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The Government sets a course

for Nauru and the Opposition

gets on board. My understanding

is that the legislation is

going to allow Nauru, that's

good policy. Container returns,

will the Government support a

deposit scheme. It's good sense

and the people want it. Why did

the butler do it? The leaking

of confidential Vatican papers

goes to court. And will the

bride make off with a record

price? A rarely seen Arthur

Boyd up for grabs in

Melbourne. They are very

tightly held and rarely come on

to the market.

Hello and welcome to ABC

News across Australia, I'm

Tracy Kirkland. On the local

share market defensive stocks

are in favour:

After months of fierce

disagreement Federal Parliament

is ready to come together and

reinstate offshore processing.

On the recommendation of its

expert panel Labor will

introduce the necessary bill

today. Once passed it will

clear the way for processing

centres to open in Nauru and

Papua New Guinea. From Canberra

Eliza Burello reports. All systems go. The Prime

Minister's first order of business calling in the Defence

Chief, or at least for the

cameras. How quickly we could

have Defence ready to move to

do the initial work to start

those facilities? They're ready Thursday evening, Friday

morning to send a

reconnaissance team off. Thank you. Government sources insist

it was only a preliminary talk.

getting legislation through The real work starts with

Parliament. We would move

quickly to designate Nauru and

PNG. They would be the first

Des ig nations. And not before

time, says Tony Abbott. I've

been saying for the Des - best

part of 4 years that the Prime

Minister should stop being

stubborn and she should pick up

the phone to the President of

Nauru. Because that's happening

bipartisanship is back. To the

extent that this legislation

allows good policy we will

support it. My understanding is

that the legislation is going

to allow Nauru, that's good

policy. Labor never liked the

Pacific solution. Its new

approach may look like

Howard-era policy. I think it

is the Pacific solution. It's

dressed up in different guises,

that's certainly what the

Coalition has been saying. It's

no wonder the Coalition is

cockahoop But the Government

insists this is not the Pacific

solution mach 2 That is not the proper characterisation. This

is much broader. It was

hundreds of lives lost at sea

as well as the sheer number of

arrivals that has brought

around the return of offshore

processing. A tz parties reach

a compromise news came of

another missing boat. It had 67

people on board. So we now have

very grave fears for the safety

of those people. Could those

lives have been saved if you

had this policy in place 6

weeblings ago? I'm not going to

play blame game here. Time to

move on. One of Victoria's

most historic trees will be

removed at Melbourne's Shrine

of Remembrance. The 80-year-old

Gallipoli lone pine has been

riddled with disease. Arborists

have tried to save it but haven't had much success. The

tree was planted from a cone

collected by Sergeant Keith

McDowell at Gallipoli in World

War I. But the history of the

tree won't be lost with another

to be planted in its place.

Fortunately we have the next

generation of the lone pine

here to pick up the baton of

remembrance. It's very sad but

it is absolutely necessary.

People in Melbourne and indeed

Victoria and Australia can be

assured we have done everything

possible to try to protect and

then save this tree. The

original lone pine will be cut

down next week and the wood

will be recycled to be used at

a later date at the shrine.

Three people have died in the

third mass shooting in the

United States in as many weeks.

A police officer serving an

eviction notice was shot dead

two blocks from the Texas AMM University. A bystander was

also killed before the gunman

was shot dead. 4 people were

taken to hospital, 3 of them

police officers. It's not known

whether the gunman was a

student. Police have yet to

establish a motive. From an all-female punk band on trial

to laws that target political

protests - excuse me - and the

Internet, critics say just

months after Vladimir Putin's

return to the presidency,

Russia has launched a sweeping

crackdown on dissent. The

extent of official suspicion

and intrigue came clear when

floods overwhelmed parts of the

country last month. Moscow

correspondent Norman Hermant

reports from Krimsk in southern

Russia. Weeks after flash

flooding killed more than 170

people here last month there

was still much to do. Relief

supplies had to be unpacked and

sorted. Portable showers had to

be moved into place. And in

something relatively new for

Russia where the State was

given to 70 year of communism

much of this was done by volunteers,.

TRANSLATION: It has never been

like that before. The people

have become more united.

Russia's rulers have finally

learned the art of the post

disaster photo op. But many in

this city were angry at the Government for a lack of

warning about the floods and

for a slow relief response. Volunteers, more than

2,000, were here quickly but

the welcome from authorities

was not warm. They are afraid

that volunteers will bring some

political here which is

people came here to complete nonsense because

help. Instead of embracing this

volunteer spirit, Russia's Government seems more concerned

with controlling it. A already

it's considering a new law that

will require all volunteers to

sign a contract before they

came to help in a place like

this. In the post flood debate,

those who helped organise the

relief effort say a

protest-wary government now

frowns on any group action

anywhere. We are telling

everyone we are not a political

party, we are not - we are just

people. We are just helping

that's all. In this kind of

countries this kind of volunteerism would bring

praise, in Russia it brings

suspicion. An inquiry has

found last year's twin

terrorist attacks in Norway

could have been prevented. 77

people were killed and 240

wounded when Anders Breivik set

off a bomb in the capital Oslo

and went on a shooting rampage

on a nearby island. The

independent report has

described as unacceptable the

35 minutes it took police to

reach the island and found many

deaths could have been avoided

if existing security measures

had been implemented. It

detailed a description of

Breivik phoned into police 10

minutes after his devices went

off which wasn't followed up

for 2 hours. Norway's Prime

Minister Jens Stoltenberg has

expressed regret for the

mistakes made. The man accused

of leaking sensitive Vatican

documents to the media has been

ordered to stand trial. The

Pope's former butler Paolo

Gabrielli is charged with

stealing the documents which

suggest corruption inside the

headquarters of the Catholic

Church and power struggles

between senior cardinals. A

second Vatican employee has been charged as an

accomplice. The Vatican, an

absolute monarchy where

discretion and loyalty are

highly prized. Yet this bastion

of secrecy has been breached

and by one of the Pope's most

intimate servants. He's Paolo

Gabrielli, the Pope's butler,

who was often seen at his side.

But, said the Vatican today,

the man serving the Pope by day

was by night taking the most

sensitive documents secretly

copying them and handing them

to a journalist. Paolo

Gabrielli, said the Pope's

spokesman, would stand trial for aggravated burglary.

According to officials, Mr

Gabrielli said he saw evil and

corruption everywhere in the

Church and thought the Pope

knew too little about it. The

documents were published in a

book last May after appearing

in the media. Letters, faxes

and memos made allegations of

corruption in the Vatican's

dealings with Italian

companies. They gave details of

power struggles between senior

cardinals and bishops and

described conflicts over the

running of the Vatican Bank. Mr

Gabrielli insists that he acted

alone but some of the documents

he leaked were apparently aimed

at undermining the Pope's most

powerful ally. Cardinal Bertoni

second to only the Pope in the

Vatican has faced criticism for his ability and personal style.

Some Vatican watchers see it as

a symptom of a wider

problem. The Vatican is run

like a renaissance court. We're

not living in the 16th century,

we're living in the 21st

century. The Pope has

emphasised his support for the

cardinal but if Mr Gabrielli is

found guilty after his trial

next month the Pope could still

grant him a pardon. There's

another push under way for a

national container deposit

scheme. The idea is not a new

one, you buy a bottle at the

shops and return it to get some

money back. Environment groups

want the States to back it at a

COAG ministerial meeting next

week. Ian Kiernan is one of the

campaign leaders. Clean Up

Australia is a member of the

boom rang alliance h is a group of environmental organisations

that are very much in support

of deposit legislation, putting

10 cents on every beverage

container so it's no longer

rubbish, it becomes 10 cents

and it will disappear like

that. The food and beverage

Council which is funded by the

major beverage industries has

commissioned or put in place

the national litter index and

they have composed a survey

that erroneously reports that

there is less rubbish in NSW

than there is in South

Australia. This is absolutely incorrect and they won't accept

that and they are still using

and promoting this incorrect

information, that is just plain dishonesty. South Australia's

obviously already making this

work, are you proposing that

you just extend that to the

other States? We would like to

see national deposit

legislation so that it's

uniform. But there is mixed

support across the country. NSW

is a bit behind, some of the

other States are well advanced.

We've now got it in the

Northern Territory. We would

prefer to see it as national

legislation but if we can't get

that we'll go State by State,

Territory by Territory and

that's what we are doing. What

are the benefits of this kind

of deposit scheme over say the

regular recycling scheme that

we've got in place now? Well,

the curb side recycling doesn't

occur all over the country, it

doesn't occur in a lot of rural

areas and the thing about

deposit scheme is that it puts

value and we know that the

recovery rates in South

Australia are close to 87%,

other States are 35%. That is about better resource management because our

resources are finite. It's

about better energy management.

The embodied energy to make an

aluminium can from new will

make you 7 aluminium cans out

of recycled material. It's good

economic and environmental

sense and the people want it. Where would the people drop

their containers and who would

pay for that

infrastructure? That will need

to be calculated but it works

well in South Australia with

drop off locations and I mean

you go to - you drive from

South Australia to Western

Australia, there's no beverage

containers on the ocean side.

You come back from Western

Australia they're everywhere on

the northern side and that

again underlines the deposit

legislation deposit schemes

work. Ian Keenan, thanks for

your time. Thanks very

much. Lunch time figures show

new car sales dipping last

month. Dealers sold more than

90,000 cars in July down 0.8%

on the month before. The Bureau

of Statistics says sales of

both sedans and four-wheel

drives fell. A new report has

confirmed what many shoppers

already think, that the

supermarket giants Coles and

Woolworths are deliberately

killing competition. Master grocers Australia which represents smaller operators

say Coles and Woolleys are

saturating the market and

opening oversized supermarkets

to lock out competitors. It

says the Federal Government and

the competition watchdog the ACCC must act to change

planning and competition laws.

In Australia for every $10

spent on groceries about $8

goes to Coles and Woolies. It's

one of the most concentrated

markets in the world. In

Toowoomba and Queensland it's

even more so. Locals say the

town is drowning in a deluge of

Coles and Woolies supermarkets,

pubs, hard ware and liquor

store, petrol stations and

discount outlets. Woolworths

and Coles at this point own 5

supermarkets each, Toowoomba is

about 100,000 people. There are

approved plans to build another

one Coles and another one Woolworths. Debby Smith is a

rare breed. She runs one of the

few independent supermarkets

left in town and says it's not

just the number of supermarkets

that Coles and Woolies have

opened but the size of them

that's killed the smaller

operators. We had 220 customers

send letters of objection to

the council during that appeals

process but to no avail. Master

grocer Australia who represent

the smaller play ers like

Foodworks and IGA says this

scenario is being repeated

across Australia. This

behaviour by the chains is

really putting at risk the loss

of retail diversity, choice for

consumers and really true

competition. In their report

Master grocers say opening

oversized and unprofitable

supermarkets is a deliberate

strategy from Coles and

Woolworths to wipe out

competition. They are able to

sustain oversized supermarkets

running at losses by cross

subsidising and what we mean by

that is they have a range of

other businesses from which

they can draw their profits and

they can cross subsidise these

loss-making stores for as long

as they care to. The competition watchdog says it

will look at the claims of

oversized supermarkets on a

case by case basis. The fact

that a new store will lose

money in its early days, again that's normal commercial

behaviour. So to meet the tests

of being against our Act and

being anti-competitive it has

to be behaviour that is

deliberately meant to damage

competition. A representative

for Coles and Woolworths

rejects the Master grocers

report and all its findings. I

think this is a report long on

accusation and very short on

facts. This is a report

generated by an organisation

that is effectively another supermarket chain and that's

IGA. Let's go now to some other

stories makes news in business.

Australia's largest class

action is in the High Court

today as 38,000 customers take

on the ANZ Bank over its fees.

Lawyers say charges for items

like late credit card payments,

overdrawn accounts and

dishonour fees are out of

proportion with what it costs

the banks to provide the

services. What it costs the

banks to process honour fees,

dishonour fees, over limit

fees, is a fraction of what

they charge customers therefore

a penalty under the law,

illegal and something that

should be paid back. The wider

case includes more than 170,000

customers of 8 major banks and

involves an estimated $220

million in fees. And the man

keeping an eye on the

Australian tax office has

raised concerns about the

agency's immense power.

Inspector General of taxation,

Ali Noroozi, is calling on

taxpayers to come forward with

complaints about alleged un

unfair treatment by the tax

office. You don't want to put

people through an enormous

compliance burden if they are

compliant tax papers. Mr

Noroozi said it should be easy

for compliant taxpayers to get

out of the audit process. Let's

take a check now of the

markets. Here's Michael

McCarthy, an analyst with CMC

Markets. A slow start this

morning but stocks are making

gains? Yes, they are and good

afternoon. We are seeing the market edge higher in trading

today. At the moment the

Australia 200 index is up by

about 12 points and trading

just below the 4,300 level. And

we're seeing gains in almost

every sector. A cum of

contributors to that are the

numbers that we've seen out

today from the NAB's usual

survey business conditions and

confidence and while conditions

remain subdued, in fact falling

further into negative territory

it's a swing around in

confidence from a negative

reading to a positive reading

that appears to be flowing

through into the market and it

all appears to be based on a

slightly less pessimistic

outlook coming out of

Europe. Well a trading update

is also making NAB putting them

under pressure? Yes, in an

otherwise calm and quiet market

NAB has been a very big mover

itself today. After giving us

an unaudited first quarter read

on its revenues that were flat

where the market was looking

for growth, we saw the stock

sold off very heavily at the

opening and trading. Its shares

fell by more than 3% in that

first hour of trading. However,

since then it appears analysts

have drilled through the

results that they've put out

and are less concerned about

it. We've seen the stock rally

back although it's still down

about 1.25% at the moment. Just

briefly, some traders have an

eye on China? Yes, we were expecting an announcement over

the weekend of stimulus

measures, either a cut in

interest rates or reserve

requirements for banks, that didn't come through and Chinese

markets were hit very hard

yesterday. They have bounced

back slightly today but all

eyes in Australia and the

region are focused on Chinese

authorities to see if and when

we'll get a move. Thanks,

Michael. Thank you. To a

lacklustre day on Wall Street,

the slowest session of the year

with a lot of people on summer

holidays:. Figures on Japanese

economic growth disappointed


A day after the Olympics

finished New Zealand has

claimed another gold medal at

the expense of the winner of

the female shot-put. Belarusian

Nadezhda Ostaspchuk was

stripped of her gold after

returning a positive test for

the banned anabolic steroid methenolone. New Zealander

Valerie Adams was told

overnight that as a result her

silver turned to gold. The only

disappointing about the whole

thing was to not be able to

enjoy the moment and have the

national anthem played in the

stadium with my family there.

It's the way it is. I'm happy

now that things this tha were in place to make the sport

clean is working and she was caught. Others are questioning

how an athlete could use such a

steroid undetected in the lead

up to the Games. It's well

known how it acts and how long

it stays in the system and so

to turn up at the Games with

evidence of it shows extremely

bad planning or something's

gone wrong. Adam's promotion

lifts New Zealand's gold tally

to 6 and puts them 15th on the

medal tally. A rarely seen

Arthur Boyd painting is

expected to set a new auction

record for the artist when it

goes under the hammer in

Melbourne tonight. 'Bride

Running Away' has been in a

private collection for the past

40 years. Jeffrey Smith is the

chairman of Sotherbies.. Arthur

Boyd's 'Bride Running Away' was

painted in 1957 and it's the

second work in Arthur Boyd's

seminal series of the Marriage,

Love and Death of a Half Cast

which is commonly referred to

as his Bride series which

concentrates on the plight of

indigenous Australians. Were

you expected to go for a record

price tonight, why would it be

worth that much? Arthur Boyd's

Bride series are icons of 20th

century Australian art. They

are very tightly held and

rarely come on to the market.

In August 2011 Sotherby's

Australia sold a smaller work

from the series for $1.2

million. So what are you

expecting tonight for this

one? The estimate on 'Bride

Running Away' is $1.4 million

to $1.6 million. Economically

things are tough for all

investors across all sorts of

areas, is that the same in the

art world at the moment? Buyers

are very discerning when it

comes to making significant

acquisitions, however, it is

the iconic works of art that

are commanding premiums. Those

works that are very rare, that

are tightly held by collectors

and that in some instances it

can be decades before a work

will reappear on to the market. Well, Arthur Boyd paintings have set several

records in the past 12 months,

why is it that his works are

such hot property at the

moment? It's very interesting

that works come on to the

market in almost a generational

shift. The current painting was

purchased by the collector in

1969. So it's almost like works

that were collected in the

1950s and 1960s are gradually

coming on to the market because

they've been held in

collections for almost 50

years. Geoffrey Smith, thanks

so much. We look forward to

hearing how it goes. Thank you

very much for your interest. In

Egypt a power struggle between

the ruling Muslim Brotherhood

and the military is

intensifying. President Morsi

has justified the decision to

oust the head of the army and

his chief of staff saying it's

good for the country and he's

appealed for national support.

appealed for national support.

In Tahrir Square, the centre

of Egypt's revolution, there

was relief that a civilian president had asserted his

control over the military. When

he made the announcement for

the recently elected president,

Mohammed Morsi and for every

Egyptian it was fundamental,

who runs the country. At least

this is the start of this

because everybody in Egypt was

feeling that the power was -

there was a 2-headed power, one

head is the President, the

other head is the military and

there would have been always

conflict of interest and

conflict of in terms of taking

decisions. The armed forces

were seen as the people's

protect ors during the

revolution in Tahrir Square.

They took over power when

President Mubarak fell but they

were slow to give it up after

democratic elections. The last

straw was a bungled response to

attacks by suspected jihadist s

in Sinai that killed 16

soldiers. Field mar Thal

Tantauri breaking his Ramadan

fast on President Morsi's last

week was removed with the

support of younger generals. We

have seen a shift in the

civil/military relations in

Egypt, more tilting in the

balance of power towards the

civilian side. Tonight with

shoppers in Cairo getting ready

for the end of Ramadan one is

concerned that one man has so

much power but the city feels

relaxed. Let's look at other

stories, Syrian rebels are

claiming they shot down a Mig

fighter in Damascus. The pilot

said he ejected after the war

plane malfunctioned. Other

video reported to show the

captured pilot in rebel hands.

And 9 people including a

policeman have been killed in

clashes between unions at South

African platinum mine. The long-running membership dispute

has left the mine running at

reduced capacity. The woman who

told the world good girls go to

heaven, bad girls go everywhere

else has died at the age of 90.

Helen Gurrly Brown challenged

sexual moors when she wrote 'Sex and the Single Girl'. She

went on to edit 'Cosmopolitan'

for 3 decades. Sex is one of

the 3 best things there are in

my opinion. I don't know what

are the other 2. In one of her

most recent interviews Helen

gurl - Gurrly Brown said she

hoped she changed the balance

in the bedroom. New York's

mayor described her as a quintessential New Yorker who

was never afraid to speak her

mind. A day after the closing

ceremony of the London

Olympics, a mass ex dus is

under way. Hundreds of

thousands of athletes,

officials and spectators are

heading home with a special

terminal operating at Heathrow

airport to cater for the

demand. The morning after the

Games before. The world's

fittest and fastest now just

flaked out. I'm very

tired. Ready to get home? Yeah.

T To dream about it. To dream

about it? Yeah. 8,000 weary

Olympians will pass through

here in the next few days. So there's a temporary terminal

just for the athletes and their

precious cargo. It was just the

most incredible feeling.

They've been the most amazing

few weeks of my life. Keep nit

the handbag in a safe little

pouch inside a pouch tucked

away. Those without a souvenir

medal took bed linen from their

rooms in the athletes'

village. What else have you

got? The lamp. There is also

tonnes of sporting equipment to

check in. This load is heading

back to the home of the

Olympics. After 2.5 weeks of

adulation, the Olympians are

now back in the real world and

have to move aside. They no

longer have Games lanes to

speed past the crowds.Zwr the

French squad were leaving on

the Euro star this evening with

more unlikely souvenirs. The

next stop may be home, but

other destinations matter even

more. To the weather now and

the satellite shows cloud

crossing the interior and

south-east ahead of a colder

change. Cloud becoming patchy

in South Australia behind the

change. A front should bring

patchy light rain to Tasmania,

Victoria and southern NSW and a

bit of snow to the Alps later.

Brisk winds should ease in South Australia causing light

showers to clear. Another front

should cause show Erbs to

increase in south-west WA. A

high should keep the rest of

the country mostly sunny.

Let's go back to the stock

exchange for a final check O


That's the news for now on a

day when the Federal Opposition

backed Government legislation

to process asylum seekers on

Nauru. There's continuous news

on ABC News 24 and there's also

news online. Our next full

bulletin on ABC 1 is at 7:00

this evening. I'm Tracy

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