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Tonight - highway mayhem - a

rising toll from the

Minneapolis bridge collapse.

I looked up and felt a free

fall and then smash and smash

and then I heard a big crash

which was a the truck landing

on my car, but I didn't know

what it was. Tasmania only -

no more hospital rescues. The

situation in Devonport is

essentially unique, as far as

I'm aware. And Sydney's great

wall - a concrete cure tore

trouble. The fence is going

to be big, ugly and

it's also going to be inconvenient, but we believe


necessary. Good evening.

Juanita Phillips with ABC News.

Like many bridges around the

world, it had carried millions

of cars for decades without a

problem, and then without

warning , one of the main

bridges in the American city of

minute ap police. Did

Minneapolis collapsed. It was

evening peak hour. Scores of

trucks, buses and cars fell 20m

into the Mississippi River when

the bridge suddenly gave way in

front of them. 9 confirmed

dead and another 20 missing.

Authorities believe the most

likely cause is a catastrophic

structural collapse and not

terrorism. The 8-lane bridge

was packed with peak-hour

traffic. The entire span gave

way, sending tonnes of concrete

and scores of people plunging

into the Mississippi River.

And it just started going up

and down and to the side and

then all of a sudden the left

side of it fell, went to the

right. Dust started coming up

everywhere and then I realised

that the bridge is going down

and it just fell all the way

down. I'm just lucky I wasn't

over the water. But many

people weren't so lucky. At

least 50 cars fell 20m. I

remember like a worker was in

the area and thing s suspended

that aren't supposed to be

suspended. I looked up and

felt a free fall and then smash

and smash, and then I heard a

big crash which was the truck

landing on my car, but I didn't

know what was then. Other

vehicles were left dangling

above the river, their drivers

stuck and staring over the end.

Trucks burned. A school bus

full of children was stranded.

Amid the chaos, by standers

helped pluck and drag the

injured to safety. When you

put a bloodied pregnant woman

to an ambulance, it's one of

those things you will remember

for a while. Bodies have been

recovered and dozens have been

treatd in hospital. We have

concern this will be a very

tragic night when it's over, so

we will be continuing our work.

Obviously this is a

catastrophe of historic

proportions for Minnesota.

Officials don't know what

causeded collapse, but they

doubt it was terrorism.

Roadworkers were re-sur fasting

the ho-year-old bridge when the accident happened. Engineers

are now checking other bridges

in the city, but that's

unlikely to totally eliminate

the fears of American

commuters. Forget about it - that's the Federal Government's

message to towns that are

queuing up to have their

hospitals rescued. Many got

their hopes up after

yesterday's move by the Prime

Minister to take over and

upgrade a struggling hospital

in Tasmania. But tonight the

Health Minister Tony Abbott

described the Devonport

situation as unique and said

the Government had no plans to

do the same anywhere else.

Even water sports, politician

it is seems will do just about

anything if they think there is

a vote in it. Malcolm

Turnbull in a wetsuit today.

Tasmania yesterday. John Howard's Mersey dash in

Tasmania yesterday.

APPLAUSE. What about the rest

of the crown tri-? This morning

Health Minister Tony Abbott

said comparable communities

should expect a similar quality

of health care. It is not

right that a community of 7

o,000 people should be without

a comprehensive general

hospital. But this was Mr

Abbott this evening. The

situation in Devonport is

essentially unique as far as

I'm aware. What then of Beaudesert in South-East

Queensland? It's larger than

Devonport and its hospital no

longer provides maternity or major surgical services.

There is a lot of parallels

between the Beaudesert

situation and the Tasmanian

situation. While Beaudesert is

in Forde, one of the strongest safest strongholds in

Queensland. Some people argue

it would be election yearing

and an opportunity for the Government. John Howard won't

promise to expand the Mersey

model to other communities.

We will see how this

intervention works out. Mr

Howard is prepared to say

anything and do anything. But

water, Indigenous affairs,

hospitals may not be the end of

it according to John Howard,

hinting at further raids into

the states and territories.

The role of the Commonwealth is

what I would call an overwatch

role. Following yesterday's

surgical strike, coalition MPs

are starting to queue up for

the Mersey treatment.

Nationals MP Kay Hull has

wasted no time writing to Mr

Abbott seeking a hospital

upgrade. The doors are open

and I'm going to put it to the

Health Minister. The Federal

Government has no plans to take

over any public hospital except

this one. That sounds like

everyone but Devonport can

forget it. The Federal Greens

have announced a plan to tackle

energy waste in homes. The

party says it wants every

household in Australia to have

a free audit to identify where

they can save energy. It says

people should be reimbursed for

fitting environmentally

friendly appliances like

ceiling fans and water-saving

shower heads. What we've got

are ad hoc schemes, a few

subsidies here, a rebate there,

but it doesn't go anywhere near

the opportunity that energy

efficiency provides. The

project will cost more than $20

billion, but the Greens say

people can pay back the

Government with what they save

on their energy bills. Federal

Police are investigating an

Indian dossier which suggests

the former Gold Coast doctor,

Mohammed Haneef, may have links

with al-Qaeda. They are also

looking into his financial

dealings. But lawyers for the

doctor deny he has any ties

with terrorists, and they're

questioning whether the

Government is trying to set him

up. Of all the things

Australian security authorities

suspect about Mohammed Haneef,

a link to Osama bin Laden is

not one of them. But that's

the claim Indian police make in

a dossier given to an

Australian journalist they say

the doctor must have come into

contact with members of

terrorist entities and

assisted. To assert that now

is just simply not true. We

haven't heard of a link to

al-Qaeda. That's the first

we've heard of it. Mick

Keelty has asked his officers

in India to investigate, but Bangladesh's deputy police

commissioner says the report of

an al-Qaeda link is incorrect

and false false. The dossier

had also pointed the finger at

Dr Haneef's financial affairs,

claiming someone else' bank

locker key was found in his

possession. That fits with

leads the AFP were already

onto. We are investigating

money transactions to do with

the group. In the turmoil

that the Haneef case has generated, Phillip Ruddock is

trying to soothe Islamic and

ethnic community leaders with

an assurance Australia's

security regime is not

race-based or religiously

targeted. I even have to take

my shoot shoes off sometimes at

the airport. Mohammed

Haneef's lawyers complain their

client is having to endure a

fresh slander every week,

tiemented, they say, to damage

next week's court appeal to get

his visa back. The doctor

himself is still seething over

the Government's release of his

Internet exchanges. Once you

get the whole chat, you will be

able to understand what it is,

what it means. While Phillip

Ruddock is leaving it to police

to investigate the latest

claims of terror links, he says

extradition can be arranged

with India if needed. Jack

Thomas, the only person clays

placed on a control order under

Australia's anti-terror laws

has lost a legal challenge to

have the order revoked. The

Court of Appeal last year

quashed Mr Thomas's convictions

for accepting funds from a

terrorist network and

falsifying a passport. However

the Federal Police then

successfully applied to have

him placed on an interim order.

Today the High Court ruled

that the order was

constitutionally valid. I think the Australian community expect the government of the

day to put in place measures

that will protect them from

possible terrorist acts. It's

no use waiting until something

takes place. Mr Thomas will

face a retrial next year.

Big, ugly, but necessary -

that's the way police and

business are describing a 3m

high wall that will be put up

in Sydney's CBD during APEC.

Police say it's about keeping

terrorists and protesters away

from world leaders. Critics

say it's just scaremongering.

When 300 of the world's top

CEOs came to Sydney two years

ago, protesters followed, and

3m high steel and concrete

fencing proved a useful

barrier. Now police want that

kind of fencing in Sydney's

streets on a much larger scale

for APEC. We have to cover

off on every possibly

contingency and that's why we

are looking at fencing and a

number of other means. From

September 7th to September 9th,

the Opera House, the Government

House and Convention Centre in

Darling Harbour will be off

limits. Another area, much of

the CBD, has been designated a

security zone. People will be

allowed to walk through here,

but there will be many police

and safety barriers. The

fence is going to be big, it's

going to be ugly and inceent,

-- inconvenient and, but we

believe it will be necessary

for the safety of businesses

and the residents of Sydney.

Not only look at protesters,

but make sure we maintain the

security around this event.

It is angering protesters who

have already applied for

permission to stage a peaceful

demonstration through Sydney

streets. Just trying to ramp

up the scaremongering. They

are scared of us. But it's

these images police are looking

to reinforce. In baths hurts

last night, they were showing

their muscle in a simulated

exercise a month before APEC. The Federal Treasurer will put

the spotlight on climate change

as APEC machines ministers

gather on Queensland's Sunshine

Coast. Delegates from the 21

member nations are attending

the forum where Peter Costello

is also talking up a plan for

carbon trading. Our object is

to get an Australian scheme

working in a way which could

actually spread to the region.

And there is common ground

with the US on the issue of

tackling climate change. It

has important technical

dimensions but it also have a

very important financial, especially fiscal dimension. I

think we will spend a good two

hours discussing that this

afternoon. The meeting will

pave the way for the APEC

leaders' summit meeting next

month. The main Sunni party

is pulling out of the coalition

government. The five Cabinet

members from the Accordance

Front said the Government had

not met their demands to

improve security. The US has

been urging the government to

end the bickering, so Iraqis

can take on greater

responsibility for their own

future when foreign troops

leave. As the politicians were

arguing, more than 70 people

were killd in suicide bombings.

In the worst attack, 50 people

died when a fuel truck blew up

near a petrol station. In

India, the worst flooding in

years has forced millions of

people from their homes and

created a growing humanitarian

crisis. The worst hit areas

are in the east and north. In

Uttah Pradesh, at least 28

people died when an overcrowded

es cue boat capsized. Vast

areas of farmland are under

water and with monsoon rains intensifying, authorities are

warning of worse to come. In

neighbouring Bangladesh, more

than half the country has been

affected by the disaster.

There have also been hundreds

of deaths in Pakistan and de

Nepal. British Airways has

been fined a record $650

million after admits it Col

included with other airlines to

fix prices. The company has

agreed to keep ticket prices

artificially high using the

rising cost of oil as a cover.

Virgin Atlantic was also

involved, but it received a

smaller fine because it blew

the whistle. The trance

Atlantic investigation revealed

British air ways had conspired

with Virgin Atlantic over

fixing the price of the fuel

surcharge. The collusion r --

the collusion happened at least

six times over 18 months.

During this conspiracy any

person who flew on a British

Airways flight between the U

conditioned and the US paid

more for their airline tickets

as a result of this illegal

cartel. In August 2004, the

surcharge on a round-trip

ticket was about $12, but by

the time the conspiracy was

uncovered last year, the

supplement had risen more than

10 times to $150. I make no

excuse for it. It is

completely unacceptable. It

will not be tolerated and I

apologise for what this has

done to British Airways. Sir

Richard Branson's vij vij

Atlantic has had to admit its

part in the conspiracy . We

are very sorry and Richard

Branson is very sorry that this

has happend in the past. We

apologise to done sumers who

can be reassured they have not

been overcharged. Legal

experts say passengers may have

scope to seek compensation if

they can prove they paid more

due to anti-competitive

behaviour. In May, British

Airways said it was setting

aside more than $800 million to

cover fines and legal costs. ,

but the investigation isn't

over yet. There is a

possibility of costly class

actions and key individuals could face criminal charges and

jail. Tonight's top story:

Nine people are confirmed dead

in the Minneapolis bridge

collapse and another 20 are

still missing. Still to come -

an ah tit -- artistic tribute

to the forgotten victims of ma

Maralinga. The Federal

Government will not set up a

compensation fund for the

stolen generations as a result

of yesterday's decision in the South Australian Supreme Court.

A man who was taken from his

family in the 1950s was award

more more than half a million

dollars. Lawyers believe there

is unlikely to be a flood of

similar claims because Bruce

Trevorrow's case was so

unusual. It is a triumph after

9 years of litigation. In the

1950s, Bruce Trevorrow was

taken from his family and only

reunited a decade later.

Depression and alcoholism have

scarred his life. But his

story isn't unique. Thousands

more have similar ones to tell.

There are other children who

were removed the same way that

he was removed. That's outside

the law. He wasn't an

individual who was treatd in

extraordinary way. Aboriginal

leaders were today calling on

the State Government not to

fight the landmark decision.

By afternoon, there was a

guarantee that the money would

flow. Mr Trev Trev will

receive the compensation

awarded interest him by the

Supreme Court yesterday. But

it's reserving the right to

contest the finer legal points.

Some lawyers have suggested the

Bruce Trevorrow case is

exceptional because his

siblings went on to lead

healthy life lives and so

helped prove his claim. Have

been calls for the states to

follow Tasmania's lead and set

up a compensation fund but that

was ruled out by the Federal

Government today, the minister

saying he wants to focus on the

present. My foe suss is on

this generation of children

whose childhood is being stolen

as well in a very sickening

way. The nation's Aboriginal

affairs leaders will meet

tomorrow and the Bruce

Trevorrow case will be high on

the agenda. It is the same

principle as jump-starting a

car. Doctors in the United

States have taken that

principle and applied it to a

severely brain damaged man who

has been unconscious for years.

The result has been so

remarkable, his family say it's

a miracle. It was something

that had never been attempted

before, to stimulate a deveerly

injured brain back into action.

We are essentially

jump-starting the brain to a

newer and higher level of

functions with respect to awakeness, arousal,

communication. The patient is

a 39-year-old man who was

mugged 8 years ago. His skull

was crushed and left severely

brain damaged and couldn't

communicate or eat on his own.

His mother said she prayed for

a miracle and doctors say

that's almost what happened in a painstaking 10-hour

operation, a team of surgeons

used 3D maps to implant

electrodes deep into the brain

which began releasing impulses.

The language of the brain is

electricity, so we are

activating the brain using its

own language. Program able

pacemaker batteries were

inserted into the man's chest.

Doctors say the results were

immediate. The patient became

alert, drank from a cup and

began speaking.

Deep brain stimulation is

used on patients with

Parkinson's disease, but this

is the first time it has been

used to treat severe brain

injury. Tl>> is nothing really

that shows such a bra dramatic

improvement as seems to have

happend in this case. The

technique will be trialed on a

further 11 patients in the United States before being

introduced more widely. Per

onto finance, and the local

share market has bounced back

from yesterday's big falls

despite an unexpected fall in

the profit of mining giant Rio

Tinto. Alan Kohler has the

details. Well, buyers tentatively and carefully

returned to the market leaders

today, almost certainly looking

for dividend yield which more

many companies looks attractive

after the big falls in price

over the past week. Good

dividend payers like Telstra,

AMP and the banks did best

today and BHP Billiton also

attracted attention. The focus

on the big companies was also

apparent when you look at the

20 leader es index and the

small ordinaries index.

The Ed leaders went up 1.6%,

five times as much as the

tidlers. One of the biggest

falls on the market was Rio

Tinto which announced an

unexpected 14% drop in interim

profit after the market closed.

Rio's share price fell by more

than $2 by 2.30pm and closed

2.7%. Someone knew something

before they were supposed to.

The US market set the tone for

today's performance with the

Dow Jones up 1.1% but again the performance disparity between

the big and small companies was

apparent with a rise of only

0.3% in the Nasdaq index in

which the companies are mostly

small. Tonight's graph is the

reason for all corporate debt.

It's because 5 years ago

global company earnings yields,

that is profits as a percentage

of share prices went above bond

yields or the price of debt.

In other words, easy, steady

money could be made by borrow

ing by companies. The price of

Australian money went up a bit

today. The Aussie seems to be

jumping around with the stock

market at the moment. Tonight

it's back above US 85 cents and

101 yen. That's finance. A

lone British sailor has been

plucked to safety by an Australian Defence helicopter

team off Lord Howe Island. The

man's yacht ran aground off the

island yesterday. It was

reported to be stuck fast on

Elizabeth reef by a passing

catamaran. The stranded

yachtsman was winched to safety

late this afternoon and is

believed to be unhurt . Maybe

he could have used this: A

high-tech system for forecasting the weather on the

high seas has been opened up

for public access. Until now

it has been reserved for

scientists and the Navy, but

from today anyone can log on to

find out everything from ocean

temperatures to where the fish

are biting. It was launched

with naval fanfare. But its

Blue Link's practical ability

to predict ocean conditions

that has got the shipping world

in a spin. It did predict

ocean currents and

temperatures, salinity which is

important for a whole lot of

environmental reasons, and it

can also predict the surface

level. By pooling their

resources, the CSIROnd, the

weather burr re-and the Navy

have set up a three-dimensional

view of the ocean. Robotic

sensors, satellites and climate

modelling measure the changing

conditions from the surface to

the ocean floor. These tools

can then give an accurate

forecast, helping seafarers

choose the best and safest rout

to take seven day as head of

time. That means we can

arrive at an area of conflict

knowing the conditions well in

advance and prepared to set our

weapons and sonar systems to

optimise them to the best

tactical advantage. The Navy

may already been using Blue

Link to negotiate their

missions, but the system is now

available to all boatties

taking a trip on the high seas.

And the key is identifying the

changing currents. Most of

our tuna fishermen catch fish

in the top layers of the oh

shend and the fish follow

currents and patches of food

associated with warm and cold

water. If you can predict

where the water is, you can

predict where the fish are.

The advice is free. The

Australian leading the Moto GP

series is hoping to wrap up his

first championship before the Phillip Island Grand Prix in

October. Casey Stoner has a

44-point lead in the

championship with 7 races to

go. He might be small in

stature, but Casey Stoner is

currently the biggest thing in

motorcycle racing. The

21-year-old has stunned his

more fancied rivals by win ing

six Grand Prix races this year.

At the beginning of the

season, everybody thought it

was a fluke we were leading the

championship but people are

starting to realise we are a

threat. Stoner recently signed

a multimillion-dollar contract

extension with Ducati and it

still coming to terms with his

new-found fame. Been pretty

confusing. Getting away on

the family farm has helped.

The horses need to be ridden a

bit more, playing up a bit.

Little bit of cattle work and

hunting and fishing.

Valentino Rossi is the only

rider with a chance of

overhauling Stoner. He seemed

to always give me respect. One

of the only Moto GP riders to

say hello when going past.

Stoner may have already wrapped

up the world title by the time

he returns to Australia for the

Phillip Island Grand Prix in

October. I would really like

to do it by then if it is going

to happen this year. The

Iraqi soccer team as a new

admirer. As the Asian Cup

winners were being mobbed in

juror done en route to the

homeland, the Pope used his

audience to pass on congratulations and hopes

Iraq's historic win is a step towards peace.

TRANSLATION: This experience of

shared delight reveals people's

desire to have a normal and

serene life, everyone's

contribution a future of

authentic peace in freedom and

mutual respect.

Congratulations. The players

echoed the papal's sentiments.

The impact of the 1950s

British atomic tests on broerjs

in Central Australia has

inspired a modern ballet. 'X

Three Hundred' tells of the

human fallout from the

Maralinga nuclear tests. The

dancer encounters poisonous

black mist, the radiation

fallout from nuclear tests in

Maralinga. The British and

Australian governments claimed

there were no people in the

remote outback of South

Australia when seven atomic

explosions were activated in

1956 and '57. The assumption

it was vacant and unoccupied

and in a lot of ways I refused

to believe that Australians can

be so ignorant to that and - I

mean, I think they did know

there were people still out

there. Choreographer Frances

rink's only family lived in the

area, prompting her to create a

dance around their experiences.

People were blinded and some

died. A sense of loss, but

also a sense of hope of

returning one day to the land

and return ing for the

generations that follow, to be

able to access the land where

people once lived. The

Bangarra Dance Company is

presenting a double bill based

on true stories Elma Kris went

to Murray Island in the Torres

Strait for her inspiration,

winning the trust of elders to

bring their culture and storys to the stage for the first

time. It was a big challenge

to face because for me I was

the sardine and they were the

sharks. I, so, yeah, it was a

really brave experience to

actually have that and for the

elders to actually trust that

to me. The exotic true

stories will be told on stage at the Sydney Opera House.

at the Sydney Opera House.

Let's check the weather now and

dam levels first. The overall

storage level is:

In Sydney today, the top

temperature was 22, 4 above

average, up to 25 in the west

at Richmond.

The satellite picture shows

thick cloud across the southern

states bringing showers and

storms. A cloud band is

spreading over South Australia

and New South Wales, but

causing only patchy light rain.

On the synoptic chart, cold

south westerly winds behind a

vigorous front, warm

north-westerly winds for

north-east New South Wales and

South-East Queensland ahead of

the change. Rain tomorrow: Across the north of New South

Wales with showers and high

land snowfalls in the

south-east. In the capital

cities tomorrow:

Tonight's top stories:

Officials in the American city

of Minneapolis say rescue teams

are unlikely to find any more

survivors from a bridge

collapse that has killed at

least nine people. The Federal

Government is being inundated

with calls to take over other

State-run hospitals after its

intervention in Tasmania, but

the Health Minister says that

was a one-off. And Federal

Police are investigating an

Indian dossier which suggests

former Gold Coast-based Dr.

Doctor, Mohammed Haneef may

have links with al-Qaeda. And

that's ABC News for now. The

'7:30 Report' is up next and I

will be back with updates during the evening. Goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI

Thank you very much. Tonight

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mergers sparking an

outburst. They are determined

to flatten, homogenise and

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Welcome to the program. Federal Parliament returns next

week in a highly-charged

atmosphere as the clock ticks

down to an election now no more

than four months away, with

opinion polls still stubbornly

predicting a comfortable Labor

win. But the reality may be dramatically different on

election day with Labor needing

to pick up a swag of seats to

end nearly 12 years of Liberal

Government. While Labor leader

Kevin Rudd managed to make much