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(generated from captions) This program is LIVE captioned. The 4.30 News with Rebecca Maddern. Good afternoon. In this bulletin - government's tough new terror laws. Civil liberty groups target the

the latest to attack Latham's book. Former Labor prime minister Bob Hawke

And the alarming findings on breast cancer. of an Australian survey But first, tough new anti-terrorism laws, saying the Prime Minister has defended threat of a terrorism attack here. they are necessary to combat the of the planned powers. But that hasn't stopped criticism

joins us from Canberra. Seven News reporter Gemma Haines What reaction are we hearing today? Hello, Gemma.

Heli Rebecca. The government has

been out today selling the laws but

we have also heard from civil

libertarians who claim the changes

are appalling and will give away

our liberties to the very people

who want to take them away, and

that's the terrifrpbts. The police

are also unhappy. They want extra

legal protection in implementing the laws

the laws although AFP commissioner

Mick Keelty insists that's not

necessary. Is this morning he was

asked to comment on reports in

today's newspapers that up to 800

Islamic extremist Muslims are

living here in Australia and that

there is a real threat of a

terrorist attack in Australia like

what we saw in the London bombings

by a home-grown sleeper cell as it

were. Let's listen to what he had to say about that claim.

where that figure of 800 came from. Look, I don't know with using any figure at all I mean, the difficulty is that no-one can ever be sure the ideology or ideals of terrorism. just how many people embrace

And Gemma, a report out today has

given son * some insight into the

thraet threat of terrorism in our region? Thaers. region? Thaers. The Australian

policy ipbsz tut releaseded a

report today into radical Islam and

terrorism in Indonesian. The report

says that the out whrook regionally

is a lot more positive than the

global picture. It also found that

while the war in Iraq is seen as

major motivateer for terrorists in

other parts of the wrldyeege *

regionally that is thot so much the

case with terrorists more likely it

be inspired by local

be inspired by local causes. The

report also found that while the JI

has suffered some severe blows in

the poverty Bali crackdown it still

remains a very potent and dangerous

force. Let's listen to Aldo Borgu, the strategic policy institute. we have at the moment is that One of the concerns a relative absence of JI attacks given there's been on the Indonesian embassy - since the attack

in September last year, the Australian Embassy and that JI's method of operation

to conduct annual attacks, has largely been that there's still a possibility sometime soon. that one might be in the offing

Gemma Haines in Canberra. Thank you very much for that update. opposition leader John Brogden Former New South Wales

altogether. has resigned from politics In a letter to State Parliament and health issues to address. Mr Brogden says he has personal Mr Brogden says he has personal

as Liberal leader last month Mr Brogden was forced to quit

and sexual harassment after allegations of racist comments at a media function. He later attempted to commit suicide. is effective immediately. The resignation A Sydney magistrate has described charged with murdering her own child the case against a woman as "very thin". died Six-year-old Rose Villanueva-Austin methadone instead of cough medicine. after she was given the drug

unaware the drug was in the bottle. The mother told the court she was

and said Two teachers gave evidence, to the girl's school principal her stepfather admitted he believed her death was his fault. A 13-year-old boy has been killed crashed an allegedly stolen ute after his 15-year old brother near Heyfield overnight. in Victoria's east, were riding in the tray Three other young male passengers and rolled the vehicle. when the teenage driver lost control to the Royal Children's Hospital A 14-year-old was airlifted with severe leg injuries under the wreckage. after he was pinned Former Labor prime minister Bob Hawke of Mark Latham critics, has joined the growing list as party leader. revealing he never wanted him to resign from the ALP, He has called on Latham taking his advice on anything. but Mark Latham says he won't be from The Latham Diaries The political and personal fallout is showing no sign of letting up. Labor Prime Minister says And Australia's longest serving he saw the whole thing coming. urging them not to vote for this man I rang so many people in the Caucus he'd be a disaster. because I thought a great deal in Mark Latham Even though he had invested during his campaign.

I had him to my home. I thought was the right tactics, I talked calmly with him about what policy, the right approach. the right strategy, the right of anything I said. Unfortunately, he took no notice

What's he saying? He did the worst to me, then he did the worst. then he did the best to me, in and out of this. I mean, he's blowing Mr Latham gave a speech entitled At a university lecture last night

Young Idealistic People "10 Reasons Why Organised Politics". "Should Forget About have contacted him He says many senior Labor figures with messages of support.

from a Labor frontbencher - Another email "Congratulations on the book. to what goes on inside the party." "If anything, it is mild compared he resign from the ALP - As for Bob Hawke's suggestion to worry about old Hawkey. It's getting too late in the day have an alarming lack of knowledge Australian women of breast cancer. when it comes to the basics by the National Breast Cancer Centre. That's according to the latest survey to report author Dr Helen Zorbas. For more, I spoke Good afternoon, Doctor. results of this survey? What are some of the most alarming surprised Well, we've been extraordinarily by some of the results of the survey still have misconceptions which show that women

and lack of information

risk factors for breast cancer about some of the important are not seeing their doctor and perhaps even more importantly a change in their breast. when they notice some of those myths? Can you take us through A lot of women felt that a knock or a blow to the breast would significantly increase their risk of breast cancer and about 40% of women thought that stress would increase their risk of breast cancer

and, in fact, there is no evidence that either of those two has any impact on risk for breast cancer. On the other side of the story, where we do have really strong evidence about age contributing significantly to risk - the older we get the higher our risk - only 50% of women seem to appreciate that fact. And I believe smoking is not actually linked to an increase in breast cancer risk like many women believe.

Yes. Smoking, we know, is associated with other cancers and other diseases such as heart disease. However, there's no strong link with breast cancer. And, of course, we wouldn't want to encourage women to smoke, but it is not a risk factor as such, nothing like, for example, increasing body weight or obesity. And it is a different story with alcohol as well?

Yes.

We know that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol is fine but drinking three or more glasses of alcohol a day every day does significantly increase risk for breast cancer, so this is something that women can do something about. And, Doctor, something also interesting with family history? Yes. We know that having a strong family history can impact on risk for breast cancer. This is only significant for a small proportion of the population but it is a very significant factor. But women, again, didn't appreciate that family history is just as important on the father's side of the family as it is on the mother's side of the family, and this surprised us also.

Dr Helen Zorbas, thanks for your time today. Thank you. The former US Federal Emergency Management boss has blamed local authorities

for response failures to Hurricane Katrina. During a public inquest, Michael Brown gave an emotional and, at times, angry account of what went wrong. He aimed most of his criticism towards the Governor of Louisiana. My biggest mistake was not recognising by Saturday that Louisiana was dysfunctional. And New Orleans' high-profile police chief Eddie Compass has resigned over his department's failure to stop anarchy after the flooding. Nearly a month after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, and it has now been revealed

that many of the stories of unspeakable horror were rumours. Reports of killings, rapes and abuse that were broadcast around the world are now found to be false. 1 September -

the evacuation at the Superdome is halted amidst reports of shots fired at a helicopter. One month later, the National Guard says there is no physical evidence it ever happened. After the storm, inside the Superdome and Convention Center, desperate evacuees told stories of rape and murder. People getting killed, people getting raped. There wasn't a homicide, for instance. There wasn't a serious assault that was reported to us. So I think that's part of the inaccuracies

that came out during the event. But evacuees weren't the only ones spreading inaccuracies. Mayor Nagin on the Oprah Winfrey Show - They have people standing out there, have been in that frickin' Superdome for five days watching dead bodies, watching hooligans killing people, raping people. The day before on the Today show, Nagin made his frightening projection of the dead.

It wouldn't be unreasonable to have 10,000. Currently, the confirmed death toll in Louisiana stands at 885. Then there were the rumours in New Orleans that as much as half of the police force

had failed to show up for work after the hurricane. Now, police officials say the actual number of officers who left their posts during the storm

was 249, or 15% of the force. The mayor admits officials added to the misinformation. As far as exaggerations, you know, I don't know, man. I was in the moment. But did reports of murder and mayhem delay aid for those in desperate need? I was getting a much different story. In the early days after the storm, truth may have been just one more casualty of Katrina's wrath. Next in Seven's 4.30 News - A senior al-Qaeda figure killed in Iraq. And the extraordinary lengths fashion houses are going to

so you can enjoy your retail therapy.

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take every call seriously, and you can remain anonymous.

The widow of former Melbourne Demons player Troy Broadbridge has begun a courageous journey back to Thailand where her husband died on their honeymoon. Trisha Broadbridge and his friends are hoping to leave a lasting legacy on behalf of Troy for local tsunami survivors. It's the second time Trisha Broadbridge has made the trip to Thailand. On the first occasion her new husband Troy was by her side. Now, 10 months later, Trisha is going back to the place where her soul mate was tragically killed in the Boxing Day tsunamis. She has support in abundance. Troy's former team-mates from the Melbourne Demons will be by her side every step of the way.

I dare say it's going to be an emotional trip, and when we land on Phi Phi Island and start to do some of the activities with the locals and join in there, I think it will really start to hit home. They could only watch in despair as reports filtered back to Australia

that their mate had lost his life on Phi Phi Island. Clint Bizzell says the trip will be painful but it's time to get some closure.

Troy was a great mate of ours, a guy who was courageous and selfless

and displayed all the values that we hold dear to our football club.

The group will help build a school in Troy's honour and walk through the final moments of his life before the freak wave hit. So we're going over to, one, honour a mate and retrace the steps and see what really happened.

US Special Forces has confirmed a key lieutenant of Iraqi al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is dead. It comes during another bloody 24 hours in Baghdad with a suicide car bomber killing at least 10 people. SIREN WAILS Today's suicide bombings came only a day after the US Military says it killed the al-Qaeda mastermind

behind most of the bomb attacks in Iraq. He was Abdullah Abu Azzam, who military officials claim was a top al-Qaeda operative in Iraq, right behind the terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Military officials say

Azzam, also known as the Emir of Baghdad, planned and coordinated suicide bombings, handled al-Qaeda financing, and while Zarqawi is on the run, it's Azzam who called the shots. He was not just a lieutenant, he was the No.2 person, and he's responsible for operations in Baghdad. US officials tell NBC News, based on intelligence from the CIA, US Special Operations forces tracked Azzam to a high-rise apartment in Baghdad and killed Azzam in a firefight.

US officials claim Azzam's death will deal a serious blow to Zarqawi's terrorist operations. To get these key leaders does have a ripple effect on the rest of the network,

and we're watching that right now. But an al-Qaeda web site claimed today Azzam was only a minor player, not al-Qaeda's No.2. But tonight, US officials tell NBC News al-Qaeda is already preparing to announce a replacement for Azzam and that his death alone will have little impact on al-Qaeda operations. And it appears today's suicide bombings dramatically drive home the point. And British Prime Minister Tony Blair has ruled out withdrawing troops from Iraq. He told the annual Labour Party conference soldiers will stay for as long as needed. And the way to stop the innocent dying is not to retreat, to withdraw, to hand these people over to the mercy of religious fanatics or relics of Saddam, but to stand up for their right to decide their government.

The pledge comes as US soldier Lynndie England is sentenced to three years jail

by a military jury for her role in the maltreatment of inmates in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison. Any shopper will tell you "Size matters". In Britain,

retailers are going to extraordinary lengths to keep their ever-expanding customers satisfied, making larger garments without changing the size tag.

It's making for happy retail therapy. You only have to look back to the 1950s to see how the shape of Britain has changed. The hourglass figure has long gone. Instead, women's busts have increased an extra inch and a half

and there is an extra inch and a half on our hips. Waists have expanded a whopping 6.5 inches. But the high-street shops are trying to keep up with the trend. Many now stock larger sizes, but some stores are going one step further. The Top Shop have actually moved the goal posts. Not only are they storing larger sizes like other stores

but their sizes are bigger. So a size 10 here will be larger than a size 10 at another store.

It's been a very gradual kind of increase

and we're just basically trying to respond to the customers and the changing demographic there. So altering the size without changing the label is all about the feel-good factor. You can actually know that they're doing it and still feel positive about it because you can justify it. You can say "I can just squeeze into a size 10 or into a size 12" - or in my case, something a little larger - and so you feel pleased about that even though you know it actually isn't true. So it's all a consumer ploy. Keep shoppers happy and they'll keep spending. Next in Seven's 4.30 News we will take a look at the financial markets, check tomorrow's weather, and see what is making headlines around the country.

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around 10% of it from the cereal alone. Kellogg's Coco Pops. You learn something new every day.

Time to check the financial markets with Westpac senior economist Anthony Thompson.

Hello, Anthony. What happened today?

Hi, Rebecca. With no local data to

focus on and a relatively tkphrat

US market overnight we saw the

Australian share market essentially

consolidate today with some

softness in resource stocks off ses

set by gains in the bank *ing sec

dor. The

dor. The US promised to or

suggested releasing additional

supply from the strategic petroleum

reserves and copier prices fell

back as some up-beat commentary in

US Federal officialss suggest they

play raise US rates.

David Jones reported their fiscal

results in line with expectations

but that weighed on their share

price although Woolworths was higher.

The focus is on that speech from

RBA governor McFarlane, the focus

will be on

will be on the immake cases of that for their local view. Thanks, Anthony. Now let's take a look at what the weather has in store for tomorrow. David Brown has the details. David. Thanks, Rebecca, and good afternoon. From the satellite, we can track a rainband extending from New South Wales to Tassie. It produced some falls up around 10mm. This trough is triggering some thundery showers over Queensland.

In the west, another front moving through, in all, a typical spring pattern. That's the latest weather. More at 6.00. Rebecca. Thanks, David. Seven News coming up in your capital city at 6.00, and these are some of the stories making headlines.

Queensland's electricity supply is to be opened up to full retail competition. Premier Peter Beattie says new companies would be able to enter the market from mid 2007. He says the competition could save consumers at least $150 a year. In Sydney, Federal Education Minister Brendan Nelson

is copping flak from students after he pulled out of a planned speech at the University of Sydney. The minister decided against attending after being told around 150 demonstrators were picketing the complex. In Melbourne, the State Premier has backed a plan to increase the maximum sentence for repeat drink-drivers by 600%. Under the crackdown, the maximum three-month jail penalty would be boosted to 18 months. In Adelaide, the State Government is claiming a shortage of steel is partly to blame for an unprecedented spate of tram derailments. A carriage derailed yesterday, the fourth in a month, leaving passengers stranded for two hours. In Perth, a local council has given the green light to high-rise development at one of the city's most popular beaches.

It involves a compromise from a proposed 16-storey height limit down to eight storeys. We'll have those stories and more in State editions of Seven News at 6.00. But that's all from the 4.30 News team for this Wednesday. We leave you now

with the launch of the Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne. I'm Rebecca Maddern.

I look forward to your company tomorrow. Captioned by Seven Network Email - captions@seven.com.au