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(generated from captions) strong winds but not as bad as throughout Victoria and also NSW. That is where the damaging winds, severe warnings are. But I am sure by later on today those winds will really pick upadds we head into tomorrow we expect very welt and conditions across Tasmania. We
can see that band of rain moving over from can see that moving over from or clipping the south-western parts of the country but then rapidly moving country but over towards Tasmania during the country but then rapidly the afternoon.And the over towards Tasmania south-western corner of Victoria tomorrow night.And it was a pretty weird synoptic chart with very few lines over the northern half of Australia, does that mean it's all pretty fine and still over Northern Australia?Perfect. I am assume that's where most people have fled the wifntser if they can.What's happening in the States and territory tion today?In Queensland -

over towards the south west as In Victoria, rain also about the south west and north east this morning, possible hail this afternoon about the western and Central Coasts. Sensational to have you back.Thank you, good to be back. The top stories today - the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has announced that if elected, he will make a yearly statement to Parliament about infrastructure. Mr Abbott made the election promise in Melbourne, where he's been promoting the coalition's $1.5 billion funding pledge for the city's east west road link. Tony Abbott says his infrastructure statement would include the current status of major projects including whether key milestones have been yet. Funerals have been held for the victims of a volcanic eruption in Indonesia. Six people died when the volcano erupted on the weekend. Rescue workers have been battling to evacuate thousands of people from the small island of Palue. Major roadblockages are hampering the rescue effort. South Africa's government says Nelson Mandela's health is slowly but steadily improving. The former President has been receiving treatment for more than two months for a recurring lung infection. Mr Mandela's daughter has told the media
that her daughter has told that her father's condition that improving. If you that her father's Australian politicians are that her father's condition is
improving. If you currently hard to Australian politicians currently hard to avoid, spare a thought for Norwegians where a thought the Prime Minister went
undercover as a thought for Norwegians where undercover as a taxi driver.
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in Oslo in city's taxi uniform and picked up passengers. The PM wanted to find out what issues people were most interested in ahead of the election. Week 2 of the 2014 federal election campaign is under way with the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Sydney and the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott in Melbourne. Both camps have been claiming victory in the first election debate which was held in Canberra last night. We've already heard from the Opposition Leader this morning, he announced that if elected, he would make a yearly statement to Parliament about infrastructure. Mr Abbott made the election promise in Melbourne, where he's been promoting the coalition's $1.5 billion funding pledge for the city's east west road link.There is almost nothing better than seeing new roads under waich. Today I announce that an incoming coalition government will publish, will make an annual infrastructure statement to the will be an implementation
statement. It will designed to ensure we don't just talk about infrastructure, we actually get it built. I would like to think that should we win the election, I will be known as an infrastructure Prime Minister. We need the infrastructure of the 21st century if we are going to have the prosperity, if we are going to have the productivity that the people of Australia need. The seat of Lindsay in Western Sydney is seen as one of the key battle grounds in this year's election with David Bradbury holding it with a margin of just 1.1%. The Labor MP joined Michael Rowland at Penrith this morning and agreed a key issue for his electorate - some of the key issues for his electorate were jobs and asylum seekers.People want leadership, they want representation that's going to stand up and fight for jobs. That's what we've been doing. Investing money in a new jobs park oot the University of Western Sydney. People also understand when it comes to the question of jobs, Labor is the party they can trust. How will that translate into the next term of government if Labor is re-elected? Can you guarantee there will be jobs in this area, because as you know, lots of people here are doing it very tough.Look, we will continue to put jobs at No. 1 in the list of priorities what have we're trying to do. But people also have to consider what happens if Mr Abbott comes in with his plans to slash and to burn and to rip away money, to slash jobs straightaway, if you're a public servant your job could go. That's going to flow through the economy. That's going to impact on growth. That's going to drive up unemployment. People have a lot to fear if Tony Abbott were to get elected. The one thing that will have an impacts and I think is already having an impact is to say to people: don't waste your money, don't risk your life because in the end, you won't end up settling in Australia. Once that message starts to get through, I think we will be able to slow down the flow of boats that are coming, and we've increased our humanitarian intake because we do think it's important that we continue to be the generous nation we've always been. But we'd rather see people come in through those channels than to hop on a boat, to pay a people smuggler. Cost of living is weighing heavily people smuggler. Cost living is weighing heavily on
people's living is people's minds.It's something my opponent hasn't been too concerned with. It was the No. 1 issue that people didn't want to see any more new taxes. How do we work with business, how do we get business on the road going again and they're the issues that small business are talking to me about. When you talk to pensioners that are living in in community. They living.
are hurting under the cost of living. They're not turning on their heaters during winter. We have overcrowded infrastructure. You are here today at Penrith station. It's really disappointing to see that of our working community we've gone from 63 to 65% of people have to commute every single day for jobs. So we're seeing our infrastructure overcrowd the. We're seeing a lot of people having to use our trains. The M4 is an absolute car park. We're hearing the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is in the seat of Deakin. That's in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne. That's six years or so. Mike been a Labor seat for the past six years or so. Mike Symons the Labor member there holds it with a margin of about half a per cent. In Paris, more than 200 extra police officers are patrolling major tourists sites. It follows a surge in pick pocketing and gang attacks aimed at tourists. The French Government is trying to reassure tourists that it is safe to visit the capital. With its history and culture, Paris is irresistible to foreign visitors. And where there are tourists, there's money. Which inevitably leads to petty crime. The Chinese are the latest nation to fall in love with Paris but they're under no illusions.Every time we report to the police, there's something lost and police say we don't take this report. I don't know why. If there's one thing the city of light doesn't want, it's bad publicity. Paris is the third most popular destination in the world among foreign visitors. Tourism brings in billions of dollars every year, so it's clear to see why the city wants to preserve its reputation. Tony Abbott has just stepped up.Thank you for being here in such numbers in such enthusiasm to help launch this campaign. Before I go on, though, I should also acknowledge the presence of some of our other parliamentary colleagues, it's great to have Philip Ruddock here today.(Applause)Phillip is accompanying me on the campaign. You might say of Phillip that he is a distinguished elder of our tribe. I want you to always acknowledge the elders. It's good Phillip to have you here. It's terrific to have Kevin Andrews here. My friend, a distinguished journalist ...(Applause)Josh Frydenberg is here. Ladies and gentlemen, we are a team. We are a strong, united team and we have had the same strong, united team for same strong, the same strong, united team the last three years. We're not a one-man band. We a one-man band. be. Because you don't get be. Because you don't decisions from a government if all of the decisions decisions from a all of the decisions are simply made by one person. No-one, however smart, however well educated, however experienced, wisdom. I believe that we will be a much better government because we have a very strong
team.(Applause)

I I want to thank the senior members of my team and the junior members of my team. One of which is making a little built of noise over there. Isn't it great to see that we've got some youngsters with us. But I want to thank the senior members of my team for the support and the solidarity that they've shown every step of the way. I want to particularly acknowledge the fact that last night at the debate in Canberra, I was supported not just by Phillip, not just by Mathias Cormann, but also by Julie Bishop, our Deputy Leader, someone who will be a really outstanding Foreign Minister of our country should we win ...(Applause)

We are a team. We are up against a one-man band.I don't blame anyone for having to use notes. Sometimes I have to use notes myself. The notes myself. The problem with the Prime Minister last night was not that he was reading from was from notes, it was more that the notes weren't worth reading. That was the problem last night.(Applause)

Ladies and gentlemen, I want to say to you how thrilled I was to hear Michael Sukka say to you that this election here in Deakin is not about him or not about us, but it's about the people of Deakin. Because this election right around our country, it's not about me, it's not about Mr Rudd, it's not even about the Labor Party or the Liberal Party, it's got to be about the people of Australia. And how we can make your life better. How we can reduce your cost of living pressure. How we can increase your job security. How we can give our country the secure borders that it needs and how we can give the people of Australia the roads of the 21st century. My plan for Victoria, for
my plan for Melbourne, my plan for Deakin, begins with building the East West Link.Hear, hear!(Applause)

There wouldn't be a single one of you that isn't stuck in traffic jams, sometimes for almost hours at a time, because State and federal Labor Governments have neglected the roads and the other infrastructure that the great State of Victoria needs. I want to be an infrastructure Prime Minister. I want to see cranes over our cities. I want to see bulldozers on the ground, because we need the development that these signify. We need the prosperity that they deliver.(Applause)My plan for Victoria continues with abolishing the carbon tax, because the carbon tax is driving up your cost of living.A 10% hit on your power bills. A 9% hit on your gas bills. If this government is re-elected the carbon tax is not being abolished, not being abolished, in fact, it goes up to $38 a tonne by 2020 and come 1 July next year, the tax gets slapped on heavy transport and they're going to pay more and more and more while they're siting in the traffic jams that the Labor Party isn't going to do nothing to reduce. The other thing about abolishing the carbon tax is that once more, it will help to make Victoria the affordable energy capital of Ask yourself: energy capital of Australia. Ask yourself: how was the great Ask yourself: how was manufacturing industry Victoria manufacturing industry of started and sustained because General Monash created the La Trobe Valley power system. And that is what's given Victoria the affordable energy that made it profitable to produce aluminium, to build motor cars and to do all the other things which are an essential part of a strong 21st century economy. Now, the Prime Minister told night
the people of Australia last night that he had a plan for affordable energy. No, he voted to
doesn't. No, he doesn't. He voted to make every Australian's energy more expensive. When he voted for the carbon tax that he said, along with every other member of the Labor Party before the last election, would never happen. And of course, it did happen because the Labor Party did a squalid deal with the Greens to stay in office. My plan for Victoria continues with ensuring that our streets and our communities are as safe as possible. (Audio not available)Freer from the threat of molestation by people who are up to no good. So we have a big plan for a better future for our country. All our opponents have is a plan to cling to office. So it's a very clear choice, my friends. It is a very, very clear choice on offer at this coming election. We've got clear plans and we've got a strong team. I want to close by saying how proud I am of Michael Sukka our candidate for Deakin.Hear, hear!(Applause)He is an absolutely outstanding young man. Who will make an outstanding member of Parliament. He will also make an outstanding local representative. We won't just be the Liberal Party's representative in Deakin, he will be Deakin's fighter in Canberra. That's what he will be. He lives in Deakin. He IS Deakin.(Applause)

And you know, it's not as if he's one of these people who puts his hand up for politics because he's got nothing better to do. This bloke has worked for some of the best professional firms in our country. A senior lawyer with one of the best professional firms in our country and the fact that he is prepared to put all of that at risk to run for Parliament speaks volumes of his commitment to this area, his commitment to the values and the principles of our party, and his commitment to this country, which he now wants to serve in the national Parliament. I am so proud of you, Michael.(Applause)

But Michael is typical, I've got to say, of the candidates that we've got right around the length and breadth of our country. Not far from here in the seat of Chisholm, we have an outstanding candidate in John Nguyen who is similarly giving up a senior professional role to contest a marginal seat for the coalition. That's what people are doing right around our country right now. Because they know that for all the strengths of our people, for all the strengths of our country, we are not right now all that we could be and all that question should be. We are so much better than this, my friends. We can be so much better than this. And being so much better than what we are now starts with changing the government. Hear, hear!(Applause)

Finally, I just want to say to all of you, thank you for appreciating that we cannot change the government without changing the local member in seats like this. It's all very well saying that the local member's not a bad bloke, I'm not saying that the current local member is.(Laughter)But certainly, there are some seats where local Labor candidates are saying to their electors, you may not like the government, you may not think much of the Prime Ministers we've had under this government, but I'm a good bloke, vote for me. The trouble is, a vote for a local is, a vote for a local good is, a vote for a bloke in so many cases is still a bloke in so many cases a vote for Labor. If you want to a vote for Labor. If to change the government, you've got to change the local you've got to change the Labor member.Hear, hear!(Applause)It just has to happen.

It's interesting how many people, how many existing members of the Federal Parliament, existing Labor members of Parliament, have somehow expunged all reference to the Labor Party from any of their campaign material. It's almost like they're campaigning on false pretences. I want to say of Michael Sukka, he is proudly Liberal.(Applause) Apologies for the quality of that audio there. The candidate for Deakin is Michael Sukka. Deakin extends from the suburb to Croydon. It's held by Labor's Mark Simon with a margin of .3% now. We're just about to go to the Australian Electoral Commission from them about the situation with the role for the September 7 election. Today is the last day to enrol to vote in the September 7 federal election. The Australian Electoral Commission is urging people to enrol on-line before the 8pm deadline as it's too late to post an enrolment form. The commission is also urging people to ensure that their enrolment details are up to date. For more I'm joined by Phil Dyak from the Electoral Commission. How many people are not on the roll who should be?It's about 1.25 million that We have had about 90,000 get on the roll since the Prime Minister's announcement of the election. But as you can see, still a lot of people who still a lot of people who are not on. Is that the level that it's usually at?Mid last year, we were around 1.5 million. So look, we have grown since the last election around 550,000. But as you can see, we're still quite a way short. Our estimate is about 92% of Australians are on the roll. But the total electorate's nearing, it's about 15.9, 16 million. In particular, younger 18 to 25s, they're about a third of that 1.25 million missing. Do you presume then that at any given time you will have about a million people who aren't actually on the roll.There has many
been an enduring issue over many years of participation, not keeping up in that context with the total number of potential voters. There will always be some people for whatever reason. Some of the groups are harder to reach. There's homeless people that are included in those figures. There's Indigenous people. We don't have really, really accurate measures 'cause we don't record your heritage on your enrolment, but maybe around 50% of the total number of potential voters on the roll. So there are some enduring issues in terms of participation but at the moment, there's still a lot people can do between now and 8pm tonight to get on the roll or indeed get back on the roll. If you've been overseas or interstate and you haven't really thought about your enrolment, we may have removed you after several attempts contact you. So of those 1.3 million odd people who are not on the roll who could be, what proportion do you expect to actually probably keen to be but haven't got around to this?I think there's a significant number. That's why we've been running the 'Don't leave it to the last minute' campaign with social media. We've been at sporting events recently promoting enrolment. Traditional ads on television . People do require a reminder. Parents may have adult children who haven't taken another action there is a another smaller group of 17-year-olds who may have their birthday up to and including election day. They can enrol by tonight's 8pm deadline and have their vote as well.How are preparations going for the run-up to going for the September? Give us going for the run-up to 7 September? Give us an idea of how frenetic the activity is in the Electoral Commission right now.We're very busy as you would expect. The big job at the moment is to close the voter lists
roll. Then they produce all the voter lists that are sent out to something around 8,000 to something polling places and pre-poll voting centres. Early voting doesn't start until 20 August. In ternls of broader preparations, we've been ready since 2001, to be ready for an election that can be called at any time. We're busily reporting polling place start. We're receiving some postal vote applications. We can't start fulfilling those until after the candidates are declared. As I mentioned, early voting starting on 20 August. You obviously have to produce the fresh sheets for every election, but do you recycle any of those cardboard polling booths or are they fresh every election?We do recycle some of those. It's a mixture of some recycled and some new. And some. Pencils have endured quite a few elections.A few bite marks on them!That's right. How does it feel for something - to be involved in something like this? How strongly do you feel about being involved in the democratic process yourself, having a key role, obviously?It's something that we at the AEC, we work towards and we live for. It's a massive we at the AEC, we work piece of event management if you could put it that way. I personally get a hell of a lot out of it. It's part of helping Australians to have their say. It's so fut mass setted. So many things that go together with it. It's an intellectual Olympic Games.Dz that make you the Usain Bolt of the Australian Electoral Commission?Hardly. You can see I'm seated here now talking to you. I don't know about the 100m. Cheers. Phil Dyak, thanks for talking to us and good luck with your work over the next month or so.Thanks Joe.

The top stories this morning, back on the campaign trail. Tony Abbott pledges to rebuild Australia's road network.I would like to think that should we win the election, I will be known as an infrastructure Prime Minister. Most slides claim - both sides claim Vic treatment. The economy took centre stage in the first leaders' debate last night. Japan's government steps in to help plug radioactive leaks from the Fukushima nuclear plant. And Usain Bolt adds to his gold medal tally with another world 100m title in Moscow.

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Week 2 of the election campaign is under way with Kevin Rudd in Sydney and Tony Abbott in Melbourne. Both camps