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The top stories from ABC News. The Independent candidate for

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Tasmanian seat of Denison says he's Independent candidate for the

pleased with his first formal

Wilkie with the Prime Minister. Andrew pleased with his first formal meeting

Wilkie met Julia Gillard

Wilkie met Julia Gillard for

hour in Melbourne to discuss hour in Melbourne to discuss Labor's Wilkie met Julia Gillard for about an

a

attempt to form a minority

government. Mr Wilkie's on track

government. Mr Wilkie's on track to

wi

win the Hobart seat making him one

win the Hobart seat making him one of

the key independent s who will hold

the balance of power in

parliament. A joint investigation by the balance of power in the hung

the ABC and Fairfax has found the

Comanchero bikie gang infiltrated

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as a police analyst. Police suspect ABC says the alleged culprit worked

more than a dozen highly sensitive

files on federal and state drug

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probes were leaked. The United

Nations says

Nations says fresh flooding southern Pakistan has displaced Nations says fresh flooding in almost

almost a million people in the past almost a million people in the past 2

days. The Indus River has breached days. The Indus River has

flood defences

of hundreds of thousands of people. flood defences forcing the evacuation

And the Chilean government says 5 of

the 33 miners trapped

underground are suffering from the 33 miners trapped deep depress

depression. They'll be treated remotely by a psychiatrist. The

drilli

drilling of an escape shaft to

drilling of an escape shaft to rescue the miners could begin as soon as

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Live.

On Stateline - Bob Katter

be a lot of people takes centre stage. There will

be a lot of people whose eyes

will sort of widen like when they see will sort of widen like saucers

protect farms. Momentum is Bob Katter. And new laws to

building, and I think it's good that the government has

listened. Hello. Welcome to the program. I'm Jessica van

Vonderen. What a week it's been in federal politics. Votes have

been counted, seats have been

won and lost, but there's still

won and lost, but there's still

no clear picture who will form

the next government. The role and one of those is maverick Queensland MP Bob Katter. We take a look at who

the member for Kennedy is, and what he stands

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saying exactly what he thinks.

I am trying to allow this

project go ahead so that we

will have 1,000 jobs here. I get in a lot of fights. Stand

back here, I might get something, I might something, I might catch something. Even his election campaign was unconventional. A

voice in Canberra that stands

up for what's right. Bob's on

the job. But in his 36 years

as a politician, Queenslanders

have grown accustomed to his

style. And while the knife edge

national spotlight, the member results of the federal election

for Kennedy shows no signs of changing. The people that

attacking me, right, are changing. The people that are

that love to rubbish people who they call boofheads or rednecks

or, you know, bushwhackers, but

every time they want an image for themselves they run around

reaching for an Akubra hat like

I wear but when I wear it, I'm an idiot. There will be

a lot of people whose eyes

widen like saucers when they

see more and more of Bob Katter

bad thing. The but look I don't think that's a

bad thing. The 65-year-old was

born in Cloncurry and became a born in Cloncurry and became a

State MP in 1974. He then

followed his father's footsteps

into federal politics, representing the National Party

until 2001, when he left until 2001, when he left in

disgust, saying it had let down

people in the bush. I can't go

before these people and say

vote for me when a vote for me they've copped for the last 17

years. A decade on he may come back to haunt them back to haunt them them. There

is a lot of blood --

a lot of bat blood. It's an

opportunity for them people to

get it off their chest. There

is not much left of is not much left of it, the old machine but no, I will never forgive what

forgive what they have done to

rural Australia and they did

it, not the Liberals. But you

gotta work with whoever you

Party senator Barnaby Joyce agrees. You live in the same area, I live in south-west

Queensland. We both want the Queensland, he lives in North

same things. Bob Katter's

electorate of Kennedy is the third largest in Australia. With mining and primary industries at the core of its

economy. He's been strong on

agricultural subsidies, and the

funding of health, education and broadband in the bush. Proving extremely popular with Proving extremely popular with almost 70% his constituents, who gave him

preferences at the last two elections. Bob Katter is a pretty decent sort of person if

you ever met him. interesting. He's very active. But I think he is a person of But I think he is a some integrity and honesty. What you see is what

you get with Bob Katter. That's a pretty good thing days of identikit politicians. a pretty good thing in these

That's why he keeps getting

re-elected. Over the years,

Bob Katter has been a strong

advocate for cane farmers in Queensland. If they think that

they are going to get away with

this, that big fat tub of lard

Mr Barton in there thinks he is

going to get away with this,

then he is in for a very rough

ride! Peter has had his chance! He clash with chance! He clash with the former premier Peter Beattie in

204 over changes to the

industry. So was an incident that

that happened. It was unfortunate. But it

unfortunate. But it was behind

us. And I think both of us

probably have trouble

remembering it. He's also vocal about the importation of

bananas. To stir up the stupid

people in the cities people in the cities of Australia who think Australia who think that bananas come out bananas come out of

packets. And led a train blockade in blockade in the State's north

in the mid 90s. And no bastard in the mid 90 from Brisb from Brisbane is gonna come out

here and tear it up. Yeah! I

enjoy recalling some of my more outrageous remarks. They're

very funny to me and a lot of

other people. But former

Queensland Premier Russell

Cooper says Bob Katter also has

track record. He's been able to

take on some pretty difficult

tasks, such as the deed of

grant in trust for be a ridge named and islanders. exemplary work and legislation

and very hard work over a long

period. He proved he can do it. Russell Cooper says it. Russell Cooper says his former colleague is now in a

position of power to bring about real change for rural communities. He's communities. He's very passionate yes for his

electorate of Kennedy but also for rural and regional

Australia, I do believe. And he's going to get an to put all of that passion into doing something constructive. At the end of the day, Bob Katter says all he wants is a better deal for the Kennedy. I'm not going to be carrying any lead in my pack going into this. I will

work with people that I

personally despise to be quite

frank with you if necessary to

deliver outcomes that will

enable the areas I represent to

survive. I don't think a cannon running around in the national scene is what

Australia needs. There's so

much good in the man I much good in the man I believe

that will come the opportunity you wanted for

so long, Bob. You're in a

position of strength and power.

Obviously has that to be dealt

with very, very carefully. He will know that.

Federal Labor's Federal Labor's election

performance in Queensland has set off alarm bells State party. There are concerns within Anna Bligh's team that it could suffer similar

punishment in the 2012 State election. The premier's election. The premier's facing internal unrest

controversial privatisation

program, and one of the

government's longest-serving

MPs is considering an early

retirement. To discuss these issues I spoke earlier with

political scientist Clive Bean

and political researcher Mary

Crawford, who's also a former

federal Labor MP. The election but it's pretty clear that

Labor coped a fair drubbing in Queensland. Professor Bean,

what do you put that down to? I

put it down more to federal than State issues. I do think

that the execution as some

people have called it of Kevin Rudd and Rudd and the timing of that Rudd and the timing of that in

relation to the election were

pretty important in making Queensland a bad performing

State for Labor. Do you State for Labor. Do you think, Dr Crawford, that Dr Crawford, that Queenslanders had State Labor Government in mind and wanted to punish Anna Bligh? Well, I don't know about

that, but I think for anyone

involved in politics, we always

need to look at the results. And I'm sure the State Labor

Government is actually going to

be looking at be looking at those, and

analysing them and taking some

lessons from them. Professor

Bean, do you think there Bean, do you think there are lessons there for Anna Bligh and her team? Parties need to

be very careful about what they

do with their leaders do with their leaders and

particularly the timing of

that. And in retrospect, you might think might think that Julia Gillard would've been few more months before calling

an election. And I think the

State Labor Party, if they are

looking at the leadership looking at the leadership of Anna Bligh, need to take all those messages into account.

But I think the key thing will

be whether there's a move to

unseat Anna Bligh and who might

be a likely successor, and in a

way, there isn't an obvious

person who perhaps is ready to

be her successor at in point.

But I think the party would certainly be thinking that if

it did want to move to unseat

the premier, they would be

better to do it sooner earlier

in the electoral cycle rather

than later. Dr Crawford,

you've sat in plenty of caucus meetings in your time when you

were a federal MP. What do were a federal MP. What do you

think the mood's going to be

like on Monday when Anna Bligh next fronts her caucus

colleagues? I would agree colleagues? I would agree with Professor Bean, in terms of the leadership issue, because both

Peter Beattie and Anna have controlled that part and

been so large in the been so large in the political scene, there is not an obvious successor, and while people may feel disquiet at what is

happening to Labor there's certainly nobody there

particularly whom we would particularly whom we would see as an obvious successor to Anna

Bligh, but I think it does

create opportunities for some

people within caucus to people within caucus to make

perhaps their voices known and

their concerns about some of

the issues they see are impacting on their electorates. One of the Spence is considering retirement. If she was to quit

politics early and there was

politics early and there was a by-election, how do you think the government would go? I

think that's a very difficult question but I think there's an

enormous amount of disquiet and angst out there. I think we've seen people are dissatisfied. Traditionally by-elections Traditionally by-elections of course go against the

government in power. So that's another difficulty, I think.

Professor Bean, is there something Anna Bligh can do to turn around her difficult at the moment. There

aren't too many policy issues

out there that she's likely to

be able to really promote will be a winner for her. Obviously the privatisation

issue is the opposite of that.

Can she back away from that policy? I suspect she'd like policy? I suspect she'd like to

at this point. And of course

it's very difficult to back

away from something that you've

advocated so strongly, but I'm

sure that will be a consideration in the consideration in the next few

months. Even though she says months. Even though she says she's sticking with it? Well,

sometimes the more stridently

politicians say they're sticking with something, closer they are to abandoning

it. (Laughs) We'll have to it

wait and see on that one I

guess. I do think the other issue that needs to be addressed is the Health

Department issue, in terms of payments, in terms of

payments, and that is something

which affects people daily and

it's also on the airwaves it's also on the airwaves and so on. And while we understand

that it's a systemic problem, I think it does cause quite severe angst for the severe angst for the people involved if they're not being

paid and certainly for their friends and relations and neighbours. Thank you both

very much. Thank you. Thank

you.

Queensland represents more than a quarter of Australia's

land mass. Yet only 2.5% of the State is farmed or cropped. The

State Government is moving to

protect what it says is the

best of the best land from best of the best land from permanent damage caused by mining or

the new laws will balance the importance of resource investment with the investment with the need to

shore up the State's food security. The mining industry

fears it could kill off the biggest driver of Queensland's

economy if it's not done

correctly. But it's given a

glimmer of hope to farmers. Francene Norton reports.

Word has spread quickly in

Felton and farmers are hopeful

that its good news. It's reassuring to know that there

is now some government policy

that's going to listen to what

we've been saying for 2.5

years. This land on the

southern Darling Downs southern Darling Downs is

renowned for its rich black

soil. And it's hard to come

by. They cannot restore by. They cannot restore this soil. You can't put the water holding

holding ability back in soichl

that's just impossible. Also if

this land is left as it is, it

will be farming forever and

forever. If the mines take it

over, in 20 years it will be just a wasteland. Yeah. John Bryce's family has been farming

here since before the First

World War. But for the past 2.5 years, they've lived under the

threat of an threat of an open-cut coal mine, petrochemical plant and a

power station. You just don't

know where you stand. You don't

know what's ahead at all know what's ahead at all at the

moment. They're now hoping

their property will be

protected under new laws to

stop mining or development from causing irreversible damage to

valuable cropping land. The

proposal covers 4% of the State. It includes Amber

Energy's proposed mine at Felto

incomes and the government owned Tarong energy hay project near Chinchilla. Those

maps represent a trigger F a

mining company wants to explore or develop a mine in those areas

areas that have been mapped, it triggers a number triggers a number of

assessments. Already the hay stack project is under a cloud. I don't want cloud. I don't want to be

definitive because I would want to see the necessary steps

undertaken, but there is an early indication would be the type of project

that would not meet approval

because it could not be done in

way that wouldn't permanently alienate that land. Amber

Energy admits the cropping land

policy has brought uncertainty

to its plan to develop Australia's first

commercial-scale coal to

liquids project at Felton but for the time being it's for the time being

business as usual. It's trying

to grain significant project

stat us for this

exception to go ahead? No, it

would need to make it through

this framework. That's part of the Environmentalists and farmers

have applauded the policy as a good first step. But they're

still worried about the

exemption of coal seam gas. It

doesn't allow for the impacts it will have on ground it will have on ground water. So even when you have good

cropping land, if you have coal

seam gas mining which then causes downgrades causes downgrades of the underground watertable, then

you've no longer got the

capacity to irrigate. And also that impact of multiple projects across projects across one region

where you could have one farmer

who has multiple companies

operating different projects on

that property as well as just a whole whole region that has projects

all over the place and there's

a a cumulative impact to all

those projects. The 4% set

aside is 40 times the area

that's currently being mined or

ever been mined in Queensland.

It's left some company boards rethinking their government likes to see cranky farmers. They hold a lot of sway with community sentiment. But I But I think government could have got on the front have got on the front foot much

earlier, dealing with the hot

spots rather than come up with

this huge bureaucratic process

that's just going to slow down resource resource projects unnecessarily. Queensland's

resource sector represents one

in eight jobs, and 20% of the economy. It's warning the

government not to kill off the

golden goose. Well, I think if it's not done

that is if it's rushed and if

projects that are midstream of developing a major mining project, for example, if they're not well handled, it will be another hit to

Queensland's reputation as Queensland's reputation as an attractive place to invest. I

guess what we find as a

Resources Council is day Resources Council is day by

day, week by week we're dealing

with a new set of

constraints. It should come as

a surprise to no-one that

government was consideration to trying to get

the balance right. So yes, I

expect to see and hear some

gnashing of

along, this is about getting of hands, but as I've said all

the balance right. It's a

finite resource. We're not

making any more of this land. We have some of the best

farmers and best fe best the world. And that's a farmers and best farmland in

resource that is worth hanging

onto. At the same time, the government is employing more

staff to deal with complaints, assessment and communication and is trying to improve its

process. This is the sort of

thing that should've been done

right from the word go and any proper regulatory should be part and parcel of

system. The farmers in Felton fear the impacts on their land

will be far greater if the coal

mine goes ahead but for mine goes ahead but for the

first time in 2.5 years, the

seeds of hope have been planted. It will planted. It will give

generation of farmers. It will confidence to a future

give confidence that

agriculture is a respected industry in this

To the migrants and refugees

who make it their new who make it their new home, Australia is a land of

opportunity. But it doesn't come easily. Many survive

trauma orator tour, then begin

the difficult journey of

rebuilding their lives. McLeish reports on a rural rebuilding their lives. Kathy

program that's helping smooth

out the ride. 18-year-old Ali

Khanullah is learning

Khanullah is learning the ropes. You want to take the

jackaroo and doing work ropes off ... Studying

experience with a local

farrier. I will get you to take

his shoe off. His boss says the

learning is a two-way street. I had no had no experience with, you

know, the likes of Ali and know, the likes of Ali and it's

been good, because it's opened

my eyes, and just his

background where he has come

from, his hardships. We're

quite lucky what we've got here, most Australians take it for granted. It's here, most Australians probably take it for granted. It's been

pan eye opener. Warwick is a

long way from long way from Afghanistan, where Ali was born. Driven out

years as refugees in by war, his family spent seven

country, but people doesn't Pakistan. Pakistan is not my

like you coming into

Pakistan. It was there he got

his first job n a coal mine. It

was very hard work and dangerous. But it was money. Teacher Kellie Monckton dangerous. But it was good

says meeting students like Ali

Khanullah has had an unexpected

away and the other teachers

have taken away as well is just

the personal relationships we've built with the boys.

They're just great people. You know. They're soft know. They're soft hearted.

They'd do anything for you. The

work ethic is amazing. All they

want is just to live a good

life, just same as we do, and

they've come from back grounds where atrocious things have

happened in their lives. happened in their lives. Things

that we can't even imagine. So

to be able to help these people

has been a real privilege for

us. And we've

program and the boys and how

they've come out of it. Ali

Khanullah is one of 10 migrants

and refugees from Burma, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka

studying the first-time course.

The jackaroo The jackaroo jillaroo course

has been combined with English

classes. The program grew out

of a mutual need. Skills

shortages in the bush and much

needed job and training

opportunities for new

Queenslanders. We had been

running the jackaroo running the jackaroo jillaroo

program previously and it had been very addition to that we had funding

that was provided from Department of Immigration Department of Immigration and

citizenship for migrant

students with their English

specifically for employment skills to actually increases

they employment skills. So it was basically that middle of

the night kind of awake enning going we can combine the two, there is a skills shortage in

our rural area, we need skilled workers in that area. That looks taught them to ride horses, with sheep, they've done working with cattle, working

fencing, riding four-wheelers,

tractors. riding two-wheel bikes, driving

amongst all of that that they

need to just get a start on a property somewhere or in any kind of rural industry.

students Kellie Monckton says the Kellie Monckton says

rural life. And they've brought some skills with them. The Afghanistan boys have ridden

donkeys and they would use them

and that sort of to go and round up their goats

and that sort of thing but

riding horses is much easier,

they say. Saddle helps a lot!

And the horses are a lot easier

to get going, I think.

To see their progress

boys that didn't even know To see their progress from

boys that didn't even know how

to approach a horse and catch a horse to now be horse to now be cantering

across the paddock to get the

cattle in, they've really done

it well. They're naturally good

at it. That's been really good. The first course has scored

a resounding A with all a resounding A

involved. There are job offers

on the table for the on the table for the students

and the next intake is already

for everybody, I think. They're under way. It's been a win/win

almost like family to us now, almost like family to us

because for some of them they

don't have family. And we feel that we're quite responsible for

for their futures now I we're a bit over the top, but We probably for their futures now I guess.

it's just the way it is. It's that

that sort of program where really feel like you're part of that sort of program where you

their lives now and we've got

get jobs and get their life to help them to move on now and

going. Yeah. If you're prepared

to work there's no shortage of

work. If you're willing to have

a go, bend your back, lose a

bit of sweat, there's plenty of

work. Yeah, yeah, I have a good

future, this course. What do

you hope will happen after this? After this I want to this? After this I want to get

a job at farm. The National Music Muster

near Gympie kicked off earlier this

this week. Over six days, 175,000 music

to pass through the gates.

Hundreds of volunteers chip in Hundreds of volunteers chip

a success. to help make the charity event

The Gympie Muster is

basically aimed at helping the

money for the local charities, community and just raising

communities and also

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and the friendliness. They meet a whole

a whole lot of new friends here

every year and everyone's just

here to have a good time and

enjoy some good entertainment. All the way All the way from South Australia ...

So we've got the caravan in and unhooked it and up, legs up, down, what have

you. I felt like going to the loo. True story. So cut three past through the van. There is

a port-a-loo siting there. In I went. Next thing there is a bang on the door. Get out! It

was a woman. She spade what are

you doing? I said I'm not having a shower.

(LAUGHTER) She said get out! So

I said can I finish? She said

no! So I come out, bits of

paper and what have said that's ours! You've got

the Lee Kernaghan, the the Lee Kernaghan, the Sara storers, Jimmy Barnes, the McClyonts. This year will be the biggest and best line-up of

acts for many a year. Just look

at the program and you will see that.

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The main stage is pumping, you

you are probably looking at

5,000 people on the hill but obviously All the other venues are going

at the same time, and it just depends what type of

entertainment you're interested

in. There is a lot of campers

but you have seen nothing yet.

Some of them start three months out out when they come to the

muster here. They build up a bond over the years, all the other

other campers. They know where

their spot it, they come out,

they set up. You will see lots

of bars, huts. Small cities

being built around here. It's a

really good environment. We

turn over nearly $5 million. So

it has grown somewhat in the previous years. And cost to us these days. Just cost to us these days. Just the infrastructure of setting it all up. Luckily we've got great

community groups and other

service clubs to help service clubs to help us, otherwise without

I finally this week - there was more sad news for Queensland's military family.

Since Saturday, three soldiers from the 6th Royal Australian

Regiment based in Brisbane lost

their lives in Afghanistan. tribute to the men, their families and their colleagues. Closed Captions by CSI