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Tonight - the Premier steps

up his sales pitch on power

privatisation. Cash for

kidneys - one doctor's solution

to the organ solution. It would

be a win-win situation for

everyone concerned. Disaster

zone - the struggle to get aid

through to cyclone victims.

And, a big night out for Aunty,

the ABC scoops eight Logies.

Good evening, Juanita

Phillips with ABC News. The

smoke may be settling but the

embers are still burning in the

Labor Party's infight over

power privatisation. Labor

backbenchers are expected to

call for another debate

tomorrow at their first caucus

meeting since the weekend's

explosive State Labor

conference. The Premier says

he's confident he has the

support of caucus. Kerry

his Hickey is one MP who's made up

his mind. I'll be supporting

party policy which the rank and

file have voted on, on Saturday

. It's clear party policy. It

is not going to support

privatisation of power. Morris

Iemma has been calling

backbenchers to shore up

support for the sale. As many

as 28 are opposed, but if it

goes to another vote in caucus,

Morris Iemma still has the

numbers. The caucus has decided

this twice and I would expect

that the caucus would stick

with the solidarity of its

decision. His Cabinet is

already locked in. I am confident that the parliamentary party will

continue to support the Premier

on this important reform. The

unions have issued a veiled

threat to MPs that their

preselection could be on the

line. These MPs need to

consider two things, firstly,

the decision of the conference

held over the last weekend.

And they also need to consider

the interests of the

constituents they were elected

to represent. I think some

colleagues will be worried

about that if they support the Premier. There's curious

reaction from the Government's

real opposition. The Liberals

are steering clear of a

commitment to privatise. We're

not here in the business of

knockdown sales. And the

Nationals are echoing union

concerns. I represent a low

income area. They're very

worried about this, they're

very worried that there aren't

any guarantees about the future

impacts on prices. The

Government clearly has some

more hurdles to jump before

this sale goes through, but go

through it will, the Premier

hopes before the end of the

year. Still to come, the

detail of the sale, especially

the crucial sale price and the

dollars that are meant to blow

into the State's coffers. The

inquiry into RailCorp is being

told some of its workers

treated it like their own

private atestimony. The

Anti-Corruption Commission says

they were so arrogant they

believed they were immune from

detection and they've continued

to steal from the company, even

after the investigation began.

Meet George Laidlaw, now laid

off. As a RailCorp supervisor

giving track work to

contractors and allegedly

receiving kickbacks. Laidlaw

was not alone. The public Treasury has become a personal

ATM. Staff and contractors,

even one who's admitted being

barred because he was on speed,

have apparently been up to many

scams. Serious, long-term

timesheet fraud, dokt fraud,

theft of RailCorp property,

gross manipulation of

procurement policies. Laidlaw

admitted claiming $69,000 from

false receipts he'd bought or

made on his home computer for

accommodation and travel

allowance. He denied taking

kickbacks but even a private

phone in a bogus name did not

prevent an intercept. Not even

my missus has this phone. In

denying he'd received any cash

from a contractor, he said Joe

Hockin had never given him

anything in his life.

Investigators found more than

$30,000 in cash at his home.

Laidlaw and his wife had

consistently spent more than

their combined income but still

had $65,000 in the bank.

Laidlaw - a man without an

overt commitment to fitness -

admitted to keeping $6,000 in

the foot of a rowing machine.

He denied money laundering.

RailCorp is not off the hook,

either. How is corruption so

entrenched? Some answers are

likely to be demanded by the

RailCorp head next month.

Despite the latest inflation

figures the Reserve Bank is

expected to keep interest rates

on hold when it meets tomorrow

. That's because the economy

is beginning to show small

signs of a slowdown. The

Opposition says that means the

Government shouldn't make large

spending cuts in next week's Budget, but the Government says

that would be irresponsible.

The season might be changing

but the message is

constant. Inflation is a

cancer. It eats away at

prosperity. That's why it must

be dealt with. And it shows no

signs of healing. Higher

rents, petrol prices and health

and financial services costs

combine to drive up a private

sector inflation gauge another

0.5% to 4.3% well above the

Reserve Bank's 3% limit. Inflation isn't just

staying at a high rate, it's actually increasing. Despite

that, a majority of finance

sector economists and the

Futures Exchange is betting

strongly against another rate

hike when the banks' board

meets tomorrow, punting it will

wait to see if its rises are biting, and there are small

signs they are. The latest

official figures on house

prices show a softening in some cities in the last three


Average growth of just over

1%. There's a similar story on

job advertisements. The ANZ

recorded a rise in the number

of ads in April, but demand for

workers is slowing. Through

2007, what we saw was a

consistent rise in the number

of job advertisements but over

the first four months of 2008

what we've seen is plateauing

in that trend. The tiny signs

that the high cost of cash

might be slowing the economy

combined with a faltering US

economy has the Opposition

arguing there's no need for

Government spending cuts to

tame inflation. We should not

be imposing further hardship on

Australian families in these

very difficult times. The

Opposition is being

economically irresponsible.

Malcolm Turnbull doesn't

understand that rising prices

really attack family living standards. But the Treasurer

won't say how much he can slice

before the cut is too deep.

The West Australian Opposition

Leader Troy Buswell has

survived a push to dump him

despite admitting to

inappropriate behaviour. Party

opponents proved Mr Buswell

held onto the leadership at a

partyroom meeting. His colleagues say they're confident he is the best man

for the job. A Supreme Court

jury in Sydney has been told

that euthanasia campaigner Dr

Philip Nitschke was hell-bent

on supporting the assisted

suicide of a dementia sufferer.

The jury heard that Graeme

Wylie died of a drug overdose

in 2006. His long-term partner

Shirley Justins and fellow euthanasia supporter Caren

Jennings are on trial over his

death. According to the Crown, Shirley Justins was motivated

by money in killing her de

facto partner of 18 years facto partner of 18 years

Graeme Wylie. The court heard

Mr Wiley died from a massive

overdose of barbiturates

brought into the country from


Also charged over the killing

is her friend Caren Jennings.

It's alleged the 75-year-old

imported the drugs into

Australia because she was I'd

lodgically motivated. The

prosecutor told juries Graeme

Wylie was unable to look after

himself in his final years and couldn't recognise his

children. The court was told

in the months before his death

there was a group in Switzerland who raised

questions about his mental

state. The court was told

Philip Nitschke failed to carry

out a proper assessment because

he was...

Jurors were told to put any personal feelings aside and

that...the trial is expected to

run four weeks.a growing number

of older people are living in

horrific squalor according to a

new study. The problem's been

compounded by a rise in

dementia and a lack of services. Psychiatrists say

there's an urgent need for

intervention and that

Government needs to take the

lead. Believe it or not, this

home is in Sydney's affluent

Eastern Suburbs and according

to Health and Community

Services this is not an

uncommon sight. Living in real

filth - and it's very sad,

undignified and it creates

great problems for the

neighbours. A study by

psychiatrist Professor Snowdon

and Dr Graeme Halliday has

found at least one in 1,000

elderly Sydneysiders are unable

to look after themselves and

live in severe domestic

squalor. It's a big problem

when you observe it and we

shouldn't allow it to happen,

even to one in 1,000. In

Sydney's east alone the

Benevolent Society has targeted

30 homes for forensic

cleaning. We're touching the

tip of the iceberg. A lot of

these people are very isolated

and as a result, they don't

come to the public notice until

the situation is out of

control. The woman who lives

here has given the ABC

permission to film her

apartment. She's now in

hospital. Both her relatives

and the services which were

helping her said she wouldn't

accept visitors for the past

five months. While this woman

is receiving help, the authors

of this latest study say the

State Government needs to take

much more of a leadership role

in coordinating services. I

think we should intervene and

that's where the problem arises

that there isn't adequate

coordination and money for the

services that are needed to

help them. The State

Government should immediately

send in forensic cleaners and

back up those cleaners with

appropriate community-based

support. The State Government

says it already has guidelines

in place to ensure the elderly

and vulnerable living in

squalor receive help. They're

dying for an organ transplant

but can't get one. Kidney

failure kills more than 40

Australians every day. Now a leading medical specialist has

come up with a radical

suggestion for reducing the

transplant waiting list. He

says healthy young people

should be allowed to sell their

kidneys. It's a radical idea,

but some health experts say the

situation with organ donation

is so desperate it's warranted.

Canberra doctor Gavin Carney

believes healthy young people

should be allowed to sell

kidneys for up to

$50,000. Patients need a kidney

and the Government will recruit

those kidneys in an ethical and

in a proper and good

fashion. Despite countless

public awareness campaigns,

Australia still has one of the

lowest rates of organ donation

in the world. You'd have a

ready pool of kidneys for sick

kidney patients. You'd get the

very best kidneys and the very

best possible matches and it'd

be a win-win situation for

everyone concerned. One person

dies every week because they

can't get a kidney transplant. Patients like Matthew Fitzsimmons can wait four years

for an organ to become

available. Despite that, he's

opposed to people selling their

organs, saying such a system is

open to abuse. People who need

the money and people who are drug dependent are going to

sell it because it's a quick

$50,000, not realising the

significance of what they're

doing. The Federal Government

has released a report with 51 recommendations designed to

boost the rate of donation but

selling organs isn't one of them. Putting a price on

somebody's organs and making it

an economic proposition for

people that might be

financially vulnerable we don't

think is the right way to

go. Most experts agree what's

needed is better coordination

at a hospital level to ensure

more transplants tapes. The

scale of the devastation caused

by the cyclone in Burma is only

now becoming clear. More than

350 people have been killed and

large parts of the country have

been flattened. Aid agencies

and the United Nations are

trying to get through to the

worst affected areas but their

job's not being made any easier

by the military regime. In

less than 24 hours, Cyclone

Nargis swept through the most

populated part of the country,

where as many as 7 million

people live. Winds of up to

200km/h ripped off roofs and

brought down trees. Tens of

thousands of homes were

leveled. In the capital

Rangoon, power and water

supplies have been cut,

communications are limited. It

will take time to get an idea

of the damages... Relief

agencies are focusing on

providing shelter and drinking

water. There are UN stockpiles

of food. Burma's military

rulers are being urged to allow

aid agencies to operate

freely. People need desperately

at this time, people need help,

not only in the rural area, in

the capital Rangoon. The

Federal Government is watching

events closely. I'm pleased to

advise that all Australian

officials are safe and well and

at this stage we haven't heard

of any Australians in difficulty. Burma's Prime

Minister has been trying to

reassure his people amid

grumblings that the government

was poorly prepared for the

cyclone and has been slow to

respond to the crisis. This

weekend's referendum on a new

constitution will go ahead,

despite the cyclone. Burma's

leaders say it will pave the

way for multiparty elections in


Well, it seems we haven't

come that far since horse and

cart days. A new study shows

peak hour drivers in Sydney are

crawling to work as slowly as

22km/h. The roads and traffic

authority says average morning peak speeds are 2km/h slower

than a decade ago. The slowest

travelling is on Victoria Road.

I have to leave 30 minutes

earlier to make sure I'm on

time. Second slowest is

Parramatta Road with an average

speed of 25km/h. I get a bit

stressed before I get to

work. The State Government says

an extra one million cars have been added to Sydney's roads

over the past 10 years.

They've put it to the test, now

irrigators have signed off on a

scheme that gives water back to

the environment without farmers

having to give any up. The barren box swamp project was

built three years ago. The aim

was to rehabilitate a wetland

while protecting the water

entitlements of farmers. As

Environment Reporter Sarah

Clarke explains, the simple

concept has saved around 20,000

megalitres of water in the

Riverina. Light rain has

delivered some relief to barren

box swamp in the Riverina, and

with the water comes birds and

plenty of them. It was amazing,

even the sea eagles came back

and bred within two or three

weeks of the water being

there. Decades of inundation by

irrigation water drowned the

black box trees, but farmers

have tried to rehabilitate the

swamp and at last count, 39

bird species now call this

wetland home. The reason for

their return according to the

irrigators is this - a wall

built across the middle of the

swamp. The storage area is now

deeper and the surface area has

been reduced. We've got a much

smaller area. In fact at the

moment there's only about 10%

of the area with water in it

and that's giving us some major

savings from evaporation. The

savings so far is around 20,000

megalitres that might have been

lost. It's great. Water for

Rivers' job is to return

282,000 megalitres. Most of

that will go down the Snowy,

some to the Murray. 20,000 is

a fair chunk of that. And the

water goes back to the environment, without irrigators

having to give up any of their

own allocation. The water here

is from small rainfall events

and the overflow left at the

end of the channels, but even

it's reused for stock and

domestic use and irrigation

downstream. The next stage of

this $30 million rehabilitation

project is to replant the black

box trees, giving the wetland a

new lease on life. The Federal

Government has been accused of

investing in scamgs by

allocating more than $250

million. Today, it handed over

a petition with 30,000 signatures demanding more money

be spent on renewable power

like solar and wind. Climate

change is an urgent issue and

it's absurd in this day and age

that public spending on fossil

fuels outweighs the port for

renewable energy solutions by

20 to one. A Greenpeace report

says carbon capture and storage

won't be commercially viable

until 2030 which is too late to

combat climate change. Onto

finance now. As we reported

earlier the housing market may

be cooling, but the industry is

proving resilient. Alan Kohler

explains. There's been a lot

of talk that house prices are

going to fall, but that hasn't

shown up in data yet. As

you've heard the national

median price went up 1.1% in

the March quarter thanks to a

4.1% rise, mainly in Melbourne.

Here are the capital city


Australia's housing boom has

been much bigger than

America's. US and Australian

house prices only occasionally

got out of line between 1975

and 1997 and then ours took

off, doubling in a decade. In

America the rise was 50% and

then crunched last year. We're

still waiting for the crunch,

but looking at this graph makes

you think it might be a bigger

one. New unofficial inflation

data suggests the next CPI will

keep the upward pressure on

interest rates, although

they're not expected to go up

tomorrow. You might be

interested in oil and food on

the same basis. Adjusted for

inflation the oil price is back

to where it was in 1980 after

the second oil shock, but

according to this index food

prices, which have been getting

a lot of attention lately, are

actually a third of the level

they were in 1980. On Friday,

oil and food - specifically

wheat - went up 3.4 and 2.4%

respective ly.

A knee injury has forced Australian Rugby League captain

Darren Lockyer out of Friday's

Centenary Test and the first

State of Origin match. Lockyer

has to have more surgery on his

troublesome knee and that'll

keep him on the sidelines until

at least June. A handshake confirmed and worst - Lockyer

was breaking camp to return to

Brisbane for another bout of

surgery. Going into the game

not knowing whether it would

hold up. To be honest I would

have been more of a liability.

He's put the team first... that's Darren Lockyer all over

in regards to putting the team

first. With his doctor

overseas, surgery has been put

on hold. Yeah, I think Origin I

is definitely doubtful, but

again, I want to move on this

as quick as I can. The Broncos

are already used to life

without Lockyer. I don't know,

I thought he's playing for

Australia, isn't he?

REPORTER: No, he pulled out

last night. Haven't seen the

news. Fingers crossed I'll

play a bit of five-eighth. In

reality, the Sharks' Greg Bird

will assume Lockyer's position

at five-eighth, he played there

last year when Australia belted

and Kiwis 58-nil. His

misfortune is another guy's

fortune in Greg Bird. The

Kangaroos and Kiwis posed for

team photos, and the

off-putting to see Wayne Australians found it

Bennett dressed in All

Black. It was a little bit when

I first got here but, you know,

disappointing from our view it's probably more

because we know he's going to

help them. As of this morning

only 6,000 tickets have been

sold for Friday's Test. Tip

and run time's over now

Australia's leading cricketers are switching their focus to

the traditional form of the

game. They've left the

Twenty20 tournament in India

behind for a week-long camp in

Brisbane to prepare for the

Test tour of the West Indies.

Here's Peter Wilkins. From

feeling groovy to being back in

the groove - the Australians

that took part in the glitz and

glamour of the Indian Premier

league face the challenge of

returning to old-school

cricket. It comes with great

relief to the open batsman that

you're given a licence. The

jury is out on whether the

Twenty20 game will be a licence

to print money, but Matthew

Hayden hopes that the IPL and other Twenty20 competitions

will provide benefits to the

grassroots. Money is generated

out of the IPL, all the

Champions League which are

expected to come to fruition

will be generating revenue for cricket and in this

country. There was a little

envy from those that didn't

sample the Indian extravaganza. I would have

loved to have been a part of

it. Talking to the guys it seemed a great tournament.

I've had a really good break,

it's been good to freshen

up. There was a bittersweet

result for Australia in Seville

A rough house 10 kilometre race

saw dual 1,500m Olympic

champion Grant Hackett targeted

and he finished in 15th

place. It's tough out there.

There was a bit of a target on

me today and I expected

that. Hackett was surprised to

be subsequently disqualified for interference. Needing to

finish in the top 10, Hackett

missed out on the chance for a

unique still and open water

double in Beijing, but there

were better fortunes for Ky

Hurst. The 7-time national

iron man champion finished

fifth to secure an Olympic

berth at his fourth

attempt. That's my best result

ever in open water over the 10

kilometres at a world standard

and it's such a relief. God,

such a relief. It's that time in English football where

expectation leaders supporters

to the emotional pressfies.

Such was the case in the

stoke-Leicester case with

promotion al the options for

the respective sides.

Leicester needed to win to

avoid the drop and went close.

Stoke only had to draw to seal

a Premier League promotion for

the first time in 23 years.

The balance in fortunes

couldn't have been more starkly

portrayed. Four years ago

Leicester was in the Premier

League, now they're at the

lowest point in the club's

history - the third tier of

English competition. Aunty

gave the commercials a run for

their money at last night's

Logie awards. The ABC won

eight statues with the comedy

'Summer Heights High' leading

the way. The song went top 10

and the show 'Summer Heights

High' was a ratings hit for the

ABC. It won Most Outstanding

Comedy and its creator Chris

Lilley was gracious in

accepting most popular actor. I

want to congratulate those

other guys, Paul and Mark and

Glen and John for joining me in

this thing and being popular...

um not quite as popular

clearly. And the ABC was very

popular amongst Logies voters.

The network scooped eight

statues, including the silver

for the mini-series 'Curtin'.

It also won Logies for its documentary on the Sydney

Harbour Bridge, 'Choir of Hard Knocks' and the 'Australian

Story' on the late actress

Belinda Emmett. Bronwyn Bishop,

thanks for joining us... The

ABC's John Clarke was humbled

by his induction into the Hall

of Fame. In a collaborative

business like television, it's

basically fraudulent to accept

an individual award. The youngest winner was Bindi

Irwin, as Best New Talent. I'd

like to thank the ABC for

helping me get the conservation

message out. I definitely like

to dedicate this to my mum and

my dad. When it came to the big

one, some were planning how to

celebrate, perhaps a little

prematurely. I've discussed

this with Jennifer and she

understands when I win the Gold

Logie that I'll be having sex

with lots of other women... It

was Kate Ritchie who won gold

for the second year

running. And the only reason

I'm disappointed about winning

is that I won't get to hear

Chris Lilley's acceptance

speech. Cable TV took the other

major awards, the silver Logies

for outstanding actor and

actress. It was another sunny

day right across the State and

not much rain in sight.

No, unfortunately. The best we

can hope for is a couple of millimetres about the

south-western slopes and ranges

with the chance of brief snow

showers across the alpine


Cloud bands over the southern

States are associated with weak

front. The band sitting along

the Victorian and NSW border is

a trough, but falls from it are

expected to be light and the

high is the dominant feature

and will continue to be so well

into next week. The cloud over

the south of the State will

gradually start to move further

east overnight, producing a

cloudy day for some parts, but

a lack of moisture is restricting its rainfall

potential. The highest falls are going to be less than 5


That is ABC News for this

Monday. The '7.30 Report' is

up next. And at 8 o'clock on

ABC 1, there'll be a repeat of

that award-winning 'Australian Story' on Belinda Emmett.

Goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI

(Chant) We'll never be

defeated! This is about ego,

it's about power, but not

political power. Tonight on the

7.30 Report - power play. What

we've seen here at this

conference is essentially a

train wreck. The nation's most

hapless Premier under siege

from his own party over

privatisation. We are proceeding down the path that

the Government had started - to

secure the State's energy

supplies. Members of the Labor

Party think as individuals they

can rise up above the Labor

Party and see themselves

re-elected. They're kidding

themselves. You see the thing

that you were taught your whole

life to fear, and it's

perfect. And, the filmmaker

risking his life to protect the

ocean's most feared

predators. It's like killing an