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Victorian Liberal MP Tony Smith has been elected the 30th Speaker of the House of Representatives. Mr Smith emerged as the Liberal Party's candidate after winning a secret ballot this morning. He replaces Bronwyn Bishop who quit over the travel expenses affair. Unlike Mrs Bishop, Mr Smith says he won't be attending regular Party Room meetings. Earlier, he addressed the parliament for the first time in his new role saying he has friends on both sides of the house and that he intends to give all members a fair go. 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 and that is somethingyard like to see improve. I can't do that but together we all can. Just a couple of other points. I am going to make it a practice periodically to meet with the leader of the House, the manager of Opposition business and Independent members to discuss the operation of parliament. I will not be attending weekly party meetings. I've 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 frame.That's the new Speaker, Tony Smith, and the Prime Minister Tony Abbott has congratulated the Speaker on his election. On behalf of the Government, may I extend to you our congratulations on assuming this high and important office. Er 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 triumph
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. In other news, workers at ports in two major cities are refusing to unload the first ships to arrive since colleagues were sacked via email last week. Hutchison ports workers in Sydney and Brisbane are defying an order to return to work after almost last
100 staff were made redundant last week. Allyson Horn is in Brisbane. It has been a busy morning for protesters here at the Port of Brisbane. We're at burgh 11 which is operated by - berth 11 which is operated by Hutchison's Port, that was the company that last week sent about 100 people text messages or emails late at night longer
advising them they would no longer have a job. This morning I have spoken with one of the men who got the text message. He was in bed asleep and looked at a text message which said, "Please check your email for redundancy notice. Ignore about further shifts. Your presence no longer required." He's obviously distressed. He has a family, a mortgage to take care of as well and he says he's quite angry and he's been joined here this morning by about 250 of his friends, colleagues and supporters. Take a listen to what he said. It was pretty hard to take for somebody that started with this company and did lot of things to help them set this up and to be treated like that was just disgusting. The support, as you can see today, is just unbelievable. The people obviously can see that what we're doing is the right thing. We're trying to save our jobs here and the working-class let
rights of most people. If we let this company get away with this, it affects everyone. It's great the support that's coming workers
down to help us out.Obviously workers are stopping there, they're not loading or unloading ships. Bhofts the union saying about the action they're taking? The unions say it's necessary to show Hutchinson's that they won't be accepting this sort of behaviour. This morning we've that
seen multiple cars and trucks that have come up to the blockade, the picket line here, and they have been turned away. Protesters aren't allowing them into the site. We do know this morning that there's meant to be a vessel also, a boat coming in to this berth and we have been told that nothing will be loaded on to it or it won't be unloaded either so work has essentially stopped here. The unions say they will continue this picket line until they get some sort of resolution. Have a listen to what they said. People are angry they're being made redundant in the middle of the night. Their supporters are angry because they realise if they get away with knocking over my membership here they'll at
be next in line. They're angry at the fact that a massive foreign transnational can come to this country and abuse workers in such a way. We're ready for the battle. We've got unionists
2 million Australian trade unionists behind us. We've got the belief that our struggle is fair and just and right and we're going nowhere until Hutchison's go and get a large dose of maturity and sit down and negotiate in good faith to try and mitigate this problem as they're obliged to do under the industrial agreement they have with us.So we hear from the unions there, they're saying they will remain strident on this issue. Have we heard from Hutchison on whether they're likely to back down at all on this issue, as the union would like? We do understand that the case will head to the Fair Work Commission today and obviously within that hearing there will be discussions between the two parties. Last week when this action did happen Hutchison's put out a statement saying they were facing large financial losses and this was the motivation behind people losing their jobs. Here at this protest site here today, people are saying workers
they understand if there are workers that need to be laid off. They understand that people
things happen and sometimes people do need to lose their jobs. That's Allyson Horn in Brisbane. NSW prison authorities say they are ready for any eventuality when a smoking ban comes into force today. It is estimated 80% of the State's inmates are smokers. The State Government says the change is necessary for health reasons but there are warnings the ban will lead to tension. A similar ban in Victoria last month sparked a riot at the metropolitan remand centre in Ravenhaul.The Prime Minister has dismissed calls for a ban on veg emielt in remote communities following reports it is being used to make home brewed alcohol. Tony Abbott says the last thing Australia needs is a Vegemite Watch. He says it is more important to ensure that there is adequate policing in communities where alcohol is banned. As politicians return to Canberra for the resumption of parliament, they're being greet would a clear message on same-sex marriage. Canberra airport has been lit in rainbow colours in support of change. The Snow family which owns and operates the airport is urging Federal politicians to support marriage equality legislation. Tom Snow was married to his partner in New Zealand last year and says it's staggering his family isn't treated the same as those of his brothers and sisters. The cross party bill to legalise same-sex marriage is due to be introduced in parliament this week. The Treasurer Joe Hockey has warned that personal income taxes are so high they threaten economic growth. In 'The Australian' newspaper, he outlined the argument for reform, warning that the current reliance on income tax collection is unsustainable. Mr Hockey says bracket creep will result in nearly half of all income earners moving the to the two highest tax rates Institute
within a decade. The Climate Institute has released its latest report detailing its findings on Australian attitudes to climate change. John Connor is the chief executive of the Climate Institute and says there's a surge in concern for climate change to be taken more seriously. We have been polling attitudes about climate change and its solutions since 2007 and we've done the latest Galaxy research, finding a range of things. The one that's being most reported today is nearly two-thirds, up 6 points, want the Abbott Government to take climate change more seriously but underneath this a greater message where politicians make a big mistake if they think that we're back in 2011/2012 before the carbon laws started and when concern problems
was at its low and say a lot of problems were there. We've seen a big rebound. People do want to take this issue seriously and support for renewables, wind in particular, has increased significantly as well. If we take the avoiding 2 degrees warming goal seriously - and the Australian Government to its credit has acknowledged that should be the goal out of those negotiation - then you crunch the numbers of the heat trapping gases there and our fair share, we should have around 40% below 2000 levels by 2025. But we're not expecting those sorts of numbers. The Climate Change Authority, by the way, said at least 30%. The coal industry wouldn't be shutting down overnight. All of the economic analysis - and I've seen the 'Telegraph' today is taking a selective view of some past research - but all of the economic analysis shows you can have those sorts of reductions and still grow the economy and you can make and and
support transition for workers and others involved as we pick up the opportunities in other areas which will grow. It's important that what Kevin is considering, we hear tonight and in the Party Room tomorrow, is the targets for post 2020, are the initial targets we take into the Paris negotiation. We're making good progress in the Paris negotiations and that what needs to happen after that is our final targets so it will be a backdrop, some key decisions will be backdrops to that election campaign and that's why it's important that both sides get better in touch with what's a mainstream view now, that we should be taking this far more seriously than we have been. That's John Connor There
from the Climate Institute. There are new claims casting further doubt about how clean international athletics really is. Reports say the London marathon was won seven times by athletes with suspicious blood results. Here's Europe correspondent Philip Williams. The London marathon, one of the world world's great distance races but how clean has it been? Did some athletes add drugs to ambition? 2010 London marathon winner has been stripped of all her results since 2009 because of doping after revelations in the 'Sunday Times' seven winners had questionable blood results, organisers are demanding an explanation from the world's governing body, the IAAF. What this story is really about is the IAFF's failure to take effective action. It is not just the London marathon in winners
question, it blood results of winners of many others major city marathons are also likely to be investigated after the IAAF said it would give all its data to the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA. Clearly there are athletes out there who will their
always find a way of cheating their way to success but what we have to use is those tools to be at least alongside them if not one step ahead of them. Champion British distance runners like Olympic gold medal winner Mo Farah and European 10,000m champion Jo Pavy will release full details of their athlete's biladgical passport to prove they are and have been clean. You want to feel you can stand on the start line and be sure you're startong a level playing field. The IAAF has denied algitions it allowed results
athletes with suspicious blood results to continue competing at the highest level but it's unlikely these latest accusations bile the last. The top stories from ABC News - Victorian Liberal backbencher Tony Smith has been elected the new Speaker of the House of Representatives. Mr Smith emerged as the party's candidate after winning a secret ballot and replaces Bronwyn Bishop who resigned over the travel expenses affair. Pickets are continuing in Sydney and Brisbane ports after arp-100 workers were sacked by email last week. The fair work acommission will hold a hearing on the sackings later today. And domestic violence campaigner and Australian of the Year Rosie Batty has given evidence at the Victorian Royal Commission into family violence, sharing her story of the murder of her son, Luke, at the hands of his father. Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has defend himself and refused to apologise following the blood comments he made during last week's Republican debate. North America correspondent Michael Vincent has more from Washington. This man is quite extraordinary. It's almost become a pattern in this presidential campaign dash Donald Trump says something outrageous, controversial, he offends someone, a group of people or in this case potentially half of the United States, women. And yet he says, "No, I raising an important and steerious issue," orp, "I was misinterpreted." Today he said he was misinterpreted. There was nothing to apologise. I thought a very unfair question and so did everybody on #13450ed scbru I answered the question very well. I won every poll of debate and all I said essentially was there was blood pouring outs of her eyes and then I said you know what, I want to get on to the next sentence because Frankly I don't have to talk-U the blood coming out of her ears and nose which is a very common statement.Mr Trump said it's a very common statement. I can't say I've ever heard of it but this is the United States, I haven't lived here for very long time and he said he also said this very same thing about blood coming out of the eyes and et cetera about a male colleague, Fox news colleague of Megan Kelly. So he's essentially tried to dismiss this as yet another storm in a teacup. Political correctness led
gone mad again he says and it's led to Carly Fiarina, the only female Republican candidate going on talk shows saying his attacks were inappropriate and offensive and that this is not be coming of someone who would be President. Donald Trump is, yet again arkts the centre of more controversy. It seems to have been part of his campaign. The problem for the Republicans, however, is it's completely divided their party, the Conservatives, they don't know - one described him as a coarse and vulgar man and on the other side you have people saying he's brought energy and attention to the Republican debate. 24 million people tuned in, that's a huge amount of people, more than the World Series of baseball last year. The sis the very problem they're dealing with. Still in the United States, the town of Ferguson, Missouri has marked shooting
one year since the police shooting of Michael Brown which sparked protests across America. Hundreds marched past the spot where the unarmed black teenager was killed by an officer who later resigned but was not prosecuted. The case movement
fuelled a national protest movement against racial bibice the police. Ferguson's new police chief says there is still much work to be done to improve community relations. A Taliban suicide bomber has killed 29 people and wounded 19 in northern Afghanistan. Officials say most of the dead were pro Government fighters. It's the latest in a string of attacks which the UN is blaming on a Taliban power struggle following the death of long-time leader mullah Omar. Parts of south-eastern China are facing a mussive clean-up operation after a powerful typhoon caused flooding and land slides. At least 12 people were killed and thousands made homeless. Earlier, the typhoon swept Taiwan, leaving six people dead and half a million without power. It's now weakened to a tropical storm as it heads inland. This week the world has been remembering the suffering of the Japanese 70 years after the US dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing more than 200,000 people. But a handful of Japanese for trying to get their country to remember it was an aggressor as well as a victim. North Asia correspondent Matthew Carney reports from the island used by Japan to make chemical weapons. It's the ideal summer vocation spot for Japanese families. The beaches and nature make it a sought-after location but this island off the coast of Hiroshima has a dark past. It was the secret centre for Japan's chemical weapons during World War II. Even today the Japanese Government wants its past to remain hidden. But this man is determined to expose it. TRANSLATION: It was a war crime. By international treaties, Japan promised not to use it but records say they did, in China, 2000 times, injured and killing 90,000 people.Production started in 1929 and in total 6,000 tons of mustard gas, lucid gas, sneezing and tear gas was made here. A hotel now sits on the site. After Japan's surrender, American and Australian troops supervised the decommissioning process. They buried much of the gas in 11 undisclosed locations. The Japanese politicians are not facing up to the past. They are not looking at the facts of Japan as an aggressor and that's why they won't clean it up.The allied troops also pipe the gas to this bay where it was loaded on to two American landing ships. The cleanup was rushed and rudimentary and from here one ship was sent 120km and the there
other 60km into the Pacific and poison
there they were sunk full of poison gas and to this very day they remain toxic time bombs at the bottom of the ocean. There was also Japanese victims here and this man is one of the few survivors. At 15, he got a job making poison gas. It was good pay and offered an education. 6700 Japanese worked here. He says the first priority was to meet production targets. Safety was secondary. So we did not wear full protection gear, we just wore cotton mask scz were exposed to parsenic. Most of the workers developed severe respiratory problems and rates of cancers are three to four times greater than average. He's fighting the Government to get recognition and compensation, just like the Hiroshima victims have received. This man has been to China three times to apologise to victims for his part in producing the deadly gases. I helped Japanese soldiers to kill Chinese. I produced poison gas to kill. I cannot escape the truth so I apologised.Now he wants the Japanese Singapore where tens
Government to do the same.To Singapore where tens of thousands of people have attended festivities to mark 50 years since the city State gained independence. Described as a post colonial backwater when it broke away from Malaysia in 1965, Singapore is now a global business hub but discontent has been growing over a widening wealth gap and rocketing property prices. A cast of thousands assembled for a celebration of nationhood. Onwards Singapore is had slogan of this year's National Day. The organisers promised to show no-one would forget and they kept that promise. Nearly 3,000 square metres of LED screens, spectacular
high-tech projections and a spectacular light show wowed the lucky 50,000 spectators who managed to get tickets to the venue. A trip down memory lane encompassing themes of Singapore's beginnings, strength, progress and identity. And on it went, the army and the navy on the ground while the Air Force treated the crowds with some precision flying. Civil society and school groups paraded past the assembled VIPs. The Prime Minister took the salute. Many had wondered how he would cope without his father. His father leader
was Singapore's independence leader and first Prime Minister. His death earlier this year brought thousands on to the streets to pay their respects. His vision created a internationally
vibrant economy respected internationally and the envy of same.
some who aspire to achieve the same. Those who gathered for the celebrations had time to reflect on a moment in history. I think the general sense of Singaporean pride is there. I really feel they have their nationalism and patriotism together. We plan to beautify.There was plenty of pageantry but commentators suggested the celebrations will not last long. There are important decisions to be made. The stage is set for the next general elections. The Prime Minister is making a lot of remarks about the future, the ruling party has announced a retirement of several MPs so I think we are going to see an election sooner rather than later. And this is the electorate, young educated tech-sari and aspirational. Many people I've met these past new days are not just Singaporeans who live here but thank you to
ex-pats who've come back to say thank you to a country, a system and a vision that comout of a developed island and transformed itself into a first-world economy. They know that the present reality that they live comes from the decisions that were made in the past. So while they soak up the atmosphere of this unique occasion, for now the party goes on. Australia has just been crowned world Robo soccer champion for the second time after defeating Germany at the Robo Cup in China. Computer engineers Sean Harris and Brad Hall from the University of NSW are two of the architects of this success and say Australia is at the forefront of artificial intelligence technology. We started in 1999 and back then it was a different robot made by Sony, a 4-legged dog, and we were world championwise that one three times actually and now we've moved on to this bi-pedal robot and have been world champions twice three years in a row, back to back. When they're on the field there is no human control, they're autonomous, not being controlled by our students in the background. The main sensors are cameras. They have vision as a main censor, not infrared. When they're on the field they communicate with each other and the main way we use that is to make sure they cover the entire field so we don't have holes where the opposition gets through. Sometimes you get penalised for pushing someone else over or other illegal actions and you get removed for a minute if you do something wrong. We're able to walk a bit faster than most of the other teams. Still quite slow compared to people. Being able to get to the bowl first means we have a bit of extra time we're able to play in the direction we want up there and of the field. Its that's a really big advantage for us. In the Grand Final, the Germans were so nervous they had four of their players down as it
defending the goal so it made it very hard for us to get in. There's definitely lots of competition. Germans don't like losing at soccer or at engineering. You don't need much of the spying going on because it is open source. In a few weeks our students will write a report and publish it for the other teams to read. It has been remarkable that over the years we've had other universities in Australia do very well as well. We are really up there when it comes to the world of art fulings intelligence. We're not trying to catch up. We often beat the Germans, Japanese, Americans. We are the forefront of the technology. Let's look at the weather now. Here's Vanessa. We're under a high pressure system and it's very warm in Queensland.

The top stories from ABC News. Tral 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. He was a parliamentary secretary to former Prime Minister John Howard. Mr Smith defeated fellow Victorian Russell Broadbent 51-22 in a party vote. The new Speaker replaces Bronwyn Bishop who resigned over the travel expenses affair. Pickets continue at Sydney and Brisbane ports after around 100 workers were sacked Work
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. In Sydney, a cargo ship has returned to sea after workers refused to unload it. 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 following the
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 Andrews. And Australia's Bronte Campbell has given Australia a golden finish to the world swimming championships in Russia. After winning the 100m freestyle earlier in the meet, she backed it up with victory in the 50m event. She says the meet has exceeded all her expectations. Now we're just going to cross back to Parliament House for the messages of condolence following the death of Western Australian MP Don Randall. ...the member for Canning since 2001 and the former member for Swan from 1996 to 1998 and place on record its appreciation of his long and meritorious public service and tender its profound sympathy to his family in their bereavement. Mr Speaker, this House quite frequently notes the passing of the great, the good and the famous but there's a shock and a poignancy when we remember someone who was actually sitting amongst us just six weeks ago. Six weeks ago, he was a part of our deliberations. Six weeks ago we could talk with him, joke with him, dine with him and on occasion be chided by him, and now he's gone. Don Randall was a man who had kept bees, tended roses, caught rabbits, played the violin and trained horses. He had more than a passing interest in footy, golf and good wine. Along the way he'd been a jackeroo, a rodeo rider and a Local Government councillor. For 20 years he was a teacher, his work included helping children with intellectual disabilities. All inquisitiveness
this reflected a natural inquisitiveness and an interest in people that made him well suited to public life. Don was elected the member for Swan in the Howard landslide of 1996. He lost in 1998. But he came back in 2001 in the seat of Canning. In fact, John Howard named Don and Bob Baldwin the Macarthurs because they did return. In 2001, his margin in Canning was just 530 votes but by 2013 his margin was 20,900 votes and he won every single booth. 2013 was his biggest victory but 2010 was his most satisfying. In that year, Labor had chosen Alannah MacTiernan as its candidate. Known throughout the State as an effective Minister. In the en, though, Don won by over 3,500 votes. Three years later, when Alana was elected member for Perth and took her first trip across the continent, she found Don Randall in the seat next to her. I'm sure we will hear from the member for Perth because a friendship developed between these two fierce political warriors. Don's motto in the electorate was, "You talk, I listen." Over here, especially sometimes
in the Party Room, there was sometimes a case of, "I'll talk, you listen." At least to leaders. He was fearless, absolutely fearless. Utterly impervious to political correctness but he did have a natural affinity with people. He put that gift to work by door-knocking week in, week out. More than a decade and a half of door-knocking created its own legends. His car was known as a mobile maintenance unit. In the back of his car were the tools to fix everything from phones to sewers. On one occasion Don door-knocked a house to discover a constituent in deep distress. The family's pet rabbit had died. Without missing a beat, Don went to his car, took out a shovel and gave the rabbit the burial it deserved. On another occasion he visited an elderly lady's home and noticed that the roses needed some tending so out came the sectors and the roses were pruned and in the years that followed Don returned to prune those roses again and again. Of course he was chased and bitten by dogs and on occasions, as we learned at his funeral, he was met by all sorts of people. Once by a lady just out of the shower who was wearing little more than a bath mat. He was one of those MPs who preferred to make a phone call than to write a letter because he knew that personal engagement was the way to get things done. In many respects, he was the classic Australian male yet he had a deep inquisitiveness of other cultures. He was the chair of the parliamentary friendship groups for Japan, Cuba and Sri Lanka and the relationships formed through these friendship groups were real and sustaining. To give one example, he quietly made small payments to a family in Sri Lanka to help them buy a sewing machine which they That
turned into a family business. That was always his approach, to build relationships. One person and one household at a time. The anchor of Don's own life was his family. He was married to Julie for 31 years. His love for Julie and for his children Tess and Elliott was abundantly reciprocated and we welcome them to the parliament today. Hear, hear! Early in this parliament, Don said, "The next member for Canning - they that be well into the future - will probably win his seat by being on social media but the old-fashioned way of getting putting
out there, shaking hands, putting up a placard and telling people who you are and listening to them still works. I am interested in what my people have to say. I do not always agree with them and I cannot always deliver for them but I am interested in listening to what they have to say." He went on, "That is why we come to this place, to represent the people in our electorates. There is a pretty cynical view about politics in this country, that politicians are just here for themselves, but if we are here for the people," he said, "They will continue to give us the benefit of the doubt." So, Mr Speaker, Don was not one of those MPs who set out ostentatiously to change the world but he did change people's lives. Thanks to Don, the Perth to Bunbury highway became an expressway. Chiefly thanks to Don, there are now special Commonwealth programs for children with autism. And thanks in part to Don, the Clontarf program for Indigenous footballers now attracts public and private support. Mr Speaker, thanks to Don, this parliament does not sit on Fridays.(LAUGHTER) A few years back, when a certain Prime Minister decided that MPs would be in parliament on Friday s, but not the Prime Minister, it was Don who brought Cardboard Kev into the chamber, firmly establishing the principal that if it was important enough for the parliament to sit, it was important enough for the Prime Minister to be here too. Mr Speaker, every one of us here is striving to make a difference. We all so want our lives to be worthwhile. Don, yours was. Yours was. Farewell, Don. You will live on in the hearts of your friends and your family, to whom we extend our deepest condolences. Hear, of the
hear! Before I call the Leader of the Opposition, on behalf of all members, could I acknowledge Julie, Tess and Elliott rapedal who are in the speak - Elliott Randall who are in the Speaker's gallery today. The Leader of the Opposition. Thank, Mr Speaker. On behalf of the Opposition, I join the Prime Minister in offering our condolences to Don's family and friends following his sudden passing. Perhaps the hardest part of grieving an early death and a sudden loss is the sense of unfinished conversations, of words left unsaid, of contemplating that children may one day now have to explain to their own children about their grandfather and his achievements. So our sympathies of all who loved Don Randall. All members were shocked by Don's passing and those most affect ed will doubtless be feeling a fresh wave of loss today on returning to this place and seeing his seat empty, marked by a white rose. You have my sympathies. Mr Speaker, in his first speech in this place Don Randall paid tribute to his grandparents who, in his words, came to a block of uncleared land with a tent, an axe and a toddler. Like other Australians at this time, they survived the rigours of drought, recession, Depression and war. In the face of adversity in difficult times, it was these types of Australians who helped form this great nation. These were the qualities that Don admired - resilience, individual enterprise and family loyalty. Self-reliance in hard times and fair reward for hard work. There was, of course, much on which Don Randall and the Labor Party dis agreed. Often very deeply. But personally, not for one moment did I doubt the strengths of his convictions or his advocacy. He was, as the Prime Minister says, his own man, and acted in line with his own views. I know from my personal conversations with Don Randall that he had many sides, some were well known, such as his fierce love of family. Some less well known, as his abiding interest in special education. I regret now that I never followed up his invitation for Gary Gray and I have too have lunch with him and his great mate Steve Irons. Perhaps there's a lesson for all of us not to always waste so much energy upon our disagreements but, Mr Speaker, so often in this place when we pause to pay respects to the life of a former member, we quote from their valedictory speech. Normie we look to the val daktry for a sense of achievement in which the member took most pride, the fierce battles they fought and won, the eponts they respected, and the people to whom they owed the deepest debt of gratitude - families, friends, mentors. Don Randall has left us without a valedictory. His final speech in this place was a 90-second statement delivered before Question Time on the Tuesday of our last sitting week. Yet this brief minute and a half tells us much about Don Randall. It contained a fierce attack on the former Labor Government and the current Labor Opposition, the member for Perth, Don's long-time sparring partner, was a beneficiary of free advice.(LAUGHTER) But most of all, and indeed best of all, it's a speech focused positively on the citizens of Canning, the community that Don Randall put ahead of party and personal advancement. Don Randall was always Canning ahead of Canberra. He was a local member first, last and always. And we should take note that a man with such a strong sense of local identity and pride still believed the best way to serve his community was in this place. He believed to his final day that our democracy mattered, that parliament counted for something, that the measure of political life was the difference you made to the lives of the people you served. Mr Speaker, politics is a calling to which many are drawn but few ever know the privilege of standing in this chamber. represent
Few are still - fewer still represent their communities for as long as Don Randall did with such distinction. We honour his memory today. We pay tribute to his service. We offer our heart-felt condolences to the people he loved and the people who loved him. May he rest in peace. Hear, hear! The Minister for...Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and before him the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, offering their messages of condolence to the family of Don Randall who passed away suddenly last month. He was the member for Canning in WA. A ship that's arrived at Hutchison's Port in Sydney has returned to sea with its cargo as employees remain off the job in support of colleagues sacked last week. Workers remain off the job four days after the company sacked 97 of their colleagues via email during the night. The fair work commission will hold a hearing in Sydney today between the Maritime Union and Hutchison Ports. Hutchison blames stlings financial losses for the redened ynszs. Workers reject that. The MUA says workers will continue rallying over job cuts until Hutchison is willing to negotiate. People are angry they've been made redundant in the middle of the night. Their supporters are angry because they realise if they get away with knocking over my membership here they'll be next in line. They're angry at the fact that a massive foreign transnational can come to this country and abuse workers in such a way. We're fryed the battle. We've got 2 million Australian trade unionists that
behind us. We've got the belief just and
that our struggle is fair and just and right and we're going nowhere until Hutchison's go and get a large dose of maturity and sit down and negotiate in good faith to try to mitigate this problem as they're obliged to do under the industrial agreement they have with us.Australian of the Year and domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty has given evidence at the roiksz into family violence - at the Royal Commission into family violence in Victoria today. She says she feels the commission is an important process in continuing the education and violence
awareness about domestic violence in Australia. I feel really special, really important and, you know, there's a lot of us here in Victoria but also outside of Victoria really hoping and expecting a lot from this commission. I think to be able to be part of it certainly made me realise how important it was to have a voice. 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. Our community legal services are under enormous pressure and 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 been a reprieve with the funding cuts but it certainly doesn't place them in a strong position. This is an enormous societal issue but yet we've only really been acknowledging as such for two years which is that
ridiculous in its own right, that this one of the largest issues we know as a society and yet we've only just started to have our eyes opened to it so we cannot afford to lose that because this is our moment in Rosie
time for change to happen. Rosie Batty speaking a little earlier in Melbourne. 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 way
Council's key commit xyz the way its funds are distributed. In an exclusive interview with the ABC's 'Four Corners' program, the head of the International Cricket Council has defended India's role. I spoke to 'Four Corners' reporter Quentin McDermott earlier today.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. And about 20% of that, the lion's share, will go to India, so $500 million will go to India. How much to Australia? England and Australia between them will share probably $300 million but you have to bear in mind that there are 105 members of the International Cricket Council criticism
so the argument here or the criticism here is that many of the smaller countries will receive a pittance by comparison. What it means is that 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. I notice on the program you also have spoken to Lalet Modi, who is almost living in exile in the UK at the moment given his role in
previously heading up the IPL in India. He's essentially coming up with an alternative plan but first can you tell about the plan but secondly, will anyone take him seriously? I think people do take him seriously for the very reason that he launched the IPL in India and it was hugely successful and I think he is regarded by many as a marketing gennious to that extent and his timing of the launching of the IPL was extraordinary and it brought him something like 1.7 billion dollars a year for thipedian Cricket Board yesew I Cricket Board so
think that - for the Indian Cricket Board so I think that much is recognised. Whether people take him seriously or not, he's facing great pressure to return to India to face questioning. An arrest warrant has been issued for him. What he told us exclusively is that he's been working for years on a blueprint for a new governing body and for new cricketing will
competitions and I think people will take that seriously because it's clear that he has the people around him who can 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 representation and so on. 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. That is the paradox. I think people like Ed Joyce recognise the ICC in the past 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 and the reasons that serves India's interests is if you cut it to 10 it means India will play more games, stay in the World Cup longer and that will bring in more revenue but it 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 in fact instituted a Test match fund which essentially is propping up Test cricket in those Test-playing nations who are currently making losses when they play Test matches. So I think there cricket
is a recognition that Test cricket is in trouble.And you can see Quentin McDermott's report tonight on 'Four Corners' at 8:30 on ABC. Australian flights are again grounded in and out of Bali today as mount Raung's ash cloud remains around Denpasar's airport. Virgin Australia has cancelled six services, another four are under review. Jet stare has cancelled five flights. Authorities expect the skies to clear by this afternoon as forecast northerly winds should push the ash out to sea. NSW prison authorities say they are ready for any eventuality when a smoking ban comes into force today. It's estimated 80% of the state's inmates are smokers. The State Government says the change is necessary for health reasons but there are warnings the ban will lead to tension. A similar ban in Victoria last month sparked a riot at the metropolitan remand centre in ravenhall. Let's check business and finance. Here's Alicia Barry. The Australian share market is edging higher after its worst loss in three years on Friday.

The banking sector is in focus this week with the Commonwealth Bank releasing its full-year results on Wednesday. Today, stronger revenue and a drop in bad debts has driven a 9% increase in National Australia Bank's third-quarter profit. The bank has made a cash profit of $1.75 billion in the three months to the end of June. The 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. Shareholders will get a full-year dividend of 90 cents a share.

The Nine Network has announced it's secured the broadcast rights to the NRL from 2018 to 2022. The deal is reportedly worth around $925 million. At least four NRL matches are set to be shown live on free-to-air television as part of the new broadcast agreement with Channel 9. Now here's Vanessa with the weather. We're under a high-pressure system and it's very warm in Queensland.

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