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Tuesday, ABC News Breakfast. Tuesday, 13th August. I'm Michael Rowland.And Tuesday, 13th August. Virginia Trioli. These are our top Michael Rowland.And I'm
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money - top stories today: Show us money - the costing fires up as Treasury prepares to release money - the costing debate
fires up to release the latest fires up as Treasury prepares to release the latest figures.
Really Really the excuse for not disclosing those end when PEFO is released.We need to examine that and we will announce a full Budget bottom line well before the election, of course.D-Day for the Bombers - the AFL to unveil its report into the drugs scan dam.The search that will help solve the mystery of the missing schoolgirl.And England wins the Fourth Test and the Ashes series.Good morning, everyone. If we look so shocked it was because we were up early enough to witness that batting collapse this morningShockingAnd something you
you may never recover from if you see it on re play today.Glum faces everywhere this morning.The Federal Government released its own economic update just before the federal election was called and that showed that revenue was down by $33 billion.The Government will use these latest figures to put more pressure on the Opposition to release policy costings, but the Opposition say it is wants to examine the figures before making any announcement.For more on this, Melissa Clarke joins us from Parliament House. Today is the day, today is PEFO day It waited on for a long time waited on for a because it's become the detail costings. The start of the campaign was the starting gun campaign moment. Now it's become PEFO, the pre-election economic fiscal outlook. We will get these figures, as opposed to the regular Budget updates which are done with some government input. We're not expecting them to be terribly different for two reasons, one, because we only had the last Budget update two weeks ago, so those figures should be pretty much in line, but also given that the Government would know that they would be getting this PEFO update into the election, they wouldn't be straying too far from what Treasury and Finance had recommended when they released that update, so shouldn't be too big a change. But what it will mean is it will put pressure on both sides to release more information about the costings, because they now have independent figures prepared by the department that they should be able to rely on to develop their own economic policies. Certainly the Government is using this to ramp up pressure on the Coalition to release more costings details which they have been at all the way through the election campaign so far, Penny Wong showing on 'Q & A' last night how she as Finance Minister will use the release of these figures to really put the Coalition under the pump.It's produced entirely independently of the government of the day. It is a product of Treasury & Finance, and it is - I think the point at which really the excuses that the Opposition are using for not telling you what cuts they have in store, because they have to have them in store if they are going to meet their promises, really the excuses for not disclosing those end when PEFO is released.The battle of the South Australians last night because Christopher Pyne was there, too. What was his response to that?Well, he said that the Coalition will release their figures for people with plenty of time to see. Of course, that plenty of time is now really less than a month. He also said that he won't be doing what the Labor Party did prior to the last election which is leaving the release of policy costings right up until extraordinarily close to polling day. doesn't really give us much of close to polling day. So it a hint as to when doesn't really give us much a hint as to when we will start
to see a hint as to to see more details, but clearly an issue both sides will be clearly an issue will be moving on. Economics were clearly the issue of the night last night on 'Q & A' night last because pine Poon pine was being quizzed about the issue of a GST given that the Government has been saying that the Coalition is leaving wriggle room to potentially raise the GST. In the debate last night Tony Abbott was carefully choosing his words saying the Col. Coalition has no plans to change the GST, but the review that they want of the tax system shouldn't exclude it and were there to be any proposed change, it's something you would take to a subsequent election. Well, Christopher Pyne was getting pumped on this last night on the program. Let's hear his answer. It we just confirm this one thing, it is the commitment you will never ever change the GST in any period of the Government.There will be no change to the GST in an Abbott Government.Audience: Ooh, ooh .Penny Wong, you have your answer. Ooh, went the audience. I guess they know a good vaudeville moment when they hear one.Well you make definitive statements like that.We could hear the clicks where the notes were being taken, "Cut that bit there." And on Lateline, another over the National Broadband Network.Now, now that we have a relatively Minister in Anthony Albanese taking over from Stephen Conroy, there has been much Conroy, there interest in the opportunity to get the two to interest in the get the two to go head to head on their get the two to go head to on their policies. A great much
debate on Lateline. A number much issues they covered. Firstly the cost of the NBN overall. There is still a dispute between the Government and the Opposition as to precisely ouch it will cost. The Government saying $30 billion, the Coalition saying more like $90 billion-plus. There were questions about delays. Annual report will reveal details about costs and delays, whereas Anthony Albanese says he doesn't yet have the report and even then it has to go through the Cabinet and of most interest to consumers, is what sort of prices they are going to be paying to get the best services out of NBN Co. Let's hear some of that debate. The reality is this: If you want to have a guaranteed 1 gig service, your retail service provider would have to buy 1 gig of CVC for you and that will cost $20,000 a month.For the average household? Well, for any household which is why, by the way, nobody will buy it other than businesses that need a very big pilot.Mr Albanese, do you actually know how much a household will spend to access 1 gigabit.The market of course will determine that.Do you have an estimate?What we're doing here is building the infrastructure and then the market operates within competition.What's the wholesale price for 1 gigabit?What we know also is that the price comes down over a period of time.No-one quite answering the question there. So, more noise, more light and more fire, but not much clarity released from that. We're going to be hearing some detail of an interesting policy from the Opposition Leader today, Melissa?A not-unrelated one. The Coalition will announce details of its plan to improve mobile phone services in areas where there are currently a lot of black spots, so we're talking about regional and remote areas and some outer met poll tonne areas as well. We understand they will announce $80 million to build mobile phone base stations in those remote and regional areas and that there will be another 20 million to improve mobile phone services in areas where there are different circumstances, where there might be a high seasonal need, holiday spots in particular, or areas that are prone to natural disasters where you might suddenly need a surge in capacity beyond what's normalal. However, the Coalition is also expecting that this money would be matched by mobile phone carrier services as well, so the money is being put on the take by the Coalition, but there are some strings attached and some negotiations that would need to be done do just as much as they be done to raise the money to do just as much as much. With the rest of the morning's like to.Melissa, thanks so
much. With morning's news, here is much. With the rest of the morning's news, here Michael.The AFL is expected to announce its response to announce ASADA's report into Essendon's supplements program ASADA's supplements program some time this morning. Several senior this morning. Several members at the club, including
coach James Hird could be charged. coach James Hird charged. The Bombers could also be stripped of their charged. The Bombers could premiership points and be stripped of their spot in premiership points their spot in the finals. The
AFL has had the premiership points and for fit
their spot in AFL has had the report into the AFL has drugs scandal for more than a drugs scandal for more week.Police will continue
their search of bushland today for any signs of a schoolgirl who went missing two years ago. 13-year-old Siriyakorn Siriboon, also known as Bung, disappeared on her way to school in June 2011. Police and SES volunteers have been searching a reserve less than 2km from the girl's home in bore Rona. Police aren't saying what has prompted the search.Thousands of home as cross Sydney and Melbourne are still without power this morning after both cities were buffeted by wild weather. Emergency services have received hundreds of calls for help. Crews have been working throughout the night trying to remove debris and restore power.Holden will meet today to negotiate a deal. Unions say the vote could go either way. They say Holden's future will also depend on a new government funding package to be negotiated after the election.Dozens of guests at a Florida resort near Disney at least
World have been evacuated after at least two buildings partially collapsed into a sinkhole. Some guests reported hearing popping sounds just before sections of the buildings disappeared in the hole. Sinkholes are relatively common in Florida. They're caused when acidic rainwater dissolves,filters into the ground, dissolving the limestone bedrock. To the markets:

Now, the party Leaders Debated it on Sunday night and now business leaders are ramping up the conversation about a second airport for Sydney's west. Later this morning the New South Wales Business Chamber will release an economic impact study which it says makes a compelling case for the project to go for the project to go ahead. Philippa McDonald reports.Karyn White has a high-tech manufacturing company in greater Western Sydney and her export business is growing fast.We currently take about hour and a half from this factory to the airport. You can imagine the expense.Western Sydney is one of the fastest growing economies in the snation. One in 11 Australians call Western Sydney home, and the business lobby says the evidence is overwhelming - Western Sydney needs its own airport.What's at stake here is that over time the economic potential of Sydney won't be reached.Airports are very important piece of infrastructure for a modern functioning economy.The cost of building an airport is approximately $3 billion, but Deloitte Access Economics says a second Sydney airport would be a windfall for the economy, generating between $11.5 and $15 billion by 2050. The number of jobs that would be created could be in excess of 46,000.Money flows around, there is a multiplier effect that occurs with these big catalyst stimulus projects and we think it would be transform tiff for the region.The report estimates there would be 20,000 new jobs at the airport alone by 2050.You're talking about an airport that's looking a bit like Melbourne in terms of the passenger numbers that it currently puts through.And 1500 people would be employed during the 7-year construction phase.The New South Wales Business Chamber is urging both sides of politics to show their hand when it comes to the future of a second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek, and the Chamber says that they should canner that in some parts of Western Sydney, youth unemployment is as high as 30%.Aircraft noise is definitely not a vote-winner.I really think it would causeway too much noise. Noise pollution.But the New South Wales Business Chamber and unions are united and they say they can't see a downside.I know the best place for the second airport in Sydney.Where is the best place for the second airport in Sydney?Melbourne. This argument has been going on for how long, Michael.Decades.No regions around the Sydney and airport area can agree where it should be. The locals don't want it. You don't have a big enough Greenfields site. Kuk it out at Melbourne.Just expand Melbourne AirportTwo big airports and a shuttle. An old gag, but it has an element of truth in it. One area has land available and the other simply doesn't. The other argument you've mentioned is a second one at Canberra.Yes, locals have long been pushing for a Canberra Airport. It doesn't take long these days to get from Canberra to Sydney either by air, or road.What if you built a shuttle. We're dreaming nowBecause cold, hard, fiscal reality crashes down onto us. Let's get back to the real world Let's get back to the world and for many the front pages are all about the world and for many the economy.The pages are all Treasury's crucial numbers today economy.The release of today will increase the pressure on Tony Abbott to reveal just how he will pay pressure on Tony Abbott reveal just how he will his policies a cord 'Financial Review'.The 'The Guardian Australia' says the Opposition is expecting the figures Opposition is expecting figures to be much Opposition is expecting the figures to be much wore thans
Labor's recent economic

Labor's update.A Newspoll in the Coalition
Australian Australian shows the Coalition holds a comfortable lead over Labor on the question of who voters believe is the best party to handle the economy.The 'Courier-Mail' highlights the significance of Bob Katter in the federal election. It says election. It says both major parties are trying to secure his preferences in several Queensland seats. Do you feel lucky?Look ing great there.In other stories, the 'Herald Sun' covers the grim hunt for Melbourne girl Siriyakorn Siriboon who went missing two years ago.While 'The Age' describes how the parents of murdered 22-year-old Sarah Cafferkey came face to face with their daughter's killer in court yesterday.The NSW Community Services Minister has been accused of misleading Parliament over the number of case woshers looking after vulnerable children. That story is in the 'Sydney Morning Herald'.The 'Canberra Times' details how a court has paved the way for the dismissal of a public servant who criticised the Government on Twitter, even though she didn't reveal her name on her job.Sergeant sleaze.A NSW Internal Affairs investigation has discovered a police officer was romancing 33 women at the same time. The Dale has that story.How did he have the time?The tooidz 'Advertiser' says Holden workers are op a drive to survive and are today expected to vote in favour of changes in wages and conditions.The Darwin Festival continues in the Top End with a Darwin the Top End with a group of monks the Top End monks from Tibet set to appear later this week. That story is in the 'Northern Territory News'.And in the 'Mercury', a police dog has been cleared of biting a jog Ger despite being identified in the canine ee quif laent of a suspects line-up.Well, that looks like a corgi. You know what I was about to say.They are yap pi dogs.More than yap pi. You know the glass measurements. Short dog , tall dog. We shouldn't laugh. Someone was bitten.It was that one, the one with the really sharp teeth.Yesterday while Michael was having a fantastic time in Penrith and thank you to everyone who came down to Penrith Station and said hello to Mel and Michael. That amazing news of a well-known Australian Test cricketer who decided to become a politician.Steve Waugh - when did he run?Nathan Bracken will chuck his hat into the ring.What a hair-doHe is a '70s kind of guy and he has decided he will be bankrolled by millionaire punter and radio owner John Singleton as part of the Singleton push for the Central Coast of NSW to make sure that that part of Australia is represented and noting inned anymore. Both John Singleton and Nathan Bracken and another candidate say. So it turned our mind - this always happens during federal elections, State elections, too, turned our mind to the idea of the celebrity candidate and whether they actually in the end deliver value, whether how successful generally they are and whether they are in themselves appealing to you, the voter, when they come out of nowhere, when they' not from the political machines and whether that's a useful contribution to public life.Is star power enough to switch your vote to a celebrity candidate? Let's go through some of the big names running. Doug Hawkins, the former AFL starDougie.Running for the Clive Palmer United party. So he is running one of their Victorian Senate candidates. Also Nova Peris, the so-called Captain'S pick by the former prime minister Julia Gillard, running for the Labor Party, there she is, in the Northern TerritoryOf course, a great deal of kerfuffle when the sitting member was disenforced and Nova Peris was shuttled in, instead.Nd one ever early announcements by Clive Palmer, a pretty good get for him.Another one - I knew the name and ttion the seat of Throsby on the NSW south coast, very safe Labor seat. I knew there was a celebrity candidate but all I could find was AndersonDoesn't quite have the same ring as AndersonDoesn't quite have same ring as Angry.Yes, same ring AndersonWe looked this AndersonWe looked this up on Antony Green's election ram site. It had "Anderson, Gary (angry) in quotation marks. I will go for Anderson, Gary "Angry".And then of course there was Maxine McKew, the rocket went up but then of course came down.And let's not forget the albeit very, very brief political career by Mel Meninga.You just want to play this again.No, not all of it, but some in itLet's not play that uncomfortable session, all of 30 seconds.And Peter Garrett, he made it to minister. So they're not all flame--outs.Yes, we would like to get your views on that. If a celebrity candidate is running in your seat, is that enough for you to go to them, or would you prefer the celebrity candidate to have a lot more not
policy substance. Is star power not enough? Contact us:And also if you would like to commiserate with us this morning about the situation of the Australian cricket team, we're here for you today.We'll take weather now: These are our top stories on ABC News Breakfast this morning: The Government is stepping up its pressure on the Opposition to reveal its plcy costings as Treasury prepares to release its Budget update today. The Government has already revealed a $33 billion hole in revenue, but the Opposition says it wants to examine the figures before it makes an announcement.The AFL is expected to hand down its response this morning into ASADA's report.And police will continue their search of bushland today for signs of a missing Melbourne girl. 13-year-old Siriyakorn Siriboon was last seen two years ago while on her way to school. Let's go to the markets and just before the close:

If I make the finance report long, as if I pad for five minutes, we could avoid sport?We could, we could just roll right over the top of it.Could we maybe bring up 50 other currencies:

But, something we can't avoidNo avoiding it any longer.Certainly somebody who wasn't avoiding our Ashes disgrace last night...Sitting there beginning like a Cheshire his
cat.Gloat-free zone,Revolcano his residency.Michael Vaughn has wasted little time of rubbing salt into the Australian team poking fun at our batting collapse. He took to Twitter to express his glee. He tweeted this:.

Isn't that nice.Not to be outdone, he went on to post this: You don't need worlds to describe that, do you?You know what, he is right. If youIf you were up early like we were this morning, the early and middle order collapse of our side was just extraordinary to watch. Steve Pearce, good morning.Hello. Yes, it was. Give it your best shot.The informal one was shocking to watch because they were in the box seat.Yes, they were.Threw it away.This middle order is a real problem for Australia, but I guess that's not a secret, it has been a problem for a while. England has won the Fourth Test against Australia by 74 runs, taking a winning 3-0 lead in the Ashes series. A late batting cameos from Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann had pushed Australia's target out to 299 when England was finally dismissed for 330. Ryan Harris took 7 wickets. Great effort from Ryan Harris, he did play extremely well. Australia did start pretty well in its run chase. David Warner, as you can see there, losting over mid-on, a great shot, and Chris Rogers, they put on 109 for the first wicket. It was all looking pretty good at that stage, but then pretty good at that then when he was on 49, Rogers
was dismissed then when he was on was dismissed - a sharp catch was there, and then Warner's was dismissed - a there, and then dismiss al for 71 triggered a collapse which saw Australia lose five wickets for just 13 runs.England - yeah, that was not a great shot, and nor was that from Watson either.England took the extra half-hour before sealing the Ashes series. Stuart Broad got his 11th wicket of the match. Let's hear from the Australian captain.You can ask if they found it easy, but I know the middle order didn't find it easy. I think it was still a pretty good batting wicket, once you got threw the new ball. It took some good bowling, obviously, to find a way through. It was always going to be a tough chase, about you if we played the way we did in Manchester, we would have had a real shot at winning the Test match.And now the man who won for England. Yes, we had to fight hard after tea. Australia played fantastically well in that middle session, made it very hard for us and we had to reset our goals a little bit, change our plans slightly and once we got the balls moving side ways, we executed our plan really well. To pick up nine wickets in that final session, full credit to the bowlers. You could score onto wicket, but very hard to start on.There was some turn around and there is some work for the Australians to do, the return series here starting in a couple of months' time. Australia does have the win in Wormsley. England is 6/172 at stumps on the second day, trailing Australia's first innings of 6/331 declared. Eric - Erica Osborne has taken five wickets for Australia.Valerie Adams has won her fourth world shot-put title at the Championships in Moscow. Adams threw 20 metres and 88cm to take the gold medal ahead of the German. Briton Christine produced a scintillating finish to snatch the gold medal in the women's 400m. Close as you like. They both cloaked 49.41, but 4-thousand blings of a second got the Briton the gold medal.Germany's Raphael won gold with that clearance of 5.89 in the pole vault.And Shelley-Anne Fraser-Price made it a sprint double for America when she won gold in the 100m.The Gold Coast Titans have moved into the top 8 after a controversial 26-16 win over the Bulldogs in Sydney. The Bulldogs could have taken the lead for the first time in the second half but this Josh Reynolds effort was controversially ruled out for a knock-on.Ren noltdz scored with just 6 minutes left in the match, closing the margin to 2, but a late off-load from Greg Bird to Gordon for his third try of the night secured the vital win for the Titans.A good night for the Gold Coast, a good night for some athletes and a great night for England again.I think we should lead with the women's cricket in the next part of the program. The women are going really, really well. We should seriously say they really are and not just because the men have been collapsing. It has been remiss that we haven't given them enough focus, but we will fix that. They have been doing wonderfully.It is a beautiful ground. Paul get tis ground in Buckinghamshire where he has tried to mirror the line-up of the Oval. Of course, money is no object. Australia definitely with the upper hand in that. A one-off Test and then they play some one-day internationals and Twenty20s and there is a formula they put together to see who wins the Ashes out of that. So it doesn't all Harbour Bridge on this Test match.Good stuff. Plenty of talk about Essendon this morning for all to come
the wrong reasons.Well, it has to come to a head, doesn't it?Thanks, Paul. ABC News Breakfast can be watched live on the web.Just visit our main website at abc.net.au/news and you will find a link and we're streamed live every good streamed live every day.Very
good welcome back O'Hanlon.Great to be back.
Looking Looking more like a spring weather Looking more like a weather pattern. Yesterday
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strong damage across NSW and Victoria, also affecting damage across NSW and also affecting Sydney and
Melbourne. There is damage across NSW and Victoria,
also Melbourne. There is still a
severe warning also affecting Sydney and
Melbourne. severe warning for damaging severe winds for the south-eastern areas of NSW. This also includes the ACT but it will be Tasmania today that experiencesed wild conditions. There is a broad There is a broad area of low pressure just to the south of the State. This afternoon we will have this cold front pushing through with peak wind gusts of around 110km/h. That's forecast for this afternoon. If we look ahead, another front from the Southern Ocean will drive very strong westerly wind as cross the south-east on Wednesday and another one due at the end of the week. So we are expecting more warnings and more damage across the week. Taking a closer look at Queensland:

Good morning. You're watching ABC News Breakfast. Still to come on the show, we will look at a disturbing report into violence against women and children in Papua New Guinea. It is raising new concerns about the Government's asylum seeker deal with that country. Phil Kafcaloudes from Radio Australia will join us on the couch for a look at the morning's newspapers, and more on that vote by Holden workers on a new pay deal. The company's future in Australia could Harbour Bridge on the result. First here is the news everyone.
with Virginia.Good morning, everyone. Leading the news this morning,s debate over policy costings is set to intensify today. Treasury will release the last update before polling day this morning. The Government is stepping up the pressure on the Opposition to reveal just how it will pay for its policy but the Opposition says it wants to exam the figures before making any announcement.The AFL is likely to hand down its report into the scandals supplement. The Bombers could be stripped of their premiership points and for fit their spot in the finals. Police will continue their search of bushland today for any sign of a schoolgirl who went missing two years ago. 13-year-old Siriyakorn Siriboon was last seen on her way to school in June 2011. Police and SES volunteers have been searching a reserve in the suburb of Boronia, less than 2km from the girl's home. Thousands of home as cross Sydney and Melbourne are still without power after both cities were buffeted by wild weather. Emergency workers have received hundreds of calls for help. Holden workers will vote today on a new wage deal that will help decide the car maker's future in Australia. The deal includes a three-year wage freeze and cuts to working conditions. Unions say the vote could go either way.The PM will kick off Day 9 of the election campaign by campaigning in Townsville this morning. Last night he was in Mackay to launch the campaign for the candidate of Dawson, Bronwyn Taha. As Paul Keating once name Mousely said, "We make the history, they try to undo the history." The other mob say, "let it's all too hard. Let's pull apart and go back to some mythical stage in the past." We need to have a building
vision, stone by stone, building block,, by building block.The Government has said
the block.The the Coalition is planning to
raise revenue block.The Government has said the raise revenue by increasing the GST but raise revenue by increasing GST but under questioning by
Tony GST but Tony Jones on 'Q & A', Christopher Pyne appears have ruled that out completely. Let's have have ruled that Let's have a look.Apparently we Let's we will be having a review of the tax we will be having the tax Act. The GST is the our taxes. If the review says the GST should be increased the commitment from the Tony Abbott Opposition is that we will not change either the GST or the basket of goods and services a
upon which it applies that. Is a commitment. Now, the nonsense of the Labor Party's Ken Henry review is that they didn't allow the GST to be included or discussed. So it's like North Korea with the Labor Party. You can't discuss the GST under any circumstances.Can we just confirm this one thing. It is the commitment you will never ever change the GST in any period of government?There will be no change to the GST in an Abbott Government.Audience: Ooh scram.Penny Wong, you have your answer.Yes, she does. I think people were time coding that all around Australia. It could be as if Coalition is elected a moment. Very definitive Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey have always left a bit of wriggle room in not looking at the GST in not ruling out a possible extension or rise in the GST in the election after next.That's definitive. That's from last night's 'Q & A'. There is renewed concern this
morning morning over the Government's Papua New Guinea asylum seeker deal with claims that women and children are being assaulted on a shocking scale.Half are of all rape victims seeking help are under 16. Nigel Spence sp the CEO of Child did fund Australia and is in our Sydney studio. Extremely high levels of violence against women and children in Papua New Guinea. It's estimated around two-thirds of all women in Papua New Guinea have experienced physical or sexual assault, and our research certainly confirms that the level could be higher than that. We know that many girls and boys are affected, particularly young girls under the age of 16. There are estimates that around half of those presenting for medical assistance following rape are girls under the age of 16. So it really is a very extreme situation, not only the frequency of the violence, but also the very severe nature testify.That's the thing. Reading the report, assault and rape is of course serious enough, of the a sults is something that shocked me?Yes. There is some very extreme instances. Many of the assaults involve knives, spears, sticks, burning, torture, maiming and murder. They are very extreme forms of violence.And we know that that kind of violence not only is, of course, terribly devastating for women, but it's traumatic for chin. Children witness the violence and they're traumatised by witnessing that violence. They're often directly affected and many girls are living in quite a constant state of anxiety over the fear of being attacked.How has this situation allowed to have got to the point where it is now, Nigel?Look, it is a really complex situation and it won't change quickly. Many factors. Obviously the poverty that still exists in Papua New Guinea is a big factor. The fact that women are trapped. They have very little opportunity to Levi lent situations. They have nowhere to go. There is a lack of enforcement by police and the courts against perpetrators of violence and you would have to say that overall there is a culture silence about the issue culture of complicity, a silence about the issue where
it's just silence about the it's just not being condemned and spoken against it's just not being and spoken against by leaders at all levels in PNG society.And into this vortex society.And into of violence, of course, is about to be a large number of asylum seekers. Obviously there is concerns about their welfare, too?Yes, look, I need to say that our research is not spes efkly lookg into that issue. I think what our research would say is that because of these problems existing PNG, there have to be concerns about the prospect of resettling asylum seeker s into a country when the PNG Government is clearly already struggling to meet the basic needs of its citizens and to provide basic protections. It is an additional burden that the country - it's hard to imagine how they can take on that traeks burden.As we know, the Australian Government through various budgets and economic statements has either been cutting aid or delaying aid payments. Is there a connection here? Do you see a connection between perhaps boosting our foreign aid to Papua New Guinea to help fund some violence prevention programs?Look, a boost in aid for Papua New Guinea is really welcome, and more initiatives that specifically target this problem of violence against women would be particularly welcome. There are some - certainly some initiatives under way. There are some initiatives with the police, to educate police, initiatives to help women, but they don't nearly far enough. It is a very extensive, deep-seated problem. It will need a extensive, deep-seated It will need a really concerted effort and a lot of new initiatives to turn it around - to turn it around, including more effort - more community education for men and youth to try and get across to men the devastating consequences of these actions, and to try and build respect and new forms of conflict resolution for men and youth.Nigel Spence, thank you very much for your time this morning.Thank you.A change of pace now and to some artwork by some talented Tasmanian whose have all suffered some kind of brain injury. They've committed their life stories to video in a work that is truly impressive and inspiring. Lucy Shannon reports.They are stories of trauma and triumph that otherwise would be left untold.What's great about it is that it's not a piece of patronising, cuddly disability art.Look through the eyes of this 2m tall head and you will see an expression in video of the artist's lives since acquiring a brain injury.Beautiful. The best thing I've ever done.Before he Cooper
had a stroke, artist Nick Cooper was studying law. His intelligence hasn't been touched but a frustration borne from severe memory loss is huge.Most of my life is spent doing anything but useful. Most of my life is spent drawing from other people, but now I think I'm giving to other people and that's made a lot of difference to me, a lot of difference.The project is the second collaboration between Tasmanian arts group Kick-start and the brain injury body Head way.I've learnt just because you have a brain injury, doesn't mean you're not intelligent, poetic, sensitive, brilliant.Powerful new voices on what it means to be human.The AFL is expected to announce its response to ASADA's report into Essendon's summents program late they are morning. We're expecting a bit of a bombshell at around about 9am. For more, we're joined by reporter Tony Nicholls. He is at the Bombers' headquarters. Good morning. So what exactly are we expecting this morning? The Essendon Football Club is expecting this whole supplements ASADA saga to come to a head today and potentially be charged with bringing the game into disrepute and also breaching its players' welfare on the back of this controversial supplements program that the club ran last year. Now f the club indeed is charged today it will have until August 26th to prepare a defence for those charges and then it will front the AFL Commission to defend the charges. If depound guilt fi of those charges, the Commission have the opportunity or have the option of stripping this club of premiership points, potentially putting it to the bottom of the ladder and putting it out of the finals sear ri this year. It could also fine key players, forgive me, fine key officials that were involved in running the supplements program and even suspend the likes of James Hird. The club has made it very clear that they have done nothing wrong with regards to their supplements program last year, that the players drugs, and year, that the players did not
take performance-enhancing drugs, and that this club will seek natural justice for seek natural justice for its players if seek natural justice players if that they do the
right to play finals and they may defend that right legally, so it certainly possibly will come to a head today T has been a six-month investigation that certainly has brought this game into disrepute and certainly spoilt the season for many Bombers' fans.So this entire matter might not be wrapped up before the finals?Potentially not, no. The Essendon Football Club has Jack Rush QC on hand here potentially. It's going through all the documents and looking to defend this club's rights to play finals. James Hird as a coach himself has Julian Burnside QC in his legal camp looking to defend Hird's reputation. Charge also be laid down today. Club, officialing that could be sanctioned have the opportunity to defend those charges come August 26th, but all the talk from the club is they have every right to #35e679 in this year's series, that they have done nothing wrong and they will keep fighting to participate in this season.Finally, will the ASADA report will ever be made public?The word is no, the full report can't be public because of private
public confidentiality clauses. AFL's CEC Andrew Demetriou made it clear last week he would like public,
the full report to be made public, but apparently that's not the case. Parts public, but not the case. Parts of the report could become public, but for now, all eyes report could become public, for now, all eyes on the Essendon Football Club, the future of James Hird. Came here to coach this club out of the doldrums and Po Texly to win a premiership and doldrums and premiership and all of that looks to doldrums and Po Texly to win a looks to be turned on its head with charges to be laid today potentially.Thanks very much, Tony. You're watching ABC News Breakfast. Good morning. These are our top stories today: The Government is stepping up the pressure on the Opposition to reveal its policy costings and Treasury prepares to release ith Budget update today. The Government has revealed a $33 billion hole in the revenue, but the Opposition say it is wants to examine the figures before it makes an announcement.The AFL is expected to hand down its findings into the report from ASADA. James Hird and other 'cause be charged result of the findings.Police will continue their search of bushland this morning for any signs of missing schoolgirl Siriyakorn Siriboon who was last seen two years ago while on her way to school.Let's take a look at today's papers and we're joined this morning by Radio Australia's Phil Kafcaloudes. Good to see you. Good to see you again.What's top of your list? The word of the day is PEFO.PEFO When did the economic forecast become PEFO. What a silly name. But it's everywhere today. And if we have a look, because we look at 'The Guardian', we can see Joe Hockey in 'The Guardian', there is a picture of him looking uncharacteristically grumpy or resigned and he will say he will not release Budget figures out PEFO, the pre-election economic forecast. He says he will not Treasury not to be optimistic because it comes out from Treasury, but it's what goes into it and the way that it has been asked to put together.The parameters. The parameters which decides how it's going to be. Yes, you shake your head, Virginia. It's really interesting because some of the commentators are saying it's not worth the paper it's written on.Well, I did rounds of the kitchen you will then remember Wayne Swan, the then Treasurer about this about the issue of costings versus affordings, if you can put it that way. What you want from theiro what
governments and oppositions is theiro what their dream vision is, what policies they want to put in place and what they will cost. Now, that's an entirely separate set of figures to what you can then go on and afford. These budget figures don't dictate to anyone, not the Government nor the Opposition, what their policies should cost, just which can afford. I actually think cost, just which ones this he that we, the can afford. I actually think that we, the media, have let them get away with that for a long time. Blur those two areas. You can tell us later what you can afford, but you can certainly tell us now what these ideas cost. That's a very good point. You don't need the PEFO for thatNot for that point, yes. If you look at PEFO, it's wonky anyway because one of the points made in 'Australian' - Adam Creighton goes through the whole litany of things that were in the forecast before the last election and they were wildly wrong. They said there would be budget surpluses not only this year, but last year. Unemployment would be 4.75% last year. That's a 20% out. That's really bad stuff there.And there we see the figures matched up against previous years. AlthoughMost recent.Not just Treasury because the Government's Budget update released just before the election was mirrored by the Reserve Bank's economic outlook published at the end of last week. It's wrong to say that Treasury has it all wrong because the Reserve Bank is a very different institution with a very strong finger in the the pulse and they came up with the same figures. Judith Sloan says it is a matter inform garbage in, garbage out. What comes out is based on what is put in and what the Government out. That was
will do. Garbage in, garbage out. That was very interesting. She also said it was assumption-driven, assumptions that are wildly wrong, so we'll see. We're waiting for this PEFO today that may not actually mean anything and I talk to economists every day as a regular thing on our show, and right through the crisis, the economic cry suss, when they were going to get better, they invariably got worse. They they said invariably got said things would get worse... they don't know. If they knew, they don't they would be stock market multibear billionairesThat's true. Peeking of wrong figures and inflated assumptions, let's talk about a second Sydney Airport.Must be the second week of a election campaign. Badgerys Creek has come up again!And again and again. And the rail study as well. Front page of the 'Sydney Morning Herald', just looking at itIt is looking at it and it has an advocate, Christopher Brown, and if I remember, the son of the former Tourism Minister, John Brown. Yes, that's right.He has said he has spoken to both sides of politics and they have both told him that they will not only look at Badgerys Creek or look at a Sydney arnt, they will start the work in the next term - both sides of politics. That's what he says.Well Kevin Rudd wanted nothing to do with it on the debate. He was very non-committal about ("I'm from Queensland and don't think about it." I can understand. If I was the PM I would be doing the same thing. Why is there focus on Badgerys Creek? Nevertheless. I saw you speaking to the Assistant Treasurer remember saying no Badgerys Creek airport. Badge Rhys is back, but believe me, as I once spoke to a Bob Hawke minder on the phone 20-something years ago, he said they will never build Badgerys Creek, not in your lifetime, take it from me, you can't quote me. I have, sorry.You're still fairly young, Phil. You will live a long, rich life. And now to some flim-flam. What's happening in the age age?They talk about a lot of things so I've got to be fair to the 'The Age' here but they did have a two-page spread of Kevin Rudd having a bad hair day and showing how his hair was on the left there. He was mid sort of shake of the head.Mid-flick. Wow, very windy! And incredibly blustery day right across the east coast of Australia .I'm surprised he s--- he is smiling.A least know it's not

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their know it's not a rug. their interesting picks on campaign trail wherever they can get them. The front page of the can get them. The front page the 'Courier-Mail' has an interesting picture as well. Shades of a Hollywood baddie in this?Yes, this is Bob Katter. He is being courted. Have a look at the photo.It's a goodie? "You talkin' to me. Qugts "I once got arrested in California for speeding, right The highway patrol officer looked like that?Very spooky. Bob Katter has been courted to get preferences from both sides. And he said that his long-term friend Kevin Rudd is one of the people courting him. I didn't know that they were so chummy.Yes, they've had a pretty strong relationship.Oh, I department. Could we finish on the 'Mercury'? I think you shouldThis is a story about a jogger who got bitten. No, someone got bitten, not a nice story.They decided to have a line-up of dogs for the bitee to pick out the perpetrator. That dog beat ever pin anything on me." She is very important because she had an is had an alibi. She had an alibi. She was on heat and the owner said that had an alibi. She was on and the owner said that because
she was on heat, she was locked in the garage. She could not have bitten the jogger. Dunn-Dunn-Dunn.Kaflt iron alibi.But still forced to take part in this doggy line-up at a police station.What, do they have the same sort of goingy-ish looking dogs.The jogger said she later identified the dog from this line-up, but it also featured dogs from the area including some known prior offenders.Oh, I love it.Dirty dogs. Bad dogs. Lovely.See you, guys. See you again, thank you. That's a good story that one.To sport and good morning SteveThe Australian middle order may want an alibi as well, because it is another collapse that has cost them this Test match. England has won by 74 runs taking a winning 3-0 lead in the Ashes series. Late batting cameos from Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann had pushed Australia's target out much further than it wanted. 299 runs. Still gettable, though, when England was finally dismissed for 330. Ryan Harris taking 7 wicket as long the way. Australia started pretty well in that run chase as David Warner and Chris Rogers put on more than a century. 109 for the first wicket, looking good, but then Rogers was out for 49 with a sharp catch here and then it was Warner's dismissal for 71. Bresnan got one in, Australia lost five wickets for just 13 runs, including the skipper there. An absolutely crucial dismissal for Stuart Broad. Peter Siddle hold out of broard broard broard giving the he Englishman his 11th wicket Englishman his 11th wicket of the match.Adams through 20m and 88 centimetres, taking the German.Britain
gold medal from the German.Britain Christina produced the performance of the night as she somehow managed to get past her opponent there in the women's 400m final.They both clocked the same time, but the Briton won by 4-thousandths of a second. American Jason Richardson one the 110m hurdles. The German one gold with that clearance of 5:89 in the pole vault. Shelley Anne Fraser-Price, all one person, she won gold in 10.71. As you've been hearing, the AFL is expected to lay whatever charges it plans to against Essendon and its senior staff a little bit late they are morning. Assistant coach Mark Thompson is among those expected to be charged with bringing the game into disrepute. He spoke last night on Fox sports of the pressure he has been under and his resistance to any charge against his professional character. Look, it was difficult. I don't think anyone can really understand the pressure. This is the thing that you don't want to be labelled with, that we are going to have to fight for. Look, I don't want my reputation tarnished by this. Because it's your whole life - not just your life, your kids, your family, it's going to be remembered forever. So I don't want it on my too many stone.Why would you on On my tombstone.Why would you.Vanessa O'Hanlon weather now.A broad area of low pressure and another associated cold front that is affecting Tasmania. More rapid fronts are due to hit the south-east on Wednesday and later on Friday. For Queensland today:

Thanks so much, Vanessa. Coming up on ABC News Breakfast, what do Australians want from our politicians. The council on the ageing is releasing its election wish list today and we'll take a look at it after this very short break.And also look at the end of the line for the Much
much maligned Sydney monorail. Much more coming up in a couple of minutes. See you then.

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Welcome back to ABC News Breakfast. I'm Virginia Trioli. Show us the Breakfast. Show us the money has been the Government's con strant refrain to the Opposition Government's to the Opposition since the election campaign began of the well, this morning Treasury releases its final Budget update before the election which puts more pressure on the Opposition to release its policy costings. We will look at that more closely in just a little bit. Also ahead, the vote that could be crucial to Holden's future. The car maker's workers will decide today whether they accept a pay cut. The end of the line for Sydney's monorail. We'll get an update on the decision to demolish the much maligned system. Always quite liked riding on the monorail, about you there is goes. First the news of the day with Michael RowlandA big white elephant and nothing else. Good mrning, everyone. Treasury will release the last Budget update before polling day. The Federal Government released its own economic update before the election was called and that showed revenue was down by $33 billion. The Government will use these latest figures to put more pressure on the Opposition to release its policy costings, but the Opposition say it is wants to examine the figures before making any announcement.The AFL is expected to announce its response to ASADA's report into supplements program. Several members the club, including James Hird could be charged. The Bombers could be sponsorshiped of their premiership points and for fit their spot in the finals.Police will continue their search of bushland today for any signs who went missing two years ago. 13-year-old Siriyakorn Siriboon, also known as Bung, disappeared while on her way to sool in June 2011. Police and SES volunteers have been searching a suburb of Boronia less than 2km from the girl's home. The police aren't saying just what prompted the research.An overnight fire in Brisbane destroyed a business in Coopers Plains. Investigators are now trying to determine the cause of the blaze. Holden workers will vote today on a new wage deal that future
will decide the car maker's future in Australia. The deal includes a three-year wage conditions. Unions
freeze and cuts to working conditions. Unions say the vote could go either way. They say Holden's future could depend on a funding package to be negotiated after the election. Let's see how the markets finished up overnight:Noi, as we've been reporting, the finished up overnight:Noi, nation es finances are back in the election nation es the election spotlight today. Our the Our political correspondent Melissa Clarke joins us from Parliament House. Melissa, we have the figures, the final figures being released this morning?This the morning?This the pre-election economic and fiscal outlook put together by the Department of Treasury & Finance, independent of government, unlike the Budget and Budget updates that we've had. We aren't expecting it to be too different from the Budget update we had around two weeks ago, given that the Government ordered those updated figures and they already showed quite a big change from the May Budget, $33 billion worth of revenue writedown, however, the figures will still be keenly looked at because it will become the basis for both sides upon which to deliver their own overall Budget costings for what they're promising at this election campaign. In particular, the Government is ramping up the pressure on the Opposition to begin we leasing the costings of their policies and that was being put by the Finance Minister Penny Wong on 'Q & A' last night. It is produced entirely independently of the government of the day. It is a product of Treasury & Finance and it is the point at which really the excuses which the Opposition are using for not telling you what cuts they have to have in store because they have to have them in store if they are going to meet their promises, really the excuses for not disclosing those end when PEFO has been released.Christopher Pyne was there on the panel last night, as we just saw there. What was his response to that?Well, he is saying that the Coalition will release their costings within good time, although we don't know precisely what that means but he say it is won't be as late as Labor released some of their policy costings in the 2010 election. He was pointing to the late release of some of those costings on the eve of the election. So plenty of political point-scoring being made over the economy, and not just on the issue of costings, but also on the idea of taxation and whether or not either side is looking at raising taxes. The Government has continually pointed to the fact that the Coalition is having a tax review that would include the GST. Now, Tony Abbott has said that there is not a GST That's not what he is looking at. If anyone were, want to increase the GST, they would need all the agreement of the states and territories and you would have to go to an election to get a mandate for it, and he certainly tried to shut down the debate there, but it's seen the Coalition come under increasing pressure to definitively rule it out. Tony Abbott hasn't been prepared to say never, ever, a la various politicians in the past most notably, however, Christopher Pyne was getting pushed on this quite hard on 'Q & A' last night as well. Let's hear him. Can we just confirm this one thing, it is the commitment you will never ever change the GST in any period of Government?There will be no change to the GST in an Abbott Government.Audience: Ooh!Penny Wong, you have your answer.An ooh moment there on 'Q & A'. Everyone will remember that one, MelissaWithout a doubt. You make definitive statements and don't leave yourself any room for wriggling which is unusual in politics these days. You can expect it to be quoted back at you at some point.Another debate on Lateline over the NBN, the National Broadband Network? And this saw the new Communications Minister Anthony Albanese go head to head with Malcolm Turnbull over what is one ever the clearest differences between the two parties going into this election and certainly one that the Government is hopeful will be a vote-winner for them. They believe there is a lot of community support for the NBN. The debate between the two last night is certainly good viewing for anyone interested in this topic. They went for a couple of rounds talking about the Government's
cost to government, the Government's NBN program, the Government saying it is in the order of around $30 billion, 34 billion, whereas the Coalition says they estimate it would cost more than $90 billion - the Government disputing that, not surprisingly. There were certainly questions between the two about the NBN Co's final annual report and why that hasn't been released yet.But perhaps of most interested to anyone with an Internet service who might be looking at this, is the ultimate cost of to the consumer of the services they will get under the Government's NBN and we saw quite a vigorous debate between the two last night on Lateline.The reality is if you want to have a guaranteed 1 gig of service, your retailer will have to buy 1 gig of service for you and that will cost $20,000 a month. For any household?For any household which is why nobody will buy it other than businesses that need a very big pilot.Mr Albanese, do you actually know how much a household would have to spend to access 1 gigabit?Well, the market of course will determine that.What we're doing here is billing the infrastructure and market operates with competition.What's the wholesale price for one gigabit?What we know also is that the price comes down over a period of time.Oh, fascinating, that one and the war of words has gone on for quite some time between the two sides about that. It comes down to the competing networks and that will all be decided by the election outcome, but on a related issue we will hear a policy announcement from the Leader of the Opposition todayIn that's right. We are expecting that the Tony Abbott will announce that the Coalition is prepared to put up $100 million to address mobile phone black spot issues and this will see the Coalition Government contribute to building of mobile phone towers in regional and remote areas and some outer metropolitan areas as well. They would be looking at $80 million worth of construction if that cost is matched by mobile phone service carriers in those sorts of areas, and an extra $20 million to focus particularly on areas that might have unusual needs, so maybe high seasonal needs, if they are in holiday areas or if they are in a disaster prone area that might lead to a spike in looks set to offer in use needed. So the looks set to offer up that looks set money if the mobile phone service cop service cop companies match it, so that would see them back in the game so that would the game directly, so he that the Wei can expect to hear rolled out from Tony Wei can out from Tony Abbott as he is around out around the country today and out from Tony Abbott as he around the country today and as
both leaders continue their campaign trails.Thanks, Melissa. The future of car manufacturering in SA hangs in the balance today as Holden workers prepare to vote on a crucial deal.1700 worker also cast their ballot sLel Nina, good morning. Remind us about the details of this dealJust the voted on this deal that Holden has. Greater flexibility for Holden to sack workers who are underperforming. The rest of the 1700 strong workforce will vote on the deal this afternoon. This result will be known around 3:30, but there are still another 1,000 workers in Victoria across several sites. They will vote over the next three days, so it's not will be known until about Friday.And if the voters, for example argument sake, accept this deal, how much will it go to helping secure Holden's future in Australia?A yes vote to this deal will not necessarily mean that Holden remains in Australia. Holden boss Mike Devereaux has made it clear that the company wants to wait until the outcome of next month's federal election is known before they commit to making new models and continuing production in Adelaide until 2022..It will likely.We know the union representing the car workers has been very vocal on this generally. Do we know which way the union to recommending workers decided that it's not going to push workers in any direction. They are leaving it up to them to decide which way they want to vote.The company is encouraging workers to vote yes.People are remaining fairly tight lipped on which way they think today's vote will go, but the Manufacturing Workers Union has indicated that support has steadily grown since the deal was first canvassed and people weren't too keen on it. Obviously these are tough conditions and no-one would really want to have to take these changes on.But like you said, this plant is extremely important to the local community here. Many workers have worked here at Elizabeth for several decades and are extremely passionate about Holden and it's expected that many will want to do whatever it takes to make sure that this company continues to produce here in Adelaide.Thanks so much for that. Let's take a look at the front pages of the major newspapers around the country now. For many, it's still all about the economy. The release of the Treasury's critical numbers today will increase the pressure on Tony Abbott to reveal just how he will pay for his policies. That's according to the 'Financial Review'.'The Guardian Australia' says the Opposition is expecting the figures to be much worse than the latest economic update.The Coalition holes a comfortable lead over Labor.The 'Courier-Mail' highlights the significance of Bob Katter in the federal election. It says both major parties are trying to secure his preferences in several Queensland seats. Great photo. The only thing that's miss something his bull chip. I think if he got that in frame, he would look even more menacing.That would be R-rated if that was included. In other stories, the 'Herald Sun' cover s grim hunt for Melbourne girl Siriyakorn Siriboon who went missing two years ago.While 'The Age' describes how the parents of murdered 22-year-old Sarah Cafferkey came face to face with their daughter's killer in court yesterday.The NSW Community Services Minister has been accused of misleading Parliament over the number of case workers looking after vulnerable children. That story is in the 'Sydney Morning Herald'.The 'Canberra Times' details how a court has paved the way for the dismissal of a public servant who criticised the Government on Twitter, even though she didn't reveal her name or her job.A NSW Internal Affairs investigation has discovered how a police officer was romancing 33 women at the same time. The 'Daily Telegraph' has that story.Sergeant sleaze indeed. The 'Advertiser' says Holden workers are on a drive to survive and are today expected to vote in favour of changes in wages and conditions.The WA Government has reversed its solar
decision to slash the rooftop solar panel subsidy scheme 'Avatar' massive backlash. The 'West Australian' explains why.The Darwin Festival continues in the Top End with a group of monks from Tibet set to appear later this week. That story is in the 'Northern 'Mercury', a police dog has Territory News'And in the been cleared of biting a been cleared of biting despite been cleared of biting a jogger canine equivalent of despite being identified in the canine equivalent of a
suspects' canine equivalent of suspects' line-up. The booch beat the suspects' line-up. beat included over pooches with reform, hardened offencesHardened recidivists.Corgis with a rap sheet as long as thatLoose on the streets - out of control.We are asking you this morning to reflect on the phenomena of the celebrity candidate which pops up every federal election and every State election as well, someone pops up out of nowhere. A well-known name, usually famous for something very different to politics and throws their hat into the ring. Paul says anything has to be better than Craig Thomson because one celebrity candidate Nathan Bracken is standing in Craig Thomson's seat. So the sofrt, Central Coast is being contested.Nathan Bracken is the latest entrant into the field of celebrity candidates this election. The likes of James Blundell, the country singer running for the Katter 'Australia' Party in Queensland. Angry Anderson, former heavy rocker.Formenter?Still belgt it is outCurrent, still current.Running for the Nationals in the seat of Throsby.Well, LLG has emailed, "One weakness is that MPs represent their party rather than their electorate. We need more Independent s." An independent voice out of nowhere is appealing to some.Sharon says, "Nathan Bracken put some.Sharon says, Bracken put his hat into the ring weeks out from the ring weeks out election. Where is it? If he is election. Where is trading on his celebrity selection, then he should be trading on his ashamed." I think it's great that they are campaigning in Dobell. They just add to the broad suppository of Parliament." Thank you, Tony Abbott.Yes, sup posse tri-of wisdomYes, and it's true, not everyone is. Well-known Parliamentan, Independent Tony Windsor, remember you might recall took on Tony Abbott in Parliament about some history that they had when Tony Abbott was trying to get together a minority government of his own, and remember he call add cross the chamber to Tony Abbott, "You told me you would do anything, you would do anything to get Government. There is one thing you wouldn't do and you wouldn't sell your arse." Sorry to use that phrase when the kids are watching, but using that with this suppository gaffe."I warned him about that." Very funnyStill keeping things south of the border. We will raise the tone now.Yes, if you would like to join in, please do. You startrd the talk about south of the border.I didn't know you would say that.You can put the finger on it as well through FaceBook and Twitter.Parents, the question your child is just about to ask you now, "Mummy, what's a suppository?"These are the top stories this morning: Treasury preparing to release its final Budget update today. The Government has already revealed a $33 billion hole in revenue. The Opposition says it wants to examine all the figures before it makes any policy costing announcement.The AFL is expected to hand down its response this morning into the respon