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Tonight - I want to be a

alone. Craig Thomson's plea for

peace and privacy. Guys enough

is enough, really. Is this

about trying to push someone to

the brink A Canberra woman

jailed for nine years for

keeping a sex slave. From

high-flier to flop. Facebook's

share plunge sparks a tidal

wave of lawsuits. And state of

disbelief. The Blues rue a

controversial call.

Good evening. Craig Allen

with ABC News. Craig Thomson

has followed up his hour-long

speech to Parliament with a

public plea to be left alone.

The former Labor MP thinks he

is being pushed to the brink

and is incenseed that a media

outlet is paying a prostitute

to try to discredit his story.

The tactics have put Mr Thomson

back in the opposition's sights

and left his former Labor

colleagues seething. His area

chief political correspondent

Mark Simkin. It's something of

a walking contradiction. Craig

Thomson fronting a media pack

to complain about too much

attention. What I'm here to say

is guys enough is enough,

really. His message was blunt.

Leave me alone. Or there could

be consequences. Let's not

descend even further into the

gutter. What do people actually

want? Is this about trying to

push someone not brink? Sghoo

this tabloid TV show says it's

spoken to a former Sydney

prostitute. She allegedly

identified Craig Thomson as a

client. This defies credibility

that you will spend $60,000 to

prostitute about a buy an interview from a

story. Categorically state we

haven't paid anyone, but we

recorded an interview, and we

have taken a stat dec. No

chequebook, at this stage. I

don't think she'd do it for a

cappucino, Ray. This is

journalism at its worst. But

once again Craig Thomson's

statement left more questions

than answers. That's what all

I'm saying today. Thank you for

that. As the pursuit

continues, politicians on both

sides are worried about Craig

Thomson's health. Particularly given his reference to being

pushed to the brink. At a human

level, I have a great deal of

sympathy for the member for

Dobell. But not for the Prime

Minister. This is a rotten

government, a rotten Prime

Minister and it should go. The

opposition wants to know who

Work Australia or Craig Julia Gillard believes. Fair

Thomson. I very much enjoy

question time, because it

reminds me every day of how

truly pathetic the opposition

is. When it didn't get a

direct answer, the coalition

tried to censure the Prime

Minister. Although she didn't

hang round to hear it. She

scurrys from the chamber to

coward's castle. This

self-indumb gent, blood lust

for power that we see from this

Meg la maniac opposite. The

coalition lost the vote, but it

and Craig Thomson himself

succeeded in keeping sleaze the

story. Senior Labor figures are

furious their former colleague

stuck his head up. So much for

Monday's statement clearing the


There have been extraordinary

scenes in Papua New Guinea

after the Deputy Prime Minister barged into the Supreme Court

and attempted to arrest the

Chief Justice. It follows the

Supreme Court's ruling on

Monday that Sir Michael Somare

should be reinstated as the

country's Prime Minister. The

chief justice Sir Salamo Injia

Sal had just begun to hear a

case when the Deputy Prime

Minister Beldan Namah stormed

into the courtroom with a group

of policemen, soldiers and

senior government ministers. Mr

Namah told shouted I told you I

was going to arrest you. The

soldiers and police then moved

to arrest Sir Salamo but he

left the courtroom through a

back door and locked himself in

his chambers. He denies he has

set a dangerous

precedent. There is no

precedent. The media was

allowed to talk to Sir Salamo

in his chambers. He says his

attempted arrest is bad news

for democracy in PNG. I fear

for my safety. I fear for the

safety of my judges who are

still here in this town. This explosive event follows the supreme court's decision on

Monday night that upheld an

earlier ruling that Peter

O'Neill's ascent to the Prime

Ministership was illegal and an

order that Sir Michael Somare

be reinstated as Prime

Minister. Mr O'Neill has said

the decision is tainted by bias

and he won't be recognising it.

On Tuesday, Beldan Namah issued

his threat to the chief justice

and the two other judges

involved in the decision to

resign or be charged with

sedition. This is the most

dramatic event in an already

tumultuous year in PNG politics. It's too early to say

what the long-term implications

will be. Three Indonesians

facing people smuggling charges

over a boat that crashed at

Christmas Island will face a

new trial after a Perth jury

was unable to reach a verdict.

The men are alleged to have

crewed the asylum boat which

smashed into rocks into

December 2010. This they have

denied any wrongdoing

maintaining they didn't know

what they were doing was

illegal or that they were

sailing to Australia. European

leaders meeting in Brussels

have tried to smooth out their

differences as they try to deal

with the financial crisis

engulfing the Eurozone. With

markets fearful of a Greek exit

from the euro, the leaders have

promised to reach a compromise

and stand by Greece so long as

Athens sticks to its

commitments. With Germany favouring austerity as the main

weapon in the fight to save the

euro and France emphasising

economic growth, the leaders

still haven't found a united

front. The British Prime Minister just wants them to get

on with T We need a decisive

plan for Greece and we need

decisive plans to help get the

European economies moving.

When they finished their

informal dinner, that decisive

plan was still not there, but

the leaders said it wouldn't be

a choice between reducing

deficits and promoting growth.

The aim is to do both. It is

obvious that opposing deficit

reduction and growth is a false

debate. They are two sides of

the same coin. It couldn't be concluded here and no-one

thought it would be, so there

was not a conflict or a

confrontation. If that is what

you were expecting. Everyone

gave their opinion. The most

pressing problem remains

Greece. Markets have been

spooked at reports that preparations were being made

for Greece to withdraw from the

Eurozone. The leaders made it

clear they're still planing to

keep Greece in the fold. The

message that we send today is

clear. We'll stand by Greece

while Greece stands by its

commitments. But exactly how

they'll go about keeping Greece

and the rest of the Eurozone

together is still not clear. It

may all come down to this. Can

the rest of Europe convince the

Germans to accept a wider role

in stimulating growth? If they

can't then the stalemate may

well continue.

Egyptians are voting for a

second day in the country's

first free presidential election. Observers reported a

big turn-out on the first day

and say the vote has been

largely free of violence. It's

a day most Egyptians would've

thought unimaginable 18 months

ago. For the first time in

history they're lining up to

elect a President of their

choice. It is a great step for

Egypt to go forward for

democracy. Even as the polls

opened the queues at some

booths stretched down the

street. 53 million Egyptians

are eligible to vote and men,

women young and old are

determined to have their say.

Whoever I choose has to be a

Democrat. That's No. 1. A

Democrat. Electoral observers

say turn-out has exceeded expectations, although there

have been some voting irregularities. He's collecting

the IDs which is according to

the law, no, he's not allowed

to do this. There are 12 candidates running although

none is likely to win a

majority this week. Ama Moussa

is one favourite but as a

former Foreign Minister under

Hosni Mubarak many voters say

he is tainted by the very

regime they were so desperate

to remove. Secular voters and

Christians fear the

consequences of an Islamist President and most candidates

have only limited appeal for

the revolutionaries who led

last year's protest movement.

As you can see this is a very

different Tahrir Square from 16

months ago when the uprising

began. Today, the protesters

are all gone because most

Egyptians are at the polling

booths and depending on the

results from this week's

election, most will be hoping

they don't have to come back here again.

There are fresh tensions

between the United States and

Pakistan after the doctor who

was crucial in track down Osama

bin Laden was jailed by a Pakistani court. Shakeel Afridi

helped the CIA confirm the

al-Qaeda leader was hiding out

in a compound in the military

stronghold of Abbottabad. He

did it by getting DNA samples

of bin Laden family members

through a fake vaccination

drive. The doctor was sentenced

to 33 years behind bars for

treason under tribal law. This

action is unconscionable. This

man is really an international

hero. They shouldn't be

erecting statues to him.

Washington is demanding Shakeel

Afridi's release. Amnesty International has criticised

Australia yet again for its

treatment of Aboriginals. In

its latest global report, the

human rights organisation says Indigenous people continue to

be driven from their homelands.

But the Federal Government says

Amnesty is wrong and says the

reveers is true. If the Labor

Party has its way in the

Senate, this doctor and his

community will be locked in to

Federal Government control they

don't want for another 10

years. It's the same across the

Northern Territory, where the so-called Stronger Futures

legislation will apply. They

call it a simple rebranding of

the Howard era

intervention. It's the same

approach, same control, same

ways of trying to dehumanise

Aboriginal people. The Uniting

Church minister isn't alone in

his opinion. Amnesty

International is making a

global complaint about

Australian Indigenous policy in

its annual report. And it's

singling out the new laws. If

passed we will see another 10

years of policies that stag mat advertise people that don't

meet people's need and are not

proven to be effective. Our

life has always been shaped,

controlled. But a spokeswoman

for the Indigenous Affairs

Minister Jenny Macklin says the

report is wrong because more

than $200 million has been committed specifically to

support homelands and

outstations. She said the new

legislation would help end

disadvantage, and that the

Racial Discrimination Act

overturned in the intervention

will apply. The Stronger

Futures legislation has

stripped out the discriminatory

aspects that sat in there as a

result of the Brough and Howard

Government intervention. And

there are other Aboriginal

people who say the new law is necessary. This is what's needed. We need to work with

the government. We need their

support in order to fix the

problems that we have. Also

criticised in the Amnesty

report is Federal Government

control over the lives of

asylum seekers. Especially the

rates of suicide and self-harm

in detention centres. A

Canberra woman has been jailed

for nine years over sex slavery charges. Thai national Watharaporn Nanthakhum was

found guilty of several charges

including possessing a slave, a

woman she had brought0 from

Thailand to work as a

prostitute. Nanthakhum was

visibly distressed as the judge

read the sentence. The

principal victim told the court

how when she arrived in

Australia she was made to work

six days out of seven to pay

off ad 43,000 debt. The court

heard she saw more than 700

clients before the money was

paid. And had only been allowed

out of her apartment twice

under supervision. The judge

told told the court:

The judge also noted

Nanthakhum had suffered similar

treatment herself and would've

known what it was like.

Nanthakhum will be eligible for

parole in January 2017. But is

likely to be deported when she

is released. There is growing concern that vulnerable

children in the ACT are unable

to access the help they need.

The ACT Government recently

overhauled family - Family

and Youth Services to simplify

the system but Families ACT and

the Youth Coalition of the ACT

have written to ministers

arguing the changes aren't

properly funded. They say it's

causing a drop in front-line

support services, and they want

an annual funding boost of $1.3

million. Our fear is that we're

setting up a service system

that's heavily weighted with

workers who are referring on.

And that actually what people

need is really practical

support. I understand that

there's some challenges for

some of the organisations, but

we've been working with them in

good faith, going through this

implementation phase and to me, in partnership every step of

the way. The government says

it will review the changes

later this month and decide if

improvements are needed. It's

an increasingly common health

problem that brings with it a

high risk of stroke. Atrial

fibrillation or an irregular

heartbeat affects half a

million Australians. Now

there's a device about to be

rolled out in chemists that can

easily screen for the condition

and potentially save lives.

There were no heartless

politicians in sight, at least

not in this office at the New

South Wales Parliament. I won't

die, people, big announcement! Fantastic! I do have a heart. This iPhone

doubles as a hand-held ECG. All

it takes is an app and a

protective case that includes

electrodes on the back. It measure yours heart rate

through your fingertips,

picking up abnormal rhythms, including atrial fibrillation

or AF. Every week I get called

to see someone in consultation

in the stroke units. They come

in with a stroke and they have

AF and they didn't know they

had AF. Mobile screening will

potentially prevent a stroke by

pick up a heart problem. The

other way is learning how to

take your own pulse. We're

trying to get three fingers

on. Patricia Ryan a retired

school principal was diagnosed

with AF last July after feeling

dizzy and short of breath. I

hadn't heard about T then you

start looking at yourself and

saying there's no heart

problems in my family. So I

thought where did I pick this

up from? Up to half a million

Australians have AF. The risk

increases with age, as does the

likelihood of having a stroke.

It's hopeed a pilot screening

program using the hand-held ECG

will be up and running in

chemists across Sydney next

month, and eventually rolled

out across the

country. Pharmacist dos a lot

of screen such as blood

pressure and diabetes, so it's

a good place that's already doing screening to add another

screening. The device is not

yet commercially available, so

if you want your own, you will

have to wait.

Bulk-billing or fee-free

levels for GP visits have hit

historic highs. The latest

Medicare figures show more than

80% of GP services were bulk

billed in the March quarter but

doctors who do charge gaps have

lifted their fees. When you

look at the detail of those gap

fees it's largely specialists'

fees and it's also usually

geographically concentrated

particularly in wealthier parts

of the country. The biggest

rise in gap fees was in

Victoria followed by South

Australia. It was supposed to

be a crowning week for Mark

Zuckerberg. Newly wed and boss

of a newly listed company.

Instead the Facebook CEO is

being sued by thousands of

investors as the company's

share price continues to share price continues to fall.

This is one of the lawsuits

filed by angry Facebook

shareholders. They accuse the

social networking company and

its bankers of withholding

negative profit forecasts. They

have liability. They have

serious liability here as well

as Facebook. Both parties have

liability. The shareholders

claim the initial public offer

documents contained untrue

statements and omitted

important facts. What we allege

is that the registration statement prepareed in

connection with the IPL was

materially false and

misleading. Facebook floated

last week to massive hype. Our

mission isn't to be a public

company. Is offering since

then its share price has fallen

16%. You only have to go to the

company's Facebook page to see

the shareholder frustration.

Analysts say the shareholder

claims may be difficult to

prove. Because it goes to what

was said at a particular

briefing, who was there,

whether that information was

known to others, and frankly,

how material that was in the

ultimate outcome. There are

dozen of these actions that

take place every year in the

United States. They're quite

rare in Australia. Facebook

says it will defend itself

vigorously. But either way,

it's not what Mark Zuckerberg

would want hanging over him on

his honeymoon. Investors in

Asia put the troubles in Europe

to one side as latest numbers

out of China pointed to a

slowdown. Despite the China

result, markets in Asia proved more resilient.

Asian markets were holding up

pretty well, given the two to

three per cent falls in

Europeful then along came the

latest reading on China's

manufacturing sector. According

to HSBC's PMI, represented by

the blue line, the

manufacturing sector has been

shrinking for the past seven

months because the line's below

50. But the other line, the

official numbers, show the

sector is expanding. The

experts assure me it's not a

Chinese Government fiddle. It's

simply that the official

numbers reflect big enterprises

while the HSBC numbers have

more of a focus on small and

medium enterprises. Those that

don't enjoy the immediate

benefits of any government

stimulus and are more exposed

to the export sector. Well that

result sapped the life out of

the share market. So we're

almost back to the six-month low we saw last week.

Housing affordability is the best it's been in nearly three

years, thanks to lower interest rates, softer house prices and

a modest increase in incomes

although it would've been even

better had the major lenders passed on the full Reserve Bank

rate cut and that's finance.

Queensland is now win one win

from taking out its seventh

straight State of Origin series

of the the controversial

decision secured an eight point

victory for the Maroons in Game

1 in Melbourne last night. The

finish is now a familiar

one. Origin 1 is over.

Queensland have won it.

Queensland's eight point win

was full of Origin drive. The

Blues really put us under the

pump for long periods of the

game, but we held on and ended

up getting the win. This time

they came from behind hand this

time they did it without Darren

Lockyer. Late in the game a

Cooper Cronk kick led to the

most controversial moment of

the match. Greg Inglis was

awarded a try despite appearing

to knock the ball on after it was contested by Robbie

Farah. You're allowed to strike

at the football of going for a

try. Which they did. And we

regathered and it was a fair

try. The experts afear to have

settled on it being the right

call, but what isn't clear is

what referees boss Bill

Harrigan told the Blues camp

after the match. I spoke with

Trent Barrett on the way out

but I didn't say it was not a

try. Unlike recent matches, New

South Wales set down the

challenge. In the first 40

minutes we played some really

good football as a phase there

that we fell away. The

momentum changed when Greg Bird

and Matt Scott had a

disagreement which sparked an

all-in brawl. Michael Jennings

made a fist of it but it led to

him being sent to the sin and today is resulted in a one

match ban. Two tries to Darius Boyd sparked a Queensland

revival and topped with

Inglis's record-breaking 4 pointer. The match was then out of reach for New South

Wales Never really got into the

front of or back of my mind

about going into scoring a try

or anything. I just wanted to

walk away with a win. For the

Blues it's back to the drawing

board although it appears the

coach knows what's required in

Game 2. You don't play for 80

against this type of football

team, you find it very

difficult to win. The Raiders

will take on the Rabbitohs

tomorrow night in a crucial

match for the clucks's dwindling finals chances.

During the week the Raiders

suspended star fullback Josh

Dugan and winner Blake Ferguson

for breaching alcohol rules at

the club. The bans mean

exciting prospect Edrick Lee

will make his Raiders debut.

The 19-year-old has been in

strong form for the Raiders

under 20 side this season. It's

a really good opportunity.

Again to step up there, it's

going to be faster than the 20s

and a bit more physical, but certainly his size and

strength, he will be able to

handle that. It's a big

opportunity for us to show that

we are a good time. We've got a

lot of our big names out that

we have got a bit of depth I

suppose in our squad. Queensland forward David Shillington will may tomorrow

after taking part in

Queensland's State of Origin

win last night. A Canberra

cyclist has returned home and

she's hoping it might give her

an edge over her rivals if she

makes it to the London

Olympics. Chloe Hosking grew up

in the capital, but now spends

most of her time riding

overseas. 291-year-old is this

week spending some time at the

AIS. She's already getting to

know the London road circuit

all without leaving the

country. I don't have any more

racing in the selection period.

So yeah, it's really now just a

waiting game. But quietly

optimistic maybe. Hosking is

likely to be named as part of

Australia's road cycling team

when it's announced in a few

weeks. It's been more than 33

years since Kevin Sheedy has

been involved in a game against

Essendon. He last faced the

Bombers back in 1978 when he

played for Richmond. Now as

coach of the GWS Giants he will

take them on again this

Saturday. He may have a steely

resolve not to, but don't

imagine Kevin Sheedy won't feel

the emotion when Essendon

emerges to play his Giants on

Saturday night at Sydney's

Showgrounds. We've got to get

back and play top-class footy

against a top-class club and

that will let us know where our

standard is now. Now the

anointed AFL emperor of

Sydney's greater west, Sheedy

wears orange but below the

surface he is red and

black. Coy tell you the number

of every player right back to

the 60s. He played 251 games

for Richmond but the

64-year-old has always been a

bomber. I bag barracked for

Essendon as a kid. I've always

had a feeling for red and

black. He coached Essendon to

four premierships in 27 years.

His last game there coincided

with James Hird's last as a

player in 2007. Now Hird is the

opposing coach. I think

probably both alike, we know

where we want to go, but we're

different. I take a lot of

risks. He might take calculated

risks at the moment. Sheedy

might be tempted to sing both club songs when the teams come

out for the first time at the

Giants' new home. I don't think

so. I didn't get really into

the huddle at Essendon, singing

songs that much. He says the

stayed-up won't be a daunt ing

place for Essendon this week

but in time the Giants will

turn it into a fortress. You'd

hope it will be gladiatorial.

It's a case of Essendon be ready. We're a credible

opposition. They won't not want

to pay attention to us. So

with the song sung with such

gusto after the win in Canberra

be heard this week in

Sydney? Anything is possible.

We've finally got something

concrete to talk about in the

weather. It was fine and chilly

this morning, but that cloud

started to build up about

mid-morning and the drizzly

rain began around lunchtime.

Around 3 mm fell in the airport

rain gauge this afternoon.

The broad trough is bringing heavy cloud over New South

Wales, through to the Top End,

sending showers over a wide

area of the state. While the

trough hovers over the Great

Dividing Range the showers will

hang around the local region

until next week when another

high-pressure system brings a

return to fine and stable weather. So tomorrow:

A brief recap of our top story tonight - Craig Thomson

has held an angry press

conference hitting out at the

media's treatment of him and

pleading to be left alone. He

says he's been driven to the

brink by the latest

developments, including reports

a Channel 9 program has paid a

prostitute for an interview. And that's all from the

Canberra newsroom for now. You

can keep up to date with the

latest news on ABC News

on-line, stay with us now for

7.30 with Chris Uhlmann. Thanks

for your company. Goodnight.

Closed Captions by CSI

Welcome to 7:30. Tonight,

enough is enough, Craig Thomson

lashes out. You said it's

about being pushed to the

brink. Do you feel you're being

pushed to the brink? Let's not

descend further into the

gutter. What do people actually

want? In the past there have

been limits to what is said and

done and I think we've gone

well beyond those limits. And

from the famine-stricken nation

of Niger, a desperate plea for

help. Children are starting to

die and it's getting to the

point where the crisis is

unavoidable right now. It was

a cry for mercy. Today besieged

former Labor MP Craig Thomson

lashed out at the unrelenting

focus on his alleged past

misdeeds. By his count there