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Tonight - no escape - John

Howard plagued by troubles at

home. A city in shock over the

brutal death of an 87-year-old.

It's just such a loss. Dark

art, but it's won Australia's

richest portrait prize. And the

discovery that's helped bridge

more of Sydney's history. Lang

cut the ribbon and the bridge

was open. Good evening, Juanita

Phillips with ABC News. The PM

is just hours away from signing

the historic security pact with

Japan and already China is

expressing public concern. It's another complication for Mr

Howard for a second day running

trouble on the home front has

overshadowed his visit. Santo

Santoro has admitted breaching

ministerial guidelines on the

ownership of assets, and he's

on the frontbench. It's an

occupational hazard of

globetrotting, diplomacy abroad

gets swamped by politics at

home. Look, he made a mistake.

He overlooked dealing with

these shares in an unlisted company. While John Howard is

in Tokyo, his Aged-Care Minister, Senator Santo Santoro has been forced to acknowledge

he breached the Government's

ministerial guidelines. It was

an honest oversight. Senator

Santoro held shares worth

$12,000 in a biotech company in

ministerial responsibilities. potential conflict with his

He told the PM and then got rid

of them in October. I gave 100%

of the profits to a worthwhile

Queensland organisation. It was

handed the family council of

Queensland, a lobby group

representing churches and

anti-abortion groups. It's less

than a fortnight since Human

Services Minister Ian Campbell

was forced to resign. Senator

Santoro won't be quitting. It

would have been unreasonable to

have required anything further

of him. John Howard's

ministerial code of conduct

changes like Melbourne's

weather. The kerfuffle

overshadowed the centrepiece of

the PM's trip to Tokyo, a new

security pact with Japan. The

PM and Lieutenant-General Leahy

met with old soldiers. The past

is important, but the future is

more important. We're joining a

cooperative pact with the

Japanese. Mr Howard is

stressing that Beijing, where

he's been building economic

ties over the years, has no

reason to fear the agreement is

designed to encircle

China. This document is not

designed at China. But China is

not entirely

comfortable. TRANSLATION: We

wish that countries when they

are strengthening bilateral

security cooperation would pay

more attention to the concern

and interests of other

countries in the region. An

awful lot of water has flowed

under the bridge since World

War II. Japan remains

Australia's biggest export

market by far and now the two

security relationship which countries are cementing a

John Howard says makes Japan an

ally second only in importance

to the United States. The

bodies of five Australians

killed in last week's plane

crash in Indonesia will begin

their journey home tonight.

Family members and colleagues

of the five crash victims are

attending a formal repatriation

ceremony in Jogjakarta. The

bodies will be flown to

Fairbairn Air Base in Canberra.

And the body of the Australian

soldier killed in last

November's helicopter crash off

Fiji has been brought home. An

honour guard greeted the body

of SAS trooper Joshua Porter as

Richmond Air Force Base

north-west of Sydney this

afternoon. The 28-year-old

soldier was killed when his

helicopter crashed into the sea

while attempting to land on the

deck of-MAS 'Kanimbla'. Our

thoughts are with Karina and

Josh's family as they enter

another phase of what has been

an uncertain and traumatic

grieving process for them. Last

week a salvage ship retrieved

the wreckage of the chopper

from the ocean floor, 3,000m

below the surface. Things are

looking a little better for

Peter Debnam, but only a

little. The latest news polls

points to a landslide victory

for the ALP on Saturday week

and Labor is keeping up the

pressure, demanding that Mr

Debnam submit his election

promises to treasury. Today was

Peter Debnam's chance to woo

the grey vote. He pledged more

than a quarter of a million

dollars to link school students

with elderly

mentors. Hello. But if the

latest Newspoll is accurate,

none of these senior citizens

will get the chance to take

part. Labor is on 42%. The

Liberals are on 31%. The

Nationals are on 6% and the

Greens with the rest attracted

around one-fifth of the

electoratate. Labor's margin

mirrors the March 2003 result.

Both leaders say they won't be

distracted. I ignore them and

get on with the job. What is

reported shows a narrowing of

the gap. It will be a tight

election. Mr Yem's bid to play

down his party's chances were

undone when rugby league Benny

Elias threw him a hospital pass

at the announcement of a $1.5

million upgrade to Leichhardt

oval. It stung. I have invited

the Premier to come on the

24th. He said he would have a

lot of other celebrations on

that night. Sniping over the

cost of election promises

continues. The Premier slammed

the Coalition's use of an

accountancy firm to review

spending plans, rather than

submit them to treasury. KPMG

have exposed the fraud that Mr

Debnam is attempting to

perpetuate on the voters of NSW

with the costings. It's a

process that has been used for

the Labour Party and the

Liberal Party over a number of

years. Oppositions do that.

They get a credible third party

to oversight the process.

That's what happened. And Mr

Debnam laughed off reports he's

been deliberately left off his

party's how-to-vote cards. The

Bells Line expressway is known

as the missing link across the

blts and the nationals have

promises to make it a top

priority. The proposed $2

billion four-lane expressway

would start at quauker's hill,

cross the Hawkesbury and emerge

north of Lithgow. The

Government says the plan is too

expensive, but the Nationals

insist it would be money well

spent. The Bells Line road will

totally open up the central

west and western plains and

make the trip a lot easier for

families and business and you

will see massive growth in the

west as a result. But the Labor

Government is just not

interested in it. Mr Stoner was

campaigning in the former

National stronghold of Dubbo.

The seat is currently held by

an Independent. He was famous

for his ham sandwiches and for

60 years, Frank Newbery served

them up to his loyal customers

in Newcastle. Tonight, the city

is in shock after Mr Newbery's

violent death. The popular

87-year-old was shutting up

shop yesterday when he was

brutally bashed. Frank Newbery

never survived the head

injuries he suffered as he was

about to close his shop. Today

shocked customers remembered a

generous and much-loved local

identity who had a sparkle in

his eye. He didn't act 87 every

day of his life. He worked and

opened this shop and closed the

shop and ran a very successful

business. As they laid flowers

and left cards, locals were at

a loss to comprehend how the

87-year-old grocer could have

come to such a violent

end. It's just such a loss. I'm

sorry. Frank Newbery ran one

of Newcastle's longest running

businesses. He was so popular

his photograph hangs in the

city's gallery. He was an

icon. He was part of what makes

the community. Certainly any ta

tack of this nature, especially

on an elderly gentlemen is

something we're concerned

about. It's sickening. Frank

Newbery's murder comes less

than a fortnight after another

suspicious death, that of an

88-year-old woman in her home

just a couple of blocks away

from here. Headlines covering

activist and cat lover Lily

Wood's death were at at front

of Frank Newbery's when he was

attacked. He went to her

funeral on Friday, joining hundreds more to remember a

woman who died in her doorway

after being robbed. Police say

the two suspicious deaths are

not linked. It's not what

normally happens in this city.

It seems to be that preying on

our old and vulnerable people

who can't defend themselves.

It's a real shock to everybody. In his last

interview with the 'Newcastle

Herald', Frank Newbery said,

"Hard work and good health had

kept him behind the counter for

so long."

East Timor's fugitive rebel

Alfredo Reinado has told an ABC

News crew that he doesn't want

to harm the Australian troops

who are hunting him. He's been

hiding since an attack on his

jungle base a fortnight ago,

which left several of his

followers dead. A crew from the

ABC's 'Foreign Correspondent'

made a 2-day trek through

rivers and rain forests to find

East Timor's most wanted man. I

don't have a word of

surrendering. I will surrender

to justice, not anybody or any

force. If Australian soldiers

do surround you again, will you

shoot at them? Will you defend

yourself rather than

surrender? I'm never want to

shoot any Australian. Last year

East Timorese security forces

shot dead five anti-Government

protesters, triggering riots

and social turmoil throughout

the country. Reinado, once the

commander of East Timor's

military police, blamed the

Government and led a rebellion

against it. He was captured,

but escaped from jail and has

been on the run ever since. Two

weeks ago, Australian special

forces ambushed Reinado's

hide-out. He escaped, but five

of his supporters were killed

and three arrested. The

Government were responsible. I

don't believe people of

Australia or this and if people

of Australia lost a loved one,

you ask we never want to harm.

But we have a right to protect

ourselves. The authorities fear

the political unrest in Timor

will escalate in the lead-up to

next month's presidential

election. And Eric Campbell

will have the full on his

meeting with Alfredo Reinado on

the 'Foreign Correspondent'

programme tonight. Robert

Mugabe now stands accused of

ordering a brutal assault on

his main political opponent.

The Opposition Leader, Morgan

Tsvangirai, was arrested at the

weekend. Supporters say he was

tortured and suffered severe

head injuries. This report from

the BBC. Zimbabwe looks like a

country falling apart. So how

is President Mugabe still

managing to cling to power? By

violence and intimidation,

that's clear from pictures of

this process three months ago,

before all political gatherings

were banned. Yesterday it seems

the police used at least as

much violence as this, s

resting Opposition leaders,

including Morgan Tsvangirai.

One protester was killed. Mr

Tsvangirai, after eight years

campaigning for democratic

change, is said by his

supporters to have serious head

injuries. President Tsvangirai

is fighting for his life at the

police station after he was

brutally assaulted. He lost

consciousness three times. This

is the man leading Zimbabwe to

ruin, President Robert Mugabe

after 27 years in power, is

hinting he could hang on for

another seven until he's 90. In

what was Rhodesia in the 1970s,

Robert Mugabe led the defeat of

an illegal white regime. Now

opponents hope the party he

rigidly controls will finally

turn against him and force

change. I don't think it will

come necessarily from a popular

uprising. That may just be the

catalyst, but I think it will

need the party to be moving

against the President if any

such change was to come in

Zimbabwe. But for now, Zimbabwe

is in economic meltdown. The

future looks bleak, more police

beatings, the crushing of

Opposition unless either the

security forces, President

Mugabe's party or the people

themselves decide it's gone too

far. A Japanese passenger plane

has made a successful emergency

landing after its undercarriage

malfunctioned. The crew spent

two hours trying to lower the

front wheel, but were forced to

land the plane without it at

Kochi Airport in southern

Japan. None of the 60 people on

the plane were injured. An

aerobatic show in Argentina

ended in tragedy when a pilot

lost control of his light

plane. It spiraled wildly

before hitting the ground and

bursting into flames at the

Buenos Aires air show. And a

gas pipeline in Texas has

ignited creating a massive fire

ball and destroying trucks and

equipment. The fire started

when workers laying a new gas

main accidentally ruptured the

existing pipe. It's not quite

the Spanish Ahmada, but for the

first time in 150 years, a

Spanish warship has entered the

Sydney Harbour. 'Alvaro de

Bazan' avl is here to convince

Australia to buy three

destroyers. The

state-of-the-art ships are

expected to cost at least $6

billion. This is an extremely

impressive ship. It is, so to

speak, the off-the-shelf

variety, which the Government

is considering. Federal

Government will decide in July

between the Spanish war ships

and a similar US-designed

destroyer. Without it, we would

have been left speechless. The

original radio microphone used

to broadcast the opening of the

Sydney Harbour Bridge has just

been uncovered. It's a very

special birthday present, just

days before the bridge turns

75. Building it was no mean

feat and broadcasting the

opening of the bridge in 1932

was also a marvel of

technology. NEWSREEL: Lang

snipped the ribbon and the

bridge was officially open. State-of-the-art

microphones were used to

capture the speeches made by

varies officials, including the

Premier, Jack Lang. The people

of Sydney dreamed about it,

worked for and fought over the

bridge, which is about to be

made available to them. There

were three microphones and one

has just been found. Uncovered

by former workers from the post

master general. This microphone

belonged to the old OTC, now

Telstra and it was missing for

two decades. The hour House

museum will be its new home.

The mic was signed by Premier

Lang and the state governor,

who only two months later,

sacked the Government for

defaulting on loan payments to

the Commonwealth. It gives it a

link to one of the most

extraordinary chapters in

Australian and NSW politics, as

well as to one of our greatest engineering achievements. Throwing more

light on the achievement, the

harbour bridge will sparkle on

Sunday night. It's about

highlighting the true

architectural features of the

bridge and seeing it in its

purest form. Registration for

Sunday's birthday walk across

the bridge has now closed.

Organisers are urging the

20,000 participants to leave

their cars at home and get here

using public transport.

Tonight's top story - John

Howard's visit to Japan still

being overshadowed by problems

at home. And still to come -

why dealing with pesky cane

toads could just be a sniff


They are not as well known as

the Archy balled, but the Moran

art prize is richer. Thousands

of artists lined up this year

for a dab at prize money

totalling more than $200,000.

As we report, the major winner

was head, although not

shoulders, above the rest. It's

dark and subject in appearance,

Leslie Rice painted his own

head on black velvet. The whole

idea of self-portrait is

putting your head up on a

platter. He graduated from the

National Art School and has had

a hard time selling his works,

but as winner of the Moran

portrait prize, he's now

$100,000 richer. I have a few

beers to buy for some friends.

Take my wife to dinner. He

wants to follow in his father's

footsteps an open a tattoo

parlour. It's a painting I fell

in love with when I was a

kid. For the first time the

Moran art prize has been

extended to photograph, this

fills the gap left vacant when

the Art Gallery of New South

Wales controversially dumped

photography, which was part of

the Archy balled prize. Sear

sear sear's portrait of Terry

and Bev Hicks won him the

$30,000 first prize. I waned to

highlight their regular

suburban life with this

extraordinary story of their

fight for the legal and civil

rights of Terry's son,

David. Fellow South Australian

Ronnie Ling won the $34,000

senior school prize for a shot

of Sydney's Town Hall

Station. I picked it up myself.

I tried different things in the

camera. The only formal thing

I've done is six months at school. 4,500 people entered

the competition. The winning

entries were from the

country. To the markets and

local stocks fell back today

despite big gains on commodity

markets overnight. Here's Alan

Kohler. The falls were more or

less across the board, mining

companies, banks and

industrials, including Qantas

falling another 7 cents.

Woodside managed to buck the

trend with a gain of 20 cents.

The general fall here came

despite rises of a third of 1%

on Wall Street last night. Plus

solid rises on the London

metals exchange. The nickel

price went to a record high and

the lead price jumped. Here's a

graph of the Australian All

Ordinaries Index and the world

index since the start of this

year. As you can see, despite

today's little setback, the

Australian market is still well

ahead of the world index for

the year so far. 3.5% up,

versus half a per cent. That's

been the story for 7 years now.

In fact, Saturday was the

anniversary of when that began.

The peak of the naz Dec on

March 10 2000, which signaled

the end of the bubble.

The business survey was out.

The economists at Comm Sec say

it shows this is the best of

time for jobs in Australia. Job

advertisements were up nearly

25% in the past 12 months.

Finally, the Australian dollar

continued its minor rally,

trading at 78.5 US cents. That's finance. Health

authorities in Broken Hill are

alarmed at a sudden rise in

lead levels among the city's

children. Blood counts for lead

have risen after years of

steady decline and it's

Aboriginal children most

affected. It's an issue for any

city literally built on metal.

Two years ago, Eric Riley had

more than five times the

recommended level of lead in

his blood. He's back in the low

40s and Zach is back in the

high 20s, but it's a fair

height though. A level of ten

is what the World Health

Organisation considers safe.

While Aboriginal children have

always tended to have high lead

levels than other children, the

grap in Broken Hill has

increased again, experts say

because Aboriginal children

spend more times outdoors. Last

year's test results from the

local health service show an

increase in all children aged

1-4. That rise can't be

explained. While it's not

alarming, it's not a huge

increase, it's a half a unit, a

decilitre, it's still certainly

of concern. Our mine is one of

the biggest lead mines in the

world. We take it

seriously. Prolonged contact

with lead through soil, dust or

water can cause serious

behavioural and learning

problems. The main concern is a

slowing down of the development

of children as they grow. After

16 years of lead testing, the

health service is worried

Broken Hill residents are

becoming complacent with the

number of children having their

levels checked at an all-time

low. It is hoped the opening of

two new mines in the area could

boost awareness of the issue,

but some fear the mines could

increase the risk of exposure. It will be something

we will be watching

closely. Health authorities say

testing is free and children

should be tested annually until

the age of five. An Albury man

is recovering in hospital after

being shot by NSW police near

the border this morning. Police

say the 20-year-old man

challenged officers with a

knife at the scene of a car

accident. They say he was shot

after refusing to surrender.

But they won't reveal deals of

his injuries. The man was

airlifted to hospital in

Melbourne where he remains in a

serious, but stable condition. The first ball will

be bowled tonight in cricket's

World Cup. The West Indies will

meet Pakistan in the opening

match. While the host side is

buoyant, the Pakistanis have

been distracted by criticisms

from within their own camp.

Before a ball has been bowled,

Pakistan has started the World

Cup on the front foot, taking

aim at detractors, including

former players who have

criticised the team over

selections and management

style. It seems to be endemic

of the ex-players in Pakistan

that they look to criticise the

current team and the coaching

staff. Let's hope we can prove

Imran Khan and Javed Miandad

wrong. No host nation has yet

won the World Cup, but that's

not hampering west Indian expectations. At the twilight

of my career, to have a huge

event, maybe the third or

biggest sporting event in the

world being staged in the West

Indies and being the host

captain, I think it's a

momentous occasion for

myself. Townsville is ready to

join Australian soccer's

A-League in a tussle, New

Zealand's A-League franchise

hangs in the balance over

funding issues, surrendering

Wellington who took the reins

from Auckland. They need $1

million in the bank by

tomorrow. We may not be

short. With apparently $3

million backing, Townsville's

bid presents an enticing

option. It's all guns

blazing. Townsville have a

coach, ironically former New Zealand international Wynton

Rufer and the name is

close. The tropics, the sun,

the heat, cyclone, storm,

thunder, could be something

like that. While keen to stay

in the A-League, New Zealand

can sense a hovering cloud of

indifference. You can't blame

the FFA for looking after their

own people. Has Australia's

Mark Webber swapped one lemon

for another? He swapped after a

disappointing mechanical team

with Red Bull, but he may not

have the right car approaching

this weekend's season opening

Australian Grand Prix. It seems

from early season testing that

he hasn't got it right. So for

Mark Webber, that's a big disappointment. He's right and

we have work to do. He's fair

in his comments. It's so

competitive, every year. If you

are a little bit off, you are

exposed. I'm sad for Mark in a

way, but I think he's still

capable of getting the job

done. McLaren, Ferrari and

Renault are expected to fight

out the championship. The

latest weapon in the war on

cane toads is a K9. Trials are

under way using a sniffer dog

to hunt out the toxic pests.

The pooch has been going

through its paces in Port

Macquarie, one of the

front-lines in the cane toad

invasion. Like the customs

sniffer dogs, Nifty the Belgian

shorthaired shephard is trained

to smell out her target, cane

toads hiding in their holes out

of sight. They are active at

night. In the daytime they are

hard. She can identify them in

their refuges and also in

consignments and pallets and

vehicles. The dog follows the

command of its master. Check

it. Once the toad smell is

identified, Nifty's trained not

to touch the toxic pest, but to

sit down nearby. She will be a

treasure from our point of

view. She can actually suss

them out where they are sitting

quietly and we can't see

them. A 3-month trial in WA has

proven successful. The Department of Environment and

Conservation will gather the

data to see if using a method

like this should be made permanent. Cane toads have been

found as far south of Port

Macquarie in NSW and in the

north they are a short hop from

the West Australian

border. What I would like to

see is larger groups of dogs

employed in areas where cane

toads are in active areas of

advancement. If you had squads

of cane toads and collectors up

there, you may well be able to

halt the advance. It's

something that no control

method has been able to

achieve. And time to check

the weather now with

Mike. Thanks. Good evening.

There were isolated showers

about the coast and ranges

today. Most of NSW remained

dry. Temperatures in Sydney

went from 19 to 22 on the

coast. That's a top that is 3

below the average. Wasn't

better about the inland suburbs


The cloud is moving rapidly

across into SA and central

parts of the continent. The

systems are weakened after

crossing the coast. A high

pressure area is dominant about

the eastern parts of the

continent. That's putting

moisture into a trough about

the north-west of NSW with

thunderstorms likely there late

tomorrow. The main areas of

rain are likely to be about the

coast and nearby ranges in the

north of NSW and then further

north through Queensland with

more rain for SA and WA in the

wake of the tropical cyclone.

Late showers are expected for

Alice Springs and thunderstorms

about the tropical north of the


Thanks, Mike. Before we go,

the top stories again. The PM

is resisting calls to dump the

minister for ageing, Santo

Santoro, who failed to declare

share dealings in conflict with

his portfolio. John Howard is

about to sign an

Australia-Japan security

agreement in Tokyo. China has

expressed concern. Newcastle

police are investigating the

death of an elderly grocer that

has shocked the local

community. That is ABC News for

this Tuesday. The 7:30 Report

is up next. I'll be back with

an update in an hour.


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And the city slickers

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