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(generated from captions) This program is not subtitled This program is captioned live. Freed by the courts - Jack Thomas go. but the authorities won't let the Australian community. The issue is about protecting Float fallout - on an even keel. but Telstra shares finish for a Lane Cove Tunnel U-turn. Taxpayers to foot the bill in the battle against cancer. And a new front-line getting rid of cervical cancer It's a significant step towards for good.

Juanita Phillips with ABC News. Good evening. He thought he was a free man - has become the first Australian but Melbourne's Jack Thomas to be issued with a control order, severely restricting his movements.

terror-related offences was quashed, Although his conviction for he must stay home at night the new order means to make phone calls. and will need written approval and unnecessary, His family says it's extreme but the Federal Court believes to the community. he's still a danger This morning, with his wife and children Jack Thomas was on holiday at Victoria's Gippsland Lakes. to his Melbourne home Now, he's on his way back by Australian Federal Police. after a beachside visit the Federal Magistrates' Court The AFP says it was able to satisfy was needed that an interim control order from a potential terrorist attack. to help protect the public by the Attorney-General. The order was approved

by a court on an interim basis This is an order that has been made and it is to be affirmed, into the business and I'm not going to get or the adequacy of that evidence, of commenting on the evidence it is not appropriate. Jack Thomas's conviction and travelling on a false passport of receiving funds from al-Qaeda by the Victorian Court of Appeal. was recently overturned His family is concerned leaves him in a no-man's land, that the latest development and innocent. somewhere between guilty my brother's convictions Obviously, the decision to quash and make him a free man the Australian Federal Police were a setback to and the Attorney-General's office. are a complete shock to us. These events this morning, today, Under the control order, by a nightly curfew Jack Thomas must abide three times a week. and report to police from leaving Australia He's prohibited associated with al-Qaeda. and from making contact with anyone the Australian community, The issue is about protecting for an offence not punishing a person

proven beyond reasonable doubt. Jack Thomas's lawyers say to comment on the order. it's not appropriate for them before the courts His case will be back

later this week. Tamara Oudyn, ABC News, Melbourne. has used his first public appearance Washington's new man in Australia will not face the death penalty. to promise that David Hicks Ambassador Robert MacCallum says But at the same, resolution of Hicks's case. there's little prospect of an early It's been a long time coming but now, after an 18-month gap, a US ambassador Australia finally has is making up for lost time. and Robert McCallum and partner in the globe. There is no more significant ally go back a long way. He and George W. Bush

he was 19 years old. I've known him since for a new US envoy, If Canberra's been waiting a while languishing at Guantanamo Bay David Hicks has now been without trial. for close to five years justice delayed is justice denied Mr McCallum disputes that of international law. or that Washington is in breach is a disregard for the rule of law. It is a misconception that there

it's a corrupt process. But Hicks's Australian lawyer says get on with it. Charge him or release him - already. They've wasted too much time Two months ago, the military tribunals the US Supreme Court outlawed to try Hicks. Washington was planning to use

Today, the Ambassador pledged were set up that whatever new arrangements

Hicks would not be executed. the death penalty. He will not face The ambassador's predecessor with the Labor Party. had a hostile relationship to reach out to Kim Beazley - Robert McCallum is promising as he puts it - but not to pull his punches. When I am asked a question, an advocate's zeal. I will bring to it interesting conversations Which may make for some with the Opposition Leader, in his opposition given that he's been unrelenting to involvement in Iraq. American administration has taken The worst decision an in my living memory. for meeting the Greens' Bob Brown And what priority is there on the floor of parliament. who confronted Mr Bush

that Mr Green will necessarily - I don't want to presume or Mr Brown, of the Green Party. or was that Senator Green? Up to Senator Brown, he says - Jim Middleton, ABC News, Canberra. for Telstra shares today It was a bumpy ride of the Government's decision as the market took stock a third of its stake in the telco. to sell off After touching a new low, to finish unchanged. the share price recovered defends the T3 float, And while the Government there's been no let up with Telstra management. in its war of words the market closed last week The Government waited until before announcing the sale. This morning investors reacted another few cents. and Telstra shares dropped I'm a Telstra shareholder, big chance that I'll be buying. but I don't think there's a very that it's too political Most serious investors think and it's too volatile. a pretty reasonable buy, Telstra is to my way of thinking, where it's going to finish, because no-one can tell a cheap price to me. but it just seems The Prime Minister, an expanded car plant in Adelaide, who was inspecting the share price won't fall further. says he can't guarantee commentary on the share price. Look, I'm not going to give a daily But with promises of incentives to existing shareholders, the Government's standing by the decision to sell a third of its remaining stake in Telstra and park the rest in the Future Fund. Existing shareholders are probably waiting to see what kind of benefits might be announced as part of the offer. The Opposition Leader says John Howard's surrendering the telco. Kim Beazley's calling it a fire sale and he's also come to the defence of Telstra management in its continuing dispute with Cabinet

over Government regulations. He says the Government's finding Sol Trujillo and his team hard to take,

because they don't care what the Government thinks and are operating like tough managers. They don't know that the appropriate approach of all journalists and others in Australia is to be on their knees in front of John Howard. On cue, the Telstra boss today fired off a statement disputing the latest ruling from the competition watchdog that the telco should cut fees for competitors to access its copper network. Sol Trujillo says the ACCC decision is inconsistent with Government policy and: But at the close,

enough investors had bought in to leave the stock back where it started - unchanged, at $3.50. Craig McMurtrie, ABC News, Canberra. Buyer beware - that's the message from the shareholders' lobby group. While the short term gains from the new Telstra float are expected to be attractive, big and small investors alike are wary about Telstra's longer-term prospects. The Australian Shareholders' Association says beware of governments bearing gifts. There's an investment adage that says the higher the return, the greater the risk. If the first instalment was $2 a share, the yield, given the dividend pay-out, would be 14%. For some retirees or super funds, the return would jump to almost 20%, thanks to the franking credits. We've only got one year's promised dividend and whilst that's an excellent return for one year, what happens if the capital value of your shares depreciates over that period? But high-yielding hopes were outweighed today by a degree of uncertainty about the detail of T3. Big fund investors were either lying low or looking on the bright side. They'll welcome the fact that the company is moving more fully into private hands and can operate as a shareholder-focused business. But other professional investors will drive a hard bargain. Certainly institutional investors don't see a real good reason to have a lot of money in the sector. It's a troubled sector,

there's a lot of regulatory pressure. And as expected, Telstra lost another battle with the regulator Graeme Samuel as the ACCC decided it would have to cut the price it charges competitors for access to its copper wire telephone network by 20%. Telstra will appeal against the ruling. T3's tortuous sales process points to one inescapable fact - it's not a great time for the Government

to be selling more of its phone company. Phillip Lasker, ABC News. It was meant to cost taxpayers nothing, but like the Cross City Tunnel before it, the Lane Cove project looks like turning into a rather costly affair. The State Government has admitted it's planning to compensate the Lane Cove operators for delaying changes to the roads around it. Those changes, along with the possible public backlash about them, now won't happen until after the election. The Roads Minister says he's determined to avoid another fiasco, adamant the mistakes made with the Cross City Tunnel won't be repeated. Sydney needs the Lane Cove Tunnel and we want to make sure that it works properly. So, changes to Epping Road and other surface streets

will be delayed, until at least six months after the tunnel opens and well after the State election in March. Do I think it's politically cynical of Morris Iemma? Absolutely. What you're seeing is a proposal to move any debate about the real impact of the changes until after the election. The road closures linked to the Cross City Tunnel sparked a public outcry, a boycott of the motorway, and PR disaster for the Government. At Lane Cove, six lanes of general traffic on Epping Road are due to be reduced to two lanes with dedicated bus lanes. The Minister says he wants to iron out teething problems and see how the new tunnel fares before changing surface roads,

but there's a sting. We are prepared to invest to get this project right from day one. "Invest" - that's Government spin for compensation. The Minister won't put a figure on it, but the Cross City Tunnel operator is suing the Government for $140 million

for reversing road closures around the city. And facing an estimates committee late today, the Premier was grilled about a compensation deal. CHAIRMAN: Have you had a briefing, of any description, in relation to the range of compensation that you're likely to be paying? I've answered your question on compensation. so you refuse to say. The Lane Cove Tunnel operator says it hasn't worked out

just how much compensation it will demand. It depends very much on the nature of the change

and the significance of that change, if it is significant we will seek compensation. Despite the delays to surface road changes, the tunnel boss still expects Epping Road to eventually be reduced to one lane of general traffic each way. Adrian Raschella, ABC News, Sydney. The sole survivor of a plane crash in the United States is fighting for his life in a Kentucky hospital tonight. Rescuers were only able to pull one man from the burning wreckage - the co-pilot - before they were driven back by the flames. All other 49 people on board died. The early-morning flight from Kentucky to Atlanta was disastrously brief. The regional jet, a CRJ200, operated by Delta Airlines subsidiary Comair, crashed into a field about a kilometre from the airport and burst into flames. I went out the back door and looked and there was no-one there, and I just looked around and I saw over the hillside, I saw the flash of light and the explosion and then just a big plume of smoke come up.

49 of the 50 people on board were killed, most dying in the fire. It was a hot fire. REPORTER: What's that mean? A hot fire means the craft had considerable damage to it.

The sole survivor, the plane's co-pilot, is in a critical condition. Investigators are listening to the jet's flight recorders to determine the cause of the crash. One theory is the plane took off from the shorter of the airport's runways - one designed for much smaller aircraft. What it says to me is that when a runway is that short he didn't reach a fast enough speed to maintain flight. It's the worst US airline accident since November 2001 and officials are keen to find out just what went wrong to ensure crashes like this remain relatively rare events.

Michael Rowland, ABC News. In a surprise admission, the leader of Hezbollah said today he wouldn't have ordered the capture of two Israeli soldiers

if he'd known the consequences. Hassan Nasrallah has told Lebanese television the fate of Hezbollah and the Israeli prisoners can only be resolved through negotiation. TRANSLATION: We did not think, even 1%, that the capture of the two Israelis would lead to a war at this time, and of this magnitude. The status of talks over a prisoner swap is unclear, but the issue will be on the agenda when the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, visits Beirut later tonight. Two television journalists are enjoying their first day of freedom after being held hostage for more than two weeks

by Palestinian militants in Gaza. American Steve Centanni and New Zealander Olaf Wiig received a warm welcome from friends and family.

During their ordeal they were blindfolded, tied up and forced at gunpoint to convert to Islam. The two Fox News employees have urged other journalists not to be deterred from reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. That would be a great tragedy for the people of Palestine and especially for the people of Gaza. The journalists were abducted by a group calling itself

the Holy Jihad Brigades, which unsuccessfuly demanded the release of all Muslim prisoners held by the US. It's only a simple jab, but from today

it'll be saving the lives of countless Australian women. The world's first vaccine for cervical cancer is now on the market. Seen as not just a win for public health, it's also a personal triumph for the Australian scientist Ian Frazer, who developed it. The first injection of a cervical cancer vaccine is the culmination of 15 years of hard work and a lifelong dream for Australian of the Year Professor Ian Frazer. It's very exciting, it's a significant step towards getting rid of cervical cancer for good. 24-year-old Kate Willetts was the first person to be inoculated. She volunteered after having an abnormal Pap smear a few years ago. Ever since then I have been fine but I've felt the need if there is a vaccine there to take it as it gives me more precautions against getting it again. Gardisil is approved for use on girls and women aged between 9-26.

It works by blocking strains of the human papilloma virus from turning cancerous. But it doesn't mean the end of Pap smears as it doesn't protect against all causes of cervical cancer. Our advice is strongly for women to have the vaccine and to continue having Pap smears because that gives them the maximumal protection against this disease. From today, women can get a prescription for vaccine from their GPs. It's given in three doses over six months and will cost $450. The manufacturers have applied to have Gardisil listed on the immunisation schedule,

meaning it would be free for those who qualify for the vaccine. That decision will be made when the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee meets in November. Sophie Scott, ABC News. Tonight's top story - police issue a control order to Melbourne man Jack Thomas. And still to come - time's up for Roosters NRL coach Ricky Stuart. The Federal Government is stepping up calls for school teachers to be paid according to performance and not just their length of service. A new study has found that the quality of the nation's teachers has fallen dramatically and merit-based pay could help reverse the downturn. The Prime Minister's long bemoaned the quality of history teaching,

but now it's the quality of the teachers themselves that's under scrutiny. A new study has found that in the past two decades

the high school literacy and numeracy scores of would-be teachers have fallen by 8% - and it's no mystery why. Teacher pay has fallen by about 10% over this 20-year period. The ANU economists say the government needs to do more to get talented teachers into the classroom, especially at a time of record-low unemployment and that performance-based wages could be the best way to achieve it.

Changing average teacher pay is a potential reform, but it's a very expensive reform. It may be that we can get more bang for our buck out of some sort of a merit-pay plan. That's delighted the Federal Education Minister, who's championed performance-based pay since taking up the portfolio. Teachers are the single most important determinant after parents in a child's educational outcomes. They should be rewarded and recognised for the results that they achieve. The National Teachers Union has dismissed the report as "an economists' assessment". The union says it supports incentives to get good teachers into underprivileged schools, but that quality teaching can't be measured against a list of performance indicators.

The State and Territory governments agree. Yet again, you've got the Federal Government floating a proposal without a lot of detail. I'm yet to see the case properly prosecuted that would convince me that we should do that. There's no reason why teachers should be only be paid on years in the job. Every other profession recognises merit. And, she says, merit-based pay would help lift the status of teaching as a career.

Dana Robertson, ABC News, Canberra. Transport subsidies for drought-affected areas in NSW have been extended until at least the end of November. The subsidies were due to expire at the end of this month, but with 95% of the State still in drought, the Government has decided the grants need to continue for the sake of the economy. A Sydney accountant has been convicted of hiring a hitman to kill a client. He had cheated him of tens of thousands of dollars.

Solicitor Tom Williams was shot dead at his office in Sydney's inner west in 2004. It's been more two years since Masami Williams found her husband bleeding to death in his office. She and her two sons were at home just metres away in the stomach. when he was shot twice in the crime of murder There's no worse crime than a paid killer and murder a father in front of - and then, to go to someone's house and wife nearby - with their two children as horrendous. can only be described of $80,000 Tom Williams was defrauded by his accountant, Mark Norman.

The jury accepted to be killed that Norman arranged for Mr Williams be detected. so that the fraud would never The hitman was Tony Olivieri. across three states. He was captured after a manhunt He was arrested 1,000km in the desert from Broome in WA, some two years ago now, and it's all come to fruition and all that hard work has paid off with today's verdict. Crucial evidence in the trial was a recorded telephone conversation when Olivieri was told that his photograph has been published in a newspaper. The jury deliberated for just two days before convicting Olivieri of murder. Norman was found guilty of accessory to murder and fraud. Mr Williams' widow wept openly its guilty verdicts. as the jury delivered

will return to court The men who killed her husband in October. for a sentencing hearing Jayne Margetts, ABC News, Sydney. To finance now - virtually steady today and the local share market traded as both oil and petrol prices fell. Here's Alan Kohler. this afternoon, The oil price has fallen 2% in Asia on Friday, after rising a bit in New York

but more important for us, has slumped in the past week - the national average petrol price

to less than $1.34, down 3.1 cents a litre which is the biggest fall for nearly a year. Very interesting oil price graph today - this is the global price of oil expressed in today's dollars, removing the effect of inflation. It clearly puts the current oil shock into historical context. The first oil shock was in the 1860s really, just after the first oil wells were drilled. Although, it was really an investment bubble, of the 1990s. like the internet bubble in a few months The oil price increased nine-fold

a frenzy of excitement as speculators got into about the stuff - which was being used by the way. for anything but transport fuel,

in the '70s, The second oil shock, in supply was actually two big cuts by Middle Eastern producers. And then there's now - largely from China. which is all about demand, three totally different causes. Three oil price booms, today The share market closed steady

trading. in very quiet, directionless broker reports came out Qantas fell 2% after some negative and AMP fell more than 1%. the retailers had a good day - Against that, Woolworths up 2%, and Coles Myer was up a couple of cents as the market waits to see what the gathering crowd of private equity players that are stalking the company decide to do. US stocks didn't do much on Friday, and the Australian dollar is trading slightly lower against all the major currencies, the trade-weighted index. and against And that's finance. The Sydney Roosters say Ricky Stuart is a mutual decision. the end of season departure of coach this afternoon Stuart met Roosters management the final year of his contract. with the club agreeing to pay out he's lost the support of the board. The 2002 premiership coach says just eight games this season The Roosters have won to be second-last on the ladder. for our club - Ricky's done an enormous amount one premiership. grand final appearances, we've had disappointing seasons However, in the last two years

acknowledges and Ricky as the head person he's got things to do with that. for the final time He'll coach the team against St George Illawarra. in this weekend's game picks his time of departure It's rare that a coach but John Buchanan has confirmed he'll be leaving the Australian cricket team after next year's World Cup. Meanwhile, captain Ricky Ponting wants to see cricket's best umpires in charge of matches, of using neutral umpires. rather than the current policy Here's Peter Wilkins. or a panel of the best? Neutral umpires any influence, The players don't think they have but the Australian captain thinks the big game. the best umpires should control they're Australian Now, whether that means or two Indians, or two Pakistanis to me that doesn't really matter out in the middle. as long as they're doing a good job The statistics don't lie. an extraordinary run John Buchanan has had with the Australian team. Across 85 Test matches, he's overseen a 75% success rate and almost the same percentage over his one-day international career.

One of the things hopefully that's been achieved

over that period of time It's rare in golf when this name matches his location, but on the way to a 4th consecutive victory, Tiger Woods had to battle with only glimpses of his A-game. With a host of players in or near the lead

midway through the round, for 3 birdies in four holes Woods found his best to 2 in front. to go from 2-behind two big putts at 16 and 17, But when Stewart Cink drained it was all square. with this. Then he had the chance to win Woods won his 52nd tournament, On the fourth hole of sudden death, since he turned professional. exactly 10 years In the Formula One world and icy nerves, of technical efficiency you rarely see this face. Brazilian Felipe Massa But in a front-running display, Grand Prix win in 66 starts must have sensed his first was imminent. After the usual spills and exits, Massa drove alone while seconds behind, team-mate Michael Schumacher searched for an error from World Championship leader Fernando Alonso. Alonso prevailed in a captivating battle over the last quarter to increase his championship lead to 12 points, with four races remaining. COMMENTATOR: He wasn't quite close enough! The Brazilian celebrated... Felipe Massa across the line! No! Alonso takes second! ..and it all spilled out. it's a dream come true. This is my first time so after a stellar career On the eve of his final tournament eight Grand Slam titles, which included for Andre Agassi. the US Open is awash with eulogies three generations, He's played across he's been an amazing ambassador. has a more humble focus - Australia's Lleyton Hewitt to find form with a gammy knee. I've hit the last three days, rehab treatment it's important to get of being able to play well. to give myself every possible chance play opening round matches tonight. Samantha Stosur and Alicia Molik records on the final night There've already been two world

of the Australian Short Course Championships in Hobart. Libby Lenton has bettered the world mark in the 100m butterfly by 0.39 of a second. And after breaking the 100 breast-stroke record in last night's semifinal, Leisel Jones shaved another 0.26 off her time in tonight's final. Going into warm up, obviously, that was my goal and wanted to improve on the 1.04 and didn't think I actually had it in me, for it so sort of just psyched myself up that I probably didn't think I had. and found something this year. It's Jones' fifth world record Archibald Prize-winning portrait The controversial of actor David Gulpilil in Sydney this evening. has gone under the hammer The Craig Ruddy work well above the expected price - sold for $312,000 - thanks mainly to the failed court challenge by a rival artist, and not a painting. who claimed it was a drawing Also up for auction is an important work by Brett Whiteley. The 4-metre long hummingbird and frangipani is expected to break the $2 million mark, making it one of Australia's most valuable paintings. The weather now with Mike Bailey. Thanks, Juanita. Good evening. Some scattered showers today about the northern half of the coast, with more on the way tomorrow. Sydney also scored a few suburban falls but it was mostly dry in the city where temperatures went from 11-19 degrees, a top that's average. also average. Tonight the temperature at 15.8 is Pressure is rising. State. Temperatures ranged around the -10 at Charlotte Pass overnight. A lot of rain around overnight. the northern part Most of the falls have been about of the NSW coast. Around the nation - main centres. Alice Springs was the wettest of the There is a trough that is getting some moist air from a high moving across. That will enhance showers for Sydney and Brisbane. Strong wind warning current for waters north of Broken Bay. Showers mostly about the coastal fringe. Sydney will be partly cloudy with the chance of a shower. Further outlook - shower or two on Wednesday, then fine. Thanks, Mike. And before we go, another quick look back at the stories making the news tonight. Terror-related charges against Jack Thomas may have been dropped on appeal, but the Melbourne man's been issued with a control order. It restricts his movements and the people he can meet. The market's been unimpressed by Government plans to sell off Telstra shares. The price fell, then rallied to its opening level. And the State Government is to compensate the Lane Cove Tunnel operators

after deciding to delay associated road changes until after next year's election. And that's ABC News for this Monday, I'm Juanita Phillips. I'll be back with updates during the evening and 'Lateline' is along at about 10:40, followed by 'Lateline Business'. We'll leave you tonight with the annual ceremony in Martin Place to launch Legacy Week. Goodnight. Closed Captions produced by Captioning and Subtitling International Pty Ltd

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