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(generated from captions) surrounds the defence appeal. But some uncertainty still a life sentence at the very least. The prosecutors say they'll seek handed down yesterday. against the 20-year sentence case are launching appeals Both sides in the Schapelle Corby Joe O'Brien with ABC News. Good evening. at the Super 12 final. And the Waratah's Canterbury tale by plans for bigger dams. Shoalhaven residents alarmed of nuclear arms debate. No progress after a month of any Schapelle Corby appeal. The risky business

asked Australians to boycott Qantas Meanwhile, the Corby family has first trial beyond media reports. saying they know little about the from the basics, The QCs will be starting hearsay problems with that evidence. There was obviously Police Commissioner Mick Keelty. that were raised by Federal Victorian prisoner John Ford, about the supposedly key witness, who repeated the same problems offered to the defence, A point conceded by one of the QCs appear to be all that strong. that the defence case does not and we're all outsiders - as an outsider - You would have to say put at the trial just ended. will require more substance than was for Schapelle Corby arguing the appeal John Ingleson believes Indonesian law expert in the first place. about accepting that assistance given that they were enthusiastic but it was strange, which was their prerogative - not a reply, Nothing - not a reply, but never called back. were phoned twice in March the Corby defence team for the appeal process, the Perth QCs on offer again But according to one of until today not at all. have called us, contacted us, But until today, no QCs to advise on the case. to provide barristers then last March any offer from the Government but insist they knew nothing about Government help they say they'll accept From the defence side, it could come to the death sentence. no reason to be lenient, the judges see in considering the evidence, That's a possibility if, (Speaks Bahasa Indonesia) and issued the same warning. to its appeal for a tougher sentence the finishing touches Today the prosecution was putting we can get it lesser and lesser. that normal course but we are confident It is possible, drugs case to the death penalty. increased the sentence in a in the past, with the appeals court having, things could go the other way, that there's the risk but her lawyers concede of a reduced sentence, or at least receiving in the hope of her going home Schapelle Corby's appeal would be the ABC's Tim Palmer reports. From Denpasar, the verdict can be overturned. aren't confident free of charge to the Corby team who've offered their services The Australian barristers

(Crowd chants and cries) from the scene. as bodies were recovered The celebration turned to mourning when the bomber struck. for a religious festival, at a shrine Thousands of pilgrims had gathered in the capital, Islamabad. which killed at least 19 people for an explosion a suicide bomber was responsible Meanwhile, Pakistani police say in more than three years. but this is the worst attack in the eastern province of Sulawesi, have flared repeatedly Muslims and Christians Religious tensions between of sectarian violence. and prompted fears of a resurgence in Indonesia have killed 19 people Two explosions at a crowded market in tomorrow's door-knock. to raise $6 million Australia-wide The Salvation Army hopes that it is staying in Australia. the community of that, and we just want to assure feelings at the moment about giving people are having a lot of mixed and what's happened there, as we've seen the court case You know, particularly in response where are those funds going? if we're raising funds, I think it's a valid concern - may be headed. about where their donations have expressed concern many in the community the Salvation Army says the Schapelle Corby verdict, just two days after But with the door-knock due this morning. its 40th annual Red Shield Appeal The Salvation Army launched against Indonesia. a backlash from donors Australian charities are reporting As we've just heard, Tim Palmer, ABC news, Denpasar. may yet be realised. think of each other to effect way the country's people out of court that the Corby case could spill The Australian Govermment's fears victims of the Aceh tsunami. they'd offered to assist Indonesian who now want to get back the money calls from donors they are receiving numerous and other charities now say The Red Cross, World Vision miscarriage of justice. are to pay for the perceived it seems, Even the weakest Indonesians, Bloody oath, mate. I wouldn't come again. I'll boycott it. in Bali are in the mood to respond. And even some of those already against Indonesia. as part of a tourism protest

to oppose the Federal Government's move. Mr Birney says he supports the reforms, but not the use of corporations laws to lock employers into the federal system. Because at some stage in the future, sadly, the Labor Party will win Federal Government and if our WA employers are locked into the federal system, you can guarantee that they will change that system to suit the unions. Mr Birney's stance is a windfall for Labor and unions, who've been quick to recruit him as a poster boy for anti-reform. If a State Liberal Party leader is concerned that there are risks here in the Howard Government's extreme measures, then why wouldn't the community be concerned that there are risks for the Australian community? Anybody that knows me knows that I'm no friend of the militant unions, I'm no friend of the Labor Party. Sadly, I will have to continue Matt Birney. least of all their leader, failed to move WA Liberals, industrial relations system of a single, national The Minister's hard-sell for the dissenters within. were no match council meeting outside the WA Liberal Party Stephen Smith, Opposition counterpart, and the spectre of Mr Andrews's But even hostile unions he was inside enemy lines. for sensing Kevin Andrews could be forgiven but Workplace Relations Minister in Liberal territory, He may have been A prison van full of inmates within the Government ranks. to seize on the division The Opposition has been quick conference. at the State's Liberal Party as he tried to sell the package faced an embarrassing rebuff today The Workplace Relations Minister industrial relations overhaul. to the Federal Government's West Australian Liberals Resistence is hardening among linked to al Qaeda. radical Sunni Militants but some Shi'ites are blaming the blast, Officials are still investigating Mr Birney says the Federal Government's aims can be achieved with changes to State laws, while retaining a 2-tier system. But, as Mr Andrews shot back, that might take too long. The difficulty they've got in WA is that the Liberal Party is unfortunately out of government. Mr Andrews says he will hold further private talks with Mr Birney. Kellie Tannock, ABC News. A prison van carrying inmates smashed through the front fence of Long Bay Jail this afternoon. Police say six prisoners were being moved from one part of the jail to another, when the van crashed through the fence and landed on its side. Authorities say it was not an attempted jail break, but more likely to be a mechanical fault. The prisoners could not access the driving compartment at all, they were in a cage in the back of the vehicle and other witnesses have indicated by the actions of the van it appeared to be out of control. The prisoners and driver were taken to Prince of Wales Hospital with minor injuries. Residents along the Shoalhaven River are angry at proposals to raise the local dam levels to quench Sydney's thirst. The Sydney Catchment Authority is considering a plan to raise the wall of Tallowa Dam by 5m, a measure that would flood large areas of camping and recreation grounds. It's a great body of water few Sydneysiders ever see or even know exists, but people along the Shoalhaven and Kangaroo rivers have now learnt that Tallowa Dam may be raised by 5m or more. It came as a rumour on an email and I replied in jest, saying, "Surely that's not serious." But then we had a meeting with Sydney Catchment Authority and I asked them point-blank, "What's this about 5m on the dam wall?" And they said, "Yes, well that is one of the proposals we're looking at." This community has not been consulted any step of the way, not only at this point in terms of raising the height of the wall, but also previously in the water extraction from the Shoalhaven River. Lake Yurunga backs up the two rivers and for a year or so it's been used to top up Sydney's ever-diminishing supply. The water is pumped first by pipe and then canalled into the city's supply system. The community that bases its living on the outdoor recreation industries believes it's set to go under. Another 5m above the high water mark, down where Peter is, would flood all this camping area to where I am and these she-oaks would be standing in it. The local taskforce says platypus have already disappeared and wombats could be next with Sydney planning to take more than twice as much water. And though the dam is full now, it may be a sign of another environmental cost. For all of April, they weren't able to pump because of the blue-green algae levels in Wingecarribee Reservoir. The more the river gets drained and refilled, the argument goes, the more the nutrients settled in the bottom will be stirred up to feed the algae. Geoff Sims, ABC News, in the Shoalhaven. The global conference called by the United Nations to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation treaty has broken up in failure. After a month of talks, the 150 countries taking part couldn't even reach consensus on what should be discussed, let alone a final text. While achieving a reduction in nuclear weapons may have been top of the agenda, conflicting agendas ultimately brought the New York conference undone. The US wanted to focus on Iran and North Korea, but the Iranians insisted they're only interested in peaceful energy. The US attitude also came in for criticism. And the United States, as you might imagine, doesn't want to talk about nuclear disarmament, or, when they do talk about it, they say that they believe that they are adhering to the commitments under the treaty. Egypt then blocked proceedings when its call for sanctions against Israel was rejected. The conference president said divergences were so great, he couldn't even make a final summary statement. It would be very difficult for me to try to make a formulation that would be adequate to the occasion, so I decided that I would simply close the conference. UN nuclear chief, Mohamed ElBaradei, was also highly critical that none of the nuclear powers that have signed the treaty - Britain, China, France, Russia and the US - had sent their foreign ministers to the conference. And non-government organisations sought to remind delegates that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings. The worldwide NGOs are calling for the abolition, not only controlling of nuclear weapons

or just reducing nuclear weapons, but we are calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons. With the committee not scheduled to reconvene for another five years, many are concerned the cloud over the future of nuclear disarmament is here to stay. Jayne-Maree Sedgman, ABC News. British expatriates living in Australia have lost a battle in Britain's highest court of appeal to have their pension payments increased. Now they're calling on the Australian Government to put pressure on Tony Blair to change the laws. British pensioners in Commonwealth countries have spent decades campaigning to be paid the same pension they would get if they lived back home. Those who live within the European Union and the US have their pensions indexed annually to meet rises in the cost of living. But that's not the case for those who've settled in Commonwealth countries, prompting a British woman living in South Africa, Annette Carson, to take the matter to the House of Lords. Certainly for people in South Africa trying to live on 14 pounds a week, it's not a life and that just can't be right today. Morally, it is indefensible. But the Law Lords have rejected the case, finding that although Ms Carson's sense of grievance is understandable, there is nothing unfair about providing different treatment to people who live abroad. The decision has disappointed the 270,000 British expatriates living in Australia. We had hoped of course that getting to the highest court in the land, we would have had the decision of the earlier courts overturned, but that's not been the case, unfortunately so we're very disappointed indeed. Ms Carson's lawyer says there are other avenues the pensioners can pursue. I don't think the pensioners generally will give up their struggle. There are ways apart from legal means, such as political means, and I think there is still a very, very strong body of opinion that this just can't be right, this is unacceptable. Mr Ball says the Australian Government should now pressure the British Government to amend the laws. The pensioners are also considering taking the case to the European Court of Human Rights. Gavin Rainsford, ABC News. Health authorities in the US say they've received more than 40 reports of permanent vision loss in men taking Viagra and other impotence drugs. The men said their vision was affected within hours of taking the drug. The damage occurred when arteries in the eye seized up and affected the optic nerve. After taking Viagra in less than 24 hours I was blind. There's been no clear evidence the drugs were the direct cause, but some experts say There's been no clear evidence the drugs were the direct cause, but some experts say patients should check their susceptibility to the condition before taking impotence pills. The Australian Medical Association will lobby state and federal governments to attract and retain more indigenous health workers. 250 doctors from around the country are in darwin for the AMA's national conference. Preventable chronic disease and illness remain some of the biggest killers in Aboriginal communities across Australia. Today the national conference of the Australian Medical Association heard that Indigenous health workers and doctors can make all the difference. They develop a greater level of trust and that in fact allows our practitioners to engage in a more meaningful relationship, around building the sorts of behaviours and services that are required to improve peoples health. The head of the AMA says there are places for Indigenous medical students but there's little being done to attract them. One of the biggest problems we have is actually getting the students to fill those positions and a lot of that comes to the fact that ah, that I think there's a feeling amongst the students that it's too hard - they couldn't do it. Shared responsibility agreements with Aboriginal communities were also on today's agenda. The AMA has warned the government to exclude basic entitlements from the deals and consult widely. What mechanism do they have in place to ensure that the people they're talking to and developing shared responsibility agreement are the appropriate people representing communities. And the AMA's annual awards were announced at the conference. The Australian response to international disasters, including the Bali bombing and Asian Tsunami, was highlighted in the major award - the best Individual Contribution to Healthcare. It went to Dr Len Notaras, the medical superintendent of the Royal Darwin hospital. Dr Notaras has also been recognised for coordinating Australia's medical response to health threats from Asia. Clare Mackay, ABC News, Darwin. It could be the literary search that unearths the great Australian novel. A group of the world's leading publishers has descended on the Sydney Writers' Festival looking for Australian authors to take to the international market. Of the thousands of new Australian titles published every year, just a handful go on to win overseas readers. Although Anna Funder's book, 'Stasiland' was a bestseller here, it took overseas sales to earn enough for her to turn professional. The most significant sales for me by five-fold have been in the UK for instance, so, that's really important for me - it makes me able to write my next book without working for money. Hoping for more success stories, the Australia Council has brought international publishers here to talent-scout. Not withstanding our dominant sporting culture, Australia is a nation of both talented writers and passionate readers. New York publisher George Gibson, who commissioned the unexpectedly successful book, 'Longitude', is among those on the look-out. The American people is parochial and I think we do ourselves a favour as publishers by seeking out voices from other parts of the world. The publishers have been intrigued by children's writers who have ditched the Australian stereotypes of the outback and koalas and instead told wrenching tales that have appealed to kids around the world. One of the pioneers of this was Morris Gleitzman who was first published overseas by Marion Lloyd in the UK. Australian children's writers have produced some of the best children's books I think, have been written in - anywhere in the world, in the last two decades, probably. Very varied and I think only an Australian could have written a book called, "The Day My Bum Went Psycho." The publishers are meeting writers and local publishers at the Sydney Writer's Festival in the eternal search for the next bestseller. Anne Maria Nicholson, ABC News. The Canterbury Crusaders are headed for victory in the Super 12 Rugby Union final against NSW in Christchurch. The Waratahs went into the match hoping to carry off their first championship but a short time ago, the Crusaders led 35-25. For the Waratahs, this was uncharted territory - their first appearance in a Super 12 final. They were taking on the most successful team in Super 12 history. It was Canterbury's 7th decider. NSW captain Chris Whitaker had to make some running repairs after a nasty clash in the opening exchanges. The Waratahs grabbed a 6-3 lead through the boot of Peter Hewat before some flimsy NSW defence gave the pacy Crusaders backs an opportunity they didn't waste. COMMENTATOR: Gear - what a run, support over the outside, now the kick in behind - who's gonna get there first? They did it! The home team placed the Waratahs under enormous pressure in the lead-up to half-time. Lote Tuqiri saved a certain try. The Crusaders led 14-6 at the break. It's there! Great tactic! NSW made a poor start to the second half. Veteran Dave Hewat barged over in his final game for the Crusaders to give Canterbury a 15-point lead. The Crusaders looked like they could engrave their name on the trophy as Rico Gear raced away again. But Morgan Turinui showed great desperation. Oh! Morgan Turunui, take a very deep bow! But any faint hopes of a Waratahs fightback were officially snuffed out by a vintage Crusaders try. Oh unbelievable! McDonald, I believe it was! Warringah thrashed Manly, while Sydney Uni trounced Northern Suburbs. Other winners were West Harbour, Gordon, Southern Districts The North Queensland Cowboys have trounced last year's NRL premiers the Bulldogs, with Origin stars Matt Bowen, Jonathan Thurston and Ty Williams continuing their scintillating form from Wednesday night. The Cowboys scored eight tries to one in their 36-point win, while, tonight, Brisbane leads South Sydney at Lang Park. Last night, Canterbury opted to play a home game on the Gold Coast and locals packed Carrara celebrating the news they'd have their own home team in 2007. The Bulldogs started strongly - a Brad Morrin break allowing Asotasi to cross and set up an 8-0 lead. Four Cowboys' players backed up from Wednesday's Origin and coach Graham Murray warned his team not to expect the returning stars to do all the work. Johnathan Thurston was the first to ignore the coach's orders. COMMENTATOR: Out to Thurston and Thurston's there! It was 12-12 at half-time, but some feared North Queensland wouldn't have enough fuel in the tank to last a full 80 minutes. The Cowboys' Origin heroes proved 48 hours is more than enough time to recover - A Bowen break allowing Ty Williams to cross in a length-of-the-field effort. And Matt Bowen did it all by himself minutes later. A shell-shocked Canterbury then capitulated, allowing the Cowboys to run in 36 unanswered points in the second half, keeping the reigning premiers near the bottom of the NRL ladder. This evening, the top-of-the-table Brisbane Broncos took on the 14th-placed South Sydney at Lang Park. The video referee denied teenage winger Leon Bott this try. But Bott bounced back by setting up the Broncos first try soon after - Shaun Berrigan crossing in the 14th minute. The Rabbitohs hit back straight away with a Brad Watts try and when former Bronco Chris Walker kicked a penalty, Souths led 8-6. But Shaun Berrigan was too fast for the Rabbitohs. Just before half-time, his second try giving Brisbane a 4-point lead at the break. He'd got clear space in front of him. He's running away from them. Karmichael Hunt then slipped a good pass to Scott Minto straight after half-time and Brisbane began to pull away. Justin Hodges continuing the momentum later. Back to the Super 12 final and the final score in Christchurch the Crusaders defeated the NSW Waratahs 35 points to 25. Collingwood continues to improve in the AFL, scoring a win today over Hawthorn at the MCG. Collingwood won by 28 points, Geelong upset Fremantle, and Melbourne defeated Richmond. There was a lot more interest in this match after Collingwood's surprise win over the Eagles last week. A smart, centring kick set up Hawthorn's first goal, but the Magpies were determined to show they were more than one-hit wonders. Collingwood's forward line was switched on. In contrast, the Hawks were unsettled and undisciplined. Early in the second term, the margin blew out to 34 points. COMMENTATOR: Measures it. Launches it. Buries it! But Hawthorn's revival was just as dramatic at Collingwood's start. The Hawks rediscovered their spirit with a 5-goal term as Chris Tarrant went to the rooms at half-time feeling a little worse for wear after this marking contest. The third quarter was fast and furious. Blake Caracella was dangerous in front of goal... Oh yes! ..so was Sam Mitchell who was also dominating the clearances. Mitchell, the best in the business. The Hawks won back the lead for a few minutes, but it was all Collingwood after that. Like last week, the Pies were terrific in the final term, Finishing all over the top of the Hawks. What a goal! Richmond is planning for the rest of its season without star player Nathan Brown. Brown broke two bones in his leg during last night's match against Melbourne at the Docklands stadium. Eight minutes into the last quarter Brown was caught under the weight of Matthew Whelan who was trying to smother the kick. Brown was taken to hospital and operated on this morning. You don't want to lose any player, but when you lose someone like Nathan it's a bit of a kick in the guts for your club. Brown was third favourite for the Brownlow medal before the injury. Sydney Swifts, the Melbourne Phoenix and Adelaide are unbeaten after three rounds of the National Netball League. A former world number one with 32 career titles The Swifts were always in control against the Kestrels. Australian shooter Catherine Cox finished with 40 goals from 45 shots. APPLAUSE COMMENTATOR: Oh, that is just a wonderful shot from Catherine Cox. The second game of the double-header at the Superdome was closer, with Melbourne Phoenix edging ahead in the final quarter A little-known Bulgarian teenager has handed American Venus Williams one of the most humiliating defeats of her tennis career. 15-year-old Sesil Karatantcheva upset the 11th seed to move into the fourth round of the French Open. A former world number one with 32 career titles against a teenager on her grand slam debut appeared to be a mismatch. But after sharing the first two sets with Venus Williams, Sesil Karatantcheva shocked the American in the third. Helped by 52 unforced errors from Williams, the Bulgarian scored an unlikely upset. COMMENTATOR: She's let out a scream. That is the biggest moment Hantuchova in straight sets. Roger Federer remains on course to become just the sixth man to win all four grand slam tournaments. He survived an early blitz from Chilean Fernando Gonzalez to score a straight-sets win. APPLAUSE while disposing of Daniela of discomfort from a knee injury The Belgian showed no signs Garros runner-up Kim Clijsters. Davenport will meet 2-time Roland and what a struggle. Well, there it is, to make the fourth round. she did enough against local hope Virginie Razzano, and despite dropping a set to peak form The top seed is building is Lindsay Davenport. but not the French Open trophy, of tennis silverware, One name on many pieces a name to remember. Karatantcheva could be but not for long, Ranked 98 in the world, of her career so far.

At 9:45am on 'Inside Business', Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott. Barry Cassidy's guest will be On 'Insiders', news and current affairs line-up. a reminder of tomorrow morning's And before we go, around the State. on yet another very dry day at the weather Now, let's take a look dismiss the French crowd favourite Nadal took less than two hours to the 'battle of the teenagers'. Game, set and match, Federer. The biggest threat to Federer looms from the season's form player, Raphael Nadal. The Spanish talent cruised through with a clinical win over fellow young gun Richard Gasquet. in a match billed as

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