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(generated from captions) Tonight - doubts cast on the

investigation of Dr Mohammed Haneef. It's never really been

clear whether there was a person from Scotland Yard

person from Scotland Yard here. More calls for public

money for public hospitals. And

an unusual fundraising drive in

western Queensland. Hard to get

a cheque out of a cattle

producer. CC

Hello and welcome to the

show, I'm John Taylor. The saga of deported Gold

of deported Gold Coast doctor

Mohammed Haneef and the Glasgow

Airport bombings took two more

unpredictable twists this week.

Mick Keelty, said he warned the Director of Public Prosecutions

that the terrorism charges

against Dr Haneef were

flimsy. And Mohammed Haneef's

lawyer says he doubts the

existence of the

counter-terrorism expert

supposedly flown in from

Scotland Yard. The new

developments have added fuel to calls for a judicial inquiry

calls for a judicial inquiry

into the case.

The story of Mohammed Haneef

and his collision with

Australian authorities runs

like a soap opera. In the story

so far, a young doctor, found

to have no case to answer on

terrorism charges, has lost his

livelihood, his Australian visa

and his reputation. He can't

work and can't study. A

respected barrister who put the

respected barrister who put the crown case to the court has

been demoted for using false

information. Two separate

internal inquiries into how

that happened have kept their

findings secret. The Federal Immigration Minister is still

trying to keep Haneef out of

the country because of secret

information given to him by the

Federal Parliament. But in this

episode, Australia's top

policeman tells a magazine he

always thought the case was too

always thought the case was too thin. It raises questions as to

whether he's been in the job

long enough and whether someone

should take over. And in

another twist, the accused

man's lawyer says a mystery

figure from Scotland Yard, allegedly involved in the

investigation, may never have

existed. It's never really been

clear whether there was a

person from Scotland Yard here

in my mind. Throughout the investigation, the Federal Parliament emphasised the

Parliament emphasised the need

for secrecy, that this was

parted of a wider operation

into terror cells in the UK and

Australia. By telephone, they

tipped off media organisations

that one of Britain's crack

operatives was coming to

Britain. They gave her flight

details but not her name to

protect her identity. There

were selective leaks at the

time about the person from

Scotland Yard being here and

the person from Scotland

the person from Scotland Yard

carrying out certain investigations. I know in the

press that they are convince

there'd was someone here, but I

never really saw anything to

indicate there was a person

from Scotland Yard here. Haneef

was interviewed by Australian

police before the mystery officer arrived. The Federal

Parliament say the officer did

contributed to the come to Australia and

investigation, but lawyer,

Peter Russo, never saw the

woman or her

woman or her tracks. I was

there from day five and I had

had a fair bit of contact with

Mohammed once I got involved

and never at any stage did he

tell me he had been interviewed

by anyone from Scotland Yard or

spoken. To the only time the

police spoke to him was when I

was there. The Federal

Parliament showed a talent for

elaborate deception.

elaborate deception. They sent

a decoy vehicle halfway to the

Gold Coast with a convoy of

media behind it. It didn't

work. Much more serious

misinformation was given to the

court, that Haneef lived with

his cousins in Leeds and his

mobile phone SIM card was found

in the burning jeep. That error was corrected, not by the Federal Parliament or the

prosecution, but by an ABC

journalists. AM has been told

that SIM card was not in the jeep in

jeep in Glasgow, but was

obtained by British police

eight hours later and 360km

away in Liverpool. The public

should be feeling reassured

about the media's role in investigative journalism.

Especially in this case. Td

media helped bring out what has

emerged as a clear miscarriage of justice against Dr Haneef. Now there are questions about a miscarriage

about a miscarriage of justice

against the prosecution's own

barrister. The man who who delivered incorrect

information, has been demoted

within the Federal DPP If what

has happened to him is as a

result solely of this

investigation, then it's fairly

sad day that someone has been

made a scapegoat for the ineffective processing of the

ineffective processing of the

AFP. It is a surprise and

frankly many lawyers are

expressing some disquiet that

he has been demoted. His

reversal of fortune followed an

internal review by the Federal

DPP after its chief reviewed

the evidence and dropped the

charge against Haneef. On my

view of this matter, a mistake

has been made. Now Australia's top Federal policeman, Mick

Keelty, says he was surprised top Federal policeman, Mick

when the DPP went ahead with a

charge against Haneef in the

first place. He told the

Bulletin magazine that it was

touch and G It's a curious comment for the top police

officer to make. He has the

power under the crimes act if

he didn't think there is enough

evidence to charge, to not

charge. Even after he went

charge. Even after he went back

to India, Keelty said the

investigation will take years.

We're following a money trail.

What's happened with all that?

All of a sudden that is gone

and he is saying, even back at

the beginning of it all, he was

saying that he thought the case

was a little shaky. Yet to

this day, Immigration Minister

Kevin Andrews is opposing the

return of Mohammed Haneef's

information visa based on secret

information he says he was

Parliament. The Federal given by the Federal

Parliament gave me in effect a

brief of evidence. It includes

material taken from the

transcripts of interview, but

includes a range of other

material that the Federal

Parliament have made available

to me. Secret evidence? Well,

it's evidence which the Federal

Parliament have asked not to be

released. The reason they've

insisted on it not being released

released is because it goes to

two things - one, the ongoing investigation into these

matters, and, secondly, it goes

to the prosecution which is on

foot in the UK. In the UK,

Haneef's cousin has died of his

injuries. Sab yeel Ahmed is

facing a minor charge of not reporting something to the

police N mid-November, Kevin

police N mid-November, Kevin Andrews's appeal will be heard. Australian Council For

Civil Liberties has asked the newly appointed integrity

commissioner to look into the

handling of the case by the AFP

and DPP and been turned down.

Now they are joining Haneef's lawyers in calling for a

judicial inquiry. Whoever is

elected in November has to

institute a judicial inquiry

into what did go wrong so that in the

in the future measures can be

put in place to prevent this

sort of stuff-up and prevent

individuals, like Dr Haneef,

being victims of miscarriage of


At the end of week too, the

dominant themes of the election

campaign are biting. The PM

conceded today his party's 2004

promise to keep interest rates

at report lows was a mistake. Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd expel ed a union

boss from the Labor Party.

Peter Costello warned of a

coming economic tsunami and

bodes sides accused ot other of

running a scare campaign.

Three more years... At the

end of week two, a third of the

way into the 6-week campaign,

the senior figures in the

Government might well be

wondering if their supporters' enthusiasm

enthusiasm isn't premature.

Three years must seem a long

way off. A wormed debate, a bad

poll and bad inflation figures

have made week two a difficult

one. But there are still four

weeks to go and there is plenty

of fight to come. When it comes

down to it, the Australian

people will walk into the

ballot box thinking about their

future and the future of their

families. Investing in an untried, inexperienced

untried, inexperienced Labor

team is not going to deliver to

Australians the sort of future

that they need. It's my great

pleasure to have Australia's

greatest ever Treasurer open my

campaign office. Please welcome

Peter Costello. Surely the

Liberals can't be worried about

North Sydney? Joe Hockey holds

it by nearly 10%. Insiders say there are weird

there are weird things going on

in NSW and that state looks

like a trouble spot for the

Government. As Joe Hockey said,

one of the Government's big

hopes is that as the signs of

economic fragility back more

apparent, voters will be too

worried about the risk of

switching to Labor. Today Mr

Costello gave that idea a

bigger nudge with an interview

in the 'Sydney Morning Herald',

a tsunami is coming, he says,

with China at the centre, that

will engulf world financial markets and now

markets and now is not the time

for the Reserve Bank to consider lifting interest rates or for the voters to flirt with

a change of Government. I think

the Chinese economy will

continue to grow, but not in a

controlled and even way - it

will grow with fits and starts

and there will be great global

realignments as the process

takes place. I'm asking people do they

do they really think a

union-dominated Labor

Government could manage the

economy better at a time of international economic

turbulence. We have 11.5 years

of economic success. That's the

question. It's about the

future, not about the past. The

unions, the US sub-prime

crisis, a wages explosion, the

expected China turbulence that

may yet be years off,

may yet be years off, and even

interest rate rises, it's in

the mix in the Government's

warnings about Labor risk. The

Labor leader says the past is

as important as the future. Mr

Costello has been Treasurer for

11 years. His responsibility is

to prepare Australia for future

economic challenges. Speaking

of the past n 2004, a Liberal

Party ad promised, in writing,

at least, that interest rates

would remain at rord loz. This

would remain at rord loz. This

morning, John Howard conceded,

almost, that that was a broken

promise. Well, interest rates

are not at record lows now. I

understand that. Your

advertising promised that. The advertising referred to that

for two nights. I accept

that. What Mr Howard is saying

is his promise lasted only two

nights and there therefore,

from his point of view, didn't

count. Well, a lot of Australians

Australians who voted for Mr

Howard at the last election did

think it counted. Now they are

paying the price for it with

five interest rate rises on the

hop. Interest rates and the

threat of another rise coming

when the Reserve Bank Board

meets on Melbourne Cup day have

dominated the campaign this

week. As has the Government's

relentless warning about the

power of the union bosses in

any Labor Government. Although

the 70% figure used to describe the make-up of any

the make-up of any future Labor

frontbench is disputed, it's

clear Labor is well aware of

the potency of the attack. Today Kevin Rudd moved

to expel West Australian union

boss Joe McDonald and the star of this particular Liberal Party ad from the Labor

Party. You do have to wonder

why he didn't do it months ago.

The Labor campaign team can't

be in any doubt that the union boss theme

boss theme will continue. That

and interest rates dominated

this week, but today there was

a move from both sides into the

other big area of voter concern

- climate change. In Perth,

John Howard was pledging money

for research into wave power.

And elsewhere in the city,

Kevin Rudd was promising half a

billion dollars for solar

panels and rain water tanks for

every school in the country.

Climate change is a hot topic.

Everyone agrees there is a

problem. But there is one

problem. But there is one area

of this debate that is hotter

than any other. Our policy differences with the Government on climate change are

clear-cut. Mr Howard's big

answer on climate change is

this - nuclear reactors, 25 of

them, around the Australian

coastline. That's the

Switkowski report and Mr

Switkowski said that

construction or planning of

those reactors would need to

begin within 12 months of an

election. I think we have to be

election. I think we have to be

adult about. This we've heard a

lot about fear campaigns in the

last couple of weeks. The

greatest fear campaign running

on this issue is the nuclear

fear campaign that the Labor

Party is rumpbing. How on earth

you can claim to be the PM of

Australia and offer a vision

for the future and claim to offer a vision for the future

when you are saying that under

no circumstances will we look

at nuclear power, no matter how

compelling the evidence may be.

compelling the evidence may be.

We won't look at it? The PM

says nuclear power wouldn't be feasible in Australia for #150

10 or 15 years. Like the fear

of unions, this is one attack

unlikely to end soon. The other

real fear campaign the PM has

on has hands is the one running

in his own seat of Bennelong.

He is back there again this

year and the polls suggest he

will be there every Saturday until

until November 24. Queensland's

troubled health system is again

under the microscope. This time

over the funding of one of the

state's flagship hospitals, the Princess Alexandra Hospital in

Brisbane. Administrators closed

more than 30 beds and reduced operations in order to cope

with a budget overrun of $15 million. The Government won't

provide extra funding, saying

the PA hospital should be able

to manage its budget

to manage its budget which has

received funding increases over

the past three years. Ross Cartmill is President of the

Queensland AMA and a staff

representative at the hospital.

He believes the Government's

response is unacceptable. He

joined me earlier in the

studio. Dr Cartmill, why should

the Queensland public be concerned about the budgetary

state of the PA hospital? Well,

when the budgetary state of the PA hospital causes beds to

PA hospital causes beds to be

cut and services to be cut, the community should be concerned.

Whether the state of the

budget deserves these sorts of

responses is a debatable point,

but the management of the

hospital are simply saying if

we are going to get our budget

back into balance, by June

2009, then these steps have to

be taken. The State Government

says though that every

hospital, every Government

department has to operate on

budgets. There is only a fine

unite amount of money. Is this

a case of bad management? The

hospital has been looked at by

Queensland health in terms of

its efficiency and Queensland

health have said PA hospital is

efficient. They haven't been

able to find any justification

for suggesting there is any inefficiency in the hospital.

It, therefore, means if the

It, therefore, means if the

hospital is efficient, but over

budget, they must be

underfunded. Who is at blame,

the Queensland Government? What

do you want it to do? The

current State Government has increased spending on health in

the last two budgets. They have

start Friday a very low base

and, therefore, with the

increased spending in the last

two budgets, we still have

spending in Queensland on health at a level

health at a level which is below the national average when

you look at dollars spent per

head of population. Why is it

then that the PA hospital is

having the problem when

according to Premier Anna Bligh

she says she is not aware of

any other hospitals in

Queensland with the same money

troubles as experienced by the

PA. I'm afraid if the Premier

were to look into it, she would

find all hospitals are

overbudget, other than the south-western

south-western district. Western

Queensland is the only district

on budget. The majority of the

hospitals, up and down the

coast of this state, are all

over budget, currently. And,

so, are bed closures happening

at all the other hospitals

around the state? Service cuts

like the PA? Queensland Health

have acknowledged they have

similar problems in all the

hospitals. PA hospital

hospitals. PA hospital has the

highest numerical, in terms of

numerical numbers of dollars

over budget, but percentage of

the budget that is over the

baseline of our budget, PA is

not the highest. In other

words, there are other

hospitals with a higher

percentage of being over

budget. You've had the Premier

raise the prospect this

afternoon that more money will

be considered for the PA

hospital as part of the

hospital as part of the

mid-year budget review process.

Is that good enough given, as

you said, all the other major

hospitals in the state are in

the same position? Should everybody be getting more

money? The public hospitals of

our state and nation are all

underfunded. The AMA as made it

clear in our report card. We

are saying to the nation we are

a wealthy country. As a matter

of urgency f the PA hospital is going to get

going to get more money as part

of the mid-year review, should

the other hospitals get more

money? It is our belief that

all public hospitals should be adequately funded and that's

the decision of management of

Queensland health. The staff at

the PA hospital last night had

a meeting. Is there the

prospect that if more money

doesn't throw soon there could be industrial action

there? There is a prospect. We did discuss it.

did discuss it. The decision

was made that that should be

put on hold. That concept

should be put on hold. We want

to emphasise to the community, that despite the hardships that

we have, those of us on the

staff of the hospital want to

continue the best service we

can offer to the local

community to walk away right

now would obviously diminish

the service even further and

the staff at PA made the

decision they don't want to do

that at this time. Sorry Dr

Cartmill, thanks for talking to

Stateline tonight. It's a

pleasure. Thank you.

Parasites like ticks, lice

and buffalo flies continue to

plague the nation's livestock

industry, having a significant

impact on the animal's health

and profitability. Many

and profitability. Many have

built up a resistance to

pesticides. But researchers are

developing a natural and

friendly alternative that could

save the industry millions of

dollars. The new control they

had has the potential to grow

the Australian consumers

interest in organic meat.

That will do. Peter Hayes is

a third generation cattle

farmer. He's spent his life

running beef on this property

at Silverdale, south-west of

Brisbane. Go way back. Like

other Queensland farmers, the

drought has forced him to

change the way he runs his

business. Instead of running

the same number of cattle, we

are back to three-quarters,

two-thirds of the cattle we

two-thirds of the cattle we

run. It's a loss in production.

He's also contending with

record fodder and grain prices

and a rising Australian dollar.

Once, twice... Adding to his

burden is the ongoing battle to

protect his stock from damaging

parasites like buffalo flies antics. The parasites are the

major issue. It's not

major issue. It's not known,

but the ticks - there are

resistent ticks getting bred

because we haven't changed our

chemicals for 15 years. It is

causing us a problem there.

Resistent ticks will be a big

problem in the future. That

will cut profitability to the

industry again. His herd is

usually plunged dip in chemicals and the beasts held

for a period before they are

sold. It's been proven, if you

do not treat your cattle for

ticks or buffalo flies, they

lose weight. Instead of gaining

theoretically 27.5 kilos a day,

they drop back to under half a

kilo. You are losing money if

you don't do it. Scientist

Diana Leemon has spent the past

seven years looking for a solution to the

solution to the problem. She's

researching a local fungus

species adapted to enter and

kill the insects like the lice

that infect sheep and discolour

their woo. It's like the movie

Alien, it grows throughout the

insect, kills the insect. A

similar product is used to control pests in the

agricultural industry. We've

got three products on the

market in Australia

market in Australia based on

this fungus metarhizium that

I'm using. One of them has been

successfully used to control

plague locusts. We have a

plate of the fungus

metarhizium. It's found in the

soil and in dead insects in

quldz. This is a plate of

sarvai, invaded by metarhizium.

It's after growing throughout

the larvae, it Mummified them

and then they sporalated

and then they sporalated all

over the surface of them,

causing the green

colouration. In addition to its

pest destroying power,

researchers say the treatment

is clean and green and could

advance the organic beef and

sheep markets here and overseas. We have to have things that we can make work

for a fully commercial

industry, that appeal to

consumers' interests in natural

consumers' interests in natural

products. Parasites cost the

Australian livestock industry

nearly $60 million a year F the

research proves successful,

that cost could be halved and

reliance on chemicals significantly reduced. When we

start a project like this, we

don't have a guarantee that it

will work, but if we're not

investing in these things, we

can guarantee we won't have

appropriate solutions in the

future. The

future. The long-awaited

breakthrough for these

creatures, at least, could be

on the horizon. One of our co-investors, the Australian

Wool Innovation is funding the

research on sheep lice. They

are very keen to see if we can

get a product on the market in

the next couple of years.

With the drought tightening

the hip pockets of almost every

farmer, trying to raise money

for charity in the bush is becoming increasingly

becoming increasingly difficult. An organisation

which provides chaplaincy

services in regional areas,

thought of a novel way for

farmers to help out. Farmers

were asked to donate livestock with the proceeds with he procee s f om with the proceeds from a cattle

sale going to helping young

people. It's a hot and dusty

day near Blackall in western Queensland. And this

Queensland. And this looks like

any ordinary cattle drive. But

the story behind it is one of

hope for young people struggling to get by in the

bush. Five years ago, when I

was CEO of SU QLD I was driving

back from a meeting in Roma and

despairing that the communities

needing chaplaincy, struggled to raise

to raise money. Farmers were

asked to give live stovnlgt My

family has always had cattle

properties and releasing while

it's hard to get a cheque out

of a cattle producer, it's not

as hard to get an animal out of

a producer and animals mean

money. So the stockup for hope

charity drive was born. We

approached 12 iconic cattle

companies in Queensland with

the help of Landmark and Elders and said

and said if we buy $200 off

you, would you donate 20%. We

put together a herd of 1400

cattle. 30% of them are donated

and the rest of the profits,

which we hope are significant,

will go to supporting chaplaincy in regional Queensland. The cattle have

been on the move for two

months, traving about f 00km

from Hughenden to Blackall. It's a long

It's a long and exhausting

journey, but one Sam Fromm

believes is worth it. He knows

how tough life in the bush can

be on children and says the

money raised is an investment

in the future of rural

communities. Chaplaincy is not

just about being in schools,

it's about community. So

bringing the people, pulling people together and creating

community and working together

and investing in our young

and investing in our young

people. So the investment here

will bear fruit in the next ten

to fieftene years as the

students that are at school

graudate and they come back

into the land or work force, in

towns, wherever they end up.

That's where the investment and

fruit, where we see

it. Students who have

benefitted from chaplaincy programs say every school

programs say every school

should have one. You can talk

to Sam about something. It is

better for people to talk to a

chaplain. Sam, he's a mate that

you can talk to and after

you've talked to him you feel

better after you talk to him.

He runs all these good programs

like - he runs brekky club and

he runs religion activities. A school chaplain

school chaplain is often a

lifeline for children,

especially in times of drought. It's the legacy of the

drought. We know the adults and

the parents so often are struggling emotionally from the toll of the drought, but the

kids, they pay their own price

as well. If there is someone in

the schoolyard who is not a

member of staff, and I think

that's another reason chaplains

are so effective, they are not seen as authoritative

seen as authoritative figures

and are seen as more approachable. When they see their parents without hope,

that takes a hol on kids and

kids don't know who ta unpack

that with. Our aim is to make

sure that every school in

regional Queensland there is

someone the kid can connect

with. The drive culminated in a

sale at Blackall with all 1400

head going under the hammer. The event

The event drew a big crowd. Everyone eager to lend their

support. I think when times are

tough, they band together. It's

great to see the local

community is doing something to

support themselves. All the

money stays in the bush. I

think it's great for outback

children and they need someone

to support them. There is not a

lot left in the bush for young kids. Good to see

kids. Good to see if they can

get something going and keep

them in Blackall. It's not a

bad town. I think it is getting

back to basics. People feel

good about doing something

good. It encompasses a

community spirit. I was born

and bred in Blackall in 1930.

This is the best sale they've

ever had for charity, yeah. $190,000

$190,000 was raised. The

success ensuring the event will be held again next year.

That's the program for this

week. Until next time, goodbye.

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