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recap of our top stories

tonight. Authorities expect the

death toll to rise above three

after a fiery 7-vehicle pile up

in Melbourne's Burnley tunnel.

And there are reports that one

suspect may have already been

arrested for the murder of

Pakistan cricket coach Bob

Woolmer. And that's ABC News.

Stay with us now for Philip

Williams around State line

coming up next. Have a good

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Hello, I'm Philip Williams

and you're very welcome to

State line. Coming up - the

fantastic world of Varekai.

Also a short flck from Lights

Canberra Action and some

wonderful early images of the

region. But first a taste of

the NSW election. Voters are

doing their bit for democracy

tomorrow. The one day when it's

more about you the punters than

the politicians. I took a day's

zrooif through the NSW

electorates in our region,

Monaro, Goulburn and Burrinjuck

to get the view and the voice

from the street beginning with


What would you like the

politicians to be doing for

you? Um, I suppose keeping to

their words, being honest,

being true, none of these

political undertable secrets

which will always happen. What

you would you love to see for

your village? Not to be ruined

with, you know, they're talking

about putting more works in and

of course the council too is

probably, you know, I don't

think they're doing the right

thing. The water, I agree with

water, and environment and much

too much building. Every

where. Our roads, I live on a

farm outside Bungendore and we

get charged a lot for rubbish collection which we don't

get. I really don't think that

Labor's going to get beaten. Does Labor deserve to win? No, I don't think either of them deserve to win so where

do you go? I'd like to see a

State Government that thinks

about quality of life rather

than quantity. The state of the

environment, it all comes down

to the environment - water and

global warming challenges and

the lack of action by

politicians in general.

Well I suppose that we want

to keep our small community but also create opportunities to

create new people to move into

our area. Well one of the things in the talk of the bar

for me, I was only talking with

a fellow last night about it,

is cigarette smoke. Really? In

July this year there will be no

smoking inside. Saying how

hypocritical it is of the

Government to take the taxes

from cigarettes in one hand yet

complain with the other hand

about the cost impacting on

health. I've never had to vote

before, I've actually - This is

your first time? It is

actually. It's my first time to

vote so it's all a bit new to

me. Is it exciting? It is a

little bit actually. It's all

this kind of - well it's like

my say, it's my

responsibility. So tell me

what's important to

you? Education. We definitely

need a lot more funds put into

education and to allow more

children to access these sorts

of facilities because of the


Have you got everything you

want here? Yeah, I think

so. What about the health

facilities, are they good? Yep. Just like to see

them do a bit more with the

youth sort of areas. A lot of

people are having trouble with

the youth, there's not much for

them to do out here. Law and

order good? Yep, I think

so. I'd like to see the town go

ahead you know because there's

been too many good business

propositions put to the town

and there's been - they've been

knocked on the head. Young

people happy? Yes. So you're a

pretty content person. We're

the A blsmed C State line

program just talking to people

about the election. Are you excited about the election on

Saturday? Yeah, I am. What sort

of issues interest you? Mainly

stuff about the land, how the

fell as are doing with it tough

with the drought and what have

you. My own thoughts seems to

be to get more for the bush. Everything seems to go to the

city. I live over the hill and

I haven't even got sewage over

there, I've got septic. When

are they going to do something about it?

Do something about the

septic, you'll at least get his

vote. And for NSW viewer, as

we've been doing for the past

few weeks, the NSW edition of

State line will be played here

at midday tomorrow, Saturday.

Now we're about to take you to

a village in the ACT that

you've never seen before. It's

the mystical world of Varekai

on the shores of Lake Burley

Griffen. It's the latest

offering from the travel troupe

Cirque Du Soleil. Life in the

circus is where fantasy meets

reality, where the performers

travel the world and their

children are along for the


I'd like to check your

homework please and assign. The

graid 5 students I want you to

continue with your personal

dictionary. It's very rewarding to teach such a diverse group

of students. Ate almost like

being in the United Nations.

There's so many different

countries represents. There's

Russia, France, we have

Australian student, we have an

American student, we have

Canadians, Italian, we have

from all over the world. All

children are performers. It's

an Australian island that is

only 6 kilometres from Papua

New Guinea which is up in the

north. 6 kilometres. You can

see Papua New Guinea. I'm like

a multilevel teacher and I'm

teaching many different grades

at the same time from graid one

right through to graid 7 and 8

right now and we we teach in

English and French. In this

environment the circus is so

social students - I've seen

students learn how to speak

English in six weeks time

fluently. We start at 10:30 in

the morning because we follow

the show schedule. The show

ends late at night so school

starts later in the morning to accommodate the families

better. Students come into this

site and this school they know

it's time to go to work.

Everything outside of our fence

changes. The cities change all

the time, the countries change

but more or less inside the

walls of the school, the

students know they can have

their regular subjects, their regular classes, we're going to

be checking their home w, they

have due dates they have tho do

their projects. They have

presentations so ate like a

regular school environment

inside the walls of the school

but outside the walls

everything is changing


When I get on stage for me is

total joy. Sometimes you become

very, very busy with everything

out - else, just involved in

the logistics. But the great

thing about it is that for that

period of the show it really is

just totally that, you know,

and it never gets interrupted

and it never enters your mind anything that's happened that

day at that moment of time that

you're with that audience

you're completely with the

audience. I've been with Cirque

Du Soleil a little over two

years. I'm touring with my wife

and four children. That's Loic

who's 12, joz who eaz 10. So

far we've done about 18 months

of the North American tour and

then we arrived in July af last

year in Sydney. So we've kind

of come home to do the

Australian tour, which is 18

months long. I graduated in

dentistry in 1984. I wasn't

only a dentist, I always had a

lot of different interests,

music, I was in a punk band

going through university with a

group of doctors, as you do. I

started studying mime and doing

mask work, all different kinds

of theatre and after two years

working as a dentist I knew I

wanted to take it a little bit

more seriously so we developed

some skills and touring

experience and then after five

years in France, based in

France we came back to

Australia and set up our own

company and had our family of

four kids. So we were home for

around about 12 years and then

I got the job can Cirque Du Soleil. We have fairly intense

period of work, of school work

when we're in a city and then

we have a week off. We do get

to spend a lot more time

together as a family, certainly

more so than when I was doing

dentistry and shows.

(Sings) # Happy birth day to


# Happy birthday to you. # It's

very difficult making friends

on the road because when we get

to a city, the rhythm of life

is pretty busy. They've got

their training in the morning,

they've got the school, they've got training in the afternoon, they've got their homework,

they go home, they wake up,

they're back at school the next

day. So actual meeting up with

other kids is really - it

doesn't happen all that much.

We often take opportunities, if

we've got frends friends, or

certainly in Australia we've

got family that we reconnect

with. My eldest son, he comes

to me often and he says Dad,

look, I just don't know what

I'm going do do for my

profession. He wants to be a

clown but he says I don't know

what I'm going to do for my

profession. He's got this

expectation that he's going to

have two careers and he doesn't

know what the second one's

going to be.

It's a really good

opportunity to go to new places

and learn new things and it's

really fun. I've seen most of

America, Australia, Canada, New

Zealand and my favourite is

Brisbane. Because I'm from


I've been to New York with

this show, I've been all over

the world and Canberra really

sticks out as being an easy

city to find school activities.

There's just so much - I mean

with within walking distance

here we're next to the museum

science and technology, the

quest con. We've been in there.

We want to the museum of

national art. It's a five

minute walk from here. During

our art class we went over

there. And today we're going to

the geoscience centre. So I

mean, it's an amazing, amazing


This show's been four years

in the States. You always get a

standing ovation in the States.

I said don't expect it in

Australia. Australians have

paid for their seat and they're

going to use it and they just

don't stand up. But it

surprised me. Like the first

two nights in Sydney we had a

standing ovation. Usually

premiers we do but by far

Canberra's been the most

responsive in terms of standing


Truly fantastic. Susan

McDonald was the reporter. Scot

McHatton the editor. And wait

till until you see the closing

act. ASIO targets and Harold

Holt hair brushes, not as

un-Rhett related as you might

the think. They're some of the

intriguing items to feature in

memory of a nation rr.

Catherine Garrett reports. People think when your

government archive is just

going to be having items that

relate to government events.But

when you think about it, the

government is involved in

pretty much every aspect of

Australia so of course there's

going to be some items in here

that you just don't expect.

Like the suitcase left at

portcy by Prime Minister Harold

Holt following his

disappearance while

swimming. It's the actual brief

case that Harold Holt in the

back of his car when he went

missing. It actually has the

contents of the brief case as

part of this particular record.

So we get an idea of Harold

Holt the prment PM. We have

some of his paperwork. We have

Harold Holt the man inside the

brief case. He was very well

groomed, fantastic hair and we

get a sense of permt from some

of the items, the brtious and

socks. It's another reflection

of the fact that you don't know

what to expect in the archives.

We're not just paper files.

We've some fantastic physical

objects like this and the

stories that come with the

disappearance of Harold Holt

are wrapped up in some of these

particular items. And there are

many more intriguing items that

celebrate the people and events

that shaped Australia. Edward

barton's revision of the

constitution is one of the

objects. The reason it's become

a signature object is it says so much why these documents are

important. You'll notice in the

margin is written Edmund

barton's own handwrooin

writing, his own edits. What

he's done is changed things

like the word colony to people,

he's made it that much more

human. This particular draft

actually went through a few

more revisions. He went to

London, delivered this draft

and it got accepted and from

there we actually have our

Australian constitution. So we

can take you behind the scenes

of the development of the

Australian constitution and in

fact the development of

democracy in Australia, it's a

fascinating object. From facts

to faces, these stylised

photographs depict Australian

life over the past century.

These picture, however, were

not for any tourism campaign.

Taken as surveillance by ASIO,

they chart four generations of an Australian communist

family. I don't think many Australians realised the size

of the national archives

collections. They're immense.

We have over 80 million items

spread all around the country

in every State and Territory

capital. We wanted to give

people an understanding of how

broad that is and in fact we've

almost certainly got something

on all of them. We'd have some

information about every living

Australian contained within our

collection, that's how vast our

holdings are. And varied. This

wooden box picked for display

in the permanent exhibition has

actual Vietnam ballot balls. If

you number was drawn it effectively meant conscription. They're powerful

objects and I'm sure when some

people see them they may stir

up a lot of emotions. You will

notice one of the balls is missing and what we've done

with that is we've pulled that

ball out and we've placed it

next to a person's story that

when that ball actually came

out, number 154, that man went

to Vietnam. So we can actually

tell the story of one person's

service that really started

with just the luck of the

lottery. Basically that ball

was drawn and that man went to


SONG: # Wolzing Matilda plays

So they're the sort of things

we pick for opening. Things

that surprise people, entertain

people but also inform them so

they can get to know some of

the leading figures in

Australia's history and also a

few new people they may never

have heard about before. I hope

people come away thinking yes

werks know what the national

archives are about and we know

how it relates to us


Where are those little kids

now. Tim Pini was the edor to

prous producer on that story.

Lights Canberra Action is where

film make rers given 10 day, 10

landmark items and a theme.

This year was Canberra's best

kept secrets rr. This years

included a whistle, the brail

wall at the national museum, a

book shop and a shoe shop a

reference to a buried sculpture

in Commonwealth Park, the

Berlin Wall at the German club,

any tunnel, all saints church

in Ainslie, the lobby

restaurant and the ABC studios

here in Dixon. So you can look

out for all of them in the film

we're about to show you.

Patrick J Gallagher's 'Secret

Society' a sci-fi take on

Canberra's future.

By the third decade of the

21st century, the world had

changed. In the span of my

short life-time, 24 years, simple freedoms, things that at

the time I was too young to

appreciate when we had them

were gradually taken away. In

the name of security, and in

the name of God, the Government

took it upon itself to control

what we could read, what we

could watch, what we could

believe, what we could think.

The ease with which the population accepted this loss

of freedom was frightening. We

had become a nation of

complacent sheep, happy to do

what we were told as long as it

meant we didn't have to think

for ourselves. But some of us

refused to let those freedoms

die completely but we can only

do that outside the wall in the

old city.

give it a rest, Gavin. Can't

be too careful. You know,

you're beginning to sound like

the Minister for Faith and

Security.Is this it? Liz should

be coming. She's bringing

someone new. Who? She didn't

say. Well while we're

waiting, Where did you get

these? Don't ask. Did you hear

they've cut water rations to

the over 60s again? Always

seems to be plenty of waut for

the president to keep his

garden green. Euthanasia by

stealth, that's what it

is. Hey. Hey Liz, do you bring

your guest? Yeah, everyone,

this is Vanessa. Do you think

this is a good idea? Yes, we

should have included people

Vanessa's age from the start.

Hi, I'm Casey. Hello. Do you

want to come sit with me?

OK, let's get started.

Well, there was this church

in the old suburb of Ainslie.

My mum and dad got married.

There it was a really, really

beautiful place. But then after

my dad was killed in the war on

terror, we'd just go there and

sit. It was so peaceful and

quiet. This ministry of faith

building years ago was the original power station for this

city. My granddad used to work

there. They had this whistle,

they used to blow at tend of

every shift. He said you could

hear it for miles. There was

this thing called the Berlin

Wall and it divided Germany

into two parts. The government

on one side was really harsh

and oppressive and basically it

stopped the people in the

country from being free and

living the way that they wanted

to. But it didn't last. It

couldn't last because the

people demanded that it come

down and so it did.My

grandmother was there the day

it came down and she said she'd

never seen so many happy people

in her life. An oral history,

that's what they used to call it. Every summer my parents

used to take us to the beach.

Wield build - Passing what you

remember from the past from

person to person, generation to generation, all these simple

things that used to be part of

our every day lives. My dad

used to take me this place in

the old city. They used to show

movies outside on a big

screen. And now their very

existence was to be secret from

those that come after us. But

these are secrets not everyone

wants to keep. Tomorrow's

generations need to know how

things used to be, how they

really used to be, not a

government approved,

politically expedient version

of history.The Government

regards the memory of the way

things were to be their best kept secret.

Never ended wars, faceless

enemies, ecological crisis,

disastrous for the ordinary

person but a blessing for those

in power, giving them all the

reason they need to tighten

their grip on what we think and

what we remember.But the more

they tighten their grip, the

more of us slip through their

fingers. Walls are physical

block ades, but a memory, an

idea, can never be contained. I

know a lot of secrets, would

you like to hear one?

Now there's a cheery view of

the future. 'Secret Society'

which won best use of theme at the Lights Canberra Action

festival. That's it for this

week. Catherine Garrett will be

in the chair next week. I'll

see you after Easter, goodbye. Closed Captions by CSI

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