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G'day, welcome again. We woke up

this morning to the dramatic news

that what was once the largest

English speaking newspaper in the

world, with 168 years of history,

was dead. To protect his media

empire Rupert Murdoch himself

ordered the execution of the 'News

of the World'. Ironically, the

paper that lived on scandal has

been killed off by scandalious

behaviour of its own. Also tonight

- combat trauma. The Australian

military is having to grapple with

the enormous strain on our elite

troops in Afghanistan. One of those

famous moments in history - the

world farewells 30 years of space

shuttles forever. First, though,

individuals Rupert Murdoch has one of the world's most powerful

literally stopped the press.

Overnight he brought one of the

world's most famous papers, the

'News of the World', to a

screeching halt. The fall-out is

only just beginning. The ultimate

cost to the Murdoch global media

empire? Who knows. Here is Meggy

Palmer. The end was swift and

savage. The 'News of the World' was

executed before the stink of

scandal and corruption could spread

through the house of Murdoch. The

News Corp brand is bruised and

battered but the boss must be

hoping this will somehow start the

healing. Only when I'm running away

from you guys I walk this fast. He

left his son to do the talking.

Actions taken a number of years ago

by certain individuals in what had

been a good news room have breached

the trust that the 'News of the

World' has with readers. After 168

years, 275 million UK readers will

have to turn elsewhere on supds

after the paper that thrived on

scandals ironically died on one. scandals ironically died on one.

Renowned for gossip, it also broke

stories like Fergie agreing to

accept cash for access to her ex-.

500,000 pounds when you can to me.

The Murdochs have sacrificed the

best selling paper but not its

chief executive. Rebecca Brooks is

still the boss of News

International even though the 'News

of the World' was literally hacking of the World' was literally hacking

itself to death under her watch as

editor. Putting the ordinary people

out of work and not one of the

senior people involved in this

including Rebecca Woods the editor.

The 200 employees were shocked when

Brooks told them they would lose

their jobs. With respect to Rebecca,

I'm satisfied that she neither had

knowledge of nor directed those

activities. Despite admitting

this... We have paid the police for

information in the past. British

police believe 4,000 people may

have had their phone messages

tapped. My husband and I for years

had always wondered how the press

found out about certain things that

was going on in our lives, where we

were going on holidays... The whole were going on holidays... The whole

sorry mess is bound to have an sorry mess is bound to have an

impact on Murdoch news rooms across

the world. Could this be happening

in Australia? I don't think there in Australia? I don't think there

would be anything as bad as hacking

into people's phones. You always

get journalistic practices that cut

corners but nothing as bad as the

'News of the World'. Arrests and

criminal charges are likely. A UK

parliamentary inquiry will

investigate but the government's

point pointed deciding if Rupert

Murdoch can up his stake in

broadcasting giant BSkyB. While

it's the end of the world as we

know it, no word yet if the paper

will be blatantly replaced using a

different name. The 'News of the

World' making news -. We hear far

too often about the deaths and too often about the deaths and

injuries of our guys in Afghanistan

but rarely about the mental and

emotional toll that combat must

have on them. Today we learned what

the military is doing to protect

our troops and not just bodily.

These are things we normally don't

see. In Helman province our troops

come under fire. The fire

intensifies, the helicopter is

protected evenly by soldiers who

are themselves exposed. It's one of

more than 80 combat missions in 100

days for the small groups doing

much of our fighting, killing and

diing in the Afghan war.

Australians should be very proud of

their contribution. They are world

class. In a rare departure for

defence the special operations task

group has set out to explain what

it has been doing as public support

for the mission continues to flag.

Perhaps support from American air

power - but they do much of their power - but they do much of their

work at night, capturing and

killing Taliban commanders. They

patrol in open desert or fight an

enemy just metres away in

Greenfields and trapped tunnels.

When not fighting they are training

the Afghan version of themselves.

The goal is to win over Afghan

civilians, clear rg the biingest

killer - hidden bombs. When the

bombs find civilians first they

save survivors, here a mother and

her children although the little

girl died hours later. It's a man's

world but there are women in the

special operations task group.

Today it was revealed one drives an

Armoured vehicle in these high risk

patrols. But the relentless tempo

comes at a cost. 15 death have been

among special forces teams

including this week Todd languagely

on his 15th tour of Afghanistan. So

how much is too nouch ask? That's a

fairly natural question. A former

SASS officer is warning of long

term psychiatric casualties, some

who will turn to can you say tarred who will turn to can you say tarred

as their combat experiences hit

home and they leave the support of

their units. Come balt - even

messyness around the camp as

underlying signs of battle stress. underlying signs of battle stress.

We inject a break in operations for

about 48 hours. Once the guys have

had a rest they are raring to go.

They're keen to get back out on the

ground. They love their job. The

general in charge concedes serious

problems could come with time. But

right out in retention levels among

our top troops are at record highs.

I'm not seeing any warnings it's a

significant problem. Tonight they

will go out again expecting contact.

Tough way to earn a dollar. The

latest outbreak of the Hendra virus

has already killed horses in QLD

and NSW and sparked calls for fruit

bats to be killed - culled. Bats

are the carriers of the bug of

course and folks in the lucrative

racing industry don't want to take

any risks. Into it can rock a

community. We have to take measures

to combat it if we can., the Hendra

view vus on the move. We've had

three properties infected in QLD

and two in NSW. So that's probably

three times the number of infected

properties in any previous year.

It's our bats being blamed. The It's our bats being blamed. The

incidence of Hendra virus in flying

foxs is about 30 per cent whereas

in previous years we thought it was

10 per cent. They are natural

Hendra hosts, vehicles for the

virus. Now the thoroughbred

breeders association has kicked off

a controversial debate about

killing them. We need something in

progress where we cull them. It's

like the kangaroos and crocodiles

in the north. The ecosystem - we

have to manage it properly. Basil

Nolan is pushing for the Hendra

vaccine to be fast-tracked. That's

a solution bat lovers would much

prefer. She has been caring for

injured flying foxs for 10 years

now. It's a smelly thankless job

she loves. A cull, she says would

not only be cruel but futile.

not only be cruel but futile.

Unless you kill every animal you

won't reduce the risk of the virus.

QLD vet Peter Prenzler agrees. The

bat has carried that virus for

millions of years. We're the

intruders, we brought the horse

into the country. I don't think

they are the villain. No more than they are the villain. No more than

the person who sat next to me on

the train and gave me a cold. There

is still so much we don't know

about how this virus works. We do

know it's passed from bats to

horses and horses to humans but

there is no evidence to suggest

that bats can fast directly on to

us. In some rural areas all three

can cross paths and in our cities

too, where flying fox populateed

parklands sometimes sit next to

racecourses. Every flying fox

population tested carries evidence

of Hendra virus infection. All over

Australia we know there are flying

foxs with infections. Wherever

there are flying foxs in Australia

there is a risk? When they are

around horses, yes. An important

footnote now to our special 6.30

investigation earlier this week on

Indonesian youngsters held in adult

Australian prisons. Today the

Gillard government announced it

would change the rules so that this

country's authorities can determine

kids' ages quickly and accurately.

Fair enough. But it won't affect

those already in custody. Work that

out. Still ahead - talk of a

boycott on big business if it

doesn't back the carbon tax. Later,

seriously, why the hell would

anyone want to do this? Make the hair stand up on VOICEOVER: The first time you use a new credit card, you should be buying something you like, not paying an annual fee. That's why Commonwealth Bank credit cards have zero annual fees for the first year - just to keep one step ahead.

Project' The folkss at Get Up that

growing group of political

activists certainly don't mind a

fight. This time they're taking on

a bunch of corporate super powers

threatening to boycott the likes of

Coke and McDonald'ss if they

support the carbon tax. Kate, can

we start with you. You've used some

tough language to describe the

proposed boycott by Get Up. You've

accused them of blackmail and

bullying. What Get Up has done is

sent a thrower 150 members, small,

medium and large companies, saying

their supposed 570,000 members will

be asked to boycott Australian food

and grocery manufactures if they

support a particular campaign.

Australian manufacturers employ

about 300,000 Australians, they are

Australia's biggest manufacturing

industry. Fairly obviously that's a

pretty dramatic action to take. Sam,

bullying, blackmail I'm a little

bit sick of Kate's angle today

calling Get Up members bullies.

What is it if it's not? The

companies Kate represents including

Coke and a range of others are

together $120 billion worth. I

think she is talking about other

companies a lot smaller than Coke.

Collectively it's $120 billion.

McDonald'ss and others. To think

they have been bullied by a

community group that wants action

on climate change... A leaked memo

last week revealed Kate's group

would be involved in a $10 million

advertising campaign the likes of the cigarette advertising campaign

at the moment. I see your point.

Kate is that true? You're

association, group of food and

grocery people, are involved in the

multi-million campaign against the

carbon tax? That's not true. All

Get Up would have had to have done

is get on the phone and ask me. The

fact is we support action on

climate change. We support sensible

approachs to reduce our carbon

footprint. All of our members are

out there putting in co-generation,

solar cells and all sorts of things

to make a difference. We're just

concerned that the proposed tax

will make Australian manufacturers

less competitive. Surely we have a

right to put that on the public

record. That's hard to answer. Kate

came out this morning in the middle

of the day and clarifyed that they

are ruling out being part of the

campaign. That's a new development

which has not been true all this

leak since the leaked memo came out.

Kate is denying that. They have

refused to rule out being part of

the campaign. Their name was part

of the leaked memo. Have you

changed position? No. When we were

asked to comment on the leaked memo

last week we said we were not part

of the campaign. We said it then

and all the way through. What the

purpose of your boycott? What do

you hope to achieve? We twrot

companies that are part of Kate's

coalition to ask them to clarify

their position. Kate has been a

strong critic of the price on

pollution scheme. We haven't. I'm

sorry, you have. Kate has been

shopping around this confidential

polling that she refuses to release

the details of claiming the price

will up the price of groceries.

Would it be better if there wasn't

a carbon tax? A carbon tax as such

if it affects the competitiveness

of Australian manufacturers is not

in the interests for the 300,000

people who work for the food and

grocery manufacturers in this

country. It's that simple. Quickly,

before we go, would you on to

boycott because of that? No. That

campaign was all about the $10

million advertising campaign, the

likes of the tobacco campaign and

mining campaign. So Kate's people

are off the hook? We're glad the

council has moved today and ruled

that out. I think we got somewhere.

We got closer to reaching some sort

of compromise on the carbon tax

there than Julia Gillard and Tony

Abbott. Quite an achievement really.

Once our minds boggled at space

travel. Sadly this weekend we will

see the last space shuttle take to

the skies. It's 30 years after its

first voyage into space. Here is

Emma dalyi. Six seconds before

lift-off, the main engines are

started. They roar to life and the

whole vehicle surges with power. At

the same time the large bolts

holding us down are exploded and

everything starts madly shaking

aund rush away from the ground. The

shuttle program took Andy Thomas

into space four times - memories no

one will have again. I was doing a

space walk to repair some

components. The ground controllers

told me we were about to flyover

Australia. A few moments later I

could look down between my feet,

there was my home town. When the

Atlantis launches the final shuttle mission Adelaide's astronaut won't

shed a tear. It's time has come.

NASA feels its job in lower earth

orbit is done. The shuttle helped

build the international space

station piece by piece over 13

years, but the failures have been

just as spectacular. The

Challengeer exploded on lift-off in

86, killing all seven people on

board and Columbia's crew perished

when the craft disintegrated on re-

entry. The Columbia is lost. That

was 2003 and the program was

suspended for two years. Andy

Thomas was on the very next flight.

I knew that was probably the safest

shuttle point to that point. A

shuttle launch now costs $450

million. A big part of America's

decision to hand over the reins.

The US will buy a seat on board

Russia's Soyez rocket - a once

unthinkable partnership. It leaves

NASA to focus much further afield.

The agency must focus its resources

on exploration beyond low earth

orbit out into deep space such as

to the moon or to asteroids or the

moons of Mars or Mars itself. Andy

won't be suit be up for that but is

designing rovers and support system

for the next generation. NASA has

given a 70 per cent chance that bad

weather will ground the Atlantis

tomorrow. It's not alone - less

than half of all mission that takes

off from here actually meet their

deadline. NASA is expecting one

million people will gather in

Florida to farewell the Atlantis, a

final chapter in a 30-year odd -

Oddysey that took a boy from

Adelaide to the stars. To have this

almost impossible goal and to make

it real - that's the reward I get

from it. It's been an amazing ride.

Emma there with Andy Thomas. Quite

a guy really. He really S next up,

a bit of bull to end the week.

Tonight, George, we ask: should

someone who has knowingly damaged

their organs If I didn't have blood transfusions, I'd last eight weeks...max. It's amazing how something so small changed my life completely and gave my life back to me. I needed blood because I had cancer. My thanks can't be expressed in words. It's just to say, "Here I am."

Please roll up your sleeves and give blood. Call 13 14 95 today.

Before we go, that bit of bull we

promised... If you're wearing one

you might want to hang on to your

hat Ncase you missed it the world's

best bull riders are here at the

moment for the Australia Cup this

weekend. It's fair to say that the

closest Eddie Myer gets to

livestock is when it's served

medium rare - until tonight ,that

is. It's described as the most

dangerous eight seconds in any

sport... It's not hard to see why.

This is professional bull riding -

loud, fast, absolutely crazy, so of

course Aussies want to do it too.

There are only a handful competing There are only a handful competing

in the US - home of the sport.

Brendan Clarke is Australia's

longest standing bull rider. This

sport is not for everyone. It's a

great spectator sport. People love

to watch us get on Bulls. But not

many people really want to do it

themselves. Ben Jones is an

exception and exceptional. The boy

from Newcastle now number 9 in the

world. He is chasing a championship

taming some of the angryest animals

on earth. What was it when you got

on that first bull that got you

hooked? It was that feeling. When

you're a kid you don't know what

you're a kid you don't know what

that feeling is, but it's the

adrenaline rush. It shows; his

victory dance is legendary. In this

game joy can be short lived. You

get a reality check every time.

That's when you see the bull jump

out, you will know what it's gonna

do and the next minute your feet up

up around your ears. Then there is

Brendan Allan. In the old days he

would be called a clown... We're

the moving target for them. Bull

fighters get in the animal's face

to keep them away from a fallen

rider. He gets stepped on. How

about our bull fighters one more

time. I'm going to ask a question

and I mean it with the greatest of

respect: are you nuts? No... Well,

I hope not. Must be like running

into the path of an on coming

truck? If they catch you. 900 kilos

heading at you at 40 kilometres an

hour t would be like getting hit by

a truck. It comes with a tally of

injury. These are just the ones

they can remember. Generally after

every show you go home with a

bruise of some description. And the

beasts have names such as Night

stalker and Insane. They may look

gentle enough now but the simple

act of putting them in the pen has

"switched them on". They are

basically waiting for action. They

would probably charge me if I went

in there. Very glad there is a

fence between us. Jared breeds them

carefully not to be nasty but to be

athletes. They know if you're left

handed or right handed. It sounds

strange, but they do. Once they go

into a turn and you're this far out,

the next time you do the turn, five

seconds into the ride you're gone

because the Bulls feel it and they

will go faster and faster and

faster. What do those blokes do for

fun? If newer Sydney tomorrow night

that load of old bull is on at Acer Arena. Arena.

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Tonight, should people who have

knowingly damaged their organs be

allowed new ones? Up, up and away

for the final time - is there any

real value in a World Heritage

Listing. Plus the week that was and

the metro whip. This is '7 PM

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right now what is happening? Friday,

8 July, former 'News of the World'

editor Andy Coulson is expected to be arrested. Rupert Murdoch

announced the paper will print its

finally decision this Wednesday

after 168 years in business.