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Tonight on the '7.30 Report', light at the end of the tunnel with thousands of families, the first
steps towards first steps towards a National Disability Insurance Scheme.

To me it's a no-brainer.

Crunch Day For Emissions Trading Bill Looms

Crunch day for Emissions Trading bill looms

Broadcast: 23/11/2009

Reporter: Chris Uhlmann

Tomorrow will make or break the emissions trading bill and put Malcolm Turnbull through another
trial by fire. It seems likely that a deal on the bill will be struck between government and
opposition negotiators tonight and presented to cabinet early tomorrow.

Transcript

KERRY O'BRIEN: Tomorrow will make or break the Rudd Government's Emissions Trading bill and put
Malcolm Turnbull through another trial by fire.

It seems likely that a deal on the bill will be struck between Government and Opposition
negotiators tonight and presented to Cabinet early tomorrow.

It will then be argued through the Coalition party room where about one third of MPs appear
determined to vote it down.

Mr Turnbull seems certain to push the deal through without a formal vote, but he faces two
potential headaches: controlling the Coalition vote in the Senate, and facing the threat from some
hardliners, of a leadership spill.

Political Editor Chris Uhlmann reports.

NEWS REPORTER: Farmers are already struggling under an extended drought and scientists warn some
cities are facing further possibly severe water restrictions.

NEWS REPORTER 2: Fire fight, as Victoria prepares for a disaster.

CHRIS UHLMANN: John Howard called it the "perfect storm".

(Excerpt from the documentary 'The Howard Years')

JOHN HOWARD, FORMER PRIME MINISTER (November 2008): You had very early bushfires in Victoria, you
had the crunching grip with the drought and all of those things seem to come together...

(End of excerpt)

CHRIS UHLMANN: And Al Gore had a movie that resonated with the times.

(Excerpt from the movie 'An Inconvenient Truth')

AL GORE: Think of the impact of a couple hundred thousand refugees and then imagine a 100-million.

(End of excerpt)

CHRIS UHLMANN: In late 2006, years of talk about climate change congealed in the public's mind into
a fear about the future.

There was also an election in the wind and by the end of 2007, a new young Labor leader was staking
out the future as his territory.

KEVIN RUDD, OPPOSITION LEADER (November 2007): Mr Howard has spent a decade in denial on the
critical challenge of climate change. Even now Mr Howard still opposes Kyoto. I make this
commitment: If we are elected, I will immediately ratify Kyoto.

CHRIS UHLMANN: The climate change political storm helped undo John Howard. Coalition squabbling
over emissions trading brought down Brendan Nelson and now the same fight threatens the future of a
third Liberal leader in the space of two years.

CORY BERNARDI, LIBERAL BACKBENCHER: I find it disturbing that some of my colleagues are intent on
helping Labor to implement a massive new tax on every Australian family.

CHRIS UHLMANN: Climate change and emissions trading are diabolically complex but this much is
simple.

This week is all about Malcolm Turnbull and his leadership of the Liberal Party. He made sure of
that in October.

MALCOLM TURNBULL, OPPOSITION LEADER: I will not lead a party that is not as committed to affective
action on climate change as I am.

CHRIS UHLMANN: The ultimatum effectively turned his negotiations with the Government over amending
its emissions trading bill into a leadership ballot. And that's a problem because the bill is
staunchly resisted by about one-third of his party, led by the leader of the Opposition in the
Senate.

NICK MINCHIN, OPPOSITION SENATE LEADER: The Senate overwhelmingly rejected this abomination in
August, it should do so again.

CHRIS UHLMANN: Climate Change Minister Penny Wong has been thrashing through the details of a
compromise with the Energy Shadow Ian McFarlane and they're inching towards a deal.

PENNY WONG, CLIMATE CHANGE MINISTER: We are very close to being able to put a final proposition
from the Government to the Opposition.

KEVIN ANDREWS, LIBERAL BACKBENCHER: Minister Wong will bring the proposed deal to the Cabinet of
Australia for its consideration. Following Cabinet endorsement, the deal will be put to our, that
is the Australian Labor Party party room so it has whole of Government support.

CHRIS UHLMANN: Once Cabinet's approved the deal, it will be handed to the Opposition and the
Coalition party room is scheduled to meet from 10am until 2pm tomorrow. Agriculture has already
been excluded and it's likely that they'll be more compensation for coal miners and electricity
generators as well as greater incentives for people to save energy at home.

But the Opposition won't get everything it wanted.

PENNY WONG, CLIMATE CHANGE MINISTER: Then the Opposition party room will have to determine whether
it's prepared to support those amendments and therefore support the bill.

KEVIN RUDD, PRIME MINISTER: Mr Speaker, the deal that we put to the Opposition is a deal for this
week. The Government is focused on passing the legislation this week and the reason for that is
that the clock is ticking for us all.

CHRIS UHLMANN: The clock ticks most loudly for Malcolm Turnbull. If he recommends that the Party
accepts the deal he has the numbers to ram it through the party room. But that will be fiercely
resisted and the opponents are already canvassing tactics like having a secret ballot.

CORY BERNARDI, LIBERAL BACKBENCHER: It would be a change of policy or precedent but certainly if it
stops people from feeling intimidated to vote a particular way, if that's the will of the party
room then that's their decision.

CHRIS UHLMANN: That will be rejected but other manoeuvres are being considered. All the way up to
calling for a spill of the leadership.

KEVIN ANDREWS, LIBERAL BACKBENCHER: The leadership of the Liberal Party is a gift of the Coalition
party room and at the moment we have a leader. What we're really concentrating on at this stage is
what happens to this legislation.

CHRIS UHLMANN: No one really knows what tomorrow will bring but with the possibility of an
emissions trading system emerging by week's end, everyone is applying pressure.

Police were called to Parliament today to break up a protest blocking the main entrance from those
who, like the Greens, believe that the Emissions Trading Bill will be a bad deal for the
environment.

CHRISTINE MILNE, GREENS DEPUTY LEADER: We are paying the people who created the problem billions
and billions of dollars.

CHRIS UHLMANN: And the Managing Director of True Energy Richard McIndoe predicts dire consequences
for the electricity market. He warns of price hikes, reduced reliability of supply and that there
will be no investment in critical infrastructure, he says it would be irresponsible to pass the
bill in its current form.

With the bill before the Senate, emotions are running high.

JULIAN MCGAURAN, LIBERAL BACKBENCHER: This bill is worse than bad. It's worse than bad. It's a
hoax.

CHRIS UHLMANN: And there will be a lot of emotion behind closed doors tomorrow.

DENNIS JENSEN, LIBERAL BACKBENCHER: I certainly wasn't happy and I think there probably would be a
lot of people not happy.

CHRIS UHLMANN: Both camps inside the Coalition are treating this like a leadership ballot and
Malcolm Turnbull's supporters call MPs and Senators asking him to rise and support him in the party
room tomorrow.

But the Opposition Leader is pinioned if he gets the vote through the beneficiary will be the Prime
Minister going to Copenhagen with a freshly minted emissions trading plan.

If he loses or backs down, Kevin Rudd wins again. Then the Prime Minister will have a trigger for a
double dissolution election, and a case that the Coalition has again lost the argument for the
future.

KEVIN RUDD: The eyes of the nation are on us this week.

CHRIS UHLMANN: It's hard to work out whether Kevin Rudd is a political genius or if he's been made
to look good by his foe. But if this week he gets an emissions trading plan and a mortally wounded
Opposition Leader, there'll be nothing to ask Santa for come Christmas.

KERRY O'BRIEN: Political Editor Chris Uhlmann.

SA Premier Denies Sex Allegations

SA Premier denies sex allegations

Broadcast: 23/11/2009

Reporter: Mike Sexton

South Australian Premier Mike Rann is angrily denying allegations of an affair with a former
parliament house waitress. Last night Michelle Chantelois claimed to have had an affair with the
Premier but Mr Rann says the allegations are ridiculous.

Transcript

KERRY O'BRIEN: To South Australia now where Premier Mike Rann has angrily denied allegations of a
sexual relationship that threatens his re-election hopes just four months from now.

Former Parliament House waitress Michelle Chantelois last night claimed to have had a sexual
relationship with the Premier. Mr Rann has described the allegations as ridiculous and absurd, and
says he will take legal action.

The matter first became public last month when Ms Chantelois' husband allegedly assaulted the
premier at a Labor Party fundraiser.

While that matter will ultimately be decided by the courts, what are the political implications for
the nation's longest serving premier and is it really a matter of public interest?

Mike Sexton reports.

MIKE RANN, SOUTH AUSTRALIA PREMIER: I have not had sex with her, and the idea that I would have sex
between meetings in my office and Parliament House while Parliament is sitting is so patently
ridiculous that I would have thought all you would have known that.

MIKE SEXTON: For a Premier who has been the master of controlling the message, Mike Rann was in
unfamiliar territory, having to explain publicly details of his private life.

The South Australian leader was responding to a paid interview on Channel Seven last night where a
former waitress Michelle Chantelois told how she met Mr Rann while working in the State Parliament
dining room claiming the couple went on to have a sexual relationship.

MICHELLE CHANTELOIS: There was sex involved. There was sexual contact and intimacy involved, there
at the Parliament House in his room. You know, having me on his desk, Parliament House desk, and...

MIKE SEXTON: In his office.

MICHELLE CHANTELOIS: In his office.

MIKE SEXTON: Any one of you who is a political reporter knows how absolutely ridiculous and absurd
that would be. It's my office is like a train station, revolving door on Grand Central Station.

MIKE SEXTON: In his eight years as Premier, Mike Rann earned the nickname 'Media Mike', for his
ability to spin stories, now the South Australian leader is at the centre of a story he can't
control.

TALKBACK RADIO CALLER: Good morning, who cares? Mike Rann was obviously single, it's not a problem.

RADIO ANNOUNCER: Do you think these are going.

TALKBACK RADIO CALLER 2: I think he's gone.

RADIO ANNOUNCER: Do you think he's gone

TALKBACK RADIO CALLER 2: I think he should resign for the sake of the Party. He should go.

DAVID BEVAN, ABC RADIO ADELAIDE: The phone calls are divided. There are people who say this is a
private matter it has nothing to do with the rest of us, leave us alone.

And then at the other end of the spectrum people saying, "No, no, no, no. This is the Premier, the
allegations are that things happened in Parliament House, this goes to the character of the man".

MIKE SEXTON: Mike Rann says he and Michelle Chantelois were friends but haven't have contact since
2005.

The Premier married his girlfriend Sasha Carruozzo the following year.

MIKE RANN: Sasha has been aware, she was aware of my friendship before we were engaged, before we
were married, we are dealing with issues that are about years ago. If Sasha is comfortable with my
friendships, then why should anybody else in the State not be comfortable?

MIKE SEXTON: But the relationship surfaced after a Labor Party fundraiser in October when Michelle
Chantelois's husband, Rick Phillips, allegedly struck the Premier with a rolled up magazine.

NEW REPORTER: Did you know the guy that attacked you?

MIKE RANN: I never met him before.

NEW REPORTER: You say you've never met him before. Do you know what he meant by what he said to
you?

MIKE RANN: No, I don't.

MIKE SEXTON: Today Rick Phillips responded to his wife's interview by reading a prepared statement.

RICK PHILLIPS, EX-HUSBAND: I now call for a Parliamentary Inquiry into the matter. I feel not only
for my wife in this situation, but also for his wife.

MIKE SEXTON: While Rick Phillips faces an aggravated assault charge in court next month, Mike Rann
now faces judgment in the court of public opinion.

GREG KELTON, POLITICAL EDITOR, ADELAIDE ADVERTISER: This is definitely the worst crisis he has ever
faced as leader of the Labor Party. I mean, even when he was Opposition Leader nothing like this
happened.

MIKE RANN: None of this, none of this has anything to do with my job as Premier of this State. None
of it. You know that, and I know that.

NEWS REPORTER: Has it damaged your chances?

MIKE RANN: I don't believe it has.

MIKE SEXTON: In his 15 years as Labor leader Mike Rann took the Party from the wilderness following
the State Bank collapse to a record breaking majority at the last elections. All indications are
that he'll lead his party to victory at the next election in four months time, setting him up as
the longest-serving Labor Premier in the State's history

DAVID BEVAN: Mike Rann has a big buffer, he can afford a swing, but we have seen volatile politics
over 20 years here in South Australia.

He should be cruising to the next election, he's been high in the polls, but this is been thrown up
just in the last three months, it's totally beyond his control.

MIKE SEXTON: Today there was solidarity from Cabinet colleagues.

TOM KOUTSANTONIS, SOUTH AUSTRALIA YOUTH MINISTER: My personal view is that Mike Rann is the best
Premier the state's ever had.

PAUL CAICA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS MINISTER: By far and away, miles away, Mike Rann
is the most appropriate person, the only person to lead the party now and to lead beyond the next
election.

MIKE RANN: So I reject these allegations.

MIKE SEXTON: Greg Kelton, who's covered South Australian politics since 1970, marks today as one of
the most dramatic he's seen. But he believed despite the denial and the ALP heavyweights locking in
behind Mike Rann, the Party is sensitive to public reaction.

GREG KELTON: This is something that they can't afford to have dragging on week after week after
week; we are only, what, four, five months out from an election. This is an issue that the Labor
Party needed cauterised and they needed it cauterised today, and they are hoping that the premier
has brought it to an end.

MIKE RANN: We intend to keep governing for the people of this State and not be distracted by
sensational allegations that are simply not true.

KERRY O'BRIEN: Mike Sexton reporting from Adelaide.

British Backlash Against Afghanistan Conflict

British backlash against Afghanistan conflict

Broadcast: 23/11/2009

Reporter: Philip Williams

Prime Minister Gordon Brown says that he will send more troops to Afghanistan if everyone else
pitches in, despite growing discontent with the war among Britons. The conflict in Afghanistan has
now dragged on for more than eight years and whether US President Barack Obama will increase troop
numbers or do something else entirely is eagerly awaited by many.

Transcript

KERRY O'BRIEN: The war in Afghanistan has now dragged on for more than eight years, two years
longer than the Second World War.

But unlike that conflict, there is no clear end in sight. Everyone is now waiting to see if US
President Barack Obama will do as his generals want, and increase American troop numbers by 40,000,
or opt for something less.

No-one wants that question answered more than the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He has
stayed the course, and promised more troops if everyone else pitches in.

Winning the battle in Afghanistan is a weighty complication for a man who appears he's already lost
the electoral battle at home.

ABC Europe Correspondent Philip Williams reports from London.

GORDON BROWN, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: We cannot, must not and will not walk away.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: The stirring words of a determined Prime Minister. But eight years on, the
fighting continues, and more and more people are asking why.

The battle for the hearts and minds back home is being lost. You can see it in the polls and here
in the village of Wootton Bassett, where the bodies of British soldiers first arrived from
Afghanistan.

What started as a gathering of a few mourners has become a ritual attended by thousands. The
television pictures relaying the private grief to millions more. The consequences of a war with no
apparent end for all to see.

It happens every few days, this time six bodies, including five killed when an Afghan policemen
turned his gun on the British troops working alongside him. One of the dead, Warrant Officer Darren
Chant. His mother says it's time to pull out of Afghanistan.

LIZ CHANT, MOTHER OF DEAD SOLDIER: Darren wouldn't have me say anything bad but I do think that
those boys should have come home now, because there's too many being killed. He was one of the
boys, and, you know, very brave man, and I'm very proud of him.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: And not all the soldiers support the war they must fight. Lance Corporal England
recently led an anti-war rally in London. Shortly afterwards he was arrested and charged with
desertion and refusing to fight if Afghanistan. He's now in jail, his legal case workers has to
speak for him.

JOHN TIPPLE, JOE GLENTONS' CASE WORKER: I believe the public are behind Joe Glenton, I certainly
know that his fellow soldiers think what he's doing is fine.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: And yet there would be some watching this program that would say he's a traitor,
he deserves to be locked up.

JOHN TIPPLE: Shame on them, because he's nothing of the sort. He's speaking for the vast majority
of people in this country.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: At Remembrance Day ceremonies Prime Ministers, past, present and future gathered
to pay homage to the fallen of all wars. But it is the current war in Afghanistan that preoccupies
Gordon Brown: how to win, how to leave, and how to convince everybody at home it is a cause worth
dying for.

GORDON BROWN: We are in Afghanistan because we judged that if the Taliban regain power, Al Qaeda
and other terrorist groups would once more have an environment in which they could freely operate.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: It's an argument that hasn't changed in eight years. The fight in Afghanistan is
about protecting Britain, even though most of the terror attacks and plots in the United Kingdom
have been home grown.

PETER HITCHENS, AUTHOR & COLUMNIST: To begin with Afghanistan was the good war, the popular war, it
was supposed to be a rational response to September 11, we were building a new society.

But all this has changed now, it isn't doing that, instead of building a new society, we are in
very, very tough combat, some of the toughest combat since Korea, and the myth that President
Karzai was establishing some kind of civilised community on a real democracy has turned out to be
complete rubbish.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: While Gordon Brown says he wants a phase the hand over of control to Afghan forces
his own generals have warned the British troops will be needed for years to come.

GENERAL DIR. DAVID RICHARD, CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF (BBC, October 22): We have got five years of
declining violence as we get the formula right and then we'll go into a supporting role.

PETER HITCHENS: People are dying and being seriously injured in considerable numbers, then what do
we say to the ones who die in the next couple of years if we're going withdraw in the end, why
don't we do it now? Why do we have to say to these people, "Look, you only lost your relatives, you
were only badly injured because we couldn't make up our minds."

PHILIP WILLIAMS: It's too late for Jamie Janes; he was critically wounded in a roadside bomb.

JACQUI JANES, MOTHER OF DEAD SOLDIER: I wish I had of died with Jamie that day. Rob said that Jamie
had lost his legs. And his hands.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: Jacqui Janes blames Gordon Brown for a lack of equipment; especially helicopters
which she believed could have saved her son.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: She was shocked to receive a handwritten letter from Gordon Brown himself,
misspelling Jamie's name and a letter filled with other spelling errors.

JACQUI JANES: You know, I just lost my son, and his name wasn't spelt properly, and Mr Brown
couldn't be bothered to start again really, that's how it made me feel.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: When Gordon Brown rang to apologise for his mistakes, Jacqui Janes recorded her
response.

JACQUI JANES (to Gordon Brown): My son had no legs from the knee down, my son lost his right hand,
my son had to have his face reconstructed. Do you understand, Mr Brown, lack of equipment!

GORDON BROWN: The last thing on my mind was to cause any offence to Jacqui Janes, and I think
people know me well enough to know that it would never be my intention by carelessness or by a
failure to cause any grief to a grieving mother.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: But Gordon Brown's problems don't end with the bereaved. He somehow has to find a
way home for the troops, one not defined as defeat.

And there is now a plan. To hand over control to Afghan troops province by province when they are
ready. Perhaps as early as next year.

For the moment the Prime Minister has the support of the Conservatives, the party likely to form
Government after next year's election. But the third force, the Liberal Democrats are starting to
waiver.

NICK CLEGG, BRITISH LIBERAL DEMOCRATS LEADER: What has been almost criminal has been the fact that
there's been British troops fighting, being injured, dying in Afghanistan in pursuit of a strategy
which has failed month in month out, year in, year out. We can turn it around on the back of a
radical announcement from Obama, it doesn't guarantee success.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: The British Government promised 500 troops, taking the commitment to 9,500, only
if other countries do the same. Gordon Brown is still waiting.

Especially for President Barack Obama's verdict.

And while they wait, more soldiers die. This is Corporal Martin Thomas just a few days ago.

MARTIN THOMAS, BRITISH SOLDIER: My team goes out, and we look for the roadside devices, pressure
plates so they can be disposed of.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: Last week he was killed trying to clear one of those roadside bombs, the 234th
British soldier to die in Afghanistan.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: His remains arrived home along with another on Friday. The 100th time the planes
have flown on this tragic mission. With every coffin, new grief. Shared by a community growing
weary of a war many don't understand, or support.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: The expectation in America is that any announcement by President Barack Obama
won't be until next week at the earliest because this week is Thanksgiving.

That report from Europe Correspondent Philip Williams.

Dramatic Disability Reform Announced

Dramatic disability reform announced

Broadcast: 23/11/2009

Reporter: Sharon O'Neill

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced the Government's first step towards the establishment of a
national disability insurance scheme. The goal of the scheme will be the lifetime care of the
disabled, relieving pressure from families and charities. The taxpayer funded scheme has been
described as the most significant social reform since Medicare and compulsory superannuation.

Transcript

KERRY O'BRIEN: In what's been described as the most significant social reform since Medicare and
compulsory superannuation, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has just announced the Government's first step
towards the establishment of a national disability insurance scheme.

It's a sobering statistic that the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates that within
20 years, more than two million Australians will have a high level of disability.

At the national disability awards ceremony in Canberra tonight, Mr Rudd announced a productivity
commission investigation into replacing the current system of disability services with a new
approach, possibly a no-fault social insurance.

The announcement is welcome news for the disabled community, which has been lobbying the Government
for a Medicare-style funding arrangement to put an end to the growing dependence on families and
charities to care for those who cannot care for themselves.

Sharon O'Neill reports.

SHARON O'NEILL: For some time now, the disability community in Australia has been anxiously hoping
that finally something very good was about to happen

SUE O'REILLY, DIRECTOR, FIGHTING CHANCE: Everybody is very excited; it's such a grand, visionary,
transformative idea that it's actually brought together all the different elements of the
disability community completely unprecedented.

SHARON O'NEILL: This was the launch of Fighting Chance, a charity established in memory of former
political journalist David O'Reilly. Who spent many years caring for his disabled son Shane before
he died of cancer in 2006.

His wife Sue O'Reilly wants Fighting Chance to help those families with disabled children who
cannot afford private therapies.

SUE O'REILLY: This is my beautiful son, Shane.

SUE O'REILLY: We have a very crisis driven system, where you have to be in crisis to get any help
at all, so you have to get to the point of almost collapse before you can get help.

BILL SHORTEN, PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR DISABILITIES: Australia is one of the wealthiest and
resourceful countries in the world, yet in the 21st century we are still establishing charities not
to undertake cutting edge research and innovation as philanthropy should do in a modern civic
society, but to provide the most basic rights to people with disabilities.

SHARON O'NEILL: Bruce Bonyhady has been pushing the idea of a National Disability Insurance Scheme
for the past four years. As well as being Chairman of the disability community organisation
Yooralla, and the father of two sons with Cerebral Palsy, he's on the Federal Government's
Disability Investment Group, which recommended an insurance scheme in its final report.

BRUCE BONYHADY, DISABILITY INVESTMENT GROUP: What it would do over time is replace this crisis
driven welfare and charity system with a planned insurance approach. It would include all people
born with disabilities, people who acquire a disability through an accident or an injury, or
through a progressive medical condition, and mental health.

BILL SHORTEN: To me it's a no brainer, an National Disability Insurance Scheme makes sense, let's
do the work and let's see if it can be done.

SHARON O'NEILL: The Productivity Commission inquiry, supported by an independent panel of experts
will look at the establishment of an NDIS or National Disability Insurance Scheme similar to the
current Medicare levy. The inquiry will look at how existing income support and insurance schemes
would fit in with new national approaches.

MICHELLE WOOD, DARREN WOOD'S SISTER: Darren has severe traumatic brain injuries. It's affected him
a lot because Darren can't walk now, and he can't communicate very well.

SHARON O'NEILL: Two years ago Darren Wood was hit by a car. His extensive injuries means he
requires full time care, care which is provided under the NSW Government's Lifetime Care and
Support Scheme.

MICHELLE WOOD: They have organised everything that Darren has needed, everything. They've been
really, really helpful to provide the care for Darren that he needs, like the therapy, it takes a
lot of stress off the pressure off the families because he has a 24 hour care.

SHARON O'NEILL: This intensive care scheme is funded by a compulsory levy that motor vehicle owners
in NSW pay through CTP insurance. It's a no fault insurance scheme, available to the victims of
motor vehicle accidents only. Similar no fault schemes exist in Victoria and Tasmania, but it may
well become the template for a national disability insurance scheme.

DAVID BOWEN, CEO, LIFETIME CARE & SUPPORT: Up until 2006, NSW had a fault based scheme, so to get
benefits you had to prove that somebody else was at fault, and you then got a lump sum. This
replaces that with a scheme where everyone who is injured receives or catastrophically injured will
receive their medical and care for life.

SHARON O'NEILL: There is enormous inequity in the current system. There's also an equity between
those people who are reliant essentially on families, and those who have access to no fault
insurance schemes, and the few who can manage to get a payout as a result of an insurance claim. So
the stories are very different. But for many, its life that is a real struggle.

SHARON O'NEILL: Like Darren Wood, Georgia Clark has a severe disability which requires 24 hour
care, but unlike Darren, Georgia is not entitled to full time care provided by a no fault insurance
scheme.

KATRINA CLARK, GEORGIA'S MOTHER: Georgia has a genetic disorder which we think is Rett's syndrome.

She can't walk, is in a wheelchair permanently, she's incontinent; we change her nappies all the
time. She can't speak and will never be able to speak, and she's about intellectually equivalent of
a six month old child.

SHARON O'NEILL: Georgia Clark gets some Government help, every morning and afternoon there are
visits from Home Care, but most of the time she is cared for by her family.

KATRINA CLARK: It's very hard, and it's very physical.

It's hard just finding the right services in the first place, and then going through the mechanics
required to show that you are eligible for those services, for people with a child who is as
disabled as Georgia, our worry is what is going to happen when we can no longer care for our child.

SHARON O'NEILL: Today's announcement will give some hope for the Clarke family, as it will for many
thousands of others who will now be anxiously following the progress of the Productivity Commission
inquiry.

BRUCE BONYHADY: The day is a really significant milestone, but the real milestone will be when a
scheme of this type is introduced. And then people with disabilities and their families will really
have something to celebrate.

KERRY O'BRIEN: And the Productivity Commission has been asked to report back to the Federal
Government by July 2011. Sharon O'Neill reports.

That's the program for tonight, we'll be back at the same time tomorrow, for now, goodnight.