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Tonight talk turns to action -

North Korea to pay the

price. We are united in our

determination to see to it that

the Korean peninsula is nuclear

weapons free.

He wants you - the defence

force targets school leavers.

The industry mining for 70,000

new workers. And war cry - a

trans-Tasman spat over the

haka. I think it's offensive to

everyone in New Zealand.

Good evening, O'Brien with ABC

News. The United Nations

Security Council has ratified

tough trade and military

sanctions against North Korea

as punishment for its nuclear

test. The measures are designed

to further isolate the country

and cut off the flow of money

and resources which might

otherwise fuel its nuclear

ambitions. The unanimous vote

triggered a walkout by North

Korea's UN ambassador who

decried the mounting international pressure as a

declaration of war. From Washington Michael Rowland reports.

Will those in favour of the

draft resolution please raise

their hands.

Agreement finally reached the

Security Council held a rare

weekend session to mete out its

punishment to North Korea. The

draft resolution received 15

votes in spha vour. Passed with

unanimous support the

resolution orders North Korea

to abandon its nuclear program.

It also imposes a range of

punitive sanctions including a

ban on military sales to North

Korea, the inspection of all

cargo moving in and out of the

country to prevent the trafficking of nuclear

material. The freezing of

assets of people or companies

connected to the nuclear

program and a ban on the export

of luxury goods to the isolated

country. In a concession to

China and Russia, the is

resolution makes no mention of

possible military action

against North Korea but the US

is still very happy with the

outcome. This action by the

United Nations which was swift

and tough says that we are

united in our determination to

see to it that the Korean

free. peninsula is nuclear weapons

Australia has also embraced

the UN response. We warmly

welcome this resolution that

will put enormous pressure on

the North Korean.

North Korea, not surprisingly

isn't that impressed. It's UN

ambassador walked out of the

Security Council as the vote

was being taken leaving an

empty chair for the US

representative to berate. It is

the contemporary equivalent of

Nikita Kruschev pounding his

shoe on the chair of the US

assembly.

He warned his country won't

respond well to international

pressure. The DPRK will

continue to take physical

counter measures, considering

it as a declaration of war.

Preparing for any eventually

the US has been showcasing its

military muscle at a South

Korean Air base. These pay try

at missiles are standing ready

if more than rhetoric starts

flowing across the border.

Papua New Guinea is starting

to feel the fallout of the

Federal Government's row with

the Solomon Islands. Australia

had suspended planned visits by PNG's Prime Minister and

defence minister amid tensions

Solomon island's over attempts to extra died the

Attorney-General Julian Moti.

Mr Moti escaped from Port

Moresby to Honiara. The Foreign

Affairs Minister said that

flight must be fully

investigated. It's important to

the credibility of Papua New

Guinea that they establish who

gave those orders and how far

up the chain those orders came

from.

It's ease dwroi sound hairy

chested with small states in

the south Pacific, but does it

help Sol the problem one bit?

No, it simply adds fuel to the

fire.

A spokes woman for the PNG

Government said the

cancellation of visits was a

non-issue as there'd been none

planned in the immediate feature.

School leader also be offered

a year in the armed forces as

part pof a plan to boost

enlistment levels. The

Government hopes to attract up

to 1,000 recruits every year

but the opposition wants a

guarantee that it is not the

first step towards conviption.

It will be a gap year with a

difference, 12 months in the

Army, Navy or air force. A far

cry from the traditional

backpacking or odd jobs school

leavers are drawn to. It will

give these young Australians

the opportunity to try before

they buy. Weir the Australian

military uniform.

Until the minimum service time

for new recruits has been four

to six years, the one year

option will be of fered from

2008 to year 12 leavers who

have turned 18. It aims to

boost defence ranks with 1,000

recruits every year. We have a

very big recruiting challenge

in our defence force.

The Government will offer

instenives to encourage

recruits to stay on or return

within a five year period. The

opposition is weary. We would

have a problem with it if it is

a stalking horse for the

national service. introduction for full scale

The Government insists it's

not. The defence association

has welcomed the plan as a good

first step but says it must go

further. They should be

offering HECS waivers, if you

do three or four years in the

defence force you get HECS

waivers for three or four

years. Everything is on the table except national service or conscription.

The war in Iraq is one commitment stretching

Australia's defence force, it

had Brendan Nelson on the

defensive against today after

the former defence chief Peter Cosgrove reportedly admitted

the ongoing conflict had boosted global

terrorism. Brendan Nelson says

pulling out now would only boost the terrorist cause

further. The worst thing we

could do at the moment is leave

the country to its own devices.

Labor says general Cosgrove's comments add to its argument

for the troops to be withdrawn.

The leader of the National

Party in the Senate has warned

his parliamentary colleagues that unity and discipline will

be vital if they're to survive

an increasing challenge from independents. Senator Ron

Boswell told the party's

federal conference in Canberra

that independents are the key

obstacles to the growth and

effectiveness of the Nationals.

He warned that the relationship

with the Liberal Party must be

managed carefully. The greatest

gift we can give to the

Australian people is to endure. By subjecting our own

individual ambitions and

convictions to the group's best

interest. Australian political

representation is not for

hijacking by individuals or

short-term goals.

Unity has been an issue for

the Nationals. Since joining

Parliament last year Senator

Barnaby Joyce has crossed the floor to vote against the

Government several times.

First it was manufacturing now

iets the mining industry

warning of a critical skills

shortage over the next decade.

Studies suggest there'll be

70,000 unfilled jobs by 2015 if

steps aren't taken to train and

recruit more workers.

Mining production across the

country is at record levels and

a new report by two of Australia's leading resource

industry bodies shows demands

for mining worker also increase

over the next decade. It is a

skills shortage but first and

foremost it is a people shortage.

Western Australia is facing

the biggest challenge with a

forecast demand for 42,000

workers. O Queensland will need

another 15,000 and 5,000 new

position also be needed in both

New South Wales and South

Australia. But supplying

workers to fulfil this growth

has already created problems in

the rural economy. We've

certainly lost a lot of farm

labour and farmers themselves

to the resource s sector.

That's not necessarily been a

bad thing but it has created a

shortage of unskilled and skilled workers within the farm sector.

The federal opposition is

blaming the Commonwealth

Government for the skills

crisis. It's a huge mismatch

between the skills of those who

are available to work and the

demands of industry and that

has been bought about by the failure of the Howard

Government to invest in

education and training. In Western Australia the State

Government has spent millions

in advertising to attract

workers over to the west, but

the mining industry says that

won't be enough to satisfy

future demand. It's not ra

matter of, you know, pinching

workers from one place or the

other. Immigration will have to

play a key role. Although world commodity prices are expected

to ease over the next two years

the minerals council believes

growth in Japan, China and

India will continue to drive demand for Australian

resources.

New South Wales irrigators already doing it tough because

of the drought have suffered

another blow. Those in the

Murray Valley will have their

water allocation slashed because the river system is

drying up. That means fruit and vegetable price also continue to rise.

It may be hard to believe but

there has been a slight

improvement in the drought. 89%

of the state is drought

declared down 3%. But the

benefits have essentially been

cancelled out by a 3% rise in

the area in marginal

drought. There's virtually no

change on the previous month

which is very disturbing

because this is our area when

we anticipate to have the

highest amount of rain fall

across most areas of the state.

With the Murray River system

on the verge of collapse, the

State Government says it has no

choice but to restrict water

for irrigators. That will

affect growers of citrus fruit,

wine grapes, almonds and

olives. Their water quota will

be cut to 80% and it doesn't

stop there - unused water

allocations saved from last

year will also be

slashed. There is a heavy step there is no question about

that. It will effect some

farmers but we have to do that

to ensure that we get through

this long hot summer ahead of us.

Irrigators will lobby the Government for compensation but

are resigned to the reality

that if the Murray is running

out of water then so are they

. It is a tough decision but

under the circumstances we find

ourselves in it is a decision

that had to be made.

Many crops have already failed

and with less water to go

around some irrigators could be

forced off the land all

together. The impact will be

felt by everyone with prices

for fruit and vegetables to

continue to move one way - up.

Pictures have emerged that

appear to back up claims that

Chinese border guards opened

fire on unarmed refugees trying

to flee from Tibet last month.

Foreign climbers reported

seeing the soldiers shoot at

the refugees as they tried to

cross the Nang Pa La pass into

Nepal. A teenage nun was killed

in the incident. Observers said

her body wasn't moved for 24

hours. At the time a state run news agency said soldiers had

come under attack when they

tried to dissuade 70 people

from crossing into

Nepal. TRANSLATION: I do not

know the details. However I

believe if the report is true

the relevant Chinese department will conduct an investigation

on the case.

Ity butt bet's stirt spirt yul

leader the Dalai Lama says the

incident is sad but the

Tibetans have been experiencing

similar case force more than 50 years.

Hundreds of people gathered in

Canberra today for a ceremony

to remember those who dye died

in the Seiv X tragedy. It's

been five years since 350

people drowned when when their

boat sank going from Indonesia

to Australia.

He was being held in an

Australian detention centre

when his wife and three children. He travelled from his

new home in Perth to Canberra

along with many others from

across the country. To remember

them, to let people know their

story, to let people understand

what's happened exactly, to

find out the truth about their

death. A 300 metre long

procession of white polls,

snaked across the banks of Lake Burley Griffin each one

representing a life that was

lost at sea. The smaller polls

representing the children who

died. I think it is significant

to Australia is being

recognised it was at best a

monumental blunder.

The polls were erected for

five minutes and then were laid

to rest for now. It's hoped a

permanent memorial can be

established. But planning

regulations dictate that can't

happen until 2011, ten years

after the accident. We'll keep

going and let more people learn

about Seiv X until we reach a

point where the desire for it

to be built is so strong it

won't be able to be stopped. They're prepared to

wait another five years if

that's what it takes.

Expect to see more police on

Sydney's beaches this summer as

authorities try to prevent a

repeat of last year's Cronulla

riots. The launch of operation

beach safe comes as police

continue to investigate an

alleged racist attack on a

group of people at Marchuk

beach on Friday night. Police

say anti-social and criminal

behaviour won't be tolerated.

80 officers are patrolling

potential troubled spots. There

is no compromise on crime. If

people want to go out there and

commit crimes be it through the

words they speak or their

actions the police will be

there dealing with them.

The police will be constantly

monitoring, Cronulla, Maroubra,

and Brighton-Le-Sands, from horseback from the air and the water.

There's been a dramatic drop

in the number of teenagers

protecting themselves against

the harmful effects of the sun.

Half of the girls at High

School and a third of boys are not wearing sunscreen according to the New South Wales health

study. The Government says

it's a worrying trend. We're

now facing one of the hottest

summers on record and it's

important to ensure that we get

our messages across to young

people that they're not invincible.

The Government says it's spending a record amount this

year to improve skin cancer

awareness amongst among teenagers.

It's been a long hard year for

HSC students now 70,000 US

students are about to sit their

exams. It is proving a

challenge with public school

education might be failing a

test.

With less than a week to go

before the exams begin the HSC helpline is becoming more popular. They want reassurance

that they're on the right track.

This year it is likely that

the caller is from a private

school as well as public

school.

With almost half of the 66,000 students enrolled in this

year's HSC in private schools.

The Opposition says poor

standards in public school is a

problem. A claim the Government

rejects. Of course we'll take

have a larger proportion of

students who won't go on to do

their High School certificate.

More difficult subjects such

as advanced English and science

are becoming more popular along

with a big rise in history.

It's the wrong type of history

that's gaining in popularity.

Enrolments in ancient history

have increased by more than 50%

by 2001 it's overtaken the

modern history the Ted Federal Government's subject of choice.

The advice from the experts is

last minute swatting won't

change results. Don't expect

miracles but continue to check

through the work you've been

doing. The HSC exams begin on

Thursday with thousands of

languages students the first to

put themselves to the test.

Tonight's top story - North

Korea has condemned the United

Nations Security Council

resolution introducing tough

sanctions against the country

over its reported nuclear

weapons test. And still to come

- the prickly customers tackling a thorny problem.

Kangaroos forward Willie Mason

has lit the fuse for an

explosive rematch with New

Zealand in Melbourne next

weekend. Mason antagonised the

Kiwis by swearing at them

during the haka in the leadup

to Australia's try nation's

victory.

Mason was sporting the scars

this morning of a firy opening

to the try nation's tournament.

He has found himself in the

spotlight again after mouthing

off at the Kiwis during the

haka. I don't know whether

Willie was too impressed. I

don't know why someone would

deliberately disrespect another

country's heritage and their

culture.

He became the culture for

special attention from Kiwi second rower David

Kidwell. Mason gets a is

shoulder from Kidwell who gives

him the rounds of the kitchen

after it.

You try and inspire your

team-mates and as far as I'm

concerned I'd for gotten it

already. Just the way Kidwell

plays he doesn't mind a few

chiep shots like that as long

as he's willing to run in the

middle of the ruck next week

he's fine.

Winger Matt King decided to

wage his own war on the

Kiwis. Matt King pushed down.

Now they've clobbered him from

behind. They've rushed in from everywhere.

A lot of passion and a lot of

intensity and there's a lot at

stake. And you don't condone it

but sometimes it's nice to see that passion.

The ill feeling between the

two team also almost certainly

guarantee another firy clash

for the second match of the

tournament in Melbourne on

Saturday night. Centre Jamie

Lyon will join the kangaroo's

squad after helping St Helens

to victory in the super league

grand final. The saints crossed

for five tries in the 26-4

victory over Hull. The wing

capped a great season for

Daniel Anderson who guarded St

Helen's to the Challenge Cup in

August.

Days after their coach was

sacked the Newcastle Jets have

had their first win of the

season beating New Zealand 3-0.

All of the Newcastle's goals

came in the last 20 minutes.

Jade North oiped the scort

scoring. Stuart Musialik scored

in the 80 minute lt P New

Zealand has replaced Newcastle

on the bottom of the table

row. after losing six games in a

New South Wales has opened its

cricket et season with a

dramatic loss the South

Australia in the one day game

at North Sydney oval. Tracing a

rain reduced target of 267 for

victory South Australia won by

five wickets with two balls to spare.

In a rematch between last

season's finalist all the New

South Wales batsmen made promising starts but one

reached a half century. Daniel

Christian's day buy innings

nearly ended after one ball.

Christian punished Cullum

Bailey hitting him for three 6s

in one over. This time BT

bigger. Like Phil Jaques and

Brad Haddin Christian was

dismissed in the 30s, helped by

some sloppy South Australian

fielding, New South Wales

finished with the intimidating

total of 5/291, Aaron O'Brien

made 58 not out. Teenage all

rounder Leo Enright lived up

the hike.

Rain reduced the Redback's

target to 267 off 43 oefers.

Matthew Elliot and Mark

Cosgrove added 66 before the

introduction of Queensland spinner Nathan Hauritz.

Former test batsman Elliot

kept the Redbacks in the

contest and umpire Peter parker

on Herr his toes as he reached

his century off 102 balls.

With the run rate rising

rapidly South Australia looked

headed for defeat when Elliot

departed. Empire Parker was in

firing line again. It is

caught.

The unlikely hero was Cameron

who smashed three 6s in the

last over to give South

Australia a five wicket win

with two balls to spare.

Sydney has suffered a second

straight defeat in the NBL

falling in the dying seconds to

Cairns. Sydney led for most of

the game before a late basket

gave Cairns a 1 point win. West

Sydney beat New Zealand and

Dragons. Wollongong defeated the South

Zane Holmes has become the

most successful ironman in

Australian surf history after

winning today's Coolangatta

gold title. 25-year-old Holmes

is the first athlete to win all

his sports five major titles.

Holmes looked out of contention

in the early stages of the

gruelling 46 kilometre event

when Shannon Eckstein led the

field through the paddle, swim

and running legs. The local

marine life was having a whale

of a time in the surf. In the

final beach one Eckstein and

Dean Mercer faded and Holmes

found something extra to take

out the event. In the women's

race Hayley Bateup became the

first person to win consecutive

Coolangatta gold events since

Guy Leech in the 80s. She was

never out of the top 2 and

finished 46 seconds ahead of

club mate Kristy Harris.

Australia's dominance in

pigeon clay shooting could be

under threat. The nation's top

shooters warn China and India

are pouring millions into their

training programs aiming to

keep Australia out of the medal hunt.

This weekend's Australia cup

near Canberra is the beginning

of the road to Beijing for our

top clay target shooters. I's a

rare world class event

contested in Australia. We miss

out on going to international

events because it costs so much

to send us from this side of

the world. It effects our world

funding. rankings which effects our

She is Australia's latest

shooting champion but will miss

one chance to aim for gold in

Beijing with the women's double

trap event dropped from the

program. I'd be out there

shooting from women all over

the world as well as women wearing burkas.

Australian clay target

shooters have won four gold, a

silver and two bronze medals at

the past three Olympics.

Impressive returns considering

there are just 500 in the

country shooting the Olympic

disciplines, that compares with

more than 20,000 shooters in

China and India backed by

massive resource. They're so

good now because they have

Budgets of probably $70 million

over the next two or three

years to go into Beijing, we

haven't got anywhere near that.

Despite its success funding for Australian shooting is

thread bear at best and spread

akrodz 21 disciplines including

rifle and pistol. The funding

restructure has put the focus

on elite select shooter and

targetted shooters. It has

helped people out on the mental

side before the physical side.

The team for the Beijing game

also be shortlisted after the

January. national championships in

Now to North kreeness

quooeness land where camels are

being used to control a thorny

problem that's been giving

graziers the hump. Parkinsonia

is an invasive weed that's

taking over valuable grazing

land but it's prickly defechbss

have no matches for a hungry dromedary. It's not your

average herbicide. On this

cattle station south of

Charters Towers about 100 head

of domesticated camels are kept

to control the weed Parkinsonia. One camel walks up

to a tree, six or seven will

walk up to the tree and they're

also chewing at it and they

break the branches down and

they like the yellow flowers.

That's despite thorns covering

every branch.

This weed competes with native

grasses and drastically reduces

feed for cattle. They have

discovered the weed is a camel

favourite and eat the seed pods

reducing the weeds ability to reproduce. In the experiment

the trees were producing 3800

in ungrazed areas, down to less

than one pod in the grazed

areas.

The plan isn't completly fool proof. Limitation with camels is height.

John Lyons is happy with his

ships of the dez desert. Very

good results with the camels

destroying the Parkinsonia.

The experiment is continuing

but so far it ice resulted in

an almost 80% reduction of the

central American invader, an

alternative answer to a prickly

problem.

Now let's take a look at this

turn around in the weather. In

Sydney today it got to 21

degrees. Quite a fall from

yesterday's 36. The 21 wasa was

one below the average.

In the capital cities today

Brisbane and Canberra were

fine, Melbourne and Hobart a

few showers, Adelaide, Perth

and Darwin mostly sunny. High

cloud is spreading across South

Australia and inland WA. Low

cloud is being pushed across

Victoria and Tasmania and that cloud on the New South Wales

koet coast is producing only

the odd shower. There's ra high

moving off New South Wales

pushing winds on to the east

coast and there's a low over

northern WA with troughs

extending east and south. Rain tomorrow - the New South Wales

coast and table lands are

expecting falls, there'll also

be showers over the centre of

the country and southern WA. In

the capital cities tomorrow -

Brisbane showers developing,

Canberra and Melbourne cloudy

but mainly fine. Hobart and had

laid fine, Perth a shower or

two and Darwin a little cloudy.

Before we go a recap of

tonight's top stories - the

United Nations Security Council

has voted to impose tough

economic and military sanctions

against North Korea has punishment for its nuclear

test. The unanimous vote

triggered a walkout by North

Korea's UN ambassador who

decried the mounting

international pressure as a

declaration of war. The Federal

Government hopes a scheme to

offer school leavers a year in

the Army will boost falling

enlistment in the defence

forces. The mining industry is warning of a short fall of up

to 70,000 jobs over the next

decade unless more training and

recruitment is undertaken.

That's the news for now. I'll

be back with an update in an

hour. We leave you tonight with

15,000 people saddling up for

Melbourne's around the bay

challenge. The most popular one day ride in Australia. Have a

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