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Making headlines today.

forces in the United States, Making headlines today. Security

and the Middle East are forces in the United States, Europe

have been part of a global cargo search for other explosives that may and the Middle East are continuing to

plot. The discovery of two plot. The discovery of two packages have been part of a global cargo bomb

in the UK and Dubai en route to the US sparked a major security

operation. They were both

operation. They were both sent from Yemen and had been addressed

Jewish

Jewish centres in Chicago. The Prime Yemen and had been addressed to

Minister Julia Gillard has met the

Minister Julia Gillard has met the UN

Secretary General, Ba n Ki Moon at

the East Asia Summit in Vietnam.

She'll be holding high-level talks all day, she's also set all day, she's also set to leader

leaders from China, India all day, she's also set to meet

leaders from China, India and the

Philippines. Ms Gillard has repeated

her intention to raise concerns

human rights in Burma her intention to raise concerns about summit A 17-year-old boy has died human rights in Burma during the

after being stabbed during a fight

after being stabbed during a fight in

Sydney's south-west. Police arrived

to find the boy lying

to find the boy lying injured on a

street in St Andrews just before 2

o'clock this morning. The

was taken to Liverpool Hospital but was taken to Liverpool Hospital o'clock this morning. The teenager

died a short time later. Authorities

fo have appealed for witnesses to

forward. Four indigenous athletes have appealed for witnesses to come will be

will be running in the New York Marath

Marathon as part of a program to encou

encourage all Australians to get

encourage all Australians to get fit. The runners are making a quick stop

in Sydney this week, and have even

made time for a quick training

session on Coogee

men were selected from 300 people session on Coogee beach. The young

around the country. And those are

latest headlines from ABC News. around the country. And those are the Live. On Stateline, getting

Queenslanders out of the crowded south-east. What we need are gutsier, regional centres. The need are bigger, stronger,

Opposition targets a possible

Opposition targets a possible premier. Captain Smug as his colleagues refer to him will

apparently take the job nobody

else wants. Making busy roads koala friendly. This is the

very beginning of what

really important experiment.

Welcome to the program, I'm Jessica Van Vonderen. It's

of the State Government's key

strategies to tackle population

growth in the south-east. A $4,000 boost to the first buyers' grant for those who $4,000 boost to the first home

build in regional areas. But in

the first five months fewer

than 200 people have applied.

At that rate the Government won't even come close to spending

allocated to the scheme. But as

Meg Purtell reports it may yet

work with regional councils offering

offering enticements too.

Every week about 1,500 people

move to south-east Queensland. The booming population The booming population is placing unprecedented pressure

on housing, infrastructure and

transport. It's certainly an issue that

Governments to lesser and

greater degrees are having to consider, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane probably the most stark examples. But now

push is on to promote the rest

of the State.? June Government introduced a $4,000 of the State.? June the State

regional bonus for first home

owners who build or buy a new

house. The money is in addition

to the usual first home grant and was devised to to the usual first home owners

encourage people to move outside the south-east corner. I don't think that it

would be sufficient to first

people or encourage people to

actually buy a house but if you

were thinking of buying a house

it might just make it ease it might just make it ease ier

do so in a region rather than the capital city. So far about

150 people have taken up the

offer. I think you have to look

at it in terms of the suite of

programs that the Government is

offering to people. So regions

have to be seen as attractive.

Do we want people to just move

to any region or do we have we would like to attract people

to? What are we doing to make those regions liveable? Demog

fer Bernard Salt said there won't be an exodus of people

moving because of the scheme

difference but he says it will make some

difference over time. If you

look at the Victorian example,

a similar scheme operates in

years from a standing start for Victoria and it really took two

a program like this to start to ramp up the numbers. a program like this to really

So I think that 5 months is So I think that 5 months is far too early to pass a judgment on

recently hosted a national the program as yet. Townsville

conference on growth conference on growth in

regional Australia. Organiser

Kate Charters says the area

a successful example for other regions. Townsville has done an excellent job with a riverway development along the Ross

River. It was previously a

fairly baron, dry area when I

saw it 10 years ago and now

it's a beautiful parkland with swimming pools and lots of it's a beautiful parkland with

also facing challenges. Soon an

extra 750 soldiers and their

families will arrive at

Lavarack Barracks. All will

need to find somewhere to live. What we need are bigger, stronger, gutsier regional centres. We want fo see a

Townsville of 250,000 people, a

Cairns of maybe 200,000 people

over the next 20 or 30 years or so. That brings vitality,

opportunity, it delivers an

urban lifestyle into different

parts of the country.

With such large growth also comes potential problems. We

don't want to fall in the trap

of cheap housing or cheap land

that isn't adequately serviced

and doesn't have the and doesn't have

infrastructure so that we

actually have communities that

are healthy and vibrant rather

than developing disadvantaged communities. There are always

problems associated with growth. If you're growing a south-east region or in fact you're growing a major regional

centre there are problems

associated with congestion,

delivering housing, affordable

housing, electricity, water,

sewage, just because you've got population growth moving into a town does not

are not problems associated

with that. One region hoping to

make the most of make the most of the State

Government grant is Richmond in the State's north-west. the State's north-west. The local council is offering free general rates to first home owners for five years. They'll still pay their water and sewage but it's very nowadays for young ones to get

started so we thought we'll

carry the burden and I'm sure

the I rate payers of our shire

would be happy to carry the burden to get some

families back in the community. John community. John Warton said

while most growth is occurring while most growth is occurring along the State's coastline there are need for workers

inland. Jobs are there and some

of them go from very low skills

to labourer jobs to higher

skills. We're always looking

for higher skilled staff for

the council. So, you know, engineer, those engineer, those sort to get them out there and it's

bloody hard, real hard actually. But he says it's

worth the move. We built the

lake in Richmond so people

would come to Richmond to live

there and have somewhere to go

that afternoon. Take their kids

down swimming, water ski, fishing, all those

opportunities are there and we

need to create an need to create an environment in these western in these western communities that those people actually can

have a better quality of life

when they go there. Sustained growth in the

south-east corner is making a serious dent in areas like to call home. Their

habitat is being swallow ed up by housing development and the

koalas are forced to try and

cross busy roads for food or to

mate. Every year about 100

koalas are killed or koalas are killed or injured and with the population and with the population already in serious strife researchers

are trying to devise roads

are trying to devise roads that are safer for the animals. The State Government is $10 million to help preserve

and protect what koalas are left. The aim is to come up left. The aim is to come up with strategies and technology that

that can eventually be used

around the country. They're an Australian icon but in south-east Queensland

development and housing growth

means koalas are being means koalas are being pushed

out of their own

neighbourhoods. Scientists have

formed an unlikely alliance

with the Main Roads Department

to help what's left of the

koala population live a little right, that we work out how to

keep the animals off the keep the animals off the road but allow them to continue to

move. So it's a really essential for their

survival. The first step is catch some of the local population and eventually

monitor their movements. The koala population in Queensland

is spread across a diverse is spread across a diverse area

but the biggest population of

more than 2,000 live in the so-called koala coast south of Brisbane. But elsewhere Brisbane. But elsewhere koala

habitat is often in it's not a healthy match. These

koalas once upon a time this

little park was probably 3 or

4, now today there was 11 we

count and count and that's very superficial count so I'd suggest

suggest the development is

creating quite a bit of pressure on these animals and

they will have to

move. Scientists are concerned about the

about the way koalas are getting around. It's those moderately trafficked roads which are the biggest problem

because a lot of animals - it

looks like they could get

safely across and yet if you're

a slow koala the risk is huge. We are

really determined if we

possibly can to let the koalas

still exist in this environment

so we have to do

something. This team of researchers hopes to maintain

koala numbers in urban koala numbers in urban areas but to survive this but to survive this environment

koalas have to be able to avoid

or safely negotiate roads. If

we can identify that roads are a

a problem then we can do something about

something about the roads.

Roads are dissecting up the

environment, they're making it

really hard, if not impossible

for koalas to safety move from

one spot to they're being killed on the rose - roads rose - roads as well. The State

Government says it will spend

$10 million to make roads in the area friendly. Fencing to stop

koalas and other wildlife

crossing roads. We've got some culverts that we're retro

fitting to allow koalas to get

under roads if they need to

cross from one side to the

other. Next year we'll have a

brand new koala bridge f you

like at Burbank. We don't know

how koalas react when they come

to roads and we don't know if

they will use structures like culvert and underpasses and some things that are going some things that are going to be put koalas. We don't know yet. This

is the first chance to

understand as much detail as we

can the behaviour of the koalas

in relation to the roads and

the traffic. To get the answers scientists need to understand

what the animals get up to when they're not around. Ecologist

Ben Nottidge helps to capture

them but not every koala's keen. Are you going to leave

this one? Yeah, she's not real happy. She's not going to come

down in a hurry so we my down in a hurry so we my try for an

will be tracked. They will be

taken for a thorough vet exam,

a health assessment and we'll determine if they're healthy enough, check their disease status and if they status and if they are healthy

anyway will have a GPS collar

fitted and released as soon as possible where we them. 3-year-old Joels is the

latest recruit. As the female

mooufs across her home range

and beyond scientists will log

her journey. We can actually

put in GPS points and once that

animal crosses those points, animal crosses those points, so if it was around one structures within a structures within a particular

area that animal's logged. So

it just helps us build the

picture a little more about

what that animal's doing what that animal's doing and how it's using the landscape. The project will continue next year. Researchers

hope their findings make koalas and humans better

neighbours. I'd like to see

before a road's built or any infrastructure like a railway

line or any of that sort of thing, that the environment thing, that the environment and

the mitigation of movement and

wildlife death is considered as

just part of the planning. This is the very beginning

of what is a really

of what is a really important spe experiment and if it works

and we can find out what it is

that koalas will use we can transport this technology all around Australia. The

conviction this week of a former Labor minister was

always going to have political

ramifications. Gordon Nuttall

was found guilty of receiving

kickbacks from businessman Brendan McKennariey between 2001 and 2006. In Parliament

the Opposition tried to which, in turn, tried some

linking of its own comparing

the LNP to the Conservatives in

the UK. We are going to bring the years of ever rising

borrowing to an end. We are

going to ensure, like every

solvent household in the

country, that what we buy country, that what we buy we can afford. Oops, wrong

parliament, that's the UK Chancellor

Chancellor George Osborne in the House of Commons. Still, from one parliament to another, as

Tory is a Tory. What are the Tories doing in the UK, Mr

Speaker? Slashing and burning. Cutting job,

Cutting job, 500,000 jobs. Take

a look on the other side of the

world right now you see what

the Tory plan would do. If you want to continue to fund want to continue to fund coal ports, Mr Speaker, then ports, Mr Speaker, then you're

going to take a hat to what the

UK Tories are doing. Just look at

over in the UK, where they are.

They want to cut child safety

officers. So the logic seems to

be if the Conservatives be if the Conservatives are

planning cuts 16,000 kilometres

away, they must be planning

cuts here too. And not only the

UK, the governator is weald wooelding the razor as wooelding the razor as well. In this years's this years's budget governor

Schwarzenegger cut funding for California's free health

program for the poor. For the record Irish government cuts got a mention Labor's theme this week. But

the other side is also good at

choosing a line and sticking to it. Someone in the Opposition

office has come up with a office has come up with a label for the Government. can pick what it is. I can pick what it is. I asked

the Premier can she that the State's debt under that the State's debt under the long-term Labor Government will

be more. Long-term Labor

Government. This toxic

long-term Labor Government. A

new theme emerged late in the

week when former Labor minister

Gordon Nuttall was convict ed of corruption and perjury charges. The Opposition tried to spread the blame. I refer to

Labor Party bag nan Brendan John McKennariey who John McKennariey who corruptly paid off a Labor minister right

under the Premier's nose. And I ask, has the Premier sought

assurance from her current

Labor cabinet colleagues Labor cabinet colleagues about any dealings they had with Mr

McKennariey between 2001 and

2006 and will the Premier reveal what those assurances are? The Government says Mr

Nuttall was a lone wolf Nuttall was a lone wolf and

furthermore, they say, other side too in the 1990s.

There muttal could not be in

jail if it had not been

produced in evidence that produced in evidence that he

had secretly covered up his activities. It is the secrecy

of his activities that brought

him into the problem that he is in, Mr Speaker. This Brendan

McKennariey, Mr Speaker, was

then working for Juan McBebas

who was the Emergency Services Minister. Here's an Minister. Here's an Opposition question about internal Labor strife around asset sales. I refer the Minister for Public

Works to the article that he wrote for the wrote for the 'Courier Mail'

where he attacked loyal Labor

Party member Peter Simpson. Mr

Speaker, I ask the Minister, does the Minister believe that it is part of his ministerial duties to pen vicious personal

attack against working class people people who stand up to the Government's privatisation agenda. Thank you, Mr Speaker. I've been I've been waiting for this one. Order. Order! Both sides

of the House. I am desperately

anxious to hear the reply from the minister. And I'm

desperately anxious to give it,

Mr Speaker. And give it he did.

His colleagues wanted more. Mr Speaker, I move an extension Speaker, I move an extension of

time so the minister can be

further heard. I second the

motion. 10 minutes worth by my

clock. 7 minutes longer than clock. 7 minutes longer than usual for question usual for question time. The Niclan Government enticed the

coal industry here with 3 public subsidies. First of all,

first of all the greatest of them all, them all, the greatest rort and

the great est thing under

working people in this State

was to use public housing funds

to subsidise houses for wealthy

coal miner. I rise on a point

of order. I call your attention

to the comment the to the comment the Minister

made that QR was a rort and I

move that the Minister's

statement be incorporated into

the prospectus for float. The parliamentary year

is winding down, only one

sitting week to go late next

month. Still time for the Government to mock the

Opposition Leader. It sort of reminds me, Mr Speaker of Monty Python and the holy grail Python and the holy grail and

the bridge of death, Mr

Speaker, and he had to answer three ques and then he could

get across the bridge of get across the bridge of death. The Leader of the Opposition is

there, Mr Speak e, what is the

air speed velocity of an unladen swallow, and African or

European, and that's what he

will be doing whenever a policy question. And for Mr

Langbroek to strike back. The

Treasurer has presided over the

biggest increases in the cost

of living ever experienced of living ever experienced in

this State, will be promoted to the leadership once Premier walks forlornly from the smoking wreck of the Labor

Government, Mr Speaker. The Treasurer or Mr Speaker,

Captain Smug as his colleagues

refer to him l apparently take the job that nobody else wants. Chris O'Brien reporting. Queensland MPs also received

some disturbing reading

material this week. A report outlining the impact of climate change

change on change on Queensland. Sea

levels are rising faster than

expected and there expected and there are

prediction s for more frequent severe weather events. The outlook for the Great Barrier

Reef is grim too. One of the

experts in the field is Professor oef Ove Hoegh-Guldberg. I caught up

with him. Is there more as

Queenslanders we should worry

about than Australians? We put

the reef into a very untenable

State and I suppose as a

symbol, a world heritage listed environment this is really the

sort of symbol of climate

change for Queensland. That

said, of course, if you look at

the cloud forests of the

Daintree, increasing sea

tempure s off the coast of Queensland will also Queensland will also eliminate

that within a short period of that within a short period of

time. So I 1 or 2 degree and you lose most of the terrestrial and marine bio

diversity in Queensland. That's

a serious issue. And what are

the prediction, could we reach

those 1 or 2 degrees? If we go

on the current pathway, and

that is to current to add

that is to current to add CO2

to the atmosphere at the rate of 2 parts mer million per year, we will soon get beyond

600 part s per million. At that

point global temp clurs be 3 to

6 degrees warmer and we will

for those ecosystems. The Great see vastly different outcomes

Barrier Reef will be gone, the

marine - the bio diversity at

the top of the Daintree range

will be gone and so I guess

sound byte there is that with

only a couple more degrees of warming along that, you know,

business as business as usual pathway, and we lose these things

forever. How real a threat is

that, that that will be a

reality? If you look at the

IPCC, which is the most

reliable consensus on this

issue, they will put it as a very likely scenario that we will achieve those conditions

over the coming decades and

century. Now very likely in

their parlance is over 90%. So

it's highly likely and very

probable. Is there something we

can do to avoid that? Well,

really two things that we've

got to do. The mitigation

issue, a rapid reduction in CO2

emissions is a must. That's one

part of the problem, of part of the problem. The other

part of the problem, of course,

is in addition to reducing

emissions we've got to also realise that are even more sensitive to

other stresses we place on

thep. So dealing with the problem of water quality in the coastal Waters of Queensland is

extremely important. We've got to reduce all those other

things that impact on to make sure they have the resilience or strength to get sure they have the best

through the climate through the climate change

we're going to put on them, rir

respective if we take stern action. There in State parliament the other with impact on climate hang and

you've been holding regular information sessions with MPs

around the country. What do

around the country. What do you

say to the anyway sayers? I was saying if

from someone you've got to look at their profession and then also at their track Climate also at their track record. Climate subpoena Climate subpoena science Australia is built up from people who have hundreds of peer-reviewed publications in peer-reviewed publications in leading scientific journals leading scientific journals and

they are, their expertise is

core to the issue they're talking on. have been confusing the issue

A, don't have any papers on the

issue of climate change so they're speaking without any

test of their ideas in the

scientific literature and B,

often they will be, you know, geologists or mining geologists or mining engineers

or so and of course you've got

to be careful where you get your

your advice from. You don't go down the street when you've down the street when you've got

a disease and talk to the

mechanic about what the best

remedy would be just as you

wouldn't go to the doctor and

ask a technical question about

a car. So I think that's the root of the problem, that busy

leaders in parliament need leaders in parliament need to make sure they're getting the best facts. And the best facts. And the scientific

evidence being humans are

contributing? Well unfortunately that is the

inconvenient truth, that the

rise in global temperature, the rise in global temperature,

rise in CO2 is a human-driven

signal and that it has

consequences. That's the conclusion, the consensus of

thousands of scientists. We

have a huge problem and we're

the cause of it. Now we need to

fix it. Professor, thank you. It's been They're a summer pleasure for you. It's been a pleasure.

Queenslanders but there won't

be as many this year. be as many this year. Mango growers are disappointed after a good start to they're not surprised, a good start to the season, but

mangos are masters of they're not surprised, saying

mistearous ways. From central qumed Marlina Whop reports.

It's very much a mystery, It's very much a mystery, yeah, there's a lot of things there's a lot of things that are hard to account for.

Sometimes you will actually get

a good flower and good fruit

set and when they get to maybe their fruit. Sometimes that's because they don't get

pollinated and it's not always

account of the rain either. It can just happen that way. Ian

Purshouse has a big job ahead. He's working one of the He's working one of the few mango farms that have fared

well in central Queensland this

season. It's an enviable sight

for others. If you had of been

here 12 months ago you would be amazed how many mangos were

hanging on this trees but this

year's an entirely different story. Started off in August magnificent flowering August magnificent

that we were all very excited

about. That flowering went

right through Queensland into the Northern Territory and then

all of a sudden as mangos do,

the wheels fell off. Their

flowers didn't eventuate into

fruit. There's a lot of

mysteries with mangos mysteries with mangos that

there's something we can

control and a lot of things we

can't control. Ian can't control. Ian Purshouse owns an orchard with his owns an orchard with his wife

near Gladstone but spends a near Gladstone but spends a lot

of his wife in Rockhampton

managing this one. Unlike his own place the early here. We got an earlier flowering, probably earlier

than what you would want it to.

B these actually flowered in May, normal flowering is June, July. It turned

lucky escape. Weeks later when

heavy rain arrived the honey

variety were starting to grow

and were big enough to cope

with bad weather. Even crop on all the tree, even sized all the tree, even sized fruit, it's more or less what you're

hoping for when you get a crop

to look like that. More than 25,000 trays of the fruit will into the new year. be harvested over

But at Kabra there are slimmer pickings. This is the

classic example of what with a poor fruit set of classic example of what happens

flowering. There's the flower

and no mangos. So the majority of trees are looking like that,

are they? Yes. Three quarters

of the trees. Some of the trees. Some trees are very, very poor, some trees

have none, some trees have half

a crop. Michael the wheter, the rest is a

mystery. Nobody knos. It's a

bit of madness of the mango

tree, I think. More than kilometres away near kilometres away near Yeppoon

Robert Sykes won't harvest anything this year. We've anything this year. We've been

trying to eye off the odd one

that's left to use for Christmas Day. Unfortunately I

was out there slashing, I had

one lined up for Christmas Day

and I knocked it off when I was slashing. Financially it's a

bigger disappoint. He and his $150,000. Mangos are a fickle wife estimate a loss of

thing to grow and we were told

that when we first started. that when we first started. One

year you will have a good year

and the next year could

bad year. We had an excellent

year last year. This year was a

bit warmer so the pollen wasn't

as viable. Having got

pollination and a little fruit

forming then there can be

problems holding that little fruted on the trees. Plant

scientist Professor Kerry Walsh

say there's are still plenty of

unknowns in mango farming. If

know, you've knot banana's are

the exception but others are more temp

more temp rat crops, and

they've been worked on for a long

long time, centuries. Whereas these other crop, even mango,

in terms of big volume production that has not been that

that long. It's been a decade sort of thing so. The amount of

understanding and effort breeding effort has been relatively little. So room to improve. Until then relatively little. So there's

it's one season at a time for

Queensland farmers. Northern reached supermarkets and by Territory

end of the year the sunshine

State will add more. My advice

to mango growers is please the quality up this year to mango growers is please keep

though there's not many

about. And that is the program

for this week. You can see for this week. You can see our

stories again on our Thanks for your company, www.abc.net.au/stateline/qld.

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