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(generated from captions) The time for politicking

about this is at an end. One

thing that we have not yet

heard from this Prime Minister,

it is that magic little word

"sorry". Taking target - taking

Target to task - how social

media can turn on big

business. Pain acknowledged -

the Territory apologises over

forced adoptions. The only way

I could cope with the trauma

was to pretend that it never

happened. And the Wallabies ta

take on the All Blacks without

Quade Cooper. Good evening.

Craig Allen with ABC News.

Julia Gillard says offshore

processing of asylum seekers

will be up and running within

the month and tonight in a rare

show of bipartisanship, the

Coalition is voting with the

Government to get the system

going. The Prime Minister has

phoned the leaders of Nauru and

Papua New Guinea to secure

their support, and she has

called in the military to get the detention centres working

as soon as possible. Chief

political correspondent Mark

Simkin has more. The

Government is proposing a

solution in the Pa sick, just

don't call it a Pacific

Solution. Migration legislation

amendment, offshore processing

and other measures bill. Labor

rushed its amendments into

Parliament this afternoon. I

believe the time for

politicking about this is at an

end. The time for action is

here. Let us thank God that

finally this Government has

come to its senses and admitted

that for four years it was

wrong. It was wrong. The

Coalition is trying to make

Labor's Nauru conversion as

painful as possible. I don't

say that it is the Prime

Minister's personal fault that

all of these tragedies have

unfolded. I am not saying that

any member of this House has

blood on his or her hands. He

didn't, but the Coalition did call the Prime Minister

culpable, arguing she promoted

policies that led to deaths at

sea. Will she now accept at

least some, at least some

responsibility for the

results? I'm of course prepared

to accept responsibility for my

actions as Prime Minister, my

actions as Deputy Prime

Minister, my actions as a member of this Government. Julia Gillard has

steadfastly refused to call

Nauru I am not intending to

waste a billion dollars of

taxpayers' money on an outcome

that we have been advised will

not work. This morning that

changed. I have today spoke

tone the President of Nauru and

the Prime Minister of PNG. I

have received from both men an

assurance that they are

prepared to work with Australia

on their nation's host - on

their nations hosting regional

processing centres. The Defence

Force was called in, as were

the TV cameras. Australian

soldiers will build temporary

asylum seeker centres on both islands. As early as Friday

morning you could be rolling

out the reconnaissance team.

Yes. The facilities would be

basic. Yes, they would involve

tents and other sorts of

temporary structures. The

Government is worried about

what it it calls a closing-down

sale, a last-minute rush of

asylum seekers. Despite the

objections of the Greens, Labor

expects to get its amendments

through the Parliament by the

end of the week, with the two processing centres back in

business by the middle of next

month. Meantime, the Government

says it holds grave fears for a

boatload of asylum seekers

missing off the coast of

Indonesia. They are primarily Palestinians, displaced from

Iraq. They set off from

Indonesia six weeks ago and

there has been no sign of them

since. The Palestinian Authority's representative in Australia says the Federal Government's efforts have

lacked urgency and sensitivity

to the families of those

missing. Jeff Waters reports. They are faces that

stare out from the unknown. ABC

News has obtained these images

of a group of Palestinian-Iraqi

asylum seeker whose have been

unaccounted for since their

boat apparently left Indonesia

on the 28th June. Among the

missing is at least one

child. It's also a deep concern

for the Palestinian community.

We receive tens of letters from

the Palestinian community here.

They are Australian citizens,

and I think they are very

disappointed, they are very sad

of what's happened to these

persons on this boat. This man

says Palestinian refugee

families living in Iraq have

been blamed often wrongly for

siding with Saddam Hussein, so

overtime the now missing people

escaped on Sir youse routes to

Cyprus where their asylum

applications were rejected.

Many flew to Indonesia and

boarded a boat six weeks ago

bound for Christmas Island. The

people smuggler has told their

loved ones in Iraq they're in

detention and out of contact.

wrong Unfortunately at the The Government says that's

moment there is no evidence that those people have arrived

in Australia, so 67 people for

whom we hold very grave fears

at the moment. But that was

apparently the first the

families and their

representative had heard about

it. We did not receive any

confirmed information regarding

this issue yet. Family members aren't happy.

He was referring to his

brother who left a wife and two

boys behind in Cyprus. The

Government says it's still

investigating the

disappearances and is talking

with Indonesia. Three people

have died in the third mass shooting in the United States

in as many weeks. A police

officer serve offing an

eviction notice was shot dead

two blocks from a Texas

university. A bystander was

also killed before the gunman

was shot dead. Four people were

taken to hospital, three of

them police officers. It's not

known whether the gunman was a

student and police have yet to

establish a motive. Syrian

rebels say of this' shot down

an army fighter jet and

captured one of the pilots.

Opposition activists in the

country's north-east posted a

video of a fighter jet bursting

into flames while under heavy

ground fire. Syria state media

confirmed the plane had crashed

but blamed it on technical problems. Hours later another

video was posted, showing four

rebels and a man described as a

captured pilot N the video, the

man said he was assigned to

bomb the town of Mahussin, but

now defected to the rebels F

confirmed, it would be the

third time the first time the

rebels have scuk seeded in

downing a Syrian plane. For decades, unwed mothers in Australia were forced to give

up their babies, often under

harrowing circumstances. A

Senate inquiry led to the

Commonwealth and some state

governments to formally

apologise to victims, and

although the policy predated

self government, today the

Territory had had its turn to

say sorry. At just five weeks

of age, marg Green was taken

away from her mother, but she

didn't learn that she was

adopted until she was in her

20s. Because I was born in a

Salvation Army hospital, she

actually looked after me for

five and a half weeks and

breast fed me which I just

can't imagine the wrench that

that would have been to have me

removed. Betty Mills understand

that pain. She was the victim

of a similar policy in England

and was forced to give up her 4

week old baby boy The only way

I could cope with the trauma

was to pretend it never

happened. Between the 1940s and

1970s, more than 100,000 women

had their babies forcibly

removed. And although the

policy predated ACT self

government, today all three

parties in the assembly stood

united to say sorry. Whilst

today's apology cannot wipe

away those years or the tears,

I hope that it may be the

beginning of a period of healing.

It is recognition and

acknowledgement that what

happened to us was quite

unacceptable and the tragedy is

that it wasn't on for so

long. For people who need it,

it is vitally important. After

years of denial at age 44, marg

decided to seek out her

mother. I had what we would

classify as a good reunion. It

was still extremely traumatic

and huge emotional

roller-coaster. Told to forget

her child, Betty couldn't

repress her past forever. Five

years ago she reunited with her

long-lost son. But I can never

make up for over 50 years,

never. A sad and shameful

reality that no apology canner

race. - that no apology can erase. A light plane made an

emergency landing at Canberra

Airport today. The plane's nose

wheel collapsed as the aircraft

landed around midday. The

student pilot who was the sole occupant was on a training

flight, but he wasn't injured.

Fire trucks were deployed as a

precaution, but there were no

flight delays. Police are

investigating two suspicious

fires at began gal land over

the past few days. This house

in Bonner was still under kron

struks, but early this morning

it was gutted by fire T burned

for up to three hours before

the alarm was raised. The

damage bill is estimated to be

$300,000. Late on Sunday night,

police were calleded to a blaze

at this house in Harrison which

was also under construction.

The fire was already out when

they arrived and there was no

structural damage. Forensic

services are examining both

sites. The first person jailed

under the country's toughest

anti-bikie laws is set to be

released. Charlie Foster is one of scores of people who have

been targeted under new

consorting laws in New South

Wales. 291-year-old disability

pensioner has had his sentence overturned after flaws in the

police case were exposed. Sean

Rubinsztein-Dunlop filed this

report from Armidale. For

Trisha Harrison, even a victory

in court is a mixed

blessing. It's awful. I hate

seeing him and I can't be where

he is and look after him. Her

son, Charlie Foster, was jailed

for up to 12 months under a new

offence outlawing communication

with criminals. The 21-year-old

was an unlikely first target of

new laws aimed at ending

Sydney's bikie wars. He was

convicted of consorting with

three friends and

housemates. The Armidale

district court set aside his

conviction after prosecutors

told the judge police had never

proven the charge was legal.

His lawyer who has run the

appeal usually represents

bikies. He is on a disability

pension, is he not involved

with organised crime or outlaw

motorcycle clubs, yet he has

been targeted. The case isn't

the only test for the new laws.

Four Sydney bikies are also

fighting consorting charges and

more than 100 people have been

warned, including here near

Armidale in the town of

Tinga. Got a criminal record, marijuana, smoking marijuana,

that's about it. This

Indigenous pig hunter also has

an intellectual disability. He

says he has been warned for

consorting with three family friends including his

daughter's godmother at the

local servo. I pulled up and

told her about my young

nephew's little baby boy getting rushed to hospital and

then that afternoon the police

was out beside me. The Premier

is reserve offing his judgment. I will continue to

have my confidence in the law

and in its operation. Foster's

mother is just looking forward

to seeing her son again. Just

to see him and love him and

take him home. He will be

released next month once he has

served time for other offences.

The New South Wales Government

wants to overturn 400 years of

legal principle by making it

harder for suspects to hide

behind the cloak of silence.

New South Wales will become the

first State or Territory in

Australia where an accused criminal's refusal to answer

police questions could be used

against them in court. Eliza

Blue reports. During the recent

spate of drive-by shootings in

Sydney, many suspects refused

to disclose any information to

police. Of but under a proposal

from the State Government, that

choice to remain silent could

be used against them in a

future court case. For too long

it has been too easy for

criminals to hide behind the

rights to silence. At the

moment, juries are told to keep

an open mind when someone has

refused to answer questions

during a police investigation,

then produces new evidence or

an alibi at trial, but the

Government says these laws are

being exploited and need to

change. Something like this is

absolutely necessary to help

the prosecution and to save

victims from the trauma of

losing trials that should succeed. New South Wales will

be the first State or Territory

in Australia to make the

changes. The laws mirror the

British system. The UK model

has led to, amongst other

things, a decrease in the

number of suspects that are

actually remaining silent when

they're questioned about by police. The Greens are

concerned that the changes

undermine the fundamental basis

of the legal system where people remain innocent until

proven guilty in a court. This

is clearly a knee-jerk reaction

from the Government to deal

with what they see as a bikie

crime problem in Sydney. You

don't make fundamental law

reform which affects everybody

to deal with a minority of criminals. The Government will introduce its new legislation

in October. It's unlikely to face opposition from Labor

which has been highly critical

of the Government's response to

the drive-by shootings. Many

businesses are finding a

presence in the social media

can be a double-edged sword,

particularly when angry

customers leave comments on

sites like FaceBook and Twitter

for all to see. Today, as Simon Palan reports, the department

store Target was in the firing

line. It's become the latest

target of angry consumers

venting their rage on the Internet. Every customer

opinion is legitimate and we

take it all very seriously. On

the FaceBook page of department

tore Target, one customer

lashed out at the retailer for

selling clothes that make girls

look like tramps. The post

picked up thousands of likes

and comments, sending Target

into damage control. It's up to

us as a retailer to take that

on board and provide a wide

variety of product that

customers can choose

from. Social media sites like

FaceBook and Twitter allow

companies to directly connect

with consumers, but increasingly, expensive

marketing campaigns are being

brought quickly undone by

consumer whose are angry and

not afraid to show

it. Traditionally the risks

associated with social media

have just been swept under the

carpet in the rush to embrace

this new marketing medium. Channel Nine's Olympic

coverage triggered a severe

social media storm. At various

times both major supermarkets

and Qantas have also

experienced a similar backlash.

Social media analysts say companies should respond

quickly to criticism and they

should never delete the

offending item. People simply

re-post the original comment,

not just on the p page but set

up new FaceBook pamgs or start

up new posts on Twitter. We're

starting to see companies

becoming more reluctant to use

social media to communicate with their customers.

I think some brands who don't

have the money or the

wherewithal to continue doing

this may decide to pull

back. But many also say the

opportunities of social media

are too great for any company

to ignore. In Russia, Vladimir

Putin's return to the

presidency has heralded a

crackdown on dissent. A

dissident punk band has gone on

trial and there are new laws

restricting political protest

on the streets and on the

Internet. As Norman Hermant

reports, suspicious minds in

official doll are even making life tough for emergency

service volunteers. 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 primacy of the state was a

given during 70 year of

communism, much of this was

done by volume tune tears,

organised by coordinators like Natasha.

TRANSLATION: It has never been

like that before. The people

have become more unite

ed. 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 disorder here which

is a complete nonsense because

people came here to

help. Instead of embracing this

volunteer spirit, Russia's

government seems more concerned

with controlling it. Already

it's considering a new law that

would require all volunteers to sign a contract before they

came to help in a place like

this the. 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 FaceBook or

Twitter, that's all. In most

countries, this kind of

grassroots volume tearism would

Ellis it praise. In today's

Russia, it brings suspicion.

The woman who told the world

"good girls go to heaven bad

girls go everywhere else" has

died at the age of 90 . Hell Le

girly Brown challenged when she

wrote the book Sex and the

Single girl. Sex is one of the

three best things there are in

my opinion. I don't know what

are the other two. In one of

her most recent interviews, she

said she hoped she changed the

balance in the bedroom. New

York's mayor Michael Bloomberg

described her as a quintessential New Yorker who

was never afraid to speak her

mind. State and Territory

environment ministers will

consider a national container

deposit scheme when they next

meet. South Australia and the

Northern Territory already have

one, and as Kylie Simmonds

reports, some of the other

states may now be ready to cash

in as well. Remember this?

There's one. Catch a can, cash

a can, it's lots of fun to

do. For many growing up in the

'70s, and '80s, collecting cans

was the per feblingt way to

earn pocket money or raise

money for your school. Now

there is a new push to bring it

back, right across Australia. (Sings) South

Australia is way ahead. Its

deposit scheme has been running

for 35 years, refunding 10

cents for every empty bottle or

can returned. The Northern

Territory recently joined in,

but whether other also, too,

will be debated by environment

ministers at the next COAG

meeting. The international rule

now is that whoever produces

the waste must be responsible

for its recovery, and that's not happening. Community

support for the scheme appears

to be overwhelming. A recent

Newspoll say 82% of Australians

support container deposit legislation. But it doesn't make sense to the

industry. Industry sees the container deposit scheme as a

'70s solution to a '70s

problem. We've moved on from

that. The industry claims

consumers will lose any money

they collect at the

checkout Around $300 per household per year and these

are costs that they don't need

to pay when they're already

facing rising cost as cross the board.

It do not have a cost of

living impact. But for now it's

just about whether to see

whether the lobbyists can get the state governments in the

can. Australia's biggest class

action moved to the High Court

in Canberra today with the

banks accused of charging

excessive fees. The legal

challenge against the major

banks, including the big four s

on behalf of 170,000 people. So

far, the Federal Court has

restrigted the action to late

credit card fees, but today

lawyers for the customers asked

the High Court to extend the

case to other fees. What it

costs the banks to process

honour fees, dishonour fees,

over-limit fees is a fraction

of what they charge

customers. A key element in the

case is whether the charges are

a penalty or a fee for service.

The High Court has reserve ed

its decision. To finance now

and the local share market was

flat again today as National

Australia Bank shares fell on

the back of a disappointing

profit result. Here is Alan

Kohler Well, the market closed

slightly higher today,

virtually flat, really, butt

the longer-term picture is that

it's the beneficiary of a solid

global share rally that has

been going on since the start

of June, except our rise is

less than half of Germany's and three-quarters of Wall

Street's. Why is that? Because

we've got a lot of big

resources stocks and they've

been hammered while the banks

have done better than the

global resources index. China's

exports are down because of the

European recession in part. The

banks are in demand because of their high dividend yields and

the result of the big rally in

Australia's banks is that

they've now got the same market

value as the entire European

banking system for the first

time. That's pretty remarkable

although it perhaps says more

about the parlous state of

European banking than anything

else. Safe banks are hard to

find these days. Today actually

mof of the banks fell led by

NAB which closed 1.4% lower.

Most other results today were

pretty good, though. Ansell

came out with a 6% profit lift

and the shares rose more than

3%.

Global markets were subdued

with modest gains in Asia

today, and the dollar was

subdued as well, down slightly

against the US dollar and the

ur rover. A couple of

confidence surveys worth

noeting today. Business

confidence produced its first

positive reading for three

months. And Roy Morgan's weekly

survey shows consumer

confidence picking up ever so

gradually. And that's

finance. London is returning to

normal after the end of the

Olympics with locals hailing

the Games a great success.

Heathrow Airport created a

purpose-made temporary terminal

for the exodus of 8,000

athletes leaving London.

Olympic organisers are ecstatic

about how the Games were

conducted and expect the performance of British athletes

to leave a everlasting

legacy. Just to mark the moment

of the Games, whether we would

get a collective Mo Bolt A

collective I think not Oh,

come on. I think not. Why

not. There you go. That wasn't

awkward. New Zealand has

claimed its 6th gold medal

after the Belarussian tested

positive to a bannedster

raid. I wasn't able to enjoy

the moment of the national

anthem being sung with all of

my family there. Adams gold

medal promotes New Zealand to

15th on the medal

tally. Newcastle knife 8th

Mullen opened the scoring for

his side after the 16th minute

and shortly after half-time

this cross-field chip was

collected by Darius

Boyd. COMMENTATOR: A difficult

one. Boyd came down with it We

know a few things have got to

go our way to make the 8, but

if we keep winning, hopefully

we can make our own

destiny. The 26-4 scoreline has

left the Sharks with little

hope of finishing inside the

top 4 with three rounds

left. Berrick Barnes has

retained the fly-half spot for Saturday's Bledisloe Cup clash

with the All Blacks in Sydney.

Queensland's Quade Cooper was

available for selection, but

hasn't been recalled to the

team. He has even missed a seat

on the reserves bench. It's

been a long build-up to the

Southern Hemisphere's inaugural

rugby Championship. Australia's

mid-year Tests against Scotland

and Wales are a distant

memory We had one day's

preparation for Scotland, so

having three weeks has got to

be a bit more beneficial.

Whether it takes us a while to

get going, that will remain to

be seen, but I think - I would

much rather three weeks to go

in against the All

Blacks. Barnes is the chosen

No. 10. Quade Cooper must bide

his time after his knee injury

battles and a suspension which

ended his Super Rugby

season Keep doing what he is

doing, keep working with us. He

is like many others. It's the

way we come together as a group

that's key and it's good that

he is back. Anthony ganglioneuritis replaces Pat

McCabe in the centres and with

Wycliffe Palu out, Dave Dennis

come noose the starting line-up

at blindside flanker. Radike

Samo and Drew Mitchell return

from injury will be on the

bench. The coach says the New

Zealand centre combination of

Nonu and Sonny Bill Williams

could be a spectacle for the

fans, but doesn't concern his

backs It will be interesting to

see how they choose to apply

their skill sets. There is a

lot of talk about individuals,

but it's all about how teams

come together. The game will be

played at the Olympic Stadium

where the Wallabies have a great record against the All

Blacks There is no better way

to kick it off than with a home

ground advantage. History shows

that you've to win those first

few games. But the All Blacks

have had one-point wins in

their past two Sydney Tests n

2009 and 2010. To the weather

now and a pretty cold morning

in Canberra. While it's been

clear at sun rice, it's been a

mostly cloudy and coolish day.

The cloud extended well across

the region today and conditions

are becoming a bit more pleasant on the coast:

A frontal system is purring

a long band of cloud up through

the centre of the country, but

only scattered cloud in the

southern part of that system. A

second front is heading to the

east as well, and likely to

bring a very cold surge. Strong

winds and low-level snow around

Thursday into Friday. The

showers from those system also be restricted to Tasmania,

southern parts of Victoria and

Adelaide.

Before we go, a brief recap

of our top story - the

Government and Opposition have

agreed to resume offshore

processing of asylum seekers.

The Government wants the bill

passed as quickly as possible.

That's the news for now. Next

up '7:30' with Leigh Sales and

the downside of the mining boom

for local communities. Thanks

for your company. Goodnight.

Closed Captions by CSI. This Program is Captioned

Live. Welcome to 7:30 - tonight

- breaking the deadlock

parliament moves to end the

impasse on asylum seekers. Let

us thank God that finally this

Government has come to its

senses and admitted that for 4

years it was wrong. And the

dark side of the boom, the

people missing out on the

benefits of the mining

expansion. Right across the

coal belt there are people

sleeping in tents and in show

grounds and recreation spaces

from Mudgee through to

Singleton.

A marathon parliamentary

debate is continuing tonight

with dozens of MPs lining up to

speak on new laws to finally

break the stalemate over Australia's asylum seeker

policy. The Prime Minister says

she wants an end to politicking, but the Opposition

is determined to rub her face

in Labor's backflip.