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(generated from captions) reporting. The reporting happens every six months but as we saw in the Bronwyn Bishop case, you are not to know that a helicopter in her instance had been used to fly just from quite
Melbourne to Geelong. Don't quite know what Tony Smith's travel claims are but he has done a lot of committee work so to the extent he has had to chances
move around the country, chances are a lot of it has been on that sort of parliamentary duty that comes with committee work. We are starting to see the Chamber filling up with about 30 seconds to go until its scheduled start. You can see most of the Government MPs have taken up their position to the right-hand side of the Speaker's chair and the Opposition still starting to flow in and fill the left-hand side with a few cross benchers there as well. As we have been indicating a little earlier, the Parliament will start unusually with the Clerk presiding. The mace will come

we can see he is already there and we will be listening out for him to call the House to order. There is the Sergeant starting to make her way in with the mace. It is going into the stand now which means very shortly we will hear David Elder - not the Speaker but the Clerk - call the House to order and then to talk it through the nominations
process, for the calling of nominations for the Speaker. Here we go. Honourable members I have received the following communication from his excellency the administrator. I desire to inform the House of Representatives that I have received a letter dated 2 Bronwyn
August 2015 from the Honourable Bronwyn Bishop MP tendering her resignation as Speaker of the House of Representatives and that I have accepted her resignation. Accordingly, I invite the House to elect a new Speaker. The next business of the House is the election of a Speaker. Is there a nomination for Speaker? The Member for Barker.I move that the Honourable member for Casey do take the chair of this House as Speaker.Hear, hear!First elected in 2001, the Member for Casey's long years of dedicated service in this House in our view will equip him well to be an outstanding Speaker of this Parliament. As an electoral neighbour to my electorate of Deakin, I have had the absolute privilege of working very, very closely with the Member for Casey and, in doing so, have seen first hand the understanding and respect that the Honourable member has for our Parliament and its traditions and conventions. The Member for Casey has been a fearless advocate for his electorate and has always been dep dependable and trust worthy. On a personal level, he is extraordinarily honest, perhaps with one exception. Anyone who knows Tony knows he is an absolute rev head.LAUGHTERHe is a Holden man through and through. He and I have had many arguments being a Ford man myself. But he is honest to a fault with one exception, and I'm very sorry, Tony, my message to Pam his wonderful wife is there has been many, many occasions where Tony has purchased a car first and told you second, Pam.LAUGHTERMore importantly, all of us who know the Member for Casey know that he got a keen intellect, very well respected by his colleagues on both sides of the Chamber and I'm, therefore, extraordinarily confident that Tony Smith has the experience, temperament and strength necessary to instill respect and trust in our it
Parliamentary institutions so it is a great honour for me to be able to nominate Tony Smith Member for Casey as Speaker.Hear, hear!My apologies to the Member for Deakin. Is the motion seconded? I call the Member for Robertson? I'm happy to second this nomination. The Member for Casey has been known to me since 2013 as both a friend and a colleague. I can say as one of the newer members of this place that I'm pleased to endorse his nomination for Speaker of this House knowing him as a very strong man of values, a very strong man of integrity, a man who is is prepared to serve not only his constituency and his party but, indeed, members of this House as well. He is a man who is incredibly friendly, dare I say it in this place, a man known for his kindness. I must endorse the comments by the Member for Deakin that he is indeed a very strong family man and does talk lovingly of both Pam and his wife - sorry and was going to
his family.LAUGHTER.If there was going to be a clanger, Mr Clerk, it would be that! Having said that, he is a man who will uphold the tradition of this House. He is a great man who will uphold the tradition of this House and if we were asking for a man, for a nominee to serve as Speaker who will actually uphold not only the traditions but rule this place without fear or favour, it would be a man, a great Carlton man who would ask to have as his nominee a third is
generation Collingwood fan. It is with great pleasure I second the nomination of the Member for Casey.Hear, hear!Does the Member accept the nomination? I accept.Is there any further proposal? The time for proposals has expired. I declare that the Honourable Member proposed, Mr Smith, has been elected as Speaker.(Applause)

I wish to express my grateful thanks for the high honour the House has been pleased to confer on me.(Applause) Will Mr Speaker, on behalf of the Government, may I extend to you our congratulations on assuming this high and important office. As the Speaker, you, Sir, are the custodian of the traditions of this House. Your job is to maintain order in this House by commanding the respect of both sides of the Chamber. I am confident, based on our friendship and comradeship going back some quarter of a century, that this is exactly what you will do. May I say, Mr Speaker, that in the course of your 15 year parliamentary career, you have met with some disappointments. It is precisely because you have met with triumph and disaster and treated both those imposters the same that you have so strongly commanded a majority inside the Liberal party room and why you have been elected unopposed here in this Chamber. Mr Speaker, just a word if I may on the Member for ma kelar. It should be said of the Member for Mackellar despite some admitted errors of judgment, she has served this Parliament, our country, her party with dedication and distinction for warrior
over 30 years. She has been a warrior for the causes that she believed in. I should also observe, Mr Speaker, that at the close of a very difficult John
week in his prime ministership, John Howard said "Politics is a hard and unforgiving business but it is amongst the highest and noblest forms of public service". May all of us conduct ourselves so that the public that we serve will better appreciate that in the days and weeks and years to come.Hear, hear! Thank you, Mr Speaker. On behalf of the Opposition, congratulations. For all our clashes with the former Speaker, we wish her well. Mr Speaker, you have been chosen by your pier peers as the first officer of the Parliament, upholding a tradition that began with the Parliament 7 centuries ago. You bring to this position a proud record of advocating for a more accountable, more representative Australian democracy particularly in your role as chairman of the joint committee on electoral matters. I'm sure this is a proud day for you and your family. Your elevation brings an opportunity actually for all of us in this place to reflect on our behaviour and how this Chamber operates. Let us begin by restoring a role of independence to the job of Speaker.Hear hear.Serving as Speaker is a privilege, not a prize. A responsibility, not a reward. Regardless of previous political allegiance, we welcome the Speaker's party
commitment not to attend their party room meetings.Hear, hear!Today is a chance to lift the standards of this Parliament, to return them to a level which Australians rightly expect of their representatives. Not just improving behaviour but a lift in the standard of accountability. Mr Speaker, much of this challenge falls upon your shoulders. You can make this a place where straightforward questions get the
straightforward answers. Where the words "Direct relevance" carry real meaning. Where the Speaker manages debate without seeking to participate in it. And where standing orders, including 94A, are applied fairly to both sides of the House.Hear, hear!I call, in Prime
addition if I might, upon the Prime Minister in this spirit of change to consider restoring supplementary questions and genuine scrutiny. Mr Speaker, today we move from a proud supporter of the Warringa rats to the Carlton Blues. For whatever code we follow, I believe that the best umpires are the ones you don't notice. Let this be the story of your Speakership, an impartial officer serving an accountable Parliament. Well done and good luck.Hear, hear!

luck.Hear, hear!Thank you Mr Speaker, on behalf of the National Party and Mr Warren Truss I congratulate you on your election as Speaker. It gives me particular pleasure in the fact you are a member of the class of 2001 of which I'm a member. It is great to see a member of the class of 2001 being elected to the high office of Speaker. You have distinguished yourself over many years as an excellent parliamentarian and a dedicated servant of your electorate. You have provided great service on the joint standing committee on electoral matters. You have been a great member indeed. Your extensive experience in this Parliament no doubt has given you a great understanding and familiarity of the role of Speaker which you will be undertaking in the time ahead, Madam Speaker - Mr Speaker.(Laughter)I must say, I will draw your attention that the Member for Wakefield -Was that 9 4A.- was preparing a strategy for Question Time going forward. I hope you deal with him firmly and fairly but you have made a great contribution to this Parliament in your service so far and I certainly wish you well in your role as Speaker. You will be strongly assisted by an able deputy and the Member for Maranoa who has served this Parliament over many years and has fulfilled the role of Deputy Speaker with distinction. Speaker, I wish you well on behalf of the Nationals in your time as the
Speaker.The Deputy Leader of the Opposition.Thank you Mr Speaker. I'm delighted to be able to join with the previous Speakers in congratulate you on your el elevation. I have no doubt you will bring dignity and goodwill to the very important office you have been elected to today. I'd also like to thank the Member for Mackellar for her long service to this Parliament in the role of Speaker and as a Minister, Shadow Minister and fierce representative of the people of Mackellar. I think I was perhaps at the end the only person still barracking for the Member for Maranoa. It was a one-person team but we are very pleased to know he will still continue his wonderful work as Deputy Speaker. Thank you very much for your service to date manager of
and in the future as well.The manager of government business.Thank you, Mr Speaker. Can I congratulate you on behalf of the Government and as leader of the House on your election as Speaker today. As most members in this House would know, the new Speaker and I have been friends for our entire political careers. Right have been
back to university days. We have been through many, many trials and tribulations and many successes together over the course of those 30 years. Knowing each other from student politics right through to the current day and I look forward very much to his role as Speaker, a young, a very young Speaker. I'm not sure that I have served in the House with such a young Speaker before. Steve Martin might be the closest to that so it will be an interesting image for the Parliament and a refreshing one at that. Congratulations to Tony Smith the Member for Casey for his election today and I look forward to working closely with him, to continue to have a robust Parliament that debates to
the issues, uncovers what needs to be uncovered and make sure people
we have good government for the people most of the time. Also can I briefly pay tribute to the Member for Mackellar the previous Speaker. I seconded her nomination two years ago to be Speaker. She has been felled in most unfair circumstances by politics today. I listened very carefully to the remarks of the Deputy Leader of the Opposition noticing their now very generous remarks of the Member. I am reminded of the not-so-generous remarks not long ago. To the former Madam Speaker, I do pay tribute to you as the Speaker. I think you have been a great political figure over your 30 year career in Australian politics. I think you will be remembered that way always as being a great advocate for the causes in which you believed, which happily are the causes of this side of the House, for women in Parliament you have been a beacon of strength and fortitude, never flagging despite the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune and I pay for
you the most fulsome tribute for the contribution you have made to Australian public life.Hear, hear!The Manager of Opposition Business.Thanks very much Speaker. Congratulations on your appointment. If I may briefly notwithstanding the disagreements obviously the Member for Mackellar and I had in her role as Speaker, it has been acknowledged her role as a fearless warrior for her side of politics. Parliament is well served for having people in them who hold views fiercely in this Parliament, we wish her well. For yourself in the role as Speaker, can I say there will be moments over the next few weeks no doubt where both government and Opposition work out the parameters as to how you will apply the standing orders. The Government from the respect of the rules you put on questions, the Opposition from the perspective of the rules you apply on answers and in particular on direct relevance. But within that, if we end up with a situation where the public debate is about the policy rather than the procedure, that it is about the Australian people rather than each other, then the Parliament will have been well served.Hear, hear!The Member for Melbourne.Thank you, Speaker. Congratulations on behalf of the Greens on your elevation. I don't know whether this is something you will like me saying or not but I know colleagues who have worked with you on the joint standing committee think very highly of you, perhaps that's a kiss of death coming from the Greens but nonetheless I convey it. Know that there is, from our side, significant respect and support for you in your role to the extent that you will now have your work cut out for you to restore some impartiality to the role and integrity and respect for this place, you have our full support. One thing I would like to remind over
you in your new role is that, over 20% of Australians don't vote for either Labor or the Coalition. We are represented up here in this corner. When you look to one side, then to the other, please remember to look down the middle as well. Thank you Mr Speaker.Thank you.Can I say thank everyone for their generous remarks. I just want to make a few remarks in response. Can I say, as everyone has done in this debate, recognise Member for Mackellar who I known for nearly 30 years, who has been a wonderful servant of our Party. I want to recognise her at the outset. Can I thank the House for the confidence you have placed in me. There is no greater honour in the Parliament than to be elected by one's peers. I'm a servant of this House and all of its members. There is, however, a mutual obligation between presiding fer s - officers and individual members. I want to say at the outset I will give a fair go to all on the floor of this Chamber but, in return, I do expect a level of discourse that reflects that. Parliament is a robust place. It should be a robust place. It is where we battle our view of a better Australia. It is the arena for the battle of ideas and ideals. I make that point because often people say Parliament shouldn't be robust. It should. But it needn't be rude and it needn't be loud. That is something I'd like to see improved. I can't do that but together we all can. I wanted to make that point at the opening. I also want to say I have many friends in this Chamber. I have, Prime Minister, some friends on the other side.Hear, hear!The Members - (Laughter)it wasn't part of my pitch, that's true. I have known the Member for Korio for a very long period of time. I've known the Member for Batman for a very long period of time. We were at university together. They know I will be fair. They also know that I will bring to this place to the best of my ability a better Parliament and a better Parliament is something we should all be striving for. A couple of other points. I am going to make it a practice periodically to meet with the Manager of Opposition
Leader of the House, the Manager of Opposition Business and Independent members to discuss the operation of Parliament. I will have more to say on that during the course of this fortnight. I think that will be a practical forum for me to convey my expectations to representatives of all groupings within this place. It can be a forum where Parliament's expectations of my office can also be conveyed and it will serve as a mechanism for some mutual accountability. Can I reiterate I will not be attending weekly party meetings.Hear, hear!I have said that in discussions with colleagues during the course of the last seven days. It's my view that the Speaker should not only be but also should be seen to be independent of the partisan day-to-day foray. I think the decision is symbolic but it's also practical. My role and that of the President Of
in the other place are unique. Of course, the President of the Senate and myself have Minister-like responsibilities for the respective chambers and for the Department of Parliamentary Services but we are not, of course, members of the executive. So in the execution of our responsibilities in relation to the administration of Parliamentary departments and how they serve members and support this chamber, the views of the executive, of the Opposition and of individual members, will be given equal weight. The I just want to say a couple of other things of a personal nature. I want to mention the former Member for Casey and former Speaker the Honourable Bob Elvison who I have known for many years and who may be listening to my remarks now. I want to thank my family, my wife Pam, my mum and my two boys Thomas and Angus. They found this last week interesting. I heard Thomas telling someone "Dad was on the phone a lot". Angus found it exciting but he was mostly interested that I still, despite busyness, collect the David Attenborough DVD at the milk bar each morning. They will find this very exciting. I want to take the opportunity to place on record my great appreciation for the professionalism and the institutional knowledge of the clerks that I will be utilising to a great degree as I serve in this role. I want to thank the Prime Minister for his friendship and confidence. I want to thank him for appointing me to the chairmanship of the joint standing committee on electoral matters. It is a very important committee. It is a committee that's deepened my appreciation and the understanding of our democracy and stoked even more interest on my behalf in this Parliament. Whilst today is a humbling day for me, it is also a sad day for so many in this chamber because when we left here at the end of the last We
sitting, there were 150 of us. We will pay tribute to the late Don Randall during the course of today. I want to extend my heart felt condolences to his family. I sat next to Don in the last Parliament. When you sit next to someone for three years, particularly when it's someone from another State, you get to know a lot about them and their interests. Can I say he was a friend, he called it as he saw it and to the former Speakers, I can tell you you didn't hear every interject ion. Thankfully.(Laughter)Can I again thank my colleagues for the honour that's been bestowed upon me? Can I thank the Parliament for electing me unanimously to this role and I will do my very best.Hear, hear!. (Applause)Mr Speaker, I have been advised that the Governor-General will set a time for receiving you as Speaker of the House.Thank will
you, Prime Minister. The chair will be resumed at the ringing of the bells.So that is Tony Smith leaving the Speaker's chair for the first time, a job he will now fill until the end of this, the 44th Parliament. What he hopes will be a better Parliament. That's how he has described it but, in so doing, he has appealed to all members to help him. Tony Smith saying "I will give a fair go to all but, in return, I expect a level of discourse that reflects that". That's his appeal to fairness. He reiterates he will not be attending the Liberal party room meeting. He acknowledges that's a symbolic gesture towards non-partisan behaviour in the chair. He said "A Speaker should not only be seen but be seen to be independent of partisan day-to-day fray in politics". We also heard those who welcomed him in pretty business-like speeches. They kept them well under time. Much briefer than when Bronwyn Bishop was elected Speaker in 2013. We heard references by people like Christopher Pyne to a refreshing, young, independent and honest Tony Smith. His journey through politics to make it to the Speaker's chair began way back in 1988 in student politics and then, by 1990, the early 1990s, he has become a political staffer and then he enters Parliament in 2001. Today very much the high point, the culmination of a very long exposure to politics in all its forms. His final preparation for the job was, as he said, heading the joint standing committee on electoral matters. of
It might sound mundane to a lot of us but it is an important position within the Parliament and it probably helped to groom him in many ways for his candidacy. Andrew, that's it from here. Parliament will be resuming a little later. We won't get a lot of notice on that but we will work on trying to work out what time. As the Prime Minister alluded to and will
the Speaker indicated, that will be all about Don Randall, condolence motions for the now deceased Member from WA. That will occupy most of today's proceedings. Then the House will rise later and possibly Question Time
come back but certainly no Question Time from here today. obviously it
and just before you go, obviously it was a very warm welcome essentially from all sides of the House there, both sides, and in fact the new speaker indicating he has friends on both sides of the chamber. Essentially, you think he feels as though he'd like to see an outbreak of detante. I good will
think there's a fair bit of and
good will there. He is a liked and respected guy. I guess when you're not threatening. He hasn't been threatening any sort of front bench career or ambition in recent years. Gives you a lot of time on the back bench to form the cross-party allegiance s and I think they are genuine in Tony Smith's case working around the nation on his committee work, as well his common interests in suburbia, football, restoring cars, his family. That speaks a common language to lot of MPs no matter what party they're with, whether they be Labor or the Greens r many of the cross-benchers have worked with Tony Smith as well. He's very much the everyday man's candidate for speak dpr gr think he'll draw on that good will and try and make it what he called a better parliament.Thanks, that's Greg Jennett at Parliament House. Now let's catch up with the weather. Vanessa joins us and we can see that very large low and cold front so winter still biting in certainly the southern States. It certainly is. There's quite a bit going on with a cold front moving through at the moment. That low will pass to the west of Tasmania, bringing showers mainly to coastalperts of SA, throughout Victoria and into today
Tasmania. We will see snow today and tomorrow but the big dumping will come on a Wednesday. We can see the next system lining up over the southwest, drawing cloud in and bringing showers later in the day then it will join up with this other system to make pretty good snowfalls by Wednesday. We'll see it moving up into NSW and in Queensland but in the meantime it is quite warm over those two States.Take us around the country. For Queensland:

The top stories from ABC News - Federal Liberal MPs have named Tony Smith as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives. The 48-year-old Victorian has represented the seat of Casey since 2001 and he was a parliamentary secretary to former Prime Minister John Howard. Mr Smith defeated fellow Victorian Russell party
Broadbent 51-22 votes in a replaces Bronwyn
party vote. The new Speaker replaces Bronwyn Bishop who resigned over the travel expenses affair. Rosie Batty has given evidence at the Victorian Royal Commission into family violence. Ms Batty was named Australian of the Year after becoming a strong domestic violence campaigner following the murder of her 11-year-old son Luke by his father. The commission was a State election promise by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrew. Pickets continue at Sydney and Brisbane ports after around 100 workers were sacked by email last week. The Fair Work Commission will hold a hearing on the sackings later today. About 250 people have blocked access to part of Brisbane Port and trucks have been stopped from entering while in Sydney the Maritime Union says workers will not unload a ship due through rive later today. And Australia's Bronte Campbell has given Australia a golden finish to the world swimming championships in Russia. After winning the 100m freestyle, she backed it up with a victory in the 50m event. She says the event has exceeded all her expectation. More on the election of the Liberal Party's Tony Smith as the new Speaker of the Lower House. The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, con gratulated him on the post a short time ago. On behalf of the Government, may I ex tend to you our congratulations on assuming this high and important office. As the Speaker, you, Sir, are the custodian of the traditions of this House. Your job is to maintain order in this House by commanding the respect of both sides of the chamber. I am confident, based on our friendship and comradeship going back some quarter of a century, that this is exactly what you will do. May I say, Mr Speaker, that in the course of your 15-year parliamentary career you have met with some disappointments. It's precisely because you have met with triumph and disaster and treated both those imposters the same that you have so strongly commanded a majority inside the Liberal Party room and why you have been elected un opposed here in this chamber.The Prime Minister speaking just a short time ago in parliament. Let's catch up with other news and Cricket Australia is facing strong criticism over the way it joined forces with India and England to govern the game at the expense of smaller nations. Last year the three major cricket powers seized control of the International Cricket Council's key committees and the way its funds are distributed. In an exclusive interview with the ABC's 'Four Corners' program, the head of the nrts national cricket role.
council has defended India's role. Let's get more on this. We're joined by the reporter, Quentin McDermott. Good to see you. How much money is at stake here? A lot of money. In the next commercial and media rights cycle from 2016 to 2023, the ICC will bring in revenues of probably $2.5 to $2.8 billion, so a lot of money. $500 million will go to India. How much to Australia? England and Australia between them will share probably $300 million but bear in mind there are 105 members of the international cricket council so the criticism here is that many of the smaller countries will receive a pittance by comparison.And what is that likely to do to the game in the minds of those critics? In the minds of those critms, what it means is cricket will not be developed in the smaller countries as well as it could be because, as I say, the majority of the funding is going to go to the big three countries. The big three, in their defence, will say, "Well, because the new commercial that
rights cycle is so valuable that the smaller countries will get more anyway," but the smaller countries are saying they're getting a smaller proportion than they did before. Is this not just about money, it's also about power and where the game's going? That's absolutely right. The ICC is run essentially as a member's club. The members of that club are nominated by their own country's cricketing boards and the criticism there is that they act out of self-interest rather than for the greater good of the game. Some of the very big names, some of the legends of the game we've interviewed for our program tonight say just that, that the game is being run out of self-interest and not for the greater good of I notice in the program you've also spoken to Lalet Modi who almost living in exile in the UK at the moment given his role previously heading up the IPL in India. He's essentially come up with an alternative plan. Firstly, tell us about the plan, secondly, will anyone take him seriously. I think people do take him seriously for the reason that he launched the IPL in India and it was hugely successful and I think he is regarded by many as a marketing genius to that extent and his timing of the launching of the IPL was extraordinary and brought him something like $1.7 billion a year for the Indian Cricket Board. I think that much is recognised. Whether people take him seriously or not - he's under great pressure at the moment - he's facing pressure to return to India to face questioning, has
but he told us exclusively he has been working for years on a blueprint for a new governing competitions and
body and for new cricketing competitions and I think people will take that seriously because it's clear he has the people around him to help him formulate that plan. When you say people are likely to take him seriously, are you talking about those nations outside the big three? I believe so. It's clear he's been communicating with some of the smaller countries and with players. He wants to give players greater himself as
representation. He's casting himself as a crusader for clean sport and for someone who can bring in a fairer way of governing and managing world cricket.Are there signs that the game is suffering, not just for smaller nations but also, for instance, the game in Australia? I think the game in Australia I'm sure is obviously very healthy- Apart from what's just happened in exland of course.I'm speaking as a Pom of course. I have to hide a smirk there. More seriously, when you look - the ICC's for
premiere event, the World Cup, for example, which this year had 14 nations competing, now that's been cut in 2019 to 10 nations so countries - smaller countries but significant countries like Ireland, Scotland and Afghanistan, are very angry about that and I interviewed Ed Joyce who is a prominent former England but now Ireland batsman who said there's a lot of anger in Ireland about the fact that they may not even get to the next World Cup because of this. The irony of course is they want to grow the game internationally. Absolutely.What position are they in now where countries such as Ireland are saying, "You may boo cutting off our head." I think that is the paradox. I think people like Ed Joyce recognise that the ICC in the past certainly has invested money in growing the game in smaller countries but while at the same time they're serving India's interests by cutting the number of competitors in the next World Cup. The reason that serve India's interests is that if you cut it to 10 India will play more games, stay in the World Cup longer and that will bring in more revenue but will not give a platform to those countries who really need it in the showcase event of the ICC. Is there also criticism in that obviously money is driving the game? Most of that money now appears to be driving towards T20 cricket, the shortest form of the game, and as a result one-day cricket and certainly Test cricket if it's not suffering already, will suffer in the future? I think there's a general view that Test cricket is suffering and a concrete sign of that is that the ICC has instituted a Test match fund which essentially is propping up Test cricket in those Test-playing nations who when
are currently making losses when they play Test matches. So I think there is a recognition that Test cricket is in trouble.Quentin, thanks very much. We look forward to your report tonight. Just a reminder you can catch the 'Four Corners' report from Quentin Mc Dermott on ABC TV at 8:30 tonight. The Australian of the Year Rosie Batty has given evidence at the Royal Commission into family violence this morning. Ms Batty is a strong domestic violence campaigner. Her 11-year-old son Luke was killed by her former partner last year. She spoke to reporters south the hearing a short time ago. - outside the hearing a short time ago. Look, it started to hit me while I went into the room and realised that you are in this Royal Commission, that I've been really, really busy over the last few weeks and so probably when I got up this morning to come in really what was ahead of me I hadn't had time to think about too much so, yeah, it did feel really special, really important and there's a lot of us here in Victoria but also outside of Victoria really hoping and expecting a lot from this commission and I think to be able to be part of it certainly made me realise how important it was to have a voice so I think that I feel really pleased to be included and to be able to speak in the way I was able to speak about cultural change and societal change. That probably is my commission about
kind of passion. You told the commission about some of the people that have reached out to you. One of the ones that was remarkable was the lady from the Sunshine Coast. What does it mean to you to hear how you being so public about what happened to you has changed their live s? I think it still amazes me and I still feel really touched and humbled when they take the time to let me know. When you get a hand-written letter by a lady that's got Parkinson's and she's apologising for her shaky hand but because she's lived a life where, you know, when she was in a violent relationship no-one helped her and no-one life
gave her a voice so that's the life she had to live with those things and so I'm constantly amazed at people's stories and how they still need to feel that sense of - that they can be heard and validated. Rosy, you mentioned very briefly the funding cuts that have been experienced by some services. Have you found yourself in a position of having to confront leaders, especially political leaders, about the funding cuts? And what kind of conversations have you found yourself in with them? I think it's no secret that our community legal services are under enormous pressure and reinstated
certainly their funding was reinstated but it's very difficult for me to understand sometimes but it seems to me that the Federal Government have really placed funding responsibility on to State Government in this space and that's kind of confusing for both sides, I think. The reality is that the community legal sector is grossly underfunded and there may have funding
been a reprieve with the funding cuts but it certainly doesn't place them in a strong position and equally they'll be revisiting that state of flux and uncertainty in an ongoing way. The reason I'm so passionate, clearly, about that, is that when you are escaping violence, there will be very few women who have the financial means to support themselves in court. When you look at also pay ing legal fees in a family law court or the Federal circuit court, you're talking of tens of thousands of dollars, you're not just talk of 1 or 2 thousand, you're talking $80,000, $100,000. You're talking of money that people don't have and they can go through all of that and in
still find that things don't go in their favour.You mentioned educating children as young as kindy age. What should schools be teaching little kids and what difference will it make? I think it really comes down to us all and this is the thing, isn't it, all of us having to reveal our own behaviours and what is respectful and so when I was at school I grew up with nuns telling me that I was possessed by the delve and really the only reason I was allowed at my school was We
because I hadn't got a mother. We have come a long way and we wouldn't be allowed to say those things now in schools so we have progressed except that have the still a long way to go before I think all school communities are as good as each other and some schools are particularly good and some schools still need to look at their own school culture and the gender equality and within that school environment and so it's not just a case of expecting the kids to get a lesson on something, it's about modelling it as well and it being the whole-of-school approach and changing those respectful relations. What I would like to see is from kinder upwards that we have age-appropriate programs that exist throughout the entire school journey because children are experimenting in relationship s from - always. And we just need to be able to give them alternative strategies and alternative views of the world because if they aren't being modelled appropriate Lee at home or if they have extentuating circumstances, the school can play a really integral part and when you consider that when you are - your child is taking its first steps of independence when you're outside your immediate security and safety, it's within the school community so it shapes you and influences you for the rest of your life so it is an incredible responsibility that schools do have, one that's fought easy for them to manage - that's not easy for them to manage but they are part of a young person's journey and they play an extremely important have
role. That's Rosie Batty. We have been listening to a press conference there from her in Melbourne just after she's appeared at the Royal Commission into family violence. Of course Rosie Batty the Australian of the Year and a domestic violence campaigner as far as improving the rights of those victims of domestic violence. Let's take time to check business news now. Alicia Barry joins us and we are in the middle of reporting season this
so some big figures expected this week? That's right and the one to watch this week will be the Commonwealth Bank. It's also expected to announce a $5.5 billion xaptle raising when it releases its profit result on Wednesday and that follows in the steps of the ANZ which raised $3 billion last week and National Australia Bank which had to raise around $5.5 billion back in May and speaking of National Australia Bank, stronger revenue and a drop in bad debts has driven a 9% increase in NAB's third quarter profit. The bank made a cash profit of $1.75 billion in the three months to the end of June, up from its $1.6 billion profit during the same period last year. Its net profit was share
$1.85 billion. The Australian share market is tracking some losses on Wall Street.

Electronics retailer JB Hi-Fi has reported a small increase in its full-year profit. For the 12 months to the end of June, JB Hi-Fi made $136.5 million a 6% increase compared to the previous year. Revenue increased by nearly 5% to $3.65 billion. Shareholders will get a full-year dividend of 90 cents a share. The company has also announced on-market its
buyback of a small portion of its shares. Not surprisingly, shares in JB Hi-Fi are leading the ASX this morning, up around 9%.

A South Australian economist says the State's unemployment rate could reach 9% in the next six months. SA's unemployment rate is currently 7.9%, the worst in the nation. The Australian average unemployment rate sits at 6.3%. BHP Billiton yesterday announced it would cut 380 jobs at its Olympic Dom mine and some say the company's decision to slash its workforce is a big blow to the State. That is the latest in business for now. Let's check the news in sport. Damian Mc Ivor joins us. Australia has wrapped up its campaign at the world swimming championships. How did the team perform? Overwhelmingly positive is the assessment. 7 gold medals, just one behiechBed the United States which topped the medal tally. Finished last night with Bronte Campbell completing the sprinting double, winning the 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle. Having been in the shadow of her sister Cate for many years, it seems the younger of the Campbell sisters, Bronte, is beginning to shine and all the events framed within the discussion of the Rio Olympics which are just under a year away and the signs are looking good for Australia with both the women, Bronte Campbell and in the men the likes of Mitch Larkin in the this
backstroke. All positive at this point.There is still disappointment in England for Australia as far as the cricket is concerned. The fall-out continuing from the loss of the Ashes and reports of disharmony within the team? Yeah, there's been some really interesting decision
reports since Michael Clarke's decision to step down. The was a report in the 'Courier-Mail' this morning discussing his standing within the team and the fact, according to the report, he'd become something of a loner within the team. He's always been in some ways self-contained. His injury problems have often meant he's had to train away from his team-mates. Whether or not this is a case of now that he's gone that the truth is emerging or simply sour grapes on behalf of some people we're not sure. It is certainly clear the performances on the field from the team have been lacking and the new captain Steve Smith, as everyone expects when he takes over, will have work to do not only to improve the performances on the field but seemingly to improve some of the dressing room culture, if you like. We'll see how that unfolds in the next few months. Damian, thank you. Let's get a look at the weather nationally. Vanessa joins us. Thanks, Andrew. We're under a high pressure system and it is very warm in Queensland.

Stay with us for more on our top stories including the election of Victorian Tony Smith who has become the 30th Speaker of the House of Representatives, having just been voted in by the Liberal Party initially and now confirmed by the House of Representatives, Tony Smith, the next Speaker.

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Live by CSI Australia Pickets continue at two ports ahead of Fair Work's ruling on the email sacking of 100 workers. Also ahead, domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty tells her story to Victoria's family violence Royal Commission. And Bronte Campbell has given Australia a golden finish to the world swimming championships in Russia. Hello and welcome to Mornings on ABC News 24. I'm Andrew Geoghegan. Thanks so much for at
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