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Tonight - in control, the

Premier wields the axe. I spoke

to him last night and again

today and the Premier gave me

no reason. World leaders shy

away from emissions targets.

At home, farmers off the hook. We are absolutely

committed on this side of the

table to doing what we are able

to to get a deal. And, Tiger in

the zone to clinch the Masters.

Good evening, Jeremy Fernandez

with ABC News. The Premier has

wielded the axe within his

Cabinet and dumped two of its

highest profile ministers.

He's taken out right-wing

powerbroker Joe Tripodi and the Primary Industries Minister Ian

MacDonald, crushing the

leadership plots that have

dogged his premiership. The

move brings a new start for the

troubled Labor Government.

Last year's Labor conference

spelt political death for

Morris Iemma, this time the

shoe was on the foot for the

Premier, a new-found power to

hire and fire and a green light

from the senior echelons. And I

fully back it. The Deputy PM

delivered the message in

person. The Labor way is to

celebrate the best of the past,

while always being prepared to

renew for the future. Ian

MacDonald already knew his

fate. The Premier telephoned

him earlier in the morning to

demand his resignation. No

reasons were given, but he's

been linked to the leadership aspirations of John Della Bosca. I'm sure the Premier's

got lot to say about this

matter today, I've got nothing

to say. Thanks, ladies and

gentlemen. The right-wing

powerbroker Joe Tripodi

delivered the votes to enable

Nathan Rees to become Premier,

but didn't expect the tables to

turn. The Premier gave me no

reasons. I've had two

discussions, last night and

today and the Premier gave me

no reasons as to why I should

resign. Some in the party

believe Mr Tripodi is electoral

poison, but he denies

whiteanting his leader. I know

for a fact that you all know that I have been nothing other

than Nathan Rees. Tony Kelly

survives and believes there won't be a leadership

challenge. I can't see it.

There's got to be a reshuffle

and he's got to be allowed to

get on with the job. Into the

Cabinet come Paul Macleay, who

was told to fly back from Hong

Kong last night, and Peter

Primrose, who's been the Legislative Council President.

Amanda Fazio will now preside

over the Upper House. The

Premier announces the new portfolio responsibilities

tomorrow and is expected to promote Emergency Services

Political Reporter Matt Minister Steve Whan. State

Wordsworth joins us live from

Parliament House. How much

will this go towards ending leadership speculation against

Nathan Rees? A long way. They

say a week is a long time in

politics, how's a weekend? This

leadership question is not on

anybody's lips at the moment.

Joe Tripodi was the one who said today, this is

unprecedented power in the

Premier's hands. He can wield it to demand authority and

discipline, but let's just wait

to see what the polls do and

see if he gets a bump from it

before we can completely dismiss the leadership

speculation for Nathan Rees.

Publicly, the Opposition is

saying all Nathan Rees has done

is consign some unpopular

factional hacks and replace

them with unknown factional

hacks, but privately they'll

say this has strengthened

Nathan Rees. State Political

Reporter Matt Wordsworth, thank

you. There's been another

setback in the campaign to

control climate change. APEC

leaders have put the issue in

the too-hard basket. The APEC

summit made progress on free

trade and economic recovery but dropped a major clause on

emissions targets. This was

the last big international

meeting before the crucial

Copenhagen summit next month. Chief political correspondent Mark Simkin reports from Singapore, where the Prime

Minister called on leaders to

take the initiative. APEC is

doing something to reduce

greenhouse gas emmissions. The

leaders traded their limos for

a cleaner and more fuel

efficient mode of transport.

But the road to a serious

agreement is a lot more international climate change

treacherous. There's a lot of

pessimism in the international community at the moment about

our ability to craft an outcome

at Copenhagen. It's going to

be tough as all hell, but let me tell you I believe everyone

is seeking right now to put

their best foot forward. Mr

Rudd put his foot forward by

hosting a breakfast for leaders, including Barack

Obama. Climate change was the

only subject on the menu.

Officials say they agreed it's

unrealistic to think Copenhagen

will deliver a legally binding

agreement. Underlying the

challenge, the final APEC communique scrapped a target to

halve emissions by 2050. The

current officials-led process

is running into all sorts of

difficulties and, therefore, it

is time for leaders politically

to step in. The Prime Minister

also eyed the

domestic-political climate in

his talks. He wants an

assurance Malaysia will

decriminalise people smuggling.

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Despite multiple meetings with

Indonesia did intercept another

boat heading for Australia -

and opened fire on it wounding

two Afghans. It's hardly the

Indonesian solution the

Australian Government had in mind, although the Prime

Minister says he supports a

hardline

response. People-smugglers are

ugly individuals and law

enforcement authorities across

the region will be taking harsh

measures. I say that without

reference to the details of

this particular

incident. APEC's over, but the

political challenges of people

smuggling and climate change

aren't. The Government's

offered the Coalition a major

concession in a bid to get its

Emissions Trading Scheme

through the Senate. It's

agreed to permanently exempt

agriculture from the scheme and

is considering allowing farmers

to claim carbon credits. It's

a long way from secure a deal

the Opposition would support.

From a hunger strike to dancing

dinosaurs. Everyone's eager to

have their say on climate

change, but it's the

Government's actions that are

speaking louder than anyone

else's words. After intense

negotiations with the

Coalition, the Government has

agreed to exclude agriculture

completely from its Emissions

Trading Scheme. Backing down

on its original proposal to

leave it out for only the first

five years. I want to get the

CPRS through, I've said this

consistently over a long period. The Government could

yet go further, giving farmers

a way to make money out of emissions trading through

generating carbon credits on

their properties. Excludeing

agriculture doesn't mean that

farmers can't be part of the

solution. We have to work

through how that will be the

case. The National Farmers' Federation's cautiously

optimistic about the changes,

which would bring Australia

into line with its major

overseas competitors. We've

been calling for this from day

one. If agriculture's

excluded, we'd want to see a

clear commitment to strong

policies like levies, like

regulation that will cut

emissions from that sector. But

the Coalition the backdown is

designed to win over is still

playing hard to get. They're

constructive talks they'll

reach a conclusion, and then

we'll make a decision. While

the Coalition's won a major

concession from the Government,

negotiations over other demands will continue when Parliament

resumes this week. But that

won't stop the Government using

its numbers to force the

legislation through the Lower

House as early as tomorrow.

The real fight will come in the

Senate. There's nothing that

will satisfy the Nationals, but

Malcolm Turnbull expects at

least one climate change

naysayer on his team, Senate

leader Nick Minchin, to fall

into line if a deal is done. He

understands the importance of

Cabinet solidarity. But the

chances of party unity are

slim. Almost 30 years ago, a group of Vietnamese asylum

seekers was rescued from a

small fishing boat in the South

China Sea. Since, they've been

searching for the sea captain

who saved their lives. Today,

they had their joyful reunion.

This woman and her family were

among the lucky ones. Of the

120 asylum seekers on this

fishing boat, five died of starivation, all children.

Several women were kidnapped by

pirates. After two weeks of

hardships, they were rescued by

a French captain. We've been

from day one, but didn't know

the language, but with the

technology of today, we managed

to find him. Oh, excited, I

wait here. It was an extended

Luong family that gathered at

Sydney Airport to be reunited

with their saviour. France

accepted the refugee family,

but years later they moved to

Australia. I just want to thank

Captain Vallerian for saving us

and another 112 people on the

boat. That's alright, but

proud for what? I did my job

only, nothing else. He'll spend

the next week at the family

home surrounded by children he acknowledges wouldn't exist

without his actions. On the

broader debate about asylum

seekers, he's diplomatic. As a

captain, my duty is to save all

people after the government has

to check which one can come in,

or which one will be. Their

dramatic journey is a

significant memory and now it's

time for some new memories for

both the Luong family and

Captain Vallerian. There have

been tearful arrivals in xra

this evening of men and women

brought to Australia as child

migrants and raised in institutions. Tomorrow morning, the Prime Minister

will offer a formal

parliamentary apology to the

people known as the forgoton

Australians. Dorothy Chernikov

came to Australia as an

11-year-old and was told she

was an orphan. The weight is

off my shoulders. My family

loved me so much. I'm on the

phone to them every week. What

was done to around half a

million Australians, forgotten

Australians and former child

migrants was very, very wrong,

very real, caused an enormous

amount of pain. The Government

has ruled out paying

compensation for the suffering

many children endured in the

institutions. And ABC1 will

broadcast the Prime Minister's

apology to the forgotten

Australians tomorrow morning at

11am. Four young men in their

early 20s have been killed in

southern NSW in a head-on

collision with a truck. The

four died instantly when their

car crossed to the wrong side

of the Hume Highway north offas

and hit a semitrailer head-on.

The driver of the truck was

taken toas Hospital with minor

head and leg injuries. Police

are yet to identify the victims

but have confirmed the car they

were travelling in was

registered in NSW. This is a

tragedy and it highlights the

need to drive safely and within

our road rules and the

condition s that exist at the

time. The highway was closed

for several hours while police

investigated the cause of the

crash. A national drug body

wants to fine parents thousands

of dollars if they supply

alcohol to teenagers in their

own home. The Australian Drug

Foundation is calling for new

laws on underage drinking to be

Australian Governments meeting considered at the Council of

next month. The proposal

coincides with a crackdown in

Queensland liquor stores in

adults buying alcohol for

minors in the lead-up to

Schoolies Week. Australia's

binge drinking culture starts

young. Statistics from the

Australian Drug Foundation show

a third of 12-17-year-olds are

boozing at harmful levels. We

are aware of cases in which

young people have died after

being supplied alcohol by

people other than their

parents, and in other cases

young people have suffered

grievous industry. The Drug

Foundation wants adults slapped

with hefty fines for providing

alcohol to minors on private

property without their parents'

permission. Queensland, NSW

and Tasmania already have tough

measures in place. Now we think

that's a protection that's

worth extending to the entire

country. It's writing to

parents via schools warning of

the dangers of alcohol and

calling for nationally

consistent legislation. We're

not going to get over this

problem until governments and

the community and law en

forcement officers act

together. In Queensland, liquor

chain stores and Crime Stoppers

have teamed up to crack down on

the secondary supply of alcohol

in the lead-up to

Schoolies. Parents don't

actually realise it's against

the law and that creates some

problems for our people. Sometimes they cop a little bit

of abuse as a result of

refusing service. Customers are

being urged to dob in adults

buying alcohol to

minors. Parents would hold

suspend a bank to get extra

pocket money for kids, there's

no difference between those

circumstances and this. Some

don't think it will make a

difference. It is Schoolies

and if they don't get it from

their parents, they will from somewhere else. Schoolies

starts at the end of the week.

An early Christmas celebration

has gone horribly wrong in the

English city of Birmingham with

scores of revellers injured.

Around 60 people were crushed.

The organisers were unprepared

for the size of the crowd.

Safety barriers collapsed

against the pressure of about

20,000 people, some of whom

were trying to get closer to

the stage. Many were treated

for minor injuries on the spot,

and four were hospitalised.

The event was cancelled and an

injury is being -- and an

inquiry is being held.

Adelaide's record November heat

wave has entered its eighth day

and there's more hot weather to

come. The city has sweltered

in temperatures above 37 for

more than a week. Today's top

was 39. The heat has forced

zoos to close, charity events

to be postponed and some

weekend sports have been a

write-off. But there is some

relief ahead. We are expecting

a bit of a change to come

through tonight. There'll be a

fairly gradual change so you

won't notice it too much, but

by late this evening, I think

conditions will be a lot more comfortable. The change will be

short-lived, with temperatures

set to soar into the 40s by

Wednesday. The national Cancer

Council says teenagers are not

heeding the message that sun

baking can kill. A new

campaign uses shock tactics to

warn young people not to be a

victim, because 1700

Australians die of skin cancer

each year. The numbers have

come down, too, so that's

good. From the Sunshine Coast

to a Sydney Hospital for

chemotherapy, 20-year-old

Bianca Criaco is undergoing

treatment to fight the cancer

from a melanoma she found on

the back of her arm. There's

nothing healthy about a tan,

there really isn't. The sun

can kill you. Health

authorities are using shock

tactics to target teenagers'

love affair with the sun. There

is a killer. A new ad depicts

the beach as a crime scene. We

know that 41% of teenagers

think that it's actually

healthy to have a tan and over

70% of their friends think it's

a good look. Unfortunately our

research shows two-thirds of

teenagers do not use

sunscreen. At Bondi Beach, 1700

towels represented the deaths

from skin cancer each year. I

didn't think it was that

many. Australia has the world's

highest rate of skin cancer and

for Lisa Gilbert's dad, the

future is bleak. It's in his

lungs, his liver, his bones,

and now his brain. On the

beach, opinion is divided

whether to cover-up or not. I

don't know, I like tans. Fake

it, don't bake it. Bianca

Criaco is hoping the message

gets through. Tiger Woods is

the Australian Masters

champion. He was back to his

dominant best today at Kingston

Heath. The world No.1 fired a

final round 68 to win by 2 from

Western Australia's Greg

Chalmers and Woods says he'd

like to return to try and win a

second gold jacket. After a

shaky third round, Tiger Woods

started the final day like a

different man. He birdied the

first, but so did fellow leader

Greg Chalmers. James Nitties

also moved to 11 under. Jason

Dufner reacted quickly from

yesterday's poor finish. On

the fifth, the world No.1 moved

into the outright lead. In an

ominous sign for the rest of

the field, Woods was hitting

his straps. Trailing by two

shots, Chalmers needed to

respond. But his putter let

him down as he bogeyed the 8th,

with Tiger on song and

Australian victory, it would

require some special golf. And

a few more stray photographers

as Tiger dropped the first shot

of his round. That camera guy

got me right in my swing. But a

brief opportunity for the field was closed on the next

hole. They love him here in

Melbourne. Nitties bogeyed the

14th levering it to Chalmers,

who was brilliant on the approach... That's pretty

special. But couldn't

capitalise on the greens. It

proved to be costly. Tiger's

finish lacked a defining

moment, but the job was done as

he donned the Masters gold

jacket, his multimillionaire dollar appearance fee looked

like money well spent, and the

question on everyone's lips,

would he be back to defend the title? I've had a great time,

are you kidding me. This has

been absolutely phenomenal. The man himself says he wants to

return in 12 months' time.

Whether his busy schedule

allows it, time will tell .

Either way, golf in Australia

has been given the boost it

desperately needed. The

Australian Rugby League captain

Darren Lockyer says he's

probably played his last Test

match in England after leading

the Kangaroos to victory in the

fourngs final. The English led

16-14 during the second half,

before the Kangaroos piled on 6

unanswered tries to run away to

a 30-point win. Glen Palmer Reports. There's been

redemption for the Kangaroos

after losing last year's World

Cup final, but it was shaky in

between. The home side put

first points on the board after

a barnstorming run from Sam

Burgess. Australia hit back

with a soft try to Brett

Morris, before Peter Fox did

something few players in the

NRL can do - he outjumped jar

jar. The Australians back

broke free A kick from Hayne was gathered in by Inglis as

the Kangaroos went to the sheds

leading 14-10 at the break.

England hit back quickly after

the resumption. Sam Burgess

was unstoppable. Two tries in

three minutes halted the

English charge in its tracks. Billy Slater's effort from

dummy half was followed by a

great try to the flying Brett

Morris. The Kangaroos were

looking for a knockout, it came accidentally when centre Michael Shenton ran into Ben

Hannant. From there, it was

all Australia as they posted

the next four tries. Slater

with a play he learnt from Greg

Inglis was special. The

Australian fullback's next try

was enough to break the hearts

of the 32,000 strong home

crowd. To prove a point, the

Kangaroos ran in two more tries

in the final minutes, earning

praise from coach Tim Sheens

for keeping their

composure. Really, the way they

held together, I think, is the

great effort from this

particular side. The first

thing you feel is relief.

We're always favourites to

win. To truly erase their World

Cup demons, Australia will be

gunning for the Kiwis next

year. The Socceroos have kept

their Asian championships

campaign on track, but had to

dig deep to overcome Oman in their latest qualifying match.

Australia went a goal down

early after defender Rhys

Williams was sent off, but hit

back to win 2-1 to remain on

top of its group. The

Socceroos needed 3 points in

this away match to close in on

a place at the Asian Cup

finals. But it all went pear

shaped after 15 minutes when

defender Rhys Williams flirted

with danger in the penalty box.

Mark Schwarzer chose correctly

to save the penalty, but

striker Khalifa was on hand for

the follow-up. Reduced to 10

for the remaining 75 minutes,

Australia played steadily and

found an equaliser when Marco Bresciano set up Luke Wilkshire

late in the first half. Schwarzer saved brilliantly

several times to keep the

game. Schwarzer saves Australia Socceroos in the

again. Before Brett Emerton

chimed in late at the far post

to clinch full points. It's

very difficult when you're a

man down, but again we worked

hard as a team. We had the self-belief and also the

quality to get back in the game

and even win the game. With

games to come against Kuwait

and Indonesia, the Socceroos

are all but assured of a

dance-in into the 2011

championships in adequata. On

an even bigger stage, Australia and New Zealand appear together at the World Cup final force

the first time. A lone goal

against Bahrain ensured the All

Whites will be at South Africa

2010, their first World Cup

appearance since 1982. Mark

Paston's goal keeping effort

maintained the advantage.

There were excited celebrations

across the rugby-loving nation

and congratulations from the

All Blacks currently on tour in

Europe. NSW fielded most of

its international players, but

the big-name Blues were

upstaged by Tasmania in the

1-day game at North Sydney

Oval. Chasing 272, Tasmania

reached the target with 4 overs

to spare. George Bailey top

scored for the Tigers. Duncan

Huntsdale reports. It was almost Tasmania versus

Australia, with NSW boasting eight national representatives

and another one in the crowd.

Phillip Hughes and David Warner

combined for 55 runs before

Hughes was trapped in front by

Brendan Drew. Returning from a back injury, Michael Clarke was

soon back in the dressing room

after being run out for 8.

Tasmania steadily worked its

way through the star-studded

line-up. A former Blue produced

a red-hot effort to remove Brad Haddin.

COMMENTATOR: A great catch and

a screamer at deep mid

off. There won't be too many

better catches this summer.

One of the few NSW players that

hasn't worn the Australian

colours tore into the Tasmanian

bowlers and at age 20, Steve

Smith has plenty of time to

reach higher honours. He

smashed a career best 81 off

only 59 balls as the Blues set

Tasmania 272 for victory.

Returning from an elbow injury

and looking to force his way

into the team for the first

Test, Brett Lee's patience was

tested. Hughes injured his

finger in the process, X-rays

revealed there was no break.

Brett Lockyer lost his grip on

a promising innings and was run

out for 32. The match winning

partnership for the Tigers was

between Travis Birt and George

Bailey. Bailey made 81 and

Birt belted an unbeaten 71 as

Tasmania cruised to its second

win of the season in the 1-day

competition. Suddenly, there

are more pickers than you can

poke a twig at. With the

cherry season just getting into

full swing, growers have had to

tell thousands of backpackers

not to bother packing. But

hundreds more are on the ground

and waiting in line. A glut of

cherry pickers from around the

world. Geoff Sims reports from

Young, the self-billed cherry

capital of Australia.

Cherries, cherries, cherries

but an even bigger bunch of pickers. Unbelievable, probably

in excess of 5,000 inquiries

since the beginning of

September. 5,000 people wanting

work on one orchard that has

enough for just 456789 They

send them in September. Booked

it early. The growers are

cherry picking the pickers. Probably five times

more than previous years. Most

of the cherries need more warm

nights before they're ready.

For penniless pickers that's

more nights camped out. That's

nature, you can't do anything

about the weather. Yeah, we're

pretty broke right now, so we

have to earn something. They've

come from Europe. Many more

from Asia. My purpose is to

work and yes money, most

important. But it doesn't grow

on trees. Inside, out of the

heat, packers have the plum

job. In part, the popularity

of picking and packing is

because of Australia's economic

success in the face of the

global financial crisis. We've

become a victim of our own

national trumet

blowing. Australia is seen as a

very good country to be in.

We've told the rest of the

world how well we've done

economically. But it hasn't

filtered through to putting

breakfast on the table for most

backpacker pickers yet. We had

a coffee and a

carrot. Yesterday, I ate a

fly. Did you cook it? No! And

there's the promise of more

where that came from, but also

some work as the picking picks

up pace into the new year. We

will find work for each and

every one of them, most

definitely. Then the backpacker

pickers will be sent packing.

Time for a look of the weather.

Sydney hit a top of 25 degrees

today, 1 above the average.

cloud over WA and South

Australia only causing rain

inland. Patchy cloud over

southern and central NSW is

bringing a few light showers

near the ranges. Hot northerly

winds will move through western

Victoria and NSW ahead of a

trough. But onshore winds will

keep conditions mild near the

coast.

Tonight's top stories again -

the Premier Nathan Rees has

wielded new powers to sack

frontbenchers Joe Tripodi and

Ian MacDonald. Asia-Pacific

leaders have backed away from

plans to halve greenhouse gas

emmissions by 2050. Instead they're pledging to substantially cut them by that

date. And, a Vietnamese group

of asylum seekers who were

rescued in the South China Sea

nearly 30 years ago have been

reunited with the captain who

found them. That's the news

for now. I'll be back with an

update in about an hour. For

now, goodnight.

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