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(generated from captions) CC Tonight, under the pump.

Labor looks at reducing the GST

on petroom. That's one of the

issues that we will address in this major tax

inquiry. Survivors sell their

story. Should rescuers get a

share? Sydney's haves and

have-nots. The tale of two

cities. And down but not out.

The West Indies leave Australia

reeling. Good evening, Felicity

Davey with ABC News. The

Davey with ABC News. The

sky-rocketing petrol price is

now fuelling a political bidding war. The Federal

Government is promising its

wide ranging tax review will

consider a cut to the GST on

fuel that could save drivers up

to 4 cents a litre. The

proposal gives a countser to

the promise of the cut to

excise and comes days after

Kevin Rudd said he could do

nothing more for cash-strapped

families. On Thursday, he'd

done all he physically could.

Now the Government's holding

out new hope. It is very

important that we do

that. Kevin Rudd's big tax

review has become the vehicle

through which petrol prices may

be cut. It will consider

slashing the GST, charged on

top of the 38 cents a litre

petrol excise. That's one of

the issues we will address in

the major tax inquiry the

Treasurer announced. Long

condemned as a tax on a tax,

removing the GST on the excise

would shave almost 4 cents a

litre off current prices but

less than the Coalition's plan

to cut the excise itself.

Which is a great Liberal

policy, great Coalition policy.

It is a policy we'll take to

the next federal election and a

policy Mr Rudd should take

up. As promises go, it's

developing a familiar ring.

Petrol will always be cheaper

under the Coalition than the

Labor Party. The basis of the

Government's rejection of the

Coalition excise plan is its

cost to the Budget but cutting

the GST would cost billions

too, the States would lose out

and inevitably demand

compensation from Canberra.

Despite the traction on petrol,

it seems the period of Liberal

introspection is far from

over. We will have a lot of

static on the screen for

perhaps the next 12 months. I'm

sure there will be lot of

reflection and whilst that

reflection is around, we're not

going to get clear air to be

able to present our selve as

the new alternative to the Rudd Government. Alexander Downer is

still reflecting as rumours

persist that he will stay and

seek the Shadow Treasurer's

job. The latter he denies. His

friend Nick Minchin is no

longer predicting an imminent

retirement after copping an

angry rebuke. Alexander has

indicated he might retire or

might stay and has not yet made

up his mind. Once bitten, twice

shy. They were lucky to survive and now they're set to strike

it rich. The two scuba divers

rescued off the Queensland

coast yesterday have sold their

story to a London newspaper. It

apparently fetched hundreds of

thousands of dollars and there

are potentially more deals in

the offing s including a movie

but the Queensland Government

is not amused, suggesting the

couple should use the money to

pay for their rescue. It was a remarkable tale of survival,

some called it a miracle. Two

scuba divers were rescued after

being lost at sea for 19

hours. We will fortunate

enough to be able to pick them

up after they were sighted by

one of the light helicopters.

They seem to be in excellent

spirits and excellent

condition. 38-year-old Richard

Neely from Britain and

40-year-old American Alison

Dalton had a lot to smile

about, they'd sold their story

to an international media

organisation. The 'Sunday

Mirror's headline read, "World

exclusive - Brit

Are and girlfriend survive in

shark infested waters after

diving trip goes wrong."

Richard told the newspaper he

thought they were going to die

and sharks were on his mind.

We saw a lot of sea snakes. The

couple were found yired, 14km

from their dive boat. It's

suggested the newspaper paid

$1.1 million for the story. Max

Markson said it was not a

million but less. Whatever the

figure, the Queensland Premier

is keen to get her hands on

some of it. There has been an

extraordinary rescue effort

gone into keeping them safe and

if they are going to profit

from their story, I don't think

a contribution back would go

astray. Mr Markson siz other

media deals are being

discussed. A police

investigation continues. A

survivor's reported ly been

rescued from the rubble of

China's earthquake more than 11

days after it hit. According to

State television, he's an

80-year-old man who was trapped

for 266 hours. He survived

because his wife was able to

give him food and water as he

waited to be freed. Chinese

television has shown helicopter

rescue teams in action, with a

previous survivor getting a

dizzying ride to safety.

International donors'

conference is under way in

Burma with the military junta

expected to ask for billions of

dollars to rebuild the country.

Before the world opens its

wallet, it wants Burma to open

its door to a full-scale aid

effort. The cyclone hit 23 days

ago and time's running out for

the more than 2 million

desperate survivors. Karen

Percy reports. As the

international community gears

up for a large-scale relief

effort, images from inside effort, images from inside

Burma show how the local people

have been helping each other.

These pictures were shot a week

after the cyclone hit. They

show one of Burma's senior

monks visiting victims in the

Irrawaddy Delta, distributing

supplies from private Burmese

donors. Buddhist temples have

become makeshift hospitals and

safe places for people to stay.

Yesterday, the UN's chief Ban

Ki Moon took a quick side trip

to the earthquake zone in

China. He praised China's

leaders for the way they

responded promptly to the

crisis, a stark contrast to

events in Burma. Eyou have

been watching us and you have

been demonstrating your

leadership extraordinarily. The

whole world, United Nations,

stands behind you and supports

stands behind you and supports you. Aid and supplies should

now be able to move more

quickly through a United

Nations-run staging point which

has finally opened in Bangkok.

Today's donors' meeting brings

together 50 countries which are

prepared to pledge money to

Burma but own if the junta

follows through on promises to

open up. Burma's military

leaders are adamant they don't leaders are adamant they don't

want to talk politics but it's

hard to take them seriously

when they punish ahead

yesterday with round two with a

referendum for a constitution

for voters in the

cyclone-ravaged areas.

Zimbabwe's Opposition Leader Morgan Tsvangirai has returned

home to Harare despite fears

for his safety. He's been away

for six weeks and has come back

to prepare for next month's second-round presidential

election. A previous return was

cancelled after his part warned

of a plot to assassinate him.

Mr Tsvangirai visited some

wounded supporters before a

news conference. I was in the

hospitals there. People with

scars, with wounds all saying,

"President, we will finish him

off. Don't let us down." If

Mugabe thinks he has beaten

people into submission, he will

have a rule shock on June

27. Mr Tsvangirai says he won

the presidential poll in March

but official results have

forced the run-off against

Mugabe. Thousands have been

protesting in Johannesburg

calling for an end to anti-immigrant attacks.

President Thabo Mbeki called

the violence humiliating for

South Africa. Today we are

faced with a disgrace, a humiliating disgrace for our

nation. Thousands of refugees

from Mozambique have fled South

Africa with sporadic violence

and looting reported across the

country. In the United States,

tornado season has claimed the

lives of two people in Kansas

and provided pictures of the

birth of a twister in Oklahoma.

The pictures show the tornado

forming below a cloud and

moving along the landscape. It

is moving northeast. The

twister hits farm buildings,

causing extensive damage. There

was plenty of flying debris but

despite the despite the wreckage, these

pigs managed to stay firmly on

the ground. Australian

scientists think they've found

a way to grow new brain cells.

The team at Monash University

has developed a material that

can be injected into the brain

to offer hope to people de

bilitated by stroke and

Parkinsons disease. This

substance could prove

invaluable in treating brain injury. It is a smart

material, a liquid at room

temperature but we can inject

it in to the body or the brain

and it will solidify and turn

into a solid material. The

plastic acts like a scaffold

and importantly, researchers

have found it can support the

growth of new brain cells.

When we inject this material

into the brain, we've found it

causes minimum inflammation and

scarring that means it's

possible for the material to

integrate into the brain

tissue. It's made from a plant

seed and scientists say because

it's a naturally derived

material, it's 1 of the reasons

it's non toxic to brain tissue.

The aim of the research is to

help repair damaged pathways in

the brain for patients with

spinal cord injuries or

Parkinsons disease.

Potentially, if we could

develop a scaffolding material

that could encourage nerves to

grow, we could treat some of the symptoms of Parkinsons

disease. The development of the

material is still in its early

stages. Researchers will test

it on larger animals, then move

to humans if all goes well.

It is a fair way off still but

this is just one small step

towards an ultimate cure for

these neurological

disorders. The scientists are

flying to Europe to present

their findings at an

international conference. It's

51 days away now and Sydney's

continuing to gear up for

Catholic World Youth Day. Today

the focus was on security but

it seems the Government's

changing its tune, backing away

from any parallels to APEC.

Central Sydney came to a

standstill this afternoon for

the annual Corpus Christi

procession. While the crowd

wasn't entirely young,

excitement was building about

the impending Catholic youth

event. You're going to see

people dancing in the streets,

people from all other countries

waving flags. It is going to be

bigger than the

Olympics. Several weeks ago,

John Watkins went

further... It's like the

Olympics and APEC

compined. Today the message had changed. Sydney during World Youth Day won't be Sydney

during APEC. There won't be an

APEC style fence but police

have been practising their

measures. Leave has been

cancelled and 4,000 officers

will be on duty on the final

day with a total security bill

of $86 million, but the church

isn't expecting trouble. Happy

occasions not just for

participants but through a

large part of the

community. Police aren't taking chances, particularly after

this stunt during APEC. With

memories of 'The Chaser' still

raw, police have been brushing

up on motorcades. We do expect

a number of protest groups to

come out and hope that will be

done in the spirit of getting a

message across, however not

disrupting this youth event. World Youth Day

organisers say they're on track

to reach the target of 220,000 pilgrims, although today

100,000 have still not

confirmed their places by

paying for them. The NSW

Government's being urged to

follow Queensland's example and

ban the shooting of flying

foxes. Conservation groups say

the killing is indiscriminate,

doesn't protect fruit crops and

threatens to wipe out the

species. Every year 2400 flying

foxes are legally shot by

farmers to protect their fruit

crops but critics say the shot

gun is inhumane and

ineffective. If-T was

horrible. A lot were broken-winged which meant they

were going to die over three or

four days. Richard Gould is a

volunteer who keeps watch

during the shooting season. We

went to many of these shoot

nights and found no-one

policing the numbers of shot,

which were much higher than

their allowed legal

limits. Karen Perry Jones from

the University of Sydney

examines the dead. Most she

sees are younger than seven,

despite a life expectancy for

flying foxes of around 20. She's concerned long-term

populations are being wiped

out. They have a decreasing

growth rate and overall halving

time of just under seven years.

Theoretically, according to the

maths, that will give an

extinction point about 80 years

from now. The Queensland

Government has taken the next

step and has stopped issuing

licenses in a bid to protect

the flying fox. Now the NSW

Government is under pressure to

do the same. Netting the crops

would be far more effective and

we would support the NSW

Government giving farmers

financial assistance so that they can net their crops

instead of shooting the

animals We don't issue

licenses to harm lightly in any

way, shape or form. We expect

all handholders and agriculturalests to try all

other mechanisms including

netting before we issue

licenses to harm. The Minister

says she'll consider this

latest evidence. It's a case of

out of the mouths of babes - a

group of young people's made a

short film about their housing

commission area in Sydney's

southern suburbs. What they've

produced is a confronting look

at the alcohol, drugs and

violence they live with every

day. This is Lexington Place, a

small block of run-down shops

and housing commission,

cloisted in the relatively

wealthy suburb of Maroubra.

Much of its population is under

18. As far as resources,

access to resources for young

people, there's no shops,

there's not much to do. It's a

really disadvantaged area. Over

the course oaf three days, a

group of children from the area

filmed, wrote and etted a short

documentary. They interviewed

locals about their experiences

living in the community. If

you could change anything about

the area, what would it be?

The drugs and the alcohol. I

found it good because it was

fun using the camera because we

don't use cameras and, like,

asking people questions and

stuff. The answers reveal an

insight into a life many

neighbours in other parts of

the suburb wouldn't understand

- growing up amongst substance

abuse, poverty, boredom and

violence. Some of the boys

want to roll people if they

have something better than them

or they're bored. Have you

been rolled? Never. I would

have stabbed them. The

documentary also reveals

resilience and aspirations. I

want to become a hairdresser or

beauty therapist and travel the

world as well. It is tough

growing up in a housing

commission but despite that, to

be stereotyped by the community

because because of where they

lived is a real challenge these

young people face. It's some of

the mis conception ceptions

that the film-makers hope to

challenge. They're looking for

more funding to make a longer

version for wider distribution.

Tonight's top story - the Federal Government will

consider reducing the GST on

petrol. Still to come, a

first-time winner at

Eurovision. NSW will meet New

Zealand's crew crew in next

Saturday's super 14 final in

Christchurch. The Waratahs

cleared the last heardual a

28-14 victory over the Sharks

in Sydney. The Sharks struck

first in the opening minutes

but it was the only time they

were in front. The South

Africans were feisty but they

were also outplayed. Rob

Horne's tackle provided a

opportunity for Lote Tuqiri.

Tuqiri! Lote Tuqiri! Try to the

Waratahs. Sam Norton, Rocky

Elsom and Horne combined to

give NSW a 15-3 lead. The

second half had been going less

than a minute when the Waratahs

extend ed their advantage. The

Sharks were their own worst

enemies. Miscommunication.

The sneaky effort from Luke

Burgess effectively but the

game out of the Sharks'

reach. The Sharks coach

believes the Waratahs are

capable of upsetting the

Crusaders in Christchurch. Any

team which controls pusession

against the Crusaders can. NSW

hopes Kurtley Beale finds

goal-kicking form. I feel we

haven't played our best

football. The Crusaders are the

most successful team in super

rugby history with six titles.

Sydney's Roosters have over

taken the Gold Coast titans as

the NRL front-runners. Last night the storm was too good

for the Rabbitohs. Today the

Roosters won in New Zealand and the

the Tigers beat the Titans.

Scott Prince won a raucous

reception on his return to

Leichhardt. The home team gave

the crowd plenty to be excited

about. Keith Galloway's assist

for Farah pushed the Tigers out

by 12. Prince worked his magic to drag the to drag the titans into the

game. Emotions ran high on both

sides. Tiger Gibbes and Titan

Friend were sin binned. Brett

Hodgson extended the margin to

14 points but defensive ly and

in attack, Gold Coast finished

strongly, closing the deficit

to two. Before the Tigers could

celebrate. Available for

Queensland selection, captain

Steve Price returned for the

Warriors, with a glut of

possession the Roosters plundered. Shaun Kenny Dowall

had two tries in two minutes.

Braith Anasta had sticky

fingers when he chased Mitchell

Pearce's pinpoint kick.

Defending a 4-0 home winning

record this season, New Zealand

hid back. Kenny Dowall sent his

side rocketing to the top of

the ladder. Of nine Storm

Origin representatives, only

Greg Inglis was absence against

Souths. The Rabbitohs played

poorly on Monday in Canberra. More of

More of the same was on the

menu. Will Chambers try gave

his side the only points. The

first of a pair of Nigel Vagana

try husband south Sydney's

faithful playing for a change

in fortunes. Cooper Cronk kept

the premieres clear. South's

problems are deepening. problems are deepening. Two

points separate the top eight

clubs. Hawthorn has maintained

its unbeaten tart to the season

with a hard-fought win over

bottom-of-the-table Melbourne

at the MCG.

last time these two teams met,

Hawthorn won by 100 but at

quarter time, Melbourne lead

and the players were fired up.

Although there was still a long

time to go, there were already

signs of an unlikely upset.

Stuart Dew became the Hawks' sixth first choice player out

of the contest. It was left up

to the other stars to stand up

in the third quarter. Austin

provided some magic as the

demons led by 13 but Hawthorn

had its own young spark.

Melbourne's bad habits started

to creep back in as the AFL's

top side turned a deficit into

a 10-point lead. Aaron Davey

ensured a final roll of the

dice by his side. They also had

a slice of luck in their quest

for a classic win. The lead see

sawed until 13 empty from the

end. In the Indigenous round,

fittingly, it was the Hawks'

Indigenous players that saw off

the Melbourne challenge. In a

mark of respect, both sides

cheered off the retiring David

Neitz, whose team-mate came

within 19 points of farewelling

their captain in style. A burst

of late wickets has rattled

Australia on day flea of the

first cricket Test against the

West Indies in Jamaica.

Brett Lee was in a menacing

mood on day three but Stuart

MacGill was the first to

strike, removing Runako Morton

for 67. Rushed back fram the

Indian Premier League, Dwayne

Bravo was still in Twenty20

mode. It was party time for

Australia's fans as well but

their bubble burst, runs came

in a flood for Dwayne in a flood for Dwayne Bravo

until this that sparked a

collapse. The West Indies lost

four wickets for eight runs

with Lee doing the damage.

That is comprehensive. The

Australian quick didn't

celebrate this effort. The ank

of the innings, Shivnerine

Chanderpaul, was knocked out by

a brutish bouncer on 86. What

scared me and frightened us was

the fact he couldn't feel his

hands or his feet. Despite the

headache, he pushed on to

record his 18th, the most

courageous Test century.

Chanderpaul helped push the

total past 300. He was the last

man out for 118. His efforts

inspired fast bowlers Daren

Powell and Fidel Edwards. Phil

Jaques went for four, then the

big wicket, the Australian

captain. He's gone. It soon

got worse. Simon Katich

departed cheaply again and Mike

Hussey lost his stumps. Bowled

him. Bad light provided welcome

relief for the tourists. The

Australians lead by 136 but the

momentum is with the West

Indies. The Australian women's

hockey team suffered another

defeat at the champions trophy

tournament, losing 2-1 to the

Netherlands. The Hockeyroos had

one win from four games heading

in to the contest and conceded

a goal in the 27th minute. The

Netherlands scored again in the

second half. The Hockeyroos'

only goal came in the 52nd

minute and their coach said

they won't do well in the

Olympics if they keep serving

up rubbish performances. This

year's Eurovision Song Contest

has been sung and won and we

warn you now we're just about

to tell you who came first. The

carnival of kitsch provided its

usual array of colour and

characters. France and Spain

had whacky performances but it

was Russia that took out the

glitzy contest with a pop

singer, violinist and Olympic

figure skater performing the

ballad 'Believe'. It's the

first time Russia's won the

53-year-old contest. Final

votes of former communist bloc

nations helped it beat rival

floms Ukraine and Greece. To

the weather and there was a bit

of cloud about today. Is that a

sign of things to come? It is.

It's looking promising. We've

got increasing cloud, showers,

storms and patchy rain in the

forecast between now and

Thursday. Unfortunately most

falls will be light and

isolated but some areas could

get deents downpours.

The cloud is extensive across

the east. It's as a slow moving

trough deepens in inland NSW.

Moisture from onshore winds in

Queensland is helping to feed

into that trough. Because it's

slow moving, any showers and

storms will also be slow

moving. If you're lucky enough

to be directly under one,

rainfall totals could be

impressive. Showers possible

through most of the State

tomorrow but the storms are

expected to remain through the


Thanks, Graham. Another look

now at tonight's top stories.

The Federal Government's

considering reducing the GST on

petrol and Burma's military junta's expected to ask for

billions of dollars to help

rebuild the country but the international community says it

wants strings attach ed. That

is ABC television news for now.

I'll be back with an update in

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