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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Tonight - backs the new security laws. Australia's police chief from State politics. John Brogden makes a clean break murdered daughter's funeral. A mother's bid to attend her of Townsville, And the Cowboys ride out bound for the grand final. Good evening. Felicity Davey with ABC news. defended the new security powers, The Federal Police Commissioner has attack within Australia is real. saying the threat of a suicide bomb He was reacting to suggestions to John Howard's demands that the premiers had caved in from intelligence chiefs. after a briefing deny being spooked, The premiers and chief ministers has condemned the measures, but the Law Council saying they are not necessary. for the country's leaders A day after a private briefing of home-grown terrorists, on the danger was making his case in public. Australia's Federal Police Chief Mick Keelty says within Australia is real. the threat of a suicide bomb attack Clearly, that's one of the reasons to seek the new legislation - why we needed from some people. we have seen some behaviours won't confirm a report But the police chief watch-list that ASIO has an expanded of hundreds of Muslim extremists. that we can't share There are obviously things with the wider community. who are intent on occasioning harm There are people here if they can in order to undertake such activity. and others who have trained home-grown suspects ASIO's list of potential grew after the London bombings. leaders have to be careful And Aldo Borgu says political counter-terrorism measures. when introducing tougher

that our actual actions To make sure over the edge don't end up pushing people as much as anything else. The Attorney-General says could restrict someone's movements new control orders to a State or suburb contact, or meet with, or phone. and restrict who they could The law council finds it offensive. We feel as though put political interests the COAG participants have really ahead of the public interest. It's the sort of powers to police states. which you would normally attribute the States and Territories JOURNALIST: Do you think were panicked into this decision? the only explanation I can think of. I think that's really for one, rejects. It's a suggestion Steve Bracks, are balanced, are sensible, Look I think these laws are necessary. new preventative detention powers Mick Keelty says to suspects being detained won't automatically lead without charge. for a full two weeks

it's anything up to 14 days. It's not definitely 14 days, Chief's concerned, As far as the Federal Police it's all about being prepared. ABC News, Canberra. Craig McMurtrie, in the doldrums, With voter support for Labor Julia Gillard, the former Latham ally, credentials. has laid out her leadership A day after one poll suggested the next election as Kim Beazley, she was almost as likely to win launch to float a new Labor agenda. the Health Spokeswoman used a book Jim Middleton. Political correspondent, Mark Latham shrunk the party. Look honey, I'm not going to go in there, no. Certainly not while his predecessor to Labor's foundations. is taking a sledgehammer by the feedback I'm getting I'm encouraged from caucus members saying that maybe there's a chance

will help the Labor Party that the contents of these diaries reform itself. Do you know what I'm going to do? I'm going to lift my bat to pass outside the off-stump. and allow that short ball are going for their shots. Others in the ALP, however, Julia Gillard, fresh from a poll suggesting as Kim Beazley she's now almost as likely to win the next election, unveiled a new Labor manifesto.

Labor is the party of compassion, the party of welfarism. but it is not or should not be these are Labor issues Health, education and work - of our economic policies and they should be at the core for the next decade. book on Labor in opposition, Ms Gillard was launching another but also sounded very much a test drive. as if she were giving leadership economic credibility, She admitted Labor had to claw back Annabel Crabb's assertion but took issue with author that John Howard's triumph

economic management with comfort had been to associate good rather than pain. of successful working families Is it comfort that the future now seems to lie in new suburbs

neighbour's names, where you do not know your children play in the streets where you are afraid to let your or local parks? It's a line Mark Latham's diaries, that could have come straight from because he's stepped over the line but Julia Gillard says that just

the subject should be verboten. doesn't mean

no sign of a challenge, While there is no absolutely entered that dangerous phase Kim Beazley's leadership has now to worry about their futures where Labor backbenchers will start pick up. unless his ratings in the polls

ABC News, Canberra. Jim Middleton, John Brogden is leaving Parliament. Former State Opposition leader the Member for Pittwater He's resigned as on Sydney's Northern Beaches,

as Liberal leader. a month after stepping down Simon Santow is at State Parliament. State political reporter announcement Simon, did this afternoon's

to anyone? come as much of a surprise

Well, funnily enough, Felicity,

since in the weeks and days since

John Brogden resigned as party

leader, he has told many of his

colleagues privately that he

intends to make a political

comeback; that he intended to

remain in his seat of Pittwater

and carry on in politics. But

obviously things have changed

since then. So, a lot of the MPs

that I spoke to today were

surprised because they expected

him to bat on. They expected him

to be true to his word. But this

is what Opposition Leader Peter

Debnam had to say about the

resignation late today. We want to

say to John, Lucy and his family

they have our full support for the

period of care they now need and

also for the period of privacy that

they now need. We wish John a full

and a speedy recovery and we will

and a speedy recovery and we will do whatever we can within the Liberal

Party family for help John and Lucy

in that regard. Simon, looking

forward then, is there some what of

a stoush expected in Pittwater,

normally a safe Liberal seat?

Liberal MPs I've spoken to again

today say the jockeying hasn't

begun yet, but it has all of the

potential for a stoush given at a

potential for a stoush given at a federal level Bronwyn Bishop, on

the more conservative side of the

party, holds the seat and brag

brag brog, considered more of a

moderate has held the seat at a

state level. There's a potential

now in the feks couple of weeks

before a by-election is held, for

a stoush between the more

right-wing faction of the party

and the more moderates. Simon

Santow, thank you. has been refused bail. But a magistrate has directed police to allow Julie-Anne Austin to attend her funeral. Rose Villaneuva-Austin died after being given methadone

instead of cough medicine. Jayne Margetts reports. Rose Villanueva-Austin died at the Cattai home she shared with her mother and stepfather in Sydney's north-west. The girl's natural father was in Blacktown Court for today's bail hearing. Rose was more than just a daughter, she was a best friend, so... you know, she was a good mum.

The principal and a teacher at the 6-year-old's school told the court they'd never seen the girl's mother, Julie-Anne Austin, under the influence of drugs. Principal Karen Conte said Rose's stepfather admitted to her he'd put a Dimeatapp bottle containing methadone in the wrong place. He allegedly told her: Julie-Anne Austin closed her eyes and sobbed as the school principal described the relationship between mother and daughter as loving, caring and nurturing. She told the court it was a beautiful bond. The Crown opposed Julie-Anne Austin getting bail, saying it was a case based on reckless indifference. In a lengthy plea, her solicitor said what happened was a tragic mistake and will never be a murder. Magistrate Gordon Lerbe told the court: He refused bail, saying although the accused had a strong case, his hands were tied by legislation. Jayne Margetts, ABC News. The big oil companies have told the Prime Minister that high world oil prices are to blame for high petrol prices.

John Howard met the chiefs of Caltex, Mobil, BP and Shell in Sydney to hear their explanations for record fuel prices. Prices get driven by refined petrol prices in Singapore and that's how prices are set here in Australia. We are stuck with much higher oil prices and petrol prices, therefore, than any of us would like. That is the international reality, and it's an international reality that Australia cannot escape. The summit also heard that ethanol-blended fuel won't take off until consumers have full confidence in the product. It could be back to reading, writing and arithmetic for Australian primary schools if a review of teaching methods is implemented. The study says Australian students should return to a more traditional syllabus

if they're to keep up internationally. Federal Education Minister Brendan Nelson was planning to unveil the report during a visit to Sydney University, but cancelled over a student protest against voluntary unionism. (All chant) Education for all! Not just the rich! The report reflects the Minister's concerns about making schools more accountable. Australia needs to return to a much more concise prescriptive syllabus which teachers can teach from, that parents understand and assesses the progress of children on a year-to-year basis. the Minister's Department, Commissioned by the report says the current outcomes-based education model

doesn't give teacher's clear guidance. A lot of the outcomes are very vague and general, they're not very academic, they're too broad, so teachers find it very hard to translate those into classroom practice. The report says that countries where students are performing better

in basic maths, English and science have more specific standards and it calls for the introduction of a national syllabus for each school year, similar to the ones in place a decade ago. It's a clear outline of what you should teach. Teachers would get that at the start of the year, whether it's Year 7 or Year 8. They would have a clear road map explaining what's essential. Teachers are concerned that students could be left behind by a more rigid teaching syllabus. They say a gradual approach employing both methods will be the best option for students. Oscar McLaren, ABC News. Fresh concerns have been voiced about the safety of the Cahill Expressway, which runs above Sydney's Circular Quay station. The State Opposition has released emails

between rail and road engineers - with one from two years ago saying remedial action was "urgently required". Opposition Leader Peter Debnam has accused the Government of covering up serious structural problems. The Government has played down the claims, saying that there's no danger to motorists or rail commuters. Al-Qaeda has suffered a setback in Iraq.

The US says the terror group's second-in-command there has been shot dead.

Described as the top aide to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Abu Azzam was killed in a shoot-out after apparently being betrayed. SIREN WAILS The United States says Abu Azzam was responsible for the deaths of more than 1,000 people.

He was allegedly al-Qaeda's No.2 man in Iraq, in charge of the car bombings, suicide strikes and insurgent attacks. Acting on a tip-off, Iraqi and US troops stormed a high-rise building in Baghdad. Ah, went into the building, found his apartment and went into the apartment, found two women there and then started taking fire from an adjacent room. They returned fire and wounded one of the terrorists and killed the other. It's welcome news for the United States. Officials believe the killing will have an impact on al-Qaeda operations. He was not just a lieutenant, he was the No.2 person, and he was responsible for operations in Baghdad, which is the capital, of course, the country, which's important. But Abu Azzam's death is unlikely to stop the killing. North of Baghdad, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the gates of a police building. 10 people died. Elsewhere, a car bomb exploded and gunmen attacked a police patrol. More than 60 people have been killed in just three days.

If we're not successful in the long war on terrorism, then our way of life is, indeed, at stake. This is what the United States is up against... (Speaks Arabic) ..a man who says he represents al-Qaeda

is presenting weekly newscasts on the Internet. One story allegedly shows an attack on US forces, another says the Muslim world was filled with joy after Hurricane Katrina. Winning the war is one battle, winning public support is another. The most recent opinion poll suggests

that most Americans do not believe victory is likely in Iraq. Mark Simkin, ABC News, Washington. The former American guard convicted of abusing Iraqi prisoners inside Baghdad's Abu Ghraib jail has herself been sentenced to three years in prison. 22-year-old Lynndie England was also dishonourable discharged from the US Military. The political fallout from Hurricane Katrina is gathering pace. the New Orleans police chief. He's expected to face questions about why so many members of his force dropped their badges and ran in the storm's aftermath. And the man who was meant to be oversee the relief operation has been grilled in Washington over what went wrong. The former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency was on the defensive. Michael Brown admitted he made some mistakes, but he also blamed local officials for the delayed response.

My biggest mistake was not recognising by Saturday that Louisiana was dysfunctional. The committee was trying to find out what went wrong with the rescue efforts when the hurricane devastated Louisiana and Mississippi. Mr Brown has already resigned but still defended his performance. I've overseen over 150 presidentially declared disasters. I know what I'm doing and I think I do a pretty darn good job of it. I'm a witness as to what happened in Mississippi, you folks fell on your face. You get an 'F' minus in my book. Some congressmen went further,

asking what Mr Brown did to coordinate the situation. By urging the Governor, the Mayor, to order the mandatory evacuation. And that's...coordinating? What would you like for me to do, Congressman? Well, that's why I'm happy you left. The same day, the New Orleans police chief resigned without explanation. Retiring as superintendent of police and I will be going on in another direction God has for me. And, on the day the Katrina death toll passed 1,100 people, it appears the mayhem around the Superdome and convention centre may not have been as bad as first reported. Local newspapers say that a total of 10 bodies were found in the area, and all but one died of natural causes. Liv Casben, ABC News. You're watching ABC News. Now, a reminder of tonight's top story. The Federal Police Chief justifies the need for tough new security laws. And, still to come - Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting backs the national coach. Australian doctors say they are shocked by the results of a new study into women's knowledge about breast cancer. The survey found many women delayed getting treatment and there was widespread ignorance about the causes of the disease. Pam Bell and Megan James have both survived breast cancer. They both took action soon after discovering a lump. And I was very fortunate that I acted as quickly as I did, because if I hadn't, I think it would have been a very different story. Megan James was 31 when she was diagnosed. I didn't know a lot about breast cancer, but the one thing I did know was to get any lumps checked. But a new study finds more than a third of Australian women who noticed a breast change waited for more than a month before seeing a doctor. And we certainly had not anticipated the delay in seeking treatment once they found a lump or some other sign.

The National Breast Cancer Centre surveyed 3,000 women aged 30-69 across the country. The myths that were commonly believed included: a physical blow to the breast could cause cancer, stress could trigger it, and many didn't recognise that obesity and alcohol were risk factors. We were very disturbed. We found it extraordinary that women still had an unclear understanding of some of the very basic and important factors about breast cancer risk. Early diagnosis means women have a 90% chance of surviving breast cancer. But the figure drops to 20% once the disease is advanced. Both Pam and Megan have made a full recovery. They'll help launch a new national education campaign about breast cancer later this year.

Sophie Scott, ABC News.

A string of love affairs and battles with alcoholism and depression - they're among the revelations in a new book about one of Australia's most prominent artists. Painter Margaret Olley agreed to tell her biographer intimate details about her life to set the record straight. For the launch of her biography, Margaret Olley was among friends. some of whom told her, that at 82, it was time for her to tell her life's story. 'Queen Ol', as she's known, rose to the challenge, spilling the beans to author Meg Stewart about her loves and losses and unafraid that it's now in the public domain. What does it matter? I mean, today's the only thing that matters, and I think anybody I've talked about is long gone and dead. She said at the beginning of the project that she had nothing to hide,

so she was candid.

She tells of her relationships - both sexual and platonic - with some of Australia's most famous 20th century artists, including Donald Friend and Russell Drysdale. The book also reveals the love affair between friend and actor Peter Finch. Her fight with alcohol in her 30s means these days she sticks to soft drinks, easily accommodated in her ever-present walking frame. Painting continues to sustain her. It's the only thing I like doing. It's the only thing I've ever liked doing. She's also one of the country's greatest art benefactors. She loves to give them. She thinks, quite rightly, that it's much, much better to give works of art than pay tax. Long may she reign, this wondrous national treasure, This book might just outlive the 'Latham Diaries'. After a two-year bout of depression that made her suicidal, Margaret Olley is painting every day once more, with an exhibition opening tonight. Anne Maria Nicholson, ABC News. To finance now, and Telstra shares sank below $4 today for the first time in 2.5 years. Alan Kohler has the details. The last time Telstra shares traded below $4 was 26 March 2003, at the end of just one week of being below $4. before that, it was 17 December 1997, which was exactly one month after Telstra joined the stock exchange lists, and that's when it went above $4 for the first time and it stayed there. The shares hit $9.16 in November '99 -

a couple of months after the Government sold T2 for $7.40. And while Telstra shares have fallen by more than 50% since then,

another former part of the Government, Commonwealth Bank, has gone up by 50% and Macquarie Bank has gone up, by the way, by 220%. Speaking of Macquarie Bank, it's incredible rise this month continued today - up another $2.06, while the market as a whole remained steady, with BHP Billiton and AMP among the falls. David Jones shares fell 3 cents after the company reported a profit increase of 19%, in line with expectations.

The September quarter has two days to go and here's a list of the top markets so far. And Russia is at the top - an amazing 39% higher in three months. Australia has put in a pretty useful 8.2% but it is only 38th in the world, although the 12-month gain of 29.6% is the best in 12 years. The oil price has fallen a dollar in New York and 75 cents in Singapore and the Australian dollar is more or less steady against everything except the New Zealand dollar, which continues to sink as its trade deficit swells. And if you're thinking of making a trip across the Tasman, now might be a good time. The Australian dollar versus NZ dollar rate is back to near its highs for the year. And that's finance. Yesterday, it was the Tigers' turn - today it was the North Queensland Cowboys. The citizens of Townsville gathered to give their team a rapturous farewell, as it left for Sydney to do battle in Sunday's NRL Grand Final. In North Queensland, they learn who to support from a young age. (All chant) Cowboys! Cowboys! Cowboys! Townsville is gripped with Cowboys fever, with its team in the Grand Final for the first time. At training, some supporters prepared for the trip to Sydney. I was actually part of the inaugural Cowgirls squad, so I'm gonna be there with bells on. It seemed like most of the region either lined the streets to cheer the team bus or waited for the Cowboys at the airport. Despite all the adoration, the players weren't getting ahead of themselves. I think it's good to get it out of the road now and concentrate when we get down there on the football. But to experience this at the moment, it's just great for all the guys. They're celebrating what we've done for them, and so they should. They should be be proud of this football team. The only thing bigger than this farewell

will be the welcome home party if the Cowboys beat the Tigers.

With the last remaining 7,000 tickets for the Grand Final selling out in 40 minutes on Monday, the NRL will look at making more available of the teams involved in future deciders. Perhaps next year we need to hold off a few more, particularly when we've had the sort of demand that we've had in the last couple of weeks for Wests Tigers. Singer/songwriter Pete Murray will headline the Grand Final entertainment and is confident he won't be haunted by Billy Idol in 2002. by the audio problems experienced Just waiting on some power! With what happened with Billy, gonna happen again, you know. I don't think that's ever I...I hope anyway. more Graham Murray than Pete Murray The Cowboys will be listening to

in the coming days in the club's 10-year history. as they prepare for the biggest game Duncan Huntsdale, ABC News. the Australian cricketers. There's no rest for for the Ashes defeat, Vowing to make amends is gearing up Australian captain Ricky Ponting one-day matches in Melbourne for the World Series next week. Here's Peter Wilkins. It was a strong endorsement - Australian captain Ricky Ponting backing his coach John Buchanan a week away from the start of the World Super Series. I will always support John. I think he's been tremendous with what he's done for the Australian cricket team and sometimes undervalued. That's not to say help isn't needed.

I think at different times through the Ashes tour we thought that we probably needed another set of hands on deck,

with different things, to help us out in different areas, as well. and maybe a bit more expertise

to bounce back... With Australia expected ranked side for a reason! Let's not forget we're the No. 1 could hinge on The success of the series performing as a unit. the World team

that the players appreciate We've got to ensure for the World team they're playing playing for the team. and that means It's been a real monsoon wedding. The stormy relationship and coach Greg Chappell between captain Sourav Ganguly looks set to continue

of the Indian Cricket Board. after 6-hour crisis meeting from Chappell to board officials, A confidential email leaked to the media, to lead the side. says Ganguly was no longer fit that is far from the truth, Whatever has been stated, some miscommunication. that is because of to work together The pair has agreed to bury their differences. after being urged The saddle has slipped. This time last year, to winning a Caulfield Cup trainer Tony Vasil was on his way with star galloper Elvstroem. Vasil's set to miss this spring

for six weeks on doping charges. after he was suspended was officially launched this morning Melbourne's carnival Makybe Diva with 2-time Melbourne Cup champion to try for a third win. looking increasingly likely International contenders and Japanese stayer Eye Popper Carte Diamond from Britain have already arrived in Melbourne but are taking a little time

their new surroundings. to get used to never to win a world crown, Quite possibly the best surfer is calling it a day Australia's Luke Egan

in serious competiton after an epic 21 years on tour.

some surfing for myself, too, I want to go do just free-surf with my friends. but you know, just free-surfing. Still do some good surfing, to stay alive in France, Egan produced several classic rides whose career is drawing to a close, as did another Australian Mark Occhilupo. for the third round The swell is expected to rise on a seventh world title. as Kelly Slater hones in has smashed its own record The Dutch team Nuna 3 from Darwin to Adelaide today. to win the World Solar Challenge in 29 hours and 11 minutes, The team made the 3,000km journey off the old time shaving nearly two hours

a speed of more than 102km/h. and averaging Now we're here! I think about 110km/h. At every speed, it was super! It was great, at some point - They were sitting on 130-135km/h just a tremendous effort. of a kitchen toaster - All this on the power that is fantastic. for the Dutch team. It's the third consecutive victory Time for the weather now. of wild weather on the way? And, Mike Bailey, a bit Just a brief bout, Felicity. Good evening. Showers and thunderstorms already in the south of the State, with freshening winds ahead of a change. Mild enough today in Sydney, where temperatures went from 13-19 degrees, just 2 degrees below the average. Around the centres - reasonably warm Now to the rain - action in the NE. Wettest was in Perth. Ranges in Sydney. There's rain to the west of the Tomorrow - back to dry conditions after widespread rain. south of Seal Rocks. NSW - strong to gale-force winds Wind warnings for most areas south. Fine ahead. Thanks, Mike. at tonight's top stories - Now before we go, another look the Federal Government says toughening-up it hasn't been scared into Australia's anti-terrorism laws. John Brogden has quits politics - Former State Opposition leader in the seat of Pittwater. a by-election will now be held of murdering her daughter And a Sydney woman accused the 6-year-old's funeral will be allowed to attend despite being denied bail. And that's ABC News. I'm Felicity Davey. during the evening. I'll be back with updates For now, goodnight. International. Captioning and Subtitling Captions by