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CC Tonight, rising

temperatures but finally some

light in Bali. Staying the

course in Afghanistan as

soldiers do it tough on the

ground. Two killed in a

suspicious Sydney house fire.

And no holds barred in South

Korea's robust democracy.Good

evening, Deborah Rice with ABC

News. Finally the UN climate

conference in Bali has its road

map for an extension of the

Kyoto Protocol. It's basically

an agreement for more talks in

2009 to extend the treaty

beyond 20 12 but the

breakthrough didn't come

easily. Resentments 12ed and

tempers flared among the 190

international delegates before

the United States made a key

concession. Eventually it was a

much-watered down agreement.

Sarah Clarke reports. In the

early hours of this morning,

weary delegates thrashed out

multiple drafts of the final

declaration. Today there was early promise when the

Indonesian Environment Minister

delivered some good news. The

Ministerses inform me that

after more than three days of

intense consultations, parties

have reached general agreement

on the texts. EU told the

fafloor it backs a compromise

deal to help these talks move

forward. Portugal on behalf of

the EU wishes to tell you that

we support the text you present

to the plenary. All week the

sticking point has been the

United States refusal to

include targets of up to 40%

emission cuts by 20 20 but it's

believed that text has been

wattert-down. Talks stalled and

tempers flared as China took

the floor. I would like to ask

apologies from the secretariat

for repeating this. Thank you,

Mr President. China is still

negotiating its role in the

final text and until that's

finalised, they called for the

meeting to be suspended and a

vote to be put on hold. This

meeting lays the ground work

for negotiations on a new

climate deal when the Kyoto

Protocol expires in 2012. Green

groups want Australia to step

up its role and commit to

short-term global emissions

targets and try and broker a

stronger intero greement.

We've ratified but this meeting

is innot entirely gratifying.

Australia is going to have to

move into a leadership role in

the international negotiation.

If in two years we can put our

hand on hearts and say we've

done our best to stop climate

change. The UN climate

negotiator walked out after two

weeks of debate in high

negotiation. Australia husband

reaffirmed its commitment to

the Afghanistan conflict.

Defence Minister Joel

Fitzgibbon gave his assurance

at a meeting in Scotland. He

says Australian troops will

stay in the war zone long-term

but also complained about the

slow progress defeating the

Taleban. Jane Hutcheon reports.

Australia's new Defence

Minister came a long way north

for talks with the world's

major players. They met at a

secluded army base on a

freezing Scottish morning,

ushered past a small group of protesters. Judging by the size

of one of the motorcades, there

was little doubt who dominated

most of the talks, the United

States Defence Secretary Robert

Gates. Mr Gates has been trying

to build a sense of urgency

about Afghanistan's violent

south where the Taleban remains

a potent force. The US wants a

strategic plan which will

strengthen the Kabul Government

and boost economic development

without relying on a

multibillion-dollar opium

trade. Like the US, Australia

is frustrated over the slow

progress in Afghanistan. We've

been frustrate about that for a

long, long time. We believe

there is a lack of a coherent

strategy and of course we are

frustrated by the fact that am

NATO nations arabout doing, in

our view, enough. The Minister

declined to name those nations,

refusing to share the burden,

but affirmed Australia's

commitment to Afghanistan. We

are there for the long-term. We

think this is an important

campaign and we will of course

stay the course. Australia's

stance won approval from the

Dutch Government. Its

parliament will debate a 2-year

troop extension next week. For

the time we are there, I'm

convinced that Australia will

be there. But it was no single major achievement of this gathering. No-one from

Afghanistan was present and in

the words of one diplomat, it

was just a big group hug for

those on the front line. The

meeting comes just days after

international and Afghan forces

recaptured the strategic

southern town of Musa Qala but

Ministers here are well aware

that the 6-year battle against

the Taleban is far from over.

Jane Hutcheon, ABC News,

Edinburgh. The slow progress in

Afghanistan is blamed partly on

the unreliability of local

security forces. Last night we

reported on the suspicion among

Australian troops that corrupt

Afghani police may be actively

working with Taleban insurgents. Tonight a closer

look at the dangerous work of

securing and keeping territory

won from the Taleban after

weeks of close contact

fighting. Peter Lloyd reports

from Oruzgan Province in

southern Afghanistan. Watch the

soldier closely. He's using a paintbrush, sweeping for signs

of a hidden bomb. It's hard to

imagine a more dangerous job in

a country where the improvised

explosive device or IED is the

Taleban's weapon of choice.

The IED threat in the province

is quite high. We've come

across IEDs on most of the

missions we've been on. We're

on a 2-day combat patrol and we

are the first television crew

to venture this far from the

Australian base in southern

Oruzgan Province. This stark

terrain was Taleban territory

until September when a combined Coalition campaign drove them

out. The strategic benefit of

owning these pieces of terrain

denies the Taleban freedom of

movement from southern

Afghanistan all the way up into

the northern Afghanistan. A

few months ago, a foot patrol

in this township would have

been unthinkable. Even now,

full body armour is mandatory.

The threat of contact, particularly a bit earlier in

the year, would have been much higher and we wouldn't have

been able to do what we're

doing at the moment which is

see the people around and

patrol through this particular area. Since overwhelming the

Taleban, Australian army engineers have been building

and reinforcing small

fortresses on surrounding

hilltops. The Australians won't

man these checkpoints. That's

the job of the Afghan national

army and police. It's up to

them to ensure gains made

aren't lost when Taleban

fighters return after the

winter. It's a gamble when it

comes to Afghan police,

renowned for being poorly

trained and equipped and

notoriously corrupt.

Improvements are being made but

progress is slow. In

Afghanistan, it's not so much

that the Taleban are succeeding

but the State is failing. The

Prime Minister has not ruled

out an extension of Indigenous

intervention from the Northern

Territory to Queensland where

anger is still boiling at the

gang rape of a 10-year-old

girl. Kevin Rudd spent the day

in Darwin talking to digleaders

there. He says he is still

committed to the Territory's intervention program and won't

be rushed into any changes.

These are the people the

Federal Government has

hand-picked to help shape the

multi billion-dollar intervention. They're

Indigenous leaders, health and

education workers and Territory

Labor politicians. Kevin Rudd's

promised to meet the group

every three months and says

he'll also take his Cabinet out

bush. I think it is very

important in response to

representations by Indigenous

leaders that Cabinet Ministers

and bureaucrats who support

them experience first-hand the

challenges faced in the remote

communities. The Prime Minister

says he got blunt advice in today's meeting, especially

about scrapping the Aboriginal

work for the dole program and

permit system but says

significant change will have to

wait until at least the middle

of next year. We have to give

it a fair run to assess its effectiveness. Arnhem Land

community leader Barayuwa

Munnunggurr says the Prime

Minister listened hard and

listened well but Aboriginal people can't afford to wait

that long for a review. It's

too long. The Northern

Territory Chief Minister says

he got a promise from the Prime

Minister that Federal Labor

will pay all of the $1.3 million the Howard Government

promised for the intervention.

The money is additional to the

Northern Territory. But the

Federal Government is wary of

giving any commitment to extend

the intervention to Queensland,

which has been rock by the gang

rape of a 10-year-old girl at

Aurukun. They are matters we

need to consider carefully and

I intend to do that in a cooperative fashion with the

Premier of Queensland. And Anna

Bligh isn't making any firm

commitments either. We will be

working quickly but won't have a kneejerk solution that's

doomed to failure. The Prime

Minister says he'll decide soon

whether Indigenous affairs will

be on the agenda when he meets

with State and Territory

leaders next week. The homicide squad is investigating the

deaths of a toddler and man in

his 30s in a house fire in

Sydney's north west. Neighbours

in the close knit community are

shocked by the tragedy on the

eve of the street's Christmas

celebrations. Neighbours were

woken just before 8 by several

loud explosions and in minutes

the 2-storey home was fully

ablaze. It burnt down very

quickly, within 10 minutes.

Basically seen some smoke

coming out on the roof, I

yelled out, "Is anybody in the

house?" A man in his 30 scpedz

a young girl were upstairs.

Both dies. A 44-year-old man

tried to rescue the pair but

was forced back by smoke and

flames. A tradesman fy.ed to

force entry to the front

window, which he attempted to

smash with his elbow. There

was blood pouring out. The

toddler's mother was consoled

by police when she returned

home this morning. A cute

little girl but I haven't

talked to her. Every time I saw

her they were just playing on

the balcony. A police sniffer

dog searched the property for

evident of accelerants that may

have started the fire. Police

wouldn't comment on neighbours'

claims that police previous ly

raided the property. Tonight

residents will uphold their

tradition of drinks and

lighting the street's Christmas

tree but say the mood won't be

the same. Fire crews are

expected to keep working on

Kangaroo Island in SA for at

least another week after days

of intense bushfires that have

now been contained. Around

90,000 hectares or 20% of the

island has been scorched. The

fires were started by lightning

strikes 10 days ago.

Invariably with a fire of this

length it's put out by rain or

whatever. This one has been

controlled and contained by

guts and determination. It's

been a really tough fire fight

and the guys have done an exceptional job. South

Australian firefighters have

been helped by hundreds of

volunteers from Victoria, NSW,

WA and Queensland. There's been

an arrest over one of

Australia's worst series of

arson attacks. South Australian

police arrested a 44-year-old

woman today after a year-long

hunt. The woman has been charge

would 47 counts of lighting

bushfires. Since December last

year, residents in the tiny

town of Harrogate in the

Adelaide Hills have been living

in fear. To have someone in

your community, it makes you a

little bit wary. A total of 47 fires have been lit along

roadsides over the past 12

months. The blazes destroying

fences and farmland but luckily

no homes. 21 of the fires were

started over a 12-day period in

January this year, then just

this month the arsonist struck

again, lighting 17 more. Any

of those fires had the

potential to cause catastrophe,

not only in life, property, but

also to emergency services

responding to it. Today major

crime detectives announced

thrared arrested a 44-year-old

woman from the town and charged

her with lighting every one of

the fires. These type of

investigations you have to

expect the unexpected and this

is a case of that. The news

has brought a sense of relief

to the community, along with a

sense of shock that the person

allegedly responsible is one of

their own and a woman. You

always associate these fires

really with usually the younger

people and usually boys more

than females. I think

everybody's just relieved and

happy. It's a great thing for

our community. We don't need to

have people like hat

around. Police have also seized a dark-coloured four-wheel

drive that now will be

forensically tested. They want

anyone who may have seen a

vehicle matching that

description in and around the Harrogate area to contact them.

The woman has been refused bail

and will appear in court on

Monday. Each count of lighting

a bushfire carries a maximum

penalty of 20 years jail. The

man who oversaw the

reconstruction of Darwin after

Cyclone Tracy has died in

Brisbane at 89. Clem Jones led the Darwin reconstruction

committee which achieved its

5-year rebuilding target in

only three years. He was also

Brisbane's longest-serving

mayor, from 1961 to 1976. He

was best known for replacing

Brisbane's trams with buses and

suering the city. Clem Jones

was the father of modern

Brisbane. It was his vision

that took this city from being

a large country town to a modern, cosmopolitan capital

city. After leaving politics,

he devoted himself to charity

work. This man, Clem Jones, he

was the embodiment of extending

a helping hand to people in

need. His state funeral will be

held in Brisbane next week.

Even by south Korean standards

it was violent. The country's

parliament descended into an

all-out brawl after pro

Government MPs forced open the

doors of the national chamber.

They were trying to oust

Opposition members who occupied

the speaker's chair since

Thursday to stop an impeachment

motion proceeding. As the rival

parties foted for control

control of the chamber, at

least one MP was knocked

unconscious and had to be

carried out by stretcher. Still

in South Korea, a scientific

break' through that will let us

see cats in the dark as well as

they can see us. The cloned

Turkish angoras were born with

a fluorescent proteal gene

after their mother's skin cells

were genetically modified. They

now glow under ultraviolet

light. The south Korean

Government says the procedure

could help develop treatments

for human genetic diseases and

help clone endangered animals.

Tonight's main story -

last-minute concessions from the United States have 5ally

ensured an agreement at the

Bali climate conference. Still

to come, the Wallabies' new

coach planning World Cup glory

in New Zealand. A ruthless

Australia, led by a Ricky

Ponting century and a typically brutal assault from Adam

Gilchrist has taken a 1-0 lead

in the 3-match Chappell-Hadlee

series against New Zealand. The

Australians were never

seriously challenge by the

modest black caps total and

reached the target with more

than 7 overs to spare. Limited

overs games are not usually won

in the first few overs of an

innings but Gilchrist xrfs

29-ball half century was

universally declare ed the

match winner last night. Gilly

was still in 20 20 mode from

the other night and was in a

hurry and got us off to a

flying start. It was fantastic

and brutal so I won't lay all

the blaim blame on my ballers.

By the time Cyclone Gilchrist

was finished, Australia was

2/75 after 8 overs and although

the run rate slowed, that was

the luxury the dynamic keeper

btsman delayed his sight. Rain

delayed for half an hour and

the black caps were seemingly

dissatisfied but more than

happy and Michael Clarke was

dismissed after sharing a

century partnership with Ricky

Ponting. Ponting wasn't to be

dismissed as easily, clinically

reaching his first one-day

century at the Adelaide Oval as

the Australians marched to

victory. His 24th and his 5th

against New Zealand. The last

order of business for the black

caps was to try and clear the

air of any suspicions they

might hold about Shaun Tait's

bowling action. I never meant

to insinuate he was a chukker,

it's just like with anyone in

world cricket I wouldn't

comment on them. With that

cleared up, the teams go to

Sydney for game two tomorrow. NSW has Queensland in trouble

at stumps on day two of the

game at the Gabba. The Bulls

are 6/210 in reply to the

Blues' first innings total of

438. Ashley Noffke kept his

name in front of the Australian

selectors with another 5-wicket

haul and a half century. The

highlight of the Blues' first

innings was an 8th wicket

partnership between Grant

Lambert and Matthew Nicholson.

Shane Watson was dismissed for

13. Clinton Perren followed

soon after for 2 and skipper

Jimmy Maher was out for 12 as

the Bulls slumped to 3/47. Ryan

Broad and Aaron Nye staged a

briefpert part nership of 47.

John Aloisi and James Nitties

lead the Australian Open.

lead the Australian Open. --

Robert Allenby. There wasn't

much room to move at the top of

the leaderboard with Nick

O'Hern and Kim Felton joined on

8 under by Robert Allenby and

Lee Williamson. The 36-year-old

from Perth eagled the first and

birdied the second to take a a

3-shot lead and make a bold

statement. It got much worse

for Felton, who had a quadruple

bogey 7 on the par 3 fourth.

O'Hern left the door ajar for

the chasing pack with a double

bogey at the fifth and shared

the legal with Craig Parry,

Allenby and Appleby. Allenby

took the outright lead and

would soon be ahead by two. The

13th wasn't lucky for Parry but

the veteran fought back and

will start the final round two

shots from the lead in his

quest for a first Australian

Open title. A 4 under par 68

from Appleby leaves him only

one shot from the lead. The

noisy spectators at the 11th

brought out the best in the

players. James Nitties made his

move while Felton's dreadful

day took a brief turn for the

better. Allenby stumbled at the

15th, handing the out right

lead to nit nit but made up for

it in the last hole. The new

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans

says he has no doubt Australia

can win the next Rugby World

Cup. Speaking to the media for

the first time since his

appointment, the New Zealander

shook off talk of being a

traitor to the All Blacks and

foreshadowed major changes to

Australian rugby. Australian

rugby's first foreign coach

landed in Sydney to face a

media questioning from a

countryman. I notice you're

wearing black and white. Any

significance in that? None

whatsoever. Robbie Deans was

all smiles at his first press

conference and had a direct

answer to the question, "Can

the Wallabies win the next

World Cup?" No doubt. The

Canterbury Crusaders mentor was

appointed for four years w a

mandate for change. For me, I

come in without any historical

baggage. I believe the

franchises here have been

underachieving. I think that's

a huge opportunity and

something I'm keen to turn my

hand to. Deans wouldn't

speculate on the make-up of his

coaching team but the ARU has

hinted at a major shakeup. It's

time for a review of the entire

fabric. It's been layer upon

layer. It's time toscrape all

that aside. There will be no

guarantees for

individuals. Deans says he's

excited about coaching against

the All Blacks and sought

council from John Wright about

competing against his

countrymen. One of the

questions I put to him and what

is it like to coach against

your own nation. He said, "It's

fantastic, it's like competing

against your brother in the

back yard it's when you really

want to win. Central Coast

strengthened its hold on top

spot in the A-League by

defeating Adelaide at Hindmarsh

Stadium last night. The

Mariners had a 2-1 win while

Wellington drew with

Queensland. Central Coast

failed to be intimidate by the

Reds home crowd and took the

lead through a John Aloisi

strike in the 23rd minute. They maintained the pressure either

side of half time and a second

goal from another Reds

defensive blunder barely five

minutes after the break made

the score a comfortable 2-0.

Adelaide pulled one back

through marquee player Paul

Agostino and put the pressure

on for the final 20 minutes but

the Mariners held on. The newly

crowned world surfing champion,

Australian Stephanie Gilmore,

has celebrated in style by

winning the tour event in Maui.

She defeat ed Jessi Miley-Dyer

to claim her fourth victory of

the year. The 19-year-old

Coolangatta is the first surfer

to win the title role in her

rookie year I can't believe it

all happened. I was feel soing

relaxed and confident. The 1999

men's world champion,

41-year-old Mark Occhilupo, has

re tired again after being

eliminated in the third round

of the Pipeline Masters. They

may be at the bottom end of

architecture but supporters say

there's more to them than meets

the eye. The humble outside

dunny is rapidly disappearing

from Australia's backyards in

the name of progress. A group

of residents is lobbying one

Sydney council to save the

outdoor loo from extinction.

Even the most ardent fans of

backyard dunnies have to admit

they're not the finest examples

of porcelain. It works. But

they do give a valuable glimpse

of Sydney's past. There's at

least 100 years, probably 150

years of history of some of

these dunnies and to me,

buildings of that age in

Australia are worth

recording. Sydney's inner city

was once dot would outdoor

loos. Balmain had about 7,000.

For a long time the inner

suburbs were working class and

particularly the more ordinary

working people's homes had

backyard dunnies. But as the

inner city gentrified, they

became an endangered piece

species. Now there are only 100

left in malbane. The Balmain

association wants the council

to protect the best specimens

before they're knocked down.

Because the dunnies were at the

back of the backyard, they disappeared when the garages

were put in. The association

is also publishing a book on

Sydney's dunnies. Much to their

surprise, they've been flooded

with pictures and stories.

People have just come out of

the woodwork and are con

stantly emailing me and ringing

me and stopping me in the

street to say, "I know where

there's a dunny." With housing

prices heading up, home-owners

have their eyes on the bottom

line and the future looks grim

for the outdoor loos. Now to

the weather:

Cloud over SA, Victoria and

NSW is developing along a

trough. Cloud is also

thickening in the south of the

State near a cold front.

Looking at the synoptic chart,

a high near New Zealand extends

a ridge towards Queensland ask

a high in the bight is moving

eastwards while a broad area of

pressure extends from

Queensland to WA and a front

has moved into NSW between the

two systems. The trough is

generating widespread rain and

thunderstorms. The front and

its associated rain band will progress northwards tomorrow.

Tonight's top stories

- the UN climate conference in

Bali has finally agreed on its

road map for the extension of

the Kyoto Protocol after a key

last-minute concession from the

United States. Joel Fitzgibbon

has reaffirmed Australia's

commitment to Afghanistan but

also complained about slow

progress in the conflict and

the homicide squad is

investigating the deaths of a

toddler and a man in a house

fire in Sydney's north-west.

That's the news for now. I'm

back with an update in about an

hour and for the latest news 24

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