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(generated from captions) This program is not captioned. This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Good morning and welcome back to Weekend Breakfast. I'm Miriam Corowa.I'm Andrew Geoghegan. Upping the ante, North Koreacused of launching a ballistic missile Japan.
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Also ahead, German chancellor Angela Merkel meets Syrian refugees in Turkey amid EU efforts to deter migrants.Holiday horror. A 4-year-old girl killed in a car crash in Victoria.And defending NRL Premiers North Queensland remain unbeaten at home with a victory over Parramatta.

Hello. Thanks for joining us. It's Sunday, 24 April.Also this hour on Weekend Breakfast, we've had a theme this morning about fitness to
and of course a diet would work in to that whole theme.It is very important.There are so many out there, aren't there? Paleo. Atkins, new Atkins, in fact there's an A to Z of every letter except Q, in fact - there it is, right there.That could very well be the next one.Q is missing but I'm sure someone will know of a diet that starts with Q. Please let us know.That's right. It seems like every week there is a new one and they are in fact part of a multibillion-dollar industry yet 95% of them are failures.Go figure!95%.But we keep coming back.Why is that? We got the ABC's resident science guru Dr K can arl on the case to find -- Dr Karl to find out if any of them work and he's joined by professor in nutrition and dietetics, Claire Collins.They keep going and they're made up every day. I shouldn't say they're made up but you know what I mean. We'll have a look at that a bit later this hour. Let's see how the weather is looking for this Sunday:

Our top stories this morning - North Korea says it's willing to halt its nuclear weapons tests if the United States suspends its annual war games with South Korea. The North Korean Foreign Minister warned any attempt to pressure or punish the country will only increase its resolve to defend its sovereignty. This comes after the Communist country fired what appears to be a ballistic missile from a submarine off its north-east coast. The US State Department says if the reports are correct the action would be a clear violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions.German chancellor Angela Merkel has met with Syrian refugees at a camp in Turkey as part of efforts to strengthen the relationship between Turkey and the European Union. She met children and inspected leving conditions at the Nizip camp which is home to some 5,000 migrants. The chancellor supported a recent deal to return thousands of asylum seekers from Greece to Turkey and she was joined at the camp by EU dignitaries and the Turkish Prime Minister. They'll discuss how Turkey plans to spend the more than $4 billion promised by the EU to deal with the crisis. TRANSLATION: Today we have been able to take a closer look at the efforts Turkey is under taking, not only to provide a safe haven for millions of refugees but also to provide them with opportunities and perspectives and in its agreement with Turkey, the European Union has agreed on the principle of better burden-sharing. What we want is to make sure that the refugees don't have to resort to illegal channels for migration but to put it on a legal footing but it's not very easy to stop the flow of migrants through dangerous channels and thus we have to work to provide the people with better opportunities close to their home country.The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a university professor in north-western Bangladesh. English professor Rezaul Karim Siddique was hacked to death on his way to work by two assailants on a motorcycle. The Islamic State group says they targeted the professor because he was calling to atheism but his colleagues say he never spoke or wrote anything about religion or Islam. Bangladesh has seen a spate of killings by Islamist militants targeting secular or atheist writers in recent months but the Government denies IS has a presence in the country. Police are continuing to warn motorists to drive safely after a horror start to the Anzac Day long weekend including five fatalities in NSW and the death of a 4-year-old girl in Victoria. The car the girl was in ran off the road near Ballarat, crashing into the tree. The 24-year-old male driver was not injured. The crash takes Victoria's road toll for this year to 93, 8 more than for the same time last year. A woman is in a critical condition in hospital after being stabbed at a shopping complex in Bega on the NSW far south coast. Police say a 42-year-old who was in a wheelchair and a 27-year-old woman began to argue in a lift at the centre yesterday. Officers say the younger woman then returned to her car to get a weapon and confronted the other woman, stabbing her in the neck. Police say the 27-year-old is known to the victim. She's been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent to murder and is expected to face court later today.Two men have been charged over the alleged sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Police say the pair approached the girl at Freshwater Beach on Thursday afternoon and drove her to Brookvale. It's alleged the 22-year-old and 25-year-old a salted her. Police arrested two men on Friday afternoon. They have been charged over the assault and are expected to face court this week. Samoan authorities are preparing for the arrival of Cyclone Amos which is expected to hit the country's main island this evening. The Category 3 storm has already seen winds of more than 100 km/h and is expected to strengthsen to a Category 4 system before it makes landfall. Local authorities say wopter and electricity utilitierise prepared to deal with the aftermath of the Cyclone And they're advising people to stay in their homes. Police in the US with still hundredor for at least - hunting for at least one gunman who killed members of one family in Ohio. Residents have been told to lock their sdoorz as the search continues. The State's Attorney-General says two babies and a 3-year-old survived the assault. Authorities haven't given a possible motive for the killing spree. No arrests have been made. Thousands of people have descended on the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon to pay tribute to William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death. Participants dressed as characters from the playwright's plays and carried a floral tribute as crowds threw rosemary branches on the procession. Fans say Shakespeare's work is just as vital today as it was 400 years ago.Let's catch up again.
with sport and Natalie joins us again. We'll start with the AFL. The Bulldogs still doing it well but it comes at a cost?Exactly right. The Western Bulldogs continued their blistering start to the season but may have lost another key player to injury. Matt Suckling hurt his knee and ankle in 53-point thumping
a marking contest during the Dogs' 53-point thumping of Brisbane. Meanwhile, Geelong over came a so start to defeat Port Adelaide by - slow start to defeat Port Adelaide by 48 points. Some players could be after
lighter in the pocket this week after a brawl broke out at quarter time. A late Corey Norman sin binning has denied Parramatta victory over North Queensland. The Eels led the Cowboys in the second half when Norman was shown yellow in the 65th minute. The Cowboys took advantage of the extra man, scoring two tries on their way to a 32-16-point win. The Waratahs' season is back on track following a thumping 49-13 win over the Western force in Perth. Wallaby Israel Folau crossed midway through the second half to become the side's outright leading try scorer. The Reds have slumped to their 7th defeat of the season, going down to the Stormers 40-22 in Cape Town. Manchester United are through to the FA Cup final following a 2-1 win against Everton. With scores locked at 1-1, the match looked dest nledz for extra time but Anthony Martial found the breakthrough with just seconds remaining in injury time. The Red Devils will play either Crystal Palace or Watford on May 21. Of course Leicester are in action over night, guys. Hopefully they can get the win there and maintain their position at the top of the table. Complete the fairytale.They have been the team to watch. Thanks, Natalie. Thank you for your company here on Weekend Breakfast. Still to come, the US President answers questions from England's youth at a Town Hall meeting in London.Also ahead, the week in politics and ahead with Labor Senator Sam Dastyari.Later, England marks 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare with plenty of drama and stage fighting.The US President Barack Obama has urged young people to reject pessimism and not to pull back from the rest of the world.Mr Obama was speaking at a question and answer session with 500 youth leaders in London on the last day of his final visit to Britain as the US President.All the world's a stage and this particular player is 9 months away from his exit. Today, Barack Obama visited The Globe theatre on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. But then it was on to meet the future great writers and leaders, a Town Hall meeting of 500 people and a sprinkling of stardust in Westminster. His tone at the start was light.I guess you all know why I came this week, it's no secret. Nothing was gonna stop me from wishing happy birthday to Her Majesty.(LAUGHTER)And meeting George. Who was adorable.Then he wanted a conversation with this young crowd, drawn from colleges across the UK too, motivate, to encourage took make them feel everything was possible.When I speak to young people, I implore them and I implore you to reject those calls to pull back. I'm here to ask you to reject the notion that we're gripped by forces that we can't control. I want you to take a longer and more optimistic view of history and the part that you can play in it.He lauded the EU for the role it had played in maintaining peace in Europe so that was as close as he got to the Brexit argument. Then, a stream of questions which the President, with jacket off and sleeves rolled up, spent a good chunk of time answering.If your successor comes to you and she says...(LAUGHTER) This has been a quite extraordinary event. For over an hour the President has taken random questions from young people here in London and his message is up-beat. He sems to be saying there's never been a better time to be alive and there are no problems that can't be solved without commitment and hard work. Seven years in, he still believes in "yes, we can". Then he went with David Cameron to play a game that is so often, "No, I can't," the infuriating sport that President.
is golf but a strong passion of the President. After yesterday, it might be gracious for Mr Cameron to home,
let Barack Obama win.Returning home, time to look at the weeks in politics and we're joined by Labor Senator for NSW, Sam Dastyari. Good morning.Great to be here. I have been watching your show this morning. It was all about activewear. I didn't realise I had in my
to wear a suit. I could have come in my trackies.You did have a in.
spring in your step when you came in.I've always got a spring in my step.Let's start with what was released yesterday, the government essentially planning to scrap the previous Labor Government's dental scheme which essentially provided vouchers of up to $1,000 for low income families to get the kids to the dentist in fact. The Government is saying that is simply not working. There are not enough kids going to the dentist therefore they're going to scrap the scheme and come up with a new plan available to all Australian kids What's wrong with that? . It's a rubbish proposal. What they've done is cut a billion dollars from dental care for young Australians. A billion dollars, and now they want to get thanked for it. This is all about priorities, it's all about cost cutting. You've got the situation, there is a 3-year waiting list in Tasmania for dental care for kids. There is 70,000 NSW.
people on a waiting list here in NSW. What this is really about, it's about priorities and the Government's decided they want to find and money, they're cutting a billion dollars and trying to dress it up and package it up. Let's see the details, see what they actually announce but when you start with the premise of cutting a billion dollars from a proposal then it just defies credibility.They are talking about making dental care in the public system universally available for all children under the age of 18, that to me souns like it would be more in line with a looirb point of view. Why isn't that available?When you start from the premise that you're cutting a billion dollars, all credibility gets thrown out the door. I want to see the details. From what was leaked yesterday in the papers, they did a bit of a drop, we'll see the details come when it comes out closer to the Budget and have a look at it but I think this has more to do with cost cutting than health services and that's my concern. If there are sensible reforms about sensibly improving the system and making it more accessible they deserve to be explored but you don't start by cutting a billion dollars.Do you concede the current system set up by the previous Labor Government has missed the mark to a degree and many kids just fail to get proper dental care?The second point that many kids fail to get proper dental care is a huge problem, a national issue. In terms of after a scheme like the one that Labor had implemented, after a period of time does it need to - of course it does, we should do that with every policy but again, these policies run.
weren't given the proper chance to run. They have a government that cutting them.
doesn't believe in them and they're cutting them. It is about priorities and the Government doesn't have priorities in spending money on health care.Let's speak more generally in terms of taxation. We have been seeing reports this morning that we're expecting the Turnbull Government to come up and make a definitive statement in terms of negative gearing. We are waiting to hear on what will be the contents of the Budget in just over a week's time. What do you see as being the best way to address issues around getting the balance right in the Budget particularly when we have an agency such as Moody's coming on board saying Australia is at risk of losing its AAA credit rating if we don't address structural issues. On the issue of negative gearing, the government has said they're not and
going to move on negative gearing and Labor's proposal and they're going to try and fight the campaign saying Labor's going after amendsing negative gearing. Negative gearing and the way it's structured is destroying housing affordability in this country. When you have a Prime Minister who has seven properties, why is it that he gets more tax breaks when he's going to buy his eighth property than one of the young cadets you've got working here at the ABC will get when they try and buy their fist? The system is rigged against first home buyers and we have to reform it. There is a generation of people being priced out. Is this tough politics? Yeah, it's tough to be able to turn around and say we're going to reform this big area. We need to do it. Your bigger issue which is what do you do about the tax and revenue, at the end of the day you've got to make sure you've got a tax system that is actually working for people and the current tax system isn't. The current tax system is a rort. We had this week an involvement in Senate inquiries about multinational tax and we had the tax commissioner come before us and he'd just flown in from Europe and avoidance.
was talking about multinational tax avoidance. One of the statistics were were given was this: The 76 largest multinational companies in Australia pay an effective tax rate of 16.4% and an average nurse or hospital worker pays 24%. How is that fair? If you want to talk system on
about fixing the system, make a system on a tax level that is at least fair to begin with.This has essentially become a crusade for you, railing against the large corporates, the multinationals who are not paying their fair share of tax. This week we saw the Government unveil more measures as far as perhaps rectifying the Budget for ASIC is concerned, the corporate regulator too, ensure there is some fairness at these corporations don't get away with what they shouldn't. Is that, in your view, at least a step in the right direction? And as far as the banks are concerned, they're saying, "We'll continue to try to regulate to crack down ourselves." Firstly, of course fixing the black hole for funding for ASIC is a positive thing. It's a positive thing to turn around and say, "This regulator, let's face it has been fleeced from Budget cuts, is going to have some funding restored to it." That's a good thing that. Is actually a positive step. But here is the problem - that's not going to fix the real issue. This has to be about the victims. It has to be about the victims of financial scandals, be it IOOF, Storm, Trio, Commonwealth financial planners, CommInsure.That's why you want a Royal Commission. Say you get your way, you win government, set up a outcome?Firstlyy
Royal Commission, what's the outcome?Firstlyy do believe the victims deserve to be able to tell their stories that. Is important. It is important these stories be told and people be able to tell their stories and have the Australian public fully understand what's gone on, firstly. Secondly, we do have to look at what we're going to do for whistle blowers and we're not going to get to that there.
until we is all the information out there. We need to look at what kinds of compensation structure scheme, maybe a scheme of last resort, other things worth exploring are going to be looked at as part of this process. Finally, unless you hold the banks to account, unless you hold these giant financial institutions to account your not going to get the cultural change. You know what happened this week? The government went to the banks and got them to tick off - not, "Here's a heads up, we're doing a release in three hours," got them to tick off on the ASIC funding proms. Sorry but that's like putting Dracula in charge of the blood bank. What I say to Malcolm Turnbull and Malcolm Turnbull and other frontbenchers - because-A lot of backbenchers you're
support a Royal Commission - if you're not in the business of looking after those people who have been used and abused, who have been left behind, if you're not in this business to look after the victims then why are you in politics?Banks are in business to make money. Are you saying they simply can't be trusted to do that in the interest of the customers, they've got to keep their interests at stake as wellrism you advocating we should renationalise?No, I jokingly say I have gone far out there in the past and I'm not exactly - the executives of the big banks aren't fans of me but I don't think nationalisation is the answer. Here is the issue: It is the cultural problem you have in an institution that makes $30 billion a year profit, the four big banks together make about 30 billion a year profit. When they're in trouble during the global financial crisis, we guaranteed something in the vicinity of $600 to $700 billion worth of deposits as a society because it was in the national interesting having strong, effective banks is part of the reason we've had 24 years of continuous economic growth. That doesn't mean they should be allowed to treat their customers like this victims.
and me allowed to trample over victims. When you hear the CEOthe Commonwealth Bank say two days ago about all these people are undeserving and undeserving people are trying to fleece the bank, a bloke by the way who gets paid $8 million talking about others being undeserving - it makes you wonder. If-Y have sat with the victims, met these people, I have had them cry in my officy have cried with them and you hear them tell their stories and you think they're the ones who are deserving in this scenario.Senator Sam Dastyari, thank you very much for speaking with us.Great to be here. Specialist doctors have been given the green light to prescribe medicinal cannabis to Tasmanians with serious illnesses from next year.The State Government says more peep will have access to the drug than in Victoria which has legalise its use.Nicole Cowes's daughter Alice suffers from a severe epilementic condition. For more thoon two years MrZ Ms Cowes has been fighting for the right to give her 10-year-old daughter medical cannabis to reduce seizures.Access to a treatment that works is a human right. It's not something that I don't think governmentvise a right to be saying what we can and can't have.Today the Government announced that medical cannabis would be available with conditions next year.This is a compassionate, a sensible and a safe approach by government.This is quite a momentous day for many people in the epilepsy world.I'm very excited. It is definitely a step forward.In Victoria, access to the drug is limited to children with severe epilepsy. In Tasmania, it will be available to a variety of patients.This is really for a very small group of people who have complicated medical problems that don't respond to conventional treatments.Patients would first need to see a medical specialist before an expert panel decides whether to approve a medical cannabis prescription.We have to remember G prks are highly skilled professionals so we'd want to see the government's reez frnsz why they've limited to specialist --reasons for why they've limited to specialist doctors.It needs to be a medical specialist with expertise in that area.The Government is not decriminalising cannabis. The Therapeutic Goods Administration is in the process of rescheduling the drug from an illegal to medical category. Commonwealth licences to lawfully grow medical cannabis are likely to be available next year.Tasmania is well placedy would suggest, given our experience in the cultivation and processing of poppies, to also be a leader in this space.There are calls for individual and small-scale growing operations to be allowed.A grower might apply for a 20-plant licence then he's allowed to produce under some guidelines.Tasmania continues to be involved with clinical trials in NSW. Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has joined leaders from more than 170 countries in signing the Paris climate accord yesterday. But with scientists revealing only 7% of the Great Barrier Reef is untouched by coral bleaching, Australia's environmental record remains under scrutiny. Let's get more, we're joined by a coral scientist. Good to talk to you this morning. You know the Great Barrier Reef perhaps better than most. How would you describe what is happening there right now?It's gut wrenching to see the damage that's been done, it is really horrific. I'm lm lost for words to describe what I saw.We have heard in articles and various other things that you've written that you are actually concerned of a mass extinction being imminent in terms of where we're at with our coral reefs, particularly obviously in the Great Barrier Reef. Just how real is that threat?Well, it is real and it is very, very serious. In the big picture, we've seen mass extinctions that have been triggered off by ocean acidification, that's the effects of carbon dioxide on the ocean. That's a long way off but maybe less than a century before we really see huge loss of life in the oceans because of carbon dioxide.I guess the question is being asked - and I know the Environment Minister is searching opinion to see how this can be arrested, what can be done, but are you saying given the latest El Nino event and in general global warming, that this isn't irreversible?Global warming is irreversible, yes.As far as the bleaching on the reef is concerned? (PROBLEM WITH SOUND) Charl just checking you're still there, Charlie. Given what's happening with global warming, is what's happening to the reef irreversible bleaching?Yes, the reef will come back gradually. A decade from now, if nothing happens in the meantime, the reef will look by and large OK except for the Far North but that supposes we won't have a return of the conditions we've had this year. The very high probability is we will have repeated returns and each time we have one it will be more serious than the previous one unfortunately.In your view, Dr Veron, should UNESCO have acted to list the Great Barrier Reef as being in danger last year? Would that, in your view, have prompted more action on this?I don't know. This is in a political sphere. There's a very big disjunct between what the scientists say and the what the scientists say and the
political side of things so The Great Barrier Reef is obviously in severe danger, I mean, that's plainly obvious for anyone who wants to go and see it, so - but you can say that of practically all coral reefs.We've had more evidence this week, a report that coral off Broome has also been affected by bleaching and also to the north of the country so is it fair to say all those reefs in those tropical areas are under threat?Absolutely, yes. The scientists have been forewarning of this for a very long tile. I wrote a book about it a decade ago. We're not getting through. We're saying this is going to happen and then when it does happen everyone seems surprised about it. Well, I'm not been
in the least bit surprised. I have a
been waiting for this to happen for a long time.Marine scientist Dr Charlie Veron joining us from Townsville, thank you very much for speaking to us.Pleasure.

Let's take a look at the satellite image. A high is directing cold southeasterly winds with showers along the NSW coast. It's also tracking low cloud over Victoria, Tasmania and SA. A trough over Queensland is triggering isolated showers, more frequent in the tropics. A cold front is approaching WA's south coast causing showers to develop. Around the country:

North Korea says it is willing to hold its nuclear weapons test -- halt if the US cancels its wargames. It stated that any attempt to restrict its sovereignty would be met with consequences. It test in
comes after a ballistic missile test in the sea of Japan. Top EU officials and Angela Merkel have joined the Turkish minister at a migrant camp. They struck a deal to stem the flow of refugees into Europe. Investigations are into way into a crash that claimed the life of a 4-year goal. Police said that she was travelling in a car near Ballarat when it crashed. She was the only passenger and was taken to hospital but announced dead on arrival. Defending NRL premiers North Queensland Cowboys beat Parramatta 32-16 in Townsville. Try to Antonio Winterstein secured the win. 11 people have been killed in Syria in a letter. The observatory for human rights is that another 13 people were killed in shelling in the town of Douma. The opposition days
walked away from peace talks a few days ago because of continued government bombardment of civilian areas. This is the centre of the city of Aleppo, the building on fire has been struck by jets. It is not clear if they were Russian or Syrian. There is someone on the roof, the man says. But how can survivors be evacuated when the stairwell is on fire? Syrian rescuers use of balcony grill as a makeshift ladder. Firefighting equipment is now rescue apparatus. Rebel held Aleppo has been hit repeatedly by regime forces. The UN brokered cease-fire never existed here for these people.TRANSLATION: Take care of him, I am his grandfather. He lost his parents. What has he done? I have lost almost in. The fire has taken everything.Carnage has become routine in the city. Most buildings and neighbourhoods held by the opposition are now empty shells. As homes destroyed and relatives killed, tens of thousands of people have been forced out of Aleppo alone. Other rebel control parts of Syria have similar scenes death and destruction. This is a attack on the rebel held town of Douma. There opposition areas.
are reports of other attacks on opposition areas. As leaders insist that a shaky cease-fire is holding and that there is a roadmap for peace, their assurances ring hollow too many thousands of people on the ground in Syria. What is in today's paper? Here is an Davies from the Sydney Morning Herald. We are talking budget, election. We have just had word from the PM's office that has confirmed this report in the papers that they are officially ruling out any changes to negative gearing in the budget.This is an interesting little debate about whether investors forced first-time investors
buyers out of the market or whether investors are useful in the market because they provide rental properties and also there is an argument being made that ordinary is
people invest in property as well is very rich people. It can cut both ways I think there is no doubt that having investors in the market prices are first home buyers. That is why labour is trying to limit the advantages of negative gearing. Also, I suppose the thing about this, it now clearly sets the rules for the election where labour will have a policy to limit negative to
gearing and the Liberals will be on to say that they are in favour of the
it.One of the points being made by the Coalition is that making changes to negative gearing would essentially drive down the value of assets by Times and that this would be a bad thing for the economy.It depends where you sit, if you already own a house then probably you want prices to keep going up. If you are priced out of the market, obviously, prices falling would be a very good thing. I have got teenage kids and they all say they will never be able to buy a house.The way this is shaping up, labour still has its proposals, to think average person out there knows exactly what is going on and what these parties stand for as far are
as the changes to the tax system are concerned.I think it has been a very confusing debate of the last few weeks. On the part of the Coalition we have seen ideas floated and then dump. Even I feel a little bit confused about what they are finely going to bring down in the budget. On super, I think we are going to have another set of changes. We need to change it because the number of benefits going to the richest percentage... We have to make cuts. Why not make them at the top "? Everyone will be immense confused a few weeks. On the housing changes that labour is proposing I think the difficulty for them is that they now have got a convert headed message and the Liberals have an easy message. -- obligated message. The Liberals can say business as usual and your investment is safe. And labour has is
to prosecute a case for why change is good.I wonder if business as usual will not sound appealing economically.It depends where you are in your life cycle and how many investments you have.Speaking of investments in property. $70 million for a knockdown. This is in Vaucluse in Sydney. This is a couple of properties in one.An unknown buyer has bought for properties in Vaucluse and they have set a record for the most expensive property deal, even more expensive than the sale of Packer's house. It was sold to the guy who has invested in UTS. The story says it is an Australian buyer but we will wait and see, I think it is going to be a very nice renovation project.Interesting that you make the point that it is said to be an Australian buyer. That touches on a note issue and that is foreign investors.Australians are very nervous about foreign investment, it is actually quite difficult to get to the bottom of how much foreign investment there really is. Often a property get on by a -- often a property gets bought I someone with a foreign name but they're actually Australian. It is a hot button issue that will come up in the election.The story is not going away. The boss to tempt the mother to recover her children from other non-. -- botched attempt to recover her children from 11 on. -- will lead the non--- Lebanon.We have all been thinking about how we would make the story. I think this is where the rubber is going to meet the road in 60 minutes. Someone further up in the crew and be journalist gave approval for this. Like banks, media companies are going to have to review the ethical policies.It does come down to the issue of paying for the story. I do think any journalist is comfortable doing that.The ABC and Fairfax do not do cheque-book journalism.We cannot afford it. Money can have a very distorting effect on your thinking and this is something happened inside the Nine Network where the usual protocols were not thought through. Someone's head is going to roll. There has been speculation that they might dump the show and give it a rebranding. Like News of the World. My question is what is the responsibility of those who are continually held in prison in Beirut. If Channel Nine is being proven to have funded this.It is an interesting question seeing as they pay to get their own people released. I guess the actual snatching was done by the people who are in jail and that was their business model. To break the laws of other countries and go and grab people. It seems a little rough that they are left there on their own. At the very least you would expect the network to be helping fund their defence.Thank you very much.Events are being held across England to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.Checks there wrote that if all plays and 154 summits. This operation is centred around Stratford-upon-Avon. -- the celebration. Stratford-upon-Avon is remembering its most famous son. Thousands watch as a special anniversary parade went to the town centre. Everyone is celebrating the playwright and his work. It is not just the public, many of theatre's is known figures are taking part. We love an anniversary and a reason to celebrate. Shakespeare, and even if you were completely unaware of his work, what he did to our language and our cultural landscape will have influence you even if you are not aware. It is proper to take a moment to celebrate that. Stratford-upon-Avon is used to bringing Shakespeare live to each new generation. Throughout the date there have been events all over the town.A plague on both your houses. Visitors are finding that they do not need to buy tickets to see their favourite plays performed. people to
One can be a battle to get some people to appreciate Shakespeare, it is a different story when is a Shakespearean
chance to get involved in a Shakespearean style fight. After visiting locations such as Shakespeare's rave Prince Charles will go to the theatre to see Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ian McKellen performing dramatic scenes from Shakespeare's work.Let us return to our theme. Fitness and exercise. It is a multibillion-dollar industry but it attracting
fails 95% of the time and keeps attracting new customers.We are talking about dieting. Do any date actually work? Yes and the short-term, joining Dr Karl is Clare Collins, dietician and nutrition at the University of Newcastle. Will start with a list of diet.Amongst that A-Z list are some diets that work. Most of them are destined to fail. It is so confusing that made profession, the dietician Association of Australia has created a how-to 's -- how to spot a fad checklist. So people have a legitimate shot of finding a good diet.Which ones work or does it depend on your body?Most will work on the short-term. A fad diet will generally relieve a whole food group. If you think about the five food groups, a fad diet will generally remove a whole group of them. No whole grains.All carbohydrates are evil and the other two are evil, and it is to sympathy. -- too simplistic.They generally selling supplements on making outlandish claims. They are some of the clues that it is not legitimate. What is interesting about fad diets is that a lot of them do work in the short term and motivation.
they can give you that initial motivation. If you have jumped on a detox diet, sure you will get a will
little bit of weight loss but what will work in the long-term is improving your eating habits so that you can live within the long-term. If you are using a fad diet you need to switch to a sustainable eating habit which would include more vegetables and fruit, more whole grains and lean meats. Does it also come down to reduce the energy intake?Absolutely, reducing kilojoules. It is not as easy as it seems and the reason for that is the world has changed. In the 1960s, there were only 500 odd in a supermarket. Now there are 15,000. Every shop is pushing food on you. People walk around eating and drinking, it's something that was reserved for the three main meals a day at we didn't drink coffee or have snacks, so the world is pushing food. It doesn't matter how smart people are, if we offered you a bigger portion size, we put bigger packets of food into your pantry and we gave you bigger plates and cups you would eat up to 15% more and you wouldn't even though.So it has caught up on us. a
It also comes down to the fact that a lot of the fast food is perceived and
as fast because it is easy to get and you can eat it quickly. I guess, for instance, a pizza, people think it is easy and it has vegies on it, it can't be that bad, surely.It isn't too expensive.I isn't
want to challenge you out, that it isn't expensive. I brought in this 4kg pumpkin, it only cost $4. If you bought even a fast food pizza you can only get three quarters of the pizza for your $4. Serve vegetables and fruit are not as expensive as people think and we don't eat them. In Australia, less than one in 10 adults get enough vegetables and fruit. Less than one in 10.I guess someone would say, you are not going to sit down and eat just pumpkin.The point is, when you look at what Australians we
put into their supermarket trolley we spend about $10 a week on vegetables, but we spend $60 on eating away from home and another $30 on alcohol and another $30 on biscuits and chocolates.This comes at a time when we are inundated on news that we are eating too much sugar and salt. It would drive models -- most people crazy. They go to their pantry and think, what can I eat that is healthy?It is tricky. You follow the old rule, eat food, mostly plans.People can take hope from the fact that there are a range of approaches to cutting down kilojoules at work. Let's say you have a sweet and coffee every day and a piece of banana bread. Well, a piece of banana bread is marketed because you think it is healthy, but it contains 600 calories, about 2500 kilojoules. So swapping the banana bread for a banana can be enough for some people to become stable. Is that one quarter of your total energy input?Yes, 600 calories. One quarter of your entire daily nutrients?Banana has about 150. If you can drop the weight of the pumpkin, 4kg, you more than half the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.More than half? From 4kg? Yes, but to be 4kg less in two years time you have to eat more healthily, you have to be a bit more active than you are today and I think what people find frustrating is that most people worth
want to lose six or seven pumpkins worth of weight. And they set the bar so high that they feel they have failed. Whereas if you can set the bar lower and see that when you make these small changes to your lifestyle that you actually feel better and you are moving better, thinking better, then said another little bar.And exercise isn't the whole thing. Because it can't outrun a banana bread. You would have to run for hours.Yes, you would have to run for maybe four hours, if you are not very tall.So it is very hard. You are taking the fun out of eating! Thank you very much.

Banana bread, it is hard to go past, especially when you are having a copy.You should think twice! It is very revealing. If you make banana bread you will finally realise how much is going into it. Butter, sugar, although things. Yes, don't eat it! Stay away from it.And we are substituting pizza with pumpkin. Is that going to work? Pumpkin soup.I am not sold on pumpkin. Sorry!Alright, let's think of something else. You have diets
got to go through the A to Z of diets too.We are working on that. Let's talk sport. Always lots of foot -- footy to talk about. Starting with AFL? I was going to say, we were talking earlier about the close games, but I was looking at West Coasts versus Sydney. The Eagles came out really well. They just lost it. The same thing happened with Port and Geelong. Absolutely. Port Adelaide came out firing in more ways than one. A couple of players might be a little with
more polite after that. Starting with Geelong, Chris Scott has praised his side for the way they responded to port Adelaide and the brawl that broke out at quarter time. It occurred after Patrick Dangerfield was meeting the back. He bounced back to get a 48 point win. -- kneed in the back.He gets it!The Western Bulldogs continued their blistering start of the season but may have lost another key player to injury. He hurt his knee and ankle during their 53 point something of the Brisbane Lions.We missed a couple of opportunities which probably cost us in the first quarter. And it's something we will work on continually. We will just get going and work harder during the week.In the NRL, a late yellow card has denied Parramatta victory over North Queensland. Parramatta bounced back from a 14-0 deficit to lead the premiers midway through the second half, but the Eels went down when one player was sin binned.

Antonio celebrates his new deal with another try!North Queensland scored two tries while he was off the ground and then another one for good measure. In Canberra the Raiders were ruthless in their annihilation of the Tigers. They got 11 tries overall.Just doing their job. Running off the back of Perth make the job easier. Playing whole
consistent footy and getting that whole year in last year, the run of injuries I have had, it definitely helps to get that full year in and I think I have come off it well and it has really helped.The Waratahs got their Super Rugby season back on track after winning against The Western Force. They overcame a shaky start and led by 11 at the the
break before putting the foot on the gas in the second half.

Away goes Israel Folau!And record-breaking moment! That try saw Israel Folau become the overall leading try scorer. A bonus point was secured. In South Africa, Carmichael Hunt scored his first try of the year but it wasn't enough to stop the Reds getting another loss. It ended 42 - 20. Manchester United are through to their first FA Cup Final in nine years following a heart stopping 2-1 victory over Everton. They took a 1-0 lead into half-time, only to concede and on cold midway through the second half. The match looked destined for the extra time but there was one final twist to come. Manchester United are surely heading to the FA Cup Final!They found the breakthrough with just seconds remaining in stoppage time. United will play either Crystal Palace or Watford on the 21 May. Eden Hazard scored in their 4-0 win over Bournemouth, while Liverpool got a 2-0 lead over Newcastle to settle for a 2-2 draw. The paintings coming for Aston Villa fans. They went down 4-2 against Southampton. The Brisbane roar player says the victory will count for nothing if they do get past Western Sydney today and advance to Visio's grand final. The German midfielder scored the deciding goal in last week's elimination final, but says his team is now set on putting in a top performance over 90 minutes and they have worked on that in their first training session after the win. The coach John Aloisi says his team will go into the semi against the Wander as as the underdogs. And in a wall the Queensland Firebirds maintained their street, eating the Adelaide Thunderbirds. An experienced Firebirds lineup lead in the first quarter and they expect to do well against the depleted Adelaide side. -- beating Thunderbirds. The home side came within three points of the defending champions. The Firebirds proved too strong, winning by 12 goals. The Firebirds row.
set a benchmark, winning 17 in a Impressive! Thank you. That is all this morning. Thanks for joining us. We will be back at 10am Eastern, with all of the news, sport and weather. Stay with us.

This program is not captioned. The top stories from ABC News. North Korea appears to have carried out ballistic missile test from a submarine off its east coast. The South Korean Defence Ministry says the missile flew for a few minutes in the sea of Japan. It views the launch as a failure. It comes amid fears North Korea could carry out a nuclear missile test when it displays its military might at a major meeting of its ruling party set for next month. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top EU officials have joined Turkey's Prime Minister on a visit to a migrant camp on the Turkish-Syrian border. Mrs Merkel's visit to turkey comes a month after Ankara and the EU struck a deal aimed at stemming the flow of refugees into Europe. the flow of refugees into Europe.
The government has confirmed reports that the Prime Minister reports that the Prime Minister
will rule out any changes to negative gearing in the may budget Malcolm Turnbull is expected to announce the policy later today in response to Labor's plan to change negative gearing rules for property purchases after 2017. And defending NRL premiers North Queensland remain unbeaten at home this season after beating Parramatta 32 to 16 in Townsville. But they try to Antonio Winterstein and a double to Michael Morgan, secured the win for the second-placed Cowboys. Stay tuned now, for Insiders with Barrie Cassidy.

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Good morning, welcome to Insiders. All that remains now are the formalities. After the budget the PM will call on the Governor-General and request a July 2 federal election, a double dissolution. And yet when the ABCC trigger finally presented itself, there was no real moment, just business as usual, really. With the election still 10 weeks away there seemed to be no rush with anything very much, no dramas and that will probably remain the case until the Budget acts as the real starter's gun.

Honourable senators and members. The time has come for the Senate to procrastinate no longer.We would welcome a quick decision on the ABCC and registered organisations. I will not be supporting the ABCC in its current form.This legislation was quite simply drafted by a room full of monkeys and a typewriter.I could never looked the people I worked with in my earlier life in the eye and vote for. ThisI don't see much point in continuing this debate.One day is all it took.I thought the Senate would take longer than that. They've made a decision.And we're all going home tonight.That's good.This has been a farce of a sitting, a farce of a sitting.And so the ABCC will be a trigger for a double dissolution election.

Strap yourself in.Today is day 1 of Malcolm Turnbull's 74-day election campaign.We're now in a very, very long election campaign. Well I don't know if you'd say it's an election campaign.It's an election, isn't it?It's election time, let's talk about it.There's absolutely no reason for us to be talking about elections today.If we just start talking about an election now, everything else just falls away.Everybody is talking about an election today.Well I'm not talking about it. You're talking about it to me.Prior to today the PM has said at least 9 times that if the ABCC bill was rejected by the Senate he would call a double dissolution election on July 2.I don't need to say it again.We'll call it when it's appropriate.There's an option to have a July election now.Which I expect to be held on 2 July.Four times today the PM refused to confirm the exact date of the election.I have a strong expectation.You can't start with the crescendo because then how do you build from the crescendo?Now that it's time for a decision the PM is completely paralysed.After the Budget I will advise the Governor-General to dissolve both houses of Parliament and I will advise him to call an election on 2 July.It's on! It's on! It's happening.

How can Australians trust anything this PM says from one day to the next?I'm glad the honourable member's asked me about trust because that's what this election will be all about.This is a Government who was clearly much more comfortable being the opposition and in 74 days there's every chance they will be the opposition again. ThereThere you go, politicians disagree too.1 day down and 73 to go.Thanks very much.And our guest this morning is the Shadow Minister for Finance, Tony Burke. First we'll check out the Sunday papers with our panel and the Government hits the headlines this morning for something that it won't be doing. . The PM will confirm that they won't be touching negative gearing, Mark. Yes, Barrie. This is all over the front page of the News Limited Sundays, a story saying that headlines safe as houses and we find that Malcolm Turnbull is not going to be touching negative gearing, not going to be going near the excesses of negative gearing that Scott Morrison, at least, was talking about earlier on in the piece. I'm not entirely sure whether this is, you know, a splash story in the scheme of things given how strongly Malcolm Turnbull laid into Labor's negative gearing policy. It seemed pretty clear at the time in the Parliament that, you know, he was ruling out any negative gearing changes. But some of his rhetoric here is pretty strong. He says Labor is taking a sledgehammer to the ambitions of regular mums an dads who want to invest, whether it's established house, apartments, commercial property, listed company, shares in their own businesses, this type of thing. The Government's obviously preparing to make this very much not so much housing affordability but housing investment issue, the value of your house could go down under Labor, all this sort of thing.And rents go up.Rents go up, investments drop off. He's calling it a trifecta. A very strong issue here.On the other hand, no confirmation over whether or not there will be personal income tax cuts. There was a suggestion at the weekend in the Herald Sun, among other News Limited papers, that that would happen. But Scott Morrison, on this one, not ruling in or out.The Budget is on May 3. All of these things will be announced then. I'll deal with the matters on May 3. You will have to wait until May 3. I'll make sure you get a ticket to Budget so you can come and get all your answers provided.Katharine, can we expect them?Good things come to those who wait, Barrie. And yes, I don't think this story would have appeared with the prominence that it did on Saturday if we weren't in the ballpark of having some relief on bracket creep in the Budget, although a couple of things, I don't think it's been formally decided yet and I just think perhaps some of the details in that story weren't quite right. But certainly in the ballpark.But then again, there's not a lot of money to play with in this area. If it's $7 or $8 a week or something for those on $80,000, you run the risk of it being the sandwich and milk shake tax cut.I don't know why you'd bother going if, if you can't go there in a substantial way, if you can't deliver tax relief in a subtanial way, I think the sandwich and the milk shake tax exercise.
cut will kind of hang over this exercise. I mean look, the Treasurer made a big deal about bracket creep being the scourge of humanity. Obviously the Government feels as though it's got to come through this Budget process with something on bracket creep and it's part of the whole narrative the Government's trying to build up of themselves as being the tax cut guys versus Labor which is the tax increase guys. But it doesn't sound like there's much here for the ordinary person.Presumably it doesn't need to happen straight away. It may be in the Budget but not in the future. I mean that wouldn't be the first time that trick's been used. I suppose politically it at least allows the Government to say we've been arguing this as a problem.And this is a downpayment of what we want to do.We're arresting it at this point so middle income earners highest
aren't drifting into the second highest bracket.When they take off the deficit levy on high income earners, there is going to have have to be a income tax for low income earners.Labor's already positioning to say the only people who are going to end up with a tax cut are people above $180,000 a year and that's very bad politics going into an election.An election Karen,
yesterday on a new dental scheme. Karen, how is that going over?This is the reconstituting of the Commonwealth's arrangements on dental care with the States. The Minister Sussan Ley says it's $2.1 billion scheme. She says it will allow another 200,000 people to receive dental treatment. There's conflicting message here between the dentists, the Dental Association and the Government. The dentists are saying that there are very long waiting times already, that waiting times are 9 months to 3 years. The suggestion is that this scheme will remove means testing so more people will join the scheme. The Government is saying it's under subscribed, those two things seem to be in conflict there. There's a question mark over the States and whether they're going to fully sign off on this because it's not fully subsidising the care at the Commonwealth level. The history of this is back in the Government abolished
horror '96 Budget, the Coalition Commonwealth
Government abolished the Commonwealth dental scheme then and remember
that was controversial and I remember at the time one of two ministers saying to me afterwards we made a mistake, we shouldn't have done that. The Howard Government did reintroduce Commonwealth funding later on in its term, that was expanded under the Labor Government and this is yet another version. So this has been a dangerous issue in the past and they need to be important.You can understand people being a little sceptical whenever they say here's our new beaut scheme and we're saving money in the process. That's right. Labor says this will take $1 billion out of the system. They're arguing this is not an improvement, this is a cut and that's where this smoke and mirrors argument comes in.There were concerns about how it heaps funding and organisational responsibility concerns
on the States and there were concerns about how it heaps more pressure onto the public system when there aren't that many dentists who are actually working in the public system and in rural areas virtually none.That's the Sunday papers and now we go straight to our Sydney studio where we're joined now by the Shadow Minister for Finance, manager of Opposition Business, Tony Burke, welcome.Hi, Barrie.Are we seeing are
in this campaign the differences are down to this. That it's your spending against the Government's tax cuts?I don't accept that. There's competing priorities and budgets are about priorities, governments are about priorities. What we've been willing to do is make tough decisions closing down a series of loopholes. That's given us the capacity to be able to say we'll probably fund schools, we'll probably fund Medicare to be able to say we'll take serious action on making sure that we've got the jobs of the future as well. And for an economy that's in transition, economically they're the calls you need to make. Malcolm Turnbull's frequently referring to the economy being in transition but we must be the only place in the world that's saying the way to become a more modern economy is to have a less educated population and to not be shifting towards renewables.We'll go through some of those initiatives that you've announced but what do you make of the story yesterday to the Government plans modest personal income taxes, do you think that will happen?Well, they've said they believe in it so it's probably doomed. It may or may comes
not happen by the time the Budget comes around. But the key question on any of these mesh sures is how will they pay for it? Because they're saying there's going to be a tax cut somewhere, then that also means they're going to be cutting spending to some sort of service and people will have to weigh up whether the tax cut that the Government is claiming they will provide is worth the trashing of Medicare, whether it's worth the cuts that come on the other side. Because got to remember, pretty much all the Tony Abbott cuts are still there. Malcolm Turnbull hasn't been undoing the 2014 budget and we're heading to a budget that's increasingly looking like a photocopy of Tony Abbott's.But are you walking into the Government's rhetoric on high taxing, the deficit levy on high income earners that's due to end next year, you will keep it so you can spend it, presumably. The Government plans to scrap it so taxpayers can spend it. On the tax and spend, first of all let's not forget in terms of spending, this Government is still spending at global financial crisis levels and in terms of taxation, they are a higher taxing government as a percentage of GDP than we were when we were in office. So they will use the rhetoric a lot, but the numbers themselves don't in fact stack up. The challenge, though, that we need to remember is the Australian economy and the Australian budget we have both a spending challenge and a revenue challenge. And Moody's have actually threatened our AAA credit rating with a warning about this, that we need to deal with both. Now, Scott Morrison as Treasurer, has just said that doesn't matter, he's not accepting that we have a revenue problem at all. Well, if he wants to put our AAA credit rating at risk, that has an impact on the borrowing rates that people have throughout the nation. It's a big call to say we don't have a revenue agencies
problem when even the credit rating agencies are saying that we do. Isn't it also a big call, though, you voted for this deficit levy to come off in 2017, now you're saying you will renege on that?We haven't made a final judgement on it and we're waiting until we see what's in the budget to see whether the Government in fact go through with this. But let's not forget, when this was introduced it was titled a deficit levy that they thought was going to get rid of the deficit and from what budget to the next this government doubled the deficit. That's what they did. But they doubled it from one budget to the next on their own numbers.But then again f you keep this deficit on you're effectively locking in 47 cents plus Medicare as the top marginal rate?Well, you have to make decisions as to - for revenue, who can most afford it and on expenditure where you can, you know, be most strategic in your spending. I mean the challenge here that we have, that we see from the Government, is when it comes to revenue, you know, they're not willing to tax people who can afford it and when it comes to spending, they're not willing to fund people where it's needed.But you say they go soft on high income earns but look at what's now proposed, or at least leaked on the super concessions, that they're prepared to go further than Labor. And they say this immediately before a budget where by their own of
time frame they will have put none of the measures through the Federal Parliament before they go to an election, on their own time line. They have spent 12 months railing against giving all the arguments against what we had proposed on superannuation, against what we'd proposed on multinational tax avoidance. Against what we'd proposed ontobacco excise yet on negative gearing they said there were excessed and now in today's papers they're saying well, they're going to go against that too. They are going to an election with the opposite of their record on all of these measures. And against that, you've had an Opposition that has methodically been putting forward where the priorities of a Labor go
Government would be.But if they do go ahead, though, on the concessions around superannuation, they go further, you're bringing the threshold down to $250,000, they're talking about $180,000, so if they hit twice as many people, they raise far more revenue, would threshold?
Labor then consider lowering the threshold?Let's have a look at what they do. At the moment we're trying to run off the back of their anonymously backgrounded briefings of the papers. Now ordinarily in the lead up to a budget you would take that at face value as a serious government proposal. But with this mob, comments they've given in front of cameras on the record, they then argue the opposite of a few weeks later. So I think we've really got to wait and see for where they're at by the time they're delivering the budget. You mentioned negative gearing and the Government has clearly identified that as an Achilles heel you
for Labor and given the city that you live in, they will be running this line strongly, that rents will go up, house prices come down. Now that's a savage attack.And in the same way, remember a few weeks ago we had the Assistant Treasurer arguing that housing prices would go up, Malcolm Turnbull arguing that housing prices would go down. The housing market has a series of upward and downward pressures in it and they have no economists who have been out there backing in this fear campaign they've wanted to run. Effectively it's again Malcolm Turnbull adopting the policy agenda that Tony Abbott told him to adopt and this is where all of these issues tend to end up with Tony Abbott winning their internal policy debates. Malcolm Turnbull, if he wants to run a fear campaign, he needs to know this. He's running it on the opposite arguments to what Scott Morrison was arguing only a few months ago. He's arguing that the second, third and 10th homebuyer should get more government assistance than the first homebuyer. And he's arguing that by protecting the tax concession that's justification for cutting the local school, slashing campaign he
Medicare. If that's the election campaign he wants, we're in that argument.They will go on about the spending issue and there's a longer term issue as well that the Opposition will need to deal with and that is spending around the NDIS and the longer term. They say that it's not adequately funded. Which is extraordinary. There was bipartisan support when the National Disability Scheme was announced -Provide you fund it adequately.We did, it was all released and it had all been provided formally by the department, the graphs are out there, where we showed exactly how it would be funded over the full 10 years. What the Government has done, is the spending cuts that we'd proposed to pay for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, they've gone through, they've legislated some of them themselves, and they've just pocketed that money and said oh no, National Disability
that doesn't count towards the National Disability Scheme anymore, only the Medicare levy does. So what they've done is they've pocketed money that had been there for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, only
claimed the revenue item was the only one that counted and then said oh look, this system's not affordable anymore. Well, they make the decision if they want to remove funding that had been provided. And the only reason you would make that decision is if you don't believe in this fundamental reform that they went to the election claiming was bipartisan.Can I just ask you finally on penalty rates, and I just get the feeling this is an issue that neither side really wants to deal with but you will Work
probably have to because the Fair Work Commission will come down with some recommendations. When Bill Shorten was asked about this during the week and he was asked whether Labor would embrace any recommendations, he said yes, they would. So if one of the recommendations was that Sunday penalty rates become Saturday rates, Labor's locked in, you will support that?I think that we're getting ahead of ourselves in advance of a decision. Both the Liberal Party and the Labor Party made submissions to the Fair Work Commission. The Coalition, the Libs and the Nats gave all the reasons as to why penalty rates should be cut. The Labor Party put in a submission as to why penalty rates should be protected. There are people working today and let's make it clear that people working this afternoon are making a bigger sacrifice working on a Sunday than I'll be making working on a Tuesday. That people deserve an extra amount of money there. Now we are in advance of the decision and the comments made by Bill Shorten there were in the wake of the Government having a situation where their response to a decision they hadn't liked on road safety was to abolish the tribunal.Hang on, was hips
it Bill Shorten getting ahead of hips when he said that he will accept the findings?No, he's made clear Labor supports having an independent umpire. We're now in advance of that independent umpire bringing down a decision and we support having an independent umpire, that's what he was referring to but beyond that, we believe people deserve penalty rates, that's our position, it's why we made a submission to the independent tribunal.Thanks for your time this morning.Good to be back.

Alright, there appears to be an event happening. They said to watch for warning signs. The first stage is confused speech.Last month, my Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash, u should say later this month. Cancel this election, these advertisements today.It's going off like a frog in a sock.The second stage is physical disorientation.We were called back or flown in and then we were are all going home tonight.Calculating by the rise of intensity of reports of incidents within the affected area, one can guess at a crude timetable.What are they saying? Australia is heading for a double dissolution poll on July 2 effectively setting up a 75-day election campaign.Day one of the lengthy unofficial election -When you can't think any more evil would be invented.(cyan) Look at this, my sister sent it to me. The ABCC will be a trigger for a double dissolution election.What kind of terrorists are these?Labor's ready for this election. We look forward to putting forward our positive plans for Australians which put people first.

There are forces at work beyond our understanding. We just have to be alive when it's over. There's too many of them together. Run.

What Mr Turnbull has done is inflict on Australia the longest campaign in living memory.Yep. There is an option to have a July election now.We need to do something.Just let me think.The feedback I'm getting from right around the country is extraordinary, people are excited about this campaign, they're motivated.I need a second.The double dissolution election is about giving people their say.We can't just stand here.Give me a second.Australia needs a PM who will deliver, not dither.Please, tell us what to do.I need a second, OK, why can't anybody give me a god damn second! Identify the two groups, that's what I'm trying to do. Interpret.Yes, eventually. And Malcolm Turnbull copped some criticism this week over his tactics surrounding the confirmation of the date but as he would put it, he spent the week sort of lining up the ducks, I suppose. Here he is.I just want to be very clear that we are governing, we have a lot of decisions to make, not least of which is the budget, the most of the
important economic policy statement of the year and so we have all of that work ahead of us and we will be doing all of that and making a lot more decisions between now and when I expect both houses to be dissolved.Mark, that's the way he wanted it to be seen. Did he lose the initiative as a result?You did get the impression when the Senate acted so quickly to dispense with the ABCC bill on the first day, rather than taking the two weeks that munl had lined up for it, that it was the Government that was caught off-guard, that it wa tz Government that wasn't really quite ready to go and so that vision we just saw was from the next morning. It was basically lunchtime by then and that was Malcolm Turnbull's first comment on it. There had been those other ministers out. Julie Bishop in particular, sort of equivocating about it, talking about well we now have the option of a July election. There was a fair bit of confusion and mixed messaging going on. I suppose Bishop didn't want to pre-empt the PM making the announcement but it did look rather ungainly, the whole thing.There's a sort of practical dimension to this which is that the Coalition in opposition argued against Julia Gillard when she called the election early, when she named the date early and said well you've named the date. Under the caretaker conventions we are essentially in caretaker mode, we things
want the briefings, we want all the mode.
things that come with caretaker mode.That's going to be an 8-month caretaker mode.They're very conscious of that, they know they did that and that's another reason why they're fudging it now. Labor doesn't want to go into caretaker mode. They don't want all their shadow ministers having to be paying for their own travel. That's what happens the minute caretaker mode comes in. They're playing a political game here.Did Malcolm Turnbull cop a bit of criticism because he didn't meet media expectations. The media expected this to be the moment. Bill Shorten went off and treated it as the launch and laid out the Labor didn't.
manifesto and Malcolm Turnbull didn't.Possibly. It just sort of underscores, this has been a really complicated thing that the PM has had to do in order to set up this double dissolution election. It's involved a number of different steps and the Government has been trying to do all of that when it doesn't actually have the numbers in the Senate. And so, yes, it's part of what you say, Barrie, I think it's perhaps he didn't meet the media's expectations for, you know, a triumphant launch into the prime ministerial courtyard for the opening of the election, perhaps it's that. But it's also part of this really complicated arcane things the Government's had to do in order to set up its path to the double dissolution and the other thing, of course, that happened during the special sitting is that the Senate foisted a couple of inquiries on the Government that it wouldn't have otherwise had to deal with and that's the consequence of the Government not controlling the numbers in that chamber. So it's just messy.But I don't think the Government can have it both ways. It's out wardly said this will be the result if the Senate doesn't behave and then it's got its own internal reasons that it wants to go through. And as you say, they are - did need to get the Senate voting reforms through and it now has a budget to deliver. But this is Malcolm Turnbull's timetable. It's not -Exactly.He chose it.So you can't very well say OK, now we've got all the things we want so just don't talk about the election because we're not ready. We're going to talk about it in three weeks. The Government doesn't get to decide what we talk about and when we talk about it.You can't u put DefCon 4.Bob Hawke called a double dissolution over the Australia card, it didn't take long what people for people to forget what it was called in the first place. Malcolm Turnbull hope people have a longer attention span than that.When we return, the reforms to organisation and the reintroduction of the ABCC will be made law and what that will do is protect jobs, it will drive economic growth.People are indifferent to the ABCC. They don't see it a high priority. They're puzzled why the PM sees it as such a high priority. It doesn't accord with what he promised when he said he'd provide new economic leadership. Instead we've got this obsession.And Jim Chalmers comments were supported by door stops where people didn't have a clue what the ABCC was about. Once the campaign proper gets under way will it be front and centreIt's interesting the union movement are running television ads on it now. There's a bit of concern on that side of politics that it might have some resonance. You've seen the electrical trades union and others running those ads. Reminiscent of the Work Choices act, going to take away your rights, I'm not going to be able to have a lawyer. They're hedging their bets a little when they're saying on one hand I don't think it's going to matter, on the other hand the Labor movement might think it matters.The Government wants to set up the ABCC as a trigger and also a vote on the ABCC at the joint sitting. That's a practical thing. In terms of the lead up, it's basically the Coalition rallying its base. Nobody out there in the community going about their ordinary lives sits around obsessing about union power. But the Coalition's about to go to war, it's about to call an election. The Coalition base likes nothing better than a common enemy and trade union power is the common enemy. So it was about Turnbull rallying the base.I don't think that it's just - I mean I think the ABCC thing is merely just the badge. It has technically have to have the trigger and so that's what the ABCC bill is. Chalmers is right when he says the specific focus on that might seem like an odd obsession, but I think you've got to look at this more broadly. What is going to be the attack on Bill Shorten through this campaign and it is going to be about the sort of juxtaposition or the comparison successful
between Malcolm Turnbull, the successful businessman who is now a politician who understands the economy, who has got all of these attributes against Bill Shorten who everything
is linked to the union movement and everything else. So the ABCC is really just the technical device for a broader, I think, political attack.And Bill Shorten is a captive of the union.That's right and he won't agree to clean up union militancy and lawlessness on the nation's building sites because he's basically enthralled with the unions.You can say the same thing in reverse about the banking inquiry, that Labor wants to associate Malcolm Turnbull as being linked to the big end of town. So both of those issues have a secondary benefit to the people making the argument.And everyone's in this because those ads you refer to are also effectively leveraging the ABCC issue to try and argue that broader kind of Work Choices dynamic in this political context. Rallying one base, reverse rallying another base.As Mark Reilly said the
that's when the hard hats versus the top hats come into play. That's the kind of contest being developed here. Now there was a misstep on Labor's path, it would have to be Steve Conroy's contribution when he got stuck into the Governor-General for basically doing his job. Here he is.A tawdry political stunt and the Governor-General has demeaned his office.Senator Conroy.A strong Governor-General would this.
never, would never have agreed to this.Well not for the first time Senator Conroy has disgraced himself and I look forward to the Leader of the Opposition publicly disassociating himself from those appalling remarks reflecting, as Senator Conroy did, ton integrity and the office of the Governor-General.And he did. He did tick him off. So I presume Stephen Conroy was freelancing. Well yeah, what's the Governor-General going to do? No, sorry, not going to come. That would be a tad -He got the history wrong because the situation in '75, the Governor-General had an option. This time around Peter Cosgrove had very few options.It's almost bizarre, actually, to have a Labor politician standing up and arguing for more powers for the Governor-General as to what happened in 1975.Interventionist Governor-General.Except one point, I totally agree. Conroy's tack was obviously significantly over the top and he was a lone bomber. But Labor very much wanted to get up the idea, though, in that special sitting that there was something tricky about it, that it wasn't legit.That it was a stunt effectively.That it was a stunt and in that sense there's some validity to that. It was odd to have the Governor-General come back and reopen the session of parliament on one issue during a term. It was odd.And here's something that proves that point, the Governor-General in that circumstance reads a speech, pro vieded by the Government, and instructs his two houses of Parliament to conduct business. Now one of the things that was the instruction was the registered organisations bill. Now that even got put. That didn't even get put. It does show this was a pantomime. Alright, so what fills the void now between now and the budget? There's nine days to fill. One thing that will certainly come up will be the submarines announcement, presumably they will be built in SA and they might name the successful bidder France, Germany or Japan. Interesting story this week that suggested Japan has now fallen to the bottom of the list and is pretty much out of calculations. That got the attention of the Liberal senator from SA, Sean Edwards.I was surprised when I saw that because all 3 submissions are thoroughly credible, they're very detailed, they're comprehensive and for anybody to be making those assertions now I thought was somewhat odd. So I would suggest that the Secretary of Defence's action in calling in the AFP is remarkable
perhaps appropriate.I think it's remarkable that yet again there's another Australian Federal Police investigation into the Government over leaks to do with the submarine process. The whole process of building submarines in Australia has been polluted and politicised by the current Lib Government. this,
There's a bit of intrigue around this, though. You wouldn't call-in the Federal Police if the leak was wrong. If it was wrong then it wasn't a genuine leak.They're trying to fudge a bit on whether it was right or wrong. This whole issue is about the politics in SA and whether or not they're going to win or lose seats in SA. They won't - you can assume they won't make an bad
announcement if it's going to be bad for SA. They won't make an announcement before the election. So whatever they do, they will have an eye to that. I thought it was also interesting this week that Tony Abbott's former national security adviser, Andrew shearer was in Japan and had been doing all the rounds of the senior ministers in Japan and was taking to the airwaves on Friday expressing his concern that Japan was going to be overlooked.Japan saw it very much as part of its strategic place in the region and strategic significance which accords with what we understand was Washington's position as well. That Washington wanted us to go to Japan.But it's interesting that it was an drew Shearer who worked for Tony Abbott. dimension
It looks like an Abbott/Turnbull dimension to this as well.And there was a subvisiting Australia as well.Is this they're focusing on who will win the contract or where it will be built.Where it will built. We largely know that. We largely know the bulk of the work will be done in Adelaide. It comes down to not so much who gets it but how much of the work gets done in SA and we've had the other announcement this week which is going to bridge the so-called valley of death, the manufacturing capability gap that would be created between 2018 and 2020 in SA by this quite bizarre -Patrol vessels starting off in SA and moving to WA.So the patrol vessels will be built, whatever it is, 14 or some number like that, that's going to be built but the first one or two or perhaps three will be built in Adelaide. Then that whole contract will move west -And North Queensland is saying what about us? And what about us in Cairns.That's a long way to sail them around if they're going to be polished and finished off.All of this shows the power of Nick Xenephon as manifest in the panic of Christopher Pyne and manifesting in the preoccupation that the Government has with looking after SA. You can sort of draw a line between those 3 things.Another issue that will come up, penalty rates, and this is one that neither side of politics I think basically they like to run a mile from this in the run up to an election campaign. Tony Burke insisted when Bill Shorten made his comments he was saying the Fair Work Commission is where this ought to be and said no more than that. Let's go to the videotape, 3AW. Will you accept their findings, given this is an independent body assessing raitss for Sunday, if you're PM?Yes.You will accept them?Yes.No he didn't, he didn't say that at all. He said the Fair Work Commission is the body that ought to be dealing with it. That's a fairly unequivocal commitment. Labor couldn't afford to take on that kind of a fight with the unions on the cusp of an election. Quite clearly Shorten didn't deliver the script and Tony Burke's just had to clean him up there. Apparently the leader said something quite different to what he actually said on the radio. So no, I mean Tony Burke's the last word on the matter and he has just contradicted the leader on the television.May not yet be the last word, we'll see.So one presumes that Labor's keeping its options open.Am I missing something here? As far as I can see all he's saying is we've made a submission, we believe Sunday penalty rates should be maintained but we've made a submission to this independent umpire which we support and if it hands down a decision we will observe that decision?I thought it was more ambiguous than that myself.If they hand down a decision that contradicts their submission they will observe it, yes.What's so remarkable about that?They can't afford to. How could Labor possibly interfere with penalty rates on the cusp of an election?Well, because they wouldn't be in power at that time. And look, there's no certainty that this decision - my understanding is that this decision is unlikely to come down before the election, despite reports that it is more election,
likely to come down after the everybody's
election, maybe even August.To everybody's great relief. OK, the Senate inquiry now that was called into the political donations scandal in NSW. This is set down for Thursday of this week, maybe Friday, and the really interesting element here is that they've summened Arthur Sinodinos to appear because he was chairman of the finance committee at the time, the party's Treasurer. It's a big call. The question was put to Penny Wong. They're being dealt with by the NSW Electoral Commission is it really the place of the Federal Government, particularly in the shadows of a federal election now?
campaign to jump into these issues now? It's just a stunt, isn't it? Not at all. This is a man who is a Cabinet minister.That is unprecedented and a violation of a very fundamental Parliamentary principle.He isn't compelled to appear if summoned?The Senate has ordered him to appear, so if he doesn't appear then he will be in contempt of the Senate. Whether or not he appears, I don't know. I assume he will appear but perhaps he won't. I guess we'll find out over the course of the week. In terms of precedence, obviously the Attorney-General made a compelling point. Obviously this is nuclear politics, as it goes. And Labor will likely wear the consequences of it. We'll see some tit-for-tat around this sort of activity. However, I'd say a couple of things. The whole area of donations and disclosure is an area in Australian politics which needs reform and it needs it now. I think serious questions have been raised about fund-raising activities, they need the benefit of sunlight. I don't think this is a stunt. I think any interrogation of this area is critically important and that people -You can say those things.Hang on, hang on. We can talk about the politics and the tactics and become obsessed with those thing and of course those things are important. I'm talking about a substantial issue and that's the integrity of the funding and disclosure system.I agree with you that it needs sunlight on it, absolutely, and I think both things it's
can be true that it's important and it's a good opportunity to take another look at this in a forum where they might be able to extract some more information and certainly provide some discomfort for Senator Sinodinos but it is a bit of a stunt. They've got 6 days to report, they're going to bring down their report in between budget day and Bill Shorten's reply.No, no, of course it's all part of the political tactics but I'm just trying to draw a line between us talking about the political tactics.Indeed.And talking about a substantial issue.It's a shame it won't have longer. It's a shame it won't have longer to do its work because it's a complex issue and it would be nice to get to the bottom of it completely and not just superficially.Is it also designed to throw Arthur Sinodinos off his game a bit, distract him given he record.
is a key strategist with a proven record.He's a key strategist in an office that has a dearth of that. We know Malcolm Turnbull has not run an election campaign as a PM or even as a party leader so he's very inexperienced. There are lots of people around him who are very inexperienced. As Tony Nutt and the party machine who has a lot of experience but essentially Turnbull needs all the political wisdom around him that he can get. I wouldn't be surprise fd that's at least an element distracting him and taking him out of the main game for some period of time.Alright, usually I'm talking about the void between now and the budget in effect, I guess, the body between now and the calling of the election. We usually wait until the campaign proper before a candidate explodes, but this time around we've got an early candidate - an early nomination for that and that's Sophie Mirabella in the seat of Indi which she's going up against the Independent. This is what happened at a debate in Wangaratta on Thursday night.As you know, I had had a commitment for a $10 million allocation to the Wangaratta Hospital that if elected, I was going to announce the week after the election, you know that. That is $10 million that Wangaratta hasn't had because Cathy got elected. So the question is, so the question is for people, who can best deliver that funding in a Turnbull Coalition Government? And it hasn't been delivered by Cathy and should I be elected, I think I know - I think you know what I would do.I do not believe that what Sophie Mirabella and the Liberals have done in the last term is ethical. I believe it smacks of almost political corruption to say that merely because you didn't vote for me we will punish you. That's the sort of stuff you see in a banana republic, not a functioning democracy.So Labor's referred it to the Auditor-General. The Age in an editor ial talked about this being filthy payback. It's unusual language to use in a sober editorial. A filthy payback. There's a reason they try and be a little - subtle on these pork barrelling issues. Because it's inducements are a bit dodgy under the electoral act. You're not supposed to be offering inducements for people to vote for you or punishments if they don't. She's created a bit of a problem for herself and if you want to see the reaction of the voters in Indi, or at least some of them, you look at the faces behind her when she said it. People going oh. I don't know it's the best way to start out. She was a person -She's a bit of a blunt instrument.She's a divisive figure and she didn't get back in and a lot of people thought she was nasty and not very pleasant and so this is probably not doing her cause all that much assistance.As luck would have it, Scott Morrison, the Treasurer, was booked in to spend the day with Sophie Mirabella the very next day and this is what happened.I think this has been a gross mischaracterisation of what occurred. There was no public commitment to that hospital funding before the last election.And in that situation it was decided locally it's such an important issue not to fall into the pork barrelling arguments but for me to wait until after the election. Now, I lost the election. I left it to the new member to carry on the hospitals.
campaign to get funding for hospitals. I can't deliver something when I'm not there as the member.So she just confirmed it, that the money was there.I'm told the money wasn't there, so it's a bit weird. But there's certainly been a late night session of finding a form of words.If the money was there why would you keep that from the electorate?We believe they were going to unveil a $10 million pledge after the budget that they weren't prepared to talk about before the election.It's pretty unorthodox. The form of words, no public commitment, is designed to cover them off on that legality saying we didn't props it, it wasn't an inducement. It's a mistake.If we pull back from the study
inelegance of this particular case study though, it's interesting because we are seeing these contests in this election, obviously there's Tony Windsor versus Barnaby Joyce, there's the Indi contest, there will be other independent contests and of course Labor Party candidates and Coalition candidates that's their big selling point against independents, that we can deliver. We're plugged into the Government, we can deliver all these things for the electorates. Unlike that guy can't
who is just an independent and can't do anything for you.Just a voice in the wind.So I suppose maybe Sophie was a bit lulled or something but anyway she certainly made a right hash of things.She didn't get slaughtered last time. It was actually quite a close I
result so really -3 or 400 votes, I think.So really she can't afford to be putting a foot wrong. She needs to run a fairly even campaign.She just put both feet wrong. We will be talking this time next week about the budget, it will only be 2 or 3 days away by then. One thing that emerged from that leak around the advertising that emerged is confirmation about the tobacco excise and the superannuation concessions, right. Now, Malcolm Turnbull cops it, whichever way. They say that he's a captive of the right, he can't move away from the right rkts doesn't dare too, right. And yet those and
initiatives will offend Tony Abbott and yet they will be there in the budget, right?Theoretically, yeah. So how do you run the argument then that this is just Abbott like if he takes these initiatives?It probably does weaken that argument a bit and presumably if it all happens in the heat of - once it's delivered in the budget and we're right on the cusp then of the actual formal calling of the election within a couple of days then presumably that is going to silence the internal critics or at least that might be the working theory.There's two things. We've got to see how the sum of the budget turns out, basically. We can't sort of look at individual measures because some taxes may be increased and other taxes may be decreased and so you've got to look at the sum of the parts. I totally agree with your point, Barrie, that there's enormous pressure on Malcolm Turnbull from that element of the Liberal Party base, not to increase any taxes at all. Which is just -And then the risk, of course, is that element of the party will make that known after the budget and Malcolm Turnbull just can't afford that.But in the end, you cannot save the amount of money they need by cutting spending. There just isn't enough to cut and the accepted wisdom seems to be the only way you're going to raise a sub substantive amount of money is to raise a tax somewhere. He can counter with where can I find a substantive amount of money without doing something like this.And the question is what is rich, that was put to Bill Shorten.Is $180,000 rich?No, it's not.But these are the people who have to keep on paying the deficit levy. An impossible question to answer for a politician trying to draw the line. going to
One wonders whether if Labor is going
going to do it, whether Labor's going to extend it or make it permanent, whether the temporary budget repair levy is going to be permanent or tied to the actual deletion of the deficit.That's permanent.At the moment.Let's talk about the banks now and the coincidentally within a week or so of Labor Party talking about a Government
royal commission into the banks the Government came up with its response to ASIC and beefed it up and made it a far more powerful cop on the beat. So let's see how that debate unfolded through the week.

I Au - announce that the banks will pay an additional $121 million to increase the resources of ASIC to be a stronger cop on the beat.Very pleased, thank you.Making sure ASIC can be forward leaning, can be an even tougher cop on the beat.I just want to get on with the job. No longer will it be the case that taxpayers will be hit to fund this regulator and this enforcement authority, this cop on the beat.To ensure that it does its job and it tough
is the tough cop on the beat.A tough cop on the beat.A tough regulator on the beat.Today's announcements are cop outs.Mr Turnbull today has sold out Australians in favour of the big banks.They have confirmed their strong support for the changes to ASIC.They will be popping champagne corks tonight.Scott Morrison said today he'd get very, very cross with the banks if they pass this levy on.I would be furious.He'd give them a good talking to. He'd wave his finger at them no doubt.They have confirmed that they will not be passing on the costs.Now, of course, more money for ASIC is welcome.The real issue here is why is Mr Turnbull so desperate not to have a banking royal commission?That would take many years, that would compensate nobody.It will just get an Bill Shorten.
outcome, a political outcome for Bill Shorten.We will not let this issue go.We're putting action first to ensure that the corporate regulator has the resources to do its job better.We are willing to you
take anyone on no matter how big you are.The work of improving your cop on the beat never stops.So Mark, there was a review in place and they were entitled to respond to that review but because of the timing it's almost impossible to shake off the perception, isn't it, that they were following Labor on this?Yeah, a and who knows whether the dental announcement we've seen today has also been sort of insert edded into this rather difficult hollow between the election being sort of half called and when it's going to be formally called. Certainly, I think the Government has taken some good steps here and the policy probably will go some way towards working in the formal sense. But whether it actually gets the politics right or not that probably
remains to be seen. I think probably not.Now, what do the two leaders think of one another? Bill Shorten volunteered something on that. Malcolm Turnbull was asked about it.Seven months ago I believed that my job would be harder when Malcolm Turnbull replaced Tony Abbott. But I thought we'd be in for a better standard of politics. Instead, in the last 7 months plus, we've seen a PM slowly shrink into his job.What's one characteristic you admire in Bill Shorten?Well, look, I haven't turned my mind to that. I don't want to say that - I don't want to say there's nothing - I don't want to say there's nothing I admire in him.As hard as he tried nothing came to mind, not immediately. And again, themes around election campaigns. This one's developing very slowly but Labor's come up with putting people first. The Government talks about jobs, growth, the transition from the old you can
economy to the new one. But the one time,
you can rely on comes up all the time, who do you trust? Here it is again.Who do you trust to keep interest rates low?This election will be about trust. Who do you trust to reduce cost of living pressures?Who do you trust to ensure Australia continues successfully to transition from an economy fired up by a mining construction boom to one that is more diverse?It's a waste of coalition to come up with that line of trust.This was an audacious line when it came from John Howard at the time because you remember it followed the children overboard issue where people felt he hadn't been honest but it was framing it as not as honesty but as steadiness and stability. That's what the Coalition have done ever since. That's all very well but for Malcolm Turnbull it's more complicated because he keeps on saying there's never been a more exciting time. He's talking about excitement and change and that's a bit scary and actually, you know, when you're also battling the disappointment of voters who thought you might behave differently as PM, it's a hard argument to prosecute.More with our panel shortly but time now for Mike Bowers and Talking Pictures.

I'm Mike Bowers and I'm photographer at large for the Guardian Australia. I'm talking pictures this week with Alice Workman from BuzzFeed Australia. They say that politics is the yard of the possible. This week's extraordinary sitting lived up to its name. It was kind of weird, strange.
though, wasn't it?It was very strange. It's a very rare occurrence this happens where they do bring parliament back but everything from the Governor-General having to come in and reopen Parliament.To be fair, he had no choice.Peter Cosgrove did not look that happy to be there. Getting the Johnny Depp style treatment of getting a gun in the back reading out this statement yes, we're here to pass two bills and we rejected one and we forget about that other bill, but it's fine, we'll all just keep going. But this is the first time, it should be noted, that Barnaby has had ha seat at the table. Hee got the handshake.There was a lot of hoo-ha about did he deserve one, who was meant to get it, who wasn't.She did, I think her reaction was extraordinary. The faces she pulled and then she did a swifty. Wasn't meant for the handshake.Bronie came in and there the
was never any chance she was going the sit behind Tony Abbott.We hardly knew you. If I was her I'd chopper
pay on my own dollar to get a chopper to land on the roof of Parliament the day after the budget, the last day here, either arriving or leaving.And here is Ricky Muir.Ricky Muir's face is how everyone felt this week in Parliament. Why are we here? What are we doing? I don't want to be here. Can I go home? After I put this tweet up I did get a text from Senator Muir saying I don't understand that meme wroouf nut of my on the internet. I think he had a laugh.Munl did this several times and I found out he wasn't well.It was 17 degrees in Canberra and I was surprised to see him sweat.Hasn't been an easy week for Malcolm and he ran into some kids from Malvern in Melbourne.He started talking to them about agility and invo - innovation and growth.I do love daid David Pope's reden of ScoMo and Michaelia.It's It's a milk track - Malc truck not a Mack track. He's done the count downclock and think it's going to go off.I think is the visual representation of what was happening behind the scenes been the vote on Monday. Vote this through or lose your jobs. Boom, you're gone.And Australians are just as unique of warm and direct. Barnaby, he won. Surely the story of the week was Pistol and Boo and the extraordinary video.Johnny Depp was feeling the Barn this week. It was great because here's a warning to all the celebrities in the world, if you break our rules we're going to embarrassing you in ways you can't even imagine.The sweaty man is going to bring you down.And also who knew Johnny Depp had a worse performance in him than Pirates of the Caribbean III. Fairfax came out and did some interesting by-line pictures that they were attempting to use as new by-line. They all looked like they were in a Country Road ad.Or the cover of GQ as the case may be. Some wag has knocked this up. Mark Kenny, smart and sexy, is he the complete package from the press gallery.This is my favourite. I'm ready, James Massola declares he's not just an Aldi version of Mark Kenny.This is your first solo throw back to Barrie.Yeah, any tips on how I should go?Just commit, commit to it. Don't look like Johnny Depp. Commit to it and look straight down.Less bad acting OK. Back to you, Barrie.Thanks, guys. I thought that was for real, Mark. There you go. An observation. Yes, look, we're just about to go into a campaign, an ABC colleague of yours, Frank Keaney in the press gallery has done a diary of the 2013 election and that's being launched this week. I thought I might just mention that for those political junkies who want to look inside the campaign.Karen. Spending is not the only thing getting a trim. The Department of PM and Cabinet, there's a new barbershop in the foyer. It's been there about a month. The Facebook page says they cut women's hair as well but it seems to be an emphasis of short, back and sides. Putting the razor back into razor gang. It's been interesting to see the Government enter the multinational tax avoidance de - debate over the last couple of days with an announcement on bribery and an announcement regarding register of beneficial ownership. Just shows no-one can afford to be on the wrong side of that debate. And I'd say watch this space with a business backlash to that.We'll leave you now with Barack Obama's forgiven if not forgotten tour of

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This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Good morning and welcome to Weekend Breakfast. I'm Miriam Corowa. And I'm Andrew Geoghegan. Making news this morning: The government to make no change to negative gearing in the budget, saying it would drive down property values. We will be making no changes to negative gearing. We will back the Australian public every step of the way and not impose a tax.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Syrian refugees in Turkey amid EU efforts to deter migrants. North Korea's Foreign Minister says they'll suspend nuclear tests if the US stops military exercises in South Korea. And defending NRL premiers North Queensland remain unbeaten at home with a victory over Parramatta.

Hello, thanks for joining us. It's Sunday the 24th April. Also coming up on Weekend Breakfast: With the retirement age in Australia nudging 70, it's inevitable that older workers will become a growing presence in the workplace and it's raising fears of discrimination. We will have to work for longer. That raises the question of our place in the workforce as we get older and it is raising fears of discrimination. A study by the University of Sydney business school has revealed stereotypes about older workers are alive and well in some industries, but also found the most innovative workplaces are actually the ones most likely to overlook age. Later this hour we'll be joined by one of the researchers from the study, Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher. I think they are talking about a balance. Obviously older workers have the experience. They do have a place. Younger workers have the wheel, they aren't bitter and twisted. That's right, bringing new ideas and new blood so to speak. It is a question of how we find the That's right. We will have a look at that later. Let's check the weather in the Let's check the weather
in the capitals. In Brisbane - a possible shower developing. shower developing.
A shower or two clearing in Sydney. Mostly sunny in Canberra. Partly cloudy in Melbourne. Clear in Hobart and Adelaide. A smoke haze in Perth. And partly cloudy in Darwin. The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will today confirm the Federal Government will not make any changes to negative gearing in the may budget.

It follows a plan from Labor that would restrict negative gearing to new houses and grandfather existing investments from next year. Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said the Federal Opposition's proposal could impact on investor confidence and drive down the value of house prices. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has met with Syrian refugees at a camp in Turkey as part of efforts to strengthen the relationship between Turkey and the European Union. She met children and inspected living conditions at the Nizip camp, which is home to some 5,000 migrants. The Chancellor supported a recent deal to return thousands of asylum seekers from Greece to Turkey. She was joined at the camp by EU dignitaries and Turkish Prime Minister. They'll discuss how turkey plans to spend the more than $4 billion promised by the EU to deal with the crisis. TRANSLATION: Today we have been able to take a closer look at the efforts that Turkey's undertaking, not only to provide a safe haven for millions of refugees but also to provide them with opportunities and perspectives. And in its agreement with Turkey, the European Union has agreed on the principle of better burden-sharing. What we want is to make sure is that the refugees don't have to resort to illegal channels for migration but to put it on a legal footing. But it's not very easy to stop the flow of migrants through dangerous channels and thus we have to work to provide the people with better opportunities close to their home country. North Korea says it's willing to halt its nuclear weapons tests if the United States suspends its annual war games with South Korea. The North Korean Foreign Minister Ri-Su Yong warned any attempt to pressure or punish the country will only increase its resolve to resist and defend its sovereignty. This comes after the communist country fired what appears to be a ballistic missile from a submarine off its north-east coast. The US State Department says a ballistic missile launch would be a clear violation of multiple UN security council resolutions. Two men have been charged over the alleged sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Police say the pair approached the girl at Freshwater Beach on Thursday afternoon and drove her to Brookvale. It's alleged the 22-year-old and 25-year-olds assaulted her at an undisclosed location. Police were alerted and detectives arrested two men on Friday afternoon. They've been charged over the assault and are expected to face court later this week.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a university professor in north-western Bangladesh. English professor Rezaul Karim Siddiquee was hacked to death on his way to work by two assailants on a motorcycle. The Islamic State group says they targeted the professor because he was 'calling to atheism', but his colleagues say he never spoke or wrote anything about religion or Islam. Bangladesh has seen a spate of killings by Islamist militants targeting secular or atheist writers in recent months. But the government denies IS has a presence in the country. Police in the United States are still looking for one gunman who killed eight members of the same have
family in a high error. The bodies have been found across four crime scenes. --In Ohio. The police say three babies and a 2-year-old child survived the assault. Authorities haven't given a possible motive and no arrests have been made. Samoa appears to have emerged largely unscathed by cyclone Amos, which hit the country overnight as a category three system. Winds of up to 120km/h buffeted the country and torrential rain swept away roads. But authorities say there was less damage than anticipated and no loss of life has been reported. Amos is heading towards American Samoa, but authorities there have cancelled a hurricane warning as wind speeds diminish. And Prince Charles has visited the home and grave of William Shakespeare to mark the 400th anniversary of his death. The Prince greeted people outside the playwright's former home in Stratford Upon Avon, before laying a wreath inside the Church of Holy Trinity. The occasion is being marked across Britain with parades, services and stage performances. Fans say Shakespeare's work is just as vital today as it was 400 years ago. Science and technology moves on. Major moves on and does its thing. We don't. We have all the love, the AMP, the fear, everything that goes with Shakespeare and what came out of that time is still relevant to everybody here today.It is just the human aspects of his work that captures most people, because you can relate to it, despite the fact that it is from the 1600.I live in Stratford and you couldn't possibly miss this when it is on your doorstep.Over to the sport. The Western Bulldogs continued their blistering start to the season but may have lost another key player to injury. Matt Suckling hurt his knee and ankle in a marking contest during the dogs 53 point thumping of Brisbane. Meanwhile, Geelong overcame a slow start to defeat port Adelaide by 48 points. Some players could be lighter in the pockets this week after a brawl broke out at quartertime.

A late Corey Norman sin binning has denied Parramatta victory over North Queensland. The Eels led the cowboys in the second half when Norman was shown yellow in the 65th minute. The cowboys took advantage of the extra man, scoring two tries on their way to a 32-16 win. The Waratahs' season back is back on track following a thumping 49-13 win over the western force in Perth. Wallaby Israel Folau crossed midway through the second half to become the side's outright leading try scorer. Meanwhile, the Reds have slumped to their seventh defeat of the season. They went down to the Stormers 40-22. Manchester United are through to the FA Cup final following a 2-1 win against Everton. With scores locked a 1-1, the match looked destined for extra time. But Anthony Martial found the breakthrough with just seconds remaining in injury time. The Red Devils will play either Crystal Palace or Watford on May 21. It was an incredible end to that FA Cup semifinal. It was indeed and looking like there will be more spectacular scenes. We are also anticipating what will happen to Western. Of course. And the A-League semifinals between the Wanderers and the Roar tonight. Thank you for your company. Coming up, it is confirmed the government will not make any changes to negative gearing. Also, European leaders meet on the Turkey- Syria border to announce their new asylum seeker deal. And filmmakers using new virtual reality technology to show what could be the future for movie-goers. The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ruled out any changes to negative gearing in the May budget. The Coalition criticises labour's proposal, saying it could impact confidence. -- Wanderers and the Roar -- Labor's.. What is the number one asset people take pride in in Australia? It is their home. The feedback I have received has been overwhelming in terms of please do not do anything that is going to lower the value of our home. But for our kids in particular make it harder for them to invest and so we have made a determination that, based on where at
the housing market in Australia is at the moment, and it is unfortunately dropping, we will make no changes to negative gearing. We will back the Australian people every step of the way and not impose a tax.The shadow finance minister Tony Burke says the government's position remains ambiguous.Let's have a look at what they do. At the moment we are trying to run off the back of their anonymously backgrounded weavings of the papers. Ordinarily in the lead up to a budget you would take that at face value as a serious government proposal, but with this mob comments they've made on camera on record they then argue the opposite of the few weeks later. So we really have to wait and see where they are rats by the time they deliver the budget. That's Tony Burke. Turkey and European leaders have met on the Turkey-Syria border to announce their recent deal is slowing the flow of migrants into Europe. Under the agreement, migrants who arrive in Greece can be sent back to Turkey if they don't qualify for asylum. But Turkey says the deal will collapse unless Turkish citizens receive visa-free travel to Europe.

What a difference nearly a year makes. Angela Merkel, who once said Syrians could come to Germany, is still under pressure back on and now she's here to try to ensure a controversial deal to send hundreds of thousands of Syrians back to Turkey doesn't fall apart. The banner above the visitors declares Turkey the world's biggest host to refugees. It is home to 2.7 5 war.
million Syrians who have fled the war. Only 285,000 are in camps. Human rights organisations claimed the deal between Turkey and the EU rakes EU laws and the UN Convention on refugees. -- breaks EU laws. At the camp the media weren't allowed to talk to refugees. We managed to ask these Syrians if they wanted to stay here or go to Europe. He responded with one word. Leave. With heavy security this may have been a smooth running visit, but beneath it all are really hard questions for Turkey and Germany, also the European Union. The Turks are unhappy unless they get delivery of these are free access for their citizens. -- visa free. At the news conference that hardly any reference was made to visa free access.TRANSLATION: What is important is that all parties live up to their responsibilities. The most important issue is the visa free arrangement in line with the agreement on return of refugees to Turkey.Angela Merkel claimed the deal was in everyone's interests. TRANSLATION: We want to make sure the refugees do not need to take the illegal brute. We don't only want to stop the illegal migration. -- illegal route. Although that is the goal. We want to prevent people from choosing this dangerous route and want to offer more opportunities close to their home region. We want to improve the cooperation between the EU and Turkey.- will be the main focus of the first amount of money released by the EU this summer. 1 billion euros aimed mainly at education. If the deal runs its full course of 6 billion euros will be paid out. Angela Merkel made reference to Turkey needing to fulfil another 72 preconditions before it could get visa free access to the EU. The leaders left with lingering doubts over whether that part of the deal will come to fruition. Potentially it could still be a dealbreaker. The US president Barack Obama has urged young people to reject pessimism and not to pull back from the rest of the world. Mr Obama was speaking at a question and answer session with 500 youth leaders in London on the last day of his final visit to Britain as president. All the world is a stage in this particular player is nine months away from his exit. Barack Obama visited the Globe Theatre on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Then he was on to meet the future great writers and leaders, a town hall meeting of 500 people and a sprinkling of Stardust in. --In Westminster.You all know why it came this week. Nothing was going to stop me from wishing happy birthday to Her Majesty. And meeting George. Who was adorable. Then he wanted a conversation with his young crowd drawn from colleges across the UK. To motivate, encourage and make them feel like everything was possible.When I speak to young people I implored them and I implore you to reject those calls to pull back. I am here to ask you to reject the notion that we are gripped by forces we cannot control. And take a longer and more optimistic view of history in the part you can play on it.He praised the EU but that was as close as he got to the Brexit argument. Then a stream of questions which the President with jacket off and sleeves rolled up spending or chunk of time answering.Anything to say to your successor?This is then quite an instrument event, for over an ally the President has taken random questions from young people here in London and his message is up eight, he seems to be saying there is never been a better time to be alive and that there are no problems that cannot be solved without commitment and hard work. yes
Seven years in he still believes in yes we can. He then went with David Cameron to play a game that is inferior team. A strong passion of the President. -- infuriating. An announcement is due any day on which regional town will become the third trial site for the Federal Government's cashless welfare card. An experiment first proposed by mining magnate Andrew Forrest designed to quarantine much of a person's welfare so it can't be spent on alcohol. A town in Western Australia had pinned its hopes on hosting a trial saying alcohol fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour is crippling its community. But despite widespread support for the scheme it's set to miss out. Charlotte Hamlyn is in Leonora in WA's Goldfields. This is a community plagued by drug and alcohol abuse and violence. Leaders here said that desperate for change and are willing to try anything to address some of the social issues facing this community. They pinned hopes on becoming a trial site the Federal Government's Kasha 's welfare card. It limits the amount of cash a person on welfare can access and restricts where their welfare payments can be spent. The example the card would not be accepted at hotels or bottle shops. Trial has already begun in two towns. Here in Leonora, the number of recorded assaults has tripled in three years. There are also being for recent cases of suicide including earlier this year when it eating -- when a 15-year-old girl took a lie. Leaders lame alcohol. -- leaders blame alcohol.The virus is the worst that has ever been, I have lived here 50 years and I've never seen it this bad before. The town is almost in crisis not knowing the best

Late last year the human services Minister Alan Tudge visited Leonora to assess its suitability for the trial but there has been no word from the minister since. The more likely frontrunner is Geraldton in Western Australia. The local shire here in Leonora says it will continue to plead with the Minister to consider it as a water possible trial site -- fourth. Age discrimination in the workplace can impact the careers of young and old, with assumptions that experience comes with age, while new ideas are the realm of the young. New research shows these stereotypes aren't just damaging, they're wrong. A study by the University of Sydney Business School has found the most innovative companies are the ones where age does not matter. For more we're joined Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher .

Thank you for coming in. I have noticed that in the past week that the stream seniors's insurance agency brought out its survey looking at all the workers and the
found that three out of five of all the workers were finding difficulty is being seen as viable.Their findings mirror a lot of findings, and once people lose their jobs after the age of 50 or 45, they find it really hard to get back into the workplace. Our project did not look at that specifically, there is a lot of research around that shows that it is true. There is a high level of age discrimination, it is very hard to understand why because it does not make any sense. Why would you be excluding people who are relatively young and have a lot to offer organisations.Worthy reasons that you found in your survey that there is a stereotype that older workers cannot bring new ideas?Those stereotypes exist generally and in popular culture, even all people make those jokes about themselves. Our researchers were inside at
organisations and we talk to people at different ages and asked them what they thought about each other and how they managed each other. Without some really interesting things. We found that young people really valued their older colleagues and thought they had a lot to contribute. We did find age discrimination but usually from older workers to younger colleagues. The organisations that were most successful were the ones where age didn't matter. Older people were given opportunity on given
new projects and younger people are given senior roles. They have flexible at issue to age. Age did not matter, people were recognised as having, not necessarily a number after their name.Are there any particular industries that are more progressive than others? And by the same token are there any that are struggling? We talk about stereotypes, the IT industry is all about employing young people, is that correct?There are industries where youth is seen as being the name of the game. Advertising would be one of those industries where it is seen as being dynamic. Proportionally we seem to associate it
dynamism and new ideas with you but it doesn't necessarily follow. I think there are people in IT who have had long and successful careers and are valuable because they will know all systems. Some people are not very innovative when their 20 and some people are very innovative in the 70s. It is in proxy.
about eight but it has become a proxy. --It is not about age. The most interesting thing about findings were that people are not innovative in isolation, people worked together to generate new ideas. Where there was success was because people were able to work alongside people who had many years experience alongside new people who have the latest knowledge from university. What we suggest is that we need to have a more opportunity based view of experience. What has that person done? Where has that person being? You might be a journalist and you have had a lot of travel experience and you can and
bring that, it is that that matters and not your age. The organisation that was successful had that attitude about everybody. Just looking at that person and thinking about the skill set.You raise a point in one of your articles about company
an interesting dilemma whereby one company was actually wanting all the work -- older workers but not finding them.This is an insurance company and they wanted more younger people, more older people, because the their customer base was older. They wanted people to recognise each other on the phone. vibrant
They said there were refined and vibrant workplace and older people were self selecting against it. Organisations can be creative themselves about how they appeal to older workers.We are often singing stories about the young will force -- workforce against the older workforce.That isn't good. Young challenges at
people are facing a lot of challenges at the moment, but you cannot blame older workers for that. Older workers are facing challenges and some would like to leave work but can't afford to. It is a bigger issue and saying that General I are like this -- Gen Y is like that is not. The National Gallery of Australia is closing its Lakeside Annex. It's the latest casualty of the budget squeeze on Canberra's national institutions..And there's little prospect of any of those cuts being restored in the upcoming budget. The last temptation and the last exhibit. After two years at reconciliation Place aside late Burley Griffin, the National Gallery of Australia is shutting up shop. The picture was much rosier two years ago when the National Gallery of Australia took control of the Lakeside space.It was really about extending the reach of the National Gallery of Australia and having a successful exhibition Street where he could attract walkers by stop to activate the space and make a cultural contribution.For a while they did a further round of budget cuts have forced their hand. The reality is that they cannot find millions of dollars in savings. Efficiency both
dividend has been they go to for both sides of politics. Labour says that enough is enough.Perhaps they were savings to begin with, everyone has to play their part in budget recovery, but year-on-year...What happens when the nanograms a leaves here is anyone guess. In the meantime it is keeping its options open for short-term commercial ventures.We have had inquiries from the community about potential for temporary use for pop-up uses. A prime location struggling to find a permanent tenant.

A high is directing called south-easterly winds with showers of gloss the New south Wales coast and is travelling low cloud across Victoria. A trough over Queensland is triggering an isolated showers that a more frequent in the tropics. A cold front that is moving across western Australia is causing showers to develop. Possible storms in the tropics but hot and dry in the west. In New south Wales showers across the coast but a possible storm in the north-east. Warm and dry west of the ranges. In Victoria called in the east. To south Australia, clear skies without the state, warm in the south and hot in the north. In WA showers developing the clear skies elsewhere. In the Northern Territory, hot with a slight chance of storms in the tropics and warm in the south. Looking ahead to morrow's forecasts, possible showers. Melbourne Hobart and Adelaide can expect a sunny day, and a sunny day in Darwin. Perth can expect showers. The top stories from ABC News: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will today confirm the Federal Government will not make any changes to negative gearing in the May budget. It follows a plan from Labor that would restrict negative gearing to new houses and grandfather existing investments from next year. German chancellor Angela Merkel and top EU officials have joined Turkey's Prime Minister on a visit to a migrant camp on the Turkish-Syrian border. Mrs Merkel's visit to Turkey comes a month after Ankara and the EU struck a deal aimed at stemming the flow of refugees into Europe. North Korea says it's willing to stop its nuclear weapons tests if the United States suspends its annual war games with South Korea. It comes after the communist country conducted a ballistic missile test in the Sea of Japan. North Korean Foreign Minister, Ri-Su Yong says further American aggression will lead to catastrophe. And defending NRL premiers North Queensland remain unbeaten at home this season after beating Parramatta 32-16 in Townsville. The eels fought back from 14-0 down at the break to hit the lead inside the final 20 minutes. But they try to Antonio Winterstein and a double to Michael Morgan, secured the win for the second-placed cowboys. -- a try. Time to take a look at the front pages of today's major newspapers. Queensland's Sunday Mail reports Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is set to rule out any changes to negative gearing under a Coalition Government. The Sunday Telegraph also has that story on Malcolm Turnbull's expected negative gearing announcement. The issue is set to become a key election battleground. South Autralia's Sunday mail has an Anzac day special report on four brothers who were shipped off to battle. Only one of them survived. The Sun-Herald says the Federal Government has ordered an investigation into the Anzac charity Camp Gallipoli over fears it failed to pass on the money it raised to veterans' associations. Victoria's Herald Sun is reporting a new AFL unit has been set up to manage players battling drug abuse with a team of experts appointed to the panel. The Sunday Tasmanian says political leaders are being urged to unite behind a $400 million University of Tasmania tech hub which is aimed at revitalising Hobart's CBD. The "digital drought" in country Australia has long been prompting farmers and regional communities to call for better internet access. But proponents of a new experimental technology say it could fill in those rural internet black spots by creating a way for farmers to share access. For more we're joined by software consultant Carsten Eckelmann. Hopefully this technology works for us! Thanks for joining us. This is called mesh technology. Just explained that term for us.Mesh technology is really technology that has been in experimentation for about 10 years in Europe. It is consisting of very low cost nodes that we will distribute in strategic positions around the countryside and every node will basically transmit Wi-Fi signals to all of the other nodes and internet signals can bus speed routed around obstructions, where a conventional technologies are blocked.You are based in Bega and I understand you were prompted to pursue this technology given difficulties around accessing internet in blackspot there. Is there something you will potentially see being rolled out more broadly across the country?Since we've gone live with it we have a multitude of requests from communities around the country. So I think once we pass our trial phase I see no problem in rolling this out nationally.Does this perhaps come down to the community is where the NBN has made it to the community but maybe some households and farmers can't afford to have that connected to their house? This could be one measure of... One way around that. On that point, if successful, how expensive is it likely to be?These are questions we don't really know answers to at the moment. The hardware is low cost. Compared to a costly and the end how, it would be a fraction of the cost. But it does rely on someone having a good internet connection and we are really just filling in the blanks and basically be a Band-Aid to providing internet to trees
those few people who are behind trees or hills.Are there were also issues around being able to meter? If you have people accessing one particular individual, or a community is' service, for instance, how do we delineate between who is using what?At the moment because the technology has been developed as a grassroots effort to help communities that are in disadvantaged locations, there isn't much about metreing. These are all systems that we will will
have as part of the trial and we will see how this goes. This is an early start up phase for us and we will see how we can develop that further. What's been the response to the community where you are, in Bega. Have you had much interest?The interest is huge. A lot of people either have no internet. Some people who had perfectly good ADSL internet are now being disadvantaged because they can't get NBN. These are very interested in technology. We also have people who have NBN and are willing to share, especially around the community.If individuals like yourself are working on projects like this, why isn't this being looked at by service providers or the government?Well, we are still trying to figure out a business model for it, so it isn't that easy. The mesh network is probably hard to meet, the deliver of content and also the service in the beginning stage that we will have to figure out how to do. --To meter. So it is probably not as interesting to the big...(INAUDIBLE). We will look on and see how the trial develops and whether it is in fact taken up by the community there and beyond. Thank you for joining us. Heading overseas. Prince Charles has been celebrating the works of William death.
Shakespeare, 400 years after his The Prince has been joined by some of Britain's finest actors, including Sir Ian Mckellen and Dame Helen Mirren. I don't know that he actually performed anything. I will purge the immortal growth. Like a spirit... The words of the world's most famous playwright, spoken by some of theatre's most famous names.To be certain, I am loved by all ladies. Only you accepted and I would I could find in my heart that I not a hard heart, for truly I love none.It wasn't just the theatre, this was a night when many different art forms have been celebrating with Shakespeare inspired works.If all of the world is a stage...This was the finale of today's events. At one the parade, watched by thousands of spectators. While around the town centre are those of -- other Shakespeare related activities. In a town well used to making Shakespeare country life for each new generation. Act two, the arrival of the Prince of Wales. He was shown around a building where the playwright lived for many years. Next, he paid his own personal tribute at Shakespeare's grave. And, finally, he and the Duchess of Cornwall arrived at the royal Shakespeare theatre for act three, tonight's celebrity studded gala.It looks like he has got a date! But even Shakespearean performances still have the capacity to surprise audiences, many expected Prince Charles to perhaps as a few words. Few expected him to be one of tonight's actors.To be or not to be, that is the question.The audience applauding a group of performance who tonight truly were a Royal Shakespeare Company. I've been waiting to hear those words spoken this weekend! There we go. Continuing with the arts theme. It is often said that if Shakespeare were alive today he would perhaps be writing for TV or film. No doubt he would. Maybe he would be featured at the Tribeca film festival, where festival-goers in New York can get close to the action this year with virtual reality. The technology involves using headsets, multiple cameras and computers to show films in a different way. Anyway to go to the pictures. Don goggles and headphones and you are in Africa. --A new way. Learning about how poaching is decimating the rare white on Soros. It seems very real, so real that when it was over I sure
actually checked both sides to make rhinos.
sure there were only virtual rhinos.I could say in the way you were experiencing this piece, and the way many others did, that I can tell where you are in the looking.
experience based on where you are looking.This is the virtual arcade at this year's Tribeca festival in New York. A series attempt to expose audiences to virtual reality. It isn't just aspiring for experimental filmmakers. Eric directed Madagascar, a feature cartoon that earned more than $500 million. He is VR video drops people right into the middle of an alien invasion.I really wasn't sure what I was going to do next. I knew I wanted to do something different. When I put a headset on and saw VR for the first time that did it for me.And there are VR documentaries. Kanju explores people looking to make changes in Africa, showing them in a ghastly different way than traditional non-fiction filmmaking. This is what virtual reality is all about, according to the director.I think it will be the merging of traditional storytelling techniques and computer science and engineering, as well as adding in this interactive element. Whether you choose to be part of an interactive story or not, we are rewriting how stories are written. The big question is whether film-goers and lots of them are willing to put on cumbersome headsets, swivel their heads back and forth and even risk is orientation or motion sickness just to watch the new blockbuster. Just looking at how film-goers are reacting, maybe people are ready for a whole new different experience when they go to the cinema. They will have to have revolving I
chairs in cinemas. I think that's the point. You really want to do it at home in the safety of your own environment! Alright. Continuing on with our arts theme. The poem 'Flashes From the Front dramatically puts the listener in the place of an Australian war correspondent in WWI. Written by poet Yvonne Harper, she paints in words the sorrows and hardships encountered by young soldiers at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. Video producer Jenny Grinlington joined forces with actor Greg Aitkin to bring you the poem in a compelling performance, shot on location in a little known memorial hall at Mallanganee on the New South Wales north coast.

Their backs were straight, their heads held high. Our troops were on the move from a camp and off to war at last. They'd volunteered to fight and to a man they would prove. A love for country that was unsurpassed. "All in", a voice came booming down. The troops moved to command and went on deck in readiness to land. Just as the moon was casting its last light on Anzac roof, our men were road towards a fight on planned. -- Anzac Cove. The same old shrapnel whizzing by. The same polluting stench. The same old lies and lies that each. That same old awful trench. One sudden shot. Last breath expelled and admired became -- might became a grave. We strode to feed the hungry guns that boomed. While mothers prayed for the safe return of sons. They had to keep moving, they were sorely afraid. Once a whistle was blown they engulf the green pastures of fronts. Both sides fell in their thousands to enemy guns that disturbed bones of men who had gone before. They were husbands and brothers and they were lost to the wall. -- war. Gruesome figures were lying about. Aussies and Tommy 's. And homes. Thousands and thousands of poor damp souls shelved by the thundering guns, duck boards swept away. Crashing bombardments of smashing steel. Terrified men every day. Along the duck board single file to the front. The men ask if this was their final stunt. Every soldier looks the same, they all are caked in mud. With chewed up cigarettes between their lips. The names were etched in blood. The fighting men have gone away, so few to live another day. In their wake they have left behind a field of flowers read as warring. -- wine a future symbol, yours and mine, they had hoped that they had saved mankind.

Thanks to the Strand in War memorial for the photographs in that story. -- Australian War Memorial. The ABC will be providing coverage of Anzac day marches and the door and service starting from 428 tomorrow morning. We'll also be covering the dawn service from Turkey which will be 1030. On this Anzac Day weekend weekend to the skies north of Brisbane. The air show aims to highlight the role of Australian airmen this Anzac day long weekend. they are still magnificent men in flying machines. The Bristol fighter was used in the Middle East in World War I.Very few people appreciate the significant contribution of Australia to the air war in World War I.There are no original World War I plane still flying in Australia, all are reproductions or replicas. Seven are at this weekend's as sure of. This German plane is powered by an original 19 18 engine.To see them play again is a tremendous experience for everyone.It is the first time they learnt to fire a machine-gun for a propeller and at change the face of war.I never thought I'd see the sort of thing here.The passion next dans across generations. -- extends. Planes for World War II, Korea and Vietnam are also on show.I love World War I and World War II aircraft. I fly it.
model aircraft, I am really into it.Flying high in all we -- all we can. Port Adelaide came out firing last night. There a pretty determined to redeem themselves. They got out to a four goal lead at quarter time and things got a little bit heated right before the break when Tom Jonas put Niugini back of Patrick Dangerfield and April broke out 70 Stal full. We don't see this often in the AFL and we cannot remember last time this has happened. The actual brawl itself didn't affect Patrick Dangerfield who has had an amazing season so far to date, he kicked the goal straight after the break and had 29 possessions. The Cats responded kicking 15 goals to three after quarter time. Geelong got home there. This is what Chris Scott had to say.The players felt like they needed to respond to something that had happened. The important part was moving on and game,
having the right focus to start the game, we were four goal down at the time so we did not need to get angry, we needed to get clinical. Let's turn our attention to the Western Bulldogs. We were talking about fairy tales early in the morning and the Western Bulldogs are one of those sites. It wasn't their best game the strongest performance, or their strongest opponent, the Brisbane Lions. But it was very important because they want to keep up with the top eight because teams get winning and they want to get wins over the lower side they can keep up with the top rate. -- top eight. They currently sit second on the ladder, they are behind Port Melbourne who without going to play next week but they might be without Matt suckling who suffered a bit of an injury scare towards the end of the first quarter and we are not sure if he will play. His knee buckled underneath him which no-one likes to see. They have lost if you place so let us if they bounce back.That is moved to NRL, the cowboys keep managing to win despite the close one.The good sides win even when they are not supposed to. They got out to a or team-0 lead against the Parramatta Eagles before the Eels made a comeback. They got to write after the break and ended up taking a lead in the Bay led 16 - 14 but then there was a yellow card and a professional foul. This is the incident, he held on to much. It could have been a penalty try it, was a penalty instead. This is what Rad Arthur had to say about that incident after the game.Definitely a turning point in the game, we were up 16-14 at the time.Was it an overreaction?I would have to have another look at it. I haven't seen many of them go to the bin, that is all.Letters have look at the rugby. The only thing we can read out at the Waratah's win is that they have stopped the rot. They had not been in the best form of late and neither has the Western Force. They have missed Rob Hall and so much this season, he scored the first try. They had a contentious one before half-time, the
but like you said Israel Falou is the milestone man. He is now the highest scoring try scorer for the Warratahs in history which is his
incredible given that it is only his fourth season in rugby. I cannot keep up with this code. Tonight we have the big match deciding who will be in the grand final. Western Sydney versus Brisbane. That's all from us here at Weekend Breakfast for today.

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