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Live. Tonight, grave fears for

Libyan rebels seized during the

dying days of the Gaddafi

regime. There's lots of

families still looking for

their sons. New York spared but

Hurricane Irene still packed a punch. Dire prediction -

authorities warn of a horror

bushfire season. We could have

something slaf to the '70s when a quarter of Australia was

burnt. And paying the price,

Manly and Melbourne fined for

Friday night's brawl. It got

no place in the game. Good

evening, welcome to ABC News. I'm Virginia

fear is gripping Libya as more evidence emerges of atros Tasmania carried out in the

final days of the Gaddafi

regime. The charreded bodies of prisoners allegedly killed already retreating Loyalists have prisoners allegedly killed by

already been found on the

outskirts of Tripoli. That's

got the rebels worried about

the fate of up to 50,000 political detainees. The

says some could still be National Transitional Council

trapped in underground jails

while other could have been

murdered. Middle East correspondent Ben Knight

reports from Tripoli. The end

of the war is in sight but the

grieving goes on and on. Rebels

say thousands of their who were captured by Gaddafi forces in the last days of the

battle for Tripoli are now

missing. The number of people

arrested in Tripoli in recent

month is about 60,000 and the number of prisoners that have

been released is actually only

10 or 11,000 so a big question

in the the prisoners? They have good

reason to fear. The world was

horrified by this discovery of

more than 50 smoldering

skeletons in a compound near a

military base run by one of

Moammar Gaddafi's sons.

There's lots of families still

looking for their sons. There's

a growing fear that these

missing are going to remain

missing. The rebels are now

preparing for what may well be

the final battle of the civil

Gaddafi's home town of Sirte. war, to

For now, the coastal city is

still held by Gaddafi

Loyalists, although it's come

under sustained NATO air

strikes for several days. The

rebel say they're closing in on

Sirte after having captured a

number of strategic towns

control. We expect the Gaddafi nearby. The town is under our

forces maybe to make extensive

may not come fire on the area. But the end

been unable to even get close

to Sirte throughout this

6-month war. The city 6-month war. The city is

believed to be extremely well

fortified and well prepared to

deal with either a siege or

attack. Every night here in

Tripoli you can hear the sound

of gunfire ringing out in

celebration but even now with

the old regime on the run and

the rebels in control, people are still waiting for the

victory. moment when they can declare

victory. The end of the holy

month of Ramadan is a big

festival that's coming up in

just a few days. It

turn into a victory party. Life

for people living in a free

Libya is still difficult even

in areas long held by the

rebels. The National

Transitional Council says it's

working to increase supplies of the necessities of life but

it's got money problems of its

own. ABC reporter Michael Vincent is in Vincent is in Benghazi.

Benghazi's banks are not open for business. Just yesterday,

the cash-strapped new Government called on its people

to make deposits, cacall that's

gone unheeded. "I want my

money," says this woman.

come every day but they won't

give it to me." And the reason

appears simple. Bank, no

money. No money. Some of the

desperate people waiting

outside this bank blame foreign

Governments for failing to

release Libya's frozen assets

faster. No money here. These

women, maybe five, six

children. There's no today, the money for

just cash, it's basic services.

Benghazi's garbage isn't being

collected and the power is off

three hours a day. Life has

become one queue after another.

It the end of another long, hot

day here in Benghazi and as you

can see, people are having line up for fuel, one of life's many frustrations. It's

problems like this that the new

Government is going to have to

get on top of and get on top of

it soon if they're going to establish their legitimacy in

the eyes of the people. Those

kinds of things make me worry.

What we need is the

international society to help

us with those kind of things.

Without Gaddafi there's no problem, I'm happy to wait for

petrol. Rural and remote are also desperate. They may

have staples like rice and meat

but not the gas to cook it

with. Hurricane Irene has come

and gone from America's east

coast but not before leaving a

calling card. Irene churned its

way from North Carolina to New England over the weekend,

claiming at least 20 lives and

creating havoc along the way.

More from north America correspondent Craig McMurtrie.

New By the time Irene arrived over

its punch, downgraded to a

tropical storm. On the back of

high tide, a surge of

stormwater ripped boats off

moorings and breached sea

walls. This life guard shack

was picked up and carried away

but the famed New York high

rise was spareded, Manhattan

escaped the worst. Mayor blookbering was unapologetic

about issuing the city's first

ever mand atory evacuations.

They should just look in a mirror. They're alive today

because of it and in spite of risks with people's lives.

weren't so lucky. I never, Other parts of New York State

never seen anything like

it. There was widespread flooding from Rhede island to

the suburbs of Philadelphia and

New Jersey where the governor

estimates the damage bill will

run into the billions. There's

nothing I can do. This is

mother nature. Some coastal

communities were ripped apart,

millions of households across

America's east lost power, high winds bringing down

water-logged trees. The wind

seemed it would never stop but

it did, slowed down anyway. Even so, Irene wasn't

as fierce as predicted. The

National Hurricane Centricise

expected as it began moving

into Canada, the US President

warned Americas of the continuing flood threat. Many

Americans are still at serious

risk of power outages and flooding which could get worse

in the cominging days as rivers

swell past their banks. With

mass transit systems shut down and more than 11,000 flights

cancelled, it cancelled, it will take days to relieve the travel chaos Irene

has left in its wake. Though

some visitors some visitors aren't worried, the group, including

Australians, trying a new water

sports in Times Square. The

record rains, once a blessing,

have turned into a curse for bushfire authorities that's led

to an early declaration of the

bushfire season for parts of

southern NSW. But for Canberra, the forecast isn't as dire.

There's more than bees buzzing

in the leadup to spring.

Flammable material is being

removed ahead of this year's

bushfire season. Residents do

need to be very mindful of the

need to prepare. Vegetation in

the areas surrounding the ACT

is flourishing after the above-average rainfall and the

slow recovery from a decade of

drought means there's fewer griezing livestock to help reduce bushfire Indian Ocean to the Pacific, we've got a broad swathe of

grass which is head-high and

it's got a lot of fuel. All

that has authorities worried. We

to what we had back in the '70s

when a quarter of Australia was

burnt. As a precaution, NSW

has decided to bring forward

the formal start of the fire

season by one pupth in parts of

the State's south. - one

month. We've had a number of

calls from people that have

been using fire as tool. And from Thursday, residents across the Lake George fire

George fire district which

stretches from Braidwood to Queanbeyan, will need a permit

to burn. to burn. In the ACT,

authorities are still deciding

whether to change the October

start to the fire season. The

rainfall we had two weeks ago

has given us some slight

abatement of the risk for the

next couple of weeks. While

the outlook is slightly more

positive in Canberra, people

are warned not to be

complacent. So our message is

not to be alarmed but definitely to be aware. And prepare now. The parents of

Daniel Morcombe say they can

now finally plan a funeral for

the murdered Queensland

teenager. Today they

their pain on learning the bones founds in the Sunshine

Coast linterland were those of

their son. - hinterland. The

Morcombes say they're still

trying to come to terms with

the reality that bones found in

bushland a week ago belonged to

their son. Probably numb. I probably am sunk in yet. Don't know when it

will sink in. It something

like waiting for the

sledgehammer to hit you but

when it does come it's still a shock. Today is Bruce

Morcombe's birthday but he says there's little to there's little to celebrate. We're to some degree quite

traumatiseded by Daniel's loss

and the findings but at the

same time we're hoping thought

the first step in the healing

process. The 13-year-old was

last seen waiting for a bus

near Maroochydore in December 2003. His disappearance sparked

a nationwide search and Coroner's inquest. A couple of

weeks ago authorities began combing a Sunshine Coast coast property, uncovering three

bones and a pair of shoes.

It's like hell actually, that place. All of the Morcombe s

visited the site last week. Just watching the boys' faces was heart-breaking really. It

is their brother that has been

murdered. Once the bad weather

ends, the search for more

remains will continue. I would

hope if we have fine weather we

will conclude it, at the outside, within 42-year-old Brett Peter Cowen has been charged with the

teenager's murder. He remains

in custody and will appear in

court again next month. Daniel

will have a single funeral, as he

he deserves, in the most

in-tact form as we can fine.

The Morcombes say the most

likely date is 7 December, the anniversary of the last time they saw their son alive. John

Bean was due home today from

shooting his latest documentary

and friends of the ABC cameraman gathered in Brisbane

to honour a life cut short but

not wasted. He died in a helicopter crash 11 days ago,

along with journalist Paul Lockyer and pilot Gary

Ticehurst. He was a man we all

knew well but objectivity is

not completely lost. Man and

cameraman, John Bean, by any

way you measure it, was one of

the good ones. Some people are short,

short, some are tall, some are fair, some are grumpy, John was

just wonderful. John Bean just

got on with it. In the time

available, which was never enough, enough, in the prevailing conditions, which were conditions, which were never

ideal. He was so very, very

good at his job. John Wayne

Bean grew up on a small farm just outside Rockhampton.

There wasn't much wealth but

certainly 200% love. He stayed

close to his family and would

often drive up to see them.

John never thought he was

anyone very special but to us he was generous, loving and beautiful. He died doing what

he was good at. He turned the

lens on the Australian

landscape and Australian life

and his work helped the nation to better understand itself. From the broad-scale

magnificence of Lake Eyre to

the intimacy of a young farming

couple coping with a terrible

tractor accident, John Bean won

several significant awards in

his 25-year career but he valued friendship more. John

Bean was a beautiful man. His


many of us. Beanie, I've still

got lots of questions but I do

know one thing for sure, we all had an amazing friend. More

than a thousand people gathered

for his memorial, struggling to

find words for someone who could tell it all with

pictures. If there is one line

to describe John, I would say

he cared. He cared about his

friends, he cared about his

family and he cared about

Courtney on a 'Landline'

shoot. He loved sci-fi and I

feigned an interest in sci-fi

so I could spend time with him. They him. They were married 12 years

and knew each other well. I

guess the secret to Beany is

most of us like making

ourselves happy, he was wireded

the other way. He liked making

other happy. It's an irony that

would not be lost on John Bean,

so many tears for a man who will live in all our memories,

laughing. The body of the

latest Australian soldier to

die in Afghanistan has flown home to Queensland. Members of Private Matthew Lambert's Townsville-based 2RAR

unit formed an honour guard as

his casket was carried across

Amberley air base. Private

Lambert is the 29th Australian

killed in Afghanistan and will be farewelled at a private

ceremony later this week. With the anniversary of September 11 approaching, David Hicks has spoken for the first time about

his reaction to the attacks. In

an ABC documentary to broadcast tomorrow night, Hicks says it was a disgusting,

horrible act and he sheds light

on what drove him to train with

fundamentalist groups in

Afghanistan and Pakistan. Jayne

Margetts reports. Brought up in

Adelaide, David Hicks left

school at 14 and fell into a

string of jobs. Searching

place to belong, TV coverage of

fighting in Kosovo provided the

answer. Hicks travelled to

Albania to train with the Kosovo Liberation Kosovo Liberation Army. I just felt this emotional attachment

to the people and to what they

were suffering and what they were going through. His application to join the

Australian army was rejected so

he says he turneded to the

Islamic faith and went to

Pakistan to fight as a soldier

for Lashkar-e-Toiba. Where was

of the opinion that or violence to stop violence

was onemouth udto solve that

problem. It was that mindset

that drove Hicks to Afghanistan

set up for Islamic freedom to join military-style camps

Osama bin Laden. I saw him fighters but he denies meeting

from a distance. He spoke in a

very gentle manner and he had a

warm smile and he seemed to be

like a kind figure. This was

his reaction when asked about

the 9/11 attacks. I think it

was a disgusting act and so

many people lost their life on

that day. It's hard to describe

when you're watching something

like that, that it even

possible it could happen.

Whatever his opinion now, at

the time he returned to the time he

Afghanistan and joined forces

with the Taliban. At best he

trained with members of Al

Qaeda and he was on a front

line in circumstances where he

didn't participate in battle.

Any Australian or whatever

nationality they might be, who goes trotting off and joins up


as evil as Al Qaeda, they don't

elicit a lot of sympathy from

the great mainstream of our

country. After 5.5 years in Guantanamo Guantanamo Bay, David Hicks pleaded guilty to providing

material support for terrorism

but now he denies ever but now he denies ever having

been involved in terrorism. And

you can see more of that David Hicks interview in an

'Australian Story' special

tomorrow night at 8:30 here on

ABC 1. Negotiations about a appear program at Canberra's jail

appear to have reached a

stalemate. A public health association report recommended

prisoners at the Alexander Machonochi Centre be given

access to clean needles for

drug use. The ACT Government is

still weighing up its options

and today the prison officers'

union took its concerns to the

Chief Minister. Facilitating

drug-taking in their workplace

will undermine their safety.

Those concerns have not been

addressed in the Moore Report.

They remain and therefore so does our opposition. We can design a system which

implements a needle exchange

program but what's the point that if you can't program but what's the point of

operationalise Government is not prepared to

shut the door on the proposal

yet. It will make its final

decision later this year.

Unions have put their case to theance Prime Minister for a

review of the manufacturing

industry. Union leaders Paul

Howes and Dave Oliver joined

forces with the Australian

Industry Group to fine better

other conditions for the steel and

pressure from the strong other manufacturers under

Australian Dollar. They want a

quick response similar to the

?s review into the car industry

- Bracks review into the

industry. It was a short,

sharp inquiry which came out with significant recommendations which secured

the future of the automotive industry in this country.

That's the kind of thing we're

looking at. The Opposition has

set up its own policy review

committee to look at the future of manufacturing. In other

finance news, it was

finance news, it was a strong

start to the week for

Australian shares as investor Australian shares as the positive sentiment also helped investor mood brightened. The

boost the Australian Dollar.

Phillip Lasker has the de

tails. If you're a Reserve

Banker and everyone loves you, Banker and everyone loves

interest rates are too low. That's not the RBA's problem.

We have some of the highest interest rates in the developed world, boosting the currency and causing pain in some parts

of the economy. Here's another

chart of pain. New home sales

dived to their lowest levels in

more than 10 years during July, Government stimulus ending and

the bad news from Europe and

the US but the Housing Industry

Reserve Bank for it relentless Association also blames the

warnings of higher interest

rates. The signal's coming from

America's Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke gave equity

markets a lift, mainly because

investors think there will be

another round of printing money

and nothing's collapsed in

Europe in the past few hours at

least so the major banks and

miners picked up in line with

the mood. Rail transport

company QR National said

earnings fell 187 million in

the year to June due to the the year to

Queensland floods. The more

positive mood helped the Australian Dollar which was

stronger pretty much across the

board and the gold rush

subsided, at least bullion and oil weaker but subsided, at least today, with

there's lot of talk about a

gold bubble, this line

represents the price difference between two exchange-traded

funds, one tracks the Dow Jones industrial average and other

mimics the price of gold

bullion. It's showing the price difference between shares and

bullion is as big as since 2004. That's finance.

There's no place for biff in

rugby league according to the

NRL chief David Gallop, who

after today delivered a blunt warning

after an unprecedented 10

players were charged over

Friday night's all-in brawl.

Manly and Melbourne have been

fined $50,000 each and that's

just the beginning of the

fall-out. Ben Worsley reports.

There are brawls and there are

brawls. This one was serious and the NRL is and

The biff has got no place in

the game and people who say it

does, that's nonsense. Melbourne and Manly have both

been fined $50,000 for damaging

the image and welfare of the game. Families, fans,

corporate partners that

associate themselves with brand don't want to be associate themselves with our

associated with ugly brawls

like that. Of the 20 or so

players involved, 10 have been

charged an unprecedented number

for one incident. These two bear the brunt. Glenn Stewart and Adam Blair have been

referred straight to

judiciary for starting the

melee on top of whatever

suspension that brings, player

will also miss two weeks for

another striking charge. Four

of his team-mates also of his team-mates also face sanction, each charged with

detrimental conduct, some

facing bans of up to two weeks.

Bryan Norrie and Jaiman Lowe

can escape suspension with

early guilty pleas. For Manly,

Brett Stewart and Keiran Foran

are likely to miss one week

with early pleas. Darcy Lussick could miss four

out from the finals, the top

two teams face severe disruption. Massive. Huge.

That will be - the biggest issue will be how severe the

impact is going to be for both

teams. It would certainly be

disappointing for everyone who

follows the game but that

doesn't mean these things shouldn't be dealt with

appropriately and the right

message sent no matter what time of the season it is. The

players have until midday tomorrow

appeal or accept their charges.

What went so wrong? That's the

question the Raiders are asking

as their woeful 2011 season draws to a close. Players,

coaches and support staff are

all under scrutiny and even the

fans have been asked to fans have been asked to help

come up with a new game plan for the club. It's no secret

the Raiders' season hasn't gone

to plan, from injuries to key

players to big signings that

never delivered, 20 11 is a dark year in the and the Raiders are set to

finish at the foot of the NRL

ladder. If you talk ladder. If you talk to

everybody from the CEO to the

board chair to the captain to the head coach, it's the head coach, it's been a very disappointing year. Now a

review is under way, headed by

John Waser. He brings 30 years

of elite sporting experience to

the task of determining just

how this season fell so far short of its high expectation.

Two weeks out of a 26-week

season is just a snapshot but

it gives us able to start to think about the processes that they go

through to prepare for game

day. All staff at the Raiders

are being interviewed and members too are being asked for

their input. Waser is keen to

look for ideas from outside the

club. Not only are other NRL

clubs but other national

sporting organisation, we'll be

looking far and wide to see how we

we can improve the situation. While Waser analyses the

performance of the off-field staff, coach Michael Haguen will look

at the tactical side of the

review. We'll look at all

avenues, from the top to the

bottom. The board has given me

an open door to see how we can

improve the present situation.

The Raiders will also travel to

the south coast for a 3-day

post-season post-mortem. The

recommendations of the review

are expected to be made public

each month. The Raiders haven't

appeared open to criticism for

much of the year. This review reflect a certain change of heart. It's the strongest indication yet

bow a new look to the Raiders'

inner sanctum next season, whether that's a change in

processes, personnel or both

remains to be seen. From the

NBA in America to the NBL in

Australia. Canberra basketball star Patrick Mills is returning home, albeit telephonerarily. The Boomers' point guard has just signed with the just signed with the Melbourne Tigers. The 23-year-old has

play the last two seasons with the Portland Trailblazers the US but with contract talks

between NBA players and clubs

stalled, Mills has decided to

get court time in Australia,

however, his contract with

Melbourne allows him to return

to the States once the lock-out

is lifted. Will it be a happy

ending for Happy Feet? The

emperor penguin is heading home

tonight after being nurseded

back to health in New Zealand.

Happy Feet is hitching a ride

on a research vessel to

sub-Antarctic waters.

Wellington zoo plans to keep an

eye on the penguin by fitting it it with a GPS tracker. We have

a bittersweet moment, I think,

for the zoo, because we are a

bit sad to see Happy Feet

go. The penguin washed up on New Zealand beach as

sick bird two months ago. Vets

say it ate sand thinking it was

snow and ended up with a belly

full of debris. It took six

operations to give Happy Feet a

clean bill of health. Lovely

story. Now with a look at today's

today's weather, here's Mark

Carmody. Yes, it was. Virginia and good evening.

These fine, sunny - well,

mostly sunny days, continued

today, especially this morning

which was very nice. With an overnight minimum overnight minimum of three at

the two official Met stations,

unofficially Belconnen went

down to 1. After lunch cloud started to build up and

although the radar is clear

there's a 20% chance of showers

overnight. There's cloud moving over the

southeast which generated

today's showers. It will thicken along the coast,

resulting in more showers down

there tomorrow. A cold front

has moved through the southeast

and is now in the Tasman. This

will be replaced by a high

which will bring cold mornings and mostly sunny days to the

west of Canberra and possible

showers east of the range.

Virginia, our town is awash

exotic. This is an exotic one,

Manchurian pear. Thank you,

Mark. Before we go, a brief

recap of our top story - Libya's rebels say they fear

for 50,000 missing political prisoners as more evidence emerges of massacres carried

out by the Gaddafi regime and

that's the news for now but

stay with us for 7:30 with

Leigh Sales and Chris Uhlmann.

From me for now, goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI

Welcome to the program. I'm

Chris Uhlmann. Tonight on 7.30

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working? It hasn't worked at

all. I don't think - it hasn't

helped the client. It hasn't

helped the employee. It hasn't

helped the employer. Businesss

employees have got to be

flexible. And one man's quest for an Australian El Dorado. No

good looking for something if you're half hearted about it. Pressure is growing on the Federal Government for a review

of the nation's workplace laws.

Businesses of all sizes, industry bodies an economists

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