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Tonight - Olympian Scott

Miller arrested as police bust

a drug syndicate. What's the

big idea? The Prime Minister

calls for suggestions. Here is

an idea, whack it out there. A discovery that could offer cancer patients better

treatment. And serving up 18th

century London in Sydney. Good

evening, Juanita Phillips with

ABC News. Australia's swimming

community has been rocked by

another scandal. This time,

the Olympic medallist Scott

Miller has been charged over a

drug bust on Sydney's Northern

Beaches. The police also

arrested and former rugby

player Mark Catchpole, son of

the Wallaby legend, Ken

Catchpole. The raids which led

to the arrests uncovered

drug-making equipment, a gun

and a large amount of cash.

Scott Miller was arrested at

his home on Sydney's Northern

Beaches, where police alleged

they found steroids and

capsicum spray. Also arrested

in a separate raid was former

NSW rugby player, Mark

Catchpole. They were charged

in connection with the seisure

of this drug-making equipment

from a storage unit in a nearby

suburb. Police say the pill

press could produce up to

27,000 tablets an hour. Also

found in a raid on Catchpole's

home was an unlicenced revolver

containing five bullets, and

more than $200,000 in cash. He

has council involved in the

matter and his counsel wasn't

available to come to court

today. I'm just going to see

him in the cells

now. Catchpole, who's career

was at its peak 15 years ago,

now faces 11 charges, including possessing and supplying drugs.

Scott Miller is best-known for

his Olympic silver medal at the

he's no stranger to Atlanta Games in 1996. But

controversy. He spent a night

in Ausjail after interveening

in a fight at a nightclub. And

in 1997, his scholarship with

the Australian Institute of

Sport was terminated after

another scuffle, ending his

hopes for the Sydney Olympics.

These drug allegations cast

another shadow on the

reputation of Olympic swimming,

already damaged by the assault charges laid against Nick

D'Arcy last month. Neither man

was required to appear in court

today. Mark Catchpole was

remanded in custody and will

apply for bail next week.

Scott Miller, who is already on

bail, is due to face court next

month. Is it a serious

proposal or a prime ministerial

pipe dream? Kevin Rudd's come

up with an ambitious plan for a

national network of one-stop

child care centres and he'll be

workshoping it at the 2020

ideas summit this weekend. For

parents of young children, it

sounds almost too good to be

true and maybe it is. The idea

hasn't been costed and the

Government won't commit to

going through with it. It's

not a policy, not even a

plan. Proposal, proposal. Kevin

Rudd's child care vision is a

mere suggestion. This is an

idea. But uncosted and with no

guarantee it'll ever

happen. You've got to be pretty relaxed about these things.

Here is an idea, whack it out

there. It's a terrific vision,

it's a workable one and it is

one that really will make sure

all Australia's children get

quality services provided for

them. The proposal is for a

national network of cheap child

care centres by 2020, but

incorporating long day care,

preschool and health services

for children under 5. What's

your name? The private sector

would play a large role, but

not for profit operators are

already warning that will push

prices up. So we know there are

good models there, it's about

giving great national

encouragement. Whatever the

sector, Kevin Rudd's expecting

and receiving some criticism. I

find it hard to believe that

he's going to be able to

deliver this and certainly

deliver it for low cost. To

me, I think a child care centre

should just be a child care

centre. That's what it's for.

Preschools and child care

centres shouldn't become

anything else. And so the

debate begins. Add 1,000

invited guests and the weekend

summit will be a fierce fight

for attention. Already, almost

10,000 suggestions have been

sent in from across the

land. We want to pick their

brains for the best possible

policies. By the end of the

summit you might have 10

additions to what I've put

forward and five subtractions. But ultimately,

he'll decide which ideas are

celebrated, and which are

ignored. The Federal

Government has been forced to

abandon its deadline for

phasing out plastic shopping

bags. The issue defeated the

Federal and State Environment

Ministers when they met in

Melbourne. With no national

plan in place some States will

go it alone in trying to give

the bag the boot. At the

start, they appeared united,

but seven hours later and two

hours overtime, the Federal

Environment Minister emerged

from what he described as

robust debate with no agreement

on plastic bags. There will not

be a national mandated charge

on plastic bags in checkouts,

but we do want to see increased

action to reduce plastic bag

use in the community. Increased

action, but not checkout

charge. Peter Garrett says a

levy would place an unnecessary

burden on shoppers. The only

consensus was to set up a

working group to talk more

about how to take the next

step. Environmental groups say

that's not good enough. I don't

understand why it is so complex

when we're working with people

on a day-to-day basis it's not

that difficult. South Australia

agrees. South Australia's

deeply disappointed at the

outcome of this meeting. After

six years council was still

unable to come to a nationally

consistent approach. The south

Australians plan to go it alone

and ban shopping bags by the

end of the year. Victoria has

a different idea - it will run

a trial at two locations,

charging consumers up to 25

cents for every bag they

need. That money would be

dedicated to driving the change

within supermarkets. It would

be dedicated to improve

environmental outcomes. The big

retailers will work on the

trial, and say it gives

consumers choice. They need to

have an option and we need to

really see on the ground what

the effect is going to be of

taking plastic bags out of the

system. The only agreement from

all States was to investigate a

national deposit scheme for

glass and plastic bottles but

that, too, will no doubt prove

difficult to agree on and the

next ministerial talks are not

due until November. As Australia drops one environmental deadline,

President Bush has announced a

new one - 2025. That's the

year he's nominated as the

target for stopping the growth

in greenhouse gas emmissions in

the United States. Mr Bush

named the date after a meeting

with the Pope who's due to make

his own announcement on climate

change later this week. George

W. Bush welcomed his guests

with pomp befitting a Pope.

It's only the second time a

pontiff has visited and White House. God bless America.

Thank you, your

holiness. 9,000 people helped

Benedict celebrate his 81st

birthday. George W. Bush is

undergoing something of a

conversion on greenhouse gas

emmissions. After the Pope left the President returned to

the rose garden and revealed a

revised position on climate

change. Today I'm announcing a

new national goal, to stop the

growth of greenhouse gas

emmissions by 2025. He says

he'll do that with new technology and targeting the

power sector. The President is

still opposed to mandatory caps

on greenhouse gas emmissions

and is still critical of the

Kyoto Protocol. We're doing a

lot to protect this environment. Environmental

groups slammed the new target

as woefully inadequate. Without

a concrete cap, a limit on

global warming pollution we

think it's going to be very

difficult to see any real

progress. It's hard to see how

the President's proposal today

does anything to prove this

debate anywhere but backwards. Officials from the

countries that account for 90%

of the world's pollution will

meet in Paris tomorrow. The

President's speech is also an attempt to influence the

domestic debate. Congress is

working on legislation that

would slash greenhouse gas

emmissions by much more than

the White House ones. The Pope

is expected to speak publicly

about climate change later in

the week. The Federal

Government has agreed to hold a

parliamentary inquiry into the

cases of ex-servicemen exposed

to toxic chemicals. Hundreds

of men worked on the fuel tanks

of F-111s between 1977 and

2000. Many of them now suffer from neurological problems,

cancer and leukaemia and

they've been fighting for more

than 10 years to get some

answers. For Kathleen Henry today's announcement is

bittersweet. Her husband Allan

a form reseal deseal worker

left his battle with leukaemia

seven weeks ago. It's had a

huge impact on the family unit

as a whole and relationships

with friend. In 2000, the Air

Force's practice of stripping

and resealing the tanks of

facility one 11 jets was stopped amid safety concerns

and a board of inquiry was held

under the Howard Government.

Despite series breaches of

workplace health and safety

being found, there were no

recommendations to compensate

the ex-servicemen and their

families. It's been a waiting

game and a fight to receive

compensation for all of the

affected personnel and their

families. In 2005, ex-grata

payments of up to $40,000 were

offered to some and now there's

the prospect of more. We

committed in the lead-up to the

election to having a parliamentary inquiry to allow

those issues to be aired and to

ensure we find out what

actually has happened. Tony

Brady was one of the many

servicemen who worked on the

facility one 11s. I would put

on cotton overalls when I got

to work, very lightweight

cotton overalls would be black

by tend of the day, soaked in

chemical. As part of the reseal deseal support group he's

helping form the terms of

reference for the inquiry. It's

such a broad range of people,

from civilians, Air Force

people over 20 years and each

of them's got a lot of issues that have to be addressed that

weren't addressed with the last government. The Government says

it's still consulting with

stakeholders but is hopeful the

inquiry will be under way by

June. At least 20 Palestinians

and three Israeli soldiers have

been killed in the worst day of

violence in Gaza in more than a

month. Israel launched an

incursion accompanied by air

strikes after Hamas killed

three Israeli soldiers earlier

in the day. A 23-year-old

Reuters cameramen was one of

the victim of an air strike in central Gaza. He was filming

when a missile hit his car.

Two by standers were also

killed. What's clear to me is

we need a thorough and

immediate investigation into

what happened. Israel says

Hamas routinely uses civilians

as shields, but the military is

looking into the incident. In

Britain there's been a

breakthrough in a murder case

that shocked the nation. A

17-year-old has been charged

with the murder of 11-year-old

Rhys Jones. He was shot in the

neck while walking home from

football practice in Liverpool

last August. Three other

teenagers and two men were

charged with assisting the

murder. Today, police paid

tribute to the victims'

parents. I would personally

like to thank Stephen and

Melanie Jones for their support

and patience throughout this

investigation. They have shown

courage, strength and dignity

during what must have been a

truly terrible time for

them. Five other people are

still under investigation. The

East Timorese President is back

among his people tonight.

Thousands turned out in Dili to

welcome home Jose Ramos Horta

after his 2-month recuperation

in Darwin. Fit and well again

he made an emotional plea for

the rebels who tried to kill

him to surrender without a

fight. He says East Timor has

already seen far too much

killing. The ABC's Anne Bacher

reports from the capital Dili.?

it was pandemonium at Dili

Airport as huge crowds turned

out to welcome home a much-loved President.

Thousands of people blocked the

road in an extraordinary show

of affection. As he stepped

off the plane, President

Ramos-Horta received a near

royal welcome. A large crowd

of officials were on the

tarmac. Government ministers,

diplomats, Catholic bishop

opposite, even a group of nuns.

Outside the airport, the

festivities continued. Two

bullets to the back weren't

enough to stop the President

braving the jostling crowd to

mix with the people. I'm happy

that my president comes back here. After weeks of surgery

and recuperation in Darwin

President Ramos-Horta is in

good health and ready to return

to work, but he choked back

tears as he remembered the

attack on his life by armed

rebels. Even though I was shot,

I was almost killed, I didn't

want Mr Early Education or

anymore -- Mr Salsinha or any

Timorese to lose their life. At

a half hour press conference he

was scathing of Alfredo Reinado and appealed to their new

leader Gastao Salsinha, to hand

himself in. Too many Timorese

have lost their lives, even the

President himself, but Mr

Salsinha has to surrender to

justice. For 15 kilometres, the

East Timorese turned out in

droves to cheer and wave as the

presidential convoy passed by.

Right to the gate of his

hillside home Jose Ramos Horta

could have no doubt as to how

much he's been missed. Only

nine of the rebel group are in

custody, up to 16 are still on

the run. Three are believed to

have fled the country. But

many are hoping the President's

return will encourage them to

surrender. Tonight's top story

- Olympic swimmer Scott Miller

and former rugby player Mark Catchpole have been charged

with drug and weapon offences.

Still to come - Rugby Union considers going corporate.

Scientists have opened up a

new front on the war in cancer.

The strategy hinges on a gene

controlling the blood vessels

that allow cancers to thrive.

The idea is to starve tumours

of the nourishment they need to

survive. Researchers believe a

gene known as RGS5 may hold the

key to a new way of fighting

cancer. I believe that this

discovery will revolutionise

our way of thinking of how we actually treat

cancer. Scientists say

fast-growing blood vessels feed

tumours and prevent the immune

system from attacking them.

Most current research focuses

on how to block or kill the

blood vessels, but WA

researchers have now discovered

that removing the RGS5 gene

shrinks blood vessels and gives

the immune system a better

chance of destroying tumours. The remodeling of the

tumour environment helps now to

get this immune killer cells

into the tumours to actually kill the tumours off. The

discovery was published today

in the scientific journal

'Nature'. Tests on mice have

so far been successful and the

next step is to develop a drug

that will inhibit the gene in

humans. It's hoped this will

also make tumours more

susceptible to conventional

cancer drugs. We can use this

knowledge we have gained today

to actually manipulate the

tumour itself and help

classical therapy to work

better. The research is in its

early stages. For cancer

sufferer Philip Rooke-Jones the

discovery has come too late,

but he's pleased future

patients may benefit. I think

this research is fantastic and

it's going to help people in

the future. Researchers expect

to begin human trials in 5-10

years. If successful, it's

hoped improved treatment

options for cancer patients

will be available soon after

the trials finish. The Premier

says the $1 billion

redevelopment of the old Hungry

Mile will not become a

wasteland. It's been

criticised by an international planner who says the Barangaroo project will be dangerous at night and deserted on the

weekend. But the Premier says

the East Darling Harbour

precinct will become one of the

city's crown jewels. It's an

old industrial area right

around the corner at Walsh Bay

which is coming to life with

people living there, working

there and coming there for

enjoyment, whether it's the

restaurants, the cafes or the

artistic events that will

happen there. The Government

will begin looking for

developers in the next few

weeks. Onto finance now, and

Wall Street surged more than 2%

overnight as the price of oil

hit a record US $115 a barrel.

Here's Alan Kohler. Well, it

was a big session on Wall

Street with the Dow Jones and

the S&P 500 rising by more than

2%. JP Morgan Chase reported a

50% decline in profit and more

than $5 billion in loan

write-downs. What times we live

in that this is good news.

Wesfarmers was put into a

trading halt after reports it

is planning a rights issue to

refinance loans it took out to

buy Coles. Credit card debt

from the Reserve Bank is

growing the slowest rate in 13

years. The Australian dollar

rose strongly against the US

dollar and the euro. Here's an

interesting perspective on

those currencies. It shows the

Australian dollar and the US

dollar versus the euro since

February, 2002. After the #/11

attacks and 11 months before

the invasion of Iraq which

started and war that's cost

trillons of dollars.the

greenback has fallen 46%.

That's finance. A whitegoods

factory in South East

Queensland is shutting its

doors leaving more than 300

workers jobless. The Fisher

and Paykel plant on Brisbane's

bayside is destined to move

offshore and will begin closing

down in 12 months. The AMWU is

appalled and we are not

prepared to let this happen.

We say that the Federal and

State Government needs to get

into a dialogue with this

company. Despite the union's

pleas the company says it's moving the Queensland operation

to Thailand. It blames

escalating production costs and

free trade agreements for the

closure. The overall financial

cost benefits arising from the

relocations of production is

expected to be in the vicinity

of $50 million. Fisher and

Paykel will also close its

manufacturing plant at Dunedin

in New Zealand. 400 staff will

lose jobs there. Plastic bags

aren't the only waste of space troubling conservationists

here. Each year about two

million computers end up at the

tip, and electronic waste

overall is multiplying at three

times the rate of general

rubbish. Across the country,

landfill is the technology

graveyard. It's estimated

dumped computers take 10,000

years to break down, leaving a

cocktail of toxic materials,

including lead and

mercury. This poses a serious

environmental threat as these

substances can leach out into

the surrounding ecosystem and

also our natural waterways. The

computer boom has seen the

volume of E-waste grow three

times faster than general

household rubbish. While

reluctants seem reluctant to

pay for safe disposal a free

trial in Sydney's west achieved

remarkable results. We

collected 17 tonnes of E-waste

over about three weekends and

we also included the recycling

was anything with a cord. We

collected about 41 tonnes of other types of electronic

materials. The impact of

E-waste stretches beyond

landfill. For every tonne of

recycled computers there's a

saving of greenhouse gases that would otherwise be released through the manufacturing

process. This plant is

breathing new life into old

equipment. Green groups and

waste experts say Australia is

lagging behind the international community on

junked computers and they're

urging the Federal Government

to include the cost of

recycling in the purchase

price. We need uniform

legislation in this country to

require all of the

manufacturers to be part of an

approved recycling scheme. An

additional $20 on the purchase

price could see computers

disappear from landfill. They

want the same rules for TVs.

It's a game often associated

with the top end of town but

Rugby Union is short of cash

and it's hoping that private

ownership will inject the funds

it needs to stop it sinking.

Here's Peter Wilkins. Private ownership has been the saviour

of many sporting clubs the

world over. Now the Australian

Rugby Union wants to tread that

same path. We can live without

private equity, but to expand

and grow and be ambitious,

private equity will be of great

value to us. Amid a crowded

Australian sporting landscape,

rugby isn't shy about promoting

its strengths. Rugby has

strong attachments with the big

end of town, captains of

industry and within alumni that

other sports are envious

of. The ARU lost in excess of

$8 million last year. There's

a view corporate involvement at

the Super 14 level might

sharpen up the respective

operations but the ruling body

won't relinquish control. The point is it would be nationally

controlled and regulated.

We're not selling the farm and the tail won't wag the

dog. They're one of Australia's

most successful but lowest

profile sporting teams. The

Opals became world champions in

Brazil in 2006 but their sights

are set on gold in Beijing. We

don't feel extra pressure on

us, we're going with the same

approach as the worlds. The

Australians flew out for a test

event in the Olympic city. The

Opals 6-match tournament

against the ussa may be a

preview of the game. It's a

challenge for us. The Opals are without superstars Lauren

Jackson and Penny Taylor,

who'll rejoin the squad in time

for the Olympics. One of

Australia's best ever boxers

Kostya Tszyu will fight again,

with the right incentive. I'm realistically saying it's still

a big chance. I will never

fight for money, but it has to

be a big number. It's nearly

three years since the Super

Lightweight champion was de

throwned by Englishman Ricky

Hatton. He puts the chances of

another fight at 40%. Less than

50 but it's still 40. It means

that... sorry, my darling. The

family's not quite that

positive. 30%. 30%. Business

interests dominate Tszyu's time

but he's seen enough of Anthony

Mundine's career to suggest he

needs to lift the quality of

his opponents to improve. Take

the big fights, take anyone available. Kostya Tszyu turns

39 this year. Now to a case of

lending out the family silver,

just don't try and walk away

with it. One of the world's

finest private collections of

English silver is on display at

Sydney's Powerhouse Museum.

The pieces were made for the gentry hundreds of years ago

and give a fascinating glimpse

of what life was like for

people who were born with a

silver spoon in their mouth.

The shining silver masterpieces

shed some light on what life

was like at the dining tables

of London's wealthy in the

1700s. Most of them were made

by Paul De Lamerie, regarded as

the Fiennes silversmith of the

day. Aristocracy, landed

gentry, the professional

classes that were aspiring to

outdo each other. The silver

belongs to one person, American

collector and businessman Paul

Cahn. He started collecting

marbles and stamps as a child

and never kicked the

habit. It's a disease, you

never stop. I mean, it's like

being a drug addict. You never stop. Cahn started this

collection in 1990 and is

always on the lookout for more

of Lamerie's silver. A coup

was buying a Maynard dish, intricately carved it's

regarded as the most important

piece. Another rarity is a

soup tureen made in the shape

of an upsidedown turtle. It

gives a clue to what was on the

menu in fashionable dining

rooms. Paul Cahn's love of

silver dates back to his silversmith grandfather. His

family fled Germany in 1949 and

all the silver was confiscated

by the Nazis. Recently, the

collector has tracked some of

it down on the Internet. I've

always had that ambition to get

some of it back and I'm happy

to say I have some of my

grandfather's silver now. The

exhibition is on display at the

Powerhouse Museum. Time to

check the weather and dam

levels first:

A large cloud band over the

west of the continent and cloud

associated with that low in the

Tasman over much of the East

Coast. A trough is triggering

rain and storms over

south-eastern WA, while a large

high off Tasmania will keep

South Australia and Tasmania


Tonight's top stories again -

Olympic medallist Scott Miller

and the son of the Wallabies'

legend Ken Catchpole have been

charged over a drug bust on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

Child care groups have welcomed

the Prime Minister's proposal

for one-stop child care

centres, but the Opposition is

worried about the cost. And,

Australian researchers say

they've found a new and less

invasive method for treating

cancer. That is ABC News for

this Thursday. The '7.30

Report' is up next and I'll be back with updates during the

evening. Goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI CC

Welcome to the program. When

Kevin Rudd offered his

pre-emptive big idea for this

weekend's 2020 summit, he

probably knew it would be

fairly well received. After

all, parents struggling with

child care, the sound of an

affordable one-stop shop where

all needs for nought to five

are catered for sounds sweet

indeed. Except for one thing -

it's not a promise, just an

idea. The trap for the Prime

Minister is that whether he

likes it or not, there's now an

expectation of big things for little Australians. Philip Williams reports from

Canberra. Are you 3? Kevin Rudd

promised he'd be Mr Early

Education, and now his big idea

is ours to share. The early