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This program is captioned live. Handshakes and handwringing - spells trouble for Labor. uranium for China leaves police frustrated. Yet more gun play in Sydney putting new IR laws to the test. The abattoir workers reckless driving can kill. And the lesson today is Good evening. Juanita Phillips with ABC News. Australian uranium sales. It's a deal that could treble Wen Jiabao The PM and his Chinese counterpart on a landmark agreement today signed off billions of dollars. that could potentially rake in It's a great deal for miners, but for the ALP over the issue of uranium. it's highlighting serious divisions State Labor governments The PM is threatening to sideline its "no new mines" policy. if the Party does not abandon Signed, sealed and delivered - heralded the landmark deal. Wen Jiabao's elegant calligraphy Come into my office, thank you. times have changed It a sign of how vastly that at dawn, of Sir Robert Menzies, John Howard showed off the plaque diplomatic recognition a prime minister who refused to communist China. From '49 until 1966. Security was so tight a morning constitutional that the Premier was able to take around Lake Burley Griffin demonstrators unhindered by Falun Gong his every step. who had hoped to dog was overwhelmed Talk of human rights by the agreement to sell uranium booming economy. to underpin China's of dollars to Australian miners, The deal is worth billions there will be ironclad safeguards. but both sides insist are conducting nuclear cooperation TRANSLATION: China and Australia for peaceful purposes. and this is solely that are there will be enforced. I am satisfied that the safeguards

Mr Wen promised of the flow of Australian uranium that China would not take advantage

to its nuclear weapons program. to divert existing supplies the provisions and regulations China will surely observe laid out in the IAEA and the NPT. The Greens disagree. the nuclear weapons program It will indeed support dictatorship. and this is a totalitarian a golden opportunity Labor says John Howard has missed new teeth. to give global nuclear safeguards trouble ahead for Kim Beazley - But the deal also spells highlighting Labor's deep rift banning new uranium mines. over its long-running policy which I continue to support It's a policy and which I believe Labor Party members support. an overwhelming majority of

if we're not part of that process, The truth is and a variety of other countries, countries such as China and India, from somewhere else anyhow. are going to buy the uranium he will take charge of the debate - The Opposition leader insists just not yet. We can hasten slowly on that. because if the ban persists, Not too slowly, any state Labor government the PM is threatening to sideline which blocks a new mine. Jim Middleton, ABC News, Canberra. shooting in Sydney's Granville There's been another revenge they're not getting enough help and police are complaining from the community. Residents are demanding action, who know those responsible but police say that people are refusing to come forward. It was about 8:30 last night in Blaxcell St, Granville. when shots rang out again were discharged, We believe a total of seven shots of a particular house. five of which struck the body

No-one was in the house. were shot and killed last week, It's the same spot where two men over criminal activity. in what police say was a dispute in nearby Regents Park And there was another shooting on Thursday night. a cycle of revenge shootings. Police are concerned there's now the concern is growing. For people who live nearby, because the safety and quiet, We like to live in Australia hear about this story. but now, what will happen now we Not nice. about living around here? Does it make you worried Of course, I'm worried. able to solve the problem sooner. Some say police should have been have sort of been a bit slow I think the police in doing things about it. They don't want to get involved. the shootings in perspective. The local mayor is eager to put Look, it's obviously a concern, and suburbs of Granville but when I walk down the streets and talk to the local community that it's a stable community. they do believe This is very much an aberration. from the public. Police want more help

who know a great deal There are many, many more people our investigation who could assist to a expeditious conclusion. and bring this is a suspect's car The strongest lead so far in the eastern suburbs which was found and is now being examined.

Joe O'Brien, ABC News, Sydney. publicly for the first time The Indonesian president has spoken a group of Papuan separatists about Australia's decision to allow to settle here. said he regretted the move President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono relationship with Australia. but still wanted a good today, The refugees arrived in Melbourne ready to start their new lives. Stepping off the plane wasted no time some members of the group in making their political point.

It's their push for independence into conflict which has brought them with the government in Jakarta,

flee their homeland and, in turn, seen them

and find sanctuary in Australia. Today we are happy, we are still suffering. but in West Papua land 3-year temporary protection visas Among the 42 people given are several children, without their parents. some are here Herman Wainggai, says The group's spokesman, protesting against Indonesian rule. he's been jailed twice for by Australian Government Protection visas made is great decision - respecting human rights. well-founded fears of persecution The group's lawyer says they have if they return to West Papua. Vicious human rights abuse including rape, including torture, including arbitrary detention, beatings

and extra judicial killings. While the Indonesian Government rejects the charge of human rights violations, the country's President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, says he regrets Australia's decision to help the West Papuans. And, according to the President, Indonesia will now review its cooperation with Australia on the whole issue of illegal immigration. The President says

he's also concerned by a cartoon in an Australian newspaper, depicting him as a dog - a similar cartoon of John Howard earlier appeared in the Indonesian press. While the immediate welfare of the West Papuans settling in Melbourne seems assured, the same cannot be said for relations between Canberra and Jakarta. Chris Clark, ABC News, Melbourne. A big cut in the top marginal tax rate has been proposed in a review of Australia's tax system. The study was commissioned by the Treasurer, who described it as a very good report. Now, the Opposition wants Peter Costello to release the other findings so they can be debated before the May Budget. It's the 400-page report designed to hand the tax reform agenda back to the Treasurer. and taxpayers want to know when it'll be made public. I would hope to do that by the Budget at the latest. The Federal Opposition says it should be released earlier. But the leaks have already started. The ABC understands the report looks at figures showing industrialised nations have an average top rate of 43.5%, compared to Australia's 48.5%. Tax researcher Chris Evans says tax-cut talk is not tax-reform talk. We also have to look at the complexity of the system. Compared to OECD best practice we've actually got a very,very complex system. We can't do everything at once, but what we want to do is prioritise and the priorities will go into the areas where we're lagging. And the lagging areas singled out by the Treasurer are Australia's heavier-than-average reliance on income tax, rather than indirect taxes. and business taxes. The Business Council which wants to narrow the gap between the top personal and company tax rates likes what it hears so far. We think the gap between the highest marginal tax rate and the company tax rate is an issue, so we would like to see it addressed. But big business may not have the Government's ear. Well, I think there are higher priorities in the tax system, let me put it that way. The PM's immediate priorities do not necessarily involve those in the highest tax brackets. I am unashamedly a supporter of a tax system which is biased towards giving help to low- and middle-income families. And John Howard is no doubt hoping for their support in return. Phillip Lasker, ABC News.

The Federal Government is investigating the case of a group of abattoir workers who were fired, then offered their jobs back at lower pay. The company says it's entitled to do that for operational reasons, under the new industrial laws. Today,

federal inspectors visited the meatworks to test that claim. Over the last few days, these workers have found themselves at the centre of the debate about new industrial relations laws. Johnny Howard, he brought it in, so he can take it on the chin too, can't he? Cowra Abattoir says it's sacking 29 employees then rehiring up to 20 on lower pay for operational reasons. The company says that's permitted under the IR changes. These new work relations things that what's going on, it's hurtin' the workers all the time. Over the weekend, Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews said the new laws couldn't be used to fire workers only to rehire them on lower wages. He also said an investigation would be launched. This morning, a representative of the Office of Workplace Services was here, talking to management and workers. That's the beginning of the investigation into the company's claims that changes are being made for operational reasons, as set out in the new Act. Today, the company had no comment, but many effected workers say they are happy with the latest developments. Two days ago, Rodney Beney was still struggling with his termination notice. Now, he says he has some hope. The Government can walk in and, perhaps, you know, put this more under the spotlight and say that, "This shouldn't be happening," well and good. These workers aren't out of the woods yet. It's not clear when the Federal Workplace Monitor will make a decision, or if it even has the power to overturn the company's action. Norman Hermant, ABC News. A Hong Kong court has jailed three young Australians for trying to smuggle heroin into Sydney. A 22-year-old man received a 13-year sentence, an 18-year-old woman was jailed for 10 years and a 16-year-old boy was given nine years. The Thai prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, has clung onto power after yesterday's election. But a massive protest vote indicates no end in sight to the political turmoil. Somewhere in this flying wedge of cameras and microphones

is the Prime Minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra, arriving to cast his vote in elections that could be just as chaotic for his country. There is effectively no-one running against Thaksin Shinawatra's party. So in this poll, the grinners were winners even before the ballots were cast. On the other side of Bangkok, the opposition leader, whose party isn't contesting the election, ticked the 'no vote' option, a spoiler's tactic he's urging on voters who want to send a message that the Prime Minister should resign. We cannot allow the system to take roots deeper and deeper as time goes on, and make it very difficult to correct the situation

as time goes on. Thaksin Shinawatra called the election to re-assert his authority over an anti-government movement that has been loudly accusing him of corruption and abuse of power. The opposition boycott

left Mr Thaksin's ruling Thai Rak Thai party virtually unopposed, so anything less than an overwhelming victory would be a political disaster. It could be victory for chaos.

Ruling party candidates running unopposed must get a minimum 20% of the vote to win. In scores of seats that won't happen, so there might not be enough MPs elected to form a parliament. Calling an election may backfire spectacularly on Mr Thaksin. "I want major change," said this woman. "There should be a change of leader." Still, Mr Thaksin is genuinely popular with many of his countrymen, especially outside of Bangkok. His appeal, to some, is more pop star than prime minister. Peter Lloyd, ABC News, Bangkok. The new Palestinian authority is under increasing pressure, both externally and from within. Over the weekend there was more violence between rival groups of gunmen. At the same time, Israeli forces bombarded areas of the Gaza Strip after coming under rocket fire. Adding to the mix is the hardline Islamic Jihad group, which says it has a new weapon to attack Israel. Middle East correspondent Matt Brown reports from the Gaza Strip. After a weekend of chaos on the streets of Gaza, the new Palestinian Government, led by the radical Islamist movement Hamas, has appealed for calm. GUNFIRE The United States has broken off all contact with the Palestinian Authority because Hamas refuses to renounce violence against Israel. But on the streets of Gaza, Palestinian gunmen have been fighting it out amongst themselves. And Hamas has accused America of working with Israel to undermine its new government at a crucial time. To give the impression that this new government is unable to provide for the Palestinian security. Meanwhile, Israeli warships have been shelling northern Gaza to stop militants from using the territory to fire rockets at Israel. The barrage intensified after the Islamic Jihad Group fired a Russian-designed rocket at the Israeli city of Ashkelon. The Israeli military says the rocket fell short and landed in a military outpost.

Islamic Jihad's top missile engineer says his group hopes to strike at strategic targets in Israel. "We have a large number of the Russian-designed rockets," he says, "and we'll study them in the hope of improving the home-made versions." Palestinian militants regularly fire home-made rockets at Israel with little effect. In a bid to stop the attacks,

the Israeli military has targeted parks and sports grounds in Gaza that it says have been used as launch sites. This area obviously could still be used to launch missiles, but, yet again, the Israeli military has sent a clear message that it can and will strike, with accuracy, in the centre of Gaza City. Matt Brown, ABC News, Gaza. The US Secretary of State and her British counterpart have increased the pressure on Iraq's leaders to form a government sooner rather than later. On a surprise visit to Baghdad, they said the dispute over the make-up of a national unity government needs to be resolved urgently. The Iraqi people deserve one and need one because there is a vacuum, and vacuums are not good in politics. The Iraqi prime minister is being urged to resign if he can't win the support of Kurds and Sunnis who oppose him. Iran is flexing its military muscle,

test-firing a new high-speed underwater missile. They claim the device can cut through the water at 360km/h, three times faster than a torpedo. Catholics around the world have been remembering Pope John Paul II on the first anniversary of his death. Thousands crammed into St Peter's Square, where Pope Benedict paid tribute to the "immense heritage" left by his predecessor. There were also commemorations in Pope's John Paul's native Poland, where there's a campaign for Pope John Paul to be made a saint. You're watching ABC News. Tonight's top story -

Australia's big uranium deal with China. And still to come - a trading bonus sees the stock market surge. To a teenager, it's like drinking a milkshake - but laced with alcohol, it packs a powerful punch. Now, there are calls for some milk-based alcoholic drinks to be banned, because they encourage under-age drinking. It tastes like a chocolate milkshake, only alcoholic, and a new study finds young drinkers have difficulties telling the difference. Our main concern is that mixing vodka with milk completely disguises the alcoholic content in the beverages and we believe that is likely to increase under-age drinking for much younger age groups. The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

gave tastes of milk and soda-based drinks to teenagers and young adults. Some drinks had alcohol, some didn't. They found that 12 to 15-year-olds couldn't work out which was which.

And that has drug experts worried. In recent surveys that we have conducted we found that young people start on these drinks and very quickly make the move to spirits and that is in the late teens. Drug researchers want the milk-based vodka drinks reformulated to lessen the appeal to young people,

or see them banned. The spirits industry says restricting access to any alcohol for under-age drinkers is the key. Provided the drinks are responsibly marketed, properly labelled - indicate that they're alcoholic beverages and not designed in a way that they appeal to under-age people, and sold only on licensed premises, I don't see why people of the legal drinking age

shouldn't be able to enjoy any beverage of their choice.

Parliamentary Secretary for Health Christopher Pyne says

the Government won't ban the milk drinks. Instead, the Federal Government will look at strengthening advertising and marketing

to ensure the drinks are not targeted at children. Sophie Scott, ABC News. And the mix of alcohol and young people can be deadly when they get behind the wheel of a car. With road deaths on the rise, authorities have come up with a new way of getting the message across. SIREN WAILS In this digital, multimedia, virtual-reality world, authorities believe nothing can now beat an up-close, in-your-face lesson on driver safety for young people. I think we're gonna need an ambulance. Over two days, 4,000 high school students are being exposed to a realistic simulation of a car crash.

A group of teenagers head home from a party, their car slams into a motorbike, one of the young passengers is thrown through the windscreen and dies. We needed something dramatic that actually demonstrates to young people, in front of them, what happens in a crash. A teenager on P-plates is four times more likely

than a driver over 26 to be involved in a fatal car accident. They're the risk takers, they're the ones that feel they're indestructible and they're the ones that probably don't listen as much as they should. The message seemed to get through these students, and many will soon be behind the wheel. Concentrate on your driving and not be on the phone to lots of people in the car. and be talking just make sure I don't drink. Just make sure no-one drinks, It'll be good just to remember this the situation doesn't happen to me. and make sure that what happened in an annual event. The organisers hope to make this Adrian Raschella, ABC News, Sydney. To finance now - surged forward again today, and the local share market fell sharply in February. after Australia's trade deficit Alan Kohler has the details. was worsened by Cyclone Clare, The trade position in January shutting down some ports in WA, and by a lift in aircraft imports to below $600 million in February but the big drop in the deficit is good news. For three years, our dreadful trade performance has been a drag on the economy - but it looks like it will boost GDP in the first quarter. Today's graphs show two of our problems - first, we're importing a lot of oil and it's getting more expensive. As a result, oil imports are far outstripping oil exports. And secondly, exports to China are soaring like today's on uranium. and will keep going up after deals from China than we sell But we buy a lot more stuff any smaller. and that gap isn't getting Speaking of the uranium deal, the share market today, it totally dominated up nearly 1%. with the All Ordinaries index BHP Billiton - The nation's biggest uranium miner, and the country's biggest company - surged another 3.2% today, of $29.32 earlier in the day having touched a new record when the China deal was signed. Also, Woolworths jumped 2% to $3.79. and Telstra put on another $0.05 junior uranium explorers - But just look at these and note that these rises are one day,

not the past 12 months. Toro - 23%, Marathon - 24% and Extract, Quantum, Encounter and Southern Gold all up more than 10% today.

There was plenty of other economic news out today - job advertisements up 2.5%, a private inflation gauge, up 2.6%,

and the manufacturing industry performing very strongly as well. There'll be no rate rise - probably - tomorrow, when the Reserve Bank Board meets, are now shortening. but the odds of one in a few months And finally, has eased a bit the Australian dollar but is still above US$0.71. And that's finance. to the Wests Tigers yesterday The Melbourne Storm's loss than two competition points. could cost the club much more are facing lengthy suspensions. Two of the team's star players

on referee Jason Robinson Scott Hill didn't think this push warranted any punishment. There wasn't a great deal to it. of proportion, I think, I think it's a little bit blown out more than anythink. to worry about now though - The Storm five-eighth has plenty with contrary conduct he's been charged on the sidelines. and faces four weeks to get out and make my defence I guess he impeded me on trying to make the decision, and when they scored, when he went on the shoulder I just - I, um, tapped him at the, ah, at the video. to see if he could have a look is also in trouble The Storm's full-back Billy Slater in the same match. for lashing out at John Skandalis a 7-game suspension The Queensland star is facing of Origin I. which would rule him out to submit a plea. Both players have until tomorrow In Super 14, their toughest test of the season the Waratahs are preparing for without playmaker Matt Rogers. The flyhalf has been ruled out clash with the Crusaders of Friday night's top-of-the-table with an ongoing rib injury. the best team in the competition, I think you're playing you've got to play the fit players, mucking around - so, I didn't see any point that he wouldn't be right we just made a decision by the game times. tomorrow morning. The Waratahs head to Canterbury Mark Douglass, ABC News. first women's golf major of 2006 Australia's Karrie Webb has won the in California. on the US tour in two years. It's her first victory Lorena Ochoa, After tying with Mexico's with a birdie Webb clinched the title

on the first extra hole. Here's Peter Wiilkins. Karrie Webb's made a splash on the tour before of the unexpected. but this one came out of the basket at the start of the day, Sevens shots behind where her opponents stagnated. the 31-year-old climbed the win accelerated However, her chances of stealing to the par-5 18th. with a spectacular approach (Screams with joy) APPLAUSE An eagle for a 7-under 65, the lead at 9 under par, and a wait. to secure a play-off berth, Michelle Wie missed her chance Lorena Ochoa from Mexico leaving the overnight leader to join Webb. needing this eagle putt on the first hole of sudden death, Ochoa couldn't repeat the dose allowing Webb to snatch her seventh major title. I can't believe I'm actually standing here, but I think I nearly had a heart attack when I hauled the shot the first time round. I don't think my heart's beat that fast ever before. The only player to win all five of the women's majors - Webb's victory ended a lean two years on the tour. The competitive edge between Australia and South Africa and outright frustration - has bordered on errant gamesmanship stood his ground, particularly when Lee looking for the umpires to refer. leaving South Africa If they are not 100% sighted, conclusive on what they have seen. then they can't be 100%

for the umpire to judge it And I don't see why ask on the third umpire. Lee's 64 for a 33-run deficit of punch and counter-punch opened the way for an innings on his way to 4/64. as Stuart Clark made inroads Gibbs interjected with 53 three wickets, and Shane Warne snapped up two with full tosses. Shaun Pollock's punishing 40, half century Mark Boucher's unbeaten and defiance from Andre Nel to an overall lead of 283, helped the home side with the pitch favouring the Proteas. On day four Boucher departed for 63 and he had company as Lee wrapped up the tail. Australia's target for victory - 292. Despite a host of setbacks, Australian cycling is on a high and 20-year-old Jessie MacLean is the latest rider to join the elite.

Amy Gillett Foundation scholarship, She's won the inaugural of the Australian set up to honour the memory last year in Germany. killed in an accident I'd really like to get overseas in the professional season. and race consistently in Europe with AIS athletes MacLean will train and race in the European professional season. And updating the Test score chasing 292 to win. Australia is one for 13, millions of times, Her image has been reproduced to tire of presenting the Queen but photographers never seem in a new light. this portrait, Octogenarian Jane Bown took at Windsor Castle, as part of an exhibition later this month. marking the Queen's 80th birthday will also be on display, Other, rarely-seen photographs,

of Princess Elizabeth including the first photo when she was five weeks old. in a field of lilies This photo of her was taken three years later the future King George. by her father, Organisers say they've chosen a mixture of formal and family photographs to reflect the Queen's life. The weather now from record heat, Mike Bailey. and April is bringing some relief It's most welcome too, Juanita. Good evening.

It's official, March was another scorcher. Sydney's average minimum temperature was 19.6 degrees and on 16 nights, the mercury failed to drop below 20. The average maximum of 27.1 was also a record, making March the 12th consecutive month with above-average maxima. Across the state - 23. was the fourth-highest mean temperature for March. And 30.3 degrees was the fifth warmest March average maximum on record. Today was pleasant by comparison, Sydney going from 12-25, a top that's just 1-above average. It reached 26 at Richmond.

Pressure is falling.

Warm enough today after a cold start. -3 at Thredbo overnight. Rain has been decidedly absent from the state. More rain possible around southern border districts.

Rainfall pattern is expected to miss NSW tomorrow.

Around the nation - showers in Brisbane and Hobart. In NSW - most of the state will be fine. Cool night followed by slightly warmer day. Sydney - fine and partly cloudy. Thanks, Mike. Now a quick look at tonight's top stories - Australia's uranium agreement with China has deepened divisions within Labor ranks over the party's 'no new mines' policy. And police have accused communities in western Sydney of witholding information after a revenge shooting attack. And that's ABC News for this Monday. I'm Juanita Phillips. I'll be back with updates during the evening and 'Lateline' is along at 10:30. Goodnight. Closed Captions produced by Captioning and Subtitling International Pty Ltd