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Tonight - the departing head

of the Future Fund says there

is no future for the Carbon

Pricing scheme. It is the worst

piece of economic reform I have

ever seen in my life in this country. The Canberra man

charged with murdering a young

mother in her home.The family

of the drowned teenager say

surf life saving is not to

blame. And unveiled, the

faceless man who has won this year's Archibald Prize.

Good evening and welcome to

ABC News. I'm Virginia

Haussegger. The Government's

$70 billion man has fired a

broad side at the Carbon Tax.

David Murray, who heads the

Future Fund, think Labor has

introduced the worst economic

reform he has ever seen. With

only three days left in that

job he has been dismissed by

Wayne Swan as a man who just

doesn't get it on the economics

of clean energy.

Will you endorse the Abbott

range for climate change. He is

crossing the ranges. A toast to

Tony of climate action. On a

roll and on zero

emissions. Will you endorse our

climate fashions? Tony Abbott

has won endorsement for his

side of the kau bon debate, not

in the Snowys. But at the top

ends of town. It is the worst

piece of economic reform I have

ever seen in my life in this country. David Murray has just

three days left as head of the

future fund, time enough to say

what he really thinks about the

mining tax. It was very

clumsily introduced and

designed. And the carbon tax. The consequence of

introducing that tax at that

level in Australia today is

very, very bad for this

economy. Well, Mr Murray is a

well-known opponent of the

science of climate change. The

Treasurer believes the former

Commonwealth Bank chief and

custodian of $70 billion of

taxpayers' money just doesn't

get the economics of clean

energy . You will get vested interests and people like Mr

Murray auto there opposing

them. Three months before any

money flows in the carve up of

carbon payments is taking

shape. 9 coal fired power

stations, now know their share

of the Government's billion

dollar compensation fund.

Victoria's Hazelwood plant

along with Yallourn and Loy

Yang, get more than three

quarters of the money. All the

attention of Carbon Pricing

would normally have Tony Abbott

on full frontal attack but it

didn't work out like that.

Instead he was in retreat. I'm

completely refused. For hitting

a low note. It was

inappropriate banter. That

banter had him agreeing with

Germaine Greer that the Prime

Minister's jackets were, how

would you say, unflattering.

I know, I know. Germaine

Greer was right on that

subject. I'm a bloke and I have

learnt a long time ago Karl

that you should never comment on these sorts of

subjects. Personal politics 101

which is if your wife or

girlfriend say, "Does my bum

look big in this" you say, "No"

and get on with it. Button up

seems to be the idea.

A Canberra man accused of

stabbing to death a mother of

three young children in her

MacGregor home has made a brief

appearance in the Magistrates'

Court. Gordon Taylor was at the hearing. 28-year-old Aleksander

Vojneski from Hawker was calm

and impassive in court this

morning when he was charged

with the murder of 30-year-old

Paula Conlon. A relative found

Conlon's body in a room of her

house in MacGregor on Wednesday

afternoon. She had multiple

stab wounds. It is understood

that Vojneski was in a

relationship with the murdered

woman but that they had been

living apart. Neighbours say

Paula Conlon hadn't been living

in the house for long and was a

quiet woman. They had little

contact with her or her

children. Police have searched

a number of properties across

Canberra and have combed the

area around Conlon's house but

haven't revealed whether they

found a murder weapon. Vojneski

didn't apply for bail this

morning and didn't enter a plea

to the murder charge. He has

been remanded in custody and

will appear again in court next

month. The integrity of Federal

Police and customs officers

could be put to the test with

undercover stings and fake

bribes. The Government argues

it will weed out corruption but

critics say the money would be

better spent on border protection. $140 million worth

of new Federal Police

facilities have been unveiled

in Sydney at Australia's

busiest airport. The opening of

the new building is the latest

step in the AFP's takeover of

policing and security at 7

major airports nationwide,

starting in Melbourne. The home

affairs minister also confirmed

Federal Police, crime

commission and customs officers

will be tested for corruption

through undercover stings. They

could involve offer iffing a

bribe to a police officer or a

customs officer to see if they

will take it. They could

involve putting false

information onto a database to

see if that information is

misused or passed on to a

criminal. Since 2010 customs

has suspended for sacked 15

officers for alleged corruption

or miss don't kukt. That suit

of 5,500 staff. The biggest

challenge to Australia's border

protection and law enforcement

agencies is not actually a

small corruption problem but a much bigger problem around

budget cuts and staffing. The

Federal Police Association

agrees it is a waste of money

that could be better targeted

to stop the smuggling of drug,

weapons and other illegal goods

and the resulting crime on our

streets. There are far greater

priorities than this slightly

academic experiment on people

who are already the most

scrutinised employees in this country. Despite their

objections the Commonwealth

officers recognise the

legislation will be introduced

so they at least want checks

and balances to make sure the

integrity testing isn't subject

to corruption itself. The only

people that have anything to

fear out of this are people

taking bribes off crooks. The minister plans to introduce the

legislation by the end of the

year. A joint parliamentary

investigation has identified

dozens of problems with

Australia's immigration

detention system. Riots by asylum seekers last year

prompted the inquiry. It found extended detention contributes

to significant mental health

issues in 86% of detainees. The

majority of committee members

want the system changed,

including a 90-day detention

limit. Giving the enormous

human and financial cost of

held detention the committee

has reached the fundamental

conclusion that less harmful,

far more cost effective

alternatives are available and

should be pursued. The Coalition disagrees with the recommendation saying people

should be detained for as long as it takes to determine

whether they are genuine

refugees. The parents of a

teenage lifesaver who died

while competing at the National

Championships on the Gold Coast

say no one is to blame for

their son's death. The titles

have been moved to a more

protected beach. That's drawn a

mixed reaction from the surf

life saving community.

Thousands of surf lifesavers

took to the beach to compete in

the sport Matthew Barclay was

passionate about. Some people

have come all the way from

Japan and even New Zealand to

compete so it is good they get

a chance to compete as

well. Competition was suspended

on Wednesday when the 14-year-old disappeared during

a board race. The teenager's

body was pulled from the surf

yesterday. His distraught

parents Stephen and Donna

Barclay have released a statement saying they do not

believe anyone is to blame for

what happened. They say Matt

was a champion lifesaver and

the bigger the surf the more he

loved it. It is the third death

of the titles at Kurrawa, the

second in two years and

organisers have come underfire

with calls for a royal

commission. I think we just

need to let the heat just go

out of this a bit. There needs

to be - there will be a

coronial inquiry, okay. The

Barclay's want people to get

behind surf life saving and

build it up, not tear it

down. Surf Life Saving

Australia says its decision to

relocate the event from Kurrawa

to North Kirra was in the best

interests of the movement. But

it has divided the life saving community. I think it should go

back to Kurrawa. I have advised

senior officials of Surf Life

Saving Australia that we would

not support the return of the

Surf Life Saving Championships

to Kurrawa. Life saving great

Clint robinson says the beach

is not the problem, it is the

format which meets changing. Instead of having

7,000 or 8,000 people here I

think nationals is at a point

where we can cull that down to

a third of the

size. Competition finishes on

Sunday.Catholic bishops in

Victoria are writing to

thousands of parishioners

asking them to campaign against

same-sex marriage. Supporters

of gay marriage say the

majority of Australians want

change and the church's

campaign could back fire. Guy

Stayner reports. It is a John

and Yoko love-in broadcast in

support of gay marriage. This

time 43 years ago John and Yoko got married an for their

honeymoon they went to bed for

a week. We are protesting we

can't get married and we want

to get married. The Catholic

Church has no intention of

getting into bed with gay and

lesbian community station Joy.

If the new arrangement s come

um then a fragile institution

like marriage and family will

become more fragile. Six

Catholics bishops in Victoria

are senting 80,000 letters to parishioners encouraging them

to get online and voice their

opposition to same-sex

marriage. Some Catholics say

the church could alienate its

flock. As a Catholic I want to

support that self sacrificing

love people have to one another

forgiving them and recognising

their right to celebrate that

in marriage. Online activists

GetUp! Say it will respond is

to the 80,000 letters with

150,000 emails of its

own. Every time they act they

only entice our members to do

even more.Submissions to the

Senate inquiry on marriage

equality close on 20 April. The

church wants more Catholics to

complete the online survey.This

week dozens of gay couples

staged unlawful wed eggs on the ABC's 'In Gordon Street

Tonight'. The Catholic Church

denies it is losing the PR battle. The church is not there

to be popular. The church is

not there to be not there to be winning Gallup

Polls. The church is to be

faithful to the teachings we

have received and passed on for

mill Lena. Others want old with

the old. Baby we were born this

way. And in with the new. More

than 170 people have been

arrested during a nationwide

strike in Spain. They were

protesting against strict new

Labor laws and austerity

measures. The worst violence

was in Barcelona where

protesters attacked banks and

set fire to bins. They also

clashed with police who fired

rubber bullets at the crowd.

In Madrid unions claimed

900,000 people took to the

streets. The Government says in

new measures are necessary to

reduce debt and prevent Spain

following Greece to the brink

of financial ruin. Unions say

too much is being asked of

workers and they are planning a

long series of protests. Troops

from the African Union are

intensifying their search for

Joseph Kony who is wanted for

war crimes in Uganda. His

alleged exploits have made

headlines around the world

after an internet campaign

watched by millions. Kony's

forces are accused of

kidnapping tens of thousands of

children and forcing them to

become soldiers and sex slaves.

Ginny Stein travelled to

northern Uganda to meet some of his victims and an Australian

woman who is caring for them.

In northern Uganda rebel

leader Joseph Kony's legacy is

still raw and very visible.

While it is now safe for

children to walk to school, for

survivors of the war Lord's

campaign of terror the pain is

never far from the surface. I

have been abducted in 1993.

Kony is very dangerous. He has

killed - he has murdered. People here have

heard of the Kony 2012 video

but lack of power and access to

the internet means few have

seen it until now. The question

every single person here is

asking and getting angry about

is where was this when Kony was

active in northern Uganda. Australian Irene

Gleeson came to northern Uganda

20 years ago at the start of

the war towing a caravan behind

her. Her aim was to do whatever

she could for a growing swathe

of orphaned children. I began

with 50 children feeding them

under the tree next to my

caravan. Then I built

classrooms for them and the

school grew and this particular

group is 3,500. When the war

ended six years ago helping

children who'd once been taught

to kill was her next mission.

In a region trying to recover

from conflict with little

outside help, this college

offers a chance at a different life. Rather than pursuing a

war Lord who is now history,

the people of northern Uganda

say they would prefer help with

getting on with their lives.

Research ers say the

discovery of a new blest cancer

risk gene could improve early

detection of the illness. It

may even help unlock the

genetic code of other

hereditary conditions. All

three of these sisters have had

breast cancer. Within a couple

of years we had four breast

cancer diagnoses in the family.

One with a first cousin and

mine and Doone's and then

sometime later Joanne's. The

discovery of a third high risk

breast cancer gene could

prevent baby Adele from

following in her grandmother's

footsteps. Currently less than

a third of women in families

with a history of cancer know

where they have a

predisposition to the disease.

The latest genetic sequencing

technology used by researchers

at the University of Melbourne

could unlock the genetic codes

faster than ever before. This

enables us to identify more

women at very high risk of

developing breast cancer. It

can identify them before the

diagnosis of breast

cancer. Providing beneficial

information for clinicians. My

mantra is keeping the healthy

healthy. Using technology to

work out what you're at risks

of and using other clinical

technologies to try to keep you

well. If no high risk gene is

found... They can be released

from the fear of cancer and

from the high risk screening as

well. I can't understand that

anybody would not want to know

everything. I would want to

know and I think my children

and their children would also

want to know. It is hoped this

new gene sequencing technology

will help identify other high

risk genes, not just for breast

cancer but also Col elect tall

and prostate cancer. A host of

many other serious diseases

too, providing answers for tens

of thousands of people down the

track. These days we hear a lot

about how faceless men

influence our lives. Well, one

popped up today. This time as

the winner of the Archibald

Prize. The question is, is a

painting of a person without a

face a portrait?for Tim

Storrier this was a return to

the spotlight he first enjoyed

here 44 years ago when he won

the Sulman Prize when he was

only 19. He beat more than 800

other portrait s to carry off

the Archibald for a self

portrait about a face. Just

using clothes to define posture

and mood and to put a face on

it completely changes it. He

included his dog smudge. An

animal, a cat or a dog or even

a bird possibly, can be a great

companion. They are never

critical.Ever. Don't like criticism? Well there is plenty

of opportunity for that but you

don't need it at home,

especially from your dog. There

were critics in the gallery. I

think the faceless nature of it

makes it a very tricky

painting. I really don't think

that the trustees should be

looking for something that is

tricky even by such a well-known artist. That they

that should not enter it into.

I think it won't go down well with the public because the

public are looking for a

portrait with a face. This was

a year when few picked the

winner and the judges were

divided. It was a bittersweet

moment nor the runner up who

has been a long time Archibald

favourite. Again.That's the 7th

time. Jenny Sages's portrait of

herself as a grieving widow was

favoured by some but not enough

to give the artist a longed-for

win. What can I say? I started

off with brown hair and I now

have white hair. The Sydney

artist will return. Yes, of

course I will. The public will

have a say. The people's choice

out of the 41 finalists will be

revealed next month.

The world of country music is

in mourning for one of its

pioneers.He had a revolutionary

three finger technique. His

best known credit is the theme

for a 1960s TV series, the

Beverly Hillbillies. I would

get records by Earl Scruggs, 33

rpm, and you could slow them

down and I would turn my banjo

down and pick out the songs

note by note. I learnt to play

them that way. A Vietnam war

opponent he was notoriously

modest describing himself as a

country boy from North

Carolina. He died of natural

causes in a Nashville hospital.

He was 88. To finance now. The

Australian dollar bounced back

today as the local share market closed steady. closed steady.

The dollar is back above

104US currents but it was

steady or lower against all the

others. The Australian currency

seems to have ended its affair

with the Dow Jones as

representative of the general

move towards risk assets. The

correlation between them has

been very close for longer than

shown in this chart. Really

since the crisis in 2008 but

this month the Dow has pushed

higher while the Aussie dollar

has faded away. The All

Ordinaries hasn't kept pace

with the Dow either.

The Dow Jones rose today while

the All Ords closed steady with

falls by the banks offsetting

rises by the resources stocks.

New home sales were weak in February reinforcing the message from Stockland this

week that things are tough.

Home building growth is the

weakest in 11 years. That is

reflected in new figures for

credit as well, only 0.4%

growth in February. Weak credit

growth is the new normal for

banks. They had gotten used to

compound annual growth rate in

the loan books for 15% for

decade and that fuelled

consumption and housing booms.

Now they are fighting over 3.5%

growth and banks, home builders

and retailers are all

struggling a be. I will be back

on Sunday with 'Inside Business'. Until then, that is finance.

The woman who oversaw the

controversial corps ron natural

inquiry into Canberra's 2003

bushfires has hung up her gown

for the last time. Maria Doogan

retired after 14 years in the

ACT Magistrates' Court. A

critical point in the ACT's

history. Four lives and 500

homes lost and Maria Doogan was

right in the middle. Her tough

approach led to calls for her

to step aside on the basis of

an apprehension of bias. The

Chief Minister lined up with

emergency, fire and park staff

to have a new coroner

appointed. It was a disgraceful

way to treat her. The Stanhope

Government did not give her the

respect she deserved. But the

current attorney-general says

there is nothing unusual about

questioning the recommendations

of an inquiry. This does not in

any way reflect on Magistrate

Doogan's capacity or the work

and the extensive research she

undertook in relation to that

coronial inquiry. Doogan held

her ground as appeals to unseat

her failed. The coronial report

was finally delivered in 2006.

All agree her departure leaves

a big hole in the level of

experience on the bench. She is

very well respected by both

defence and prosecution lawyers

for her sense of fairness and

she is a bit tough. It has been

a long road for Doogan who

arrived in Australia as a

three-year-old from war-torn

Poland to become the first ACT

Magistrate from a non-English

speaking background. It has

been a full slate with extra

roles, including the navy

reserve legal panel and the ACT

rugby union judiciary. Very sad

to see her moving on but time

takes its toll on the whole lot

of us. There will be no slowing

down just yet. Maria Doogan is

off to Disneyland with the

grandchildren.

The Canberra Raiders have

signed a new sponsorship deal

with a China based technology

company Huawei. The two-year

deal is worth a reported $1.7

million with an option to

extend a further two years. The

technology giant was recently

blocked from ininvolvement in the National Broadband Network.

It is a first for Huawei.

Never before has the chie

noise-based company sponsored a

major sports team. It is very

exciting here today to be

joined with this icon nick

rugby league team the Canberra

Raiders. In on effort to boost

its name in Australia the

company is backing the raiders

after opting against several

other sporting codes and teams

including the Brumbies. The

Raiders have been very active

in giving us good proposals and

at the end of the day we is

come to this arrange. A little

late into the season but this

is our first ever support

soreship worldwide so we wanted

to make sure we got it right. Parliament House was an

interesting location for the

announcement of the deal given

that the Federal Government blocked the company from

involvement in the NBN. Also in

Canberra the Kookaburras will

play the second of their

three-match series against

Japan tomorrow. The Australian

side beat the visitors 3-1 last

night at the Lyneham Hockey

Centre. They were solid and well organised. We haven't

played them for a long time so

we were a little bit unsure of

what we were going to get from Japan. Japan will hope to

qualify for the Olympics next

month while Australia's players

are compete amongst themselves

for spots in the London games

team. There are others in

Canberra that have been eyeing

off loan don't at the national

Archer championships in

Tuggeranong. Sky Kim took out

the men's event and Deonne

Bridger the womens I will be

shooting a lot of ah yos in

Korea in next week. Working on

technique with the

coach. Australia's Archers have

several more events over the

coming months to secure

qualification for the

games. Ill has all the elements

o a great piece of fiction, an ancient route connecting the

east with the west, trading in silk, spices and knowledge. But

the Silk Road was very real and

forms the subject of a new

exhibition at the national

museum. Silk, it is one of the

oldest fibres known to mankind

and the very origin of the

legendary Silk Road. It is one

of the great stories of

cultural and ideas

exchange. Despite its name the

Silk Road was not a road at all

but a complex trading route

spanning thousands of

kilometres. The Silk Road

itself linked up communities

stretching from Xi'an in the

east, of course, right across

to Baghdad in the west. The

exhibition starts in the exhibition starts in the east. Xi'an was the ancient

capital of China, which is

basically the hub of where the

silk itself - the silk fabrics

were accumulated. From there it

follows the major Trading Posts

where animal furs, spices and

cotton are added to the market You get to experience

what it is like in the hold of

a Dow. You get to experience a

night market place. You get to sense what it

sense what it is like to walk

beside Cam yells. Even the

basics of written communication

can be traced back to the Silk

Road. Paper. Not only the paper

product but paper-making technology was traded across

from China. That was a

revolutionary product. The silk

road can claim credit for more

than just raw goods. So much of

the exchange of ideas of art

and technology has roots in

that long trading route. It is

part of our own intellectual

leg it is. What was happening

in the Silk Road 1,000 years

ago affected the way we live

today. An ancient pathway but

one that spawned modern

civilisation.

Now with a look at today's

weather here is Mark Carmody.

Good Evening. A beautiful day

like today where it was fine,

sunny and warm and got to 24

deserves a beautiful new rose

on the lapel. This is one. It

is called Clea's Rose named

after Clea Rose who was

tragically killed some years

back. Like today it has

everything. A beauty spring

flush that goes on and on and

on, it is vigorous, disease

free and has a perfume. This

evening's weather is ideal for evening's weather is ideal for

bringing out floral perfumes as

it is clear, calm earn warm and

21 degrees.

No wonder everywhere was fine

and sunny as there is very

little significant cloud over

mainland Australia but there is

some moving across the Bight

which might deliver afternoon

showers here on Sunday.That is associated with a trough that

is linked up with a cold front

and that will move across Victoria and southern New South

Wales other the weekend.

Whyalla Sales of Clea's Rose will help

raise fund for the acquired brain injury association. brain injury association.

It is beautiful. The cat is

out of the bag. We know you are out of the bag. We know you are

leaving us in a month's time.

Where are you going in I'm

taking a seniors gap year. I

can't see why all the young

should have all the fun and I

might travel along that Silk

Road in I get half a

chance. You will have a

marvellous time and you are

always young at heart. You have

been watching the ABC's

Canberra news bulletin here on

ABC1.Thanks for joining me.

Stay with us now for 7:30 ACT. Have a

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Hi. I'm Nicholas Evans. And

I'm John Evans. And tonight a

special 7:30 ACT program that

celebrates 2 Canberrans. Our parents Margaret Evans and

Lloyd Evans. Lloyd was

recruited to Canberra in 1956 recruited to Canberra in 1956

by CSIRO to set up the fibre

tron which is an advanced

building for growing plants under controlled conditions.

This year marks the 50th

anniversary since it was

officially opened. Margaret was

a trained psychologist and

after raising my brother