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or may not negotiate. what the Government may

We've made our position clear. to all parties Obviously we'll have to talk as we go through the Senate. to progress its legislative agenda. That's what the Government has to do to take the necessary steps? How much time do you feel we have Well, one of the difficulties locked into the system is that there's already change more degradation of coral reefs so we're going to be seeing all around the world before it gets better taking action on climate change and every year that we delay that we're going to be experiencing. puts more change into the system

So it is desperately urgent. We do need to take the measures

per million that keep us below 450 to 500 parts or we are going to see degradation the massive and widespread but especially coral reefs. of all sorts of ecosystems

OMINOUS MUSIC political games are being played, Over the coming months, as the

compromise, defeat and delay, as choices are made between Ross Garnaut's warning will our politicians recall to act on climate change that the failure of our generation

that would haunt humanity would lead to consequences until the end of time.


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roads in the north-west of the State Meantime, by flooding. have been seriously affected sent to WIN News Here, amateur vision and its fury. captures Mother Nature

just part of the road disappears At first, but in a matter of minutes and it's cut off completely. the pressure becomes too much viewers can capture It's amazing what

these days, isn't it? on their little video cameras when they send stuff in. Really spices up the news I'm Jonathan Holmes. Welcome to Media Watch. But there were a few little problems on WIN's North Queensland news. with that footage but seven months ago. It wasn't shot last week, in north-west Queensland, And it wasn't shot of the United States. but in Maine, at the north-east tip in Freeport This section of Desert Road

of one of our photographers, collapsed right in front of road casualties and just added to the list and Brunswick areas. in the Freeport Same flood. Same road.

And it wasn't even amateur video. started asking questions last week, But at least, when Media Watch for its viewers. WIN News issued a "clarification"

We showed vision of a road collapsing as taken in North Queensland. that was presented to WIN News

it may have been taken overseas. We now believe for any confusion. WIN News apologises for "our stuff-up". "Any confusion" is televisionese such confusion happens all the time. In the internet age, that radio station 6PR in Perth But the video this week chose to put up on its website was all too genuine. Simon Beaumont described it: This is how morning host

it certainly is. Graphic, violent and brutal 6PR warns its website users, that we're about to show some of it. and we should warn you website. But this is on a general-use intrigued by the warning And there's nothing to stop a child clicking through to this.

than that. We won't show more for another minute and a half. But the video goes on Six strokes of the cane, that consisted of 20 strokes, edited from a punishment

close-up detail. are shown in excruciating, There is blood. There is broken flesh. There are cries of pain. It is very unpleasant stuff. And it isn't news. by the Malaysian Government in 2004. The original video was probably taped was released onto the web A pirated version more than eighteen months ago. at the time. It caused widespread controversy According to 6PR, on its website, it posted this revolting old video not for its news value, but: to change listeners' minds. But the video did nothing as Simon Beaumont admitted: On the contrary,

Beaumont pointed out, But to all those listeners, that it wasn't going to happen here. time after time,

So why post the video? Precisely, Simon. tells Media Watch The federal regulator, ACMA, a formal complaint. that it's pursuing That may result quite swiftly to take the video down. in an order to 6PR have been posted in the first place. But in my view, it should never

of violence. It's peddling the pornography

Now, let's cheer ourselves up. MUSIC

gentlemen are: Those two deliciously daggy the tall one - Shannon Marinko - the short one. and Lee Zachariah - and stars They're the writers, directors about the movies of a bizarre show on community television that's become cult viewing

Brisbane and Adelaide. in Melbourne, Sydney, The Bazura Project. It's called - don't ask me why - MUSIC to the Bazura Project. Hello and welcome in the first five rows - And just a warning to all the ladies you will get wet. by mainstream standards, Of course the show's ratings are tiny it's a hit. but for community TV, it won the Antenna Award Two weeks ago on Community Television for Best Arts Program want to reach for the stars. But The Bazura Project's creators they dreamt of winning a Logie. That's right - of a Logie nomination. Or at least, which TV Week readers vote for, Not in the Most Popular categories, but for:

by a judging panel. which is chosen So last September,

and asked for a copy of the rules. Shannon Marinko phoned TV Week Cate Carpenter, obliged, TV Week's Logies Award manager, but with this put-down: Mr Marinko is not easily discouraged. He wrote back:

But TV Week's attitude was hardening: Well, Shannon Marinko wasn't having that.

In January, he responded: According to TV Week's rules, he pointed out,

nomination was open to any..

It looked like a powerful shot. But Ms Carpenter promptly moved the goalposts. But Shannon Marinko is one of those blokes who just keeps on coming. What sort of expert opinion, he asked the same day, can dismiss a show without even seeing it?

He was met with silence. Two weeks ago, he tried yet again. And got this:

Which means Lee Zachariah and Shannon Marinko won't be walking the red carpet at Melbourne's Crown Casino in May, which I reckon's a pity. They might have livened up the show. MUSIC And now, with a sigh, to Sydney's Daily Telegraph.

Editors may come, and editors may go, but the Tele's love of a scurrilous beat-up never changes. And this one was a dog of a yarn. Let's be clear - it's not primarily the reporters' fault. They researched and wrote two separate stories. Then, it seems, someone above them decided to put the two together to produce a sexy headline and a nonsense story. Gemma Jones reported on a promising new cancer treatment being trialled on dogs in Sydney, with some funding from the State Government:

That's right. The aim is to treat humans. And so far, the results are looking promising. A good news story, you'd have thought.

But meanwhile, reporter Xanthe Kleinig was following up an earlier story she'd written about the life-threatening illness of Pauline Talty. As she accurately wrote: Ms Talty's only hope is a small bowel transplant,

for which her Sydney doctors recommend she go to Pittsburgh in the United States - as radio 2GB had already reported. But the Federal Government, NOT the State Government, has turned down her appeals for funding. A strong enough story, you'd think. But by combining it with the dog trial story, The Tele reckoned it had a better one. Well, actually, Ms Talty doesn't own a dog. Her mother owned a dog called Muffet - not Muppet - which recently died. But never mind...

Well, did Pauline Talty say that? Not in the first interview with the Tele, which she'd given over the phone at lunchtime the day before. She told Media Watch:

Ms Talty told us she was bewildered by the question. The context - a clinical trial for a treatment being developed for humans - wasn't explained, she says. So she did say she'd be surprised if they'd be treating dogs for cancer when they can't properly treat humans. And then, she says, the reporter asked her:

Well, never mind. She almost said yes. Let's get this straight. A state-funded trial of a cancer treatment, and Ms Talty's struggles with the Federal Government, have nothing whatever to do with each other The Tele's story has understandably infuriated the New South Wales Government and EnGeneIC. And worse, it has bitterly disappointed Pauline Talty, who has enough to face up to without being dragged into the Tele's cynical beat-ups. Daily Telegraph editor Garry Linnell hasn't responded to our questions. Now, before we go, a model of impartial reporting from Nine News in Brisbane. Even though he's pleaded guilty to a raft of charges during his career as a paedophile,

Allen Guy found it difficult to admit to his criminal past today.

"I had to confess", he maintained, "due to circumstances beyond my control" And Nine's Andrew Trewin maintains, would you believe, that he's a court reporter. Lots more detail on all tonight's stories on our webpage: Post your comments, or download a vodcast and join me again next week. THEME MUSIC

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Good evening. The World Bank is

predicting a global recession, the

like of which hasn't been seen since

World War II. The report forecasts

that east Asian countries will be

that east Asian countries will be the hardest hit by the decline in

economic activity. But the Treasurer,

Wayne Swan, says it will also have a

dramatic effect on Australia. He

dramatic effect on Australia. He says the gloomy prediction demonstrates

the need for government spending to

keep the economy moving. Heron

keep the economy moving. Heron Island off central Queensland is being

buffetted by high winds tonight from

Cyclone Hamish. The category four

cyclone is moving south along the

state's central coast. Damaging

state's central coast. Damaging winds are threatening communities between

Yeppoon and Hervey Bay. A Perth man

accused of war crimes has taken a

accused of war crimes has taken a lie detector test in his fight against

extradition. The Hungarian

extradition. The Hungarian government alleges 87-year-old Charles Zentai

murdered a Jewish teenager in 1944.

murdered a Jewish teenager in 1944. A polygraph test taken by Mr Zentai

last week found there was a 96%

likelihood that he was telling the

truth when he signed a declaration

that he had no involvement in the

crime. The tests are not admissable

evidence in Australian courts. Mr

Zentai will fight his extradition in

court tomorrow. To the weather now -

rain periods in Brisbane with

rain periods in Brisbane with showers in Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin,

clearing drizzle for Hobart. More

news in lateline at 10:30.

Hey, Nathan, gimme another beer, would you, please? Maybe you should have a water this time. (ALL SCREAM) Here you are, love. Oh, thanks, darl. Hey, oi! Good on ya, Bill! Shouldn't you two be dancing cheek-to-cheek? Come on, this isn't the Leprosy Waltz. You're Andrew Telford. That's right. Carl Gray, Naomi's fiance. Are you seeing her still? No! Oh, God, no!

Who's that? It's me, Naomi. Bastard! The Tax Department doesn't send junk mail, Dad. They're auditing my company, that's all.

Don't worry, it's no concern of yours.

Then why am I listed as one of the directors? You signed on, remember? I'm stuck here! What's wrong with Andy? He might be staying with us for longer than he expected. POKIE MACHINE CLICKS THEME MUSIC



Danny? Why do we do this every year, Sandy? Why have Christmas? Cos we're stuck with it. I didn't mean to hurt him. (SOBS) It was an accident. Did you feel my brother die? Oh, God. Because I'm watching it on tape and I can see you crush the life out of him. It's been six years of hell for me, too, Sandy.