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Tonight - Man of Steel - the

PM defends a big spending

Budget. What are we on about,

giving a fair go frankly. Fire

chiefs front the first Black

Saturday hearing. And National check-up reveals fat

figures. And it may be game

over before tip-off. Good evening, Juanita Phillips evening, Juanita Phillips with

ABC News. Kevin Rudd and Wayne

Swan have briefed their full

front bench on the sorry front bench on the sorry state

of the Budget to be unveiled

tomorrow night, confirming a

record deficit of around $60

billion, and unemployment

reaching 1 million next reaching 1 million next year.

The PM says it could have been

worse, revealing Treasury

advice that the jobless rate

would have hit double digits if

billions wasn't spent propping

up the economy. Chris Uhlmann

reports. Steels made in fire,

forged under pressure. This has

been built with blood, sweat

and tears. Tomorrow's Budget

will test the Government's

metel. Treasury says the Budget

will be in surface by 2015-'16.

That will only happen when we

have politicians with

courage. Labor committed to $70

billion of new spending since

May to cover the flight of

private money from the economy. private money from the

Everyone is a Everyone is a winner. Total

Australian Government stimulus

investment in the Illawarra now

$660 million, now the job is

harder, the Budget mixing

stimulus spending with forging

a path back from massive

deficits, meaning lots of

losers. What that means is very

tough stations. The task is dauntingful We need tough

Budget decisions that will add

between $25-$30 billion a year

to Australia's Budget bottom

line, toss fortune, and means

more than slugging the

rich. Benefits born in the boom

will be slashed in the bust,

taxes will rise, superannuation

will be trimmed for the rich

and the poor, Medicare will be

less generous, private health

insurance rebate will be Means

tested. Treasury will forecast

next year's deficit at about

$60 billion, unemployment

pushing to 8.5%. Kevin Rudd is

so worried about the political

threat of rising unemployment

he's been on a pre-Budget jobs

roadshow, in Wollongong he was

armed with an estimate of where

the jobless rate would have

been without stimulus

spending. If the Government had done nothing National unemployment in Australia unemployment in Australia would

have been forecast to reach

10%. That will be debated. One

thing everyone agrees on Tomorrow night's Budget

needs to provide a plan for

recovery for the economy. All

will be revealed tomorrow. And

you can see the Treasurer's

Budget speech in full after the

news tomorrow night. That'll be

followed by expert analysis in

the ABC's Budget special. The

inquest into the death of a

disabled woman who fell from a

cliff has been told her

boyfriend was quote "obsessive

and unusual", Sarah Rawson who

used a wheelchair went on a

picnic with Shawn Mullen in the picnic with Shawn Mullen in

Blue Mountains in March 2006,

her body found at the bottom of

a popular lookout. United in

grief Sarah Rawson's grief Sarah Rawson's family

suspected her death was no

accident. Now it's the

coroner's job to determine the

truth. This is the spot where

the 25-year-old plunged 70

metres to the rocks below, an

inquest hearing she'd been on a

picnic with Shawn Mullen, the

couple's third date. Shawn

Mullen told police he turned

away when Sarah Rawson said she away when Sarah Rawson said

needed to go to the toilet:

Then she was gone. But Sarah

Rawson's family insists she

wasn't mobile enough to squat.

Three months earlier she'd

broken her legs and an arm in a

car accident and couldn't walk

without help. The court also heard that the alcohol she'd

been drinking, combined with

medication would have had an medication would have had

impact on her stability. The

inquest was told Shawn Mullen

had a history of mental illness

and had been taking

antipsychotic drugs, witnesses

describing him as unusual

saying he displayed obsessive

Counsel behaviour towards Sarah Rawson.

said: Counsel assisting the coroner

But sever witnesses said it

appeared to - several witnesses

said it appeared to be Sarah

Rawson's idea to venture to the

picnic spot at the edge of the

cliff. Shawn Mullen was reluctant. Reports are coming

in from Sri Lanka of a dramatic

increase in civilian casualties

as Government forces

relentlessly pursue their

campaign to wipe out Tamil separatists. Pro-Tamil sources

say thousands were killed by

Government artillery fire. An

aid worker in the region put

the number of deaths in the

hundreds. The military say the

story is fabricated and with

blames the separatists for

death, the United Nations says

there's been large scale

killing of civilians including

100 children. Residents in the

Somali capital Mogadishu, say a

weekend surge in violence weekend surge in violence is

the worse in years. Up to 50

killed and scores wounded in

fighting between Somali

Government forces and

militants. The Government has

no control over much of the

strengthen its position country, and it's trying to

strengthen its position by

winning over some of the

rebels, rival groups are

continuing to fight the

Government and its allies, the

chaos in Somalia has displaced

millions, and piracy and

extremism are flourishing. Pakistan flourishing. Pakistan killed

dozens of Taliban fighters in

the troubled north-west region,

as the fighting intensifies,

the refugee exodus from the refugee exodus from the Swat Valley and surrounding

areas increased. Over the

weekend a military curfew was

temporarily lifted to allow

more to leave. South Asian

correspondent Sally Sara. The

Pakistani Government warned

civilians to leave the conflict

zone but roadblocks and a

curfew made is difficult. For a

day the restrictions were

lifted, tens of thousands took

the opportunity to

leave. There's growing pressure

on aid agencies and the

Pakistani Government to care

for those displaced by the

fighting. Some supplies are

getting through, but elsewhere

aid workers say conditions are

intolerable. With some of the

civilians out of the way, a

further escalation in fighting

is expected. The Pakistani

authorities say they've killed

up to 200 militants in the past

24 hours. Across the border in

Afghanistan, US-led forces

fight the same enemy. An often

frustrating operation where air

strikes are part of the

American's weaponry They are

out there sitting there,

knowing that they are out there

sitting there, waiting to shoot

at you, it sucks. The air

strikes are killing strikes are killing civilians

and the Afghan President asked

the US to halt the

bombardment Our homes, villages

are not places for

are not places for terrorism, and they should be and they should be safe. The United States denied that

request saying it can't fight

with one hand tied behind its

back. The Pope has begun the

most delicate part of most delicate part of his

Middle East pilgrimage, a

five-day visit to Israel and

the Palestinian territories, on

his final day in Jordan, Pope Benedict officiated in an

outdoor mass, urging them to

maintain their faith in the

face of hardship. May you never

forget the great dignity which

derives from your Christian

heritage, or fail to sense a

loving solidarity of all your

brothers and sisters in the

church throughout the

world. The pontiff later

visited the site on the Jordan

river where many Christians

believed Christ was bap tiffed

and took in archaeological

sites and blessed the

foundation stones for two

planned chumps. A boatload planned chumps. A boatload of

asylum seekers has been

asylum seekers has been found

off northern Australia, making

a total of 12 this year, the

laters detected north of Darwin

before navy and customs patrols

moved in to intercept it, moved in to intercept it, 31

asylum seekers are on board

from Afghanistan, with three crew members, they are being

taken to Christmas Island for

health and identity checks. health and identity checks. The

Royal Commission into Victorian

bushfires opens in style. On

the first day of evidence the

head of the Country Fire

Authority distanced himself

from decisions made on Black

Saturday. Russell Rees had

responsibility for coordinating

the firefighting operation, he

said most of the decisions

about individual fires were

made by his suborder nants.

More from the Royal Commission

reporter Jane Cowan. If Black

Saturday was a war, Russell

Rees was the Commander-in-Chief, as the Commander-in-Chief, as the head

of the Country Fire Authority,

he was not involved in the

response to spifg fires as they

broke out, he says, - specific

fires as they broke occupant.

He was unaware fire behavioural

specialists predicted how

they'd move even though they

were working in the same

buildings. He said he never saw

maps like this one, predicting

before 2:00 on Black Saturday

how the Kilmore fire would

spread later in the day. Is it

not something that would be

brought to your attention.

Not always, no. Should it

be. From time to time it is.

I'm more concerned from my per

spect tiff to knowing the other

people have it. This was the

situation at 4:00, with a 6km

long fire front. What would you

anticipate looking at that,

would happen with the

south-westerly change.

Virtually the entire eastern

flank would become the front of

the fire. Despite in the

realisation, the first official

warning wasn't given to

Kinglake until almost two hours

later at five to six. When the

wind change arrived the

firefront swept towards the

town as predicted. Why wouldn't

you warn those sort of communities of the potential

what it was of the

south-westerly change? All I

can say is that we made our

judgments, did our very best to

give the right information at

that time, on that day, during

the events as they played out

during the day. I can't make a

judgment. It was an emotional

day in court, one woman taking

her head in her hands, weeping

quietly as the map showed fire

overrunning Kinglake. The Fire

Chief of eight years says he

was not directly responsible

for the warnings, if he for the warnings, if he thought

they were insufficient he would

have intervened. The start of

the Royal Commission was of

little comfort to those eking

out an existence in areas

devastated by the bushfires,

three months on it's the cold

presenting the biggest problem

for people making do in

temporary accommodation. temporary accommodation. If

James Bennett reports from

Kinglake. Michelle Thomas, her husband and two children have

been living in a bus and Karvan

since February's

firestorm. It's better than

being in a tent. They've had a

bathroom donated. We don't have

to travel to have a to travel to have a shower,

it's good. We've been going to

friends, relatives, things like

that, it's difficult with two

children. Sally Davis, her

husband and three children are

about to find out what it's

like now the remnants of her

uninsured Kinglake house, she

plans to move a donated Karvan

on to her block for winter.

Cold, it will be very Cold, it will be very cold. I

don't know. We'll go with it.

But for Simone Allan, the

thought of rebuilding is too

much. My husband and I had to

sit back and look at what we

needed. You know, and what the

fires had done to us. What we

saw was we needed a lifestyle

where we can actually live and

enjoy. Care agencies say those

whose properties were spared

are deeg with survivor guilt,

and other challenges - dealing

with survivor guilt and other

challenges. Another supply

destroyed in the bushfires was

firewood, ironic given the

thousands of trees felled from

roadside that residents don't

have enough to keep themselves

warm. Agencies say hardships

like that means more than ever

their services are in demand. I

think right now there's a major think right now there's a

issue that winter is coming,

it's getting cold, and so,

therefore the people need more

help now than they did in a lot

of ways in the early days of ways in the early days in

terms of personal help. With an

estimated two-year rebuilding

process, that's not expected to

wane any time soon. Tonight's top story, the Prime Minister

has flagged that tomorrow's

Budget will confirm a record

deficit and project a higher

unemployment rate for next

year. Kevin Rudd maintains that

it could have been worse. And

still to come moves to prevent overexposure.

From bronzed to blancmange,

the Aussie image has been

redefined in the redefined in the latest

snapshot of the nation's

health, and the picture

emerging is far from

flattering. For the first time

the Bureau of Statistics has

got the measure of Australians

young and old. And there's no

getting around it, our

waistlines are definitely

getting thicker. The study

involving 22,000 people found

more than two-thirds of men

were overweight or obese, up 4%

since 1995, and the figures for

women were worse, over half of

them considered overweight or them considered overweight

obese up 6%. It's disturbing

that the number of people

overweight has increased by a

quarter of a million quarter of a million people

over the last three years. But

the heaviest age group were

people in their 6 #s and 70s,

eight out of 10 men

overweight. When you are

overweight or obese you have

more of a chance of getting

some of the chronic ilpossesses

like cancer, diabetes and heart

disease. It looks like the disease. It looks like the sins

of the parents and grandparents

are visited on the

grandchildren. The number of

obese jumped, boys getting

heavier. Doubling since 1995

from one in 20 to one in

10. These figures show that the

measures taken to control

obesity haven't worked. Despite

flabby figures two-thirds of

those surveyed said they

exercisised with most choosing

walking as a preferred

activity. Many felt healthy, the majority had one the majority had one ongoing

medical continue. Justin, go

get your old man a beer. Some public health messages are

getting through. There was a

slight reduction in binge

drinking while the number of Australians smoking

dropped. Pale is pretty, that's the message the State Government and the Cancer

Council are trying to pass on

to teens, under new rules

children and those with fair

skin will be banned from using

tanning beds. The changes have

been prompted by a growing body

of evidence linking the of evidence linking

treatment to skin cancer. Many

young Australians continue to

pursue the unemployment tan

despite knowing the health

risks if anyone was under the

illusion that tanning beds was

a safe alternative to

sunbaking, that's about to

change. We know the more a

person is exposed to

ultraviolet radiation, the more

likely it is that they will get

skin cancer. Under the

skin cancer. Under the new

rules qualified operators will

have to assess a user's skin

time, if they are under 18 or

deemed to have fair skin

they'll be banned, users have

to wait 48 hours until their

next session. Operators will be

penalised for breaches. On the

spot fines of up to $1,000,

court-imposed of up to $11,000.

Fines are below Victoria where

operators can be penalised up

to $1 million. Clare Oliver

campaigned for tougher rules

before her death in 2007 from

melanoma. The Cancer Council

criticised the draft regulation

unveiled last year and is happy

changes have been made The

regulations provide information

about where the units are

operating through a system of

regulation, how they are

operating. Rules in force

practices, are in place. We

make sure clients fill out a

form, make sure they are aware

of what goes on, the damages

that, you know, sun beds can

cause later in life. Melanoma

accounts for almost a third of

all cancers among

15-30-year-olds in NSW. The

Government hopes its new laws

will see cancer units treating

further patients. The

regulation taking effect later

this month. More than 100,000 took part in Cancer Screening Program will took part in the National Bowel

have to redo tests, the Health Department discovered the test

kit was faulty, because of that kit was faulty, because of

there were fewer results, upped

the screening program all 55

have a chat. Anyone testing

negative since December will be

sent a new kit in the next few

weeks. To finance, and the

Australian dollar is going

strong, touching 77 US cent for

the first time in seven month,

here is Alan Kohler. Well, all

the news is pointing to better

economic conditions than

expected. That is putting

pressure on the conversation.

It bottomed in March, the

Australian dollar went up by 13

US cent. Today it went above 77

for the first time since

October. Before easing back to

76.85, up more than a cent

since this time Friday. A lot

of this economic news is good

in relative terms, the business

results - business conditions

improved a lot as shown by this

graph. Confidence and forward

orders picked up. They are

still dreadful. It might be a still dreadful. It might be

green shoot or two, but it

might be a twitch as well.

Another indicator of optimism

is shown by this astounding

graph, showing the ratio of the

US market based on trailing

earnings, or last year's

earnings, this is back to 1870,

and the trading PE has never

been higher, although profits

collapsed last year, investors

don't believe it will don't believe it will lost,

they are paying prices assuming

a big recovery. Friday this

optimism continued with a jump

of 2%, in Australia trading was

more subdued down 9 points, the

banks slipped back as did

Telstra again, and construction

firms like Leighton, which have

been volatile. Fortescue surged

16% on reports that it's

thinking of lifting in

Shanghai, Macquarie Group

doubled in more than two month,

a big winner out of the rally.

That's finance. A native parrot

is at the centre of a demrab

between the State and Federal

Governments, at issue is the

logging of river red gums in

the Riverina, the Riverina, the Federal

Government saying it's worried

about the impact on river

wetlands and the habitat of the

rare Superb Parrot, the State

Government and timber workers

are worried there'll be job

losses. We can look at the

protective measures for protective measures for the

Superb Parrot, as well as

protect the many hundreds of

the economy of the jobs which are so important to

Riverina. Logging will be

Federal Government's banned in some areas until the banned in some areas until

environmental study is

finished. Qantas has turned

back the tide on signeding

maintenance jobs offshore,

deciding to make Brisbane the

base for its A 330 jet

maintenance operations, good

news for 500 workers set to

lose their jobs. Jessica van

Vonderen reports. Job security in turbulent time, in turbulent time, these

workers will be the envy of

many. In these tough economic

times good news is hard to come

by, it's terrific news

today. Until today the future

of as many as 500 engineering

staff in Brisbane had been

under a cloud because the

planes they serviced are being

phased out. The jobs, when the

767s retire, would have ebb ed

off. The A 330 is maintained

overseas, from next year Qantas overseas, from next year

will move those operations to

the Queensland capital. The

outcome means that facility

will stay, not go offshore, it

was at some risk of doing

flexible rosters in that. Workers agreed to

return. It's about the ability

for people to extend shifts,

work on aircraft until the

aircraft are repaired. For aircraft are repaired. For the

Australian Workers Union, it's

a hard-fought win in a

long-running win against

sending work offshore. The

announcement of Qantas today

reflects what the ANWU and

maintenance unions have been

calling for which is to ensure

their maintenance is

onshore. No new jobs have been

created. It's a long-term

goal When the global financial

crisis finishes and the traffic

is turning and growing again

we'll get more aircraft. The

announcement today flying

against recent trends. The

airline last month announcing

1700 job cuts. The planned

revamp of the National men's

basketball league is in doubt

before a basket has been thrown

in anger. Basketball Australia

hopes to announce its

competition format tomorrow, so

far no franchise s from the

major eastern seaboard cities

have applied to join up. Here

is Caroline Wilson, Australia's basketball administrators are

in double overtime trying to

luck a men's competition out of

a rabble. Brisbane and Sydney

were in a mess, perhaps the

biggest blow coming today when

the Melbourne Tigers refused to support the suggested

model. What has been presented

to us to work with is not

sustainable over the next season. The Tigers say

commercial deals with sponsors

and broadcasters, which might

have made the new league viable

should have been settled months

ago. We have lost three or four

months now with so little time

left to go forward. The Perth

Wildcats and Adelaide 36ers

don't want to sit out a summer,

but some are viewing that

outcome as inevitable To think

we'll have a season off is

shocking, but on the other side

of things, I know soccer did

it, they had time off, a break

and relaunched and the A-League

is a strong competition doing

well. Jenson Button excelled in

Spain making it four from five

wins. Mark Webber's second

podium marking the 50th

anniversary of Jack Brabham's

first Grand Prix win, on his

way to third Weber produced a

manoeuvre the legendary Australian would have been

proud of Slithering on the

inside, somehow makes the apex

of touch 2 brilliant. He's a

legend of the country, it's

great to get a podium on the

same day he had a great

day. That came after an explosive start that claimed

several times, the Brawn team

survived and dominated. One/two

finish for Jenson Button finish for Jenson Button and

Rubens Barrichello. Robbie

Deans put all the Wallabies on

notice, no-one is assured of an

international place. Stort

isn't guaranteed a spot let

alone the captaincy. The

critical thing is what does he

want to do. There's no

guarantees for any player. They

don't want a guarantee.

Sweden's Henrik Stenson was

season person iffied in

pursuing the championship. It

was supposed to be a slow down

between German Alex Cejka,

world No.1 Tiger Woods, they

watched each other's self

destruction from close range.

Seven behind, Alex Cejka after

an unfortunate 79 eight shots

back. What a critical

mistake. There were challenges,

including Englishman Ian

Poulter, finishing second. Poulter, finishing second. But

Andrew Sense made it a one-man

show with a plau - Henrik

Stenson made it a flawless

show, winning with a healthy

$2.2 million. When it comes to

boosting morale, it's hard boosting morale, it's hard to

beat a baby panda, these 13 toddlers providing the

feel-good factor in feel-good factor in China's

Sichuan Province one year on

from the earthquake, all born after pregnant mothers after pregnant mothers were

rescued from the epicentre.

Keepers say it was remarkable

that all the pandas survived.

Seeing the pandas survive gives

visitors hope that they'll

recover from the

earthquake. Let's look at the

weather, looks like we are in

for showers. In the next 12-24

hours, after that they'll

clear, there won't be much

rain, a lot of suburbs missing

out altogether. It was a cloudy

day in Sydney, top temperatures

around 19-21. That was the

coldest day of the month so coldest day of the month so far

in the city. Cloud is expected

to increase overnight with

isolated and light showers

developing some time after midnight. Across the state

showers generally confined to

the North Coast, north of

Kempsey, 5mm near Byron Bay,

the heaviest, cloud decreasing

along the west of the coast

except the South Coast where it

was on the increase. Inland


75mm falling in ins veil.

Queensland the only state with

widespread cloud and rainfall.

No cloud over NSW, and no

significant change. Around

Wednesday the position of the

high in Western Australia, a

deep low south of Tasmania

driving strong south-west winds

across the state. That means

cloud and isolated showers over

the southern inland and ranges.

Ahead of the south-west winds

on Wednesday, tomorrow's

onshore winds seeing light

showers develop along the

coast. Most coast. Most areas likely in the afternoon,

Isolated afternoon showers

about the north-west coast and

plains, northern tablelands,

length of the coast and nearby

ranges, between Newcastle and

Nowra developing earlier in the

day. Frost and fog patches on

the ranges and slopes, cloudy

to follow, try and sunny across

the inland. A shower or two in

Sydney. More likely near the

coast. We are looking at tops

of 19-20 degrees. Conditions on

the water starting to see

dangerous surf conditions along

the coast easing, conditions on

the water on the improve.

Looking at the forecast over

the coming days - there's the

end of the showers Tuesday. We

could see changes Friday, gusty

west to south-westerly winds

developing. At this stage if

you can remember and Saturday

was like, we have a week of it

ahead. Thanks for that. The

top stories - the Federal

Government is Hungering down

ahead of a tough Budget

tomorrow night, it's expected

to deliver a deficit of $60

billion, the head of billion, the head of the Country Fire Authority

distanced hems from decisions

made on Black Saturday, Russell

Rees saying he never saw

predictions of how the fire

would spread. Australia shapes

up poorly in the latest

snapshot of Australia's health.

Two-thirds of men, one in two

women are overweight or obese.

That is ABC News for this

Monday. 7.30 Report is up next,

I'll be back with updates during evening, goodnight.

Closed Captions by CSI It's heartbreaking, you don't expect

to see that, like a horse died right in front of me. Tonight

on the 7.30 Report, the on the 7.30 Report, the deadly

trifecta that could spell the

end of a horse racing

tradition. A lot of people

tradition. A lot of people said Jumps Racing is fantastic and

is part of our culture, it's

not good enough. We are very

concerned about what we believe

is political pressure being

applied here. And one year on,

a journey to the epicentre of

China's deadly quake. Walking

through this ruins, I think you

can steel feel the pain of the

local people who lost their relatives.

This Program is Captioned Live.

Welcome to the program, and

by this time tomorrow night the

Treasurer will be on his Treasurer will be on his feet

in the Parliament, outlining

the Government's short and