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(generated from captions) And many victims have attempted suicide. The commission has begun its public hearings in Sydney. In his opening address, the commissioner said sexual abuse is almost always accompany bid unbelievable levels of physical violence too.Many people who have come to the commission have suffered greatly. Both at the time the abuse occurred, and subsequently through their lives. Many have received counselling at various stages of their lives. Many have thought of suicide and some have attempted it. A police detective has wiped away tears while recounting the night her partner was gunned down during a robbery on the Gold Coast. Detective Senior Constable Damien Leeding was shot and killed at the Pacific pines tavern in May 2011. Nicole Jackson has told the Supreme Court in Brisbane that detective Leeding led the way into the tavern. She heard him out stop, police, police and then she heard two shots fired. Phillip Graham Abul and Donna Lee Mack voice have pleaded not guilty to murder. Police are still trying to identify the drug that killed a young man after a Sydney dance festival at the weekend. 14 festival-goers were taken to hospital with suspected drug overdose symptoms A 23-year-old man from Victoria died in the hours afterwards. He had told hospital staff he'd taken three pills at the DEFQON Festival in Penrith. Police say he suffered seizures and heart third Porter has died following last week's attack on an third Porter has died Australian trekking group in pap North last week's attack on pap North Korea. The man Australian trekking group one of pap North Korea. The one of nine Porters slashed by machete wielding bandits. Seven Australians and a New Zealander were also injured in the ambush. And the soccer club at the centre of alleged match fixing allegations in the Victorian Premier League has denied any knowledge of denied any knowledge wrongdoing. Nine people, including some players were arrested in connection with the allegations. Sex people have been charged. Police say it could be the biggest case of alleged match fixing in Australian sports history. A court has heard the alleged ringleader was planning to fly out of country tonight. And now Lyndal Curtis joins us with Capital Hill live from Canberra.

Thanks, Kim. Tonight - who's in and who's not in Tony Abbott's First Ministery? And we'll have the latest on the Labor Leadership ballot with the ALP President Jenny McAllister.

Welcome toe capital capital him. Tony Abbott has kept to his promise of stability in his senior ranks. There's been only a little change to personnel and portfolios in the Cabinet announced today. But much more in the outer ministry around Parliamentary Secretary ranks. Into Tony Abbott's first Cabinet is Western Australian senator Mathias Cormann who becomes Finance Minister, Andrew Robb moves to Trade and Barnaby Joyce gets Agriculture. Into the outer moi O'ministry are Arthur Sinodinos as Assistant Treasurer, Jamie Briggs as assistant Infrastructure Minister and Michaella cash. Josh Frydenberg and Alan tjuz will both work with the Prime Minister as well as Steve Ciobo, Paul Fletcher and Michael McCormack. Out of the frontbench altogether are seven former coalition frontbenchers, as well as Sophie Mirabella who may lose her seat of I nrfs di. John Cobb went from the shadow Cabinet ranks to no ministerier at all. On the other side of politics, Labor's National Executive met today to finetune the roles for the leadership ballot. I spoke a short time ago to the ALP National President Jenny McAllister. Welcome again to Capital Hill.Thanks Lyndal.National Executive has met. You were saying last week that the rules for party members voting might be that they've been financial members for two years but that's changeed?Indeed and that's one of the - the most important outcome from today, and from my perspective, a very good outcome. The rules that were in place specified that you needed to have been a financial member for two years to be able to vote but the decision today means in fact anyone who was a financial member as at 7 September is going to be able to vote. What that really means is all those volunteers who became involved in the party through the election campaign, all those people who've recently become part of our movement, they're going to be able0 have a say, which from my perspective is fantastic.Do you know how many joined recently, say in the period between Kevin Rudd coming back as Prime Minister and the election date?We don't have the exact numbers and we won't know until next week because we need all of our State branchs to get the membership lists together but we do know that election campaigns are times when lots of new people became involved. One of the feet tours of this campaign for Labor was a much greater emphasis on volunteers in the field campaign than we've ever had before.Was that decision taken because you didn't want to lose those people who'd recently joined by saying they weren't allowed to have a vote on thisThere is sacks lutly a sense that this represents a really important part of the Labor renewal process. That we have got all of these people involved and we want to say to them, you count. Your vote's going to count. We're the graveful for your support and you will be part of determining our future. Were there any other of the rules that were understood to have changed?There
been in place that have been changed?There are some minor tirngerring around the edges like candidates Hague access to the voter list but for the most part the ballot process as described stays in place. We now have much greater opportunity for member involvement than before. And will the taxpayers or Party will the taxpayers or the Labor for the travel by Party be picking candidates to appear at support for the travel candidates to appear rums?Look, a very clear decision rums?Look, decision on that we do want to see candidates out and decision on that we do want travelling round the country, see candidates out and meeting with our travelling round the meeting with our branch
members. Getting involved. But we also understand that that is a cost that does need to be borne either by the candidates themselves or through the party and so the party and and the candidates will be working together to make sure there's adequate resources for that.Have there been any nominations? Nominations don't close until 5pm Friday.As far as I'm aware there are still only two people intending to nominate but perhaps there will be a surprise.Is National Executive completely happy with the path this is going down, of having the leadership of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party decided not only by the caucus but by the membership as well?Look, I think there are always going to be differences of opinion when you embark on a change process. But overwhelmingly in the last few days even we've seen a whole lot of senior people in the and say
organisation put their hand up and say "I think this is exciting. I think this can work." I think part of the enthusiasm for it has come from seeing our candidates who have been very, very clear about their incontinuation to campaign positively, to put their best foot forward, to run this as a process where we explore Labor's future, rather than dwell on past and n and on recriminations. That's been a very, very important thing in setting the right tone.Is it that really contest at the moment where it seems there are few, if any, policy differences between the two candidates who've nominated so far and they both have pasts that have involved toppling that have leaders?I think that in the next few weeks, we will see each of the candidates put forward their vision for Labor and their vision for Australia. And I would imagine that we will start to see differentiating points between the two candidates, they're both very good candidates. They both have a long history in the party and they both draw on the party's traditions but I think we will see some energy about the future. I also think one of the dynamics in a ballot various
process is that you will see various elements of their constituency put forward their ideas for agendas and ask for responses to that agenda from those candidates. And that can only be healthy, really, for our organisation. And for Australian democracy. In the end too the policy is set not by the leader but by the national conference, but also by the caucus as well. So in a sense, is this just a contest about someone who will manage that process in the best way possible?Look, I think that our leaders historically have had a very significant impact on the policy direction of the organisation. It is the case that the conference remains the place where policy is made. It's also the case that the implementation of that policy and the strategic direction is set by the caucus. Of course in that caucus we know that a leader plays a very important role in setting priorities. I think that we'll certainly see these leaders express some of their priorities through this process.A lot of the criticism internally from party MPs about what went wrong in the last six years has been that there was too much destabilisation, that the party was focused too much on itself. Now, from Friday the nominations close, the ballot of members opens on 24 September and closes on 9 October. Caucus meets the next day and the announcement of the leader is on the 13th. That's a long time when the Labor Party's still talking about itself, isn't it?Well, my view about that is that there's a long time between now and the next election. It's quite important that we take the time to set ourselves up properly to advance our ideas. We've also got a very good interim leader in Chris Bowen. He stated very clearly that his role will be to take the task up to the opposition and - to the government from opposition and I think that that's a very, very important job that Chris will play. But my sense is that this process will be very good for Labor. Because it's a process whereby we can set new directions, we can start to develop a constructive vision for the future, that a lot of people will have a say in. And really, I think we will get a better decision out of that process then we would otherwise. Thank you very much for your time.It's a pleasure, Lyndal.

Now I'm joined by today's panel, Labor MP Kelvin Thomson in Melbourne and in Brisbane Welcome
the LNP's Scott Buccholz. Welcome to you both. We'll start with the newly appointed coalition Cabinet, the lack of women on raised some eyebrows, women on the frontbench has raised some from one coalition senator Sue raised some eyebrows, including Boyce. from one coalition Boyce. The deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop is the Boyce. The deputy female in leader Julie Bishop is female leader Julie Bishop is the only Foreign Affairs portfolio. female in Cabinet. She has There are four women in the Foreign Affairs outer ministry and one as Parliamentary Secretary. Tony Abbott quickly moved to pre-empt the criticism.Plainly I am disappointed that there are not at least two women in the Cabinet. Nevertheless, there are some very good and talented women knocking on the door of the Cabinet. And there are lots of good and talented women knowinging on the door of the ministry.But the fact that the new Prime Minister could only find out of his entire party room one female member of Parliament that he regards as being meritorious enough to serve in his Cabinet is a sad indictment. The Cabinet of Afghanistan now has more women in it than the Cabinet of Australia. Scott, if I could start with you - Senator Sue Boyce said today that the problem actually is in the parties not getting enough women into the ranks in order for them to move up through the ranks to become ministers. Do you think there's Sol truth in that?Senator Sue Boyce has served our party magnanimously. She has been a wonderful
soldier for us up here in Queensland. She will be a sorry loss Queensland. She loss as she is not standing for preselection any longer. Let's just look at the class of 2013 that are entering the 44th Parliament. And none less than 35% of those new members of Parliament are women that will be introduced on our side. So I'm not too sure where Sue was coming from there. As a coalition we're definitely doing our part in introducing women not only to the membership but to actual members of the house. You have six women in total on a frontbench of 42?Yeah, I mean, Tony made no secret of the point earlier on that he was going to go with the experienced team, the members of the ministry that he had would be virtually unchanged. We've seen that. I think Tony's complements on that do disappoint him. He would've liked to have had more but ultimately those decisions are made outside my pay grade. Kel swrin, Labor went through a relatively formal process of trying to get more women into Parliament the you put a quota n the number of winnable seats that go to women, sometimes more honoured in the breach there was a group formed called Emily's List to try to get more people into Parliament. How has the Labor party gone about it snoi. As a consequence of our rules changes, we have seen many more women enter the Parliament than were there more
previously. And indeed many more women enter the ministry than were there previously.So those rules changes have led to a very dramatic change in the position of the Parliamentary Labor Party. I am surprised Tony Abbott is not being able to find room for Sharman Stone. She entered the Parliament at the same time I did back in 1996. She has ministerial experience. As far as I'm aware she's available for selection. So it does surprise me that some women who have had significant parliamentary experience have been overlooked. The particle, though, can occasionally be a pretty bloky air fair still, can't it. Does it deter women from entering politics?Well, there are women available to serve on both sideses. In this case it seems clear to me that some have been overlooked. In looking that the ministerial line-up as a Victorian, the highest ranked Victorian in this line-up in Kevin Andrews at No. 11. So nearly carrying the drinks. This from a political party which had Robert Menzies as a Victorian leader, Malcolm Victorian leader, Peter Costello as leader, Malcolm Fraser as a Costello as a Deputy Leader. So Victorians are a very long way away from the action here. The Voyager 1 satellite managed to leave the solar system in the course of the last week, but the cap voyager 1 satellite is closer to the core of political action in the Abbott government than the Victorian Liberals are. Scott, there are a number of Queenslanders in the frontbench, not only in the Cabinet, but the outer ministry and the Parliamentary Secretary ranks. Are you happy about that?Yeah, mate. I mean, as a dedicated Queenslander, I'd always like to advocate that we could've done more. My heart goes out to Teresa Gambaro who I think did an amazing job with the Parliamentary Secretary oar shadow position in immigration. Had the opportunity to speak with her this afternoon and she will do a great job look after northern Australia. If you know the guy his heart's in the right spot. Bull we'll continue in Queensland to fight for our fair share of portfolios of the I picked up the Whip's position down there, which is a great testament to the work that
we've done around the honour for our office and we've done around the area, but no, Queenslanders have fared alright but we'll also advocate that we could probably carry a bit more ever the heavy lifting but again, those decisions on ministerial appointments are made well outside my pay grade at this point. There is another woman in line for a very high profile job, that's Brom wirn Bishop add Speaker. Kelvin you couldn't doubt her knowledge of the standing orders could you?There is more to being speaking sbeek than having a cop peat of the House of Representatives practice with post-it notes. I would prefer the fundamental decency and fair-mindedness of a Harry Jenkins or Anna Burke any day. I have been in the Parliament for some 17 years. Bronwyn Bish slop has been there for that entire period. And throughout her period as an MP, she has been totally relentlessly partisan, constantly bringing up points of order, few of which have been upheld by the Speaker and virtually none of which have done anything for the dignity of the House so frankly far from this being about giving dignity to the House, it seems to me it's about continuing that tradition of ruthless and relentless attack which was a feature of the Abbott opposition.Do you expect Bronwyn Bishop to be an even-handed bipartisan Speaker?I think the 43rd Parliament, there a lot of politicians that are very glad that that hostility, that the sensitivities of the hung Parliament are now behind us. I would suggest that we will see the Parliament hopefully resume to a more sombre locality where we can have reasonable debate. I've got the utmost confidence in Bronwyn Bishop. I mean, she is an absolute champion. We'll put up her nomination. It will be up to Labor to either reject or support the I or support the application. But
I mean, the farcical that made earlier on there about - and Harry was a great Speaker, I will give you that, Kelvin, but when we put up Harry and Anna Burke's nomination for Speaker when it suited us, you actually voted against them. They weren't happy to take up that role. So it's a little bit of a juxtaposed position there. But I think Bronwyn will do an outstanding job, and we had her in the electorate not too long ago. She is definitely a star amongst a segment of the population. I think she will please. Tony Abbott's promised to have a slower pace of government, to not necessarily Amir in the media every day. He has also streamlined his ministerial portfolios saying he wants clear lines of authority and a back-to-basics government.I think there will pab lot of people in Australia who find these areas of policy important, who will be very disappointeded that they don't have a specific voice at the Cabinet table. The new Prime Minister has neglected whole swathes of the Australian economy and important parts of the Australian society in refusing to appoint ministers specifically responsible for these important areas. But it is possible to take things very, very without feeling that they need to very, very seriously indeed,
without feeling to be included in people's titles. Because we are just getting to a situation of title inflation. And frankly I want to avoid title inflation. Thankfully I think we've got some title deflation as a result of this ministry. Kelvin, you know how government works mpt isn't it the case that just because a bit of a portfolio isn't in a minister's title, it doesn't mean that somebody doesn't have responsibility for it, does it?Well, I have to confess, Lyndal, that I am in favour of simple ministerial titles. I think they have become overly complicated over the years. So I think that having a minister for transport, a Minister for Health, Minister for Education, frankly, is a good way to go. But I am concerned about some of the areas that appear to be missing from the arrangement that's been announced. There's no Transport Minister and the Prime Minister having said that he wants to be an infrastructure Prime Minister has Dell dwaited that role, the Infrastructure Minister to the Nationals Leader. - delegated. I think the Nationals Leader has a much more limited view of the role of infrastructure, so you won't see efforts in the area of urban public transport, which are sorely needed, and I think there's neglect of the fact that the National Broadband Network is THE biggest infrastructure project on the block and we still need the Liberal government to look at this issue and to be serious about getting fibre to the home if Australia is going to keep up with technological pace. So there are aspects of these portfolio allocations which are of concern. Although getting fibre to the home wasn't the policy they took to the election.We've got an on-line petition of a quarter of a million Australians already urging the Liberal Party to reconsider this matter. It is fundamental to Australia's future that we keep up with technological development around the globe. If we don't get fibre to the home, we will progressively fall behind. Scott, Tony Abbott says that the details of who's responsible for what will be released after ministers are sworn in on Wednesday. Is that important, so people know if they want to approach a minister, which one they need to approach?Oh I am very, very sure that the Australian public f they want to speak about transport, will know who to speak say, for example, you wanted to speak to well in advance of go and have say, for example, you wanted go and have a chat to the Labor opposition ... um ... the leader of the Labor Party. I leader of the Labor Party. suggest that that date is the 18th of October or something. Yeah, yeah, you will know who the Transport Minister is but I think on that transport issue, I think that transport portfolio traditionally does sit with the Nats. I remember John Anderson, Deputy Prime Minister, also held that portfolio of France port along with previous colleagues of his. That's just a by-product of that portfolio traditionally does sit with the Nats. Stone had it in the Libs there for some time. But I don't understand why it can jump from one to the other. But I do agree with Kelvin. I am a big fan of making these titles simple. We do need to keep a bit clear. We don't want to cut ourselves shaving as a government creating titles and unnecessary work when we jaustd want to know who to go to, the Australian public want to go who to go to in the event that they've got an issue and hopefully get some straight talking and some straight answers from a government that's committed to trying to get the nation back on track. Both the Prime Minister-elect, Tony Abbott and indeed the contenders for the Labor Leadership, Bill Shorten and particularly Anthony Albanese, have talked about not pandering any longer to a 24-hour media cycle, taking things a little bit slower. Do you think you can unscramble this particular egg?I'd like to think so. In the time I've been in the Parliament, I've seen the 24/7 media cycle increasingly centralise powered and give us evermore presidential forms of leadership. And that this is on both the Labor side and the Liberal think it's fund mentally Liberal side and frankly, I undemocratic. The more power you take away from ministers and shadow you take away and shadow ministers, away from members of Parliament, away from ordinary members of political parties and voting public, the less democratic the community and the society is. So I think it would be better if leaders of all political parties didn't feel that they had to go out every day or indeed in some cases twice and three times a day to announce Kwa the policy is, what the line is and so on. I think that we need to have a more democratic political system which gives us say for political parties for parliamentary parties and for ordinary members of the public who can access people like Scott and I as their local representative, but who have very little prospect of being able to access Prime Ministers and premiers and the like. Scott, do you agree that ministers and shadow ministers should be given more say and dare I say it even backbenchers as well?Yeah, absolutely. As the new government whip I will be advocating make sure my backbenchers do get their share in the spotlight in a new government. But yeah, Kelvin's I think
right. The punters are over it. I think mum ps and dads of Australia have just about had it up to the back teeth with the federal arena, the constant bombardment. I think they're looking for a break, and the fact that we're not rushing back to Parliament is - unless we've got a full card to deal with, is a good thing. I don't suggest that there's an ongoing market there of the majority of Australians that are looking for kron flikt. They're not looking for rigorous debate from the likes of their federal representatives. And if that space is left bare, it will be filled with more local issues. You can get your national media now through many mediums. And I agree that if we leave that space bare a bit, there's great coverage that local members can get through their local media outlets. Kelvin, if I can ask you about the changes to the rules for this leadership ballot allowing people who join the Labor Party up until election day to vote. Do you think that's a reasonable change in the rules that had been set down previously?Yes, I do, Lyndal. It's clearly been done by agreement. The candidates indicated that where agreement could be reached, there would be these methods of implementing the ballot. Of course it's an experiment. It's not something that we've done before. But the instinct behind this, the culture behind this is a democratic one, where we're spreading the vote to as many people as we reasonably can and I think that's a good thing. That's a democratic thing in keeping with the whole notion of giving this 50% of the say to members of the Australian Leahy party. And one other question on this issue, do you Kelvin, do you think that the people who are nominees for the leadership can avoid it becoming a personality contest when there seems to be so little difference in policy between them?Well, they've committed to doing this, Lin dald and I think to their great credit, so far they have. They both gave outstanding speechs to the caucus. Different kinds of speech, and they are different kinds of people. I think that they do represent a real Britain the Labor Party real choice. I know that in up with a choice between the Britain the Labor Miliband brothers. Well, it up with a choice between seems to me that anyone Miliband brothers. seems to me that anyone who
knows Anthony Albanese seems to me that anyone knows Anthony Albanese and
anyone who seems to me that anyone who
knows Anthony anyone who knows Bill Shorten will understand anyone who knows Bill will understand that they do represent will different approaches to politics and no doubt represent different styles and
different approaches leadership. So I think politics and no doubt to leadership. So I there is a genuine choice before us in the parliamentary party and before the members of the Australian Labor Party, and I do hope and industry no reason not to expect that the way they will conduct themselves will be a constructive one and will reflect credit on both of them. On that note, Scott Buccholz and Kelvin Thomson, thank you very much for joining us today.Thank you. That's Capital Hill for now. We're back at the same time tomorrow. Until then, goodnight.

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This program is not captioned. This program is not captioned. Thanks for joining me for this national edition of ABC News. Today the Government takes shape.Tony Abbott's ministerial line yip leaves Julie Bishop the only woman on the frontbench.I am disappointed that there are not at least two women in the Cabinet, nevertheless there are some very good and talented women knocking on the door of the Cabinet.The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse hearing appalling details of predators in position of trust in the community. And a Brisbane court hears a police officer's testimony of the night her partner was killed.The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse has been told such abuse is