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Tonight - counter offers from

the big states - break the

disability deadlock. I am not

going to play a political game

about this. I am now very

optimistic that we will see

national disability insurance

scheme launch sites in Victoria

and in New South Wales. The ACT

has another tilt at gay unions

but the Greens have

misgivings. A tale of two

economies - strength in

national numbers but jobs are

on the line. Canberra's basketball star Lauren Jackson

to carry the flag for Australia. This is something

that I never in my wildest

dreams would have imagined that

I could achieve. Good evening,

Craig Allen with ABC News. Two

days of political deadlock and

Disability Insurance Scheme are name calling over the National

over. The New South Wales and

Victorian Premiers have ended

the stand-off putting up

millions of dollars to join the

trials. Julia Gillard's

declared it a win for the

disabled. It clears the way for

the scheme to be trialled in

four states and the ACT.

Peace broke out in the

federation. All of a sudden the

state and Commonwealth leaders

are exchanging pleasant tries

rather than insults. Julia

Gillard went to the frontline

this morning meeting some of

the people who would benefit

from a disability insurance

trial. Nice to meet you. Nice

to meet you too. The Prime

Minister wanted Victoria to

contribute $40 million to a

trial. It refused on Wednesday

but after two days of taunting

the Premier's come to the

party. I take the view that

this scheme is just too

important to play political

games with and I have never

sought to do that. He is

actually offering more money

than Julia Gillard asked for.

Breakthrough or backdown? It is

not a backdown at all. It is entirely consistent with the

Commonwealth funding the expansion. The New South Wales

Premier's also written to the

Prime Minister offering $35

million for a trial in the

hunter region. That is half of

what Julia Gillard wanted but

it is still a sizeable olive branch. Having received these

two letters I am now very

optimistic that we will see

National Disability Insurance

Scheme launch sites in Victoria

and in New South Wales. Not

everything went to plan though.

The power play blew a fuse. Specifically we will see

a launch site in the Geelong

and Barwon region in Victoria.

(LAUGHTER) A ripper!

It is a win for Julia Gillard. She stared down the

conservative premiers but more

importantly it is a win poor

the disabled ensuring there

will be trials in the two

biggest states. The ACT

Government wants to have

another go at allowing civil

unions for same sex couples.

Its bill would allow couples to

enter into Al civil union at a

legally binding ceremony led by

a celebrant. It is similar to 2006 legislation which was

quashed by the former Howard

Government amid concern that it

breached the Marriage Act. The

ACT opposition is firmly

against the bill so its success

depends on the Greens. But they

have concerns it could hinder

similar reform attempts in

Federal Parliament. I am

surprised this bill has been

brought on for debate. The community organisations we have

been talking to have been

giving the advice to us that we should delay this, we should

not bring it up now. It has the

potential to distract and

undermine the national marriage

equality debate. The Greens

should not stop good things

happening while they wait for

perfect things to happen. They

should not stop good laws being

made because they are waiting

for a perfect outcome. The

Greens say it is likely they

will back the bill but will

consult community groups before

making a final decision. A

snowboarder has died after

losing control on a Thredbo ski

run and slamming into a tree

this afternoon. The man in his

20s was rushed to the local

medical centre but died shortly

after. A report is being

prepared for the coroner. A

week after the Colorado movie

massacre Barack Obama has

called for common sense when it

comes to gun control. He says

something must be done to keep

assault weapons off the streets

and curb violence in American

cities. But, as Jane Cowan

reports, there are no concrete

plans for stricter gun laws in

an election year.

In Aurora, the morning's

begun. The first funerals have

been held for 51-year-old

Gordon Cowda notch whose

teenage daughtsers made it out

of the theatre but not him. He

was yelling after them I love

you both. For 23hold Michaelia

medic who had been juggling

university with a job at a

sandwich shop. In the charged

aftermath of the shooting

Barack Obama made his strongest

comments yet on gun controls. AK-47s belong in the

hands of soldiers not

criminals. A ban on assault

witnesses existed under Bill

Clinton but expired in 2004. A

Coalition of police chiefs have

now banded together to call for

its review Val as well as for

tighter restrictions on high

capacity magazines and better

background checks on those

applying for gun

licences. America, we are not

doing enough to keep guns out

of the wrong hands. We are long

past the point of saying enough

is enough. Adding to the

distress there are reports

James Holmes sent a notebook to

a psychiatrist foreshadowing

his plans for the massacre

complete with a diagram of

stick figures wielding weapons

and mowing down other stick

figures in a hail of bullets.

Amid the grief there has been a

mixture of remarkable

forgiveness. He is just a lost

soul right now. I pray the Lord

can find his way into his heart

and change him. And a growing

need for justice. I'm so

thankful that he did not kill

himself or to be killed. I want

him alive. The one voice that's

been largely absent is the gun

lobby's. The national rifle association expressed condolences to those affected

by the shooting but otherwise

has been lying low. Meanwhile Republican

presidential candidate Mitt

Romney has put his foot in it

on a visit to Briton the eve of

the London Olympics. His visit

was meant to show off foreign

policy skills but his comments

about Olympic security were

anything but diplomatic. It is

hard to know just how well it

will turn out. There are a few

things that were disconcerting,

the stories about the private

security firm not having enough

people, the supposed strike of

the immigration and customs

officials, that obviously is

not something which is

encouraging. Mr Romney toned

down his comments in later

interviews but British

officials were incensed. Prime

Minister David Cameron and

London's mayor Boris Johnson

both rejected his negative

assessment. London's big moment

has just about arrived. The

British capital is buzzing with

street parties and other

celebrations ahead of tonight's

Olympic Opening Ceremony. Some are nervously watching the

skies hoping London's unusual

run of good weather will

continue.For one, it is Philip

Williams. He is looking

too. Seven years of hard work

and planning by thousands and

$16 billion has brought us to

this day with the Opening

Ceremony just a few hours away.

London has opened to a grey

drizzle in stark contrast to

the hot, clear days we have

just had. Right at the time of

the festivities are due to

start in the stadium behind me

forecasters have predicted rain

and wind. Athletes from around

the world have begun pouring

into the village. Amongst them

the fastest man on the planet

Usain Bolt is trying to dispel

doubts about his fitness. I

have been training great for

about two-and-a-half weeks so

everything is coming together.

The biggest aim is become a

legend and I think I can do it

so I'm on it. Not running quite

as fast are the remaining torch

bearers. The good and the great

are carrying the flame, Kate

and Will,pm and some absolutely

fabulous ladies enjoying the

moment. After travelling the

length and breadth of the UK

the Olympic flame has taken to

the River Thames and is making

its way down towards Tower

Bridge and to the Olympic

Stadium. The identity of the

person who will carry the torch

into the stadium tonight is a

closely guarded secret along

with the rest of the ceremony.

We were given a snake peak last night.

What's not a secret though is

Australia's flagbearer, and an

extremely popular decision it

was too.They put on the glitz

for this announcement.

Athletes, officials and

business leaders gathered to

finally hear the name of

Australia's flagbearer after

months of speculation. Lauren

Jackson. 31-year-old four time

Olympian Lauren Jackson

qulekted the honour. To be able

to walk in front of Australia

at an Olympic Games is

something I never in my wildest

dreams would have manled I

could achieve. She is a great

leader and will be a great

leader of the team as it proudly marches in. All

Australians are delighted that

Lauren Jackson has been given

this role. It is not is just

Lauren Jackson's outstanding

career that has led to this.

Chef de Mission Nick Green says

it is her unassuming attitude

and her wonderful leadership

qualities that make her perfect

for the crowd. This man is pulling the crowds without

jumping off the blocks. Ian

Thorpe said it was strange not

being in the team this time

around but had strong words of

praise for the current swim

team superstar James Magnussen. He is the most

impressive swimmer I have seen over probably the last

decade. Thorpe said he expects

the Australian men's 100 metre

relay team dubbed the Weapon's

of Mass Destruction to win. US

relay rival Michael Phelps

refused to engage in trash talk

and made this dubious claim. We

are not going to run our

mouths, we never have, our

country's never done that.

Well, sometimes.I forgot

Sydney, sorry. But not this

time. Everyone wants to know

what is in the Opening Ceremony extravaganza. One of the

tabloids think it nose the

ingredient, bonds, Becks,

Beatles the baked bean and

brilliant. I'm sure it will be

and very, very British. There

is a new twist in the scandal

plaguing the upper ranks of China's leadership. Gu Kailai

the wife of a disgraced

politician has been charged

with murdering a British

businessman by poisoning him.

Neil Heywood was found dead in

a hotel in the Chinese city

last week. State media says the

motive was a business falling

out and Gu Kailai believed he

was a threat to her son's

safety. Her husband Bo Xilai was implicated in the murder

last year and it caused his downfall. The Federal

Government has broken

international law by holding

Indonesian youngsters in adult

prisons. The commission said it

investigated numerous cases in

which juveniles were held in

jail for up to two years as

suspected people smugglers. The commission's President says it

raises serious questions about

Australia's criminal justice system.

The last report of the

outgoing President of the Human

Rights Commission is damning. This report concerns

the human rights of children.

It seems to me it makes

disturbing reading. Between

late 2008 and 2011, 180 young

Indonesians arrived here by

boat. They were crew in what

turned out to be people

smuggling operations. Although

they told authorities they were

children, poor and tricked into

coming here, many were kept in

detention and went to

jail. These young Indonesians

spent on average, 948 days in

detention of which on average

864 days or well over two

years, were spent in adult

correctional facilities. The

wrist X-ray age assessments

used in many of these cases has

been widely discredited. We

have put little kids in adult

prisons where we would never

want our own children to be and

they have suffered harm. The

attorney-general says Australia

now has a fairer system in

place for assessing the age of

people smuggling crew and recently the department

reviewed the cases of 28

Indonesians who claim to be

minors. This resulted in 15

crew being removed from jail to

Indonesia on the basis that

there was a doubt whether they

were adults on arrival in

Australia. The Australian Human

Rights Commission President

stressed had this happened to

Australian children the

Australian public would be

outraged and, she said, an

apology to Indonesia is

warranted. An Australian lawyer

has told the ABC he is seeking

damages on behalf of two boys

who were 14 and 15 when they

were sent to Sydney's

Silverwater prison for six

months. Last year the ACT

Government was underfire over

the plight of vulnerable young

people, not just those in the

care system but also at the

Bimberi youth justice centre. Concerns about violence and

chronic understaffing at the

centre prompted an inquiry and

a mammoth report. One year on

we have been looking at what's

changed. It seems life at

Bimberi is improving. I am very

happy with the direction the

Government is going with. A

year ago the human rights and children and young people's

commissioners made more than 200 recommendations and the

Government says it has already implemented more than

half. Some measures have been

incredibly positive such as the afterhours bail service seems

to have been impact on there

being less people on remand at

Bimberi. There is a single case

management system being

implemented for youth justice

which is a really great move.

Things like the establishment

of a family support worker

within Bimberi. But some

concerns remain. Detainees are

still strip searched before

court visits. Access to

education can be limited and

the conjoined cabins designed

for indigenous detainees aren't

being used. That is a plank -

central plank of the royal

commission of Aboriginal deaths

in custodies but we have never

seen that co-joint cabin

actually being used. The commissioners report went

beyond the walls of Bimberi

recommending changes to the

broader youth justice system

and that is where many say

there is still work to bow

done. We spend less money on

early intervention for familiar

lies at risk and young people

at risk than any other jurisdiction in the country and we have the highest inkartioneration rates. There

is a link between the two

things. The Government says it

is already diverting young

people away from the criminal

system and more will be

revealed when the blueprint for

youth justice is revealed next

month. That blueprint is

already under fire with

revelations the expert panel

had not seen the draft before

it was circulated to stakeholders. Very concerned to

hear in estimates that the

expert panel had not been

involved in that point in the development of the

blueprint. They have definitely

had input into the blueprint.

Make no mistake, they have

provided advice on the blueprint. Concerns about the blueprint go further. One

person who read the Cabinet in

confidence document told the

ABC there are serious flaws

with it saying it does not provide enough alternatives to

keep young people out of the criminal justice system and

that the authors don't have a

thorough grasp of legal

concepts or how the legislation

even works. Yesterday it was

Caltex and Qantas, now

economists are predicting the

recent rash of high profile job

cut announcements would soon

translate into a significantly

higher unemployment rate.Some

believe it will hit 6% by next

year. Tom Murray says his job

prospects look weak after

losing his labouring job on a construction site two months

ago. It hurts. You are doing

your job well, you are pumping

along and everything is going

great and they tap you on the

shoulder and said, "See you

later mate, there is no work

for you." There is no work for

a fast growing number of

Australians who have recently

become unemployed. There has

been a string of high profile

job cuts as the manufacturing,

construction, retail and

tourism sectors

concerned about their job struggle. People are very

security. We also look at

investment intentions from the

business surveys and they're

also pretty soft. Some even

predict that Australia's mining

boom will be over in two years

but Australia's leaders are

painting a morosy

picture. Australia - a more

rosy picture. Australia now has

contained inflation, lower interest rates and low

unemployment. That is a

Reserve Bank Governor this week remarkable trifecta. The

says he agrees that the

Australian economy has strength

and it is well placed to handle

any global economic shock but

many economists aren't as optimistic saying there are

still big risks posed by the

economic problems in Europe.

The confidence story is unambiguously disturbing for

the Australian economy at the moment. While we continue to

have all these global concerns

I'd be surprised if we see much

of a pick-up in confidence. We

think it is important that

Government when looking at the

economy reflects on the fact that overall figures are good

but some of the figures mask a

lot of pain that is occurring

in many parts of the

economy. Economists are asking

how long can the lucky

country's luck last.To finance

and the week has ended strongly

in Australia after a positive

lead from the US and Europe.

Investors were heartened by a

promise from the Europe

European Central Bank chief to

protect the euro at all costs.

Them's fightin' words, now we

just wait for the fight in

action. Here is the statement

worth trillions. The ECB is

ready to do whatever it takes

to preserve the euro. It has

certainly done the trick for

now. Spanish and Italian bond

yields have fallen right back

with Spanish bonds below that

unsustainable 7% mark. Mario

Draghi also sees it within his

man date to narrow the massive

destabilising interest rate gap

between the solid companies

like Germany and the problem economies. Most people now

think the European Central Bank

will resume buying Government

bonds from countries like Spain

but one wonders what the banks major shareholder like Germany

might think about that. Global

equity markets rallied after

days of being beaten down but

it is not huge. The increases suggest investors are waiting

to see what is beyond the

words. The ASX 200 finished

higher and today's performance

was just enough erase this

week's earlier losses.

Resources were the strongest

performers but every sector recorded decent gains.

Telstra's investors were the winners today because from

October some of its customers

are facing price hikes. Half

the fixed line phone customers

will be charged between $2 and

$5 more for their line rent Al.

Local calls are going up 2

cents, about 10% of mobile

customers will be charged in 60

second blocks rather than 30

second units and many

businesses customers also face increases. Commodity markets

went the same way as equities

because of the ACB President's

comments and as you might

expect the euro was stronger as

well but the Australian dollar

was back above 104US cents.

Vitamin D is again proving a

game changer for people with

multiple sclerosis. New

research into one of the most

commonly used drugs has reduced

the risk of debilitating

attacks. Jayne England

discovered she had multiple

sclerosis three years ago. When

I was first diagnosed my doctor

took a lot of bloods and I had

no vitamin D in my system. Researchers have long

known the John set and

progression of MS is linked to

vitamin D and sun exposure. Now

they have found a new link in

patients treated with a

drug. They produce more vitamin

D for the same amount of sun

light exposure as a person not

on the drug. It is potentially

one reason why the drug works

in reducing symptoms in about

60% of people who have MS. But

scientists have also discovered

that for the drug to be

effective patients need to have

higher levels of vitamin D to

begin with. Each year it is

multi-millions of dollars get

paid out to supply to drug to

people and if they don't have

enough vitamin D in their

system the drug is not working. If is it is not

working there is greater risk

of a relapse. If you can

imagine not being able to see

or walk, these are seriously

disrupting people's lives. Any

research that is done helps

everyone with MS. Getting the

combination of vitamin D and

interferon beta right is

expected to change the way MS patients are

treated. Australian pop star,

actor and TV host Darryl Cotton

has died from liver cancer. He

was a founding member of the

rock group Zoot. After the band

broke up he wrote songs for a

number of artists including

Olivia Newton-John before

kicking off his solo career. In

1980 he had a top 10 hit with

the song 'same old girl'

(Sings) #I guess I draw the

same old girl you used to

be. He went on to co-host

children's program the early

bird show in the 1980s. Friends

say he was only diagnosed with

cancer last month and

deteriorated quickly. He was

62. The worst kept secret in

rugby league is out. Ricky

Stuart has signed a three-year

deal to coach the Parramatta

Eels who parted way with Stephen Kearney last weekend.

Stuart left the door ajar to

continue as New South Wales

coach. In recent years several

coaches have disappeared down

the tunnel at Parramatta

stadium. Were you concerned at

all about that? No, I

wasn't. Why? Because I back myself. The club boss said

Stuart has the potential to

return to Eels to the glory

days of the 1980s when Jack

Gibson was coach. Probably is

best person we have had since

Gibson. I can see him being

here longer than three

years. In 2002 he delivered the

Roosters a premiership in his

first year as a senior coach.

His time with Cronulla was less

fruitful and while Stuart has

not ended Queensland's strangle hold on State of Origin his

fortes in brings the Blues

closer increased his value.

Whether he can juggle the Eels

with Origin is yet to be

determined. That is not a

decision for me. I am certainly

not walking away from

Origin. Stuart's role with the

Blues was full-time. If they

don't make the right decision

over the coming weeks in

regards to New South Wales

Queensland will go on and win

10 series in a row. Parramatta

is currently last on the ladder

and Stuart says there could be

more heart ache next year as

the club rebuilds. I can assure

is the fans that every weekend,

every game, they will have a

team that's doing everything

they can possibly do to win

that game. Stephen Kearney's

former assistant Brad Arthur

will be the care taker coach

until the end of this season

before Stuart begins his bid to

deliver the Eels a premiership

that has been elusive for 26

years. A rare pictorial view of

the natural world as seen by Australia's early settlers has

gone on display at the National

Library. It is a collection of

the works of John William

Lewin, Australia's first

professional artist. There are

no photographs of John Lewin

but his works have stood the

test of time. He arrived in

Australia in 1800. His mission

was to collect and draw

Australia's wild live to send

back to London as scientific

records. Before he came to New

South Wales he was a typical

stock standard natural history

of Australia, comes to New

South Wales and something about

the Australian landscape,

Australian nature, flora and

fauna inspires him. There are

more than 150 of Lewin's

drawings and water colours on display, drawn together from

Australian open international

collections. They show

extraordinary new animals never

seen before in the young colony

of New South Wales. Koalas,

echidnas and a platypus all

attracting a great deal of

interest. The platypus is one

of the most curious of all

Australian animals, it seemed

to have the beak of a buck and

it laid eggs yet it was a

mammal. Harry Reynolds recently

discovered he was a descendant

of Lewin. I remember from

childhood having on our wall a

beautiful original water colour

of a Bluebird. He believes

Lewin's artistic talent has

been based down through the

generations and onto his own

family. They do the same sort

of small scale painting and

drawing of flowers and birds

that Lewin did. It is quite

extraordinary. They were doing

this long before we realised

the connection. Lewin wild art

runs at the national library

until October .

It's been a cool Canberra

day. Some heavy fog delayed

thins at the airport briefly

this morning. While there were

a few spits of rain this

afternoon nothing to speak of

in the initial gauge.Just 11

degrees the top in the city

after a cold minus 2 overnight.

A mass of cold air

represented by that speckled

cloud be bring below average

temperatures to the south-east

this weekend and there will be

more snow in the Alps as

another front passes tomorrow.

We can see the cold front

approaching our region but it

will impact heaviest on

southern Victoria and Tassie

passing through those states as

the afternoon wears on

tomorrow.It will provide some

more patchy rain, just 11

degrees for Hobart and 15 for Melbourne. Before we go a brief recap of the top story tonight. Victoria and New South Wales

have given ground over the

National Disability Insurance

Scheme and it now appears there

will be trial sites for the

scheme in both states. London

is abuzz tonight ahead of the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

but all eyes are on the sky and

fingers are crossed that the

beautiful weather they have had

all week will hold. That's the

news for now. You have been

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