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Live. Unable to cope - an

overwhelming exodus from Libya

as Colonel Gaddafi's Tripoli shrinks.

shrinks. Smoke signals - a key steel producer counts the cost

of taxing carbon. Back in court

- Jayant Patel appeals against

a seven-year sentence. And

money for nothing, so what's the real cost when things go

viral? Hello and welcome to ABC

News across Australia. I'm Ros News across Australia. I'm Ros Childs. The local share market is following Wall Street down.

Investors have been rattled by

that rising oil price:

More finance later in the bulletin. Muammar Gaddafi's

hold on power in Libya

continues to shrink despite his

reassurances yesterday that his

people still love him. In the

capital Tripoli there are signs he still has he still has popular support,

but the popular uprising has

reached the outer suburbs just

a few kilometres away. The

Western media have been allowed

into central Tripoli where Colonel Gaddafi is still in

forever!. But it was a control. Gaddafi king

different story nine days ago. New video has now emerged

purportedly gathering in the heart of Muammar city's Green Square at the

heart of Muammar Gaddafi's

power base. In the suburbs of

Tripoli today, the anti-Gaddafi

fury continues. Shops were

closed and residents tell how their attempts to join

demonstrations were met with a brutal response. Colonel Gaddafi says his people love

him. Today his son is blaming

the media for the unrest. They

managed to influence

everybody. West of the managed to influence

in the city of Zawiya,

opposition forces say they have

repelled another attempt by the

regime to capture the town.

Despite fears they could run

out of food, they remain

defiant . Screw him, screw him,

screw him. We will win. People

here in Benghazi are still out and Muammar as far as they're concerned

Muammar Gaddafi is playing his

last cards. How long it takes,

of the day he will fall. it doesn't matter. At the end

it's now clear that holding on

to towns alone will not be

enough to shift the Libyan

leader from power and while people here don't want foreign

troops on the ground, many of

them are appealing to the West,

and in particular the United

States, to try once again to

blast the Libyan leader out of his bunker in blast the Libyan leader out of

his bunker in Tripoli. Send in

the missiles to Gaddafi House,

show him the power. For

that seems unlikely to happen,

but in a city that expects an

air strike any day, a no-fly

zone over Libya would also be

welcomed. The Libyan crisis is

community which continues to posing a dilemma for the world

discuss ways of dealing with community which continues to

it. Today the UN General Assembly the UN Human Rights Council

because of attacks on its own people. These pictures show a Libyan helicopter and Libyan

jet attacking civilians. It's

pictures like these that have

led to calls for led to calls for a no-fly zone

over Libya. The Pentagon says

it is sending a number of

warships to the Mediterranean

and is looking at a full range

of options to deal with But many in Libya are not

waiting for the world to

protect them. They're fleeing

the country in droves

ing a refugee crisis. On the

western border alone, a

thousand people an hour are reported to reported to be crossing reported to be crossing into Tunisia. CHANTING. "We want to leave," they chant. These

people are stranded in no-man's

land, out of Libya, but not yet

safely into neighbouring

point has been overwhelmed Tunisia. This border crossing

tide of humanity. More than

70,000 people so 70,000 people so far

counting. The vast majority of

them, migrant workers from

countries like Egypt. Many are

exhausted and sick and no

wonder, they've been travelling

that is Colonel Gaddafi's from the terror and the turmoil for days to get here, fleeing

that is Colonel Gaddafi's

Libya. There has to be massive

but an international effort to effort not just by one country,

try to ease the situation a

little bit. It is a

humanitarian crisis. There has

to be concerted effort, and

governments have to take action

right now. Once they do get

through the border, many end up sleeping rough on the

sleeping rough on the

roadside. For the fortunate few

there is a transit camp that

has been set up by the Tunisian

Army. The United Nations have

just created another camp.

Suddenly these people are

living like refugees. An appeal

against the conviction and sentencing of Jayant Patel is

under way in Brisbane today.

The former surgeon was found The former surgeon was found

guilty last June of the

manslaughter of three patients another while he was head of and the grievous bodily

surgery at the Bundaberg Base Hospital in southern

Queensland. He was sentenced to

7 years in jail. Reporter James

Kelly is at the Court of Appeal

basis of this appeal? Hello, in Brisbane. James, what is the

Ros. Well, Dr Patel's lawyers

walked into court about 10

o'clock this morning. Prior to

that we understand that they are upset with the are upset with the jury's verdicts, saying that they were

unreasonable, that Dr Patel was

that the sentence was denied a fair hearing and also

excessive. In court just a

short time ago, Mr Fleming QC

appeared on behalf of Patel. He

basically argued that

things are at play other than

those operations. In the case

of 75-year-old Mervyn Morris,

Dr Patel removed his colon, but

the lawyers are saying he died essentially from undernourishment and

respiratory failure N the case

of Mr Phillips, a

man who had a u solve jekt my,

the lawyers were saying he was

already under kidney dialysis

and the dialysis

and therefore he died.

74-year-old germ my Kent died

essentially of bleeding. Those

three cases he was convicted of manslaughter. Grievous bodily

harm was on the case of

63-year-old Ian Vowles where had the large 63-year-old Ian Vowles where he

he survived the operation. The

question there of course was

whether he should have had the

operation in the first place. The Queensland

Attorney-General is also

appealing against the 7-year

sentence but he is saying it's

too light. What's the latest on

that? Well, seven years for the manslaughter of three people

and grievous bodily harm case,

of course - is 7 years enough? Cameron Dick certainly doesn't

think so. That case hasn't come

to court yet. We're expecting

that later in the day. So the

question will be is

enough for what happened at

Bundaberg between 2003 and

2005? And this appeal was

originally set down for November, so why the

delay? Well, we understand that

Mr Patel - his lawyers - there

wasn't enough money forthcoming

to actually cover the case, so

he has gone to seek Legal Aid and that delayed it three or

four months - three months, I guess, and here we are today.

The hearing has been set down

for three days, so there is a

long way to go to see if Dr

Patel stays in jail or whether

he in fact does win that appeal. James, thank you. Debate on the Government's

carbon tax has descend ed into

a flurry of personal insults.

Liberal frontbenchers are calling the Prime Minister delusional and Libya's Colonel Gaddafi. Tony

Abbott has been urging a

people's revolt on the tax but

he is distancing himself from

the name-calling and urging

everyone to be respectful in debate. From Canberra, Frances

Bell reports. Julia Gillard

began her day in the

playground, but back at

Parliament House, it was adults

taking name-calling to a new

art form. If Ms Gillard believes Australians want to

pay higher electricity and higher petrol prices she is as

deluded as Colonel "my people love me" Gaddafi. Julia

Gillard is Gaddafi-like saying,

"My people love me. My people love me." The Prime Minister

brushed off the comparison I

think that says something about

Sophie Mirabella. And the

Opposition Leader wouldn't

endorse it That's a colourful

way of describing the Prime

Minister and not language I

would normally use

Wilkie is demanding immigration

spokesman Scott Morrison and

Senator Cory Bernardi be sacked

from their shadow portfolios for recent public for recent public comments. I

think they are symptoms of a bigger problem within the

Liberal Party at the moment. I

do think there is a bigotry, a

racism, even a hatred which corrupts some of their policies.

About the only thing Mr

Wilkie has brought to this place

place is an overdose of self

righteousness. This government continues wrong and I won't be

intimidated or resolve from

holding them to account. The political debate is getting

ugly. Tony Windsor is one

urging for more moderate

tactics fearing the hyperbole

could get out of hand and turn

dangerous. Be careful. We don't

want to go down the American

road. We can argue without killing each other. The Opposition. Tony Abbott and

Julia Gillard are urging robust

and respectful debate, but the

kind of poll - but the kinder

polity the people talked when this Parliament formed

last year now seems a distant

memory. While the major

political parties ex-change

blows over the carbon tax, one

of the country's biggest

industrial companies is also limbering

limbering to join in. BlueScope

Steel is sounding a warning that unless it and other emissions-intensive

emissions-intensive firms are compensated, manufacturing will

die in Australia. BlueScope's

chief executive was outlining

his position at the Port Kembla

steelworks south steelworks south of Sydney and

Kim Landers is there. This is

Port Kembla, home to BlueScope Steel, Australia's biggest

steel manufacturer. It has two

glass furnaces here at Port

Kembla producing about 5.5

million tonnes of steel a year

and of course from those and of course from those blast

furnaces it is also producing a whole lot of carbon dioxide emissions, massive amounts, in

fact, and this is a company

that is very worried about the impact of the Federal

Government's proposed carbon

tax. The CEO has already described

described it as economic vandalism. Is he worry, for example f a carbon tax will

also apply to steel imports. Is

he worried about what this

carbon tax is going to do to the business here in Port

Kembla. I've also been speaking

to some of the locals in nearby Wollongong, asking them what

they think about a ka, and here

is a little of what

I actually think it is a very

good idea because we do have to

be environmentally responsible

and it shares the burden on

everybody and it was going to

be means-tested be means-tested so I think

that's an incredibly fairway of doing

doing it. If they the a carbon

tax on and the price of

everything goes up, it will

really cripple this area,

especially the steelworks and associated industries that

support the steelworks. That's

one of the biggest things.

There is a lot of industry

around here supports the steelworks. Are the Prime Minister? Yeah. Yes,

she's said a few things and now

she has gone back on what she

said in the past. So, if the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott

is hoping that a people's

revolt is going to start over this carbon tax, here in Port

Kembla and in Wollongong, I

would have to say that that

people's revolt hasn't started

quite yet. The common thing

though is they're not surprised

that the Prime Minister has

told a lie about introducing a carbon

most politicians simply tell

fibs. A lot still to be found

out about this carbon tax, a

lot of urn certainty for people

in this region about what in this region about what it's going to mean to their daily lives. A day after New Zealanders paused to remember the loss from the Christchurch

earthquake, it's back to the

reality of search and recovery

in the shatter city. Many thousands of people remain

without power and water and

look like staying that way for

weeks or months to come. The

mayor of Christchurch, Bob Parker, says toilets are on the way to overcome broken sewerage lines,

but there is a more immediate

problem with the few portable

toilets already in place in city suburbs.

In some cases port aloos have

been placed in the street and

someone has taken a particular

shine to a port aloo. I can

understand how you can become

very affectionate and pulled it

up their driveway in order to

have frequent and free access

to it. I'm sure that's great closer to their back door, but

for all intents and purposes it

disappears off the street. If

you see that going on, can we

handle it at a local door. Can

you knock on the neighbour's

door and actually suggest that

that is a fairly antisocial

thing. New figures in

Australia's economic data are

just out and show solid

progress. Fourth quarter GDP has come in at 0.7%, an annual

growth rate at 2.7%. The Queensland floods will likely

take a bite out of next quarter's numbers. The numbers

got out yesterday spreading

like wild fire that ATMs turned

into poker machines. The

Commonwealth Bank has having

trouble with its computer

system and some people in

Sydney and Melbourne were able

to draw out more money than

they had in their accounts. The

bank says the ATMs are back up and running today and police have charged two people for

taking money fraudulently.

Laurel Papworth is a social media consultant. The first

thing that happened was that

traditional media, newspapers

and radio, the information was

released on that first. What we

saw was a lot of the saw was a lot of the articles

on newspapers were put out on FaceBook, so up to 400, 500

people were FaceBooking or

linking to newspaper articles to FaceBook. Much less was

happening with links on

Twitter, but on Twitter, people

were sending out warnings, so

they were warning their friends and

and family, "Don't use the ATMs because Liu get overdrawn fees

or could be sued for fraud by

the bank," and sending out

mostly warnings. I would say

that the story continues to

unfold, it's not something that

happens in about 20 minutes or

an hour. Even in the last an hour. Even in the last four

hours there has been over

20,000 links on various social media siteses specifically Twitter at the moment, talking

about the CBA and the ATM

glitch. Are we getting to the point now, Laurel point now, Laurel Papworth,

where traditional media is not driving ideas in the

community? I think that

traditional media works very

well side by side with social

media, and I don't really see a

conflict there. I think one of the challenges with social

media is not everybody is

watching the same screen at the same time, so it's not like the news report where everybody

knows to come and turn it on knows to come and turn it on at

that time. You might not

actually tap into your Twitter

account until account until the ATM problem

has been fixed, so people are distributing the information

how they can, but often

traditional media drives or

empowers the original story

line. Where do businesses fit into this

into this social media picture.

Are they the victims, or can

they use is to their advantage? The say in social media sites and

social networks is if the

business deserves to be the

victim, then they are the

victim, but if the business is

working really well with

community and has a good

relationship with their

customers and clients t works

phenomenally well for them. We

see stores like SAPOS in the States doing phenomenally well,

but other companies who may or

may not deserve a negative often end up in a situation

where they're in conflict with

their customers who are now

speaking back to them in

channels that previously they broadcast out on. Laurel

Papworth, thank you. Thank

you. Crude oil is back over

$100 a barrel, thanks to

Libya's problems. According to

motoring organisations like the

NRMA that will probably add an

extra 3 or 4 cents a litre at

the purposes next week. For

Australia's oil companies the

high oil prices are a real boon, but the industry is also preoccupied with the threat of

new taxes from the Federal

Government. Unrest in the

Middle East and North Africa

pushed up crude oil prices by

as much as 15% last week.

2008's price spike of $147 a

barrel is still fresh in the

memory and the prospect of

another oil shock as the global

economy only begins to recover gave markets worldwide the

jitters. Even calmer words from

the Saudis

supply gap hasn't helped drive

the price back down. Analysts around the world are around the world are trying to

work out the potential economic

impact. Many believe the sustained period of oil at

around $100 US a barrel creates

a major drag on growth as it

pushes up import costs across

every industry. If this current

Arab world renaissance that

we're seeing through North

Africa and in through the

Middle East continues with

deleterious effects on supply of oil, and we've already seen

about a million barrels a day

knocked out of the market out

of Libya, if that were to go

through into other major oil

producers, then we would see

the price spike town a point

where it would actually be

damaging for damaging for global

growth. Potentially bad for

economic growth, but the oil

price surge is being welcomed

by oil producers like small cap

explorer Eureka Energy 80% of

our revenue is from the oil

price, so from a corporate perspective, that's the industry is the threat

posed by new tagses. At an oil

and gas conference, there was concern about any looming

resources rent tax and the carbon tax Federal Government last week

. Everyone understand that

businesses have to pay tax, but

if it gets to a point where

it's just not viable and too p

of that money for the risk and

reward, the equation falls too

much on the risk and not enough

on the reward, investors are

going to go, quks I'm out of here and taking

put it in the bank. I get 6% interest

interest and there is no risk."

Let's take a check of the

markets with Elysse Morgan. A heap of company heap of company announcements

today? Yes, Ros, a major

shake-up at Channel Ten with

James Packer just announcing he

is resigning from the board. James Warburton is replacing

Lachlan Murdoch who has only

held the role of chief

executive for a few days. Last

week the board

Blackley from the Channel Ten's

chief executive role after he

only held it for a few months.

Ten's shares fell this morning.

The market is still awaiting news news where AXA Asia Pacific

shareholders have approved a

$13 billion carve-up with a bid

from rival wealth manager AMP.

Last night the proposal got the green light from the Federal

Treasurer Wayne Swan. AXA Asia

Pacific shares are up over 1%

to $6.41, while AMP's share

price has dropped 1% to $5.30. More trouble for the retail sector? The retail sector? The grocery wholesaler Metcash has almost

halved its earnings forecast to between 3 and 5%. It has blamed

difficult trading conditions including price deflation for

food and liquor and says the

full cost of recent flooding is

still unknown. Shares in the

company are down half a

percent, while shares in

Westfield are down 0.75% but

that's as a result Lowy stepping down into a non- executive role at the

company. How is the rest of the

market faring? The Australian share market is continuing the

week's negative run, slipping

further into the red. The GDP

figures didn't move the market

overly. Local energy and financial stocks financial stocks are really

weighing down, though. The

financials are down 0.8%. The

All Ords index is down 34

points to 4887. The ASX200 is

down 35 points. A check now the domestic market's other big

movers in the ASX top 100:

US markets tumbled on fears

the rising oil price could hurt economic recovery. Wall Street's so-call ed Veer gauge.

Most of Australian professional golfer Aaron Baddeley's sporting memorabilia

has been destroyed in an overnight fire which gutted his

parents' home in Melbourne. 10

fire trucks and 40 crew members

attended the blaze which is

believed to have started in the

lounge room and spread quickly

to the roof. Ron Baddeley

suffered second degree burns as

he hosed the flames. I've lost

all my Collingwood memorabilia

which was very sad. My Alice

Cooper-signed T-shirt, so can't replace those, but

obviously the worse thing was losing all of Aaron's

memorabilia right back to when

he won the '99 Australian

Open. The family phoned Aaron

in Arizona as soon as the fire

was out. The historic agreement

to phase out most native forest

logging in Tasmania is at risk

of collapsing. Conservationists

are threatening to pull out if

the State Government fails to

honour a crucial deadline in less than a fortnight. It's lnl

five months since the signing

of a deal designed to end

Tasmania's forest wars. A

crucial plank of the agreement

is a deadline to lock is a deadline to lock up

600,000 hectares of high conservation-value

forests. This moratorium is

desperately needed to protect

the high conservation-value

forests from being

logged. Environmental groups

who are signatories to the Statement of Principles are

adamant a more tore youm is set

to come into effect in Government is now refusing to

commit to a deadline Look f

Bryan Green does not step up to

the plate and enact his

responsibility to put in place this more tore youm, it sear

yosly jeopardises the ability

for environment groups to remain within this process.

Clearly Mr Burke believes that

the clock started ticking on

the three-month period in

mid-December last year, and the

Greens agree with Mr Greens agree with Mr Burke. The split is threatening to unravel

the fragile peace

has pitted minute - ministers and the Labor-greens Government

against each other Bryan

and the Government understand

if they will sit back and allow

this to collapse, they are missing a once-in-a-generation

opportunity. Nick McKim and

Bryan Green are at loggerheads

over this. The agreement is on

shaky ground and so is his government. But the Government maintains maintains a moratorium can't be progressed without first

ensuring resource security for

the industry. We need an greed

position to go forward with so

as to ensure we can meet our

contractualable gations as well, or Forestry Tasmania can. A government report

facilitated by Bill Kelty is

expected to be released last

week. The French fashion House

Dior has moved to sack chief designer John Galliano after a

video showed him insulting

people and declaring, "I love

Hitler." His dismissal comes

just days before the Dior Show at Paris Fashion

Week. Australia's cricketers

have laughed off reports that

they're under investigation for

spot fixes in their opening

World Cup against Zimbabwe.

Indian newspapers say the ICC

corruption unit had scrutinised

the slow scoring of Shane Watson and Brad you guys know better that

that's not the case. That's

quite laughable, actually. The

Australians have confirmed no

approach has been made to them

by the ICC. In last by the ICC. In last night's action, Sri Lanka's Lasith

Malinga delivered the second

hat-trick of the World Cup,

just a day after West Indies

Kemar Roach claimed a

hat-trick, Malinga cleaned up

the Kenyan tail in style. Sri Lanka cruised to a 9-wicket win. An Egyptian film-maker in

Australia for the Adelaide Film

Festival is working o Festival is working o en on a

documentary about his country's

recent revolution. The vision

he shot will form the basis of

his new work. From the first

day of the day of the civilian revolt in late January, Khaled Abol Naga

was in Cairo's Tahrir Square, capturing history as it

unfolded. As a young Egyptian,

he and his camera s were right

in the middle as millions rose

up against President Mubarak. You totally forget

about facing rubber bullets, tear gas bombs, lies from the

state TV about you, about

especially icon whose are in the Square and they know were

part of the revolution, angry bullets. Facing all thatment

nothing. Khaled Abol Naga has

left Egypt briefly to appear at

the Adelaide Film Festival with

the debut of his fix fictional

movie. It

revolution and the hip-hop culture. While here the actor

is already working on turning

16 hours of video and thousands

of photographs into a documentary on the recent

uprising. For hours scattering,

scribbling ideas and watching

footage of what I shot and just reflecting on what happened. He

says a fitting finale for the

documentary would be the arrest

of the former leaders of the regime. To the weather now. On

the satellite picture, cloud over northern New South Wales and southern Queensland in a

trough is generating severe

storms and showers

cloud over north western

Queensland in a monsoon low is

bringing torrential rain and

storms. Thick cloud across the

West Australian interior due to

a trough is causing scattered

storms. Tropical moisture will

feed into a trough stretching

across the country's interior and east tomorrow, bringing

heavy rain and storms. A will direct cool gusty south

westerly wind noose the

south-east while keeping the

south mostly clear. A low in

the west should bring isolated storms. The forecasts:

And a final check of the markets:

That's the news for now. There is continue youse news on

ABC News 24 and there is also

news online. Our next full

bulletin on ABC1 is at 7 o'clock

o'clock this evening. I'm Childs. Have a great afternoon.

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At the National Press Club today, Professor Peter Coaldrake, the chair of the Universities Australia Higher

Education Conference and vice

Chancellor of Queensland's

University of Technology. His speech comes part of the 2011 Universities Australia Higher

Education Conference. His

intriguing title - "It wasn't raining when Noah built the

Ark". Peter Coaldrake from the National Press Club in Canberra.

Canberra. Ladies and

gentlemen, welcome to the National Press Club for today's

National Australia Bank

address. In a few moments

we'll hear from our guest

speaker Professor Peter

Coaldrake, the chair of

Universities Australia, but

first it's my great pleasure to

be able to announce the winners

of this year's Universities

Australia Higher Education