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Tonight - the ACTU

suspends the Health Services

Union. The decision was not

taken lightly. It is a very

grave and serious step for the ACTU. Power shock -

Canberra's electricity prices

set to soar. A decade on,

survivors of the Bali bombing

testify against the alleged

bombmaker. And, from the ashes

of Australia's worst house

fire, a gift of home. I don't

know how... I am lost for words

to explain it. Good evening,

and welcome to ABC News, I'm

Virginia Haussegger. The controversial dossier on malpractice at the Health

Services Union will be released

some time next month. In music

to Tony Abbott's ears, late

today, Fair Work Australia

announced its 1100-page report

on the HSU would be made public

after all. Today as expected,

the ACTU suspended the union

until it demonstrates improved

management of members' affairs

and money. Nadia Gilmore

reports. Dark days for the

union movement, and it's in

damage control. The decision

was not taken lightly. It is a

very grave and serious step for

the ACTU. It's yet another

humiliation for the beleaguered

Health Services Union kicked

out of the ACTU temporarily at

least. The decision was

overwhelmingly supported by the

majority of the executive.

The peak body acted to protect

what it calls the union brand -

getting in early before anyone

knows the extent of the HSU's

misconduct detailed in Fair

Work Australia's 1100-page

report. It's a publicity

stunt. They want to get some

credibility out of this. They

want to make sure that the rest

of the union membership isn't

tarred with the same brush.

This is not a publicity stunt,

this is a clear statement by

the ACTU executive that there

is zero tolerance for

corruption. The Labor MP who

once ran the union is distancing himself. It's

really got nothing to do with

me. Craig Thomson's taking comfort in the announcement

that Commonwealth prosecutors

can't act on the Fair Work

report, because it's not a

proper brief of evidence. The

DPP's indications yesterday

were very encouraging and are

very consistent with what I've

said all along about being

innocent in relation to this

issue. Tony Abbott's not

letting him off the hook. The

ACTU would not have used that

very powerful and evocative

term corruption, if they did

not think that very, very

serious wrongdoing had not

taken place. He wants Fair

Work to provide a brief of

evidence, or let police step

in. Hundreds of thousands of

dollars of union members' money

have been grievously misused.

It is not appropriate for me

and it's not appropriate for

Tony Abbott to be trying to

give directions to an

independent body. Late today,

Fair Work Australia agreed to

release its report to a Senate

committee, but not straight

away. It won't hand over the

document for at least another

month while it's still

considering whether to take

High Court action against the

union. The timing is not good.

As the nights get longer and

chillier, Canberrans have been

told to prepare for a 17% jump

in electricity prices. The

independent regulator says the

whopping rise is being driven

mostly by the coming price on

carbon and it's not sure

Government compensation will whether Federal and Territory

compensate those most in need.

It couldn't come at a worse

time. When most Canberrans

increasingly turn inward with

the changing seasons, and this

winter, electricity could cost

households almost $5 a week

more. It's a shocking result

for Canberra families. It is

the largest price hike we've

seen in at least five years or

Independent Competition and longer. The architect is the

Regulatory Commission. In its

draft review of ACT electricity

costs the commission proposes a

17.2% rise, up from close to 7

% last year, and fuelled by the

introduction of a price on

carbon. The commission

estimates that this accounts

for about 13 percentage points

of the 17.2% increase. While

the average ACT household could

be forking out an extra $244 a

year for electricity, utility

bills are still expected to

remain the lowest in the

nation. In some jurisdictions

like Victoria, it will hit

harder, because their carbon

intensity is higher than ours.

There are mixed views over

whether compensation will

protect those most in need.

The commission says households

may be partly offset by the

Government's planned

compensation scheme, but it

hasn't done the sums yet.

It's fairly complicated, we

haven't tried to do it until

we're close to having final

numbers. That's why ACT

Labor has invested over $220

per household in lower income

areas. We will be seeing this

increase before the end of the

year, while we're waiting for

some schemes that the ACT

Government has proposed around

energy efficiency to be

debated. There may be a

silver lining beyond 2015 when

a free market for permits

begins. In 2015 it begins a

free market with a floor price

of $15. Then, we may see a

reduction in electricity prices

if the price falls, as many

forecasters are predicting.

Consultation on the draft price

rise closes next month. A

final decision is expected in

June with the price to take

effect from 1 July. Survivors

of the 2002 Bali bombing have

appeared in a Jakarta court to give evidence in the trial of

the alleged bombmaker Umar

Patek. Patek is accused of

building the car bomb, which

blew up two nightclubs in Kuta

killing more than 200 people.

Indonesia correspondent Matt

Brown reports from Jakarta.

Umar Patek arrived in a good

mood, undaunted by the prospect

of coming face-to-face with his

victims. He showed no emotion,

even as Peter Hughes testified

about the lasting impact of the

twin blasts. I feel

isolated... I feel lonely, I

feel depressed. I feel

frustrated... I feel annoyed,

um, and very, very angry.

Patek is accused of mixing the

explosives for the bombings.

They left Peter Hughes on death's door with horrific

burns to much of his body and

nearly 10 years after the

event, it's still hard to talk

about. It's pretty tough to

get through the mental trauma

of it all. This is the first

time the alleged bomber and his

victim have been in the same

room, and for Mr Hughes it was

an important confrontation. I

think you have to, I think

you've got to fight the

criminals that attack not only

yourself, but many others back

in Australia. Former

footballer Jason McCartney told

the court the bombings had also

left him with lasting physical,

and emotional scars. Mr

McCartney testified against the

so-called smiling bomber Amrozi

in 2003 and he says today was a

stark contrast. Nine years

ago, Amrozi would not look at

any of us, so it was a lot

different. You can't understand what goes through

their minds. Umar Patek could

face the death penalty and

Peter Hughes hopes it's

applied. I think this guy

planned it like Mukhlas and

Samudra, he has to go the same

way. For his part Umar Patek

left the way he came in -

showing no remorse. His trial

is expected to continue for

around two more months. A

court in NSW today sentenced a

leading figure in an

international child sex and

child pornography ring to 21

years jail. The 50-year-old

man can't be identified. The

court heard he'd systematically

abused his own children and had

at times streamed pictures of

the assaults live on the Internet, and a warning

Laetitia Lemke's report

contains some disturbing

material. The evidence of was

distressing in the extreme. As

the judge read out the

statement of facts, members of

the media and the public wept


The 50-year-old father and

his 30-year-old wife pleaded

guilty to a string of charges

relating to the sexual abuse of

their 11-year-old daughter and

12-year-old son. The abuse,

which often happened in the

company of others was recorded,

uploaded to the Internet and at

times straemed live via webcam.

The court heard the accused

was involved in an Internet

chatroom where he canvassed his

abuse and encouraged other

parents to sexually abuse their

children. The judge said it

showed the accused was

completely unrepentant. The

50-year-old sat silently in

court as his sentence was read

out. He'll face 21 years in

jail, but will eligible for

parole after 15. Advocacy

groups say that sentence isn't

strong enough. It sends the

message that if you access

child pornography, you will get

caught and you will go to jail

and 21 years is a lengthy

sentence, but in this

particular case, these were his

children. The children's

mother will be sentenced next

week over similar charges,

along with a 43-year-old family

friend, who also sexually

abused the children with their

parents' permission. A man has

been charged over an alleged sexual assault in the grounds

of the Royal Military College

this morning. The 23-year-old

was arrested at Duntroon in the

early hours after a 21-year-old

woman reported that a man had broken into her house and

assaulted her. The man's been

charged with two counts of

sexual intercourse without

consent and will appear in

court on Saturday morning. The

Papua New Guinea Parliament has

voted to delay elections

scheduled for June prolonging

the country's political crisis.

In an unprecedented move, the

Parliament in Port Moresby

voted to deafer the poll which

is held every five years. --

defer. Those who are against,

11. The government says the

country won't be ready for the election because of a funding

shortfall, problems with the

electoral roll and police not

being ready to provide adequate

security. The deferral comes

despite repeated assurances by

the Prime Minister that polling

would proceed as scheduled.

Education Ministers of all political persuasions say

they'll work together to make

funding to the nation's schools

fairer. The Gonski Report has

called for an extra $5 billion.

The big sticking point, though,

is where the money is going to

come from. It's billed as a

historic moment for schools

funding in Australia.

Education Ministers vowing to

put politics aside and act in

the national interest. This

is a really big day for

education reform in the history

of our country, and we'll go on

from here. Business leader

David Gonski says the nation's

school education funding model

needs a massive overhaul.

Today he briefed Education

Ministers behind closed doors.

His 2-year investigation into

school funding found an extra

$5 billion was needed to close

the gap between rich and poor

students. I can't understand

why quality education is good

for some. If it's good for

some, it is good for all our

young people. Private schools

fear the proposed changes would

cost them dearly. If the

Government reduces funding,

fees will increase and this is

putting enormous pressure on

parents and the level of

uncertainty is extremely high. The Federal Government is

hoping for a deal to be done

this year, but just who'll foot

the bill for what's a massive

funding injection won't be

easily resolved. The money is

part of the issue here, but

there is much more detail to it

than simply money. Today's

decision is a positive step

forward, but what we now need

is action and a definite

commitment to new funding arrangements, a definite

commitment to the injection of

$5 billion. The current

funding model finishes in 2013,

and private schools say they

need two or three years' notice

to deal with any big changes to

Government funding. The

survivors of Australia's worst

house fire have been handed the

keys to a new home built by

volunteers. 11 members of the

one family perished in the

blaze at Logan south of

Brisbane last August. The

builders labourers union teamed up with construction companies

to build them a new home.

There were tears... I've seen

good people around, it makes me

cry. But so many more smiles

as the Taufa family marked a

new beginning. It make me

feel strong that I create more

families. Mr Taufa lost 11 of

his family, eight of them children, in last year's

devastating house fire. The

distressing scenes of mourning

before the Samoan and Tongan

communities touched the wider

community, too. I live in the

area and I drove by and after

the local council had removed

the house and it was just a

vacant lot, so I thought the

best thing that we could do as

an industry as a whole is

rebuild a home. David Hanna

rallied his groups and teamed

up with a couple of big construction companies to

provide free labour and

building materials. It took

just eight weeks to transform

the site from a place of

mourning, to a home once more.

I think it was good for the family to know that the

community supports 'em and they

have a lot of friends and

support out there, and they've

just got to reach out and we're

there for him. Despite

enormous gratitude Mr Taufa

says he's not ready to move

into his new home. Until he

is, he'll continue to live next

door, but he says today's

ceremony has marked a huge step

in his family's healing

process. They've helped them

throughout this whole time of

grief and today is just a happy

day. It's something for them

to hold onto. Sturdy

foundations for a brighter

future. A young

surf-lifesaving chachon who --

champion who died at last

week's titles has been

farewelled on the Sunshine

Coast. More than 1,000

gathered at a local church for

the funeral of Matt Barclay.

His coach praised the

youngster's parents for

nurturing his emerging talents.

Your son carried a spirit

that attracted many of us and

all kids his age. He's very,

very unique. Matt Barclay had

already shown great potential,

winning the Junior Coolangatta

Gold last year. Medical

researchers in Melbourne have

made a significant discovery

about a rare form of muscular

dystrophy. They've identified

a protein that could

dramatically increase the life

span of the young boys and men

affected by the disease. The

daily lives of these boys are

already acutely affected by

duchenne muscular dystrophy, a

strain which only affects young

males. It causes wasting of

muscle, muscle weakness and

breathing difficulties. The

boys will lose the ability to

walk. Boris Struk is the

executive director of the

Muscular Dystrophy Association.

His own son Ryan has duchenne

and at 32 years of age relies

on a ventilator to breathe.

We've seen him go from a

vibrant, young guy who was

running around, albeit very

slowly, progressing to a

wheelchair at about eight and a

half years of age. There's no

researchers at the University known cure for the disease and

of Melbourne have been working

for years to find an effective

treatment. Now they think

they've discovered it, by using

a drug to increase a specific

stress protein in affected

muscles. We actually showed

we could treat the mice

successfully and it actually

improved the muscle strength, delayed the disease

progression, and actually

improved the life span by about

20%. More than 20,000 people

in Australia are affected by

some form of muscular

dystrophy. More than 1,000

were diagnosed with duchenne as

young boys and this development

will give some new hope to

their families. Anything, any

process that offers hope to our

community, that's what we hang

out for, that's what we wait

for as mums, as dads, as

siblings. The drug used in

the study is already showing

success in diabetes patients

overseas. It's hoped that will

fast track human trials for a treatment that could prolong

the lives of those with the

degenerative condition. To

finance now, and commodities

slumped on global markets last

night. Despite that, the Australian dollar recovered

slightly today, although the

local sharemarket followed

global markets lower. Here's

Alan Kohler.

The concern about Spain's debt

position is growing and today's

main effect of that was seen on

commodity markets, where gold

dropped more than $50 an ounce.

The crude oil price fell 2.5%,

copper more than 3%, silver 6.7

and wheat about 3%. Here's the

evidence of rising anxiety

about Spain and Italy. It's

their credit default swap

prices. This is the cost for

creditors of inshurg against

the default of these countries.

Spain is back to the previous

peaks when bond markets were

panicking. Italy's is well

short of that, but has gone up

sharply in recent days. This

chart shows the latest fright

comes at a time of calm, even complaisancy especially on the

other side of the Atlantic.

Volatility is back at its

lowest levels - just when

everyone thinks it's safe to

get back in the water.

A series of companies and

elite sporting clubs have cut

their ties with the energy

broker Energy Watch after its

CEO repeatedly posted offensive

and racist remarks on his

personal Facebook page. Among

Ben Polis's targets were the

Aboriginal footballer Liam

Jurrah and the Prime Minister

Julia Gillard. Energy Watch

has sacked Ben Polis and forced

him to divest his shares in the

company. But the affair is

another unwanted distraction for the Melbourne Football

Club, which has endured a

difficult couple of weeks.

Melbourne is seeming to be

rocked by a crisis every week

in a continuation of an

extraordinary series of events

which has engulfed the club of

late, the Demons are without a

major sponsor after it emerged

the CEO of Energy Watch had

made distasteful remarks on his

Facebook page. A decision,

which as I said didn't take

much consideration. Clearly

the comments are so far outside

of the expectations and values

of our club and of our game.

This challenge also has the

effect and the impact on a

financial basis of which we

will confront, but you can put

no price on your club's

integrity. The condemnation

for Ben Polis's remarks was

widespread. To see someone associated with one of the great Football Clubs making

comments like that is deeply

disappointing. I mean, they are offensive, they're

ridiculous. The Demons and

Energy Watch were in the first

year of a 3-year deal worth $6

million and the club is aware

of the financial implications

of the move. We'll deal with

the financial issue. The club

is actually in the strongest

position financially it's been

in for many years. We're debt

free, we've gone from a club

over $5 million in debt to a

club which has an asset base of

over $6 million. We will deal with this issue financially,

but at no stage will we compromise the integrity and

values of our organisation.

Earlier today, polis was

removed as CEO and late this

afternoon, Energy Watch

announced it had reached an

agreement with him to relinquish his shareholding

altogether. The company has

also apologised for the

remarks, but that wasn't enough

to stop the Melbourne Victory

and the Melbourne Rebels from

severing ties with Energy

Watch. Australia's Anna Meare

certificates has broken a world

record in today's qualifying heats at the World Track

Cycling Championships in

Melbourne. Last night, there

was big upsets and a surprise

win to a young Australian

sprint team. More from our

Olympics reporter Ben Knight.

It was a night that just didn't

follow the script. Certainly, no-one expected the middle-ranked German team to

qualify first in the women's

sprint or to break a world

record in doing it. Nor

apparently did the Germans

themselves. The much-hyped

rivalry between Australia and

Great Britain became a nonevent

when the British team qualified

fourth. It was Australia and

Germany in the final, both

broke the world record that had

been set just half an hour

before, but it was the Germans

who finished in front. After

three world championships in a

row, it was time for the

Australians to hand over their

rainbow jerseys. We rode

outside of our skin tonight.

That's the fastest we've ever

performed as a team and we only

got beat by a better team

disappointment for Australia's tonight. There was

men's pursuit team too. The

reigning world champions beat

the British in London two

months ago. This time, the

Brits returned the favour and

set another world record. But

the biggest upset of the night

went Australia's way. The

men's sprint team wasn't really

expected to even win a medal

here, but then came some

stunning news - the

second-placed Germans were

zwfed. Suddenly, the

Australians found themselves

lining up against the fastest

qualifier - France - for the

gold medal, which they won by

just one 1,000th of a second.

For a team which has been

called a work in progress this

was an unexpected, but very

welcome result. When we heard

we were in the ridoff, our

energy level went up. We knew

we were up for a good fight and

we brought it home. This

young team has a quality leader

in Shane Perkins. He's put his off-track troubles of four

years ago well and truly behind

him and says becoming a father

has had a lot to do with it.

11 times world surfing champion

Kelly Slater has progressed to the quarterfinals of the Bells

Beach Classic. The American

needed a score of 8.07 on the

last wave of his third heat

against Australia's Nick

Muscroft. Slater continued his

impressive form to win his

fourth round heat later in the



gentlemen, Kelly Slater. Also

into the quarterfinals are Owen

Wright and defending champion

Joel Parkinson. Wright's

younger sister Tyler progressed

to the women's quarterfinals.

A snake today forced a small

plane to make an emergency

landing in Darwin. A pilot

apparently kept his cool when

the snake appeared just

centimetres from his face and

slithered down his leg. Snakes

on a plane is the kind of thing

you'd only expect to see in a

Hollywood movie. But for

25-year-old pilot Braden

Blennerhasset, life has

imitated art. You don't see a

snake on board the aircraft

every day, so you can just

imagine, I thought I was seeing

things. The pilot was

carrying a small load of cargo

in his twin-engined beech craft

afternoon. Shortly after baron aircraft on Tuesday

takeoff he spotted a snake

poking out of the instrument

panel. He called the air

traffic controller to ask for a

snake handler. When I got

into the flare, landing the

aircraft, he decided it was

time to crawl past my leg and

found his way onto the floor.

Airport firefighters met the

plane and the snake was

spotted, but it got away again.

We think it was a golden

treesnake, long and thin.

Golden treesnakes are

nonvenomous and rangers say

without food it's likely to be

disembarking shortly. Yuck!

Now with a look at today's

weather here's Mark Carmody.

Thanks, I love a snake story!

What great weather to start the Easter break - fine and

eventually sunny and a top of

25. This morning it started

out being overcast and

surprise, surprise, nearly a

millimetre fell at the airport.

I said eventually and that's

because the sun didn't show

until after lunch. Currently

clear and calm and a pleasant


The water temperature is 20,

ideal for swimming.

In WA, there's cloud which

is generating areas of showers

and rain. This unseasonally

warm weather will come to a

halt tomorrow, though, as a

change is approaching Adelaide

and will eventually get here

some time around Sunday

afternoon. And it'll cool

Adelaide down.

Camping will be good in the

capital tomorrow, as well!

This flower comes from

south-west WA, but you can see

it at our beaut Botanic Gardens

and the weather over the

weekend will be good to spend

an hour or two up there.

That's the news for now.

You've been watching the

Canberra news bulletin here on

ABC1. We'll leave you with the

national zoo and aquarium which

has been showing off a new

arrival in the zebra enclosure.


Closed Captions by CSI.

What a farce, the botched

investigation into the Health

Services Union and Craig

Thomson MP. This Program is

Captioned Live. We've received

nothing from Fair Work

Australia. We really still

have a lack of information.

Certainly a fairly clear error

has been made of not liaising

closely with the DPP This the

second time I've ever played in

front of people, man. And the

double life of legendary

musician Graham Nash. It is a

question of carrying your

camera. I'm always waiting for

Elvis to come around the corner

on the back of an elephant.

Now, it may not happen, but

I'll be ready. Welcome to

7.30. I'm Chris Uhlmann. It

can only be described as a

farce. An investigation that

dragged on for three years, a

secret report handed to the

Commonwealth prosecutor that

turns out to be useless for

pursuing criminal action and