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Margaret Whitlam celebrateded Live. Tonight - the life of

in a final farewell for a national treasure.

Also ahead - Queensland

Premier Anna Bligh set to be swept from office in tomorrow's

State election. Police raid homes across Australia in pursuit of an international child pornography ring. And

what was once a brave new

transport solution is now bound

for the scrap heap. Live across

Australia, this is ABC News 24,

hello I'm Scott Bevan. Margaret

Whitlam has been farewelled by hundreds at a memorial hundreds at a memorial service

in Sydney. Mrs Whitlam died on

Saturday aged 92. Family and

friends remembered Margaret

Whitlam as someone who was her

own person, unaffected by fame and generous and dignified to the end.

the end. Half a century of

Australian prime ministers and

their wives came to celebrate a going national treasure. I remember

going to give her a bunch of

flowers at the curtain call and

a kiss and I thought there's

not many prime minister's not many prime minister's wives

loss a big loss. One of you could do that to. She's a

loss a big loss. One of the

most wonderful people I've met in public life. For Gough Whitlam this was the most

difficult journey, to farewell

the love of his life. He and

Margaret Whitlam would have

celebrated 70 years of marriage

next month. Gough was in

parliament for over a quarter

of a century. Margaret was

successively the wife of the

local MP, the wife of the

deputy leader, the wife of deputy leader, the wife of the leader, the wife of the prime

minister and then again the

this time wife of the leader. For all

this time she was the consort.

She had no need to adjust behaviour for anyone. Confident She had no need to adjust her

in herself she was able to take

a real interest in everyone a real interest in everyone she met. A champion swimmer,

Margaret Whitlam enjoyed a dip

near her Beloved Bondi near her Beloved Bondi until

her 90s. She loved the arts and

went to every concert she

could. And once frailty separated them, she took

pleasure in sharing a sandwich pleasure in sharing a

or fish and chips with her or fish and chips with

husband Gough. She would focus

her mind on something that pleased her and not waste precious time on negative

thoughts. It drove us

mad. She'd say "Look at this

beautiful day" just as we were

deep in discussion about the

latest political outrage. This

rare equanimity not only made

her a perfect foil for my

father but was one of the many

qualities that drew people to

her. She was kind and warm,

generous and unaffected. She

lived her life with dignity and courage. Attributes which made powerful political rivals, past

and present, put aside their differences to honour differences to honour this woman of substance. It's

election eve in Queensland with

voters poised to cast their

ballots to elect a new State

Government. The opinion polls

predict Labor will lose in landslide but the Liberal predict Labor will lose in a

National Party isn't National Party isn't getting

ahead of itself saying it's not

taking any vote for granted.

Day 34 of the campaign brought an environmental brick bat for

Campbell Newman. But there

were also bouquets with polls predicting the race has

already been won. Good luck to you, Mr Premier. Good on you,

mate. You're home and hosed,

mate. We will conduct ourselves

with humility, grace and

dignity and every single day if we're the Government we'll we're

working for Queenslanders. The we're the Government we'll be

Premier campaigned until 2:00

this morning and this afternoon fulfilled her pledge fulfilled her pledge of visiting 50 electorates in 5 days, she's all conceded,

urging Queenslanders to limit

the LNP's majority. A Campbell

Newman Government with too much power I think will mean the

environment will suffer. Labor

has held power in Queensland for all but 2 years since 1989.

Anna Bligh took over the reins from Peter Beattie 4.5 years

ago and in 2009 became the

elected in Australia. I first female Premier to be

certainly wish Premier Anna

Bligh well as she goes into

election day in Queensland. Make no mistake,

the Queensland election will be a referendum on the carbon

tax. Just who might be the new premier

premier has been a campaign

talking point. Last year the

Parliament to recruit LNP looked outside of

Brisbane's lord mayor. Campbell

Newman still doesn't hold a

more than 7.1% to win seat and has to get a swing of seat and has to get a swing

more than 7.1% to win Ashgrove

from Labor. It's pretty clear

the LNP will win the election

certainly be the premier. OK, and Campbell Newman almost

folks, I this that's a wrap. If

the polls are correct Labor

might only win a dozen of the State's 89 seat and could cast into the political State's 89 seat and could be

wilderness for the forseeable

future. Federal Police say they've smashed international child pornography they've smashed an

ring after a tip off from

Interpol. 15 people have been charged after raids across four

States and Territories. It's

alleged the men traded hundreds

of thousands of images and videos. Laptops, hard drives

and mobile phones have been

seized right down the sea board. The contents... They seized right down the eastern

are atrocious. With some

victims being still within

their infant stage of

life. About 20 raids in Queensland, NSW, the ACT and

Victoria have resulted in 15

men being charged with accessing, possessing and sharing child pornography. We

did have children at the premises at the time of the

execution of search

don't fit any particular warrants. Police say the men

profile and range in age from

21 to 64. The reach of Internet, which has no 21 to 64. The reach of the

geographical physical

boundaries attract s all walks

of life. You just never know who could be involved who could be involved in

this. Also unknown are the

victims and there are lots of

them, from many

countries. There is a lot of

information that has been

seized. I'm talking in the

terra bytes so that will take

some time to identify. With so

much material seized police are

yet to find out where it was

made or whether those made or whether those charged

made any of it themselves. made any of it themselves. The

accused men allegedly used the

same file sharing network to trade material but police don't

know if there are any other

links between them. The accused

men have already been before

the courts and will appear

again in months to come. Police say this may just be the

beginning. The ongoing forensic

analysis of the seized material may unfold a wider network. The arrests began last week but Australian police have been

investigating the network since

December after a tip off from

Interpol. Well in France Interpol. Well in France the

man who claimed responsibility

for a murderous rampage was

shot dead when commandos

stormed his apartment. Mohammad

Merah was wanted over the

killing of 3 French soldiers and in a separate attack a

Rabbi and 3 young children at a

Jewish school. The shocking

crimes have inflamed the debate about religion,

multiculturalism and law

enforcement in France. It was

a violent end for a man accused

of mass murder. After 32 of mass murder. After 32 hours

police had lost contact with

Mohammad Merah. They began to think he'd shot himself. But when special forces police

stormed his flat he burst out

of the bathroom guns blazing

wearing a bullet proof vest.

TRANSLATION: The killer came

out of the bathroom, he was shooting violently. shooting violently. The shots

were frequent and severe. The

police officers tried to

protect themselves and he tried

to protect himself. But in the

end Mohammad Merah jumped

through the window with through the window with one weapon in his hand while he was

still shooting. He was found

dead on the ground. It appears

somehow this smiling young tearaway, a petty criminal, turned into a cold, calculating

killer. His extreme views

behind the trigger that ended

the lives of 3 soldiers, a

teacher, his two boys and a

little girl. And it finished

here, Merah's body in a hearse

and a nation relieved at the

threat he posed is over.

TRANSLATION: The killer has

been identified and is out been identified and is out of action. He action. He cannot harm

children, soldiers and the

military. Everything had been

done to ensure the killer was

brought to justice. But it was

not conceivable to expose lives

to obtain that objective. We've

had enough dead already. The President said people viewing

terrorist or hate websites would be punished under new

laws but he warned against

blaming Muslims for the abhorrent actions of one

extremist. But far right presidential candidate Marine

Le Pen is blaming the

Government for su vend surrendering whole suburbs to

fundamentals. The killing may be

be over but the politics be over but the politics and questions have just begun. The

US soldier accused of the mass

shooting of Afghan civilians

earlier this month will be

charged with 17 counts of

murder. 2 villages in Kandahar

province were targeted in the

attack. Most of the victims

were women and children. Some

of the bodies were burned. A US

official has revealed the

charges laid against the

alleged culprit, Army Staff

Sergeant Robert Bales. He's

being held in a military

detention centre in Kansas.

Attempted murder and assault

charges have also been

charges have also been laid. The incident has plunged

relations between Washington

and Kabul into crisis . The

long-awaiting West report has

finally been released. It

doesn't give a solution to the forest crisis in Tasmania but

it does give information and

plenty of it. 6 experts have

spent the past 6 months investigating whether the industry in the State can

survive if massive new forest reserves are created. The

results will be used to

finalise the forests peace deal

but that's not a certainty

given the level of compromise

that's now needed by both

sides. The West report is 5 separate reports. One of them backs claims that all 572,000 hectares of forest in question have conservation values. These

572,000 hectares are world

heritage and national heritage value. That's the fact. Can't

dispute that any more. They should be protected. Another

report predicts substantial job

losses in the forest industry

no matter what happens. It

confirms last week's leaked

report which said even if no

new reserves aren't established

there aren't enough native forests to fulfil wood flies. There's challenges on

both sides of the equation and

we really now have to do some

very serious work. The State

Government's withheld Professor Jonathan West's overview

report. He will brief report. He will brief cabinet

on Monday. It's not clear if that summary will ever be

released. The presh - prerure

is now on parties to the forest

peace deal to negotiate a final

agreement. Both sides should

decide which fors to preserve

and are where to allow

logging. They've got 2 to 3

weeks at moerksst most. But the

peak industry group is refusing to take part in negotiations

while green groups continue to

campaign overseas. Without campaign overseas. Without them there won't be an agreement or the compensation money the compensation money that

goes with it. The reality goes with it. The reality is

we've got 5 separate reports

here, every one of them

conflicts with another because

they've all come from a single

perspective. And we're going to

be negotiating in good faith

within the process but also

entering into a well entering into a well informed

dialogue with our colleagues in

the conservation sector. The

clear message - there will need

to be compromise. It is

absolutely critical for the

future of our State that we get

a resolution here and we are

are determined to do that.

Excuse me. Emotions are likely to increase as negotiations

continue. And remaining in Tasmania, the greens are

celebrating their 40th

anniversary tonight. Reporter

Fiona Blackwood is at the

Hobart town hall. Fiona, what's

happening there tonight? How

many are expected at the 40th celebrations? Well, there are

about 300 people here to

celebrate the anniversary. celebrate the anniversary. One of them is Tasmanian Greens

leader Nick McKim. Can I ask

you first about the West

report. The will the Greens

accept anything less than the 572,000 hectares of forest

being put into reserves? Of

course, Fiona, the Greens want

fo see as much as possible of Tasmania's native forest

estate, which we now know is of

global significance thanks to

Professor West's work, protected in formal protected in formal reserves

such as national parks and such

as extensions to our world

heritage area. But what we know from Professor West's work heritage area. But what we do

is not only are Tasmania's

forests of national and in fact

world heritage value, but also

that the carbon embedded in

those forests can play a real

role in reducing Australia's

carbon emissions profile and in

fact they are worth in pure dollar terms much more standing as carbon sinks than they

actually are being chopped

and exported as wood chips at a

loss which is happening today. The report also

indicates that the industry's indicates that

on its knees, do you have them

over a barrel now? I don't

think it's a case of anyone having anyone else over a

barrel. The industry is in crisis and it's on its knees

and it's in that position. As

the West report shows, because

Forrestry Tasmania, the State Government's forest contracting

and harvesting company, has been overcontracting been overcontracting and overalgaiting the timber

resource in Tasmania to the

extept, as Professor extept, as Professor West's contracts can't report shows, that the current

contracts can't be met. And we've actually seen people lose their jobs in the we've actually seen 3,500

timber industry in Tasmania

over the last 4 years priesh to

the signing of the IGA and now

we have to simply ensure we have to simply ensure that

we do restructure the industry

so it's so it's sustainable

environmentally but also

financially and for the involved. Turning to tonight,

the Greens are celebrating the Greens are celebrating 40

years, Bob Brown will give a

speech and he's also written a

song for the night. So where

did it all begin? It began here

40 years ago today in the room

just above us where we will be

celebrating tonight. We saw the

creation of the first political party in the world based on principles of principles of ecological

sustainability and the Greens

have had a pretty rough ride.

Tasmania Group to start with. It was called the United

We now and have been for some

time called the Greens and

we've had a pretty rough ride

from time to time but we have

gone from strength sto strength

over the last 40 years. We have

Greens parties in over 70 countries around the world. We

are a globally networked party

and as we go into the 21st

century the sustainability

century, it will be even more

important to have a strong voice from the Greens party so

that we can ultimately make

sure that our public policy

frameworks respect the environment, respect the planet

because ultimately our

ecosystem is what supports our

health as people, the health of our families, the health of our families, the health of our

communities and the health of

our economies so I've got no

increasing role to play in the doubt that we will have an ever

political debate as we forward. Nick McKim, thanks for political debate as we move

your time. Thanks, Fiona.

They have been hailed as a

team of modern explorers. team of modern explorers. ABC journalist Paul lock yes,

cameraman John Bean and

helicopter pilot Gary

Ticehurst, the trio died in a helicopter crash last year

while filming in South Australia's

Australia's remote outback.

Well today their final work, a

book on Lake air - Eyre book on Lake air - Eyre was

unveiled. This is the book that renowned journalist renowned journalist Paul

Lockyer finished writing Lockyer finished writing just days before he died. Before he

departed for his final trip to

Lake Eyre Dad left the

manuscript on the table to read

for our task. The words leapt

off the pages. It's a tribute

to the land and people of Lake

Eyre. It was a challenge Paul

Lockyer embraced as did his cameraman John Bean and

helicopter pilot Gary

Ticehurst. But now it's more

like a tropical wetlands. Their

work was an inspiration to

artist John Olsen and Paul Lockyer launched his Lake Eyre

exhibition last year. The 3

newsmen crashed to their deaths

shortly afterwards. The shortly afterwards. The painter

put down his brush and took up

a pen to remember a pen to remember them. Beat

the muffled drums, sing a the muffled drums, sing a sad song. In the suspended second a

mechanicalic res falls from mechanicalic res falls from the

sky, spin, spinning, spun and

then silence. We remember them.

The book launch brought the men's families together again,

this time in celebration. It is

a bit of a bitter sweet moment

for us but he worked so hard

towards this, not only him,

John and Gary as well, it's a

wonderful thing that we can

celebrate. Paul's just a

wonderful story teller and wonderful story teller and what

he's done in this book is weave

the people and the environment

and in particular the harshness sometimes of the world there. Professor Kings ford and

many others have contributed to

the book saluting the lake and

its modern explorers. Reading

problems such as dyslexia

generally aren't diagnosed until children start school.

But a new Australian study will

for the first time work with

babies to find out if there are

any early warning signs. These

babies don't know it yet but

they've got a big job ahead of

them. They're about to take

part in a 5-year study to work

out which children are out which children are more likely to develop likely to develop reading

problems. Usually you don't find out about dyslexia find out about dyslexia until children fail, OK. You don't

find out until they're 7, 8, 9 years of age when years of age when they're

reading and then they reading and then they start to

do badly. More than 100

do badly. More than 100 baby

aged 5 months old and needed to

join the study at the

University of Western Sydney.

They will be divided into two

groups. One considered as groups. One considered as a higher risk because they have a

family member with dyslexia.

Researchers will put them

through a range of acoustic tests including how they

respond to their parents'

speech. We should be able to get some clues about get some clues about what's

happening in the first year of

life about babies' propensity

for dyslexia, that's why for dyslexia, that's why we're calling the program the seeds

of literacy. As a dyslexic

this mother knows how hard it

can be. It becomes a theme

through your education which is

quite difficult to understand.

Hopefully you don't have to go

through that when you're bigger. I don't have bigger. I don't have any history in our family but I

just really want to be a part

of something that of something that could potentially help other potentially help other children

in the future. It's the first time researchers will study babies so young to look for

markers that could be early

signals for dyslexia. It's

still a long way off but its of something

hoped this study will

eventually lead to a screening program

difficulties such as dyslexia

can be picked up and treated

much earlier. Well one section

costs $5 for 150 metres making

Sydney's monorail one of the

most expensive forms of public

transport. But now its days are

numbered. The NSW Government has bought the company has bought the company which

runs the service so it can be

knocked down. It will make way

for a major upgrade of the Darling Harbour convention centre. The monorail's been

around for 20 years and many

argue its useby date has arrived and that's certainly

the Government's

position. Derided by many as

ugly and intrusive, the monorail will be shut down next

year. The State Government says

it's committed to expanding

light rail services in Sydney.

Well to sport now with

Meredith Sheehan and rugby

league is making a rare

appearance in Perth. Yes, it

sure is. The Broncos take on

South Sydney in their round 4

match in Perth tonight. In

around 10 Mins minutes time the

Eels will be searching for

their first win of the season

when hay host the Panthers.

Coach Stephen Kearney has come

under fire following 3 losses in a row to start the in a row to start the season

including last week's 42-6

mauling by North Queensland.

Tonight Moimoi returns for

Parramatta. Hasn't been the

ideal start to the season ideal start to the season but we're really going into the

game confident with what we've

got out there and yeah, got out there and yeah, if everything goes to plan we everything goes to plan we will hopefully get a win. The

Panthers haven't had a very

good start to their season

either winning just 1 from 3

this year going down 40-24 to

South Sydney last weekend. And

in Perth tonight the Rabbitohs

face the Broncos with Justin

Hodges expected to lead the

team to victory just as he did

against Newcastle last against Newcastle last week. The Swans are The Swans are hot favourites

but the new AFL club Greater Western Sydney said it

shouldn't be underestimated in

tomorrow's season opening

match. The Giants had a chance

to get a feel for the venue

today. 17 players will be

making their senior debut and betting markets have listed the

Giants at up to 20-1. I think

we're there to have a good

crack at the Swans. I mean they're putting some young

players in, they've got players in, they've got some

very good young players

themselves. Obviously they're

more experienced than us but

the excitement of youth and the

energy you just never, never

know. The Sydney clash will

include the first official use of broadcast vision if field

umpires want a review of tight

scoring decisions. The 18 clubs

were represented at Sydney town

hall last night as the league

launched the 2012 season. The

event included a tribute to Jim

Stynes and the induction of 12

life members including life members including Adam

Goodes, Barry Hall and Jude Bolton. Brisbane sisters Cate

and Bronte Campbell will take

on the world at the London Olympics after qualifying

together on the last night of

the national swimming trials in

Adelaide. It's the first time in

in 40 years that swimming

sisters have been named in an Australian Olympics

team. The The Campbells were

the last two swimmers to secure

places in the squad. Their

success in a 1-2 finish to the 50 metres ended Libby

Trickett's quest for an

individual swim in London. Cate

Campbell will get there first.

Oh, the sisters have made it. Their father surprised Their father surprised them by snrie - flying in from Brisbane

to watch the race and

embarrassed the pair

later. It's not over until the

fat lady sings and Clare Rycard

was behind me and she was the

fat lady and she was singing 1-2. Dad! I mean that in the

best way. Cate and Cam Bronte

Campbell sisters are the first

to sisters to make the eam

since 1972. My advice to since 1972. My advice to Cate

would be to focus would be to focus on herself and it's a tremendous

experience for her sister.

Don't let what happened to

Don't let what happened to me

in Munich where my sister

actually beat me. 44 swim verse earned

earned a place at the London

Games. 26 of them haven't been to an Olympics and 6 have never even

even been in the national team. All will be All will be chasing medals. Somewhere around the

total we had in Athens, 15 total we had in Athens, 15 or

something like that. If we look

at our world rankings we've got

here right now it might suggest

there's more than that. But

Leigh Nugent is very much aware

the world is catching up to the United States and

Australia. There other players

who have come into the game now

that are making it tougher for

us to stay in that number 2

position and the big countries,

China, France. With that in

mind there will be no rest for

Australia's swimmers. They've

headed straight into camp in

Sydney this weekend.

Let's take a quick look Let's take a quick look at the weather for tomorrow.

Well the rain came down but

in true showbiz tradition it was on with the performance.

'La Traviata' is the most

ambition show yet staged on

Sydney Harbour but it didn't

start too well with a very wet

final dress rehearsal. After

months of planning this was the

first major test of the first major test of the outdoor

opera. This was no walk in the

park. A massive stage erected

on piles on water, a giant glistening chandelier, a

stellar cast and one of stellar cast and one of the world's best backdrops. The great

great wet that has enveloped

Sydney rained on this parade too, leaving the audience too, leaving the audience and organisers looking like a team

of extras from 'Avatar'. It was

on again, off again with the

stars of the opera having stars of the opera having to

risk all and sing in the rain.

It's not too heavy but it puts us in a difficult position. The

sight at Mrs Macquarie's Point

has been like an artistic has been like an artistic war zone all week. Org nietzers

striving to make it perfect and safe. The challenges are safe. The challenges are we

don't have any facilities so

we've had to the we've had to the entire

infrastructure of a theatre and an auditorium had to be

inserted down here and this is

a very, very brave thing to do. Taking the opera outdoors

is an audacious bid to expand audiences. With 3,000 seats

this area holds as many people

as the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne State Theatres

combined. But it comes with

high risk. Riding high in the

role of the con sumptive

Violetta as if her own life

depended on it. The performance

is beautiful, the weather was ugly. It is worth the effort.

It's disappointing with the

weather though but the

chandelier in itself. I'm

amazed at the sound in this

open air. Though the story of 'La Traviata' ends tragically,

the opera's hoping for a happy

ending. The omens are promising

with a fine night forecast for the Saturday night opening.

What a finale to the news. Stay

Stay with us now for 'Contact

Sport'. I'm Scott Bevan. Thanks for your company. Closed

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Live. Hello. The top stories

from ABC News - 2 of the

children of the late Margaret Whitlam

Whitlam have paid tribute to their mother at her memorial

service in Sydney. The wife of

the former prime minister Gough Whitlam died on the Whitlam died on the weekend at

the age of 92. Son Tony

described her as loyal but not

subservant. The Prime Minister

Julia Gillard was among the

mourners along with several former prime

ministers. Queensland's

political leaders have been making a

making a final pitch to voters

ahead of tomorrow's election.

The Premier Anna Bligh finished

a blitz of 50 electorates in a blitz of 50 electorates in 5

days this afternoon. Polls show

Labor could be reduced to Labor could be reduced to as

few as 12 seats in the 89-seat

parliament. Another 2 men have

been charged with child

pornography offences following

police raids on properties across eastern Australia. The

raids in Victoria, NSW,

Queensland and the ACT have

uncovered hundreds of thousands

of images of the sexual abuse

of children. 15 people have of children. 15 people have now

been charged with accessing and making available child pornography. There's widespread support for the NSW

Government's decision to pull

down Sydney's monorail. The

transport and tor tourism

forum says it's been a polarising issue while Sydney's

lord mayor says it's an

eyesore. Though are the headlines. This Program is Captioned Live. # Theme music Hello and welcome to Contact Sport. I'm Paul Kennedy. We shall talk about professional cycling today.