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(generated from captions) about the war in Iraq as I do. they would feel the same way benefited from the war in Iraq The only people who have actually and Halliburton. are the Iranians, al-Qaeda War and the reconstruction effort When people look back on the Iraq that's what it was about, and they say, "War profiteering, "the privatisation of a war." What do you think? I don't agree.

I don't see an agenda

that overarched this process in order to reach that conclusion. which you would have to assume knows, have been mixed, The outcomes there, as everyone and it's been a tough process. but it's taken a while electricity, even in Baghdad, The Iraqi people don't have

most of the time. drinking water. They don't have safe

waste, fraud and abuse But the money that's gone into under these contracts it's so egregious. is just so outrageous, It may well turn out to be in history. the largest war profiteering US and Iraqi government agencies figures have come up with a series of what's missing for what's been stolen, and not properly accounted for. We've pieced them together. That's life SONG: # That's life # That's what all the people say # You're riding high in April # And shot down in May that tune # But I know I'm gonna change # When I'm back on top # Back on top in June Closed Captions by CSI

This program is not subtitled CC with Jo Hall This is National Nine News, girlfriend Kate Nielson Good evening, Wayne Carey's with the former AFL great. has broken her silence about life with Jonathan Holmes. And this is Media Watch, in the world on Sunday 22, And yes, the most important story

newsroom, was this: according to Nine's Melbourne Kate Nielson and Wayne Carey A refreshed and invigorated-looking have opened up to '60 Minutes' and at times dangerous, partnership. about their dysfunctional, cross-promotion 1.5 minutes of blatant for that night's '60 Minutes'. story in the world? So what was the second-most important to her bedside Schapelle Corby's mother is flying smuggler will harm herself amid fears the convicted drug in hospital. as she battles severe depression pointed out: Amazingly, reporter Peter Harvey

with tonight's screening Her hospitalisation coincides documentary of part 1 of the Nine Network and imprisonment. about her arrest, trial Nearly two more minutes gone Yup. of that night's programs. on a puff-job for another

Nine finally got to the story Six minutes into the bulletin, that day: that was the talk of the nation decade-long struggle with cancer. Jane McGrath has lost her Glenn McGrath The wife of Australian cricket great

this morning. her family's home in Sydney succumbed to the disease at

of criticism. Nine suffered a blizzard was forced to explain that: Next evening, Peter Hitchener ..despite our best intentions with the sad news we were unable to lead the bulletin beyond our control. because of technical difficulties

Well, it can happen. the difficulties were, We asked Nine what but it didn't reply. the bulletin were so...pitiable. Pity the stories that did lead The same afternoon, had got properly stuck into Nine. the human headline, Derryn Hinch, And not just over Jane McGrath.

about 'A Current Affair's obsession He was steamed up too and especially with... with Melbourne's underworld - He's a crook, a thug. Mick Gatto... of the Carlton Crew. A standover man, the feared boss in a Carlton restaurant. A killer who shot Andrew Veniamin

as some sort of celebrity. He now makes the social pages It wasn't, of course, Mick Gatto's. Onya Derryn, is my reaction. Within minutes, he was on the phone: Then Gatto called Hinch a maggot. And Hinch, perhaps unwisely, said: A death threat!

to revisit big Mick. A great excuse for 'A Current Affair'

the great mediator's precious time - Having duly purchased some of

for an undisclosed sum, as they say - to a withering interrogation: Nick Etchells subjected him that. MICK GATTO: Well, just to clarify a death threat there. There was certainly not a death threat... NICK ETCHELLS: It was not death threat. MICK GATTO: There was no I don't make death threats. So that's all right then. a bit about Mr Gatto's background. To be fair, Etchells did tell us surveillance footage NICK ETCHELLS: In this police with underworld big-hitters, Gatto can be seen meeting Benji Veniamin, Carl Williams, Mario Condello,

at the height of the gangland war. Mick Gatto says it does. They say the camera never lies. of the Carlton crew? Were you the leader Collingwood. MICK GATTO: Mate, I follow I'm a Collingwood supporter. I'm not a Carlton supporter, And there's no Carlton crew. Funny that. the suit and sunnies brigade, Only a few weeks ago, another of a charmer by the name of John Kizon, for 'Today Tonight' arranged an interview Mick Gatto. with his shy, retiring mate And Kizon said: the Carlton crew. JOHN KIZON: I've always come from in Melbourne, Fitzroy, As you know, I was brought up with the Carlton crew. so my honour is always agent, the ubiquitous Max Markson, And three weeks ago, Mick Gatto's told Media Watch: a Clayton's Crew range - Seems it'll be the label you have as the Carlton Crew. when there's no such thing rave on Monday morning. But let's go back to Derryn Hinch's 'Underbelly' star in his sights. Because Mick Gatto wasn't the only

Williams, a convicted drug dealer, Tonight again that slag Roberta is on 'A Current Affair', again. love affair with her First there was Eddie Everywhere's the program. when he briefly hosted First? No, Derryn. with Roberta Williams - Eddie McGuire's fawning interview which we looked at two weeks ago -

on 'A Current Affair' was the sixth time she'd starred since 'Underbelly' started screening. And last Tuesday she was at it again - on the streets of Melbourne and Sydney. RW: What do you think of people being given a second chance? WOMAN: I think it's great. RW: What do you think of me in the public being given a second chance? Oh gee, I've talked enough about me. Let's talk about you - what do you think about me? Roberta, said ACA, was hitting back at her critics in the media - though goodness knows there haven't been many of them. And there weren't many on the streets either. WOMAN: I would rather not say what I think about the whole thing. But good luck, anyway. RW: Do you think I've done anything wrong to the public

to deserve to be treated the way I have, in the media? Treated the way she's been? The full star treatment, dressed to the Nines,

flown from city to city? Poor Roberta. Well, has she done anything wrong? RW: No not really. I have a past, yes, but I was married to somebody who has a bad past history and people are portraying me because of that. MAN: Did they put you in jail? RW: No. Oh, at one stage I was put in jail for a crime I committed long before this. RW: Is it me who's made the mistake? WOMAN: I don't think so. Not unless you've killed someone. RW: I certainly haven't done that. Certainly not. What Roberta Williams did was live high on the hog for years, while her husband Carl creamed in the drug money and bumped-off his rivals one by one. As for Roberta, just three years ago she was released from jail after serving six months of an 18-month sentence,

for helping Carl Williams to traffic $100,000 worth of ecstasy tablets. Everyone deserves a second chance. But not perhaps if they repeatedly lie to the public about what they did, and what they knew. And 'A Current Affair' is a willing accessory to the lies.

And now to a story which Brisbane's 'Courier-Mail' describes as the work of "a diligent and careful reporter", but I'd prefer to call inflammatory rubbish. It appeared in the paper last Wednesday: So, who are these "illegal immigrants"? Well, said Renee Viellaris, they are mostly: Now, let's make this really, really simple. Illegal immigrants are people who arrive in Australia without visas, or stay longer than their visas allow. People who come to Australia on tourist visas enter the country legally. And people who then apply for asylum, and are given bridging visas while their case is considered, stay here legally. As the Department of Immigration told Media Watch: So, the people the 'Courier-Mail' was describing are not illegal immigrants. On the other hand, they're not full citizens either. At the moment they can't legally work, they can't be treated on Medicare, and they don't get Centrelink benefits. But, reported the 'Courier-Mail', the Government's considering changing all that: As you'd expect, there was a clamorous reaction on the Courier-Mail's website - 240 posts, most of them along these lines: But the story doesn't stack up. The Government is thinking about allowing asylum seekers on bridging visas - though not illegal immigrants - to work and to claim Medicare benefits, instead of relying on charity to stay alive. That's not news - it's been part of the ALP's platform since before the election. But the Minister's office has told Media Watch flatly:

So where did Renee Viellaris's story come from? Well, the 'Courier-Mail's editor told us, from a source: Although, naturally, Which is all very well. But according to the Minister's office, though Renee Viellaris asked them plenty of other questions, she didn't ask about dole payments to asylum seekers. That's what the Minister's office told the 'Courier-Mail' as soon as its story was published. But a follow-up story the next day repeated the claims about the dole. It did include a denial by the Minister, and the day after, the paper printed a letter from Senator Evans. But the 'Courier-Mail' hasn't retracted its story. On the contrary, its editor insists to Media Watch: Perhaps the 'Courier-Mail' should reflect on the fact that as far as we can tell, no other newspaper, even within News Ltd, and not a single talk radio station, ran with its "scoop".

No-one else reckoned the story stood up. Just time for a beaut crocodile yarn, as told to Karl Stefanovic on Channel Nine's 'Today' show: Tommy Bartlett was out on a hunting trip with his dogs when he made the mistake of turning his back on the water. And he joins us now from Cairns. Tommy, good morning to you. TOM BARTLETT: Good morning Karl. How are ya? Funny. Daylight in Sydney, still dark in Cairns at 7:10 in the morning... Meanwhile, over on Channel 7's 'Sunrise', Tom Bartlett was telling the same croc yarn, at the same time, to Kochy and Mel. And it had the dog in its mouth. Amazingly the dog was still alive - it was trying to doggy paddle out of the croc's mouth. Hold it right there! LIVE, it says. And so it was - not just the dog - but Seven's interview! We checked with Tom Bartlett. He'd done the Nine interview two hours earlier, when it was still dark in Cairns. So when Karl Stefanovic said: And he joins us now from Cairns. wasn't the pig-hunter telling porkies. It was Karl. Nine's struggled a bit with the truth this week. Probably just a technical difficulty, out of its control. I'm sure everything will be fine next week. Join me then. Closed Captions by CSI

Live lieb

CC Good evening. A man has

been arrested in connection

with a triple murder in central

west New South Wales. The

bodies of a woman and her two

grandchildren were discovered

at a house in Cowra this

afternoon. They'd been attacked

with an axe. The children's

mother, a serving police

officer is being treat end

hospital for severe head

injuries a 699-year-old man was

arrested without incident just

over an hor ago at hey.

69-year-old. African leaders

are being urged to help find a

solution to the crisis in

Zimbabwe. Robert Mugabe was

sworn in within an hour of

winning the presidential

election in which he was the

only candidate. Election

monitors from the African Union

have declared the poll

undemocratic. And Ian Thorpe

says he's not surprised by

allegations of drugs in the

sport. Veteran American swimmer

Gary Hall Junior told reporters

that all top swismers have

heard stories of drug taking

and some have had offers. Ian

Thorpe thinks the comments are

exaggerated but it would be

naive to think the sport was

100% clean.

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'We live in a society that worships youth. On television, in magazines, in advertisements and on billboards, what sells, and what is sold to us, is youth. But in some cultures, it is the elders of the community who are valued and whose wisdom is sought. In this series, we're going to seek out six prominent elders of our tribe, each over the age of 65, to see what life has taught them. Welcome to The Elders.

Her life reads like a Hollywood script. A grandmother who communed with the dead, an uncle who ruled the country, a bloody coup, and escape into exile. From there, what started as a letter to her grandfather became her first book. She's begun the 15 books since on the same day she began that one, January 8. So far, she's sold 51 million of them. From Chile, author Isabel Allende.' Isabel, people are going to look at you and go, "This isn't right - you couldn't possibly be an elder." A lot of make-up. No, it's not make-up. Make-up. It's you. You are our youngest elder at 65, and it was an arbitrary age. We thought, "65 is about the right age to look back on life." Do you think that's a fair call? Yes. I think that my life changed at 50. Many things happened. Menopause, the end of youth, and my daughter died that year. After being a whole year in a coma. So I think that I changed, and I became an elder at 50. And from then on, I have been throwing overboard a lot of stuff that is not essential. And now, after 15 years, at 65, I feel pretty liberated. What sort of values did your parents and your grandparents raise you to believe in? We had a stoic background. The idea was that life was suffering, and that happiness was thoroughly overrated and tacky. And we are here to... to become better, and be of service. That was how I was brought up. And also, you were loved if you performed. You were not loved for the person you were, but because of what you did to be loved. Can you tell me about Roughen? The game when you were young? (LAUGHS) That was part of being stoic. My father disappeared from our lives when I was three. And I never saw him. His name was never mentioned at home. And my mother had to move back to her father's house. So I grew up in my grandfather's house, with bachelor uncles. And they had this game that was Roughen Up. The idea was to torture kids, and try to make them cry.