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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Tonight - the price of petrol. sign language - talking down emergency landing. Wheel of fortune - a textbook out of harm's way. A million Americans getting chasing grand final glory. And the Swans fly south, Good evening. Felicity Davey with ABC News. and farming groups Transport, consumer tighter scrutiny have joined forces to call for across the country. of fuel prices A top level meeting in Sydney by the competition watchdog, has recommended regular monitoring

investigation into profiteering. a move that could lead to an that approach, The Prime Minister has rejected executives to his own summit instead summoning oil company next week. It's a sign of the times - on petrol prices, an emergency summit sought to neutralise which the Prime Minister of his own, with an emergency announcement with oil companies including a meeting and bio-fuels use. to encourage ethanol at that meeting to discuss matters We'll also take the opportunity of petrol prices. concerning the level should encourage Mr Howard Motoring groups say the summit oil companies. to confront the powerful him taking on the petrol companies, The rest of the community supports the oil companies, to convince him and so I think that's going fairly tough with them. that he should be Today's summit heard near 30% rise in petrol prices that this year's communities threatened to destroy rural and tourist and transport operators. of lifting their refining profits And oil companies were accused in the past two weeks. from 12 cents to 21 cents a litre Now everybody says, world oil price." "Well, it's all because of the of the world oil price. It's not just because that that is the case. And it's a nonsense to suggest not there to hear it. But the oil companies were expected the petrol companies I think all Australians would have to turn up today to this summit would have had the courage and talk about petrol pricing. The summit wants the Government surveillance by the ACCC, to bring in formal price market power by the oil companies a crackdown on any abuse of of ethanol-blended fuel. and greater availability The Federal Government says will achieve little. tougher monitoring of oil companies There is a cost to that. there has not been, Now and in the past

of that being lower prices. there has not been a result and I repeat,

at the summit The case has now been established of the allegations of profiteering for a serious investigation for the need for petrol prices and the case has been established on a continuing basis. to be monitored The ACCC was also criticised recent observation for not acting on its with refiner margins. that something funny was happening motorists aren't laughing. One thing's certain, Phillip Lasker, ABC News. A turf war has broken out for increased security over who should control and pay at Australian airports. The Government's enhanced package their own officers, has Federal Police overseeing as well as their State counterparts. that won't work, The Federal Police Union says while the premiers want to know who's going to pay for it all. by Sir John Wheeler The report prepared provided a damning assessment airport security. of the state of Australia's an effective police presence, If you haven't got of recording criminal activity if you haven't got an effective way that activity and a way of assessing

you should be putting in and deciding what resources to dealing with it, know the extent of the problem. it isn't surprising that you don't to close the gaps But the Federal Government's plan under the one command by putting State and Federal police by the police union. is already under fire at best it's transitional. It's once again a reaction, that should be filled by the AFP. These are roles You have security guards, Protective Services, you've got Australian Federal and State police you've got federal police correctly makes the point and Sir John Wheeler it's all a bit of a shemozzle. a department of homeland security, The Federal Opposition wants to coordinate. based on the American model,

confronted the need in this country It's time the Federal Government for a department of homeland security that coordinated focus so that we actually get at the federal level. the department of homeland security I point out to Mr Beazley that very well doesn't appear to have operated in relation to Hurricane Katrina. for politics to be put aside. The aviation industry is calling It's above politics. Australian citizens. This is about protecting It's about protecting our economy and tourism industry. with a transport a viable, safe aviation industry. It's about working together to have cooperation The issue of State and federal will be high on the agenda in Canberra next Tuesday. at the terror summit Philippa McDonald, ABC News. It was the ultimate in reality television - around the world pictures were beamed Los Angeles Airport, as an American jetliner circled dumping fuel, its nose wheel dangerously twisted. On board, passengers watched their own life or death story unfold on in-flight TV screens.

and held its breath The world watched live on television. as the drama was played out Amazing, amazing job TV ANNOUNCER : right down the centre of the runway there. flight 292 The pilot of JetBlue Airways with his plane's landing gear knew something was wrong from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. as soon as it took off circled the Californian coast The flight, bound for New York, for three hours to dump fuel. Soon it was confirmed that the front landing wheel was locked in the wrong direction. It also could cause the plane to turn off the runway. Watching and listening to the TV coverage were the passengers tuned into sets in the back of every seat. Some panicked when the screens went blank. That was the scariest part when they cut it off - so I thought there's something going on that there not telling us. Los Angeles International Airport prepared for the worst. The pilot took control and executed a delicate emergency landing that he was trained for but never wanted to put into practice. Now he holds that nose up, you see he holds it up as much as he can now. A ball of flame engulfed the front wheels, but the landing strut held firm. The fire is not necessarily dangerous. Observers applauded a textbook emergency landing. Some passengers needed help to disembark. Others were quick to celebrate. Many keen to shake the pilot by the hand. And then we smelt burning rubber and then, you know, it was nothing and we all cheered and there was a wonderful euphoria. American aviation officials have recorded four other similar incidents on Airbus 320s over the last six years. David Spicer, ABC News. Hurricane Rita is gathering pace off the American coast, ready to unleash its fury on the mainland. Now rated a terrifying category five storm, Rita is expected to smash ashore in Texas in two days, packing winds of up to 250km/h. More than a million people have been ordered to leave their homes as the monster storm approaches. North America correspondent Mark Simkin. This is what Rita did when it roared past Florida. Since then, it has been getting much bigger and much fiercer. The winds are now hitting 260km/hr. That makes it worse than Katrina was when it hit land. I feel sorry for those folks up there on the coast, Texas, Louisiana where it's possibly going to hit. They don't deserve this. Everyone in the Texan city of Galveston has been ordered to evacuate. Computer models suggest the entire town could be submerged. We're out of here. Newborn baby, just born yesterday 4.38pm. So they discharged us so we're going. People in the low-lying areas of Houston have also been told to leave. The evacuees from New Orleans now have to move again, this time to Arkansas.

After bungling the response to the last hurricane, the authorities are taking no chances with this one. I happen to think that we are as prepared as humanly possible for this storm, but when you start talking 4- and 5-level storms, then it is a huge, huge problem. And a huge problem for global petrol prices.

One-quarter of America's oil output comes from Texas. The region has the highest concentration of oil refineries in the world and they're right in Rita's path. In New Orleans,

engineers are racing to patch up the broken levees. They fear even a thunderstorm would be enough to unleash more misery. They're not going to hold, but we're doing the best we can. You've got to be safe rather than sorry. That's why people can't take a chance on the levees holding. They need to get out and they need to get out as quickly as possible. And some people are getting out. Once again, they're gathering at the notorious Convention Center, waiting for a ride. We hope and pray that Hurricane Rita will not be a devastating storm, but we've got to be ready for the worst. Galveston has seen a hurricane's fury before. In 1900, the city was flattened and nearly 10,000 people were killed. Mark Simkin, ABC News. The World Health Organisation has provided a fresh insight into just how deadly a global bird flu epidemic could be.

It says that if the virus begins to spread between humans, it could kill 100 million people worldwide. The warning comes as Indonesia struggles to contain a new outbreak of the disease. Indonesia's escalating bird-flu epidemic has prompted Australia

to buy Jakarta 10,000 doses of a drug to combat the disease. The shipment of the antiviral drug, Tamiflu, is due within days, but it has only limited effectiveness against advanced cases. We are working with the Indonesian Government and obviously we are closely monitoring the situation there. The bird flu outbreak in Indonesia is worsening with a 5-year-old girl suspected of being the latest victim of the outbreak. This can be classified as a sporadic epidemic and most definitely there will be others as long as we are unable to identify the sources. 10 other patients have been hospitalised with bird-flu-like symptoms. Already there've been four confirmed deaths from avian flu in Indonesia over the past two months. The World Health Organisation is warning that a pandemic is more likely to occur now than at any other time in the past 50 years.

The main concerns about the bird flu outbreak in South-East Asia are the potential for spread to Australian flocks and thereby Australian people as well. The Federal Opposition believes the Government is not doing enough and wants a regional summit on the best ways to fight the disease. The Indonesian Ambassador is already offering to help.

Indonesia and Australia have a common interest in this regard because some of our birds also flying to Australia and the other way around. But the Government says its commitment to secure Australia's borders from the threat of bird flu remains firm. We are concerned about the outbreak of bird flu and very concerned that, potentially, an illegal Indonesian fisherman might bring it in to Australia. The Government has already stockpiled 4 million doses of anti-flu drugs. If bird flu reached Australia, health workers and emergency service workers

would be first in line to receive a 6-week dose. Sophie Scott, ABC News. Two people have been arrested over the death of a six-year-old girl in Sydney's north-west.

Rose Villa-Nueva-Austin was found dead at the end of her mother's bed on Sunday. Toxicology tests were carried out and three other children living in the Cattai house were placed under an emergency protection order. Two people have now been taken to Windsor Police Station where they're being questioned.

Two senior officials at Sydney Ferries have been sacked after a serious breach of safety protocols. The Manly Ferry 'Collaroy' crashed into a wharf at Circular Quay on Monday with 200 passengers on board. Today, Transport Minister John Watkins revealed that the master of the vessel and three deckhands weren't properly tested for drugs and alcohol after the accident. This lapse in carrying out critical safety procedures is unacceptable. As a result of this oversight, the General Manager of Safety at Sydney Ferries Corporation has today tendered his resignation.

The Chairman of Sydney Ferries, Matt Taylor,

has also quit his post. The State Opposition says two sackings won't be enough to cure Sydney Ferries of its problems. The corruption watchdog may have ruled her complaints were based on gossip and hearsay, but whistleblower nurse turned-politician Nola Fraser isn't having any of it. She's rejected the outcome of the second ICAC report on health care

in south-western Sydney, handed down today. Nevertheless, the Liberal Party was tonight fielding questions over its endorsement of her as its candidate for Macquarie Fields. Nola Fraser was jubilant just days ago, having slashed Labor's majority in Macquarie Fields.

(All chant) Nola! Nola! Nola! But today there was disappointment as she faced criticisms

over her past as a whistleblower nurse. I have maintained the truth all along. The ICAC report found corruption allegations made by Ms Fraser

and several other nurses were largely unsubstantiated. The commission dismissing alleged evidence of cover-ups, document shredding, hush money and reprisals as: Nola Fraser didn't agree. It insults the cause, and it insults unnecessary deaths that have occurred and it insults the relatives that have suffered. It is not gossip. Peter Debnam supported her. We are going to continue The people want us to continue to pursue these issues. And he's standing by his political recruit. We're going to endorse Nola Fraser and we're going to carry Nola Fraser through an 18-month campaign to the next election. The commission did find substance to a complaint about a doctor at Camden Hospital. It's referred allegations that patient records were falsified to the Healthcare Complaints Commission which plans to discipline the doctor. Simon Santow, ABC News, Sydney. Another burst pipe in Sydney has seen more precious water - thousands of litres of it - go down the drain. This street in the inner western suburb of Abbotsford was turned into a creek this morning after a pipe ruptured for the second time in two years. Local residents are angry and the Government says that's easy to understand, given tough water restrictions.

Sydney Water reduced its leaks over the last two years by 25%. I've told them to do better.

Sydney Water is blaming wear and tear brought on by the drought. The Opposition says it's not all down to the weather. This Government is pulling $200 million a year out of Sydney Water in dividends. That $200 million that should be going into the maintenance

of our leaky pipes and mains. It wasn't a total loss however. Some enterprising residents were quick to capitalise on the situation to give their plants an unscheduled drink or two. You're watching ABC News. A reminder of tonight's top story - Sydney's fuel summit has recommended formal monitoring of petrol prices, a move that could lead to an investigation into profiteering. And still to come - the Sydney Swans fly south to prepare for Saturday's AFL Grand Final. The British soldiers caught up in a riot in southern Iraq have been speaking about their ordeal by fire. Crowds surrounded their tank, hurling petrol bombs and other missiles. This soldier jumped for his life when the vehicle caught fire.

My back was on fire and down the back of my arms and part of my face was on fire. It was just basic panic. I needed to get out of the turret, get the flames put out. That was basically it. I got the flames put out, I checked that my gunner was being dealt with and then I got back into the turret. Later, troops stormed a police station to free two undercover soldiers who'd been arrested.

Hundreds of angry Iraqis, including police, have protested over the raid. A retiree who lost $10,000 in cash has got it back,

thanks to a good Samaritan. The man, who wants to remain anonymous, dropped the cash on a footpath after he'd withdrawn it from a bank in Melbourne's south-east

yesterday afternoon. found the wads of $100 notes in an envelope on his way to work. He handed the money into the same police station where the loss was reported. I feel good that I did the right thing. Like, when I went to bed last night I was satisfied that the right man got his money back. Like, he must have been saving years for that money. Police say it's rare for people to hand in such large sums of cash. To the financial markets now -

and the gold price hit an 18-year-high today, helping to push the Australian share market higher, despite falls elsewhere in the world. Alan Kohler has the details. The gold price hit US$475 an ounce today - the highest for 18 years. It eased this afternoon to a bit less than that, but it's still up $20 in a week, and $65 - or 11% - in a year. Now, these are steady rather than rapid increases, and the context of what's happening can be seen from this graph.

To remove the effect of currency movements, Bridgewater has taken the average of the US dollar, euro, and yen prices of gold, which gives a sort of 'pure' gold price.

The big trends in the gold price are all about inflation. From 1970 to 1980, two oil shocks sent inflation and gold soaring. For the next 20 years, inflation gradually fell and so did gold. For the past five years that trend has reversed and as inflation is rekindled, gold has gone back to where it was 1987. Stocks on Wall Street fell again overnight as a result of yesterday's rate rise there - this time by 1% - but once again the local market bucked the trend, rising about 0.25% today, largely due to strong rises by resource stocks like BHP Billiton and Woodside, and, of course, gold miners - Lihir Gold, Newcrest and Oxiana.

Coles Myer shares fell 6 cents after reporting a net profit of $624.5 million, up 1.3%. Now, the company itself prefers to talk about underlying profit, which it says is 17.6% higher at $678.1 million. The price of TAPIS crude in Singapore is heading towards US$70 a barrel again,

and West Texas crude in New York rose more than 1% last night. And finally, the Australian dollar eased

but is still above 77 US cents by the barest possible margin. And that's finance. The Sydney Swans are likely to take an unchanged team into Saturday's grand final against West Coast at the MCG. While the Eagles have a number of injury concerns, the Swans flew to Melbourne with a full-strength squad. The secret to Sydney's success is perhaps the closeness of the player group and an emphasis on working for each other. We are a great team. We aren't a team of individuals - we leave the egos at the door. The Swans squad has a settled look about it, while the Eagles have been forced to make changes with midfielders Michael Braun and Rowan Jones succumbing to knee injuries. As an opposition coach you don't like to see guys missing that have given so much to their footy club in such a big game. Throughout the season the Swans' coach has downplayed his team's prospects. But he's now beginning to think about what it would mean to win the grand final. But then you wake up and you get back to reality 'cause you look at the board and see Cousins and Judd and Kerr and Embley and you quickly come back to earth. There was a common catch-cry in Perth... Come on the Eagles! thousands of Eagles fans boarded planes, buses and trains for the long trip to the MCG. (All cheer and clap) West Coast coach John Worsfold and his players were given a fond farewell, although the Eagles were surprised to find the pilot was a Swans supporter. The build-up in Melbourne to another grand final without a Victorian team has been somewhat muted, although that will change with tomorrow's parade. Go Swannies! The AFL has reminded players that reportable offences in the grand final will attract double the punishment they would receive in a normal home and away game. Late this afternoon, Swans fans were at Sydney Airport as the team set off on its quest to win the premiership for the first time in 72 years. Duncan Huntsdale, ABC News, Sydney. And the footy fans of Melbourne are getting behind the Swans - the team that used to be called South Melbourne. The Swans' Melbourne office has been flat out dealing with the demand for tickets and merchandise. Nell Cooper has been dreaming of a Swans premiership for all of her 76 years and says her stomach is already churning

in the lead-up to Saturday's clash with West Coast.

I'm a bit worried though 'cause I keep saying they've got to win one before I die! The Swans-obsessed great grandmother was in the crowd at the 1945 grand final when her beloved South Melbourne lost the infamous blood bath against Carlton. She's so convinced of victory for her side this weekend, she's already planning to get a Swans tattoo to celebrate. It's supporters like Nell who keep the souvenirs businesses afloat. At the Sydney Swans' Melbourne office, the phones haven't stopped ringing. (Girl on phone.) Thanks very much. Go the Swans! The Swans' Melbourne manager says the scars are healing for die-hard South Melbourne supporters who watched their team head north to Sydney in 1982.

What's come out in the last week is that supporters don't care whether the Swans are based in Sydney or Kalgoorlie. The Swans are their team, it's their colours and they're just going to soak it up and enjoy it. Bill Williams and Fred Goldsmith are two former South Melbourne greats who'll be front and centre on Saturday. There's Billy... There's that cheeky head. ..there's Billy there. They say although the team left Victoria after their time, the Sydney Swans haven't forgotten where it all started. We feel part of it, what's going round on Saturday - That's right, we're at home straight away aren't we Fred? My word we are. Although the memories of their glory days are still fresh, a win by the Swans in their lifetime would make the long wait worthwhile. Tamara Oudyn, ABC News, Melbourne. Australian golfer Adam Scott has a tough assignment first up in the Presidents Cup. He's up against world number one Tiger Woods in the opening foursomes competition. Every two years, the Presidents Cup pits the 12 best players from the US against the 12 best from the rest of the world - excluding Europe. Here's Peter Wilkins. There's no doubting the competitiveness of the world's best

in the team format and the President's Cup appears to be the preferred option for the world number one. TIGER WOODS: It's how it was supposed to be played, you know. It's what the Ryder Cup used to be before it got out of control.

The guys are great, we're all friends, we all compete, we're all trying to beat each other's brains in but at the end of the day, you'll see more concessions out here than I think you would in the Ryder Cup. Despite an ordinary record when playing with a partner

in the teams competition, Woods's mood will please the man chosen alongside him for the opening foursomes, Fred Couples, and is ominous for opponents Retief Goosen and Adam Scott. I don't know whether there is an intimidation factor in playing against Tiger Woods or not. You get a lot of guys say, "Gee, I'd like to play Tiger," but when they walk home at night they say, "I've got to play Tiger tomorrow." Australia's five representatives form the backbone of the 12-man international team and 8 of the world's top 10 will feature. Beijing is quickly out of the blocks in an effort to avoid any last-minute problems which affected the Athens Olympic build-up. China has deployed 20,000 construction workers to ensure the 11 new stadia are completed well before the 2008 Games. Work has commenced on 10 of the new projects, including the basketball stadium. It's estimated China will spend around $52 billion for its environment- and people-friendly games. Indigenous communities will honour their best tonight - recognising outstanding performances by artists, athletes and community leaders. The winners of the annual Deadly Awards will be presented at the Sydney Opera House. (Singing and guitar-playing) Danny Marr's travelled from his home town of Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberleys to collect his Deadly Award for best new album. It's the first time he and the rest of his band,

Fitzroy Xpress, have been to Sydney and they could only afford the one-way ticket so they'll be singing for their return flights. We didn't get a 2-way ticket. I think maybe we'll be doin' a couple of gigs. Indigenous high achievers in the arts, sport and health have come from across the country to be honoured for their successes. Aboriginal achievement is like the dark side of the moon, for it is there, but so little is known. One that is well-known is former boxer Lionel Rose. RING ANNOUNCER: The great bantamweight champion of the world. He's receiving the lifetime achievement award for sport. The highlight - his 1968 victory that made him the first Aborigine to win a world boxing title. the world title though. There's nothing like winning

That's the best award. just like yesterday, I can remember it it's still so vivid in my mind. the Swans' Michael O'Loughlin, And a champion of today, will be recognised in the AFL. for his outstanding achievement (Troy Casser-Daly sings) The winners were voted for poll. in a national Indigenous Internet Anne Maria Nicholson, ABC News. Time for the weather now. some unsettled days ahead? And, Mike Bailey, Felicity. Especially over the weekend, Good evening. also make it into Sydney by Sunday, Some showers and thunderstorms may for water supplies. and would prove welcome

are at 39.7% of capacity, Overall, dam levels down by 0.3% this week. and is holding 36.4% of capacity. Warragamba has lost 0.2% and temperatures on the rise - Clear skies today, 1 above average - the coast from 12-22 degrees - while the west was up to 27 degrees. 18.5 at present Minus 5 at Thredbo

Little rain rain Melbourne and adelaide some small widesoread over the next few days Rain and thunderstorms more NSW- mostly fine and mild Showers in the south Chance of shower in sydney's west Thanks, Mike. Recapping our main stories - urged the Federal Government today's petrol summit has over the spiralling cost of fuel. to take on the oil companies is striking turbulence The airport security upgrade with both police and premiers. are fleeing And more than a million people from the path of Hurricane Rita, in two days. expected to smash into Texas

I'm Felicity Davey. this Thursday night. And that's ABC News

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