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Tonight - the OzCar wrecks

whacks the Opposition. Malcolm

Turnbull has the absolute

support of the parliamentary party. Another guilty plea over

the death of Dianne Brimble. A

grooving tribute to the late

King of Pop. And, is this the

final blow for Barry Hall?

COMMENTATOR: Stupid, silly.

You just can't do it.

Good evening, Juanita

Phillips with ABC News. Today

was the day for all good

Liberals to come to the aid of

the party leader. Malcolm

Turnbull's Lieutenants mounted

a staunch defence of their boss

after he'd been skewered in

three separate opinion polls.

All those who went public said

Mr Turnbull's job was safe.

But the party's been left in

little doubt about just how

badly the OzCar affair has

backfired. Political

correspondent, Greg Jennett.

The dirt has been dug... Ready?

One, two, three, up we

come. And the mud's been

flung. I think the Australian

people are just tired of the

politics of fear and smear. But

only one man's been badly

sullied by the OzCar affair and

he was nowhere to be seen.

Malcolm Turnbull's leadership

collapsed last year under the

weight of Malcolm Turnbull's

ambition and a crushing

disapproval rating in the

polls. Now, it's Mr Turnbull's

turn. I didn't comment on polls

this time last year and I'm not

going to start now. An opinion

poll trilogy tells the same

story - Malcolm Turnbull's

dissatisfaction has rocketed in

Newspoll. So has disapproval

in Fairfax figures. And Galaxy

has him trouncing Kevin Rudd on perceived dishonesty or

deceit. Last week, the Labor

Party threw everything but the kitchen sink at Malcolm

Turnbull. Malcolm didn't

flinch and I think it's

important that this week the

Liberal Party doesn't

flinch. The speed and scale of

dissatisfaction is on a par

with Alexander Downer's

leadership collapse in the mid

'90s, but the panic is

not. Malcolm Turnbull has the

absolute support of the

parliamentary party. I thought

he handled himself under very

difficult circumstances very strongly last week and I'm sure

we'll bounce back. Newspoll has

the Liberals' two-party

preferred deficit widening, a

further 6-12. Liberals are

actively distancing themselves from Malcolm Turnbull's

disastrous OzCar tactics, but persevering with his

leadership, and rewards for

loyalty will soon be on offer,

with a frontbench reshuffle due

before the end of the winter

break. Tony Smith, Scott

Morrison and Tony Abbott are

among a list of likely

promotions. It's how people

come out of the eye of the

storm that determines what kind

of leader they are. But this

pressure system hasn't passed.

A second man has been convicted

in connection with the death of

Dianne Brimble. Lettorio

Silvestri was one of three men

charged after Mrs Brimble died

during a cruise in 2002.

Silvestri admits he didn't tell

police the whole truth about

the death of the mother of

three. He pleaded guilty, as

Mrs Brimble's family called for

the inquest into her death to

be reopened. Liv Casben

reports. Lettorio Silvestri

once accused Dianne Brimble of

ruining his holiday. Now, he's

facing a possible jail sentence

over her death. We're now

looking towards the final

trial, we expect in September, where all will be

revealed. Mark Wilhelm goes on

trial later this year. He and

Lettorio Silvestri shared the

cabin in which Mrs Brimble was

found. It was during the coronial inquest that an

interview with an indignant

Silvestri was played.

During today's proceedings,

the court was told Silvestri

had a conversation with Mark

Wilhelm in which Wilhelm admits

he shared and drug with Mrs

Brumble. Wilhelm now faces

charges of manslaughter and

drug supply. The court was

told that Silvestri is expected

to give evidence against Mark

Wilhelm when his trial gets

under way in September.

Another man Ryan Kuchel, is

also expected to give evidence against Mark Wilhelm. Last

week, he also pleaded guilty to concealing an inditable

offence. But for the brimble

family, the pleas offer little

comfort and they say the

inquest needs to be

reopened. But it's certainly

something we want to revisit to

see if there are any

recommendations or findings

that the coroner had as to the

conduct of the cruise company

P&O at the time of Dianne

Brimble's death. Silvestri will

be sentenced tomorrow. This

interrogatoryian horse might

just open the gates on a new

cancer treatment. Sydney

researchers have chosen the

story from Greek mythology to

describe a new procedure that's

had remarkable results in

animals. They're hoping that

in humans it will have the same

that have developed a effect - destroying tumours

resistance to chemotherapy

drugs. Medical reporter Sophie

Scott explains how it meets.

Meet Coco, a canine who could

prove to be much more than

man's best friend. She and her

doggie mates were riddled with

tumours and on their last legs.

Many have gone into remission,

thanks to a new cancer treatment. We've got

spectacular results in these

animals and this gives us hope

that in the human situation

we'll get safety and efficacy. We know that currently there

is nothing that could have

saved those dogs. Just seeing

the results where these

tumours, these totally

resistant tumours were

plummeting. For us, it was

like a dream come true. So how

did this dream become reality?

First, scientists had to stop

cancer cells becoming resistant

to chemotherapy. The cells

were injected with particles so

small they couldn't be seen by

the naked eye. A tiny little

nano cell, that can work like a

Trojan horse. It can carry

drugs. It switches off proteins

that cause drug resistance,

then a second attack infuses

the cell with cancer drugs.

Earlier trials involving mice

pointed scientists in the right

direction. In the mouse

experiments, where we have

implanted different types of

human cancers, in all those

experiments we get 100%

survival in these mice when we

do this dual treatment. Doctor

also treat 20 patients with

advanced cancer to see if the

new approach is safe. They're

hoping it will be effective

after the good results they've

seen in animal trials. But the

approach is so novel, it could

be several years before it's

routinely used in the treatment

of cancer patients. Britain is

demanding the release of its Iranian embassy staff members

who are being held by

authorities for allegedly

encouraging recent

demonstrations. Amateur video

posted online shows what appears to be the first

Opposition protest in five

days. Police reportedly broke

up the gathering soon after

these pictures were taken. The

British Government says claims

its embassy staff are involved

are groundless. This is

harassment and intimidation of

a kind which is quite

unacceptable. These are

hard-working diplomatic

staff. Despite the violent

crackdown on their supporters,

Opposition leaders are

continuing to call for a new

election. There's increasing

violence along Pakistan's

border with Afghanistan where

the army is trying to get the

upper hand over the Taliban.

Ten people were reportedly

killed in a missile strike in

this village. Militants in the

region have been responsible

for a series of attacks on

Pakistani soldiers. The army

is preparing a ground offensive

to try to rehearse the

Taliban's gains. The military

in Honduras has seized the

country's president and forced

him to leave the country.

Soldiers entered President

Manuel Zelaya's bedroom and

marched him onto a military

plane in his pyjamas. He was

flown to Costa Rica and the

parliamentary speaker was sworn

in to replace him. The new

regime imposed a curfew after

supporters of the ousted leader

began protesting. After all

the conjecture and controversy

over his death, there's finally

before a celebration of Michael

Jackson's life. Last night's Black Entertainment Awards in

Los Angeles turned into a

tribute show, with everything

from a Jackson Five medley to a

Jamie Foxx monologue delivered

in that classic red leather

jacket. But the music is still

having to compete with the

media feeding frenzy. Even the

parentage of Michael Jackson's

children has been questioned by

his ex-wife. More from

reporter, Ben Worsley. From

those he inspired, the biggest

tribute yet to Michael Jackson.

The compeer famous for

channelling Ray Charles tried

his hand as the King of Pop. No

need to be sad. We need to

celebrate this black man. Some

were sad, though. None more so

than his sister. To you,

Michael is an icon. To us,

Michael is family. And he will

forever live in all of our hearts. Also there was Joe

Jackson, finally making public

his private doubts about his

son's death. I can't get into

that, but I don't like what

happened. Central to the

speculation is Jackson's doctor

Conrad Murray, who was there

when he died. Who discovered

him? Did the doctor give him a

shot? Dr Murray says he didn't

and an autopsy's cleared

him. Not in any way a suspect

in the death of Mr Jackson, but

he is a witness. Regardless,

the Jackson family's ordered a

second autopsy. A rejection of

claims Jackson was using

prescription drugs, seems at

odds with the evidence. He was

probably seeing several doctors

giving him narcotics. The

battle over his estate is

battle over his estate is just starting and that includes

these three children. Debbie

Rowe is Jackson's former wife

and mother of his first two

children... or so we thought.

She's reportedly told an

English newspaper he's not

their father. The Jackson

family is not going away too

easily on this. Jackson's death

has launched him back into the

charts. He's back in number

one in Britain and is currently

the most downloaded artist in

the world. The black

entertainers of today have some

new, and old competition. An

Australian man has appeared in

court in Hong Kong charged with

the murder of a taxi driver at

the weekend. 22-year-old

Kelsey Mudd was a passenger in

the taxi which crashed in the

early hours of Saturday morning. According to local

media reports, Mudd had a

dispute with the driver just

before the crash. The driver

was taken to hospital and

pronounced dead a few hours

later. When police and

ambulance officers arrived at

the scene, Mudd reportedly

moved into the driver's seat

and tried to escape. But he

didn't get far before crashing

into another taxi injuring that

driver. After a brief court

hearing this morning, Mudd was

refused bail. Another two

people have died after testing

positive to swine flu. The men

were 50 and 85 and both died in hospital. Health authorities

say the 50-year-old was being

treated for cancer, while the

older man also had a number of

underlying medical conditions.

Around Australia, seven swine

flu victims have now died, five

of them in Victoria. This is

very much a typical seasonal

flu. It's actually a little

milder than the typical winter

flu. Every year around

Australia there will be 2,000

to 3,000 Australians who die

because of seasonal

influenza. So far, there are

just over 4,000 confirmed cases

of the virus around Australia. Scientists in Queensland

meanwhile, say they've made the

first Australian batch of a new

swine flu vaccine. They took

an American recipe and turned

it into 1,000 doses of vaccine

using a new, faster technique.

The vaccine still has to be

tested and approved, but if it

is, Australia could be one of

the first countries to start

using it. Before this,

vaccines were cultured in egg

protein. The process took

months, not weeks and the

targeted virus was partly

changed in the process. The

new technique uses insect cells

instead, so it's safer for people who can't tolerate eggs

and it works on an exact copy

of the original germ. It's

also safer for researchers

working with it. For the technology you have to deal

with live viruses - in this

case we don't have to. Within

two weeks of receiving the

recipe, the Australian scientists produced a litre of

the sear um. Bioengineers at

the University of Queensland have a commercial agreement

with a US company and it's planning to run clinical trials

in America, Mexico and

Australia. So we are expecting

that Australia could be one of

the first countries to benefit

from this new technology. The

US company is already using the

technology to produce a

seasonal flu vaccine which

contains three times as much

active ingredient as existing

flu fighters. They copied the

swine flu virus from the first

case that occurred in the US

and tweaked and vaccine to

combat it. Of course, they can

tweak it to address other

viruses if the swine flu moves

or if a new threat emerges. They're now waiting

for regulator approval, but

trials are expected by the end

of the year. Tonight's top

story - Malcolm Turnbull has

taken a huge hit in the polls

thanks to the OzCar debacle,

but senior Liberal Party

officials say his leadership is

safe. Still to come - Sydney

snares the shark. The Federal

Government insists that its

immigration detention system is

coping with the rising number

of suspected asylum seekers.

The latest group of 194 people

believed to be from Sri Lanka

is being processed at Christmas

Island's main detention centre.

Almost 700 detainees are being

held on Christmas Island, but the Immigration Minister says

there's room for more. We have

the capacity to deal with this

boatload and further approvals.

Clearly , the numbers there are

at a high level at the moment.

But we have the capacity and we

have contingency plans in

place. The Government says the

surge in boat arrivals is to be

expected given the current

strife in Pakistan, Afghanistan

and Sri Lanka. Investigate the

cave clan - that's the

recommendation of a coronial

inquest into deaths of two

people who drowned in a Sydney

storm water drain last year.

Holly Legge and Dwaine Larossa

were spraying graffiti in the

drain when they were hit by

floodwaters. The coroner said

the influence of a

thrill-seeking group and their

website may have contributed to

their deaths. Simon pallian

reports. 18 months on and

grieving parents are still

searching for answers.

REPORTER: This must be a tough

day for you. They were at the

final day of a coronial inquest

into the deaths of 20-year-old Holly Legge and her friend

Dwaine Larossa. They drowned

after being dragged almost one

kilometre by floodwaters in a

storm water drain near Maroubra

in Sydney's east. Survivor Michael Malinowski

said the trio went into the

drain to spray graffiti. He

told the inquest there was a

padlock at the entry, but it

wasn't locking anything. The

coroner told the inquest he's

worried by the emergence of a

countercultural message which

encourages people to enter

dangerous sites like storm

water drains. He says it's a

very risky activity for which

there is little risk

management. The inquest heard

Michael Malinowski learnt of

the drain on a website run by a

group called Sydney Cave Clan.

The coroner has recommended the

group be investigated and shut

down. He's urged Sydney Water to provide more prominent

warnings about the dangers of

storm water drains. A woman

who was six months pregnant and

couldn't swim has been found dead in the water on the

State's North Coast. Police

say she was staying at a marina

in Tweed Heads over the

weekend. She got up during the

night to use a bathroom at a

nearby hotel. Divers found the

body near the family's boat.

To finance, the local

sharemarket gave up some of

last week's gains while the

Australian dollar slipped back

below US 80 cents. Second last

day of the financial year and

share prices are looking a bit

soggy. They were limp on Wall

Street on Friday and much the

same in Australia today. The

All Ordinaries Index fell a bit

less than 0.5%, but it was hard

to discern any trend.

Here's some slightly premature assessment of

investment returns for the

financial year. This graph

shows returns from various

asset classes actually over the

past 20 years and the thing to

focus on is that residential

property has now performed

better than shares over that

period. If you take it over 10

years the outperformance of

property is even greater. It's

tripled while shares have only

doubled and slow and steady

Government bonds have caught up

with shares. The tone on

commodity markets today is

quite negative.

In London on Friday most

metals went down, led by zinc. Asian sharemarkets were mostly

lower today as well, except for

China, which is up more than

1%. The Shanghai market is up

62% this year so far, compared

with 10% for the Japanese index

and a lot of this is because

there's a credit boom in China,

as tonight's second graph

shows. Chinese banks are

lending like crazy at the moment and

moment and their customers are

taking the cash down to the

Shanghai casino... I mean, Stock Exchange, as well as

buying investment properties.

Someone ought to tell them what

happened in America.

Two Rugby League players have

been charged with assault over

a late night incident at a

Sydney nightclub. Sydney

Roosters' hooker Jake Friend

and winger Sandor Earl were

questioned for several Housing

Industry Association at The

Rocks police station this

afternoon. Police allege that

the players were involved in a

brawl in the early hours of

Sunday morning at the nearby

Tank nightclub. Roosters'

half-back Mitchell Pearce was

released without charge.

Friend and Earl have been

granted bail and will face

court next month. The Sydney Swans appear to have finally lost patience with their

ill-tempered star Barry Hall.

He's facing a 2-match

suspension over another

striking incident. Tonight,

the Swans are encouraging Hall

to take a permanent break from

the game. This might have been

Barry Hall's swan song in the AFL.

COMMENTATOR: Stupid, silly.

You just can't do it. The bruising forward promised to

curb his temper this season - a

promise he couldn't keep. We're all frustrated and

disappointed, and we all had

hoped it would stop. It

hasn't. The hit on Brett Rutten

will mean two matches on the

sidelines but the Swans say

Hall should consider immediate

retirement. If he feels he's no

longer interested in playing

AFL footy,... we're open to

discussions. He's talked up a

career in boxing and at times

career in boxing and at times

he has looked more like a boxer

than a footballer. The hit on

Brett Staker last year prompted

anger management

counselling. It looked really

ordinary in the replay. I

regret what I did. There were

apologies three weeks ago when

Hall cost his team a win

against haumpb. This could

change things dramatically. It

could go downhill from here.

His actions clearly don't

display that he does want to

play again. I just question

whether he does want to move in

a different path. While

team-mate Michael O'Loughlin

has earned a season-long

curtain call, Hall looks set to

depart without much fanfare.

Melbourne captured a tiger,

Sydney reeled in a shark.

Australia's most marketable

sporting export Greg Norman is following Tiger Woods Down

Under at the end of the year.

Norman has agreed to play in

the next three Australian Opens

as he tries to re-establish the

tournament on the world golfing

calendar. Greg Norman's been

swimming against the tide for

years, wanting the game to

flourish beyond the shores of

the United States. He needs help. It's incumbent on all

help. It's incumbent on all the

name iconic players to promote

the game on a global basis.

It's kind of a small

trophy. The Australian Open

used to be revered as the fifth

Major. Greg Norman wants its

current status evaluated. It's

not going to happen the first

year, but I think over a period

of time as we turn this tide

you'll hopefully see that tapes

in years to

in years to come. The Shark's

first commitment will be at the

NSW Golf Club in December

chasing a sixth Open trophy.

He's a member at the course and

began his pro career at nearby

Beverley Park before broadening

his horizons. Greg brings

global credibility and global

recognition. As it turns out,

the Queenslander who lives in

the United States has been spreading the message for

years. Every time I go overseas, I tell anybody who's

overseas, I tell anybody who's

never been to Australia "You've

got to go to Sydney". With

Tiger Woods to tee off in

Melbourne, the Shark doesn't

predict too much intercity

rivalry. I don't think it's the

winning of the PR battle, it's

victory for Australia. Sport's

best-known married couple

provided two stories for the

price of one. Chris Evert said

today was the first time she'd

been asked about the incessant grunting and screaming

grunting and screaming by

several players on the women's

tennis tour. And she's not

impressed. The next time you

watch Maria Sharapova, the

grunting is consistent, but all

of a sudden when she has a set

up to hit a winner, the

grunting gets louder. That's

distracting. After a lengthy

hiatus, Brazilian fans were

celebrating following their

team's 3-2 Confederations Cup

victory over the USA. It was

far from easy for the 5-time

world champions. Full of

confidence after shocking Spain

in the semifinal the underdogs

left to a 2-nil half-time lead.

The Brazilian fightback didn't

take long with two goals just

after half-time. They could

have gone ahead soon after,

however some goal line

scrambling fooled officials but

not the cameras.

not the cameras. Instead, the

winning goal came just before

full-time, ending US hopes of

its biggest ever soccer title.

South Africa was praised for a

highly successful precursor to next year's World Cup. A

Sydney artist has accused a

local gallery of censorship

after it covered up a revealing

work. The gallery says it

won't show the drawing of a naked woman

naked woman unless it's behind

closed curtained. The artist

says she's offended. The old

Newington Armory in the Sydney

Olympic Park has n ploxive

history. While it's been

decades since ammunition was

made here, the flak is back.

The Armoury Gallery has put the

largest work in its new

exhibition - the drawing of a

naked woman - under wraps,

hidden behind curtains and

warning signs. If I had known

this was going to happen, I

wouldn't have made the work for

the show. Artist Cash Brown

said it wasn't until she hung

the work that she was told

about the restricted viewing.

What has upset her more is the

exclusion of the image from the

catalogue. The drawing is

based on a famous painting by

Gustave Courbet viewed by

millions each year without

censorship in a Paris

gallery. It is in Sydney, but

not in the Musee d'Orsay in

Paris. Last year it was shown

in the Met in New York as well,

and as far as I'm aware, there weren't warnings for it

there. The work of a second

artist made it to the Callow

log but was subsequently banned

from the exhibition. Michael

Carey had to submit a

substitute work. Anything that

could have a sexual connotation

- it seems absurd in that this

work is part of a very, very

long tradition of the nude in

art. The Sydney Olympic Park

Authority decided the drawing

could offend and put it behind

curtains so that people could

choose wornt to view it. The

authority says both the curator

and the artist agreed to this

condition. The artist says she

has no option if she wants her

drawing on show. I guess it's

too soon to hope winter is

over, but it is feeling like

spring at the moment.

Temperatures have been mild

Temperatures have been mild and

winds will draw warmer air

across the State tomorrow.

Cloud developing ahead of a

front that will move over

inland NSW ahead of tomorrow

and reach the Coast through the

early part of Wednesday.

Cooler air behind the front

will see temperatures decline

with a significantly colder

burst of air behind a second

change due into NSW on

Thursday. These fronts will

combine with a deep low to the

south and that's set to

maintain strong and gusty winds

through much of this week.

Rainfall on and west of the

ranges with most falls below 5

millimetres. There will be

isolated heavier falls around

the alps.

Tonight's top stories again -

senior Liberal MPs come out in

defence of their party leader

as three new opinion polls show

a big drop in Malcolm

Turnbull's popularity. A second man

second man convicted in

connection with the death of

Dianne Brimble. Lettorio

Silvestri was one of three men

charged after Dianne Brimble

died during a cruise in 2002.

And, the life of popstar

Michael Jackson has been celebrated at the Black

Entertainment Awards in Los

Angeles. That is ABC News for

this Monday. The '7.30 Report'

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

evening. Goodnight.

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Welcome to the program.

Malcolm Turnbull has had more

ups than downs in a colourful

career, but today was almost as

down as it gets in Federal

politics - three opinion polls

in one day all measures a

spectacular rejection by

spectacular rejection by

would-be voters at the weekend.

In obvious response to the

Opposition Leader's handling of

the OzCar affair. Less than

two weeks ago, it seemed Mr Turnbull was at last making

significant inroads into the popularity of Kevin Rudd and

his Government. But the

Liberal leader's reliance on a fake email to prove the Prime

Minister was favouring a

Brisbane mate in the new OzCar

finance scheme has ended in an

unprecedented leadership slump

that will make recovery

extremely difficult. While the

absence of a credible

leadership rival appears to