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Tonight - a Sydney mother to

stand trial over her son's

gruesome death. Another day,

another gaffe - the Premier

admits to a pay rise bungle.

Banana intlit - the row over

genetically modified fruit. And

Graeme's ark, it's not just a

sure thing. We'd like to travel

around Australia, visiting

ports of call on the way. Good

evening, Juanita Phillips with

ABC News. Shocking details have

emerged about the death of a

toddler whose body was found in

a suitcase dumped in a lake. A

court heard that Dean Dean

Shillingsworth may have been

alive when he was put inside a

plastic bag then stuffed into

the suitcase. The 2-year-old's

mother has been committed to

stand trial for his murder. For

Dean Shillingsworth's grandparents every day without

him is painful. Over a year

after his death the family

returned to the place where his

body was found. We always come

out here when we come from

Tamworth to court and have time

out here. Dean Shillingsworth's

body was discoveredly local children floating in a

suitcase. Today, a few

kilometres away at Campbelltown

court his mother was committed

to stand trial for his

murder. The court herd Rachel

Pfitzner told police she had

shaken him twice, throwing him

to the ground. Dr Diane Lightle

told the court it would be

quite difficult, 12 kilograms

is a big weight. In her report she wrote:

Dr little said it was

possible the 2-year-old was

still alive before being put

into the plastic bag and thrown

into the lake. As details of

his injuries were read to the

court, his mother, accused of

his murder, sated in the dock

and wept. For -- sat in the

dock and wept. For Dean Shillingsworth's grandparent,

they are waiting for a

permanent memorial. He'll

always be with me, he's still

with me today. It's very

hard. Rachel Pfitzner was

Supreme Court in ordered to stand trial in the

December. It's another about

face for the Premier Nathan

Rees, he's admitted knowing

weeks ago that the State's

senior bureaucrats were about

to get a hefty pay rise, hours

earlier the Premier said he

only found out about it last

night. Now Mr Rees says he

wants to put a stop to the

increase even if it means

changing the law to do so. The

Labor Government has been

locked in industrial battle

with front line workers over

wage rises, insisting on limits

in the name of productivity.

Public service bosses in the

senior executive ranks have

been granted a fatter pay

packet to the tune of 3.9%,

several thousand dollars a

year. It's the biggest slap in

the face for firefighters,

nurses, teachers, coppers that

this State has seen. Why is it

easy for the SES and hard for

the ordinary public

servants. The Premier order add review of the decision made

weeks ago by an independent

tribunal. When asked this

morning when he new of the pay

increase, Mr Rees claimed he

only just heard about it. How

long have you known they were

going to get this sort of pay

rise. I found out last night

when the media rumblings had

been relayed to my office. Two

hours later or less, the

Premier fronted to admit that

wasn't the case. I wanted to

make it crystal clear I new

about the SORT determination in

advance of last night. I knew

about the determination, I have

not said otherwise. I wasn't

aware of was the gazettal. The

Opposition jumped. This is a

who lies, Ms Leads. The

Premier's released his official

briefing revealing he knew

about the pay rise last month.

It shows he questioned the

decision and wanted the

increase pushed back. I Hand

wrote arrow to the

director-general, "No productivity improvements to be

paid by CEOs before savings are

actual ie '09/'10 Ms. Now that

the news is out it's clear that

the Premier is not in favour.

He may have to change the law

if he wants to stop them. For

now he has announced job cuts

in the senior levels of buyer

ok rasy. The Prime Minister is

invite -- Prime Minister is

inviting frozen investment

funds to come in from the cold

taking advantage of the bank

guarantee. He wants the banks'

financial regulator to help the

funds reform into deposit

taking institution, expecting

some will take up the offer to

become eligible to the same

guarantee as the banks. Cash in

a flash. This bank job was for

the reserve, where money comes

by the truckload. For investors

in frozen mortgage funds, still

nothing. It's immediately

affecting my income. Darius

Peczek has tens of thousands

locked inside Perpetual, his

plight not lost on the shareholders who showed up at

today's annual meeting. I

sympathise with the people that

invested in Perpetual. I can

understand where the difficulty

is, if the Government

guarantees the investments in

Perpetual. The Government won't

extend the deposit guarantee to

institutions not covered, but

the head of the nations biggest

investment body believes it

should do something. What the

Government and the banks should

do with the support of the

Reserve Bank is to get in and

find a way of providing some

liquidity into these funds by

buying their securities. On

some estimates up to a quarter

of a million accounts are

frozen, pensioner groups want a

partial thaw. Those with an

urgent need for money can get

some of it. To assist

grandchildren, medical situations. Options are being

considered to enable us to

address some of the problems

that specific contributors have

been experiencing. We can't

afford to have rushed and

bungled decisions. Now the

Prime Minister is testing how

serious the funds are about

getting Government help. He's

thrown down a challenge to

submit to full regulation, like

the banks, building societies,

and credit unions, if they do,

the prize is full coverage by

the deposit guarantee. He's

using $80 million bait for the

prudential regulator to handle

the rush of interest, not the

complete fix. The Government

says proof it's not fiddling. Global share markets

know only one way to go at the moment, with Asian stocks

showing the way. Japan's Nikkei

hit a 26-year low before

recovering, while a booming yen

is threatening an economic

downturn, as Shane McLeod

reports, it's bringing back

memories of the '80s when the

Japanese economic bubble

burst. The lush lawns and

stately homes of 100 Hills are

a residential retreat for

Tokyos well off. During the

economic boom in the late 1990s

houses sold for more than $20

million, today less than $2

million. Meiko Yuzawa's family

moved in when buying was a

bargain. When I think of the

price, this house was a

bargain, as long as we can pay

the maintenance costs we brought at the price of the

land compared with the price

during the bubble period the

price was really low. What

followed Japan's bubble was a

lost decade, an economic slump

that the nation tentatively

emerged from. This week, as

share prices returned to levels

not seen since the early 1980s,

Japan had a bitter reminder of

its boom and bust. A key factor

is the yen carry trade, investors leveraging their

gains, borrowing the yen at

near zero interest rates,

investing overseas in shares

and commodities and currencies

like Australia's dollar. As the

trade unwinds, it puts upward

pressure on the yen and

downwards on Japan's stock

market. Japan announced

measures today to reduce

volatility, banning naked short

selling on the Tokyo exchange.,

"We have to act quickly", says the Finance Minister, "These

couple of days is important for

the Tokyo stock market. This is

a crisis, we decided in one

sense". Exporters like carmaker

Natalie Du Toit hit by the

economic being Toyota are being

hit by the economic slow down

in the United States. And now

exchange rate losses. The

winner is Japan's

long-suffering householders,

some queuing to exchange

valuable yen into other

currencies. Japanese savers

have around 700 trillion yen

stashed in bank accounts

earning zero interest, if it

holds current strectsds 13-year

high to the US dollar, expect

to see nor John niece tourists

and travellers. The economic

news is no better here the

National Australia Bank latest

quarterly survey of business

expectations shows Australia is

heading for its lowest economic

growth rate in 7 years. Even

so, the local share market

managed to recover from steep

falls this morning, as Alan

Kohler explains, it closed

downslightly for the fifth day

in a row. Investors had a rare

bit of bit of excitement.

British energy form BG Group

launched a takeover bid for

Queensland Gas Company causing

their shares to jump 75

Brisbane. They own 20%, and

the bid was unexpected.

Investors had forgotten what

cash looked like and found it

exciting. The All Ords fell

12.9 points, there was a flurry

of interest among energy and

resources stocks. BHP Biliton

up 3%, Rio Tinto 5.5". The financials struggled, the

industry wrangling with the government over deposit

guarantees. The BG bid for QGC

was one reason, and the other a

huge session on the London's

metals exchange where tin went

up 16%, nickel 11", copper

6.5%. Wall Street stocks

closing lower, and once again

there was a sell-off in the

last hour, but there was a

turnaround in Asia, where the

Nicka in Japan ended one of the

worst four-day slumps, when it

hit a 26-year low. It went up

3.7% this afternoon. But it's

been a horror stretch for the

Japanese market falling 50%

since July, worse than the

Australian and the US markets.

The key reason - the soaring

yen, hitting Japanese profits.

The great yen carry tray, which

is where hedge funds borrowed

in yen investing in commodities

and Australian dollars is being

unwound. Money is pouring out

the things they invested in,

back into yen. Today was a day

for the yen to ease back and

the Aussie dollar to rise a

the Aussie dollar to rise a bit. Actor Paul Hogan fired a shot

this his long-running battle

with the tax office, saying

he's a victim of bullying,

demanding an apology. It was

confirmed in court that Paul

Hogan is being pursued by the

Crime Commission and the tax

office. Paul Hogan's better

known these days for fighting

the tax man, he was in Sydney

to promote a new film, but

couldn't resist another swipe

or two at those he thinks have

wronged him. I'm waiting for

the big apology, "Sorry, Mr

Hogan, we branded you a fraud,

international tax wizard", I

liked that part "and a money

launderer and gun-runner", the

factor made his fortune in the

Crocodile Dundee series had his

tax affairs investigated for

five years as part of the

Operation Wickenby, looking

into off-shore tax havens, an

investigation snaring rock

promoter Glen Wheatley, lawyers

for Paul Hogan went to the

Federal Court to attempt to

have two Australian Crime Commission vettors removed from

the case. Ed These people

bullied me and my friends. It

cost a bit of money, it's worth

it to give them some stick. The

court was told the investigators read his private

legal documents, which the Crime Commission obtained but

was forced to return. The barrister for the Crime

Commission urged the court to

allow the investigators to stay

on the case because they have

no recollection about what was

in the documents. The matter

will return to court in

December. In the meantime, Paul

Hogan hopes his new film will

keep the tax man busy. Do you

expect the movie to make a lot

of money and you'll pay a lot

of tax on it? I'll be

laundering that money. 'Charlie

and Boots' will be released

late next year. Qantas has

been fined $20 million over a

price fixing cartel with

British airways, the national

carrier admitted it was

involved in fixing the price of

fuel surcharges on

international air fraght

between 2002 and 2006. --

airfreight between 2002 and

2006. Qantas chiefs apologised

unreservedly. US presidential

candidates spent the day

sparring about the economy, for

a few brief moments the

country's focus was else where.

In Tennessee two men were

arrested for allegedly saying

they would assassinate Bam yes

and other candidates. It was

business ass usual in the swing

state of Ohio. The campaign

calls it a closing argument, an

attempt to seal the deal with

undecided vote e the Democrat

used lofty rhetoric to make a

call for arms and change. In

one week we can choose hope

over fear, and unity over

division. The promise of change

over the power of the status

quo. That is what is at stake,

what we are fighting for. Barak

Obama repeatedly suggested John

McCain, and George W. Bush are

clones, John McCain disowned

his fellow Republican. We both disagree with President Bush on

economic policy. The difference

is that he thinks taxes have

been too low, and I think and I

think that spending has been

too high. I know Halloween is

coming. But, folks, John McCain

dressed up as the agent of

change is a costume that won't

fit. These are scary economic

times for the people of this

crucial swing state. Almost all

the trick or treaters we spoke

to said they'd vote for a

Democrat. Obama. Why

Obama. He's for change. If

you are wealthy, you like

McCain. If you are a

hard-working person, like I'm

working this weekend, out of

necessity, you'll vote for Obama. The last thing

Republicans need is a

corruption scandal. They have

one. A court found Alaskan

Senator Ted Stevens accepted

thousands of dollars in gifts,

presents transforming his home

into what the 84-year-old calls

his chala, the longest serving

rep gan in history It's a sad

day for Alaska and Senator

Stevens and his family. Federal

agents revealed details of a

plot to kill Barak Obama, two

neo-Nazis planned a killing

spree starting with an

African-American school culminating with the presidential candidate. The

skin heads are under arrest and

threats are taken seriously by

officials. Syria accused the

United States of an act of

terrorism over a raid on its

territory by American forces.

According to Damilola Taylor,

US helicopters flew in from -- Damascus, US helicopters flew

in from Iraq attacking a farm.

It's believed forces were

targeting Al-Qaeda. A day

after the attack amateur

footage emerged showing the

Americans on their way in. Then

the grizzly aftermath. But US

officials weren't prepared to

go on the record about what

happened here. So you can come

up here and try to beat it out

of me. I will not be commenting

on this in any way, shape or

form today. Other officials

speaking anonymously said they

killed a high profile Al-Qaeda

operative responsible for

smuggling fighters and suicide

bombers into Iraq. However,

Syria says civilians were

killed, thousands attending

their funerals, witnesses said

there were four helicopters,

two landed soldiers, the other

two gave covering fire, some

reports say that when they left

they took prisoners with them.

This woman said her son was

killed in the raid.

TRANSLATION: One of them came

to our tent and kept shooting

at u I was with five children

and started to scream. I went

out to see my son but found him

dead. A furious Syrian Foreign

Minister is demanding an inquiry. We want explanation,

we want investigation for this

aggression. If they said they

are after some Al-Qaeda

elements, they must respect the

public opinion and present

their proofs. At the border

town in question the residents

live 100 metres from American

and Iraqi force, it's been a

key crossing point for

militants sneaking into Iraq

and the US accused Syria of, at

best, turns a blind eye to the

problem. The Foreign Minister

said it was impossible to

patrol the entire frontier

warning Syria would defend

itself if the Americans

attacked again. They may be the

world's largest peacekeeping

force, but in Darfur, they are

fighting a losing battle. The

piece keepers are undermanned,

out gunned by a rag-tag army of

rebels and mersan ris, the

conflict killing more than

300,000. From Northern Darfur

Andrew Geoghegan reports. Government forces come

face to face with rebel

fighters. These soldiers want

peace, a rarity in a land torn

apart by war. Presently in

Darfur, there is no peace to

keep. General Martin Luther

commands UNIMEG, the United

Nations mission in Darfur. How

would you describe the security

situation here.

He's been promised a

peacekeeping force of 26,000.

But he has only a third of that

number. His soldiers are dying

because they can't defend

themselves let alone protect

the local population. We need

to put our money where our

mouth is. Bring the troops,

help with the equipment,

provide all that it needs. The

UN estimates that as many as

300,000 people have died in the

Darfur conflict, while 2.5

million have been displaced.

Many of those deaths have been

blamed on the Sudanese


So you are absolutely adamant

you are only targeting rebels,

no innocent civilians having

been killed.

Many more people stand to die

unless Darfur's peacekeeping

force receives more

support. And you can see more

from Darfur on 'Foreign

correspondent' on ABC1.

Scientists in Queensland have

successfully grown the first

genetically modified banana

plant, resistant to disease and

maybe the forerunner of other

GM bananas. Australia's banana

industry is worth $50 million a

year. But growers in the banana

belt live in fear of deadly

diseases like Fusarium wilt,

more common known as Panama

disease. There's no doubt in my

mind it would spell the end of mainstream commercial

production in those areas if we

get an outbreak. Panama disease

is rife in south-east Asia, a

problem in the Northern

Territory, and a major threat

to Queensland and NSW. There

isn't any real easy control for

that disease, other than

resistance. When the soil is

infested with the fungus, it's

virtually impossible to get rid

of. So scientists have injected

banana plants with a gene

helping them to fight Panama

disease. It's an insurance

policy, we'll have plants that

will be able to resist that,

and we'll roll them out

quickly. The scientists are

using the same technology to

create bananas with a higher

nutrient content. The

experiments have been confined

to a glass house. It could be

seven years before the plants

are ready for the market. And,

of course, with GM technology,

there's always controversy. The

chances of success are very low

indeed. GM technology does not

work very well at all. The

banana industry is not getting on board until there's

widespread consumer

support. The Australian banana

growers council doesn't support

commercialisation of

genetically modified

bananas. It doesn't appear to

deter the scientists. In

Britain they created a purple

tomato that may fight

cancer. One of Australia's

greatest swimmers is quitting

the pool for good. After 12

years on top, and seven Olympic

medals, Grant Hackett surprised

everyone at last night's

swimming awards by announcing

his retirement. Here is Peter

Wilkins. The quintessential

package of performer, salesman

and leader, Grant Hackett chose

the stage for his exit

manoeuvre. I actually will be

retiring from swimming. Rarely

has the 28-year-old been so

disarmed. Thanks, guys. Swimmer

of the Year Stephanie Rice

echoed the sentiments of all. I

think it's going to be a shame

to lose him as a part of our

Australian team. For much of

his 12-year career Grant Hackett swam happily in the

shadow of Ian Thorpe. We shared

so much together. Then he stood

apart, taking Kieren Perkins's

mantle with consecutive 1,500

metres and trumping the company

for Swimmer of the Year in

2005. Grant Hackett's seventh

Olympic medal, had it been

gold, so might his position in

history have changed. He went

so close toing the 1,500 at the

third successive Olympics, that

small amount away of being

rated our best-ever swimmer. A

new direction in media and

finance will replace emotional

fatigue. After a while you get

warn down. Ever the leader

Grant Hackett had farewell advice. Guys, it's over soon,

make the most of it. Thanks for

the memories. He's been retired

for more than four years, Steve

Waugh loves to play mind games,

the former Australian captain

says India has to deal with

high expectations. The hard

thing about Test cricket is

backing the performance up.

They've set the standard high,

there's more pressure on India

to play the way all the time. I

am not saying the Australian

team can't bowl an Opposition

out far from it, but McGrath

and Warne were well-supported

by other bowlers that would

knock teams over. A bowler

knocking over Ricky Ponting is

Ishant Sharma. I have work to

do. I know they'll bring him

on, they've done every innings

I played. The heavy weights of

Australian racing have their

eyes on the prize, the

international elite are ready

to steal it from them,

bewitched by the Melbourne Cup,

its history and riches. The

prize money is a credit to

Australian racing. An injury to

Yellowstone might reduce the

international starters to

eight. We'll have to spot the

Aussie in the race. The

assessment of the cup favourite

Septimus wouldn't be music to

Bart Cummings's ears. He's the

best in Europe by a long way.

He's the horse that deserves to

be favourite. The Hopman Cup in

Perth will celebrate its 21st

birthday with Americans Serena

Williams and James Blake the

top seeds, in a group with the

Australian pair Lleyton Hewitt,

and Casey Dellacqua, Hewitt

using the event to launch a

comeback from an injury. I feel

I have some of my best tennis

up my cleave. Second set will

feature Marat Safin and his

sister Dinara Safina. There's

no sign of a flood, that hasn't

stopped one man building a

giant ark in his backyard.

Graeme Wylie was inspired by

15th century explorers,

building from scratch a replica

of seafaring ships, and has

hopes of sailing it around the

world. 10 years in the making,

the launch of Graeme Wylie's

labour of love is drawing

nearer. Based on a 15th century

Portugese or Spanish

caravel. The 51-year-old former

furniture maker and his partner

plan to circumnavigate the

country and the globe in this

replica caravel. We'd like to travel around Australia,

visiting ports of call on the

way. That's also the route to

go anywhere further. Using

mostly donated cypress wood and

600 litres of tar, the raven,

as it's been named cost 20,000

to build. It's the third and

easily the biggest such project

Mr Whilie worked on I built an

eight-foot pram dingy, putting

a deck and cabin on a 26 foot

yacht I had. The inspiration

came while while where are

suffered chronic fatigue and

used licence with its

lines. They haven't found a

caravel. We don't know what

exactly it looked like. The

'Raven' should be launched off

Port Fairy next year. Well, the

weather is doing all sorts of

funny things at the moment,

freezing one day, 34 the next. Today it was cool again. Certainly was, it was

hard to get used to. A feature

of wind direction, south to

south-east winds cool and magnificent. North to

north-west, hot and dry. Plenty

more big temperature

fluctuations for the rest of

the week.

Cloud kept the day cool and

will act like a blanket keeping

the temperatures up. Across the

state - isolated showers and

thunderstorms developing along

the Northern Tablelands and

central ranges, low cloud,

cooler temperatures extending

from the hunter to the South


No reports of rain up to 3:00

this afternoon, storms have

formed since then. Perth missed

out on worthwhile rain

recording 1.8mm. Heat around

Alice Springs will be drawn to

NSW in the coming days. The

only significant cloud is

sitting over in the west, it's

expected to move east, but will

lose most of its moisture

before getting here Thursday.

That's because of the high in

the south, that will move out

into the Tasman, and direct a

hot, dry north-west wind flow

over the State. Tomorrow,

before it does that, we'll see

onshore winds along the coast

with a milder day and plenty

more low cloud. It won't produce much in the way of

rain, we'll be lucky to see

falls reaching up to 5mm at

best. That's the story for all

the capitals showing a shower

or storm icon. Models

suggesting less than 5mm. A

weak trough producing an

isolated thunderstorm or shower

over the Northern Tablelands

and north-west slopes, cloudy

along the coast, showers

possible from Port Macquarie

through to Marooya. They'll

clear from the south. Hot and

dry inland, high fire danger

across the southern districts.

In Sydney: Cloudy, isolated


Don't be full fooled by the

shower icons, it's not until

Saturday and Sunday we expect

to see the best of the falls,

up to 15mm, a change late on

Friday, a hot day ahead of

Friday, a hot day ahead of it.

That's ABC News for this

Tuesday, the '7.30 Report' is

up next. Goodnight.

Print that will shake-up

Australian education. The magic

ingreedient is a quality of our

teachers, attracting the best

and brightest is critical. And

an outback rugby league team's

remarkable success in stopping

domestic violence. All the big

hits on the field, we'll leave

them there. CC Welcome to the program. There

was some respite on the Australian share market today,

the good news is that it

dropped slightly. The Reserve

Bank intervened to keep a floor

under the dollar at around 61