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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

controversial accomplish politician had his invite taken

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

legitimately

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

thoughts.

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

Australians at Headingley in much better day for the

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

it.

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

have a great duals of all time limit's

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

stirring into the eyes of because look now at Schleck

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

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

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

for Australia's national Government of showing contempt

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

NSW.

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

all.

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, almost from the

time he got elected. He does

appear to have been a very bad

at organising his time, very

reluctant to take the kind of

full role in the business of Cabinet that a Prime Minister

should do. And I think a lot of

the problems that stack up in his Government were a

reflection of the daft

government that a) he didn't

take a big part in the key

decision making function s and

he got his treated his

colleagues rather discourteous

ly. Would you call that serious

neglect? I don't think I would

go so far as the Opposition to show contempt for the national

security. I don't think I think

what it shows sit he's very bad

at organising his time. The

Prime Minister is the person

who calls a National Security Committee meeting so to call an

important meeting like that and

somehow find he has something

more important to do >>oe Shows

a short attention span and an

inability to organise himself.

It's more a kind of chaotic

approach to the way he manageed

his role as Prime Minister

rather than his sense of

priorities. As you understand

it, what sort of things are

discussed at those Cabinet

meetings? How grave? How substantial? Well, National

Security Committee meets have

different things on at

different times. At their

gravest, the National Security

Committee immediating is the forum where the Government

makes the decisionant the

deployment of the AG dvmd F,

the conduct of operation, the development of Australia's

Defence Forces and the most important diplomatic and other

foreign policy initiatives. So

many national security meetings

are very grave occasion indeed. Other national security meetings are a bit more

routine. They look at Budgets,

they look at priority force the

intelligence agencies and that

sort of stuff. So you can't say

that every single meeting of

the National Security Committee

has lifetime or death issues

hanging it from. But quite a

few do. But wouldn't that be

the role of the eyes andaries

of the Prime Minister tsh

-aries of the purchase - ears

of the Prime Minister - that is

his chief of staff, to follow

up. It doesn't necessarily

follow that issues themselves

were neglected by the fact that

the Prime Minister's own eyes an ears were not at that

meeting. Except if an issue is

not significantly -

sufficiently important for the

Prime Minister himself to chair

the discussion, participate in

the decision making - Uz

because he would know that

subject was going to be under

discussion at that meeting you

mean? You only call a National

Security Committee meeting of

Cabinet if there's something to

be discussed. If you're talking

about a $23 2 4 billion defence

budget it might be a routine discussion but it's important.

If you don't have irons issues

on the agenda sufficient enough

to be there you wonder why you

need the err most senior

members of the Government and

the 10 other most senior

officers in the country sitting

around. The key issue is here

is if an issue is important enough for the Prime Minister

to have called a meeting it's

important enough for him to

have turned up. That's the way

cant had worked in the past with previous prime

ministers. You've had senior

departmental level of

experience. Does it viek you as

surprising that perhaps someone

like Julia Gillard or others

didn't call her Prime Minister

to account for this? Would you

have expected them to do that? I would have and I

suspect in some ways that happened. Why do happened. Why do you suspect

that? There was 50 & lot of unease around government about

the way in which the government

was running under Rudd and this

goes back a long way, not just

something that appeared in the

last few months. I don't know but I would be surprised if

people didn't - if the senior

Ministers didn't say Kevin this

is not working very well. I

would also be surprised if

Kevin Rudd, being the bloke

that I think we know him to

have been, to be, would have

responded to. That I think he

had his own style, he wanted to

do things his own way and I

think he would be a bit reluck

about the to take advice on

that sort of thing. Are there

consequences now for how people might regard Julia Gillard,

given she's taken over the top

job? No, I don't think so. I

think Gillard has had the

advantage of seeing how not to

do it by watching Rudd. She

certainly has as Deputy PM

developed a good reputation

around Canberra for being a

good manager of business and

effective chair of Cabinet

committees herself around she

did a lot of that when Rudd

wasn't there. In a sense she

does come with a better

reputation for the kind of

conduct of government business

issues that we're talking

about. I don't think we can

say it's a black mark against

Gillard that she didn't somehow

correct Rudd an this. Rudd was

after all Prime Minister. It

she does haven't the short to

conduct himself in that role.

She does have the responsibility and the

opportunity now to run run a

much more tidy Government

herself and we haven't had long

enough watching her in that

role to see whether she will do

that: I think that is the key question. Finally, as you

understand it, and as a

consequence of this and perhaps

other commentary and stories

too, is there some mollifying

to be done by Julia Gillard and

others of Defence force chiefs?

Is that sector of Government

the defence sector, is that

cheesed off now with the way

that business has been done

under Kevin Rudd and is there a

consequence there for Julia

Gillard? Look, I think it's not

just defence, I think across

the whole national security community and that's foreign

affairs an intelligence

agencies I think there was a

sense that the National

Security Committee and more broadly the national security

function was not working too

well. There was lot of talk under Rudd about national

security policy being made in a

new and different way, not much

action. I think it will be

important for Gillard, amongst

other things on her plate

should she win the election, to

look er at the national

security function, to turn some

of the rhetoric that Rudd

developed into a much more

efficient policy processes and

including in the defence

function itself. There's a lot

more work to be done in

defence. Good to is talk to you

this morning, thanks very much. My pleasure. Thank

you. To other news now and the

Prime Minister, Julia Gillard,

will release Labor's climate

change policy in Brisbane

today. The release viezed plan

will include investment in

renewable technology and energy

efficiency measures. She is

also etch ect #3d to argue the

case for a carbon market. The International Court of Justice

have rule that Kosovo's 2008

declaration of independence

from Serbia did not violate

international law. That is st

first time an independent body

has legitimised Kosovo's self- declared independence. The

decision could lead to more

countries recognise ing cos

co's independence. But Serbia

says Belgrade will never

recognise Kosovo's sovereignty.

Reports of suspected child

abuse by Queensland school

staff have jumped by more than

40% over the last 12 months.

Figures from the Education

Department show more than

12,000 report of suspected

abuse were reported in the

State and private schools. Of

those 3,000 were deemed worthy

of negotiation and 850 were

found to be true. A storm

brewing near Florida's coast is

threatening the clean-up in the

Gulf of Mexico. A tropical

depression with strong winds

sex pected to move towards

Florida over the next 46 hours.

More than 750 boats involved in the clean-up could be recalled

if the weather conditions

worsen. And Archbishop Desmond

Tutu has announced he will

withdraw from public knife. He

played a prominent role in

South Africa's struggle against

apartheid. He will continue to

work for the Elder, a group set

up by Nelson Mandela to tackle

the world's problems. The

Archbishop is scaling back his commitments to spend more time

with his family and watch the

cricket. In the United Kingdom,

in an invitation toe the garden

party at Buckingham Palace is a

social highlight but a controversial accomplish

politician has had his invite

taken away Palace fcials say

they took the British National

Party's in name off the guest

list. All dressed up, ready for

the party. The trouble is the

leader of the British National invitation brandished by the

Party was no longer worth the

cardboard it was printed on,

withdrawns by the palace. I was

invited as an elected member of

the European Parliament because

I had the back of hundreds of

thousands of people. Yes, I did

describe it as a symbolic

moment. It's even more symbolic

now that the politic kalg elite

has decided to keep me

out. Nick Griffin had been

expecting to join the cucumber

sandwich queue in the

Buckingham backyard. As duly

elected member of the European

Parliament he was entitled to

the invitation but the palace

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

clear they will not discriminate against any

elected mx EP and that is the

problem proper thing to

do. While upset over his efrm collusion, not everyone was sad

he couldn't make the party.

Include ing act ivist Pietersen

er Tatchell. Apologise you

coward. Among those guests who

did see the Queen, opinion was divided over whether he should

have been allowed in. What ever

you think about the man and his

policies, in a democracy it was

his right to attend. 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

is now exploiting that position

I think the palace is

correct. For Nick Griffin this

is the late nest a long list of

controversial run-ins. His

appearance on a BBC program atacted thousands of protesters

last year. He is never a man to

travel quietly. Back home

now and for a second time a

father guilty of murdering his jury in Melbourne has found a

three sons. The boys drowned

when 41year-old Robert

Farquharson drove into a dam on

Fathers Day five years ago.

Had enough guys Leave it at

that. Back off. Outside court,

the emotional strain of the

11-week retrial had clearly

taken itstol on the boy's

mother, Cindy Gambino, and her

family. A short time earlier, 41-year-olds Robert Farquharson

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 drowned 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

tried an convicted of murder in

2007. But successfully appealed

and a retrial was ordered. This

time three things were different. Robert Farquharson's

ex-wife, Cindy Gambino, had

previous ly stood by him but

dramatically changed her tune.

Ms Gambino 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

Farquharson's lawyer asked if scenes in court as

she was motivated bade vendetta. A new witness Dawn

White 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 dates

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 wept as he

recalled the children's

funeral. But he admitted he couldn't explain why he told

the first people on the scene

of the dam not to try to reach

the sunk en car. In 2007, Farquharson was sentenced to

three life sentences. His fate this time

this time round is yet to be

decided. Now let's look at

the front pages of the major

newspapers turnaround country.

A group of 150 so-called

ordinary Australian also decide

ahead with an Emissions Trading if a Labor Government will go

Scheme, that's in 'The Daily

Telegraph'. Several million

ordinary Australians might vote

for a particular party and

decide instead. The 'Sydney

Morning Herald' says the

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

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

says 12,000 reports of

suspected child abuse were made

by Queensland stall staff over

the last year. The 'Canberra

Times' says the ACT's deputy

Chief Minister is flag a mini Henry review for the

Territory. The 'Age' reports on

the retrial of Robert

Farquharson, he's now been

found guilty again 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 delivered. The 'Australian'

says taxpayers should fund new

detention centres 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.

'West Australian' says the That's in the 'Advertiser'. The

State's boxing authority has

launched an inquiry into the

2946 second bout between Danny

Green and Paul Briggs. A young

Hobart woman has described the

terror of being attacked in her

bed room by three men, that's

in 'The Mercury'. And the NT

News says a Darwin restaurant

owner verbal ly abused a group

of mothers after one diner took

her 11-week-old baby to his

eatery. Now lot of points of view on how Kevin Rudd treated

the meet ofths the National

Prime Minister. Jodie was Security Committee while he was

written in on our Facebook page

- if I had to work with him

under those condition, yes, I

would be very upset. It

certainly sounds like he didn't

make his presence at those

meetation priority. There Margie writes

if Mr Rudd was an overinvolved

micro manager we've heard all

this before he won't physically

have been able to get b

everywhere at once. We will

probably hear more stories like

on this on the way. A and the

last word so far this morning toivers who says another

example of gossip instead of

news. Do Councillor consider

this gossip, significant news

or what does it tell youant the

state of the late now - this

tit-for-tat of leaking an

criticising and sniping at each

other. Really when you boil it

down it's between the Julia

Gillard and Kevin Rudd damp Camps. Does it make you

concerned about the stability

of a re-Lecked Gillard

Government particularly if

Kevin Rudd is a senior Minister

in a Gillard Government. So

please send your emails to

Breakfast.

We will look at the top

store ries now - stories now -

the Kevin Rudd has been accused

of showing contempt towards

issue of national security.

Kevin Rudd allowed his chief of

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

security meetings. A Coalition

says Mr Rudd is un fit to serve

Julia Gillard will today as a Minister. Prime Minister

announce the Labor Party's

climate change policy. The plan

will include investment in renewable technology. A panel

would also be set up to gauge

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 decision could lead to

more countries recognising

Kosovo's independence.

Now after a weak on the

campaign trail, on a few

policies have been announced by

the major party bus today the

Gillard Government is expected to announce its climate change

policy. Thing also ramp up on

Sunday when John Howard and

Tony Abbott go head-to-head

during the first and only

leaders debate at the national

press club. Join ing us for an

assessment of the campaign so

far is Andrew Catsaras. Good morning. I was hoping to tap

your expert view on how this

continuing tit forred at the

leaking war between people associated with Julia Gillard and those with Kevin Rudd could

have an impact on the Labor

Party's poll ing numbers in the

next few weeks. Well, I don't

know if it will have much

impact on the polling numbers.

It will dechend on how Julia

Gillard responds. I don't think

Kevin Rudd is all that relevant

anymore. There's ban fair bit

of research in the last week or

two talking about how people

were supporting what she

actually did to take over, it

was the best thing for the

Government and also that she's

now considerably ahead of Kevin

Rudd as the preferred lead ore

TV Labor Party and therefore as

the preferred Prime Minister.

So it's really what Julia

Gillard does in response to

Kevin Rudd or the stories about

Kevin Rudd that matter. Kevin

Rudd himself - what he needs to

do now is basically go around and develop some gracious behaviour and that will put him

in good stead with the

electorate. If there's leaks

coming from Liz people and

saying that he was promised a

deal or not promised a deal and

other things that come further

down the track, that will

reflect poorly on him, not on Julia Gillard. The decision has been made. She is now the

leader and dare I say it she

may want to move forward. There

won't be any lingering voter

concern about a possible

instability if Kevin Rudd does take that frontbench job,

voters are obviously want their governments to be

stable. That's true. And if

there is a per essential there would be instability there

would be a problem. But, again,

it would really depend on how

Julia Gillard responds to it.

And because she will be in

charge. If she thinks that he

warrants a position on the

frontbench and the party thinks he warrants a position on the

frontbench, that will be fine.

If it looks like that there's

still a great deal of conflict

between the two of them. That

will be a problem. As for whether that impacts on how

they're going to perform

electorally, I don't think so.

Julia Gillard is a Prime Minister, not Kevin Rudd, if

she takes the position as a

Minister I don't think that

will impact on people's perception of the Government. The Prime Minister

is poised to announce her

climate change policy later today, based on the numbers

you've been crunching, how will

that impact on people's votes

as a priority election

issue? Climate change is a priority election issue but

it's come down from where it

used to be. The problem with climate change

climate change and Hugh McKay

wrote about this a few months

ago. He for people to change

the way they behave, you need

an attitudinal change in the

their thinking and the way they behave. What happened with

climate change is people had

the attitudinal change, they

wanted something to happen with

it but there was no leadership

from the Government in terms of

a behaviourable change. So

really what was going on in

terms of climate change was not

very strong. It's a little bit

like saying I want to get fit,

my aid tud changes that I'm

going to get fit but the behavioural change is whether

you do it for a month or two and you can see something occurring. Climate change has

come down in terms of priority,

even tho ethoe it's still there

in terms of attitude because

there was no behaviourable

change. Gillard's pron now and

that was the problem that Kevin

Rudd was facing is there was

bit of resistance there and

people started to think that

something like the ETS was

being thrust upon them rather

than them being involved nit.

So there was that negative

reaction to it and so I guess

this is her response in trying

to deal with it by saying we're

going to bring you along, we will get you involve and I

think one of the things that

people need to remember is

that's also what sunk the

Republic. The Republic was seen

by people, even though they're

in favour of it, to be put down

upon them saying this is what we've decided you're going to

do. That was one of the reasons

why people reacted negatively

to it and the ETS was the same.

They didn't really understand

it and it was one of the reasons it was made a

problem. We were talking

earlier about the ever

important vote of the females.

Do you believe that Julia

Gillard can take the female

vote for granted or is there

rmroom to swing that for 2

four Coalition over the remaining

four weeks of the campaign? She

can't take it for granted. You

can't take any vote s for granteded. The difficulty for the Coalition is that there was

a bit of a negative view from women tooshds Tony Abbott. It

wasn't huge but it was there.

And when Julia Gillard came in,

that compounded that and so in

are very, very clear leads for

the Labor Party with female

voters across a whole range of

attributes, including the most

important thing the two-party

preferred vote. The most recent

Neilson had the two-party

preferred vote with Labor with

men at 50/50 but with women at

55-45. That is a significant

lead and in terms of preferred

Prime Minister and in an I

approval rates, women were

rating much better than Julia

Gillard and TAB. If she takes

it for granted, hell hath no

fury and they will stick it to

her. I don't think she plays up

to it. I think it's a number of

things that have occurred all

at once. An efrmg tension of

this you've placed a lot of

importance in that question about preferred Prime Minister

that has bowled up by most

pollsters as well as the

two-party preferred voit, how

important an indicator is who

is up and two WHO is down is up and two WHO is down on the preferred Prime Minister's stakes. It is very important because it's basically a

decision by the people as to

who is going to be the Prime

Minister for the next three

years. The two-party preferred

vote is a very important

indicate or but the preferred Prime Minister is important

because we've almost got a

presidential system now and

people are saying, yes, they

almost say I vote for Julia

Gillard or I vote for Tony

Abbott or I voted for John

Howard or Kevin Rudd. And so it

does - so it is an important

issue. She has a significant

lead. Something like 30 points

over Tony Abbott in the most

recent Newspoll. That

translates to 4 million people

who are preferring her to be

Prime Minister for the next

three years, according to that

poll, as opposed to Tony

Abbott. And there's a

significant number of those 4

million people who are

Coalition voters. Now most of

those will still vote Coalition

but at the margin some of those

may come back to the Labor

Party and that will take a big difference. Andrew Catsaras we

look forward to tam youfrg your

brain over the course of the

election. Thank you. In final

news mobile foeven maker Nokia

has reported a 40% drop in its

second quarter net profit. The

company's profit was down $330 million for the threes no

ending in June. The company

struggled to compete with Apple and Google since they released

their new smartphones. And it's

been a good night on Wall

Street. The Dow Jones has

gained 200 points

Coming up we will take a

look at some of the marginal seats in the lead-up to the

election. And today we will

talk to Labor and independent cannedicates - candidate force

the Queensland seat of ryable. the Queensland seat of

Anltds the Government wants to

reintroduce a compulsory

services levy on university

students. We will be joined in

the studio by the path of the

national union of students. But

before that Paul with the

sports. All the v oh TV crash

an scandals and retirements and

all of the poor luck has been

cast to one side as the Tour de

France reached great heights

last night. The most memorable

moment from this race will be

on the final stage of the

Pyrenees where Alberto Contador

and Andy Schleck dualed for the

right to win this race. Let's

look at what happened. There's

lots of riders now they feel

they have a chance chance of getting Victoria I have. There's Andy Schleck's

move. He's lost all his

team-mates now. It's come down

to the top two ridiners the

Tour de France. Schleck grits

his teeth, all Contador has to

do is follow. He will take it

to the limit and see if he can

really ride Contador off his

wheel. Contador is going. And

is Schleck going to answer that

one? A not sure he can because

this will be a massive attack.

Andy Schleck has all the

courage that has come to him in

this Tour de France. Look at

that he is back on him. He is

not quite on him but he is

digging very keep. Doo

deep That was a vicious ak

selleration by Alberto Contador

but slowly the Luxembourg er

has clawed his way back. Contador should turn

around and shake his hand

because that was superb

recovery. I think there might

be even been a word there because look at Schleck staring

into the United States of

Contador as if you say you sat

on me all the way up, you

thought you could get rid of me

Baw but they're going finish

this race in the fog at the

top: They can reach out and top

the finish line. It's Schleck

on the right in case you can't

see. Contador, they start the

sprint side by Eid. This is a

huge effort. Alberto Contador

wants the stage win and they're

going to cross and he's let

Schleck take it and so he

should. So the rider from

Luxembourg took the stage but

it was Contador that kept the

yellow jersey and prop perhaps

he is now in the best position.

There's a time trial to go and

Alberto Contador is recognised

as the better time trialer. So

for Andy Schleck, it appears as

though runner up will be his

most likely finish in this

race. Let's hear from him

now. I couldn't drop Contador.

I couldn't take yellow but I

won the beautiful stage. I can

not go any fasters than I did

today. I took the maximum out

of my body. Had the best day so

far of this tour . I felt

really good today. I think

Contador felt good too. I

cannot go faster you know. To

Headingley now and Ricky

Ponting's men have clou clawed

their way back into the Test against Pakistan. They were

able to bowl the Pakistan team

out for 250. Shane Watson took

six wickets and the Aussies are

2-136 in reply. 24 runs behind

Pakistan's first innings total.

So still plenty to play for but

the Aussies have a slim chance

of winning the test v Test.

Let's look at the highlights. Fine delivery,

that's good enough. At last

Johnson gets it right. Ball

is many 2 air. What an

extraordinary dismissal.

Unfortunate, maybe that feeler

was there for that. Edged. What

did it carry? It seems to did it carry? It seems to -

that is very, very straight.

He's gone. Goal bowled him. There we go. Another

five-wicket haul for Shane

Watson. That's gone a long way

up but not far enough. Tim

Paine takes the catch. Catches

the call. Mid-off. Chance with

a run-out I think he's got it.

That has got him. Behind his

legs. Bowled him . What am I

saying? Once again Omar Armin

does the job. That is the one

but there is no third man nit

four gifted runs. For Ricky

Ponting. He goes to 12,000 Test

match runs. Only the second

man in Test match history to

get to that point. What an

apreef Chiefment it's been a

real star. Eventually if you

weather the storm as the batsman the scoring opportunity

comes. If you missed it late yesterday Muttiah Muralitharan

has taken his 800th wicket with

his final ball in Test cricket. He's retiring to let the

younger guys take over but he's

taken eight wickets in that

Test against India. Sri Lanka

won and Muralu it seems could

have played for a couple of years going on that effort.

Maybe he just saved something

special for his last Test and

got ka yired off the ground. A

bit of a worry for the Aussies,

they're traying in that Test

but they've rely on one of

their batsmen to take the

wickets with Shane Watson and

they're relying on pront ing to

dig them out of the hole. There

are some worrying sign force

Ashes. Particularly that people

are saying that Ricky Ponting

made a mistake saying they will bat. We've always known there's

criticism around his captaincy,

but I just wish that someone

else would come out and make

the run on the team s behalf,

rather than leaving to it

Ponting and cattish. ABC News

Breakfast can be watched live

on the web. Just visit oubds

aend osh osh - our

website. Vanessa O'Hanlon joins

us for the weather. About 500

people were e) vac waeted as

rains destroy bridges and rain

fields. This system is

strengthen andism psked to

become a tropical storm over dp

relations over the next few

days in the Dominican re

Republic. Parts of Cuba and

southern Florida and it might

even have an effect on the US

oil spill clean up. As we head

into the weekend, it's a try

day, despite this jet stream

cloud that is crossing the

interior.

A cold southerly winds are

sending a few brief showers

your way in NSW but the skies

are mostly clear, due to a high pressure system that is

continuing to dominate our

weather pattern. This will

happen until early next week.

Collecting gusty winds over

the northern parts of the the

country. There's a series of

front s moving towards Tasmania

and will cross over the

weekend. Arntdz the States:- around the States

The top story - the Federal

Opposition says Kevin Rudd

should not be given a Cabinet

position if Labor wins the

election. Amid claims he showed a disregard for Cabinet

meetings. The former Prime

Minister sentd his 31-year-old

chief of of staff to stand in

for him at national security

meetings of Cabinet. Mr Rudd

and Julia Gillard have declined to comment but the Opposition

says Mr Rudd is not fit to be a Minister in a Minister in a new Gillard

Government. We've got staffer s

running that Government. That

is clear and very concerning

about the way Labor treats the

serious business of the National Security Committee.

But more concerning is that it

leaks about who is attending National Security Committee

meetings is very disturbing.

The Labor Party using this in a

tit for tat battle following

the leadership with each other

leaking on each other, wlirt's

what job Kevin Rudd is going to

get or who said to what and

what meetings. They are rusing

the Government as a play thing.

This is the National Security

Committee of Cabinet. And I

think it's shameful. They're

basically not a stable

Government when they are going to use these things as tools

for their own political

gain. Scott marrison speaking

on 'Lateline' last night. The

ons sustainable population

Minister Tony Burke I am sorry the

the Government's Minister Tony

Burke denied the

allegation. For either side of

politics when you have situation of backgrounding

going on, I have the to say I

think the reports use describe

them are not how I view the

situation as being at all. Tony

Burke speaking there. Let us know what you are thinkingant

these issues. We've already

received a number of emails and Facebook comments on this

story. Will read a couple drn the latest story about Kevin

Rudd will help the public

understand why Julia Gillard

had to get rid of him. I think

it will help her. But a number

of other comment s Qomming in

call the story a beat-up and

not relevant. What is your

view?

To other news now and the

international court court has

ruled Kosovo's 2008 declaration

of independence from Serbia did

not violate international law.

It's the first time an

independent body was legit

mised cos cross's self-

declared independence. It

called lead to more countries recognising Kosovo's

independence but Serbia says

Belgrade will never recognise

their sovereignty. Reports of

child abuse by Queensland

school staff have jumped by 40%

in the last 12 months. Figures

from the education show more

than 12,000 cases were reported

in state and private schools.

Of those 3 3,000 were deemed

worthy of investigation and 850

were found to be true. The far

right British National Party

leader Nick Griffin has been

barred from a Buckingham Palace

garden party. A palace official

said the leader was denied

entry because he overtly used

his invitation for political

purposes. He had in-Reeced the

security threat and the

potential discomfort for potential discomfort for other

guests. Mr Griffin said the

decision was an absolute

scandal. 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 move towards

Florida over the next 36 hours.

More than 750 boats involved in

the clean-up could be re called

if the weather conditions

worsen. And Archbishop Desmond

Tutu has announced he is

withdrawing from public life.

He played a prominent role in

South Africa's struggle against

apartheid. The 78-year-old will

continue to work for continue to work for an

organisation called the Elders,

a group set up by Nelson

Mandela to tackle the world's

problems. The Archbishop says

he is scaling back his

commitments to spend more time

with his family and watch the

cricket During the campaign we

will be profiling some of the

country's most marginal seats.

No we're looking at ryon.

Michael John Southern holds it

mover bislightly more than 1%.

Steven Mill Miles is hoping to

claim the seat in the this

election. He joins us now from Brisbane. Good morning and

welcome to ABC News Breakfast. Good morning. Good

morning. This's a slim

marriagein but the battle

between Michael John Southern

and the LNP candidate is a key

one. How do you see them

battling each other before we

get to your position in this

state of affairs? That's right.

After the last election Ryan

was always going to be a hotly

contested seat and then the

redistribution brought that

margin down further with the

troubles the LNP has been

having. There's I guess more of

a focus, move v more a focus, move v more of a

national focus on our seat and

people are taking a keen

interest in it. It's great. We

have Michael Johnson, he is

standing as an Independent and

the LNP candidate now is Jane

Prentis. So you're having to

come in and try to get some

attention and get some oxygen,

compared to a very well

supported local candidate and

then someone who now has the

formal endorsement. How do you

see your chances? It's a pretty common thing in Queensland

these days to have the LNP

fighting amongst themselves.

They really are a bit of a

shambles. I think that provides

more of an opportunity for me

when I am out there talking to

people. The two LNP, Tony

Abbott's two candidates are

fight ing among themselves gifs me free space to talk to people

about the issues that concern

them. What are the issues that

you're hearing about from

locals in Ryan? Locals in Ryan

are concerned first and fore most for the essential services

that they expect government to

deliver, things like health and

education are the big ones but

also aged care and childcare

and the full range of

government services. They're also obviously concerned about

the economy and they want a

Government Mr Who will do

everything they can to keep

people in good quality jobs and

to keep our small business

sector healthy and the people

of Ryan tell me they're very

concerned about the

environment, about addressing

climate change, about

sustainable communities, about

making our city a better place

to live. Are you concerned that

there might be a bit of a

backlash against you and let's

say an Anna Bligh driven back lash against the Labor

candidate, you, in this seat? I

think as we get closer toe

election day people will be

more and more focussed on the

choice that they have to make.

That is the choice between

Julia Gillard taking us forward

on those important issues,

health, education, the economy, our environment versus Tony

Abbott and him taking us back

to cuts to health, cuts to

education, back to WorkChoices

we hear just today they have a

plan to make it easier to sack

people. That was one of 2 worst

elements of WorkChoices. So - the worst elements of

WorkChoices. So when it comes to election day that is the

choice people are going to be

focussed on: They will not be

distracted by state or other

issues. But there are serious State issues that could play a

factor here or not? You don't

think there's any State

play? Certainly when I'm out

door knocking and people know

that I'm the candidate for the

Federal election, their focus

is on talking to me about

Federal politics and the issues

they think the national Government should be

addressing. What about the way a very popular Queenslander and

former Prime Minister was

treated, Kevin Rudd, is therefully blow back you're

picking up? Again, I think any

residual concern will dissipate

between now and election day as

people get focussed on the

choice that's before them, the

choice that is before them is

between Julia Gillard, the

Government that we know will

address those important issues

and important issues to people

in Ryan, versus Tony Abbott who

people know won't address those

issues, who has a history in

Government of cutting health

services, cutting education

services. Who do you see as

your real competition in this

particular election? Is it Jane

present its, who is the endorse

- Prentis, who is the endorsed

member, or is it Michael

Johnson who is running as an

Independent, who is sloek ally

popular 12346789 sn - locally

popular? Is it either of those

or both of those? I think it's

both of those and all the other candidates that we already

a Greens candidate and I am

sure there will be many more in

the race. I am not too focussed

on talking to people about who

else is running when I'm door

knock. That is people might be

a bit bemused about the

problems the LNP is having but they're interested in hearing

from me about what I will do

for the local area, that

they're concerned the LNP has

taken them for granted for some

time now and what I am saying

to them is I would like to

offer them a very honest

representation that puts their

intraiss first. Where will you

be putting preferences and

where do you have Greens

directing preferences to you? Preference arrangements

are a matter for the central

party. What I am focussed on is

talking to voters and getting

their first preference and

where I come across people who

have indicated they've already

made a decision to vote for,

for example, the Greens I am

talking to them about why I

think that Labor and myself

should get their second

preference. At the end of the

day if people are voting Green

because they care about the environment, then I believe

they want to elect a Government

that believes climate change is

real and that means re-electing

the Julia Gillard

Government. The only problem is

that this Labor Government that

you're representing, even

though it was led before by

Kevin Rudd, was the Government

that said it was the greatest

moral challenge of our time and then completely abandoned the

scheme and now it's a second

order issue sie.s bit hard for

locals who might be green mieped to sake that

seriously. I am very excited

that today the Prime Minister

is in Ryan to announce Labor's

climate change policy. I think

- There's some making up to do

there I guess. I am really

looking forward to what the

Prime Minister has to say. I

think it's an important message

to the people of Ryan that

shets she's chosen our seat at

the University of Queensland to

announce this new policy. At

the end of the day, of the two

major parties Labor is the one that believes climate change is

real, Labor is the one that's

announcing a plan today to do

something about it. I think

come election day people will

have a clear choice between the

two major parties on who is

going to be better to address

climate change. Stefen Miles

thank you very much. Thank you. We should message that

Malcolm Turnbull is also going

to be up in that seat this

morning, spending some time

with Jane Prentis who is the

endorsed candidate for the LNP.

So he will be up there too at

the same time adds Julia

Gillard is in town announcing that climate change

policy. Celebrity city. You're watching ABC News Breakfast.

The former Prime Minister Kevin

Rudd has been accused of

showing contempt towards

meeting of national security. It's believed Kevin Rudd

allowed his chief of staff to

stand in for him at Australia's

highest level security meetings

Professor Hugh White has told

News Breakfast that security

policy was being neg legd under

Kevin Rudd. Julia Gillard will

announce the Labor Party's

climate change policy. That

will include investment in

renewable tech knowledge. A

panel will be set up to find

the community's attitude to

putting a price on Kosovo's putting a price on carbon. And

Kosovo's 2008 declaration of

independence from Serbia has

International Court of Justice. been re legitimised by the

The decision could lead to more

independence. Education countries recognising Kosovo's

Minister Simon Crean has

announced a late would dri trie

once again a reintroduce a

compulsory levy on university

students to help pay for

services an Amien tis. Labor initially introduced the

legislation last year but it

was blocked in the Senate by

the Coalition and the Family

First senator Steve Fielding.

Carla drakeford joins us now. Thank you for joining

us. Thank you. How do you like

the chances of the legislation

getting through? It's a bit of

a gamble. Last year we were

promised that a fee would be

reintroduced. We've now been

waiting 2.5 years. If it's to

be re introduced we would like

to see it reintroduced in the

first six months. Why is this fee so important? It's

important for fees from the

regional aefrias because it

make s shurg sure that student

organisations on campus are

able to provide services for

students at a reduced

rate. It's just a potentially

the Biggin of the reintroduction of a student

unionism on campus, isn't?

It That is not exactly what the

legislation does. I know this

legislation doesn't but in it

re-emerging in this form it can

be built upon and you end up

before that was with the same situation you had

overturned: That's

debatable. There are a list of protocols within the

legislation which do not allow

Universities to directly give

money to student ofrtions at a democratically elected. So

we're going to be pushing for

that to make sure that representative organisations

get some of that money. But at

this stage it doesn't actually

introduce compulsory student

unionism and universityies can actually decide whether or not

to charge the fee and at what

rate. What of those students

who don't want to Fay Pay the

fee, they want to go

fee, they want to go to

university and study but most

want to make use of the

services? All students need to

look after the benefit of

students who are less in need.

So we're looking for services

such as dental health, I was from the University of

Melbourne and we had a dental

service that closed down under

voluntary student unionism.

Thing like that that contribute

to the overall well being of

students an honourable member

of that money goes to

counseling and careers advice.

So it doesn't all get funneled into student organisations blue

that is something we would like

to see. Does the composition of

the Senate this time around It's a half Senate

election so it it is not a

complete and the, will that be

crucial to whether a renewed

legislation gets through this time? Absolutely. We're looking at people leaving the Senate like Steve Fielding who originally blocked the

legislation the first time it

went in. So we're either

looking at the Greens holding

more of a balance of power in

the Senate and they've been

very friendly to the national

union of students. So we really

think that of the Greens

holding a balance we will get

the legislation passed or if

Labor picks up the majority in

the Senate this time round. The Coalition has in another issue affecting universities

announced it will announced it will allow

universities to charge domestic

students full fees. What impact

would that have? Surely it's a

much needed revenue source for the universities themselves Well, obviously the

Liberals introduced when that

when they were in Government

and that was a promise that

they would get rid of the full fees. I creates a two-tier system of university students.

Those who achieve merit and get

in on marks an those who can

pay their way in. We really

think that is an unfair system

and it under mines all the le

Government has been doing to jilt meat work the Labor

make it a much more socially inclusive university seconder.

So we would be - sector. So we

could be campaigning strongly

against that. We really hope

that is not a policy that is

implemented ever again. Good to

have you on board. Thank you

for having me. And now here is

Paul Kennedy with the sport

pedlines. There was a great dual in the Tour de France last

night in the top of the

Pyrenees it was Alberto

Contador versus Andy Schleck.

Schleck in the white needed to

make great ground on the yellow

jersey wear er, Contador. But

couldn't shake him. In the end

it was Schleck that won the

stage but Contador keeps the

yellow jersey and is looking

very, very good to win the Tour

de France again. As they fin

nishds fog. That is the last

mountain stage. Go to

Headingley now and have a look

at what the Aussies are doing

there. They're trying to fight

back against Pakistan: They bowled the Pakistan team out

for 250-odd and Shane Watson

took 6/33 to get the Aussies

back into the contest. But then

the Australian team lost two

fairly quick wickets and is 2

/138. They're 2 4 runs behind

Pakistan still from their first

innings. Ricky Ponting and

Clark still in. In the other

Test match we've been watching,

Muttiah Muralitharan's final

Test, that is his final Test

delivery and he took his 800th

wicket it meant that Sri Lanka

could go on and win the game.

They beat India by 10 wickets and

and Murali got the send off

that he de f zfd. After that -

deserved. While you were

sitting eating breakfast this

morning spare a thought for the

participants in the annual

Sydney tower run-up. Some of

the world's top athlete also

race up the Sydney tower this

morning. It's an incredibly

chilly morning here in Sydney,

be but if ever there was a way

to beat the climb it would be

to climb 1504 stairs. That's

how many stairs are in tower.

Unfortunately I am not going to

do the run this morning because

I am wearing heels But I am

joined by someone who is.

Thomas won the race last year.

I should tell you it takes an

average of 15 minutes to

compete the 1,504 stairs but

Thomas did it in 7 minutes and

4 seconds and he is hoping to

beat that time today. Good

morning. You've also won the el

pyre State run-up building for

the last five years. How did

you become a professional share

climber I Norman ly come from

Germany so running daily in the

run. So the steepist hill I can

do is probably the towers. So I

moveed into that and become

pror professional ever ry year

and every run-up. Right up to

this point. Tell me, how did

you prepare for this race? I

think it's a good thing to

practice on stairs so I was going to Frankfurt because

there are some high rise

buildings in Germany and I have

a practice over there to prepare for that race. I

understand you've got some

competition from an Aussie, Scott

Scott McTaggart. He is from

Canberra. Have you met him and

what do you think his chances

are like this morning? For sure

I met Scott. I met him last

year over here or somewhere in

the world at the run-up because

he is very good. You don't know

every time what he has train

and how he is going. But and how he is going. But you

can be sure that he is very

well prepared. The Aussies are

besides Scott always very good.

So I hope that I can bring on

my performance in the stair

case and in the competition

that I am run as well as

possible so we have a look at

the race and how good it's

going. As we said last year you

Syd it in seven minutes and

four seconds. Do you think you

can beat that time this year? I

think 7:4 is quite a fast time.

I was not bad last year. I

don't know if I can do this

this time again in that race.

So there but hopefully I try

my best and probably I can beat

that time. Now I have to tell

you guy s that it takes longer

to take the lift and that's

what I will be doing this

morning. After the elite

athletes race that Thomas will

be competing in, firefighters a

contingent from New Zealand

will be doing the race. They

have to carry 125 kilo

backpacks an do it in full

uniform. So you can bet that that will be an interesting one

to watch.

My quads are burning

listening to that. I love the

idea that it takes longer to

take the lift. That's one hell

of a run. Hope three Deana can

establish whether Tony Abbott take the lift early. Trying to

is doing that run-up. I don't

think he would be game. He we

know he is good at endurance

events but a 7-minute dash up

the tower. His minders would be

saying don't do it. Keep the

lycra in the cupboard. The Tour

de France stage was the best as

I said earlier. All the crashes

and the scandals and Cadel

Evans and Lance Armstrong

aside, I think arm strj will

have his day in the Champs-Elysees. He will be celebrated in

celebrated in the final stage

but the Pyrenees stage was

probably as good as it gets for

devotees of the sport. Doesn't

it tell you about this

particular tour that it's been

a long time coming that purely

physical struggle that we about

the tour, those great moments,

all it's been has been flimflam

and side show and muckups. Now

in this late stage we final let

get to some decent

cycling. Andy Schleck has been

wanting ta make ground on

Contador and I think it he's

probably waited until this last

stage and I thought I will try

to break him on that one rise.

And he was unable to do it. So

now Contador is looking good to

take out the Tour de France again. And maybe for Andy

Schleck it might be a runner up

Cadel Evans style. Vanessa

O'Hanlon joins us for a weather

and it's been a cold week

across the south. It has. As a

result NSW has been experienced unusually heavy frost. Experts

are putting it down to Tim

proved rainfall over the past

six months. Between if moist

nuclear the soil and high

humidity it's creating snow falls. Around the states:

Thank you. Now lots of

feedback, lots of mail coming

through on the top story of the

program - that is Kevin Rudd's

apparent disregard for national

security committee meetings

while he was plm. Lindsey Smith

says I am still not sure what a

chief of staff does but I would

be concerned that a 30-year-old

would be asked to attend. The 30-year-old thing again. My

opinion may be age

discriminating but I do not

think any 30-year-old would be

experienced enough to have such

responsibilities. I can hear

30-year-olds yelling in my ear

as you say it. And Bruce says

what a beat-up, a new ABC

channel and a story being

flogged merciless ly. This is a

real - really disappointing

effort. And I thought Laurie

Oakes was drawing a long

bow. More on ABC News Breakfast

on the conning end of the

election campaign after this

short break.

The Federal Government battles claims Kevin Rudd

neglected national security

meetings as Prime

Minister. There was a lot of

talk under Rudd over national security being made in a new

and different way, not much

action. Julia Gillard to unveil

her new climate change policy

this morning. The this morning. The international

court rules Kosovo's

independence legal. And Tour de

France stages a great duel in

the Pyrenees between the

world's best.

Good morning, it's Friday, 23

July, I'm Michael Rowland. I'm

Virginia Trioli. The former

prime minister Kevin Rudd is

not fit to be a minister if

Labor is re-elected. The ABC's

been told Mr Rudd sent his

31-year-old chief of staff to

stand in for him at meetings in

cabinet. If Opposition has said

Mr Rudd has shown contempt for

Australian security. I Athink across the whole national security community and that's foreign affairs foreign affairs and

intelligence agencies and some of the other agencies involved

I think there was a sense that

the national security community

and the national security

function wasn't working too

well. There was a lot of talk

under Rudd about national

security policy being made in a

new and different way, not much

action. I think it will be

important for Gillard amongst

other things should she win the election to really look harder

at the national security

function to turn some of the

rhetoric that Rudd developed

into a much more efficient policy processes and including

in the defence function itself.

There's a lot more work to be

done in defence. Professor Hugh

White. In other news the

international court of jus has

ruled Kosovo's 2008 declaration

of independence from Serbia did

not violate initial law. That's

the first time an independent

body has legitimised Kosovo's

self-I declared independence

and it could have far-reaching

impoliticians around the world.

Belgrade will never recognise

Kosovo' autonomy. Figures from

the Education Department show

more than 12,000 reports of

suspected abuse were reported

in State and private schools.

Of those just over 3,000 were

deemed worthy of investigation

and 850 were found to be true. A storm brewing here 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

move towards Florida in the

next 36 hours. More than 750

boats involved in the clean up

weather conditions could be recalled if those

worsen. Scottish officials have

rejected a US Senate request to

attend a hearing into the

Lockerbie bomber. Lockerbie bomber. Abdelbaset

al-Megrahi was released on compassion yacht grounds last

year when it was thought he had

just 3 months to live. Archbishop Desmond tutu

has announced he's withdrawing

from public life. The Nobel

Peace Prize winner played a

prominent role in South Africa's struggle against

apartheid. He will continue to

work for an organisation called

the Elders a group set up by

Nelson Mandela. He's scaling

back hi commitments to spend

more time with his family and

watch the cricket. For more

Melissa Clarke joins us from

Canberra on a story that was

broken last night on ABC News

24. Good morning, what are the consequences of this story

about Kevin Rudd's apparent

neglect of those security

cabinet committee

meetings? Well, there are some

wide ranging consequences

because this will have

implications for Kevin Rudd, it

will have implications for

Julia Gillard and it has

implications for the Labor

Party as a whole for Kevin Rudd

he's trying to secure himself a

coveted cabinet position should

the Gillard Government be re-elected but now that there

are questions raised over his

ability to run meetings, to

work appropriately with

officials in the national

security area which includes officials in the Department of

Foreign Affairs and Trade,

there would surely now have to

be serious questions over the

appropriateness of appointing

him to the foreign affairs

ministry that he so much seeks.

For Julia Gillard it raises

questions about how she handled

the situation sitting in those

committee meetings of the

cabinet, whether or not she

pulled Kevin Rudd up on that.

We won't ever know because they

won't reveal discussions inside

cabinet meetings. But there is

some questions being asked

around Canberra as to whether or not Julia Gillard should

have been perhaps more

interventionist in telling

Kevin Rudd that the way these

meetings weren't being attended

by him or having his chief of

staff sit in weren't

appropriate. And the other

implication for Labor as a

whole is the fact that these

leaks are happening at all. The

fact that we're getting a sense

of what was happening inside a

cabinet committee shows that

even though Kevin Rudd is gone

leadership and there has been this swift

leadership change there's still

directed towards Kevin Rudd a lot of bad blood being

such that this information is

being leaked out and the fact

that the Labor at the moment

meetings in confidence so much can't keep these committee

is the bitterness of people

wanting to complain about Kevin

Rudd it doesn't necessarily

bode well for a Government that wants to seek to look stable

and moving forward. It

certainly doesn't show signs of moving forward from the Kevin

Rudd era. I'm going to try my

bess to ban that phrase bess to ban that phrase if I

can. I have to admit I'm losing

that game. But the Prime that game. But

Minister Julia Gillard will at

least be moving north ward this

morning. She's going to be in

Queensland and announcing a

policy that's going to be

pretty important for some people who may still be considering voting Labor? This

is going to be one of the most

crucial policy announcements we

will get from Labor in this

campaign and when she's in

Brisbane she will be announcing

in a speech at 9:00 this

morning eastern time, she will

be announcing what that new

policy is, how they're going to

tackle climate change in a

second term should they hang on

to power. Now, we understand

that there will be a number of

measures announced today, there

will be a focus on stationery

energy generators and we expect

that the Government will

announce that any moves energy

generators take between now and

2013 to reduce their emissions

that won't be taken -

won't see their base line that won't be taken - that

emissions change from what has already been calculated so

there won't be any penalties to

energy generate ors if they

take moves between now and 2013

to clean up their emissions. We

can also expect the Government

to announce a citizens assembly

where between 100 and 200

people will be plucked from the

elect tral role or census data to gauge if move from the

public and to see what moves

they're willing to take and how

far they're willing to go in

terms of tackling climate

change, that the Government

will say - will inform their

decision on how they will act

and we can also expect a

climate change commission to be

set up. This commission would

be a panel of expert scientists

who will monitor what's going

on with the hard facts, so to

speak, with climate change and

look at what's happening internationally in how to

tackle it and they will also be

informing the Government. So it

seems we can expect Julia Gillard to lay out a new round

of consultations despite all

the consultations that have

been done over the past 3 years already. Melissa Clarke, thank

you so much. Now this morning we're profiling the electorate

of Ryde in Queensland, that's a

marginal seat currently held by

Michael Johnson. Mr Johnson

held the seat from the Liberal

Party from 2001 but he was

disendorsed in May amid claims

he tried to benefit from a coal

export deal with China. Michael

Johnson is now standing as an

independent he joins us from

Brisbane. Michael Johnson good

morning, an thanks for joining

us. Good morning, Virginia. Do

you feel any torn loyalties

standing against an endorsed

candidate from the party you've been a member of and

represented for so long? Well,

I'm standing as a Liberal independent, I hope that

there's a change of Government.

I want Tony Abbott to be prime

minister, there has simply got

to be a change of Government

because the Rudd/Gillard Government just simply doesn't

have the capacity and the

intellectual fire power to deliver prosperity of the

country and I want to be part

the parliament. I've been a

Liberal all my life. I've come

from a family of small business

people so I think I can serve

the electorate in a better way,

in a stronger way as a Liberal

independent. I offer the

Liberal values but I also offer

very strong independent and

courageous representation. What

does that mean, a Liberal

independent? Are you still

claiming some connection or

afillation with the Liberal

Party? Absolutely. I personally subscribe to the Liberal Party

philosophy if in the

values. Does the party

subscribe to you? Well, that's

a question you have to ask the

party. No, no, I know the

answer to that, they

disendorsed you. You're calling yourself a Liberal but you're

not? No, the LNP disendorsed

me. I was the L in the LNP and

what I say to the people of

Ryan and to your listeners is

that I was raised a Liberal, I

believe very strongly Liberal

values, I was leblingted in 2001 as a John Howard Liberal.

I think that I can offer the

people of Ryan very strong,

very worthy representation as a

member of the Federal

Parliament but also bring that

independence and that courage which quite frankly the

parliament needs more of. Do

you believe that you enjoy the

support of Tony Abbott? I do, I

do believe that. Quite

obviously he can speak in

support of the LNP candidate because there is an official

LNP candidate but I know privately what he thinks about

the LNP, the LNP leadership in

particular. I know quite

privately he's not very

complimentary of the structures

and of the direction and of the

values of this organisation.

This is not the Liberal Party,

this is the LNP and this is an

organisation that quite frankly

I think that even their federal

members are shying away from. If you look at my colleague in

the parliament, Mr Dutton, the

member for Dickson, there's a

big bill board and there's no

sign whatsoever of the badge of

the LNP. This is an

organisation that will collapse

after the election So you think

that Tony Abbott would actually

like to see you elected? Well,

Tony Abbott fought for me. Tony

Abbott fought for me very

strongly, not only on a day

that I was disendorsed but

indeed the day after. Mr Abbott

called me and gave me his very

strong personal support but

obviously made it clear that he

couldn't say so publicly and

that's understandable. You hold

or you held at least that seat

by a very slim margin, how do

you like your chances of

hanging on to it in your new

status? Yes, it's going to be

tough. Obviously two big major

parties with lots of money,

lots of resources but I hope

that the track record of 10

years of strong representation

looking after the electorate,

going to schools, looking after

community groups will carry

through and I can be re-elected Do you believe that

the allegations that were cast

against you which you deny but which led to your

disendorsement, do you believe

that mud is going to stick

that's Mao doing to have an

affect on your chances at this

election? Look, obviously when mud is thrown at anybody,

whether it's the Prime Minister throwing mud at the Opposition

Leader or the Opposition Leader throwing mud at the Prime

Minister and mud sticks. That's

a shame about Australian

politics is there's too much

mud, too much playing the man

rather than playing the ball.

Politics should be about ideas. Politics should be about the

contest of ideas and which policies can bring up

prosperity and deliver

opportunities to our young

people, to our businesses. I

mean small business is crying

out for leadership, you know,

veterans need support, they've

served our country honourably and with distinction, we should

be looking after them and we

should be talking about

policies that can best empower

people rather than throwing mud

at each other. Let me say

clearly I completely repudiate

the suggestions of

inappropriate conduct or

illegal behaviour thrown by the

LNP at me. I've said it from

day one that I'm an innocent

man and the LNP really should

hang their heads in shame, that

they were prepared to throw mud

at a sitting third term federal

member in a marginal seat

several months out from a

federal election. Alright, and

of course you've maintained

that stance all along. But if

you by standing as a Liberal

yourself, if you end up independent as you call irs

splitting the conservative vet

and a Labor candidate comes

through the middle to take this

seat, you won't really have

achieved your aim of making sure that Tony Abbott ends up

in the Lodge, will you? Do you

not have any concerns or qualms

about doing that? Will I'm the

sitting member. I've got 9

year, nearly 10 years of local experience as a federal member.

I mean we're talking about the

national parliament, we're not

talking about rates and in a

local council issues sms we're talking about the national

parliament and how important Australia fits into the global

economy, to the regional

economies and I think that I

have an opportunity to show the

people of Ryan in people that

I've got the skills and the

talent s and the experience

plus 30 years of local residency. I'm a local through and through, went to school

here, went to university here.

It's not about me splitting the

Liberal vote, it's Liberal vote, it's about other

candidates splitting the

Liberal vote when they have a

job to do as a local councillor. OK, Michael Johnson, good to talk to you

this morning, thanks so

much. Thank you very much. And

ABC News Breakfast did contact

interview but she was the Liberal candidate for an

unavailable. We'll take a look

prime minister Kevin Rudd has at the top stories. The former

been accused of showing

national security. It's contempt towards meetings on

believed that Kevin Rudd

allowed his chief of staff to

stand in nor him at Australia's

highest level security meetings

and Professor Hugh White's told

us this morning national

security policy was neglected

under Kevin Rudd. 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 gauge 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.

The decision could lead to more

countries recognising Kosovo's

independence.

To finance news and Nokia has

reported a 40% drop in its

second quarter net profit. The

company's profit was down $330

million for the 3 months ending

in June. The company has

struggled to compete with both

Apple and Google since they

released their smu smart

phones An interesting

indication of where the

consumer dollar is going

because Nokia I think for

years, almost the market leader

in hand set manufacturing, so

that's an astonishing little

whack about the head they've

taken. Virgin America has

agreed to buy 40 new air bus

jets. The planes will be

delivered between 2013 and 2016 and will more than double the

company's fleet. The company

said it will use the planes on

new routes adding another 4 destinations to its flight

schedule. Let's take a look at

the markets now:

Just when you thought it was

safe those anti-tax mining ads

could be back. They could start

as soon as this weekend. For

more on that joining news the

studio for finance is Emily

Peace. Good morning. Oh dear,

they're back. That's right. It

looks as soon as this weekend

po ten tenially. We saw Fortescue Metals Group chief

executive Andrew Forrest came

out yesterday along with the

Association of Mining and

Exploration Companies or AMEC

and basically flagged they

could start their anti-mining

tax ads. This was all triggered

by some comments from Greens

leader Bob Brown who - to do with the preference deals that have struck with Labor.

Essentially Bob Brown said the

Greens would seek to achieve a

tax rate of potentially 50%

versus the MRRT 30% rate that

was agreed when the Gillard

Government amended the RSPT. So

this has inflamed the smaller

miners who have felt that they

were cut out from the deal that

was done by the Government with

the major miners. BHP, Rio and

Xstrata all got a seat at the

table when that deal was struck

but the smaller end of the sector feels that they perhaps

haven't been considered in the process, they have different

infrastructure and financing

needs and they're still very

unhappy about the proposed

tax. Will the campaign have the

impact it did preelection

because the majors won't be involved in this

initiative? You'd have to

question whether it would have

the same impact. Fortescue

didn't participate in the

initial round of the

advertising campaign. So you'd

have to expect that they'd be

able to throw some funding at

it but the fact that the majors

have agreed to it, the

Government has appeared in the

polls I suppose to get a boost

from having resolved some of

the antagonism with the

industry you have to doubt

whether it would have the same

force, I guess. What do you

expect to happen on the market

today because it was a nice

jump on Wall Street? It was a

good jump. Ewe saw some strong

earnings and we've seen some

volatile trading throughout the

past few weeks but we are

seeing good earnings results in

the US if and in the past

couple of days that shine was

taken off by Bernanke's comments and the Federal Reserve's outlike but last

night again some strong earnings results so you'd

heading into the expect to see local gains

weekend. Thanks so much. There

was also some great action in

the Tour de France overnight.

With the details is Paul

Kennedy. Let's look at those

pictures from last night. It

was the finest stage of the

Tour so far. Alberto Contador

and Andy Schleck dueled on top

of the Pyrenees and it was a

fitting finale over for their

dual over the Pyrenees for this

Tour. Schleck couldn't quite

drop Contador. He won the stage

but Contador remains in yellow

and is the likely winner of

this Tour with a time trial in

front of them over the weekend.

But magnificent scene there's a

and a truly great ride from

Andy Schleck and Alberto

Contador. Othe cricket and

Australia is clawing back into

the match. It had a very good

day 2 and the Aussies had to

rely again on Shane Watson to

take the wickets. He took 6/33

as they bowled Pakistan out and

Pakistan held a lead of 160 on

the first innings. Australia

went back into bat, lost two

wickets and then it was up to

Ricky Ponting and Michael

Clarke to salvage the day and

they're 2/138. Ponting with

that shot brought up 12,000

Test runs, only one other man

has done that and that is

Sachin Tendulkar. But no bowler

has ever taken 800 runs until

yesterday of course. Let's look

at the Sri Lanka/India Test.

Sri Lanka won the match.

Muttiah Muralitharan's final

Test this is and he took a

wicket, his 800th with his

final ball in Test cricket and was celebrated fittingly there

at one of his favourite

stadiums at Galle. Sri Lanka

won the match. Just an update

on one of our finest athletes

and we'll show you a snippet

here. It's Catherine Freeman, I

went up to speak to the Olympic

champion in Palm Island just a

little while ago and she was

reflecting on her 10 years

since she won gold in Sydney

and also looking forward to her

next great challenge which is

part of the Catherine Freeman

Foundation's push to help kids

on Palm Island. Let's take a

look. I think I just felt like

a little bit overwhelm ed, a

little bit cranky about it all

because I certainly am a very

low-key person. I prefer to be

behind the scenes rather than

in the lime light. Was retirement a particular tough

time for you because you didn't

really retire until 3 years

later? Yeah But it seemed in

that time it was almost

inevitable? It's kind of like

all of a sudden the land under

your feet just disappeared from

out under your feet and you

sort of falling. And Michael

and Virginia you can see and Virginia you can see the full interview we're going to

run it later this hour at 8:45,

around then. That is part of a

new program called Contact

Sport which is part of the new

24 hour channel that will be

regularly running at Monday and

Friday at 9:15 in the morning.

You can podcast it as well so

you don't have to see it go to

air live but this morning we're

bringing it forward a little bit because of the politics

that's going to play out after 9:00. We hear that Julia

Gillard will be holding a press conference pretty much immediately at 9 am and that

will be announcing the climate change policy. We'll be live

for that on ABC News 24. Now

after the first week of the election campaign population

and industrial relations issues

have been the biggest policy

battle grounds And with the

Government set to release its

climate change policy today it

looks as though this could be a major focus for Sunday night's debate and of course there's been some interesting news

overnight breaking on ABC News

24. Julie Bishop joins us now. Good morning and thanks for

joining us. You've already had

a bit of a say on the news that

Chris Uhlmann broke last night

about Kevin Rudd's presence or non-presence at some of those

national security meetings of

cabinet. Hugh White this

morning said to him it didn't

seem to indicate contempt for the meetings or national security, he took it very

seriously. He thought that that

particular word in that

description was an over

statement. But it's deeply

disturbing that the Prime

Minister couldn't be bothered

to attend all of the national

security committee meetings of

cabinet and when he wasn't

there he was deputised by a

very young staffer. Now, when John Howard was prime minister

of this country for 11.5 years

he attended every national security committee meeting

except one where he was

overseas and he in fact phoned

in to the meeting so he was

present, if you like. But what

it does raise is a very serious

question for Julia Gillard to

answer. She was the deputy at

the time , did she accept that

Kevin Rudd was fulfilling his

obligations when he just didn't

turn up and was she happy with

the staffer deputising the

prime minister? After all this is the committee that deseeds very serious issues of very serious issues of national

security. It discusses the war

in Afghanistan, border

protection, the movement of our

troops, there is no more

important committee in cabinet

than national security and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

didn't turn up at some of the

meeting. Now I think that shows

a contempt for process, a

contempt for national security

and the question is if Julia

Gillard knew that this is how

Kevin Rudd was treating the

national security committee

does she think he is fit for a

senior position in a

government. But in the end no key decision would have been

made without the Prime

Minister's assent present at these committee meetings or

otherwise. The whole point of the national security committee

is for the Prime Minister to

meet with the Defence heads and

other significant personnel to

discuss matters of national

security. I find it astounding

that the Prime Minister didn't

turn up at these meetings. Now

, I think that that shows a cavalier attitude towards

national security and Julia

Gillard must answer questions

as to why she guaranteed Kevin

Rudd a senior role in

Government knowing that he had

this attitude towards national

security meetings. Could this

possibly be one of these

stories that as the Americans

will say play inside the belt

way to those that are close

political watcher, to the bureaucracies in Canberra and

the like but not really mean anything beyond that simply

because Kevin Rudd is no longer

prime minister? Well it's

interesting that this story has

appeared at all. I mean leaks

from the national security

committee are extremely serious

and why would somebody be

wanting to leak stories that

would damage Kevin Rudd's reputation

reputation at a time like this?

I mean who benefits within the

Labor Party from leaking a

story that paints Kevin Rudd in a very bad light, particularly

as he's trying to secure a

senior spot in Government

should they be re-elected and

he's trying to secure a spot on

the United Nations. I find it

very disturbing that the

national security committee is

leaking. Hang on a minute you

want to be careful there

because you yourself were

accused of being cavalier with information when you were

speaking about the nature of

security briefings just a few

week ago. Nothing I said came

from a security briefing. That

was an absolute beat up. This

is confirmed on the ABC that

the leak is coming from within

cabinet. Now we're talking

about the national security

meetings of cabinet and I find

it a very serious and

disturbing development that

Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard

have treated national security

in this way. One of the issues

front and centre before the

national security committee at

the moment is Afghanistan. Of course the campaign was

suspended yesterday for the

funeral of fallen digger Nathan

Bewes. If the Coalition wins

Government is it looking to

sending extra troops to Afghanistan? Clearly we would

take advice from the military

chiefs as to the state in

Afghanistan at the time. We

want to ensure that our troops

are achieving the desired

outcome and that is to build up

the Afghani defence forces so

that they can take control of

the security and defence in the country. Does casualties give

you pause for thought about that commitment? Of course it

always give yous concern when

there are casualties in a war

zone like Afghanistan and we

would take advice from the

military chiefs as to whether

we were achieving our outcome,

which is to build up the

Afghani defence forces so that

they can take control of the

national security of the

country. Now with the possible reintroduction of unfair dismissal laws under a Tony

Abbott Government which is being flouted or suggested

today, what form would that

take? That hasn't been

suggested at all. Bruce Billson

was talking about the changes

Labor made last Friday to the

unfair dismissal code as

recommended by Fair Work

Australia and Australia Bruce

Billson did was endorse that

Labor had made a change to the

code and supported it. Would

there be some changes you'd

want to make though if Tony

Abbott got into Government? Any

particular changes to the IR legislation that you think

would make it for smaller would make it for smaller

businesses because I know

that's of consideration to some

members of the

Opposition. We're not making any changing to the

legislation. What Bruce Billson said yesterday was that Labor had changed the unfair

dismissal code as a result of a

recommendation from Fair Work

Australia and he endorsed what

Labor did. As we wrap up the

first week of the campaign as a

senior Liberal Party member are

you disappointed the Coalition seemed

seemed to grab traction in the

first few critical Kay days? I

think the Coalition's message

is clear. We will stop the wasteful and reck less spending, wle stop the increase

in taxes, we will stop the

people smuggling trade and we

will pay down Labor's debt. I

think our message has become very clear through the first

week of the campaign and we've

got about 29 days to go. Just

how important is the debate on Sunday night for Tony Abbott? Big public forum? Very

important for both parties.

Julia Gillard is not well

known. She's only been the

leader for 4 weeks and Tony Abbott's been Opposition Leader

for 6 months so I think it's an

opportunity for the Australian

public to judge for themselves

the policies of both the policies of both parties

and I think it's a very

significant debate. I see that

it's been relegated in prime time importance because time importance because of

'Masterchef' which I think is

disappointing because it is

important. We wanted 3 debates

so that the public would have

an opportunity to judge the

leaders, the parties and our

policies over 3 instances but

Julia Gillard only wants 1

debate. I think she's avoiding public scrutfully quite

frankly. Good to see you, thanks so much. Thank you. Vanessa joins us for a look at the weather now. Thanks, Michael. It's

Friday the end of the week oond

time to cross to the ski fields

with Maureen Gearin. Just a bit

of cloud about most resort areas which should clear

throughout the morning. We've had very light snow falls

throughout the week but it's

been super cold getting down to

around minus 5 degrees

overnight which means the snow

making guns have been pumping a

lot of snow pretty much since di-1 of the snow season. di-1 of the snow season. I'm at

Mount Baw Baw where we've had

fog more than other resort

areas this week. Good skiing,

boarding, cross country skiing

and toboggan ing. At Lake

Mountain the country skiing is

rated fair to good. Mount Buller opened more retrain

during the week bringing total

lifts to 13. Falls Creek 11

lifts are on the go. They're

partially ski in, ski out.

There's a very good firm pact

snow cover, 2 terrain parks are

open and 27 kilometres of cross country trials are country trials are groomed.

Hoth m, 7 lifts are turning

with the big runs out on the

BD, play ground and heavenly

valley. Cross country skiing

available to dinner plain. Over

in NSW it's super cold as well

with a very chilly minus 7

degrees reported overnight.

Thredbo 11 lifts are on the go

with something for all levels

from Friday flat for beginners

up to super trail and true blue

for the advanced. Perisher 24

lifts are operating with plenty

open in the retrain and rail

parks for the free riders. So

the forecast is telling us we

should see mostly sunny days ahead at least through to

Sunday. This is Maureen Gearin

with an update on the Ngo have

a great weekend. Thank you for

the snow report, it looks cold

but looks like lots of fun

heading up to the snow this

weekend. Let's take a look and

see what is happening around

the nation today. Dry despite

these jet stream cloud that is

crossing the interior. Cold,

southerly winds and a few brief

showers expected along the

coast of NSW. A high is still

dominating the weather pattern

and it will continue to do so

until early next week. Now it's

still directing those gusty

winds up over the northern parts of the country and we've

got a series of cold fronts

that will cross Tasmania over

the weekend. Around the States

and in Queensland isolated showers about the tropical

coast, also along the east

coast south of Yeppoon, wide

spread frost about the

south-east and southern

interior. NSW, early frost

about the ranges and slopes. A

fine day apart from coastal

showers an drizzle about the

adjacent ranges. Victoria,

you've got inland frost and fog

this morn, mostly cloudy in the

south with isolated showers

south of the divide, a mostly

dry day in the north. Tasmania,

morning fog and light to

moderate westerly winds, it's leated light shower mainly in

the west and far south. Hobart,

you're head farg top of 13

degrees. In SA, a cold morning

also with fog and frost over

the agricultural and southern

pastoral districts. Isolated light showers about the south

coast. For WA, a cold morning

with possible frost for inland

parts of the south-west, a

sunny day in Perth as you head

for a top of 20. Right now it's

6 degrees. Up to the northern

parts of the country, during

the morning fresh and gusty

easterly winds across the

Pilbara and Kimberley. Also through parts of the Northern

Territory, a top of 32 degrees

in Darwin. For the start of the weekend and we can expect a

shower of two in Sydney:

The top story on ABC News Breakfast. The Federal Opposition says Kevin Rudd should not be given a cabinet

position if Labor wins the

election amid claims he showed

a casual disregard for national

security meetings. The ABC's

been told the former PM sempbt

his 31-year-old chief of staff

to stand in for him at national

security meetings committee

meetings of the cabinet. Mr Rudd and Julia Gillard have

descliened to comment but the

Opposition says Mr Rudd's not

fit to be a minister in

Government. This morning ABC reporter Helen Brown asked

Melbourne voters whether they

were concerned about that issue. Yeah, I read that in the

paper this morning and I must

admit that it was disappointing

to read. Normally I would

expect a prime minister of the

country to be concerned about

the national security of the

country. It depends on what else. Emight have been an

important issue, he might have

just been sending someone on a

fishing expedition. That's what it really sounds like. That's

what his staff is for, to go

and do things on his behalf. He

can't be everywhere at once so that's what they're there for

and he obviously trusted them

to do the right job. Probably

inappropriate in his position

but yeah. Is it a disappointing

thing, do you think? I think it

doesn't really matter seeing

he's moving on now. Yeah,

pretty poor, yeah, not really

sort of the upstanding way that

we'd like to see someone of

that level play the game. Some

of the citizens of Melbourne on

a cold Friday morning. Now

former prime minister Kevin

Rudd had claimed the defence of

our nation was paramount to him

but cabinet sources believe he

showed casual disregard for the national security

committee. Commonwealth

officials allege Mr Rudd would

send his chief of staff

Alistair Jordan to deputise for

him on the committee. Nicholas

Stewart is a political commentator and authority of

book Rudd's Way. And he joins

us from Canberra. Nick, you've

spent a lot of time looking up close at the former prime

minister is that the sort of

behaviour you think he would

have engaged in? This is

exactly the sort of thing Kevin

Rudd has always done. It's not

just the national security

committee of cabinet either.

Everything in the Government

revolved around him. It was all

about Kevin that's why the

book's called Rudd's Way

because it was about

Kevin. What are the

implications of sending a

31-year-old chief of staff or a 31-year-old anybody to sit in

on one of the key committee meetings of the Federal

Cabinet? It made the Government just dysfunctional. Everything

revolved around the prime

minister himself. He wanted and

he sought and he demanded the

ability to deal with everything

down to the smallest detail. If

an ambassadorial appointments,

for example, the ambassador who the Foreign Affairs Department

recommended to the position in Berlin, Hugh burrowman, Kevin

Rudd vetoed that because he'd

known him since he was at

university college along with

him and so as a result of that

there was just nothing that

could be - could happen unless

Kevin Rudd okayed it and this

meant that he had far too much

work to do, he couldn't

delegate. And your book on that

basis is a fairly damning

critique of the way the Rudd

Government operated over 2.5

years. In what other ways did

the Prime Minister let the work

overwhelm him or not follow due

process? It was - the problem

was there was just so much to

get done he really felt that he

was more or less he placed

himself in a Chinese position

where he was the emperor and

what he felt he needed to do

was to actually control

everything and then as soon as

he'd actually made the

decision, what he forgot to do

was explain it to the people.

That was the other thing that

really brought him unstuck. He

was convinced that he had the

answers to a number of these

issues but he just didn't. He

couldn't explain it to why he'd

made the choices that he had to the people of Australia. And

Nick, do you think it's folly,

as many senior Labor Party seem

to, do that Julia Gillard

reappointing Kevin Rudd to a

cabinet if Labor is re-elect

snd It's one of these problems,

Michael. It's just what does

she do with a problem like

Kevin? The difficulty is a lot

of people in Labor find it very

difficult to believe that she

didn't act out of her own

ruthless ambition and indeed

one part of the book talks

about exactly why she moved to

get rid of Kevin Rudd and so as

a result of that it's become

she is trapped because if she

looks as if she's just going to

jettison him and discard him it

means that it becomes very

difficult for her to explain

why she acted as she did. So

she wants to try and keep his

supporters on side particularly

for the election but as well as

that after the election it's

going to be a whole new ball

game anyway. And finally, given

your knowledge of the way the

Kevin Rudd brain operates, do

you think the fomer prime

minister may make life easier

for Julia Gillard and not

recontest the seat of

Griffith? I done think he's

likely to make life easier.

Remember Griffith is with 12%

margin it's the safest Labor

seat in Queensland at the

moment. Kevin Rudd is

undoubtedly going to stand for

Griffith. He will be elected

and then he will do everything

he possibly can to get a job in

the UN perhaps as successor to

Ban-Ki Moon. Nicholas Stuart

author of book Rudd's Way

thanks for your time this

morning. Thank you. The

International Court of Justice says Kosovo's Declaration of Independence from Serbia in

2008 did not break international law. The court

rejected Serbian claims that

the succession violated its

territorial integrity. For more

we're joined by Walid Ali.

Thanks for joining us. Thanks

for having me. I think this is

a huge international story. It

raises ain gent principles

really of geopolitics.

Territorial integrity,

sovereignity versus

self-determination and whatever

the court decided on this was

always going to be a massive

issue. Just to recap really

briefly for those who can't

recall off the top of

recall off the top of their heads, Kosovo declared

independence unilaterally in 2008 after the Balkans

conflict. That is independence

from Serbia. The scenes that

accompanied that were widely euphoric, fireworks an all

sorts of things, American flags

particularly being waved

because the US supported that

venture. Serbia didn't like it

and have decided to take the

case to the International Court

of Justice, the highest court

in the UN. And now we face a situation where the court has

said that the Declaration of

Independence itself did not

violate international law. Let

me explain quickly why this is

important. Have a look at this

map. These are nations, we'll

see that map in a moment, these

separatist movements within are nations that have

them around the world, we're

talking about Spain, about

Russia, Greece, there's a whole

range of that and that's just

in the broader world. Add Iraq with Kurdistan and China and

China did make a submission to

this case, one of the first

times they've done it. And then

there's a range closer of

separatist movements closer to

Kosovo itself. So this has

profound implications for

successionist movements. The

argument being that when the

court says it is legal for a

group of people essentially

unilaterally to declare that

they are independent then the

sovereignity of the state

essentially means nothing. You

can just become a successionist

movement the moment you can

organise yourself well enough

to separate. How solid a legal

precedent is it for these other separatist

leaders International experts are argue ing this is actually

quite narrow and what the court

did was something very clever.

It said the Declaration of

Independence didn't violate

international law but there is

no - it didn't say there is any

obligation on the world to

recognise Kosovo and it didn't

decide one crucial question and

that is whether or not Cosco -

Kosovo is a legal state, that

is the statehood itself is

legal as opposed to the piece of paper or declaration they

issued. And the non-binding

element of that ruling as you've eluded to there is

really important as well and

that's what gives Belgrade and

other places the ability to say

we're never really going to

recognise you. The dissenting

opinions I should think also

spend now for those juryists who

spend time considering these

things are going to be crucial things are going to be crucial for the aspirations

successionist states surely:

They will look at the dissent

senting arguments and say well,

what are the arguments that we

have to prevent these states

from pulling away? It was 10 to

4 so it was pretty large majority in the end and the

kours were chosen from nations

equally that supported and

didn't support Kosovo. But you're right, those arguments

will be drawn upon in future

but I think at the moment it's the successionist groups that

are taking heart from this.

We've had statements from

example from the bask region in

separatist movement for a long Spain where you've had a

time and a lot of violence

around that saying now we have

no legal barrier to this. So

there's the court's reasoning

and there's what people make of

it pliically and those two

things are

separate. Balkanisation was a

term that was used a great deal

in the 1990ings meaning the

breaking down of those rigidly

held states. Is this what we held states. Is this what we

call post Balkanisation now? I

suppose it is. The question is

politically and we won't know what this is going to mean

for a while. Serbia have just said we're not going to

recognise Kosovo's independence

under any circumstance which

raises the question why take it

to court if you're not going to

accept the umpire's verdict

anyway. But think I think is

hugely significant news in the

geopolitical world. Good to see

you again thanks so much. Now

everyone Monday and Friday on

ABC News 24 Paul Kennedy will

be presenting a special new

cram called Contact Sport. It

will air at 9:15 am and 5:30 pm

eastern time but now we're

bringing it to you earl yaur because of a looming press

conference by Julia Gillard.

Today Paul speaks to Cathy

Freeman.

Hello, welcome to Contact

Sport, I'm Paul Kennedy. Almost

so years ago Catherine Freeman

became one of our greatest ever

track athletes when she won the

400 metres at Sydney Olympics.

Now she has a goal to empower the children of her mother's

birth place, the baufl Palm

Island. She travel there's

often to see the work of

Catherine Freeman Foundation. I

talked to her about Sydney, her

struggle with retirement and

her latest and perhaps greatest

challenge. For this final that

all Australia has waited for

and will watch and will listen

to and will rejoice if she can

become Australia's first gold

medallist in track and field in

12 years and our 100th Olympic

gold medallist. Set. Well I

first came here as a little

girl. I was 6 or 7, so like 30

years ago and my mother was

born here 71 years ago and so

we spent holiday, Christmas

holidays here. Palm because of

that strong maternal link has

played a central role in

carving out my character. Palm

Island has a rubber band

effect. Invariably people do

come back to Palm Island as we

see with Catherine, even a

generation after detachment

from Palm she's still back here

and she's doing good things. In

the past year the Catherine Freeman Foundation has done a

lot for the children on Palm Island. They've provided bikes

so the children can get to

school, they've set up an after

school netball program for the

girls and provided 9

scholarships for young girls to

perhaps more significantly go away to boarding school but

they're now embarking on a bold

program for early # $900,000, 3-year literacy

childhood. Cathy's acknowledged

the foundation and has got the

support of other organisations

like the national numeracy and

on board literacy foundation have come

on board to come here and

assist in term of upskilling

our kids, in terms of of basic

numeracy and literacy and we

welcome it as the mayor of the welcome it and I certainly

town. How do you feel about the

place? Many years ago it was a

strict mission. Yes And so how

do you feel about it now and

the way things are going with the lives of people here? Yeah,

I'm excited, you know, I had my first cappuccino here

yesterday, had my second one

this morning and, you know,

it's lovely to see, you know,

such, you know, enterprise, I

guess and seeing innovation and

that sort of business acumen,

you know, present on the

island. You know, the athletics

carnival we've just come from,

it's seeing the children is

always great and the elders

come out and support and the

community get together and celebrate the children. You

know, just even just being

here, you know, it's such a

beautiful place to be. Although

there is still a lot of - a lot

to look forward to at the same

time. Wherever I go, wherever

I'm seen I hopefully a positive

symbol of Palm Island and a

positive future for Palm Island people. When you were at the athletics carnival before you

saw a young boy who you think

has got great potential, that's

excited as I've seen you,

why? I think it was surprise, I

was so surprised when I saw the

young boy, 10-year-old boy run

this 100 metre race and it's

very rare, in fact it's

probably the first time I've

seen somebody like

Maybe it's because having

been out of the sport for

nearly 10 years now I'm just

like everybody else looking for

that next, you know, talent and

superstar and, you know, can

you imagine for Palm Island to

have another superstar. Go on,

go on. Go on. So I am

Australia's next champion. I am

Australia's next

champion. Yeah. Heard it

first. At the age you're at now

when you see young people doing

great things and having

potential, do you naturally start thinking about your early

days, looking back? I think

it's always intertwined the

thought so you can't have one

without the other. It's sort of

like a merging of the past and

the present and the future. It's what hope is made out of

I, think. What do you think now

about your career. How often do

you reflect on it and

particularly Sydney, you

mentioned in your book it was

almost traumatic to look back

at Sydney because everything

was Sydney. How do you feel

about that now 10 years on? I

feel good still about it all. I

feel happier about it and more

comfortable about it more

simply because I've grown into

that role, into that role in

people's memories that happened

because of that one night in

Sydney in 2000 in September.

I've become, you know, accepting of it all and

everything that comes with it

I've grown into it, you know,

with that whole - that whole

iconic moment I guess which is

something I never really

aspired to. All I ever wanted

to was to be an Olympic

champio, I didn't want to be an

icon. I didn't want to be part

of this wonderful, magnificent

moment but hey, you know, I'll

take it. Away they go. Cathy's

final campaign is on the road.

over on the inside Fraser. 130

to run. Beneath the Olympic

flame as they head towards the

straight and Graham is just in front of Freeman. She's going

to have to work. Graham, Mary,

Freeman, Freeman gets to the

front, Freeman leds by a metre.

Graham fighting on but Freeman

is too good. The crowd roaring,

Freeman winnings gold. Cathy's

the winner. Australia the winner. Cathy Freeman is a

national hero. 49.13, her

Olympic dream is realised. How

bad did it get in the couple of

years after Sydney then? Did

you suffer depression or what

you would term as depression? Yeah, depression

I've got to be careful in the

way in which I use that word

because I don't think I truly understand it, that word or

that - what it means for

people. I think I just felt

like a little bit overwhelm ed,

a little bit cranky about it

all because I certainly am all because I certainly am a

very low-key person, I prefer

to be behind the scenes rather

than in the lime light. Was

retirement a particular tough

time for you because you didn't

really retire until 3 years later. Yeah. But it seemed in that time it was almost inevitable? It's kind of like

all of a sudden the land under

your feet just disappears from

out under your feet and you

sort of falling and not really

know ing - feeling, you know,

free falling and feeling

completely displace ed and trying to make sense of

anything or everybody is a little bit tricky because

everybody changes, you know,

and expectations are no longer

there and the stability of what

people expect of you is no

longer there, you know. And so

everything, everything changes,

relationships change, dynamics

change, your sense of self

changes because what you felt

like at home, like for me I

felt most at home on the track

and so all of a sudden to no

longer have that sense of

belonging is really frightening

as well. There was your

freedom, wasn't it, when you

ran? Absolutely. That was where

I had the greatest voice,

that's where I felt strongest,

that's where I felt happiest

and so, you know, all of a

sudden not knowing where I

belonged was pretty shocking

when I look back. How are you

now then at the age of 37,

what's life like? Funny, which

is always a good thing. Life is

probably busier than ever,

which is why having a sense of

humour's probably more

important than ever. It's a

good, solid life , good

meaning, a lot of good meaning,

it's a very personal set of

challenges that I've put in

front of myself. I really do

feel very privileged to, you

know, to be working with Palm

Island and, you know, focussing

on the future and that being

our children. Are you

disappointed that almost 20

years after you burst on to the

stage that we haven't seen a

new batch of athletes come

through and follow the path

that you started? Yeah, to be

frank I have to admit that I have scratched my head and

wondered why we haven't seen

more Cathy Freeman types, you

know, arise, you know, from -

out of our isolated, you know,

small towns of Australia. But

then I think well, you know,

maybe what I did is really,

really difficult after all and

I've thought about how it does

take pretty special condition s

to even start to aspire to be

one of the world's greatest

athletes as I did as a

10-year-old because that's

exactly what I did as a

10-year-old. I put up on my

wall a sign that said, "I am

the world's greatest athlete."

Zb what would be the thing now

if you wrote up and stuck it on

the wall? Have you come to the

point now where you've got

enough strength back to try and

have one goal and go for it? Or

are you just enjoying

life? Well, the number one

priority on a personal level is

just take care of my health

because sometimes when you're

so passionate you get machine

like and you forget you are

only human. But if I was to put

my goal up on the wall it would

have to be - I would have to

focus on the children of Palm

Island. In practical terms it's

probably all about allowing the

children of Palm Island just

the opportunity to realise

their potential. Through our

programs, through our educational educational and well being programs. Great. Thanks very

much for talking to us. Thanks.

And a pot cast of today's

program can be found alternate

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joins us now for a look at the weather. Thanks, Michael. Let's

take a look at what's in store

for the end of the week. In

Queensland you can expect

isolated shower about the

tropical coast and along the

east coast south of about Yeppoon. Widespread frost about

the south-east and southern

interior. In NSW there's early

frost about the ranges and

slopes, fine apart from coastal

showers and some drizzle about

the adjacent ranges. In

Victoria inland frost and fog,

a mostly cloudy day in the

south with isolated shower

south of the divide. Up in the

north a mostly sunny day with

14 degrees in Mildura.

Tasmania, there's morning fog

and light to moderate westerly

winds, isolated light shower,

mainly in the west and far

south. Hobart are heading for

13. South Australia, a cold

morning with fog and frost over

the agricultural and southern pastoral districts. Isolated

light showers about the south coast. Western Australia, also

a cold morning with possible

frosts for inland parts of the

south-west, about 6 degrees in Perth at the moment as you head

for a sunny day. Up to the

north of Western Australia,

during the morning fresh and

gusty easterly winds across the

Pilbara and Kimberley and also

throughout the Northern

Territory, a top of 15 degrees

for Alice Springs.

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