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(generated from captions) The battle to price

carbons nears its end as the

Senate is set to pass the

carbon tax into law. This Program is Captioned

Live. The parents of an

Australian boy facing drugs

charges in Bali deny that

they've been paid for their

story. Greece in search of a

new Prime Minister as fears of

an Italian debt default

grow. And Tiger Woods declares

himself fit and ready for this week's Australian Open in

Sydney. Good morning. It's

Tuesday, 8 November. I'm Michael Rowland And I'm

Virginia Trioli. The top story

on ABC News Breakfast today,

the Government's carbon is

about to clear its final hurdle. The Opposition is

planning to move ampb amendment

to limit electricity price

rises. Tony Abbott is of course

vowing to scrap the tax if

elected to government. The tax

will take effect from July next year. Melissa Clarke joins us

from Canberra. This has taken a

couple of years and seen off

several leaders but finally the

Government's carbon tax is

about to see the light of

day? There will be real joy

within Labor ranks after today

when the vote goes through the

Senate, though they might do a

better job of hiding it than

when it went through the House

of Representatives a few weeks

ago. What we have is a cull

minute nation of a very long

political process, seeing a

number of leaders effectively

lose their jobs over primarily

this issue alone. The

Government, against most expectations, managed to secure

the support of a crossbench and

a wide range of different

interests in the country

Independents to the Greens to

get this through the Lower

House. It has been debated in

the Upper House for a while

now. They had this extra

sitting weem of the Senate this

week to ensure they would have

enough time to get it through

Parliament by the end of the

year. We expect that that vote

will take place at around

lunchtime. The Government is

hoping that vote will be done

and dusted before Question Time

starts today and that will

occasion for the certainly be a momentous

Government. The task for the

Government is to keep selling

that tax to a still sceptical

electorate That's right, and

challenge Tony Abbott and win

the battle in the public's eye

and not just in the Parliament.

They have against odds won the

battle in the Parliament. It's

now in the public's mind that

they need to win. What they are

hoping is the fact that this

will be in place and beginning

by 1st July next year, so it's

really only a little over six

months away that the first

stages of that fixed price

period of this carbon pricing legislation will begin. The

Government is hoping that

having the scheme up and

running early, people will see

what sort of impact it has on

their lives and on their

budgets and how companies will respond, and so that by the

time they go back to the polls,

the impact won't have been too

great and it won't be the

political poison that it once

was an an electoral issue. Melissa, lots of

controversy swirling around

Canberra this morning about the Government's decision to

terminate the tender process

for the international TV

service Australia Network?. It

has been quite curious because it has come as the Government

has experienced a number of

significant leaks about the

tender process which we would

presume they are correct

because given the Government is

now aborting the tender process

and has called in the Federal

Police to investigate them. Sky

news bid against ABC, suggested

that Sky was the frontrunner

and the independent board

assessing the tenders had come

to the conclusion more than

once that Sky was the nominee

that should be appointed or

given the licence to run the

tender. Now, during the process

it was ache enout of the hands of the Foreign Minister Kevin

Rudd and put back to the

Cabinet with overall coverage

by the Communications Minister

Stephen Conroy, so what has

been swirling around is suggestions that there are also

political elements here, given

that not only the tender process compromised but a

change in who carry this issue,

no longer the Foreign Affairs

Minister but now the

communications foin. Minister,

so when you add the very

intriguing situation with a bit

of political questions, we can

be sure this story will roll

for a lot longer yet. I'm sure

it will. Melissa Clarke in Canberra, thank you very

much. In other news today, a

new poll shows another lift in

Federal Labor's primary vote.

The primary vote for Federal

Labor has climbed 3 percentage

points to 32% according to the

latest Newspoll today published in 'The Australian' newspaper.

That's a 7-point increase from

Labor's record low of 26% 7

weeks ago. The Coalition still

holds an election-winning lead.

The parents of the 14-year-old

boy facing drugs charges in

Bali have denied media reports

that they've sold their story

to television. It was reported

at the weekend that they had

sold the rights to their story

to Channel Nine for up to

$300,000. Channel Nine has also

denied the claims. A verdict in

the boy's trial is expected to

be handed down on Friday.

Greece's main political parties

are expected to name a new

Prime Minister and Cabinet

later today. Prime Minister

George Papandreou resigned

yesterday as part of a deal to

form a unity government. The

deal clears the way for the

Parliament to ratify the

Eurozone's debt package. New

elections will be held in

February next year. And fears

are growing that Italy might

now default on its debt.

Italian Government's borrowing

costs have risen 10%. Silvio

Berlusconi has used FaceBook to

deny reports he is about to

resign. Talk of his possible

resignation caused European

markets to rebound from earlier

losses. And the self-styled

revolutionary known as Carlos

the Jackal has gone on trial

for the four bomb attacks in

Ramirez Sanchez is already the 1980s. His real name Ilich

serving a life sentence. He

gained global notoriety as the

mastermind of fatal bomb

attacks, assassinations and

hostage takenings and Ai Weiwei

says thousands of his

supporters have donated money

to help him pay a $2.5 million

tax bill. He says more than

half a million dollars has been

sent to him through the

Internet and bank transfers. Ai

Weiwei was detained early Earl

this year and says the tax bill

is another attempt to silence him. Developing news from Los

Angeles now, the jury in the

Michael Jackson manslaughter

trial has just reached a

verdict. Conrad Maurie has been

charged with involuntary

manslaughter. We're getting

news the jury has now reached a

decision and it will be read to

the LA court room in about two

hours' time. So after 8 o'clock

eastern time our time, we will

bring you that big news when it

does happen. Just repeating the

Michael Jackson jury has

reacheded a verdict in Los

Angeles. Moving on, Qantas

engineers say they're prepared

to take part in any bid to over

turn the ruling by Fair Work

Australia. The airline insists

it has acted lawfulfully. Jeff

Waters was at the first day of

the talks. Just when you

thought it was safe to go back

to the skies, one of the three

unions battling Qantas says

it's considering a challenge. The Transport Workers Union

says if it's not happy with the

compulsory negotiations now

under way at Fair Work

Australia, it will challenge

the entire order which has

banned both sides from taking

industrial action. Among other

things, it says Qantas acted

illegally by not giving three

days' notice for the proposed

lockout. They would have to

seek an order before the

Federal Court to quash the

decision. I think that would be

a difficult ask, but our advice

is nah the decision is robust. It's now ammunition for

the pilots and aircraft

engineers as well. They're also before Fair Work Australia in

closed negotiations. Certainly

if the TWU have some advice

that says that the actions

taken by Qantas are illegal, we

would want to get our hands oen

that advice and would assume

that it would apply to our

association as well. Nobody

from Qantas was available to be

interviewed by a spokesman said

the company had acted lawfully

and wasn't required to give its

employees any notice of a

lockout. He also said it was important on safety grounds for

the chief executive to have

sole responsibility for any

decision to ground planes. That

was in response to Independent

senator Nick Xenophon who says the Government should remove

the Qantas CEO's power to stop

planes flying The Qantas Sale

Act needs to be amended to

ensure that never again can a

fleet, the nation's flag

carrier be grounded on the

say-so of just one person. A spokeswoman for the Federal

Court say it is will consider

the Act and respond to Senator

Xenophon's request after the

inquiry is finished. Adelaide's

reputation as a shopping no-go

zone on public holidays is

about to end. The Premier Jay

Weatherill has promised to open

up city trading. But the new

regime won't be in place for

this Christmas and it won't

apply to the suburbs. Nick

Harmsen reports. While shoppers

in other states flock to sales

on Boxing Day, Adelaide has

long had a reputation for being

a little - well, slow. We're

all family with the jokes about

Adelaide. We want that off our

back. We want some

self-respect. That means

opening up from 11 to 5 on most

public holidays with the exception of Good Friday and

Christmas. The regime won't be

in place this Boxing Day and

will only apply in the CBD, a move the suburban shopping

centres say is geographical

apartheid. This is a

recognition of the city hub and

the situation is you only have

one city, one metropolis. The

deregulation is a big shift for

both the shop assistant ants

union and the Labor Party. Things change. Party. Things change. We have a

new government. Installs

Premiers, they allow modest

changes to their retail trading

hours when they see it's in

their interests. This is a

negotiation that has been

conducted between Peter Vaughan

from PSAA and shoch assistant

ants union. Some notions go pleasant, some less than

pleasant, arm wrestles and

compromises. That means shop

assistant will get paid penalty

rates and re-few to work if

they choose. There will be no

holiday for Weatherillathy this

week as he faces his first parliament tri-scrutiny as

Premier. His successor Mike

Rann is technically a

backbencher and won't be in the

Parliament at all. Mr Rann is

overseas and has requested time

off for travel I certainly

question how much travel there

could be by a member about to

bow out. They are all matters

for Mr Rann. Tasmanians' fight

against crime is continuing to go high-tech Police have

started uses technology

normally reserved for traffic

duties to target criminals,

including firebugs. Edith Bevin reports. When Tasmania Police

bought four of these automatic

numberplate recognition cameras

last year it was to get un

licensed and unregistered

vehicles off the drive. But

increasingly the high-tech

gadget tri-has been called on

to clear up crime , everything

from drugs to robbery I don't

think the department has fally

understood the extent we can

use it to and each day that

goes by, people come up with

new ideas that we could put it to. The camera photographs

every car it passes, storing

away numberplates in its

memories. It then matches that

information on stolen cars or

cars that may be suspect or

have outstanding warrants. That

information can be updated

almost instantaneously and as

the fire season looms, that

could prove a big help in

catching firebugs. We think we

could put in lists of vehicles

of interest that have been

known to have been around in

those areas when bushfires are

on. Despite budget cuts of more

than $8 million this financial

year, police are push ing ahead

with their bid to make Tasmania

a high-tech force. There will

be more gadget tri-going into

the cars and research is under

way into using smart phones to

update and exchange information

to cut the time police spend in

stations rather than on the

beat. It gives us an

opportunity to enhance not only

the way we do policing but the

operational safety standards and intelligence and

information that we can transit

to police in the field. It's

been closely watched by police

forces and emergency services

around Australia. Let's look at

the front pages of the major

newspapers around the country

now and the 'Sydney Morning

Herald' reports troops deployed

in Afghanistan are likely to be

shifted to more hostile areas,

but the size of Australia's commitment will at the same

time be slashed. 'The Age' also

has that story and says the

number of troops could be cut

by up to two-thirds. The latest

Newspoll has found voter dissatisfaction with Opposition

Leader Tony Abbott is at an

all-time high. That story is in

the 'Australian' The 'Financial Review' Rhetts Australian

business also be paying double

the global price for carbon as

the Senate prepares to pass the carbon tax legislation. The

'Courier-Mail' reports a Chamber of Commerce and

Industry report shows

businesses believe Queensland

has become a nanny state and

they're fed up. Civil liberty

groups are concerned at the

increasing use of phone tapping

and surveillance desizes on

Australians. That's acarding to

the 'Canberra Times'. The

'Herald' Sun says

three-quarters of criminals who

apply to work with children in

Victoria are allowed to do

so The 'Daily Telegraph'

reports that New South Wales

mothers working part-tile will

be given a yearly

superannuation bonus. 'Advertiser' reports new

city shopping hours are

expected to revitalise Adelaide

and earn millions for the

retail sector The 'West Australian' says a 39-year-old

man has been found guilty of

the murder of missing millionaire Craig Puddy to the

great relief of the victim's

family. The 'Mercury' reports

supporters of a convicted

killer have launched a petition

calling for a retrial The 'Northern Territory News'

reports that a lie on has been

seen crossing a road just south

of Darwin. Watch out

crocodiles! Who would win a

battle between a crocodile and

a lie on. Who would you put

your money on What was that

great movie, Godzilla versus

whoever. Like that in the Territory. Creature

battle Right. Of so by the end

of today we should have a

carbon tax. At last No ditch is

there in - hitch in the it is. The guillotine in the

Senate finally decide it is a

good idea and they will support

the Government to facilitate a

vote perhaps just before

Question Time I guess we want

to know from you your view of

this, your fears, your

misapprehensions, your concerns

or indeed your pleasure if

there is any, of this

legislation about to pass the

Upper House and become law. You

can join our conversation by:

Let's look at the weather

around the country now:

The top stories on ABC News

Breakfast this morning - the

Senate is expected to pass the Government's carbon tax today. The Government and the Greens

will use their numbers to force

a final vote on the 18 bills.

The tax will come into effect

from July next year. Jurors in

the trial of Michael Jackson's

doctor have reached a verdict.

Dr Conrad Murray is on trial

for involuntary manslaughter in

the death of Michael Jackson. The jury is expected to read

out the verdict in Los Angeles

in around two hours' time. And Greece's new unity government

is expected to name the

country's new Prime Minister

later today. As those

negotiations continue, Italy's

Prime Minister Silvio

Berlusconi is denying reports

is he about to resign as fears

grow Italy may not be able to

pay its debts. So, the cost of

borrowing in Italy, as we've

been reporting this morning has

hit a record high, while in

France the Government is holing

an emergency meeting to agree

to z 8 billion worth of savings

to cut its debt. This report

from the BBC. In the Eurozone

cycle, the financial crisis,

the prospect of a painful default of exit from the Eurozone from Greece has

subsided. As commuters boarded

Rome buses before a strike

takes them off the road,

anxiety has mounted that

investors would go on strike

and would no longer lend to

Italy's government, so the

interest rate they're charging

Italy has risen it levels not

seen since the creation of the

euro. The rise in what Italy

would have to pay to borrow is

painful for the country because

its government's debt is so

humg. Over 8.1 trillion. Now

more than z 300 billion of this

debt comes up for repayment

next year and right now it

looks as though Italy would

have to borrow this colossal

amount at the new higher traits

of interests that its creditors

are demanding. If Italy had to

pay 7%, that would add more

than 70 billion a year to its

interest bill which would be un

affordable. So it's vital that what Italy borrows to pay

10-year loans doesn't reach 7%.

Here is a worries precedent of

the bailouts from Ireland,

Portugal and Greece. When the

interest level s reached, it

took between one and 7 months

to get rescuing. The 6-7% range

have been the level that they

need to seek external

assistance from the other

countries. Particularly

troubling for Italy where the

growth rate is low and the

stock of debt is already quite

high. For a period today,

shares rose but Italian

interest rate fell on rumours

that Italian Prime Minister

Silvio Berlusconi was about to

quit because investors don't

believe he can or will fix

Italy's finances but on

FaceBook, he insisted in Mark

Twain style that rumours of his

demise had been exaggerated. So

is there enough money in the

Eurozone's bailout fund for an

Italian rescue? The fund

doesn't have enough capacity

here by any means to be able to

rescue Italy and that's why you see the International Monetary

Fund come into play to provide

further support if Italy were

to be in serious borrowing

difficulties. To fix the

Eurozone, Italy's finances need

fixing. If it is unable to

repay on the loans it ohs, that

would cause huge losses all

over the world and it's

difficult to see how the UK

could avoid financial crisis

and recession. To the markets

now: This program is not subtitled So

it's been a little rough going,

so it's finally good to

actually be healthy and to

build - to train properly, not rehab, actually physically

train and do all the things I

know I can do and my game is

starting to come because of

it. Amazing the injuries you

can pick up playing golf. I

don't think any parent will

realise that if they're just

setting their child out on

golf. Steve Williams and Adam

Scott were out on the Lakes

golf yesterday. Williams

returned to his more mundane

duties of yardage work ahead of

the start of the Open the start of the Open on Thursday, and many big names

are flying in for this event,

the first of the big summer of

golf in Australia, but it was a

very familiar face, that of

Greg northerly man who spoke

yesterday and in defence of

Steve Williams who worked with

him before his now more famous

alliance with Woods It's bad,

obviously to have those type of

things put out there, but from what I'm understanding and I

don't know the entire

situation, but it was a

controlled environment, it was

like any of us going, sitting

around the bar with about 10 or

15 of your mates at a press

conference or press meeting,

you might say a few things that

you only say to your friends,

and I think Steve was under the

belief that that was a closed

environment, and - but

unfortunately that is not the

case in this world

nowadays. The difference is of

course he had a microphone. Anyway, Australian swimmer Ian

Thorpe is preparing for the

second competitive event of his

much publicised comeback.

Thorpe was well below his best

when he made his long awaited

return to the pool in sirng

pore just last weekend. He is

now in Beijing with the rest of

the world swimming tour looking

to improve on the sort of times

he was able to post last

weekend and he has decided to

throw caution to the wind and

swim the 100m freestyle today.

Compatriot Libby Trickett is

also on the comeback path.

Let's hear from head swimming

coach Leigh knew jept. Ian has

compete ed for nearly 7 years

or 6 years, so it is a sort of

re-learning for him. He had his

first competition in Singapore

and swam reasonably well there.

We're looking for him and Libby

to improve throughout the

series, so hopefully swim a bit

faster here in Beijing and then

a bit faster again in Tokyo.

But, it's early days yet for

these two athletes and they can improve significantly between

this point and our trials in

March. Let's hope so. Melbourne

Victory's decision to appeal

against the red card handed to

defend er Matthew Facini has

backfired. For the first time

in A-League's history, has

handed the player an extra

match on the sidelines. Due to

commitments with the under-23

side it does mean that Foshini

may not play until 20 December.

They will be without Harry cue

Elsom, Carlos Fernandez and

Fosheni. Veda Advantage hit

back to win Juan Martin Del

Potro has pulled out of the

event and the upcoming Masters

series final, the tour finals

in London with a shoulder injury. Michael, Virginia,

that's all the sport for now.

What do you think, does golf need Tiger Woods or is the

sport just fine moving on from

him? I'm the wrong person to

ask, I guess, because I don't

pay that much attention to

golf, but it seems that golf

always needs its stars and its

stars are often very particular

kinds of blokes whether you go

back to Shark or even earlier

to Jack Nicklaus and when I r

and now Tiger Woods, when I say

particular, individualistic,

sometimes difficult to wrangle blokes.

And his form certainly is not

that great, not what it used to

be, but certainly attracts

cameras and huge in pure

financial terms huge drawcard

for any golf tournament organiser. Still? Absolutely

fl Did he lose. Of his sponsors

in the end He did Did any others come forward? Not

since. Speaking of hard to

wrangle, there is Shane

Warne. It was a bit of a who's

who last night . I think he is

good for the sport, but I don't

think the sport should become

too dependent. I think when you

talk back to the days of people

like Jack Nicklaus, there was

always a bevy of them at the

top. Tom Watson, Arnold pal er

in, - Arnold Palmer, it would

be good for the sport but then

if he could mix it with Rory

McIlroy a good up-and-comer I

guess so. John Waters, on 'Q&A'

and I was lucky enough to

interview him on this program

and Art Scape, the point he

simply makes is that it's none

of anyone's business. Anyone

who had anything to do with

Tiger Woods privately had a

great time. Nobody He missed

the injury about being hit on

the head by his wife In all the

breakages, didn't mention the

breakage of the

marriage. Doesn't like bringing

that one up ( Oh, that

marriage. Thank you very much,

Steve. ABC News Breakfast can

be watched live on the

web. Just visit ABC News on the

website. There it is. There is

Silvio Berlusconi just hanging

on by a thread it seems and

there is the the little thing

that allows you to stream us

live. To Vanessa O'Hanlon with

the weather. All coming down

from the tropics. Potentially

severe thunderstorms as a

massive cloud that we can see here crosses South Australia

making its way to Tasmania and

Victoria. In the past few

hours, over 4mm of rain in

Melbourne and over 5 in

Adelaide. Also cloud and a cold

south-west of Western Australia front that is crossing the

and that has unleashed over

11mm in Perth. A trough from

the north-west down to the

south-east is deepening.

Showers and storms will become

more widespread in the

south-east. Humid northerly

winds also associated with the

trough will affect most states.

Tomorrow a cold front will

clash with the frofnt,

increasing the rain and thunderstorms especially from southern New South Wales all

the way down to the northern

parts of Tasmania. That front will also bring a cooler change

to the south-east, but we'll

see warmer northerly winds

strengthening in Queensland and

New South Wales ahead of that

showers about the tropics trough. For Queensland today,

across the western districts,

gusty storms with hot northerly

winds. A top of 38 in Longreach. For New South Wales,

apart from the far north coast

and north-west slopes, you've got isolated showers and

thunderstorms across the whole

west State. Across the border,

warm and humid with rain in the

seft and central districts,

extending to the east and clear

around midday, followed by

scattered showers. With extensive thunderstorms, the

Melbourne area is under a

severe thunderstorm warning, so

is the Central West and South

Gippsland areas N Tasmania, the

rain will ease by late in the

morning and then clear during

the afternoon. Isolated

thunderstorms about the north

and west. South Australia -

isolated showers and

thunderstorms. They will extend to all area as part from the

far north-west. Later on today

gusty winds to around 40km/h

will swing south westerly and a

severe fire warning for the

north-east pastoral district.

Severe thunderstorm warning for

destructivive winds including

Western Australia, isolated the Flinders district. For

thunderstorms from the Central showers and squally

West across to the southern

coastal districts and also

shoul wers about the Eucla.

Heading up north, isolated

showers about the Kimberley and

north eastern interior and isolated showers and gusty

storm rs over the Top End. For

tomorrow: Still to come on the

prabling, we're going to speak

to the father of Australian man

Michael Coleman who has been

arrested in Israel for taking

part in that flotilla bound for

Gaza, trying to break the

gridlock there and to look at

the newspapers we will be

joined by '7:30''s Heather

Ewart. Leading the new this

morning the snoot is expected

to pass the Government's carbon

tax legislation today. The Opposition is vowing to scrap

the tax if it wins government.

The tax will start from July

next year. The jury in the

involuntary manslaughter trial

of Michael Jackson's doctor has

reached a verdict. They're

expected to deliver their decision in about two hours'

time. Dr Conrad Murray is

accused of giving the singer an

Il lease dose of appropriate

follow. If convicted he faces follow. If convicted he

town 4 years in jail. The

Federal Government says the

detition to scrap the $210

million contract for offshore broadcaster Australia Network

controversial leaks to the has been abandoned because of

media. Sky News is competing

with the ABC to win the tender.

The ABC has been given an

extension to run Australia

Network until next August. A

final decision is due in the

final quarter of next year.

Greece's main political parties

are expected to name a new

later today. Prime Minister Prime Minister and Cabinet

George Papandreou resigned

yesterday as part of a deal to

form a unity government. The

deal clears the way for the

Parliament to ratify the

Eurozone's debt package. And

fears are growing that Italy

may default on its debts. The

Italian Government's borrowing

costs have risen with 10-year

Prime Minister Silvio bonds hitting 6.5%. Italian

Berlusconi has used FaceBook to

deny reports he is about to resign An Australian man

arrested by Israeli forces

while on board a flotilla bound

for the Gaza Strip has told his

family he was assaulted by

soldiers. Michael Coleman

remains in custody in Ashdod.

His father joins us from

Sydney. John Coleman, good

morning and thanks for joining

us.? Good morning, Virginia.

That's fine. Have you heard

from your son, Michael We've

had one 60-second phone call on

Sunday night, very late, but

that was all in the past 4 days

since he was apprehended. What

did he manage to say in that 60

seconds? He managed to tell me

that other being being a

non-violent boarding by the

Israeli Defence Force, it was actually quite violent. They

used water cannon on the people

on board at first and one of

the men was Tasered, a

Canadian, David Heap. The rest,

as Mike said were roughed up

and bounced around and once

they got to Ashdod port, they

were shackled with leg shackles

and had handcuff as plied to

them on the way to the prison. Did Michael or anyone

else sustain injuries as far as

you're aware? The Canadian guy

who was Tasered was slightly

injured but according to our embassy officials who visited

Michael he is in pretty good

health. So there has been at

least one consular visit to

your son , Michael, is that correct? Probably had three consular visits up until

now. Do you know if deportation

is very far away now? Deportation process takes

about 72 hours, and that

process started on Sunday

evening, so it should be up

about Wednesday our time, so

with any luck he should be home

by the weekend. You surely must

have expected something like

this when your son decided to

go over, given that flotillas

trying to break the blockade

there have been treated in this

way before? We certainly did.

We were quite prepared for it.

In fact, if anything, we

expected the response to be

was. perhaps more violent than it

So you actually have no complaints then about the way

the Israeli soldiers treated

those on board? I have

complaints, of course. When you

have a non-violent group who

show no violence and no

opposition to those who board

them, the response should be

exactly the same. There should

be no violence whatsoever. Just

because the level of violence

was less doesn't mean we accept

it or we condone it. I guess,

though, there needs to be a

realic comprehension, though,

of just what the Israeli forces

are going to do given that this

is a boat or a flotilla of

boats that they're never going

to get through or let through,

and if that takes place,

they're going to respond as any

police might do in a situation

where they're breaking up a

protest? Yes, but you've got to

start from the fact that the

block aid is an illegal act or

we believe it is, and the UN

certainly believes it is an

illegal act to blockade Gaza.

If you start from that premise,

if those acts that occurred off

the coast of some mall ya, we

would be talking about

kidnapping and piracy. I have

to ask you, though, John

Coleman, just what your son was

doing there? Why he has

anything to do with this

particular battle? He has

always been encouraged to

support the underdog and those

who are less fortunate and some

years ago he became involved

with the sc free Palestine

Movement in Sydney and in

latter years, beginning in

2008, he went to Ramallah and

worked for three months in a

refugee camp, teaching

children. He went back on the

second flotilla in August this

year because he was so

passionate about what he had

seen in Palestine and the

oppression that he had seen

there, and so when he got the

opportunity to go again in

October this year, he took

it. And, John Coleman, when

your son Michael is deported

from Israel will it be at his

or your family's expense or at

the Australian taxpayers'

expense, do you know? I

wouldn't think it would be at

the Australian taxpayers' expense. It will certainly

either be at the expense of the

Israeli Government or at our

expense. He certainly has got a

lot of support in Sydney from

the Free Gaza Organisation, and

we're not particularly worried about who is paying at this

stage, but I can assure you it

won't be the Australian

taxpayer. They don't pay for

that sort of thing, and we're

quite happy to pay for it if

that's required. All we want is

for Michael to come home. John

Coleman, once he does come

home, do you believe that

Michael will try to go

again? You better ask imthat

when he gets back on Saturday

of this week, or when we hope

he gets back on Saturday of

this week. Perhaps you should

ask him. But there is every

chance he will want to do it again, yes. Will you be supportive of that? We're

always supportive of him. We're always apprehensive obviously

but we're fully supportive of

him and his mum and I are

really very proud of what he

has done. John Coleman, good to

talk to you this morning.

Thanks so much Thanks,

Virginia. Take you to the US

now whereas we mentioned

earlier, a jury has now reached

a verdict in the involuntary

manslaughter case against

Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad

Murray Lisa Millar joins us

from Washington. Good morning.

How long had the jury been

considering this verdict? Only

a couple of days, Michael, so

quite short considering how

long the trial went for, which

was roughly six weeks, and the

amount of detailed medical

information that they had to

absorb. There were criticisms

on Friday of the defence case suggesting that it was pretty

weak, so the commentators

already are suggesting perhaps

it's more likely that the

verdict coming back will be a

guilty verdict for Conrad

Murray of involuntary

manslaughter, but as you said

earlier, just under 90 minutes

now until that verdict will be

read out in court and we'll

know for sure. A sum if that

guilty verdict does come in,

Conrad Murray could be facing

some serious jail time? Well,

the maximum is four years in

fact for this charge which some

have thought is pretty

light-on, but he will also lose

his medical licence, but four years

years is the absolute maximum for involuntary manslaughter. Now there is a lot happening in the United

States this morning. Back on

the east coast, the Republican

presidential candidate Herman

Cain is facing yet more

accusations of sexual

harassment. Tell us about

those? Well, this one is

important, Michael, because

it's the first time a woman has

gone public with the

accusations against Herman Cain

for viewers they might remember

this was the former CEO of

Godfather's Pizza who doesn't

have a lot of political

experience behind him, but is

shooting up the opinion polls

based on his 999 tax reform

that he has been pushing and

also his confidential it being

able to bring business to

Washington rather than bring politics to Washington. But he

has been in trouble over the

last week or so when the first

allegations started arising

from women who said that he

sexually harassed them. Now, he

has denied that previously.

Today, though, we have a fourth

woman and she has come out in

public. Her name is Sharon

Bialek. She said she used to work for the Restaurant

Association that Herman Cain

was involved with. She lost her

job. She went to him looking

for advice and help about perhaps getting another job.

They went to dinner and at the

end of the dinner, they were

sitting in a car and we'll

leave it to her to describe

what went on. He suddenly

reached over and he put his

hand on my leg, under my skirt

and reached for my genitals. .

He also grabbed my head and

brought it towards his crutch.

I was very, very surprised and

said, "What are are you doing?

You know I have a boyfriend.

This is what I came here for."

Mr Kaine said, "You want a job,

right? I asked him to stop and

he did. I asked him to take me

back to my he tell, which he

did. Pretty strong stuff. A

fairly vocal lawyer as well,

weighed into the case too

snooment Yes, this is Gloria

Alred, a high-profile discrimination lawyer, she

represented one of the women

who was linked to Tiger Woods

previously, but she says there

is no legal suit being lodged

here. No money over this. Both

of these women feel enough is

enough. Let's listen to

Gloria. It's time to hold politicians to a higher

standard. We need to know the

truth about those who are

running for office. We cannot

afford to once again elect

someone to office who will

ignore the law, take advantage

of those without power, and who

will abuse the opportunities

that the office of the President provides. Watching

that media conference, Lisa, I

can't help but think back to

that celebrated Jennifer

Flowers appearance in the 1992

campaign and the various

so-called bimbo eruptions that

hit Bill Clinton. Do you think

this will harm Herman kairn's prospects? The opinion polls

are suggesting that so far it

has not affected his prospects

but the Republican party is

desperate to get someone as

their candidate who can beat Barack Obama. They feel the

economy is so poor,

unemployment so high, they've

got a really got shot at the

White House, I don't think they

will be wail willing to take

any risks here. You can almost

hear the Republican party

heavies very quickly walking

away from Herman Cain as we

hear the denials from the

candidate himself. Lisa Millar in Washington thank you very

much. Thanks, Michael. A-yea.

Those scandals. You can be

guaranteed one every single

time Already every one. Almost

we give the viewers a graphic

warning. We have to do that

before an excerpt is

played. They're human beings

and will make mistakes and

they're operating at levels of

power and authority and liable

to abuse "it". Do you think if

we had the same level of

scrutiny, this sort of thing

would turn up here Oh,

absolutely. Sexual harassment Sexual harassment or

unless it affects MPs or

ministers' ability to do his or

her job. Absolutely. Yes,

graphic stuff. A agree with

Lisa, it's true or not and she

seems to be pretty truthful,

it's going to be hard for

Herman Cain to bounce back. The

Senate is expected to pass the Government's carbon tax today

as you know. The Government and

the Greens will use their

numbers to force a final vote

on the 18 bills. The tax will

come into effect from July next

year. Now, I think juries in

the trial of Michael Jackson's

doctor Conrad Murray have

reached a verdict and we're

going to be hearing that

verdict in about two hours'

time. Dr Murray is charged with

involuntary manslaughter. The

jury has been deciding if he

was criminally neglect by

giving Michael Jackson the

anaesthetic drug appropriate Propofol. Italy's Prime

Minister Silvio Berlusconi is

denying reports he is about to

resign as fears grow Italy may

not be able to repay its debts.

We'll take a look at today's

papers now and joined by

national affairs correspondent

for '7:30' Heather Ewart. Good morning Good morning. Nice to

see you again. Where do you want to start today? We will

start with the latest opinion

poll in the 'Australian', the

Newspoll. You could talk about

this every two weeks but it's

really worth talking about this

morning because it's been a

while since we've seen this

sort of headline: "Gillard

lifts Labor off floor." Voter

dissatisfaction with the

Opposition Leader's performance

at a record high of 57% and

Julia Gillard appears to be

staging a political comeback,

win ag 3 percentage point

increase in Labor's primary

vote, although the Newspoll

finds that the Opposition would

easily win the next election.

But interestingly, 'The

Australian' is now saying that Gillard's leadership will

survive into next year, which

I'm sure she is very relieved

to hear, since News Limited

papers were reporting only last

week that she may face a challenge from Rudd supporters Any minute now In

three weeks. So suddenly a

reversal there. So absolutely worth noting this headline in

the 'Australian' today.

And proof that the Government's campaign against

Tony Abbott, per selfed from

their perspective negative is

registering with voters,

courtesy of the high approval

rating. Yes, and sentiment in

political circle s that Julia

Gillard has had a very good

week. Had the CHOGM meeting in

Perth, she had what she says is

a victory in the Qantas

dispute, she has been overseas

at the G20 and in Afghanistan.

It has been a good look all

around for her and clearly that

has shown in this polling. Just

a good week, is that all you

need to reverse the fortunes

that look so poor for her? It

never works quite that easily

but I think Labor would have to

be relieved that they do have a headline like this because it

has been a while disgh. Now we

have the carbon tax going

through the Upper House and

Labor people say, "Once that's

through. Once that's done and

the sky doesn't fall in and

people will see that, that's

when it will all start to

change for us and it will come

back all our way," do you think

they have an argument when they

suggest that? It is true, yes

or no, , yes and know, you then

have time to get the public

used to the whole idea and you

can move onto other bits of

your agenda. It has taken a lot

of time, the carbon tax and

sucked a lot of air out of the

political arena and debate.

Let's look at the scrapping

of the Australia Network

tender, source of lots of

controversy That's right. This

is on the front page of almost

every paper around the country

today. Many Australians or some Australians perhaps would never

have heard of the Australia

Network, but this has become a

real political football,

embarrassing saga, the Australian 'Financial Review'

calls it, but news is seen as

the loser as TV tender axed.

Now, the most interesting thing

about this whole story and the

point of it getting so much

coverage today is that it's

seen very much the abrupt

termination of the contract.

Sky was looking as the

frontrunner. The ABC has had

this service several years now, broadcasting into several

countries overseas . The abrupt

termination of the tender has

been seen as related to

leadership tensions between

Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd.

The Federal Police were called

in to investigate leaks into

the whole tender process, so

now after Cabinet discussions

yesterday, the Minister for Communications Stephen Conroy

has announced, "Right, end to

tender process. The ABC will now keep the contract for

another six months and we'll

have another look at it then."

But this has dragged on for a

lot of time. Well, it has and

it's looked desperately uncomfortable and difficult for the Government because there

have been leaked reports that

the independent panel found

that Sky was the preferred

winner of the tender That's

right. It didn't go to Sky and

then pulled back into Cabinet,

so a battle of wills, it seems, over which side within Federal

Government wants either news

Corporation or the ABC to run

this. And Kevin Rudd... That's

right, a really sticky one for

the Government, this it.

Seemingly in the scheme of

things in budgetary terms a

small amount of money but it

has really taken on a life of

its own. Is this an attempt to

get Kevin Rudd if there is

strong suggestions that the

leaks have come from his neck

of the woods, is this someone

trying to get him? I don't know

that I would put it in those

terms but I think it's fair to

say there has been a fair bit

of muttering around the place

about where these leaks have

come from and why and I think

it's fairly extraordinary to

have the Australian Federal Police called in over something

like this. Not a like this. Not a good

look. The The Fairfax papers

have a pretty good story about

where Australian troops are

going? Yes, they have an

exclusive that Australia's

deployment in Afghanistan will

be slashed by up to two-thirds

but the remaining troops are

likely to be shifted to more hostile areas after their

current operations, and moving

to more dangerous areas, it's

suggested, of Kabul and

Kandahar in the next couple of

years, and that this was

discussed by Julia Gillard in

her visit to Afghanistan on the

weekend, discussed with

military chiefs, which makes sense, she would discuss this

sort of thing. From time to

time in this country there has

been discussion that we've had

troops there, had them there

for a while, but not really in

the hot spots. This would seem

to change that? That's right,

and I think what we've seen in

the last few months and

certainly in the last week or

two, there seem to be hot spots

everywhere in Afghanistan.

There is no real safe

territory, is there? But

clearly we're in no position,

well, certainly not going to be

moving soon, so I think the

public will have to get used to that. The 'The Age' has a

really interesting story on

solariums which I thought at

least in some states were if

not completely banned were

close to be banned. What's

happened there? I must say I do

have a vested interest in this

story. Some years back, I broke

the story on Claire Oliver, I

don't know if people remember

that Absolutely A very brave

young girl who died of a

melanoma, but made a very public campaign about warning

young girls about the dangers

of solariums. Until then, no

real laws around the country on

how to rule solariums. But that

changed with that story, but

unfortunately, according to the Cancer Council of Victoria,

many of the operators are still

flouting the rules, and many of

them are still allowing

teenagers - you're not supposed

to allow them in unless they

can show they're 18 - they're

still allowing them in without

proof of being 18. I think

that's disapoingt and I hope

there is some action with

that. There was a campaign that

looked like solariums would go

out of business Well, in fact

quite a few of them have and perhaps that is why those that

do remain are being a bit lax

in teenagers they're allowing

in because they really should

not be doing that. Or pushing

for whatever customers they

could possibly get Yes, and

they have been pushing for that

in some states. May be a very

good time to remind everybody about her very brave fight Yes,

very brave fight. Steve, Tiger

Woods is in town and he is

ready to rumble He still has

got to do it but he has

declared himself fit and ready

for this week's Australian Open

which starts at the Lakes on

Thursday in Sydney. Woods was

out with just a few people you

might recognise at a

high-profile dinner and drinks

last night. Shane Warne's new

bar was the venue for the

gathering of Tiger Woods and

amongst him and other bunch of political and social

high-fliers in Melbourne. He

has had a couple of days of

invitational golf around the

country, but the now world No.

56 says after years riddled

with injuries and of course

many off-course issues, he is

now ready to fire, now ready to fire, starting at

the Lakes on Thursday. It's

been a rough go. As you said

from '07 on, I've had a

ruptured ACL, a broken leg,

torn cartilage, two torn

Achilles, a couple of strained

ligaments, so it's been a

little rough go, so it's

finally good to actually be

healthy and to be able to train

probably, not rehab, physically

train and do all the things

that I know I can do and my

game is starting to come

because testify. Tiger Woods

there. Australian swimmer Ian

Thorpe is preparing for the

second event, competitive event

of his much publicised

comeback. Thorpe was well below

his best when he made that long

awaited return to the pool in

Singapore last weekend. He has

now made the trip across to

Beijing and to the water kooub,

the seen of the 2008 Olympics

swimming. Thorpe is looking to

improve on those times he was

able to past last weekend. He

has decided to throw caution to

the win and swim in the 100

freestyle today. Libby Trickett

is on course for comeback as

well and on the comeback path.

Let's hear from Australia's

head swimming coach Leigh

Nugent. We will hear from him

in the next hour. Melbourne

Victoria is Victoria's decision

to appeal against the red card

handed to defender Matthew

Foschini has become fired. The

FFA's match review panel deemed

Victory's appeal as frivolous

and for the first time in the

A-League's history, gave

Foschini an extra match on the

sidelines. Victory will be

without Ante Covic, Harry

Kewell, Carlos Hernandez and

Foschini for this Foschini for this weekend's

match against Central Coast.

To the weather with Vanessa

O'Hanlon. A cold front is

causing showers over in Western

Australia's south-west. A

trough from the north-west to

the south-east in deeping.

more widespread in the Showers and storms will become

south-east. Humid northerly

winds associated from the

trough will affect most states. Today in Queensland, showers

about the tropics across the

western districts. Gusty storms

with hot northerly winds. New

far South Wales - apart from the

far north coast and north-west slopes, isolated showers and

thunderstorms across the State

and northerly winds although a

southerly change will develop

near the Victorian border.

Across that border, warm and

humid with rain in the west and central districts, extending

towards the east, but should

clear around midday, although

followed by scattered showers.

Tasmania - rain will ease by

late morning and clear in the

thunderstorms about the north afternoon. Isolated

and west. South Australia -

isolated showers and authors

extending to all area as part

from the far north-west. Late

today gusty winds up to 40km/h

will swing south westerly and

squally thunderstorms from the

Central West to the southern coastal districts and showers

about the far western Eucla.

Afternoon storms about the

Kimberley and far eastern

interior. In the Northern

Territory, gusty storms over

the Top End. For tomorrow:

Vanessa, thanks so much.

Still ahead on ABC News

Breakfast, as we've been

saying, the jury in the trial

of Michael Jackson's doctor has

now reached a verdict. Excitement is

mounting, certainly here in Los

Angeles where the courtroom is

apparently packed with

spectators. We're expecting

that verdict around 8 o'clock

eastern time this morning. Of

course we will have live

coverage of that event as it

happened. Do stay with us right

throughout the morning on ABC

News Breakfast. Back in a moment.

The jury in the trial of

Michael Jackson's doctor

reaching a verdict.

The battle to price carbon

nears its end. The Senate set

to pass the carbon tax into

law. Greece in search of a new

Prime Minister as fears of an

Italian debt default now

grow. And Tiger Woods declares

himself fit and ready for this

week's Australia Open in Sydney.

To be able to train, train

properly, not rehab, actually

physically train and do all of

the things that I know I can

do, my game is starting to come

because of it. Good morning. You're watching ABC News

Breakfast on Tuesday, 8th November. I'm Virginia Trioli.

Very glad you could join us

today. Coming up on the

program, in addition to that

verdict in the trial of Michael

Jackson's doctor, we will be

bringing that to you in about

an hour's time, we will be

Fisheries Minister Craig speaking to Queensland

Wallace. You might have caught

up with claims made on 'Four

Corners' on ABC1 that efforts

to try to expand the very

controversial coal seam gas

industry in Queensland pose a

very big risk to the Great

Barrier Reef. And also ahead

this morning we'll be joined by

the Defence Minister Stephen

Smith as reports surface that