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Tonight - party time. The

coalition celebrates as Labor

goes downhill. This is a very

serious wake-up call for Mr

Rudd. Protecting neglected

children now a national

priority. What's happening is

absolutely revolting. No

prizes for guessing - it's a

Mugabe landslide. And - French

against France. toast. The Wallabies fire up

Good evening. Joe O'Brien

with ABC News. First tonight - the Federal Government's

computers in schools promise

has hit a glitch, with New

South Wales delivering an

ultimatum. Documents have come

to light showing the treasurer

Michael Costa has told Canberra

the State won't take part

unless it gets an extra quarter

of a billion dollars. Briefing

documents for Wayne Swan advise

he could do a secret side deal

with the State to keep it on

side. We think that this was a

promise only designed to last

until election day. They had

never thought through how it

would be rolled out. The Prime

Minister's office says the

government is committed to

keeping its election promise

that every student from Year 9

to 12 will have access to a

computer sat school. A short

time ago, the treasurer Michael

Costa wouldn't deny his

government's ultimatum. He'd

only say that negotiations on

details of the computer package

are continuing. Labor's

problems don't end there.

Voters have punished the Rudd

Government in the Gippsland

by-election, with a sharp 7%

swing away from the ALP. It was

the party's first electoral

test since taking office. The

Prime Minister says he's

hearing the voters' message

loud and clear on fuel prices

and the cost of living.

Political correspondent Greg

Jennett reports. Kevin 07 is

not what it used to be. Labor!

We backed you. Now back us!

Seven months in office and now,

a 7% swing against him, in his

first ballot as Prime

Minister. The government's

elected to take tough decisions

for the future, and that means

that there will be political

setbacks on the way. Gippsland

voters have stuck with what

theyie. 40-year-old Darren

Chester maintained the

Nationals' grip on the seat helped along by preferences

from the Liberals' 20% primary

vote. What the people of

Gippsland have done tonight is

to send a clear message to Kevin Rudd and his

government. This is a very

serious wake-up call for Mr

Rudd. Labor never expected to

win Gippsland I don't think the

result is that surprising. But

the 7% swing against it in a

contest that centred on fuel

and cost of living pressures

send as message the government

cannot ignored. It's not to be

underestimated. There are

serious issues in terms of

living standards and we're

doing our best to address those. The people of Gippsland

have said loud and clear their

concerns about impacts on

household budgets. From the

global oil cries and from

rising interest rates. The

government believes it's paying

a price for economic shockwaves

and spending cuts in its May budget, but says it won't be

knocked offcourse on the

centrepiece of its reform

agenda, the 2010 emissions

trading scheme. It's a very

important reform. It's hard.

It may end up on its own. I

suspect there is a high

probability we will not support whatever the government may

actually choose to do.

Coinciding with the coalition's

win in Gippsland, former minister Alexander Downer is

set to force another

by-election, quitting his

Adelaide seat of Mayo within

days to take up with the post

with the UN. I would expect he

will make a decision about his

future in the not too distant

future. One down, one to go.

Labor's in trouble in New

South Wales, too. Today senior

State Government MPs were

trying to hose down renewed

speculation about Morris Iemma's leadership after

another dismal opinion poll.

The premier's popularity is

sinking in the polls but

publicly his ministers are out

to keep his political career

pay float. I'm not jittery. I

think - I'm a great fan of

Morris Iemma. I think he's a

compassionate, intelligent,

fantastic leader. I absolutely support Morris Iemma as

premier. The latest Taverner

poll has Labor trailing the

opposition by 12 points on a

two-party-preferred basis. More

than half of those polled

believe the government has done

a poor job since re-election 15

months ago. The Transport

Minister has long been doubt

the as the most likely to

succeed Mr Iemma but he chose

to distance himself from the

debate. This is a poll about

the government. Morris Iemma

represents the government. It's

a call to action for all of us,

the all the minister, all the

backbenchers. It's never just a

one person thing. Barry

O'Farrell took over as

preferred premier in Monday's

Newspoll. He doesn't believe a

change in Labor Leadership will

make a difference. The polls

will not improve by shifting

the deck chairs. Whether it's

John Watkins Carmel Tebbutt or

Nathan Rees. The government

capped off a disastrous week

for the government, which is

still reeling from traffic

chaos that included the closure

of the M5 tunnel. This has damaged confidence in our

ability to manage the road

network. The tunnel computer

glitch is estimated to have

cost New South Wales businesses

$16 million.

African election monitors in Zimbabwe have given their

verdict on the country's

presidential election. They say

it was neither free nor fair,

and a new vote should be held. President Robert Mugabe is ignoring their assessment, and

is set to claim victory before

heading to Egypt for an African leaders' summit tomorrow.

Foreign journalists are banned

from Zimbabwe but the ABC's Africa correspondent Andrew

Geoghegan is in the country to

cover the election. The

Zimbabwean capital Harare is an

opposition stronghold. Its

streets have been ominously

outcould. Election. quiet while people await the

International observers believe

in some areas, spoiled ballot

also outnumber formal votes.

Many who dared to support the

Movement for Democratic Change

are lying low, bracing

themselves for retribution. But

some of them agreed to speak to


What do you think they may

do to you? Firstly, killing,


The spectre of more violence

in Zimbabwe has the neighbours worried. South Africa has

already had an outbreak of

unrest fueled in part by the

flood of people escaping across

the Zimbabwean border. The

situation is now out of

control. We are calling for a

political arrangement that must

help solve the situation in

Zimbabwe for the good of all of

us. The African Union will

look for that arrangement at a

meeting in Egypt this week. The

MDC wants decisive

action. African Union has to

step up to the challenge and

ensure that they do this as a

measure of urgency, send in

peacekeepers. But measures like

are unlikely to be approved at

a meeting where Robert Mugabe

will be welcomed as an

equal. He is still a legitimate

President and a legitimate

member of the African Union.

Australia is lining up with the US to take stronger

action. We'll now examine a

tougher range of sanctions

against members of the

Zimbabwean regime. But there

are doubts about sanctions,

too. History has shown us that

they don't work. Because the

leadership just dig in and dig in. The international

community may protest as loudly

as it likes, but at the end of

the day, most Zimbabweans think

that will have little effect.

They believe it will be a long

time yet before the sun sets on

the Mugabe regime.

A recent spate of child

neglect cases across the

country has drawn the ire of the Prime Minister. Kevin Rudd

says it's now clear that not

enough is being done to ensure

the safety of children in all

States and Territories. He says

it's time for the Federal

Government to take a role.

Fresh from a visit to church,

the Prime Minister had family

values on his mind. He didn't

hold back about recent

high-profile cases of child neglect. What's happening is

absolutely revolting. The

cases aren't confined to any

one State A fortnight ago the emaciated bodies of

18-month-old twins were found

in Brisbane, just days later,

16 children living in squalor

in two homes north of Adelaide

had to be treated in hospital.

In Canberra, four children were

found huddled home alone in a

house littered with dog faeces

and rubbish. And on Friday,

three children were found dead

in New South Wales in an important murder-suicide

involving a violent father. In

all the case, the families were

known to welfare authorities.

The Prime Minister says enough

is enough. A national framework

for child protection is

necessary. We can do better and must do better for the

protection of our little children. With child

protection reports on the rise,

the federal approach was immediately backed by New South

Wales and others. I've written

to the Prime Minister

suggesting that this be

discussed at COAG so I'm

delighted with his response. I

think it'd help in terms of

information sharing about

children as well. If we had

standardised processes across

the country. Child welfare

agencies agree, but they want

common standards rather than

uniform legislation. I don't

think it's appropriate for the

Federal Government to try and

provide direct services and

direct support to these

families and children. The States are much better placed

to do that. They're much closer

to people. Child protection

agencies say neglect has now

outstripped abuse as the most

common reason children are

reported to welfare services.

Renters are being warned

about a new scam in Sydney's

tightening housing market. The

State Government's concerned

that phoney landlords are

demanding upfront payments

without a property inspection.

So far, there've been two

reported cases. One of the

victims lost nearly $4,000 in a

deal made over the Internet. I thought everything was

legitimate. 'Cause, like, she

gave me a passport number and

she gave me her address, but in

the end she was emailing me and

then in the end it just kind of

died off. The government is

warning people to always

inspect a property before

parting with any money.

Australia has had a Chief

Medical Officer, a kind of

doctor in charge, since the mid 80s, but there hasn't been a

similar role for nurses since

the 1970s. Now a Chief Nurse

has just been appointed, recognising the increasing role

that nurses play in the health

system. National medical

reporter Sophie Scott has the

story. Rosemary Bryant has been

a nurse for 40 years. After

hands-on and administrative

roles, she's risen to the top

of her profession, being

appointed the Commonwealth

Chief Nurse. I was pretty

overwhelmed, I must say. It's a

very big job. It's also a very

important job. And her appointment couldn't have come

at a better time, with the Federal Government conducting a

major review of primary health

care, it's a pivotal time for

all health professionals. Rosemary Bryant says with GPs

in short supply, nurses can

fill the gaps. Nurses are able

to - at an advanced level, they

are able to diagnose many of

the conditions for which most

of us would see our local GP.

She's pushing for extra powers

for nurses such as the right to

prescribe medications and

manage chronic diseases. Particularly in the diseases. Particularly in the

UK, there has been a lot of

evidence, having nurses working

at an advanced level results in

safe care, appropriate care,

patients are satisfied with the service. Health Minister Nicola

Roxon is a big supporter of the

role nurses can play. I'm very

confident that there are a lot

of highly skilled nurses in our

system that are being held back

because of some quite outdated

restrictions. The Federal

Government will consider more

practice nurses in GP surgeries

and even Medicare rebates. We

need to modernise the system.

We need to do it carefully and

gradually. While doctors fight

to hang on to what they see as

their role of the gate keepers

of the health system, more than

ever before, it's clear that

nurses now have a place at the decision-making table.

South Korean protesters have

staged one of the biggest

demonstrations yet against the

resumption of US beef imports .

The demonstration coincided

with a visit to the country by

the US secretary of State

Condoleezza Rice. There were

violent scenes as demonstrators

tried to push over police buses

which had been set up as par

Kades to keep the mob away from

the President's office. --

barricades. Condoleezza Rice

assured South Koreans that

American beef was safe. The

issue has overshadowed talks on

ending North Korea's nuclear

weapons program. Pakistani

security forces have launched

an offensive against Taliban

fighters near the north-western

city of Peshawar in a new

escalation of the conflict

along the Afghan border. A

contingent of Pakistani troops

has set up roadblocks, imposed

a curfew and ordered shops to

be shut. Taliban militants have

been trying to expand their

control over Pakistan just as

they have in Afghanistan.

International forces are urging

Pakistani authorities to act

against the militants. A

religious dispute has prompted

more unrest in

Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Muslim protesters have taken to

the streets after the government handed land over to

a Hindu religious trust. The

land contains a Hindu sacred

site but the protesters say the

government is planning to build

houses there to increase the

minority hin Dee population.

More than 40 people were

injured in the clashes. The

Cook Islands are usually one of

the most peaceful places in the

Pacific but locals on one of

the tiny islands are divided

over a decision to allow

flights on Sundays. Religious

residents are outraged, but

tourism operators say it's the

only way forward. Cook

Islanders are known for their

laidback attitude to life. But

when the first Sunday flight

touched down on the tranquil

island of ate north of the

capital Roratonga, the peace

was replaced by protest --

the tranquil island capital of

Aitutaki. Sunday should be a

day of rest. Extra police were

brought in to ensure the plane

landed safely. 900 locals have

signed a petition demanding an

end to Sunday flights. Visitor

numbers to the Cook Islands

have recently fallen. Tourism

operators say the flights are

needed to boost the local

economy. Things aren't looking

the best and we are at the

mercy of what happens in the

big world. And if we don't

change with that, then we get

left behind. But the island's

religious leaders say to have a

future, Aitutaki must hold onto

its past and its culture. I

received some tourists in my

church who say to me, "Papa,

don't ever let this flight land

on Sunday. We didn't come here

because of what you have. We

came here because of what you

are." The protesters say they

won't rest on a Sunday and will

continue to demonstrate at the

airport until the flights stop.

Without State State of

Origin players it's been an

even contest in the NRL with

close scores dominating the weekend.

The Sea Eagles won last night

in Gosford. Today the Eels and

the Warriors both won by 2.

Most on a packed sun-drenched

eastern hill and no doubt all the tree children wanted

nothing less than two Tigers

points but they also spent a

moments of admiration for

35-year-old Ruben Wiki who

became the first New Zealander

to chalk up 300 first-grade

games. 225 as a Raider, 75 as a

Warrior. In typical fashion,

the 10th man to reach that mark

threw himself into the fray.

The Tigers were flat. New

Zealand skipped in for three

tries. The second looked to be

from a forward pass. Oh that is

clearly forward! Down the

touchline they go! Tuiaki

cross ed for the first of his

hat trick, easing the Tigers'

concerns. It was one-all for

tries from forward passes when

Farrer went in and 16-16 on the

board after Chris Lawrence

scored. But New Zealand crashed

ahead again by 12. Tuiaki's

bustle for his second and third

try set up a grand-stand finish

but Hodgson put the conversion

just wide for the Warriors to

hang on. Without 9 Origin

players the second-string Storm

stunned Parramatta to lead

10-0. Looking for its first home win against Melbourne for

seven seasons the Eels

gradually got on top. But the Storm played with more

enthusiasm, and remained in

touch throughout the second

half, falling short by 2. The

Cowboys were having a picnic at

Souths' expense but in the last

half-hour the Rabbitohs piled

on 25-0, the second biggest

fightback in NRL history.

Sandow's field goal made it

29-28. North Queensland had a

last-ditch chance to equalise.

A chargedown lifted Souths to a

third straight win and 4 points

clear of the Cowboys on the

ladder. Steve Menzies came on

for Game 3 36. He is level with

Brad Fittler, second on the

all-time list behind Monteiro

ree Lamb. After a tight first

half the Eagles put the game

out of their opponent s' reach. Australia produced its biggest home win over France last night but the Wallabies

were still a long way short of

their best. Against a depleted

French line-up the Australians

won 34-13. The Wallabies are a

work in progress under new

coach Robbie Deans, and it

certainly appeared that way for

much of the first half. When

Australia did have the ball, it

was wasted far too often. Not

that the French, a side weakened by the decision to

leave some of its top players

at home for the domestic

play-offs, were any better. Oh!

All that experience, it was

just too casual. Australia

lost Lote Tuqiri to a knee

injury and after successful pen

tease the score line was 3-3

when Australian flyhalf Matt

Giteau found a gap in the

French defence as he drifted

across the field for the first

try. 10-6 up at half-time the

much needed improvement for

Australia came from the

forwards with Nathan Sharpe

barging over 2 minutes after

the resumption and then Giteau

providing a beautiful ball for

Rocky Elsom five minutes later.

Skipper Stirling Mortlock's

intercept ensured Australia's

victory just on the hour mark,

but the margin didn't blow out

any further as the gallant

French winger Palasun crashed

over. He got it down! Progress.

Um ... some good components of

attack and defence. Once again,

not perfect. But heading in the

right direction. They'll keep

looking for improvement ahead

of next week's Test in

Brisbane. Certainly them' need

it with the Tri-Nations

tournament against South Africa

and New Zealand later in the


Bottom of ladder Melbourne

has had its second win of the

AFL season. The Demons beat

Brisbane by just 1 point, the

Bulldogs defeated Port

Adelaide, St Kilda accounted

for the Kangaroos, and Essendon

beat Fremantle by 4 points in

Perth. Andy Murray mania is

gripping London, which is

desperate for a British

Wimbledon winner. Murray has

moved strongly into the fourth

round. Rafael Nadal also

impressed. Defending champion

Venus Williams blasted her way

through. While second seed

Jelena Jankovic struggled. A

young Scot is providing the

local hope at the All England

Club. Andy Murray plod dused a

series of spectacular winners

against German Tommy

Haas. Well, that is

outstanding! That sort of play

has expectant British fans

buzzing but Murray hasn't

always been happy in the

spotlight. The older you get,

the more you get used to

everything. When I played in

the past I was very young and

struggled to deal with all of

the expectations. Murray

dropped his first set of the

tournament in a tie breaker in

the second. But he breezed

through the final two sets.

Aiming to make the quarters for

the first time at a grand slam

tournament, Murray will face

Frenchman gas gas in the next

round. Rafael Nadal is waiting

in the quarters. The Spaniard

has carried his ominous form

from the French Open onto the

grass courts and he is fighting

for every point. Unbelievable reflexes. Nadal is chasing his third consecutive Wimbledon

final. He took just over two

hours to ease past Nicolas

Kiefer. Venus Williams unveiled

her heavy artillery. The

defending champion combined

brilliant ground strokes

... Oh! ... with brutal

serving to beat Spain's Maria

Jose Martinez. Her booming 205

kilometre per hour ace on match

point set a new record for the

fastest women's serve at Wimbledon. Second seed Jelena Jankovic wasn't in such a

hurry. She struggled with

injury and a determined

Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark

to win in three sets. The last Australian hope, Lleyton

Hewitt, faces world No. 1 Roger Federer tomorrow night.

Casey Stoner's Moto GP title

defence is back on track, with

his second victory in as many

weeks. The Australian won the

Dutch GP and is now only 29

points behind the series

leader, Spain's Dani Pedrosa.

After a peck on the helmet from

his wife Casey Stoner set off from pole position.

from pole position. 26 laps,

the Dutch GP is go. Valentino

Rossi led the series going into

the race, but collided with

Randy De Puniet on the opening

lap. Oh! While De Puniet was

out of the race, Rossi got back

on his bike and later

apologised to the Frenchman for

causing the accident. San

Marino's Alex De Angelis also

made an early departure. On

livus to the trouble behind,

Stoner opened up a lead.

Australian Anthony West crashed

out with 19 laps to go, but countryman Stoner roared back

into title contention. I've had

my run of bad luck as well for

the beginning of the season, so

it's time we started to have

some decent results. Pedrosa's

second placing saw him overtake

Rossi as the series leader.

Rossi finished 11th. Stoner

isn't the only Australian doing

well in the Netherlands. The

Kookaburras have qualified for

the final of the Champions

Trophy with a 3-2 win over the

host nation. Australia's

opponent in tomorrow's decider

will be Spain, which beat

Germany 3-0. The Spanish soccer

team will be hoping for a

similar result when it meets

Germany in the final of Euro

2008 tomorrow morning. TRANSLATION: A final must be won, because the one

that comes second is forgotten.

We have to win it. We know

they're a good passing side.

We've gotta close them down

early, and I'm sure if we do

that, we have a good chance to

win tomorrow. Germany has won

the tournament on three

occasions while Spain hasn't

claimed a major title since the

European Championships in 1964.

Playing her first tournament as

a professional, American Stacey

Lewis is the surprise leader

heading into the final round of

the women's US Open. She is one

shot ahead of another American,

Paula Creamer A mission to save

one of Australia's most

important penguin breeding

grounds has passed the halfway

mark. It's involved burning off

an introduced grass species on

Montague Island off the State's

south coast.

The opportunity for the burn

is just a couple of weeks a

year. In winter when things go

quiet. One hectare of grass is

poisoned then put to the torch.

It's been going on for four

years, with four more to

go. You burn this time of the

year because this is when most

of the penguins are out away

from the island. They're not

breeding at this point in

time. Soon they will be. Up to

12,000 little penguins will

swarm up the rocks and set in

to breed. But Kikuyu grasss

with brought here long ago by

lighthouse keepers who wanted a

nice lawn. It took a

stranglehold on the island and

the little pepg wins too. It's inimpenetrable barrier. At

moment, most of the penguins

are out there, somewhere,

dodging sea eagles and keeping

clear of a long-establish

colony of predatory New Zealand

fur seals. When they do come

in, they wait till dark. Just a

few have jumped the breeding

gun and come ashore to defend

their patch. Nothing match

stops these little guys. They

may seem ungainly but they can

cope with the roughest of rough

terrain. It's the grass that

gets them. It's fatal. Not the

rocks, little steps now, dear,

and even the grass that's been

cut is an obstacle course.

Penguins can get caught and

die. The area's cleared have

been replanted with natural

vegetation T gives the little

penguins back their

habitat. This bird, it looks

like it's the female. This is

where she breeds. She is just

starting to get ready for the

breeding season. Next year

perhaps, not in the box but

under the regenerated Nate give

vegetation. --

native vegetation. Here is a

look at the weather now with

Graham. Thanks, Joe. The

pleasant winter weather is

coming to a close as severe

weather warnings for damaging

wind gusts have been issued for

the higher parts of the central

and southern ranges and gale

and strong wind warnings are current along the New South

Wales coast. No sign of that

today in Sydney, where

temperatures reached 21 degrees

in the city, that's about 4

above average. Cloud over the south-east is

having no impact on our

weather. It's a developing low

in the bight that will

influence New South Wales over

the next few days. Strong to

goal-force winds will develop

over parts of the southern and

central slopes, ranges and

coast and these winds won't

ease till later Wednesday as

the low then moves into the

southern Tasman Sea. Light

showers between now and Wednesday will affect the

southern slopes, with snow

falls about the alpine area and

also the possibility of

accumulated snow fall of around

10 to 20 centimetres by


Thanks, Graham. That's the

news for now. I will be back

with an update in about an

hour. Have a great night.

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