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(generated from captions) on Friday. due to be handed to the government a major report on the issue, The surprise announcement pre-empts of export bottlenecks. the move with ease the problem The Government says from the states. of the nation's major ports to take over control The Federal Government has decided with ABC News. Juanita Phillips Good evening. behind Kylie Minogue. And family, friends and fans rally at least in the Lower Hunter. posed by the drought - but it pours, It never rains - the health risk the nation's major ports. Canberra's bid to take over This program is captioned live.

he's also sent medicine to Mr Wood The sheikh says are willing to release him. and that the kidnappers saying Mr Wood is alive and well an anonymous phone call he's received Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilali says Muslim cleric might soon be released. in Iraq, Douglas Wood, that the Australian hostage it can't confirm reports The government says Jim Middleton, ABC News, Canberra. was not good for the economy either. ..and that, he declared, They see them as milch cows. of exploiting their ports... and he accused the states says Mr Anderson, It's not about money, and more of the big cheque. from the Federal Government We need less of the big stick Federal Government - zero. on our coal ports alone. spending $340 million The Queensland Government's put his money where his mouth is. The states say Mr Anderson should the Government's been complacent. for 10 years trying to avoid the fact that making policy on the run, knowing he's about to be caught out, Deputy PM John Anderson, This is just are to blame for the chokepoints. rather than a under-spending, that over-regulation, It's likely to argue investigating export bottlenecks. from a special taskforce is due to receive a report when the Government until Friday, John Anderson isn't waiting to do so. It's in the national interest We ought to have a national focus. Consumer and Competition Commission. and put them in the hands of the nation's ports from the states, to take over regulation of the its constitutional powers the Federal Government would use John Anderson announced that in increasing productivity, of the waterfront dispute Citing the success right at the end of the chain. We can't have a major weak link and threatening interest rates. slowing exports delayed expansion, and the Queensland Government a row between its owners At Dalrymple Bay, and export performance. in jobs, investment as a nation and have cost us too much have taken too long about infrastructure spending where important decisions There are a number of ports say it all. off Queensland's Dalrymple Bay the coal carriers queuing up According to the Howard government, a single dollar. but failing to come up with of wielding the big stick, The states accuse the Government Labor says it's policy on the run.

were at her Sydney home. immigration officers telephoned him to say when his Chinese girlfriend five years later Things started to unravel in 1997. and became an Australian citizen He was granted permanent residency to push the remains into piles. After which bulldozers moved in massacre. after the 1989 Tiannamen Square granted the right to stay here of Chinese students was among hundreds as Howard, The man, who wishes only to be known was in Australia illegally. because the man's girlfriend of guilt by association Lawyers allege it was a case despite being Australian citizens. in a detention centre, were locked up and his son over claims a Chinese-born man is under yet more pressure today The Immigration Department during his interrogations. may have been present that Australian officials Mr Adrey's claim The Government has denied access to him will be provided. that an appropriate time, but I would be confident to be managed, Obviously there are formalities offered to remove any obstacles. Kuwait's Interior Minister has on 'The 7:30 Report' last night, was revealed but after Mr Adrey's case access have been repeatedly denied, Australian requests for consular while in detention. and says he's been tortured with terrorism-related offences, has been charged from Auburn in Sydney 30-year-old Talaal Adrey since January. who's been held in a Kuwaiti prison gain access to an Australian man Australian diplomats are yet to too high at the latest news. they're not getting their hopes up says A spokesman for the Wood family things that are not correct. be representing to him I mean others who may I don't mean the sheikh - who may represent things - there are always people in a situation like this but we would also be aware We would all hope that it's right, has urged caution. The Prime Minister by officials in Baghdad. but there's been no confirmation it hopes the information is correct, The Foreign Affairs Department says through an intermediary.

it would have taken them. Howard is now suing the Commonwealth for false imprisonment I mean who knows how long solicitors intervene. who aren't in a position to have who don't have access to lawyers, people out there I can only imagine that there are Jayne-Maree Sedgman, ABC News. A controversial court case has sparked renewed racial tensions in the town of Goondiwindi, on the Queensland NSW border. A man and his son, who placed a noose around the neck of an Aboriginal youth and beat him, left the court with a fine. The sentence sparked outrage among the local indigenous community. It's been four months since the men accused of assaulting an Aboriginal teenager first appeared in Goondiwindi Court. The case has sparked racial tensions in the southern Queensland town. (Shouts) Yay! Guilty! Guilty! The Indigenous community was there for the appearance of local farm hand David Tomkins and his 24-year-old son Clinton, both accused of beating an Aboriginal teenager and placing a noose around his neck. The 16-year-old was too stressed to attend, instead his relatives and friends protested for justice. Here once again we got were also ignored. from his home in the next suburb to get his passport his pleas to be allowed Howard says completely unacceptable. and that's, in our submission, 48 hours, over 3 calendar days, He was locked up for in excess of was ultimately deported to China. who was in Australia illegally - His girlfriend - were released. that Howard and his son were presented in person It wasn't until those documents He says, they too, were rejected. and citizenship documents. copies of Howard's passport His lawyer faxed through certified Detention Centre. and taken to the Villawood and their three-year-old son together with his girlfriend presenting photo ID, was arrested Howard went to help and, despite and is seeking compensation. The Department of Immigration says it's referred the matter to the Palmer Inquiry and won't comment further because the case is before the courts. the insidious ugly head of racism.

Inside the court the protest continued. One man yelling abuse from the public gallery, calling the accused "child bashers". The farm hand went to respond, but was warned by police. As the group heard the verdict their anger turned to threats of rioting. Gammon white people! Gammon, gammon! They are only inciting our people for things like on Palm Island. If it was an Indigenous person they'd be locked up and the key would be thrown away. The two men were each fined $800, after pleading guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm. But they say it was the only way to stop the boy running off with stolen property and deny using the rope to drag him up the river bank. Their defence team acknowledged: But in sentencing the pair, the Magistrate recognised the act wasn't planned and accepted their early plea. This wasn't a racial episode. This happened to be someone who was breaking into a house who was apprehended as they fled. Their defence was enough to convince the court, but it didn't go down well with the boy's mother. I don't know what I'm going to say to him, 'cause... I just don't know what I'm going to say to him. Aboriginal elders were hoping the father and son would be charged with attempted murder. They now plan to appeal to the State's Attorney-General to have the sentence reviewed. Kirstin Murray, ABC News, Goondiwindi. The partner of a Sydney woman strangled to death almost two weeks ago Has pleaded for the public's help to find her killer. 52-year-old Meryl Moran called in sick on May 6 and was killed later that morning. Detectives say her body was discovered by her partner in their Parramatta unit at around midnight. Meryl doesn't let any strangers in the house. She doesn't even let any of my friends in unless I'm there. Her death wasn't treated as suspicious until a post-mortem examination found she had been strangled. The room was fully intact. There was nothing disturbed to give any indication of a struggle. A task force has been set up to investigate Ms Moran's death. For most people the current water restrictions are little more than an inconvenience. But for the outback city of Broken Hill they've created, what many fear could be a serious health risk. The soil in Broken Hill is contaminated with lead. Now the drought and the water retrictions have turned that soil into potentially dangerous dust. Located in the red soil country of outback New South Wales, Broken Hill is no stranger to dust. But as home to one of the world's largest lead mines, residents are warned to keep the dust down to protect their children from contamination. We'd also encourage grass growth or any sort of ground cover that might be a layer in between the child and the contaminated soil. But with the entrenched drought forcing rigid water restrictions residents are simply giving up on the garden. Nature strips are dying and the dust is again starting to stir. If you take water out of that greening process, the dust levels will return, and the children's lead levels probably will increase so it is a real fear. A decade ago, a clinic was set up to monitor residents' health. It's alright. Exposure can impair the mental and physical health of children. Blood lead levels have halved since the program began a decade ago, but more dust means a greater risk. That would be a health concern and a concern for parents. Closing the mine down here is simply not an option. It employs between 400 and 500 people and is the lifeblood of this town. The issue here for local residents is reducing the increasing water costs. If those costs don't come down, neither will the dust levels. It does cost a bit to water it and it is hard when the droughts come out as well because you have water restrictions. And with no good rain forecast, the only option for many is to change the landscape of the outback backyard. Sarah Clarke, ABC News, Broken Hill. And from one extreme to another - coastal areas have had so much rain recently that some major dams are overflowing. Just a couple of hours' drive from the parched inland and Sydney's dwindling water supplies, the Lower Hunter is laughing. Geoff Sims reports. Farmers, brace yourselves - it's not often you seen anything like this these days. Hunter water is selling its product to the Central Coast, downstream, you might say. It's also in the process of building up the Hunter's storage capacity. A new spillway at the Grahamstown Dam will lift its capacity by 50%, though the work now, ironically, is bogged down. Not everybody's entirely happy about the rain, or at least not the timing of it. All this here is supposed to be dry to allow the work continue and hopefully be completed by September/October. been flooding in from around the world today and the international press isn't far behind. As Cheryl Hall reports, Expressions of support have in a Melbourne hospital. treatment for her breast cancer Pop singer Kylie Minogue has begun on the incident within a fortnight. The department expects a report during a visit by the Premier. around Long Bay Jail who was filmed staggering the case of a prison guard Corrective Services is investigating in the Lower Hunter. Geoff Sims, ABC News, "it's just not fair". You can hear farmers saying, work in there, couldn't it? As you can see, only a duck could than keep the place tidy. can do little more big concrete pour, Workers, ready for another but work is at a standstill. virtually non-stop for days, The pumps have been running Creek Dam, remains way down. where the main supply, the Mangrove Central Coast, but is also helping the burgeoning the state's second metropolis, Grahamstown Dam supplies not just with the rain. The truth is we've been lucky and the birds' bellies are full. but here, the fish are jumping The inland might be a dust bowl, main supply system, Grahamstown Dam. and, from there, into Newcastle's Williams River and the Lower Hunter Chichester Dam feeds into the so we'll grab what we can of that. we've projected, and there's more rain coming, This dam is pretty close to 100%, repeat, full. here, the major dams are full, 40% capacity and dropping, And though the Sydney dams are near

George Galloway angrily rejected while trying to defend his name. has rattled a US Senate committee for opposing the Iraq war, expelled from the Labour Party A maverick British MP, Cheryl Hall, ABC News, Melbourne. she has plenty of. Support is something with with Kylie's support team. and we will be working and planning unduly harassed as well about ensuring no one is Certainly we have strong laws on her doorstep. as the international press arrives but also the media attention not just the cancer Kylie Minogue will be battling potentially curable. but that still is which are present under the armpit the adjacent lymph nodes Sometimes it has spread to It was the best person that Kylie just after her diagnoses. but she did see Kylie yesterday, didn't speak on camera today, cancer sufferer Olivia Newton John Entertainer and fellow breast it does send a shutter through you. to be diagnosed with that condition, Any young woman of that age it wasn't just entertainers. Back in Australia, and ringing the family. Elton John getting Kylie's number I mean, you've had people like It's just overwhelming, Love you. we love you, get better. I was sorry to hear about the news, was so strong her website crashed. The reaction from her fans stages of breast cancer. has been diagnosed with the early The pop singer, Kylie Minogue,, the headlines overseas. they only had to see of international superstardom, had hit the heights If anyone doubted that Kylie Minogue in the morning for Kylie. local authorities have warned journalists to respect the singer's privacy. Kylie Minogue avoided the cameras today at her Melbourne home while friends and neighbours delivered flowers and cards. I don't know anyone who's met her who doesn't speak well of Kylie. There was a few prayers could sit down and talk to after hearing this horrible news. Oncologists say her chances are good because the cancer has apparently been caught early. The definition of early breast cancer really implies that the cancer is confined to the breast. charges Dr Mianna Lotz is a doctor of philosophy - not a profession normally associated with tackling childhood obesity. But Dr Lotz believes it's a moral issue that needs addressing. The fact that obesity is on the increase in the way that we've seen in the last decade or so means that some different approach is required at this point in time. With one in four Australian children now diagnosed as overweight or obese, taking a hard line against parents isn't the answer. If we end up blaming parents and thinking that we, as a society, have no significant responsibility in this area, then we are being wrong. Parents do need to examine whether they are providing their children with healthy food choices and lots of opportunities for exercise. Sophie Scott, ABC News. To finance now - and the local share market ended its run of outs today double last year's pay packets. at Macquarie Bank got between them - that the top five senior executives and the $61 million that chief executive Allan Moss got the $18.5 million salary complained about Wayne Swan, and the Shadow Treasurer, Peter Costello, Today both the Treasurer, in profit. because of the 67% lift has gone up $700 million Macquarie Bank's market value In the past two days the squillion-dollar salaries. and not because of moment is Macquarie Bank Well, the talk of the town at the Here's Alan Kohler. was doing better than expected. after new data showed the economy But many obesity experts say modify their own diet and exercise. and parents themselves encouraged to to attend nutrition appointments, Families should be encouraged the effects of obesity. to protect children from right to act in place of the parent, Dr Lotz believes governments have a to effect change there. And parents are in a unique position after school. of activity that children engage in we're talking about, um, the kind we're talking about exercise, about diet here - We're not just talking it does constitute parental neglect. to become obese isn't abuse, She believes while allowing kids to raise healthy children. and their responsibility to parents she says the focus must shift

on the list with: came out of nowhere to appear 15th furniture retailer The 59-year-old Super A-Mart Queenslander John van Lieshout. But the big surprise was and is now worth: He made $1.7 million a day in the last 12 months. made up a bit of ground on him Westfield Mall king Frank Lowy This year he's valued at: ..and he's staying there. number one since 1988... media mogul Kerry Packer's been 'Business Review Weekly', According to thanks to the resources boom. boosted their spot but a number of tycoons of wealth, the Australian continues to trade in a narrow band around 75.5 US cents. Kerry Packer has once again topped Australia's rich list. He's there along with plenty of other familiar names, but the big surprise is a relatively little known Queenslander, who's made it onto the list. Property is the primary source And finally, in March. after that 25% rise and fall for the year Wheat is now roughly steady while silver rose. in London copper and nickel fell oil fell 18 cents, on Wall Street overnight, Share prices rose you had better pretend to be glum. So, next time the surveyors ask, of another rate rise. all of which has shortened the odds have made it all better - but last week's tax cuts It fell after the March rate hike, has rebounded. and consumer sentiment at the fastest rate for six years Also, wage costs are rising from 1.7 to 3.5%. the ABS has revised them up "I told you so," - and today he can say, the official figures for months has been complaining about Reserve Bank governor Ian MacFarlane revision to retail sales numbers. the main thing being an amazing that also helped the market today - There were a lot of upbeat data all went up quite strongly. and Coles Myer shares ANZ, BHP Billiton, Perpetual going up 0.75%. with the All Ordinaries by the Macquarie Bank riches, was swept along a bit The rest of the market by nearly $6 billion. of Macquarie Bank has increased in the past 10 months the value But investors aren't complaining,

but still not doing too badly - $190 million puts her as the seventh richest woman. Some of the main losers were retailer Gerry Harvey and the Flight Centre founders. Poor share prices undermined their estimated wealth. Finally, if you're a 'rich list' aspirant, you're going to have to start working that little bit harder now - you'll need $110 million just to get on it and a few million more each year if you're going to stay there. Joe O'Brien, ABC News. Residents on Sydney's north-west have taken on a power company over its decision to put new powerlines above the ground. Integral Energy needs to upgrade power supplies to new suburbs and the original plan was to construct 40m-high towers in Vineyard, Schofields and Riverstone. It now says it's modified the proposal due to community concerns about the visual impact of the towers. We are now proposing And a combination of the retail and the property investment has guaranteed his status as a billionaire. Property is the source of wealth for most rich-listers, but resources bounced on the list like they have on world markets. And, from that field, Gina Rinehart remains Australia's richest woman, with: She's also getting closer to establishing her own mining venture in Hopedown in the Pilbura. And if that can get off the ground, then there's really no limit to what her wealth could be. Actor Nicole Kidman is a fair way behind, a much shorter pole structure along the same easement - somewhere between 20m and 25m. There's not a person in the area that would ever, in their right mind, condone putting these wires overhead. I cannot understand Integral's decision! Residents say they'll keep fighting to have the cables put underground. Integral says that's too expensive. NSW believes it has the edge in the forwards, leading up to game one of the Rugby League State of Origin Series against Queensland. The Blues say their pack is fitter and more mobile than the Maroons. While Queensland spread the rugby league message in Queensland real estate. and invested that from the furniture business What he has done is use the money

in Rockhampton, NSW went into camp in Sydney, talking up its chances for game one next Wednesday, even though it's in Brisbane. We've chosen a pretty fit mobile team which hopefully we can wind the big blokes down. Trent Barrett's battle with Queensland captain, Darren Lockyer is likely to have an influence on the result. He's gonna be the go-to man and we need to really dominate their forward pack if we're to stop Locky at all. NSW Rugby Union has signed Brumbies' backup five-eighth, Sam Norton-Knight to a two-year deal. The 21-year-old isn't concerned about the possibility of Bulldogs rugby league five-eighth, Braith Anasta joining the Waratahs. He's got the challenge of changing codes, whereas I'm staying in the same code, I'm just changing clubs, so that's something in my advantage, I guess. The Brumbies are unhappy about Norton-Knight's departure. He had very good reasons to stay here and he's chosen not to. The Waratahs will name their team tomorrow for this weekend's semifinal against South Africa's Bulls. Duncan Huntsdale, ABC News. Once it was regarded as cheating, but now even sporting administrators are supporting the use of legal performance-enhancing drugs. The Australian Rugby Union has stepped in to bat for members of its elite team after yesterday's admission that several players had been taking caffeine tablets to lift their performance. Here's Peter Wilkins. There's a common theme developing. Many spectators outside the umbrella of professional sport have registered displeasure at the revelations of widespread use of legal performance-enhancing substances. You know, they might say, "Well, it's a legal drug "and there's nothing wrong with taking it," but, gee, it sends a bad example doesn't it, when you're downing pills like that? But for those in and around the game - if it's legal and restricted to the top level of sport, then it's acceptable. As far as the professional environment goes, performance-enhancing supplements are part of the professional game and we don't see a problem with it. Surrounded by some of his friends, world super lightweight boxing champion Kostya Tszyu has also admitted to using a caffeine tablet, but says in the world of elite sport any legal boost is part of the game. I've got kids and I have to give them example and that's why I will never take anything bad or, ah, wrong. Other than that, I think it's everything acceptable. Kostya Tszyu defends his title against unbeaten Ricky Hatton in Manchester early next month. But if he has any edge over his opponent, his trainer says it's in the mind. The biggest thing that Kostya's got going for him is that he wins most of his fights - well, all of his fights - He's the greatest thinking fighter I've ever seen A captain's job in one day cricket may be about to become even tougher. The International Cricket Council wants to spice up the game so is moving to change the rules and allow a twelvth man. It means the fielding captains could substitute players along the lines of the football codes in the event of injury or poor form. It's a move seen by some as destabilising and another unecessary change to the modern game. Messages are being run out at the end of every over, fast bowlers call for drinks at the end of every over. I don't agree with when a batsman calls for a runner. This is another part of the game that I disagree with. I think it's 11 against 11 and you play on your opponents weaknesses. There's been a feast of high scoring waves as the world's best surfers have gobbled up some of the best Tahiti's Teahupoo has had to offer. Joel Parkinson was one of many Australians to find form in the early rounds. Fellow countrymen, Taj Burrow and last years finalist Nathan Hedge made it through to the semifinals. Six-time world champion Kelly Slater - seen here on his way to the final - ultimately beat fellow American Damien Hobgood to win his 3rd Teahupoo title. Slater has become the first surfer to score two perfect 10s in a championship final. A South American businessman who disappeared on Moreton Island, off Brisbane, is alive and well. The 47-year-old drug company executive failed to return from a trip 10 days ago, but was found this afternoon, close to where he went missing. Ricardo Sirutis was visiting Queensland for a conference on the Gold Coast and had arrived a day early to go sightseeing. He was headed for a sandy region on Moreton Island, known as "the desert", when he became lost. Anybody who got disorientated in that country would just remain missing because it's very - there's no pattern to the hills. Ricardo Sirutis was winched from dense bushland this afternoon and apart from being severely dehydrated, is in reasonably good health. A miracle, but I think it's the conjunction of all the positive energy all you beautiful Australian people put. He's now recovering in hospital The weather now, with Mike Bailey. Thanks, Juanita. Good evening. Further showers to report, but mainly about the coast. It's cooling down, too, with some light snow possible tonight about the Southern Alps. Sydney's temperatures were also lower today - the range of 12-18 degrees giving a maximum that's 2 below average. Thanks, Mike. And that's ABC News for this Wednesday. I'm Juanita Phillips. I'll be back with updates during the evening and 'Lateline' is along at about 10:30pm. Have a good evening. Captions by Captioning and Subtitling International.