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(generated from captions) artists are back at work.

gritty Their con Cas on this day a

gritty under pass on a busy

rail line. Political on the streets on the streets may be fading

but on the walls, the bridges,

any available space, it is thriving. Last two thriving. Last two months, Moscow street

Moscow street art community

it's like wave, big wave, with political ideas and some

political stuff, more and more

political stuff. It's like big

wall, big wave. Up above,

look out keeps watch. wall, big wave. Up above, a

look out keeps watch. Police do little to fight graffiti do little to fight regular

graffiti but do target street

art that's Polit kalg. graffiti

artists have been spotted and artists have been spotted

manage to get away. We are not

so lucky. A policeman gives us

the once over. He checks our

documents and warns us this is

no place for journalists. We

little escape with a warning. A

little more than an hour later, the street-artists are back. Others have been jailed Others have been jailed for

worth this. The risk, they say, is this. The risk, they say, is

worth it. Political graffiti,

it's - we can go to jail for

this one. We need to do

something for change life in

this country and it's our

change, it's our word to people all, to government, to people

who do this country so

terrible, you know, and we need to change to change something. Vladimir

Putin's disputed victory in Russia's presidential Russia's presidential election

has left many Opposition

supporters disheartened. For

Moscow's street-artists it is Moscow's street-artists it is a challenge. Street art and graffiti tea is nothing new to Russia's big cities but artists

like these say the cat and mouse game with government mouse

authorities is tougher than

ever. The more political the

message that goes up on buildings and under passes, the more quickly it more quickly it is painted

over. Most political street

art is gone after only a few

days. That means you have days. That means you have to

stencil that appears regularly act fast to see the familiar

around the city that refers to

Russia's political evolution as

are opposed to revolution. There

are also more crude approaches.

This one says simply "Putin is

a vampire". Not all the street a vampire". Not all the street

art here is political. Some

social commentary. This is

Pavel 183, a Russian street at

legend. His work often focuses

on the changes he sees in

society. Lately, he says,

those changes have been

political. TRANSLATION:

Street art has become a sort Street art has become a sort of weapon for activism fans who

always talked about politics,

least in Russia. It has become

so popular now and I think the

more the better. For Pavel 183,

this isn't just about painting

on a wall. It is also his living. This work which

features an artist writing

about his love for a woman, is documented and signed.

Darling, you're a fool, say the

woman. No-one will pay for

that. The irony is for Pavel

183 collectors do pay, that. The irony is for Pavel

sometimes thousands of dollars,

for his work. Gallery curators

say the demand for street art

is climbing, especially since the Opposition political

movement burst into the open

late last year. Here street art from around the country is

catalogued and shows are

organised. Fans of the medium

say the reason for its

popularity is simple - street

art can speak directly to the


seems to me that if you're

willing to reach people with a

certain message, it is better

to reach them directly, not

those who sit-in the Russian Government. Back at the under

pass, the finishing touches are

going on a mural that takes aim at charges Vladimir Putin paid for the votes to win

presidential election. You

can't buy everybody, it says.

People can realise that in our

city we have some kind city we have some kind of

resistance. We have no choice.

Our answer is just art. We're talking

talking by art. After several

hours and one near brush with

the law, their work is finished

and they head off into and they head off into the

night. Another tiny part of

Moscow where the protest

against Vladimir Putin goes

on. That report from our correspondent Norman Hermant.

Let's check the markets with

Elysse Morgan. That was a

pretty reasonable sized jump on

the US markets overnight. It

was. That flowed right through

to the Australian market this

morning. Investors jumping out

of the gates after strong gains

on global markets overnight. on global markets overnight.

That's ahead of China's growth That's ahead of China's

figures a that are set to figures a that are set to be

released today. The All

Ordinaries is up around 1%.

ASX 200 adding 46 points. This

could turn sour if China's

figures disappoint. Overnight

on Wall Street, traders shrugged off weak shrugged off weak unemployment

rose to the highest level in figures where jobless claims

three months. They instead

focused on positive comments

from the Federal Reserve and

bet news on Chinese growth will

be positive today. US markets

recorded the best two-day rally

this year. The Dhow closed up 1.5% led by materials and

energy stocks. rumours second energy stocks. rumours second 1.5%

I I rated China's figures will

surprise on the upside. a look at the surprise on the upside. Taking

To the local dollar, the

stronger than expected

Australian employment figures

yesterday set it alight sending

it up to todays 104. Overnight

it is continued to gain. It is

at 104.5 US cents. To more on those Chinese growth figures those Chinese growth

due out today, the World Bank

isn't as confidence as traders

about the figures. Cutting its growth forecast for the

country. The bank stressed country. The bank stressed

China will likely see a soft

landing to its rapid growth warned Beijing should be ready

to launch a fresh stimulus

package if necessary. The World Bank has stimed its China

output to 7.2%. Robust revised output to 7.2%. Robust by revised down from the previous 8.4%.

8.4%. It cited the continuing uncertainty over Europe's debt

crisis and the US recovery and curbs imposed by Beijing on

lending and investment as

reasons for the downgrade. The Chinese economy is in the

process of a gradual slow down.

Growth was reduced from 10.4%

in 2010 to 9.2% last year and

this is really the combined

effect of a weaken ing ex term

environment and tightening domestic environment and tightening of

domestic policies. While it

says the prospects for a soft

landing remain high, the bank

cautions it is a very volatile

environment that needs to be

monitored month by month. It

says the Government needs to be

flexible and ready to move to

cut taxes and step up social

spending if growth were to nosedive. The World Bank quarterly update comes just

ahead of China's official

economic data to be economic data to be released

later today, with all eyes on

the inflation figure. There was

a I big policy concern middle

of last year that inflation is being brought under control.

Part of it is developments in

global commodity markets. Part

of it is weaker capital

inflows, but also a lot of the policy effort has borne fruit.

The uptick we saw a bit in

March is probably temporary and

we see inflation now being on we see inflation now being on a controlled path. Beijing is trying to encourage domestic

consumption to reduce reliance

on experts and investment to

drive growth. A slump in the

world's second largest economy would have global repercussions, hurting exporters of oil and other commodities, industrial

components and consumer goods. Those Chinese goods. Those Chinese figures

are due out at midday today

eastern standard time. We'll

have coverage on ABC News 24. Japanese electronics giant Sony

says it will shed 10,000 jobs

or 6% of its global workforce

in response to ballooning

losses. This week the company

doubled its loss estimate for

the year to 6.4 billion

dollars. Sony's new Chief

Executive Kazuo Hirai says the corporation has no corporation has no choice but

to change or risk being left

behind by the industry's other

big players. Sony has been hit

by weak demand and the strong

Japanese yen makes their

exports less competitive. I a

read a statistic Apple is read a statistic Apple is worth 30 times than Sony. On those

Chinese figures due out in an

hour and 20 minutes time,

Chinese growth is described Chinese growth is described as

huge anyway, but not expecting

too much a major move in

that. Around 8% is what that. Around 8% is what will

keep the markets happy. You never never know with Chinese figures

where they're going to come in

at. Thanks very much. The

mining industry has launched

new ads warning the Federal Government not to hit it with

further tax increases. The

industry spent $20 million on an advertising an advertising campaign

targeting the Rudd Government's

original mining tax but pulled

the ads after Julia Gillard

took power and negotiate aid

new mining tax with the

industry. Now the Minerals

Council of Australia has taken out full page newspaper advertisements advertisements warning against

more tax increases. Our

political editor Lyndal Curtis

is in Canberra and is joined the CEO of the Australian Minerals Council Mitch

hook. Welcome to ABC News 24. Thank

24. Thank you. The ad doesn't

explicitly say what you're

worried about in the upcoming

budget. What is this ad specifically aimed at? Two

counts Lyndal. First of all to

counter the sentiment that is being deliberately constructed

by many commentators, led by many commentators, led by

the Treasurer, and others, on

the politics of envy. The redistribution mantra that redistribution mantra that the

industry, the mining industry,

is not paying its first share

of taxes, not paying its way, that Australians aren't benefiting, and that's ploughing the paddock,

ploughing the ground of public sentiment for essentially

accepting a new round of tax

hits on the mining hits on the mining industry. Do you have any evidence, though,

that Government will be doing

this or are you just responding

to speculation? Yes, speculation in terms of speculation in terms of what

the specifics are, but there is

clear evidence about, in the

space of the deliberate

attempts, to demonise the

industry and portray it as not

paying its fair share of taxes. Yet, the figures clearly Yet, the figures clearly show that that's quite contrary to

the case and that is that we have been paying huge amounts

of taxes and royalties.

They've increased by over 500%

since the boom started to well

over the defence budget for

Australia S we paid $24 billion

last year, the defence budget

was 22 billion. At the start

of the boom it was 4.5 billion

in taxes and royalties. Massive Massive increase. You throw on

top of that the two new taxes

which are coming down the line,

the carbon tax and the Minerals Resources Rent Tax and on Treasurer's figures that puts

it something in the order of it something in the order of 7

billion a year on top of that

$24 billion we paid last year.

There's a massive amount There's a massive amount of money flowing through to government coffers and of

course the industry benefits

the community as a whole. The

idea to plough the paddock,

soften us up for another belts in the Budget is what we're

trying to counter. Why the

decision to advertise? Last

time you mounted an advertising

campaign it was a relentless

blitz that contributed to bringing blitz that contributed to bringing down a Prime Minister. Are you hoping to bring Are you hoping to bring down another one? We're about

public policy. We'll leave the

politics to others. Our aim is to

to get the position out there

so that all Australians know

what it is. Why the decision advertise? what it is. Why the decision to

advertise? There are plenty of

other ways that lobby groups

such as yours try to beat back Budget speculation about

potential tax rises. Why spend

the money on advertising? Yes, the

I wish. I have been in a CEO

for 22 years and it's only been in the last four years we had

to move into the space of

advertising and that's because the public policy has moved

into the politics of spin into the politics of spin and we can't possibly be out we can't possibly be out of that arena when you have a Treasurer, when you have union

leaders, the Greens, when you

have others out there

condemning and demonising the industry for a position that is not factually borne out. You have

have to stand up. You have to

contest that otherwise public

sentiment will move away and Government will find itself in

a better position to in fact

impose more costs and more

taxes, more taxes which leads to

to more cost, leads to greater insecurity and sovereign risk

for the industry. You've got

to be in the game. You can't

leave the field open for those

who want to use the medium that you're talking about to demonise the industry. We have

to stand up. You mentioned the carbon

carbon tax. The ad mentions the industrial which start

paying billions under the new

carbon tax. Didn't the head of one of your members BHP advocate for a carbon tax, advocate for

Marius Kloppers said in

September 2010 a carbon tax was

a simple and effective measure.

He said a price on carbon should be done for a mind should be done for a mind to

anticipating they'll be a global price and added

Australia will need to have

acted ahead of a of a global price being established to price

maintain its competitiveness.

Is he happy for his Is he happy for his company's money to be spent on this ad?

He is certainly part of the Minerals Council of Australia

and he's part of the supporting

what we're doing in terms of

our advertising. No question

about that. The point you make about carbon pricing, and Minerals Council of has Minerals Council of Australia

has been on the record for some

time advocating the need for time advocating the need for a

price on carbon and for a

technologies and global

alignment. What we're alignment. What we're saying

about this carbon tax is that

it does nothing of the sorts of things

things it sets out to try to

achieve. It is not going to

reduce emissions. It won't be

an environmental dividend. It will

will be a massive cost to will be a massive cost to the bottomline. You won't find anybody

anybody around the mining industry who supports the

construct of the current carbon

tax scheme more offing into a tax so-called emissions trading

scheme which puts the carbon price in Australia way beyond that than

that than any other country. that than

It will cost us by $120 billion

Foy 2020 which China will go

past in 24 hours. We're not

going to be putting the money into

into technology development,

we're not going to be giving

price signals for people to

change behaviour. We have a massive redistribution of

wealth churn. That's the problem we have at the problem we have at the moment. This Government is about

carving up the pie, not growing it. Finally, royalties is one it. Finally,

of the taxes you mentioned that the

the mining industry is subject

to. Some States have either

raised or have announced they

will be raising royalties. will be raising royalties. Why aren't the States aren't the States subject to the sort of advertising

campaign you're mounting again

the Federal Government? I think

the message is pretty plain across the board. We haven't

been specific in terms of who we're

we're targeting. What we're

doing is countering the public sentiment out there that we are sentiment out there that we are

a bot bomb less pit. You a bot bomb less pit. You can't keep putting lead in the sad Dal keep putting lead in the sad

Dal bags in your frontrunners

and expect them to stay out

there. This is as much a message to the States as the

Federal Government? . It is a

message to anybody who thinks

the mining industry is an easy

target and that their going to

take them for granted. You

already project closures. already project closures. Our

cost environment is nearly

twice what it is in comparable

operations around the world.

We've got massive cost increases, reduction in labour

productivity, declining labour productivity, and the sovereign risk associated with an

unstable tax system. We thought

we could get some respite once

we'd done the mining tax, once

we'd done the carbon tax, but

no, no, here we go again. The

idea of going out and publicly

demonising the mining industry has has only one objective, in my

view, and that is to plough that paddock of public

sentiment so there's greater

public sentiment when they come after us

after us with the carbon

tax. That was the political

editor Lynne cal Curtis talking to Mitch hook from the minerals counsel of Australia. We're

waiting for the Opposition

leader Tony Abbott to begin a

speech to carers Australia. It

is a live shot you can see

there. This is in the Opposition party room there. Federal Parliament. Tony Abbott has already Abbott has already mentioned to

the media that he's going the media that he's going to use this speech to announce

that he wants to set up a

bipartisan Parliamentary Committee to work on the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.


It is a significant speech. We're

We're going to be taking that

live. It is due to get under

way shortly. We'll go there

live just as soon it as begins.

Today's top stories - the It is North Korean rocket launch as failed according to South

Koreian, Japanese and US Government officials. The South Korean Defence Ministry

says rocket broke into pieces

and crashed into the Yellow Sea

a few minutes after take off.

State and Federal Government

representatives are meeting today for the Council of Australian Governments meeting.

High on the agenda is a if you

funding deal for trade training.

training. A man is dead after being being shot at a busy shopping

centre in Brisbane's south.

Police say the 22-year-old was shot in the head outside a

restaurant at Eight Mile Plains

last night. A quick look at the

weather around the - in the capital cities around capital cities around the nation today: After weeks of threats,

North Korea has launched a

long-range rocket, but it

appears to have failed. Pyongyang ignored concerns from

the West as well as its neighbours South Korea and

Japan to launch rocket which Japan to launch rocket which it claimed would send an observation satellite into

space. Japan, the US and other countries countries suspect the launch

was a covert test of the long-range ballistic technology. Several media

organisation are citing US and

Japanese officials saying

rocket crashed into Seattle

shortly after take off. An emergency presidential meeting is under

is under way in South Korea and

an emergency meeting an emergency meeting of UN Security Council will be helped

tonight to discuss the launch. State and Federal Government representatives have descended on Canberra for today's Council of Australian Governments meeting. A if you

funding deal for trade training

is high on the agenda. It supports the overhaul supports the overhaul of Australia's Australia's training system

including setting up a

HECS-style loan systems. Chris

Evans says the proposal would

see the States paying for basic training. Commonwealth would fund higher level

qualifications. The WA

fund Victorian Governments say

they'll lose money under the

new deal. Queensland Premier

Campbell Newman has also

expressed concerns about it.

Government hopes the prems years and Chief Ministers will

agree to the new deal

today. The United Nations has

warned Syria that the world warned Syria that the world is

watching to see whether its

fragile ceasefire can hold.

The truce came into force today

and does appear to have brought the level of violence sharply

down. There are reports of

breaches on both sides and more deaths. After a months of

violence it did seem a very

different kind of day. Not so

much peace, but the absence of large-scale conflict. Activists ventured out to record these pictures of

Government tanks on the move in

Hama. Here in Aleppo they Hama. Here in Aleppo they were

able to film a sniper position.

In the same city, students came

out to form a chain bearing the

wordings "SOS". Both side as queues each other of

violations. In this Damascus

suburb activists said they

filmed shelling by the army. For its part, the government

accused the Opposition of a lethal roadside bomb lethal roadside bomb a being at that. The UN Secretary-General's wary

response spoke for many in the

international community. As

of this moment, the situation

looks calmer. The world is

watching, however, with

sceptical eyes since many promises previously made by watching,

Government of Syria had not been kept. In Damascus amongst

supporters of the

was a welcome for the ceasefire, but also for Government's threat to

retaliate if attacked.

TRANSLATION: We're against

the withdrawal of the army and

especially in the hot zones. We're seeking the stability of

the country. TRANSLATION: All

Syrians are supporting the

ceasefire because we're ceasefire because we're already so tired of this mess and the

events taking place. What's

meant to happen now? Under the Annan

Annan plan the Government's heavy weapons tanks and troops

are supposed to be withdrawn. UN monitors are meant to be deployed to report on

compliance with the plan. And

a political process

a political process should begin between both sides with

an intermediary. This evening

there was a blunt rejection of

this from the commander of the

rebel army. TRANSLATION: This regime has already violated the ceasefire from the

first minute. It will not

honour it or meet its pledges.

We cannot enter into honour it

with a criminal regime. with a criminal regime. We

believe that this regime is illegitimate. For the refugees

who dream of returning home,

today's news presents a

possibility. This woman is in

her 70s and was separated from

her sons and grandchildren when

they tried to escape Syria. When everything is peaceful I'll

I'll go home to my children.

Every day I'm crying and

thinking about them. The news

from across the border is

confused. Generally quiet but

with reports of violations in

some areas. For Kofi Annan the

problem is that the political crisis which caused the

violence remains unresolved and

the Opposition will not accept any solution that keeps

President Assad in power. After

After thousands of deaths, tens

of thousands driven in exile,

the betterness and mistrust in

the way of way of real peace is

immense. It is telling perhaps

I didn't meet any refugees

today who believed they would be going

be going home soon. That report

from the BBC. In just five

months time the London 2012

Olympics will be over and Olympics will be over and the

athletes and crowds will have

gone. But what will be left behind?

behind? The legacy of behind? The legacy of the Olympics is still visible in

the Spanish city of Barcelona 20

20 years after it held

20 years after it held the

event. Take a boat along

Barcelona's waterfront and it

is easy to is easy to see the legacy the

Olympics left here. 20 years

ago this city had its back

turned to the sea. Now it is

the perfect spot for a bit of

sport or maybe something a

little less taxing. It is little less taxing. It is hard to imagine but before the games

this long stretch of sandy

beach was an industrial dumping

ground. Maria and her friends

have been meeting here for years. They remember what it

was like back then. TRANSLATION:

But it wasn't only about

spending billions on redevelopment projects. The

global profile of the games

transformed the city's image. Now it is one of the hottest tourist tourist destinations in the

world with the number of

visitors doubling in the decade

which followed. There's no

question the Olympics helped to

region rate Barcelona turning

into one of the most vibrant and popular cities in the and popular cities in the

world, but up here where most

of the sport actually happened,

well, that's a very different

story. When we visited the

diving centre, it was in a

shocking state, only used shocking state, only used in

high summer, it's been largely

neglected. So does the iconic

venue have a future. When

let's say the economic turn

around comes and the city has money, it is a facility to

invest and make it indoor, invest and make it indoor, but

it is true that it it is true that it hasn't been a big demand on that. The

Olympic Stadium has been well

looked after and still attracts

a lot of visitors. The own

problem is there's not a lot problem is there's not a lot to

see. Football club moved out

three years ago leaving it

without an anchor tenant. three

from the flagship venues, most three

of the smaller stadiums, like

the velodrome, continue to have

community use, although even

here the lack of a roof means

it can't host big competitions.

Few did more to bring the games to Barcelona than the late IOC President Juan Antonio


Samaranch. His son says his

father's legty goes way father's legty goes way beyond infrastructure. You look infrastructure. You look at basketball, you look at basketball, you look at football, hand ball, team

sports, tennis, wherever you

look you have very competitive

Spanish sportsmen and Spanish sportsmen and women

that are doing very, very that are doing very, very well.

That all started over in that stadium 20 years stadium 20 years ago, yes. Maybe so, but Barcelona's Olympic achievement was to

prioritise urban renewal over

sporting legacy. London sporting legacy. London is promising both. I'll just

mention once again we're waiting waiting for the Opposition

leader, Tony Abbott, to begin a

media conference. He's at the Federal

Federal Parliament - actually,

the Opposition party room at

Federal Parliament. There's a

carers function on there now.

Tony Abbott actually raised a

substantial amount of money in

the Polley pedals. That

the Polley pedals. That raises money for this organisation. money for this carers organisation. He's going to be speaking

the National Disability

Insurance Scheme and he's

indicated that he's going to be offering bipartisan support for that with a that with a parliamentary committee, a committee, a joint Parliamentary Committee to be set up. It looks like he's just

just about to be introduced

there. We might go live to

that event now. This is in the

Opposition party room at

Federal Parliament in Canberra.

I was incredibly proud I was incredibly proud to

wear that shirt. Incredibly

proud to be out for such an

exciting cause. For exciting cause. For me, pollie-pedal was a pollie-pedal was a tremendous experience and an experience I couldn't have couldn't have anticipated. I said on a number of occasions that the riders, cyclists, are

a unique breed. They do ride

for passion, but there's no question that they road question that they road for

purpose on this pollie-pedal.

They took the purpose to heart

and they rode like the wind and

they rode into towns and they

took that purpose very

seriously and they spoke to

carers all along the way

admirably led by Tony Abbott.

It was an extraordinary event It was an extraordinary event

to witness. There were amazing volunteers, many of them over 80

80 years old, but all there because they were because they were passionately committed to the cause of

pollie-pedal and to giving back to Australia and to making an

Australia that's good for Australia that's good for all

of us. The whole way along

route we gathered and met with

extraordinary carers, carers who every day are doing something to make this the

wonderful country that it is.

For carers Australia it was a

unique opportunity, it was an

opportunity for exposure that

we could never have we

it was an opportunity to meet with people and to it

the issues, particularly the

issues of isolation in regional Australia, what it meant for so

many of those carers to have many of those carers to have to travel long distances for

services, how hard it was to

access different kinds of

services, and how much it meant

for them to gather together to

break down that isolation and to work in partnership with

each other. I think we each other. I think we all know that there are 2.6 million carers in the country, one in eight Australians, and the replacement replacement cost of those

carers is over $40 carers is over $40 billion per

annum. Carers are doing annum. Carers are doing an extraordinary job to make

Australia great and we have two

extraordinary carers with extraordinary carers with us

today. Carers are today. Carers are the foundation of our palliative

care, aged care, disability and

mental health sectors. They

keep the sectors afloat. If

their care was to be withdrawn, those sectors would simply

falter. They would not be able to cope. We're really excited

that we have two of those

carers here with us. We really

are also excited that

pollie-pedal is allowing us pollie-pedal is allowing us the opportunity to break down

isolation for carers. We

didn't ever in our wildest dreams anticipate this kind dreams anticipate this kind of

result from pollie pedal, but we're going to do we're going to do some fantastic things to break down

that isolation and I can't wait

to come back here and to report

the number of things that we've

been able to do to in flention

the way that carers do their

lives on a daily basis. I can't wait to tell you about

the number of those things. We've got plans and those We've got plans and those plans are growing. Monumentally.

We're pretty excited that

there's now some room for us to do

do some of the things we dream about.

about. The things that keep us

awake at night thinking if only we

we could do this bit. If only

we could do this bit. If there

was a way to break down some of

that isolation, if there was a

way to engage those carers

better, this is how we would do was a

it. Pollie-pedal gives us that

opportunity. I really want opportunity. I really want to say thank you very much to Tony

Abbott for leading that cause. What I saw during What I saw during the course of

pollie-pedal was an extraordinarily

extraordinarily determined

effort by a number of really remarkable Australians led

admirably by Tony Abbott to admirably by Tony Abbott to do

something that matters. I something that matters. I saw

a number of Australians

committed to making committed to making Australia

the extraordinary country that

it is, to making Australia good

for all of us. For us today

we're here to celebrate the

carers, to celebrate the

success of pollie-pedal and for

me it is a great pleasure to introduce those two carers to

you. We will hear first you. We will hear first from Kay Pritchard whose story I

think we didn't get on pollie pedal, we're pretty excited welcome pedal, we're pretty excited to

welcome Kay. Also really

excited to welcome Connie Ellis

who has a very close connection

with carers ACT and has been working in this field and

telling people about the life of

of carers for quite some time.

I'll ask Kay to come and speak

to you and then I'll ask Connie to

to speak to you and I just want

to say once again a very big

thank you for the efforts that

you've made on behalf of the 2.6 million carers across the country. (APPLAUSE). Thank

you. Thank you for inviting me

to come and have a chat but

today. Firstly, I want to say

thank you for being involved