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doing time for failing to pay a

fine. Locking up a woman with that - who's a primary care

giver of six young kids who is

7.5 months pregnant with another child who ended up being born in custody being born in custody just

makes no sense. Rolling out a new strategy for the Murray Darling. We do not want to go through what we've just been through. And weaving magic in

the classroom.

Hello and welcome to the

program, I'm Jessica Van

Vonderen. Imagine living in country where you could Vonderen. Imagine living in a

country where you could be

picked up off the street and

sent to jail without sent to jail without going

through a courtroom. Well, you

do. Early this year police in Brisbane took a

up for 7 months. Her so-called shopping centre and locked her

crimes were unpaid fines, mostly for traffic offences, some dating back 10 Accumulated during a time when some dating back 10 years.

she was homeless. She she was homeless. She was

released from jail only after the prison er's legal service

took up her case. Now the legal

fraternity in Queensland is

calling for a permanent change

to the system to make sure

no-one goes to jail without the

approval of a judge or a magistrate. Susan Bebbington is walking her children to the park.

Something she couldn't do for

7 motion of -s months of this

year while she was behind bars

for the nonpayment of old

fines. Susan's 6 children were fines. Susan's 6 children

at home with her partner on 20

March when the police picked

her up at the local shops and took her straight to the Beenleigh watchouse. Astonished. I didn't know what

to do. She wasn't allowed to

pick up a tooth brush or say

goodbye to the children. I knew

they were right but with their

him dad, but it was really hard for

him too being sick. Susan's

partner is an insulin dependent

diabetic but somehow he managed

to keep the family in tact

while she spent 3 months in the

Brisbane women's prison and 4

centre at Albion. She's a very months in the Helena

good mother and deserved to be

at home with her children. The

only reason why she was in

prison is she

money to pay for her fines, prison is she didn't have the

of which were money to pay for her fines, 60%

fines. Susan had wracked up

$26,000 worth of fines, many of

them during a period of

homelessness in her teens. Her original family disinti grated

when she was 6 and she spent

foster homes where she says her childhood moving between

foster homes where she says she

was abused. She had her first

baby in Grade 9 and was

homeless when that relationship

ended. He left us and then ka -

- Kattani got taken off me

after that, and I was on the streets. How long were you streets. How long were you on the streets? Ages, staying around everyone's house that. around everyone's house and

For people who work with the

homeless this is a familiar

biography of life-long

disadvantage. Very high percentages of childhood trauma

of sexual violence. Lawyers from the

Homeless Persons Legal Clinic

say 70% of homeless people have

unpaid minor fines with an average value of $5,000. The

prisons aren't full of extremely hardened criminals

who pose a safety risk. The

vast majority of people

prisons have committed very vast majority of people in

minor criminal offences and

criminal offences that we would

say don't actually cause social

say don't actually cause social harm. Tamara Walsh has spent all her working life researching the connection

between poverty and

homelessness. She said Bebbington could homelessness. She said Susan helped by Brisbane's helped by Brisbane's essential -

- special court. The - special circumstances court. The special circumstances court makes a genuine effort to

in with services. But this

taken before any court at 28-year-old mother of 7 wasn't

all. I think it's outrageous that someone can go without a court considering that someone can go to jail

their circumstances. Locking up their

a woman who's a primary care

giver of 6 young kids, who's 7.5 months pregnant with

another child who ended up

being born in custody just

no magistrate would have makes no sense. I believe that

actually sentenced her term of imprisonment. Susan

gave birth to baby Fabian while

she was in the Brisbane Women's

Prison. I had a really bad

birth with Fabian in there and you never get over that. I was

handscuff - handcuffed during

my ultrasound. Handcuffed

during when I was in labour. It

was horrible. It was the most

hardest birth I've hardest birth I've had. Them being on their own. Corrective

services denies she was hand cuffed

lobby for the rights of women lobby for the rights

in prison say it's a battle they've been having

they've been having for

years. We have a pregnant woman who then gives birth in

handcuffs. You know, Corrective Services have been very

to us that that policy exists

no longer but it obviously does exist. Sister s inside alerted the prison legal service to Susan Bebbington's plight and they secured her release within

a week. We did, unfortunately

too late. I think that she should have

should have been out a long

time before or better yet she

should never have gone to prison. When she months the State Penalties

government department Enforcement Registry, the

responsible for locking her up. Made her an offer Made her an offer she couldn't

accept, that she pay half the

and pay off the rest on her amount 06 her fines $10,000,

release. Susan didn't have and pay off the rest on her

$10,000 but she did have an idea of her own and wrote to the Department from

jail. Asking, yeah, if I could

do half of my time and then be

let out and pay the other half off. But, yeah, they never gave

off. But, yeah, they never gave

me an answer, they never told

me whether they would do it me whether they would do it or

not. In the letter responsibility for the debts

and begs to be released to look

after her family. She thought

she'd been paying off the fines in installments from her Centrelink benefit since Centrelink benefit since 2004. I told Centrelink that I wanted them to take money out

of my payment but because I did

not sign a form they didn't

start it and I thought it had

already started. I didn't know I had to sign a form. The

prisoners legal service

followed up the letter and

secured the deal that had Susan

released with $1,600 still

owing. When a Sunshine Coast engineer heard

he paid the outstanding fine immediately. It was shock and

horror for me to think that,

you know, we're in a democratic

society in the best State in Australia and the best part of

the world and we've got this

crazy law that sends people crazy law that sends people to jail without - I mean you could

be in the back of Russia in

some communist state you'd

understand that but not in again calling on the State

Government to introduce the

system used in Victoria where

every fine defaulter's case is

reviewed by a magistrate. I

think that anyone

to jail for their poverty and without a court making that

decision I think that's

something that none of us should find should find acceptable. No-one

knows who made the decision to

issue warrants for Susan Bebbington's arrest. It's not a

court, there's no openness, there's no transparency, there's no public in any way. There will

be other people I'm sure after this has been aired that they

will come forward. We need to expose the faceless people that actually have this power. Attorney-General Paul Lucas says the State penalties enforcement registry has a

cross department committee that decides when warrants should be

issued. He said they tried to contact Susan more than 100

times and made two payment agreements that weren't you must have compassion more

than anything else but you also

must have consequences for the

actions that you undertake. If

you don't have that then people

will do those actions in the future without future without any regard of

the consequences of others.

Meanwhile, Susan is trying to

pick up the pieces. Hasn't

fully wrecked my family but me

and my partner have a lot of problems too now after Because his sister passed away when I was in jail. She hung

herself and then he hasn't had

time to grieve and he hasn't blamed me for being in jail

still it's made it a lot harder for us. Paying rent and with only

only a limited education, she

just scrapes by from week to

week while the State has spent a fortune locking her up. Taxpayers spent $61,600 incarcerating

this woman. It hasn't solved her problems in relation to employment, it hasn't stable accommodation, it hasn't

drawn her or her family out of

poverty. In fact it's made all

of those situations a lot

worse. Next week worse. Next week the Murray-Darling Basin Authority

will release its long anticipated

anticipated plan for a

sustainable future. Last year sustainable future. Last year a

guide to the plan received such a hostile reception from irrigation communities that it

was quickly withdrawn while two

separate inquiries were held.

Now after 10 months of

consultation, a consultation, a revised plan is

ready along with a new strategy

for rolling it out. Mike Sexton

reports. If there is any irony

in the politics of water then

it's that the latest attempt to

find a sustainable future for the Murray-Darling Basin takes place as the rivers and

wetlands are flushed. Seems to take the urgency out of take the urgency out of the

discussion and that's a concern because we all have short

memories. The blouerring and Burrenjuck

dams outside Canberra that feed

the Murrumbidgee River are at 90% capacity while the Hugh dam

is at 93%. With the irrigation season well under way allegation farmers this year is vir

schully 100% as water is

released from these dams. What

you will see with that is a lot

of plantings of annual

croppings, so things like rice

and cotton will generally only

be grown when water is absolutely abundant as it absolutely abundant as it is

this year and in terms of

droughts and flooding rains we're very much in the flooding

rains part of the cycle. It

isn't only the crops that isn't only the crops that are

getting a big drop. Over the

next few months more than 100

litres of water will be

released for the environment.

One place to benefit will be

the Barmah Millewa forest the largest stretch of red gums largest stretch of red gums in the country that straddles the NSW/Victorian border near Deniliquin. Native fish have

been breeding and have had enough food to grow into bigger

fish. We've had red gum that have had a big drink for the

first time in a decade or

We have also had some of the salinity being flushed from the river system which is also really good thing. Next week the Murray-Darling Basin Authority releases its draft

plan, a document devised during the worst drought in recorded history and one that seeks to find a balance

competing needs for water. We are of the view that are of the view that we're heading into a dryer climate and we need to have water balanced differently so balanced differently so that

the environment is more resilient

resilient in the next drought

rkts whether the next drought

is two years away or 12 years

away, we do not want to go

through what we've through. For better or worse

the enduring image of the Basin

Authority's first attempt at a

plan was it being torched in the streets of Griffith in the streets of Griffith in the NSW NSW Riverina by angry irrigators fearing they would

lose as much as a third of their water it intolements.

That was only a guide to the

draft plan. Now after 10 months

of consultation a revised plan

will be released next month. The Authority chair Mike Taylor

resigned in the wake of the

backlash and was replaced by Craig Knowles low-key approach to the release of the plan. Major players have

all been briefed on what to

expect including NSW irrigators

council CEO Andrew council CEO Andrew Gregson. We know the majority of the impacts that will be visited in

the southern connected system, that's

that's the Murrumbidgee, the Murray and the Goulburn

primarily in percentage terms

you're still looking at a similar size reduction similar size reduction in productivity water availability

in relation to the guide. Given

those similarities I those similarities I expect the response from response from the communities will be very similar as well. The major criticism of the previous Basin guide was it

drew on science drew on science without addressing the social and economic impact of economic impact of water changes. The science said 4,000 gigalitres was needed to keep the rivers in good health. It now seems that figure will be

initially set at 2,800. initially set at 2,800. New South Australian Premier South Australian Premier Jay

Weatherill says he won't sign

up to a deal he believes is

inadequate. His State has born

the worst of the environmental damage from the stressed basin

particularly at the Coorong and so dire that 5 species of

native fish were taken from

shrinking wetlands and bred in captivity until water returned

to the system. At the moment

both the fish and the farmers

are getting enough water. But

next week the basin Authority

begins its attempt to find a long-term formula for long-term formula for them both

to cohab Tate. And the

Queensland Government says early indications are

Queensland will have to return at

at least water back into the basin. The natural resources minister Rachel Nolan says Queensland Rachel Nolan says Queensland is

committed to doing it bit to

save the river system and

calling on all States to play a

constructive role. constructive role. Queensland's State library records our past

and present and this weekend it

hosts an artist who has spent

his life recording large cities

along with the tiny details

most people are too busy to see.

I think there is an absolute murmur, murmur, a very exciting murmur

that's going on at the moment. Excitement usually accompanies Stephen Wiltshire

when he comes to town. Today he

arrived in Brisbane and the

first thing on the first thing on the agenda was

to see the city. He's obviously surveying the city and the

architectural structure of architectural structure of the

city and the landscape and then be able to replicate exactly

what he sees on canvas. And

that's rare. F Free hand

architecture and map drawing are disappearing crafts. But

Stephen Wiltshire has another

skill that is indeed very rare. Typically we see artists who will take photographs first

and they will take a number of photographs photographs from different

angles and then they will go

away and paint or draw or, away and paint or draw or, you know, digit

know, digit atlogical lrk dy

digitally draw and come back to

the site later, make sure they've got it right, tweak. Stephen Wiltshire used

only his memory Andi phone to

record extraordinary and

extensive detail. Zooming in on this image of Tokyo and just

the accuracy to which he looking at London and Rome and even Sydney where he's been

previously and looking at how

he's drawn even the windows he's drawn even the windows in and the grass and people and cars and just it's mind cars and just it's mind blowing

and it seems like it's an

absolute snap shot in time,

which it is. It's a moment in

time in a city and being able

to appreciate that. Over 4 days at the State library at the State library of

Queensland he will draw the

city scape of Brisbane. I think

for Brisbane to have an

opportunity to meet someone

his life and be able to overcome those and actually

harness this gift and use it for good is Stephen Wiltshire is one of

only 100 savants in the world.

A genius who at the age of 3

was diagnosed with autism.

Stephen from a very young age

had difficulties growing up and

obviously relating to his

autism and from reading his

biography and talking to biography and talking to some

of the people surrounding him,

you know, that drawing was the

only way to calm him down and

so there would be times where

he would just sit in the corner

of the room and just draw and

draw and draw and that would be

a way for him, I guess, to reflect on the experiences that

are going on in his life and a

way to deal with the mass too

of everything that was happenling around him. Around,

you know, you know, 5 or 6 years of age he was actually expressing this talent of absolute detail talent of absolute detail and

it was the life around him at

the time and of course as the time and of course as that interest grew then, he tested his abilities, you

know, flying over a particular city, taking, you know, city, taking, you know, looking

at landscapes and being able to

draw those and so this skill

has grown and grown over time.

It makes me feel good. I think

from the day he was born it was in his genes to do it. There

was no doubt what he was going

to do. Speech wasn't his first

protocol so protocol so his vocabulary and his way of expressing himself was through art. Sometimes we

take for granted our gifts and we take for granted where we live and who is surrounding us

in our community and so for us to actually take this moment to celebrate another human celebrate another human being

and to celebrate their gift it

is an extraordinary and I think this is, you know,

a moment for Brisbane. It is

once in a lifetime. Stephen is

once in a lifetime.

A Queensland school is using

a bit of saucery to help cope

with life inside the classroom.

They've employed a magician.

He's not teaching trickery but

lessons in life. how are you? Good. Come on

in. On a week day morning at a

small school on Brisbane's

outskirts a outskirts a quiet transformation is taking place. Now you know the drill,

you have to stand there and put

a big smile on your a big smile on your face, right. With a little bit of

magic these children are

getting a head start in life

and school. A lot of these

kids come from underprivileged backgrounds. One parent or immigrant families, sometimes homes. One of they're from troubled homes. One of the easiest ways to get the positive good

feelings is to smile. But this performance

kids vital life lessons. I like

to embed messages of confidence

building, of building, of building

self-esteem, of resilience, so

many, so many good messages you can give them and the great

thing is the kids think they're

getting ice cream but I'm giving them brussel

sprouts. Julian Mather is the first an Australian school. When I

talk to my kids at home they don't listen to me. When teach

ers talk to the kids quite often they're not listening all

the time but when a third party

comes in and that third party

is using engaging magic like I

do, it gets kids' attention. Once I've got their attention

then I can slip those other

little messages that parents

and teachers find hard to

impart to the kids. And

impart to the kids. And I've noticed almost immediately Julian started working with the

children was this increase in

confidence and that's what the

kids tell me that they

much more confident. The much more confident. The idea

for a magician in residence was

sparked last year when Julian

Mather came to Burrowes State School for a one-off magic show. Teacher Raelene show. Teacher Raelene Pettigrew

whose Grade 3 class was made up

of a high number of children with troubled home lives and anger management issues saw an instantaneous effect on her

students. They would listen to

a story about an angry child, the

called Angry Arthur and the

children related to this so

strongly I had hardly listening to the story and then

at the end I just looked at the class and the boys and the

girls were just looking girls were just looking with their mouths open saying - and

one of the boys said, "I one of the boys said, "I feel

like that." And then Julian

came in and worked with the

magic just giving them power to communicate, to try again. It

was just an utterly transformational. transformational. Raelene

Pettigrew believes the program

works so well because until now

many of these children didn't have

have a strong male role have a strong male role model.

Guys, I need my 5 cent piece

and my pen back at and my pen back at the

end. Which - many children

have maybe just females in

their lives or boys wanting to

be Julian or like Julian and

the girls always say they want

him to be their father. If you

you. When you come back up he will look back up at

will look back up at you. Over

the course of his 8-week program Julian Mather has seen

a positive change in a positive change in the students. Yeah, I have students. Yeah, I have seen a change in the kids. From change in the kids. From day one, I remember on day one particularly there was a young

boy who was sitting right there

and I asked the kids what did

you do on the weekend and this

boy with a sense of bra Vlad o

said on the weekend I got into two fights in football and I got banned from the got banned from the junior football league. Anyway, during

last 7 weeks I've seen this boy develop. He's been the one person who's really taken person who's really taken this,

he's particularly taken the card trick. He's said, he's

told me when I

feel calmed. It gives me a

chance to focus my anger and my energy. Sometimes if energy. Sometimes if you're

angry you just calm down and

relax and get taught magic tricks. Sometimes he teaches

you if you want respect give

respect and then if you respect and then if you do that

you might learn some more

tricks. And you might magician when you're older. His

tricks trigger feelings that

are happy feelings. And the

smiling, really kept me calm

around other people. When they

were doing bad stuff. But it's also improved their academic

performance. In just one

semester the program has

boosted school attendance and

vastly improved literacy rates.

F Often we will do a

what is the life lesson and what we've learnt today. I feel

this program can give kids a

head start because if you're

enthusiastic about anything in

life that can take you a long

way. If the Brisbane Roar beat the Perth Glory tomorrow the Perth Glory tomorrow night they will establish the longest undefeated streak in undefeated streak in the history of Australian history of Australian sport.

It's now been 35 matches It's now been 35 matches since Ange Postecoglou's team Ange Postecoglou's team tasted defeat and they can thank a remarkable German import for some some of their success. Midfielder Thomas Broich has done it

done it all in soccer including international honours with his

native Germany and 7 seasons in

the Bundesliga. He spoke with sports reporter Glenn Palmer. Since arriving last year

Thomas Broich is now regarded

by football commentators as the best import to have played this country.

Now fans have a clans to - chance to learn more of a probing documentary that

covers a period of 10 years. It

was meant to go on for 2 or 3

years but the way my career

developed it turned out

differently. We had to go for a

long, long time and fortunately

we had this happy end in

Australia. For 11 years your

life was like an open book, did

you find it much of an

intrusion? Yeah, it was massive. Put a lot of pressure on on me actually. It kind of interfered with my career too

but on the other hand it's

pretty unique project. I would do things do things differently definitely. definitely. I was a bit stupid.

I was a bit of a rebel and I

kind of ruined my career. How

did you get on with cameraman? He's did you get on with your

living in your shadow 24 hours cameraman? He's basically

a day for 11 years? Yeah, it's

all about trust, I guess. And

actually I became close friends

with the director. He was almost like my psychologist at times. I had to open up

otherwise it wouldn't have made

sense. So I really had to trust

the guy. Broich is an enigma.

At age 19 he was touted as the At age 19 he was

next German superstar but in

the ensuing years Broich was torn between his career in

soccer and his love of the

arts, philosophy and classical music.

music. In Germany he was nicknamed Mozart. The

Bundesliga staff, German youth player is life that balance? Yes, player is life about finding

there's a lot of pressure and

at times it can be really

frustrating so you've got to

find something off the pitch

that is fulfilling and I was

always pursuing other

always pursuing other things

and after all this there's a

life after my career too so I

want to be prepared for that

too. Did you finally find that

inner peace, that harmony, that

balance in your life when you

joined the Brisbane Roar? Football is under the radar but the big

sports obviously rugby AFL and so it's a quiet sports obviously rugby and the

environment, it's a good environment to work in and I environment to

guess I was just lucky too. We

were just lucky to play for

this team, to be here right now, yeah, it's priceless. It's pretty cool. And that's the

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