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In-Federal Court paves the way

for Mohammed Haneef's return.

He's fairly excited about the

news. Taking stock after

northern New Zealand's

earthquake shock. Australia's

film and television industry

finally gets on a roll. And

long may she reign, Queen

Elizabeth hits a milestone. I

see no reason why a decade from

now she couldn't still be on

the throne. And evening, Joe

O'Brien with ABC News. The

Federal Court says Mohammed

Haneef can return to Australia

and the Federal Court says it

won't stop him. The court today

upheld the decision to

rein-State Dr Haneef's work

visa which had been stripped

from him by the former

Government. Queensland Health

authorities say they'd welcome

the Dr Back but the former

terror suspect isn't sure he

wants to return. Dr Haneef is

on a pilgrimage to mecca but it

didn't ston his lawyer calling

him. The doctor was charge

would assisting the UK terror

bombings, charges which were

dropped but an arn an still

cancelled Mohammed Haneef's

work visa on character grounds

because two of the suspects

were the doctor's cousins.

Today the Federal Court upheld

his visa. Lawyers for Dr Haneef

submitted an affidavit outlining the hardship being

felt by their client. They say

he's had difficulty getting

work in India and his life has

been on hold. Outside, Peter

Russo called on the new Federal

Government to show compassion

and allow the decision to

stand. One would hope that

there would be maybe a change

of heart. The Immigration

Minister obliged after

considering new information

from the Australian Federal

Police. Dr Haneef's visa

stands as valid. Dr Haneef is

therefore entitled to return to

this country and take up employmentment The Queensland Government certainly wants him

back. If Dr Haneef satisfied

the visa requirements and can

registration requirements, we

would be glad to have him and

other suitably qualified

practitioners. We welcome his

expertise and training in the

district and over the next 12

months will have vacancies

which he could fill. Dr Haneef

and no longer sure he'll return

to the Gold Coast. It has

always been Mohammed Haneef's

wish to come back but he's

concerned of what his wife

wants. The Immigration Minister

says there will be a judicial

inquiry into the former

government's handling of the

case. David Hicks will face

tough restrictions on his

movements and contacts when

he's released from jail next week. A Federal magistrate

today imposed a control order

on the convicted terrorism

supporter, saying he remains a

threat. It is only insecond

time such an order has been issued under Federal

anti-terrorism laws. Despite

almost six years behind bars, a

Federal magistrate has decided

David Hicks still poses a risk.

Warren Donald accepted Hicks

trained with the terrorist

groups Lashkar-e-Toiba and Al

Qaeda. He has expressed views

which, when combined with past

actions and training are

sufficient grounds for concern

that a terrorist act could be

committed by him or with his

assistance. Hicks must obey

conditions after release

including a curfew and has to

check in with police three

times a week. The order is

almost identical to that

imposed on Melbourne man Jack

Thomas. The only other person

in orings under such an order.

Hicks's lawyers argued the

reporting to police conditions

were too onerous but say he'll

comply. We accept that, abide

by that and David intends to

honour it. If David wants to

get a job and try to get into

university, this might make

things awkward for him. If

Hicks breaks the order, he

could be sent to jail for five

years. The control order comes

on top of strict conditions

impose by a US Military

Commission. That agreement means Hicks has to cooperate

with authorities for the next

six years. He can't talk to the

media until March and can't

take any legal action over his

treatment at Guantanamo Bay.

What he's wanting to do is take

the opportunity given by the

Australian public in bringing

him back to Australia and

getting back on with his life

and to prove to the Australian

people that he can be a model

citizen and that's his

intent. David will get

through this, there's no

worries there. I believe it's

only imposed for 12 months and

then they'll relook at it.

David's not going to be any

harm to anyone and after 12

months let's hope it's all

over. The control order still

has to be confirmed in court in February. David Hicks can

appear and give evidence then

but at this stage that's

unlikely. In news just to hand,

there's been a partial

back-down by Japan over its

whale hunting in the Southern

Ocean. The Japanese Government

confirms it is putting plans to

kill up to 50 humpback whales

on hold. From talkio, the ABC's

Shane McLeod. Japan says it's

made this decision out of

respect for its close

relationship with Australia. It

says it will defer, for the

time being, its plans to kill

up to 50 humpback whales under

the prOitions of the scientific

whale research program, at the

same time this doesn't affect

Japan's plans to kill up to 900

other whales under the program.

Australia's ambassador to Tokyo

will be taking Australia's

formal diplomatic protest to

Japan's Government this

evening. The Shaky Isles lived

up to their name last night

when a strong earthquake jolted

New Zealand's North Island,

causing damage worth millions

of dollars to the city of

Gisborne, though remarkably

there were no direct

casualties. It registered 6.8

and was generated in the seabed

about 50km off the east coast.

New Zealand correspondent Peter

Lewis reports. With just five

days to Christmas, Gisborne

retailers were hoping for some

action. Although this is

probably not what they had in

mind. Just before closing time,

a powerful earthquake sent them

and their stock flying.

Overnight, police cordoned off

the CBD to protect the public

from unsafe buildings and

prevent looting. This morning,

shopkeepers were gradually

allowed in to salvage what they

could. There's no damage

estimate yet but claims are

expected to run into the

millions. On Gisborne's main

street, several balconies have collapsed. Unseasonal weather

is credited with saving some

Christmas revellers. We had a

full house of diners. We were

lucky it was raining because

most of the building fell on to

the balcony which, if it was

sunny, most people would be

dining outside. A bolt out of

the blue, mate. Me and the wife

were there and underneath the

arch of the doorway and stayed

there and it just was going

like this and I thought the house was going to fall

down. In fact, there's only

been one casualty linked to the

incident, the death of an

elderly woman from a heart

attack moments after the quake

struck her home. On the eve of

what would have been one of the

busiest shopping days of the

year, shopkeepers are instead

taking stock. The power of the

earthquake was amaze and you

could see your stock flying

across the floor. It's

absolutely incredible

power. Unlike many locals who

althoughly headed for higher

ground, fearing a tsunami.

Normally after an earthquake

you get after shocks and we

were aware of that and our

community head to the hills in

case of tsunami. While the

clean-up and insurance wrangle

is going to last, today many in

Gisborne were simply counting

their blessings. The only man

to be charged with murder over

Northern Ireland's worst single

atrocity has been acquitted.

The 1998 bombing in Omagh

killed 29 people in the busy

market town. The victims

included a woman pregnant with

twins. It was carried out by a

dissident Republican group.

38-year-old electrician Sean

Hoey was accused of making the

car bomb but was acquitted on

all 56 charges laid against

him. The victims' families were

devastate by the result. I

thought there might be a little

bit of hope. That void I

thought would have stopped just

goes on. The judge criticised

the investigation, attacked

police for libing and

questioned the DNA technique

relied on by the prosecution.

Nearly a decade after the

attack, those responsible are

yet to be convicted. President

Bush is trying to stiffen the

sinews of America's allies in

Afghanistan, urging

participating countries to

stasis in the fight and praised Australia's efforts.

Afghanistan is meant to be the

success story but this is the

bloodest year since the Taleban

was overthrown in 2001. There's

been a dramatic increase in the

number of suicide attacks. 25-year-old Joshua Blaney is

one of the latest American

victims. I know he's up there

looking down on us and saying,

"Mum, I'm OK, I'm whole now."

Worried hard-fought gains may

be slipping, the United States

and NATO are reviewing the

Afghan mission, including its military, economic and political strategies. The

United States is strongly in

favour of a clear and more unified international voice and presence in

Afghanistan. Achieving that

unity won't be easy. The US

believe smz of its allies

aren't fulfilling their promises of troops and

equipment. My biggest concern

is that people say, "We're kind

of tired of Afghanistan therefore we think we're gonna

leave." That would be my

biggest concern. There are

hundredses of Australians

serving in Afghanistan and

Australia is one country the US

believes is meeting its

commitments. I praise the

Brits, Canadians, Dutch, deigns

and other countries for their

contribution, the Aussies for

their contribution of shooters. While there's growing

concern about Afghanistan,

there's growing confidence

about Iraq. The violence is

down and Congress recently gave

the President an extra $80

billion to fight the wars in

Iraq and Afghanistan and

there's no requirement for

troop withdrawals. Child killer

Kathleen Folbigg has lost a bid

to have her conviction and

sentence over-turned. Folbigg

is serving a 30-year jail term

for the murder of her three

children and the manslaughter

of the fourth over a decade.

Her lawyers argue there should

be a retrial because one juror

found out over the Internet

that Folbigg's father killed

her mother but the court of

criminal appeal found that

action did not lead to a

miscarriage of justice and

dismissed the appeal. A child

sex offends er who went on the

run less than an hour after

being released from jail has

been caught by police. Raymond

Barry Cornwall disappeared from

his Parramatta home on

Wednesday and removed his ankle

monitor. He was found near a

Wollongong beach this morning

and has been charge would

failing to comply with a

supervision order. Cornwall has

served 14 years for armed sex

attacks and could go back to

jail for another two. One of

the State's most senior public

servants has been cleared of

corruption allegations. It was

claimed Ron Woodham

fast-tracked the promotion of

his personal driver. The Premier's department says its

investigation found no evidence

Mr Woodham acted inappropriate

ly. It's a royal milestone

that's passed quietly. The

Queen has eclipsed her great

great grandmother as the oldest

British non,. Victoria died

when she was 81 years and 243

days old. Queen Elizabeth

passed that mark today. She was

just 11 when her father was

crowned but by her own

coronation in 1953, she'd

already won the nation's

heart. The moments of the

Queen's crowning is come. The

Queen has lived through decades

of momentous change, from

post-war austerity to a --

osstairty to a multicultural

nation presiding over a quality

rather than an empire. She's

gone through the seismic events

of the 20th century - the Cold

War and through the space age

and the a war on terror and the

Beatles and the Internet. She's

known 11 Prime Ministers from

Winston Churchill to Gordon

Brown and she showst little

sign of slowing down. She

regards her work as a life-long

vocation. I see no reason why a

decade from now she shouldn't

still be on the throne, happily

reigning. Because of the

Queen's high profile, a

consistent 70% of Britons want

the office of it monarchy to

remain. She's the most

photographed, documented and

filmed monarch as well as the

oldest. British TV is currently

airing a series on the monarchy

at work, revealing candid

glimpses of the Queen. While

she's overtaken her great great

grandmother Victoria's record

as Britain's oldest monarch,

she'll need to survive another

eight years if she's to become

Britain's longest-reigning

monarch, ruling Britain for

more than 63 years and seven

months. Tonight's top story - the Federal Courtopethens door

for Dr Mohammed Haneef to

return to Australia. Still to

come, wet, windy and wild, a

look at the weekend weather.

It's lights, camera and lots of

action. Film and television

production in Australia is up

by 70% in the past year. TV

drama is responsible for some

of the rise, the rest is down

to-Australia's growing

reputation for locations and

production skills. Increased production of television drama

accounts for much of the growth

in Australia's film and TV

industry. Expenditure by local

TV producers jumped more than

20% in the last financial

year. There is a real passion

for good Australian drama with

the audience and we've known

that for years but it's just

been a bit of a slog to get the

commercial networks to

understand that. Cinematic

production is up too,

particularly by international

producers despite the relatively strong Australian

dollar. We've got very

flexible and efficient crews,

great locations, great physical

facilities. We're renowned for

our diverse locations and in

particular renowned for our

talent behinds the scenes and

in fronts of the camera. Talent

such as Nicole Kidman and Baz

Luhrmann who are currently down

under shooting the high budget

epic 'Australia'. All up, film

and television production last

year rose 68% to $625 million.

And the outlook is bright, with

George Miller's next movie and

Hugh Jackman's 'X-Men'

spin-off, Wolverine, expected

for production at Sydney's Fox

Studios. The disreef will

benefit from a 40% tax rebate

for if improducers expected to

kick in next year. When it

kicks, you'll see a dramatic

difference in Australian film

production both in terms of

number of titles and also in

terms of levels of budgets.

And it really will set the

scene for the Australian film

industry to become much more

sustainable. And there's hope

it will mean more A-grade

Hollywood-based actors and

directors will come back to

Australia to make their films.

In finance, the Australian

share market's longest losing

streak in five years has come

to an end. After more than a

week of losses, the market

finished higher. Finally it's

safe to look at your share

portfolios, at least until

Monday. The All Ordinaries

ended the day almost 65 points

higher but it's still the worst

week in four months. Banks of

all types were back in favour,

at least today, with National

Australia Bank and Macquarie

among the bigger winners. There

was no joy in the property

trust sector. US investment

trust sector. US investment

bank bear Stern Reported a loss

due to the subprime crisis.

Like Australia, Asian markets

gained ground. Moodies released

its latest report on

Australia's high risk loan

sector and expects delinquency

as to get worse. Moodies isn't

worried because Australia's

subprime market is about 3% of subprime market is about 3% of

all loans. In the US it's 25%

and here lenders have lent up

to 90% of an asset's value, as

opposed to 110% in the US. And

this is one of the reasons the

Reserve Bank's nart too worried

just yet either. This graph

shes the rich are holding most

of the debt. In other words,

more than 80% of wealthy households have some type of

households have some type of

debt, compared with over 30% in

the lowest income desiles. On

commodity markets, gold jumped

over the US $400 mark, the

Australian dollar was mostly

higher, trading just above

86.25 US cents. That's finance.

The chairman and co-founder of

the electrical retailer Bing

Lee has died in Sydney, he was

75. Ken Lee was synonymous with

the catchphrase "Come meet my

team" and that memorable

jingle. His business flare and

leadership helped to make the

company a multimillion-dollar

success story. Ken Lee spent

his life building the electrical retail chain he

start would his father. This

year, the company celebrated

its 50th anniversary. I enjoy

to see people buying from me,

look afring the person, the

person come back again. The

family fortune began in

Sydney's western suburbs in 1957.

# I like Bing Lee #

The retailer now boasts 35

outlets across the ACT and NSW.

It was a rags to riches life

for the 75-year-old who was

born in China. When he was

seven, his father Bing Lee left

for Australia to find work.

If you battle a life, it will

make the life so much richer,

don't you think? Ken Lee was

17 when he was reunite would

his father. The pair started

wu, together in the family

fruit shop, the beginning of a

life-long partnership. My

dream was to go further with my

study but unfortunately,

clearly I could not continue my

study. In 1959, Ken Lee married

Yenda, they had two sons,

Lionel and Greg, but the family

always came second to work. No

other interests but business,

making money. When Bing Lee

died in 1987, Ken and his

brother sedric took over the

business. Now it will be passed

on again, this time to his

eldest son Lionel. From 13, I

just knew that I was going to

go into that business. A

company spokesman says Lionel

Lee has been groomed for the

role over many years and it's

business as usual, just as Ken

Lee would have wanted it. The

big boats in this year's Sydney

to Hobart yacht race look set

for a fast trip south. The

Weather Bureau's early forecast

suggests the race record set by

'Wild Oats' two years ago could

be under threat. The record is

on, that's the clear message

from the Weather Bureau for the

leading line honours contenders

in this year's Sydney to Hobart

race. For a period of 24

hours, there will be a fresh

northeasterly backing to

north-westerly flow which will

get the race off to a flying

start. If the prevailing

northerlies freshen, they'll

improve the chances of 'Wild

Oats''s 2005 mark - 1 day, cane

hours and 40 minutes and 40

seconds - being smashed. A weak

southerly change on day two

isn't expected to trouble the

bigger boats but will give hope

to those in handicap contention

which should be in Bass

Strait. We keep coming with a

west southwesterly with the jib

top up and get our handicap

time back and then the race

starts again off the Tassie

coast. The Indian cricket team

sudapting to the Melbourne

culture but isn't getting much

meaningful practice. Rain

washed out all but 10 overs on

day two of the game against

Victoria. Australia isn't lull

under to a false sense of

security. Touring teams in the

past have struggled when we've

played them in Perth, struggled

to get form on the board early.

Come Boxing Day, everything

will be different. Brett Lee is

eagerly awaiting his tussle

against Sachin Tendulkar who is

probably on his final

Australian tour. We're looking

at the world's greatest batsmen

as far as Test hundreds. Saurav

Ganguly was the only batsman

out today, falling for 59 to

give Allan Wise his fourth

wikst. More rain is forecast

for the third and final day

tomorrow. Anxious to protect

the integrity of its Grand Slam

tournament, tennis Australia

has established an anti-corruption commission.

This year the sport has been

plagued by allegations of

match-fixing. Alessio di Mauro

was banned for four months and

Nikolay Davydenko investigated.

Jeer we're heightening the awareness of this particular

issue with all of the players,

all the accredited people who

will be involved in the

Australian Open. The program

can is being run in conjunction

with Victoria police and an

international fraud body. For

decades it's housed a globally

respected record of Australia's

role in two world wars. Now the

Australian War Memorial has

unveiled a new $25 million

exhibition which showed our

armed forces at war and in

peace-keeping operations since

1945. It's a multimedia feast

for the senses, putting the

visitor at the centre oaf it

the action. This Iroquois hell

commenter from the Vietnam war

is the centre piece of the war memorial's new suite of

galleries. Three years in

themericing, the exhibition

explores the experiences of

Australia's soldiers, sailors

and airmen since the Second

World War. This was the area

of the conflicts we felt wasn't

well covered and we didn't want

to be constantly

apologising. HMAS Brisbane saw

active service in Vietnam and

the first Gulf War. The ship's

bridge and gun are one of the

larger attractions. These

exhibits combine with the

latest multimedia techniques to

tell the story of the armed

forces over the last 50 years.

People will take away more

knowledge about the Korean War

and Vietnam and other conflicts

that are covered. The

interactive displays put the

war memorial at the cutting

edge around the world but have

also prompted accusations they

celebrate and even glorify war

but those behind the exhibition say

say the criticisms are

misplaced. They commemorate

and record what the soldiers

went through in the defence of

the basic principles the

Australians hold dear

today. The galleries will be

open from tomorrow until

January, the official opening

is February. Let's take a look

at the weather now. A severe

weather warning for strong to

galeforce winds is dprurnt the

southeast of the State. The

strongest gusts will be around

the south coast. We also have a

storm and rain band which is

expected to produce localised

flooding overnight and

tomorrow, again particularly

through the southern inland and

ranges and a band of severe

thunderstorms is moving through

the south and west of the State

and producing heavy rain and

severe winds. We have a quick

look at the radar and if you're

wondering what the fuss is

about, there is the rain band

and the severe line of

thunderstorms extends from

Wagga Wagga all the way to


As a low pressure system

intensifies over Victoria, a

band in the south moves through

NSW and strong to galeforce

winds ahead of the low shifts

cooler and drier southwesterly

during the day, clearing the

rain as it starts to cross the

rain. The chance of moderate to

heavy falls ahead of that, with

most areas of NSW receiving 15

to 25mm with heavier falls on

the slopes and ranges. Please

be careful on the roads because

we are going to see atrocious

driving conditions.

Thanks, Graham. Tonight's top

stories - the Federal

Government says it won't stop

Mohammed Haneef returning to

Australia after a decision to

reinstate the Indian doctor's

work visa. Convicted terrorism

supporter David Hicks will have

to obey strict controls when

released from jail next week

and Japan has announced it's

abandoning plans to kill up to

50 humpback whales as part of

this year's hunt in the

Southern Ocean. That's ABC News

for now. I'll be back with

updates during the even and the

late news at 10:45. Have a great weekend.

Closed Captions by CSI

Tonight on the 7:30 report,

the Sydney to Hobart race -

rare footage of the way it was

50 years ago. It's a real

treasure-trove we've come

across. And Clarke and Dawe at

school with our new PM. You've

been on a school trip? The

environmental science outing to

Bali. Did you enjoy that? I

loved it, I got my photo in the

paper. And you spoke at it? I

did. Said you were going to do something about climate change. I am. What are you

going to do about that? I'm

gonna fix it.

CC Welcome to the program.

As the year draws to a close,

Australians have learned a new

phrase no-one would have