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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. to fight in the Great War. A final salute for the last digger evidence against Bradley Murdoch. Joanne Lees breaks down during all Australians against bird flu. The ambitious plan to vaccinate golden harvest. And who really owns Australia's Good evening, with ABC News. Juanita Phillips its last direct link Australia has lost of World War I. with the battle theatres overseas - William Evan Allan - The last digger to see action has died in Melbourne. He was 106 years old. veteran of the Great War - Australia now has only one surviving to leave the country. a soldier who signed up too late At the beginning of last year, veterans left in Australia. there were six World War I Now there's only one. William Evan Allan, active service in the war, the last Australian to have seen in Melbourne. died last night at a nursing home for him, I had a great deal of respect he was a wonderful Australian. that can never, ever be retrieved It's a link with your past history and then you've got to count on and what you can read from the descendants. and the stories that you can tell from World War I Australia's last surviving soldier is now Bendigo's Jack Ross,

the Armistice was signed. who joined up just before in 1914, When Evan Allan joined the Navy the war had not yet begun. HMAS 'Encounter', He was still a boy when his ship, and Indian oceans. began service in the Pacific he left the Navy as a lieutenant, More than 30 years later through two world wars. having served his country some of his memories were recorded. Five years ago,

and I was swimming around... I came over the side is privately mourning Mr Allan's family and grandfather. the loss of a father significance But his death has a wider renewed its connection to a nation that's only recently to the Anzacs are disappearing. just as the last of them a piece of our history, He takes with us and it is quite a moment. the world in both wars He was in a lot of parts of his life, I guess, that could have easily taken is nothing to laugh about, and being washed overboard to 106 years of age, I think. and he was meant to live the offer of a state funeral. His family has accepted Ben Knight, ABC News, Melbourne. have firmly rebuffed a proposal State and federal authorities in the Point Nepean National Park. to build a Gallipoli Memorial Park is promoting the idea, Federal Liberal MP Danna Vale looks a lot like Anzac Cove saying Point Nepean a convenient destination and would be the long trip to Gallipoli. for those who can't make I asked her to put it in writing, She raised this with me, we have rejected it. attracted to the idea. I am not, myself, particularly an artificial element There's a danger that we will inject into the Anzac preservance. Ms Vale first suggested the park this year. on an Anzac Day visit to Gallipoli murder trial - Day two of the Peter Falconio while giving evidence. and Joanne Lees has broken down

Bradley John Murdoch Miss Lees formally identified as the man who attacked her four years ago. and killed her boyfriend taken of Joanne Lees These are the pictures Peter Falconio disappeared. just hours after her boyfriend of the man accused of Giving evidence in the trial murdering her boyfriend, the injuries Miss Lees said she suffered Springs on July 14, 2001 after being attacked north of Alice and still bears the scars today. sometimes as low as a whisper, Fighting back tears and in a voice was driving north she told the court how the couple in a white four-wheel drive in their kombi van when a man motioned for them to pull over, they did so.

as an exhibit in the trial. Today, that kombi van was tendered The jury panel viewed the van of the court building. in a basement car park Miss Lees said after pulling over, of the van to talk to the man Peter Falconio had gone to the back like a car backfiring or a gunshot. and that she'd heard a loud bang, at her window. She said a man then appeared He put a gun to her head, and forced her from the vehicle. tied her hands behind her back she resisted, and was punched. He tried to tie her legs, into the man's four-wheel drive She said she was forced and run into the scrub. but managed to escape as still as she could, There she remained crouched beneath a bush. Miss Lees says she then heard a dragging noise. to identify her attacker. Joanne Lees was today asked is that man here in court today? Rex Wild QC asking John Murdoch and said, Joanne Lees looked towards Bradley Yes, I'm looking at him. The defendant shook his head. into her attacker's face Miss Lees told the jury she looked for about 10 seconds. for Pete to come and help. She said she was screaming He never came.

raped. She thought she was going to be Miss Lees broke down when asked how she felt - believe it was happening, through tears she said she couldn't she was going to die. she thought

Peter Falconio Bradley Murdoch denies murdering and assaulting Joanne Lees. Lee Casben, ABC News, Darwin.

The Federal Health Minister says innoculated against bird flu, he'd like to see every Australian successful vaccine being developed. but his plan would depend on a in Greece, With avian flu now reported there are also moves of anti-viral drugs to boost Australian production to meet rising global demand. As European health officials bird flu outbreaks, desperately try to contain to determine Greek scientists are trying in a Turkey farm whether the bird flu discovered on an Aegean island that's deadly to humans. is the strain

is still only a possibility, A bird flu pandemic but the Federal Health Minister says the Government would consider vaccinating the entire Australian population if a safe and effective drug can be developed. This is not a government which is going to take risks with the health of the Australian people. Everything that can be done, will be done, to protect all Australians. The Opposition wants to see the detail of any mass vaccination plan. Given the seriousness of the threat of an avian flu pandemic to Australia, making up a half-baked policy on the run isn't good enough. The Government is also considering increasing its stockpile of antivirals. Millions of orders are flooding in from around the world, and one drug company, GlaxoSmithKline,

is rebuilding a manufacturing line at its Melbourne factory

to lift production. But that won't necessarily help Australians if a bird flu pandemic strikes. Because we're manufacturing in Australia doesn't mean it will necessarily go to Australia. It does go into a global allocation process. Nervous Australians have almost stripped pharmacy shelves

of antivirals. But the World Health Organisation is warning against, what it calls, scaremongering. It's still not something that we see as a huge risk to the human population. Tonight, the European Union is preparing to ban the movement of live birds and poultry meat from the Greek region which is the latest focus for health officials. Natasha Simpson, ABC News. First it was the Church expressing reservations about John Howard's industrial relations shake-up. Now it's the Salvation Army. It says the changes are "unethical" because they exploit the most vulnerable. The Prime Minister says neither side of the argument has a monopoly on morality. Wollongong remains something of a union stronghold...

(All chant) Workers' rights! They're worth fighting for! ..so it was no surprise that a welcoming party should be on hand to tell John Howard today just what they thought of his wholesale industrial relations changes. PROTESTORS BOO Now, the Anglican and Catholic churches have been joined by the Salvation Army in criticising the shake-up, condemning the Prime Minister's proposals as anti-family and unethical. It takes advantage of vulnerable people and that is not ethical. As one of the biggest members of the Government's Job Network, the Salvation Army has intimate experience in finding work for the unemployed. The idea that morality

is profoundly on one side or the other of this argument is not an argument I accept. Kim Beazley was elected to Parliament 25 years ago today, but he's not having it his own way, either. Who should rain on his anniversary but ALP National President, Barry Jones? In a scathing assessment, he says that: In part because of: In other words, Labor doesn't know what it stands for. You can't win elections on the basis of saying, "Oh, well, the Government tells us what they're doing," and we say, "Well, we'll do the same." Leadership aspirant Julia Gillard offered more than a little support. There is some merit in some of the things that Barry says. I, for one, have been concerned about factionalism in the ALP. I think he's quite wrong. I think that we will win the next election if we're fit for government and we've got the right policies. Kim Beazley is having enough trouble building credibility without being undermined by his party president.

Privately, senior Labor figures are seething - accusing Barry Jones of navel gazing, and costing the Opposition momentum in its attack on John Howard's industrial relations shake-up. Jim Middleton, ABC News, Canberra. In Iraq - US forces say they've killed 70 suspected insurgents in a series of air strikes. But people in the town of Ramadi says civilians,including children, were among those killed and some of them were children. The dispute comes at a time when the country's constitution hangs in the balance amid claims of voting fraud. The US military says air strikes have killed about 70 suspected insurgents in the Iraqi town of Ramadi, but locals say the victims included civilians, some of them children. The violence came as electoral officials investigated claims of fraud in the weekend referendum on the country's new constitution. West of Baghdad, they're burying the bodies. 70 people died. The US Military says its warplanes and helicopters unleashed precision-guided bombs. It insists all the victims were terrorists. But witnesses say some were civilians. "They are not terrorists," this doctor says. "They were ordinary people who were bombed by aeroplanes." In Baghdad, the counting continues. Unofficial results suggest the constitution was overwhelmingly approved. So yesterday was a very hopeful day for peace, an exciting day for a country that only a few short years ago was ruled by a brutal tyrant.

There's more evidence today that Australia's indigenous community suffers at a greater level than the rest of the population. We had hoped that the constitutional process would have been - would have been an exercise that would have been totally inclusive and pulled together all the Iraqis, helping with reconciliation. Obviously that did not happen and has not happened.

As if to underline that, some members of Iraq's Sunni community are alleging that the vote was rigged. TV pictures show one man voting again and again - seven times in all. The Electoral Commission agrees that an unusually high number of 'yes' votes were cast in some regions. It has announced an audit of the results. It'll be several days at least before Iraqis know if they have a new constitution. Mark Simkin, ABC News, Washington. Meanwhile, the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, will face his accusers in Baghdad from tomorrow. That's when his long-awaited trial for crimes against humanity is due to begin. His defence team, though, will be arguing that the tribunal set up to hear the charge is not legal. Middle East correspondent, Matt Brown reports from Amman in Jordan. Saddam Hussein's trial before the Iraqi Special Tribunal will take place in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad. The spokesman for his defence team, Dr Abdul Haq al-Ani, says the former Iraqi president is ready. He is in good physical health and high spirits and very defiant. The tribunal, which was established to try Saddam and other members of his regime isn't focussing on the better-known allegations against him, like the gassing of the Kurds at Halabja in 1988 or the massacre of Shi'ites in the south in 1991. Instead, Saddam Hussein is to be tried on a charge that he directed the arrest and execution of hundreds of people at Dujail, north of Baghdad. The tribunal says Shi'ite militants failed to kill Saddam during a visit to Dujail in 1982. And, when his forces returned, they unleashed a reign of terror. The defence team is playing down

Saddam Hussein's role in the Dujail massacre. Until today we don't know what is the President charge - is alleged to have done in the case of Dujail. If it's only signing the presidential decree approving the death sentences then there is no case to answer. And a former member of the team, Jordan-based lawyer Mohammad Najeeb al-Rashdan, says the trial has been tainted by the ongoing US occupation. I think they lie about Saddam Hussein, they lie about the weapons, they lie about the democracy. But many Iraqis are keen to see the former dictator face justice and Saddam Hussein's day of reckoning is approaching. Matt Brown, ABC News, Amman. The Bali nine trial in Indonesia today heard customs and police officers describe how they caught four of the Australians carrying heroin at Denpasar airport in April. During the trial for accused drug smuggler Michael Czugaj, the court was shown the packages police found strapped to his body. A drug squad member said police staked out the airport for a week,

before catching the alleged drug mules. Czugaj's lawyer said his client didn't know what the packages contained. This is ABC News. Recapping our top story tonight - The last Australian who saw active service in World War I has died. William Allen was 106. He will be honoured with a state funeral in Victoria. And, still to come -

the scientists who became hooked on parasites to prove an immunity theory. It's a simple question for farmers, which they thought had a simple answer - who actually owns the grain stored in bulk communal silos? The ownership issue has been raised by a small group of farmers locked in a legal battle in northern NSW, but it has major implications for all the other grain and commodities warehoused around the nation. They're all over country Australia and the growers, until now, have been confident their grain held in bulk storage remains theirs to sell, feed to their stock or plant whenever they like. Wrong. The merchants Creasy's went into receivership in August, and the receivers have turned up a 1933 High Court ruling that says: Devastated. It's theft. It's theft. The receivers say 1,000 tons of grain held at Premer, in northern NSW, is theirs to sell, even though five growers have individual storage agreements with Creasy's and the receivers continue to charge storage fees. The grain in question is worth about $150,000 -

not much to the receivers chasing debts of more than $20 million, but a lot to the croppers coming out of years of drought. The way the growers see it,

putting grain in storage is much the same as putting money in the bank. It's the amount that remains constant, not the actual notes,

and they should be able to withdraw it any time they choose. We considered that money in the bank, and, basically, someone's just robbed the bank. The former deputy prime minister, John Anderson, himself a local grain grower, is as stunned as the others. It would be my strong view that the grains industry comes together to have this tested at law. Farmers groups say the ramifications may be much wider than just grain. Where does milk stand, for instance? Where do horticultural products, woollen products, cattle, lambs in sale yards? What's the story? What sane farmer is going to warehouse his grain in the coming wheat harvest if he's aware of this problem? In the uncertainty, growers will just have to hope for the best with the storage agreements they believed were rock solid.

Geoff Sims, ABC News, Premer. The fight for control of the giant Patrick Corporation intensified today. Patrick accused Toll Holdings of making an ill-conceived and desperate takeover bid for its business. For its part,

Toll says Patrick's managing director, Chris Corrigan, is out of step with the interests of his shareholders. Australia's two huge logistics companies, Patrick and Toll, used to be friends. They spent hundreds of millions of dollars

on the Pacific Rail joint venture. But now things have soured to the point where Patrick says they'd be struggling to find someone to run the rail company. A great opportunity to come into a dysfunctional organisation, work for two shareholders who are at each others throats. Toll Holdings has taken over 46 companies in the past 16 years

to build its business. Now Toll has its joint venture partner in its sights. And Chris Corrigan is not one to go down without a fight. I think Toll, in an act of desperation, have basically decided to roll the dice and have a lash at Patrick. Toll has outperformed Patrick significantly over the last five years. Chris Corrigan says an independent expert has done the figures and Patrick's business composition is superior to Toll's. It estimates that between now and 2007, Patrick's growth is likely to be double that of its rival. Anybody can buy a truck, but port leases change hands maybe once in a lifetime. Toll argues it's much more than a truck company and that it'll press ahead with its $4.5 billion bid, which it says is in the interests of Patrick shareholders. If the Toll bid falls away, even with Patrick's own admission, there's a significant risk of a downside movement in the Patrick share price. But weighing up the future value will prove to be the gamble for shareholders. Philippa McDonald, ABC News, Sydney. To finance now - and the local share market rose strongly today, led by resource stocks, but the Australian dollar slumped. Here's Alan Kohler. The share market closed 0.75% higher today. BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto led the way with a rise of 3.5% each and Woolworths was also among the rises with a gain of 1.7%. And the other big rise was Macquarie Bank, which regained all of yesterday's loss - and then some - with a jump of 5%. Qantas, however, fell 1.7%. And the strong performance of resource stocks was partly due to solid rises by metal prices in London overnight. But investors wouldn't be getting too carried away with today's performance. Basically the market has been going up and down on the spot for a fortnight -

ever since it fell 4% in a couple of days near the start of the month. As it happens, the All Ordinaries index is now almost exactly where it was two months ago. Patrick Corporation issued its formal rejection of the takeover offer from Toll Holdings today, including an independent expert's report that places a value on the company of between $7.75 and $8.31. In response, Patrick shares rose 10 cents to $6.62

and Toll's price went up 27 cents to $12.40.

Meanwhile, the Australian dollar continued to slip against the US currency as global markets anticipate further rises in US interest rates. The Australian dollar slumped to US 74.8 cents today and the trade-weighted index has gone below 64 for the first time since the start of September. The gold price jumped 1% in New York

and the oil price in Singapore has fallen to well below the West Texas intermediate price in New York - which is unusual, and good for Australia, since our petrol prices are set from Singapore rather than New York. And that's finance.

People who are cruel to animals could be jailed for up to five years under new, stronger laws to be introduced in NSW. The legislation is in response to an attack on a kitten at Seven Hills Railway Station in January.

The RSPCA has welcomed the creation of a new offence of aggravated animal cruelty. It's hoped that there would be a message sent to the community that it's not appropriate to commit vicious acts of animal cruelty and certainly there's an element of punishment as well. The Government says there'll also be greater co-operation

between the police and animal protection agencies in investigating cruelty offences. You could call it a gut feeling. Two Australian researchers - were so convinced of their new theory on the body's immune responses - they infected themselves with hookworms to prove it. They then used miniature cameras to track the parasites through their stomachs to produce the necessary evidence. Researchers initially wanted to see how effective hookworms could be in treating Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel condition. To find out more,

they needed human subjects to act as hosts, so they volunteered themselves. We knew from past experience that it wasn't going to be a dangerous procedure, and so we were quite confident

that we weren't going to run into any serious problems. The gastroenterologists placed the worm larvae on their skin. The worms migrated into the body, travelled through to the lungs, then on to the stomach. The doctors swallowed a tiny pill camera

to find out exactly what was happening. It's been quite amazing. What we've shown is that an allergic response develops in the gut to the hookworms' presence. It's the same sort of allergy that occurs in asthma and lots of allergic conditions. Previously scientists thought hookworms were killed as they migrated through the body, not when they reached the stomach. The doctors have only suffered some mild abdominal pain.

The worms can be eradicated through medication, though that action won't be taken any time soon. We don't want to get rid of our hookworms. (Laughs) No! We're not going to treat ourselves. We want them. While hookworm is not a problem in the Western world,

infected in developing countries. almost 700 million people are at a gastroenterology conference The study will be presented this week. Sophie Scott, ABC News. nothing to chance Australian soccer is leaving for next year's World Cup. in it's quest to qualify has a clandestine schedule The Football Federation for the away leg in South America key players will be fit to complete. and high expectations it's Here's Peter Wilkins. that Harry Kewell will play a role There's renewed confidence against Uruguay. in Australia's vital qualifiers He's looking very fit.

He's super keen, about Harry's chances I'm very optimistic two big matches. of playing in these on the Socceroos's build-up John O'Neill was tight-lipped four years ago. after an uncomfortable time any competitive advantage Look, we are looking for our arrangements discreet. and to do that, we have to keep There was a more definitive view would be seeking on what the Socceroos from their South American visit. We just have to make sure by a top quality official the game is refereed and the security is good and the spirit of fair play applied. basketball

Injury has again cut down female basketballer, Australia's leading Lauren Jackson. stress fractures in her leg - She's suffering from in America. a legacy of the long WNBA season in January Jackson's goal is to be back of the Australian league for the playoffs make them. should the Canberra Capitals in a history of leg problems, While the latest injury is another for the Commonwealth Games in March. Jackson's confident of being fit

before the end of this season, I'll do everything to get back aren't a problem. so Commonwealth Games cricket's lead Tennis is set to follow tennis

technology to assist umpires. after approving the use of video to technology over giving greater power The cricket world is divided

after a Super Series decisions and delays. punctuated by indifferent Tennis has other concerns. there are 14 courts - In a Grand Slam, are exepected While tennis professionals a line call via the video, to approve the ability to challenge

there is a warning. there are 14 courts - In a Grand Slam, will it be used for all? AtJanuary's Australian Open at short notice. is unlikely to use the technology

to the Australian squad Three changes have been made in Auckland, for Friday's Tri Nations Test 10-point loss to the Kiwis. after last weekend's surprise comes in St George Illawarra's Matt Cooper for the injured Timana Tahu, Mark Gasnier in the centres, partnering Dragons team-mate moving to the wing. with Brisbane's Brent Tate Trent Barrett are on the bench, Bulldog Mark O'Mealey and Dragon and Craig Gower. replacing Andrew Ryan

his position is safe, Coach Wayne Bennett says of successive defeats. despite the prospect national team coaches He compared himself to other Eddie Jones and John Buchanan. with Buchanan, I've seen what's happened

the agenda that was there. with Eddie Jones. I've seen what happened the business we're in - And you've got to understand

we play sport. and someone has to lose. There's losers - someone has to win of the sport they're in, And Australia, regardless of everything are not going to stay on top for the rest of our lives. tomorrow. The Kangaroos head to New Zealand The weather now, with Mike Bailey.

the coast today, Rather cool and windy about Thanks, Juanita, good evening.

expected to move in from the west but mostly dry ahead of rain by late tomorrow. from 15-22 degrees, Sydney's temperatures went a top that's right on average. Felt a bit colder though. Change through NSW tomorrow. Cold night to report. 12mm of rain at Gloucester Wettest centre was Alice Springs Rain over SA Rain through NSW tomorrow Shower or 2 on the coast developing Isolated coastal showers. rain Recapping our top stories now - in the Great War The last Australian digger to fight in Victoria. will be given a State funeral at the age of 106. William Evan Allan has died says he'd like to vaccinate The Federal Health Minister all Australians against bird flu can be developed. if an effective vaccine face his accusers tomorrow And Saddam Hussein will finally for crimes against humanity. at the start of his trial for this Tuesday. And that's ABC News I'm Juanita Phillips. with an update in an hour. I'll be back 'Lateline' is along at 10:35pm. Have a good evening. International. Captioning and Subtitling Captions by