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Don't dump on Australia. Business, unions

Business, unions and

independents take on cheap

imports. Home alone

and not happy. This is my past

times, I've got to be deport ed

to a country that's completely

strange to me. Duck and cover.

World pledges fall short of making Chernobyl safe. And

school holiday heaven for

school holiday heaven for some, solving the tough problems. We

do lectures and problem solving sessions in areas like graph theatre, and data structures. theatre, computational geometry

Welcome to ABC News across

Australia. I'm Tracey Kirkland.

Australia. I'm Tracey Kirkland.

The miners are leading the way

on the share market.

Australia for her first Julia Gillard has left

bilateral visit to north Asia

as Prime Minister. Ms Gillard

flew out of Canberra this

morning on her way to Japan as

invited the first world leader to be

invited to the country since

last week --

month's earthquake and tsunami.

She will also discuss trade

Minister. Economic cooperation

with the focus of meetings in

Korea and China. The Prime Minister will finish her trip

in London where she will attend

the royal wedding. Don't dump the royal wedding.

on Australia. That's the slogan

for an unlikely coalition

below cost fighting imports being sold at

below cost in Australia. Business, unions and two

federal independent MPs were

were at a round table meeting

in Sydney today. They've joined

forces to lobby the Federal

Government to take a tougher

stand against illegal dumping and the countries that allow was Queensland independent MP it. One of those at the table

Bob Katter, who joins me now.

Bob Katter, it's a strange

the coalition, isn't it? You and

the unions fighting

side? It's a coalition the unions fighting side by

side? It's a coalition that's extremely logical. It will

increasingly strengthen as time

goes on. Remember also you have the representatives of some

corporations there and owner You have the capitalist classes

represented there as well. If you think that coalition's

going to go away, you believe

that the abominable

lives in Bedourie. It ain't

gonna go away. It will get

stronger and stronger and

stronger, because we need unity

across all of these groups and

we will get unity across all of

those groups and it will be the

expense of those politicians

who want to keep mouthing the free trade mantra produced

by countries like America and Europe and China that

Europe and China that are

absolutely not the slightest interested in ever interested in ever free

trading, and consider countries

light weight imbe Symes. As like ourselves to be imbe sils,

time goes on, our position will strengthen and it will

strengthen at the expense of

those very, very stupid people

that have destroyed

manufacturing and are currently

this country. Could you

explain what's happening in

Australia and how bad it

is? Let me just quote you two

figures. When Mr Keating

started this ridiculous rubbish, which was

Mr Howard, in that period of

time, we went from 84% of the

motor vehicles produced - sold

in Australia were manufactured in Australia. 84%

in Australia. 84% Australian

motor cars. Now we are down to

21% and over the next 10 to 15 years, depending on we'll drop down to 5%. In other

words, manufacture of cease completely in this words, manufacture of cars will

country. The world's biggest

small boat builders in this

country. I would say we don't

rank in the top 40 or 50

companies countries now. All of the

companies I know that were

producing boats in Australia

have ceased to exist. NQEA that

built most of the patrol boats

over a period of 10 years out

throughout the world, it had

has a couple. So manufacturing 2,500 employees, now it just

has taken a massive hit in this

has taken a massive hit in this

country. You're producing less steel now

steel now than we produced 30

years ago. We import our steel

now. We don't export our steel

as we did then. That's the cost

we've paid for this stupidity, free trading is. Can we be an island when

it comes to world trade? If we

want to trade in the world

market? We're an island now! (Laughs)

(Laughs) We're the only country free trading. The OECD produces

figures for agriculture, those

figures vary up and down but

it's fair to say that the

subsidy tariff level of the

OECD countries, one third of

the world's population, they have an average subsidy tariff level of

level of 45%. Ours is 6%. We're

the island of stupidity, where

they are the vast sea of

reality. Bob Katter, thank you

very much. A British-born

father of three is back in the

UK deported after living in

Australia since he was 6 years old. Clifford Tucker has a criminal history, which

includes a 12-year jail stint

for attempted murder in the

1980s. The government cancelled

his visa after he was convicted

of assault in 2009. Mr Tucker

says he's served his time. London correspondent Rachel Brown reports. Clifford

Tucker's been thrown back into

a world now completely foreign

to him. Australia's his home,

where he has lived for 41

years. Raised a family and

built a life. Because past crimes, I've got to be

deported to a country that's

completely strange to me. I was

6 years old when I left. I can

never come back to Australia to

walk my daughter down the

aisle, to be with my sick

mother, who's 73 and needs my

help and to see my hem, never,

is devastating. He admits he

is no angel, but says he has

done his time for shooting a

police officer when he was 19.

He says there was no talk deportation then, nor after a

subsequent assault charge. The

world needs to change to bring

it in line with international

standards. That is, that we

don't don't deport people who came

out here as children or we

don't deport long-term

residents. Now his life is

three bags and a hotel room for

six weeks, after which time he

six weeks, after which time he

is on his own and separated

from his three children

indefinitely. Hey darling. How

are you doin'? I'd love to be

able to hug my daughter and

tell 'em I love 'em and kiss 'em

'em goodnight and see 'em on the weekends and when I can and

may soccer with my son. I can't

do any of that. I can't give my

sister a hug and tell her I

love her or my mother. He says

he has never thought

applying for citizenship

because he has always felt

Australian. Australia's Minister for Immigration and

citizenship Chris Bowen says Mr

Tucker's convictions outweigh

any family ties to Australia

but Mr Tucker says he will

continue to challenge

Australia's law covering the expulsion of long-term

residents. Residents in the

southern Queensland town of

Roma are relieved their local

creek peaked lower than expected overnight, sparing

some homes

Bungil Creek didn't reach the

record level set in March last

year, but still more than 160 homes around the town have been

inundated. Yesterday resident s in low-lying areas were

evacuated. Preparations continued into the night

more than 100 mm of rain fell over

over 24 hours. After what they've been through, they're

getting out as early as they

can. An evacuation centre set

up by the Red Cross remains

empty. The rain has now eased

and the water is draining away

quickly. Some roads are closed

but members of the flood

reconstruction authority are

managing to assess the damage

with no more rain predicted for the next few days. The

Queensland floods commission of

inquiry has moved its hearings to Dalby. This morning the tiny

town of Condamine, inundated

twice? Just over two weeks has

been the focus of the inquiry.

In her opening statement the counsel assisting the inquiry

Elizabeth Wilson said that the

Western Downs region was hit by

seven floods in December and

January. She said that although there

there was no loss of life, there

there was serious damage to

properties, to infrastructure,

and also to crops in the area. The evidence was Condamine farmer

Glen Taylor, who said the

emergency response in that area

was frustrating at times. He also spoke about the mandatory

evacuation of the whole town of

Condamine. He said that it

would have been helpful if

there were more manual water

gauges upstream so that locals

had more warning of how high

the flood was going to go.

After today's siting in Dalby

the inquiry will take a short break before resuming Toowoomba next Wednesday. A

Sydney council dropped its

boycott of Israel at a meeting last

last night. Marrickville

Council in Sydney's inner west

voted to end voted to end the boycott after

a heated debate between Palestinians and Jews. The Greens

Greens dominated council

adopted the measure in December

last year, as a protest against

Israel's treatment of the

Palestinian people. Greens

mayor Fiona Byrne wanted to

continue the boycott but only

three of the 11 councillors supported her. As tonight's

meeting will speak directly to

the issue of the Israel

Palestine conflict, I ask that

we all consider the many lives that have been lost that have been lost in this conflict recently and over

conflict recently and over many years. Several councillors

said they'd been under enormous pressure from the media and

lobby groups. Those voting

against the boycott argued the

council should focus on

providing better local services

rather than foreign policy.

Four people are reported to

have been killed in the violence in Syria, as the

United States called on the

country to cease attacking pro-democracy demonstrators. This follows the

This follows the government's

announcement it was state of emergency which has

been in place for decades. The

Syrian regime has been trying

everything it can to stop the

wave of protest that's crashed

over the country. These

gunshots are believed to be

from Syrian security forces, dispersing protesters in the city of

city of Homs. State television had just described these

demonstrations as an armed

revolt by Islamic fundamentalists and warned no

further protests would be

tolerated. The crackdown

appeared to be on. The regime

announced later the same day it

was immediately lifting the country's 48-year-old emergency

laws. It's a stunning turnaround. Back

turnaround. Back in Juanita

Phillips, the President boasted

his country was immune to the crisis

world but he is now following a

strikingly similar path to the

leaders of Egypt and Tunisia before they were overflown. They too stood firm until

forced to promise concessions.

When that didn't stop the

protests actually giving in to

some of the demonstrators'

demands. Of course that didn't

work either. If anything it give the demonstrators more hope.

hope. It does seem that Syrian

protesters have now also broken

the barrier of fear. The

President still has a

secret police at his command ,

and does enjoy popular support

in Syria but how much is

impossible to tell. Post

election rioting in Nigeria has

spread with an unknown number

killed but hundreds wounded and thousands displaced.

thousands displaced. The rioting started after Goodluck

Jonathan was confirmed as the

clear winner in the presidential elections. The

mainly Muslim north erupted at

the election of a Christian

from the south. There've

and thrown into wells. But as

the violence continued, it

spread to the south, where try

yum fapt Christians turned on

Muslims. Real estate tycoon and reality TV

reality TV star Donald Trump is continuing his media blitz

ahead of announcing if he will

run for the US presidency. He

has been called a joke by some

in his own party but his

campaigning is taking on a new level of seriousness. Billionaire businessman,

reality TV star, Donald Trump is keeping people guessing whether President is another title he'd

title he'd like. My big focus

is China and OPEC and all of

these countries that are just

absolutely destroying the

United States. He says he will announce his decision about

running in June. For now his

supporters asked the question

on their web page: should Trump

run? He might be short on policy detail but

in to anger over rising in to anger over rising petrol prices, saying he'd take over

the Libyan oilfields and

the Libyan oilfields and send a

message to OPEC. I'm going

look them in the say and say

fell as you've had your fun,

your fun is over. No subject is

too risky. He is encouraging

the so-called Bertha movement

which questions if Barack Obama

was actually born in Ken ya,

not America. There's a real

question about the birth

certificate. There's question about the - his own

question about the - his own citizenship. Most people feel

pretty confident the President was born

was born where he says he was

in Hawaii. Donald Trump's star is rising, though. In a

Washington 'Post' poll he was

the second choice of likely

Republican voters, just behind

Mitt Romney and ahead of Sarah

Palin. Strictly name

recognition and celebrity status,

status, that gets him up and also there is no frontrunner on the Republican side. Donald Trump is getting plenty of air time. That's

worrying Republican insiders.

One of them called him a joke candidate but he has succeeded

in stealing attention away from other possible contenders.

Sydney Airport is still

working to clear a backlog of passengers stranded sdwrofr night due to a security glitch.

Thousands of Easter travellers

boarded extra flights laid on

this morning at the domestic

terminal. 29 flights had to be cancelled when the power failed when the power failed at a security screening date. 16 passengers

passengers passed through

without proper checks. The

airport said it had no choice

airport said it had no choice

but to rescreen. Managed to get

on the plane, only to buckle up

seatbelts to be told that the flight has then been cancelled.

Had to hop off, find our

luggage, and try and re book on

the next available night. I

think they need processes. It's been shocking.

The incident caused a domino flekt on

flekt on flights right across

the country but Sydney Airport

has defended its decision to cancel

cancel flights saying it

couldn't cut corners on

security. Disease and the high

Australian dollar are battering

South Australia's wine

industry, with a growing number

of producers walking off the land. selling for little more than

land value as a wine glut

caused by shrinking sales hits profits. Leo

profits. Leo Pech is hoping his

6 1st harvest on this vineyard will be his last. The

73-year-old has been his

property on the market for a

year but there has been little

interest. After years of

drought, diseases caused by the

wet summer have devastated his crops. I have never seen effects of Downey mildew, powdery mildew and

powdery mildew and others to

such an extent as it is this year. With 60%

Australian wine sold overseas,

increased prices caused by the

high Australian dollar have

shrunk foreign markets. After

this season that's loss, many

are choosing to walk off their

farms. A Barossa Valley real

estate agent says he hasn't

seen so many vineyards on sale

since the vine pull in the

1980s. Probably the last 30, 35 years I would say

been one of the hardest times we've seen. With grape prices

down more than 25% on a few

years ago, many are seeing

buying a vineyard as a rash purchase. Of those that are

selling, some are being sold for not much more than land

value. Over a 10 year period, it's more

it's more than halved in value.

Places like the Coonawarra, the Barossa, McLarenvale, there has

been some very low sales. The

harsh reality is the industry is set to suffer even more. I

expect there will

properties come onto the market

after harvest. It's been such a

difficult year. People will look at

look at their numbers and say I don't think we can continue. Despite the

Despite the increase of vineyards on the market,

Chinese interest in the wine

market is still on the rise. Let's

making news in business. A

survey that hopes to indicate

how the economy will fare three

to nine months ahead is

pointing to robust growth. pointing to robust growth. The Westpac-Melbourne Institute

index puts annualised growth at

4.7 %, comfortably above the long-term trend of

long-term trend of 3.3%. A

glimmer of hope for the jobs

market as McDonald's calls for

an extra 50,000 workers around or four positions for each of

the company's 14,000 outlets.

With 13 million people

unemployed in the US, an $8 an

hour job looks good to many

people. Let's take a check now

of the markets of the markets with Lexi Metherell. The market's

rebounding after yesterday's

slide? Yes, it is, after a

recovery on global markets

overnight. The local market is

clawing back from yesterday's

three week low. The All Ords is

up 42 points and the ASX 200 is

.9% higher. All sectors are ahead but the miners are

leading the gains. BHP

is up more than 1% after its

latest production results. They show, as

show, as expected, Queensland

floods have ravaged its floods have ravaged its coal production. Output of mutt

lunch kal coal --

metallurgical coal has

increased. Rio is up more than

1%. Wesfarmers has also reported its results? The

conglomerate says its

supermarket chain Coles lifted

food and liquor sales by 7.1%

year earlier. The figures show

year earlier. The figures show it's catching up with its

larger rival Woolworths where

food and liquor sales only rose

4.6%. Wesfarmers shares are up

one third of a per cent.

Woolworths shares are down Woolworths shares are down one quarter of a per cent. Aus star has been bleeding

customers? Its numbers fell 1%. That's

That's because it had to pull

back on advertising during the Queensland floods. Shares in

aus star, speculated to be a possible Foxtel v fallen more than 1%. The engineering company Downer

EDI has finally handed over the

first of 78 trains to South Wales Government. It's up

1.8%.

Wall Street has bounced pack

from its biggest

month. Investors responded to positive earnings after companies from Johnson &

Johnson to Burberry beat

forecasts.

While most kids are living

it up on their Easter break,

one group is locked in a classroom undertaking one of

their toughest challenges yet.

They're some of the brightest

kids from across the country and this it out to represent Australia

in info mattics. It's much like

problem solving bus thee

conundrums are beyond conundrums are beyond most. Heads down and thinking caps

on, this computer boot camp.

And these are the nation's best

and brightest computer programmers. This is material

that goes beyond what is taught

in high school computer science, often beyond what's

taught in a university commuter

science degree. Robert is a stand-out in

stand-out in his home town of Cobar in western New South

Wales but here he is among his

toughest competition and they

all have a shared

interest. Computational geometry, commenotarics, and

data structures. It's not

everyone's idea of an Easter

break, but for these teenagers,

it's holiday bliss. This is

fun, isn't it? I quite

fun, isn't it? I quite enjoy

it. I'd rather be here stay at home doing whatever.

More than 30 hours of lectures,

two five-hour exams and all for

a spot on the Australian team in info mattics. There is a

certain beauty about solutions

sometimes in info mattics.

There is an elegance which is really cool for me. If

selected, there's prestige attached.

attached. But there's also

attached. But there's also a

bonus career boost. Google is

known to head hunt students

from this program. They go looking this competition. These

students are already the top

performers here, but they'll

meet the best from around the

world at the Olympiads in

Thailand in July and Australia

will get its chance to host in

2013.

Next week marks the 25th

anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident at

Chernobyl in Ukranian. A

meeting of international

leaders in Kiev shelter to house the remains of

the reactor. Up close and still dangerous. dangerous. Chernobyl's reactor 4, the scene of the total

meltdown 25 years

meltdown 25 years ago. It

remains the world's worst nuclear

nuclear accident. Dozens were

killed, many more got cancer killed, many more got cancer A

quarter of a century gone, we

were given extremely rare

access into the con tam reactor block but on briefly

hand in special clothing that

remains onsite. The radiation we absorbed was carefully

monitored. The passage of time means levels

means levels are much lower now

except deep inside the concrete

entombed reactor. This is the

control room of reactor 4. The

place where the men who were

running it that day were working. For a while they knew

that something was going wrong. But they didn't realise there'd

been a massive explosion in the main hall just 50m away. And the whole reactor was in meltdown. The international community

community has now raised

another half a billion

to finish the new cover for the

reactor. This will finally make

Chernobyl safe for 100 years, containing any radiation if the

reactor building collapses. The

city of Pripyat from which

50,000 people fled in an

afternoon is still contaminated and abandoned. This man lived

here and had been due to

here and had been due to

operate reactor 4 that day, but

his shift changed. When I see

the kindergarten where my

children stayed and I see the buildings where my

buildings where my friends used

to live, some of longer with us, so this is

emotional. This is sad. There

is no sign of the 20-mile

exclusion zone around the reactor being lifted. A reminder that when

power goes wrong, it can go

very badly wrong. A quick look

at other stories making news around the world. What's

claimed to be the worst natural

disaster in Columbia's history

has killed hundreds and forced millions to flee

millions to flee their homes.

The country's President said

billions of dollars have been

lost since the downpours began

in mid 2010. Animal rights

campaigners have secured the

release of hundreds of dogs,

destined for the dinner table

in China. They paid a trucking

company more than $17,000,

allowing the dogs to be put up

for adoption in Beijing. And

many delegates were crying as

many delegates were crying as they watched Fidel Castro make

a surprise appearance at Cuba's

party Congress in Havana. After

being helped to his place by a young aide, the 84-year-old before standing to attention

next to his brother as Cuba's

national anthem was played.

With just over a week to go,

preparations are now in full swing for the royal wedding. London's Metropolitan London's Metropolitan Police

are in charge of

are in charge of keeping Prince

William, his bride and about a

million well-wishers safe and

sound. They're takeing no

chances. Every fixture, every drain and everything in between

along the route is being checked and

be until the big day. Special

sniffer dogs are being used to detect possible explosives, even Westminster Abbey will

even Westminster Abbey will be scanned. It's all aimed at

ensuring the unthinkable

remains just that. We have to be mindful of people in the

crowd who do want to disrupt

it, who may want to try to get

onto the route but we have

police, a very robust policing

plan in place to take into

account all eventualities. It's

not just terrorist groups that

worry the police.

too, are expected to attempt to make their presence felt

make their presence felt as

they have during several recent demonstrations. While 5,000 police will watch from the ground, police helicopters will

be scanning from above. All

involved in what's a massive

security operation are keenly

aware the tempting target presented by the royal wedding. The type of groups

that would like to carry out a

strike on London would be

looking to capitalise on any

publicity and with the media

focused on the wedding, this is

a good occasion to do so. And while it may not offer much

more than social protection,

Kate Middleton's family now has

its own coat of arms for its own coat of arms for the

happy occasion. There are three

acorn sprigs representing each

of the Middletons' children.

The oak tree, a traditional symbol of England. Opposite Buckingham Palace, a

multistorey media castle has

been built, with a been built, with a view hundreds of millions around

hundreds of millions around the

world will share. If all goes

according to plan, in just over a a week, there will be about a million people here cheering as

the royal couple wave from the

balcony and a new era will have

begun.

To the weather now. The

satellite picture shows cloud

across south-east Australia in a trough bringing showers to

Victoria and New South Wales.

Cloud over eastern Queensland

in moist onshore winds is causing

causing only isolated light

showers allowing flooding to

ease. Cloud over south west Western Australia is not

generating rain. A cold front

Victoria tomorrow, bringing an

increase in winds and showers

to the west of both States. A trough

trough in the east will trigger

isolated showers in north east New South Wales and south-east Queensland. Heavier falls are possible in Far North

Queensland.

That's the news for

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Good afternoon and welcome to the National Press Club for

today's NAB address. We have a

double act today. The Chief

Ministers of both the Northern

Territory and the

Territory and the ACT, here to

argue their case for stronger

Territory rights. My name is

David Speers from sky news. I