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Tonight - earning or

learning. The government plan

to keep jobs and kids

studying. If you haven't

completed Year 10 you should be

in school. Sydney's power row.

Fresh calls for privatisation. International jitters as North

Korea tests a long-range

rocket. And a big prize for a

colt with big shoes to fill. At

a,500, he goes. Done. I think

he's happy about it.

Good evening. Felicity Davey

with ABC News. The Prime

Minister's warning of dark and

difficult times ahead for

Australia. Kevin Rudd's issued

a national call to arms for

Australians to unite against

unemployment. The majorbacks

have answered it with pledges

to go easy on borrowers who

lose their jobs. A multimillion-dollar government

package is aimed at both

maintaining jobs and keeping

students at school. Political

correspondent Greg Jennett

reports. The wave of economic

disaster ... has washed Kevin

Rudd from New York and London

to Melbourne's suburbs. This

global economic recession is

not caused by people in this

country and it's not caused by

the good people in this community. It's here in the

mortgage belt that the

government fears the recession

will bite hardest. But you know

something? Our job is to make a

difference here at the local

level. Under a deal brokered

by the Treasurer, the four

major banks have agreed to

lighten up on borrowers who

lose their jobs. The last thing

mortgages is take over we want to do with regard to

someone's home. Repayments may

be postponed, contracts

extended and fees waived for up

to a year. It's a gesture from

the banks in return for generous government

guarantees. Part of that does

mean that there is certain circumstances where we can call

on them for assistance. It's a

good initiative and we welcome

it. But the opposition is

worried where it leaves

non-bank borrowers. Kevin Rudd

has repackaged hundreds of millions of dollars into what

he calls a jobs and training

compact. Little of it is new.

What's more telling is the

obvious shift towards harm

minimisation ahead of a surge

in unemployment, the government

is now resigned to. There's 150

million dollars for small infrastructure works in areas

of high unemployment. Along

with a team of at least seven

local coordinators spread

across the country and led by

businessman Lindsay Fox. And to

keep youth unemployment down,

the Commonwealth will push the

States to accelerate a lift in

Year 12 retention rates to 90%

in five years rather than 10. I

will not stand idly by and

watch a generation of young people have their potential,

their talents and their

enthusiasm wasted in an

economic downturn. Protection

from a storm that can't be


Concerns have been raised

about a possible security

breach by bikies at the Prime Minister's official residence

in Canberra. The ABC's Insiders

program has reported that four

heavily tattooed men entered

the property last year claiming

they were there to do

maintenance work. They left

more than an hour later and only then did their credentials

and security documentation come

under suspicion. The opposition

says it raises serious concerns. Not only is The Lodge the home of the Prime Minister

and his family, but it also

hosts many international

leaders and guests at high

levels around the world. So it

does have potentially

international significance.

The Prime Minister's office

says it doesn't comment on

security matters. There's

mounting pressure on the State

Government to prevent further

disruption to Sydney's power

supply after last week's embarrassing blackouts in the

CBD. Business groups say the

lack of reliability could see

investors turn their back on

the city and there are calls

for the privatisation debate to

be revisited. Morris Iemma

suffered a humiliating defeat

last year when his power privatisation plans were

blocked by members of his own

party. It was so destabilising

the premier later resigned.

Nathan Rees still faces the

task of fixing an ageing electricity system in need of

investment and two two

black-outs in one week has some

calling for the issue to be put

back on the agenda. The

Parliament made its decision

last year. The out ages we have

seen should lead to the

Parliament reconsidering this

issue. Faults like this are unpredictable. You don't know

they will happen. You can't

plan for them. While

government's original

privatisation plans were

rolled, Nathan Rees is planning

to sell-off the State's energy retailers. Repair crews have

been working across the weekend

to fix the transformer at this

substation that caused

yesterday's outage, but Energy

Australia can't guarantee there

won't be more failures. It's

asked the managers of 20 major

buildings to put their

generators on stand-by and

limit the use of

airconditioning. In the event

that there are power problems

on Monday, would you be

prepared to use their generator

Energy Minister has rejected to power your own building? The

claims the outages were cause

bid a lack of spengding. He

says the government has

invested $9 billion in the electricity network over the

past five years. Hoping to

prevent the Sydney Harbour

Tunnel being closed again,

Energy Australia has rerouted

it to a different substation

and a back-up generator has

been brought in. Motorists will

be hoping outages don't come in


North Korea has ignored pleas

from its allies and warnings

from the west and gone ahead

with a controversial rocket

launch. The government in

Pyongyang said it was a

satellite launch, but critics

say the same rocket could carry

a warhead. The Australian Government has condemned the

launch, while the Obama

administration has labelled it

regrettable. The United Nations

Security Council will hold an

emergency meeting to discuss a

response to the test, which has again heightened tension between the nuclear armed state

and its old enemies. Japan was

on high alert as the country

braced for a North Korean

rocket to fly overhead. Then

the announcement came that the

launch had taken place. At

11.37 the missile passed over the northern territories of

Japan. No interceptors were

activated. Those interceptors

were the Patriot anti-missile

batteries and navy destroyers

ready to shoot down any part of

the rocket which landed on

Japan. But its first booster

section fell into the sea to

the west of Japan. And the

second hit the Pacific Ocean to

the country's east. North Korea

says the rocket then took a

satellite into orbit. Japan's

Prime Minister Taro Aso told

the world that the launch had

happened and that he'd given

priority to confirming that

no-one in Japan was hurt. South

Korea quickly voiced its

displeasure. TRANSLATION: We

can't help but be disappointed

about the north's reckless

action which is bringing a

serious threat against the

Korean peninsula and regional security by launching a

long-range rocket. Chinese

television reported Beijing's

call for calm and restraint

from all parties. Here at the

North Korean Embassy in

Beijing, the message was

received that China didn't want

this launch to go ahead . But

the isolated regime in

Pyongyang either knew an empty

threat when it heard one, or

simply chose to ignore its closest ally. This is now in

the hands of the UN Security

Council, which will hold an

emergency meeting to decide

what action should take place.

The US President has won NATO

backing for his new strategy

for Afghanistan. His European

allies will send an additional

5,000 troops, trainers and

civilians in time for the

Afghan elections in August. But

they stopped short of aftering

long-term deployments to the

troubled country. --

offering. To mark the 60th

birthday of NATO, leaders of

the member countries walked

across the Rhine from Germany

to the French side this border

was so often the frontline of

conflicts that ravaged Europe.

Now Europe has answered the

US President's call for help in

a war being fought in Afghanistan. All of NATO understands that al-Qaeda is a

threat to all of us. And that

this collective security effort

must achieve its goals. It is a

signal of that commitment, I'm

pleased that our NATO allies

pledged their strong and

unanimous support for our new

strategy. Europe has pledged money but more importantly

5,000 additional troop,

trainers and civilians. They

will be sent to Afghanistan

ahead of the the August

election. Britain promised the

most with a plan to send an

extra 900 troops and

trainers. The decisions we have

taken today and the spirit in

which burden-sharing has been

agreed over these next few

months will help meet our

commitment to the Afghan

people. In return we expect the

Afghan government to meet its

commitments to us. But it's

uncertain how many, if any of

these extra forces will stay

after the election, and that's

a long-term problem for the Americans.

While the leaders were united

inside the conference venue,

outside the security zone there

was an angry side to the


Demonstrations turned ugly.

Buildings were set ablaze.

Protesters threw missiles at

police and tear gas was used to

disperse the crowd.

A bomb has killed at least 17

people and wounded many more at

a Shi'ite centre in central

Pakistan. Earlier, a suicide

bomber attacked a security base

in the capital Islamabad,

killing eight troops. The

attacker crept into the base

after dark and set off his

explosives in one of the tents

used as sleep and dining

quarters. He killed troops from

the paramilitary division which

guards foreign embassies and

visiting dignitary s. In a

separate attack a car bomb

exploded at an army checkpoint

near the Afghan border. Two

civilians were killed and

dozens of people wounded,

including children travelling

home from a nearby school. And

Pakistani officials have found

dozens of dead bodies in a ship

ing container in Baluchistan

province. The truck carrying

tightly sealed container was

left on the outskirts of

Quetta. It's believed people

smugglers were attempting to

move around 150 people but at

least 46 of them died of suffocation. The driver

reportedly dumped the container

after he realised his human

cargo was in such trouble.

Police said the truck entered

the country from Afghanistan,

and was bound for Iran. Some of

the survivors were found

unconscious and still in a

critical condition. Three police officers have been shot

dead in the US city of

Pittsburgh, the latest in a

series of shootings which has

reignited the debate about guns

in America. Police were called

to a house after reports of a

domestic disturbance. When they entered a heavily armed man

fired on them. The 23-year-old

gunman was shot and is in a

serious condition of the he'd telephoned friends before

launching his attacks. Daddy

I'm gonna die today of the tell

your family and I love them and

I love you, and he sounded like

he was in pain and I know he

got shot in the chest but he

had a bulletproof vest that

protected him. In New York

State, residents held a vigil

to honour the 13 people killed

at an immigration centre

yesterday. The gunman,

41-year-old Jiverly Wong, shot

himself after attacking

students who were undertaking

citizenship classes. In East

Timor survivors of a massacre

10 years ago are urging their

government to continue pursuing

the killers. Tomorrow marks the

anniversary of the massacre by

militia and Indonesian

Government forces at a chump at

Liquica. Almost 60 people died.

From Liquica, Murray McLachlan

reports and a warning, some

scenes in this story might

cause distress. Many of these

students were only infants when

the Catholic Church at Liquica

was attacked 10 years ago.

2,000 people had taken refuge

in the church because they

feared the maraudings of local

militia gangs. The church itself was then attacked, priest was attacked. There were

police involved. The government

officials were involved. Best

estimates are that 60 men,

women and children were killed.

Fear gas had flushed them out

of the church and the adjoin

ing residence of the local priest. Those overpowered by

gas ran out, including me. When

I came out I saw the dead

bodies. Outside the house they

macheted people. The massacre

emboldened militias opposed to

the September 1999 referendum

for independence. This massacre

was a major shift, and suddenly

there was mass violence

involving the militia, the

government representatives and

the police. In the ruins of an

old hotel at Liquica, Pat

Burgess joined United Nations

and East Timor government

representatives this weekend at

a seminar to mark the 10th

anniversary of the massacre.

This man survived an attack by

machete on that day 10 years

ago. Now he's pleading for

justice. Compensation for

survivors and families of those

killed, and for the state to

pursue the killers through an

international tribunal. People

are still waiting for justice.

I believe they are frustrated.

They've waited so long. To

date only one of the Liquica

killers has been convicted.

He's serving a 22-year jail

term. These wreaths will have

long turned to dust before any

more the killers are brought to


Thousands of Australians head

to Bali for holidays every

year. It's Indonesia's top

tourist destination. But the

island is battling an unwanted

new arrival - rabies. Five

people have died from the

disease after being bitten by

infected dogs, and the problem

has the tourist industry and

the government very worried.

Australian tourists are being

advised to avoid direct contact

with dogs, cats, monkeys and

other animals. ABC

correspondent Gavin Fang

reports. It's not the Balinese

welcome visitors would hope

for. Nor one an island which

relies on tourist dollars would

want. But at Bali's airport,

new arrivals are met by signs

that warn "beware of rabies". I

had no idea. No-one told us.

Bali's many wild dogs have long

been a nuisance. But since the

first rabies cases began

appearing late last year,

they've become a problem the

island can no longer ignore.

Backed by a nervous tourist industry, authorities have been

trying to control the spread of

the disease by laying

poison-laced bait to kill some

of the thousands of stray dogs. TRANSLATION: We don't

want people to panic about

rabies. But we worry that

foreign tourists will not want

to come to Bali. Animal rights

active ists like this woman

from Jakarta's animal aid

network say the mass cull is

cruel, and there's a better way

to control the rabies

outbreak. The stray dog population should be

noughtered, vaccinated and

spayed. The rabies outbreak has

led to the killing of thousands

of dogs, and thousands of these

dogs were healthy. But with

concerns rabies could spread to

monkeys in Bali, the government

is unapologetic about the cull.

And it's now planning tougher

laws to try to stop dog owners

from letting their animals roam


Tonight's main story - the

multimillion-dollar plan for

jobs and education. And still

to come - Manly's miserable

season goes on. A New South Wales motorbike

racer has been killed at

Symmons Plains racetrack in Tasmania. Judd Greedy came off

his Honda in the 600 cc

Supersport event in Round 2 of the National Championships this

morning. The 28-year-old from

Maitland was signalling for

help when he was hit by two

other bikes. He is a good

friend of mine. I'd loan him

for a long time A really great

guy. And my thoughts are with

his family. He'd been doing

really well this year. I think

he was tied on points maybe for

the Championship lead. Two

other riders were injured and

the meeting was cancelled.

Greedy was part of the Sunstate

Racing Team.

The NRL premiers Manly sit at

the bottom of the ladder

tonight after a fourth

consecutive defeat. The Round 4 upsets continued overnight with the Titans winning in

Melbourne. Today the Rabbitohs

outplayed the Warriors, the

Bulldogs won at the Olympic

Stadium and the Sea Eagles were

no match for the Knights in

Newcastle. Though the

conditions this time were fine,

the opening was similar to the

Sea Eagles' Monday night game

against Penrith. They scored

the first points. But by

half-time, the undermanned

Knights were in front and

didn't look back. Effervescent

Kurt Gidley put his stamp on

the game with his kicks, and

his backing up. The Sea Eagles

are in tatters leading into an

Easter Sunday tussle with the

Tigers. Supporters of both

clubs got into the spirit of a

tribute day for Sonny Fi, 209-year-old Warrior lost at

sea during the summer. The

Rabbitohs looked certain to

open the scoring. Aiden Kirk

did the dislodging at one end,

then scored at the other. New

Zealand attacked confidently.

But the 12-0 deficit didn't

deter Souths. Aiden Kirk was

again in the game when he

interfered in the ball chase.

The resulting penalty try

helped Souths level the scores.

Wade McKinnon's burst butt the

Warriors in front again, but

steely Rabbitoh defence held

the Warriors out for the rest

of the game and they crossed

twice more to run out 6 point

winners. Looking for a sixth

straight win over the Sharks,

the Bulldogs did all the early

gnarling, crossing for the

game's first three tries. Paul

Gallen did his best to motivate

some dis spirited Sharks, but

the Bulldogs pulled away to

continue their topsy-turvy

start to the season. The Titans

had conceded a combined tally

of more than 100 points in

their previous two visits to

Melbourne. Last night, they

kept the Storm score unless the

first half. While containing

Melbourne, the Gold Coast ek

tended their lead to 16 points.

The Storm did hit back with one

try but the 18-6 upset saw the

home side record its equal

lowest total at Olympic Park

and ended the Storm's 19 game

unbeaten run on Victorian soil.

A second-half calf injury to

Preston Campbell was the only

letdown on a big night for the

Titans. Canberra and the Cowboys complete the round tomorrow night.

South Africa has come to an end The Brumbies' losing run in

with a bonus point win over the

Cheetahs overnight. The Waratahs kept their spot in the

top 4 while the Sharks' victory

puts them back on top of the

Super 14 ladder. The Brumbies

ran in four tries in their

13-point win. They came to play

for their team-mate. Brumbies forward Shawn Mackay remains in

hospital in a serious condition

after being knocked by a car in

Durban last weekend. A very

tough week for these men from

Canberra. Add in two losses on

their South African tour and it

didn't take Christian Lielafano

long to show the Brumbies meant

business. But the Cheetahs

answered back late in the half

to go in level at the break.

Mark Gerrard kicked off the

second half showing off his

ball skills. He should go in.

He does! The Brumbies ran in

three tries in 15 minutes to

take the bonus point. The

Cheetahs managed two late

consolation tries to narrow the losing margin to 13

points. It's an an emotionally

exhausting week. The way the

especially the second half in boys have come out tonight and

that period where we were

scoring those tries the boys

were definitely on the ball

there. Last night the Waratahs

were looking to keep their top

4 hopes alive. A forward pass

from Lote Tuqiri stopped

Lachlan Turner's first try but

it wasn't long until he was

over again. Don't we love to

see that bloke run with the

footy! Two penalty goals gave

the Stormers 6 point bfrs a

breakaway and a chip from

Kurtley Beale gave Turner his

third opportunity for the

game. Needs a bounce. Coping it

on the toe. Yes! He has a double! The Waratahs had

another shot at the line to go

further in front. Oh!!! They've

coughed it up! They managed to

hold on to win and now sit in

third position. And the Sharks

are back on top of the ladder

after their 16-point win over

the Hurricanes.

The Sydney Swans have

answered their critics again

with a stunning win over the

defending premier Hawthorn last

night. Tonight West Coast has

Port Adelaide's measure. The

Bulldogs, Essendon an Carlton

all had wins, and the Swans

upset the Hawks by 38 points at Sydney's Olympic Stadium. It

was a song that even the most loyal Swans fans weren't

confident of singing last night.

SONG: # We are the ... # The

odds seemed to be stacked

against Sydney, especially when

the premiers kicked five of the

first six goals of the game.

The Swans started to find a way

through in attack and defence,

and Sydney's big names were

starting to make their

mark. High one. Good solid

leap! The sublime skills of

Lance Franklin kept Sydney at

arm's length. He kicks a goal anyway! The Swans trailed by

only 2 points at half-time, and

were beginning to take flight

when Craig Bird kicked

truly. Sydney their front for

the first time. An 8-goal

third quarter gave Sydney a 21

point lead at the last change.

The home team continued to

dominate in the final term, and

opened its account for 2009

with a 38-point win. The

winless Hawks play North

Melbourne next week, while the

Swans travel to Brisbane.

Australia's made a dreadful

start to the second game of its

five match one-day series

against South Africa. The

tourists reclaimed the No. 1

ranking by beating South Africa

in Game 1, but they were

quickly broad back to earth by

the Proteas' pace bowl yerps.

Haddin, Ponting, Clarke, the

Hussey brothers and Hopes all

sell for single figure scores A

short time ago, Australia was

6/46. In one of the biggest

boilovers in British racing

history, the 100/1 chance Mon

Mome has won the Grand National

Steeplechase. The the 7,200m

race is more than twice the

distance of the Melbourne Cup was delayed by two false starts. First time Grand

National jockey Liam Treadwell

kept Mon Mome out of trouble

near the back of the field for

most of the race but his

unfancied mount emerged at the

final turn and broke clear in

the straight to finish 12

lengths ahead of last year's

winner Comply Or Die. It's only

the second 1/1 grin winner in

the grand national's 170 year

history. He's a young horse

carrying a very heavyweight of

expectation on his back. The

first colt from three-time

Melbourne Cup winner Makybe

Diva has sold at auction in

Sydney. The $1.5 million sale

price reflects tough economic

times for horse breeders. But

the 1-year-old's new owners

plan to race the horse in

Australia and keep him in the

family. Thorough bread breeding

hasn't es escaped the handicap

of the economic downturn but

those with the dollars are

trying to nab a

bargain. Whether it's horses,

cars, house, boats, everybody

wants to steal something. At

the Sydney yearling sales over

three days around 600 horses go

under the hammer. But few

expect records to be

broken. Someone's gotta have

next year's Golden Slipper

winner. Someone has to have the

Oaks and Derby winner. Maybe

not next year but soon this

colt could be the one. He goes

by the nickname Rockstar,

earned not through bad

behaviour, but famous

relatives. Dad is Galileo, once

a champion Irish 3-year-old.

And as for mum ... three Melbourne Cup wins in a row. The champion becomes a

legend! Makybe Diva has won

it! ... make for a valuable

bloodline. The bids were quick

and serious. When the hammer

fell, the colt had earned its

owners a tidy price tag. At a

million 500, he goes. Done!

The successful bidder believes

it's a keen investment. Such a

volatile market at moment,

no-one knows where it's heading

but all I know is that there

may never be another colt out

of Makybe Diva go to sale, and

we now have it. I don't think

we thought it was going to be

so tough at the top, but it is.

We're getting our money but

we're getting our money tough.

Makybe Diva's owner Tony Santic

might have a stake in the

colt's future. I will be

pressuring him to take some, I

don't thinkly have to push him

too hard. It's a sign of the

times that today's winning bid

was well below the multimillion-dollar price tags

predicted in the past but it's

still a big price for an as yet untested chance with big horse

shoes to fill.

It is time now for a look at

the weather. I believe we're in

for a cool week? A real taste

of Autumn on the way. In fact

today's top of 23 in the city

won't be repeated between now

and the end of the Easter long

weekend. So we'll see some rather cool conditions.

The reason for the chilly

conditions in Hobart is it's

very cold air being drawn north

with a front. It will cross

Sydney tomorrow morning. It's

currently moving through the

southern border districts of

the state and behind it a high will ridge into New South

Wales, allowing isolated frost

to develop along the southern

and central ranges on Tuesday

and Wednesday morning. Rainfall

with and behind the front will

remain light and be mostly

coastal tomorrow. It will be

cold with showers in Melbourne

and Hobart with rain easing to

showers in Brisbane.

See you at the Easter Show

on Thursday! That's ABC News.

Our top stories. The Prime

Minister has unveiled a multimillion-dollar package

aimed at safeguarding jobs and

keeping students at school. And

- an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council is being

held tonight to discuss North Korea's provocative rocket launch. That's the latest for

now. Another update in an hour.

We'll leave you with the

eruption of South America's

most active volcano, Chile's

Yiama volcano. For now, goodnight.

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