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backs the full sale of Telstra, Barnaby Joyce but the pressure is taking its toll.

Liberal leader Andrew Peacock. A fall from grace for former to celebrate that Ashes win. And thousands gather in London But first -

is now virtually guaranteed. The full sale of Telstra

Barnaby Joyce Maverick National Senator

he will support the legislation is almost certain tonight. when it goes before the Senate to a last-minute list of demands But the government had to agree to secure his vote.

is in Canberra and joins me now. Seven News reporter Jo Stone Jo, how committed is Barnaby Joyce?

Let's jurs say it is signed and

sealed, but not quite delivered and

he is not prepared to say the word

yes quite yes. He wants to wait to

it is see what happens this phonoto see

it is alright. He was taken to

hospital last night with a severe

migraine but he says he is okay

today. He spent the evening nutting

out a list of 10 points that he and

the National wanted to make sure

were in the legislation and he says

it was a real juggling act for him. is a just and honourable outcome The deal that we have extracted and the alternative is and Mr Burgess off the leash, we basically let Mr Trujillo

and we've seen their teeth. leash to keep them under control. And within this legislation is the How is his decision being received?

I think the biggest problem today

has been the lack of time allowed

for debate on the issue. Barnaby

Joyce has said all along let's wait

for the senate review, but when it

got there today, the government

used its numbers and the vote of Barnaby Joyce to

Barnaby Joyce to cut short the time

SUP for debate. That really

Upset a lot of the senators there.

In particular the Democrat center

Natasha Stott Despoja. too, through you, Mr President, The Democrats have got amendments, to Senator Joyce. them in the latter stages today But we have 15 minutes to debate that generous hour and a half if you don't count to begin with. for the committee stage the ASIC investigation? The government has escaped

That is right. Theacic chairman

last night said it would

investigate all public comments by

Telstra but released a statement

this afternoon saying they had

looked at the comments and decided

it wasant relevant so it won't be

part of the investigation. So to

sum it up, we should have a result

sum it up, we should have a result

Telstra. this afternoon on the sale of

Jo Stone in Canberra, thank you. hundreds of other mourners School friends have joined to farewell three brothers Victoria's south-west two weeks ago. who drowned in a car crash in were remembered Jai, Tyler and Bailey Farquharson as boys who had a passion for life. who have lived a brief life We celebrate boys

in such a way in the hearts of many people. as to leave clear footprint

ran off the road and into a dam. when the car their father was driving The children died

Andrew Peacock Former federal Liberal leader has made a public apology of drink-driving. after being found guilty and a six-month driving ban The 66-year-old received a $650 fine in court today. I really regret this, I really do. There's very few things in my life - I've regretted as much. in fact, there's nothing else to the United States blew 0.08 Australia's former ambassador

into a pole at a petrol station after crashing his Mercedes Benz last month. has praised Indonesia Foreign Minister Alexander Downer for sentencing to death

bombing of the Australian Embassy the man who organised last year's in Jakarta. for his role in the attack Rois will face the firing squad which killed 11 people. that symbolised death. A simple gesture

to bask in the media spotlight, Rois's last chance thanking his legal team to spare his life. who failed to persuade the judges As his supporters erupted in fury from the courtroom. police bundled him so too is his life. His terrorist days are over, SIRENS WAIL Rois was the field commander Embassy here last September. of the attack on the Australian

and bought the explosives. He recruited the suicide bomber including a 16-year-old girl. The huge blast killed 11 people, Hundreds were injured. the charges against him, insisting Rois has steadfastly denied all were beaten out of him by police. that the earlier confessions the attack was justified Yet he still says military alliance with the US. because of Australia's

the leaders of the terrorist cell, Still at large, though, Ahmad Hassan Noordin Top and a fellow Malaysian, now Asia's most wanted men. the bombing will be sentenced today. Another radical charged over

letters for sale on the Internet and the man who posted private Back home,

from cricketer Glenn McGrath's mother of any criminal wrongdoing. has been cleared this morning McGrath, who left for Australia after his team's Ashes loss, pursued the matter written by his mother in 1993 after the letters turned up for sale on eBay.

Former family confidant, Peter Amiet, on the site. put an asking price of $15,000 found no evidence of blackmail. A police investigation has since been shut down. The web site link London came to a standstill over Australia. to hail England's Ashes victory were a little worse for wear The players relished the adulation of a country but the jubilant bunch clearly with its national summer sport. that has fallen back in love It has been a long time coming. cricket team in the heart of London. A hero's reception for the England after lifting the Ashes, Less than 24 hours streets to show their appreciation. thousands crammed into the city's

First stop was the Mansion House from the ceremonial mayor. and a warm welcome Kevin Pietersen, the conservative image of cricket, who has done so much to smash to stock up on refreshments used the opportunity for the long journey ahead. It's great, we've made so many people happy. and it's great for the country that the players have worked so hard Most important, and the management have been fantastic throughout the whole summer and this is a reward for all the hard work that we've put in over the last few years. This is just spectacular. Everybody watching as well,

I mean, thank you so much for all the support you've given us through the whole series. Yeah, it's been a great series. If I'm going to be honest with you, David, I'm struggling. REPORTER: Trust me - people are just happy to see you. I've not been to bed yet. Behind these glasses tells a thousand stories. It's been an absolute marathon, you know. We've played against these Australians and for the past five weeks it's been a mammoth series - the emotional roller-coaster that we've been through. Then it was on to Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister and for some, a welcome chance to take the weight off in the shade. Obviously, it was a late night, was it? It was. A few of the players haven't slept as yet. I'll let you decide which ones. Right. They must have been even more exhausted by the time they reached Lords, the home of cricket, to which they officially returned the Ashes trophy. It has taken 18 years to see this tiny symbol raised over home soil. The England team

will be savouring the sweet taste of success for some time to come.

Preliminary results have been released from the most comprehensive study ever undertaken on the health of Australian women.

The 20-year study, which involved 40,000 women across the country, is at the halfway mark. For details, I spoke to the study's director, Professor Annette Dobson. Professor Dobson, good afternoon.

Tell us how women's health has changed in the last 10 years. Are they generally doing better or worse? Weight is increasing, And that has potential problems for the future.

On the other hand, for older women,

they're living longer and living independently and with high quality of life. So it's a bit each way. Now with all the good advice around today, why are more women getting fat at younger ages? It's probably eating better food and taking less exercise.

The results of our study show that you don't actually need to eat a great deal more food, but it just accumulates over the years. So, on average, women might be gaining less than half a kilo a year, but over a decade, that really does mount up. What are the bad long-term effects that you fear from this? Well, the concern, obviously, is the epidemic of diabetes. But also other things like stiff and painful joints, arthritis and so on.

Most women want to combine work and mothering. How does this affect their health? Those that have their children young are doing just fine. Their stress levels are lower than the women who have delayed having children. On the other hand, they're probably less well off.

What about women's use of alcohol and tobacco at this halfway point in the study? Is it getting better? It changes very little. The only group where use of alcohol, tobacco or illicit drugs changes is in the young women because when we first started the study, some of them were still adopting these habits. So finally, what do you think is the most alarming part of the study and what should be done about it? I think the major health problem in this country is the weight gain. We've somehow got to reverse that, stop gaining weight

and, in fact, for a very high proportion of the population, to lose weight and keep it off. Professor Dobson, thanks for your time. Thank you. Next in Seven's 4.30 News - An Australian bomber crew finally laid to rest 60 years after their deaths. And Wallace and Gromit's cheesy choice in their new movie. If you're one of the 900,000 permanent residents who are eligible to take out Australian citizenship, we'd like to extend an invitation to you to join us. There's never been a better time to become an Australian citizen. Large bills can be annoying, especially on your home phone. But with the Optus $39 HomeCap, you'll pay just $39 a month for up to $120 worth of calls. That's calls from your home phone to mobiles plus national and international calls to every country. And if you spend less than $39, you only pay for what you use. So put an end to large bills with the $39 HomeCap. Call 1800 500 700 for this or other great deals on your home phone. (Woman whispers) Yeah.

This is the 4.30 News. And to breaking news - a Townsville woman missing for eight days has been found alive in a creek bed in north Queensland. The 60-year-old was winched to safety after being located with her car off the Paluma Range Road north of Townsville. Police say she does not appear to have any major injuries. Overseas now, and a car bomb has killed at least 80 people in Baghdad. The attack took place at 7.00 in the morning while people were on their way to work in the Shiite district. Witnesses say a suicide bomber drove into a group of labourers waiting to be hired for daily work. It is believed more than 160 people are wounded, with the death toll expected to rise. In the US, and the owners of a New Orleans nursing home, where 34 people drowned in Hurricane Katrina,

have been charged with negligent homicide. It comes as the US President takes full responsibility for the botched rescue response to the disaster. The death toll from the hurricane now stands at more than 640. At the White House today, Mr Bush welcomed Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. Thank you. But the war has, for now, been overshadowed by crisis at home. botched response to Katrina, Under fire for the Administration's botched response to Katrina, Mr Bush today took the rare step of admitting a mistake, saying the storm exposed serious problems in the government's response capabilities. To the extent that the Federal Government didn't fully do its job right,

I take responsibility. Before now, the President has said the effort to find fault with federal officials amounted to a useless blame game. Aides said today he wanted to clear the air, remind the public he knows the buck stops with him. Mr Bush also conceded the Katrina response raises grave questions about how the government would respond to another terror strike.

I'm not going to defend the process going in,

but I'm going to defend the people who are on the front line and saving lives. Across the board today, the Administration wanted to look forward. Assuming the helm at FEMA today, David Paulison, who brings years of emergency response experience. I can't deal with what happened in the last two weeks, but I can tell you from this point forward, we are going to be focusing on the victims of this hurricane. But it is the President who is fighting to shore up his political standing and deflect the charge Before his first visit to the hurricane zone, that he was out of touch that he was out of touch with Katrina's devastation. Before his first visit to the hurricane zone, aides felt compelled to make him that compilation of evening newscasts. Upon viewing it during the flight, only then, they said, did Mr Bush realise how poor the government's response had been. The crew of an Australian bomber shot down over Germany in World War II has finally been laid to rest. Relatives of the men from the RAAF Lancaster travelled to Hanover for the military funeral. The bomber, with a crew of six Australians and one Briton, was hit by a German fighter as it headed off on a mission in 1944. The remains of three of the crew were only discovered last year. BAGPIPE PLAYS The identity of the fourth crewman, buried nearly 60 years ago, has now also been revealed. Slimlined, feminine designs continue to dominate the catwalk at this year's New York Fashion Week. Pastel-coloured dresses with high waists and thick belts appear to be part of the season's must-haves. And the sleek designs of the 1920s have made a comeback in floor-length gowns. Wallace and Gromit are back on the big screen after a six-year break and there are changes. While it is the same dynamic master-and-dog duo, Wallace has changed from his beloved cheese of choice to a smelly alternative, creating a cracker of an opportunity for one cheese maker. who has been handed on a plate This is the man of a lifetime, the marketing opportunity but he is not really interested. is the name of a pear. "Stinking bishop"

It is used to make pear wine is dipped in it, and when the Gloucestershire cheese

and aroma. it gets a distinctive flavour

by Cistercian monks. The recipe is said to have been used But now this tiny cottage industry, producing just 100 cheeses a day, employing just 3 people a vast global branding opportunity - has been given most small companies would die for. the sort of product placement that WALLACE: On our way, madam. (FILM FOOTAGE) is well known. The diction of Wallace Wensleydale saw the opportunity The makers of the cheese at a new market. and aimed their failing brand Sales soared. In the new Wallace and Gromit film by Stinking Bishop, Wensleydale is set to be replaced has never seen Wallace and Gromit but the man who makes it being in the limelight. and doesn't welcome some increase in demand, I'm sure there will be but no, we can't cope. (laughs) So I don't know what happens. REPORTER: Can't you expand? a small operation, No. We are a small farm, and if you expand everything down and start again. you've sort of got to knock of that here anyway. So there's no question certainly lives up to its name. Stinking Bishop The smell... or old socks, ..something like rotten cabbage is worse than its bite. but they say its bark

The taste is surprisingly mild. to change his way of life Charles Martell may be reluctant the Stinking Bishop trademark but he has registered worth a stinking amount of money. and that alone could prove to be

It's noma name you could forget, is

it? Next in Seven's 4.30 News at the financial markets, we will take a look check tomorrow's weather, around the country. and see what is making headlines

You're watching Seven's 4.30 News. Time to check the financial markets Bill Evans. with Westpac global chief economist What happened today? Hello, Bill.

Well, David rbs we had a 13.3

percent fall in the Westpac

consumer index today. It is the 8th

biggest fall since the survey began

in 1974 and clearly the cull cht

was oil prices. Since the last

survey they have been up 30 percent

since the year and consumers are

angsting about the impact on their

budgets. We anticipate they will

spend less during the year. The USA

market was off 85 points but

turning to our own market we set

another record. The major bishry is

the out look for interest rates.

They estimated 60 percent in the

index. Rinker was up, due do an

expected boom boom in the building expected boom boom in the building .

The Aussie dollar was quite

resilient. This week, the huge

number that we will all be

following from the global

perspefbgtfpb will be a similar

consumer sentiment index from the

USA that will be coming out from

Friday and the message from the

Australian one is don't expect a

good number at all. and welcome back. good number at all. Thankio Bill

David. David Brown has the details.

We have a trough over the central

part of the country at the moment,

driving the odd isolated shower and

thunder storm. A few more showers sweeping through southern parts

over the next day or two, because

of unstable fronts pushing of unstable fronts pushing through.

Fine conditions throughout most of

Queensland although this trough

might be the odd shower during the

day. The high will gradually move

in. Here comes the next front,

bringing showers main tee to

Victoria, Tasmania and parts of

South Australia tomorrow. Here are

capitals. the fost casts for the major

That's the latest weather. More at 6.00. David. Thanks, David. in your capital city at 6.00, Seven News coming up making headlines. and these are some of the stories public hospital doctors Queensland's 3,000 full-time

worth more than $600 million have won pay rises over the next three years. averts threatened strike action The deal with the State Government with their interstate colleagues. and puts the doctors on a par has been dubbed a failure Sydney's new cross-city tunnel just three weeks after opening. using the $680 million road The number of motorists is well under the level predicted. In Melbourne, has been suspended a 36-year-old teacher a 15-year-old student. over allegations she sexually abused sex case in Victoria this year. It is the sixth teacher-student over a road-rage stabbing A 26-year-old man has been charged in Adelaide's north-east last night. several knife wounds to his back. Police say a 20-year-old man suffered with unlawful wounding and assault. The alleged offender has been charged And in Perth, for missing schoolboy Blake Reynolds. a major development in the search Blake's mother and stepfather Police have questioned

after searching their home. a computer, were taken away. Two cars, and items including and creek at a second location. Police divers also searched a pond Just some of the stories coming up at 6.00. in State editions of Seven News I'm David Johnston. But that's the 4.30 News for today.

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