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(generated from captions) This Program Is Captioned Live. Relief for a Sydney family

when a man accused of a

notorious collar bomb hoax

pleads guilty. A poor decision

by one man has prompted a truly

extraordinary and inspiring

response from many thousands of

people. Desperate efforts to

hold back the waters in

Victoria. You're always

thinking the worst every time

the phone rings but we just

gotta live with that. Towns in

New South Wales awash or still

enduring a slow-moving tide.

And scientists trying to spot

us and them. the genetic difference between

Welcome to ABC News across

Australia. I'm Ros Childs. The

local share market took a battering yesterday and today

back now. it's getting a little of that

The story made headlines

around the world and today the

man nicknamed the collar bomber

pleaded guilty in court. Paul

Peters is accused of breaking

into the family home of the

Sydney teenager Madeleine

Pulver last year and strapping

a fake bomb to her neck. It

took police 10 hours to safely

remove it. Karl Hoerr joins me

in the studio now. You were in

court today. What

happened? This case has

attracted huge headlines as

you've mentioned. It's been

mentioned in court several

times since Paul Peters was

arrested in the United States.

happened in the times it has To be honest not much has

been in court but today was

very different there was a

guilty plea on the charges of

aggravated break and enter and

detain for advantage. It was

actually entered by Peters'

lawyer so he didn't actually

speak. He appeared on video

link in the court from a

custody centre. He didn't say

anything himself. He didn't

show any emotion. But of

course, Madeleine Pulver and

her family were in court. They

were there to witness the plea

be entered. And this whole

matter finally drew to a close

when that did occur. What's

been the reaction from the family? Well, Madeleine Pulver

may have been in court, but she

not surprisingly didn't want to

talk outside court after the

plea had been entered. She left

that to her father, Bill

Pulver, who said that the plea

today brings closure to the

whole ordeal. There was ep nor

muss relief for the family but

the motive remained a mystery

to the family. He praised the

efforts of police involving in

the investigation in secureing

this plea. Throughout this

sporns we have been constantly

reminded of the love and support that's been shown to

our family. A poor decision by

one man has prompted a truly

extraordinary and inspiring

response from many thousands of

people and we will be forever

grateful. Thank you very much.

Was there any more information

about why Paul Peters did what

he did? We already knew that

the motive was financial, but

money was demanded in a note

that was attached to the device

that took some 10 hours for

police to establish that it in

fact did not contain

explosives. And it was eventually removed from

Madeleine and the ordeal was

over. But we still don't know

exactly what drove Paul Peters

to target this family. Details

of the note that was left with

the device revealed there were

specific instructions for the

recipients to send an email to

a specific email address. That

email address was actually the

undoing of Paul Peters because

it allowed police to track them

to him. But it specifically

said that unless you follow the

instructions it would trigger a

Brian Douglas Wells event. Now

that man was someone that was

killed back in 2003 in the

United States from a collar

bombing so that was why he was referencing that particular

case. Now, Paul Peters will now

District Court in New South be committed to sentence in the

Wales at a later date. Carl,

thank you. Thank you. Ed into

waters are continuing to make

life very difficult for tens of

thousands of people in the

south of New South Wales an

northern Victoria. The latest

town on alert in New South

Wales is Forbes in the central

west of the state. It's been

cut in thee by the rising

Lachlan River which is expected

to peak tonight and 1,000

people there have been told to

leave their homes. Further

south a mass of water sounds

Griffith near the Murrumbidgee

River. SES officials say the

town won't be flooded. But

downstream the swollen Murrumbidgee could inundate

Narrandera later this week.

Eliza Blue joins they now from

Forbes. Forbes itself has been

cut into three. The river is

about 10.6m as we speak. We are still expecting that flood peak

at 10.65m, but long grasses are

causing that to show, and for

the water to spread out. So it

may take a bit longer than

expected, but we're all just

playing that waiting game as we

speak. Has the evacuation -

how is the evacuation process

going? As you said 1,000

evacuation orders. Yet we only

have about 65 people registered

at the evacuation centre. We

know that people have gone to

motels here in town and to

parks and also to family and

friends' homes as well. So it's

not really indicative the

number of people at the

evacuation centres this morning. On the southern side

of town where we're standing

now at the high school, there

was only two people having some

bacon and eggs this morning but

that number may change as the

situation worsens. What's

happening in Griffith and other

towns close by? The latest

from Griffith where we're

seeing that very serious major

flooding event is that the only

way this is by the south and

residents that have already the west there's about 1,000

gone to the evacuation centres. In Narrandera that flood peak

has been revised. It's now due

to arrive on saemt. It's about

8.8m. But authorities are

confident that the levee will

protect the town. Thank you

for that. Now to northern

Victoria, and the town of

Nathalia, where efforts to keep

the swollen Broken Creek at bay

have suffered a setback. Local

prepare to leave their homes residents have been warned to

because water has started to

seep under a levee. Let's go to

gay stay ner. How is the

temporary town levee holding

up? Remarkably well but there

is so much water all around

Nathalia that there are small leaks being discovered in

various parts around the town.

Emergency service people are

working overtime to try to

shore up those leaks. Just in

the last 15 minutes we've seen

additional sandbagging take

place on the far side of the

road there to shore up the dirt

levee that's here. The

aluminium fence, the wall of

Nathalia that's protecting the

town largely from the flood is

leaking a little bit down this

end, but basically, that is

holding back a metre of water

to the north of the town. Believe it or not if I can get

the camera to pan around, we've

got a massive wall of water

this is the Murray valley

highway and it's being held

back simply about I that

aluminium fence there. But

there are problems right around

the town just with small leaks

being discovered, and we'ves

had got the gauge there, they

were expecting a flood of 3.1

to 3.15m. That gauge back there

was showing 3.2. So there are

issues and people are on high

alert around Nathalia. How are

people reacting to the prospect

of that levee being breached? Fairly calmly but

there are preparations to

evacuate orders being passed

around the town. People were

also woken with phone calls

early this morning as preaches

were discovered down around the

water treatment plant. But I've

got to say that by and large

people are calm, that they see

the protection that this wall

is providing and it's certainly

providing a sense of security

for most of the people of

Nathalia. So there is calm hoar

but theres a lot of work to be

done and these waters are going

to remain very, very high for

the next four or five days.

They will still be on the

ground even when the peak

passes? There will be a lot of

work to be done. The forecast

is that the waters will above

3m still on Sunday. The

pressure will remain on the temporary levee bank, the wall

and the dirt levees around the

town for the next four, five

days, possibly up to a week

there is a lot of work still to

be done. Guy, thank you. The

Defence Minister Stephen Smith

is facing calls to poll joiz to

the head of the Australian

Defence Force Academy. Commodore Bruce Kafer has been

cleared of any wrongdoing in

his handling of the so-called

skype incident last year. But

Stephen Smith is standing by

his criticism of the

Commodore's decision to proceed

with unrelated disciplinary

matters against the alleged

victim at the height of the

scandal. Mr Smith still won't

know if he was confidence in

Commodore Kafer. It's not my decision. It's a decision of

the chief of the Defence Force.

He and the vice chief, his commanding officers, have made

a decision. I think there

should be an apology to

Commodore Kafer. It should be

immediate, it should be unreserved, it should be

unqualified, it should be made

by Minister Smith now the and

if Minister Smith lacks the

decency to do it, the Prime

Minister should do it.

Commodore Kafer will return to

work at ADFA this week. Bob

Katter's Australian party has

lost a bid to have ballot

papers for the Queensland

coming election destroyed.

Party wanted its name changed

on the mention. It argued

voters would be confused and

today Queensland's Court of

Appeal and the Supreme Court

dismissed the application. The

New South Wales city of

Tamworth is farewelling the

local policeman gunned down in

the line of duty last week .

Hundreds of people are at the funeral for Senior Constable

David Rixon who was shot during

a routine traffic stop. The

highly honoured highway patrol

officer had been a policeman

for 20 years. In the fog of a senseless tragedy this much we

know: we have loved a beloved

father, son, husband and a

friend. David Rixon was a

fatter of six. More than

200,000 dollars has been

collected to support his family

of the the gunman remains under

police guard in hospital.

The latest unemployment

figures were released a sort

time ago. They show part-time

workers copping the brunt of an

increase. February's jobless

rate notched up from 5.1 to

5.2%. More than 15,000 jobs

were lost. All the fall came in

part-time work with full-time

employment flat. Union

heavyweight Dave Oliver has put

himself forward to be the next

secretary of the ACTU. The man

in the job now, Jeff Lawrence,

says he won't renominate for

the position when his term

expires in May. Dave Oliver is

currently the head of the Australian Manufacturing

Workers Union. I think this is

going to be a challenging time

for the movement and for

workers and for workers across

the country. I'm very keen to

head up the movement to ensure

that we can continue to fight

for workers' rights in this

country. And to continue to

fight to address some of the inequalities we're seeing

across the economy which is now

seeing significant job losses

in certain sections

particularly the manufacturing

sector, the finance sector,

hospitality and tourism. The

current secretary Jeff Lawrence

is standing down at the end of

his term in office. If he

hadn't taken that decision, were you prepared to stage

something of a coup to get him

out as has been suggested? That

is certainly not the case. Jeff

Lawrence had taken the decision

to stand down. He made his

reasons clear yesterday. As a

result that he couldn't commit

for another three years and

Jeff recognises that there are

significant challenges for the

movement over that time period.

So he made the right decision. You talk about challenging

times, but do you think the

union movement has lost its way

over recent years and is less

of a force on the industrial

stage? Certainly not. I mean,

we've seen some good outcomes,

particularly with the

relationship that we now have

with the Federal Government,

we've seen good outcomes for

workers across this country.

Paid parental leave. Proposed

increases to superannuation.

We've got government support to address the inequality in

respect to equal pay and that's appropriate, it's international

Women's day today to

acknowledge that. So we

certainly haven't lost our

way. Is the union movement too

closely allied to the Labor Party to its detriment? Certainly not. We

have engaged constructively

around a number of key areas

and of course we're never gonna

agree on all issues and we will

have areas of difference, but

you know, my own experience of

recent times trying to address

the problems that are confronting manufacturing workers right around this

country, it's been a very constructive approach. Dave

Oliver, thank you. Thanks very

much. If you have a child

between 6 and 12, you've

probably heard of the latest

Internet sensation Moshi

Monsters. Now its creator is

parlaying on-line success into

a retail empire, Turk over $100

million a year. Neil Woolrich

report on the invasion of the

dollar snatchers this isn't

Beatle media. It's the creator

of Moshi Monsters an on-line

world where young children play

puzzle and share content. I

always wanted to create a game

where kids would learn while

playing games, that's a really

powerful way of educating. Most

of Moshi Monsters' 60 million

citizens play for free but

subscriptions to play higher

levels cost $6 a month. Now

Mind Candy is turning the

on-line craze into retail wares like toys, magazines and

music. Last year we sold over $100 million worth of Moshi

Monsters products at retail

value throughout the world. And

this year we expect it to be substantially higher. The

business has been profitable

since 2009. And our net profit

has been growing dramatically

the last couple of years. To

be able to anchor their product

and their brand in the offline

world really gives comfort to

consumers to continue using and

investing in that brand. But

retail history is littered with

toy fads that have come and

gone. And Michael Acton Smith

aims to make Moshi Monsters one

of those rare perennials like

bap barbie or Lego. The other

delicate balancing act is to ep

coo parents on side. Mind Candy

has decided not to advertise on

the Moshi Monsters web site and

they're also trying to limit

the downside risk of pester

power. We could probably make a

lot more money if Moshi

Monsters was a micropayment

level rather than a

subscription model. Michael

Acton Smith says it's too early

to consider whether to sell or

float the business. But with potential buyers already

knocking at his door, he might

soon start learning about

pester power himself. So other

stories making news in business

- the competition watchdog is

calling for more supermarket

suppliers to come forward with

information on their dealings

with Coles and Woolworths. The

competition an consumer

commission says suppliers to

Australia two top supermarkets

chains have already lodged

complaints about unconscionable

conduct but more are needed to

complete the picture. ABARE

says world supplies are likely

to increase while consumer

demand is set to remain weak

over the next year. The mining

magnate Gina Reinhart is the

only Australian to make it into

'Forbes' magazine's top 100

billionaires list. Forbes says

the Mexican telecommunications

tycoon Carlos Slim remains the

world's richest person worth

$61 billion followed by Bill

Gates and investor Warren

Buffet. A check now of the

markets with Martin Lakos from

Macquarie Private Wealth.

Stocks took a pounding

yesterday but they're struggling back today? Yesterday it was

interesting. For the Dow Jones

being down over 200 points it

was the worst performance in 45

days. In fact, that beat the

record. That was back in 2006.

But with that we've seen a

rebound overnight with the Dow

Jones and European markets

steadying up. We've copied

that. It looks like there will

n agreement to the 53% haircut

in Greece. The unemployment

numbers here having any impact

on investors? The market dipped

originally but it's now

rebounded up about 17 points.

It was only up about 6.

Employment data was a bit is

tointing with unemployment

going from 5.1 to 5.2, the make-up of that more

interesting with part-time

employment falling and

full-time employment basically

remaining zero. You've been

doing some research on

investment patterns in these

volatile times. Tell us a bit

about that? We think we like to

see a less volatile times now.

Certainly post GFC, immediately

post GFC we were looking at

shorter sharper cycling but now

the world is deleveraging and

we're seeing more modest

economic growth we think the

cycle will be a long grind for

a while now. Portfolio

performance is more likely to

be coming from stock selection,

those companies that are

providing above average

earnings growth and might have

a particular niches in the

industries that they're

operating in. Martin, thank

you. Thanks Ros. On to the bounce on Wall Street.

Six British soldiers have

been killed that roadside

explosion in Afghanistan. The

Prime Minister David Cameron

has described the deaths as a

treadfully sad day for the

nation but the attack has

raised more questions about

Britain's mission there. Lisa

Millar reports from London.

Soldiers were on a routine

patrol in one of the British

military's most robust troop

carriers. But it was no match

for the power of the roadside

bomb. The massive explosion

killed everyone inside. You

feel it in your gut of it's a

sickening blow. But one thing I

have learned over the years is

that these young soldiers are

incredibly tough and incredibly resilient. The six had been in

Afghanistan less than a month.

They'd left home on Valentine's

Day. This is a desperately sad

day for our country and

desperately sad of course for

the families concerned. Their

deaths take to 404 the number

of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan, a huge sacrifice

the government acknowledges. I

believe that the targets, the

objectives that we're pursuing

here are in Britain's vital

national interest, and these

brave men and women are putting

their lives at risk to protect

us. We're there to prevent that

country from being a safe haven

to al-Qaeda from where me might

plan attacks on the UK or our

allies. Here in the UK that

argument is losing its

argument. The men's deaths have

raised more criticism of the

war in of a and raised questions about Britain's

mission there as it looks to

wind down its presence. For

many 2014 and the promise of an

end to a combat role can't come

soon enough. The Queensland

Premier and her opponent have

crossed paths on the campaign

trail at an International

Women's Day function in

Brisbane. The LNP leader Campbell Newman was in the

audience as the State's first

female premier spoke but he may

have been distracted by the

LNP's latest candidate problem

on the Gold Coast. There are

allegations that Albert's Mark

booth pan once helped to set up

a pornographic web site. All we

have at the moment is an

allegation. We only heard about

it last night. I simply say to

you we will be looking into it

very thoroughly. The LNP hopes

to pick up the seat from Labor, but not nominations have

already closed for the election

on the 24th of March. Chinese

fishs have spoken for the first

time about a grim wave of Tibetan protests against

Chinese rule. They've acknowledged Tibetans are calling out independence

slogans before setting

themselves on fire and they've

blaipd the trend on terrorism

master minded by the Dalai Lama

and exile groups. Stephen

McDonnell reports from Beijing.

Western Sichuan, a place in

total security lockdown is at

the heart of a wave of Tibetan

self-immolations protests

against Chinese rule. This is

the worst hit areas. Now the

mayor has spoken out for the

first time about those who've

died in his town. These people

have things in common. First

they have shouted out

separatist slogans such as

"Free Tibet" before taking

these action,. All of them have

criminal records or bad rep

taithss. Exile groups estimate

there've been two dozen

immolations over the past six

months, including three this

week. The mayor blames these

exile groups especially the

Dalai Lama for encouraging the

suicides. The Dalai Lama is

using their expectations of washing away shame and guilt.

He tempts them to clean their

criminal records and enjoy the

afterhive. Beijing is

thousands of kilometres from

western Sichuan. Far enough

away to keep this issue

completely out of the public

spotlight here. But Sichuan's

party bosses must come to the

capital for the annual session

of Parliament. And here they

run the gauntlet of the foreign

press corps. After his prepared statement, the mayor didn't

want to talk any more. He was

swept out of the meeting via a

back door. Other Congress

delegates ever just as keen to

get out without answering any

media questions about the huge

security crackdown in their

province. A quick look at other stories making news

around the world: in

Afghanistan, at least 47 people

are known to have died in an

avalanche that's covered a

village near the border with Tajikistan. The village was

home to 200 people. Rescuers

have been using shoves to

search for survivors. Thousands

of unionists have marched

through Johannesburg's business

district in a protest against

new road tolls and companies

that supply temporary workers.

The demonstration was organised

by South Africa's trade union

movement which is usually a

close ally of the ruling ANG

government. France's President

Nicolas Sarkozy says he wants

to halve rr the number of

immigrants being welcomed to

France. The right wing

candidate in upcoming presidential elections has

accused Mr Sarkozy of trying to

court her supporters with

hollow promises. It's a

question that's perplexed

scientists for generations.

Scientists have sweated over

the question of exactly what

separates us from apes. Now

British researchers have moved

a step closer to an answer by

mapping the genetic code of the

gor Rhyl last they're one of

our closest relatives. They're

sociable and live in

communities. And in the distant

past, humans were little

different from gorillas. We

think they were very similar in

that we lived in small social

groups, then at some point

humans developed language and

art. Behavioural studies in

the 60s showed that our fellow

apes were intelligent, chimps

in particular. They can solve

problems and use simple tools.

They can even put on a show.

The DNA of humans and other

apes is practically the same,

around 98% identical but

somewhere in our genes are tiny

differences that enabled our

species to stand upright,

develop bigger brains an

crucially learn how to think.

Researchers in Cambridge have

decoded the DNA of gorillas.

Now for the first time, they

can compare our DNA with that

of all the other apes. And

discover the changes that made

our species unique. Through

this study and through others

that are being carried out we

are making progress in understanding the genetic

forces behind human evolution.

It will be an exciting

advertisement. So far researchers have discovered

that humans separated from

gorillas 10 million years ago.

And something in their genes prevents gorillas from

suffering from dementia. A

finding that could help medical

researchers find a cure for

senility. But the ultimate

scientific prize would be to

discover what it is that makes

us so different from them.

Australia's unemployment rate

rose last month. In Britain

they're rethinking the way

disabled people are employed.

There are plans to close

two-thirds of government subsidised factories putting

the jobs of more than 1700

disabled workers at risk. The

money saved will be used to

re-employ those workers in

private enterprise. They were

set up after the Second World

War. State subsidised

factories for disabled workers

but more than half a century

on, half of them are not making

money. The government believes

it would be better to help

disabled people get jobs in

mainstream employment. We're

trying to make sure the money

we've got protected money is

used more effectively and

absolutely every penny that is

saved in this process will be

resefed back into supporting

disabled people. That means

that 36 of the 54 factories

will chose. Many in Wales,

potentially making more than

1700 people redundant. They'll

all get about ?2,500 and help

to find jobs but workers

leaving this factory were not

happy. It's very hurtful.

Because I have made a lot more

friends, I've got so many

friends here now. And it just

hurts. They don't want the

mainstream employment. They

will be bullied out there I

know,'ve been there. These

factory closures are in

communities where there are

twice as many people chasing

every single job as the nag

average. It will be incredibly

hard to get people sacked by

this group back into work. Some

disability groups say the

government is doing the right

thing. For every one person

that's funded by subsidising a

loss-making factory, we can get

at least eight people into employment. To the weather

now. The satellite shows thick

cloud over eastern New South

Wales and Victoria due to a

low-pressure system off the

coast. Areas of cloud across

the tropics in a broad trough.

A high is keeping the south

mostly clear and dry. Moist south-westerly winds circulate

being a low over the Tasman

should bring showers to

south-east New South Wales and

eastern Victoria. A high should

keep skies mostly clear

elsewhere across the south. A

broad region of low pressure

should trigger showers an

storms over the tropics. Around the capitals:

That's the news for now

there is continuous news on ABC

News 24 and also news on-line.

Our next full bulletin on ABC1

is at 7pm. I'm Ros Childs. Have

a great afternoon.

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