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Tonight - ground for now, but

the Qantas deal could still

fly. It's not dead yet and I

think it's a watch this space

situation. Hey, big spender -

Peter Costello's family first

budget. It will help families

that are struggling with raring

children and juggling

work. Pregnant and forced from

pillar to post for hospital

care. And France swings to

the right. Right into trouble.

Good evening. Juanita

Phillips with ABC News. Is it

dead or alive? That's the big

question tonight about the

Qantas takeover deal.

Officially it's failed. But the

consortium that wants to buy

the airline says don't bury the

deal just yet, it might still

get through. There is so much

confusion that trading in

Qantas shares has been

suspended at least until

tomorrow. And there's intense

pressure on chairman Margaret

Jackson to resign. It's these

images that put thousands of

Qantas shareholders off-side.

The airline's chairman and its

CEO embracing the private

equity bid for Qantas. Now,

five months later, the $11

billion buyout has been bungled

and there are mounting calls

for the chairman, Margaret

Jackson, who backed the deal,

to resign. She regarded it as

all over bar the shouting and

she was totally wrong and she's

been misguided by outside

advisers. It seems the current

representing shareholders to board has crossed the line from

representing private equity. And the Federal

Treasurer isn't happy either.

They have to now tell you

what they intend to do with

Qantas. The company is still

there. It's still under the

control of the same people

because a majority of

shareholders didn't want to

sell. But the saga may not be

over yet with claims today from

the consortium it may have

reached last Friday's 50%

shareholder support deadline

afterall. The takeovers panel

is seeking clarification of the

new information and Qantas has

been forced to suspend its

share trading: For months, the

Qantas have talked up the chairman and chief executive of

takeover bid by Airline

Partners Australia. But today,

despite repeated requests for

unavailable and employees and an interview, both were

shareholders are left in the

dark regarding the future

ownership of Qantas. The

employee's morale is at a

loss. It's not dead yet. I

think it's a watch this spation

situation. If it comes to

another bid, which is being

considered by APA, the

consortium will have to meet

the same stringent

requirements. It's never good

timing to be distracted by

something like this. But for it

to be so prolonged. Qantas has

traditionally been a strong

performer, but the entry of a

new low-cost carrier, Tiger,

from Singapore, already has

Australia's international

airline forecasting a

substantial profit slump. The

Treasurer is promising a

Federal Budget aimed squarely at working families. Tax cuts

and a boost in assistance for

parents will be at the centre

of tomorrow night's economic

statement. Despite predictions

of a whopping $15 billion

surplus, Labour is warning

there will be less to the

Budget than meets the eye. It

may be his 12th Budget on the

trot, but Peter Costello's

still walking the walk and

talking the talk. Making sure

that people can stay in work

businesses are profitable and and keep their houses and

the country remains strong. In

Brisbane, Kevin Rudd was

marching for May Day. Mr Howard

knows that by taking away

penalty rates, overtime

payments and redundancy and

holiday pay, working families

find it harder to make ends

meet. That's why he must be

deliverying tax cuts. An an

election year, tax cuts are one

certainty. The Government's

also under pressure from Labour

over the balance between work

and family. Already the

Treasurer's let some of the

Budget cat out of the bag. Help

mothers that may be want to do

more part-time work with the

costs of

childcare. Reimbursement of the

childcare tax rebate is being

brought forward and paid

through Centrelink and the

childcare allowance will be

boosted. More money from dental

health. Voters from voters over

climate change can expect

reductions in energy use. Amid

growing concern over infrastructure bottlenecks, the

Budget will throw cash at the

proposed inland rail corridor

from Melbourne to Brisbane. The

investments of today will drive

the jobs of tomorrow. Peter

Costello has a surplus of

around $15 billion to play with

for an election year Budget

designed to win back the nishif

from kd. But he's had to frame

it with the warnings of the

head of his own department

ringing in his ears. The leaked

speech of treasury head noted:

The Treasurer argues his

big-spending Budget won't do

that, but Mr Henry's benchmark

will be there for all to see.

Melbourne's most notorious

underworld killer has been sent

to jail and told he will be an

old man before he has any

chance of release. 36-year-old

Carl Williams admitted he'd

organised or funded several

gangland hits. Justice Betty

King sentenced him to 35 years

saying he was a cowardly killer

who employed others to pull the

trigger. If Carl Williams was

nervous about finding out his

fate today, he wasn't showing

it. He sat in the dock smiling

at the camera for a

pre-arranged close-up as his

parents, new girlfriend and

ex-wife arrived to support him

and camera crews amassed

outside. More than 100 people

packed the courtroom to witness

him receive three life

sentences for three gangland

murders and a 25 year sentence

for plotting to kill Mario

Condello. He has a minimum term

of 35 years. We're pleased that

justice has been done today and

it recognises the hard work of

the Purana task force in

reaching a significant result

on behalf of the Victorian

community. I don't think this

is a fair sentence what he got.

I think he should have got

maybe 25 years. He's saved them

millions. Justice Betty King

told the court that during

Melbourne's underworld war,

Williams was essentially a

puppetmaster controlling who

lived and died. She said he

became directly involved when

shot at close range in the

stomach by Jason Moran in 1999

and vowed revenge. He

eventually got it by recruiting

two other men to murder Moran

at a children's football clinic

in June 2003. The following

year his father was shot in a

bar in Brunswick. And the third

murderer was that of Mark

Mallia, whose remains were

found in a burnt-out wheely

bin. In sentencing, Justice

Betty King said:

For Judy Moran whose

husbands and sons were among

the head count no, prison

sentence can be severe

enough. Hang them or lethal

injection. Carl Williams will

be eligible for parole at the

age of 71. He's opponents say

he's dangerous and divisive,

but France's new right-wing President says he will govern

for all the people. As

expected, conservative Nicolas

Sarkozy swept aside his

socialist rival in the final

round of the presidential

election. Despite his

conciliatory message, the

outcome sparked riots around

the country. This is the

response in the centre of Paris

to the success of one of the

country's most controversial

politicians. This clash took

place in the square normally

used by the left to celebrate

their electoral victories.

Police say no particular group

was responsible. In other

major cities there was also

unrest and the trouble

threatens to spread. Many

expect strikes and more

violence in the weeks and

months ahead. Earlier, Nicolas

Sarkozy's supporters were

ecstatic. They believe a new

President can deliver what he

promises. A break with the

past. TRANSLATION: This is an

exceptional moment in the life

of a man. I feel an immense and

sincere and profound emotion.

He won with a plea for

individual effort and mixed

with a tough line on immigrants

and criminals and a promise to

lower taxes. He says he's

dreamed of this moment for

decades. They are celebrating

because they believe this r

they now finally have a leader

who can ensure they look to the

future. A short distance away,

those who oppose him were

frustrated and angry. Segolene

Royal is urging her Socailist

Party to keep reforming and to

prepare for upcoming

parliamentary elections.

TRANSLATION: You can count on

me to deepen the renewal of the

left, to go beyond our old

boundaries. That's how we can

win. Mr Sarkozy rose to

prominence as a tough interior

minister. He's accused by some of inflaming the trouble in

2005 when he called the rioters

rabble or scum. Mr Sarkozy

went on to celebrations in

Paris's largest public square

telling the crowd he would

govern for all, not just those

who voted for him. A pregnant

woman has described it as a

nightmare being shuttled

between three hospitals and

across hundreds of kilometres

on the verge of giving birth to

premature twins. But the

Government is making no

apologies. As for the young

mother to be, she's been told

she might be moved again. April

is 29 weeks pregnant with

twins. When her waters broke

last Tuesday, she went to the

Nepean, but ended up in

Newcastle. Today she left her

hospital bed to talk to

commercial television. It's

gone from a happy situation to a nightmare. You don't know

what is going to happen. From

Nepean, she was transferred to Randwick's Royal Women's

Hospital. On Friday night she

was taken to Wyong where she

had to change ambulances en

route to Newcastle. I can't

stop stressing. My heart has

been palpitating. I can't

settle. Her sister says a 3.5

hour trip included a number of

uncomfortable toilet stops. Her

concern was if something

happened in the ambulance and

went into Labour, would the

twins survive? The state

Opposition says hospitals are

critically short of beds. This

is all part and parcel of a

hospital system starved of

resources and under tremendous

stress. The Government agrees

there is room for

improvement. In this particular

case, there has been some communication breakdown with

the family. But the health

department says neonatal care

is specialised and the cots

can't be in every hospital. At

the time this - what was

required there wasn't a pair of

cots and a delivery facility available. The mother's travels

may not be over yet. Doctors

here at John Hunter Hospital

have told her their neonatal

intensive care beds are also

full. One option offered was a

transfer to Hobart.

Australia's strict band on

euthanasia is forcing more and

more elderly people to break

the law to secure what they

call a dignified death. Under

the banner of Exit Australia,

the first of five illegal

laboratories has begun

producing the suicide drug,

Nembutal. Tonight, 'Four

Corners' reveals 800

Australians are waiting in line

to receive it. A backyard lab

south of Sydney brewing up an

illegal drug, Nembutal. Boil,

boil. Toil and trouble. These

members of the euthanasia

advocacy group, Exit Australia,

are breaking the law to ensure

their own dignified deaths. The

drug is normally used by vets

to euthanasia animals. Tonight

'Four Corners' reports that at

least four more illegal

laboratories are set to begin

operating in Sydney,

Wollongong, Melbourne and

Perth. It's not illegal to end

your life. Why is it illegal to

have the drug that will do

it? The best drug for a

peaceful end of life choice is

Nembutal. It can be injected or

simply drunk. At seminars run

by exit founder, Dr Philip

Nitschke, maps are made

available to members showing

where Nembutal can be legally

purchased now in Mexico. I

wanted something in my

cupboard, my little stash.

There was no problem, really.

Getting it in Mexico. Right to

life advocates are strongly

opposed. All he's doing is arming these people with

information and then stepping

back and letting the people

commit a crime. It's not known

how many people so far have

used Nembutal to take their

life. Those making it risk up

to 15 years in jail.

A new emergency warning

system is to be set up in

Sydney ahead of the APEC

conference in September.

Electronic billboards and

almost 50 loud speakers and

sirens will be put up on major

city streets to warn people of

threats and direct them to

safety. The aim is for

emergency management in terms

of giving people information as of giving people information as

to their safety and to the

safety of our community. It's

not a toy to be played with.

It's a serious project. The

Sydney City Council plans to

use the equipment for other big

events like New Year's Eve.

And if you think that's a

potential distraction for drivers, the State Government

is pressing ahead with plans to

allow more roadside

advertising. It's stripped

councils of the powers to block

billboards and plans to raise

extra revenue by taxing those

who put them up. It's the

latest advertising campaign

designed to save the lives of

young drivers. I think it

actually appeals to the younger audience. Especially because of

the language used and the

imagery itself. The poster will

be plastered on the back of

buses and on roadside

billboards across Sydney. The

roads minister wants the grim

message to hit home. Even if it

means creating another

distraction on already

cluttered and congested

roads. There are a lot of

distractions on the roads and

drivers are capable of managing

those. That's not the view of

local councils. They are angry

the State Government is

proposing to strip them of the

power to block billboard

advertising. It's exactly that,

a grab for cash. Eric Roozendaal says there is

nothing wrong with taxing the

industry. He wants to grow it

under new planning controls.

But critics fear it will result

in an explosion of billboards,

as has happened on Federal land

near Sydney airport. I think

it's an absolute disgrace.

Every time I drive to the

airport, it makes me think. I

think they've ruined that

environment. Any advertising

that goes on to any road

corridors will meet strict

guidelines for road safety to

make sure we're not in any way

making the road more dangerous. Eric Roozendaal says

he would like to see

advertising on new uncluttered

roads like western Sydney's

orbital M7. But he's ruled out

allowing any distractions in

the Lane Cove or cross city tun

els. Tonight's top story - the

Qantas takeover fiasco. And

still to come - what price a Brett Whiteley?

The secretive communityist

state of North Korea is

notorious for sending mixed

signals to the West. There is

new evidence it may be

softening its hardline approach

and opening links with the

democratic south. The ABC's

Stephen McDonell has been given

a rare opportunity to report

from inside North Korea. North and South

and South Korea are still

technically at war. Despite the

end of hostilities in 1953.

Generals from the two Koreas

will meet this week for top

level military talks. The first

such communication in a year.

At stake is whether trains will

be allowed to cross the heavily

fortified border. If both sides

agree, a test train will run in

the next two weeks. The ABC was allowed into North Korea

because of this month's

festival which celebrates the

creation of the democratic

people's republic of Korea.

Thils the face of North Koreaa,

Government would like to show

the worthwhile. Tens of

thousands of performers working

together to the create a

remarkable visual affect. The

performance tells a story of

North Korea's growing strength

and prosperity and has

significantly less military imagery than in

imagery than in years gone by.

This could be a sign that the

country is seeking a more

peaceful image. Yet some

analysts question whether North

Korea is genuinely preparing to

give up nuclear weapons. I

think one of the challenges

that the North Korean

Government has is the change of

course mid-race, to convince

the public, as well as allies

who were in favour of such a

nuclear weapons development

programme, that giving them up

now makes more sense than

trying to develop them. The

reclusive state missed last

week's deadline to shut its

reactor because of a delay in

returning frozen international

funds. Yet the United States Government says the first

stages of a nuclear shutdown

could still be completed this

year. Forget diplomacy, legal

experts argue that Australia

should take Japan to court to

stop it killing whales. The

lawyers say the Federal

Government has a strong case to

prove that so-called scientific

whaling is illegal. Their

opinion come gz as the International Whaling

Commission meets in Alaska.

Every 12 months, Japan expands

its so-called scientific

whaling programme. This year,

for the first time, the catch

will include humpback. A panel

of international law experts

says the whole practice is

illegal and wants the Federal

Government to go to court to

stop it. There is an arguable

case, an arguable case which I

think the Australian Government

should be making which I'm

confident they would be

successful in. The legal panel

argues Japan's hunt breaches a

number of key United Nations

conventions. On those grounds

it says the Federal Government

could go to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and the International Court of

Justice. Ultimately there has

to be a decision as to when diplomacy fails and legal

action needs to be taken. International Fund for

Animal Welfare, which

commissioned the report, says

diplomacy is clearly not

working. With that in mind, it argues Australia has no choice

but to go to court. I think

being an election year I cannot

see the Australian community

putting up with a Government

not doing anything to stop the

killing of humpback whales. The

Federal Government says it has

considered legal advice over

recent months but is not

convinced it will work.

Instead, the Environment

Minister, Malcolm Turnbull,

says he will intensify

diplomatic efforts at the

international whaling Chition

meeting, which begins in

anchorage today. Even so,

that's an option that so far

has had little success. On to

finance now and a surge of

interest in mining once again pushed the share market higher

today. Here's Alan

Kohler. Since the start of May,

that is in four trading days,

the mining index has gone up

7%. During that time BHP

Billiton and Woodside have gone

up 9%, Fortescue Metals, has

gone up 17%, and Incitec Pivot,

not a mining company, but a

fertiliser producer, has jumped

13%, probably because the rains

have farmers planting and

buying fertiliser in a way they

haven't gone for a few years.

The stock that has set the

market alight is Rio Tinto, up

13% in four days N the race to

$100 a share, it's zoomed past

Macquarie Bank and CSL, rising

an astounding $4.53, or 5.2%,

just today. Mind you, although

Rio is having a great time at

the moment and might well beat

Macquarie and CSL to the

century, CSL has been the place

to invest this past year. It

was only today that Rio went

past last May's high. CSL has

produced a capital gain of 61%

in the past 12 months and

Macquarie Bank, 28%. The boom

in mining companies, a year

after the last one turned into

a bust, has been sparked by a

rush on base metals. In the

past three months, the prices

of copper, nickel and zinc have

gone up between 30% and

50%. Today's economic news is

pretty strong as well. The NAB

monthly survey of businesses suggests both current

conditions and confidence about

the future are still quite

positive. While job ads,

measured by both the ANZ and

Olivier, are rising in a way

that would suggest the

unemployment rate is still

falling. Finally, the

Australian dollar has

rebounded. On Friday it fell

below 82 US cents. Tonight it's

trading at 82.5. That's

finance. A former ABC employee

has pleaded guilty to

defrauding the corporation of

more than $54,000. Mark

Williams was previously accused

of pocketing $700,000 of ABC

funds. But today, in the

District Court, he admitted to

just six of the original nine

charges. The court was told he

used corporate credit card and

cab charges for his own

personal use. He'll be

sentenced next month. Australia

seems likely to produce another

world motorcycle champion based

on the lightning form of Casey

Stoner. He says won three of

the first four races of the

season, that puts him ahead of

other Australians, Mick Doohan

and Wayne Gardner at the same

stage of their Grand Prix

careers. Casey Stoner's form

has been so good in his three

wins this season he's forced

errors from seven-time world

champion Valentino Rossi. He's up against incredible

opposition. So far, he's been

faultless. At similar stages of

their careers, Australian world champions Wayne Gardner and

Mick Doohan had multiple

podiums after 20 races, but no

wins. The whole team is working

great for me. Stoner has the

most powerful machine this year

in the strong Ducati team, but

after passing every test to

date will face more

challenges. He's coming up

against a lot of tracks that

Rossi knows better. It remains

to be seen whether im mortality

on two wheels will be bestowed

on the baby faced

accelerator. He's young,

well-organised and can be

great, but we have to see whether he is. Manchester

United is celebrating its first

Premiership League tight until

four years. They needed to beat

Arsenal and that seemed remote

after a first-half send off and

penalty. The fight back to 1-1

wasn't enough and as United

fans reacted to a 16th

premiership title, long-serving

manager Sir Alex Ferguson paid

tribute to his young team's

resilience. At one point we

were injured. We don't have as

big a squad as Chelsea, but

credit to the 14 players who

dug in every week for us. Kim

Clijsters long stretch in

women's tennis has come to an

early finish. The former world

number one has used her website

to announce her immediate retirement after flagging her

intention to quit at the end of

the year. 23-year-old says

recurring injuries meant

getting out of bed was a

laborious process. She planned

to make Wimbledon her final

event, but the decision leave's

last week's second-round loss at

at the Warsaw cup as her final

tournament. Lleyton Hewitt's

former kneeanceai will marry

American basketballer Brian

Lynch in July. A new record

price has been set for a Brett

Whiteley painting. 'Opera

House' was bought at auction

tonight. An anonymous phone

bidder paid $2.4 million for

the piece. It boots the

previous Whiteley record of $2

million. 'Opera House' is one

of 22 paintings being sold by

Qantas to raise funds to create

a scholarship programme for

graduate artists. Beauty and

bling, stars and star gazers,

all were on show in Melbourne

last night as Australian television toasted itself at

the Logies. The gold gong went

to the star of a long-running

soapy and the ABC also picked

up several awards. Overture,

curtain, lights, Australian

television's night of

nights. Please welcome the host

of the 'Spicks and Specks'. The

49th Logies came complete with

all the usual suspects and one

or two new faces. Good luck to

everyone and, you know, less

asparagus and more

fibre. Nothing was left out,

certainly not the dis oriented

out of town celeb. A

tradition. Am I awake? A

tribute to Logie indirections from the

from the archive. How much can

you drink and still have a

job. Rove McManus was the hot

favourite for gold, but had to

make do with silver. Everything

else is amazing. I don't need

this, but I will take it. It's

the icing on the cake. The Gold

Logie went a youthful old-timer, 'Home and Away's

Kate Ritchie who has been on

the seemingly endless soap for

19 years. The ABC picked up

several awards. Most

Outstanding Documentary for

'Who Killed Dr Bogle and Mrs

Chandler'. The ABC's

'Dynasties' collected Most

Outstanding Factual Series. And

in news, ABC's 'Lateline' won

for a series of sexual abuse in

Aboriginal communities. I'm

very proud to be part of a

programme that will put these

stories in such a prominent way

on mainstream television. There

was a spot for the late Steve

Irwin in the Hall of Fame and

then it was all over. A night

of backslapping, gossip and

gongs, gone for another year.

And it's time to check the

weather with Mike Bailey. Good

evening. A gradual cooling of

above average temperatures is expected, along with expected, along with the

development of rain over the

next couple of days. It was

fine and sunny in Sydney.

Increasing high cloud. Fog

fog patches likely.

Thanks, Mike. Before we go,

another look at tonight's

headlines. Confuse raintion over the Qantas

over the Qantas takeover. The

consortium behind the bid says

it's not dead yet. The

Treasurer says families will be

the big winners in tomorrow's

Budget with tax cuts and more

help on offer. That's ABC News

for this Monday. The '7:30

Report' is up next. And I'll be

back with updates during the

evening. Goodnight.

Closed Captions by CSI

Tonight on the 7.30 Report -

the spectacular failure of the

$11 million takeover bid for

Qantas. The majority of the

shareholders didn't want to

accept that offer as it was put

within the time that they had

to accept it. How

to accept it. How did it all go

so wrong, and will heads roll as a result? I think Margaret Jackson should resign from the

board. She's been up-front in

pushing the offer from the very

beginning. And, the science

world abuzz. What's causing

hundreds of millions of bees to

suddenly disappear? One day

you've got a whole box full of

bees, the next day none. The race

race to find answers with dire

warnings of what it might mean

for Australia. Bilogically it's

a disaster, but also for those

industries that have to cope

with it. Welcome to the