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Tonight - climate control -

the political atmosphere heats

up. Bob Carr tackles Labor

over its Sydney Harbour plans.

A trans-Tasman kayaker missing

off New Zealand. And a new

course record for golf's golden

girl. Good evening. Felicity

Davey with ABC News. The

battle for the high ground on

climate change intensified

today with the Government and

the Opposition defending the

coal industry from a Green

attack. The Greens leader

wants coal exports phased out

as a way to cut Griggses. John

Howard says the proposal is

irresponsible. Kevin Rudd

calls it absurd. The Prime

Minister accused the state

premier s yesterday of

colluding to score political

points on water. Today John

Howard was cosying up with

Peter Debnam the Liberals

leadership contender in the New

South Wales election. He has

indicated to me his very strong

support for my $10 billion plan

to provide water security in

the Murray-Darling Basin. The

Prime Minister was also keen to

link his Labor opponents with

the climate change policies of

the Greens. Mr Rudd is

desperately trying to solicit

Green preferences in South-East

Queensland, and he has already

modified his position on dams

in that State in order to

placate the Greens. He sounded

the alarm over mining industry

jobs, prompted by the Greens

call for coal exports to be

phased out, a cause championed

today by protesters at the

world's biggest coal port.

Could the protesters please

move back. Move back. But the

Greens found no sympathy in the

Labor leadership. Coal is an

important part of Australia's

economic future, including the

continuation of coal-fired

power stations. We need to

invest, however n clean coal

technologies. We can have our

cake and eat it, too. That is

we can keep the coal industry,

clean it up, sell the

technology to the world and we

can make a world contribution

to reducing greenhouse gas

emissions. Not good enough,

said the Greens. There is no

clean-coal technology which is

going to fix up the massive

amounts of greenhouse gases

coming out of the coal industry

worldwide. But clean coal is

central to the emissions

trading scheme the states have

now decided to fast track, and

John Howard is also keen to

develop the technology. The

former Premier Bob Carr has

re-entered the political fray,

tackling his Labor mates about

development on Sydney ha burr.

But the friendly fire hasn't

phased the Government.

Instead, it has fast tracked

approve al of the controversial

East darling ha burr --

harbour redevelopment. The

Planning Minister says it is

all just a happy coincidence.

On the same day the Opposition

pledged to scrap the high-rise

plan for East darling harbour,

he signed off on the blueprint.

It will be an obeyance base

to rival any foreshore renewal

in the world. The rezoning

will now take place before the

election. On a visit today to

part of the 22-hectare site,

the Premier endorsed the plan.

It will mean that industrial

uses such as truck-driving

competitions will be driven out

in favour of parkland,

residential and office space.

Peter Debnam says if elected,

he will allow a three-month

review of the proposal. For

12 years Labor has sold off

every square inch of the fore

shore they can. They have

established either high-rise

apartments or high-rise office

blocks. Concern over other

Sydney ha door development has

prompted former premier Bob

Carr to call his friends this

week. Frank Sartor was coy

about the lobbying. He range

me once. Bob Carr had a

proposal to strip the maritime

services board of its power to

control development on the

harbour. Bob, like any member

of the community, any member of

the public is entitled to

express his opinion and indeed put a submission. Morris

Iemma says it won't just be the

super rich who enjoy the

harbour. He says public access

and development controls will

remain in place under the

changes. The State Government

has also given planning

approval to the redevelopment

of a massive brewery at

Broadway in the city. The

former Carlton United site will

be turned into homes for 2,800

residents and almost 5,000

workers. The $800 million

project has been given the

green light on the basis it

resembles the character of

Greenwich Village in New York.

An air and sea search has begun

for Andrew hk Auley. A miss

steerous distress call has

raised fears for his safety.

His family isn't sure it was

McAuley who received the call,

but authorities in New Zealand

aren't taking they chances.

New Zealand rescue authorities

scrambling last night after

receiving a garleed distress

call, believing it may have been the Australian kayaker in

trouble. Andrew McAuley set

off on his 1600km journey a

month ago, at times battling

10m swells and 40 knot winds.

His family is adamant he would

have sent off his emergency

beacon, used flares and done

the right thing. Andrew is

particularly cool, calm and

collected under pressure, so he

would have had his wits about

him to maintain the correct

protocol. Two fishing boats

searched through the night some

60km out to sea and they were

joined by helicopters and even

an Air Force oh wry beyond.

The sea is pretty good, just a

bit of a south-west wind over

about 15 knots, but we've

turned up with nothing at all.

It is something of an

understatement to suggest that

Andrew McAuley's epic paddle

has been anything but plain

sailing. It took him two goes

to leave Tasmania and it has

been a bump y ride all the way,

now his finish has been

overshadowed in what might

shall a costly hoax. At this

stage it is more likely to be a

hoax. We can't be sure, but

that's the way it looks. ? Snoo

hopefully the person who set

off that signal can be located

and if it was a hoax, hopefully

they will be charged to the

fullest, because if it was a

joke t will be a very sick

joke. She will be relieved

when he finally sets foot back

on dry land, hopefully

tomorrow. In Paris, the trial

of Willie Brigitte has finished

with prosecutors demanding the

10-year fail term. Brigitte's

lawyers wrapped up the defence

saying there was no proof of

the terrorism charges laid

against him and that previous

admissions were forced from

Brigitte and his wife using

undue pressure. Rafael Epstein

was in court in Paris. Willie

Brigitte is keen to hide his

face from the media. He is

still shackled when he goes to

and from court and is surrounded by guards. His

lawyers say there is no

physical evidence against their

client, no proof he ever spoke

of an attack and no specific

plot. But the prosecutor says

his ex-wife calls him

Aemonster, that he was planning

enormous acts of terrorism and

that he had some of the

finances and documents to carry

is out. His lawyers say they

want justice. He has lost

confidence. We are here to

give him confidence. We have

to make him believe that the

state of law is real. With his

own admissions central to the

case, Willie Brigitte says he

was interrogated previously,

deprived of sleep and falsely

told his family was in jail

because of him. A letter from

his wife, Melanie Brown, says

she was threatened with four

months in jail, that she had

exaggerated and her responses

to the interrogators were not

the truth. Willie Brigitte's

lawyers say that when he was

questioned in Australia, the

first thing he was asked was,

"Where is Osama bin Laden?" He

was also told the French don't

give a damn and that he was to be sent to Afghanistan

Afghanistan d d Guantanamo Bay.

His lawyer s asked if the

strong evidence of the plot he

supposedly had with lod ld lod,

why was not Brigitte tried in

Australia? You have heard that

Australian judgment is clear

ing Brigitte of any charges in

connection with Lodhi. They

say Brigitte is a political

scapegoat. The verdict will be

announced on 15 march. The

maximum sentence if he is

convicted is so years. -- is

10 years. Around 800 people

have attended a prayer service

in Melbourne for David Hicks.

The Anglican Archbishop of

Melbourne says Christians have

a responsibility to speak out

against Hicks' ongoing

detention in Guantanamo Bay.

The Archbishop told the

congregation a lack of justice

in the Hicks case was

increasingly evident. He said

the military commission that

has been proposed to try him is

flawed, and falls short of

Australian and American

standards. The admission of

hearsay evidence and the add

missability of evidence

obtained by coercion are

themselves proof of this

assertion. The congregation

prayed for Hicks' health, a

fair trial and for his return

to Australia. A web site

linked to Iraqi insurgents has

posted a video purporting to

show a US military helicopter

being shot down. Captions on

the video says the helicopter

was attack over the Al Anbar

province. The chopper goence

down in flames. The US

military said a helicopter

similar to the one in the video

had crashed due to mechanical

failure. Jerusalem's holiest

site has been the focus of a

new outburst of violence.

Dozens were injured when

Israeli police tried to oust

Palestinian demonstrators from

the Al Aqsa Mosque. The

Palestinians say they threaten

the shrine. David Hardaker

reports. Israel ly s stormed

the mosque. To stun hundreds

of worshippers. For 24 hours

straight, Muslim clerics had

spread the word that Friday,

the day of prayers, should be a

day of anger. Around 150

protesters also barricaded

themselves in the mosque. The

compound is home to Al Aqsa

Mosque and the Dome of the

Rock, Islam's third most holy

site. Israel says work is

required because a ramp,

leading to the grb grab gate

next to the Al Aqsa Mosque is

structurally unsound and needs

to be replaced. The

Palestinians who view the site

as a symbol of national pride

say the work threatens the

mosque's foundations. Over 30

protesters and police were

injured as Israeli police

attempted to evacuate the

compound. As shots rang out

across the oel City, scuffles

broke out in neighbouring East

Jerusalem. As well, thousands

marched through Nazareth.

Officials say there were no

deaths from the day's protests,

but tensions remain high across

the West Bank with Israel

insisting they will continue

with the work. A large part

of western New South Wales is

tonight without power. Fierce

storms have damaged the main

electrical supply line to the

region. Towns stretching from

Dubbo to Cobar and Bourke are

all affected. Power to

essential services in Dubbo,

including the hospital and some

homes, has just been restored.

A dangerous cyanide spill has blocked the Northern

Territory's main highway,

cutting road links with the

south. A brief attempt to

re-open the road last night had

to be abandoned when the

traffic stirred up clouds of

toxic dust. For the past three

days, the Top End of the

Northern Territory has been cut

off from the south after a road

train rolled 130km north of

Tennant Creek. It was carrying

20 tonnes of cyanide pellets

which spilled onto the Stuart

Highway. A major clean-up

operation has been under way

and at 8 o'clock last night, it

was deck Claired safe enough

for police to open one lane of

the highway . Traffic which

had been stranded either side

of the spill started filtering

through. But it wasn't to

last. Police were again forced

to close the north-south

highway this morning. There

is a lot of residue dust and

dirt that has con tam naited

because of the spill and as the

vehicles were going through, it

stirred all the dust up and

spread it onto the roadway

itself, therefore making it

highly dapg Russ for any

traffic. Jorddy Brook was the

first to get through last

night. He drove his wide-load

truck behind a police car, but

believes the road should never

have been opened because of the

toks ic fumes. With the dust

I saw coming just off the top

car and a couple of blokes in

motorbikes got let through,

basically wind all the windows

up, turn off the vents and go

through the site because of the

fumes. Mr Brook says

emergency crews were getting

dangerously high cyanide

readings and he could see

granules on the road. In my

opinion, being a road train operator, that road should

never have been opened in the

first place. In nearby Tennant

Creek, locals are worried

animals could be contaminated

and start heading south. If

it has a long-term effect, as

far as any animals eating grass

or drinking the water in the

area might clause a problem if

it's not cleaned up properly,

and there is a little bit of

talk going around more or less

of what-if. Police say the

highway will remain closed

until the clen-up is complete.

Finally, it's money in the

bank. James Hardie has made

its first cash payment to the

new compensation fund for

asbestos victims. There were

celebrations today to mark the

transfer of $1 84 million into

the account. The money will go

to former workers suffering asbestos-related illnesses and

their families. Well, we

chased Hardies down every

rabbit hole. We've chased them

across the oceans and we've got

them. James Hardie will make

regular contributions to the

fund over the next 40 years.

It is a big incentive for

cutting carbon emissions - a $32 million prize for the

invent or who can find a new

way to clean up the Earth's

atmosphere. The money comes

from billionaire Richard

Branson, the impetus from Al

Gore and Australian of the Year

Tim Flannery will be one of the

judges. They've got the whole world in their hands and with

other leading names in climate

change, they're going to make

it better. I want a future

for my children and my children's children. The clock

is ticking. The prize will be

awarded for a commercially

viable design to remove carbon

dioxide from the atmosphere for

at least 10 years. The former

US Vice President turned

climate change campaigner

welcomed the challenge. Is

there some way that some of

that extra CO2 might be

scavenged efficiently out of

the atmosphere? And no-one

knows the answer to that.

Also on the judging panel,

scientist Tim Flannery who said

70% of Australians were

committed to addressing climate

change. This issue now

defined really as the single

largest issue in terms of the

looming election, which is

coming up around October, in

Australia this year. The

billionaire businessman has

previously promised to invest

about $4 billion towards

renewable energy technology,

but he has no plans to close

his carbon-producing airline.

We sat down and we had a big

internal debate, you know, do

we ground our air plans? If we

did, we knew that what would

happen is that Brit tish

Airways would most likely buy

them and fly them. That won't

help the environment. The

prize is something of a

publicity stunt, but it is also

a wake call to governments,

scientists and innovators

coming a week after the major

UN report on the dire state of

the climate. A reminder of

tonight's top story now - both

the Government and the Federal

Opposition have rejected a

Greens proposal to cut coal exports in response to global

warming. Still to come -

Hewitt beaten as Australia

heads for a first-round exit

from the Davis Cup. Australia

must beat England tomorrow at

the SCG to keep its Tri-Nations

hopes alive after last night's

loss in Melbourne. Chasing

253, England reached the target

with just 3 balls to spare.

Man of the match Paul

Collingwood hit an unbeaten

120. After a pore stoort to

the series, England has now won

three straight games. Not so

long ago the one-day series was

dying a predictable death, but

England's recent performances

have elevated the team from

laughing stock to serious

one-day title contenders.

Last night really hurt and

sometimes you need that,

especially leading into a big

series like the World Cup. We

made the mistakes and they made

us pay, so we can't afford to

make them again. At 3/15 it

looked as though the crowd was

in for an early night but a

century stand from Collingwood

and Bell got the innings back

on track. Great fieldings, to

be honest, to put a performance

like that in such an important

game in the finals. In all my

time playing one-day cricket

for England and wearing the

blue shirt, I think it is the

best I've seen . The way he

paced it, the the stamina, his

concentration. England needed

4 runs off the last over and

they got there with 3 balls to


COMMENTATOR: Paul Collingwood,

absolutely superb. We want to

take something home and we are

in a position now in which we

can do so. We probably played

our worst game in a final

tonight, so that's the disappointing side for me.

The Australians were in the

same situation last year.

After droving the first final,

they won the next two to take

out the series. And New South

Wales pace man Stuart Clark

sent a timely reminder to the

national slethors. The Test

bowler has taken career-best

figures of 8/58 including a

hat-trick in the match against

Western Australia. The Blues

claimed first innings points

and are now on track for an

outright win. After being left

out of the one-day team, Clark

ripped through WA's top order,

Adam Voges, Marcus North and

Steve Magoffin were his

hat-trick wickets. Clark

continued his fine form this

morning. Only a quick fire 69

from Luke Ronchi gave the war

ors' innings any

respectability. Australia is

facing an embarrassing defeat

in its first round Davis Cup

against Belgium. Lleyton

Hewitt and Chris Guccione both

led early but lost their

opening singles rubbers.

Hewitt will need to back up

with a win in tonight's doubles

to keep Australia in the tie.

The big-hearted support is

still there. On a first-round

dumping would provide another

unwelcome reminder that

Australia is a fading force in

world tennis. Belgium hasn't

won a group tie in almost eight

years and its nom 2 player

looked out of his depth.

Lleyton Hewitt won the first

set, but dropped concentration

and the second. Hewitt has an

imposing Davis Cup record and

looked on track to add another

win when he grabbed the third

set, but the young Belgian

bounced back to win the fourth.

He has got it. And after

almost had.5 hours on court,

sealed an upset win in style.

-- 4.5 hours on court. Chris

Guccione was the underdog

against Rochu su,, but he

surprised Belgian's best. The

slow clay courts didn't help

the Australian's style, and his

big serve was vulnerable.

Rochus shook off the slow start

to win the next three sets and

the match. Australia must win

tonight's doubles to avoid

being eliminated in the first

round. Webb Webb Webb Karrie

Webb has stormed back into

contention in the Australian

ladies Masters on the Gold

Coast with a new course record

of 10-under par. Webb's put er

ran hot to put her on track for

her 6th Masters title, but she

will have to beat Michelle

Ellis and a chasing pack of

South Koreans and Americans.

The early move came from

Gladwys Nocera. But it wasn't

long before five-time champion

Karrie Webb began to finally

make her mark on the tournament

she has owned for most of the

last decade. She started the

day 7 shots in arrears, but a

four-hole birdie blitz had her

breathing down the lead ers'

necks. She turned just three

shots behind pace set er, Ahn

Sun-Ju and continued to play

near fluless golf. Webb hit

the jut right lead with a

birdie on 15 and her trusty

blade didn't let her down.

Her stunning round of 62 broke

the course record she has

shared for 7 years. Just one

of those days. The hole was as

big as a bucket and I don't

think I've made that many putts

for a very long time and there

were a couple of big ones, too. Fellow Australian Michelle

Ellis who started the day just

one shot off the pace had a

mixed front nine, but she came

into her own on a homeward

nine, birdies on 13, 14 and 15,

ensuring the Australians would

go head-to-head on the final


Shin Jee Yigh seized the

baton, a bogey free round of

66, leaving her a shot behind

the Australians in outright

third. New South Wales has

suffered its first loss of the

Super 14 season, going down to

South African team the Sharks

in Durban. The Waratahs lost

by 13 points. The Western

Force force thumped the

Stormers. The Hurricanes won

the all-New Zealand clash and

the Crusaders lead the Reds.

Both the war -- both the

Waratahs and Sharks were coming

off first-round victories.

Penalty goals were important

and Peter Hewat landed only

three from seven attempts. The

Waratahs made plenty of breaks.

While some Sharks weren't

threatening, others were

looking to devour their

opponents. Percy Montgomery's

trusty boot gave the team a 9-6

lead at the break. Tatafu

Polota-nau, but this was as close as New South Wales went

to scoring a try. With three

minutes to go, the Sharks

wrapped up the win with the

only try of the game. In

Cape Town, former Sydney

Roosters centre Ryan Cross

scored his first Super 14 try

in the western Force' win over

the Stormers. Wallaby back

Cameron shepherd kicked six

goals from as many attempts.

Looking to build on a rare

first-round victory, Queensland

made early in roads against the

Crusaders with Clinton

Schifcofske producing the

elusive running that was his

trademark with the Canberra

raiders. Defending champions

the Crusaders still had enough

quality to trouble Queensland

and took a 14-0 lead. The Reds

forwards muscled up and Greg

Holmes crashed over. Three

Schifcofske penalty goals and a

freakish try from peter Hines

put Queensland in front early

in the second half. And the

final score in that game, the

Crusaders have bee en the

Queensland Reds p 3-22. --

33-2 it. Adelaide United and the bloudges

33-22. The winner of the

match will take on Melbourne

Victory at the Docklands next

Sunday. Reds captain lois list

lois says his team is still

hurting after its major

semifinal loss to Melbourne and

desperately wants a re-match in

the Grand Final. We've got a

big, big chance of winning this

game and like I said before,

we're still angry from last

week, losing with a minute 40

leaf, so we are going to be

very aggressive out there.

Despite a turn around in form

this season, Newcastle

acknowledge s New Zealand's

home ground advantage will be

difficult to overcome. We are

well aware that we are up

against an Adelaide United who

is playing in front of their

supporters. To the weather

now on another very humid and

stormy day across much of the

State. In Sydney, it reached

28 degrees, two above the


To the satellite picture,

and cloud is building over

eastern New South Wales and

Victoria along a trough and

there is patchy cloud over

Western Australia and the

Northern Territory in a broad

trough of low pressure. On

the synoptic chart, moist

easterly winds feeding into a

broad trough will result in

widespread showers across

eastern New South Wales,

Victoria and northern Tasmania

. In the way of rain tomorrow,

falls for much of south-eastern

Australia and for the

north-east and north-west of

the continent. In the cap

capital cities tomorrow:

A reminder ABC Television's

Sunday morning news and current

affairs line-up returns

tomorrow. First up is

'Insiders' with Barrie Cassidy

at 9 o'clock and Barrie's first

guest of the year is Julia

Gillard. On 'Inside Business'

with Alan Kohler at so the

guest is Tigers Airways chief

ex- ek tiff Tony Davis. Barrie

Cassidy returns at 10.30 with

'Offsiders' and the newly appointed Australian cricket

coach Tim Neilson and at 11 o'clock Helen Vatsikopolous

will host 'Asia Pacific Focus'.

Before we go, the Federal

Government and the Opposition

have both condemned a proposal

by the greeps to end coal

exports as a way of reduce ing

greenhouse gas emissions. The

State Government has fast

tracked approval of the

controversial East Darling

Harbour redevelopment just a

day after the Opposition

threatened to review the

project. And the trial of

accused terrorist Willie

Brigitte has finished with

prosecutors demanding a maximum

jail term. And that's ABC News

for tonight. I'm Felicity

Davey. We will have updates

throughout the evening. Until

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