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As naive as most people involved in the sport.Today Cycling Australia considers the future of an Australian coach embroiled in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal. Labor minister Greg Combet urges politicians to turn the focus away from the gender issue and back to policy. And two men charged over the stabbing of a teenager outside a Sydney nightclub. This is news Now for Sunday, 14 October. I am Gemma Veness. Also, the Space Shuttle Endeavour wows spectator s along LA streets as it nears its final resting place. In sport, the Heart battle the Phoenix in the A-League and the Sky News weather:

This is news Now. Australia's most influential cycling figures has admitted he took drugs while riding for Lance Armstrong's disgraced US Postal Team. Former pro rider Matt White made the admission apologise ing to his family, fans and competitors.Cycling's biggest doping investigation has forever tainted the legacy of Lance Armstrong and now it's reached the ranks of Australian cycling. Former professional rider Matt White has confessed to doping during his time at Armstrong's disgraced US Postal Team. White stood down from his position as sports director at psychlin team GreenEDGE and also from his role as men's road coordinator at Cycling Australia.It was by mutual agreement, that he would stand down from his position with Cycling Australia until such time as we had a chance to review both his admission and more importantly to give USADA and others a chance to have an input into the process and if necessary to investigate any of the alleged conduct against him.Is Matt White in his professional cycling days. An Olympian and Tour de France rider he raced for the US Postal Team between 2001 and 2003.Matt White has released a statement overnight, he says:

White stopped racing in 2007, and says he has been running totally clean teams since. A senior member of the Government has called for the political debate to move on from the gender wars. Greg Combet says people outside politics would prefer politicians to get on with the business of government. But the call hasn't stopped the claims of sexism against Tony Abbott. The sexism debate has dominated politics over the last week and many in the Government now want to move on.People outside hear bits it and I think they will prefer politicians to get off name calling and get on with the business of Government.Despite the nasty tone of the debate Greg Combet believes some good might come from it.I think it might bring a bit more focus on some human diseasesy and getting on with decency and getting on with the business of government. Ink I think is important for us to get back on the public policy issues people are more interested in.Labor is showing little sign of easing its attacks against Tony AbbottIt was only 2011 he was talking about the Prime Minister making an honest woman of herself. It was 2010 he was talking about the house wives of Australia and their ironing.The Coalition maintains the whole thing has been a distraction to deflect from criticism of the government.I have to tell you I was at the Wangaratta show yesterday, and dozens of people came up to me. They have had a gutful of what they see as a deflection on the real issues that are hurting them. The carbon tax, cost of living, business confidence down.Now a Labor front bencher is the latest to be accused of sexism after he sent a number of Tweets with the same image of the Greens leader titled the different emotional states of Senator Christine Milne.I do think there is a huge sexist element in it and the thing about systemism is it's institutionlised in the -- sexism it is institutionalise ed in the parliament and in big business across the country. You see that when you look at people being treated differently because of gender.The debate is likely to move on this week even if it is only temporary, Tony Abbott is in Jakarta and will be meeting President Yudhoyono tomorrow and the Prime Minister will spend much of the week in India looking to strengthen bilateral relations which have been strained over a number of issues in recent years, including uranium sales, and attacks on Indian students in Australia. Two suspected asylum seeker boats have been intercepted off the west Australian coast. The first vessel was intercepted north yesterday, with 1 -- Christmas Island yesterday with 104 people on board and the second was found north-west of the Cocos islands this morning carrying 49 suspected asylum seekers. All passenger will be transferred to Christmas Island for health and security Chens and the Government says all those -- and the government says all those arriving by boat will be transferred to a regional processing nation. One man is dead and another injured after a shooting in Sydney's west. Police say they went to an address in Greenacre about 1 o'clock this afternoon and a man with the gunshot wound to the buttock s was treated at the scene while another man died as paramedics tried to save him. Investigations into the incident are continuing. Two men have been charged after a violent brawl outside a nightclub in Sydney. A 19-year-old was stabbed in the chest and knocked unconscious next to saint Vincent's hospital in Darlinghurst he was then rushed into the hospital in a critical condition. The men aged 21 and 22 have been granted conditional bail to're pa in the Downing Centre local court in Sydney next month. Queensland authorities say 13 homes which were under threat from a large bushfire have been saved this afternoon.The blaze is burning knew the Bruce Highway at Bambaroo just north of Townsville. The state's fire and rescue surface says crews have established containment lines around the properties, and the fire is now burning safely and there is no immediate threat.A large volume of smoke is expected to cover the area for the next few days though. Al-Qaeda's leader has reportedly praised last month's attack on the US embassy in Libya in an audio message which was released on a website yesterday, the chief said those who killed four diplomats should be saluted and also called for month protests outside American embassies.The attack in Libya came after an American film mocking the Prophet Mohammed sparked racial tension around the world. US President Barack Obama's campaign team has completely cleared his schedule ahead of the up coming debate with Mitt Romney. The move is a complete shift how Mr Obama prepared for his first round with his Republican rival which saw a fiery Romney narrow the gap in the latest polls.After a short 20 minute flight from Andrews air force base the President headed to this unscale golf resort. Although aids say he likely won't be hitting the links unlike in Nevada where the President prepared for his first debate there will be no rallies either leaving more time for mock debates after an uneven performance in Denver. Governor Romney and his top aids held a practice session this morning at a hotel in kol om bus Ohio before heading to a rally with 3500 reporters who cheered with he brought up the first debate..I enjoyed the debate a great deal.An investigation by Britain's 'Sunday times' alleges retired top ranking military officers were secretly filmed boasting about being able to lobby Government contacts in order to win multi-million dollar defence deals. It's an issue that breaks official rules and one of those allegedly involved is admiral Sir Trevor Saw the commander of the naval fleet until last no. Sky News reporter Glen Oglasa has the latest.This was a classic newspaper sting two investigators journalists posing as business executives. The rules are quite clear, senior personnel in the armed forces have to have a two year moratorium, a two year break after leaving the armed forces before they can use any of their network of contacts to commercial advantage or indeed to influence any procurement decisions. After two years they can join any company they like, take any directorships they want and in effect lobby to their hearts content. Before that two years they are not allowed to do so. Most if not all of the people named have been out of the armed forces for two years or more and all of them would argue that any influence that they want to bring to bare on procurement of weapons for the military would only be to ensure that our soldiers sailers and airmen have the best possible equipment in the front line. There is also a question as well over how much influence these retired generals admirals and air marshals have. The defence secretary has put out a very short statement saying this equipment is procured in the interests of the armed forces and not in the interested of retired personnel:

There does to be fair seem to be a little direct correlation between the influence of the presence of these retired senior officers and actual contracts being awarded but the MOD is going to look at the rules and also look at whether or not those rules need to be tightened up. The Space Shuttle Endeavour is undertaking its most down to earth mission this weekend, Los Angeles residents have been greeting the shuttle as it creeps down the city streets. The Endeavour is heading to its final resting place at the California science centre, where it will be the centrepiece exhibit. It's on a 19km trip travelling only about 3 chirp on a 160 wheeled carrier. In order to manoeuvre the Endeavour officials had to remove over 400 trees and also take down power lines and dismantle traffic lights and street signs.It is a feat of immense proportions.Space Shuttle Endeavour making its way to its final resting place.One last mission that has seen it travel through Los Angeles, a terrestrial journey not lost on those living here.From the classroom they can see the shuttle all detail while they are learning. Some kids are be sides themselves with joy.It is I big community event I was here for the fly buys a couple of weeks ago and everybody came out, it was like everybody was together focused on it and enjoying it. And making friends.And liftoff for the final launch of Endeavour.Expanding our knowledge, expanding our lives in space. Endeavour circled globe more than 4,000 times during a service spanning 20 years, reaching speeds of 17,000 miles per hour it's travelled more than 100 million miles. Today's journey is all together different. But has needed months of meticulous planning all the same.We had to actually go through a bunch of rigorous tests to make sure we were able to pull this weight. So we had three months of testing to say yes we could do this. So we actually pulled more than what the Endeavour and program weighs because it is 2 the 2,000 pounds'. It is over 292,000 pounds.It is a slow and steady journey as the shuttle inches its way through the city but it's a journey appreciated by crowd whose want to say thank you to Endeavour and goodbye. This is News Now on Sky News. We will have all the top stories for you just ahead. Including all the sport with Chris Roe as the Aussies sevens side gets rolled on the Gold Coast.

The top stories - Cycling Australia Australia chief admits his organisation was perhaps naive in appointing Matt White to key roles and concedes he may not be the only Australian to be exposed in the Lance Armstrong fallout. Federal minister Greg Combet says Australians want politicians to stop the name calling and get on with the job of government. His comments follow a tumultuous week in federal politics in which Prime Minister Julia Gillard branded Opposition Leader Tony Abbott a sexist and misogynist. Two men have been charged after a violent brawl outside a nightclub in Sydney's eastern suburbs.The 19-year-old was stabbed in the chest and is in hospital in a critical condition. Tomorrow's weather:

All the sport with Chris and high drama in the A-League.We have had a sendoff in the game this afternoon. With the Heart and Phoenix into the action now with a red card to Simon Colossimo Melbourne completely dominated the game but the score is currently locked 1-1.International duty ruling six regulars out for the Phoenix, this Melbourne road trip a tough ask against the fired up Heart.The ball across the face for Fred. The shot. What a finish.All the run coming from Melbourne but despite the Hearts dominance, just one goal the difference at the break.A lovely ball for Fred his second in in as many minutes. And a second miss. Plenty of goals in the two games last night. Brisbane scored five against the Victory, the Jets won 3-2 against the scloous. Alessandro del Piero sent the fans into ruptures curling a free kick in to the back of the net. It was fellow marquee signing Emile Heskey who added his name to the score sheet and helped the Jets to a win. He has fallen over and prods in towards Heskey and he has scored as well.The two marquee men on the mark and Newcastle back in front. Through Emile Heskey.Obviously I put in a performance for the lads and as we did today and nice to get on the goal sheet so yeah all round good day.We hope the next time if there is five goals, three for us, two for them.In the meantime the reining premiers Brisbane showed there is life after Ange Postecoglu. Australia has been knocked out of the rugby Sevens tournament on the Gold Coast after going down to Kenya in a quarterfinal. The match appeared to be going into extra time, with the scores looked 14-all but the Kenyans scored a miracle try with seconds to go.He has men on the outside. Ed Jenkins the captain. Jenkiins is not going to get there. Run away train. Dennis Umbake. Well it's a boilover you would have to say. The Aussies now drop down to the plate competition and will take on Argentina in the semi-final. Cam Smith has capped off a memorable season leading the Kangaroos to a win in Townsville. He is the third man in history to lead sides to a test win Origin series and victory at the club premiership in the same season. Test match rugby league in Townsville. Guaranteed to be a green and gold affair.Not that it worries the Kiwis much.

An early knock-on putting the Kangaroos under the pump. A costly mistake it turned out to be.I think he's over.It's not a double movement. I think he keeps the ball above the ground.First blood to Luke but his opposite number hit right back.Smith looks at. He's through and scores.Australia on a roll when James Tamou brought his dancing shoes.Short to Tamou. Tamou! Steps, steps and gets over the line.But this game was all locked up at the break. Thanks to some New Zealand magic.Look at that. That was brilliant stuff. He has scored.A big blow for the Kangaroos when they lost Ryan Hoffman to an ankle injury. But the Aussies kept charging.Smith flops it down. Thurston.Thurston close but held up over the line. A penalty for a strip would soon put the Aussies two points clear. The game still up in the air until the final minutes. On the left-hand side of the field a chance here. What they have been waiting for, Darius Boyd. Darius Boyd.Scores.The Kangaroos bringing the season to a close with an 18-10 victory. Perth has made it back-to-back wins to start the NBL season downing Townsville by 24 points this afternoon. The Crocs went to the main break with the lead but the visitors found the range in the second half to run out convincing winners.The swamp was seeing its first action of the season and the Crocs were out to show they were going to be no push overs and they quickly made an impression on the score board. A little something for the home fans as well.Irvin working hard both ends of the floor but he was in need of help as the Wildcats finally revealed their shooting prowess. Townsville hitting back from outside the perimeter to grab the advantage at the main break. Long.But it was one way traffic in the third term as the visitors hit the front. So good at that.The Crocs left to feed off the scraps as they battle just to stay in touch. Three straight triples from the vifers breaking open -- visitors breaking open the game. Perth running away with it to seal a 24 point victory. Netball's leading nations have converged on Adelaide with the Dime yonlds getting off to the perfect start in the quad series. England dropped off the pace in the second half the Aussies romping home by 24. It was plenty of niggle with the visitors suffering some early casualties. The English managed to keep it competitive through the opening quarter, although the Australians steady opened up their lead in the third up by 14 goals heading into the final term the Aussies kept up the pace and they managed to win it 64 to 40. And just recapping our earlier story. Former Australian cyclist Matt White has conceded he was part of the doping scandal involving Lance Armstrong and the US Postal Team. White said in a statement that he was not proud of his actions and he apoll jeesed to his fans, familying friends and the media for his actions. He stood down with his position from Australia's road cycling team GreenEDGE and also Cycling Australia. The President of Cycling Australia Claus Mueller says that a decision will be made on his future after they have had a chance to liaise with USADA and he concedes others could be implicated in drug cheating, he says the sport is zutsing an amnesty for Australian -- discussing an amnesty for Australian drug cheats to come forward.It would be I would have thought conditional on any athlete who we give an amnesty coming clean and disclosing all relevant issues in relation to his conduct. And if necessary to also be forthcoming in relation to the conduct of others if that helps to clean up the sport.The spring racing carnival of jockey Damien Oliver is under a cloud at the moment. There are reports he's being investigated for placing around $10,000 bet on a rival horse. Now according to Fairfax media Oliver was riding Europa Point in a night race at Moonee Valley in 2010 and placed the bet through a third party on the favourite Miss Octopussy, which did go on to win. The report says there is no evidence that Oliver was involved in fixing the race or he was riding in a manner which could have the winner. The bet was uncovered during an ongoing investigation into race fixing in Victoria. Mark Webber will start from poll position in the Korean Grand Prix this afternoon. Red Bull teammates Sebastian Vettel is alongside him while Lewis Hamilton is back in third. After having his race ruined by Romain Grosjean in Japan Webber looked primed to make amends.It is Mark Webber out in front.It is a Red Bull lockout for once it's not Sebastian Vettel on poll, it is Mark Webber with his second in 2012. And after his troubles in practice on the Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon has come very nicely indeed for Mark Webber. It's his Rudd Bull at the top of the grid.Webber will be chasing his third race victory of the year this afternoon.That's all the sport for now but, of course, the A-League continues through the afternoon question have more netball and the motorsport coming up later on. Thanks. Sky News weather for you now cloud over south-west WA with a trough generating showers. The band of cloud with another trough is spreading into South Australia but is not bringing any rain. Patchy cloud over eastern NSW with a weak trough is causing the odd shower and storm. Skies are mostly clear elsewhere with a high. Warm and northerly component winds ahead of a trough will filter into South Australia, Victoria and western NSW NSW and the trough will trigger isolated showers or storms around South Australia and the WA border. A large high will direct the odd shower on to the North Queensland coast, while keeping elsewhere mostly clear. Looking to the forecast:

this is News now. The top stories are just ahead and xhang's killer begs for fore -- Victor Chang's kicker begs for forgiveness. Next.

This hour's top stories. Cycling Australia will speak to USADA before deciding the future of coach Matt White. He has confessed to doping when he was part of the US Postal Team. Federal minister Greg Combet says Australians want politicians to turn the focus away from the gender issue and get on with the job of Government. And two men have been charged over the stabbing of a teenager outside a Sydney nightclub. The sky weather: Cycling Australia's chief admits his organisation was perhaps naive in appointing Matt White to key roles after the cyclist admitted doping while on the same team as Lance Armstrong. One of the most influential figures in Australian cycling, White stood down from his post as national men's road racing coordinator and selector. We had a lengthy discussion as a result of which he agreed that in fact it was by mutual agreement, that he would stand down from his position with Cycling Australia until such time as we had a chance to review both his admission and more importantly to give USADA and others a chance to also have an input into the process and if necessary to investigate any of the alleged conduct against him. The issue that was raised in the statement the other day as to whether the board of Cycling Australia thinks an amnesty is an appropriate way of going about it, that's certainly not a forgone conclusion and also in relation to the amnesty we need to speak to both the Government and to USADA to see whether in fact they are happy with that approach.A senior member of the Government has called for the political debate to move on from the gender wars. Greg Combet says people outside politics would prefer politicians to get on with the business of government. But the call hasn't stopped the claims of sexism against Tony Abbott. The sexism debate has dominated politics over the last week and many in the Government now want to move on.People outside hear bits it and I think they will prefer politicians to get off name calling and get on the business the government.Despite the nasty tone of the debate Greg Combet believes some good might come from it.It might bring a bit more focus on human decency and getting on with the business of government. It's been a pretty robust week alright but it's important for us to get back on to the public policy issues people are more interested in.Labor is showing little sign of easing its attacks against Tony Abbott.It is only 2011 that he was talking about the Prime Minister making an honest woman of herself. It was 2010 he was talking about the house wives of Australia and their Europing.The Coalition -- and their ironing.The Coalition maintains it is a distraction to deflect from criticism from the government.I was at the Wangaratta show yesterday and dozens of people came up to me, they have had a gutful of what they see as a deflection on the real issues that are hurting them. The carbon tax, cost of living, business confidence down.Now a Labor front bencher is the latest to be accused of sexism after he sent a number of Tweets with the same image of the Greens leader titled the different emotional states of Senator Christine Milne.But I do think there is a huge sexist element in it. And the thing about sexism is it's institutionalised in the parliament and in big business across the country.You see that when you look at people being treated differently because of jepder.The debate is -- gender.The debate is likely to move on this week even if it is only temporary. Tony Abbott is in Jakarta he will be meeting President Yudhoyono tomorrow. While the Prime Minister will spend much of the week in India, looking to strengthen bilateral relations.Which have been strained over a number of issues in recent years, including uranium sales, and attacks on Indian students in Australia. One man is dead and another is injured after a shooting in Sydney's west. Police say they went to an address in Greenacre at 1 o'clock this afternoon a man with a gun shot wound to the buttock s was treated at the scene while another man died as paramedics tried to save him.? Investigations into the incident aren itting.Two men have been charge -- are continuing. Two men have been charged after a violent bral outside a nightclub in Sydney's eastern suburbs. A 19-year-old was stabbed in the chest and knocked unconscious next to saint Vincent's hospital in Darlinghurst he was rushed into the hospital in a critical condition. The men aged 21 and 22 have been granted conditional bail to appear in Downing Centre local court next month.In his first media interview, the man who shot dead Victor Chang has begged the family for forgiveness.Chiew Seng Liew has spoken out after he was deported home to Malaysia 21 years after the murder saying he is sorry. It's a family reunion played with guilt and regret.Chiew Seng Liew returned home to the embrace of his loved ones in Malaysia, and begging the family of the man he murdered for their forgiveness.I made a mistake. I did the wrong thing the and made the family suffer. I know.21 years behind bars, and suffering from Parkinson's disease and dementia the 69-year-old frail and tired but addressing the crime he committed which shocked Australia. And after so many years of separation his family say they too feel as though they had lost their loved one. These things make us feel guilty for the past 21 years. We cannot accept - we understand also Victor Chang family also can't accept these kind of things because we did lost our father for the past 21 year and they also lost their father.We feel sorry for the family - for the doctor's family.The Chang family says the decision to grant Liew parole has denied them the justice they fought for. His apology only evoking painful memories for a family that will never see their husband and their father again. Anyone can say that they are sorry. The only way you can really gauge it is by their actions. His actions in the last 21 years clearly show he does not give a damn. Dr S have seen signs of improvement from Malala Yousafzai who was shot in the head on her way home from school in Pakistan. The 14-year-old remains unconscious and on a ventilator, as authorities continue to hunt for her attackers. Rarely have Pakistanis come together in such shared outrage. In a country used to both terrorist attacks and violence against women, this shooting marks a new low.And it's triggered vigils, prayers and protests. Malala was transfer ed into the care of Pakistani military surgeons this week and removed the bullet that had been fired into her head but which came to rest in her upper chest. Today Malala is on a ventilator her doctors were trying to gauge the damage said military spokesman Asim Ba judge, ri.They reduced her sedation today. Malala did respond to that and she did move her four limbs.Since 2009 Yousafzai has defied local Taliban edicts and campaigned for the right of girls to an education.If you can help us in our education so please help us.That put her on the Taliban hit list.The strimmests have threatened to come and -- strimmists have come and threatened to shoot -- the extremists have threatened to shoot Malala again if they survives can you protect her? Surely the state will do their best to protect her as she is a symbol of hope. She's - a beacon of light for all the girls of this country.We would love to protect every Malala of this country.That's the first tall order for Pakistan's security forces, the second will be to arrest Malala's attackers.The police have detained and then released several people over the past few days but so far not the men who actually pulled the trigger.? The Turkish Foreign Minister warned his country will retaliate without hesitation if its border with Syria is violated again. His comments come following days of tension between the two countries, after Turkey intercepted a Russian plane that it said
was carrying weapons for the Assad regime. This is more than muscle flexing. It could be seen as a statement of intent. For so long Syria's civil war has been contained inside her borders, but the threat that one day Turkey would be dragged into the conflict is growing. Syrian army strikes on rebel targets are clearly visible across the border. The war next door is coming much closer to home. Turkey's leaders are warning their hand may be forced because of UN inaction. TRANSLATION: What can be the explanation of the incapability and the injustice displayed in Syria? I would make clear that the security council which could not show effective and efficient policies in Syria is losing its ground. Syria probably doesn't want war with its neighbour. Its army is too busy fighting rebels.This is said to be alepo today. Aad accuses his neighbour of arming hi enemies but Turkey insists its border the are only humanitarian but Ankora did intercept a passenger plane from Moscow seizing what it claimed was a cargo of minute equipment. Russia denies violating any laws but if Syria and Turkey do go to war Moscow and others could be dragged in. So far the Turks have been content to offer refuge and support to Syria's rebels and so far that's kept the conflict across the boarder. But Turkey may soon find itself being forced into playing a much bigger and more dangerous role in its neighbour's war. London police investigating the sexual abuse allegations against former top of the pops host Jimmy Saville have estimated the number of likely victims to be about 60 and say the abuse scanned six decade s from 11959 to 2006. Meanwhile the BBC is under increasing pressure to explain why they aired a special tribute to the star while their news night program was looking into abuse claims.I have one thing to repeat. That is a profound and heartfelt apology on behalf of the BBC to every victim. Top of the pops. It is Jimmy Saville that's the alleged child abuser but the BBC is increasingly coming under pressure for seemingly turning a blind eye to its star's clean sexual predation. Even producing tribute programs about him. But first on BB 2 shown as a tribute to the late great Sir Jimmy Saville who died last October.At the same time last year the organisation was preparing to out the dead presenter as a pedophile on TV. An investigation which never went to air. George Entwhistle is the corporation's director general was the head of television at the time and amid admits he was aware of the investigation by news night but didn't know its content. The BBC has now launched two enquiries one into the abandoned story and the other into the culture of 9 corporation of the decades Saville was ailedly using its premises for sex abuse. It wasn't just the BBC where it is claimed he was getting away with his abusive behaviour. The hospitals too where he was fated for his charity work he was allegedly praying on the innocent. Steven George who was a patient at Broadmore hospital before having a sex change claims he was a victim of Jimmy Saville.He came and squatted down by the side of the sofa I was on and the sofa blocked the view of him from the staff.And he just thrust his hand between my legs. And of course I had just a nightdress on. And nothing I could do.But the alleged victims now want more than just apology s and lawyers say the BBC and health service may be facing a torrent of legal claims.He would not have had access to these people had he not had some sort of official status either at the BBC or at these hospitals.Scotland Yard is examining more than 300 lines of enquiry and allegations against Jimmy Saville from more than a dozen other police forces. He may have begun his alleged abuse decades ago, but the fallout is very current. The Space Shuttle Endeavour is undertaking its most down to earth mission this weekend, Los Angeles residents have been greeting the shuttle as it creeps down the city streets.The Endeavour is heading to its final resting place at the California science centre, where it will be the centrepiece exhibit.It is on a 19km trip travelling at about 3 km/h on a 160 wheeled carrier. Into order to manoeuvre the Endeavour officials had to remove 400 trees, take down power lines and dismantle traffic lights and street signs. This is News Now. We will have the top stories for you just ahead plus get a check in of the sport with Chris Roe with the action from the A-League. And the Diamonds thrash the English in netball quad series opener.

The top stories - Cycling Australia has not ruled out a future with its former senior coach Matt White despite his admission that he took part in a doping ring. Federal minister Greg Combet says Australians want politicians to stop the name calling and get on with the job of Government. His comments follow a tumultuous week in federal politics in which Prime Minister Julia Gillard branded Opposition Leader Tony Abbott a sexist and misogynist. Two men have been charged after a violent brawl outside a nightclub in Sydney's eastern suburbs. The 19-year-old was stabbed in the chest, and is in hospital in a critical condition. Tomorrow's weather:

Sport with Chris Roe and it's a busy afternoon.Drama is the word. There was plenty of it as the A-League crash between the ha heart and Phoenix is rapping up at AAMI Park. Melbourne dominated the opening half but things were turned upside down when Simon Colossi in, o was sent off.International duty ruling six regulars out for the Phoenix. This Melbourne road trip a tough ask against the fired up Heart. The ball across the face for Fred. The shot. What a finish.All the run coming from Melbourne but despite the Heart's dominance, just one goal the difference at the break.It's a lovely ball for Fred. His second in as many minutes.Minutes into the second half the game change completely. Simon Colossimo sent off for handballing on the line the Phoenix equalising on the spot.Sends him the wrong way. Goes left. Last night the Roar embarrassed Victory at Suncorp while Newcastle's Emile Heskey won the battle of the marquee men in Sydney.A promoter's dream. Del Piero versus Heskey. A pair of poster boys drawing a crowd in excess of 30,000-odd people. Unfortunately for those football loving fans donning the sky blue jersey it was a nightmare start.It is rifled into the back of the net by Ryan Griffiths. Newcastle in front after 11 minutes --. It was only the woodwork which prevented Sydney going down 2-nil moments later. With a tidal wave of momentum going into the Jets direction, the home side needed a spark. Del Piero. That's what they came to see. That's why Sydney FC pay the money. That is the measure of the man. $2 million well spent. But the own superstar import wasted no time showing his worth.He prods in towards Heskey and now he has scored Asotasi well. The two mar -- as well.Zadcovic this, tried emulating the Italian great but Newcastle didn't have to wait long to get their third.Goodwin scores his first A-League goal.Even at 3-1 there was plenty of sting left in the game with emotions beginning to flare. It only served to inspire the sky Blueses as they found a way back. Sydney are back in the game. And it is a debut goal for Powell.Despite Sydney coming home with a wet sail Newcastle were able to hang on for theirs first win of the season. Because of one man it was always going to be more than a hint of spice in this clash. The Roar grabbing first bragging rights through Thomas Broich.Combined with Broich.Just minutes later they had their second. The reining A-League champs were in irresistible form and it was only a matter of time until the third arrived.Beautiful. Barisha with a knock.The flood gates opening Brisbane running out with a land slide 5-nil win. New Zealand's losing streak in one-off tests against Australia has continued. The Kangaroos claiming an impressive win in Townsville in the final match of the the seasons the Aussies hung on to claim an 8 point win, the Kiwis last winning way back in 2003. The scored were locked 10-all half time New Zealand couldn't find a way through in the second half though. Gallen runs hard. Up the left-hand side of the field. A charge here. The ball got away for Darius Boyd. Boyd Boyd. Scored.Prop Matt Scott was named the man-of-the-match. Recapping ore earlier story, former Australian cyclist Matt White has conceded he was part of the doping scandal involving Lance Armstrong and the US Postal Team.White said in a statement he was not proud of his actions, he apologised to his fans, family and friends and media for his actions. He stood down from his position with Australia's road cycling team GreenEDGE, and also with Cycling Australia. The President of Cycling Australia, Claus Mueller, spoke a while back and says a decision will be made on his future after they have liaised with USADA. He also says the sport is currently discussing a proposal to offer a conditional amnesty to other Australians who could be drug cheats.It would be I would have thought conditional on any athlete to whom we give an amnesty coming clean and disclosing all relevant issues in relation to his conduct. And if necessary to also of forthcoming in relation to the conduct of others.If that helps to clean up the sport.Jockey Damien Oliver is under investigation for allegedly betting on a rival horse. Fairfax reported that Oliver placed around $10,000 via a third party on another horse during a night meeting at Moonee Valley in 2010. That horse Miss Octopussy was the favourite and went on to win. Oliver was on board Europa Point in the same race. The report concluded he was not involved in fixing the race they didn't feel his ride had influenced the result either. Perth has made a back-to-back wins to start the NBL season downing Townsville by 24 points this afternoon. Townsville went to the main break with the lead but the visitors found the range in the second half to run out convincing winners.The swamp was seeing its first action of the season and the Crocs react to show they were going to be no pushovers as they quickly made an impress on the score board. That will let one slide.A little something for the home fans as well.Gary Irvin working hard both ends of the floor but was in need of help as the Wildcats found their shooting proess. Townsville hitting back from outside the perimeter to grab the advantage at the main break. But it was one-way traffic in the third term, as the visitors hit the front. Give s it to Lish.The Crocs left to feed off the scraps as they battled just to stay in touch. Three straight triples from the visitors breaking open the game. Check that. Because he's hot.Perth running away with it to seal a 24 point victory. Australia's off to a very strong start in the netball quad series thrashing England this afternoon. The Aussies were unstoppable in the second half winning 64-40.It was tight through the early stages the Australians broke away just before half time with five un answered goals. They then took charge after the break racing away to the 24 goal victory.-- That is all the sport for now. Megan back with more in next half an hour.Cloud over south-west WA with a trough is generating showers. A band of cloud with another trough is spreading into South Australia. It is not bringing any rain. Patchy cloud over eastern NSW with a weak trough is causing the odd shower and storm. And skies are mostly clear elsewhere with a high.Warmer