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thanks Mark. Before we go a brof recap of our top stories tonight. Hospitals across country are treats dozens of the asylum seekers injured the boat the asylum seekers injured in

Reef. Kevin Rudd branded people the boat explox off Ashmore

smugglers as the scum of the earth who should rot but the Opposition says the earth who should rot in hell

smugglers are responding to softer border protection poll s. That's ABC News. Stay with us for 'Stateline' with Chris Kimball coming up next. for your Kimball coming up next. Thanks

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Live. Hello and welcome to Stateline. It's great to Stateline. I'm Chris Kimball.

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have stopped here at Stateline and I've finished up in this 1309 for a while . I look forward to sharing stories forward to sharing local Catherine stories with you until maternity leave. This week we Catherine Garrett returns from

Immigration Bridge divide. We will look at both ends of the

hope to local farmers and we will saddle up at camp in Bungendore. But first, will saddle up at pony Club

the highest asbestos - Australia has one

asbestos-related disease in world. It's been described as a public health disaster. Len Parkinson has mesothelioma. says Parkinson has mesothelioma. He did at the former Monaro Mall some 40 years ago. He's his former employer in a case some 40 years ago. He's sugar

implications that could have major asbestos litigation here implications for future

ACT. The Canberra Centre long been a consumeer hub ACT. The Canberra Centre has

the capital. 20 years ago it long been a consumeer hub in

was known as Monaro Mall like hundred of other was known as Monaro Mall and,

intoes honourable senator. This buildings, it was rid-week-old

news report from 1988 shows massive job of removing news report from 1988 shows the

crumbling asbestos from if roof cavity . It was a $4 decision. Un like cavity . It was a $4 million

asbestos in its loose state, here it's been asbestos in its loose raw

with vermiculite to stop conden state, here it's been straid on

sation forge the metal roof. Len that environment for six year s roof. Len Parkinson worked in

as an electrician from didn't know it as an electrician from 1969. We didn't know it was dangerous. I

know it was dangerous. None of us seemed to

were working in it. Under the know it was dangerous. But we

roof there was this white stuff sort of thing, whity bluey stuff. It was kaikd on but lot of it had fallen off stuff. It was kaikd on but a

because I don't know it fall off but it just used to because I don't know what made

fall down on to the ceilings the different places fall down on to the ceilings of

and of course it would create a the different places and that

lot of dust and all this sort of home, my wife had to wash them. And there must have been dust flying around then. She'd shake them out and so When you're working in the roof shake them out and so forth.

area, we used to be pulling cables through, West Tiger up shops and things like this. - wiring up shops and things like this. The dust used to be pretty bad. Vr. We would be crawling through it. You would come out covered in dust and that and shake yourself out. And what equipment? Were you provided with any safety equipment? No, we nothing. That's the we never had any masks, no, the heart of a Supreme Court nothing. That's the issue at

fight between Mr Parkinson his former fight between Mr Parkinson and

Lease. He says Lend Lease his former employer, Lend

of working around asbestos should have known the dangers

provided appropriate training and equipment. He's seeking damages to meet the kofs medical care related to his mesothelioma. They found a on me lung and they didn't know what it was. And it was - then I was sent to a then he looked at the X-rays and everything else wasn't sure what it was and he said, "I think which had bet ver a look." So hospital, ver a look." So they put me in out. Then they sent it - they hospital, took half me lung

didn't have a clue. They found two more spots on that part of me lung. The second lot two more spots on that other

of surgery was about later and it was picked up that I had two big tumours in me side. One on the lining of me stomach and one on They put me in the had a They put me in the hospital and

To take them out. That's me had a massive operation again.

there. Very obviously somethingerate Pretty there. Very young. It's

horrible to through. Yeah. It is. What's horrible to have to go

they seem to think that doctors and that, they they seem to think that the

tell me there's some thing, it doctors and that, they seem to

could be 12 to two years life left. That's what they seem to tell me. Whether that something that must be or not I don't know. That's

incredibly difficult to take, somebody giving you of somebody giving you that sort sentence. That upsets everyone to enjoy the around the place. I just want

life. How difficult is it commit to such emotion ally draining legal battle knowing that possibly you might not be around to see conclusion? Hopefully I around to see it to its

there to see it to conclusion? Hopefully I am

conclusions, but it's been going on for a good now. Those conclusions will going on for a good while

significant. This now. Those conclusions will be

first cases in the ACT where a contract employer is facing litigation, not an manufacturer. It could have a growing is typical of thousand of Canberra maintenance workers an tradesmen who worked tradesmen who worked un protected around asbestos in the 1960s and '70s. What I'm hoping to hoping to achieve is it might bring some more cases up. More people, people, you know, there's people I worked with I they're all going getting tested and they found out I had it. I think it is a time bomb. People, you know, there could have been people that have with it and didn't realise they had it. Because it is a killer. And Stateline will follow the progress of Len Parkinson's Supreme Court case over the over the coming months. Now, for a fee of $110, you can have your family's immigration story hold on the yet to be built Immigration from thousands, a design is up on their website, on their website, but is an actual bridge really going ahead? And if, if not, how has planning come this far? Melissa Polimeni reports. I am sure on the Sunday afternoon it will be nice to take that walk along the take that walk along the bridge and find my name along the Muglia-Smith arrived in Australia from France. She soon found love and now calls Canberra home. We just met. clainged very soon we were engage and we decided to get married. So I went back to Paris, got married, showed off even my husband, my even my husband, my Australian husband to my parents sister and my brother. And sister and my brother. And then we came we came back again in Australia. Along with thousand of other, she's paid her $110 to have her name engraved on a bridge that's yet to be formally formally approved, let alone built. My grandchildren will be able to able to see my name on the bridge and they will guess, this is the grand mother, the French grand mother. This tranquil setting has become the backdrop for a tug of war over whether to so-called Immigration Bridge. There are There are those positionately would be practical for Canberra. And those furiously against it. Destroying vistas, des - destroying des - destroying a facility and its heritage values of its heritage values of this very important heritage-rich precinct of the national capital, that's becomes reality, the bridge will stretch from the National Museum to somewhere fleer the al al berlt Hall precinct, a history handrail history handrail will bear the nairm nairm names of thousands of migrants who have come to Australia. I separate the issue from wouldn't it be nice to have a

memorial to imgrease memorial to imgrease graetion to all of us, which us who are not people. So all Australians have an interest in some sort of immigration memorial. immigration memorial. This is the wrong one. Andrew Baulch is Immigration Bridge Australia. together with an idea, wanting to celebrate immigration. The origin of the idea of having it as a bridge came from as a bridge came from the National Capital National Capital Authority originally. And it three choices that was put three choices that was put to Immigration Bridge Immigration Bridge Australia and it was the most logical choice from their point of view. It was - it is, as said, Perth of the national capital plan - part of national capital plan and we had many meetings with the NC too. Discuss the progress too. Discuss the progress of this bridge this bridge beforehand. It has been our assumption all along that, subject to making sure that all interest groups were properly everybody was satisfied with the final sign that the bridge would be built. The final decision rests with the National Capital Authority and there is a Federal inquiry under way, due to report in May. There may be a call for a re design, but in re design, but in the meantime Immigration Bridge Australia is pocketing payments to help fund its campaign. Contribute its campaign. Contribute lors get their money back, minus an administration fee, administration fee, if the proposal doesn't go proposal doesn't go air head. If we hadn't done any fund raising we wouldn't have been able to been able to raise $1.5 million to fund the to fund the prosi.s's chicken and the egg. Many throughout Australia originate from an idea, from a concept design which we concept design which we have and then go through that design approval process. This is approval process. This is a very expensive process and this is our money. So it great alarm. How much does it cost to get cost to get to a concept stage, at what point is the at what point is the threshold writ's no consuperintendent but part legal process that is to arrest. The to arrest. The friends fear their proposal is already a done deal. They say if the National Capital Authority came up with the idea for a up with the idea for a bridge in the first place, it's un likely to now knock it back: The somehow this is a "not in my backyard" argument is quite ridiculous because, yes, people in Canberra and region are very concerned because we're the ones that can see and be best, try try to inform ourself about what's about our backyard. It is really about Australia's really about Australia's front garden. The national capital is meant to be a model for what kind of nation we are. If you examine the process that's been adopt sod far in adopt sod far in relation to the immigration bridge Australian democracy as a whole. Koult koult koult whole. Koult koult koult - Lenore Coltheart is not alone. Lake yiers an potential yiers also worried. It would seem to me that if it's allowed to continue at present, to continue at present, that the momentum is going to be such that it won't be such that it won't be possible for any authority to say at the end we're not going to allow you to build like today, if we had racing with comp tent sailor, bridge would restrict our ability ability to have a large course and the and the bridge will create extra dangers. When extra dangers. When the bridge was first proposed there was was first proposed there was no mention quite shocked that somebody would propose a bridge over the lake that didn't account for all types didn't account for all types of yiers. They've yiers. They've now been assure ed they will being careful not being careful not to criticise. But another bridge over the lake is not at the top of their wish list. There's already wish list. There's already the Commonwealth is only 1km or so away. As for a need, no, not really a great need. The problem is if you say no to bridge do you no to bridge do you risk say nothing nothing to a national memorial honouring cost $30 million to build and we we still don't know where all the money will come submissions to the Government inquiry were inquiry were anti-bridge, but it seems the idea has it seems the idea has already captured the attention of around 6,000 people across the country who see an opportunity to share their . Michael Crombie has paid his money to have his great grand father's name handrail. He was the first Italian in Italian in Canberra. I am very proud. Peter Varena migrated to Australia in 1889. At age 22. In the 1920s, he opened a boarding house boarding house for workers arriving in Canberra, in what is now known as Weston Creek. His great grandson is hoping his story will soon be etched in history etched in history along with thousand of s - thousand thousand of s - thousand of others. From because I don't really remember him, he was a very una - assume ing man. He might beem grars barristersed about grars barristersed about it but he would be - embarrassed he would be - embarrassed about it but he would be proud as It's been a we've said it, but wasn't it nice to have a wet week, even with a few dust storms thrown in. Canberra and the surrounding surrounding regions copped a solid dumpg over solid dumpg over the past 10 gays - we're talking 50 to 70 Mills district. It might have few lawns and provide add base for winter crops but for winter crops but it's actually actually heavy falls elsewhere in Australia in Australia that have given local farmers reason to hope. I really believe that, as a community here, and in a number of other we're seeing that sense of hope come through. Even today Even today we've seen a little bit more sort some more crops than hopefully our frosts don't come some early and hopefully early and hopefully we can get some winter feed. Autumn has brought optimism, even around parched parched Braidwood. There's a hint hint of green and some of the locals look happy. It all looks pretty but talk of the drought breaker remains a false dawn. Most droughts if Most droughts if you look back in history are broken flood, usualy a week or two of predicting that in the near future but if you look history that is how droughtings are are broken and we've seen that in NSW over the past few months. Floods are welcome but the recent dumps up north have provided flow-on

benefit force Canberra district, not in the form of water but in stock. As long as it rains somewhere we have somewhere to send our weiner cattle. send our weiner cattle. The years we've had when years we've had when it's been had much choice but this year a drought everywhere we haven't

hopefully it keeps range up north around we north around we get some rain in the Riverina that will help our market s in near future. The grasses that used to grow here which would have been grasses, they have died out in the dry weather. Michael Shanahan's family has long links to farming links to farming in the Tidbinbilla district. He admits he was close to despair before last week's are improving, but of bone dry weather one of bone dry weather one heavy dump is not is an extended one and I'm amazed that after weekend rain we've not one drop of water in this creek. This has been an sure, something we've never experienced before. experienced before. Hopefully it doesn't it doesn't continue but it certainly looks like we're in for a drier time. The for a drier time. The weather bureau says Canberra is not on the way. So farmers local ly are slowly a adapting environment and the buzz word is sustainability. The communities people are really that there's a whole different way of a whole different way of making family decisions, of incorporating sustainable principles into family structures. You have to be in the to be green and investing to be green and investing in new technology but, you know, the last few years easier said than done: I think for a lot of farmer, including myself it's about risk minimisation. So we're not out there spending on fertiliser and because we just can't afford to at the moment. Last years we've been spending a lot of money on fodder, the stocking numbers are down by 30% so there's not a lot of spare cash to put into things that are going to make them a dollar in the dollar in the years to come. So State Government is pretty important I important I think. - slt is pretty important, I think. sustainability is pretty important. We're still a important. We're still a long way behind average overnight. We really do need a long sustained period of rainfall to really get

everything growing again. And Stephen Dziedzic was the reporter on that story. And we're stay ok the land - Bungendore show ground to be exact. It's where more than 200 horse relevance and their vecious gathered for the annual pony club camp. It brings pony club camp. It brings city and riders are farm riders are farm kids virtually born in the saddle, others are from suburbon Canberra but Shay share a love for horse. share a love for horse. With volunteers on kitchen is feeding about #r500 people every meal - 500 people every meal. Kate Evans and every meal. Kate Evans and the Stateline crew added to the

numbers for a day. I 've been riding for six year s basically. And I am eight years old, turning nine. My favourite thing to nine. My favourite thing to do is horse riding. It is horse riding. It seems like a fun thing to do because you get to be with other people who love horses as well and spend a week with your horse. It's exhausting. It sounds really like horse. really like horse. It's very good doing it. I learn lots things. This is We have a mix, more girls than boys of course. than boys of course. That's the way pony club goes. There's probably 190 girls and 40-something boys. But that is alright. fun. When they get love it! So we will do some trotting and cantering. trotting and cantering. So between a 20 and 30 m circumstance. Everyone can handle that? - circle. is handle that? The the aim of the week is for have fun, first and fore most and to and to really learn their riding. They get four sessions a day, either mount ing a day, either mount ing or dismount. From show scbrumpg, dressage and they get by the end of it, apart from being exhausted at the end it, they absorb it, they absorb so much about riding. It becomes riding. It becomes natural. They don't have to think about it any longer. And the best thing about many friends from all over the place. These kids are not hanging nornd the malls, hanging nornd the malls, they are just having fun here are just having fun here at camp and for life. Very good for them getting to do their getting to do their own stuff, not relying on having to feed their own ponies and tack up themselves and look after their own horse. Very going to take your ponies back for lunch and water. You're going to brush off their saddle patches so you're ready to ride you're ready to ride for afternoon. I have him quite much. You have to brush him, feed him and brush him, feed him and the brushing is the most important thing. We're going to rug they're water proof rugs because it's about to rain. We have to put their have to put their gear away and we have to water otherwise they drink it. When you buy a horse you're buying a member of the fam limit so you are committed and if something and if something has to suffer it's usually it's usually you. It really is where you choose to spend your money. Often people who money. Often people who have horses don't things. So you just make your choices that way. They're wonderful animals an they like doing is galloping like doing is galloping and karntding on him and he is very fast. We're going to say thank you to our ponies before we put them in for lunch. So them in for lunch. So you're going to give them a big pat because they worked really for us this morning. Looking after a horse is half a tonne and throwing it around you get that bond but you do that with your friends then as well. I really really does bring out the best in And that's almost the for this week. Before we go, a quick look a head to next week, on the eve of Anzac Day we will feature stories feature stories of Australians at war, including that of Canberra man Doug McKay, was a soldier in world war. The here he world war. The here he explains why he's talking why he's talking about that experience for the very first time. If I'm going ability at all or tell anybody, now is the time. And it's only in this that I'm prepared to do it. Let me say - and member of the RSL for one year - 1945-'46. So - 1945-'46. So it's 63 years since I had last contact with Army. It's never been part of my life really. The fact was a soldier once, I'm was a soldier once, I'm proud of it and was an amazing experience to have. But it have. But it was over as far as I was concerned. And that's why I don't talk about it much. But you've asked me specially and very kindly very kindly provided this facility for me to say a facility for me to say a few things which I did. Doug McKay's story next week and McKay's story next week and so that is Stateline done for this week and by the looks of summer with it. Enjoy summer with it. Enjoy the cooler weather and colours. The guitar ist here, as is so often the case here on Stateline, is Bruce Mathiske thanks for your company.

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Evening, guys. Hello. They're nice, those oilcans, aren't they? You'd have one in your shed, wouldn't you? Of course! A real man's got to have an oilcan. Grease up the joints first thing in the morning. So you can get out of bed. Exactly. We're a family of squeaky wheels. Yeah, we go through quite a bit of oil around here. Well, you can have a look at them a bit later, but first you should have a look at this. It's tonight's Mystery Object and from the looks of it, it's another one straight from the bowels of a bloke's shed. Some sort of clamping device. Something on the farm. Something to do with a horse and cart. Going back to the 1800s, I would imagine.