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Tonight - the growing

global trend towards green

energy, and trading carbon.

The big Apple, the technology

giant is now the world's most

valuable company. Four decades

on, a parliamentary tribute is

like gold for the family of an

Olympic silver medallist. He

believed in civil rights for

everyone, doesn't matter what

colour they are, and that's

what it was all about. And,

former green machine legend

Laurie Daley to take on the


Good evening, Craig Allen with

ABC News. The Prime Minister

might have staked her political

career on introducing a carbon

tax, but she may not be alone.

A new report says politicians

around the world are biting the

bullet and putting a price on

carbon and by next year, 850

million people will live under

a carbon price. But as Conor

Duffy reports, the Federal

Opposition still maintains

Australia has gone too far.

Australia's per capita

emissions are sky high, the

largest in the developed world

largely due to a reliance on

coal-fired energy. The carbon

tax places us around the middle

of global climate action. The

report explode the myth that

Australia is leading on climate

change or acting along.

Chief Commissioner Flannery Launching the report today

says this global survey proves

the world is acting and with

more than $250 billion invested

in renewable energy, changing

too. I think we'll look back

on this year 2012 as one that

is in some ways a tipping point

for clean energy because of reducing costs and because of

global action. The carbon tax

report was gratefully received

by a Government, which once pledged never to introduce one

and feels besieged. There's a greater responsibility in the

media in this country to

accurately report what's going

on and I hope this climate

commission report dispels myths

about what other countries are

doing. The Coalition has

vowed to scrap the climate

commission in government. It

says the report dispels none of

its concerns, Australia's

carbon tax is wider reaching

than that of other countries.

What we see is the world

running away from carbon taxes.

The real detail is yes to

action, no to carbon taxes.

Greg Hunt says the next

election will be a referendum

on the carbon tax. And despite

the carbon tax, the Government's received a

birthday bounce on the second

anniversary of the last

election. Labor's primary vote

has continued to edge higher

since the introduction of the

tax hitting its highest level

this year. With the next

election less than 12 months

away, when will the Prime

Minister swallow her pride and

apologise to the people of

Australia for falsely promising

there will be no carbon tax

under the Government I lead.

The Leader of the Opposition

can see the time now where his

destructive negative fear

campaign is going to run out of

huff. After preferences, the Coalition maintains a

significant lead. The next

election must be held before

December 2013. The title of

the world's most valuable

public company has typically

been held by industrial heavyweights like Exxon Mobil.

In a sign of the times that

title has been snapped up by a

technology firm. Apple is now

worth more than any other

company listed on a Stock

Exchange. The late Steve Jobs

would be proud, the shares in

the company he founded are at

an all-time high. Not bad for

a company on the verge of

bankruptcy 13 years ago.

Technology, communication,

information are at the centre

of our lives and Apple has

positioned IT extraordinarily

well to be who people look to.

Apple's products generate big

consumer hype including the

upcoming I phone 5 shown in

these leaked pictures. It's

not just the I phone and iPad

behind Apple's success. Apple's music store is the

biggest in the world. Their

app store is the largest single

software store in the world.

Not everyone is an Apple fan.

Some say it makes software and

hardware in a way which locks

other manufacturers out.

There's a growing resistance

from customers saying, " You

know what, I don't agree with

the way that Apple is going to

make me use their products".

And Apple has no shortage of competitors vying for a slice of the action in the fast-changing digital

landscape. New research shows

how Australia's tech appetite

is evolving. 5% of Australians

now access the Internet on

their TV sets. 2 2.2 billion was

spent on-line and 11% of

Australians are now on Twitter.

Twitter is growing faster

than Facebook. Increasingly,

the battle of the tech giants

is being played out here. 46%

of Australians own a

Smartphone. More than 2

million of us use it to access

social media and over the past

year, there's been a 300% increase in the amount of

Australians using it to do

banking. A certain group of

people have become very comfortable transacting on-line

and now on their Smartphones.

And the rest of us are more

than happy to do it the

old-fashioned way. A judge has

sentenced a Bendigo man to four

months jail for setting up a social networking Web page on

which he rated the sexual

performance of young women.

Police told the court many of

the comments posted on Facebook

were offensive and had the

potential to do lasting harm.

However, the man was bailed

today after lodging a court

appeal. Ranking women is

hardly a new idea to Facebook.

Its creator Mark Tedeschi did

just that with the website's

precursor Facemash. We're

ranking girls. You mean

other students? Yeah. Do

you think this is a good idea?

22-year-old David McRory went

a step further, using Facebook

to rate the sexual performance

of women in central Victoria

and it's landed him in jail.

In the Bendigo Magistrates

Court today, he was sentenced

to four months in prison, but

was released on bail pending

appeal in the County Court.

McRory's lawyer admitted his

client's mafr was immature and

naive, but one social media

expert said there is a lack of education for young people

about the consequences of

social media. No-one's

actually having a discussion

with them about boundaries, what's appropriate behaviour

and so they're left on their

own to navigate. It was one

of many similar sites set up

around the country inviting

comments about sexual partners.

It's a bit of a juggernaut

that's out of control, I'm

afraid. The law and government

is generally way behind its

application in terms of how it

can be used. McRory's co-accused 22-year-old Joshua

Turner of Bendigo was sentenced

in July to six months prison wholly suspended for two years.

He's also appealing the

sentence. The appeals of both

men are expected to be heard in

the next month. Telstra has

announced it's axing around 650

jobs to streamline its customer

service operations. Its call

centre in Lismore will be

closed and part of its

Townsville operation will go,

as well. The company says the

back office as well as voice

and broadband testing that's currently performed in

Melbourne and Sydney will be

moved to Townsville and Perth.

Some of the work will also be

moved offshore. The nation's Parliament has begun honouring

the athlete Peter Norman who

burst to international fame at

the Mexico Olympics 44 years

ago. Mr Norman died in 2006

and politicians are considering

whether to apologise for the

way he was treated after

showing solidarity with two

black American run ers. It's a

badge of honour she takes

whenever she goes. I didn't

expect him to get a medal.

Thelma Norman has come to see the nation's Parliament

celebrate her son's

achievements. He brought

three people and two nations

together through standing

silently and proudly with the

crime of a borrowed badge.

Peter Norman won a silver medal

in the 200m at the 1968

Olympics, but he's best

remembered on the dais for

wearing a badge supporting Americans John Carlos and

Tommie Smith as they gave the

black power pursuit. He

believed in civil rights for

everyone, doesn't matter what

colour they are and that's what

it was all about. Norman drew

condemnation at home and received a gentle caution from

the Australian Olympic

Committee. He failed to

qualify at the national titles

and wasn't sent to the 1972

Olympics. Although the AOC

denies it, his family believes

Mexico played a part. He died

in 2006 and six years later Federal Parliament's

considering an apology. And

the simple act of wearing that

badge, Peter Norman showed the

world he stood for racial

equality. He showed us the

actions of one person can make

a difference and it's a message

that echoes down to us today.

Peter George Norman is truly

an Australian legend and

deserves to be celebrated by

athletes, school children,

historians and politicians

across our nation. Seven

speakers have honoured Peter

Norman, but the Parliament may

never vote on a formal apology.

For his 91-year-old mother,

it's enough that her son's

achievements on and off the

track are being discussed.

Mainly what we want is recognition, whether they

apologise or not is up to them.

There's a call for yet

another inquiry in the wake of

the Canberra Hospital data

tampering scandal. A

cross-party committee wants the

next assembly to delve deeper

into the scandal and the

broader health system. It

comes on the eve of a mammoth

sitting week that will see the Chief Minister face a

no-confidence motion and it

will be a costly process for

taxpayers. Much has been said

and written. Committees and

reports have examined how a

senior executive changed performance times at the

Canberra Hospital, but

questions remain. The current

public accounts committee felt

with the election looming there

simply wasn't enough time to

consider all the issues and so

we're recommending to our

successors that they look at

it. The report also calls for

better communication across the

health system, a check-up of

security for patient records

and better staff training in

use of computer systems. A

lot of the work that the

committee recommends is already

under way. Yet another report

clears me of any wrongdoing in

this matter. I welcome the

fact it's a tripartisan report.

Even the Labor and the Green

members have acknowledged

problems. The move will fail

without Green support, but it

has forced a 7-day break to

sittings. To make up ground

the assembly will sit well into

the night for three days. The Legislative Assembly estimates

this could cost up to $15,000

in overtime and penalties and

public servants may be needed

during debate, adding to the

cost. We've wasted at least

three days of sitting. We're

going to have to ram through sitting in shortened debate and

it will cost the taxpayer a

whole lot of money. Now the

Labor Party is concerned about

overtime payments to staff at

the assembly, because we're attempting to hold this

Government to account. Are you

serious? However, the

cancellation of last week's

sittings did save several

thousand in overtime costs. In

the US, a Republican

Congressman is under pressure

to resign after making some controversial comments about

rape and pregnancy. Missouri

Senate nominee Todd Akin has

found himself politically

isolated with the presidential candidate Mitt Romney

describing his remarks as

insulting and wrong. From Washington, Craig McMurtrie

reports. Todd Akin's a 6-term

Republican Congressman, an antiabortion hardliner who was

asked about his position on

rape and pregnancy. It seems

to me first of all from what I

understand from doctors that's

really rare. If it's a

legitimate rape, the body has

ways of shutting that whole

thing down. His Democrat

opponent says it's beyond

comprehension he could be so

ignorant. The President held an unscheduled press

conference. Rape is rape and

the idea that we should be

qualifying and slicing what types of rape we're talking

about doesn't make sense to the

American people. The uproar

threatens to wreck Republican's

hopes in Missouri. His

comments about rape were deeply

offence scbrif I can't defend

what he said, I can't defend

him. Many Republicans are

calling for the Congressman to

go. It's another opportunity

for Democrats to exploit a

gender gap in polling between

the parties. We shouldn't

have a bunch of politicians, a

majority of whom are men,

making health care decisions on

behalf of women. While he's

admitted to making a serious

error the 65-year-old Missouri

Congressman is refusing to

quit, despite the party cutting

off his political support and

being told he's no longer

welcome at the convention. Now

to the second of our reports on

an unfolding humanitarian

crisis in the heart of Africa.

Over the past few months, a

quarter of a million people

have fled renewed fighting in the Democratic Republic of

Congo and thousands of them

have sought sanctuary across

the border in Rwanda. Ginny

Stein filed this report from

Kigem e in central Ruwanda.

More than two million people

from eastern Congo are unable

to go home. With full-scale

war returning to the country's

troubled eastern region, a new

wave of refugees has been

forced out of the country.

Beatrice is 70... or so she

thinks. Everyone in her

village scattered and fled when

fierce fighting suddenly

erupted around them.

TRANSLATION: The reason we left

is because of the war. There

were no other reason. There

were lots of bullets and

killings, that's why we left.

Only once she crossed the

border to Rwanda was she

reunited with her grandson. I

saw soldiers shooting and I had

to walk past the bodies of

people who had just died. In

Rwanda, which stands accused of

supporting the muttny within

the Congolese army, the blame

for the conflict is pointed

back over the border. As the

camp manager, I know the reason

that people are here is not

because of Rwanda, but because

of the failure of State

authorities in the Congo where

they have come from. This is

a camp made up precisely of

women and children. The men of

eastern Congo remained behind.

During, you know, an outbreak

of the crisis what's usually

the men stay behind and leave

the women and children to flee.

Almost 12,000 refugees from

Congo now call this camp home,

but with fighting continuing

and no political solution in

sight, that number is expected

to grow. Rwanda and Congo

blame each other for this

crisis, but once again it's the

people caught in the middle. Afterman linked to the Rebels

Motorcycle Club has avoided

full-time jail after hitting

and seriously injuring a former

club member with his car. 26-year-old Michael Wayne

Clarke admitted hitting him,

but the judge accepted it was

accidental. Elizabeth Burn was

at the court. Three years ago,

Clarke swung into the victim's

Canberra driveway hitting him

and smashing a second car. The

court heard the victim has been

left with ongoing health

problems, including post

traumatic stress disorder and

has not worked since. The man

was in a dispute with the

Rebels after leaving the club

because he hadn't handed in his

motorbike. Justice John Burns

said he accepted Clarke

probably wanted to have words

with the victim and hadn't

deliberately hit him, but he'd

been grossly negotiate. Clarke

was sentenced to six months

periodic detention with another

six months detention suspended.

The ACT Government has promised

to keep bankrolling blockbuster

exhibitions at Canberra's

cultural #123450ution

institutions. A report

confirmed that exhibitions like

the National Gallery's

renaissance deliver big boosts

to the economy. It recommends

building up an annual calendar

of block busters. The

Government says it will play it

part by maintaining its annual

$1 million marketing fund.

From the national institution s

perspective they know they can

go for major events confident

there'll be a marketing partner

with the ACT Government. The

ones most popular are those

backed by the ACT Government

with that special fund, because

we've been able to market

nationally. The research

found most visitors were keen

to come back for future

exhibitions. A memo obtained

by the 7.30 shows that senior

Reserve Bank officials were

aware of allegations that

subsidiaries were involved in

corruption, but failed to

disclose it to Parliament or

the police. Rick Battilino was

advised at a meeting with a

whistleblower five years ago.

The allegations were detailed

in a 5-page memo. The Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens has

previously told Parliament the

RBA was unaware of the

allegations until they appeared

in the media in 2009. I

would rate it as a smoking gun

because of the nature of the

warnings. For example, it was

being stated that the company

secretary had heard first-hand

from agents that they were making corrupt payments to

politicians of political

parties. The companies are

alleged to have bribed foreign

officials to help win contracts

in Malaysia and Nepal. We'll

have a full report on 7.30,

straight after the news. To

finance, and Apple's record

price didn't do much to inspire the US sharemarket overnight,

but as Alan Kohler reports, the

local market produced its fifth

rise in seven days. So Apple

has become the most valuable

company of all time beating the

620 billion that Microsoft

reached in 1999 at the peak of

the dotcom bubble. It's worth

$200 billion more than Exxon

Mobil. Oil is so 20th century.

I didn't start it on the day

Steve Jobs' died, but since

Apple's price has gone up, so

buying would have been a better

idea than selling Apple when

Jobs passed away. Here's a

graph of Facebook share price

sints listed in May this year. Even though they're often

compared, these are very

different companies. Apple is

a hardware marketer that makes

huge profit margins. Facebook

is an advertising company that

was overpriced. Good business,

just wasn't worth $38 a share.

Despite the excitement about

Apple or perhaps because of the

misery around Facebook, the US

market finished steady last

night. European markets fell

and Asian markets were mixed.

In Australia, it was all about

energy and financials as it has

been for two months.

The Reserve Bank put out

minute of its last board

meeting. After the minutes

came out, the futures market

dropped the odds of a rate cut

next month to 17%, although

0.5% of cuts is priced in by

next March.

She was a pioneer of female

comedy, a wise-cracking

American house wife who became a household name. Phyllis

Diller has died at her home in

Los Angeles, aged 95. She made

her television debut in 1958

alongside Groucho Marx. By the

following decade she had her

own show. My body's in such

bad shape, I wear prescription

underwear! I finally had a ship tattooed on my chest. I wanted

something on it. Later she

joked that she'd had so much plastic surgery, God wouldn't

recognise her. Her manager

said she died with a smile on

her face. It's a different

ball game for David Gallop, the

man who led the National Rugby

League for most of the last

decade is about to take charge

of Australian soccer. Mr

Buckley apparently resigned a

short time ago in the offices

behind me presenting his carry

to the chairman of the FFA

Board Frank allowly. I spoke

to Mr Lowy in the foyer a short

time ago. He declined to

comment. He asked to be left

out of it, which indicates

there is water to pass under

the bridge in terms of FFA

strategy and this turn of

events may have unfolded

quicker than the FFA would have

liked. Mr Gallop reportedly

overseas. He'll be back in two

weeks to take up the helm as

CEO of the FFA. It's been a

big 24 hours in Rugby League.

A senior NRL coach has parted

company with his club. A

Dragon has announced his

retirement and the AFL

Commission has confirmed its TV

deal for the next five years.

All this as NSW appointed one

of its favourite sons as Blues

State of Origin coach. Eric

MacKenzie had loyal -- Ricky

Stewart's former team-mate

Laurie Daley has the task for

two seasons. I'm excited. I

know I'm up for the challenge.

The players are well prepared.

While the NSW position has

been settled, the New Zealand

Warriors are on the lookout for

a new coach. Ryan McClennan

has left. The results haven't

been good enough and that guts

me, because I'm not used to

this, but I can understand

where they're coming from.

The Dragons have also had a

sorry year. Their faint finals

hopes nose-dived with a 32-22

defeat. At 32, Dragons half-back and captain Ben

Hornby is the latest to

announce his retirement. It

was always going to come to an

end soon. I just feel like

now's the time and mentally

I've had enough. As NRL

expansion is put on hold for a

few more years, the current players and clubs are likely to

be the chief beneficiaries of

the latest 5-year TV

broadcasting deal. The contract will stay with Channel

Nine and Fox Sports in a deal

valued at more than $1 billion.

For our game it's the

greatest deal ever done, not

only in terms of the financial

returns, but in terms of the

freedom around our rights going

forward. As we build our game

stronger game and more and make it a better and a

valuable, we'll be able to

extract the valuable. One of

the key changes will see the

Grand Final become a night-time

game with a 7.15 kickoff. It's

a challenge facing many special

needs teachers - how do you

speech if your student can't

speak? Malkara School in

Canberra is using technology to

give disabled students a voice.

Tyron's disability means he's

unable to speak. Now new

technology is giving him a

choice. With the emergence of

smart pads, special education

is being revolutionised. We

have discovered here and in

many other special schools

around Australia that using a

specific app that we can customise that for individual

students, give them their own

vocabulary about their own

lives. The school has

embedded smart pads into every classroom giving students a new

way to learn and communicate.

One of our students, he had the

term, the symbol for whatever

on his iPad. Well, he began to

use that in the classroom. As

a year 6 boy, the teacher says

"Do you want to do maths now?"

He goes "Whatever" - that's

very normal. With specialised

communication tools costing up

to $15,000, the smart pads are

more affordable and versatile.

It looks normal, it doesn't

look like a piece of equipment

that only a person with a

disability uses. At a

teachers' workshop in Canberra,

Malkara School was used as a

pin-up example, showing

teachers how to integrate new

technology in special

education. A virtue classroom

allowed new teachers to watch

sessions in action. You

wouldn't be able to put a dozen

people into a classroom with a

students, because it would be group of special education

too disruptive. Teachers can

go into their release time,

connect into a classroom and

watch good teaching in special occasion. Good teaching

indeed, for priceless results.

Onto the weather now, and it's

been another enjoyable winter's

day. Plenty of sunshine,

another cold night though and a

top today of 15 degrees. The

coast was definitely the place

to be today, where they had a

top of 20 degrees or so and

light winds. Cold in the inland areas, particularly in

the alps, but it stayed try

through most of the south-east.

A cold front bringing spiralling cloud over the

southern States and providing

showers through South Australia

and Victoria. And there are

actually two cold fronts and

the second one is the stronger

of the two and that'll bring

more rain and snowfalls to our

local mountains in the coming

days. Widespread showers

through the capitals tomorrow.

Brisbane might end its dry

spell after 32 rainless days.

That's the news for now,

but stay with us now for 7.30

with Leigh Sales. We'll leave

you tonight with happy reunion

scenes after HMAS 'Melbourne'

docked in Sydney after a

6-month deployment to the

Middle East. Thanks for your

company. Goodnight.

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- smoking gun. The memo showing

the Reserve Bank knew of

corrupt payments to foreign

officials. They have clear

evidence from a responsible

official who has a legal duty

to advise the RBA that corrupt

conduct, criminal conduct was

happening on their watch. And

that was a gun shot, wasn't

it? And the Australian doctor

on the frontline of the world's

longest civil war. People use guns indiscriminately here. A

17-year-old just shot in the


Australia's worst corporate

corruption scandal is currently

playing out before a Victorian

court. 8 former senior

executives from 2 firms owned

by the Reserve Bank of

Australia are facing

allegations that they paid tens