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Tonight - bringing in the big

guns to push for a climate

deal. The economy takes its

foot off the accelerator.

Australia's more relaxed approach to airport security.

And pressure on parents to fill

the funding gap.

Good evening. Jeremy

Fernandez with ABC News.

Negotiations have entered the

final phase at the Copenhagen

summit and the gloves are off.

China's chief negotiator has called Kevin Rudd a climate

change sceptic and Australia's

been labelled an Ayatollah

whose climate change agenda is

simply not good enough. As the

diplomatic arguing continues

between developing and richer

nation, the Prime Minister will have talks with other world

leaders tonight in an attempt

to break the deadlock. But

progress toward a genuine

agreement is frustrating slow

and looking increasingly unlikely. Environment reporter

Sarah Clarke has the details. The Climate Change Ministers

cleared the floor for royalty

as the Copenhagen talks enter

the final phase. In the last

days of this meeting, the

United Nations is delivering an

ultimatum. We have a chance, a

real Chief Minister here now to

change the course of our

history. But behind the comp

and ceremony there's still no

agreement on the table. There

is still an a normous amount of

work and ground to be covered. 46,000

covered. 46,000 people are now

registered at this summit. Even

the stars are keeping watch.

But as world leaders a-Rye,

they too acknowledge the

difficulties ahead. I just

believe in telling it like it

is. There's no guarantee of

success, let's just be straight

up and down about this. It's

possible that we will not get

an agreement. But Kevin Rudd's

now the target of China and the

small African nations.

Australia's of driving

negotiations for a new

agreement, abandoning the Kyoto

protocol. The message that the

Prime Minister of Australia,

Kevin Rudd, is giving to his

people, siz citizens, - - his

citizens is a fabrication, it's

fiction. The easiest thing to

do is to play the blame game.

The hardest thing to do is to

actually work, work and work to

deliver a genuine agreement. The United States,

Europe and Japan support

Australia's path. They too want

a single agreement by

Friday. There are provisions

certainly from Kyoto that would

be very komptable with. But in

terms of the whole Kyoto

architecture, no. But sticking

points s remain and negotiation

s continue on two separate

paths. A special meeting of 25

minuteses is trying to break

the - Ministers is trying to

break the deadlock but that is

proving to be a difficult

task. We cannot dictate

anything that the parties in

the end do not want. That also

going for the process. It's now

crunch time for nations to

deliver their final positions

to the heads of government as

they arrive for the worlds

leaders summit. But without a

mandate by Friday, all agree

the last two years of negotiation will have failed

and delivered a worst case

scenario for the planet. With

the Prime Minister on the other

side of the world, Tony Abbott

is taunting him to bring on an

election over climate change.

In his first major speech as

leader, Mr Abbott has told

Liberal supporters he wants to

be the political Hire heir to

John Howard and he has lead h

pleaded with them to fill his

war chest for the campaign. He

paraded his wares to 450

Liberal followers, all

interested in their leader's

find and body. They got Tony

Abbott the lover - What about

the love rug? And Tony Abbott

the fighter. Bring it on and we

will be ready for you. And I

promise you that we will make a

fight of the next election. Mr

Abbott paid tribute to his

mentor, promoted his own green

credentials and fired sal voes

all the way to Copenhagen, hardening his criticism of

household compensation under

the Emissions Trading Scheme he

says it's in effect a slush fund for Labor's

heartland. This is redistribution policy dressed up as climate change policy. The Government dismissed the hour-long

proormance as a narrow-cast message to a Conservative

clique. What the current

Leader of the Opposition is

doing is having a conversation with his base. But Tony

Abbott's brand of anti-ETS

climate change is being noticed

further afield. The Opposition

always says this. The head of the International Monetary Fund

is not buying it. He says

carbon needs to be priced or

taxed, whether people like it

or not. Nobody is happy with

taxes. The problem is that we

certainly need resources to

face this problem. Tony Abbott's selling himself to the

party as a conviction

politician. Although he does

admit that his convictions on

issues like abortion have run

the risk of alienating female voters. It's a risk his wife

has warned him about. Margie's

opinion was that I had to be

extremely careful appearing to

pontiff tifficate to the women

of Australia. Good advice, he

says, he intends to follow. Australia's latest

growth figures show an economy

on government life support.

Even as government spending

boosted in part of the economy,

growth slowed to a measly 0.2%

in the September quarter. Leer

is Phillip Lasker. The economy

looks to be skating on thin

ice. It was certain ly a weak

result. Economic growth in the

previous quarter was buoy 6%.

The three months to September

saw broet another 0.2% with a

slight fall in the annual rate.

Interest rates have gone up

three times since then, but

that doesn't worry the Reserve

Bank. I am not particularly

surprised and I don't think it

casts any new light on the

division s we've taken. It worries Shadow Treasurer Joe

Hockey, though. The more the

government spends, the highest

interest rates will

be. Government spending helped

keep the economy afloat. But

businesses building up stock s

made the biggest contribution

to growth. Household spent.

Government incentives helped

boost construction and there

was direct Government spending.

A huge deterioration in

Australia's trade performance

was a big drag on the economy

but that is partly due to

Australia Australians' hunger

for imports. It is a cautionary

remind tler is some way to go

before our growth momentum

become s sufl sustaining. The

Reserve Bank certainly saw the

economy as resilient enough to

absorb three interest rate

hikes since the September

quarter. That tells you that

the next GDP number won't be so

weak. The Reserve Bank has

triggered a major shift in the

interest rate out look. The

deputy governor has said that

interest rates are back to

normal, shattering perceptions

there is still at emergency

levels. That's partly because

the major banks are taking the

rate hikes even further. The

comment s come on the day Westpac faced sharehold Force

the first time since it hiked

loem loan rates. The bank that

dired to raise home loan rates

by almost double the Fisk

increase is stick ing by its

move. The correct decisions are

very often unpopular. They

would know that. And this was a

correct decision, it is not the slightest doubt about that. The

bank says it's adjusting to

market costs. And according to

the Reserve Bank, it's an

industry-wide trend that has

seen interest rates rise 1%

above the official cash rate.

Making the economy more like

one with a higher cash rate

than actually exists. It would

be reasonable to concollide

that the overall stance of

monetary policy is now back in

the normal range. It could mean

the RBA will start pulling back

from further rate rises. I

think we are likely to still

see some increase s in in rates

next year but I think they will

be done very carefully and

thoughtfully. Shareholders had

mixed feelings about their bank's interest rate

decision. They should keep it

in line with all the other

ones. I just think that it's a

case of what you have to pay

for your money you have to pass

on to the people that are

buying it. While interest rate

rise s might be fore most in

the public's mind, on

shareholders took the

opportunity to raise the matter

direct ly with the board. One

praised the decision and

another said the interest rise

decision was unethical and immoral. Whatever shareholders

think the nation's banks seem

to be in the driving seat.

Firefighters are battling

four bushfires across the State

including two on Sydney's outskirts. An air crane is

helping contain a blaze at

Windsor Downs north-west of

Sydney and in Sydney's

south-west a firefighter is

being treated for smoke

inhalation after a grass fire

tore through rural properties

at Bringelly. We've seen

today very quickly how 10 ache

kers go up in flames with a bit

of a wind fanning a grass fire.

We have to be carele. That

blaze is now contained. There

are also fires burning in the

Upper Hunter region and in the

State's north. Fire crews are

preparing for tough days ahead

with hot and dry condition s

expected for much of the state.

The Federal Government has

delivered its much-anticipated

white paper for the future of

the nation's aviation

industry. Security is the

centre of the blue print, along

with a commitment to streamline

planning. But the package joins

the long list of government

reports that leave a decision

on a second Sydney Airport in

the too hard basket. Here is Philippa McDonald. The Federal

Government says it wants

aviation security to focus on

items of greatest risk. The

ideal that now clippers or

knitting needs are a bigger

threat to airline security than

the metal forks handed out with

meals fails the commonsense

test. You still won't be able

to carry a knife but it's a

reprieve on travellers after

the 9-11 attacks. However the

Government still wants to stamp

aut the type of security

breaches that have dogged

Australia's airports in recent

years. Baggage handlers are in

the front line and will need

more frequent security

clearance. The major threat

that we have to really be very

conscious of, as much as all

other incidents, is what occurs

in the secure areas. There's a

funding boost for CASA when it

comes for checking on aircraft mairnltance performed

overseas. They might get into

the hang arse and check that

the aircraft are being

maintained to the same

standards as in Australia. For

Qantas there was some good news

- foreign ownership limits are beingesed. We're pleased to see

the reforms to Qantas sale act

which places Qantas on a level playing field with its

international competitors an

indeed its Australian competitors. The Opposition

believes it has the potential

to destroy the iconic

brand. When they have majority

foreign control, then it

actually has an impact on the social responsibilities of those companies here in Australia. The destination of the contentious second Sydney

aircraft appears little

closer. Badgerys Creek is

officially off the books, and

the Government is set ing its

sights on a new location. A

taskforce will report by

2011. Everyone wins if we have

more consultation oa level and we are have good planning out

comes. And hopefully we can

take some of the controversy

out of aviation. But the

Government will have a fight on

its hands when it comes to one

of its proposals. A curfew on

Brisbane airport. These days it looks like there's no such

thing as a free education. A

new survey says parents are

paying for essential resources

in many public, primary and

secondary schools across NSW.

They're even being asked to

pick up the cost for thing

likes pen, pencils and toilet

paper. Online investigations

editor Suzanne Smith has the

details. The survey of parent

representatives reveals a

disturbing trend - parents are

paying for essential school

items. What we always sought

was P&C funds were yoghurt on

the fruit salad, icing on the cake but it was necessities

that were needed in the class

room. The the survey found

schools are asking parents to

pay for such it ooms yz toilet

paper, air conditioning science

lab, computer, teaching salary

force casual teachers and money

to cover blow outs in the

budget. At Broken Hill, the

parents had to pay for air conditioning - an essential

item in the desert town. It is

definitely a myth that public

education is free. And in

Bowral in the southern

highlands the P&C has a policy

of never paying for essential

items, even if they receive a

request. The executive at our

school knows not to ask for

money for text books or those

sort of things that the

Government supplies money

for. Some of the respondents

say the funding squeeze is causing acrimony between

parents and teachers. There is

often a stress in that

relationship because of the

needs to meet outcomes with the fundsing that is not

there. There is no excuse for

any public school to be asking

its P&C to be fund raising for

toilet paper. There is no

excuse. Principals are given

global pudge budge et cetera s

which - budgets which are about

the provision of basic

necessities such as this. But

parents are reporting school

budgets are blowing out due to

the cost of casual teaching

staff when permanent teachers

get sick. This is a State which

runs our schools like it runs

everything else - it's

incompetent, it's wasteful. And

the people who in this instance

are missing out are the

students themselves. Minister

Firth says if schools need help

with their budgets, they should

approach the department for

extra funds. And you can

visit our website for more

details on that P&C survey or

to share your own store yicht

there were plenty of cheers and

no doubt a few tears as school

leafers across the State learnt

their HSC results today. This

year a record number of

studentses took part, more than 63,000. The Government says

that's partly thanks to the

uptake of vocational subjects.

All that study and for many it

all boiled down to a simple

text message. HSC results

Popped up in some inboxes

earlier than expected. I

started screaming before 6

o'clock. And mum started

screaming too. Others like

Mosman high's Chris Tailby went

online. How did you go? OK, so

business, band five. While the

cramming and restless night

also probably never change, the

Education Minister says the HSC

is evolving. We have HSC students who this year would

have danced for their HSC. You

would have created great visual

art works or written soft ware

program force computers. Girls

are still outnumbering poi buoys in high achieve amount

hand that's consistent with

trends overseas. Those aspiring

to a university degree have a

pretty good idea if they've made their chosen

course. Probably bachelor of

commerce. Those who didn't do

as well as hoped are being assured there are other

options. The growing popularity

of vocational subject s has

been good for students an

hasn't come at the expense of

the more traditional sturdy

groups. English is mandatory.

The advanced English is still

the most popular course, it's

followed by advanced math

mattics. Tertiary admission

rank s will be available to students from tomorrow morning.

Newcastle Knights's league

player Wicks haik has been

charged with supplying illegal

drugs. The 24-year-old was

arrested in the #4u7b9er Valley

this morning. He wa is one of

four people charged by police

as part of an investigation

into the supply of speed,

cocaine and ecstasy.

Prosecutors allege Wicks was

close to the top of the

criminal network. He's been

stood down indefinitely by the

Knightses. A Spanish national

has been remanded in custody

charged with the indecent

assault of three children. The

man allegedly approached kids

at fast food restaurants an

kissed them. Jorge Alberich

Lombarte only arrived in the

country five days ago. But last

night at Sydney's international

airport he was arrested for in decently assaulting three

children, one as young as four.

Police say the Spaniard kissed

the child on the lips as his

mother ordered dessert just a

few metres away. He then gave

haim lollipop. A few hours late

he is alleged to have struck

again. Groping an 11-year-old

at this MacDonald's women and

warning him not to tell anyone.

Police were again call

yesterday, this time too to

Cowra where a 9-year-old girl

was allegedly kissed. The

48-year-old made a brief

appearance in the Sydney court

where his lawyer protested his innocence. There is footage

being rely. Dressed in a

forensic jump suit, he tried to

talk to the imagine street

during his brief court

appearance but was urged to be

quiet. He's agreed to a

psychiatric assessment and

provoid a DNA sample. He did

not apply for bail and will

spend Christmas behind bars. He

will return to court next

year. The US President Barack

Obama is one step closing to

keeping his campaign promise to close the Guantanamo Bay

prison. The Government's

transferring dozens of detain

dwrees an isolated jail in a

rural parliament of Illinois.

Republicans have already

branded the decision a security

risk. For almost eight year,

the United States has held

terrorist suspects at

Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. There

are 210 detainees left at the

controversial prison. Now, some

of them will be sent to this

jail, in the tiny town of

Thomson, in the President's

home state of Illinois. This

will be the most secure prison

in America. No-one has ever

escaped from a Federal

prison. A first only those

detainees set to appear before the revamped military

commission s will be sent here.

But it could have eventually

hold terrorist suspects that

the US can't put on trial and

yet are too daing trous release. The plan is already

the talk of the town in

Thomson's one pub I love this

idea. I love it. Open it it

up. You can't just hang on year

after year. The economy has

suffered. We will take what we

can get. This 1600-bed jail

west of Chicago has been almost

empty for eight years. It does

have electric stun fencing and

armed guards in towers. It's

not clear when the first Guantanamo detainees will a-Ree. We sleeve bleech this is

in service to our country to

make sure that Guantanamo is

phased out and the threat that

it currently poses to us around

the world is eliminated. The

White House says the President

has no intention of releasing

any of these prisoners in the

United States. The Thomson jail

won't be the first prison to

house terrorist as suspects.

There are already 340 convicted

terrorists behind bars in other

US jails. To finance now and

the Australian dollar fell back

below 90 US cents as the local share market followed Wall Street lower. Here is Alan

Kohler. On the subject of GDP,

which you've heard about, here

is an interesting way of

comparing growth rates of

Australia and other major Western koubility ris - the

graph shows real GDP rates of

growth, or non-growth, as the

case may be. Not that it's a

competition of course but it's

gold for Australia, wooden

spoon for Japan. And here is a

graph from today's speech by

Reserve Bank deputy governor

Ric Battellino, which shows the

cumulative rate increases over

the official cash rate for both

home mortgages and business

loans - 1% and nearly 1.5%

respectively. It's true that

borrowing costs have gone up by

more than the official rate,

but Ric Battellino makes two interesting pointses - banks

have increased their lending

margins by 20 basis points, or

0.2%, and, second, if they

hadn't passed on the increased

cost of funds he says they

would now be losing money. The

Australian dollar is now just

below 90 US cents as the US

dollar's rally continues. The

greenback has now gone up 3.8%

against the euro since the

start of December. Partly

because of the debt woes of Greece and Spain and Ireland

which are dragging down the

European currency and partly

because sentiment is improving

about the US economy because

the dollar had fallen enough to

make American industry more competitive. Stocks on Wall Street were down slightly last

night but the recent trends has

been pretty stable. And the

local share market followed

suit today. An interesting dy

ver Jens as opened up between

News Corporation and Fairfax.

News went up 2.74% and Fairfax

fell exactly 2.74%. And since

early December Fairfax has fall

en 5% and News Corp has gone up

11%. Telstra went up 1% today

but Westpac fell about 1% after

the annual meet ing. That's

finance. Australia Post says

strike action across three

States is holding up the

delivery of more than 4 million

letters an parcels. Postal workers rallied in Brisbane

this morning and there was

strike action in NSW. But

Victoria is worst affected with

picket lines at four sites in

Melbourne and country Victoria.

Australia Post claims union

officials and not postal

workers are manning the

pickets. We're really having

a few individuals, less than 20

in a few key areas, stopping

the whole of people's Christmas

presents, letters to Santa not going through mail. The union

has agreed not to delay any

delivery trucks. Half

centuries to Simon Katich and

Shane Watson have given

Australia a strong start of the third Test against the West

Indies in Perth. Katich fell

only one run short of hiz

century while Watson made 89

and Ricky Ponting refired hurt

after being struck on the

elbow. Here is Peter Wilkins.

With a combination of

aggression and pure technique,

Shane Watson consolidated his

place in the Australian top

order as one of his team-mates

began his journey. The wrnd too

introduced a new cap in paceman

Gaven Tongue but it was his

slightly more seasoned peer who

lamented that early lapse from

captain Chris Gayle. No dropped

him. That proved costly as

beating the bat and extracting

troublesome bout bounce were

rare treat Fos tr visitors.

Watson dined out on everything

else. Lovely shot. Supported by

a more conservative Simon

Katich, Watson looked in total

cro. Beautifully played. He

cruised to his 50. He keeps

going like this he can open for

as long as he wants. And looked

set for a huge score, hammering

4s with impunity. He's gone,

bang. But that Test hundred

dollar dread remained elusive

when Kemar Roach produced a

gem. Good pace. Ricky Ponting

felt the pain early in his

innings, not once but twice and

while he and Katich infliectsed

more of the same on the West

Indies, the discomfort from the

first blow proved too much for

the captain, retiring hurt and

needing a hospital visit.

Despite that mishap, Australia

remained firmly in

control. That is a good pull

shot. Taj Burrow has completed

a dominant year for Australians

on the worlds surfing tour.

Burrow won his first Pipeline

Masters with a comfortable

victory over Kelly Slater in

this morning's final. This is

as good as it gets. I can't

believe it. I can't believe I'm

standing here. It's a dream

come true. Burrow's impressive

performance capped off a great

week for Australian surfers.

Women's world champion

Stephanie Gilmore and Joel

Parkinson collected the triple

crown for the best performed

surfers on the Hawaiian tour.

Last Sunday, Mick Fanning

clinch clinched the men's world

title. While her compatriots

are battling for an Australian

open wild card, Samantha Stosur

can already start preparation

force her third straight grand

slam as a top 20 player. On the

back of make #2g smfs at this

year's French Open 2, world

number 13 is not ruling out a

maiden grand slam tieltd in

2010. If I could win a grand

slam I would it to be 2 Aussie

Open. So I will do my best and

with the crowd behind me it's

as good as opportunity as as good as opportunity as

anyone. Stosur will start her

the new year at the Hopman Cup

in Perth. It The Hollywood

award season is gearing up. The

Golden Globe nom nominations

are out. But making headline

force being overlooked are

Nicole Kidman and Abbie

Cornish. It's been a pretty

good week for actor Toni

Collette. Days ago, she won an

AFI for the TV series 'United

States of Tara', which is about

a woman with multiple personalities. Yellow pudding

is for the children. And now

she can look forward to frock

up for the Golden Globe, with

this year's nominations

revealed. Best performance by

an actress in a comedy, Toni

Collette, in the 'United States

of Tara'. Other Australians

feet featuring in critically

acclaimed TV series have also

received nominations. Rose

Byrne, Damages. But with the

globe gloebs often seen as a

predictor to the Academy

Awards, the news is not so good

for Nicole Kidman. She's been

snubed in her new role in the

musical 'Nine' while three of

her co stars are in the running

for a Golden Globe. Abbie

Cornish was overlooked for her

performance in Jane Campion's

'Bright Star'. And John

Hillcoat missed out on a nom

flaetion for 'The Road'. And

after a rush of international

awards for 'Samson and

Delilah', an Oscar nomination

for best oe Best foreign

language film is looking less

likely now after it failed to

make the came category at the

the Golden Globe. The awards

ceremony is next month. Let's

go to the weather now and

there's a total fire ban for

Sydney tomorrow. There. Is and

it covers most of the southern

half of NSW and we will have a

look at those areas shortly. It

was the story of humidity in

Sydney. It dropped to 30% in

the western suburbs with a

temperature of 37. But the city

it only saw it drop to 64% with

the top of 27. We're set to see

a warm and humid night,

temperatures in all suburbs are

not expected to fall below 20

degrease. A high in the Tasman

Sea delivered very warm to hot

knot winds across the State

today, with afternoon sea

breezes keeping the coastal

fringe a little milder.

fringe a little milder.

Category 4 Cyclone Mick is

crossing the Kimberley coast.

And closer to home, cloud in

the bight is soeshed with a

school cooler change that is

expected to move across the west and south-east of the

State tomorrow. And then into

the north-east on Friday. Ahead

of the front, hot gusty worth

North westerly winds will

increase temperatures and the

fire danger. A band of rain and

isolated storm also extend

across the State behind the

change. But no widespread

decent falls are expected.

We will see a much cooler day

on Friday as the rain begins to

move through. We're only

looking at falls of up to

10mm On 10:30, Tony Jones has

an exclusive interview with the

head of the International

Monetary Fund. From us,

goodnight.

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Welcome to the program. The Federal Government has set out

its vision for the aviation

industry over the next 20

years, in a white paper dealing

with issues from inflict

security to the seemingly

endless quest for a second