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Tonight - police defend their

softly, softly approach to

yesterday's bomb hoax and

siege. Australia's economy Australia's economy on the

end after last summer's flood

disasters. Senior News

officials contradict Rupert

Murdoch's son and heir over phone hacking. The big kiss-off. This would be the winning one. This will

be the winning one hopefully. Rugby diplomacy at

the Pacific

Good evening. Welcome to ABC

News. I'm Virginia Haussegger.

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Police say those were the

demands made by a man accused of holding his daughter hostage

while threatening to blow

himself up. The dramatic

11-hour siege in the heart of Parramatta in Sydney's West

Ended last night when officers

stormed a man and freeing his 12-year-old

child. Keith Breene reports. Overwhelmed but safe,

the 12-year-old was led away.

Barely able to stand, the was taken to be re-united with

family members. Close behind

came her father. Police say the

man, who can't be identified,

has a lengthy and violent

criminal history. They admit

they took a big gamble, cutting

through a wall with a chainsaw

to have a bomb. It was a big

risk. I praise the courage of

the officers who broke into

that confined space, that barricaded space, believing barricaded

that that person had a

bomb. Holed up in a barrister's

chambers with his daughters for

11 - daughter for 11 hours,

police say the man claimed to

have explosives in his back

pack. Detectives called it a

well orchestrated bomb hoax carried out concern for the consequences.

The 52-year-old from Orange is

accused of demanding $4,500

from the Aboriginal Land

Council and access to a lawyer.

The siege ended without

but the man's family criticised

police for not letting them

talk to him during the

stand-off. I believe if they

would have let the family speak

to him at 2 o'clock, this would have been finished by 3

o'clock. I'm his brother, he would have listened to me. At

Parramatta court today, some of

the man's family turned out in

know support. No, no comment. Don't

remanded in custody and is due

back in court next week.

Two separate reviews are

under way after a police chase

ended in the first use of the

taser by general duties officer

in the ACT. The sergeant used

his stun gun on a 27-year-old

man who allegedly led him on an eight-minute car chase through

Tuggeranong last night. Police

say the vehicles reached speeds of up to crashed into a Monash curb and

lunged towards the officer. The

man wasn't carrying a weapon. An internal police review An internal police review will

will look at the chase. It is probe the taser use and another

the first time a stun gun has

been used since they were

rolled out to general duty

officers two weeks ago. We are

talking about a very

experienced team leader who was

involved in the incident. He

used his sound judgment and

experience and training in

forming the decision to deploy

the taser. Police say the

driver wasn't injured by the

stun gun and he will face court charges. next week on a range of traffic

The economy is recovering from

from the Queensland floods but

it's taking longer than

expected. That's the underlying message from today's national accounts which showed stronger-than-predicted growth accounts which showed

in the June quarter. It puts

Australia on a reasonable

footing to deal with more global economic uncertainty.

But economists are warning of

complex challenges ahead. They

drenched a landscape and buffeted an economy floods appears at hand. Today's recovery from Queensland's

figures don't just confirm that

strongly from these events, our economy has bounced back

they also show there are

broader signs of underlying

strength in the economy. The

national accounts have

surprised many. GDP growth for

the June quarter was 1.2%, the

fastest growth in four years.

For the 12 months to June,

growth was 1.4%. The Treasurer might be are less so. Even if you add

back in the impact of the

flood, end up with a growth

rate of 2.4%. Still a subdued

pace for an economy growing

through a once in a generation

mining boom. The June bounce is

explained by surprisingly

strong household spending.

Adding to growth, resource

stockpiles increased as the

flood damage abated but there

was still a shortfall in coal

taken a lot longer to pump out exports. In other words,

the flooded coal mines in

Queensland than

expected. Analysts say the stronger-than-expected result changes little. It won't put

pressure on interest rates to

go up. To go down? There is

not enough in here. The man who

control it is levers has

changed his message to keeping

his options open. We need to

keep an open mind about what

our response to events might be. By 'Events', Glenn Stevens

means the looming crisises in

the US and Europe. More than at

most times in my professional

life, the Australian economy

facing s a set of unusual and

complex forces. The world rather powerful group of

teeters, Australia holds its

breath. The Prime Minister has

put her quest for now onshore processing centres she spends the next two days

with Pacific leaders in New

Zealand. At home, immigration

advisers have told her Government and Tony Abbott offshore processing must restored. Without it they warn offshore processing must be

boat arrivals will surge and

detention centres won't cope.

with the Prime Minister in Melissa Clarke is travelling

Auckland. A kiss before kick-off. This would be the

winning one. This will be the

winning one. Rugby diplomacy is tinged as ever with Trans-Tasman losing Prime Minister. The

Pacifics' leaders have gathered

in Auckland to find con senus

Julia Gillard's asylum seeker on the big regional issues

haven't dilemma isn't one of them. I

haven't come here to talk about

people smuggling. The Prime questions associated with

Minister's so near and yet so

far from Nauru's President. Offshore processing in the

island nation is a subject

offlimits to both. It would be

rude of me if I raise it her. It is not the right thing

to do. If Australia wants to

raise it, it's up to

Australia. That would be

premature. We will work through in Australia our response to the High Court case. Swallow

your pride, stop the

stubbornness, talk to the

President of Nauru. Sgh Tony

Abbott is engagesing - Tony

Abbott is engaging. Government

officials spoke to him mtds It

has been a helpful meeting but

what has been clear as part of this briefing is there is no government policy as yet. I

hope he sticks to his original position and says that he is

prepared to work with the Government tifl krukively with

all options on the table. Mr

Abbott was told people smugglers are celebrating the decision, lining up more

customers, more boats will come

and Australia needs to change

its laws to restore Malaysia. Right now Julia Gillard needs

Tony Abbott more than she needs

Pacific leaders to

offshore solution. The ABC understands the Government has

been given forceful advice a return to onshore return to onshore processing

would bring 600 arrivals in a

month, detention centres would

fill in a year and if housed in

the community, it could create

social unrest like that in Paris. The asylum seeker swap is on hold for the time being

but Australia says it will

still take 4,000 refugees over

the next four years. Zoe Daniel reports from Kuala reports from Kuala Lumpur. It's

seven years since they fled

persecution and forced labour

in Burma. Now Chan Hmung and Mang Doi and their four sons

are nearing the end of their

journey. They have been

accepted for permanent

residency in Australia. They

are doing the final paperwork today. TRANSLATION: We will

have freedoms and be living

freely and we will be

happy. Mang Doi tells me her

son wanted to fast-forward time

to leave for Australia. to leave for Australia. The day

is finally here and their joy

is infectious. Australia's government says it is inclined

to honour the element of the

Malaysia deal that will allow

4,000 extra refugees to be resettled

resettled from Malaysia to

Australia over four years.

That's giving people hope for

the moment, especially the Burmese who make up 90% of the 100,000 refugees here. It

should be done in order to

deter boat people. It will be a very effective way if

Australian government is taking more refugee from Malaysia. Refugee activist Irene Fernandez from the

migrant rights organisation

Tenaganita has welcomed the

High Court's decision, hopeful

it could have a broader impact

on regional refugee policy. Countries like

Malaysia, PNG, or Malaysia, PNG, or any other country, Indonesia, that wants

to address the issue of refugees must now ensure

protection of rights. The poll

policy and politics takes time.

That builds desperation. Those

least likely to be recommended for legitimate resettlement

remain the most likely to take

boats. For this family, though,

there is no need. They will be

starting their new life in

News International chairman

James Murdoch is making news

again in the UK, none of it good. Two senior News executives say Rupert Murdoch's

son knew phone hacking was rife

as far back as three years ago. As Emma Alberici reports,

As Emma Alberici reports, this contradicts his testimony. It

is the most explosive evidence

so far in the so far in the hacking scandal that's rocked News

Corporation's British

business. You have Tom Crone, a

senior lawyer, Colin Myler, a

former editor, saying former editor, saying one thing

and James Murdoch saying

another. When Clive Goodman was

jailed in 2007, his bosses

called him a rogue reporter.

Almost all along, these two men

- Colin Myler the editor and

Tom Crone, the lawyer - knew

otherwise. They had been shown

of 32 voicemail messages left

and received by Gordon Taylor,

the head of bri stain's Professional Footballers

Association - Britain's

Professional Footballers Association. It was evidence clearly, that was the first

piece of evidence we had seen

it went beyond Clive

Goodman. The email was written

by a junior reporter and headed 'Transcript for Neville',

referring to the chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck. It was the

reason we had to settle the

case and in order to settle the

case we had to explain the case to Mr Murdoch and authority to settle, so

certainly it would have been

discussed. James Murdoch signed

a settlement cheque for more

than a million dollars but

denies the record payment back

in 2008 was designed to stop

that email from being made

public. Mr Murdoch has stuck to

that line, issuing this statement after today's

hearing:

The parliamentary committee

is now expected to recall James

Murdoch to ask for an explanation about

incontinuecies between his

evidence and that of his

editor and top legal counsel. The

The police might also want to

know why an email that pointed

to wider crimes within the

newspaper group wasn't reported to them.

A large convoy of Libyan military vehicles has crossed into neighbouring fuelling speculation about

Colonel Gaddafi's whereabouts.

French military sources say

more than 200 vehicles were in

the convoy heading to Niger's

largest city ab r Agadez carying loyalists with as well

as gold and cash. There is no indication Colonel Gaddafi was

with him. Those tracking him

say he was last spotted heading

south towards Niger or Chad.

There is speculation he could

join the loyalists in Niger or seek refuge in Burkina although the Government there

says it isn't expecting

him. More than a thousand homes

have been destroyed by bushfire

in Texas. Four people have died

in the fires brought on by the

worst drought since the 50s. The biggest fire is burning

near the capital. Rick Perry has interrupted his Presidential campaign to deal

with the disaster. I will be

honest with you, I am not paying attention to politics.

There is time to take care of that.

possessions are in danger,

that's substantially more

important. More than 40,000

hectares of land have been

burned out. Calmer weather

forecast and firefighters hope to bring

to bring the blazes under

control. There are mixed

feelings in Papua New Guinea about the shock disqualification from

Parliament of the country's

most prominent politician. The former Prime Minister Sir

Michael Somare returned to Port

Moresby after five months in a Singapore

sacked as an MP for missing too

many sessions of

Parliament. There is not much

sympathy for Sir Michael Somare on the on the streets of Port Moresby. He deserve to be just a citizen in this country. He

is very old. He is old, we need

new leaders for the

country. Yesterday the Speaker

disqualified Sir Michael from

Parliament for missing three

consecutive sittings. The

75-year-old had just returned

from a lengthy stay overseas where he underwent where he underwent three heart

operations. His family says Sir

Michael has only missed two parliamentary sessions. This is

an issue that will be challenged. It will be

challenged in challenged in the courts of Papua New Guinea. Others are

worried by the Speaker's

unprecedented move to

disqualify an MP. My concern is

that the incremental deterioration and

interpretation of our Constitution

Constitution does not auger

well for the future. Sir

Michael's Party has expelled 19 of of its 41 MPs, including the

Speaker, for supporting the disqualification. What they've

done was totally, totally irresponsible of the Speaker. Sir Michael may fight

his disqualification in court

but that will take time. Given

his age and the fact there is

less than a year until the next election, the 40-year political

career of the man known as the

father of the nation looks to be over.

A Melbourne court has heard

the man accused of murdering

Carl Williams knew the gangland boss was assisting

police, as did the rest of the prison population. Williams's father, gill gill gill, took to

the stand in the trial of

Matthew Johnson. He told the

court he knew of no history

between his son and the man who

killed him. These grainy images

show the moments before Matthew Johnson bludgeoned Carl Williams to death at Barwon

Prison last year. Williams sits

at a table as a killer walks up behind him brandishing the

of an exercise bike. Johnson is

pleading self-defence believing

the drug boss was going to kill him. It was Carl Williams'

reparation that came un -

reputation that came under scrutiny. Carl Williams

nicknamed himself the Premier

saying he made the hard decision. Gill gill gill spent

20 months in jail for drug

trafficking and had first-hand experience of his son's He told the jury his son con

sided in Johnson about

assisting police. He was led to believe

believe Johnson not only

approved but wanted approved but wanted in on the

action. Mr Williams said it was

common knowledge throughout the

prison system his son was

talking to detectives. His

father said Carl Williams hoped

his help would get him a

reduced prison sentence and

possible reward. Hours before

his son was killed, gill gill

gill visited Barwon Prison. He told the jury Carl Williams

Department appear to have

concern - didn't appear to have

concerns. Asked if his son had

problems with Matthew Johnson,

he replayed "Not at any stage".

While he was close to his son, Mr Williams said he wasn't in

the loop and denied he knew

about several murders his son

ordered. He admitted he had known of Carl Williams' passion to kill his rival Jason Moran

and hadn't tried to stop it. Sh NSW teachers will strike

tomorrow despite an order to walk off the job. The

Teachers Federation has called

a 24-hour stop work to coincide

with a public sector rally planned for Sydney

planned for Sydney tomorrow. They're upset at the O'Farrell Government's plan to cap wage increases. But the industrial relation Commission has

declared the strike illegal.

Australia's

faster-than-expected economic

growth helped propel both

shares and the dollar but after

three sessions of heavy

selling, investors throughout

Asia decided it was time to

buy. Lasker. Well, we have had three

days of fear, it is time for

those who go where others fear

to tread. They call it the

equity market. Plenty of talk

about how cheap shares are at

the moment with some valuations

at 2008 levels so there were

gains across the board, especially the financial stocks

which have been pounded heavily

in recent weeks. The momentum

carried Macquarie Group which

lowered its profit outlook for

key investment banking and trading divisions because of

the market turmoil. Earnings are expected to be around $1 billion in line with the

previous year and down from a

19% forecast rise. Resource

stocks did well. The regulator

gave Santos the go-ahead to

acquire Eastern Star Gas. Gold

was out of favour and so was

Newcrest. Today's stronger-than-expected economic

growth result added growth result added to the

positive mood. The numbers

showed households were spending

more freely despite what we

have been hearing. They have been spending been spending on diskregsry

services, that pink line. That

doesn't represent things like

clothes and flat screen TVs or

electricity or represents. It

shows spinding on services like

restaurant, travel, gym classes

and dog walking to name a new

services. - a few servicing.

That type of spending is at an

8-year high. The blue line is spending on essential services.

The economic growth number gave

the dollar a boost. It is

trading back above 106 US cents. That's finance. Knla

knra has - Canberra has a new

morgue. Forensic Medicine

Centre replaces the 40-year-old

morgue in Kingston. It will

increase storage capacity from

12 bodies to almost a hundred,

ensuring the capital can cope

with a disasters. The Attorney-General million facility will improve

the working conditions of

staff. Also important

facilities for families of the

deceased in being able to view

bodies in a dignified space and have appropriate counselling

and support rooms. From a

police perspective, we have a

specific room for bringing families down for

identification viewing, better

environment for the community.

It is a much better building. The old

be demolished to make way for the Kingston foreshore development. From salary cap

scandal to a perfect storm.

Billy Slater capped off a

memorable night for Melbourne

by willing the Dally M Medal

for the NRL's best player. The

Storm collected seven awards

giving the club a psychological boost ahead of the finals. This

time last year the Storm finished a devastating season

where they played for no points after being stripped of their premierships.. Cameron Smith from the Melbourne Storm. Craig Bellamy

Bellamy from the Storm. It is a

tribute to our club and the

players on what they have

done. The minor premiers picked

up the biggest award. Billy

Slater resisted a late surge

from Benji Marshall to win the

Dally M Medal by two points. I

didn't come here nervous, I

didn't think I would have been

up there. I knew Benji

up there. I knew Benji had a

great year and he was a

shoe-in. The NRL is still

blowing its own trum trumpet. The League chief fired barbs at the competitor. The

closeness of the position

shouldn't go unnoticed when people compare us to the

AFL. Justin Hodges wasn't enthusiastic. 24 games is a bit

boring. Only four games left,

best time to best time to play footy. Johnathan Thurston was

honest ahead of Saturday's

final. My form has been not

good enough for our team. I

have a job to do within the team. The Tigers and Dragons open the finals on

open the finals on Friday.

The Socceroos are on top of

the World Cup qualifying group after a 3-1 away win over Saudi Arabia. Josh Kennedy scored

twice as the visitors took a

2-nil lead in temperatures

hovering around 40 degrees. Australia is three points clear

on top of Group D. Josh Kennedy

scores his second goal for Australia. Will

Australia. Will that be enough

to secure all three points in

Damman? Luke Wilkshire sealed

the win in the 77th minute.

Christmas Island is better

known for its arrivals than its

time. Two species of lizard

that once called the island

home are on the verge of being wiped out. They have

wiped out. They have been

shipped elsewhere in an attempt

to save them. Tight security

guards the entrance, they are

under hourly watch. If we lose

them, we could lose the species. This home, Christmas Island. As more

people arrive, so too do more threats. We have had cats,

rats, mice, chickens, we have had five introduced

reptiles. It is with that in

mind half the population of blue-tailed skinks and listers geckos have been carefully

packed up and sent to Taronga

Zoo to breed. It is a

last-ditch attempt to save the

species from extinction. It is

not permanent. These breeding

programs have a life. be keeping them here for five

or six generations. It is no tropical island but feels like

it. The thermometer is turned up to make them feel at home

and it is working. We have a

lot of blue-tailed skinks eggs,

over 20 at least. We have had

three hatch to date. Got a lot

more to come. There is still a

long road ahead. Another two

years of quarantine and another

five to 10 years before they

will return to Christmas

are already feeling a close

bond. I love them. I think they're fantastic. They're

amazing. Every day they something a little bit different. Their future looks

promising. At last count there

were 75 skinks and 65 geckos

with more on the way. Now with

a look at the weather, here is Mark Carmody. Thanks Virginia.

Good evening. It did eventual end up being sunny today

although this morning it wasn't

looking positive post-Breakfast. That's because

blowing. At 8:30, the skies there was a south-eastersly

cleared, it was fine and sunny.

One of the blokes was happy

because he had turf laid over

the weekend. It rained

yesterday, 7mm in total at the

airport and fine and sunny

today. He will need to mow it

this coming weekend. It

With all this sunshine, you

would expect the continent to

be cloud-free. That's the good

news. The not-so-good news is

there is swirling cloud in the

Bight which will impact on the

region soon. It is associated

with a cold front. There is

also a cold front

of Tasmania. With these two

fronts and a high moving in

from the west, we will get cool

windy conditions along with

swhaur showers from tomorrow onwards. Nationally tomorrow:

Virginia, there was no

wheezing and sneezing from you don't which surprising as this

is a wattle, Acacia Leprosa,

Scarlet Blaze from Andrea in

Lyneham. You snuck that in.

Thanks very mump much. That's

the news for now. Coming on

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members' funds to pay the members' funds to pay the legal

bills of a king maker. From me

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goes wrong. You need to start taking this seriously,

Hiroko. In Australia we have dual custody, shared custody,

but in Japan it's the law. Whoever has the

children keeps the

children. And reach for the sky

- how an Aussie invention has

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something with my life, make it

worth while. Japan is gaining

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the industrialised nations, it