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Tonight - another bizarre twist in the Peter Slipper

sexual harassment case. No

babies in bed A coroner's

warning that co-sleeping puts

infants at risk. Out with God

and the Queen. Australian Girl

Guides embrace a new

promise. It's been a huge, huge

decision and it hasn't been

taken lightly at all. And a

night to remember for a trio of

Top End policemen. We thought

they were going to be the

strippers but no, they weren't,

bugger. Good evening. Craig

Allen with ABC News. Lawyers

for parliamentary Speaker Peter

Slipper have raised the stakes

in their legal stourn with a

staffer who has accused Mr

Slipper of sexual harassment.

They have referred James Ashby

to the Federal Police. But the

move back fired when a judge

ruled Mr Ashby didn't have to

respond because it may

incriminate him. It started

with a claim of sexual harassment but this case has

drawn in politicians and the

media to become something much more. Peter Slipper and the Federal Government believe

there are grounds to throw out

the claim, even before it's

heard. They say it was designed

to damage Peter Slipper and

benefit his political rivals. Mr Ashby's lawyers say they

were ready to file a response

but the goal posts have

shifted. In this letter, Mr

Slipper's lawyers alleged Mr

Ashby and his lawyer Karen

Doane may have committed a

legal offence. They are I

accused of sending his dire to

News Limited journalist. The

court was told this was no

reason for him not to provide a

response. The judge disagreed

saying the prospect of criminal allegations means James Ashby

has the right to say nothing.

The judge said Peter Slipper's lawyers had to accept the consequences of how they

were running their case, saying:

James Ashby's barrister says

federal minister, Anthony

Albanese also raise the

stakes. What occurred during

Watergate, people attempted to

obtain information in a way

that wasn't legal and wasn't

appropriate. The judge also expressed concerns about the

cost of the proceedings, saying

they seem to have got out of

all proportion. Still, there's

no sign of this being resolved

any time soon. The federal

Opposition is under fire for

not signing up to a multiparty

committee that's designed to

find a solution to the asylum

seeker impasse. He is sticking

to his policy to turn boats

around. Despite criticism from

a former Navy chief. Up north

Tony Abbott visited at

aluminium smell smelter. In the south, the Prime Minister

chatted to school children. As

the carbon campaign continued,

so did the argument over asylum

seekers. This is an area not

for slogan earring, it's forgetting effective action

done. This is a Government

which has no policy whatsoever

other than to put out the

welcome mat. The coalition

hasn't nominated anyone to sit

on a multiparty committee

attempting to bridge the

political stand-off. The

Government is urging the M

pments to nominate themselves. The time has past

for political point scoring and politicians working against

each other. The time has come

for politicians to work with

each other. Tony Abbott has

written to Julia Gillard to ask

for the terms of reference but

even without it, the Opposition

doesn't seem keen on

joining. The Government should

stop outsourcing its decision

and responsibility and start

acting on it. You get elected

to get a good outcome. I think

it's disgraceful that the

Opposition have bowed out. The

commi eis designed to help the

expert panel that can come up

with a solution. The Opposition

says it already has a solution.

Among the measures is turning

boats around and sending them

back to Indonesia. Former chief

of the Navy, Chris Barry says

that will drive people to take

desperate measures: The Navy

has done it before, they can do

it again. The Government says

it won't work. It's time for Mr

Abbott to take his head out of

the sand and to recognise that Indonesia will not cooperate

and participate in turning back

boats. Customs has begun an

hole of review into the

capsizing and sinking of two

asylum seeker boats. More than

90 died in the incidents. The

body of the Australian SAS

soldier killed in Afghanistan

this week is being flown home.

A ceremony for Blaine Diddams

was held at the Australian base

at Tarin Kot overnight. Members

of the Special Operations Task

Force escorted Sergeant

Diddams's body as coalition

soldiers lined the casket's

route. Sergeant Diddams was

shot in the chest on Tuesday.

Earlier the SAS held a memorial

service for him. He died frond

towards enemy, leaving the man

like a true warrior. He is

survived by his wife and two children. Parents are again

being warned about the dangers

of sharing a bed with their

babies. The Victorian coroner

has criticised inconsistent

advice given to parents about

the practice. He has warned the

practice of co-sleeping is

dangerous and says many parents

aren't aware of the risk. For

many parents, it's a way to

help their baby feel safe and

secure but the Victorian coroner says sleeping in the

same bed as an infant Orico

sleeping needs to stop. Coroner

John Olle says:

We know that little ones are

dying in co leaping situations

and we also know that we need

to inform parents with consistent messages and they

are not getting that at the

moment. SIDS and Kids has

recently updated its safe

sleeping guidelines which

include putting a baby to sleep

organisations offer very in its own bed. Other

different advice. An Australian

parenting website sponsored by

the Federal Government gives

guidelines for safe

co-sleeping, such as putting a

baby on its back, providing

firm bedding and making sure

the environment is smoke-free.

Their recommendations are

supported by the Australian

breast feeding

association. Co-sleeping per se

is not a risk factor for SIDS.

However, it's the circumstances

in which co-sleeping may be

done that can make it either

safe or not safe. It's this

sort of confusing message, the Victorian coroner warns, could

be costing lives. His call for a strong public health message

about the dangers of

co-sleeping with a baby under

12 months old. He wants it

delivered at pregnancy and

after birth. We advocate the

changes. We advocate the

policy. We need policy out

there in all health

professional fields. Every year

around 80 babies die from SIDS

and around half of those half

during co-sleeping. The head of

one of Australia's largest

bakery chains has quit after

revelations he urged

franchisees to increase prices

and blame it on the carbon tax.

It's been revealed Brumby's

managing director Deane Priest

tendered his resignation

yesterday. We know Brumby's has

been in the news over the past

few days. Earlier in the week

the managing director, Deane

Priest apologised for writing a

newsletter suggesting

franchisees should increase

their prices during June and

July. In this newsletter he

wrote "let the carbon tax take

the blame". The Assistant

Treasurer described Brumby's's

behaviour as reprehensible and

accused the company of trying

to rip off its customers. Deane

Priest apologised for the

contents of the newsletter

calling what he wrote foolish

and ill-considered . Now the

ABC has obtained an internal

memo which accepts his

resignation and it plans to

take out full page newspaper

advertisements and engaged the

services of a media consultant.

The owner of Brumby's retail

food group has also sent the

franchisees a script for staff

to use when dealing with

concerned customers and we also

know the competition watchdog,

the ACCC, says it's also making

inquiries into the matter. Security forces in

Britain aren't taking any

chances in the lead-up to the

Olympics. Armed police swooped

on a coach on the M6 Motorway

following reports of vapour

escaping from the back. It

turned out to be a fake

cigarette used by someone

trying to give up smoking.

Meanwhile in two separate

anti-terror raids in London,

six people were arrested. The

police intelligence services

will act far earlier on in a

plot, an active plot because

the risk appetites are

diminishing rapidly as we reach closer towards the Olympic

Games. The six are being

questioned about an alleged

plot involving potential

targets in the UK but police

say there appears to be no

connection to any attack during

the London Games. One of

Canberra's longest-running

planning disputes appears to be

at an end with the Supreme

Court throwing out a challenge

to the Giralang shops

development. Nearby shop owners

and some residents have been fighting plans which could see

a big supermarket established

at the site. The opponents say

they aren't giving up their

fight. Change at last. The

derelict area around the

Giralang shops may finally be

about to be transformed. After

a decade of failed

applications, plans for the

site were finally approved last

year when the Planning Minister

used his calling powers. But

nearby shop owners and some

residents lodged an application

you against the approval

fearing the impact on local

businesses. The bid didn't

clear the first hurdle with

justice John Byrnes ruling:

It sends a very clear message that just because you have

concerns about competition,

that does not mean you have

grounds inform appeal a

planning decision. It's a

ruling greeted with relief by

those behind the plan. It will

be a supermarket with five or

six shops basically with a supporting underground car

park. So it will be a mini

centre. But they are being coy

about which supermarket A well

known supermarket is most

likely the candidate. There

will be announcements about

that at the appropriate

time. The opponents are

concerned that will be

retailing giant Woolworths and

they are seeking advice about

an appeal. A spokesman says

they are particularly concerned

about the ruling that they had

no standing but the Planning

Minister says the rules are now

clear. What it does show is

that the process I go through as minister with the support

and advice of the planning and

land authority is comprehensive

if calling powers are

used. Today's ruling may make

it tougher for those fighting

planning decisions in situation

where the Minister uses his

call-in powers. The Girl Guide

movement doesn't often attract

controversy but a plan to drop

a pledge to honour the Queen

and God from its oath has not

amused supporters of the

monarchy. A promise by young

girls to be obedient has also

been cut as part after push to

widen the appeal of the

organisation. In its Heyday

there were 80,000 Girl Guides across Australia. Today numbers

are less than 30,000. To

reverse the trend it's out with

the old. I promise that I will

do my best to serve my Queen

and my country... And in with

the new. Pledging to serve Australia. By serving

Australia, with the Queen as

Head of State, you are still

serving the Queen. Australians

for a constitutional monarchy

lobbied the guide movement to retain the pledge arguing

cutting out the Queen is

Republicism is by

stealth. People don't cherish what they don't know

about. Also gone is a promise

to serve God. I promise that I

will do my best to be true to

myself... I know there was

girls in my unit that were not

of a Christian faith and so it was awkward for them at the time. Again, monarchists are

not amused . The vast majority

of Australia is a Christian

nation. We also largely support

our system of Government and

they should be reflecting that

in their oath.. Less

controversial are changes to

the Guide law. It was

prescriptive and contained

words like "a guide is obedient" which is not appropriate in this day and

age. Cubs and Scouts only have

to promise to do their best.

But both organisations have

learnt to be prepared for

criticism when you make a big

change. As Canberra's 100th

birthday nears, there will be

certificates. It will be based

on Walter Burley Griffin's

drawings and issued to all

babies in 2013. The chief

minister has announced the

official name of the new Women's and Children's

Hospital. The signs will go up

soon as the stage 1 nears

completion. It will be known as the Centenary Hospital for

Women and Children, just to

celebrate and ak age knowledge

the centenary year. Thab already will be the year the

hospital is completed. It's due

to welcome its first patients

next month. As NAIDOC Week came

to a close today, a group of

aboriginal elders made the trip

to Canberra to have their say

on the future of indigenous

languages. They say endangered

dialects can be safeguarded and

teaching them in a formal

setting is is key. They were

treated to an audience with the

Governor General, who as patron

of the Aboriginal Literacy

Foundation has demonstrated her

belief in the power of language

and learning to change lives.

We came here for the Governor

General. These are the

indigenous tongues that elders

around the country are working

so hard to preserve. If you

don't use t you lose it. The

speakers, the elders are

passing on and the young people

are not learning the

language. The Governor General

is did giving her backing to

the indigenous languages group

a group of experts and elders.

It was set up 31 years ago to

make sure aboriginal people and

not just academics had control

over the history and future of

their languages. They say it's

all very well to have linguists

studying aboriginal

tongues... But indigenous

people themselves were not

making an effort to preserve or

save their languages. Some in

the group say Government

syllabuses to teach indigenous

languages in schools are a

great advancement but say

there's not enough funding.

Some would like to see elders

paid to help teach the

languages in schools. In other

indigenous - or countries

where there are indigenous

people like Canada, they are

pouring in a lot of money to support indigenous language

programs in schools. So

Australia needs to get behind

that. The group was invited to

Government House in recognition

of their decades of work. It

was an opportunity to talk at

length about language. It's

important for us to be able to

share that with other

Australians, you know the rest

of our communities are people

who don't always know

aboriginal and Torres Strait languages. To finance now and simultaneous rate cuts in

Europe and China plus more

money printing in Britain

failed to spark global markets today and the local share

market drifted lower again.

Here is Alan Kohler. It doesn't

seem to have been coordinated

but it was certainly

simultaneous. The people's bank

of China and European Central

Bank both cut interest rates

and the Bank of England made

another ?50 billion worth of electronic money in the vague

hope it will find its way to

real people who will spend it.

Shares have been rallying in the hope that central bank

calfal ris would come over the

hill at a gallop, firing

cannons of cash but a quarter

of a per cent here has left

them unimpressed except in

Shanghai. There was

surprisingly big falls in

Europe and also on the main

commodity par markets although

wheat corn and so been are

continuing to soar because of

the dry conditions in America's

you had Midwest which are

playing havoc with this year's

harvest. Why are the markets

saying to central banks y

"don't sit there do something",

because there has been nasty

surprise after nasty surprise.

Look at this chart of the

surprises. The red line is the

G 10 economies. Look at the

line for Australia, lots of

happy surprises which is why

interest rates here were left

on hold this week. Monetary

policy doesn't work , you

understand, even when they do

cut rates. Morgan Stanley has

calculated the interest we

actually pay as opposed to what

the RBA does by dwigd all the

debt by all the interest. It

hasn't come down much. The

Aussie dollar steady against

the US dollar but jumped afull

cent over the euro. The local

share market eased back thanks

to falls by the resources

stocks. It was a quiet session.

I will be back on Sunday

morning with 'Inside Business'.

The days of the cheque are

numbered with electronic

payments soaring in popularity.

For many the cheque account

remains essential - for

charities, small businesses and

older Australians, signing the

dotted line creates a welcome

paper trail. A new financial

year is a busy time for

charities. At the national

breast cancer foundation,

donations by cheque have jumped

from 40 to 60%. Cheques may be

an inconvenience in terms of

processing a and we face that

inconvenience as well. But why would you shut down the avenue

of giving for the most generous

Australians . Senior citizens

are among the 5% of Australians

who would struggle without a

cheque book. I think carrying a

lot of money with you,

particularly as you are an

older person, you lay yourself

open to bag snatchers and so

on. The cheque, they all come

marked "not negotiable", it's a

good way of doing things. May

is 78. She says they are

convenient. I don't have $50 in

my purse. But I can make out a

cheque for somebody and it's

done on the spot. Many small

businesses depend on cheques.

At this convenient store they

are preferred method of payment

to cigarette companies and newsagents. The most important

thing for cheque, it's easy and

convenient and also secure. But

business bears the brunt of

processing charges for cheques. The payments clearing

association says the end to end

cost of using a cheque is more

than $7 compared to around $1

for an electronic payment. If

people want to offer cheques as

a way of being paid, they are

going to want to charge

something for that because it's

more expensive for them than

than other payment

alternatives. There is no end

for cheque dates but if the

declining use continues, they

could be gone by 2018. Cheques

are the life blood of our

organisation and if they were

to be phased out, they would

really mean for us the loss of

our most loyal and long-term

gives. The trick is finding an

alternative that works for

everyone. One of Canberra's

most recognisable pa food

charities has re-brand ed

itself. Oz Harvest has saved

500,000 tonnes of food from

being dumped since it was set

up four years ago. Now it's

splitting from its national

body renaming itself The Yellow

Van. We can decide where the

support goes and also we have

so many wonderful local people

who support us regularly and we

want to make sure that we can

give them assurance that the

support they give us stays in

Canberra and the region. The

organisation delivers food to

around 70 charities around the

region. The Tour de France is

in danger of being overshadowed

as new doping allegations

emerge involving seven-time

winner Lance Armstrong. The

United States Anti-Doping

Agency is now implicated four riders and a team director

involved in this year's race.

Dutch and US newspapers have

reported the five have accepted

suspended doping bans in

exchange for testifying against

Armstrong. One of those named

is American George Hincapie, a

key member of defending

champion Cadel Evans BMC racing

team. Right now I'm here to do

my job and I will focus on

that. BMC has nothing to do

with this. Cadel is the focus

ovt tour and I'm here to help

him do that. None of those guys

denied having testified and

from there, there's a lot of

conjecture as to what was said

in this case and where it will

go from now. Armstrong

maintains he is the victim of a

selective prosecutors that

reeks of a vendetta. Cadel

Evans eem said they had no

notification of Hincapie's suspension. The latest

controversy took some of the

shine off the fifth stage which

was won buy Andre Greipel. It

was the German's second win. It

will be a stage of the Tour de

France without a crash near the

finish. COMMENTATOR: This is a very touchary situation. Australian Matt Goss

hit the front as he tried to

secure the GreenEDGE team its

first stage win. As he is

challenged by Greipel. Greipel

kicks again. Goss has a second

and a third on this tour. I hit

out. I thought I was going to

be close at 100 to go. I

started running out of legs. Swiss Fabian Cancellara

is in the yellow jersey for the

27th time in his career, a

record for a rider who hasn't

won the Tour de France. Last

year's winner, Cadel Evans,

remains 17 seconds from the

lead. Serena Williams fired 24

aces in her 6-3, 7-6 semifinal

win over . Taking her

tournament total to 85, which

would put her second on the

tally of aces in the men's

draw. COMMENTATOR: This is

scary. The American will start

a hot favourite against

Agnieszka Radwanska. She has

been playing so great and wow,

she's going to get every ball back. I've got to look forward

to that. Radovan Karadzic

defeated German, Angelique

Kerber, 6-3, 6-4 and will

become the new world number one

if she beats Williams. These

type of refereeing blunders

could be a thing of the past

with FIFA approving goal-line technology. It's difficult to

score goals and so when we had

the possibility now to identify

that the goal is scored it's a

help and that's why it's

good. One system uses sensors

inside the ball and a magnetic

field in the goal and another

has seven cameras which track

the ball in flight. The

technology will be used in

Tokyo in December and the World

Cup in Brazil in 2014. Canberra

teenager, Nick Kyrios has been

knocked out of the boys singles

at Wimbledon. The 17-year-old

struggled in his quarterfinal,

hitting 22 unforced errors in

the straight sets loss to the

ittal yen third seed. But Luke

Saville is through to the

semis. In the boys doubles,

both Saville and Kyrios and

their respective Australian

partners have made it through

to the quarterfinals. It didn't

seem possible a year ago but in

a little over 24 hours the

Brumbies have a chance to

secure a spot in the Super

Rugby finals. The Brumbies face

the Waratahs tomorrow night,

desperate to emulate last

week's bonus win against the

Force. Depending on the results

tonight, even a bonus point

lost tomorrow night could

secure a spot in the finals.

The Waratahs have lost their

past six matches in a slump

that has been their finals

hopes dashed. They have been

under the pump. They have been

able to reflect and get things

right. They are back at home p.

There is a lot of talk they

want to finish off the season

with two good wins. The

Waratahs will be without Sekope

Kepu after he was ruled out

with a calf injury. The

Brumbies will field an

unchanged side from last week's

win in Perth. Police are rarely

welcome when they arrive at a

rowdy pub but three Northern

Territory officers got a very

warm welcome during a routine

Top End patrol when they were

mobbed by a rather excitable

hen's party. In classic case of

mistaken identity the ladies

thought the officers were the

adult entertainment. The ladies

got plenty of happy snaps with

the boys in khaki, a fitting

mow men tow of their brush with

the law. The local constabulary

came. They got into the spirit

of things. We had a few photos

taken. Had a play on the car.

It was a case of mistaken

identity for the ladies who

thought the officers were there

to keep them entertained. We

thought they were going to be

the strippers actually but they

weren't, bugger. While the

police weren't willing to take

their uniforms off, some of the other patrons weren't so

shy. Yes, yes, yes, we had a

couple that gave us a quick

show. Short and sweet. They are

just the kind of antics staff

have come to expect at one of

the Northern Territory's most

infamous pubs. You never know

what's going to happen at the

Humpty Doo Hotel. It will be

hard to top that, even for the

wedding tomorrow. It's a Top

End tale these hence will never

forget. To the weather. It was

a sunny and mild day following

a familiar pattern with an

overnight low of minus 4, we

made it up to 12 degrees. Clear

and sunny for most of our

region after minus 5, Cooma had

a top of 7.

The cloud has been spiralling

around the high pressure

system, that's the main feet

our over Australia. There is is

a cold front over southern WA.

There is a few more days of

fine and sunny weather left in

that high and the front won't

impact us until early next

week. And so the pattern


That's the news for now. Stay

with us now for '7:30' ACT with

Ross Solly. Thanks for your

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Like if they want to do it, so

be it. All of us here do

respect the heritage that we bought into.

Hello and welcome to the

local edition of '7:30'. I'm

Ross Solly. Coming up, the

Utopian worlds of Uriarra and

Paraguay. First, the somewhat

less idealised land of

Gunghalin. Recently about 30

locals held a secret meeting to

discuss ways to block a mosque

from being built in their

suburb. Now they call themselves Concerned Citizens