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And that's ABC News to the minute. for Philip Williams and 'Stateline', Stay with us now and the Canberra news team and of course Craig Allen at 7:00pm. will be here over the weekend Enjoy your weekend. Goodnight. International Pty Ltd Captioning and Subtitling Closed Captions provided by

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Hello and welcome to Stateline. I'm Phillip

Williams. Coming up - lights

Canberra, action - a

combination of scavenger hunt

and a film competition. And

we'll talk to Canberra author

Marion Halligan. But first an

update on our aged care

stories. Many of you have

talked to us, written or

e-mailed but for lots of

reasons have been reluctant to

appear on Canberra. So

Catherine Garrett has been

exiling your stories and joins me now.

Catherine Garrett what have

you been told? Phillip there

has just been story after story

from our viewers ringing and

e-mailing and not so much about

overt abuse as we heard with

the reported rape, but about

systemic neglect within the

system. One woman I spoke with

yesterday was really upset. She

rang up, her mother has been in

an aged care facility for two

years and her son had visited

her this week. Now he'd gone in

and found his grandmother in

soiled sheets and it had seemed

to be that she'd been in this

state for quite some time. He

was devastated. He tried to

find a staff member, couldn't.

Eventually found someone he

said that the situation was not

a priority, that they were

ferrying residents in for their

meals at night. She would have

to wait. So he had to help

clean her up and live with

that. So that was one incident

that wasn't isolated either. He

said the week before his

grandmother had asked to go to

the toilet and been told that

she could go in her pants

because she was wearing a pad.

So, this is incident after

incident and the woman I spoke

with as well was saying that

regularly the dinner is cold

because her mother can't reach

it on the table. The food comes

with no cut lerry so she's

sitting there hungry and then

the tray is taken. So this

woman is just at her wit's end.

It is affecting her stress

levels. She's depressed. She

tried to do the right thing

putting her mother in a home

because she can't look after

her at home. She told me she

spoke with the CEO and there

was a real closed door policy

and she got a e-mail back

saying things will be fixed

nou. She feels as though she's

a marked woman because she's complained. This is the problem because people are reluctant to

speak up because they feel in

some way their loved one may

bear the brunt, may be

victimised? That's right

reprisals and retribution. She

took the case to added a, the

ACT disability and aged care

services advocacy group in

Canberra. They sent a fax down

and got the facts wrong and

therefore inflamed the

situation. The woman said she

chekd on her mother in the room

and this woman had been trying

to reach the call button, got

the cord tangled around her

neck and sitting there having

trouble breathing. So the

situation is horrifying

Phillip. This woman doesn't

know where to go, what to do

next. This is just one

example? One example. Another

of the few I've been told is

the cold food, residents facing

dehydration because glasses of

water placed on table and can't

reach them. A resident

forgotten in a wheelchair in

the hot sun in the middle of

the day. There aren't the staff

numbers to be across every

single person at every single

time. There are concerns from

callers and viewers that the

medications being administered,

are they being administered by

fully qualified staff, there is

such a high staff turn over,

that even the families that

visit their loved ones

regularly can't keep across

particular what's going on with which

particular staff member is

looking after their loved one

of a day. There is lots of

issues. Some people had

horrifying tales they didn't

want it repeated secondhand.

These are people who are in our

homes, who have witnesses, who

have family members visiting

them who have advocates, what

about people Phillip, the

people who have no-one or who

are suffering from dementia.

Those stories we'll never know.

That's a scarry scenario. All

of this is affecting staff too,

what are they saying to you?

Staff more Moor rail is at rock

bottom. Poor pay and

conditions. Staff are scared to

come on camera for fear of reprisals. One woman I spoke

with who is a registered nurse,

the situation in our aged care

facilities how does this

reflect on the community as a

whole because we're letting

this happen to our elderly. She

said we don't treat the old

with the respect and dignity

they deserve. They've fought to

this country paid their taxes

and deserve everything we can

possibly give them. They

deserve to be looked after when

they are old, vulnerable, ill

and dying and deserve to have

the best staff looking after

them and deserve to have the

best spha facilities.

The stories we've heard at

that. Stateline are a far cry from

Thank vrs much for

that. Thanks Phillip.

Mf Marion Halligan is a

Canberra writer with whom many

of you will be familiar. Not

only is she based here but so

are many of her stories. Her

latest is no exception. Known

for her literary novels this

one is also a murder mystery.

It's called 'The Apricot

Colonel'. Marion Halligan spoke

with Catherine Garrett. I've

been quite interested that the

responses to the book so far

all say yes it's a murder story

but it's much more a novel by

you, it's one of your novels,

Marion, people say to me. I'm pleased about that. Because I

don't want them to see it as a

kind of flimsy bit of light entertainment. It is good fun

and I love it when people say

it's an absolute hoot and I

laugh all the way through. It

also has its dark side which is

not particularly the murders.

The darkness, I think, comes

from other things. What are

those other things? It starts

off just as the bushfires have

done their worst and it covers

the space of time until 22nd March which is

March which is the announcement

that Australia has sent troops

to Iraq. Our forces have

started combat and combat

support operations. So that's a

pretty dark time, I think, for

people like me who thought that

protesting against the war and

having - remember that march in

civic which is in the novel

where this was this continuous

line of people all around the

city. I thought politicians

have to listen to this. No war.

No war. It's very clear that a

whole lot of ordinary people,

not just kind of, sort of nutty

people they could say they are

always out marching against

things really didn't want it.

And so, there's a whole theme

running through the book of

people telling the truth and

people telling lies. There's

also a sense that people are de

disturbed by not knowing who's

telling the truth. What the the

truth of certain things. Even

what's the truth about the

Colonel. It's a topical book, a

book Abbott Canberra. Just

teasing out some of those

themes you spoke about with the

Iraq war. What is your feeling

about the climate in Australia

at the moment? Well, I find

it a bit worrying. The thing

that worries me most of all is

when people do polls and say

and the question asked is do you believe that politicians

are lying to you? And

overwhelmingly people say yes.

Then they say do you mind this?

And people say oh no. When you take it for granted that

politicians are lying to you. I

suppose they always have done

it, but we've always tried to

make sure they were kept honest

and you know, they were

recognised when they were

lying. So I feel the current

climate is a bit dangerous . I

don't like the kind of country

we live in. I'm just wondering

if I'm going to get arrested

because I've spoken out against

the Government, maybe this is

the sadicious book.

Tell me about the places in

Canberra that you write in such

detail about. We hear about

Tillies, a favourite haunt of

the heroine Cassandra. O'Connor

features heavily, the coast.

And Canberra's landscape. Its beauty and its devastation

after the bushfires? That's

right. I think the bushfires

had a very powerful effect on

Canberra and on the rest of the

country. Because Canberra

doesn't have a good image in

the rest of the country which I

think is very un deserved.

We're blamed because

politicians make decisions

here. But I think the bushfires

did give people the impression

that Canberra was a city like

others and could suffer and

there were ordinary people

living here and deserved

consideration as ordinary

people. I was astounded by the

way everybody pulled together.

I had 666 on all the time and I

was listening to somebody

saying, oh it's a bit down here where

where in one of the places

schools or something where all

the burnt out people were. It

would be nice to have some

flowers. An hour later she said

stop bringing flowers, we have

far more than we want. There

was that sense that the

community really rallied. It

was a community and was looking

after its own people that had

suffered. I rather liked that.

I find Canberra a really

interesting place to write

about. The heroine Cassandra is

36 in a duplex in O'Connor and

sometimes instead of making her

own coffee she'd wonder down to

Tillies and have it. The

Colonel lives mainly at the

coast in an amazing house. We

must mention that Stateline

also gets a mention in the book

for running a story on the

Colonel's jams. The Colonel

bottles apricots and this is of

course the title, I was going

to try and keep this secret,

the 'The Apricot Colonel' is

known as this because he

achieved fame on a Stateline

program about his fruit

bottling. I read it in the

article about a whole lot of

men down in the south coast

around Bega way who are very

competitive about their fruit

bottling in the local shows. I

gave this particular quality to

the Colonel and that's how he

gets his name because he's been

on Stateline bottling fruit.

Stateline we're everywhere.

The winner of lights Canberra

action is still to come. First

last year's winner of the ANU

art of documentary can

competition is Brooke

Goldfinch. Part of the prize is

an internship with Stateline

and Brooke joined us. Brooke

went along to Majura more - it

took place on Wednesday dn day

and honoured in particular the

radar unit members.

It gives us great pleasure

ladies and gentlemen to unveil

the plaque and present this on

behalf of surveillance and

response group and I would

encourage you all when the

ceremony is finished to step up

and read the words. They are

very very important and lead

right book to our heritage and

history. There was a group of

dedicated returned servicemen

who were members of the air

force association and they were

the ones who built the Cairn.

It's a labour of love really

and I'm so happy that for many

years it was just mainly a

little area of land, the memorial grove with nothing

much on it except the Cairn and

I thinkiters great that we've

got a spot of our own where we can come and remember special

old friends.

Two of my crew were killed in

an accident. It was returning

from a bombing mission. But we

didn't realise that there was

one bomb hung up. As we landed

that bomb exploded. Two of my

crew were killed. I've never

got over it. Every time I go to

church now I say a little

prayer for those two boys. Just

young men like Mark and

Anthony, beautiful young men.

I've never got over that. It

was very early on a Sunday

morning and I was watching the

fighting going on from the deck of the liberty ship we were on.

And there was sulphur on

there like fireworks. I was

fascinated with this. Going

everywhere these shells and I

heard a voice behind me an

American voice who said are you

an Australian radar guy? I said

yes. He said I want you ashore

body. As a 20-year-old

Australian I said gee a man

could get hurt in this. He

didn't see the humour in that.

He didn't see the humour in

that. He said God dam it mate

this is war anybody can get

hurt. I want you boys ashore.

50 years ago in 1957 I was the

Vice President of the Canberra

branch of the RAAF association.

We started all this by coming

up here on up here on weekends planting

trees and watering them to keep

them alive. It's one way of

striking a series of plaques

and memorials for various

squadrons, units and

things. World war II I was

still a school boy, conscious

the war was on because my

father was an engineer with the

royal Australian air force. I

was still at school. I didn't was still at school. I didn't

enter the air force until 1969,

50 as a 15-year-old. So World

War II was history to a

younger generation it's become

a very special place. I watch

how the World War II veterans

are now in their 80s and 90s.

Collin Faredae is now

approaching 90,. They treat it

as a very special place for

reflecting. They needed younger

ones to keep the image and keep

the vision and keep the view alive and that's where I fitted

in. Eventually the grove will tell

a history, it will tell a

history of a group of people

that made a commitment to

maintain a quality of life that

we enjoy today and I we enjoy today and I think the

next generation needs to know

what their parents and their

grant parents and grandmothers

did at a time when World War II was at its peak.

Mark and Andrew put that

together. Now lights, Canberra,

action is an annual film

competition. 666 listeners come

up with a Canberra locations

that must appear in the film.

It is like a scavenger hunt.

This year they were Summernats,

the hot air balloon, the sound

of a bicycle balloon, a train

station, the aircraft hall at

the war memorial, a skate board

and not forgetting the ABC car.

Here is a brief taste of how

the film makers

delivered. There are half a

million stories in the naked

city. Most people spend their

lives running around the

streets like blood cells in the

vains of I grant gan tick

beast. They only hear their own

story. Tonight you're going to

hear mine. Come on.

They're coming down to the

final stages of the race.

Who do we think is going to


They say it's the kind of town

where it's easy to lose your

way. They say that things go

round in circles, but before

you know it you're back where

you started.

Well now you've got the hang

of the competition and some

very clever entries but you'll

see why this cheeky take on the

theme by Belinda Barancewicz

was judged the winner.

Hello. I'm Rowel.

Hello I'm bell Linda. We're

making a paddle steamer. I'm

stibing down the last fin, a

bit of tape. Thanks bell Linda.

Let's stick it on the side of

the boat and there. Let's take

the paddle steamer for a ride

on the river Darling. You can't

take a boat for a ride without

a captain. Master John clement

are you ready to sale the

enterprise? There goes his hat.

Let's go for a ride.

Bon voyage. Down the Darling


Watch out for the gum trees.

There's a song about the PS


* Down the Darling river, the

old team boat goes. Watch out

for the gum trees, watch out

for the gum trees. Down the

Darling River the old steam

boat goes. Down Canberra's lake

to whistles it goes from the

jetty to the galleries. *

What else does a captain

steer? That's right, a plane.

Just like in today's story in

story corner.

Today's story is called Polly

the kiddy hawk. Polly the Kitty

hawk was trying to find a new

home. She'd flown all around

the bay and wanted a place to

rest. Look at her flying in the


When she landed in Canberra,

she found a beautiful spot by

lake Burleigh grifen. Look

where's landed next to bikes.

You can't rest here said Mr Spokes. This is where the bikes


So she searched and searched

and stopped in a shady spot.

Look where she is under the

awnings. You can't stay here,

said the stern old bus, you

need to find the tracks. Polly

thanked the stern old bus.

And found a place to rest at

the tracks.

Out of the way.

This station is for trains not

old fighter Kitty hawks. Look

at the train coming into the

station. It pushed Polly right

off the tracks.

Polly left the station and

started to cry.

I'm never going to find a

place to rest. But little did

she know where she had stopped

- look here, it's the tired ACT transport club.

A man saw Polly from inside

the building ran up to her and

gave her a big cuddle - Polly

what are you doing here ? He

said. All your friends are at

aircraft hall. Polly wiped her

tears excitedly, told the man

to jump on board and flew off

into the air towards the war

memorial. Look how he's jumped

inside Polly.Polly was so happy

to be at her new home and

celebrate with her friends that

she didn't want to rest any

more. Look how she's there with

her friends Oscar and Mustang

and all her friends a at the war memorial. That's the end of

the story today. There were

lots of wheels in that story

weren't there. Wheels on the

plane. Wheels on the train. And

wheels on the automobiles. Wheels everywhere.

* Wheels turn on the ground.

* Wheels go round and round

* Wheels, wheels can take you

here and there,

* Wheels, wheels landing



* Wheels, wheels turn on the


* Wheels, wheels go round and round

* Wheels wheels can take you

here and there.

* Wheels wheels by land, see

and there. *.

That is all we have time for

to today. Maybe you'd like to

make a train out of egg cartons

or visit Polly at the war

memorial. Bye for now. Bye. I

think I'll be a plane. I'll be

a train.

Play school look out. To

finish the program a taste to

all our fabulous ACT athletes

who have been taking part in

the games, until next week


Just really honoured to be

able to be a gymnast and I know

that it's hard, hard work, but

it pays off in the end. Lauren Jackson.

Johnson starting to trech out

now, Johnson 10.15.

If you don't do the training

you won't be able to perform at

a high level.

There she is, Wood has popped

out of absolutely nowhere.

shf She has dedeuce ed what I

would suggest is the sprint of

the life. There is a lot of

hard work that goes into it it

is not all easy. Sometimes if

you're not going well it is a

really tough time.

Tom Moe we salute you champ

what a performance. Simon

Thompson from Canberra the

26-year-old in the ACT comes up

the finishing shoot. He is

absolutely going off. This is

Simon Thompson, milk it up,

enjoy the moment.

While I was standing out

there on the starting line I

don't think you can comprehend

just what it's going to be like

standing in front of 90,000

screaming Australians and have them hopefully screaming for


Maybe it could be destiny. I

won't be there to come second

best. I don't want to look back

and think what if. If you enjoy

it go for it.

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