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(generated from captions) claims Kevin Rudd neglected The Federal Government denies

national security meetings as

Prime Minister. The reports as you describe them aren't how I

view the situation as being at

all. This Program is Captioned Live.

Julia Gillard to unveil her new climate policy. The

international court rules

Kosovo's independence

legal. And Australia fights

back but still trails Pakistan

at Headingley.

Good morning. It's Friday 2,

3 July, I'm Michael Rowlandnd

vr And I'm Virginia Trioli. The

top story - the Federal

Prime Minister Kevin Opposition has accused former

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of

showing contempt for

Australia's national security.

The ABC's been told that Mr

Rudd sent his 31-year-old chief

of staff to stand in for him at some National Security

Committee meetings of kantd. Mr Rudd and Julia Gillard have both declined to comment but

the Opposition has said that Mr

Rudd is not fit to be a

Minister in the Government. We

have staffers running the

Government and that's how Labor

treats the seriousness of the

National Security Committee.

But more concerning is leaks

about who is attending National

Security Committee meetings is

very disturbing. The Labor

Party use ing this in a tit for

tat battle, leaking on each

other what job Kevin Rudd is

going to get and who said to

what at what meetings tlai,

using the Government as play

thing. This is the National

Security Committee of Cabinet.

I think it's just shameful.

They're basically not a stable

Government when they are going

to use these things as tools

for their own political

gain. Coalition backbencher

Scott Morrison. We will cross to Melissa Clarke in Canberra

shortly. And the International

Court of Justice rule s

Kosovo's 2008 rule of

independence did not violate

the rule of law. The decision

could lead to more countries

recognising Kosovo

independence. But Serbia's

Foreign Minister says Belgrade

will never recognise Kosovo's

autonomy. Reports of suspected

child abuse by Queensland school staff have jumped more

than 40% over the last 12

months, according to the

'Courier Mail'. The paper says

figures from the Education Department show more than

12,000 reports of suspected

abuse were reported in both State and private schools.

After those, just over 3,000

were deemed worthy of

investigation and 8 50 were

found to be true. A storm

brewing near Florida's coast is

threatening the oil clean up in

the Gulf of Mexico. A tropical

depression with strong winds

sex pefblinged to move towards

Florida over the next 46 hours.

- 46 hours. More than 7 50

boats involved in the boats involved in the clean-up

could be recalled if the

condition worsience. Scottish

officials have rejected a US

Senate request to attend a

hearing into the release of the

Lockerbie bomber. Scotland has

rejected accuse Asians that

Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi's

release was part of an oil deal

between BP and resource rich

lib Libya. Al-Megrahi was

released on compassionate grounds last year hen it was

thought he had three months to live. And Archbishop Desmond

Tutu says he will withdraw from

public life. He played a

prominent role in South

Africa's role against

apartheid. The 78-year-old will

continue to work for an

organisation called the Elders, a group set up by Nelson

Mandela to tackle the world's

problems. He is scaling back

his commitment s to spend more

time with his family and watch

the cricket. In a moment we

will talk to Melissa Clarke

following the ABC nour story

that's coming up shortly. In

the United Kingdom, an

invitation to the garden party

at the Buckingham Palace is a

social highlight but a

politician had his invite taken controversial accomplish

away. Palace officials say they took the British National Party

leader Griffin's name off the

list because he used the invite

for overly political purposes.

London correspondent Phillip

Williams reports. All dressed

up, ready for the party, the

trouble is tin I havetation

brandished by the leader of the

British National Party was no

longer worth the cardboard it was printed on, withdrawn by

the palace. I was invited as an

elected member of the European

Parliament because I had the

backing of hundreds of

thousands of people. I did des

criebt as a symbolic moment.

It's even more symbolic now

that the political elite has

decided to keep me out. Nick

Griffin had been expected to

join the cucumber sandwich

queue in the Buckingham Palace backyard. As a member of the

Parliament he was entitled to

the invitation but the palace

for said he had used the occasion

for party political purposes.

Party website references and a

morning television appearance were clearly not

appreciated. This year, the

palace has made it very, very

discriminate against any clear they will not

elected MEP. While the

controversial politician Caz

upset over his exclusion, not

everyone was sad he couldn't

make the party, inclutdsing

activist Peter Tatchell. Why

don't you apologise you gutless coward! Amongst those guests who did see the Queen, there was divided opinion over

whether he should have been let

in. In a democracy it was his

right to attend if he was


invited. Despicable as his

politics might be, he's been

democratically elected as an

MEP and therefore I think has a

right to come. But if he's now exploit ed that position, I

think the palace is

correct. For Nick Griffin this

is just the late nest a long

list of controversial run-ins.

His appearance on a BBC TV

program attracted thousands of

protesters last year. He's

never a man to travel quietly.

Back home now and for a

second time a jury in Melbourne

murdering his three sons. The has found a father guilty of

boys son when Robert

Farquharson drove into a dam

five years ago. Leave it at

all v that: Back off. Outside

court, the emotion al strain of

the - 11-week retrial had

Gambino and her family. A short clearly taken its toll on Cindy

time earlier, sphark sphark

sphark was for the second time

found guilty of triple murder.

As the jury handed down its

verdict, he shook his head in be wilderment. On Fathers Day

in 2005, Jai, 10, Tyler 7 and

Bailey 2 drawn drouverned wher

their father drove into a dam

in Victoria's south-west.

Farquharson has always

maintained he had a coughing

fit and blacked out. He was try

and convicted of murder in

2007. But successfully appealed

and ary trial was ordered. This

time, three things were

different. Robert

Farquharson's ex-wife, Cindy

Gambino, had previously stood

by him, but dramatically

changed her tune. Ms Gambino told

told the court she was angry

with her ex-husband and wanted

him to be convicted, believing

he had deliberately killed

their children in revenge for

their separation. That prompted

angry scenes in court as

Farquharson's lawyer asked if

she was motivated by a

vendetta. A new witness was the

last to see Mr Farquharson's

car as it left the road. He was

driving at half the speed limit

and looking to the right. She

said she saw no sign of him

coughing. Finally Robert

Farquharson testified for the

first time. During four days

of evidence, Farquharson denied

telling a friend he wanted to

pay Cindi back big time by

taking away the most important

thing to her. He kept as he withdrawal recalled the children's funeral but he

admitted he couldn't explain

why he told the first people

fon scene of the dam not to try

to reach the sunken car. In

2007, Farquharson was sentenced

to three life sentences. His

fate this time round is yet to

be decided. A team of

international scientists has

signaled out what make s glutd

en toxic to people who suffer

coeliac's disease. . Ven ven

ven reports. It's clear

3-year-old Honey lort loves her

food blue when she was 17

months old it was making her

sick. We watched this gorgeous

little girl go downhill. She stopped crawling, couldn't sit

up anymore so her development

just stopped dead in its

tracks. She was diagnosed with

coeliac's disease and placed on

a strict gluten free diet. It's

believed 200,000 Australians

have the condition, which means

when they eat gluten their

immune system attacks the

lining of the small intestine. There's still

significant damage in the intestine even five years after

going on a gluten free diet. So

we need more. Researchers in

Australia and the UK have now

signaled out the three protein

fragments in gluten that are

harmful to sufferers of coeliac

disease. Scientists have been

trying to identify the toxic

components of gluten ever since

they caused the - they

discovered it caused the

disease 60 years ago. The

potential we now have is to go

on and make a drug and that is

very rare in research

today. Scientists have already

finished the first phase of

trialing for a drug trialing for a drug that aims to descentise coeliac disease

sufferers to the toxic effect

of gluten. The drug for the

disease could be seven years

away. Now let's have a look at

the front pages of the major

newspapers. And a group of 150

ordinary Australians will

decide if a Labor Government

will go ahead with an Emissions Trading Scheme. In 'The Daily

Telegraph'. The 'Sydney Morning Herald' says this citizen's

assembly will act as a litmus

test of community support for

an Emissions Trading Scheme. Heavy industry would be

given an incentive to start

cutting its emissions before

the introduction of an ETS,

reports the 'Financial Review'. The 'Courier Mail'

says 12,000 reports of

suspected child abuse were made

by Queensland school staff over

the last year. The 'Canberra

Times' says the ACT's deputy

Chief Minister has flagged a mini menry review for the

Territory. The 'Age' reports on

the retrial of Robert Farquharson, who has been found

guilty of murdering his three

sons. The 'Herald Sun' says

Robert Farquharson's ex-wife Cindy Gambino was overwhelmed

by grief as the guilty verdict was

was delivered. The 'Australian'

says taxpayers could find new detention senters in Indonesia

to help Jakarta deter a flood

of asylum seekers. An opinion poll conducted in the marginal

southern Adelaide electorate of Kingston shows women are

leading a surge back to Labor,

that's in the 'Advertiser'. The waurn 'West Australian' says

the State's boxing authority

has launched an inquiry into

the 29-second bout between

Danny Green and Paul Briggs. A young Hobart woman has describe

ed the terror of being attacked

in her bedroom by three men -

that niece 'The Mercury'. And the 'Northern Territory News'

says a Darwin restaurant owner

verbally abused a group of

mothers after one diner took

her 11-week-old baby to his eatery. That would do it! It's been a long running

problem for some people. There

was a very famous - I think it

went to court in the end, a

case of a fancy restaurant in

Melbourne where the owner did

not want to see breast feeding

of children in his

restaurant. Others have banned

prams and strollers I think he

was made to admit them in the

end. There's a lot to talk

about, in particular the Chris

Uhlmann broke on the launch of

ABC News 24 and that was Kevin

Rudd's non-attendance at National Security Committee

meetings and instead sending

his chief of staff. Do you

think that's the right thing

for a Prime Minister to do or

is it yet another sign of how

bitter relation s have got

between Julia Gillard and Kevin

Rudd in that this is another

tit for tat leaking battle. Melissa Clarke will

join us shortly to talk about

that, you're reading these stories about what Julia

Gillard may have promised to

and Wal ched on, what Kevin

Rudd did or did not do and the

party still to some extent tear

ing itself apart. And what

impact this will have on the

polls. Let us know your


We will take a quick look at

the weather.

The top stories now on ABC

News - the former Prime

Minister Kevin Rudd has been

accused of showing con tempt

towards meetings on national

security. The ABC's been told

Kevin Rudd allowed his chief of

staff to stand in for him at Australia's highest level

security meetings. The

Coalition says Mr Rudd is unfit

to serve as a Minister. Prime

Minister Julia Gillard will

today announce the Labor Party's climate change policy.

The plan will include

investment in renewable

technology. A panel would also

be set up to find out the

community's attitude to putting

a price on carbon. And

Kosovo's 2008 declaration of

independence from Serbia has

been legitimised by the International Court of Justice.

That announcement could lead to

more countries recognising

Kosovo's independence.

For more on that story

that was broken last night by

Chris Uhlmann on ABC News 24,

Melissa Clarke joins us now

Canberra. What consequences or

implications for Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard does this story

have? There's consequence s for

both. For Kevin Rudd he is a

man who is trying to not only

keep his seat of Griffith but

he is trying to secure himself

a frontbench Cabinet position, which Julia Gillard essentially

has promised him in a new Labor

Government if they're re

elected and he's clearly having

a look at some kien of

part-time role with the UN as

an adviser. With the

revelations last night, it's

clear that he was treating a

very important committee of

Cabinet with a certain level of

disregard as it's been put to

the ABC that by not just keeping important people

waiting in not turning up to

these meetings on time but at

times not turning up at all and

asking a staff tore stand in as

a proxy. Now, this National Security Committee of Cabinet,

this is the one that makes

decisions about wars, that makes decisions about intelligence and security

matters. So perhaps the most

serious and pressing decisions

that an executive would make.

And you would think the Prime Minister would feel it

necessary to be in the room when those decisions are being

made. How many times have you

had a conversation with someone

and the interpretation or the

thought of what someone has

said can be mis interpreted

later. If you as a Prime

Minister only getting that

through a proxy, then when it

comes to these very sensitive

matters that is quite

concerning. So it's very

damaging for Rudd, these

revelations. And it is not surprising that this information is leaking out

given his enemies seem to be determined to sink the boot in. But perhaps the other implications are for Julia

Gillard and for the Labor Party

generally. Firstly, that issues

to do with committees of cant

are leaking, that in itself is

not a good look. And for Julia

Gillard that she as Deputy PM

and the second most senior

person in that committee

Cabinet we understand or at

least from the sources we're

getting say that she didn't

approach Kevin Rudd or didn't

rebuke Kevin Rudd for his approach to this Cabinet

committee. If she had concerns

about the way it was being run it doesn't seem it was necessarily raised directly

with him. Now, we should

mention that Julia Gillard and

Kevin Rudd both are not

commenting on this. The only

comment we've had from the

Government has been from the

frontbench Minister Tony

Bourke, who is the Agriculture

Minister, so not part of the National Security Committee of

Cabinet. But when he was asked

about these reports and whether

it was a good look for the

Government, this was his

response on 'Lateline' last

night : For either side of

pliths politic when you have

situations of backgrounding

going on, I think that the

reports as you've described

them aren't how I view the

situation as being at

all. Tony Bourke speaking on

'Lateline' last night. And the

issue of the backgrounding

that's still going on by

disaffect ed members of the

Labor Government, that to me is

a key part of this story as

well. If it continues that's

going to colour the rest of the

election campaign. It does. I

think it gives us some insight

into how they managed - there

was so much talk about how

quickly and efficiently the

Labor Party managed to dispatch

Kevin Rudd. And I think the

fact that we're still seeing

this information which is

damaging to Rudd personally

shows just how deep that venom

against him was. Clearly there

was so much dissatisfaction

with the way he ran processes,

with the way he ran Cabinet and

Caucus and even the way he ran

committees of Cabinet. So you

can very much see that the

first opportunity that was

presented to the Labor Party to

get rid of their leader, they

gleefully took it with ease.

But you're quite right, the

fact that these leaks are still

coming out and they're still

talking about these sorts of problems

problems that they had in

government, it doesn't help to

have those reminders come up when they're asking people to

put them back in power. Just

finally this morning what is

this citizen's assembly that is

arnt pairntdly going to be

spoken about today? We

understand that is going to be

part of Julia Gillard's new

climate change policy, that she

is going to get somewhere

somewhere between 100 and 200

members of the public plucked

out of the rorl roll to form a citizen's assembly that would

take the feeling or the sense

of the community about what

they want to do on climate

change and report back to the

Government. Which to me seems a

little strange because there

was no concern within Labor

just 12 months ago that the

community wanted action on

climate change. It's only

within since Kevin Rudd's fall

in the polls, a change of

leadership and after the not

terribly productive Copenhagen

talks that suddenly there seems

to be a question mark from

Labor about whether or not

there should be action on

climate change. But apparently

this is the step they think is

necessary to take, to try to

gauge the public mood. We can

also expect some announcement

today of money for energy

efficiency programs and

renewable energy projects, so

we will be waiting more detail

on that when Julia Gillard

unveils that in Brisbane today. Melissa Clarke, thank

you. The mining industry is

threatening to reignite the

mining tax debate by restarting

its anti-tax advertising

campaign as early as this

weekend. Smaller muners believe

that tax is unjust. Andrew

Forrest says he might bring his

financial muscle on board to

support the campaign. Julia

Gillard may have thought he had

seen the end of the anti-tax

advertising. But it may now be

resurrected during the election

campaign: The campaign could

realist ically be rolled out as

soon as the weekend. And it

could have an important

backer. For the first time,

Fortescue will be prepared to

invest and we've stayed right

out of it up to this

point. Smaller miners are

concerned are compromised - are

concerned compromises reached

unfairly hits some. Andrew

Forrest says many of the

details of the deal remain

secret and companies can't

assess how it will affect them.

He also had this message for

the Greens leader Bob Brown,

who continues to argue the

resources industry should be

taxed more. Walk down to the

front of Parliament House and

you will often see indigenous

brothers and sisters camped in

their tents and join those

people in tents because, if you

don't have a strong and vibrant

mining industry, that's about

all we've got left. I say to

Andrew, stand for Parliament,

test your particularity of your

ideas - popularity of your

ideas of wanting the mining

tri-Industry to squib it on

paying tear taxes. Andrew

Forrest also took a swipe at Labor's appointment of the

former BHP chairman Don Argus

to head the implementation committee. You appoint John

Howard to be your campaign

director and then you will know

how we feel. The Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith says the industry is entitled

to restart its advertising

campaign. But he's unsure how Howe the community would

respond to the debate surfacing

again. I think the community

was very pleased to see that

debate behind us. And for a

Government keen on moving foo,d

it's hoping the issue is left

in its past. Now have a look

at the markets for you and the

Dow has closed up 200 points.

The Nasdaq is up 58. The S&P

500 is 20 points higher. In

Looking a

To sport now and it was a

much better day for the Australians at Headingley in

the second Test. Here with all

the de tails is Paul

Kennedy. Good morning. Yes, the

Aussies are still trailing but

they were able to bowl out

Pakistan for about 250 and

Shane Watson climbed in with

another five wicket haul. So he

was the star with the ball and

then the Aussies lost two quick

wickets but Ponting and Clarke,

the two leaders of the team

have forged ahead. And

Australia is 2/140-odd. Still

trailing by 24 runs. But with a

slight chance of winning this

Test match. Let's look at the

highlights from day two.

COMMENTATOR: At last Johnson

gets it right. My word, what

an extraordinary dismissal.

Maybe that feeler was there for


That is very, very straight

and he's gone. Bowled him.

There we go. Another

five-wicket haul for Shane

Watson. He's gone a long way up

but not far enough. Tim Payne takes the catch.

Catches the call. Chance

with a run-out. I think he's

got it.

Once again, Omar armin does

the job. That's the one but

there is no third man nit.

The second man in Test

match history to get to this

point. What an achievement he's

been a real star. Shane Warne

used to talk about his script

writer, some invisible person

that watched over his career.

What about Muttiah

Muralitharan's? He bowled his

final delivery in Tests to take

his 800th wicket and who knows

where whether that feat will

ever be matched but those were the scenes as the Sri Lankan

offspiner ended the Indian

innings. Sri Lanka won this

Test. Muralitharan's final

#2e69 and he was lifted off the

ground. Let's hear now from

him. Winning the match was the

most important thing. So at the

time we didn't think but it

came in the end, so if it

didn't come I had a great match

and the most important thing is

winning the match,. My the

running in was we had to win

the match. It's a frank. I was

saying at the time some will

take it this weekend because we know goal situations sometimes

it's un predictable it can

rain, and it can be a sad time

because it was hard. The hard work for spinners in this

wicket because it hadding? In

yesterday, a little bit of bounce, but today it's

especially magnificent for

bowling. Muttiah Muralitharan

refusing to talk much about

himself, it's all about the

team. Now, if you haven't been following the Tour de France

very closely, I will just set

this up for you. Andy Schleck

and Alberto Contador are the

two best riders in this year's

tour and they're abay ahead of

everyone else. It was the final

mount yain stage in the

Pyrenees and Andy Schleck,

wearing the white jersey, had

to get a good lead on Alberto

Contador. So he went for it in

the mountains, Contador hung in

there and what unfolded in the

last 10km has the experts

saying that it's one of the

great duals of all time limit's have a have a look. COMMENTATOR: There's lots of

riders now with a chance of

getting a victory. There's Andy

Schleck's move it:. He's lost

all his teammates. It's come

down to the top two riders in

Tour de France. Schleck grits

his teeth. All Contador has to

do is follow. They've decided

not to rip off on the front by

lift the speed but take to it

the limit and see if he can

really ride Contador off his

wheel. Contador is going. He is Schleck going to answer that

one? I am not sure it can. This

is going to be a massive attack. Andy Schleck has all the courage that's come to him in this Tour de France. He's

back on him. He's not quite on

him but he is disig digging

very deep indeeds. That was a

vicious acceleration by Alberto

Contador but slowly the

Luxembourger has clawed his way

back. Contador should turn

around and shake his hand because that was superb

recovery. I think there might

have even been a word there

because look now at Schleck stirring into the eyes of

Contador as if to say you sat

on me all the way up and you

thought you would get rid of me

but they're going to finish

this race in the fog at the

top. They look at the finish

line. They can reach out and touch it ie. Schleck on the

right in case you can't see.

Contador they start the sprint

side by side and this is a huge

effort. Alberto Contador, wants

the stage win and they're going

to cross and he lets Schleck

take it and so he should. It

was incredible. Wonderfuln't

commentary there it has to be said. Let's hear from Andy

Schleck after the race. I

couldn't drop Contador. I

couldn't take yellow but I won

the beautiful stage. I can not

go any faster up this climb

today. I took the maximum out

of my body. Best day so far of

this tour. I felt really,

really good today. But I think

Contador he felt good too. What

can I do? I cannot - I can't go

faster. That's Andy Schleck

there. What is that quote from

Vince Lombardi about leaving it all on the field and having

nothing in reserve, a great

sight to see those two of the

best riders of the last 10

years going for it. Mahmoud

Ahmadinejad hung in to the -

Lance Armstrong held in but

that is the last time he will

go over the Pyrenees. It comes

down now to the time trial and

why slek needed to make time on

Contador is because Contador is

known as a better time

trialist. I would love to know

what words were exchanged

between them. There will be a lot more respect between them

now of course. Contador rode

away from Schleck the other day

when Schleck's chain fell off.

So him letting Andy Schleck win

at the end to take the stage

may have been some sort of

apology. I love it. Tho,. That

beautiful visual definition of

why you need a pacer in sports.

Why there's that person ahid of

you one step that you pace

yourself and it requires you to

lift and bring something better. I think that was

beautiful example of that. It

was good to watch. So over the

weekend it will unfold and the time trial will take place and

they will roll out it and the comparison shots on Monday

morning our time. I can't think

of anything more sophisticated

to say than what about that

Murali. It's a fairy tale

ending. He was soaking it

up. He is that good that he probably thought I will take

this last wicket. They hd had

him on from one end for the

entire. That's been his entire

career for Sri Lanka. He's

bowled so many overs and that

they go to him when they need

the breakthrough. And they beat India, which is no small

feat. And you hope he has a

better script writer for his

post cricket life. Am not wufr

shuer what the media

possibilities are for Murali

but he can probably have

whatever job he likes in Sri

Lanka. Now ABC nuf can be

watched anywhere - News

Breakfast can be watched on the Internet. Vanessa O'Hanlon

joins us for a look at the

weather. We have a dry day

despite the jet stream cloud

crossing the interior. Cold

southerly winds and a few brief

showers also along the NSW

coast. Now in Queensland today

we're heading for a top of 21

degrees and mostly fine day. We

do have a few showers then a

south of Yepoon and about the

tropical coast we can expect

windy conditions. In NSW, early

frost about the ranges.

You're watching ABC News Breakfast. Still to come there

are continuing concerns about

if Government's national

security record after

revelations the former Prime

Minister, Kevin Rudd, let his

chief of staff stand in for him at key National Security

Committee meetings. We will be

speaking about this to

Professor Hugh White from the

strategic and defence study

centre at the ANU. Also ahead

we will have a review of some of the newspapers this morning

and we will be joined by Tim

Wilson from the Institute of Public Affairs. Leading the

news this morning the Federal Opposition has accused the

Government of showing contempt for Australia's national

security. The ABC has been told

the former Prime Minister,

Kevin Rudd, sentd his

31-year-old chief of staff to

stand in for him at National

Security Committees meeting. The Federal Government has

denied the allegation. Julia

Gillard will release the

climate change policy today.

There will be investment in

renewable technology and

include plans for a panel to

find out the community's

attitude to putting a price on

carbon. The far right British

National Party party Griffin

has been barred from a

Buckingham Palace garden party.

The leader was denied entry

because he overtly used his

personal invitation for political purposes through the

media. Mr Griffin said the decision was an absolute

scandal. The International Court of Justice has ruled

Kosovo - cos vee's declaration

of independence did not breach

the rule of law. The decision

could lead to more countries recognising Kosovo's independence. And a storm

brewing near Florida's coast is threatening the oil spill

clean-up in the Gulf of Mexico.

Weather authorities say a

tropical depression with strong

winds is expected to moch

towards Florida in the next 36

hours. More than 750 boats involved

involved in the clean-up could

be re called if the conditions

worsen. Afghan President Hamid

Karzai has won international

backing for his goal to have

Afghan troops take control of the country

the country by 2014. Now one of

the key people trying to steer

the future of Afghanistan is

Stefan de-Mastura. He ease told

News 24 that progress this year

will be crucial for meeting Mr

Karzai's deadline. I think this

year, especially after the

Kabul conference, the message

was quite clear by 17

delegation s in 50 Ministers is

that this is the year when one

has to show resilience. Not

pulling out. Secondly, because

this is where we are going to

see whether in fact what is

expected to be a very difficult

time up to the elections we

then go back to what is the

only solution, a political

solution, not a military

solution. And that will be clarified between now and the

end of 2 year. At least in what

way we are going. Abandoning

the Afghans today would be

unfair. Senior Government

sources have told the ABC that

while he was Prime Minister,

Kevin Rudd shows an almost

casual disregard for the body

in charge of the country's

safety. It's been revealed he

was late to meetings and

sometimes never turned un, ang angering some of the top

security officials. Kevin Rudd

said national security was his

key job. Ladies and gentlemen,

there is no greater

responsibility for Government

than that of national security.

We are upholding the values.

These are paramount. One body

above above all is charged with

ensuring Australia's safety. The national security

Cabinet is the principal

decision-making body for

Australia on the range of

defence foreign policy and

strategic issues. It's,

therefore, the body that tends

to handle the gravest, the most

serious in some ways the most important decisions the

Government's make. The Prime

Minister chairs the gathering

of Ministers and senior

officials. The inner circle

includes the Chief of the

Defence Force, the secretary of

foreign affairs and the Australian Federal Police

Commissioner. The heads of our

intelligence agencies are also

there, aren't they? It's the

heads of the big Government departments that deal with

these and the intelligence

agent agency - ASIO and ONA. John Howard was scrupulous

in attending the meetings but

Kevin Rudd showed an almost

casual disregard for the

security committee. At a time

when Australia was engaged in a

war and wrestling with its

border security policy. The

ABC has learned that several

times the former Prime Minister

allowed his 31-year-old chief

of staff, Alistair Jordan, to

deputise for him on the

committee when Mr Rudd was late

or didn't attend at all. On those occasions, the meetings

often started because Mr Rudd

had kept the departmental heads

waiting for more than an

hour. Commonwealth officials

were appalled and some complained. Other Government

sources have told the ABC that

Mr Jordan or another senior

staffer sometimes stood in for

Mr Rudd on the strategic

priorities an Budget committee

of Cabinet, the so-called gang

of four that made many of the

decisions in this Government. This is another example of the a-Kaye yos at the core of the Rudd Government

and helps to explain why they

dispatched him so quickly an

largely without regret. But his

disdain for the most important

kes of Cabinet rizs questions about Julia Gillard's promise

to revive his career. I have

said that Kevin Rudd will serve

as a senior Minister in a

re-elected Gillard Government.

That is my commitment. I will

honour that commitment. Kevin

Rudd said he would be staying

on in politic, despite pursuing

a part-time job with the United

Nations. I have work to do. Julia Gillard won't be

thanking him. And as the election campaign continues,

the seat of Ben long is shaping

up as - Bennelong is shaping up

a as celebrity showdown. Maxine

McKew is being challenged in

her seat.

It was the iconic moment of

Labor's victory in 2007. Maxine

McKew defeating John Howard in

a seat the Prime Minister had

held for 33 years. Kevin

Rudd played a key role in recruiting Maxine McKew to the

Labor cause and when he faced political oblivion last month,

she supported him to tend. The Mandarin-speaking former Prime Minister would

have been an asset with many in

Bennelong's large Asian

community and his sudden

ousting could affect McCue's

re-election chances. No-one

expected Kevin Rudd to go that

way and so there was only a bit

of shock and disappointment a

couple of wooks ago when he

stepped down and some people

take that grudge to them. The

sitting member says the local

Chinese community has moved

on. I've heard a range of

views. And certainly, though, I think people are now focusing

on the leadership that Julia

Gillard is providing. And they

see in Julia someone who has

invest ed in enormously in

education. Labor holds

Bennelong by a vulnerable 1.4%

margin and the Liberal Party

has preselected a high profile

tennis celebrity to contest the seat. Vote for

Liberal. Excellent. I knew you

were a good man the moment I

saw you. John Alexanderer, now

a business man, says the

Bennelong community is

concerned about Labor's out of

control spending. Look, the

stroll issue is the economy.

There is great - central issue

is the economy. There is great

concern over the waste. We can

see it here in Bennelong, in

the social housing projects

that sometimes run at three

time s the rate of per square metre charges. Whether they

think it's a good idea or a bad

idea, the waste is irrefuted able. Maxine McKew able. Maxine McKew says Bennelong voters are focussed

on health, education and

jobs. This is an area that I

always say is smart, ambitious

and innovative. I do think that

people focusing on all of the

kinds of things that can feed

in to those features. When

John Howard first won the seat

in 1974, it was a mostly white

Anglo-Saxon community. Today

the electorate looks very

different. More than 40% of the

people living here were born

overseas. The electorate is a

diverse mix of Chinese, Sri

Lankan, Indian, Afghan and Korean communities. Not

surprisingly the issue of border protection and asylum

seekers are sharply dividing

the community and the

candidates. I think both

parties are disappointing on

asylum seekers. Some people are

jumping the queue without any

genuine reasons and taking

advantage of it. Yes, so I

think we needed to have a bit tougher. Everybody who has come

in legitimately wants everyone

else to come in that way, it's

the ultimate policing of our

country is to protect our

boarders. Broadly, this is a

very welcoming community and my

view is Australia always must remain welcoming to

migrants. In 2000 7, John

Howard won the primary vote in

Bennelong. But the Greens

directed over 4,000 votes to Labor, giving Maxine McKew the

seat. This time around Green

preferences will s will be

crucial. And once again the

vast majority are expected to

go to Labor. Lindsey peat

serious the Greens candidate

for Bennelong. He rejects any

notion that Bennelong voters

are wary of asylum seekers. And

he wants a government with a

more humane approach to refugees. My own father

himself was a refugee from Nazi

Germany. He's now - he's earned

the order of Australia. These

people that come from these countries have a huge amount to

give to Australia and I think

all migrants are aware of

that. Labor has only held

Bennelong for one term. The

next four weeks will determine

whether or not John Alexander can reclaim

can reclaim the seat, once

considered Liberal

heartland. John Stewart with

that report. For the rest of the election campaign we will

head out every day to a city or

a town around the country and

talking to a local about an

issue getting under their

skin. Today we visit the

marginal seat of Eden Monaro in


We work hard for our

money. Farmers work hard,

probably 12, 14-hour days,

quite often seven days a week.

And to see your money, your tax

money wasted in that way is

quite annoying to say the

least. My name is Ross Sherlock, I live 10km

north-west of Canberra in the

seat of Eden Monaro. In the

current election, there is a

lot of money wasting. The

Sherlock family has been on this property for four

generations. They first came

here in 1904. The house that we

live in was built in the

1870s. And obviously we have a

fairly strong family connection

with the land. Agriculture and

especially in this area is a

very variable income. We went

for about three years without

making any money at all. In

fact we made a loss for two

years in a row. The environment

I think is not being looked

after the way it should be. And

I think the money that is being

put into the environment is

being put into the wrong hands.

If farmers had half a chance,

they would look after the

environment like no-one else

would. Two of the prime

examples we feel are the school

building program and the

insulation program. When you

hear of projects at schools

that have cost $800,000 to $1

million and they're valued at

$400,000, I find that really

hard to take. Farming is like

any small business. You have to

be very diligent with the

amount of money or the way you

spend your money. And there's

not a lot of slack at the end

of the day. When I say I like

to pay tax, people look at me

quite strangely but as long as

that money is being used wisely

by the Government, it's

everyone's right or everyone's

privilege to pay tax and it

seems such a waste that hasn't

been better managed. You're

watching ABC News Breakfast.

These are our top stories

today. The former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has been

accused of showing con tempt

towards meetings on national

security. The ABC's been told

Kevin Rudd allowed his chief of

staff to stand in for him at Australia's highest level

security meetings. The

Coalition says Mr Rudd is un

fit to serve as a Minister. The Prime Minister, Julia

Gillard, will today announce the Labor Party's climate

change policy. The plan will

include investment in renewable

tech nothing. A panel would be

set up to find out the community's attitude to putting

a price on carbon. And Kosovo's

2008 declaration of

independence from Serbia has

been rejitmised by the International Court of Justice.

That decision could lead to

more countries recognising

Kosovo's independence.

We will look at the papers

now. We're joined by Tim Wilson

from the Institute of public

affairs. Good morning. Good

morning. What is on your list today? We will start off I

think straight away with the

story that broke on ABC News 24

last night with Chris Uhlmann

about Kevin Rudd and not attending National Security

Committee meetings. To policy

wonks and people in Canberra,

this will seem like a very big

deal. I imagine it is not going

to resonate that strongly in

the community. But it does

start to paint a picture or

pattern of behaviour by the

former Prime Minister and his

attitude towards a bureaucracy

and the way Government

operates. It is a big deal but

I am not sure it will be a big

deal for voters. Let's luge at

page 7 of the 'Australian'.

It's one of those stories that

usually needs about 24 hours to

play out and to pick up and

develop the legs I guess 23 you

like. - if you like. It's

interesting in what it tells us

about the state of some elements of the Labor Party at the moment right now as well,

in particular the Labor Government. It does. There's

clearly an open hostility

towards Kevin Rudd when he

left. But those simmering

tension s don't seem to have -

those embers have not been put

out yet. There is clearly a lot

of frustration with the way he

ran his government and also

about the impact they felt that

then had on the country and

whether they think he is

suitable then to be a Cabinet

Minister in presumably the next

Gillard Government. And there

are a lot of people in the

Labor Party clearly un

happy. This clearly threatens

what has been a fairly smooth

or boring campaign by the Labor

Party if there's the Specter of

continued tit-for-tat leaking from the Gillard and Rudd

camps. Absolutely. This is a huge distraction for the

Government. It's been a pretty

boring election so far. But so

much of political campaigns

about getting your message out,

it's about the oxygen you need and this is a complete distraction for Gillard today

and tomorrow as well. So she's

lost big opportunities to get

her message out because Kevin

Rudd or someone around him or

somebody who has a gripe

against him has decided to leak

this little story. I think the

other interest ing player in

this is Alistair Jordan because

I am of the same age as him and

I am not sure I would have been

able to make key strategic

decisions but even to be

sitting there on behalf of the

Prime Minister and observing

these sorts of things. The age

element rankles with me a

little bit. Histories is

littered with incredibly able

and talented people of their

20s and 30s who have gone on to

lead countries and lead

revolutions and become great

explorers at a young age. I

feel there's a slight put down

there with the 31-year-old. So

come on. Defend your generation. He is not the only

one. It doesn't mean he's an

idiot. It just means he is not

Prime Minister. That's

true. People who watch West

wing would say Leo McGarry went

in and sat in on the national curt meetings all the system -

security meeting all the time.

But our system doesn't work

that way. I think there is a

lack of confidence. Rudd had

three key advise bhoers were

all in the same age bracket. I

think there's an interesting

discussion about did he have

some people so young so they

wouldn't stand up to him and

implement what he wanted or was

it drn were they the best

people for the job? I guess in

one sense that's academic now. We should see something that resembles a climate change policy from the Prime Minister

today. From what I've read so far, they're talking about

investment in renewables from

Julia Gillard but they're also

talking about setting up this

panel of 150 Australian

community minded people who are

going to test attitudes towards the price on carbon. Which 'The Daily Telegraph' has splashed

this morning They have. As

someone - The headline there -

you decide the policy. The

Government can't. As someone

involved with the climate

change debate throughout the

second half of last year and

was at copen Hagan, to see the

issue of climate change shift

so radically needing to be

dealt with at an international

level to now being dealt with

on a level where the Government

is basically obfuscating

responsibility and saying we're

not going to take any radical

or significant steps we will

get a bunch of people together

and make sure we never make any

big risky political decisions

on this. It's amazing. It is.

And it's shades of the Twenty20

as well? - of the 2020. Don't

we elect the Government to make

the decision. We elect

governments these days to make

sure they are in the best

position to get themselves reelented. This is what it smacks

smacks of. There's ban few

people commenting this has overtones of the 2020 sujit

which had four or five ideas

that got AAPT adopted and

there's another 150 that went

to into the waste paper

banket And it suggests if it

gets this far the ETS would be

a third term decision by the

Government. Presuming they make

to it the third term. There is no radical action going to be taken by a Government at

all. The Adelaide 'Advertiser'

has a yarn you want to look at.: That's story on the front

of the Adelaide tidser about

Tony Abbott not being

attractive electorally to winl.

And it's not the first time

that this story came up. In

fact the same data came out of a Newspoll in the 'Australian'

yesterday. There are lots of

reasons cited for it between

women who want to support other

women - that is, voting for Julia Gillard - to thinking that Tony Abbott is too

aggressive and his policy

dealing with paid maternity

leave is not enough to attract

women . We're seeing a pattern

of behaviour here and while we

will have plenty of other polls throughout the election

campaign, the centre right of Australian politics has stra

tradition ally relied on women

to get elected. And so this is

actually quite devastating for

the Opposition. Do you buy it?

Do you buy the theory, the line

that Tony Abbott is not

attractive to the female voter,

whoever she might be? I am

assuming she is one generalised person with one

mindset. Somehow I don't think

that is the case. Look, I think

people vote based on their

values, their prejudices and

the issues in front of nem and the policy alternatives. I

think it's a mixed bag. But I

could see why some people may

not like Tony Abbott. But you

can see why some people might not like Julia Gillard either. Exactly. It's more that

theory of somehow there's

something inherent in Tony

Abbott that is un attractive to

the female voter. Do you buy

that? No, I don't. I know women who on the day of Julia

Gillard's ak stoetion the prime

ministership wsh - access to the prime ministership was

scailtding of her. So I don't

think women are naturally

attracted to one person or the

other based on some innate

personal characteristic. Just

quickly in ground breaking

exclusive news Andrew Bolt has attacked the Prime

Minister. He's run this story

today which actually is a big story and I think will resonate

with voter, unlike the Rudd

one, about the fact that the

East Timorese Government has

come out and almost gone to a

political step and said that

they're not in negotiations

with the Government to discuss

dealing with asylum seekers and

processing asylum seekers in a

regional detention centre

operation. And this is bad for

the Government because on top

of the Rudd story it takes

away, again, the oxygen of the

Government. But it also sends a

message that whatever the

Government is saying publicly

is not being backed up by

behind the scenes talks. So I

think her policy ground in this

area is going to start to look shaky. Whether people agree

with it or no it's clear from

internal party polling on both

sides this is a red hot

issue. Just very quickly your

final story this morning in the

'Financial Review'. It's about

a report in a journal from

America which highlights that

no matter what information is

given to voters they already make their decisions. In fact, if you give them information

this's contrary to their

attitudes already, it

reinforces their view. So it's

worth a look. And a five-week

campaign numbers. Good too see

you - nonetheless. Good to see

you. Spo sport now and with

the news of a thrilling stage of Tour de France overnight,

here is Paul Kennedy. It was very dramatic in the final

stage of the Pyrenees as the

riders head towards Paris. Alberto Contador and Andy

Schleck dualed on the mountain.

Schleck needed to take some time off Contador before the

time trial on the weekend and

as you can see it got very, very personal. In the ends it was Andy Schleck who won the

stage and Alberto Contador

allowed him to do so because of

all the work that his opponent

did on the mountain. Contador

remains in yellow. To the

cricket now. Let's look at

what's happening at what's happening at Headingley.

The Aussies had a better day.

They're still well behind

Pakistan but Shane Watson took

6-33. That's his best statistics from a bowling

points of view. So he got

Australia back into the match,

Pakistan out for 258. And then

the Aussies lost two quick

wickets but they've steadied

with Ponting and Clarke and

Ricky Ponting has actually made

his 12,000th run now. So that

is a milestone for him. The

second man to do that. Nobody

has taken 800 wickets, though,

except Muttiah Muralitharan and

in his final test he now

retires, Sri Lanka beat India

and with his last ball in Test

cricket he took his 800th, a

wonderful achievement. Vanessa

O'Hanlon joins us for a look at

the weather. A tropical storm

is barreling to China. It hit

the gan dong projince in Chan

China. The the country is

already in the midst of its

worst flad Flood in a decade. More torrential rain is

expected in the coming

week. Back home, and to end our

week in Queensland, you have

isolated showers about the tropical coast.

Still ahead on ABC News

Breakfast. It's been a week of modest policy announcement

honourable senator on the

campaign trail. Be But today

the Government is expected to

announce its climate change

policy and for more we will be

joined by Andrew after this

short break. Stay with us. The Federal Government

battles claims Kevin Rudd neg legged National Security

Committee meetings as Prime Minister The report as you

describe them are not how I

view the situation as being at


Julia Gillard to unveil

her new climate change policy

today. The international

court rules Kosovo'

independence legal. And a Tour

de France stages a great dual

in the Pyrenees between the

world's best.

Good morning. It's Friday,

23 July, I'm Michael

Rowland. And I'm Virginia

Trioli. The top story - the

Federal Opposition has accused former Prime Minister Kevin

Rudd of showing contempt for

Australia's national security.

The ABC's been told that Mr

Rudd sent his 31-year-old chief

of staff to stand in for him at

National Security Committee

meetings of cant. Mr Rudd and

Julia Gillard have both

declined to comment but the

Opposition says Mr Rudd is not

fit to be a minutes in Government. Hugh White is the

head of strategic and defence

stud disbris sent centre at the

ANU and he join s us now. I am

glad you could join us. Good

morning. Does it surprise you

if this story turns out to be

so that Kevin Rudd got a

stand-in for some of these

meets? Look, it doesn't

surprise me. It does very much

gel with a lot of the stories

that sort of circled around

Canberra about the way Kevin

Rudd fulfilled his role as

Prime Minister, a