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Tonight - final blessings -

the Pope gives thanks for a

religious revival. To all of

you, I say a sincere and

heart-felt thank

you. Extradition complete - now

bail for Dr Patel. Another

medal hope forced out of the

Beijing Games. And, no

conquest for Norman, but no

regrets either. I came in here

with a good attitude and a kind

of like a fresh approach to

life in general. Good evening,

Felicity Davey with ABC News.

The Pope has come and gone

after a visit that's both

infatuated and infuriated.

Tonight, he's flying back to

the Vatican leaving the

archbishop of Sydney describing

his time here as a "tsunami of

joy and faith". Before leaving

the pontiff held a private

meeting with four victims of

clergy sexual abuse. But some

who weren't invited are angry

at being left out. Philippa

McDonald reports on an

extraordinary end to an

extraordinary visit. After the

week-long festival came a lap

of honour for the quiet

achievers - the 8,000

possible. To volunteers who made it all

possible. To all of you, I say

a sincere and heart-felt thank


But there was one final act

that was kept under wraps, an

early-morning mass with four

people who'd been sexually

abused by clergy. We attended

mass together, we prayed

together, each one of the

victims met with the Pope.

They spoke to the Pope,

whatever they wanted, and ah,

he replied. Abuse victims

who'd been pleading for an

audience with the Pope for

months were not invited, and

the details of those who did

attend are not being released

by the church. It's extremely

disappointing that it's been

done in a very secretive,

underhanded way that shows no

care or compassion for us or a

great body of victims. The

church would have gained so

much from having a victim that

could come out of that meeting

and say, "Wasn't it wonderful

that I was invited". Late

today, two of the victims

released a statement to the ABC

regarding their meeting with

the Pope. It says:

For the Prime Minister, too,

the Pope's apology is a gesture

that matters. We think of your

message of healing and hope to

the victims of abuse. And the

Prime Minister commended and

Pope on his informal

style. Your Holiness, it feels

very much that you have already

become one with us. Indeed,

that you have become one of

us. And then, the surprise

announcement that Australia

would for the first time have

an ambassador to the Vatican,

former Deputy PM, Tim

Fisher. This is entirely an

unexpected honour and

privilege. And then it was time

to say goodbye. You've opened

your doors and your hearts to

the world's youth and on their

behalf, I thank you. In his

farewell, the Pope said he

would look lovingly upon

Australia and all its

inhabitants and he urged

Australians to follow Mary McKillop's example

McKillop's example of love and

compassion. Of course after

every big celebration comes an

equally big clean-up and World

Youth Day's been no exception.

As the pilgrims make the long

trek home, business and

political leaders are hailing

the event as a big success.

More than 110,000 pilgrims came

to Australia from all corners

of the world. Now, they're

returning home. So many people

from so many nations and

everyone was so friendly. It

was one of Sydney Airport's

busiest days. Thank you so

much. The pilgrims, though,

don't have to leave straight

away. Many have visas valid

for three months and at least

half are expected to stay for

up to two weeks. Some are

still on a mission. We are

always on pilgrimage. Tourism

for us doesn't mean going

sight-seeing. But many enjoy

material pursuits. Spend much

money? Oh, yeah. Some

businesses have done

exceptionally well. Saturday

was 100% up. It's estimated

that pilgrims spent $77 a day

on top of accommodation, giving

the economy a $220 million

boost. At a time when every

story about the economy is

talking of doom and gloom, this

has been a bright spot. For the

Premier, the event has been a

welcome relief after weeks of

political turmoil. And he

wants to learn from what went

right. The people of Sydney

opened their hearts, a warm and

generous welcome, and a warm

and generous week. The

Government says the traffic

changes in Sydney were so

successful, some may become

permanent. It'll now consider

extending the operation of bus

lanes and clearways across the

city. But the first step to

improving traffic flow is

tearing down the barriers

across the CBD. And at

Randwick, the epic task began

today of returning the track to

the horse racing industry. It

looks in pretty good nick. We

need to see it all up and have

a good assessment. The next

celebration of the masses will

be the Spring Racing Carnival.

It's taken three years, but

Jayant Patel has finally

appeared in a Brisbane court

over the Bundaberg Hospital

scandal. The surgeon faced 14

charges, including three of

manslaughter, after flying in

from the US this morning. He

was granted bail, but won't be

freed until tomorrow. When

Jayant Patel left Australia on

a taxpayer-funded flight in

2005, few paid any attention.

Not so today. After boarding a

flight in Los Angeles

yesterday, the former Bundaberg

surgeon touched down in

Brisbane early this morning.

His fellow passengers knew

today's flight was

different. We saw him boarding,

but not on the flight. He

didn't have any expression on

his face and he was sitting on

his own. He didn't look too worried, just like a regular

person, but busy. Jayant Patel

was escorted through Customs to

a waiting motorcade of police

vehicles and driven from the

airport. The Premier backed

the enormous police

operation. I think given all of

the public interest in this

it's understandable that the

police made sure that

sufficient resources were

allocated to get him to the

watchouse without incident. He

arrived at the Brisbane

watchouse ready to face 14

charges relating to his time at

the Bundaberg Hospital. Many

former patients didn't think

today would ever

come. Obviously there's been a

lot of hiccups along the way, a

lot of setbacks. We keep

moving. We always held the

faith this day would come. The

Indian-born doctor faced court

for the first time this

afternoon. His head bowed and

his hands cuffed as his lawyers

applied for bail. Jayant

Patel's wife is expected to

travel to Australia, as her

husband waits the next step in

the court process. If the

warnings weren't loud enough,

they're about to get even

louder. The Federal

Government's launched an

advertising blitz about climate

change, but explaining

emissions trading is no easy

feat. A new opinion poll

suggests that most people don't

understand it, even if they do

support it. At a Canberra

climate change hearing, a lone

voice tries to make a

point. Free money, the more you

pollute, the more money we'll

give you. He's not the only one

spruiking. We must act now,

we're developing a carbon

reduction scheme... The

Government's hit the airwaves

and the newspapers, warning of

climate change peril. Scientists warn

Australia will be hit hard by

climate change, with

temperatures rising, water more scarce... The multimillion

dollar campaign will run for

the next four months, and it's

raised some eyebrows, given

Kevin Rudd's past attacks on

Government advertising. Taxpayer-funded

political advertising to try

and convince the Australian

community that Mr Howard's

suddenly serious about climate

change. But this campaign was

approved by the

Auditor-General, and the

Government argues it's about

public education. It is only

fair that the Government helps households understand how we

propose to tackle this great

challenge. How to get the point

across is another challenge.

According to one poll, most

Australians don't understand

emissions trading, but they

still like the idea. ACNeilsen

research has found that 67% of

those surveyed back the

Government plan and are willing

to pay for it. There is

certainly a great deal of community interest and goodwill

when it comes to taking action

on climate change. In the

business world, the corporate

giants are taking note of

Australia's plan and one

influential economist thinks

it'll soon have a carbon

copy. I would think that a

trading scheme is superior to

taxation and so in that respect

also, I think what Australia is

doing is going to be copied by

others. Think climate, think

change, we can't afford not

to. Get used to the message.

The State Government's been

forced to apologise over

another hospital issue. It

involves the sudden closure of

the maternity ward at the Blue

Mountains Hospital in Katoomba.

More than 100 angry mums and

other local people protested at

the hospital today after

learning indirectly that the

birthing unit's been closed

until further notice. It

wasn't the weather that made

them bitter, but the closure of

the only maternity ward the

Blue Mountains has to offer. I

am very imminent actually, I'm

due within about three

days. The choice is Nepean or

Lithgow hospitals - both a

substantial drive away. I'm

about 8 or 9 weeks to go. I'm

right on the cusp of it and

when I called the hospital they

said to me, "Call us on the

day". It's likely they'll be

giving birth in ambulances or

by the side of the road. The

Blue Mountains Hospital

maternity action will be out of

action for six weeks and may be

longer if a solution to a

staffing crisis can't be found.

It wasn't what more than 100

local people wanted to hear,

and when the minister went to

Canberra and the local area's

health service went quiet. At

the moment I'm acting director

of clinical operations for the

western cluster... The local

member was also landed in it. I

am more than a little

disappointed in the way it has

been handled. No excuses, the

local member and former

minister says, yet he seems to

have gone to pains to do just

that. It's all unfortunate he

says, but it's only temporary

and excuses or not, he says

it's been inevitable. I can't

put a positive spin on this,

nor will I intend to. There is

a staffing shortage. This is a

very temporary

arrangement. There wasn't a lot

of comfort in it for anyone. I

think this is absolutely the

most revolting way to treat a

human being. The mums were not

given enough notice and that's

unacceptable. I've spoken with

my chief executive this morning

and I've been assured that he

will have this service up and

running within 6-8 weeks. Until

the matter is resolved, Blue Mountains mothers will have to

get their timing right. The

Government and Opposition in

Zimbabwe appear to be moving

closer to direct talks on the

country's political crisis. A

month after Robert Mugabe's controversial election, the

United Nations say both sides

are near to an agreement. Two

key conditions would be an end

to political violence and a

release of Opposition

supporters. Australia's

Foreign Minister has given it a

guarded response. If that

political dialogue arrives at

an outcome where the will of

the Zimbabwe people is

respected, at least in part,

then that would be an outcome

that the Australian Government

would welcome. But our very

much preferred position, of

course, is that the brutal

Mugabe regime ends and Mr

Mugabe exits the stage. The

Opposition Leader Morgan

Tsvangirai pulled out of last

month's presidential run-off

because of a campaign of

violence against his

supporters. First Afghanistan,

now Iraq - Barak Obama is

hitting the global trouble

spots, ahead of the US

presidential election. He's

declared the conflict in

Afghanistan precarious and

urgent, saying it should be the

front-line in the fight against terrorism.

With porridge, scrambled eggs

and bacon, Barak Obama began

his second day in Afghanistan

having breakfast with US

troops. The food is excellent,

but the company's even better. LAUGHTER

It's great he took time out of

his schedule to visit us. That

says a lot about trying to get

in touch with the military. It

was onto a working lunch with

Afghan President Hamid Karzai,

a man Senator Obama has

criticised for not doing enough

to rebuild his war-torn nation.

Few details of their 2-hour

talks emerged, although Afghan

officials say the Democratic

presidential hopeful pledged to

pursue the war on terror with

vigour if elected. Barak Obama

is saving his public comments

for a series of interviews with

American television

networks. The situation is

precarious and urgent here in

Afghanistan and I believe this

has to be our central focus,

the central front on our battle

against terrorism. It's why, he

says, it's time to divert

troops from Iraq to

Afghanistan. I think one of the

biggest mistakes we made

strategically after 9/11 was to

fail to finish the job here,

focus our attention here. We

got distracted by Iraq. Barak

Obama will soon meet the US

commanders of a war he opposed

and a troop surge he said

wouldn't work. He last went to

Iraq in January 2006, and even

before this second visit, he'd

vowed to have all American

combat forces out within 16

months of becoming president.

Only last week, the White House

agreed to what it calls a

general time horizon for

bringing US troops home. A

reminder now of tonight's top

story - the Pope has ended his

visit to Sydney by meeting a

small group who'd been abused

by Catholic clergy. Still to

come tonight - how world

champion walker Nathan Deakes

was forced out of the Olympics.

The corporate watchdog has

launched civil action against

the founder of the fuel

technology company Firepower as

it fights off liquidators. Tim

Johnston is nowhere to be found, and the Australian

securities and investments

commission is asking the

Federal Court to ban him from

managing a company. Firepower

marketed a pill that would

increase fuel efficiency, but

the technology never worked.

ASIC's also pursuing others

over the failure to provide a

prospectus relating to $60

million worth of shares sold to

1400 Australian investors. A former director of the

Australian Trade Commission who

went to run Firepower, says

Austrade promoted Firepower

without doing its homework

first. You will, in any large

organisation, get companies

that slip below the radar. But

you could honestly quite

describe it as inadequate. Do

you feel responsible for

that? Yes, I do. And there'll

be more on this story in tonight's edition of 'Four

Corners'. There are some signs

of life in the airline

industry, despite high oil

prices and a sagging global

economy, just days after Qantas

announced it's shedding 1500

jobs, one of its low-cost

domestic rival social security domestic rival social security

employing staff. Tiger Airways

has created up to 120 new

positions at its headquarters

in Melbourne. And Australia's

biggest travel agency has

surprised the market by

flagging a 40% increase in

pre-tax profit, mainly due to

the strong Australian

dollar. The Aussie dollar is

very good for people who are travelling to the United States

and travelling to parts of Asia

where hotel prices, um, tend to

be based on the US

dollar. Flight Centre shares

today added almost 12%. Still

with finance and local share

prices soared more than 3%

today, as buyers flocked into

all sectors of the market

looking for bar gains. Here's

Alan Kohler.

It was well and truly time for

a bit of a bounce. Between 19

May and 19 July, the All Ords

fell 19%, which is nice and symetrical. Whenever the

sharemarket falls by around

20%, it almost always bounces,

sometimes quite powerfully.

Today's 3.3% could be the start

of something bigger, and adding

to the idea that it was simply

time to buy is the fact that

share prices look cheap indeed.

Here's a graph of the price

earnings ratio back to 1980.

The average is just above 15

times. The companies in the All Ordinaries Index usually

sell for 15 times their

profits. Now it's 11 times,

which is cheap, as long as

profits don't fall too much.

Today, investors were stepping

right up, looking for bar

gains. Banks led the way but

no sector missed out.

Today's economic news helped

the upbeat mood in Australia.

That's a new 23-year high for the Trade-Weighted Index.

Telstra's been accused of

trying to trick staff into

signing workplace agreements

before they were abolished last

March. The Australian Council

of Trade Unions says this

29-page document mapped out

strategies to convince telco

workers to take up AWAs. The

document suggests ways that

managers could encourage staff

to sign workplace agreements,

and even recommends employees

make their decision on a

Friday. This is actually

unethical conduct, it seems to

us it's immoral conduct. And

perhaps even more than that,

it's actually quite

short-sighted. The independent

umpire, who we fully cooperated with and provided full

documentation about our entire

processes, has said there is

absolutely no case to

answer. The workplace ombudsman

has ruled that Telstra did not

coerce its staff into signing

workplace agreements.

Another of Australia's gold

medal hopes won't be going to

the Beijing Olympics. Nathan

Deakes has been felled by a

hamstring injury. The reigning

world champion was training in

Switzerland when a scan

revealed the extent of the

hamstring injury. He'll need surgery and up to nine months

to recover. It's been a bit

surreal, if anything. I

suppose once suggest and the

Games roll around and even when

I get home later this week, I suppose it will probably hit me

a little bit more. So yeah,

obviously very

disappointing. The 30-year-old

has battled injuries for years,

but he overcome them to win

bronze at the Athen's Olympics

in the 20 kilometre walk, and

he was a favourite for gold in

Beijing. Obviously, I don't the 50 kilometre event in

want it to sort of end here on

this note. It's the second

high-profile loss for the

athletic team. Injured athletic team. Injured hurdler

Jana Rawlinson pulled out less

than two weeks ago. It's

devestating for the sport

without their two world

champions. Managers are worried

about the impact on

morale. It's terrible, it's

going to take a little time for

everyone to come to terls with

it and what it means. Distance

runner Craig Mottram and pole

vaulter Steve Hooker are

considered Australia's best

medal hopes in track and field.

In the end there was no

fairytale finish. For three

rounds of the British Open,

Greg Lyon defied the years, the

-- Greg Norman defied the odds.

The Irishman Padraig Harrington

swept to his second Open title

in a row. English man Ian

Poulter was second. Greg

Norman's achievement as a

part-time player was

mesmerising, but a hat-trick of

bogies to start the final round

undermined great white hopes.

Old habits die hard.

COMMENTATOR: Just poor choice

there. The driver proved

costly, but others also

struggled. KJ Choi went

backwards to a 79 and Padraig Harrington had three consecutive bogies to hand

Norman back the lead. It

didn't last. Harrington

regained his composure, while

Norman mixed ill-fortune with

fleeting moments of excellence

on the back 9 to just hang on.

Englishman Ian Poulter posted a

worthy 7 over total, but his

challenge and Norman's were put

to rest emphatically with

Harrington's eagle at the far

five 17th. And that's the shot

of the week, shot of the championship. While not a

victory for the ageless, there

were no regrets. I came in here

with a good attitude and kind

of like a fresh approach to

life in general and it's really

been... it's showed through in

my game. It would have been

nice for it to be his story and

I did say that to him at the

end of the day. I wanted a

win, though, and you've got to

take your chances and you can't

be sentimental. Cadel Evans

surrendered the Tour de France

yellow jersey on the first of

three stages in the alps. But

fellow Australian Simon Gerrans

celebrated his Fiennes moment,

winning Stage 15 from a small

breakaway group. He snatches

the first ever victory. I

never really backed myself to

do it, but yeah, to pull it off

is just amazing. Several

attacks on a gripping final

climb changed and complexion of

the tour lead. Russian Deniis

Menchov slipped up, but there

was success for Austrian

Bernard Kohl. The climbing

king just failed to snatch the

yellow jersey, that honour went

to CSC's Frank Schleck, who

leads Kohl by 7 seconds and a

valiant Evans by 8. Only 49

seconds separates the top 6. A

rest day preseeds two critical

stages in the alps. 5-time

world champion Valentino Rossi

has extended his lead in the

standings after a see-sawing

battle with titleholders Casey

Stoner at the US Moto Grand

Prix. The race began

spectacularly when Jorge

Lorenzo seemingly pressed an

eject button. Nine laps out an

unsettled Stoner was unseated,

leaving the Italian in control.

The Yamaha versus Ducati duel

raised questions about Rossi's

tactics. A couple of passes

were too much. I would have

liked to have a cleaner

battle. There was no shortage

of argy-bargy at the German

Formula One GP. Britain's

Lewis Hamilton rammed his McLaren back from fifth place

with 16 laps remaining to

regain the championship lead.

Mark Webber retired while

German Toyota driver Tim oGlock

had the race's spectacular

crash when his suspension

failed. If Box Office success

can win an Oscar then Heath

Ledger must be an early

favourite for the grand prize.

There's a growing buzz that the

late actor will win a

posthumous award for his

betrayal of the Joker in the

latest Batman film. 'The Dark

Knight' has broken all records

on its opening weekend - a

surefire sign of a surefire

hit. Chilling, mesmerising,

unforgettable - just some of

the universal praise of Heath

Ledger's final

performance. This town deserves

a class of a better

criminal... A film usuals earns

up to half of all its ticket

sales on the opening weekend

and 'The Dark Knight' broke all

records taking in almost

Australian $160 million

surpassing 'Spiderman-3' last

year. His performance was

bone-shaking, I think.

Intense, really intense. In

Australia, 'The Dark Knight'

had the biggest weekend Box

Office of the year so far,

raking in almost $12 million.

Bookies around the world are

now slashing their odds for a

posthumous Academy Award for

Heath Ledger to 3:1. It's a

brilliant performance. He put

the work into everything he

ever did, I think. The Joker

was Batman's full-time nep sis

and appeared in 1940. He was

based on Conrad Veidt's

character from the 1928 silent

film, 'The Man Who Laughs'.

Since then there was Cesar

Romero's camped-up Joker. Then

Jack Nicholson's more menacing

villain. You can call me

Joker. And now Heath Ledger's

betrayal of pure evil. Here's

my card. If he wins an Oscar it

will be the second posthumous

Academy Award. The first went

to Peter Finch for 'Network'.

Christian Bale gets top billing

as the dark knight, but all

signs point to it going down as

Heath Ledger's film. Time for

a look at the weather now and

we're in for a chilly night and

early morning, Graham Creed.

Rug up, Felicity, the only

location set to be frost-free

tomorrow morning will be those

close to the Coast. Today, it

was wind chill that made it

feel cold in Sydney.

Cloud and rain over

Queensland is likely to remain

north of the NSW border in the

coming days. Skies are

clearing as a high pressure

ridge moves over the State.

Cold day-time temperatures and

clear skies overnight is what

will lead to those widespread

frosts tomorrow. Along the

shift a coast, the high will see winds

shift a little more onshore.

That should produce an isolated

shower for the South Coast and

also around Port Stephens in

the afternoon. Peter Willimae Kris Kathy Rynders

tonight's main story. Pope Before we go, another look at

Benedict XVI is on his way home

to the Vatican, leaving joy and

frustration in his wake. Sydney's archbishop described

the visit as a "tsunami of joy

and faith", but there's anger

from those left out of the

pontiff's meeting with sexual

abuse victims. That's ABC News

for now. We'll have updates during the evening. The '7.30

Report' is next and, of course,

for the headlines 24 hours a

day go to ABC News online.


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I was sitting down there very

nicely, comfortable and all

that, and then suddenly they

come and harass me. Tonight on

the 7.30 Report - police force,

another heavy-handed arrest of

a homeless man captured on

camera. There was no apparent

need for force to be used and

quite suddenly the officer

turned on me. We have

thousands of interactions with

homeless people every year,

very few of them result in complaints.


Welcome to the program.

Despite Australia's relative

wealth, welfare agencies argue

not enough is being done to

help ethe country's homeless.

With tens of thousands of

people - young and old -

continuing to sleep rough, and

people who live on the streets