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(generated from captions) can hardly wait to get home. Barnaby Joyce After two weeks in Canberra, six hours west of Brisbane. St George, in the Senate. for or against the sell-off to decide whether he should vote Queensland National Party machine He says that's why it's up to the could wipe out the National Party. that the full sale of Telstra is warning Key Queensland Senator Barnaby Joyce ABC News, Sydney. Deborah Rice, the summit will go ahead as planned. The Prime Minister's office says then we'll succeed. and look after the community, the people that does the work he has to come to the grass root, If the Prime Minister, especially its youth. many within the Muslim community, claims the federation has alienated of NSW, also omitted, But the Supreme Islamic Council had been left off. that the Lebanese Muslim Association It says even it was surprised for next week's summit. in drawing up the invitation list that it was in any way involved of Islamic Councils denies The Australian Federation the reality and the real issues. rather than having to deal with might be a rather cosmetic exercise I am very concerned that this summit of the summit has been ignored. says its direct appeal to be part represent most Muslims in Australia, a moderate group which claims to Muslim Association, However, Sydney's Lebanese at Australia's largest mosque. the most senior imam And Sheikh Taj Aldin Alhilali, for Australia's Muslims, which says it's the peak body Federation of Islamic Councils, are the president of the Australian hand-picked to attend Among the 14 men and women have been left off the guest list. Sheikh Mohammad Omran Radicals such as Melbourne's we want to discourage extreme views. who have an extreme view, I see no merit in inviting unrepresentative people is actually fuelling tension. the exclusion of some Muslim groups He's dismissed suggestions that to violence. and counter inflammatory calls to enhance social cohesion he's meeting Islamic leaders The Prime Minister says Australian Muslims. who best represents can't decide But even moderate groups be included. that extremist elements any notion The Prime Minister rejects Australia's Muslim communities. has sparked new dissent within the Prime Minister's Islamic summit should attend The debate over which groups with ABC News. Good evening. Felicity Davey make their last stand in Gaza. And Israeli settlers desalination plant. The surprise go-ahead for Sydney's advertisements again under fire. The Government's workplace from Government talks. over exclusions Tonight - Muslim disquiet This program is captioned live.

according to the Government. It's a scurrilous claim, raises perceptions of corruption. who says government advertising Senate's top officer, Harry Evans, The criticism has come from the but not from Labor or the unions. relations advertising, over its industrial a fresh attack The Federal Government is facing ABC News, Canberra Jim Middleton, for the PM. and probably all too real, less than a laughing matter, But so far (laughs) Unreal. fortnight in Canberra - And how he found his first No, I don't think you could. as it stands? Will he support the legislation union fees is misbegotten. to abolish compulsory student all-or-nothing push He also thinks the Government's shake-up. the PM's industrial relations whether he will support He still won't say is keeping his powder dry. on which Senator Joyce Telstra's not the only subject got a phone on the wall. but everybody's Not everybody owned a gun, could be wiped out. and the Nationals warns Senator Joyce Get Telstra wrong, State seats to One Nation. handing no fewer than 11 National Party dearly, which he says cost the Queensland He's harking back to gun control, as the GST was for the Democrats. as dangerous to the Nationals is a make-or-break issue - Telstra, says Barnaby Joyce, to talk to whomever they like. are entitled or the Senate of the House of Representatives whether they're members Members of parliament, a strategy session this evening. with whom he's holding management committee, of the Queensland National Party's by the 47 members He says his vote will be determined the end of a corridor in Canberra. You cannot get that by sitting at will guide his decision. the views of Queenslanders and he says Telstra package succeeds, whether or not John Howard's Senator Joyce's vote will decide and whatever he thinks, goes. Stick to his guns so, get the best we can get for it. They've got to sell it, for their Senator. who've got plenty of advice the people of St George, Not to mention with cattle and sheep. you know, you're dealing the smell of the grass, you've got the trees, the wind on your face, Feel the sun on your face,

another sharp response. Clerk it comes to my mind, that if you don't like the laws passed by the parliament, you know, stiff cheese is a phrase that tends to come to mind. Mr Evans says he's employed to give frank advice. If you only keep advisors is totally correct and perfect, to say that everything you've done then not much good keeping them at all. But Eric Abetz says That's drawn for its spending. to be held more accountable for the government Harry Evans is calling let's say, of using amphetamines. that I suspect that the clerk has engaged in some sort of misbehaviour without any evidence at all, that I suspect without any evidence, as false and vexatious, and says they should be investigated. Narda Gilmore, ABC News, Canberra. The Premier Morris Iemma says Sydney will get a desalination plant, drought or no drought. Former Premier Bob Carr had announced a final decision on the plant would not be taken for 12 months, and it would depend on the status of the drought. But Morris Iemma has brought the decision forward. What we do know is that there is a drought. The drought will break at some time and it will be followed by other droughts or other prolonged periods in which we have water issues. as scurrilous. a claim the government describes is tantamount to corruption - some government advertising there are suspicions Mr Evans says is questionable to say the least. about that To have an advertising campaign are a prime example. Industrial Relations reforms, ads on the government's proposed He says are used for political advantage. ad campiagns that taxpayer funded there's a widespread perception He's told a Senate inquiry, is on government advertising. and his latest attack isn't afraid to criticise, Harry Evans both Labor and Liberal governments. and a thorn in the side of for 17 years He's been clerk of the Senate he's fast losing patience and has asked the president of the Senate to counsel Mr Evans. and has asked the president of the Senate to counsel Mr Evans. The government warns the clerk's comments could damage the impartiality of his position. Senator Abetz has described Mr Evans allegations

"I'm going to adopt recycling." He's gone exactly the wrong way. The Government is now waiting on an environmental impact statement for the Kurnell site, and expressions of interest from construction companies, expected by the end of this year. 16 children born in Australia to asylum seeker parents Justice Walker tells the ABC's 'Stateline' tonight that the Wran Government made a tragic mistake in not fully funding the Richmond report's recommendations and allowing mental health to run down. It's one of the mistakes I've regretted for the rest of my life, both political and judicial. We failed to fund, as Mr Richmond recommended, community care and as a result many of these tragedies have occurred. Justice Walker admits there were no votes in mental illness, and the needs of people who suffered from it were considered a low priority. The eviction of Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip came to a head today when troops stormed a synagogue to eject protesters. All but 5 of the 21 settlements All but 5 of the 121 settlements in Gaza have now been cleared. have lost their Federal Court bid to stay in the country. One of the children, 6-year-old Janie Hwang, was taken from Stanmore Public School in March and held at Villawood Detention Centre for four months. Her lawyers appealed against an amendment to the Citizenship Act that says children can only become citizens at birth if one of their parents is a citizen or resident or when they turn 10. All the children are under that age. Lawyers for the children have 28 days to appeal to the High Court. A leading member of the Wran Government of the 1980s has admitted that failure to properly fund mental health has led to many tragic deaths. Frank Walker, QC, was attorney-general in the Wran Government and is now a District Court judge. He lost two sons to suicide after they'd suffered mental illness. The Opposition Leader says desalination is the wrong option. Morris Iemma actually had the chance to scrap this decision and say, "Listen, that was Bob Carr's decision. "I think it's wrong for Sydney.

It was the sort of violent confrontation the security forces have been trying to avoid as 150 protesters took a last stand on the roof of the synagogue of the Gaza's oldest settlement, Kfar Darom. At first they tried to lower two modified shipping containers filled with officers onto the roof, but gave up because it was feared the roof would not take the weight. They broke into the main body of the prayer hall using hydraulic jacks. As the police in full riot gear charged in they began arresting those inside, including women clinging to small children, but found the way to the roof blocked. (Protesters chant) The young men on the roof - most of them not settlers, but supporters who moved in from Israel in recent weeks - had come well prepared with missiles, sand and paint bombs, which they rained down on the police trying to cut their way through the razor wire. As the police fired water cannon filled with blue dye at the protesters, they poured acid down on the security forces. In all, 44 people were injured, 30 of them members of the security forces. Eventually, though, aided by comrades who jumped from the containers onto the roof, the police broke through and the arrests began. Elsewhere, the police operations were less violent but equally decisive. At the Gaza's largest settlement of Neve Dekalim the synagogue was again the last refuge. (Crowd chants) 1,500 people chanted, "Jews do not expel Jews" as the might of the Jewish State did just that. Peter Cave, ABC News. The chief judge of Bali's High Court has rejected suggestions convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby is about to have her 20-year sentence cut in half. The judge has told the ABC there's no truth to rumours that the court has already made its decision. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says he's also heard reports the verdict is imminent. There's a rumour that her sentence is to be halved by the Bali High Court, but we have no way of confirming those at this stage. We'll just have to wait until the judge announces the High Court's decision and I'm not sure when that's going to be. Corby's lawyers say they expect a decision in the appeal to be handed down in the next two weeks. They still hope she will be set free. Sydney seems set to host the Catholic Church's World Youth Day in 2008 which would include a visit by the Pope. A tape of the PM, John Howard, welcoming the decision has been played to the current World Youth Day in Cologne. The Federal Government has finally agreed to compensate hundreds of workers who were poisoned while repairing the fuel tanks on F-111 fighter jets. But the victims have described the payments of between $10,000 and $40,000 as paltry. For 23 years the Australian Air Force struggled to fix dangerous fuel leaks in its fleet of F-111 fighter jets. Hundreds of workers actually had to get inside the fuel tanks to re-seal them, often without adequate protective clothing. The Government regret the adverse health consequences of people who worked in this environment. Defence and civilian workers were exposed to an array of toxic chemicals. They, along with those who disposed of the chemicals, reported a range of side effects. There's blokes who've got blisters on the brain, tumours on the brain, bowel cancers. Health studies have concluded the workers suffer skin disease, heart disease, depression and breathing problems and have a 50% higher risk of cancer. After waiting years for recognition of their suffering, today's announcement of ex-gratia payments of between $10,000 and $40,000 provided little comfort. For the Government to think that $40,000 is sufficient to cover the pain and suffering is - I can't imagine what they were thinking. It's offensive, it's inadequate and it does say to these people that there is no future for you. The Federal Government says it's a fair outcome - 400 people stand to receive $40,000 each. Another 200, $10,000, depending on the level of exposure. The amount will be tax free and won't affect further compensation claims for serious illness and death. Philippa McDonald, ABC News. The James Hardie company has pleased shareholders but outraged asbestos victims with news of a bumper quarterly profit. Today's shareholder information meeting was besieged by protesters demanding that the company deliver on its compensation scheme for victims. Shareholders were outnumbered by protesters, angered that James Hardie had still not reached an agreement on the asbestos compensation scheme. We think the company is stalling and it's time the company put an end to this. The 8-month delay was taking its toll on those who did not have the luxury of time. It's certainly knocked me about, there's no two ways about that. When I started this campaign I had 40% lung capacity. I'm down now to under 20%. Inside the meeting, James Hardie chair Meredith Hellicar blamed the delay on the NSW Government and the failure, so far, to ensure that compensation payments to victims were tax deductible for the company. So victims face more of the same. Having nominated and missed three deadlines already I'm reluctant to suggest another definitive time frame for the conclusion of the negotiations. But there was a firm commitment in response to reports that Hardie directors were asking for pay rises. Your board does not believe it is appropriate to pursue such an increase until we have resolved the asbestos funding issue. Shareholders have been richly rewarded, though. Their shares have jumped 60% since May. Profit for the June quarter was almost $75 million - up 51% thanks to the booming US housing market of James Hardie's sales. Asbestos victims are hoping to tap into that success in the very near future. Phillip Lasker, ABC News. To the markets, and the Australian dollar fell below 76 US cents today, while local shares bounced back. With the details, here's Alan Kohler. The Australian dollar has now fallen two cents in a week as the US currency stages a bit of a recovery on the back of good economic news coming out of the US, based on the booming housing market there. The Aussie dollar opened a bit stronger this morning, but it drifted through the day. On the local share market, most attention was focused on rumours of a takeover offer from Toll holdings, the transport company, for Patrick Corporation, the stevedoring company that owns most of Virgin Blue. Patrick shares soared 13%, sparking a stock exchange query, but the company replied that it couldn't explain what was happening. Insurance company IAG shares slumped because of a lower-than-expected profit result, caused by a big jump in storm damage claims and a bit of a downbeat profit forecast from the management. Overall the share market rose about 0.5%, led by bounces from BHP Billiton and Coles Myer and Qantas shares went up a couple of cents American shares were more or less steady overnight - the oil price held steady after last night's big drop. Now it's worth remembering that what has caused the current oil shock is higher demand for oil, not lower supply as it was with previous oil shocks. You can see that from this graph. It shows the price in today's dollars, as opposed to dollars of the day, so it's still lower in real terms than it was in 1980, plus global oil supply. Now what caused the 1980 price spike was a big cut in supply from OPEC, but it reversed as supply recovered. This time price and production are rising together. It means the price is less likely to fall this time because demand is not as volatile as supply can be. I'll be back at 9:45am on Sunday with 'Inside Business' and the head of ASIC talking about Steve Vizard and the head of the ACCC talking about Telstra. Till then, that's finance. Surgeons are calling for a national policy on infection control, saying superbugs are endemic in every Australian hospital. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons says thousands of people are infected each year and current safeguards are not up to scratch. Surgeons say Australian hospitals are losing the fight against superbugs and patients are dying as a result. MRSA is a penicillin-resistant form of golden staph and surgeons warn the chances of catching it are particularly high in intensive care units. They are endemic in the major hospitals. If you go into an intensive care ward after major surgery, you, in most cases, will end up getting infected with MRSA. This week Victorian health authorities confirmed MRSA has killed some patients. The infection was found in 120 patients who died in hospital in the past year. The vast majority of cases died with the superbug of other causes such as cancer, renal failure, liver failure and burns - not of the superbug. Victoria has introduced hand-washing with a new alcohol rub, but the College of Surgeons says it's not enough. I'd like to see the College of Surgeons work with us. I don't think it's very helpful to be out there bringing panic into the community. But the College wants a new national body to monitor and control infection rates. The situation in New South Wales is also alarming. There are over 4,000 cases of MRSA contracted in the hospitals last year. The Federal Health Department says it will examine the College of Surgeons' suggestions. Freya Michie, ABC News. Police expect to lay a further six charges of bestiality arrested over the alleged torture deaths of 17 rabbits against a Sydney businessman

Phil Mickelson while newly crowned PGA champion to be the best of the Australians, alongside Nick O'Hern Stuart Appleby finished two back COMMENTATOR: Quite brilliant. The finish - Shot execution - perfect. is no concern. A tiger in the woods of the PGA invitational in Ohio. after the first round and Sweden's Henrik Stenson with world number two, Vijay Singh, and share the lead to conjure up a 4-under 66 used all his skill World number one Tiger Woods The battle continues. in a semifinal. Mikhail Youzhny, or another Russian, either Andy Roddick and on track to meet against Russian Nicolay Davydenko, He's into a quarterfinal and 19 clear winners. a 90% success rate at the net included nine aces, The number-three seed's 6-1, 6-4 win game the Croatian couldn't answer. using the angles with a full-court But this was vintage Hewitt, with the backhand. COMMENTATOR: So prepared to put away Britain's Greg Rusedski. a day earlier Hewitt had struggled After all, to trouble Lleyton Hewitt. Mario Ancic was expected the most lethal serves in the game, A tall streak with one of Here's Peter Wilkins. win against Croatian Mario Ancic. Hewitt with a surprisingly one-sided in Cincinnati, of the Masters Series to the quarterfinals All three have won through Roger Federer and Andy Roddick. with matches against both to warm up for the US Open remains on target Australia's Lleyton Hewitt for the charge of bestiality. and 14 years for each aggravated cruelty charge McMahon faces two years jail to the community. on the grounds he could pose a risk The request was denied for a drug problem. to receive psychiatric treatment should be released on bail that the 36-year-old his lawyer argued In court today, in a lane near his work. were allegedly found Up to 50 dead rabbits from pet stores across the city. the 36-year-old bought the rabbits Police allege and 17 counts of aggravated cruelty. of bestiality and charged with one count last week at his Sydney office Brendan Francis McMahon was arrested and a guinea pig.

that's behind this team is massive. and already the support officially yet The league hasn't even started as well as a stint in Asia. and Parramatta after playing for Canberra to the Central Coast who's returned like Andrew Clark, more local talent the club hopes to produce With a nursery of 14,000 juniors to embrace the round ball game. the region now has an opportunity in the NRL but without a team of its own not 'A' league, normally means rugby league, Football on the Central Coast maybe fill this stadium here. and hopefully we can one day and support us I'd say the community will come down If we're winning the pre-season competition. in the final of Perth Glory Tomorrow the club will host expectations. that's already exceeded but do have a hard-working squad don't boast any superstar imports The Central Coast Mariners 'A' league season. in the lead-up to the inaugural 'A' league season. in the lead-up to the inaugural is making a surprise impact the Mariners - The region's new soccer team - the New South Wales Central Coast. not to back a team for of rugby league's decision Soccer is making the most for his 113th international. George Gregan lines up our full support. The coach and the captain both have united front all the way to the top. The Wallabies are presenting a Probably, yeah. tomorrow night? that careers might be on the line is it melodramatic to suggest REPORTER: George, the game and that's our goal. No, we have to play well to win at the moment? for Australian rugby credibility for credibility, REPORTER: Do you have to play well faces prevail in the Wallaby cocoon. Despite the burden of history, poker for the first time in 23 years. of a fourth consecutive defeat with the prospect tomorrow night against South Africa for the Australian rugby union team Reputations are on the line in June's draft. Bogut with the first pick after the Milwaukee Bucks selected in the NBA Schenscher joins Andrew Bogut all-time number of blocked shots. which netted the fifth after a 4-year US college career The 214cm centre steps up joining NBA side the Denver Nuggets. with Luke Schenscher competition this season in the world's elite basketball Australia will have two players is three shots back at 1 under.

rights to the Central Coast stadium. who owns the marketing John Singleton, but have been helped by businessman financial problems The fledgling team has had for a team of their own. been crying out The Central Coast has always that hasn't even started yet. for a competition It's getting investment what's going to happen. There's been a lot of wait and see and getting behind it. their hands in their pockets The local businesses are now putting Other sponsors have followed. is an international standard product that what they're seeing I think Australia like to know more of the home crowd. Now they want throughout the world. the singers have wooed audiences Aged from 22 to 34, more than 200 live shows a year. It's a team effort - polished by with a national tour. tonsils on Australian audiences Now they're about to test their Europe and Asia. from a tour of North America, The Ten Tenors have just returned that hails from Queensland. the Ten Tenors, a fast emerging classical group, but few Australians know about Sydney Conservatorium tenors preparing for their first major performance. But they weren't always so confident themselves, especially their first time in Berlin. We were pretty scared the first time we went, we didn't know what to expect. Three Tenors, and if you're an Australian you have to work harder to prove that. Nine of them met at Queensland's Conservatorium of Music. The ring-in is Shannon Brown from Wollongong, Nine of them met at Queensland's Conservatorium of Music. The ring-in is Shannon Brown from Wollongong, talent-spotted in a schools competition. The idea of travelling and singing and getting paid for it was probably the best job for a guy coming out of high school. With so many concerts behind them, the singers were happy to give tips to novice Europe gave us the famous Gosford. Duncan Huntsdale, ABC News, when the two teams meet again. 'A' league competition next week for the first round of the some of its best players with Perth saving tomorrow The Mariners have an improved chance We came out into this cabaret tent which was our first international performance and these people went crazy. (Tenors sing 'Staying Alive') Their repertoire spans the classics to a pop song made famous nearly 30 years ago by that other Brisbane group, the Bee Gees. And like sports teams, constant travel provides tensions and temptations. How do you guys behave after hours? Oh, geez. (Laughs) What goes on tour stays on tour. The rule applies. (Laughs) # ..Staying alive... # To the weekend weather. And Mike Bailey, is there any rain on the way? Some, but not much, Felicity. Good evening. Cloud with a gusty change is bringing showers already to parts of the southern inland. That cloud also moved over Sydney early enough to stop temperatures reaching forecast levels, but the coastal range of 11 to 22 degrees produced a top that's 3 above average. Temperatures were mild to warm enough for this time of year. Not too much rain - 1 mm at UKo The wettest main centre was Adelaide. Pre-frontal cloud moving into NSW.

Some rain as it passes . Showers expected about south-east of continent. Severe weather warning for Alpine areas. Sydney - rain in morning with cloud but clearing later. And that's ABC News for this Friday night. I'm Felicity Davey. 'Stateline' with Quentin Dempster is next. And 'Lateline' tonight is at 10:50. For now, good night.