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After the deluge, Queensland's flood begins hearings in Brisbane.

This was a statewide downpour

which resulted in the

inundation of at least 17

towns. Life sentence,

Melbourne man gets 32 years

jail for an unthinkable crime.

Voyage of the damned, despite

protests, a form frigate heads

to a watery grave. And a South

African's birdie blitz burns

off 3 Australians at Masters.

Masters 2011. Charl Schwartzel takes the

Hello and welcome to ABC News across Australia, I'm Nicole

chetel. Woodside pe tlol yum

surging being boosted by

speculation that BHP will make

a bid.

The inquiry into the devastating Queensland floods is under

is under way in Brisbane. The

investigation will look at a range of issues including the

timing of raut water releases

from the Wivenhoe Dam. High

profile witnesses will include the State minister responsible

for dams at the time Stephen

Robertson. Francene Norton is

there and counsel assist ing

what's has set the tone on day one,

counsel assisting the what's he had to say. The

commissioners has set out an

outline of the issues that need

commission in to be addressed before this

the year. He told the inquiry

that since the preliminary hearing back in February the

commission has received over 6 million pages of material from various members of the public and interested parties so

there's a huge volume of material that this commission

needs to work through. needs to work through. Mr Callaghan said one of the most

urgent issues needs to be

forecasting addresside Wivenhoe Dam and

forecasting conditions. That

will be addressed this week. He

said given 70% of the State was

flooded over the last summer

there are various issues

affecting different areas of

there the State. However he did say

there are going to be some

recurring themes in the issues that need to be addressed. The

operation of evacuation usefulness of the State

centres, the effectiveness of

early warning systems. efficiency of emergency

responses, and the need for

public education about specific dangers associated with

flooding. So Francene, who else

is expected to appear there

today? Well, Nicole, write now

Stephen before the commission is

Stephen Robertson the water

minister responsible for the

dams at the time of the floods

over the last summer. Now

during his evidence we've heard

that back in October last

the weather bureau actually

sent through an urgent briefing

to State Government and an

unprecedented La Nina event

that was going to happen over

the last summer, that there was

going to be more than expected cyclones and a lot of rainfall

over the summer and Mr Robertson has told Robertson has told the inquiry

that he asked for urgent advice

should be temporarily lowered about whether a Wivenhoe Dam

to cater for that. We know that

this is a mammoth task, how

long was it expected to take.

Well some urgent issues need to be addressed before the

commission hands down its

interim report in August. As I

said that's to do with the

management of the dams and

weather forecasting systems,

warning systems and then in the

expecting to hear second half of the year we're

the longer term issues and they

include thing like flood

insurance and land use and housing development, those kind

of things. So the commission

will hand down its full in January next year. We're

looking at some pictures

showing the full horror of this

flooding, so many lives lost,

so many homes affected, have we

heard from any of the victims?

Will - well, we've been hearing

from flood-affected residents

right up until this inquiry start. A lot of them have

various questions they want

answered over the year ahead.

The Premier, Anna Bligh,

herself today said she wants to leave no leave no stone unturned during

this inquiry and like a lot of Queensland

Queensland residents she has

questions herself that she

wants answered. Today on the

first day of the public

hearings however, there haven't

been too many residents to come

in and watch. It's mainly been

packed full of lawyers representing all of the parties

that will be giving evidence Norton in Brisbane, thank you. Thanks, Nicole. The

natural gas industry is

mobilising to try to get a better deal Government's carbon tax. better deal under the

Woodside is worried that liquefied natural gas would be unfairly treated and big

projects deferred unless it

gets relief from carbon

is still being pricing. The treatment of LNG

considered. Energy intensive trade exposed industries certainly

as we move to a trading scheme

through a fixed price. These

are issues we're working our

way through with the business community at the

moment. Woodside says Australia

going alone on a carbon tax

without a global agreement

exposes the industry to greater

risk. It was a case that

shocked the nation. Arthur

Freeman will serve a minimum 32

years behind bars for throwing

his 4-year-old daughter Darcy

Bridge in Melbourne. Sarah to her death from

Farnsworth is at the Supreme

Court in Melbourne. What did

the judge have to say? Well in

minimum 30-year term after sentencing Arthur Freeman to a

saying he will receive a life sentence with sentence with that minimum

period the judge basically gave

a very harsh description of Arthur Freeman. He said

directly to him "You're yet to

show any remorse for your actions. You're yet to say sorry for what you've done."

Freeman always seemed to be

quite self-centre and tended to

blame other people for his

actions. Now, he described actions. Now, he described the

circumstances of Darcey Freeman

the 4-year-old who was thrown

off the Westgate as horrible.

The Crown prosecution said it

was the worst possible case of

murder, it was very public, and

the in being so public it did draw

the whole of the community into

it. But the judge decided to set set a nonparole period of 32 years. And how did Arthur

Freeman respond? There was

quite a strange reaction in

court. I mean we've heard the jury rejected that Arthur

Freeman was mentally impaired

when he killed his 4-year-old daughter. But after the judge

had left the bench Arthur

Freeman decided he wanted to

make a statement from the dock

and he decided to talk

incoherently about threats that

he perceived he'd received on

behalf of his ex-wife's family

and their involvement in robberies,

robberies, quite nonsensical

comments to be making and it

took quite a lot of convincing

for him to leave the dock. On

several occasions he pulled

back and wouldn't be guided by

security. Now the family of

Darcey Freeman, her mother Peta

Barnes, didn't speak as they

left the court. Sarah Farnsworth, we'll leave it

there, thanks for joining us. Colonel Moammar Gaddafi has

reportedly accepted an Africa Union plan to stop the fighting

in Libya. An AU delegation

headed by South African President Jacob Zuma travelled

to the national capital to put

the proposal directly to the

vet ran Lybian leader. vet ran Lybian leader. It

covers a ceasefire, national

dialogue and humanitarian issues. Colonel Gaddafi's

issues were - departure was also discussed.

TRANSLATION: Have accepted the road map as presented. The

peace plan will be put to

leaders in Ben knazy tomorrow.

Any ceasefire will give a much

needed morale boost Torres -

boost to residents in the

battle zones. In Ajdabiyah

forces loyal to Gaddafi voo

been accused of carrying oted

guerrilla raids clothing. NATO bombing raids

destroyed up to 18 tanks. This

is Ajdabiyah, the former rebel stronghold which looks far less

secure now. From early morning

the rebels battled to reassert

their control. They cheered every outgoing

every outgoing rocket. Near

the front line we met ha hib -

Habib, a British Lybian risking

his life to see the end of Colonel Gaddafi. We need this

man to move away from our

country. 42 years we had enough

of this guy. I live in England

for 33 years. I come in here to try to help these people. The

fighters have lost ground

rapidly. Anymore and their de

facto capital Benghazi could be vulnerable. vulnerable. Well the rebels are

rearming now, gathering more

weapons for the front line. But

it's getting more and more

difficult for them to recognise

their enemy. Colonel Gaddafi's men are driving around in

civilian cars and in civilian

clothing. For the rebels and

for NATO that's making in conflict a lot harder. This disturbing

disturbing footage was given to

us by the rebels. It shows four dead bodies. Innocent civilians, they claim, in Ajdabiyah today. We can't

verify that or the authenticity

of the pictures. Battle weary,

they rest by the roadside. By

afternoon the guns were falling

silent. Colonel Gaddafi's

forces seem to have pulled back

for now. A new law banning

women from covering their faces

in public comes into force in

France in a few hours. The

French Government argues the

burka and other dress violate the principle of

equality for all citizens and threatens public safety. The

face is a dignity of a person,

the face is your passport so

when you refuse me to see you I

am the victim. Offenders will

first be warned and then fined

about $200. Critics say the

move is anti-Muslim and are

threatening a legal challenge.

TRANSLATION: Like a French

citizen I will apply my European and must appear before the

local prosecutor, it will be

for good reason that I will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. Men

women to wear a head cover face

a fine of up to $40,000. A

former navy frigate is on its

way to a final resting place

off the NSW Central Coast. What

was HMAS 'Adelaide' is expected

to become a diving mecca but

protestors are still worried

about its impact on the marine environment. The Breen followed the ship on its

final voyage. Yes, everything

went according to plan so far.

They cast off at dawn this

morning before first light

because the key thing is they

need to avoid the buzzy traffic

here on Sydney Harbour. It's

Monday morning, there are ferris zipping backwards ferris zipping backwards and forwards to Manly and other

places on the harbour. It's a

delicate operation pulling this

decommissionled frig yt, which has been sitting for 2 year, so they have to be gentle taking it through the

harbour. There's a lot of

stopping and starting to make

way for the ferris but they're making good progress and

they're due to they're due to be out through the heads shortly and on their

way up through the coast. You mentioned this is a

long-running saga going back

two years but it's also cost a

lot of money? Yes, this lot of money? Yes, this dates

back to 2007 when the Federal

Government gifted HMAS

'Adelaide' to the NSW Government on the understanding

that it would be used, it would be scuttled recreational dive site. Ever

since that decision, there's

been a very tough fight put up

by the residents of Avoca Beach where the where the ship is heading for.

They are very concerned about

the safety of the ship, the

toxic paint, they say there's a

lot of lead paint still on the

ship. It was due to be scuttled

last year, in fact, last March

but an inquiry put a stop to that because of these safety

concerns. Now it did find there

were some issues that it thought could

thought could be improved. It

requested - required that some cabling, some other equipment

was taken off the frigate and

so there have been some changes made but basically they made but basically they gave it the OK last September and

that's why it's going ahead

today. So it certainly looks

like the residents have failed

in their attempt to get this halted. So do you think

everything will be in place for

the ship scuttling off the NSW Central Coast on Wednesday?

Certainly the authorities are

treating this as a They were asked to wait a bit

longer, the residents wanted to

see if they could get a court

injunction to stop this

happening this morning. That hasn't happened obviously and

authorities say this is going

ahead as planned. The new minister for minister for the Central Coast

said this ship will sink. He

said that last week very clear

message. So yes, it's heading

up the coast. It should get to

Avoca Beach by the end of today

and it's due to be scuttled on

Wednesday, first thing explosives are already in place

in the ship. They've put all

the way around the hull and

they will blast out small holes

all the way around and the idea

is it will simply gently sink

to the bottom of the sea

upright, as it is now, and

should be useable as a

recreational dive site within a

few months time. Keith Breen on

Sydney Harbour, thank you.

Sydney Harbour, thank you. Thank you. Figures Canberra show that businesses cut back on borrowing in February. Commercial finance

was down 6.6% on the month

before. Borrowing was subdued

across the board with falls

also in housing, personal and

leasing finance. Five climate

change protestors demanding a

meeting with the Victorian

Premier have chained themselves

inside the Department of

Premier and Treasury. There was

a big police presence as more

than 200 people protested

against a proposed coal-fired power station in the

La Trobe Valley. But the 3 men

and 2 women leading the protest

entered the buildings' foyer

and chained themselves to a ladder. The people inside here are being incredibly brave, peaceful and responsible and I

feel completely indebted to

what they're doing today. The

protestors say the State and Federal Governments have

already committed $150 million

to the new power station plan.

In the United States the financial crisis the face of homelessness. Even

though economic indicators are

looking up, many families are

still hurting, one school

caters to an entire population of students who are either

homeless or struggling to find permanent accommodation. Jane Cowen reports from San

Diego. It looks like any other

urban American playground, but

there's nothing ordinary about

this school in San Diego. the way to work I'd seen my

students with their mum coming

out of the bushes with their

luggage in the morning and I'm

driving and I'm like they slept

in the bushes last night. All

170 of the students here, most

of them 9 years old , are

struggling with homelessness.

They eat breakfast in the

playground before class, and

can wash their clothes here. The Gore children have been

coming here since their house

burnt down. Kind of scared at

first, kind of shy because I didn't really think it was a

real school. I thought

would want to be my friend and

after that I met them and after that I met them and then

all of them, and then all of

them were my friend. One count

estimates 2,200 children in San

Diego alone are affected by

homelessness. The demand here

is so strong this school is

about to move to a bigger

location where it hopes to accommodate as many as 350

students. And regardless of an

uptick in the economy, teachers

here are yet to notice the

benefits trickling down. Our

population, so many of them are

impacted by being unemployed,

and if they're unemployed the

ability to maintain a

residence, acquire a house is

just beyond their means right

now. Dreams though are harder

want to be a lawyer or a

judge. Amid a so far judge. Amid a so far jobless recovery, a fighting chance at

least. Britain and the

Netherlands are preparing to

drag Iceland to court to recover money lost in the country's banking collapse.

$5.4 billion is owed but in a referendum on

referendum on the weekend the people

people of Iceland have said no,

it won't be coming out of their future, like the weather there,

seems that bit greyer today.

The no vote means the Treasury

here is no closer to getting

its money back 2.5 years after

bailing out British savers in

ice landlandic banks.

TRANSLATION: I voted no because

I feel that's the only thing

that can save us. The

alternatives ruin us more. That

means that Britain is still out

of pocket and will pursue the matter through the

courts. There's a legal process

going on and we all carry on through

sure we do get back the money

the British Government laid out

in past years. Iceland's main

banks collapsed at the height

of the financial crisis 3 years

ago which meant that 300,000

British savers with one of

those banks Icesave couldn't

access their deposits. The UK

Treasury refunded in full and

the government in agreed to

pay that back. Iceland is like-like to see a downgrade in

its credit rating. It's

isolation will become deeper, we're likely to see Icelandic companies receiving for companies abroad. With

officials alternate Treasury

watching every single penny to

get the deficit down, ?2.4

billion from Iceland will be

more than welcome but does

Britain want the money quickly

and badly enough to financially

cripple a fellow

cripple a fellow European country and one whose voters,

unlike here v democratically

said they will mistakes of their banks. Let's

take a check now of the markets and here's Lexi Metherell. Woodside Petroleum soaring

today? It is. The gas and

producer is the best performer

of the biggest stocks. It's up

5% after yet another report

that BH #3678d Billiton is

planning a takeover. The UK's 'Sunday

'Sunday Times' says BHP would

first buy Shell's stake in

Woodside and then take over the whole

whole company. BHP said it

doesn't comment on market rumours but if it did have a

big deal afoot it would have to

tell the market because it's in

the middle of a share buyback. Santos

Santos is up more than Santos is up more than 3%. And Leighton Holdings has slashed

itserning outlook. T The construction giant has forecast

a profit of $480 million after

tax. It's now forecasting a

loss of $427 million due to its

troubled Brisbane airport link

project, the Wonthaggi plant in Victoria and problems with a

Middle Eastern project. It's

shares are in ault has it's

announced a capital raising to

strengthen its balance

sheet. How's the broader market looking? All looking? All Ords index has

hit its highest level since the

peak of the global financial

crisis. It's climbed to 5,057

points. That's its highest

since September 2008. The gains

have eased. And is trading

around 5,048. The ASX 200 is a one fifth of a% higher and QR

National is down nearly 3%. A check now of the domestic market's other big movers market's other big movers in

the ASX top 100.

To the week ahead on Wall

Street as the profit reporting season gets under way, big

in the next few days include

Google, the Bank of America and

Alcoa.

Researchers are claiming the

first archaeological survey of

the Gallipoli battlefields will

help open a new chapter in our

understanding of the conflict. Australian, New Zealand and

Turkish archeologists have

begun a 5-year survey of Gallipoli. One of important tasks has been to map the extensive system of tunnels

on both sides, some of which

are separated by no-man's-land

of less than 50 metres. We've

recorded 4,000 metres of

trenches, front line and also communication trenches as well.

The other things that was

really fascinating is that we

managed to find a number of

subsided tunnels. Now these

tunnels, of course, were an important important part of the tactics of - used in the

battle. The researchers have

access to the British and

Ottoman archives giving a unique perspective on the

battle from both sides of the

frontline. Let's have a quick

look at other stories making

news around the world. Thousands of people have

marched for peace at Omagh in

Northern Ireland a week after a

policeman was killed in a car

bombing. The gathering came

over the seizure of a weapons

cache. There's been a turn out

in Yemen calling for the

removal of the country's

President. More than 120 people have been killed have been killed since anti-government protests

erupted in Yemen in February.

And a year after a street

clash with the Thai army left

25 people dead, red shirt

supporters have staged a

peaceful rally in Bangkok. peaceful rally in Bangkok. The meeting was also seen as a

precampaign rally for the red

shirts ahead of elections promised

has gone another year without a

US Masters winner but it was

mighty close. South African Charl Schwartzel took the coveted green

from the pack with 4 closing

birdies. He finished 2 strokes

clear of Australia's Adam Scott

and Jason Day while and Jason Day while Geoff

Ogilvy was equal 4th. They say

the US Masters story begins on

the back # on Sunday but the

first 9 holes on the last of this 75th Masters provided a

mighty prelude and hence the

outcome. Twice in the first 3

holes South African holes South African Charl Schwartzel holed out from the

green imagining this might be his day. 21-year-old Ulsterman

Rory McIlroy saw his 4-shot lead evaporate dramatically

with a host of misses and tree trouble. Out of the scrum

emerged Tiger Woods. His front

nine 31 included nine 31 included 4 birdsies and

an eagle. Having tied for the

lead, the troubled former

number one couldn't sustain the effort. The effort. The Australians made a

huge impact playing together

Jason Day and Adam Scott

launched themselves into the

lead with 67. Ahead of them

major winner Geoff Ogilvy had a

5-hole bird ie blitz to close in. 30-year-old Scott destine to claim this country's

first jacket. Do you think

they're paying attention in

snaus After finding trouble his

clutch putts at the 15 #9 and

17th weren't enough to hold off

Schwartzel. Since Gary Player became South Africa's first

Masters winner Schwartzel

charged home with 4 birdies. I

know Scott was making birdies and Jason Day, I needed something and I managed to hit

good iron shot and good putts. Schwartzel joins 2008

winner Trevor Immelmann and the legendary Player was Augusta

champions. German ses Bannan

Vettel has extended his lead in the world driver's championship

h with a win in the Malaysian

Grand Prix. Mark Webber came

4th. The team-mates had issues

with their energy booster

systems. The problem

contributed to a poor start

from Webber who slipped from third place. In a strategic race,

some drivers including Webber

changed tyres 4 times. Vettel controlled the 56 laps to

finish clear of McLaren and

Renault. Fantastic job. In the

heat we kept our heads cool.

Thank you. It's a pleasure

every week to be with you. I'm

loving it. It was the defending

Formula One champion's 12th

win. In a world of ever faster records

records a group of

travel the length of the

country by hand-powered rail

car. The team will also raise

money for the royal flying doctors service as they pump

their way from Adelaide to

Darwin. It takes real muscle,

grit and perhaps a little

madness to pump a Kalamazoo

across Australia. The idea across Australia. The idea to travel on the tracks of the

outback usually reserved for

the Ghan was born 8 years ago

among mates over a bottle of Ghan wife got sick of me waking up

with hangovers and saying we're

going across Australia and on a

Kalamazoo and said why don't

you try to do it. The

team of 14 which includes one

woman will have plenty of time

to become acquainted over the

3,000 kilometre journey from

Adelaide through the red centre

to the Top End. Rail crews will safely guide the 250 kg

Kalamazoo up the line. Being in

the middle of no where it's

certainly going to play on our

minds. Physically, I think take the good with the bad, the

wind in our face and the wind

behind us. The Kalamazoo will

pump up to 550,000 times over the journey the journey and each team

member will work on the rail

car for up to 4 hours a day.

The Hard Yakka will secure

them a world record for the

fastest and first crossing of

its kind and help raise money

for a good cause. If we can get

into the six figures that would

be fantastic but it's not just

the money from the project,

it's also about the awareness. The team will leave

Adelaide on July 24. To the

weather now, the satellite

shows a band of cloud crossing north east NSW being generate

aid long a trough. Cloud over

south-east Australia in gusty

colder winds and thick cloud

being swept over southern WA

near a low. A low edging into

the as the man Sea should

maintain showers over Tasmania

and Victoria. Showers should

ease in north-east NSW and

south-east Queensland as a trough trough moves offshore and a weak trough over WA should

trigger isolated showers.

Monsoon rain will continue in

the northern tropics. Around

the capitals, showers for Brisbane and Canberra. Sydney mostly sunny.

And a final check now of the

markets:

That's the news for now. There's continuous news on ABC

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at 7:00 this evening. I'm Nicole chetel. Have a good day. Closed Captions by CSI