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(generated from captions) This program is not subtitled It was an accusation from the Opposition

that the Government's strategy

was dictated by the opinion

polls which seemed to capture

the Prime Minister's

attention. This nation has

never had such a poll-driven

Prime Minister. Every element

of domestic policy, every

element of foreign policy.

Every element of national

security policy, all driven

through the prism of one man.

It was the most poll-defiant

decision I've taken in the 10.5

years I've been Prime Minister. I believed the action I was

taking was right. While Mr

Howard has maintained

Australian troops would remain

in Iraq until the job was done,

he's given a clear indication

of the scope of the job. I

don't think we should be in a

situation where we're seeing we

particular constitution in want every last detail of this

place. I think what we need is

a) situation where the Iraqis

can provide security. And

that the democratic future of

that country is reasonably

secure. It was into this

maelstrom that Iraq's oil

minister flew today for talks

with Australian ministers. He

says troops will need to remain

in his country until Iraqi

forces can take over, but he's

optimistic about the

timetable. Half of the country

now is totally under the

control of the Iraqi forces and

the other half we are planning

by the end of 2007 or perhaps

2008 to have sufficient trained

and equipped Iraqi forces to

take over responsibility. That timetable if achieved, would put the withdrawal after the

next federal election, due late

last year. The White House,

too, is grappling with the

political fallout from Iraq.

11 US soldiers are facing

charges over the murders of an

Iraqi family and US casualties

are mouning. So far this

month, 70 Americans have been

killed but as Washington correspondent Mark Simkin

reports the Iraqis are

suffering greater casualties.

North of Baghdad sievians flee

while Sunni and Iraqi gunmen

fight it out on the streets.

100 Iraqis have been killed

here in just five days. There

are similar scenes in other

parts of the country. The

death squads, revenge attacks

and roadside bombs are claiming

more victims and putting more

pressure on the American-backed

government to take control. I'm

patient, I'm not patient

forever and I'm not patient

with dawdling, but I recognise

the degree of difficulty of the

task. In Baghdad, thousands of American troops are patrolling

the streets. The visibility

makes them vulnerable. October

is threatening to become one of

the bloodiest months of the

war. 70 Americans have died so

far. And it breaks my heart

because behind every casualty

is somebody with tears in their

eyes. Congressional elections

are only weeks away and the

President believes the

insurgents could be trying to

influence the outcome, much

like the Vietcong did with the

Tet Offensive during the

Vietnam War. Bush family

confidante James Baker is

preparing a list of alternative

strategy. One option

reportedly includes troop

reductions. Another would

involve asking Iran and Syria

for help. I believe that the United States has lost the

ability to control events in

Iraq and it lost them long ago. The US military says eight

soldiers and three Marines will

stand trial for allegedly

murdering Iraqi civilians in

three separate incidents. Two

of the accused could face a

death penalty for allegedly

raping a 14-year-old girl and

killing her and her family.

The United States appears to

be speaking softly and carrying

a big stick when it comes to

North Korea. The President

today warned of grave

consequences for the communist

State if it tried to export

nuclear weapons. At the same

time, the Secretary of State

Condoleezza Rice was in the

region calming concerns about

the implementation of UN

sanctions. Bronwen Kiely

reports. The US is talking

tough on North Korea, but on a

visit to Pyongyang's neighbours

the US Secretary of State was

playing down differences on how

to implement UN sanctions. The United Nations' Security

Council has acted firmly and

resolutely in both cases to say

to the North Koreans that their

behaviour is unacceptable and

it is, in fact, isolating North Korea from the international uncommon. Condoleezza Rice says

sanctions against Pyongyang are

not a blockade. Comments

apparently designed to win

South Korean and Chinese

support in a coordinated effort

to enforce the measures. She

also assured that Japan would

have the full protection of the

US military dethe ternt,

lending weight to Prime

Minister Shinzo Abe's repeated

assertions Japan would not

engage in a nuclear arms race. TRANSLATION: In my

opinion, that debate is

finished. There is absolutely

no division within the Cabinet. Back in the United

States, the President warned

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il

that any trade in weapons or

nuclear material would have

grave consequences. One of the

things that's important for

these world leaders to hear is, you know, we will use means

necessary to hold them to

account. And UN

Secretary-General in waiting

Ban Ki-Moon said a second test

would likely bring a harsh

Security Council members will response. TRANSLATION: The

discuss whether an additional

resolution will be passed

according to how the situation

Condoleezza Rice in Seoul develops. He'll meet

before she travels onto Beijing

tomorrow. An internal NSW

police report into last year's

Cronulla riots in Sydney has

found the police response was

inadequate and flawed. The

draft document was publicly

released after pressure from

the NSW Opposition. The riots

at Cronulla Beach in Sydney's

south last December exposed

ethnic divisions and raised

questions about the performance

of the NSW police. In scenes

attacked people of Middle that shocked a nation, mobs

Eastern appears and in its

wake, revenge attacks by ethnic

gangs spread to other parts of

Assistant Commissioner Norm the city. Now retired

Hazzard was asked to

investigate why the violence happened and how well the

police had responded. His main

findings are that the police

command structure on the day of

the riots was inadequate and

the risk management was flawed.

Although praising individual

police for their courage, the investigation found that

specialist resources that could

have assisted were not deployed

to Cronulla. The report was

delivered three weeks ago

before before seeing light of

day, Police Commissioner Carl

Scully claimed it contained deficiencies a statement Mr Hazzard told one newspaper he

totally refuted. Today deputy commissioner Andrew Scipione

stepped into the controversy calling the report merely a

draft, that the police named in

it must be given a chance to

respond to. While it had been

decided to make it public

earlier than planned, parts of

it are being suppressed. ... if

their details were to be

published. Operational tactics

and methodology will also be

restricted in order to ensure

that no current or future

police operations are

compromised. He indicated about

a dozen police would be asked

to respond by next Monday toits recommendations and

commissioner Maroney would

finalise the report on Tuesday.

Speaking ahead of its release

Mr Scipione told reporters he

had no read the draft but offered this defence of the police handling of

Cronulla. The actions of the

police involved were to be

commended and I'm sure that

anyone by any independent

assessment would necessarily

agree that there was major

operational problems down there

and the police acted in a very

appropriate and I would say in

a professional fashion. The Deputy Police Commissioner

declined to make any report on

the draft report and its

critical findings which will

now come under closer scrutiny.

Victoria's police chief

Kristine Nixon said the

conviction of four former drug

squad officers was the result

of a wideranging anti-corruption operation.

Yesterday Wayne Strawhorn was

convicted of trafficking a

quantity of Pseudoephedrine

facing 25 years jail. Now

suppression orders on four

other former members of the drug squads have been

lifted. They should see the

consequences for those people's

lives and the harm they have

done to Victorian police. Ms

Nixon said some officers will

always be tempted to operate

outside the law and it's

virtually impossible to

eradicate corruption in the

police force completely. There's more evidence tonight

of the drought's devastating

effect on the farmers. Sheep

graziers in Victoria are almost

giving their stock away because

they're running out of food and

water. It's supposed to be

where farmers reap their

profits. But the drought is

making its presence felt at the

Ben Diego saleyards in central

Victoria. Sheep that usually

fetch $60 a head are selling

for $35. Some as little as 50

cents. It's not big money, but

the sheep have got to go

anyway. Farmers are forced to

sell animals they simply can't

keep alive. The problem we've

had over the last three weeks

has been that we've seen panic

selling, mainly due to the

weather conditions. Abattoirs

are working six and seven days

a week to cope with the influx

of animals. Processors might

be taking advantage of the

cheap prices but they're under

no illusions about the long-term consequences. At the moment we're killing next

year's sheep now. Ewes that should be giving birth to next

year's lambs are being sent to

slaughter. Sheep are very

close to being worth nothing at

all. One consignment had $2.50

freight on them, put on 47 cent

yard do you say those sheep

have to make $3 before anything

is made out of them. 47,000

were sold here today. A few

thousand more and sellers say

they would have been facing the

prospect of shooting animals or

giving them away. Should they

all hit the market at a

specific time, it will impact

heavily and may cause sheep to

be of no commercial value. Even

when rain does come, herds are

likely to be so depleted and

farmers so broke it'll take

years to recover. The Northern Territory Government

will spend an extra $100

million over the next five

years in a bid to satisfy the

demand for Indigenous housing.

The Territory's housing

minister Elliott McAdam says

the Blogg could be largely outcome if the Federal

Government committed a similar

amount. In August a visiting

United Nations' official

described Australia's

Indigenous housing as amongst

the worst he'd seen anywhere in

the world. Much of that

housing is in the Northern

Territory. After months of

scrutiny over her performance

in the Indigenous affairs

portfolio the NT's Chief

Minister has decided to loosen the purse strings. The

Territory is now leading with putting this additional money into what is an outstanding

need in the bush. Over the next five years the Northern

Territory will spend an extra

$100 million on housing in remote communities. By the

Government's own estimates an

extra $1 billion is needed to

solve the Indigenous housing

crisis. Today's announcement

falls well short of that. But

the Chief Minister says it's a

start and has issued this challenge to the Federal

Government. Mal Brough has

claimed we underspend. We

don't underspend and now we're going to substantially spend

more and I think the challenge

to Mal Brough is, match it. But

Mal Brough says the

Commonwealth already hands over

$90 million each year for

Indigenous housing in the NT

dwarfing the Government's

commitment of $4 million. Let's

not make any nonsense of this

matched funding business. I welcome their initiative.

There's a long way to go. He

says there'll be no more money

for Indigenous housing until

law and order issues are

addressed. Affordable housing

advocates insist both levels of

Government need to address the

problems. When you talk about

4,000 houses in the scheme of things that's actually not a

lot of houses that's

necessary. The Territory Opposition says the

announcement is timed to fend

off internal party dissent over

Clare Martin's stewardship of

Indigenous affairs. And the

move to get more Indigenous people in the Northern

Territory back into the cattle

industry is gaining momentum. Aboriginal stockmen have spent

the past week in Central

Australia learning how to

handle cattle and to run a

successful station. Indigenous

stockmen were today given

insights into how to make the

most of water in these dry

times in Central Australia. If

we've got too much bare ground

or capped ground sealed over

we're not going to get too much

rain penetrating. About 20

stockmen from around the

Northern Territory are in Alice Springs this week learning more

about the pastoral

sector. Working and learning

more, getting more

ideas. Duncan Bero has been

working with cattle all his

life but is here to learn the

nuts and bolts of running a

business. The Indigenous

cattlemen's workshop is part of

a Territory Government program

aiming to get more Indigenous

people working on the land. So

far, 10 leases have been

granted to pastoralists on

Indigenous land in return for

training and employment. When

those 10-year leases expire it's hoped Indigenous

communities will be running cattle on the land themselves and the Government has this

week engaged experts to help

them get there. Just helping

groups of people to see more

opportunity for their land, for

families, for communities and

certainly for bank balances. Brian Marshall

believes emerging Indigenous

enterprises can survival in the Territory's competitive market

and the stockmen say there can

be a balance between cultural

obligations and the demands of

a business. I'm going to put it

on the list how long I'm gone

for, say a week or a month.

That goes on a list and that

goes to my family. They say the

cattle industry offers one path

to a brighter future on their

land. Singapore Airlines has

admitted that a metal bolt

which plunged through the roof

of a Sydney house yesterday was

from one of its planes. The 11

centimeter bolt smashed through

the roof times of the suburban

Five Dock house coming to rest

inside the ceiling. The bolt

carried an airline serial

number leaving little doubt it

had fallen from one of the

airliners using the flight path

overhead. Singapore Airlines

says it will work with aviation

safety officials to investigate

how the bolt came loose.

Holden's new Commodore has been

recalled just six weeks after

its release. The company says

fuel hoses on some cars could

tear, causing fuel to leak.

1300 cars in the VE and

Statesman series are affected,

including more than 140 cars

leased to Holden staff. Holden

says the potential problem is

the result of a misalignment in

the production line. There

have been no incidents

reported. Customers are

advised to call their dealers.

To finance now and Coles Myer

shares slumped today after a

new takeover for the company

was rejected by the board and

then withdrawn. The

sharemarket is completely consumed by takeovers at the

moment. The whole thing's

become one big packman game

with investors trying to guess

who's going to be chomped up

next. It won't be Coles Myer after the board said today they'd rejected another

approach from the private

equity consortium led by KKR at

$15.25. 75 cents above the

last one. Then this afternoon

KKR said they're now giving up

whereupon the share price of

Coles Myer slumped 9% to

$13.20. That grinding sound

you can hear is the gnashing

sound of shareholders teeth.

Where else the packman is

chomping away. Seven Network

got 14.#% of WA newspapers and

its shares sank 3.3%. The dust

settled on the proposed new

structure of publishing and

broadcasting immediatees assets

in joint venture with CVC

Asia-Pacific. The share price

dropped more than 3% today. Southern Cross Broadcasting

entered the media reform fray

saying it had discussions about

ownership. Despite that the

share price fell 1.7%. Prime television shares were

suspended from trading.

Pacifica shares rose 2% today

after Bosch announced an offer

at $1.92, 48 cents per share

less than an earlier offer from

Bosch rejected by the board.

Bit of a lesson for Coles Myer.

Shares in Promina continued to

fall. Its price is 78 cents

below the takeover bid from

Suncorp Metway. Vision

systems's board has recommended

an offer from Daniher

corporation. Lihir Gold

bidding $350 million for

Ballarat goldfields or 28 cents

a share. Ballarat gold's price

slipped. Qantas announced it's

finally reducing its fuel

surcharges but only by 8% on

average. At the same time it's

reducing staff by 340 and it

increased its profit forecast. The share price jumped 5% in

response. With all this, the

sharemarket closed 0.5% lower

today thanks largely to that

fall by Coles Myer. Woodside

fell, Rio Tinto rose, Westpac

went up but AMP fell. The

Australian dollar continues to

rise on foreign exchange

markets, currently at US 75.6.

And that's finance. The

celebrity divorce of Paul

McCartney and Heather Mills has

taken sensational turn with

claims that the former Beetle

was physically abusive to his

wife. The claims are

supposedly made in court papers

leaked to London newspapers.

Heather Mills is appearing on

the City Hospital show today

was leaked divorce papers

reveal her making devastating

allegations against Sir Paul

McCartney. You are all over the papers today but we're not

going to talk about that.

No. It's all legally sensitive

and anyway this is about you

and what's happened to you? And

I was coming on this program

before all of that today. She

may not have been talking but someone had and it was on the

front pages. In court papers

she alleged:

Four years ago Sir Paul was

celebrating his engagement.

Tonight he was caught up in a

bitter battle. His solicitor

said he would be defending the

allegations vigorously and appropriately. The statement

said:

what's at stake here is one of

the largest fortunes in

showbiz. Sir Paul is said to

be worth more than ?800

million. Both have engaged

high-profile divorce lawyers.

Heather Mills is represented by

the man who acted for Princess

Diana. Sir Paul is using the

lawyer who acted for Prince

Charles. This will all be

fought out in court. The

lawyers were saying today that

Heather Mills is highly

unlikely to increase her

settlement by making these

allegations. They could even

work against her. The court

might say you're going to be

penalised and have a lesser

settlement because actually

raising these allegations if

they're not true is misconduct

on your side and you'll get

less than you thought. This

divorce is profg messy,

painful, private lives laid

bare. To sport, and Australia

has lost its first match in the

Champions Trophy. The

Australians fell 10 runs short

of the West Indian total of

6/234 thanks largely to a

hat-trick from paceman Jerome

Taylor. Once the most

intimidating team in world cricket, the West Indies

resorted to standover tactics

with Chris Gayle the main

instigator. The normally

laidback all-rounder took it

eupon himself to unsettle

Michael Clarke at every chance

he got.

COMMENTATOR: He ain't smiling.

Got a bit animated and there

was some strong body language

at times as well. You'd

imagine if there's any

consistency in this game whatsoever that issue would

have to be looked at. Both

teams wanted to win. It is a

major tournament. Chris and I

were, like I say, there was

banter but I got on with Chris

really well and after the game

we were fine. Out in the field

he wanted to get me out and I

was doing everything to get

Australia home. It was a game that slipped through

Australia's fingers after being

dropped on 40, Runako Morton

went on to make 90. Needing

235 for victory Australia

appeared in control until Adam

Gilchrist was dismissed for

92. We've got to blame

ourselves for ill-disciplined

batting and probably ill-disciplined bowling at

times as well. Jerome Taylor's

hat-trick ensured Australia

would fall 11 runs short of

victory. Bowled him! Former

Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam

will be part of an independent

3-man panel which will decide

the fate of fast bowlers Shoaib

Akhtar and Asif Mohammed. The

two tested positive for the

steroid Nandralone. Intikhab

Alam will be joined by a former

governor of Punjab and a

specialist doctor for the

independent inquiry as the

Pakistan board distanced itself

from the findings. Ultimate

responsibility is of that

individual. It's that

individual act. It is not the act of the doctor or the coach

or the board or the cricket

operations or anybody. The

inquiry could begin as early as

tomorrow. Adelaide United soccer coach John Kosmina has

been band for four games for

his sideline altercation for

Melbourne captain Kevin Muscat.

Kosmina was knocked off his

chair by Muscat during last

Sunday's game and responded by

grabbing Muscat's throat before

being sent to the grand

stand. John will undergo

counselling which we believe

will better prepare him to

handle any situations. I've

already had counselling of a

sort I guess from Pat Aim ee,

another board member, also a

barrister who represented me at

the FFA hearing. I'm sorry for

the trouble this has caused. I

was found guilty of retaliation. I accept that and

the suspension that the

FFA. The Adelaide coach was also handed a suspended

sentence of a fine and a 2-game

ban that will be activate

fundamental he reofensdz this

season. Australian scientists

say the discovery of a 400

million-year-old fish fossil in

Western Australia has shed new

light on a key chapter in the

story of evolution.

Researchers say the fossil

helps explain how ancient

animals made the transition

from the sea to land. Dr John

Long has been searching 20

years for aye recovery this

significant. This is at the

crowning glory. It's a jewel

of evolution. He expects the

new fossil to make big waves in

the scientific world. Fossils

of this kind are known from a

more complete, not more, but

other complete specimens.

They're usually flat like

kippers between a rock. This

is the only one in the world

that's perfectly three

dimensional. This man was on

his first field trip when he

stumbled upon the find of a

lifetime. When I kicked the

lucky rock I took it to downand

he was speechless for about 20

minutes and it was then I realised the significance of

the recovery. Using an X-ray microscope developed at the Australian National University,

researchers found the fish had

developed similar bones to humans. This is a human

skeleton. From taking the

pattern that was formed in a

fish we can scale it up and

show much of the evolution

leading up to humans was

already present back almost 400

million years ago. The ancient

reef is one of the world's most

fossil-rich sites. Researchers

say the latest recovery is just

the first of many to come after

a 2-week expedition to the area

last year. The fossil will be

on display at the Melbourne

Museum until next month. Let's

take a look at the weather.

Here's Mike Bailey. It's been

mostly settled around the

nation's main centres today.

Severe thunderstorms about the North Coast of NSW. The

national picture:

Cloud developing over the

central parts of the continent.

That's likely to spread more to

the east tomorrow with further

unsettled weather. A couple of

troughs active, one about the

north-east of NSW and another

coming through from the west.

And the combination of the to will lead to unsettled weather

about the northern parts of NSW

and up into Queensland while a

cooler change will affect areas

to the south. Rainfall projections for tomorrow favour

a broad area of the central

parts of the continent

stretching across again to the

north of NSW and south-east of

Queensland and, of course,

further showers about the

southern tip of the continent

and across Tasmania with a

cooler change. In fact a

graziers' alert is current for

Tasmania for quite cool

conditions, a top of just 16

expected in Hobart.

You've been watching ABC

News. Before we go, let's take

another look at tonight's top

stories. The political row

that's raged all week over the

war on Iraq has turned into a

debate about whether troop

withdrawal would inspire

Indonesian terrorists. And an

internal police report about

last year's riots at the Sydney

beachside suburb of Cronulla

has found the police response

was inadequate and flawed. And

that's ABC's national news for this evening. Enjoy the rest of your night. Goodnight.

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