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with it, they can't restore it,

they can't look after it

properly. Broadcaster Philip

Adams has had lifelong love

affair with Egyptian art. He

believes Egypt doesn't have the

capacity to cue reat and store

the vast collections held

around the world and so should

effectively outsource the job

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through long-term loans and I

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on a semipermanent basis. If

the success of the exhibition's

first stop in Canberra is an

indication of its popularity,

then Australian galleries are

hoping it won't be 27 years

until the next Louvre

exhibition arrives. And there's

still plenty to choose from

given these treasures represent

less than 1% of the Louvre's

collection. It's not a huge

exhibition in scale but it's

wonderful in quality. The

pharaohs would be very proud.

And Philip also knows his way

around a feather duster. After

its season in Adelaide, the

exhibition will travel to

Perth. Mike Sexton with that

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a very hard thing to get into And it was because I really wanted to judge. at that stage. And because I was young break into their system. And you couldn't Nervous. but exams affect me like that. Very nervous, yeah, how to judge and what to judge. exam and it was pretty hard. And they put you through an entrance you know, later on. And I could have craft, Can't remember a flamin' thing. I was up most of the night studying. worrying about this. So I haven't had much sleep, going back to school, won't it? That'll be like Which is a long time ago. I went home and my husband said,

to shut you up." "They only gave it to you THEME MUSIC Women's Association Judy Richardson State President of the Country for the most important conference is in Narrabri getting ready in the CWA's long history. from every corner of the state Nearly 1,000 members are travelling to have their voices heard facing extreme financial hardship. at a time when many are afford the bus fare - Those who couldn't

haven't missed out. and there were many - they like coming to conference. JUDY: And that's why I think that's their once a year holiday. They save up,

and wear their clothes, They can get out and about perm their hair, get all dressed up, forget about everything for a week. and just suddenly of the Land Cookery Contest, It's also the finals cooking competition in the land. the most competitive is hoping the seven-hour bus ride Joan Latter from Maitland a prize with her cinnamon sponge, won't ruin her chances of taking out which is... On the back seat. I'm happy with it. And how is it? Let's say that. yesterday morning and made it. I got up at five o'clock is also travelling by bus Lorna Peters from Forbes with her plum pudding and fruitcake. She's feeling quietly confident. the Land Cookery now I'm heading for and then I'm out of it. I feel I've done enough. and I'll be finished then. One more victory And I hope I get it at Narrabri. Coral Barber, from Parkes, School teacher and volunteer worker challenging chocolate ripple cake, made the state finals with the very on the schedule. one of the hardest cakes Oh, that ripple cake. From Glenray, farmer Gloria Hyatt with her fruitcake. has made it to the finals drought-stricken property And from her 100 kilometres west of Condobolin, has baked another sultana cake, farmer Pat Hurley in 20 years. her first attempt at a state ribbon of the Land Cookery Contest The State Chairman

is Donna Latter. for the contest. She sets the schedule the best of the best This year the judges must choose

in lime and buttermilk, sultana cake, chocolate ripple, jams, sponges and mayonnaise. fruitcake, plum puddings, biscuits, and with every finalist With 30 finalists in each category behind them, having decades of cooking experience for the judges to follow. Donna has set exacting standards as a judge can take years. Under CWA rules just qualifying and without fail it cracks. I cook in that all the time The grey tin doesn't burn. but the grey one won't. The black tin will burn My loaf tin, to this very day without lining the bottom. I cannot cook a cake in it This is Donna's farm. She has two trademarks - her laugh and her chocolate cake.

(Laughs) Yes. A family favourite? Very much a family favourite. that just love my chocolate cake. I have a lot of friends we can't make it like you." And they always say, "But, Donna, So... 125 grams of butter. cups of self-raising flour. You've got one and three-quarter of castor sugar. One and a quarter cups Two tablespoons of cocoa. Teaspoon of carb soda. Two eggs. And a cup of milk. And that's it. Donna joined CWA 30 years ago. boil an egg back then She says she couldn't to cook and a whole lot more besides. and the CWA has taught her how friendship and kindness. CWA means to me go somewhere and you see them It's just that when you and it's like your lost friend. It's just a real comfort feeling that they're there for you that you know disaster, everything. through thick or thin, Oh, it smells lovely. Just turning it over. What are you doing now, Donna? There we go. And that also stops the rack marks. It looks perfect. As soon as I turn it out turn it back up on its bottom I automatically more so than on its bottom and let it cool like this you touch it, because when your cake's cooked in your tin itself, and if it comes away from the tin it comes away from the sides a pretty good sign it's cooked. and that's Oh, just beautiful! Mmm, mmm. Just gorgeous. There we are.

This is the best chocolate cake, I feel.

Melt in your mouth. I think it's 8:30, that's why I'm staying in town. Yeah, as soon as you've done your written test then the number goes on. So bring some kitting or something. Or a book to read...

These ladies have gathered to sit for their exams.

All excellent cooks, today they want to pass a gruelling examination and enter the hallowed halls of becoming a certified Land Cookery judge. Most will not pass. You will be here at eight to start at 8:30. So if you have breakfast and want another cup of tea, I'm happy to do that. We'll have that for you. Will you stop repeating after me? Then what will happen is you will have 25 questions, and I have written the questions.

You will have an hour to do them. My advice to you is simply this - if you're having problems on one, leave it and go onto the next one and then come back.

Sometimes the brain goes into neutral and you'll have forgotten something and then by going through it again you'll think, "Oh, I remember that." You'll jot that down. So carry on and good luck

and I'll see you when you finish. "Oh, no rack marks and fruit must be cut. "No cracks. "No sugar marks, no cherries. "No cracks on top. "Oh, no rack marks. "Fruit to be cut to an even consistency. "No cracks. "Mmm, no sugar marks. "No cherries. Sultanas have to be cut." The written test is followed by a one-hour practical exam. Donna and her deputy are judging the judges. So you start whichever you want to

and when you're ready to start you let me know. So, yeah, just a shame it's a little bit dark but besides that the fruit's cut beautifully. It's got paper on it, which it shouldn't have on it. It's got a mark where it's come out of the tin and they've left a bit on the tin. So you gave zero for these last three? Yeah, 'cause that's wrong. That one's in the wrong completely, everything is wrong. And that one's got rust in it. It's a bit... It's a bit tough. Definitely too thick. I think her initial approach was quite good. Mmm, she spent the most time. Yeah. My only concern is she initially just put her gloves on and that's it, she didn't look at the schedule. I'll give her a note. OK. Yeah, I just felt she was quite good on that. The jam drops, I think she did them quite well. She did pick the initial jam. Yeah, she did do that. Initial approach on those I thought she was quite good. Yep. Another eight. Yep.

And she examined them quite well. Yeah, she did. Seven. Now, the fruitcake, that's a zero. She didn't cut it. Yeah, she just presumed because it was cut. That's right. The sponge, she never picked up that it was bought. And she never actually picked it, so that's a zero. Though she disqualified those two, she still judged them. Yes. She still judged them. A few little holes in it through the centre.

And it's either the boiled fruitcake or the diabetic cake, I'm not sure which one. Thank you very much, Pam. No. Oh, she was terrible. The oven's been a little bit too hot because it's cracked. And it's a little bit sticky with the sugary... It's evenly cooked but it's risen a bit fast, which has been the cracking.

And it's not go the real cherries, it's got those... Awful cherries. Cherries, those candy cherries. The plastic cherries that I call them. Yes. I don't think it's the best one. Alright. I think that they're fine in texture for an anzac biscuit

because they don't have to be really crisp, anzac biscuits. OK, not a problem. Alright, let's do the loaf. Look, I think her initial approach of that was quite good, but, again, she never tried it. Not a cut, not a taste. Not a cut, not a taste. But I felt she cut extremely well. Yeah, she did. Her initial approach on that I'd give her a six.

Oh, the jam. She was not good on the jams. No, she was having a real problem. A little question mark there. I'll know who it is. This time, Margaret and Cassandra both qualified as Land Cookery judges. The others will try again next year, provided they can handle the pressure. For now, though, it's conference time for the Country Women's Association, an important chance for the state's 12,000 members to be heard. With 44,000 members across Australia

they're the largest women's lobby group in the land. And this year, of all years, their voices are speaking of the pain and suffering in rural and regional Australia. It's not political, it's personal. Ladies, I have to say to you that having been there,

nothing, nothing prepares you for it. The dust was 20-foot high, the temperature was 46, and there were these ladies smiling and giving me afternoon tea when their lives must have been falling about them. It was just so moving, I can't begin to tell you how sad. And the strain that this places on their lives and relationships cannot, I think, be comprehended. But still they stood there and smiled and made beautiful afternoon tea. And there are some ladies from the far-western area at this conference, and I ask you to take the time to speak to those ladies and to let them know how we really feel and want to support them at this time. Can movers speak to the motion, please. Madame President... JUDY: Nothing runs as successful as a CWA conference. The ladies are very well-geared and they know exactly how to step to the microphone and identify themselves and speak to their point and they know the timing, we have a timekeeper. It runs very successfully. MEMBER: But I think now we're more and more being seen as a lobby group that is well-respected by governments and can make a big difference, because our opinion is respected. Because we're known for doing our research. Microphone one. And if it wasn't for these people, health care professionals would be required to take on these roles and the federal and state health budgets would be monumental. Those in favour of this motion. One by one, the women join a chorus of voices supporting an agenda that sounds increasingly radical. Water conservation, greenhouse emissions, global warming, climate change, these are the heartland issues for a rural Australia in crisis and none know it better than the women of the CWA. With such small flows coming down the river south of the massive water storages the environment is truly suffering. River red gums, many of them hundreds of years old, are dying and dead on the banks of the river along with large numbers of coolibah. The river is silting up and many areas have had to be fenced off as they're too boggy to allow stock access. We have had to pipe bore water into these paddocks for stock because of the unreliability of river flows. And there was no subsidy from the government for this project. Greenhouse gases are an environmental, scientific,

political, social and economic reality. At its core, greenhouse gas emissions are affecting the future of the Earth and the entire human family. What we are asking is for dental services to be available to everybody through Medicare. A universal coverage. Elsewhere, the cake judging is well under way. After 30 years of cooking, Lorna's fruitcake could win a Land Cookery first prize. That one I'm not keen on the nuts. No.

This one's first prize because the fruit has being cut so evenly to an even size. It has a lovely smooth top. The sides are nice and smooth.

The colour is even. Absolutely beautiful colour. And there's no paper where they line it with paper, there's no marks on the bottom of the paper. And this is second. This one's second because the fruit has been evenly cut. A nice smooth top again. We need a third prize. We're down to... It's enough, just a little bit. Could have been cut smaller in that, although the other fruit's quite nice. What do you think? Yep, we'll make that one third.

But they're all lovely. A credit. It's been hard to judge

because of the standard of the cakes, hasn't it? So we've got first, second and third. OK. Next class. It becomes apparent that as much as Lorna, Joan, Pat, Gloria and the other ladies want to be champion cooks, they're now wearing another mantle, Earth champions. We urgently need the government to invest in renewable energy such as solar power, wind power, biomass plants and wave power. And to invest in alternative fuel sources. Most cars that cannot already run on fuels, on E10, can be converted for around about $300. Which is a minimal amount when you consider the benefits that would be accrued from that changeover. Farmers say, and I'm a rice grower, that after diesel gets too $1.50 it's better to start making your own. And there are plans afoot to make a biodiesel works too. Those against, it is carried. Thank you for that. Downstairs, the judging is finally over.

At conference break, the women pour in to see how they've done. MEMBERS CHATTER Joan's cinnamon sponge didn't make the grade. Well, wherever Hunter Valley is. Well, look, I won it once for Patterson and that's all I wanted to do, was to win it for Patterson. How did you go, Leona? No, not here ever. How did you win your first prize? With an orange and poppyseed cake. It's a nice cake. I like it. I like it, I like it. I made seven before I got here. Oh, well, it's paid off. Oh, dear, I have to ring home. And Ethel got a second with her lime and ginger marmalade too. So, we're, Oxley's to the fore. Uh-oh, where's Coral? It didn't go very well at all. Why? What went wrong? I have no idea, I think it's just one of those things. Because I think you're trying too hard and, you know, things just go wrong. I don't know. How did you go, Lorna? I got third. You got a third? Well done. Are you happy? Not really, I would have loved to have got a first. Actually I was a little bit disappointed in the fruitcake 'cause I put it under the seat on the bus travelling, and it cracked a little bit on the top.

And I think I must have been sitting on top of the wheel for it to be going up and down. At least it paid for the cost of the ingredients. It sure is tough. It's worse than the Royal Easter Show. Judge Meryl knows who's won the sultana cake and she's as excited as the winner. She did.

She's won the state prize. That's great because she had a beautiful cake. Well, presentation's good. The sultanas are evenly distributed around. The sides are golden like the top is. It's just very well presented. LADY: Mmm. 'Cause she was so excited when she won it. So pleased. (Laughs) Yes, it's our Pat. Well, I'm delighted. Of course I am.

I haven't won at state level probably for 20 years, so a first prize and that's lovely. And I'm really pleased that I brought it along because it nearly got left behind. (Laughs) SPEAKER: And third is Lorna Peters. DONNA: And they only get a little certificate, but to stand up on that stage and everybody to see them and know that they're first. You've won, you've made it. You've beaten everybody else. And that's how they feel. Totally overwhelmed. Section five, sweet bun loaf egg-less. Thank you to Mrs Bronwyn Dunson for doing the calligraphy. For Donna this year's competition has been an emotional one. Not just the pressure of running a fair, clean contest and upholding cooking and judging standards, but incredibly also doing it while she's had her own battle with cancer. My committee and I would like to thank 'The Land Newspaper' for all they have done for the committee. The CWA has fought for improved hospitals and roads and schools and services for country families for 85 years. Along the way these women have found a delicious recipe for life -

friendship mixed with charity and stirred well. I think they've been through it themselves. It's friendship that's there through everything. You know, everywhere you go it's always there. It sort of goes somewhere and they're there for you whether you're sad, happy or not, they're there for you all the time. So, yeah, it's quite good. SONG: # Beautiful beautiful, beautiful

# Beautiful girls # Beautiful beautiful, beautiful # Beautiful girls beautiful, beautiful # Beautiful girls beautiful, beautiful

# Beautiful girls # Ahhhh, uh, oh # Ahhhh beautiful, beautiful

# Beautiful girls. # Oh, just beautiful. Mmm, mmm. Just gorgeous. beautiful, beautiful # Beautiful girls. # Closed Captions by CSI This program is not subtitled CC

Good evening, Virginia Haussegger

with an ABC news update. There was

more trouble for the Government over

the Santo Santoro share scandal as

the Government slipped further in

the Government slipped further in the latest Newspoll. The Opposition has

grilled the Prime Minister over when

he first knew about the Queensland

Senator's business activities,

demanding to know why one of his

senior officials called the

senior officials called the Senator's office about it months ago. One of

the two federal police officers

killed in the Indonesian plane crash,

which claimed the lives of five

Australians, was laid to rest in

Canberra this afternoon. Father of

three Mark Scott was fareweled with

full police honours. Reports of

full police honours. Reports of child abuse and neglect in Canberra are

expected to top more than 10,000

expected to top more than 10,000 this financial year. But child protection

advocates say the problem may not be

as bad as the startling figures

as bad as the startling figures would suggest on face value. The AFL

reigning premiers, the West Coast

Eagles, have suspended star player

Ben Cousins indefinitely for

breaching team rules and his

contract. Cousins failed to turn up

to two training sessions yesterday.

And Canberra's weather - a shower or

two tomorrow with a possible

afternoon thunderstorm. A top of 26

and a low of 17. Sydney - 25.

Melbourne - 25. Adelaide - 30.