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Another asylum boat in

trouble off Indonesia, and Australia is coordinating the

rescue effort. The HMAS

'Wollongong' which was

travelling south from Singapore

is now in the vicinity of where

the distress call came

from. Ready to roll - a US

apology gets supply lines into

Afghanistan re-opened. White

gold for its makers, but do

whitening toothpastes really

make a difference? (Whistling)

And memories of a folkcy,

gentler time on TV - the star

of the Andy Griffith Show dies

at 86. We didn't know when it

started that it was going to

last that long. Hello and

welcome to ABC News across

Australia. I'm Nicole Chettle.

The local share market is

getting a lift from European

and US stocks:

More finance later in the

bulletin. Another asylum seeker

boat with up to 180 people on

board has sent a distress

signal to authorities off Indonesia. An Australian patrol

boat has been September to the

area and Federal Police are

investigating whether a people

smuggler was among the survivor

s that capsized north of

Christmas Island two weeks

ago. Authorities were alerted

early this morning when some

people on board used mobile

phones to daul sphor

help.-the-boat is about 90km

south of Indonesia's Sunda

straight. Up to 180 people are

thought to be on board. The

distress call was received

about 4:30 in the morning. HMAS 'Wollongong' has been sent to

help. The boat is heading back

to land. The boat is now

tracking north and heading back

towards Indonesia at the

moment. Seven boats have been intercepted since Parliament

failed to find a solution to

the clauker - to the asylum

seeker issue last week.

Australia and Indonesia have

pledged to work more closely

together to combat people

smuggling. It includes an

advertising campaign in

Indonesia and Australia will

provide more personnel for

search-and-rescue

operations. Given the tragedies

that we've seen in recent

times, we wanted to make sure

yesterday in the course of our

meetings that everything that

we could do was being done. The

Australian Federal Police is investigating whether a people

smuggler was among the

survivors of a boat that capsized off Christmas Island

two weeks ago, killing 90 people. Australian Federal

Police are investigating this on Christmas Island now.

Federal Police are working with Indonesian police to identify

the organisers and other facilitators that were involved

in putting that vessel to

sea. Indonesian authorities

have arrested an Afghan

teenager who they say has admitted to sending four boats

to Australia, including one

that sank. Politicians have

been granted another pay rise,

their last was in March. The

Remuneration Tribunal has

increased the base salary for

MPs by $5,000 to more than

$190,000. The Prime Minister is

now paid $495,000 a year, and

the Opposition Leader Tony

Abbott's salary has climbed to

$352,000. Police have issued a

warning to Chinese students

after several were arrested

during drug raids in Victoria.

Police and Customs officials

raided nine properties in

Melbourne yesterday, arresting

15 people. They seized

amphetamines and chemicals used

to make drugs. The drug

syndicate had been extracting

pseudo he have droon from cold

and flu medication that can be

bought over the counter in

China. Authorities believe some

students may have been

unwittingly caught up in the

drug ring Sends a warning to

anyone who is approached and to

accept money to collect a

parcel, that you could be

involved in a very serious

criminal activity. Police are

now looking for the illegal

laboratories where the drugs

were made. A strategic "sorry"

can make all the difference.

The United States and Pakistan

have struck a deal to get

trucks rolling into Afghanistan

again after the US apologised

for the death of 24 Pakistani

troops last year. North America

correspondent Jane Cowan

reports. Finally the wheels are

turning after a seven-month

stalemate that saw Pakistan

shut down NATO's supply lines

for the war in Afghanistan, the

US has finally apologised for

the air strike that killed two

dozen Pakistani soldiers last

November. There were mistakes

made on both sides that led to

the tragic loss of life, and we

are both sorry for those. The

border re-opens not a moment

too soon. An alternate supply

route through Central Asia had

been costing US-led forces

annen extra $100 million US a

month, at a time when America

is trying to get troop s out as

well as in. In the interests of

longer term peace and stability

in the region and Pakistan

should be seen as a responsible

and cooperative member of the

international community. The

difficulty in reaching this

agreement shows the delicate

political line each government

has to tread with its own

domestic audience. Pakistan conscious of anti-American

sentiment, and the US President

Barack Obama loathe to give a

full-throated apology in an

election year where critics

like to accuse him of being

weak on the international stage. Why did it take so

long? Well, as we've been

clear about for quite these

many weeks, there were a number

of issues that needed to be

worked through that at lowed to

get us to where we are. With

militants already threatening

to attack NATO trucks, it's

still a bumpy road ahead.

French police have raided the

home of the former President

Nicolas Sarkozy as part of an

inquiry into his election

campaign funding. Investigators

are lookg into allegations he

accepted illegal donations

during his 2007 political

campaign. The probe was sparked

by a separate investigation

into the finances of France's

richest woman, L'Oreal cosmetics heiress, Liliane

Bettencourt. It's alleged she provided hundreds of thousands

of euros to Sarkozy's party

Treasurer, well beyond the

legal limit. The former

President vigorously denies the

claims. Nicolas Sarkozy lost

his immunity from prosecution

federal election earlier this when he was beaten in the

year. Scientists in Geneva and

Melbourne will this afternoon

hear the results of an experiment designed to prove

the existence of the so-called

God particle. A team of

Australian researcher has been

working with European experts

at the large Hadron collider in

Switzerland to explain how

particles can be the same size

but have a different mass. It

sounds obscure, but one of the

basic laws of physics will need

to be re-written if the

experiment fails. Deep underground, beneath the Swiss-French border, scientists have been conducting the

world's biggest and most

expensive experiment. They've

been firing particles at each

other at just under the speed

of light. Scientists can test

what's called the standard

model of particle physics. It's

missing several ingredients and

the big one that we can attack

with the current machine is the

Higgs boson. The Higgs boson,

the tiniest components of an

atom has only exist risted in theory. Physicists have argued

it's responsible for giving

things mass, that is how

particles of the same size can

have different masses and by extension weigh different

amounts. It has been dubbed by

the media as the God particle,

but that bothers the

purists. It is a very

fundamental particle in our

understanding of nature, but I

would not mix in

religious... It's not God? It's

not God, no. For instance, it

doesn't explain gravity or for

that matter the creation of the

universe. Not everyone wanted

these experiments to take

place. A group of dissenting

scientists went to court to try

to have them shut down because

they feared a black hole might

be accidentally created which

could swallow the Earth. The

fact we're hear to discuss the results means that didn't

happen. The results will be

unveileded to the world at a

big physics conference in

Melbourne at 6 o'clock this

evening eastern time, but an

accidentally leaked video from

Geneva appears to have given it

away. We have observed the new

particle. We have quite strong evidence that there is

something there. But the

scientists say it was just one

of several options recorded just in case.

Shoppers are heading back to

the malls. Economists say it could be falling interest rates

or the expectation of

compensation payments for the

carbon tax, but new figures

show retail sales are rising.

Sales in May beat expectations,

up half a percent and up for

the fifth straight month. The increase was more than double

that forecast, prompting the

Reserve Bank to delay future

interest rates. Barclays bank

was earlier fined nearly half a

billion dollars for

manipulating interest rates. Britain's Serious Fraud Office is looking at whether there

will be criminal prosequises. Europe correspondent Philip

Williams reports. Bob Diamond,

the cutting-edge architect of a

much more aggressive British

banking model, now part of a

sorry chapter in banking

history, nudged out of the job

by the Bank of England and it

seems few are sad he is

gone Bob Diamond has made the

right decision for Barclays and

also the right decision for the

country because we need our

banks focused on lending to the

economy, not on the scandals of

the past. The chief operating officer, Jerry del Missier has

also stepped down after the

LIBOR rate scandal which cost

the bank $450 million in fines

and sparked a parliamentary investigation This is about much more than one individual.

It's about the culture and

practices of the banking

industry. That's why we need a

full judge-led independent

inquiry. But Barclays chairman,

Marcus Agius who has already a founs announced his

resignation, says the whole

bank shufnt be condemned

because of the actions of a

few Bad behaviour was limited

to a small handful of people

and I'm appalled by what

happened and I couldn't be

anything otherwise, but was it

symptomatic of the rest of the

bank? No, absolutely not. But

quinlsing the public that this

was just a case of a few rotten

apples might not work. Either

way, there is a mon mental

rebuilding task ahead I think

it's hard not to look at the

brand and think it has

sustained quite a nasty hit. I

hope it's not anything that is

irredeemable. The now former

chief executive Bob Diamond may

struggle to rebuild his career.

The glory days at Barclays are

certainly behind him, but no

doubt his departure padded by

millions of dollars. When it

comes to our pearly whites, it seems Australians are paying a

premium in the hope of a

brighter-than-bright smile, but

a new study by the consumer

group 'Choice' suggests

whitening toothpaste is almost

identical to the cheap stuff.

The only real difference

appears to be the marketing

spin. Here is Ingrid Just 'Choice' reviewed 17

popular toothpaste products on

the market, including the

whitening toothpaste, and we

found that none of them

contained bleach, and it is bleach that is the key

ingredient that you need to

have white teeth. So, when it

comes to supermarket-bought

tooth pests, you're not

necessarily going to get the

super-white teeth look from a whitening product. But

Australians are pay Paing more

for toothpaste that promises to

whiten their teeth. Are they

paying too much? Look, you're

potentially paying too much

when it comes to the toothpaste

that make claims about

whitening when you're going to

the supermarket. Without that

bleaching agent, you're not

necessarily going to walk away

with shiny white teeth. The

supermarket bought toothpaste

that we looked at had roughly

the same ingredients and that's

fluoride, they had a mild

abrasion and they also had sweeteners, flavours, a

lathering agents as well.

Generally you will find the same ingredients irrespective

of the marketing claims on the

packaging. So is this a case of

false advertising, or merely

clever marketing? Look, it

really is a case of clever

marketing. Look, we're seeing

segments within the toothpaste

market that are opening up that

aren't necessary. For example,

cartoon characters and sparkly

stripes and stars within paste

products for children over 6.

It's all about getting parents

to purchase more toothpaste

products and have a number of

toothpastes sitting on the

bathroom bench as opposed to

one for the whole family. So

what is your message to

consumers when they go to the

supermarket and are faced with

a myriad of choices when it

comes to toothpaste? Look for a

toothpaste that has fluoride in

it, and most of them do.

Consider the cheaper alternatives. We found some

that worked just as well at

around about $1 to $1.30, as

opposed to $8. If you've got

children over 6, you don't

necessarily have to have a specific toothpaste for

children, and if you do have

sensitive teeth, some of the

toothpastes for sensitive teeth actually work quite

well. Ingrid Just from

'Choice', thanks for joining

us Thank you. Let's go now to

some of the other stories

making news in business, and

there are tentative signs that

recent interest rates cuts are

starting to flow through the

economy with a pick-up in the

services sector. An Australian

Industry Group survey has found

sales up in finance, insurance,

transport and the recreational

and health services sectors,

but businesses linked to

household spending like retail

trade and restaurants continued

to struggle. The competition

watchdog, the ACCC, say it is

will investigate whether the

The crude oil price

rallying overnight, up by

almost 5%, just under $88 US a

barrel. We saw mounting tension

over Iran's nuclear program, sparking concerns about supply

threats, so energy stocks

looking really good. Our sector

up by almost 3% and also good

movement by the big miners

today, BHP Billiton and Rio

Tinto. And it looks like James

Packer is looking to increase

his casino assets? Yes, Crown

is looking to increase its

stake in Echo Entertainment

from 10% to 125%. It has south

authority to do so. No word on

whether or not Crown wants to

increase the stake further than

25%, about you if it does t

would need to ask even more

regulatory approvalal. Crown

shares up about half a percent

at the moment to $8.50. Echo

Entertainment steady at

$4.30. How are the other Rae

tailers looking at the retail

trade

data Stronger-than-expected,

lifting all the retail stocks.

David Jones and Myer up by

about three quarters of 1 percent, particularly good

movement from the discretionary

stocks, so Woolworths and Wesfarmers, but the movement in

the Aussie dollar sparked at a

two-month high. Juliette Saly,

thank you Thanks, Nicole. Wall

Street was up in a half-day

trading session before 4th July

holiday. Better-than-expected

factory orders and robust new

car sales helped z the mood:

The American television

star best known for his role of

small-stoun sheriff Andy Taylor

has died at the age of 86. (Whistling) Andy Griffith cemented his place in television history playing the

lead in the long-running Andy

Griffith Show in the 1960s,

alongside a young Ron Howard.

It was a show known for loyal

family values. Snuf' got some

kind of problem? Well, I've got

something to ask you, something

important. Yeah, go ahead? Can

I run away from home?

Ah... Decades later, his

success continueded with the

courtroom drama Matt lock. On

Broadway, the popular actor was

nominated for two Tony awards

and won a Grammy for his gospel

album, 'I Love to Tell the

Story'. In 2005 he received the

presidential Medal of Freedom.

Andy Griffith died at his home

in North Carolina. In Syria,

the intelligence agencies are

running a network for torture

centres according to Human

Rights Watch. Researchers found

evidence that since the Syrian

Government began a crackdown on

pro-democracy protests,

detainees have been beaten,

burnt with acid and sexual

assaulted. In Kabun district of

Damascus, security forces

demonstrate their power. The

man on the right is led out by

the throat. Here a man standing

by the wall is punched. The new

Human Rights Watch report

outlines what might happen to

these people if they get taken

away. Its report doesn't cover

opposition crimes. Ahmed and

Dalal are teachers from

northern sir ya. They've taken

refuge here in Turkey. Security

forces detained them for demonstrating. Ahmed was beaten

so badly, he offered to pay

guards to kill him and end his pain.

TRANSLATION: So we couldn't

escape, they tied our hands

behind our backs and they

covered our eyes. We were

bleeding from injuries.

TRANSLATION: If you deny their

accusations then you're whipped

until you admit to things you

haven't done. If you deny again

and again, the torture gets

worse. They threaten you with electric shocks, threaten your

wife and children. Opposition

activists say that these

pictures show plain-clothes

police attacking demonstrators

in Damascus. Human Rights Watch

accuses Syria of carrying out a

state policy of torture. The

orders came from the heads of

the security forces, say this

former intelligence officer.

They were in direct contact

with the President and his

entourage." Syria is just

metres away, but the families

taking refuge at the Bunyan

camp on the Turkish side don't

dare to go back home. The

report on torture helps to

explain why. Let's have a quick

look at other stories making

news around the world. Burma's democracy leader Aung Sang Suu

Kyi is in trouble with

authorities for continuing to

call her country Burma and not

Myanmar. The country's Election Commission says she should

respect the Constitution, but

Ms Suu Kyi says the name was

changed two decading as without

consulting public opinion. A

diplomat from Niger who has

been stranded in Brazil since

the Rio Plus 20 summit has been

able to return home with the

help of a Brazilian teacher.

53-year-old Hadi had all her

papers and money stolen. A br

stillan teacher saw her crying

at the airport and took her

home until emergency travel

paper 'cause be arranged. And

landslides triggered by

torrential rains have been

disrupting highway traffic in

China's Sichuan province. 3,000

cubic metres of mud and rock

has blocked one main road and

continuing rain is hindering

repair work. Wave energy from

the ocean will be trialed at a

commercial level. The Federal

Government is putting $10

million into two projects in

Victoria and South Australia

and Ali Baghaie is the chief

executive of the green energy

company Oceanlinx that's behind

the trial at Port McDonnell

east of Adelaide. It's

extremely important, this

backing, because we are at the

development stage of the

technology, and without that

sort of support, we could not

have secured foreign

investments or national

investments for the balance of

funds, and develop this

technology to a commercial

level. (Port McDonnell) So is

it possible that wave energy

could in fact provide cheaper

power than coal-fired

stations? Essentially that's

the aim and we hope to achieve

that aim within five to seven

years from now. So how

effective do you think this

will be? How much electricity

can this system produce? In

terms of production and supplying the essential

electricity to households is no

different to any other power

stations, so generally for

every megawatt of power

produced, you could feed up to

a thousand homes with that

electricity. So this project, for instance, in South

Australia alone is a single

unit which has got a footprint

of 20m by 20m, essentially that

box, at the base of it has a

footprint of 20m by 20m, which

essentially could produce 1 megawatt which could feed up to

a thousand homes. So when this

trial works, when do you expect

it to be permanently hooked up

the electricity grid? We expect

it to be permanently connected

to the grid by the end of next

year, 2013 and we're hoping

that thereafter we produce

continuous electricity onto the

grid in South Australia. Ali

Baghaie, thanks for joining

us You're welcome, thank you

very much. Slovakian cyclist

Peter Sagan has had its second

stage win of this year's Tour

de France, but there was a

setback for Australian cyclist

Simon Gerrans, as James Bennett reports. Numerous short and

steep climbs along the northern

French coastline, close to the

finish of the 197 stage from

Orchies to Boulogne-sur-Mer

split the peloton into a number

of groups, but it was the final

700m climb up to the finish

which proved decisive and

allowing Slovak sensation Peter Sagan to take his second Tour

de France stage win, but the

major story of the day from an

Australian point of view was

Simon Gerrans. Unfortunately a

crash at 30km to go took him

out of the race. Gerrans says

he was lucky to escape with

only minor cuts and bruises,

despite being sent into a

barbed wire fence at around 60km/h.

Went off the road to avoid

the riders and got caught up in

a bike and I just hit the deck

from there. I got caught up in

the barbed wire fence and that

sort of thing, but

fortunately,g into too serious,

no broken bones, I was able to

finish the stage and I will

battle on tomorrow As far as

the overall standings go, no changes. Fabian Cancellara will

wear the jersey for a fourth

day tomorrow. Bradley Wiggins

remains in second place and

Cadel Evans is 17 seconds from

the lead. Serena Williams

remains on track for a fifth

Wimbledon singles title after

beating the defending champion

Petra Kvitova in the

quarterfinals. The American had

a 6-3, 7-5 victory to put the

semifinal against Victoria

Azarenka from Belarus. The

Polish player became the first

to reach the last four at a

Grand Slam. Her opponent will

be German Angelique Kerber.

Scotland's Andy Murray is

through to the men's

quarterfinals where he will

take on Spain's David Ferrer. It's well documented

that researchers from Tasmania

are shedding more light on what

causes sea level rise. Melting

ice in the Earth's poles is

increasingly raising levels,

prompting calls for action to prevent future flood

events. It's the latest

snapshot on the controversial

topic of sea level rise, and it

doesn't make pleasant

reading. We've probably got

something like half a metre sea

level rise will happen,

whatever we do within the next

millennia or so. Scientists at

the Antarctic Research Centre

have compiled 10 years of

peer-reviewed research,

providing a clearer picture of

what's happening in the

oceans We've got long enough

records to clearly say that

Green land is losing ice and

that ice is adding to sea level

rise and Western Antarctica

isilise losing ice. Melting ice

is now contributing twice as

much to rising levels as

thermal expansion caused by

ocean warming. It is now

becoming a greater cause of the

rate of change. Erosion is

already having an impact on

Australian shores. But

inundation of coastal

infrastructure is still to

come. If you design something

so it only gets flooded about

once every 100 years which is

commonly what engineers do,

then by the time you have half

a metre sea level rise, Liu be

flooded several times a

year. The scientists say the

whole of Australia's coastline

is at risk, but in particular

parts of the eastern seaboard.

Dr Hunter says sea level rise

over the next 50 years can't be

prevented. Past that time obviously if we mitigate greenhouse gas emissions we're

going to start cutting back on

the projections of sea level

rise. Welcome news for those

backing the carbon tax. Time

now for a look at the national

weather, and the satellite

image shows patchy cloud

lingering over South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria, but

that's only causing a few odd

showers here and there. Cloud

is forming on the New South

Wales coast causing the odd

shower to develop there, and

skies are generally clear

elsewhere under a strengthening

high pressure system. On the

synoptic chart, that high

pressure system will bring a

cold morning with inland frost,

then a mostly sunny day to much

of the country. The high will

direct showery southerly winds

onto the eastern seaboard,

mainly in the New South Wales

coastline and mild north-westerly winds will develop in western Western

Australia. To the forecasts in the capital cities now..

Let's go back to the Stock

Exchange now for a final check

of the markets:

That's the news for now on a

day when a Navy patrol boat was

searching for another asylum

seeker boat carrying up to 180

people and in distress of

Indonesia. Scientists were

awaiting news on the existence

of the so-called God particle,

and a deal between Pakistan and

the US got supply lines into

Afghanistan moving again. There

is continuous news on ABC News

24 and there's also news

online. Our next full bulletin

on ABC1 is at 7 o'clock this

evening. I'm Nicole Chettle. Have a good afternoon.

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Live. Today at the National

Press Club the chair of

Indigenous Business Australia,

Dawn Casey. She used to be

director of the National Museum

of Australia. She will speak today about indigenous economic development and ask whether

indigenous policies are being

too influenced by media

commentary. Dawn Casey with today's National Press Club

address. Ladies and gentlemen,

welcome to the National Press

Club for today's National Australia Bank address. Today is something of a special

occasion for us, not just

because it's a gret pleasure to

welcome Dr Dawn Casey back as a

guest of the club but this is

the last occasion in which we

will be broadcasting from fr

this room. We will be

undertaking a major Reniation

vaeltion, complete renovation

of this area and completely