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A win on the water and more

gold to come. That's his

moment. And that's his gold

medal. Tom Slingsby. Gold for Australia!

Asleep for a century. A New Zealand volcano springs into life. We're urging all local

residents to remain calm, to

check their water supplies, to

ensure they're not

contaminated. Have consumers

been too willing to swallow the

vitamin sales pitch? People who

may ordinarily have a pretty

good lifestyle and diet, yet

they're popping all these pills

every day, hinting that is

exactly what they need. And -

he was a giant of the

Australian arts scene. Critic

Robert Hughes dead at 74. I

don't think I've ever really

done anything really bad. In

that way. I mean, just a bit

stupid.

Welcome to ABC News across

Australia. I'm Ros Childs. High

commodity prices are helping to

lift the local share market.

The Prime Minister is set to

launch a broadside at the States designed to shift the

blame for rising electricity

prices away from the carbon

tax. The attack coincides with

a bounce in the polls for

Labor. From Canberra, this

report. Julia Gillard's

relationship with the Liberal dominated States is already

tense. Now she's about to blame

them for one of the hottest

electoral issues. Power prices.

She will tell an energy forum

the current rate of state

driven power price rises can't

continue and that people are

paying more for the so-called

poles and wirs not to produce

electricity but to move it

around the system. Julia

Gillard will say power prices

have increased by nearly 50% in

the past four years, and half

that cost is due to network

charges which is costing the

economy and threatening

fairness. Her frontbenchers are

already in on the blame

game. Some of the regulatory

mechanisms that are there, the

failure to invest in

infrastructure, there's a range

of measures that the Prime

Minister will be talking about

today. The strategy is to

spell out it's not the carbon

tax that's driving household

bills and some States are using

price hikes to pay their bills

but will it drive a rise in the

polls? Labor's prime vote has

climbed 5 points while the coalition's remains virtually

unchanged. In the two party

still trails the coalition preferred stakes the government

46-54. If there was an election tomorrow, this

government would be in terrible

trouble F in government wants

to take so much heart from

these polls, well, let's have

that election that I think the

Australian public want. But

who does the public want as

Prime Minister? According to

the poll, one in four voters

are un decided on their

preferred Prime Minister. Northern Territory voters will

go to the polls in just under

three waeks. The first official

day of the campaign started yesterday after a brief visit

to the Territory administrator

by the Chief Minister. The

Labor mine for the government

is pinning its re-election

hopes on a recovering economy

and claims their opponents

would cut public service jobs. People are going to ask

the question as to who do they

trust to keep this economy

growing? The Country Liberals

have promised to cut crime and

the cost of living. We will cut

the waste and make sure that we

have more money to spend on bet

services. Labor has been in

power for 11 years, the bookies

predict Labor will lose in a

close race. It will come down

to a handful of marginal seats

in Darwin. Now to the Olympics.

As Swimming Australia deals

with the fallout from its poor

results in the pool, it's

announced an exhaustive review

into what went wrong. They say

no-one should doubt the

commitment of the swimmers but

it's a chance to make changes

to get Australia back near the

top. As the swimmers trained in

Manchester in the lead-up to

these games, there was no clue

their race day performances

would face such heavy criticism

but with just one gold between

them and hatch the medals they

won in boing, Swimming

Australia has decided it's time

to find out Y I think we underestimated the rest of the

world in coming in here with

our expectations. And we have

to make sure now that whatever

the level of the bar is, that

the rest of the world are

setting, we have to get up

there. Gold medallist Susie

O'Neill and the former head coach Bill Sweetenam are in

charge. The former Olympian

denies it's a witch-hunt, but

she's already questioned the

swimmers' work ethic. It wasn't about personally criticising

members of the team. We know

that when swimmers hop up on

the blocks they will give 100%.

When they put on the Aussie cap

and the Aussies to, they will

give 100%. We want to make sure

they're prepared 100%

physically and mentally the

best of their ability.

President of the swimming

association Brenton Rickard was

part of the bronze medal

winning relay team, just one of

the races that failed to live

up to expectations. We

understand we're in a

performance based industry, as

swimmers we need to perform, do

the very best we can, but that

has to be the same in all

levels of the organisation.

Former Wallabies captain John

Eales watched the swimmers'

dreams unravel in his role as

an athlete liaison officer. The

greatest gains out of this

Olympics will come from our

quite specific analysis, not

from emotional analysis. And

that's what we need to drive

towards. While the terms of

reference are yet to be set, it

is likely to look at the

Australian coaches now helping

the Chinese become

record-breaking Olympians.

Swimming Australia says it just

doesn't have the money to match

what they pay. But Susie

O'Neill wants to know why they

just don't join them. To me it

seems obvious that we use the

coaches that are so successful

with the Chinese swimmers to

our advantage and put the

Australian athletes with them

as well. Perhaps the other

take-home message for the

swimmers is tone down the

pre-games posturing in case you

misfire. The Australian Olympic

team has been buoyed by the

winning ways of the sailing

squad overnight. Tom Slingsby

won the ultimate prize in the

lasers while the 49ers crew

have sealed top spot with one

race remaining. It was almost

too much to hope for. One gold

deliver and one on the way. The

first success of the story of

the day was Tom Slingsby in the

lasers. The sailor from the New

South Wales Central Coast was

carrying a 14-point lead into

the medal race. All he to do

was stay in touch with his

Cypriot rival Contidis. He did

more than that. Tom Slingsby

takes advantage and tacks in

front of the Cypriot. He raced

hard on his way to gold and couldn't contain his

delight. Tom Slingsby, gold for

Australia. It's a particularly

sweet victory for the 27-year-old multiple world

champion. He that's thrown off

the shadows of the Beijing

games. There he went in as

favourite and finished 22nd. After last time coming

away from China with nothing

and yeah, you sit there and go

is it all worth it going after

this bloody medal, and yeah, I

mean, the feeling you feel now,

as an athlete, there's no

higher high. I just feel great.

I'm glad I kept going. In the

unofficial piece of Australia

that was a nearby pub, family

and friends gathered to

celebrate. He wanted to finish

with a gold and then move on.

So that's what it's

about. People talk about the

demons, and all those demons

are gone today. They've all

gone. Then more good news.

In the 49ers, Nathan Outteridge

and Ian Jensen have already

sealed gold. All they will need

to do is turn up for the medal

race in two days' time and put

things beyond doubt. It's the

way it is for every event.

Ointments not often you get

this far ahead that it doesn't

mean anything with the double points but it's a great

situation to be in. It's just a

relief there's no more

pressure. You can start to soak

up moment and enjoy it you

know. As the celebrations

continue there are still more chances to come. Australia is

in gold medal contention in the

men's 470s and the women's

match races. Our team is the

best we've ever had. I think we

can definitely save the

Australian team some bit but I

think they'll save themselves

up in London and hopefully we

can contribute. Among the

well-wishers was the team boss,

to perhaps mark a new

Australian approach to the

games. We have relied on having

a lot of medals in the first

week. With our bigger teams,

rowing and and our swimming

team. Maybe the other sports

will reverse the trend. The

feeling here is the whole team

is coming home with a wet sail.

The first Australian to make

the 400m men's final in 24

years may have come last, but

there was plenty of support

back home for Steve Solomon.

The 19-year-old finished eighth

a little over a second offer

Granada's Kirani James who

snatched gold in 43.94 seconds.

Students at Solomon's old

school Cranbrook in Sydney woke

up bright and early to watch

him make the 400m dash. The

school says Solomon was a good

all-round sportsmen and only

focused his efforts on the

Olympics in last few years. I

suppose in our inner hearts

hoping he could get a place but he has done fantastically to

make the final. In four years'

time, he's a genuine chance to

be up there and to win

Australia's first 400 medal for

a long, long time. They will be cheering between when Steve Solomon competes in the men's

400m relay later this week.

Sally Pearson will continue her

quest for Olympic gold on Day

11 of the games in the women's

100m hurdles. The Australian

made her first appearance on

the track last night and

recorded the fastest heat time

in Olympic history. Sally Pearson likes to leave it all

out on the track and it was

clear that a career-defining moment was upon her. The

25-year-old stamped her mark on

a race which she suffered a

shock loss in three weeks

ago. Take a look at the time.

12.58. On to the semis with

confidence. I'm glad that's

over. I was really nervous. But

this crowd is unbelievable.

Everyone was cheering. They

pull you through. The green and

gold medal tally grew at the

velodrome. The bronze medal for

Australia. Shane Perkins

bounced back in the men's

sprint to claim Australia's

third track cycling medal.

Brett Brown plotted the Boomers' path to the basketball

quarters and a showdown with

the US. Against Russia, patty

mills stole the show. The clock

goes off in the background. And

Australia has upset Russia

here! With a two-point

victory. Everyone was calm and

we what we had to do and we

executed it. Got the win. The

Australian men's water polo

team the Sharks are also into

the final eight after they beat

Greece. The volley-roos staged

one of the biggest upsets in

Olympic volleyball history,

beating poem land. They've won

it. You about the win wasn't

enough to get them through to

the sudden death stage. Michael Diamond failed in the final of

the men's trap. Diamond has

missed. Under those conditions,

everything seems difficult, unfortunately. And German

diver Stefan Fek almost welt the judges. Ooh!

Let's check the tally board.

Residents in an area of New

Zealand affected by volcanic eruption have been urged to

remain calm. Roads and homes

were blanketed in ash when

Mount Tongareero roared to life

overnight for the first time in

over a century. Witnesses saw

explosions coming from the side

of the mountain inside a popular North Island National

Park. This eruption has come on

top of three or four weeks of

unrest at the volcano.

Travellers have been stranded

by highway closures and

disruptions to dozens of

flights caused by the ash

cloud. Small number of

residents were evacuated. We're

urging all local residents to

remain calm, to check their

water supplies, to ensure that

they're not contaminated.

Checks have been made on hikers

but there are no reports of

injuries or major damage.

Nearby ski fields remain open.

Scientists are hopeful it's an

isolated event, stressing the

eruption was steam rather than

lava driven. The FBI's

investigating whether the mass

shooting at a temple in

Wisconsin was a hate crime. The

attack has rattled America's

Sikh community and increased

pressure on the White House to

act on gun violence. 41 years

old, female. Another American

community counting the cost.

Five men and one woman were

killed, the oldest, 84. Among

those lost, the temple

President, who tried to tackle

the shooter. He's been

identified as 40-year-old Wade

Michael Page. We can say that

he was in the military. From

199 2 to 1998. He had a general

discharge and that he was

ineligible for reenlistment. US

media have traced thoim a

neo-Nazi punk band. We are

looking at ties to white

supremacist groups. The police

officer injured in the attack

was shot eight to nine times at

close range. The weapon a 9 mm

handgun bought legally. I think

all of us recognise that these

kinds of terrible tragic events

are happen ing with too much

regularity for us not to do

some soul searching. He

expressed remorse and sympathy,

so did governor Romney. But

neither of those statements had

anything to do with stoppeth

the next massacre. It's not

the first time violence has

struck at the Sikh community.

Authorities say since the

September 11 attacks, turbanned

members of the faith have

sometimes been mistaken for

Muslims and targeted. This

attack's reverb rated in

India. It's very shocking that

a country like the USA which

says we are the super power of

the world could not protect

their own people in their own

country. It's shameful for

USA. An impression US

authorities are desperate to

dispel. We're about diversity

in all things. In colour, in

creed, in religion n belief. At

least in an ideal world.

There are doubts Tasmania's

Tamar Valley pulp mill will

ever be built with Gunns

advising the Stock Exchange of

a worsening financial position.

The company which has been in a

self-imposed trading halt for

five months is predicting an

asset writedown of $800 million

for the last financial year. As

a result, Gunns board can no

longer guarantee the $2.3

billion pulp mill will go

ahead. This is the first time

we've actually said there was a

split on the board about the

future of the mill, but it's a very, very difficult time

indeed to try to raise any

money for a company such as Gunns. The company is now

listing the $250 million it's

already spent on the project as

an expense rather than an as

set. The construction industry

has now been shrinking for 26

straight months. Figures for

July show continuing slumps in

commercial and house building

while for flats the rate of

decline is easing. Overseas

buyers have set a record

accounting for almost a billion

dollars worth or 90% of

Australian hotel sales in the

first half of the year.

According to real estate

services company Jones Lang

Lasalle, offshore companies are

preferring to buy rather than

build hotels as construction

costs rise. US authorities have

accused the London based global

financial giant Standard Chartered of being a rogue

bank, hiding $250 billion worth

of illegal transactions with

Iran. New York regulators are

threatening to cancel the

bank's licence, saying the

secret deals potentially allow

terrorists and criminals to

gain access to the US banking

system. A check now of the

markets with Michael McCarthy

from CMC Markets. Stocks seem

to be building on yesterday's

rally? We're looking at another

positive day for shareholders

in the Australian market. The index trading up by about 16

points and silting at 42 90

mark. That means that over the

last two weeks alone, the

Australian share market has

risen by 4%. To Leighton

Holdings and Bradken. It's a

tale of two companies in the

resources sector? Leighton

reported a net profit of around

$127 million. That was taken as

a disappointment by the market.

It was below most analysts'

forecasts. Importantly there

was no strategic shift in the

pressures they're feeling on

their margins. Without any sort

of announcement of that type,

Leighton shares are under

pressure today. At one stage

they rallied back to be down

about 2.5%. That's in direct

contrast to the experience for

Bradken shareholders today. It

reported an increase in net

profit of 49% and its shares

have rocketed higher up more

than 7.5% in today's trading.

Cochlear is struggling? Yes.

Once again we've seen

write-offs and costs associated

with a product recall when its

CI 500 bionic ear had to be

taken back in the US last year

has had a dramatic impact on

results. The net profit they've

reported has whom in well below

market expectations. Cochlear

has risen very solid oi ever

the last 2 months. Although we

know about the problems, the

impact on net profit was a

surprise to the market. Its

shares down by around 4% at the moment. It's interest rate day

today. The RBA is meeting.

What's the market telling but a

possible rate cut? We have a

divergence of opinions here. At

the moment the economists and

analysts are all saying it's

very likely we'll see no

change. That's based on the

fact the RBA has focused on

external risk to the Australian economy, in particular Europe.

With the situation in Europe improving it seems unlikely the

RBA will move today. However

the interest rate traders are

taking a slightly different

approach. They're priceing a

20% chance of a cut today. The

prices they're showing are

expecting two further cuts

before the end of the year. So

it will be interesting to see

how this difference is resolved

with the announcement from the

RBA today. Michael, thank

you. Thank you. Wall Street added to yesterday's rally pushing to a three-month high.

Australians spend hundreds

of dollars a year on

multivitamins and mineral

supplements. Now the consumer

group Choice says the pills are

often unnecessary and confusing

labelling and clever marketing

are persuading healthy people

to buy them. According to

Ingrid Joost from Choice,

vitamin companies are selling

their wares to the worried

well. That's right, we've just

completed a report reviewing

this market, this product. We

found that there is very

persuasive marketing going on,

especially with the backdrop of

the Olympics. Persuasive

marketing to the worried well.

So people who may ordinarily

have a pretty good diet a

pretty good lifestyle, yet

they're popping one of these

pills every day, thinking that

that is just exactly what they

need. When in actual fact they

could be spending two to $300 a

year on a pill that is not

really making any difference to

their health. There are

clearly groups of people who

need to take multivitamins. Just thinking about people with

specific illnesses and pregnant

women of course? You're

spot-on. There are particular

groups of people who have

specific health needs. That do

need to take supplements. But

that's where advice and

guidance by an expert medical

practitioner is best way to go,

before you trawl through the

pharmacy shelf or the

supermarket and pull a

multivitamin off thinking that

that's going to suit your

needs. I think the key advice

coming from this report is if

you are worried or you want to

take a supplement or a

multivitamin, see your doctor,

and they will then determine

whether it is worth your

while. What about vitamins for

kids? What's the advice

there? You're right. What we're

seeing as part of our product

rerue is that the multivitamins

are being marketed to different

segments there is one major

manufacturer that has 16

different multivitamin products

on the market targeted to young

girls, young boys, to women

over 30, men over 55, yet

looking at some of the formulations they're very, very

similar. So ow goif to the work

out what it is that you need

specifically when it comes to

some of these complement

supplements and also whether

there is some marketing spin

involved in some of there. Make

taking one of these pills every day for a year you could spend

up to $255 yet you may not

necessarily need it. Again it

comes back to the expert

medical advice. Ingrid Joost

thank you. Thank you. A second

charge of murder has been laid

against captured fugitive

Malcolm Naden. The 38-year-old

was arrested in the New South

Wales Upper Hunter region in

March after a seven year man

hunt. In Sydney's Central Local

Court Naden has been charged

with murders his cousin

Lateesha Nolan in Dubbo in

January 2005. He is already

charged with the murder of her friend Kristy Scholes as well

as the attempted murder of a

policeman. The indecent assault

of a teenage girl and numerous

break and enters. A Melbourne

law firm is set to launch a

class action against

electricity provider SP Ausnet

over one of the devastating

Black Saturday bushfires. The

fire that ripped through

Marysville and surrounding

areas in February 2009 killed

40 people and destroyed more

than 500 homes. Mau lis Blackburn lawyers say they'll

allege the fire was caused by faulty powerlines near

Marysville. SP Ausnet yesterday informed the Stock Exchange

that a coroner's brief

indicating its electricity

assets may have started the

fire. The company is unsure if

its insurance will cover losses

if it's found liable for the

Murrundindi and Kilmore fires A

look at other stories makes

news around the world. Egypt's

President Mohammed Morsi has

made an unscheduled visit to

the the site where 16 Egyptian

soldiers were killed at a

checkpoint along the Israeli

border. Both countries have

blamed Islamist militantss from

Gaza and the Sinai peninsula

for the attack by gunmen. Macau

police have arrested 150 people

in kids at casinos and hotels

across the Chinese territory.

The arrests followed fears of a gang warfare revival in the

world's most lucrative gambling

market. And - authorities have

evacuated 600 people from their

homes on the Canary Islands as

fires burn out of control

blackening 3,000 hectares of

parkland. The area is home to a

number of endangered plant

species. He was regarded as one

of the great art critics. 20th

century. Now of at the age of

74, Robert Hughes has died in

New York where he lived for

most of the last 50 years. He

died in the hospital in the

Bronx after a long illness.

Edward Capon was the art

director of the gallery of New

South Wales for more than 30

years and a good friend of

Robert Hughes. He had a

physical presence which you

couldn't miss. And he had that

amazing voice the great

authority. And that carried you

a long way but the point is

ultimately it's what you say

that matters. And he was a

voice for Australian art and

culture. Not only in the sense

that he wrote about Australia,

but also here he was in America

a critic, running around the

world as probably one of the

great critics of the 20th

century. And he yaim from here.

You know that was an incredibly

powerful influence, I think. He

was a great spokesman for

Australia. Did he have a difficult relationship with

this country, though, especially after his awful car

accident? Oh yes, yes, he did.

After he finally got back to

there, he said I'm never going

back to Australia again. Well

he did but not very often of

course. He was quite keen not

to stay here then. I think he

felt very hurt by all that, but

it didn't stop him writing. It

didn't stop his imaginative

energy, his intellectual en

Jeep, his creative energy which

went right to the end. The last

book was only published last

year. You think about the

incredible production the

incredible output of his

literary works, his writings

and the television series, he

was prolific. Absolutely

prolific. You think about all

that stuff, you say how do you

cities pill all that 'cause it

was quite brought. You think about the television series,

you think about his writing on art, you think about the

American visions which I

thought was absolutely

brilliant. There were one or

two moments in it that were

just terrific. He went to see

Jeff Coombs and we all know

Jeff Coombs, who is rather

benign in this great factory

with all this stuff hand he

said, well, you don't make

thing? No, I didn't make

anything. You're not an artist?

You're just a manufacturer. He

said yeah, that's right. He

just went straight to the core

of things. And Robert - but

above all, he was an amazing

communicator. Much writing

about art is so obfuscating and

so difficult to understand that

here comes Robert Hughes, and

anybody and everybody can read

that and understand writing

about the most complex and

arcane things with wonderful

clarity. Edward Capon, thank

you for coming in. Thank you.

To the weather now. The

satellite shows cloud crossing

the south west with a front,

cloud increasing over Tasmania

ahead of it, patchy high cloud

over South Australia and mostly

clear skies elsewhere due to a

large high. A high pressure

ridge should produce a cold

morning and mostly sunny day in

Queensland and northern New

South Wales. Mild

north-westerlies should affect southern Queensland and New

South Wales an eastern parts of

Victoria and Tasmania. A trough

and front should bring showers

and alpine snow to southern New

South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania

and South Australia.

Our next full bulletin is at

7pm. I'm Ros Childs. Thanks for

joining us and have a great

afternoon. See you tomorrow.

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Good evening. Welcome to Q&A live from the beautiful

Brisbane Powerhouse. I'm Tony

Jones. Answering your questions tonight - the Minister for

Trade Craig Emerson, the leader

of Katter's Australian Party,

political maverick Bob Katter,

eclectic Queensland songstress

Katie Noonan, Shadow

Attorney-General George Brandis

and prisoner turned social

activist and lawyer Debbie Kilroy. Please welcome our

panel. (APPLAUSE).

Thank you, Q&A is live from

9:35 Eastern standard sometime,

simulcast on News 24 and News

Radio. Go to the web site if

you want to send a question or

go to Twitter. Our first

question comes from Margaret

Anne McCormack. My question -

have Australian men lost their

manner s? Campbell Newman

thinks it is okay to turn his

back and chat during a

performance. David Farley

thought it was acceptable to

refer to Julia Gillard as an

unproductive old cow. Have

Australian men lost their

manners or are they trying to

get the message across that the

police - place for the little

lady is in the kitchen? Katie Noonan, let's start with you. Wow. Great question.

That's a fantastic question, Margaret. Obviously you are

referring to last week I

performed at an event and the

Premier of my State chose to

turn his back on our

performance and not only that,

but talked throughout the whole

performance and not clap. But,

for me that wasn't a personal

issue, it was more a matter of

manners and respect for the

arts. I'm worried that this

symbolic movement of him

turning his back on musicians,

he was literally half a metre

from my first violinist with

his back to him the whole

time. His spokesperson said it

was a cocktail party, people

were standing up and talking.

There was a queue of people

talking to him. Absolutely. I

have performed at many events

like that for Prime Ministers,