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Abe Saffron has died at the age

of 86. He was widely known as

Mr Sin for his alleged

underworld dealings. And the

Snow y River is in danger of

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He has been shafted, he

says, because he took a sphand against electricity private

yaization in the late 1990 s

and a more recent Michael Costa

plan to remove the rail line

into Newcastle's CBD and sell

the prime real estate to

property developers. The plan

has since been abandoned after sustained community objection

and protest. The

recriminations from Mr Gaudry

are both bitter and revealing.

Stateline went to Newcastle to

record them. Just after 2pm

on Thursday, Bryce Gaudry, 63,

the Member for Newcastle, got

the call from his scrut ner at

the ALP's National Executive meeting in Canberra. He

already knew he didn't have the

numbers. His 15-year political

career was over. 13/7.

Thanks for your help, Sharon.

OK. Thanks, bye. So that's

it, hey? That's it. It was

the end of a two-year lobbying

battle which climaxed on

Wednesday whether Mr Gaudry's

local ALP branches paid for a

quixotic half-page advertise in the 'Newcastle Herald'.

Obviously the party

officer s, the powerbrokers in

Sydney decided they couldn't

win what we call a rank and

file pre-collection. They were

also obviously wear of a an N

40 and so they flicked it to

the National Executive where 21

or 22 members, 17 who don't

even live in New South Wales,

have just decided who will win

the preselection for Newcastle

and who will represent the

Labor members here, so it's un

democratic and, as I said, this

is the end game. Which is

really the culture of the New

South Wales Labor Party, isn't

it? Well, the whole party here

has been based and brought up

in Newcastle on the rights of

ordinary party members to

participate. That has been

trashed by this decision.

You're angry, but will you

stand as an Independent?

Newcastle has had an

Independent before? I've

always represented the

community here as a Labor Party

member and I will continue to

represent them as a Labor Party

member. But isn't - won't

this destabilise the Labor

Party in Newcastle because at

the moment the polls are

showing the Iemma Government is

going to be returned in March

next year and the know va Cass

tri--ans can say, "Well, what's

the use, we can get better

leverage with Macquarie Street

with an Independent," as they

have in some National Party

seats. ? That's a decision the

people of Newcastle will make

in March 2007. They will, I

would hope, look at all the

policies, rather than making a decision on anything but that.

Although Mr Gaudry, a

Bachelor of Arts and former

physical education teacher and

administrator, elected in 1991,

is a member of the Eleftheriou

faction in the party's

Macquarie Street Caux suss. He

says he is a more a non-

ideological, community-based

politician, and while he is un

likely to run as an

Independent, he is not taking

his dis endorsement lying down.

He it's payback, he says; for

standing he has taken against

his own government on behalf of

his communtd. I instance to

you two of though kaitions.

One was against the privatise

ation of the Leck tri-industry

and the other and most recent

one, the maintenance to

Newcastle. In both of those

instances, I and other MPs

stood up against the

Government's policy decision

and campaigned successfully.

That didn't endear me, I must

say, to some members of the

Government, where I was then in

direct conflict with the then

Minister for transport, Michael

Costa and certainly that did

not endear me either to him or

other members of the

Government. So we would key

Michael Costa's fingerprints on

the axe Handel? I think these

things are always shadowy. The

axe handle is delivered to

other members. Prem prem prem

has fast tracked seven new

State candidates he introduced

to the media on Thursday

afternoon. They included Mr

Gaudry's replacement, a recent

recruit to the Labor Party,

Jodie McKy, a former journalist

and newsreader with NBN, now

studying for NBA. Ha has had

a negative personal impact on

Bryce, but is in no way a

reflection on Bryce.

REPORTER: What do you think,

Jodie? I'm really excited

about it. It's a great day and

this is about a new perspective

for Newcastle. I feel very

privileged and honoured to be

in this situation. Wouldn't

you have rather to have been

elected as a rairntion and file

situation? The Premier says

this is about a new perspective

for the city. I think

generally the majority of

people in Newcastle are very

excited about this. Let me

put this to you: You are too

old and the party obviously

needs your safe seat of

Newcastle to inject some new

blood? Well, I dismiss that.

Eddie Obeid is still with the

party and going on to represent

them. John Price I think is

thinking of standing again, and

I've got plenty of vigour and

strong support from the

community. So it's not to do

with ageing, it's to do with Sydney-based powerbrokers.

Bryce Gaudry seems to be

accepting his fate. When you

haven't got the numbers, it's

all over. It's all over, too,

for recently indorsed Patricia

Forsythe who last year famously

told Stateline that extremists

and re-lirj just Dell lots were

taking over the branch. She is

leaving soon to replace par gi

os moond as the executive

director of the Sydney Chamber

of Commerce. REPORTER: Do you

still maintain there are

schedule zealots? I'm not

about to make comments about

past events or the future, but

I'm not going to step back from

things that I said at the time.

That would make no sense at

all. As to where the Liberal

Party is at and where the

Liberal Party is going is for

other people to comment. With

Bryce Gaudry now publicly

claiming powerbrokers have done

him in because he stood up for

his community, like the Liberal

Party, the Labor Party's some

times ruthless internal

workings have been exposed. If

we look forensically we would

also see Morris Iemma's

fingerprints on the axe handle.

His hands are on it, it's his

decision. I look more to those

factional groups that stand

behind the Premier as being the

instigators of this whole move.

I mean, it started well over

two years ago and has been an

ongoing campaign, a

destabilising campaign in this

area, led obviously from

Sydney, but operating also

through their people who

constantly feed the media, but

are always noted as informed

Labor sources. Has your party

been captured by developer or

vested interests? Well, there

is no doubt that both parties

and, I think, politics itself

is more and more driven to

raise funds for the cost of

elections, and so the - certainly the developers

understand that it's important

to be close by and to

constantly lobby. One of the

things, though, that I would

say, which I am concerned

about, is the growing use of

what I would call spiv doctors.

, to deliver the message to

government, going around

members of Parliament. I think

as Government goes on, that is

more and more an issue that

needs to be addressed. So the

propriety of developer or

vested interest lobbying is

increasing concern? Well, of

concern to me and I think of

concern to the community, but

it's an issue, I think , that

all sides of politics are

dealing with. To me, it is a

back-door mechanism of dealing

with government, and doesn't

take into account the local

members, their links to the

community, and the important

messages that they can take to

and from government.

Stateline sought and interview

with Labor Party State

secretary Mark Arbib to respond

to Bryce Gaudry's a -- attack.

He was unavailable. In a

written staple, Mr Arbib

rejected Mr Gaudry's claims.

By the way, Rockdale share

Shaoquett Moselmanne today

withdrew his preselection

challenge to Frank Sartor, the

sitting member, after private

talks with Mr Arbib. Tomorrow,

all eyes will be on the Liberal

Party's preselection ballot in

Epping where Peter

Debnam-backed Pru Goward

apparently is still struggling

to get the numbers against

deputy DPP Greg Smith. It's democracy at work, New South

Wales-style.

Now a little more on

Treasurer and Minister for the

Hunter Michael Costa, one of those Bryce Gaudry apparently

rubbed up the wrong way. The

cost of questioning Michael

Costa can be high. Your Independent Treasurer doesn't

take prisoners when political

war breaks out. He was most

lethal when being questioned

recently by the bud Budget

Estimates Committee. Here is a

few extracts from the attempted

inquisition of the minister who

brings new meaning and purpose

to that tribe called the Labor

Right. ) Idiosyncratic)

P- I've worked some of

those trains in the past. I am

aware of that. So precisely.

It seems as though with your

lack of planning, you're

condemning... Hang on. How do

we go from an explanation about

port infrastructure to some

political statement about

planning? It's not a political

statement. It's your

subjective judgment. I can't

answer that. The Sydney met

toll tan -- metropolitan rail

system will be overloaded.

How do you know that? Where are

your figures? Well, when you

consider that the train

consistent can only go at 20

km/h. So where is the

planning. OK, Treasurer, how

much breaches of the code have

been reportd in the last

financial year? I don't have

that detailed information, but

I will take it on notice. Did

you bring any detailed

information to us? Yes, I

brought the Budget papers. I

thought this was about a

Budget. It is. Why don't

you refer to the budget papers

rather than going on a fishing

exercise. It's not a fishing

exercise. I have it in front

of me. I will talk about

anything in the Budget papers.

400 jobs. Up to 400 jobs.

Are you shocked by that? Given

that it's... What about the

29,000 jobs you will get rid of

it. Only 30,000 in the back

office. Look I just explained

it. Don't throw your hands up

in shock, horror about 400 jobs

when you're talking about

taking 29,000 out of the public

sector. 400 police... As

Minister for the Hunter, could

you outline the benefit to the

Hunter region from the mining

industry? Oh, you've got to be

kidding? No, I think you would

like to take this seriously and

give us a good rundown. I

think that's a very silly

question Not silly at all.

Absolutely ridiculous that

you've asked she that sort of

question. It is the sort of

question that a primary school

student would have on a gee og

graphy P - please outline the

benefits of coalmining to the

New South Wales economy? The

Hunter - I was asking you for

the Hunter?. It's the sort of

thing you would ask a

10-year-old to do in an

assignment. Are you trying to

wipe out the Hunter's coal

strie? Quite kind of fool are

you? No, we say there should

be new coalmines. I hope

there is many more new

coalmines and I hope those

coalmines exist for a long,

long time because the Hunter

depends on it, the State's

economy depends on it and it is

an important industry for the

export industry. If you have a

problem with coal , move

somewhere else because this

State will always have coal.

Take five primary schoolchildren from New South

Wales and tell them to paint a

portrait of the Sydney Harbour

Bridge and you will get five

different interpret term

traition s -- interpretations

of the landmark. Turn those

five poster s into a

competition to get people to

vote on what they think is the

best. The Historic Houses

Trust has done and next week it

will announce the winner.

Sharon O'Neill previews the

paintings and the artists.

Ouch teacher, Mrs Browning, she

told us there was an art

competition. I like art, so I

thought I might enter in. So,

yeah, I did this painting of of

the Harbour Bridge. Each of

my classmates -- classmates

did a painting and my teacher

chose one to go into the come

pet ugh tition. We saw this

picture of the Harbour Bridge

and I took it from there.

REPORTER: When you heard you

were one of the finalists, what

did you think? Ek stas tick.

Our teacher, she drew a picture

of the bridge on the chalk

board and so I decided that I

would sort of do the design

like hers, only put the Opera

House close tore the Harbour

Bridge.

Meet the five finalists in

the My Sydney Harbour Bridge

Poster Competition. The

artwork submitted by these

primary school students were

selected from hundreds of

designs by children across New

South Wales as part of the celebrations leading up to the

75th anniversary of the opening

of the Harbour Bridge. one of

these students will go on to

become the official winner, and

their art will be framed and

displayed in the museum of

Sydney. All the winner has to

do is get the most number of

votes from the general public,

and the honour is all theirs.

At the start, my teacher told

me we had to do a portrait

picture, so I thought how I

could fit the whole bridge into

the picture. I started looking

at some books by Grace corking

tonne-Smith. I looked where

the shoreline was and then I

fixed it up and put the whole

bridge in the picture and

voila! I wanted to do a dot

effect and it's like a party

for the Harbour Bridge, so I

wanted to go real bright and,

plus, I wanted to go to my

culture kind of painting. The

two supports of the bridge - a

couple of people have commented

that they look like cricket

bats. Was that the intention?

No, they were going to be

flagpoles, the top rods. -

part of it, but, no, they ended

up being too thick. I thought

I might do fireworks because

it's fame mus for New Year's

Eve and I did a night theme to

put it in the night. Yeah,

this is the -- this is

supposed to be a boat shoot

fireworks from underneath it.

Have you ever been to see the

fireworks on the Harbour

Bridge? Yes, I've been once.

What was that like? That was

nice. It had the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

on the bridge. Tell me about

the use of the newspaper, what

made you decide to do that?.

Oh, just the theme of My Sydney

Harbour Bridge - just like it

represents my Sydney ha bour

Bridge to me, so I wanted to

make it a little bit more my

Sydney ha bour Bridge. Make

it a bit different? Yes, to

the others. I didn't think I could fit in the whole bridge

and I wanted to get the Sydney

Opera House in as well. When

you went out on the water this

morning and you saw the bridge,

how did you think your picture

fitted in with what you

actually saw this morning? I

thought I didn't manage to get

in most of the other buildings

around it. Did that worry

you? Yeah, a bit. The judge

The judging competition process

was completely un knowing in

the sense that we nudged them

purely on artistic merit. We didn't know where the children

came from, how old they were,

what their backgrounds were at

all, so I think it's really

nice that we've ended up with

three girls and two boys and

they are from very different

parts of Sydney and the South

Coast and from very different cultural backgrounds. It's

really, really nice, and I

think that also shows the

change in Sydney from 1932 to

today where we have such an interesting, multicultural,

diverse community.

Three days before the

Harbour Bridge was officially

opened, 52,000 children from 1

94 public schools in Sydney

walk add cross the bridge. One

of those children was

9-year-old juen Boyle. I can

remember the day. I can

remember what we calld in the

wartime, stooging around,

waiting around to get your turn

to cross the bridge. This

week, June Boyle met up with

the five finalists in the

Harbour Bridge poster

competition to look at their

artwork and talk about the

bridge. I think it's great.

Do you think I's great Yes,

excellent. So would any one

of these posters clearly be...

Yes, something individual in a

newspaper and the dot art, and

this one - this is real

engineering one, this one and

the foil. They are just

brilliant, I think, for such young children. Yes, they

really are. We never had art

teachers like that when I went

to school. Voting for the

come petition closes -- for the competition closes next

Tuesday, so it's not too late to go to the Historic Houses

Trust web site and make your

choice. When you looked at

the other paintings, what did

you think? I felt a bit

nervous when I saw them all.

Like, it's going to be a hard

competition. And when you saw

the other paintings from the

other finalists, what were your

thoughts? I thought I was up

against some pretty good

competition. June, tell me

about the posters. You've

looked at them. Can you

possibly choose a winner?

Well, no, because each one is

so individual - they've all got

something different to offer.

It would be very hard. I'm

glad I don't have to judge it. Now Do It Yourself Dissent

video. You shoot it, we show

it. This week it's from a

small country school at Carbago

in the State's south. The P &

C has had enough with putting

up with inferior infrastructure

like the temporary classroom

they've had for more than 20

years.

We are at the Carbago

Public School on the far south

coast of New South Wales.

Carbago is classified as a

village and sh this small

rural school caters for some

140 children from the

surrounding areas. The school

is fortunate to have wonderful

teachers who provide a quality

learning environment.

Enthusiastic students and a

very supportive community. But

the state of the school's

infrastructure is deplorable

and the school cannot seem to

get the department to commit to

funding for an upgrade. Today

the school is celebrating Book

Week with a mad hatter's tea

party. The students have

designed and created their own

hats and are competing in

old-fashioned games. The

celebration is centrerd on the

library. , a temporary library

in a demountable building which

has been on this site for 25

years. The school P & C saw

the opportunity to highlight

the sad state of the school's

infrastructure and invited

local poll shish -- poll - -

local politicians and

departmental members to the

sell braiths. The toilets are

like something out of the dark

ages and the students get wet

when it rains as there are no

covered walkways. Also, the

school has no indoor area which

will accommodate the whole

school. Carbago is not going

away. The local population is

slated to increase. So the P &

C demand s an answer from the

Minister for education: When

is Carbago School going to be

brought up to standard? And

we'll bring you any reaction

from the Education Minister

next week, if there is any

reaction. To the week around

the regions, here is Jean

Kennedy with a precis.

It looks like a

controversial supermarket

development at Merimbula went

won't get up. Developers want

to build the supermarket on the

town's bowling club car park,

but Bega Valley Council has

knocked it back because of

fears of too much traffic. The

developers' last hope is to an

appeal to the land and

environment court. At Cooma,

prisoners from the local jail

are in big demand as workers on

community projects. A

spokesman said prison work

teams are a great success.

Some of the jobs completed last

year include a youth centre redevelopment, landscaping and

cemetery work. Aboriginal

stories say the traps were

established more than 20,000

years ago. A local committee

has been set up to work out how

to take advantage of the unique

attraction. The State

Government wants to create more

caravan and camping sites on

the North Coast and it's

looking at possible Crown land

sites. The Lands Department

says there is increasing demand

for the facilities. The

saleyards at Quirindi are to be

shut down. Liverpool Plains

Council says it's partly

because of the drought's effect

on cattle numbers. Saleyard

technology is another reason

for the closure. Finally,

vandalism, not Satanism is

thought to be behind the recent

desecration at St Stephen's

Church in the Temora parish. A

severed sheep's head was left

on the altar and slogans in

blood on the walls. The head

of the Anglican diocese says

some of the slogans are

childish and in this case, he a

is more inclined to believe it

was vandalism rather than

occult. Next week, every baby

boomer's nightmare, the generation whatever child who

just won't leave home. Here is

a plea view. I've got the

back end of the house, you

could say more or less. A

bedroom, the bar, the spa room

in there as well. So my own

bathroom - everything you need.

Money is a big factor. To

looking at getting a house loan

and what-not and having to save

and I'm a shocking saver, but I

buy lottery tickets, so I

bought a lottery ticket tore

last weekend, so if I ever won

big, I could afford to buy a

house straightaway, but in moo

case it's probably just pro

craft nation more than

anything. The never leave

home generation next week.

That's Stateline for this week.

We are repeated on ABC 1 at

noon on Saturday and on ABC2,

you can see all Stateline

states and Territories in

blocks on Sunday. Kerry

O'Brien will be back on the

7:30 Report on Monday. Good Guy Goodbye. Workers were told that

almost $2 million was loaned

from the abattoir to assist the

company and never repaid. The

State Government has spent $215

million to cut the water

consumption of one of its

thirstiest customer customers.

Another day of evidence from

Ryan Kuchel brought with it

another admission that he lied

to police. He said that most

of what he told detectives in

this interview in 2003 was

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