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There being 36 Ayes and 32

nos, the matter is resolved in

the affirmative. Order. The

carbon tax clincher. The Prime Minister says it is a win for

the environment. The Coalition

vows to repeal it. Michael Jackson's doctor found guilty

of involuntary manslaughter.

Avenue overhaul. A bright new complex with community gardens

to replace a Canberra eyesore.

Are they still good enough?

Three sporting legends looking to re-live their glory days.

Good evening. Welcome to ABC After years of debate, News. I'm Virginia

Australia will have a tax on

carbon will be eight months. It

came to a head today when the

Senate finally passed the Government's carbon pricing

regime into law. But the

Opposition isn't taking yes for

an answer. It's vowed to fight

the tax all the way to the next

election and scrap it as soon

as it can. Chief political as it

correspondent Mark Simkin. The

carbon crusade's burnt several

Australian political leaders.

Julia Gillard could be the next but today she achieved something the others couldn't,

even when pricing carbon was

pop laur. An. There being 36

resolved in the Ayes and 32 nos, the matter is

The affirmative. (APPLAUSE). Order.

The public galleries

applauded, the Greens ed but Labor opted for low-key celebrations. Today we have

made history. After all of

these years of debate and

division, our nation has got

the job done. From the middle

of next year, there will be a

carbon tax under the Government

she leads. Starting at $23 a

tonne. Today's vote is a win

for Australia's children. Not

to mention the Gillard

Government. The bill's passed

without amendment after Labor

and the Greens gagged debate. The Green tail wagging

Australia voted at the last the Labor dog. The people

election for a power-sharing Parliament. They weren't

Parliament. They weren't able

to end the argument. You will

wear your flagrant breach of

promise to

people like a crown of

thorns. Grow up. Grow up.

Accept the verdict of the

Senate. It is pathetic. It is

absolutely pathetic. What a

joke. The divisions are so

deep, the sides can't even

agree on what day it is. This

is an in famous day in the

history of parliamentary democracy in great day for Australia and a

great day for this planet earth

vote was heard around the upon whom we all depend. The

world. The parliamentary fight is

over but the political brawl

isn't. It is the greatest

sell-out since Judas Iscariot

took 30 pieces of silver. The

Coalition is vowing to repeal

the tax if it wins

Government. We have stated our

at case against the carbon tax and

not a defeat, it is an

adjournment to the next

episode. There will be no ri

recision of the legislation. Even the heavens recision of the next

are clapping. Tony Abbott calls

it the fight of his political

life but rather than being

ringside, he flew to

Britain. We have had Opposition Leader fly off with

his tail between his legs. What

a spineless retreat. The

Government avoided the public

back slapping that greeted it

in the Lower House but behind

the scenes, there is hope.

Labor's primary vote is

creeping higher. It is back

above 30% for the first time in

months.

There are now fears the

Eurozone debt crisis may engulf Europe's third largest economy, Italy.

Italy. A jump in interest rates Italy. A jump

on Italian bonds has spooked

the markets. As Emma Alberici

reports, political uncertainty

is making matters worse.

European

meeting in Brussels have a new

and dangerous challenge ahead.

Containing the debt crisis

that's threatening to infect

Italy. The third biggest economy in the Eurozone. We

have to increase the capacity

of the emergency fund. That's

very important. But it's not

debt worth $2.5 trillion, there the only thing. With the public

is not nearly enough money in

the emergency fund to rescue

Italy should it need help.

Protesters have taken to the streets of Rome carrying fruit

bowls, a symbol of the PM's

long party that the people say

they're now having to pay for

in higher taxes and cuts to services. TRANSLATION: The

vote on the State's Budget is

on in Parliament tomorrow.

Let's hope that, with this vote and the latest defections

within Berlusconi's party, this

we can go to the polls as soon Government will finally

as possible. Stocks on the

Milan exchange jumped 2.5% as investors bet that Silvio Berlusconi's days as Prime

Minister were numbered. But the

PM used his Facebook page to deny rumours published in his

own newspapers. Back in

Brussels, the Greek Finance

Minister was talking up the new

government. After a difficult national unity

week, we have now a new political

political frame in political situation, a new

Greece. Lucas Papademos tipped to take over as the new

Prime Minister of Greece. As

head of the Greek Central Bank

he helped the country adopt the

Euro. He'll have to work hard

to avoid taking them back to the drachma.

Michael Jackson's doctor has

been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter almost

2.5 years after the singer's

death. The jury unanimously agreed that Conrad Murray

contributed to the singer's

death by administering a powerful America correspondent Lisa

Millar reports. There was

barely a flicker of emotion from Conrad Murray as the

verdict was read We, the jury

in the above entitled action,

find the defendant, Conrad

Murray, guilty of the crime of involuntary manslaughter. He

earned $150,000 a month caring

for the month dubbed the King

of Pop. Now he is facing jail

over his death. Watching it

all, the Jackals who wanted with

of the verdict? Wonderful.

Justice was served. Michael was watching over us. Outside

court, Jackal fans burst into

cheers and song I'm just so

glad that justice has been

served. Thank God. I'm so happy

for the Jackal fagely, his -

entire Michael Jackson fan family, his children, the

base. We are elated. The jury

took just nine hours to decide

the doctor was negligent and

reckless in giving the 50-year-old singer drug to help him sleep. Los

Angeles, we see in examples of

high-profile people succumbing to their lives because of addictions. They are often

times aided and abetted by

unscrupulous corrupt doctors.

Fair warning to them. The 58-year-old cardiologyist was

denied bail. Dr Murray's

reckless conduct in this case

poses a demon strabl risk to

the safety of the public. He

will be sentenced at

the month and could face up to

four years in jail. It seems

the technology is outstripping

the service capabilities of the nation's Telecommunications companies. There has been a

huge increase in complaints to the telco watchdog. Consumer

groups say it is time for new

laws and tougher penalties to

keep the telcos in check. A keep the telcos in check. A 10-day trip to New York would

be a dream getaway for many but

for part-time Hannah Stanton, it led to the

phone bill from hell. $7,500,

just huge. It cost more than my

trip. Ms Stanton said she trip. Ms Stanton said she was

careful but occasionally used

global roaming to access the

Internet. I don't think I was

really told how expensive using

your phone for even a short

amount of time really is. The Communications Consumer Action

Network is examining her bill

and the bills of many, many others. Almost 200,000 customers lodged complaints

with the telecommunications

Ombudsman in the past year, up by

by almost 20%. Most are about mobile

mobile phones. We have seen increased increased complaints about

billing disputes, we have seen

increased debates about

unexpectedly high bills. With

smart phones and other mobile

phone s, increased complaints about faults. The industry spokesman John Stanton says a

massive increase in the use of

smart phones and tablets was a

big contributor. What we saw was the use of data, particularly

on mobile devices. That drove a

number of complaints. The

telecommunications industry

says it has been a

disappointing year but things

are improving and that a

proposed new code of conduct will

will offer consumers more

protection than ever before.

But that still involves

self-regulation. We believe

that unless the regulator steps

in and regulates, introduces a standard determination that's

linked with penalties, the

level of complaints will not go

down. The consumer groups says offending telcos should face

fines of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Environmentalist Tim Flannery

has warned the coal seam gas

industry to weed out its worst

performers if it wants a future

in Australia. His intervention

came as one of the country's

leading wine regions told coal

seam gas companies to stay away. We ask you to present that to Parliament. Bruce Tyrrell is one best-known names in the

Australian wine industry. Armed

with an 11,000-strong petition

from the Hunter Valley in

he has joined the fight against

coal seam gas. We have to

maintain the integrity of our

specialist land use areas and

the integrity of the waterways.

If we don't do that, the whole of

of society has got serious

problems. All across the

country, in the bush, and even

in the centre of Sydney, similar petitions similar petitions are being put together. But State Governments may well want the

cash. In NSW, the government

has no plans to ban gas near the wineries of the Hunter. I

can't answer you that. It is

far too premature. The

strategic land use assessments

are under way but they haven't

been under way for very long. I imagine it is more than a

one-year process. Today the

head of climate commission brought the discontent direct to the

companies. He warned some

companies had alienated farmers

in rural 'areas. There are reputational reputational risks, risks to the environment and they need

to be taken into account. I

think the industry is on a good

trajectory. It has the credibility of its past

performance. It is one of the

old industries we have in the

world. With coal seam gas wells coming to communities all over

the country, many will soon

experience it first hand. US Presidential hopeful Herman

Cain is in more trouble over

his personal life with another

woman accusing him of sexual

harassment. Sharon Bialek said

she had dinner with Mr Cain in 1997 to discuss a job but

afterwards he made an unwanted advance. He suddenly reached

over and he put his hand on my

leg, under my skirt, and

reached for my genitals. He

also grabbed my head and

brought it towards its crotch.

I was very, very surprised and very shocked. The 65-year-old

Republican candidate denied the

accusations when the scandal

broke a week ago. I have never sexually harassed anyone and those accusations are totally

false. Ms Bialek is the fourth

woman to accuse Mr Cain of

sexual harassment. A terrorist

who once struck near into the

hearts of governments has gone

on trial for a series of

bombings nearly 30 years ago. The 62-year-old Venezuelan dubbed Carlos the Jackal was taken taken from jail to a Paris

court where he was accused of

masterminding four deadly

attacks in France in the 1980s.

He was smiling and defiant

during the hearing, describing himself as a professional revolutionary when asked to

state his occupation. His wife,

who is also his lawyer, said he

was fighting the charges but

was not well. He is in jail

since he was kidnapped in '94 and he is rather ill, he is

diabetic, but he will diabetic, but he will fight the

best he can. The Jackal, whose

real name is Ilich Ramirez

Sanchez, is already serving a

life sentence for a triple murder.

50 years after they were

built to house public servants,

the Northbourne flats are

coming down. Well most of them.

The bulldozers will spare a few

blocks to serve as reminders of their heritage value to

Canberra. The flats, which line

the city's main avenue, will

make way for a new complex that will will include cafis and veggie gardens. They are a Canberraise

icon for the wrong reasons. The

Northbourne flats have seen better

flats are half a century old.

They are up for repair or replacement. Built with young

families in mind, they were

once an attractive housing option for public servants. The

arc techure was seen as quintessentially Australian,

described as described as unaffected, uncomplicated and search for sim policety. Today

the search might take you to the local artwork. There wouldn't be a Canberran who sees the needs to renovate

certain areas. From 40 entries,

this came out on top. this came out on top. Most blocks will be torn down with

seven preserved for their

heritage avenue but the main

avenue will get a face lift

with the buildings replaced

with glass and brick towers. I'm not surprised the

jury was unanimous in choosing this as the

population of the flats will

triple to around a thousand and

public housing will be blended

with private residence s. Cafis

and community gardens will also

be included. A place that does

excite people to both live and

form a community. The existing

tenants have been promised a

place in the new development. A slightly more glamorous gateway

to the capital. The

services club in Manuka had a

unique delivery today. A solid

indication of the club's

intention to rebuild. A Leopard

Tank was carefully positioned

at the front of which was engulfed in flames earlier

earlier this year. It is one of 30

30 retired tanks rolled out to

services clubs across Australia

to serve as monuments to the nation's nation's military

history. We're the last tank to

be installed, as you can

imagine the fire put us back some

some months. I guess that's

where the idea that perhaps it

wouldn't happen came

35-year-old tank has never seen

action. I think came close

during the East Timor campaign but

but I think the decision was made it made it was probably too large

a stick to wield. The Manuka

Club plans to rebuild next year. The Federal Government's

inquiry into the Australian

media held its first hearing

today. One of the first

submissions called for the break-up of Rupert Murdoch's

domination of the newspaper

market. As Kerrie Ritchie reports, the Greens pressed for

the inquiry after the 'News of the World' phone hacking

scandal in Britain. Rupert Murdoch's been visiting

Melbourne but disappointingly, he didn't make he didn't make an appearance at

the hearing. Instead, the head

of the inquiry, former Federal

Court judge Ray Finkelstein,

made it clear he was running

the show and said the Federal

Government hadn't dictated what

would be investigated. Those issues have been left entirely

up to me. The inquiry is taking a close-up look at Australia's

media, but only allowed in to film the

first 10 minutes. Academic

Robert Manne told the hearing

he is deeply worried about the lack of diversity in

Australia's media. I think

something like 25%, 30%, something in that range should

be about the maximum for a

nation of this size and complexity. Another Melbourne academic told

academic told the hearing it is

clear News limited is running

an agenda against the Labor Government. The Government does

deserve to have an opportunity

just be constantly under the

gun as they seem to be,

particularly in the

'Australian'. The publisher of web-based news site Crikey

suggested suggested changes be made to

the Australian Press Council

which was set up before the Internet explosion. Eric

Beecher says when mistakes

occur, those wrong deserve an

immediate right of reply

instead of waiting months for an apology in a newspaper. We

can do that with the Internet.

If that started to happen, I

think the result of that would

be more self-regulation. The Opposition doesn't expect anything inquiry. It was founded or

started as a means of having a

whack at News Corporation

because Julia Gillard and Bob

Brown were unhappy with the coverage they were getting. After getting. After two days after public hearings in Melbourne,

the inquiry moves on to Sydney.

The inquiry has to report back

to the Federal Government by

the end of February next year.

The Federal Opposition is

demanding an investigation into

a botched $200 million Government broadcasting

contract. The tender process for the overseas television

service the Australia Network

has been abandoned after

repeated leaks about the merits

of both bidders, the ABC and Sky News. The Gillard

Government is extremely

disappointed that the tender process was compromised by

leaks. This is why the Gillard

Government has called in the

Australian Federal Police. The

Opposition also wants the

Auditor-General called tender, which should have been done rigorously, with complete probity and integrity, has

fallen foul of vicious in-fighting within the

Government between Kevin Rudd's

office, Julia Gillard's and

Stephen Conroy's office. The an

mossty between these players is

so intense that you have seen all the strategic leaking

designed to advance the

interests of one or the

other. The ABC will continue to run the Australia Network while

the Government comes up with a

new process next year. To

market recovered modestly today

in line with gains in the US

and on some European markets.

But as Alan Kohler reports, the gold price is on the move

again, closing on $1800 an

ounce. In fact, last night in New York

New York the gold price got as

close to $1800 an ounce as it

can get - $1799.99. As the

chart shows, the price has

broken out from the three-year

trend line that's taken it

800 to $1800 an ounce in a

relatively straight line, apart

from the time in August and

September. With Italy in

trouble to the tune of

trillions and no institution

with enough money and no austerity sufficient to do anything about it, money

printing is back on the agenda.

Gold, the safe alternative to

printed money, is on the rise

again. On the share market today, gold miner Newcrest went

up, unsurprisingly, and there

were some drastic action among

retailers. Harvey Norman and

Billabong rose strongly while

Myer headed south at the of knots. Some evidence today

that all the turmoil in Europe

is having an impact on the real

economy. Retail sales fell 0.7%

in September. The chart Shows

European retail sales in real

terms - removing the effect of

price rises . The line is back

to where it was in the depths

of the crisis in 2009. As a

performance on the you weran share market - European share

markets last night. The Italian

and Greek markets went up as

they went about booting out their Prime Ministers. France

and Germany remained mired in

an existential funk. The

Australian dollar fell a bit.

That's finance. It has been

another disappointing day at if

pool for Ian Thorpe. After

struggling in Singapore, it was

the same story at today's heats

in Beijing. Thorpe failed to make make the finals in the 100m freestyle as well as missing qualifications in the 100m

individual medley. It is almost

absurd to even think that you

can return to the pool after

not swimming a lap

years and expect to be winning

things. Thorpe is expected to

take the plunge again at this

weekend's World Cup meet in

Tokyo. Former world number one

golfer Tiger Woods says all is

for given after his former

caddy made a racial slur against him . Woods has in Sydney for the Australia

Open. Steve Williams made the

remark about Woods at a private event

event last Friday night. Woods

says he wants to put the incident behind him. He incident behind him. He did apologise. It was hurtful, certainly but life goes

forward. Steve is certainly not

a racist, no doubt about that.

It was a comment that shouldn't

have been made. Woods says he

is injury-free and playing to

win in Sydney. He will begin the tournament on Thursday

equal favourite with Australia's Adam Warne will come out of

retirement next month to play a

Twenty20 season with the Melbourne Stars. The leg

spinner retired at the Indian

Premier League in March but he has signed a deal to play the

whole season for the Stars in

the new domestic Twenty20

series this summer. The

42-year-old says he was 42-year-old says he was also

approached by other clubs but

wanted to play for his home

town. I wouldn't be going into

this and playing all nine games

hopefully without a sense of

confidence in my ability that I could go out there and make a difference. Melbourne Stars

open their season against the

Sydney Thunder at the MCG on

December 17. Joe Frazier was one of the greatest heavy

weight fighters of the 20th

century. Even though he was the

first fighter to defeat

Muhammad Ali, he spent most of

his life in his rival. Joe

Frazier died today of cancer.

He was 67. He will be

remembered for the three fights with Ali in the the epic Thriller in

Manila. Known for his

relentless fighting style, it

took cancer to beat Joe

Frazier. The man who slugged it

out with Muhammad Ali in one of

boxing's all-time great bouts

has died at the age of 67. It

will be a thriller. When I get

to Manila. That was the final

fight in the trilogy of their fights. It was a fight that was

as brilliant as it was devastating. Eventually stopped

by Frazier's corner in the 14th

round. The trainer of Joe Frazier wouldn't allow Joe to

go out and Muhammad Ali was on

the other side and they were

contemplate ing whether he

should go out. It was a classic

brutal fight. Smokin' Joe

Frazier was born in South

Carolina in 1944 and 1976

became World Heavyweight Champion

been stripped of the title when been stripped of the title when

he refused military service. In

1971 the pair was matched 1971 the pair was matched for the first time

Square Garden. Later deemed the

fight of the century, Frazier

was declared the winner via

unanimous decision in the 15th

round. There was a relatively unknown Australian connection

in Frazier's career. In 1964, Australian heavy weight

champion Athol McQueen knocked

Frazier to the canvas at the Tokyo Olympics, only for Smokin' Joe to recover and win

the bout. He fought hard, he

had a hard life, hard upbringing. He was still doing

it pretty tough right to the last. The man with the

trademark brawling style is

said to have died peacefully

while in hospice care having

battled liver cancer since

September. In one fight he broke Muhammad Ali's jaw. He

floored him. Not too many did that. Joe Frazier will go down

as one of the heavy wait

weights. With the weather, here

is Mark Carmody. Thanks, good

evening. The sound on the rain

on the roof was

The radar is showing a rain

band from west of bylong. In

the state capitals today:

This rain isn't quite done yet as the cloud as the cloud band is thickening

as it moves across the State.

It is associateed with a

low-pressure system and a high

in the Tasman will direct warm

winds down into our region and

the combination of the two will

result in more instability tomorrow. Nationally tomorrow:

The national rainfall will be

mainly down over the south-east tomorrow. The winds will tomorrow. The winds will be

warm north-westlies so it is

going to be another warm sticky

one. The regional rainfall tomorrow

tomorrow will develop in tomorrow will develop in the

west and move across throughout

the day. So tomorrow across the

border:

Virginia, this tropical weather requires frangapanni with a little bit

of status. It smells beautiful.

That is a dazzling tie Mark. It

was given to me by my friends at the SES to celebrate SES week. SES, State Emergency

Service not the senior

executive service of the

AFP. The controversial carbon

tax legislation has cleared its

last hurdle. It will become law

from next year. The deepening Eurozone crisis

to engulf Italy with the

leadership of Silvio Berlusconi

teetering on the brink. That's

the news for now. You can keep

up to date 24 hours a day an

ABC News online. Stay with us

for '7:30' with Leigh Sales and

Chris Uhlmann. From me for now

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scandal livening up the race to

the White House. He also

grabbed my head and brought it

towards his crutch. And the

Australian prawn fishermen

fighting to stave off cheap

imports. My father was a

fisherman and I'm a fisherman

and one day my son may be a

fisherman, so we want to make

sure something is left for the

next generation. This Program

is Captioned Live. After years

of ran Kerr rouse division,

Australia will have a carbon

tax. The Government's clean

energy bills passed the Senate today. The Climate Change

Minister Greg Combet spoke with

political editor Chris Uhlmann

earlier, and we will hear from

him shortly, but first a