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The man dealing with

complaints about the government

faces one he can't fix. The

Queen goes boating on her first

full day in Canberra. Suburban

safari. Lions and tigers on the

loose in small-town America. I

gave the order on the way here

that if the animals looked like

they were going out, they went

down. And worlds collide at an

illegal travellers camp.

You sent riot police in to a

load of women and children. Shame on ye!

Hello. Welcome to ABC News

across Australia. I'm Ros

Childs. The local share market

is down around 1%. European

debt and lower metals prices

are weighing on stocks so the

All Ordinaries is off nearly 57

points.

More finance later in the

bulletin. First to Canberra,

where the Commonwealth

Ombudsman Allan Asher is today

expected to announce his

resignation following a week of

political pressure. The

independent watchdog has this

week apologised for secretly

scripting questions with Greens

senator Sarah Hanson-Young for

a Senate committee. Allan Asher

says his actions were an error

of judgment. The government

says the Ombudsman has failed

to uphold the standards

expected of his office. It's

the first full day of the

Queen's visit down-under. She's

been seeing the sights of

Canberra as she begins an 11

day tour that will also take in

Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

Melissa Clarke joins me now

from Lake Burley Griffin. It's

a pretty relaxed pace. What's

been the schedule so far? Well,

ever since arriving in Canberra

last night the Queen has been

taking it easy, but the events

start in full force today.

She's already had a formal

audience with the

Governor-General Quentin Bryce

at Yarralumla, the Queen's

residence. She then jumped on a

boat the admiral's barge which

Governor-General's residence she took from the

which is on the shore of Lake

Burley Griffin and travelled

several kilometres along the

lake-front where hundreds in

not thousands of Canberra

residents had lined the shores

for the chance to glimpse the

Queen. She then arrived here at

regatta point, where she will

enter Commonwealth Park for the

Floriade festival. She came

through about half an hour ago

hand has been taken through the

gardens including world

renowned tulip gardens and

Australian native flower

displays as well. As the main

part of her tour she's also

meeting volunteers for the

Floriade festival. Later on

today she will go back to the

Governor-General's residence

and see some of the gardens

there. So for the first day of

the Queen's visit, it's had a

very outdoor nature to it.

What's the plan for the rest of

the four? Tomorrow the Queen

will meet with the Prime

Minister Julia Gillard and the

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.

So some formalities tomorrow. Beyond that she will be

presenting the colours to the

Royal Military College at

Duntroon, a ceremony they've

been holding off until the

Queen has been available to do

it personally. She will also

visit the Australian War

Memorial here in Canberra. She

will have a day trip in

Brisbane where she will meet

with victims of Queensland's

emergency services floods as well as some of the

emergency services workers who

helped out during that crisis.

She will head down to Melbourne

as well and open the new Royal Children's Hospital there. And

at the end of next week she

will head over to Perth for the

Government meeting which will Commonwealth Heads of

round out a week and a half

long trip to Australia. Has

there been much noise from the

republican camp so far? They've

been very quiet this time

around. There's been much abuzz

particularly in Canberra for

the Queen's visit and an acknowledgement that it may

well be her last given her age

and the less frequency with

which she can come to Australia

these days. Given the consensus

at Parliament House with both

the Prime Minister and the

opposition in agreeance that

now is not the time for a push

for Tony Abbott, not now, not

ever for Julia Gillard, not at

this moment in time. This is

being seen as a welcome visit

for the Queen but not a time to

reopen the republican debate.

Thank you for that. South

Australian Labor Leader Mike

Rann is today performing his

final duties as premier. Mr

Rann will move to the back

bench tomorrow after almost 10

years as premier and 17 years

leading the State party. He was ousted by faction leaders in

July and will be replaced by Education Minister Jay

Wetherill. But Mr Rann says he

won't be a spoiler in the new

government. I guess the thing I

I've always been is most of all

loyal to my state and to my government and my party. That's

the way I've always been. Mr

Wetherill will be sworn in as

premier tomorrow. Authorities

in the US were forced to shoot

dead dozens of animals,

including 17 lions and 18 rare

Bengal tigers after their owner

set them free. The killings

have been described as a

tragedy but necessary to

protect on Ohio community which

was locked down in fear. The

details from Lisa Millar and a

warning, her report contains

some disturbing images. As

night fell, police in rural Zanesville faced an extraordinary task, hunting

down more than 50 animals, many

exotic and dangerous. This is

like not just a nightmare, it's

like Noah's Ark filled with

tigers and lions and leopards

and a few monkeys or whatever

and it crashes here and

suddenly they're out there.

Residents were told to stay

indoors. Scary. You don't know

where they're at. And if the

gonna cops can't catch ep, they're

gonna be running wild, crazy.

The darkness and the sheer

number meant it was too

dangerous to use tranquilisers.

Police were ordered to shoot to

kill. These are wild animals.

Wild animals that you would see

on TV in Africa. The

62-year-old private zoo owner

is believed to have committed

suicide after letting the

animals loose. By morning, most were dead, including

were dead, including 18

endangered Bengal tigers, a

tragedy according to wildlife

experts. I'm sorry this had to

be done sheriff but if you had

18 Bengal tigers running around

these neighbourhoods, you folks

wouldn't want to have seen what would've happened. Schools

remained closed as the hunt

went on. There are two missing

animals hat this time, a grey

wolf and a monkey. It's

unclear how the animals' owner

managed to collect them but Ohio's laws have been

criticised in the past for

being too lax.

It was something like a

medieval battle. Illegal

squatters lined up at the

parapets and police trying to smash their way in to evict

them. For 10 years the

travellers have occupied the

site at Dale Farm in Britain's

Essex resisting all attempts to

move them on there was to be no

dawn reprieve. Shortly before 7

o'clock, police converged on

Dale Farm.

But immediately they faced determined resistance. (Shouting)

They used Tasers to drive

back protesters. Despite

warnings, the eviction would go

ahead, some families with

children had remained on site.

Now they fled their homes.

Police were pelted with bricks

and bottles and battered by

hard core activists. Nearby, burning barricades added to the

sense of mayhem. Travellers

leaders accused police of

brutality. Shame on ye! Ye

didn't promise this, you

cheated us, you said you were

coming in peaceful. You sent

riot police in to a load of

women and children. Shame on

ye!

Today's events are rooted in

a 10-year struggle over 6 acres

of green-belt land owned by

travellers. Part of the area,

34 pitches, is legally

occupied. But there are 51

pitches without planning permission. Removing the

travellers could end up costing

as much ?18 million. I'm

absolutely clear that after 10

years of negotiation to try and

find a peaceful solution to

this, that actually what we're

doing is the right thing. But

as evening approached, violence

flared once more. The battle

for Dale Farm has some way to run yet.

Qantas and the Engineers

Union are back in negotiations

today. They're thrashing out

their increasingly bitter

dispute before Fair Work Australia. 500 flights have

been cancelled and there will

be more industrial action next

week from ground crews and

catering staff. But some say

enough's enough and the government should now

intervene. On-line ticket

seller Webjet warns the dispute

could be cataclysmic for the

travel industry if the Prime

Minister fails to act and

Flight Centre boss Graham

Turner has also weighed in,

saying the government needs to

do something. A lot of it is

just lack of availableable in

the domestic airfares. It's

very hard to get flights

particularly between the major cities, particularly at a

reasonable rate. So it's going

to affect - it is affecting particularly the tourist

market. Obviously the business

travellers are still

travelling. But certainly if

they can book at least a week

or so ahead. But I think it has

serious ramifications and it's

going to get worse. How much

is it costing, you Flight Centre? It's mainly costing us

in the lack of availability in seats when people want them.

There is a fair bit of change,

but we're used to that. We're

largely a bricks and mortar

travel agency chain, so it's

not like the on-line players who probably have a bigger

issue with that. It's really

just a lack of seats that is a

worry and the prices for our

customers. Are you now

avoiding booking passengers on Qantas because of potential

problems? Well, it depends on

the availability. No err with'

happy to book Qantas as long as

there's availability and the

prices are good value. Are you

calling for government

intervention in this and if so

what can they do? I think they

should. I don't know the

details of the legislation, but

I think this is sufficiently

serious, particularly the

ramifications here for the local tourist market which is

already on its knees is - could

actually devastate what is an

industry that's really struggling, particularly in

Queensland. And particularly

since the floods here. In this

dispute, who is right and who

is wrong as far as you're concerned? Are unions asking

for too much or is Qantas just

being too inflexible? Look, I

think obviously there will be

both sides to this argument,

but I think the problem that I

see is the unions actually want

to run or have a say in running

the airline and obviously that's unacceptable to any

business. So I feel some

sympathy for Qantas here. You

support Qantas in their wish to

make unions toe the line? It's

not a matter of toeing the

line. But Qantas management has

to run the the company not the

unions of course. If the unions

- for sure, I think they're negotiating fair rates of pay.

That's fair enough: but not

runneth the company. At what

point, how long will it take

before really it reaches crunch

point for you? I think it's

already there for the tourist industry in Australia, particularly Queensland and I

think the government does need

to do something about it.

That's what we elect them for. Graham Turner, thank you. Thank

you, Ros. Tens of thousands of

protesters have taken to the

streets of Athens to vent their

anger at a new round of

austerity measures being pushed

through Parliament. They will

mean more cuts to public

service jobs, school closures

and will increase taxes on

fuel, cigarettes and alcohol.

The government says in the long

term, the painful measure also

help the Greek population. But

critics say the country can't

take any more medicine. Rachel Brown reports.

Fury has erupted in central

Athens as the tug-of-war

continues between popular anger

and international financial

demands. Crowds outside

Parliament set fire to a sentry

box and their volley of moll

tiff cocktails was met by tear

gas and stun grenades. Around

100,000 people are joining in

the two day strike crippling flights and public transport

and closing schools and tourist

attractions. It comes as the

government prepares to vote on

yet more austerity measures.

The price for continuing

support from other Eurozone

countries and the IMF. The vast

majority of the Greek people

who are not happy and some of

whom are in fact in the streets

today understand that these

measures as terribly difficult

as they

as they are are necessary and will guarantee a better future

for themselves and their

families. But the Greeks say if

change is rushed, the economy

will die and suicide rates will

continue to skyrocket. Greece

has entered into a coma. Which

is deepening. And the more

medicine is being applied on

the patient, the deeper the

coma is becoming. This protest

is the union's last stand

before the weekend's EU

before the weekend's EU summit

on rescuing the single currency

from the worsening sovereign

debt crisis. We don't Greece

creating confidence in the

investors, that it can come

back to a path of stability, it

will not have the necessary

confidence and without

confidence there will be no

investment and no jobs. It's

been nearly 18 months since

Greece received its first bail-out, but its mountain

bail-out, but its mountain of

debt remains at the top of

Europe's agenda.

It's been slim pickings for

scallop fishermen over the past

few years. The industry claims

seismic testing in Bass Strait

all but destroyed a long

awaited bumper crop and

overcautious management is

keeping boats from exploring

other areas. The Australian

Fisheries Management Authority

is reviewing its harvest

strategy has promised

strategy has promised to make

changes next season. The lucrative scallop industry is

fickle at best. But most

fishermen have been happy to

ride out the peaks and

troughs. When scallops are good

they're very good. It's a good

industry to be in. Fishers

were anticipating a couple of

big seasons after the Bass

Strait central zone fishery was

rested for several years but a

few months after seismic

testing early last year,

fishers estimate about 25,000

fishers estimate about 25,000

tonnes of scallops died, worth

about $70 million. While early

research has proved no link

between testing and the

die-off, the industry is

convinced. All age groups of

scallops older ones, younger

ones, the mussels, oyster, everything in that area slowly

died. We've been processing

scallops here for over 35

years. And never experienced

anything like that. The

testing was raised

testing was raised in Senate

Estimates this week. There was

no evidence to suggest there

was any impact of seismic

testing on the mortality rates of scallops. We're following

up with the fisheries research

and development corporation who

are developing a project to

look at a number of fisheries

and the impact on them from

seismic testing. The industry

says the problem has been

exacerbated by the Bass Strait

one harvest strategy. Stuck into

one little box, not able to go

out and look for new beds of

scallops where areas may well

be more productive. The theory

is good and for a couple of

years it worked very well for

us this year it hasn't worked

very well at all. The Fisheries

Management Authority is

reviewing its scallop harvest

strategy hand will make

changes. It may well be too

little too late. As a business,

we've relied very heavily on

scallops and now we're contemplating whether or not we

should actually keep the scal

lon line in. Probably there for the long haul. As long as we

can last. Ha ha ha! They're

hoping the ship hasn't sailed.

Business confidence suffered

a sharp fall in the third

quarter according to a National

Australia Bank survey of more

than 900 firms. Sales, profitability and employment

were um under pressure, yet

strong. A check now of investment intentions remain

strong. A check now of the

markets with Michael Yanda. The

again on concerns about Australian market 13 back down

Nicolas Sarkozy says talks Europe? Yes, French President

about how to tackle the

Eurozone crisis are stuck, and

markets are concerned that

France and Germany won't reach

an agreement ahead of the

Eurozone meeting on the

weekend. They're also concerned

about a downbeat outlook for

the US economy from the Federal

Reserve, and that's kept an

eight day yoyo pattern on the

ASX going with a day of gains

being followed by a day of decline. Today the All

Ordinaries index is down 60

points to 4215 and the ASX 200

has lost 1.5% to 4153. Mining

and energy stocks have been

leading the decline? Yes, crude

oil fell more than $2 overnight

and the major metals index in

London was also down more than

2%. That sent Rio Tinto down

about 2.5% to $63.46. Piblt's

also off more than 2%, and

Woodside Petroleum has fallen

3.5% to $33.83. Wesfarmers is

down on its latest sales

report? Yes, despite sales

rising more than 5% in the

September quarter at its Coles supermarkets, sales are still

falling at Target an Wesfarmers

is forecasting a bad lead-up to

Christmas. Its shares are down

nearly 2% to $31.61. But Telstra is defying the

falls? Yes, thorough 3 c gain

today for the telco offer this

week's vote to approve the

National Broadband Network

deal. That's taken it to 3.21,

the best share price in 14

months. Looking at the other

big movers in the top 100:

To a fall on Wall Street.

Optimism was tested by a

Central Bank report that the US

economy was still weak and by

disappointing profit results

from Apple.

Grandma and grandma may not

be long nor this world. But don't worry, we're not talking

about the people, we're talking

about their titles. The

demographer Bernard Salt says traditional names for

like grandparents and other titles

like Mr, Mr And Miss Are on the

way out. I think it's quite

natural that society changes

its mores if you like. Back in

the late 19th century it was

very common practice to sign

off a letter with the phrase

"Your humble servant". Now

we've lost that terminology, we

just say thank you very much or

yours sincerely. It is quite

appropriate for society to

change the way in which it

refers, the way in which we

refer to each other. It's just

an interesting observation,

that over the last 30 or 40

years, a number of the terms

that we use within the family

seem now to be very much on the

back foot. It's a change

that's being seen in the office

as well as in the family.

Things are much less formal in

the work place. Let's just remind ourselves how things

used to be, here's a little

clip from 'Are you being

served'. I'm looking for a made-to-measure coat. made-to-measure coat. Night.

That case you will require the

services of our Mr Tibbs. Are

you free? Not at the moment. I

must renap this helmet. In that

case I'm sure Mr Mum frees can

help you. I'm free. Good

morning, sir. The customer

would like a coat made to

measure. You no doubt wish to

see some materials, would you

show him a length or two? I'm

sure Mr Lucas and I can sure Mr Lucas and I can find

something between us. Are you

free, Mr Lucas? You just seem

to have caught me in the middle

of nothing. So Bernard Salt,

that's the way it used to be.

Lots of MrS all over the place

now. Now bosses prefer to be

known by their first names.

Does that make it harder for a

manager to impose some north? I

just think that values have

changed. If you look at the timing of that timing of that clip, back in

say the 1960s or 1970s, the

people that were in manage

minute positions at that time

were quite militaristic. They

came from the Second World War.

It was a society that liked to

recognise each revel in the hierarchy. Today we have different values. Bogss in the

office don't actually live in

an office, they might work in an office, they might work in

an open-plan area, where it's

simply impractical to refer to

them as Mr Or Ms Or whatever it

is. It's the great

casualisation of both the

workplace and of society and

it's now being reflected in a

shift in our use of honourifics

or titles. Is this a good thing

or does denote falling

standards? Sorry, that it's a

loss of standards, that may

well be the case. It's simply a

change of standards. It

actually goes further . I think

that within the family, concept

likes uncle and aunty recedeed

in the 1990s. I have heard of

some Jen Generation Y children started refering to their parents by their Christian

name. I wonder how long it will

be before the term grandma

loses relevance as baby boomer

women refuse to be tagged as a

grandmother. Mr Salt, thank

you for joining us. My

pleasure. Every 47 minutes

someone dies from a heart

attack. Doctors say many of

those deaths could be avoided

if an ambulance is called immediately when people have

chest pains. That's the mess

Ang behind a new --

the message behind a new

campaign. Sue Anne Paterson

woke up one morning feeling

unwell but she thought her

chest pain was muscular. She

waited 24 hours before seeking

medical care, then she found

out she'd had a heart attack. I

couldn't believe T I was in

shock. It was a surprise to me

because I had excellent

cholesterol. I have no other

health issues. My weight, my

lifestyle were fine. The Heart

Foundation says people are

still ignoring warning signs of

a heart attack. The message is

very simple. If you think

you're having a heart attack

you get the ambulance to you as

quickly as possible hand they

get to you a hospital as

quickly as possible. A survey

of more than 6,000 people found that one in five wouldn't call

an ambulance because of the

cost. And almost half of those

questioned said they wouldn't

call triple-0 if they had chest

pains. It's very important that

if you're suffering any chest

discomfort are or jaw pain,

breathing difficulties, call triple-0, and we'll send an

ambulance as soon as we can. I

wish coy --

I could have my heart attack again. The Heart Foundation is

launch hag new campaign

encouraging people to recognise

the warning signs of a cardiac

arrest. It's a lesson Sue Anne

Paterson had to learn the hard

way. It turns your life upside

down. You have to get control

back. You lose confidence. back. You lose confidence. She

now volunteers at the cardiac centre that saved her life.

A quick look at other stories

making news around the world. Anti-Gaddafi forces have been

showing off a new contraption

designed to help smash through

roadblocks and barricades. It's

a cross between a bulldozer and

a battle ship that's now being

battle in the Gaddafi outpost

of Sirte. of Sirte. Several coastal

cities in Colombia have been

flooded after hours of

sustained heavy rains. Weather

experts say the La Nina weather

pattern has boosted rainfall in

the country's Caribbean and

Andean regions. And

archaeologists say they've

discovered the remains of a

Viking chief, buried with his

boat, axe and spear on a remote

Scottish peninsula. Most of the

wooden boat and the Viking

bones have rotted away but scraps of

scraps of wood and hundreds of

rivets that held the

thousand-year-old vessel

together remain. Australia has

taken a 1-0 lead in its one-day cricket series against South

Africa. The visitors won a

rain-affected opening match by

93 runs in Pretoria. Ricky

Ponting led the way with 63 as

Australia finished on 4/183.

18-year-old fast bowler Patrick

Cummins was hit for 6 on the

first ball of his spell, but first ball of his spell, but he

later claimed the prize scalp of Jacques Kallis to post

figures of 3/28. The Proteas

were eventually bowled out for

129. Nice to get back into the

rhythm of a one-day game again.

Looking forward to PE. And in

soccer Arsenal and Chelsea

posted wins in the group stage

of the Champions League this

the 9 2nd morning. The Gunners scored in

the 9 2nd minute to beat the

French side Marseille 1-0.

Turkey is vowing to avenge the

deaths of at least 26 of its

soldiers killed in a series of

attacks in the country's south

east. The raids on two Turkish

bases are the deadliest in

years and the Kurdish group the

PKK has been blamed. For the

first time since 2008, Turkish

forces have entered northern

attackers. Iraq in pursuit of the

attackers. Michael Vincent

reports. Turkish forces are on

a mission of search and

destroy. They're bent on

avenging their comrades. And

they're pursuing the estimated

200 Kurdish fighters across the

border into northern

Iraq. Whoever supports terror

feeds it and helps it. Whoever

tolerates it and ignores its

cover the bloody face inhumane attacks and tries to

cover the bloody face of

terror, I want to let them know

at all times Turkey is

breathing down their necks.

That warning is aimed squarely

at Iraq. Two days ago, this was

the scene of a road side bomb

which killed eight including

civilians. Just last week

Turkey asked its southern

neighbour to move on the

Kurdish bases saying its

now this patience was running out and

now this latest attack, the

deadliest in almost two

decades. We will retaliate in

spades against those who think

they've managed to shake the

Turkish nation with these

attacks. They will see that

attacking Turkey with guns will

lead to nothing. You know, we

stand in solidarity with the

Turkish people. And condemn in

the strongest possible terms

these attacks. Despite its anger for

anger for now Turkey's

incursion into Iraq appears to

be limited. Heavy rain

continues to soak Far North

Queensland with some areas

receiving almost half a metre

in the past tree dares. Cairns

has had its wettest day in more

than 70 years. For two days in

a row more rainfall has been dumped than usually falls in

the entire month of October.

between Cooktown Flood warnings are in place

between Cooktown and Cardwell,

and emergency services are

advising people not to drive

through floodwaters after a man

became stranded south of Cairns

yesterday. There could be

debris floating down the river

and it will knock you off the

cause way. It only takes a foot

of water to wash a car off a

cause way or a bridge. South

of Cairns, at the Babinda

Boulders, the rain gauge tipped

more than 250 mm overnight. more than 250 mm overnight. The

rain is expected to ease

tomorrow. A closer look at the

weather now of. The satellite

shows cloud over north east Queensland thinning out ahead

of south easterly winds and

easing the flooding rain in the

Cairns area. A cloud band is

slowly crossing South Australia

with a cool change bringing

showers and storms. Cloud is

reaching Victoria and Tasmania,

with isolated storms. A trough

will generate showers and storms tomorrow over the western and central interior storms tomorrow over the

and parts of the south-east. A

high will keep New South Wales generally dry with warm

northerly winds. Moist south

easterlies on the Queensland

coast will cause a few showers,

mainly in the tropics. And the

forecasts:

for a final Back to the Stock Exchange

for a final check of the

markets. The All Ordinaries is

down 62 point, Nikkei and the

US market are lower. Australian

dollar at 102.11 US cents. And

that's the news for now. There

is continuous news on ABC News

24 and there's also news

on-line. Our next full bulletin

on ABC1 is at 7pm. I'm Ros

Childs. Thanks for joining us

and have a great afternoon. See

you tomorrow.

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