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Tonight - Peter Slipper bows

to the pressure and steps

aside. There were fears late

last year this would all end in

tears and yet again the Prime

Minister's judgment has turned

out to be fatally flawed. One

demonstrations over the grand dead after more violent

prix in Bahrain. Morne Steyn

denies the Brumbies a win in

South Africa. And at last, a

fitting home for one of

aviation's great war hrs -

Harhorses. Good eveninging,

Siobhan Heanue with ABC News.

Peter Slipper has stepped aside as Speaker of the House of Representatives. He's been

accused of misusing a cab

charge account and could face a

criminal investigation. Mr

Slipper also faces allegations

that he sexually harassed a

male staffer. The speaker's

dramatic announcement puts

Labor back on a parliamentary

knife edge. Here's chief

political kobd kor respondent

Mark Simkin. When he flew back

into the country the Speaker refused reluctant to

speak. Will you be standing

down as speaker? All

allegations have been denied

and I will be making a

statement this afternoon. When

are you making your statement?

When will you be making your

statement, Mr Slipper? True to

his word, Mr Slipper released a

written statement this

afternoon. In it he

emphatically denied allegations

he sexually harassed a male

staffer and misused cab

charges. Mr Slipper did

acknowledge the gravity of the

situation though and the need

to maintain Parliament's integrity.

Many the meantime Labor's

Anna Bourke will act as the speaker. That's significant

because the minority government

loses her vote on the floor of

complication, government Parliament. In an added

sources are told the ABC a

speaker who's standing aside

can't sit in the chamber. In

other words, Mr Slipper can't

vote as a regular MP. So where

does that leave the state of

play? Labor can command 75

votes, the Coalition 73,

assuming the Tasmanian

Independent Andrew Wilkie

continues to vote with the

Government. If Mr Wilkie sided

with Mr Abbott it would be

74-74 and the acting speaker

would get the deciding vote. So

the Government won't fall

because of this, but it has

just become more fragile. It's

good that the Speaker has

stepped aside until these

matters can be resolved but

plainly this is Peter Slipper's

doing, this is no doing of the

Prime Minister. The Prime

Minister flew to Singapore this

evening releasing a statement

saying it's appropriate for

Peter Slipper to stand

aside. Late last week senior government figures were very

happy with the sale of their

surplus arguing they were

finally getting cut through

without nasty distractions.

Well now they've got a

distraction that's worse than

nasty and it could come to a

head on the next sitting day

which just happens to be Budget

day. Have a lovely day. Two

teenagers remain in intensive

care tonight after yesterday's

police shooting in Sydney's

Kings Cross. The two aged 14

and 18 were injured when police

opened fire on a stolen car

being driven down a busy

footpath. Four others in the

car faced court today and more

details have emerged about the

events that led up to the

shooting. It was a joy ride

that went horribly wrong. The

14-year-old driver has just

woken up from an induced coma.

He and his 17-year-old

passenger are now both in a

stable condition. They were

shot by police when the car

they were driving mounted a

crowded pavement. Police

discharged their firearms in an

attempt to stop the car to

protect the community. The

council of civil liberties says

NSW police are trigger

happy. We see them shooting at

suspects in crowded areas where

innocent members of the public

could be hurt or killed. It's unacceptable and it has to

stop. We're damned if we do,

damned if we don't but in this situation police officers did

the right thing. We had

numerous pedestrians injured.

We had numerous people jumps

out of the road of a vehicle

trying to run away for their lives. With the clean up

operation under way a critical investigation team is examining

how police responded. As part

of that investigation the team

will review this phone footage

taken by witnesses. It shows

police hitting a 17-year-old passenger who had already been

shot. I thought it was

appalling and disgusting when I

saw the police literally

beating up one of the suspects.

What we need the police to do

is to effect arrests without

exacting their own vengeance. 4

other passengers aged between

13 and 24 were in the back seat

when the shooting happened. All

are now facing charges over

riding in a stolen car. Family

members were in car to support

the group. The court heard two

women were hit by the stolen

car when it mounted the kerb.

One of them was dragged 10

metres up the footpath before

police opened fire. In the

children's court the prosecutor

pushed for bail to be denied.

The magistrate refused saying:

24-year-old Matthew Dalton

was refused bail to appear

before the central local court

tomorrow. The 3 children, aged

13 to 16, have been granted

bail on conditions including a

strict curfew. Orders to attend

school regularly and not to

associate with their coaccused.

A late-night street race in

Dubbo has ended with one man

dead and 2 others in hospital.

2 cars were racing along a

suburban street when the

drivers lost control. One car

crashed into a tree killing the

20-year-old driver instantly

and injuring a 19-year-old

passenger. The second car

smashed into a power pole

throwing the driver on to the

road. He's in a serious

condition in hospital. The

vehicles had been racing at

speed, driving at speed on the

outskirts of Dubbo and were

driving back into the township

of Dubbo when this collision occurred. Police have repeated

their warning about the dangers

of street racing. Security is

tight in Bahrain as violent protests continue ahead of

tonight's Formula One grand

prix. One anti-government

protestor was killed as

thousands marched through the streets demanding that the race

be cancelled. Violent protests

on the streets of Bahrain as

demonstrator s and security

forces clash. Thousands of

demonstrators demanding

political reform, many of them

bitterly opposed to the grand

prix taking place here and

further angered by news that

one of their own has died.

These pictures appear to show

the body of protestor Saleh Habib on the roof where he was

found dead. A cameraman appears to come under fire from

security forces as he records

the scene. This is Bahrain's

fortress in the desert, a

heightened security presence on

the road surrounding the

country's motor racing circuit

this morning. The drivers are

here simply to drive, their

eyes firmly on the road ahead.

John Todd is the president of

governing body the FIA. And was

asked whether the death of a

protestor changed things. I

feel very comfortable having

the race in Bahrain after a

great grand prix in China last week. The Crown Prince of

Bahrain arrived at the track

today as qualifying took place.

Part of the Sunni royalty

struggling to contain the anger

of this island's Shia majority.

Having instrumentally brought

Formula One here he's defied

calls for it to be cancelled

for the second year in

succession. But this is a race

weekend like no other. F1 is a

sport in which taking risks is expected. But the decision to

defy the critics and drive through with the most

controversial race in recent

seasons could be its biggest

gamble yet. The United Nations

Security Council has voted to

send 300 unarmed observers to

monitor the shaky ceasefire in

Syria. An advanced team of UN

observers was allowed to visit

the besieged city of Homs for

the first time. The chaotic

scenes as sporadic gunfire

shook the battered city. The

United States said it would

impose further sanctions if the

Syrian Government obstructed

the UN monitor. The Syrian

Government has ignored this

council. In the United States

our patience is exhausted. It's

a week since the ceasefire was

declared but so far it's failed

to stop the violence in parts

of the country. Two passenger

trains have crashed head on in

Amsterdam injuring more than

100 people. The trains were travelling relatively slowly

when they collided at 6:30 in

the evening. Some of the injured passengers were lifted

from the wreckage by crane. My

father was lying on the ground,

he was feeling very sick and

unconscious, he was. So now

taking them to the hospital.

Police will investigate why

the trains were on the same

track at the same time. France

is voting in round 1 of a presidential election that

could see the country swing to

the left. Incumbent Nicolas

Sarkozy and his socialist rival

Francois Hollande, are expected

to beat 8 other candidates to

go through to a run off contest

in a fortnight. If the polls

are correct, Mr Hollande will

go on to become France's first

left-wing president since the

1980s. Europe correspondent

Philip Williams reports from

Paris. With voting already

under way Nicolas Sarkozy is

fighting for his job and his

dignity. Yet the polls say he

could be the first one-term

president in decades. The

problem is the economy and his

personality. Seen as brash and

unstatesman like and too close

to the rich. By contrast, his

socialist rival Francois

Hollande describes himself as

Mr Normal, some say Mr Boring.

He doesn't like the rich and

will tax them 75% on all

earnings over 1 million euros.

He's a social democrat, no

revolutionary. He knows his

limits, he knows he has to

learn a lot but he is inhibited

by the ambition to become

president. The President has

warned France faces a financial

catastrophe if his socialist

rival is elected. But Francois

Hollande says France's debt and

unemployment problems have only worsened under Nicolas

Sarkozy. Any change at the

moment in France, that's I

think the time for changing our

president and changing the way

the country's being

managed. The biggest risk to

his campaign is apathy. The

polls say he will win but

voting isn't compulsory and the

memory of 2002 when the socialist candidate failed to make the second round is seared

into the party's psyche. The

President too is urging his

supporters, he needs every

single vote. That's now in the

hands of 45 million French men

and women. Whoever wins the

first round will carry a huge

psychological advantage into

the second. The polls say the

President can't win but he is a

fighter and two weeks is a long

time in politics. There's hope

for one of Australia's rarest

birds, thanks to a revegetation

program on Bruny Island south

of Tasmania. 40 spotted

pardalote numbers have halved

over the past decade but

conservationists hope that will

soon change. Listen carefully

and you can hear the distinct

chirp of a little bird, that's

big news for conservationist.

(Bird chirps) A colony of the

40 spotted pard pardalote has

been spotted on Bruny Island.

It's the first colony spotted

in a decade. There used to be a

few colonies closer into Hobart

but they've disappeared particularly as a result of

urban development, loss of

habitat, drought. The small

yellow spotted bird is so rare

the colony's exact location is

being kept secret. It's thought

there's just a few hundred

breeding pairs left in the

wild. We could lose that

species very easily with one

wild fire on Maria Island and

continuing drought and climate

change is the emerging new

threat for the spotted

pardalote. The colony has been

attracted by white gum trees.

Once plentiful on Bruny Island

many of the trees died in

drought and the birds

disappeared. But a revegetation program 20 years ago is now

reaping rewards. These white

gum trees aren't common in

areas of high rain fall where

the 40 spotted pardalote live.

They excrete a sticky substance

that the birds feed almost

exclusively on. It gives us

some hope we might be able to

replicate what happened

here. Land ownhold ers are

being given white gum

seedlings. The landholders and

community have run with this

project. It's a commitment that

will take decades to achieve.

The sport now and the Brumbies

have been denied a win against the Bulls in South Africa

overnight despite scoring 5

tries to 2. The Chiefs earned

their 7th consecutive win

defeating the Sharks. The

Waratahs beat the Rebels while

26 points from Springbok Morne

Steyn helped the Bulls with a

narrow win over the

Brumbies. On territory it's

hoped the Brumby's knowledge

would take down the Bulls but

it looked Reich an upset was on

the cards. But Morne Steyn

capitalised on the Brumbies' ill-discipline, over and over

and over again on his way to 26

points. An apparent knock on

was ignored by the referee and

when the Bulls took advantage a

rout looked on the cards.

But the Brumbies have finished strongly this season

and this match was no

exception. The side engaged in

a late flurry of scoring and

earned 2 bone - bonus points

to remain at the top of the

Australian conference but the Bulls still claimed the

high-scoring match. Last night

Kurtley Beale returned to his

former home and Rocky Elsom

returned to the Waratahs line

up. The home side were in front

within seconds. Sheer will

power had the Rebels across the

line and back in the game but

the Waratahs' grip on the match

firmed with a classy play that

caught the Rebels napping. The

physical intensity of the match

lifted as James O'Connor was

sent to the ground. The

Waratahs extended their lead as

Rob Horne crossed the line but

hero turned to villain when he

was given a yellow card for a

lifting tackle on Beale. The

Rebels clawed back into the

match with the advantage. But

it was too late as the Waratahs

claimed the 9-point win. In

rugby league the representative

spotlight switched to Mudgee in

the central west of NSW this

afternoon. That's where the

country and city teams were out

to impress State coach Ricky

Stuart. City resist ed a second

half country fightback before

winning 24-22. Most of the

pregame talk had been about

Todd Carney versus Jarryd

Hayne. Steve Turner hadn't

featured in many discussions

but the city winger featured in

two tries. Mitchell Pearce had

an impressive first half

kicking for Turner's second,

putting Chris Lawrence over to

extend the visitors' advantage

and the Rooster also backed up

to provide the last pass for

city's fourth try. Hayne also

set up a 4-pointer but it was

scored at the other end.

Ferguson classic sprint up. In

a town known for its fine wine,

Carney produced a vintage step

to continue country's comeback.

Sims put forward his bid for a

Blues berth but country's

last-ditch effort to get the

ball back fell just short and

city held on to win by 2. The

character that we showed to

hang on there, we were out on

our feet there in the second

half. The boys kept turning up

in defence. You're behind by

that many points you've got to

make good decisions and, you

know, at times we probably let

ourselves down doing that. The players believe the annual

clash remains a viable fixture

with a Mudgee crowd of almost

9,000. It will be disappointing

for the country NSW if they

didn't keep this game going. Attention now turns back

to the NRL with four rounds

before the State of Origin

opener. The Brisbane Roar have

done it again coming from

behind to secure back-to-back

A-League titles. The defending

premiers were awarded a

controversial penalty in the

dying minutes and went on to

score and beat the Perth Glory

2 goals to 1. The orange army

arrived at Lang Park with back-to-back premierships in

their sights. Of course we're

expecting a win. Perth fans

were also chasing glory. With pregame formalities out of the

way it didn't take Brisbane

long to find their rhythm.

Glory striker Shane Smeltz was

floored by a stray elbow. The

first half was an arm wrestle

and both teams had their

chances. The Glory's defence

frustrated the Roar who

couldn't find the back of the


That's the first shot on

target for Brisbane

Roar. Perth's gritty defence

held firm Brisbane coach Ange

Postecoglou was upbeat in the

sheds. Give them nothing. We

will score. He was right but it

was the wrong result for

Brisbane. It's in. It might

have been an own goal. But just

as they did in last year's

grand final Brisbane fought

back. The Glory was reduced to

10 men when defender Dean

Heffernan was sent off. With

the clock ticking down the Roar

were awarded a controversial

penalty in front of the goal.

It comes down to a penalty

kick. And Berisha scores and

Brisbane Roar have won the

grand final. The Brisbane Roar

is the first team to win two consecutive A-League

titles. This is what football

is about. Those people saying

that the A-League is done and dusted just come here and look

at this. I don't have words

really. You've got to

congratulate Brisbane, they're

a class outfit. Roar

celebrations will continue into

the night. Geelong were far

from their premiership winning

best today getting away with a

narrow win over Richmond. Last

night West Coast scraped past

Hawthorn and Brisbane thrashed

the Gold Coast. Today the Swans

continued their unbeaten start

to the season with a comfortable win over North

Melbourne. And the Western

Bulldogs are locked in a tight

contest with Melbourne. But

things were far from

comfortable for the Cats. Nick

Bailey reports. No fortress

stands forever and there are

growing signs Kardinia Park's

and Geelong's aura of

invincibility is diminishing.

The premiers kept rich -

Richmond at arm's lentd for most of the afternoon. Both

teams failed to take advantage

of a strong breeze. The Cats

led by a solid enough 21 points

at half time. Entering the

final term a 12-point lead

looked likely to be enough but

in a sign both the Richmond and

Geelong teams of this season

are different to their

predecessors, the Tigers

charged and the Cats looked

rattled. A pair of goals to

White and Foley tied up matters

with 12 minutes left on the

clock. Geelong was forced to

call on all of its reserves of

experience and it proved

enough. A late clutch of

behinds and an Allan Christian

Sen major left a thrilling win

and the Cats with a lot to

think about. We do have some

tough players and we toughed it

out but there's a lot in our

game that's not working at the

moment. At the SCG the Swans

lost Gary Rowan in the opening

moments but Lewis Jetta more

than picked up the slack in the

forward line. Sydney raced out

of the blocks and though North

fought back in patches, the

Kangaroos struggled to ever get

back into the game and Jetta

continued to entertain.

The Swans were impressive in

recording their fourth straight

win. The 36-point victory

sending them second on the

ladder. North's topsy-turvy

ways appear not to have been

quite left behind. In the North

eastern football league today

the Sydney Swans reserves were

far too strong for Tuggeranong

defeating the Hawks 219-41.

It's considered the most

grueling of all equestrian

sports. A triathlon of show

jumping, dressage and cross

country racing. The Canberra

horse trials were just the

thing to fine tune some of the

nation's Olympic hopefuls ahead

of next week's final team

selection process for the

London games. They're among the

best in the equestrian

world. These kids here that,

you know, are just having fun,

they're it, that's as good as

you get anywhere in the

world. The horse trials in

Canberra have attracted

hundreds of riders from around

Australia. The grueling 2-day

event is a chance to show off

skill. And to challenge young

horses. We tend to have some

very good riders but on some very inexperienced

horses. Olympic medal hopefuls

are also using the trials as

their last chance to prepare

ahead of next week's final

selection for Australia's

equestrian team. Nat Blundell

is ranked 4th in the country

and the community is backing

the local rider all the way to

London. I've come from a small

town in Harden, now I live in

Yass and like I'm renting a

place in Dalton so all those 3

towns have just come behind me

the whole way. She's one of the

burning ambitions that we are

relying on on front running our

team. The horse trials are

considered the toughest of all

horse sports involving three

disciplines, each one demanding

a different level of skill from

the horse and its

riders. Straight dressage

horses are big and powerful,

the show jumpers are very

reactive and careful whereas

the eventers have to combine

all of those things with speed

and endurance. It's a sport

attracting the smallest of

participants. And the utmost

dedication. The core issue is

sort of a blazing partnership

between the rider and the

horse. Perfect part snership

culminating in perfect results.

The aspiration of all riders,

especially those Olympic

hopefuls. They were a viet Sal

- vital part of Australia's

Second World War effort.

Catalina flying boats carried

out crucial bombing and mine

laying operations in Malaysia

and the Pacific. Now one of the

surviving aircraft finally has

a home worth of its

legacy. Something new to house

something old. After 25 years

being exposed to the elements

on the shore on Lake Boga, this

80-year-old Catalina flying

boat finally has a roof over

its head. The building had to

go over the Catalina because

the corrosion was setting in

and it was only a matter of

time before the poor old girl

would have been fit for the

tip. For 5 years from 1942 Lake

Boga was a key repair and

servicing depot for the RAAF's

fleet of sea planes. At its

peak, at about 1,000 military

personnel were stationed

here. I ran across the photo of

my sister-in-law taking

parachutes and her sons were

here today and they saw

that. It took almost $1 million

to restore the plane and build

the hangar. The Catalina that's

in the museum now I actually

flew on that in 1944. Despite a few near death experiences

during his time as a Catalina

crew member, Keith Farrell is

keen to keep the memory of the

famous flying boats alive. I'd

go to schools, legacies, old

people's homes and tell my

story to people for years. Some Catalina enthusiasts came from

as far away as Queensland. They're probably the best flying boat that's

ever been made. The restoration

came at a critical time. Only 3

years ago the bone dry lake and

its attractions were struggling

to attract visitors. Now

there's about 12 feet of water

there and the museum is going

very, very well. A revamped

museum off to a flying start.

Time for the weather now and

the rain was on again, off

again throughout the day with a

few light showers but a nice patch of sunshine in the

afternoon. We got to 17 degrees

after an overnight low of 10.

Across the border:

A thick band of cloud

stretches across the southern

interior, a stront - front and

trough are generating showers

in South Australia and NSW

along with potentially severe

storms in Victoria. On the

synoptic chart a broad region

of low pressure is triggering showers and storms over

northern WA and throughout the

Northern Territory. In the

capitals tomorrow:

A severe weather warning

current for the Snowy mountains

with damaging winds averaging

50km/h and up to 100km/h.

That's expected to tomorrow


Before we go a brief recap of

our top story tonight. Peter

slipper has stepped aside as

Speaker of the House of

Representatives over

accusations he misuse ed a cab

charge account. Mr Slipper also

faces allegations he sexually

harassed a male staffer. The

dramatic development puts Labor

back on a parliamentary knife

edge. And that's all from the

ABC's Canberra news room. We'll

leave you in London where

there's controversy over a

suggestion to change Big Ben's

name to Elizabeth Tower in

honour of the Queen's diamond

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