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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Tonight - who plotted to bomb Sydney. jail for the terrorist $13 billion profit. Lucky for some - BHP Billiton's cut-price petrol plan. Driving ethanol - the Premier's in another horror race fall. A top jockey to world-class maths master. And from Australian whiz kid an outstanding mind. He really is...has got

Juanita Phillips with ABC News. Good evening. The judge didn't mince his words. If the attack had gone ahead, irreparable damage it would have caused to the Australian way of life. Faheem Lodhi to 20 years in jail. He then sentenced terrorist a bomb attack in Sydney The crime - plotting of violent jihad. to promote the cause Leigh Sales, National security correspondent, sentence ever handed down on the most severe terrorism in this country. to go by, If his 20-year sentence is anything closest brush Faheem Lodhi is Australia's

with a home-grown terrorist act. Lodhi sat quietly in the dock, to blow up an unknown target, as he was sentenced for plotting Electricity Grid. possibly, the Australian the court. ..Justice Anthony Whealy told the prosecution argument Justice Whealy accepted

was in its early stages, that even though Lodhi's planning a devastating effect the attack would've had on the Australian national psyche. to the Port Arthur massacre, He drew a comparison saying the impact of that showed attack would have what a huge effect a major terrorist of this country. on the stability and security indicated a lack of remorse. He said Mr Lodhi's not guilty plea

about Faheem Lodhi's relationship Justice Whealy spoke at length Willie Brigitte with accused terrorist saying that, together, of an Australian attack. they were clearly exploring the idea in a maximum security prison Lodhi will be jailed as a 'double-A inmate' - and classified for prisoners a relatively new classification to national security. considered a special threat of his cell, It means he'll face daily searches every two weeks. and have to move cells similar to this, Lodhi will live in an area outside a day, with no more than three hours with anybody. and next to no interaction until 2019 He won't be eligible for parole to lodge an appeal. and his lawyers are expected Leigh Sales, ABC News, Sydney. $13.7 billion - has delivered BHP Billiton the global commodities boom in Australian corporate history. the biggest profit above-market expectations - The result is two-thirds up on the previous year. the mining giant's profit almost is a blessed man - To BHP chief Chip Goodyear

hand over fist. his company is making money These results continue to reflect execution of our company's strategy. the consistent and successful houses and factories China's frenetic production of cars, a massive dividend. has delivered BHP This golden age has seen for the year to June the mining giant record a profit up 63%. of $13.7 billion - recorded big rises in income All BHP Billiton's major divisions like copper with base metals, like iron ore, and carbon steel materials, leading the way. to continue. And analysts expect the good times

in commodity prices We really only saw the movement of the last financial year, in the last three months much stronger than anybody expected. and they are staying up really We see a solid product demand not kept up. and a supply side that simply has to shareholders BHP will hand back almost $4 billion

in the UK and Australia, in the form of a share buy-back nearly 30% on the previous year. while the dividend is up But workers want their share too,

mine in Chile want pay rises. and miners at BHP's Econdida Copper of Chip Goodyear's problems Although that's the least

embracing the material world. as he looks forward to China

prepared for a future For the long run, we must be the global economy where billions of people entering from the developing world which we produce need the essential products development. which are key to economic long-term prosperity. And key to BHP's Phillip Lasker, ABC News. For the first time - as a direct beneficiary BHP Billiton has been named oil-for-food deal of the multi million dollar of Saddam Hussein. with the Iraqi regime between the big miner and AWB The first draft of a contract was tabled at the inquiry today. It instructed the wheat exporter

exports to Iraq to raise the cost of its wheat by almost US$8 million held by the mining giant. and pay it into an account for a shipment of wheat The payment was

to Iraq in 1996, that BHP Billiton sent an oil exploration licence. in the hope of gaining The inquiry heard the foreign minister that AWB intended to brief

about the transaction. this ever took place. Alexander Downer denies

a smart card The Government's plans to introduce new concerns tonight are the subject of involving Centrelink staff. after a privacy scandal

were caught snooping Hundreds of workers on the agency's confidential records personal information they contained. And even changing some of the Welfare groups and the opposition have reacted with alarm ... privacy taskforce ... And the head of the smartcard disturbing. Says the revelations are deeply caught out Near 600 staff have been secretly updating the records of family or friends or snooping on neighbours. from a privacy perspective While this is serious and we've taken strong action,

in any sort of fraud. it has not resulted have resigned or been sacked, But over a 100 Centrelink staff while another 300 have been reprimanded or demoted, and five cases have been referred to Federal Police. People who have inappropriately put in place fraudulent data which has resulted in illegal payments.

Welfare groups say the crackdown was overdue because of the amount of personal information held. Medical information, financial information, even down to people's sexual lives.

The issue has been dealt with effectively and expeditiously by Centrelink. The Government responds to these as though it's been a government in office for 10 weeks. It's been a government in office for 10 years. Centrelink says only a tiny percentage of staff are involved in an agency processing tens of millions of transactions. This is as bad as it would ever get. But the Opposition isn't nearly so sure, pointing to the future Smartcard for government services

to be carried by millions of Australians. Labor's writing to the Government-appointed head of the Smartcard privacy task force, Allan Fels. The Centrelink revelations are deeply disturbing.

He warns that the case has raised the bar for the card. The data on the card should be kept to an absolute minimum,

and it should be stored separately from any of those departments - Centrelink or Medicare. Professor Fels says with the card coming,

there's now a huge weight on the Government to provide full legal and technical protection of privacy.

Craig McMurtrie, ABC News, Canberra.

As the price of petrol goes through the roof ethanol seems to be the new buzz-word for politicians. Premier Morris Iemma is the latest one to sing its praises. He wants to make ethanol-blended fuel mandatory by 2011. It is cheaper than petrol but as the Premier concedes - it's not just a matter of cost. The Premier put aside his day job to hand out the morning coffees in inner Western Sydney this morning, before later, letting slip he likes his with added fuel. A macchiato with a touch of Sambuca, yes. Drinking and driving may be a political no-no, but the alternative fuel, ethanol, is these days never far from a politician's lips. New South Wales has set a deadline of 2011 to make the availability of ethanol-blended fuel mandatory in all service stations. There's a win for jobs, a win for the environment, and a win for the hip pocket. A task force will spend the next two years working through the obstacles, everything from buyer resistance to potential damage to some engines. But the major concern is guaranteeing sufficient supply. To rush in and mandate it now would see the supply met through imports. Not everyone is convinced the Premier's time-frame is achievable. If you want me to be direct about it, I think we're 15 years behind the rest of the world, 25 years behind Brazil. Morris Iemma's embrace of ethanol surpasses the Federal Government's commitment to alternative fuel, but only matches what his election rival in NSW, Peter Debnam, has already promised. The federal targets create a 1% target by 2010. We want a 10% target by 2011 or 2012.

The Opposition Leader has personally gone a step further, converting his car to run on an 85% ethanol fuel blend. Simon Santow, ABC News, Sydney. A parliamentary inquiry has found that Sydney's Lane Cove Tunnel is a much better project

than the controversial Cross City one.

A committee of MPs chaired by Fred Nile, says there still has to be care taken in linking it to the existing road network.

But Minister Nile says motorists and residents won't be in for another nightmare when the tunnel opens at the end of this year. The consultation process for the Lane Cove Tunnel

was far superior to the Cross City Tunnel.

There was no negative comment about the degree of consultation - it was very thorough. The State Government and the tunnel operators are currently negotiating over possible changes to roads joining the tunnel. In the first trial of its kind in 25 years - a doctor has been convicted of performing an illegal abortion. However, Dr Suman Sood was acquitted of the premature baby's manslaughter.

The 56-year-old doctor was convicted of giving her patient an abortion drug without a proper examination or counselling. Dr Suman Sood left court cleared of killing a baby but guilty of performing an illegal abortion, a charge she still denies. My barrister has advised me not to make any comments.

I'll make the comments when the right time comes please, thanks. The jury accepted that Dr Sood gave her patient a drug that induces labour, and told her to come back later for a surgical termination. The next morning the woman gave birth on the toilet at home and the premature baby was pronounced dead in hospital. The abortion was deemed illegal because Dr Sood had failed to physically examine or counsel her patient. Dr Sood argued the drug she gave the woman was a painkiller. After deliberating for three days, the jury found Dr Sood guilty of the abortion charges but acquitted her of manslaughter. The defence had argued that to convict her they would have to have been convinced that the baby was born alive. After the verdict was delivered the judge offered counselling to the jurors saying there had been many difficult issues for them to consider. Dr Sood was released on bail ahead of a sentencing hearing next month. She faces a maximum penalty of 10 years jail. Jayne Margetts, ABC News, Sydney. Investigators have recovered both the black-box flight recorders from a Russian passenger plane which crashed. All 170 people onboard were killed. Smouldering sections of the jet came to rest in fields in eastern Ukraine, near the city of Donetsk. Officials are blaming severe weather and turbulence for the crash. The crew radioed two distress calls and may have been trying to attempt an emergency landing, but the jet's landing gear failed to lock properly. The plane was heading from a Black Sea resort

to St Petersburg. It was full of holiday-makers, many of them children. Police in China have detained an Australian man over yesterday's bomb hoax in which a flight to Sydney was forced to make an emergency landing in southern China. A passenger discovered a note in a toilet saying there was a bomb on the aircraft about 40 minutes after it had left the city of Guangzhou. Police say an Australian man based in Hong Kong left the note because he was depressed over a failed love affair. In Britain, 11 people have appeared in court charged with plotting to blow up transatlantic flights.

They've been accused of conspiring to commit murder and preparing acts of terrorism. All 11 have been remanded in custody, while another 11 are still being questioned. Lawyers are concerned that police have given too much information about their investigation, which could jeopardise the prosecution case. Because the police have introduced this evidence at this early stage - quite exceptionally, I might say - it could well be evidence, which is later ruled inadmissible. Police claimed the accused were planning to blow up the airliners with liquid explosives disguised as drinks. The man accused of killing 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey has appeared in court charged with kidnapping, sexual assault and murder. The Los Angeles court ordered

John Mark Karr to be held in custody in Boulder, Colorado, where the child was found dead in the basement of her home nearly 10 years ago. Karr has admitted being with the girl when she died, but there has been widespread doubt about his confession. Mr Karr is...has been portrayed by the media, as of late, as being mentally unstable, attention-seeking, um, unwell - mentally unwell - and he is none of those things. Karr was arrested in Thailand last week

on an unrelated charge and flown to the United States. Your'e watching ABC News. Tonight's top story - terrorist Faheem Lodhi has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for plotting a bomb attack in Sydney. And still to come - taking the fight to rheumatoid arthritis. Some experts are saying it's over the top. Angry residents are demanding compensation. Thousands of homeowners have been banned from using groundwater

because of concerns that industrial pollution is leaching through parts of southern Sydney. But despite the protests, the Government says it won't back down. Alan Karam spent $2,500 installing a bore-water system just two months ago. Now, he's been told he can't use it because of possible contamination. It's very disappointing, because, I mean, the cost - I can never recover the cost of it. His next door neighbour loves his bore water too. Michael Toohey irrigates his large garden with it and even swims in it. REPORTER: So how do you feel having swum in it for the past year or so?

Oh, absolutely fantastic - no problem at all. The water's been tested and it's clean. Despite that, he must also shut down his bore. The Government's concerned that industrial sites like petrol stations may have contaminated parts of the Sydney aquifer. Groundwater was already banned from use around Banksmeadow, because of industrial pollution,

but now the ban area has been drastically increased from Phillip Bay to Botany and north to Surry Hills. I can say that the information that has been released is for the benefit of the public and it is based on the expert advice that we have.

But at least one respected expert thinks a total ban is over the top, and most people should be allowed to continue using bore water after testing. It doesn't mean that every area is contaminated. There are pockets of contamination, so probably most of the groundwater in backyards could be OK. The Government has offered to test the bore water

of domestic users for free, but that won't be much use for Michael Toohey if they're banned from using it anyway. Joe O'Brien, ABC News, Sydney 20 years after it was first discovered, the hole in the ozone layer has stabilised

and may even be shrinking. Scientists who've been taking yearly measurements

of the ozone depletion are even predicting the hole will close this century. That won't happen until after 2060, that the chlorine in the stratosphere should drop enough

that the ozone hole will close. The hole in the ozone layer was blamed on chlorinated fluorocarbons leaking from aerosols, refrigerators, and air conditioners. They were banned in 1996

and scientists are convinced that's what stopped the ozone depletion. A new drug is being hailed as a big advance in treating rheumatoid arthritis. In trials, the drug significantly reduced the symptoms in all patients and got rid of the disease completely in some. Medical reporter Sophie Scott. Scientists from the University of Queensland have taken a naturally occurring protein and turned it into a drug, which seems to switch off rheumatoid arthritis. The preliminary results really suggest that this is a very, potentially, a very valuable treatment. In the clinical trial, patients with moderate to severe arthritis were divided into three groups. Each group was given a different dose of the drug through a drip. Those given the highest dose reported the biggest improvement in their symptoms.

The absolute best results we saw was a patient who had nothing to suggest active rheumatoid arthritis at all, with the vast majority having dramatic improvement. Current anti-arthritis drugs work on stopping just one source of inflammation, whilst this new medication attacks on several fronts. Our compound targets a range of molecules and just turns down the volume, if you like, on an over-reactive immune response. There are no significant side effects, but researchers say the promising results will need to repeated in larger trials before the drug can be widely released. Sophie Scott, ABC News. To finance now, and Telstra shares bounced back today

after the Government failed to make a decision about selling the rest of its shares.

Here's Alan Kohler with the details of that and the rest of today's market action. As a whole, the share market edged slightly higher today, a lot of which was due to the bounce in Telstra's share price, which, in turn, happened because of the growing likelihood that the Government's 51.8% shareholding won't be dumped on the market this year through a retail sale. It might, instead, be slid into the Future Fund and dumped gradually. Woolworths and Qantas rose strongly and Brambles jumped 6% after announcing a 29% lift in profit. But the 63% lift in profit by BHP Billiton was not good enough and its shares fell 1.75%. And part of the reason Woolworths' share price rose, obviously, is that investors are selling Coles Myer, in the absence of a takeover offer, and are looking for something to do with their money. The other falls today included ANZ and CSR. On commodity markets, the biggest mover was nickel - up 5.4% today. It's now risen 45% since the start of July, and gold and copper both eased a bit today. And oil closed a little higher in New York last night, but fell in Asia this afternoon. Today's economic news was a bit of a surprise - the leading index from Westpac and the Melbourne Institute, which tries to predict the economy six months into the future,

rose 5.3% in June, which is the fastest growth rate for more than two years. And here's another contribution

to the discussion about household debt and income. It's a 10-year chart from CommSec of total income and inflation and, among other things, it provides an explanation of why people have been happy to take on so much debt - real incomes have been booming. Finally, the Australian dollar is trading higher tonight at just under US$0.765. And that's finance. The new US ambassador to Australia has officially taken up his position more than 18 months after his predecessor left the job. Pomp and ceremony were the order of the day, as Robert McCallum visited the Governor-General in Canberra this morning, to present his credentials. The former associate attorney-general has been appointed as ambassador until early 2009.

A mother at the centre of one of Australia's most notorious custody battles

has been reunited with her son after a 14-year separation.

Jacqueline Pascarl's two children, then, aged nine and seven, were abducted by their Malaysian father, Raja Bahrin, in 1992 and taken back to Malaysia. Iddin, now 23, is visiting his mother in Melbourne for the first time since he was abducted. This is an absolute surprise to me that I got my son back yesterday. So, it's been wonderful. REPORTER: How are you feeling? It feels really good to be home with Mum. What was it like to see her after all this time?

It's great. Her daughter Shahirah visited for the first time in April. The children were smuggled by boat to Indonesia and then to Malaysia. Diplomatic efforts at the time to repatriate them to Australia failed. The Australian team has rallied behind umpire Darrell Hair over Test cricket's ball-tampering affair. Hair's been criticised after effectively accusing Pakistan of cheating

during the Oval Test against England. Here's Peter Wilkins. While the ball-tampering affair is still igniting passion in Pakistan, the Australian team, is hitting the dust of Queensland under the guise of team bonding with half an eye on the crisis. Umpire Darrell Hair has several high-profile allies to counter the underlying message from the subcontinent.

The times I've had Darrell Hair I don't think he's not racist. That's all I could possibly say. I don't think he is. I think he does the best job he can. Australian captain Ricky Ponting thinks the decision to stay in the dressing room and incur the forfeit

might not solely have been the Pakistan captain's. A lot of time passed without him making that decision. It wasn't until they got back in the room with their coach and their manager that, I think, an overall decision has been made. Darrell Hair say he stands by his judgment, but will accept the findings of the ICC hearing if that view differs to his. Top jockey Damien Oliver has had another stroke of bad luck.

Just months after returning from a broken back and 15 months in the grand stand, Oliver tumbled from the favourite, Langarza, at Werribee, when the horse suffered a heart attack and died in falling through the running-rail. Oliver was taken to hospital with a suspected broken hand and lacerations to the face. In accepting an 8-year ban, disgraced American sprinter Justin Gatlin has validated the positive test in April to a banned anabolic drug.

But he can still appeal. The 24-year-old Gatlin agreed to cooperate

with the US Anti-Doping Association in exchange for information which may assist in the fight against drugs. Gatlin was facing a life ban after a previous positive result. Gatlin matched Asafa Powell's world record of 9.77 just weeks before the test which produced the positive result. He'll be stripped of that record. The Australian men's basketball team looked set for a remarkable win over the European champion Greece as they went out to a 5-point lead in the final minute. With 9 seconds to go, Greece hit a 3-pointer to level the scores. Greece landed another 3-pointer with a second to go. COMMENTATOR: And Greece! Can you believe it?! In my time in basketball, this is the worst loss I have ever been associated with, to be truthful with you. It's gut-wrenching. In tonight's world championship game, Australia was beaten 78 points to 57 by Lithuania. In the world of mathematics, it's like winning the Nobel Prize. The Fields Medal is only awarded once every four years and, for the first time, it's gone to an Australian. Professor Terry Tao grew up in Adelaide a child prodigy, displaying extraordinary maths skills from the age of two. Harmonic analysis, analytic number theory, nonlinear dispersive equations - it may sound like another language to most of us, but for Terry Tao, it's second nature. He was a child prodigy, with an IQ of 225, And now, at 31, he's been awarded the world's highest accolade in maths - the Fields Medal. It's really still sinking in for me. I've never had something like this before. By all accounts, Terry Tao is a mathematical genius. He started high school at age 7. At 9, went to university, began winning international maths awards from age 10. Got his honours degree at 16, a masters at 17, a PhD at 21,

and he's been working at the University of California in Los Angeles as a professor since 24. His CV is now complete. His parents in Adelaide say they can't take too much credit for providing the right genes. More importantly, he was lucky to be born at the right time. where the education system can provide the sort of need that he required.

Associate Professor David Hunt led a team to an international maths olympiad, when Terry Tao was 10. He showed the most outstanding ability of a type which I have never seen in anyone else before that I've met personally. He really has got an outstanding mind. The Fields Medallist remembers being obsessed with numbers from age 2. I was trying to teach other kids how to count with these number blocks. At its most basic, he's an expert in prime numbers, and his groundbreaking research will be essential for developing new fibre-optic technology and computer encryption software. Adrian Raschella, ABC News. Speaking of numbers, we've had some very pleasant ones as far as the temperature goes - Mike? And fire dangers are rising with them, Juanita. Good evening - some patchy rain in the far south late today and those light falls should become more widespread over the next day or two. Another sunny one in Sydney. And yes, temperatures were up to 3-above average for the coastal range of 11-to-22 degrees, while parts of the west reached 25. Around NSW - Rainfall - In the capital cities today - The satellite picture shows - In the capital cities

Around NSW tomorrow - Weather Warnings - In Sydney tomorrow - The outlook for Sydney -

Juanita. Thanks, Mike. Now another look at tonight's headlines - convicted terrorist Faheem Lodhi has been sentenced to 20 years jail, the most severe terrorism sentence ever handed down in Australia. On the backj of booming demand from China, mining giant BHP Billiton has posted a record profit of nearly $14 billion. And the State Government has announced plans to mandate the use of ethanol-blended fuel within five years. And that's ABC news for this Wednesday. I'm Juanita Phillips. I'll be back with updates during the evening and 'Lateline' is along at 10:35, followed by 'Lateline Business'. We'll leave you now though with Dame Edna back in Melbourne to celebrate 50 years of mega-stardom. Goodnight. Closed Captions produced by Captioning and Subtitling International Pty Ltd

Just because there's a marriage breakdown

doesn't mean that the children disappear. Tonight - taking the lawyers out of family law. There's very, very minimal cost, if any, and I think that we both have some sort of control over the outcome. Inside the new family mediation centres - putting the interests of children first. The children shouldn't be used as a pawn in some game.

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Welcome to the program. Who would have thought the share market euphoria that surrounded the initial Telstra floats would have soured so much.