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the PM's popularity as the Live. Tonight, carbon clouds

heat's turned up on the tax

sell. On the verge of freedom.

An Australian lawyer to be

released by her Libyan captors.

Diary of a digger. A new

account of an old war. And the

reign of Spain continues,

crushing Italy in the Euro

final. David Silva has struck

Craig Allen with ABC News. The gold for Spain. Good evening,

blitz has begun but voters

remain unconvinced. Julia

Gillard did 16 TV and radio

interviews today, other members

of her Government did 40 more.

They're all spruiking the new

carbon tax but the message is

falling on deaf ears with a new

opinion poll showing the scheme

is less popular than ever.

Chief political correspondent

Mark Simkin reports. The poll

suggests Labor's hard sell will

be very hard indeed. Because

it's the right thing to do for

our nation's future. Julia

Gillard was out before dawn,

telling TV audiences the sun

will still come up under a carbon tax. This is the

opportunity for Australians to

judge for themselves not based

on what the politicians tell

them. Labor reckons Tony

Abbott's crusade against the

tax is a giant pile of

fertiliser. This is like money

going through the hands of

every family. The Opposition

Leader went to the front line,

visiting one of the 300

companies that will pay the tax

directly. My pledge in blood

as I've described it with the

Australian people is that there

will be no carbon tax under a

Government I lead. A senior

Minister mocked Tony Abbott's

claim about Whyalla being wiped

off the map, calling it a

horror movie scenario.

my TV # No Whyalla wipeout there on

# No Whyalla wipe-out there on my TV

brain # # Shocking me right out of my

Perhaps, but the latest poll

indicates Tony Abbott's message

is gaining traction. Only

one-third of the people polled

support a carbon tax. The

lowest level since Julia

Gillard announced it. More than

60% are opposed. Just 5% think

they'll be better off under the

scheme, 10 times as many expect

to be worse off. This is the

electoral justice that awaits

Governments which aren't honest

and straight with the

Australian people. I think we

will see people in the months

to come working out what carbon

pricing is meaning for them and

working out what it is meaning

for the nation. Business lobby

groups are unhappy with the

carbon price but hundreds of

individual companies have taken

out ads backing it. Many will

benefit from the scheme. The

start of the carbon price

mechanism is an important step

in delivering the investment

certainty which business has

been looking for. The

Government never expected an

immediate turn-around but its

MPs are still nervous. The poll

was taken while Labor was

pouring compensation into bank

accounts and running TV ads and

yet the tax is less popular

than ever. The impact of the

carbon tax on power prices in

Canberra is proving less than

popular too. Some want the

consumer watchdog the ACCC to

investigate why the new tax is

forcing electricity bills up by

14% in the ACT when the Federal

Government says it should only

be around 10%. The region's

main energy retailer has

written to customers explaining

the rise, arguing the Territory

still has one of the lowest

power prices in Australia. I'm

not concerned at all about any

claims to the ACCC. We have

been very, very compliant with

the legislation and the costs

that we're passing through is

in line with what the regulator

has allowed. The ACT's

independent pricing regulator

approved the hike last month. The carbon tax isn't the only

problem on the Federal Government's plate after last

week's failure to get a deal on asylum seekers, Julia Gillard

is hoping for a more positive

reception from our northern

neighbour. She'll meet the

Indonesian President where the

topic of people smugglers and

how to stop them will be high

on the agenda. Kerryn beeny

reports. A close neighbour has

dropped in for a visit. After

being greeted by the Prime

Minister, and a long line of

handshakes, it was straight

down to business. Australia

signed over four C130s to Indonesia. It's also of course

very important that not only

does Australia have a capacity

to render humanitarian

assistance and disaster relief

but also that we help Indonesia

to lift its own capability and

capacity. The leaders will hold

formal talks tomorrow, one of

the items on the agenda is

asylum seekers and how to

reduce the number of people

leaving Indonesia for Australia. The Government says

about 300 boats have been

stopped over the past three

years. I think it's

underappreciated the number of

successful disruption events

that occur through close

cooperation between the

relevant authorities in

Australia and Indonesia working

closely together. Australia's already helped Indonesia

bolster its efforts. Includes

the purchase of three vessels

for Indonesia. It also involves

police stations along the the construction of about 12

Indonesian archipelago. There

could be extra commitments

during bilateral talks. If in

the course of the next 24 hours

we come to the conclusion

there's even more we can do,

obviously we will take that

up. Three boats have arrived in

three days but Labor's

indicated the biggest challenge

for the Government isn't doing a deal with Indonesia. It's

getting a deal with the

Coalition or the Greens to give

Australia a border protection

policy. Karen beeny, ABC News,

Canberra. Australian lawyer

Melinda Taylor could be

released from detention in

Libya within hours. She was

detained more than three weeks

ago after being caught up in

the political turmoil that's

engulfed Libya since the tallen

of Colonel Gaddafi. She was

working for the International

Criminal Court working for

Colonel Gaddafi's son when she

was accused of spying. Melinda

Taylor was detained 25 days

ago, accused of spying by the

Libyan Government. She and

three colleagues are expected

to be released tonight. I'll

be relieved when she's on that Italian military aircraft winging her way from Tripoli to

the Hague to be reuninited with

her husband, Geoff, and their

2-year-old. Bob Carr says

Melinda Taylor was a victim of

the fragile political climate

in Libya following last year's

awful experience for the family revolution. This has been an

but the family are about to

have their daughter, their

wife, their mother returned to

them and that's all good news

but our fingers are crossed at

that stage. Her parents say

they're relieved the ordeal is

over and they're eagerly

awaiting a phone call when she

gets home to Europe. I love

you dearly. So relieved. Tell

her how much we love her.

They've praised Bob Carr and

the Department of Foreign

Affairs for their efforts. It

was Bob Carr that came up with

this road map of five steps to

get them out of there. We hope

that goes according to plan. If

it does, I'll be the first to congratulate and thank the

Prime Minister of Libya, his

Foreign Minister and above all,

deputy Foreign Minister who's

taken a keen interest in this.

Mr Carr says the misunderstanding between the

ICC and Libyan Government now

appears to be resolved. With

the ICC saying it regrets any

disregard of Libyan procedures

and protocols. Despite the

fears for their daughter, John

and Janelle Taylor say her

conditions could have been

worse. She said the food was

delicious. We were a bit

worried about that. Her sister

said maybe she could bring back

some recipes. They say rather

than deterring her, the

experience will only make their

daughter more determined. NSW

detectives are heading to

Darwin to seek the extradition

of a murder suspect accused of

decapitating a man on the

State's north coast last month.

Jonathan Andrew Stenberg was

captured in a bush height-out

yesterday after spending five

days on the run. After six days

as the focus of a massive manhunt, Jonathan Stenberg

arrived at court as the focus of media attention. The

46-year-old was arrested on

Sunday by Northern Territory

police on a warrant for murder.

It's alleged he killed 54-year-old Edward Kelly on the

NSW north coast last month. The

dead man's fese has thanked

Northern Territory police. I'm

so grateful not only to them

for all of the stuff that they

did but also their family

because I'm sure their family

was really, really worried

about their safety. More than

100 officers had been scouring

bushland south of Darwin for

days. Stenberg was captured

when his hide-out was found

near Berry Springs on Sunday

afternoon. Images released by

police show the makeshift camp

he'd been staying at and the

high-powered rifle and loaded

pistolal he was armed with. One

detective said his camp site

was so heavily camouflaged,

"You almost had to step on him

to see him." Police have

thanked local residents whose

information they say was vital to their investigation. NSW detectives are set to arrive in

the Territory in the coming

days to seek Stenberg's

extradition. At his appearance

at the Darwin Magistrates Court

today, his defence lawyer said Stenberg has been experiencing

mental health issues since his

arrest. The case has been

adjourned until Tuesday with

Stenberg remanded in custody. The United States is in the

grip of a destructive and

deadly summer more than a dozen

people were killed at the

weekend when violent storms

tore through the east of the

country. The State of emergency

has been declared in four

states and millions are still

without power as Americans

swelter through a

record-breaking heatwave. The

US capital has seen nothing

like it. A storm that raced in

from the west with little or no

warning, tearing up trees,

pulling down powerlines, even

flipping a small plane as it

powered out towards the

Atlantic. Winds between 70 and

80 m/ph left streets blocked

and roofs ripped off. It's been

compared to a hurricane but

hurricanes come with warnings

and time to prepare, with this

storm there were neither. I

heard all this awful noise,

this rumbling, and I said,

"What the heck is going on?"

And then there was a loud boom

and I said, "Oh, my God. That

lightning has hit something

close." Around 3 million

people are without power an

annoyance at the best of times,

deeply uncomfortable and for

some life threatening when the

heat is at record highs. It

will take a week to get power

back to every household. Four

states and Washington DC have

declared emergencies. So this

is a very significant event.

2.5 million people without

power. That's almost in the

ballpark of the last hurricane

we had and again the largest

from a nonhurricane-related

event that we've had. More

than a dozen people have been

killed by the storm. Much

property has been destroyed and

millions are waiting for the

lights and the air conditioning

to come back on. India is also

counting the cost of its annual

monsoon rains. The death toll

has already risen to more than

60. In the northeast of the

country 2000 villages have been

flooded. The Brahmaputra River,

one of Asia's biggest, has

exceeded danger levels

affecting about 2 million people in Assam State. Hong

Kong has marked 15 years since

the former British colony

returned to Chinese rule. Tens

of thousands of demonstrators

used the occasion to protest

about the level of control

Beijing's imposed and the

appointment of the island's new

leader who's been tainted by a

housing scandal. And hundreds

of demonstrators have taken to

Tokyo's streets as Japan begins

to restart its nuclear power

plants. Reactor number three at

the Oi nuclear plant in central

Japan is the first to go back

online since all the country's

reactors were shut down after

the Fukushima meltdown. Last

month the Prime Minister

ordered the restarting of two

reactors, saying that living

standards couldn't be

maintained without nuclear

energy. The Government says the

reactors are both safe. While

the coastline near Fukushima is

now snonmous with the nuclear

disaster, it used to be a

surfing Mecca. Most board

riders have fled the region for

safer waters but some is

surfing siblings are determined

to revive the sport. North Asia

correspondent Mark Willacy

reports from the Fukushima

coast. Its breaks were famous

but now only the bravest dare

ride Fukushima's waves.

Brothers Hiroki Watanabe and

Manabu Watanabe are Fukushima

born and bred and they're the

region's top professional

surfers. This area was

legendary for its waves. Many

surfers came here before the

nuclear disaster. The

radiation from the nuclear

meltdowns did what no shark

could ever do, force the Watanabe brother from the water, and they only jumped

back on their boards a couple

of months ago. The

contamination of this coastline

almost wiped out their sport

here and it sparked some

serious surf rage against the

operator of the nuclear plant.

TRANSLATION: My message to tep

co is seriously, don't mess

with us. Tell us the truth.

That's what we want. The

Watanabe brothers are the only

pro surfers left in Fukushima.

Fearing radiation, all the

others have relocated to other

parts of Japan but these

surfing siblings say they'll

stay here to help the sport

recover. So is it safe to go

back into the water? The Watanabe brothers think it is

and they'd like to see some of

Australia's best board riders

crowding Fukushima's famous

right-handers. I had an Aussie

surfer friend here before the

disaster so I'd love some

Australians to come back and

support Fukushima's

recovery. Before the nuclear

disaster, Fukushima's 20

beaches teemed with surfers. 15

months on, it's legendary

breaks are slowly coming to

life again thanks to two local

pros who refused to let the

meltdowns wipe them out. New

light has been shed on a smelly

and frustrating problem for

residents in Canberra's south.

Lake Tuggeranong has been

plagued by outbreaks of blue

green algae and a scientific

check-up has found poor design,

soil run-off and rubbish are

fuelling algal blooms. It

recommends new ponds, upgrades

to pollution traps and other

measures to reduce stormwater

run-off. Those sorts of

developments would go a long

way to helping here so the

community side is in canvassing

for those, getting involved

with those programs. Other options include underwater

sound systems that break up

algae and turbines to stir the

water. The puzzling and

mysterious bit for ownership of

the upmarket retailer David Jones has been withdrawn in

fact it seems to have gone away

as quickly as it appeared. The

UK-based company that made the

bid says the media attention it

generated has forced the

company to pull out but the

whole episode has left more

questions than answers. Here's

finance correspondent Phillip

Lasker. This is about as

bizarre as it gets, a UK

private equity firm launches an

incomplete $1 .7 billion bid

for retail giant David Jones,

the DJs board is forced to

disclose the bid because it's

leaked to a blogger, the share

price surges 14% and it's not

inconceivable some people made

lot of money selling out at the

top. The chairman of the

bidder, EB Private Equity, John Edgar, based in Newcastle in

the UK, has been reported as

saying the offer's genuine but

he needed some equity partners.

He said an initial approach to

DJs was made in May but DJs

wanted more information and a

higher price. Almost two months

later, we're not much wiser. EB

Private Equity claims it

reports to be a property

investor but public information

about the group is scarce and

DJs department store properties

in Sydney and Melbourne are seen as the most valuable parts

of the retailer. Now David Jones says the offer has been

withdrawn. The bidder's gone

away but this episode leaves

many unanswered questions for

regulators who'll no doubt be

combing the share transactions

in David Jones over the past

few days. David Jones shares

were suspended from trading for

a time today but they closed

10% lower, almost where they

started before this bizarre

story. The chairman of one of

the world's biggest banks,

Barclays, has become the first

major scalp of the straight

fixing scandal. Marcus Agius

resigned after Barclays was

fined $450 million for fixing

the LIBOR rate, that's the rate

at which banks lend money to

each other. Mill ynsz of

borrowers were affected by the

manipulated lending rates and Britain's financial

watchdogments tougher laws to

prosecute bankers. Further

steps were made a few years ago

to give us the ability to bring

criminal charges in particular

areas of market abuse but they

did not cover the LIBOR market

and I think we now have to look

further and see whether we

should stremthen these powers

considerably. Four traders from

the Royal Bank of Scotland were

sacked over their roles in the

scandal. The local share market

and the Australian Dollar

played catch-up today after

European and American share

prices surged last Friday. They

were buoyed by the outcome of

last week's summit in Brussels.

Alan Kohler has the details. It

was a huge session in Europe

with rises of 4, 5 and 6% and

it was a similar story but not

quite as enthusiastic in the

United States with the Dow and

S&P 500 both up more than 2%

and commodities did very well too, especially oil which went

up nearly 10%. Investors were

climbing into shares and

commodities because the summit

on Thursday and Friday in Europe actually made progress

which was a happy surprise

since the European politicians had carefully lowered

expectations ahead of time by

acting belligerent. Then they

agreed money could be put directly into banks rather than

going through the Governments

first and that a single banking

supervisor might be set up but

by the time the sun rose in

Asia today investors were a

little more skeptical that it

would actually hap sewn while Asian trading started at a

trot, it ended up unanimously

flat. In Australia, the All

Ordinaries closed 0.9% higher

and some of the stocks that had

been beaten up lately like

Bluescope and Fairfax caught

some buying, Woodside jumped

2.5%, following the oil price.

The fact our market did worse

than the rest of the world

continues the pattern of the financial year that ended on

Saturday. This chart shows the

Australian index and the rest

of the world to June 30 rths

both in US dollar terms to

remove the currency effect. The Australian Dollar was down 18%

for the year, the rest down 10.

The Aussie dollar is trading at

above 102 US cents and finally

national capital city house

prices rose by 1% in June,

recovering some of what was

lost in May. They're still down

3.6% for the year but as you

can see from this chart of

daily prices, there are some

positive signs. That's finance.

They're considered the best

team in the world and last

night they proved why. Spain

made soccer history, thrashing

Italy 4-0 in the Euro 2012

final, becoming the first team

to win three consecutive

international tournaments. John

Hayes Bell reports. Spain might

be one of the country's hardest

hit by Europe's economic crisis

but there were no signs of

austerity measures here. Just

unbridled joy thanks to the

nation's footballers. This was

as close as the Italians came

to the trophy. Spain played

without an established striker.

Its six midfielders had a day

out, David Silva got the first

goal. It was 2-0 before the

break. The Italians missed some

chances early in the second

half but injuries and scoreline

pressure took their toll.

Fernando Torres scored the

third and provided for the

fourth. He's given the goal to

matta. The defending champions

finish would the biggest win in

a men's major tournament final.

Tour De France prologue winner

Fabien Cancellara of

Switzerland has retained the

leader's Yellow Jersey but

former mountain biker Peter

Sagan finished powerfully to

clinch the 198km stage one. The

22-year-old Slovakian is the

youngest stage winner since

Lance Armstrong in 1993. The

contenders needed to avoid two

crashes. A spectator with a

camera was responsible for the

second multiple spill.

Favourites Brad Wiggins and

Cadel Evans stayed out of

trouble. The British rider lies

7 seconds back while the

defending champion is in 8th

place, a further 10 seconds

behind. The team working well,

functioning well and I'm glad

to get one at one stage and get

the routine going for the

tour. Australia's Green Edge

team is optimistic. I don't

want think I came into the tour

with 100% fitness but I wasn't

too far off the mark. It's a

good sign of things to come.

Tomorrow there will be more

guys contesting the sprint.

That sprint will conclude a

mainly flat 207km stage and

Australia is 2-0 down in the

cricket series against England.

Shane waltzen and George Bailey

managed half centuries as the

tourists reached 7/251. English

opener Ian Bell made 75, along

with a match-winning 82 from

all-rounder Ravi pz Bapara.

Game 3 is at Edgbaston on

Wednesday. For rising sports stars, juggling their studies

with their training is never

easy but one Canberra high

school is helping them find the

right balance. Tom Fool isn't

your average 16-year-old. When

he's not at school he's on the

footy field, playing volleyball

or at the gym keeping up with

his hectic training schedule.

Three, four times a week. And

volleyball? Three or four as

well so I double up a couple of nights. Representing Australia

in volleyball and selected for

the junior GWS team, Lyneham

High was quick to offer Tom a

spot in their specialised sport program. The students go through an interview process

and they're also asked to bring

along some evidence to show

they're playing sport at a

higher level. The program

targets stand-out students,

offering them special coaching

sessions once a week. We have

lot of team sports, a lot of

the football codes are involved

through to things like

athletics which is more individually based. The

200-odd students are also given

help to make sure they don't

fall behind academically. We

give them a catch-up time to

catch up on work that's missed

or get tutoring with

assessment. The school has a

reputation of producing

top-level athletes. Olympic

qualifier Lauren Bowden and

former Brumbies player Stephen

Larkham are Lyneham High

graduates. This school is 53

years old and there's been lots of talented sports people

who've come through the

school. Not all students in

the program are sure that sport

will be their ultimate career

choice. I'd like to try. It

would be a challenge. But for others it's something they live

and breathe. Sport, yeah,

definitely. I love my sports.

A program to help turn those

ambitions into reality.It's a rare piece of Australian

history, a first-hand account

of World War I seen through the

eyes of a 25-year-old soldier.

The digger's diary has now gone

on display along with other

memorabilia from the Great War.

Laetitia Lemke reports.

23-year-old Norman Pearce

fought in Gallipoli and Egypt

before landing in France in

1916. A tremendous balm barbedment going on tonight on

our right and that is where we

are going. This is the third

night I've had without sleep

and poor food. I am beginning

to feel the strain and my belt

has shortant. There were more

than half a million casualties

in the allied forces in the

battle of the psalm alone and

after five months that advanced

just 12km. Our boys were

terribly cut up in the last

charge and thousands of dead

and woundred lying between the

trenches. These stories

survived the trenches, making

back to Australia in a

hand-written diary. Now almost

a century later, the work is

going on display. It's the

power of the individual's

records and where you then

realise what he's given for the

country that has the impact

when you read it. We don't

have any surviving World War I

diggers to tell us their

stories so from that point of

view the diary is really

important. Family of the fallen

digger gathered to mark the event. They didn't know the

diary existed until it was

discovered in an elderly aunt's

estate. It just shows how he

was scared at times and then

shows the lighter side of him

when he got to France. He was

talking about the French women

and how lovely they were but

obviously they didn't measure

up to the Australian women for

him. The final entry is dated

November 8. War records show

Norman Pearce was fatally

wounded in the Battle of the

Somme later that month. His

body was never returned home

but his diary will be

transcribed and join a

collection of more than 400 at

the State Library. On to our

weather now and it's been a

sunny and dry day. Pretty cold

this morning though, down to

minus 2 in the city, mining 4

in Tuggeranong and reaching a

coolish top of 13.

On to the cloud chart and

there's just high level cloud

over the southeast and some

more cloud through southern WA

but it's been mostly fine

through the north. A

high-pressure system will

dominate our weather this week

so plenty of sunshiny days but cold, frosty nights.

Before we go, a brief recap

of our top stories tonight. The

International Criminal Court

says Australian lawyer Melinda

Taylor is expected to be

released from detention in

Libya within hours. She was

detained more than three weeks

ago after being caught up in

the political turmoil that's

engulfed Libya since the

toppling of Colonel Gaddafi. And Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has

arrived in Darwin to talk

trade, Defence and asylum-seeker policy with Julia

Gillard. That's the latest from

the Canberra newsroom. Stay

with us now for 7:30 with Leigh

Sales. I'm Craig Allen. Thanks

for your company. Goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI

Tonight - hard sell. The

government's carbon tax pitch

to voters begins, but what if it loses the next election?

And your power bill will go

up too. We need a long-term agreed vision for Australia so

that whichever party is in

office, we still stick to the

plan that we've agreed to. The

navy's junior recruits are

average Australian boys. And

the brutal education of the

boys of HMAS 'Leeuwin'. They

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Climate change policy has

contributed to the downfall of

two Prime Ministers and a couple of opposition leaders

but finally it's a reality. So

after all the years of

arguments what will the impact