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Tonight - a roof top protest

at Villawood detention centre

after the death of an inmate. Tourist attacks and security

alerts make life difficult for the Delhi Games organisers. Jon

Stanhope fears a conscience

vote on Territory rights will

become a referendum on

euthanasia. And Kevin Rudd back

strutting the international

stage. ABC News I'm Virginia Good evening and welcome to

Haussegger. Tensions in

Sydney's Villawood detention

centre have reached boiling

point. Earlier today a detainee

died after apparently throwing

himself off the roof. It's

believed the man in his 30s was

desperate to avoid being

deported to Fiji. In protest a

group of detaineeings took to

the roof. They're threatening suicide unless their refugee

applications are reconsidered.

And we'll come to that story a

little bit later. The families

of Commonwealth Games athletes are increasingly concerned about security after yesterday's attack in New

Delhi. The Games organisers

have moved to reassure athletes

insisting the event will be safe. Security's been stepped

up in the Indian capital after

a bus full of foreign tourists

came under fire. Two people

were injured. The Australian Government has made to its travel advise for India.

It's still warning anyone going

there to exercise a high degree

of caution. They're images that

have done nothing to quell fears about security at the Commonwealth

very well 3 months ago deciding

yes, we're going to go to Delhi

but when it gets closer and you

start to hear of an increase in things that sound like

terrorist plots and that sort of thing it does get you

concerned. At the pop la Jama

Masid mosque in Delhi gunmen on a motorbike fired at a tourist

bus. They target ed foreign tourists. It affects

everything, security lapse,

authorities are not serious

about it. The Isla mist group

has known as the Indian Mujahideen

won't say it's terrorism. the shooting but authorities

Trance trons to talk about the

motive is very difficult at the

moment. We're investigating all

possible angles. New Delhi's

Chief Minister says there's no

reason to panic but opposition

parties are upping the ante. Games are approaching. The Indian Government is responsible for Delhi's

security. We expect that precautionary measures will be taken. The Australian

Government is keeping an even tone and for now its travel

advice remains unchanged. The

Government is very conscious of

the need to ensure the best possible advice to those people

thinking of going to India for

the Commonwealth Games. I'm not

suggesting that this was a dry

run but it has served the

purpose of ininoculating the

entire security grid and entire security grid and making people aware about the likely

lapses. It's perhaps a measure of the security environment

here in India that a day after the was very much back to normal

outside the mosque. The organising committee says the

shooting will have no impact on

the Commonwealth Games and the

Australian team says it's

satisfied with the security

being provided to athletes. It

hasn't been enough either to

deter the Australian cricket

team. Outnumbered by security

as they arrived in India. as they arrived in India. And

we'll return now to our story

on the protest at the Villawood detention centre. George

Roberts reports. Chanting protesting and demanding

freedom. (All chant) Detainees

took to the roof just across

from where a fellow inmate took

his own life this morning. People inside the detention

centre faxed this photo of the

36-year-old Fijian man Josefa

Rauluni. He feared that if he

was deported his life would be

in danger therefore he climbed

a building and he wanted to

police are investigating. Sadly Department has confirmed that

and tragically when people are

insistent on causing self-harm

sadly this can occur. But it's

been revealed that in a addressed to the NSW been revealed that in a letter

Mr Rauluni pleaded with

officials to review his case. He said he wasn't seeking

citizenship, just protection,

because he feared persecution while Frank Bainimarama controls Fiji. We Pacific

Islanders look up to Australia

as the keeper of the Pacific

and that is why we believe in

you to offer a lifeline, he

wrote, and enned the let wer a

grim warning. "You want to send

me back to Fiji then send my

dead body." Social justice

advocates say the detainees on

the roof are distraught. The

management is not taking seriously the mental situation. There there There

have been sporadic protests throughout the day. They're

usually very quiet and you don't hear them at all. A

growing number of men including

some Tamil asylum seekers and

at least one Iraqi have been

picketing on the roof top for

hours. The ABC's been told that

have they're on a hunger strike and

have also threatened to jump. We are confident NSW

Police in its investigation

will look at all and any

circumstances that led up to this tragedy. Immigration

officials are continuing to

negotiate with the men to end

their protest. It's a debate

that should be about democracy,

not euthanasia. That's the view

of the Chief Minister who fears

community division over

euthanasia will derail a move

to give the ACT greater powers of self-government. The Greens

leader Bob Brown wants to overturn a Commonwealth ban Territories from making that prevents the

euthanasia laws. The Prime

Minister has indicated that

Labor MPs will be given a

conscience vote usually

reserved for strong issues of

morality. But Jon Stanhope

thinks she's missing the point.

ACT political reporter Julie Doyle. The

Doyle. The Chief Minister it's a simple

proposition. These are

fundamental issue, fundamental principle, the principle that

the Labor Party was founded on

- democracy. In 1995 the

Northern Territory passed legislation allowing voluntary

euthanasia but 2 years later

Federal Parliament banned the

ter toys from even debating the

subject. Bob Brown is

attempting to overturn the ban

through a private members bill.

Labor MPs will be given a

conscience vote. I regret that

my Federal Labor colleagues

have been given a conscience vote on a fundamental basic

principle - democracy. The

Prime Minister's been very

clear that pending discussions it's likely that we will follow

the course that we have in the

past which is to allow a

conscience vote. Jon Stanhope

is opposed to euthanasia but he says the ACT's politicians

should be allowed to talk about

it. Do you believe that the people of the ACT and the Northern Territory should be

accorded the same democratic rights of all other Australians? That's the

question. The question is not do you support euthanasia. The ACT's democratically elected

parliament should be able to

debate on issues as it sees

fit. What's important on this

issue is when we have the

discussion about Territory

rights we don't do it in the

context of just one contentious

issue. Lobby groups from both

sides of the euthanasia debate

have already weighed in. We

have excellent palliative care

facilities in the country and there should anyone to suffer. People want

both, they want good palliative

care but they want to know if

things get too bad they have the option

the option of peaceful

death. The ACT's right to

govern itself has been a long

running battle. Last week the Chief Minister wrote to Julia Gillard asking for a full review of the self-government

act and he wants a the Commonwealth will keep out

of ACT affairs. So far there's

been no response. A US legal

firm is set to launch a massive

compensation claim for Qantas

passengers and crew injured in

a midair incident off the West

Australian coast. The company

has made a last-minute plea to other passengers to join the

action but aviation experts are

warning the case could set a dangerous precedent. Passengers

were left dazed in the badly damaged could bein of the

Qantas airbus - 330 which went

into a dive. . Emergency crews

treated more than 100 injured

passengers and crew and 2 years later more than 70 including

the captain and flight crew are

heading to a US people on board the Qantas

flight 72 suffered severe psychological trauma, if not physical damage. Their

psychological trauma is the

worst component and US law allows recovery for that. Chicago-based Wisner Law Firm is targeting the

manufacturer Airbus and the

maker of an onboard computer in

which they say could prove

Australia's largest aviation

compensation claim but there's

already concern about the

impact of an action seeking

lucrative damages through the

US courts. If they're

successful every time an aeroplane gets into severe turbulence, which happens quite

a lot, passengers are going to turn around and the airline for duty of

care. Lawyers acting for

passengers in Australia say the

push for compensation could be

fought out in the courts here

as well as supporting the

action in the United States, at

least two firms are preparing

to lodge damages claims against Qantas in Australian

courts. There have been claims

by passengers against

carrier for some time. Some

have already been resolved but those that haven't been

resolved have to be commenced

in court before the 2-year anniversary of the flight

because there's a 2-year

limitation date. Qantas says

it's already settled a number

of claims and will consider any

new ones. Lawyers for a

Canberra man who shot and

killed a member of a bikie gang

last year say it was a case of

kill or be killed. Russell

Field's trial began today but

there wasn't the level of

security seen when he last

fronted court. The court heard

the Chisholm man who shot dead a Rebels Motorcycle and another man acted in

self-defence. After 1.5 years

in solitary confinement Russell Field's day in court finally arrived. There

arrived. There were police

patrols around the Supreme

Court but not on the same scale

as last year when the

22-year-old was expected to

make his first appearance.

Field is accused of murdering

Richard John Roberts and

Gregory Peter Carrigan at his Chisholm home last year. Mr

Roberts was a senior member of

the Rebels Motorcycle Club and

police fear the group might

seek retribution. In an interview played to the court

Field say he was in his garage

when two men stormed in and began threatening him. He said

they chased him around his

backyard before he went back

inside, grabbed his gun and

blindly aimed towards the door

shooting Mr Carrigan. Field

then turned the gun on Richard

John Roberts outside his house.

Police allege it was at close

range. Field told the officers he knew the two men were going

to kill him and he was put in a

situation where his safety was

told the court there were no other weapons found at the

scene or on Mr Carrigan and Mr Roberts. Field's legal team

said he was acting in

self-defence and that it was a

case of kill or be killed. The

trial before Chief Justice

Terence Higgins is expected run for a fortnight. Foreign

observers say it's too early to declare the Afghan parliamentary election a

success. Preliminary results

are weeks away but there are already concerns about the low

voter turnout and reports of widespread fraud. Nearly 20 people were killed people were killed in election-related violence

including 3 electoral officers

whose bodies were discovered

today. South Asia correspondent

Sally Sara reports from

Kabul. Afghan electoral

officials are not just counting votes, they're mourning the

loss of 3 colleagues abducted

and murdered in the north of the TRANSLATION: Unfortunately it's

with deep sadness we can report

that our 3 IEC staffers who

were kidnapped in Chantal

district of Balkh province have

been martyred and their bodies were found today. Violence has

overshadowed the parliamentary poll. The independent election

Commission estimates 40% of voters turned out.

International observers are

cautious to call that a success. If they meant success. If they meant success holding the election we all

agree, it was almost a miracle

holding an election. Beyond

that I would wait and be cautious. Some voters have little

little faith that the election

was free and fair. At this

polling booth the initial tallies didn't match their expectations.

TRANSLATION: We all cast our

votes for this candidate. We

were 30 people, all from the

same family. Now we can see he only has two votes. candidates say that warlords

were offering money to voters

in exchange for their ballots

but they believe that those who

sold their votes will have to live

live with the results. Tomorrow they will realise the

consequences of such an responsiblity during the

election. Let them make a mistake, tomorrow they will

learn from their mistakes. Many candidates and prodemocracy

groups have lodged complaints

about irregularities in the poll including intimidation, polling stations failing to open and shortages of ballot

papers. While the voting is now

well and truly over, in some

ways the real contest is only

just beginning. The candidates

and on servers are carefully

scrutinising the counting of

vote and electoral officials

are under enormous pressure to

deal effectively with the

thousands of complaints of vote rigging. A final result isn't expected until next month. In Thailand thousands of red shirt

protestors have staged a rally

in the same area of Bangkok

they were cleared from 4 months

ago. It's their biggest

demonstration since the deadly

military crackdown in which 91 people were killed. Although

noisy, this gathering was

peaceful as protestors marked

the 4th anniversary of the 2006

coup against former prime

minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Security was tight and the red

shirts disperse ed within a few hours. They say they will

continue to pressure the

Government to end what they say are unlawful political detentions and media

censorship. Kevin Rudd is back on the international stage

attending a series of high-level meetings at the United Nations in New York.

First of the Foreign Minister's

agenda was the issue of climate change, then the floods

disaster in Pakistan. North America Landers. At the United Nations

Kevin Rudd is once again among friends. The Secretary-General

Ban-Ki Moon gave him a warm

welcome. It was the UN boss who

gave Kevin Rudd a special job

soon after he was removed as

prime minister. Appointing him

to a high level UN panel on

climate change. That the #2

1-member group has now met for

the first time in New York.

Australia's new Foreign

Minister now forced to grapple

on the world stage with an issue that caused his

government so much trouble.

From there it was on to

another high level meeting.

This one about the devastating

Pakistan floods. We are here

because the Pakistan floods are

one of the biggest, most

complex natural disasters we

have faced in the history of the

million people have been

affected by the disaster. The

UN is quadrupling the amount 06

- of its emergency appeal

setting a target of $2 billion.

Australia is the fifth largest

donor to the relief effort. We

may still see the prospect of a serious epidemic arriving from water-borne diseases. The early evidences in our field hospital

suggests a rising number suggests a rising number of

cases of cerebral malaria and

early science of malnutrition. The Opposition is

still calling Kevin Rudd a

prime minister in exile and he

certainly looks at home rubbing

should wers other world

leaders. He will get plenty of

chance s to mingle with them over the next couple of days

culminating with an address

othe UN General Assembly late

this week. The Independent MP

Rob Oakeshott has withdrawn his

bid for the speaker's job in

Federal Parliament. He met the

Coalition leader Tony Abbott in

Sydney this afternoon. Opposition had opposed the move amid doubts about its

constitutional validity. Mr

Oakeshott now says in light of

the confusion he's reluctant to accept a nomination for the

job. Instead he's suggesting a

Liberal MP be appointed and the

Opposition Leader is

considering the request. The

Reserve Bank says it's ready to

put up interest rates if as expected the economy goes from

strength to strength. Governor

Glenn Stevens noted some Glenn Stevens noted some risks

including a return to financial

market chaos but he remains upbeat. The job ahead looks one of managing a robust upswing.

That's a problem of course that

many other countries would love

to have. Part of the task of

managing that, of course, will

fall to monetary policy. There

will be more clues on interest

rates tomorrow when the RBA

publishes the minutes of its latest monetary policy meeting. To finance now and

that speech by the Reserve governor pushed the Australian dollar sharply higher today but

as Alan Kohler reports the local share market fell slightly. When you were having

breakfast this morning the dollar was around 93.5 US cent. But the closer the governor's

speech got the higher the dollar got. By the time Glenn

Stevens got to his feet it was

above 94 and when he Saturday down again it was 94.5. That's

because the futures market had

shifted up the odds of a rate

hike in either October, up to

31% now, and November which is

now 69% chance, up from about

50%. The Aussie dollar is

mostly tossed about by global risk sentiment but local

interest rates do have an

impact. Apart from that there wasn't much action today. Spot gold is back above $1,280 an ounce. The All Ords slipped 8

points. Most of the stocks were down and

industrials like Telstra and

Wes farmer were slightly

higher. There was quiet trading

around the world as well. Wall

Street was virtually flat on

Friday. The only market in Asia

to record a material move was the Commonwealth Games host

India, up 0.8%. Tonight's tells a story about infrastructure. First the

average age in years of what

economists call Australia's capital stock. That is infrastructure apart from

houses. Now between 1960 and

1972 there was a lot of

investment so the average age

fell. Then everything got older

as investment dried up and now

the age is falling again. But

that's all about investments in energy, mainly natural gas

platform and processing plants. Investments in tele

communications has been declining. In water it's about

the same as it was 30 year ago

and in rail, it's up from not

much to a bit more. And that's

finance. After heavy rains

upstream the River Murray is

slowly returning to health in South Australia with the lower lakes milestone today. For the first

time in 2.5 years water is flowing naturally between Lake

alzand - alzandSudan dreen a

and Lake Albert. A temporary

embankment has embankment has been removed. The local council says the

drought forced up to 30 dairy

farmers to leave the area

resulting in $30 million in

lost production. The social impact on the people in Meningi

has been pretty tough and this

will spur the people on. It

will make everyone make

different decisions, have a

different outlook, plan for the

future and the better frame of

mine. The levee has been

reduced - built to reduce acid levels in Lake Albert. St George will start as favourite

against the Tigers. The Dragons

had the weekend off and are

free of injury worries while

the Tigers are hoping the

adrenaline win from the win

over Canberra will carry them

over. After two grueling games of finals football verse to go through it all

again against the Dragon. Training today was light

hearted and open to the public

and there are plenty of smiles

on the faces of players with

many sampling finals football

for the first time. Everything

they expected it to be, the

buzz and the excitement that

surrounds it is unbelievable. In contrast the

minor premiers will go into the

match after a week off thanks

to their one-sided win over Manly. And with super coach

Wayne Bennett at the helm the

Dragons won't buy into any speculation on the tiredness of their opponents. Wayne's

method, we don't worry about

the other side. We haven't for the last about ourselves and that's not

trying to be short with yous,

that's the way we work. The

Tigers are more than happy

Tigers are more than happy to go into the game as

underdogs. We finished third, they finished first and they've

got the pressure on them to

play well and keep that defensive record up. The 2005

premiers have had some positive

news with Simon Dwyer free to

play after a low-level charge

from the match review committee for

for this incident. The Titans

have also had the week off ahead of playing the Roosters

in Brisbane and they seem to

have got all their player back fit with Preston Campbell

looking likely to play. By

losing their first two finals

matches, this year there's a

different mindset on the Gold Coast. Blame the field, we've

blamed the weather, we've

blamed going to Sydney but this year it's been smooth sailing

for us. We've won away games, we've won everything. The

Titans and Roosters have one

win a piece in their meetings this season. And Raiders player has been caught drink driving. Half-back

Michael Picker has been charged

after crashing his car near Gunning. Police say the 21-year-old recorded a blood

alcohol reading of 0.209. He'll

appear in Yass court next

month. But there was some good news for the club today with 5 players being named in Kangaroos train on squad. John

Monaghan, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs,

Josh Dugan and Jarrod Croker

have all been added to the

list. Fantastic reward for what they've gone through,

particularly young Crokes, great reward for him at such a

young age. Five eighth young age. Five eighth Terry

Campese as confirmed he will

have full reconstructive

surgery on his injured knee on

Wednesday. Australia has missed

out on a place in next year's

Davis Cup world group after

losing its play off against

Belgium in Cairns. The Belgians

levelled the tie when Luczak went down in 4 sets

before Carston Ball lost the

deciding rubber in straight

sets. The late replacement for

Lleyton Hewitt in the reverse singles, 31-year-old Peter

Luczak gave himself hope in the

rubber. He stunned the Belgian 7-0 in the third set tie break

but Rochus wasn't rattled, he

won the fourth set to keep the

tie alive. That left 23-year-old Carsten Ball with the task of deciding the issue

against Steve Darcis, another player ranked well outside the

top 100. The Belgian won the

first set tie break before

finding the going easier in the

second and third sets.

Serbia will host France in

the Cup final after completing

a come from behind win over the Czech Czech Republic. France

overwhelmed Argentina 5-0. The

December. The drought is

finally over for Casey Stoner.

The Australian had his first win of the Moto grand

pre-circuit in Spain. He held

off a challenge from Lorenzo on

the opening lap.

the opening lap. What a start

to the race. Before steering

his Ducati to a commanding win

from Spaniard Dani Pedrosa and

American Nicky Hayden. For the

team, for everyone who stuck by me and sorry it took so

long. It's the first time this

season Lorenzo has missed a

spot on the podium. In the English Premier League Old

Trafford welcomed back Wayne

Rooney by Dimitar Berbatov

stole the show. The 5-goal

thriller went the home team's

way. Steve Gerrard notched 2

for Liverpool but Berbatov

sealed his hat-trick and the points in the 84th minute. And now with a look at today's weather here's Mark Carmody. Thanks, Virginia and

good evening. Canberra was its

best today. Under sunny skies

and light winds. It was frosty

first thing though but they were light. Then with sunny

skies we reached 19, 18 in where the best brass band in the district hails from. It's

still a lovely evenings and

these lovely eatings should continue. The temperature was

11 and the barometer is steady.

Regionally today it was beaut

in Bungendore too where was

there was almost an outbreak of

mond itis. Thankfully it was

contained.

Nationally today, it was

overcast and rain fell in

Brisbane. Sydney was a cloudy.

There's extensive cloud along

the Queensland coast which

dropped very heavy falls today.

40 mm tell in Townsville this morning over a 3-hour period and the rain extended from

Cairns to the Gold Coast with

the heavy falls petering out

south of Hervey Bay. The reason

for the rain is a trough along

the coast up there. Our

beautiful days, and there's a

few more to come, are due to a high in the Bight that's

extending a ridge over us.

Around Australia tomorrow : The high in the Bight is generating south-westerly showers to the coastal areas of

the south east. Locally

tomorrow there might be shower

ace long the coast which might

extend up to Goulburn but everywhere else should be

mostly sunny. The winds will be light to moderate

south-westerlies between 10 and

20km/h. Yass 20, Cooma 18. And

Canberra can expect another beaut day tomorrow after an

overnight minimum of 3, we

should reach 20 in Civic, 21 in

Tuggeranong. There might be fog

about first thing and the winds

will be west south-westerlies

averaging 20km/h.

Virginia, this is an

ornamental pear blossom. It

looks good but it stinks

similar to a men's urinal.

Smell it for yourself at the international flower display down by the lake. No thank, that's disgusting. Thanks,

Mark. That's ABC new. The '7:30

Report' is up next and I'll be

back with an update at 8:30

just after 'Australian Story'.

Until then. Goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI

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Live.

Welcome to the program. The biggest civil suit in Australian Australian aviation history

will play out in a United

States courtroom with an

American lawyer lodgeing a

claim on behalf of crew injured during a Qantas

flight two years ago. A

computer glitch caused and

Airbus plane traveling from

Singapore to Perth to plummet sharply twice, injuring more

than 100 passengers and staff.

At least two other lawsuits are

likely to follow in Australia.

Conor Duffy reports.