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Tonight on the 7:30 Report

- Katich country, include -

Katter country, inside the

sprawling seat of Kennedy. People would like to see Bob negotiate with whomover

ever party the best deal for

will be the test of whether or bush. At the end of

not something can be delivered. not something can

And from teenage mum - It

was hard and there were times

that I was crying for days ends. So successful business that I was crying for days on

wo.s Please welcome Stacey

Currie. An inspirational role

model. I really wanted to help

other young mums get there too. This Program is Captioned


Welcome to the program. As negotiations Canberra over who should form a

minority government, the Labor Party is trump etting the

latest balance of payments

figures as evidence of its economic credentials. Australia

recorded its largest surplus in

2 June quarter with export

volumes rising by 5.6%. The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard

and Treasurer Wayne Swan are

hoping the figure also have

some sway with the three rural

Independents in particular who

will decide their fate. But if,

if so, it will only be one of a

number of factors in sides were today sharpening

their sales pitch to the

Independents, who spent much of

the day at government department department briefings. Political editor Heather Ewart.

legislation ins to form a The likely outcome of ongoing

minority government is about as

clear as the fog that shrouded Parliament House this morning. But

certainly now in full swing,

and it's directed at just three men The Independents have immense power, the Independent

also determine the future of

this nation. We are a waiting

their kau. We're due to speak

with the Independents later

forward this week and I'm looking

forward to it. Have great

respect for all the three that

frontbench members had I know. Tony Abbott's

descended on Canberra for their first meeting since the

election and all were in

readiness to give briefs to rural Independents who will

decide their fate - Rob Oakeshott, Tony Windsor and Bob

Katter. We are no longer an

Opposition. We may very well be

a government-in-waiting. It is

clear that, while we don't yet

have a final result from the

election, that the Labor Party

has first lost its way and then

in the election it lost its

majority and it lost its legitimacy. It was a message

for the Independents as much as

the Shadow Cabinet and they

the Shadow Cabinet and they all

knew it. If what people want is Australia, only the Coalition a better deal for regional

can deliver and I note that

there are six residents of

around this table if the care regional Australia sitting

taker Cabinet were to meet

there were would be resident of

regional Australia sitting at

the table. Over at the National Press Club, Julia Gillard had

the look of someone still in

campaign mode. Like the man

she's still trying to beat to

the top job 10 days after the

election, her pitch was as much

to the Independents as to the needed more than anything now is continuity. Continuity, certainty, and certainty, and delivery. I

believe that I can provide that

stability, certainty and

continuity. I have heard and

absorbed the message from the

Australian people delivered in

this election. We were elected

with a wide ranging program in 2007. And in government we

added to that breadth. But she

again conceded parts of the

program didn't go to plan and

suggested some challenges were

just too hard to conquer in one just too hard

term. The lesson I have learned from this is leadership requires boldness, patience and

Australians will have methodical work. Many

what appears to be a scramble Australians will have watched

for policies for regional

Australia in recent days. Let me assure Australians there's

no scramble on the Labor

side. We don't have to re

discover regional Australia

because we never lost it. If

that is the case, it could well

be argued then why didn't Labor

to win pick up more seats in the bush

to win the election? Still,

we're in different times now.

And pandering to regional

Australia seems to be the name

of the game for both sides in

their bid to woo the Independents. This was Julia Gillard's first appearance at

the Press Club since the

election campaign. And under

questions she defended Labor's

use of focus groups, saying

they never guided the big decisions and anyway the Coalition used them too. Do

people really imagine that Tony Abbott read every Conservative

thinker in the globe, consulted

long and hard

with his team agonising night

after night, looked into the

depths of his soul and came out with stop the boats? Is that what you think crucial Independents, though. happened? Really! Back to those

Julia Gillard has promised that parliamentary re forms they're

seeking such as changes to

question time but would not

reveal the detail of the Press

Club. If the strategy behind

her televised performance today

was to reinforce her

Independents, it's doubt they

would have even heard her. They

were busy dashing about getting

briefings from government

department s. Will I listen to her speech, I will try

there are back toback meetings

today. Adds briefings and

negotiations drag on, there's

been some confusion over the

Electoral Commission's 2-party

preferred figure s which Labor

had claimed ran in its favour

and gave it the moral edge.

had swung back to the Thas night, though, the figures

Coalition. Julia Gillard made

the claim that the 2-party preferred vote gave her some

moral authority to form

government but that plank has

all been taken away ja. This is

all a storm in a tea cup. The

what matters is the number what matters is the number of seats occupied by those

supporting the Government when

the House of Representatives

continues back. By late today

the tally was back in Labor's

favour. But ABC' election

analyst green green green says

noun - Antony Green says they

shouldn't be taking too much note its. The Electoral Commission's figures people think they're complete

and they're not. I think the

Electoral Commission has tried

to deliver what people want,

which is a 2-party preferred

outcome. And if this wasn't

close election nobody would

care whether the Electoral

Commission was 0.3% out. But

with an election pov hovering

around 50% tirntion accuracies

in what they're report ing, the

in completeness of what they're reporting has confused people. There's lots of

interest around primary vote,

2-party preferred preference

flow, but in the end the job we've all week and potential ly into

early next week is how can we nail stable government for the

next three years. That is

pretty much what it boils down to and what the waiting for. While the

Independents talk hopefully of

having their work done by

Friday, next week is a more likely scenario. Political editor Heather Ewart. Bob Katter and his father, Brian

Burke Snr, between them have held the huge Federal

electorate of Kennedy in far North Queensland

past 54 years. Katter Snr was

Army Minister in the McMahon

Coalition Government and Katter

junior was a Minister in the Bjelke-Petersen government in

Queensland. Going Federal for

the nacials in 1993, then split

ing to become an Independent

nine years ago. And right now

in his deliberations along with

two other yurl Independents to

decide who they'll back into

minority government, Bob

Katter's ambition is a lofty one - securing the future of

rural Australia. John Taylor

spent several days in the

electorate for this report. He

is the man in the the big hat. Not afraid to walk and

talk his own distinct way. You

know if they were good for the bush I'm a martian astronaut. That big tub of lard

Mr Barton thinks he is going to

get away with this he is in for a very rough ride. The people

that are attacking me are

people that love to rubbish people who they people who they call boofheads

or red negotiation or, you

know, bush whackers. In the

electorate of Kennedy, they

like what they see. Bob Katter

first won the seat 17 years ago and in the last two elections

has pold about 70% of the

2-party preferred vote. Bob's

on the job. All day and all

night. I I have voted Bob

Katter for three or four times

now for Bob. I reckon he is the

only one that has got anything

that is a bit of back bone him: He

persona, a colourful character but I don't think he is mad. So understand Katter country understand Katter country is the know that

Kennedy is big. It's a sprawling seat from the

Northern Territory border to

the Queensland coast. 2.5 times

the size of Victoria and almost

a third of Queensland itself. It's large electorate and it has a great

variance. It's got a large

Labor vote out of Mount Isa as you through a lot of cattle country

and agricultural land, right through here with the sugar and bananas. Within one seat,

Kennedy captures much of the

economic diversity of rural and

regional Australia. It helps to

explain why for Bob Katter Kennedy's issues are synonymous with those of rural

Australia. I would give the gong to that person that

allowed us to survive in rural Australia. The processing

plants - Bob Katter is a career

politician who followed in his

father's foot steps. Bob Katter

Snr was a Labor Snr was a Labor member before

swiching to the Country Party

and held the seat of Kennedy

for 34 years. Bob Katter Jr was

a National MP before entering Federal politics in

Federal politics in 1993. The

son also ended up chaunging allegiances. In 2001, Bob Katter Jr quit the National,

cite ing ir reconcilable

dwimps. I didn't say - quifrnss differences. His animosity to

the nacials coupled with the

fact four of the six State seats incompassed by Kennedy

are held by Labor MPs means he

doesn't fit easily with either

major party. The The only

people I've heard said if Bob

goes with Labor I'll skin

him. I wouldn't like to speculate

suggest that the people of

Kennedy would like to see Bob

negotiate with whomever, which

ever party the best deal for

the bush. Bert Schiippadori a

third generation farmer and long long time Bob Katter supporter. He, like Bob Katter, believes rural

Australia is in a death

struggle. His stall is a way of cutting out the middle man to boost his income. In this stall

that I have on the side of the

road, I've talked to of people from all over Australia that were rural

people and they all tell me the

same thing - they couldn't

survive, they had to get out

and they wouldn't be in three, four or five four or five generations they

had to get out. All he wants to

do is be able to pay the bills

and pass the farm on to his

family. A fairer deal, so that

our products keep going up with

the wages and the rest of the money in

is struggling. We have issues

of population de decline. We have ageing have ageing population issues

which Eno is right across

Australia but where it's most

predominantly observed here is

that if we don't have any

youth, if we don't have any

young people, if we can't

retain them, then our economy

suffers badly. Got this at

naitor that's come in. Mary

Brown runs an aviation services

company in Ingham and also

heads the local chamber of

commerce. She sees the current opportunity. I think many people in the seat of Kennedy

and the rural and regions

overall are ecstatic at the

current situation where finally

North Queensland and the bush have a voice that can really be

heard. Mary Brown appreciates

Australia's vastness. And it

feeds into her support for some

sort of strong broadband

network, taking in the bush. So

that she can reliably connect

to the Internet at her home,

30km from home. Give you a

demonstration in morning I was

trying to do some banking and get some online information. No broadband

because we have cloud cover. So

my business effectively

stops. We have a government,

maybe a government, which has

got a very thin majority and

therefore those people can be

diligent enough to deliver diligent enough to deliver us

real good government right across from coast to coast. Ben

is ale man and a mayor of

Charters Towers. He too

believes this is now an

opportunity for Bob Katter to

deliver. And to help build a

better Australia. January 2008

there were five Sydney Harbours

a day flowing out of the mouth of the Burdekin River. The

Burdekin Dam is four Sydneys

with the second stage with the second stage of the Burdekin Dam has the capacity

tor 16 snacious and this

district will be enriched considerably. Joe Moro is a

Mareeba mango form farmer. He

is also one of Bob Katter's

political confidantes. Bob

Katter has the key voice and a key vote that at the end of day it will be the test of

whether or not something can be

delivered. For Joe Moro, Bob

Katter is the man come the hour for

for Kennedy and rural

Australia. A count tore the

rural free rural free market approach of Labor and the Coalition. And that's where the difference

basically between what Bob represents tan National Party

represents. I know most of the

people support him that there

should be some form of regulation that the market

system does work proper ly.

Leaving to it the free market

seems to erode the process. seems to erode the process.

A few insights into one

of the electorates that

decide the outcome of the next government. That report from

John Taylor. Now to the Northern Territory where all police patrols are in the

process of being armed with process of being armed with tasers - an electronic device that that is used to stun people

believed to pose a threat to

police or others into submission. But police have

been forced to rewrite their

guidelines for the use of the

weapon after the death of an Aboriginal man in Alice Springs

last year, who had least twice by a taser. A coronial inquiry has found that

the use of a taser to subdue

the man who had severe

cardiovascular problems was inappropriate and premature. This report from

Murray McLaughlin contains

images some view ers might find distressing. The wailing

cries of a grieving mother

reverberated across the Darwin

suburb of night nit in October 199 - Nightcliff in 1999 after

police shot her son dead. Help me! Help me! Mentally

troubled, armed with an axe,

the young man was hit with four

bullets after a stand-off with police. The death of Eduardo Concepcion led the Northern

Territory korer in to recommend

that police use taizers in

aggressive confrontations. The

taser was finally deployed in

the Territory in early 2008. The taser fires and two metal darts attached to copper

require embed in a person's clothing clothing or skin. An electric shock is delivered for five

seconds immobilising the

start. Right from the start. Right from the start

cautionary voices were raised

in the Northern Territory,

given the numbers of Aboriginal people in poor health. A big

percentage of Aboriginal men do

suffer from cardiovascular

diseases. And we warned the

police force and governments

then that there needed to be caution when using

tasers. There had been quite a

large number of fatalities

associated with them in North America in particular. We concerns about that per se but

also of course the sad fact of

life is that a third of the

population is indigenous and

sadly a lot of their health is inferior to mainstream Australians. Those

apprehension s were realised in

April last year when a 39-year-old Aboriginal man with no criminal no criminal ror, nor history of

violence, was behave ing

strangely at his mother's home in Chalmers Street, Alice

Springs. But the man did have

serious heart problems and a history of mental illness and

was highly agitated when police

confront them in the

street. He was actually just

raving and behaving

erratically. And the police saw

fit to go to taser, virtually

first cab off the rank rank.

They were still unable to

apprehend him and he was tasered again while lying prone on the ground. He was then

capsy,sprayed twice by both the

individual officers and

literally within seconds he experienced experienced a manifested

breathe ing difficulties from

which he never really

recovered. The police officers

involved made a judgment based

on their training. The

situation they were in in real

time and they determined they

would use their taser. It was appropriate. But the Northern Territory coroner thinks otherwise. His inquiry found the use of the taser was

inappropriate and premature. He made that statement but it was also

tempered with a realisation

that the members were confronted with a very dynamic

and evolving incident. Taser

is the trade name for a device

which causes strong and

voluntary muscle contractions.

Graphic examples of its use

litter the Internet. Six

months after the death in Alice

Spring, the US-based taser

guideline s - to direct the

front target area down from the

chest. One reason given for the

new lower front target area is to minimise controversy about

whether taser s cause heart

attacks. Should sudden heart

attack occur in an arrest situation involve ing a taser

ECD discharge to the chest area, plaintiff

Attorney-General also try will

allege the ECD try Played a

role in the death. The police officers have adopted the new

guideline to minimise the risk

of harm to the person being

fired at. It's away from vital

organs such as organs such as eyes, et cetera. And the

police had to investigate the heart? Yes. Northern Territory

death in Alice Springs as a

death in custody. Thus trigger

ang Quinn inquest. There,

police told the coroner they are now re writing their training manual to limit the

use of tasers to most serious use of tasers to most serious situations. Where all discounted: The traiz ler not less forceful methods have been

be used to gain compliance. It

will be used for situations

such as risk of serious such as risk of serious harm to

the police, the person or any more member of the public. We're

public. We're not saying that

they can't be used but they

should be strictly governed and

that should have been gone

right at the beginning and we

have spent over a year not

doing it, using it far too often and then Chalmers

happens and that unfortunate

family have been seriously

short changed by our justice

system. I wish they would

just take tasers away. Fit

happens to my uncle it can

happen to anyone. The dead

man's family had asked the coroner to ban tasers in the

Northern Territory. But the

coroner said, despite any

inherent risk, they were preferable to guns. I feel

really, really sad because I

believe that taser killed That report from Murray believe that taser killed my.

McLaughlin in the Northern Territory. According to the usual script, Melbourne woman Stacey Currie should be living

on the streets, in jail, on

drugs or dead. She ticks all

the boxes when it comes to risk factors having experienced

family breakdown, child abuse,

teen pregnancy, homelessness and domestic violence. But and domestic violence. But this

remarkable 31-year-old has defy

ed in the odds in a spectacular

way and is now volunteering to

help other young vulnerable children. for themselves an their mothers create a better life

children. Meet the dynamic

Stacey Currie. 31 years old, mother of five children.

Successful business

woman. Good morning, Stacey speaking. Please welcome, Stacey Currie Inspirational

speaker. A bullseye to aim

for. Charity worker and mentor

to young mims: Get forget happily ever after, get your

happily ever now. But Stacey

Currie's happy now is an extraordinary dry oomph over a miserable then. - miserable then. - triumph over

a miserable then. I have been

told by many, many people that,

Stacey, you have ruined your

life. You will not ever become

something. You are just a shit.

And I've had to prove and

say, no,, no I'm actually - you

watch. Do you think that's fun destination for girls like

Stacey Currie? The usual destination is on the streets, prostituting or they will

resort to, you know, soft drugs

then tragically they die. At initially and then heroin and

a new house for homeless young mothers run by the Lighthouse Foundation, Stacey Currie shares her remarkable story. I

was, yeah, living on a floor.

Her parents separated when she was was brought up by her loving

but overwhelmed father, Lionel,

and his new partner who

struggle ed to cope with seven

kids in a housing Commission

home. Do I remember

crying that I wanted my mum and

I always wished that she loved

me. Her childhood was chaotic

with few boundaries. At the with few boundaries. At the age

of 9, she was sexual ly abused

by someone outside the

family. I became extremely scared of the dark. I didn't

tell anybody about the abuse

for a long time. And then believed. As a rebellious when

teenager, she was constantly in

trouble at school, dabbled in

the age drugs and ended up pregnant at

there were times that I was the age of 15. It was hard and

crying for days on end and I

had no idea what to do. And I

had nobody to talk to. But the

birth of baby Josh was a

positive catalyst. You were

just a baby burst herself. She

would get up at 5am to prepare

bolts an head off to school

with bub in tow, then pork

cafe, dreaming of a better

life: I think I could have

quite easily gone gone down the

wrong path but I had a baby I

had to care for. I had to make sure that what 457ed to sure that what 457ed to me as

child didn't happen to him.

She was living with Josh's

father in a shed but soon after

having a second child, Tahlia, they split up. At 19, Stacey

Currie was homeless and

sleeping on a friend's floor with her two children. She then whom she had a third child and

endured years of beatings and

abuse. I was told on a daily

basis that I was basis that I was a slut. That I

was dragged up like an animal.

That, um... If my own mother

doesn't love me then who does. Her lowest moment came when

threatened to child protection workers

away, unless she left her

abusive partner. This lady, she

sat there and she just said, "Stacey, tonight your kids are

going into foster care." And I

was on the floor, streaming and

begging to just please don't

take me kids off me. And, um...

and - that I promised that I

would change, I would do something.

start reading to take her mind

off her troubles and borrowed a

book about sexual abuse. Then

devoured one self help extensionive counseling, Stacey after another, with

Currie started re building her

life. It's easy to sit there

and go life is going to be crap anyway because this is the

cards I've been dealt. And cards I've been dealt. And then

just be stuck there but she

didn't accept this is the way it's going to be. Five years it's

ago she met Dave Dvorak, a

gentle man with whom she has

had two children and built a

business, a venture which successful sign printing

earned her a nomination for

Telstra business woman of the

year. Not only are my kids

happy, I am extremely happy. I've met THE most

amazing and supportive man. My

life right now is everything

and more that I could have

imagined. And now to help other young mums do the

same, with free advice through

her website ABC through

fundraising and mentoring for - through her through her website and through the fundraising and meant

othering. It's open and

innovate ive refuge for homeless young mums with a

24-hour a day care tore provide

a family environment of love

and support. What we have to do is unpack all those relationships that have been

harmful or abusive and

demonstrate a new way of being. What better example than

Stacey Currie. She is a role

model. Someone I can look up to. She what I'm going through. Once

I started to see my life

transforming, I really want to

help other young mums get there

too. If you have a dream,

think big and don't let anybody

tell you you can't do it. Little inspiration to end the

the night with. That's the

program for tonight. We will be

back at the same time tomorrow, but for now goodnight.

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