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Tonight - brace position.

Qantas shows workers the

emergency exit. It's just emergency exit. It's just an

outrageous slap in the face for

Qantas workers and their families. Action stations for

the greatest story ever

told. The body of Jesus is

brought down from the cross.

An ABC correspondent arrested

in Singapore. And - it's no

dream. The Sharks back in the


Good evening. Today it was

Qantas workers who paid,

tomorrow it could be passengers. Just 12 hours after

reaching a wages deal with

flight engineers, the national

carrier has announced a massive

job-shedding program. 1,500

positions will go. Fewer planes

will be flying, and air fares

are likely to rise. All, Qantas

says, because of soaring says, because of soaring fuel prices. Finance correspondent

Phillip Lasker reports on the

day they culled the Flying

Kangaroo. Australia's most

experienced airline executive

knows what's in store for the

next 12 months. High growth,

high oil costs, higher

fares. And job cuts by

Christmas. Qantas will cut

1,500 jobs, almost all in

creation of Australia. Plans for the

creation of an extra 1,200

positions will be scrapped, Jetstar's recruitment program

is also to be suspended for

this year, and Qantas's

capacity growth has been

slashed to zero from 8%, with

22 aircraft being grounded.

Although no routes have been

cut. We stay in markets but if

necessary to make the changes

we need we'll lessen our

presence in some markets. Qantas says

non-operational staff will be

hardest hit with 20% of

management and head office

support jobs to be axed. It

brought an angry response from

unions in the firing line. This

airline is about to roll out

one of the largest profits in

its whole history. It's time

for more loyalty to the staff

who built that profit. It's

an outrageous slap in the face

to workers and their families.

The government was disappointed

but chose to turn the other

cheek. These job losseses are

of course a factor of global

oil price rises, and that's

something that is beyond either

the government's or Qantas's

control. Geoff Dixon was less

charitable towards the

government, saying its carbon

trading scheme discriminated

against the aviation industry,

with damaging consequences. We

will have to increase fares.

And that to me will have a

direct impact on flying to

regional Australia, and it will

have a direct impact on tourism

and the domestic aviation

market. Qantas's rife Virgin

Blue, which says it won't be

cutting jobs yet, also

announced further cuts in capacity.

Barely two days old and the

Federal Government has had to

quell a corporate backlash

against its emissions trading

scheme. One of the country's

largest energy exporters,

Woodside, is complaining that

liquefied natural gas will be

unfairly charged for the carbon

it creates and it could put

billions of dollars worth of

investment at risk. Political

correspondent Greg Jennett reports. His Green reports. His Green Paper sowed

seeds of expectation. Ha ha

ha. But Kevin Rudd can't

deliver to everyone. All done.

Energy giant Woodside is

emerging as the first corporate

voice of dissent against the

design of the government's

emissions trading scheme. It

puts in jeopardy the industry's

LNG plans in Australia. LNG's

problem is that it doesn't

pollute enough to qualify pollute enough to qualify among

the biggest industrial burners

in the Green Paper. That means

no free pollution

permits. We've reduced our

emissions just enough to be

penalised in the long run now

for having to buy our permits.

At 20 million tonnes and rising

LNG is among the cleanest energy sources Australia

exports to Asia. Woodside says

a price spike risks Chinese

customers going back to dirty

coal. LNG is part of the

solution for the globe. It's

not part of the

problem. Irresponsible

short-term politics is to

change your position every day

on the question of carbon

pollution reduction. But just

two days on from releasing its

Green Paper, the government is

open to changing the thresholds

defining intensive emitters. We will

will be consulting with Mr

Bolty and Woodside and other

players in the industry to

determine whether they qualify

for additional permits. And

Woodside is not alone. Chevron,

whose Gorgon joint venture will

become Australia's biggest

investment project, is also

arguing against any extra cost

burden that would affect its

ability to compete. The

industry backlash feeds into

the coalition's campaign for a

slowdown on the scheme's introduction. Now we're already

seeing that he's putting at

risk a vital industry. While

also searching for a


World Youth Day pilgrims

have flocked into the heart of

Sydney once again, but this

time it wasn't for the Pope.

The faithful came for a

dramatic Catholic ceremony called Stations of the

Emma Griffiths is at St Mary's called Stations of the Cross.

Cathedral. It was an emotional

day for many? Yes, Joe . The Stations of the Cross recalls

the final days of Jesus and for

Christians it's a powerful

journey this afternoon they

watched a cast of about 100

performers wind its way through

Sydney streets in dramatic

style but it wasn't only

pilgrims watching on. There are

attracted estimates the TV coverage

attracted a worldwide audience

of half a billion people.

The passion of Christ or the

final hours in the life of

Jesus is a centuries-old

tradition in the Catholic

Church. It starts with the Last

Supper and here, Jesus is being

played by Anthony Stuto, whose

normal job is in

normal job is in advertising..

The Pope leads the Stations of

the Cross every Good Friday in

Rome's colosseum. Today, he did

so from Sydney's St Mary's

Cathedral. We try to walk in

your footsteps. As people

lined the streets the tired

Pope retreated to the cathedral

crypt. A sight to behold crypt. A sight to behold in the

Domain. From betrayal to the

agony in the garden. But the

first, the forecourt Sydney Opera House, this was a

transformed into a religious

court and a place of immeasurable cruelty.

It's a new-found

appreciation, really, for what

he has done for all of his he has done for all of his

people. And along Sydney's

most famous landmarks, Anthony

Stuto as Jesus dragged his 3.5m

cross. This is the Stations of

the Cross, Australian-style, an

exhausted Jesus collapsing on a

pontoon in Darling Harbour,

being helped by Aboriginal

people. His final destination,

Barangaroo, the centre of so

many World Youth Day events. This

This time, it was not a

celebration, Jesus was nailed to the cross.

And Christ is left to die in

a scene which stirred the

emotions of many pilgrims

watching on. A special moment

for us as Catholics. He died

for everybody. It's been called a called a journey of profound

prayer and the station

depicting the crucifixion is

certain to stay with many of

these young Catholic pilgrims

for the rest of their lives.

The Pope has been told to

slow down - at least when he's

in the Popemobile. Some

pilgrims were left disappointed

last night when the famous

white car seemed to speed

through some of the city's

streets. But the Pope set a much

much slower pace today. In a

series of official meetings, he

has praised Australia for its

religious freedoms. The Pope

set a cracking pace through the

streets of Sydney yesterday,

and that extended to his

motorcade. At times the

Popemobile seemed to speed and lurch around some corners. We

understand that they will be

undertaking to have a slower pace on pace on the motorcade route on

Sunday. Today there was a less

frenetic pace. The Pope met civil leaders, handing out

papal coins an rosary beads as

gifts. There was was a meeting

with other Christian leaders as

well as those from other

faiths. The Pope's message of

one of unity at a time when

some consider religion as a

cause of division. The unified

voice of religious people urges

nations and communities to

resolve conflicts through

peaceful means and with full

regard for human dignity. It

was a sentiment shared by

others. Though we may differ

profoundly in the details or

interpretation, our shared

points of origin should bind us

together. For the past few

days, we listened to the youth

saying "Let us promote fundamental

fundamental ly love instead of

fundamentally hate." That was

clearly evidence with this

group, who shared a once in a

lifetime experience. I am here

having lunch with the Pope and

I'm so grateful. I know I'm so

blessed. He just said that

education is the way forward.

And it is very important for

the Indigenous people of this

country. Very lovely, very

down-to-earth, and just like a

grandfather. But not everyone

is impressed with the Pope's

message. I'm not only gay, I'm

very happy. And at this stage,

nobody seems too annoyed.

Tonight, the Pope is at

church in Darlinghurst at the University of Notre Dame. Youth affairs reporter Michael Turtle

is there. The pontiff is due to

meet some special young people

there? That's right, the Pope

is currently in the church

behind me addressing a group of young disadvantaged family, as

well as their family, friends

and supporters. These are

people who have dealt with

issues like homelessness, substance abuse and mental

illness. They're all now

getting help for those problems

and the Pope will praise them

for that courage and then meet

10 of them personally. Tonight

he will also met bashing victim

Lauren Huxley and her family.

She was baptised and confirming

before she underwent life-saving surgery. He will

tell her as well as the other

young people here that they're

ambassadors of hope. Thanks Michael. There have been some big World Youth Day crowds so

far, but organisers say we

haven't seen anything yet.

About half a million people are

expected to make the pilgrimage to Randwick racecourse to Randwick racecourse

tomorrow. They will sleep out

under the stars ahead of the

Pope's final mass on Sunday.

But for now, that's all from St

Mary's Cathedral. I'm Emma


There's been a final salute

to the Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan last

week. Family and friends of SAS Signaller Sean McCarthy

gathered on the Gold Coast for

his funeral. Signaller McCarthy

was killed by a roadside bomb

while on patrol in southern

Afghanistan, the sixth

Australian soldier to die in the country. The Prime Minister

and the Opposition Leader were

among the mourners at the

military service. They watched

as Signaller McCarthy's fellow

soldiers carried his casket,

draped in the flag he died for.

Colleagues described the

25-year-old as a selfless and

courageous soldier. The ABC's

South Asia correspondent Peter

Lloyd is facing drug charges in

Singapore. He has been arrested

for allegedly possessing the

amphetamine ice and could be

charged with trafficking.

Police say if Peter Lloyd is

convicted, he faces up to 20

years in prison, and 15 strokes

of the cane. Peter

of the cane. Peter Lloyd has

been an ABC foreign

correspondent for six years and

he has reported on some of the

most dramatic events in the

Asian region. There are more

police coming on board behind

me. Are you going to allow Mr

Sharif off the plane? But

tonight, Peter Lloyd is facing

a very uncertain future. I can

confirm that Peter Lloyd has

been arrested in

been arrested in Singapore on

drug-related matters. Singapore's Central Narcotics

Bureau says the 41-year-old

faces a charge of trafficking

for allegedly supplying a small

quantity of ice to a local man.

He is also accused of accusing

a small amount of ice, an

improvised smoking pipe and six

syringes, and police say a

urine test came back positive

forfeit gets. Peter Lloyd is in Changi Hospital where he's

getting treatment for a serious

eye infection. The director of

ABC News, John Cameron said in

a statement: Australia's foreign moish

will be in Singapore next

week. Australia will render all the appropriate and usual

consular assistance to Mr Lloyd

and to his family. --

Foreign Minister. Local police

say if convicted the journalist

faces between 5 and 20 years in

jail and between 5 and 15

strokes of the cane. He was

recently named the co-presenter

of a new national breakfast

television show to start soon

on ABC2.

A second person has been

diagnosed with the potentially

deadly Hendra Virus. Tonight,

the female vet nurse is in an

isolation ward along with a

fellow worker from a horse

clinic south of Brisbane. 50

other workers now have to wait

for a week to find out if

they're clear of the disease.

The two workers from the Redlands Veterinary Clinic are in isolation in isolation at the Princess

Alexandra Hospital. The young

vet nurse tested negative to

the virus last week, but on

Wednesday, she started to

develop flu-like symptoms. She

was then sent home, and got the

unfortunate news about 9.30

last night that she was testing

positive. So they asked her to

go straight to the hospital.

The practice is under

quarantine and the owner says

staff are very worried. A male

vet who tested positive earlier

this week remains in a stable

condition. It's just

devastating. I ... they're all

very, very close

friends. Hendra Virus has been

known to be a serious

infection. Six humans have contracted the disease since it

was discovered in Queensland in

1994. Two of them have died. Queensland has had the experience, the unfortunate

experience and tragic

experience, with this case experience, with this case in

the past. And so therefore, we

have probably very good local

expertise on this. It's

worrying about individuals'

welfare and health. Three horses from the Redlands

Veterinary Clinic are dead as a

result of the most recent

outbreak. Authorities say the

infection of another horse in

Proserpine this week is not

connected. The virus is known

to be spread by flying foxes to be spread by flying foxes but Dr Brad McCall says the

general public is safe. The

people at risk would be those

with very close contact with an infected horse. Queensland

Health will return to the

clinic on Tuesday for a second

round of blood tests on all

staff and all horses will be

rechecked on Wednesday. Those

50 people associated with the

clip nick will find out their

results by the end of next

week. --

clinic. A Melbourne woman of

who murdered her two sons has

been sentenced to 24 years in a

mental health facility. Donna

Fitchett drugged and strangled

her children after the

breakdown of her marriage.

Donna Fitchett wept today as

details of her crime were read

to the court N September 2005,

she persuaded 11-year-old

Thomas and 9-year-old Matthew

to take a large dose of

sedatives. The boys were told

they were going on a trip, and

the medicine was for motion

sickness. She later strangled

them with socks and took an

overdose of the same drug. Her

ex-husband David Fitchett

returned home that evening and

found the children in their

beds. He tried unsuccessfully

to resuscitate them, but they'd

been dead for several hours.

Justice Geoffrey Nettle said

after ending her marriage,

Donna Fitchett decided she'd

rather kill her boys than leave

them with their father. He agreed with the prosecution

that she was suffering no more

than mild depression before the


The court heard Fitchett has

now developed a major

depressive illness since

killing her sons. A pre-sentence report said she

will continue to be a high

suicide risk and will require

intensive supervision and

treatment. In sentencing Donna

Fitchett, Justice Nettle said

her mental condition warranted

a significant reduction in

sentence, and imprisonment

would weigh more heavily on her would weigh more heavily on her than someone of normal mental

health. The judge sentenced

Fitchett to a mental health

facility rather than a prison.

Her former husband didn't

comment on the sentence outside

court. With time already served, Fitchett will be

eligible for parole in 15


To finance now. The local

share market slumped despite a

big rise on Wall Street last night.

Banks and financials on Wall Street have had one the biggest two day rallies in history and

the Dow Jones has had the

biggest two day rise since 2002

ow it's largely technical.

Hedge funds have been buying to cover their short positions

because of the new ban on naked

short selling in the United States. Naked short selling is

where you sell a stock you

don't own, and haven't borrowed

from someone else. The new rule says you have to borrow the

stock first, then you can sell

what you don't own. And the

rule only applies to 19

financial stocks and they've

all soared since it was

announced two days ago. Local

investors weren't fooled by all

this stuff and they took the

All Ordinaries down nearly 2%

today. The US market has had a

bit of a renaissance since the

start of July, up nearly 1%

compared to a fall in Australia

of 7.8% and 1.4% of 7.8% and 1.4% in China, 5%

in Japan and 3% for the world

index. Now, this divergens

between the All Ords and Wall

Street is probably about

Australia's connection to

China, where the economy is

beginning to slow, and is

expected to slow even more

after the Olympics. And also,

the connection to oil, which

has now dropped $17 or 12

ministers in a week. As you can

see from this graph, the oil price has been having a

correction about once a month,

but this one is bigger than

usual. As a result, Woodside

suffered the biggest fall on

the Australian market today,

5%, while Rio fell 2% and the

Commonwealth Bank managed to

gain. The Australian dollar

slipped again, as the US dollar

reacted to a warning from the

IMF about inflation, and the

prospect of higher interest

rates. I will be back on Sunday

at 10am with Inside Business

and the Chairman of the ACCC,

Graeme Samuel. Till then,

that's finance. 433 athlete,

one goal. Australia has named

its team for Beijing. It's not

the biggest to head overseas

but there are still big

expectations. Games officials

here are looking for another

top 5 finish but warn there

will be some stiff competition.

Three weeks from now and they

will be banging the drums in

Beijing. For the Australians

heading to China, the nerves

are starting to show. Yeah,

there's always nerves. I don't

think - you will never do well

at an Olympic Games unless you're nervous but I probably

am a bit better these days than

back in '88. This lunch in

Melbourne is as close as some

former Olympians will get to China. Arrangements were being

made for me, stood in the queue

for six hours and couldn't get

a ticket! There is no ticket

needed for the 433 athletes who will make up the Australian

squad. Not as big as the Athens

team which won 49 medals and

made it into the fourth spot.

The AOC's Fiona De Jong says this time it will be

tougher. The battle for 5th,

6th and 7th is between

Australia, the Brits and

France. So they're the

countries we've got to make

sure we flog in the right

events. It could take anywhere

between 42 and 46 medals to

stay in the top 5. Swimming

remains the big hope, while the

heat and humidity still pose

the biggest challenge. The only

consolation - everyone will

suffer. The AOC isn't so happy

with the inequality in sports funding, warning that if

Australian athletes don't get

more, they'll slip down the

medal count. When they look

over the shores at their other

nations who are fully funded

and supported at a greater

level, it makes it tough.

There's a bonus for the first

Australian athlete to stand on

the podium in Beijing - they

will be bringing home the

country's 400th Olympic medal.

Australia's Cadel Evans is

still out in front of the Tour

de France, but it's another

drugs scandal that's got

everyone talking. Dual

stage-winning Italian Ricardo

Ricco has been kicked out of

the race, after testing

positive for the blood-boosting

drug EPO. As for Evans - he

retains a 1 second lead as the

Tour heads towards the

difficult stages in the alps.

So often in recent years, Tour

de France glory has been

followed by the ghastly taint

of drugs. The winner of two

stages with the nickname 'The

Cobra', Italian Ricardo Ricco was cornered by was cornered by gendarmes after

testing positive to the blood

booster EPO. His team was

subsequently withdrawn. Very

sorry for the image of

cycling. It's the third most

high profile positive test on a

Tour fighting hard to retain

its credibility. It's a good

thing that the tests are working, that people are

getting caught. Mark Cavendish

won a hectic sprint finish

after 167 km to become the first from Great Britain to win

three stages on the same

Tour. Mark Cavendish becomes

the first British cyclist to

ever win three stages in a Tour

de France! Cadel Evans still

holds a 1 second lead over Luxembourg's Frank Schleck.

Tiger Woods was nowhere to be

seen but that didn't make life

much easier during Round 16 the

British Open at Royal Birkdale.

Top 10 play ers looked like

social hackers. Phil Mickelson

had a over par 79 and former

champion Ernie Els was one

stroke worse. South African

Retief Goosen exceled in the

much tougher morning conditions

with a 1 over par 7 1 I was

shooting 1 over par. It felt

like you're shooting probably

7, 8 under. Back in the public

eye after his recent wedding,

two-time champion Greg Norman

rolled back the years with a

70. Very impressively played.

His potential successor Adam

Scott is also 1 from the lead .

Only three players are in red

figures. Australia's Robert

Allenby carded a 1 under 69. A

tough golf course, even if

there isn't any wind. Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell and

US Open runner-up Rocco Mediate

share the lead with Allenby.

Slater has taken a stranglehold

on a ninth world surfing title

by winning his fourth event

from the five decided so far

this year. I'm 36 years old,

and that's - maybe that's my

prime, you know. Slater had

luck. Australia's world No. 2

Joel Parkinson was headed for a

semifinal victory over the

American before falling off

three waves. Reigning world

champion Mick Fanning also

tripped up in a final of deteriorating conditions which

allowed Slater to extend his

ratings lead. Whoever's gonna

pin him back has to win the

next couple of events to even

stay in the race. It's Slater's

fourth title at Jeffreys Bay.

The rugby union world champions

are talking tough ahead of

tomorrow night's Tri-Nations

match against Australia in Perth. South Africa starts the

match as favourites, but the

Wallabies say they're happy

with the underdog tag.

Wallabies be warned. The

Springboks are set for

battle. It's war! I mean, you

die. (LAUGHTER) South Africa

believes failure will motivate Australia. Everybody focused on New Zealand falling out in the

World Cup. Australia did too.

They also have a point to prove.

prove. The Wallabies scrum is

set to come under intense

scrutiny from a punishing

Springboks forward pack. There

will be a huge amount of

physicality involved in our

match. Tri-Nations is a pretty

fiercely contested tournament.

And that's exactly what we've

had so far this season.

Mortlock says Perth's poor

weather and Australia playing

under the new experimental law

variations for the first time

won't be used as excuses.

Over the past few days, leading officials officials from those involved

in the Tri-Nations series have gathered in Perth for talks

over the future of the Super

14. High on the agenda is a

proposal toks tend the finals

series from a top 4 to a top 6

play-off series. In the long

run, we need a giant kick.

There is a stage that will take

those in 2009 whereby we will

expand the play-off to six teams

teams over a three-week

period. SANZAR is confident

sign-off on the new finals form

gnat will take place in the

next two months. There are also

plans to include more teams in

the competition by 2010.

In news just to hand - a

court in Singapore has charged

ABC correspondent Peter Lloyd

with trafficking and possession

of about 1 gram of the drug

ice. If convicted, he faces

between 5 and 20 years in jail,

with up to 15 strokes of the

cane. Now let's look at the

weather. In Sydney today, it

got to 19 degrees. That was 3

above average.

The satellite image shows

patchy cloud over Victoria,

Tasmania and southern New South

Wales. There's thick cloud over

south west WA. On the chart, a

front over south west WA is

bringing thundery showers an

gales. Another front is causing

gusty winds, showers and alpine

snow over the south-east and

there is a weakening front moving into South Australia.

Tomorrow there will be showers across parts of South

Australia, western New South

Wales and Victoria. There will

be scattered showers in eastern

Victoria and Tasmania, and

showers will start to ease over

south west WA.

Tonight's top stories again.

Qantas says rising fuel prices

and an ongoing pay dispute are

behind today's decision to axe

1,500 jobs. The corporate backlash to the Federal

Government's emissions trading

scheme is growing. And the Pope

is winding up another busy day

in Sydney, meeting

disadvantaged people in

Darlinghurst tonight. That's

ABC News for now. There will be

updates through the night.

Stateline is next. Have a great

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