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Tonight - game of spite, India

and Australia put cricket to

the test. Only one of us was playing with the spirit of the

game, that's all I can say. If

you actually question my

integrity in the game, you

shouldn't be standing

here. Stranded revellers party

on. Races and slurs ahead of Australia's whaling

surveillance. And, are you

being served? The food fight

getting ugly at Manly.

Good evening, Joe O'Brien

with ABC News. The Indian

cricket tour is mired in

uncertainty tonight. Reports

that the tour is suspended have

been denied by the Indian

Cricket Board, yet the team has

delayed its departure for the

next match. Whatever the state

of play, relations between the

sides have hit a new low. The

tourists have accused the

Australians of poor

sportsmanship and the umpires

of incompetence after their

dramatic Second Test defeat.

They're also angry at the

3-match ban handed to Harbhajan

Singh for an alleged racial

slur. India's Australian tour

descended into farce this

morning. The players boarded

their bus for Canberra, but

stayed put for two hours before

unpacking and trickling back to

their hotel. An Indian

newspaper said the players held

an emergency meeting to decide

whether to cancel the tour, and

were waiting for a final

decision from the Indian

Cricket Board. The team

finally issued an enigmatic

statement later this

afternoon. We have been

instructed by the BCII to stay

in Sydney until we get further

instructions. The team has been

infuriated by a set of bad

umpiring decisions they say

cost them the day. Dravid says no. The controversy sparked

outrage in India, where fans

burned the umpires an effigy.

The Indian skipper lashed out

at Australian players, accusing

them of poor sportmanship. Only

one team was playing with the

spirit of the game. Captain

Ricky Ponting bristled at

criticisms from an Indian

reporter. If you are actually

questioning my integrity in the

game, then you shouldn't be

standing here. That's not the

only flashpoint. Indian

players are reportedly furious that Harbhajan Singh has

received a 3-match ban for an

alleged racial slur against the

Australian all-rounder Andrew

Symonds. India is appealing

against the decision which will

allow the besieged spinner to

play in the next Test. They've

called for the ICC to sack the

Test umpires and commentators

say they've got every

right. The two really bad

decisions um, you can't believe

them. If the controversy

ruffled the Australian team,

they didn't let it show.

Cricket Australia says it's

confident the tour will

continue and is trying to

broker a peace. In the cold

heart light of day the two

captains can get together and

discuss any residual differences. India is meant to play in Canberra on Thursday,

but it's not clear if or when

they'll get there. The damage

bill is $20 million and

climbing. Today, more areas of

flooded NSW were declared

natural disaster zones. While

the worst of it is now over the

water levels remain high,

stranding thousands of people

and that's led to a major

operation dropping emergency

supplies to isolated

communities. Across northern

NSW the floods have left a

total of 3,000 people isolated.

Many of them are in Woodburn

and Corokai where the Premier

visited today. There's a lot of

water. Morris Iemma says the

total damage from the floods

will exceed $20 million. While

a big operation's under way to

get relief supplies to those in

need. There are still many

families isolated and the

Emergency Services are getting

food and water to them. The NSW

Government has extended its

natural disaster declaration to

take in the Lismore and

Richmond Valley Council areas.

The Tweed and Kyogle shires received that classification on

Saturday. And this means that

the local communities will be

able to access immediate assistance, financial

assistance. No such

commitments, though, from the

Federal Government. We are, of

course, ready to assist if that

is required. Authorities say

more rain and thunderstorms are

forecast, but the flood threat

is starting to ease. Even so, thousands will remain cut off

for up to three days. Here at

Boonoo Boonoo, 700 people

deliberately cut themselves off

at this remote music festival.

They got more than they

bargained for when the only

bridge to the venue was washed

away in torrential

rain. Non-stop for at least six

hours, I think, and it was

relentless. Just kept going

and going. Most of the

revellers appear more than

happy to be stranded. I think

we've made the most of it and

we're having a good time and

the music is still going and

people are dancing and smiling

and so yeah, I think we're

doing alright out here. But the

party will come to an end when

road access is restored in a

few days time. The Rudd

Government's national apology

to the Aboriginal stolen

generation will not come with

any compensation. A statement

saying sorry to Indigenous

Australians taken from their families will be one of the

Government's first acts when

Parliament sits this year. But

it's ruled out paying

reparations to those

effected. There will be no

national compensation fund.

There will be a focus on

limiting indeed ending the life

expectancy gap between

Indigenous and non-Indigenous

Australians. Some Indigenous

groups had wanted a

compensation package of up to

$1 billion. Claims of racism

whaling in the Southern Ocean. have inflamed and debate over

An Internet video promoting

Japanese whaling has accused

Australia of white supremacy

and of hypocrisy over the

killing of its own native

animals. But the Federal

Government has condemned and

video and says the surveillance

mission against Japanese

whalers will go ahead this

week. Now it's getting nasty.

What started over whales has somehow led to this...

For 10 minutes an anonymously

posted Internet video accuses

Australia of white supremacy,

hatred of Japanese, and cruelty

to native animals. And so its

general overtone, its general

content I absolutely condemned. It's meant to

promote minke whaling, but the

video's done nothing to alter

Australia's plans to spy on

Japanese whalers in the

Southern Ocean this summer.

I'm advised and 'Oceanic

Viking' will leave this

week. The Customs' ship has

been in and around West

Australian ports for 18 days

since the Foreign Minister

announced its surveillance

mission as the Japanese whaling

fleet moves in for the

kill. The commitment was never

to monitor the entire season,

it was to monitor 20 da.s we

believe on the basis of the operational decisions made we

are maximising the prospects of

success. An Antarctic Division

plane fitted with monitoring

gear is also due to leave soon.

The 'Oceanic Viking' sails

tomorrow, putting it alongside

the whalers later this month,

when by the Government's

calculations, the cull should

be in full swing. But it's

what happens when the ship gets

back that animal welfare groups

will watch most keenly. What

we're really keen to see is the

evidence that they gather used in the international courts of

law to finally bring an end to

the illegal whaling by Japan. A

legal voyage the Government

only says it's investigating.

The campaigning is getting desperate in the US

presidential primaries as

nominees try to bring each

other down. Barack Obama has

taken a 10-point lead on Hilary

Clinton. John McCain has overtaken Mitt Romney. Mark

Simkin reports on the

loneliness of the front-running

candidates. Hilary Clinton

went doorknocking, trying to

win one vote at a time. Barack

Obama shot to a big lead here,

but when you're a front runner,

your back is exposed. The

formerly first lady is accusing

him of being a talker, not a

doer. If you give a speech

saying you're going to vote

against the patriarchs and you

don't, that's not change. It's

the latest salvo in a barrage

that began last night in a

televised debate. You said you

would vote against funding for

the Iraq war and you came to

the Senate and voted for $300

billion of it. It's important

that we don't distort each

other's records. The same thing

is happening on the Republican

side. They're too busy

attacking each other to worry

about the Democrats. Islamic

terrorists have

attacked... They absolutely do

not. You are destroying our relationship with all

Muslims. Mitt Romney's been the

Republican front runner in New

Hampshire for months but he was

wounded in Iowa and his rivals

want a quick kill. John McCain

cheered when the candidate accused Mitt Romney of

repeatedly shifting

positions. This is a time when

America wants change. You are

the candidate of change. Even

the normally affable Mike

Huckabee joined the hunt. So I

also reported the surge from

the very beginning. Don't try

and characterise my position,

of course this war has - Which

one? After the debate,

attention shifted to the

so-called spin room, which

hosted a journalistic feeding

frenzy. Each of the campaign

managers comes here to argue

his or her candidate won the

debate. What no amount of spin

will hide is the campaigns are

getting desperate and the

politics dirty. There's new

hope for political peace in

Kenya. The Opposition Leader

has agreed to talks with the

President to be mediated by the

President of Ghana. As the ABC's Andrew Geoghegan reports

from Nairobi, any settlement

can't come soon enough for

hundreds of thousands of

destitute Kenyans. An uneasy

calm returns to Kenyan after

days of violence. People look

for comfort in prayer while the

political steal mate shows

signs of a breakthrough. Raila

Odinga says talks with the

government will begin in coming

days. The indications are that

finally, the other side might

have given consent for John

Kufuor to come. The government

says it's been ready to talk

all along. And so when he says

he's not going to talk to

President Kibaki , what is he

supposed to do, kneel down and

beg him? The president is very

willing to talk to anybody and

he's talking to anybody. Some

wish the government would show

an equal willingness to help

them rebuild. The government

need to play a role in rebuilding. Thousands of others

have nothing left to rebuild.

Ethnic clashes have forced

these people and tens of

thousands of other Kenyans from

their homes. They're no longer

welcome in their own streets

because neighbour has turned

against neighbour and these

people are seeking refuge

whenever they can, in churches

and in this case, a stadium. We

decided to run for our own life

so that we can stay here to get

safe. "We are starving" , they

sing A quarter of a million

Kenyans are homeless. Most are

relying on food, water and medicine from aid groups which

are struggling to meet demands.

Australia is providing $1

million in assistance.

Georgia's Opposition is

refusing to accept the

re-election of the country's President. Thousands of Opposition supporters have

turned out for a protest rally

in the capital Tbilisi. They

say the election that gave Mikhail Saakashvili more than

50% of the vote was rigged.

They're demanding a second

ballot. The president has

ruled that out, but says he'll continue to reach out to his

political opponents. Israel's

latest military attacks in Gaza

have killed three Palestinian civilians, including a

14-year-old boy. The Israeli

troops exchanged fire with

militants in Hamas-controlled

Gaza. Last week a Palestinian

rocket struck deep into Israel.

The US President is about to

visit the Middle East to push

for a peace agreement by the

end of the year. We're not

going to try to force the

issue, because of my own

timetable. On the other hand,

I do believe they want to see

this done. Mr Bush will hold

talks with both leaders. NSW

is set to scrap weekend

detention. Instead, criminals

will be punished through

community orders and home-based

supervise. The Government

argues one in five people

aren't turning up for week jail

time. But the move is causing

concern. Weekend detention has

seen some high-profile inmates

but after 40 years the State

Government says it's now a

failure, and it's time for

minor offenders to do their

time at home. They've got a

gambling problem, they should

be able to do a course, if

they've got a problem with

drink-driving, they should be

doing a sober driving

course. The Sentencing

Council's proposal to abolish

weekend detention is backed by victims' and prisoners'

groups. We were detang them on

weekends. What were they

supposed to be doing Monday to

Friday? It was failing

everywhere, people were not

turning up. It was a failed

sentencing option. The

Government says a new system

would include curfews,

occasional detention, community

work and electronic

surveillance. But the

Opposition says that failed in

the case of child sex offender Raymond Barry Cornwall. I don't

have much confidence in that

system, because I don't think

the Government put sufficient

resources into monitoring

people that are the subject of

tracking orders. The Government

is also facing opposition from

prison officers who say the

move is not motivated by a

desire to rehabilitate

offenders, but to save

money. Well, these offenders

will still be on the streets

running around with what we

class as limited

supervision. Civil libertarians

warn judges may err on the side

of caution. If they can't give

a periodic detention sentence

they may go to a full sentence,

with the consequent cost to the

community as a result of a full

sentence being given to

somebody who then loses their

job as a result of that. The

Attorney-General says he's

hoping to introduce the new

system of punishment later this

year. Two restaurantses, one

big argument. A long-running

feud about al fresco dining in

Manly came to a head today.

The council moved in to

physically sort out the row

over outdoor space on the Corso. There were even police

and guards there to keep the

peace between the rival

eatries. The surfers weren't

the only ones stepping into a

big blue in Manly first thing

this morning. But 18 months ago

you're advising me to go there,

and then to there. The owner of

Watervue restaurant attacked

the mayor after the Council

closed his outside dining area

and began tearing up the

pavers. The council has

rezoned al fresco dining on the

Corso, so Watervue's tables no

longer stretch across the front

of the neighbouring

restaurant. It's been very

difficult trying to operate for

more than a year with another

restaurant in front of us.

We've taken a big loss in

business. The owner of Watervue

originally won a tender for the

whole area, but later he gave

some of the space back to

Crystals. I know exactly what's

happened. You've got no idea.

Go back to being a doctor, and

leave politics alone. Alex

Syeed now wants compensation

for the money he spent

upgrading facilities. They need

to realise they're incompetent,

start writing cheques. Today's

work was supervised by security

guards and police because of

escalating tension between the

neighbours. Manly Council says

it was forced to take action

when the relationship between

the restaurant owners reached

breaking point. The police are investigating allegations of

assault against both parties.

The council admits things could

have been handled

differently. If people say it's

the council's fault, fine. But

also, it's the council's

responsibility to correct that

and that's exactly what's

happening now. The mayor is

confident that this time law

and order will return to The

Corso. Tonight's top story - uncertainty surrounds India's

cricket tour of Australia with

relations between the two sides

at breaking point. Still to

come - when good form is bad

play.

Industrial action against

Qantas appears set to go ahead

later this week, despite

lengthy talks today between the

airline and its engineers. The Aircraft Engineers' Association

is demanding a 5% pay rise.

Qantas says it's made a

reasonable offer of 3%. The

association says it will go

ahead with restrictions on

overtime later this week.

There'll be no disruption to

flights, but the union says

it's prepared to escalate the

action. Australians bought

more than a million new cars

last year and are expected to

buy a million more this year.

Sales are up for all types of

cars and it seems rising petrol

prices are no deterrent. If

anymore proof was needed that

the good times are here, car

sales figures have provided

it. One million new cars in a

country of 21 million people,

an impressive buying ratio of

around one in 20. Sales records

were set in 10 of the 12 months

of 2007, with more than 100,000

new cars sold in June alone.

Toyota was clearly the most

favoured brand ahead of Holden. Commodore remains the top-selling model in the

country. High fuel prices have

done little to slow the sales

of four-wheel drive or sport

utility vehicles. A decade ago

SUVs accounted for one in every

10 cars sold. Last year it was

one in five. There has been

some shift towards light cars

and small cars overall, but

that said, four-wheel drives,

sport utility vehicles, they're

still selling very

strongly. There were also more

people than ever who wanted to

get to the speed limit a little

faster in a little more comfort. We're talking about

people here with the income and

the means to afford motor cars

that cost over $200,000. I

don't think an interest rate

rise really impacts upon their

purchasing behaviour. At a time

when high performance, cost and

comfort would seem to have outranked efficiency and

sustainability, the humble push

bike has outsold the car for

the fifth consecutive year. A

slight increase in the

proportion of people using a

bike to get to work so, people

are buying more of everything,

but they're starting to use the

bike more than ever before. A

record 1.5 million new bikes

were purchased last year. In finance,

finance, new recession fears in

the United States have sent

global sharemarkets tumbling. The All Ordinaries Index shed

more than 140 points, wiping

$35 billion off the value of

Australian shares. Here's Phillip Lasker.

You know what they say, at

times like this, at least you

still have your health.

Because the share portfolio

would be looking worse for wear

after today's drubbing. Not

much survived the selling, it

didn't matter that retailer JB

Hi Fi said post-Christmas sales

were strong, or that Westfield

announced it had signed a new

World Trade Center deal. Some

home borrowers will be worse

off from Wednesday. The ANZ

has followed NAB. Not even

resource companies were spared,

commodity prices fell. Rio

Tinto said it was buying three

new carriers to ship iron ore

from Western Australia.

Agricultural companies like

GrainCorp defied the trend,

though. Markets across Asia

told a similar story, except

for Shanghai. I don't want to

worry you, but Wall Street has

had its worst start to a year

since 1904. It's fallen more

than 200 points in two of this

year's three sessions, and

here's one of the reasons why

the US unemployment rate, which

has more analysts calling

recession. It's rising again,

but as you can see it's still

not nearly as high as previous

serious downturns. But the

rises are very steep. So once

the rot sets in it happens very

quickly. The prospect of

recession in the world's

biggest economy didn't help

commodity prices. Home

borrowers aren't the only ones

to be slugged. Qantas joined

Virgin in announcing increases

in its fuel levy for

international routes. The

increases range from $10 to $25

a ticket. JetStar is

increasing its fuel levy by $10. On foreign exchange

markets:

In tennis the comeback of

Jelena Dokic has hit a hurdle,

after she missed out on a wild

card for this month's

Australian Open. She was on

form in today's match in

Hobart, but the former world

No.4 now faces a difficult

decision about her immediate

future. After winning her way

through qualifying in Hobart,

Jelena Dokic was on a mission

against Martina Muller today. Dokic still doesn't have an

official ranking, but that

didn't stop her from recording

a convincing 3-set win over the

world No.54. I really fought

hard from 2-0 down in the

third, and I think I played

some really good tennis. But

after being refused a wild card

into the Australian Open, Dokic

now faces a difficult decision.

The 24-year-old must choose

between continuing in Hobart,

or withdrawing from the

tournament to try to qualify

for the year's first Grand

Slam. It's a decision Dokic

believes she shouldn't have to

make. I think I did deserve

one, um, you know, based on my

prior results. I've worked

hard for the last two and a

half months and I think having

a run here that I've had. I've

beaten three players inside the

top 70. Dokic plays her second

round match tomorrow, but regardless of the result she'll

fly to Melbourne for the

qualifying tournament beginning

on Wednesday. At the Sydney International Lleyton Hewitt

had his work cut out. He'll

begin his campaign against

Frenchman Nicolas Mahut tomorrow. This week is about more match practice for

me. Hewitt believes his long

injury enforced lay-off could

be a blessing in disguise

against the world's best with

who have had a short break

after the Tennis Masters Cup in

November. You have to be well

prepared to do well in

Australia in these conditions

and this heat. So it's sort of

a catch-22 a little bit for the

guys who have had a big

Sharapova arrived in Melbourne year. Glamour girl Maria

this morning to prepare for the

Open. She brushed off the

cobwebs with a short work-out

on centre court where she's

sure to be a crowd favourite

next week. Australia has

another world surfing champion. 17-year-old Sally Fitzgibbons

has won the women's world

junior title at North Narrabeen

in Sydney. She defeated Laura Enever before beating New

Zealand's Paige Hareb in the

final. The Australian teenager

started slowly in the 30-minute decider, but put the result

beyond doubt with a 9.27 ride

with 8 minutes to go. I don't

know what to think right now.

Hasn't sunk in yet, but yeah,

all the girls are surfing

really well, and I can't

believe I won it. Fitzgibbons

will be crowned alongside the

2007 elite tour champions,

Stephanie Gilmore and Mick

Fanning in an awards ceremony

on the Gold Coast in March.

One of Australia's newest

citizens is hoping to become

its newest Paralympian. For

Ethiopian refugee Abebe Fekadu

representing Australia at

Beijing would be a dream end to

a 9-year struggle for

Australian citizenship. He

tips the scales at only 56

kilogrammes, but Abebe Fekadu

can lift almost three times his

weight. To achieve the feat he

trains for two hours four times

a week. But after spending

nine years in limbo as an asylum seeker waiting for

Australian citizenship, he's

happy to do the hard

work. Without lifting my life

would be very miserable. Abebe

Fekadu fled political

persecution in Ethiopia in

1988. In the same year he

became power lifting. He was so

determined to make something

out of his life, to achieve and

to contribute. In May last year

he was granted Australian

citizenship and two days later,

he won gold for Australia at the Oceania Paralimpic

Championships in Darwin. I've

got a great the admiration that

he's been able to I guess rise

above the issues that he's had

to face. His next goal is to

represent Australia at Beijing.

He'll need to be amongst the

top 10 in the world when qualifications close at the end

of this month. We're quietly

confident that he will make the

top 10, but there's no

certainities at this stage. If

he does make the team, he'll continue working full-time on

top of his training

commitments. If you're working

and training it's difficult. If

he doesn't make the cut, his

achievements so far won't be in

vain. I think that asylum

seekers look at him as a good

example of that you can stay

strong and determined. An

example he hopes to turn into

gold for Australia. Let's take

a look at the water now with Graham Creed. There's good news for the

rain-soaked north-east of the

State. Any heavy falls over

the next couple of days are

only going to be isolated.

Although the outlook is

somewhat uncertain from about

Friday, but we'll definitely

keep an eye on that.

Tropical low is maintaining

cloud and heavy rain through

the Queensland tropics at the

moment. The main feature for

NSW will be a high this week.

It's slowly moving into the

Tasman Sea. It'll send a Reg

up the coast. That's basically

going to provide a stable

atmosphere. But Friday we

could be looking at increasing

showers about the north-east.

That's as a trough possibly

develops off the Queensland

coast. For most of the State,

tomorrow will be dry, any

showers and storms will

generally be confined to the

north-eastern corner.

Another quick look at

tonight's top stories - the

Indian cricket team's

Australian tour is in jeopardy

amid a bitter row over racism

and sportsmanship. More

flooded areas of the State have

been declared natural disaster

zones. And, Australia's surveillance against Japanese

whalers will go ahead this

week. And that's ABC News for

now, I'll be back with updates

during the evening. The '7.30

Report' is next. Have a great

night.

Closed Captions by CSI

It's a shame that Australians

in the way they play the game

aren't doing themselves many

favours at the moment. Tonight

on the 7.30 Report - the sweet

victory that's turned sour. I'm

sick and tired of these kind of contrived aggressive overbearing tactics from both

sides. The sledging incident

that's erupted into an

international race row. A

monkey is not an abusive world

at all in India. That was

wrong, out of bounds. Got

three matches, good. And brave

hearts - the volunteer

Australian surgery team saving

young lives in Africa. You see

them afterwards and you're

like, "Wow, I've just changed

someone's life". CC