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Welcome to '7:30'. I'm

Chris Uhlmann. Tonight, the

fighting country community that's

fighting back, aiming to buy

the factory the multinational

wants shut. We want to work

where our families are and use

our skills that we've learnt at

Heinz. Do you realistically think you can think you can pull this

Australia's new wine mecca. The off? Yes. And Tasmania -

State producing less than

10,000 tonnes, we're punching

well above our weight. This Program is Captioned

Live. Those stories shortly,

but first politics has

overtaken the weekend's asylum

seeker tragedy off Indonesia.

The Gillard Government has

released an exchange of letters

with the Coalition calling on

it to negotiate an offshore something both sides want, but

they can't agree on how it

should be done and the

Opposition says without a clear proposal on the table, any meet

something pointless. In a moment, Immigration Minister

report from Hayden Cooper. Off Chris Bowen, but first this

the coast of Java, the solemn

search for survivors goes on. search for survivors goes on.

Rescue teams are still setting

15 out and miraculously a group of

among them two suspected crew

members who are now being

questioned by Indonesian

authorities. Family members are growing desperate as they wait

for news. until now, the

Australian Government has

insisted that this is not a

time for politics. Well, time for politics. Well, today

it seems the times changed. You

would have thought it was just possible that Mr Abbott would

have agreed to a very straightforward proposition that the two ministers sit down

and have a yarn about where we

could go from here, but he said

no to that, and that's

unfortunate. I think the

Government is trying to provide

a smokescreen to avoid the need

to actually deal with the hard

discussions they have to discussions they have to have

this internally about how they fix

this mess. When the Immigration

Minister stepped up to hold a

press conference in Sydney, it

was clear the political truce

had come to an end. He was

there to launch a fresh attack

on the Opposition Leader,

between Julia Gillard, Wayne releasing a string of letters

Swan and Tony Abbott on how to

end the policy stand-off. I

don't believe this situation is acceptable to the Australian

people. In fact, I believe the

Australian people have had a

want Labor and Liberal gutful of the politicking. They

politicians to work together to

sort this out. The Prime

Minister first wrote to Mr

Abbott last Wednesday, and the

letters reveal a new effort by the Government to resurrect

the offshore processing. It is in

resolve this matter," she wrote,

on wrote, "even if we do not agree

on the preferred policy response." The Opposition

Leader's reply was blunt, "This

is a problem that you have created and that it's your

responsibility to solve ." In

essence, the Government was

suggesting a meeting between

the Minister and his Opposition counterpart

counterpart so the two sides

could thrsh out a new way

forward and work out their

differences. But without a new

policy from the Government, it

was rejected. It's I think a

very reasonable thing for the

Coalition to expect the

Government, who is seeking our

support, to give us

to consider rather than what

sadly, unless the Government is

prepared to change its

position, will likely be a

photo opportunity of

discussions which produces

discussions which produces

nothing. And so as survivors

grieve in Indonesia, Australia's politicians locked in an ugly stand-off.

The Government appears at a

loss as to how to end the

Opposition policy indecision and the

Opposition appears unwilling to

help, even when a solution

could prevent more scenes like

these. There is no sign these. There is no sign of an

end to the stalemate. We are

prepared to talk about this, to

see if a common-sense solution

can be reached. Our message to

the Government is simple: Put

forward a sit down and talk . We're

joined by the Immigration Minister Chris Bowen.

Welcome Thanks, Chris. Do you

now regret dismantling the Pacific Solution The thing about the so-called Pacific about the so-called Pacific

Solution, of course s that the

Howard Government said to

asylum seekers, "We'll send you

to Nauru and we won't resettle

you to Australia if you're

found to be refugees. We'll resettle you somewhere else,"

and they weren't able to

deliver on that. The vast majority resettled in Australia or New

Zealand. Unless Mr Abbott and

Mr Morrison can say which

countries they've negotiated

with an outcome so that

who are processed on Nauru who are processed on Nauru and

are found to be refugees will

be resettled somewhere other

than Australia, then it's simply not a deterrent. But the Pacific Solution was intended

to stop the boats and it did.

288 people arrived in the six

years of the Pacific Solution.

Since you dismantled it in 2000

#, 14,000 people have come discussed this before and I'm in Chris,

on the public record as saying

there are a range of factors

that go into rival numbers at

any one time, always push factors and always different things happening in the wociald

and I've always said that proper offshore processing,

offshore processing which

doesn't deliver the product that people smugglers are

trying to sell, which is a visa

in Australia, offshore

processing which says to people you can come to Australia by

boat if you want, but you're

not going to be resettled in Australia, is the deterrent we

need to stop people need to stop people risking

their lives on boats. That's

what has driven our policy.

That's what's driven all my

efforts, all the Prime Minister's efforts, over the

last 12 months, to get a proper

offshore processing system up

which means that people don't

risk their lives on boats any

more. We can see from the

figures a 50fold increase in that time

that time and we can see from

your severity efforts to try to

rebuild something like the Pacific must be big pull factors

involved and your government has never admitted

that Australia, the best

country in the world, of course people try to get to Australia for a better life, of course they

they do. This year we've seen -

up until now, we've seen a 50% reduction in the number of

people coming to Australia by

boat compared to last year.

There has been a range of

factors in that. I don't claim

for the Government all the

credit for that. There has been a

a range of factors which have

led to that - improved

situation? Sri Lanka, changes announcement of the Malaysia

agreement clearly had an

impact, an announcement effect,

so always a range of factor, but I but I stick to the point,

Chris, that proper offshore

processing can and must make a

difference to people's difference to people's decision to risk their lives to come to

Australia. But in the words of

Scott Morrison, as a starting

point, at no point as Labor

ever acknowledged their error

in abandoning it. That's fair comment? Well, he can accept my

invitation, the Prime

Minister's invitation for a

talk about... What's the agenda

for that meeting? To find

common ground. It's very clear

in the letters from the Prime Minister and the Acting Prime

Minister, which we released

today, our letters consistently

say let's work together in the

national interest to find a

mutually acceptable outcome.

That means sitting with each

other, not lecturing each

other, but try to find common ground. It shouldn't be that

hard, Chris. Labor and agree on offshore processing.

We agree it's necessary to save

lives. What we're doing to the

Liberal Party is... Don't you

have to make a have to make a clear proposal

to say what is and what isn't in in the bargaining

position? Well, you don't

invite someone to negotiate and

then try to limit that

negotiation. This is a good-faith offer from the

Government, made in good faith.

We tried to do it with the

Liberal Party out of the glare

of day-to-day business-as-usual

politics to say the people want us to sort this

out. Are you prepared out. Are you prepared to countenance temporary

protection visas? We're not

going to put parameters around. So you around. So you are No, I'm on

the record of saying what works

and what doesn't work. We

believe the Malaysia agreement

would work. We don't believe temporary protection visas

work, but I'm not going to put

parameters around a good-faith

discussion that we want to have

with the Opposition. That means you're also prepared to

negotiate on Nauru and on turning back

say, Chris, I don't believe it would

would be in good faith to say

to the Opposition, "Come in and

negotiate with us but here's

what's off limits." I do believe - what we've said is a

good-faith discussion. Now, our

policy is clear. We believed

that temporary protection visas

led to an increase of people by

boat because it denied family

re union. Turning back the

boats is dangerous. The Navy

say it is risks lives. I'm not

but by the same token, I won't

say to the Opposition, come in

and with these areas have

parameters around them which we

can't talk about. The Liberal

Party have its position,

got our position, let's see if

there is common ground there

particularly around offshore processing. Haven't you

released this for a political

cause and that is to make Mr Abbott look utterly

unreasonable if he doesn't

attend? We made it clear to the

Opposition we wouldn't release

these letters while we were in

discussions. We made it clear we reserved our right to

release them if we felt the

need for transparency. We've

done that. If I was on your

show tonight, Chris and

said, "Why won't you ask Mr

Abbott to a meeting?" I

wouldn't be able to give you an

honest answer without the

release of these letters. Are

the police enforcing the

law? We work very closely with

the Indonesian police and we

have a very good relationship

with them and they are focused

on these issues. We've got to

remember, Chris, this is very large

thousands, millions of dollars

at stake for the people

smugglers. They will go to

great lengths to avoid

detection, but we work very

closely. We have an Australian Federal Police presence Indonesia. They work closely with the Indonesian National

Police and they do score runs, they do make arrests, but they

are dealing with the symptoms

of the problem. I want to take

away the necessity for the Australian Federal Police to work so closely with them by

removing the product and

breaking the model. Briefly,

way? We can expect more boats,

Chris. Unfortunately when the

Prime Minister and I said if this legislation doesn't pass

the Parliament, we will see

more boats, we were right, and

there is no reason to believe

that that's about to change.

That's why the Prime Minister

offered to recall Parliament, offered to recall Parliament if

we could pass this legislation

with the Opposition

support. Chris Bowen, woo he have to leave it there. Thank

you Thank you, clits. Mining

might be booming but Australian manufacturing is being squeezed

by a high dollar and low

offshore labour courts. One of the latest victims is the Heinz

tomato factory in the Goulburn Valley food bowl. Heinz plans

to close the factory next

months, but the locals are

fighting back, seeking to buy

it and run it as a model for

other struggling country

communities. And as political

editor Heather Ewart reports,

they've got government

backing. The small town of

Girgarre in Victoria's Goulburn

Valley was shaken to the core

when told its lifeblood, the Heinz factory, would close in the new

year. At least 150 jobs would

go. Keeping Heinz going and

making sure that there is guaranteed supply from farmers

all the way through to

consumers is going to be crucial. So residents, workers,

and growers got together to

protest, not quite sure what

that would achieve, but certain

of the need to do

something. Most of the workers

felt as though there was nowhere to g and probably most

of us did, too. We thought at least having least having a rally showed we

opposed what was going on. What

was your feeling when it was

announced that it would close? Horror, disappointment, frustration, a little bit of anger, too. I believed I anger, too. I believed I would

retire out of the Girgarre

plant and that's thrown all our

plan noose chaos, really. Is

this the little people taking

on the big guys? Most certainly

and why not? Why not? Why are

we all so frightened of standing up and doing something

in Australia? It's about time

we did our own little We can't trust Heinz at

all. So they did all stand up,

surprising themselves as much

as anyone else, when they

decided they would try to buy

the factory from Heinz Because

we have to produce food for

Australians in Australia. I I

have every confidence in the

people around this table. They

want to do that and they're ready to do that. This

community project has taken on

a life of its own and they're thinking big, planning not just to take over the factory, but

also set up a training complex for process workers and offer tourist accommodation as well. Do you realistically

think you can pull this

off? Yes, and we're very surprised to be able to say

yes, I guess. If you had

us in September, we would have

said no, but right at the

moment we have got $2 million

promised by a white knight

investor, another million

dollars that has been pledged

by various people around the

committee. Into it is committee. Into it is a

groundswell of community

support for what is basically a

good idea todom peat against the multinationals

and Goliath-type battle. They

like that aspect of it because

they get a chance to have a

crack at the big guys. At the home of former National Party

leader Sir John Black Jack

McKewan, always a defender of

manufacturing. These growers,

residents and professionals,

hold regular planning meetings

and think he would be proud of

their efforts. It's no longer

about just saving jobs, but about saving a community. We've all got families here committed to sports clubs, sporting

fudgess, schools. We want to

work where our families are and

use our skills we've learned use our skills we've learned at

Heinz. To see the children

with long-term jobs at Heinz,

to make sure there are jobs out

there in the future or our

students. It has given hope, yes. Connect the community with

the actual production of the

processing of the tomatoes. With momentum

building, the local council has

become heavily involved and so, too, has the State

both providing funds for a

feasibility study You can see

the drawings in the background

here. They do look pretty flash, but anything is possible. People power can do

it, but part of our involvement

in the in the process is to make sure

it's based on sound economic

reasoning. How would it

actually operate? Well, we

believe that what we will do,

it will be different from

Heinz. First of all, we're not

going to concentrate on the

Coles and Woolworths market

Because a lot of products that

go through Coles and Woolworths

and IGA and others what the big supermarkets want

to sell, not what the public want. Australia's rural industry is on its knees. Their marketing manager, the original celebrity chef, Peter

Russell-Clarke, says it's time

to think outside the square.

With the strong support of

local growers, who also feel

they haven't been getting a good deal from the multinationals, he is advocating a cooperative,

selling different products that bypass the chains. Your food company in

Australia should be starting to

make food with a Thai flavour

or they should be making tomato

sauce that the Muslims would

like instead of making tomato

sauce that the Poms made and

the Americans made for hundreds

of years and they haven't

changed the recipe. Of course, this all sounds very ambitious,

and Heinz claims the initial

bid is too low, but the co-op

committee says there is a lot

more work to do factory is due to close its

doors on January 14th. If the

locals here can pull off what

once would have been the

unthinkable and take it over to save

save their community, they see

the project as a template and

not just for the rest of the

Goulburn Valley, but for food

production and processing areas with similar problems around

Australia. There are a lot of

towns suffering, and there is

no guidance on how to go

through this. So if we're able

to go through the whole

process, get the place up and running t could would certainly make all the difference for Girgarre.

Tomorrow locals gather for

their annual Christmas party, hoping the new year will good news. Well, let's hope.

Heath they are Ewart reporting.

This year, despots toppled in

the face of democratic process.

The ruling United Russia Party

narrowly won the December 4 selection, but it widespread reports of fraud. In

recent weeks young,

Internet-savvy Russians have

taken to the streets in record

numbers, aiming to numbers, aiming to end Vladimir

Putin's rule. Norman Hermant reports. In Vladimir Putin's

Russia, no-one had ever seen anything remotely approaching this - this - opposition

demonstrations so big, in

Moscow crowds overflowed the

approved protest area, jamming

bridges and side streets. All

across the country, tens of thousands joined the outraged over allegations that

the ruling United Russia Party

stalled parliament - stole parliamentary elections. Even

rally organisers seemed stunned

by the turnout. In the days and

nights that followed they have

been busy planning their next

move. It is a very important

time in our Russian history

because during a long, long

time, ordinary people don't

come to the street and don't

show his position. In fact, so many people came to the streets, something truly

extraordinary happened. Even

state-controlled television

channels reported on the

anti-government rallies. It's

as if years of government media

control and public political

apathy melt add way in a matter

of hours. Many analysts still

aren't sure what it all

means. I don't know. I don't

know, and nobody knows here

because here there are so many

speculations about the future,

about how to go, about how to go, how to

develop. As for Prime Minister

Vladimir Putin, he used his

annual nationwide call-in show

to say the mass protests didn't

bother him. He even claimed he

was happy to see people express

their views. But he also spoke

about ominous foreign elements

and maybe trying to spark a so-called collared revolution in Russia TRANSLATION: We knew about the

Orange Revolution in Ukraine.

By the way, some of our opposition activists were in

Ukraine and were working there

as official advisers of then President yuck President yuck shen co-. One

thing those following Russian

politics do know, the Internet has changed everything,

especially for the politically

active fringe in Russia's big

cities. Sasha is a popular

blogger who says lessons have

been learned from the Arab

Spring. Social media can play a role that state-controlled

broadcasters won't.

those who are politically mind,

can see ads for meetings that

will never be publicised in the mass media because

mass media because this is a

sort of censored TV. Heaps of

journalists say they are being

hushed up. Bloggers like Sasha

have dramatically altered the

landscape for the politically

active. Right now he is

reaching out to his network of

bloggers on our behalf to talk

about how social media has

changed political debate here.

Many bloggers here still fear speaking out off line, but

Rostislav agrees to speak with

us. He says Moscow's huge

opposition rally is proof that

social media can generate

people power. Without it,

says, the post-election protest

would have struggled to make headlines.

TRANSLATION: It would have got together

together 3,000 people maximum,

I think. Everyone was sending

messages to me. I personally

got about five invitations from

different people within 24

hours to go to this rally. All that spreads very quickly. In the Internet cafes of for the young and tk-savvy,

sites like FaceBook have become the equivalent of the kitchen

of Soviet times, a place where people meet to people meet to talk about subjects that aren't mentioned

in public. There is not trust

with traditional media at all.

That's why people now got used

to find not only place for

discussion, but as a place to gather news on FaceBook. It's

not only in Internet forums

where the Kremlin's grip on

what Russians see and hear is being challenged. This is Dozhd

TV, two years old with a

largely young staff, a

consciously hip image and most

importantly a sense of independent news independent news and analysis. For this station and a handful

of other media outlets free of

state control, the months ahead

will not be easy. No, we all

feel some kind of pressure

because we all feel that

something is changing, just

it's in the air. We have

tell what audience want and

needs to hear, and we have to persuade persuade the authorities that that's normal, to have such

coverage and that's normal to have such media. Despite the

nationwide protests against the government, the Opposition

faces big challenges. For one

thing, it's divided by

in-fighting and rivalries. There is no-one acknowledged leader to challenge Kremlin. The timing of when

this is all happening is

another potential obstacle. One

of the reasons, very primitive

and very simple, is holiday.

And a lot of participants will

leave Russia for vacancies and meanwhile, meanwhile, people will stay

here in Kremlin and they will

do their best to keep their

positions. The opposition has

planned the next wave of mass rallies for December 24th.

Their size and scope will be a

key test of whether these post-election protests can maintain their momentum. Norman Hermant reporting from

South Australia's Barossa

Valley is usually regarded as the heartland of Australian

shiraz, but a tiny boutique

label from Tasmania has won the

nation's most price tinge youse

wine award for a 2-year-old shiraz made with cool climate

grapes. So will this transform

Australia's idea of shiraz, and has Tasmanian wine come of

has Tasmanian wine come of

age?. Martin Cuddihy reports.

The Barossa Valley is home to

some of Australia's oldest and

most famous wineries. The

grapes grown here go on to

produce some of the finest shiraz in the country. It's where wine-maker Nick Glaetzer

grew up. Initially he spurned

the family trade and built a career in mek

engineering or building robots,

but it seems wine making it in

his blood It's a great product, that's bought to celebrate

occasions - birthdays,

weddings, anniversaries, it's

drunk to enjoy good food, good company. He now works in company. He now works in the Coal River Valley a wine region

20 minutes drive from Hobart.

The stable, temperate weather

and fertile soils combine to

his favourite drops I saw

Tasmania as the best place in

Australia to work with pinot noir and other cool-climate

varieties. He is one of a

handful of producers of shiraz

on the island state. All up,

less than 5 hectares of

vines The cold climate means

the vines are hanging out

another two months than usual

than on the mainland. You get a

slower rate of ripening and I feel that

finer flavour profile. He makes

about 3,500 bottles of shiraz a

year, tiny in comparison with

more established labels. So how

does that wine compare with the

Barossa shiraz? A little less

alcoholic, a bit less truth

intensity, richness, more

subtle characters, more savoury

characters and a bit softer and

bit more elegant. The wine is

called mon pere. Mon Pere is

French for "my father." He the one who taught me.

I was delighted and very honoured. Nick Glaetzer' father

Colin is one of the Barossa's

most well-known wine-makers. He

likes trying new things and he

is forever trying different techniques,

techniques, trying to make the

obviously it's working. This is

the ultimate prize on offer at

the Royal Melbourne wine Show

and the Jimmy Watson memorial

trophy this year has been won

by Nick Glaetzer's Mon Pere.

About 1400 compete for

Australia's most famous wine

award. Nick Stock is a wine

drinker, wine critic, wine

author and wine judge. He was

aon the panel that awarded the Jimmy

wine, fray grant, young, juicy,

full of energy. Delicious to

drink, very easy wine to like.

Start winning the Melbourne

Cup. Probably more important

than that to wine-makers. It's

the aim every winemaker wort

his salt would aim

for. Traditionally this award

has gone to the bigger, richer and probably more famous

red wine regions, places like

the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Margaret River.

A Tasmanian wine has never

taken out the Jimmy

trophy, so all of a sudden,

people are trying to foind out

about this wine-maker, his wine

and also about the Tasmania.

The implications of this are

enormous and we're seeing the

world's attention focus on

Tasmanian wine at the

moment. The Jimmy Watson Award

coupled with some other recent

wins has captured the attention

and imagination of Australia's

wine industry. There are

are all aligning right at the

perfect time for people to

really sit up and pay attention

to Tasmania and help us cement

our place on the world stage. For a State producing less than

10,000 tonnes and picking up

awards and accolades all around

Australia, we're punching way above our weight. Julian

Alcorso has been making wine in

Tasmania for more than 30

years. He attributes the recent

success of the industry to success of the industry to more professional winemakers and viticulturists. Would you want to grow grapes anywhere else in

the country? No, and if I was

20 years younger, I would be

out there planting as much as I

could lay my hands on at the

moment because there is a desperate shortage of Tasmanian

grapes at the moment. Not

enough grapes seems to be the

industry's only limiting factor

and Nick Glaetzer, is he in the

same boat, so if you are

thinking you would like to get

your hands on some of his

shiraz... dot have you got

enough? No, I don't have

enough. I could probably make 10 times

10 times the volume and still

not have enough. That's just

part of the game, unfortunately. Martin Cuddihy

with that tipple from Tassie.

That's the program for tonight.

We will be back at the same

time tomorrow, but for now, goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI.