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One year on - the Nias tragedy remembered. a chaotic Australian Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso wins a Blue Mountains attraction. And no effort spared to restore

Joe O'Brien with ABC News. Good evening. to strict conditions China has agreed supply of Australian uranium. so that it can secure a long-term and the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao The PM John Howard in Canberra tomorrow. will sign a safeguards agreement There were also signs today move to end its policy that the Federal Labor Party would banning any new uranium mines. in Western Australia The Chinese leader spent today touring resource developments.

last night Wen Jiabao flew into Perth for a whirlwind tour of the West. This morning, Resources Minister Ian Macfarlane Mr Wen was joined by Federal in Kwinana, south of Perth. as he toured a HIsmelt plant a deal will be signed tomorrow, Mr Macfarlane confirmed to buy Australian uranium clearing the way for China

billions of dollars. potentially worth the safeguards are rigorous. PM John Howard says in so many ways. China is wanting world acceptance lightly give up I don't think she is going to she's trying to get - acquire. the fairly hard-won reputation a Woodside LNG research facility The Chinese Premier toured China was interested after earlier announcing Australian energy resources. in more than just buying should not be limited only TRANSLATION: And our cooperation to the supply of products, our cooperation rather we could expand of resources and minerals. to cover the upstream development But the PM is cautious. Any proposal like that of foreign investment policy. would have to run the gauntlet

Martin Ferguson, has indicated Labor's Federal Resources spokesman,

rethink its 'no new mines' policy. he'll be urging the party to being mature enough to accept It's about us as a nation the conditions of export - The debate is about to the issue of exports. the world has moved on with respect

for peaceful purposes. that uranium is only used

late this afternoon Mr Wen flew to Canberra and will meet Mr Howard tomorrow. Bryce Green, ABC News, Perth. relations regime, A week into the new industrial some bosses may be going too far. the Federal Government says has appealed to employers The Minister, Kevin Andrews,

and to educate themselves to consider their workers before deciding to act. An investigation has already begun notice to 29 meatworkers. into one NSW company which gave been saying it all week... The union movement's it's all gone too far. This has just gone too far - Now, the minister concedes the new laws with too much gusto. some bosses may have leapt on the employers have jumped the gun. It may well be that In the case of the Cowra abattoir, where 29 workers have been sacked paying around 25% less, and most offered new jobs Kevin Andrews and John Howard in the employer's direction. have both fired a shot on inferior conditions, If it was to re-employ people the provisions of the law itself. then that would be contrary to You can't have a situation an artificial rearrangement where people just call an 'operational' excuse - that is not allowed. Office of Workplace Services Investigators from the Government's will arrive in Cowra tomorrow. confidence that will help. The Opposition has little jumping the gun, This is not about employers

the head of Australian employees it's about a gun being held to by John Howard and his legislation.

Kevin Andrews believes new regime has been so successful the union movement's attack on the its rhetoric even employers have come to believe in the work force. about open-slather de-regulation good news stories will come. John Howard thinks for the laws to settle down. I think you need a few months you that get only once every decade This is the sort of change or once every generation. And he says the economic benefits to come through. will take a number of years Greg Jennett, ABC News, Canberra. and in Indonesia Memorials have been held here in last year's helicopter crash for the nine Australians killed on the island of Nias. were heading back home The servicemen and women from the tsunami relief effort to help with another disaster. when they were diverted

is not yet complete An investigation into the crash the helicopters are safe to fly. but the Defence Force maintains the island that claimed their lives. Flowers for the fallen on of a terrorist attack, Despite the threat of the nine Defence Force personnel the families and friends gathered on Nias to remember them. SONG: # Be still my soul # The nine Australians were killed relief efforts while working on earthquake

on the Indonesian island. with just two survivors, Their helicopter crashed by local villagers. pulled from the wreckage the crash site for themselves, While many family wanted to see others chose not to,

in Canberra. instead attending a memorial timeline this year. It's been the most bizarre I've lived about 10 years It feels like it's 10 minutes, but at the same time it feels like so it's hard to believe it's year. and preserve life wherever possible Their desire to render assistance

and military service, through humanitarian of human service and love. is one of the finest examples is now looking into the crash A board of inquiry and is due to report in June. won't commit itself to anything The Federal Government until it's seen the findings, most of the recommendations. it expects to implement although, it says,

in making sure No expense will be spared are as safe as they possibly can be. the Australian Royal Navy Sea Kings the Defence Force maintains Despite that, The PM says he hopes

families will be dealt with quickly. the issue of compensation for the Michael Turtle, ABC News. were honoured at a new memorial Those killed in the Sea King tragedy unveiled in Sydney today. The Garden Memorial Wall in the city's Domain commemorates all defence personnel who've died in non-combat missions. It's a job in the Defence Force where we take for granted, but it certainly has its great dangers and those who've sadly paid the sacrifice we should never forget. Those attending the commemoration

included relatives of personnel killed in the Nias crash.

Japan's Foreign Minister says he may delay the withdrawal of Japanese troops from southern Iraq because of the instabilty there. The troops are involved in reconstruction work and rely on protection from Australian and British forces. No official date has been set, but the media in Japan says the government had wanted them out by the end of May. Rising floodwaters across parts of Central Europe have forced thousands of people to leave their homes. Rivers have swollen to dangerously high levels affecting many towns in Germany and the Czech Republic. Five people have drowned and many buildings are under a metre of water. Heavy rain and melting snow are adding to the problem. Emergency teams are using sandbags to try and protect low-lying areas, but residents have been told to evacuate. The US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says

America doesn't want to keep Guantanamo Bay prison open any longer than is necessary. She made the comments during a visit to Britain marked by a series of anti-war protests. The United States doesn't desire to keep Guantanamo in being any longer than it's needed, because we don't want to be the world's jailer - that's not the United States... the purpose of US policy. After leaving Britain, Ms Rice made an unannounced visit to Baghdad with the British Foreign Secretary.

Tens of thousands of Catholics are gathering in Vatican City to remember the late pope John Paul II. An evening vigil is being held later in St Peter's Square

to mark the first anniversary of his death. There are also renewed calls for him to be be made a saint. Voting has begun in the Thai elections with the Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra facing the biggest test of his political career. Opposition parties have boycotted the vote, meaning a government may not be formed. It follows weeks of mass demonstrations to resign. calling for the prime minister The Federal Opposition says the diplomatic row with Indonesia the Government is under-estimating over Papuan asylum seekers. across the country today, Hundreds of Australians rallied human rights abuses in the province. condemning Indonesia for asylum seekers arrive Just a day before the 42 Papuan to make a new home in Melbourne, and family turned out some of their supporters, friends,

for a symbolic welcome. today in Sydney, There were similar rallies to be free of oppression calling for Papuans

in Perth and Brisbane. and more demonstrations for these asylum seekers, And it's all in January, who arrived in Far North Queensland political and economic struggle inadvertently putting West Papua's against Indonesian authorities domestic agenda. at the fore of Australia's The decision to grant them temporary protection visas has caused a diplomatic crisis between Jakarta and Canberra. The PM has again rejected suggestions his Government is meddling in Indonesia's domestic affairs. on West Papua Australia has no designs at all to break away from Indonesia. and we don't want West Papua Indonesian sovereignty. We fully accept and endorse The Opposition says a minor diplomatic setback. the affair is more than What we need to ensure autonomy package in West Papua is that there is an effective in the future.

Australia-Indonesia relationship. This is a major challenge for the The Greens say to stand up to Indonesia Australia's refusal is hypocritical and racist. How else do you explain who are our near neighbours a million people

turned on them having the Government's back and democracy, when it comes to freedom

to send our troops yet John Howard is prepared of the planet? to the other side The Indonesian Government disputes claims

that West Papuans are victims of genocide and denies the asylum seekers would have faced reprisals if they were sent home. Jeremy Fernandez, ABC News. with the murder A second person has been charged in last months drive-by shooting of 24-year-old Shandele Macey in the Hunter Valley. will appear in court tomorrow. A 33-year-old woman the names of a couple killed And police have released in Western Sydney yesterday. in a suspected murder-suicide died in Liverpool Hospital Evelina and Slobadan Gavrilovic after being shot in the head. Much tighter controls are planned

practitioners, for the State's unregistered health and naturopaths. such as psychotherapists says Health Minister John Hatzistergos Health Care Complaints Commission a proposed new law will give the and discipline practitioners. the power to investigate The State's medical tribunal

to regulate professionals will also be given the power who are struck off the rolls. is enable the tribunal What this legislation does not only to make an order striking them off as a medical practitioner,

but precluding them from practising in another health-related area. And the Federal Health Minister also stepped before the cameras today but not to announce policy. Tony Abbott is one of a number of federal politicians taking part Pollie Pedal bike ride. in the annual from Brisbane to Sydney Riders will travel 1,100km

for diabetes research. to raise money dual gold medalist, Jana Pittman, Commonwealth Games to the English relay team, has apologised her relay gold medal. and offered to give them the line first, The English team crossed after the English were disqualified. but Australia took gold Oi! Oi! Oi! (All chant) Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! There was no hiding the jubilation, for the Australian relay team. but it was a bittersweet victory It's really unfortunate such a strong, strong relay because the English ran the deserved gold medallist and they really are but we've got to take it - and we've ran ourselves proud. the rules are the rules really upset, crying, The English girls are just, like, we didn't really know how to react. In the days after the race, Jana Pittman reportedly tried to make amends with the English team. The ABC's 'Offsiders' program revealed Pittman sent them a letter of apology, telling the athletes: disappointed by the report. Today Lewis said she was I think it's unfortunate if it is true the way the situation has been held. that - I just think it's unfortunate questioned Pittman's motives. England's head coach says Running great Ron Clarke

have accepted gold. Australia should never intelligent young lady I think Jana is a very by having to take the medal. and was a bit embarrassed her own decision. It's up to her to make It's not up to us. Tamsyn Lewis's manager said the disqualification was not her fault. and her husband Chris Rawlinson And it seems Pittman still have the medal. were married on Friday Pittman and Rawlinson in New Zealand. and are honeymooning Melbourne. Pauline Braniff, ABC News, Tonight's top story - and his Chinese counterpart say the PM John Howard there will be tight safeguards between the two countries. in a uranium deal And still to come - Sydney Swans in the season opener a gutsy performance from the but Essendon prevails. More than a third of the field Australian Grand Prix, failed to finish today's Fernando Alonso. won by the world champion, joined Alonso on the podium. Ralph Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonnen in spectacular fashion, Michael Schumacher crashed out failed to finish while Australia's Mark Webber for the second time in a row.

After rain yesterday, a brighter back drop blue skies provided over Albert Park. as F-18s took an aerial route Sir Jack Brabham On his 80th birthday, for Mark Webber. had some best wishes was flanked by the pacey Renaults Honda's Jenson Button was needed from pole. and knew a fast start in warm up. But he hadn't banked on this COMMENTATOR: Fisichella stalls. made a premature pit stop, While the Italian the race was reduced by a lap on the front row. and started with just one car

Go, go, go! on the opening lap. There were more casualties After a short delay, as Fernando Alonso pounced. it was better news for Renault And bingo! He's in the lead. had the Red Bull team in a rage. But Christian Klien

Webber hit the lead... While the front-runners filled up, ..momentarily. Webber's gone! Mechanical problems again ended his day. Michael Schumacher made a more spectacular exit. There were words of encouragement... Get on with it! ..but no one could catch Alonso. It was the Spaniard's first win in Melbourne. Fernando Alonso wins! The car was perfect.

Button's Honda blew up just metres from the finish. The Briton joined a list of nine drivers who retired. Alister Nicholson, ABC News. Wests Tigers star Benji Marshall has made a triumphant return to the national rugby league to help the premiers defeat the Melbourne Storm. Last night, the Sea Eagles rolled the Roosters

and the Raiders won in extra time. Today, the Knights lost and the Dragons downed the Broncos, while Marshall had a hand in most of the Tigers' seven tries. The Storm struck first against the Wests Tigers, but Benji Marshall's early return from a cheek fracture sparked a 4-try blitz from the premiers. COMMENTATOR: He fires a lovely ball for Fitzhenry. It could be a costly half for the Tigers, with two players placed on report. Marshall proved he's the key ingredient in the Tigers' winning mix. COMMENTATOR: He's dancing, he's weaving, he can do no wrong! The Tigers showed the free-running form that took them to last year's title, but a late lapse is a concern. The Storm ran in four tries, including a double to Billy Slater,

to close the final margin to just 2 points. In Wollongong,

Shane Webcke showed he's still got a turn of pace to score the Broncos' first against the Dragons. Wearing an old-style Illawarra strip, the Dragons grabbed two tries from kicks and a half-time advantage as Mark Gasnier highlighted Darren Lockyer's problems in defence. Gasnier - he stands them up! The Brisbane skipper's passing game was still razor sharp. His ball helped the Broncos get within 2, but Aaron Gorrell's wrestle and a late try sealed a relieving win for the Dragons. And away it goes! The Knights' woeful record without Andrew Johns continued today. the Warriors took advantage of Johns' match-day withdrawal. The New Zealanders' win erases their penalty for salary cap breaches. Last night, Manly's prized recruit, Matt Orford, proved his value by marshalling a win over the Roosters. The try has been scored by Matt Orford. Orford's try put Manly ahead. A further score to Travis Burns sealed the result but left Roosters fans fuming over a possible obstruction. After conceding 126 points in a fortnight, few tipped the Raiders to roll the Panthers, but a try to David Howell on the final play of regular time gave Canberra captain Clinton Schifcofske a chance to send the match to golden point. Penrith missed a number of chances to seal the win in extra time before Canberra's ice-cool captain delivered again for the match-winner.

Chris Kimball, ABC News. The Queensland Reds have slumped to their sixth loss of the Super 14 season, going down to the Sharks in South Africa. The Reds received a bonus point for scoring four tries in their 36-28 defeat. The Chiefs scored two tries to one, in beating the Highlanders 16-13. Queensland was on the back foot after conceding two tries in the opening 15 minutes.

Ben Tune got through his comeback match chip kicking to set up a try for Berrick Barnes. COMMENTATOR: He's missed the tackle and this is going to be a simple score for Berrick Barnes. But the ending was a familiar story for the Reds. Sustained pressure on the Queensland scrum leading to the match-winning try. The Sydney Swans found out last night that defending their premiership would be a tough job. Essendon won the game by five goals in a weekend of lopsided matches. Today, Hawthorn won easily. Carlton leads Melbourne in the final quarter. The Kangaroos last night beat Port Adelaide, and the Bombers' new captain Matthew Lloyd booted eight goals in his side's win. The wake-up call for the Swans came early and often in a spellbinding 9-goal opening quarter Matthew Lloyd was a potent target for the Bombers' midfielders, providing a nightmare for Sydney Grand Final hero Leo Barry. COMMENTATOR: And Lloyd has got it again. Lloyd kicked six first-quarter goals as Essendon catapulted to a 41-point lead. CROWD CHEERS In the second, Sydney's hard work in centrefield started paying dividends. Mark McVeigh pushed the lead back out to 40... On his preferred side. ..but three Barry Hall goals in quick succession brought the Swans storming into the game. And he's kicked four for the corner. And Craig Bolton's intercept and goal

as the Bombers tried to protect their lead, reduced the margin to just 17 points. He's done it! The Swans are within three kicks. Essendon increased the pressure in a fierce opening to the second half. Hall played on once too often... Oh, it's hit the post. ..but recovered to kick his fifth and sixth goals to keep Sydney alive. He does, and he keeps the Swans alive. Veteran Scott Lucas gave the Bombers an important extra option in attack,

before Lloyd finally added to his early haul.

His seventh and eight goals were the sealers, capping off his first match as skipper. CROWD ROARS Yes, he's done it. It's a big night. Hall's uncanny bouncing goal for his seventh was too late.

The defending premiers had been given the message - welcome to 2006, it's going to be tough. John Hayes Bell, ABC News. South Africa has taken a narrow first innings lead in the third cricket Test against Australia. The injured Justin Langer was unable to return to the crease today after being hit in the head by the first ball he faced. Scans have revealed no serious injury. Brett Lee made 64 as Australia was bowled out 33 runs behind the Proteas' first innings total. Australia was hoping to wrap up the South African tail without much fuss, but Nicky Boje frustrated the bowlers with a string of boundaries.

Ashwell Prince was denied a century, falling for 93 off the bowling of Brett Lee. COMMENTATOR: Got an edge, and he's gone! The start to Australia's innings could not have been any more dramatic. Justin Langer was struck on the head by a short ball from Makhaya Ntini and almost collapsed. Bang, right on the helmet. The opener had to be escorted from the ground by Shaun Tait in his 100th Test and given two stitches. Langer was later taken to hospital for precautionary scans. But he wasn't the only wobbly Australian.

By tea, the visitors were 5/141. Ntini tore through the top order - Hayden was dismissed for 3. Oh yes, it's out. That's out! Skipper Ricky Ponting made a start but fell for 34.

Edge - and caught. Damien Martyn and Andrew Symonds also couldn't handle Ntini's pace. Up goes the finger, Makhaya Ntini's got four! Symonds may have been unlucky, but there was no disputing this catch in the deep to dismiss Adam Gilchrist. It's in the air and this is going to be out... ..yes, he's got 'im! Michael Hussey stabilised Australia's innings, working well with the tail to chase down South Africa's 303. A flurry of boundaries took Shane Warne to 36, but he too became another of Ntini's victims. Oh, it's in the air and it's going to be out...

..yes, it's gone. Hussey's wicket was the last to fall on Day 2 - bad light stopped play with Australia 7/246 - 57 runs behind the Proteas. Angela Pippos, ABC News. Queensland's Shannon Eckstein has overcome two years of frustration

to win in the ironman event at the Australian Lifesaving Titles. After winning the 2003 title, Eckstein missed the last two years with illness and injury. He was behind early in the swim leg, but surged to the front on a wave and dominated in the paddle and the run to the finish line. The last two years I haven't raced through illness, so it was sort of like defending my title here, I'll put it that way, going into the weekend. I'm so glad to pull it off. In the women's event, Manly's Naomi Flood

broke Queensland's recent stranglehold on the race, becoming the first NSW winner in almost 10 years. Yeah, that's probably my strongest leg, the swim, so I knew I had to try and get in front coming home, so I gave it everything and tried to hold on. After 12 years on the Gold Coast, the titles will move to Perth next year. Restorers of one of Australia's oldest and most popular walking tracks are facing a steep challenge. They're using helicopters to lift tools, material and workers into the Blue Mountains century-old National Pass track. The job is proving both spectacular and spectacularly difficult. Walking it has been likened to scaling a cliff without ropes, but repairing it is something else again. Helicopters are being used to airlift more than 200 recycled sandstone blocks, weighing up to 700kg each, to the National Pass walking track in the Blue Mountains, and, at times, even the workers have to be dropped in.

Massive amounts of work went into building them in the first place, it's our obligation to make sure they're kept in good order. Between 1906 and 1908, a team of highly skilled stonemasons built the track along a narrow ledge, suspended halfway up a 185m cliff. It took walkers under waterfalls, across creek crossings and down the steep grand staircase. The walk actually provides some of the best views you can get of some of the cliff faces and the escarpment country and the Jamieson Valley within all of the Blue Mountains, so there are some magnificent views and some spectacular walking.

Thousands of people walked the track each year, until the wear and tear and a century of weathering made it too dangerous. Now, restorers are trying to find a balance between maintaining the heritage and environmental values and bringing it up to 21st century safety standards. There's close to 1,900 stepping stones and stairs in total. The project is part of a $7 million upgrade of walking tracks in the Blue Mountains. The tracks of the upper Blue Mountains are the oldest, most extensive in the country. They're a very important part of our heritage and our conservation history. It's expected the work on the National Pass walking track will be completed next year. Deborah Rice, ABC News, Sydney. Now let's take a look at the weather. In Sydney - last night's minimum of 11 was 6 below the average. Today it hit 23 degrees, that was 1 below the average. Around NSW today - in the NE, it was warm in parts. Murwillumbah was the State's hottest place with a top of 28. Cool on the tablelands, Guyra got to just 16. In the SE, there were some very light falls around Braidwood and Thredbo which was also the State's coldest spot, getting down to -7 overnight. Inland - Maxima were generally well below average west of the Great Divide. Winds were light to moderate SE to SW. In the 24 hours to 9:00 this morning, the top rainfall was 9mm at Bombala and Green Cape. Both down near the Victorian border. In the six hours to 3:00 this afternoon, the best was less than 1mm at Thredbo. In the capital cities today - Brisbane - warm. Canberra - cool.

Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide - cloudy. Perth - mostly sunny. Darwin - more monsoonal showers. The satellite picture shows - bright cloud firing up over the tropics.

There's cloud drifting across SA -

that's the remnants of Cyclone Glenda. On the synoptic chart - that ridge of high pressure over the eastern States is keeping them mostly cloud free. There's a low pressure trough over SA and an active monsoon trough across the Top End. Rain tomorrow - there'll be heavy showers and storms along that Top End trough which is edging south. SA is expecting patchy rain and there'll be some afternoon storms in Queensland. In the capital cities tomorrow - Brisbane - warm. Canberra - mostly sunny. Melbourne and Hobart - a few showers. Adelaide - light rain developing. Perth - fine. Darwin - showers and storms. Around NSW tomorrow - in the NE, fine and sunny. Cool ahead of a mild to warm afternoon. Dangerous surf on the Hunter coast. In the SE, cold early with some local frost. Sunny at first, but high cloud developing later with the chance of a light shower on the tablelands. Inland -

cool early ahead of a mild day with cloudy periods and the chance of some patchy rain later. In Sydney - chilly tonight, down to 11 degrees once again. Then tomorrow will be cold at first, before warming up to 24 degrees and mostly sunny. Moderate winds in the afternoon.

The seas were big and messy today and it will continue tomorrow - expect a 3-metre swell, or possibly even higher. WNW winds will turn NE and should get up to 15 knots in the afternoon.

And in Sydney over the next four days - fine and warming up, but cooling down again on Thursday. Recapping tonight's top stories. Australia and China will sign a landmark deal tomorrow, clearing the way for Beijing to buy uranium worth billions of dollars. The Federal Government says it's concerned some employers may be misreading the new workplace laws. And memorial services have been held in Canberra and Indonsesia to mark the first anniversary of the Sea King helicopter crash on the island of Nias. And that's ABC News for this Sunday night. I'll be back in about an hour with an update. Till then, good evening. Closed Captions produced by Captioning and Subtitling International Pty Ltd