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(generated from captions) was captivated with the desert Born and educated in the UK, he viewed by many as barren and country and landscape, which is inhospitable. about 20 years and in that time Ian's been living in Australia for outback, particularly the desert he's been taken by the Australian spend a coupld of days there so he'll go out to the desert and

simple elements of land and sky. The paintings broken up into landscape of absence, so there's The desert landscape is a are equal elementary where both the sky and the ground The headlines can be found at team. I'm Tony Lynas, from the WIN News Good night for a possible return to Timor Australian forces ready as new violence erupts.

GUNFIRE Cruel twist of fate - but is killed by a second. a driver survives one truck crash Drastic action - canteens to reduce childhood obesity. soft drinks banned from school for our children. ...that is causing health problems

Under pressure - for an injury-plagued Blues team Brett Finch called up for tonight's Origin.

which is what you'd expect. He's excited, This program is captioned live. Good evening. The young nation of East Timor of order tonight is facing a destructive breakdown gunbattles in and around the capital, as renegade former soldiers wage of the fledgling democracy. challenging the authority Australian forces are on stand-by, at short notice, ready to move in and impose order an official call for help. but so far they have not had west of Dili. The rebels hold the hills GUNFIRE our crew was fired on. In recording their fight, GUNFIRE and took cover. They abandoned their vehicle rounds from the automatic weapons. The 4-wheel drive was hit by a few

from the hill in front of us Well it appears they were coming in the roof of the vehicle. because there's several bullet holes Australian soldiers saw the damage - not part of an armed force. advisers stationed there, moved to open port, ready to sail. However, in Darwin, HMAS 'Kanimbla' are moving from Townsville Another two navy ships is on stand-by in the top end. and a battalion-sized combat force remains dangerous. The situation in East Timor

t o men were killed, six injured. This was the violence yesterday - two men were killed, six injured.

Embassy staff were being evacuated. Today, non-essential Australian has been speaking The Foreign Affairs Minister Jose Ramos Horta, throughout the day, with his East Timorese counterpart, a formal request for help. but Dili has still not made our Government won't move in. Without that, as the Acting PM has said, We do have troops pre-positioned,

quickly, and they are ready to be deployed either to assist in evacuation the situation in Dili. or possibly to help to stabilise with a 2-day riot in late April, The violence started has now caused a political crisis. led by a rebel army faction, which Michael Usher, National Nine News.

an accident at Bargo A truck driver who survived early this morning on the Southern Highlands

was killed a short time later two police cars at the scene. when another truck wiped out The 72-year-old died instantly. as well. Four policemen were almost hit wedged under a tow truck. A smashed police van

the wreckage of a police car - Further up the highway, beyond recognition. the rear half crushed the body of a truckie. Close by on the ground,

who saw it all happen A distraught police officer was comforted by a colleague. It started as a minor accident. a guard rail at 3:00 this morning. The small tabletop truck ran into The driver escaped uninjured. cars parked in a left-hand lane, A tow truck arrived and two police had little time to brake. but a TNT truck hauling two trailers the two unoccupied police cars, It rammed into

and veered off into the bush. swiped the smaller truck

the scene, As the TNT truck approached

the two police cars. it lost control and smashed into into the bush. Four officers fled for their lives

While they survived, was killed instantly. the driver of the smaller truck father-in-law. The man killed was Peter Mifsud's in your whole life. You couldn't have met a better bloke he could do anything. He was what they call a MacGyver -

of the big TNT truck, After talking to the driver why he didn't slow down. investigators still have no idea the revolving lights on - The police had their lights on - to warn oncoming traffic. Six hours after the crash, was still a mess. north-bound traffic on the Hume onto detour roads, One by one, trucks were slowly moved

have claimed another four lives. past an accident that could easily Mark Burrows, National Nine News. on the Harbour Bridge There was also a major crash peak period. at the height of this morning's three lanes being closed. It involved five cars and resulted in was quickly cleared, While the wreckage especially on the northern approach. there were significant delays, after being trapped. One person was taken to hospital Another child has been hit by a car. was knocked over on Kurrajong Road This time a 7-year-old boy at Casula, in Sydney's south-west. He suffered a severe head injury to Westmead Children's Hospital. and has been flown for the State Government today. And a major road safety embarrassment over a major road safety project. to spend $300 million, At the weekend it announced plans upgrading safety around schools. the Treasurer to the Roads Minister But a leaked internal letter from some serious concerns. has now revealed It says: was an expression of interest - The announcement the Minister made to seek expressions of interest. these school crossing upgrades? When are we actually going to see delivered and if so, when ? Are they actually going to be The Government explained to fund the project. that it wants private sponsorship when Neville Wran was Premier, 24 years ago, the NSW Government first announced in school canteens. that it would ban soft drinks announced it again, Today Premier Morris Iemma next year, saying it would definitely happen

because of a worrying rise in childhood obesity. One in four NSW children are overweight or obese.

one of the main causes has been identified as sugar-rich soft drinks. With the sugar concentrations - that is causing health problems for our children. We've got to look in schools and beyond to try and reduce obesity in our community.

Soft drinks, energy drinks, flavoured mineral water and sports drinks will be banned in all public schools. But suppliers say it'll backfire.

When you ban things, you make them more attractive

and that's the last thing you ever want to do. Yes, you'll get some kids who'll go down to the local corner shop. Very small impact on our overall business. The ban follows a survey into physical activity and nutrition, which found child obesity was in epidemic proportions.

The issues are worse in the lower socioeconomic region.

The study revealed almost a third of older children eat junk food at least four times a week. 40% of high school students skip breakfast. And that 15% of children don't have dinner. The survey, involving more than 5,000 students at 93 schools across the State,

found that children as young as 15 were showing signs of diabetes,

liver damage and heart disease. The drink ban starts from term one next year. Adam Walters, National Nine News. The family of a terminally ill toddler say they're puzzled and confused by the lengthy delays in getting him a specialised wheelchair. They were promised the chair two months ago but the State Government's now admitted

it wasn't actually ordered until Monday. A wheelchair is the least of Lewis Cass's problems tonight,

as his tiny lungs fight pneumonia in hospital. Lewis has a spinal muscular disease. A wheelchair similar to this would give him some mobility to play with his brothers. We wanted this to happen quick so he could get some use out of it and enjoy time out with us. On Saturday, two months after a chair was promised,

the Health Minister claimed the order was in. An order has been placed with the United States manufacturers. But the order for the chair and its specialised seating was not placed with Australian suppliers until Monday. The Minister today explained the chair had to be custom designed. And that process resulted in a requisition being lodged, finally, on Monday.

It has been frustratingly time consuming and I understand that and I've expressed regret that it's such a lengthy process. The Opposition claims the delay is a symptom of poor funding for disability equipment. It's appalling that the only way people get action for equipment such as wheelchairs is after lobbying in the media. Even with a rush placed on the wheelchair order, it still won't arrive for another three weeks and that's a long way off for a little boy who doctors say is still seriously ill. Each day as it comes. We're just hoping the best for Lewis. Dale Paget, National Nine News. Prime Minister Howard is heading home, completing his 2-week overseas trip with an address to Ireland's Parliament. The reception lacked some Irish charm, with a quarter of the MPs standing Mr Howard up. Green and Socialist politicians stayed away in protest at Australian policies on Iraq and asylum seekers. Good on 'em. If they don't agree with me, they don't have to turn up. But most of the no-shows were Labour MPs who apparently just couldn't be bothered. State of Origin has a habit of producing plenty of drama, even before a tackle has been made, and tonight is no different. Ken is out at Telstra Stadium for game one of the 2006 series -


Game one has plenty going for it.

We know all the drama last night.

Before we get to that, have a look

at the crowd turning up. We are

expecting 72,000 plus, making it

the biggest crowd for game one for a

State of Origin series. Plenty of

drama leading into it. It's captivated the crowd and we are

captivated the crowd and we are

expecting to see a terrific game of expecting to see a terrific game of

Rugby League. One man that's been

there, done it, made a comeback a

couple of years ago, Brad Fittler,

Andrew Johns did it. Did he make

the right decision. I think he made

the wise decision. Being the first

game, he did the right thing. Danny

Buderus is going to splairbgs he

fit enough? Most probably fit enough? Most probably not. He's

a special character, he's as tough

as anyone I know, they would have

lost a lot without him. He's done

it for NSW, that will help the team.

Finch comes in at the half-back, Finch comes in at the half-back,

he's had 24 hours to think about

State of Origin. How will he handle

it. If you remember, Finchy, in his

first game, was given three days,

this is down to one day, he did a

great job before. It will take his

nerves away and make the NSW change

their game plan, SIM pliify it and

it will help the team. 7 debut

tants for Queensland, they've had a tants for Queensland, they've had a

smooth run-in. They have a lot of

leads, Lockyer, Price, Civoniceva.

They had 10 debutantes in 2001, and

they smacked us. I can't take that

into anything. We'll be back later

with the rest of the day's supported. See you then. In the news ahead - Australia criticised over human rights. The mercy dash to save the life of a little Timorese boy. And the Aussies showing Britain how to bloom in drought.

Dozens of people were evacuated from a Martin Place office block this afternoon after being overcome by fumes. Solvent being used on a timber floor was to blame. 25 people needed treatment. Three ended up in hospital. Amnesty International has published its annual report card, and Australia has scored badly on several fronts. Under fire - our treatment of Aborigines and the controversial policy on asylum seekers. The international human rights watchdog

doesn't like much of what its found in Australia, from the treatment of women to counter-terrorism laws that affect basic human rights.

Worst of all - the plans to detain all refugees in offshore holding centres.

Nauru was about Australia's Guantanamo Bay, our own black hole where there's no legal remedies, where people are out of sight, out of mind. Refugee supporters believe the Government will dismiss Amnesty's criticisms. If they've been prepared to wear it as a bit of a badge of pride, to shrug off international criticism,

and I think they'll probably try and do the same thing here. The Government says it's happy with the system. This is the system that we've been using for years and it has provided Australia with effective border protection. But some Liberal MPs remain deeply concerned at the offshore policy, and they'll be urging the Government to change. Amnesty says Australian governments are not doing anywhere near enough to combat unacceptably high levels of violence against women, especially in Aboriginal communities. Violence against women - 45 times higher, 11 times more likely to be in prison, life expectancy - 17 years less than white Australians. Peter Harvey, National Nine News. The world's most famous mountaineer, Sir Edmund Hillary, has questioned a fellow New Zealand climber for leaving another man to die on Mount Everest. Mark Inglis was initially celebrated as a hero, after reaching the summit last week on two artificial legs. But near the top he passed British climber David Sharp, who was out of oxygen, stranded and dying. Trouble is, at 8,500m, it's extremely difficult to keep yourself alive, let alone keep anyone else alive. That attitude, to me, is pathetic.

The British climber's family say they don't blame anyone for their son's death.

A team of Sydney doctors has carried out a delicate operation to save the life of a young boy from Timor with serious heart problems. With the political troubles in his homeland,

a mercy dash to Australia was his best chance of survival. When Canizio Barreto was flown by Rotary to Australia

for urgent assessment, doctors at the Children's Hospital Westmead knew he was coming with a blocked valve in his heart, which was struggling to pump blood around his little body. But tests also revealed a second problem - a hole in his heart wall. Having both conditions is rare. There's no question that his life would have been shortened by the problems that he had in his heart. But instead of traumatic open-heart surgery, Canizio today underwent a high-tech procedure,

where doctors use tiny catheters that are passed into the heart to correct the problem. First, to unblock the valve, they inserted a small balloon and inflated it. So what we do with the balloon is we actually split or tear into that tissue so that it moves more freely and allows the blood to pass across. For the second, more complex part of the procedure, doctors measured the size of the hole in the heart wall.

Then a device which looks like two miniature umbrellas was delicately manoeuvred up through the tubing into the heart chamber, folding out to seal the hole. DOCTOR: So you can see it forming, it's there within the heart. It took just over an hour. Doctors relaying the good news to Canizio's very relieved mother. Remarkably, little Canizio's heart is doing so well, he could technically go home Friday. But with the situation so tense in East Timor, he'll be staying close to the Children's Hospital at Westmead, where doctors can keep an eye on him. Sheryl Taylor, National Nine News. At the Olympics of gardening, it's gold for Australia. The so-called drought-proof garden won the gold medal in the 'Show Garden' section at the Chelsea Flower Show. Features include a glass table set over a water fountain and large Australian grass trees. The garden was reportedly a favourite of the Queen Ken will have more on the build-up to Origin I after the break. Plus, the Socceroos all set but Vidmar in tears at a dream denied. MAN: OK, ladies, turn left. Back. (Sheep bleats) Number two, step forward, please. Excludes sleepwear. suddenly got even better. Sporty looks,

and to top it all off, a new 5-speed Activematic or 6-speed manual. The very new Mazda6. Now twice as good. No, make that three times. SONG: # Zoom, zoom, zoom! #

Despite all the disruptions for New South Wales, tonight's opening Origin game remains very much an even money bet. As we reported earlier, captain Danny Buderus has recovered from a back injury and will play. But what about the challenge facing Brett Finch? The late withdrawal of Craig Gower has left Finch with no time to prepare. It's been one hell of a preparation for the Blues. on match day Never before has the team trained o match day but Finch's late inclusion and the need to put him through the plays meant there was simply no choice. You know, he's a very enthusiastic and confident young man and he'll bring a fair bit to the game tonight for us. Finch was third in line to replace the luckless Craig Gower. Andrew Johns knocked back an SOS because he wasn't mentally prepared.

Matt Orford said no because he's carrying an injury. But the Roosters halfback couldn't wait to join the team for what will be his second Origin appearance. He's looking forward to it and so are his team-mates. Finch made his debut in 2004 under identical circumstances. Queensland won that game 22-18 and there will be plenty of tingles when they run out tonight. To put it bluntly, it's fear - there's fear that goes through every footy player, I suppose, when he goes onto that field. Compared to the Blues, the Maroons' build-up has been as smooth as a newborn's bottom. Sure, they've got seven rookies, but there's been no injury scares, no late changes, and, despite having never won in 10 appearances at Telstra Stadium, Queensland packs all the confidence a State can muster. It's going to be a great forward battle up front -

something I'm really looking forward to and I know Pricey's the same. Whatever happens tonight, both teams say there'll be no excuses. The Queenslanders are of course playing for lost pride, while NSW is determined to rub their nose in it We should be treated to another Origin classic. Clinton Fletcher, National Nine News. Socceroos coach Guus Hiddink is still keeping his cards close to his chest ahead of tomorrow night's match against Greece. Hiddink says there'll be few surprise but he won't name his team until match day. A photo call for the entire squad, but which 11 will run on to the MCG tomorrow night remains a mystery. One Socceroo Hiddink can't call on is Tony Vidmar - today paid due respect by peers and members of the media. APPLAUSE

After 15 years of national service, Vidmar's World Cup dream ended three weeks ago when he was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat. The cardiologist, the professor in London, said "I shouldn't be talking to you - you live your life normally, "but as a footballer, for the short term, it's too dangerous." Despite being European champions, Greece failed to qualify for the World Cup. Hiddink's convinced, come tomorrow night, one thing will be on their minds. They're looking a little bit more for Revenge. Andrew McKinlay, National Nine News. Fiji's famous Cloudbreak reef has once again put the world's best surfers on cloud nine. For the second day running, clean 2m waves helped Australians dominate the third round of the World Championship Tour Event.

But ride of the day belonged to merican Damien Hobgood, who almost fell and somehow avoided fellow surfers, then emerged from this barrel to score a 9.5. MAN: Wooo! Man!

Well done, Mark, we'll be back live

at 7:30. The Blues

After the break, the CommSec finance report and Jaynie with the weather. by 10, I reckon.

And the Sydneysider celebrating a very long and remarkable life. ALL: Hip, hip, hurray!

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To finance - Australia's biggest retailer, Woolworths, has named the boss of its supermarkets, Michael Luscombe, as its next chief executive. And AWB added 4 cents, despite its half-year profits sliding because of legal costs from the Cole inquiry. Now Jaynie with the weather, and will it be dry at Telstra Stadium tonight? Thanks, Mark, and good evening, everyone. We have a few showers brushing the coastline tonight, favouring the southern suburbs, and it looks like staying mostly fine in Homebush for tonight's State of Origin match. Quite a bit warmer today - 21 for most Sydney suburbs with fresh westerly winds most of the day. 21 for the CBD, which is 1 over the average.

It's now 18. Few showers on the south coast and adjacent ranges tonight, but last night we had over 100mm for southern areas.

Sydney had about 6mm at Cronulla and 2-3mm for most areas from last night's showers. Morning fog for Canberra, Melbourne and Hobart tomorrow. A cold and frosty start for Adelaide, 16. Dry for Perth, Darwin and Brisbane after another cold morning. Sydney - early birds will catch the sun rising at 6:50.

Much like today with mostly dry conditions. Cloud building towards the afternoon, westerly winds and possible evening showers. A cool night in the west.

And towards the coast we are set to hit 20. the 2m swell will stay steady. Southerly winds and showers on Friday. The weekend looking a little wet with onshore winds and a few coastal showers.

But for tonight, temperatures will be about 17 at kickoff. with light westerly winds, Mark. Finally tonight - a truly remarkable woman. Doreen Washington was among friends today, celebrating her 108th birthday. ALL: Hip, hip, hooray. It's been rich life - filled with ballroom dancing

and her beloved Mini Minor - the first ever seen in Australia - yet she steered clear of the fast lane. I was shy - a shy girl.

Now she jokingly refers to herself as an "old bird" who enjoys a quenching beer. Will you excuse me while I have a sip? Not at all, please. And, of course, on special days like today, there's champagne.

a gr at 100. So, cheers, Doreen - a great 100. That's National Nine News for this Wednesday. I'm Mark Ferguson. Go the Blues. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre

They don't see cars like we do. safely on their own - Why children can't cross the road safely on their own the frightening truth about their limited vision

and poor judgment. They are not little adults, they are little children.

Also tonight, racism in Australia - which of our cities are the least intolerant? Plus, the driver who's racked up more than $50,000

in speeding and other fines, but he says he shouldn't lose his licence. mega mansions, And we take a look at Australia's mega mansio s, and show you what $1 million can still buy in real estate. 4his program is captioned live. Hello. I'm Tracy Grimshaw. Welcome to A Current Affair. Parents and teachers spend an awful lot of time trying to drum the message about road safety into children.

Things like the need to stop, look and listen and remember to look both ways before they ever cross a road. But scientific research reveals a shocking reality - children just don't see things the way adults do. Are you good at crossing the road? Quite good. What do you have to do when you're crossing the road?

Look both ways and listen, I think. Parents overestimate their child's ability to cross the road and they think that 7- and 8-year-olds

are competent to cross any road. It takes your breath away. This is how our kids cross the road. They don't stop, they don't look, they just run. It's Russian roulette, and it's our fault. How old do you think a child should be before they could be allowed to cross the street on their own? At least eight, eight years minimum. I think between eight and nine. Do you think an 8-year-old could safely cross the road?

No, I personally wouldn't. I'd rather they were 10 at least.

In fact, a child under the age of 10 cannot cross the road safely

without an adult's help because their brain isn't wired like an adult's. They just don't see the road like we do. We have close to 180 degrees of peripheral vision,