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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Tonight - workplace agreements The Hunter Valley woman challenging over his legal limbo. A new plea for David Hicks for tackling global warming. Australia given low marks

of its stranded elephants. And Taronga Zoo counts the cost

Juanita Phillips with ABC News. Good evening. more pressure The Federal Government is under policies. over its industrial relations

into the case An investigation is under way

who says she was bullied of a 21-year-old woman after refusing to sign and then sacked an unfair workplace agreement. what she saw as in support for the Coalition, The latest Newspoll shows a slump

in an election-winning position. putting Labor of the Government's problem She's the latest face workplace changes. selling its controversial a qualified truck driver, 21-year-old Lorissa Stevens, a workplace agreement refused to sign to fine her $200 that would've allowed her employer without giving 12 hours notice. if she took a sick day They then kept harassing me if I didn't sign the AWA and repeatedly said that of their way to destroy me that they would personally go out and make sure Hunter Valley mine site again. that I never entered onto another and Earth Moving Services, The employer, NSW-based Mining has refused comment. by the Office of Workplace Services. The matter is being investigated

cannot be forced An existing employee or any other sort of contract. to sign an individual contract within Government ranks Adding to growing concern of the IR changes about the unpopularity is the latest Newspoll. Despite recent volatility, for the Coalition, it's a worrying snapshot on a 2-Party preferred basis. putting Labor 6 points ahead We don't need a poll to tell us John Howard's doing. that the public doesn't like what as preferred PM John Howard's rating since the last election. has slipped to its lowest level

on talkback radio. Today, he was taking calls a wonderful job, CALLER: I think you've done I hate them. except with your IR laws - benefit of the country. But they are good for the long-term is backing the Government The Chamber of Commerce

ahead of next year's election. and banking on voter concern easing at that time Most of the Australian population "What was all the fuss about?" will say, it's only going to intensify. This issue's not going to go away - certainly isn't going away. Lorissa Stevens, who's now jobless, the way I feel Words just can't describe with the mine. about losing the position It's a red hot one. she intends to sue. With union support, ABC News, Canberra. Craig McMurtrie,

yet another plea for intervention The Federal Government has rebuffed in the case of David Hicks. made a direct appeal today His Australian lawyer, David McLeod, to the Foreign Affairs Minister. He's concerned without legal representation, that David Hicks will be left after the US Supreme Court ruled military tribunals are illegal. that the Guantanamo Bay the Foreign Minister's office today David Hicks's lawyer headed to

to plead for a change of heart. to take the matter up I've called upon the Minister with the Government as a whole a comprehensive review with the view to doing of David Hicks's position. But it seems extremely unlikely is going to intervene the Australian Government on the prisoner's behalf. It's waiting to see next move is, what the Bush Administration's after the Supreme Court defeat.

When they make up their minds, with them about that, then we'll obviously engage preliminary discussions but we've been having about the whole issue. with the Americans that David McLeod isn't even sure Thing are currently so uncertain as David Hicks's lawyer, whether the US still recognises him

since he was appointed

military commissions. under the now defunct the American military lawyer, The same goes for Major Michael Mori, to hear from his superiors who's told the ABC he's waiting

on the case. about whether he'll be staying

was appointed, If a new military lawyer that would be a setback then obviously of the defence case. to the preparation starts hearings next week The United States Congress on the Guantanamo issue. The legal options include civil trials, a court martial process,

the aborted military commissions. or possibly even just rejigging likely to attract more litigation Whatever's decided, it's highly detention indefinitely. and extend David Hicks's of Guantanamo Bay Six former French inmates are having their day in court, to France for trial. after the US sent them home with a terrorist group The men are charged with associating in Afghanistan about five years ago. The Howard Government says for David Hicks a trial at home isn't an option he can be charged with because there's nothing under Australian law.

Leigh Sales, ABC News. by Palestinian militants The deadline set

has passed without incident - holding an Israeli soldier so far. until this afternoon The kidnappers had given Israel to meet their demands rejected the ultimatum. although the Israeli Government is still alive. It's believed the soldier is increasingly tense. But the situation

Nine days into this crisis, things can only get worse. and without a dramatic turnaround, the Israeli soldier The militants holding had set a 24-hour deadline Palestinian prisoners. for Israel to release (Speaks Arabic) our conditions," "If they don't meet said militant leader Abu Ubaida,

from the Palestinian resistance. "they should expect everything is in the Israeli court. "The ball, now, Israel rejected that outright. Instead, as this afternoon's deadline loomed, it bolstered its forces on the northern border, and bombarded militant targets in Gaza. LOUD EXPLOSION The deadline is now passed. The army chief of staff visited the family of the captured soldier, and said Israel will stand firm. "The Government's position, and I support it," he said, "is a policy that we will not surrender to blackmail."

If the soldier is killed, Israel is threatening a major retaliation against the Hamas-led Government, and that will mean more hardship for Palestinians in the line of fire, like those in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun. Israeli bombs have almost cut the roads into Beit Hanoun - a measure the Israeli military says is designed to stop militants from travelling there to launch rockets.

HUMMING Israeli surveillance drones, usually invisible to the eye, buzz constantly overhead. (Speaks Arabic) "We are afraid day and night," this man says, "because the Israelis can come any time they want." As Israeli forces moved into the fields around the town, they killed a Palestinian militant. Abdul Rahim was a member of the armed wing of the governing Hamas party. His cousin says he was trying to track Israeli special forces near the border when he was killed in an air strike.

Even during a limited incursion, the Israelis have demonstrated they will kill the militants. Matt Brown, ABC News, Gaza. US officials have charged a former soldier with rape and murder over a horrific incident near Baghdad four months ago. 21-year-old Stephen Green is accused of raping a young Iraqi woman,

then shooting her and three members of her family. Witnesses said Green then burned the bodies to cover up the crime. In Spain, at least 41 people have died in a train crash on an underground railway system. Dozens of injured had to be carried to the surface in the port city of Valencia when it derailed and overturned.

NASA has decided to send the shuttle 'Discovery' into orbit, despite a tiny crack in the insulating foam on one of the fuel tanks. Mission managers say the crack does not pose a threat, like the one which led to the loss of the space shuttle 'Columbia' in 2003. 'Discovery' is due to lift off early tomorrow morning Australian time. The launch has already been delayed twice by bad weather. The Federal Government is under growing pressure to do more about global warming. Scientific, business and religious groups have now joined environmentalists in demanding a stronger response.

They say climate change is the biggest crisis facing the planet and even the United States is doing more about it than Australia. As the world battles increasing temperatures and extreme weather conditions, all the scientific evidence agrees - it's getting worse. A new report from Australia's Climate Institute says while the United States is taking significant steps

to tackle the problem, Australia, so far, has failed to get onboard. of people moving into solutions There's a fast pace of change adrift. and this is leaving Australia in the US Seven states and 230 cities to cut greenhouse gases have set targets

solar and wind alternatives. and are also using a regional climate pact, While Australia has joined

and no timetables. it has no targets to be cut by 80% Scientists say emissions need on global warming. to have any real effect This is an emergency. to minimise the risk It is important to start now

and to capture the opportunities.

environmentalists, Religious groups are now joining in backing the report. business and scientists Their concern is the most likely the poor and underprivileged are to feel the worst effects.

It's not a peripheral matter. It's core to us. Christians can believe It's not kind of something that if they're interested in it. that we care for our environment. It is essential to our faith emissions are set to rise by 20% Australia's total greenhouse gas in the next decade or so. all parties to this report agree, With that in mind, science dictates to be taken now. and stronger action needs Sarah Clarke, ABC News. in a trading scandal The last two men involved Bank trading scandal involved in the National Australia have been sent to jail. sentenced to a minimum 30-month term 34-year-old David Bullen was false profits for his role in creating trading desk. on the bank's foreign currency at least 15 months in jail. 27-year-old Vincent Ficarra faces $360 million. The scandal cost the bank of 33 charges The two men were found guilty in the Victorian County Court. itself as invincible the men were in a team that saw The judge said

forgot their legal responsibilities and operated in a culture where they and shareholders. to the bank, it's management and Gianni Gray Former colleagues Luke Duffy

and are also serving goal terms. had previously pleaded guilty abortion clinic The country's leading because it's too difficult to get. is by-passing the drug RU486, to use a cancer drug instead The Marie Stopes Clinic has decided to terminate pregnancies. as effective as RU486 The clinic says it's almost and much easier to get.

anti-abortion groups, The plan has alarmed who are worried it won't be safe.

is cleared for use in Australia, While the abortion drug RU486 has been difficult. obtaining the necessary approvals by the delays Doctors say they're frustrated to a cancer drug and are turning, instead, to induce medical abortions. to provide an option We really wanted available to Australian women surgical and medical abortion. so they could have a choice between Marie Stopes International Abortion provider methotrexate to 100 patients is planning to give the cancer drug seven weeks pregnant. who are less than by stopping the implantation process, Methotrexate causes abortion after conception. which occurs during the first weeks to contract, A second drug, causing the uterus will be given five days later. can be unpredictable But doctors say the process and that turns some patients off. be easy and quick They thought it would and it would be over very shortly. five weeks to terminate a pregnancy. They weren't prepared to wait up to approved for use in Australia, As the cancer drug is already permission to use it for abortions. doctors don't need special Anti-abortion groups say women's health at risk. the drug could put set up to deal with any side effects They say abortion clinics aren't

the cancer treatment could cause. side effects are rare, But the trial doctors say and if the pilot is successful, across the country. they'll offer the drug

Sophie Scott, ABC News. A Sydney man, and attempting to kill another, charged with murdering one woman has been refused bail. David Maxwell Shepherd 37-year-old Fairfield Local Court today. did not appear before

His lawyers told the magistrate and hearing voices. that the accused was feeling unwell 29-year-old Melissa Mayfield. He's charged with murdering She was allegedly strangled and died four days later. at her Bossley Park home on June 19 I love her so much. I miss my daughter so much. I protected her. I've always loved my daughter. It's alleged that 28-year-old Angela Wells. he also attempted to murder She's now in a stable condition in Blacktown Hospital. Tonight's top story - Lorissa Stevens, 21-year-old Hunter Valley woman, of Labor's campaign has become the new face against the workplace relations laws against workplace agreements. after she spoke out And still to come - a late team-change. Maroons forced to make

in recognising the suffering Japan has taken another step of its Allied prisoners of war. has taken part in a ceremony The country's foreign minister who died in Japanese labour camps at a shrine honouring those during World War II. Australian. Many of the victims were official has visited the shrine, It's the first time such a senior

although there was no apology. from Osaka. The ABC's Shane McLeod reports a senior Japanese political figure It's unprecedented for to make this pilgrimage. Juganji Temple in Osaka allied prisoners of war remembers more than 1,000 in nearby labour camps who died while being forced to work during World War II. conducted for decades, It's a service that has been has never attended. but a government minister in August The service is normally held and was brought forward this year to accommodate the minister's wish to attend. history of his own. Mr Aso may have had in mind at the end of World War II, He was just four years old allied POWs, including Australians, but his family's company had used to work its coal mine in western Japan during the last months of the war. The minister had planned to add an extra dimension to today's service. The original plan was to invite ambassadors from Western nations, including Australia. But late last week, the minister told embassies he wanted to visit solely in a personal capacity. (Speaks Japanese) "For more than 60 years," he says, "without being widely known, "this temple has enshrined foreign POWs, officers and men." Everett Perry's uncle was an American POW whose remains were held at the shrine. I think it's wonderful that he came and paid homage to them, I really do. Mr Aso is in the running to replace Junichiro Koizumi as Japan's prime minister when he steps down in September. Shane McLeod, ABC News, Osaka.

Zoos in Sydney and Melbourne are considering legal action against animal activists who've stopped a convoy of elephants, leaving Thailand. The delay has cost the zoos hundreds of thousands of dollars, and left them without one of their star attractions. The ABC's Philippa McDonald reports from central Thailand.

This is the first time the Australian media has been allowed a close look at the eight elephants which have been stuck in a Thai quarantine station as Melbourne and Sydney zoos wait for the right time to move them. Australians are missing out on the chance to be part of saving this awesome animal. A month ago, the elephants' planned transit to Australia was a public relations nightmare for the zoos. A small group of animal rights campaigners blockaded the convoy,

postponing the elephants' departure from Thailand indefinitely. The failed transport last month did cost us quite a bit - it would be in the order of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Paying for another eight trucks for these seven females and one male, along with the world's largest type of freight plane, will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars more. These elephants were to be in this quarantine station for just three months. It's now almost two years, yet Sydney and Melbourne zoos say they remain confident

that they'll come to Australia soon. ELEPHANT TOOTS

These young elephants are in high demand. Sydney and Melbourne zoos have just four elephants between them and they're too old to breed. The older girls are getting to, you know, a perfect age, an optimum age, to participate in that breeding program, so, the sooner that we can get them home and start, the better. So frustrated by the lack of progress, the zoos say they're considering legal action against animal rights activists for standing in their way. Philippa McDonald, ABC News, Kanchanburi. To finance now, and the local share market closed a little higher today ahead of tomorrow's interest rate decision from the Reserve Bank. Here's Alan Kohler with the details.

The All Ordinaries index was 0.5% higher at lunchtime, but investors lost interest then and prices drifted during the afternoon. Telstra actually put in a strong performance today - up 1.6%,

after a senior executive said he hoped there'd still be a retail share offer by the Government this year, despite indications to the contrary from the Government. Qantas and Coles Myer shares also rose strongly, but BHP Billton ended up falling $0.08. But what had everyone in the share market agog today was a little company called Australian Mining Investments, which has been looking for copper around Cloncurry in Queensland, and it found some.

The shares have gone from $0.30 in late May to close at an incredible $5.25 today - that's a rise of 80% today, and 1,650% in six weeks. Today's performance on the market as a whole followed a fairly strong rise on Wall Street overnight,

and generally strong gains on commodity markets. The wheat price jumped 3.4%, which is great, as long as you can get some rain to grow it with.

The Reserve Bank board met today, and probably decided to leave interest rates unchanged. We'll find out tomorrow morning. Tonight's graph shows the cash rate - which is what the Reserve Bank moves around - and the 6-month cash futures rate, which is what speculators think will happen

in six months' time. It suggests that whatever happens in the morning, the punters think rates will go up before Christmas. But then again, the graph also shows they usually get it wrong. Finally, the Australian dollar drifted this afternoon ahead of tomorrow's interest rate decision and tonight's Independence Day holiday in the United States. And that's finance.

Champion Australian jockey, Chris Munce, has been arrested in Hong Kong. Munce has just completed a stint with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, and it's believed he was detained at an airport as he was about to board a flight for Australia. He was expected to begin riding in Sydney again next week. It's still unclear why authorities have detained him, but Australia's Foreign Affairs Department

has confirmed his arrest. Consular officials are hoping to speak with him soon and offer assistance. Munce won the Melbourne Cup on Jezabeel in 1998. Queensland has been forced to call in a late replacement

for tomorrow night's State of Origin decider. Centre Willie Tonga has been rushed into the squad to face NSW. He replaces Josh Hannay who's been struck down with the flu. Willie Tonga was training with the Bulldogs in Sydney this morning when the call came through. Sort of mixed emotions at the moment. You know - surprise, um, a bit shocked, but I'm really looking forward to it. Tonga flew south when centre Josh Hannay fell ill this morning. He's got temperatures and aches and pains and lethargy

and he's just really tired, and would appear to have some sort of viral infection. I mean, I'm no medical professional but I'm thinking that if he wants to play, he plays. Tonga missed this afternoon's final training session,

but the Maroons aren't concerned. Willie's been there, done that before so it's not as if he's unfamiliar with the way we play. If you're not ready for an Origin call-up then, you know, you're not ready to play, so I'm glad I've got the call up and I think I'll be ready to go tomorrow night. Queensland now faces a nervous wait

in the lead-up to tomorrow night's match. One assumes that he may have been in contact with the others and it's possible that they could be incubating the virus as well. You know, that's all that Origin footy's all about - all the drama, you know - but internally, we're pretty relaxed about how things are going. But the Blues have no such injury troubles - their main concern being how to turn around a poor performance in Game II. Nothing's changed. Sometimes it doesn't happen for you

and it's just one of those things that happen in sport and it wasn't our day last time, but good luck to Queensland. A win would make the Blues the first team to win four consecutive Origin series.

Matt Brown, ABC News, Melbourne. World soccer's governing body FIFA has flexed its muscle on and off the field

on the eve of the first semifinal of the World Cup. FIFA has banned Greece from international competition

over government influence in the sport and it's suspended one of Germany's best players, Torsten Frings, for assault. The ABC's Peter Wilkins reports from Dortmund. The reigning European champion, Greece, isn't a part of this World Cup,

but FIFA's decision to ban the country from all international competitions has sent shock waves through the sport. FIFA said that it had issued several warnings to the Hellenic Football Federation to guarantee that the running of football in the country would be free from political movement, but this had been ignored. It's because of political interference, which were not stopped despite several warnings and talks with the government. So it's about to respect the autonomy of the Football Federation. Germany's Cup hopes have been dented with the suspension of star midfielder Torsten Frings after video scrutiny of the post-match melee between Argentina and Germany. Frings was given a two-match ban for punching

but that's been reduced to one match which will allow him to play in the final, should Germany beat Italy. While Italy hold the advantage in head-to-head meetings and haven't lost to Germany in four World Cup matches, the home side has an impressive record in Dortmund, winning 13 and drawing the other of 14 internationals played in the city. Socceroos star defender Lucas Neill has lost all interest in the World Cup, but the experience has made him even more philanthropic to the game in Australia. He already supports junior players and is seriously considering investing in an A-League team. There's a lot of high profile sportspeople and businesspeople who have shown interest and want to put their money where their mouth is. So, there's still a lot of ground to cover and it's definitely something we want to look at. And FIFA boss, Sepp Blatter, has teased Australia by suggestion it should link up with the Asian Confederation, of which it's now a part, to put up a bid to stage the 2018 World Cup. Peter Wilkins, ABC News, Dortmund. Lleyton Hewitt is two wins away from another Wimbledon final after a fourth-round win against Spaniard David Ferrer. Hewitt won in four sets, advancing to a quarterfinal against Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis. No Americans are in the men's or women's last eight, while Li Na has made history as the first Chinese player to reach a Grand-Slam quarterfinal. Seeded at number 23, David Ferrer was no pushover for Australia's best. COMMENTATOR: Oh, good - good shot. Hewitt needed all his speed and skills to take each of the first two sets 6-4. The Spaniard let his ground strokes do the talking as he claimed the third. But Hewitt's court coverage during a match littered with gruelling rallies helped the 6th seed and 2002 Wimbledon champion into the final eight. Yeah, obviously, there's matches to go and I've got to get better if I'm going to keep going in the tournament. In his first appearance on the All England Club centre court, Marcos Baghdatis overwhelmed British hope Andy Murray. Li Na takes the hopes of Chinese tennis into the quarterfinal against Belgian Kim Clijsters after overcoming 10th seeded Czech Nicole Vaidisova And former champion Maria Sharapova had to dig deep to overcome a strong challenge from the Italian Flavia Pennetta. The Russian joined her compatriots Elena Dementieva and Anastasia Myskina in the last eight. The second stage across the north-east and into Luxembourg is the longest in this year's Tour de France.

After more than 5.5 hours in the saddle, the sprint finish was a triumph for Robbie McEwen. COMMENTATOR: And Robbie McEwen takes it on the line!

That man is unbelievable. I found out afterwards he hit my foot with his front wheel and sort of gave me a bit of a fright

and I went back a little bit to the right. But I felt great in the sprint and I got my stage win. It was McEwen's ninth French Tour stage win,

sufficient to slip on the sprinter's green jersey. Norwegian Thor Hushovd has the yellow. And Annika Sorenstam has beaten American Pat Hurst by four strokes in an 18-hole play-off to decide the US Open. It was the Swede's 10th major title. John Hayes Bell, ABC News.

The weather now with Mike Bailey. Thanks, Juanita. Good evening. Some heavy rain around Sydney early today,

but there's just the chance of an isolated shower tonight ahead of a fine Wednesday. To temperatures first, and today's range was 11 to 16 degrees - a top that's 1 below-average. Around NSW - Rainfall -

In the capital cities today - The satellite picture shows -

In the capital cities Around NSW tomorrow - In Sydney tomorrow - The outlook for Sydney - Juanita. Thanks, Mike. Before we go, another look at tonight's top stories - The Federal Government's IR changes are under attack, over allegations that a Hunter Valley woman was sacked by a mining company for refusing to sign a workplace agreement. The lawyer for David Hicks says he fears the Guantanamo Bay inmate will be left without legal representation after the US Supreme Court ruled that military tribunals are illegal.

A new report has accused Australia of failing to address the threat of climate change. It's found that even the United States is doing more. And that's ABC News for this Tuesday. I'm Juanita Phillips. I'll be back with an update in an hour and 'Lateline' is along just after 10:30. Goodnight. Closed Captions produced by Captioning and Subtitling International Pty Ltd

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