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(generated from captions) weekend either. Mostly sunny

with easing winds on Saturday,

nicer still on Sunday.

Virginia, the kids at the

interesting plants. Look at Lyneham preschool grow

this one. I don't know it, but

it's got a terrific smell, but

you can see more of them and

have something to eat as well

school stall tomorrow. Before at the line Lyneham primary

we go, a reminder about tomorrow night's election

coverage. At 6 o'clock live covridge from the tally room will

will begin. A news update

around 6.10, then we'll return

to the tally room for all the results and analysis. And

that's ABC News. Stay with us now for Chris Kimball and now for Chris

Stateline coming up next which includes an interview with

retired member of the press gallery, Alan Ramsey, about

what's wrong with politics and

political reporting. Have a

good night. Closed Captions by CSI.

Subtitles by ITFC. I think

Gillard is an stent. I think

Tony Abbott is a political

goon. I think Julia Gillard is an

accident. Hello and wem welcome to Stateline, I'm Chris

Kimball. Election eve and most

of us breathing a sigh of relief that the May nearly

over. A report on the final

retired but not retiring day coming up shortly.

day coming up shortly. Also political journalist Alan retired but not retiring

Ramsey will give his summation

for the first time from the

sidelines. But first, locally,

the collapse of the bridge over

the Barton Highway has left 15

people injured, many thousands

inconvenienced and posed a

number of very serious

questions about work practices

and safety in the ACT. Whilst thankfully no-one was killed,

that's a phrase we've heard a

little too often in recent years. This is a very serious accident and in the context of

industrial industrial accidents in the

ACT, I imagine it's perhaps the

worst we've had. You make one

mistake or there's one other mistake or there's one other or one miscalculation, 10 or 20

people can get killed. The consequences of course could have been quite extremely lucky. I can't

believe anyone's hasn't been

killed. Again, it is a

miracle. A familiar miracle for the Canberra construction industry. This is the fourth

major incident since 2003 at

each one luck was considered a factor in avoiding

union says it want as audit

done on all building sites in

Canberra after part of a

concrete slab gave way in Civic

earlier this week. There have

been concrete collapses similar

to this one happening all too

and crushed a car. frequently. A wall collapsed

and crushed a car. It could

have killed someone. But who's

to blame? We need much more

detailed investigation and

analysis of all the events underway including... Investigation is

underway tonight after a massive building collapse at

Canberra Airport. 12 workers

suffered head and back injuries

and broken bones as a new

hangar at the local Air Force

base caved in during construction. We are still providing support and counselling services to workers

from the hangar site. We're still seeing Workers' Comp

issues and problems for families from the Marcus Clark site. There will be people

injured on this site their

lives will change forever. We have

have to stop thinking about

in pain and suffering for deaths. Often people live on

decades after the indents like

this. We move on and build the

next building. It's sad a death

has to happen to realise about

safety. It shouldn't have to

be like that. Anita Spasovska

hand her family live with the

reality of workplace tragedy.

In 2006 Anita's father, Nick,

died in an accident on a Civic

construction site. I just don't

anyone else. want any of this happening to

anyone else. It's just... It's

like trauma. It scars like trauma. It scars you for life. Despite I assurances about safety systems and

regulations, the Spasovska family is worried that major

incidents are still happening

and they fear it will take a

worst case scenario to generate genuine change. It's very

frustrating because, you know, frustrating because,

I just wish they could do

something about it. It is

serious. How did you feel when

you saw the accident on the

weekend, the bridge collapse?

How did that make you feel? I

felt sick just to know that,

you know, another family is going to go through it again

like what I did with my family

and it's just... It just feels sad and like sorry for

them. The coronial inquiry into

Nick Spasovska's death found no-one was to blame for the

accident. Tough investigations

were also promised after the

City West, Cameron offices and

the airport hangar incidents and the rhetoric this week. The government Will

will take whatever steps are

necessary to prevent a

recurrence of this incident.

It is a very serious. If the investigation highlights issues

that need to be addressed, they will be addressed, but we need

to allow the investigation to run its course and broader systemic issues that run its course and if there are

are identified, the government

does not rule out taking

further steps or undertaking

further investigations to deal with those matters. As in with those matters. As in the

past, lots of investigations

which produce lots of

recommendations. Yet, none of

those lesson learned stopped

the weekend bridge collapse.

They could be isolated freak

accident or as one industry

insider suggests the inevitable

result of flaws in training and safety systems. The construction

construction industry as a

whole is life threatening.

This lack of training is not only in problem. David Cavill is a an Australia wide

retired construction worker.

He was a steel fixer and

concreter for 50 years and worked on prominent Canberra

projects like Parliament House

and Black Mountain Tower. He

says safety sh compromised by a

you think the pressure on a lack of qualified workers. Do

building company or a

contractor to deliver to date

means that shortcuts are

inevitably taken? Yes.

Shortcuts have to be taken.

You know, to meet those

deadlines you have to take shortcuts, there's no other

way. Is that something you've

seen regularly in your time in

the industry? Every single day

I worked in it. Is that sort of

thing still happening, do you

think? I'd imagine so. I'd

imagine so. I've worked for

the biggest companies in

Australia on the biggest jobs

in Australia and nothing's

changed. They've all got their safety safety books and they're about

a metre thick now, but they're meaningless because they don't

practice what they preach on

the site. The minute a

concrete pour is booked they

have to get it done in time the rule book goes out rule book goes out the window. Whether the rule book

went out the window on the

Barton Highway bridge will be determined by

determined by the current investigations. The penalties

are quite substantial. It will

depend obviously on whether or

not there is indeed any criminal behaviour here and

that is simply too early to

speculate on. Safety experts

say punitive penalties won't

generate change in the construction industry or help

prevent further incidents.

Recently Dr Robert Long told Stateline about the need for a

shift in workplace culture on

building sites. I think that

the quest to solve these

problems is more of well, when

you always see the problem as a nail your only solution is a

hammer. I think that's what we

see. People keep turning to

that regulatory approach. I think individuals would like to

see a different approach to that rather than focusing on

look, this didn't go quite

well, what can we learn and

make it better? It's well, we

complied, we met everything

within the box, so the focus is

on minimum not on excellence

which is unfortunate because

individuals want to do an

excellent job, but they're working within an environment that basically says, well, minimum is enough. According to the

the construction union, even minimum standards weren't minimum standards weren't met

at the Barton Highway bridge

project. The CFMEU would raise

concerns around that project

and other projects on the GDE with a number of the builders

who were taking part in the

projects with regards contractors and methods of work. Stateline understands

more claims could follow. It

is possible there was even a

push for the road to stay open

whilst the concrete power took place. place. Perhaps another miracle

intervened. We're very lucky

that 15 workers were not seriously seriously injured and that it happened while the road was

closed and that it happened

during the daytime which helped

the rescue teams. We'll be

keeping tabs on any

developments in that story. Australians will go to the

polls tomorrow with both major parties predicting a

cliffhanger. The result may

not be known until Sunday, with

so many highly marginal seats

in the picture. The Greens are

confident of an historic hik

try in the represents seat of Melbourne and expect to have

the balance of of power in the

Senate, a major shift in

dynamics for whichever side is

elected to government. Political editor Heather Ewart reports on day 35. No pressure

s is there. With me all my

mates. Calm down. Calm down. Oh, shocker. Oh, yes. Oh. Good shot. Finishing

strong. Time is running out as Julia Gillard faces the relate prospect

prospect that Labor could lose

the election. Ending her

shortenier as Australia's first

female Prime Minister. Today

she resorted to this warning to

voters over and over wherever

she went. What I can stay to

Australians now and

particularly as Australians are

seeing the polls this morning,

there is a very, very real risk

that they will wake up on

Sunday and Mr Abbott will be

Prime Minister. A real risk

that Australians will wake up

on Sunday and Mr Abbott will be Prime Prime Minister. They're

panicking. I mean, they are

the moment, the Labor Party,

they're panic stricken. In the

last moments of this five week

long campaign, as both leaders

dashed from one marginal seat

to another in Sydney and on its

out skirts, mood in the Abbott

campaign was buoyant. I am

running for the biggest job in

the country and if you're

running for a big job, you've

got to make a big effort. The

man who likes to stress he's

the underdog had been on the

road pretty much since yesterday morning. And

campaigned throughout the

night, having an occasional cat

nap In the last 30 hours to the

best of my reckoning I've done

6 TV interviews, 14 radio

interviews, I've visited 10

electorates. I know that Mr

Abbott has been campaigning

through the night. I hope he

walked up to every person met and said, "I'm Babcock and Choices will be back Brown. If Choices will be back and Brown. If you Choices will be back and prices Brown. If you vote for Choices will be back and prices will be up in the shops because that would be the truth."

Throughout the day the two

batted the same insults they'd

hurled at each other for the

past 35 days, but with added

urgency on election eve. He is

elected as Prime Minister, then the

the risk for Australian

families is that Work Choices

returns. I will absolutely guarantee that Work Choices in

any name is dead, buried, and

cremated. And then there's a

real risk they'll wake up on

Tuesday and see the cuts to

health, the cuts to education,

the cuts they didn't know were

coming. I want to say we

would do a better job and I

think that what we would do,

starting on day one, is we'd

end the waste, we'd pay back

the debt, we'd stop the big new

taxes and we'd stop the

boats. And so it went on and on

as Labor also did a last minute

promotion of its handling of global through its spending stimulus

program. What I've... Over the

last two-and-a-half years ago

is thinking a lot about jobs

and what could have happened to

Australia if we didn't get our response to the global

recession right. We wept men

and women in work. and women in work. I stand by it and I'm proud of it. Tony

Abbott counted with his

complaints of waste in the

building education revolution,

but his favourite punchline and

one he knows hurts Labor was

this. Eight weeks ago the

government on its own admission

had lost its way by sacking its

own leader, by politically assassinating the democratically elected Prime Minister, the government

effectively voted no confidence

in itself. You're a in itself. You're a bag stabber factor has played out in the

mines of voters may become clearer in the only poll that

counts tomorrow, but what is

all too plain tonight is that

the confidence Labor had at the

start of this race has gone. Many senior ALP figures are

describing the Labor campaign as a car

where it's now on the edge of losing. The bookies see it

that way too. Look, certainly

in the last 24 hours the

punters have come very strongly

for the Liberal Party. They

are now into $2.80 and Labor

they're still favourite but an

easing favourite, to use a

racing term, and they're out to

$1.42. The punters are usually

right at election time and if

that trend is worrying Labor

even more, it can take some

comfort in the big money going

its way. We've had several $20

,000 and $50,000 bets on Labor,

but the actual bet numbers they're split fifty-fifty. The

election eve felt the need to fact

tour the high profile seat of Bennelong wrested from John

Howard by maximum even McKew in

2007 points to the sense of

anxiety in Labor ranks that

nothing can be taken for granted. The punters are granted. The punters are saying

that Maxine McKew is in trouble

and last time they got it right

about Maxine because she was

hot favourite to unseat John Howard but this time Howard but this time the

punters have deserted her. It's

that sort of election where

anything could happen and with

so many marginal seats in play,

there'll be plenty of

surprises. Little wonder both

leaders are fighting hard right to the end. My clear

determination every fibre of my

being is directed towards trying to get a majority Coalition Government. Talking

to your family, talking to your friends, talking to your

neighbours, the only way of making sure Mr Abbott is not

Prime Minister on Sunday is to

go out and fight for it today. Thank you very

New South Wales are the key much. APPLAUSE. Queensland and

States to watch on election

State should night, but for enthusiasts no

State should be ignored on what will be an historic night one

way or the other. Political journalist Alan Ramsey

journalist Alan Ramsey came to

Canberra as Bureau chief for

the Australian in 1966. After

eight prime ministers, 43 years, 22 of them as a

columnist with the Sydney

Morning Herald, he retired.

For the first time in a

lifetime he has been watching a

campaign from the sidelines.

He shared his views on election 2010 with Virginia Haussegger. Pretty jaundiced

one, I have to say. I have no

real love for the two leaders.

I think they're leaders I've seen and we've

It's been about prejudice, not seen the poorest campaigns.

a debate about policy, about

prejudice, fear, attacking one

another. Very negative

campaign. Once again, by two

leaders that I had no real

support for. I thought the two leaders that should there were Rudd and Turnbull

and that would have been a

genuine choice for the voters. Gillard is an accident and I

think Tony Abbott got there

when the Liberal Party split.

He won ... The got the

leadership by one vote, 43 to

42. I would say if Malcolm

Turnbull had been the leader it

would have been no contest. He

would have absolutely given Gillard a bath in this

campaign. Why do you say that

Julia Gillard is or was an

accident? She replaced Jenny

Macklin. Women only get into

the leadership in opposition. They don't brought in. They do. They don't They don't brought in. They do. They don't brought in. They

To clean up the mess. That's right. Julia Gillard did take over from Kevin Rudd whilst he was still a sitting Prime Minister. Absolutely and Paul

Keating took over from Bob

hawke when he was a sitting

Prime Minister and McMahon

over from Gorton. It happens

when the party is in disarray

or they think they're going to

lose. There has been a lot of

talk about the fem niezsation

of politics during this campaign because it is the

first campaign where we've had

a female leader. You don't buy

that. No, I don't. By the way,

it's a dreadful word. Women in

politics reflect society. It's always been hard for women in

anything , across the board, journalism, business, whatever

you like to call T when I came

here there were no woman in the

one was elected at the end of

that year in Harold Holts only

election as Prime Minister.

They were four women in the

Senate. Now the number is

around 60 of 227. It is almost

a quarter of the parliament.

They have built up. And the

leadership has reflected it.

They've brought women along as

decoration of the leadership. As decoration of

the leadership. Yes. You don't

buy the fact with more and more

women present in positions of

power in politics, that there

has been a... Stop using that

word. What do you mean by

that? It is an appalling word.

about... Do It is about equal rights, it's

about... Do you know equal pay

came to women in this country

It took when a Labor got in in 1972.

It took an awful long time for

the community to recognise

women were just as valuable in

has percolated through to the community as blokes. That

political system. There's only has percolated through to the

one woman who took her party

from opposition into government

and that was Clare Martin up in

the Northern Territory. The

others were brought in at the fag end of governments that were going bad, Anna

Joan Kirner, Carmen Lawrence

and Joan got turfed out by the

voters. They liked the two of

them but they weren't going to wear the parties. Is there an

inherent sexism in the

politics? The men still

continue to run politics.

Three blokes got Julia Gillard

into the leadership this time and Kevin Rudd was got rid of.

Kevin Rudd should have forced

it to a vote. Got them to put

their hands up and be counted

and he didn't. He just stepped

aside. The process of political reports has changed

dramatically, the way we

report. Just the

of the 24 hour news cycle, the

heavy use of social media, it

is a reality, how has ha

changed the way we understand

politics? Television, that's

the thing that's changed it. When I came here

10 years after we got television, there wasn't a single full time television

correspondent, not one. The

print blokes used to do it

part-time. The explosion in

the electronic media has been enormous and of course it's

changed the way it's

covered. Has it been good for

democracy. No, it's trivialised

it all. People listen to the

radio, television they don't

take it. Television is about

pictures, good pictures, good

looking people, happy people.

Good pictures. It's not about

listening, it is not about

absorbing what people are

saying. It's how they look and what they look like. Who would

you say currently is among the

best political communicators? Not commentator, Not commentator, but amongst the communicators. Kerry O'Brien is

amongst the best. He's the

best interviewer. That's why

he's disliked by both sides.

Kerry doesn't put up with

nonsense. He won't let you get away with a non-answer. What

about among politicians? I

know you've spoken in the past about politicians not being

real people and I know you thought Mark Latham was indeed a real person. I do. Who would

you say looking at the current

crop are real people? Real

people? Or political

communicate ors. Well, good

question. Tony Abbott has done

better than I thought he would

and I haven't been watching it all all the time. I think Tony

Abbott is a political goon, you

know, not to put too fine pint

on it. He's the darling of the

right and that's my right and that's my take on it. If he's a goon how can he

have done well in the campaign?

Because of television. The

presentation on television. The campaign is all about television. television. I can't keep

stressing enough. It's got

less to do with what they

write. The only thing that really matters in the newspapers and that sells the

papers are those a a cursed

opinion polls. The press opinion polls. The press pack

comes stampeding behind them.

If there were no opinion polls

most of the journalists would

have nothing to say about what they think is happening. They're driven by the opinion

polls. If you're so down on the

power of television when it

comes to politics and... I

didn't say down. I just said

that's the reality. How do you

see the future of political

reporting and also the delivery of political or

the same way it's coming now.

We can't stop T it's not going

back to newspapers. Newspapers

are dying. More and more it is

electronic media. The now we

have the Internet. Everybody

wants to have a piece of it. I can't see down the road because it's all

sold about images, imagery is

huge in politics, and it has

been for some time and it's

just getting worse or greater,

whatever your take is tonne

it. You don't see this as a democracy advertisesation of

politics. No The cyber fear can be involved, everybody can

Blogg or twit. Democracy in

this country means the right to

vote. We force people to vote

and if we didn't force and if we didn't force people

to vote after of them wouldn't in politics. Because to vote after of them wouldn't vote. They're

in politics. Because we say if

you don't vote we'll fine you,

they go along and vote and

they're the people that the

politicses are always chasing

because their vote is up for

sale. In summary, you're not

optimistic about the future of

politics in politics in Australia

obviously. No. Or the future of

political reporting. Are you enjoying retirement . Hugely

because I don't engage in it

any more. I don't engage in it

any more. There are good politicians and there are good

journalists but they are a

dying breed. And by this time

tomorrow we'll know which of

those journalists were right and which of the politicians

were winners. The winner of this year's Ranamok Glass Art

Competition has already been

announced. Her work and that

of the other finalists will be on show at the Canberra Glass

Works until late September.

Sue Hawker took out the prize

with a piece called "too much is never enough." . It has

been running for 16 years and

it was established to support

and promote Australian and New

Zealand glass and really to I

think describe also to the

public the incredible range of

glass that's made in Australia

and New Zealand. Glass is in

people's lives every day in so

many ways, but then when you

bring people to glass as an

expressive and artistic medium,

it is really exciting for them.

about this this is the winner

of the 2010 Ranamok prize it is a piece called never enough by a piece called too never enough by Sue Hawker, a

New Zealand artist. We love

the kind of retro colours, it

looks very young, and the

stylised flowers instead of

very natural list tick.

There's lot of things about this piece that the jury

admired and it's just a piece

with a lot of charisma. We

all know glass for its colour

aspects, it's transparent, it's

shiny, but you notice in this exhibition there's glass forms

presented in many, many

different homes, opaque, quite dense, carved glass scuptered

in all sorts of different ways.

about For the public, the

Ranamok prize demonstrates not

only the kind of wonderful

quality of contemporary glass

being made in Australia and New

Zealand, artists who are

always known in Australia, they're very influentially

globally. It's going to angel

place in Sydney place African

bra and that's early October

that's opening and then it will

go on to Queensland where it's

travelling through to about

four or five venues in regional

Queensland. Nearly done for

another week, before we go, the Triple 6 Drive program is running a competition for

budding political cartoonists.

Here are some of the best. Enjoy and goodbye. Closed

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