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Tonight - big chill - John

Howard wonders why he is out in

the cold. I'm a realist.

Please explain - a chorus of

concern over the doctor in

detention. For God's sake,

explain to Australians why you

have taken this course of

action. All the go - the

must-have items for every

emergency. Really about being

practical. Alive and kicking

- Australia storms back into

Asian Cup contention. The

week from hell turns to cheers.

Good evening. Juanita

Phillips with ABC News. It's

a frank admission from a Prime

Minister trailing badly in the

opinion polls just months

before an election. John

Howard has admitted he is

struggling to work out why his

government is rating so badly

with the voters. And he has

acknowledged asking his most

senior colleagues if he is the

problem . Today Mr Howard was

wooing the green vote,

unveiling the latest $600

million installment in his

climate change policy. Water

tanks are all the go this

climate change election year.

I'm told this saves about

500,000 litres. Nearly three

months after Kevin Rudd was

slapping tanks to boast his

green credentials, the Prime

Minister is following suit.

What we are announce ing today

will give a $50,000 green

voucher to every school. No

sooner were the words out of Mr

Howard's mouth than the

Opposition Leader popped up at

a school of his own. Four

months ago, Labor announced it

would spend $4.7 billion on

broadband. Now John Howard is

trying to get hip, using

YouTube to announce policy.

Australia will more than play

its part to address climate

change. But in the age of

viral politics, Labor had an

instant on line riposte. John

Howard has been asleep on

climate change for the past 11

years. The speed with which

Kevin Rudd is responding and

initiating policy clearly has

John Howard struggling to keep

up and wondering where his

government is going wrong. The

issue dominated yesterday's

five-hour Cabinet meeting, with

the Prime Minister

acknowledging he asked his most

senior colleagues if he was

doing anything wrong. We had

a very frank exchange. Which

often means a scrap. There

were shades, too, of 2001 when

the Coalition was adjudged,

mean, tricky and out of touch.

I have no sense of

entitlement. I don't believe

we are owed anything by the

public. Mr Howard obliquely

acknowledged Labor's success

tapping into making ends meet.

There are some who are

missing out. Kevin Rudd

denies it. Peter Costello

denies it is time to cut Mr

Howard down. Oh, very much

not. But carcasses are an

unfortunate image for a

government in trouble.

Mohammed Haneef's lawyers are

launching an appeal against the Government's decision to keep

him locked up. The legal

profession today condemned the

doctor's continued detention

and demanded to know why. The

Government has now responded,

releasing a limited list of its

reasons. With the media camped

outside her Bangalore home,

Firdous Ashriya is venting her

anger. Very, very up set with

what the Australian Government

have done. She wants the

Immigration Minister to say why

he is locking her husband up,

and she is not alone. For

God's sake, explain to

Australians why you've taken

this course of action. I

believe I would have been

failing my duty to the

Australian people had I not

made the decision I did.

Mohammed Haneef remains in the

Brisbane police watch-house,

apparently coming to grips with

the prospect of indefinite

detention. He takes it in his

stride and, yeah, he just gets

on with it. Peter Russo will

lodge an appeal against Kevin

Andrews' decision in the

Federal Court tomorrow. Until

then, he is holding off posting

Dr Mohammed Haneef's bail to

keep him beyond the

Government's reach and out of

Villawood. Until bail is

posted, he can only be held

either here or in a remand

centre in Queensland. A team

of lawyers is forming up to

back the Indian doctor,

reflecting concern throughout

the profession about the

secrecy and political power

being used. The so-called war

on terror has been used as an

excuse, we say, to interfere

inappropriately with people's

long-held rights. But the

nation's chief law officer is

rallying behind Kevin Andrews,

confident his actions will

survive any challenge. It is

his decision to make in

accordance with law, and he has

made it. The Government has

given Dr Haneef's lawyers a

58-page document his listing

his links with international

terror suspects. He knows a

man named bill Lal and says

there is more evidence, but

that is protected by secrecy.

In Britain, Mohammed Haneef's

cousin has appeard in court,

accused of withholding

information from the police.

The court heard that Sabille

Ahmed, who is also a doctor,

received a suicide note from

his brother on the day that a

flaming Jeep was driven into

Glasgow Airport. The ABC

understand that Dr Ahmed may

also have visited web sites

giving instructions on

bomb-making. In this van is

26-year-old Sabille Ahmed. He

is a doctor and the cousin of

Mohammed Haneef. He has been

using Dr Haneef's mobile phone

SIM card this year. Appear

ing relaxed in court, he spoke

calmly, but only to confirm his

name and address. Police say

he with held information that

could have led to the arrest of

a terrorism suspect. His

lawyer says he will plead not

guilty. Police claim that on

the day of the Glasgow Airport

attack, he received a text

message from his brother,

Kafeel, the man who was pulled

burning from the wreckage of

the car. Kafeel Ahmed is still

in a critical condition in

hospital. The police claim the

text message directed Sabille

Ahmed to an email that

contained Kafeel's suicide

note. In this court, the

prosecution said Sabille

Ahmed's commuter was used to

open that suicide note and it

instructed him to tell his

family that he was on a global

warming project in Iceland, in

effect a cover story to be used

when talking to their parents.

The ABC understand that

computers taken from Sabille

Ahmed's home were used to

access jihadi web sites and web

sites giving instructions on

explosives and bomb-making. Dr

Ahmed has not been charged over

that. It's not clear if Dr

Ahmed received the message

give. Using the SIM card given

by Dr Haneef. It was last used

by Dr Haneef in 2006 and there

was no mention at all of Dr Haneef in the courtroom today.

In Victoria today, two men

accused of supporting terrorism

in Sri Lanka were granted bail

because in the words of the

judge, their presumption of

innocence shouldn't be

abandoned for political

expediency. 36-year-old

Sivarajah Yathavan and

32-year-old Aruran

Vinayagamoorthy were arrested

in Melbourne in May and charged

with channeling more than a

million dollars overseas to the

Tamil Tigers rebel group.

After their release, a third

man on similar charges was also

granted bail. The magistrate

ruled that Arumugam Rajeevan

should be on equal footing with

his co-accused. All three men

have provided a surety of

$100,000 and have been ordered

to report to police daily. Despite the Premier's huffing

and puffing, it has happened

again - another train breakdown

in Sydney. This time, it

happened near the Harbour

Bridge and although delays were

kept to a minimum, one

passenger was slightly injured

in the kerfuffle. Mercifully

for these passengers when their

train broke down at Milson's

Point Railway Station this morning, it was at the

platform. The train had a

power failure, but was hid zen

from public view after a quij

nudge from another train that

followed. The other train was going to come along and push

the first train off, so they

got all the people off both

trains and then they pushed the first train off, over the

bridge. Not everyone was

given adequate warning about

the shunt. This woman suffered

a cut lip when she was slammed

into a pole. By hitting the

pole, I ended up hurting myself

on the side of my breast. I've

just been checked out. It's

OK, so long as a use an ice

pack. City Rail cleared the

train breakdown within 30

minutes, unlike the two

previous incidents this year,

but it was forced into other

public apology just as the

Premier convened a second

meeting with rail Lale way

unions this afternoon to thrash

out a reform package. City

Rail confirmed it went to the Industrial Relations

Commissions last week to get

orders to force workers to sign

off on basic maintenance

checks. How bad are things

when the Premier of this State

has to take part of its own

workforce to court to ensure

that basic maintenance issues

are dealt with? Tonight,

workers agreed to an improved

maintenance signoff system.

Workers ticking off on the work

they perform. Double checks on

the work that has been done

which means that commuters can

be assured that steps taken

today will seek to minimise

incidents we saw a fortnight

ago. More details will be

unveiled tomorrow. Well, it's

turning out to be a winter of

extremes in Sydney. First

violent storms, then weeks of

rain, and this morning

something else - the coldest

temperature in 20 years. Frost

covered lawns, drivers had to

scrape ice off their car

windscreens, and people

shivered on their way to work,

as the mercury dropped to 3.7

degrees, and it's going to get

even worse tomorrow with parts

of New South Wales expecting

snow. The very strong cold

front will bring snow down to

around 500 to 600m across the

southern alps and seven even as

high as Blue Mountains.

Today, snow fell across Central

Victoria with some towns

reporting their heaviest dumps

in 10 years. In Britain,

though, it's more like the Cold

War. Four Russian diplomats

have been expelled in the worst

split in decades between the

two countries. The Russians

were kicked out because Moscow

refused to hand over a former

spy, accused of murdering

Alexander Litvinenko in London.

The former Russian agent

living in ex-ielt in the UK,

Alexander Litvinenko, died

three weeks after he was

poisoned by a radioactive

substance. Police traced the

deadly poison across London and

into Moscow. Over 100 people

had been exposed to the radio

ak tiff isotope. The trail led

to this Russian businessman and

former KGB agent, Andrei

Lugovoi. British prosecutors

want to charge him with murder.

He insists he is innocent.

TRANSLATION: My family and I

were Victoria trims of a poll

loam yum attack in London.

These are brazen lies. Russia

has refused to hand over Andrei

Lugovoi to Britain and now the

UK has sent a strong message.

First, we will expel four

diplomats from the Russian

embassy in London. And London

argues it had no choice but to

take tough action against

Moscow. When a murder takes

place, when a number of

innocent civilians were put at

risk as a result of that

murder, action has to be taken.

But the Kremlin has signaled

it will retaliate. The

position of Britain is nothing

less than immoral, says this

spokesman, "And there will be

serious consequences for

UK-Russian relations." What had

been a legal dispute has now

escalated into a full-blown

row. Relations between Moscow

and London have reached a new

post-Cold War low. President

Bush has proposed a new

approach to the Middle East

conflict. He has called for a

regional peace conference and

announced almost $200 million

in aid to the Palestinians.

The plan aims to further

isolate the radical Hamas group

which now controls the Gaza

Strip, but the President admits

it will be hard to make

progress in the region while

the war in Iraq is going on.

It's been five years since the

President touted his two-state

solution of having Israelis and

Palestinians living side by

side in peace. After a long

stalemate, George W. Bush is

now trying to restart the

Middle East peace process.

This is a moment of clarity for

all Palestinian s. And now

comes the moment of choice.

After last month's takeover of

Gaza by Hamas, the President is

warning Palestinians to reject

the militant group and embrace

the more moderate Fatah

government, supported by the

US A Palestinian state will

never be created by terror. .

US is calling for an

international conference within

months inviting Israeli and

Arab leaders to attend. It has

won instant backing from Israel

and the Palestinian government

but swift condemnation from

Hamas. The President is also

urging Arab nations to end the

fix that Israel does not exist.

The US is also offering about

$90 million to help President

Abbas reform his security

services. At an earlier

meeting in Jerusalem, Israeli

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was

making an offer of his own,

pledging to free hundreds of

Palestinian prisoners from

Israeli jails. The President

has talked frequently about his

desire for a lasting Middle

East peace, but even during his

latest attempt to revive that

dorm mant process, George W.

Bush has acknowledged that much

of his energy will still need

to be spent elsewhere in the

region, particularly Iraq. A

series of bomb attacks in

northern Iraq has killed more

than 80 people. In the biggest

blast, a suicide bomber drove a

truck loaded with explosives to

a shopping district in Kirkuk,

not far from the headquarters

of the main Kurdic political

party. The bombing shatters a

relative calm in Kirkuk. Sunni

militants there are said to

recent what they see as Kurdish

Kurdic domination of the

region. The Japanese

government says it will review

safety measures after

yesterday's earthquake which

caused a fire and a small leak

of radioactive water at a power

plant. Officials say the

damage doesn't pose any danger,

but the Government says it is

taking a hard line on safety.

Aftershocks have continued to

hit parts of central Japan,

prompting fears of more damage.

Yesterday's quake killed nine

people. You're watching ABC

News. Tonight's top story:

John Howard concedes he is

struggling to work out why he

is off-side with voters.

Still to come - the must-have

accessory for every emergency.

Of an investigation has been

ordered into why it took

Tasmanian authorities five days

to start searching for a

missing bushwalker. The Danish

tourist hasn't been seen for a

fortnight. The weathers that

has been freezing and police

say there is little chance that

the young backpacker is still

alive. Core Kasper Sorensen

climbed crayle mountain early

this year and loved it so much

he planned to spend his 21st

birthday there on 5 July.

Nearly two weeks later, he

hasn't returned. We are

holding out hope that he has

found shelter and it sill

still alive and well. It has

now been revealed another

walker found Mr Sorensen's pack

on the summit on Tuesday and

reported it to park

authorities. But they waited

another five days before

alerting police. The

Tasmanian Government says it's

unacceptable and has vowed to

fibbed find out who is

responsible. I am very, very

concerned about this and, of

course, the thoughts go out to

the family of the missing

bushwalker. This is not a nice situation for anyone to be

involved in. His parents have

been told their son is missing,

but not that the search was

delayed by five days. The

family are not aware of that at

this point, and nor were his

travelling companions aware of

that. Mr Sorensen's father

and brother are considering

flying to Tasmania from Denmark

later this week. A ground

search for the 21-year-old will

resume tomorrow. As time goes

on, the chances of finding him,

certainly will deminute

initial. And aerial search

won't be possible before the

end of the week because of the

weather conditions. It was a

different story in New South

Wales. Two bushwalkers missing

in freezing weather for two

nights have been found safe and

well. The men were on a

canyoning trip near Newnes in

the Wollemi National Park.

They were flown back to safety

today after being reported

missing yesterday. Rescuers

tracked the walkers 'foot

prints to a spot called

Starlight can beyond. We were

prepared. Had extra food and

sleeping-bag. Despite their

ordeal, the men from Sydney and

the Blue Mountains were in good

health. It is a list that no

council wants to be on. Today

Leichhardt Council was named

and shamed over the time it

takes to approve development

applications. That makes the

council the worst in the State

according to the Government. Strathfield and Canterbury are

said to be almost as bad,

taking an average of five

months. I will be writing to

the 20 slowest councils and

asking for an explanation, a

detailed explanation of why he

they are taking so long. The

minister also singled out

Ku-ring-gai and baulk Baulkham

Hills councils. The local

share market share market and

the Australian dollar closed

steady today. Here is Alan

Kohler. Excitement was

definitely in short supply

today as the All Ords closed

exactly steady. The banks

generally went up, the

strongest of which CBA, up 1%.

Orica went up 5.5% . The only

news about the company was that

analysts and UBS had downgraded

it. Incitec Pivot was amongst

the biggest falls with a drop

of nearly 3%. The Australian

dollar did edge slightly

higher, a new record high

against the US dollar and the

treks. US shares

Trade-Weighted Index. The S &

P 500 and the nas dock both

eased. On commodity markets,

the lead price continued its

march higher. Elsewhere on

commodity markets, the price of

corn futures in New York is

tumbling at the moment, down #

5.5% last night, making it 20% lower this month. But this is

a reaction to an 80% increase

in the corn price in the 12

months up to mid-June, caused

by speculation about demand for

ethanol production. Today's

economic news was engineering

construction done in the March

quarter. A bit out of date

now, but continuing the boom

conditions seen in the December

quarter E and here is a graph

of the national construction

order book. That is work still

to be done in housing, offices,

shops, roads, bridges,

everything in fact. It is one

of the greatest construction

booms since the gold rush and

that's finance. Sydney has

paid its final respects to talk

show host Stan Zemanek. Famous

faces were among hundreds of

mourners at the funeral mass at

St Mary's Catholic Church.

There was also a Spring heing

of politicians and fans of his

radio show. He made his name

as controversial shock jock on

2UE and as co-host of 'Beauty

and the Beast'. The radio

presenter was 60. The key

witness at the Diane Brimble

inquest will exercise his right

to silence when he is called to

give evidence next week. Mark

Wilhelm says he had sex with

Mrs Brimble before she died on

the cruise ship. He is

expected to refuse to answer

questions on the grounds that

the information he gives may

tend to incriminate him. Also

today, martial arts trainer, Charlie Kambouris told the

court he saw a woman lying on

Mark Wilhelm's cabin floor. He

denied taking naked photos of

Mrs Brimble, even though his

camera was used. The

Socceroos are smiling again, at

least for the moment.

Australia has squeezed into the

Asian Cup quarterfinals,

courtesy of a 4-0 win over

Thailand. The next opponent is

the team it beat for its first

and only win at a World Cup,

Japan. Here is Peter Wilkins.

The Socceroos turned a week

of high pressure in one of high

tempo and were rewarded with

the critical first goal.

COMMENTATOR: Michael Beauchamp! Beauchamp was a key

figure in a new defensive

partnership which worked

feverishly but was testd in a

second half featuring wave

after wave of attacks.

Australia had chances to

improve on its lead, but as

Thailand poured forward looking

for the equaliser which would

eliminate Australia, the door

opened at the other end. That

could be the goal that takes

them through to the last 8!

Captain Mark Viduka

demonstrated his finishing prowess with a double to set up

a re-match with World Cup

opponent, Japan. Viduka is

there! If we can show the determination and the fight

that we did today, you know, I

think we've got a good chance.

Substitute Harry Kewell

sealed the much-needed win for

the team. The bee leaguered

coach and the fans. Harry

Kewell slides it home! Very,

very happy indeed. At last

we've finally got it together.

The Socceroos moved to Vietnam

for Saturday's quarterfinal

against the defending champions

which cruised to top position

in its group with a 4-1 win

over Vietnam. What a goal

that is from Japan. He was

willing but not quite ready.

Chris Latham will be there against the All Blacks this

week but as a tactical

replacement. After just seven

Test matches, Adam

Ashley-Cooper has been given

the nod to fill the Wallaby

fullback roll at the

Tri-Nations and Bledisloe Cup

decider in Auckland. Just

enjoy the role of covering all

these different positions.

72-Test veteran Latham was

considered but after only two

club games since a knee

reconstruction, he was thought

to be too rusty coming into

such a key game. Latham was

bracketed with Adam

Ashley-Cooper at fullback but

will now start from the bench.

Stephen Moore and David Lyons

have been recalled to the

starting line-up. Seve

Ballesteros has chosen the seen

of his British Open at Carney

to announce his retirement from

the game at the age of 50. My

head say,er I think you should

retire. Ballesteros possessed

one of the finest short games

ever seen and won five major

titles, made up of three Opens

and two US Masters. This

year's British Open begins on

Thursday. The Melbourne Storm

has taken another step towards

the minor premiership with a

44-0 demolition of the

Newcastle Knights. The Storm

started last night's scoring

spree after just five minutes

of play when Steve Turner

crossed for the first of his

two tries. The Knights found

themselves behind by 20 at

half-time and there was more

pain to follow as the Storm piled on the points after the


COMMENTATOR: Billy the Kid will

get the six shooters blazing

here. He runs away to score

under the post. Slater and

former Knight Anthony Quinn

also scored twice in the 9-try

thumping. It's supposed to

keep you going, when the going

gets tough. The Sydney City

Council wants residents to pack

a Go Bag, a survival kit in the

event of a terror attack or

natural disaster, but critics

say it's more of a headline

grabber, than a life saver.

Go Bag, don't heave home

without it. Each of them

different to stay one step

ahead of the criminal mind or

the natural disaster. The City

of Sydney wants everyone to be

prepared for anything. Not

about alarming people, really

about being practical and

putting steps in place so that

people think about what could

happen if an emergency occurs,

really. That could mean,

terrorism, a tsunami, bird flu,

travelling by City Rail. But

was the Lord Mayor setting much

of an example? Do I have one

at the moment? No, I dose

don't. A Go Bag could be a

nose bag as long as it's kept

at the ready in case of

horrible things, unspecified.

It includeses a water bottle, a

pen, paper, torch and sun

block. Everything you would

need to survive. But what

about shoes. Where are the

sensible shoes. That's what

women are going to need. So

much for the essentials. What

would the Lord Mayor add to her

own personal Go Bag?. I would

add make-up. Her predecessor

would be more practical, still.

Meat pie, but it wouldn't

stay hot for very long. The it

is not without precedent. The

Federal Government gave us the

fridge magnet several years

ago. We have the City of

Sydney buying into a fear

campaign and that's

objectionable. It should be a

ready-to-go bag or in the case

of City Rail commuters these

days, a when-you-gotta-go bag.

A commuter caught short.

Now, that's a natural disaster.

Time to check the weather

now, and that 3-degree start to

the day in Sydney was

thankfully followed by plenty

of sun shine which was some


The satellite picture shows cloud across Victoria and

Tasmania. A cold front is

generating showers and snow at

the lower levels. Cloud and

cold wind as cross South Australia, bringing scattered

showers there. On the synoptic

chart, a cold south westerly

airstream will maintain showers

and snufls across south-eastern

Australia. Rain tomorrow:

Mainly in the southern states

and some snowfalls on the alps.

Before we go, another quick

look at tonight's headlines.

John Howard has admitted he is

struggling to work out why his

government is doing so badly in

the opinion polls, and he has

asked senior ministers if he is

the problem. Lawyers for Dr

Mohammed Haneef will lodge an

appeal tomorrow against the

Government's decision to keep

him locked up. And there have

been more problems for City

Rail with another embarrassing

breakdown. And that is ABC

News for this Tuesday. The

'7:30 Report' is up next and I

will be back with an update in

an hour. Goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI

air force ground crew claiming

They've got to demrit it. It's

biologically plausible. CC

Welcome to the program, both

sides of politics took their

first proactive steps into

cyber space today in an effort

to directly influence the Internet generation. The Prime

Minister released specific

details of his new climate

change policy directly in a

YouTube address and the Labor

Party replied with a cheeky

online response of its own. The

electronic sparring came as the

Prime Minister delivered a

climate change speech aimed at

shoring up his leadership