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Wednesday October 11

This morning on Breakfast Paul Henry spoke to National Party finance spokesman John Key and business and political commentator Graeme Hunt ahead of a press conference today where the Government will make its financial records public. Key says he has it from a reputable source that the crown accounts will boast a record 10 billion dollar surplus and he says Michael Cullen needs to explain why the Government hasn't delivered tax cuts.

This morning on Breakfast Kay Gregory spoke with lawyer Gary Gotlieb about his criticism of the Government for its handling of a compensation case that dates back seven years.  Three young girls jailed for a crime they did not commit have accepted ranging between $162,000 and $176,000 but Gotlieb says the justice system has let them down in so many ways and has taken too long to come up with the money. Kay then spoke with Justice Minister Mark Burton for his reponse to criticism the department handled the compensation case poorly.

Reporter Charlotte Whale talked to ??? and actor Peter Elliot about the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management national public education campaign.  To help raise public awareness a series of activities are planned for Disaster Awareness Week (8-14 October).  Disaster Awareness Week coincides with the United Nations' International Disaster Reduction Day on 11 October.

Irene Gardiner and Wayne Hope are two media commentators who regularly appear on the Breakfast programme. This morning they discussed the coverage given to the announcement that actor Keisha Castle-Hughes is pregnant.

Pacific Correspondent Barbara Dreaver talked to Kay Gregory about the stoush between the Australian Government and the Solomon Islands.

This morning on Breakfast Kay Gregory spoke with New Zealand singer / songwriter Sarah Brown about her debut album 'hands' and her upcoming New Zealand tour.

Music legend Russ Garcia has worked with many of the old Hollywood names from Louis Armstrong to Ella Fitzgerald. He's now based in Northland and is in Auckland for a jazz concert tonight with Tim Beveridge. He talked to Breakfast about his past roles and tonight's special concert.

Breakfast talked to Bill Rancic, US television personality, financial correspondent and author. He is best know for his appearance on the TV show The Apprentice. He is in NZ for the launch of the Sales and Marketing Boot Camp. You can find out more about the boot camp at