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(generated from captions) Throshing it out. Delegates doing the numbers for the gay doing

marriage vote at the ALP national conference.

Free on bail. The man jailed for murdering his parents released pending a retrial.

Celebrations in Hobart to mark

100 years since Sir Douglas Mawson set off to Mawson set off to Antarctica.

And - Australia fights back in

the first Test against New


Hello. You're watching ABC Hello. You're

News 24. I'm Jane Hutcheon.

First a quick look at the

weather for

Jobs growth and fairness are

national the main themes at the ALP 's

national conference, which is

under way in Sydney. While the

main debate is set to focus on

changing the party's platform to recognise gay marriage, the Prime Minister Julia Prime Minister Julia Gillard

her opening address this avoided any mention of it in

morning. The national secretary

of the Australian Workers Union

Paul Howes says it's up to the party

party to choose the key topics with political correspondent and not the media. He spoke

Lyndal Curtis. At the end of

the day, the major issues about the conference is what the conference

conference actually agrees on.

The media and lots of the people inside the beltway love people inside the beltway love to focus on what the

disagreements are. We should

remember that the vast bulk of

core issues of what Labor the Labor platform is agreed by

core issues of what Labor is

going to do in government. It

is about fairness. That's why it was is about jobs, growth and

incredibly appropriate for the

vision Prime Minister to spell out our

doing in government, but also vision on what she will be

how we can strengthen the Labor

platform to ensure that we

focus on jobs, we focus on

growth. It's been a key issue

for the Australian Workers

Union this year as we've seen

with the ongoing crisis in the

manufacturing industry. I'm

pleased that the government's

focusing on that. I thought it

visionary speech from the Prime was an incredibly strong and

Minister today, and you could

support for the Prime Minister

in the room after she delivered

it. It's also coming from a

government which is predicting a higher unemployment rate next

year. Is cutting back the

year. Is cutting back the

debate that went on the

conference floor this morning

should aim for a surplus, about whether the government

particularly if conditions overseas worsen. Should the

government be prepared to move

on that if it does need to

spend to protect jobs? The view

of our union is that you actually protect jobs by going

back into surplus. The reality

manufacturing industries to is it's in the interests of the

have interest rates come down

and to have our currency come

down. If our government's

that will put budget goes in into

that will put upward pressure on interest rates and upward pressure on hour dollar. So by

delivering the we will see a cut in interest rate, in the value

value of the Australian dollar

and that alone will save tens

manufacturing industry. of thousands of jobs in the

crisis in manufacturing industry. The crisis in manufacturing, the crisis in retail, the tourism is all about currency.

And that's why the Treasurer

he spoke against those was right when he voted - when

amendments this morning and the conference overwhelmingly voted down those that to be economically down those amendments in saying

responsible but to actually

back jobs you need to get the

budget back into budget back into surplus when

it's necessary. It's not the it's necessary. It's not

time to have stimulus packages along the

along the scale of what we had

it's during the global financial

question of uranium sales to are people on the left who are factions lined up, there

support it and people on the

right who disagree with it.

What do you think of it and where do you conference will fall? There are where do you think the

people in both factions that

are wrong on this issue. It are wrong on this issue. It max no sense to me that me as a

minerals rich country which exploits and exports uranium

can sell uranium to the world's

largest dictatorship and

form growing nuclear power in the

form of China but won't sell

democracy in uranium to the world's largest

nuclear non-proliferation despite the fact that the

treaty has been demonstrateed

to be a dead letter treaty

which has done nothing to stop nuclear proliferation and

United States and Canada has

formed arrangements with India

that will protect the issues that will protect the

concerning nuclear

proliferation. It makes sense

Prime Minister's for this conference to back the

Prime Minister's position, because in the interests of jobs here in Australia, it's in

government's overall the interests of the

government's overall objectives

about reducing carbon emissions

because if India is going to provide electricity to its 400

million citizens who don't

electrician at the moment million citizens who don't have

they'll either do it through coal or nuclear power. If they do it through coal that will make our

Australians in reducing our make our job here as

carbon output that much harder.

It smacks of hypocrisy to have solid left-wing warriors solid left-wing warriors within

against this on the basis of a the Labour Government arguing

treaty that treaty that Henry Kissinger wrote. And frankly, if this wrote. And frankly, if this

conference was taking place 30

seen those years ago, you wouldn't have

those same groups backing those same groups backing Henry Kissinger's treaty. Will the conference back the Prime Minister's Minister's push? Absolutely.

I'm more than confident that the overwhelming majority delegates support the Prime the overwhelming majority of

Minister on this. It's about

positioning our country the dominant player in South positioning our country with

Asia, India. There seems to be

less clarity on how the conference does decide that something you support, and

do you believe that that should

lead to a conscience vote or

that the parliamentary members should be bound by platform says. I support a conscience vote because I don't

believe that the party should

dictate to the parliamentary

party that its members will

have to against their party or

their conscience. It's not fair

and it's wrong of some of those

who are saying that this is an

unprecedented conscience vote. The first national conference took place

up the road here there in up the road here there in Sydenham Town Hall. The first

motion it passed was to grant

Labor MPs a conscience vote on the issue of tariffs. If we can

grant conscience votes on

several issues, we can do it on same-sex marriage. I don't

believe that the state should have institution wis aren't

available to all people rardless of their on the issue of the on the issue of the conscience

vote and we'll be voting as a bloc to support the bloc to support the conscience

vote 'cause we don't want to split our party over this issue, but personally,

obviously I do support the right of homosexual couples to

marry and it's more likely than not that I will be not that I will be vote ing

that way tomorrow. The right - while it's been said the right

has taken a decision to vote as

a bloc there are some members

of the right who don't want to

be bound by that. Do you think be bound by that. Do you think

there will have to be

compromise in order to get support Minister's position? The national right bound on the

issue of the conscience vote. I

support that. I've had to do

lots of votes where I haven't

always necessarily agreed with

those principles. But the thing those principles. But the thing about the moderate faction of this Labor Party is that

sometimes it has to make those

hard calls and it's right to

make those hard calls. So I

would urge all members to

comply with that but on the

issue of the platform, where

the right hasn't determined a position yet and we won't know

that for a while but kernl my preference is obviously preference is obviously to

support the right of homosexual

couples to marry. The conference will also be

a debate about rules, a debate

about engaging people more, about building membership b

broadening the base of the

membership . The factions

negotiating behind the negotiating behind the scenes, coming to positions, coming to

compromises. Should anything be

done about factionalism inside the ALP? You're famously named as one of the faceless men, one

of the factional warriors S

that still an issue? I think the factions are far less relevant today than they ever have been. Will you see a lot

of people changing votes of people changing votes based

on matters of policy. I support

the 20 point reform plan that's

been put up. It's a good plan

to open up our party and to reform our party. As we reform our party. As we always

have reformed during our 120

year existence. I think some of

the proposals coming from the socialist left are just whacky. One proposal in

particular would make 11 particular would make 11 men and one woman the most powerful

people in the Australian labour

movement. I'd be one of The socialist left are making

to vote myself and Joe de-Sbrin

to of the most powerful people

in the Labor Party. That's a

step back into the dark ages.

I'd rather see a model like adopted in New South Wales

where rank and file members of

proportion of delegates to

conference, to national

conference and then the State conferences can elect another

proportion. That's important, that's

that's a good compromise. This

power grab isn't on and I don't

support it and I think it

smacks of hypocrisy when they're talking about democratising democratising and reforming the party, they're actually trying to take the party back to the 1950s. A petition in support

of legalising gay marriage has

been presented to the ALP conference. The than 140,000 signatures was

wheeled to the conference venue

in Sydney in front of large crowds. Advocates for same-sex marriage are confident they have have the numbers to change the party platform but it's still

unclear whether MPs will be

bound by that decision. The Finance Minister Penny Wong

a-accepted the petition ahead

of tomorrow's official debate

on the issue. It's a big day tomorrow for Labor. It's a day

where we do have the opportunity as a party to reflect our values of equality in full. It's a day in which in full. It's a day in which we can say we have taken the step,

the step that must be taken to ensure equality for ensure equality for all Australians regardless of their

sexual orientation when it comes to marriage. (Applause) It

Labor but it is an important

day also for the It

is a desire for equality

amounted a desire and

aspiration for fairness. There

nothing as persistent as that.

As we argue inside the

conference tomorrow, conference tomorrow, as we

advocate for equality, remember that it is the that it is the aspirations and

the values of the people who

signed this petition who stand

behind me, who worked behind me, who worked in the

community and inside the party

for so long to ensure that this change can be brought forward.

We thank you for your work and

for your support. Senator

Penny Wong. And we will be

returning to the the afternoon here on ABC News

24. A man who was serving a

life sentence for the murder of his parents has been released

from jail after his conviction was was quashed. Sydney man Jeffrey

Gilham has this morning walked

from court on bail after the

case against him collapsed on appeal. I'd really like to take

this chance to say thank you to

the people that have supported

us, that have stood by that have put in an enormous

amount of hard work to get to

where we are today. We never

would've got there without

them. Two years ago, Gilham

was found guilty of

his mother and father to death.

The 41-year-old has always

maintained his brother was

responsible for his parents'

murder, and that he then killed

his brother in a fit of rage.

Forensic evidence used to

convict Gilham was discredited

during the appeal hearing,

prompting the court to order a

retrial. While celebrations are taking place taking place in Hobart, 100 years to the years to the day since Sir

Douglas Mawson sailed from

Tasmania with the Tasmania with the Australian Antarctic expedition. The plan

was to chart the was to chart the 3,200 kilometre-long coastline kilometre-long coastline of East Antarctica, but the

expedition cost the lives of

two of Mauresmo's fellow

explorers, leaving Mawson to

make a 160 kilometre trek alone make a 160 kilometre trek alone

across the ice to safety. Our

reporter is in Hobart where reporter is in Hobart where a

flotilla is heading south today to mark the anniversary.

us about what exactly took

place on that amazing

expedition a century expedition a century ago? It was Australia's first expedition to Antarctica. Sir

Douglas Mawson and a three of

31 boarded 31 boarded the aurora on 2

December 1911, 100 years December 1911, 100 years ago

and made the long journey

south. Now, they really didn't

know what they were going to encounter there encounter there because they

were dealing with thousands of kilometres territory. They landed on

Macquarie Island and

established a radio signal base

there. And from there, it was

really let's she what would

happen and te did find their way way to Cape Denison at Commonwealth Bay, and they

established a site there. Now,

that's where they made camp for

a couple of years. And during

that time, that's when we the fatal journey that the fatal journey that Mawson

made with Ninnis and Mertz, made with Ninnis and Mertz, a trek across the ice which resulted in the of Ninnis and Merts. Mawson did

make it back. There are the

stories of him having to eat

his dogs to survive and the skin airing Weiwei from the

soles of his face but he soles of his face but he did make it back and the legacy he

was able to achieve lives with

us today in the incredible presence that Australia has in the Antarctic the Antarctic territory.

Actually that was going to be

my my next question to my my next question to you. It is a historic occasion but 100

years on, why is that legacy so

important in particular important in particular for Australia? Well, being Australia's thirst expedition to Antarctica, it really did

establish our presence there.

It was the beginning of It was the beginning of our very successful foray into the Antarctic territory. We now Antarctic territory. We now lay

claim to 42% of claim to 42% of the territory

in Antarctica. So aside from

setting up some of the initial

bases and charting unmapped

territory, it also established

the sort of program that Australian Antarctic

importantly, it puts science at

the future of Antarctic

exploration. I believe a

flotilla is heading out flotilla is heading out from Hobart Hobart today. What can you tell us about the flotilla and what are they hoping to achieve? Well, 175 vessels

registered to take part in the

Mawson centenary flotilla, and

the purpose. Day was for them

to recreate the departure of

Mawson's 1911 voyage. It was led by the 'Aurora Australis' the Antarctic Division's ice

breaker and joined by an incredible collection of boats, there were wooden

the Lady Nelson and the Young

Endeavour. There was vintage craft as well, including the

Cartilla which had on board

about 100 descendants of the

original Mawson expedition. The proceedings began with a 19-gun

salute and I'm told that the

original expedition 100 years

ago was also farewelled with a 19 gun 19 gun salute. Are there other signs of a celebratory mood in signs of a celebratory mood Hobart? Absolutely. Hundreds

gathered on the waterfront to

see the sail-past of

flotilla. There's a lot of

pride that Hobart is considered

the gateway of Antarctica. And

now the flotilla is heading further down the River Derwent,

further south, down to the further south, down to the Iron

Pot where they'll farewell Pot where they'll farewell so cruise ships and the 'Aurora

Australis', which are heading

for the long journey south Antarctica. Linda Hunt in

Hobart, many thanks for joining

us. The United Nations has

declared that Syria is in a

state of civil war. The head of

the UN's Refugee Agency says

more than 4,000 people have

died and increasing numbers of

taking up weapons. The main opposition group has also

reached an agreement with rebel

soldiers to work together to

oust the President. The ABC's

Michael Vincent reports from the Syrian Jordanian border.

Syria is imploding. This Syria is imploding. This video purportedly shot in a town

the Turkish border shows yet

another civilian casualty. The UN is putting the number of

dead at 4,000. I said this dead at 4,000. I said this in August, before the Security Council, that there's going to

be a civil war. And at be a civil war. And at the

moment that's how I am characterising this. The free

Syrian army has now cut a Syrian army has now cut a Dale with the main opposition group

to protect civilians and not carry out attacks. But many

Syrians can't stand it any longer. I'm 65 years old. I never expected to be a

her family fear for their

safety. So we've agreed to hide their identities. They fled to Jordan because of Jordan because of the horrors they've endured. A man wanted

to buy bread. They told him no.

Shut your mouth and go. He

didn't go and so they didn't go and so they shot this 63-year-old man. I saw this with my own eyes. Now in a

Jordanian safe house in Syria

they say they had no running

water, no electricity, and they used a wood fire for cooking.

Nor says the fighting near her

home in Homs was constant. She

fears for her family fears for her family who

remain. Their situation is very

precarious. The tanks are

constantly on the streets hitting people hitting people if anyone goes

out. Her son is glad his wife and children have escaped. The Syrian people received Syrian people Syrian people received Iraqis, Syrians. The Jordanian government is now preparing

camps for a massive influx of

refugees. Tens of thousands may

come here seeking safe haven.

And let's take a look at

business news now with Alicia


Australia's major banks have brushed off their credit

downgrade saying it won't affect funding costs. Standard

has poors has cut the ratings

of the big four banks of the big four banks by one notch from double A to double minus. ANZ says the move confirms local banks remain some of

some of the highest rateed in

the world and the Commonwealth

Bank says borrowing costs will

only rise if there are more ratings cuts. The agency has also downgraded banks in also downgraded banks in the US

and Europe after it changed and Europe after it changed its assessment criteria. Yesterday

Moody's reaffirmed a

the big four. The big four banks are all trading high questioner with questioner with those

downgrades largely anticipated.

The US manufacturing sector expanded at expanded at its strongest rate

in November since June. The

institute for management's index institute for supply management's index of factory

output rose to 52.7 from

the month before. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.

Textiles, electronics and food

and drinks were the best

performing areas. Chemicals, transport equipment and

machinery were among the

sectors that contracted. To

company news now. Apple has

again won an injunction to again won an injunction to stop

its rival Samsung from selling its tablet computer Australia. On Wednesday the

Federal Court lifted a previous

injunction allowing Samsung to start selling start selling its Galaxy tablet from this afternoon but from this afternoon but Apple

later launched an appeal to the High Court. So now Samsung can't sell its Galaxy tablet

until the case goes before the High Court next Friday. The Supreme Court of Victoria has

approved SAB Miller's takeover

of Foster's. The approval was

the final hurdle for the $12.3

billion deal. It billion deal. It follows

yesterday's special yesterday's special meeting when

the takeover. The Treasurer

last week approved the deal on

the basis that Foster's

operations will stay in Australia. Rio Tinto is planning to invest another $2.7

billion US in its aluminium

smelter in Canada to modernise

T the project involves

increasing the smelter's production capacity by around

half, putting it on track to complete the complete the entire project by

2014. Earlier this week, 2014. Earlier this week, the

company said it will sell around 13 other aluminium

assets that aren't aligned with the nation's biggest the nation's biggest resources

projects is officially under

way in the north west. The $29

billion wheatstone natural gas project is expected

transform the sleepy WA town of

Onslow into a major resources Onslow into a major resources centre. This is the first step towards making the multibillion dollar Wheatstone project a

reality. With the turning of

the sod near Onslow, it's all

systems go to build a major hub to process gas from off the $29 billion project. It

actually opens up another chapter in Australia's LNG

history as we Wheatstone helps

propel Australia to be a

leading LNG exporter by the

year 2020. The project will create more than 6,000 jobs

during construction and pour

more than $17 billion into the

Australian economy. The premier

says it will also help boost domestic gas supplies. This

will provide more gas for

residents, householders and industry in Western The project's expected to

transform Onslow into WA's next

boom town. With the population

set to triple over the next

five years . Chevron and

State Government plan to spend

more than $250 million on

infrastructure to cater for the

growth. Among the improvements,

upgrades to the airport a new

power station and desalination plant. We don't appreciate the enormity of this project.

This is Onslow has had over 100 years.

It's a small coastal outback

down. It will now be part of a growing LNG industry. There was one noticeable Traditional owners boycotted the ceremony saying there are

unresolved heritage issues with

the site. Chevron says it will

work hard to resolve the


To sport now. I'm joined by

ABC sports editor Peter Will kings. Good to see you. Hi Jane. What's the latest in

the cricket Test taking place against the Kiwis? A fascinating day developing the Kiwis all out Kiwis all out just before lunch

for 295, but Australia losing a wicket early on, one for wicket early on, one for three

they are at lunch. Play started

earlier this morning because of

bad light and rain yesterday and New Zealand there is the un

or the Daniel Vettori he was

chasing his seventh test hundred. He hadn't made one against Australia in his

career. He was looking good.

This partnership gave 158. It

was really concerning

Australians who at one stage looked as though they looked as though they were going to going to dismiss New Zealand

for 150 yesterday. Dean Brownly

played well, and down the ground and he passed his 50

runs, and so too Daniel Vettori

some unorthodox shots but he

found the boundary on occasions. Michael Clarke was

none too happy and then a

moment he was chasing his

hundred, he was 96 and he ran

himself out. He took the run to Mike Hussey and he was

well short. So on 96 he

departed after that departed after that partnership

of 158 and it was a bit forlorn

after that for New Zealand.

Rhys Young was Rhys Young was caught Clarke

bowled Siddle. Beautiful ball

for just 2. They were 7/256.

Doug Bracewell, he was caught Clarke

score. They lost 3/5 at that

point. Tim Southy made a lightning 17 but he holed out

an injudicious shot and man out was Chris Martin who

doesn't make too many runs. He

was bowled by Lyon. Lyon

finished with 4 wickets, a very

impressive performance impressive performance from

Nathan Lyon. The spinner Nathan Lyon. The spinner taking 4 wickets from 21 overs. David Warner

Warner in, they opened with Warner in, they opened with the spinner but Tim Southy in the second over got the wicket of

David Warner, he Australia 1/3, they had to face

two overs before lunch and that was a dire start for was a dire start for David Warner's Test career but a beautiful delivery to get first

up. I mentioned they opened with with the spinner, Daniel Vettori opened the Vettori opened the attack for them. Perhaps putting the players in players in two minds.

Fascinating after lunch. They will have Ricky Ponting, Usman Khawaja coming out. The ball

still doing a bit. The Australians

that total which has been

described as under par on ABC Radio by the commentators

there, 295, it should be in

excess of 350, it still could be quite competitive. Pretty

exciting morning Wallabies are taking Wallabies are taking on Wales

this weekend on their spring tour. How are they looking? That's right. This

will be

will be an interesting match against Wales. They managed to

sneak the bronze medal at the

World Cup from Wales. Faig gnaa looks to Horn. O'Connor will start his first rugby match at flyhalf.

This match is in Cardiff early Sunday morning. A fascinating match for the

Wallabies even though it is

cricket season. Peter Wilkins, thank you so

To the weather now and the

satellite shows low cloud over

eastern New South Wales and Queensland. There are masses of

cloud covering the.tropiced and

the western interior.


clear in most other parts of the country. Moist south-east winds and a trough

scattered showers and isolated

storms to central and eastern parts of Queensland. A high parts of Queensland. A high

will keep most of south eastern Australia dry and cool. A low

and trough in the west should

generate rain and storms from

the WA Pilbara to the tropics.

Up top stories. Up top stories. The first day of the the national Labor

conference is under way in Sydney. Prime Minister Julia Gillard opened

by urging delegates to make

changes to the way the party operates. Heated debates are

expected on gay marriage, uranium amounted refugees during the three-day conference. Sydney man Jeffrey Gilham has been cheered Gilham has been cheered outside

a court by a crowd of supporters after his conviction was quash on appeal. Gilham had been serving a life sentence after being found guilty of killing guilty of killing his parents

in 1993. Appeals judges granted

Gilham a retrial after it was

found there were serious flaws in the Crown's case. The UN has declared that Syria is in declared that Syria is in a state of civil war. Thousands

have been killed since the

uprising against the Syrian President Bashir al-Assad President Bashir al-Assad began in opposition group has now formed

an alliance with rebel soldiers

to coordinate their action

against the President. The crowds have turned out on the

banks of Hobart's River Derwent

to mark 100 years since

Australia's first expedition to

the Antarctic. More than the Antarctic. More than 100

boats are reenacting the long

journey south taken by geologist Sir Douglas Mawson

and his team. A petition and his team. A petition in

support of

the ALP conference. The list of

more than 140,000 signatures

was wheeled to the conference

venue in Sydney in front of large crowds. Advocates for same-sex marriage

same-sex marriage are confident they have the numbers to change

the party platform, but it's

unclear whether MPs will be

bound by that decision.

bound by that decision. The Prime Minister Julia Gillard opposes gay marriage and is pushing for a con shns vote as

a compromise. Tony Abbott says the industrial action shows industrial action shows the need for changes to workplace laws. More than 100,000

laws. More than 100,000 working

days were lost during the September September quarter because of

industrial disputes. That's the

highest quarterly result since

Labor took office in 2007. Public

Public sector workers across

Europe and the UK have also crossed over picket lines.

more I'm joined now by Chris

Richardson, partner with

Deloitte Access Economics. He's

also a macro economist. Chris

Richardson, thanks very much for joining us. is the state of industrial

relations in this country and

why have we lost so many days

particularly in the last

quarter? The issues here are very different to what you're seeing in Europe. Europe has

been driven by budget cuts. Here in Australia there have

been some changes been some changes to

regulations and indeed remember

what happened the wages recent years with the global financial crisis saw them slow

down a bit. There are down a bit. There are a bunch

of unions out there out for

catch-up. Ours is a very

different to that in Europe.

We had Alan Joyce saying he has to change his airline in order

to compete on a global front.

Is that in a sense a reaction

to the global to the global situation? All

businesses have to be able to

make enough decisions to make enough decisions to be able to determine their own fate. That's true whether you're talking Europe or here. What you are seeing

the changes? The style relations environment in Australia in recent years, it

has shifted a number of times but the last set of changes but the last set of changes did increase some opportunities for

unions to bargain their way unions to bargain their way to different outcomes. You're

seeing some of that seeing some of that in industrial relations activity

as well. How much frustration -

we're seeing in Europe and I from the UK, there is a lot of frustration there at present. Would you say we mirror their

situation, or are we far from

that kind of very angry

sentiment that's going on in Europe? Very different to

Europe. The problem in Europe and the UK and for that matter

the US is a different run.

After years of good economic

news now it's bad and a whole

bunch of people are finding their

their economic situation is a lot worse. Oldest economics is who pays? Some of the answers to that in Europe

and the UK are provoking a lot of anger. Do you feel the austerity measures currently taking

going to succeed or are we

going to see many more problems

in countries like Greece in countries like Greece and Italy, for

Italy, for example? It austerity is needed but not right now because governments

throughout Europe throughout Europe and many

others around the world others around the world are

cutting back on their spending.

making it harder for them to dig their way out of dig their way out of a debt

hole. They need to pay their way

way over time but those cuts

have come in a little too have come in a little too irl. They're making that task harder. Do you

harder. Do you feel harder. Do you feel the sentiment in Australia at sentiment in Australia at the

moment is overly pessimistic? I

think it is. Undoubtedly there

are risks in Europe. The

politics of the more politics of the more logical need to call a committee need to call a committee to

achieve anything much in Europe

anyway. Having said all that,

we have made ourselves a little too pessimistic off the this. The big drivers of growth

in Australia are the same ones

that headed your news bulletin now. The Wheatstone and now. The Wheatstone and the

other big resource sector

projects. That's where the growth in Australia is and

that's not as sensitive to

events in Europe. How long do you think it will be before you think it will be before the

Australian market, particularly

the jobs market, begins to feel some of going on in the rest of the world? The impacts are there

are tricky. At the moment are tricky. At the moment you

could have one of two

scenarios. The more of the same

scenario the Treasurer

scenario the Treasurer painted this week and most forecasters

are still seeing in which case

the news in Australia is rather better

better than people think. Growth will continue to be good, jobs will flow and rest

of it, but the risk to that

scenario and the rising risk is that Europe blows up. Those two things are very different and either could occur. either could occur. Thanks for your analysis. Many

thanks. Thank you. The US Secretary of State Hillary

Clinton has welcomed political change

change in Burma during a visit

to the country. Secretary

Clinton met the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Ms Clinton called for the Clinton called for the release of all political prisoners as well as free and well as free and fair elections. She praised purr mees President Thayne Sen's reforms reforms but said the US was reforms but said the US was not prepared to remove sanctions on the country. Not at the point

yet that we can consider lifting sanctions that we have in

in place. Because of in place. Because of our ongoing concerns about policies

that have to be reversed.

any steps that the government

takes will be considered and will be as considered and will be as I

said matched, because we want

to see political and to see political and economic reform take hold and I told the

leadership that we will

certainly consider the easing

and elimination of sanctions as

we go forward in this process

together. We welcome positive

constructive relations between

China and her neighbours. We think

think that in China's interests as well as the neighbourhood's interest. We think that being

friends with one doesn't mean

not being friends with others.

Clinton. There are more warnings that time is warnings that time is running

out for the Eurozone to address

its problems and stave off worldwide recession. In Britain, banks are being asked

to increase their capital to increase their capital and

prepare for a systemic crisis which might include the breaking up of the Eurozone.

Europe correspondent Emma Alberici reports. In Brussels

there's now recognition that the 17 countries that use the

single currency are already in the

the midst of another credit crunch. The new head of European Central Bank has

warned that time is running out to stop the crisis to stop the crisis spreading like a virus around the world. Companies, markets and the citizens of Europe expect

policy makers to act decisively to resolve the crisis. It to resolve the crisis. It is time to adapt the euro institutions, rules and

processes that is commensurate with the requirements of monetary union. British

are being told to create a

financial buffer to protect themselves against the economic storm clouds coming in from the Eurozone. The Prime Minister said the situation had gone

from bad to worse. If the euro

fell apart, what would you see

is a very steep decline in the

economic and the GDP, the economic growth of all

countries in Europe, including

Britain. The governor of the Bank of England Bank of England has ordered the banks to limit bonuses, stop

paying dividended and to

increase the capital they keep in reserve. He wants

all that without putting the brakes on lending. Contingency

plans are now being drawn up he

said to prepare for a break yuch of the Eurozone. No-one who

who looks at the current

position could deny it's

extraordinarily serious and threatening. Those with

responsibilities to deal with

it really do need to take

action. The latest government

figures made for grim reading.

Britain's being told they will

be worse off in 2015 than they

were in 2002, 13 years of

little or no economic growth represents the longest period

of stagnation since records began

began in 1961. Indonesian security forces security forces have clashed with protesters in West Papua

during celebrations marking the

50th anniversary agency declaration of independence. Local television

showed crowds raising showed crowds raising the West

Papuan flag which is banned by Indonesian authorities.

Hundreds arrested. There are reports

that several were shot, but

police say they only fire warning shots. A police officer

was wounded when he was hit by

an arrow. Rio Tinto is battling

environmentalists and the law

with its plan for a world-class diamond mine in central Activists say the proposed mine

will destroy pristine forests

vital to endangered tigers. Rio Tinto has also been forced to respond to a High Court

challenge and allegations of

illegal mining. The five adults

and six cubs at this tiger

reserve are vulnerable. Poach

something a constant threat as

is the loss of surrounding for

rests to agriculture and

mining. To survival they'll need need forest corridors to move

between reserves and mate with genetically different partners. You cannot see the condition of these areas.

Otherwise there would be Otherwise there would be an open large safari. One of the

forest corridors runs through

this area where Rio Tinto is

looking to spend half a billion dollars developing a diamond

mine. The diamond deposit mine. The diamond deposit has

around 27 million carrots of

diamond. But this tiger place for a mine given

thousands of square thousands of square kilometres

of forest have already been lost. We had no problem. In

fact, they will bring lost. We fact, they will bring some kind

of economic benefit to the area

which is one of the most

backward areas. Initially Rio

Tinto had given us permission

to tour the mine and talk to

them about the issues raised by local community. But at the

last moment, they pulled the interview. In

interview. In a written

response, Rio Tinto says it's

been working hard with the community to protect the tigers. The mine is also subject to

a High Court challenge, a High Court challenge, where Rio Tinto is fighting

allegations of illegal mining.

I would welcome them if they

followed the proper process and abided by Indian law. Many

locals are waish ree and suspicious and there've been

small protests against Rio

Tinto. It will be at least five

years before Rio can start

mining. It's still working

through an approaches process, complicated by environmental concerns and the High Court challenge. Mexico's war on drugs announced five years ago today. Tortillas are Tortillas are being made at

usual but the crowd is thinner

these days at the Four Winds

restaurant. The President's five year war against drug cartels is hurting this scrup scale city. A weekend hangout for Mexico's elite. People have weekend houses but don't go out to eat or drink,

everything's going to get

worse. The economic and

emotional toll it's the drug

war has had on this town is a

symptom of the impact it's had

on the whole nation. The President can claim some

success. In December 2009

Mexican marines killed drug a

drug lord after a two hour shoot-out. Police have arrested

many other crime bosses since

then. But Mexico has paid a counting. Here you see the

clearest illustration of a

human cost of five years of

Mexico's drug violence. We have altars to many people, altars to many people, among them, them, a woman who was killed, that murder was caught on tape,

all she was doing at the time was protesting for

investigators to look into the murder of her own daughter and

then behind that, you have an

altar to 24-year-old altar to 24-year-old Juan Francisco. His murder sparked a

drug war. His father led a

series of marches across the country. Protesters that the President call an end

to the military offensive. But the President stayed the course, despite rising pressure

home and abroad and accusation s of human rights abuses. As

long as it takes we will win.

We're stronger and have more resources than our enemy. With

just a year left in his term,

many forget that the President

said he'd be said he'd be the so-called jobs President. The economy President. The economy has

grown at an annual average of less than 1.5% and some see his

primary policy as hurting primary policy as hurting their chances of work. The Mariachi

bands are out looking for work

as they have been for decades but times are tough for performers like this one. People are afraid to come

here to hire us. She sings a

lament that express all she

asks for. The right to live. A sentiment she surely shares

with her fellow citizens who

hope that the years to come

will be more secure and more

prosperous. The official Christmas countdown has Christmas countdown has begun and around the world, trees are lighting up. While at shopping centre lighting up. While at one shopping centre in South Korea,

the security guards are trading their

their uniforms for something a

little more seasonal. The

presents will be safe this Christmas. These South Christmas. These South Korean Santas have a few extra skills and case. Christmas is coming. We

prepared this event to take prepared this event to take our customers happy getting our security guards out of their uniforms and having uniforms and having them wear Santa outfits. They'll give

candy and people can have their

photo taken with them. photo taken with them. While they're no less determined,

security this Christmas now at

least looks a little less intimidating. Security intimidating. Security guards in their uniforms always scared

me. Today they're wearing Santa outfits and doing some demonstrations. They looked

really friendly. Even though

there's still a fair few sleeps

before it's time chefs is helping to spread the

cheer, with a world cheer, with a world record breaking Christmas cake more than a kilometre

1068m. (Applause) Too many

cooks didn't spoil this one. It

took more than 80 of them

several days to prepare and a

frantic final 24 hours to set

up. But 900 eggs,

up. But 900 eggs, a tonne of

flour and 400 kg of chocolate

later they have a record. And

what to do with a kilometre what to do with a kilometre of Craig? Sell it by with the proceeds headed for children's charities. It's as

long as the Great Wall. It's

really delicious. And the kids

were first in line in the US as First First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the White House Christmas decorations. We decorated the official White

House Christmas tree with cards

we collected from some of our country's military kids. So the

tree is decorated by kids! It's

very cool. As was the

spectacle in New York, where

tens of thousands packed tens of thousands packed the

streets around the Rockefeller centre to watch the lights come

on. 3, 2, 1 ... A beacon Santa will will have no trouble seeing. In cricket, Australian

debutante David Warner has been dismissed for three runs on dismissed for three runs on Day

2 of the first cricket Test

against New Zealand in

Brisbane. Australia is 1/6 just

after lunch after bowling out

Australian spinner Nathan Lyon

claimed the last

claimed the last three Black

Caps wickets to finish with 4

for the innings. Former New

Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori

top scored with 96. And Dean

Brownly was unbeaten on 77.

James O'Connor will start at

flyhalf this weekend. He wore

the No. 10 jersey in the Australians' big win

Australians' big win last week

and will again get Berrick Barnes has reconferred

from a back injury and will start at inside centre.

Queensland duo Ben Tapui and Ben Lucas to make their Test debuts after being included on

the bench N motor sport, Holden driver Jamie Whincup says the

V8 Supercars Championship is

well and truly alive well and truly alive ahead of this weekend's Sydney 500. Drivers will take to Drivers will take to the streets of Sydney Olympic Park today for a number of practice today for a number of practice

sessions. Whincup hold as

Lowndes heading into the

weekend. Fulham have weekend. Fulham have conceded

an 89th minute goal to lose

their group match in the Netherlands 1-0. Here

Netherlands 1-0. Here are the


The A-League salary cap

should be reduced and the competition must live competition must live and grow

within its means according to a Federal Government report into soccer

soccer released yesterday. soccer released yesterday. The

Smith review's key finding was

that financial stability needs

to be the key priority for both

the FFA and the A-League. Imthe report's main to achieve it are reducing the $32 million a year spent

$32 million a year spent on

players' salaries and ensure

ing and ensuring cheaper stadium deals for clubs. stadium deals for clubs. The Queensland Government is considering staging a State funeral for rugby league great

Arthur Beetson who Arthur Beetson who died yesterday aged 66. The

premiership hero from the 60s

and 70s and State of Origin

pioneer from the 80s died on

the Gold Coast. He was planing to attend an Indigenous

education program named in his

honour. Tributes are still

pouring in for the rugby league legend. Time now for what's

making news in the arts and

entertainment. I'm Nick Dole.

The Dom nominees for this year's Grammy award

year's Grammy award with Kanye

West leading the field with seven nominations. Adelle Bruno

Mars were other nominees. The

Grammy awards are set to take

place in February next year. A dress worn by the late singer

Amy Winehouse on the cover of

her hit album Back to Black has

sold for $66,000 at auction in

the UK. The dress went under

the hammer to raise money for the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a

charity set up after her death that helps young people

struggling with addiction. The

dress was bought by a fashion knew seem knew seem in Chile's capital Santiago. From dresses Santiago. From dresses to jewellery. Elizabeth Taylor's

vast collection has gone on display in New York before a

hotly anticipated auction. Dubbed the crown jewels of

Hollywood, the collection has

hit its last stop on a world

tour. It's the only time the

collection has been gathered in

one place. Thousands of people have already bought tickets to the 10-day public viewing the 10-day public viewing that

starts on Saturday. 21 starts on Saturday. 21 years after Margaret Thatcher left

Downing Street, the Iron Lady screen by the Hollywood star Meryl Streep. She's been describing the challenge describing the challenge of portraying one of the most powerful women of the 20th century in an interview

the BBC. And I ask the right honourable gentleman, whose fault is that? Yours! There

might be only one Margaret

Thatcher. But she's had many imitators imitators over the years. Teachers cannot years. Teachers cannot teach

when there is no heating. Now

Meryl Streep is taking Meryl Streep is taking a turn to don the blue to don the blue suit. I wanted

to in some way capture

it was that drew people to her

and whatever it was that made

people have a special venom for

people have a special venom for her as a public figure. U-turn if you want to. (Laughter) The

lady's not for turning. Most

difficult thing I had to do difficult thing I had to do was

to find the breath to not only make my points you didn't get your point at

any point. And another thing -

milk's gone up. 49p a pint.

Meryl Streep play twos Margaret

Thatchers. One is the political

powerhouse, the other a fictionalised version pictures

a frail old lady with dementia.

To play one character in two

such different ways is such different ways is not easy. Margaret Thatcher well. Margaret Thatcher well. He found Meryl Streep's performance totally performance totally uncon Vincing, but was uncomfortable about the portrayal of his

one-time boss frail and in poor

mental health. I do think you

can defend it as a work of

art. Did you have some qualms

doing it while she was still

alive? I felt that if we did it

in the right way, yes, it would

dominated for more Oscars than

any other actress. It has been quite a while since she quite a while since she last

won. The Iron Lady might turn that around.

And that is the latest in the art

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