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(generated from captions) it doesn't come to that. That's

of course what the hardliners

are arguing right now, but do

you think essentially what

we're seeing here is a shift

away from the influence of the

neo-conservatives in Washington

and their point of view and

Bush moving towards f you like,

the Democrats who now control

both houses of Congress? I

think it definitely represents

a move away from that hardline

belief that you can't talk to

your enemies. I wouldn't say

it's necessarily moving towards

the Democrats. What it is, it's

listening to the pragmatic

voice of Condi Rice. She's not

saying anything too different

in this regard that Cowell said

for if need to negotiate and

push pragmatic poll s but she

has the President's ear and he

may have realised that the

advice he was getting from Vice-President Cheney and the

others had gotten him into Iraq

and it's time to listen to more

flexibility voices of

reason. Mark Fitzpattrick,

we'll have to leave it there.

We thank you very much once

again for taking the time to

come and spell out some detail

on these rough and fast moving

stories. Thank you very

much. You're welcome.

There have been two mass

shootings in the United States

leaving 10 people dead and

several injured. Two loan

gunmen went on killing rampages

in Utah and Philadelphia. Just

before 9:00 at night a man

started shooting randomly at

people in Salt Lake City in a

shopping mall. We just heard

six gun shots and the police

came up and told everyone to

get out of the mall and

everyone was running and we saw

- as we were leaving, there was

a teenager that was shot in

front of Wells Fargo. We were

all trapped inside the Spa

getty factory. Some went

upstair, some went to the

kitchen. That's about all I

know. A lot of us were calling

911, people were panicking,

cry, it was horrible. The man

killed five people before a

policeman shot him dead.

Meanwhile another man opened

fire during a board meeting in

an office in Philadelphia's

navy yard. He killed three men

and wounded a fourth before

turning a gun on himself.

Anti-whaling activists in the

southern association say

they'll stay there until the

Australian Government stops

Japanese whaling ships from

plying their trade. The Federal

Environment Minister has urged

activists to remain calm after

a collision between one of the

whalers and a ship run by the

protest group Sea Shepherd.

Shane McLeod reports. In the

Southern Ocean, confrontation

between conservationists and

Japan's scientific whalers. In

these pictures, the

conservationists are on the

left, the Japanese vessel is on

the right, each side blames the

other for the collision. Then

the 'Kaiko Maru' came along

side and side swiped the Roger

hunter rr pushing it into ice

and that put a hole in the

hull. Japan has accused the

environmental group of bringing

terror to its anti-whaling

campaign.

Australia's staying out of

the argument but is urging Sea

Shepherd not to use violence. Dangerous conduct,

their campaign against whaling whether it's in support of

or not, is totally unacceptable. It's putting

lives at risk. They must stop

it. In Tokyo today, Japan

launched its latest effort to

be allowed to return to

commercial whaling. Frustrated

International Whaling by years of stalemate in the

Commission, it's organised this

meeting to try to bring reform.

It's invited all 72 members of

the IWC, but just 30 of them

turned up for the opening

session. I strongly believe

that if the Commission is to

survive, changes in the way it

does its business are

definitely required. Japan says

it will push ahead with reform

despite the boycott by anti-whaling nations. It says

without change, the IWC faces

an uncertain future. Outside,

there was a small protest

linking Japan's overseas aid

program to the presence of some

of the prowhaling countries at

the meeting. Japan says the IWC

hasn't made a serious decision

in decades and is beset by

factionalism and confrontation.

This meeting is more evidence

of that. Australia and other

anti-whaling nations are

boycotting it. There was

suppose to be an open meeting

for everyone to get together

and discuss rather than being

stuck in the same discussion on

the substantive point to

discuss how can we move beyond

this or how can we learn to

live with the adisagreements we

have. The meeting continues

until Thursday. As the Federal and State Governments maintain

their stand off over water,

farmers on a key section of the Murray-Darling Basin are

begging the Commonwealth to

step in. With no water sharing

plan in place, big stretches of

the Darling River have dried up

and the drought is making it

worse. More from the ABC's environment reporter Sarah

Clark. This once gushing

stretch of the Darling River is

now a series of pools in a

sandy river bed. Much of the

water has been used for irrigation and the river's

running dry. Yeah, it's a bit

disappointing that the kids

have to see the mighty Darling

as it is now. The McLure family

are fifth generation farmers on

the flood plains. They're above

the we're which means there's

currently a flow. This stretch

is unregulated and an

overallocation of water has diverted a lot of the

river. What we need is a total

national structure that can

manage flows from top to

bottom, right from the top of -

right from the Darling Downs

right through to Adelaide and

until that happens, we're going

to have chaos. Mark et ridge

depends on these flood plains

but it's been years since the

water's broken its banks. The

flood plain needs to get wet to

be grazed. So when a flow event

doesn't reach the flood plain,

that's a hugely - a huge

economic cost to me. Even when

there is water, they are often stagnant pools and as a result

there are problems with blue

green allergy and salt can be

30% higher than accepted

levels. Experts agree with the

Federal Government's push to

have the whole Murray-Darling

Basin managed as one. Then we

need to regulate that flood

plain so we get back to a stage

where we've got basically

ecologically sustainable levels. Graziers say actions

sooner rather than later may

save what's left. A resident of the Aboriginal community of

Mutitjulu has been charged by the Northern Territory police

with the unlawful stalking of a

man who appeared on Lateline in

June last year. Leslie Calma is

accused of stalking Greg

Andrews. Mr Andrews was one of

six interviewees on a Lateline

program who claim add

paedophile had been trading

petrol for sex with underage

girls in the central Australian

community. Lateline agreed to

conceal the identity of Mr

Andrews at the time after

concerns he could be

intimidated or threatened.

Leslie Calma has been ordered

to appear before the Mutitjulu

summary court on March 15.

'Lateline Business' is coming

up in a moment. If you would

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our website. Now here's

'Lateline Business' with Ali

Moore . Thanks, Tony. Tonight,

taking a shine to aluminium.

Analysts talk up the prospects

of a $50 billion bidding war

for Alcoa. I think it would be

fairly heavily contested. We're

not talking about BHP and Rio

here. There are other emerging

players in the market that are

looking to grow in size. In a

sweet spot, demand for

electronics helps JB Hi FI to a

record profit. And Cochlear

admits a confident tone. The

world's dominant hearing

implant making sees potential

for huge growth. We believe

we're implanting less than 10%

of incidents. That is less than

10% of the people born deaf or

going deaf each year are

receiving a cochlear implant.

CC To the markets an the

domestic market closed at

another record high today,

boosted by gains in banks and

takeover speculation, the All

Ords put on 12 points, so too

did the benchmark ASX 200. In

Japan the Nikkei closed at a

near 746 year high led by rises

in property socks. The Hang

Seng fell over 2% as traders

locked in profits before the

Chinese new year. And in early

trade the FTSE has opened slightly higher and we'll cross

to London a little later in the

program. Mining giants BHP

Billiton and Rio Tinto have

been named as potential bidders

for the world's largest

aluminium producer Alcoa.

Shares in Alcoa jumped 9% on

Wall Street last night and

today Australian listed

alumina, which has a joint

venture with Alcoa, also

benefitted from the rumour

mill. Its shares were up 7%.

Both Rio and BHP have huge war

chests for acquisitions and

they'll need them with an

auction likely to see Alcoa

sold for well over $50 billion.

Frances Bell reports.

Representatives from BHP, Rio

and Alcoa were in Perth today

for APEC's mining ministers

conference but the companies

were refusing to comment on the

roorts. The host of the

conference, Federal Resources

Minister, Ian MacFarlane was

also tight lipped. I never

comment on speculation. The

London-based 'Time's newspaper

reported today that both BHP

and Rio Tinto have exiled

feasibility studies for a

possible takeover of Alcoa but

are yet to approach the board

of the company. Market analysts

say alkorks a is an attractive acquisition target for

companies looking at expanding

their production of alumina and

aluminium. It would be worth

while if they can buy

fabrication assets or conversion assets at the right

price to convert their alumina into aluminium and adding value

on the products they currently sell. Analysts say the

possibility of a move on Alcoa

has been around for some time

and they expect investors will

wait for the detail of any

takeover bid. There will

continue to be some reshuffling

going on of assets in amongst

the bigger companies in zimpbt

parts of the world in the

aluminium industry. Well

earlier this evening I spoke to

Mark Pervan, the commodities

anal cyst at day wa securities

in Melbourne about the

potential deal with a rumoured

price of US $40 billion. Mark

Pervan, welcome to the

program. Thank you. In is not

the first time, is it, that

there's been speculation that

Alcoa is a target of one of the

big miners? No, we've seen this

rumour service a couple of

times before and we have seen heavy consolidation in the

market in a last two to three

years and now we're starting to

see the targets towards the

large end of the market and

Alcoa has been what it's been

touted for some time now. This

time around though, do you

think there's more fact than

rumour, does it have a bit more

substance? Well as the old saying where there's smoke

there's fire and I think you

can't discount that these big mining companies they're all

looking at each other. In fact

they actually publicly say that

they continue to look for

opportunities all the time. So

I would say there is some

creedence. I think one of the

things that might point to some

credibility is that we saw Rio Tinto's recent four-year

result. No'Melbourne Age' sh

capital management initiative

and really a well-funded

project pipeline. So they're

well cashed up and the market

was a lilt surprised we didn't

see any funds going back to

shareholders. Does that imply

Rio Tinto is the more likely

buy? Because certainly BHP is

also throwing off an enormous

amount of cash but they've just

announce add $10 billion

buyback, would they have done

that if they were planning an

acquisition of this size? In

fact when you look at the last big acquisition of the market

which was Western Mining in my

view we thought Rio might have

been the obvious candidate but

BHP came and outtrumped

everyone. So we can't discount

BHP and they have said in if

past or even just in the recent

announcement that they are

still in a position, if to look

at activity. I think Rio is the

more obvious candidate. No

major buyback in the market at

the moment. Very strong balance

sheet and if anything, some criticism that they're becoming

not diverse enough with heavy

leverage towards copper and

iron ore. Indeed they have

smaller alumina operations than

BHP, don't they? They do but

they're both sizeable aluminium

and alumina producers but

you're right, BHP is the larger

and I suspect both of them f

they were to make a deal, a

tilt on Alcoa would probably

both come under

anti-competitive issues. Why

now, if this bid does come to

fruition, particularly given

that asset prices are still so

high? Well, it's a good point

and I think it's one reason why

it is certainly still a rumour

and there's still some doubt

about it. I think that when you

look at the Alcoa share price

it's run pretty strongly in the

last month and a half to twho

months and it would have been a

much better deal to be time ing

this back then. But I suppose I

said earlier, Rio Tinto with

its absence of any major

capital initiative may have

spurred some rumour they're

looking at a big deal on the

market. Is $40 billion a fair

price? Well when you look at

the valuation multiples it's

actually a pretty full price

when you look at it on a PE

basis. Alcoa trades at higher

mument pls. I think with the aluminium market you've got to

long at the long hemple

outlook. This is really about

looking at five to ten years

and I think Chinese demand particularly becomes the big positive for this sort of

story. And they can both afford

it? Oh yes. Well, on the

current cash flow generation

that both these companies seem

to be generating alternate moment it would be surprising

if they needed to, you know, a

merger or go with a joint deal but I think that they could

probably fund this off the

balance sheet, possibly with

some script issue. So what do

you think will happen? Do you

think it's most likely to be a

messy bid? What do you think is

the loes like slrk

scenario? You've got to look

back at the WMC fight if you

like or takeover and that was

fairly contested sand I don't -

I wouldn't be surprise fd one of these two players does come

in, the others not nar behind

probably trying to create

pricing tension. They don't

want to see their major

competitors get these quality

assets at reasonable prices. I

think it would be fairly heavily contested. We're not

just talking about bsm H pmed

and Rio here. There are other

emerging large cap players in

the market that are looking to

grow in size and become major

players in this market. Who

else could swallow something of

this size? Well you can't

discount someone like X strad a

who has been inquisitive and

missed out on a couple of major

deals. We know they've

certainly got a strong growth

profile and outlook. Angelo who

can't sit still. If Alcoa was

to be taken out then Angelo

would come under increased

takeover speculation. I think

they need to be moving or

looking to make a deal rather

than sitting still. So if you

were a betting man dorks you

think that Alcoa will be owned

by one of these big players by

tend of the year? Well, you

can't discount anything. It's

likely that someone - some of those names or maibling maybe

another big player is probably

going to be owning Alcoa by the

end of the year. 34 thanks for

your time. Thank you. Well both

Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton are

dual listed in London with Alcoa

trading across London. I'm

joined now by Ian Richards from

ABN Amro in London. Thanks for

joining us. You've just been

hearing what we've been saying

about BHP Billiton and Rio

running a ruler over Alcoa,

what's been investor reaction

in Europe? Well it's actually

been very positive. The stock

prices of both company involved

have gone up materially this

morning and I think in a wider

context the basic resources

sector is the strongest

performer in the market. We

find that quite surprising in

one respect. We would actually

doubt the industrial logic of

either Rio or BHP going in for

Alcoa. Why these companies

would want to own downstream

aluminium assets in Northmy and

Europe is very questionable

indeed. I thi the thing running

through this is one of balance

sheet gear. Clearly the mining

sector has thrown off cash in

recent years. Valuations on

some at least are still at

reasonable levels and I think

investors are looking at these

companies do one or two thing.

Either give a material amount

of cash back to investor, ie

leverage up that balance sheet

or rth really getting to the same conclusion by

consolidation. I think this is

sa space we will see more

industry consolidation over the

course of 2007. Whether course of 2007. Whether Alcoa

is the target of either of the two companies mentioned this

morning, I think is a very

debatable point. You say it

doesn't make sense but they

could of course sell off the

downstream interests? Yes,

there's a wide variety of

options open to them but

arguably there are more

attractive assets dotted around

the sector which would take

that complexity out of the

situation for them. So you know

, it's a big deal to

contemplate and the divestments

that would follow would not be particularly straight

forward. And broadly, it's been

a fairly solid start for the

markets across Europe with some

encouraging GDP numbers? Oh

indeed. The GDP numbers this

morning were well above

expectations. 0.9% quarter on

quarter. European markets are

up about 0.3% and that's across

the board. What we are seeing

is the export orientated

industries which really

underlie that positive GDP

release starting to perform

very strongly. It's a big

procycleal buy in the market

this morning. What is the

outlook for Wall Street. I'm

guessing all eyes are going to

be on Alcoa which St Obviously

listed there? Absolutely. Another day another story to

talk about. Looking at the

futures market we can expect

the US to open about 21, 22

points higher on the Dow and I

think that's right. You will

see positive sentiment this

morning given Europe's strong

performance so far today. And

Alcoa do you think it will

continue its gains? Absolutely.

So long as these stories are around you can never discount

the possibility of one or two

of them going through. So Alcoa

will continue to attract

increased speculative activity,

I think throughout the

day. More gris for the mill.

Thanks for joining us. Thank

you.

To today's profit results now

and JB Hi FI is in the right

spot at the right time during a

patchy period for the broader

retail market, demand for

electronic goods is soring

helping JB Hi FI to a 39% jump

in half year earnings. It now

plans to grow its network and

muscle in on the computer

market but analysts warn that

strategy could hurt the group's

profit mar jins. Neal Woolrich

reports. On most of the key

evidence retailers struggled in

2006 as high petrol prices and

three interest rate hikes

dented consumer confidence. But

demand for hi tech products,

particularly in Western

Australia and Queensland, has

spurred a bumper year for the

likes of Harvey Norman and JB

Hi FI. Jasmed B has reported a

net profit of $26 million for

the December half, up 39% on

last year. Well they've got a

low cost of doing business,

it's about 15% of sales and

that's due to low head office

costs, low capital investment,

obviously don't spend a lot on

their stores. They've got

growing buying power which is

continuing to work for them as

the store expansion rolls

on The formula continues to be

a hit with investors. Shares

jumped 7% to $7.10 by the close

of trade. Now it's taking on

the likes of Harvey Norman and

Dick Smith in other areas with

plans to offer compute ners

most of its stores by the

middle of the year. It will

impact those margins, not badly

but they will have to struggle

to sort of maintain that same

gross margin level. It might

come off a little bit.

Obviously the margins on

computers are quite low but if

they can add accessories they

could build them up to that

13%, 14 Magistrates Court

margin level. And JB's network

continues to expand buy an

11-story change in New Zealand.

Another company on the growth

spurt is Seek. It's tabled a

half year profit of $24

million, 63% higher than the

prior year. It's a very, very

strong employment market and

that's certainly benefitting

us. The key driver of growth in

our business continues to be

the migration of employment ad

dollars from print to

online. The company says it's

managed to increase market

share despite more aggressive

competition from print rivals,

News Limited and Fairfax. Rkts

we are still seeing about $600

million in the employment

advertising market in the

newspaper and less than $200

million online and we think far

more of those $600 million will

continue to migrate over the

next three, four, five years so

we are very optimistic about

the next few years in our

business. And it seems

investors share that view

pushing Seek's price to a record high to slr

6.91. Investors pushed Cochlear

shares 4.5% higher today after

the hearing implant maker

delivered an impressive half

year result. Earnings rose 12%

to $49 million on the back of

growth in all major sectors.

The company controls more than

two thirds of the global market

and is forecasting sa full year

profit of over $100 million.

The cochlear implant works by

translating digital information

into electronic pulses within

the ear which are then

interpreted as sound by the

brain. The size of the mrkt has effectively doubled with many

patients now looking to implant

the device in each ear.

Cochlear's CEO is Dr Chris

Roberts an I spoke to him

earlier today. Welcome to

Lateline Business. Thank you

very much. Record revenue, are

you comfortable with the pace

of growth? Very pleased about

the growth with our revenue up

25% with our cochlear plant

unit sales up 22%, these are

great top line drivers. You've

said you will meet full year

forecasts of at least $100

million in core earnings, given

this half are you setting the

bar too low? I guess our - I

don't want to get too twoo

about what the numbers should

be for the year, we set

guidance as a sort of round

number as 100 million for the

year and I'm really focused on

how we drive cochlear to $1

billion top line and whether

this result is 100 or 102.5 or

103.6 I think is a bit twee.

It's really how do we keep this

growth sustainable and really

develop this technology and

develop our infrastructure to

give the tens of thousand of

people the opportunity around

the world to hear. Let's look

at the sustainability of the

growth. Australia is a tiny

fraction of your sales. The key

markets are the US and Europe

in terms of revenue. If you

that you've experienced in look at the sorts of growth

those markets of around 30%, is

that sustainable? We were very

pleased with our growth rate

across the world. The stand out

region was the Americas at 36%.

I'm not going to quantitify the growth going forward but we

have a lot of programs in place

to make sure that we can build

on what we've been building.

That includes initiatives to

support what's happening in the

market as well as internal

initiatives to make sure that

we can support the growth. I've

avoided quantitifying the

growth going forward but I want

to make sure that we can

capture the opportunity as it's

there. So if your share of the

global ear implant market now

is 70%, is it that you will get

a bigger slice or will the

market grow and your percentage

share stay the same? I think

the market - we're not assuming

market share but we could gain

market share but our focus is

on growing the market and to

your earlier point as well, we

do believe that there are

opportunities in products

beyond cochlear implant s so

we're putting a lot of effort

into bone production inim

plants. It's been a very

important product for us and we

have lots of new ideas on.

That we're doing a lot of work

on the hybrid ear, these

implants that preserve implants that preserve residual

hearing and we can support the

acutist lower frequencies the

patient may have with

electrical stimulation for the

higher freak s. We have well

over 100 patients now in

clinical trials an we're

getting great results there.

We've got a range of devices, implantable devices that we can

develop. So our vision is

really more than just cochlear

implants. In global terms how

big is the ear implant market

now and how big could it

be? Well, you could take our

numbers and say we've got 70%

of the world market so you can

just take 276 million for half

a year, divide by 0.7 and

multiply by 2 and you get an

annualised rate. In terms of

how big that market could be,

we believe we're implanting

less than 10% of incidents,

that is less than 10% of the

people born deaf or going deaf

each year are receiving a cochlear implant. So we're

going back wards. There are

more people who need our

implant today than this time

last year. So we see that we

can grow multiple times of

where we are and still be - and

still be barely touching the

available market out there. Dr

Chris Roberts, many thanks for

joining us. Ali, thank you very

much. Now for a look at the

other major moifrs on our

market today. Investors are

expecting a big profit number

from Leightons tomorrow. Its

shares jumped 5%. Stronger

uranium prices helped push pal

don resources 4.5% higher while

one of the day's biggest loser

was CSL. It slipped $1.34. On

currency markets is Australian

dollar is failing to attract

much interest and has hardly

moved against other major currencies.

OPEC signaled further

production cuts were unlikely.

Drought, interest rate rises

and weak demand in our bigger

States have failed to dampen

confidence among Australian

businesses. The National

Australia Bank's monthly survey

highlighted a period of rising

profits and improved

conditions, particularly in the

resource sector but the tight

labour market is still

providing plenty of challenges,

a problem the Reserve Bank will

need to monitor. They'll want

to make sure that that increase

in wages we're seeing doesn't

flow through to underlying

inflation if interest rates are

to remain on hold. Expectations

that rates are on hold has seen

the retail sector rebound after

a number of weak months. While

business in the city is

enjoying the fruits of 15 years

of growth, the drought is

providing a starkly different

set of circumstances in the

bush. The country's major rural

banks are warning viable

farmers could lose their

properties if the rains don't

come soon. While default rates

remain low, the drought is

forcing many producers to go

deeper into debt at a time when

future income is far from

assured. The worst drought in a

century is far from over.

Feeding cattle, planting crops

and the overall lack of water

is costing farmers thousands of

dollars every week. With no

income, the only option is to

borrow more. Clients have been

affected except probably

northern parts of Queensland.

At this particular stage a lot

of clients are coming in now

for carry on because the -

their cash flow was severely

hampered in 2006. So - and this

type of lending is not good

lending for anyone because

they're actually increasing

their debts and that's not good

for those people. Rabobank is

one of the country's largest

rural banks. Its clients are some of Australia's most

successful farmers. Things are

pretty tough in Victoria,

aren't they? Yes, there's still

going to be a lot of livestock

rebuilding go on. Carry on

finance has risen 15% in the

past year and a typical

farmer's debt has increased by

at least $100,000. I think

across the board there would

certainly be farmers who will

suffer badly from this drought

and will have to exit the

industry. What I've also seen a

pattern of some of our clients

that have said look, as soon as

the season recovered we're

getting out. Many farmers

managed to get through 2006 by

using their savings. But with

no crop or livestock to sell,

they're now severely strapped

for cash. While the major banks

have policies of supporting

them through the drought, some

simply can't afford the larger

loans. Loan repayments, most of

the people that I've spoken to

in my experience, their

principal payments are pretty

well nonexistent, it's on an

interest only basis. On the

farm, on equipment finance,

most - a lot of the payments

are being defered for 12 months

or part payments made

now. Andrew Foy-Brown is a

rural financial counselor based

at Dubbo in central west NSW.

As well as helping producers

access drought assistance, he provides financial

advice. Various time s and

we're seeing it perhaps more

and more we're seeing farmers

have been given a few months to

look for finance elsewhere,

basically the banks don't want

to continue with that

client. But the outlook for

rural lending remains mixed.

More than 30,000 farmers bank with the National Australia

Bank. During the drought, the

bank can refinance loans to

interest only for up to five years. It's confident farmers

will survive the drought

financially. Our loans to the

agricultural sector are

actually in the best shape

they've been for 17 years.

That's in terms of what we call

non-performing loans, so loans

where people - where borrowers just can't meet interest and

don't have the capacity to

borrow carry on. The bank

believes farmers have prepared

well for this drought, selling

stock early and smart spending.

But a million dollar debt can

quickly escalate with no income

even to cover interest

payments. All the banks agree

if the drought continues, both

the bank and the farmer will

suffer. There is also

government subsidies which

assist farmers through this

difficult period. So that's

providing some sort of support

for them. But as I said, the

rural debt is about 45 billion

so you can assume the debt may

increase by the drought

anywhere up to 2 to 3

billion. Despite the desperate

times, the banks are confident

most farmers will pull through

and won't be forced to leave

with nothing. Now for

tomorrow's business diary.

Analysts will be focussing on

its outlook for the coming

months. Also Leighton Holdings,

the country's biggest construction company will

report and we'll have the CEOs

of both those companies on the program tomorrow night. The

world's biggest share registry

company is also scheduled to

release results along with

small business soft ware

developer MYOB. Before we go a

look at what's making news in

the business sections of

tomorrow's papers. The age says

the Government is under

pressure to allow tax breaks

for agricultural managed investment schemes. The 'Australian' reports on a deal

to split revenue from the

greater sun rise oilfield. And the 'Sydney Morning

Herald' bids farewell to the

head of ma qury banks property

and banking division. And

that's all for tonight. If you

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Our email address is: I'm Ali Moore. Goodnight. Closed Captions by

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but you can't take the countr out of the girl And that's exactly what applies to me I was born and bred on the land, love the land, love the animals I can live with animals much bette than I can live with people, I think LOUD CRACK LAID-BACK GUITAR MUSIC Well, I suppose you could really say that I was a wild little bushie rather than a lady 'Cause after all, I was reared way out in the country, amongst the animals and the horse and the bulls and whatnot

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and I threw away a exclusive girls-school education and said, "I'm going to live with Ben," he went off the handle and said, "No daughter of mine is going to go out "and be a bum ringer on a station. "If you go out there, I just completely disinherit you."

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