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(generated from captions) Tonight - Australia poised to intervene. Fighting rages around Dili, resources available. We have substantial military state schools ban soft drinks. Not so sweet - fondly remembered. And the humble haystack's heyday

Juanita Phillips with ABC News. Good evening. poised to go into East Timor Australian troops are tonight into violence. as the country again descends in East Timor For the second day running there have been fierce gun battles and government troops. between rebels and machetes Youths armed with bows and arrows, are roaming the streets, is virtually shutdown. and the capital, Dili,

non-essential personel. Australia has begun evacuating Anne Barker reports from Dili. yesterday continues, As the violence that erupted to flush out the rebels local police were doing their bit and contain the violence, a long way to go. but there's clearly still renegade soldiers and the army Fighting has flared again between near the capital, Dili. GUNFIRE out of Dili are now blocked. There are reports all roads to stay indoors Residents have been asked with bows and arrows, as youths take to the streets and machetes. As the injured were ferried away, began fleeing their homes. frightened residents of 600 soldiers last month, The fighting, sparked by the sacking shows no signs of letting up. Led by Major Alfredo Reinaldo, in a hillside village, the rebels remain of further violence. fuelling rumours yesterday Two people were killed in separate shoot-outs. and five others injured Australian help East Timor has been negotiating to quell the growing unrest. it only wants extra police. If needed, peacekeeping forces, as such, We will not need at the moment military forces, as such. Help won't be too far away, already on stand-by with Australian troops and police to head to East Timor. and three Navy ships ready

Anne Barker, ABC News, Dili. has upgraded its travel warning The Australian Government for East Timor non-essential personnel. and has started evacuating Reports from Dili

for help has been made. as saying an official request quote the foreign minister equest has been made

in Darwin Harbour this afternoon, HMAS 'Kanimbla' was moored on stand-by to head to Dili.

it had yet to receive the Government said A short while ago,

an official request for assistance overtaken Dili in the past month. to help end the violence that's The security situation is poor to deteriorate further. and has the potential

As gunfire returned to the capital, yesterday and again today, been in constant contact Alexander Downer's Jose Ramos Horta. with East Timor's foreign minister, outlined the options - In parliament, Mr Downer a military contingent, to send in either the police, or both. We do have troops pre-positioned, to be deployed quickly they are ready either to assist in an evacuation, the situation in Dili. or possibly to help to stabilise We also have some police as well, if required. who we can deploy quite quickly if we were asked to provide it. Yes, I'd back that, that Australia won't intervene The PM is adamant without a formal request. You wait until you are asked, soliciting invitations. you don't run around of Cabinet met this evening The National Security Committee

for the second time in two days. there can be no action, But with no formal request troops, ships and planes although the Government says at a moment's notice. are ready to go

as well as securing the capital, The acting PM says of Australians. they'll defend the safety of the Australian Defence Force Relevant elements where they would be able to respond have been placed on a footing on very short notice indeed.

evacuating some of its own staff. And the Government's already people who are non-essential Those Commonwealth Government are doing that. the situation is, And in a sign of just how serious a planned visit to Japan - the Foreign Minister has cancelled he was due to leave tonight. Dana Robertson, ABC News, Canberra. likely to please Indonesia, In a decision the Immigration Department

for asylum has rejected the final claim in Queensland in January. from Papuans who arrived on Cape York, Of the 43 who landed not granted a visa in March. David Wanggai was the only person has now been rejected, His application because he holds a Japanese visa. to reside somewhere else, Because if you have a right must be protected by Australia, you can't have a claim that you to reside in another country. because you've got a right remains on Christmas Island. David Wanggai an appeal against the decision. His lawyers say they will launch this afternoon Federal Parliament erupted over Aboriginal crime. amid a bout of point scoring Peter Costello The Acting Prime Minister also hit out at Labor of customary law for supporting the retention in cases involving Aborigines. accusing unnamed Labor figures Mal Brough lit the fuse,

on poor housing. of blaming Aboriginal crime to rape a child - It is not an excuse we will continue to say that these communities. and we will continue to support they'd said anything of the sort. Labor MPs furiously denied Who said it? Who said it, Mal? has ever, nor would ever, No member of the Opposition say something like that. ought to be withdrawn - That implication it's a disgrace. But in Darwin today, did say something like that. Chief Minister Clare Martin in a house, If you've got 16 to 20 people you're setting up the circumstances also admitted he'd been wrong NT Chief Justice Brian Martin to give a jail term of one month to an Aboriginal elder for having sex with a 14-year-old girl. The Court of Criminal Appeal said I was wrong and I accept that. Peter Costello seized on the admission as part of the Government's push to drive customary law out of the judicial system. We can never justify under customary law heinous and serious and violent offences. But Ms Martin insists customary law still has a place. Customary law is not used to get away with anything, and I think we've had Aboriginal leaders make that very clear over the last week. This Government believes very strongly on protecting innocent children and women in Aboriginal communities, and we will not let political correctness get in the way of that. Clare Martin and Mal Brough meet in Canberra tomorrow to try to settle their differences on handling Aboriginal crime in the NT. It's going to be a difficult gulf to bridge. Jim Middleton, ABC News, Canberra. John Howard and Kim Beazley engaged on long-range warfare today over nuclear power. From Dublin, the Prime Minister accused the Opposition Leader of hypocrisy over uranium exports. Mr Beazley demanded Mr Howard tell the voters just where he'd build nuclear reactors. A handful of protesters braved miserable Dublin spring weather... (Chants) Howard, Howard, Bush's man! ..as John Howard arrived at Parliament for the last act in a long journey. The Irish Greens leader had a protest letter ready, arranged from the other side of the world. I was talking to Bob Brown and he said to give you this. But as Ireland's Taoiseach Bertie Ahern showed him around, independent MPs were declaring a boycott of his speech. I deplore the war in Iraq and Mr Howard is a chief architect of that illegal war. Mr Howard is a cheerleader for George Bush. APPLAUSE An address by a foreign leader in the Dail is a rare honour.

The last was delivered by Tony Blair eight years ago. Australia will always retain a deep affection for Ireland and the Irish people.

In the end, there were many more empty seats than expected. Some Greens, Sinn Fein and a significant number of Labour MPs stayed away as well. Up to a quarter of the chamber was empty. APPLAUSE But the Prime Minister shrugged it off. Good on 'em. If they don't agree with me, they don't have to turn up. At the end of a trip dominated by leadership speculation and a push for a nuclear debate in Australia, he had a long-range shot at Kim Beazley, accusing him of hypocrisy for coming out against nuclear power. If nuclear power is unsafe, unacceptable and anti-the environment, you shouldn't export any uranium to any other country. John Howard, on one of his visits to Australia, needs to rule out and give certainty to people in communities who are potentially affected.

Then, after some pictures with his Irish motorcade drivers, he was gone,

heading back for Parliament tomorrow. Craig McMurtrie, ABC News, Dublin. Police in Britain have launched sweeping anti-terrorism raids. They're targetting suspects believed to be plotting attacks abroad. 500 officers are taking part in raids in Manchester and Birmingham. At least eight people have been arrested so far, and searches are expected to continue for the next few hours. A new audio tape attributed to Osama bin Laden claims that the only person convicted over the September 11 attacks had nothing to do with the operation. The latest message appeared on the website of a US Government contractor. It states that 37-year-old Frenchman Zacarias Moussaoui was not one of the hijackers in 2001 because he was still learning how to fly. Moussaoui was sentenced to life in jail earlier this month. The tape is the third this year attributed to the al-Qaeda leader. It comes at the same time as the official opening of the first skyscraper to be built on the site of the terror attacks in New York. The building was the third to collapse on September 11 after the Twin Towers. Israel's Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, has held his first meeting with the US President. George W. Bush says Mr Olmert's "bold ideas" could be an important step toward peace in the Middle East. These ideas could lead to a 2-state solution if a pathway to progress on the road map is not open in the period ahead. Mr Olmert says Israel can't wait indefinitely to settle the future of the West Bank with the Palestinians. We cannot be held hostage by a terrorist entity which refuses to change or to promote dialogue. The US President is urging Israel to negotiate with the Palestinians on any withdrawal from the West Bank. A group of suspected illegal immigrants was detained near Victoria's border with NSW overnight. Police pulled over a bus carrying 38 people on the Sturt Highway, between Mildura and Euston, as part of a routine check.

They say several of the passengers ran off, but were soon recaptured. In all, police detained 18 people in Mildura overnight and transferred them to Melbourne today. It's believed most of them are from Thailand and Malaysia. A Supreme Court jury has begun its deliberations in the trial of the man accused of murdering missing Sydney woman Kerry Whelan. Bruce Burrell has pleaded not guilty to murdering and kidnapping Kerry Whelan in May 1997. Her body has never been found. A tow-truck driver has been killed and two police cars written off in a collision on the Southern Highlands at the scene of another crash. The police and tow-truck driver had gone to a stretch of the Hume Highway, near Bargo, to attend a car crash. Shortly afterwards, a semitrailer ploughed into the two police vehicles, killing the tow-truck driver, who was standing nearby. The Hume Highway was blocked for several hours. Sugary soft drinks will be banned outright in NSW state schools from the beginning of next year. It's the Iemma Government's response to a new report highlighting the continued growth in childhood obesity. Children may be fitter, but they're also getting fatter. A NSW Health survey of more than 5,000 students reveals they are getting more daily exercise but not enough to offset some alarming trends. A quarter of boys and girls aged between 7 and 16 are officially obese. The wrong foods and drinks in the wrong quantities, skipped meals and an obsession with computer games are to blame. The issues are worse in the lower socio-economic regions. Why? Money, availability of fresh food outlets, availability of space to exercise. Professor Caterson would like to see the amount of vigorous exercise at school doubled to two hours a day. The Government's response is to further restrict what can be sold in schools. A ban on soft drinks from school canteens, commencing the school year in 2007. At 10 teaspoons of sugar in each glass, soft drinks are an easy target. Why has it taken State Labor to ponder its navel while our children got fatter? The industry says it'll be counterproductive. When you ban things, you make them more attractive. And it'll undermine the sobering role it says it plays in society. Soft drinks are an important part

as an alternative to alcohol for our children and teenagers. Curiously, sugar-loaded flavoured milk escapes the ban. Apparently, it has enough goodness to remain in the State's tuckshops and canteens. Simon Santow, ABC News, Sydney. Tonight's top story - East Timor's leaders have decided to ask for outside assistance to stop fighting in the capital, Dili. Reports are coming in that renegade soldiers have been using civillians as shields and hundreds of residents have fled their homes. And still to come - it's billed as a friendly,

but there'll be no love lost as the Socceroos tackle the European champions. Mounting costs associated with the wheat scandal inquiry have hit AWB's bottom line. The company says the Cole Inquiry's costs have done more damage than the bad publicity. There were some fighting words from the man whose company is mired in a near $200 million bribery scandal. We are prepared to do whatever it's going to take to rebuild our reputation. But that doesn't mean a name change. Chairman Brendan Stewart says the AWB brand is still respected at home and abroad, despite exaggerated claims of reputational damage. We don't believe that's as strong as what other commentators are making it out to be. in our international marketplace. We've got very strong support But the oil-for-food scandal took its toll on the bottom line after last year's profit was boosted by the sale of its stake in agribusiness group Futuris. After-tax profit was $46 million, down 56%, costs associated with the Cole Inquiry were almost $10 million, and are expected to nearly double to nearly $18 million by June. The company also predicted the Tax Office would not add to its wheat scandal burden through an unfavourable ruling on what some have called kickbacks.

But all our advice is that these payments are deductible. The future plan is to ride out the Cole Inquiry storm, further separate the international wheat trading operations and diversify. Scandal-hardened investors were suitably impressed, pushing the share price higher. Phillip Lasker, ABC News. To finance now, a strong recovery in commodity prices pushed the local share market higher today. Here's Alan Kohler. Well, the copper price had its biggest one-day rise ever last night - 12.2% to US$3.88 a pound - regaining most of what was lost in that fall that extended from 11 May to yesterday. The huge rebound by copper flowed through to other metals. Silver, nickel and zinc all jumped by more than 6%. And it extended to global share markets.

Here are some of the biggest gains, led by the Oslo Stock Exchange in Norway, which was up 7.6%. But the US market didn't follow suit.

The indices were trading higher near the close but copped a wave of selling in the last half an hour. The local market was torn between following copper and following Wall Street. The big copper miners, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, surged 3% and 3.5% respectively,

while financials like AMP and Westpac fell. But the main action, as usual lately, was among the medium-sized resource companies - companies like Zinifex, Lihir, Oxiana, Paladin and Minara all had huge rebounds today from the heavy falls of earlier this week. This graph will give you some perspective about what's going on. The copper price went up 90% between the start of the year while BHP Billiton rose 37%. Then copper corrected by 12% causing BHP to fall 14% and then today copper showed BHP a clean pair of heels - up 12% versus 3%. The gold price has fallen today -

down US$5.10 to a rather ominous number. The crude oil price in New York jumped 2.5% and finally the Australian dollar is trading roughly steady

against the US dollar. And that's finance. Queensland starts as favourite into tonight's State of Origin opener in Sydney, with injuries disrupting the NSW camp. The Blues called an extra training session today after rushing Brett Finch into the team to replace the injured half-back, Craig Gower. NSW had been planning a light walk, but with a new play-maker in the squad, the Blues called a rare game-day training session. Team officials are confident Brett Finch will cope with the late call-up. You know, he's a very enthusiastic and confident young man, and he'll bring a fair bit to the game tonight for us. After Craig Gower injured his knee in training yesterday,

selectors were unsuccessful in luring Andrew Johns out of representative retirement. Manly's Matt Orford was ruled unfit, opening the door for Finch who was brought into the team in similar circumstances in 2004. NSW has lost Gower and centre Matt Cooper to injury, while captain Danny Buderus has battled back problems. The Blues's hierarchy has shrugged off the setbacks. All clubs probably don't know their final line-up to 24, 48 hours,

so it's nothing new, really. The Queensland team looked relaxed

as it went for a walk in Parramatta. The Maroons's build-up has been injury-free with much of the focus on how the seven new players

will handle the pressure of State of Origin football. We've paired 'em up with Petero and Pricey in particular have taken the guys under their wing. It's been good, they've added a lot of enthusiasm to the camp, so it's been tremendous. FANS SQUEAL

NSW is aiming for a record fourth straight series win and hasn't lost at the Olympic Stadium in 10 matches against the Maroons. Heya!

Duncan Huntsdale, ABC News, Sydney.

There's a dilemma facing Socceroos coach Guus Hiddink. He's desperate to make another statement for Australia's footballing future in the friendly against Greece tomorrow night. But he also needs his squad fit and ready for the first match in the World Cup against Japan on 12 June. The importance of putting on a show isn't lost on the Socceroos' Dutch coach, it's just that seating a platform for the World Cup is the number one target. The aim is to be fit for Japan. The result here is not that important. But Hiddink won't be experimenting beyond reason against Greece with his six substitutes. It's not going to be in and out like a pigeon cage. Tomorrow night will be a good tough preparation for Germany against possibly a more expansive opponent. They are looking for revenge... which makes them dangerous ..more attacking game. For stoic veteran Tony Vidmar, today was an emotional line in the sand. Six months ago it was great. Now it's gone in the team interests. Vidmar won't have a role with the team in Germany after a discovering a blocked artery which threatened his life. An operation in London might see him playing again. They say it's possible but we won't know until further tests. The feeling is probably not. England's World Cup squad has been checking out progress on the new-look Wembley Stadium. Hundreds of workers downed tools to give coach Sven Goran Eriksson and his men a round of applause. I think that's what's different about this team to the other teams I've played in with England -

Meet 'Theodor' the robot. SMALL EXPLOSION suspect packages He's capable of blowing up if needed during the world cup. and will be used by frankfurt police are bracing themselves German authorities of soccer hooligans. for any potential influx

a confrontation with rioting fans They have even re-enacted on the outskirts of Frankfurt. at a disused factory has had bittersweet success Scientist Tim Flannery literary awards. at the NSW Premier's

'The Weather Makers', His examination of climate change, took out the top prize, his personal triumph but the author says that global warming has accelerated was overshadowed by evidence was published last year. since the book ceremony bearing bad news. Tim Flannery came to the awards futures conference in Geneva He had just returned from the first Makers' was published and he said since 'The Weather eight months ago, to emergency levels. global warming has escalated

our children's lives We are blighting in order to enrich our own. to that simple fact? And what's our response been destabilise our environment To dig up more coal, dig up uranium, and our atmosphere of the most dangerous weapons and add the makings possessed or devised by humanity. Year prize for 'The Weather Makers' The scientist won the Book of the which is being published worldwide. growing international following, Another Australian writer with a the fiction prize Kate Grenville, won both Commission Award and the Community Relations for 'The Secret River'. It's an historical novel of her own convict ancestor based on the story who settled Indigenous land.

coming in and dispossessing another is a global story. and how you share country of the human race It's really the story on this planet. a special award Poet Rosemary Dobson won to Australian literature. for her contribution to Chris Lilley The script writing award went 'We Can be Heroes'. for the ABC satire Anne Maria Nicholson, ABC News. art school Students from Australia's oldest in central Sydney bared almost all today with the University of NSW. to protest against a possible merger State Parliament They rallied outside the National Art School in defence of and must remain independent. which, they say, is unique department of the university, We could just become another our atelier-style studio system. and lose our independence and lose university, We'd just become like a mass media

like a graphics design department.

Police intervened at one point, to cover up. forcing one of the women They were magic to Monet, is slowly ploughing but mechanisation into the ground. those picturesque, rounded haystacks are still at work, But the chaffcutters Riverina in the State's south-east. as Geoff Sims discovered in the earthy about hay - There's something comforting, in any shape or form.

are still made by hand. Even more so where the haystacks

When people come through, being built on the side of the road. it's unreal when you see a haystack massive stacks of... Come out here and see these big, ..hay, is it? Big haystacks. Hay. or oaten hay go into every stack. Thousands of sheafs of wheaten and will last up to 10 years. It matures better this way it'll stay nice and dry. Just like a thatched house, a rodent's B&B? But surely a stacker turns out it'll keep mice out Ah, if he does his job properly, on the butt itself - because the pressure of the hay well, the mice can't get in. Claude Monet, loved haystacks. The French Impressionist, He stacked them up in more than a dozen masterpieces.

If Monet and others could see the artistic merit in these haystacks that's fine, but they can't claim all the credit. Just building them is an art form in itself and it's just about died out, at least here in Australia. HORSE WHINNIES Without meaning to nag, it's all about the horses. They prefer chaff that's cut from sheafs, not machine-made bales. You get a better quality cut, better cut, not as much rough stuff. But traditional haymakers are bailing out. changing times and that, Today, with lack of labour and that still do it now, yeah. we're one of the few ones a spanner in the traditional works. Mechanisation has finally thrown next summer. Machine baling will come even here by the roadside, So, if you see a haystack make like a horse - and feast on it while you can. near Wagga Wagga. Geoff Sims, ABC News, with Mike Bailey. The weather now, Thanks, Juanita. Good evening. from the South Coast Some heavy rain to report but most of NSW remains dry. had 3mm to 4mm Sydney and suburbs for the 24 hours to 9am. Then it was back to mostly dry. on yesterday. Temperatures were well up a top that's 1 above average. The coastal range 10-21 degrees, Around NSW - Mainly fine Rainfall - Mainly in SE corner In the capital cities today - Perth 9mms of rain The satellite picture shows - In the capital cities tomorrow - Around NSW tomorrow -

In Sydney tomorrow - Chance of a shower The outlook for Sydney - Juanita. Thanks, Mike. Now before we go, at tonight's top stories. another quick look have asked for help East Timor's leaders in the capital, Dili. to stop continued fighting The country's foreign minister says can bring some order he hopes Australian troops after days of bloody clashes. in Federal Parliament There's been a bitter debate abuse in Aboriginal communities. over how to handle violence and has announced And the State Government in schools from next year. a ban on selling sugary soft drinks for this Wednesday. And that's ABC News I'm Juanita Phillips. during the evening I'll be back with updates just after 10:30 and 'Lateline' is along

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