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Tonight, back to work -

Queensland's Peter Beattie

shrugs off Labor's landslide.

This is not a time for

celebration, this is a time for

us to get on with the job. I

am sober and sensible.

Smacking laws - the push to ban

parents from hitting their

children. Hundreds of surfers

pay tribute to the Crocodile

Hunter. And how the west was

won - Sydney by a point.

Good evening. Joe O'Brien

with ABC News. Labor's

re-sounding victory in

yesterday's Queensland election

has sent shock waves through State Liberal parties, struggling to win government around the country. The Prime

Minister has sent a warning

that his conservative

colleagues need to put more

work into policy if they are to

end the long-running drought.

The Liberals' federal director

added his weight, saying too

corrode the party's structure. many Coalition losses will

The wake-up call comes as Peter

Beattie begins his fourth term,

expecting to have won 60 of the

State's 89 seats. There is no

time for celebrating, Peter

Beattie wants to be seen as the

proactive Premier. Having

lurched from crisis to crisis

over the past 2.5 years, Peter

Beattie admits he is a lucky

man. Yesterday's win was more

to do with the Opposition's

failings than the Premier's own

strengths. This is not a time

for celebration, this is a time

for us to get on with the job.

I am sober and sensible. The

upon polls predicted it and as

the night unfold ld, there were

few surprises. A swing and

here, a handful of seats

changing hands and then one of

the le yest concession speeches

in politics. A few moments

ago I rang Premier Peter

Beattie and congratulated him

on a strong result. With the

campaign lasting just 26 days,

the Coalition couldn't recover

from its stumbling start. The

Liberals had just elected a new

leader whose in experience

attracted bad press. Bruce

Flegg explained away his gaffes

as a blond moment. I don't

take all the responsibility,

but I certainly accept my

share. If he wasn't sure about

his role, he got this reminder

from the Prime Minister. It's always difficult to change

leaders on the eve of a context

unless you've got somebody

waiting in the wings who is

extra remarkable and extra

special, and that doesn't

happen very often. Poll tish

shans across Australia were

digesting the wash-up of last

night's result as the Coalition

continues to struggle

everywhere but Canberra. At

some point, State parties can

so weak that they corrode the

infrastructure of the party and

that does have great

implications for us federally.

The Federal Opposition Leader

says it is a message to the

Prime Minister about the new

Back on on industrial industrial relations laws.

relations. Our campaigning in

Queensland emphasised that as a

subtheme in the election. Rubbish, according to John

Howard. This attempt by Mr

Beazley to suggest that there

was some federal issues

involved is wishful thinking.

There will be soul-searching within the Queensland Coalition

which is now looking down the

barrel of perhaps another two

terms in Opposition. I will

be thinking about my options

over the next couple of days.

At this stage it is my

intention to put my name

forward. His own future may

be in doubt, but Lawrence

Springborg says his party needs

to merge with the Liberals if

it is to succeed. That plan

was scuttled by Canberra in May

and there has been no

heart. indication of a change of

On the eve of the fifthage

verse ri of the September 11

attacks, President Bush has

declared the United States is

safer than before the terrorist

s struck. In Australia, religious commemorations have already begun and political

debate rages over whether more

should be done to protect

Australia. At a Melbourne

mosque, they've started marking the anniversary of the

September 11 attacks with

prayers for peace and understanding, by people from

many faiths. My parents

brought us here to understand

different religions and to

learn about that all people aren't terrorists. After

come together and step forward those events, we should all

in peace. Five years on, the Government continues to warn

that the forces at work behind

the attacks are far from

defeated. There is a threat

there and we have to deal with

it. I think Australia has

learnt that it will be a long

struggle. John Howard says

the possibility of a September

11-style attack co-curing here

is -- occurring here is never

far from his mind. A plane -

a big building every time I go

for a walk in the morning,

thoughts go through my head.

Australia has spent nearly $8 billion to bolster national

security, but the Opposition

says transport and border surveillance remain vulnerable.

You've got to say there is

room for improvement here big

time. In the US, George W.

Bush has declared his country

is safer than it was five years ago even though it faces

determined enemies. The

President is also maintaining

pressure on Congress to pass

the laws needed to allow

military commissions at

Guantanamo Bay to go ahead.

We will prosecute these men and

send a clear message to those

who kill American s, no matter

how long it takes, we will find

you and bring you to justice.

Mr Bush will lay a wreath at

Ground Zero to mark the

anniversary. Israel's Prime

Minister says he is ready to

resume direct talks with the

Palestinians to try to revive

the Middle East peace process.

However, Ehud Olmert says the

first issue to be settled is

the release of the Gilad

Shalit, the Israeli soldier

captured in Gaza. Theo Matt

Brown reports from Jerusalem. Israel's Prime Minister is

under intense pressure from his

sell foe -- fellow citizens

who want a royal commission-like inquiry into

the way he conducted the war in

Lebanon. They were asking why

Ehud Olmert could not stop

Hezbollah from firing rockets

into Israel or win the release

of the two Israeli soldiers

captured in July. We are

demand ing an inquiry of what

happened in the Lebanon war.

It was the largest public show

of dissatisfaction with Mr

Olmert since he took office in

May. But he is also under

pressure to renew talk was the

Palestinians. Tony Blair says

the stability of the Middle

East affects his own country

and he is urging the Israeli

leader to resume a dialogue

with the moderate Palestinian

President, Mahmoud Abbas. Of

course, I want to see a

situation in which this region

has Israel confident and

secure, where we have a

Palestinian state, democratic

and viable. Ehud Olmert says

he wants to revive the road map

to peace with the Palestinians,

but there will be no progress

until Palestinian militants

release an Israeli soldier

captured and held in the Gaza

Strip since June. I also told

Prime Minister Blair that I

intend to meet with Mahmoud

Abbas on outstanding issues on

our agenda. The issue was our

first priority was the

Palestinians, naturally is the

immediate release of Corp ral

Gilad Shalit. Even then, real

progress towards peace would be

slow and Ehud Olmert's

Coalition government is

increasingly unstable. Two

East Timorese refugees have

been admitted to the Royal

Darwin Hospital the day before

they were due to be sent home.

The men are part of a group of

42 refugees that arrived in

Australia three months ago when

they escaped a violent uprising

in the capital, Dili. This is

one man's desperate plea to the

Australian Government. He

will be sent back to East Timor

tomorrow, but he fears he will

be killed as soon as he reaches

the airport. Everyone knows

that they're going to come back

on Monday and people will be

waiting for him. He says he

will be targeted because he is

related to the former interior

minister who is now under house

arrest. He now says he will

go and die, but no choice.

His father is said to be hiding

in the East Timorese

countryside. He says there

will be no family to greet him

when he returns with his mother

and sisters tomorrow. Maybe

Australia reckon they come for money, but they're not coming

for money, they come for safe.

This afternoon, he was taken

to hospital after threatening

to kill himself. This man has

been admitted to the Royal

Darwin Hospital psychiatric

award. The Immigration

Department is awaiting medical

advice to see if either of two

men are fit for travel.

Despite reports of violence in

refugee camps yesterday,

it'sistaning by advice by the

Department of Foreign Affairs

that it's safe for the group to

return home. State

governments are being urged to

toughen laws which allow pairns

to physically punish their

children, but it appears the

push to ban smacking doesn't

have much support from

politicians or parents. How

parents should discipline their

children may just be the

ultimate barbecue stopper. The

Australian childhood Foundation

says it is shocked by a recent

survey of 720 people. 69% of

those surveyed believed it was

sometimes necessary to smack a

naughty child. 45% thought it

was OK to hit a child hard

enough to leave a mark, and one

in 10 said it was acceptable to

use canes, sticks, belts or

slippers to hit a child. The

The foundation's Joe Tucci says

there should be a complete ban

on the physical punishment of

children. This is about all

of us, over time, coming to

realise that there are better,

more effective ways and more

respectful ways of shaping

children's behaviour. Mr

Tucci says Australia lags

behind 15 other countries, including New Zealand, which

have outlawed the physical punishment of children. New

South Wales has the toughest

laws in Australia. Parents are

banned from hitting their

children above the shoulders.

The Premier dismissed the need

for further restrictions. If

you're asking me is the

Government going to be an extra

force in the homes of parents?

No. In Victoria, there is

also a reluctance to change

existing laws We would expect

parents to do the right thing

and not use excessive force.

Parents say there is a line

between discipline and abuse.

I think there are times where

it's appropriate, where it's

needed. The Australian Family Association believes other

issues are of greater

importance. For the 1% that

we may be doing something wrong

which can be picked up by

current laws, there is no need

for further laws. The

Australian child hood

Foundation says it will send

its findings to state and

federal level. The

organisation running motor

racing in Australia has

promised a thorough investigation into the crash

that killed Peter Brock.

Experts will exam the wreckage

tomorrow to try and extract

clues from the car's black box.

The woman who has spent the

last year by Brock's side spoke

of her loss. I'm simply

devastated that the plans that

we had for our future together

have ended prematurely. She

says Brock lived his life to

the fullest. Those close to

Peter knew he was a spiritual

person who had no fear of death

and dying. The investigation

into what caused Brock's car to

crash will continue tomorrow.

This gold box holdings some of

the includes, but investigators

need the black box containd in

the dashboard to fill in the

other pieces of the pudsle.

Police say a team of engineers

from the company which

manufactures the data recorder

has flown to Perth. The they

will try to download the data

here, but if that doesn't work,

it will be sent to Melbourne.

It will be shipped over to

Victoria, to the company that

manufactured the vehicle and

independently audited. The

peak motor racing body in

Australia says the committee it

will put together for its own investigation into Brock's

death will be highly qualified.

Those people will be probably

legally qualified in some

instances but certainly they

will have immense experience in

the motor sport world. Today

fans continued to pay their

respects at the place where the

61-year-old died. And in

Adelaide, the Torana Holden

Club held a run in memory of

Brook. And autopsy will be

carried out tomorrow and

Brock's body will be returned

to his family this week. It

will then be flown to Melbourne

for his funeral. Hundreds of

surfers on Queensland's

Sunshine Coast have held a

memorial service for require irrer -- for Steve Irwin who

died in waters off Port Douglas

last Monday. About 300 paddled

out early this morning, while

hundreds more waited on the

beach in silent tribute. The

Crocodile Hunter had been a

keen surfer and cam painer for

the marine environment. They

through flowers in the water

and spent some moments in

silence. At Steve Irwin's

wildlife park, the crowds kept

coming, but the media was told

to keep its distance. His

family is believed to have held

a private funeral over the

weekend and will soon announce

plans for a public service.

This has been one of the worst

snow seasons in 20 years. The

implications go well beyond the

slopes. Less snow means less

water and towns downstream will

suffer, too. Snow-making

machines have guaranteed a good

cover at Thredbo in New South

Wales, but this season there is

no hiding the slopes have been

light hon. The natural snow

fall has been disappointing for

the resort and for the industry

as a whole. It hasn't really

provided us with the natural

snow depth that we have

experienced in the last five

years. Less snow means less

melt over spring and summer.

The river s downstream,

including the Murray an the

Murrimbidgee rely on that flow.

Because of the drought, any

melt will be soaked into the

ground rather than running off.

In a normal year, the snow is

the bank and that during

September, October, November,

it's melting it and recharging

the dams, but that's going to

be a very, very short recharge.

Irrigators are already facing

record dry conditions and a

lower water allocation. They

may now have to cut back their

stock. Those fellows are

going to be really squeezed,

and there is no fat left any

longer because the drought has

gone on for so long. In fact,

there has been about a 40%

decline in snow cover since the

'60s and that has had an impact

on river flows all the way to

Adelaide. Certainly going to

increase the salinity in the

lower Murray and it will do

nothing for the dying red gums

or the declining water bird

populations, so a fairly

serious issues. Some say

rivers like the Murray may Nour

be entered uncharted waters.

The former US Vice President

Al Gore says Australia could be

more affected than any other

nation by the impact of global

warming. The politician turned

environmentist is in Australia

to promote his film which urges the world to listen to the

evidence on the dangers of a

changing climate. In the five

years since Al Gore lost the

presidential race to George

Bush, he has become an

evangelist for at environment,

through a slide show and now

through his film, 'An

Inconvenient Truth', he is

spreading the word that unless

countries unite, global warming

will wreak havoc on the planet.

Ultimately this is really not

a political issue so much as a

moral issue. If we allow that

to happen, it is deeply

unethical. Now Al Gore has

brought the message to

Australia where he says the

stakes are extremely high. In

many ways, Australia has more

at risk than any other country.

I would hope that Australia

would put more pressure on the

United States by adopting this

global treaty and then the US

would feel enormous pressure to

change. Al Gore joined

politicians and community

leaders at the Australian

premiere of the film. He is

critical of Australia and the United States for being the

only two developed nations not

to sign the Kyoto protocol to

cut carbon emissions, but his

arguments didn't convince the

Prime Minister today. The

fact is that if we sign the

Kyoto proet coal, we would --

protocol, we would destroy a lot of Australian industry and

we would send a lot of

Australian jobs to countries

like China, Indonesia and

India. I find a lot of

business leaders here in

Australia, as in the United

States, are actually ahead of

the political leaders and are

saying that it's not true that

you hurt the economy if you

become more efficient in

reducing pollution. 'An

Inconvenient Truth' opens

nationally this week.

Tonight's top story - the Prime

Minister has rejected

suggestions that his IR changes

played a part in Labor's easy

election win in Queensland.

Still to come, Russian Maria

Sharapova's emotional US Open

victory.

Pope Benedict has begun a

nostalgic 6-day home combing to

his native Bavaria. His stirs

stop was Munich. At a prayer

meeting in the city's central

square, he urged fellow Germans

to spread the Christian faith.

Although Germany is now a

largely secular state, Bavaria

remains a Catholic stronghold.

After nearly two weeks of

delays, 'Atlantis' has

successfully blasted off

without major concern. NASA

officials say some foam and ice

broke off during lift-off, but

there is no damage to the

aircraft. Damage from foam

caused the 'Columbia' disaster

in 2003 and the two flights

since then focused on

correcting the problem and improving flight safety.

'Atlantis' is carrying a

6-member crew to the International Space Station on

the first construction mission

in three years. The astronauts

will rig two huge solar panels

weighing 16 tonnes to generate

more power for the station.

Parramatta and Canberra are the

first teams to be eliminate frd

the NRL finals series. Last

night the dragons produced the

most impressive performance of

the weekend to defeat the

Broncos, and the Bulldogs ended

the Raiders' run. Today,

Melbourne Storm held off a late

challenge from the Eels. NRL

finals fever proved a hit in

Melbourne and despite the late

withdrawal of young star Inglis

through injury, the Storm set

the pace through Parramatta. Steve Turner proved a constant

threat. Melbourne's attack was

relentless and left the Eels

gasping and the Storm surged to

a 12-point lead at the break.

The Storm Koch looked relacked

at half-time. He was soon

sweating as the Eels crossed

but were denied by the video

referee and key Storm players

were rattled in heavy physical

clashes. Facing elimination,

the Eels rallied and cracked

the Melbourne defence through

Daniel Wagon. With a few

minutes left, Brett Delaney had

a chance to level the scores,

but was cut down by Billy

Slater. I sort of had to back

off a bit. Then he went for

the corner and I had to go for

it. The Storm earns the week

off and moves within one game

of a Grand Final berth. Appall

ing conditions played in the

Bulldogs' hands against the

Raiders last night. The

Canberra team was playing for

survival and scored first, but

the rain and wind ruined their

plans for attacking football. Captain Andrew Ryan put the

Bulldogs on the board and only

desperate defence stopped more

tries. The Raiders lost

play-maker Jason Smith and two

pieces of Brett Sherwin

brilliance sealed the drotion'

win. The Dogs earn a place in

a preliminary final and end the

Raiders' season. The Broncos

stormed into the finals in

ominous form, but in front of

50,000 people in Brisbane, the

dragons did the early damage.

The Broncos caught the final s

fumbles but eventually scored

just before the break. The

Gold Coast-bound Luke Bailey

crashed over in the second

half, showing he will be missed

by the Dragons next season.

Matt Cooper capped off the win.

It could prove costly with an

injury to Mark Gasnier. The

semifinals will see the Dragons

up against the Sea Eagles on

Friday and the Knights will tackle the Broncos on Saturday.

The prospect of successive

premierships for the Swanses

has firmed with last night's

thrilling 1-point win against

the West Coast Eagles. The Western Bulldogs ended

Collingwood's season, while

Sydney has a week's rest before

hosting a preliminary final on Friday week against either

Melbourne or Fremantle.

Eagles coach John Worsfold had

the game face on before

jouncedown, but the Swans were

able to look their enemy in the

eye and strut into a home

preliminary final. The bonus

of winning tonight is you don't

have to win two more games to

get into the Grand Final, you

have to win one more game.

That can be a little bit - you

do rest a bit easier for a

week. If we had have won by a

point, I would probably feel

like Paul Roos feels. It was

the heavyweight tussle further

afield that proved pivotal.

The glas-Hall battle was

outstanding. I think Hall to

come back with five goals and

got beaten on the night.

Barry Hall slotted one through

on the stroke of half-time.

COMMENTATOR: Magnificent goal! Wild Quinten Lynch responded

for the Eagles after the main

break with a dowel. The lead

changed on six occasions. Judd

amassed a game-high 34 touches

as well as two goals. But

some late magic from Michael

O'Loughlin got his team over

the line by a single point. It

was Sydney's first win at

Subiaco Oval since 2001. The last four matches between the

two sides have been decided by

a total of 11 pointds. I've

got all faith in our players

that they are good enough to

take on and beat any side.

Eagles ee utility Daniel Chick

is in doubt for next weekend's

home semifinal after being

reported for rough conduct.

The Wallabies' poor record in

South Africa has continued with

a 24-16 defeat in the last Tri-Nations match of the

season. Penalty goals were the

only scores in the first half.

Stirling mortgage lock's was

cancelled out by one from the

boot of Andre Pretorius. The

opening try came five minutes

into the second half. Palu was

the instigator. A Pretorius

field goal re-claimed the lead

for the Springboks before two

tries gave the home side a

match-winning break. It was

strik's - South Africa's second

consecutive win after a

disappointing start to the soar

Rhys which was won by the All

Blacks. Sydney FV has been

held to a 1-all draw by Perth

Glory. Melbourne easily

accounted for New Zealand and

last night's Central Coast

played a scoreless draw with

Queensland. The understrength

Sydney opened the scoring late

in the first half through

veteran Sasho Petrovski.

Central Coast was looking for

its first win of the season but

wasn't able to capitalise in

the wet conditions. Russia's

Maria Sharapova has won the US

Open, her second Grand Slam

tennis title. The 19-year-old

beat Belgium's Justine Henin-Hardenne in straight

sets. The men's number one

Roger Federer will take on Andy

Roddick in the men's final

tomorrow. With a style

matched by substance, Maria

Sharapova didn't hold back in

her first Grand Slam final in

two years. Mixing power with delicate touch. COMMENTATOR: That's good

tennis! After winning the

first set 6-4, the Russian

continued to attack in the

second. Justine Henin-Hardenne

would have taken the number one

ranking if she had won, but was

outplayed on the key points as

Sharapova added the US Open

title to her Wimbledon win in

2004. And there it is.

Sharapova has done it! Well, I

figured I lost the last four

times I played against Justine,

so everything I did in the last

four times, I had to flip it

360. In her excitement, Sharapova also flipped the lid

off the trophy. Men's top

seed, Roger Federer moved into

his 6th straight Grand Slam

final with a clinical win over

Russian Nikolay Davydenko. His

opponent will be home down

favourite Andy Roddick who beat Russian Mikhail Youzhny in four

sets to move into his first US

Open final three years ago.

Martina Navratilova has ended

her extraordinary career with a

59th Grand Slam title. The

49-year-old teamed up with

American Bob Bryan to win the

mixed doubles. Now let's take

a look at the weather. First

of all, these downpours on the

east coast over the past couple

of days. There has been 9

moremm of rain in Sydney today.

The city has now received as

much rain in the first 10 days

in September as it normally

receives over the whole month.

100 mm falling in some hearse.

-- hearo areas. Little good

news for the dams with little falls over the catchment areas.

The satellite picture shows thick cloud across New South Wales and southern Queensland.

Cloud is being pushed onto

southern Victoria and there is

more cloud across WA. The on

the sin optic chart, a large

high continues to dominate the

map. There is a front and a

trough affecting WA. Rain

tomorrow - there will be more

showers over eastern New South

Wales and up into Queensland.

Southern WA is also expecting

some falls. In the capital

cities tomorrow: Around New South Wales

tomorrow: the strong wind warning continues for the

entire coast.

Before we go, another look

at the stories making the

headlines tonight. Labor's

resounding victory in

yesterday's Queensland election

has sent shock waves through State Liberal parties struggling to win government

around the country. Australia

has begun religious

commemorations to mark the 5th

anniversary of the terror attacks on the World Trade

Center. And investigators will

exam Peter Brock's in-car data

recorder to see if the accident

that claimed his life could

have been avoided. That's the

news for now. I will be back

with an update just after 8.20.

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