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Live. Tonight - three decades and

four inquests on a coroner

closes the book on the claim

claim claim case. Please accept

my sincere sympathy on the

death of your special and loved

daughter and sister Azaria.I'm

so sorry for your loss. No longer will Australia be able

to say that dingos are not

dangerous. The chance to put

our daughter's spirit to

rest. An bra airport boosts its

case as Sydney's back-up

offering to build a fast rail

station. Bring it on - the

maroons and Blues ready for Origin 2.

Good evening, Craig Allen with ABC News. A Northern

Territory coroner has head the

final word on a mystery that's

gripped the nation for more

than three decades. She ruled

that baby Azaria Chamberlain

was taken by a dingo at Uluru

in 1980. Furthermore, she

apologised to the Chamberlains

for all the gossip and innuendo

they had to endure ever since.

From Darwin, Christie O'Brien

reports. These are the words

the Chamberlain's have waited

more than 30 years to hear. The

cause of her death was as a

result of being attacked and

taken by a dingo. As the

findings were delivered there

were tears and hugs all round

and a family felt justice has

finally been served. We're

relieved and delighted to come

to the end of this saga. The family says it always knew the

truth about what happened to

Azaria Chamberlain at Ayers

Rock back in August 1980. Now

some healing and a chance to

put our daughter's spirit to

rest. This fourth inquest was

called after the coroner was

provided with evidence about

hundreds of dingo attacks

including the deaths of three children. Elizabeth Morris

determined that was enough to

support changing the record to

read what Lindy Chamberlain Creighton has always

maintained. A dingos got my baby. There was an emotional apology from the

coroner. Please accept my

sincere sympathy on the death

of your special and loved

daughter and sister, Azaria.

I'm so sorry for your

loss. Ironically her findings

were the same as those

delivered at the original inquest three decades

earlier. You have not only

suffered the loss of your

deloved child in the most

tragic circumstances but you

have all been subjected to

months of innuendo, suspicion

and probably the most malicious

gossip ever witnessed in this

country. The years that

followed his decision have been

described was one of

Australia's greatest

miscarriages of justice. Lindy

Chamberlain Creighton spent

three years in jail for murder

and during that time gave birth

to her fourth child. She was

finally exonerated after

Azaria's matinie jacket was

found and a royal commission held. Sometimes justice takes

32 years but here it is, let me

tell you it is worth the

effort. Azaria Chamberlain's

death certificate has now been officially changed to reflect

the findings. And perhaps put

to bed once and for all a case

that has intrigued the country

for more than three decades.

The ABC's Tony Eastley has

followed the case from the

start and today he was in

Darwin to hear the coroner's

findings. From the outset the

media's focus was

extraordinarily intense and it

reached a peak when the

Chamberlains were put on trial

in Darwin. It was to become the most publicised case in Australian history and I was

sent to Darwin to cover it for

ABC TV news. The prosecution

says that here Lindy

Chamberlain cut the throat of

her baby and husband Michael

helped cover up the homicide.

It was 1980 when Lindy and Michael Chamberlain took their

9 week old daughter Azaria and

her two brothers on holiday to

the Northern Territory and made

the fateful decision to pitch

their tent at the base of the

rock. It was to set off a

devastating chain of events. He

just might have damned or

mauled the baby and I ran

towards the tent - I was only

five yards away from it

perhaps. I looked in her carry

basket and she wasn't there

. When we saw the spots of

blood in the tent we realised

it must have been a very quick

event. This morning when we saw

in the blanket the sharp ripped

jacket marks in that very

thickly woven blanket we knew

it was a powerful beast. An

initial inquest supported the Chamberlains and was critical

of the police investigation. It

is consistent with the

possibility of a dog having

taken the baby. However, after

a second investigation and

inquest Lindy Chamberlain was

charged and tried for

murder. The court also heard

from a London owe don'tologist

today, Bernard Sims, he told

the court that marks on Azaria

Chamberlain's clothing were not

consistent with marks made by a

dog or a dingo. The crown's

case relied heavily on scientific evidence much of

which the defence discredited.

The jury, however, agreed with

the prosecution finding Lindy

Chamberlain had cut Azaria's

throat in the front seat of the

family car and disposed of the

body. She was sentenced to life

in jail. Michael Chamberlain

was given a suspended sentence

for being an accessory. A

heavily pregnant Lindy

Chamberlain was sent to prison and gave birth soon after to

another baby girl. There was

still a dramatic twist to come.

The Chamberlain's had always

invested that on the night she

disappeared baby Azaria had

been wearing a matinie jacket.

The prosecution said that was a

lie. In 1986 the matinie jacket

was found near a dingo lair at

Uluru. The NT Government

ordered Mrs Chamberlain's

immediate release. A year later

a royal commission cleared the

couple of all guilt. By now the

Chamberlains had split by both remained concern about an

unresolved issue, Azaria's

official cause of death. A

third inquest in the 90s was

inconclusive. Then in February this year new information about

dingo attacks on children was

put to yet another coroner. It

is this fourth inquest and its

outcomes that could finally

draw a line under this case

bringing to a close the

disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain. Tony Eastley

reporting. Keen to strengthen

its case as Sydney's second

airport Canberra Airport is

trying to boost the case for a

fast rail link between the two

cities. Its owners say they

will put up $140 million to

build a fast train station but

as Kathleen Dyett reports there

are no guarantees it will go

ahead. There is month mandate

and no trains. But Canberra

Airport has a plan anyway. It

Sinti grated and close. The

Federal Government is weighing

up options for high speed rail

in south-east Australia with a

link between Sydney and Canberra. The trip could take

less than an hour and the

airport's Dean get on board. It

is offering to fund and build a

$140 million high speed rail

station near the existing air

terminal. It is also ramping up

its case to become Sydney's

second airport. It would take

us two years to build and we

are ready to build it now but

we certainly believe it needs

be delivered by 2020. I remind

you by 2020 there will be no

slots in peak hours at Sydney

airport. I welcome it. It is

great to see this kind of

enthusiasm behind a project

that would bring such economic

benefit to Canberra. It is all

up in the air until the Federal

Government unveils its plan for

fast rail. A feasibility study

is due later this year, a

decision is further down the

track. Even if fast rail gets

the thumbs up an airport

station is not assured. Civic

was also flagged as a potential

site for the capital's terminal

and now Mitchell is also been considered. What Sydney needs

is a pathway for growth. What

better pathway than to the

national capital and to this

fantastic design. You need a interesting and a train before

you have a terminal. And we

have a study into just that

which will come down in

December. What we need is

fact-based policy. The airport

concedes it will have to put

its plan on hold. The New South

Wales Treasurer, Baird bartd,

says the state - Mike Baird

says the state needs some tough

love in order to get the

economy back on track. One of the biggest ports will be sold

and thousands of public sector

jobs will be cut in order to

fund the multi-million dollar

housing package. There are

plans to cut a further $1

billion from existing

programs. Hear, hear! Mike

Baird says his second budget

will protect the local economy

from the international

financial flu. We have taken

our medicine today so we can

have a healthy future. It is

not so healthy now. The state's

finances are in the red. The

deficit is expected to blow out

to $824 million. Revenue has

fallen sharply. Households are

saving more and spending less.

That's led to a drop in GST

earnings. Stamp duty revenue

has also fallen so it is time

for some belt tightening. What

this package is about is

bringing the state back to live

within its means. It will do

that by cutting spending.

10,000 public sector workers

face the axe saving about $2

billion. The treasurer will

also cut $1 billion from

existing programs, he just

won't say where. The programs

have gone across the agencies,

the individual ministers will

make the announcements as those

programs come to an end. I have

never heard of any budget that

announces a spending cut of

that magnitude and fails to

identify where those savings

are going to be made. The

Government is also selling Port

Kembla shipping terminal which

along with Port Botany will

deliver $2.5 billion. Those

cuts will fund the budget sweeteners. The centrepiece

will be a housing package aimed

at stimulating the construction

sector. There will be nor

nurses and police. $3 billion

for the North West Rail Link

but only $30 million to plan a

new Sydney motorway. The State

Government will commit $1.5

million to the Pacific Highway

which means the road upgrade

won't be compleeded by the 2016

deadline. The opposition says

it is a budget built on broken

promises. The people of New

South Wales can't take Barry

O'Farrell at his word. Somebody

who says during an election

campaign emphatically, "I need

more public servants, not

less." It is a steady as she

goes budget that reins in

costs, target spending cuts and

invests in infrastructure. The

Premier says he is getting on

with the job. The New Zealand

man who made off with $10

million that was mistakenly

placed into his bank account

has pleaded guilty to theft.

Leo Gao fled to China with the

money but today was back home

no Auckland to face the music.

Leo Gao 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 100

times the overdraft Gao had

sought to run his petrol

station. He pleaded guilty to

steeling $6.8 million most of

which he transferred to bank accounts in China. The

31-year-old and his then partner Kara Hurring fled to China within days of the

mistake sparking a two-year

international police search.

Hurring returned to New Zealand

early last year. She is on bail

after being convicted last

month of left and laundering

money threw a Macau casino. Gao

was arrested in Hong Kong in

September last year. He is an

bail with electronic

monitoring. Both are due to be

sentenced in August. Westpac

discovered its banking error

two weeks' after the have. It

has since recovered about $3

million but about $4 million

New Zealand is still outstanding. Papua New Guinea

is gearing up for a general

election that is hoped will

resolve all the constitutional

wrangling of the past year but

as Liam Fox reports it is

proving to be a huge logistical

challenge.At Port Moresby

airport, ballot boxes, posters

and other things are leaded

open to on Australian Defence

Force Hercules and are front to

Alotau where election officials

account for every item. It is

not just election material that

is being airlifted around the

country but also the local

police and soldiers who will

provide security during the

election. To date aircraft such

as the C 130 J behind me have

moved around 880 personnel.

Most of those are PNG Defence

Force members and royal PNG

constabulary members. Australian defence personnel

have mapped out what will be

required to move officials to

nearly 10,000 remote polling booths. Four Blackhawk

helicopters will arrive soon to facilitate polling in two

provinces. It is all a huge

task, one PNG would struggle to

tackle on its own so it has

turned to its neighbour for

help. It approaches a pivotal

election at a watershed point

in its post-independence

history and Papua New Guinea

has requested this assistance.

It is important we respond. The

military support is just one

facet of this assistance.

AusAid and specialists from the

Australian civilian corps are

training local electoral officials. This election is

more crucial for us and also in

terms of getting support from the Australian Government. All

the preparations will be put to

the test when polling starts in

just over a week's time. A

Brisbane teenager is receiving treatment for head wounds after

his high school rowing boat was

hit by a ferry on the Brisbane

River this morning. It was dark

around 5am when the ferry ran

into a double skull boat

pitching two 15-year-old boys

into the water. The father of

one of the boys was further up

the river coaching another

group of rowers. As we got

closer and closer the CityCat

moved away and then I saw

another tinny towing the boat

back, towing it and I said,

"Hello, this is strange." I

went over it to it was the boat

that my boys were rowing in. Safety authorities and

water police are investigating

the collision. There was a

similar incident 7 years

ago. New Trish niss are Callington Federal Government

to make vitamin D a mandatory

additive to some foods. We get

most of our vitamin D from the

sun but a health conference in

Melbourne has heard about a

third of all Australians are

vitamin D deficient. The

figures are worse in winter.

That can contribute to a number

of problems, including heart

and bone disease and

cancer. I'd say over the last

10 years we just get more and

more evidence that this is a

real problem and low levels are

associated with particularly

bone problems and particularly

the elderly. Professor Nowson

says Canada has added vitamin D

to milk and margarine for more

than 30 years. Australia should follow its lead. A Federal

Government study of vitamin D

deficiency will report back

next year. It is almost

kick-off time at Canberra

Stadium where the Brumbies are

taking on the touring Welsh

national side tonight. Ben Lisson is there. Wales will

want to atone for their loss to

the Wallabies last Saturday

night? That's right. Wales

certainly came to Australia

with a lot of hope after

demolishing the European season, winning the Grand Slam

over there and the Six Nations

tour. They came with a lot of

confidence but were

disappointed to come away with

a first up loss to the

Wallabies. They will look to gain some momentum heading into

the second test against the Wallabies this weekend in

Melbourne. It is a chance for

the second string players

tonight to really get a chance

for selection as well for the

upcoming tour matches. The

Welsh have been tourists to

Canberra before but their memories aren't all that

positive, are they? That's

right. They have played three

times here and lost twice. In

fact, their last match was in

1996 they lost 69 points to 30,

obviously a very different

Brumbies side here tonight. How

will the Brumbies manage with

so many of their top players in

camp with the Wallabies? They

have a pretty decent side

coming out here tonight. They

have a couple of players that

were missed wallabies

selections such as Zack Holmes

and Peter Kim Lyn who are in

the Brumbies starting 15. There

is a couple of gays that will

be looking for a chance to

become a part of the Brumbies

season. Perhaps they have not

been in the mix too much this

year. They want to be a part of

a success full end to the

year. Ben Hand could be pulling

on the Brumbies' jersey for the

last time tonight. He is

formerly a regular starter for

the Brumbies but considering

their success in 2012 he has

found it hard to get a starting

gig. Could be the last tame

people see anymore a Brumbies

jersey and he is hoping it is a

win tonight. We hope you enjoy the game out there tonight? Thanks Craig. The

Prime Minister is tonight

urging more than 100 business

and economic leaders to join

her cause in talking up the

economy. Julia Gillard's

opening her economic forum in

Brisbane with a message to

Australia's doing well and more people should be speaking up

for the facts. The summit has

only just begun but already

Tony Abbott is calling it a

scripted event that stifles criticism. The Prime Minister

called and more than 120 leader figures answered for this

economic forum here in

Brisbane.Their job - to give

the Government ideas about

strengthening the economy,

particularly in the Asian

century. But Julia Gillard's

opening speech tonight will

also give the summiteers an

order - go forth and spread

good news. Speak up for our

economy, speak up for the

facts, the Prime Minister is

telling them. She also adds the

bad news from overseas is

making more noise at the moment

than hailstones on a tin roof.

That has the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott suspicious that

this exercise has a political

edge to it. It is a carefully scripted, choreographed event.

She is not interested in

changing policy, she is just

interested in stifling

criticism. Much of the forum's

work tomorrow will go on behind

closed doors. Not that that is

prove ing to be much of a draw

card anyway. It turns out pop

singer Lady Gaga is staying at

the same hotel. Who is the most

popular? Lady Gaga. For those

following the forum there will

be public speeches by the bank

governor and the treasurer

tomorrow. The Australian share

market shrugged off a sizeable

fall on Wall Street overnight

to record a modest gain today.

The positive reaction to the

Spanish bank bailout has moved

to be short lived.

Here is a chart of the Dow Jones average in New York during last night's session. It

opened stronger on the back of

the $100 billion euro bailout

of Spain's banks. It did not

take long for the doubts to

start. Will it be enough to

save the banks? Will saving the

banks save the Spanish

Government anyway? Should we be

worrying about Italy now and

not Spain? European markets

generally fell. Spanish 10-year

bond yields that were supposed

to fall after the bailout

restored confidence in Madrid's

solvency went up last night,

not down.

Qantas executives have

appointed an investment bank to

help with its defence and are

now crouched behind sandbags

with tin hats on waiting for

the siege to begin.

The Aussie dollar got above

parity yesterday but only for a

minute or two before sinking

back below 99. The monthly

business survey from NAB,

conditions and confidence both

well down. Here is a graph of

business conditions. Thicks

are now as bad as they have

been for three years for

Australian firms. It is a good

thing the economy is going so

well. On the other hand lending

is up. Especially for

businesses. That's economics for you.

Rafael Nadal says the moment

was simply unforgettable. The

Spaniard won a record-breaking

7th French Open singles final

by defeating Novak Djokovic.

After lead ing 2 sets to is but trailing in the fourth when

play was suspended Nadal took

advance of Djokovic's high

error count. He clinched

victory when the Serb served a

double fault. What a sad ending

to a wonderful match. I enjoyed

this match very much. Rafa was

a better player and, you know,

I hope to come back next year

and play even better. Having

this trophy with me is

something unforgettable and I'm

really, really emotional. It is

one of the more 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 six

French Open titles. The maroons

have landed in Blues territory aiming to continue their State

of Origin dominance for another

year. New South Wales must win

tomorrow night's second game to

keep the series alive. Late

today the teams were training

at the Olympic Stadium.

Queensland completed its

training session earlier this

afternoon while Ricky Stuart

put his plays through their

paces under lights here this

evening. Last year the Blues

levelled the series in the corresponding game in Sydney

and are a good chance of again

sending the series to a decider

in Brisbane. The war of words

is on. Mal Meninga labelled New

South Wales fans and players

graceless whingesers. Ricky

Stuart said the maroons are

smug and arrogant. Today he

left his assistant to do the to

talking I think he has done

enough taking for the week. Everything is going pretty

good. We have a session tonight

and all on. Let's laud this

footy side. They have been

dominant the last six years and

we are up there again, we are

one in front. We have comrady

to play. The maroons have

arrived in Blues territory to

finalise their preparations.

They will be without enforcer

Sam Thaiday who has a shoulder injury but their former skipper

is not concerned. Dave Taylor

comes into the side and he will

bring impact and Corey Parker

off the bench. They will miss

experience but not a lot. Last

night the Blues were presented

by their jerseys by the drought

breaking team of 1985 which

ended Queensland's five-year

rein. That side holds a significant place in Blues

history and we wanted our

younger players to see

that. Queensland has the upper

hand after winning game 1 in

Melbourne but the Blues remain

confident the tide is turning. There is nothing

between the teams. You go

through the scorelines and it

is just the key moments

Queensland have really stood

up. They are improving, that doesn't necessarily mean they

are going to beat this champion

team. A sellout crowd of close

to 84,000 will pack the stands here tomorrow night and while

the ground will be wet after a

week of torrential rain in

Sydney, the fans will be hoping

the skies don't open up for the

big game. Construction and

ecological preservation are not

normally a good mix but at a

site just south of Canberra a

balance may have been struck.

An endangered plant see shes

was discovered on the Googong

Pipeline Project one of two

clusters known to exist. Environmental agencies and

ACTEW have cooperated to try to

ensure the colony's

survival. This plant at first

may appear somewhat humble. It

is quite a small plant, it is

in the pea family. Lovely pink

flowers that you will see being

planted here today. The small

purple prae is a native species once relatively

widespread. Used to occur from

north-east Victoria right through New South Wales along

the slopes and Tablelands up to

the Queensland border. Most of

those sights have

disappeared. Only two clusters

remain, one of those at a site

less than ideal. The pipeline

is being built to carry water

from the Murrumbidgee to

Googong Dam for Canberra's main

water supply. We have managed

to avoid actually destroying

any individuals of the plants,

which is good but there is certainly some habitat that was

lost. We did have an impact on

around about 17 hectares of

native template grassland and

box gum grassy woodland. To

compensate around 70 of the

peas are being planted. The

seeds have been collected from

the field and germinated at a

seed bank. It is the first time

that we've really attempted a

major planting of this

scale. The tiny peas are being

planted here at a special site

set aside to offset the

environmental impact caused by

the pipeline. Here the delicate

plants can be monitored and

looked after to give them the

best chance of survival. If things go well these plants

that we are putting out now

should plougher this spring in

October and hopefully set

seed. We are hoping that this

particular planting here today

will be a new opportunity to

test some things that we think

might be successful for this species. Helping to guarantee

the future of the understated pea.

We have had a cloudy day. A few spots of rain around this afternoon and after a mild

night we reached a top of 14 degrees. The rain ex-and iffeded as

far up as Sydney.

There is a couple of systems

bringing cloud to the east

coast and more wild weather

over WA as well with a low

pressure system and trough.

There is a deepening low out in

the Coral Sea and an oncoming

cold front which might bring

some showers our way and some

fresh snow to the mountains

too. Most of the eastern

capitals will see some rain at

times tomorrow. Sydney 18

degrees, Brisbane 23 and it

will be another windy day in

Perth.In our region there will

be more scattered showers along

the coast and adjacent ranges

tonight but easing during tomorrow.

Before we go a brief recap of

our top stories. A Northern Territory coroner has ruled

that a dingo killed Azaria

Chamberlain 32 years ago. She

also apologised to the

Chamberlains for all they have

endured ever since.Canberra

Airport says it is willing to

pay for a rail terminal to

ensure the capital is included

in the first stage of a high

Speed rail network. That is the

news for now. You can keep up

to date 24 hours a day on ABC

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Live. Welcome to 7:30, I'm

Leigh sales. Tonight - borrower

beware, the crackdown on banks

offering more credit than you

can afford. It's not uncommon

for us to see people with -

from 70 to $120,000 in credit

card debt. Please accept my

sincere sympathy on the death

of your special and loved

daughter and sister. And the

final chapter closes on the

death of Azaria

Chamberlain. Obviously we're

relieved and delighted to come

to the end of this saga.

Australia's corporate

watchdog is banning the major

banks from pushing higher

credit card limits to lure

consumers into greater

debt. New laws to stop the