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Federal Government's mining tax Live. Tonight, pay dirt - the

breakthrough. Mr Speaker, this

is a very important day in the

history of economic reform in

our country. Warnings of more flight disruption after the

Qantas talks collapse.

Crackdown in Cairo. A dozen

dead as security forces clash with protesters. with protesters. And a young

master passes his Test. Can a

past master do the same?

Good evening, welcome to ABC

News. I'm Virginia Haussegger.

The Gillard Government is

championing in as an historic

and a day for reform. After a year

and a half of trying, Labor has

secured the votes needed to

pass the mining tax in the

Lower House. The three Independents and the Greens came on board today with the

Wednesday. Chief political legislation to go to a vote

correspondent Mark Simkin.

Finally, the answer to an $11

billion question. I'll cut straight to the chase. I have

agreed to support the minerals resource rent tax legislation.

I think we can both say at the

we are both going to support start of this conversation that

it. Tony put his foot down and

I think we have got a Government's agreed to spend

$200 million assessing the

environmental impact of coal

seam gas projects and to lift

the profit threshold at which

the mining tax kicks in,

ensuring only the major miners

have to pay it. My

understanding is that with the

settings like that, that's at a

$75 million threshold, the

phasing complete at $125

million, that only 20 to 30

companies will pay the tax in

full. Which also means the tax

change will cost the Budget will raise less

around $20 million a year which

could in turn cost Labor the

final vote it needs. The bill

will have our support if revenue-neutral so it's up to the Government to be creative. The Government won't

have to be particularly

creative though. I wouldn't

want to limit the Government's

flexibility or its options

here. They just have to find

$20 million? That's right. The

Government reckons it's

definitely doable. Labor sources are confident they'll be able to savings in the Budget and they

plan to announce the details

next month. The mining tax is

now likely to pass the House on

Wednesday. Mr Speaker, this is

history of economic reform in a very important day in

our country. I want to make

the simple point that no

country ever got rich by

hitting itself with more

taxes. He's still vowing to

dump it. 21 days of talks but

no agreement, the Qantas dispute is off to arbitration in a fresh resolution. The unions say

Qantas made no effort during

the past three weeks of

negotiation and they warn more industrial action is before Christmas. It's the

result Qantas wanted - a forced

ending to its long-running

dispute with the unions. This

now means this is at an end,

our customer-facing staff can

go out and encourage customers

to come back. The fair work

umpire will now decide the

final outcome of a wage deal with pilots, engineers, handlers and ground crews. Back

acback from the pilots' union

says no-one could agree on the

main sticking point, the issue

of job security - David

Backhouse. We compromised. That's been rejected by

Qantas. The Transport Workers'

Union wanted another 21 days to

talk but says the airline

wasn't interested. Still,

they're not convinced

arbitration means 81 quan will

now get its way. It's not a win

for Qantas and certainly not a

win for the Australian

travelling public and it's a

kick in the guts for the

one members that we represent. Only

one union was happy fair work umpire decide.

Engineers just want it to be

over. Four or five matters do

remain outstanding and we think at this stage it's probably

best if we go

sort them out. Baggage

handlers will decide on

Thursday whether to join pilots

in challing Fair Work Australia's ban on industrial action. If they're successful,

Qantas could be back where it

started, with passengers facing disruptions. Arbitration is

expected to last several

months. The Prime Minister says complete its mission in

Afghanistan in 2014. Julia

Gillard says training of the

Afghan army's 4th brigade is on

schedule and could even be schedule and could

completed before the end of

2014. The Government has begun planning what happens when

Australia draws down its troops

and remains open to keeping

Special Forces in the country.

Over the next three years,

Australia will complete our

mission of training and transition. Australia will not

abandon Afghanistan. With

civilian and other forms of

aid, the Prime Minister says

Australia will remain engaged in Afghanistan for the rest of

this decade at least. Egypt is

reeling after some of the worst

violence since the overthrow of

Hosni Mubarak. At least 12

people were killed and hundreds injured when security forces

marched on protesters occupying Cairo's Tahrir Square. Parliamentary elections take

place next week but as Anne

Barker reports, many are

unhappy with the pace

democratic reform. Cairo's

Tahrir Square is the

battleground for a whole new

uprising, this time against

Egypt's military rulers who took power from Hosni Mubarak.

Protesters ran for their lives

as security forces stormed the

square to drive them out with

tear gas, batons, even bird

shot. But after initially

fleeing, hundreds returned to

the square determined to stand their ground. They are

re-establishing the old regime

and we don't want the old regime, we don't want

revolution and we are generals of Mubarak. We did the

continuing it. The army moved

in to back up the police. At

times resorting to

Only those in the act of prayer

were spared. Nearly 1,000

past two days. 2-wheel people have been wounded in the

ambulances rushed them to

makeshift hospitals. We didn't makeshift hospitals.

expect we would return to the

same place we used to work in January against the form

regime, fighting the same regime. Nothing changed. The

protesters set up camp days ago, depending Egypt's military

power to a democratically rulers move faster to hand

elected Government. Egyptians

go to the polls next week in

the first round of

parliamentary elections Hosni Mubarak's regime was

ousted but it will take at

least three months to elect a

new Government and military

ruler will still retain considerable powers at least

until a new President is

installed which could take

until 2013. We need civilian

rule. We need a President we're

all agreed on. We need a constitution before the

elections that will get rid of the regime. With the political temperature rising in Egypt,

protests like these are bound

to grow. Syria is defying intense international pressure

to end its crackdown on unrest

as the country edges towards

all-out civil war. This latest

footage, yet to be verified,

appears to show protesters

under attack from security forces. Dozens more activists

were killed over the weekend

while an Arab League deadline

to end the violence passed

unheeded. The Government has

dismissed a plan for hundreds of Arab of sovereignty. We're not

talking about the most peaceful

demonstrations, we are talking

about militant. Whenever you

have militants, you have killing so the role of the

Government is to fight those

militants in order to restore the stability and to protect

the civilians. The Arab League

has rejected changes Damascus

requested to the monitor's plan

and as called an emergency

session on the crisis. The Canberra telecommunications

company Transact has been sold

to a Perth-based provider. Last week, amid

speculation, iiNet sought a

halt to trading on the stock

market. Today the $60 million

sale was confirmed. Transact has thousands of customers

around the ACT and regional

Victoria and employ s hundreds

of workers. It says the sale

will benefit all parties as

Jessica Nairn reports. It's

been described as a win-win

situation for both companies

and their clients. We see this

as going from strength to

strength for our customers, for

the community, for our staff and for all stakeholders. IiNet

has paid $60 million for the

Canberra telco, cementing it as

the second major player in the

lucrative DSL broadband lucrative DSL broadband market. Transact operates in the ACT,

key been and regional Victoria

with around 140,000 product

customers. It's guaranteed

their contracts won't be

affected by the purchase. The contracts for all customers

will continue to be in place,

in fact, if anything, we'll

have an enhanced service with iiNet's service proposition. The jobs

of hundreds of Transact workers

are safe too with iiNet

promising no redundancies, at

least not in the short-term. This is a business that's going

to operate as a to operate as a stand-alone

entity in Canberra and as usual

of course that may mean there's

changes in the staff over the

next year or two. Industry

experts say the purchase makes

financial sense as the roll-out

of the national broadband network has changed Transact's

business environment. The firm

says while this was a factor,

it wasn't the main driver for

the sale. Transact's value's increased significantly over the last five to

as a consequence investors were

looking for an exit. And the

ACT Government which has an 18%

stake through ACTU is on side. It will It will mean a small dividend

return increase in our dividend

return through ACTU but it

largely has very limited financial implications for the

Territory. The sale could have

greater implications for

Transact's several sponsorships

such as the Canberra Capitals

and Tropfest but iiNet says it

will honour those commitments.

It's official, rookie Bourke is joining the ranks of

the Gallagher ministry after he

was elected un opposed by the Labor

Labor Party Caucus this

morning. Dr Bourke joined the

assembly just five months ago,

replacing the replacing the retiring Chief

Minister Jon Stanhope. He's the

first Indigenous MLA and now

the Territory's first

Indigenous Minister taking over

the portfolios of education and

training, industrial relations,

corrections and Indigenous

affairs. This is a very big

thing for me to be embarking

upon and Indigenous affairs something I've been involved

with all my life and it is one

of the things that has ipshaed the person

the person and in my

I have to say the last five months have been tough. Four

Ministers and I think this will allow for a more reasonable

spread of responsibility. The Chief Minister will take over

Territory and municipal

services in the reshuffle and

Joy Burchh will have the added

responsibility of gaming and

racing. And the Government has protection services in response

to a critical handling of

children in emergency care. The

changes have been welcomed by

the report's author. The

Government's handling of children children in crisis has been

criticised widely but now

there's some praise. I'm

pleased it's not a defensive approach,

approach, that it's a positive

approach with acceptance of our

recommendations. It's virtually unprecedented. In her interim

report, Anita Phillips

highlighted widespread problems ranging from where housed to management within

care and protection service and the Government has accepted

things need to change. Most importantly, what we'll be

doing is establishing a reception centre and a group

home to ensure that children when they're taken into

emergency care have somewhere

safe and sensible and the

amenity is right for those circumstances. Bonus payments

will be introduced to try and

retain front-line staff. The

directorate will be

restructured with clear rules and procedures on where children are

will be a new unit for handling complaints with an independent

panel to review it. Something

that I've heard directly that

carers would appreciate. If

you could do all of those

things that would be

improvement but we are

constantly looking for foster

careers and the reason careers and the reason you

don't keep foster carers and

they're treated so badly by the department. We haven't tackled

the issue of a properly funded

round the clock service. But

funding a second wider review of the system has been agreed

to. The task will be shared

between the public advocate and the the Auditor-General. The death toll from Friday's nursing home

fire has risen to seven. The

latest victim are, an

82-year-old man, died today in

hospital. On a positive note,

the nursing home operator has found accommodation for all of

the survivors. The scale of the

tragedy continues to mount.

79-year-old Obana died yesterday while 82-year-old

Caesar Galea became the seventh

victim, dying in Hawkesbury

hospital. This community

traumatised by the death, pain

and bereavement and betrayal. Police have charged

nurse Roger Dean with murder. It's It's a huge shock to the church

where he'd occasionally visit

and his former boss. Surprise,

shock, I can't tell you the emotions and I can't tell you the emotions of all of the

people involved in our

organisation. The company has

given the survivors money to

replace possessions lost in the

fire and there's also support

for the nursing home's workers. workers. We've confirmed with

staff that we will be paying

all of their wages, we do not

want them to worry. They will be be completely supported by our organisation. They are victims

in this. We're family. We come

to work to look after people

and now they're not there anymore. That's still hard.

The Premier has called for a

review of the police checks on

employees and safety standards

in the nursing homes. The

Police Commissioner says the system is robust. seen this over recent years. We

have lifted that significantly.

If this needs to go further

then I'm sure we'll take it

further. A memorial service

will be held at the Quakers Hill Anglican Church on

Wednesday morning. China banned

him, Germany embraced him. Now

the dissident Liao Yiwu, Liao

Yiwu, has made his way to Australia to tell stories his Government doesn't want told

and he's warning Australians

not to trust China's laws. Liao

Yiwu has been on the move most

of his life, from 7 when his

parns were in prison during the

cultural revolution, he was a

street urchin. Now in his gift

50s, the poet is Stateless and in exile from China. Through an interpreter

interpreter he said he left

China 4 months go after

obtaininging a German visa but

risks arrest if he returns. Six

months ago he was to appear at

the Sydney writers' festival

but he was refused permission

to leave China. His absence was

represented by an empty chair.

Feels like a bit of a triumph have someone sitting in it.

He's here to read from his book, 'The Corpse Walker',

about China's down-trodden.

It's a class he feels part of after after being imprisoned for

writing a poem called Massacre

about the hundreds killed in

Tiananmen Square in 1989. He

said that changed China

forever. He says through industrialisation the country had become the world's biggest

rubbish bin and its people

obsessed with money. The poet

is among many artists blook-listed including his

friend, the Nobel friend, the Nobel laureate, Liu

Xiaobo. He remains in jail.

Liao Yiwu doesn't resile from criticising ing China.

compares it to a wolf. This is

what I'm telling you, the

Australians - be careful, be

aware. Look at the wolf in his

eyes otherwise he will jump up

and bite your neck. With such

strong words, the poet seems

destined to keep moving for a

long time to come. Spain has country to throw out its

Government because of the

Eurozone debt crisis. Voters

deserted the Socialists in

drove s and

Rajoy of the centre right's

Popular Party as the next Prime

Minister. The incoming

Government has promised to

confront Spain's severe

economic problems. Its

unemployment rate of 22% is the

highest in the industrialised

world and the nation is

expected to head expected to head back into

recession next year. Australia

isn't the only country looking

at a resource rent tax. China

has introduced a tax on big oil and gas companies to

damage they do to the

environment. As Stephen McDonnell reports,

McDonnell reports, it's

designed to pay for

environmental programs and the development of development of sustainable industries. Remote parts of

western China are a rich source

of raw materials but those who

live and work there remain

quite poor. These areas are also also heavily polluted now and

the Chinese Government says big companies

companies must pay for their

damage. China's introduced a

national resource tax which

hits the oil and gas industries the hardest.

TRANSLATION: The impact on

companies is huge. The tax is mandatory and they'll have to

pay it even though they're not

happy. The tax for oil and gas

companies is initially set at

between 5 and 10% of bulk

sales. It's said funds will go

to the resources are extracted to

be used for environmental repair and to establish

sustainable industries. It will

cost the companies billions of dollars but even more in the dollars but even more in the future. We're considering

gradually raising the resource

tax level. First we establish

the mechanism, keep the level

low to minimise its initial

impact then increase it step by

step. Yet China won't hit its

big oil companies too hard as

they're hugely profitable and owned by the of of China's State-owned resource companies are based

along this street in Beijing.

The size and grander of their buildings are a the great wealth these

companies have amassed but none

of them would be interviewed

for this story. The Government has told them to pay the tax

and they'll just have to cop

it. Other resource companies

know they're next in line with

coking coal already partially

hit by this resource tax. To finance now and the local shark

xt the Australian Dollar went

backwards again today,

reflecting the weakness in

markets around the world.

Here's Alan Kohler. Markets haven't had haven't had to worry about America's debt for a while,

only Europe's. Now we have to

worry about both again. The

so-called super committee of

Congress tasked would finding a

compromised slution to the use

Budget deficit during the

kerfuffle about the debt

ceiling in August is apparently

about to announce it won't meet

the deadline of this Wednesday

and no big surprise that agree but everyone is sick of

talking about Europe so this will dominate headlines this

week. In Europe, the

technocrats running Italy and

Greece are doing what technocrats do but at least

there are no dead lines for a

while. In Australia, the market

sainged a 3rd of% with biggest falls among resources leaders

and banks, parl Rio Tinto and

ANZ. Bluescope still can't find

any support is has hit a new

low while David Jones fell

3.5%. On commodity markets, the

price of Tapis crude in

Malaysia fell more than

while the spot gold price eased

again. Speaking of oil, here's

one to boil your blood. The

margin between wholesale and

retail petrol prices has

widened and is close to its highest ever level after the

national average retail price

went up last week even though

the wholesale price fell. The

Australian Dollar is trading

slightly lower than this time

Friday although it did sneak

above parity again today for a

while. Tonight's chart comes

from a speech by Reserve Bank assistant governor today,

showing the changes in which basically measures how

much money they've been pump

nothing to their economies to

keep the banks anote. Australia's has shrunk because

the banks are OK, while the

Bank of England and the US Fed have tripled the amount of

assets they hold. The European Central Bank has doubled when arguably it should have

tripled. That's finance. A key

witness in the NRL witness in the NRL match-fixing

investigation says he lied in a

police statement about player manager Sam

manager Sam Ayoub. A

lower-grade player now says

Ayoub did not tell him the

match in question had been up. The back-flip came on the

opening day of a hearing opening day of a hearing of

charges against former player

John Elias. Karl Hoerr reports. Brad Murray's evidence was

brief but explosive. Would you

like to explain why you lied to

the police? Did you feel under

that much pressure that you

couldn't tell them the truth?

The former Parramatta player,

who never made it to the top

level, told police he placed

bets for ub Sam Ayoub on North

Queensland scoring first with a

penalty goal in round 24 last year. The 21-year-old also

claimed Ayoub told him the

bets should be placed at match had been set up and that

different agencies. Today, he

told a magistrate that both of

these statements were lies, explaining,

explaining, "I felt I was put

under pressure and I thinking clearly." Murray under pressure and I wasn't

sought to blame his ex-club,

saying he felt it was the only

way he could save his career.

Despite the focus on Sam Ayoub,

John Elias is the one facing

court this week. TAB Sports Bet's Glenn Munsie said Elias

got phoned him and said, "You've

got a big mouth." When Mr Elias was involved in the Munsie

betting scandal, Elias said in

a text message, "If you are telling me you are not spreading the rumour, I have to

believe you." Former Bulldogs

player Ryan Tandy gave away a

penalty early in the match and

has already been convicted for

his part in the attempted scam.

Brad Murray's original version

of event was a key part of this

investigation. Just what impact

his latest evidence will have remains to be seen. The hearing continues. Australia heads into

the final day of the second

a chance of a win which would square the series. Teen-aged speed isser Pat Cummins dealt

Australia back into the match

while a timely with a 6-wicket haul overnight

while a timely half-century from Ricky Ponting may save his

career and the Test for Australia. John Hayes Bell

reports. If a question mark

hangs over Ricky Ponting's Test

future, the former skipper did

as much as he could to remove

it on day 4. The 36-year-old

came to the crease with

Australia teetering at 2/19,

needing 310 to win and for an unbeaten half century.

He has pounced on that. It may

be the knock which saves his

scalp. Just as importantly, it revived

day which started with the

Proteas in a commanding

position. At 18, Pat Cummins is

just half Ricky Ponting's age

but he also answered the call, removing AB De Villier who'd

added just two to his overnight

tally of 71. Ponting was the

fieldsman for Ashwell Prince's

run-out. Here's

Hashim Amla completed his 14th

Test hundred. Another

century. Then became Mitchell

Johnson's only dismissal of the

innings. He's got him. After

lunch, video reviews confirmed

Vernon Philander was out.

Cummins' haul grew with the

very next ball but there was

resistance from Dale Steyn, he

made 41 to steady the innings.

South Africa lost 7/110 and

Cummins became the youngest

player in Tests to take five or

more wickets on debut. Australia's run chase got off to a shocking start when Shane

Watson fell for a duck and Phil

Hughes edged after making just

11. But Usman Khawaja was a

steady number steady number three. He and

Ponting turned the tide with a

122-run stand. They seemed

likely to bat out the day until

Imran Tahir deceived Khawaja.

Clarke and Ponting came off in

poor light. Australia needs 168 runs runs on had final day runs on had final day for victory. Four years after it

was turned off, the High

Court's water feature is

running again. Returning the

fount tonight its former glory

has been no easy or cheap task.

The court could only find replacements of the distinctive

granite tile in Italy. Massive underground rainwater tanks

were also installed to keep the fountain flowing even in times

of drought. Here's a man who's

very pleased to hear that, Mark

Carmody with our weather news. Nice to see the water flowing again but thanks and good

evening. There was a decent fog

around Belconnen this morning

but not so down in but not so down in Woden. That

was brought to town by a light

south southeasterly. It cleared though when the wind changed to

the north and then it was fine

and sunny for the rest of the


Thick cloud covers the

majority of inland NSW and this

is bringing showers and the odd

thunderstorm which will possibly produce something

around here tomorrow. A trough

over NSW is being wedged

between a high in the north

Tasman and another one in the bight remain almost stationary there

for the next few days, rutting

in showers on and off for a

while. There's also a cold

front coming up from the south

which will keep the maximums in


This flower is from a

grevillea which can grow to a 35m-high tree. Thanks, Mark.

Looks like it might be a fine

night tomorrow night for the

lung cancer vigil at Old

Parliament House. Before we go

e, a brief recap of our top stories - the Federal Government has gained the votes

it needs to get its mining tax

through parliament, securing support from four cross-benchers. And Fair Work Australia will have to try and arbitrate a new wage agreement

for Qantas pilots and ground

staff after their negotiations

with the airlinal failed that.

Rrts the news for now. But stay

with us for 7:30 with Leigh

Sales and Chris Uhlmann. From me for now, goodnight. Sales and Chris Uhlmann. From me for now, Closed Captions by CSI

Tonight - renovators beware.

You could be affected by the so-called third wave of the

asbestos threat. If you find

asbestos in your home you

should seek out the

And the latest challenge for

Jessica Watson. Something that

was certainly on my list of

things to do. I think she'll

give them all a good run for their money.

The parliamentary year is

drawing to a close, but the

fights are far from over.

Today's brawl was about the $11

billion mining tax. The

coalition is implacably opposed

but the government's won the

support of the Lower House

independents in ex change for