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(generated from captions) No, I won't. I don't want to read it, I don't want to see those names or even the redacted version. The royal commissioner has been clear in his recommendations that that part be kept confidential to ensure that any prosecutions and any action taken as a result of evidence, taken in the royal commission is not compromised. Do you think it's bad in policy that the Government seems prepared to offer some form of briefing or redacted reading to other senators? The Government's between a rock and a hard place. They've got two options, a bad option or a worse option. Clearly they've taken what they think is the bad option and that's offering to show the confidential report. They think that a worse option would be not to show it, but I disagree. I don't think it was a good idea to do that, but I can certainly understand the Government's predicament. Taking The Greens out of the equation, that are eight of you on the crossbench, it looks like the Government's only got about two of the necessary six votes they would need to pass this. Is that your reading of the situation? They've got two confirmed supporters, myself and Senator David Leyonhjelm. From what I've seen and heard they're reasonably close with some of the others and a long way away with a couple of the crossbenchers. I can't comment. The prospect of double dissolution arises if this arises, does that play on your mind? This is about this particular issue. There are a lot of people hurting badly as a result of the activity that goes on on some of these commercial and industrial building sites that needs to be fixed, off the table and then they can address a number of other activities and corruption. Corruption is really corrosive. It's debilitating for honest employers and honest employees who don't participate in that activity. way does this filter down the line to every day Trade Unionists or every day workers. You talked about many, many people who gave evidence to the Royal Commission on the devastating effect it had on their lives and the way they can't go about their business, they were intimidate ed, coerce ed add then of course the cost explosion, that passes through to consumers. Buildings cost a lot more to build and that is the cost
played through in the rent and the cost to consumers.But what of the Labor argument that says where crimes are committed, there are police forces in every State, indeed there is still an ongoing investigatory role from the Royal Commission itself. Why do you need this free-standing watchdog?Well, well as
because every State also, as well as having policemen on the beat and in patrol cars, you also have a staff force and a special branch of the police that deal with special cases. You don't send two constables in short sleeved shirts up to a bikie fortress, for example, and demand to search the place. You have very special police forces and this is a very special case, and you need a special group and the ABCC clearly fulfilled that role previously, and like I said, when it was abolished, criminal activity went up. They need to be brought back.Proposed powers that it has, many say are draconian. Are you suggesting they could even go further?I'm saying that special cases need Special Forces, like they do with the STAR force. I think the previous activity of the ABCC was not draconian. They dealt with matters at hand, as they had to be dealt with, and from what I hear, Senator Lyonheljm is proposing a sunset clause so that there is a deafening to the legislation. So I think that's a reasonable case as well.Just more broadly, as we head into the political year of 2016, the Turnbull Government that is
is going to want to show result that is it can get an agenda up and then pass it. What do you think that means for crossbench Senators like yourself, a greater willingness to negotiate, to get results?Well, for this crossbench Senator, I was elected on a platform of every family, a job and a house. That's been Family First, rock solid foundational principles. For every family in Australia, if they had a job and owned their own home I dare say Australia and the economy wouldn't be in the mess that it's in. So I'll just keep pushing that agenda for more employment participation, more jobs, particularly for the unemployed. Somebody has to go into bat for the unemployed. I'm not seeing much of that at the moment. Someone has to go into bat for housing affordability. I'm not seeing much of that at the moment, either.The dynamic of an election year, does it invariably mean more pressure on the likes of yourselves on the crossbench?It possibly does. That's hanging over us. If there's a double dissolution, how many of us would be re-elected.Would you?Well, who knows, that would
would be up to the voters. I would like to think so, but we'll wait and see.Mathematically the chances increase, don't they?Yes, they do, it halves the quota. We'll see how it goes.Bob Day, let's see how the year pans out. The Government can obviously rely on Senator Day for his support, but how might it get the other votes it needs? Well, independent Senator Jacqui Lambie has several demands before she'd consider coming on board. First, she wants access to the confidential volume of Royal
the findings of the Trade Union Royal Commission, and there's much more besides, as she outlined to our political reporter, Julie Doyle. Senator, thanks for joining me. Last time the bill to re-establish the Australian Commission came
Building and Construction Commission came before the Senate, you voted against it. Will you change your vote this time around?Well, until all the evidence is put on the table and I can view that evidence, I can't make a decision on that. So obviously O'Michaela Cash is now going to show us that secret volume of the secret report from the having a
Royal Commissioner. So I'll be having a good look at that. I'll be seeing whether or not what's redacted out of that, because I don't know if I'm going to receive that in full and the other problem is for some reason they are not allowing any of our staff Members to go in and discuss that behind closed doors, and see where that leads into. We have already done this in the past when it comes to military abuse. There was nothing redacted. I was able to take a through
staff member with me and sort very much
through the volumes, which is very much in depth.So the conditions that the Government has put on allowing you to look at those secret volumes, you've mentioned one that you have to go in by yourself, there's quite a lot of conditions they have put on. Are you happy with those? Will you abide by those? When do you expect to see that secret report?Well, I think that we are still trying to - at the moment we are trying to work that out. So I has already
do want a staff member. This has already been done in the past, like I said, with Defence filth that
abuse and I can tell you the filth that came out of the folders when it comes to Defence abuse. I just find it very, very difficult that we want go in under the same conditions. That's all I'm asking for, so the precedent has already been set. Why that is
can't we use the same condition that is we used for the Defence abuseWhy do you want to see this report? What difference you vote.
will it make to the way that you vote. Because when I vote

a national ICAC, because it's been brought to my attention that there's 100 billion dollars worth of corruption, that's what it's costing us each year. The building and construction is just over $6 of that, I think it is in the national - nation's best interests to have a national ICAC so everybody, and everybody's being targeted, so whether that's the military or whether that's the sports, whether that's political, corruption, but we need to know what is going on.You've also raised concerns in the past about cuts to bulk billing incentives the Government's proposed for some pathology and imaging saying that you wouldn't support the ABCC if these cuts go ahead. Is that still the case?Yes. That concerns me greatly. We are not in a budget emergency in Australia, and when you are now making women pay for their cancer checks, and that could cost them up to $30, that bothers me. It may be a small saving from the beginning, but you give it three to five years time and that early they are
intervention, which is what they are getting now, they will not be receivable - costing us an absolute for toon. The other thing is it will cut pathology jobs in regional and rural areas.So is that something that as long as those cuts remain on the table, then building
you would not support the building and construction commission.

commission. What will it take to get your vote in favour of re-establishing the building and construction commission? I think there's quite a lot of things involved here. First of all, I want to speak about the national ICAC. I need to see the secret volumes, I need to get to the bottom of what the Royal Commissioner is talking about when he says there are grave threats to the power and authority of the Australian state. That would involve, that would have to involve two sides of politics, so what is he talking about. Are you concerned that the Government is saying that they could use this legislation as a double dissolution trigger if it's rejected again by the Senate? Does that worry you?No, it doesn't worry me, but it worries me more for them when they are trying to take a $650 million hit off Medicare when it comes to women's cancer checks and diabetes, and other areas in pathology. So I think that is more damning against them right now than what anything else is.Senator Lambie, we'll leave it there, thank you very much.So, Jacqui Prime Minister
Lambie's off to talk to the Prime Minister tomorrow, and to put to him quite a wish list of anti-corruption concerns that she has as they negotiate their way through. With a bill so important to the Government hanging in the balance, now's the time for everyone with an interest to have their say on this building and construction Builders
industry watchdog. The Master Builders Association is an outspoken advocate for the Commission, the Greens are firmly against it. Both have been holding door stops in the Senate courtyard to explain their opposing positions. The bill today will deal with the endemic and ingrained culture of unlawfulness in the construction industry that creates an environment where criminality and corruption can exist. This bill will protect the community, it will protect the workers, it's an important bill that this Parliament needs to pass, this time around following the damning evidence by the Heyden Royal Commission, which released in its report late in December. You can't ask people to vote an I piece of legislation unless you are front
going to put all the facts in front of them. So the Greens party room has decided today we'll not be having a bar of the Government's attempts to create two classes of Members of Parliament, where some who are the chosen few get to see a secret document and aren't allowed to talk about it otherwise they might face a penalty, and others are suggest to take the word of the Government that this document is what it is. We won't be accepting the Government's ridiculous offer. We'll be continuing to oppose this bill in the Parliament, and if the Government thinks that it's got a fact to change people's mind, do what every other Government has done before, bring them to the Parliament so we can debate on it.Everything lies ahead for Labor this year, it's down in the polls, the Government's got it guessing about which way it might jump on key policies like taxation, and for that matter, exactly when the election might be held. A key strategist is Tony Burke, responsible for leisure 's finance work - Labor's finance work and its tactics in the House of Representatives. How will it go after the Turnbull Government this year? We asked him that a little earlier before Labor moved its somewhat surprising opening Salvo against the Government minutes after the Parliament began. Welcome back for the year, Mr Bourke.Last year, tactics in the Parliament, you only had five or six weeks to try to size up the Turnbull Government, reflecting on it over summer, how are we going to see Labor refine and renew its attack on the Government?Well, we are in an unusual situation now in that you've got for Malcolm Turnbull, we are here arguing with Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Abbott and his crew are here arguing with Malcolm Turnbull, and everything that Malcolm Turnbull used to believe in is Malcolm
now also an argument against Malcolm Turnbull.That's it, is it, division - division or perceived division is the extent of your attack?Well, it's pretty extraordinary, only a couple of days ago, even yesterday when I arrived, I said we were going to see division in Liberal Party ranks. This morning, their talking points have been leaked. I don't think we can play down the extent of the civil Warragul that's going on there. Now, obviously that's not going to be the only issue, but it's a big thing when you topple a Prime Minister. I know better than many people as to how these things can unfold. We are at the very beginnings of seeing the full tragedy of that.If these things are damaging, they don't seem to be picked up in the polls yet, as things currently stand. Labor faces the prospect of doing as badly as 2013 at this point. What is it that charts a turn around? What we are starting to see now is a gap between what Malcolm Turnbull says and what Malcolm Turnbull does. So, last year understandably you saw the Australian people quite liking some of the things that Malcolm Turnbull was saying. The problem is, they bear very little or no relationship between that and what he in fact does. He might talk about technology, but he's not willing to fund an investment in education. He might talk about wanting to treat people fairly, but he's wanting to attack the household budget with a hike in the GST. He might talk about comparisons with the John Howard years, but the truth is what he's looking at is far more inflationary and a much bigger attack on the that was
household budget than anything that was ever contemplated by John Howard.All right. Before we get to some of those individual issues, GST being among them, just looking at Labor's standing, it's inescapable that Labor used an argument in 2013 about the policies and saving some furniture to change the leader - why wouldn't that apply now?I think we have learned our lesson. About what happens Malcolm Turnbull
in instability. I think Malcolm Turnbull is in the beginnings now of realising what instability - what the price of that is. So I think me of all people, there are lessons learnt and I think for the Liberal Party now, they are starting to realise exactly what was unleashed. Tony Abbott is not wanting a second term because he wants to be a cheer squad for Malcolm Turnbull. The level of instability there is going to continue to fester. We are only seeing the very beginnings of it.Let's look at the issues. GST, you are going to fight hard on it. Indeed, you have been since it was first floated in September. And yet there's been no headway, going back to the issue of the polls. What makes you think that this could be a game changer?In the first instance, we do need to deal with the revenue problem. Scott Morrison claims there's not a revenue problem, thraers only expenditure problems. The numbers, when you look at revenue versus expenditure as a percentage of GDP, make the both.
case that you have to deal with both. There's no doubt you have to deal with both. So how do you do that becomes a political question that each side of politics needs to grapple with. Now, our perspective is you deal with the loopholes that are out there. That's why we have already announced our policies on multi-national tax avoidance, our policies on superannuation tax concessions, We
our policies on tobacco excise. We have announced those. None of those attack the household budget in the way that a GST hike would. The moment they talk about the GST hike, they are straight into a conversation about compensation. Why? Because they know that when you move it from 10% to 15%, you attack the household budget and whatever compensation you might offer through income tax shifts is temporary. It gets eaten away through bracket creep, the hit to the household budget every year with inflation gets worse and worse and worse.The point is you can compensate for it and they would. Not in any permanent way. If you give people a tax cut through the income tax system, through bracket creep that gets eaten away over time. So as inflation goes through year after year, the compensation disappears. But what happens when the GST through inflation, the tax hike keeps going up and up and up. So you get this situation with what they are talking about, where the tax hike and the attack on the household budget is permanent. The compensation is temporary.So what have you got left in your armoury as far as fixing the revenue side of things. Obviously there's some excise that you've spoken about, there's superannuation tax concessions. Is that the end of the story?No, there's more that we need to work through on that. What we have spoken about is already over the decade in the order of - in fact it's more than $70 billion worth of improvements to the budget bottom line. They are not only revenue measures.They are ten-year figures and no torously unreliable because of that. It's important to have the long-term figures, it's important to have the rigor of the parliamentary budget office in providing those numbers, which we have done, which is the right thing to do. You expenditure and
also need to deal with expenditure and that's why, you know, we are not supporting the reintroduction of the baby bonus, where the Government thinks they can just throw more money around. We don't support their emissions reduction fund where they pay polluters to continue to pollute. We don't support them wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on a plebiscite. There is a sears of expenditure issues where those sorts of cuts needs to be made as well. But, yes, we'll have more to say and more to announce.Just finally, and briefly, I suppose, the ABCC, the construction industry watchdog, will Labor be making an opportunity to read this redacted version of the first report from the Royal Commission?Well, there's different versions of what's been offered in terms of there are some differences that I have heard in interviews from the Minister today. But put this way, what the Government is asking us to agree to is that this information will be we
even more restrictive than what Intelligence Committee
we are provided on the Intelligence Committee where you are dealing with issues of national security. And I think that really gives the game this is
away. They are wanting to say this is more secretive than national security information which is shared with the Opposition. What it makes clear is the Government is playing a political game and what the Government is doing here is wanting to be anti-union rather than anti-corruption.All right, Tony Burke, let's see how that plays out in Parliament and indeed across the year. For your time, thank you. Good to back
be back.Just before we hand back to our colleagues in Sydney to update you on other news of the day, which isn't necessarily political, it's worth noting events that happened beyond the walls of this building here in Parliament House, because ritual does run strongly on this day, the first sitting day of of the year, every year. MPs and Senators who want to attend can always start the year seeking some spiritual guidance and inspiration. That was the case again this morning Malcolm
before Parliament began, when Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten and dozens of others took part in an eck men call service, what is sometimes called a prayer before battle. Good morning. Welcome. Thank you very much. I'll come and have a chat to you afterwards. Say a prayer for the media. (Choir sings). Let your minds be filled with everything that is true, everything that is Honourable. Do not be anxious about anything. (Choir sings). Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me, put it into practice. Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be open to you.

Prime Minister, are you worried about talking point being leaked to the media? What matters to me is what matters to Australian families, working people. We will keep campaigning against a 15% GST. People can go to the election confident that the Labor Party, if they vote Labor, there will be no 15% GST and if they vote Liberal, there will be a tax increase on everything. I look forward to seeing you all in Parliament today. Thanks very much. So there you go, does prove that church and state can comfortably come together, at least for one hour and at least one day a year, as it always does on this day. We are going to return to Parliament House at 2 o'clock for Question Time, the first one of the year, quite obviously. In the meantime, it's probably after all of that political coverage time to catch up on other news of the day, and to bring that to you here's Roz and the team in Sydney. The Immigration Minister, Rupen Datta, has ordered an urgent briefing over the travel plans of an American. Who founded a controversial online men's group - Peter Dutton. Daryush Valizadeh heads 'Return of Kings', group advocating for the legislation of rape on private property. The self described neomasculinist group also believes that a woman's value is determined by her beauty and fertility. Valizadeh plans to attend a string of proposed meetings across Australia. Mr Dutton says he will seriously consider whether Mr Valizadeh should be allowed into the country. Australia doesn't welcome people to our country who disrespect women and the department in the past has made decisions to cancel visas of people that advocate violence, particularly against women. We have been very clear in recent cases that that is the principle that we will continue to adhere to and I have asked for an urgent briefing in relation to the matter because like all Australians I'm have seen.
offended by the reports that I have seen. The first votes have been cast in the US Presidential election. Polls opened in Iowa, where candidates have been campaigning hard to win their party's nomination. North America correspondent Zoe Daniel is there. We are under blizzard watch here and there's been substantial concern about snow keeping people away from of course,
the Caucuses tonight because, of course, the central thing about what is happening here is that people have to physically leave their houses and attend locations like this one. You can probably see this cute little barn behind me, just a few minutes ago there was a huge queue out the door and just around the time you went to air they closed the door, pulled everyone inside and they are Caucusing now. We'll take a look inside in a few minutes. Essentially what's happening in there, this is the democrat can you sus, the people are going to have different corners of the room, depending whether Bernie Sanders
they support Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or Martin O'Malley, the three democrat candidates, and that process will go on for about an hour and they'll be counted. We have come also from a Republican event, slightly different process, where candidates are ticked off on a sheet of paper, but again people walking in in, getting ticked off a list and then going in and sitting around tables so that they can have this discussion tonight around who they would prefer to be their President. As you said at the start of a long night and also a long process leading up to the national conventions.What sense of you getting at on you both party's candidates are shaping up, Zoe?Look, it's going to be very interesting. The polls remain extremely tight. The late its poll that came out today on the Republican side had Donald Trump at 31%, Ted Cruz at 24 and Marco rublo at Hillary Clinton
17. On the democrat side, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders pretty much deadlocked at 49 and 46. That's a 3% margin of error. So that's a statistical tie, so impossible to separate them virtually. The sense I have had from people that I have talked to tonight certainly here at the democrat Caucus is that it's going to be tight between those two. People seem to be pretty much fifty-fifty on Bernie It
Sanders and Hillary Clinton. It was said that a large turnout would favour Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. I guess you could describe them as non-traditional candidates, if you like. . People who have never Caucused before may come out to Caucus for them, given that the weather is fine, that we don't yet have a blizzard and there does seem to be a large turnout here, that may be in their favour.So when will a result begin to emerge?So we should see some results at around 9 to 10pm local tonight. So around two to three hours. We may see Republican results first. Unclear yet whether we'll actually see democrat results tonight, particularly Hillary Clinton
if it's very tight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, but we are hoping to get some sense of results in two to three hours.Zoe, stay warm, thank you. The process to elect a new President is a complicated one as our North America correspondent Michael Vincent explains.Over the next Caucuses
five months primaries and Caucuses will take place in every State of the US. For Republicans, Caucusing is straightforward - turn up, get a blank piece of paper, cast a with
ballot in secret and the person with the most votes wins. For democrats it's very, very different. It's a grassroots system that takes place in churches, school halls and even America.
living rooms right across America. If you believe Hillary Clinton's campaign, Caucusing is a sell. Celebration. First arrive by 6.30 and then celebrate with your friends and neighbours.In reality, it's hard politics and maths. When voters gather they'll divide into groups in support of their candidate. Hillary
This time around it will be Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley and those uncommitted. A candidate needs 15% of the vote to be deemed viable. Of the on current polling, that's likely for Clinton and sanders. Let's say O'Malley falls short, he doesn't get 15%, he gets nothing from the night. Then, it's between Clinton and sanders, it's a 30-minute window where their supporters try to convince O'Malley supporters to join them. It's like an immediate run-off. Then, they split the percentages. If a precinct was allocated, say, four votes, Clinton might get two and sander s two if the voters were split evenly. Or one could take three and leave the other only one and that's why that half an hour of horse trading is critical. And why Caucuses can be bitter and personal battles. Caucuses take place at 1,681 places across Iowa. The result the are phoned in and added up from across the State. Tension on the eye - the vote accounts for just 1% of delegates at national convention later this year. So in the end doesn't have a huge impact but for now it's all about momentum. The World Health Organisation has declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus to be an international public health emergency, suspected of causing thousands of birth defects in Brazil and is spreading rapidly. A young woman four months pregnant has just heard she may be infected with the glimpse
Zika virus. An agonising glimpse into a nightmare now declared a Global Health emergency. Another pregnant woman who asked us not to show her face says she definitely has the virus. Sarah has red eyes, a typical symptom of Zika. She's due to birth girth waiting
in two months time, and she's waiting for results of tests. TRANSLATION: I'm feeling worried.She has aches and a rash also indicators of the virus. Here at the epicentre of the outbreak, the worst thing is the uncertainty. This woman says nobody knows if Zika affects just the beginning of pregnancy or all of it.Nobody gave us advice", she says. Also disturbing about what's happening here is that the women are turning up with a lot of highly personal, very pressing questions which the doctors just can't answer. Above all, what damage could Zika do to their babies. The painful moment when test results are handed out. Evidence is growing that the virus is to blame for deforming babies' brains, but it's not certain, so there's no way of predicting the impact. When you see the ultrasound, there's something wrong, you have to tell her. Then you know that after you tell her, she will ask you many questions, if the baby will - if the children will see probably, will hear properly and we don't know.Like several thousand babies in Brazil, are Anika Vittoria was born with a small brain and unless rocked all the time she becomes acknowledgety tated. Her mother is clearly overwhelmed.It's not the moment to get pregnant, she says, because so far nobody knows where the virus comes from.For many specialists, this is uncharted territory. Tonight's emergency declaration should bring them more funding, it's badly needed because it isn't just baby's brains that are being damaged. This little boy not only has a small head, but his legs and arms don't work. He's one of six babies in Recife with extreme disabilities blamed on the Vicia virus. The problem with thoos babies, it's in the spine. The motor neuron that makes the muscle move has a problem, so this baby has some muscles without movement.All this adds to the urgency of killing the mosquitos that carry the virus, but reaching them is difficult. From today, officials have a new power, to break into homes if they need to. The key is public support, so the authorities are