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Tonight - UN peace keepers

declare that Syria is now in a

state of civil war. $5,000 man.

A weight lifter accused of

holding Australia's Olympic

team to ransom. Greater scrutiny. Canberra Police

tasers to have built-in video cameras. They're own cameras. They're own worst

enemies - scientists to use

cane toad poison against the


Good evening, Craig Allen

with ABC News. We will have

those stories shortly, but first, the Prime Minister has

vowed to make a company tax cut

a priority, but has told

business to find a way to pay

for it. Julia Gillard's

economic forum has now

concluded. It came up with a

list of aims but no detail on

how or when they would be

achieved. From Brisbane,

Melissa Clarke reports.

Something happened on the way

to the forum. Good morning. I'm

looking forward to a day of

discussions about our strong

economy. Premiers, the business

lobby, union leaders got their

orders to speak up about the

strong economy. We are looking for there to be some energy for there to be some energy in

the room. But vigour was hard

to find when the Reserve Bank

gorf nor invited questions. They have all gone

to sheep, or so shattered, I

don't know. Glenn Stevens detects a glum mood all

round. We are all unhappy,

right? There is a lot of

disquiet and dissatisfaction

out there in the

with his community. Which doesn't tally

with his reading of the

economic figures. Higher

savings, even a higher dollar,

have the governor's glass more

than half full. There are big

benefits to us as consumers

from a high currency and that

is part of the mechanism for

spreading the gains of the

resource boom. The glass is

more than half full and you are

the Mal Meninga of central

bankers. With that, the media

was kicked out. Leaving 120 was kicked out. Leaving 120 of

the nation's economic minds to

talk privately for the next

seven hours. On their

aspirational agenda, improved

productivity, incentives to

encourage job seekers to move

interstate and lower company

tax. We have heard you loud and

clear on the company tax rate

and we see it as a priority for

the next steps in tax

reform. The Government won't

say how much it spent on its

forum, but Julia Gillard thinks

it was worth it. There is some

magic in the room when you

bring people together. Magic or

trickery? It takes a floundering Prime Minister to

go and beg business to talk up

essentially what she's her Government. That's

done. Participants have largely

described the forum as positive

and in good faith but with no

major changes or timelines or

even a communique announced by

the Government, many are

questioning whether or not the

momentum can be kept up now

that everyone is going home.

It has been a day of

reflection for Lindy

Chamberlain-Creighton after a

coroner yesterday finally laid

to rest the controversy over

the death of her baby Azaria at

Uluru 32 years ago. It is now

officially recorded that a

dingo took the baby. Mrs Chamberlain-Creighton says she

won't be seeking any more

compensation for the way she

was treated but she did

criticise the then Territory

Government for not heeding

Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton and warnings about problem dingos.

her husband, Rick, had time for

a stroll in a Darwin park in

between back to back media interviews. Despite more than

three decades of legal battles

to achieve a coronial inquiry

finding officially blaming a

dingo for the death of her

daughter Azaria, Mrs

Chamberlain-Creighton says she

doesn't harbour any anger. We

go back to our normal lives, in

our family at least. But Mrs

Chamberlain-Creighton has

Territory Government for criticised the Northern

failing to listen to warnings

in 1980 about dingos in the

Ayers Rock camp ground. The

chief ranger at the time says

he wrote to his superiors

asking for per mission to cull

problem dingos before Azaria

was taken. I had written to

them about the problem before

the Azaria occurrence and I

Chamberlain-Creighton says the didn't get much feedback. Mrs

then Chief Minister, Paul

Everingham, was one of two

people who denied the ranger's

request. Two of the six members

who said no were Paul

Everingham and Ian Barker who,

of course, was the QC opposed

to us. Both Paul Everingham and

Ian Barker QC weren't available

to comment but Mrs

Chamberlain-Creighton says she

compensation from the won't be pursuing any more

Government. When we got

compensation before, small as

it was, we were asked to sign a

paper in order to receive that,

saying we'd never sue them

again. But she would like an

official apology. It would be

nice. It's always nice to have somebody apologise, but not if

they are forced to do it and

they don't mean it, it doesn't

mean a thing. The Territory

Government has offered its

sympathy but no apology.

Michael Chamberlain would also

like an apology but for now he

is not commenting on whether he

wants more compensation.

The parents of the Australian

lawyer detained in Libya have

spoken out denying their

daughter is a spy or has done

anything wrong. Melinda Taylor

is in jail in the city of

Zintan along with three other

lawyers from the International

Criminal Court. John and

Janelle Taylor say their

daughter has worked for the ICC

for nine years and is not

receiving justice. Melinda

isn't what they accused her of.

She is a wife, a mother, a

sister, a daughter, she is a

human being whose human rights

at the present time have been

denied to her. Australian

diplomat David Ritchie has

spent 90 minutes with Melinda

Taylor. The Government remains concerned her release will take

time. We want her out of prison

as soon as possible but the

indications from the Libyan

authorities is they are going

to conduct a somewhat lengthy investigation. The full

interview with Melinda Taylor's

parents is on '7:30' straight

after the news. The UN says the

conflict in Syria has now

reached a state of civil war.

The assessment came as UN monitors were fired upon and

forced to turn back from Haffa

in the country's north. The US

has accused Russia of making

the violence worse by supplying

military hardware to the Assad

regime. Relentless bombardment

of Homs today but now it has

been documented by UN observers

and journalists travelling with

them. On the road north to the

town of Talbisa, they witnessed

more damage coming not just

from Government tanks now but

helicopter gun-ships. Just one

snapshot of destruction in a

country that, according to the

head of UN peace keeping, could

now be considered civil war. We

are incredibly concerned about

the willing and deliberate

escalation by the Government in

the last four to five days, but

also the increased level of the

planning and coordination in

military operations of the Opposition. Because it is not

just President Assad's forces

behind the increased violence.

A Syrian Army vehicle being

blown up, apparently by rebels,

and Government tanks on fire

according to this amateur


Massive Opposition funerals in

broad daylight, like here

apparently in southern Dera province, suggesting Government

control of territory is patchy.

Russia is also part of the

problem in Syria, as well as

the hope for the solution,

according to the US Secretary

of State tonight. We are

concerned about the latest

information we have that there

are attack helicopters on the

way from Russia to Sir ja which

will escalate the conflict

quite dramatically. Old

national tensions have boiled

over at the Euro 2012 football tournament. Fighting broke out

when Polish locals tried to

confront Russian fans marching

to Warsaw's national Stadium where their two teaches where their two teaches were

set to play. The violence

threatened to spiral out of

control and riot police moved

in, firing tear gas and water

cannon. Seven people were

injured and 56 were arrested.

The match itself was less

dramatic, ending in a 1-all

draw. The Australian Olympic

Committee is investigating

allegations that a weight

lifter threatened to derail his team's Olympic qualification

unless he was paid thousands of

dollars. Daniel Koum was on the

team that competed in Samoa

last week in an event crucial

for Australia to qualify for

London. Two team officials say

they offered him $1,000 as an

incentive to compete well, but

that he later demanded $5,000.

Here is our Olympics reporter

Ben Knight. Daniel Koum wasn't

at training at his usual gym in

Geelong today. Instead he is

seeking legal advice over

allegations he demanded money

from his coaches by threatening

not to compete and, therefore,

not register any points for the Australian weightlifting

team. The result of that almost certainly would have been that

Australia would not have

qualified a male athlete for

the Olympic Games team which,

in my opinion, would have been

cat catastrophic for the

sport. Robert Mitchell says

when officials heard of the

alleged plan, they offered

Daniel Koum $1,000 as

incentive, but they then claim

that turned into a demand for

much more. In the end we paid

him $US4,500, in cash. Daniel

Koum says he won't comment

until he has spoken to his

lawyer but there was plenty of

comment on his Facebook page

today. None of it pleasant. His

team mate, weight lifter Damon

Kelly, says he was appall ed

when team officials told him

they paid the money. I couldn't

believe someone would actually

put themselves ahead of the

rest of the team like that and,

I guess, sabotage what we have

all been training for. Daniel

Koum was one of 25 African

athletes who absconded during the 2006 Commonwealth Games in

Melbourne. He became a citizen

two years later. He competed

for Australia at the

Commonwealth Games in Delhi but

was not considered a contender

for London. The Australian Olympic Committee is now investigating the matter. If it

is proven, Daniel Koum faces a

stiff penalty, but there could

also be consequences for the

officials if it is determined

money exchanged hands in exchange for performance exchange for performance . The

exact content of next month's

Olympic opening ceremony is a

closely-guarded secret but

organisers have given a sneak

pre view in the form of a

diorama. The model reveals how

it will recreate the elements

of the country side. There will

be farm animals, cricket match,

artificial clouds to create

rain if the real thing doesn't

happen. The more pit of the

Glastonbury Festival will be

included. What were we? What's

the heritage, the historical?

What are we now and where are

we going? The dreector of the

ceremony has admitted the

Beijing act will be hard to

follow but he is hoping the

warment of the British people

will come through. Lawyers for

GerardBaden-Clay spoke to the

media a short time ago. Police

have indicated an intention to

charge my client with murder.

He is devastated. His intention

is to defend the charge

vigorously, thank you. The

mother of three went missing

for her Brookefield home in

April. Her husband told police

she had gone for a late night

walk and didn't come home. 11

days later, her body was found

in a creek bed 13km away. Next

time Police use a taser in

Canberra, it could be recorded

on video. New tasers with an integrated camera will be issued to police. They will

record the moments leading up

to when the weapon is fired. It

is scenes like these that make

the use of tasers

controversial. When a 21-year-old Brazilian student

died after being tasered in

Sydney, there was a wave of criticism. In Canberra, police

are about to get new tasers

with an integrate ed video

camera. We see it as a positive

move provided we do it thoughtfully. The camera will

capture the moment leading up

to the taser's discharge. NSW Police already use the

technology. This video was

released by a magistrate

showing the dramatic scene of a

man being subdued. Taser,


taser. (Screaming). Scrutiny of

their conduct at a later time their conduct at a later time

in a nice quiet courtroom doesn't capture all circumstances. The Government

hopes the camera will help

silence critics. It is a

development that will assist the community in having full

confidence in the use of this

technology by police. It

provides the comfort to police

officers that vexatious claims

about the use of tasers will be

reduced. I think it also provides confidence to the

community. But the Greens want more information from police

before any new tasers are

rolled out. I am still seeking

from the police the original

research that justified that first rollout. At this stage it

has not been released. Police

haven't said exactly when the

new cameras will be introduced

but it is expected to be within

the next few months.

The NRMA has welcomed the NSW

Budget allocation for work on

the Kings Highway but says much

more money is needed. The State

Government has pledged nearly

$5 million to Kings Highway

projects including pavement

work at danger spots. The NRMA

supports Eurobodalla Shire

Council's request for $60

million to be spent. Not just

about rebuilding pavement and

things of that nature but

making sure some of the

dangerous curves and bends are

taken out of the road and some

trees and hazards on the road

are removed. The NRMA and

Council have vowed to continue

lobbying State and Federal Governments. Electricity consumers will be hit across

the border with a pay rise. NSW

households will pay a maximum

of 18% more. of 18% more. Melbourne households have been

overcharged more than $300

million for their water because

of delays in the construction

of Victoria's desalination plant. Melbourne Water says

last year's bills included

charges for supplies that were

meant to come from the desal

plant. Water prices were set

three years ago by the previous government which thought the plant should be operating by

now. There is no windfall for

the Government in this, as I

have said, any charges

collected by Melbourne Water

for desal and not paid because

the desal plant has not been

finished on time will be

returned to Melbourne Water

customers with interest. Each

household was overcharged an

average of $177. The money

won't be refunded but returned

by offsetting future price

increases. In Britain, a split

is developing between the

Government and the Church of

England over gay marriage.

Civil unions for gay and

lesbian couples were introduced

seven years ago and now the

Government wants to legalise

same-sex marriage. It says

churches won't be forced to

perform gay weddings but the

Anglican clergy is concerned

the change could undermine its

position as the established

church. From London, Lisa

Millar reports. Gay couples in

England have been uniting in civil partnerships for almost a

decade, but the Government's

plans to take the next step and

make gay marriage legal have

caused an up roar. The Church

of England has called the

proposal legally flawed and

divisive. The Government has

indicated it wants to extend

marriage. What we are saying is

the proposal change the

definition of marriage. Churches would be

exempt from performing gay

marriages but Anglican bishops

are concerned the ban could be

challenged in the European

Court of Human Rights. We ought

to be extremely cautious about

that and debate it much more fully. The Government does not

want to impose anything on any religious organisation or

church. We don't want to ask

anybody, we won't be asking

anybody to do anything that goes against their conscience. Gay rights have

accused the church of carrying

out a master class in scare

mongering. It is a red herring

that has been set to run by slightly mischievous bishopses.

The reality is of course there

are people and some religious

denominations that still feel

uncomfortable that gay people

live together in long-term

relationships and they

shouldn't be forced to recognise them if they don't

want to. Activists point to

opinion polls showing at least

80% of Britons under 50 support

gay marriage. David Cameron is

firmly backing the legislation

but it has caused friction

within his Conservative party.

He will offer members a

conscience vote when it comes

to Parliament some time in the

next 12 months. Finally, there

is some good news in the war

against cane toads and it

involves using the pest's most

potent weapon against itself.

Sign diss have discovered toad

tadpoles are attracted to the

poison secreted by their

elders. Professor Rick Shine's

lab isn't cane toad country.

This one is a long way from This one is a long way from

home. But it might help destroy

its marauding relatives. The

secret's in the poison that has

devastated native animals. If I

was trying to actually get the

toxin out, I would be wearing

gloves, have eye protection, I

wouldn't have bare skin. It is

really powerful poison and

people have to recognise this

is deadly stuff. It might have

toxic effects for others but

work in the field's proved it

work in the field's proved it

is irresistible to cane toad

tadpoles. This attraction means

huge numbers could be trapped

and later killed. One of the

ponds we re moved 40,000 toad

tadpoles within a few days.

Looking carefully at that pond

in the next few weeks there

were no baby toads emerging. It

seems like we got them all. The

tests showed the young of

native frogs are repelled by

the poison so there is no risk

to them. At the moment, the

poison extraction process is

rough and ready. It involves

extracting the poison from the

toad's shoulder and putting it

on a sponge or slide but work

is under way on a poison pill.

If it works widely in the

field, local toad busters will

be able to use that to target

pests in their area. It would

be amaze ing. We did a project

on a golf course in Darwin

where we took out 65,000

toadlets because we were able

to net them. If we can get a

technique that allows them to

do that more easily with these

traps, it would be great. For

areas with high conservation

value, where communities are

prepared to put in the hard work, we have a weapon. Scientists say cane

toads will never be eradicated

completely but it gives hope

for a drastic reduction. It was

a matter of life and death for a Canberra woman but it

provides hope for others.

Melissa Dyson collapsed at home

last April and her heart

stopped but her 11-year-old

daughter called an ambulance

and help arrived just in time.

She has received an award for

her heroic actions. It was

really scary because I didn't

know what was going on. The

first thing I thought maybe she

was having a heart attack or

something. I could tell she was

very sick. I didn't know what

it was. Very proud of her. We

value always taught her to dial

000 since she was little, about

5 years old. It is hoped that

will prompt others to teach

children the basics of handling

an emergency. To finance now,

the local share market lost yesterday's modest gains

despite rises just about

everywhereless in the world.

Australian dollar is edging

closer to parity. The

Australian market has been see

sawing around the current

levels for three weeks having

lost 10% in the first weeks of

May after anti-austerity

parties won elections in Greece

and France. The shift to Spain

hasn't caused a down ward leg

of the market just wary

volatility. What's happened on

the Australian market mirrored

what happened in US, Germany

and company. Whitehaven Coal

jumped 4.5% after the company

said its largest shareholder,

Nathan Tinkler wants to buy the

79% he doesn't own. Qantas kept

going up in anticipation of a

takeover offer that may or may

not come. Global not come. Global markets went

up today. Fitch downgraded some

Spanish banks and apart from

that there was no news. On

commodity markets, prices also

went up. Gold more than 1%. Oil

a bit less. Base metals less

again. The Australian dollar is

crawling back towards parity as

foreign exchange markets

gradually regain some

stability. Today's economic

news was consumer sentiment, a

bit better in

bit better in June than May but

the Reserve Bank will be

disappointed sentiment is below

where it was last year despite

125 basis points of rate cuts

over six months. I guess that's

why they've all proop trooped

up to Brisbane to talk about

it. Here is a chart from the

Reserve Bank governor's speech. It is the Australian dollar

against the US dollar since

1900. In nominal terms and then

real terms, that is adjusted

for inflation. It is now the

highest it has ever been,

higher than the little spike in

1917 when there was another

mining boom based around Broken

Hill. That's finance. Rugby

league's State of Origin series

goes on the line tonight with

the second of three games to

get under way shortly. The

Maroons went for a team walk in

Western Sydney today before

making their way to the Olympic

Stadium. The Blues are hoping

to level the series after

losing the first game in

Melbourne three weeks ago. The

visitors are likely to receive

a stormy reception from a sell-out crowd of more than 80,000. You don't expect

anything less when you come

down here. The fact they are

getting behind their team and

have a packed Stadium, that

speaks volumes for how both

teams are travelling at the moment. A moment. A Maroons victory will

deliver Queensland its seven

straight Origin series. The

Socceroos have turned in a

brave display against Japan if

Brisbane to maintain their unbeaten start to the final

stage of World Cup qualifying.

Despite an early injury and a

red card, the home side escaped

with a 1-all draw. The

Socceroos have come through one

of the toughest weeks of World

Cup qualifying almost

unscathed. Needing at least a

point against Japan, Australia

passed with flying colours but just. Disaster. The referee's

decision was dubious. I think

it was very harsh but it

cancelled out when the ref gave

away a penalty which I am still

confused. With 40 minutes left, the Socceroos faced the daunting daunting prospect of having to

at least draw level with the

blue samurai. The penalty is

what saved Australia from

defeat. It was a puzzling

decision. But in the end, Luke

Wilkshire converted from the

spot to wick it one-all with

just 20 minutes to play. Cool

hand Luke from the spot. That's

how it remained at full-time -

a 1-all draw that evoked

debate. 10 men, it was harsh on Millsy but showed great

spirit. In the first half, the

Socceroos dominated their opponents without finding the

back of the net. When it was

1-all, only a splinter stopped Sasa Ogenenovaski from putting

the Socceroos in front. Instead

of going off the cross bar down

and in, it goes off the cross

bar and out. The Socceroos were

unlucky but so too were the

blue samurai. What our boys did

tonight, it was undescribable.

It was superb. Harry Kewell was

available to play last night despite rumours to the

contrary. I'm 100% fit. I was

fully ready to go for the game.

Just obviously wasn't in the

manager's choice. Australia

takes on Jordan in their next

World Cup qualifying march in


Canberra sprinter Melissa

Breen will compete in the

London Olympics after Athletics

Australia today included the

100m national champion in the

Games squad. Breen's season

best time fell just 2,000th of

a second outside a A qualifying

time for the Games but today

the 21-year-old was granted a

discretionary selection. A

youthful Brumbies team was

beaten by Wales last night but

will benefit. The Brumbies were

missing 8 Wallabies and lost

25-15. The two teams named

sides filled with players

desperate to prove themselves.

For the Brumbies there was a

youthful back line while the

Welsh squad was reeling from a loss

loss to Wallabies. James Hook

scored the first try. Always a

team eager to show flair, the

Dragons ran in three first-half

tries. The Brumbies lifted

after the half time break and

mounted enough forward pressure

to move past the advantage line

and force penalties. The home

side clawed back late in the

game to trail by seven. But the

Welsh with a disciplined and

dominant forward pack were too

strong. A lot of them played

for first time and high level

where they were tested against better players. As long as they

put the lessons in the memory

bank, the club and those

players will move forward. A

crowd of 7,000 witnessed the

Welsh side's first win on their

tour of Australia, one the Dragons hope isn't the

last. Credit to the boys and

the majority of the younger boys put their hand up

today. It is going to be a big

ask for the Welsh team to pull this one over considering the

Australians have a bit of

momentum over the last

test. Wales will play the

Wallabies in Melbourne this


We had a bit of everything in

today's weather. It started off

cloudy with a few spots of rain

but before too long the sun

broke through revealing a

pleasant, fine afternoon and a

top today of 16 degrees.

On the satellite picture,

there is a couple of systems

bringing cloud to the southern

parts of the country. It is

largely clear through the

north, though. That cold front

is sweeping through SA tonight

connected to a deep low in the

Southern Ocean and we will see

some showers and mountain snow

as a result of that as it

approaches us on the weekend.

If you are heading interstate


That's the news for now but

stay with us for '7:30' with

Leigh Sales. Thanks for your

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Live. Welcome to 7:30, I'm

Leigh Sales. Tonight - anxious

wait. With almost a week

without contact Melinda

Taylor's parents say don't

forget our daughter. Melinda

isn't what they've accused her

of. She's a wife, she's a

mother, she's a sister, she's a

daughter whose human rights

have been denied to her. It's

the same as clipping your nail,

as long as you don't go in the

tissue it's not invasive for

tissue it's not invasive for

the animal. And rhino

dehorning, will it save them

from the poachers? It is an

intervention that's a drastic

preventive trying to stop the

animals being poached. Six days

after the arrest and

imprisonment of their daughter

Melinda in Libya, Brisbane

parents John and Janelle Taylor