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Tonight - bizarre scenes in

parliament as Craig Thomson

prompts an Opposition run for

cover. That he might be able to

run but he won't be able to

hide. Free at last, Aung San

Suu Kyi leaves Burma for the

first time in 24 years. Out in

the cold, the US joins the

chorus of condemnation against

Syria and Bob Dylan goes to the

White House to meet the

man. There is not a bigger

giant in the history of

American music. Good evening.

Craig Allen with ABC News.

Those stories coming up but

first a short time ago in

London Australian Wikileaks

founder Julian Assange lost his

final appeal against

extradition from Britain to

Sweden to face alleged sex

crimes. The decision upholds

two lower courts which ruled he

should be sent to Sweden for

questioning over allegations of

rain and sexual assault. - of

rape and sexual assault. After

more than a year of legal

wrangling in and out of the courts finally, the decision he

was hoping not to hear that he

can legally be sent to Sweden.

There was a very narrow point

of law and he lost that point

of law though his legal team

have been given another two

weeks to study the judgment to

launch another appeal. He can

still go to the European court

of human rights that would be

another two week wait but if

they refuse to accept that case

and likely they would then he

still has the possibility of

being sent to Sweden very quickly after that to face

these charges. He's denied

those allegations of a sexual

impropriety but the case he

worries about is that after

that he would somehow be

extradited to the United States

to face charges over his

Wikileaks activities charges

that could see him years in

jail. Philip Williams in London

there. Athlete speed isn't

usually considered a spill in

politics but it hope helped the

Coalition get out of a spot of

bother today. In rather un dignified scene, Tony Abbott

and Christopher Pyne had to

spant to escape a vote in

parliament. It was all done to

avoid being on the same side as

Craig Thomson who for the first

time discovered his

independence and voted against

his former Labor colleagues. A

hung parliament can be a recipe

for a ridiculous. Order!. The

Government tried to fast farce started when the

Opposition. I move that the

member be no longer heard For

the first time since being

booted to the cross bench,

Craig Thomson discovered his independence, quietly siding

with the Coalition. When Tony

Abbott and his Parliamentary

tacticians noticed they bolted,

trying to escape the chamber to

negate his vote. The Coalition

has said it would not accept

the vote of the member for

Dobell and if the member for

Dobell entered the House and

voted with us, we would have

someone leave the

chamber Christopher Pyne got

out but the chief whip chose a

locked door and Tony Abbott got

pinged. No. Lock the doors. Too

late. No way. Not on. This is

a at the same timed vote we

aren't going to rerye on a

vanted vote and I all on Julia

Gillard to do exactly the same

thing He smells a rat. It was

obviously a stunt orchestrated

between Craig Thomson enable

and the Government. Craig

Thomson denies that, Sncht? The

43rd parliament was founded on

pledges of higher standards,

Julia Gillard vowed to let the

sunshine in, Tony Abbott wanted

a kinder gently policy, that's

what they promised, this is

what they delivered. Will you

shut up? Just listen. The

member for Higgins will resume

her seat. The member for

Higgins will resume her

seat. Petty politics back and

forth, petty politics back and

forth. During the PM's answer, a member of the Opposition

called out "you should go back

to Tasmania and rot." Someone

else yelled "dead man"

referring to a Labor MP who

committed suicide a decade

ago. I'm a little sensetive as

many would appreciate to any

mention of my dead friend. And

I will not have it thrown

around this House as his family

is feeling it significantly at

the moment. And I will have no

more. Things calmed down after that. Hunting will be allowed

in kos owes co-National Park

under a controversial deal

struck by the NSW Government

allowing it to sell off its

remaining power assets. The

sale is expected to generate at

least $3 billion but the deal

with cross benchers to allow recreational hunting in the

State's National Parks has

enraged conservationists. Barry

O'Farrell presented a awards to

the State's high achieving

women this morning. Buoyed by

the prospect of a legitimate

reward. A deal struck with

cross benchers means the Government's power

privatisation bill will finally pass through parliament

tonight. This is important

because it will free up to $3

billion in proceeds to be

invested in infrastructure. The

sale does not include the power

poles and wires which would

have generated even more

revenue. The amended bill

includes a four year employment

guarantee for workers, the

Opposition says consumers will

feel the pain through higher

electricity bills. These

companies buy these assets to

make a profit. Multinationals

buying these assets will see

prizes rise But the Treasurer disagrees. The experting

confirm that this is the way to

prices. Barry O'Farrell has put downward pressure on

been forced to make a number of

concessions to pass the bill.

Ehe's had to give in to the

demands of the shooters and

fishers party which involves

breaking a promise and allow recreational hunting in

National Parks. Hunts of feral

animals will be allowed in 79

Barrington Tops, Myall Lakes National Parks including

and Kosciuszko, excluding the

ski fields. It also involves a

number of nature reserves. The

Government is calling it

volunteer pest control. The

issue of feral animals in our

National Parks is huge, not

only for our native fauna and

flora but also for the farming

community. The new measures

will be managed by the

Environment Minister Robyn

Parker.. Robyn Parker, the environment Minister, who sent

the loggers in after Co Allahs,

she'll now sent the shooters

into finish the job. Barry

O'Farrell will see environment

groups and communities

everywhere very angry about

this move. For 24 year, she was

unable to leave her country but

today Burmese democracy

campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi was

free to fly to Bangkok.

South-East Asia correspondent

Zoe Daniel was there to witness

her arrival. Fleeing poverty

and often persecution, 10% of

Burmese have been forced to

seek a life outside their

country. They've held little

hope they could ever return.

But stranger things have

happen. Outside Burma for the

first time in 24 year, Aung San

Suu Kyi delivered hope,

straight to the people the

nation has lost. It's been very

good to see how their spirit is

still strong in spite of the

money troubles they've been

through For more than two

decades the junta held her

captive yet with all the places

she could have gone her first

stop, a frayed shop house on

Bangkok's outskirt, the hub of

Thailand's 2.5 million strong

Burmese community. There she

met those who have worked their

fingers to the bone to send

money home to their families on

the inside. Burmese migrant

workers in Thailand may be many

but they're extremely

powerless. Most of them earn

very little. And because of

their often irregular status,

they're at high risk of things

like Labor or and trafficking.

Aung San Suu Kyi says she'll

take up the cause for migrant

workers who need to know their

rights to avoid exploitation

here but this is not where they

want to be. We need to have a responsibility to create the

kind of country to which all

our people can return whenever

they wish to. More than 200,000

Burmese live and work in this

village, life is hard but they

remain sceptical about whether

going back would be any better

when members of the military

still control the Government.

This woman has spent 15 years

here sorting finish fish to

support her son in Burma. It's

not really a new Government,

it's still the old one. I don't

want to go back yet. It may

take a new Government to bring

people home, but today one

woman has shown what's

possible. The US has joined a global chorus of condemnation

of the massacre of more than

100 Syrians in Houla. The

senior Syrian diplomat has been

expelled from Washington and

the Obama Administration is

promising further sanctions. A

makeshift hospital in northern

Syria is overwhelmed by wounded

Opposition fighters and

civilians, in the latest round

of fighting. As UN officials

deliver their chilling

assessment of the massacre of

more than 100 villagers in the

town of Houla. The majority

appear to have been the result

of house to house summary

executions of armed men going

into houses and killing men,

women and children. The US is

joined Australia and other

nations in kicking out Syrian diplomats expressing its

disgust and

horror. Indefencible, vile,

despicable. The Obama

Administration is promising to

work with the UN Security

Council on further punitive

measures to crank up the

pressure on the al-Assad regime

but it isn't ready for a Libya

style military intervention. We

do not believe that

militarisation of the situation

in Syria at this point is the

right course of action. US officials are openly sceptical

about the chances of the Kofi Annan-brokered peace plan

working, in Syria the senior

diplomat has spoken of his

grave concern appealing to the

al-Assad regime to act now. We

are at a tipping point. The

Syrian people do not want a

future, their future, to be one of bloodshed and division. Syria's President

Assad continues to blame armed

terrorists but UN and US

officials blame pro-regime thugs, Washington's accusing

the Syrian Government of

sending in militia men using

tacticses and training borrowed

from Iran. Russia, still the

key ally for Syria, is calling

for an objective impartial investigation. Barack Obama's

coming under fire for not doing

enough to help the Syrian

Opposition. While urging caution, the chairman of the

joint chiefs has said publicly

that he has military options if

the White House wants them. MPs

in Papua New Guinea have voted

Peter O'Neill as PM. His porers

are hoping the result will

bring an end to the power

struggle with his predecessor,

Sir Michael Somare. The day

began in parliament with a vote

to elect a new PM. PM was the

only nominee and won the vote

56-nil. I now declare the

member Mr Peter O'Neill has

been elected PM-elect of the great state of Papua New

Guinea. Then the PM-elect came

here to Government House to be

officially sworn in. Normally

it's a mere formality but the

acting Governor-General

suspended the ceremony saying

he wanted to study the official

documents. Three hours later Peter O'Neill was officially

sworn in as Papua New Guinea's

PM. I hope this is the last of

this saga that we are

continuing. I hope both our

leading citizens in the

community and judiciary and

members of parliament to take

note of the decision of

parliament and respect the

parliament's wishes. No doubt

his rivals Sir Michael Somare

and his supporters will say

what happened today is unconstitutional. Ordinary

Papua New Guineians meanwhile

are sick and tired of this

leadership dispute and are

looking forward to going to the

general election next month. At

least 15 people have died in an

earthquake in northern Italy

with thousands left homeless.

It's the second quake to hit

the Bologna region in the past

fortnight. With scores of

people buried under the rubble

it's feared the death toll will

climb. The quake struck shortly

after 9am spreading panic

through a region already on

edge. The death toll climbed to

at least 15, hundreds of people

were injured. I hard a big bang

when I was shaving and I ran

out very fast half dressed. I

was riding my bicycle and even

the saddle turned

around. Factories and churches

collapsed as aftershocks were

felt up to 100 kilometre away.

Rescuers searched the rubble for trapped survivors. The recently was already reeling

from an earlier more powerful

quake nine days ago, that one

left 7 people dead and 7,000 homeless. This shock was

stronger and longer than the

previous one of two week

ago. We are very afraid because

one feels you're confronted

with something out of your

experience. There's the

sensation that you're going

lose everything, your life,

your house, because we won't be

able to go home to our houses,

we'll have to start again. The

country's PM has pledged he'll

do all that he can to help. The

commitment of the State will be guaranteed in everything will

happen in the best and quickest

way. The area is one of the

most productive in Italy

makingis recovery even more

critical for the country's ailing ailing economy. An Australian

Defence Force cadet accused of

secretly filming a woman in the

shower is seeking permission to

return overseas. Police allege

21-year-old Fayyaz Fay hit a

mopile phone above a shower at

the academy last August.

Pakistani national is defending

a charge of an act of indecency

without consent saying he

intended to film himself and

not the woman. He is suspended

but the ACT Magistrates Court

has heard he wants to return to

the academy midyear eyear. The

defence argues the charge

against him doesn't stack up

because he wasn't physically

present at the time of any

indecent act. Fayyaz will seek

to vary his bail conditions so

he can visit family in

Pakistan. He'll face court

again in July. After two weeks of uncertainity, construction

at the Bonner primar school is

about to resume. Work at the

school and a Philip public

housing development ground to a

hold when the construction arm

of St Hillers went into voluntary Administration

earlier this month. The ACT

Government has now struck a

deal with the administrator for

the projects to recommence and

for all suppliers and

subcontractors to be paid their

full entitlements. The Bonner

project has also been affected

by the collapse of the Hastie

Group, electricians employed by

a subsidiary were stood down on

Monday but the Government says

the school will be ready for

the start of the next school

year. Authorities are

scrambling to deal with two

separate outbreak of the deadly

Hendra Virus in Queensland. A

horse died on a property in

North Queensland yesterday, and

another horse died near

Rockhampton at the weekend.

Queensland health says 11

people have been exposed to the

virus. Horse owners are on high

alert with news of two case of

Hendra Virus in North and

central Queensland. Near

Rockhampton biosecurity

officers have quarantined a

property where a horse died on

Saturday night. Never something

you want to hear, that it's a

positive result. The last

outbreak in the region was

nearby in 2009 and claimed the

life of Rockhampton vet

Alistair Rogers. In the latest

outbreak, Dr Neil Farmer

treated infected horse but is

confident he followed safety procedures. All necessary precaution were taken with

regards to minimising exposure,

so at this stage there is a low

risk of infection Queensland

health says 11 people have had

a low level of exposure to othe

sick horses. If they've had a

very high degree of exposure

then we would offer post

exposure treatment that is

highly experimental at this

stage. In North Queensland tip

fected horse was a much loved

family pet and fell ill on

Sunday. The horse was showing

nervous signs, that was, it was

circling and looking depressed

and it was staggering. Again,

the vet attempted to treat the

horse but it squntly died. This

is the first time there have

been two Hendra Virus outbreaks

in Queensland at the same time.

But authorities say there's no

link between the case in North

Queensland and the one in

central Queensland. The cause

of Hendra Virus is still being

investigated. But it's known to

be carried by flying foxes. In

the last 18 months there have

been about 20 outbreaks mostly

in southern Queensland. June,

July, August, that is the time

for some reason that there's

greater risk Even the State

Minister says it's likely

there'll be more outbreak to

come. Mind of the situation and

I stress that during my

briefing this morning the

Government chief vet officer Dr

Ric Simon stressed that this

was the start of the high risk

season and realistically we

should prepare for the

potential for more

outbreaks. Since 1994 four of

the seven people who have

contracted the disease have

died. Scientists think they'll

have a vaccine ready for horses

next year. More than 10 other

Hoares as well as cats and dogs

will be checked at the central Queensland Queensland property. Sporting

communities in Gungahlin are

getting a boost in next week's

ACT budget. The Government's

announced lit fund a $6.5

million grand stand at the

Gungahlin enclosed oval,

sporting field is being built

on the western side of the town

centre and is due to be

finished by mid-2014. Grand

stand facility that can

accommodate about 580 people

under cover and a further 850

seats for player change rooms,

officials change room, kiosk,

storage facilities. In other

announcements the child-care

sector will get a $3.5 million

funding boost over two years.

To finance now and the local

share market fell back today

amid increasing concern about

the potential for a debt crisis

in Spain. The warning signs are

flashing red about Spain after

its bond rate hit 5% above the

Germany bond rate the week. As

the final times points out last

night, fwrooes, Ireland and

Portugal lasted no more than a

month after the interest rates

on their Government debt reach

tad level before they had to

ask for a bailout. The Madrid

share market fell last night

but there was better news in

Germany and the US in Asia

today most of the markets Mel.

And so it was that our market

fell half a percent after two

days of solid gains. Sometimes

shares fall simply because they

went up but in this case the

prices of resources stocks are

being adjusted as the global

economic outlook deteriorates

and so are xodity prices. Last

night saw reasonably solid

falls in precious metals, base

mettles and foods. A couple of

nights ago I showed a start of

the Australian Government bond

yield and the afternoon

dividend yield. Today the

Aussie bond yield hit a record

low of 3.04% but here's a

long-term perspective of this

issue using figure for the

United States which are much

the same. Up until 1958

dividends provided a Bert

return than Government bonds

then what's called the cult of

equities began when everyone

wanted to buy shares instead of

bonds pushing share prices up

and dividend yields down. That

lasted precisely 50 years. The

cult of equities ended in 2008.

The Australian dollar is back

below 98 US cents and there was

a bit of economic data out

today, construction and

engineering work done rose

strongly thanks to the

resources boom but residential

building fell. National retail

sales fell in April after a

strong rise in March, but

retail sales in the West are

still really strong. It's all

happening in WA. Retail sales

construction, all booming. The uncertainty continues for

thousands of workers after the

collapse of engineering giant

Hastie. The Hastie Group covers

44 businesses across more than

1200 sites. Today

administrators met with unions

to discuss which companies

might still be salvaged. Finally some good

news for workers. At this site

in Sydney, construction giant

Grocon announced it will keep

its Hastie Group staff complete

with entitlements and

backpay. Told at least for the

backpay. Told at least for the

next couple of week and they're

going to pay us for last week

as well. The Hastie Group is

subcontracted to work at more

than 1200 sites across

Australia. Many of those

building companies are now

taking on the Hastie staff to

get projects finished. Today

administrators met with unions

to look at the long-term solutions. They're great

companies with a great skilled

workforce, and the problem here

workforce, and the problem here

is that corporate malpractice

bad corporate governance has

infected an otherwise totally

viable group of companies. The

union says 11 of the 44

companies have gone into

receivership but there's still

a question mark over whether

any of the 33 remaining

businesses can be salvaged.

That's left more than 2500

workers in limbo. I'm confident

that there's the prospect of some

some good news in the next 24

hours, whereby hundreds of

workers will at least know

where they stand and indeed

have a reasonable prospect of

ongoing work, but these are

difficult and complex

times. Hastie Group collapsed

over a $20 million accounting

irregularity and there are now

questions about whether the

auditor Deloittes could be

liable. The corporate regulator

ASIC isn't communitying but confirmed it

confirmed it had received a

letter from Hastie which is now

under review. Hastie isn't the

first construction company to

buck Newcastle recent timeses

and some believe it won't be

last.. We are certainly

expecting to see greater

numbers of insolvencies and

that comes from the tightening

economic conditions andly

quitity within the

market. Billing groups say construction companies are

downsizing because of a slump

in commercial building f

they're calling on the Federal

Government to step in. Australia's Samantha Stosur

continues her French Open campaign tonight against

American Irina Falconi in the

second round. There was a big

shake-up in the women's draw

overnight with Serena Williams

knocked out. It was the

30-year-old's first ever loss

in the opening round of a grand

slam tournament. She went down to

to France's Virginie Razzano

who came from 5-1 down in the

second set tiebreak. This is a

massive call. Sheerps

I just wasn't, I made so

many errors today which isn't

the game that I've been playing

in the past so, you know, it's

in the past so, you know, it's

life. Before today Williams had

gone 46 matches without a first

round loss in a major. Bob

Dylan has been awared the

highest civilian honour in the

United States. In a ceremony at

the White House, the revered

singer song writer showed

little emotion as he received

the medal of freedom. He was

recognised for a body of work

including anthem of the civil

rights and anti-war

rights and anti-war

movements. There is not a

bigger giant in the history of

American music, all these years

later, he's still chasing that

sound, still searching for a

little bit of truth and I have

to say that I am really big

fan. The 13 resip yeps also

included the first American to

orbit earth John Glen, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Toni

Toni Morrison. Macadamia growers have been struggling to

make ends meet in recent years

as they battled bat weather and

low market prices but this

season growers are finally

smiling again as the whole

price of nuts cracks $3 a

kilo. It's a question veteran

macadamia grower Lindsey Bryen

has been answering for about 35 years. How

years. How are your

nuts? They're god Tom He's one

of about 850 Australian growers

who have had a string of poor

seasons. Some cracked but this

year things have turned around..

The flowering was a lot better,

we got a better set of nuts so

we've got a good crop of nuts. Harvesting takes months

as growers wait for fresh nuts

to drop. The macadamias are picked up and

picked up and dehufnged, inside

the shorting shed the damaged a

inferior are discarded. While

the sale of all nuts are

stored, dried and then taken

away for processes. They are

native plants, that's probably

our only cultivated commercial

native plant that's been a

success This year Australia is

expected to produce about

expected to produce about 36,000 tonnes of macadamias.

130 million dollars worth of

nuts will be exported to more

than 40 country including

Japan, China and Germany. Most

macadamias are grown in

subtropical part of northern

NSW and southern Queensland.

But trees are also being grown

in other areas including Mackay

in North Queensland and Western Australia. The expansion

Australia. The expansion is

predominantly in Queensland,

the mature our shards are here

in NSW. Governmented macadamia

trees can start producing nuts

at three years. Peak production

is year 12 to 15 but they will

produce nuts on to 50 or 60

years. Growers say it's a

rewarding long-term

investment. To the weather and

there was heavy fog in parts of

Canberra this morning, but it was a mostly sunny

was a mostly sunny day with our

standard top of 15 degrees.

There were a few showers along the

along the Queensland coast

while Sydney and Hobart stayed


A trough is pushing a broad

band of cloud from the gulf

country down towards south-east Queensland. The strong high

pressure system over us is

moving east and it will weaken

with inthe coming days allowing

a trough to deepen and a low pressure system to bring

pressure system to bring rain

to our region. Tomorrow, Sydney

and points north will see more

showers, Adelaide and Melbourne

and Hobart will be fine while

Perth will have some rain


That's the news for now. You

can keep up to date 24 hours a

day on ABC News online but stay

with us now for 7.30 with Chris

Uhlmann. Thanks for your

company. Good night. Captions by CSI.