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Tonight - tense times in

Papua New Guinea as police

blockade parliament. Unions

outraged as the Government

welcomes hundreds of foreign

workers for a mining

project. What political genius

thought this is a good idea.Who

thought this is a great thing

to do. How improved dNA

technology is helping track

down Canberra's

criminals. Through its

application we identify

perpetrators of crime on a

daily basis. Could a chill wind

in Canberra help the Brumbies

to an unassailable lead? Good evening, Craig Allen

with ABC News. There's been

more political tension in Papua

New Guinea today with police

preventing MPs from getting

into parliament. The country's

chief justice appeared in court after being charged with

sedition in dramatic

circumstances yesterday. Liam

Fox filed this report. There

was more drama in Port Moresby

today, though not quite so much

as yesterday. The chief just

cities Salamo Injia appeared in

a committal court a short walk

from his usual place of work,

the Supreme Court. It is a

brief appearance on a charge of

sedition and the matter was

adjourned until June. The

charge was laid after yesterday's dramatic attempt by

police and soldiers, led by the

Deputy Prime Minister to arrest

him in his own courtroom. The

Opposition Leader says she is

disgusted by yesterday's

events. I am absolutely

shocked, disgusted and

dismayed. Dismayed for Papua

New Guinea that a member of

parliament would barge into the

courthouse with police, if this

is correct what happened as

what I've heard, and arrest -

order the arrest of the chief

justice, who sadly was doing

his duty. Over at parliament a

group of policemen had set up

road blocks preventing MPs from

holding a special sitting of

parliament. They said they were

acting on their own initiative

because they were sick of the

political games. We want a any

Government in place. The road

blocks weren't sanctioned by the Police Commissioner and

senior officers soon convinced

the men to remove them.

Meanwhile the country's

effective Prime Minister, Peter

O'Neil, is yet to publicly

explain the reasons for

yesterday's unprecedented move

New Zealand city of against the chief justice. The

Christchurch has been rattled

by a 5.2 magnitude earthquake

but there are no reports of

injury or damage. About 1,000

workers were evacuated by the

city's red zone, which was

badly damaged by last

February's quake. Several

aftershocks have been recorded

across the Canterbury district.

Labor has infuriated unions by

allowing the country's richest

person to import foreign

workers. Gina Rinehart will

bring 1,700 foreigners to

massive mining project. The Australia so they can work on a

Government approved the

historic deal enraging union

leaders who call it here is

lunacy. Laying out the welcome

mat for foreign dignitaries. Mr

President, you are very welcome

indeed. And making top level

small talk with the Portuguese

leader. That is amazing. It is

other foreign arrivals that

have the Labor movement

dumbfounded. I'm not normally

lost for words but frankly I

just can't get my head around what political genius thought

this is a good idea. Labor's allowing 1,700 foreign workers

to come ashore. They'll work on

Gina Rinehart's multibillion

dollar Roy Hill mining project

in Western Australia. What

we're doing here is ensuring

projects can be built on time

and on budget. It is the first

deal of its kind. This is a big

win for Gina Rinehart. It is a

big win for Clive Palmer, it is

a big win for Twiggy Forrest. I

thought we were attacking these

guys at the moment. Whose side

are we on? Adding to the

frustration... Our focus today

is on Australian jobs. The deal was announced as Julia

Gillard's manufacturing crisis

meeting convened. A massive

kick in the guts to those 130,000 workers in the

manufacturing industry who have

lost their jobs since 2008. Not

so says the Government. It's

adamant the positions are only

for jobs that can't be filled

by skilled Australian

workers. In relation to this

project, it is in the Pilbara.

The Pilbara is a great place

but it is not for

everybody. There are 30 other

projects that could qualify for

similar deals but they will

face opposition. It is not just

the trade unions that are

spitting chips some of the

Labor Caucus are equally

furious. One told the ABC the

decision is horrendous. If

being wealthy is a skill the

Government is rewarding that

too. It is offering to fast

track residency for foreigners

who've got $5 million to invest

in Australia. The Federal

Government has described crime

and corruption on the nation's

ports as a cancer and has vowed

to introduce tough new reforms

to stamp it out. A move to ban

waterfront workers, who are

suspected of illegal activity,

has been widely condemned. The

Government says its

intelligence paints a damning

picture of the extent of

organised crime on Australia's

waterfront. It has found

serious organised crime on the

waterfront but also into the

private sector supply chain. There are instances where people in trusted

positions have been approached

by organised crime and have

tried to be compromised

. Taskforce Polaris have seized

12 tonnes of illicit substances

on the waterfront since July

2010 but the drugs and guns are

still reaching our shores. The

deeper part of this is also

changing the culture of what

happens inside the stevedoring

companies and inside these

private sector organisations.

This look the other way

approach. As part of new

reforms it will be mandatory to

report suspicious behaviour on

the nation's wharves and

suspicion alone will be grounds

to strip a worker of security

clearance to work on the waterfront. It is something

that will allow us to remove

people from that environment

quickly rather than waiting two

years for a court trial to be

completed if we see that

necessary. An attack on civil

rights according to unions and

the ports. Lives are shattered

and destroyed. We're not going

to be a part of any Mickey

enforcement in this Mouse approach to law

country. Certainly that is an

issue that we're concerned

about, and should be concerned

about. In the past two years

joint task force investigators

have arrested 16 people and

laid 77 charges as part of a

crackdown on organised crime on

the waterfront, yet only one of

those people arrested was a

waterfront worker. The

Opposition says the Government

has been dragging its feet on

tough reforms. The guns, the

drugs are coming into the

country and some urgent action

is needed. The task forces

activities are set to be

extended to Western Australian

ports, Brisbane and Melbourne.

It was New Zealand's worst

maritime environmental disaster

spilling more than 300 tonnes

of toxic fuel oil into the Bay

of Plenty. Today the captain

and the navigational officer of

the grounded cargo ship Rena

were gaoled for 7 months. The

court was told how the two

Filipino men ignored a radar warning then tried to cover up

the evidence of their

incompetence. New Zealand correspondent Dominique

Schwartz reports from Tauranga

on the Bay of Plenty. There

were no words from the captain

and second officer as they

entered the court. Have you

anything to say before the

sentence. Nothing to say, he

will say it in court. Their

actions haunt a community still

cleaning up after an oil and

debris spill which closed

beaches, killed wildlife and

damaged business. Accountability's

really important for my

perspective and for some of

these businesses it was several

hundreds of thousands of dollars. The court heard that

the ship's course was changed

to avoid late entry into

Tauranga after the captain

urged that corners be cut. When

the reef appeared on the radar

the master took no action to

avoid it assuming it was a

small vessel or a false

signal. The actions or lack of

actions on the both of - on

the part of both defendants

reveal a theme of fundamental

incompetence. After the

grounding the two men tried to

cover up their mistakes by

changing ship documents.

Defence lawyers argued for home

detention for their clients

saying they had pleaded guilty,

head personally apologised to

local Maori affected by the oil

spill and were truly remorse

full. The judge said that under different circumstances the men

would be considered fine and

upstanding but that to deter

others he had no option but to

jail them. The appropriate

message can only be sent to

those who need to receive it by

an actual finite term of imprisonment. The men are

likely to be free within

three-and-a-half months. The

case against the ship's owners

is still before the courts.

Algae warnings for Lake Burley

Griffin are nothing new but now

record levels of a potentially

deadly strain have been

detected. The poisonous strain

of blue-green algae is 1,000

times above the level

considered safe for human

contact. Extreme exposure to

contaminated water can cause

severe breathing difficulties.

Recent still conditions and low rainfall have been blamed for

the latest bloom. The lake has

been closed to all swimming and

light boating and the Captain

Cook Water Jet has been turned

off. The algae could take weeks

to disperse but rain and colder

weather will help. DNA

profiling is a science that has revolutionised the fight

against crime and led to the

conviction of many criminals

who otherwise might have walked

free. An improved DNA technique

that is 1 million times more

accurate than the system currently in use has been

trialled in Canberra. Police

forces across the country are

now gearing up to introduce it.

It is a technology that was

first used in Australia just

two decades ago to help convict

a serial rapist who attacked a

woman in a Canberra

park. Through its application

we identify perpetrators of

crime on a daily base is often

in crimes where there is no

other mechanism or no other

possible lead. The AFL Canberra Trentsic laboratories have been

trialling new profiling kits.

They utilise more than double

the number of markers used to construct the unique profile of

an individual. That makes them

about 1 million times more

accurate. The risk of a false

match is around one in a

sextillion. The probabilities

are getting extremely small and

the value of the scientific

result is therefore very convincing. Defence lawyers

sound a note of caution.

Contamination can occur and

there's often on innocent explanation for how someone's

DNA gets left at a crime

scene. It can help obviously

prevent innocent people from

being charged but it also lays

the incredible potential of

innocent people being

convicted. There are spin-offs

elsewhere. The AFP's forensic

team use DNA profiling to

identify the victims of the

Bali bombings and the Boxing

Day tsunami. In mass killings

whole families are wiped out.

The challenge is to match the

DNA of victims with distant

relatives. The new kits will

make that gruesome task

easier. We will never be

absolutely certain but we can

say with a very high

probability that this person

was a relative of another.

Australia's police forces will

now roll out the new profiling

technology across the country.

This marks a new era in the

fight against crime.

And you can see more on that

story on 7:30 ACT straight

after this bulletin here on

ABC1. For a long time it has

been a long time of grin and

bear it but for those living in

remote regions now - they now

have a real reason to smile. The Royal Flying Doctor Service

is launching a dental program

for communities in outback New

South Wales. The $2.5 million

scheme will hold more than 250

clinics over the next year.

Sally Sara joined the flying

dentists on a visit to Bourke. The Royal Flying Doctor

Service is bringing much-needed

den firsts to western New South

Wales. Dr Hendrik Lai is on his

way to a weekly clinic in

Bourke. He says some of the

case of disease and decay are

as bad as he's seen in places

like East Timor. In a number of

cases the extent of dental

decay is far worse than I have

experienced in developing

countries. The service has not

started advertising but the

list of patients is already

long. Geoffrey Wallace came in

for a check-up after having all

his broken and decayed teeth removed. Four broke off at

Christmas eating bloody crackle

and I thought I better do

something about these. The

problems start early. This girl

is only four years old but she

already needs to have 14

fillings. Out here children as

young as three are having all

their baby teeth removed

because they are so badly

decayed. Just looking in the

mouths and just think, "What is

going on here?" Poor diet, lack

of education and treatment have

created an overwhelming need

for dental care in the outback. Without this service

some patients would need to

travel hundreds of kilometres

to reach a dentist. It is the

kind of time and money that

many locals don't have. This is

a problem that is felt across

many health services here in

far western New South Wales. The tooth program has

been launched with private

funding from the Investec and

Gonski foundations. There is

only two organisations missing

from that partnership and that

is the Commonwealth and the

State Government. We have their

places reserved. The RFDS hopes

the flying dentists will help

to meet the demand in the bush.

While much of the focus of the

European financial crisis has

been on Greece and Spain the

effects of the downturn

continue to bite hard in

Britain. The latest figures

show the economy shrank by 0.3%

in the first quarter of the

year. The steep decline in the construction sector contributed

to the worse-than-expected

results. Just as the British

Prime Minister was offering the

eurozone some free advice his

own backyard is looking

anything but tidy. The

recession is deeper than fist

thought, the last quarter

retreated by 0.3%. The biggest

problem area is construction

where public sector cuts have

contributed to a near 5%

quarterly drop. That is no news

to this property developer

who's struggling to find new

work. The work has dried up.

We're all fighting for a much

smaller pool of work and there

is nothing that is happening

really until the confidence

levels start coming back

in. Nobody's gonna press the

buttons on new work or

jobs. The opposition says the

latest figures confirm the Government's continuing

economic failure. Families and

businesses want some hope,

optimism and action now. We are

in recession , it is deeper

than we thought, we are losing investment, we are seeing

unemployment becoming entrenched. Speaking in Germany

Nick Clegg conceded the results

weren't good. It is a double

disappointment that the growth

is negative in the first place

but it has been downgraded

further. It is the moment to

shift up a gear. While the Jubilee celebrations may give

the country a psychological

lift, according to the Bank of

England it may actually prolong

the recession because of the

extra holiday that will cut

production. The bad times mean

good times for the lucky few.

This jeweller in Cardiff is not

feeling the pain personally

though some of his customers

are. In the main there are two

types of customers, one who

have got money and one who

doesn't. The ones who have

money are spending. The ones

who haven't got money, sadly,

are selling their family heirlooms. Debate is set to

continue as to how to best

protect the nation's wealth. In

other finance news most global

share markets drifted higher

but not Australia's. The local

share market suffered its third

straight day of selling .

Investors can't shake off

concerns about Greece and to

some extent a slowdown in

China, at least in this part of

the world. This week's gains

have been wiped out and we're

back to a new six-month low.

The third straight weekly

decline. The major resource and

bank stocks were sold off,

retailer David Jones was an

exception because it's

considered a private equity

target because of the valuable

real estate it holds, nothing

to do with advertising. Sims

metal is at a 7 year low and

while Gina Rinehart is getting

richer, Fortescue Metals boss

Andrew Forrest has been moving

into the other direction. His

company share price has been

travelling south more rapidly

since the hedge fund manager

Jim Chanos described Fortescue

as a highly level languaged bet

on China's growth. Mind you, Mr

Chanos likes BHP and that is

also weaker, but not as much.

Gold has picked up a bit but it

has generally been hurt by the

stronger US dollar which has

been boosted by those concerns

about Europe. The Australian

dollar cannoted to slip against

the greenback sitting well

below 98US cents. Beyond Greece

it's problems like this that

await. Spain's 148 billion ares

of bad debts actually dwarf any

austerity cuts made by the

country as a whole. For that

reason you don't want to see

further falls in Spanish

properties. Italy has about

108 billion of bad debts, most

of them corporate loans. It is

not much better and it can

certainly get worse.

The Federal Government has

announced a deal that will cut

automatic teller machine fees

in remote Aboriginal

communities. But the Greens say

it doesn't go far enough. 13

banks and two independent ATM

companies have agreed to axe

the charges on the machines in

remote communities. Previous

studies have revealed some

people are spending up to 20%

of their income on ATM fees. I

think it is a really important acknowledgement that where

people are being unfairly

affected by fees they can do

nothing about that the banking

community will step in and do

something that will help

them. The Greens say ATM

charges should be cut across

the board. Australians are

paying somewhere around $660 million a year in these kinds

of fees. The Government had a

chance today to fix it and

instead they have squibbed

it. The fees are expected to be

cut in 76 remote communities

across the country by the end

of the year. Hundreds of

Canberrans have braved blustery

conditions to mark tomorrow's

National Sorry Day. There was a

traditional welcome for the

walkers as they arrived at the

shores of Lake Burley Griffin

The Ngunnawal traditional

owners of Canberra welcomed the

strong turnout for the bridge

walk. People respect what's

it's all about. It is a thirst

for real history and to

understand the real history of Australia. Reconciliation

Australia wants people to

support a referendum to provide

constitutional recognition for

Aboriginal an Torres Strait islanders. National

Reconciliation Week begins on

Sunday. The nights may be getting longer but in Sydney

the lights are getting

brighter. The vivid festival of

light, music and ideas opens

this evening with a spectacular

display on the sails of the

Opera House. Lights and action.

The sis any opera house is

again a canvas for lighting

artists. For the fourth vivid

festival German design team

urban screen have used digital

mast try to simulate giant

people moving over the sails.

Former hip-hop creator Will I

am was less loose on the

museums interactive light show

and Spinfx has added to customs

house. We put an expression of

interest out to invite artists

- light artists and designers

from across Australia and

around the world, to submit

their ideas. So what we try to

do is stimulate

creativity. More than 50 light

installations are dotted around

circular key and Walsh Bay

warming up the went try nights.

Grant white youse helped to

design one of them, art eye, a

game anyone who wanted to be an

artist can play and upload to

the web. They have a couple of

minutes to play in front of the

canvas and create a work. A contemporary live music

festival at the Opera House

backs up the lights. Among the

headline acts are Karen O, stop

the virgins and R&B super star

Janelle Monet. It is where art

meets reality, meets technology

and commerce. It is a new

paradigm for festivals. Vivid

is a forum for ideas, events

for bright sparks to shine

among the bright lights. There

will be plenty of time to see

the city, the lights will be on

for the next 18 nights.

Fantastic. The brumbies have

had their final training

session ahead of their

blockbuster clash with the

Queensland Reds tomorrow night.

The Brumbies can all but lock

up top spot on the Australian

ladder with a win tomorrow

night. Earlier Ben Lisson

caught up with Stephen Larkham

to talk tactics. It is fair to

say the Brumbies have had a

surprisingly successful season

so far and that is in part due

to the Brumbies backline. I am

joined by the backline club

Stephen Larkham. Has the team

been treating tomorrow's match

like a finals game? Every game

is a big game and particularly

for us this year, we have on a

role at the moment - roll at

the moments and the Reds have

hit form recently and they are

second in the conference at the

moment. This game is like a

grand final of the conference

at this stage. Considering the

Reds are running into that form

how do you go about shutting

count players like Will Genia

and Quade Cooper? The whole

backline is star-studded. We

don't focus on one player in

particular. Will Genia is a

very talented player and

organised the play a lot. The Brumbies fly-half position has

Ben cursed with injury but Zac

Holmes made a great injury last

weekend. What did you make of

him? Conditions last week

weren't flash for backline

play. I think Zac dealt wit as

best he could. The game plan

was relatively simple and we

tried to control it in the

forwards. For a junior player

to debut away from home takes

the pressure off but now he has

a chance to impress in front of

a home crowd? Yes, I guess this

year we have had pretty good

success at home. The crowd have

been very vocal and much behind

the steam is this year. I'm

sure that will give them a bit

of a boost. To play in the same

combination in terms of the

backline combination as last

week that will give them

confidence going into this game

as well. Australia has named

its London Olympic track

cycling team with just two

survivors from the Beijing

Games. Anna Meares and Jack

Bobridge will lead a team that

includes brother and sister

Alex and Annette Edmonson in an

Australian first. Generational

change and 28-year-old Anna

Meares feels the weight of

being the oldest member of the

14-strong team that will take

on the world in London. This is

a young team and with youth

comes enthusiasm, motivation,

desire and that's contagious

for me. Meares was the only Australian medallist four years

ago in Beijing, a disappointing

performance that has been addressed bicycling

'Australia'. We were in a

serious hang over from the 2004

Olympics where the resources

didn't quite match the

expectations. We had an ageing

athletic group, not too

dissimilar to the stories you

hear about a lot of the AFL football clubs and the cycles

they go through. Meares will

ride in two individual events

and in in an event with Kaarle

McCulloch. I will ride with the

great Anna Meares. I am humbled and excited and looking forward

to representing Australia to

the best of my ability. The

men's team pursuit includes

18-year-old Alex Edmonson whose

sister Annette will ride in the

women's verge and in the

omnium. To have my sister there

next to me will be crazy. The three-man team sprint rode

tonight for the first time last

November before going on toe

secure the world title in

Melbourne just last month. The

job's not done. Yes, we are

part of the team now but we are

going there to win a gold

medal. A simple goal set for

both individuals and the team.

The ABC's award-winning

journalist and foreign editor

Peter Cave has signed off for

the last time. After four

decades covering some of the

world's biggest stories he is

retiring. Cave joined the ABC

as a cadet reporter and went on

to be a foreign respondent in Tokyo, London and in

Washington. He has won

Australia's most prestigious

journalism award the Walkley

five times. Cave got an international exclusive while

on assignment in Iraq when he

and his crew were approached by

masked gunmen. In the back seat

of their car was an American

hostage. Want to give I your

name. Hamil, Thomas. Peter Cave

presented the AP program and

this morning he said his final

farewell. It has been a wild

day of weather with snow in the

mountains and cold, wet and windy conditions around town

and upwards of 20 millimetres

in the rain gauge overnight.

Temperatures were cool all day.

We had a range of 7 to 10

degrees. This afternoon the

apparent temperature was more

like minus three. Miserable

weather across the border too

with severe weather warnings

and gale force winds about the

higher peaks. Cooma had a top

of 8 and perisher has not been

above freezing since 6am. The apparent temperature this A

there was minus 12.

There is plenty of cloud on

the radar in a broadband

stretching from north so south

through the viewing area.

Nationally it was pretty bleak

in the southern capitals.

That cold front has drawn a

long line of moisture down the

eastern seaboard but in the

wake of that it is clear and

sunny. We will feel the tail

end of a second cold front that

the whipping across southern

Australia so we will have

continuing rain periods tomorrow before it is back to

fine and sunny weather. The second front will bring rain to Victoria and South Australia with showers through southern New South Wales

tomorrow as well.The winds are

due to remain cold, west to south-westerly with very strong

winds up around the higher

peaks again.The showers will be

a bit patchy around the ACT but

there will be blizzard

conditions above the 1,000

metre mark, continuing snow

flurries right through to

tomorrow, late afternoon.

That's the news for now. Stay

with us now for 7:30 ACT with

Ross Solly.Thanks for your

company. Goodnight. Closed

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Hello and welcome to the

program. I'm Ross Solly.

Tonight a bold plan to save the

Koala, the incredible

turnaround of the ACT Brumbies

and 100 years after Walter

Burley Griffin's design for

Canberra won acclaim, can we

save the lake named in his

honour.First tonight, a

Canberra-led breakthrough in

DNA tests has raced hopes of

better criminal investigations