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Tonight - water pressure -

supplies dry up. Authorities

crack down. The issue now is

every drop is going to count.

frustration for the Prime No Budget bounce - poll

Minister. There are too many

people out there who think that

it won't matter to the economy

if there is a change of

government. An old digger

gets back his stolen medals of

honour. They're only bits of

medal, -- metal, but they're

hard earnt. And the young

tear away set to join rugby

league's ee let. I'm excited

to get the job and looking

forward to it. Good evening.

Juanita Phillips with ABC News

>>ment from the east coast to

the west, the story is the

same. State governments forced

to take or plan drastic action

because they Simfully can't

cope with the drought. In New South Wales, cities and towns

in the bush have been told to

move to critical stage 4 water

restrictions. It's the same in

Canberra where water use

outdoors will also be banned

from July. And in the west of

the country, the Carpenter

Government will have to build a

second desalination plant to

guarantee Perth's supplies.

Reporter Rachel Mealey on how

the drought will lead to a big

turnoff. The people living

along the Murray and Murrumbidgee rivers have been

watching water levels slowly

fall. It has caused severe

restrictions for farmers and

irrigators. Now it is the

turn-of-the towns. Al The

issue now is every drop will

count. The Government has

given councils to more to Level

4 water restrictions.

Commonsense will prevail.

We're not about to tell

utilities and councils how to

suck eggs. They know the

perilous situation we face.

Worst case scenario is we go to

stage 4 water restrictions on 1

July. Canberra's outlook isn't

any better. The city's

resident s also face Level 4 restrictions ant Water

Authority hasn't ruled out

limit ing use to water inside

the home. What we're facing

now is unprecedented. The

better we do now and the more

we put off even tougher

restrictions. In Perth, a

billion dollars will be thrown

at the water problem. The

State Government says a second desalination plant will be up

and running by 2011, and it may

have been raining in Melbourne

today, but it wasn't enough to

stop the record books

registering the Garden City's

driest year. Over the past 12

months it has recorded less

than half of its usual level of

rainfall. Climate change is

reducing the amount of water

available, and that means we

have to do more to provide more

water and to save water. The

weather bureau predicts good

rainfall across New South Wales

and Victoria in coming days.

In the town of Orange, the

water wry kiss -- crisis has

led to a difficult and unusual

dilemma. Do they hang onto

their dwindling supply or sell

some of it off to keep the

local guild mine open? The mine

is getting special treatment,

says some. Sara Clarke

reports. The chambers were

packed as the Orange Council

held an emergency meeting to

decide the fate of the local

goldmine. After two hours of

often heated debate, it voted

for a water rescue package to

keep the mine afloat. This

has been a difficult decision

for the council. I think it

was a heal dy debate that was

healed tonight. Cadia Valley

goldmine on the outskirts of

Orange employs 700 locals, but

it warned it would have to

stand down up to half of them

if it ran out of water. With

just six weeks of supply left

at the mine, the mayor said the

town had little choice. I lot

of people would learn from this

and we hope it doesn't happen

again. The town of Orange will

now sell 450 million litres of

water to the council. That has

caused anger to the town.

This is a short-term fix. If

the price of gold was down $200

an ounce at the moment. Do you

think this would be happening?

No it wouldn't. It is a

short-term victory. It's only

enough to keep the mine going

for an extra two months and the

town is about to move on to

Level 4 water restrictions.

The Whiteleys are the only

original land holders left

downstream. Their concern now

is the mine's plan to expand.

They've got expansions in the

pipeline and they're going to

need a hell of a lost of water

up and running and at the

moment I can't see where it's

going to come from. The mine

is pinning its hopes on heavy

rainfall. If that doesn't

happen, the council will have

an even bigger crisis on its

hands. John Howard showed

signs of frustration today, as

yet another opinion poll put

the Government well behind

Labor. The Prime Minister

admits that today's Newspoll is

bad for the Coalition, but he

says he won't resort to stupid

policy to win back support.

Labor says the election is

still a long way off, but there

is a clear mood for change in

the electorate. Thanks, but

no thanks. That appears to be

the voters' initial reaction to

the Budget, so say the polls.

They are very bad for us at the

present time. At least one

senior minister doesn't get it.

We have that's horrendous

numbers from the Government's

perspective and you say. So

what does that tell you? I

need to ask you that. I'm

asking that question.

According to Newspoll, 60% of

voters think the Budget is good

for the economy, but it's not

reflected in their voting

intention. Coalition support

has slipped a point in two

weeks, while Labor's primary

vote is back up to 50%.

Detective spite the Budget and

a tough fortnight, Kevin Rudd

has extended his lead as

preferred Prime Minister. Mr

Howard thinks many voters know

not what they do. There are

too many people out there who think that it won't matter for

the economy if there is a

change of government. There

is a clear mood for change, but

we have a Prime Minister who

will say anything, do anything

and spend any amount of public

money on his re-election. Much

has been made of the university

funding package, but according

to Newspoll, it rates a lowly

fourth with the voters after

tax cuts, health spending and

solar power. You generally

find it takes even a month or

two. But time is starting to

become John Howard's problem.

Nothing the Government has

tried all year has dented

Labor's lead or Kevin Rudd's

standing. Labor's primary vote

has been consistently four or

five points better than in

2004. ALP strategists say

WorkChoices and the age of the

Government is part of the

explanation. Liberal insiders

admit that if the spell is not

broken in a month, they will be

worried. Telstra and the

competition watchdog have upped

the ante in their battle over a

new high-speed broadband

network. Telstra has labelled

the ACCC a rogue agency and has

taken out full-page

advertisements, accusing it of

running too much interference.

The regulator isn't impressed.

It says it is just trying to

get the best price possible for

consumers. Newspaper readers

could hardly have missed it -

Telstra's full-page ad, and

clearly singling out the

villain. To have this issue

go to the dark corners of the

partyroom, never to be debated

by the public, which is what

the ACCC wants us to do, isn't

right. This is something that

needs to be publicly addressed.

The ACCC says it won't be

intimidated, accusing Telstra

of keeping the public in the

dark about pricing for the new

network. Its chief has his own

questions. What price is it

that Australian consumers will

pay for this grand plan that is

described by Telstra in its

advertisements? With the

regulator unmoved, Telstra its

message and threats to spend $4

billion offshore at a

government in election mode.

With the elected leadership of

the country and if the voters

of the country decide they

don't want broadband, then we

have other places we can put

the money and we will do it.

The campaign was dismissed by

the Prime Minister as a venting

of frustrations. I think what

we're witnessing here is a

company that hasn't got its own way, taking it out on the

regulator. Labor's plan to

contribute almost $5 billion to

building a new network has

increased the pressure on the

Government to end the impasse

before the election. That task falls to Communications

Minister Helen Coonan. If the

current regulatory regime can't

yield that outcome, then I

would look at what might be

required. Telstra's own polls

taken earlier this month,

showed 97% of respondents

believed Telstra was the

problem. Telstra says the poll

was rorted. Australia has

farewelled another contingent of troops bound for

Afghanistan. 300 special

operations commandos being sent

to Oruzgan Province in the

country's south. The

Government has committed to

boosting trooch numbers to

combat the Taliban. It is a

very important mission. If

terrorism wins in Afghanistan,

that will be bad for our part of the world, as well as bad

for the people of that country.

I join with the Prime

Minister in bidding you

farewell. We admire you. The

elite commandos will join

forces with SAS troops often

working under cover. Final

preparations are being made for

David Hicks to be sent back to

Australia. Hicks is expected

to be on a plane by the end of

the week. He will serve the

rest of his sentence at Yatala

prison in Adelaide, but there

are still some looseneds to be

sorted out. North America

correspondent Michael Rowland

reports. Miami Beach is a

world away from the Guantanamo

Bay detention camp just across

the water, but it's here one of

the final acts of David Hicks'

Caribbean captivity is being

played out. Hicks' Adelaide

lawyer, David McLeod has

arrived to finalise

arrangements for his client's

transfer to Australia. To

think that David is still in

the circumstances he is in and

here we are waiting to go over

and pick him up, there is a

little bit of sur real about

that. Mr McLeod will be

briefed here about Hicks' departure details. They will

then make the short trip to

Southern Cuba to bring to an

end to the Australian's

five-year stay at Guantanamo.

Hicks will be asked to sign an greelt with the Australian Government, admitting his terrorism conviction and

consenting his return to

Adelaide Yatala prison. He

wouldn't have been told the day

of his leaving, so I may be the

first person that tells him

that. Hicks will be flown

home on a private,

government-chartered plane. He

will be accompanied by two

South Australian correctional

officers who will ensure Hicks

gets to the Adelaide jail to

serve the remainder of his

9-month sentence. The way he

was taken to Guantanamo will be

quite a different mode of

transport to the way he leaves

Guantanamo, and I think for the

first time in 5.5 years he

actually might be subjected to

a degree of comfort. Before he

leaves Guantanamo Bay, Hicks

could face a final round of

questioning by the US military.

He agreed to cooperate with US intelligence officers as part

of his surprise plea deal in

March. Now all the key

players are in place, the clock

is ticking on David Hicks'

departure from Guantanamo.

There is every likelihood he

will leave by the end of this

week and be back in Adelaide a

day or two later. Only one

thing is for certain: US and

Australian authorities are

determined to keep the long

trip home shrouded in as much

secrecy as possible. The

pressure is mounting on World

Bank President, Paul Wolfowitz

to resign over the big pay rise

he gave his girlfriend. A

panel of bank executives said

he broke the organisation's

code of conduct in promoting

his partner. Mr Wolfowitz is

due to appear before a full

board meeting overnight.

Australians who witnessed a

nuclear tests in the outback

during the '50s and '60s are seeking compensation for the

damage they fear it has done to

their health. The class action

was launched as a result of a

New Zealand study. It showed

that veterans who saw nuclear

tests in the Pacific showed

much greater genetic damage

than people who hadn't been

exposed to radiation. Avon

Hudson saw nuclear testing in

the 1960s. Of those he served

with, he is one of the lucky

few left. It is hard to live

with because it's like living

on death row, waiting for the

sentence to be carried out.

New evidence has now emerged

about genetic damage suffered

by New Zealand Navy veterans

involved in British nub

nuclear tests in the 1950s.

Scientists compared the gene of

50 nuclear test veterans with

50 men of the same age. They

found the veterans had three

times of genetic damage. We

can say that it clearly

increases the risks of adverse

health outcomes, particularly

cancer in this generation and

potentially in subsequent generations. Australian

nuclear veterans are planning a

class action based on the

findings. They don't know

whether they've got genetic

damage or not. They don't know

- the men don't know whether

they're going to get cancer or

not. But Veterans' Affairs Minister Bruce Billson says

it's too early to draw

conclusions as the full results

of the New Zealand study hasn't

been released. The report

emphasises it is not making any

claims about health reports.

A study of 10,000 nuclear test

veterans last year showed an

increase in overall death rates

from cancer. Australian

veterans want more tests done

to see if genetic damage has

been passed on to their

children. Three sailors from

an Australian yacht crippled

off South Africa a fortnight

ago have finally made it back

to dry land. Dale Peterson had

to be carried off a snikan

rescue ship when it dockd in

Cape Town. John Blackman was

swept off the 19m 'Cowrie

Dancer' by a huge wave. This

is bad. We've lost a man, a

friend and John was a very experienced sailor and a top

bloke. John was a super guy.

Another wave came along and...

and I think Nick could tell

that it was going to be a bad

one, so he called out to us to

hold on, and the boat broached

again and when it came up, John

was gone. The survivors were

rescued by the crew of a South

African research ship and the

'Cowrie Dancer' was abandoned.

Mr Peterson will need time in

hospital for operations on his

badly broken leg and hip. It

has been the hot topic on

talkback radio. Even the Prime

Minister has had his say. The

'Daily Telegraph''s banner

headline about an abandoned

newborn baby was simply

irresist tibl. The one-day old

infant was found in a carton

ute side Dang nong hospital on

Mother's Day. The Sydney tab

bloid has been accused of

acting irresponsibly, but the Prime Minister is more sir

customer spect. I feel for

the mother, I feel for the

baby. I feel for the woman's

family, but fair go to the

Tele. After all, that is the

natural reaction. I mean, you

go out in the street and talk

to ordinary people, that's what

they would say: "How could you

abon done a little baby?" The

mother still hasn't been found.

Tonight's top story - the

Government is warning towns

along the Murray and

Murrumbidgee rivers to prepare

for stage 4 water restrictions.

Still to come - a digger and

his war medals reunited. It's

not rocket science. New

research has confirmed what

many already know. Science

education in Australia is in

crisis. The report advocates a

radical overhaul to win back

the hearts and mind ing s of

students and turn them into the

scientists of the future.

These kids are among the

dwindling few who actually

enjoy science. I love how you

can discuss when you want and

all the experiments are really

good. I would like to

contribute to medical science

and help people. But study

after study has shown a gradual

decline in the number of secondary students taking

subjects like physics and

chemistry. A new report says

it's time for a major overhaul

of the way science is taught in

Australia. We need

fundamental change in the way

we think and not dress up what

we already have, because that

won't get us anywhere.

Professor Tytler says the

technological future of

Australia is at steak. He

says there is not enough focus

on the reality of students'

lives and real problems. But

whou do you make the periodic

table sexy? You would only use

that idea as a tool to solve

problems about what's happening

to elements, for instance, in

chemicals around the home.

Paul is a passionate science

teacher. He says it's not

necessarily the core curriculum

that needs changing, but the

way it's delivered. In order

for that to occur, teachers

need quality professional

development and quality

resources. And on that issue,

is seems Mr Carnemolla has the

support of his pupils. Onto

finance, and the big buzz on

the markets today was the

extraordinary profit result for

Macquarie Bank and the even

more extraordinary salary paid

to its chief executive. Alan

Kohler has the details. BHP

Billiton and Woodside fell 2%

each, but it wasn't just the

resources stocks. Telstra fell

1% as the company cranked up

its slanging match with the

ACCC. AMP lost 1.5%. Share

prices took a back seat today

to Macquarie Bank and the the

salaries of its bosses. CEO

Allan Moss and head of

investment banking, Nicholas

Moore. The as the profit

rose 60%, so did the chief

executive's wages, to $33

million. Nicholas Moore got a

touch less. Here is a graph of

the number of workers on

average weekly earnings that

could be employed on Allan

Moss' salary. Five years ago

it was 100. Now it's more than

600. That is the Macquarie

Bank chief gets six times the

average wage. Here is why

mining shares fell today. A

sharpish selloff among metals

prices falling between 2.5 and

3%. In Asia today, shares

traded mostly lower, although

the Shanghai B index added

another 1% to yesterday's 9%

rise. And the Australian

dollar was broadly steady today

as traders sat back waiting for

tomorrow's key report on wages,

which was down very slightly

against all of the major

currencies and steady on the

trade-weighted index. This

graph puts the debate over industrial relations into a bit

of context. The number of

union members has been in

steady decline for 15 years and

the number of people who own

shares has doubled. Now as

nearly twice as many share

owners as union members.

Sylvester Stallone has

apologised for illegally

bringing testosterone and into

Australia. In a statement to

the court, Stallone said he

needed the drugs to treat a

medical condition and didn't

realise they were banned, but

the prosecution told the

magistrate that he threw four

vials of testosterone out of

his hotel window to avoid

detection. The movie star's

lawyers entered guilty pleas on

his behalf. He will be

sentenced on Monday. Jeff

Fenech will stand trial for

shoplifting on the Gold Coast.

Fenech declined to speak

outside court this morning. He

is charged with stealing three

designer watches from a

Broadbeach boutique 18 months

ago. No plea was entered.

The whole exercise has been

extremely distressing to his

wife and family. An

acquaintance charged with the

same offence has already

pleaded guilty and was fined

$750. A date for the trial hasn't been set. New South

Wales has named five State of

Origin debutants, including

Newcastle half back Jarrod

Mullen for next week's series

opener in Brisbane. While the

Blues have a new look,

Queensland selectors have kept

faith with the players who won

last year, even though several

of them are under an injury

cloud. The New South Wales

selectors won't admit to

throwing caution to the wind.

Rather, they've selected on

form the 17 players they think

can deliver an un likely

victory at Lang Park. Top of

the list, the 20-year-old from

Singleton who suddenly gone

from Andrew Johns' replacement

at Newcastle to wearing the

Blues' No. 7. He has all the

attributes. He can run the

game, good a good pass , strong

in defence, good left-foot

kick. Destined for Origin,

just a matter of when. They've

gone for him now. New Zealand

shrugged him a little bit, but

behind a really good forward

pack, he could shine. Andrew

Johns was his teacher. I've

had the best coach to help me

get through it and I'm looking

for my time now and looking to

play my own game. Eels

winger, Jarryd Hayne. Bret

White, Anthony Tupou, Kurt

Gidley are the new Blues.

Banished last year by the

Broncos, Neville Costigan comes

back. He joins a squad heavy

with last year's winners, but

carrying the injured - hufnt,

Tait, Hodges, Inglis and

Lockyer. The ankle is

swollen. I can't really run

too far. The Blues centre and

goal kicker, High Wycombe will

face the NRL Jai dictionary

tomorrow night on a dangerous

throw charge. And Dallas

Johnson is facing a careless

high tackle charge on Reni

Maitua. It was a 38-14 mauling

. The Storm join Manly at 4

points clear at the top of the

ladder. Zimbabwe is

maintaining the rage against

Australia for cancelling its

cricket tour this September.

The authorities in Harare have

refused to consider a

compromise proposal to play the

games in a neutral venue like

South Africa. These images of

Zimbabwe are far removed from

the verdant cricketing paradise

the country presents as it

searches for a reversal of

Australia's decision to abandon

its tour. We would like the

Australian Government to think,

to rethink its position before

September. In this Zimbabwe,

everybody, it seems, is

preaching from the same book.

Let the cricketers play with

cricketers and let politicians

play with politicians. It was

meant to be a great help for

our team. There is a plea for

other nations to make

Australia's dedecision an

isolated one. I urge those

others not to listen to John

Howard because I think they

should make their own

decisions. A first-round win

in Hamburg over Argentina's

Augustin Calleri has Lleyton

Hewitt with a more positive

French Open outlook after a

come back of frus traition.

Since winning Vegas, I've

hardly been able to get on the

court. I felt like I got my

game to a good standard there

and wasn't able to keep on the

court to get the matches that I

want. Roger Federer has

elaborated on his split with Australian coach Tony Roche

after a 2.5 year union. I've

had great results, it showed,

but for some reason it just

didn't quite work out the last

few weeks or months anymore. I

this to get my head cleared out

before the French Open and I

think it's the best for both of

us. Floyd Landis has begun

the first day of an arbitration

hearing to answer allegations

of doping from the US

anti-doping agency. It is a

chance that this is a system

that will do what it takes to

win at all costs. With his

reputation in the balance after

an excessive testosterone

reading, 'The Land' team will

search for many testing levels

it sees as flawed. The US drug

agency's opening tone had a

defiant edge. Proof of doping

is.. The hearing will last so

days. He won them in battle

and he lost them in something

of a battle, too. Veteran,

Alfred Tesoreiro has got back

his World War II medals that

were stel Len during a violent

home invasion in Sydney last

month. They were found dumped

in Sydney on Saturday and were

handed in to police. Mr

Tesoreiro says he was worried

they were gone for good. A

bit overwhelming to get them

back, yes. It just shows you

how valuable they are to me.

They're only bits of metal, but

they're hard-earnt. The

86-year-old says he hopes the

robber is caught and

prosecuted. Let's check the

weather now with Mike Bailey.

Some welcome good rain to

report from the far west, and,

yes, there is more to come.

Looking at the national

picture, the satellite loop is

showing a lot of cloud building

with a trough. Now there is a

cloud mass actually moving

ahead of the main trough and

that's the one that has caused

the rain so far. It is back

through Central Australia,

gathering more moisture and

will have more rain over the

next few days. A broad general

spread of that rain, getting

towards the eastern parts late

in the day tomorrow. A chance

of local to moderate -- I

chance of moderate to heavy falls later in the week.

Before we go, another quick

look at tonight's headlines.

The State Government has given

towns along the Murray and

Murrumbidgee rivers until July

to ban the use of water outdoors. The Prime Minister

is showing signs of frustration

with another opinion poll revealing the Government is

well behind Labor. And that's

ABC News for this Tuesday. The

'7:30 Report' is up next and I

will be back with an update in

an hour. Goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI

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Russian roulette with your

child's life? Tonight on the

7:30 report, deadly food algaer

jis ton rise. Have we become

too clean for our own good? The entire allergy community is asking that question.

Welcome to the program. A

simmering row over the future

of Australia's broadband

network erupted today as

Telstra launched a stinging

attack on the Australian Competition and Consumer

Commission after recently

describing the Federal

Government's attitude to

broadband as complais EBIT.

Accusing the ACCC of

obstructing its plans to build

a high speed broadband network,

Telstra threatened to take the

$4 billion set aside for the