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Now for the Senate - the

Government's carbon tax bills

gets some clear air in the

Lower House The result of the

division is ayes 74, noes 72.

The question is therefore

resolved in the

affirmative. These bills as

amended have been agreed to

Hear, hear! A flotilla of ship

be containers joins the oil menacing the Queensland

coastline There are tugs

shadowing those containers to

the best extent they can. The

United States says it has

uncovered a plot to assassinate

a top Saudi diplomat. The complainant alleges this

conspiracy was conceived and

instigated from Iraq. And a

life-changer for this

couple. All of a sudden you've

got ?100 million - it's just

absolutely mad. Hello and

welcome to ABC News across

Australia. I'm Ros Childs. The

local share market is wiping

out yesterday's gains. Most

sectors are in the red today.

The All Ordinaries is down

nearly 43 points:

More finance later in the bulletin. Australia's turbulent

journey towards pricing carbon

is almost over. After years of

debate and broken political

leaderships, the minority

Gillard Government has managed

to pass 18 carbon tax bills in

the House of Representatives.

The legislation still has to

clear the Senate, but the

Greens-Labor majority there

means that's a certainty in

November. The Prime Minister

has celebrated the occasion,

kissing and hugging colleagues,

including a very public embrace

with Kevin Rudd. Here is

political reporter Andrew

Greene. In the air and on the

ground, this was the day

Parliament declared, yes, to

the carbon tax. All those of

that opinion say aye, contrary

noe. In a series of voting

everlasting half an hour, the

answer to each question came

back the same. All those of

that opinion say aye

Aye Contrary noe. I think the

ayes have T The crossbench

alliance, Tony Windsor, Rob

Oakeshott, Adam Bandt and

Andrew Wilkie held to the end

to pass 18 clean energy bills

delivering the minority Gillard

Government its signature

policy The result of the

division is ayes 74, noes 72.

The question is therefore

resolved in the affirmative.

These bills as amended have

(APPLAUSE) been agreed to. Hear, hear!

Order! Order! Order!. Victory

was sealed with a kiss from the

former leader who failed to get

his carbon package through

Parliament.

government ranks to heckling Elation rippled through

from the other side. In the

end, Tony Abbott's numbers were

defeated. The margin of the

Government's win was larger

than expected because Liberal frontbencher Sophie Mirabella

had been kicked out for 24

hours the night before The-on

rabl Member for Indi is warned.

I name the-on rabl Member for

Indi. Now the House's work is done. Next stop the

Senate Well, everybody, a great

big green day for

Australia. Passage of carbon

bills in the Senate is a form

at set down for November. But even though the legislation is

locked in, the rigour and

political potency isn't

diminished. Tony Abbott may

have lost this morning but

won't surrender until polling

day. Well, for more let's go to

political correspondent Greg

Jennett in Canberra. Greg, a

big day for both the Government

and the Opposition? It is, Ros,

as if the differences that

define Labor and the Coalition

weren't stark enough on this

issue, there is nothing quite

like the finality of a vote on

the floor of the Parliament to

formalise it. There is a real

sense in which the dye is cast. The Government acknowledges

that this is a difficult issue

there is absolutely no turning politically, they say, but

back now and this does

represent something of a win

politically for the Government

to actually carry its band of

four on the crossbenchers all

the way to the finish line. As

for Tony Abbott, well, he knew

this result some months ago and

it as much sets the platform

for his run to the next

election as it does for Julia

Gillard and for Labor, but the

Government is not waiting for

the The to get on with the

actual mechanics of bedding

down this regime. There are

some important administrative

bodies that now need to be set

up to run this tax, and the

Treasurer Wayne Swan has wasted

no time, making key

appointments to those bodies

today. We plan to pass

legislation for the corporation

in the first half of 2012, with

the corporation to commence

operations in mid-2013. Another

very important part of the

reform package will be the

establishment of the Energy

Security Council. This body

will provide advice to the

Government on measures to

address energy security risks

that may arise in coming years. Greg, the next big test

will be the asylum seeker deal

with Malaysia? Ros, that's

likely to come tomorrow,

despite the obvious temptation

to bring it on today at a time

when the Coalition has lost an

MP for 24 hours. That was

Sophie Mirabella as we saw

earlier, but while the cross

crossbench held Solly on the

carbon tax, it's very shaky on

the migration bill. The

Government could just get its

numbers if WA National Tony

Crook splits with the

Coalition. He still hasn't

declared his position on this.

If that bill does go down it

will be the first government to

lose a bill on the floor of the

House since 1929. That is the

peril, after all, of minority

government. Thank you,

Greg. Thanks, Ros. The captain

of the leaking ship that is

leaking oil off the New Zealand

North Coast has appeared in

court accused of causing the

worst environmental disaster.

Bad weather has pushed the

'Rena' onto its side and up to 17 containers have fallen off

the ship and hundreds of tonnes

of oil has leaked into the

ocean. NZTV reporter Garth Bray

joins me now from Auckland It

remains stalk fast on that

reef, about 12km off the coast

of Tauranga, a popular holiday

spot. From what we can tell,

it's stilling at around an 18

degree tilt on the starboard

side. The authorities tell us they're starting to see

defamation which is essentially

rippling on the portside that

is exposed where the plates are

starting to buckle as the bow

remains stuck fast, the stern

enders is working around in the

water in a 4m swell, so things

are very troubling there. They

think around 30 containers have

washed off the top of the deck.

Of course, the question remains

how big a hazard are they.

They obviously can and the

warnings have gone out to

shipping in the area. There is

targets shadowing those

containers to the best extent

they can and also the New

Zealand Navy vessels out there,

but it is a case of shipping in

the area taking extreme care

because of the containers being

around. So, Garth, the captain

of this ship, the 'Rena' has

appeared in court this morning

there. What happened? Well, he

was - he entered no plea to a

single charge of operating a

vessel causing unnecessary

danger or risk. A week ago

today as we learn from the

court documents it was his 44th

birthday. The company I spoke

to who operate this vessel,

said they had a good record

over the last two and a half

years and no incidents and so

on and his name has been

suppressed by the court in case

locals want to take matters

into their own hand, something

that his lawyer might be the

case. There are reports that

locals are getting increasingly

frustrated about the way the

salvage effort has been and is

being handled. What more can

you tell us about that? Well, I

go es it's becoming a more hazardous environment down on

the coast and authorities are

steling people to stay away

from coast. We're starting to

see airborne gob blets of oil,

hitting people on the face when

they're trying to clean up.

Really they're saying is the

best thing is to stay away. A

lot of people - this is a

school holiday period, they

want to get out there and start

cleaning up. They're not seeing

large numbers of people

actually doing that and they're

getting steamed up at the

progress of the clean-up. I'm

very angry. Wie wife has been

telling me to pull my head in a

bit because what do you do?

They're also saying that you

can't clean it up. There is

nobody cleaning it up. We've

got boardriders keen as to help

but if you're not on the

volunteer list, you're told to

step back and let them do

it. An angry surfer and before

that Garth Bray from TVNZ reporting. The US Justice

Department is accusing elements

of the Iran yan Government of

conspireing to assassinate a

Saudi diplomat. Two Iranian men

have been charged over what the

FBI describes as a foiled plot

to hire members of a Mexican

drug cartel to murder the Saudi

ambassador to the US Craig

McMurtrie report. They filed

in to announce the arrest in a

case that reads like a

Hollywood script. A $1.5

million international conspiracy hatched in three

countries to Murph dr a

high-ranking diplomat on US

soil. At the centre of it

according to prosecutors,

Iranian-American Manssor

Arbabsiar. The well funded and

pernicious plot. The details of

that murder plot are chilling

to say the least. The FBI says

the Saudi ambassador was the

target. Other officials say

there were plans to bomb the

Saudi and Israeli United Arab

Emirates Basseys. It's alleged

that in May the 56-year-old

approached someone connected to

notorious Mexican drug cartel

to arrange the killing. In

fact, he was talking to a US

Federal Government agent. We

are living in times where

borders and countries are

irrelevant. The most explosive

charge is that elements of the

Iranian Government were behind

the plot. 'This Morning'

conspiracy was conceived, was

sponsored and was directed from

Iran. Washington alleges that a

co- conspirator, a man called

Gholam Shakuri is a member of

the Quds force, an elite in

Iran's Revolutionary

Guard. This kind of action

which violates international

norms must be ended. Tehran has

flatly dismissed the accusation

as US propaganda. Prosecutors

say Arbabsiar didn't care about

mass casualties when discussing

a bombing a fictional US restaurant, telling the agent,

"No problem. No big deal." His

lawyers say they will be

pleading not guilty. Obama

Administration has already

announced new sanctions on

leaders of Iran's Revolutionary

Guard. A longstanding thorn in

relations between Israeli and

the Palestinian territories may

soon be removed. Israel has

approved a deal to secure the

release of one of its soldiers,

held hostage by Hamas for more

than 5 years. Gilad Shalit was

captured during a militant

cross-border raid in 2006. The

Israeli Cabinet has formally

approved his exchange for more

than 1,000 Palestinian

prisoners held by Israel, a

third of whom are serving life

sentences. We think the deal

that was initialed this morning

in Cairo represents the right

balance. It brings home our

young servicemen and it

protects, we think, in the best

way possible, the Israeli

public from the threat posed by

an unfettered release of prisoners. Supporters of the

soldier celebrated the breakthrough, while

Palestinians flocked to the

streets in scenes of jubilation. The outcome

resolves one of the most

emotive and intractable issues

between Israel and the

Palestinians. The alleged Bali

bomber, Ummah Patek, has been

seen on Indonesian TV sharing

jokes with officials. It is the

9th anniversary of the bombing

and Indonesian police are

hoping to put him on trial over

the attacks in Bali that killed

202 people, including 88

Australians. Matt Brown reports

from Denpasar. For the people

of Bali and its many foreign

visitors, the bombings nine

years ago today blew away the

island's innocence. Now an

alleged key player in the plot

has been seen on television.

Umar Patek, an alleged bomb

maker has been shown on television, sharing the odd joke with police and smiling

for the cameras. He is

re-enacting his crime after the

bombings when he left the

airport in Jakarta with a false

passport. Police often get

their suspects to re-enact

their crimes, but as another

anniversary of the bombing

rolls around, it is a bizarre

sight at odds with the ugly

memories of the attacks. What

could be more galling for the

survivors is that an Indonesian

newspaper has claimed to

interview Patek. He has claimed

that while he knew about the

bombings in advance, he tried

to persuade those involved not

to attack in Bali. That's at

odds with statements from

counter-terrorism officials who

said Patek confessed not long

after he was captured and flown

back to Indonesia earlier this year. He acknowledged that he

was involved in the first Bali

bombing and in the Christmas

bombing in 2000. The senior counter-terrorism official in charge of this investigation

has told the ABC nothing has

changed, but as late as

yesterday Umar Patek

re-affirmed his guilt, but

intrigue about the case risks

enhancing his jihadi folk hero

status. The latest figures from

the housing market are showing

a little more activity than

forecast. According to the

bureau of stats, the number of

loans granted to build or buy

homes in August rose a

seasonally adjusted 1.2%, up

for a fifth straight month in a

row. The economists say level

of new lending remains

relatively low and is only a

little above that seen of the

second half of the 1990s. To

the markets with Simon Palan.

Five days of gains on the

market have come to abend

today? Yes, for the moment at

least, Ros, the winning streak

is over, after some weak

overseas leads. The local

market perhaps apprehensive

after seeing yet another

obstruction to the European

bailout fund. The All Ords is

down 42 points to 4246. The

boss of Rio Tinto says he

doesn't foresee a significant

change in China's demand for

iron ore, but that hasn't

helped Rio Tinto's shares

today, down 2.5%. BHP is off 2%

to $36.60. And Alcoa has

disappointed the market? Yes,

look, Alcoa's quarterly profit

has fallen short of

expectations as worries about

the global economy suppress

aluminium prices and that's

hurting its locally listed

partner Alumina, down 4.7%.

Elsewhere won stock bucking the

trend is Tabcorp, announcing a

first-quarter revenue rise of

2.7% and its shares are up

almost 3% today, to $2.67. More

signs that consumer confidence

may be recovering? Yes, closely

watched measure of consumer

confidence edged up further in

October. The Westpac-Melbourne

Institute index rose by 0.4%.

That's building on a hefty 8.1%

jump in the month before, but

it's very much worth bearing in

mind that the index is still

17% down on October last

year. Let's have a check now of

the domestic market's other big

movers in the ASX top 100:

To Wall Street and a lack-lustre day after

yesterday's powerful rally.

Stocks were little changed as commodity and industrial

companies gained, while

telephone and utility shares

fell. Victorian police are investigating the death of a

woman in her 60s whose body was

discovered off a footpath in

Port Melbourne. Local workers

found the body wrapped in a

blanket in an industrial area

near the Westgate Bridge

yesterday afternoon. Homicide

detectives say a post-mortem

will be carried out to work out

how she died. They say it's

likely her body was dumped

there over the past 24

hours. At this stage I can't

speculate as to whether she has

been specifically placed there

or not, but she was off the

footpath, under some bushes to

the side of the road. Police

say there is no evidence to

suggest the death is linked to

that of a 24-year-old woman

whose body was discovered in a

Melbourne laneway on Monday

morning. In Geelong, police are

also investigating the death of

a person found in a burntout

car overnight. Australian

entrepreneurs have found a

novel way of increasing the

survival rates of stroke

patients. It doesn't involve a

new drug or fancy device, just

simple changes to the care of

patients. Medical reporter

Sophie Scott has the story. Nursing researchers

wanted to see if changing how

stroke patients are managed

could improve their survival.

What they found amazed

them. Well, we were very

surprised and very delighted.

It was a very large

effect. Researchers from the

Australian Catholic University

and St Vincent's Hospital

monitored patients in 19 stroke

units. Half the patients were

regularly checked for fever,

blood sugar levels and their

ability to swallow food. The

rest received standard stroke

care. It's quite

straightforward - we just asked

them to monitor temperature and

to treat quickly and also to

monitor blood sugars and treat

quickly, and then we trained

the nurses to do swallow

scenes. By instituting those

three simple checks, nurses

found stroke patients were more

likely to be alive and healthy

weeks later. Patients who

received our package were 16%

more likely to be independent

and alive at three months

following their stroke. Nursing

researchers say it would be

easy to roll out the checks in

all stroke units, improving

outcomes for patients. This is a study of international significance in that it's one

of the first studies of its

kind in stroke and it has made

even more significant by the

fact that we were not testing a

drug or a device, but

evaluating the effect of good

team work and good nursing

care. They're working with the

National stroke Foundation to

get the checks in as many

stroke units as possible. The

study will be published in the

medical journal the 'Lancet'

today. There has been

widespread international

condemnation of the jailing of the former Ukrainian Prime

Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Supporters were kept well away

from the courtroom by from the courtroom by a large

security cordon as the sentence

was delivered. Tymoshenko was

found guilty of exceeding her

powers offer a gas import deal

with Russia. The court found

too high a price was paid.

After the 7-year jail sentence

was imposed, she interrupted the judge.

TRANSLATION: This verdict will

not stop me. We will fight and

protest my honest name in the

European court and I'm sure

that the European Court of

Human Rights will give its own

legal verdict. Critics view the

trial as a vendetta by her bitter political rival

President Viktor Yanukovych.

European Union and the US have

described the case as

politically motivated, while

Russia has slammed it as

dangerous. The ancient practice

of child sacrifice is alive and

well in Africa. It's re-emerged

in Uganda in recent years with

a report by Christian charity

estimating 900 children there

are among its victims. Many

cases are not followed up by

the police and little is being

done to protect potential

targets. They call him "the

miracle child". A machete was

sliced through Alan's head and

neck in an attempt to behead

him. He was also castrated, the

work of witch doctors, attempting child

sacrifice. Where they cut,

there is a bone missing

here. The 9-year-old's

mutilated body was found just a

mile from his home. It was a

month before he woke from a

coma. Doctors are surprised

Alan survived, but he will need

a lifetime of emotional and

physical therapy. Child

sacrifice - a Juju ritual, was

rare here until three years ago

when it re-emerged, coinciding

with a boom in Uganda's

economy. It's widely believeded

that some members of the new

elite are paying witch doctors

vast sums of money for an

ancient practice in the belief

it will bring them greater

wealth and good health. But

these people do not sacrifice

their own children. The men

Alan claims kidnapped him for

sacrifice live in this village.

They were arrested and released

without charge, but members of

this community have told us

that they continue to take

children and sacrifice

them. Posing as businessmen, we

asked around for a witch doctor

who could bring success to our

local construction project. We

were introduced to this man,

Awali. During the first

meeting, Awali sacrificed a

goat to bring luck to the

business. A few days later we

business. A few days later we

were invited back to his shrine

to discuss child sacrifice

TRANSLATION: There are two ways

of doing this: We can bury the

child alive on your

construction site, or we cut

the child and put their blood

in a bottle of spiritual

medicine. Communities like this

one are backing the charity

Jubilee Campaign which is

lobbying the government to

regulate witch doctors and better resource the

police. No-one from the Ugandan

Government agreed to do an

inaction and interview. The police deny

corruption. Charities claim

that without the full force of

the law, there is little that

can be done to protect Uganda's

children from the witch doctors

that kill for profit. And

Awali, Alan's attacker, remains

a free man. Let's have a quick

look at other stories making

news around the world. US and

British forces have free the

crew of an Italian cargo ship

that had been overrun by

pirates a thousand kilometres

off Somalia. The crew had

locked themselves in a safe

part of the freighter

'Montecristo'. The pirates were arrested. The worst seasonal

flooding in more than a decade

has killed 29 people, mostly

children n Vietnam's Southern

Mekong Delta. It's thought 60,000 homes have been

submerged. Water levels are

expected to remain high until

the end of the month. And a

territorial antelope has crash

tackled a mountain bike rider

during a race in a nature park

south-east of

Johannesburg. Evan Van der Spy

later posted an email message

saying he was stable with

nothing more than a stiff neck

after the run-in. The Socceroos

have moved a step closer to the

next phase of World Cup

qualification after defeating

Oman 3-0 in Sydney last night .

In front of a crowd of 24,000

at the Olympic Stadium it took

only 7 minutes for Australia it

get on the board as Mat McKay

combined with Brett Holman. The

Socceroos increased their lead

in the 64th minute 2-0

Australia. A superb save from Adam Federici made sure the

visitors didn't get on the

score sheet. Mile Jedinak's

goal capped off Australia's

third win from as many games in

the Asian qualifying group. Here is something that

will really distress seasoned

lottery ticket buyers. A

British couple has won ?101

million on the lottery and it's

only the third time they bought

a ticket. The shocked pair

couldn't afford a wedding and

live in a one-bedroom rented flat. Philip Williams

reports. The latest in luxury

wheels, a priceless Egyptian

artefact, sculptures by the

masters. Any takers? Luxury

items like this were pure

fantasy for shift supervisor

Dave daus and his partner

Angela daus, a volunteer. Dawes

with the British heard

Foundation , but their lives

drastically changed last Friday

with a massive ?101 million

lottery win. That's nearly $160

million. We've only played it

three times. The first time I

did it, we got no numbers. So

Ange told me off and said, "No,

it's my turn." She got no

numbers. So we went to a shop

and we said for a laugh, "We'll

take a line each." The couple

are aware their lives will

never be the same We just went

to work like normal people,

lived in a flat, never had no

money, we couldn't afford to do

anything and now all of a

sudden you've got ?100 million,

it's absolutely mad. It's just

a lot of money to deal with, a

lot of things you need to sort

out, a lot of things you never

have dreamt to be able to do. It is the responsibility that

goes with it as well, helping

people. We want to make sure we're doing the right

things. The cost of the 'An Unwinnable War - Australia in Afghanistan' ing ticket, just

?2. The cost of winning yet to

be calculated. To the weather

and the satellite shows extent

tiff cloud crossing the west,

south and with a low pressure

trough, low cloud over Victoria

in the wake of a front and

bright cloud near the

Capricornia coast of

Queensland. A trough in the

east should deepen, causing

showers and thunderstorms to

become more widespread in northern New South Wales, through Queensland and the

Northern Territory. A high

should keep Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia generally

dry. A weak trough in the west

should cause showers and storms

in southern WA. And around the

capitals:

Let's go back to the Stock

Exchange for a final check of

the markets, and it's not

looking too good out there:

Well, that's the news for

now on a day when the climate improved for the Gillard Government's carbon tax which

was passed by the House of

Representatives. It's due to be

voted on in the Senate next

month. And Israel agreed on a

deal to get back one of its

soldiers held by Hamas fighters

for more than 5 years. And New

Zealand has added floating

shipping containers to the oil

hazard caused by a stranded

freighter off New Zealand's

North Island. There is

continuous news on ABC News 24

and also news online. Our next

full bulletin on ABC1 is at 7

o'clock this evening. I'm Ros

Childs. Thanks for joining us.

Have a great afternoon. We'll

see you back here tomorrow.

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today the economic reform

debate. Representing business, Peter Sanderson the Chief

Executive of the Australian

chambers of commerce. For the

National President of union movement, Tony Maher,

and energy union. The economic

reform debate from the National

Press Club in Canberra. Ladies and gentlemen, good

afternoon. Welcome to the

National Press Club and today's National Australia Bank Address and we have a special event

today. We're very delighted to

put on this very important day

future in Canberra a debate about the

future of Australia's economy, particularly the future of

economic reform. We have two