so he'll make the

right decision Tippett would

normally be lining up this week

against champion fullback

Scarlett but Scarlett will be

missing after accepting a one

match ban for striking.

However, the Cats would be

bolstered by several players

including key forward James

Podsiadly. Bartel will come

back certainly, Christensen

would be available, so pods

would be in that group as

well The Powers home max

against Fremantle on Sunday

will celebrate Tom Logan's

100th match but the milestone

carries no guarantee of a

continuing career at Alberton

next year. I'm not contracted

at the moment. It's important

for me to finish the season off

well. Heartless is pushing hard

for a recall after a long

injury lay-off. Staying with

the AFL because talks to secure

Travis Cloke's future at

Collingwood have stalled. In a

statement, the club says it's

put all contract negotiations

on hold until the end of the

season. News limbed reports

Cloke has been offered a five

year year deal but there's a

sticking point over a performance tryinger in the FM

final year. Former world

champion sufficient surfer

Layne Beachley says she'd like

to see a woman carry the flag

at at the Olympics. It's been

20 years since Australia has

had a female flag bearer and

Natalie Cook is urging

officials to select select a

woman this year. Layne Beachley

has told ABC Grandstand the

decision ultimately lies with

the committee's chief. I think

to the athletes and to the team

it probably matters, as you

said this is my Olympic debut,

of course I would love to see a

female carry the flag but

that's also up to the AOC and

North Korea Green the Chef De

Mission has the final word on

that. It will be announced on

Thursday night London time. In

China, thousands of people have

turned out to watch English

Premier League side Manchester

United train in Shanghai. The

Red Devils have a huge

following in Asia and they're

due to play a preseason friendly friendly against Shanghai

Shenhua. Wayne Rooney stayed at

home as did Ryan Giggs but he's

home leave greed leading Great

Britain in the Olympic football

tournament but none of that

seemed to matter in Shanghai.

After their stop the Red deil

also he'd pack to Europe for a

preseason tour of Norway.

Probably a lot of supports fans distractsing themselves from the Olympics. It's far away,

it's not in China this

time. There's There's a bit of controversy this this morning

about the Australian men's swimming relay team. That's

right. The host producter this

morning was reporting that I

believe it was James Magnussen

who had come up with a new

name, the mean machines or what

have you but reportedly, this

time they're called weapon

weapons of mass destruction and

as soon as I heard that, I

thought that's highly inappropriate. More than

slightly inappropriate. But I

believe there's been a bit

of... Pedalling away. In the

last few minutes Eamonn

up with weapons of mass Sullivan has tweeted "who came

destruction for the name of

rerelay team. It wasn't us.

Anyone have a better name." And

my nickname is not aim on, get

it, weapons of mass

destruction, aim on, wait for it,

it, my nickname is mad dog. I

don't know what's worst

worse We need people taken to

Twitter to relay our relay name

and change his nickname. We'd

love to hear from people what

should we call them. Remember

the old guitars incident,

you've got to be so careful if

you put yourself ahead of the

pack because it will come back

to bite you. Thank you very

much Amy. ABC News Breakfast of

course can be watched live on

the web. Just visit the main

ABC News website.

Vanessa O'Hanlon is here with

the rert earth weather

now? Good morning and a very

powerful typhoon that we looked

at yesterday has injured more

than 100 people as it passed

close to Hong Kong. The winds

got up to 140km/h, more than

275 flights were delayed and

the typhoon warning was raised

to 10 for the first time since

99. It's now forecast to cross

into China. Back home and this morning we have cloud that's associated with a cold front

and low pressure system that's

travelling through the Bight

towards the east. This system

is causing showers and the odd

storm in South Australia,

mainly close to the coast, in

the south-east, northerly winds

are fresh dwreng ahead of this

system and although the showers

have cleared from the NSW cost

and this morning there's areas

of fog that high is still

directioning showery

south-easterly winds on to the

front and trough will cause Queensland coast. Tomorrow a

showers and push in a cold change across South Australia's

south and to parts of the

eastern States to as high up as

southern Queensland. Southerly

winds in the wake of the front

will maintain showers along

Western Australia's south-east

coast. Around the States for

today - You're watching ABC News

Breakfast. Thank you for joining us this morning. Still

Scott Burchill, a senor the come, we'll be joined by Dr

Relations at Deakin University lecturer in International

to have a look at this

morning's newspaper, wee take a

closer look at those phone

hacking charges announced in

Britain. We'll be talking to

Paul balmy to find out what it

means for Rupert Murdoch

himself. And some sun screen

makers are feeling the heat.

We'll find out why they're

being accused of wrongly

telling their consumer they

products don cane so-called

nano particles but first the

latest news. Good morning everyone. Leading the news,

eight people will be charged

over the phone hacking scanlal.

Most prominent are former

editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy

Coulson, the British PM's media

spokesman. The charges relate

to the illegal interception of

voice mail messages of more

than 600 people including

celebrities and murder victims.

In a deadly escalation of the

Syrian conflict war planes are

reported to be bombing rebel

strong holds in the city of Aleppo. The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says it's

not too late for President

Assad to negotiate an end to

the violence. State and

Territory leaders are being

urged to agree on a way forward for the National Disability

Insurance Scheme. Funding the

scheme is a major issue on the

agenda at today's COAG meeting

in Canberra. The man charged

with murdering Thomas Kelly in

Sydney's Kings Cross will face

court today, Kieran Loveridge

is seeking bail. He's alleged

to have King hit the

18-year-old and assaulted three

other people on the same night.

And another 1200 troops

deployed to bolster security

just three days before the

Olympics begin. That's in

addition to the 3500 drafted in

after security contractor G4S

admitted it was short of staff.

The Government had said further

further efain forcements

wouldn't be needed. Those

charges over the phone hacking

scandal. As well as being a

former editor of the 'News of

the World', Andy Coulson was

the British PM's head of

communications, before

resigning last year. He's

facing five charges and says

he's disappointed. I will fight

these allegations, when they

eventually get to court, but I

would like to say one thing

today about the Milly Dowler

allegations. Anyone who knows

me, or who has worked with me,

would know they wouldn't and

more importantly that I didn't

do anything to damage the Milly

Dowler investigation. At the

'News of the World', we worked

on behalf of the victims of

crime, particularly violent

crime, and the idea that I

would then sit in my office

dreaming up schemes to

undermine investigations, is

simply untrue. Disgllts clearly

angry Andy Coulson there. Back

home and disability advocates fear the National Disability

Insurance Scheme could be

derailed by political bickering. State and Territory

leaders are meeting in Canberra

today to discuss just how to

fund this scheme. For more on the council of Australian

Government talks our political

correspondent Melissa Clarke joins us 'Financial Review'

Canberra. How intense is the bickering? It's certainly

getting quite heated and it's one of a number of flash points

of funding issues between the

State and the Commonwealth but the National Disability

Insurance Scheme is going to be

the key issue at this COAG

meeting today. What we have is the Federal Government putting

up around a billion dollars and

this money is their

contribution to launching a

trial of a National Disability

Insurance Scheme at selected places. The State and

Territories have put forward

areas and plans for where they

would like those trial sites to

be in most cases put up options for them contributing to the

funding. That's happened in

every State and Territory

except the Northern Territory

and Queensland have put in just

a simple letter saying that

they'd be willing to take part

in a trial but don't have any

money to put up for it. So the discussions today, the Federal

Government is saying that

they're pretty confident

they'll be able to get at least

one of the launch sites pinned

down today and we suspect that

may well be South Australia

given they've indicated they're

willing to put up a fair bit of

money towards it but in the

meantime there's going to be a

fair push back from a number of

States particularly those in

the south-eastern area where

the budgets are a lot tighter

for the Commonwealth to put up

more money for in and to not rely on the State Government contributions to make the National Disability Insurance

Scheme a reality. We should

keep in mind this is just the

argument over the funding for

the launch sites, not even the

argument over the long-term

funding of a full National Disability Insurance Scheme

down the track. The full scheme

is going to cost anywhere north

of $6 billion and the States

are essentially using these

talks as a proxy to use ahead

of that funding battle? They want the Federal Government to be contributing somewhere in

the order of 60% of disability funding whereas at the moment

the States end up paying the

majority of the cost towards looking after people with znt

so it's a fight that's nowhere

near resolved and even the

interim steps look quite

difficult, things like getting

the states to have nationally

consistent receive for various

disabilities and levels of care

because at the moment that's

all quite different from State

to State so it's going to cost

some States a lot even just to

get up to a nationally

consistent level without anyone

going backwards and then we can

expect some brawling over

funding in other areas, the

Federal Government hasn't yet indicated precisely what it

will do with the Gonski recommendations when it comes

to reforming school funding but

that may well have implications

for the State and Territories

as well so we can expect

discussion there as they try

and gauge what direction the

Federal Government is heading

in and then there's funding

over other issues as well,

we're talking about things like

the minimum wage increase that

the court handed down for

community sector workers, the Federal Government's stumpside

up some money and are now

demanding that the States

contribute towards increasing

the minimum wage of low paid

community and social sector

workers, so money and not

surprisingly as it often is

with COAG is the central battle

point for today's meeting. With

COAG meeting it's not just

money it's personalities and

it's shaping up as almost a

direct confrontation between

the newly lekts leaked Campbell

Newman and the PM? He's wasting

no time in throwing his weight

around. He came to Canberra

yesterday and came out very

strongly saying that he's got a

lot of demands that he'll be

making of the PM. He wants to

see the Federal Government give

assistance to the tourism industry and was critical of

the assistance given to the automotive industry saying that

tourism employs a lot more

people and it's really

struggling with patch work

economy, the two speed economy,

and he's calling for various

measures to try to help

ameloriate some of those areas

and it was put to him that that

might put him in conflict with

other Conservative leaders like

Ted Baillieu and he said, "Well

we've got to come in and speak

up for what we think the Federal Government needs to

do." Although he hasn't been in

his position for long, he's dealt with Julia Gillard before

when he was mayor of Brisbane,

and made it clear he thought

she was very process driven and

is trying to cut through on

that so I think we're going to

see a lot of big personalities

around the COAG table and it's

interesting just how much that

mix of personality in the Commonwealth Australian

Governments meeting has changed

just in the last 12 to 18

months. While we're talking

personalities Barry O'Farrell

the NSW Premier has just

tweeted, great 5 kilometre run

on a cold and foggy Canberra

morning with the hash tag next

work out COAG. He's limbering

up already. Do you think it's

going to be tougher than the

run? Definitely.. 5 kilometre

is going to be nothing once

they get around the table with

the PM and Treasurer. To other

stories we're following this

morning and an alleged victim

of sex abuse that was

apparently covered up by the

Catholic church has now told

his story to the police. Mark

Boughton was an altar boy in

the NSW town of Moree 30 years

ago. He's told the 7.30 program

he was repeatedly abused by the

self-confessed paedophile known

as father F. The church's

previously said it could not

act because no victims had come

forward. Overseas now and the

most senior clergyman to be

convicted of covering up child

abuse in America has been sent

to jail for six years. William

Lyn oversaw the work of 800

priests in fill definitelia.

His job included - in

Philadelphia. The sentencing

judge said he's protected

monsters who had molested

children. It's taken three

weeks but Egypt's first

democratically elected

President has finally been

appointed PM. He's been given

the difficult task of formling

a new Government. He was chosen

because he's not a member of the brotherhood party. The

President is locked in a political struggle with the military after last year's

revolution toppled Thor Hushovd. Tensions in the South

China Sea have been gathering

China's neighbours have accused

Beijing of adopting a policy of

military ex-population

especially in that ocean. Yet

just days before the army

celebrating its 85th anniversary journalists have

been given access to an

aviation regiment in bid to

quell fears about China's

military development. On the

south-eastern outskirt of

Beijing they come in low. The

zed nine attack helicopters of

the People's Liberation Army

are not normally on show for

the media. We're allowed in to

see a display of their power.

TRANSLATION: No matter whether

in extreme cold or heat, we can operate. In fact it doesn't

matter what the weather's

like. Journalists were invited

to visit the Chinese army's

fourth helicopter regiment as

part of a push to present the

PLA as a more trarps parent

organisation. But the announce

this week that Chinese troops

will be stationed on the

disputed islands has angered

Vietnam and sent shivers

through the region. China says

that its military expansion is

part of a natural modernisation

for a country of its size. But

more recently, it has been

making its neighbours pretty

nervous aspecially around the

South China Sea. We puttet to

our hosts that other countries

could be afraid of choop's

growing military might.

TRANSLATION: We're told it

isn't the appropriate day to

talk about such things. And

that by attending a press

conference next week, or faxing

some questions we could get a

response. Back if the air all

the tricks are coming out.

Apart from military

applications, these machines

are said to be vital in

tackling natural disasters. And

flying them. the pilots certainly enjoy

TRANSLATION: Coming up really

fast and then down really fast,

the change is so dramatic I

really like the feeling Menacing feeling Menacing or per-Federal

Courtly normal, depends how you

look at it. Now you're watch

ing ABC News Breakfast, the top

story this morning - eight

people will be charged over the

phone hacking scandal that forced the closure of the 'News

of the World'. Most prominent

are former editors Rebekah

Brooks and Coulson who will say

they will fight the charges..

In a dramatic escalation of the Syrian conflict, helicopter

gunships and war planes are reportedly being used to drive

back rebels. The target is the

city of Aleppo where batles

have been raging for four days and State and Territory leaders are being urged to agree on

funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme,

it's a major issue on the

agenda at today's Council of

Australian Governments meeting

in Canberra. More on some of

the news in our national papers

and we're joined by Dr Scott

Burchill, a senor lecturer in International Relations at

Deakin University. Good to see

you and of course the big story

breaking over night is the

charges laid against Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson and

many others as well? To give

the the 'Australian' credit they've put it on the front

page which I suppose is not

what you'd normally expect but I think the 'Australian' has

been getting a bad rap in

recent times. I actually think the 'Australian' has a

newspaper is probably the most

idea logically honest paper out

there and the reason being is

that they don't make any effort

to conceal their agenda. A lot

of other newspapers and other

media sources have agendas but

pretend to be objective and

pretend to be independent but

the 'Australian' makes no bones

abit own campaigns whether it's

out to destroy the Greens or

deny climate change. In my ways

that's much more honest and

refleshing than perhaps what me

might get from Fairfax. That

will get you a guernsey in cut

and pairs tomorrow. Let's move

on to how the 'Australian' and

other papers have covered this

massive story coming out, the

phone hacking charges? That's

right. Whether these people right. Whether these people do

jail time is the next question.

It's one thing to charge them

and it's whether they get jail

time or fined and end up

reappearling at some later date

in a new position in the

company or whatever but we know

Rupert Murdoch is very close to

become beck, not so close to

some of the others, but this

will be a bit of a shock to the British political establishment. These are the

people normally quite imyup to

the law and order. They're

usually on the other side of

the fence prosecuting people

through their columns and

newspaper articles so I'm not

sure whether we'll see. The

question is whether the charges

end up relating, resulting in

jail time for the these

people. They carry a maximum of

two years There's be some negotiations and plea barg

xwraping I I suspect. There'll be rival of News International

and News Corp taking great glee

in all all this but I think the 'Australian' has quite rightly

put it up front and dealing

with it. And Rebekah Brooks

upset and angry is what she has

- how she's responded? And the

footage from Mr Coulson. It's

also potentially troubling for the Cameron Government because

he was up till the beginning of

last year David Cameron's spin

doctor? It does look back for

Mr Cameron and the public who

is not aware of how close the

media and politics can interact sometimes would be surprised

that politicians, prime

ministers are having soirees in

country England with the

editors of local

newspapers. Sleepovers

almost. Party, yeah. Pyjama

parties perhaps. Let'snd that

imagery right now. To something

a whole lot more disturbing and

that is the ongoing situation if Syria this morning? The 'Australian' is reporting that

the Syrian Government's moving

weapons of mass destruction to

its borders and airports

claiming that in fact it's not

going to use these weapons

against its own civilians which

is somewhat reassuring but I'm

not sure if the free Syria army

is going to take that at face

that weapons of mass value but it does remind us

destruction was not an issue

that disappeared or went away

with the demise of Saddam

Hussein in Iraq and that there

are a number of countries

around the world, Syria is only

one of several with chemical

weapons and now doubt they're

faced with regime change or the

threat of the existential

threat to the existens of the

al-Assad regime, they Ma be

prepared to use them and we shouldn't forget that the

so-called civil war in Syria at

the moment is much more than a

civilian war. The al-Assad

Government is being supported

by the Russians on the one hand

and the free Syria army is

being supported by the United

States through its bases and

support bases in turkey at the

moment so it's being

internationalised even though

it's being charactered as a

civil conflict. There's lots of

work to be done in those arms

control regimes to improve them

and solidify them and we - I

remember the Australian

Government initiated a chemical

weapons convention effort in

the 80s but it just goes to

show there's a long way to go.

We haven't got anywhere near an

outright ban on these weapons

and this is just another

example of where they can

suddenly emerge. The

destruction of chemical weapons

we suddenly see this real

escalation with these fighter

jets brought in now? It's a

frightening prospect to have

your own Air Force bomb you and

some of these towns have now

been attacked for over 12

months in one or another, this

is an escalation and clearly

the al-Assad regime which has

been offered asylum in the Arab

world has decided it's make or

break time and they seem to be

adopting the same adopting the same strategy that

the Colonel Gadaffi did in

Libya nah there's no

possibility of sanction, of

save hv haven. One of these the

international criminal court.

They that there's no easy

comfortable retirement for

dictators these days you may

find your way along to Riyadh

but you may find your way in

the Hague. To the age which

features Her Majesty's

Opposition Leader this

Abbott is in Beijing lecturing morning? Isn't it good that Mr

the Chinese on democracy which

is something they must be

really enthusiastic about.

Apparently Mr Abbott has given

them some lessons on why their

political system hasn't

developed in the same way that

their economy has and that they

ought to be opening themselves

up to flurralism and more

participation. They rolled out

the red carpet for him when he

arrived I'm not sure it will be

red when he leaves. Clearly,

reading the tea leaves knowing

he's likely to be the next PM

of Australia in a very short

period of time but it would be

like I suppose if we received a

visiting delegatation from the Chinese to be told that we should start treating our

indigenous population in a

humane way, we wouldn't take it

all that kindly. It's not an

area that he's gone too very frequently, but are you starting to see this positioning of him on the world

stage a little more? Indeed. Mr

Abbott has some new options and

one of hem is broadening his

appeal to the international

community. He's no longer just

Mr No domestically, he's Mr Statesman and clearlies that

been the missing element in his

profile at this point but

whether you'd do it in Beijing

over aum cha is another

thing. A lunch about a different nature where Glenn

Stevens gave a fairly upbeat assessment of the Australian

economy? He did. He told us

that we're doing very well.

We're outpacing most of the

world, surviving the

aggressive. If you read the

detail however of his speech

and you get different versions in different papers this

morning and the 'Age' reporting that he said that housing

prices are not too high which

was going to come as a bit of a

shock to people trying to break

into the market in Sydney and

Melbourne. The surplus will

protect us. That's OK.

Surpluses are great if you're

always spending the right

amount in the right areas but

if you feel deprived and

ignored by Canberra you might

think of the accumulation of a

surplus as the kindest thing a

Government can co I have a

message from Chris Mitchell

from the the 'Australian'. He

wants you to call him. I can

see another career coming up To

sport, Amy joins us again and

it's a pretty tense time for Greg Inglis and the

Rabbitohs? That's right A big

night tonight at the NRL

judiciary. Greg Inglis will

risk a four week suspension

after South Sydney has opted to

contest the grading of his

dangerous contact charge. That

was at the weekend. Greg Inglis

was placed on report and

charged for his shoulder charge

on the Dragons Dean Young. He

pleaded guilty to the dangerous

contact offence but will will

seek a downgrade. If success.

He'll accept an early guilty

plea for the new charge and

miss the next three weeks. In

the AFL, talks to secure Travis

Cloke's future at Collingwood

have stalled. In a statement,

the club says it's put all

contract negotiations on hold

until the end of the season. News Limited reports Cloke had

been offered a five year deal

but there's a sticking point

over a performance trigger in

the football year. To London

where Australian basketball

stay liz Cambage is among a

number arriving. Australia's

basketball team arived on the

Euro star along with athletes

from France and Belgium. The

opals had been in France for an

Olympic warm-up game. Our

bardsers have ambitions of

winning gold after coming close at the last four Olympic

Games. We've finished third in

the past second at the the past

three Olympics with gold medals

and one bronze medal but

hopefully cold gold this

wear Australians visiting

London have queued in scorching

temperatures for up to nine

hours to collect prepaid

Olympic tickets. Australia's

chef demission say s the

situation is unacceptable but

says he's had asurns that

everyone will receive their

tickets ahead of the games. For

the thousands of Australians

who have bought tickets to

London's plointion, this is

what's involved in picking them

up. Yesterday, the queues were

nine hours Hong, at least today

they've got a little better

with people only having to wait

two to three hours. But

frustration the compounded by

the fact that this is the fact that this is London's

hottest day this year, with

temperatures soaring to 30

degrees. They are totally disorganised. I was here

yesterday and you know the

irritating thing is those of us

who live in England have no

problem with queues as long as

they move. I'm not here for

all that long and I definitely

don't want to spend my don't want to spend my whole

day this line. I've been to

places and umpteen sporting events across the globe and

this is probably the worst I've

seen I was here dwrod pick up a

different set of tickets. How

long did you wait then? Five

hours in the sun. They didn't

have tents up yesterday so it

was hot and the sun was here

too.. It's not their first time

and they've been involved this

and they should not get the

next Olympics that would be any

strong advice to the them.

They've done a poor job. This

is the 7th successive Olympic

Games where co-sport is the

contractor responsible for

districting tickets to visitors

from South Australia and ten

other cups. They've apologised

for the lodge cues and they're

handing out bottles of water

but Australia's chef demission

says it's still not good

enough. I think first of all

that people queuing for tickets

is unacceptable. Ewe were the

disappointed when we heard

about it first but we've talked

to the AOC, this is a matter

that the Australian Olympic

Committee are looking at not so

much as a team matter, the Australian public committee are

working and talking with co-sport, they're the ticket

agents in Australia, they've

assured us that all Australians

will get their tickets. Co

sport is urge people to come on other days they say you can

pick up your tickets here right up to August 12 which is of

course the last day of the

games. We got them. One happy

fan there ending that report.

It does bring back memories of

Beijing when trying to get into

some of the venues through the

security took two or three

hours and it was so hot. It

was 32, 34 degrees over there

at the time and the hottest day in London getting those

tickets. As long as it's not raining. Vanessa O'Hanlon is

here with the vert weather

now. An update on the Olympic

weather next hour but for us

there's a bit of fog around

Sydney this morning. It's

'causing flights to be delayed and some cases diverted. If

you're near the airport, you

can send pictures to me at

breakfast news or my Twitter is

on the screen at the moment but

visible down to around 600m.

For the rest of the country

today, cloud associated with a

cold front is moving through

the Bight and causing showers,

mainly along the south coast of

South Australia this morning.

But ahead of this system

northerly winds are freshening

in the south-east, we'll have

those showers developing later

on today as that frontal system

moves through. This whieg is

still directing showers up

along the Queensland coast and

creating quite a bit of fog

about the NSW coast.

Do stay with us, lots more on

those phone hacking charges, of

course Rebekah Brooks and Andy

Coulson charged overnight,

around 17 charges all up around

that issue. We'll also be

updating you on those flight

delays at snampt. Very serious

problems there and why are some

people concerned about putting

nano particles if sun screens,

you may have seen the report on

7.30 last night. Very serious

krns resolving around some

country seens and the potential

harm these nano particles could

do to your skin. It hasn't been

proven yet as to whether these

particles protect you from the

sun but cause other issues in

term of interacting on your

screen,. Some sun screens

claiming they don't and in fact

they do. We'll see you after

this short break.

Fall from grace, two former

'News of the World' editors

among eight people charged with

phone hack. I'm obviously

extremely disappointed by the

CPS decision today. I will

fight these allegations when

they eventually get to

court. Syrian war planes ramp

up the offensive against rebels

in Aleppo. It is not too late

for the al-Assad regime to

commence with planning for a

transition. Crunch time for the

States to sort out funding for the National Disability

Insurance Scheme. And they said

they weren't needed, now 1200

British