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Live. Tonight - thousands of

jobs in jeopardy Assad minimum

straight ores move in on a big

engineering group. Some others

companies have gone bust and

dragged us down. Job seekers

reluctant to go West. We have

had roles we have had open for

over six months. We can't fill

them. Worldwide condemnation of

Syria's massacre of the

innocence. Once again

environmentalists father for

the future of the snowy river.

Good evening, Craig Allen with

ABC News. Thousands more jobs

are at risk in the construction

industry after the collapse of

a big engineering services

a significant player in the company. The Hayes tri group is

industry and has had a hand in

dozens of big projects around

Australia, including the new

ASIO building here in Canberra.

Administrators were appointed

today and are trying to

determine what parts of the

company can be salvaged.

Plumbers on constructions

sites at Brisbane City Hall and

the Gold Coast hospital were

taken by surprise when they

heard the news this morning. We

had been working for an hour or

so before we were told. It's

devastating. The Hastie Group

owns 44 companies working at

1,200 sites. Today, 2,700

workers were stood down.

However, the administrators

some of those jobs can be

saved. Some of those businesses

are good trading businesses

which will continue and some of

them are businesses which are

going to struggle going

forward. And we will ensure

full provision of Government

support, including access to

the general employee

entitlements redundancy scheme

for eligible employees. Hastie

Group employees are involved in

some of the biggest projects.

With the work still there, some

employees are hopeful of

continuing on. We are going to

head back to work Tom and sit

in the sheds. We will see what

happens. These companies are

all good companies that have

profitable contracts, that have

great workforces and great

capabilities. The reason they

are put in this position are

because of management

malpractice. Last week Hastie

reported an irregularity of $20

million. At one of Hastie

companies, hey day, workers

have been ordered off working

sites. Workers say they are

gutted. The first thing I heard

about it was on the news. The

company has gone boost and

dragged us with them. Hastie

owes the ANZ Bank $120 million.

Bill Shorten will meet with the

administrators on Friday. After

a barrage of questions in

Parliament, the Prime Minister

has thrown her support behind a

deal to import foreign workers.

The packed with Australia's

Gina Reinhart has caused splits

in the union movement and Labor

MPs have spoken out against it.

As Mark Simkin reports, Julia

Gillard is locking in behind

it. On days like this, the 43

rld Parliament feels like the

theatre of the absurd. A place

where a sin bin speaker

officially welcomes a Thai

Prime Minister. Order!

Arms! Where Cabinet ministers

are asked to declare their

loyalty. Do you believe there

is any leadership challenge at

the moment? No, no. And where

Labor is united. Exchanging

ideas, battling ideas, that's

what we do. We are OneUnited

happy family. Not quite. The

Government's decision to allow

Gina Reinhart import 1,700

employees has infuriated

factions. You could drive a 747

Airbus through the policy. We

will end up with a situation

where we have foreign companies

using foreign workforces to

send our reseniorses in foreign

ships to foreign countries for

the use and enjoyment of

foreign customers. Privately,

some accuse the Prime Minister

of hanging her Immigration

Minister out to dry. One called

it an outrageous mess. It led

to a Question Time

absurdity. Why is this

arrangement vital if this $10

billion investment is to go

ahead? 6,700 jobs are not going

to Australians because this

Government has entered into

this agreement. That's

something I am justly proud

of. What about the Prime

Minister? She has railed

against billionaire miners. Is

she proud of the agreement? The

Roy Hill agreement will go ahead. It supports Australian

jobs and I support Australian jobs. We want a straight answer

from the Prime Minister, does

she support it. Straight up, I

support Australian jobs and the

Roy Hill agreement will help us

create Australian jobs. That's

a good thing. Does she or does

she not support the agreement

offered to Gina Reinhart for

the Roy Hill project - yes or

no? The Roy Hill agreement is

about jobs, is about training

and it has my support. At least

that's cleared up . Caucus will

debate the issue tomorrow. The

rational behind the controversy

scheme to fly in foreign

workers is that Australian

workers appear unwilling to go

West for the big money in the

mining sector. As Phillip

Lasker reports, interstate

migration for work is at a

30-year low. When blue scope

steel laid off workers, many

traders such as fitters,

welders and boiler makers found

themselves looking for work.

Bill was one of them. Previous

six months I've only had four

interviews and applied for at

least 300 jobs. But the idea of

life in a remote mining town

are earning big isn't for everyone, even if you

bucks. Excessive heat and all

that gear. It's just leaving a

lot of family behind and

starting afresh is the hardest

part. Thousands may have lined

up this weekend for a mining

jobs expo in Perth, but the ANZ

bank says it's not nearly

enough We are seeing some

industries in decline and some

industries booming and the

labour force needs needs to

aJules to that. This interstate

migration chart shows movement

between states are the lowest

they have been in 30 years.

Many are flying in and flying

out, while others just refuse

to go, according to mining recruitment specialist Alana

Neil. We have had roles we have

had open for six months. We

can't fill them. It's not

overly appealing to people at

the moment to be outside of big sitties. Analysts say a big

recent increase in overseas

migration suggest one

thing. People coming in on

working visas has risen

substantially. The state

numbers show Western Australia

with only 10% of Australia's

workforce is taking almost 25%

of foreign workers. I think

that a lot of the companies

will go overseas, basically to

save money. There's a lot of

workers overseas that they

much for as obviously don't have to pay as

Australians. Workers like this

may eventually have to move the

family to feed the family. A Defence Force cadet will face

the ACT Magistrates' Court

tomorrow over alleged

indecency. They say the

21-year-old foreign national

entered the room of a female

cadet earlier this month and performed acts of inDecember

even situate on her. It was

brought to the attention of

senior officers by other

cadets. The Defence Force and

ADFA say they are taking the

matter seriously. It was a case

of being in the wrong place at

the Rye wrong time. Bob Knight

was killed by a stray bullet as

he sat at terrific lights in

Sydney in 2009. Three people

have stood trial over his

death. Jamelle Wells filed this

report. When 66-year-old truck driver Bob Knight was hit in

the head by a stray bullet in

2009, police described his

death as an unbelievable tragedy. The truck driver was

waiting at at set of traffic

lights in Mel mill per a when a

bullet came from over 100

metres away from a KFC car

park, through trees, into the

truck cabin and killed him

instantly. That bullet was

fired during a fight between

two rival families. Three

people stood trial for Bob

Knight's murder. One member of

the Mariam family has been

found guilty of the lesser

charge of manslaughter. All

three have been acquitted of

murder. Two members of the

other family have been

acquitted of killing him, but

one of them who was a teenager

at the time, has been found

guilty of lesser charges of

affray and deliberately

destroying property with fire.

Bob Knights family were in

court today. The trial has been

running since February this

year. His family were

devastated by the verdict. His

wife described him as a loving

family man who looked after his

children, who looked after his

partner, who loved his trucks

and loved his dogs. The UN

Security Council has held an

emergency session, condemning

the killings of at least 108

people in Syria. The Syrian

Government and opposition

fighters are blaming each other

for the massacre which has

shocked the world. Middle East correspondent, Anne Barker

reports. A tiny baby is one of

the lucky survivors in Houla,

although like hundreds more

people, the child was injured

in the worst massacre since the

uprising began. This man lost a

hand during the shelling.

United Nations monitors have

visited Houla where they

counted more than 100 bodies.

49 children and 34 women. The

UN team were in the town as

some of the bodies were taken

to burial in another mass

grave. The monitors have

confirmed that artillery and

tank shells were used to attack

a residential neighbourhood.

Local residents surrounded them

to recount what happened. They

start the shelling and they continued shelling yesterday

until two at night. The

slaughter at Houla sparked condemnation. The UN Security

Council has held an emergency

session on Syria. The Syrian Government claims there were no

tanks in the area. That is

clearly a lie. The fact is that

it is an atrocity and it was

perpetrated by the Syrian

Government. We have witnessed a

brutal massacre. Artillery

shells and tank shells

implicate the regime and we are

appalled. I can reveal to you

we have expressed our

difficulties a provl. Syria has

denied any responsibility,

declaring its launched its own

investigation and blaming the

killings on heavily-armed

men. I would like here to

condemn also, on behalf of my

Government, the tsunami of lies

that were said a few minutes

ago by some members of the

council. In Syria too, the

deaths have sparked widespread

anger with a wave of protests

across the country. UN monitors

say they will continue their

mission in Syria and the

special envoy, Kofi Annan, is

expected to visit again within

days. The Murray Darling Basin

Authority has released its

latest draft water management

plan and it's holding the line

on cuts to water allocations.

Irrigators say the cuts will

kill some communities. While

the conservation lobby

maintains there is not enough

water for the environment.

Fixing the river has been the

goal since 2007. Five years on,

the authorities now produced a

third draft. It keeps the 2,750 gig litre return to the rivers

but reduces the amount of

ground water that can be

extract by 1,200 gig litres.

The authority's chair, Craig

Knowles declined to be

interviewed but his boss gave

it a better reception. It's not

yet at a stage where I believe

we have got something I could

sign off on. The response from

the bush was harsher with

predictions the water cuts

would see the demise of some

rural communities . They feel

the consultation period has

been a waste of time. We still

have an unbalanced basin plan.

We still clearly have

communities, families, farmers

and a number of others across

the basin in

threat. Conservationists say

there's not enough water on

offer and the plan will be a

$10 billion dud. It's totally

unacceptable that this plan

that has been presented to the

minister only delivers on a

quarter of the environment and

water targets needed, with

certainty, to return this great

river system to health. The

states have six weeks to respond. New South Wales and

Victoria say too much water is

to be returned. South Australia

declared war. I've instructed

our lawyers to draft a plan for

this law. Some rural

communities have been on edge

for years. It could be months

before a plan is presented to

Parliament. Environment

Minister, Tony Burke, will

listen to the complaints of the

states and make any changes of

his own before he presents it

to Parliament. Conservationist

are accusing the New South

Wales Government of abandoning

the Snowy River. The owe

Farrell Government suspended

the analyst group. There is no

indication the group might be reformed. Environmentalists say

the panel is crucial to protect

what's left of the Snowy.

Winter has arrived and so has

the snow, meaning lots of water

for the Alpine rivers. But not

the Snowy. Dammed in the '60s

as part of a hydro-electric is

scheme, it remains a shadow of

itself. I don't belong to my

political parties or secret owe

sites. My focus is on restoring

this river. The north open the

gates at joined been dam to

bring life into the parched

ecosystem. They are known as

the flushing flows, moving the

sediment that has settled on

the river bed. The scientific

committee usually advises the

Government about managing the

flows but the group was

suspended last May and hasn't

been reappointed. The risk is

the environmentalal flowses

will be reduced because there

is no scientific committee

advocating on the river's

behalf. The New South Wales

office of water said the

Minister will make a an

announce minute about a new

committee soon. But environmentalists say they have

heard that for a year and want

to know what's causing the

delay four months out from the

spring flows. The Greens say

it's all about politics. The

owe Farrell Government has

given a voice to the Snowy

flow. The Government denies

that. Scientists involved with

the former committee are

reluctant to comment for fear

it may further delay the next appointment. But it is

crucial. It is critical there

is independent scientific

oversight about whether the

Snowy restoration program is

working. The Government says it

is still receiving scientific

advice of the chair of the

suspended committee. The AC

It's electric tiv surgery

waiting list is the shortest

it's been in nine years. The Government's report card shows

almost 4,000 people were

waiting for an operation in

March. That's a 19% drop on the

same time last year. More than

1,000 patients were having to wait longer than recommended

but that's also a mark ld

improvement. The main reason is

extra resources going in to

provide more operations. The

other area is private

partnerships. We are not doing

it all in the public system. In

the light of last month's

revelations that a hospital administrator tampered with

emergency waiting times, the

Opposition is sceptical. Since

they have been publishing

nicial which are misleading,

it's difficult to know what the

figures are. The Government is

confident the figures are

correct. To finance now, the

local share market bounced back

as bargain hunters emerged

after three weeks of falls.

Here is Alan Kohler. The All

Ords went up 1% but it's still

down 8.5% for the month of May

so far. Today saw the iron ore

miners go up along with

Woodside. It's not because they

can bring in foreign workers

now, which is old news, albeit

new politics, it's because the

improvement in sentiment about

Europe. The Greek opinion polls

think the Pro-euro parties are

gaining ground. Banks went up

but the big retailers fell.

There was no sign of improved

sentiment on the Athens Stock

Exchange. The Australian

average dividend yield has gone

above the Aussie Government

bond yield which is is a rare

event. It's only occurred 3% of

the time. It could mean shares

of cheap or it could mean they are expensive because the

economy is stuffed. At least

that's what the bond market are

saying. A meaningless graph, I

suppose but it's interesting.

The Australian dollar went up

by about a cent compared to

this time on Friday but it's a

fair way short of parity. It's

now down 5% so far this month.

Commodities were generally

higher over the weekend but the

coal price has fallen 5.5%

because of talk of Chinese

importers defaulting on their

shipments from Indonesia. No

defaults have been reported by

Australian exporters but it has

shaken up the stock market. On

the sub of iron ore and

workers, here is a chart of

total passengers of the airport

in Karratha. After not moving

for decades, passenger traffic

has tripled since 2006. That's

finance. Recent change toes

superannuation laws are causing

a bit of a stir in the art

world. Art works are no longer

a straightforward investment

for self-managed super funds

and a number of collectors are

selling up. The market is

flooded and galleries and

artists are finding it harder

to make a sale. The Melbourne

art dealer, Bill Nuttall,

viewing the 180 indigenous arts

he is putting up for sale is a

bitter sweet experience. He

bought them for a

superannuation fund. New rules

say he must put them in

professional storage, a change

which benefits no-one. Art is

meant to be seen. Having art

stored and wrapped up and

unseen is counter to prudent

investment. Following the

Cooper Review of

superannuation, self managed

funds must keep collect tith

out of sight. There is a

five-year change over but the

market is feeling the impact.

This is the first single-owner

collection to come on to the

market. I imagine there will be

a number of other large

collections that may come on to

the market in the coming years. Galleries are feeling

the pinch. Sales have plunged

up to 20% and in an already

sluggish market, there is a

ripple effect throughout the

art world. The commercial

galleries are seriously

affected. This will be an on

going difficulty in that people

will no longer be considering

buying work to put into their

superannuation funds. It's not

just art collectors and

investors who are ra rattled by

the superannuation changes.

Artists, too, feel that their

livelihoods and representations

are threatened. We want people

to see it. We want feedback.

It's in the interests of the

person who owns the work as

well. Their work will increase

in value if the public sees

it. Bill Nuttall is not sure where Elin vest the funds from

the sale. He is definite that

the work of leading indigenous

artists deserves to be seen.

Pop star, Lady Gaga, has

cancelled her concert in

Indonesia this week because of

threats from Islamic

extremists. The American singer

known for her outrageous

outfits and performances was to

play at a sold out concert in

Jakarta. Religious Conservatives said her clothes

and provocative dance moves

would corrupt young people.

(Sings) # I was born this way. #

Islamic hardliners promised

there would be chaos if she

entered the world's largest

Muslim nation. It's almost 70

years to the day since Japan

launched a submarine attack on

Sydney. The wreck was only

discovered six years ago. Now

it's been opened to diving

enthusiasts intrigued to see

what is a tomb and an

unexploded bombite. On 31 May

1942, three midget submarines

attacked Sydney harbour. Today

they were remembered. There

were thanks from Japan for the

way Australia treated the sub

Mariners who died. When the

Japanese sailors who died were

treated so honourably and given

funerals with full naval

honours. One of the submarines

was only discovered in 2006,

five kilometres off Sydney's

Northern Beaches. The site has

been protected but will soon be

open to divers. A bol on the

will be held for a few divers

to go down. Depending on the

success, that may occur on an

annual basis. The move has been

welcomed by the recreational

driver who discovered the

submarine by chance. A few bits

have been knocked off it over

the years , probably by fishing

trawlers. The main part of the

submarine is intact. The nave

which warns it's case of

looking but not touching for

more than one reason. We have

to be careful with the wreck

because we believe the

executeling charges are on

board, explosive devices. It's

considered likely some form of human remains are still on

board. An inspection has

revealed the escape ladder was

never activated and it is three

quarters filled with silt. The

Japanese soldiers were honoured

again today with the unveiling

of a plaque and a fly pass.

Australia's Mark Webber has

claimed his first Formula One

victory of the year in the

Monaco Grand Prix. Webber led

from start to finish and the

win has put him back into

championship contention. Mark

Webber start from pole position

after Michael Schumacher was

relegated to 6th due to a grid

penalty. The Australian held

off an early challenge from

Germany's Nico Rosberg but

there was chaos back in the a pack. COMMENTATOR: Trouble in

the first turn already. Webber

got away well! Rain threatened

late in the race but Webber was

able to maintain his lead.

Drivers were unable to get past

the Australian on the tight

circuit and he raced away to

repeat his 2010 victory at the

track. It's Mark Webber who

wins the Monaco Grand Prix.

History has made him Formula

One. Six of the best in

2012. It's the first time six

different drivers have won the

opening six races of a

season. An amazing day for the

team, myself, yeah. I'm really,

really happy to have won again

here and great memory for me,

fantastic. Webber has moved to

equal second with driver

Sebastian Vettel, three points

behind Fernando Alonso.

Samantha Stosur is through to

the third round after beating

Brit, Elena Baltacha. She

opened proceedings on centre

court, steam rolling her

opponent 6-4, 6-0. COMMENTATOR:

That might just about do it

here for the US Open chop. Luke

Donald has regained number one

ranking from Rory McIlroy.

Donald successfully defended

his PGA title, finishing four

shots clear to move back to the

top of the standings. Wallabies

coach, Robbie Deans says rocky

Elsom's national career isn't

over despite the former captain

being left out of the latest

Australian squad. Deans has

selected 39 players to train

for next month's tests against

Scotland and Wales. Elsom has

been battling injury and yet to

play a full game of super rugby

this season. But the coach

doesn't think he has played his

last game. I hope Rocky sees

himself as part of it because

he is capable of it. If that's

something he is still

passionate about, it's

something he can get done. I

need to get back playing first

and I will see how it goes

after that. Quade Cooper has

been included after recovering

from a knee injury. Fullback,

Kurtley Beale will have

shoulder surgery tonight and

miss all the June tests. While

captain James Horwill is also

in doubt with a hamstring injury. The Tidbinbilla

wildlife rangers are attempting

to play Cup wid a pair of

brolgas. This 18-month-old female, Meg, who was

hand-reared in captivity,

appears to be infatuated with

her keepers. But the rangers

hope to divert her attentions

towards a newly arrived

mate. We have tried to limit

our time with her and try and

wean her off us and on to

Billy. But brol today Bill, the

18. The rangers are planning

small supervised introductions

over the next months. The

brolga is extinct in the ACT and threatened in New South

Wales. After a weekend of snow

flurries and biting winds,

conditions were more moderate

in Canberra. A mix of sun and

cloud and after a cold night,

we had a top of 14 degrees

today. And it was pretty

similar across our local

region. The showers were patchy

today so it was mostly Kuhne on the coast.

There is a bit of cloud over

Victoria and southern New South

Wales. There is a high pressure

ridge stationary near Adelaide.

It's keeping skies clear and

sunny over Canberra. It will be

mostly fine around the capitals

tomorrow with a few showers

from the mid-New South Wales

coast up to the tropics.

Melbourne and Hobart will be

cloudy. Perth sunny and 23 and

Sydney will have a few showers.

Those showers will start from

the Nowra region stretching up

to the north but fine south of

there. Frost inland from the


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Tonight - under pressure. New

questions about Prime Minister

Julia Gillard's leadership. Do

you support Julia Gillard?

Yes, I do. Do you believe

there's any leadership

challenge at the moment? No,

no. And the mother leading the

battle against moves to abolish free vaccinations for whooping

cough. They've put a value on

babies' lives and they've said

it's not worth saving

them. This is nothing to do with money.

Op Open

The federal Labor caucus is reacting with disbelief to

another self-inflithed

government wound. This time,

it's a decision allowing a

mining development run by

Australia's richest woman to

import foreign workers. Caucus

and unions are furious over the