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Tonight, a shocking discovery.

Two women found dead in a

Sydney unit. Down but not out,

the future of Australian

Workplace Agreements. We want

AWAs to get out of the system

as quickly as possible. It's

time to move on. Dear diary, a

soldier's tale of the trenches

goes to auction. And at 60,

still a monarch in waiting.

Good evening, Juanita Phillips

with ABC News. Sydney's Asian

community is in shock tonight

after the second horrific crime

in a month. Two women have been

found dead in a unit block in

Auburn. It's not known how long

they'd been there although

decompose. The their bodies had wanted to

decompose. The women suffered a

violent death but police are

waiting for a post-mortem to

identify the cause. The two

women were found dead on a bed in their western Sydney

apartment last night, their

injuries visible and their

baldies already decomposing.

Some other people do live there and they provided the

information that they believe

that the persons hadn't been

seen for for some time. A man

from the unit reported the

discovery at the ambulance

station next door. The women

were Asian, in their late 20s

or early 30s and quiet

according to neighbours. They

were happy-go-lucky kids. Their

suspected murders have

unsettled other residents. I'm

scared. It's not safe scared. It's not safe for my

kids. The police were out in force today searching the

grounds, knocking on doors and

interviewing witnesses. It's

not the first time they've

visited the multiblock complex,

it's been the target of

numerous crimes with complaints

about over crowding, poor

security and gang activity. In

the last four years I've been

here, there's been a stabbing,

bashings and I believe one

death before as well, a

murder. Just last week, new

managers decided to upgrade

security. From next Monday, we've organised 24-hour

security, just a coincidence,

that's what's happening from

Monday to patrol all over the

place and make everyone feel at

ease. Too late according to residents. Prevention is

better than cure. Now the investigation is going and the

police is going on. Everything

is going on. Despite the

assistance of mandarin assistance of mandarin

interpreters th,z other people

living in the unit have been

unable to tell police who the

women were. The Department of Immigration is now

investigating their status in

Australia. They promised ed

they they'd be abolished but the Federal Government will allow Australian Workplace

Agreements to live on under its new industrial relations

system. In a speech today,

outlining her vision, Julia

Gillard revealed workers who

are happy with their AWA will

be able to stick with it even

after it supposedly expires.

It's not the only back-down in

the new laws. The government's

also allowing more arbitration

than it first proposed.

Election 2007 was a war over

WorkChoices and early this year

Australian Workplace Agreements the Prime Minister declared

were the first casualty. Today were the first casualty. Today we declare Australian Workplace

Agreements to be dead and

buried. There's no place for

agreements in a fair individual statutory employment

system. Still, Julia Gillard's

left the door open for some to

stay. Under Labor's new laws,

it was expected once the last

remaining AWAs expired in 2013

, they'd never be seen , they'd never be seen again.

Now that's no longer the case.

I have decided that old act

agreements such as old 1993IR

Act agreements, AWAs, ITEAs

will apply until such time as a

new agreement is made. In

effect, it means if both

parties are happy, an existing

AWA can continue on forever.

Business is thrilled, saying Business is thrilled, saying

the Government's delivered one

of its key demands. We've got

a lot of AWAs and it's easy to

say they won't be blown up by a

dirty bomb. The unions are

disappointed. We want AWAs out

of the system. But consoling

themselves with a win of their

own. Different spite scrapping

almost all intervention in

disputes by the screel umpire, some arbitration some arbitration will be

allowed. In the longest and

ugliest disputes... The

threshold to trigger

arbitration will be high. And

for the lowest paid workers.

This is a really important

measure to ensure greater

equity. The Government now

says it never promised all AWAs

would be abolished within five

years but that's certainly the

impression it gave voters. It

seems that after a year in seems that after a year in power, Julia Gillard has

learned the art of political

compromise.Businesses will no

longer be able to pay immigrant

workers Les than locals. Under

proposed changes to the

temporary skilled workers visa,

all immigrants would be paid

the same rates. Chris Evans

says it move

says it move would ensure

immigrants on 457 visas won't

be exploited. as the scheme

grows there, will be more and

more trades people, some from non-English speaking

backgrounds. We want it fair

for foreign workers. Unions

have welcomed the change. The

Chamber of Commerce says it

could mean employers can't

Minister has afford the workers. The Prime

Minister has arrived in

Washington for the G20 summit

Kevin Rudd says more spending on the global financial crisis.

might be needed to keep

economic growth going and he's urged Governments to work

together to end the crisis but

the US President is resistic

calls for greater regulation.

George W. Bush went to the

heart of Wall Street to talk

about the need for a decisive

response to the financial

crisis. Same time we must recognise that Government crisis. Same time we must

intervention is not a

cure-all. Mr Bush delivered a

full-throated defence of free

market capitalism. The crisis

was not a failure of the free

market system and the answer is

not to try to reinvent that system. Many world leaders want

to do just that and plan to use

this weekend summit to push for

There will stronger financial regulations.

There will also be pressure for

more Government spending to

keep economies afloat, an option the Prime Minister is

keeping open. We don't rule

anything out for the future.

The reason we are in

unprecedented times. Ahead of

the summit, Mr Rudd has met

Madeleine Albright who's here

representing Barack Obama. We

have just had a good and long

conversation about the global financial crisis and financial crisis and other

subjects. The search for the

culprits has turned the powerful hedge fund managers

who've made a killing in recent

years. They're now facing much

tighter Government controls.

Excessive deregulation is at

the root the current crisis

and there is a real danger that

the pechingulum will swing too

far the other way. Underscoring

the urgency of this weekend's meeting is the news meeting is the news that

Germany, Europe's largest

economy, has slipped into

recession and the organisation

for economic cooperation and

development has a gloomy

outlook for its member

countries. We will stay in

recession for some time to come

and the subsequent recovery is

going to be a relatively slow

one. It may not happen until

well into 2010.

well into 2010.A teenage boy

will spend at least 17 years

behind bars for the stabbing

murder of a schoolgirl on the

Central Coast. Tanya Burgess

was stabbed 48 times as she

took a shortcut on her way home

from school in 2005. As she lay

dying, the 15-year-old said her

attacker's name. The boy, who

can't be named for legal

reasons, maintains his

innocence bought jury took just innocence bought jury took just

90 minutes to find him guilty

earlier this year. A trial is

under way for a P-plate driver

accused of causing the deathses

of four of his friends.

Families of the deceased were

at court to hear the case. The

teenager's name has been

suppressed. Corey New, Paul

Morris, Mitchell Everleigh and

Bryce Wells died when the car

driven by the accused ran off

the road near Byron the road near Byron Bay in

2006. It's alleged the driver

had been speeding before the

crash and had illegally

overtaken. Hopefully at the

end of this, this will close another phase but

unfortunately, we all have to

live with this for the rest of

our lives. The young driver

has lead plooeded not guilty to

four charges of dangerous

driving causing death. There's

nor change on the way for train commuters and more trouble for commuters and more trouble for the Rees Government. The State

is considering plans to bring

back single deck carriages. Transport officials say they

provide a more frequent and efficient service but the

Opposition says the Government

is just making policy on the

run. Selling his mini Budget

may be the Premier's mission

impossible. He was out there

again today talking up the 80

new train carriages that

workers at this engineering firm are going to build firm are going to build and

Nathan Rees even found an

admirer. I voted for you. He's

facing yet more accusations his Government has gone off the

rails. Mr Rees has confirmed

reports that train carriages

may go back to the future,

phasing out double deck for

single. The Government argues

they'll provide a more

efficient service. What I want

is the option best for

taxpayers that enables taxpayers that enables people

to get to and from work without

it being an obstacle

course. The plans may not

unfold for 20 to 30 years.

Until then, new double deck

carriages worth billions will

roll out. It's all a bit ad hoc

according to the Opposition.

What's wrong with this is there

is no plan. External criticism

is one thing but the Premier

appears to be facing an

internal party room revolt over internal party room revolt over the Budget. Some Labor

backbenchers have openly

criticised the cuts. Many are

worried they're going to lose

their seats. The Opposition is

having a field day. God knows

what's going to happen. All the

public know is whilst the

scandals and divisions continue

they're not getting the services they deserve or having

the problems they confront

every day fixed. One everyday

problem they may have just been

eased, the Roads Minister has eased, the Roads Minister has

announced he wants to relax the

penalties for minor speeding offences. Losing three points

for exceeding the speed limit

by 0 to 15 is harsh and

unfair. Tats not likely to mean

a reduction in speeding fines.

A detailed diary written in the

trenches of Gallipoli has been

sold at auction. It was written

by a young New Zealand soldier

and give as harrowing day by day account of

day account of the horrors he

witnessed but press said inside

the pageses there was also a

butterfly. 90 years later, that

diary's been bought by a

private collector for $20,000.

It was a big prize for a tiny

piece of World War I history.

At $20,000, all done, $20,000. Congratulations. More than 90

years after it was written,

this small diary gives a rare

insight into life in the

trenches. Of the 11,500 that

lost their lives in Anzac Cove,

this made its way through and

so did the soldier. Private

George Petersen, a young New

Zealander, kept a detailed

day-by-day account of the

campaign in Turkey in 1915. 26

of April, about halfway down the page,

the page, "We found many dead

Australians amongst the scrub.

Awful sight. Getting used to it

though." "One bomb went off

next to me, had a narrow

escape, killing one and

wounding another." At one

point enemy troops are so close

he writes... It's possible to

touch the Turks' trench with

the points of our the points of our

bayonets. Pressed in the page

is a butterfly fly and a letter

Private Petersen wrote to his

father. There was also a

nurse's uniform for World War I

up for auction and a large

collection of photos taken in

1917 by Frank Hurley. This

Norman Lindsay poster went for

$6,000. A little over $200

estimate, yes. It may be a typo

but, no, that was a huge surprise. Clearly surprise. Clearly a much

sought-after item. It's a big

job but someone's got to do it.

The Australian museum is

relocating more than 16 million

specimens to a new wing. The

weird and wonderful collection

is normally reserved for

researchers and scientists.

Only about 1% of it will be on

display to the public. The ABC display to the public. The ABC

's Jayne Margetts got a sneak

peek. It's been described as an

ark of biological information,

this extension to the

Australian museum houses

millions of specimens, most of

which have never been seen by

the public. Moving 10 million

and keeping track of them is a

big job. Take the humpback sea

devil. These are remarkable fish found in deep fish found in deep water,

hundreds and hundreds of metres

down. This is the only large

toothed cookie cutter shark

caught in Australia. Skinny

body but the biggest teeth proportionally of any shark on

earth. It uses the teeth to

carve out cookie cutter-like

plugs of flesh from other

fishes and sometimes from

mammals as well. The museum's

new facility has its specimens

dating back to the

dating back to the 1800s,

60,000 birds, giant beetles from Papua New Guinea and

40,000 mammals including

rodents the size of possums. A

lot of the giant rats from the

Pacific are quite rare. These

are some of the largest in the

world, amazing whiskers here.

The collections are a vital

reference library for scientists. A lot of the

specimens in this build ring not not really suited to public

display. They're prepared for preservation. The important

thing we have to do with these

collections is preserve them

forever. That's our job, to

maintain them forever. But

there's not enough room for for

some of the bigger specimens.

This goblin shark and others

will have to remain in the

basement in tanks of alcohol so

next time you visit the

Australian Museum, spare a

thought for what

thought for what lurks beneath. The Australian Transport

Safety Bureau says it hasn't

ruled out interference from a defence communications base as

the cause of last month's mid

air emergency on a Qantas

flight. The Perth bound plane

nose dived twice, injuring more

than 70 people. 13 than 70 people. 13 passengers

and one crew member were

seriously injured when the

Qantas Airbus nose dived,

plummeting more than 1,000

feet. A preliminary report has

confirmed a fault in an on

board computer system caused the problem. Air safety investigators are looking at

whether that was the result of

electronic interference.

Including from the Harold E Holt

Holt very low frequency

transmitter near Exmouth. The

ATSB says interference from the

naval communication station

appears unlikely to be the

cause. It emit mitts very low

frequency transmissions, a

significant distance from the aircraft. Aviation writer Geoffrey Thomas says while it's

worth investigating there's

only a remote possibility it's

connected. That naval base has been there since

been there since 1968 and these

days up to 30 or 40 aircraft

travel very close to the base every day. The Defence

Department says it will assist

with the investigation in any

way possible. The ATSB also

hasn't ruled out interference

from electronic devices on

board the aircraft but it says

its main focus will be weather

whether a fault in the compufrt

system itself caused the

problem. They will be subject

to comprehensive testing at the


facilities. Tests will begin on

Monday. Qantas says its own investigations pointed to a

manufacturer fault as the

likely cause. On to finance now

and a big rally on Wall Street

led Australian shares higher,

despite another round of sombre

economic news. Here's Alan

Kohler. When it was confirmed Germany

Germany was the first major

Western country to officially

slip into recession, you might

have expected another night of

long knives on Wall Street, in

fact the Dow Jones surged, all

in the last hour of trading.

Wall Street is like the pubs of

the old days of 6:00 closing.

Sometimes the last hour panic

morning it was involves selling but this

morning it was buying. I went

for a walk at 6am with the

market down and when I got back there had been a 10%

turn-around. That spilled over

to Australia today and the All

Ordinaries closed 1% higher.

This time the rises were not

across the board, resources

stocks went up, Telstra jumped

4% but the banks were sold off

as investors contemplated the

rising bad debts. Asian stocks

were generally were generally higher, although

more subdued than Wall Street.

I've got an astonish ing graph

tonight. This shows the total

value of the New York Stock

Exchange as a percentage of

American GDP going back to

1924. What amazing is the

extent of the bubble since

1995. At least on this measure.

No wonder investors are all

over the place. Does the line

just stop at that long-term

average of 58%? Does it keep

going back to where it was

between 1974 and '84, 40%, or

God forbid back to 20% as in

1940 and what if the GDP

shrinks too? The Australian

dollar went up today in line

with the share market. I'm back

Sunday at 10 with 'Inside

Business' and the chairman of

Brisconnections, Trevor Rowe,

and the CEO of lend lease, Greg

Clarke. That's finance. She was

soundly beaten in the US

election but Sarah Palin is

still strutting the national

stage and if the moose-hunting

governor has her way, she could

make a presidential run in

2012. Today she duminated a

group of Republican

heavyweights trying to reshape

the party. The race is over but

Sarah Palin looks and sounds

like she's still running. I am

voting for you in 2012. You

have to run, Sarah, we need

you. After being kept away

from the media by nervous

McCain staffers, the Alaskan is

all over the air waves.

Reporters are being invited

into her kitchen. One used a

home video camera to film the

governor cooking moose chilli.

I can assure you she's just

gettin' started. I'd like to welcome... This morning Sarah

Palin served up some advice to

her party. She held her news

conference since John McCain

picked her as his running mate

and then addressed a meeting

trying to rebuild the battered

Republican brand. On a Federal

level we are now the minority

party but let us nout become

the negative party. It's

stoking speculation Sarah Palin sees herself as the sees herself as the future of

the party. In all media, she's

ruled out running for the lead

of the party. Some Republicans

would love to see Sarah Palin

take on Barack Obama but others

in the party are appalled at

the prospect. They need sparl

to go away for a while but they need the others to participate. Most Americans need the others to

don't want Sarah Palin to

become a national figure but

Alaska might be too small for this larger-than-life

politician. The Prince of Wales

celebrates his 60th birthday

today. The milestone has

prompted renewed discussion in

Britain about the role of the

prince and just what kind of a

king he'd be. With his mother, king he'd be. With his mother,

Queen Elizabeth, still going

strong, one thing's certain, he

Philip Williams reports on the will be an elderly monarch.

life of a prince and future

king. From the moment he was

born his future was sealed. A

young Prince of Wales would one

day be king. But the years in

waiting have been fraught with

controversy and sadness, from

the promise of that wedding to

marriage the disappointments of a failed

marriage and the despair at

Princess Diana's untimely

death. The media attention is

relentless, privacy a luxury.

His marriage to Camilla Parker

Bowles attracted scathing criticism, understanding all

too well the destructive power

of an insationable press, he

fears for another future king,

his son Prince William. He's

going to have enough

difficulties as it is,

particularly I think in this particularly I think in this

day and age where the scrutiny

and the interference is just

beyond description. From his

passion for polo to the many

causes he espouses, he is

certainly active and

opinionated and not about to

apologise for that. I wouldn't

call it meddling, I would call

it mobilising. His heart-felt

endorsement of causes like organic food, organic food, wholistic

medicine, architecture and

community empowerment has

sparked criticism and praise.

When one day Prince Charles is

crowned king, what will happen

to the social activist within?

I like to think perhaps that

after all this, that eventually

people might realise some of the things I have been trying

to do are not all that mad. 60 years on and Prince Charles is

still waiting to fill the job

the longevity for which he was born and given

the longevity in his family, it

may be many more years to come

before he occupies Buckingham

Palace. Australia's Test

cricket team could be about to

undergo a significant change.

The former captain Steve Waugh

says the two big-hitting

all-rounders, Andrew Symonds

and Shane Watson, should both

play in next week's first Test

Peter against New Zealand. Here's

Peter Wilkins. Steve Waugh was

in exalted company at the SCG

alongside Arthur Morris and

Doug Walters. With Australia

down on confidence after defeat

in India, the former Test

skipper wants both all rounders, Andrew Symonds and

Shane Watson, in the Brisbane

Test XI. I don't think they've

brought Andrew Symonds in to be

12th man or 13th. I think Shane Watson deserves his place in

the team too. Even though

Symonds's Queensland form has

been poor, Waugh says his

spirit and enthusiasm is needed

at Test level. Thrits not easy

at international level just to

turn the tap on and say, "I'm

going to get back in my best

form." It might take time. The

three Blues greats have had

sections of the SCG's new victor trumper stand named in

their honour. At the their honour. At the same

ground, 19-year-old Phillip

Hughes pushed his claims as a

future international, making a

confident 64 for NSW against

New Zealand. Moises Enriques

made 55, captain Dominic

Thornely scored 85. At stumps,

NSW is 6/309 in reply to the

Black Caps' 266. Vid vid vid may have been on the losing

side this week in the Asian

Champions League but his

overall contribution to the nation's football landscape has

seen him awarded the highest

honour in the nation's Hall of

Fame, nomination to the Hall of

champions. He played 454

national league matches before

beginning a coaching career he

hopes will one day realise the

national role. Who knows, in years to come that cycle might years to come that cycle might change and we might see a

period where where we'll go

back to an Australian-born

Socceroo coach. Also honour

today was a former mainstay of

the women's national team,

Julie Murray, she played 67

times for Australia and scored

19 goals. He was a prolific

play maker in the 20-match

stint in the A-League and now

Brazilian Fred is back, not Brazilian Fred is back, not

with Melbourne victory but the

Wellington Phoenix. His 6-game

contract begins Sunday week.

Three of the four semifinalists

have been decided at the

masters Cup. Russian Nikolay

Davydenko booked his spot by

beating Juan Martin del Potro

in straight sets. Novak

Djokovic is also into the semis

of the round robin event

despite losing to Frenchman Jo-Wifried Tsonga for the third

time in a row. Flying fish are one thing but

one thing but fly flying

turtles are something else

altogether. After washing

oplong way off course in June,

two endangered baby turtles

have today been flown to Lord

Howe Island to finally resume

their migration. They're not

your typical frequent fliers.

What is it? A snake? No, a

turtle. But these two logger

head turtles make for interesting interesting hand luggage.

Probably the first time they've

had them through security.

Today they're heading to Lord

Howe Island to be released back

into the wild. Say hello

Tilly. We're going to take him

to Lord Howe Island with

us. They were supposed to be

heading for South America but got stuck in the wrong current.

One of them washed up on this

beach near Wollongong on the

NSW south coast, the other

ended up in Kurnell in Sydney's

south. These guys hatch up south. These guys hatch up

towards Queensland more.

They're usually out in the waters there but sometimes with

the storms they have big

currents and they sometimes get

washed down. When they lost

their way, vets at Taronga Zoo

stuck their necks out to help.

It's a rewarding experience,

releasing these guys back in

the wild. Logger head turtles

can live for more than 140

years and grow to over a metre.

They're listed They're listed as endangered

species but vets say these two

are healthy and have a good

chance of survival in the

wild. He's strong and he's got

a good appetite. I think he's

got a chance. Slow and steady,

they'll make the trip to South

America and eventually be back

on Australian shores in about

15 years to breed. Let's check

the weather noand there's a severe thunderstorm warning for

issued at Sydney. There is. It was

issued at 7:00. Now, the

thunderstorms are forecast

around Campbelltown and

Liverpool about now and if we

look at the radar, we can

actually see that band moving

through. Those thunderstorms

will reach the city by - or the

airport, the city and also

Sydney Olympic Park and the

Harbour Bridge by around 8:00pm

this evening. Damaging winds

are likely. We've already had gusts to

gusts to 85 km/h recorded at

Camden. There's the line of

storms rapidly moving through.

Cloud developing over central

and north-western Australia

will move into NSW later Monday

or Tuesday, bringing the

prospect of some widespread

good rainfall. Tomorrow, it

will be a combination of the

trough and southerly wind

change that will maintain some

showers and isolated thunder

over the State, contracting to

the coast and ranges by Sunday.

Rainfall will be heaviest in Rainfall will be heaviest in

the northeast with isolated

thunderstorms tomorrow, else

where showers are expected to be light.

That's ABC News for this

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Stateline with Quentin Dempster. Goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI

A mini Budget giving everyone

the treatment. Government is

bearing their share, community

is bearing their share and business is bearing their

share. And loosen your wallets share. And loosen your wallets

if you're crossing the bridge

at peak-hour. Can a congestion

tax work? Welcome to Stateline

NSW. I'm Quentin Dempster. With

the axing of its commitments to

extend the rail network to already car dependent and mortgage stressed western

Sydney, the mini Budget's

so-called congestion tax and

other tax and savings measures have driven the Labor other tax and savings measures