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Hello and welcome to Stateline

I'm Phillip Williams. More of

the Islamic art coming up and the Crescent Moon. But first

could it be the public sale of

the century. Communities along

the Snowy River are coming to

terms of the privatisation of

the Snowy Hydro. Expected to

raise around $3 billion. Amy

Bainbridge visited local

townships who argue the sale is

bad for the environment and the

nation.

We want the water back and we

do not want to sell Snowy

Hydro. When is the Government

going to wake up? What are they

going to do? They'll sell us

off. Was just want to remain

Aussies and it's darn right

disgusting and aplorable. For

the good of Australian hydro, a great Australian business we

believe it is the right thing

to do to sell Snowy Hydro.

The sleepy town of Dalgety is

a pretty laid back sort of

place until you start talking

about their be loved Snowy

River. Now Lowe kals say it is

a trickle of its former

self-. It used to be a very

very strong stream, it used to

run from bank to bank. It used

to be beautiful water, nice and

clear and beautiful water to

drink and so on. People used to

lay down on their tum mys and

drink the water. They said what

a beautiful drink it was. It

was a good swimming hole. It

was very nice. You can remember

that, too? Yes, I mean you

boys, they had a diving board,

the blue hole just used to be

up there and they had a diving

board. You know it was very

deep. Yeah, lovely.

It's a long time since anyone

dared to dive into this. For

the Dalgety community the

mighty Snowy River was almost

choked to death when a massive

dam was built at Jindabyne. Wit

as massive scheme built as a

8th wonder of the world. They

were dog something worthwhile

for Australia and would be here

for hundreds of years

afterwards. They worked in all

sorts of conditions as they

spirit. came along because of their

It's not just their former

employees but the communities

who are angry this public asset

will be privatised by the

owners. The fed rag, New South

Wales and Victorian

Governments. Well, why sell it?

Just why sell it? It doesn't

make sense. And if it's

privatised there has to be

shareholders, you know, well, I

can't see those shareholders

being - they're not all going

to be Australians. So whoever

comes in and wants a good smack

out of that, well, you know and

then the next thing you know

it's no longer ours, it's no

longer Australian. And that's

not right. Just before Christmas the New South Wales

Government had a surprise

announcement with no time for

public debate it would sell its

58% stake in Australia's

largest engineering project

Snowy Hydro. The other

Governments soon followed suit. The local New South Wales Labor

MP Steve Whan was a lonely

voice against his own

Government. I'm disappointed,

certainly, in the decision to

go ahead and privatise it and

also in the fact that it was

done very quietly. I know Snowy

Hydro put a proposal forward to

the Government and I know

Premier Iemma has all good

intentions to a try and make

sure that money is available

for social infra structure, which is something I want of

course but I'm disappointed in

the decision. The fact of the

matter is the national

electricity market is changing

dramatically. Snowy Hydro has a

unique place in that market and

it can only grow as a great

Australian business by going

into the private market, being

able to raise more capital. The

New South Wales taxpayer will

benefit because our taxpayer

fund also not be being spent

capitalising Snowy's business

in Victoria, South Australia

and Queensland. One of the most

contentious issues facing ten

tire scheme was the shocking

impact of the health of the

river. In 2002 Governments

attempted to reverse some of

the damage with an agreement to

restore flows to 21% over a

decade with a view to

eventually increasing it to

28%. The Mowamba Aquaduct at

the Moonbah River near

Jindabyne was the site of great

fanfare. Instead of diverting

water into the Jindabyne dam it

was allowed to run free back

into the Snowy River for the

first time in decades. But it

wasn't to last. Just weeks ago

Snowy Hydro started pumping water back from the natural

flow of the Moonbah River and

straight into Jindabyne dam

from where it's released back

into the Snowy and that's not

what the locals thought they'd

been promised. We had a big

crowd of people up there. There

was with Premiers Bracks and

Carr and Mr Garrett, everyone

thought it was on. But I ied

say it would be only three days

later I got a whisper that I

heard that it was going to be

recommissioned in some years

down the track and I thought

they couldn't be so politically

insensitive or should I say

politically naive but obviously

they are to do it which, you

know, I think they're

absolutely foolish. There was

certainly vast improvement in

the whole ecology of the river.

But now that's been taken away.

You know, we're just left with

another gaping hole in the

system and we really do wonder

what honesty and truth there is

in any of the information that

comes from the Government about

this matter. It's all gone down

the drain and that's virtually

what our river is now, it's a

drain again. I'm sorry and sad

that many in the community

don't feel that they understand

that, that was a public

process. It was in the New

South Wales legislation or the

agreement that was tabled in

the Parliament was part of the

agreement is tabled by Victoria

and it was also part of the

resolution or part of the

understanding in the

Commonwealth's res slugs

through its Parliament. There

was a clear public part of the

process that perhaps because it

is relent Leslie focussed close

to Snowy some people fail to

understand the consequences for

the Moonbah River. If we're

only getting water from the dam

at Jindabyne there is no

fluctuation in flows. It is

dead water, already we can see

the consequences of that

change. For the community of

Dalgety trust is running as low

as the river. With the sale of

Snowy Hydro now certain they

fear private owner also care

even less what happens down

stream. The thought of them

selling it off and us not being

able to talk to Government and

make sure there's all the

issues are dealt with, it just

leaves a real gap there. As

I've said repeatedly the

agreement that was signed is

locked in the law. It cannot be

changed and New South Wales

Government remains a regulator

of the water and the agreements

in relation to increased flows

in the Snowy cannot be changed

by anybody. What I'm most

concerned about is to give

people a certainty that all

those achievements between 1%

flows and the aspiration target

of 28 are in tact and going to

be achieved but the most

important thing that people

need to realise is that in fact

they have an opportunity to get

further environmental

enhancements in an opportunist

way over this change of

ownership. They don't know what

the future is and to talk about

saying the future is secure for

another 70 years that's too

short term. And saying the

future is secure means

absolutely nothing. Laws can be

changed, agreements can be

changed. Former Snowy Hydro employee Norm Kopievsky fears

that once the company is

privatised the interests of his

be loved town of Jindabyne

won't matter either. Snowy

Hydro of all those managed to

keep the lake at the fairly

high level in summer time which

is great for water-skiers and

sailors and fishermen or

whatever. Even though that may

not have been the most

profitable way to operate the

Dame damn or the lake. If it

goes into private ownership. If

it was more pry profitable to

have this lake empty in the

middle of summer they wouldn't care what happened to Jindabyne.

Stateline contacted Snowy

Hydro but the corporation is

unlabel to comment because of

legal restrictions relating to

the sale. The former Hydro

interest said he still has his doubts. You have to ask yourself whether it's selling

off the goose that laid the

golden egg. We have a situation

where here's a company that has

made $156 million and $148

million respectively in each of

those years profit after tax.

People tem me I have an

emotional contact with Snowy

and I froe probably do have,

but for all of that I think

it's an icon that many

Australians would like to see

retained in Government

ownership. If it's not they

certainly wouldn't want to see

it sold off overseas. There's

been little time for debate since the December

announcement. It's been

presented as a fait a compli.

The communities down stream

know they're up against near impossible odds but their

passion for the river and the

entire Snowy scheme is as

powerful as ever. I ask would

they sell off the Opera House,

would they sell off the harbour

bridge? I don't think so. I

don't go along with this

privatisation - no. Who is

going to come in? Who's the

shareholders going to be?

Japan, America? No way. It

belongs here, right here in Australia. And that's where it

should remain.

This weekend is a treat for

lovers of short films. On

Sunday Tropfest comes to town

kachbility bra film maker Clare

Young made it on to the long

shortlist but sadly isn't one

of the 16 finalists to be shown

on Sunday. Her film is a winner

in our book with a very cop

temporary #2450e78. If any

terrorists acts get committed

they should do their time. I am

beating them for no reason,

just taking over the world. It will always be divided people

who believe in the war on

terrorism, people who don't

believe in it. Terrorism exists in people through terror.

Tourism is a very evil

act. This will take the

group. Your own way of life

gets disrupted. That's my

opinion on terrorism.

Sydney might be a target since

John Howard is merely following

George W Bush on all these war

plans. I don't know that we can

just rely on our remoteness to

keep us safe. I don't feel

afraid, I fooed feel - Not immediately but it's in the

back of my mind. Yes. Not just

in Australia but all over the

world. I would be scared if something happened some where

around here. Even on a bus or a

tram. Suicide people. They fear

terrorism, we fear terrorism

also but we fear also being

accused of being terrorists.

The mean cause of terrorism is

their religion in something,

their belief in a religion. I

think they're fighting to pred

Islam actually. These people

are not Muslim they are doing

something in the name of Islam

that is, for us a sin is called

haram and it is so haram. I

want to ask you a question -

what drives a soldier to kill

innocent people? The same thing

will drive a suicide bombers.

They are driven by Governments

and are doing what they are

told to do. We need to look at

the top, who is making the

orders.

I'm quite impressed with the

extebt - extent of the

information that the Government

is trying to put out. I guess

it is scaring tactics. You get

these terrorist packs and think

oh my gosh I have to read all

this and suspect everything I

see. Last night we walked into

a hotel and saw a great big

dirty suitcase and I thought

there was a bomb in there. We

have to trust our leaders

hoping they know what they are doing. Parliament and the

Government they are going to

start war,. The Americans are

taking over a country that's

not terrorism that's war. I'm pleased with their attitude

overall to looking after us,

making us feel safe. After the

Sydney riots I was scared to go

to watch the fire works in the

lake because oh my God I'm

going to be bashed. Pretty

much any time you see a Muslim

or something like that or a tea

towel head as we call them I

think you're always

suspicious. They say if you see

anything suspicious take a

photo or tell us. What would

you find suspicious any

way? Basically it is we'll just

smile for the camera.

We went to the cinema and I

wasn't allowed in because I

said I was a Lebanese trouble

maker. I found that offensive

particularly since I'm not

Lebanese. I have never created

any terrorism anywhere except

when it happened in India it

was a very unfortunate

incident. You can't pinpoint it

to one religion, one particular

culture. It happens in every

society. The only thing I know

is in the media and the news.

They're always in the track of

some terrorism going on. You

read in the paper Muslim are

doing it and for that matter or

yen tals. There are hundreds of

Daryl Binning around.

My father looks like Saddam

Hussein with his beard who is

to say that he is a terrorist but he couldn't speak

English. I was asked by the

person do you have anything to

do with the September 11

bombing and I just went - are

you serious? That's the most

ridiculous thing I've ever

heard. I wouldn't hurt a bloody

cat. The Government is brewing

hatred instead of saying let's

be together, you know what I

mean?

There's a terrorist in there.

There's a terrorist in there. A

war on terrorism is a

contradiction really. A war on

terrorism is creating more

terrorism. If half of these

people would listen to each

other we wouldn't be at war in

the first place. Islam's

religion of peace, if you look

at the three world resin lidge

yons, Islam, Christianity and

Jew dayism, it is so similar

and it has nothing to do with

terrorism.

Everybody who comes to our

country like a multi cultural

country like Australia wants

freedom and peace. Not one of

us would want to have an

explosion in this country or in

this city or in the towns. It

is beautiful, let's make it

more beautiful. Everyone has

come here for a better life,

everyone has runaway from

something whether it is

poverty, war, we love it

because this country gives you

an opportunity when you don't

have it back in your own

country. Why spoil that at mos sphere?

That Tropfest entry. You can

see the Tropfest entry free at

stage 88 in Commonwealth Park

from 5pm Sunday afternoon. Have

you ever had those days when

you just can't get out of bed.

Imagine having five years of

those days and what such Annan

experience would be for anyone

let alone a champion athlete

like medal winning cyclist

Dylan Cooper.

I guess I wasn't as mature

physically and with endurance

and my immune system wasn't as

strong as the riders who have

been riding for 10, 20 years.

It had only been four years

that I'd been riding and just being General younger generally

I wasn't as tough, I guess and

even though I thought I was I

just kept pushing my body until

it rejected everything and I

came crashing down really.

Dylan Cooper was one of the

country's most promising

mountain bike talents winning

the junior national

championships and competing on

the world stage until a series

of illnesses seemed to rob him

of a career. I got glandular

fever and ep steen virus which

I caught from some athletes in

the gym I went to, some rowers

who had the same thing. The

mistake I made was after I got

that I kept training because I

thought it was just that, it

was a little flaw and I didn't

want to use fitness, a few big

races were coming up and

instead of resting like I was

told to like my coach I snuk in

training rides and hard ones

too until I physically couldn't

get out of bed. Dylan developed

chronic fatigue a misunderstood

condition affecting 0.5% of the

Australian population. Bringing

his riding to a dramatic

halt. I was off the bike for

5.5 years. I would say 3.5 to 4

years of that I was sick. By

that I mean my immune system

hadn't regained strength. It

took a while for it to rebuild

and now it's been probably 7

years and I'm back to I guess

full strength in terms of my

physical status and my immune

system. You're probably

mentally tougher as well?

Mentally tougher and more

importantly smarter. I learnt

from my mistakes, it took me a

while. I learnt the hard way.

I've learned to listen to my

body now.I took the opportunity

to finish Uni, start my own

business and do the things that

I guess, if I'd kept riding I

wouldn't have been able to do

and in a way it was a blessing

in disguise because I'm set up

better than I would have if I'd

even became a top rider straight away.

Being hardly able to get out

of bed for so many years would

sound the death nel for the

careers of most top athletes.

With youth still on his side

Dylan made a tentative

return. The first time I

decided I would wanted to ride

was I thought I wanted to give

a club race a go. I hadn't

trained at all. I just rocked

up and had a go for fun and

even though I was really unfit

and it hurt a lot more than I

remembered I realised how fun

it is, how much fun it is to go

down the trails on a mountain

bike and after doing a few

regular rides I realised that

maybe I'm healthy again and

it's a lack of fitness that's

causing the pain not being

sick. With his health back

Dylan went on to win the 2005

national Cross Country series

and has continued to ride at

the forefront of Australian

mountain biking scoring a

contract with biesicle

contractor Scott and narrowly

missing out on Commonwealth

Games selection. I did haven't

the form there year. The guys

that got in were a lot better

than me, this year. While I was

closish, I would say I was sort

of a so close yet so far, sort

of thing. Close indeed.

Cooper's win at the final Cross

Country round at mount Bullah

last weekend cemented his

position as one of the elite

riders but where does hi speed

come from? I guess wanting to

go fast, really. I guess trying

and being aggressive. Whether

it is going up hill or down

hill. Rowing by myself or with

others I like to be aggressive

on the bike but also trying to

be smooth at the same time. I

think that's when the fun

comes.

Norman Moore produced that

story. Next week our story on a

good death. We simply ran out

of time for it this week.

Crescent Moon in a moment

another treat first. To save

you the trouble I popped down

the road to the Canberra show

to get a taste of what's on

offer.

I will have to say this is one

of my favourites. Have a look

at that. What it is exactly I

don't know but that's part of

the charm of it all. A big

question mark for the camera

show. Can you see the white

flesh where it should be

red. Can I just grab the first one. We put them

together. That's it. It's clear

as day. You see them together, winner, loser.

This is the fifth year we've

had it at the Canberra show. If

you put into a lovely sweet

cake a laven der that has a lot

of campher in it it is like

eating a cake with cough lollies.

The things you learn on

Stateline. It's amazing. You

have some good new force

someone who is it? My

sister. What has she won? She

has won a produce champion.

She's on an apple orchard, with

piers, peaches and apples.

What is her name? Pam I'll put

her on. Pam it is Phillip

Williams from Stateline.

Congratulations. I've just

eaten three of them and they're

absolutely delicious. Thanks a

lot, congratulations.

I promise I didn't eat any of

them. From the ridiculous to

the sublime and the Crescent

Moon exhibition at the National

Gallery. Enjoy, goodbye. Captions by Captioning and

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