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(generated from captions) This program is LIVE captioned. 4.30 News with Rebecca Maddern. VOICE-OVER: This is Seven's Good afternoon. In this bulletin - across the country. Growing anger as petrol prices soar adds to the flood crisis A crocodile attack

in the Northern Territory. speak publicly for the first time And a mother and daughter since their remarkable reunion. But first - Drivers are being warned in the lead-up to Easter. petrol prices may continue to rise They've passed $1.40 in Melbourne across the country. and are continuing to climb joins me from Canberra. Seven News report Julia Colagiuri gone up so sharply? Julia, why have prices

Well, it depends who you ask. The

government is keen to distance

itself from petrol price rises, so

the Prime Minister says it's due do

world price increases, and he says

that is costs by unrest in Iran and

nugeria. The treasurer says the

detearierating Australian dollar

has a lot to play and fuel

retailers have an interesting

explanation, they say we are coming

to the end of an extended

discounting cycle. Motorists can't

help but notice the prices have

gone up socclose to the Easter

holidays, but the Prime Minister

says that's not how the works. Here

morning. is what he said on radio this

we have from the ACCC, According to the best information there is not some kind holiday conspiracy of seasonally-adjusted to lift the price. by the oil companies I just find it too coincidental on Tuesday, that in the one day in Sydney and then to spread throughout the whole of new South Wales,

by all four major oil companies prices increased

across the course of the day. by 12 cents We haven't seen that for years. can do to keep prices under control? Is there anything the government

Rebecca, the ACCC has been

monitoring petrol prices since 1998

and the Prime Minister will ask

them to have another look at petrol

prices, given what we sooseen this

week. But the NRMA says the ACCC

doesn't have enough power to

investigate and the opposition

agrees. Wane swan says for the ACCC

to invoke full powers, it needs a

formal instruction from the

to say today in Brisbane. treasurer. Here is what Mr Swan had

I think what Australian motorists want is

from this treasurer some real action a formal instruction to the ACCC and that requires

to monitor petrol prices so it has full legislative power of the allegations. to get to the bottom he doesn't care. Peter Costello's simply saying

I'm thur that's not the last we

will hear of that. Thank you very much. Thanks Rebecca. The Northern Territory Government

in Katherine has declared a state of emergency as floodwaters continue to rise. has been reopened One highway out of the town is still cut off. though much of the town And there's a new danger - has attacked a boy. a freshwater crocodile is in Katherine. Seven News reporter Jonathan Creek is the flooding? Jonathan, just how bad Well, Rebecca, that the worst of it is over, it's probably fair to say out of the Katherine River but the flood peaked this morning

at a depth just short of 19 metres. half of the town is full of water, So what we're seeing is that of the higher part which is dry, then you've got a little bit another big, massive puddle of water and then on the other side there's

is the rooftops of houses, where all you can see

and just floating away. cars that have submerged I mean, in the main street going up and down in boats you've got people and shopkeepers out of their shops. purely just trying to keep the water for the people here. It's been complete devastation about the crocodiles in town? Jonathan, what can you tell us one of the risks of the floods, Well, I suppose that's is that the Katherine River, the middle of town here, which is the river that runs through with freshwater crocodiles. is infested came down from Katherine Gorge Of course, when that flood and flooded the township here, the risk is, of course, all the kids, all the emergency service workers, trying to protect their properties everyone's moving around the water

and hidden in the water, and among the water, are the crocodiles, as well. expected to recede Jonathan, when are floodwaters and residents able to return home? this afternoon Well, the police commander came out and made a comment that to be going back into their houses residents shouldn't expect until after Sunday or Monday. it's dropping at about 1.5m a day. The rate at the moment - is that if there's more rain, The only risk is, to then spill over again, then that could reignite the gorge situation where the town is flooded. and then we'll be back in a in the emergency shelters, Jonathan? And how are residents coping something to be seen to be believed. Well, the emergency shelters are They're set up in the schools and you simply have 300 people or so on anything they can find. all just laying around brought in camp beds, The Army last night so that's given them some comfort. They're still in good spirits, pretty tough out here. even though they're having it All right, we'll leave it there.

thank you very much. Jonathan Creek in Katherine, To breaking news - Four people are dead west of Brisbane. after a car crashed into a power pole

just outside Toowoomba. The accident happened at Biddeston,

to Brisbane with serious injuries. Another person has been airlifted Seven men have faced court after police uncovered what is believed to be

of crystal meth-amphetamines the largest illegal factory in Australia. on a remote property The lab was uncovered in northern New South Wales. near Murwillumbah the set-up was very advanced Authorities say found in South-East Asia. and similar to the labs using this particular method Those that operate labs are extremely sophisticated. They know their business. exactly what they are doing They know

and, indeed, that we've done here today, in some of the search warrants the recipes and the cooking methods. we actually located some of Police believe the arrests have put an end to the alleged drug syndicate. Some banks are being accused of charging customers as much as $2 for simple transaction mistakes. Nick Coates from the Consumers Association says small institutions and credit unions are the main offenders.

Our concern here is this will become standard practice like penalty fees five years ago, so we want to head it off now before everyone starts charging it. Many of the major banks deny they charge customers for transaction mistakes. Two senior Federal Government ministers have been called to appear at the Wheat for Weapons inquiry. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile will face the Cole Inquiry in Sydney on Tuesday. The ministers have already provided sworn statements to Commissioner Cole. They outline their knowledge of the $300 million in kickbacks AWB allegedly paid to Saddam Hussein's regime. Jacqueline Pascarl and her daughter Shahirah have spoken publicly for the first time after 14 years apart. since they were reunited this week

Shahirah was abducted with her brother in 1992 by their Malaysian-prince father. They were able to track each other down over the Internet and today spoke about their love, and new relationship together. She's stunning, she's amazing. She's a really, really brave girl and incredibly intelligent, and has an amazing sense of humour and a great feeling for life. She's just terrific. She's everything you could hope or imagine that you'd have - a daughter...(sobs)...sorry. If you look at your children you take for granted, you'll see the milestones - everything from smelly runners to basketball games, to first gloves, or exams, and sleeping late as teenagers. We had none of that together, or none of the guidance that normally happens, so it's all catch-up. Well, we're trying to make up for the things we didn't get to do, like girly - well, not really girly stuff - but yeah, stuff that girls do. And we've been revisiting old schools and old houses. But I think we're going to take it at the level we are now. REPORTER: Shahira, what are you most looking forward to doing next with your mother? Well, um, Easter - having an Easter-egg hunt. And apparently cooking lessons. And cooking lessons. I'm not really good in the kitchen, but I'm learning. Jacqueline Pascarl-Gillespie and daughter Shahirah speaking earlier today. Next in Seven's 4.30 News - An Aussie killed during a P&O cruise. And an ancient manuscript sheds new light on Jesus' betrayer. I don't even think about my dentures. don't let you chew as well. With Polident you'll have the confidence to enjoy whatever comes your way. Just a fine film improves retention and stability With Polident everything's on the menu. MAN: Cut! Picture yourself in an entirely new world of entertainment, a world YOU create. WONDRO MU IC WONDROUS MUSIC Action. You want to see blockbuster movies? Whoa! Or the best live sports coverage in Australia? MINIMAL ORCHESTRAL MUSIC The new Direct Injection V6 Lexus IS250. Move as one. Even if you brush your dentures every day, you've been missing something. Brushing can miss stains and odour-causing bacteria. And now new Polident Whitening

brings dentures back to their original whiteness. Use Polident. Brushing can miss stains This is the 4.30 News. P&O Cruises has extended its sympathy to the family of a Victorian woman killed in a jet-ski accident off Malaysia.

The accident happened yesterday afternoon and involved two jet skis at a beach near Penang. 20-year-old Kathryn Sheppard-Irwin died and two other Victorian women were injured while holidaying on the Pacific Sky. US President George Bush has been embroiled in a new scandal. A former White house official has testified

that the President authorised the leaking of classified information on Iraq. Summer 2003 - the Bush Administration was under fire because no weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq and because of this op-ed, written by war critic, ambassador Joe Wilson. Today, new court documents reveal that the Vice-President's former chief-of-staff,

Scooter Libby, told a grand jury that Vice-President Cheney urged him to disclose classified intelligence information

to rebut critics and later told Libby

that President Bush had authorised him to do so. Libby said he was specifically authorised to leak relevant portions of this classified national intelligence estimate, or NIE, to Judith Miller of 'The New York Times'... ..especially a key finding that Iraq was vigorously trying to buy uranium for a nuclear weapon,

a finding that later turned out to be wrong. Only months later, the President decried leaks and leakers. There's just too many leaks and if there is a leak out of my Administration, I want to know who it is. And if the person has violated law, that person will be taken care of. Today, democrats accused the President of selectively leaking intelligence for political purposes. I am absolutely stunned at the news. Our President turns out to be leaker-in-chief. The more we hear the more it's clear that this case goes beyond Scooter Libby. Libby is charged with lying during the investigation into the leak of the identity of a CIA officer. Experts say the President clearly had the legal authority to declassify intelligence, but it's not usually done this way. He should have consulted with the CIA and asked their views as to what can be made public.

Libby also testified that top cabinet and national security officials

were not told that the President had declassified the intelligence. Senior US intelligence officials also told NBC News that even CIA director George Tennant was kept in the dark. Former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani has made a powerful case

for the execution of the only man convicted over September 11. It came as the second phase of sentencing began for Zacarias Moussaoui who made fun of the attacks in court. Former mayor Giuliani told of rushing to the scene of the attacks that September morning. FILE FOOTAGE: It is a very dangerous condition in southern Manhattan. Asking if helicopters could land on top of the burning towers for rescues, "No" came the answer - it was too hot, they would explode. For the first time in this trial, jurors saw videos of the hijacking attacks. In the deathly quiet courtroom, Giuliani pointed to a model of the towers to show where he saw someone leap out from near the 100th floor of the North Tower. Then he saw two people near each other jump, as if holding hands. Videos of similar scenes were played - some taken by a nearby hotel guest who tearfully told of watching people jump out and try to land on a courtyard canopy.

None survived. Tapes also showed the two towers collapse and huge clouds of debris fill the streets, forcing the mayor and city leaders to flee. SCREAMING At a midmorning break, after the judge and jury solemnly walked out, Moussaoui broke the silence with an apparent reference to a Bruce Springsteen song. He sang out - leaving those in the courtroom stunned. In their opening statement, prosecutors said the jury will hear phone calls made by people inside the burning towers and on board the hijacked planes. They told jurors -

The defence may offer excuses for Moussaoui's behaviour, they said, but - Moussaoui's lawyers said they'll call doctors to testify that he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. "We hope that will give you pause before sentencing", they said. For centuries, Judas has been portrayed by the Christian Church as the one who betrayed Jesus. But a discovery in an ancient manuscript, dubbed 'The Gospel of Judas', claims he was acting on Jesus' instructions. Contained in delicate pieces of ancient paper, religious revisionism that questions the most basic assumptions of Western civilisation. FILE FOOTAGE: Infrared photography improves the readability of the text. The 'Gospel of Judas' - claimed to be one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of modern times. Scholars have translated a meagre 26 pages of this crumbling document. They recount, it is said, the last days of Jesus Christ through the prism of Christianity's greatest pariah, Judas Iscariot. Sensationally, the manuscript portrays him not as the man who betrayed Christ - an image projected down the millennia - but, instead, a man fulfilling a divine mission, enabling the salvation of humankind through Christ's crucifixion - a view discounted by religious scholars in Rome.

I don't think you'll find any Catholic theologian -

at least not worth his salt - who'll say that Judas did what he did because God wanted him to. So are the winds of change blowing the way of the Pope? Judas, reviled for 2,000 years, his name synonymous with betrayal - can there be any hope he becomes the man who made salvation possible in a secret deal with Christ? 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. When our early ancestors, the Homo habilis, started to eat red meat, our brains began to grow. Today, lean red meat is just as important. Its nutrients, omega-3s, iron, B12, are still essential for brain development. If Homo habilis hadn't eaten red meat, our brains wouldn't be the size they are today.

But here it says Homo rudolfensis.

Red meat - we were meant to eat it. SONG: # Come on, rock it like this # Check it out, y'all... # (Man sings) # I get no kick from champagne # So tell me why should it be true # That I get a kick out of you. # You're watching Seven's 4.30 News. Time to check the financial markets with Westpac senior economist Anthony Thompson.

Hello, Anthony. What happened today?

With the UUS share market pulling

back a bit last night and markets a

bit anxious coming into employment

reports, our markets pumed back a

bit. In local data we saw housing

markets for February up. Another

1.pun percent increase. It

increased the trapbd that began

last year. This adds to our view

that housing activity will add to

the growth in the second year.

Stocks dependent on US led the decli

BHP also down with Cyclone Hubert

causing oil fields to be shut down

and interrupting iron ore exports.

Today's housing data reinforced the

trend of a rate hike. All eyes on

the US employment figures tonight, important for mun tear policy. Thanks, Anthony. Now let's take a look at the weather. This weather report is brought to you by Australian Seniors Finance, the home-equity relief specialist.

Thanks, Rebecca, and good afternoon. Well we've had a very active wet season across the tropics. A monsoonal low is dumping heavy rain over Queensland. In the west, Tropical Cyclone Hubert is weakening

A category two system, tracking

slowly south and should cross the

close-near Exmouth as a category

one and it will weaken,. Puth will

pick up rain from it. In the

south-east corner, the winds will

continue to ease and the showers

will clear out towards the Tasman

sea and we will see fine conditions

for northern New South Wales and

Queensland, and a fine weekend in

store for Adelaide. Let's have a

look at the weekend forecast now - starting to clear up Sunday morning. That's the latest weather. More at 6.00. Rebecca. Thanks, David. in your capital city at 6.00. Seven News coming up making headlines. These are some of the stories have been held at gunpoint A woman and her baby in an armed robbery at Ipswitch. threatened staff and customers Two men at the Fernvale Post Office. the offenders may be responsible Police say

in the area last month. for two other post office hold-ups

large crowds Fine weather has accompanied of Sydney's Royal Easter Show. attending the opening entertained show-goers, Showbags and rides

also proved popular. while the animal farm events are expected to visit the show. A million people has been sworn in, Victoria's new Governor urging greater tolerance of migrants. Professor David de Krester from Sri Lanka as a child. came to Australia

honesty and integrity. He says he'll serve with humility, has died in a house fire An 83-year-old man south of Adelaide. from his burning bedroom Firefighters dragged him but he couldn't be revived. He has lived alone was moved to a nursing home since his wife 10 years ago. top government bosses And some of Western Australia's have been awarded a big pay rise.

that's by up to $60,000. Their salaries are set to jump 24% - We'll have those stories and more of Seven News at 6.00. in State editions from the 4.30 News team But that's all

for this Friday and another week.

I'm Rebecca Maddern.

on Monday. I look forward to your company Captioned by Seven Network. investigation to a dollar 35 in Canberra. developments won't go ahead..