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(generated from captions) I didn't understand a lot of it, and which was quite moving, even though went very solemn, and the service, Peter's Square, but then the mood very excited as they got in to St the rest of the world. They were further afield, from Europe and from course, most people have come from from all over the city, and of streaming toward St Peter's Square this morning, people had been momentous occasion, right from early religious personnel. It really was a Prime Minister, heads of state, and for those 200 leading royalties, course there's maximum protection dignitaries will be leaving and of helicopters, because soon the and high above me are the there's the Vatican funeral bell, As you can probably hear behind me, there? Well, it was quite amazing. What was it like actually being great historic events of our time. This would have to be one of the Hutcheon is in the Vatican City. ABC Europe correspondent Jane Square to pay their respects. packed a windswept St. Peter's Hundreds of thousands of mourners to Pope John Paul II. have united to say a last goodbye and most powerful citizens The world's poorest with ABC National News. Juanita Phillips Good evening. to wed and repent. And Charles and Camilla ready for a hospital blunder. A $7 million dollar payout get messy. The politics of interest rates farewell Pope John Paul. Tonight - Rome and the world This program is captioned live.

appears that they've all been kept with all those dignitaries, it below. So thankfully, of course, also been a massive police presence sharp shooters a-above and there's watching the event. There've been priests and the nuns who are amongst the cameramen and the there have been sharpshooters in rooftops above St Peter's Square, and even as I look out across the have been involved in this exercise, Basically, at least 10,000 police I'm not aware of any problems. aware, were there any problems? was in place. As far as you're this massive security operation that it, we've been hearing a lot about dignified. On the logistical side of theatrical, but very, very front of all those people. It was just sat in front of the altar in simple feeling as the simple coffin the massened. There was a very probably knew what was coming up in were given communion and they make the mass go over time. They quite a feat and it didn't actually crowd as they could which was really communion to as many people in the out from the square and gave and of course, 320 priests fanned was happening at a particular time Catholics would know exactly what couldn't understand it, particularly Peter's Square, and even though they overnight in the environs of St particularly young people, had slept because a lot of people, crowd? Well, it was quite amazing, atmosphere like further back in the parts of the world. So what was the service, coming from all different wouldn't have understood the and as you say, many of them anywhere near the service itself, people there wouldn't have got So a very moving day. I guess most that of Poland, the Pope's homeland. probably the most pref lont flag was different nations represented, and there were flags from all the "Saint now" and apart from that, were lots of signs, one of them said stop clapping. In the crowd, there of the service, they just didn't on what had been said and at the end into spontaneous applause depending at times people would just break

(All sing) the art of true love. we learn at the school of Christ, in the love of Christ, that by abiding tells us once again today and to open his heart to all who had an ability to forgive to meet everyone, The Pope who tried the seed of immortality. TRANSLATION: Today we plant in the history of his time. He paid tribute to a life immersed Joseph Ratzinger from Germany. The service was led by Cardinal (Sings in Spanish) followed in many languages. as tributes and prayers the service, But nothing could spoil Cardinals waved in the Roman breeze. the robes of the College of Like the flags of Poland, in their most famous citizen. who showed their pride Catholics from Poland Most prominent - have made their way to Rome. Millions of pilgrims achievements in Latin. a description of his many made of cypress, zinc and fir, Inside the casket, into his coffin in private. Pope John Paul II was lowered Keeping with tradition, BELL TOLLS with the President of Israel. appeared to rub shoulders Even the President of Iran from across the globe. kings, queens and princes 16 prime ministers, of 38 presidents, an extraordinary array It brought together biggest funeral in history. to what has been described as the as the eyes of the world turned St Peter's Square, A brilliant light filled assured of eternal life with God. was already in heaven, told the crowd that Pope John Paul Cardinal joseph ratzinger, The main celebrant at the mass, in Rome. It's been an emotional few hours thank you. smoothly. Jane Hutcheon in Rome, safe and the event went very

and the whole world. Among the Christian, an example for the youth I think hae was a great man, a good particular have been saddened. the country's young people in homeland. 25-year-old Valenitna says the Pope's absence from their rebirth. Italians, too, were feeling some kind of religious emotional a lot of people have gone through to his country's hero. I think that 24 hours on a train to say goodbye flags. Patrick Belechi has travelled peppered with red and white Polish parts of the world. The crowds are their home countries in various many here today and so many more in touched by his death. There's so spot in the world that hasn't been praying the rosary. There's not a deacon led Polish pilgriming in Pope John Paul II, an American there were impromptu prayers for in the streets of the eternal city. came across one such group ABC correspondent, Emma Griffiths, getting anywhere near the ceremony. with no hope or expectation of simply to be there, Many of them came to Rome pilgrims from all over the world. The funeral has brought together

to farewell the Pope. In Canberra tonight, hundreds attended a mass at Saint Christopher's Cathedral. For some, it was a chance to remember their own encounters with the Pope. On November 24, 1986... ..wonderful Australian papal visit. SOLEMN MUSIC PLAYS Several different faiths were represented at the mass. In Sydney, a large crowd of mourners gathered at St Mary's Cathedral. Hundreds of people attended a special mass just before the funeral, where prayers were offered. Their ranks swelled when dozens of televisions were turned on broadcasting the funeral live. With the cathedral packed some chose to watch on screens outside. A single candle burnt beside a portrait of Pope John Paul throughout the evening. To other news now - and the Reserve Bank has revealed it tried to stop its name being used also gathered for special services Here in Australia, mourners have News, Rome. their Pope. Emma Griffiths, ABC found hope in the teachings of the crowds of mourners have also Today, in the midst of their pain, there's that element of hope. Even in the midst of that pain, churches, people are celebrating. easy, and yet when you go to our The situation in Zimbabwe is not they could still live with hope. Pope showed the very poorest that Zimbabwe, Sister Julian said the the Pope's worldwide influence, from crowd, there's further evidence of in Liberal Party campaign advertising about interest rates during the last election. The bank has confirmed that it asked the Electoral Commission to investigate whether any laws had been breached. Interest rates were at the epicentre of John Howard's bid for a fourth term. I claim very directly that interest rates under a Labor government would always be higher than under a coalition government. What gave that extra clout was the authority of the Reserve Bank. Everybody can examine those claims they were true. But, quoting unnamed officials, the Sydney Morning Herald says the Reserve Bank. Believed that some of the material in the Coalition's campaign leaflets was exaggerated and some was factually wrong. They must have been very worried indeed. That's the significance of this story. This afternoon, Reserve Bank deputy governor Glenn Stevens revealed that it did ask the electoral commission whether some campaign material breached the electoral act. They wrote us a letter and brought to our attention some advertising material that they had concerns with. They suggested that all that could be done was that we write to the person whose name was at the bottom of the advertising and ask them to stop, which we did. The Reserve Bank has not been in touch with the federal Liberal Party or the federal Liberal Party campaign director. This evening the Reserve Bank revealed he's keen to go I'm not keen for him to go but that's the way of mothers and sons I just want him home safe. Yes I'm concerned but its his job this is what he's trained for he's been doing it for 23 years During the six month deployment, some soldiers will miss the birth of their children. I'm actually going to stay with my family. the name of the person to whom it complained. Bill Meehan authorised a coalition pamphlet in the Sydney seat of Hughes. As recently as last year a Bill Meehan for the local Liberal MP Danna Vale. Jim Middleton, ABC News, Canberra. The biggest contingent of Australian troops to head to Iraq has been officially farewelled at a military parade in Darwin. After weeks of intense training, the soldiers will be deployed to southern Iraq's Al Muthanna Province. In full combat gear, 450 troops braved the intense heat as they were given a special farewell at Darwin's Robertson Barracks this afternoon. Family members were there for the soldiers. And the start of what's been described as their most important mission yet - providing protection for unarmed japanese engineers, trying to rebuild the devastated province of Al Muthanna, and training Iraqi security forces. Seven months since he's finished training to mark the end of an intensive training period

In body and spirit, "courage the eagle" was on hand to represent the lead contingent, Second Cavalry Regiment. While military Chief Brigadier John Cantwell gave a heartfelt address to Australia's largest group deployed to southern Iraq. We wish you well. A parade of armoured vehicles gave a fitting end to the farewell parade. Troops are expected be deployed to Iraq within the next fortnight. Michelle Fraser, ABC News, Darwin. The first Australian serviceman killed in Iraq, Flight Lieutenant Paul Pardoel, has been laid to rest in Canberra. The 35-year-old held dual British/Australian nationality. He was serving with the Royal Air Force, when the Hercules he was in, crashed outside Baghdad in January. Around 300 family, friends and British and Australian defence personnel gathered at St Christopher's Cathedral for the RAF funeral. He worked for 13 years in the Royal Australian Airforce, we were then lucky enough to recruit him into the royal airforce and he served at RAF Lyneham for three years. Paul was respected as a very professional navigator. Paul Pardoel is survived by his wife Kellie and three young children. They'd planned to start a new life in Canberra when his contract expired in July. A memorial service has been held at the naval base which was the home of the Sea King helicopter that crashed in Indonesia. About 1,000 people paid tribute to the four local sailors from HMAS 'Albatross' who died in the accident. BUGLE PLAYS LAST POST Emotions came to the surface as families and colleagues paid their final respects to the men. In Townsville, an emotional memorial service has been held for Flight Lieutenant Lynne Rowbothom who was also killed in the tragedy. Her husband and sister laid a wreath in her honour. Her funeral is expected to be held in Launceston next week. A website has been set up for people wanting to show support to the victims' families and condolence books can be signed at various naval bases. The Indonesian President has thanked the Northern Territory for its assistance to relief efforts following the Boxing Day tsunami. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono delivered his message during a visit to Darwin, aimed at strengthening ties with his country. It was a brief and carefully choreographed meeting between Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yuduyono and Chief Minister Clare Martin. The 30-minute talks focused on strengthening ties between the two countries. and his massive entourage ending their Australian tour. Before leaving, Dr Yuduyono thanked the Territory for helping to rebuild earthquake devastated parts of Indonesia. We welcome the initiative of the NT to contribute to the reconstruction of Alor and Nabir in east Indonesia after those areas were hit by the earthquake. Dr Yuduyono is in Dili this evening for talks with the East Timorese President and Prime Minister. Claire Mackay, ABC News Dr Yuduyono says he's also interested in developing tri-lateral relations between East and West Timor and Australia. It is I think a good initiative that we could cooperate in many areas, tourisms and other economic cooperations While formal agreements are yet to be made, the Chief Minister hopes the three countries could also build cultural, business and education links. It was a very positive meeting looking to the future and certainly there's some ideas about how we can engage between the NT and Indonesia better in the future. It was a short stopover in Darwin for the President A camel costume has become the latest unlikely player in the Schappelle Corby drug case. A Sydney baggage handler has been stood down after being caught wearing the camel suit which was taken from a passenger's bag. The incident may have relevance for Miss Corby because it highlights possible flaws in airport security. She says that the drugs that were found in her bag were put there by someone with access to passengers' baggage. Baggage handlers seldom wear fancy dress, and even less commonly when they've stolen it from someone's baggage. I heard a little kid say, "There's a man with a moose head". And I thought, "Oh, that's a bit odd." And then a couple of minutes later there was this...ah, one of the trolley tuggers going past the window and a guy there wearing half the camel costume that I'd checked through as luggage 20 minutes earlier. The costume was on its way to Melbourne Union officials say that, but for the Corby case, it might have been a storm in a teacup, instead of the straw that broke the camel-clad baggage handler's back. Qantas and the union are now discussing what they call issues of behaviour and culture. Geoff Sims, ABC News, Sydney. The Victorian prisoner who testified in the Schappelle Corby trial has been denied bail. Former public servant John Ford is facing trial on numerous charges, including rape and making threats to kill. But the court heard he might receive a reduced sentence for assisting police with the Corby trial, and another case. and threatened with the sack - perhaps not surprisingly, with Schappelle Corby's defence resting on her claim that marijuana had been placed in her baggage. If you were ever looking for a case to prove that your baggage is tampered with, this is it. His lawyer had argued Ford had endured onerous conditions in protective custody since giving evidence in Bali. But the judge found there was an unacceptable risk Ford would attempt to abscond and denied him bail. A Sydney woman has finally won a 16-year compensation battle over a medical bungle that left her a quadraplegic. it has closed circuit television pictures of the handler opening a large bag, putting on the camel head and going on to the tarmac. But the Transport Workers' Union sees it as little more than a prank. Well, this is an unfortunate act of larrikinism - ah, Australian larrikinism - gone wrong. The 32-year-old handler has been stood down for use in a promotion of the Northern Territory this weekend. Qantas says Monique King has been awarded $7 million dollars by the Supreme Court, which found the Prince of Wales Children's Hospital breached its duty of care. I'm absolutely delighted and really like to thank my family and legal team. Ms King had treatment for a cancerous tumour on her spine when she was 12. But the court found the type of chemotherapy medication used, reacted with her radiation therapy, and left Ms King a quadriplegic. The court said she should never have been given the particular chemo drug. And in any event, its dosage was too high. In the end the hospital agreed that the wrong treatment caused Ms King's quadriplegia. And the task here was to work out who was to blame. The court found the hospital failed to pass on to Ms King's oncologist, that there was a new way to treat her type of cancer. And that the hospital breached its duty of care. Ms King was awarded $7 million in damages. I'll have a choice of care. I won't have to wait five years Pixie Skase - the wife of the late fugitive businessman Christopher Skase - has won the latest round in her battle to become an Australian Citizen again. A tribunal today ruled she was eligible to get her Australian passport back. But the federal government says it may appeal the ruling. At the height of the Australian Government's pursuit of failed businessman Christopher Skase, his wife, Pixie, famously declared her intention to never return to Australia. But four years after her husband's death, Mrs Skase is now poised to resume to get basic equipment Australian citizenship. In overturning a decision by the Immigration Minister to reject Mrs Skase's application for citizenship, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal said the loss of millions by Skase's Quintex Group shouldn't be held against Mrs Skase. A considerable number of people suffered losses Adrian Raschella, ABC News, Sydney. that I need to get through the day. Ms King says it's been a traumatic struggle for justice. One which could have been made less painful. Just someone to say sometimes mistakes happen and we're sorry. But today was a time to celebrate. I'm thinking champagne might be on the agenda. Her oncologist who has since died, was cleared of any wrong doing.

to determine how serious the emergency is before an ambulance is sent. It is backed by medical protocols and is world's best practice, the world's best practice system being brought in to improve the response times for the most serious, the pressing emergencies. But the Health Services Union has strongly criticised the decision to introduce the system without a trial and without medical experts working as phone operators. To finance now. And the local sharemarket recorded a solid rise today as investors became more confident interest rates would stay where they were. Here's Alan Kohler Although bank shares gained all surged. But the oil price fell - down 3% to $54.16. The other thing was a solid session on Wall Street, where the Dow Jones went up 0.6% and Nasdaq 1%. Some modest gains in Europe overnight - as a result of the collapse of Quintex Tribunal Deputy President Stephanie Forgie said. Many feel that Mr Skase was a "goddam crook". It is important that Mrs Skase not be punished for the sins of her husband - perceived or otherwise. The Federal Government says it will appeal against the tribunal decision. Mrs Skase didn't appear in person to collect today's decision. The state government has announced a major overhaul of the triple '0' Emergency Service. From the end of this month, callers will be asked a series of questions as a result, increasing confidence that interest rates won't go up again, the main influence on the share market today was resources. BHP Billiton surged 2.5% and Rio Tinto the same. You can never be sure exactly what moves markets on a particular day - but this was probably because metal prices were pretty strong in London overnight - copper, lead and nickel prices

may stay on hold. that interest rates The Malaysian Prime Minister has told a business audience in Sydney that he's optimistic about a quick agreement on a free trade deal between the two countries. Abdullah Badawi wants to build on Malaysia's growing trade ties with Australia. between the two nuclear neighbours. They've been fighting over Kashmir since Pakistan split from India almost 60 years ago. It seems the past and the present are conspiring to make Britain's royal wedding anything but a festive one. When they marry tomorrow, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles will acknowledge sins and wickedness reciting a prayer of confession London, in particular, up 0.6%. And likewise in Asia today - Japan and Hong Kong both up 0.6%. Meanwhile, Qantas shares rose one cent after the company said domestic tickets would go up $8 and international $31 because of rising fuel costs. Virgin Blue and Jetstar are also putting up fuel surcharges - from $10 to $19 dollars, but Virgin Blue shares slumped 3% today. And, finally, the Australian dollar eased a bit today because of the growing expectation Accompanied by several cabinet colleagues the leader told the gathering it was time to move beyond education, electronics and food - I wish to emphasise this point because, although our bilateral trade is growing, the number of items being traded are limited. Mr Badawi says he also wants to encourage Australian companies to establish regional headquarters in Malaysia. That bus service between India and Pakistan we reported on last night has ended without further incident. There were cheers and hugs for the first passengers who crossed the military line dividing Kashmir. The service has been called the 'caravan of peace'. It's seen as an important symbol of an eventual end to conflict and absolution, dating back to 1662. The royal wedding has attracted more than its share of embarrassing headlines. And today was no exception. As the ABC's Phillip Williams reports. The clouds gathered over Windsor Castle in more ways than one, In the latest embarrassment, undercover journalists posing as workmen drove a hire van right into Windsor Castle past the chapel where the royal couple will be blessed and near the Queen's quarters- in the back a box clearly marked 'bomb'. I'm certainly concerned. I'm certainly irritated. I don't want to prejudge this. Because obviously we've got disciplinary processes to go through But it looks to me that someone's done something very stupid. Outside the Windsor walls, not everyone approves of this union. I just despise her, for what she's done to Diana. They can have happyiness, but he can'6t be king and she can't be queen Outside the castle it was a case of sympathy mixed with apathy. In a way its a justified suffering I think it's how it should have been in the first place self-proclaimed comedy terrorist, Aaron Barschak. He caused an uproar by sneaking undetected into Prince William's 21st birthday party. at Windsor Castle. We're checking out if they're on their toes,all right, because this has been broken into a number of times before With the modern monarchy that is in the spotlight,

and that the wedding day at least is the one day that goes without further trouble. And ABC Television will broadcast the service of dedication for the royal wedding tomorrow night. Live coverage from Windsor begins at 11:25pm eastern standard time. 10:55pm in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Several Australians are well placed after a rain-affected Woods ended 2-over par after 12 holes. COMMENTATOR: Ooh! That's unbelievable. Second favourite, Ernie Els also struggled to be 3 over after 11 and Australia's Robert Allenby was also on the wrong side of par, after a cruel twist at the 16th. Fellow countryman Mark Hensby fared better in his first Masters to be clubhouse leader Quite indifferent, to be honest. It's up to them. A far cry from the cheering masses when Prince Charles married his first Princess of Wales all those years ago. More than good crowds, this time the bride and groom could do with some good luck. Just one more day to go and everyone from palace officials to the royal couple-to-be are hoping and praying that there'll be no more nasty surprises- first round of the US Masters. 33-year-old Augusta newcomer Mark Hensby shot a three under 69. To be one shot behind American Chris di Marco who, like most of the field, is yet to complete his first round. Stuart Appleby, Adam Scott, Nick O'Hern, Craig Parry and Rod Pampling are close behind. Here's Peter Wilkins. The Masters generally delivers drama, but rarely like this. Putting for eagle on the 13th, three-time winner and favourite Tiger Woods was stunned to see where his ball finished - in a hazard. He could play again from the same spot and two-putted for a bogey. Alternating between the good, the bad and the unlucky, at 3-under par. One behind was Chris Di Marco, who is 4 under with four to play. Stuart Appleby defied a poor Masters history to be in the hunt at 2 under, while the other half of the Fab Four is ominously positioned - Vijay Singh and defending champion Phil Mickelson are also 2 under with seven holes of their first rounds to play. Remarkably, after a life-saving kidney transplant, he is hoping to the play in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, but today came the first tentative step towards the top level for former All Black man-mountain Jonah Lomu. A decade since he monstered defences in the 1995 World Cup in South Africa, The 29-year-old has signed to play with North Habour in New Zealand's provincial championship. In Super 12 Rugby Union the ACT Brumbies have slumped to their third consecutive Super 12 defeat, this time at the hands of the Otago Highlanders. The reigning champions were beaten 19 to 18 in Dunedin tonight. Despite a disrupted preparation with key play-maker Steve Larkham, out injured, the Brumbies made a strong start, with a try to Henry Veratau. COMMENTATOR: Trademark try for the Brumbies! Excellent try. The Brumbies had never won at the Highlanders' home ground of Carisbrook and that record looked set to continue, with a strong Otago try and a series of penalty goals. The Brumbies struck back through captain Stirling Mortlock, but the Highlanders held on for a one-point win. The ACT now faces a must-win match against NSW next week. To tonight's other major football fixtures. In the National Rugby League, Penrith leads the Melbourne Storm 30 points to 16 midway through the second half. And in the AFL, Melbourne leads Geelong in half time at the MCG. The Demons - 11, 4, 70 to the Cats 5, 8, 38. NASA has reached another milestone in the push to get its shuttle program back into space. The space shuttle Discovery has been moved into position on a launch pad in Florida after a 10-hour journey. Discovery is due to lift off in mid-May. The first launch since the Columbia tragedy two years ago. Mission Commander Eileen Collins says the crew's thoughts will often be with the dead Columbia astronauts. The return to flight effort has not been easy, but because of that and the work we have done, we are stronger, we are smarter and we are more humble. The exact launch date depends on the position of the international space station. The weekend weather now - and with the details here's Mike Bailey. Thanks, Juanita, good evening. Mainly dry to begin the weekend around the nation, except for showers along the northern half of the east coast. Late showers and thunderstorms are also likely about the top end of the Northern Territory. And, there's a windy day ahead over parts of South Australia. The main centres around the nation today have been mild to rather warm. But cooler in Hobart, where there was less than 1mm of rain to 3pm. Also light rain in Brisbane, with just a trace in Perth and Darwin. And that's ABC National News on a momentous day in Rome. I'm Juanita Phillips. Pope John Paul has been farewelled with kings, queens, presidents and hundreds of thousands of other mourners watching in St Peter's Square. The choir began the funeral service singing the Latin prayer: (Sings) Grant him eternal rest, O Lord, and shine your light on him forever. Stay with us now for 'Stateline'. And 'Lateline' is along at 10:30pm. Enjoy the rest of your evening and have a great weekend. Captions by Captioning and Subtitling International.