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Tonight - a new light on the

hill. Julia Gillard sets out her plan for nation-building.

All eyes on security as Afghans

go to the polls. Out, but not

down. The Raiders' finals dreams shattered by dreams shattered by the

Tigers. I know we will be really disappointed now really

really disappointed now but

this group of men here will be

great moving next year. As

Golburn's dams finally fill up

the city still has a

pipedream. It's lovely to have

the rains now but we don't know

what will happen in 12 months'

time.

Good evening. Craig Allen with ABC News. Julia Gillard

will attempt to use the first major major speech of her Prime

Ministership to put the

uncertainty of the past few

weeks behind her. But as she

tries to create some positive

momentum for the government, Ms

Gillard is fending off

suggestions that she won't be

able to deliver on all her

was quick to accuse the Prime

Minister of not keeping faith

with the Australian people.

Nation-building has to Nation-building has to start

somewhere. And in Ben somewhere. And in Ben Chifley's

home town of Bathurst, Julia

Gillard has been keen to get on

with governing after almost a

month in political limbo. Not

much spare time for you. Sit

around knitting. In country

New South Wales, to open an

historical education centre,

dedicated to the town's dedicated to the town's most

famous resident, the Prime

Minister was looking to the Minister was looking to the

past for some tips for the

future. In 2010 the times may be very different. Obviously

they are. But the job remains

the same. To build a nation

that's strong, decent and fair,

and to do so in a manner that

is less partisan and more

productive. But already Ms new Parliament is under Gillard's

question. She's indicated her

government may not be able to

keep the promises she keep the promises she made

during the election. We're in a

possibilities and Parliament that's full of

opportunities. And

opportunities. And I will be looking to harness those

pockets and opportunities as we

work with others. It was an

opening the Opposition Leader

could not resist. If the Prime

Minister did not believe that

she could put her election

commitments into practice, she

should not have accepted a commission from the should not have accepted a

Governor-General. Tony Abbott

was among the faithful at the

New South Wales Liberal State

Council meeting, as he too attempted to move forward. If

Labor is the issue, they lose.

If we are the issue, we are in

trouble. And that is the great

test that we must pass over the

next three years. Tonight, the

Prime Minister will deliver the annual Light on the annual Light on the Hill

address, to honour Ben Chifley.

speech to draw comparisons She is expected to use the

Mountains scheme and her own between Chifley's Snowy

nation-building project, the

$43 billion National Broadband

Network. Julia Gillard will be

using another form of

communication to keep an eye on

her beloved Bulldogs playing in

Melbourne. I will make sure I'm

getting score s texted through and handed to me. She it's winning technology. Kevin and handed to me. She is hoping

Rudd is back to his globe Glastonbury trotting ways but

this time in his role as

Foreign Minister. The former

welcome at the White House, Prime Minister received a warm

where he met members of the

Obama administration. And he

kicked off his official duties

by wining a promise from Secretary of State Hillary

Clinton to visit Australia.

What a difference a year makes.

Kevin Rudd's last visit to Washington was in November. Thank you. Appreciate it.

Then he was Prime Minister.

Now, he's back as Foreign Minister. Let me warmly welcome

a friend and colleague back to

the State Department in his new

capacity as Foreign

Minister. Thank you very much

for making me feel so welcome

here at the State Department. I

feel very much as if I'm

among old friends. Mr Rudd's swift return to the world stage

is being closely watched. He's

won a promise from Hillary

Australia Clinton that she will visit

Australia in November, along

with the US Defense

Secretary. And we intend to

make it a really good time.

make it a really good time. Not

in the sense that you all

think. Not so sure about that!

Encouraged by Australia, the US

is trying to deepen its engagement in Asia. Australia engagement

now when Kevin was Prime Minister,

now as Foreign Minister, was

effort. So very supportive of that

will also attend the East Asia

Summit in Hanoi in October. But for these two allies,

Afghanistan remains the key

topic of discussion. This is

not an easy conflict. It is a hard

hard conflict. But we are

resolved to stay the course

with our friends and allies in the United States. Kevin

Rudd's also been at the White

House, meeting the President's national security adviser.

Barack Obama even popped in for

for a few minutes to catch up

with Mr Rudd. There's no sign

when Julia Gillard will make

her first trip to Washington as

Prime Minister. In the meantime, Kevin Rudd's off to

New York for the UN General

Assembly. A spot on the world

stage he last occupied when he

was Prime Minister.

The Taliban has launched

attacks across Afghanistan in

an effort to disrupt the

country's parliamentary poll.

But despite the threat of

violence most of the country's

polling centres have opened as

people elect their Parliament

for only the second time in the last nine is hoping for a big voter

turn-out in this key election,

although it admits that this

poll, too, will be tainted by

vote rigging. President Hamid

Karzai cast his ballot in the capital, encouraging

Afghans to follow his example. We do hope example. We do hope that there

will be high voter turn-out.

That nobody will be deterred by

security incidents. Voters

turned out in Kabul despite an

early-morning rocket attack. There were also reports of

scatter ed attacks in several

provincial areas. The Taliban

are urging Afghans to boycott

the poll and warned they'll

target anyone who takes part.

This election is a really

important test for the Afghan

government, for the insurgency

and also for the international community. The government wants

to demonstrate that it's safe

enough for voters like these to

come out and cast their people that when the counting

gets under way, the result will

be free and fair. More than

2,500 candidates are competing

for 249 seats in the Lower

House of Parliament. But recent

history isn't promising. history isn't promising. More

than 1 million votes were declared void

declared void in last year's presidential presidential election, because of widespread vote rigging. Last year certainly

was not a good election bhi any

stretch of the imagination. We

have to be mindful of that. Former Afghan Prime Minister

Ahmed Shah Ahmed Zai believes Afghanistan is not ready for

democracy. He says the country

can't move forward until the US-led coalition ends US-led coalition ends the war and leaves the country. Nine

years is enough for you people.

You are 42 superpower

countries. Now are coming here

in Afghanistan. Security and

corruption are the two most

volatile issues in this

election. Some voters say while

the government is

believe democracy needs came to

mature. Security forces remain

on alert amid fears of on alert amid fears of further

attacks by the Taliban. It

could be more than a month

before the final result of the parliamentary election is

announced.

Six men have been arrested in

London over an alleged plot to assassinate Pope Benedict. A

tip-off led police to detain

the street cleaners just hours

before they were to start work around Westminster Hall, where

the Pope made a speech. On the

second day of his historic

visit to the UK, the pontiff

gave a spirited address to parliamentarians

parliamentarians and religious

leaders. Security was tight

after five men were arrested in

a dawn raid. A sixth man was

later taken into custody. The

men most of whom are believed to be to be Algerian nationals were working Westminster street sweeping

company but a fierce of a terrorist plot didn't alter the

Pope's plans. We are totally

confident in the work of the

police, of Scotland Yard. As

news of the arrests broke,

thousands turned out to greet

Pope Benedict, whose day began

with a visit to a Catholic

teaching college. In a

reference to abuse scandals

plaguing the church, the Pope

thanked those who were responsible for educating

Britain's youth. A particular

word of appreciation for those

whose task it is to ensure that

our schools provide a safe

environment for children. It

was a day of firsts for the

83-year-old pontiff. Meeting

the Archbishop of Canterbury at

Lambeth Palace. The two leaders

shared a common theme: faith

must have a place in modern

society. We do not as churches

seek political power or

control. But the opportunity to testify, to argue, sometimes to

protest, sometimes to affirm.

To play our part in the To play our part in the public debates of our societies. In

this light, I cannot but voice my concern at my concern at the increase ing

isolation of religion that's

taking place in some quarters. To an audience including the Deputy Prime Minister and former Prime

former Prime Ministers, he also

said there were many trying to silence the voice of religion.

A long day ended with joint

prayers for the two pre-eminent Christian leaders at

Westminster Abbey. Both

presided over a lavish ecumenical service, reconciling

a broken link between the

churches. Benedict is the first

Pope to visit the spiritual

heart of the Anglican faith

since the 16th century.

The dream is over. The

ended in heartbreaking fashion last night when they lost the sudden-death play-off against

the wests tigers at Canberra

Stadium. They had the home

advantage and the might of a

record crowd behind them, but

it wasn't enough. In the end,

it came down to young centre

Jarrod Croker who had the

chance to level the scores

close to full time with penalty goal. But he missed, and

and the Tigers advanced to the

preliminary finals, with a

26-24 win. It's been a fairytale ride for the Raiders

but there was no happy ending

for them last night as the for them last night as the Wests Tigers shattered their

finals dreams. To come down

here and get a win away from

home with so many injuries

backing up after 100 minutes,

probably one of the best wins

the club has ever had. We got

close. The Tigers' injury woes

had been the centre of attention this week but despite

the hype they fielded a

full-strength team, with playmaker Benji

a miraculous return from a knee

injury to lead the team to victory. victory. With a home-ground

advantage, and a predominantly

green crowd, the Raiders were

left isn't stunned by the

Tigers' early onslaught. But it

didn't take long for Canberra to warm up. The Tigers showed

little sings of fatigue from

last week's marathon game as

they tore apart the Raiders'

defence, adding two more tries

in quick succession. He will

in quick succession. He will score. Lote Tuqiri. But the

visitors were caught napping as

the Raiders narrowed the gap to

6 at the break. The Raiders

mounted a second mounted a second half comeback

but it came at a high price

with Terry Campese stretchered

from the field with a knee jur

reap. The home team struggled

without the playmaker and a clumsy penalty by Tom Learoyd

Lahrs made it an 8 point ball

game but Alan Tongue brought

the team back within reach.

edge of their streets

edge of their streets Jarrod Croker was given an opportunity

to level the score with minutes

remaining but it went wide. The

Tigers avoided a repeat of last

week's extra-time epic. They

will now play St George

Illawarra next Saturday night for a place in the grand final.

100 child care workers

rallied in Canberra today

calling for better working

conditions. The national child

care union says half of all workers

workers leave the industry each

year due to low wages. The

union is warning of a national shortfall of services within

three years. Now it's time to

stand up for ourselves and to

say we deserve more. I wish to

continue to educate and care for children and families but

I'm not a babysitter. I would

liking to recognised and valued and paid as a professional.

The union's 'Rally For Recognition' is calling for an

increase in hourly wages by a

minimum of $10. Members also want the Federal Government to

provide free training and paid

time off work to take part in that training. The Immigration

Department says it's reviewing security at

security at the Darwin

detention centre after an

asylum seeker escaped

overnight. A

Burmese man is still on the run after escaping from the

facilities just after midnight. Authorities say he used a heavy

blanket to protect his body and

climbed over three fences. Police officers and security guards have been unable to

locate asylum seeker. The

Immigration Department says the

centre's security management will provide a full report on

the breach. We don't believe

that there's any risk posed to

the Darwin community. We can

reassure the community of that.

We remain concerned though that

he was able to escape from the immigration detention centre.

It's the third major at the centre in as many weeks

after a mass break-out and a

riot. Golburn's widely known as

the city that nearly ran out of

water just a few years ago.

Since then, the situation has

been steadily improving. And

recent downfalls are helping to

top up local dams. But the

memories of the drought are still still fresh and the council's pushing ahead with an ambitious

and costly plan to build a pipeline from the Southern

Highlands. Water water

everywhere. And much of it is

to drink. Golburn's dams were

bone-dry a few years ago. Now,

they're brimming. But the local

council says there's no room

for complacency. It's lovely to

have the rains now but we don't

know what will happen in 12

month es' time. We need to have

that security for our town.

It's approved a plan conceived

in the big dry. Building an 80

kilometre pipeline to pump

water from a reservoir in the lush Southern Highlands. It

basically ensures we have

access to water from the

Shoalhaven system, and from a more reliable rain sourced

area. But the project will

come at a hefty cost to

ratepayers. And some locals still

still have gnawing doubts. The

pipeline started as an idea in

the State election campaign

2007. It's got a lot of good

money behind it. But not a

great deal of sense. Neil

Penning says the council was

never given enough detail about

the project. And the project. And transferring

the water over a large distance

will be expensive. Those are

the sort of things that will

eventually be passed on to the ratepayers, and that's the sort

of thing that we have to decide

whether we can afford or not.

The project's champions argue

they'll save money by pumping less water certainty trumps everything

else. I think there were many

people within the town here a

few years back very, very

concerned about what was going

to happen here to their businesses and to the livelihoods of many people in

this town. So I think the water

security is vital. The State Planning Department is now

mulling whether to give

pipeline the green light. And a

decision should come soon. Hundreds of police

motorcyclists have converged on

Canberra to honour colleagues

killed in the line of duty. The

event to raise money for the

police legacy fund involved

officers from all over the

country. There were special

tributes to New South Wales

detective William Crews whose funeral was held in Sydney just

two days ago.

It was a bikie gang with a

difference. Hundreds of police riders ditched and gathered at the New South

Wales police memorial wall in

Sydney's Domain. It's a chance

for us to get together as

fellow police. And remember the

people that we've lost. There

people that we've lost. There was --

this was an event for police

families in more families in more ways than

one. Our dads have ridden down

on their motorbikes so we've

ridden on the back of theirs.

Just two days after the New

South Wales force farewelled a

young officer killed in the

line of duty the event had an added poignancy. It couldn't

have come at a more important

time I think for us as a profession. Certainly the loss

of Detective William Crews was

one that has touched us but

today will also be part of the healing process. Cruising at

just below the speed limit the

riders stretched across the

Harbour Bridge. Along the route

to Canberra they slowed in tribute at with a number of fallen

officers. They were joined by

colleagues who'd ridden from

the ACT, Victoria and Western

Australia. More than 600 bikes

poured into the capital, and circled Parliament circled Parliament House,

before finally arriving at the

memorial for a remembrance

ceremony. The wall-to-wall

event was inspired by a police

ride that takes place every

year in the US. Organisers hope

it will now become an annual

event here too. To the AFL.

Collingwood has stunned Geelong

with a first half performance

of breathtaking intensity in

last night's preliminary final.

The Cats were forced to

acknowledge their period of AFL

dominance has come to an end.

There was plenty to sing about

for Collingwood fans. And only

people who song louder were the players. The Magpies are just

one win away from their first

premiership in 20 years. The

man who helped put them there

was in no doubt having last

weekend off was a blessing. We

could really just go for it. Do

the things that we needed to

do. Work hard with the systems,

work to the system. Work for

each other. From the start,

Collingwood was head and shoulders above the side that

had dominated the game for the

last three years. They

outscored Geelong 7 goals to 1

in the first term, there were

plenty of signs it wasn't going

to be the Cats' night. A bit of

a reality check when you come

up against a side who plays a

first quarter like that Best

half of footy've been part

inform my whole career. Gary

Ablett was part of the Fuji

long players to shine but if he is

is going to turn down a move to

the Gold Coast his body

language told a different

story. I'm with the common school of thought that he is

going, yes. The longer it's

played out the more likely it

is he will go. Every body

language expert will read into

exactly what he is doing right

now. The Magpies can now sit

back and watch St Kilda and the

Bulldogs slug it out for a place in next weekend's grand

final. The MCG held 95,000 last

night. It won't be big enough

to hold everyone who will want

to come next week.

In local AFL, Ainslie has

won its first premiership in 13 years, beating Eastlake years, beating Eastlake 88-63. The Demons started strongly and

ains lie found itself down by

12 at quarter time but the team

fought its way back in the

second, kicking five goals to

one to hold a 14-point lead at half-time. Eastlake couldn't

get back into the game in the

third and fourth quarters. It

was a sweet win for Ainslie who

lost by one goal in Belconnen in last in last year's grand final. Australia has won the crucial

doubles rubber to take a 2-1

lead in the Davis Cup clash

with Belgium. Lleyton Hewitt

and Paul Hanley teamed up for a comfortable victory over Olivier Rochus and Ruben Bemelmans. The Australians only

need to win one of tomorrow's reverse singles rubbers to return to the elite World

Group. A pre-match pep talk had

Hewitt and Hanley primed for a

fast start and they immediately

looked to have the measure of

the Belgians. Doubles

specialist Hanley was proving

to be more than a handful as the Australians raced through

the first set. Yes! Hanley was

again instrumental in an early

second-set surge. Lucky break

for Australia. The Belgians

scrambled to stay in touch, but

the Australians had all the

momentum. Oh he has made it! Queensland weather gave the

visitors a chance to regroup.

It made little difference,

though, as the Australian pair

clinched the crucial rubber in

straight sets. The score line

looked fairly comfortable out

there but we brought our A game today and played extremely well. It was great off in straight sets. France is

well on the way to its first

Davis Cup final in Kneipp years after

after taking a 2-0 lead over Argentina. Gael Monfils

followed his team-mate's

opening rubber win with a

victory over David Nalbandian.

In the other semifinal, Novak

Djokovic was a late withdrawal

from the Serbian team which

fell behind 1-0 to the Czech

Republic but Janko Tipsarevic

levelled the tie for the home

team with a tough four set win

over Thomas bir ditch. The International Cricket Council

has confirmed it's investigating a fresh allegation of involving the Pakistan cricket team. It's looking into claims

of suspicious scoring patterns

in Pakistan's in-National yesterday's one-day international against England.

It comes just three weeks after

three Pakistani players were suspended over a betting

scandal in the Test series

against England. In South Africa, the World Cup hangover

seems to have turned into a

major headache. Stadiums which

cost billions of dollars to

build are now standing empty,

struggling to attract any

games. That's led to

suggestions that some may even

be torn down. Andrew Geoghegan

reports from Cape Town. The

stars and the spectators have

gone and the World Cup showpieces lay empty. South

Africans are now asking was it

worth it. It made the rich

richer and the poor poorer.

South Africa spent more than

$10 billion hosting the World

Cup.

for new stadiums. Many of which

have become landmarks. But even

Cape Town is worried how it

will cover an annual bill of $7

million just to maintain its

stadium, when it can't find a

tenant. I think the problem is

we have too many stadia across

the country particularly in the

smaller towns. What does a

city do with a stadium nobody

wants? Well, here in Cape Town,

there's an ominous sign. Right

next to the main stadium is the

former stadium. Which lies

abandoned. Most of it has been

demolished. While its gleaming

new neighbour sun likely to suffer

suffer the same fate there is

talk other new stadiums may

have to be torn out. Nelspruit

where the Socceroos played

Serbia has already been

mothballed. Right now mothballed. Right now these stadiums are going to converted to white elephants. Amateur football can't gain

access to facilities of this

nature. Exorbitant fees are being requested. The World Cup

is estimated to have added a

quarter of a per cent growth to

South Africa's economy. And

employed about 150,000 workers.

Most of these people are It's the stuff dreams are

made of, after winning a TV

talent show just four years

ago, David Parkin has gone from

opera wanna-be to star

performer of he has landed a

key role in opera ra Australia's 'Rigoletto' and

next year joins the company as

a principal artist. It may be a

cliche, but this was a

life-changing moment. David

Parkin won Operatunity Oz in

2006, showing off his abilities

as the assassin in 'Rigoletto'. Who knows what lies For David it's been huge

success. Now reprising the role for Opera Australia. It's

amazing how much has happened in such a short amount of in such a short amount of time.

And I mean essentially I have

gone away and learned how to

sing and now I'm back to do it

as an opera singer proper. It

follows his big break as the

King in Aida. In just four

years he has gone from

engineering student to opera

star, becoming a full-time principal with Opera Australia

next year.

When I get all caught up in

the day-to-day, occasionally I

stop and say, you know, I

really am living the dream. This is fantastic. I get to

sing and be paid for it and can

live and that's just wonderful.

And you know, there's no better

feeling than that, really. This

production also features another rising star, another rising star, after making a name for himself in

Europe, Australian Paul O'Neill

is performing with Opera Australia for the first time.

Paul O'Neill was discovered

while studying opera. He made a beeline for

beeline for Europe and now

sings full time in Berlin. I'm

very excited. Because I was

over in Perth. It was always

something that I wanted to do, go and sing with Opera

Australia. The company gets an experienced Duke experienced Duke having taken

on the role 16 times overseas.

To the weather now. It was

sunny and mild around Canberra

today, a bit of a chilled wind

around with temperatures hitting 14 or 15.

A high-pressure system is

sitting south of Western

Australia and it's not moving

too far over the next 24 hours

with a cold front sweeping

south of Tasmania. There will

be showers through many of the eastern and southern capitals

tomorrow, from Brisbane round

to Adelaide.

Showers will stretch up most

of the east coast tomorrow

there will be patchy rain at

times down the south coast

tomorrow and more rain north of

Sydney, but mostly fine inland. The showers will touch on

Batemans Bay and Nowra, it will

be cloudy at times in other

centres.

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