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(generated from captions) Beautiful, yes, and very

for the Prime Minister's airs gracious. A gracious lady. As

and graces, some have questioned her decision to bow

instead of curtsey yesterday.

The advice to me was very

clear, that you can make a

choice with what you feel most

comfortable with, that's what I

felt most comfortable with. Not for the Governor-General, though. Comfortable with a

quick dip. quick dip. Commonwealth Ombudsman Allan Asher has bowed

to pressure and quit as the independent watchdog, after admitting he secretly drafted questions for the Greens to ask him at a parliamentary hearing.

Mr Asher concedes he may have damaged the reputation of the

office, while the Greens are accusing the Gillard Government of a political assassination. Here's chief political

correspondent Mark Simpkin. This was the beginning This was the beginning of his Commonwealth Ombudsman, end. Allan Asher, the

committee. The fall of the delighted to appear before

house of Asher. Welcome any questions that the committee may wish to direct. questions were particularly

welcome because he had written them himself. The supposedly

independent Ombudsman emailed

them to Greens Senator sarns

sans and she duly asked sans and she duly asked them.

In February, you issued a report and you warned report and you warned the Government about the situation

on Christmas Island, you said it was unsustainable. Why did you decide to launch that inquiry

inquiry when the government has

their own inquiry, the Hawke-Williams inquiry? The scripted exchange allow the Ombudsman to call for funding and to question the Ombudsman to call for more

government's asylum seeker policy. The Special Minister of

State and the head of the Prime Minister's department both met State and the head of the Prime

Allan Asher this week, making the government's position

clear. I think it remains for the Ombudsman to this conduct meets his

obligations of independence and impartiality, that's a question

for the Ombudsman himself.

This afternoon, the answered that question. This afternoon, the Ombudsman

This is a political

assassination of a very decent

Australian working in the assassination of a very decent

public leader turned on the party he's keeping in office. It is the

Labor Party getting rid of a

person who was doing his job but creating some public

anxiety for them. The watchdog

who wrote the questions is

resigning but the Senator who

asked them certainly isn't. The

Greens insist they did nothing

Greens insist they did nothing

wrong. South Australia's long-serving Premier Mike Rann is

handing over the top job to the current Education Minister, Jay current Education Minister, Jay Weatherill. Mr Rann will move to the Bob after 17 leading the state ALP to the Bob after 17 years

nearly 10 years as Premier. He was ousted by faction leaders

in July, but Mr Rann says he

won't be a spoiler in the new

today he cited his government. In parliament

achievements, including the

approvals for an expanded Olympic Dam mine. My own is that South Australia is Olympic Dam mine. My own view

positioned for greatness, if we continue to look forward and

not be distracted by a noisy

minority who oppose and minority who oppose and have always opposed any Weatherill will be sworn in at

Government House in Adelaide

tomorrow. Qantas has been

given some breathing space in

its battle with the unions.

Engineers have called off all industrial action planned for

the next three weeks. The move

comes after the comes after the two parties failed to resolve their dispute

at Fair Work Australia. Some

say enough is enough and

there's renewed pressure for the Federal Government intervene. As the parties met for yet another intervene. As the warring

round of talks, signs of

retreat were starting to show.

Our protected industrial action

is all called off

of three weeks. The union had threatened further of three weeks. The engineers

industrial action from next week if Qantas failed to meet its demands at Australia's industrial watchdog. There was industrial

no resolution but away from the negotiating table the negotiating table the union

said it would put overtime bans

on hold in an act of goodwill: just hope it's accepted by We think it's a good sign, and

Qantas as being a genuine

little too late, we have offer. In many ways it's too

as a direct result of the already grounded seven aircraft

industrial action. It's that

claim that the union still claim that the union

doesn't believe. We think

Qantas are overstating the whole situation. The airline's

35,000 workers will hope its CEO hasn't overstated threats

that he could be Ford to lay

off staff. We need to get off staff. We need to get a

deal done to ensure we can

business, for your passengers

and for our employees much

Those who Qantas depend on to Those who Qantas depend on

sell its ticket have dispute. The sell its ticket have joined the

Australia's biggest onliner air

fares sale site says the fares sale site says the time

has gold medal for government intervention The government

can't say, sort it out. It has

position and do what it's paid to to take a leadership

to do, which is to govern.

Qantas and the union will meet

again at Fair Work Australia

have next week. To Greece, there

the streets of Athens, tens of thousands of angry Greeks

turned out to protest against

the new wave of austerity measures. Riot police moved in and came under heavy attack but the government says in the long term the painful measures

pay off. Here's pay off. Here's Europe correspondent Rachel Brown.

Fury has erupted in central

Athens as the tug of war continues between popular anger

and international financial demands. Crowds outside parliament set fire to a sentry box and box and their volley of marble chunks on-Molotov cocktails was

met by tear gas and stun grenades. Around 100,000 people are joining in the

two-day strike, crippling flights and public interest and closing schools and tourist

attractions. It comes as attractions. It comes as the

government prepares to vote

yet more austerity measures,

the price for the price for continuing support from other Eurozone

countries and the IMF. The vast majority of the Greek

people who are not happy, and

some of whom are in fact in the streets streets today, understand that

these measures, as terribly difficult as they are, are necessary

necessary and will guarantee a better future for themselves

and their families. The But the Greeks say

returned the economy will die

and suicide rates will continue to skyrocket. Greece has entered into a coma, which is

deepening. The more medicine is

being applied on the patient,

the deeper the coma is

becoming. This protest is the unions last stand before the

Greekend's EU summit on

rescuing the currency from the

sovereign debt crisis.

Greece creating confidence in

the investors that it can bam

back to a path of successful,

it will have the necessary

confidence and without

confidence there will be no

investment and no jobs much It has been 18 months since has been 18 months since Greece

received its first bail-out but

the mountain of top remains at the top of the US state of Ohio police

have killed dozens of animals,

including endang erred Bengal

tigers after the

loose and took his own life. A

warning, this report contains

disturbing images. As night fell, police in fell, police in rural Zanesville faced an extraordinary task, extraordinary task, hunting

down more than 50 animals, many

exotic and dangerous. It's exotic and dangerous. It's not

just a might matter, it's just a might matter, it's like Noah's Noah's ark, filled with typingers, lions and leopards

and monkeys, and they are out there. I don't know how to describe it any worse than

that. Residents were told stay indoors. Scary, you don't know where they're at and if the cops

the cops can't catch them, they are going to be running wild.

The darkness and the sheer number meant it was too

dangerous to use transaction

equalisers. Police were ordered

to shoot to kill. These are

wild animals you would see on TV in Africa. The 62-year-old

to have committed suicide after

letting the animals loose. By

morning, most were dead,

including 18 endangered Bengal

tigers - a tragedy, according

to wildlife experts. I'm sorry

it had to be done, but if the

tigers were running around the

neighbourhoods, you folks wouldn't

wouldn't have wanted to seen what would have happened.

Schools remain closed as the

hunt went O There are

missing animals, a grey wolf

and a monkey. It's unclear how

the animals' owner managed to

collect them, but Ohio's laws

have been criticised in the

past for being too lax.

Police have clashed with residents of an illegal settlement in the English

county of Essex. The violence

flared when authorities flared when authorities carried out an eviction order on part

of Dale Farm, which has been

home to travellers and Romany people for more than a decade.

Most of the protesters were

supporters who joined supporters who joined residents

at the site in the lead-up to the eviction. Council officials said they had residents plenty of notice with

residents plenty of notice with some families were still there

when the trouble began. Shame on you, you didn't promise

this, you cheated us, you said

you were were coming in you were were coming in

peaceful. The local coups has

been fighting for 10 years to

have the illegal settlement

removed. Turkey has launched

air and ground assaults on

Kurdish militants in Iraq,

vowing to avenge the deaths of were killed in raids on two Turkish bases, one of the

deadliest curd dish attacks in

decades. Turkish forces decades. Turkish forces are on a mission of search and

destroy, bench on avenging

their comrades and pursuing

their comrades and pursuing the estimated 230 Kurdish fighters

across the border into northern Iraq. Whoever Iraq. Whoever supports terror

feeds it and helps it. Whoever

toll rates it and ignores its toll rates it and ignores its

inhumane attacks and tries to

cover the bloody face of

terror, I want to let them know

breathing down their next. The

warning is aimed squarely at

Iraq. Two days ago, this was the scene of a roadside bomb which killed 8, including civilians. Just last week, Turkey asked its southern

neighbour to move on the

Kurdish base, saying its

patience was running out. Now this latest attack, the deadliest in almost two deadliest in almost two decades TRANSLATION: We will retaliate

in spades against those who

think they have managed to

these attacks. Attacking Turkey

with guns will

nothing. We stand in

solidarity with the Turkish people and and condemn in people and and condemn in the strongest possible terms the attacks. Despite its anger,

for now Turkey's incursion into

Iraq appears to be limited. Record-breaking rain has continued to soak Far North

in the past three days. The

early arrival of the wet season

has made life even harder for

residents around residents around Tully, who are still strugglingling to rebuild

after Cyclone Yasi. Another

day, another downpour for the

for north We are used to the

wet weather, just not in October. Some areas were threaten by bushfires last

week, now dealing with flooding

rains. For the second day in a row, dumped on Cairns than dumped on Cairns than usually

falls in the entire month of October. The rain, which has revived the Barron Falls, revived the Barron Falls, has dampened the efforts residents trying to rebuild residents trying to rebuild after Cyclone Yasi. The wind

has been terrible, knocking

things over, trying to hold

down tarps. We are down to

under 140 roofs with tarpaulins, and I have done some research, been on to some research, been on to our

people this morning, there has

not been a large call-out at all. The tarp towns around places like Tully are struggling with the unseasonal weather. I haven't seen so

much wind since the cyclone, it's back again. It has

renewed pressure to speed up

the recovery. That's an issue

we are concerned about as the wet season approaches. For

some residents it's not just proposinging but looming

dangerously overhead. I don't

think people are Edey for

another one, no way. There is at least some on the horizon, with rain expected to ease tomorrow.

The Federal Government will introduce the national disability insurance scheme a year earlier than planned. The

plan is designed to provide

lifelong care for the disabled

and will now be launched in 2013. Groups have met 2013. Groups have met for the

first time to discuss the implementation of the policy.

Carers have welcomed the announcement. It will provide

my family in particular with funding that we don't receive currently, because have a disability that's recognised through other

funding systems. The scheme is

predicted to cost predicted to cost the Commonwealth $13 billion a

year. A snapshot of the nation's cities shows that, no

matter where you live, housing is

is hard to find. New figures

show there's a shortfall of 200,000 homes across 200,000 homes across the country. The report also

reveals that fewer young people

can afford to buy their own

properties, so they are staying

with mum and dad a lot longerment of Australia's population population is drifting north.

Its cities in Queensland, the Northern Territory and northern

Western Australia are Western Australia are growing

the fastest. Down south, Melbourne is outpacing Sydney.

Over the past Over the past decade, Melbourne's population grew by 600,000, while Sydney's increased by just under

450,000. That is as a result

of many people leaving Sydney, either either for South-East

Queensland or for the Queensland or for the coastal areas of New South Wales.

Despite all this growth, construction

There's a shortfall of 200,000

homes across the country. It is

creating a crisis in housing affordability. What we are seeing is that high housing costs are forcing young costs are forcing young people to stay at home for longer or

stay in the rental market for longer. More young people were

found to be moving to outer urban or regional areas, possibly to avoid congestion.

If you look at the cities, a lot of places where you have housing without housing without proper seems that, where possible,

people are leaving their at hoe, more are turning

public transport or using

bicycles, and Australians have been consuming less energy and water and cutting household waste. It's coming off a very

high base, we are still one of

the highest producers of

greenhouse gas emissions per

person in the industrialised world, and we are still one of

the largest producers the largest producers of household waste the The

government is offering grants

to people with ideas about how to

sustainable and liveable. To

finance, shares and the dollar

both fell following a decline on Wall on Wall Street. Here's Alan

Koehler. It's fair to say that

sharemarkets are in a trend free zone at the moment,

investors have no idea what to

do as they wait for urine Australian leader to come Australian leader to come up with a solution to the fact

that some members and. Banks

are quite insolvent. Will

Germany agree to cough up the money needed, will Greece default, or rather when default? These questions and

more will be answered shortly. Market were left to inspect Market were left to inspect the

US Federal Reserve board's

so-called beige book, a round-up of economic conditions

which came out last night.

which came out last night. Totally inconclusive, so Wall Street reversed Street reversed yesterday's gains gains, just in case. European market went up, Asia followed Wall Street and

so did ours. Resources stocks posted big falls, the down to 1 to 1.5% and Bluescope

Steel fell sharply. The

Australian dollar moves about a

cent a day but it's leaping up and

and down on the spot waiting

for a resolution to the European debt a chart of the Australian

dollar and the global

price index, which I'm calling siblings in risk. When v. Are

more risk averse they sell shares and the us a circumstances when they circumstances when they are feeling better they buy both.

Commodities are risk assets and

last night they had a rugged session in the United States. There is good Australian economy, the

Commonwealth Bank produces an

index derived from all credit and debit card transactions,

which is a broad retail sales

figure. The latest for September showed a rise of

0.2%, taking the index to 0.2%, taking the index to its

highest level for two years and

showing a recovery from showing a recovery from the low

of five months ago that looks

like a V. To sport now with

tult Tut. A high profile withdrawal from Saturday's Cox Plate? It wouldn't be the same if it did not happen, we if it did not happen, we need

controversy. As the Gai Waterhouse Descarado is out of

the Cox Plate and appears to be an unlikely starter for the

Melbourne Cup. It has struggled to overcome swelling in to overcome swelling in its

hind leg. Platform platform is aiming for a 15th consecutive win on Saturday. It sounds

like stal yons get jut as excited as punters when

platform platform is around.

The undefeated champ is facing

a 15th straight mare has already stared down

most rivals, with only four

runners taking up Saturday's challenge It's a bit disappointing

disappointing for

s that have butted heads

suggest she might be breaking a

few hearts. Of Punters are

looking for a looking for a souvenir. Bookmaker should be putting

something towards charity,

because a lot of people didn't

worry about collecting. Bookies are framing market without Black without Black Caviar in the five horse

competition has fans crying out for Sepoy to challenge Black Caviar on stakes day. It would

be tremendous for racing and it's something I wouldn't hide

from, Sepoy is a hell of a

horse, buying in mind he's horse, buying in mind he's only

a 3-year-old, compared to her,

but it would set up a tremendous clash. One clash

that won't happen is that won't happen is Descarado taking on Helmet in the Cox Plate. Gai Waterhouse has been concerned with the horse since

last week's gallop on the Moonee Valley mool. Now the Caulfield Cup and Caulfield

stakes winner is in the Melbourne Cup. the Melbourne Cup. It's

unlikely that he will unlikely that he will go forward. Handicap Carpenter has penalised Dunaden

half a kilogram for the Geelong

Cup win, it will carry 54.5 kg, the same weight Americain carried

carried to victory last year.

The French horses. A

combination of experience and

youth has helped achieve victory in the opening game of the one-day series Africa. Veteran Ricky Ponting

top scored before teenager Pat

Cummins took three wickets as

Australia won the game by 93

runs. In his 368th game and

playing as a makeshift opener, Ricky Ponting adapt he to the

rule which gives each team two

new balls per innings. It

keeps you on your toes, more movement for longer than you speck. The former captain made

63 as Australia finished with

183 off a rain reduced 29 overs. 18-year-old Pat Cummins had an eventful

one-day debut, his first one-day debut, his first ball

went for 6 but next over Jacques Kallis was first first had the South Africans in two

minds and on the back foot as he finished with 3/28. he finished with 3/28. 20-year-old Mitch Marsh made

his debut in Australia's victory, game 2 in the best of 3 series is in Port Elizabeth on Sunday. What Anthony

Mundine wants to do is Mundine wants to do is become

the first boxer to win world titles in three different weight divisions in descending other. Of Last

unanimous points victory over Mexican Rigoberto Alvarez puts

him closer to the him closer to the goal. Mundine hopes to fight for the hopes to fight for the world title next year with American

Austin Trout the likely

opponent. There were almost as

many punches sthon in the

semifinal between Al Sadd semifinal between Al Sadd and Suwon Bluewings chtion The

brawl was sparked when a Suwon

player was injured and Al Sadd opted to

goal, instead of giving the ball back to the opposition.

The coaches exchanged words, a

spectator joined in the

fighting before players and substitutes got involved. substitutes got involved. Very ugly scenes Two players were

sent off. For the record, Al Sadd had a 2-0 win. Baseball's

world series has St Louis

playing Texas, a 10-time winner against a team that has against a team that has never

claim the title. Game one was

in Missouri and the home team struck the game with the only the game with the only long shot. A third run in the sixth

innings was enough for St Louis. A 3-2

games to play. In domestic cricket, New South Wales has

held on for a draw in the

opening Sheffield Shield game against South Australia in

Adelaide. A century to US man

Khawaja and 65 not out for

Moses enreaction helped the Blues avoid outright loss. The organisers of the Gold Coast

600 say everything is now 600 say everything is now in

place for the V8 supercars

round in weekendment dries were

shocked by the death of British

Indy driver Dan Wheldon in a

crash in the United States. He

was due to line up in the Gold

Coast event and organisers Coast event and organisers had

to find flee replacement international drivers as a result of result of the fatal pile-up.

Drivers competing in this

weekend's races will carry

Wheldon's name on their helmets

as a tribute. We all new lives, I knew him when I was

about 10 years old, from

go-kart racing in England, and I have very fond I have very fond memories of

Dan. He was a great driver, a

great champion and we are all

missing him. The V8 supercars hit the Surfers Paradise hit the Surfers Paradise street circuit tomorrow for practice

and racing begins on Saturday. In the European Champions League there were wins for

Chelsea and Arsenal overnight.

Chelsea and Arsenal overnight. Graham Creed with the

two-day out lock. We are starting to see the onslaught of the period

conditions across many areas of southern Australia. For south-east, it's in association

with the trough. It will be fairly slow moving over the

weekend, so we expect some

fairly cloudy conditions. Warm fairly cloudy conditions. Warm and relatively humid and relatively humid as well,

with fairly widespread showers, possible through many areas,

although Tasmania, the effect is is relatively limited, more the southern mainland states will

feel the biggest effect. A

trough through inland WA, with showers and thunderstorms

there, spreading into the

Northern Territory. Onshore

winds triggering isolated

showers along the Queensland

coast. The heavy falls around the Cairns region

the Cairns region will

dissipate, but there is still

the chance of isolated showers hanging around through the day.

Rainfall about the south-eastern centres will ease

to showers but the to showers but the northern extent of the trough will see

thunderstorms through the central central and northern inland of WA. Also through many parts of

the Northern Territory. At

this stage we are not looking at overly significant rainfall, most most falls will be less than

10mm from the system, but

cooler across the south in a generally south-westerly wind flow. Heading into the the showers and thunderstorms

will extend further south through WA. That is a low

pressure system starting to

move into the state. This move into the state. This will link up with the trough through the east to unstable conditions into next

unstable conditions into next

week. Next week we are likely

to see decent accumulated falls across all the southern

districts of Australia. We still have the own shore winds

on the Queensland coast but the

high is starting to weaken, so the winds are easing, the wind

warnings will start to drop off

and the showers are becoming lighter and more isolated.

They will be Hanking They will be Hanking around for parts of the Queensland parts of the Queensland coast to begin with on the weekend, to begin with on the weekend, more likely around the far

north-east and exposed area of the south-east. the south-east. A little bit of

cloud and shower activity into

the southern border areas of

situation, but falls relatively

light. Most of the falls through Victoria are expected to be on and north of

ranges, with relatively dry

conditions through the south, just the possibility of an

isolated shower or two more

Melbourne. Unsettled

conditions in Western Australia, extending into the Australia, extending into the

Northern Territory. Back to

the royal tour, around the royal tour, around the Queen has

safari, Australian style. At their request, the royal couple

were taken to see the kangaroos

living within the sprawling grounds of Government House, and they found them. The

Queen's royal golf buggy took

up pursuit. They also planted a tree to commemorate their visit

and met

and met staff at the residence.

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Sales wers, tonight, we cross

Sales wers, tonight, we cross

to Athens where once again

citizens have taken to the

streets and the mood is increasingly pessimistic. However badly designed However badly designed Europe might have been, if it

collapses in the next few weeks

or months it will drag down

with it the whole concept of

the European Union. British

pianist James Rhodes, the wild

child of the piano. D word "classical "classical music", what does it

mean? Breaking the ruse, mean? Breaking the ruse, bad

and mad. I don't think there

is anything unique about

madness, you just a lot of people who don't like talking

about it. First about it. First tonight, the Commonwealth Ombudsman has

quit under intense pressure from the government. Allan Asher has been in the