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Live. Plenty of problems, not

enough money - a call for

urgent action to help dementia

patients. The people with

dementia and family carers who

we spoke to have overwhelmingly

said that the system is failing

them. Show time in North Korea

- a peaceful satellite or

something more menacing? We are

not doing it for provocative

purpose. The Government wants a

surplus next month. How far

should it go? I think it should

avoid excessive spending cuts

at all costs. And hundreds of

passengers queue up to recreate

'Titanic''s fateful voyage. Two

and a half years of planning

this, so, you know... wee!

Hello and welcome to ABC News

across Australia. I'm Nicole

Chettle. The Federal Government

has acknowledged that the aged

care system is failing dementia

sufferers and their carers. Alzheimer's Australia has

released a scathing report

which has found problems with

every stage of dementia

treatment from dying o know sis

to training and pay for aged

care staff. Younger people with

early onset dementia are facing even tougher problems. The

Government is promising action. I accept the ball is

now in our court and we need to

develop our response and

release it as soon as we

possibly can. But he won't say

if there will be more money in

this year's Budget to tackle

the problems. Glenn Rees is the chief executive of Alzheimer's

Australia. He says the number

of people with dementia will

double in the next 20 years and

he wants the Government

continue vest half a billion

dollars in next month's Federal

Budget. Glenn Rees, you spoke to-a-thousand people across

Australia. What are they

telling you, is the system up

to scratch? The people with

dementia and family carers who

we spoke to have overwhelmingly

said that the system is failing

them, from the point of diagnosis through community

care and through to residential

care and hospitals. They find

that they're being let down and

the consequence of that is that

those family carers and people

with dementia are bearing the

real cost of system failure. We

know this is a big problem for

older Australians. There are

1600 new cases every week, but

is it hurting younger people as

well? There are some 15,000

people with dementia under 65

in Australia. They have

particular problems getting a

diagnosis because doctors

aren't looking for dementia in

younger people. It's true to

say there are no age-appropriate services in

Australia for those younger

people, and often it involves a

lot of family trauma. For

children who don't understand example, in respect of younger

what's going on, or in terms of

loss of employment. But half a

billion dollars is, of course,

a substantial investment. How

confident are you that the

Government will deliver? We're

confident that the Minister for

mental haedge and ageing Mark

Butler understand the issues

very well. We know that the

Government is committed to

reform of aged care in this

term of government. What we

really want is action in the

2012 Budget because every year

that passes sees an increasing

number of people with dementia,

so we really want action in the

2012 Budget. But I understand

the money you're asking for

represents just 2% of the

operating costs when it comes

to dementia care. How would you

spend this money, where is it

needed most? We believe the

extra money would be targeted

to very much needed priorities,

including timely diagnosis

where people currently wait for

over three years for a

diagnosis, for improving the

quality of community care and

residential care services and

in particular the expansion of

respite which is flexible and

really meets the needs of

people with dementia and their

family carers, and last of all

an issue which is neglected,

which is dementia research. We

would put $200 million into

research if the Government

approves the request that we

made. Glenn Rees in Canberra,

thanks for joining us. Many

thanks. More pressure today on

the suspended boss of a key

union. Several top-ranking

officials with the Health

Services Union have turned on

their national President

Michael Williamson, demanding

he resign. 10 of the 14 members

say Mr Williamson who is

currently suspended on full pay

should stand down immediately.

A recent Fair Work Australia investigation into the union

uncovered more than 180

bleaches of the rules. The

HSU's Acting President Chris

Brown say it is can no longer

wait for the findings of

further investigations into

allegations of corruption and

fraud. A 29-year-old man will

undergo surgery this afternoon

after being shot at a nightclub

in Sydney's Kings Cross last

night. Police were called to

the Bada Bing strip club at

about 1:30 this morning after

reports of a shooting on the

dance floor. The 29-year-old

male was on the dance floor. He

became involved in a scuffle

with some other men. During

that scuffle a single shot was discharged into his left

shoulder. The men involved in

the fight fled the scene before

police arrived. Authorities are

reviewing security footage to

work out what happened. It's

the fourth shoot in Sydney over

the Easter weekend, but

authorities say there is no

evidence the incident dents

are connected. Four men are in

police custody after a shooting

in Brisbane's north last night.

The Queensland Police union

says off-duty officers noticed

a car they believed had been

involved in robberies the night

before and followed it. The car

drove at police, prompting an

officer to fire shots in

self-defence. A 17-year-old in

the car was hit in the thigh

and is in hospital. Police

haven't been able to pursue

because of the policy. The

police have taken to the use of

their firearms in their only

attempt to defend

themselves. Police followed the

vehicle for another 7km before

it stopped. The police ethical

standards command is

investigating. The usually

secretive North Korea has

suddenly gone very public about

its latest long-range rocket.

The West fears the rocket will

be used to launch a nuclear

missile, but North Korea

insists that it is a peaceful

satellite. The rocket is

expected to take off in the

next few days from the space

centre at Tongchang-dong in the

nation's west. Hidden in the

hills, a birthday gift for a

dictator. Kim Jong-il died, but

is officially the President of

North Korea. So to celebrate

the centenary of his birth this

week, his country is preparing

to put a satellite in space.

America and other nations are

outraged. It's not what the

rocket is carrying, but what's

underneath it. They say this

will be an intercontinental

ballistic test. The regime

believes that those are what

guarantees its survival in the

face of threats from America

and elsewhere. Our journey to

the launch site took five hours

by train. The satellite is

maempbt to show the world the

North is now a strong and

prosperous nation, but we saw

little that looks strong or

prosperous. The country, now

ruled by Kim Il-Sung's grandson

remains deeply isolated,

stubbornly Socialist, unable to

feed all its people, and

suspicious, too. Three times we were searched by security.

North Korea insists launching

a satellite is its sovereign

right. This has been planned

long ago. This launch is done

on the occasion of the 100th

birthday of our President Kim

Il-Sung. We are not doing it for provocative

for provocative purpose. The

satellite itself will broadcast

Sung, the dead President. North

Korea says its intentions are

peaceful, but the UN Security

Council has banned it pr missile launches. In the

control room, they say everything is ready for

lift-off this week. North Korea

has problems feeding its own

people. Does he think it's

right to spend this much money

and effort on this program?

TRANSLATION: If we don't

develop our own technology, we

will become slaves. We need our

own technology to be an

advanced country, to be a

powerful space nation. Though

the launch could trigger a

dangerous sequence of events.

South Korea and Japan say they

will shoot down the rocket if

it falls on its territory.

America may seek new sanctions

and the North says any of those

will be seen as hostile acts. Sri Lankan police have

denied they've abducted an

Australian citizen who was

about to launch a new political

party. Kumar Gunaratnam from

New South Wales is reported to

have disappeared in the city of

Colombo and his family says he

has been taken by Sri Lankan

secret police. They say it's

because of his political

activities, adding another man

involved in the launch of the

new opposition party has also

disappeared. The man's wife

fears for his life. He is an

Australian citizen. I'm begging

Australia see my husband alive.

If anybody think he did

something wrong, I know he

never did anything wrong, but

if anybody think he did

everything wrong, act legally.

Don't do any disappearances,

don't let them to kill him.

That's what they're going to

do. The Department of Foreign

Affairs has confirmed a

42-year-old man went missing in

Sri Lanka last week. At least

20 people have been killed in

two bomb blasts in troubled

Nigeria. The most recent was in the central place of Jos where

an unknown number of people

were injured. Earlier in the

northern city of Kuduna, a car

bomber targeteded a church. Some reports put the death toll

as high as 38. Police said the

suicide bomber had been turn

add way from an evangelical

church during Easter services,

instead detonating his bomb in

front of a hotel near another

church. It's a reminder of

Christmas Day attacks which

left dozens of people dead.

No-one has yet claimed

responsibility. Syria is now

demanding written guarantees

from rebel groups before it

abides by a previously agreed

ceasefire deadline. The Tuesday

ceasefire had been talked out

with coveny Annan. There was an

increase in violence over the

weekend that claimed almost 180

lives, many of them

civilians. An unusual show of

air power by the Syrian regime,

flying military jets over the

north of the country as troops

and tanks battled on the ground

below. Unlike Libya, Damascus

knows there is no risk of

getting shot down by NATO

here. Further south at Homs,

several districts continued to

be pounded by artillery and

tanks. The bulk of the

casualties inflicted by heavy

weapons like these may be

civilians, but it is the

opposition fighters entrenched

here that the regime is after.

Despite months of battling, it

hasn't been able to gain

control. That's why just 48

hours before it was meant to

pull the military troops out of

the cities, they want written

guarantees. It wants Ghan fee

tees that countries backing

them - Saudi Arabia, Qatar and

Turkey - will promise to stop.

The demands throw the whole

Annan plan into doubt.

Government troops backed by

tanks and artillery heavily

outbegun the lightly armed

rebels. Activists on the ground

were scathing about the demand

for guarantees. They are

killing. They are just lying to themselves. They want

guarantees from who? From the

whole Syrian people? From the

people who kill? From the

martyrs? From who? We won't

take it seriously. But the

government is taking hits. An

armoured vehicle and a tank

were knocked out by activists

in Homs. The Government says if

it pulled the troops out, the

opposition would simply take

over in many areas, it

believes. Well, the number

crunchers are putting the final

touches to next month's Federal

Budget and there is pressure on the Government to deliver on

its promise to get the country

back in the black. But is

returning the Budget to surplus

on schedule an economic

imperative? Shane Oliver is the

chief economist at AMP Capital

Investors. I think the key

thing for the Government not to

do is to cut so aggressively

that it really damages the

economy. Yes, I can can

understand the Government's

desire to get the Budget back

into surplus for 2012/13, but I

think it should avoid excessive

spending cuts at all costs. It

should focus on selling more

mobile phone spectrum or

alternatively show creative

accounting from one year to the

next rather than going aggressively on spending which

would only damage the economy

and potentially make the

situation a lot worse. So is

this push to rumpb the Budget

to a surplus an economic imperative? Most economists,

including myself, think it

doesn't really matter whether

the Budget hits surplus in the

next financial year or the one

after. Really all they want to

see is it heading back towards

surplus. I think the

Government, though, has some

point, though n saying that

financial markets may take a

less rosy view of that. If the

Government were to delay the

surplus from 2012/13, pushing

it out again to 2013/14, it

might be taken badly in financial markets. In other

words, financial markets may

not be as rational as

economists like to see

themselves as. So if the Government does slash and burn,

would the Reserve Bank have to

ride to the rescue and lower

interest rates? We don't face

the severity of the threat that

we saw through the GFC which

justified both a monetary and a

fiscal response, so I think

it's really the role of the

Reserve Bank to be stimulating the economy at this point in

time, and bear in mind, whether

we hit the surplus in 2012/13

or not, we will still see a

massive fiscal cutback

occurring from a big deficit

this financial year going to a

much smaller one or possibly a

surplus in 2012/13. That

cutback will take around 2.5 percentage points out of the

economy. In other words, 2.5%

of GDP will be taken out of the

economy as a result of that

Budget turnaround and that will

have to be offset by much lower

interest rates from the Reserve

Bank. So my feeling is there is

already a very strong case to

cut interest rates - very

depressed retail sector, very

depress ed housing sector and

inflation is benign, all

suggesting rates should be

lower. So how low can the RBA

go, where should interests

be? My current feel something that the interest rates should

be around 3.75% rather than the

current level which is actually

is that interest rates in 4.25%. I think the bottom line

Australia are too high. That's

resulting in weakness in the

economy outside of the mining

sector which is much greater,

much more severe than the

Reserve Bank might have been

expecting a few months ago, and

it's not being offset by

strength in the mining sector.

We desperately need much lower

interest rates in

Australia. Shane Oliver, thanks

for joining us. My pleasure,

thank you. Investigators are

trying to find the cause of a

blaze at Fremantle Port near

Perth. Fire engulfed 11

shipping containers yesterday

afternoon as thick black smoke

prompted a warning to residents

and motorists to leave the

area. Fire crews say limited

access to the mostly empty

containers hampered efforts to

control the blaze. The

Department of Environment and

Conservation and conducted air

quality tests in the area and

says the fumes weren't

dangerous. To the markets now and while Australia's is closed

for the Easter break, parts of

Asia are trading:

For thousands of

Australians, daily headaches

are a part of life. Now

Australian doctors are turning

to a non-drug treatment to help

those who can't get relief from

painkillers. Medical reporter

Sophie Scott has the story. Med

ache - headaches are a common

medical complaint, but for.

People painkillers don't work.

In fact, they can make the

problem worse. There are quite

a few with a condition called

chronic tension type headache

that don't get very good

results with any drug

treatment, so we're trying a

completely new approach, using

an electrical treatment to see

if this will help those patients. Nicole Stomaci has

suffered with headaches for

many years. It peaked quite

badly in December 2010 where I

didn't have a break from a head

a, it was just a constant

headache that didn't ever stop. Pain medication didn't

help, so she volunteered to

trial a new electrical device.

She had the new stimulation

treatment once a day for two

weeks. The actual treatment

itself was almost meditative

because you have to sit very

still and not move, not do

anything and just try not to

fall asleep, really. In chronic headaches, researchers believe

that regions of the brain

responsible for pain signaling

become overactive. By using

this treatment device, we may

be able to reset these

overactive regions of the

brain. A similar approach has

worked for other brain

conditions such as

depression. Although it's early

days for trials with this

device, the initial results

from those trials are very

encouraging. It's also fits

into what we think is happening

in the headache, that there are

changes occurring with chronic

pain, that this kind of

stimulation may be able to

reverse and undo the

programming. They're also

trialing a new medication which

might help those patients where

painkillers have stopped

working. It's taken 150

firefighters to put out a spectacular petrol tanker blaze

in California. The truck was

hit from behind by a car,

clipped a guardrail and tipped

over, splitting the tank. It

was carrying more than 134,000

litres of fuel. As well as the

firefighters, two water-dumping

helicopters were used to

extinguish the flames. No-one

was injured, but the driver of

the car has been arrested and

charged with drink-driving. To

other stories making news

around the world - rescue

workers are still trying to

free nine miners, trapped for

four days in a Peruvian copper

mine. The men are 200m below

ground and are receiving oxygen

and liquids through a

hosepipe. Pakistan's military

has rescued 120 foreign

tourists, most of them

Japanese, who had been caught

up in sectarian violence in the

country's north. They were

evacuated from Gilgit, which

has been under curfew after

tensions between the Sunni and

Shi'ite Muslims left 14 people

dead. And the man who once

declared, "There is no such

thing as an indiscreet

question" has died at 93.

Journalist Mike Wallace worked

for almost 40 years on the CBS

'60 Minutes' program. He won 20

Emmys, and developed a

relentless on-air style that

was often more interrogation

than interview. The first

editor in chief of 'Vogue'

Australia Sheila Scotter has

died at the age of 91. She was

appointed to the Order of the

British Empire and the Order of

Australia for her work in

journalism and the arts.

American Bubba Watson has won

the US Masters at Augusta.

Watson beat South African Louis Oosthuizen on the second hole

of the sudden-death play-off.

The pair had finished tied for

the lead at 10 under. Adam

Scott was the best-placed

Australian after carding the

second best round of the day.

It was an emotional victory for

Watson, claiming his first

major win. Patrick Galloway

reports. It took two extra

holes for Bubba Watson to

secure golf's greatest

prize Another Watson is wearing

a green jacket at Augusta. With

the climax came an outpouring

of emotion for the 33-year-old

American, and as those on hand

would vouch, it was a deserving

win. It was this approach which proved the difference Oh, what

a shot! Look at it. I just

kept my head down and knew that

those birdies on the back nine,

you could make eagles, make

some birdies. Just kept

grinding it out and somehow it

wasn't into a play-off. Louis Oosthuizen held the lead for

most of the round, but he still

made history on the final day.

He carded the first Masters

albatross since 1935 when he

holed out here on the par 5,

2nd COMMENTATOR: Could be very nice.

Oh, come to Pap Pa! Yes! But

bogeys on 4 and 10 didn't help

the South African and the door

was left slightly ajar . Watson

reeled off four straight

birdies on his way to tying for

the lead with 3 to play. His

run included this approach on

the par 4, 14th. As Watson and

Oosthuizen dualed, Phil

Mickelson's quest for a jacket

in the final pairing failed to

gain momentum. Mickelson never

recovered from a disastrous

display on the 4th. In the

closing stages, the leaders

matched each other's mood and a

man who never had a golfing

lesson taught many one today

through skill and humility. The

World track cycling chvps have

ended in Melbourne with

Australia at the top of the

medal table, but it was close.

Australia and Britain each won

six gold medals, but it was

Australia's six silver medals

that edged out the old rival.

Olympic reporter Ben

Knight. These Championships

were billed as the Ashes on

wheels. A head-to-head battle

between the old rivals,

Australia and Great Britain,

and that's exactly what they

turned out to be, with some thrilling and willing moments

on the track. But in the end it

was Australia who came out on

top after Anna Meares clinched

the country's sixth gold medal

in the 500m time trial. It was

another world record and Anna

Meares' 10th World Championship

of her career. It was also a

positive end to what had been a disappointing event for

Australia's top track rider. I

knew tonight was going to be

special. I was so looking

forward to it. I was having so

much fun out there. I did

forget how much these hurt, the

old legs were hurting

afterwards, but my goodness, I

couldn't believe how loud this

crowd was for me tonight.

Something special. Britain also

finished with six gold medals,

after they took the keirin

previously held by Australia's

Shane Perkins, But of the six

gold medals won by each

country, five of Britain es are

a race that will be held at the

Olympic race. That will give

the British team a big

psychological boost just four

months out from their home

Olympics. But plenty of

positive signs for Australia,

too. The haul of medals from

Australia's young and up coming

riders, that pushed them past

the Great Britains. The stage

has been set for a thrilling

battle at the London Olympics

in July. A century by veteran

Shivnarine Chandimal has put

the West Indies in a good

position after two days in the

First Test against Australia.

Every West Indian batsman made

double figures before Darren

Sammy declared and by stumps

Australia had reached 0/44.

Chandimal began the day on 8

and played patiently to reach

his 25th Test

his 25th Test hundred, third

behind Brian Lara and Gary

Sobers. Australia will resume

more than 400 runs behind after

the rain intervened. Yamaha's

Jorge Lorenzo has captured the

season-opening Qatar motor

Grand Prix. The Spaniard edged

past Australian Casey Stoner's

Honda in the closing stages

after the world champion had

led for most of the race.

Stoner finished third behind

team-mate Dani Pedrosa. More

than 1,300 passengers have set

sail on a cruise

tracking-the-exact route of the

'Titanic' on its fateful maiden

memorial service at the spot voyage. They will hold a

where the ship went down

exactly 100 years after it was

lost. They arrived in their

finery. Some had been preparing

for this journey for

years. Just emotional,

phenomenal, just so exciting.

It's been two half years of

planning this, so, you know...

wee! 1309 passengers, the exact

number who had sailed from this

very port on the 'Titanic' a

century ago, and it was a

personal mission for those who

had relatives on that fateful

maiden voyage. Really a family

connection here because my

grandfather sailed on 'Titanic'

as a first-class steward,

survived rowing lifeboat 13. It

will be going back, recreating

the voyage that de. The

'Titanic' menus are being

recreated and the band will

play on in honour of the

orchestra that went down with

the ship. They say it's not

ghoulish to recreate a journey

that ended in tragedy, but a

tribute. We wanted to dress up

today because again we wanted

to honour and respect the

people who were on the

'Titanic'. The ship will arrive

at the wreck site on 14th April

and memorial service also be

held. The 12-day cruise ends in

New York where passengers will

glimpse the Statue of Liberty

and think of those who never

made it. Pakistani military

rescue crews have yet to find

any survivors from the

Himalayan avalanche that buried

135 people at the weekend.

Snow, rocks and mud 25m deep

buried a remote army camp in

the mountains of Kashmir. About

180 military personnel and 60

civilians are taking part in

the rescue attempt in freezing conditions close to the border

with India, but there is little

hope of finding anyone alive. Taking a look at the

national weather now and the

satellite image shows speckled cloud crossing Tasmania and

southern Victoria with a

vigorous cold front and that's

bringing showers, small hail

and some high land snow. There

is patchy cloud over the

interior near a low pressure

trough and that's causing the

odd thundery shower. Strong south westerly winds in the

wake of the cold front will

extend showers, hail and alpine

southern New South Wales and a know from Tasmania up to

trough will trigger a few

storms in north-east New South

Wales and also for inland Queensland. South-easterly

winds will bring a few showers

to the tropical Queensland

coastline. Taking a look at the

forecasts in the capital cities


And that's the news for now.

There is continuous news on ABC

News 24 and there is also news

online. Our next full bulletin

on ABC1 is at 7 o'clock this

evening. I'm Nicole Chettle.

Have a good afternoon.

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