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Tonight on the 7:30 Report, the witness who may hold the key to a murder mystery.

Whoo do you think your father would commit a crime like that? Because some of the things that
happened to Leanne after her body was recovered he had done to me as well.

And the 21-year-old champion of disabled rights.

You become an advocate for your rights from the moment you are born if you're born with a

Now she's the youngest woman ever elected to an Australian parliament.

People's hopes have rocketed up.

PM approval down on the eve of the budget

PM approval down on the eve of the budget

Broadcast: 10/05/2010

Reporter: Chris Uhlmann

Today's Nielsen poll confirmed the grim findings of last week's Newspoll - for the first time the
Coalition has a real electoral chance.


KERRY O'BRIEN, PRESENTER: With dramatically plummeting popularity, the Prime Minister tonight might
well be mulling over the war-time words of Winston Churchill: "If you're going through hell, keep

Today's Nielsen poll has reinforced for Labor the grim findings of last week's Newspoll; for the
first time, the Tony Abbott-led Coalition is given a real chance at the upcoming election, and for
voters, the sheen has come off Kevin Rudd.

Although the Government is characterising tomorrow's Budget as unexciting and not a classic
election-year Budget, Labor strategists must be hoping it will stop the rot.

But Labor also has to overcome what could be an electorally dangerous full-scale revolt from the
mining industry over the new tax on super-profits.

Political editor Chris Uhlmann.

WAYNE SWAN, TREASURER: This is a Budget which will build for the future.

JOE HOCKEY, SHADOW TREASURER: Either it's a reform Budget or it's a boring Budget.

TONY ABBOTT, OPPOSITION LEADER: People are shaking their heads in bewilderment at the folly of the
Australian Government.

JULIA GILLARD, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER: Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister is steering the Government as it
deals with a series of very difficult questions.

CHRIS UHLMANN, REPORTER: The most difficult question right now is what on Earth has happened to the
personal standing of the Prime Minister?

FRAN KELLY , RADIO NATIONAL PRESENTER: Julia Gillard, why are voters deserting your government?

JULIA GILLARD: Obviously, Fran, we're a government that's had to take a series of tough decisions.

CHRIS UHLMANN: That's not a view anyone outside Cabinet seems to share.

JOHN STIRTON, AC NIELSEN: I think it reflects disillusionment and disappointment on the part of

CHRIS UHLMANN: Today's Nielsen poll confirms last week's Newspoll: that the Prime Minister's
burning political capital at an alarming rate. Labor's primary vote is down two points to 37 per
cent. The Coalition's is steady on 42 per cent. When the likely flow of preferences is distributed,
it puts the major parties even on 50 per cent of the vote. But the big story is the slide in Kevin
Rudd's fortunes. His disapproval rating is up 13 points to 49 per cent and his approval is down 14
percentage points to 45 per cent.

The short story is that trust in the Prime Minister has collapsed and it's not because he's seen as
making tough calls.

JOHN STIRTON: The Government campaigned strongly on introducing an ETS and that's now been shelved.
They campaigned strongly on fair treatment of asylum seekers and I think there's been some
disappointment among voters on that. They've introduced a housing installation scheme and a schools
scheme that, whether rightly or wrongly, are perceived to have been messed up in some way. All
those things are combining to bring their vote down and affect the Prime Minister's approval.

CHRIS UHLMANN: But with the Budget to be delivered tomorrow, there's a genuinely tough fight with
the mining companies, which are to be slugged with a new 40 per cent resource rent tax layered over
the existing regime of state royalties and federal company tax.

WAYNE SWAN: The monies that flow from the resource super-profits tax will go into the savings
accounts of eight million workers. They will go to cutting taxation for 2.4 million small
businesses. And of course, they will go to investment in infrastructure.

JOE HOCKEY: You cannot impose a $9 billion-a-year new tax on an industry and expect it will have no
impact on jobs or investment.

CHRIS UHLMANN: The head of BHP Billiton is worried that the tax is retrospective, that it doesn't
differentiate between projects and that it isn't internationally competitive. He says there's now a
question mark over planned expansions in South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland.

MARIUS KLOPPERS, BHP CHIEF EXECUTIVE: While the uncertainty is in place it would be very difficult
to approve any of those projects.

CHRIS UHLMANN: The Government believes it has a powerful argument, but it's simply seeking to
ensure that Australians get a fairer share of the profits that come from digging up non-renewable
resources. But the mining industry is predicting a finance freeze while investors mull over what it
all means.

IVOR RIES, EL&C BAILLIEU STOCKBROKING: Well, there's no reason in theory why the resource rent tax
can't work and it can't, you know, be a useful part of the tax system. The problem is the way
they've gone about implementing it has caused them maximum damage to the industry because you've
got hundreds of projects that are going through feasibility study and financing at the moment and
basically they can't be financed. So the whole industry's ground to a halt.

CHRIS UHLMANN: This afternoon mining giant Xstrata announced it had suspended a small copper
exploration project in north Queensland.

STEVE DE KRUIJFF, XSTRATA MINING: We're not prepared to continue to spend money until we have clear
certainty so that we can plan for the future with our exploration. So I guess that's the reason for
suspending the exploration at this stage.

CHRIS UHLMANN: The Premier's sounding a little nervous.

ANNA BLIGH, QLD PREMIER: If we don't get every part of this tax package right - and I think we can
get it right - but if we don't, it will not only impact on jobs in Queensland, but jobs around the

CHRIS UHLMANN: And in this fight, no-one is pulling their punches.

IVOR RIES: This would probably happen to be one of the biggest industry blunders I've seen in my 30
years in the industry.

CHRIS UHLMANN: The Government does have some allies. The superannuation industry will have billions
more to invest because of the proposed lift in contributions from nine to 12 per cent.

JOHN BROGDEN, SUPERANNUATION LOBBYIST: The policy announced by the Government eight days ago is
good for Australia and good for Australians. It will deliver an extraordinary benefit to the
economy. And there is no argument that it can't be afforded by business.

CHRIS UHLMANN: The Government believes it has a good story to sell on economic management and will
use tomorrow's Budget to rebalance, rebuild and remind people that it had its hand on the tiller
during the Global Financial Crisis.

WAYNE SWAN: And we will convert enduring gains from that success into opportunities for Australia
well into the future. So in terms of the Budget, what you will see is the imposition of very strict
fiscal rules. We will put in place the biggest reforms to Medicare since its introduction. What we
will see is the support for small business through cuts to taxation, and what we will also see is
reforms to superannuation.

CHRIS UHLMANN: As the MPs and senators return to Parliament, the bad polls have cast a cloud over
Labor's caucus and some are wondering about the confused messages coming from the top.

DICK ADAMS, LABOR BACKBENCHER: But I think there needs to be some telling of why the rationale
behind some of those decisions and I think some of us are waiting to hear that.

CHRIS UHLMANN: Behind the scenes, disquiet is growing with Kevin Rudd and his office. In a caucus
meeting today, Victorian MP Michael Danby asked if the Prime Minister might be over-exposed and
wondered whether he had visited too many hospitals. Two others complained about the backdown on
emissions trading.

TONY ABBOTT: I think there is a developing crisis of confidence about Kevin Rudd's capacity to
govern effectively.

CHRIS UHLMANN: It looks likely that tomorrow's Budget will headline an early return to surplus and
that will be used to trumpet the Government's credentials as a sound economic manager in difficult
times. And despite its recent woes, Labor is convinced Kevin Rudd is still more saleable than Tony
Abbott. But in the words of one Labor insider, another backdown could be fatal. It cannot afford to
blink in its fight with the miners.

KERRY O'BRIEN: Political editor Chris Uhlmann.

UK in limbo

UK in limbo

Broadcast: 10/05/2010

Reporter: Kerry O'Brien

Five days after Britons went to the polls, the UK is still in political limbo. Kerry O'Brien speaks
with Philip Stephens, chief political writer with the Financial Times live from London.


KERRY O'BRIEN, PRESENTER: Dramatic events in Europe, both on the political and financial fronts,
with Eurozone governments and central banks working desperately to shape a huge rescue fund
overnight to calm markets and take the heat out of the debt crisis triggered by Greece. The result
was a trillion-dollar deal to provide loans to troubled European economies, with help from the
International Monetary Fund as well. The crisis has heightened the inherent instability of
Britain's hung Parliament after Thursday's election, as the Conservative Leader David Cameron and
Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg meet again today for their third round of talks to try to hammer
out a workable coalition after 13 years of Labour. But there's no guaranteed outcome.

To anticipate what's likely to happen next, I'm joined from London by the Financial Times chief
political commentator and former economics editor Philip Stephens.

Philip Stephens, what do you think the chances are that Britain will have a new government by
tonight and what is the form it's most likely to take?

PHILIP STEPHENS, ASSOCIATE EDITOR, FINANCIAL TIMES: I'm not sure that we'll have a new government
by tonight because David Cameron, the Conservative leader and the Prime Minister-in-waiting, if you
like, is still consulting his party as well as negotiating with the smaller Liberal Democrats led
by Nick Clegg. But I think the expectation is that one way or another we'll have a new government
within the next day or two. So it's possible this afternoon, but for the moment Gordon Brown is
still - the defeated prime minister of last week's election is still sitting in Downing Street as a
caretaker, and still, some people say, holding out hopes that he too could negotiate with Mr
Clegg's Liberal Democrats. I think that's whistling in the wind, frankly, and I think Mr Cameron
will be Prime Minister within the next few days. But we're not clear yet what sort of bargain he'll
strike with the Liberal Democrats led by Nick Clegg.

KERRY O'BRIEN: In terms of both party histories and both leaders' personalities, this is not a
natural fit, is it? I mean that would be something of an understatement. How hard is it gonna be
for them to find enough common ground to forge a real, workable, lasting agreement?

PHILIP STEPHENS: Well I think the funny thing is that the two leaders themselves are quite a fit.
They're both - they both come from rather affluent families, went to very famous public or private
schools in the UK, and Mr Clegg is to the right of his own left-leaning Liberal Democrat party and
Mr Cameron is rather to the left of his own Conservative Party. So the two leaders get on quite
well. The problem is, I think, the parties, neither of which want to bind themselves into an
arrangement which could break apart and leave them vulnerable if there is a second election within
the next year or so. So my guess - but it's only a guess - is that we'll have something that falls
short of a complete coalition. Against that, I'd say that both leaders do seem pretty determined to
go to the wire in seeking such a coalition. The question at the end will be: do they judge they can
take their parties with them?

KERRY O'BRIEN: Well, that is the big issue, isn't it? Because it sounds from this distance as if
even if he was prepared to personally, that David Cameron would not be able to bring his party to
an agreement for genuine election reform to a referendum.

PHILIP STEPHENS: No, he certainly can't. He's against electoral reform, a change to a system
perhaps rather like Australia's, but - and Nick Clegg has said that's the sort of - the minimum
that the Liberal Democrats want. I mean the question is whether, as one of these senior negotiators
put it to me, whether they can find what's called "constructive ambiguity" in the area of electoral
reform, perhaps saying, as the Conservatives have offered, we'll have an inquiry and then perhaps
we'll leave it to the House of Commons to decide on a free vote whether there should be a
referendum on electoral change. Now, that's regarded by some Conservatives as just about possible
for Mr Cameron to offer. Others though say any move along that road would undercut Mr Cameron's
authority. So, I think we're really sort of balancing on a knife edge here on this issue. And of
course there are some other disagreements, noticeably about Europe. Mr Clegg is a very pronounced
pro-European. Mr Cameron wants to take Britain back a step from Europe, not least after the Euro
crisis we've been witnessing in recent months and days.

KERRY O'BRIEN: So even if they can come to an agreement in the short term, there's plenty of scope
for frictions in the future and I wonder whether you could imagine this hung parliament and this
kind of circumstance coming at a worse time in terms of Europe's financial crisis and Britain's own
debt problems.

PHILIP STEPHENS: Yeah, I think it is, whatever the agreement, it's gonna be a pretty unstable
coalition, even if the two leaders say that they wanna stick together for a number of years. And as
you say, we have Europe's financial crisis, but also Britain's. I mean, Britain in a way has been
let off the hook by the crisis in the Eurozone over the last week or so. The markets have taken
their mind off Britain's very large deficit, which amounts to about 11 per cent of its national
income, that's in Sterling about ?170 billion. But I think the market's, having seen the Euro
rescue package at the weekend, are pretty soon gonna be looking back at Britain and bond investors
are gonna be saying, "Look, is Britain gonna get a government that can actually deal with these
problems, cut spending and raise taxes"?

KERRY O'BRIEN: So has this Eurozone package, do you think, overnight done enough to restore some
calm to both markets beyond the next few days and weeks and government?

PHILIP STEPHENS: Well I think it's certainly staunched the sort of haemorrhaging that we were
witnessing in European markets last week, and there was a real danger, I think, that had there not
be a package - a significant package at the weekend that we would have seen bond markets across
Europe collapsing today and the Euro falling even more. So, I think for the first time, European -
you know, for several months since the Greek crisis first unfolded, we've seen European governments
attempting to get ahead of the curve and the markets have responded quite positively this morning,
the Euro's up, equity markets across Europe are up and bond markets are up. I think the problem is
that what investors are saying is, "Look, they've solved the liquidity problem. This 720 billion
Euro facility that's now available will make it possible for Greek's, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, any
other troubled European government to raise enough funds for the next year or two. But the solvency
problem, that is, you know, these countries are still running big deficits. Are they gonna put up
taxes enough, or are they gonna cut spending enough?" - that's there in the background. So, I think
the best one can say at the moment is it's restored a fragile confidence to the markets, but what
will count over coming weeks is whether governments in - particularly in countries like Spain,
Portugal as well as Greece, demonstrate that they're willing to take the hard decisions necessary
to get their budgets back into some sort of order.

KERRY O'BRIEN: And even if the full catastrophe has been avoided, I wonder for how long and at what
medium-term cost to European solidarity? I mean, the permanency of that union no longer seems

PHILIP STEPHENS: No, I don't think it is inevitable. I think, you know, up until a month or two ago
if you'd said to me, "Look, you know, what's gonna happen in the European Union?," I would've said,
"Well, you know, it always has its ups and downs and it goes one and half steps back for every step
forward, but it's here to stay." I think that's really been tested. What the markets have been
doing in recent months is been betting against the political solidarity of the union as well as the
dire financial state of some of its countries. And we've seen I think particularly with Germany,
Angela Merkel, an unwillingness to sort of express in positive, strong action the solidarity on
which the union was built. We're in a different era I think now. The end of the Cold War, the
expansion of the Union to include the former Communist countries, has, if you like, undermined its
cohesion and coherence. And it's perfectly possible now to imagine - I mean, I'm not saying I think
this is a probability, but to imagine the European Union gradually unravelling. Not a great rupture
or a great explosion, but actually weakening over time.

KERRY O'BRIEN: Philip Stephens, thanks very much talking with us.


Woman holds key to 20-year-old murder case

Woman holds key to 20-year-old murder case

Broadcast: 10/05/2010

Reporter: Peter McCutcheon

The 7.30 Report speaks with the witness who believes police were misled by her father, a police
informant in the notorious Leanne Holland murder case.


KERRY O'BRIEN, PRESENTER: Queensland's Police Commissioner took the unprecedented step at the
weekend of ordering a review of a 20-year-old murder case. Commissioner Bob Atkinson said there
were special and unique circumstances surrounding the investigation and conviction of Graham
Stafford for the murder of teenager Leanne Holland on Brisbane's western fringe. Graham Stafford's
conviction was quashed late last year and since then the Director of Public Prosecutions has
decided not to push ahead with a retrial. One woman has told the 7:30 Report she believes police
were misled by her father, a police informant, whom she suspects was involved in the crime. From
Brisbane, Peter McCutcheon reports.

PETER MCCUTCHEON, REPORTER: Graham Stafford had every reason to walk from court recently with a
spring in his step. After spending 15 years behind bars, he was finally cleared of murder.

GRAHAM STAFFORD: I'd just like to say that I'm pleased that the charges have been dropped and I'm
hopeful that the authorities will now reopen the investigation into Leanne's murder.

PETER MCCUTCHEON: The former sheet metal worker was convicted and jailed in 1992 for the sex murder
of 13-year-old Leanne Holland, based on what has now been acknowledged as flawed and even
questionable evidence. The quashing of his conviction and decision not to re-prosecute now raises
the question: who did kill Leanne Holland?

GRAEME CROWLEY, FMR PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR: The killer of Leanne Holland is still out there and they
need to investigate this case properly.

PETER MCCUTCHEON: And one woman has come forward calling on police to investigate her father.

Why would you think your father would commit a crime like that?

'KIM': Because some of the things that happened to Leanne after her body was recovered he had done
to me as well.

BOB ATKINSON, QLD POLICE COMMISSIONER: We will examine every claim and suggestion and view and
opinion that's been made, but at the end of the day, opinions, suggestions are just that.

PETER MCCUTCHEON: The body of Leanne Holland was found in bushland on the western fringe of
Brisbane in 1991. She had been brutally bashed and sexually assaulted. The de facto of Leanne
Holland's older sister, Graham Stafford, was the chief suspect and a jury found him guilty. But
after years of protesting his innocence and an unprecedented two petitions for pardon, the
Queensland Court of Appeal late last year quashed his conviction and recently prosecutors announced
they were not seeking a retrial.

GRAHAM STAFFORD (March 26): I feel angry that it's taken this long, absolutely. It should never
have taken this long.

PETER MCCUTCHEON: Graham Stafford's legal team in effect demolished the case put before the jury
using testimony from former Queensland chief forensic scientist Leo Freney who spoke to the 7:30
Report four years ago.

Have you come across a case before where you've seen a prosecution argument like that that you
think is so seriously flawed?

LEO FRENEY, FMR QLD CHIEF FORENSIC SCIENTIST (2006): Well I've never reviewed a case like that
before, no. So my answer to that's no.

PETER MCCUTCHEON: Leo Freney showed there was insufficient blood in the house where the murder was
alleged to have taken place and in the boot of Stafford's car, where Leanne Holland's body was
supposed to have been kept.

GRAEME CROWLEY: We don't know who killed Leanne Holland, but we have a lot of leads that need to be
followed up.

PETER MCCUTCHEON: Graeme Crowley is a former police officer and private investigator who was hired
by the Stafford family to look into the case. In his 2005 book 'Who Killed Leanne Holland?' Graeme
Crowley suggested three possible suspects, including a police informant who was actively involved
in the investigation. That man served a jail term for sexually assaulting his daughters, and one of
them, who asked to be referred to as Kim, spoke to the 7:30 Report.

'KIM': My natural father had brought a file of photographs that happened to have Leanne's body,
photographs of Leanne's body in the photographs.

PETER MCCUTCHEON: He showed them to you?

'KIM': Yes.


'KIM': I don't know why. He had entered the house and handed me the file and told me that this is
what happens to little girls that don't do what they're told.

PETER MCCUTCHEON: Kim says she has good reason to believe her father was involved in the attack on
Leanne Holland who of was of a similar age and appearance to herself.

'KIM': Just the torture, the burning of the cigarettes and the lighters, the violence that I went
through myself as a child resembles a lot to what I've heard happened to Leanne.

PETER MCCUTCHEON: Where did your father take you when he did those things?

'KIM': On one occasion he took me to bushland. At the time I didn't realise it was at the back of
Redbank Plains.

PETER MCCUTCHEON: That's where Leanne Holland's body was found.

'KIM': Yes. That's where her body was found.

GRAEME CROWLEY: She comes across as very credible. All the claims that she has made have been
corroborated in one form or another.

PETER MCCUTCHEON: Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said he was aware of Kim's allegation
and two other possible leads.

BOB ATKINSON: We're going to see whether there is the potentiality of further forensic testing and
examination that would not have been available at the time of the investigation.

PETER MCCUTCHEON: That review will also examine alleged problems with the original police
investigation, including the discovery of an incriminating live maggot in the boot of Graham
Stafford's car. One Supreme Court judge questioned whether the maggot really did come from the car
or was the result of a confusion in police exhibits.

BOB ATKINSON: We'll look at every aspect of it. At the end of the day, we're going to have to rely
on facts and evidence.

PETER MCCUTCHEON: One fact to have emerged only recently is that a senior prosecutor had problems
with this case before it ever went to trial. Vishal Lakshman told The Australian newspaper how he'd
outlined his concerns to the then Director of Public Prosecutions in a memo written in 1991.

GRAEME CROWLEY: The evidence that convicted Graham Stafford was wrong, was wrong from the start,
but it took a long, long time for that to become apparent.

PETER MCCUTCHEON: The continuing controversy over the murder of a teenage girl is harrowing for the
Holland family, which still believes justice was served by putting Graham Stafford behind bars. The
Holland family also points out that Graham Stafford's conviction was quashed on the grounds of
procedural fairness and a majority of judges thought there was still enough evidence for a retrial.
But Queensland's Police Commissioner says it's in the public interest to hold a review.

BOB ATKINSON: This is a very unusual, different, unique case. I believe this is a good thing to do,
a necessary thing to do and I'm - quite frankly, I'm pleased we are doing it.

KERRY O'BRIEN: Peter McCutcheon reporting from Brisbane.

The 21-year-old champion of disabled rights

The 21-year-old champion of disabled rights

Broadcast: 10/05/2010

Reporter: Mike Sexton

21-year-old Kelly Vincent is the youngest woman ever elected to an Australian parliament. Ms
Vincent has cerebral palsy, uses a wheelchair and was elected on a disability platform. Her
election to South Australian parliament has caused celebration around the country among disability


KERRY O'BRIEN, PRESENTER: This week the South Australian Parliament sits for the first time since
the re-election of the Rann Labor Government. It will be the first session for 11 new MPs,
including Kelly Vincent, who at 21 is the youngest woman ever elected to an Australian parliament.
Ms Vincent has cerebral palsy, uses a wheelchair and was elected on a disability platform. While
her election has caused celebration around the country amongst disability advocates, it came in
tragic circumstances. Mike Sexton reports from Adelaide.

MIKE SEXTON, REPORTER: When the new South Australian Parliament was sworn in there was a fresh
face, a history-making MP named Kelly Vincent who believes she was born to the job.

KELLY VINCENT, DIGNITY FOR DISABILITY MP: In this state at the moment, you become an advocate for
your rights from the moment you are born if you're born with a disability, because you will have to
fight for equipment, you will have to fight for transport, for accommodation. And so, really,
there's not a lot of choice.

MIKE SEXTON: Cerebral palsy has robbed Kelly Vincent of the use of her legs and some fine motor
skills, but it hasn't stopped her starting a career performing and writing for the stage.

KELLY VINCENT: Most girls when they're five years old their favourite things are their Barbie dolls
or remote control cars or something like that. At the age of five, Kelly Vincent's favourite thing
was a thesaurus and I would read it twice a day.

MIKE SEXTON: The 21-year-old's election to the political stage is a welcome change for a sector
that's weary of not having its voice heard.

DAVID HOLST, DISABILITY ADVOCATE: Now you have a person who is going to be in the seats of power,
part of the decision-making process and they have an influence. And people's hopes have rocketed

MIKE SEXTON: Six years ago, David Holst started a political party Dignity for Disabled, which was
essentially a group of parents lobbying for better funding and services for their children. Last
year, Mr Holst backed away for personal reasons, but the party was renamed Dignity for Disability
by long-time advocate Paul Collier.

KELLY VINCENT: Paul was a wonderful man, an intelligent man, a warm man and a very giving man.

MIKE SEXTON: At the past state election, Paul Collier led the party's Upper House ticket with Kelly
Vincent at number two. But late in the campaign, Dr Collier suffered a fatal brain haemorrhage.

KELLY VINCENT (April): I am doing it in honour of Paul and standing for something that he can no
longer stand for for us. And whether or not I like it, I have been pushed into this and will give
it my whole heart.

MIKE SEXTON: Paul Collier's name remained on the ballot and his votes flowed through to Kelly
Vincent, enough to make her the final person elected to the Upper House. Now she, along with two
independents, share the balance of power.

RICK NEAGLE, DIGNITY FOR DISABILITY PRESIDENT: The death of Paul Collier obviously was a huge shock
for our party and for me personally, and certainly Kelly's election was on the back of that in part
and that too was a shock. But we've moved on and moving forwards now towards the next eight years,
constructing a strategic plan for her and for us as a (inaudible).

MIKE SEXTON: Before being sworn in, Kelly Vincent hosted a morning tea for volunteers. Among them
was Jeni Prowse whose 15-year-old son Thomas died last year of complications of cerebral palsy.

JENI PROWSE: Until children are school age they receive the early intervention support, which is
great. Once they reach school age, it all just seems to stop and you're left out there on your own
and if you don't have the ability to actually go and fight for services, you're just left on your
own out in the wilderness.

MIKE SEXTON: David Holst's hope is that the election victory will unify the disabled community.

DAVID HOLST: The disability sector has long been massively divided. When you have thousands of
people struggling to survive, the desperate need for services, it is almost cannibalistic, and the
governments have enjoyed that - you know, divide and conquer.

MIKE SEXTON: Last month the South Australian Government announced almost $8 million would be spent
clearing the backlog of disabled patients requiring equipment. The minister denied the decision was
motivated by Ms Vincent's election, pointing to previous such payments.

JENNIFER RANKINE, SA MINISTER FOR DISABILITY: We have a really proud history, the Labor Government
here in South Australia in addressing the needs of people with disabilities. Over the past eight
years we've injected one-off funding of $43 million to clear that waiting list and this is an
additional $7.7 million on top of that.

MIKE SEXTON: Kelly Vincent believes the decision illustrates why funding changes are needed.

KELLY VINCENT: The sector is at present crisis-driven and we wait for a backlog of people who need
equipment and services to build up before we release the funding.

MIKE SEXTON: It's just one of many issues the 21-year-old will have to tackle as she begins her new
job, but taking on a challenge is the one thing she has plenty of experience of.

KELLY VINCENT: I'm fortunate in the fact that I love to learn, and so, as they say, whatever
doesn't kill you will only make you stronger. And so, I'm just ready to learn.

KERRY O'BRIEN: Mike Sexton reporting from South Australia.

We'll be back tomorrow night with a special program analysing the Rudd Government's election year
Budget. It will follow the Treasurer's speech at 7:30 everywhere but Western Australia where the
program will go to air at the usual time. Until then, goodnight.