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Tonight - systemic failings

in the care of children at risk

in the ACT. Australia pledges

support for Julian Assange but

denies the US is out to get

thim him. We've seen nothing

to suggest the Americans are

planning any kind of indictment. Fury over the plan

to allow recreational hunting

in Kosciuszko National Park. Absolutely outraged. This

is just wrong on so many

levels. And Australia's

colonial past as depicted by

four convict artists. Good

evening, Craig Allen with ABC

News. The ACT Government has

promised a $25 million boost

for child protection amid

renewed evidence of systemic

failings. An examination of the

sector by the public advocate

makes it clear vulnerable

children still aren't getting

the support they need. The

report was commissioned by the

Government after it emerged

several children had been

placed with an unapproved

agency. The public advocates

opened 100 files of young

people placed in the ACT

Government's care over 3 years.

It's the second stage of a

review commissioned by the

Government and it makes for

sobering reading. It finds


I think that's the message

I've got from the report is that whilst there's evidence of

good practice it's been

inconsistent. I'm very angry at

this report. We have had 8

years of notice about this, the

Varden report told the

Government this is what was

wrong with the care and

protection system. The report

highlights problems including a

lack of evidence of early

intervention before emergency

action is taken. A lack of

evidence to justify emergency

approach not being a response and a child centred

priority. There are 7

recommendations including a new

framework, a review of all

kinship care placements and

better record keeping. The

Government says it's already

making improvements but it's

promising an extra $15 million

for out of home care in next

week's Budget plus other

spending. We'll have $5 million

in for more front line workers,

an additional $5 million that

will go towards youth justice

with a focus on outreach and

community-based programs. It's

good to hear more money will be

put into the system but my

concern is we're not stopping

to have a look at how we can

best use that money, how we can

best support the workers in the

system. The Government broadly

supports the report's

recommendations and all sides

agree change is urgently

needed. ACT police won't be

prosecuting anyone over the

Australia Day protest in

Canberra. The melee at the

Lobby Restaurant saw Julia

Gillard and Tony Abbott rushed

to safety by body guards. These

images of the Prime Minister

being dragged away made international headlines. The incident was sparked when Mr

Abbott's remarks about the

Aboriginal tent embassy were

misquoted. One of Ms Gillard's

media advisers lost his job

over the affair. The police were investigating whether any

public order offences had been

committed. A separate internal

AFP investigation is still

under way. Sporting shooters

say they will be saving the

Government millions when

they're allowed in to koz -

Kosciuszko National Park to

hunt feral animals. The scheme

was unveiled by the NSW

Government in return for minor

party support for electricity

sell off. Conservationists

calling for the Federal though are outraged and are

Government to step in. NSW

parks lure more than 30 million

visitors each year and now

shooters are set to join hordes

of hikers and campers making

pilgrimages to parks like

Kosciuszko. They're outraged.

This is just wrong on so many levels. Under the deal with

shooters hunting of feral

animals will be allowed in 79

of the State's 800 parks, and

conservation areas. I have

given an undertaken the

brumbies will be protected

. Licenced and trained shooters

will be able to access sites

including Barrington tops

National park, Mount

Canobolas. Our members feel

deeply threatened. They're out

in the bush on their own and

now people are allowed to walk

around with guns, this is just

not safe. Field and Game

Australia are applauding the

move saying it will save

taxpayers millions of dollars

spent on control programs each year. Farmers are also on

side. It's the cost to the

farmer at the moment from a

problem that they haven't

created themselves and so we

shouldn't see it as assistance

to the farmers, it should be

seen as something that's an

obligation. We're calling on

Tony Burke to stop that process

of devolving to NSW the ability

to make these decisions without

his supervision. In a statement the Federal Environment Minister says the State

Government is taking the

management of feral animals

away from professionals. He

said legally the State has the

power to do so but he'd be

concerned if native wildlife

for people were put at

risk. The ABC has learned that

as many as 1,500 Hastie Group workers in the Middle East may

have lost not only their jobs

but also all their entitlements

in the - the company's collapse

late last week. Their

entitlements are in jeopardy

because more than $3 million

was transferred to Dubai to

Australia in the days before

administrators were brought in.

On 20 May, just days before

the Hastie Group collapsed, the

company's top 3 executives in

the United Arab Emirates were

ordered to make an important

money transfer as part of a

desperate global sweep for

cash. As a result 11 million

dirums or $3 million Australian

dollars was siphoned from

Hastie's Dubai account to

another with ANZ in Sydney. The

ABC understands that $3 million

is now critical to the

termination entitlements of

around 1,500 Hastie employees including 20 expatriate Australians and lower paid

workers from India, Pakistan

and the Philippines. Local

staff in Dubai initially became

concerned on Monday when the 3

senior executives who

authorised the transfer left

Dubai just as administrators

and receivers were appointed to

the company. There's no

suggestion of unlawful activity

but the ABC understands those 3

executives may have had real

concerns they might be detained

or even jailed because of the

collapse. Hastie Group

administrator Ian Carson has

confirmed the financial sweep

did take place in Dubai last

week under management instructions, something that

would be usually regarded as

normal. He says there was an

intention to send some of the

funds back but then the money

was frozen under Australian corporations law which will

determine who, if anyone, gets

paid out first. Here in

Australia though the news is a

little less bleak. The

administrators say they're

close to selling one of

Hastie's Australian businesses

which could save around 300

jobs. NSW prison officers are

considering strike action after

one of their own was jailed for

bashing an inmate last

year. Terry Dolling repeatedly

punched the prison ner the head

in a cell at Newcastle

courthouse. The court heard

Dolling snapped after the

hepatitis C-infected inmate

spat in his face. Magistrate

Jennifer Atkinson said Dolling

had grossly abused his position

of trust and authority leaving

her no choice but to send him

to prison. Dolling's lawyer

will appeal the sentence. The

Federal Government says Julian

Assange has received more

consular support than any other

Australian needing help

overseas. But supporters of the

WikiLeaks founder aren't

convinced and they've stepped

up their criticism at rallies

in some capital cities. The

40-year-old has a 2-week wait

in the UK to find out if his

appeal against his extradition

to Sweden can be reopened.

Rebecca Barrett reports. Small

but vocal groups gathered in

several capital cities angry at what they call a witch

hunt. Julian's extradition to

Sweden is not really about the

two women's allegations. Supporters

gathered outside officers of

the Department of Foreign

Affairs with a clear

message. We're calling on the Australian Government to

actually come out publicly

defend Assange and apply all

political and diplomatic

pressure. Julian Assange's

mother believes he's been hung

out to dry by the Australian

Government. Absolutely useless,

in fact contrary to help,

they've done everything they

can to smear Julian and hand

him up to the US. Not so

according to the fore Minister. He's received more

help in a shorter time than

anyone else I'm aware of. His

lawyers have 14 days to apply

to reopen his case after he

lost an extradition appeal to

Sweden over sexual assault

allegations. Mr Assange has

expressed fears that once in

Sweden the US will find it

easier to extradite him over

his WikiLeaks

activities. Frankly if he's in

Sweden there's a less robust extradition relationship than there is between the US and the

UK. Mr Assange has argued that

Washington wants to charge him

with espionage or conspiracy

for leaking US diplomatic

cables. There is no such thing

as a secret warrant,

period. We've seen nothing to

suggest that the Americans are

planning any kind of

indictment. If that changes the

Prime Minister says the

Government will act. We would,

for Mr Assange, as we would for

any other Australian citizen,

seek assurances from the United

States in relation to due

process. She says the Government will continue to

closely monitor proceedings

against Mr Assange and provide

full consular assistance. The

African leader who profited

from so-called blood diamonds during Sierra Leone's civil war

has been jailed for 50 years

for war crimes. The former

Liberian president Charles

Taylor showed little emotion as

the sentence was handed down by

a UN-backed war crimes court.

He was convicted of 11 offences

over support given to rebels in

exchange for diamonds extracted

by child slave labour. The

accused has been found

responsible for aiding and

abetting as well as planning

some of the most heinous and

brutal crimes recorded in human history. Those included the

forced recruitment of child

soldiers, mass murder and

hacking off the limbs of

victims. Taylor denies any

wrong doing and has indicated

he will appeal. There have been

more killings in Syria

prompting warnings that the

conflict is becoming more

sectarian and could spread

elsewhere in the region. 13

bodies were found in eastern

Syria, some reportedly shot at

close range. The United States

says it appears the worst-case

scenario is unfolding in the

region. The violence escalates,

the conflict spreads and

intensifies. It reaches a

higher degree of severity, it involves countries in the

region, it takes on increasingly sectarian

forms. Taken with what we know

happened in Houla, this

represents, this confirms the

new level of gravity with which

the world community is

dealing. The country is

supposed to be under a

ceasefire. Now opposition

fighters have threatened to

withdraw from that nominal

truce if the Government doesn't

comply with the UN peace plan

within 48 hours. Moves are

under way to head off any

relaxation of online gambling

laws, even before there's

legislation to do it. A review

of Australia's decade-old

Internet betting laws suggests

allowing some forms of online

poker as well as Internet bets

in live sports. Such bets can

only be placed through offshore

sites at the moment but the

opposition and anti-gambling

campaigner Nick Xenephon are

warning that oppose any bills

to loosen control. If it goes

ahead every computer is a

casino, every smart phone is a

poker game and that's just not

on as far as the Coalition is

concerned and that's why I'm

happy to be here shoulder to

shoulder with Nick Xenephon. The Government is

playing down any changes. It

says many Abbott is merely thee

rising about a draft

report. Hot on the heels on a

deal to fly in foreign workers the hospitality industry says

it wants to do the same thing.

While demand for food and beverage service is rising the

industry says the work force is

drying up thanks to low unemployment rates and other

competitive sectors. It's hard

work keeping up with

Australia's love affair with

food and it's not getting any

easier because it seems people

just don't want the jobs. We've

got a huge shortages. We've got

them from coast to coast and we

have no end in sight. The industry says it needs more

than 3,000 workers now and it

wants to bring them in from overseas. Australians just

won't work those sort of jobs

and they're certainly not

interested in 7-day-a-week

industries like

ours. Hospitality employs 10%

of the work force, the mining

industry employs 2% on much

higher salaries. With the

mining boom there's a big drain

on industries such as

our. Under a new enterprise

migration agreement 1,700

foreign workers will get jobs

at Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill

project. That sparked debate

among unionists who say

Australians will miss out.

Employment experts say that's

alarmist. Migration is often an emotional response and

sometimes the way the economy

works gets lost in the drama of

the argument. Immigration

Department figures show the

biggest demand for migrant

workers is in construction and

health care with the majority

of temporary skilled visas

given to English speaking

professionals and managers. The

hospitality industry has been

negotiating a labour agreement

with the Government for 5

years. So yes, we're jealous,

we want to see the same applied

to an industry in demand like

ours as we see to the mining

industry. Operators say the

current system just isn't working. Even holiday visas, at

the moment they can only stay

with us for six months, so even

extending that would

help. Chefs and trained quality

staff, very difficult to get in

the rural area. But perhaps

it's all in the marketing. When

this campaign to find an island

manager in the Great Barrier

Reef was run 3 years ago

employers were draining in

applicants. Those skills

shortages along with increasing

red tape and the high

Australian dollar are among the

factors making life tough for

Australian businesses. Now a

new survey shows Australia's

ranking of international

competitiveness is slipping

fast. Campaign steel

fabrication factory in Sydney

isn't what it used to. B The

work's not around as it was 5

years ago, things have dried

up. It's a problem faced by

many Australian manufacturers

as work increasingly heads

offshore where it can be done

cheaper and according to a new

study, Australia has knen

slipped down the rankings in

the global survey of business

competitiveness. The fact that

the Australian dollar's very

high value for much of last

year has impacted negatively in

a number of other industries,

particularly manufacturing and

retailing. Bureaucratic red

tape and a lack of skilled

workers is also playing a

part. The labour overseas and

the cost of the galvanising and

the steel is a third of what

the price of what you can get

it done for in Australia. 2

years ago Australia ranked 5th

out of 59 countries in the

international competitiveness

survey. Last year it was 9th

and this year Australia has

slipped back into 15th spot

just behind Malaysia and

Denmark. And I think we have

to, as a country, as a

government, as business, what

we have to do is spend a lot

more on training and skilling

and R & D so that the

challenges of the future can in

fact be met. In times of global

economic uncertainty the

Federal Government says the

Australian economy is

performing very well and separate, new officials back

that up. Capital expenditure

for the March quarter rose by a

much higher than expected

6.1%. To see planned business

investment going from strength

to strength is a very big vote of confidence in our

economy. As expected, much of

the gain was driven by

increased expenditure in the

mining sector. Hundreds of

Fairfax media journalists have

vowed to keep up strike action

over the company's plan to send

jobs offshore to New Zealand.

Workers are risking big fines

because their industrial action

is unprotected. The 'Canberra Times' the 'Sydney Morning

Herald', the 'Age' and several

other titles are all

affected. It passed many by,

even some in the business

didn't know Fairfax journalists

had walked off the job without

legal protection. I didn't know

this. You didn't know and you haven't noticed any difference? No. None of your customers have

noticed? No-one's said

anything. It's true that to the

untrained observer that papers

looked pretty much the same. We take pride in our independence. Fairfax

journalists have featured

heavily in advertising for the

'Sydney Morning Herald' and

'The Age'. We say no to fear,

no to favours. No to pulling

punches. And none has been

pulled against Fairfax bosses

who had no warning journalists

would walk out. They did

because 66 subedit ing jobs at

the Illawarra 'Mercury' and

Newcastle 'Herald' with are

being sent offshore to New

Zealand. We don't think we'll

be fined. We understand the

risks we took wauz there's

frustration in the decision to

outsource jobs. Offshore jobs

overseas. When you cut and cut

and cut in editorial as this

company has done for the last

20 years you get to the point where we're so close to the

bone that journalists believe

that they're not properly

serving their communities. Know everything

there is to know about your

community with your local

Weekly. Journal is say they

fear more subediting jobs at many regional Fairfax papers

will also be cut. No-one from

the newspaper group was

available for an interview but

a statement said the company

was on a journey of change. So

there's not going to be a paper

tomorrow? Yes, the papers should come out tomorrow but

they may be a lot thinner than

usual. One of the most high

profile names caught up in

Britain's phone hacking

scandal, Andy Coulson, has been

charged with purgery. Coulson

is a former media adviser to

the Prime Minister. He had

testified in a case arising

from a series of articles about

a Scottish politician. In court

Mr Coulson denied having any

knowledge of phone hacking or

payments to corrupt police.

During his former job as the editor of the 'News of the

World'. The purgery charge will

bring more scrutiny to the links between Downing Street

and those imply - implicated

in phone hacking. To finance

now and the Australian dollar

dropped sharply today as

investors around the world

sought to reduce their exposure

to risk and as money floods

into the safe haven of

government bonds the interest

rate the Government pays has

hit a record low. Here's Alan

Kohler. Well this is quite an

historic moment. The Aussie

10-year bond yield has fallen

to 2.92% down 14 basis points

or 5% today. The lowest

interest rate on government

debt before today was December

1941, just after Japan bombed

Pearl Harbour. The Australian

Government has never paid less

interest on its debt than it

does now, even going back to federation. The bond yield has

fallen to a record low 1.6% and

the reason of course is fear of

Europe and specifically Spain.

At the same time as yields on

Australian, US and German bonds

are falling to record lows as

money floods into them, rates

on Spanish bonds are near

record highs and the Italian

bond yield is rising as well.

Basically the markets are now

charging those governments

interest rates because of the

risk of default. The interest

rate on 2-year German bonds has

fallen to zero. That is investors are happy to just

give their money to the German

Government to look after for

them and all they want is to

get it back in tact in two

years time. Inevitably the

Australian dollar is falling

because it's providing less

income to investors and share

prices are falling as well,

although perhaps not as much as

you might expect given what's

happening. In fact the main

reason for today's fall was NAB went exdividend. There were

modest falls among the other

banks and resources leaders and

big retailers went up. Share

markets in Spain, Greece and

Italy all fell naturally and

Wall Street and Tokyo were both

off more than 1%. Now part of

the reason the local share

market held up was a big

increase in business investment

in the March quarter, although

housing approvals were well

down in April, continuing a

trend that's taken approvals

down to near the GFC low of

10,000 a month. And that's

finance. Exiled to Australia as

convicts they were thousands of

miles from all that was

familiar. But the work of just

4 artists produced some of the

most significant and elegant

portraits of Australia's

colonial period. A new

exhibition at the National

Portrait Gallery is a vivid

depiction of the lives and

aspirations of early 19th

century Australians. Here are

80 remarkable artworks, works

which are rich in history,

providing a glimpse of life in

the fledgling colonies of NSW

and van demon - Van Diemen's

Land. For John Waters there's a familiarity with many

characters he's played in early

period dramas. The gaze of the

subject is very genuine, very

modern in quite a number of

cases. They're not all

flattering and I like that. They're just like from life and

that's what they are. What you

get when you look at their

works collectively is this

wonderful, vivid sort of

cross-section or a map even of

the sorts of people that

composed society. There are

drawings, water colours and

miniatures, the work of 4

convicts who came in chains to

the penal colonies. They may

have been convicts exiled to

Australia but the four artists

in this exhibition created some

of the most significant and

elegant portraits of the early

colonial period. Quickly their

talents were noticed and they

filled a demand. Everyone

sought out these artists to

demonstrate their status with a portrait. There are por traits

of governors, judges, explorers

and former convicts. And at a

time when relations between the

colonists and Aboriginal people

had deteriorated, they managed

to create very non-judgmental

images of Aboriginal people.

They succeeded in representing

them as individuals and as

characters, not just as

specimens or types. The

exhibition provides a very rare

opportunity to see many of the

works. Most are on paper and

are so fragile that they need

to be permanently kept in

storage out of the light. Some

have never been exhibited

before. They will be shown at

the National Portrait Gallery

and later this year Tasmania.

Bernard Tomic's French open

tennis campaign continues

tonight in Paris. The

19-year-old is taking on

Santiago Giraldo of Columbia in

the second round of the

tournament. In the women's draw

last night Sam Stosur trounced

American Irena Falconi to

progress to the third round.

The 28-year-old will have her

work cut out for her against

her next opponent Russian Nadia

Petrova. Nadia is definitely a

player you've got to be ready.

She can play great, she can

have a huge serve and she's

been at the top of the game

before so you've got to be

ready for her. Petrova has

beaten Stosur in 5 of their

past 7 meetings. Dumped rower

Pippa Savage is taking legal

advice in preparation for a

tribunal hearing into her

deselection from the Olympic

team. The case breaks new legal

ground in Australian sport but

as Ben Knight reports it's

unlikely to return Savage to

the squad. Pippa Savage called

the media to her training base

in Melbourne for what turned

out to be an extremely brief

press conference. Hi, thanks

for coming down. I'm back at

training, I am currently under

an appeals process so

unfortunately I am unable to

comment any further so thank

you very much for your

time. And that was that. In a

written statement Pippa Savage

thanked her supporters and

denied a newspaper report that

she suffers from bipolar

disorder. Some in the sport are

wondering how it ever got to

this because it's not the first

time Pippa Savage has fallen

out with team-mates. In the

lead up to the Beijing Olympics

she split with her doubles

skulls partner Kerry Hore and

ended up rowing solo at the

Games. Yet 4 years later the 2

women found themselves crew

mates once again in the quad

skulls. Some eyebrows were

raised in the rowing community

when that selection was made and unfortunately it hasn't

worked. Rowing Australia is

refusing to comment ahead of

the appeal which sports lawyers

say will be the first of its

kind in Australia. This is a

situation where you've got a

personal conflict and it's

quite unusual. Rowing

Australia's team rules give the

power to deselect athletes in

the interests of team

harmony. She's one of the most talented athletes in Australian

rowing, there's no doubt about

it, but she's also a very

determined and very single

minded individual and sometimes

those kind of personality traits really don't work in a

crew boat. Even if the appeal

is successful, it doesn't

guarantee that Pippa Savage

will be able to return to the

team because the final decision

will still rest with Rowing

Australia. Early risers would

have had a pleasant surprise

this morning after the overnight low temperature was a

few degrees out of whack. At

7:3030 it was 2.3 degrees about

5 degrees warmer than the

bureau had expected. The high

temperature of 16 degrees was

pretty close to the mark

though. There was some early

fog and frost patches but once

the sun came up it quickly

burnt off.

There's widespread cloud

through Queensland courtesy of

a trough of low pressure which

is bringing showers in that

area. But it's fairly well

clear south of there. As you

can see the high pressure ridge

is weakening as the high moves

offshore so conditions will

deteriorate as we start to feel

the impact of a few oncoming


Now before we go a brief

recap of our top story. A

damning report by the ACT

public advocate has pointed to

systemic failings in the care

of vulnerable children in the

ACT. The Government has pledged

an extra $25 million to

implement the recommendations

in the report. And that's the

news for now. You've been

watching the ABC's Canberra

news bulletin here on ABC 1.

I'm Craig Allen, thanks for

joining me. Stay with us now

for '7:30' with Chris Uhlmann, goodnight. Closed Captions by


Tonight - collision course.

New moves to end a billion

dollar monopoly in the taxi

industry. We need reform across

the industry. And the Queen's Jubilee celebrations. Guess

who's there? She's got an

approval rating that most

elected politicians would kill

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Australia's $5 billion taxi

industry has for years faced

claims of overcharging

customers, exploiting drivers

and abusing its monopoly power.

Governments have been curiously

reluctant to upset the status

quo, but now the former head of

the competition watchdog Allan

Fels has been unleashed on the

cab trade and he has the

billion dollar CabCharge

monopoly in his sights. It's

set him on a collision course