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(generated from captions) The 4.30 News with Rebecca Maddern. This program is LIVE captioned. Good afternoon. In this bulletin - killing the Prime Minister. Terror suspects allegedly discuss Celebrities call for calm try to stop further race riots. as Sydney police baby dropped from a burning building. And the catch that saved a newborn But first,

a Melbourne court has heard arrested during last month's raids two terror suspects the Prime Minister and his family. allegedly discussed killing of almost 1,000 conversations The allegations are part

taped by police before the raids. today Transcripts were presented to court are reapplying for bail. where both men Anastasia Salamastrakis Seven News reporter

filed this report a short time ago. Rebecca, for the first time, of secretly recorded conversations transcripts have been read in court, involving the 10 terror suspects involving 20-year-old Abdulla Merhi the most dramatic

Abdul Benbrika. and spiritual leader and co-accused Merhi is allegedly heard about committing Jihad in Australia asking Benbrika the Prime Minister and his family, and asking if it is okay to kill or perhaps others at the football, of innocent Muslim families. in revenge for the deaths Now, Benbrika allegedly replies, we kill little kids." "If they kill our kids, The prosecution says proves that its case is strong. this conversation alone nothing more than religious talk. The defence argues that this is it's back to you in the studio. For now, Rebecca, reporting from Melbourne. Anastasia Salamastrakis on Queensland's Sunshine Coast Detectives which destroyed four businesses. are investigating an arson spree The first blaze on Nicklin Way, Buddina. ripped through a shopping centre It destroyed a Spotlight outlet to neighbouring shops. before spreading lit up the night sky 10-metre-high flames and electrical goods. fuelled by fabric, wooden furniture

the smell of gas was overwhelming. Witnesses say it was extremely loud. Oh, we heard it, It woke us up. I was asleep, but we heard it.

The main fire's in Spotlight a lot of smoke damage. but we're going to have The huge plume of toxic smoke to evacuate a nearby nursing home. forced more than 100 residents to battle another big blaze Crews were also called up the road. which destroyed a butcher shop after the shopping centre fire. It started just 40 minutes

praised the actions of a passer-by Melbourne firefighters have to save an elderly man. who ran into a burning home the 77-year-old's wife Sadly, he was unable to rescue at Coburg. who was trapped inside the house I pulled him out as I was asking him inside the house?" "Is there anyone else saying "My wife, my wife". and he was hysterical had no electricity connected The house were using candles for lights and the elderly residents to have started the fire. which are believed putting their new powers to use Sydney police have wasted no time and seizing several petrol bombs. making 19 arrests overnight and searched at security checkpoints More than 100 cars were stopped in the city's south. with a petrol bomb But police still came under attack from a crowd gathered at Ambervale. thrown at officers

in Cronulla on Sunday 1,500 officers will be on duty of last weekend's riots. to prevent a repeat Well, we think it is enough. It remains to be seen, from all the metro area but police have been moved

if it occurs to look after the incident the community as a whole is safe and we've got to ensure that by these hooligans. and we don't be held hostage around the country Extra police will also be on duty amid fears of race-related violence. musicians and sporting identities A number of well-known actors, calling for peace. have gathered at Coogee in Sydney Among them was singer Jimmy Barnes. I spoke to him earlier.

Good afternoon, Jimmy. What's the aim of today's meeting to be there? and why is it important to you I think the importance of today was across the community. just to show solidarity professions, different fields - These are people from different you know, priests, actors, musicians, sports people, within this community, people who work that most Australians have. just to voice, I think, the opinion have to show a bit of respect. That is, that we all it will make a difference Do you think one statement on a beach You know, I don't think

is going to make a huge difference, collective thinking of the country. but I think the change in the in a bit of hysteria here. I mean, people have been whipped up people becomming rational again, It's just about calm, about

that Australians generally think people thinking the way give everybody a fair go. which is just, you know, Jimmy how shocked are you in southern Sydney? at the violence that's taken place very shocked by it. My family has been There's a million reasons how this happened why we can sit an analyse and why it happened.

Is,000 to put an end to it and

that's to show respect to people. I

come from a completely multi racial

family I am a Scottish immigrant

married to to a Ty girl and my

children consider themselves to be

true Aussies and they love this

country I love this country and we

want this country to be a great

place for children to grow up in. underlying racism in Australia Do you think there's of trouble makers? or is it just a handful

I just had a serious thought about

it. This is not a picnic. It's not

entertainment. This is about the

quality of life in Australia as we

know it. This is if you look behind

me the idyllic situation we are in

here, it is beautiful beaches and

amazing country. We have so much to

are thankful for this this country

thanks for joining us today. Jimmy Barnes and think twice before you go

Three people have been killed

Two Melbourne terror suspects have

been refused bail. The men arrested

in last month's raids allegedly

Minister and his family. discussed killing the Prime

Three people have been killed after a car crashed into a tree and burst into flames in central New South Wales. Officers say the car ploughed into the tree early this morning after running off the road 10km from the town of Gooloogong. The three people were incinerated in the blaze. The intensity of the fire made it difficult to determine how many were in the car. A report into one of Australia's worst aviation disasters has found the plane's ground-proximity alert system didn't work.

All 15 passengers and crew were killed in May when a Fairchild Metroliner crashed into a hillside near Lockhart River in Queensland. An interim report says investigators couldn't find any usable data on the cockpit voice recorder. That suggests there was a problem or the warning system was not working at all. If the ground-proximity If the ground-proximity warning system had been functioning as designed the crew should have received warnings of - prior to, well before the impact - of terrain. However, we've got no way of knowing if the ground-proximity warning system was working.

The crash was Australia's worst air disaster in 45 years. A remarkable rescue in New York where a mother, trapped by a blaze in her apartment, saved her baby by dropping him from a third-floor window. Onlookers standing below the burning building caught the child. The mother was rescued by firefighters a short time later. It took but an instant - an incredible act of faith between two strangers that produced a miracle in the Bronx Wednesday morning.

It was scary. Tracinda Foxe, caught by fire in her third-floor apartment, held her one-month-old son Eric out the window to escape the black smoke. I had to save him,

and being in the house with me was not going to save him, so I had to do what I had to do, so I had to drop him. It was a quick thing. It was a quick reaction... 30 feet below stood Felix Vasquez, a father himself, who plays catcher on the Housing Authority's baseball team. The mother was saying "Please, please, somebody catch my baby, catch my baby." I just jumped in, grabbed him and took it from there. Vasquez gave the baby mouth-to-mouth resuscitation

while firefighters rescued Tracinda.

(cries) Today, mum and the baby are doing fine, and are grateful for the man Tracinda calls her angel. He was there. 'Cause if he wasn't, I don't know what - what would I do? As for the amateur baseball player... Christmas gift for myself. It feels good. It's a good Christmas gift for myself. It feels excellent. ..the catch of a lifetime... I was just praying to God that they saved my son. There was a miracle out there. God was with me and I did what I had to do. give a baby boy another chance at life. Next in Seven's 4.30 News - Climate change debate heats up after Australia's warmest year on record. And amazing pictures of a plane coming in for an emergency landing.

This is the 4.30 News. 40 passengers have walked away from a dramatic emergency landing in Venzuela.

The turboprop Dash 7 plane experienced trouble with its landing gear as it approached Santiago Marino Airport. In preparation for the emergency firefighters sprayed foam across the runway before the plane landed safely on its belly. Relieved passengers embraced family members from the terminal. who watched the drama unfold from the terminal. Counting is under way in Iraq's historic parliamentary elections. Voting has been extended as people flock to the polls. Large numbers of Sunni Arabs took part after boycotting previous elections. More than 10 million Iraqis today put their mark on history. Turnout was so high - officials estimate at least 65% - that polls stayed open an extra hour. of a true democracy. We are on the threshold of a true democracy. A record turnout, and relatively peaceful. On Iraq's first free election day last January suicide bombers killed 40 people. Today five people died in mortar attacks. And today's vote was much more representative. Kurds lined up in Kirkuk. So did Shiites in Basra. But this election for parliament will be remembered for the Sunni participation in Central Iraq. The government that will come as a result of this election will have a legitimacy

which no other government in the history of Iraq has ever had. In Fallujah, the heart of the Sunni resistance - a city US Marines have invaded twice - officials say voter turnout was 70%, compared to just 2% last January when Sunnis boycotted the polls, leaving them without a say in the current government. "We made a big mistake last time", said one voter, "which we are now correcting." Many people here told us they're voting with one goal in mind... To get the American and all the foreign forces out of Iraq. Iraqis are calling this their "national unity" elections and hope it's a turning point ending nearly three years of relentless violence. Tonight, election workers counted ballots but official results might not be known for two weeks.

2005 is officially the warnest on

record. Climate experts held a

conference today and said we can

expect much of the same in the

future. Doctor Michael Coughlan from the Bureau of Meteorology was there. Good afternoon, Dr Coughlan. Why has this year been so hot? It's part of a long-term trend in temperature that's been going on now for the last 30 years and in fact one can even go back further than that, go back for the last 100 years or so and there has been just a general upward trend in temperature and 2005 is coming out as one of the warmest temperatures on record globally.

Now, we've had some pretty extreme weather this year. Hurricane Katrina is probably a good example of that. Can the higher temperatures be related to that?

There is some research which suggests that with the higher temperatures that we would expect to see more severe tropical cyclones - not more cyclones necessarily, but more of the severe ones. Do you think we should be worried about more unusual and destructive weather? I think we certainly should be on our guard. There is some evidence to suggest that in a warmer world the atmosphere has the potential to generate more extremes, just because there's no more energy in the atmosphere. So I think we need to be on our guard for more extreme conditions, yes. How much higher do you think the temperature will get? The Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change is assessing somewhere in the order of 1.5 degrees as being an upper - another warming of 1.5 degrees as being an upper limit. And I imagine 1.5 degrees And I imagine 1.5 degrees is pretty significant. Very significant. In fact, given that we've already had of the order of 0.5 of a degree or more there is sort of a rule going around that 2 degrees is the point where the potential for serious consequences could arise if we were to have a 2-degree warming above the general mean for, say, the last 100 years or so. Michael Coughlan, thank you very much for your time. Thank you, Rebecca. The US government

will spend US$4 billion rebuilding New Orleans' levee system so it can withstand another devastating hurricane. The weakness of the levees is being blamed for the flooding of the city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In an effort to demonstrate his commitment to rebuild New Orleans,

the President today asked for an additional $1.5 billion to repair the city's levee system for a total of $3.1 billion. New Orleans' Mayor Ray Nagin was thrilled. This commitment, this action today, says "Come home to New Orleans". That's where the wall normally used to be. It was the catastrophic failure of the levee that allowed 80% of the city to flood... This is the section of levee that broke. ..25 feet deep in some places. If Congress approves the request engineers will use the money to strengthen the earthen levees with concrete and stone, and pump it into Lake Pontchartrain. That's a tear-down, that's a tear-down and this is a tear-down. Today's announcement is what businesses, residents and politicians have been waiting months to hear. In his once-flooded Lakeview neighbourhood this afternoon... Water was, I guess, up to - up to here was the water line. ..Michael Maggia says

now the efforts to clean up and rebuild make sense. I'm very happy to hear that they're steppin' up and are going to fix the levees. I mean, that's No.1, I think, before anything else happens. But the Louisianna congressional delegation says the proposal is alarmingly short of the $32 billion needed for levees that can withstand a Category 5 hurricane. I think today represents a very good step forward. I strongly think this is an improvement. Like others have said, I don't think this is the end of the road. An Army Corps of Engineers official says even if they began work

even if they began work on the levees today they won't be done by next hurricane season or maybe the season after that, and they're only building to a protection of a Category 3 hurricane, a storm that would be weaker than Katrina. The Netherlands is hosting an icy tribute to Rembrandt and his best known works. A group of 50 international artists has worked with chainsaw and chisel in a huge freezer to re-create the baroque maestro's works. 500,000 kilograms of ice and snow were needed for the frozen art. Next June marks the 400th anniversary of the Dutch artist's birth. Next in Seven's 4.30 News we will take a look at the financial markets, check the weekend weather, and see what is making headlines around the country. You know, life's just so much better when things are simple. Like Optus Broadband, which now offers plans with even more downloads, for more songs, movies, games, anything. Prices start from just $29.95 a month when combined with either an Optus home phone or eligible mobile. With free connection and free modem, it'll cost you nothing to get going.

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You're watching Seven's 4.30 News. Time to check the financial markets with Westpac global chief economist Bill Evans. Hello, Bill. How did the week finish?

Well Rebecca we saw the emerge

Jennings of what is going to be a

con stant theme over the next few

months which is the market

questioning whether the US Federal

Reserve has finished raising

interest rates or not. Certainly

they will raise rates general in

January but will they go beyond

that? Strong data in US raised

fierce that they will raise rates

again so the US market rows. The

gold price - a week ago it was $528,

now $493. Turning to our market, we

did reasonably well. Particularly

with St George bank doing wellals

the result of the announcement of a

share buyback scene. Newcrest

Mining defied that fall in the gold

price and has been quite solid.

We are going to be very much

data-free over the next week but

the markets will be solidly

watching that US economy and it

will all be about that debate about

how far the fed is going to raids interest rates.

Thanks, Bill. Now let's take a look at what the weather has in store for the weekend. Rob Gell has the details. Rob.

trough and cold front that came

through Melbourne and Adelaide and

now moving up the east coast and

this second front pushing up into

the bite and will produce quite a

cool weekend for the south-eastern

region and this trough will provide

instability up the east coast as

well. Cooler air coming in from the west.

That's the latest weather. More at 6.00. Rebecca. Thanks, Rob. Seven News coming up in your capital city at 6.00, and these are some of the stories making headlines. A Brisbane woman has been sentenced to seven years jail for defrauding Centrelink of more than $600,000. The court was told Julie Anne Anderson used a string of false identities and invented 18 children to claim the fortune in Social Security payments. The New South Wales Government is hoping to raise $1 billion from the sale of its stake in the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. The money will be spent on infrastructure and to pay off debt. In Melbourne - a former Catholic priest has been jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to 14 charges of abuse involving boarders at the Salesian College in Sunbury

in the late 1970s. Support groups have labelled the sentence a disgrace.

An Adelaide scientist who wanted a watery grave has had his dying wish granted. The Federal Government gave his family special permission to sink a three-tonne concrete coffin on the continental shelf

100km off the South Australian coast. WA Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan has escaped injury after his car was T-boned in a crash in Bentley this morning. The commissioner was travelling between meetings

at the time of the accident. 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 Friday

and another week. I'm Rebecca Maddern. Have a lovely weekend.

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