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mercy mission. A plea for those

living in poverty. I think

it's important that leaders see

this reality, they see it from

the bottom up. Victorians brace

for flooding, with rivers on

the rise. A big chill grips

NSW, just days from summer.

Supposed to be going and having

a game of golf today but this

is the best dump of snow all

year. And a World Cup coup for

the Kiwis but Australia strikes

back. It's all over. The

stumps are down and that's the

end of the Test match. Good

evening, Felicity Davey with

ABC News. In the middle of the

financial crisis, Asia Pacific

leaders are turning their

attention to the threat it

poses to the world's poor.

Kevin Rudd says richer

countries had a responsibility

to those in poverty. To prove

his point, he's promised aid to

a movian clinic run by

Australian nuns. The Prime

Minister is also pushing APEC

to expand its tree trade agenda

to help the region through the

tough economic times. From

Lima, ABC political editor

Chris Uhlmann. A small miracle

wrapped in a large act of faith. Three Australian Sisters

of Mercy have been working in

the slum of Cerro Candella on

the fringe of Lima for 12

years. With donations from

home, they built a clinic. It

takes faith to build a centre

with a vacant room ready for an

X-ray machine. The machine's

desperately needed because the

squalid conditions drive high

rates of tuberculosis. We're

happy to provide an X-ray

machine. Rarely has $45,000

bought so much. The sisters

aren't alone. A community of

about 15 Australians from three

religious societies work in the

slums. It is wonderful to see

the work of kindness and love

at work. 30 minutes from here,

some of the most powerful

leaders in the world are

meeting and about 10 minutes

awaithe road and all but the

most meagre of Government

services ends and that where

the work of a courageous few

begins. It's important leaders

see this reality from the

bottom up. At his last leaders' leaders' forum, George W. Bush

was keen to push the

poverty-busting power of free

trade. Can help chart a path

to recovery for the whole

world. That's what's important

to know. Kevin Rudd is part of

the free trade push here but

he's also recommitted Australia

to supporting the millennium

development goals aimed at

reducing world poverty. A At a

time of a global financial

crisis, it is easy for people

to forget the poor. None of us

ever should forget the poor. Or

the sisters of Cerro Candella.

And as the financial crisis

continues to take its toll,

Barack Obama's team's working

on an ambitious plan aim at

poverty. The stopping people slipping into

poverty. The President-elect

says his Government will spend

on infrastructure, promising to

create 2.5 million jobs over

the next two years.

Modernising schools that are

failing our children and

building wind farms and solar

panels, fuel efficient cars and

the alternative energy

technologies that can free us

from our dependence on foreign

oil and keep our economy dependent in the years

ahead. He says he'll ahead. He says he'll work hard to win bipartisan support for

the plan so it can be passed

when he takes office in

January. Mr Obama's office has

confirmed his economic team

will be announced on Monday.

There's some good news for

Gippsland residents tonight. It

appears eastern Victoria has

dodged another round of

flooding after wild weather passed through the region

leaving only minor damage in

its weak wake. Local residents

are breathing a collective sigh

of relief but authorities

remain on high alert, with more

rain expected. In June last

year, this property was under

water. The Burke family's new

home floated hundreds of metres

downstream. When major glad

flood warnings were issued

several days ago, the Burkes

were better prepared. We spent

14 hours yesterday moving the

hay and silage off the flat flat and flat and moving the cattle.

Some parts of the Gippsland

region have been battered with

150mm of rain and winds up to

120 km/h. In preparation, the

local SES crews were bolstered

by reinforcements from around

the State. They only received

two dozen call-outs. Building

damage, trees down and minor

water to houses. This family

was asleep when the tree landed

on their roof. I heard the

scraping on the roof and didn't

think anything of it. My

husband got up this morning and

said, "Have a look at the tree

on the roof." I thought, "Woah,

yeah." A bit of a shock.

Despite the minor damage some

towns have experienced, many

residents say they feel like

they've had a lucky escape. We

were relieved this morning when

we rang the incident control

centre and they said the major

flood warning had been

reduced. Last year was bad.

The winds weren't as strong as

last year but very lucky. The

bureau of meteorology says the

weather system passed through

the region quicker than

originally forecast. Another 15

to 20mm of rain is expected

overnight and further showers

are forecast later in the week.

Local authorities say they'll

prepare for an evacuation.

Summer is just around the

corner but you could be

forgiven for thinking parts of

NSW have slipped back into the

depths of winter today. A cold

blast has dumped spring snow on

the Alps from the blue mount

toons the Snowies and despite

the ski season being well and

truly over, the big chill has

given the resorts one of their given the resorts one of their

best snow falls of the year.

Just one week from summer and

the village of Thredbo in the

Snowy Mountains woke up to

this. Pretty unexpected. I'm

supposed to be having a game of

golf today but this is the best

dump of snow all year. The

surprise snow fall ruined even

the best laid plans. It's a

nuisance. It's a lovely day.

afternoon. It will Sawn sun will be out this

afternoon. It will freeze

overnight and I'll slip home

walking home -- slip over

walking home from the pub. The

plumountains also got a

dusting, giving people the

chance to say one last farewell

to Jack Frost, but it was the

wild winds lashing the area

that caused the most grief. One

home owner woke to an avalanche

of files falling on his chest

after his roof caved in under a after his roof caved in under a

tree early this morning. I

think I'm lucky to be alive. Canberra's Brindabella

Mountains got a coating of

unseasonal spring snow too.

Roads were closed but nothing

could stop snow seekers heading

into the forest to play, even

if the snow ball skills were a

little rusty. That's your big

snow ball, isn't it? The

weather is expected to warm up later this week and the only

thing to do in the meantime is

make the most of it. With the

weather turning cold, there's

good reason to drag the heater

back out of the cupboard and according to the State

Government there's no reason to

dread the energy bill that

might follow. It says

households that switch to solar

power will not only save money,

they could even make a little

money too. Australian

households are only slowly warming to

warming to the idea of solar

energy. In NSW, just 4,000

homes are powered entirely by

the sun but under a new

incentive plan, roof-top panels

like these could be popping up

all over the State. We

certainly see a huge desire of

people to do their bit for

change -- bit for climate

change. From next year,

households that generate more

solar power than they use can

sell the surplus to the

electricity grid. The payment

is yet to be worked out but

could be up to 60 cents a

kilowatt, four times the price

of conventional electricity.

Feed-in tariffs will help us

meet our renewable energy targets and contribute to

reducing our carbon footprint. Green groups have

applaud ed the idea but says

the scheme should go to

community groups if it's to

impact emissions. Once the

industry starts to deploy

hundreds of panels at a time,

we move down the cost curve

quicker and make solar PV

panels cheaper. NSW is the last

State in Australia to introduce

the scheme. It already operates

in 43 nations overseas but with

the deadline looming for

mandatory carbon reductions, the State Government has no

time to lose. By 20 20, 20% of

our electricity needs to be

sourced from renewable sources

so this is part of our solution

to meeting that 20% target.

The scheme will be up and

running by mid next year.

Police are appealing for public

help to find a man accused of abducting two children

yesterday. A State wide alert

was issued for the man last night after he took the children from a home in

Fairfield. The children were re

united with their mother this

afternoon. The man was last

seen driving a grey Suzuki

Vitara with the number plate

XNS191. He's described as being

37 years of age, of medium build

build and Indian appearance.

Four sailors whose yacht sank

in the Coral Sea have paid

tribute to the crew of the

cruise ship that rescued them.

The group arrived in Brisbane

this morning where they

recounted their frightening

ordeal. The crew of the

'Sambaluka' were all smiles as

the 'Pacific Sun' docked in

Brisbane but as they were led

from the ship on to dry land,

the adventurers struggled to

contain their contain their emotions. On

Friday, their 14m yacht ran

aground on an un chatted reef

500 nautical miles east of

Mackay. We were cruising along

beautifully, full sail, lovely

calm seas. Fortunately the

yacht stayed in tact, buying

them time to seek help. The Brisbane-bound 'Pacific Sun'

was their best bet.

Subsequently turned the ship

around and increased speed and

started the journey northeast

by 120 miles to the rescue

scene. It was Justin Lawes's

third rescue at sea, his first

in command. He was sailing into

treacherous waters. The yacht

'Sambaluka' had actually

chancby this time -- sank by

this time and they were all in

a life raft. The ship made it

just in time. She took care of

us. She sank when they came

into view, almost like, "OK,."

Seeing the captain of the

'Pacific Sun' coming towards us

was a surreal moment. They

even managed to save some of

their valuables. I'm pleased it was a

it was a fairytale ending. It

wasn't the ending the French

couple were expecting when they

hitched a ride on the boat.

Thanks to the captain and P& O

and Mark and Robert. This

plaque will serve as a remind

oer of an unforgettable journey. Organisers of

Schoolies week celebrations on

the Gold Coast say this year's

event is off to a good start

with a number of arrests with a number of arrests down

on last year. 31,000 school

leavers packed Surfers Paradise

last night for the first of the

official festivities. Police

say 124 people were arrested

but only 24 of them were school

leavers. I'd like to think

there's a trend there where

they're actually getting out,

enjoying them selves and not

relying on alcohol to have a

good time. I think we've got

it organised better than we've

ever done in the past. One

father was fined $600 for

buying his teen-aged daughter

alcohol. A small pod of pilot

whales stranded on a Tasmanian

beach has been successfully

herded back out to sea. It was

a great relief for rescue

workers, the 11 mammals

belonged to a much larger pod,

many of which had already died.

It was a fight against time and

tides for these wildlife

recuers. 65 long finned pilot

whales came ashore yesterday

alt Anthonys Beach near

Stanley, the site of countless

previous strandings. Only 13

were still alive when they were

discovered, badly sunburnt and

clinging to life. Volunteers

spent last night trying to

stabilise the animals but by

daybreak one more had died. The

12 remaining were 12 remaining were transported

to nearby Godfreys Beach where

rescuers believed they'd be

less likely to swim back to

shore but another whale died as

it was carried in to the

breakers. We're giving them

the best chance we can give

them. There was more

frustration as some confused

whales returned to shore, only

to be carried out again. By mid

morning things were looking up

as the small pod regrouped and

headed back to the open waters

of Bass Strait. The army of

locals and tourists crucial to

the rescue effort. The

volunteers have been

exceptional remember the

volunteers yesterday and this

morning - I mean, we've moved

12 animals 12km. The surviving

animals were mostly mothers and

their calves. Rescuers hope

once out to sea they'll be able

to rejoin another migratory

pod. Scientists attached new

tracking technology to the

survivors. We're putting

theers on to assess their --

putting the trackers on to

assess their survive ability

out at sea. A reminder of

tonight's top story, the Prime

Minister has urged APEC leaders

not to forget the poor as they

struggle to overcome the global

financial crisis. Still to come

in the news tonight, bowled

over - Australia thumps New

Zealand in the first Test.

Australia and Indonesia are

teaming up to find a better way

to respond to natural

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono have disasters. Kevin Rudd and

agreed to launch a new office

in Jakarta next year to

coordinate disaster relief.

Both leaders hope other APEC countries will also throw their

support behind a regional

disaster effort. We all know

that natural disaster can

happen without notice at any

time and they affect us in the

most overwhelming way. most overwhelming way. We

believe it's the right course of action rather than simply to

wait until the next major

natural disaster hits. The

centre will cost almost $70

million over five years.

Zimbabwe has turned away a high

level humanitarian delegation

including the former United

Nations secretary-general Kofi

Annan, without giving any

official reason. Instead Mr official reason. Instead Mr

Annan, Jimmy Carter and Garagea

Michelle met with Zimbabwe's Opposition Leader in South

Africa. Kofi Annan says they

wanted to assess the

humanitarian needs that exist

in Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwean

crisis is a regional problem,

it's not just a Zimbabwean. Any

crisis that creates millions of

refugees in the neighbourhood

is regional and everyone should

be resolving it. The economy

in Zimbabwe has collapsed,

plunging 80% of the population

into poverty. They were rank

outsiders but the Kiwis pulled

off a stunning upset to snatch

the rugby league World Cup.

Australia was left shattered

when the New Zealanders came

from 10 points down to notch a

34-20 victory. It ended the

Kangaroos' dream of retaining

the trophy in the code's

centenary year. Existing in the

shadow thf All Blacks, this

time New Zealand's rugby league

team could come home to World

Cup adulation. The Kangaroos

tried to in their faces

approach at the Kiwis' battle

cry. 80 minutes later, the

march-up method had back fired.

Australia had lost the Australia had lost the supposedly unlosable decider,

playing an uptempo game the

underdogs should have had first

points when Nathan Fien

rubber-kicked for Chris Martin

but Billy Slater's piercing

speed gave the Kangaroos the

asendancy, the fullback put his

skipper in then sent winger

David Williams away for 10-0

and it might have been 16 when

Lockyer mishandled Cameron Smith's stepped Smith's stepped kick. That

lucky escape seemed to spark

New Zealand, Jeremy Smith's

barging effort was followed by

some opportunism. Order was

restored when the ball was

tossed about by the Kangaroos

for Lockyer to score again and

a 16-12 half time lead. The Kiwis' fourth try began

Australia's demise. Slater's

outrageous fling as he tried to

avoid the touch line gave

Marshall an easy passage. The

World Cup's passage across the

Tasman was booked as Joel

Monaghan nuning out an arm

after a wicked bounce. Hone

hone hone scored

He dragged them into an arm

wres scpl things flowed from

there. At least one there. At least one Australian

joined New Zealand's jubilation

. If the game needed an international lift after a tournament dominated by

Australia, the Kiwis delivered.

It was the same city, same

result, same score. For the

first time since the year 2000,

the Wallabies have beaten

France in Paris and the

18-13-point win was a carbon

copy of their victory eight

years ago. Ryan Cross's late

withdrawal with a virus meant

Adam Ashley-Cooper centre and Drew Mitchell was fullback,

Digby Ioane on the wing.

Against a French outfit that

was spurred on by 80,000 fans

at Stade-de-France. David

Skrela's early missed penalty

goal attempt was a sign of

things to come. Five minutes

opportunity to put later he messed up another

opportunity to put the home

team on the scoreboard.

Australia wasn't much better as

elementary back line moves

broke down. The first points of

the game arrived through Matt

Giteau in the twinth minute.

Stephen Moore helped the

Wallabies take a 10-0

advantage. George Smith's

desperate but illegal dive to

prevent a French 5-pointer was

in vain. Skrela's conversion

and a penalty goal early in the

second half squared the game up

10-10. Maxime Medard's drop

goal at low altitude gave

France the lead for the first

time. The Wallabies hit back in

superb style phase after phase

and then lightning quick hands

finished with Peter Hynes.

Fingers were crossed and eyes closed but the French Fingers were crossed and eyes

five-eighth fluffed two more

attempts. Giteau gave the

Wallabies a 5-point lead. Skrela's woeful night ended

with a stint in the sin bin as

the wallabies celebrated a rare

Paris triumph. Who needs pregame fireworks when you've

got an old-fashioned stand-off?

The Welsh held their grand for

more than a minute

more than a minute after the

haka. It did want quite have

the desired effect. The All

Blacks won 29-9 and the World

Cup champions South Africa

smashed England 42-6. It was

England's heaviest loss at

Twickenham.Mitchell Johnson

captured his first 5-wicket

haul in Test contradict as

Australia wrapped up a 149-run

victory over New Zealand at the

Gabba. The Black Caps were

dismissed for 177 after Johnson

and Stuart Clark ripped through

the tail in less than an hour.

In a surprise move, the

selectors have dropped Shane

Watson and recalled fast bowler

Peter Siddle for the second

Test which begins in Adelaide

on Friday. It's an ill wind

that blows nobody good, not for umpire Billy Doctrove umpire Billy Doctrove or the

New Zealand batsman who

struggled at the Gabba this

morning. Skipper Daniel Vettori

was on 10 when he spooned a

cover drive in the direction of

Andrew Symonds. The Test was

all but done and dusted after

Johnson picked up Ross tailer

for a well made 75. Iain

O'Brien offered little

resistance as Stuart Clark

picked up his fourth wicket. Tim Southee did his Tim Southee did his best to

entertain the small crowd with

a couple of lusty blows. But

with duck hunter Chris Martin

as his batting partner, the end

would come sooner rather than

later. The stumps are down and

that's the end of the Test

match. It was Martin's 20th

duck in just 35 Tests and it

signalled the end of the Kiwi

resistance, beaten by 149

runs. We have a series runs. We have a series of guys

who are quite flat about their

own performance so trying to

build those guys up for a Test

match in Adelaide and not be resigned to the fact that just

because you're down 1-0 you

have to lose a second Test

match. I think we're a fair

way off playing our best cricket. Both teams struggled

with the bat on that wicket and

I think probably after halfway

through the second day it

wasn't a bad surface to bat on

at. All New Zealand has just five days to

five days to bury the mental

scars before the second Test

begins in Adelaide. And

Queensland's in a strong

position heading in to the

final day of the Sheffield

Shield game against NSW at the

SCG. The Bulls have an overall

lead of 6 runs. The Bluevise

made a slow start to their

second innings. Enrique is

unbeative on 36. Sydney unbeative on 36. Sydney FC's

barren run in soccer's A-League

continues with a 2-0 loss to

Adelaide united. The sky blues

have won just once in seven

games. This afternoon the Jets

slumped to a 2-0 loss to the

Wellington Phoenix in New

Zealand. Sydney coach Costello

coswas back at Hindmarsh for

the first time since being

sacked by Adelaide early last

year. His former side had the

best of the best of the early chances but

couldn't put them away.Until

Kristian Sarkies found his

radar on the stroke of

halftime. Halftime has been

blown by Ben Willem Is. It was

the last action. It drew a

furious reaction from John

Aloisi who thought he'd been Aloisi who thought he'd been

fouled. More action after the

break reduced Sydney to 10. It

didn't take long for the Reds

to capitalise. Goal from

Travis Dodd. Beau Busch

embarrassed. That should be

enough for Adelaide uni it to

take the points 72 the

Newcastle Jets travelled today with an

with an act of petulance from

their star striker putting a

dent in their hopes to improve

their standing. Wellington

increased their advantage after

the break. The Jets are now

two players short. Men made a

count on the scoreboard.

Smeltz. The deadlock is

broken. Troy put the result

beyond doubt. A beautiful touch.

touch. Wellington's now just

one point behind 4th-placed Sydney. Ford driver Jamie

Whincup has stretched his lead

in the V8 centre supercar

championship. Whincup made the

perfect start to race two in Tasmania but Russell Ingall

found himself in struble. The

aggressive tactics of race one

winner Todd Kelly didn't pay

off as Whincup held his nerve. Jamie Whincup's done the job off as Whincup held his nerve.

that was asked of him. His

team-mate Craig Lowndes

provided cover in the final

race. It wasn't without

incident but Whincup avoided

all the trouble. It's been a great year and of course I'm

going to go into the break

happy but if I don't get this

championship, rirs all a waste

of time. Whincup's post race

lairising thrilled the crowd

but he can't afford to hit the

wall in two weeks time. Only a disastrous final round at

Sydney's Oran Park would see

him relinquish the title.

Australia's summer of golf is

set for a major shake-up as

players prepare for next week's

masters at Huntingdale in

Melbourne, the PGA has revealed

it's planning a new Australian

tour in a bid to revive the

tournaments take game. It will see State based

tournaments take a higher

profile. The PGA tour has

suffered a steady decline in

recent years. Next month's

Australian Open still doesn't

have a naming rights sponsor.

The national body has decided

it's time for change. It is

the duty of the PGA to take

golf to the people and the more

windows we take it to, the more

people might be inspired to

play. For for the last six

years the von NIDA years the von NIDA tour has

been the breeding ground scpl Australia's emerging

professionals. Next year it

will merge with the PGA tour.

Our goal is to make the State

PGA and State open

championships and put them on

that platform and take them to

a series of 16 events across

Australia for a genuine summer

of golf. Matthew Goggin

finished 40th on the US PGA

money list this year and

supports the inflotion

clooution of more states in a clooution of more states in a

new Australian tour. The

Tasmanian Open used to be an

order merit tournament. There's

photos of Ian baker finch

winning the Tasmanian Open. I

think it will provide a next

level up for our current good

amateurs and attract interstate

players. The PGA has been in discussion with State

Governments and is promising international exposure. It's

all exciting. It's brand new.

We're taking to television

which will be viewed on commercial networks and pay TV

as well as 16 outlet through

Asia. If the PGA's plans are

realised, the new summer of

golf will consist of saith

tournaments either side of

Christmas. More on this chilly

November weather now.

The satellite picture shows

cloud over eastern Victoria and

eastern NSW around the deep low

generating the cold, rainy

weather, leading to flooding in

Gippsland. The deep lows

generating strong winds and

heavy rain about the southeast, heavy rain about the southeast,

a low pressure cell over

southern WA is bringing

showers. Tomorrow's rainfall

prediction - the falls will be

concentrated over northern and central Australia as well as a

pocket of the southeast corner.

Another look at tonight's top stories now. The Prime Minister

has joined a push for the

expansion of APEC's free trade

agenda to help poorer nations

through the economic turmoil. A

cold snap has dumped unseasonal

snow across the Alps, with

Thredbo recording one of ilths

biggest falls of the year.

Australia has wrapped up the

first Test at the Gabba with a

149-run victory over the Black

Caps. That's ABC television

news for now. We'll have an

update in an hour. Don't forget

ABC news breakfast tomorrow

morning from 6:00am on ABC 2. Goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI