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Live. The Northern Territory

coroner ends a 30-year mystery

at Ayer's Rock. Shortly after

Mrs Chamber Berlin placed

Azaria in the tent, a dingo or

dingoes entered the tent, took

Azaria and carried and dragged

her from the immediate area. For Lindy and Michael

Chamberlain, relief and closure

after the long struggle to be

believed. We're relieved and

delighted to come to the end of

this saga. We live in a

beautiful country, but it is

dangerous. This battle to

get to the legal truth about

what caused Azaria's death has

taken too long. Systems

working overtime - it's not the computer that could crash, but

the operator. People start

stuttering, people start umming

and ahhing. And guilty as

charged - crime fails to pay

for New Zealand's run-away


Hello and welcome to ABC News

across Australia, I'm Ros

Childs. The local market

holding up in the face of a

fall on Wall Street. Azaria Chamberlain would

have turned 32 yesterday. Her

death at the age of 9 weeks at Uluru in the Northern Territory

began one of the most tragic

and bungled processes in Australian legal history.

Today, it has ended with the

fourth coronial inquest finding

that Azaria Chamberlain was

killed by a dingo as her

parents had claimed from the

beginning. The ABC's Tony

Eastley has followed the story

from the start, and he's in

Darwin now. What was the

reaction in the courtroom when

the coroner handed down her

findings? It was quite

extraordinary. The courtroom extraordinary, quite

was packed. The Chamberlains

sat in the front. Lindy

Chamberlain with her husband's

arm around her shoulder giving

her a hug occasionally. Her

former husband Michael Chamberlain sitting just to her

right. Aidan was there, as

well. He was only a young

fellow when the baby

disappeared in 1980. And when

the coroner, Elizabeth Morris

got around to the nuts and

bolts of the finding you could

have heard a pin drop. Let's

have a listen to what Elizabeth

Morris said. What occurred

on 17 August, 1980 was that

shortly after Mrs Chamberlain

placed Azaria in the tent, a

dingo or dingoes entered the

tent, took Azaria and carried

and dragged her from the

immediate area. Mrs

Chamberlain upon being alerted

to Azaria's cry, returned to

the tent area to see a dingo

near the tent. Raising a cry,

which alerted others, Mrs

Chamberlain then ran for a

short distance after the dingo

back to the tent, confirming

that Azaria was missing. So

as you say, emotions were

running high in the courtroom

and even the coroner was

affected? Yes, look, you can't help, but be affected by

the enormity of the struggle

that's gone on and I think at

the press conference which

we'll hear from soon, Michael

Chamberlain alluded to it. He

said "This has been a

terrifying and bitter battle at

times". Terrifying, because

back in 1980 their young baby,

9 weeks old simply disappeared

from a tent. They said that a

dingo had taken it. No-one,

down the track was willing to

believe this young family and

then started the whole saga of

the court case and the appeals,

the lost appeals and the like.

So when Elizabeth Morris spoke

in the court and said to Lindy

Chamberlain "Lindy Chamberlain,

Michael Chamberlain - she

addressed them both - " we are

sorry for what's gone on".

Please accept my sincere

sympathy on the death of your

special and loved daughter and

sister, Azaria. I'm so sorry

for your loss. Time does not

remove the pain and sadness of

the death of a child. Tony,

why was there a need for this,

the fourth inquest when the

first inquest also came to the

conclusion that a dingo was

responsible for Azaria

Chamberlain's death? There's

been so many inquests , and the

first one was with Mr Barrett.

Now that inquest actually found

that a dingo played some role

in the disappearance of Azaria

Chamberlain. The second

inquest, however, was

completely different. So in

essence, it quashed the

findings of that firs one.

Then, of course, there was the

trial and conviction in 1982

here in Darwin in the Supreme

Court, the subsequent inquest

in 1995 didn't quite come to

terms with the exact death, the

nature of death of Azaria

Chamberlain. So that's why

they had this fourth inquest.

It needed to define how the

baby actually died, and the

Chamberlains had dearly wanted

that over the years, and so

when that was handed down

today, when Elizabeth Morris

said "A dingo did it" , the

relief in the courtroom was

palpable, and afterwards there

were hugs and tears and, in

fact, many people in the

gallery where I was sitting had

tears in their eyes. Then Lindy Chamberlain, Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton as she's

known these days and Michael

Chamberlain and Aidan, all came

out to the front of the

courthouse and spoke to the

media. No longer will

Australia be able to say that

dingoes are not dangerous, and

only attack if provoked. We

live in a beautiful country,

but it is dangerous and we

would ask all Australians to be

aware of this and take

appropriate precautions and not

wait for somebody else to do it

for them. This has been a

terrifying battle. Bitter at

times, but now some healing and

a chance to put our daughter's

spirit to rest. Tony, you've

covered this story from the

very beginning, but as we heard

from Michael Chamberlain then,

it is the end of a long road

for them? Oh, it certainly is

and I've been covering the

story for more than 30 years.

It was 30 years ago that the

Supreme Court jury found Lindy

Chamberlain guilty here in

Darwin. So yes, it has been a

long slug for a number of older

reporters and there's only a

few of us around who actually

covered the trial, I must say.

But setting that aside, it's

nothing like the pain and

anguish that the Chamberlains

have been through and today,

these findings vindicate what

Lindy Chamberlain said all

those years ago in that camping

ground in Uluru - a dingo has

taken my baby . And what's

more, today Elizabeth Morris

the coroner went to great pains

to point out that immediately,

a death certificate would be

made available here at the

registry indicating just that,

that a dingo was responsible

for the death of 9-week-old

Azaria Chamberlain in 1980.

And soon after the press

conference, the Chamberlains

walked the short distance away

from the court here to pick up

that death certificate. Tony,

thank you. Another news now. There's confusion about what

happened to an Australian

lawyer arrested in Libya.

Melinda Taylor went to see Saif

Al-Islam the son of the

country's former dictator.

There are concerns she's been

removed from house arrest to a

prison. We should be very

careful about how we talk about

this publicly. Australia is

doing everything we possibly

can to assist Ms Taylor and we

will continue to do that. But

a Libyan Government spokesman

has denied the lawyer has been

transferred to a jail. No,

no, there is no jail in Zintan.

The jail in Zintan is broken.

She's in a good situation.

Australian consular officials

have still not been allowed to

see Melinda Taylor. The West Australian Government has been

rocked by reports it's about to

lose one of its best

performers. The State's

Treasurer and Attorney-General

Christian Porter is expected to shortly announce to his

partyroom that he wants a tilt

at Federal politics. It's understood he'll quit his

portfolios to clear the way to

run for the Perth seat of

Pearce at the next federal

election, but he's expected to remain on the State

Government's backbench until

next year's State election.

He'd been widely touted as a

future Premier. Fresh from one

storm of Category 2 cyclonic strength and residents of

Western Australia's south are

just hours away from a second.

Emergency crews are still

responding to more than 700

calls for assistance triggered

by Sunday's wild weather. One

of their biggest tasks - restoring power supplies to the

80,000 remaining prompts

without power. And the damage

is extensive. It runs all the

way from Geraldton through to

Ravensthorpe. That's one of

the biggest areas that we've

ever had in a single event.

The next storm is expected to

roar in late this afternoon,

packing winds in excess of

175km/h. 30 schools are closed

today. Others will send pupils

home in the early afternoon.

The petrol station owner who

fled New Zealand after his bank

account was mistakenly loaded

with a $10 million New Zealand

overdraft has been convicted of

seven counts of theft. Leo Gow

one of the two so-called run

away millionaires pleaded

guilty in the Auckland District Court today as New Zealand correspondent Dominique

Schwartz reports.

Leo Gow entered court today a

more sober man than the one who

three years ago discovered he'd

been given a $10 million

overdraft. He was yelling

"I'm (bleep) rich, I've got $10

million. " Thanks to a

Westpac clerical error, that

was 10 times the overdraft

sought to run Leo Gow's petrol

station. Gao has pleaded

guilty of stealing $6.8 million

transferred to bank accounts in

China. The 31-year-old and his

then partner Kara Hurring fled

to China within days of the

banking mistake, sparking a

2-year international police

search. Kara Hurring returned

to New Zealand early last year.

She is on bail after being

convicted last month of theft

and laundering money through a

Macao casino. Gao was arrested

in Hong Kong in September last

year. He is on bail with

electronic monitoring. Both

are due to be sentenced in

August. Westpac discovered its

banking error two weeks after

the event. It has since

recovered about $3 million New

Zealand, but another $4 million

is still outstanding.

Scientists have come up

with a new device that can

detect when someone working at

a computer is becoming stressed

and overloaded with work. The National Information and Telecommunications Technology

Research Centre in Sydney has

developed the gismo, which

monitors voice signals that

humans can't hear and picks up

signs that a user is becoming

overwhelmed. The technology is

being marketed as BrainGauge

and is being used by a NSW

centre that manages traffic

jams and in Australian defence

research to assess the mental

strain on people during flight

operations. Bruce Whitby, the

managing director of BrainGauge

explains that it's all to do

with cognitive overload. When

we process tasks and we're

doing something, we're actually accepting input, we're

listening, we're talking, we're

writing, we're using the mouse

or the keyboard and as the

speed that that information

comes to us as the complexity

increases, we start stopping to

process that effectively and we

become overloaded. So how can

this new device detect that,

detect cognitive overload?

When you become cognitive

overload, a number of things

happen. One of them is your

reasoning becomes impaired,

your processing of new

information or information

becomes impaired and the

important one that we need is

your voice control, your muscle

control is impacted and the muscle control affects your

voice. And this is the thing

that the device on the computer

that you have produced, this is

what that can pick up - that

humans can't pick up, is that

right? So what we have is we

have a software technique to

analyse speech and we detect

changes in people's speech as

that cognitive load increases . And what happens to the

speech? What are the physical

signs of an operator who is

under stress and not performing

well? So the important things

are people start stuttering,

people start umming and ahhing,

slowing down. Those are the

visual impacts that we can

detect. But the software can

detect very small changes that

we can't actually detect.

Apart from being used in

industries where it's important

for managers to know if

operators are stressed, does it

have any other applications?

OK, so we've got this core

technology that can analyse the

load level in speech, so we've

applied it from a research

perspective to a number of

areas. We've looked at it in

the learning environment, the

education environment. We've

looked at it in the health

environment and as you've said,

in all the contact centres and

emergency response-type areas.

Effectively in all areas that

speech is part of the inherent

work that people are doing and

where they have various loads

put on them or effectively

stress to a point. Bruce

Whitby, thank you. Thank you.

Lunchtime figures from

Canberra are giving a snapshot

of the nation's borrowing

habits. Housing and personal

borrowing is up, but there's

been a surge in commercial and

leasing finance. The NSW

Government will double the first home-buyers' grant to

boost the housing sector. It's

one of the new measures

announced in today's State

Budget which includes a package

to stimulate housing. The

Government says it will

accelerate 176,000 housing

lots. Any euphoria over the

rescue of Spain's banks has

given way to fears about which Eurozone member could be next.

Coming elections in Greece are

adding to the jitters as

investors speculate about how

much more money will be needed

to save the euro from collapse.

The tumbling dominoes of

Greece, Ireland, Portugal and

now Spain has taken to 500

billion euros the total amount

committed by the Eurozone and

the International Monetary Fund

to rescue Eurozone countries.

The next domino to fall is

expected to be Cyprus, which

today said it needed help to

strengthen its banks and

according to bankers it may

need a 25 billion euro rescue .

Then there's Italy, a massive

economy whose government has 2

trillion euros of debt,

considerably more than Italy's

annual economic output. If Italy were to request emergency

loans, there wouldn't be enough

left in the Eurozone's

emergency kitty, which is why

it's become urgent to find a

way of stopping the Eurozone's

dominoes from tumbling. To

avoid contagion to Italy,

what's required probably is a

proper pooling of Germany's

ample resources with those of other Eurozone countries, but

that requires the Eurozone to

look a lot more like a single

country with a single

government rather than a

collection of nations. And if

that doesn't happen? That

failure could actually lead to

a complete disintegration of

the euro system. With terrible

consequences, not just for

European countries. Initial

euphoria about the Spanish

rescue faded fast. Share

prices rose then fell, and

borrowing costs for Spain are

rising again, as are Italy's,

which shows that investors are

worried that the tumbling

Spanish domino could knock

Italy down. Let's go to some

of the other stories making

news in business. Despite an

interest rate cut, business

conditions in May were the

weakest in three years ago

according to a monthly survey

by the National Australia Bank.

Confidence it says was battered

by fears about Greek debt, weak

orders and a negative reaction

to the May Budget. An

Arizona-based solar panel maker

First Solar says it'll build

Australia's two largest photovoltaic power farms. The

106 and 53 megawatt projects

are being built in NSW for AGL.

And the rising cost of living

in the west sees Perth ranked

in the top 20 of the world's

most expensive cities. Up from

30 last year to 19 in the Mercer survey, which looked at

the cost of 200 items including

housing, food and transport.

Sydney was ranked 11th and

Melbourne 15th. Let's take a

check of the markets with Michael McCarthy from CMC

Markets. We're holding up well

in the face of this doom and

gloom overseassome Yes, we

are. It's been a calm and cautious trading session,

though, with so many events

coming up, that's not a

surprise. Investors in the

main holding off ahead of those

Greek elections due at the end

of this week. Nonetheless, we

did get negative leads in. We

were expecting more pressure on

the market today, but the

market surprised us and the

Australia 200 index has traded

up 12 points to be trading at

4,075. The big miners,

though, under pressure?

That's where we're really

seeing some of the weight.

There are clearly further concerns about growth potential

not only due to problems in Europe, but concerns also about China and that's weighing on

the big resource stocks. Both

Rio and BHP down around 0.5% at

the moment. A lot of the

smaller miners under pressure

as well and we're seeing falls

in that space of between 3-5%.

Curiously, though, medium-ed

miners doing better today and

Fortescue and Newcrest trading

in the depreen as we speak.

Qantas had a terrible week last

week, but it's bouncing back

now? Yes, after finding record

lows in terms of its share

price below $1 we've seen a

bounceback today and that

partly relates to statements

from the company that they've

engaged an investment bank to

help in defence of any potential takeover, but they've

also most importantly for the

market pointed out they don't

need to issue any shares and

that's taken the weight right

off their shares. They're up

10% in trading today. Ten

Network and Echo Entertainment

are doing their best to grab

the headlines today, what's the

story? Yes, they have.

Although Qantas has told us

they don't need any capital,

both Echo and Ten have come to market with entitlement offers and naturally the effect of

this is to put pressure on the

share price. Those new shares

need to be digested in some way

and often existing shareholders

will sell down. While Echo

remains in suspense at the

moment we have seen Ten shares

come onto trading after going

into suspense last Thursday.

They're down significantly

trading around 52 cents against

the 60 cent close we saw before

this entitlement offer.

Michael, thank you. Onto Wall

Street and those continued

fears over Europe and profit

taking drove markets down.

Banks were among the


A 50-year-old man is in

police custody following a

6-hour siege in Melbourne's

outer west. Police were called

to the Kurunjang property at

around 8 o'clock last night.

Police say the man threatened

officers with a knife before

barricading himself inside the

house. An 18-month-old boy and

a 55-year-old woman were also

inside the property, but the

woman was able to leave.

Police stormed the house when

they noticed a fire had been

lit inside. Police were then

forced to enter the premises to

rescue both the child and the

offender. During that time

there was some resistance put

up by the offender and police

were able to subdue him using a

Taser. Neither the boy nor

the woman was harmed during the

incident. A teenage boy is recovering in hospital after

his rowing boat was hit by a

city cat ferry in Brisbane this

morning. Two teenagers were

thrown from the double skull

roading boat after it collided

with the city cat on the

Brisbane River at Toowong at

5.15. One of the boys suffered concussion. The father of the

other boy was further up the

river coaching another group of

rowers. As we got closer, the

city cat moved away and then I

saw another tin y towing the

boat back, so I went over to it

and there was the boat and it

was the boat my boys were

rowing in. Water Police are

investigating. The former

British Prime Minister has

accused Rupert Murdoch of

misleading an inquiry into

media ethics. Gordon Brown has lashed out at the conduct of

the Murdoch press in Britain at

the start of what's set to be a

dramatic week. Lisa Millar

reports from London.

Two years after leaving Downing

Street, the former Prime

Minister is back in the

spotlight. And still simmering

over the way the Murdoch press

had treated his family. This

is the story the papers then editor Rebekah Brooks swears

was a tip-off from a member of

the public and that the Browns

approved its publication. I

don't think there's any parent

in the land that would have

made the choice that we are

told we made to give exclusive

permission for that to happen.

Scottish health authorities

have apologised and now say

it's highly likely a staff

member disclosed the

information. Even though she

and her husband felt bestrayed,

Sarah Brown remained friends

with Rebekah Brooks. Sarah is

one of the most forgiving

people I know and I think she

finds the good in everyone.

Mr Brown was asked about the 'Sun's decision to throw

support behind the Tories in

2009. Rupert Murdoch had

testified there'd been a heated

phone call from the then Prime

Minister, and threats of war

against News International.

This conversation never took

place. I'm shocked and

surprised that it should be

suggested, even when there is

no evidence of such a

conversation that it should

have happened, but there was no

such conversation. Chancellor

George Osborne was next to face

the inquiry, defending

the inquiry, defending his

friendship with former Downing

Street spin doctor and phone

hacking suspect Andy Coulson

and denying alleged deals with

the Murdochs over their bid for

BSkyB. But they're just the

starters of what's set to be a

dramatic week at the inquiry,

culminating with a full day of testimony from the Prime

Minister, David Cameron. Let's

have a quick look at other

stories making news around the

world. Experts at an international arms fair in

France say the West's financial

woes have cut spending on the

global arms trade. As defence

budgets have shrunk, weapons

makers have been targeting new

markets in South America, where

military spending is on the

rise. Floods in China are

producing more pictures of

dramatic rescues. This man was

saved after he was secured by a

safety rope and helped back to

the side of a flooded creek in

central China. And, the boss

of an American soap-making company has locked himself

inside a cage outside the White

House to protest against a ban

on growing hemp. David Bronner

says the hemp plants that were

locked in the cage with him

were not marijuana, and had no

drug value. Rafael Nadal says

the moment was simply

unforgettable. The Spaniard is

celebrating a record-breaking seventh French Open singles

title after defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the

rain-disrupted final. After

leading 2-1, but trailing 2-0

in the fourth when play was

suspended, Nadal took advantage

of Djokovic's high error count.

He set up his 11th Grand Slam

singles victory with a big

forehand and clinched it when

the Serb served a double fault.

COMMENTATOR: What a sad ending

to a wonderful match. I

enjoyed this match very much.

Rafah was a better player and I

hope to come back next year and

play even better. It's

something unforgettable and I'm

really emotional and, you know,

it's probably one of the most

special moments in my career.

Djokovic was hoping to become

the first man since Australia's

Rod Laver to simultaneously

hold all four Majors. Nadal's

win took him clear of Bjorn

Borg's sixth titles. After a

year of uncertainty for

Canberra tourism operators, the

ACT Government has lifted a ban

on the self-balancing scooters

known as segways. Segways

became a popular feature along

the shores of Lake Burley

Griffin, but last year the

company hiring them out was

forced to briefly shut when it

was discovered the electric

scooters breached national road

safety laws. The Government granted the company a temporary

exemption and it's decided to

make the arrangement permanent.

To allow them to be used in

certain circumstances and those

circumstances are as part of a

guided tour, with introduction

from an instructor, from a

guide leader and only to be

used in non-road areas. The

private use of segways remains

illegal pending a national review of alternative vehicles.

A British prison is treating

sex offenders with drugs

designed to reduce their

libidos and the pilot scheme is

yielding promising results.

This is the largest

rehabilitation centre for sex

offenders in Europe. 800

inmates, 70% guilty of offences

against children. This is one

of the volunteers on the jail's

controversial drugs program.

His victim was in her early

teens. I understand the

perception outside in the

community that I possibly am

evil, but I personally believe

that what I... my offence is

the thing that was evil. The

aim is to stop the men on the

program from reoffending, as

well as establish psychological

treatment, they've chosen to

take drugs, which lessen their

preoccupation with sex. This

man was convicted of an offence

against a teenage girl. It's

such a relief not to be

thinking about sex all the

time. Of course, the pilot is

taking place inside a highly-controlled environment.

Staff here say the aim is to

make society safer. So what

about when the o-Fenners are

released back into the community still on the drugs,

but with access to children?

When we work with the men in

treatment, we spend a lot of

time practicing how they will

manage those situations. In

the outside world, some who

deal with the aftermath of

child abuse have themselves

been victims. What about this rehabilitation argument?

Somebody who destroys the

innocence, who offends, hurts,

violates a child, I think they have to accept that they are

putting their own human rights

in jeopardy. Initial results

show the drugs seem to be

working, but it's only when the

men on this program are outside

these walls that this

experiment will be fully put to

the test.

To the weather now. The

satellite shows cloud building

over south-west WA a head of an

approaching low. Cloud due to

a low. Cloud over South

Australia ahead of a trough.

An approaching low should cause

wind and rain to increase over

the West Coast and south-west

of WA. A trough and front should trigger light showers

across southern South

Australia. A deep low in the

east should maintain showery winds and large surf on the

East Coast.

Let's go back to the Stock Exchange for a final check of

the markets:

That's the news for now.

There's continuous news on ABC

News 24 and there's also news

on-line. Our next full

bulletin on ABC1 is at 7

o'clock this evening. I'm Ros

Childs. Thanks for joining us

and have a great afternoon.

See you tomorrow.

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