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(generated from captions) I have this unbelievable inability to come to grips with light rail, needed in Sydney. which is so obviously If that is what the contract says, and understand it. I certainly can't read is also in desperate need Paul Mees says Melbourne of better public transport. Greater Dandenong don't have cars, 20% of households in yet if you don't have a car, from the human race. you have to resign on Sundays. There are no buses at all weeknights after 7:00 or 8:00pm. No buses at all, even on light rail is the poor relation. When it comes to funding, though, without huge subsidies. The private sector won't touch it it loses money. Because unlike tollways, The passenger risk is just too great. like the Cross City Tunnel, And thanks to deals as well. light rail may have legal challenges And I'd also like to congratulate people... the Roads and Traffic Authority has now lost The Cross City Tunnel project responsible for the deal. both of the top executives and CrossCity Motorways. The heads of the Roads department And in the face of a public row, Premier Iemma has gone cold he opened six months ago. on the grand project control of our road network. Never again will we surrender former leader Bob Carr, He also made his views on the and treasurer, clear. in what they said. I believe that were wrong what the community's feelings are. I believe it was out of step to the government and the company Relations between are now at an all-time low. Graham Mulligan, was not budging. 10 days ago, the new chief, intending to reduce the toll. At this stage, we are not reopening of any of these roads, Are you prepared to negotiate the including William Street? No, I'm not. No. for the RTA to consider. That's a matter The following day, what the New South Wales Premier Australia heard exactly the new Cross City Tunnel boss. thought of Thanks to an open microphone. You've already had the Premier arrogant and out of touch publicly calling you and privately calling you an 'F-wit', how do you feel about that?

get engaged in day to day politics. Oh, look, we're just not going to of New South Wales The last three premiers private infrastructure business. are now all in the in winning private business? How influential are former premiers As Graham Richardson would say, They're, they're... "They give you access." And as I would say, And influence begets results." "Access begets influence. the leading Victorian ministers And we've also seen Alan Stockdale and Mark Birrell, in the Kennett government, in the private sector, who promoted this proposal and I must say it's very concerning. to impute any wrongdoing Without wanting to any of the individuals concerned, in the minds of anyone it must create an expectation a senior government position. who's now in That, should they implement policies of this interest group, that are favourable to the interests waiting for them on retirement. that there's a highly paid job For most in the PPP business, needs burying. the Cross City Tunnel saga

Four Corners to their latest PPP, Camera-shy Macquarie Bank steered Sydney's Westlink M7, where traffic is flowing nicely. of infrastructure. It's a great piece my travelling time a day And its cut down approximately 40 minutes a day. 20 minutes each trip. So, I save about And, yeah, it's just been great for us out there. this 40 kilometres of highway, Opened in December, how far you travel. with the price of tolls based on The $60 that it costs me a week, I save back in fuel. nearly half of that wear and tear on the car And when you take from being on the road, and the time saved I think it's worthwhile. two kilometres running under Sydney, But the notorious of inner city connections, with all its challenges is an image that won't go away. that the Cross City Tunnel Do you worry to the image of PPPs? might have done some damage

Yes, I am. discussion in Sydney, I think the Cross City Tunnel or talkback debate, was tragic. the whole, sort of, tabloid getting more infrastructure done, I think it missed the plot of in the 21st century, how you can do it well of religious debate about this, and let's not have some kind or a superficial debate. think badly of PPPs? Should the Australian public

should be very sceptical of PPPs, I think the Australian public have a deep and complex interface any time where you and private sectors, between the public there needs to be close scrutiny. I expected to come here to London and see you as I am a great promoter of PPPs. But there needs to be a public debate.

going beneath There are now 30,000 cars a day rather than through Sydney streets.

But at the end, to come out of the tunnel perhaps the best thing is a new focus on public interest. why these deals are done. It should be, after all,

This program is not subtitled This program is captioned live. and cricket tragics everywhere. Great news for Launceston Hello and welcome to Media Watch. I'm Monica Attard. The 'Examiner's front page wasn't first with the news of the Big Ricky - SEA FM kicked it off. a week before, Hobart radio station Dave Noonan - SEA FM's prank call came from Kim and Dave Breakfast Show. one half of the station's The Hobart announcers were just having a little fun at Launceston's expense. was a bit suspicious. The Launceston Council receptionist was simply stumped. But the 'Examiner' front page and ALL of page three The paper devoted part of its to a serious consideration of the hoax proposal. from the hoaxer They even featured a letter masquerading as "Len Scapp" - of the statue committee. the unlikely secretary including the ABC, Launceston radio, followed up the story while down the road in Hobart the hoaxers were simply stunned and delighted. The 'Examiner' didn't seem too embarrassed. In fact it took two weeks before the paper printed a decent apology to its readers. Channel Nine should be apologising to cricket lovers everywhere for this interruption to play. A good one for South Africa and Graeme Smith. Now we'll take you down to the oval for Tony Greig and a special guest. Yes, thank you very much, Simon. I have got a special guest, in fact. It's a gentleman called Edmund Wray. Now Mr Wray is one of the co-founders, I think I'm right in saying, of a betting exchange called Betfair. Hang on, Tony - isn't Betfair Australia 50% owned by the Packer family's PBL, the company that owns Channel Nine? Not a word of disclosure here as Mr Wray gets free rein to spruik his betting exchange which had just been licensed by the Tasmanian Government. A betting exchange is basically a wagering operation. We use advanced technology to keep our costs down. We pass those benefits onto the customer. Of course, with a profit left for PBL and Betfair.

PBL hopes that its partnership in Betfair Australia will boost its share of the Australian gambling market. And promoting it, even if it interrupts the cricket coverage, helps. All the networks cross-promote their programs, even the ABC. But there's a difference when you dress up 'spruiks' for your other businesses as 'interviews' and incorporate them into the show. Wonder whether the broadcasting regulator should look into that one? What if they dob us in to the broadcasting authority? Won't happen, mate. What if they do? Oh, the broadcasting authority is a myth. Look, for a complaint to be heard they've got to write to us, right? Not phone, write, and that cuts out 70% of the Then we've got 60 days to respond, you know, which we'd definitely let go by. that they originally 10 years ago, the ABC TV show 'Frontline' was making fun of the old Australian Broadcasting Authority. The ABA has now morphed into the Australian Communications and Media Authority, or ACMA. Different acronym though much the same people and same powers when it comes to media regulation. But we've discovered that they're suddenly rather coy about their investigations and findings. We were a little surprised the other evening to see this on 'Today Tonight'. And now to a story you won't see on the ABC's Media Watch - the ruling by the Australian Communications and Media Authority on a claim that this program deliberately set about to show Lebanese Muslim youth in a bad light.

This program was accused by the ABC's 'Media Watch' of unfairly editing the story. In short, they accused us of being dishonest, deceitful and unethical.

That's what we said, all right. But what's all this about a report from ACMA? According to 'Today Tonight': We were cleared in all respects but the findings amount to a damning indictment of 'Media Watch' and its standards of research and reporting. What was strange was we knew nothing about ACMA's "damning indictment" so we rang up to try and get a copy of their report. "Sorry," they said, "you can't have it." ACMA told us that they don't always publish the results

of investigations that find no breach of the media regulations. Oh, Come on Lyn. FOI? What's the point of these investigations if you don't tell people what you've found and why? ACMA's policy seems confused and confusing. But the bottom line is that it's not as transparent as it should be. The public has a right to know what the regulator's doing. But not to worry - we got a copy of the 'Today Tonight' report and we're happy to publish it on OUR website so that everyone can see the reasons for ACMA's decision. Not that we think much of their reasoning. We still think 'Today Tonight' was out of line. Just as we think 2GB's Alan Jones was out of line in the week before the Cronulla riots. The people Alan Jones is talking about

were responsible for the assault of two lifeguards at Cronulla Beach on December 4 last year. That incident sparked the Cronulla riots and Alan Jones was in the thick of it. Now that's a skill - to move seamlessly from inciting violence to inciting shoppers. Following three complaints to ACMA, an investigation has begun into Alan Jones's broadcasts over the week before the riots. ACMA were at first reluctant to confirm the existence of the Jones' investigation - but they'll certainly have a lot to work with. Every day for a week, Alan found time to let his listeners air their real or imagined grievances against those "men of Middle Eastern appearance". You get the idea. ACMA is also investigating a complaint against Jones's colleague, Brian Wilshire. 2GB sent Brian off on an early summer break for that - and broadcast this apology. Well not quite unreservedly. Brian has told us: Which brings us back to ACMA. We can't wait for their findings. And we'll try to report them to you - bearing in mind that if ACMA finds

neither Jones nor Wilshire breached the Radio Code of Practice, then they don't have to publish their reports to explain why. You can hear more of what Alan and Brian had to say on our website: abc.net.au/mediawatch. Until next week - good night. Captions by Captioning and Subtitling International. This program is captioned live. In the news - all of the Bali Nine have now appealed against their sentences. Appeal papers for seven of the Australian heroin traffickers were lodged with the Bali High Court today. The other two appealed last week. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who were sentenced to death, are not to seeking clemency. A suicide bombing in Baghdad has claimed at least 12 lives. The target was a minibus in a mainly Shi'ite Muslim area. Ben Cousins has quit as the captain of last year's AFL Grand Final team - the West Coast Eagles. The decision follows his admission that he parked his car 50m from a booze bus and ran off with police in pursuit. Tomorrow's weather - thunderstorms for Darwin and Perth, showers in Sydney and Brisbane. And fine in the other capital cities. 'Lateline' is along at 10:35.

This program is not subtitled THEME MUSIC APPLAUSE AND CHEERING Thank you. Good evening. Welcome to a very special February edition of Enough Rope. Our guest tonight has a simple life philosophy - never trust a man who, left alone in a room with a tea cosy, doesn't try it on. SCATTERED LAUGHTER It's even better in Scottish. Please welcome the self-confessed "welder who got away with it", Billy Connolly! APPLAUSE AND CHEERING Welcome. Thanks for having me on. A delight. SCATTERED LAUGHTER