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(generated from captions) frogs to be wiped out completely by

canetoads in the way, say, quolls

and goannas are in the first 12 to

18 months but I'm expecting it to

a much longer term process. But 18 months but I'm expecting it to be

big problem is we don't have the a much longer term process. But our

baseline data to tell us exactly

many of those species should be baseline data to tell us exactly how

there. The Northern Territory's

Kakadu National Park may eventually

provide more indice putable results.

Canetoads are only now being

spotted within range of the Kakadu

listening polls, while they were on

the doorstep of Roper River before

the project got under way. The

are moving about twice as fast as the project got under way. The toads

expected. They overran all our

sights after about three years,

rather than five plus, which we

expected. For Kakadu we've got

years of data without canetoads expected. For Kakadu we've got five

apprehend. So there we'll have a

much better baseline. Meanwhile,

CSIRO scientists are continuing

their search for a biological

control. A gene critical to cane

toad development is being examined

in the hope that it can be used to

stop breeding. But it will

be years before any control is stop breeding. But it will probably

available, so Frogwatch is running

its own campaign, trapping and

killing canetoads. In part it's

trying to hold back the flood.

There's lots you can do to make a

difference. We took over 80% of

toad population out of the area at difference. We took over 80% of the

Ringwood last year and that is

persisting today. I mean, the

has got to be surely to minimise persisting today. I mean, the issue

damage these things are doing in has got to be surely to minimise the

ecosystem and to minimise that damage these things are doing in our

damage you have to minimise their

numbers. So the research should be

clearly focussed on getting rid of

canetoads. In the meantime,

scientists are waiting and

listening, hoping new data from

Kakadu will confirm their belief

that native frogs at least will

survive the spread of the cane toad.

There is no species which is known

to have become extinct in

because of the cane toad. Given to have become extinct in Queensland

there have been no extinctions in

Queensland, then I think we

shouldn't be too worried about

being a catastrophe. shouldn't be too worried about there

. The Sierra Leone asylum seekers

have been granted a bridging visa

until 13 April. And that's the program for tonight. tomorrow, but for now, goodnight. We'll be back at the same time International Pty Ltd Captioning and Subtitling Closed Captions produced by This program is not subtitled THEME MUSIC Hello, I'm Caroline Jones. Tonight the story behind a crime because it was so cruel, that many will remember and seemingly senseless. a talented young music student. The victim was playing his beloved saxophone. Phil Evans was set on a career when his fingers were badly mutilated But that dream was wrecked during a home invasion. in a savage attack It was a terrifying experience.

to relive that shocking night And I must warn you, we're about and his young housemates. with Phil Evans followed the criminal investigation, Over the past 2.5 years, we've to recovery - and unexpected hope. and Phil Evans's difficult journey This is his story. PHIL: A little. MARK: Nervous? in the right-hand seat. We'll park you Alright. And then I'll jump in and we'll go. bad is going to happen to your kids, As a parent, if you think something

there's no question about it, that it happened to us. we would all prefer No, don't touch that.

They could have killed him. Phil could be dead. He could have bled to death. Comfy? hurts your kids, that's it... You know, the moment somebody'd... to stop that from happening.'d do anything on the controls. OK, so you can follow through your left hand down here on that. Your right hand on there and hospital, and I was really upset, PHIL: I'd only just got out of and big hugs together. and Dad and I were having big cries him saying, And I remember him saying, it should have been me." "You know, it should have been me, And that annoyed me so much. and I was hugging him so hard. I was like...

and started hitting him and saying, And I actually pushed him away Don't say that," you know. "Shut up. You can't say that. MARK: All looks reasonably safe. I'd never seen in Dad before. That was something so that I can move them. Just relax on the pedals, mate, He's my hero, big time. of bloke I want to be, you know. And, you know, he's...he's the sort What an awesome feeling. Oh, what a wicked feeling! sort of thought about the military, Since a very young age I've always and Dad are both in the military, because, I think, you know, Mum and grandparents as well. of somebody's garden in the back on the top of their house. rather than and studying music. Until the idea of going to uni being a pilot like Dad. I was interested in long enough, DAD: If you stay in that altitude we'll go screaming into those trees. in his demeanour, JAN: I think Phil, military motivated as we were. is probably not as Yeah. Keep coming left. Look left, Phil. you can point towards the airfield. That's where the airfield is, so wanted to be a performer. We have no idea why he suddenly like a lot of us, I think suddenly one day, liked an audience and enjoyed it. he woke up and decided he liked... Yes, Phil, Phil, Phil? PHIL: Whoa, Dad, Dad, Dad. Don't let me do that! OK, let's do another circuit. I got the definitive word from Jan that she was pregnant with Philip on the morning that I deployed to go and fight the Falklands War in 1982. I was a royal marine at the time and, hey, Phil came along. Pretty normal sort of, you know, little boy childhood. Sort of, always in trouble, always dirty, always bloody cutting himself, whatever.

He and his sister, Jo, went to boarding school. That was all a bit traumatic. JO: Every, every evening, without doubt, there'd be a knock on my classroom door. This little angel was standing outside. Bawling, "I want my mummy." I want mummy. And it was heartbreaking. And so, for a whole year I think we, we really... ..we really became close in that first year. And pretty much to the day, a year after we'd been there, Phil just loved it. Well, he first got into playing the saxophone at boarding school, in England. He'd seen another boy play and was motivated by him. He was a prefect, he was a sportsman, and I saw him playing saxophone at assembly. I said, "That's what I'm doing. That is cool. "That, that is what I'm doing." And that weekend I went home and said, "Mum and Dad, can I play saxophone, please?" We came to Australia when he was 11.