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Tonight - diplomats

expelled. Australia's message

of revulsion over Syria's Houla

massacre. Some answers for

Victorian workers but hundreds

elsewhere left in limbo by the

Hastie groups. Soccer shows its

ugly side as racism threatens

the forthcoming European

Championships. And motorists

fleeced as Canberra petrol

prices soar above Sydney's.

Good evening. Craig Allen

with ABC News. Syria is tonight

feeling the force of an

international backlash against

the latest wave of civilian killings. Australia is leading

the charge. The government has

just announced it's expelling

Syria's top diplomat here.

Other nations are expected to

follow suit. George Roberts

begins our coverage of the

Syrian crisis. Syria's highest

ranking official and another

diplomat have been given three

days to get out of Australia.

This is the heaviest diplomatic

sanction Canberra has mounted.

Syria's charge de'affaires was

called in for a dressing-down

yesterday but now the Foreign

Minister's taken things

further. This is the most

effective way we've got of

sending a message of revulsion

at what's happened in Syria and

a message that the Syrian

government should implement the

ceasefire that's been called

for by Kofi Annan and the

Security Council. Senator Carr

says Australia's decision is in

lock-step with other countries

that's expel Syrian diplomats.

This is an international

retaliation to the massacre of

49 children and 60 adults in

Houla. The UN envoy is to meet the Syrian President tonight at

a time he calls a critical

moment in the Syrian crisis. Churj shout as they run for

their lives. New amateur video

posted on-line purportedly

shows the panic from the

massacre in Houla. Residents

rush to help the injured, but

the explosion chases them away.

This young boy runs as dozens

of other children are killed.

This boy filmed by the

opposition says he escaped by

playing dead. He saw the bodies

of his sisters and mother in

his home. After the soldiers

left, he escaped to his uncle's

house. United Nations peace

envoy Kofi Annan will meet with

President Bashir al-Assad in

Damascus tonight, hoping to

salvage his failed ceasefire

plan. Those responsible for

these brutal attacks must be

held to account. Russia has

challenged the Security

Council's claims that Syrian

forces alone are to blame for

the massacre in Houla. Both

sides evidently had a hand in

the deaths of innocent people,

including numerous children and women. Britain's Foreign

Secretary William Hague is in

Moscow, urging Russia to put

more pressure on the Assad

regime. The alternatives are

the Annan plan or ever

increasing chaos in Syria. But

as world leaders were debating

what to do about the massacre

in Houla, more Syrians were

under attack nearby. Rebel

fighters fought government

troops in Hama and Homs. Human

rights activists said Syrian

tanks and infantry fighting

vehicles opened fire on several

neighbourhoods, killing more than 40 people.

Triplet toddlers from New

Zealand are among 19 people

killed in a fire at a shopping

centre creche in Qatar. Thick

smoke was rising by the time

firefighters arrived at the

complex, popular with foreign

workers. My boss is inside and

all of us outside, we know that

our family's inside. Reports

suggest fire exits were block

and sprinklers weren't working.

Rescuers trying to reach

children trapped in the nursery

had to break through the roof.

They were too late to save 13

children, including the triplets. The family are dealing with the terrible grief

that they have at this time.

The consulate is coming over

from Saudi Arabia in Riyadh to

support the family. Two

firefighters also died.

Officials don't yet know how

the fire started. The

leadership crisis in Papua New

Guinea has taken a new turn.

The job of Prime Minister has

been declared vacant and there

will be an election in

Parliament tomorrow. Parliament

has now recognised Sir Michael

Somare as the legitimate Prime

Minister, but he's missed three

sittings. So the office has

been thrown open. The coalition

partners of the effective Prime

Minister Peter O'Neill say they

will renominate him for the

job. We will be electing a new Prime Minister tomorrow morning

so this can clear all the

doubts that has been created by

the decision of the court. His supporters have challenged Sir Michael's backers to put

forward their own candidate.

Shock is turning to anger over

one of the nation's most significant corporate

collapses. It now appears only

a quarter of the Hastie Group's

44 companies are likely to be

salvaged. And many workers

today chose to accept

redundancy, rather than keep

their jobs and risk getting

nothing. One day after the

Hastie Group bombshell was

dropped, union bosses addressed

disheartened members. Their

anger was palpable. I think the

situation you guys have been

put this is an absolute

disgrace. You deserve better

and the management of the

Hastie Group has failed you.

Absolutely failed you. It's a

dark day, it's a hard day for

electricians in New South

Wales. One of the biggest

electrical contractors in the

State has gone into

administration. Administrators

have now confirmed more than

900 workers in Victoria have

lost their jobs. 800 in New

South Wales. But every State

bar Tasmania is feeling the

ripple effect of the Hastie

Group collapse. There's been

admissions by the company

itself of significant

mismanagement. We also do know

that there's been fraud

committed in one of the

businesses of the Hastie

Group. Workers who've been

stood down are facing a month

without an income. The Federal

Government will meet

administrators this week. It is

certainly my aim to make sure

people are not kept in

purgatory for 28 days. But for

some, a month of uncertainty

was too much to bear. At a

crisis meeting at the Electrical Trades Union's Melbourne headquarters all 300

workers in attendance opted to

be made redundant. Those the

ABC spoke to said they had

little hope the company could

recover and believe they had no

choice. There is no point

hanging in limbo for 28 days

without pay. At the end of it

we won't have a job anyway.

The reality is that the jobs

don't exist. More are expected

to follow. They will want to

make sure they can get their

entitlements too. While the workers are in limbo the

fallout continues. Major

projects worth billions of

dollars lack like the new

Adelaide hospital are also on

hold. What went wrong with the

Hasties Group? Did it get too

big too fast or did some

sections of the company just

fail to stay accountable of the

Bill Wild was brought in as chief exec give just eight

months ago. He gave this frank

interview to the ABC's Kirrin

McKechnie. What went wrong? I

think as in most situations, it wasn't a single thing that went

wrong. It was a combination of

events. And decision make. The

strategies adopted by Hastie

over the last few years were

flawed. The company embarked on

a growth program that was built

around acquisition. I think acquisition without sufficient

thought about what the aim long

term was to what sort of

structure was intended to be

built, what sort of company. By Christmas time or

November/December of 11 and in

the first couple of months of

this year, we found massive

write-backs. We wrote back

nearly $200 million on the

forecast result. And essentially the company never

recovered from that. At the

very end of the day, people

talked about the issue we had

last week with the

irregularities in one of the

divisions, and that I suppose

was a straw that broke the

camel's back. So essentially,

who's to blame for this? I

think the blame spreads across

a lot of people. The

organisation itself, it didn't

have in place the government's

processes it should have had. That's the responsibility of management. There were a number

of people involved in those

irregularities and it didn't

feed home to one person. The

structure of the company, the

culture of the company, the

culture of not being honest

with results and not putting

the results up there as they

were. Would you describe that

as fraud or ... I believe it's

dishonesty in the sense of not

reporting what's there, and

that. I mean others will make judgments as to the form of

dishonesty if you like, but I

mean it was a dishonest culture

in the company that led to

this. Write-back of $200

million in the results, the

declaration of $150 million

loss for the first half of this

financial year, I mean there's

not an honest company that

reports those results. Bill

Wild, thank you. Thank you. A defiant Julia Gillard has told

her caucus she can win next

year's election. Desmit the

government's troubles, Newspoll

shows a modest improvement in

Labor's primary vote. Tony

Abbott told his troops Julia

Gillard will not lie down and

die, and where there's life,

there's fight. A little bit

earlier today the Leader of the

Opposition was in his party room referring to me and for

once he got it right. Let me

say to the Leader of the

Opposition, I will stand up and

fight for working people. In

caucus the Prime Minister

placated backbenchers angry

over a plan to bring in foreign

workers A new caucus

subcommittee will allow Labor

MPs to monitor future deals,

like the one made with Gina

Reinhart. A 21-year-old

Singaporean cadet at the Australian Defence Force

Academy has pleaded not guilty

to committing two acts of indecency. Yong Chuean Benedict

Ang is charged with committing

the offences against a female

cadet at ADFA earlier this

month. He was arrested at the

weekend after other cadets

raised the allegations with

senior officers. The ACT court

heard Ang has surrendered his

passport and is now living with

an officer at the Singapore

High Commission. He will remain

on bail until his next court

appearance in August. The

question is again being asked,

why is Canberra petrol so

expensive? The NRMA says ACT

motorists are paying on average

18 C more per litre for petrol

than Sydney drivers. Greater

competition and transparency is needed. Sydney motorists think

they've got problems. Having to

pay $1.37 a litre on average

for unleaded bet roll. But

that's 18 c cheaper than

Canberra's average price. Great

questioner competition may

explain why Sydney's prices are

lower. But a comparison of

prices in Canberra and

Wollongong shows that while the

capital's motorists were better

off for most of the last three

months the price took off

recently and has stayed

high. The ACT has come in with

a fairly flat level of pricing

until two weeks ago, and thun for some unknown reason there

has been a dramatic spike in the price of petrol

regionally. The NRMA says

average Canberra petrol prices

jumped by as much as 10 c over

a 12 day period in April and May. The petrol companies will

give us information that it's

driven by overseas markets, and

demand and things of that

nature. We oi been advised that

our franchisees are told by the

major oil companies and

retailers on how to set the

price for the ACT. The

Australian Institute of Petroleum represents around half of the major oil companies, but were not

available for comment today.

The NRMA says two out of every

three Canberra outlets are

operated by the big supermarket

chains. And with less

competition than other cities,

it's open slather for fuel

companies. But there are moves

to foster new independent

chains. We've been working with

one individual now who hopes to

have his service station

running in a few months. We've

been asking the governments and

all jurisdictions now to give

us more transparency as to what

the oil companies are doing

with the price of fuel. In the

meantime many Canberra drivers

are being lured to look further

afield for bargains. The threat

of racist violence hangs

heavily over the European

soccer Championship which

starts in Poland and Ukraine

next week. Extreme right

wingers are an intimidating

presence in Ukraine soccer

grounds and a former England

captain has warned anyone who's

black or Asian risks becoming a

target. A warning, this report

contains some violent images.

In Ukraine, extreme right wing

politics and football go hand

in hand. We filmed mass ranks

of fans using this Nazi style

salute in stadiums across

Ukraine. This is how some

supporters re-Hackett to rival

black players and fans.

(Imitating monkeys)

Anti-racism campaigners claim

some extreme right-wing

organisations are hijacking

football. One such group is

Patriot of Ukraine. They claim

to recruit members from

football terraces. We are

learning to shoot. And we are

learning tactical combat and

military preparation. And we

can take all this fight

training on to the streets.

Out within of the last matches

of the season at this stadium

in Harkiff which will host Euro

2012 matches. With no

segregation, scuffles break out

between rival fans. Suddenly,

the hooligans spot a new target

- a small group of Asian

students. It appears they are

singled out because of the

colour of their skin.

We showed our footage to

former England captain Sol

Campbell. What they should say

is that until we see a massive

improvement that you have

sorted out, you'll never get

this tournament. Would you

recommend families to travel to

Euro 2012? No chance. Don't

even risk it. You could end up

coming back in a coffin. In

Ukraine where some fans are

searching for a national identity, questions remain over whether the safety of

supporters can be guaranteed. A

British mother of two could

face the death penalty after

being arrested in Bali for drug

smuggling. Lindsay Sandiford

was caught with nearly 5 kg of

cocaine stuffed into the lining

of her suitcase. The drugs have

an estimated street value of

$2.5 million. After her arrest

she agreed to take part in a sting operation which resulted

in the arrest of three other

Britons. The former British

Prime Minister Tony Blair was

grilled over his relationship with Rupert Murdoch last night.

He told the Leveson Inquiry

into media ethics that

political leaders had no choice

but to court powerful media

barons but he denied he did a

deal with Mr Murdoch when, as

Opposition Leader, he flew to

Australia to seek political

backing. From News Corporation executives. Five years out of

office, but ever the politician

as he batted away suggestions

he'd made a deal with Rupert

Murdoch to support each other's

interests. There was no deal on

issues to do with the media.

With Rupert Murdoch or indeed

with anybody else either

express or implied. To be fair

he never sought such a thing. There were also

questions about a News

Corporation conference in 1995

at Hayman Island. On the guest

list, the then Prime Minister

Paul Keating and a British Opposition Leader Tony Blair

who was in Australia on a

mission. I wouldn't have been

going all the way around the

world and remember I had to go after one Prime Minister's

Questions and return for the

next, if it hadn't been a very

deliberate and again very

strategic decision that I was

going to ter swayed them. Tony

Blair was his characteristic

unflappable self even when a

protester somehow evaded

security and snuck into the

inquiry. Held up the Iraq bank

for 20 billion. He was then

paid $6 million every year and

still is from JP Morgan, six

months after he left office.

The man is a war criminal!!

Tony Blair denied the allegations shouted at him but

he admitted he had made a

decision when in government not

to take on powerful media interests as it would've

drained all the government's energies. I felt the price he

would pay for that would

actually push out a lot of the

things I cared more about. But

there were times the former

Prime Minister felt he was the

target of media vendettas. With

any of these big need ya

groups, you fall out with them

and you watch out. Because it's

- it is literally relentless

and unre-Milting once that

happens. That was not quite

the last word as Tony Blair's

car was driven away it was hit

by an egg. The former Prime

Minister still has the power to


A taxi driver has been

charged over the hit UN run

death of a young Sydney real

estate agent. The 39-year-old

driver was charged last night

with three offences including

dangerous driving occasioning

death. The charges relate to

the death of Andrew Heffernan

who was struck by a car in

Sydney's north west early on Saturday morning. The taxi

driver's been granted strict

conditional bail and will

appear in court next month. To

finance now. There was another

solid rise on the local share

market today, despite

continuing weakness in the US

and Europe. There was good news

and bad news out of Europe last

night but the Australian share

market turned its back on all

that and focused instead on

China where the government foreshadowed more economic

stimulus. Markets had been

starting to factor in a deeper

slowdown than expected in China

but it looks like a new bout of

spending is in the works.

Last night's bad news was

that Spanish bond yields

reached a post euro era high

because of a massive 19 billion

euro bail-out of ifts second

largest bank. Spain's

government said everything's

fine we won't need anyone's

help but the markets are not so

sure. In general, European

shares are now trading at a big

discount. This chart shows the

average price earnings ratio

valuation in Europe and the

rest of the world. Europe's

companies are selling at a 40%

discount, now that sort of

valuation usually precedes

decent returns from the shares

concerned, if you're game

enough. Today's economic news

was new home sales for April.

Partially regaining what was

lost in March's big fall to an

11 year low. Another interesting

statistic came out of this. The

number of people per household

is rising. Not exactly mattresses all over the floor

yet but certainly a reversal of

the previous trend. And finally

the Australian dollar is steady

against the US dollar and up

slightly against the rest.

That's finance. It seems the

days of easy credit are over. A

study has found 3 million Australians can't get a credit

card, car insurance or even a

bank account. 10 years ago Rick Foster lived with flatmates

when some household bills got

out of control. They'd up and

leave and not pay the bills. I

would be left with over $1,000

of bills to pay by a certain

date which I can't afford. He

eventually paid the bills but

has been left with defaults on

his credit history and he now

has a wife and two children. We're trying to get a

home loan at the moment. The

banks aren't looking at us with

that, as well as trying to get

a credit card to build a credit

history and again it's the same

problem. It's a problem many

share. A new study by the

University of New South Wales

and funded by the National

Australia Bank looked at what

access 50,000 Australians have

to various financial

services. We found that for

17.2% of those individuals they

didn't have affordable or

appropriate access to bank the,

credit cards, insurance, etc.

We know if you're younger,

have less education, if you're

dim and potentially live in

outer suburban regions you're

more likely to be excluded from

financial services. The report

found growing numbers of people

are relying on family or

friends and on fringe credit

providers like payday lenders

to get money. They charge very,

very high fees and charges and

interest rates. The global

financial crisis and the resulting regulator changes

have forced the major lenders

to tighten their lending

standards. The report authors acknowledge and accept the importance of that, but they

also want the fringe credit

providers to be subject to

legislative change. And really,

that's the sector of the market

that needs to be tackled

next. The Federal Government

says it's in the process of considering legislative changes

to the payday lending industry.

A week before being suspended

for breaching club alcohol

rules, Ferguson and Dugan are

back in the Raiders side. Dugan

has been moved to five-eighth

for Saturday's match against

Wests Tigers. We're looking at

building Dugan into that role

for this week and obviously

looking for him to l bolster up

that defence and we need

that. We've done our

punishment. We paid our dues.

We're looking to move forward

and get off to a good start

this week. The suspensions made

way for Pelou and Lee to debut

last week hand they will keep

their spots. Australia's best

hope in the French Open men's

singles Bernard Tomic is safely

through to the second round. Matthew Ebden and Lleyton

Hewitt bowed out. Hewitt lost

in four sets against unseeded

Slovenian Kavcic. Hewitt is

recovering from toe surgery and

says despite his early exit he

is still feeling positive about

Wimbledon. Lasted nearly four

hours and physically felt fine.

Pretty amazing when you haven't

played any matches on the

surface. The women's singles

top seed Victoria Azarenka was

almost an opening-round

casualty . She recovered from

one set and 4-0 down to defeat

Italy's Alberta Brianto.

Australia's announced its 10

member diving team for the

London Olympics. Beijing gold

medallist Matthew Mitcham leads

the team which also includes

Victorian Loudy Wiggins, who's

competing in her fourth Olympics. The Australian squad

is a mixture of youth and

experience, but there's no

denying who's the leader of the

pack. At the Beijing games,

Mitcham became the first gifr

in Olympic history to score a

perfect 10. Since then

Australia's most successful

diver has seen his world

ranking slide due to an injury

that lasted almost a year. Last

month at the Olympic trials he

proved to himself and his

rivals that he's in form. I got

10s on half my dives which is

halfway to where I want to be

in London. I want to get 10s on

all of my dives. So that was a

pretty good indication of where

I was after only a couple of

months of training. And there

are other Australian medal

contenders. It's quite a young

team, but it's actually one of

the strongest teams I've ever

been on. Young mother Loudy

Wiggins will be the second Australian diver to have

competed at four

Olympics. Until your name is

actually announced there's

always a little bit of

speculation and so just happy

it's on paper now. The baby of

the squad is 16-year-old

Brittany Broben from the Gold

Coast. They've taught me a lot

throughout this journey but I

don't feel like the baby. In a

warm-up for London the team

will compete in the Madrid

Grand Prix next month. The international smash hit

'Somebody that I used to know'

is continuing its run of

success. The song earned its

writer, got got, three of the

top honours at the APRA music

awards - Gofye.

SONG: # Didn't have to cut me off

# Make out like it never

happened ... # Gotye was named

songwriter of the year and his

song the most played Australian

work. It really is an amazing

thing when you're a young

songwriter and struggling to

kind of make ends meet and you

get a cheque for playing your

own music live. And that really

gets you places. Since it was

released last year, the song

has topped the charts in more

than 20 countries and become a

favourite cover. Singers Tex

Perkins and Tina Arena

performed the hit at the awards

ceremony in Sydney last night.

To the weather now. And as

promised today was fine and

sunny, plenty of frost and some low-Logue fog in places this

morning. A low temperature of

minus 3 up to 15 in the city

and 16 down in the Tuggeranong


An onshore wind has pushed a

line of cloud up the coast from

the Sydney mark up through

Queensland and there's a north

west cloud band moving down

from the Northern Territory.

That's connected to a trough now lying south from the Gulf

Country but our local

conditions are clear, thanks to

that high-pressure system. It

will be a similar weather pattern again tomorrow with

rain for Brisbane and Sydney.

Before we go a brief recap

of our top story tonight.

Australia has expelled two

Syrian diplomats. Bob Carr says

it's so send a message of

revulsion over the massacre at

Houla. That's our news for now.

Next up 7307 with Chris Uhlmann

and a special report. Thanks

for your company. Goodnight.

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Live. Welcome to 7:30, I'm

Chris Uhlmann. Tonight - we

need help, a desperate plea

from a broken community

struggling with unemployment,

vandalism, violence and abuse.

Young children, how would I

put it, below the ages of 5

that have actually been

raped. There would not be a

family at Toomelah or

Boggabilla that is not affected

in some way by child abuse.

That story shortly but first

the massacre of more than 100

people in the Syrian village of

Houla has shocked the world.

Among the dead are 49 children

and 34 women, hundreds more

were injured. This afternoon

the Australian Government reacted expelling two Syrian

dip mats for what it described