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Live. Tonight - Tony Abbott counts

the political cost of secret costings.

costings. I think it's a fairly

silly thing to do. It's not a good start. Scott Rush's

last-ditch appeal to avoid a

Bali firing squad. Australian

group linked to Pakistan flood aid distributed by a

militants. And the ACT's

ambitious plan to cut carbon emissions.

Good evening. Welcome to ABC

News. I'm Virginia Haussegger.

Tony Abbott has fallen out of Tony Abbott has fallen out

favour with the three men he

needs most in his quest to

become Prime Minister. to hand his policies to the

public service for costing. He

says he's making a stand for

integrity, and the Westminster

system. But it's left him sharply at odds with sharply at odds with the

independents as Hayden Cooper

reports. In the north, his style is his trademark. But

elsewhere, Bob Katter's been called many names. Boofheads or

rednecks or, you know, bush

whackers. But now, he and his

two Offsiders are playing a

point, high-stakes game. We made the

point, we're not hunting for a

fox here. And they're looking

absolute for respect. They treat us with

absolute contempt. From the

government and and the opposition the independents

want numbers. One side is happy

to oblige. We think that this

is the basic respect that they

are due. They do need to know what the policies and opposition

policies is on the budget

bottom line. But Tony Abbott is

holding out. He's willing to

he hand over his own costings, but

he won't surrender them to Treasury for extra scrutiny.

He says he fears a Treasury

mole after a campaign leak,

which is now being probed by

police. And until such time as we discover where it is, there

is a cloud over the integrity

of this process. And some doubt over Tony Abbott's

efforts to woo the king makers. He has been very ill advised to take this stand. I

think it's a fairly silly thing to do. It's not a good

start. The whole of Australia

must be asking: why? The seat

count has edged forward to 72

each, with Hasluck going to the

Liberals, another seat to

Labor. Just one remains in

doubt, Brisbane, where is the

coalition is say head. Talks

with the independents won't resume until with the three country

next week but one more wildcard

is running his own race. Andrew Wilkie begins his negotiations

on Saturday. His first suitor is the Prime Minister. With

Labor one seat down ... Grab a

Sydney. His vote is equally

coveted. An outlawed welfare group

linked to the Mumbai terrorist

attacks is distributing Australian aid to Pakistan's flood victims. Organisations

with ties to militants are

increasingly active in the

disaster zone, dispensing food and water to desperate

survivors. Sally Sara visited

one of the aid camps in southern Pakistan. Aid southern Pakistan. Aid workers

from an Islamic charity manage

this relief camp. The United

Nations is distributing food

here, including cooking oil donated by Australia. The UN

World Food Programme says it chooses connections correctly. We have chooses its Pakistani

long established criteria. One

of the fundamentals is they're

not on any UN black list. But

this charity known as FIF

receives all its funding from Jammat-ud-Dawa. It was linked the banned terrorist group

to the 2008 Mumbai terrorist takes and has been banned by the Pakistani and US

Governments and the UN but the

head of the US international

development agency didn't seem

to realise the connection when

he gave this warm welcome.

There are still hundreds of

thousands of flood victims waiting for emergency

assistance. Islamic charities

are providing a lot of help to many people who've been affected by this flood disaster across Pakistan. They're

filling gaps left by government and the international community. But the concern for the political leadership here

in Pakistan is that these

organisations may also be

officials wouldn't say whether filling a political

the visit to the camp was a

mistake, or if they have

softened their line on Islamic

charities. Our goal is not to

highlight any specific

organisation. It is to point

out that our commitment is a humanitarian one and it is

about meeting the needs of

people who have lost

everything. Islamic aid workers believe they're winning the support of the people

because of their ACTIONs not

their politics. We are

practical. We are in the field

to help flood-affected people,

so people can decide between

what we do and what America says. Many desperate Pakistanis

are grateful to receive any

help, no matter where it comes

coordinated bombings in Iraq from. A series of seemingly

have left more than 50 people

dead and hundreds injured. The

most deadly attack happened in

the city of Kut when the city of Kut when a suicide

bomber blew up a car near a

police station, destroying the

building. There've been similar attacks in other parts of the

country with most victims being

policemen and security forces.

The government has blamed the attacks on attacks on al-Qaeda, warning the insurgents will strike

again as the United States

withdraws its troops. He was

born to be a soldier and died

serving his country. That's how

a proud father remembered

Trooper Jason Brown at his

funeral in Sydney. The

29-year-old was killed in a gun

fight in Afghanistan two weeks

ago. Today, he was farewelled

in front of hundreds of mourners, including the Prime Minister and the Opposition

Leader. Julia Gillard arrived

to pay her respects, so too did

Tony Abbott. But it was the job

of a grieving father to

farewell his soldier son. Rest

in peace, my son.

son done. Trooper Jason

Brown's uncle a Catholic priest

traveled from Ireland to take

part in the service. Absent

relatives were rememberd with a

single rose carried by his

sister Stephanie. Let us pray.

The 29-year-old joined the army

straight out of high school. It

was his dream job according to

his father. One he never wanted

to leave and never did. Jase,

your mum, sister and I are

extremely proud of you. We will

remember you always, every day,

as a young man forest of our

lives. Jason Brown served in

the same unit as his father

before joining the SAS three

years ago. The 29-year-old was

killed in a gun fight with insurgents in Kandahar province

two weeks ago. It was his first

tour of Afghanistan. He'd also been been to East Timor three times.

But his friends say he never sought glory or was motivated

by personal gain. I miss Browny

as many will, a great bloke and

the best mate that I will ever

have. See you later mate.

Trooper Brown was the 18th

Australian soldier to be killed

in Afghanistan, another three

have since lost their lives.

It's certainly ambitious but

is it achievable? The ACT Government's committed to cutting the Territory's

greenhouse gas emissions by

40%, based on 1990 levels by

the year 2020. The Greens and

climate change campaigners have

heaped praise on the government

but say the hard work turning

the target into reality is just

beginning. The minister enjoyed

a rare moment of political

amity, and plenty of attention

when he nailed the government's

colours to the mast. The cost

of inaction is far higher to

our community than the cost of

ACTION. The 40% target is ACTION. The 40% target is the most ambitious in the nation

and the minister admits getting

there won't be easy. The

government's promise to boost

energy efficiency measures and increase housing density but it

will only reach the target by

buying more renewable energy and convincing industry to

strike agreements to reduce

energy use. The government can't

can't do this on its own. This

is a community effort. The

government can set targets. But

it's not the government using

all the energy. It's

householders and it's

businesses. I think the

government in a way is to be congratulated for taking a step

in this direction. For business

and is it achievable? It will

be a challenge. Either way, it

stands in stark contrast to the

Federal Parliament, where the

major parties are still in deadlock. I think leadership at

a State and local level will be

very important to regain row momentum. We believe this will

put Canberra at the forefront

of the economic and social transformation that Australia

needs to undertake to a

low-carbon future. But ambition

comes with a price tag, and

that transformation is expected

to push up power prices. Canberra families would

say they're prepared to do

their bit but they're not

prepared to bear an

unreasonable burden compared to the rest of the nation. Meanwhile, the government looks set to government looks set to pass its long awaited overhaul of liquor laws tonight. After winning Greens support by

promising to trial the night rider rider service again this summer. We're really pleased

we've been able to come to the compromise with the government

this week where we'll now see late night public late night public transport

provided. Some days it's easy being green.

The ACT Auditor-General has slammed ACTION management,

saying it's broken the law by

failing to report bus accidents

and hasn't addressed complaints

about bad drivers. The report

also found ACTION

a way to deal with bus

cancellations caused by driver shortages an it's shortages an it's probably

underreporting the number of

cancelled services. It really

does a send a signal to me and

TAMS and ACTION management that

they must do far better than

they are doing. This has to

be one of the worst run bus

systems in the country yet Jon

Stanhope has been the Chief

Minister for nine years now and

he hasn't been able to make any inroads whatsoever. The inroads whatsoever. The Auditor-General's made 12

recommendations. ACTION says

it's agreed to all of them and has started making changes.

Actor Paul Hogan says he is mortified by a travel ban

slapped on him by the Australian Tax Australian Tax Office. The performer has been under

investigation for tax fraud,

and experts say the travel ban might indicate charges could be

laid soon. But Hogan's legal team says he team says he has never been a

flight risk and should be

allowed to return home to the US. I will slip an US. I will slip an extra shrimp

on the barbie. It was probably

the single most effective

campaign in getting people to

Australia and now Paul Hogan

can't leave because he's banned

by the Tax Office from

travelling back home to his

wife and son in America. To be

able to deal with this and the

possible uncertainty about

where he's going to be able to

live and work in the foreseeable foreseeable future and what to

do with his family has caused

him enormous trauma. An

investigation into his tax

affairs by the Crime Commission

and Tax Office has been running

for more than five years. On Friday, the 70-year-old

returned to Sydney and was

served with the departure

prohibition the night before his mother's funeral. The ATO alleges he owes

unpaid taxes relating to his

Crocodile Dundee franchise and is under is under investigation for

alleged fraud over his

residency status. Tax experts

say ATO travel bans do not

expire until the alleged unpaid

taxes are recovered. This is

starting to load up the big

guns now. These are DPOs don't

get all that often, and the

fact it's been used in this

case would tend to suggest the

likelihood of charges being

laid is perhaps higher than we may may have previously thought and

maybe sooner than we previously

thought. From this point in

time, charges would have to be

at the very least a matter of

some months away. Two years

ago, Paul Hogan expressed his frustrations at the legal battle. Just waiting for the

big apology. Sorry, Mr Hogan

that we branded you a fraud,

international tax wizard, I

like that part. like that part. And money

launderer handgun taunted authorities by saying

in an interview "Come and get

me, you miserable bastards". Be

careful what you wish for, they say.

Bali Nine drug smuggler

Scott Rush has apologised to

the court and to his family in

his final appeal against his

death sentence. The 24-year-old

says he lives with a deep sense

of guilt for the part he of guilt for the part he played

in trying to smuggle heroin

from Bali to Australia. He has

asked for a chance to prove

that he's changed his ways. Indonesia correspondent Matt Brown was at the hearing in

Denpasar in Bali. This is Scott

Rush's last chance to have a court cancel

court cancel his death sentence. He

sentence. He threw himself on

the mercy of the judges, and

told them he wants a chance to

prove he's become a changed prove he's become a changed

person. He says he has nightmares about the nightmares about the firing

squad, and he's worried about the impact his death would have

on his family. He apologised to the court

for the suffering that his

ACTIONs have caused. He says he

knows he was wrong and he

accepts that he is a criminal,

not a celebrity. The court will

reconvene in about three weeks

to hear witnesses in support of

his application.

The National Portrait

Gallery finally has a new face

at the top to replace former

director Andrew Sayers. After

months of head hunting, the

job's fallen to one of his deputies, Louise Doyle. She

says the gallery's been going

well, but there's room to

improve. It has an award

winning home and 1.3 million

punters have voted with their

feet but the new director of

the National Portrait Gallery

wants more. We would certainly

love more people to come to the

portrait gallery. It's not

necessarily about numbers. It's

more about the quality of the

experience that our visitors

gain. When he walked away from

the job, former director Andrew

envy of most. And filling his

shoes was never going to be

easy. Three months on the role

has gone to his deputy, who

says it may be time to says it may be time to

refocus. We're in a great state

of change. The world around us

is changing daily. And the National Portrait Gallery needs to ensure that it's relevant,

that we're engaging our broad

audience. An ongoing challenge

is funding, not for a new

building, but for the artworks

inside. And in a fragile

political climate, going cap in

hand to government isn't an option. Look, I think it's not on the radar. Fortunately,

Australian philanthropy seems

alive and well. We used to think that million dollar

donation were rare and quite

high. But to get 7 million is

quite extraordinary. That's

the amount just given to the

National Gallery of Australia.

Its largest ever private cash donation. We won't have donation. We won't have a great

deal of trouble spending (Laughs) The $7 million came from Melbourne business

identities John and Pauline Gandle. Half will be spent on

new gallery acquisitions. The

rest goes towards the long

awaited redevelopment, due for

completion in coming months.

Victoria's police force has admitted several children

suffered sexual abuse because it

it didn't pass on information

about registered sex offenders.

An audit at the registry found

that nearly 700 children came

into contact with sex offenders

over the last five years. Some

even lived with them unaware of

their criminal histories. Three

cases of sexual abuse have

since come to light, bus my since come to light, bus my say there could be more. --

but police say there could but police say there could be

more I in sincerely apologise

that we haven't discharged our obligations in this case. Police have assured the

community that mandatory reporting policies have overhauled and the sex offender

registry will be monitored frequently. To finance now. The

local share market bounced back

a bit today. Despite more signs

of economic weakness, both here and in the United States.

The technical boffins got

excited last night when S & P

500 touched 1039 which was

beneath the lows of May and

June. Now that sparked some

buying, which took that index

back up to a close of 1055.

Here's the reason for the fall

early in the session. New home

sales data. Yesterday, it was

existing home sales, causing

long faces. Today it was new

home sales down 12% in July. Here's a Here's a graph of new and

existing home sales in the US

since 1994. And it tells a

story. During the credit

crisis, a huge gap has opened

up caused by the fact that most

home sales in the US are

distress sales now. That is foreclosures or people who just walk away because they can't

afford the repayments. And

those houses are going really

cheap. New home sales on the

other hand have inflexible

prices because the builders need

need their money. So in other

words, it's a distressing gap.

The local market followed Wall

Street up three quarters of 1% today so having fallen 100

points Monday to Wednesday, it

got back 30 points today.

Australia's economic data today

was bittersweet. Capital

expenditure for the June

quarter down 4% when a rise of

2% had been expected. Equipment

spending was worse, though. And while that was disappointing, investment investment plans for future

have been hugely upgraded

especially in mining. This

graph plots actual mining investment up to now and then

what the future looks like. And

you have to wonder whether it

can all get built. Here's some

highlights from the market

today. Woolworths jumped #%

after a strong profit report.

Virgin Blue rose 12% for the

same reason. halved as expected and the

Australian dollar is down a bit against the against the US dollar tonight.

It's now fallen 3% in three

weeks. That's finance. Big

snowfalls have been recorded in

the Snowy Mountain ski resorts

over the past 36 hours so far

the biggest falls have been

recorded in Victoria but more

snow is on the way this side of

the border. Late this morning,

Falls Creek had reported 54 cm

since yesterday. It's the biggest August dump ever biggest August dump ever

recorded, and brings the total

snow cover to more than 170 cm.

I've been here for 7 years. This is the crazy I have seen.

It 70 cm over the last two

days. Hasn't stopped. We're

just shovelling and doing what

we need to do to keep the place

running at the moment. It's great. Mount Hotham received

36 cm while Perisher received

33. More snow is predicted tomorrow with the weather tomorrow with the weather expected to clear over the

weekend. Sydney commuters faced

another morning traffic snarl after a

in as many days. At first,

there were concerns the flash

flood would wash this house off

the hill at Carlingford in the

city's north west. But as the

deluge subsided the damage

seemed to be limited to a

broken footpath, eroded

driveways and a waterlogged basement or two. basement or two. The little

river affected morning traffic

flows for hours. Sydney Water

has already patched up most of

today's mess, but they're still

working around the clock to fix

the damage left from Tuesday night's flood in Paddington.

His world No. 1 rank something

under threat but Tiger Woods

admits he's finding it

difficult to concentrate on

golf. Woods has spoken for the

first time since his first time since his divorce,

and his former wife has broken her silence

her silence about their failed

marriage. Tiger Woods says golf

isn't his current priority. But that hasn't stopped the No. 1 lining up for this week's

important event on the US Tour.

As Woods continues to battle

with the game his ex-wife of

just a couple of days, Elin Nordegren, is going public for

the first time about their marriage breakdown. Woods marriage breakdown. Woods and

Nordegren were married in 2004,

and have two children under 4.

In his first media appearance

since their divorce announcement, Woods

announcement, Woods said the

process had been painful. I wish

wish her the best an

everything. It's a sad time in our lives. And we're looking

forward in our lives and how we

can help our kids the best can help our kids the best we

possibly can and that's the most

most important thing. Woods

said his return to golf early

this year wasn't a factor in

their separation. I came back

as part of my job. This is my

job. It's what I do. Woods was

treated for sex addiction after

admiting to a string of

extramarital affairs. The Queensland freestyler Ryan

Napoleon has been suspended for three months after drugs test in November. The ban

means he will miss the New Delhi Commonwealth Games. The Delhi Commonwealth Games. The

20-year-old asthmatic took

medication from an incorrectly labelled inhaler. It contained a substance listed by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Every athlete has a responsibility to

check what they take. check what they take. And you

know, I think he accepts that,

and he's prepared to serve out

his time. Napoleon has been

touted as a successor to Grant

Hackett in middle distance

events and the 1,500m. The

Wallabies and Springboks can only finish second and last in the Tri-Nations but as a

building block in the slow

preparations for the World Cup,

this weekend's clash in Pretoria can't be

underestimated. It's an honour

to play in east Test match.

Each player will be looking to

make improvements individually and as a team as well. Australia has lost 11

consecutive Tests in the South

African capital. of speculation, former Test halfback Brett Kimmorley has

announced his retirement. The

Canterbury playmaker was being

chased by several clubs to play

one more season but has instead decided to take on a coaching

role with the Mount Buller next year. -- with the Bulldogs next year. It's been really

enjoyable. I wish I could play

for another 5 or 10 years. The for another 5 or 10 years. The

enjoyment factor of playing is

there but I think it's

time. During 16 years in the top grade, Kimmorley

represented New South Wales and

Australia and won a premiership

with the Melbourne Storm in

1999. Canberra-paced AIS boxer

Damien Hooper has won a gold

medal at the Youth Olympics in Singapore. Hooper who's

originally from Queensland won

the 75 kg division final on the

final night of competition. He defeated Colombian Juan Carlos

Carrillo on points. Been a long

road. Ever since I boxing when I left the Worlds I

was a bit devo but now I have gold

gold and nothing matters. The 18-year-old will also compete

at the Commonwealth Games in

Delhi in October. The Australian team con 32 gold

medals, 8 gold, 15 silver and 9 bronze.

bronze. An Australian film with a glossy Hollywood look and a

big budget has been chosen to

open this year's AFI Awards.

'Tomorrow When The War Began'

is among the crop of new films

vying for awards this year, but the

the industry is pinning its

hopes on the sci-fi thriller

believing it has the potential

to make an international

killing. As far as years go,

this one is looking good for the turbulent the turbulent film industry.

Turning out in force to see the

hottest local film on the block

in the opening salvo for the

AFI Awards. The producers are

optimistic the $30 million budget movie 'Tomorrow When The

War Began' based on John

could be Australia's home-grown

franchise success story, with

two more films

two more films planned. We

always set out to see we needed

to have the right budget to deliver a deliver a film that would sit

next to Hollywood films while

opening not only in Australia,

but also in North America and

around the world. Also in

competition, the much lower

budget 'Animal Kingdom' has

punched above its weight, doing

good business at home and

released in 140 American

cities. I would hope Australian

audiences are coming back to

see stories that are made by Australians. I don't think

there has to be any there has to be any kind of

rule of thumb to what an Australian film is. Film-makers

relying on government subsidies

are waiting to see the make-up

of the new Parliament. Hoping

the politicians will act to

help the industry. Telling

great Australian stories and

developing a fantastic media

communications industry here in

Australia should be key for us

a all so we hope the government

is a big part of that. For the

next month, professionals in

the film industry will be viewing and films in contention for films in contention for the AFI Awards. The winners will be announced in Melbourne in


Here he is with all our weather news, Mark Carmody. Thanks, good evening.

It was all about cold hands feet today, with maximums of 8

at the air port, 10 in Tuggeranong. Belconnen and

Gungahlin also reached the lofty heights of 8 lofty heights of 8 again. Again

the winds were fresh to gusty northerly westerlies for most

of the day, so the apparent temperature jiggled between minus 2 and 1.

Cloud over Queensland is now

moving away, while strong cold

north-westerlies are pushing

cloud over the south-east. The

cold front has now moved

through and a low south of

Tasmania will be in the mid

Tasman Sea in 24 hours. The

high in the west is inching its

way into the bight, and by the weekend, our region will get

fine, sunny weather with light to moderate winds. Around

Australia tomorrow:

Canberra's cold hands means

only one thing - we oaf got

warm hearts. So let's forget to buy and more importantly wear a daffodil

tomorrow and support this great cause, cancer research.

Canberra's cold hands must mean

we've got warm hearts. That's

very clever, Mark. Very clever.

Before we go, a brief recap Before we go, a brief recap of

our top stories tonight - Tony

Abbott has annoyed the

independents he needs to become

Prime Minister by refusing to

hand his policies to the public service for costing. Bali Nine

drug smuggler Scott Rush has

apologised to the court and to

his family in his final appeal

against his death sentence. That's ABC News. Stay with us

now for the 7.30 next. And we'll leave you with

a rarity from the Red Centre, a

foggy morning in Alice Springs.

I will be back with a news update

update at 8.30. Until then, goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI

Tonight on the 7.30 Report -

the hard road to Parliament for

Australia's first Muslim MP. If someone asks someone asks "Are you Muslim?"

I say yes. People shouldn't

feel that level of guilt

because they feel they can't

engage in day-to-day society.

We don't need Muslims in Parliament in Australia. Got a result in Hasluck yet by the way? And John Clarke and Bryan

Dawe play the waiting game,

along with 14 million other

voters. It's going well, isn't

it? It's a well oiled machine,

this country. This Program is Captioned Live. Welcome to the program and

while the Coalition has moved closer to establishing itself as the

as the party with the most seats in the Parliament, its

leader Tony Abbott has managed

to put himself offside with the

three Independents who could

deliver government to him if

they so choose. The week of argument over who should form

government erupted into a row today after the Opposition's

refusal to meet one of the Independents' requests to allow

the departments of Treasury and