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Tonight - political leaders

continue their war of words on

the eve of the carbon tax. From

tomorrow every problem we face

will get worse. People will wake up tomorrow around the

country and they will go about

their normal Sunday. A leading

Canberra surgeon guilty of

malpractice but why did it take

so long? The delays of 14 years are inexcusable. Employment

life line, the American war

veterans finding jobs in

Australian mines. And an

impressive display by England

denies Australia victory at


Good evening, Siobhan Heanue

with ABC News. The Prime

Minister is brushing it off as

just a normal Sunday. But Tony

Abbott says it's the beginning

of the end. Tomorrow marks the

start of the carbon tax and

political leaders spent today

delivering conflicting messages

of what it will bring. It was

the dominant theme at the

Liberal Party's annual

conference in Melbourne and

it's the issue the Coalition is

banking on to win at the next

election. On carbon tax eve

they chose friendly territory,

the Prime Minister had coffee

with voters in Melbourne's

east. Across town Tony Abbott

got a rousing reception from

Liberal Party faithful. From

tomorrow every problem we face

will get worse. That's when the

country's largest polluters

will start paying $23 per tonne

of carbon emitted. Julia Gillard insists it's business

as usual. People will wake up

tomorrow around the country and

they will go about their normal

Sunday. It's no surprise the

tax was top of the agenda at

the Liberal Party federal

council. When I say during the

campaign there will be no

carbon tax under a government I

lead, Australians can be 100%

certain that I am telling the

truth. In his 30 minute

headline speech Tony Abbott did

his best to shake the label of

Mr Negativity. My hope is to

lead a government that appeals

to our values. My hope is that

Australia will shine ever

brighter. Hope, reward and

opportunity is more than a

phrase. There were many

repeated promises and one big

announcement - $4 billion to

help fund major road projects

in Melbourne, Sydney and

Brisbane. And almost nothing

signifies progress more than

new roads. People can't drive

on an empty promise, they can

only drive on a fully funded,

fully costed road. There were

very few new announcements in

Tony Abbott's speech today but

that hasn't dulled the

enthusiasm of the party

faithful. With the carbon tax

and asylum seeker issues still

dominating the Liberal Party is

talking up victory and the leadership says it's campaign

ready. But it wasn't all a show

of backslapping unity.

Billionaire member Clive Palmer

threatened to overshadow the

conference when his bid to ban

paid lobbyists from the party

executive failed. This looks

like a Stalinist operation

really where everyone gets up

and hails the party leader.

When I was a kid at school in

Grade 2 and 3 I wasn't very good at following the

leader. But he did manage some

applause today. He was the

highly respected head of new

row surgery at the Canberra

Hospital but a tribunal has

found Dr Raymond Newcombe

guilty of malpractice finding

he lacked the appropriate

skills and knowledge for the

job and hid mistakes. Questions

are now being asked about why

it took the tribunal so long to

release its judgment. Dr

Newcombe retired a decade ago

but his patients and the

whistleblower at the heart of

the case are calling for

criminal charges to be

considered. For the patients of

Dr Raymond Newcombe the

tribunal's finding only

confirms what they already

believed. He was ill-equipped

to do his job. You know, as

harm to me and the public and

everyone else that he touched. Raymond Newcombe

operated on Helen Langham in

2001 when he was already under

official investigation. No-one

came to me and said by the way this doctor's under

investigation, is it OK with

you? Dr Gerard McLaren

officially blew the whistle on

Dr Newcombe in 1998 after years

of agitating within the hospital failed. The fact that

he was allowed to continue to

operate until 2002 in the

public system these are grave

matters. In 2009 well after his

retirement, the medical board launched an investigation into

allegations of malpractice. And

the tribunal has only now

released its judgment. In 3 of

the 4 cases examined the

tribunal found Dr Newcombe

failed to exercise his professional judgment:

In the case of Helen Langham

he operated on the wrong part

of her brain using the wrong

instruments leaving her with

facial palsy. It's just

completely inexcusable for any

case to take 3 years let alone

14 years. I think it is up to

the Government to have a look

at what the reason was behind - including the sort of 3 years

to finalise the matter. But

that's not enough for patients

and the whistleblower who want

criminal charges to be considered. Obviously the

police can form their own view

around that if they think that

there is a case to answer and

certainly the Government will

be reviewing this case. As far

as the hospital is concerned,

it believes enough changes have

been made to prevent a

repeat. There's a lot of things

that have changed both within

the health director yacht and

external to the health

directorate in terms of how the

medical board operates, in

terms of the Government's

public interest disclosure

legislation. But for Gerard

McLaren who lost his job and

years of his life in pursuit of

justice for the patients, his

faith in the system is

shattered. It took them nearly

all night but European leaders

have hammered out a deal to

ease the economic crises in

Spain and Italy. The agreement

sets up a single banking

supervisor and allows for

broader use of the region's

rescue funds to help failing

banks. Global investors have

applauded the deal but the

German chancellor is facing

tough questions back home over

what's been seen as a backflip.

ABC correspondent Lisa Millar

explains. Negotiations between

the leaders stretched into the

early hours of the morning.

After calling the shots for so

long German chancellor Angela

Merkel was the one under

enormous pressure.

TRANSLATION: When you have a

meeting late into the night

there is a certain risk. We are under pressure from the

financial markets and people

find themselves in a very

complicated situation. So we

had a shared interest to find

the solution. Angela Merkel

made concessions most

significantly agreeing with

Italy and Spain's demands to

allow struggling banks to

access Eurozone funds directly

rather than have loans go

through a national government

adding to a country's debt

burden. Italy's Mario Monti had

arrived in Brussels vowing not

to leave without a deal, even

threatening to block other

discussions including a

possible growth pact until he

got his way over this. Italy

has worked a lot and put a lot

of pressure at the negotiating

table for this result to be

achieved. But Italy and Spain

also had to agree to the

establishment of a powerful

banking supervisor overseen by

the European Central Bank.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano

Rajoy was happy to tick off on that.

TRANSLATION: This is a triumph

for the euro. All of us in the Europe project agree on the

essential. We want the euro to continue, we want more

integration, more fiscal integration, we want the

banking union. The agreements

in Brussels have been hailed by

some as a break through. Few

would deny there's a long road

ahead. There are reports of

another massacre in Syria amid

renewed hopes a peace deal can

finally be achieved. Not far

from the centre of the capital

Damascus, shells rained down on

the rebel-held suburb of Douma

killing dozens of people.

Activists say after the

shelling militiamen arrive and

shot people indiscriminately.

This unverified video of the

bodies was posted online.

Meanwhile world powers are

meeting in Geneva to try to

salvage Kofi Annan's peace plan

with Moscow saying a deal was

likely. The US President has

declared a major disaster in

Colorado where wildfires are

threatening the State's second

biggest city. Images from the

International Space Station

show the scale of the unfolding

tragedy. President Barack Obama

flew in to see first hand the

damage caused. The devastation

is enormous and our thoughts

and prayers go out to all the

families who have been

affected. When natural

disasters like this hit America

comes together and we all

recognise that there but for

the grace of God we've got to

make sure that we have each

other's backs. A major disaster

declaration means federal funds

will be available for emergency

services and for the thousands

of people already affected. The Federal Government's

controversial electronic health

records go live tomorrow. But

there's still a lot of

confusion about the new system. Some doctors are concerned

about how it will work in

practice. But patients are

enthusiastic hoping that it will allow better communication

between doctors. Pat Douglas

had a fall last year and spent

10 weeks recovering in Canberra's cavalry

hospital. When I came out of

hospital and I was told to see

my doctor, when I went to my

doctor she didn't even know I'd

been in hospital. She had no

record of what happened to me

in hospital. But that should

soon change. The Federal

Government's new electronic

health records system will be

launched on 1 July. Patients

can upload details such as

their medications and

allergies. Doctors and health workers can add medical

records. Doctors such as GPs and specialists can upload

information into the record.

Hospitals will be able to

upload discharge summaries and

over time pathology will be

able to upload pathology results into the record as

well. But ultimately it will be

up to the patients to decide

what goes on the record. There

will be things that we're quite happy to leave off and there

will be other things that we'll

be saying to the patient really

this should be shared. This is

important information that will

impact on your health. While

doctors won't be paid directly

for their time, they will

receive an incentive payment if

they participate and in the

long term most believe the

electronic records will improve

the health system. We will be

able to see what the current

aller Jis are so we don't have

medication mis adventure. As

for Pat Douglas she will be one

of the first to enrol in the e

health system once it's up and

running. All my specialists and

my doctor will get all the

reports from pathology,

hospital admissions, what

tablets I've been prescribed,

all these type of things will

be in one place. Patients can

register for the health records

from now. As bleak as the

unemployment situation is in

the United States, it's even

worse if you're a war veteran.

If US President has been

championing efforts to get

returning troops back into the civilian work force. And now Australia's mining industry is

throwing them a life line.

North America correspondent

Jane Cowan reports from a job

fair with a difference. Having

survived a war zone these

troops are now facing another hostile environment - the

American job market. It's kind of depressing because

everything was laid out for me

over there. Coming home it's

harder. It has its days where

you wonder what you're going to

do the next day because I'm unemployed right

now. Unemployment amongst war

veterans is so bad America's

staged its first ever national hiring fair specifically for

returning soldiers. Going from infantry it's pretty hard because not too many people

want you to go out and shoot

people. Help is coming from an

unexpected quarter. Australian

companies offering work

especially in the booming mine industry. Australia does have

a skills shortage in specific

skills, not across the board

and America has a jobs shortage

so you add the two together and

sit a perfect fit. I never

thought I'd be possibly moving

to Australia but I would

consider it, yeah. Unemployment

amongst war veterans is only

part of America's economic

puzzle but with thousands more servicemen and women streaming

home from the war in

Afghanistan and an election in

November, it's a problem the US

President Barack Obama is

determined to fix. Standing up

for our veterans this is not a

Democratic responsibility, it's

not a Republican

responsibility, it's an

American responsibility. They

see Australia as the new land

of opportunity, really. I think

we've progressed past being

where kangaroos are jumping

around the main street to they

recognise that our economy is

strong and that we've got some

good backing behind us. A tale

of two allies and two

economies. Residents of two

small communities near Canberra

are vowing to fight plans to

cut funding to before and after

school care services. Palarang

Council says it will withdraw

subsidies to both the Captains

Flat and Braidwood services and

there are fears that could

spell the end of one small

country school. The Captains Flat school once taught close

to 400 students but there are

currently fewer than 40


SONG: # Let's do the time warp

again # Parents like Ian Burns

were attracted to the school

because of its out of school

hours care called OOSH. I commute into town and without

the OOSH Imogen would have to

be enrolled in school in

Canberra. They're pro They're

provided with breakfast if they

haven't had it, afternoon tea

in the afternoon. Bye,

Shirley. But Palarang Council

say #2s-year-old service isn't

viable. Unfortunately we never

get above about 6 children but

often we have zero

children. The council has voted

to cut an annual $70,000

subsidy to centres at Captains

Flat and Braidwood. Without

increased patronage the centres

could close. We believe that we

need on average 12 students per

session, that's a morning

session and an afternoon

session in order to break

even. Parents fear cuts to the

service could be just the

beginning with parents choosing

schools elsewhere. And that

would spell disaster for the

Captains Flat school. I think

it's a fact that they will lose

kids, you know, and then it just comes down to

numbers. Anger and let down.

They don't want our school to close, they don't want our school to turn into a

one-teacher school. Teacher

numbers and funding could be

slashed by half if enrolments

drop below 25. It is a factor

for Captains Flat, we have no

doubt about that. Palarang Council will make a final

decision on funding the

services at the end of the

year. Australia has lost to

England by 15 runs in the

opening game of the one-day

series at lords. Michael Clarke

and David Warner made

half-centuries but it wasn't

enough as the English pace

attack produced an impressive

display. England made a steady

start to its innings, openers

Ian Bell and Alastair Cook

whipped up 74 while the rusty

Australians were spilling

chances. Jonathan Trott's half-century maintained

momentum for the home team.

Eoin Morgan took the pace from

a trot to a gallop smashing 89

from 63 balls as England set

Australia 273. The tourists

unleashed their own version of

mor - Morgan, David

Warner. Equally successful was

a marriage proposal during the

drinks break. I think that's a

yes. England wicket-keeper

Craig Keys Keys Kieswetter but

a mix up with Matthew Wade

ended a promising partnership.

The captain fell for 61 soon

after and with him went

Australia's hopes. England

winning by 15. Still in London,

and another massive upset

loomed at Wimbledon when Roger

Federer lost the first two sets

to Frenchman Julien Benneteau.

The Swiss took the third 6-2

but was only two points away

from following Rafael Nadal out

offal Aulakh-England club as

the fourth set went to a tie

breaker. Federer survived and

then thrived in the final set

to keep alive his bid to equal

the Pete Sampras record of 7

Wimbledon titles. Yeah, it was

a tough match, oh my god, it

was brutal. A distressed Vera

Zvonareva pulled out of her

match against Kim Clijsters

with breathing problems when

she trailed 6-3, 4-3. His

singles campaign over, Layton

Hewitt combined with Chris

Guccione to win a marathon

second round doubles match. In

the NRL X-rays have revealed

Broncos' international centre

Jack Reed didn't suffer a

broken led - leg. Missing

almost their entire starting

pack to Origin duties, the

Broncos never seriously

threatened the Sharks who have

now leapt to equal second on

the ladder. The Sharks have

waited 9 years to taste success

against the Broncos at Lang Park. Last night their period

of suffering came to an abrupt

halt. It was 10-0 after 12

minutes when Wade Graham

somehow touched down between a

host of hands and feet. 3

unanswered tries before half

time and the Broncos were in

deep trouble. The night went

from bad to worse for the

Broncos. Josh Hoffman left the

field with concussion after

being belted on the chin by

Wade Graham. But a try shortly

before half time kept the home

side within reach. Jack Reed,

Brisbane's red-headed centre

injured his leg when throwing

the final pass but the club

says he's been cleared of any

fracture. To their credit

Brisbane posted the first

points of the second half.

Replays showed it had nothing

to do with double movement, it

was all about momentum. The

scoreline may have been a lot

closer had the Sharks' Nathan

Stapleton not grabbed a match-winning intercept.

The final try of the game

scored by Colin Best would have

made Diego Maradonna proud.

Great football saw Colin Best

claim his double but more

importantly 2 vital points for

the much-improved Sharks.

Canberra has fallen at the

final hurdle in the 2012 senior country championships going

down to Newcastle in a free-flowing final in

Queanbeyan today. Newcastle led

throughout the contest and

scored 8 tries in a dominant

display at Seiffert

oval. Things looked good for

Canberra from the kick off. The

home side getting the first

opportunity to score points off

some early nerves from

Newcastle. Canberra's opening

attack was thwarted though by

some desperate defence. With

back-to-back premierships in

sight it didn't take long for

Newcastle to find their feeted

- feet in the final. Centre

Simon Williams was the catalyst

for an early blitz and much

like in the NRL Canberra's left

side defence was poor. The home

side hit back before the break

when hooker Jordan Hammond

dived over but a potent Newcastle attack ran rampant

and the visitors held a 20-6

lead at half time. Some clumsy

defence after the break gave

Canberra a chance to get back

in the game. But former Manly

hooker Terence Seuseu threw a

pass which extended the lead

minutes later. The visitors

controlled the match and with a

big lead the backs experimented

with flam point and successful

attacking play. In every aspect

Newcastle was too strong. The

visitors ran away an 18-point

win and clinched the country

championship. It's a good

effort today. Coming down to

Canberra is always cold and not

the best trip down here but the

boys played well. Probably the

first 20 minutes just

disappointing to have them

lapses in defence. Put in all

the hard work at

training. Canberra's unexpected

run to the final came to a

disappointing end while

Newcastle savored their second

title in a row. The Queensland

Reds' hopes of back-to-back

titles remain alive after they

defeated Melbourne 22-17. It

was Stirling Mortlock's last

game on home soil as the Rebels

will finish their season in

South Africa. But there was no

fairytale farewell for the

former Wallabies skipper as the

Reds took an early lead. The

defending champions showed no

science of complaisency after

the 4-week midseason break.

The Reds led by 21 points at

half time and despite a brief

fightback from the Homeside

Queensland won their 4th in a

row and secured a vital bonus

point in the final

minutes. Today in the John I

dent Cup uni norths

consolidated their place on the

ladder. It puts Norths one win

clear of the Whites.

Collingwood has firmed its

grip on the top spot on the AFL

ladder with a confident

29-point win over Fremantle.

Last night Hawthorn beat Carlton:

Last week Fremantle kicked 6

goals in the first term of its

loss to the Bombers. Today the

Dockers kicked none.

Collingwood only managed 3 in a

dour opening as the Dockers'

defence at least held firm to

compensate for its impotent

attack. The visitors'

resistance faded in the second

term, the first three goals

were black and white and as

early in the game as it was, at

42-2 the Magpies hit cruise control. Fremantle kicked the

next 2 to half time and the

sides managed 4 goals a piece

in the third term as the

contest at least became

somewhat more entertaining. But

the Magpies were never

threatened and as Fremantle

tired and the rain fell Collingwood wrapped up a

regulation win that reaffirms

its status as the form team of

the competition and one of the

premiership favourites. The

final margin was 29 points and

the result leaves Fremantle's

finals prospects severely

damaged as they're likely to

see 2 wins out of the 8 at the

round's end. Richmond's seasons

of baffling lows and highs

continued at Football Park. The

Tigers were unstoppable in an

8-goal opening term but

Adelaide took a deep breath and

first steadied in the second

term to bring the margin back

to 15 points by the half time.

Then the Crows seriously

challenged in the third to

trail by just 5 at the final

change after a 3 goals to 1

quarter. It was a battle of

nerve in the final term and it

was Adelaide's which held early

though Taylor Walker might have

questions to answer over this

tackle. Richmond fought to the

end but the Crows look a step

ahead of where the Tigers are

in 2012 and held on to win by

19 points. Eastlake have firmed

up as a genuine finals

contender after a 116-point win

over Sydney Uni today. 7-time Tour de France winner

Lance Armstrong has been

formally charged by the US

anti-doping agency. The agency

says it has evidence that

Armstrong was taking performance-enhancing drugs

during his illustrious cycling

career. He has never tested

positive and denies any wrong

doing. If the charges are

proven, Armstrong would be

stripped of his 7 Tour de

France titles. Australia's

Cadel Evans is gearing up for

the Tour de France which gets

under way in just a few hours

from now. The reigning tour

champion says he's confident he

can secure a second title but

it's British rider Bradley

Wiggins who will line up as the

favourite to win. The ABC's

James Bennett reports from

Belgium. Being defending

champion of the Tour de France

means a fair bit of attention.

But for Cadel Evans it means

confidence. It makes it all a

bit easier. You don't have this

question of doubt, maybe I can

win it, maybe I can't. We know

we can. The 3,497 kilometre

route is less mountainous than

previous years and with more

emphasis on individual time

trials. They're Evans' strength

but so far this year British

cyclist Bradley Wiggins has

been better still. The race for yellow is being described as

the Ashes on wheels. I've never

gone head-to-head with Wiggins

in a 3-week tour so I'm

guessing, I'm guessing we'll be

in for a good battle. Kids from

London never became favourites

for the Tour de France. You

only became a postman or a

milkman or worked in a book

makers. So it's just massive,

yeah. And 35-year-old Evans has

admitted he's motivated or perhaps haunted by his two

second placed finishes in 2007

and 2008. Probably, two times

second maybe I can cancel them

out with two times first. That

would be a good average. For

Australian fans though this

year's tour isn't just about

Cadel Evans' title defence. The GreenEDGE team will make

history as the first ever

Australian-backed team to

compete in the Tour de France.

Their goal isn't yellow but to

lead Matt Goss to stage

victories. But it's a wide open

competition. A super strong

contingent of sprinters here,

not just Cavendish, you've got

pi pe tack irk, Greipel. For

the team just being here is a

dream come true for Australian

cycling. To the weather now and

it was quite cloudy for most of

the day. We reached 12 degrees

after a mild 4 overnight.

on the cloud chart a cold

front is crossing south-eastern

Australia generating showers,

strong winds and snow over the

Alpine regions. A developing

high in the wake of this system

is helping clear - is helping

showers to clear from the south

coast of WA while a ridge of

high pressure is keeping

northern Australia dry. In the

capitals tomorrow, rain is on

the way for Hobart:

A sheep grazier's warning is current this weekend for

Canberra and the surrounding


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