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Tonight - dozens dead - more

missing, after a quake rocks

Java signs of the time, credit

or political ad. A teenage girl

loses her dad, then her home.

Surf lessons for seniors. You

are never too old to learn.

Good evening, Juanita Phillips

with ABC News. Emergency workers in workers in Indonesia have begun

pulling bodies from the

buildings destroyed in

yesterday's earthquake, scores

died, it's feared there are

more victims beneath the

rubble. In one remote village a

row of houses were buried in a

landslide. Roads are so badly

damaged emergency crews haven't

been able to get earthmoving

equipment through. Geoff

Thompson reports from the Quake

zone in West Java. The quake

struck in the middle of the afternoon shaking buildings

across Java. In the capital

Jakarta panicked office workers

rushed to the streets, "The

airconditioner in my room broke

off, I was on the 20th

floor". Closer to the epicentre

damage was worse. There was no

time to get injured to hospital

by nightfall. Authorities set

up makeshift outdoor medical


TRANSLATION: I was in my house

when the quake struck. I waited

a moment and ran out as the

roof tiles crashed on my head. Survivors huddled

together, each aftershock

bringing fears another deadly

quake would follow. With

daylight came the realisation

that the death toll would

climb. The quake triggered a

landslide in Cianjur. Rescuers

began to pull the bodies from

the rubble. There's one happy

story. Indonesia's

story. Indonesia's President

Chris Uhlmann visited the site Chris Uhlmann visited the

of the disaster in Cianjur, and

stopped at a house where the

family says a baby was born

because of the earthquake.

Stories of horror are more

common. This local man said 34

bodies are buried in the

rubble. In the town of

Pangalengan residents were too

scared to stay in buildings.

Many people can't afford to

rebuild their homes, no aid

came so far, I hope the

Government will help us rebuild

our houses. The Australian

Government says it's ready to

help in a request comes. We

fear that the fatality rate

will rise, we'll have to be

patient in that respect. Our

hearts go out to Indonesia

suffering this terrible

tragedy. Indonesia is hoping

this disaster will not reach a

scale where international help

is needed. The Taliban struck a

significant blow against the

Government in Afghanistan. Deputy Head of the National Government in Afghanistan. The

Intelligence Agency is among 22

people killed in a suicide bombing. Abdullah Larg-Marn's

car was destroyed by the blast.

The bomb exploded outside a

mosque in the country's

east When he came out, while he

was getting into his vehicle, a

suicide attacker from this area

run into his vehicle, exploded

himself. 35 people were himself. 35 people were injured

in the attack. Police have

evacuated homes in Sydney's

south-west in the hunt for a

gunman, a street in Roselands

was cordoned off this afternoon

as armed police searched

properties. Staff at a nearby properties. Staff at a

childcare centre were caught up

in the dramatic. Police in the dramatic. Police say

they were looking for a suspect they were looking for a

in the attempted armed robbery

at a bank in Lakemba today. A at a bank in Lakemba today.

number of shots were fired,

no-one was injured. Claiming

that's what the Federal credit where credit is due,

Government thought it was doing

when it insisted on having

signs put outside every school

benefitting from stimulus work.

Now it's in a sticky situation,

because the Electoral

Commission is asking whether

those signs constitute political advertising and that

is not allowed. The solution, a

cover-up using 5,000 stickers,

from Canberra Chief Political Correspondent Mark Simkin

reports. As the Prime Minister

demonstrated at the MCG this morning, Government's love

leaving their mark on things,

footballs, even schools. It's

compulsory for schools

receiving stimulus money to

erect taxpayer funded signs erect taxpayer funded

giving the Government credit

and the Opposition

heartburn. $3.8 million for

display signs praising the

Government for its apparent

greatness. The signs will still

be up during the next election, when many of the schools will

become polling stations. The become polling stations.

Electoral Commission warned the

Government the signs may breach

electoral laws. During election

campaigns there may need to be

some signage moved if within 6 some signage moved if within

metres ast polling booth. 5,000

existing signs will need to be

changed so they are authorised

like other forms of political

promotion. This is another

bungle in a long list of

bungles from a bungling

Minister. If the Liberal Party

thinks this is some sort of

win, they are kidding

themselves. The Government says

it doesn't know how much it

will cost to rewrite the signs

or whaping signs promoting

other - changing signs

promoting other projects. Federal Opposition wants the promoting other projects. The

financial taps to be turned

off. We have ka called on the

Government to reduce the

stimulus pumped into the

economy. One State Liberal

wants it to keep lining. It

would be too soon for the

Government to pull back. Continued emergency

expepd tour is no longer

required. Far too early,

premature to argue for a

reduction in that expenditure. Never stand

between a State Treasurer and a

Federal hand-out. The Federal

Government has ordered an

inquiry into the contamination

square on the Collins Class

submarines, as the ABC revealed

last night maintenance on the

subs has been banned because

workers could be poiched by the

heavy metal cadmium, the six

Collins submarines are crucial

to Australia's defence to Australia's defence and

there are concerns delays to maintenance could interfere

with crew training or leave gaps in the front-line

force. Naturally the Government

is cognisant of the issue of

the submarines operational

availability and the Government

can get has been assured if needs be we

can get a submarine to sea

quickly. Four submarines out of

the fleet of six are currently

being tested for contamination.

The Government says the others

will be tested as soon as

possible. Australia could soon

be forging closer ties with the Chinese military through war

games, the US and Australia are

interested in engaging China in

three-way exercises in the

Pacific. The Prime Minister

says it would bolster

transparency and cooperation,

China's representative in

Australia agrees it could

improve relations. Anything

that is conducive to the peace

and stability of the region,

we'll study it. Despite recent

tensions between Canberra and

Beijing, the Chinese ambassador

says the relationship is solid. The inquiry into

Victoria's bushfire disaster

heard that crucial evidence on

the firefighting effort has

gone missing, hand drawn maps

showing what senior authorities

thought would be the path of

the fires are nowhere to be

found, as the spotlight fell

yet again on the Country Fire

Authority Chief Russell Rees

his deputy admitted neither he

nor his boss took any proactive

steps to make sure communities

were adequately warned. Jane Cowan reports. They are

troubling words from the troubling words from the mouth

of the second most senior officer in the Country Fire

Authority. There were no

proactive steps taken by myself

or the Chief Officer. As the

CFA State Coordinator on Black Saturday, Geoff Conway realised

about 2:00 that Kinglake was in

jeopardy That information was

fas the on to the Chief

Officer. It certainly

was. Other than telling Mr Rees

and his team, including information officers from both

the CFA and the Department of sustainability, Geoff Conway

did nothing more to check the

seriousness of the threat was

being communicated to those in

the fire's path. If that is

raised as a priority issue, why

it isn't followed up at the top

echelon. As I indicated, Mr

Rush, the ex-peck taigs is that

once we have establish ed -

expectation is that once we

have established those concerns

I have and the priorities, my

team acts on that, in the end

if there's a concern I

anticipate they would come back

to me. They didn't, three hours

elapsed before Kinglake was

warned on the CFA web site.

It's revealed that a map Geoff

Conway Hand drew showing the

path of the fires was missing,

along with a similar map made by the Fire Chief Russell

Rees. It would be expected all

maps and documents produced

would be filed. Certainly I do

remember the map. It was

there. The Commission heard the

maps would have been crucial

evidence for coronial inquiries. Another member of

the Comanchero has been the Comanchero has been charged

over the bashing murder over the bashing murder of

Anthony Zervas at Sydney

Airport. The 41-year-old man

was arrested outside his home

in Sydney's south-west

yesterday and has been charged

with one count each of murder,

riot and affray, Anthony Zervas

was attacked inside an airport

terminal in March and later

died. 12 have been charged with

died. 12 have been charged with his murder. The Northern

Territory Housing Department

apologised for throwing a

14-year-old girl on to the streets days after her father

died. The Department says her

eviction was a mistake and is investigating how it

happened. 10 minutes, happened. 10 minutes, that's

how much notice Rachel Pazos

got to pack up and get out. The

14-year-old has been living in this Housing Commission in The

Narrows with her father for

four years, he died last week,

yesterday she was told to

leave. Asked, "What are youse

doing", they said, "We are

boarding up the house and

changing the lots." He said,

"You can't stay here", I said,

"What am I supposed to

do". Neighbours and the local

members of parliament are

shocked They did a terrible

shocked They did a terrible

thing. It's heartless, it's,

you know, words fail me on

this, it's a ridiculous

situation to be in. situation to be in. The

Territory Housing Commission

says it's a complicated case

and it made a mistake. I feel

absolute remorse that we put a

young girl in this situation,

and absolutely sorry that that

happened to her. Rachel Pazos

says the ordeal added to the

stress of her father's

death. I'm only 14, I don't

need the stress they are trying

to put on me, you nope. The

Department launched an investigation into the investigation into the case.

Rachel Pazos has been given the

keys to the flat and they'll

move back in next week with her

older sister. New research

revealed that there are serious

risks involved with taking

popular cholesterol medication,

the drugs are common prescribed

to help prevent heart attack

and stroke but has been found

they can weaken muscles and

increase the risk of falls. They've long been

considered wonder drugs for

people with high cholesterol.

Statins among the top 10 most

frequently prescribed drugs in

the country, they are known to

cause mild muscle aches and

pains. Tasmanian researchers

discovered they cause a loss of

muscle strength, increasing the

risk of falls, especially in

the elderly. At any one time

point people taking the

medication for 5kg weaker in

terms of their lower limb

muscle strength. Researchers

tested patient's muscle bulk,

strength and function to see

the effect of the

medication. Those that stopped

the medication had a 16kg

higher muscle strength follow-up. There was a big

increase over time. One in four

Australians over 50 are on

Statins, a proven and effective

medication for reducing heart

attacks and stroke. Most never

come off them. Tony Hilder has

been taking them for 20 years

and is starting to feel the

painful If you swing an axe or

something, you find those

muscles that you are not using

on a regular basis are very,

very stiff the next day. It's a

dilemma for those with my

cholesterol, most doctors

seeing the risk of heart attack

and stroke far outweighs a

potential side effect of the drugs. I am not suggesting

people stop taking the

medication, I'm suggesting if

they feel weak or a bit

unsteady on their feet they

should discuss that with their health care

provider. Researchers found the

muscle damage was reversed when

people stopped taking the

medication. Tonight's top story

- Indonesian rescue teams

search for people buried under

collapsed buildings after an

earthquake Struck Java. Still

to come - finding god at a rock

concert. Family friends and

comrades have paid tribute to

an Air Force Officer whose

plane disappeared during combat

in Vietnam 40 years ago, a

funeral for pilot officer

Robert Charles Carver was hold

in Toowoomba, the navigator and

his pilot crashed in 1970, the

crash site was a mystery until

this year. It was a relief to

find the aircraft and the crew

and bring them home. For me

personally it's a sense of

achievement, it's a day that

will last with me for the will last with me for the rest

of the my life. There'll be

plaques dedicated to both

airmen next year at the Vietnam

memorial in memorial in Canberra. The

Commonwealth Bank is accused of

a cover-up over the collapse of

Storm r the claim made by the company's founder Emmanuel

Cassimatis at a Parliamentary

Inquiry prompted by Storm's

demise, investors lost up to $3 billion when the company went

down, including retirees who

lost life savings. Emmanuel

Cassimatis arrived with his

lawyer to face his day of

reckoning. He began by

anticipating moral

responsibility leaving 4,000

investors without life savings

Whilst I believe it's not our

doing, nevertheless it happened

on our watch. The doing,

according to him was according to him was the

Commonwealth Bank's. Former

clients packed the room to hear

the founder explain why margin

loans were never call at the

height of the financial height of the financial crisis

last year. Please ask the bank,

ask Mr Norris as to why those

formal notifications did not go

out. Even Emanuel Cassimatis

didn't get a call on his

loan. Banks were

panicking. Investors gambled

their home in the scheme, but

the company said they knew the risks. You explained they could

lose their home, you told them

that saying, "You could lose

your home". Today's hearing

turned into a verbal stoush when Emmanuel

when Emmanuel Cassimatis's

lawyer tried to get

involved. We don't want you to

assist us, we don't need your assistance. Intistors emerged

from the two hour sitting

unimpressed. One thing is

obvious someone is light, obvious someone is light, other Emmanuel Cassimatis Emmanuel Cassimatis or

Commonwealth Bank. He said he

trusted the banks, we trusted

him. The man that built of

company had unfinished

business. In this case CBA

has done a major cover-up. Commonwealth Bank

executives will have their say

at a hearing in Sydney

tomorrow. The world's biggest

drug manufacturer has been hit

with a record fine for

illegally promoting drugs,

Pfizer has to pay almost $3

billion, the largest health

care fraud settlement in US

history. They were accused of

marketing an antiinflammatory

drug Bextra not approved by the

regulators, it was registered

for arthritis, doctors were

encouraged to provide it for

other uses known as off-label

marketing. When off-labeling

marketing like this occurs

health and lives are put at

risk. Bextra was eventually

tape off the market when linked

to heart attacks and strokes.

The drug isn't approved for

fuse in Australia. Pfizer

Australia says there's no

investigations into local

operations. On to finance, and

the local share market fell

again as Wall Street continued to retreat with the details

here is Alan Kohler. The market

has fallen four days in a way,

but the general attitude is

that it had a good run and was

due for a fall. The decline by

the Dow Jones is 3.6%, versus

less than 2% in Australia and

18% crunch in China. That is a

correction. That is after a 5%

ruse in Chinese shares today.

Speaking of - rise in Chinese

shares today. Here are graphs

on the economic relationship

with China. The paradox of

strong export volumes in

Australia despite a collapse in

the economic growth of our

trading partners. The answer

seems to be that China has been

spending a lot of stimulus

money on stockpiling iron ore

and coal later on. This shows

GDP and Chinese imports, a

perfect match. While we dodged

recession largely because of

low interest rates and

Australian Government stimulus

Chinese stimulus, leaving too

higher imports helped. It

appears to be going a bit pear

shapes, ABS figures for imports

and exports and the trade

deficit tripled to $1.5

billion, imports up 3.5%,

exports falling 1.4%. The

Australian share market losing

a few points. Toll Holdings

down 3%, banks in reverse.

Newcrest and Lihir Gold jumped

7%. That seems to be because it

looks like the gold price looks like the gold price in

New York is having a run at

$1,000 an ounce. It got there

in February, fell back, had a

run at it in May, but didn't

make it, and the gold bugs

reckon this is it this time.

The Aussie dollar had a quiet

day, up or down small amounts

against major currencies.

That's finance. The information superhighway is too fast for

some people. Now there's a

learners lain, an Internet centre for seniors was unveiled, one of many opening

across the country, the across the country, the moral

of the story is, of course, you

are never too old to learn. May

Rush might be 103, but says age

is no barrier to

technology. No, it looks so

easy, I hope it is. I hope it's

as easy as it looks. She was

shown the ropes by computer

savvy 86-year-old Pauline

Priestly. And was surprised to

come face to face with herself

on line. I didn't realise that

I had so many wrinkles until I

saw the photo close-up. This

seniors' Internet kiosk is seniors' Internet kiosk is one

of the first in the country

established as part of a $15

million Government project. We

are setting them up in clubs

like senior citizens clubs

where people feel relaxed and comfortable. They'll learn from

each other. The centres will

provide free Internet access

and training to people over

50. It will be one of the

opportunities to broaden their

interest, to lesson isolation

that would otherwise

occur. Pauline Priestly uses

the Internet to keep in touch

with family overseas, she says

some senior citizens feel

intimidated by technology. They

said, "I don't want to learn

the computer, I don't want to

have anything to do with it",

you see, because it's

frightening. We have to tell

them it's not difficult, it's

pressing a few buttons. You are

never too old to learn. 2,000

Internet kiosks for seniors

will be open over the next few

years. Lleyton Hewitt is through to the third round of

the US Open, where he'll meet

his old nemesis world number

one Roger Federer. Chris

Guccione and Samantha Stosur

had disappointing loss, had disappointing loss, but

Lleyton Hewitt won convincingly

against Argentina Juan Ignacio Chela, here is Duncan

Huntsdale. Lleyton Hewitt knows

he will need to be aggressive

to have a chance of ending his

13-match losing streak 13-match losing streak against

Roger Federer, that Roger Federer, that approach

was given a successful test run achains Juan Ignacio Chela,

with almost 40 - with almost 40 - against Juan

Ignacio Chela, with almost 40

points won at the net. Lleyton

Hewitt hasn't always seen eye

to eye with the Argentine and

enjoyed disposing of him in

straight sets. It's nice straight sets. It's nice to

knock him out of the

draw. Lleyton Hewitt hasn't

landed a knockout blow landed a knockout blow against

Roger Federer since 2003 but is

not taking a defeatist attitude

in highs date with the top

seed. He started his run back

here in 2004, it would be nice

to finish it. It's a rematch

final of let me think,

2004. Come on, you have whacked

him 13 times in a row don't rub

it in. Part time singer by

night, giant killer by day American Vania King American Vania King upset

Samantha Stosur to reach the

third round of a Grand Slam for

the first time. It was a

disappointing result for the

Australian who boasts a career

high ranking of 15. While the

retiring Marat Safin retiring Marat Safin farewelled

Grand Slam tennis Kim Clijsters

comeback gathered momentum with

a win over 14th seed Marion Bartoli. New Zealand played

hard ball, there was no holding

back for the Australian women's

basketball team in its second

demolition job of the week on

the Tall Ferns. Opals. The

opals won by 40 points to

easily qualify for next easily qualify for next year's

World Championships in World Championships in the

Czech Republic, guard Jessica

Bibby with 19 and teenage Bibby with 19 and teenage er

Liz Cambage with 18 topped

scoring. The 97-57 win gave

Australia the Oceania title. On

paper a clash with a world

selection team was ideal for

Australia's netballers to

warm-up for the first test

against New Zealand. On court

thinks did not go according to

plan, vice-captain Natalie von

Bertouch injured her Stern up,

despite the setback the

Diamonds played strongly. Three

goals. They skipped eight ahead

and led narrowly at half-time,

but the goals dried up in a

second half dominated by the

visitors, Samoan Catherine Latu

top tord with 32 goals in a

53-43 win. If you look for

gods, churches, temples and

mosques have been a good place

to start, these days according

to artists you are just as

likely to have a spiritual

experience on the internet and

rock concert, the winning works at this at this year's Blake Prize for

Religious Art draw on youth

cult culture for inspiration. A

sea of faces fills the scene.

This video shot at a rock

concert rather than a 12 but

beat 1,000 other art works to

bip the bip the 20,000 Blake Prize for

Religious Art. I was interested

in these ideas that have

religious connotation s like

rap tour, transcendance, worship, ecstasy and seeing

where it applies in a

contemporary sense, another

video work using digital

anmakes won the Emerging Artist

Award for Grant Stevens,

extracting the text from

entries on entry net forum

MySpace. I'm Friday in MySpace,

it's a new place for social

gathering. Dianne Coulter won

the Human Justice Award for the Human Justice Award for her

same time-like sculpture of a

pregnant Aboriginal woman. The

Blake prize is more popular,

what is evident in the 5th

competition is artists are less

interested in portraying

traditional religious

traditional religious symbols,

David and Goliath are portrayed

naked and deformed, this little

pony has hands instead of

hooves to grip a trumpet and

style. Maori Tohunga gives

another look at Priest

hood. Artists are exploring

passion and response, critical

but deeply felt. There's a

cross of sorts this photo

portrait showing a martyred

version of Brisbane Catholic

priest Peter Kennedy who was

removed from his Parish for breaching church

rules. Australia has lost a

star of the silver screen, per

cent r the pelican who cent r the pelican who started

in the 1976 film 'Storm Boy'

died overnight at the Adelaide

Zoo. The film was based Zoo. The film was based on

Colin Thiele's novel about a

boy who raises three boy who raises three pelicans,

'Storm Boy' is forced by his

father to release them. One

returns. Mr Percival retired

from the film business, and

spent the rest of his life as a

zoo attraction. He's got seven

children, he's done a good job

through his life. He bred well.

His memory will go on. The

bird, who in later years was

dugged gringo was at least 34

years outlined Checking the

weather, it was good to see

rain at long last. It certainly

was, I wish we had more to talk

about. 7mm at damage ris creek

the best fall in Sydney, it is

- damage ris Creek the best

fall in Sydney. That's all that

fell. The rain too late to help

the catchment. We had falls

across the board with the total

down to 59.2%, falls across the

suburb of Sydney ranged from

2-7mm, and top temperatures of

18-21. A band of rain and

storms expected to move into Sydney overnight and through

the early part of tomorrow.

Cold front moved into the

south-west of the State south-west of the State today,

and we have seen plenty of

cloud ahead of it, that's what

produced the patchy rain and

thunderstorms. Rain fall has

been light so far, the line of

storms and rain over the inland

will see better totals

overnight. 30 at Wilcannia was the warmest the warmest temperature today.

The Illawarra had the best of

the falls, up to 9mm, that band

of storms currently stretches

from the Victorianals to Cobar. In a severe thunderstorm

warning was issued in Victoria

today, and that included

Melbourne. The band of cloud about the north-east of the

state - that's ahead of a

trough with the cloud band over

the west of the state marking

the cold front. The front will

cross most of the state with

the rain and thunderstorms

contracting to the

north-eastern districts by late

afternoon. A high will dominate

the weather for most of the

weekend. Now the central and northern ranges and northern ranges and slopes as

well as the plains are still

expected to pick up possible

falls of 10-15mm before that

lain clears tomorrow. The rain

and storms reach into Brisbane

with a late front moving in to

Perth. We have moderate to

fresh north to north-west winds

ahead of the west to

south-westerly change, reaching

the north-eastern districts

later in the day. Areas of rain

and thunderstorms ahead of the

change and contracting to the

north-east and that is during

the latter part of the day.

Possible showers about the

south-western slopes and ranges

with a mostly dry forecast for

the bulk of the inland. Rain periods and periods and thunderstorms

expected in Sydney, they'll

clear as we head towards the

evening, top temperatures of 21. There's a strong wind

warning current along the coast

at the moment. Winds will stay

fresh, easing late morning

before that stronger south-west

wind change late in the day.

Behind that change we have

cooler and dry air, so

temperatures staying lower on

Saturday and Sunday, it should

be mostly sunny. The next front

moving through bringing light

rain fall heading to the new

week. Tonight's top stories

again - rescue work continues

in Indonesia following

yesterday's deadly yesterday's deadly earthquake.

At least 46 died, it's feared

more victims are beneath the

rubble. The Federal Government

has been told its stimulus

spending signs outside schools

could be political advertising.

It's now going put 5,000 stickers

stickers up to fix the problem.

An inquiry has been ordered

into the contamination scare on

the navy's Collins Class subs,

the heavy metal cadmium has

been used putting maintenance

workers potentially at risk.

That's the ABC News for this

Thursday, 7.30 Report is up

next. Goodnight.

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Welcome to the program. Welcome to the program. I'm

Leigh Sales. The Queensland

Government remains at

loggerheads with obstetricians

this evening over the State's

abortion lawyer, the Bligh

Government is Government is fast-tracking

legislation to remove a

question mark over performing

abortions. The Royal College of

Obstetricians says changes

don't go far enough and doctors

could be vulnerable to

prosecution. The crisis sparked

by the State's first abortion

prosecution in more than 20

years in which a 19-year-old

woman and her partner were

charged with using a drug to

procure a home abortion. Peter McCutcheon reports from

Brisbane. Three years ago

Kristy's world came crashing