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the book that's rocked Labor. Latham's revenge - for the State's schools. Tougher report cards A new Palestinian threat against Israeli settlers. into the Wimbledon quarter-finals. And Lleyton Hewitt

Good evening. Juanita Phillips with ABC News. bitterness against his old party, The extent of Mark Latham's and its new leader, is becoming clear. to be published tomorrow, In a biography, leader dismisses Mr Beazley the former opposition as "standing for nothing." as "beyond repair" He also describes the Labor Party in the bluntest terms. and condemns the Labor premiers

he doesn't know what's in 'Loner' - Kim Beazley says the new Latham biography.

I have absolutely no idea. in tomorrow's 'Bulletin' magazine Extracts of the book will give him the drift. Kim Beazley in from the cold Mark Latham may have brought

to the last election, during the run-up was always marked by hostility. but their relationship to the ALP's top job, Dismissing his adversary's return Mr Latham says:

the effort to get him to quit As for the State premiers who led early this year, characteristically blunt language: Mr Latham condemns them in Listen, listen - in personal abuse. I'm not interested We've all got jobs to do. We ought to get on with it. Labor was ready for office. Mr Latham was assuring voters Just eight months ago,

Now, he says: Mr Latham a new Labor rat, Other ALP figures may be branding comparing him with Billy Hughes, during WWI. who deserted and split the party Mr Beazley won't join the chorus. I'm not going to comment on the comments that are made on the book or the book itself. Julia Gillard, strongest backers who was one of Mr Latham's while he was in Parliament,

on policy and politics. is defending his right to speak out got any more or any less right I don't think Mark Latham's than anybody else in Australia in that political conversation. to involve himself are due out this year. Two more Latham books Ominously for Kim Beazley, much more about Labor's future Mark Latham is promising to say in his own diaries, to be published in October. Jim Middleton, ABC News, Canberra. deported Australian woman Lawyers representing wrongly Vivian Solon dollars in compensation. are demanding more than a million after being found in Manila, Almost two months to come home Ms Solon hasn't been able or be reunited with her children. has refused to guarantee her housing Her lawyers say the Government and health care for any longer than six months. at a Manila hospice, Seven weeks after being found is still in the Philippines. Vivian Solon against coming home Her lawyers have advised her negotiations for compensation. until the Government starts at the present time What they're offering she will go on a pension is that at the end of six months

a housing commission apartment, and be in, at best, if one can be found. it's made a very generous offer The Government says for Ms Solon's return, but it won't discuss compensation police commissioner, Mick Palmer, until after the former federal competes his report into her case. what went wrong If the Government wants to know in the Immigration Department, at the expense of Vivian it doesn't have to be for the rest of her life. settling down utterly outrageous, Her treatment has been utterly, is messing around with this. and the Government

as more details emerge The legal fight comes health before her deportation. about the state of Ms Solon's has obtained a medical report The ABC's 'Lateline' program from a Sydney hospital as a partial quadriplegic, which describes Ms Solon and other documents reveal when she was deported, she was unable to sign her name to identify herself. instead using a thumb print advising Ms Solon's legal team The former Federal Court judge than $1 million in compensation, estimates she's entitled to more punitive damages as well. and should probably get by a Government takes place, When this sort of gross incompetence pay a penalty. then we, the taxpayer, her case hasn't been handled well We all admit that the right thing by this woman. and everyone wants to do Marcus Einfeld says to cover future medical treatment the compensation needs to be enough for the rest of her life. and support Vivian Solon Dana Robertson, ABC News, Canberra. is under attack The Federal Government in its dealings with China. for being too timid want to know The Opposition and minor parties to raise the claims why diplomats failed of Chinese defector Chen Yonglin in talks in Beijing overnight.

Government rejected a US invitation They're also asking why the to a secret meeting about China. the then deputy secretary of state, The invitation came from Richard Armitage. secret talks Washington wanted to initiate New Zealand, Japan and Australia including the UK, Canada, with the rise of China. on how to deal the 'Halibut Group', They called themselves not to participate but Canberra decided for fear of offending China. an explanation. The Opposition wants got an obligation Clearly, Alexander Downer's to the Australian people to explain why Australia chose not to attend.

The Government's also under fire of Chinese defector Chen Yonglin for failing to raise the case in Beijing overnight. in human rights talks The former consulate official, for a protection visa, who's applied and spying on Falun Gong members has accused China of harassing

in Australia. for addressing those allegations. This is not the forum to answer for, Does China have anything and its operations and activities in regards to its treatment in Australia, in particular, with Falun Gong? We only hope that the Australian Government should take some measures to, abide by the international law and, ahh, so on.

(Reporter) But some quite serious allegations have been made of spying and harassment of people in Australia by Chinese authorities. Does that happen? Thank you, thank you much. Chen Yonglin, who fears persecution if he returns to China, says he isn't surprised. It does not surprise me at all. The human rights dialogue with the Chinese communist regime is merely a show. That's the Australian Government at its most cowardly. The Foreign Minister wasn't available today,

but the Attorney-General has defended the annual dialogue. As for Mr Chen: His claims cannot be advanced by anything he says in the public arena.

Since starting the separate human rights talks, 2-way trade with China has doubled,

but Labor and the minor parties are demanding more transparency and a less timid Government.

Craig McMurtrie, ABC News, Canberra.

Another round of anti-terrorism raids in Sydney and Melbourne has prompted an angry backlash from human rights advocates. It's the second week in a row that ASIO has raided premises in the two capitals without charges being laid. Amnesty International is concerned about the extent of the powers available under the new anti-terror laws. We are concerned about the legislation and the possibility that the legislation can be used against innocent people. The Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock confirmed the latest raids, but he wouldn't provide details or comment on speculation that they're linked to possible attacks on landmarks in both cities. Issues that they are addressing are of the utmost seriousness. They don't have time or the resources to be playing silly games in relation to these matters.

The warrants for the raids were issued by ASIO and carried out by State and Federal police officers yesterday. The State Opposition says a string of corruption investigations has left senior police ranks in crisis. The target of the latest allegations, Senior Assistant Commissioner Dick Adams, is leaving the police service for health reasons. He's been investigated over the purchase of $6,000 worth of furniture, including a desk for his office. It's a rare day when senior NSW police officers aren't making headlines. There is a crisis at the top of NSW Police. We've got officers on leave, we've got officers under investigation, we've got officers up for potential charges. I reject any notion that I personally am in any crisis, that the NSW Police is in any crisis. This time it's Senior Assistant Commissioner Dick Adams in the spotlight. Locked in here, out of sight, is the subject of the investigation - $6,000 worth of furniture, including a mahogany desk. But the Commissioner won't say exactly what Mr Adams has done wrong. I'm certainly not worked up over it. Amid accusations of a crisis in the senior ranks, Mr Maroney was hammering home the same well-oiled message. There is an open, transparent complaints system. A very open, and again, transparent process of appointment. Those complaints must be addressed openly and fairly and properly. But the Commissioner wouldn't reveal the findings of the internal investigation referred to the Police Integrity Commission and the ombudsman as a matter of course. He says there are no allegations of criminal conduct. Mr Maroney has asked Mr Adams for a response before he decides on a course of action. This is a person who took a bullet, so don't be quick to dismiss the fine reputation of this terrific police officer. The Commissioner says, after 34 years, Mr Adams will leave the police service, not because of the investigation, but for health reasons. Jayne Margetts, ABC News, Sydney. The State's schools are to be subject to much tougher assessment. so that parents have a better idea of how they're performing. The Premier, Bob Carr, has agreed to a new system of annual reports containing more information on how individual schools are doing. But teachers are unhappy about the move. They say it'll lead to unfair comparisons. The self-styled "Education Premier" lists improvements in literacy and numeracy as one of his greatest achievements in 10 years at the helm in New South Wales. Thank you for having me at your wonderful school and keep reading books. But today's school visit was also an opportunity to signal a dramatic shift in government policy. I passionately believe in better accountability

and in presenting to parents clear and accurate and strong information about the performance of a school. For the first time annual reports for schools will list staff and student attendance figures. Student performance will also be detailed and there'll be comparisons with similar schools and with the State average. The reports have been enthusiastically promoted by Federal Education Minister Brendan Nelson. Agreeing to adopt them means the State system gets a cash injection of $3 billion from the Commonwealth.

It's what parents are telling us they want. But the move has infuriated teachers who fear it will quickly lead to so-called 'league tables' which unfairly compare schools and could stigmatise children and their teachers. We certainly don't want to be involved as a profession in something that will damage our schools or damage our students. The concern is about league tables. This is not a league table. It does not rank schools. Teachers are threatening in the meantime to mount a public campaign to stop the changes. They say it breaches their award and are asking the Industrial Relations Commission to intervene. Simon Santow, ABC News, Sydney. An Australian couple from Wagga Wagga in NSW has been killed in a light plane crash in the United States. The aircraft plunged into the sea off the coast of Connecticut. Two other people on board were also killed. 62-year-old Peter Walsh and his 60-year-old wife Helen were on a Rotary Club trip to America. Friends paid tribute to them and their work for the community. Peter and Helen would be the sincerest couple that I have ever, ever met in my life. They were just humble, gentle, but so sincere as people,

that it's going to leave a hole in everybody's heart, I can tell you.

Peter Walsh was semi-retired, but worked as a property developer in Wagga. Roads Minister Michael Costa says the upgrade of the Pacific Highway needs to be accelerated after yesterday's fatal crash near Coffs Harbour. Four people died and a fifth person remains in a critical condition after their van and a coach collided head-on at Bonville. It's been revealed that two of those killed - a 78-year-old woman and a 15-year-old boy -

as well as the injured 15-year-old girl were from the United States. The 48-year-old driver of the van and a 57-year-old woman were from south Grafton. Mr Costa says a dual carriageway would happen more quickly if it was a tollway. If we were to be able to get the private sector involved I think we would be able to solve the problem

in a much more timely manner. Even so, he says the upgrade could be a decade away.

Three men have appeared in court charged over the gang rape of a teenage girl in Sydney. The three, aged 18, 19 and 21, were arrested at their homes in the Hurstville area this morning. Police say the men gang raped the girl at Hurstville in June 2002. The court was told a fourth man has been charged over the incident and he had named at least one of those charged today.

There was an offender arrested last year in relation to this incident. We've been carrying out a lot of inquiries. It's taken a long time. The magistrate said DNA evidence against the men was weak and the case was dated. He granted them bail and they'll appear before court again in August. A man who molested four sick children during a holiday camp in New South Wales has had his sentence significantly increased. 40-year-old Bernard Tynas pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the seriously ill children from Perth's Princess Margaret Hospital. The offences happened on a plane and at a lodge in the Snowy Mountains. His original sentence was for a minimum of four months in prison. This afternoon, District Court Judge Anthony Blackmore increased this

to a minimum of 15 months. He said the original sentence did not reflect the seriousness of the crimes. Australia has renewed its call for sporting sanctions against Zimbabwe Palestinian militants are threatening to attack Israeli settlers and soldiers during their withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. For its part, Israel has warned of swift retaliation if there's any violence.

The pull-out begins in seven weeks. The Israeli military has launched a crackdown on Islamic Jihad, one of the most disciplined Palestinian militant groups. CHANTING From their stronghold in the Gaza Strip in the past few weeks, Islamic Jihad has launched a string of rocket attacks on Israeli targets. Israeli forces have arrested at least 70 Islamic Jihad members since the start of May.

They've also killed several in the process. Islamic Jihad has said that, you know, from their point of view, every Israeli is a legitimate target. So, of course, we'll be taking appropriate steps to deal with that threat. 8,000 Israelis live in a string of settlements in the Gaza Strip surrounded by 1.3 million Palestinians. And the Israeli military says it will retaliate

if the militants attack the Israelis when they withdraw from the settlements seven weeks from now. But from Islamic Jihad, a defiant reply: GUNSHOTS The active militant cells can't always be so bold. These men belong to the Islamic Jihad cell

that works in southern Gaza. The cell has just launched a rocket attack on a nearby settlement and their leader, one of the Israeli military's most wanted men,

vows they'll attack the Israelis as they pull out in August. (Speaks foreign language) "We will attack them as they leave," he says, "they came in violence and they'll leave in violence." The rocket attack caused no injuries, but the militants must now avoid retaliatory Israeli air strikes. Right now, these men are hiding from Israeli attack helicopters and spy planes but they're not afraid to escalate this conflict - they believe Israel has already taken that decision. Matt Brown, ABC News, Gaza. McDonald's has won the dubious award for the worst children's food commercial on television. The prizes were handed out today by the Parents' Jury,

a group of mums and dads concerned about junk food ads and their contribution to childhood obesity. It's called 'pester power' - the ability of children to get their parents to buy just about anything, whether it's good for them or not. Health experts believe the proliferation of junk foods advertisements on television is to blame. There is no question in the minds of researchers who are studying this that this advertising and promotion of these foods is part of the driving force of the childhood obesity epidemic. Today, the Parents Jury a group of 400 parents concerned about childhood obesity, handed out awards for the best and worst ads. McDonald's received the Pester Power Award for the worst commercial.

Parents said the toys in McDonald's happy meals encouraged kids to pester their parents into buying the food. The fast food giant says it's reduced the number of ads shown in kids' viewing time and is developing healthy alternative Happy Meals.

The Smoke and Mirrors Award went to Coco Pops for promoting their product as highly nutritious, despite the fact its high in sugar and low in fibre. We'd like a code of conduct drawn up so that there are rules on how they can advertise and what they can say about their products.

Members of the Parents Jury want junk food ads banned in children's viewing time to stop the burgeoning obesity epidemic in Australia.

A worldwide study found that Australian children were exposed to 12 food ads every hour. That was more than kids in the US and the UK and most of the ads were for high-fat, high-sugar food. On the upside, the Parents Jury praised the Federal Government's campaign to eat more fruit and vegetables, giving it the Parents Choice Award. Sophie Scott, ABC News. To finance now, and the local sharemarket bounced back today

even though the price of oil continued to hit new highs. Alan Kohler has the details. The share market bounced 0.75% today , recovering less than half of the losses of the previous six trading days. Today's gains were led by BHP Billiton, all of the banks, CSL, which announced a buyback of $8 million shares and reaffirmed its profit guidance, and Leighton Holdings. Now here's the shape of the All Ordinaries for the financial year,

which has two days left to run. There was a gain of 22% between August 16 and March 21, then a 9% correction, which was all regained between the middle of May and the middle of June, and now 1% of that has been given back. All up for the financial year, the index has risen 20%. And that's the benchmark. If your fund gives you less than that, they did something wrong or they're charging too much - or both. Today's rebound came despite a steady to slightly lower performance on Wall Street last night and despite another rise in the price of oil to a new record high, although it was a small rise - just nine cents in Singapore. Asian markets were generally stronger today, led by Japanese shares, which went up nearly 1%. On commodity markets overnight there were some sharpish falls

on the London metals exchange - as you can see - and finally the Australian dollar lost more ground against the US dollar today and the trade-weighted index eased again. And that's finance. Lleyton Hewitt's hopes of another Wimbledon title are still alive. Hewitt defeated American Taylor Dent in four sets to move into the quarter-finals, along with the favoured contenders in both the men's and women's draws. Here's Peter Wilkins.

Australia's lone Wimbledon hope opened his whole bag of tricks to beat imposing American Taylor Dent. The backhand was sizzling, there was touch on the rare excursions to the net and the occasional stand-and-deliver on the big Dent serve. Hewitt battled hard to win the first two sets, with his emotions as well. No you didn't say out, you did not say out! If Hewitt's antagonism of officials was annoying Dent, it didn't affect his touch or big serve-volley game. But after saving two match points and taking the third set in a tiebreaker,

he'd had enough. I made a mistake. You better stand by it, and not because he's bitching. That's not correct, what you just did there. Does Hewitt intimidate officials? No, I don't think so. No, I don't think so. Hewitt moving toward a likely semi-final against defending champion Roger Federer. There's added reason to celebrate for one of the most effervescent characters in Australian sport. Netballer Liz Ellis will equal Vicki Wilson's 104-cap Australian Test record when she leads her side against world champion New Zealand tomorrow night. The 32-year-old is happy with her longevity, but says the main focus is a win against the Silver Ferns

in the team's last meeting in Australia before next year's Commonwealth Games.

It is a nice milestone, but really I think playing New Zealand and beating New Zealand is more important in the scheme of things at the moment. As upsets go, this was the best of the best for former Australian junior champion Darren O'Rafferty in the latest tour event at Reunion Island. The 25-year-old had never beaten 6-time world champion Kelly Slater,

but after nailing a high-scoring first wave,

he was never headed. I surfed against him about four times and he smoked me every time. I finally got one up on him and it's one of the best feelings in the world. O'Rafferty is one of six Australians into the last eight. After months of speculation and expectation, tomorrow morning's US NBA draft will reveal Andrew Bogut's future. The giant Australian is anticipated to be the number one pick The giant Australian is anticipated to be the number one pick and Milwaukee have that option.

But one city is low on the 20-year-old's list. New York will be tough. I'll have to move out to the suburbs, for sure. I don't want to live in that city man, it's crazy. Andrew Bogut is set to become one of Australia's richest-ever sportsman. In rugby league, Bulldogs star Willie Mason has re-signed with Canterbury today. The 25-year-old says,

despite all the speculation surrounding his playing future, it was an easy decision. He'll remain in blue and white until at least the end of 2009. And the AFL is looking for a new home-grown hero, in a bid to boost its stocks in Sydney. The league wants each club to take on an apprentice from the harbour city as it battles rival football codes in Australia's toughest market. While its profile is growing in Sydney, Australian football is still the least popular

of the four football codes. When you're talking about a market with 30% of Australia's population, we're not satisfied with the talent we're getting out of Sydney. The league met with recruiting managers in Geelong this afternoon, where the national under-18 championships are under way. It's proposing each club takes on a Sydney teenager as an apprentice and helps them develop as a footballer. The clubs are in favour of the idea,

given Sydney is an untapped resource. You'd think that there are a number of potential AFL players who have great athletic qualities who are now going to play rugby league rugby union or soccer. Lots of athletic types that play the other footy codes, even basketball, that could play our game, we want to say to those kids, "Come and play with us". Junior participation is at record levels in Sydney, but the challenge is to keep players through high school.

I think we definitely need to do something to get the bloodlines going from that younger age and getting them through to the AFL. Goodes says an AFL club is the perfect place to develop Sydney's talent.

Every AFL club likes to think they have the right system to breed good AFL footballers. The popularity of the AFL on the Gold Coast has taken off since local boy Nick Riewoldt was drafted five years ago. The league is hoping the program will breed a similar superstar in Sydney. We think local heroes, wherever they end up playing, do stimulate some interest and some development in that region. The AFL wants the scheme in place by next year. Matt Brown, ABC News, Melbourne. It started life as a classical opera about the King of Babylon, but in the new Australian production of Verdi's 'Nabucco',

the central character is Saddam Hussein.

The updated version brings a modern twist to the age-old problems of the Middle East and the violence on stage proves some things never change. It's an opera where Babylon meets Baghdad. More than 2,000 years of trouble in the Middle East gave the impetus for this new production of 'Nabucco' where the biblical tyrant King Nebuchadnezzar moves over to make way for deposed Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein.

He saw himself as the scourge of Israel in the way that Nebuchadnezzar was.

The idea came from Saddam Hussein himself. He once portrayed himself as Nebuchadnezzar in a poster. Director David Freeman took things further. Deliberately mixing time periods once more, he has the oppressed Jews of the '30s and '40s representing contemporary victims of anti-Semitism. You can't do politics about yesterday's politics. Yesterday's politics wraps up the fish and chips. The last time Opera Australia produced 'Nabucco' was in the mid-'90s when director Barrie Kosky put his imprint on the Verdi classic. It was so unpopular

that many people walked out and asked for their money back. The company is hoping the audiences for the upcoming seasons of the new version

in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane will like what they see. Baritone Michael Lewis takes on the role of the tyrant who crowns himself and believes he has become god. But the heavens exact a swift revenge, drenching the despot in blood. Nothing you ever do in your training or your experience can ever prepare you for having 5 litres of blood tipped on you

from eight metres above you. The blood is coloured corn syrup, all in the name of art. Anne Maria Nicholson, ABC News. Plenty of rain to report tonight, but is it falling in the right places? Here's Mike Bailey. Thanks Juanita. Good evening. Yes, that rain should be rather widespread over the next couple of days and moderate to heavy falls are likely in some areas.

Sydney's had only occasional showers so far, with temperatures today a little above average for the range of 10-18 degrees.

Around the state, temperatures held down by that cloud.

Brisbane was the wettest of the main centres. A lot of cloud in the NE corner of NSW, may develop into a low pressure cell,

pusing rain further inland.

Widespread rain for even the next 48 hours in NSW.

Sydney, further occasional showers, tomorrow night or into Thursday.

And that's ABC News for this Tuesday. I'm Juanita Phillips. The next update is in an hour and 'Lateline' is on at about 10:35. Goodnight.

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