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Beattie stands firm amid hostile Palm Island reception

Beattie stands firm amid hostile Palm Island reception

Reporter: Kathy McLeish

HEATHER EWART: Welcome to the program. Queensland police were out in force today as protesters
demanded action over the death of a man while in police custody on Palm Island in 2004. Premier
Peter Beattie copped a hostile reception when he visited the island off the coast from Townsville
to explain last week's controversial decision by the State's top prosecutor not to press charges
over the death. Two months ago, the State Coroner found the arresting policeman caused the injuries
that killed the 36 year old Palm Island man, known as Mulrunji. Today, the Premier said he was
powerless to overturn the decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions. While the Premier said
he would support any move by the DPP to seek an independent review of the decision, that's unlikely
to appease the growing backlash. This report from Kathy McLeish.

DEMONSTRATOR: People want justice.

KATHY MCLEISH: Despite inviting the Queensland Premier to Palm Island, it was obvious that the
community were not going to give Peter Beattie an easy ride.

DEMONSTRATOR: He's a two faced man. Peter Beattie is a two faced man.

Commissioner Atkinson here today, this should never have been a question of race. This should never
have been a question of discrimination.

KATHY MCLEISH: A pensive Peter Beattie listened to demands for justice over the death of a Palm
Island man in custody. But less than 5 minutes into addressing the crowd, it became clear the angry
islanders were not going to be easily placated.

PETER BEATTIE, QLD PREMIER: I've indicated to the council today that we will fund the construction
of a diversion centre here. The reason for that is and that is something we can work through with
the council that means no, no, it is not. What it means no, no.

ANNOUNCER: Can we calm down and let the Premier finish, please.

PETER BEATTIE: The final point I want to make to you is this, and I'll re-emphasise it again, if we
are going to have justice for the long term of Indigenous Australians, the only way you can do that
is by ensuring that the DPP's independence is not corrupted by political processes and the only way
you can get a review of this is through the DPP.

RESIDENT: We get nothing. We vote for you. I've voted for you for 30 years, Labor Party. Never

DEMONSTRATORS: What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now.

KATHY MCLEISH: Elsewhere angry protesters took to the street; in Brisbane, burning a Queensland
flag in outrage.

RALLY SPEAKER: There is one law for them fellas and another law for us.

KATHY MCLEISH: It's been less than a week since the State's top prosecutor, Leanne Clare, announced
she would not be prosecuting the policeman many believe responsible for the death in custody. The
Premier told the islanders it is beyond his powers to intervene, but he will support the DPP if she
seeks an independent review and has suggested that she do so. The 36 year old man referred to as
Mulrunji was found dead in a police lock up in November 2004. Four of his ribs were broken, his
liver almost split in two. Despite a coronial finding that police Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley was
responsible for the death, the Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions, Leanne Clare, last week
said it was all a terrible accident as the two men fell during a scuffle.

LEANNE CLARE, QLD DPP: I have made my decision in the Hurley case and there will be no prosecution.

DEMONSTRATOR: We are calling on black and white people...

KATHY MCLEISH: The anger and us from the frustration of the Indigenous community has continued to

WARREN MUNDINE, ALP PRESIDENT: How can this man actually work in the Queensland system when the
Aboriginal people just look at him and they see him as a murderer and they see him as a person who
has inflicted pain upon their community?

COL DILLON, FORMER QLD POLICEMAN: There is definitely one law for Indigenous people and one for
non-Indigenous people.

KATHY MCLEISH: Col Dillon was Australia's highest ranked Indigenous police officer who, up until
last week, worked in Queensland's Communities Department. But he announced on Monday that he was
quitting his job in protest over the Beattie Government's handling of Indigenous affairs.

COL DILLON: Look, I can tell you in my long career, I've never ever seen any semblance of any form
of justice come out of the Queensland criminal justice system favouring Indigenous people.

PETER BEATTIE: I am disappointed that Col has made that decision. I respect his right to have that
view, but I think the important point I need to make, if Indigenous Australians are ever going to
get a fair go, the only way you are ever going to get that is from an independent DPP.

KATHY MCLEISH: Peter Beattie has considered the DPP's decision could have been better explained.

REPORTER: Ms Clare, why won't you take questions on this?

KATHY MCLEISH: Leanne Clare is no stranger to controversy. Her office came under scrutiny four
years ago after she decided the drop sexual assault charges against swimming coach Scott Volkers, a
subsequent inquiry revealing a strained relationship with the police force over the handling of
sexual abuse complaints.

DENIS FITZPATRICK, QLD POLICE UNION: To my way of thinking, it is common courtesy that you'd be
told, if the prosecution is not going to proceed, why it is not going to proceed.

KATHY MCLEISH: Furthermore, the failed prosecution of Pauline Hanson for electoral irregularities
prompted the Queensland Supreme Court to question both the skills and resources of the DPP's
office. While former Chief Magistrate Di Fingleton had her conviction for interfering with a
witness quashed after the High Court ruled charges should never have been laid to begin with.
Queensland Opposition parties had been highly critical.

LAWRENCE SPRINGBORG, QLD OPP'N LEADER (ARCHIVE): This certainly is a debacle. What we've seen in
Queensland over the last couple of years under the Beattie Labor Government is the wrongful
conviction of, one, Pauline Hanson and, two, Di Fingleton and it just goes to show we've got a
legal system in Queensland, not a justice system.

KATHY MCLEISH: In the Palm Island case, the Queensland Opposition has not criticised the DPP, while
the State Police Union is a public supporter.

QLD POLICE UNION REPRESENTATIVE: The Police Union is not surprised by the decision today of the
Director of Public Prosecutions not to charge Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley, as that conforms with
the union's long held view that any charge would be insupportable.

KATHY MCLEISH: But the problem for the Beattie Government is that there is a widespread view in the
Indigenous community that the issue of deaths in custody is unfinished business.

NOEL PEARSON: And I urge the Premier and the Government and the Police Commissioner to the view
that the way in which the investigation was conducted from the first minute of the deceased's death
was wrong. And we cannot be satisfied with it.

Global demand fuels Australian resources boom

Global demand fuels Australian resources boom

Reporter: Hamish Fitzsimmons

HEATHER EWART: Fuelled by the insatiable global demand for energy and minerals, there's no end in
sight for the resource boom driving Australia's economy, particularly in Queensland and the West.
The Pilbara region, north of Perth, is home to the nation's two busiest ports, where exports of
oil, gas and iron ore worth billions flow to the rest of the world. The ports are near the town of
Karratha, which is reaping huge benefits as a result. But there is a down side. Karratha's house
prices now rival Sydney's and with workers flocking from around the country to cash in on the boom,
the town is bursting at the seams. Hamish Fitzsimmons reports.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: West of the Nullarbor, there's a 21st century gold rush. This wealth, generated
by WA's resource boom, has transformed Perth, where property prices now equal Sydney's.

ERIC RIPPER, WA DEPUTY PREMIER: The economy is booming in this State. It's a two speed economy and
we're in the fast lane, the very fast lane.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: The highway of prosperity actually begins here - 1,600 kilometres north of the
waterfront mansions of Perth. Wedged between the desert and the Indian Ocean, Karratha is Ground
Zero for the boom that is supercharging the nation's economy.

ROB VINTENBERGS, ROEBOURNE SHIRE PRESIDENT: The royalties that flow out of this place, both to the
State and federal economies, are simply huge. There's no question about that.

KEITH SPENCE, WOODSIDE SENIOR EXECUTIVE: The North-West Shelf project is something over 1% of
Australia's GDP and that's generated by around 1,500 people.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: Karratha has become a magnet, drawing people from all over Australia and the
world to make fast money working in the Pilbara's rich iron ore mines or the massive offshore gas
and oil fields.

ERIC RIPPER: We need more people to keep this boom going. There are huge personal opportunities if
people come from the eastern States and work here in Western Australia.

ASHLEY BYERS, CARPENTER: I'm actually from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. I've come here because
of the work.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: What is so good about the work that it has brought you all this way?

ASHLEY BYERS: I must say, it's got to be the money. I was making about $30 40,000 a year. Here I'm
making 90 plus.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: This is early morning peak hour in Karratha. Workers stream to their jobs. But
these people are straining the facilities of this town. The resources sector is sucking Karratha
dry of staff and accommodation.

MARK BLAYNEY, CARR CIVIL CONTRACTORS: You'd probably be looking at 3 4 weeks' work.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: Mark Blayney runs a construction company at Karratha. Every month or so, he
flies in up to 40 workers from interstate and overseas to cope with the massive demand. Carpenter
Ashley Byers is one of them.

MARK BLAYNEY: As a company, we are just having to up our wages, up the incentives, the packages
that we offer in order to attract and retain staff.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: And it is not just tradesmen from interstate Mark Blayney has to keep happy.
Unskilled locals are being offered lucrative contracts to work in the mining industry.

MARK BLAYNEY: First year apprentice in Perth, I've a nephew who's a first year apprentice, he earns
around about $6.60 an hour down in Perth. Our first year apprentices up here, we are paying them
$23 an hour.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: In 2002, Woodside Energy signed a $25 billion contract to supply natural gas to
China. In 2004, BHP signed an $11 billion iron ore deal and Rio Tinto has also signed billion
dollar international agreements. The sheer scale of the boom took everyone by surprise.

KEITH SPENCE: What we didn't see is the sort of general boom in the resources sector happening at
the same time, so it's been a bit like the perfect storm. Everything has happened at once.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: The demand for labour has stripped the town of people to run basic services.
Even the boys in blue have been seduced by the miners' call.

DISTRICT INSP. CRAIG LOCKHART: In the past 23 months, we've lost 34 people, which in real years of
experience equates to more than 400 years of experience.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: For District Inspector Craig Lockhart losing staff presents its own policing
problems but finding accommodation for new officers coming to town is virtually impossible.

CRAIG LOCKHART: Our biggest competitors for those premises were of course the larger companies.
It's bloody difficult, to put it bluntly. It becomes a bit of a bidding war, which as a government
agency you feel that the constraints are just too bad to be able to compete with those open cheque

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: It's one of the most remote towns in Australia, but the real estate boom here
is eclipsing the capital cities. Karratha housing prices are going through the roof.

LINDSAY GIBSON, RAY WHITE REAL ESTATE: This one here is let for five years at $1,000 per week.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: $1,000 a week, so where are the million dollar views to match the rental?

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: Lindsay Gibson owns Ray White Real Estate in Karratha.

LINDSAY GIBSON: The median price from the Real Estate Institute of WA has actually shown 43% to
September '06 from September '05.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: That's extraordinary. That's almost a doubling in 12 months, isn't it?


ANDREW HANSEN, LOCAL BUSINESSMAN: Sorry, mate we are shutting down in about a week. The rent has
gone too high.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: After more than 12 years in Karratha, Andrew Hansen has sold his house, given
up his business and is leaving. The boom has run him out of town.

ANDREW HANSEN: I just can't afford the rent any more. It's just gone up 150%, so it's gone up from
$800 a week to $2,000 a week.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: If three or four years ago someone had told you this place you are renting now
would get $2,000 a week in rent, what would you have said to them?

ANDREW HANSEN: I would have laughed. I probably would have bought a building instead of rent it.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: The crippling real estate shortage has also meant buying a house is a costly
proposition. Blocks of land here at Point Samson, one hour's drive from Karratha, compete with
Sydney real estate prices.

ROB VINTENBERGS: To build a reasonable house here, 4 x 2 with some nice features, I'm thinking
$600,000 to $700,000.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: So that's over a million for a house and land?

ROB VINTENBERGS: Oh, no question. No question.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: The caravan parks have become virtual shanty towns in the dark side of the
boom, one of the few places where people whose employers aren't paying the rent like truck driver
Peter Cole can find accommodation.

PETER COLE, TRUCK DRIVER: Most of your money is gone from rent out of the wage. We came here for

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: So what are you going to do if you can't find somewhere permanent soon?

PETER COLE: Stay in the van for a while and then move on.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: Behind me is the biggest iron ore carrier in the world. It is here to take one
of Australia's richest resources to Europe and there are seven more ships waiting out to sea to
load up. With more multibillion dollar projects ready to go, how will the town of Karratha cope,
when it is already at breaking point?

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: So these are sea containers that people are going to live in?

GARY SLEE, ROEBOURNE SHIRE COUNCILLOR: Yes. The first one on the right here is a 40 ft container,
two bedroom, and the one on the left there is a single 20 ft bedsit.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: Local Shire Councillor Gary Slee has a short term solution to the housing
crisis, importing sea containers from China and placing them on the outskirts of Karratha. The
finished product will set you back somewhere between $65,000 and $95,000, a bargain by local

GARY SLEE: We've had a huge amount of interest already, people wanting to pre book. Rough estimates
say about 2,000 beds are required in the Shire, so we are providing 67 beds, which is a drop in the
bucket, actually.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: The Pilbara is making this State rich - $1.2 billion a year in royalties, and
with three times that going to the Federal Government coffers, when are the people of Karratha
going to see the benefits?

ERIC RIPPER: If you want to build a new plant, a new house, a new hospital, a new school, you are
going to pay a lot more than you expected as a result of this boom.

HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: Will that put the hand brake on the boom, if you can't get the people to build
these new projects?

ERIC RIPPER: It's one of the issues that could put a hand brake on the boom, if we are not
successful in tackling it.

MARK BLAYNEY: Something needs to be done or else with what is a prime opportunity for Western
Australia will be lost - for Western Australia and Australia will be lost.

Celebrating the spirit of the Sydney-Hobart yacht race

Celebrating the spirit of the Sydney-Hobart yacht race

Reporter: Paul Lockyer

HEATHER EWART: It began as a holiday sailing adventure by a group of Sydney yachting enthusiasts in
the Christmas of 1945 when they decided to take a cruise to Hobart. It fast developed into one of
the world's blue water classics the fiercely competitive Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Boxing Day
wouldn't be quite the same without the ritual of the race start from a packed Sydney Harbour. The
race is now dominated by the huge maxi yachts, with crews of 20 or more which can make the journey
to Hobart in under two days. But the spirit of those original sailors in their tiny boats will not
be lost on the race this year. Paul Lockyer reports.

PAUL LOCKYER: For days now, the big boats have been sparring in the waters around Sydney, as they
prepare for the main event a journey of almost 1,200kms lies before them and the maxis again have
the Sydney Hobart race record in their sights. That time, less than 43 hours, was set just last
year by the 30 metre maxi 'Wild Oats XI'. Its crew believes it can repeat that success.

PETER SHIPWAY, CREW MEMBER: If we're out towards the front or in front, that's a great thrill to
win line honours in this race. But just going fast at sea with a good, solid boat and good crew is

PAUL LOCKYER: More than 80 boats will attempt the long and sometimes dangerous journey.

ADRIENNE CAHALAN, NAVIGATOR, 'WILD OATS XI': It's such a tough race. It breeds a really good brand
of motivated sailors who won't give up, who are used to toughing it out and not giving up.

PAUL LOCKYER: But one yachtsman who's made his name through speed, Sean Langman, won't be at the
helm of his maxi this year. He's competed in 17 Sydney Hobarts, but his experience last year led
him to question where technology was taking the race.

SEAN LANGMAN, SYDNEY-HOBART COMPETITOR: Everything ran off power. We had a computer technician and
a full time engineer just to keep the boat running. We finally ran out of fuel a mile to the finish
and I went, "Wow, now we've got to sail the boat to get it to the finish", and my feeling when I
stepped off was, this isn't what the race or sailing is about to me.

PAUL LOCKYER: Sean Langman has reached back in history to find a boat to enter this year. It's the
'Maluka', built in 1932 for the Clark brothers of Sydney. They tried to sail to Hobart in 1935, but
foundered on a Victorian beach. They patched up the boat and made it all the way the following
year, long before there was any thought of a Sydney Hobart race. 70 years on, Sean Langman is
determined to replicate the feat.

SEAN LANGMAN: Sailing the smallest and the oldest boat in the Sydney to Hobart race will be the
biggest challenge I've ever faced.

PAUL LOCKYER: It's been challenge enough trying to restore the 74 year old boat, which had been
refashioned and remodelled several times during its long life. The 'Maluka' was originally a Ranger
design, the brainchild of Sydney yacht designer Cliff Gale.

BILL GALE: Dad just made that model by making a layer cake of cedar and pine.

PAUL LOCKYER: The designer's 81 year old son Bill witnessed the building of the 'Maluka' and is
thrilled to see his father's work being celebrated decades later.

BILL GALE: I am just beside myself with delight to see it there and competing and also I think it
will perpetuate my father's name for a long, long time.

PAUL LOCKYER: Aside from adding a little extra strength to the body of the boat, the 'Maluka' was
faithfully restored to Cliff Gale's design.

SEAN LANGMAN: Quite a bit had to be done. There's almost 15,000 man hours over 10 and a half
months. Funnily enough, it took 10 months to build the boat and it's taken us nearly 11 to restore

PAUL LOCKYER: For a sport that has always celebrated and embraced its rich history, this was a big
moment. Bill Gale for one has no doubt that the boat his father designed will not let Sean Langman
down on his trip to Hobart.

BILL GALE: It is virtually indestructible as far as I'm concerned. It will last. It won't need a
major overhaul for 50 years, if then.

PAUL LOCKYER: The 'Maluka' finally went through sailing trials last weekend. As a veteran of the
storms of 1998, Sean Langman knows full well what the boat might have to confront.

SEAN LANGMAN: The noise got me everywhere, down below, the panic on the radio got me and up on deck
the noise through the rigging. This little boat in those sort of conditions, it's really going to
be a bit like Shackleton's voyage, I suppose. It's going to be about survival. That's the same for
all boats. It's just that you handle the storm differently.

PAUL LOCKYER: Sean Langman's decision to trade size and speed for the romance of the sea surprises
no one who knows the passionate sailor.

ADRIENNE CAHALAN: I can understand why he wants to stop for a minute and smell the daisies and
enjoy the fresh air and take a deep breath.

SEAN LANGMAN: What I have found over the last few years by going faster and faster and faster is
you don't really get a chance to look around. The difference here is charging towards an albatross
doing 28 knots, the poor thing is trying to get out of the way. Now it's going to turn around and
have a look and a wave. It is really about communing with the sea again.

PETER SHIPWAY: He'll be very hungry and very, very tired by the time he gets there. It's a tiny,
tiny boat.

BILL GALE: I predict, I hope, I don't think she'll be the last boat in. She might but I don't think

SEAN LANGMAN: I've already got the vision of the sailing down the Derwent River with all sails set.
I've got that implanted in my mind. I believe we are going to make it there by lunchtime on New
Year's Eve and if we can achieve that, that means we've sailed about the same time that the Clark
brothers did some 70 years ago and that's going to be very exciting, I think.

Reviewing the year in Europe

Reviewing the year in Europe

Reporter: Stephanie Kennedy

HEATHER EWART: As 2006 draws to a close, it's an opportune time to look back at the major events
that shaped the world this year. Tonight Stephanie Kennedy begins our series with this review of

STEPHANIE KENNEDY: He's the first blonde Bond and critics gave the thumbs up to the latest spy
thriller in the series. 'Casino Royale' had money and international terrorism as its central
themes, all too familiar in the post September 11 world.

But on the streets of London, a real life spy thriller is still playing out. It involves the
poisoning of an ex Russian spy using a radioactive substance, polonium 210, only made in nuclear
reactors. Before he died a slow and painful death, Alexander Litvinenko pointed the finger at
Russian President Vladimir Putin for his demise. The allegations were spelt out in a letter the
former Russian KGB agent wrote days before his death in late November.

ALEX GOLDFARB, FRIEND: "You may succeed in silencing one man, but the howl of protest from around
the world will reverberate, Mr Putin, in your ears for the rest of your life. May God forgive you."

STEPHANIE KENNEDY: Police are investigating an ever expanding trail of radiation, even travelling
to Moscow. But while they are still no closer to naming the killer or killers, the spy mystery has
strained diplomatic relations between Russia and the UK. If Britain's spies are to be believed, the
UK is awash with would be terrorists. MI5 disclosed they are aware of 30 plots threatening the
nation. It followed revelations in August of a meticulous plan to blow up as many as 12
transatlantic flights. The plot's uncovering caused mayhem at British airports during the peak
summer travel season after investigators found the plan included hiding explosives inside liquid
drink bottles. The alleged plotters await trial.

Embattled Tony Blair vowed to hang on to No. 10 until mid next year despite pressure to make way
for Chancellor Gordon Brown sooner rather than later.

TONY BLAIR, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: Next year I won't be making this speech, but in the years to
come, wherever I am, whatever I do, I'm with you, wishing you well and wanting you to win. You're
the future now. So make the most of it.

STEPHANIE KENNEDY: As the death toll for British soldiers climbed, Iraq continued to dog Tony
Blair's prime ministership, polls revealing 58% want the UK to pull out as soon as possible.


STEPHANIE KENNEDY: The polls also show despite taking a 21st century approach to campaigning, the
honeymoon is over for the Tories' newest leader, David Cameron. The Conservatives finished the year
only 3 points ahead of Labor.

The Queen turned 80 and became the subject of a controversial film about the royal family's PR
disaster in the aftermath of Diana's death nine years ago.

In France, a different Royal or royale aims for the presidency. Mme Segolene Royal won the
Socialist Party's nomination and stands a chance at becoming the first female President of the
French Republic.

And though nobody had ever heard of Isabelle Dinorie she became the world's symbol of medical
process. After being mauled by a dog French surgeons gave her a new face in the first ever
transplant of its kind.

In Europe, where 5% of the population is Muslim, relations between the old and new continent
continued an often tense co existence. It began with a Danish newspaper's publication of cartoons
depicting the Prophet Mohammed. That spiralled into worldwide protests.

Later in the year, Pope Benedict XVI gave an academic speech in which he linked Islam and violence.
The Vatican tried to explain the remarks but at first refused to apologise.

But again the outbreak of protests forced an embarrassing backdown from the leader of the world's
1.1 billion Catholics. There were fears a planned tour to Turkey would be cancelled. Despite
protests and residual anger, Pope Benedict's first visit to a Muslim country continued without

In Turkey, the State has long banned the wearing of veils in government institutions, part of its
policy of putting the State ahead of religion. But in Britain, a debate about wearing full face
veils billowed into controversy. Described as a mark of separation and as causing divisions in the
British community, senior Cabinet ministers called for the banning of the niqab in public. On the
other side of the religious divide, a British Airways check in worker was barred from displaying
her religious faith by wearing a cross around her neck. In Berlin at least, faith came full circle
for the first rabbis to be ordained in the German capital since the World War II.

There were riots in Hungary after a secret recording revealed that the Prime Minister lied about
the state of the economy to win the country's April election. Former Serbian leader Milosevic died
before his trial at The Hague continued, and a miraculous escape in Austria where 18 year old
Natascha Kampusch had been abducted eight years ago. She was forced to live in an underground
prison cell.

In the sporting highlight for Europe, it was the year of German pride hosting the month long soccer
World Cup. It ended sensationally after the French captain Zinedine Zidane was sent off in the
final after he headbutted an Italian player, knocking him off his feet. Italy won in a penalty
shoot out.

HEATHER EWART: Stephanie Kennedy with that report. That's the program for tonight. We'll be back at
the same time tomorrow, but for now, goodnight.