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Tonight - of Dili. the struggle for the streets from Java earthquake survivors. A plea for help to the Snowy Hydro sale. Town and country opposition with the sound of music. And Broken Hill alive

Deborah Rice with ABC News. Good evening. tonight, Much of Dili is an abandoned city fleeing their homes with thousands of residents

guarded by foreign troops. and seeking shelter in safe havens troops patrolling the city The commander of the Australian has urged people to go home. But gangs are still running rampant turn their backs, whenever the soldiers to return. and residents are too scared from Dili. The ABC's Geoff Thompson reports CONGREGATION SINGS the faithful in this emptied city, A day of worship for a few of in East Timor's leadership but a loss of faith even here. was the main message, must be change the government. The solution, I think, you understand? It must be change,

Out in the chaotic neighbourhoods, today - priests were even more hands on

a security vaccum white-robed guards filling often leave behind. Australian forces deep hatred. There is a deep hatred here, situation yet? REPORTER: Is it a civil war of a civil war situation. We are on the brink but we are on the brink of it. It's not yet a civil war, This is the security to East Timor. Australian troops have brought Wherever Australian troops aren't, groups like this are - going on a rampage. looting, burning, left the city Most residents have either and secured areas like the airport. or flooded into shelters Some streets are deathly quiet

almost nobody's here, but that's because Commander says even though the Joint Force it's safe to go home. If they go back to their home, and provide the security. we can go back with them areas, like around the airport, If they are all in concentrated looking after them at the airport. then we wate the time of the troops We need them to go home. GLASS SHATTERS for them there But this is what's waiting turn their backs. as soon as Australian soldiers in Dili. We will be disarming everybody We have started. and police, That will include the army to go free. but street gangs are often allowed Down! All your weapons down! But they weren't last night a press conference when they threatened PM Mari Alkatiri. by East Timor's embattled of a coup d'etat. There, he accused President Gusmao the president of the republic permanently in touch with whom I have been keeping the constitution. will not cease to respect Seven years ago, what was left of Dili Australian troops saved from Indonesia-backed militia, blame Indonesia for this. but no longer can East Timor Geoff Thompson, ABC News, Dili.

officers will arrive in East Timor Another 45 Australian Federal Police over the next 24 hours on the streets of Dili. to help quell the violence restoring peace will be a challenge. The Government says a long-term assistance mission The PM is not ruling out to East Timor, in the Solomon Islands. similar to arrangements Out of a war zone - in Dili's violence two of the most critically injured for urgent medical treatment. arrived in Darwin this afternoon to the chest One has suffered gunshot wounds gunshot wounds to the abdomen. and the other very significant

combat troops For the 1,300 Australian trying to restore peace in Dili, more help is on the way. Nobody should assume walk-in-the-park military operation. that it's just a simple, It's quite challenging. will leave Canberra tomorrow, 45 Federal Police officers the 15 already in East Timor. joining policing tasks There are some fundamental that must be fulfilled. just don't exist anymore. The East Timorese police completely dysfunctional. They've become As well as restoring order, with forensic investigations, the Australian police will help into last week's shooting including one by soldiers from the Timorese army. of nine unarmed police officers These murders cannot go unchecked have to be brought to justice. and those guilty of them will be playing a key role The Australian Federal Police in that regard. more police may be sent in later The Government says and it's suggested troops could remain in East Timor that at least some Australian a year from now. until the country's elections isn't ruling out The Prime Minister mission to the country a long-term regional assistance in the Solomon Islands, similar to arrangements has an obligation to help, but he says while Australia must also be respected. East Timor's independence On the other hand, that independence, again, they have to discharge of independence, or the responsibilities the case over the last few years. more effectively than has been important role for the UN to play He says there'll also be an long-term stability. in East Timor's Narda Gilmore, ABC News, Canberra. is under way in Indonesia A massive relief operation

through the rubble left as workers search

on the island of Java. after yesterday's earthquake have been killed More than 3,000 people of Yogyakarta in and around the city have been injured. and at least 10,000 others 200,000 people are homeless. The Red Cross estimates that up to is to get food, water, tents Relief workers say the priority

and medical supplies into the area. from the earthquake in Central Java There were so many injured makeshift wards in a car park. that doctors were forced to set up In this hospital alone, 53 bodies were counted and scores of injured were treated. Joining the effort to comfort those traumatised by the earthquake was Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Elsewhere in the province of Yogyakarta, residents chose to sleep outdoors - fearful of the impact of aftershocks. (Speaks Bahasa Indonesia)

TRANSLATION: I'm afraid, as today we have had three tremors. Others had no choice.

This girl was mourning the loss of her sister and her home. We really need help. We don't have water, we don't have food. As the hope of finding survivors beneath the rubble fades, the first plane loads of international aid are beginning to trickle in. Care Australia says health and clean water are the priorities. Clearly with thousands of people dead and many, many thousands without homes,

there is going to be a lot of work to do. Australia has tripled its support to the earthquake victims - donating $3 million to the recovery. It's an appalling tragedy and I feel very sorry for the poor Indonesian people, they are constantly battered by these natural disasters. And also battered was Yogyakarta's famous Prambanan Hindu complex. David Spicer, ABC News. Radio Australia reporter Katie Haymann is in the town of Bantul, just outside Yogyakarta, where most of the homes were flattened and thousands of people died. I'm standing on the main street here in a makeshift hospital which is kind of, basically it exists of grass huts

and blue tarp. It's been strung up outside the main facility here in Bantul and people are being treated in the open air. They're really stretched down here - there's about 600 people sprawling out into the carpark. But the response so far doesn't seem particularly coordinated. And of course life goes on - out the back, 10 babies have actually been born today, and it's obviously very difficult circumstances for women giving birth here. As far as damaged constructions go, it's very difficult to assess because it seems quite arbitrary. You drive past whole stretches of buildings that have imploded on one another, whereas across the street structures are relatively unscathed. But certainly as you move into the south, it's very clear that we're close to the epicentre. The Australian mountaineer Lincoln Hall is on his way to base camp on Mount Everest. The 50-year-old was found alive by a team of climbers on Friday after he collapsed near the summit. He's being carried to base camp on the back of a yak and is expected to arrive there later tonight. Mr Hall is suffering from frostbite and a chest infection. It might be more than a week until the State Budget, but that's not stopping the Government from announcing yet more of its contents. This time, it's more than $100 million for school maintenance, but the Opposition says it's less about schools than the Government's image. Morris Iemma was back at school today,

giving himself and his government a rap over the knuckles for maintenance problems in the state school system. I have no hesitation in saying that this is about doing more and better.

He's pledging $120 million in the upcoming State Budget over four years, to clear the maintenance backlog in public schools. A top-quality learning environment means that our children learning in schools without the paint peeling, the roofs leaking or torn carpet. There are over 2,000 schools in New South Wales, some are more than 100 years old, many have crumbling infrastructure. The situation at this school in Sydney's west got so bad students refused to use the toilets. Teachers have welcomed the money but say it's long overdue. I'd like to see it in schools much more quickly. Four years is far too long. over the last decade. They've simply starved the schools Now, they're promising to be good in March next year.

The NSW Budget is set to be handed down Tuesday week. But already the Government's on the front foot. The schools' maintenance money is one of several major pre-Budget announcements that has made its way into the media. REPORTER: Premier, what's going to be left in the Budget actually to announce? Financial framework of the Budget, as is always, a lot is yet to come with the Budget, the financial framework,

and more of the plans that the Government has.

Last week, disability funding of a billion dollars, the vast bulk of it after the election. Two days before that, we saw a $4 billion transport announcement. One announcement the Premier is expected to make is the end of New South Wales' run of surplus budgets. Michael Edwards, ABC News. The sale process for the Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme may have begun, but the campaign to stop it just won't go away. Hundreds of local residents turned out in Jindabyne today for the first in a series of protest rallies. (All chant) Why? In the alpine town of Jindabyne, there's strong opposition to the sale. One of the icons of Australia is the Snowy Hydroelectric Scheme, and especially for this area here. The town's history and landscape was shaped by the scheme when the old town was flooded to dam the Snowy River. I personally lost my home and farm and I gained solace over it that I was doing something, we were doing something, for Australia, for the people of Australia. Opponents say selling it would be a betrayal of that history, but they're also concerned about private interests controlling water. Water is such a huge issue now

and it's going to get bigger and bigger in the future. Water's the oil of the future. You can't sell water - water belongs to everyone. Anger is directed mainly towards the NSW Government, which started the sale process late last year when it announced it would sell its majority share in the asset. Why does the Government want to sell something that's making a profit? They don't care about us. They only care about the money and the electricity, not the water, so we don't know what's going to happen. The local State Labor member has opposed the sale, but says restrictions should be in place to stop it ending up in foreign hands.

10% being a permanent cap. It wasn't within the the Commonwealth's power to do it.

Pre-registration for shares opened a week ago and Snowy Hydro Corporation says it's happy with the level of interest. Lexi Metherell, ABC News, Jindabyne. A 46-year-old cyclist has been killed after being hit by a car in Sydney's south. The accident happened as a pack of cyclists were riding along the Princes Highway towards Sutherland this morning. The two bike riders at the rear were riding side by side and, due to circumstances, ah, clipped each other and toppled over, the deceased's bike, colliding with forcing him onto the nearside lane of the road, into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The two other cyclists were treated for shoulder and head injuries at St George Hospital. The Queensland company at the centre of a nationwide food contamination scandal has defended its handling of the case. A sewing needle and razor blades have been found in cakes baked at Weston's Brisbane factory in the past five months. Queensland Premier Peter Beattie has described the food tampering

as an act of "consumer terrorism". Less than 24 hours after the cake recall,

the finger-pointing has begun. Queensland Health says Weston's only informed them late on Friday that its Top Taste products had been tampered with. But no-one has yet explained why it took nearly 24 hours for the products to be pulled off the shelves. The Queensland Premier is demanding answers.

Their profits take a belting

if they don't share it with the community, because the community will not accept not being told. Consumers are very powerful. Last week, a Brisbane woman found a needle in the cake she was eating. This followed incidents in NSW and Tasmania where metal objects were also found in Top Taste products.

In January, the Victorian Government was notified of the first case of tampering, involving a razor blade. The Government's response was merely to inform the Queensland authorities that there had been a problem and then walk away from the issue. I don't think that's good enough. It was an isolated incident. There was no pattern in this. It was one single incident, and it was quite properly reported to the Queensland Health authorities. Late today, Weston's released a statement saying it's informed all proper authorities and the matter is now in the hands of police. Those found responsible for the cake tampering could face 10 years' jail. Deborah Nowland, ABC News.

Russian nationalists and religious groups have attacked gay rights' activists, trying to stage a parade in Moscow. Organisers went ahead with the march, despite a ruling by the city's mayor banning the event. Orthodox Christians stood alongside ultra-nationalists

and other extremists opposing the parade. A group of them attacked the gay activists, who included German MP Volker Beck. (Yelling) Police broke up the demonstration, arresting more than 100 people. Homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia in 1993, Pope Benedict XVI has made a pilgrimage to the birthplace of his predecessor in Poland. The new pope told the townspeople he hoped John Paul II would soon be made a saint. Pope Benedict will tonight visit the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp. The National Cinematographers Awards were held in Canberra last night. Renowned Australian Oscar winner, Dion Beebe, took out the international award for cinematography. It's very humbling. These are names these are guys whose work I have admired, whose work I have admired. And to find yourself in this position - it is, it's confusing and humbling and exciting. Dion Beebe won his Oscar for the movie 'Memoirs of a Geisha'. And ABC News and current affairs cameramen were also honoured. Andrew Taylor took out a Tripod Award for his work on 'After the Tsunami', and Louie Eroglu was awarded a distinction for the documentary 'Mehdi Army'. The outback city of Broken Hill has been treated to a performance it's never experienced before. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, for the first time in its 74 years of existence, has been in the 'Silver City'. And they came from far and wide for a sell-out concert. Did someone say culture? Broken Hill may be known for its proliferation of painters and sculptors - but the Sydney Symphony Orchestra? Now that's another story. The SSO has capped a regional tour by going as far west as it can -

without crossing borders and taking Mozart with it. An advance group one day, two more plane loads the next, 65 musicians and a truck load of instruments and equipment. Not that musical appreciation is foreign to Hillites. The town's first monument was to musos who went down - playing - on the Titanic. Music and mining share something else - they're both a blast. This is called 'The Crow', That may have been the clarion call to summon people from hundreds of kilometres all around. An event such as this is much more a social occasion than it would be in the city - not just because it's rare to the point of being unprecedented,

but because people have travelled such long distances. It's also a rare opportunity to catch up. Yeah, great to see people again. It must also have been an eye-opener for maestro Gianluigi Gelmetti, who directed the orchestra through Mozart's 40th... ..and then Dvorak's 9th 'From the New World'. The audience couldn't get enough of it. And the maestro and the musicians could feel it. They played with us. So they gave the punters a bit more. 'WILLIAM TELL' PLAYS The audience was wonderful and the orchestra just loved it. Everyone, you might say, struck gold. Geoff Sims, ABC News, Broken Hill. Tonight's top story - in the East Timor capital Dili, thousands of residents have fled their homes amid continuing gang violence. And still to come - the Swans's rich seam of form continues. Brisbane and Melbourne share the NRL competition lead

after the Storm secured this weekend's second 'golden point' victory. Overnight, the Broncos and Sharks won well, today's winners were the Tigers, the Eels, and the Storm in the second period of extra time. Panther Luke Lewis was unlucky to miss Origin One -

he sent an early message to the selectors for game two. COMMENTATOR: A ball away to Youngquest. Clever ball control from Penrith kept Melbourne camped in their own territory, before Matt Geyer gratefully accepted an intercept.

Passed to Matt Geyer.

Flying Rhys Wesser had the momentum to regain the lead, but by half-time the home side had clawed it back via Webster. And they're back! The Storm were finding a 10th consecutive win at Olympic Park hard to attain. Trailing by four, enter Greg Inglis - the Maroons's rookie levelled the scores and celebrated AFL style. But Melbourne needed several shots at field goal before sealing the win with less than a minute remaining in the second period of extra time. This strike is pretty good. The Eels have had slippery starts all year, today it came even before the team emerged. But staggering Parramatta earned a standing ovation with a rousing 4-try first half to lead 22-0. The celebrations were almost premature as the reawakened Roosters replied with 20 to go down by just 2 points. It was one-way traffic for the premiers against hapless Souths. Scott Prince scored 3,

as the Tigers handed the Rabbitohs of the season. their most demoralising defeat boasted 10 Origin One players, The Broncos and Bulldogs contributions to their 19-point win. Brisbane's made significant

to leave the 'Dogs floundering. Brisbane scored 4 first-half tries

Darren Lockyer's away. kept the Broncos well clear. Tamay Tupoh's second try trend of scoring 6 tries a match... The Sharks continued their recent Offline from Bailey. there were 4 before half-time. ..against the Warriors Kimmorley's kicks were pinpoint. broke the deadlock And here's how Todd Carney in the second period of extra time golden-point win this season. to give the Raiders their second of the top five clubs Defeats for three the joint ladder lead - hands the Broncos and Storm

6th from 12th. 2 points separate

John Hayes Bell, ABC News. of their grand final triumph It was a happy return to the scene

for the Sydney Swans. was their fifth victory in a row. Their defeat of Hawthorn at the MCG by 65 points, Sydney trounced Hawthorn

had big wins, Port Adelaide and Brisbane

St Kilda defeated the Kangaroos

Melbourne. and West Coast accounted for club president, Jeff Kennett, After being criticised by their during the week, many signs of improvement the Hawks weren't showing

in the first quarter.

kicks you'll ever see! COMMENTATOR: One of the worst

fit and firing, With Sydney's forward line the opening 6 goals of the game the 'red and whites' kicked in a similar start to last week. to a hamstring injury, The Swans lost Nick Malceski early with another clinical performance. but shrugged off the setback Barry Hall and Nick Davis kicked 4 goals each. Getting back is Davis - he's going to run in, he's going to kick a goal! The Hawks' endeavour couldn't be questioned, but they were getting in each other's way. After a slow start to the season,

the Swans now have an ominous look about them. Nic Fosdike had 24 possessions and 11 marks. With the game slipping away, the Hawks showed a lack of discipline. The Sydney fans want 50 - they'll get it, he can't believe it! There was worse to come. collecting Lewis Roberts-Thomson. Brent Guerra was reported after with that one. Might be in a bit of trouble Not surprisingly, between the two teams that led to disagreements open-necked jumpers. and ended with some with 16 marks and 28 possessions. Adam Goodes controlled proceedings with a convincing 65-point win The Swans finished in Canberra next weekend. and take on the Kangaroos Duncan Huntsdale, ABC News.

the national netball league ladder The Sydney Swifts remain on top of with Adelaide Melbourne Phoenix, after defeating the premiers, this afternoon. Sydney won by 13 goals, beat Hunter by 20. while the Melbourne Kestrels and the Phoenix was hard-fought, The first half of the Swifts

heading into the third quarter. and Sydney led by only 3 goals their fourth win The Swifts went on to record from as many games this season. Earlier,

their first win of the season the Melbourne Kestrels claimed for Hunter. when they were too good Australia's Mark Webber on the front row of the grid will line up his Williams for tonight's Monaco Grand Prix, was stripped of pole position. after Ferrari's Michael Schumacher Race stewards relegated

7-time world title-holder the 37-year-old German to the back of the grid, deliberately stopped his car after he was deemed to have on the track of qualifying. in the closing seconds prevented his rivals They ruled his actions from setting faster times. Renault driver Fernando Alonso Defending world champion, will start on pole alongside Webber. in the Netherlands The Socceroos have arrived to build as the hype continues finals in Germany. ahead of next month's World Cup in its next warm-up match Australia plays the Dutch about injured key players. and has received good news is hardly cattle class these days. Long haul travel for elite athletes after a punishing training schedule The Socceroos needed the rest against Greece. and Thursday's friendly is the Netherlands, The next challenge a finals intensity. a trial match that will feature Every team who gonna play now, these exhibition games,

they take it serious who's going to be in the line-up, he wants to perform as best he can. in the trial, Harry Kewell won't play a fully-fit squad but should be part of for the opening game of the finals. He's progressing well for the 12th of June against Japan. and it looks very good, I think, will give the Socceroos The Netherlands game for the World Cup atmosphere. a genuine feel over Cameroon reached a fever pitch. The Dutch team's warm-up win DEAFENING CHEERING AND APPLAUSE at Rotterdam next Sunday. The Netherlands host the Socceroos is also impressing The Australian women's soccer team on the international stage. scored the Matilda's first goal Sydney's Joanne Burgess in today's 3-0 win over Mexico. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE The teams meet again on Tuesday. for the World Cup qualifiers The series is part of preparations in July. Chris Kimball, ABC News. in his first Test match The bat used by Sir Donald Bradman for $58,000. has been sold at a Sydney auction in his debut match The cricket legend scored 18 and 1 in 1928 against England at the Gabba before being dropped. to a children's hospital, Sir Donald donated the bat to a school boy which in turn awarded it a fund-raising competition. for coming first in Sold for $58,000! to a private collector. The bat was sold at the weather. Now, let's take a look that was 1 below average. In Sydney today it hit 19 degrees, in Homebush. It got up to 20 degrees In the NE today, and Mungindi Murwillumbah, Casino, Grafton all hit the State's maximum of 22. some light showers. The Hunter coast recorded In the SE, a dry day. of -5 degrees The State's overnight minimum and Thredbo. was shared by Orange, Oberon The inland was mostly sunny, but in the Riverina and lower west were a little below average. the maximum temps this morning, In the 24 hours to 9:00 at Seal Rocks the top rainfall was 34mm on the Hunter/mid-north coast border. In the six hours to 3:00 this afternoon, the best was 7mm at Nelson Bay on the Hunter coast. In the capital cities today, Brisbane and Canberra - partly cloudy. Melbourne and Hobart - showers. Adelaide - cloudy. Perth - mostly sunny. Darwin - sunshine. The satellite picture shows cloud forming on the NSW mid-north coast and ranges. And there's some low cloud west of the ranges, but that's not bringing any rain. On the synoptic chart - that strong high pressure system is drifting over the SE

and a cold front is expected to reach the NSW coast tomorrow, strengthening the southerly airstream. The rain tomorrow - onshore winds will maintain isolated showers along the NSW coastal fringe. Otherwise that high is keeping the State dry. In the capital cities tomorrow - Brisbane - mostly sunny. Canberra - frost, then sunshine. Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth - showers clearing. Darwin - sunyny. Around NSW tomorrow - some frost in the NE inland and isolated showers on the coast. There's a strong wind warning for all NSW coastal waters south of Smoky Cape. In the SE, a generally cool day. Early frosts inland and some light showers mainly near the coast. Inland - fine and sunny, with early frosts in the Riverina. In Sydney tomorrow - fine for most of the day and a top of 19, then a shower or two developing in the evening. And further ahead in Sydney - a few showers each day until Thursday,

then fine weather forecast for Friday and the weekend. And before we go, a quick reminder of tonight's top stories. The PM, John Howard, is not ruling out a long-term assistance mission to East Timor. Thousands of people in the capital have fled their homes amid continuing unrest. A massive relief effort is under way in Indonesia in the wake of yesterday's earthquake on the island of Java. The death toll now stands at 3,500. And in Jindabyne, in the State's east, hundreds of people protested over the sale of the Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme. for this Sunday night. And that's ABC News I'm Deborah Rice.

I'll be back with an update in about an hour. For now, goodnight.

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