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(generated from captions) Thanks, Graham. Tonight's

top stories again, the former State Minister Milton

Orkopoulos will be sentenced

next week after being found

guilty of child sex and drugs

charges. And the Federal

Opposition is calling for

urgent Government intervention

in the State's Indigenous communities after claims that

truck drivers are paying for

sex with under aged girls. That

is ABC News for this Friday.

Stay with us now for Stateline with Quentin Dempster.


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This week, a spanner in the

privatisation works. I agreed

subject to, I can't say that

too many times. Also, can young

binge boozers be shocked into

responsible drinking by Government-sponsored TV

campaigns? And a new high-tech

tribute to the armed forces men

and women who have served in

the small and not soy small

wars of the modern era. Welcome

to Stateline NSW, I'm Quentin Dempster. Premier Morris Iemma

and Treasurer Michael Costa

believe they have won a big

tick to privatise electricity

in NSW with a declaration from

the Government-appointed

Unsworth Review that their plan

does not breach Australian

Labor Party policy but tonight

two independent members of the

review say their support was

clearly conditional. In a

letter faxed to the Premier on Wednesday and released

exclusively to Stateline, the

Reverend Harry Herbert and Jeff

Angel insist their support was

predicated on the implement

ation of Unsworth recommendations which could

lead to no new coal-fired power

stations to be commissioned in

NSW, off-peak electric hotwater

systems to be phased out,

dramatically reducing current

baseload demand, laws to allow

householders to feed in

roof-top soller power to the

gid gried and inefficient

coal-fired stations to be

closed down. In return for

their signatures on the

Unsworth ALP approval

certificate two independent delegates are demanding Morris

Iemma and the NSW Labor

Government must turn green.

We're throwing the Premier a

lifeline and if he quickly

endorses the recommendation,

sets out plans for

implementation, then he can get

some greater public confidence

in his proposal and take that

to the conference and the

conference will have to debate

the merits of the new plan for

privatisation as opposed to the

old one. I can understand the

workers in the industry

naturally being apprehensive

about moving from a State-owned

utility to private industry,

that's completely

understandable and all that

needs to be covered but I don't

accept the general philosophy

that Government all good,

private industry all bad. I

just don't think that stacks

up. With Stateline's camera as

a witness, two independent

members of the Iemma

Government's review of

electricity privatisation

signed the letter they faxed to

the Premier on Wednesday.

Obviously fearing their

approval of privatisation could

be misrepresented in the coming clash teen between the

Government and the unions, the Reverend Harry Herbert,

executive director of Uniting

Care and Jeff Angel, executive

director of the Total

Environment Centre, warned the

Premier their support was

conditional. As you know,

Premier Iemma and Treasurer

Costa want to avoid taking on

$15 billion of additional

public debt to build future

energy capacity but their plan

to privatise electricity, they

say it's the biggest decision

their Government will ever

make, has hit a brick wall with

the unions. The Government set

up a consultative review

including Robyn Kruk,

director-general of the

Premier's department and coordinator-general David

Richmond and headed by former

Premier Barrie Unsworth.

Uncharacteristically, Mr

Unsworth was not available for an interview but significantly,

Mr Unsworth and the Government

representatives got the support

of Reverend Harry Herbert and

Jeff Angel on the final

majority report rejecting trade

union objections in these

terms. union objections in these

And they supported the privatisation of electricity in these terms:

And here comes the conditions, conditions which

will change the nature of the

pepeding ALP and broader community debate:

I just keep emphasising that

I agreed subject to. I can't

say that too many times. The

Government has already agreed on

on employment protections for

electricity transferring to the

private sector. We asked these two independent delegates to spell out the main conditions

they've imposed for their

signatures on the Unsworth

report covering social equity,

consumer and environment

protections. No disconnections

for domestic electricity users

in the future. Absolutely no

in demnities or free permits to

coal fired power generators

because that's right simply

removes the carbon costs from a

new Emissions Trading Scheme,

very important new economic

measure. Increase in the

concession rate from $112 a

year to $130, immediately, and

then CPI' d thereafter, that's

for pensioners and serious

consideration of expanding that

beyond pensioners to all health

care card users. We want the closure of the State's oldest

and dirtiest coal-fired power

station, Munmorah, it in fact

should not be given a life

extension for another 40

years. A special fund for

electricity - electricity

users' fund which can be

applied to help people

struggling with electricity

bills, retrofitting their

homes, helping them to use

energy more fishly, maybe

buying them new appliances

which are more efficient. We

want a massive energy

efficiency program with solar

feed-in laws to encourage solar

panels on roofs and the

consequence of that is we can

push out the new for new base

load, in particular coal,

further out, giving more space

and time to bring in the

greener alternatives and make and time to bring in the

them commercially available.

All of those things I've asked

for, it's agriefed they would

be covered by statutory

protection thoo. By law? By

law. Doio you really think

Michael Costa, the Treasurer of

NSW, is going do sign off on no

new coal-fired power station s? The Premier and the

Treasurer have to make the

decision about whether they're

a coal-fired power Government

or in fact a green Government

and they should be very careful

because this is a quite hot

issue publicly and if they want

to get good public support,

allay public concerns, they

should give a detailed and

positive response to our

recommendation. When it comes

to who owns the industry,

Reverend Harry Herbert says he

disagrees with the unions. I

think if the consumers are

properly protected and a

Government will retain its role

as a regulatory body then it

doesn't in the end matter

whether the Government owns the

generators or private industry,

but I do emphasise, Quentin, I

agreed subject to all of the

conditions that I put on.

That's the key to this whole

issue - subject to. Aren't you

being naive? If Morris Iemma

can get this through the Labor

Party conference, he can

abandon all these things. When

we first met as the committee,

we were told, "Look, the

Government has made a decision

to privatise, the Labor Caucus

has agreed to privatise." This

committee is looking at the

implementation not whether to

privatise or not. That's the

context into which we operated.

I went on to the committee to

get the best deal for

consumers, political low income

consumers in NSW. Would it not

be better for the State to

retain ownership of the

electricity industry so it

could meet the environmental protections you're demanding?

Look, there's a very big

problem inside Government, that

that the current electricity

assets are run by a NSW

Treasury whose sole interest is

increased dividends. They're

just as rapacious as a private shareholder and I have had

personal experience and there's

testimony from previous senior

bureaucrats that Treasury

stops, defers or weakens environmental and consumer

measures. There is an enemy of

environmental consumer measures

inside Government if Government

owns these assets. Well,

they're running it like the

private sector already, you're

saying? Of course they are and

people that understand this,

they thinks there something intrinsically better with NSW

Treasury. There is not. They

are just as ru rapacious as the private shareholders and we

need to get NSW Treasury out of consumer environment protection

policy-making where they're a major negative influence. Reverend Harry Herbert and Jeff Angel

acknowledge their shopping list

of consumer and environment

protections would discount the

purchase price of the

privatised electricity assets

to some extent. May not be a

substantial discount but I

accept there may be some

discount. This is not just an

economic measure, we have to

meet social, environmental and

economic outcomes at the same

time. It's not just a

Treasury-inspired exercise to

maximise the financial return

and I think you can do that

with the conditions that we've

both set and that is the only

basis on which we support privatisation. Reverend Harry

Herbert, you're satisfied then

to allow an infrastructure

asset worth $18 billion to be

given away for 10 billion, are

you? Well, I don't know what

the price will be, Quentin.

None of us know what the price

will be. Obviously the

Government would be stupid to

sell these assets below their

value. They need to get a

commercial deal that stacks up. After they faxed their

letter on Wednesday, the

Premier sent a reply saying

he'd "Sympathetically" consider

all their recommendations. The Government is expected to

formally respond to the

Unsworth report soon. Binge

drinking, not by adults of

course but by young people, was

all the go this week. Having a

go at wiping out young people wiping themselves out was Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's big

announcement at the weekend. In

spite of their hypocritical

role as massive revenue collectors from liquor taxes

and licensing, the Federal and

State Governments say they want to do something, but to do something, but what?

Today the Prime Minister met

with administrators from major

sporting codes to talk about

culture change to break the

dekz between booze and sport. Prime Minister wants to scare young bingers outs of their

habit by spending $53 million

which will cover a graphic TV,

radio and Internet campaign.

What's new about that? Nothing What's new about that? Nothing actually but the media loved

it. We had the '7:30 Report'

spending Saturday night in

downtown nos. It's just after

11pm and young people from the

suburbs of Newcastle and

surrounding regions are

arriving in the city. They have

a choice of 15 hotels in town.

Most of which will stay open

until 5:00am on Sunday morning.

It's an intolerable situation

according to Tony Brown, who's

leading a Coalition of more

than 100 local residents and

businesses who want the pubs

closed at midnight. We know

there's an epidemic of toxic

binge drinking amongst young

people in Australia, yet there's a green light in

Newcastle for the young people

which is saying, "We're free to

open until 5 in the morning."

This is having dreadful

devastating effects on the

young people and also the local

community. It's almost

midnight and the police and

ambulance officers attend one

of the first casualties of the

night. The city is now full of

young people wandering from one

hotel to another. Most of the

residents live in the city are

55 and over and they won't come

out after dark and they don't enjoy their environment because

they're scared. Because they're

worried about the drunk s?

Absolutely. I know people now

who drive four blocks to go to

the movies because they won't

come out of the cinema late at

night for fear of bashings or

assaults. Weekend binge

drinking has become so bad in

Newcastle that the Liquor Administration Board will

tomorrow hear a case brought by

the police against the late

-night operating hours at 15 of

the city's hotels. The number

of hotels involved in the case

makes it unprecedented. On

Tuesday, there was more

editorial enthusiasm for binge

drinking and its contribution

to violence. It's one of those

stories that could easily be

put in the "Only in Australia"

category. The two roughest pubs

have won awards for hotel of

the year. Bureau of crime

figures chose Show the figures chose Show the Mean

Fiddler at Rouse Hill in

Sydney's north-west is the most

violent, 51 reported assaults

from January to September last

year. The Coogee Bay Hotel was

number two with 41

assaults. Alcohol and the young

and violence is one of the

great reappearing stories. This

was Stateline in 2001.

Alcohol-related violence is a

big problem. Just how big can

never be known for sure because

many violent incidents and

crimes are not reported by

police as alcohol-related, but

the latest analysis by the

bureau of crime statistics and

research, the national drug

research institute and Curtin

University has some disturbing

conclusions. The highest rates

of reported assaults, malicious

property damage and offensive

behaviour were found in

postcode areas showing the

highest alcohol sales by

volume. You can predict the

level of violence in a Local

Government area from the amount

of alcohol that's sold. Yes,

it's all becoming very

repetitive and to show how

much, let's go back further.

The year, 1991, and the grandly

named drug offensive is under

way. This TV ad looks good

enough to persuade any

youngster to go easy on the

grog. Why not re-run it and

save some money?

# How will you feel

# How will you feel tomorrow # For what you did

# What you did last night

# How will you feel tomorrow

# How will you feel tomorrow #

Later, the year 2000, the

politician Federal Health Minister Michael woolderage,

the problem, they haven't

stopped binge drinking, the

solution - a massive campaign

including shock TV ads. Well,

apparently shock and horror

didn't work any better in 2000

so will it work this time? And

some news from Newcastle today

regarding efforts to close the

city's pubs earlier, as mentioned in the '7:30 Report'

report segment, the Liquor

Administration Board met this week to consider changing

closing hours in the city.

Newcastle police and residents

have had a win with the board

endorse tharing proposal for

reduced trading times in the

city's pubs and clubs. Police

asked the board to act to

reduce late night crime and

anti-social behaviour. The

board's chairman David Armati

has ruled there will be a

general 1am curfew, while

venues that used to close at 3

will now have to close at

2:30am and venues which traded

until 5:00am will have to shut

their doors by 3:00. The local

police say it's a great

outcome. Now a rare trip beyond

the border but not far, to the

ACT. Over 110,000 men and women

have served in armed combat

since the end of the Second

World War and yet the

Australian War Memorial's focus

has been on the two world wars.

Now the imbalance has been

rectified, with the opening of

four new galleries depicting

conflicts from 1945 to today

and they've used some very

modern technology to tell those

stories. Phillip Williams


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Previous galleries were very

tired and cramped. They weren't

typical of modern museum

practice and we really owed it

to all our stakeholders who

have served in the various

conflicts covered in these

galleries to do better for

them, that's about 110,000

Australians at least. You've

got a series of four separate

galleries plus the bridge of

HMAS Brisbane outside connected

with the linking

with the linking bridge. New

galleries completely high-tech,

make use of a lot of multimedia

plus we've got some relics.

This helicopter behind us has

got great prominence, it means

a lot. It was used in 1966 and

'67 in Vietnam. I can

remember a particular moment on

operation briby, one of the

experiences in the chopper

behind me was a heliborn

assault. It was a contested

landing and we were to caught

off the VietCong and they were

there waiting for us. That was

an unpleasant day and suffice

to say, one passing thought

about your own mortality, I can

recall that at the time.

Steve Gow rang and asked me

would I help with coordinating

and being a technical adviser

for the film on the battle of

long tan and I came in and my

job was basically to identify,

locate and provide clothing, equipment, weapons that were

accurate to the period. accurate to the period. Most

people have a single event or a

single specific contact or

something that they remember

very clearly. What's yours?

Perhaps the most defining was

we'd had a contact on an enemy

bunker system and I'd withdrawn

the patrol and decided to stay

in and we were being tracked by

a very large force and they

caught up with us and my second in

in command, who was tailing

Charlie, shot two of the enemy

and then, as he described it,

the bush then started

disintegrating around us. But

just prior to that contact

opening I could tell it was

going to be a very bad contact

and I looked up and it was a

bright, clear day and I said,

"At least it's a nice day to

die," because I didn't think we

were going to get out of that

one. We fought them off as long as we

as we could. They were putting

an assault in on us and I

realised if I didn't do

something we'd all die. I had a

man pinned down in front of me

so I went forward and pulled

him out and dragged him back

and yelled at the patrol,

"Follow me," ran towards the

assault, found a break in the

bush, passed him on to my

forward scout and counted the

rest of the patrol through and we

we took off and they chased us

for about 1500 yards that day

but finally we were able to get

a message back and the

helicopters came out and pulled

us out on the end of ropes.

An enormous job - what was

the most challenging part of

getting all of this together?

It's a huge collaborative effort

effort so it 's the coordination and communication

of bringing it all together in

a given amount of time. And of

course you've got to represent

all these conflicts. Of

course. Which have been, well,

some would say neglected in the

past. How much assistance did

you get from the veterans them

selve s? Look, we feel very

strongly about talking to our

veterans and listening to what

they want to tell us and we had a number of consultations and a number of consultations and

we talked to them and we put

back things in front of them

before we finalised it, so very

important part of our whole

consultation process to get the

stories right. Most people have

heard about the Vietnam war but

not many Australians even know

that we served in Indonesia and

in Malaya after Korea. These

things are just distant

memories or nono memories at all

all for young people. And we

can make it much more exciting

than the old didactic panel and

showcase, even though the

personal stories are the most important way of talking to

people. We can do it in

different ways and we've got a

multimedia way of doing it

here. The Koreans often felt

that they were the forgotten

war and we've really addressed

that here. The space we've

allocated to the Korean wars

was bigger than in the previous

galleries and we've refreshed

it. The design represents and

interprets what it was like in

Korea with high mountains and

extremes of climate. It was a

freezing place and all of the

veterans we spoke to really

wanted that conveyed, that it

was a very difficult

situation. I think the war

memorial has done an

outstanding job here. I think

of therelife othe galleries

that you see here, and all of

them are good, but this one

really does give you a feel and

a flavour of what the

experience was actually like.

You see footage that I've never

seen before and when you see seen before and when you see the old war bird behind us it

brings a lump to the throat and

memories but the war memorial,

in my opinion, has done the

veterans very proud.

And thanks Phillip Williams.

Now some of the things happening this happening this week in the

regions. Paul Lockyer reports. Near Tumbarumba tomorrow,

they're opening the southern

cloud memorial scenic look-out.

The southern cloud was an Avro

10 aircraft which crashed in

the Snowy Mountains in 1931.

The aircraft was part of the

ANA fleet, established by submit

submit submit. At Wollongong,

some locals want a Royal

Commission into corruption.

About 200 turned up for a

meeting where they also called

for fresh council elections

rather than facing years under

an administration appointed by

the Government. Batlow's apple

harvest will be down this year.

Hail in January caused about $7

million damage to the crop,

however, the fruit that

survived the hail is said to be

of good quality. A north coast

pub licensee says parents have

a role to play in tackling the

problem of alcohol-related

violence. The Coffs Harbour

Hotel was ranked 48th in a list

of hundred toughest pubs in the

State. It's run by Marty

Phillips, who says some young

people have developed bad

habits long before they're old

enough to go into the hotel. A

survey of nine Aboriginal

communities, including Dubbo,

Burke and Walgett, has found

that gambling is a serious and

growing problem. The State

Government has announced a

$272,000 grant to address the

problem. At Orkopoulos they're

trying to help children who are

at risk of dropping out of -- at Orange

at Orange they're trying to

help who are at risk of

dropping out of school,

offering strategies to cope with school. Increasing numbers

of feral dear in the Snowy

Mountains are having a

devastating affect on the

vegetation. The parks and

wildlife service is looking at

ways of dealing with the

problem including monitoring

the deer with remote cameras. Bega Valley Council Bega Valley Council is lending

its considerable weight to the

fight against electricity

privatisation. The council

believes a sell-off will lead

to higher prices and intends to

write to the State Government

demanding it better manage the

State's future energy needs. And that's Stateline for this

week. Next Friday night, Good

Friday, there will be a Compass

special in this timeslot.

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In the quiet region around

Bega, women were allegedly

mistreated by a trusted

gynaecologist. Today the women

held their first public

meeting, an empowering moment.

Everybody just thought they

were the only one and until we

first started to come out and

now this meeting today, it's

bringing more and more every

day. Graham Reeves allegedly

abused scores of women,

mutilating their gentles or molesting them over molesting them over several

years up to 2003. When trauma

like this occurs, it impacts on

the whole family - had

husbands and children. It

destroys people's lives. Marriages break up and people

are left to fend for themselves

and cope with unresolved


It is very damaging to people. Compensation people. Compensation in this

case would be an acknowledgment

in what the Government has

failed to do, their apology to

you in the form of a cheque.

Doctors have enjoyed the

protection of the NSW medical

board and it's about time the

patient got a turn. If doctors

don't like it, well, it's too

bad. Our rights have been

violated and eroded for far too

long. It's time we got a say

and this is a case when

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