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Deborah Rice with ABC News. Good evening. its law and order credibility, In a pitch to shore up a 'get tough' message. the State Government is sending It's toughening laws on rioters to conduct personal searches. and making it easier for police But the Police Association say on the beat. the answer is more officers And another proposed change procedure to streamline police complaints has lawyers concerned. Bulldogs/Sharks match The police presence at today's was hard to miss - since the Cronulla riots. it was their first match unlike December - There was no violence - and they don't want a repeat. if the missiles hit. Presently, it's only assault

even if they miss. Morris Iemma wants them charged, throwing missiles at police. We're not going to tolerate thugs the Premier announced It's one of several reforms conference today. at the Police Association's and more pavements pounded. He wants less pens being pushed to search suspects for weapons, There'll also be greater powers in paperwork. and a reduction more confidence, more authority, That will give them and in our community. to enforce order on our streets proposals is One of the more controversial system. to change the police complaints' misconduct or criminal activity Only allegations of serious by the formal system - will be dealt with by local command. minor complaints will be handled is stop people What it's going to do a right to complain. from feeling that they've got the issue of professional standards There will be no diminution of

of the New South Wales police. conduct, or behaviour, by any member of the Police Association, The changes have the support

for 3,000 extra officers. but it's campaigning So far, the Government's given 750. around the edges. Well, there's no use fiddling and the Opposition leader The Premier on display today, put their law-and-order credentials less than a year away, and with a State election for the title it's clear they're competing of being the toughest on crime. We'll be getting rid of politically correct policing - the Government's the softly, softly approach. Mr Debnam supports the changes, far too long to bring them in. but says the Government's taken Michael Edwards, ABC News. promising an announcement After the better part of a week was imminent, has finally revealed the details the State Government safety package. of its new school zone Fines will be increased, near schools speed cameras will be placed warn drivers to slow down. and a new generation of signs will It will be expensive and the Government says to help pay for it. it will turn to the private sector For parents and their children, every day, who use crossings like this the announcement Roads Minister Eric Roozendaal had they'd been waiting for. This is an important package, issue of school children's safety. which deals in a broad way with the

on the Government Pressure has been building by a car more than two weeks ago. since Sophie Delezio was hit a new plan was complete, Earlier this week, the Premier said

but not quite ready to be unveiled. The Opposition was sceptical. Premier, you just can't delay it on another day. Well, here it is - all the details on the front page, of the week. on the biggest circulation day out new school zone safety measures The Government says it ready to roll across the State. systems put in place It wants to see drop off and pick up direct traffic. with parental volunteers helping speed cameras will be placed 50 new fixed and mobile in school zones for school zone safety programs. and fines will help pay on new high-tech warning signs. And the Government will seek bids up to $300 million In all, this could cost for ways to pay the bill. and the Government is searching We'll be looking at new designs, some revenue-raising advertising which may incorporate into the process.

in school zones, As for concerns about mixing signs with corporate sponsorship,

the minister says he's not worried. with the private sector. We'll certainly be working

efficiently and more effectively. We believe it can be done more For its part, the NRMA agrees. Motorists, quite frankly, drive dangerously around schools.

and school safety, This is about schools not about who funds it. anything to go by, But if todays media conference is

put to the minister these won't be the last questions sponsorship of school safety. about plans for corporate Norman Hermant, ABC News. says The Federal Labor Party President

into troubled Aboriginal communities a proposal to send troops should not be dismissed outright. against those But his comments go Chief Minister of the Northern Territory's who insists they aren't needed. the Beaconsfield mine disaster The union movement is using sparked a national debate The Australian Medical Association those Aboriginal communities when it proposed troops to patrol where violence is rampant. for the community of Wadeye, The AMA even suggested peacekeepers 200km south of Darwin, where rioting has been commonplace, has knocked the idea on the head. but the Defence Minister To suggest that the Army to remote Aboriginal communities and sending the Army in is in any way the solution but is seriously misguided. might be well-intentioned, believes the idea has merit. The Federal Labor Party President Well, I think it's not a bad idea. I don't think we should, at this stage, be chucking ideas out. look at 'em, I think we need to bring 'em all in, drive forward on this whole issue. and then start formulating plans to But the idea goes against the wishes of the NT's Chief Minister. I'm not trying to pretend that has no troubles - it does, it is a difficult community and I think the community would recognise that. There is no need for the Army to go in. In the past few weeks alone, 55 people have been arrested in Wadeye because of the unrest, but getting a clear picture of the crisis in Wadeye and other communities is hampered by the permit system needed to enter Aboriginal land. Journalist Paul Toohey fell foul of the law three years ago when he went to Wadeye to report on the funeral of a young man shot dead by police. and held in custody I was arrested, fingerprinted and eventually escorted from town. He believes communities are avoiding scrutiny while the permit system is in place. The mothers and fathers of these victims should be able to talk to journalists about what's going on. A lot of the times in places like Wadeye, they can't.

They're frightened of talking to journalists. Even the NT's Chief Justice, Brian Martin, believes the permit system needs addressing. He says the principles of open court to the public can't be upheld when journalists are denied access to Aboriginal land. Kate Carter, ABC News. The union movement is using the Beaconsfield mine disaster to further push its campaign against the Federal Government's new workplace relations laws. The ACTU and two mining unions say Larry Knight's death and the 2-week rescue effort, highlight the need for union safety training to be included in employment agreements. Union boss Bill Shorten says he's already broken the law by discussing safety training with the management at Beaconsfield. They don't all get as much attention as Beaconsfield, but deaths at Australian mines are no rare thing. One person a month dies in mine-related activities - every month - on average. The union movement's unapologetic

about using the national focus on the Tasmanian gold mine to further its own fight against the Government's new industrial relations regime. In their sights is the ban on union-run occupational health and safety training programs being included in employment agreements. attention on mine safety, let's act. Let's act before people are forgotten. You can't have a government that will criminalise issues around safety. The union boss at the centre of the Beaconsfield tragedy says

he's already broken the law. I have had meetings with Matthew Gill, the mine manager at Beaconsfield, and we've agreed that the blokes are going to do OH&S training in the next two weeks. industrial relations federal area, If there are any issues at an well, someone will have to let me know. I'm not going to buy into that. But the Workplace Relations Minister insists the men have done nothing wrong, although he admits it is illegal to write the union-based training into their agreement. Union training has been abused in the past. It has been used for a whole range of things

unrelated to the employment relationship. Commonsense tells you that if we allow occupational health and safety standards to diminish we will have have further fatalities Kevin Andrews is showing no inclination

to make changes to the industrial laws, saying workplace safety is a State responsibility, but with Federal Parliament to host a reception for the Beaconsfield miners next Monday, the unions say it'd be the perfect opportunity to show that some lessons had been learned. Dana Robertson, ABC News, Canberra. Part of a coal mine in northern China has been flooded, trapping 44 miners underground. Police have arrested nine of the mine's managers, who initially tried to cover up the extent of the accident. 101 miners escaped. And in the United States,

five men have been killed in a coal mine explosion in Kentucky. The blast happened at night, deep underground, and it's the latest in a series of accidents in the American coal industry. raising safety concerns chose a parliament Five months after the Iraqi people in landmark elections, have formed a government the country's politicians of major ethnic groups. which unites members haven't been able However, the Cabinet members to settle all their differences, interior ministers remain vacant. and the key posts of defence and After five months of negotiations, endorsed the cabinet the Iraqi Parliament finally Nuri al-Maliki. presented by Prime Minister These are the men and women will unite Iraq the US and its allies hope of the violent conflict, and lead it out tens of thousands of people. which is estimated to have killed Unity is still proving elusive - in protest one Sunni party walked out saying it had been excluded. during the parliamentary session, Defence and Interior remain vacant. And the important ministries of the challenges remain, Obviously, the difficulties remain, we now get behind, and what's important is that community get behind, the whole of the international government the new and democratically elected and give them every support. The United States says will have global implications. the elected government in Iraq the course The future of Iraq will set of the greater Middle East. of the future determine the future of the world The future of this region will over the next century. the Iraqis to assume control, The US and its allies also want a thing of the past. so scenes like this can become YELLING AND CHEERING its frustrations An Iraqi mob takes out two British soldiers in Basra. after a bomb attack, which injured

Further north,

showing signs of torture, the bodies of 15 Iraqis, were found in the town of Mussayib. While in Baquba, a mortar killed three people and injured three others. The people of Iraq need their government to end the daily horrors, which have been part of their lives now for more than two years. Jonathan Flynn, ABC News. An Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip has killed a militant leader and three bystanders, including a young boy, his mother and grandmother. the Islamic Jihad leader The missile hit a car carrying

for rocket attacks on Israeli towns believed responsible near the Gaza Strip. more attacks in response. The group has vowed to carry out

In a separate incident, injured in an explosion the Palestinian security chief was at his headquarters, an assassination attempt in what appeared to be by a rival Palestinian faction. to being privatised The Snowy Scheme is a step closer for a prospectus. with investors able to pre-register

governments are determined The NSW, Victorian and Federal

to push through the sale from within despite growing opposition and green groups. as well as from farmers have opened The financial flood gates on the Snowy Hydro sale scheme, to register their interest with potential buyers invited in the national icon. in owning a stake official share offer launch, Even before tomorrow's could sign up today. would-be investors to attract buyers And it's that haste Bill Heffernan so worried, that has Liberal Senator program telling the ABC's 'Landline' that in the rush, of the debate. the public has been locked out I can see this can be prevented Well, the only way, Sally, that

streets to get out there and march will be for the people in the

off their backsides I mean, unless the public rises up and get stuck into this, this is a fait accompli. On the other side of politics, is also railing local member Steve Whan to sell, against his government's decision but unlike the Senator, people power won't work. Mr Whan says It seems that community opposition to privatisation

doesn't actually stop it anymore in saying and people I think would join me of Snowy Hydro, they're opposed to the sale not a lot more we can do to stop it. but it does seem that there's Opponents to the sale argue a financially expedient one, the decision's it's not about money. but the NSW Finance Minister says with the fiscal situation This has nothing to do of the NSW Government the Commonwealth and Victoria. or the other two governments, of Snowy Hydro. This is all about the future is related to the fact The timing of this decision planning its capital expansion that Snowy Hydro needs to start electricity market into the national right now. the best way to protect irrigators, We had advice that this was to also protect the environment and the environmental flows

some $600 million for our schools. and also we'll be able to get

The share float is expect to reap and NSW governments the Commonwealth, Victorian up to $3 billion. Craig Allen, ABC News, Canberra. with murdering a patron Three bouncers have been charged at a Brisbane hotel overnight. William Amaya from the Toowong hotel Bouncers escorted 25-year-old at about 10:30. after a fight broke out consciousness while being restrained Police say the man lost and died before he reached hospital. being conducted with witnesses There is a number of interviews being conducted with witnesses There is a number of interviews and there is versions to indicate in what's called a neck restraint. that he was restrained Three bouncers are in custody. They will appear in court tomorrow. are looking for a con woman Police across Australia in three states. who has stolen identities The woman has stolen $50,000 in the past year. from a number of victims This woman's real name is Jodie. Victoria and New South Wales But she's wanted in Queensland, people's identities. for stealing other Police describe her and a flash dresser. as heavily made up regularly. She changes her appearance says she pretended to be a doctor One of her victims and knocked herself out. and helped her when she fell over and driver's licence missing, She discovered her credit card from her bank account. and then $20,000 stolen It has been a nightmare. It's quite scary walking around impersonating you. thinking that someone is actually to use her identity The woman has continued even after the woman cancelled her stolen driver's licence and credit card. You know, I'm always waiting for that phone call sort of saying, "You've done this..." It's just quite distressing and frightening, to tell you the truth. Police describe the woman as brazen and callous

and say it's hard to catch her. She's evaded police by not using her name,

by using the identities of her victims, essentially stealing their identities. It is just about impossible to track her down. The woman comes from Queensland and last offended at Melbourne's Chadstone shopping centre a week ago. Anyone with information should contact police. Maura Angle, ABC News. Tonight's top story - the State's police are to be given new powers and less time on office work. And still to come - how the hermit cave of a lonely immigrant is headed for heritage listing. Its celebration of production-line pop music has been been the butt of jokes for decades, but this year's Eurovision Song Contest has broken the mould - in spectacular fashion. The Finnish band, Lordi, complete with weapons and monster costumes, won the popular vote with their song, 'Hard Rock Hallelujah'. (Sings) # It's God's creation supernatural high... # The band had prompted fears in its native Finland that the country's image would be tarnished by its outrageous antics. But any concerns have been outweighed by their country's first win in the annual song contest. Mark Viduka has been named as Socceroos captain for next month's World Cup campaign in Germany. The team is in Melbourne preparing for Thursday night's match against Greece at the MCG. Today is day one of Australia's World Cup campaign. But two players haven't made the trip to Melbourne for the match against Greece - Tim Cahill and Harry Kewell. Both will join the team in Germany. Kewell is back in England having daily treatment on his injured groin.

When a player is not available then it's always a bit of a limitation, and that's a pity. Mark Viduka was named captain at the Socceroos' team meeting this morning. He takes over from Craig Moore who's had his own injury problems in recent months. Whether it was him or myself as captain,

we both would have been happy for each other. This campaign will be Guus Hiddink's last assignment as Socceroos coach. After the World Cup, he takes up his posting as coach of Russia, and he wants his offsider Graham Arnold to be his successor. I'm looking forward enormously to the next seven weeks and whatever happens after that is not my decision. Kalos orisete! (All cheer) Melbourne's popular Lord Mayor had to settle for second billing at last night's festivities in the heart of Melbourne's Greek precinct. The biggest cheer was of course for the visiting Greek soccer team. (Crowd cheers) More than 10,000 fans turned out to honour the reigning European champions who missed out on qualifying for the World Cup. REPORTER: Do you think your team has something to prove after failing to qualify? We have nothing to prove. This is like a pre-season match for us. The two countries will play in front of a crowd of 95,000 at the MCG on Thursday night. Angela Pippos, ABC News, Melbourne. New South Wales captain Danny Buderus has thrown a scare into the Blues camp, three days before the State of Origin opener in Sydney. Buderus had to leave this morning's training session early after feeling a twinge in his lower back. The Blues's medical staff are optimistic the hooker and dummy half will make a quick recovery, though Penrith's Luke Priddis has been placed on standby.

We'll just monitor him. They're fairly confident he'll play, but, at this stage, at this stage, he's gotta be a little bit of doubt. And after a week of upheaval at Parramatta, the club has confirmed another drunken incident - this time, involving captain Nathan Cayless. The Eels say Cayless smashed a security camera at the Sydney casino two weeks ago. He's since apologised to management at the casino

and paid for the damage. The Bulldogs have joined four other clubs at the top of a congested NRL table after a thrilling win against the Sharks at the Olympic Stadium - with Origin players absent. The Sea Eagles and Knights had solid overnight wins. the Rabbitohs late charge Today the Roosters withstood while the Bulldogs also held on in a tight finish. The Bulldogs fans were there in numbers, but it was Brett Kimmorley in his comeback who gave the much smaller Sharks contingent early hope. COMMENTATOR: Behind him, Utai can't get it!

The 'Dogs were missing big names in the forwards - they made up for it out wide. Ill feeling came into the game after a series of heavy tackles. Cronulla worked their way into the contest via Phil Bailey. COMMENTATOR: Showing it, going himself,

and catching the 'Dogs asleep in the kennel.

Neither side held back in the second half - several flare-ups kept the match officials busy.

The Bulldogs settled quicker, Brent Sherwin kicked judiciously...

The kick was perfect. ..but the Dogs were reduced to 11 when Sonny Bill Williams, then Daniel Holdsworth visited the sin bin. Their departure triggered a 4-try Sharks rally. Bailey trying to crash across. They reduced the score to 26-24.

He chips over the top - Simmons is there! But the 'Dogs were the last to find the line - Willie Tonga sealing the win. Nathan Merritt's burst gave the Rabbitohs a break on the Roosters and Adam MacDougall's evergreen form kept South Sydney kept South Sydney on course for an upset. The Roosters scored three unanswered tries to take a match-winning lead. Souths finished with a flourish, but the 2-point defeat is the 10th straight this season. Manly adjusted to the loss of Origin players

to take a 16-0 lead over the Storm. Melbourne struck back with the best try of the match. Geyer. Geyer is there.

The Eagles steadied to ensure Melbourne's first defeat in six matches. This blatant forward pass helped the Knights

to a 10-point win over the Raiders. Canberra did make it 12-12 after half-time.

But Brian Carney scored a hat-trick as the Knights hit the ladder lead. over another group of five Five clubs have a 4-point break after starting on minus 4,

the Warriors are 13th. John Hayes Bell, ABC News. The Sydney Swans have moved into the AFL top four after a 26-point win over the Western Bulldogs at the SCG.

Last night. Barry Hall kicked five goals for Sydney, West Coast beat Essendon, while Brisbane, St Kilda and Collingwood had big wins. Brimming with confidence after thrashing Richmond last week, Sydney started in the same vein against the Western Bulldogs, slamming on five unanswered goals in a blistering opening. COMMENTATOR: McVey - good kick, high ball - he's kicked a goal. The Bulldogs might have been regretting bringing a home game to the SCG but were soon playing the freewheeling brand of football that's made them one of the early season pacesetters. And the Bulldogs are in front. The Swans answered but led by only 13 points at half-time. One of the Bulldogs' best, Chris Grant departed early in the third quarter after heavy contact from Adam Goodes' right knee. The tenacious Amon Buchanan displayed the type of commitment that won Sydney last year's premiership,

and almost had a contender for the goal of the year. Buchanan! What a goal! No, it's been smothered on the line.

The goals soon started flowing, though, and the Swans had enough breathing space at three-quarter time to go on and win by 26 points, despite kicking only one goal in the final term. Like last week, Sydney had 10 different goal-kickers. Sharing the workload, contributing goals, it's a big part for us. and we certainly weren't that tonight. Swans meet Hawthorn at the MCG next Saturday. Duncan Huntsdale, ABC News. And finally the story of a long dead loner who made a home in caves on the outskirts of a country town in southern New South Wales. After decades of neglect and vandalism,

the Hermit's Cave is now a step closer to heritage listing. The State Government is committing money to local council efforts

to restore the dwelling of Italian immigrant, Valerio Recitti. It's known as the Hermit's Cave, but it's much more than that. There was a living room on which the hermit built a roof of branches. He also had a kitchen, made wells to catch rainfall runoff, built walled vegetable and fruit gardens, and dedicated one cave as a chapel. Valerio Recitti had stumbled upon the site while retreating from the world. "God," he said, "I could probably build myself a place here!" Petronio Ceccato, at 85, was the one person who actually got the hermit's story out of him, and it wasn't easy. Recitti was clinically described as a lunatic.

Come the full moon and he's outside, yellin' out, lookin' up in the sky, and he said there's two people, a man and a woman up there. Perhaps not surprising.

Valerio Recitti found his way to Griffith from Adelaide and Broken Hill where he was jilted, then savagely beaten up by both the man who took his place, and Joyce, the jilter.

They left enough of his marbles unscrambled to use his training as a stonemason before he came to Australia in 1914. This particular part of the cave system Valerio called 'La Scala', and allegedly here sang. Whether he was any good or not, nobody really knows. Maybe the hermit just wanted to scare people away. Griffith Council is trying to attract them back. It's restoring the site and has now been promised State help. Valerio Recitti eventually went back to Italy and died in 1952, but, at last, his legacy seems set in stone. Geoff Sims, ABC News, Griffith. Now let's take a look at the weather - In Sydney today, it was mostly sunny with a top of 19 degrees in the city - 1 below average. Up to 21 in the West. In the State's north. Collerenebri - and Mungindi- shared the maximum of 25.

And the showers along the coast cleared away. In the south, it was a cool-to-mild day, Cootamundra on the south-western slopes had the state's minimum of a chilly minus 5. Moving inland - some temperatures a little below average for this time of year.

Minus 2 overnight in Griffith. In the 24 hours to 9:00 this morning, the top rainfall was 18mm at Nelson Bay on the Hunter coast. In the 6 hours to 3:00 this afternoon, there were no significant rainfalls. Around the nation today - a similar picture in most of the capitals, some sun and some cloud, except for Adelaide, which was overcast all day. The satellite picture shows - high cloud drifting over northern NSW along a jetstream and low cloud being pushed onto the northern coast by moist onshore winds. On the synoptic chart - a high pressure system is ridging into the State from the west with skies remaining mostly clear,

while that upper trough is building cloud over SA. The rain tomorrow - south-easterly winds will direct showers right along the eastern seaboard and rain will spreading from the Northern Territory into western Queensland. In the capital cities tomorrow - Brisbane - some showers. Canberra - fine but cloudy. Melbourne - a shower or two. Hobart & Adelaide - possible showers.

Perth - an overcast day. Darwin - mostly sunny. Around NSW tomorrow - some early frost on the Tablelands and further west, but a generally mild day. Isolated showers along the North Coast. In the south, early frost on the Tablelands. And further west - a cool-to-mild day and isolated showers on the coast and ranges, with snow possible in higher parts. Also a cool-to-mild day throughout. Broken Hill - a top of 15. Bourke - expecting 21 In Sydney tomorrow - partly cloudy with a few showers, mainly in the afternoon, a fresh southerly change around midday. And a top temp of 18-19. The sun will rise at 6:45. Seas up to 2m on a swell up to 2m. SW/SE winds should get up to 20 knots. And in Sydney for the rest of the week - The top temperature staying around 19 degrees and the chance of a shower each day. And now a quick recap of tonight's top stories - the State Government is introducing tougher laws on rioters and making it easier for police to conduct personal searches.

And union leaders have launched a campaign against the ban on union-led safety training in employment agreements. And that's the news to this minute

I'll be back with the mid-evening bulletin. Before we go, the movie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, is headed for the Sydney stage. We'll leave you with a touch of glitz and glamour as the producers cast a drag net for the future stars of 'Priscilla the Musical'. Closed Captions produced by Captioning and Subtitling International Pty Ltd

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