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Julia Gillard re-suss states

Labor's national health care Labor's national health care

package. On 1st July, people

will see some important things

changing in their health

system. Clashes for the first time between Egypt's army time between Egypt's army and

protesters. Apiarists make a

beeline to suburban rooftops in

a fight to the death. The hobby

yiss in the backyard with one

or two hives are likely to be

the first places to see

them. And Geoffrey Rush's

BAFTA. career gets new voice with a

Hello and welcome to across Australia. I'm Tracy Kirkland. On the local share

market, banks and miners are

making strong gains : More finance later in the bulletin. More

bulletin. More beds, more money

and less waiting time - the mantra for Julia Gillard's health overhaul is already being

being seared into the nation's

consciousness. State and

Territory leaders signed up to

the new agreement last night,

but some were reluctant and the

in until deal won't be formally locked

year. Political reporter Hayden produced in the middle of the

Cooper. It went long, it went

late. Very good meeting, thank you very health deal be the one that you very much. But will this

lasts? I think it is a very major achievement. The leaders

emerged after dark, clutching

an in-principle agreement and

boasting of a breakthrough Now

we've got everyone in the tent,

everyone on the same page of putting patients first.

I'm optimistic, the

we've got to get the details principles are

right. Actually, I think everybody would have been happy

necessary to go all night if it was

necessary to get a con strkt

tiff deal. This plan matches

the money. $16 billion from the

Commonwealth to cover half of

the growth in health costs in

the decade from 2014, and from

next year, a national funding

pool will dole out the money through local hospital

networks. If you for some

doctors, it remains a recipe for buck-passing. At the first

opportunity, when there are

funding tensions in the system,

I think I can predict what will happen. Now it's the officials'

turn to hammer out the fibre

hope the solidarity hope points. Julia Gillard can only

holds. Sure, fine details have

to be nutted out, you expect

that, but yesterday's agreement was signed by every chief minister and every premier in

the room, as well as by me as Prime Prime Minister. One premier may

agreement. Her opponent is not last until the final

hinting that if he wins, New

South Wales is no certainty to

stay on board. The only threat

to achieving those dollars and

lowering the bar, the Prime those beds is Mr O'Farrell. By

Minister has succeeded where

her predecessor failed, but the

next six months will put the

deal to the test. As for the

patients, noticeable results

could take much longer than

that. The support of two convinced the Federal

Opposition. When you scratch

below the surface, there are

more questions than answers,

and I think that's why people

are sceptical that this was

more about the politics

Julia Gillard than actually

good health outcome. The deal

is signed but not yet sealed. Professor John Dwyer is the

founder of the Australian

health care alliance. He says

the new pool system is too complicated. There are many

problems with the idea of a

national pool. It's extraordinarily complex and

cumbersome and it's going to

require an enormous amount of bureaucratic intervention to

see the money flow. I think

it's not going to get up as the it's not going to get

details are looked at. I think

this is one element which will

have to be simplified and there

are plenty of ways of

simplifying it and keeping the aims of transparency and

looking at cost effectiveness intact. What about the new

distribution system where money

is allocate add cording to what hospitals do, is that a workable efficiency, the activity-based workable model? As a tool for

fund something fine. As a flow mechanism for funding local

hospital networks from a

looked central pool in Canberra,

looked after by, looked after by, say, three

wise men, that's never going to

be efficient. You talked about funding. Now the Federal

Government is giving more, but

is it enough? It's still not

going to be enough to open

sufficient beds to meet the

targets that are being set for

the flow of patients out of emergency departments, so

states are going to continue to

have to put more money into funding now will be matched by this

the

the Commonwealth. So, what

should the Government have

done? Mr Rudd had a clear

mandate from the Australian

people to make major people to make major changes

that wouldn't just have been

about how we fund our

hospitals, but would be about

how we fund and operate our

whole health system. We needed

a new funding arrangement and

we needed new models of care,

and a single funder of the

community care, primary care, health system, hospitals,

with that single funder, then

passing money out to providers who would deliver an integrated system of care so

that patients wouldn't be lost

in the transfer from hospitals to community to primary

that's what we wanted, that's

what we should have, and this

ideally should be the start of

a journey that sees us in four

or five years move to such a system. Well, saying that, are

you happy then as seeing this

as a first step? As a first

step, I actually think we could

have done a lot more. We

haven't tackled mental health,

we don't have a clear new model

for delivering of primary care

services and we are still having the same hospital-centric system that

concentrates on sickness rather

than on maintaining wellness,

so we could have done more, but

it's good to see political

agreement and the camaraderie

among our leaders and the

openness that came out of

yesterday to looking at ideas

for improving the health

system, so we've just got to

hope that this is the beginning

of a continuous program that

we deliver health in Australia. Professor John

Dwyer, thank you. Thank you. Egypt's new military

rulers have suspended the

Constitution, dissolved Parliament and announced they

will stay in power for six

months or until elections. As

the army struggled to get life

back to normal, scuffles broke

out between soldiers and

hundreds of demonstrators who

refuse to leave Tahrir Square. Middle East correspondent Ben Knight reports from Cairo. Not

everyone in Egypt knows quite

how to cope with their newfound

freedom, but there are who do. Already the Juve anymore stalls are out, commemorating what's become

known as the 25th known as the 25th January Revolution. In the centre of town, the clean-up continued.

The clean-up of the Square and

indeed the entire area around

the central city has got to

remarkable proportions in the

space of just a coup of days.

Even the kerbing has been

repainted by volunteers. Not

only that, a lot of the

graffiti has been painted over

as well and in this case t has been replaced graffiti. This one here says,

"As of today, this is your

country. Don't throw rubbish,

don't pay bribes, complain to

whoever you need to and do not

accept tyranny." The people of Cairo are giving their city

more care and attention than

it's seen in many, many

years. At first people they

were against the idea of us

painting on walls. They said,

"We are cleaning and you're

painting! We're trying to

remove all of this." And then

when they found it nice, they

started to paint and everyone

is painting now. But there are Two days ago, all these books

were banned under the old regime and the state-run newspapers have had a

remarkable turnaround in

editorial stance. Suddenly with

the downfall of Mubarak, they

started talking about how great

are these people. They are the

same persons who have changed

their skins. Suddenly,

overnight. In Tahrir Square,

the army began moving out the last of the protesters, sparking

sparking some scuffles as they pulled town the army's command is making its first moves towards fulfilling

its promise to steer Egypt

towards democracy. It has dissolved the Parliament and suspended the

it has set up a committee to prepare a new Constitution prepare a new Constitution and

promised a vote within six

months. But managing the

transition to democracy will not be easy. CHANTING. Yesterday there were

spot protests around the city,

like these police officers,

demanding better pay. The

suddenness of the change has left many people here

overwhelmed, but after just two days, the people of Egypt are starting to get used to it. The

shock waves of Egypt are ee

verb rating throughout the

region with civil unrest and anti-government sentiment

growing in growing in neighbouring

countries. So what are the

chances of other regimes in the

region toppling? Dr Matthew

Gray is from the Centre of

Islamic Studies at the Australian National University. Certainly the

majority of the countries in the Arab world

at the moment and an enormous

number of people would like to

be out on the streets

protesting or would like to see what's happened in their own countries. What

needs to occur, though, beyond

people power is also some sort

of division or split at the

senior levels, ideally for the

army in particular to break

away from the political

leadership. That's what we saw

in Tunisia, that's what we're

seeing now in Egypt. That's

what we may well see in what we may well see in other countries. Let's look specifically at other

countries. What do you see

happening in Yemen? Look, Yemen

is probably the one to go next. It is the one most likely to

have leadership change because

it's most similar, I think, to

Tunisia and Egypt. What you've

got there is a Republican

leader who has been there way

too long, he has been there

since 1978. He is not terribly

popular. He is both repressive

and also he uses what little

oil wealth of the country is left to buy off support from

key elites and tribes and other

leaders, and I think to the

ordinary Yemeni people, he

simply looks old and steal,

much as Mubarak and Ben Ali

did. There are also protests in

- planned protest s in Iran, Libya

Libya and Bahrain and we have

photos of clashes, in anti-government rallies. Is it

possible to be a significant

domino effect now that the

Egyptian Government has

fallen. Once you get into mon

mar ki to Bahrain or. It has

its talons into the

institutions of the state and into society. So I think this

is where this idea comes from. You might get people power

there, but this idea that you

need a little bit more than

that, what you would need in

Bahrain would be quite a

dramatic change, I think, in

the military which is not going

to happen. We are seeing a lot

of people leaving Tunisia where

it all started. How much of it all started. How much of an

effect will have that have in neighbouring countries, for

example, Algeria Whether they

can get enough critical mass

together is questionable and

whether the army would support

them is also highly

questionable. I think the army

would act to repress them

because of its fears of an

Islamist government coming to power. Dr Matthew Gray, thank

you. My pleasure, thank you. An

integral part of brd's commuter

network destroyed by last month's flood again. The council's CityCat

fleet started taking passengers

from daybreak, but the service

isn't completely back to normal. Only 15 terminals can be used. The rest need to be

replaced or repaired. Everybody

loves the CityCats, everybody

comments on them. They are a

real demonstration, I think, of

the character of

Brisbane. Further upstream, the

Queensland Government is poised

to let a year's supply of water

out of the Wivenhoe Dam. In the

next fortnight, a quarter of Brisbane and its surrounds will

be released to prevent more

flooding this wet season. A

commission of inquiry will

examine whether the management

of the dam during last month's floods contributed to floods contributed to the disaster. The latest Australian

soldier to be killed in

Afghanistan is being honoured

at a memorial service in his

home town in Tasmania. The Prime Minister and Opposition

Leader have joined military top brass

brass to pay tribute to

Corporal Richard Atkinson in

Launceston. The 22-year-old

combat engineer was on his first he was killed by a bomb in the Oruzgan Province 12 days ago.

His family and fiancee are

among hundreds of mourners at the St John's Church. Corporal

Atkinson is the first Tasmanian

soldier to be killed on active

duty since the Vietnam

War. Supporters of the man who

allegedly stole a quarter of a

million classified US documents

published by WikiLeaks have

accuse ed the US Government of trying to break the young

soldier. Private Bradley Manning has been held in a

military prison for 8 months.

Julian Assange,s founder of

WikiLeaks, insists he doesn't know the source of the. 'Four

Corners' has reported the only

way the US Government can get

to Assange. This is the only

known voice of the young army

intel gents analyst who allegedly stole over 260,000 classified

and leaked them to WikiLeaks. For the past 8 months, Private

Bradley Manning has been held

in a military prison. Twice a

month David House visits the 23-year-old. From meeting with

Bradley, from getting to know

him and from watching his state

degrade over time, the only

conclusion I can reach is that this is torture. CHANTING: Free Bradley Manning! His

supporters argue his solitary confinement is designed to

break the 23-year-old and force him boss Julian Assange. The

increase in the severity of his

treatment is an attempt to pressure him into trying to

embroil us in some sort of espionage-related charge.

It's like a sledgehammer

trying to crack a very small

nut. The US Government is

trying to put immense pressure

on him in order for him to

crack open. Manning allegedly

admitted his role in the heist in a

computer hacker. I'm a source,

not quite a volunteer:

Adrian Lamo says he was the one who tipped off one who tipped off the

authorities. I felt that what

Bradley Manning was doing was a danger to national security and

to the lives of others. Julian Assange insists he doesn't know the source of the leaks, but

one of his former WikiLeaks

colleagues has written a book,

critical of the organisation,

and he has accused Mr Assange

of hanging Bradley Manning to dry. Everyone should be

talking about Manning and not

about Julian's trouble in

Sweden or in Great Britain or

wherever. Manning is facing a

court martial and if convicted

he could spend 52 years in

prison. You can see the 'Four

Corners' program on Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks tonight

on ABC1 at 8:30. From the roof

of the Paris opera to New York

and Tokyo, city skylines abuzz with bees. Now Australia

is getting in on the act. A

growing army of urban apiarists

is keeping the bees busy and doing their doing their bit to boost

biosecurity. They are the eyes

and ears of pest inspectors

trying to stop an invasion of the deadly varroa mite. It's

not what you would expect by a busy motorway, but beekeepers

are transforming rooftops

across the country. Look, I think keeping bees is fantastic. I think everybody

should do it, or at least have

a look at it because you're really close to you're producing one of nature's finest products, nature's finest products,

honey. The varroa mites

devastated bee populations

around the world. Australia is

the only country free of the

parasite and amateur beekeepers

are on the front line of the defence The suburban

beekeepers, the hobbyists with one

one or two hives are likely to

the first place to see them. We

want to contact all to make

sure they understand what to

look for and to report any unusual parasites in their hives. At stake is the future

of the global food supply. Bees

are a key plant pollinator,

contributing up to $6 billion

in agricultural production on

top of 11,000 apiary jobs, but

for some, it's all about the

honey. The bees are making the

honey on the roof and really it gets extracted and within

minutes and metres it's in the

kitchen ready to use. The roof

of this restaurant is being

converted to a bee hotel. The

beekeepers are installing hives

on rooftop as cross the city

and they're struggling to up with demand. We found it was

happening around the world and it wasn't happening in

Melbourne, so we continued to

give it a go and the response has been absolutely amazing.

To be able to have that

produce coming from your own roof, it's fabulous. So

bringing bees back to the city

is good for the environment and

the tastebuds, too. There has

been a rise in the number of

home loans taken out by

owner-occupiers in December,

despite the November interest

rate rise. Figures from

Canberra show loan approvals rose 2.1% to just over 51,700.

There was also a 10% slump in

the purchase of new homes in

the month. Let's go to other

stories making news in business. Federal Parliament is

going to look into the

$1-a-litre milk being offered

by most of the big

supermarkets. The Senate Economics Committee will

question executives from Coles,

Woolworths and other grocers.

Farmers fear they will be casualties of the price war. The Business Council of

Australia says cuts to

disability services could help pay for flood

Government's deficit or the

need for a flood levy. The

council represents Australia's

top 100 companies. And China

has now overtaken Japan as the

world's second biggest economy

after the United States. Japan

was knocked into third spot

today with the release of growth figures which show the

Japanese economy shrinking in

the last quarter. Let's take a

check now of the markets with

Elysse Morgan. Shares in

Insurance Australia are down? Yes, Tracy, Australia's biggest home and has been hit hard by natural

disaster claims. IAG has halved

its first-prove outlook. IAG is

facing a significant loss in

the UK arm of the business. the UK arm of the business. So investors are fleeing the

stock, sending it down over 5.5% to $3.58. And Leighton

Holdings's half-year results

are out. How are they looking? Construction company

Leighton has recorded a significant fall in

profits, down 25%, compared to

the same time the year before.

Net profit came in at $216.7

million. The company partly

blamed extreme weather in Queensland for the downturn,

but it has also seen problems

in the rest of the Australian

property market, as well as in the Middle East. As a result the stock

the stock is down slightly to $30.71. And Bendigo and Adelaide banks are also

reporting today? Yes, the banks

posted a half-year profit of

$174 million which is up 67% on

the same time the year

but the Banks' chief executive

Mike Hirst say the market conditions remain challenging. This might

This might be responsible for a

fall in the company's fall in the company's shares, down over 1.5%. Commonwealth

Bank is also down, trading ex-dividend, investors

stripping 2% off the bank's

shares. They are down to $54.

shares. They are down to $54.

ANZ, Westpac and NAB are all making strong gains. How is the

rest of the market looking? The

All Ordinaries is up almost 1%

to 0515 while the ASX 200 is up

1%. Now a look at the domestic

market's other big movers in

the ASX 100:

Thank you. To the week ahead

on Wall Street. President Obama

releases his budget tomorrow.

It's expected to call for a

trillion dollars in cuts over

the next 10 years. At the close

of trade last week: Thousands of Red

the streets of Bangkok,

demanding the release of their

imprisoned leaders. They used

their by monthly rally in the capital to march to the

democracy monument, the site of

deadly collars with authorities

last April. Last week

Thailand's Cabinet approved the

use of the internal scurgt Act in several districts to keep

the protesters away from the

Prime Minister's office and

Parliament. Geoffrey Rush is among

BAFTAs. The Australian was

named best supporting actor for

his role in 'The King's

Speech', in a night dominated

by the pre-war drama. Never mind the mind the drizzle, the stars will brighten things up. Ah,

here they are, look. There's

Helena Bonham Carter and Tom

forward with Julie an Moore. And

And isn't that Annette Bening

from the movie The Kids Are

Alright. It is Alright. It is the 2011 behalf Tasmania. The winner goes to Helena Bonham Carter for 'The King's Speech'. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) Oh,

Oh, you know what, I'm so used

to losing, it is quite a strange feeling to win, but it

feels very nice. Children, if

you're watching, it's not about the winning! (LAUGHTER)

And that was just the

start. The BAFTA goes to...

'The King's Speech'. 'The

King's Speech'. The BAFTA for

supporting actor, supporting actor, Geoffrey Rush, 'The King's

Speech'. MOVIE REEL: Sorry, Mrs

Johnson, my game, my turf, my

rules. You will have to talk this over with around then speak to me on the

telephone. Nobody was surprised

by the winner for the best

actor award. Colin Firth for 'The King's Speech'. The two

people who are sitting over

there, my own majestic mum and

dad, I think thises is good a

moment as any to thank them for absolutely everything and also Livia and remaining so steady whether

they're dealing with a dancing

queen or some-time king. Thank

you very much. But the Brits

didn't have it all their own

way. Natalie Portman won best

actress for her performance as

paranoid prima ballerina in Black

Black swin. 'The Social

Network' won best biopic. Chris

fefr Lee was awarded the fellowship. Next up, in a fortnight's time. To other

stories making news around the

world - thousands of women have

turned out across Italy to condemn Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his alleged sex scandals. They

scandals. They say his dalliances with young women

humiliate their sks as a whole and he should resign. Swiss

voters have rejected a proposal

to tighten the country's liberal gun laws. They voted

against a call to end the

tradition that men should keep

their army rifles at home after completing military service. And a service. And a town in Poland's

West Pomerania province has been hosting

been hosting what's said to be

the only winter swimmers

parade. After walking through

town and a short warm-up, there was the inevitable plunge into

the icy waters of the

the icy waters of the Baltic. India has put Australia

in a spin in the first of its

cricket World Cup warm-up

matches with a 38-run win.

Australia did well to bowl

India out in the 45th over, but

after a promising start, the Australian middle order collapsed against the Indian

spinners. Opener Verender Sehwag handful during the tournament with a hard-hitting

half-century, but Brett Lee

chimed in with three wickets to

restrict the home side to 214.

Shane Watson and Tim Paine gave

Australia a platform in the run

chase and Ricky Ponting had

some valuable time at the

crease, top scoring with 57 as

Australia looked to be on

target. But spinners Piyush

Chawla and Harbhajan Singh

triggered a worrying

middle-order collapse.

Australia was all 38th over. Australia's last

warm-up game is tomorrow

against South Africa. Their

horns are worth more than gold.

Little wonder then that rhinos in South Africa are in South Africa are attracting unwanted attention from poachers. Even hiring private

security firms to protect the

animals isn't proving a sufficient deterrent. In thick

South African bush, a rhino

poacher stalks his prey.

secretly, he is being

Hey, hey, hey... This may be a training

training exercise, but the

scenario is very real. Rhino

poaching is on the increase and

with it the rise in

security firms, safari-style.

This is what they're after,

more than 300 rhino have been

poached in the last year alone,

killed for their horn, smuggled

abroad as medicine by organised

criminal gangs. A typical

situation, we Vice President to

the west approximately We've got cell phone coverage. A perfect place where they can

come back, find their buddies

and say, "Listen, I've got a

rhino. Chop the horn off. Meet me tonight me tonight at 7 o'clock."

Wardens are getting better at

detecting with more

sophisticated techniques and

aerial surveillance, but for

the criminals, the rewards have

increased, too. Rhino horn is

now more valuable than even

gold. Precious wildlife is

under attack from human

predators. Conservation now the

name of the game. Parks are the lookout for poachers and with tourism worth more than $6

billion - worth more than ?6

billion a year, authorities are crashing down hard. With

millions of acres of land to

protect, they're stretched too

far and this massive horned creature remains vulnerable. To

the weather now, and the

satellite shows thick cloud

over the tropics in an active monsoon, scattered cloud across

the interior in a trough, and

cloud along the east cloud along the east coast in

freshening onshore winds. Moist

earlilies will feed into the trough over the east,

generating widespread showers

and storms, some heavy. A trough over WA will trigger

stormy showers, while the

monsoon maintains storms in the

tropics. Taking a look around

the capitals:

And a final check of the markets:

That's the news for now on a day when Julia Gillard

selling the virtues of her new health agreement with the states and a memorial service

was held in Launceston for the

latest Australian Defence casualty in Afghanistan. There is continuous news on ABC News

24 and also news online. Our

next full bulletin on ABC1 is

at 7 o'clock this evening. I'm

Tracy Kirkland. Have a great afternoon.

Closed Captions by CSI. What do you think? Mr Collins has made an offer of marriage to Charlotte Lucas. And...she has accepted him! Charlotte... ..engaged to Mr Collins? Impossible! The fireplace in the great room at Rosings would be larger than that... A fireplace of prodigious dimensions... Why should you be surprised, my dear Lizzy? Is it so incredible that Mr Collins should procure ANY woman's good opinion after he failed with you? Charlotte, I didn't mean... I WAS surprised. But, Charlotte, if Mr Collins has been so fortunate as to secure your affections, I'm delighted for you both. I see what you're feeling. I am not romantic, you know. I never was. I ask only a comfortable home. Considering Mr Collins' character and situation in life, I am certain my chance of happiness with him

is as fair as most entering marriage.