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to harsh new security measures. the premiers agree Nuclear wasteland - wins little support. Bob Hawke's brainwave to Sydney's water crisis. The green solution heroes on ahead of the grand final. And the Tigers' faithful urge their

Felicity Davey with ABC News. have agreed The country's heads of government on sweeping new counter-terrorism powers at a summit in Canberra.

came after a secret briefing The unanimous outcome by intelligence chiefs home-grown terrorists. on the threat posed by potential and chief ministers The Labor premiers but did win one concession, supported the Prime Minister as Craig McMurtrie reports. began with laughter... The terrorism summit fraternal embrace To welcome you to the warm,

of these gatherings. (Laughter) with unanimous agreement. ..and was over in 2.5 hours on unusual laws for Australia. We have agreed today we live in unusual circumstances. We've done that because

we're only doing this, We're only here, because we have to be here. is to protect our citizens. Our overriding responsibility has made for a safer Australia. What we've done today it's tough but fair action. I certainly think Final doubts were dispelled from intelligence chiefs in a blunt briefing and the Federal Police Commissioner of home-grown terrorists. on the threat The advice which we received in Australia of enormous concern, is that there are people not just of some concern. be introduced within weeks, Under the new powers, which could without charge for a fortnight, suspects could be detained and under new control orders, placed under lengthy house arrest. for appeals Access to lawyers and the courts leaders' concerns about safeguards. satisified State and Territory

the additional role Queensland alone will keep of a public interest monitor.

are in fact draconian laws. The laws that we've agreed to today You can't pussy-foot around the threat of mass-murder. when you're dealing with enhanced measures. I came here determined to support an expiry date's necessary, Even though he still doesn't think a 10-year sunset clause John Howard accepted and a 5-year review. is a reasonable compromise. 10 years, which is a long time, it's a sensible thing to do. I mean, life is... to spend up to $40 million The Commonwealth has agreed and nuclear research centre on a new chemical, biological at Federal Police headquarters,

laboratories, new chemical warfare analysis more mass casualty exercises with the Muslim community. and better liason to pay for a unified police command Canberra has also agreed presence at major airports - and full-time Federal Police and Territory forces, the recruits to come from State the cost still unknown.

ABC News, Canberra. Craig McMurtrie, from the Prime Minister, Despite assurances certain groups, including Muslims, the Police Federation says under the new powers. may be singled out Police are seeking legal protection of racism. against possible accusations the new laws are appalling. Civil libertarians say Police are worried could land them in trouble. the anti-terrorism laws accused of racism They fear they could be

groups in the hunt for terrorists. if they target Muslims or other The Police Federation says already facing civil lawsuits officers overseas are for so-called racial profiling. a particular class of person, We could be expected to target who ever that might be, and all we are concerned about when that is the case. is that we have some protection

Muslims won't be singled out, The PM is promising but Muslim leaders are worried. moderate members of the community. They fear the laws could alienate We trust the Prime Minister.

When we said that, he means what he said. we believe that telling a different story now. But the police is saying... legal action against the new laws. Islamic leaders won't rule out

should be paid They say that compensation to anyone who is wrongly detained. safeguards will be put in place. They want assurances that enough the new laws are a step backwards. Civil libertarians say the increased powers are necessary. They don't belive that Today, the terrorists have won, because they have spooked the premiers and the chief ministers for which there's no evidence into agreeing to a proposal extremely draconian proposals. to justify these put the laws into practice. It's the police who will

The Federal Police Association says there are not enough resources and officers to carry out basic tasks like securing the nation's airports.

for the people of Australia I think it's a worry the search capacity, here and now, that the AFP doesn't have to step into the airports. How thin do we want it to be? Despite Commonwealth assurances, up to five years police say it could take to get the job done. to recruit and train enough officers Sally Sara, ABC News, Canberra.

for the preliminary hearing A date has been set against Australian Guantanamo Bay inmate, David Hicks. It begins on November 18 up to five days. and is expected to last If it proceeds to trial,

be tried by a military commission. Hicks will be the first person to Angus Houston, The Chief of Defence, in southern Iraq expects the Australian troops will return home in May next year. About 450 soldiers are serving in al-Muthanna province, and training local security forces. protecting Japanese engineers Air Chief Marshall Houston says until May the Government committed the troops is going according to plan. and the deployment that will take over security I mentioned training of the forces for the province and that's right on track, so at this stage I would anticipate by May next year, we will be out of al-Muthanna but having said that, it's a decision for Government. it's not my decision, But the Opposition says the withdrawal might never happen if the Government doesn't set specific goals. Unless the Government identifies its benchmarks and when those benchmarks are going to be achieved, there's a real risk that we're going to be sucked into quagmire if hostilities get worse in Iraq. Mr McClelland says Australians are entitled to know how long the troops will be in Iraq. The American prison guard who sparked widespread anger over her treatment of Iraqi prisoners

has been convicted of abuse.

Corporal Lynndie England appeared in a series of photographs abusing prisoners at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison. A panel of five officers rejected her defence, that she was trying to please her boyfriend, identified as the ringleader. The 22-year-old soldier faces up to nine years in jail. Indonesian prosecutors have confirmed all of the Bali Nine are facing charges which carry the death penalty. The nine Australians arrested over a heroin smuggling conspiracy are expected to go on trial within a month. Prosecutors handed the cases to the court in Denpasar today - the final legal step before the hearings. The four accused couriers - Renae Lawrence, Martin Stephens, Scott Rush and Michael Czugaj - who were arrested at Bali airport will have separate trials,

so will the alleged ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. The three others will go on trial together. A proposal for Australia to become the world's nuclear waste dump has been ridiculed by all sides of politics, industry and green groups. The idea came from former prime minister, Bob Hawke, who said it could be done safely and would pay for solutions to other problems in the environment. The Federal Government says it can't even get agreement on a site for Australia's nuclear waste. The unlikely political mix was at a gathering of graduates from Oxford University. Bob Hawke stole the moment, dropping what he described as a 'revolutionary' idea. If we took the world's nuclear waste we would contribute to the safety of the world's nuclear cycle.

He says it's Australia's responsibility to store the world's waste and reinvest the financial rewards into the local environment. Liberal frontbencher Tony Abbott initially appeared receptive. It is a visionary suggestion. Today he was playing that down. It's certainly a visionary proposal, but there are many obstacles in its path. Those obstacles include Labor's current leader, who laughed off the idea. As I pointed out last night, that did not represent Labor Party policy. Environmental groups say it's a joke. I think it's silly. Our beautiful, fragile deserts - do we really want to contaminate them with nuclear waste that will be dangerous for thousands and thousands of years? And the former master of consensus can't even get support from the State Labor leaders. I have a lot of time for Bob. I think he's a fantastic individual. But, we don't agree on everything and this is one thing we don't agree on. The Federal Government has all but ruled it out. It can't even get agreement to find a location to store Australia's minuscule amount of nuclear waste - let alone the world's. Sarah Clarke, ABC News. A Sydney cosmetic surgeon is facing charges of sexually assaulting two female patients. 47-year-old Martyn Mendelsohn is accused of the aggravated sexual assault of a female patient six years ago. The attack is alleged to have happened at his practice in Hunters Hill, west of Sydney.

His lawyer says Martin Mendelsohn is a well-respected doctor who has treated over 20,000 patients. This more recent allegation dates back to 1999. At that time it was fully investigated by NSW police and by the NSW medical board. The allegations were denied then as they are today. Dr Mendelsohn now practices at Chatswood in Sydney's north. He is also charged with the sexual assault of a woman in May this year.

Both matters have been adjourned until November. Recycled effluent and permanent water restrictions - it's the alternative plan conservationists are hailing as the answer to Sydney's water crisis. But the Government says it won't produce enough water to solve the problem.

Sydney's thirst for water is outstripping supply and the State Government has chosen a multi-billion dollar desalination plant as a large part of the answer. Environmental groups say it's a bad option

because it would need large amounts of greenhouse-gas producing electricity. Now they've come up with an alternative. The proposals we have are, in fact, likely to be far cheaper and far more reliable and sustainable than their crazy desal plant. At the moment, most of the treated water from sewage plants in Sydney's west is pumped out into the Hawkesbury River. Under the Total Environment Centre's plan, much of that water would instead be pumped into the Prospect Reservoir and then through the existing filtration plant and into Sydney homes. We believe that will provide a safe, healthy supply of additional recycled water that we desperately need. Another measure would be to make the current water restrictions permanent. The State Government says the Total Environment Centre's plan will not save as much water as a desalination plant will provide. It remains determined to press ahead with the plant which it says will only use as much electricity as a similar-sized recycling plant. The winning tenderer will be announced in the new year. Joe O'Brien, ABC News, Sydney.

You're watching ABC News. Now a reminder of tonight's top story - the States and commonwealth have reached agreement on new security laws. And still to come - the Indian tradition preparing to grace Australian stages. An international panel has declared that the Irish Republican Army has destroyed all of its weapons. The panel says it's satisfied that the weapons have been 'put beyond use', but the sceptics are not convinced. From London, the ABC's Kirsten Aiken reports. There's hope a new era has begun in Northern Ireland politics. We are satisfied that the arms decommissioned represent the totality of the IRA's arsenal. The judgment is historic. For more than 30 years

the IRA had considered decommissioning akin to surrender. But two months ago the IRA's leadership signalled to members that the war against British rule should be fought with words

instead of weapons. VIDEOTAPE: All IRA units have been ordered to dump arms. Now that what was thought to have been one of Europe's biggest illegal arsenals has been destroyed, the IRA's political wing is calling for a return to devolved government. This was a brave and a very bold leap and all of us need to think beyond it. The Irish and British prime ministers are cautiously optimistic

that the decommissioning will result in a long-awaited peace settlement. This does offer us the hope that, after all these years, sometimes very difficult years, the peace process in Northern Ireland can now be fulfilled. But some continue to insist the IRA cannot be trusted. From flamethrowers and mortars to machine-guns and explosives, Unionists wanted photographic proof that the IRA's weapons had been rendered inoperable and say the judgment of the independent decommissioning body isn't good enough. To describe today's act as being transparent would be the falsehood of the century. The onus is now on all political leaders in Northern Ireland to make the difficult transition from conflict to peace. Kirsten Aiken, ABC News, London. The executive chairman of the Seven Network, Kerry Stokes, has been accused of lying and fabricating evidence. Mr Stokes was being cross-examined in his billion-dollar legal action against the other giants of Australia's television industry. Apparent inconsistencies in Kerry Stokes's evidence

were the focus of today's cross-examination. The News Limited barrister, Noel Hutley, zeroed in on negotiations between Seven and pay TV operators Austar and Foxtel in 1999. Seven's then chief executive, Julian Mounter, agreed to sell Austar the C7 sports channel at a bargain basement price of $2 per subscriber, while trying to extract $10 from Foxtel. Kerry Stokes denied having an intimate knowledge of what he admitted was a bad deal, suggesting his chief executive acted without authority. But Mr Hutley suggested that was simply not the case. The News Limited barrister also claimed Mr Stokes's concern about the Austar deal did not square with the lack of attention the issue received at board level or in discussions with his chief executive. Noel Hutley saw this as evidence the deal had Mr Stokes's blessing. The Seven executive chairman is expected to face the glare of cross-examination for at least another three weeks. Phillip Lasker, ABC News.

To the markets now, and local share prices continued their record-breaking run today, as oil bounced higher on global markets. Here's Alan Kohler. Well, it's the boom without end, apparently - except for Telstra, that is. The All Ordinaries index rose to a new record high today, led by resources stocks, Macquarie Bank again, and insurance company QBE. But Telstra shares went against the trend, falling 6 cents now that the dividend has been taken out. How long till there's a 3 in front of the share price? Oil went up today, gaining about 2.5% in both the US and Singapore. And shares on Wall Street closed higher - although they had been up much more than that earlier in the session because of relief that the impact of Hurricane Rita was less than feared, but they couldn't maintain it. US shares have been literally blown down by successive hurricanes lately, as shown by this graph. The US market has basically gone sideways while the rest of the world has powered higher - and most of that has been Japan, which is being buoyed by optimism about the economy. Since 1 July, the Japanese market has gone up more than 14%, which puts the record Australian run into perspective - it's up 8.3% over that time,

while the US market has been left well behind. Today, the Japanese market took a breather - down 0.6%. But it's undoubtedly the hot share market in the world at the moment. Today's economic news here is a survey of manufacturing industry from the AIG. It shows a sharp drop in the number of firms reporting a production increase. And finally the Australian dollar fell again to a 4-week low against the US dollar but it rose against the New Zealand dollar, because New Zealand posted

its biggest trade deficit on record in August, dragging the currency lower. And that's finance. It's all change at CountryLink, which provides rail and coach services in regional NSW. Fares will rise by 8% from November, pensioners will pay more for their concession tickets and almost 100 jobs will go. Higher fuel costs are being blamed for the increase, while jobs will be lost in a re-organisation of travel centres. There'll be no forced redundancies. But the State Government has rejected the recommendations of the Parry Report, which called for many trains to be replaced by coaches. There is no reduction of CountryLink rail services in this package. Dr Parry suggested we go down that path. The Government has rejected that. Mr Watkins also announced that $32 million will be spent on refurbishing XPT carriages. The Opposition has attacked the fare increases, saying they'll drive people away from rail. Both teams have named unchanged lineups for Sunday's NRL Grand Final,

although winger Pat Richards is still in doubt for the Wests Tigers. Thousands of fans turned up this afternoon for the club's last public training run. The West Tigers have set new home attendance records this season at their three grounds across Western Sydney. Today, a fourth venue drew them in. More than 4,000 supporters took advantage of the team's only open training session of the week. (All Shout) Go Tigers! It's the ride of a lifetime for the young side, which had the lofty ambition this year of making the top four.

We've made it to the grand final now and we don't want to stop here. Having accounted for the Broncos and Dragons and only three weeks since thrashing the Cowboys in the first week of the finals, the high-flying Tigers are trying to avoid getting too excited.

They'll remember what happened last time and they'll be out even more to get us back. And, like I said, times can change. Like, the last time Parramatta played them they beat them by 50 and they came back and trounced them 29-0. They'll have a point to prove so the bookies can install us as favourites, but I don't know how much money I'd put on us. Former players admire the side's maturity and advise them to soak up the atmosphere. The buzz around the club is unbelievable

and everybody's just really getting behind it and really looking forward to this Sunday night.

And, mate, I tell you what, I think they're a great chance.

I told them to enjoy the week, you know. Enjoy the hoopla, the fanfare, because that's part of the grand final. Knowing they fly back to Sydney tomorrow, the Cowboys had their only fully settled day for the week on home soil. They're genuinely feeling good about themselves this weekend because they know what to expect from previous experience. Captain Travis Norton with a back injury and centre Josh Hannay with shoulder soreness have been named in an unchanged side. Tigers winger Pat Richards remains in doubt with ankle ligament damage. John Hayes Bell, ABC News, Sydney. Australia's thin ranks in men's tennis are causing a few headaches for Hopman Cup organisers. Lleyton Hewitt has already ruled himself out of the teams event in Perth which is the traditional curtain-raiser to the summer of tennis. Here's Peter Wilkins. Wanted - one male tennis player with passion and patriotism.

C'mon! C'mon! The real Lleyton Hewitt has committed himself elsewhere and there doesn't appear to be anyone else worth shouting about. I've got an idea - (Laughs) It's another week off? (Laughs) It won't be Lleyton, no. It's likely to be veteran Wayne Arthurs who's been contemplating retirement. Hewitt will use his hometown tournament at the Adelaide hard-court event

to prepare for the Australian Open. Once again, organisers are refusing to bow to Hewitt's request for a faster court. the four Grand Slam surfaces The world expects to have some sort of difference between them. We know what Lleyton prefers, we know we've got to have some difference between them and that's roughly what we're doing. There's at least some empathy for Mark Philippoussis, with the former US Open runner-up

almost certain to be offered another wildcard to fire his spluttering career. He's a bona fide star, there's no doubt about that. He's got a long history and people are very interested in what he's doing on and off the court. The jewel in Melbourne's Commonwealth Games crown is undergoing the next stage of its refit. Three days after the grand final, the MCG turf is being ripped up for the athletics track. 800 metres runner Tamsyn Lewis will no doubt be hoping to dig in and resurrect her career in front of a home crowd. Cricket fans needn't worry - the Boxing Day Test against South Africa will go ahead with the grass temporarily relaid. And then there were two - Australian surfer Mick Fanning was eliminated from this year's World Title race after a spectacular lake wave in France by 17-year-old Jeremy Flores from Reunion Island. That leaves 6-time champion Kelly Slater and fellow American Andy Irons as the only realistic possibilities of securing this year's title. The Dutch team remains the one to beat after day 3 of the World Solar Challenge. The 20 teams woke to an overcast sky in Central Australia this morning. The cloudy conditions, along with lower South Australian speed limits, pulled back the pace today. Despite the Dutch team being the clear leader, members of the University of Michigan team say solar car racing is unpredictable. We're definitely keeping an eye on other teams -

'Nuna' and 'Aurora' especially, and the Japanese team as well, but we are really just focusing on our car and our strategy. We're not letting them affect ours at all. The top-placed Aussies - team 'Aurora' from Melbourne - ended the day in second position, overtaking the Americans. The songs and dances of the world's biggest film industry - Bollywood -

have been transferred to the stage in a performance that's about to tour Australia. 'The Merchants of Bollywood' tells the history of Indian film in song and dance. The 'Bollywood' stage show pays tribute to India's dance tradition as well as one of the pioneers of the Bollywood film industry - choreographer Hiralalji Merchant. His grand-daughter, now herself one of Mumbai's leading choreographers, has woven some of his classics from the '50s and '60s into the show and added some of her own. That's my way to connecting back with him because I actually didn't get an opportunity for him to see me flourish so well in his profession, and I'm sure he would have loved it. The performers are more used to being on film sets than in the theatre. They sing in English the Hindi

songs from many of the major Bollywood hit movies of the past five decades. No retakes involved. You need a lot more focus and concentration when you're on stage. Definitely, it is a slight shift as opposed to acting in front of the camera. There's a lot of hard work here.

(Sings) # It's the time to... Go! # The show is very much a Merchant family affair. Much of the music is composed and arranged by members of the family. They think their late grandfather would have approved - even though the Indian disco might not have been to his taste. This is my way of actually paying a tribute to my grandfather and all my gurus who've taught me - in Bharatanatyam and classical dance.

It's my way of giving them a big 'namaskar'. The Bollywood musical makes its debut in Sydney tomorrow night before touring to other capital cities. Anne Maria Nicholson, ABC News. He was known to younger audiences as the voice of Inspector Gadget,

but he was also the secret agent with the shoe telephone who carried on conversations using the "cone of silence". American actor and comedian Don Adams, better known as Maxwell Smart, has died in Los Angeles. He was 82. His TV character was a product of the times, when the Cold War super powers, the US and the Soviet Union, were duelling for world supremacy. The hit series 'Get Smart' was about a bumbling secret agent causing chaos, as he fought spies with the same name. from an organisation Don Adams was the star, or agent '86'. as Maxwell Smart - He satirised the spying game needed a laugh. at a time when people

SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC and I can't run. Max, they're coming We'll never get away. Let's duck in here, '99'.

SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC CONTINUES Shhh! Quiet! CANNED LAUGHTER Shhh! They're coming... FOOTSTEPS who played his sidekick, 'Agent 99', Barbara Feldon, said Adams never looked at scripts

was ready to be shot. until a scene To the weather now - Here's Mike Bailey. Thanks, Felicity. Good evening. about the east today, Still some showers

and thunderstorms and a fresh mix of rain will move into western NSW tomorrow. to 9:00 his morning, Sydney had 11mm for the 24 hours then a fine and partly cloudy day from 15-21 degrees. with temperatures rising A top that's 1 below average.

Around the state: Around the State:

Around the nation: in the south of NSW. There were good falls

east. causing rain in NSW moving to the The satellite shows the cloud

south of NSW with good falls. The rainfall projection shows the

south of Seal Rocks for tomorrow. A strong wind warning Thanks, Mike. a recap of tonight's top stories. Before we go, have agreed Federal and State leaders on new counter-terrorism laws. will be protected They say civil rights by monitoring and reviews. Former PM Bob Hawke's proposal the world's nuclear waste dump for australia to become

has been dismissed as unworkable. And the State Government says to recycle Sydney's waste water a plan by environment groups to desalination. is not a viable alternative for this Tuesday night. And that's ABC News I'm Felicity Davey. for the '7:30 Report'. Stay with us now Goodnight. International. Captioning and Subtitling Captions by