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pressure test - hopes that

Barack Obama will resuscitate

cliekt talks. Stories of

survival - the firestorm

aftermath. Holy hell. I'm

buggered. That was it. I just

soaked myself down, laid on the ground. Unravelling the

mystery surrounding the shroud

of Turin. And Bollinger serves

up a bowling bottler to the

up a bowling bottler to the

West Indies. Good evening,

Jeremy Fernandez with ABC News.

The arrival of the US President

in Copenhagen tonight appears

to be all that stands between

the climate change summit and

failure. The world is looking

to Barack Obama's last-minute

dash to Denmark to help seal a

deal on the final day. Kevin

for a Rudd has done his bit appealing

for a new grand bargain for the

world but no amount of oratory

from any world leaders has

helped bridge divisions between

developed and developing

nations. Mark Simkin leads

tonight's coverage from

Copenhagen. With the talks at a

critical stage, the leaders

filed into a Copenhagen castle

for a royal banquet. Two environmental activists bluffed

their way inside. This is a

their way inside. This is a

peaceful protest! (Fanfare

( The invited guests met the

royal family which includes

Australian born Princess Mary.

Key climate talks are still on

the table, giving the

politicians plenty of food for

thought. It is our hope by the

end of tomorrow as you leave

you will have

you will have achieved positive

and convincing results. That's

by no means certain although

sources say progress is being

made. Still lot of work to

do. In his official address to the conference the Prime

Minister accused unnamed

countries of trying to sabotage

a deal. I fear a triumph of

inaction over action. Other

leaders share that fear.

TRANSLATION: We have less than

24 hours remaining to us.

24 hours remaining to us. If we

continue the way we are going, we are heading for

failure. Kevin Rudd is still

trying to resuscitate the

talks. He met more top

officials including Hillary

Clinton. The Secretary of State

came with a chequebook. She

announced the US will

contribute to a fund to help

poor countries deal with

climate change. $100 billion a

year is a lot of money. It's a

developing world's last-minute attempt to buy the

developing world's support.

Australia will also contribute

but won't say how much. The

deal depends on China agreeing

to independent monitoring of

its emissions cuts and that

seems unlikely. We should not

go for suspicion. We should not

go for confrontation. We should

go for cooperation. Still the

American offer is being

described as a potential game

changer. The game will change

further when Hillary Clinton's

boss flies in. Officials hope

the leaders will make

last-minute concessions to save

face but as one insider told

the ABC, it there's still a lot

of consensus required and very

little time to get it. A

confidential UN paper has

revealed that offers put on the

table so far at Copenhagen

would actually lead to a

the turn 3-degree temperature rise by

the turn of the century.

According to the science that

could devastate the planet and

could see Pacific nations

submerged within 50 years.

Tuvalu would be one of the

first to disappear. The Prime

Minister of the small island

Staticise he's leaving this

meeting with little hope. Sarah

Clarke reports from Copenhagen.

It might be a tiny island but Tuvalu has had a

Tuvalu has had a huge voice at

this meeting, putting forward

the only text to include a

legally binding treaty and

that's been knocked back. We

will leave with a bitter taste

in our mouths. We are the true

victims of climate change and

have not been heard properly.

Tuvalu says its proposal puts

the planet on track for a

temperature rise of no more

than 1.5 degrees. That's their

support that bottom line. Australia doesn't

support that and the Pacific

island says it's refused offers

to bring them on board. Our

people can only live once. If

our islands disappear from this

earth, what are we going to

do? Kevin Rudd has met the

small Pacific island states and

says Australia is working in

cooperation. I have been

working very closely with these

Governments now in order to try

and secure that as part of this

agreement. We are making real

progress on this front.

Obviously there is still more

to be done. But a leaked UN

draft has delivered bad news.

It says emissions cuts on

offers so far at this meeting

put the planet on track for a

3-degree temperature rise by

the turn of the century. If

temperature would rise by 3 degrees, millions of people

would have problems accessing

fresh-water, we would see

fresh-water, we would see increasing numbers of weather

event such as droughts, flood

and typhoons and a Hu Jintao

number of countries would

disappear. Some islands have

already been wiped from this

planet. With 24 hours to go,

world leaders may be staring at

failure. By this time tomorrow

we'll know. And environment

reporter Sarah Clarke joins us

the gloom there appears now from Copenhagen. Despite

the gloom there appears to be

some sort of glimmer of hope.

What's the latest? We are

hearing word that there are an

agreement may be reached by the

end of the day. Overnight the Danish Prime Minister met 26

world leaders including the Australian Prime Minister Kevin

Rudd. Those talks went for

about three hours and then

those world leaders left their

negotiators to continue ongoing

discussions. This morning the

Kevin Rudd has Australian ied Prime Minister

Kevin Rudd has cancelled a BBC

and CNN interview to allow for

the ongoing discussions so it's

going down to the wire. The

$seems to be a lot of hope

pinned to the fact bOim's now arrived. Barack Obama's just

landed in Copenhagen and lot of

hope is on him. He could be a

deal-brablinger in this

historic agreement. He is going

to head to his hotel to meet

the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. to head to his hotel to meet

China and the US are the key

players here. They have

indicated they will make key

concessions and be part of a global agreement that has the

best interests of the planet

involved but exactly what

they're prepared to offer in

these final hours is yet to be

understood. If a deal does

finally emerge, will it be

enough to save the world's most

vulnerable nation s? The

emissions targets currently on

offer according to a UN draft

that's been leaked overnight to

the press indicates the

emissions target vts the planet

on track for a 3-3 Celsius

temperature rise. The science

suggests this is too much. The

small low-lying nations want

1.5 degrees as a bottom line.

It could be too much and see those

those islands disappear under

rising sea levels. Thank you.

Cooler weather's given

firefighters a break and a

chance to survey the damage

after yesterday's scorching

temperatures and high winds.

Thran homes were lost across

the State. Some of the fires

are not contained and there's

been a significant loss of livestock. Picking through the

ruins was the order of the day

for those worst hit. Despite

the efforts of 1,000

firefighters, 13 homes were

destroyed in NSW yesterday,

three around Michelago between

Canberra and Cooma. I got into

my driveway and all I could see

was the twisted wreck of my

house. Lost two loaders, a

sawmill, my splitter, elevator

and all the gear. The hardest

thing was listening to the

dogs. You're helpless. You're

flat out saving yourself and

you listen to your dogs burning

to death. A volunteer

firefighter was hospitalised

with burns to his face and

hands after his truck caught

alight at Michelago and the

fire blazes on today. Further

west, five houses were lost

around Tumbarumba and four

homes burned down at dare dare

north of Albury. Thousands of

hectares were burnt out across

the south of the State. We've

seen significant losses of

pasture and livedispOk that's

something we're working with

the Department of Primary

Industries has been assisting

in destroying livestock which

couldn't survive. At

LondonDerry on had western

outskirts of Sydney several sheds went up

sheds went up and a factory and

home were damaged. I laid on

the ground and it went around

there and we were lucky we

saved it. It was like you had

just won lotto basically. It

was like the house is still

standing and we're alive. Some

rain and cooler condition

brought relief today but 12

fires remain uncontained across

the State and weather

conditions are expected to become more dangerous

become more dangerous again

next week. Buses will be back

on the roads tomorrow morning

but that little comfort for

tens of thousands of commuters

who spent the day struggling to

and from work. The snap strike

by drivers caused huge

disruption but after a day of negotiations the union says

it's happy with the

Government's pay offer. Kylie

Simmonds reports. Passengers

stood waiting for buses that

never came. Many unaware

drivers had walked off the job

for 24 hours. I think you're

kidding with me. There isn't

any strike. I live in Manly so

I had to get a ferry and two

trains and now one of the girls

from work is going to get me.

It was a great day for taxis

but not for those waiting in

the rain. I'll be late for

work and have to make up the

time later, I suppose. Some couldn't even get to the

office, costing them a day's

pay. We all need money for

Christmas. The snap strike was

called yesterday after

negotiations with the State

Government and the union over a

pay rise broke down. It was up

to the Industrial Relations

Commission to help them reach

some common ground, the

Government putting an offer on

the table. This is a fair and

generous offer. 6% over two

generous offer. 6% over two

years, durk the time of tough

economic period. Bus drivers

will decide in the new year if

it's good enough. The union apologised to commuters but

said they were given no

choice. This could have been

avoided yesterday if

Government, which is just

across the road from the

commission, had walked across

the road and made a decision.

The union says they'll try and

get buses back on the road as

soon as possible but no-one

should count on that before

tomorrow morning. The

Opposition Leader is concerned

that could cause safety

problems for Christmas revellers trying to get home

tonight. You don't need

alcohol and frustration on a Friday night when there aren't

going to be buses. Those lines

at the taxi rank will be even

longer tonight. A spate of

Christmas strike action has

revived the old war over

workplace relations. The

Opposition Leader says the

holiday strikes are a throwback

to the pre-Howard era. What we

are seeing, thanks to Mr Rudd

and Ms Gillard, is the return

of the Christmas strike. We

are seeing some disputes now. Yes, that's

Yes, that's true. Part of that

is because we had a rush before WorkChoices was introduced

where people rush to get in to

try and avoid the WorkChoices

system so we've got a lot of

agreements that are coming up

now for rebargaining. Julia

Gillard is urging unions and

businesses to resolve the

dispute. A Sydney teenager who

shot and killed his best friend

has walked free from court on a

good behaviour bond. 14-year-old Josef Cruickshank

was shot at Orangeville in

Sydney's southwest last year.

His 15-year-old friend who

can't be named was charged with

murder but pleaded guilty to

manslaughter. The judge says

this has had a substantial

impact on the teenager and he's shown genuine

shown genuine re morse. Daniel

Snedden, also known as Dragan

Vasiljkovic, sued the

publishers on 'The Australian'

over a 2005 article about his

time as a Serbian paramilitary commander. In the Supreme

Court, Justice Megan Latham

said she was more than

satisfied at the substantial

truth of the claims that Mr

Snedden had condone ed and

committed torture and said

there was little doubt about

the substantial truth of the

claims he'd condoned and

participated in rape. We think

anyone who reads the

transcripts and reads the

judgment will consider it a

disgrace. In September he was

granted the right to appeal

against his extradition to

Croatia. A boat builder quicked

Croatia. A boat builder quicked

over the fatal break-up of a

yacht in 2002 has had his man slaughter conviction

overturned. Alex Cittadini had been sentenced to three years

jail over the deaths of four

people who died when the keel

on the yacht 'Excalibur'

snapped. One of the survivors

said he's disappointed no-one

has been held responsible. Alex

Cittadini walks from court a

free man.

free man. I'm relieved. In

April a jury found him

responsible for the deaths of

Tracy Luke, Ann Maree Pope,

Peter McLeod and Christopher

Hayes, all four days when the

'Excalibur''s keel broke off.

It had been cut during

construction but no-one's ever

admitted to doing it. That's a

mystery to us and probably something that will have to

stick with me. Brian McDermott

was one of two survivors. He

was in court for the decision.

It's a shame that the lives of

four of my friends, really no

one's been accountable for

their loss of lives. A Court

of Appeal said the convictions represented a miscarriage of

justice and Alex Cittadini

could not be held responsible.

The judges found that while

better supervision could have

been put in place there was no

evidence to prove Mr Cittadini

had breached his duty of care. Brian McDermott wants

standards improved. Until we -

the Federal Government brings

in some standards for the

design and construction of

recreational boats, there's a

high probability we'll have

something like this again. He's

He's due to meet with the

families of those who died

tonight. Tonight's top stories

- small signs of progress in

Copenhagen as world leaders

join the final negotiations and

still to come, mixing business

and pleasure.

The authenticity of the Turin

Shroud, believed by many to be

the burial cloth of Jesus, has

once again been questioned.

Archeologists in Jerusalem have

discovered what they're sure is

a shroud dating from the time

of Jesus and the material is

very different to the tour in

version. According to

tradition, this hill near the

centre of Jerusalem is where

Judas Iscariot killed himself but inside

but inside this 2000-year-old

cave archeologists have found

much more tangible clues about

the death of Jesus. I was

walking down the valley and saw

fragments of bone boxes. I came

in, went down to the lower

chamber and there I was really

surprised to find this shroud,

untouched from 2000 years ago.

It's an incredibly lucky find. Usually burial shrouds

Usually burial shrouds were

discarded when the bones were

later reburied but the man

buried here had leprosy and

tuberculosis and it was his

relatives' fear of those

disease s that kept the shroud

here. It was sealed up with

mortar and that's where he was

left. What it shows is that

the cloth and of a very

different weave to the Turin

Shroud, believed by many to

Shroud, believed by many to

have been the burr krl cloth of

Jesus. What make this so

different to the Turin Shroud

is that this body was only

wrapped up to the neck. This

was the custom in those days

because of the fear that

somebody could be buried alive

and in a coma or they could

wake up and alert their family

members. This is the amazing

thing about Jerusalem,

thing about Jerusalem, that

there are hundreds of sites in the middle of neighbourhoods

all over the city and they're

just open to anyone who comes

along which is of course bad

news for archeologists but if

you're a tourist who knows

where to look it's incredible.

Ben Knight, ABC News,

Jerusalem. New questions are

being raised about plans for a

controversial dam in the Hunter

Valley. A submission to the

planning department says the

Tillegra Dam project will

destroy the 150 hectares of one

of the State's most valuable

eco systems. Opponents say it's

further evidence the Federal Environment Minister should

scrap the project. State political reporter Matt

Wordsworth visited the Hunter

Valley site for this report. If

the Tillegra Dam goes ahead,

enough water to sphil Sydney

Harbour will flood this valley,

submerging numerous homes and

Quart Pot cemetery. Patty

Middlebrook has been visiting

her mother's grave for 30

years. Her grandparents and

great grandparents are buried

here too. She now faceathise

decision of whether to shift

their remains or watch them be

inundated. We watt on there,"

rest in peace ," because that's

what we thought we would let

them do forever. The

connection for the Worimi

people goes back much further.

All the artefacts and sacred

sites up and down the river,

that's going to be stripped

away again. But it's the

environmental impact downstream

that could decide the fate of

the project. These are the

Kooragang wetlands, the large

and say most significant in the

State and the focus of the

green campaign against the

dam. The dam will take at

least 32% of the fresh water

away from this wetland. It

means more salt and turning

this wetland into a salt

quagmire. The water department

has issued an extraordinary

warning. In documents sent to

the planning department but

obtained by the ABC, it warns

the project is unlawful, saying

construction will not meet the

objects and principles of NSW

water legislation and it

addatise would result in the

destruction of 145 hectares of

a groundwater-dependent endangered ecological

community. In a separate

document, a senior official

warns the Minister's office the

Tillegra Dam has the potential

to be an extremely embarrassing

issue. That proposal will go

through a normal assessment

process and I'm fought going to provide comment on that. That's

the role of an assessment

process. The Greens say the

Federal Environment Minister

must stop the dam. Peter

Garrett has every reason to

reject Tillegra Dam just as he

rejected Traveston. If he was

here what would you say to

him? I'd go on my hands and

knees first and if that didn't

work I'd probably drown him.

His decision is expected by

April. You could let it ring or

just turn it off. Workers are

urged to ignore business calls

and emails over the Christmas

break. New research for the

Lifeline organisation shows constant contact with work can damage your mental health but

as Simon Palan reports, bosses

disagree. During the festive

season it's the one call many

of us are loathe to answer.

The problem is you don't get

paid 24/7 to work 24/7 It can

intrude on your privacy and

work-life balance. Now works

on leave are being encouraged

to ignore work-related calls

over Christmas. Everyone needs

holidays. This the holiday season so it's important for

bosses and employees to turn

the phone off. Supersome

that's easier said than done.

New research shows one-third of mobile users say they couldn't

live without their phone and

more than 40% sleep with their

mobiles within arm's reach.

Often those people report they

can't sleep well, can't switch

off, perhaps don't cope as

well It's one reason Qantas

engineers who are on call 24

hours a day have walked off the

job. Fatigue is such an

important issue for our members they're taking industrial

actions. Not surprisingly, employers see things

differently. They say because of new

of new technology the world has

changed and work calls should

not be seen as an intrusion.

Yes, you've got to exercise

moderation. Do businesses just

automatically reach for the

phone and ring someone on

Christmas day? The answer is

they don't but if they have to

they do and it's silly call for

the unions tosay, "Don't answer

your phone." So have a merry

Christmas until work comes

calling. To finance now and the

local share market fell back

slightly today following a

heavy fall on Wall Street

overnight. Here's Alan Kohler.

US shares fell more than 1%

today because of the

worse-than-expected result for

weekly unemployment claims. A

fall of one-third of a per cent

in Australia is not a bad

performance, helped by AMP and

AXA, AXA because of the

possibility of an auction

between banks for it and AMP

because another bank might have

a crack at it. The general tone

was lower because of a 2.5%

fall in the gold price

overnight. Copper and silver

were down and the CRB index

fell just under 1% all because

of the rising US dollar and

concerns about the recovery

there. This should allay some

of those concerns. It shows

container through-put at north

American ports. There's nothing

more important for a global

recovery than trade and north

America is the centre of container trade. This graph

shows a huge reversal and

augers well for recovery next

year. The dollar was actually

steady today, in fact exactly

steady against the US dollar

and posting very small changes

up and down against the other

currencies. Telstra said that

sales next year would be

flattish but is that a word?

Anyway, the shares fell more

than 3% as a result. The

company also said the terms of

engagement with the national

broadband network had been

agreed which presumably means a

fibre ring. Finally a

fascinating graph showing the

typical bear market and aftermath from Morgan Stanley.

The bear market is normally 29

months and falls 56%, the

rebound rally takes it up 70%

basis we're from the bottom on on that

basis we're two-thirds of the

way up at the moment. Then

there's another big correction

and it wobbles around for 5.5

years until a new lot of

traders come in to who haven't

seen a bear market before and

that's when the bull market

begins. Australia continues to

hold the upper hand on day three of the third Test against

the West Indies. The tourists

collapsed to be all out for 312

with Doug Bollinger taking five

wickets. Yesterday's

confrontations were balanced by

a brilliant Chris Gayle

century. Chris Gayle was modest

about his stunning century, the

fifth-quickest of all time,

particularly this six which

clattered on to the roof of the

Lillee-Marg stand and

disappeared. I have hit balls

further than that before. Gayle's bludgeoning effort was

Gayle's bludgeoning effort was

a distraction from the mid

pitch altercation but Mitchell

Johnson, Brad Haddin and

Sulieman Benn were charged with

bringing the game into

disrepute. Johnson's been fined

10% of his match fee, Haddin

25% and Benn will miss two days

of play. We've got to be aware

of the fans and how it looks

outside the game. Yuz-Y was

probably too animated. The

Australians were animated on a

more orthodox fashion on day

three. They struck early and

maintained the pressure. The

west Indian batsmen looked

largely unconvincing apart from

the occasional authoritative

shot. The decline was rapid.

Nathan Hauritz found the mark,

as did Michael Clarke. In a

forlorn finish for the innings

the lower -order batsmen undid

Gayle's work. Doug Bollinger

helped himself to a first

5-wicket Test haul. The

follow-on wasn't enforced but

Simon Katich couldn't take

advantage. Shane Watson and

Michael Clarke at number three

consolidated the home team's

position with still a little

by-play between the

teams. They're having fun. The

west Indies kept at the task

but the outcome has an

inevitable look about it.

Alicia Molik needs to rely on

the gen erosity of Australian

Open organisers if she's going

to play in next month's Grand

Slam. The former world number 8

was hoping to secure a place

but lost in the quarterfinals

to Jessica Moore. I've played

a lot the last three months and winning has been enjoyable but

you have to lose some too. Frenchman Richard Gasquet has

been cleared by the Court of

Arbitration for Sport over a

positive cocaine test earlier

this year after it accepted the

world number 52's version of

events that he was contaminated

by kissing a woman in a

nightclub. Sydney FC versus

Brisbane with a real buzz

around the W league Grand

Final. Sydney will start

favourite after a 3-0 win over

Canberra last weekend.

Anything's possible in a Grand

Final. Doesn't matter if a

team's playing great all year.

It comes down to one

game. There will be coverage

tomorrow afternoon on ABC 1.

There was welcome rain in

Sydney today, Graham? Yes, my

gauge in Berowra recorded 20mm

with most suburbs picking up 10

to 30mm over the last 24 hours.

Cyclone Lawrence was

downgraded to a low but over

the weekend it should move out

to sea, reform into a cyclone

and that could have a big

influence on the weather in NSW

on Christmas Eve and Christmas

day but over the weekend the

trough will stall over the

northeast of the State with a

weak southeast change moving up

the coast on Saturday. The

trough will produce further

falls of 10 to 25mm about the northeast district with

generally less than 5mm along

the rest of the coast.

Thanks, Graham. That's ABC

News for now. We'll leave you

tonight with some decidedly

wintery images - heavy

snowfalls in Ukraine, France

and Poland have ensured large

areas of Europe will have a

white Christmas this year.

There will be updates during

the evening. The '7.30 Report'

is next. From us, goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI This Program Is Captioned

Live. Welcome to the program.

We're about to cross to Penny

Wong on the final day in

Copenhagen. She's just left

negotiations to bring us up to

date. The world's leaders are meeting at the Copenhagen

climate change summit as we go

to air in a last-ditch attempt

to rescue a credible outcome

after two weeks of tough and at

times angry debate. The

original purpose of this

conference was to produce a

legally binding deal for both

developing and developed

countries, boosting the actions

still flowing from the earlier

Kyoto treaty and putting the

world on track for serious

global emission reductions by

2020. The end game to is define

the global temperature increase

this century, according to

developed count razz, to 2

degrees Celsius. Anything more