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doctor in court and a

disturbing performance before

the singer died.

Short changed again - they

got less than they bargained for. Being pusheder and closer

to the edge and to the point of

failure by some of these major supermarkets. And the farmer,

the performer and the paddock out of tune in Northern

Ireland. We're the laughing

stock of the world.

Hello and welcome to ABC Kirkland. On the local share across Australia. I'm Tracey

market, stocks have followed

overseas markets higher:

More finance later in the

bulletin. The Melbourne newspaper columnist Andrew Bolt

breaching the Racial has been found guilty of

Discrimination Act. He had been taken to court what he called fair-skinned people who identified

themselves as Aborigines. The

ABC's Kerri Ritchie was in court for the judgment. how did these articles end up

in court? Hello, Tracey, well,

nine Indigenous Australians who

had been named in those pieces

took this to court, saying that

they had been offended, ashamed

and intimidated about what Mr

Bolt wrote in 2010. So, some of

those people were in court

today and cheered

when the judge came out saying

that he believed Andrew Bolt

this did know the implications of

this piece and what it would

cause. He said that he did

like the intention, there were

errors in the pieces, and distortions, and that Andrew

language. We had heard earlier Bolt had used provocative

in court that Andrew Bolt had

never contacted any of the nine

people whose names he mentioned

in his pieces and it relied very heavily on engine Google. So outside the

court, some of the plaintiffs,

Geoff Clark, former ATSIC

chairman and Pat tot had a lot

to say and were delighted. to say and were delighted. Cyan

We are absolutely delighted. It

is the result we expected. It

was never about free speech.

It's always been a question of

professionalism. I think

be feared in this country. The today we made a statement that

right to look different, to act

different, to feel different, I

think the prejudices that Mr Bolt in the 'Herald Sun' has

been advocating has now been

defeated. I think justice is

struck. Kerri, what was Andrew

Bolt's defence? Well, Andrew

Bolt has said all along that

this was fair comment. The two pieces that the judge was

looking at were under the

headings, "It's hip to

black" and "white is the new

black." Andrew Bolt said this

discussion is one that had to

be ha in Australia and this was

a case of freedom of speech. Andrew Bolt was joined in court

by his family and when the

judge was releasing his

findings, he seemed to keep his

eyes down a lot, but the Andrew

Bolt has said in the past he

will not apologise for this and

he has also said in previous

court cases that he has been

painted as a bigot, and that is

not the case at about reporting on people's set some sort of precedent

ethnic originals, whether they're real or perceived? The

judge was very clear on this

and said this case has brought

up a lot of very interesting

judge ethical questions. Now, the

judge said that the Racial

Discrimination Act does not

mean that we cannot have

discussions about Indigenous

that it was Australians, but he did say

that it was the intention of

this piece that he didn't like,

and the fact that there were so many

many errors, so he really

have these debates in wanted to point out

Australia, we just can't have

them the way that Andrew Bolt wanted to write them. Yes, it

was - really the crux of it was

not the debate, it was that

there were so many errors and

distortions in the pieces. Kerri Ritchie, thank

you. Doctors are demanding

higher alcohol prices be

debated at next week's tax

forum in Canberra. The

Government has already ruled alcohol taxes but out any discussion about

Association says it believe it

is could curb binge drinking

and reduce costs to the health

$36 billion system. We know that there is

$36 billion both of excess

costs in the system because of

alcohol every single year in

Australia and it is a shame

that there is a government tax

summit next month and it's not

even on the agenda. The Greens

will use the forum to push for

gold to be added to the mining

tax, arguing that will raise an

extra $2 billion over 10 years. The Government

Rent Tax. And exclusive study

of parole records has revealed

almost three-quarters of convicted drug offenders from

communities in some of

Australia's most drug-plagued

as the areas report problem gambling

as the cause of their crimes. Criminal networks are actively recruiting problem gamblers

playing poker machines at pubs

or clubs ultimately to heroin or cultivate cannabis.

This report there Eleanor Bell

and Jeff Thompson. It is the

crime that could be hiding just next door - cannabis next door - cannabis plants by

the hundreds thriving in a

hydroponic heaven. In the past

six months, 70 homes have been

raided in Sydney's south-west,

netting drugs worth $25 million

on the street. But there is a common connection among those

caught tending the crops -

problem gambling. Some had debts of We had four that actually said

that they had gambling debts

and this was a way of repaying those debts. So-called crop

sitters and heroin are being recruited from the gaming rooms of Australia's

pubs and clubs. Loan sharks

offer easy money and a way to

pay it back when it's lost,

working for drug syndicates. An exclusive survey of the parole

records of more than 600 drug offenders from the Vietnamese

communities of Sydney's south-west reveals that almost three-quarters say gambling debts motivated their

crimes. 72% of them claim that

their gambling habit. In April, they tear families close by -

nine people were arrested in

Sydney and Melbourne for

allegedly trafficking heroin

from Vietnam. Most said that

they were recruited poker machines. A lot of problem gamblers are being

recruited from these premises. Police and parole

officers claim that pokie officers claim that

addiction can be used in court

sentences but one court

psychologist who does not wish to be nameside concerned enough

to have written a letter to Federal Independent MPs

considering gambling

pre-commitment legislation. In

it he says, "I have completed

120 reports and in about 50% of those machines has contributed

significantly to the offence."

While the drug network bosses

mostly get away, those sent to

jail rarely have prior

convictions. For the second

time this year, a signaling

failure on China's rail system

has had devastating

consequences. This time it's

been blamed for a crash between

two trains on Shanghai's subway

system which injured more than

270 passengers. Rescuers found bloodied passengers, some unconscious, on the scene. More than 5,000

people were evacuated. The

accident has triggered fresh

criticism of China's criticism of China's rail system, already under pressure over the high-speed crash south

of Shanghai in July which claimed

claimed 40 lives. The signaling

equipment suspected of being at

fault in both cases was made by the same company. The

manslaughter trial of Michael

Jackson's doctor has begun in

Los Angeles with prosecutors painting him as negligent incompetent, ignoring his

famous patient as he died from a drug overdose. But Conrad

Murray's defence team says it

was the singer who delivered

the fatal, final dose which

killed him instantly. North

America correspondent Lisa

Millar reports. More than two

years after the singer's death,

fans and the Jackson family descended on the Los Angeles court looking for justice. Once

the jury hears the evidence,

it's a slam dunk case. Prosecutors are painting

Conrad Murray as a money-hungry

doctor who was making phone

calls and writing emails while

Jackson died in his bedroom

from the sedative pro Po

follow. The evidence will

further show unequivocally that

that misplaced trust had far

too high a price to pay, that

misplaced trust in the hands of

Conrad Murray cost Michael Jackson his life. In dramatic

scenes, the jury were shown

photos of the 50-year-old

rehearsing for his concert tour

one day, dead the next. And his

own voice was heard, slurred

and unrecognisable just weeks


Conrad Murray was earning

$150,000 a month to try to help

the pop star sleep. His defence

argue he was trying to wean the

singer off the drug and it was

Jackson who gave himself the

fatal dose. When Dr Murray left the room, my sell Jackson self-administered a dose of Propofol, that with the die ra

Pam created a perfect storm in

his body that killed him

instantly. The trial is

expected to last more than a

month. If convicted Conrad

Murray could be jailed for four


Just how much is a humble

potato worth? To a potato

farmer, of course, it's

everything, but the big supermarkets seem to think differently. The latest research from the New South

Wales Farmers Federation shows

supermarkets buy potatoes for

as little at 35 cents akg and

sell them for up to $3 a

kilogram and it's the same for

a whole range of vegetables,

putting the squeeze on

vegetable farmers. William

Churchill is Churchill is from youse veg. Vegetable growers are

getting pushed further and

further to the limb knit

(AusVeg) They're being forced into agreements that are not

giving them a return and what's happening to these growers is

they're struggling to make ends

meet. Well, Dick Smith has

taken aim at the supermarkets,

calling them thugs. Last night

on ABC's 'Lateline Business',

he spoke about this and this is

what he said (snoot the threat

from Coles and Woolworths to these suppliers

expose our thuggery, we won't

buy from you." Well, I'm

exposing it. It's not on. I was

going to say it's not Australian, but Australian, but it has obviously become Australia,

this type of thuggery where

they do a deal and they get

back in touch and say, "We are

going to detukt 5% from the

price we had and bad luck."

William Churchill, is there a

culture of fear from the farmers, do they fear if speak out they fear that Coles

and Woolworths will stop

impieing from them? We agree

with what Dick Smith. A lot

have great reservations that if they step out of line and the supermarkets that they supply

hear them saying that, then

they pull their contracts. They

walk a very fine line between

speaking out about quality and

fairness in the first place,

but they don't want to annoy

their customers. So it's like Dick Smith and people like

AusVeg who are coming to their rescue. We've zot cos less

tus, farmers get 50 cents a

kilo, supermarkets get

$2.48. Farmers get 48 cents for

carrots and the supermarkets get get $3. It goes on and on. Can

farmers survive? I'm yet to see

a business that can do that.

Growers are being pushed closer

and closer to the edge and to the point of failure by

the point of failure by some of

these practices by the major supermarkets. William Churchill, thank you Thank

you. Global shares have risen

sharply amid hopes of a new

package to solve the Eurozone

debt crisis. The optimism comes

despite no grand plan being

reached. Europe correspondent Philip Williams reports. A meeting Prime Minister requires the

economic kiss of life, only

billions more in loans can

supply, and Angela Merkel needs the support of her Parliament on Thursday for

continuing a Greek bailout she

says is in everyone's

interest. We're going to do

everything we can in Germany so

that Greece can regain that Greece can regain trust.

Whatever Germany can do to

help, Germany will do. And in

reply, George Papandreou says

his country will fulfil its side of continue the painful cuts to public spending. I can guarantee that Greece will guarantee that Greece will live

up to all its commitments. I

promise you we Greeks will soon

fight our way back to growth

and pros Perth after this

period of pain. But in the

streets of Athens, that pain is

simply too much for too manial.

Even the police have taken to

the streets. But they're far

from alone. Under the latest

austerity measures approved by

the Parliament, higher property taxes have infuriated owners and investors alike. George Fasoulis says,

"This will bankrupt me F it

goes where it should, it might

be good, but if it goes in their back pockets, it won't."

This cannot be paid along with

all the other existing taxes.

The Government has to decide

which to keep and which to

abolish. Almost every day there

are protests. The government

says it simply cannot bend to

their demands. If the next

tranche of 8 billion in

bailout funds is to be

released, the tax hikes and the cutting must of a grand plan to allow groes a partial default and a massive

injection of up to 2 billion

into a stability fund has given the stock markets reason to

rally. The problem is there is

no solid plan, just back room

briefing and may come to nothing. In the meantime, the

rest of the world waits and

prays that Europe will finally

get its financial act together,

and soon. Here, more people are thinking about building or

buying a new

figures show new house sales

edged up 1.1% in August, but the Housing Industry

Association says conditions in the housing market remain the housing market remain soft.

Let's take a check of the markets

markets with Simon Palan. And Australian shares have followed

Wall Street higher? Yes, we've

got some solid gain as cross

the board today, Tracey. The

local market has taken some

comfort in those new hopes of a

breakthrough in the Greek debt

drama. Right now the All

Ordinaries index is 29

higher to 4092. Gains being

made right across many sectors today. Poker machine maker

Aristocrat Leisure is up almost 4%. Flight Centre has gained

3.3% and Leighton Holdings is

also up 3.3% to $19.25. A

rebound in gold and copper

prices? Yes, and that's helping

goldminer Newcrest Mining, up

more than 3% and Steele steel

maker OneSteel maker OneSteel has added 4%. APN News & Media has

re-affirmed for 2011. They say there is there is encouraging signs in

the advertising market but

seems investors were expecting

more from APN because shares are down more than 4%. Simon,

BHP is upping the ante in the Pilbara ? It is BHP Billiton

has told analysts touring its Pilbara iron ore operations

growth ambitions are as big, if

not bigger, than its arch rival continuity toint. In tument

documents lodged with the ASX,

BHP has revealed for the first

time that it has an

aspirational target to produce

as much as 450 million tonnes

of iron ore annually,

significantly up from its

current capacity of 155 million

tonnes a year, and BHP shares

are up slightly today to

$35.40. Let's have a check now

of the domestic market's other

big movers in the ASX top 100:

To Wall Street and stocks

pulled back from session highs

on reports that euro countries

were demanding private bond

holders take bigger writedowns

on Greek bonds:

Well, it's known as

destination dining and it's

being accredited with a mini

tourism boom. Sydney's top res

strabts are considered so good that that large numbers that large numbers of tourists

are flocking here to sample the unique cuisine. At the same

time top restauranteurs are

heading overseas setting up in one of the one of the toughest markets in

the world - Singapore. Karen

Tan has the story, and a

warning t could make you very

hungry. Tetsuya Wakuda may be

one of Australia's best and

most recognised chefs, but even

he struggles to make money in this cut-throat industry. If

just only make motza out of

this business, for other people, I don't know, but for

me there is a way to make

easier money, I think. His Sydney-based restaurant Tetsuya's can demand

waiting lists, not bad in an

industry where up to half of

restaurants can fail in the

first three years of the he

opened a second restaurant in

Singapore a year back called

Waku Ghin. Others, too, are

discovering the allure of Singapore with chef Luke Mangan opening Salt nine restaurants, including

Glass in Sydney. There is even

bigger plans for Asia with

lower wage cost in-Sen

tichs. This year we hope to

open a Salt cafe in Jakarta,

then also a Salt bistro or Salt

cafe in Singapore opposite

Raffles Hotel. Food tourism is certainly the flavour of the

region and an initiative from leading restauranteur John Fink

has created a surge of interest

in Australia's dining seen.

co-owner of quay Quay restaurant Peter Gilmore approach ed tourism New South

Wales to market Sydney as a

dining precinct. One bloke sat

down and said, "What's

Australia got to offer? I can't

believe I'm here, wasting my

time, looking at his watch. By the second course he was

completely sold. The campaign

appears to be working with more

people coming to Australia's unique fare. It is

a trend the food buffs will be

hoping continues for some time

to come. Libyans have today been told a new government

won't be formed until

entire country is liberated.

Despite this, the battle for

power in the post-Gaddafi era

is intensifying with Islamist

groups arguing they have a special role to play. The

revolution has created some powerful new folk heroes here. Among them, Khaled He spent years fighting in Afghanistan. He knew Osama bin

Laden. He was captured by the

Americans, held by them for Americans, held by them for two

years, and says he was tortured. Now he says Libya's

former Islamist fighters want

to join the new mainstream.

TRANSLATION: I think dialogue

is the best way. We need to

speak to each other and, God

willing, we will reach agreement. The Libyan people

need space to choose the kind

of government they want. Libya's political Islamists may be free to

organise now, about you in that

new freedom they have appeal to public opinion. And although Libyans may be deeply

religious, they show little or

no appetite for Islamic

government As you see, the Libyans are always moderate.

Extremists - this is not the

place for it. Plibans have been

denied free expression for decades, but the mosque and state belong to separate realms seems deeply rooted here.

TRANSLATION: We are Muslims. We

are moderate by nature. We

cannot accept extremism. We are well educated we know what we

are doing. We want our Islamic

culture but not in an Islamic state. Something remarkable and

rather hopeful is happening

here. People are free for the first time in

demands. A generally

pluralistic national dialogue

is emerging. No-one knows what

dangers lie ahead, but for

there seems to be a chance that

democracy might take root in

this deeply religious desert

Republic. To other stories

making news around the world:

The head of Brazil's The head of Brazil's Olympic committee says Rio de Janeiro

will have to spend more than

expected to stage the 2016 Games. Almost been allocated to build new infrastructure. A readvised

figure should be available by

year's end. And an evangelical

pastor and 60 of his followers

remain holed up in a church in

Cuba nearly six weeks after

retreating inside the building.

A local Catholic missionary

says the pastor and his congregation are just on congregation are just on a

retreat. When a farmer in

Northern Ireland agreed to lend

his farmer to a pop film he had no idea what he was

letting himself for. Rihanna

turn up and traffic ground to a

halt as crowds gathered to see

her. There was so much of her to see, that the farmer asked her quite simply to

cover-up. One of the world's

biggest pop stars in a barley

field 10 miles from Belfast. Rihanna chose the County Down countryside to shoot the music

video for her latest single.

Local people couldn't believe what they couldn't believe they were

seeing so much. She later took

off more layers. The farmer

then asked for the filming to

stop. Today he explained stop. Today he explained why. I

felt things were becoming

inappropriate. I asked the

filming to stop at that stage. The issue was I felt that

Rihanna was in a more state of

undress than a bikini top. He

says Rihanna was gracious and agreed to leave. Rihanna has

sold more than 20 albums. She is almost as famous

for her outfits as her music,

as she demonstrated during more

filming this afternoon, this

time in Belfast. What she was

wearing and what she wasn't wearing

wearing yesterday has raised

some eye draws here, but some have defended the pop star and

attacked her critics. I think

it's hugely embarrassing. We're the laughing stock of the

world, really. It may all be

over and people will have moved on, but laughing at us. Rihanna's

controversial field trip has grabbed international

headlines, but despite her

global fame, she is not that well-known in these parts. In

fact, the farmer said he had

never heard of her. He will be

remembered for coining some of

the best lines in British

television comedy. David Croft

whose credits including 'Dad's Army' and 'Are You Being

Served?' Has died, aged 89. In

a statement, his family said, "He would you had all been watching."

David Sillito reports. Set the

booby trap up there, sir. I

did, corporal. Good idea, sir,

good idea. 'Dad's Army', a genital, affectionate send-up

of the Home Guard. I mean, the

least sign of danger and my

pussy's hair stands on end. 'Are You Being Served?' Was slightly risque. Beginning

to look like soldiers. 'It

Ain't Half Hot Mum', a reflection on his own war

years. So while you work,

Hitler is at work. David Croft had

had a magic touch for comedy.

Your name will also go on the

list. what is it Don't tell

him, Pike. He just knew what

tickled people, what made

people smile. If you look at

all of the things he was concerned with, what made

families smile. David Croft's

family were actors and he had a go 'Good-bye, Mr Chips' before

becoming a TV producer,

becoming a TV producer, but

everything changed when he met

his writing partner Jimmy

Perry David Croft and I were

together for 42 years. He had had been in show business since

that high. David knew what was

right and what was wrong and he wasn't afraid

wasn't afraid to go up to the

sixth floor "excuse me". There

were battles. ''Allo 'Allo'

jokes about war gave him the

idea of laughing at the Home

Guard He the comment comedy is

a serious business. a serious business. It isn't.

You take it seriously, the Rae hearsing, but you don't have to

be gloomy about it. You stupid

boy. Just a moment. A golden

age of TV comedy. You have been

watching the wit and warmth of

David Croft. To the weather

now, and the satellite shows

extensive cloud crossing central and with a deepening trough and

cloud associated with a strong

cold front surging through the

Bight. A cold front and trough should Bray should Bray rain, strong winds

and isolated shorm storms to Tasmania, Victoria, New South

Wales and southern Queensland.

Snow should fall on the alps.

Showers over South Australia. A

low should cause showers on the

west coast of WA. Around the

capitals now: And a final check now of the


And that's the news for now

on a day when a Melbourne

columnist was taken to task for articles referring to light-skinned Aborigines. There

is continuous news on ABC News

24 and there is also online. Our next full bulletin

on ABC1 is at 7 o'clock this

evening. I'm Tracy Kirkland. Have a great afternoon.

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Live. Today at the National Press

Press Club, one of the

country's top molecular

biologist. Professor Suzanne

Cory is President of the Australian Academy of Science and her work has been

recognised with numerous

awards. Today, Professor Cory

speaks of driving Australia's

economic future through robust science. Ladies and gentlemen,

welcome to the National Press

Club. As we contemplate the

current turmoil gripping the

financial markets and the

economic problems around the

world, it is probably easy to

lose sight of the longer term economic issues facing

Australia, those issues that