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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Hello, I'm Peta Burton and welcome to State Focus, great to have your Bassingthwaite company. Today, Wollongong's Natalie makes her movie debut in "Prey". movie in just a moment. We'll meet the co-producer of that take a look at how the University of And, in just a moment as well, we'll nation's future more secure, with Canberra is helping to make the General Peter Leahy, who's in the former Chief of Army, Lieutenant studio with us now. Peter, to the council corruption But just before we get to hear from headlines this month. fallout that's dominated Wollongong be prosecuted over several big ICAC has recommended that 11 people on the phone is one of those people. development deals and joining us now impersonating ICAC officers and Ray Younan is accused of in Wollongong for a while, but joins soliciting bribes and he hasn't been you so much for taking the time to us now on the line. Hi Ray, thank speak to us this morning. Thank you. to these charges? First of all, what's your response you? That have been recommended against they're allegations, placed on the There's not actually charges, he likes. DDP. the commissioner can say what these charges that have recommended Okay, but what do you say that have been founded on? Absolutely rubbish. wanted to add though? Okay, is there anything that you commissioner has been saying, the Well look I believe what the and I believe in the commissioner Rudd government and all the issues saying regarding all the community but what the committee has been in Wollongong, I agree with them. too long and Wollongong, I don't The corruption has been going on for 10 years. fit into this. I've been working Okay Ray, take us back though. Australia though in the first place? What actually led you to leaving in the gulf area. I've been working here for 10 years with health reasons? Okay did it have anything to do reports about you not, your health Because I know there's been a few were the words that were used. not being up to scratch, I think Is that still the case? to come to the commissioner in Is it the case. I had two subpena Sydney, which I did that. hear him on two occasions. I came especially from overseas to health these days? How are you? And what about now, how's your you fit enough to travel? Are you fit enough for court? Are commissioner to see me. I am fit to travel. I rang the They refuse to take my call. take my calls. I send them emails, they refuse to They don't want to talk to me. to come to Australia to clear your Okay, now you said that you wanted coming home to tell the truth and to name and to use your words - I'm let justice prevail. Skase and die overseas. I'm not going to do a Christofer because you haven't been in So when can we expect you back Ray, Wollongong for a while. Sydney boy, I don't live in Wollongong. I'm a but I'll be back very soon. 3 weeks. I should be coming back in the 2 or lock in? Okay, is there a date that we can a flight yet. No I haven't got my confirmation on thought to clear your name. Okay, what do you think you can say you know, convicted of drug and Ray, you've got a bit of a history, theft charges. You know, though. do you think people will believe you, of the day to defend yourself? I mean, what can you say at the end sides. The law is pretty tough on both I don't deal in drugs number one. like, I'll let the law system take Number two, they can say what they it's course in Sydney when I return drug and theft charges didn't stand Okay, so are you saying that the in your past? No, it's not that it didn't stand. story That is was a long time ago, it's a that has allegations and conspiracy. us on the couch for a chat when you Okay, alright well, would you join come back in 3 to 4 weeks. I'll be happy to. State Focus, on this couch. Alright, well we'll welcome you to this morning though Ray and look all I really do appreciate your time holds. the very best with what the future Thank you. You're welcome thanks for you time. Bye bye. morning, as I mentioned earlier, we Ok, he a been very patient man this Lieutenant General Peter Leahy with have former Chief of Army, University of Canberra is lending a us today, to tell us about how the morning to you Pete. hand in our national security. Good Good morning. Focus. Lovely to have you with us on State You're very welcome. Thank you for the invitation.

involved with our national security? Now first of all, how is UC becoming institute for national security. They're starting a foundation, a very proud to have that position I'm to be the foundation director, important position not only for the because I think it is a very community more broadly. university but also for our or less hours for you from your Okay so does that mean more hours, previous job? I think in this start up faze I'll Well I have a little less hours but have to work up pretty hard. some ideas to put together and There's a lot of work to be done, but it is an important task. build a community at the university Sure. provide or prepare people How is the university going to I mean, I mean ultimately what will professionally I guess. What skills, they be trained in and for? already provided I guess through And how does that differ to what's defence services. training in a whole area of Well we already have alot of people studies, security. They do international and they do law, they do administration excellence in terms of what we say there are some centres of security elements, bio-security, would be the more mainstream biometrics for security. economic modelling so they've got There are people who do social and I think my task is to build a some great institutes out there and community around that. of that to make a sense that we're To put umbrella frame work on top this isn't just a task for soldiers all in this together to say that the task for everybody now. and diplomats anymore but it's now work A community to make sure that we together to ensure our security. to defence. You were, you've dedicated 37 years world that we live in today and our How would you describe that the to today. understanding of national security place. Well I think the world's a great army, I've enjoyed that enormously I've worked my life through the we're very privileged. and particularly here in Australia We've got wonderful people. We've got a wonderful country. We've got a real sense of identity as a nation. I think the values we live by, the way we have hopes and aspirations for our children. They're just great things. It's a place to be. It's a place to enjoy and that's why I'm still passionate about security. What about outside of Australia? Well there are some threats and challengers but we have some great friends and allies. And what we've seen these days is changes in the nature of security. It used to be that it was really the big threat came from other nations. State on state conflict. Now that threat is still there. But it's rather diminished I think. We've got mechanisms of control through the united nations and through other organisations in the world. But we're now seeing new novel, emerging threats such as problems with drugs. Transnational crime, pandemic and a whole variety of other things that means we need to harness other assets within our community and that's what I hope to do out at the university. How safe are we say, in Canberra? Or on the coast or in Wagga, Orange, Dubbo? Oh I think we're pretty safe. But we do need to be alert to things that might happen in the future and as the community working together as a whole nation or as a whole of government, we can ensure that security @ whole So today is more about enjoying wine and a bit of tennis, a bit of running and I hear that you're a good cook. (LAUGHS) I don't mind cooking. I'd say I'm an adventurous cook, my favourite recipe is one from Gerkhas and I served a couple of years with the Gerkhas in Hong Kong and the Gerkha cook in the British officers mess taught me that you add spices until good smelling's appeal. (LAUGHS, CLAPS) And I think that's my adventurous way of cooking. Just add spices until good smelling has appeared. And it normally works. What's the verdict? What is your lovely wife reckon? Oh they all eat it and there aren't too many comments. But no, good smellings is my recommendation. Listen, are your sons following in your footsteps? No, no they're not showing any inclination at that. In fact my eldest son when he was 20 was asked, are you gonna join I've been in it for 20 years. (LAUGHS) I don't think I was that tough as a dad, but they're leading their own lives and I'm very proud of what they're doing and making their way and hopefully helping the community as well. Thank you so much. It's a pleasure having you on the couch this morning. Thank you for the invitation. You're very welcome. All the best with this new role. Oh it's a great role at the university @ Oh i Look forward to hearing a bit of an update. Perhaps in 2009 how things are going. Look forward to it. And, coming up after the break a big screen debut for Wollongong's Natalie Bassingthwaithe in the Aussie-made movie "Prey". That's next on State Focus. You're watching State Focus. You know her rockin' moves and music as the lead singer of Rogue Traders. Now, Wollongong's Natalie Basingthwaite has hit the bright lights of Hollywood, starring in her very first film, "Prey", and Bobby Galinsky, the movie's co-producer joins us now from Melbourne. How ya going Bobby? Hey how ya going Peta. Good to meet you. Hey how ya g I like the Aussie accent. How'd I do there? Now listen, in your words, you said that this film is going to be bigger than Baz Luhrmann's Australia. How do you compete with a film like that? You did in 4 million dollars, he had a budget of 100 million plus. Well you see, that's wishful thinking. But we've got the number one hottest celebrity in the country right now, Natalie Basingthwaite. There's no body hotter, no body more admired or more loved and we think the fans are gonna come out in droves. We don't have the big budget, but it's a pretty wild premise. A nice sexy scary little family orientated film and the hottest chick in Australia. What more could you want? Tell us in 25 words or less about Prey. I heard it's a holiday gone bad. A big holiday gone bad. 6 kids, they go four wheel driving, they've all got a bit of a secret and as you all know when you're on vacation, things kind of go bad, but when you four wheel drive through and indigenous sacred site, and awake a 5000 year old curse, it kind of changes the plans a little bit. been on, but mine usually don't turn out like this. I can tell you now. Just wait. Now listen, you had a hunch about Natalie and there's talk about her being the next Kylie Minogue. Look, has she got what it takes to be a Kylie or to even be a Nicole Kidman? Seriously? I really believe so. I'm not a talent manager but I met Natalie a couple of years ago through a friend, former channel 10 news reader, Jennifer Hanson and Elizabeth Jackman, my producing partner and I looked at her, we said, this chick is gonna be a star, we originally cast her as a smaller lead after discussions with her management and I think she's gonna be the next thing in town. She is right now actually. Now here there are some rather controversial scenes, love scenes, tell us is there any truth to this rather controversial gay love scenes between Natalie and another woman. Is there any truth to that? Well all rumours are always true Peta. @ Well al (LAUGHS) The film was shot and is being cut to a PG 13 for the US. So kids can go? There is a... sorry? Kids can go? Kids can go. And if they want to see more than they can buy the unrated DVD next year. Okay. So when can we see it in Oz? When's it out here? We'll be making that decision in about 2-3 weeks. So local distributor will announce release date. Our guess would be late January, right after the Australia Day holiday. But we are screening in the US, early next month at the America Film Market. Yes, November 8. Have you bought your outfit? Yes, I've got a brand new outfit and you know, my hat with the corks, and ... (LAUGHS) Oh okay. ... no not really. for the screening over there and we expect to have a very big response by the time we open here. Listen what will the challenges in making this film? You know and what gave you premature grey hair? Although I think it's blonde. (LAUGHS) The Aussie dollar? It's kind of whiting, oh yeah. It has to be coloured because it's so many different shades from the curse. Actually, from the curse of the film. director challenges, we had from the on set we were ready to shoot mid last year and then Steven in, they took up dockland studios just when we were about to get it, they took a Quarry when we were about to do it, we ended up finding a large studio shed so to speak to shoot in, but we got the 2000 tons of sand that had been slated for war in the pacific. We got their sand so we were able to recreate the sacred site inside the shed. Listen, we've got so many local movies out there, locally made movies by some local movie makers as well. We've got Jindabyne that's been out. Hobby Farm is out there now, the Dinner Party, Wizem's on it's way so, is it possible, you know, it sounds like it's possible to make world class movies not just in Sydney, not just in Melbourne but in Goulburn, in Jindabyne, in Canberra. Absolutely, absolutely. It's not so much the, you don't need a big fancy location like a big studio in Sydney or Melbourne or Los Angeles. You just need a great story, a great local and I mean you can shoot it, doesn't matter whether it's in Gold-brick or Mittagong or story Peta and good actors telling a great story, well told, then it will carry to an international audience. No question. So what next for you now. I mean, I have heard that you haven't been getting much sleep. poor man. Um, we've had the prey nightmares. We move on to distribute the film here and overseas and then we may hopefully be using Natalie in a future film. We're doing a rather large budget film about the Rudex Trails, the automobile races that went all the way around Australia in the 1950s, which is the best Australian story, never told for an international audience. So that's our next step after Prey. Do you really think there's a real story in this film prey? I mean haven't we had enough of road trip stories, road trip films. It's not so much a road trip, it's a story about retribution and what happens when you hide things from your partners and are put under extreme stress and suddenly friends start dying off. do you align with the person you think could just help you escape. It's a good old supernatural scare. It's not a slasher film. And it's about hiding secrets and what happens when the unexpected comes up in the night. So to finish off. Have you got anything you'd like to share on State Focus with us this morning? That your partner may not know, or needs to know? Um, probably not. She knows most of my secrets and I probably am her singular horror film everyday of her life. She wakes up every morning screaming wondering how she possibly got into business with me. (LAUGHS) And one day she'll figure it out I guess. But it'll be too late. Listen, have a ball in LA November 8. Can't wait for it to open here and look, let's keep the figures crossed that Natalie Basingthwaite is up there with the Nicole and Kylie one of these days. Thank you so much, Bobby Galinsky. Thank you so much Peta and watch out for the Prey Curse! You're welcome. Okay I will. (LAUGHS) And stay with us for a chat with Cowra's country music man. Steve Forde is next on State Focus. Welcome back to State Focus. Time for some music now with has hand-cuffed country music and has hurled it in all new directions. Steve Forde is a farm-lovin', bare-back bronc-riding, golden guitar award-winning star and is on our State Focus couch this morning with a new album. Good morning to you Steve. G'day mate, how are ya? I'm very well. I love guns and guitars. Thank you very much. You know, I'm real proud of it. I've been proud of everything we've ever done, but this particular record really, you know, reflects where I am in life at the moment. Well, one of Australia's highest selling country albums. It's said to be rawer and lyrically deeper. Which means your getting softer and more sensitive. Exactly. It just means I'm getting old and not drinking as much beer. (LAUGHS) Well I guess music should evolve if you're honest with yourself in the studio. You know, I am definitely in a different place now then when I did some of the other records we've done, but you know, there's still that party stuff in there, that 19 year old beer drinker who will be inside me forever. Look, we're gonna talk about him in just a moment. So can you give us a bit of a taste maybe of 'I ain't that guy'. Yeah there's a song on there called, I ain't that guy, that I wrote it real late in the piece. We wrote it pretty much I think it was a Sunday afternoon at my house in Nashville and took it to the studio pretty much recorded it the next couple of days and that was it and it made the record as one of my favourites. Kick us off for a Sunday morning. It's cool, I think it's really cool. Okay here we go. (SINGS) Take your drink with you, your umbrella in it and shove it same place you can put your speed limit. While your at it take your suit, tie and jacket, your Armani shoes and your cute sunglasses. I ain't that guy. I ain't that guy. I ain't your GQ, well refined, sushi loving Mr Right, crying, sensitive kind. I ain't that guy. (CLAPS and LAUGHS) I ain't that guy. So tell us, who was Steve Ford at 18 years of age. I know you had your first band then. Yeah it was crazy days, but I guess they were no more crazy than anybody else. I just went through the same stuff as everyone else. I was rodeoing at the time, so that sort of... What were you thinking the day that you made that decision to get on a bucking bronco. It was late in my life compared to most guys. Most guys sort of come through the junior balls and all that sort of stuff, but I guess I was 17 or 18 and just wanted to go and give it a bit of try, you know I was a big fan of country music and just wanted to go. Do you still ride today? No I haven't been on now in a bunch of year. Okay. (LAUGHS) Rode for probably 3 or 4 years and it was great. It lead me to what I'm doing today. You know, something I always had to work at to be any good and you know, did alright but when the time came to decide between music or rodeo, you know. @ Music. Much better at music. It's safer, safer for the horse. There you go. Now tell us about growing up in Cowra? Well I was in Cowra when I was real young and you know we moved around a fair bit after that. Ended up doing primary school down the Hunter Valley, my dad worked in the mines and stuff. Moved around, ended up back out in the central west in a place called Grenfall in like mid 90s. 95/96. You still own a property there now. Yeah still got a place there now. I bought my place there in about 2000 sort of. And that's what I was doing before the music took off. I was just farmer during the week, driving my tractor and then. Do you get home much these days? Every week, you know, it's still home. My house on my farm is still you know, where I live and it's really cool because I've got the same neighbours and it doesn't ever feel any different. It just feels like I go away for a few days and I never get treated different or anything. You know it's really really cool. And there was a song you wrote about being a little one. That was me. Yeah that's right yeah. Can you give us a whirl of one? I sure will. That's a song, I wrote it, I actually had it ready for the last record. I wrote it with Matt Scallion and yeah, it's sort of just about being young and having fun and (SINGS) Stones skipping cross the creek. Jeans rolled up, no shirt and sand on my feet. Oh that was me. From pedal power to gasoline, cruising the town in one hell of a bad machine. Oh that was me Have you got the bad machine now? (LAUGHS) I've had so many bad machines. It's just cool because I think back on all those times and losing your licence for the first time and then the second time, all those sorts of things, which is no different to anyone. You know I went through all that stuff in my early 20s... What about the 63 dodge Polara. What about harvesting corn in Canvas, hitchhiking across 3 states to get to Nashville. You've done your research. I left out with a buddy when I was 21 years old in 98 and we flew into Texas. I had, you know, not a lot of money, you know like $1000 or something and we bought a big old car for 300 bucks and we drove you know from Texas all the way through the States up to Canada and Alberta and you know, all over. It was great. We dead set it was paper scissors, rock nearly at every corner as to left or right. What did that time though, as you say you're only 21 and why did you leave to go to the states, why didn't you harness the music career in Oz. I wasn't really singing then or doing much. I didn't really have much to do with it. I was just rodeoing and you know, just chasing fun more than anything and it was during that... Girls you were looking for! There you go, that's it. It was just, that period of my life that I really sort of really opened you know, make music and make a living at doing it and being a nice guy all at the same time. I had some people who I really looked up to that I got to spend some time with when I was over there in the states and was that whole coming of age thing. Which sounds you know, like you know, a bit of a line but it totally was you know a discovery thing for me and that's when I first started writing songs, you know a bunch of my older stuff, like rough stock riders and rodeo for you know, songs like that through those next couple of years of my life which really led me to you know, gun and guitars. Well as I have heard, from where you stand, life is looking pretty good which is a cue for where I stand. That doesn't sound rehearsed at all. (LAUGHS) That doesn (LAUGHS) No I did have a song on this new record, this is the last song on the album. I love this song. It's a song that you know, I felt really strongly about, some other guys that we talk about what's going on the record. We did feel really strong about it. But it just said what I wanted to say. You know, just the... it goes. (LAUGHS) From where I stand, sometimes it's hard to see what the hell's going on right in front of me. believe, might not get what you want, but you get what you need. I'm a winner, I'm a loser, I'm a solider, I'm a saint, I'm a gambler I'm a... you know, no matter what you are it's all about you know, where you stand and your perspective and you know, I dig it. Can we... I can't thank you enough for coming on this morning and to be part of this morning and sharing the success of guns and guitars. This is gonna rock isn't it? Mate, it's great. This rocks now. We've been touring. You know we've been touring, we started the tour a couple of weeks back. Dubbo's coming up. We did the Denny Ute Muster and those few places and we did Dubbo with Adam Brand, I think it's the 6th of November or something like that. I heard you guys didn't sleep. Oh he's an old man. It's gonna be great, we're gonna do a bunch of touring with Brand, we did WA and we got Tasmania next year. So there's heaps coming up and we just you know, from where I stand it's all fantastic. That's great to hear and I'm gonna get myself one of those big brass buckles that you've got. Shake your hand, thank you so much Steve Forde. Mate, really appreciate you having me. Thank you very much. And, that's all we have time for this week. Here's a bit of Steve Forde to play us out. Thanks for watching. See you next Sunday. Bye for now. Live captions by Southern Cross Ten, Canberra. We apologise for the temporary loss of captions. Normal service will resume as soon as possible.