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of ways later in the But first you only have to watch any to realise the importance watch any of the TV crime shows

forensic evidence, DNA testing. In the real forensic evidence, especially

it's essential prosecutions and yet here in it's essential to many

the ACT we've got a problem - test kg be so slow Canberra blasted prosecutors and even Canberra magistrates have

demanded a please explain from Corbell is far from happy too and outlined his solutions State line.

These are matters concern to me, just as delay - justice delayed is justice denied an it is important we have that evidence available denied an it is important that

to the court as soon as possible. The problem is the forensic possible. The problem is that

basically policing and the the forensic sflss that

Director of Public rely on are provided by the rely on are provided by the AFP National Service and the challenge has been twofold. First of all, a very big increase in the number of requests for and secondly, the shortage of requests for forensic evidence

skilled staff to do that work and that has led to a believe, backlogged, how do you backlog. 2,000 items, I

get around that? The steps need to be taken are to recruit additional forensic staff and there is a national shortage of skilled forensic scientists in Australia, so that's one issue. But ACT policing have into a new But ACT policing have entered

forensic services of into a new agreement with

National. They will be paying forensic services of AFP

more money and we expect improved services from suppose we've been too low down the priority list? I think that's true cases. Obviously the most think that's true for all

serious crimes get the urgent attention. In this case serious crimes get the most

though, the case we're talking about where evidence in an alleged sexual assault wasn't - hasn't been alleged sexual assault case

since 2005, clearly the system has broken down, hasn't it? Clearly staff shortages become most it? Clearly that's where the

acute. I am concerned about it, I don't like seeing magistrates concerns. and judges raising these concerns. I don't like seeing trials or committals put off or delayed because of the lack availability of this evidence. delayed because of the lack of

Neither do the police, neither does the DPP and that's why these steps are being taken to address it. What would you say to the victims of crime argue well I'm sorry, that's to the victims of crime who

excuse, it's not good argue well I'm sorry, that's an

these are serious crimes excuse, it's not good enough,

demand serious and attention? What I would say now to address that we are taking those steps

need to get more scientists to do the processing need to get more forensic

provide the resources to do of the evidence and we need to

that and we are doing both of those things. Why has it taken until now for you to this has been a until now for you to act? Well

problem in terms of the this has been a national

recruitment of sufficient

forensic staff and we will face challenges even with the standing of

standing of the AFP's forensic services to attract sufficient staff but I'm confident it can though, some victims and be done. In the meantime

of those accused have to wait? Well, we want to make sure that wait any longer than is sure that they don't have to

absolutely putting in place the additional resources and the additional people to make sure that we can reduce those times. Let's that works. Now death and dying are subjects that we quite that works. Now death and dying

natural ly shy yet nothing is surer - we will all have to small but growing number of demanding what they claim is a elderly Australians are

right - a right to die in a manner and time of their own the issue at a national level Corners' program highlighted

and now Catherine Garrett meets with some of the local participants in the don't want to

see why I should don't want to suffer. I don't

I would like the option, I may not take it up, I've right to life, but that's not a may not take it up, I've a

duty for life. I would difficult as a doctor to become personally find it very

involved in ending involved in ending someone's life. So tell us about the living will that you've had drawn up, what's its purpose? Well it is to specify what's its purpose

which you do not wish the physical conditions under

kept alive. For 83-year-old which you do not wish to be

Belconnen academic Dr Thelma Hunter this document is central to her life. It directs the terms of become physically and mentally terms of her death should she

incapacitated. For example, advance seminated malignant disease, severe deficiency, severe and lasting brain damage due to injuries, stroke, disease, a number of items like this along and I have

this along and I have taken it along to any new doctors that happen to go to and indeed one glad indeed that I had given it to her because she said this to her because she said this is what the hospitals now see. And her living And her living will may possible control over possible control over her death given Canberra, like the rest of Australia, has no right die legislation. And should her wish bs denied Dr Hunter wish bs denied Dr Hunter says she will die by her own hand. Because I've had such a full life, because I have been physically so

physically so fortunate and because I still am, I don't want that to change, I don't want to go out of this life want to go out of this life a shudder ing old, shudder ing old, frightened person. I'll be old and frightened anyway but maybe I won't be shuddering. The decision has been a painful one and come after much and come after much soul searching. Basically it's my right, it's my right to do so. I also feel that dying must be a very unpleasant process. There can be very process. There can be very few people who actually peacefully. I don't want to suffer. I don't

suffer. I don't see why I should suffer. facile about it at all. I'm scared. I think I've decided how I will do it. I'm not sure. I'd prefer to have a pill. So I'm on the list for trying to make our

Thelma Hunter is not alone. An increasing minority of older Australians are taking such steps to allow them to commit suicide before illness and a loss loss of independence overtakes. The recent 'Four Corners' program Final Call program Final Call tracked seniors travelling to Mexico to acquire bar bitch watts to take as a last resort. While have set up backyard labs to make their own pills. Dr Hunter says she could have joined one of the overseas groups who travelled to Mexico, but fear got the better of got the better of her. It's pretty scary thing to do to to a country to pick up an illegal drug and smuggle it through the customs. At the moment without a legislative regime that's what's regime that's what's happening. We have Australians going overseas to buy drugs. Australians making drugs Australians making drugs near Canberra, making drugs illegally, elderly Australians making drugs just in case and we have Australians voluntary euthanasia advocate Dr David Swanton says the cause is about choice and is about choice and dying with dignity. In the Netherlands dignity. In the Netherlands the rate of assisted suicide rate of assisted suicide has actually dropped once a legislative know that that drug is know that that drug is there just in case. They just in case. They don't need to go and hang themselves something material like that. We're going to get better and better at keeping people comfortable so comfortable so they can have quality of life and dignity

quality of life and dignity in death but I would death but I would personally find it very difficult as a doctor to become involved in ending someone's ending someone's life. But at the end of the day if it becomes legal and safeguards I would expect safeguards I would expect some doctors would be persuaded by the

voluntary euthanasia supporters gathered gathered in Canberra to mark the 10th anniversary of the 10th anniversary of the so-called day of shame when so-called day of shame when the Northern the termally ill the termally ill Act was overturned overturned by the Federal Government. It first successful piece of voluntary euthanasia legislation anywhere world. It was also, say those in its favour, tightly controlled and responsible. controlled and responsible. You have to get at least three doctors saying doctors saying that you're terminal ly ill. You have to you're not depressed. I have a right for life sh duty for liesmt if I want duty for liesmt if I want to end that ermy because end that ermy because I'm in unbelievable pain and unbelievable pain and quality palliative care does not provide options and it does

provide options for 95% of pairkts but for those other 5% there's no them. There's a whole branch of medicine that's devoted to end of life. Palliative care of life. Palliative care and just in the 10 years that I've been in clinical medicine, um, main relief has just - is just unrecognisably better than it used to. B most doctors their training are brought their training are brought - are trained and their whole focus is on saving life and alleviating pain. So a number of people feel significantly that euthanasia is a significant departure from that traditional training and would favour the - keeping favour the - keeping someone very comfortable in their last days. The

days. The ACT's AMA President believes believes the euthanasia debate needs to be readdressed by politicians and admits within his own profession, opinion is emotive and divided. At the recent national AMA conference with the election of the new president, we were discussing the euthanasia situation and there were situation and there were eight doctor and there were doctor and there were basically eight eight different opinions. Individuals will do what they feel they have to do. It's not something I would do. Dr something I would do. Dr Thelma Hunter has her mind made life is no longer life is no longer bearable and she can't access recognise my

recognise my family, or lose control of my bladder and bowels, well that's it. That's

it. So complex and painful issue. Now if you've driven down the Hume Highway to Melbourne you may large sign to Kris 7 galleries at Yass. It's home the best known glass ard zans but if you look closely is a green tinge to the is a green tinge to the area that has little to do with the rain. I went straight from secondary education into university and I had every intention to carry on intention to carry on with archaeology or restoration conservation of art and in my first year I first year I actually discovered something -, I won't say it was a technical break through but technically something that I that was unique to me.

that was unique to me. I think it's you need to do is add you can transform I. Chance might have led Peter Crisp might have led Peter Crisp to discover his passion for glass but it's had nothing to do with his success. Recognised initially for his distinct initially for his distinct ive style and attention to detail, Peter Crisp now finds his original

homes of the rich and famous, even royalty. The pieces even royalty. The pieces are hand painted, platinum and gold. His latest project is to finish 50 pieces for an exhibition in Rome in October. It's the first October. It's the first time in the history of glass making where precious stones have been fused into glass.In this fused into glass.In this case I've got clear sapphire, blight I've got clear sapphire, blight blue blue sapphire, ruby and a Garnet. Is it particularly difficult working with gem stones? It is because in the process you have to be - everything has to heat at the same rate and has to cool at the same rate so you have that fusion and I've had with diamonds because diamonds are actually going cloudy and I've discovered being a perfect

impurity. It sounds extremely expensive. And it's expensive still but still still but still it's worth doing these things. He might just as well be talking about other ventures on other ventures on the family's 800 hectare 800 hectare fine wool property Gap Range. Well I

Well I live in Canberra, work at Parliament House. I at Parliament House. I come out here every now and then, try here every now and then, try to work out when I think watering is most needed. It's is most needed. It's a Thursday morning and David morning and David has a late start at the office. But start at the office. But rather than sleep than sleep in or read the paper, he's spending his morning at Gap Range tending trees. It's OK getting planted but keeping planted but keeping the water up up to them has been quite a task. We're fortunate here task. We're fortunate here in that there is a tiny water in the creek just in little holes is you can do some of it by bucketing but there's also an artesian producing a bit of producing a bit of water so we're able to fill the tank down there and cart it around. One day a month he makes the 140 makes the 140 kilometre round trip

trip from his home in Canberra's suburbs to the Crisp family property to do his bit for the environment. Despite being planted after years of drought, almost all these trees have survived. When you look around there's been about 7,000 trees planted here and up on the hill you can the hill you can see some of them are as tall as I them are as tall as I am and they've only been planted they've only been planted since last October so it is making a difference. How's it going? Well thank you, going? Well thank you, Peter. I've got a few done soil has a at the moment which is good. It is amazing what individual can do. David can easily look after and keep alive day. This grove of 7,000 trees is one of several on the is one of several on the Crisp family's grazing property. I was sponsored by a major was sponsored by a major bank which has made a $1.4 million commitment to tree planting commitment to tree planting in 250 locations across 250 locations across Australia, even though the legislation on carbon credit trading has yet to be worked out. So it will be interesting to see how that interesting to see how that all evolves and how that all pans out. On another slope is a grove of a further 1,600 trees, native hard wood box, red box and iron bark alternate with rows alternate with rows of quick-growing Acacias bottle brush for wind breaks. While this grove may one day generate an income from sequestering carbon, its primary purpose is altruistic. The environmental benefits are a bonus. People are donating a tree for $55. Four fifths of that donation goes towards research and one fifth research and one fifth goes towards the tree and planting and maintenance of the tree. The concept sprang out a conversation with a conversation with friend Gabby Cusack about possibility of combining fund raising with raising with conservation. One of the things I discussed with Peter was the get city people to come out to the country for the country for a weekend, plant a tree in one of plant a tree in one of the groves and have a family time together, together, come out and experience country life and see what actually goes into managing and maintaining conservation areas. How many trees are here and what do you hope you will be able to raise one would hope that long term one could raise many hundreds of thousands of dollars but this particular grove has the potential potential of raising around $60,000. Even if carbon Even if carbon credit dollars won't flow into won't flow into the Crisp family's coffers, the environmental benefits Tree planting has Tree planting has stabilised eroded creek banks and wildlife is beginning to return. Once the trees are well established, the herd of 2,500 super fine wool Merino ewes will be allowed back in these allowed back in these paddocks to graze between the rows of trees keeping weeds down. Sandy Crisp has returned from town from town with another 2,000 seedle tionz. Aside from the bank's contribution, much of the tree planting on the property has been funded by the Crisps themselves while they're waiting for external sponsorship. The plant 100,000 trees plant 100,000 trees on their property. The Prime Minister today received the report of today received the report of a task group investigating an emissions trading emissions trading scheme which could could allow landholders to benefit from benefit from preserving and replanting trees. Mr Howard's expected to respond to the recommendations within days. Everything has and should Everything has and should be given a carbon credit and if that's possible gives rural Australia a financial chance survive and actually money. What a money. What a great scheme. Now a couple of years ago we bought you a you a story about the Yass you a story about the Yass nude calendar. calendar. Both the story and the calendar were a huge hit. The proceeds went to cancer charities. Now it though it's impossible the people of Yass to keep their clothes on their clothes on as once again they strip off for art and charity. Saying

SONG: # You can colour my world # You can colour my world with happiness all the way. # I'm painting a really lovely naked body with water lilies which will end up looking like

mosaic. It's very relaxing and although it's a bit cool it's not too bad as far as cold but it's the brush strokes that are very - they're quite therapeutic between the thick strokes and the short, sharp strokes of brush. A brush. A nice way to spend a Saturday after a really busy week.

I'm attempting to paint landscape on Tony's back. Body paint's not my usual medium. It's good, actually, it's interesting surface to interesting surface to paint on. It's got nice lots of give. We were before about the brushes, you know, and know, and the different sized brushes and the brushes and the different textured brushes and it's all very different and quite relaxing, actually, just relaxing, actually, just having all the strokes. It's a cold to begin with which kind of gave you goose bumps. I a dummy run, Daniel and I, a dummy run, Daniel and I, on Wednesday night to get the idea. Then when you're idea. Then when you're doing the whole thing it's the whole thing it's a different kettle of fish. Because it's three You've got the curve of the back. It's just the way you approach approach it really. It's very exciting actually, yeah. I can't actually feel the baint on there like being left on there but, there but, you know, just like someone playing with my back. Yeah, it's really nice. like to see what's actually like to see what's actually on by back. I don't mind getting my clothes off. What I've decided to do is do giraffes and have a with them and put with them and put them in stilettos. I think that's my pregnancy hormones kicking in because I didn't have city because I didn't have city let os bit of fun and it's just like a canvass really. Very similar to a van vas and the paint's a lot smoother than I thought it would be to go on would be to go on and it's a lot easier than thought it would crack but it's obviously - the paint is meant to do to do what it's meant to do but yeah, it's really fun actually. Strangely enough I said yes straight away said yes straight away basically. I said yeah, no problem at all. far good cause. No, I'm not nervous. You're used your gear off. Yeah, to getting my feels great. I get feels great. I get ticklish anyway so I get a few bumps here and there bumps here and there but it's fine other than actually feeling pretty actually feeling pretty good krg I haven't painted for about six years, it's actually goichck goichck quite well. I'm quite impressed with teskts I've getting, so yeah. I getting, so yeah. I might even change my career. I thought I'd be getting a show in sh reck 3 this weekend but no, this weekend but no, it's looking very good. Totally different to what I different to what I expected actually. I've done this before so I'm used to it. so I'm used to it.Sounds great, doesn't it? I won't be doesn't it? I won't be walking up the street soon but no, I'm fine. I thought with the having this many art artists this many art artists and people working in people working in different traditions that it would difficult, some of them be able to paint a suit some mightn't so I thought it would be bet wer the idea of gallery so they all paint their own art on bodies own art on bodies except being on the walls they're on backs of people in backs of people in the gallery. It's an amazing feel. It's an amazing feel. It stretches as soon as I do that, the face has all gone the face has all gone in like this. I do that and it this. I do that and it becomes fatter again. So I guess that effect it's like a balloon effect it's like a balloon but yeah, it's a beautiful feeling. and then they gave it a try last week or the week before and they all started excited. It's a fun thing. I think we might think we might have a converts actually. It just like being tickled, yeah, it's nice. I don't mind it it's nice. I don't mind it at all. I all. I get over the whole nervous showing your body off, but doesn't matter. that we've had it looks like it will be a good one, be a good

show.

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