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(generated from captions) Hello, I'm Melissa Hamilton. The US President has called on Chinese

authorities to release the Nobel Peace authorities to Peace Prize winner,

President has called on Chinese authorities to release the Nobel

Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo, currently serving

Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo, who's currently serving an 11 year jail

sentence for subversion. The Nobel

Committee says the jailed

long and

long and non-violent campaign has Committee says the jailed dissident's

made him the foremost symbol of

made him the foremost symbol of the fi

fight for fundamental human rights

fight for fundamental human rights in

China. China has strongly protested ag

against the award and called Liu a criminal. The stepping up its campaign to have criminal. The WA opposition is video

video released of a man being

repeatedly tasered in custody. It's

the same man seen in this video

released by the Corruption and Crime

Commission in which he's tasered 13 ti times by police.

times by police. The opposition says

the man was tasered another 11 times

a week later by corrective services of

officers. Environmentalists say

producers will adapt to water cutbacks slated by the

cutbacks slated by the Murray-Darling

Basin Authority. The plan

Basin Authority. The plan proposes

cutting water allocations by up cutting water allocations by up to 45% for some catchments. Local councils say the cuts are drastic

councils say the cuts are drastic and will ruin will ruin farmers. And after 64 will ruin farmers. And after 64 days

underground, escape is approaching for the

in Chile. Rescuers

for the 33 miners trapped underground in Chile. Rescuers drilling down to

the men are just hours away from a bre

breakthrough. And that's breakthrough. And that's the latest

from ABC news.

On Stateline - the

fortunes of Central Queensland croppers. There's going to be significant losses with the grain, but on the upside, we have a full dam. Government MPs

overstep their own

guidelines. Will the minister

explain why taxpayer funds being used ayer funds are being used to promote local Labor MPs in their local

electorates? And walking the

beat - from Baghdad to

Brisbane. It was like I was... that would be great. Hello, welcome to the program, I'm

Jessica van Vonderen. Those stories shortly, but stories shortly, but first, Queenslanders in the Murray-Darling Basin are tonight absorbing the details

of a blueprint that has the potential to dramatically

change their futures. A long-awaited guide to restore finally been released and it's

recommended water recommended water allocations

to farmers be slashed. While conservationists are pleased, growers fear devastation only for themselves, but the communities they live in. To

find out about the implications

for our State, I spoke with the Queensland Farmers' Federation CEO Dan Galligan a short

ago. Dan Galligan , under this

plan, how much will irrigators

in Queensland have their water allocations cut by? The Murray-Darling is predicting that the

Queensland system will need to Queensland need to cut i

cut its irrigation allocations for the Murray-Darling Basin

part at least from between 26

and 37% of its irrigation. Now, what that means is different Now, what that means is different for each valley and each irrigation valley will apply

apply their cutbacks

differently and the additional information we've learnt information we've learnt out of

the authority today is those

ranges of cutbacks will ranges of cutbacks will be

quite severe in some valleys.

The Condamine, a profitable irrigation area could have a cutback up to cutback up to 45%, just below 50% of their irrigation

allocation. Likewise for the

Warrego and 25% for the Border Rivers. Rivers. Some of our best

irrigation country will Rivers. signific result of this plan if it goes

through as it stands. Those

cuts are much deeper than we

were expecting I guess. What

impact will that have on irrigators?

Look, they are very

significant cuts. There's been

a lot of speculation for the

last couple of years as this plan was developed and it's

been very hard to try

landing. What it means is that

there's going to be a lot of

difficulty in moving into a new irrigation and the Government is

allocating money to assist

individual irrigators to try

and meet what is essentially a

new cap on irrigation. What we

also learnt today was so far also learnt today was so fa those new caps will need to those new caps will need to be

applied by 2014. The

Government is actually only

allocated enough money to meet

about two-thirds of that

cutback, so they cutback, so cutback, so they haven't allocated enough either water use efficiency, new irrigation

new irrigation infrastructure

or indeed buying water back off irrigators. They've irrigators. They've only allocated two-thirds of the

amount of money they would need and additionally and additionally and most importantly they haven't allocated or measured how they will assist those will assist those communities

in those irrigation areas deal with this enormous with this enormous social and economic change that economic change that will come as a result of as a result of these

cutbacks. So how are the futures looking

cutbacks. So how are the futures looking then for

irrigators in these regions and for the communities that rely

on that economy? I'd have to say, the irrigation sector really as their communities

really as their communities

want some certainty out of want some certainty out of this

planning process and that's why

over the last three years we

have a plan to have a plan to provide

certainty for the communities

and investment in the sector.

The challenge is to draw the

right balance between an

environmental outcome and an outcome that supports the

outcome that regional communities that have

relied on irrigation. If we

get it right, that's get it right, that's a positive. At the moment we're

only seeing the environmental outcomes and we've got to balance this discussion up so

we can also sustain communities as well. Based on these water allocation cuts that have been flagged today,

what kind of job losses would

we be expecting we be we be expecting in southern Queensland? Yeah, look,

will be significant. We are talking talking hundreds and talking hun I poten potentially thousands of people. The people. The authority themselves have announced today

that the cutbacks that they're

predicting which could be up to

three and a half to three and a half to 4,000

gigalitres across the entire basin would reduce basin would reduce the agricultural output of agricultural output of the Murray-Darling Basin by $1

billion. For those individual communities of St communities of St George and

Dirranbandi and Gundawindi and Dalby and communities that have relied on agricultural relied on agricultural and irrigation for irrigation ltural and irrigation for decades to

support their communities, the impact for them specifically of

a 30-40% cutback will be a 30-40% cutback will be huge. There's a consultation process that begins now, do process that begins now, do you

expect the State Government to

go into bat for go into bat for you? We've been working with the State Government up until now and

will continue to do so and they

need to go into bat for

Queensland. The outcomes for devastating and the role of

implementing these cutbacks

into new water plans falls to

the feet of the States, falls to Queensland, and the Queensland Government to

consider the best way to implement what will be a new

and dramatic shift for the irrigation sector in Queensland and support the communities that have supported the economy

up until now. So up until now. So yes, there's

a lot of work to be done here for the Queensland State Government. Dan Galligan Government. Dan Galligan , thank you. My pleasure. And thank you. My pleasure. And the Murray-Darling Basin

Authority will hold forums later this month forums later this month in St

George, Dalby and Gundawindi. Cotton growers in Central

Queensland won't be so Queensland won't be dependent on irrigation allocations this year. Unseasonal wet weather has

raised hopes of a bumper

but grain growers are ruing the rain which has caused

widespread damage to their harvest. It's terrible, we've

been climbing the walls trying been climbing the walls

to get out of here. We're sick of

should have our crop off and in

the silos by now. And it's

just unseasonably wet. just unseasonably wet. It broke records for rainfall for broke records for rainfthis this region, in 150 years of rainfall record, it's rainfall record, it's caused a

lot of damage to our crops.

Because it's wet, Because it's wet, the unharvested Because it's wet, the unharvested seed is starting to

grow shoots out of it.

been downgraded from breads, noodles and breads, noodles and that sort

of use down to stock feed. If

you look at these seeds you you look at these seedssee

see there's little shoots of

grain growing off grain growing off the tips of the wheat and yeah, the downgrades will be quite significant. I've got about

2,000 acres of winter crop

2,000 acin 2,000 acres of winter crop in

at the moment, about 1300 acres

of chickpea

of chickpea and I think there's

about 700 of wheat. Last year

we had perfect we had perfect harvesting conditions, a very good wheat harvest last year and my

contractors that harvest they go right down to like

southern parts of Victoria and northern Victoria and they had

a dream run all the way

through. Yeah, this is quite a contrast of last year. contrastl he's

he's actually spraying my neighbour's chickpea at the

moment. Normally they wouldn't

have to. It's normally ripe at

this time of the season, but this time of the

the rain has made it come green again. It won't produce

anymore seed, but it makes it

difficult to harvest, so he's

having to spray it out just

harvest. I think we'd have to

do that over some of our crop.

Looking at an extra $20 a

hectare at least to do that and it's something it's something you wouldn't have budgeted for. In terms of have budgetterms of cotto cotton it's good, we've got a

full profile of moisture to

plant the cotton so it's a good

start to the season. Disappointing

Disappointing for our grains

that are in at the moment.

They're due to be harvested in

the next week or two, so there's going to be significant there's going to be losses with the grain, but on the upside we Things are positive and we look forward to growing forward to growing the season. In the Central Highlands here, some areas of the Central Highlands have received up Highlands have received up to

five times our average rainfall for September. Growers are

ready to plant now, so this

rainfall that we've seen has helped with preparing a seed

bed and with good soil moisture growers can plant into growers can plant into moisture

saving some of the irrigation water. We're talking over

400,000 hectares for the

nation, some rough figures nation, some rough figures that puts around over three billion bails of cotton which we haven't produced since around 2001,

2002. I have to look on the bright side. bright side look on the

bright side. Cattle graziers

around the region will do quite

well and it's given us

excellent opportunities for

spring and summer crops such as

mung beans, sorghum, dry land

cotton, corn and sunflower. cotton, corn and sunflower. If

we look on the bright side of things, there is some great things, there is some

opportunities come out of this

event as well. It was a week that began badly, but finished

well for the Opposition. well for the Opposition. The LNP had a win in Parliament

catching out the Government

breaching its own guidelines for taxpaye n guidelines for taxpayer-funded advertising. But internal

strife at the start of the strife at the start of the week

gave the Government ammunition

to mock John-Paul Langbroek. Chris O'Brien Chris O'Bri l Langbroek. Chris O'Brien reports. Do the

Parliament a favour Parliament a favour and actually bring it on and put

him out of his misery. Let's

end this forlorn chapter in end this foe end this forlorn chapter in the history of this Parliament for

what has likely been the worst Leader of the

biased, of course, and I'm not

sure where to find an empirical ranking

or Treasurers for that or Treasure

but the leadership attack was inevitable inevitable after a recent

eruption of LNP in-fighting. So debased is the Leader of the Opposition by the henchmen who

put him there that this forlorn

creature doesn't know why he is there anymore. He doesn't know

what to do with the job and he doesn't want it anymore. The

reality is if the Member for Gregory came across such a

forlorn and wounded creature on his his property,

thing and wouldn't let it see

Sundown, he'd put it out of his Sundown, het of his miser misery. Those comments came in

answer to a question about third party insurance

I won't bother explaining how ministers are ministers are allowed to do that - it's all about parliamentary tactics. One of

the Opposition's tactics is to

target a variety of target a variety of ministers

on the same issue. They used the strategy again this week in relation to a sentencing

controversy in a child sex

case. Instead of going

straight for the Attorney-General or the Attorney-General or thePremier, Premier, the Opposition Leader

began with Minister. Has the Child Safety Minister made any representations to the Attorney-General about

strengthening Labor's weak

sentencing laws, or is the minister satisfied that the sentence provides sentence provides adequate

protection to children? I thank

the Honourable Member for the question, I obviously will not

talk about the specific case

because it may be up for

appeals and most of those matters that the member has referred to are matters for the

Attorney-General. John-Paul Langbroek tried again with the Education Minister. Given the

offender was a student

protection officer and protection officer and given the minister is responsible for

the care of children with education minister made any

representations to the Attorney-General about strengthening Labor's weak

sentencing laws and if so, will the minister release it? I will not comment specifically the particular matter that has been raised by the Leader of

the Opposition. He ought to

know better. This matter is subject to legal process. The Opposition had a win this week

when the Government was sprung breaching its own guidelines

for political advertising. for political advertising. The trouble with

Annastacia Palaszczuk. Is the minister aware that

minister aw minister aware that this brochure contravenes State Government Government advertising guidelines and will the

minister explain why taxpayer funds are being used to promote

local Labor MPs in their local electorates? This brochure simply provides simply provides community information about what the

project is and invites project is and invites people to find out further information to find out further information

about it. That strikes me as essentially

is a great piece of community

infrastructure for those

growing communities. But the Premier disagreed with her

minister, saying it was a clear minister, saying it was breach of the breach of the guidelines. Mr

Speaker, I'm advised by the minister that she did not

approve the material herself.

Nevertheless, in my view Nevertheless, in my view it's unacceptable. Mr Speaker, I'm further advised that there are

no more of these, I've directed

that no more of these are to that no more of these

distributed and that the

material is to be material is to be withdrawn from the Department of

Transport website. Transport website. I will also be issuing a reminder today to

all ministers, chiefs of staff the requirements as specified

in the guid as specified in the guidelines, my expectation that the requirements will be upheld and

I thank the Member for I thank the Member for Southern

Downs for bringing it to my attention. She Downs for bringing it to my attention. She went further and ordered Ms Nolan and Ms ordered Ms Nolan and MsPalaszczuk Palaszczuk to pay Palaszczuk to pay for the

material themselves. material themselves. In light of that, from an Opposition

point of view, when you're on a good thing, you stick to it.

They went foraging for more

brochures and reckon they found eight more transgressors. Given

that Labor's advertising scheme has now embroiled six ministers

representing one-third of the Cabinet the eight parliamentary secretaries, will the Premier

now just show a skerrick of leadership by sacking each and

every Labor every Labor member

involved? But no such luck this

time. All of this material

meets the guidelines. It is information for residents about

major projects in their area.

Mr Speaker, there is nothing in

the guideli e is nothing in

the guidelines that precludes a

photo of a member if it's

context. It is, of course, a

classic grey area. The messy overlap of propaganda, legitimate information and taxpayers'

money. So we haven't heard the

last of this one.

last of this one. The Speaker this week invited Deaf Services Queensland to interpret

Question Time to support next

week's National Week of Deaf

People. Opposition MP David

Gibson even asked a question in

Auslan. It's reported that the

Queensland police expenditure

on Auslan i e expenditure on Auslan interpreting was

dropped by over 64%. Parliament returns at the end of the month

for the penultimate 2010

sitting. Next Premier sets up shop in Townsville to run the State

from the north for a few from the north for a few days,

and speaking of the north, the main Roads Minister was pleased to report that no cassowaries have died on local have died on local roads recently. Indeed I nursed recently. Indeed I nursed a

chick when I was up at Mission Beach earlier this Beach earlier this year with

community cabinet, Mr Speaker.

It was a rare moment It was a rare moment of male bonding and appropriate in bonding and appropriate in the circumstances Mr Speaker , because you see cassowaries are

cared for by their fathers, their mothers. In March 2003,

Australia was a part of the Coalition of the willing when Coalition of the willing the United States launched an invasion of Iraq. invasion of Iraq. Since invasion of Iraq. Since then, many Iraqis have been granted

resettlement in Australia.

29-year-old Saad al Shaikhly

was a fireman and a policeman

in Fallujah. He now lives in

Brisbane where he works with the Queensland Police Service.

We couldn't believe it, we

didn't believe that was going

to happen. America come to

Baghdad, we didn't believe

that, but once I saw the tanks,

American tank in my suburb,

wow, that's a hard thing to

believe. They said there's a lot of lot of chemical weapons. They said there said there is involvement with the government with al-Qaeda

and we thought "That's real"

and we might have chemical weapons, we might have biological weapons, we might have biological weapons. Saad al Shaikhly doesn't readily talk about the about th t readily talk about the politics which led to

the 2003 invasion of his

country, but he witnessed a

chapter of Iraq's history which

struck terror into the hearts

of millions of ordinary people. I turned the car and I

start to drive on the street.

The helicopter was Apache, it's

an American helicopter an American helicopter and there were there were three cars in front

of me. The first car just burn and they

and they just shot it and I was the last the last car and I was driving

between the streets. They

would kill me if I keep going

on that street, on the main

street. He survived his first

encounter with American

military might by hiding his

car and then himself for

several days. The young man's

experiences make for gripping conversation, experiences make for gripping

favourite topics conversation, but one of his

before the war, the Baghdad of

his childhood and

It was beautiful, just like here. Everything there is just

like here, the nature, like here, the nature, the

people. Before the war, the

shops are open till the middle

of the nigh of the night. I was going

with my friends. of the night. I was going out

with my friends. Going to

nightclubs. As a normal people, going after 6pm and we

get home at 2 am or 3am having

a good time, going to the restaurant, going to the cinemas. But the

disappeared with the war and

this young university graduate

who'd studi who'd studied for a job in

who'd studied for a job in the

civil service had to rethink his civil service had to

his future. The government his future. The government was effectively gone and effectively government was effectively gone and the biggest employers in the city

at the time were the fire and police services. Saad al

Shaikhly quickly found himself commanding a commanding a fire-fighting squad. My first job, it was a old markets, grocery markets in

the middle of Baghdad. It was

very old market and exploded there and about 50

people were killed there and the first look to that the first look to that place

I've seen heads of people, blood everywhere, I'd never

seen that before. I just lost my consciousness and they, on

the radio they said "The office is down" , they thought

back to the station, they make somebody shot me. When I get

back to the station, th back to

me a good joke for the rest of five months. So that was my

first job. Months of gruesome

and dramatic callouts followed.

The job included the dead bodies fleet floeting N The job included the removal of

Tigres River victims of the esculating civil

We had to collect We had ts from the river to the people from the river to the people who knows

who knows to identify these

bodies, dead people. That was bodies, dead people. That really disgusting and I

couldn't deal with it, so that make me change my mind to the

police service. But the Iraqi

police service presented its

own challenges. The young officer became chief of security for a high-ranking

commander. The high risk that

he was involved in, he was involved

particularly in the last short

period of time before he

involving some very actually came to Australia

operations and I don't operations and I don't know whether the don't know whether there'd

whether there'd be a lot of

that would have wished to have police anywhere in the world

been in the same situation doing

doing the same type of work, doing the s situation

given the nature and the high tension that obviously was there in Iraq. Brisbane's CBD

is a world away from Baghdad is a world away from Baghdad in more ways than

more ways than one, but here is where Saad al Shaikhly found himself working. In Iraq, he

was good at In Iraq, he

was good at his job as a police

officer, and that made him and

his family t made him and his family targets of the insurgency. They successfully

applied for immigration to arrived in Brisbane on

Christmas day, 2008. So I had

to start from the beginning and

I said OK I have an officer personality, I can't do another job. Not because I can't do personality, I can't do

the job, but I can't do another the job, but I can't do

job not as a police officer, job not as a police

because I love the job. Not

approached one of the Police like it, but loved it. I

Liason Officer. I went to the

Queen Street Mall in the city.

We advised him to go down to

the police headquarters and it

the next time we he went to police headquarters, kind of went

working in police the next time we saw him he was

headquarters. I asked for them to bring him in for an interview basically and it was

only in a matter of minutes

thought "This is the sort of person we could certainly use". We have 152 Police Liason Officer positions. Senior

police say the liaison officers help link the community with

the police, but for this Iraqi-born officer this he hopes is decide to stay here and I love

this country, I love the

people. Just a magnificent

place. My goal is to be a

police officer in Queensland.

Doesn't matter if in Brisbane,

Townsville, Cairns, I don't care, as long as I'm wearing

Saad al Shaikhly blue, that will be great. And

Saad al Shaikhly hopes to be Saad al Sha be great. And

accepted hopes to be

accepted into the police

service in e police service in the new year. When English explorer Matthew Flinders circumstance Australia at the turn of the

19th century he wanted to

record everything and back then the impressions of an artist

William Westall was essential so the young

board. More than 200 years on,

a group of artists have

retraced part of that historic

voyage in Queensland and the voyage in Queensland and the works provide

perspective of the perspective of the changing

reports. landscape. Marlina Whop

reports. You could the elements have shaped the

area like a story. Everything

is blown by the wind and it's just spectacular. It was eerie at

at times because we were out in the exact same place. There

was a couple of times when we

felt we were sitting on the

same rock that William Westall

would have created his works

from. Bill Gannon and Dieter

Irving are seasoned Irving are seasoned artists, Irving are

but never before have but never before have they

but never before have they gone

to such lengths for an

Queensland they ventured along the Central

Queensland Coast retracing

Matthew Flinders' historic

voyage more than 200 years before on the HMS Investigator. Our boat was much

smaller than Investigator. The

HMS Ininvestigator was not big,

but it had far better balance and heights than we had. When

artist to record the coastline, Flinders set sail he needed an

so the young William Westall was pressed so the young William

works became works became valuable navigational guides for

Mariners. He was only 19. He'd been trained, but it would have

been rather daunting to be on a

boat to record for the English

what was going on here, so he what was going on here,had a had a lot more pressure on him perhaps perhaps than we did. The artists, their

artists, their children and photographer Andrew photographer Andrew Peacock travelled from Gladstone up the

Shoalwater Bay and as far north coast to Mount Westall,

as Middle Island. Westall was

on board this time too. His paintings were used as a reference, so they the same landscapes. It's the same landscapes. It's true

that the language is the same,

whether you're an artist years

ago in a different culture to

today, there is a translation

you can make as a you can make as a practicing artist and we were able to see

a lot of what would have

happened. Remember he had a

commission so he had to do certain things accurately

certain things accurately and that was something to my commission. I had and do fairly accurate work. Nothing was work. Nothing was out of

reach. We were up near a mast

wobbling with the winds and

waves and the boat would waves and the boat would twist and and turn anyway. Although today's artists enjoyed some

unfair advantages. Dieter

Irving migrated to Australia Irving migrated to Australia in 1971 and fell in love with the place. There's nothing like it

in Germany. This country in

colour, in power and colour, in power and also...

you can just lay back and

enjoy. In Shoalwater Bay you

see this most beautiful cloud

movements and that has shaped

this fantastic landscape and I feel very good about this particular work. For Bill

Gannon, the field trip was an Gannon, the field trip was artist's dream. Actually, they gave

gave me finally got something I finally got something I was

happy, it gave me, I'm into a painting now. They bounce, you know, like stepping stones. The finished products have know, like stepping stones. The finished products have been touring Central Queensland for

the past few months. Their next stop may be in exhibition where exhibition where Flinders' circumstance navigation

originally began, Sydney

Cove. An often asked question

of ourselves, will somebody of ourselve I come

come in 200 years and have a look

look at what we did and have a)

critical review of what we were about about and also enjoy what we

did? I don't know, but if we do things right, it will remain a

magical place to preserve and to go adventuring and recording. Before we go, congratulations to synchronised swimmers featured on the show

recently. Eloise Amberger and

Sarah Bombell told Stateline

about their hopes for the Delhi

Games at training on the Gold Coast. Hopefully we're expecting to medal, expecting to medal, we're in

contention, a bronze would that. High hopes, but that. High hopes, but yeah, we're hoping to do well.

we're hoping to do well. Very

hard. 'Cause you've got to think it's the think it's the same as

sprinting or

but you've got to hold your

breath and then smile and do everything in the right

position. Yeah, it's very

hard. They won bronze in the

duet event. That is the

program for this week. We had

hoped to bring you a story

about the film industry, but

were out of time. Thanks were out of time. Thanks for your company. Goodbye. Closed Captions by CSI