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Fishermen reeling after a

network of offshore marine

sanctuaries is revealed. This

is closing large areas to fishing which have no fishing which have no impact on

the environment. The curtain

comes down early on a $6

million Australian musical that

was Broadway bound. The west

cleans up after a violent storm

and prepares for another. And -

living treasures. living treasures. Past

politiciansage those who went

beyond the call of duty get the

Queen's birthday nod. Feeling

very overwhelmed but very honoured and proud.

Welcome to ABC News across

Australia. I'm Nicole Chettle.

The ABC has been shown details

of a planned national network

right around the of Marine Parks stretching

right around the country's

oceans. Environmentalists say

it's a global first that will

create a legacy of protection

but commercial fishermen say it

goes way too far and will

cripple industry. Conor Duffy

reports. The wonders of the

ocean floor, off the West

Australian coast, give a

glimpse of what

conservationists are fighting for. And they believe they

could be on the vrj of a big win. The

win. The ABC's obtained this

Environment Department proposal

for a new national marine

sanctuary network with

protection off every State in

the country. Conservationists

say if the government sticks to

its guns, it will lead the

world. This network will be a

world first. It will be

unprecedented. It will be the

first time that a nation has

put in place the sort of

world is protection that the science

world is saying is needed. But

where conservationist s see global leadership commercial

fishermen see the demise of

some livelihoods with boats

left idle. What we're talking

about here and people should

understand this very clearly is

we're talking about locking

fishing out of 35 to 40% of the

total economic zone. Fishermen

are questioning the science

behind the plan. But scientist behind the plan. But scientist

Hugh posing ham who worked n on

the software that designed the

network says it's base on

robusted data. It's a good

outcome, and it is genuinely

good that Australia is seen as

the world leader. Brian

Jeffries says a number of regional areas will be hint and

seafood prices will rise. There's another There's another potential area

of conflict in all of this. And

it's internal to the

government. As the Environment

Minister Tony Burke's been

preparing the marine network

the Resources Minister Martin

Ferguson has been releasing

more oil and gas exploration

licences. This map prepared by

conservationists shows some of

the exploration leases. There's

particular concern about

exploration in sensitive parts

of western and South

of western and South

Australia. Some areas are just

too special to mine. The oil

and gas industry has access to

most of Australia's ocean area

already. Some areas need to be

off limits to oil and gas.

There are rumours the marine

network could be announced

within weeks. The Weather

Bureau in Perth is warning of

another violent storm over the

south west half of Western

Australia. It's due within 38

hours adding to the misery for

people still cleaning up after

yesterday's big blow.

Authorities say damage to the

electricity network is the

worst in the State's history.

Now to reporter Jane Norman in

Perth. Power was cut to 160,000

homes. When is it likely to be

restored? That's right. At the

height of the storm yesterday,

of homes we had power cut to thousands

of homes all the way from

Geraldton in the north of Perth

down to Ravensthorpe on the

south coast. Western Power

crews have been working

frantically overnight to try to restore power but there are still about 100,000 homes that

remain without electricity. The

damage to the network has been

so severe and so widespread

that the utility is warning

that thousands of homes could

remain without power for

remain without power for days.

Just how destructive was this

storm? The Weather Bureau has

described this as a once in a

decade storm. We had cyclonic

winds yesterday of up to 140

kilometres an hour. Roofs were

torn from houses and apartment

complexes. Huge trees were

uprooted and power poles just

flattened. The worst of the damage

damage was the more coastal

areas south of Perth. In

Rockingham some boats were

riped from their moorings and

smashed up against the

shore. What residents do to

minimise the damage as there is

more wild weather on the way? A

second storm is due to hit

Perth in the next 48 hours.

Residents are being told to

any secure their houses tie down

any loose items. Those who've

had damage already are being

urged to clear that debris so

the effect of this storm isn't

exacerbated. Western Power crews are working against the

clock to try to clear the

powerlines and power poles that

have been torn down and SES

crews are out at the moment

trying to clear many of the

trees that have fallen across

trees that have fallen across

roads. There've been deadly

clashes between Muslims.

Hundreds of homes were set

alight when riots erupted in

Arakan state. We're burning

Rohingyas' houses because they

live near our

live near our village. They

might try to attack. Rohingyas are widely considered to be

Government sees them as stateless because the Burmese

foreigners. According to the UN

they're one of the world's most

persecuted minority. Politician

s artists scientists even

philosophers dozens of Australians have been

recognised in the Queen's

birthday honours and the awards also champion everyday

Australians often for Australians often for doing

extraordinary things. Deanna

Pringle insists she was just

doing her job. But one morning

in December 2010, she did much

more than that. She helped save

27 asylum seekers during the

Christmas Island disaster. It

was pretty horrific actually.

Rain was flooding the back.

Everyone being distressed

situation. The thing wasn't helping the

situation. The thing is Deanna

Pringle is the cook on HMAS

Pirie with very little medical

training. After the rescue she

prepared dinner for her crew

then returned to nurse the

injured. For that she has been

recognised this Queen's

birthday. We were very

overwhelmed, very honoured and

proud. Obviously everyone had

to do a certain job on the day

and wouldn't have all gone done

if it wasn't for team work. At the top end

the top end of this year's

awards is a Scottish immigrant

who discovered a vaccine for

cervical cancer. Ian Frazer is

already a national living

treasure and a former

Australian of the Year. Now

he's a companion of the Order

of Australia. Worldwide some 60

million women have now been

vaccinated to prevent cervical cancer. It's exciting to be in

the situation of watching something something going from being an

experiment done in the lab with my late colleague to the point

where we're seeing it protect

women against a lethal disease. If any of the awards

will be controversial it may

well be Peter Singer's.

Contention is a close companion

for the bee yo ethicist, animal

rights activist and pot

stirrer. That's been the

philosopher's role since

Socrates really, to go round

making people think a bit. And

one way to make people think one way to make people think is

to challenge them on

assumptions that they've never

really much thought about.

Politicians also divide but

this year they get four of the

eight top gongs. Including the

former Foreign Affairs Minister

Gareth Evans. It was lovely to

know there is some recognition

of life after political death.

It's very gratifying. It's the

highest honour Australia can

offer. And I'm really touch and

amazed in equal amazed in equal

proportions. Tom Calma has

served his people for decades.

His promotion of understanding

across cultures has made him an

officer of the Order of

Australia. There has been a lot

of progress in a lot of ways. I

think if that's one of my big

challenges, is to try to get

media to focus on the

successes. Graham Murphy has devoted his

devoted his life to dance and

taking Australia's talents to

the world. For that he's been

rewarded an he's over the

moon. It is such a fabulous

by-product of passion. I think

that passion is the reward

ultimately and recognition is

beautiful icing on a very rich

and wonderful cake. Other

entertaining types have also

been honoured. One who made a

name with a wig and a

name with a wig and a

warning. Either stop that or

I'll rip your bloody arms off!

Graham Bond is now an AM. Rolf

Harris already has plenty of

letters after his famous name.

He's just added an AO to his AM

and OBE. Among those receiving the highest award in the Queen's

birthday list is Joan Kirner.

Victoria's first female premier was recognised

was recognised for her service

to Parliament as well as community work spanning

conservation, gender equality,

education and civil rights. She

said she is surprised and

delighted. I'm amaze and

honoured. It's not often a

woman gets the AC. And so it's

a great honour for myself, my

family, and all the people I have worked

have worked we specially the

women and all those wonderful young women who are now in

Parliament and I've helped to

support. You of course were

Victoria's first female

premier. Looking back, what are

you most proud of? I'm most

proud of the fact that we had a

cohort of women in the

Parliament, in the caucus who

made a difference. Who were

determined to say things

determined to say things as

women saw them and to change

things like rape law reform,

prevention of violence against

women, and then we moved

broader to things like Landcare

which is now a national if not

an international program and of

course education, getting their

attention up to over 70%, when

we started it was down at 40% there've been a lot

there've been a lot of changes.

The most important being that

young women now know they can

be premiers. Of course, on a

lighter note, many people will

remember you for a rendition of

a Joan Jett classic. Let's have a listen.

SONG: # I love rock'n'roll

# Put another dime in the

jukebox baby

# I love rock'n'roll

# So come and take your time and dance with me

and dance with me

# Oww! # How do you feel about

that after having enjoyed such

a distinguished career? I think

you should ask what my family

think about it. They still put

their heads in their hands.

Apart from the grandchildren

who love it. But I think the

important thing about it was to

succeed in politics you have to have a sense of humour against

have a sense of humour against

yourself and mine's fairly

highly developed as you can see

from my lack of ability to sing. Lovely to talk to you. Congratulations and thanks for

joining us. Thanks, bye-bye.

The local theatre industry

has suffered a blow with the

early closure of the $6 million production

production of 'An Officer and a

Gentleman - The Musical' in

Sydney. The world premiere

production was heavily promoted

but its backers say the musical

will close months early on 1

July and plans to tour Melbourne and Brisbane have

been cancelled. David Spicer

reports from the Lyric Theatre

in Sydney. There were high

hopes for this musical based on

a popular American movie with a

high profile, big Australian

cast and budget, but

unfortunately, it wasn't to be. It didn't generate enough

ticket sales to allow the

production to continue around

Australia. Those reviews in

some circumstances were

particularly negative. Douglas

Day Stewart the co-writer

described them in one instance

as an assassination. The

producers have pulled the Australian production from 1

July. They've acknowledged it

does need more work. The

musical will go back into

musical will go back into

development ahead of a possible

tour in the United States down

the track. How many people are

affected by this? The 70 cast

and crew were given the news on Saturday night. There were

tears, there was high emotion.

They were hoping to tour this

musical around Australia, so 70

people will be out of that short-term work. They were planning to tour it to

Melbourne, to her Madge stees

theatre and QPAC in

theatre and QPAC in Brisbane.

All that is now off. What

impact will it have on the

broader industry? It's not

good in Australia in terms of

trialing new musicals which are

hoped to go on to Broadway. The

co-writer said this send as

signal that Australia perhaps

isn't a good place to start a

musical . Others disagree. There've been other successful

launches of commercial musicals

in Australia over the last

decade. There was Dirty Dancing

there was Priscilla. So

there was Priscilla. So other

musicals have been launched

here and gone on to success.

More traditional musicals are

selling well. The same producer

has a production of Annie on in

Melbourne which is selling

well. One miss doesn't necessarily spell the end of an industry. David Spicer in

Sydney, thank you. Asian stock

markets are up, the first this

week to have their say on

Spain's bank bail-out. The euro has also been climbing after

Spain was thrown a $126 billion

financial lifeline at the

weekend. Spain's Prime Minister insists the deal was not a

rescue just a loan that shores

up the country's banking

system. The Spanish were

packing their squares tonight

in huge numbers watching

football. But there is a sense

of relief in the country. A hope that the crisis in their

banks has eased after

banks has eased after

yesterday's massive rescue. The

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano

Rajoy, under criticism for

staying silent yesterday, made

his first comments today. He

said the lifeline of up to 100

billion euros was a victory for

his nation and for

Europe. Yesterday, the

credibility of the euro won.

Yesterday the future of the

euro won. Yesterday

euro won. Yesterday the

solidity of a financial sector

won. The Prime Minister said

if they hadn't taken action,

the risk was that Spain itself

would've needed a bail-out.

Some European officials are

claiming that Spain's banks no

longer threaten the stability

of the Eurozone. But Spain

itself is divided. Some feel

humiliated. Others believe the bail-out was

bail-out was necessary. I think

it's bad news. It's not clear

how many banks will need to be

rescued. I feel there's a smoke

veen. Even the Spanish Prime

Minister said the country still

faced a bad year. In recession,

unemployment rising, house

prices falling. It is easy to

find evidence of the collapsed property market like here that

led to so many bad loans for

led to so many bad loans for

the banks. Now the rescue may

ease the pressure on the banks,

but the bigger question for

Spain is where is growth going

to come from? The question is

whether the government is going

to have the bravery, the guts to say this only takes care of

one of the two issues and it

really doesn't address the

under lying issue of growth and

the overall budget

deficit. European officials hope this

hope this bank deal will calm turbulence in the markets.

Others say it has just bought

time. Elsewhere in Europe, many

believe this crisis remains

dangerously unresolved. The

markets are closed in Australia

today but it's business as

usual in other parts of the

world. In Japan, the Nikkei is

up 184 points.

Doctors in Adelaide are

working on a novel way to

protect the heart from damage during a heart

during a heart attack. They're

using a new treatment that's reduced inflammation in

conditions like lung disease

and asthma. Sophie Scott has

the story. When someone has a

heart attack, the muscle is

damaged and can't be

regenerated. There's a degree

of inflammation from blood oxenated blood going back into

the artery and we call that

reprove fusion injury. Doctors

ated a lato laid's Flinders

Medical Centre are using a new treatment

treatment which has been shown

to show inflammation in lung

disease and pancreatitis. It's

derived from the saliva of

rats. We're trying to see if it has a beneficial effect on

saving some heart muscle in the

setting of a heart attack.

65-year-old Ivan O'Connell was

actually in hospital after a

leg operation when he suffered

a heart attack. Just sitting

there at the hospital waiting

to go in and I got

to go in and I got this

crushing feeling in my chest.

He says the treatment which

could stop heart damage would

be a great bone news. It oibd

wonderful. It'd be great for

anybody, not only me. For

everybody that's been affected

by a heart attack. Researchers

stress the treatment has only

been tested on animals but the

results are promising. We might

be able to give this protein at

the same time as we give our other therapies to

other therapies to open up

arteries and therefore minimise

the amount of damage that

people have from a heart attack. Doctors hope to have

the results of the animal

experiments next month.

In just three weeks the government wants everyone to

put their medical records

on-line. And while patients can

choose whether to opt in, the

Australian Medical

Association's warning the

system's fraught with problems

and the country's nowhere near ready to

ready to roll out the changes. Dr Steve Hambleton is the

President of the Australian

Medical Association. This is

going to be softest launch of a

product in history and the

answer is most general

practices will not be ready.

Most GP software needs to be

upgraded. We hear the upgrades

won't be available till

September this year. So there

won't be a shared health

summary on anyone's record for some

some time. So is part of this

delaying due to legal

questions, some insurers are

doctors not to sign on at

all? At this stage there are

legal issues and there are

concerns that the liability

that will be generated by sharing information is not

entirely understood. And not

entirely balanced. So when a practice signs up for the

record, at the moment, the

record, at the moment, the wait

is way in the wrong way. In

other words, we're dem-guying the operator which is the

government for many things

about the health records. So

the medical indemnity insurers

haven't yet said to doctors

it's safe to sign up. So they

really won't sign up. The AMA

also has concerns about the rules and regulations around

the practice sign-up. So until

the medical indemnity insurers and the

and the AMA are happy you won't

find there will be very many practitioners signing up to the

e-health records. The latest

figures suggest only around

half a million will sign up in

the first year. How useful is

this system? The opt-in system

means it will be a long time

before we get a critical mass

of patients and we've actually

said the AMA is recommended to be an

be an opt-out system so that

there is a critical mass so we

can get up and running. We've said let's share some simple

things, let's share medications

let's share discharge

summaries, diagnostic imaging

and pathology. With those four

alone we can save lives . But

if there's not a critical mass

then when your emergency physician which might be the

person who needs your

information in an emergency

goes to search for a record, 9

out of 10 times there's no

record the 11th search mightn't

even happen. The way we've gone

about it is to build lots of

controls for the individuals,

lots of complexity, it's

delayed the process. So we

certainly agree with the vision

and we want to see us get

there, it's going to take us a while to get there under the

current process, however. Dr

Steve Hambleton in Brisbane,

thank you. Thank you very much. The Diamond

much. The Diamond Jubilee

celebrations are over, but for

one Australian artist the work

has just begun. Sydney-based Ralph Heimans has moved to

London for the commission of

his career. A massive portrait

of the Queen. She has been

painted by the great and the

good for decades. The results

often loved, sometimes

controversial, even loathed. We

can't show you the painting

can't show you the painting in

progress. Nor can we reveal

exactly where it's being

created. It's all under wraps

before the official unveiling

of the huge work at the National Portrait Gallery in

Canberra which commissioned it.

News the Queen agreed to a

sitting was a moment of

excitement and terror. When I

got the call, that the

commission would go ahead, I

would absolutely amazed. Was

would absolutely amazed. Was

thrilled. Really excited and

nervous. With little time to prepare, Ralph Heimans had just

a few days to gather a crew to

help make the most of the

one-hour sitting in Buckingham

Palace. Though this was not the

setting for the work. Again,

that's a secret. The types of

places I was trying to get

access to required permission

from the highest authority. So

getting all that together was a

getting all that together was a

challenge, but once the news of

the commission had come

through, the doors flung open.

This is not the first time

Ralph Heimans has painted

royalty. He created this image

of a home-grown Princess Mary

in Denmark. His trademark

shadows and reflections and a

pose dignified yet informal.

But this commission is on

another scale both in size and expectations. It's the

expectations. It's the pinnacle

for any portrait painter I think to get a commission to

paint the Queen. Painting the

world's most famous woman in a

year of international spot late

does up the pressure. But

judgments will have to be

reserved until the work is unveiled in Canberra this


Mudslides and heavy rain have

have caused havoc in south west

China's Guizhou province. Three people were killed and other sent to hospitals when the

washaways devoid more than 200

houses. Search crews in Peru

have reached the site of a

helicopter crash that's killed

14 people in the south west

Andes. The wreckage was found

at an altitude of around 4,900m

in an area where temperatures

had dropped to minus 15

degrees. A piece

degrees. A piece of English

homework by Napoleon has been

bought at auction by a French

museum by more than $300,000.

It was written on the island of

St Helena and sent to an

English teacher for correction

in 1816. Rain has forced the

French Open final to a second

day at Roland Garros, with six time champion Rafael Nadal

leading top seed Novak Djokovic

two sets to one. Nadal won the

first two sets in Paris

first two sets in Paris before

the Serb hit back. He won eight

consecutive games in the third

to take the set, and was an

early break-up in the fourth

when play suspended. Nadal had

an angry exchange with the

tournament referee when play

was stopped for a second time

demanding to know why the call wasn't made

wasn't made sooner. The final

which had already been in

progress for three hours will

resume later tonight with Nadal

leading 6-4, 6-3, 3-6 and 1-2

in the fourth set. And British

driver Lewis Hamilton has made

it seven different winners in

seven races with this season

with victory in the Canadian

Formula One Grand Prix.

Hamilton came home ahead of Romain Grosjean and Sergio

Perez. Australia's Mark Webber

finished seventh. He wants to

make history as the first

double amputee to compete in

the Olympics. South Africa's

Oscar Pistorius has one last

chance to qualify for his

signature event the 400m. Last

year he became the first

Paralympian to compete at the

World Championships, but as

Ginny Stein reports, London is

now the main game.

now the main game. Known as the

Bladerunner, Oscar Pistorius

was never going to get his

disability stop him from

achieving his dreams. Making it

as the first Paralympian into

the World Championships last

year meant first beating a

legal challenge against the

carbon fibre blades he runs on.

While he's a certainty to clean

up at the Paralympics, Oscar

up at the Paralympics, Oscar

Pistorius has always had much

bigger plans. There's been a

long, long-term goal to go to

the Olympics, both Paralympics

and able bodied. And last year

it was an introduction for

world champs and this is now

London. He has made the

Olympic qualifying time once.

Now to make it to London, he

has to do

has to do it again. But in New

York, he came in almost a

second behind the time he

needs. I must admit my performance wasn't great but it

wasn't great for anyone. I know

how this track can be quite

quick. So it's the best chance

I've had in the last two

weeks. From his early days in

rugby to athletics, Oscar

Pistorius now carries the

weight of a nation's expectations. But

expectations. But for one

family at his former school

he's more than just an

inspiration. Two years ago,

William Larue was born with the

same condition as Oscar. For

his parents, receiving a call

from Oscar just days after

William was born was life

changing. We got the phone call

from Oscar, he just - it's what

we needed you know, made you calm and

calm and just realised that

just hang on, take a deep

breath, it's not that bad.

Oscar Pistorius has already

achieved more than most would

have imagined possible. His own

dream of getting to the Olympics is still alive, but

time is running out.

To the weather now. The

satellite photo shows cloud

over south-east Queensland and

trough and eastern New South Wales with a

trough and low generating

coastal rain and strong winds

with damaging surf to

south-east Queensland and the

north east New South Wales

coastline. Cloud over South

Australia in a trough is

bringing gusty showers. A

deepening low in the east

tomorrow will continue to drive

strong winds showers and

dangerous surf onto the New

South Wales and Queensland

coastlines. A front will bring

strong winds some showers and a

colder change to the west

colder change to the west and

south of Western Australia, and

a high-pressure system will

keep western New South Wales,

Victoria, Tasmania and South

Australia dry after a cold


This there is continuous

news on ABC News 24 and there's

also news on-line. Our next

full bulletin on ABC1 is at

7pm. I'm Nicole Chettle. We'll

leave you now with pictures of

the Olympic Torch making its

way to the Shetland islands and

John O'Groats en route to

London. Have a good afternoon. Closed Captions by CSI

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