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Tonight - a sick system.

Health officials found to be

deliberately doctoring

data. I've been lied to. We are

obviously shocked by the extent

of the deception. An SAS soldier killed during a fire

fight in Afghanistan. This man

was a soldier's soldier. I know

that the members of the special

operations task group will

ensure his service and

sacrifice will not be

forgotten. Ore deal over. -

ordeal over. An Australian

lawyer returns home to the

Hague. A resurgent Raiders

scrape over the line.

Good evening, Craig Allen

with ABC News. Just four months

out from the ACT election and

the Labor Government is being

asked to swallow a bitter

political pill. Two scathing

reports have uncovered a

conspiracy to fudge the figures

coming out of Canberra Hospital

dating back to 2009. Over that

time, thousands of records were

manipulated, probably by more

than one person. Although the

reports found health officials

were never directly told to do

so. So far, no heads have

rolled. We will speak to the

Chief Minister in a moment but

we begin our coverage with ACT

political reporter Kathleen

Dyett. The extent of the

deception is staggering. I've

been lied to, Dr Brown's been

lied to. The information we

have put out in the community

is incorrect. Drastically

incorrect. Investigations show

up to 11,700 patient records

were deliberately manipulated

between 2009 and this year

where patients' waiting and

discharge times were made to

look better than they actually

were. This around data and IT

systems. It is not a question

of patient care or the health

services that were

received. The Auditor-General's

found that although managerial

pressure was plarfsed on the

executive to improve the performance of the emergency

department ... One health executive has

already admitted to changing

the data and remains suspended

without pay, but in a

statement, she says:

That individual did not raise

any issues with me either about

short comings in the system or

about any excessive

pressures. But others are also

likely to have meddled with

hospital data since 2009, but

they may never answer for

it. With our IT systems as it

is current li ly set up with

the generic log-ones et cetera,

it won't be fruitful to try and

pursue finding out who those

individuals may be. Before the

Government starts ruling out

lines of inquiry, we actually

need to get to the facts.

That's why they should go back

before the estimates committee,

that's why there should be a

Royal Commission so we can get

to the bottom of this. I don't

think it is useful at all or

does anything to patient care

if we try to point the finger

of blame at people. What we

recommendations from the need to do now is implement the

report. The Government says it

is doing just that as it works

to fix a broken system .

Katy Gallagher is the Chief Minister and was health

Minister during the time of the

data manipulation. She joins me

from the legislative assembly.

As Health Minister, how could

you not know this was going on?

Well I think it is very clear

from the audits that have been

undertaken, the Auditor-General

has looked closely at this,

that in fact measures were

taken to not provide me with

the right information by a

particular executive. I have a

whole folder full of briefs

that were provided to me with

incorrect information, so I

think there were some lengths

that were taken to make sure

this data manipulation wasn't

identified. These damning

reports, there are two of them

now, suggest a conspiracy at

Canberra Hospital to hide just

how bad things really were, a

concerted three-year campaign

to fudge the figures, not once

but nearly 12,000 times. Why

were staff under search pressure, they felt they needed

to lie to you? I think there

is no doubt that hospitals are

highly pressured environments

and the emergency department

probably is the public face of

the hospital and so they are

under enormous scrutiny by the

media, by the legislative

assembly and by the government.

I think appropriately so. I

don't think we can understand

the motives behind someone

going around a system deliberately to manipulate

data. I think in some ways I

can't answer that. A decision

was taken. It was an incorrect

decision, a misguided decision.

But the focus has been and

always will be in the emergency

department on patient care.

Whilst this is concerning,

these reports, and deeply

disappointing, the simple fact

of patient care was not

compromised by this. This is a

matter around data and data

collection and data reporting

we need to fix. I guess every

patient or prospective patient

of the hospital system wants to

hear from you tonight how bad

are the waiting times at

Canberra Hospital? Look, it

will take a little bit more

time. These reports have

identified the extent of the

manipulation but over the next

few weeks we will be updating,

when that data is in - it is

not at the moment - we will go

through the 11,700 reports and

when that work is finished, we

will be publishing corrections

to our data. I do want to send

the message this is not about

patient care or safety. The

Canberra Hospital has excellent

outcomes for patients

presenting to the emergency

department and this is not

about patient care. You will

have to admit, though, this

reflects pretty badly on you

personally because of your

connection to the executive who

admitted to being part of this.

Will you now commit to sacking

that person and any others

found to have been involved? I

think it is important to note the Auditor-General did look at

this matter very closely and

found that there was no direct

or indirect instructions for

anyone to manipulate data at

the Canberra Hospital. I spoke

to the Auditor-General. She

questioned me. She also examined other evidence around

that matter, so I think that is

important to note. In terms of

what needs to be done now, the

data system needs to be

improved to stop the chances of

this happening again and remove

some of the capacity for staff

who make that decision to go

round the system not to be able

to do it. Should the police be

understanding is the reports brought in, though? My

have been referred to the

police by the director general

of the health directorate. It

is a matter for them on how to

pursue that. Thanks for joining

us on a busy afternoon. Thanks

very much. Another Gallagher

government Minister was feeling

political heat today. The

Opposition has called for the

sacking of the Indigenous

Affairs Minister after he made

an embarrass ing gaff in an

assembly committee hearing.

Chris Bourke confused the name

of an Aboriginal corporation

and incorrectly claimed it

wasn't registered. The Minister

apologised for getting the

facts wrong. The apology I gave

was in the evidence I left off

development in the name Billabong Aboriginal

development corporation. This

is a Minister clearly not up

for the job. He can't answer questions coherently. He can't

provide the facts. He is not

across his brief. He has

apologised for any offence. I

am not sure these are the big

issues, I am not sure there is

anything more he can do. Katy

Gallagher says the Minister

retains her confidence. To the

day's other major story and one

of Australia's elite soldiers

have been killed during a

mission to track down an insurgent leader in

Afghanistan's Uruzgan province.

The 40-year-old SAS soldier

from Perth was on his seventh

tour of duty to the country.

His death has again raised

questions about why Australians

are still fighting and dying in

Afghanistan. The war in

Afghanistan has killed 33

Australians. A 40-year-old SAS

soldier is the latest casualty,

shot in the chest during an

operation in the Uruzgan

province yesterday. This is a

tragic and incredibly difficult

day. We are all absorbing

tragic news. He was part of a

joint mission with Afghan forces, hunting down an

insurgent leader in the Chora

Valley. He was flown to Tarin

Kot for medical treatment. Sadly, despite the

best efforts of all, attempts

to resuscitate the soldier were

unsuccessful. The Perth-based

soldier had been in the army

for 22 years and joined the SAS

in 1995. His family were told

abow his death last night. This

is an incredibly difficult time

for them. The Defence family

will be there to support them.

The Australian nation will be

there to support them. We

grieve with his friends, with

his family, with his comrades

but we utterly respect the job

that he was doing. It is the

first Australian death in

Afghanistan in eight months.

The soldier was on his seventh

deployment in 11 years, raising

questions about the frequency

of tours. All of them are

volunteers to go back to serve

in Afghanistan but it is an

issue we need to keep a sharp

eye on. The Government and

Opposition are continuing to

back the Afghan mission, but

know the latest casualty may

not be the last.

ABC reporter Kathy McLeish

has just returned from

Afghanistan where she was

embedded with Australian

troops. She says Defence

officials view any death as a

tragedy but acknowledge it is a

risk of the job. The memorial

to fallen soldiers at

multi-national base Tarin Kot

in Uruzgan province is a constant companion to

Australian troops on the

frontline and a reminder of the

risks. It is tough for us,

their mates and of course it is

devastating for their families

back at home. Nothing hits you

harder than seeing a coalition

partner and soldiers give their

lives in the course of this

mission. But the soldiers

volunteer for deployment and

they say it is what they have

trained for. The lads are well

trained and well versed in the

ROE and everything else, they

know how to do things on the

ground. You hope your training kicks in when it needs to. Brigadier Roger Noble is

the deputy chief of operations

at ISAF. This war is hard and

there is a lot of people

getting hurt and killed every

day. We have had 32 guys killed

in action. So it is a tough war

and you look and go "Is it

worth it? What's it for?". My

answer is we are professional

soldiers, this is our job and

it is easy to do your job in a

place where you can see the

difference you are making every

day. I think what you see is 50

nations of the world pretty

comfortable with the commitment

we are all making to a common

end. There is a reason all

those countries have come

together as well beyond that

and that's their own security

too? Australians are in no

doubt that what happens here is

a globalised world. Everything

is connected, it is about the trans-national terrorist

threat. We are making sure we

keep a lid on that, we control

it and we don't have a repeat

of September 11-style attacks,

or for me, those deaths in

Indonesia, the Sari Club

attacks in Bali. That's a

constant eye is kept on that

problem. I can tell you keeping

your hand on it benefits us

all. Three days into the

advisory phase, Defence

officials are hopeful the

latest death will be the last

but they are realistic about

the ongoing threats while any

foreign troops are in

Afghanistan.

After nearly a month detained

in Libya, Australian lawyer

Melinda Taylor has been re

united with her husband and

young daughter in the Netherlands. She and three of

her colleagues from the ICR -

International Criminal Court

were being held on suspicion of

society. It took an intense international effort and

apology from the ICC to release

them. Lisa Millar reports from

the Hague. This was the first glimpse of the Australian

lawyer free at last from Libyan

detention but not yet out of

the country. It had taken weeks of intense international

lobbying on her behalf to get

this far. I was very glad to

find that she was in good

spirit and good health. She

boarded an Italian military jet

to Rome and then a charter

flight home to the Hague. Her family thrilled she was

free. We are feeling very

elated. Yep. I feel drained but

happy at the same time. Melinda

Taylor had gone to Libya with

three other colleagues from the

International Criminal Court to

offer legal advice to the son of Moammar Gaddafi, but she was

accused of spying and breaching

national security. The court

has no intention of doing

anything that would undermine

the national security of

Libya. The ICC wants to see a

fair trial for Saif al-Islam

for charges of crimes against

humanity but this stand-off has

made some Libyans even more

determined to deliver their own

justice. TRANSLATION: The

public prosecution department

of Libya has put forward this

case before the Libyan

judiciary. The ICC will hold an internal investigation but it

is waiting for more information

from the Libyans about the accessions against its staff. It might have been safer

for Melinda if the court had

nailed down detailed protocols

and procedures especially given

the sensitivity of the Gaddafi

name in post revolutionary

Libya. Melinda Taylor hasn't

spoken yet herself. As she

reached her final destination

shortly before 1a.m. she was

whisked away for a long-awaited

reunion with her family.

Julia Gillard and Susilo

Bambang Yudhoyono have agreed

to step up efforts to stop asylum seekers leaving

Indonesia. The two leaders held

talks in Darwin but didn't see

eye to eye on everything. The

President wants Australia to

release dozens of young

Indonesians who are being

detained as people smugglers.

Chief political correspondent

Mark Simkin reports. Some

Indonesian arrivals are more

welcome than others. People smuggling has been a source of

tension between the countries

but both sides are calling the

talks productive. We have got a

lot to do across a very broad,

very deep relationship, a real

strategic partnership. The

ABC's been told progress was

made in two main areas.

Australia agreed to give

Indonesia technology and

personnel for search and rescue

operations and there will be an

ad campaign warning Indonesians

of the penalties for people

smuggling. TRANSLATION: We

have agreed to enhance greater cooperation. Indonesia is also

a victim of acts of illegal

people smuggling. On a less

diplomatic note, the President

urged Australia to release more

of the young Indonesians being detained as people smugglers. TRANSLATION: We

hope that the repatriation of

the remaining underage sea

farers can be accelerated and

we hope another 54 will be

released with the hopes of

stronger cooperation, effective

and mutual. Craig Emerson sat

at the table for the talks,

cutting a much more serious

figure than yesterday. # No

Whyalla wipe out on my TV

#. The point was simply to say

to Mr Abbott stop the scare campaigns. The Trade Minister

has gone global. His routine

has been reported as far afield

as the UK and Pakistan. Some in

the Government are happy about

the publicity, but others worry

people will think Labor is

making light of a serious subject. Peter Garrett knows a

thing or two about music. He

Tweeted:

I'm the Minister for the Arts

but at least I know my

limitation when it comes to

singing. The Coalition is eager

to make a song and dance about

the song and dance. I think the

Australian public want adults

in charge and I think what we

saw from the Trade Minister

yesterday was conduct unbecoming. This is noft the

way to run - not the way to run

a country, to have a circus

clown as Trade

Minister. Occasional clowning

is a bipartisan practice.

One of Australia's most

notorious criminals, Tony Mokbel, has been sentenced to

30 years in jail. Mokbel

orchestrated the sophisticated

drug cartel known as the

Company, dealing large

quantities of ecstasy and

speed. The 46-year-old pleaded

guilty to trafficking more than

45 kg of ecstasy and $4 million

worth of speed between 2005 and

2007. During that time, he

famously fled to Greece from

where he made daily phone calls to ensure his business

continued to thrive. Drug

trafficking was your business.

It was your area of expertise.

It was your career. Things have

not turned out as you planned

and, no doubt, you now regret that. The judge said he would

have sentenced Mokbel to life

in prison had he not pleaded

guilty. Mokbel will be eligible

for parole when he is 67. Two boys in North Queensland have

been killed after an earth embankment collapsed on them

last night. The cousins aged 12

and 14 were on school holiday

break in the town of Ayr south

of Townsville. They have been

building a cubby house close to

a drain near one of the boy's

homes. The family member found

the pair under rubble and

attempted to dig them out but paramedics couldn't revive

them. Certainly very difficult

on all emergency services,

police, fire, rescue and

ambulance, we will look after

those folks as we always do but

our heart at this point in time

goes to the families involved

in the tragic accident. Family

members returned to the scene

this morning. Australia's

corporate regulator is weighing

into last week's bizarre takeover bid for David Jones.

On Friday, the last trading day

of the financial year DJs named

the little-known EB equity was

providing a $1.5 billion

takeover. Last night that offer

was suddenly withdrawn. Clearly

some offshore shiesters have hoodwinked Australia's public

markets and manipulated the

price for David Jones. It is embarrassing for Australia's

public markets to be done over

like this. David Jones says it

did all it could to verify the

bid before reporting it to the

market. ASIC is investigating

who may have gained from the

takeover. To the rest of finance, the Reserve Bank left

interest rates on hold today.

The Australian dollar continued

to forge ahead but the local

share market eased back as

investors took some profits

after two days of strong gains.

Alan Kohler has the

details. Last month's rate cut

was in case things got really

bad in Europe but they haven't

yet so no need for another one.

If the RBA was based in Perth,

it would be raising rates. If

it was based in Hobart, rates

would be a lot lower than now.

The futures are expecting a

cut.

As for weather the market is

right or not, that will de

post-natal depression on Europe

- will depend on Europe. The

dollar was unfazed by the

non-rate move because it was

expected. It went up but that happened before the interest

rate decision was announced. It

happened because of this, an

incredible increase in dwelling

approvals by May. The total

rose by 27% because of an

increase in 58% in approvals

for apartments. Remember, this

is off a low base and the

number of approvals is still

below average. Nevertheless, it

is encouraging news for the

economy and if there had been

any doubt in the Reserve Bank

Governor's mind about leaving

rates on hold this afternoon,

that would have disspelled

them. Global share markets were

generally stronger with Europe

leading the way and Wall Street

and Asia following. But the

Australian market lost a bit of

ground thanks to falls by the

banks and some of the

retailers.

David Jones was steady as ASIC

said it would be looking into

the strange afir of the bid -

affair of the bid that wasn't.

That's finance. Australia's

peak medical body is supporting

the Australian Olympic

Committee's move to ban

athletes from using sleeping

tablets such as Stilnox. The

AOC took the decision overnight after revelations by Grant

Hackett that he had become

addicted to the drug. Stilnox

is blamed for inducing a range

of bizarre behaviours and

adverse reactions in some

people. We are not running the

risk of an athlete being

tempted to take another pill

and their health suffering as a

result. We should be careful of

what we recommend to sportsmen.

We shouldn't recommend

enhancement producing drugs,

nor should we recommend sedatives and hypnotics. Athletes will be

given a guide on alternative

ways to get to sleep, including

relaxation techniques. The

Tower of London has new

treasures to guard. The Olympic

medals have been handed over

for safekeeping until the

Games. The Royal marines

sounded their trumpets as the

pressure cache of 4,700 gold,

silver and bronze medals

arrived, for 600 years British

monarchs have used the Tower of London to store valuable

pressures.. It is the safest

house in London, it is iconic,

it has looked after the Crown

jewels for many years. The

medals were made at the Royal

mint. Canberra's incredible home record against St George

Illawarra has continued after a

22-18 win for the Raiders last

night. Reece Robinson scored a

hat trick of tries but he saved

his best till last, stealing

victory for Canberra and

maintaining the Raiders'

13-year dominance of the

Dragons in the capital. Call it

a hoodoo, a curse or just a

coincidence. Whatever it is, in

Canberra, the Raiders have

something over the Dragons. The

hoodoo! It comes into play once again. Increasingly so in recent years, the Dragons have

been the stronger team on paper

but the Raiders just keep

finding a way to win. We never

really talked about it. We

talked about our attitudes. Regardless if we played St

George or another team, we need

to lift in certain areas and I thought they responded quite

well. The last time the Dragons

won in Canberra was in 2000 and

the familiar pattern emerged

early in last night's match.

Canberra's completion rates

were extraordinary. The Dragons

got few opportunities and took

one to level the score. The

razed deserved raced to a

10-time lead. The surprisingly

high quality match between two

struggling sides continued in

the second half. 40 from

Soward. Neither side was giving

an inch. There were casualties.

The Dragons hit the lead late

courtcy of a rain - courtesy of

a Mitch Rein double. But the

Raiders emerged with the two

points thanks to a Reece

Robinson hat-trick, sending the

red and white home empty-handed

again. The women's top seed

Maria Sharapova has been

knocked out of Wimbeldon by Sabine Lisicki. The world

number one wasn't the only

previous champion to struggle.

Serena Williams and Petra

Kvitova were pushed to three

sets. Victoria Azarenka won

easily while Lisicki avenged

last year's semi-final loss to

Sharapova. John Hayes Bell

reports. The winner lass month

in Paris and a finalist in the

rast three majors, Maria

Sharapova wasn't expected to

stumble in Wimbeldon's fourth

round. But the 15th seed Sabine

Lisicki exploded with thunderous ground strokes to

send the Russian on her

way. That is big. I had

chances, I didn't take them. I

think a lot of the credit goes

to my opponent. She played

extremely well today and did

many things better than I

did. The 22-year-old will meet

fellow German Angelique Kerber

in the quarterfinals. Kerber is

seeded 8th and breezed past Kim

Clijsters losing two games in

what was the Belgian's last Wimbeldon singles appearance.

Serena Williams was on the

ropes after dropping the second

set against Kazakhstan's

Yaroslava Shvedova. Williams

dug in to take the third set

7-5. She will met defending

title holder Petra Kvitova who defeated Francesca Schiavone.

Roger Federer recovered from a

back strain to beat Xavier

Malisse in four sets. It boiled

down to the sprint finish in

the Tour de France second

stage. Mark Cavendish might add

to his stage win haul, though

he is expected to withdraw from

the tour early to prepare for

the Olympics. Third, Matt Goss

wasn't happy. Used too much

energy for the sprint,

Cavendish and Greipel are two

of the most powerful guys. The

race favourites including

Bradley Wiggins and Cadel Evans

enjoyed a trouble-free day.

Evans lies 8th, seven seconds behind leader Fabian

Cancellara. Spain's European

champion footballers have taken

to the streets surrounded by

tens of thousands celebrating

the triumph over Italy. The

ocean of red and yellow

rivalled the revelry seen after

the 2010 World Cup win.

To our weather news now. It

was a nippy start to the day.

Minus six degrees at 6:40 this

morning. While it was a sunny

day, the mercury didn't make it

above 12 degrees.

While there is a trough and

some onshore cloud producing

rain in those capitals, it is

mostly fine elsewhere with

strong high-pressure ridge over

most of the country. The high

is producing some windy weather

across the north of the country

but it is fine and sunny for

much of the rest of Australia.

Before we go, a brief look

back at the top story - an

investigation into data

tampering at the Canberra

Hospital's emergency department

has found thousands of records

have been doctored. It is also

likely more than one person was

involved in manipulating the

figures. Stay with us for

'7:30' with Leigh Sales. I'm

Craig Allen, thanks for your

company, goodnight.

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- emotional release. Australian

lawyer Melinda Taylor back with

her family after a month of

captivity in Libya. We have

found it very hard but we have

a great outcome and that's the

main thing. We're feeling very

elated. Yep. And failing Toomelah, authorities turn a

blind eye to child sex abuse

claims. You report your

findings and unfortunately

sometimes then you just had to

let it go. It was very hard.

Melinda Taylor is tonight back

at home in The Hague reunited

with her husband and daughter.

She's too emotional and

exhausted to speak publicly about her experience yet and

for now she's just trying to