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That's WIN News Wednesday night. at wintv.com.au. The headlines are on our website News team. I'm Peter Leonard, from the WIN Calm restored - soldiers begin a charm offensive. peace breaks out in Timor as our Exclusive pictures - miracle survival on Mount Everest. Lincoln Hall coming to terms with his It's a strange world at the moment. Drivers gouged - Tunnel costs so much. the real reason why the Cross City And butt busters - who litter city pavements. on the spot fines for smokers I picked it up! It doesn't matter, sir. This program is captioned live. Good evening. After days of mob violence, has descended on East Timor a degree of calm declaring a State of Emergency with President Gusmao of the country's security forces. and apparently seizing control disputed by PM Alkatari But the move is already being who says he's still in charge. charge, and Damian, more confusion? Tonight, it's not clear who's in Yes, Mark, I think the consensus is is calling the shots, that President Gusmao to go down without a fight. but the Prime Minister isn't going Probably the only thing that is clear are making real progress is that Australian forces law and order. in the battle to restore It's an extraordinary turnaround - running battles between rival gangs. 24 hours ago, this was the scene of Today, that tension has gone. on the streets of Dili. Slowly, normal life is resuming A lone supermarket is open are back in business. and a handful of market stalls but just one at a time. This bank was letting in customers, have a chance It means Australian soldiers they've come to protect. to get to know the people G'day. G'day. There we go. The new mood is down to this man. the Defence and Interior ministers, Last night, President Gusmao sacked of the armed forces apparently seizing control

for the next 30 days.

a state of grave crisis. We chose to call this situation insists he's still in control. Prime Minister Alkatiri however, are doing their best While foreign forces on security here, to maintain a stranglehold is now effectively the man in charge news that Gusmao was widely welcomed on the streets. Mr Xanana Gusmao very good man. Good news. Food is more plentiful today, the queues are staggering. but at the city's rice warehouse While most wait patiently, when the Australians struggle there are moments to contain groups who break through. And the gang problem remains. faster than anyone can fight them. They continue to set fires And then we'll come back down. Just going up here a bit. has been all but destroyed. This village, Becora, to the east, are detained, Four suspected arsonists to burn. but here there's little left have their work cut out, Australian soldiers run by vigilantes dismantling the road blocks and disarming civilians - what the conflict means. some too young to know Why was his brother carrying this throw it and run away? and why did his brother of yesterday's mob violence One of the targets was the Attorney-General's office. the 1999 massacres were stored there. Crucial records relating to Around half are now missing. that everything was under control, After being criticised for claiming confident about today's assessment. the Australian commander felt of hooligan misbehaviour And the general low level than it was yesterday. is far better today on the main road from the airport, But late today trouble flared and burning. with the gangs resuming the fighting National Nine News. In Dili, Damien Ryan, future Australian Defence casualties As a result of the Kovco blunder, on Australian aircraft will be brought home escorted by at least two colleagues. Kovco was left in a Kuwait mortuary Last month the body of Private Jake and the remains of a Bosnian man to Australia instead. were brought back Friends and colleagues of Sue Fear of her death in the Himalayas have now accepted the tragic news

from her Sherpa guide. following a direct account in an ice crevasse The 43-year-old was lost on Mount Mannaslu on Sunday, reached base camp the same day her friend Lincoln Hall after his escape from Everest. of Sue Fear's death Hall has now been told to Australia. as he prepares to return The husband who was lost, of a thankful wife. now back in the arms was next, Close friend Simon Balderstone he didn't want to let go. and humour. The reunion brought relief You've had an up and down week. Amazed at his resilience, a full medical check-up doctors put Lincoln through How's your chest? It's not good. Yet. had improved dramatically His breathing since reaching a lower altitude but civilisation is an odd place which the Nepalese call after the extremes of a mountain Mother Goddess of the Earth. It's a strange world at the moment. on the fingertips of both hands, There was frostbite on his right foot. his right thumb and on toes could even just fall off. Over time, the fingertips soaked in antiseptic, The injured hands and feet were then carefully bandaged. coated with aloe vera,

with his life. Lincoln Hall was ready to get on You know, I was really very amazed. He looked really very normal. is to rest, The doctors advice to Lincoln and drink plenty of fluids, watch television well enough and he's also been told that he's whenever he's ready. to travel home to Australia paying tribute to Sue Fear. Hall's climbing community is now Her body is lost deep in the crevasse, fate meaning she gets her final wish to be buried in the icy heights. In Nepal, Dale Paget, National Nine News. The Auditor-General has gone a long way towards explaining why Sydney motorists are paying so much to use the Cross City Tunnel.

In a report highly critical of the tendering process, he says fees negotiated between the operator and the RTA are being re-couped by gouging tunnel users. The Auditor General found the cross city tunnel is too expensive. The toll, for a relatively short section of road, is very high. And he says it'll only get higher, predicting a 35% hike within 12 years. This has been a whole exercise in trying to con them into using the tunnel and it's not value for money. The Auditor General described the project's tendering process as seriously flawed. On the $47 million sweetener offered to the RTA by the winning bid, he said: It could have been structured in such a way that the lowest toll, other things being equal, that the bid with the lowest toll would have won the right. There was a never a thought given to the motorists of this State, they were never, they were never spared a place at the negotiating table. As for the road closures, the Attorney-General said there should have been what he termed a robust assessment of how they would affect traffic flow. In terms of the impact on those who didn't want to use the tunnel. With the half-price toll period due to end on Monday, the Roads Minister hinted indicated the Government has renewed efforts

to talk the operators into an extended or permanent reduction. Serious commercial negotiations have been going on and there were even some this morning.

Adam Walters, National Nine News. The Premier, meanwhile, went down the well-worn path of being photographed with kids. It was all to do with an announcement of $85 million over four years for the pre-school sector. Every 4-year old will have the opportunity, the access to universal pre-school care. Money will be spent immediately to help financially struggling pre-schools but the plan also promises to eventually reduce fees for parents. The controversial move to merge the Liberal and National Parties in Queensland has hit the wall. After three days of intense in-fighting, both sides are backing off but the division has already taken a heavy toll, leaving the Howard Government embarrassed and Federal National party leader Mark Vaile damaged.

When Labor leader Kim Beazley suggested the proposed merger would see Federal National MPs from the Sunshine State deserting to the Liberal Party... Queensland Nationals will disappear, according to this document. ..Mark Vaile adopted the Joh Bjelke-Petersen defence. To use a well-worn phrase, don't you worry about that. Outside the house, the Federal National Leader confidently declared that the merger would not go ahead. We are quickly moving to the point

where the proposed merger is not going to be achievable. A highly-placed Queensland Liberal source

described the plan as stone, motherless, dead. And the Prime Minister gave it last rites. I think if the two parties work together in coalition they will get the best result. Deputy leader of the Federal Nats Warren Truss said the proposal would have been rejected by the party's Queensland rank and file anyway. A model that essentially led to their party ceasing to exist, that all of its assets, all of its members simply being transferred to another political party with little or nothing in return. But the damage a merger would have caused to the Federal Coalition was the main factor that killed it off. The one big party idea was launched on Sunday, sunk by Wednesday. The exercise botched so badly National and Liberal party leaders that the positions of the State N tional and Liberal party leade s could now come under threat. And Mr Vaile's standing has been badly weakened. He's stuck with the nickname 'mushroom Mark' in the dark about the pla . because of the way he was kept in the dark about the plan. Laurie Oakes, National Nine News. There are claims tonight of double standard in Parliament when it comes to offensive remarks.

Shadow Health Minister Julia Gillard was suspended from the Lower House

for 24 hours

for calling Tony Abbott, a quote, "snivelling grub." When asked to withdraw the statement, this was her response. If I've offended grubs, I withdraw unconditionally. And this was Tony Abbott only last week after he labelled a Labor MP a snivelling grub. If I've offended grubs, I withdraw unconditionally. Unconditionally. The difference was Mr Abbott's withdrawal was accepted by the speaker while today Ms Gillard's wasn't and she was ordered to leave. It's one of those crimes that most people loathe but goes largely unpunished, smokers dropping their butts on the ground. Well Sydney Council has clearly had enough and is now targeting litter bugs who light up hoping to stop the 5.5 million butts that are tossed away each year. If you do this - expect to be greeted with this, a fine. $60 in fact, issued by the only plain clothed city rangers. Would you have something that would verify your name and place of address? Because that's where I need to send the fine to. No. This cab driver was just one smoker caught today dropping his butt in the gutter He picked it up only when he realised he'd been caught. I picked it up! It doesn't matter, sir, you wouldn't have picked it up if I hadn't have spoken to you. Because he littered from a motor vehicle,

he's up for a $200 dollar fine. You have 21 days to pay it. I have to work hard to cover the fine! The Sydney City Council rangers were just one group out in force on World No Tobacco Day. Anti-smoking action groups were fighting the prevalence of these - tin cigarette holders where the health warnings can be discarded. This one you can just peel off the health warning. But anti-smoking campaigners say it's the teenage smokers that still aren't being targeted and it doesn't help their cause

when cigarettes such as these are being sold. They're strawberry flavoured, they come in a pink box and they're clearly designed to appeal to younger girls. If that issue arises, I'll raise it with the Minister for Health and we'll make a uniform effort to ban flavoured cigarettes. Jessica Rich, National Nine News. In the news ahead, how to fight back against junk mail on the Internet. Dangerous dummies - is your baby at risk ? And the building they call 'the cigarette lighter' goes up in flames. SONG: # Hey, where's my Weet-Bix? # For real energy and lasting goodness, nothing beats 97% wholegrain Weet-Bix. SILENCE WHOOSH! Mate, how many do you do? Absolutely beautiful. I'll take it. Excellent choice, madam. I'll wrap it for you now. Absolutely beautiful. I'll take it. Excellent choice, madam. I'll wrap it for you now.

Here's a story certain to trouble any new parent.

A recent survey by 'Choice', the consumer magazine, has exposed some disturbing safety concerns about babies' dummies. Half of those tested failed to meet the industry standard because their shield was either small enough or flexible enough to fully enter a child's mouth. We think that most parents would quite reasonably expect that any dummy they bought would be safe for their baby.

There are now calls to make safety standards mandatory rather than voluntary. An astounding two thirds of all emails sent on the Internet are spam, those unsolicited messages which try to sell you something you don't need or trick you into giving away money. But now you can fight back with a new weapon which dobs in the sender to a Government regulator. It's the most offensive four letter word in cyberspace. the Internet The enormous volumes of spam on th Internet

not only frustrate and annoy as they clog up in-boxes, they're a major and increasing cost to business, companies forced into ever more expensive filtering and quarantine systems. Around about two thirds of the traffic on the Internet is actually spam. Of all traffic? Of all traffic. The Federal Communications Regulator wants to change that. At least, to reduce the daily avalanche of unwanted and sometimes unpalatable junk email. It's developed software called 'Spammatters,' easily downloaded from the authority's website

with a double edged effect. W en you go back to your email When you go back to your email you can delete your email and report the spam to the authorities at the same time. It's unique opportunity in that it actually gives us the forensic evidence we need to find out where the spams coming from and to investigate with the powers we have. Which are substantial. $200,00 fine for a first offence, more than a million for serial spammers. It doesn't stop or prevent spam. What it's going to do is to allow us to dob in spammers to the Government. But the experts also have a warning spammers might be tempted to massively overload the authority's website, creating an almost impossible workload for the communications authority and its cyber detectives. Peter Harvey, National Nine News.

Now to the Indonesian earthquake and hopes of finding any more survivors are all but gone as the death toll rises to 5,700.

Aid is now reaching most of the affected areas with officials putting the total number of homes damaged by Saturday's quake at almost 135,000. 200,000 people are living in emergency shelters A spectacular fire has caused major damage to the tallest building in Kazakhstan. The 38-storey skyscraper houses government ministries. Everyone got away safely from the blaze. Because of its shape, the building has the nickname of 'The Cigarette Lighter.' American jockey Edgar Prado has been reunited with the racehorse Barbaro more than a week after a sickening accident during the Triple Crown series and surgery to repair the stallion's broken leg. He's a true champion. He's fighting to survive. Normally horses are put down after such a serious injury but Barbaro has a potential stud value of $40 million and so far his vet says he's making good progress.

Ken with sport next and Craig Gower - desperate to regain the Blues half back spot. He's a chance to play club football this weekend. Also, Harry Kewell pulling his weight for the Socceroos. And so far so good for Lleyton Hewitt at the French Open.

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It's great to have access to Australia's largest electronic banking network. And now it's even better because just $4 a month can give you unlimited everyday Commonwealth Bank electronic transactions. Recovering from a knee injury, Penrith halfback Craig Gower is a 50/50 chance of playing for his club this weekend.

He's desperate to force his way back into the NSW team but that's easer said then done, with Brett Finch, the hero of Origin One, having plenty of supporters. After his freak accident on the eve of Origin One, Gower didn't expect to be off crutches for a month but today he was back playing his second favourite sport and is now eyeing off a comeback for the Blues. I'll run tomorrow and hopefully I'll know more then so at the moment things are looking good. The Penrith halfback is hoping to push his case against Manly on Sunday and Steve Menzies better watch out. Brett Finch got his chance after Menzies collided with Gower at training.

Finch finished an Origin hero and Gower says he owes the Manly veteran. If I play this week and Beaver's out there, I'll take his knee out so we'll see how we go. At an Origin lunch today none of the players were keen to take sides in the halfback debate. You've got Gower who is so experienced and so tough and you've got Finchy who, I suppose you could say, is still young so enthusiastic. And Graham Murray was more interested in talking up possible changes to the Queenslanders. I think Tony Carroll will be there and I think Chris Flannery will be there. Either way, Murray hoped his views weren't going anywhere. The good thing about Origin is, you get, you know - everything we are discusing today won't go outside this room, I know that! The Blues concede with the series on the line in Game 2,

Queensland will be fair more formidable. Clinton Fletcher, National Nine News. Japan has reminded the Socceroos just what they face in their opening World Cup match, by drawing against football heavyweights Germany. With 12 days to go before they run out against the Asian champions, the Socceroos are in high spirits. The Socceroos' body language is all positive, the normally poker-faced Mark Viduka has been reinvigorated under Guus Hiddink's leadership. Daily - two vigorous 2.5-hour training sessions leave the players happily exhausted. The boys are knackered, but the spirits high, but the boys have been training so hard in Australia now here it's even stepped up a little bit more. Two days after Mark Schwarzer said he was the man for Australia's goalkeeping job, his backup Zeljko Kalac has responded defiantly. Everyone's keeping each other on their toes, no positions are certain at the moment and that's the best part of it. Harry Kewell continues to make steady progress - harnessed up, the Australian diamond was literally pulling his load and some. Trigger happy snappers capturing every step. In Munich, Germany's goalkeeper Oliver Kahn is larger than life, but the football heavyweights got a fright from Japan when down 2-0. They eventually forced a draw. The Socceroos meet Japan in game one of their World Cup campaign. England had a 3-1 win over Hungary and at times played delightful football and came up with some new ways, to celebrate - rocking the baby while Paul Crouch became robot man after he netted. Lleyton Hewitt has made a winning return to Roland Garros booking a spot in the second round of the French Open. While fellow Aussie Sam Stosur was eliminated,

Hewitt won a four-setter against Czech Jan Hernych. After missing last year's tournament with injury, Hewitt shook off the ankle problems that plagued him last week unlike fifth-seed Andy Roddick, who was forced to withdraw from the tournament. After the break, the CommSec finance report and Jaynie with the weather.

Andy's confidence must be rock

bottom, a long way from No.1.

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To finance - and Australia owes the rest of the world less money. Our trade deficit narrowing in April to a better-than-expected $1.1 billion. It's thanks to resource exports, but on the market mining giants BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto took a tumble. PBL was also lower. It strengthened its board, appointing Qantas CEO Geoff Dixon and Westfield's David Lowy as directors. The All Ords down 94 points. Thank you, Mark. Blue skies and minimal rain over autumn in Sydney and here's the proof! We had our sunniest autumn on record in Sydney

and very warm daytime temperatures with 40 days being over 25 degrees And with only 90mm of rain in the last three months, we have had our fifth driest on record. 2mm fell at Warragamba Dam but 17mm for the Upper Nepean catchment.

The Tasman low is bringing in southerly winds and light splashes along the southern NSW coast.

Another cold night for western NSW where in fact it has been the coldest May on record. We will be keeping an eye on this low in South Australia to bring widespread light falls to NSW by the end of the week.

Canberra & Melbourne expecting late showers Adelaide in for more rain and storms. Hobart, Perth, Darwin and Brisbane get the all clear! Sunrise with a mostly fine day cloudy skies, especially towards the coast. Light to moderate southwest winds. Our first sign of winter with early frost patches in the west, although warming up to 20. 19 degrees for the CBD. Surfers, your swell is dropping slightly. That low we saw earlier in SA should bring us a shower Friday night. With wet weather continuing for the next run of days. A great start to winter and hopefully a generous top up for the dams, Mark. And that's National Nine News for this Wednesday. I'm Mark Ferguson. Goodnight. Supertext Captions Supertext aptions by the Australian Caption Centre www.auscap.com.au Don't touch us, mate. Hey, don't touch the camera. On patrol with the booze bus - drivers blowing over the limit, then blowing their cool. Oi. Stop it. Also tonight, famous Aussie food brands losing out to generic labels - what it means for you on quality and price. Plus, testing slim patches, the new way to lose weight - but do they measure up?

And Jennifer Aniston on her new life and love. This program is captioned live. Hello, I'm Tracy Grimshaw. Welcome to A Current Affair. It's more than 20 years since random breath testing was introduced in Australia. But despite the risk they're taking with their own lives and the lives of others, some drivers still drink and try to beat the odds. And when they're caught out they're not always embarrassed or ashamed, just angry. How much have you had to drink? At the most I've had half a bottle of wine. That's fine. All good. Hey, mate, you're a disqualified driver and you're twice the legal limit. What were you doing driving? It's Friday night, we're roadside with the Victoria Police. And the booze bus is open for business. The device has detected alcohol on your breath, so now I require you to accompany me back to the booze bus. Some drivers realise how dangerous it is. Others perhap realis it Others perhaps realise it and just ignore it. Some people in the community are selfish. These are the types of idiots people are pulling off our roads. Why did you drive? Hey, don't touch the camera. Don't touch us. People who think they can get away with drinking and driving. You know about the dangers of drink-driving, don't you? These are serious consequences for drink-driving. Not that the fact you might lose your licence or be fined, but you're putting yourself at risk and other people's lives at risk by drinking and driving. Inspector Martin Boorman is tired of giving the same message. But it just doesn't seem to be getting through. EMOTIVE MUSIC Despite the campaigns and the carnage, the number of people being killed and injured on our roads in alcohol-related crashes is increasing. When we have to go around and tell someone that they've lost a loved one,

and then we go through the process and investigate that,

and it turns out that it's alcohol involved, you say to yourself "Why?