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Live. Mining tax protest -

Queensland joins the High Court

challenge. This is to protect

the interests of Queenslanders.

We've got huge irn vestments.

the Premier of Western The challenge is futile. Even

Australia has said that a

challenge will be

unsuccessful. A success story

in famine response in West

Africa Here we've only seen two

deaths from malnutrition in the

last six months, because we

acted quickly. So it is quite a

tonic to come here and see what

early action does. Russia's

flood disaster poses some

awkward questions. The APPLAUSE) ecstasy... (CHEERING AND

. ..and the agony - home town

pain when Roger Federer claims

Wimbledon title No. 7. I

couldn't be more happy. So it

feels great being back here as

the winner. It's a great

moment. The support has been incredible, so thank you. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

Hello and welcome to ABC News

across Australia. I'm Nicole

Chettle. The local share market

is reacting to disappointing

jobs numbers from the US:

More finance later in the

bulletin. Queensland is picking

yet another fight with the

Federal Government. The State

Government is intervening in

the legal challenge against the

mining tax mounted by Fortescue

Metals and that's drawn and

quick response from the

Treasurer who has accuse th it

of wasting taxpayers' money.

Leroy Jetta reports from

Parliament. . Stephen Dziedzic

reports from

Parliament. They're deep in

enemy territory This is to

protect the interests of

Queenslanders. One of our key

pillars of the economy was the

resource sector. The LNP

believes the mining tax

unfairly discriminates against

Queensland because the State is

endowed with mineral

wealth What we are doing is our

intervene when the Constitution right. States have the right to

is called into question. That's

what we will be doing. The trz

is confident the Government is

on firm legal ground The

challenge is futile. Even the

Premier of Western Australia

said a challenge would be unsuccessful. Queensland's

decision it take on the

Commonwealth comes at a time

when the LNP is pruning and

cutting back government

programs. Campbell Newman says

he hasn't got any money.

Therefore he's got to sack

thousands of workers in

Queensland. Yet he has enough

money to fund an expensive High

Court challenge which will be

futile and which will

ultimately deliver a tax cut

for the likes of Clive Palmer. The State Government

maintain it is will cost only

up to $300,000 Yes, the State

is in a dire financial

situation, but we can't just sit back and let the Federal Government continue to tax the

people of Queensland. The

Government pre-dit it is will

reap almost $14 billion from

its mining tax over four years,

but analysts say falling

commodity prices and shelters

built into the tax mean that

figure is inflated. In the end

it would appear there would be

very few winners. It would seem

the Government won't collect

the tax receipts that they

might have expected to collect.

Industry has spent a lot of

money with respect to

compliance. The Government is

standing by its figures, so

only time will tell. The

prosecution in the case against

the accused wife killer Gerard

Baden-Clay has six weeks to provide a full brief of

evidence to his lawyers. The 41-year-old Brisbane real

estate agent is alleged to have

murdered his wife Allison

Baden-Clay in April in

Brisbane's leafy western

suburbs. Her body was found on

a creek bank 10 days after he

reported her missing. The

prosecution said the brief of

evidence will be without the

remembers of a forensic

accountant. The magistrate said

he was glab ber gafted it would

take until November for it to

be ready. Baden-Clay's case it back in court in September. Overseas frs the

apparent assassination of an

Afghan woman by the Taliban has

created international outrage.

The shooting death occurred in

the Ghorband Valley not far

from the capital, Kabul. Locals

expressed outrage and one

passed the video onto the

Government which says the

culprits will be caught. This

woman had been accused after

dult tri-and dragged in front

of villagers to face her death. British Foreign Secretary

William Hague says he is

shocked and disgusted by the

execution. Hilary Clinton has

pleaded for more rights for

women in Afghanistan. Egypt's

new President has challenged

the authority of the military

by ordering the dissolved

Parliament to reconvene.

President Mohamed Morsi of the

Muslim Brotherhood has met the

US Deputy Secretary of State who pledged a new partnership

between the two countries. Mr

Morsi was declared the new

President on 30th June, but the

general's dissolved Parliament

days earlier, provoking fresh

demonstrations in Cairo. The

new President has now annulled

the general's order, saying the

dismissed assembly will

reconvene until a new one can

be elected. Aid agencies say

they're seeing signs of success

in efforts to stave off a

famine in parts of West Africa

N landlocked Niger, 18 million

people were facing starvation.

In a first of a series of

reports, Ginny Stein reports

from the village of Koulikoira

where farmers harvested

virtually nothing last

year. Once a week the mothers

of Koulikoira line up to have

their children weighed. Special

formula food is given to

malnourished children.

TRANSLATION: They gave us the

plumpy nut and told us it

should only be given to the

babies because there is

medicine in it. There have been

three food crises in Niger in

less than a decade. If judged

solely by the lack of food,

this would be the worst. TRANSLATION: The reason this

year's food crisis is worse

than before is that this year

some people have only been able

to harvest maybe two bundles of

mill let. We've never seen it

like this before. This is now

the peak of the lean season,

when families have run out of

food and are waiting for new

crops to grow. But in this

village, the signs are

promising. Very few children

have died from starvation. In

Niger, the response to this

crisis has been swifter than in

previous years, not just by the

government, but by the

international community. In

Koulikoira, for many children,

that's meant the difference

between life and death. Of This

village gives me enormous hope

in a West Africa with 18

million people affected, here

we've only seen two deaths of

malnutrition in the last six

monthses because we acted

quickly, got the clinic going,

the plurpy nut feeding of

children so it's quite a tonic

to come here and see what swift

action does. In Koulikoira, the

rain has started to fall.

Farmers hope that perhaps this

year their crop also make it.

TRANSLATION: I received special

seeds and I'm ploughing to try

them, to see what they will

yield. While much remains

needed, aid agencies say Niger

is proof that early help is

money well spent. And a number

of organisations are running

appeals. If you would like to

make a donation to help with

the food crisis. The death toll

in floods in southern Russia

has passed 170. An

investigation has been launched

into claims of negligence with

many of the people affected

claiming they had no warning.

The floods turned streets into

rivers, swept away bridges and

inundated homes. Many of the

dead were pensioners, caught by

the waters as they slept. The

worst hit town was Krymsk where

nearly all the bodies have been

found. President Putin, who has

been criticised for his

handling of previous natural

disasters, has visited the

area. UN special envoy Kofi

Annan has arrived in Damascus

for more talks with Syrian

President Bashar al-Assad. It's

Mr Annan's thishd visit to

Syria after admitting at the

weekend his latest peace plan

for the country hasn't worked.

The military has been

conducting large-scaem

exercises. It says they're

simulating defence against

outside aggression and

apparently warning other

countries not to intervene in the country's

crisis. Cold-callers and email

scammers are fleecing Australians of their

hard-earned cash, promising

lucrative deals that turn out

to be worthless. A new report

shows that in the last five

years, serious and organised

investment fraud has cost the

country at least $113 million,

and far from being opportunistic, criminals are

using sophisticated techniques

to lure even, peernsed

investors. So how can you

separate the real deal from the

fakes?. Paul Jevtovic from the Australian krooim Commission. We are finding

these organised crime groups

are employing well educated and

industry professionals to perpetrate these frauds. For

example, they will have an English-speaking financial

adviser located in one of their

boiler rooms, so that when a

potential victim makes a call

to one of these boiler rooms,

they're talking to someone who

understand the industry, has expertise in the industry and

speaks with an accent

reflective of someone who comes

from a country where they would

have acquired that

knowledge. And they're becoming

quite shrewd, too. Can you

explain what's meant by

recovery rooms? Yes. Well,

typical of organised crime,

it's all about profitability.

So if organised crime are able

to perpetrate the crime on

multiple occasions, they will.

For example, where they obtain

victims' profile and

information, not only will one

organised crime syndicate use

that information to perpetrate

the crime, they will on-sell

that information to another

organised crime group who will

then behave like a regulatory

authority and call the victim

again on the pre tense of

looking to recover their lost

money, so this is organised

crime at its best, looking to

achieve ultimate profit from

everything that they do. More

than 2,500 people have been

caught out in the last five

years, but could there be more

who simply haven't reported

it? We feel that this is a significantly underreported

crime in this country, and

there are many reasons for

that. As we saw today, during

our launch, victims are often

quite embarrassed by having

been taken by these fraudsters,

because the victims are quite

well educated. They are

normally experienced investors,

so there is a degree of

humiliation around having to

admit that they were the

subject of a fraud. Equally,

some of these victims have

encouraged other family

members, and other friends to

actually invest in these

schemes. So you can see where

the embarrassment and

humiliation can become even

greater for these victims. Just

briefly then, what can people

do to protect themselves? Well,

I think that's what the launch

today was all about. It is

about education. If it's too

good to be true, it probably

is, and this is what we want

Australians to think about,

that if anyone cold-calls you

with the offer of a fortune and

great returns on an investment,

you've got to be suspicious of

that, and there is a range of

things you can do. You can go onto Money Smart and inform

yourself on that website, but

most importantly is contact the

regulator. If you're unsure or

you suspect someone, contact the Australian Securities and

Investments Commission, ASIC,

and go onto their website and

inform yourself or at least

share with them your

concerns. Paul Jevtovic in

Melbourne, thanks so much for

joining us. Thank you. It's

been more than a year since

Australia's decision to suspend

live cattle exports to

Indonesia strained relations.

But a new program that gives

Indonesian agriculture students

the chance to work on Northern Territory cattle stations is

helping forge new ties. From

the Indonesian archipelago to

the dusty cattle stations of

the Top End, these animal

husbandry students are getting

a taste of Australia's live

export industry. It's give me

many new experience and

everything is new. New

knowledge. Showing them the

ropes is the Riggs family who

run a cattle station 500km

south of Darwin. The station is

one of the first to take part

in a cross-cultural training

program with Australia's

northern neighbour. I think

it's a great concept. We got

wind of it in January that it

was going to happen and as soon

as we heard that, we stuck our

hand up and said, "Yep, we want

to be a part of it." There is

a very serious side to their

visit. The relationship between Australia and Indonesia came

under intense pressure when the

Federal Government suspended

live exports after a 'Four

Corners' report about animal cruelty What happened last year should never have happened and

it did, but now we've just got

the hard yards to do to mend

relations and I see this as a

great program. The Northern Territory Cattlemen's

Association funded the program

and says it is a grassroots way

to build new bonds between the

two nations. This is really a

basic, commonsense, human

relations exercise about

allowing people to communicate

and understand each other

better. I can learn how to

adaptation and learn mainly

about cattle. The association

hopes the students' experience

will prove invaluable in

promoting the Australian cattle

industry back in Indonesia.

With most Tasmanian exporters struggling with spiraling

freight costs and the high

Australian dollar, some are

turning to less traditional

markets to stay afloat. The

growing number are developing

products used by the military

and it's not just the

Australian Defence Force taking

notice. This small team of

programmers has captured at tension of military forces

around the world. They've just

developed one of the most

advanced ship simulators on the

market. It means you can have

different viewing angles on

your boat, so you can look down

onto the deck of a ship, rather

than just the plain vertical

view. The system is also

portable, giving the Tasmanian

company an edge over its


competitors. That's where we

have been a bit different in

the marketplace, if that our

simulators are built for high pre significance, and that's

what Defence are looking

for. The company is the only

one of its kind in Australia.

It develops training and

research models with the ADF,

but it's also attracted lucrative contracts from Europe

and the mooft. The French and

Israelis, we've been looking at

different types of patrol

boats, different designs and

tested it on the simulation. More than 20

Tasmanian companies have found

a market in Defence Force

products. Over the last six

years, the State has produced

more than $8 o 0 million worth

of Defence exports. The

majority of manufacturing

companies down here or

companies that are orientated

towards a Defence avenue are

extremely innovative. And

they're also responsible for

life-saving technology. Poly

Systems has developed a plastic

bullet filled with gel that can

be fired into roadside bombs,

like those being used in

Afghanistan. So the heavy gel

moves forward into the device

and take as way the battery

leads so as to render the

device in operative. Protecting

more than just Tasmania's

economy. The job market may be softening, according to a tally

of job ads in newspapers and on

the Internet. A monthly ANZ

survey shows advertisements

fell 1.2% in June. The bank

says some firms are hesitating

to hire additional staff in the

face of increased global

uncertainty, particularly in

Europe. Let's go to some of the

other stories making news in

business. Lend Lease says it

has secured $2 billion to fund its Barangaroo commercial

development in Sydney. 1

billion of that is coming from

the Canada pension plan investment board to fund the

pro jet's first two office towers. ANZ Bank chief

executive Mike Smith has been

named as a possible replacement

for disgraced Barclays boss,

Bob Diamond. According to a 'Wall Street Journal' report,

Mr Smith is one of a number of

external candidates the board

of Barclays may consider for

the role. Mr Diamond resigned

last week in the wake of a

rate-fixing scandal. And

business and home computer

users are being warned that a

software virus could cut access

to the Internet today for

thousands of people around the world. Australians can check if

their computer is infected by

going to The FBI

warned the world last year that

a group of Estonian hackers had

unleashed the malware called

DNS Changer. time for a check

of the markets with Juliette Saly. Disappointing job numbers

in the US are the big drag

today? Absolutely, Nicole. We really saw weakness coming

through from US and European

markets on the back of the job

numbers which came through on

Friday night. European shares

hitting a two-week low and that negativity has thrown through

to Asia today. The Australian

share market down by three

quarters of 1 percent. Big weakness coming through from

energy players. Crude oil price

sold off on Friday and the

banks down by half a

percent. Iluka is on the slide.

What's happening there? Well t

has come out today cutting its

forecast for 2012. Also some

weak second-quarter sales

numbers and warning of weaker

demand for its products in key

markets. Iluka is actually the

worst performer in the top 200

today and has hit its lowest

level in 16 months, currently

down 21% $9.26. And Leighton

Holdings has a bit more cash on

its books Yes, has sold its

these waste management company

for $218 million. Investors

responding well to this piece

of news. The market is in the

red, but Leighton Holdings, one

stock moving higher, up by more

than half a percent to

$16.58. Juliette Saly, thank

you Thank you. To the week ahead on Wall Street and the

start of the second-quarter

earnings season - expectations

are low with companies likely

to report lag lustre profits.

At the close of trade last

week, those disappointing jobs

figures drove the Dow and the

S&P 500 almost 1% lower:

The veteran US actor Ernest

Borgnine has died of renal

failure in a Los Angeles

hospital. He was 95. Borgnine

came to prominence as the

vicious Fatso who beat Frank

Sinatra to death in the movie,

'From Here to Eternity'. But he

broke the bad guy mould with a

sensitive role in 'Marty' which

won him a best actor Oscar in

1956 I'm just a fat little man, a fat, ugly man.

You are not ugly I'm ugly,

I'm ugly, I'm ugly! He changed

his image again with the

popular TV comedy, 'McHale's

Navy'. He made over 60 films,

including such blockbusters as 'The Wild Bunch' and 'The

Poseidon Adventure', and was

still working right up to his

death. To other stories making

news around the world.

Thousands of Islamists have set

out for Pakistan's capital to

protest against the pre

assumption of NATO convoys to

Afghanistan. The trade resumed

last week after an apology from

the United States for an air

attack that killed 24 Pakistani

soldiers last year. Early

results from Libya's weekend

election show a liberal-loning

coalition has the upper hand in

the poll, the first since the

toppling of Saddam Hussein's

regime. If confirmed, this

would reveers a trend among

regimes overthrown in last

year's spring uprising of

success for Islamist

parties. And a Chinese man has

failed in an attempt to walk a tightrope backwards,

blindfolded, high above a are

convene. The acrobat, Aiskaier,

stumbled early and recovered,

but wasn't so lucky a second

time. Incredibly, he suffered

only minor injuries, blaming

dizziness and the wind for the

mishap. The British dreamt of

kruning their own men's champion for the first time in

76 years but Swiss great Roger

Federer spoilt the party. The

30-year-old captured a

record-equal ing singles title.

It also returned him to the top

of the rankings. John Hayes

Bell reports. This was the day

for Roger Federer and Andy

Murray to shine after a period

dominated by rivals Novak

Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. The

Swiss maestro had been 16,

going on 17 Grand Slam titles

for two and a half years, and

the Scot's rising star had all

of Britain on edge. The

25-year-old brought an

aggressive game plan. This was

no point in just trading baseline blows with the

six-times winner. Federer

seemed more nervous N the

opening set, he made three

times as many unforced errors.

Murray's numbers were falling

into place. His ascendancy carried deep into the second

set. It appeared Fred Perry's

1936 win might not be at long

last the last time a British

man won the singles, but

Federer eased his way into

contest, saving break points,

and breaking Murray it take the initiative late in the

set. COMMENTATOR: The mastery

of Federer. The finesse, with

sprinkles of magic, was back in

two of the most exhilarating

points of the final. The rain

came early in the third. The

roof was closed. Delays worked

in Federer's favour. It was no

breeze, but Federer maintained

control, making the decisive

break in a marathon sixth game.

And going on to take the third

set 6-3. And the fourth 6-4.

Joining American peat Sampras

as a 7-time Wimbledon champion.

Murray had slumped to a fourth

Grand Slam final defeat. A

gutted Murray endeared himself

to a doubting nation with style

and good humour. Getting

closer! (LAUGHTER)

He is not bad for a

30-year-old. I couldn't be

more happy, so it feels great

being back here as the winner.

Federer's world order had been

restored and the British can

wait one more year. Australian

cyclist Cadel Evans remains 10

seconds behind leader Bradley

Wiggins after finishing second

in the 8th stage of the Tour de

France. On a mountainous 150km

stage, Evans challenged Wiggins

late in the day, but the

defending champion was quickly

reined back COMMENTATOR: Is

Cadel Evans going to steal 11

seconds and become the leader

of the Tour? The answer is

no. Young French rider Thibault

Pinot earned the stage win.

Evans is expected to stake

another claim for the yellow

jersey in tonight's time trial.

Also overnight, Casey Stoner

missed a chance to take an overall championship lead at

the German MotoGP after he

crashed on the last lap. The

championship blown wide

open. Team made Dani Pedrosa

claimed victory. Stoner now

sits third in the riders Championship. Australia's Mark

Webber has won an

incident-packed British Grand

Prix to take his second Formula

One race of the season. He

defeated championship leader

Alonso lns in a race that was

threatened by two days of

rain. Welcome to the high-speed

world of Formula One, 125,000

fans ascended on a rain-ravaged

Silverstone with predictably

squelchy results. Grass car

parks more like mud baths. Camp

sites even worse. Guess what,

though? Instead of rain, out

came the sun, but would it

shine on Lewis Hamilton?

Starting 8th, he needed the

race of his life. He didn't get

it, as Fernando Alonso held off

Mark Webber and began to charge

clear. Not everyone's start was

as smooth. Britain's Paul

derest ta lasted just a few laps, while Pastor Maldonado had a minor difference of

opinion, followed by some minor

road rage. Hamilton delayed his

pit stop so did briefly lead,

but Alonso went by and Hamilton

went backwards. He finished

8th, Jenson Button 10th. Kamui Kobayashi crashed into his own

mek Annicks. Thankfully none

with badly hurt. The race

delivered an enthralling

finish. Alonso versus Webber

and with three laps left,

Webber struck. The Australian

held on for a kra mattic win.

For the long-suffering fans, it

was a thrilling conclusion to a

challenging few

days. Inevitably, it all ended

with another soaking, first for

the winner, and then for the

spectators. Finally to the

sound of the tropics and an

instrument they say anyone can

play. Ukelele enthusiasts have

gathered at an international

festival in Cairns and tried to

beat a Swedish world record for

the number of people playing

the same song at the same

time. The ukelele is proof that

good things come in small

packages. Just four strings, a

tiny body, but huge potential. It's a happy

instrument, especially in

economic depressed times, a

happy instrument is what you

need. Kind of happy, really.

It's a sunshine thing. The

humble Hawaiian instrument has

been enjoyed throughout the

world for more than a century,

but rarely does it get this

much attention. Everybody say "ukelele"!

ALL: Ukelele We had some

friends who were playing and we

would go, "Ukeleles, are you

serious?" But soon we god

addicted and couldn't put them

down. The addiction has spread

across generations, drawing

hundreds of people around the

world to the tropical tones of

the ukelele They formed a

quartet, the uke main ya,, because they're crazy about

their ukes. Ukemaniacs.,

because they're crazy about

their ukes. It looked like

they might just pull it off.

The attempt fell short of the

1547 people needed to take out

the world title, but it's not

whether you win or lose, it's

how you play the uke. With all

the hard work now over, all

that's left to do is enjoy the

sweet sound of the ukeleles. To

the weather now, and the

satellite shows cloud over the

interior of Queensland forming

along a low pressure trough,

cloud thickening over the

south-east as another low

develops, and mostly clear skies in Western Australia

under a high. A trough should

trigger heavy rain and storms in Queensland, New South Wales

and Victoria. A low should

generate showers in Tasmania,

and another low should cause

rain and storm rs over southern

WA. A ridge of high pressure

will bring mostly dry weather

elsewhere. The forecasts now: Let's go back to the Stock

Exchange for a final check of the markets:

And that's the news for now.

There is continuous news on ABC

News 24 and there is 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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* NARRATOR: 'The Ganges is the most venerated river on earth. On its 2,500km journey from source to sea,

it flows through the physical and spiritual heart of India. To bathe in these waters is said to purify the soul. To die on the riverbank is to gain entry to heaven. The Ganges' spiritual influence is matched by its physical power. The river and its tributaries support half a billion people. But today a crisis is looming which threatens to turn this river of life into a river of death. As India's population keeps growing, the pollution created by its people is defiling the waters which they worship. Each year, over a million young children are poisoned by this river. Today, the Ganges, though holy, is less than pure.