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(generated from captions) This program is not subtitled This program is captioned live. Tonight - tough new border security. no let up in the campaign against of drug-resistant golden staph. The alarming spread the season's message of hope. Christians urged to embrace late show frustrates the Knights. And north Queensland's late,

Joe O'Brien with ABC News. Good evening. on asylum seekers The Federal Government's new policy is again under attack being held in detention centres with claims it'll lead to children for long periods.

The Opposition says asylum seeker children Australian laws allowing

to live in the community at offshore processing centres, will not apply

children will be locked up. but the Government denies Across the long weekend, making their anger clear. refugee advocates have been

(All chant) Free the refugees! amid a heavy police presence, Today, Prime Minister's Sydney residence, they took their message to the Kirribilli House. clear - refugees are welcome here! (All chant) Say it loud, say it to hear their protests. John Howard wasn't at home He spent Easter Sunday in Canberra, at a morning church service. joining the Governor-General The Government's new policy on asylum seekers was announced last week and followed Indonesian anger

protection visas to 42 Papuans. over the granting of temporary who arrive in Australia by sea In future, all asylum seekers while their claims are processed. will be sent to offshore centres children will suffer. Refugee advocates fear and the keys thrown away. There'll be children locked up of government policy last year - The Opposition says a softening of Australian detention centres which moved children out and into the community - at offshore facilities will not apply on Nauru and Manus Island. Under John Howard's proposal, can happen again. children in detention back, We can see indefinite detention can be out the window. case-managemental health care finishes. The oversight of the Ombudsman the Immigration Minister says But a spokesman for to the offshore facility at Nauru asylum seekers who are moved the centre at night. are only required to be inside And because it's only a processing centre, as quickly as possible. they'll be moved to a third country the concerns That might not be enough to ease of those Liberal backbenchers the battle who last year fought and won to have detention policies softened. Narda Gilmore, ABC News.

Police have charged eight people during a protest at a gold mine in the State's central west. activists jumped perimeter fences About 50 environmental at the Barrick mine, and occupied a quarry near Wyalong. processing ore Barrick Gold recently started at the Lake Cowal site, to prevent the delivery of cyanide - and the protestors were trying

a key element in extracting gold. with no injuries or damage. Police say the protest was peaceful has dismissed claims The Australian Medical Association that doctors' charges will fall gap fees up-front. if they're forced to disclose is considering an overhaul There are reports the Government of health insurance premiums between doctors. to increase competition doctors are not to blame But the AMA says of medical expenses. for the rising cost to get their act together. The insurers need that doesn't require people They need to give a product that they're not aware of, to pay out-of-pocket expenses rebate schedule and that the Government's actually needs to be reviewed.

for the Health Minister says A spokeswoman reports of an imminent health insurance overhaul are speculative. Scientists are warning a major public health problem that Australia faces of the drug-resistant golden staph. with the rapid spread in the 'Australian Medical Journal' A new report published says hypervirulent strains, resulting partly from the overuse of antibiotics, have doubled in just a few years. staph infections are awful enough, The visible manifestations of life-threatening. but they can also be These infections can be serious - blood-stream infections, um, they can cause and other severe infections. they can cause bone infections Golden staph bugs are changing all the time. they're out to get us, It's not only that but out to outdo each other. which is mostly silent, There's a battle of the bugs, victims from time to time. and we are the innocent bystander the number of resistant staph Serious increases in are being recorded not just in many big hospitals,

as a problem for years, where it's been recognised with hospitals. but in people who've had no contact The term used is Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, methicillin-resistant community acquired are being warned. and doctors in private practice breaking out into the community. That this is not hospital MRSA of community MRSA It's, in fact, a new strain that's arisen on its own. the first and the last survey, In that four years between in these strains. we had an almost 100% increase The scientists behind the report in the 'Australian Medical Journal' and panic, don't want to cause alarm but, scientists or not, to call a spade something it isn't. it's difficult for them

this is an epidemic of strains In technical terms, to the antimicrobials which are resistant we normally use for treating staph. to the last line of defence. It's getting close have been around for a while Some of the drugs we can now use there are some others and behind them, coming on the market now, which are just and more toxic. but they're very expensive the bugs will keep on changing - And whatever doctors hit them with, always have, always will. Geoff Sims, ABC News. been killed More than 40 people have reportedly in a year in the fiercest battle between Afghan forces and Taliban fighters. It's not clear if Australian soldiers were involved. Coalition forces were called in after local troops met resistance at a Taliban hide-out near the southern city of Kandahar.

The fighting broke out in Taliban heartland. Afghan police tracked down more than 100 fighters loyal to the extremist group which once ran the country. A major battle ensued with the Afghan forces calling for air support from coalition helicopters. The Taliban and al-Qaeda remnants in Afghanistan have been stepping up their guerrilla-style insurgent campaign against government and coalition forces,

but this battle marked a return to open warfare. Last time, we had only suicide attacks here and ID attacks. In this one year, this is the first group activity which any we have. There are varying reports of the battle's outcome. The provincial governor said at least six police and more than 40 Taliban fighters were killed, although Taliban sources deny suffering such high casualties. They also claim many civilians died as American helicopters bombarded the area. This man says his house was destroyed. Other civilians were caught in the crossfire. Despite the increase in violence, the United States is planning to cut its forces in Afghanistan from 19,000 to 16,500, while Australian troop numbers will increase from 300 to 500 in the next three months. Britain, Canada and the Netherlands will also contribute thousands of additional troops. Even though it's been four years since the Taliban was driven from power,

it remains a danger for the coalition forces

trying to bring stability to Afghanistan. Jonathan Flynn, ABC News. More critics of US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld have publicly attacked him over his handling of the war in Iraq. Six former generals had already called for Mr Rumsfeld's resignation. Now, military commander turned politician, Wesley Clark, has described the Iraq war as a "tragic mistake" and says Mr Rumsfeld had lost the confidence of senior military figures. Defense insiders say they expect others to speak out against Mr Rumsfeld. If you don't understand you've made mistakes, how can you possibly fix it? And if you're not going to change anything, how do you win back the will of the American people? Two high profile retired generals who worked alongside Mr Rumsfeld - Richard Meyers and Tommy Franks - have defended their former boss. And there's been an increase in violence in Iraq, with a series of bombings and shootings across the country. In the worst incident, at least four people were killed when a car bomb went off near a restaurant used by Iraqi police. In the north of the country, an explosion tore through a pipeline near Kirkuk, further disrupting the country's oil industry. Palestinian police have protested in Gaza over unpaid salaries, raising new concerns about the stability of the Hamas-led government. The police blocked traffic and occupied a government building. The Palestinian Authority is facing a cash crisis

as the US, Israel and the EU are witholding funds because of Hamas's hardline policies. Thousands of demonstrators have clashed with police in Nepal, in the biggest protest yet in a campaign to restore democracy to the Himalayan Kingdom. The opposition has vowed to step up protests against the King, who sacked the elected parliament last year and became absolute ruler. In his first Easter message, Pope Benedict XVI has urged Roman Catholics to let the resurrection of Christ help them transform a world of violence and corruption. Christians throughout the world have turned out for services

during the most important period of the Church calender. Pope Benedict presided over the Easter vigil mass in St Peter's Basilica in Rome. (Incants in Latin) He said the resurrection of Jesus was the most crucial leap in the history of mankind and continued to carry a message of hope to Christians. The pontiff celebrates the first anniversary of his election next week, following the death of pope John Paul II. Pilgrims also took part in an Easter vigil at the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, which is built above a cave believed to have been the birthplace of Jesus. In Sydney, St Mary's Cathedral was packed with worshippers celebrating Easter Sunday. The resurrection was the great sign that God does forgive our sins, that evil and death will not have the last word. Smaller numbers were at the Anglican Cathedral of St Andrews where they heard a traditional message of peace. Easter is a time when this powerful message reaches us because we are reminded of the events

that made God's declaration of peace so sure. Other Christian followers took their message to the streets with an Easter parade through the centre of Sydney. Anne Maria Nicholson, ABC News. New figures released today show the drought making an unwelcome comback. In March, 38% of the State was experiencing drought conditions, but dry weather over the last month means some areas have slipped back into drought. This month, 46% of NSW is drought-declared. Among the worst hit areas are around Dubbo, Armidale and Tamworth as well as Coonabarabran and Yass. More than 350 sets of stairs will be installed in Sydney's underground rail system to help commuters escape in the event of an emergency. The stairs will be stored at strategic points across the tunnel system and will allow quicker evacuations than at present. Previously we've had ladders - that's only allowed us to move eight people per minute off a stricken train. With the new steps, we can move up to 40 people per minute off a train. The announcement is part of a $120 million rail counter-terrorism plan. Four people have survived a high speed car crash on Sydney's Western Distributor early this morning.

The 24-year-old driver suffered a fractured skull when his car hit roadside barriers and then struck a concrete pole at Cockle Bay. The road was closed for more than fours hours as police freed the passengers, who all escaped with cuts and bruising. Crash investigators are appealing for any witnesses to come forward. Police in Brisbane are investigating claims

chocolate Easter eggs laced with drugs caused the death of a man at a rave party. Ambulance officers were called to the rave at the Brisbane Showgrounds early this morning when a 25-year-old man collapsed. They treated him at the scene, but he died in hospital a short time later. Witnesses say they saw the man convulsing after eating Easter eggs. Someone was giving out these dodgy looking Easter eggs... And some guy actually overdosed, yeah, overdosed ..and he was like getting resuscitated and everything in one of the side rooms. Police later seized a bag of Easter eggs. They say the chocolates are yet to be tested, but do not appear to have been tampered with. A revolutionary technique for treating a common and debilitating eye disease is being trialled in Melbourne. Until now, patients with keratoconus needed a corneal transplant to prevent blindness. The new treatment appears simple by contrast - just Vitamin B and a dose of sunlight. Tanya Wilkinson has had keratoconus since she was a child. Four years ago she had a corneal transplant in her left eye. The possibility her right eye will eventually need surgery makes her an ideal candidate for the new treatment. Having the transplant means another 18 months afterwards you've got post-operative care so you've got drops and having the stitches removed

so this is a lot less invasive.

German researcher Dr Christine Wittig has come to the Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital to carry out the 12-month trial. The treatment involves applying vitamin B2 to the eye, then exposing the cornea to a measured dose of UVA light.

It strengthens the cornea, preventing the tell-tale bulge that is a sign of keratoconus, a weakening of the cornea that causes blindness. While not a cure, it's proved overseas to be an effective and relatively inexpensive treatment, particularly in the early stages of the condition. The longest follow-up from the very first patient that have been treated in Germany is five years so we haven't seen any serious complications at all. Using vitamins rather than surgery would cut the waiting list

for donor corneas. Approximately half of the cornea transplants performed in Victoria are performed for keratoconus so if can we diminish the need for transplants in our keratoconus patients, that'll make a big difference to tissue availability. Newly-married Mrs Wilkinson inherited the condition from her mother and could pass it on to her own children.

This one I'd definitely suggest to my children,

rather than having a cornea graft. Results of the trial are expected within six months and if it's approved, the treatment could be available clinically in 12 months. Pauline Braniff, ABC News, Melbourne. Tonight's top story -

church leaders and refugee advocates have voiced more criticism of a proposal to send all illegal boat arrivals offshore for processing. And still to come - a win at last but not many cheers for the Sydney Swans.

The North Queensland Cowboys have stretched their NRL competition lead to two games after a 2-point victory in today's top-of-the-ladder clash against Newcastle. There were wins overnight for the Raiders and the Storm. Today, the Tigers ran away from the Sharks. And the Cowboys came from 10 points down early in the second half to overcome the Knights. It's 13 years tomorrow since Andrew Johns ran out for his first game for his beloved Knights. Today, he passed Tony Butterfield for the club record of 230 appearances, and, in front of a sell-out crowd of 26,000 faithful, he was instrumental in the execution of Newcastle's opening try. COMMENTATOR: They go in! The top of the table clash was too much for referee Simpkins. He had to be replaced, as the visitors warmed to their task. Sargent scores for the Cowboys. Within five minutes, the Knights had wrested back the lead and moments after half-time, the home side was out by 10 points. He's there! As the game entered a pinball machine phase, the finals-hardened North Queensland emerged as the team most likely to make the winning moves. Jon Thurston squeezed in behind the defence... Jonathan Thurston will score! ..and some Matt Bowen brilliance capped off the best game so far this season. Bowen has scored another. The premiers first appearance at Campbelltown this season could not have started in better fashion - an early try and a princely chip for Paul Whatuira, had all the momentum running with the Tigers. Whatuira! A speedy Brett Kearney brightened up a grey day for the Sharks. For a few minutes, Cronulla stole the lead. But Wests scored the games next 30 points, turning an 8-point half-time advantage into a 26-point win.

In the middle of it all, a club record -

captain Brett Hodgson overtook Joel Caine as the joint venture club's leading scorer. At Hindmarsh Stadium, Melbourne showed South Australia's rugby league fraternity some slick attacking play. Centre Greg Inglis continued to push his representative claims with three tries. And the Warriors looked the winners until the 77th minute against Canberra - Alan Tongue exemplified the Raiders' never-say-die attitude. John Hayes Bell, ABC News. The Sydney Swans were booed for their negative tactics but are breathing a sigh of relief after their first win of the season last night against Carlton. West Coast defeated Richmond, Adelaide won a close one, the Western Bulldogs had their third straight win and Fremantle won today's late game. The premiers won by seven points. The reigning premiers won their first match of the season, but the 7-point win over the wooden spooners was far from convincing. Adding to Carlton's pain, Brendan Fevola was reported for rough play against Brett Kirk. The Swans led comfortably early in the third quarter, but 5 goals in 15 minutes got the Blues right back into the match. Stephen who puts it away!

Scores are level! Lance Whitnall kept Barry Hall goalless until midway through the final term, when Hall broke free to give the Swans a 2-goal buffer. And he can go for home, and he puts it through! Fevola scored his third but Carlton ran out of time. The Western Bulldogs were the warm favourites this afternoon, but so was Geelong yesterday.

Essendon opened up a 21-point lead early, not all of it through their own good work. COMMENTATOR: Some clangers like that as Lucas steals it and drills it home. Matthew Robbins scored the Bulldogs first, which quickly turned into a double after a free kick resulted in another shot at goal. And at quarter time, Essendon's lead had dwindled to nine points. The Bulldogs hit the front for the first time early in the second, only to see it disappear straight away. And he kicks the goal! With their big-man stocks already depleted, the Bulldogs lost ruckman Will Minson late in the half. He was stretchered off and taken to hospital

with a knee injury. Minson's mishap failed to deter the 'Dogs - Chris Grant slotted one through to give them a handy 2-goal buffer, then shortly afterwards a shudder went through the Essendon camp when Matthew Lloyd hobbled off with a hamstring injury. But the Bombers stayed within striking distance with a goal just before three-quarter time. The game's alive again! The big-man curse at the Bulldogs claimed another victim -

Adam Morgan, as the game went up a notch. Angus Monfries was paid a free kick even though the ball was out of bounds on the full. And when the game was in the balance, Chris Grant produced the goods and the 'Dogs were home by 11 points. The 'Dogs have now won three straight to start the season for the first time since 1998. Angela Pippos, ABC News, Melbourne. The Queensland Reds forward pack has gained revenge against the much-vaunted South African Bulls

with last night's 1-point victory in round 10 of the Super 14. It was the first time in almost two seasons that the Reds had claimed the scalp of a top-four team. In other games, there were good wins to South Africa's Sharks and the Wellington Hurricanes. Despite limited possession, the Bulls took a 14-13 lead into half-time With two first-half tries from its forwards. But the Queensland pack stood tall all night,

laying the foundation for Wallaby Lloyd Johannsson to cross for what proved to be the match-winning try. It was the Reds's third win of the season. Bangladesh is struggling to post a competitive first innings total against Australia on day one of the second cricket Test in Chittagong. Jason Gillespie continued his resurgence with three wickets in an Australian attack that features off-spinner Dan Cullen on debut. Cullen has just taken his first wicket after Bangladesh resumed at 7/153 after tea. Dan Cullen became Australia's 397th Test cricketer and received his baggy green from his idol, Shane Warne, before play. Just like the first Test, Bangladesh won the toss and came out playing shots. Shahriar Nafees made 138 last week - today he lasted three balls. COMMENTATOR: That's in the air and...taken by Brett Lee at fine leg, he's a natural athlete! Phil Jaques returned to the team replacing an injured Damien Martyn and helped Jason Gillespie to his second wicket.

Gillespie's third had Bangladesh reeling at 3/17. That's close, that's close - yes, he's given him! Warne showed no signs of a shoulder injury that had him in doubt for the match.

Oh, he's got him! What a good catch that is! Rajin Saleh provided the resistance. He hit five fours to take Bangladesh to 4/67 at lunch. Aftab Ahmed and Saleh frustrated the Australian spinners. They put on 50 before a controversial decision ended the partnership. A loud shout here for the catch. Ahmed appeared to hit the ball into his foot and Gilchrist took the catch. The decision was sent to the third umpire but confusion followed. The batsman thought he was not out. But protests from the Australians and a second look from the umpires confirmed a fair dismissal. There was no doubt about the next wicket. Stuart MacGill removed Saleh for 71. Mohammed Rafique soon followed. It left Bangladesh struggling to reach 200 - a far cry from their impressive total of 427 from the first Test. Chris Kimball, ABC News. Aaron Baddeley could be the latest Australian golfer headed for a win on this year's United States PGA Tour. With one round remaining in the Heritage Classic, Baddeley is 14-under par, sharing a 3-stroke lead

with American Jim Furyk. Baddeley's third round 66 was sprinkled with six birdies. His good form around the greens and strong putting have the Australian well placed to secure his maiden US Tour title. He and Furyk lead American Billy Mayfair with South African Ernie Els, and American Jerry Kelly a further shot back. Australia's 4km pursuit team has pulled off a stunning victory at the Track Cycling World Championships in France. In a closely fought final, the Australian quartet of Tasmanians - Mark Jamieson and Matthew Goss,

Western Australian Peter Dawson and New South Welshman Stephen Wooldridge - beat Great Britain by 36 hundreths of a second. The British edged ahead with two laps remaining, but Australia clawed its way back in the closing stages to clinch a narrow win. Great Britain had beaten Australia at last month's Melbourne Commonwealth Games. This year's Tasmanian Three Peaks Race is being described by competitors as one of the toughest in the event's 18-year history. Strong winds and rough seas have resulted in three retirements so far, and only the defending champion, 'Sling Shot', has reached Coles Bay on the State's east coast. The 9m catamaran, 'Slingshot', surfed towards Coles Bay, in stark contrast to its journey down the east coast from Flinders Island. The crew endured almost 30 hours of rough seas

and icy south-westerly winds. Two teams retired overnight, including 'Planet Four', which was dismasted while in second position. 'Slingshot' docked just after midday to a warm reception. APPLAUSE This leg's the toughest of that leg, I think, we've ever done. We've never actually had to beat all the way from Flinders down to Coles Bay before. The team's runners were well prepared. Emergency rations. But not as well rested. I just happened to be on the wrong side of the boat last night, he had the good side. An injured McKenzie started the 33km run leg across Wine Glass Bay to Mount Freycinet and back via the hazards. I've got a sore back, but other than that... The runners took about five hours, leaving their team-mates time to spare a thought for the 12 remaining boats - none of which have reached Coles Bay. We got lucky, we're here and it's probably getting worse. Late in the day, the leaders set sail for Hobart where the final 35km run up Mount Wellington awaits some time tomorrow. Alister Nicholson, ABC News Coles Bay. Melbourne Zoo's newest exhibit has made its first public appearance, and is already showing itself to be a budding star. The as yet un-named baby Rothschilds Giraffe was born just over three weeks ago. The female has been living in seclusion with its mother Twiga, away from its father Makulu and 3-year-old sister Tanzi. The giraffe is an important part of the zoo's captive breeding program. Rothschilds Giraffes are the most endangered of the five sub-species. Now lets take a look at the weather. And Mike Bailey's continuing his weekend at the Royal Easter Show, where the weather's been perfect? Very good day for the Show. All the days of the Show have been fine except for Thursday. 2 weeks at Homebush should be fine. Around NSW: The North was cloudy, and cold in the South. Inland: Around the nation: Mostly dry for Easter Sunday except in Darwin. The satellite picture shows: cloud moving in far west of NSW Settled conditions for the State tomorrow. Around the nation tomorrow:

generally fine but rain in Adelaide and Perth. Tomorrow in NSW: Early cloud will clear tomorrow. But quite cold tomorrow and windy. Sydney's forecast: Another fine and sunny day tomorrow. Cool tonight. The outlook: Late showers clearing. Joe. And before we go, a recap of tonight's top stories. The Federal Opposition says the Government's new policy on asylum seekers will lead to children being held in detention centres for long periods, but the Government denies children will be locked up. Australian scientists are warning of the rapid spread of the drug-resistant golden staph. in force across the country And Christians have turned out for Easter Sunday services. That's the news for now. I'll be back with more in about an hour. Goodnight. Closed Captions produced by Captioning and Subtitling International Pty Ltd