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Tonight - the Federal

Government set to legislate for

offshore processing in Nauru

and Papua New Guinea. If people

want to put banner 'This is a compromise from the

Government'. Dead right. What

we want to see is obviously the

policies we have advocated for

years and years implemented. I

think there is an open door to

do that now. Following a famous

father in a search for a cure

for a spinal cord injury. The

best of British. A spectacular

grand finale to the London

Olympics. # We will rock, we

will rock you #.

Good evening. Siobhan Heanue

with ABC News. Australia's

political deadlock on asylum seeker policy may have been

broken. An expert panel led by

former Defence Chief Angus

compromise. The Prime Houston has paved the way for a

Minister's backing down on

offshore processing in Nauru

and Papua New Guinea and

toughening up on visa rules for

those who become refugees. The

Coalition likes the plan and

says the door's now open to

implement the policies it

always wanted. Chief political

correspondent Mark Simkin. What

a difference an expert panel

makes. Finally after deaths at

sea and tears in Parliament, a

Canberra solution is within

sight. I am prepared to further

compromise from the

Government's position in in

order to get things done. Labor

will introduce legislation to

reopen processing centres in

Nauru and PNG. This isn't a day

for commenting or for a political scoreboard. This is a

day for action and getting

things done. It is a dramatic

about-face. Julia Gillard once

railed against processing

asylum seekers on Pacific

Islands. It is costly,

unsustainable and wrong as a

matter of principle. This is

what's changed since then. More

than 21,000 asylum seekers have

arrived under Labor. The

numbers were small at first but

increased when the Government

dismantled the Howard policies.

The announcement of the

Malaysia plan did have some

impact but the numbers started

growing again after the High

Court decision. There has been a further spike since

Parliament's grid lock. Add to

that the 600 people known to

have drowned on the way to

Australia since late 2009. If

people want to put banner "This

is a compromise from the

government" dead right, in

order to start saving

lives. The Government is giving

in-principle support to all of

the expert panel's

recommendations. That includes

increasing Australia's

humanitarian intake to 20,000

people, possibly more in the

future and restricting access

to family reunion programs. The

panel questioned the turn back

the approach. We recommended a

policys that hard-headed, not

hard hearted. Apart from

re-opening the centres in Nauru

and PNG, the panel suggested

the Gillard Government's so-called Malaysia Solution's

got potential but needs

additional human rights protections. The Parliament

cannot, must not, miss this

opportunity tomorrow. The

Greens certainly won't back the

plan. This is about going back

to the harsh, the cruel, the

mean John Howard policies of

the early 2000s. The

Coalition's vote will be

crucial. The Houston panel has

green lighted Nauru and they have red lighted Malaysia and

the people swap in its current form. Some in Labor's left

think the new approach is a

Pacific Solution in disguise

but their attempts to stall the

vote for crushed in Caucus.

After months of stand still,

Julia Gillard is in a hurry to

get the asylum seeker issue

into Parliament and ultimately

the Prime Minister hopes, off

the table.

There are claims that onshore

processing of asylum seekers is

putting a strain on local

health services. The Scherger

Immigration Detention Centre in

remote north Queensland houses

400 detainees. Doctors from the

local community say they are

often called in to deal with

attempted suicide or self-harm.

The ABC has been given rare

access to film inside the

facility. Lauren Day sent this

report from the centre which is

near Weipa on Cape York. The

Scherger Immigration Detention

Centre is about half on an

hour's drive from the mining

town of Weipa in far north

Queensland. The centre has a

capacity of 400 detainees. Its

contract has been extended for

two years..

a lot of the reason behind the

extension was the support we

have received from the Weipa

community. But not everyone in

the community is happy. We've

had 794 episodes of care we have provided to Scherger

patients which represents about

4% of our total provision to

the community. Medical

professionals are worried

Scherger is putting increased

services particularly in the pressure on local health

area of mental health. Every

single person that has been in,

all 34, have been a

presentation for either

attempted suicide and self-harm

or they have voiced that they

were going to. The Immigration

Department employs its own

health services provider with

around 24 full-time staff at Scherger. Whenever there is a

need for external assistance,

we operate on a pay as you go

or pay for services basis with

the local Weipa hospital. Those

numbers are small as well in terms of overall

admissions. But Queensland

health staff they often deal

with significant issues. We

are discharging people back

into the environment that has

somewhat caused these issues to

start with. The ABC is the

first media outlet given per

Scherger Immigration Detention mission to film inside the

Centre but under strict

conditionings. All material had

to be checked and vetted by the

Immigration Department and none

of the staff or detainees

inside were able to be

Immigration Department says on interviewed or identified. The

average detainees spend four

months at the centre.

Iran has suspended all rescue

the country where twin operations in the north-east of

earthquakes have killed more

than 300 people. Officials say

there are no more survivors in

the rubble of hundreds of

villages and it's pointless to

keep searching. Overcrowded hospitals in and around Tabriz

are struggling to cope with

thousands of injured. More than

16,000 people were left

homeless after the powerful

earthquakes shook the region at

the weekend. Egypt's President

has asserted his authority over

the military dismissing his

powerful Defence Minister and scrapping Constitutional

amendments that gave the

Generals wide powers. Thousands

of people again pack Tahrir

Square, this time to show their

support for President Mohamed

Morsi and celebrate the departure of the military

chiefs. The President denied

the sackings were part of a

witch-hunt. TRANSLATION:

Today's decisions are not

directed at certain persons or

meant to embarrass certain

institutions. Earlier the

President swore in replacements

for the Defence Minister and

another senior general. The

Minister, Hussein Tantawi,

ruled the country for a year

after the overthrow of Hosni

Mubarak. Sydney set the

standard and now London may

have matched it. For 16 days,

Britain has played host to the world's athletes but today it

was time to say goodbye. They

did it in style with the

Closing Ceremony that was more

like a rock concert. Some of

Britain's biggest pop acts

turned up the volume as the

flag was passed on to Rio De Janeiro. If the Opening

Ceremony was eccentric, the

finale was like attending the

biggest concert show casing the

best of British music, with

some observers saying it was

Britain at the of the its

game. Ladies and gentlemen,

welcome to the Closing Ceremony

of the 30th Olympiad. The race

run, the final bow. For the

last time, the Stadium filled

with 80,000 people and enough

pride and passion to power the

city. London 2012 promised

Games to remember. The

transport system worked, the

venues filled most of the time,

the drama that is the Olympics

transfixed billions around the

world for 16 days. When our

time came, Britain, we did it right. (Cheering). Olympics

rarely run to script. It was

our sailors rather than our

swimmers taking gold honours. Australia's flag bearer,

two-time gold medallist sailor

Malcolm Page reflecting that

success. The very best athletes

from around the world

celebrated together. The

winners, the runners-up, the

also-rans, together one last

time. But this final night was

not just a celebration of

sport, British music was

getting its podium finish

too. (Sings) # We will, we will

rock you #. These were happy

and glorious Games. Thank you

London. As one Olympics ends,

the countdown to the next

begins. Next stop Rio. The

samba Games of 2016 lie ahead.

After years of planning, $15

billion, Britain's proven it

can put on the greatest show on earth. The challenge now to

take that feel-good factor,

that renewed confidence, far

further than the last of the

fireworks. # God save the Queen

#. Put simply, it has made a

country mired in recession

happier and prouder. A spring

in the collective step and

hopes the echos of the world's

greatest August get-together

will reverberate far and wide,

long and loud. Despite worries

about transport and getting

venues ready on time, Brazil is

promising a smooth build-up to

the 2016 Games. Organisers of

the Rio Games have been in

London keeping a close eye on

these Olympics and they're

convinced they'll be ready to

play host. Least y Millar

reports from central London. It

doesn't take much to get

Brazilians dancing in the

streets. For them, the Closing

Ceremony marks the start of

their own party. First, the

World Cup in two years and then

the 2016 Games, the first

Olympics to be held in South

America and Rio wants to do it

right. I think they're going to

be the best show on earth

because Brazilians are always

smiling, they are very good

company, beautiful scenery, so

you are going to have the time

of your life. The Olympic Games

is just going to be amazing.

Everybody will get together and welcome everyone from all over

the world. I think the

atmosphere will be

amazing. Don't get the medals,

we still dance samba, still

have a party. Like London,

transport and venue readiness

are the big worries but they

are working around the clock

and predict it will be ready

six months early and London's

Mayor has offered to help. We

have all sorts offin things,

the goods and services we are

keen to send your way, not the

least some very handsome large

rings. If you want to give us -

want us to give you a ring, we

have several. Rio has the

challenge of building great infrastructure, when it is

ready, we need to operate it,

we will follow London. It is

amazing. London's race may have

been run but the Rio marathon

has just begun and the souvenir

industry isn't waiting.

Everything from T-shirts to

caps flying off the shelves.

But this is small change

compared to what the Brazilian

Government is spending. $16

billion to make the city ready

but some aren't convinced it is

money well spent. The way it is

going now I don't see many

positive long-term consequences

simply because the city's

favelas which represent 22% of

the population are being

mishandled in the name of the

Olympic Games. Ready or not,

there is no stopping the clock.

The next Games are now just a

little more than 1400 days

away. Senior figures in

Australian sailing have slammed

plans by the NSW Institute of

Sport to cut sailing from its

program. The plans were

revealed to the ABC just as the

sailing team posted its most successful Olympic campaign in

history. Many of the medal

winners have benefitted from

the NSW program. Here is Mary

Gearin. As sailors celebrated

being the standout performers

of the Australian Olympic

campaign, team bosses were

sitting on upsetting news. The

NSW Institute of Sport are

looking at dropping sailing

from their program. I think

that's really stupid. Any plans

to cut sailing programs in NSW

might seem ill-timed in the

wash-up of the Games. Four of

five sailors receiving gold,

seven of the eight sailors

receiving medals of any colour

come from NSW. The key to us is

the pathway and pipeline that

brings new athletes through.

All the State institute

programs are important in that

so losing the NSW Institute is

a real concern for us. The

general manager of Sailing NSW

says such a move would wipe out

junior development in the

State. The direct impact for us

is that this will kill our

State youth sailing team. The

official response from the NSW

Institute of Sport is that a

number of programs are under

review but there are no further

details. As pre-Rio manoeuvring

for resources begins in

earnest, this may be the first

test of the power of success. Despite the late medal

charge, AOC boss John Coates

has given a downbeat assessment

of Australian performance. He

says individual sporting bodies

will need to do more in the

lead-up to Rio. It can't just

be funding when you understand

Great Britain spent 1.2 billion

over four years but so did

France and germ ne and got -

Germany and got different

results. I am absolutely

certain the sports have to look

at themselves rather than look

for more money. It is not easy

and the Games in Rio are going

to be very, very difficult for

us and many nations because

unlike going to Asia for the

Games in Beijing, we do not

have an experience, very few of

our sports have competed there,

perhaps beach volleyball and a

few like that. The United

States added the men's

basketball gold medal overnight

and took its final tally to 104, including 46 gold.

Australia finished with 35

medals in total but it was a

long way off its target of a

top five finish. That just

about wraps up the coverage of

the Games. The Paralympics

begin in 16 days, I'm Phillip

Williams in London for ABC


The ACT Opposition is keeping

the blowtorch on Chief Minister

Katy Gallagher. It's invoking a

motion of no confidence over

the data doctoring scandal at

Canberra Hospital. Similar

moves have toppled leaders in

the past but that won't happen this time because the Greens

say it is just a stunt and they

won't support it. But it will

delay a stack of assembly

business, as Kathleen Dyett

reports. It is a rare move,

normally reserved for the most

serious misconduct. We will be moving a motion of no confidence in the Chief

Minister. This is politics pure

and simple. The Opposition has

been trying to chip away at

Katy Gallagher's credibility

for weeks. Their attack have

been fuelled by the actions of

a senior hospital executive who

doctored data to make

performance appear better. That

triggered committee hearings

and investigations but the

Opposition is not done yet. She

is responsible for what senior

sufs do, whether she has direct

involvement or not. I have been

cleared by the Auditor-General

which I'd much prefer to be investigated by the

Auditor-General than the

Canberra Liberals. Similar

motions have been moved in the

assembly 10 times since

self-Government in 1989. Two

Chief Ministers lost their jobs

but the Greens won't let that

happen this time. It is a

political stunt and I don't

think it would be a secret to

people across Canberra that

cess cess cess doesn't want gal

- says says says doesn't want

Katy Gallagher to be

Minister. There will be a brief

sitting tomorrow morning and a

crammed agenda will be squeezed

into three long sitting days

next week. There is no tension

between Queensland's LNP

Government and one of the

Party's major supporters Clive

Palmer. The mining magnate has criticised the Newman

Government for cutting public

funding to political parties.

He also says the Government's

plan to cut 20,000 jobs from

the public service will hurt

the economy and won't achieve

much for the bottom line. It

doesn't make much difference to

the overall budget in the state of Queensland but what's

important ... That could be

said about anything you cut,

couldn't it? Not really. I'm

concerned a about the families

of people that have been cut,

we haven't got the policies for

growth, we need the policies

for growth and getting bigger. The Premier says the

criticism is sour grapes for Mr

Palmer. Mr Palmer should stop

using the LNP inappropriately

to try and lobby the Government

for his personal gain. This

Government will not be bullied

into building railway lines in

the wrong place or

inappropriate tourism developments on the Sunshine

Coast. Mr Palmer says he hasn't

donated to the LNP recently but

he was a sponsor of last

month's State conference. There

is new hope on the horizon for

spinal cord patients.

Scientists in the United States

are about to start a trial

using cells that have helped

animals regain the use of

damaged limbs. Sophie Scott reports. Actor Christopher Reeve became a strong voice for

the disabled after suffering a

devastating spinal cord injury.

Now his son Matthew is

continuing his work, heading a

foundation in his honour. The

33-year-old is in Australia

promoting the latest medical

advances. The conventional

wisdom used to be thought

there'd be one magic bullet

cure for spinal cord injury but

I think it's since been

understood that it's such a

complicated problem that it's

going to be a multi-facetted

approach. One of the most

promising avenue is the use of

cells that cover nerve fibres

that lie outside the central

nervous system. Research on

animals has shown the cells can

regenerate nerves and get limbs

moving again. Now researchers

have been given approval to

trial the cells on humans. If

we dep straight safety in this

initial cohort of 8 subjects,

we will move on to the people

with severe incomplete injury

who we think will show a

neurological benefit from the

transplant. That's something

Matthew Reeve says his father

would have loved to see. My

father was a re markable

figure. Just bearing witness to

his courage is something I'm

honoured to be able to carry

on. And perhaps deliver the medical breakthroughs his

father hoped to do. The third

and final stage of the John Curtin School of Medical

Research has opened at the ANU.

The new $60 million wing contains world class clinical

research suites and

laboratories. The building will

house the Eccles Institute of

Neuroscience with scientists

working to combat diseases like

Alzheimer's, epilepsies and Parkinson's. Medical research

is an area where there is huge

money being invested by many

countries around the world. It

is important if we are going to

stay abreast of that research

that ANU can compete, to do

that you need these sorts of

facilities. Scientist s from a

range of backgrounds will come

together under one roof and it is possible many major breakthroughs will be borne in

an unexpected place. I know

from the old John Curtin

School, tearoom was an idea

where many new ideas were

hatched, many discussions

carried out which had major implications for future research. The facility was funded by the Federal

Government's health and

hospital fund. Steel manufacturer Bluescope has

struck a joint venture deal

worth $1 million with a

Japanese steel maker. Shares in

Bluescope jumped more than 30%

after anounsing it is selling

half of its Asia enterprise to

nick nick. Bluescope lost $1

billion last financial year due

to falling steel prices and the

high Australian dollar and is

set to post a similar loss this

year because of restructuring.

But the company expects the

joint venture to turn things

around. We think that working

with them specifically in our

coated products business across

South-East Asia will actually

help us, our shareholders, our

customers with a better product

mix and more profitable

business. The chief executive

says he'll forego his bonus

this financial year. The

Australian market edged higher

today in line with Wall Street

on Friday. But as Alan Kohler

reports, all the talk was about

the Bluescope joint venture deal. The reaction to

Bluescope's deal to sell half

its Asian coated steel business

to Nippon Steel was "At last

some good news about the steel

business". The shares have been

bumping along around a

worryingly low of 25 cents and

this morning jumped before

settling back. It is still a

long way from the $8 it got to

in June 2008. Arrium, formerly

OneSteel got the magic dust

spilt on it.

Quite interesting thing has

happened in Australia this year, economic data surprised

on the up side which sets us

apart from the rest of the

world where surprises have been negative. In Australia GDP

forecasts have been lifted

while in most other places they

are coming down but Australian company profits are doing worse

than the rest of the world

which is summed up in this

chart of consensus forecast of

2013 for America, Europe, the

world and Australia. The

solution is most of the

downgrades are in resources

stocks which are exposed to the

rest of the world rather than

Australia, although Morgan

Stanley says there have been

downgrades among consume er

stocks and industrials.

That's finance. Rory McIlroy

has relamed golf's world number

one ranking after a record

breaking win at the US PGA

championship in South Carolina.

McIlroy finished 8 shots ahead

of his nearest rival after a

dominant final two rounds.

Australians Adam Scott and

Geoff Ogilvy finished in a tie

for 11th, 11 shots off the

pace. Ben Lisson reports. At

just 23, Rory McIlroy is world

number one again. Can it be?

Yes. The new ruler of the game

of golf is Rory McIlroy! The

northern Irishman claimed his

second Major with this

morning's stunning eight-shot

win at Kiawah Island. It means

a lot, to look at the names on that trophy and put my name

along side them is something

special, I am going to enjoy

this. Early on the final round

was poised nicely with Tiger

Woods and Adam Scott in the mix

but McIlroy was head and

shoulders above the rest with

near-flawless recovery shots

throughout the round. While his

confidence grew with six

birdies on the day, Scott

couldn't cope with the challenging conditions. Even

Woods fell away with several

bogies early on an even 72

final round. But McIlroy didn't

let up and continued on his way

to a convincing win. That's

absolutely beautiful. As he

broke Jack Nicklaus's

longstanding record for the

biggest margin of victory in

the championship history. The

Canberra Raiders are flying

high after beating the Panthers yesterday but at least one

player is in doubt for next

Saturday's game against the

Roosters. With their playoff

hopes still afloat, the Raiders

took time out to recover from

what their coach described as

an ugly win. The punishing

workload has forced the coach

to consider resting some

players this weekend but one

decision may be out of his

hands with Josh Papali on

report for a dangerous hit. I'm

hoping they see it the same way

as myself and no case to

answer. He downeven have the

ball. He says Papali will plead

not gill guilty to the charge.

If you fear there will be a

void in your life now that the

Olympics are over, don't panic.

The Paralympics get under way

in just over two weeks. A

record number of countries are

taking part guaranteeing the

competition for medals will be intense. Grant Mizens is

leading the charge for

Australia's wheelchair

basketball team in London. The

Rollers won gold in Beijing. To

go back to back will be no slam

dunk. For a non-contact sport,

there is a huge amount of

contact and that's one of the appealing characteristics of

it, you get out there and push

through. Many of Australia's

Paralympic are already in

Europe . Some about to board

the plane were guests of honour

in the Sydney Town Hall. We

know you will bein spiring

representatives to Australia. All were given gold

medals but they were of the

chocolate variety. In London,

tasting gold will be harder

than ever before. I think 30

countries more this time than

in Beijing. Everyone is there,

everyone wants a slice of the

action. In 1960, 400 wheelchair

athletes were invited to the

Rome Olympics. In London, 160

nations will take part. I think

they are going to be awesome.

Watching the Olympics has been

an inspiration and just got me

really excited. And just as

Sydneysiders embraced the

Paralympics in the year 2000,

so too are Londoners buying

tickets in record numbers. Essentially it is

going to be a sell-out. Tickets

are hard to get for cycling and swimming. The Opening Ceremony

is on August 30th and the Games

will be broadcast on the ABC.

To the weather now and it was

sparkling winter's day in the

capital and possibly the last

for a while as strong winds are

due to pick up from tomorrow.


A cold front is crossing

southern WA generating areas of

rain while mild northly winds

are strengthening in SA. Cool

southerly winds are causing the

odd shower along the eastern

seaboard while a high is

keeping the remainder of the

country clear.

That's the news for now. Stay

with us for '7:30' with Leigh

Sales. Thanks for your company.

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Welcome to 7.30. Tonight - stopping boats. The government

to act immediately on calls to reinstate offshore processing

of asylum seekers. We recommend

a policy approach that is hard-headed, but not

hard-hearted. That is

realistic, not idealistic. And

- easy money. How the banks

drove Australia's own subprime

mortgage scandal. It's really a

roll call of all the major

banks. We've got Macquarie in

there, we've got Westpac, NAB,

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It used to be a political

slogan, but now the catchcry