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Tonight - Bali catchcry,

united we stand, divided we

fall. I'd be deeply concerned

if any party was to walk away

from these

negotiations. Central banks try

to ease the squeeze and stave

off recession. The world's

banks have just given a little

bit of oil to help the engine

of the economy go

smoother. Buckle up Mr Einfeld,

it could be a rough ride. And,

is the run about to set on a

cricket institution? The way

for Test cricket to thrive into

the future is by being

attractive to a broader

audience. Good evening, Juanita

Phillips with ABC News. Time's

running out in Bali to clinch a

climate deal and Kevin Rudd

knows it. He's ordered his

negotiators to do everything in their power to reach agreement

in the next day or so. His

friend former US vice-president

Al Gore Fleiss in tonight to

give the talks added momentum.

But the Prime Minister isn't

backing a way from his tough

Political correspondent, Greg line with the Americans.

Jennett reports. In an island

of tranquillity, a quiet moment

to stop and remember the horror

that Bali has brought for

victims of terrorism. We must

remain forever vigilant in this

area. A day after lecturing the

United States for dragging its

heels on emissions targets,

Kevin Rudd's not backing off,

listing climate change

alongside Iraq, as policy

fronts where he must split with Washington. An alliance with

the United States does not

mandate automatic compliance

with every aspect of US foreign

policy. He may talk tough, but

as the climate conference

approaches end game, Mr Rudd's

told Australia's negotiators to

play peacemaker. I'd be deeply

concerned if any party was to

walk away from these

negotiations. On regional ties,

the Prime Minister's

encouraging warmth. One

meeting with Sir Michael Somare

has washed away the recent

toxicity of Australia's relations with Papua New relations

Guinea. I said to Sir Michael,

and he agreed, that it was time

to turn a new page. A ban on

lifted and regular talks ministerial contact will be

restored next year. From Bali,

Kevin Rudd will head to Dili,

signaling to the Government

there, he won't be in any rush

to withdraw Australian troops.

But he's less patient with

Japan. Its whaling fleet is

about to head through

Australian waters and Mr Rudd

says defence assets could be

used to monitor their so-called

research hunt. We would not

rule out the use of Australian

assets to collect appropriate

data, including photographic evidence. The Prime Minister

leaves Bali with little to show

for it, except to say he's here

as a new face in the region,

and a new player on global

climate change talks. But

no-one gets to judge his

credentials on that for at

least another eight months.

The post-election agonies of

the Liberal Party have produced

yet another scathing judgment

from within. The Opposition's

foreign affairs spokesman

Andrew Robb says the Liberal Party is overrun by factions

and drowning in officialdom.

Mr Robb says the party needs

major surgery to improve its preselection process and policy

direction. He says that

winning control of the Senate

in the last term of the

Government proved to be its

undoing. I think it became

somewhat of a poison chalice

and it meant that on some

WorkChoices we went further issues, particularly

than we would have if we didn't

control the Senate. We didn't

have the check and balance and

I think we developed a hard

edge. Mr Robb said the former

government's last Cabinet,

including the Prime Minister,

must take responsibility. Central banks in the United

States and Europe have launched

their biggest financial rescue since September 11. The joint

action is aimed at easing the

credit squeeze that's

threatening to tip the US into

recession and jeopardise global

growth. The Reserve Bank has

also pumped money into

Australia's financial system,

but analysts say that won't

stop more interest rate rises

in the new year. A crisis

brought central banks together

six years ago. This one is less visible and more

enduring. It's quite a dramatic

turn of events and that really

does probably highlight how

serious the situation is. The

central banks of the United

States, Canada, Europe, England

and Switzerland have acted to

make money more easily

available to a banking system

paralysed by fear. The sight

of huge losses sustained by

some institutions exposed to

risky American home loans has

made banks afraid to lend to

each other. You won't ever see

this directly but in some funny

way the world's banks have

given a little bit of oil to

help the engine of the economy

go smoother. Global interest

margins have shot up to a

last night's Central Bank record high in recent days and

action has brought a slight

fall. We do think that over the

next month or two it should

help to alleviate pressure. Interest rate margins for banks have shot up in

Australia, as well. But the

effect of last night's action

has been negligible, forcing Australia's Reserve Bank to

make its own cash injection

into the domestic system.

Money is tight for lenders here, keeping more interest

rate rises on the cards. The

pressures we're seeing on

banking funding costs and bank

margins are still quite

significant and haven't shown

signs of easing just yet. Also,

there's that other problem

bubbling away in the background

called inflation. And nowhere

is that more evident that in

Australia. The jobs market

remains tight even though

unemployment rose slightly to

4.5% in November. But over

50,000 jobs were created, as

more people joined the search

for work. And, more workers

means less pressure on labour

supply and possibly less

pressure on wages and

inflation. The former Federal

Court judge, Marcus Enfield,

will stand before a judge

himself next February. He's

accused of making false

statements about four separate

driving offences and lying

under oath. He'll face trial

on 13 charges, including perjury. Marcus Enfield left

court today surrounded by his

legal team. He was soon

swamped by cameras and

say. journalists, but had nothing to

REPORTER: Mr Einfeld, are you

surprised by the outcome? He's

accused of making false

statements over traffic

offences and lying under oath.

It's alleged he blamed the

offences on other drivers,

including a dead friend. The

first offence is alleged to

have occurred in 1999 while he

was still on the bench. His

defence lawyer described some

of the charges as propostous

and said his client should not

be committed for trial as the

police could not prove he was

the driver.

Marcus Enfield showed no

emotion as he was committed to

stand trial on the 13 charges,

including perverting the course

of justice. That charge alone

carries a maximum penalty of 14

years in jail. His trial will

start in February next year.

His co-accused Angela Liati,

was also committed for trial.

Although there was no evidence

presented to connect her with

Mr Einfeld, it's alleged she

tried to help him by telling

police she was in the car the

day it was booked for speeding

last year, and that he was not

the driver. The State

Government is outraged and the

family of Senior Constable

Glenn McEnallay is disgusted.

The reason? A jail sentence of

seven years for one of the men

who killed him. There's been a long-running dispute between

the justice system and the

constable's family since he was

shot dead five years ago, and

this is yet another

controversial ruling. Glenn

McEnallay's parents say five

years of campaigning for

justice has achieved nothing.

The last man to be sentenced

for killing their son could be

out of jail in less than five

years. It's just, it's a joke,

an absolute bloody joke. You

can thank that mob down at

Castle Ray Street the DPP,

they've wiped their hands of

it. There's no justice for the

victims and the victims' families. Senior Constable

Glenn McEnallay was shot in the

head and chest by a passenger

in a stolen car in 2002.

in a stolen car in 2002. John

Taufahema was one of four men

charged over his death. He and

his brother Motekiai Taufahema

were originally found guilty of

murder, but successfully

appealed against their

convictions and the DPP

accepted guilty pleas to

manslaughter. It just says your

life's worth nothing, you know.

This can happen to you, but

when it comes to court, don't

worry about it mate. The judge

pointed out that although John

Taufahema was complicit in the crime he didn't fire the shots

that killed Glenn McEnallay.

That's little comfort for his

former colleagues. Glenn was a

very promising and an outstanding young police

officer that had a great deal

of commitment. The State

Government says it's appalled

by the sentence and believes

those who kill police officers

should rot in jail. The

Attorney-General is examining

the judgment. Federal Police have seized more than 50

kilograms of ecstasy and ice in

drug raids across Australia.

All up about $14 million worth.

The joint Asian crime group

says it's made 40 arrests

worldwide, effectively

dismantling the Canadian-based

drug ring involved. Police say

the syndicate ran eight cells

in Australia. They operated independently and communicated

with their Canadian bosses

using codes. I guess you could

say they were quite ruthless

and willing to expend members

of their syndicate so that they

could keep continuing to import

and supply drugs here in Australia. The 14 people arrested in Australia are facing importation and

trafficking charges. Some of

which carry a maximum penalty

of life. Sydney could be

batoning down the hatches again

next year when the Pope arrives

in town. Police will have

access to special emergency

powers to protect the Pope, as

well as the thousands of

pilgrims expected to follow him

here for World Youth Day

celebrations. The laws aren't

as draconian as those enforced

during APEC, but they could

stay in place much longer. I am

pleased to announce that the

next World Youth Day will take

place in Sydney,

Australia. Quietly last week,

State laws were strengthened in

the name of protecting the

Pope, and hundreds of thousands

of pilgrims. The changes are to

air space cover, which is

identical to the changes that

were made for APEC, but that's

it. But the new bill also

includes the option of stop and

search powers for police, the

discretion to exclude people

from venues and events,

specifically Randwick

Racecourse where up to 500,000

people are expected to gather in July next year. At the end

of the day, if we need extra powers because of the intelligence that we're managing, then I will seek

them. The people need to be

informed. At the moment the

Government's failing to do that

and they are funneling what the

real details are and what the

police powers are. However, if

police choose to proceed, they

will have the qualified support

of the Opposition. We will

support reasonable extension of

police powers where the case is

justified. We won't give

anyone a blanket check in

relation to police powers. What

surprised many is that the

World Youth Day laws don't just

cover the week of the festivities.

festivities. They last almost

6 months, a move that's

disturbing civil libertarians.

Church organisers say it's very

much a matter for government

and that it hasn't been

consulted on the security

laws. This is very different to

an APEC. This is a situation

where the streets will be full

of happy, singing, laughing,

beautiful young people. The

Police Commissioner says there

will be no ring of steel to

greet the Pope or the pilgrims,

with the but everyone is still grappling

with the challenge of crowds on

a scale never seen before in

Australia. He was killed doing

what he loved. Col Pay, one of

Australia's best-known aviators

died last week when his plane

crashed in the Hunter Valley.

Today, the 75-year-old flyer

was farewelled in style, in

what old-timers say was the

biggest funeral in Scone's

history. You have to be a bit

special to attract this sort of

farewell anywhere, let alone

Scone. 600 or so people, many

from far afield. Col Pay was a

brilliant pilot, a very

dedicated pilot. When Col Pay

crashed into Lake Liddell last

Friday he was testing a

cropduster he was adapting as a

water bomber. He was a great

friend of the Rural Fire

Service. He worked with us to

ensure we got improe.s. The

mourners filled and church,

they filled and church hall. There still wasn't room enough.

Many had to stand outside in

silence. Col Pay had built a

business from cropdusting, but

trained and inspired many

others with his love of old

planes. He rebuilt two

Kittyhawks, he salvaged a

Mustang and he brought a

Spitfire back to life, and two

years ago he was the pilot of

choice to test a replica of the

Wright Flyer in the Central

West. Every little boy and a

lot of very big boys who saw

Col fly will always remember

it. Today many boys in older

men's body remembered him as a

hero, a legend. It's a

send-off for a cropduster from

a country town. He was much

more than that. He was, of

course, the father of the war

birds. It would have been

unthinkable to see Col Pay off

without an aerial salute. When

family and friends regrouped

for the burial, it came.

First, an impromptu display,

then a couple of work horses,

and finally a Spitfire

belonging to David Lowy. You

have to be a bit special to be

seen off like this. Tonight's

top story - the Prime Minister

tries to give fresh momentum to

the climate talks in Bali.

Still to come - how curiousity

almost killed the cat.

The Solomon Islands combative Prime Minister Manasseh

Sogavare has been dumped from

office. He lost a vote of no

confidence in Parliament a

short time ago. A decision on

a new Prime Minister won't

happen until next week. Police and troops are on the streets

of the capital Honiara to

ensure there's no trouble in

the meantime. Britain is

proposing a change of tactics

in Afghanistan. Prime Minister

Gordon Brown wants to back up

recent military success with an

offer of dialogue to some rebel

leader. The idea will be on

the table when Australia's new Defence Minister joins multinational talks on multinational talks on

Afghanistan this weekend. The

first pictures of Afghan forces

taking control of Musa Qala. Taliban militants were ousted

from this southern stronghold

after a week of intensive

fighting. But it's telling

that six years after the start

of the war to drive it from

power, the Taliban has yet to

be defeated. Just days after

returning from the Afghan

capital, Gordon Brown set out a

change of strategy. Let me make

it clear at the outset that as

part of a Coalition, we are

winning the battle against the

Taliban insurgency. We are

isolating and eliminating the

leadership of the Taliban. We

are not negotiating with them. It amounts to official

confirmation of a strategy

that's already under way,

commanders while attempting to isolate hardline

commanders while convincing

other followers to renounce

violence and accept the fragile

Afghan constitution. It's also

aimed at bolstering the

leadership of Hamid Karzai.

It's a similar strategy to

Iraq, but no-one is expecting

troop reductions any time

soon. The war is not winnable

by military means alone, that

there has to be a political

solution. The international solution. The international

forces may be winning battles, but they're certainly not

winning the war. The Taliban

has a growing support base

throughout southern Afghanistan

and in large areas of the west.

It also surrounds the capital

Kabul on virtually three sides.

Britain plans to slightly

increase aid spending to

improve schools and governance

and build up the Afghan army so

it can take the lead. Two it can take the lead. Two days

before a crucial international

meeting in the Scottish

capital, which new Defence

Minister Joel Fitzgibbon will

attend, Gordon Brown's strategy

is acknowledging that simply

imposing democracy in

Afghanistan can't succeed.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have met for the

first formal peace talks in

seven years. The negotiations seven years. The negotiations were held behind closed doors

in Jerusalem and immediately

ran into difficulties. Israel

said more needed to be done to

prevent violence, while the

Palestinians demanded a halt to

the construction of Jewish

settlements on disputed land.

Despite the disagreements, the

two sides agreed to meet again

next week. The Lebanese

Government has blamed Syria for

a bombing that's killed a top

army commander. General

Francois El-Haj was tipped to

be the next head of the

Lebanese military. It's the

first such attack on the army

which is seen as the only

unifying force in the country's

political crisis. Syria has

denied any involvement. A

Bosnian-Serb general who

directed a campaign of shelling

and sniping of civilians in

Sarajevo has been sentenced to

33 years in jail. Prosecutors

at the war crimes court in the

Hague said Dragomir Milosevic

was responsible for a prolonged and murderous campaign

targeting men, women and

children in 1994 and '95.

Around 14,000 people are

believed to have died during

the siege of Sarajevo. Onto

finance now, and the local

sharemarket fell again today,

despite a big profit upgrade by

Qantas and that decision by the

Central to tackle the global

credit crunch. Here's Alan

Kohler.

Well, after the central banks

all held hands and danced the

cash injection waltz, investors

took the Dow Jones 200 points

higher. But then the Bank of

America reminded them with a

gloomy profit forecast and a warning that more losses are

coming. So the Dow only closed

up 41 points. That weaker tone

at the end infected the local

market today, where the All

Ordinaries Index fell about a

fifth of 1%. Rio Tinto lost

0.5% because investors are

starting to think that the BHP

Billiton bid won't go ahead

after all. AMP fell 2%.

The best news for investors

today was Qantas saying its

profit is likely to rise 40%

this year, not the 30%

previously forecast simply

because all its planes are

full.

Apart from last December,

it's been the biggest monthly rise in

rise in employment for many

years. The unemployment rate,

though, kicked up to 4.5%,

because there are a lot more

people looking for jobs.

The annual percentage growth

of retail sales, currently 18%

a year. Australian retail

sales are growing at 6% a year.

And you thought we were hot

shoppers. That's finance. The

new air service between

Australia and Antartica is

about to board its first paying

customers. This week the

Airbus completed a test run to

the Wilkins Ice Run way near

Casey Station. The 12-hour

round trip went off without a hitch. Preparations are under

way for the first passenger way for the first passenger

flight. It will allow greater opportunities for scientific

work. We can use a combination

of ships and planes to access

the continent at a range of different times, not just when

the sea ice conditions

suit. Regular operational

flights to Antartica will begin

once regulatory approvals are

completed over the next week.

He was a founding father of

rock'n'roll, but it was his

offstage performances that made

him notorious. Musician and

producer Ike Turner has died at

76. He is credited with

writing the first rock song in

1951 called 'Rocket 88'. But

he was probably best-known as

the man behind Tina Turner.

She excused him of being

abusive, but said the

accusation led him to years of

drug abuse. I couldn't go on

without Tina. I went on a is

a-year party. The couple

visited Australia in the mid

'70s. Ike Turner was

officially married four times,

but unofficially he was said to

have had 14 wives. Well, the

purists may not be happy about

it, but Cricket Australia is

moving towards playing Test

matches under lights.

Nothing's definite, but the concept is under consideration concept is under consideration

with trials likely in the next

three years. Here's Peter

Wilkins. There's a commercial

imperative which will drive any

shift to trial Test matches at

night - the burgeoning support

for Twenty20 cricket and its

limited over predecessor

against modest mid-week crowds

at some Test matches. From a

traditional point of view,

perhaps the traditionalists

also need to look at the fact

that the way for Test cricket

to thrive into the to thrive into the future is by

being attractive to a broader

audience. With the right

combatants, Test cricket has

broken day-time crowd records.

Any night moves will meet resistance. Captains have been

really concerned about playing

Test cricket under lights when

the light starts to fade and

we're talking about now playing

the majority of a day's play

under lights. Robert Allenby

and Geoff Ogilvy took advantage

of the benign early of the benign early conditions

to set the pace in round one of

the Australian Open. The 2005

champion Allenby surged to the

lead with 4 straight birdies on

the 14th hole. I'm happy to get

out there. First group out,

put the flags out for anyone

and shoot 5 under. Ogil Sri

carded a 68. Wow, carded a 68. Wow, what a

shot. 35-year-old Queenslander,

Andrew Bonhomme is alongside

Allenby and WA's Kim Felton on

5 under after a round which

included 8 birdies. But they

were usurped late in the day by

American Lee Williamson who's

at 7 under par. Aaron Baddeley

made a scintillating start to

his round with birdies on his

opening three holes. But the Australian Masters champion Australian Masters champion had

surprising slip-ups. Peter

Lonard appeared to have picked

up where he left off in the

Australian PGA last Sunday.

But when the wind arrived

Lonard was one of many players

who battled to stay above

water. In the drink. He's just

got the job, spent 32 hours

getting here and introduced his

assistant, fellow Dutchman Henk

Duut, but Socceroo coach Pim

Verbeek isn't intimidated. There's no

pressure, I'm excited. If club

versus country is not going to

be an issue, it's not apparent.

All players, except an

undecided Mark Viduka will be

in Melbourne if required for

the first World Cup qualifier

against Qatar early next

year. They are all willing to

come on 6 February. Pim Verbeek

hinted at a combination of

players for the first match as

he builds his Socceroo

dossier. I know the quality,

but not the

character. Verbeek's first trip

to Australia will be dominated

by A-League scrutiny. Look

what the cat dragged in.

9-year-old Jelly returned from

a day out wearing what appeared

to be an exotic necklace. The

necklace was alive and

poisonous. The Wallis family

cat Jelly has been taking it

easy at the vet today. She's

only got eight left at this

stage. The cat survived an

encounter with a copper head

snake which was coiled around

its neck. The Wallis children

were playing in their sandpit

when a wobbly Jelly

approached. I could see the

snake's head. It was just

dangling nicely like a necklace. Mrs Wallis and the

four boys headed inside. I

quickly grabbed the camera for

identification and took the

photo. Jelly had been bitten

and the copper head was still

attached. Enter Matthew

Stafford from Reptile Rescue. I

used my other hand to unwrap it

from the cat. After 24 hours of

anti-venine and fluids, Jelly

has recovered. From when she

came in yesterday, where she came in yesterday, where she

was pretty well moribund, she's

made a remarkable

recovery. Ditto is lapping up

the attention but older son

Brayton can't wait for the

patient to return. Because she

was a good cat and my best

friend. The next problem? Keeping Jelly out of trouble.

time for the weather now.

Let's see if all this rain

we've had in Sydney has

trickled into the dams at all.

Falls of 15-50 millimetres have

pushed our storages to levels

not seen since February, 2003.

Low cloud along the East

Coast with cloud throwing over

the inland of NSW. As the high

moves east, winds will tend

more northerly, and the low

cloud along the coast and

ranges will break up. Our

weekend will be interrupted by the trough and front starting

to move through South

Australia. And the best chance

of falls tomorrow will be in

the north-east of the State.

They will be lighter than what

we've experienced so far today.

Tonight's top stories again -

the Prime Minister is urging

delegates at the UN climate

conference, especially the US,

to agree on a mandate for

greenhouse emissions. The

world's central banks have come up with up with a plan to calm the

global credit crisis. But

analysts here are still

predicting an interest rate

rise next year. And, the

former Federal Court judge

Marcus Enfield is to stand

trial. He's accused of lying

to avoid penalties for speeding

and other traffic offences.

And that's ABC News for this

Thursday. Stay with us now for the '7.30 Report'. I'll be

back with updates during the

evening and the late news at

around 10:45. Goodnight.

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