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Live. Tonight, spared the

worst but thousands remain

stranded. A defence of the mass

evacuations. The alternative

of not evacuating and then

being iffenidated is too

difficult to even

contemplate. A rising number of

swine flu cases and another

ref's call decides a league

nail-biter. Good evening,

Felicity Davey with ABC News.

It's been a nerve-wracking time

for the people of flood-ravaged

northern NSW but it appears the

worst could be over. The

floodwaters are finally

starting to recede. People are

returning to their homes and

are now facing the mammoth task

of cleaning up but some

properties and communities

remain isolated and could stay

that way for several days.

David Spicer begins our

coverage from Maclean. Along

the coastline of northern NSW,

mother nature has whipped up a

frenzy. Washed up by the surf

in Queensland this morning was

a rescue boat. It made it to Burleigh after being abandoned

by a crew of five ses ses

volunteers on the raging tweed

river last night. They suffered

broken ribs, bruises and spleen

injuries. Clear skies this

morning brought home the extent

of flooding in the Clarence

valley. Roads are cut off

leaving entire towns marooned

including yam yam bu,

chatsworth and harwood. This

family decided to get out. They

were rescued this morning. The

back was about to go under. The

SES carefully handled a special

cargo. It makes you feel

good. The safe haven in this

district is the town of

Maclean. Last night the levee

bank held, allowing authorities

to mop up. They've been pump

aing nonstop 24 hours a day

since Thursday morning so it

would be quite a lot of Olympic

sized swimming pools. From

Maclean, urgent food and

medical supplies are being

delivered to isolated

residents. Some are making

light of their troubles. This

man is hosting a flood party.

I'm not hungry but I am sick of

eating something I made about

three or four days ago. The

good news for communities in

this part of the Clarence is

the river is beginning to

recede but they estimate it

could take another week before

the water drains away. One

family couldn't wait that

long. My daughter was pretty

disappointed that there wasn't

going to be any sort of food

for the party and this is good,

they've sort of saved us a bit

because all the friends and

family can't get through. The

special delivery came from the

girl's grandmother. How old

are you turning? 10. At least

one birthday party took place

today with all the trimmings.

And further south in Kempsey

And further south in Kempsey

the town was spared the worst

of it as locals begin counting

the cost of all the damage, the

Premier was left to defend the

scale of evacuations in the

region. Shane McLeod reports.

The McLay river was rippling

across the levee banks by

midnight. In low-lying parts of

Kempsey the river was up, the

CBD was spared the worst. They

were predicting a height of 7.2

and then it was revised to 7.1

and going on what I can see now

I don't think it's going to get

to 7.1. Beneath clearing

skies, emergency workers were

able to take to the water for

evacuations downstream.

2-minute trip down, 40-minute

trip back. From high ground,

locals looked on, relieved that

the worst has passed. Happy

about it going down. Don't want

to be stuck at home for a week.

Yeah. And it's not just people

happy to be getting home.

Bringing them back in here.

This country's going to be dry

now. While those on holidays

just had to make do. We're

right. Got the movie going, the

barbecue out, entertainment,

what more do you want? The Premier's now stranger in this

part of the world. He's deded

the emergency services against

critics who questioned the

scale and timing of the

evacuations. We recognise the

inconvenience the evacuation

request can cause but the

alternative of not evacuating

and then being inundated is too

difficult to even contemplate.

And then there's the damage

bill. The Premier says it's too

early to know how much these

floods will cost NSW but it's

likely to be at least in the

tens of millions of theres.

Nathan Rees says it Government

will spend whatever is

needed. And he's appoint ed former Police Commissioner Ken

Moroney to oversee it. As the

river levels fall, life is

starting to return to normal.

It's good. Some communities

downstream will be isolated for

days to come. The number of confirmed swine flu cases in

Australia has risen to 16. Two

more people from Melbourne have

tested positive, a 15-year-old

and a 27-year-old, both from

the city's northern suburbs.

And worryingly, Victorian

health officials say there are

another 13 suspected cases

across the State. Three days

after being told the swine flu

threat was minimal, parents and

students arrive at Thornberry

high school in Melbourne's

north for Tamiflu. The school

will close for a week after the

second student was diagnosed.

The 15-year-old boy sat one

table away from Laura. Every

time I cough, "I've got the

flu." Hopefully I don't. It's

thought the teenager caught the

virus off an already infected

student while travelling to

school or socialising. Health

officials are defending the

decision to keep the school

open. It was an appropriate

decision to make. A

27-year-old man has also fallen

victim. I think we can expect

to see more cases and we have

said that from the beginning.

Other states and

Other states and Territories are implementing tougher measures, telling parents to

keep children at home after

returning from other affected

countries. The chief health

officer will ensure every

parent is personally advised tomorrow of this decision and the implications for their

children. The measures we take

are going to cause some invens

but that's necessary. A cruise

ship that was quarantined in

Sydney yesterday has now been

given the all clear. We know

historically that cruise ships

- and I'm not necessarily

reflecting on the Carnival

experience - but in other

settings have been potential

places where viruses have

amplified. The concern now is

swine flu has the potential to

mutate with the three other

human strains of influenza A

that usually go around every

winter. It is hard to predict

whether this virus may just

co-circulate with the other

three strains or in fact you

may get mixing between this flu

train and possibly the Tamiflu

resist strain. Another worry is

three Victorian cases have had

no known interactions with

those infected. Hours after

being accused of watering down

the Northern Territory in intervention, the Federal

Government's move to take over

the management of town camps in

Alice Springs, the

extraordinary step comes after

a breakdown in year-long talks

between the Government and the Indigenous council which

controls the camps. The

Government says living

conditions in the camps are

appalling and the time for

negotiating is over. For years,

the 18-town camps around Alice Springs have been associated

with squalor, violence and can

despair. Acute overcrowding,

substandard housing, combined

with alcohol abuse, despair and

hopelessness have led to

desperate and dangerous

consequences. Over the past 10

months, the Federal and

Northern Territory Governments

have been locked in

negotiations with the council

which runs the camps. The

Government had put 125 million

dollars on the table in return

for a 40-year lease but on

Friday talks broke down. The agreement met with the Federal

Government wasn't to our liking

and we would like some form of

agency and a true partnership

with the Government. Jenny

Macklin now says the time for

negotiation is over. Today she

began putting plans in motion

to take control of the camps.

I'm taking this action to give

children in the camps a better

chance at a safe, healthy and

happy life. This is a very

significant step forward in

terms of improving the lives of

the children, improving the

lives of women on those town

camps. The council has refused

to comment on today's

extraordinary moves but if it

doesn't give in to the Minister's ultimatum within

weeks, the Commonwealth will

take over the town camps from

early July but the Territory

Opposition is demanding the Government move in

immediately. It's time to stop

pussy footing around and take action so you can protect the

children and the women on these

town camps. My guess is that

it will be quite a long time,

if ever, before the

Commonwealth does actually take

control of these town camps.

But the Government says it

hasn't given up hope that the

council will accept its offer.

Four years after a military

transport plane crashed in

Iraq, killing 10 servicemen

including an Australian, the

British Government has admitted

the aircraft was unsafe. The

widow of the Australian airman

who died has led the legal

fight to uncover the truth. The

British Government's admission

will finally allow her and

families of other crew members

killed in the crash to seek

compensation. It's been a tough

legal battle for Kelly Merit

that's taken had her from

Canberra to London in her fight

for justice for her husband.

It's been a long time a lot of

- hundreds of conversations

with other people around the

issues and it's been quite a

journey does bring

closure. 35-year-old Paul

Pardol was on board a British Hercules transport plane when

it was shot down by insurgents

in Iraq in 2005. Last year a

British Coroner found there

were serious systemic failures

with the aircraft. After the

inquest, the British air force

began properly protecting its

fleet. For those failings I

apologise to the families but

we have in place the things

necessary to ensure that the

risk of this happening in the

future is minimised. Now it's

been revealed the C130 had

other faults. In its response

to a claim filed by Ms Merit,

the Ministry of Defence has

admitted that:

Earlier this week, judges in

Britain ruled that the human

rights Act can apply to their

troops even on the battlefield.

Ms Merit's claim is likely to

be one of the first to confirm

thatdition which can also apply

to the Australian Defence

Force. I believe this case

needs to be examined by the

Coalition forces particularly,

certainly the British servicemen and women have

servicemen and women have more

protection in that sense than

ours do now. It breaks my

heart to think that a lot of

very brave, very skilled people

are perhaps being let down by the Ministry of Defence. And

for this widow and mother,

their safety is something worth

tighting for. The UN

secretary-general Ban Ki Moon

has warned Sri Lanka does not

have the resources to care for

the hundred of thousands of

people displaced by the

conflict there. The UN boss has

toured the displacement camps

in the north of the country,

saying he was humbled by what

he saw. ABC's south Asia correspondent Sally Sara

reports from Colombo. Sri

Lankan officials clearly wanted

to make a good impression for

their high profile visitor and

he wanted to bring good news to

the people at this camp. A

staggering 220,000 people are

living here. Go back to your

home. That could be a hard promise to fulfil. The Sri

Lankan Government says it needs

more time to weed out any Tamil

Tiger fighters from among the

refugees. Foreign aid groups

are being locked out until that

process is finished. The UN

says Sri Lanka doesn't have the

resources to carry out the

massive task of helping the

Tamil population. There is a

wide gap between what is needed

and what is available. The UN

is also concerned that hardship

and isolation for the Tamil

people could ultimately

reignite the war. I have most strenuously urged

strenuously urged the

Government to initiate a

political process of

accommodation, dialogue and

reconcil iation. Ban Ki Moon

also flew over the scene of the

final battle against the Tamil

Tigers. It was here that

thousands of civilians found

themselves in the line of fire.

Each side blamed the other for

the high death toll. Now the

international community wants

to know if war crimes were

committed. The Government

maintains its innocence. The

definition of what war crimes

are is very clear and therefore

Sri Lanka has not within that

definition. Human rights

groups want access to the

accounts to unravel accounts of

what happened. The true

civilian war of this war

remains unknown. The navy

remains unknown. The navy has intercepted another boat load

of asylum seekers near ash more

island off the north-west coast

of Australia. The Home Affairs

Minister Bob Debus says it's

believed there are 73

passengers and 4 crew members

on board. The group will be

taken to Christmas Island for

health and security checks and

then join the 464 asylum

seekers held currently in the

detention facility. This takes

the number of boats caught this

year to 13. The Premier's

sacking last year of small

business Minister Tony Stewart

is again being questioned. A

man who says he was next to Mr

Stewart at a charity dinner

says the claims of abuse and

bullying by one of his staff

was not true. The witness says

he tried to give his evidence

to the Premier's office but was

never called by the inquiry. It

was a time when Labor members

were accused of groping. Not

for public support, just

groping. I have tendered my

ezugnaing because I behaved in

a way not befitting a

Minister. The Police Minister

Matt Brown had set the bar of a

new parliamentary low for

simulating sex in his office.

Stripped to his underpants, he

was stripped of his office. I

have done that and we'll move

on. When Tony Stewart found

himself accused by staff member

Tina Sanger of inappropriate

behaviour at a charity dinner,

the Premier stood him down. Now

Trevor Garland a, the honorary

counsel for the Solomon

islands, says nothing untoward

happened at Mr Stewart's table

next to his. There was no

gestures that would have drawn

your attention to the

behaviour. The credibility of

the allegations made against me

are shattered. They're untrue,

false, without substance. Mr

Garland says he called the

Premier's office to volunteer his observation but the

response was unenthusiastic.

It was one of, "OK," and it

left at that. To Tony Stewart

it's a handy bit of information

before his case for wrongful

dismissal by the Premier gets

to court again this week. The

Premier is conceding nothing.

He won't be drawn on the

significance or otherwise of

Trevor Garland's account of

events nor who ignored it,

himself or his staff. Mr

Stewart is pursuing these

matters in the court. It's not appropriate that I make

comment. I think the Premier

should recognise the reality

that confronts him and call for

a reinvestigation. So far

there's no hints of that. An

investigation's under way after

hundreds of sensitive documents

were found scattered outside

the Sydney headquarters of a

nursing home business. The taxi

driver who found the boxes told

the ABC they contained medical

details, legal documents,

property deeds and wills. The

boxes were collected by council

workers early this morning.

It's not acceptable to have

private documents relating to

health and legal matters

concerning patients to be

floating around for anyone to

pick up. The ABC has attempted

to contact the Moran group

without success. The Federal Health Department says the

matter is serious and has

launched an investigation.

Dragons teeth are being used in

a new campaign to keep children

safe in school zones. The

triangular road markings, or

dragons teeth, have been used

successfully in Britain to slow

down traffic. The State

Government says they'll be

noled at the entry of everyone

of the State's 10,000 40km an

hour school zones. Dragons'

teeth are about ensuring

drivers keep their licences and

keep our children save around

schools. I'm still in favour

for flashing lights in every

school zone but I understand

this is part of the procedure

and an additional thing to keep

our kids safe. The Government

says all school zones in NSW

will have the road markings

within two years at a cost of

$14 million. Manly's mid season

recovery has suffered a setback

with a controversial 1-point

loss on the Gold Coast.

Overnight, the bulldogs and

Panthers had impressive wins.

Today the Raiders bounced back

to form and the titans kicked a

late penalty to stun the Sea

Eagles. Manly was three wins

from three against the new Gold

Coast. Mat Rogers began the

titans task to break the

sequence. In an eager first

half the Eagles crossed twice

but Kevin Gordon's try locked

it at 10-10. Twice Matt Orford

looked likely to wear the

inspirational leader tag. His

try was cancelled out by Ashley

Harrison. Orford's field goal

became the possible winner but

he was penalised for bringing

down Preston Campbell, giving

Scott Prince the chance to

steal the points. The game was

professional. The officialdom

isn't. The Warriors have lost

on seven of their last eight

visits to Canberra. The

Raiders' sizzling start had the visitors in more strife. There

was another green fade-out as

New Zealand evened the scores

but with Terry Campese calling

the shots the Raiders were in

fronts again by half time. And

put on 22 second-half points to

nil to end a 4-match losing

run. The Bulldogs lost Brett

Kimmorley with an early cork.

Not a good sign after four

straight losses to the storm

but these are resilient dogs.

They scored two first-half

tries for a 14-0 lead. The

ladder leaders went on to win

by 16. Even from his own

in-goal area, Panthers centre

Michael Jennings was all class.

His three second-half tries

were brilliant individual

efforts. With the Blues state

of origin line-up to be named

tomorrow, Paul Gallen will be

breathing a little easier than

he was late in last night's

Sharks-Dragons clash. The NRL

says it can't pursue a potential racial vilification

case against the Cronulla

skipper as it had no audio

evidence and the Dragons club,

no any individual player, has

made a complaint. The Saint

George Illawarra second rower

Mickey Paea initially indicated

Gallen may have racially abused

him but didn't make an onfield

complaint which would have been

referred. The Knights can go to

the top of the ladder with a

big win against the Cowboys.

The premieres are five points

out of the eight. The Sydney

Swans are back in the top eight tonight after a commanding victory over Port Adelaide at

victory over Port Adelaide at

the SCG. Last night,

Collingwood and Essendon had

wins. Today St Kilda beat

Brisbane, Hawthorn defeated

Melbourne and the Swans set up

the game with an 8-1 opening

term to run out winners by 55 points. The power was looking

for a quick start to silence

the home crowd but it wads

Sydney that drew fist blood, and

and second. Daniel Motlop

delved into his bag of tricks

but came a up short. The Swans

were doing as they pleased at

the other end, piling on seven

straight majors. Hamish

Hartlett slotted Port's first

and only opening quarter goal

minutes before the break but

the reply wasn't far away. The

Power coach read the riot act

at quarter time and it seemed

to pay off immediately. But

nothing could ground the

soaring Swans. Motlop wasn't

about to be outdone but it was

Sydney by 51 points at the main

change. The Power opened the

second half with quick goals to

Warren Tredrea and Hartlett and

the intensity lifted on both

sides. Dean Brogan got patched

up and came back on but Craig

Bird wasn't so lucky. He's

knocked had imself out. A late

goal to Peter Burgoyne brought

the margin back to 49 points at

the last break and the Power

believed they were still in the

fight. Port again kicked the

opening goal of the term but as

they had all day, the Swans

answered the challenge. Four

last quarter goals to Port

couldn't disguise the Swans'

dominance as they coasted to a

55-point victory. The win put

Sydney back in the eight while

the Power's search for

consistency continues. The

Pretoria-based Bulls will host

next weekend's Super 14 final

against New Zealand's Chiefs

after defeat krooued Seders

36-fwoi in their semifinal. The

Crusaders had the better of the

early stages, scoring two tries

to open up a 13-point lead. The

game turned when their number

8, Thomas Waldrom, was sen to

the sin bin. The defending

champions conceded 13-0 in his

absence and couldn't regain dominance of the rest of the

match. The Bulls' effort was

highlighted by Morne Steyne's

four field goals in a personal

tally of 21 point. The South

Africans crossed for three

tries to two good they'll be

favourites for next Saturday's

final. The Australian cyclist

Simon Gerrans has won the 14th

stage of the Giro di'Italia.

The 29-year-old Victorian broke

away on the demanding climb

finish to win by 12 seconds.

The likes of Lance arm a strong

and tour leader Dennis Menchov

commanded the attention before

the stage, a 1 72-km journey

from near Florence to Bologna

which featured five climbs but

Simon Gerrans would stoon take

the spotlight. He was a member

of a 14-man breakaway and broke

clear of that group on the

gruelling final climb. The

Australian, who won a stage of

the Tour De France last year

and was the Tour Down Under

champion in 2006, powered

result for Australian away. This is a tremendous

cycling. Gerrans finished 12

seconds ahead of Swiss rider Rubens Bertogliati, Michael

Rogers is the leading

Australian in seventh place in

the overall standings. Menchov

leads by 34 seconds with a week

to go. It's been anything but

smooth driving this season for

the reigning Formula One

champion Lewis Hamilton.

Brazilian Felipe Massa also

found the Monaco circuit challenging during qualifying

for tonight's Grand Prix.

Championship leader Jenson

Button claimed his fourth pole

position of the season. A tough circuit and mentally very

tough so it's nice to be on

pole. Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen

was second fastest. Australian

Mark Webber will start 8th.

Matthew Hayden wads unable to

emulate Adam Gilchrist's

scintillate ling a batting from the previous

the previous night in the

Indian Champions League.The

Royal challengers will face

Gilchrist's Deccan Chargers in

tonight's decider. With the

French Open starting tonight,

second seed Roger Federer is

buoyed by a recent rare win

over Rafael Nadal on clay.

Just resgaining the edge

against my fellow rivals. But

Dolphins has made Roland Garros

his personal playground and can

is aiming for an unprecedented

five French Open titles in a

row - Nadal. It's considered

Australian War Memorial in the focal point of the

Canberra and it's been a place

of sombre reflection for

millions of visitors. Today the

Hall of Memory marked 50 years

since it was officially opened.

Victorian artist Napier Waller,

injured in World War I,

designed the windows and

mosaic. He and an Italian

craftsmen over saw the

installation of the artwork.

This is an intense and

sophisticated design that

incorporates colour and imagery

and as well as classical and

medieval forms and

patterns. The tomb of the

unknown soldier was added to

the Hall in 1993. To the

weather now with Graham Creed

and plenty more rain on the way

but far away from the flood

zones, Graham? Yes, it

certainly is. It will affect

the southern parts of the

State. We're looking at showers

and thunderstorms developing

ahead of a cold 41 around the southern border districts

tomorrow and we should see that

reach Sydney by around

Wednesday. Speaking of Sydney,

it was a dry day today with top

temperatures of 21 to 22

degrees. Atmospheric conditions

naturally destabilise overnight

and that's going to bring us

just the chance of an overnight

or morning shower.The low

pressure system that produced

the flooding across the

northeast has moved further

east with a rapid improvement

in conditions today. There were

light showers about the mid

north and north cotes, it

northern and Central Tablelands

but they were light. It was a

dry day across the rest of the


The cloudband is going to

move into southern NSW tomorrow

with plenty of high cloud

expected across the State. The

front will reach the south

coast late Tuesday and move up

the coast during Wednesday and

Thursday. We'll see some light

showers develop ahead of that

front over the west of the

State and they'll gradually

spread east on Tuesday and


Thanks, Graham. Have a good

week. Recapping tonight's top

stories - the big clean-up's

begun as the State's flood

crisis eases but thousands of

people remain isolated by

floodwaters. The number of

swine flu cases is on the rise

with 16 confirmed cases

nationally and another 13

suspected in Victoria. And an admission by the British Government that an aircraft

that crashed in Iraq, killing

an Australian airman, was

unsafe, has now opened the way

for his widow to seek

compensation. That's ABC News

for this Sunday night. We'll

have our next news update in

around an hour. Until then,


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