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Tonight - Australia condemns

South Korea's plan to begin

whaling for research. We are

completely opposed to whaling.

There's no excuse for

scientific whaling. We oppose

whaling. We've opposed whaling

for a long time. No early

release for the Hoddle Street

killer Julian Knight.

Renovators left in the lurch as

a major kitchen firm goes

under. And - a last-minute goal

takes Queensland to a record

seven straight State of Origin

titles.

Good evening. Craig Allen

with ABC News. A diplomatic

showdown is looming over whaling and this time it's not

with Japan. In a surprise move,

the mrl Whaling Commission in

an ma South Korea made clear

its intention to resume whaling

in home waters. Describing it

as a very disappointing

Julia Gillard instructed development, Prime Minister

Australia's ambassador to South

Korea to lodge an immediate

protest. Michael Troy reports.

For years, international

pressure has been solely on

Japanese whalers in the

Southern Ocean. Now, South

Korea has decided to join them

in the hunt. Angering many of

International Whaling the delegates at the

Commission in an ma. Korea has

announced they'll start

scientific whaling, so killing whales in the name of science.

This is extremely bad news.

South Korean delegates argued

their country's fishermen have

hunted whales for 8,000 years.

South Korea says it will

only target minke whales in its

coastal waters and believes it

does not need foreign

approval. I am very disappointed by this announcement by South Korea. We

are completely opposed to

whaling. There's no excuse for

scientific whaling. I have

instructed our ambassador in

South Korea to raise this

matter today at the highest

levels of the Korean

government. We would

respectfully say to the South

Koreans, don't do it.

Diplomatic pressure though

appears unlikely to succeed.

And environmental groups admit

there's little governments to

do to stop the South Koreans. I

think it's a really sad

situation for the environment

in general, that people are

continuing to hunt, to

slaughter whales in this way.

It's a really destructive

process. There's frustration

too with the International

Whaling Commission. IWC has

proven to be a toothless tiger.

Unless countries are able to

use other diplomatic measures

the legal options at the moment

may well be the most promiseing

in terms of shutting down this

proposal. The South Koreans

could begin whaling in about

six months. The latest asylum seekers

rescued by the Australian Navy

have arrived at Christmas

Island. The boat carrying 162

people sent out a distress call

yesterday just 50 nautical

miles off the coast of

Indonesia. More than 2,000

asylum seekers have arrived at

Christmas Island in the past

five weeks. The Immigration

Minister says there is still

space in Australia's detention

centres. Of course we've had an

increase in arrivals but we do

have capacity in the network

and we manage that, with very a

range of measures in place to

deal with people including

bridging visas and community

detention and I've absolutely

no plans to expand the

detention network any further.

The minister rejects opposition

suggestions that asylum seekers

are using the navy as a de

facto roadside assistance

service. Victoria's Hoddle

Street yiler has been refused

parole and told he has no hope

of release in the foreseeable

future. The State's Parole

Board has found Julian Knight

continues to represent a risk

to the community. Almost 25

years after he killed seven

people in Melbourne. It remains

Victoria's worst shooting

massacre. In August 1987,

Julian Knight killed seven

people and injured 19 others in

a rampage in Melbourne's inner

north. What he did that night,

he gunned down people who

didn't care. He shot people

walk round the street. He was

be hiding behind rocks and

trees killing people. For three quarters of an hour the

former mar mee cadet shot at

cars, pedestrians and

police. It was very much

chaotic. You could see a number

of bodies. You could see

damaged vehicles. And no-one

really knew what was happening.

Cow still hear the gun fire. Julian knight was

sentenced to a minimum of 27

years' prison. And could've

been eligible for release in

2014. But now, the State's

adult Parole Board has ruled he

must say behind bars. It found Knight continues to represent a danger to the community. And

that there is no prospect of an

order for release on parole in

the foreseeable future. It was

an unforgiveable act. He

shouldn't be forgiven. 'Very

pleased that the Parole Board

have ruled e he remains a

continuing danger. Julian

Knight has initiated many legal challenges to the Victorian

Government. In 2004, he was

declared a vexatious litigant

by the Supreme Court. Hopefully

now it can be put aside and we

don't hear from him again. It's

been too much. The last five

years he has been in the paper

every six months trying to get,

this trying to get that.

Wasting money. My money.

Taxpayers' money. Not imposing

a release date must be seen I

think as a victory to those

persons who have survived. The

Parole Board hasn't given any

was Queensland's longest indication of a review date. It

running murder trial and now

the man convicted has been

handed the State's longest

prison sentence. Max Sica was

found guilty of murdering his

ex-girlfriend and her brother

and sister in Brisbane nine

years ago. Today a court sent

him to jail for 35 years. A record sentence but still not

enough to mend a shattered

family. At least it gives a

little built of peace of mind but we will never be able to

see our children again. Crown

Prosecutors asked for Max Sica

to serve a minimum non-parole

term of 45 years but he was

sentenced to 35. Is 35 years

excessive? I think it

was. Earlier this week, Sica

has convicted of strangling his

former girlfriend Neelma Singh

and killing her two younger

siblings Kunal and Sidhi in

their Bridgeman Downs home. He

bashed all three in their beds

with a garden fork and dumped

their bodies in a spa bath

filled with hot water. He wiped

the scene with bleach to clear

away fingerprints. In a victim

impact statement the court

heard from the victims' eldest

sister who said:

Many in the court were in

tears, as more statements were

read out on behalf of Shirley

Singh who said she didn't

recognise her daughters because

their injuries were so

horrific.

She speak of her regret for

being overseas at the time, and

how she's since attempted

suicide while dealing with the

trauma.

He's not a normal person, his

behaviour, the way he talks.

(Imitates Sica) it's not normal. So I never liked

him. But the family of the

triple murderer maintain he's

innocent. I believe that my son

would be able to do that, I

would say to the judge give a

hundred years and better off. I

would kill the bastard, save

some taxpayer money. But my son

is innocent. The court heard

how Sica faked his grief after

telling police he had

discovered the three bodies.

The judge said his only anxiety

in the killings was for his self-preservation. His current

wife of four years says she believes Sica will be

exonerated on appeal. He

sparked a bizarre week-Longman hunt that took in New South

Wales, a film set in

Queensland, and Northern

Territory bushland. But it was

the end of the road today for

Jonathan Stenberg who's accused

of beheading his neighbour with

a court remanding him in custody. There were reports

Jonathan Stenberg was a

passenger in this morning's

prison van, but he didn't

appear in the Central Local Court. Outside, lawyer Chris

Nyst wouldn't be drawn on

whether the accused killer will

fight the charges. Have you

spoken with him this morning? I

have. I can't tell you much

this morning. The 46-year-old

was charged with murder

yesterday after being

extradited to New South Wales

from Darwin. It's believed

Edward Kelly was decapitated

some time between 17 and 21

June. Mr Kelly's body was found

at his Broadwater home on the

New South Wales north coast but

his head is still missing. The

case sparked a man hunt, where

police allege Mr Stenberg fled

New South Wales. They say he travelled to Queensland where

he paused to audition for a

murder mystery movie hand then

went on to the Northern

Territory where he was

discovered in bushland near

Darwin and arrested. Defence

didn't apply for bail, but said

they may do so in coming weeks.

But the prosecution was

furnished with few details,

having only been handed the

file that morning. Lawyers

pleaded for more time to prepare their case.

Jonathan Stenberg will face

the Lismore Local Court on 18

September. The Japanese Parliament's

final report into the nuclear

meltdown at Fukushima has found

it was a preventable, man-made

disaster. The report slams the

plant's operator Tepco, saying

it withheld vital information

and ignored warnings over

earthquakes and tsunamis. The

government has also come under

fire with the report saying it

colluded with Tepco and nuclear regulators. Former Prime

Minister Naota Kan has been

criticised for interfering in

the response to the disaster,

creating confusion in the chain

of command, and wasting

valuable time. The Chief

Minister has come under fire

from the opposition for not

disclosing that a member of her family worked under the woman

who's confessed to doctoring

data at the Canberra Hospital.

Today, Katy Gallagher was

recalled to an estimates

hearing to face questions over

the scandal. In April the Chief

Minister disclosed that a

relative had a personal relationship with the woman who

fudged the figures. Under

questioning from the Liberals

today, Ms Gallagher revealed

her relative is a nurse working

under the administrator. The

Liberals say that should've

also been made public. I

understand, that for your

political convenience, you

would like to find or to put a

cloud over the family member of

mine in your attempt to get to

me. I understand the political

gain that's been played here.

Ms Gallagher says the

Auditor-General has cleared her

relative of any wrongdoing and

the opposition is just seeking

to score political points by attacking her family. One of

Australia's major kitchen

makers has gone into voluntary administration leaving hundreds

of customers and suppliers in

the lurch. Australian Kitchen

Industries which trades under

several names, including

Kitchen Connection, has 0

stores across the country. -

20 stores across the country.

The group's collapse has left

many clients with half finished

kitschens and thousands of

dollars out of pocket. This is

what Rhonda's dream kitchen was

supposed to look like. This is

the reality. There's no bench

top, didn't come with the

doors, they're missing. There's

a panel down the end of the

kitchen that needs replacing.

Rhonda and her husband have

been saving for the renovation

for years. They paid Impala

Kitchen Connection $20,000 for

design, manufacturing and installation. But after part of

it was installed last week, the

company went into voluntary

administration. I haven't cried

yet because I'm still too mad.

My stomach is just churning.

Mad. Many others are facing

similar problems. In some

cases, where there might've

been a stone bench top which

seems to be a fairly typical

problem, where it was to be

supplied by a third party,

there are many of those

issues. Australian Kitchen

Industries has 20 stores in

South Australia, Victoria, New

South Wales and Queensland. The

administrator says it has

struggled in the current

economic climate. The company

is still operating as usual and

it's continuing to take on new

orders, despite the dark cloud hanging over the business. We're undertaking an

urgent assessment of the

company's financial position.

Having said that, we've

re-established supply with a

number of the major suppliers

to the company. And we're

working through the issues of

continuing to trade. The

company has about 200

employees, all of whom were

paid this week. But as for

customers, what they'll get back remains to be

seen. They're pushy and they

promise you the world in the

beginning, but hook. The first

creditors' meeting will be held

in Brisbane next week.

Turkey has recovered the

bodies two of airmen whose jet

was shot down by Syria last

month. The Turkish military

hasn't revealed where the

bodies were found nor whether

the pilots ejected from the

plane. The plane crashed into

the Mediterranean and sank. The

special salvage ship has been

brought in to recover the

wreckage. The incident took

relations between the two

neighbours to a dangerous leez

the plane was brought down in

international air space. The

Federal Government has launched

the biggest police response

team in Australia. The Specialist Response Group will

be able to respond to

emergencies anywhere in

Australia or the Asia Pacific

region. The team will deal we

vents like natural disasters

and bomb blasts at short

notice. They will be deployed

to the Solomon Islands, to

Christmas Island if required

and other parts of the country

to help news the resolution of

organised crime and terrorism

investigation. We now see

the capacity for police

stationed here as part of AFP

national operations will be

available to surge and provide

that additional response

capability as needed to ACT

policing. Almost 200 officers

will be based at the group's Canberra headquarters. Gina

Reinhart sold $50 million worth

of shares in Fairfax Media

today reducing her stake from

nearly 19% to 15%. With no lead

from New York because of the

Independence Day holiday in the

US, the rest of the Australian

market drifted slightly lower.

Gina Reinhart sold 86.5 million

Fairfax shares to get her stake

below 15% because the company

said it couldn't get directors'

insurance for any director

owning more than 15% so she

can't be a director. She has

now removed that problem but Ms

Reinhart implied they shouldn't

think for a moment that she's

going anywhere. Although she's

not making a bid either as they

would make. She just wants two

directors on the board. And the shares went up. Today's economic news in

Australia was a widening of the

trade e deficit to $285 million

in May. That's because exports

increased by 1% less than

imports did. But it's worth

drilling into this a built. The

growth in exports to China has

been slowing sharply over the

past 18 months from the peak of

50% early last year. Before the

2008 bust, Australia's exports

to China were growing at

between 30 and 50% and now it's

10%. And a lot of that has to

do with the natural maturing of

the Chinese economy. This chart

compares the industrialisation

of Japan from 1955, South Korea

from 1975 and China from 1990,

by looking at the proportion of

the economy devoted to fixed

capital formation. In Japan and

Korea it got to 35 to 40% of

the economy, in China to 45%.

But as we can see with Japan

and Korea it always starts to

fall as the emerging country moves towards consumption

instead of investment. And

that's finance. In a week of

NAIDOC celebrations Canberra's

peak Indigenous body has revealed inequality is still a

problem. More than 5,000 people

in the ACT identify themselves

as Indigenous, a jump of around

a third from five years ago.

The Indigenous and Torres

Strait Islander elected body

says there's still more to do,

especially in areas of

education and family support.

It's calling for a more

targeted approach to close the

gap. We have been extreme ly

patient about the efforts of

government and others to close

that gap. But it's just taking

forever. And we've been through

this process so many times. So

we want to see some real

action. The body also wants

regular updates from local

organisations to address any

shortfalls. Queensland have

made State of Origin history

with a seventh straight series

win over New South Wales. The

win came thanks to a

last-minute field goal from

Cooper Cronk and broke the

hearts of Blues fans who were

left to ponder what might've

been. 21-20, the score line

said it all. The gutted Blues

are getting close, the skipper

wants Ricky Stuart to continue

guiding the way. Probably get a

job in the NRL somewhere and

you know, with the staff he's

got hey long side him he

probably has the ability to do

both. New South Wales couldn't

have come closer to ending

Queensland's reign. No-one

likes losing, but take it on

the chin, we gotta move

forward. The Blues have got a

great side. They have had for a

number of years but this year

they had a lot more belief in

themselves. Overflowing in

maroon, a seething Lang Park

provided traditional welcomes.

The players did likewise from

the first minute. It was an

explosive powderkeg of rivalry

and passion. New South Wales

took the ascendancies, eking

out an 8-0 lead. But Queensland

was coming, and a blue wall

which held up for a while

cracked under sustained attack.

A gaping head gash upset the

Blues' use of versatile Ben Creagh. Johnathan Thurston

opened them up another way.

Moments later he was on the

spot to put Queensland ahead.

It wouldn't be Origin without a

controversial moment. This

cross-field run might've been

called up but the try was

awarded. The Maroons had an 8

point buffer. Brett Stewart's

fifth Origin try gave the game

fresh life. The home team

Ennahda joid a lengthy period of possession and territorial

advantage but the only points

came from penalty goals.

Needing 6 points, Blues hooker

Robbie Farah pin pointed a kick

at Darius Boyd. Josh Morris did

the rest. Carney's 20/20

conversion set up field-goal

time. Captain Cameron Smith

showed off the spoils and

graciously shared the spotlight

with 33 Origin gamer Petero

Civoniceva. Takes a lot of

fortitude, takes a lot of the

effort, attitude, fantastic

commitment from the footy

side. The Maroons will remain

in seventh heaven for as long

as they desire.

David Shillington has been

cleared to play for the raiders

at the weekend. The Maroons

forward was reported for a high

shot on New South Wales centre

Josh Morris. Late in last

night's Origin match. The NRL

reviewed the game and found

Shillington had no case to

answer. He will now back up and

take to the field against the

Storm on Saturday afternoon.

Roger Federer and Novak

Djokovic will meet in the

Wimbledon semifinals after both

had comprehensive victories.

The presence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge coupled

with greats of the game

inspired a royal command

performance from Roger Federer.

The Swiss allowed Mikhail

Youzhny the princely sum of

five games. The Russian

resorted to asking Andre Agassi

for advice. But the lesson came

from Federer. As he remained on

target for a seventh Wimbledon

crown. It helps when royalty

shows up and other legend s of

the game see me play. He will meet Novak Djokovic at

Wimbledon for the first time

when the pair play in the semifinals. He's been so

dominant and so consistent on

these Grand Slams. He's an

ultimate challenge on grass

courts. Murray Mania is

building as locals long for the

first male British winner since

Fred Perry in 1936 although

coach Ivan Lendl isn't too

swept up in it. He beat

Spaniard David Ferrer in four

sets to reach the last four at

Wimbledon for the fourth

straight year. Frenchman

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga stands

between Murray and a first

appearance in the final. The

crashes continue at the Tour de

France. A spill near the end of

the fourth stage brought down a

big name. The British sprint

king did manage to finish the

stage. German Andre Greipel

stayed clear of trouble and

surged at the finish.

Australia's defending champion

Cadel Evans remains seventh

overall, 17 seconds behind the

leader Fabian Cancellara. Fresh

from his recent French Open

junior doubles title Canberra

teenager Nick Kirios is through

to the Wimbledon juniors

quarterfinals. The man they call 'The Blade Runner' will make history at

the London Olympics.

25-year-old South African Oscar

Pistorius will be the first

amputee to race in the Games.

A birth defect forced him to

have both legs amp amputated

below the knee before he was 1.

He denies that his carbon fibre

prosthetic blades give hip an

edge. If they can prove they

give me an advantage I won't

run any more. He will

represent South Africa in the

400m but in the 4 x 400 relay.

Does being rich make you mean?

Or does being mean help you to

become reach? That's the question psychologists and

researchers are keen to answer

and they've even devised some

tests to measure meanness.

Many in the Occupy Wall Street

movement would agree with the

theory that rich people are

more likely to be mean. The

really successful rich people

can pretend to care and that's

the way in which it goes.

They're the ones you have to

watch out for because they're

axe murderers. It's not

everybody that's like that, but

unfortunately you find it more

often than not. I met some

really good wealthy people but

I met some ratbags too. While

rich people may be in the

driver's seat it's driving

habits which have formed part

of the research showing people

in luxury cars drive with

greater disregard for others.

Psychologists in the US have

tried to validate the

stereotype, using other testing which has shown wealthy people

can be more selfish and more

unethical. Whether true or not,

in these tough economic times

there's increasing focus on how

wealth affects paver. When

people are struggling a bit

more and more uncertain they're

likely to look at those that

are wealthy and say "Hey you're

taking from us" rather than

working with us so make money.

Researchers also acknowledge

some of the most wealthy people

like Bill Gates and Dick Smith

are also among the most

generous. A lot of our cancer research in this country is

based on donations from wealthy

people. And for those who try

to act mean because they think

it might help them to become

rich, the advice is to lose the

attitude. Because paifrl

experts say pleasant people are

just as likely to become wealthy. Those people who make

it at the end of the day and

get really very wealthy are

those that are very - work

incredibly well with others and

take risks, they will invest a

lot of money. So just take your

mother's advice that it pays to

be nice. One of the greats of

British comedy Eric Sykes has

died. Sykes is best known for

writing an starring in the

long-running series 'Sykes With

Hattie Jacques'. Hes a also

remembered for writing material

for other stars including Peter

Sellers, Spike Milligan and

Tony Hancock. More recently Sykes started with Nicole

Kidman in 'The Others' but over

his 60 year career he did

everything from Shakespeare to

Harry Potter. He was 89. To

other weather now. It's been a

cloudy and cool day. The frost

wasn't quite so heaven this

morning, even though it was

minus 5.

It's clear and sunny over

the north. The trough is still

bringing rain up parts of the

east coast, but a high-pressure

system is the main feature

centred over southern Victoria.

Tomorrow will be fairly similar

with showers for Sydney and

Brisbane, Perth will also see

some rain.

A brief recap of our top

stories tonight.

Environmentalists have

expressed fury at the news that South Korea will follow in

Japan's wake and start

scientific whaling. Their

decision has angered delegates

at the International Whaling

Commission. South Korea says it

will only target minke whales

in its own coastal waters. And

the man responsible for

Victoria's infamous Hoddle

Street massacre will remain

locked in jail. Julian Knight

killed seven people and injured

19 others in the 1987 Melbourne

shooting. The Parole Board says

Knight remains a danger to the

community. And that's the news

for now. You can keep up to

date 24 hours a day on ABC News

on-line. But stay with us now

for 7.30 with Leigh Sales. Thanks for your company. Goodnight.

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Live. Welcome to 7:30. I'm

Leigh Sales. Tonight, lost

trust. Growing calls for an

independent inquiry into child

abuse within the Catholic

Church. We let the church deal

with it theflselves. I haven't

much faith in the outcome of

it. It needs someone

independent to the church to

look into it. I actually

looked down and saw my right

leg at right angle and I thought it was severed at the

time. Luckily it wasn't. And a

soldier's long road to

recovery. I don't sit back and

go, "I wish I never did it,"

because that's what I do.

That's my job. A priest who

allegedly abused children

remains in the community with

seemingly the full knowledge of

senior figures in the Catholic Church. The mother of one of

the victims has spoken out

about her complete loss of