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Tonight - new evidence

reignites tensions over the

Peter Slipper case. With every

complaint the Liberal National

Party show exactly they're in

this up to their necks. I

understand their objection.

Gina Reinhart sinks more cash

into Network TEN but threatens

to sell out of Fairfax. And

fighting words after Syria

shoots down a Turkish war


Good evening. Craig Allen

with ABC News. The Peter

Slipper affair has taken a

dramatic new twist. Documents

filed in the Federal Court

accuse former staffer James

Ashby of orchestrating an

elaborate scheme to frame the

Speaker of the House of

Representatives. The documents

contain text messages exchanged

between Mr Ashby and the

Speaker's political rivals. And

with a News Limited journalist

drawn further into the

controversy. It's sparked a

rowdy argument in Parliament.

Chief political correspondent

Mark Simkin reports. 23 pieces

of paper turn Parliament on its

head. Order! Order! The

coalition didn't want to talk

about the Slipper case. As this

matter is before the Federal

Court, it is not in order. The

government's usual reluctance

evaporated. With every

complaint, the Liberal National

Party show they're in this up

to their neck. In the court

documents Peter Slipper's

lawyers accuse all sorts of

people being in it up to their

necks including the journalist

who first reported the sexual

harassment allegations Steve

Lewis. We will get him, the

reporter allegedly declared in

a text sent to the Speaker's

accuser. People in the media

need to recognise whether

they're reporters or they're

participants, whether they're

observers or they're

activists. It's also alleged James Ashby gradually

introduced into his exchanges

with Slipper occasional ribald

language and sexual innuendo.

The evidence, text messages the

staffer allegedly sent to Mr

Slipper. I'm going to smack

you. Aaahhh,.

The submission accuses James

Ashby of using his allegations

to curry favour with Peter

Slipper's political rivals,

including former Howard

Government minister Mal Brough.

Ashby engaged in a kal climated

duplicitous and deceitful

scheme to undermine Slipper to

the advantage of the Liberal

National Party and Brough and

therefore secure his own

prospects of advancement. The

claim and counter claim

temporarily overshadowed the

back and forth over an even

more fraught issue. After

another day of debate over

asylum seeker policy the major

parties are no closer to a

compromise. The Prime Minister

wants us to accept a dud deal.

That tells you all you need

to hear about Tony Abbott's

attitude about this. He sees

political advantage in people dying. That's personal.

Shares in Fairfax Media hit

a new low after Gina Reinhart threatened to sell out of the

company if she doesn't get

seats on its board and there

was more change in the media

industry today as Seven West

Media appointed a new Chief

Executive. For all the media interest in Gina Reinhart the question remains just what is

she up to? It's not clear that

Mrs Reinhart has a plan. Gina

Reinhart bought another $20

million worth of shares in the

TEN Network last week through a

rights issue, maintaining her

stake at 10.5% of the company.

But now she's threatening to

sell her 18.7% interest in

Fairfax Media. A statement to

the ABC's 'Four Corners'

program says, unless director

positions are offered without

unsuitable conditions, Mrs

Reinhart is unable to assist

Fairfax at this time. Hancock

prospecting may Henzell its

interest and may consider

repurchasing at some other

time. I don't think any board

at any public company can be

pushed around. I don't think

she says things lightly but I

think it is a bargaining chip.

I think she's just trying to

use a bit of leverage, but I

think if she doesn't get her

way she will simply sell out

and cut them adrift. Fairfax

shares hit a new low of 5 # c

on the news before recovering

slightly. Media analysts say

Fairfax's real problem is that

its old business model is

broken and Gina Reinhart's

involvement is a

sideshow. Revenues are

declining, costs are going up,

the old cosy world is broken. Meanwhile, Seven West Media has

a new CEO, just a day after

three senior Fairfax editors

stepped down. The veteran

television executive David

Leckie will be replaced by Don

Volte the former boss of the

oil and gas producer

Woodside. He is well known in

the boardroom and his contribution would've been seen by other directors not the

least of which is Kerry

Stokes. But the risk for all

media companies no matter who's

running the show is that the

drive to cut costs might push

audiences away and hasten the demise of old media.

The upheaval at Fairfax

continued today, with the

announcement of a new editor in

chief for the 'Age' in

Melbourne. Former Age journalist and New Zealand

newspaper editor Andrew Holden

will take the reins from next

week. He takes over next week and insists strong local

coverage will continue to be

the paper's by-word. At the

'Age's relatively new building,

a brand-new editor was

reacquainting himself with old

friends today. Andrew Holden is

the man charged with saving the

masthead from massive changes

in the media industry. I'm from

Melbourne myself. It's going to

be fantastic to come home. And

Mr Holden has been away from

home for several years. Acting

as editor of a newspaper in

Christchurch, New Zealand

called the Press. He was there

when the earthquake struck, and

part of the Press building

collapsed. We basically just

cowered if you like on the edge

of the thing. I could see down

to the newsroom and I could see

it just turn into a cloud of

white dust. Mr Hold Ken set up

a temporary newsroom h a paper

out the next day and kept it

going. Now the 'Age' faces its

own existential threat but

Andrew Holden says he'll make

sure it will keep serving

Melbourne. This is not about

taking the local out of the

'Age'. One of the key elements

of it is ensuring that our

coverage of what happens in

this city remains as strong as

it always has. But the question

is: will they have the

independence to be able to call

the shots and will the shots

come out of Melbourne rather

than Sydney? The extent of

central control may become more

apparent tomorrow when Fairfax

is due to announce structural

changes designed to merge the

newspaper and web site


Europe's debt problems are

again weighing down the world

economy, ratings agency Moody's

today downgraded 28 Spanish

banks and cypress became the

latest struggling economy to

ask for a bail-out. As Phillip

Lasker reports, there's little

confidence this week's EU

summit will come up with any

enduring solutions. The Spanish

Government and the country's

banks are locked in a dangerous

embrace as one gets downgraded,

the others follow. They're all

following Greece down to the

very low ratings. So that's

certainly a concern. It really

underpins how seest problem

is. Credit ratings agency

Moody's cut the ratings of 28

Spanish banks and analysts say

its banks will need all the 100 billion euros in promised

bail-out money. With our

economy doing far more poorly

than had been suggested at the

beginning of the year, the

pressure's there on the banking

system. At the same time,

cypress became the fifth

Eurozone country to request the

bail-out, a victim of its

financial links to Greece. As

the problem swirled, Reserve

Bank assistant governor Dylan

de Blaquiere was asked about

how - Guy Debelle was asked

how Europe's problems would

play out over the next 12

months. The day of reckons in

Europe will come some time in

that 12 months. Some hope it

will brought closer after this

week's European leaders meeting

because markets want closer

integration of the banks and

government budgets. Investors

want to see a set of words

which indicates that Europe is

moving in a committed fashion

towards some sort of fiscal

union. But they're not holding their breath at the Reserve Bank. Something positive comes

out, fantastic. We've all been

waiting for that for quite some

time but I think expectations

are gradually getting lowered

ahead of it And global markets are gradually going lower as a


Turkey has called an

emergency meeting of its NATO

allies after Syrian troops shot

down one of its war planes. To

make matters worse, Turkey

claims a plane sent to search

for the stricken jet was also

shot at. As Anne Barker reports

the border was already a

flashpoint as a growing number

of Syrian army officers defect

and flee into Turkey. Every

day, truckloads of Syrian

refugees cross the border into

Turkey. And Turkish officials

say among them are soldiers

defecting from the Syrian army.

Now the number of defections at

senior level appears to be

gathering pace. Since Sunday,

eight army officers including a

general, two colonels and a

lieutenant have abandoned their

posts and sought refuge in

Turkey. Brigadier general Ahmed Berrow is urging his colleagues

back home to join them and says

the Syrian army is tired of

killing. The Syrian army know

they are killing their sons and

no human can kill his son. The

army is already destroyed

physically and mentally. Their

flight across the border

coincides with worsening

relations between the two

countries. Since Syria on

Friday admitted to shooting

down a Turkish war plane. Syria

has justified its actions as

self-defence. Contradicting

Turkish claims the F4 jet was

in international air space when

it was brought down. Turkish

officials convened an

unscheduled meeting to discuss

the incident and now accuse

Syria of shooting at a second

plane that was taking part in a

rescue mission for the first

plane. Turkey says Syria's

actions won't go unpunished and

it's summoned an emergency NATO

meeting today. There are two

extremes. One is warmongering,

beating the drums and screaming

for war. We're not on that

side. What needs to be done

will be done within the legal

framework, and we have no

intention of going to war with

anyone. Pressure or not, the

bloodshed in Syria continues


Australian athlete Daniel

Batman has been killed in a car

crash on the Arnhem highway

south of Darwin. The

31-year-old runner competed at

the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

He's the former husband of

Olympic gold medal hockey

player Nova Peris. His car

rolled for 100m and police

believe he may have been

speeding. Investigators arrived

at the Adelaide River crossing

this morning to find wreckage

strewn for 100m and a

31-year-old man from Canberra

dead inside the car. Single

occupant, male driver. And for

some unknown reason he owes

lost control at the curve and

continued on behind me where

the car's ended up. After

losing control of the car he

hit a concrete culvert before

the car flip and crashed. The

engine was riped from the car,

landing 15m away. The vehicle

itself is badly damaged. The

engine itself has come loose

and landed a considerable

distance from the vehicle. The

major crash investigation unit

was on the scene for several

hours today. They believe the

man may have been speeding, and

that alcohol was a factor in the crash. Police say they

don't believe there were any

witnesses to the accident, but

say they have been speaking to

people who saw the car on the

highway last night. His death

takes the Northern Territory's

road toll to 16 for 2012, five

more than at this time last


A manhunt is continuing on

Darwin's outskirts for an armed

man wanted over a brutal murder

in New South Wales. Police say

Jonathan Andrew sten Berg has

been on the run since allegedly

killing a 54-year-old man last week. Northern Territory Police

say he is extremely dangerous

and they've evacuated hundreds

of homes. New South Wales

police have been searching for

46-year-old Jonathan Andrew

Stenberg for five days and when

his vehicle was found on

Darwin's outskirts the area

went into lockdown. He's

obviously in a position where

he knows police are actively

searching for him. And in the

true sense of the expression

he's armed and dangerous. It's alleged he murder #5d 4-year-old Edward James Kelly

at Mr Kelly's broad water home on the New South Wales north

coast. Police searched bushland

for clues near the home and

local media reported Mr Kelly

was decapitated but the nature

of his death hasn't been firmly confirmed. Territory Police

were not taking any risks. Make

no mistake, this is a very serious situation. This is as

serious as it gets. We've got a

person who has a known

propensity to violence. He is

believed to be currently armed.

Has access to a number of

firearms. Police blocked seven

major roads across the region

as officers evacuated homes,

hundreds of drivers were warned

to stay away, with a local

school also forced into

lockdown and about 250 visitors

were held inside the nearby

Territory wildlife park for

about two hours. We got word

through the school next door

that there was someone at large

who was armed. So we closed the park down, stopped people

leaving the park. The lock-out

is expected to continue until sten Berg is caught.

ACT police have vowed to work

closer with mental health authorities after a fatal

shooting last year A korn yes

said police did nothing wrong

when they shot the mentally ill

man although she recommended

some changes. Health

authorities say a lot has

improved since the shooting,

but some advocate groups aren't

convinced. It's a tragic story,

illustrating the complexities

of mental illness and the law.

Half the year Nathan Doherty

was shot dead as he lunge at

police with a knife and meat

cleaver. He suffered a mental

illness for most of his life.

Coroner found he brought his

death upon himself by his own

erratic actions. And while the

officer who pulled the trigger

has been cleared of any

wrongdoing, flaws have been

exposed in the way Mental

Health Services and police had

worked together. The coroner's

findings and her

recommendations are

significant. ACT policing will

be reviewing those very

carefully, very closely. One

of the key issues rising from

the inquest centered on the way

information was shared between

mental health workers and

police. The coroner's kremeded

specific protocol be developed. There are provisions

under various Acts which allow

for police and mental health

workers to share information.

No specific protocol at the

moment. That's something we

will examine. For too long,

agencies have remained the

common word is siloed and

information is not adequately

shared. But the Territory's top

mental health expert says a

lot's changed in the last 18

months. We've been able to have

a better sense of understanding

what the police need in terms

of mental health information. The coroner is also recommending the extension of a

trial where a mental health

officer has been embedded in police operations. Since its

launch a year ago, clinicians

have helped in more than 1400

cases. Police now want the

service expanded. Its extension

to more days of the week is

currently under active consideration. Perhaps preventing a repeat of the


Extra charges have been laid

against a Sydney couple accused

of fatally bashing a security

guard in front of their two

young children. 69-year-old

Hans Schultz confronted the

pair, who'd allegedly broken

into an ice-cream kiosk at Broadway Shopping Centre.

Police say they ran off after

punching and kicking the guard.

The 27-year-old womed and her 32-year-old boyfriend were already charged with

manslaughter. Police have now

added assault, affray and

aggravated break and and enter.

The debate over illegal

immigration and border control in the United States has taken

a new turn. The Supreme Court

has ruled that Arizona police

can check the immigration

status of people they stop.

Civil rights groups are calling

it a disastrous decision that

allows police to single out

racial groups. Much of Arizona

ardz's crackdown on illegal

immigration was thrown out but

America's highest court let the

most contentious part stand. To

the dismay of civil rights

groups Arizona police will be

allowed to check the

immigration status of people

they stop or arrest. If

basically is allowing law

enforcement to go forward and

racially profile people of

colour. US citizens being

profiled and persecuted for no

reason other than their case or

the colour of their skin. The

supreme court justices decided

it was too soon to rule on

Arizona's police checks,

anticipating another set of

lawsuits when they come into

force. The republican governor

of the border sdait was

delighted although she said she

expects new legal assault. The

heart of this Bill has proven

to be constitutional. While

their numbers have fallen in

tough economic times there are

more than 11 million illegal

immigrants in the US and

Arizona's laws sparked similar

moves by other States. Barack

Obama was campaigning a New

Hampshire but the White House

welcomed the court decision to

strike down parts of the

Arizona law. Warning that a

patchwork of state laws won't

mix America's broken

immigration system, the

President issued a statement

saying: no American should ever

live under a cloud of spish

suspicion just because of what

they look like. Mitt Romney's

hard line on immigration makes

winning the support of Latino

voters more difficult. The political stakes get even later

in the week the Supreme Court delivers its most opened ruling

in years, deciding whether to

overturn Barack Obama's

signature health care changes.

Relatives of victims of

Australia's worst maritime

disaster, the wartime sinking

of the Montevideo Maru, say the

unveiling of a passenger

register today has provided

some closure. The fragile rice

paper documents donated by the

Japanese government to the

national archive name 845

prisoners of war. The PoWs were

thought to have been locked in

a hold when the Montevideo Maru

was torpedoed off the

Philippines on 1 July 1942. I

thought our action and the

handover of the documents

contributes to the

reconciliation and the further

strengthening of the ties

between the two countries.

We have to accept now that we

were enemies then but we're not

now. The passenger lists also

name 209 civilians who were on

board. To finance now. Share

markets around the world fell

again today after cypress

called for help. And as Alan

Kohler reports, seven west

shares slumped after the former

head of Woodside was named as

its new CEO. It was certainly

an ugly day for the media

today. Seven West dropped

nearly 14% after former gas man

Don Volte was named CEO to replace David Leckie.

This is Seven West's share

price over the past year.

Things were going fine until

April then the bay sdfr Anzac

Day the company shocked the

market with a big profit

downgrade. Goodbye to a dollar

in a day. Then it lost another

dollar over two months as

shareholders continued to head

for the exits and today,

another 27 c was gone because

they've made a completely

left-field appointment as CEO

the former boss of Woodside

Petroleum. It's against an

atmosphere of unremitting gloom

on global markets. It's not

just that cypress have filed

for bankruptcy but things don't

look good for this week's

Eurozone summit either. That's

because Germany has pre-empted

the thing by saying it's not

going to budge so they night as

well all stay home and stock up

for the hard times ahead. their cellars with baked beans

It's a two year high but it

looks kind of flat, doesn't it?

The most stable item on global

financial markets at the moment

is the Australian dollar. It

can't go up because commodity

prices are falling, and it

can't go down because Australia

is about the safest place for

money in the world. That's finance.

Samantha Stosur is through

to the second round of

Wimbledon after a promising

straight sets win. Excellent

conditions greeted the players

for the opening day of the

tournament. Men's No. 1 seed

Novak Djokovic advanced with

victory against Juan Carlos

Ferrero. Stosur's win was full

of confidence as she registered

her sixth career victory at the

All England Club. The

28-year-old's previous best at

Wimbledon had been reaching the

third round. Today I was very

pleased with the way I played.

Yeah, to get through the first

round is a big hurdle for me.

So I'm feeling pretty

good. Five times winner Venus

Williams was was knocked out in

the first round by Russian

Elena Vesnina. Queensland

selectors have named a squad of

20 players for next week's

State of or yen decider at Lang

Park. Coming into the squad are

the Cowboys Matt Bowen, the

Storm's Dane Nielsen and the

bolter is Broncos back rower

Ben Te'o.

When Billy Slater injured

shockwaves through the his knee in Game 2 it sent

Queensland camp. He has

remained in Melbourne to

receive treatment on a ruptured

posterior cruciate ligament. At

this stage we're hopeful.

Uncertain. We can't make any

judgments on that, only Billy

and the medical staff. The

Melbourne club have been

extremely helpful in this whole

process and Billy certainly

wants to play. Former Gold

Coast utility Preston Campbell

suffered the same injury in

2007. He says Slater could play

at Lang Park. I know after the

first two or three weeks it

felt strong and I felt

confident that I could run, but

laterally and strength-wise, I

don't know how I would've

went. Slater's plight has earned Cowboys fullback Matt

Bowen a recall for the first

time since 2007. I was shocked

yesterday when I got the call.

I was happy, first time I got

picked. Petero Civoniceva has

kept his spot and will play in

his last game of Origin

football. This is definitely

the right time to be exiting. I

never thought I would be still

playing rugby league at 36.

Down south , the Blues posed

for the cameras but they were uneasy when they heard Te'o was

in the Maroons squad. He can

hit. He's probably - 9 out of

the top 10 big hits for the

year so far. I won't be running

at him that's for sure. Maroons

winger Darius Boyd shone for

the Knights in last night's

38-20 win over the Wests

Tigers. The Tigers jumped out

to a 14-0 lead, but former

Blues Origin star Tahu scored

three tries to lead the Knights

to victory. Indonesians are

calling it a little miracle.

For the first time in more than

a century, a Sumatran

rhinoceros has been born in

captivity. The male rhinoceros

was born at a sanctuary on

Sumatra. It's been named

Andantu which means a gift from

God. Poaching and loss of

tropical habitat have halved

the population of Sumatran

rhino overs the past 20 years.

There are now believed to be

fewer than 200 living in the

wild. Big installations,

exploring big ideas. That's how

this year 's bianalle of Sydney

is shaping up. More than 100

artists from around the world

have contributed works tackling our relationships with each

other and the planet. At the

Biennale size really does

matter. These giant polystyrene

chains and blocks caused five

weeks to install. Chains you

socialt with emotion al

heaviness but this work because

of it's its materiality inverts

that heaviness and that weight

and becomes a very light thing, a very festive thing. Interactivity is a

month. Here you can get your

clothes mended a symbol of

repairing broken elements in

society. All these threads will

be pulled to dot mending and

they will work across the

wall. Artists were encouraged

to explore serious issues like

corruption and the environment.

This is a corridor of rain

inspired by a lack of fresh

water for Indigenous

Canadians. And the coloured

ropes hang from the ceiling and

there are about 4m tall. So

literally you're walking

through this very dense kind of

forest of textures and

colours. In a project aimed at

healing, people are encouraged

to take a chime home, paint it

and return it. This is about as

act interactive as it gets. You

take it home and then they

bring it back. Hopefully

they bring it back. I have done

a couple of smaller versions in

the past and a lot more have

gone home than have come back. Organisers were extra sure to make sure it was a feast for

all the senses even the sense

of smell. And greeting visitors

at Cockatoo Island is an

immersive artwork of fog. It's

great. It confronts the senses.

And you get like Jack the

Ripper and all that sort of

stuff. Especially when it's

very eerie and all that sort

of stuff. The curators art

lovers will get lost in a

thought provoking festival. It was a bit like our weather

today. It's been a cloudy day

around the ACT region. The sun

only broke through later on

this afternoon. It made it all

the way to 9.3 degrees at

quarter past 1.

There is heavy loud from a

low pressure trough in the west

and another system is bringing

showers up the east coast.

We're under a weakening high

pressure trough and with that

front approaching us in time to

bring more showers to the local

region later on this week.

Sydney and Brisbane will have

some more showers tomorrow too.

Melbourne and Hobart will stay


Before we go a brief recap of

our top story tonight.

Documents file in the Federal

Court today allege former

staffer James Ashby

orchestrated an elaborate

scheme to frame the Speaker of

the House of Representatives

Peter Slipper. That's the news

for now. You can keep up to

date 24 hours a day on ABC News

on-line but stay with us now

for 7307 with Leigh Sales.

Thanks for your company, goodnight.

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claims. Peter Slipper strikes

back against claims of

harassment. We will get him,

journalists text to Slipper

accuser. What really happened

when two conservative heavy

weights clashed over lobbyists. There certainly was

swearing in that match and I was certainly guilty of it as

well. If there was any heat it

certainly wasn't coming from

me. And the tragic life and

times of Amy Winehouse through

the eyes of her dad. Her music

speaks for itself. Peter

Slipper has come out swinging

against his accuser and former

employee James Ashby. The