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Tonight - a $4 billion plan

to take the pain out of a trip

to the dentist. We will have a generation of kids for whom

going to the dentist is as easy

as going to the doctor. Red

alert, the bushfire outlook has

firefighters worried. Storm

clouds over Florida as Ann

Romney steels the show on

Mitt's big #23450i9. And

AC/DC's rock anthem preserved

for the nation. - night. The

minute that the rhythm guitar

starts up from Malcolm you know

what it is and it goes on. Plus

it has gone bagpipes now.

Good evening Craig Allen with

ABC News. We will have those

stories shortly. First, authorities in Indonesia have

called off the search for a

sinking asylum seeker boat

which was said to be heading for Christmas Island. A

distress call monitored in

Australia described the boat,

its position and the number of

people on board but an air

search has failed to find any

sign of the boat. Here's Indonesia correspondent George

Roberts. The search was over

just hours after the distress

call went out. Indonesian

rescue helicopters flew to the

sight in the Sunda Strait about

400km north of Christmas Island. Rescue boats were

scrambled and the navy put on

stand by but when the choppers

returned having found no sign

of survivors or the fishing

boat authorities abandoned the

search. Three boats carrying

more than 500 are known to have

already sunk on this stretch of

water between the Sunda Strait

and Christmas Island in recent

years and in the past decade

more than 1,000 people are

thought to have perished trying

to make it to Australia. It is

an expensive filling for a

system with plenty of holes.

The Federal Government's

unveiled a $4 billion injection

for dental health targeting

children and low income

earners. Two existing schemes

will be scrapped to help fund

it but the Government is not

saying how it will pay for the rest. Chief political

correspondent Mark Simkin. By

some measures, children's

dental health's declined over

the decade, decay has

increased. The Government is

vowing to stop the rot. We will

have a generation of kids for

whom going to the dentist is as

easy as going to the

doctor. The tooth fairy will

leave $4 billion by the

bedside, around three and a

half million children stand to

benefit. The package gives

people aged 2-17 access to free

dental treatment, up to $1,000

worth per child over a two-year

period. It will work like

Medicare but will be means

tested. They will be able to

use the entitlement in a place

like this in the public dental

system or they will be able to

take that entitlement with them

to their local dentist. The

cost over six years nearly $3

billion, in addition, adults on low incomes like pensions will

get access to more than $1

billion of expanded public

dental services. In regional

areas, there is additional

money for equipment and

staff. I think this is one of

the biggest reforms to the

dental health system we have

ever seen . The Greens demanded

a dental plan in return for helping Labor reform

Government. When you have a

minority Government a power sharing arrangement you get good outcomes for the

community. To help pay for this

particular outcome, Labor will

scrap two existing dental

schemes including the one that

Tony Abbott set up as Health

Minister. What is wrong with the Chronic Disease Dental

Scheme? How long have you got.

It was supposed to cost $90

million a year and it is

costing $80 million a

month. The Health Minister

insists that the new package will still cost the Government. It is new money we

will have to find. While the PM

seems to think the opposite. The announcement today is about a large

saving. Labor is trying to

focus on perceived strengths

but rebuilding your base

doesn't come cheap. It is

talking about more than $10

billion for education, disability insurance and now

dentistry but it is yet to say

how any of the plans will be

funded. Scores have small

communities across regional

Australia have welcomed the

Federal dental package, the

residents of Thargomindah in

far south-west QLD say a

dentist hasn't visited their

remote community for 18 months

and locals have to travel

hundreds of kilometres for an

appointment. Kirrin McKechnie reports. When Thargomindah road

house owner Kerry Ferguson got

a pain in one of her teeth, she

soon discovered the real ache

was in the travel to the dentist. Seven hours to drive

to Roma and I had to go to the dentist and then drive

back. Frank Anderson was lucky

to get an appointment in

Charleville which, at four

hours, is relatively close

by. Four trips, backwards and

forwards and meals and

accommodation, and ware and

tear on the vehicle and two of

the visits wouldn't have been

more than five minutes. A travelling dentist is supposed

to visit Thargomindah twice

yearly but so far this year

no-one's turned up because of a severe shortage of

dentists. Mostly people in the

city can walk around the corner

and see a dentist, but we're

only asking for two visits a

year that is all. Residents in

remote parts like Thargomindah

know a lack of essential

services comes with the

territory yet they say one

dentist's visit in 18 months is

beyond a joke. Once a week

royal flying doctors fly into

town to run a GP clinic. Locals

can't understand why a dentist

doesn't join them on a regular basis. Hungerford is on the

border and they get a dentist

with their flying doctor on a

monthly basis. Shouldly we

could have that too? A

community that is down in the

mouth about what most take for

granted. The ACT Government has

approved plans for a mosque in

Gungahlin. The building will

include a place of worship, a

hall and classrooms. The mosque

proposal drew dozens of public

submissions, both for and

against. A community group

circulated a controversial flyer raising objections about

the social impact but the

Territory's chief planner has found many concerns were

irrelevant or unfounded. He

says there is a need for another mosque as Canberra's

Muslim community grows. ACT

firefighters are preparing for

a worse than average bushfire

season but the outlook is even

more serious across the border.

Two years of good rain after a

long drought have scientists

forecasting one of the worst

searchs in decades in large

parts of NSW and QLD. Huge

tracks of grassland are

providing an abundance of fuel.

The flooding in 2010 and the

rains which came with Cyclone

Yasi last year have left their

mark and now firefighters are

prep pairing for a dangerous

scenario not seen this century

in QLD and NSW - preparing. In

some places the grass in pad

yoms is over a normal man's

height and that means

continuous fuel across hundreds of thousands of square kilometres. The widespread

vegetation growth has fire

researchers and emergency

agencies worried they are

facing an above average bushfire risk in vast tracks of

the country. We went into a

period at La Nina for the last

two years and that is now

breaking down and looking more

like El Nino again. That means

above average temperatures. The

percentage chance of much

higher maximum temperatures is

greater in eastern

Australia. Quite rightly a

number of communities in NSW

haven't had this level of risk

for 30 or 40 years. With such a

continuous fuel base, fires

will travel over very, very

large distances and very, very quickly. Recently, several

controlled burns escaped

containment lines, threatening inner northern suburbs of Brisbane. And fire services say

they're working closely with

landowners to deal with the

hazards. A public awareness

campaign will be rolled out

within weeks. It is all about preparation, complacency is a killer. The preparation warning

has also been issued to the

south-west of WA and SA is on

notice it may need more fire

fighting resources across its

north. In Victoria, the outlook

is for an average fire season.

That still means the risk of

fires but nothing on the scale

of Black Saturday. Julia

Gillard has made a grand

entrance at the annual meeting

of pacific leaders in the Cook

Islands. Hoisted high above

cheering crowds the PM was

carried in on a traditional

Polynesian sedan chair. The

two-day meeting will focus on

marine protection, skills and development and is the only

female leader at the forum, Ms

Gillard will push for gender

equality. Gender equality

matters, not only because of

the basic principal that men

and women are equal but gender equality matters because it is

one of the keys to unlocking

development. The PM also hopes

to finalise new offshore

processing arrangements when

she meets the leaders of Nauru

and Papua New Guinea tomorrow.

An Australian journalist is

free to leave Egypt after authorities dropped all

proceedings against him. Sydney

freelancer Austin Mackell had

been under investigation in

Egypt for six months. He was

initially detained and accused

of paying people to take part

in political protests. The Australian Government has welcomed the news that his

travel restrictions have been

lifted. Politics of Egypt this

time have been fragile and

complex. I didn't find the

claim against him at all

convincing and in that context

I am just thankful it to our

Egyptian friends for

facilitating his release. The

decision comes just days before

Senator Carr travels to Egypt

to attend a meeting of Arab

League foreign ministers.

Mitt Romney has officially

won the Republican nomination

for President of the United

States. On the first night of

the party's national

convention, it was the candidate's wife who took

centre stage. Ann Romney

delivered an impassioned plea

for her husband, promising

Americans that the former

Massachusetts Governor will not

fail. The event is taking place

in the shadow of Hurricane

Isaac which is pummelling New

Orleans with heavy rain and

strong winds. Craig McMurtrie

reports from Tampa. This is

what the Republican leadership feared, Hurricane Isaac may be

a shadow of Katrina seven years

ago. Now is not the time to

tempt fate. Now is not the time to dismiss official warnings,

you need to take this seriously. Images of gulf

states being battered... jarred

alongside Tampa's party

mood. The Romneys arrived at

the cone vention just in time

for the roll call of the

straits - convention. Ohio cast

all of the 66 delegation votes

for the next President and Vice

President dent Mitt Romney and

Paul Ryan. The result was

preordained. Mitt Romney was watching on television from his

hotel as he finally claimed the

nomination. It fell to Ann

Romney to say the things her

husband has so far been unable

to communicate on the campaign

trail. Tonight, I want to talk

to you about love. Speaking

directly to women, she did her

best to close the vote agenda

gap. His name is Mitt Romney

and you should really get to

know him. She spoke of his

character, their family, their relationship. A story book

marriage, nope, not at all.

What Mitt Romney and I have is

a real marriage. CHEERING AND

APPLAUSE It was a polished and

self assured performance from

Ann Romney as she sought to

demonstrate that the nominee,

her husband is much more than a

successful businessman. This

man will not fail. CHEERING AND

APPLAUSE I think I would

vote for Mitt Romney just to

get her as first lady. Even as

they were cheering in Tampa

Hurricane Isaac was making land

fall on the Louisiana coast and

Republicans are still worried

it could drown out their

message. ACT Police believe a

recent break-in at a mini golf

course is related to the 12-year-old unsolved murder of

a Canberra grandmother but they

won't say why. Two years ago

four teenagers rammed their way

into the Phillip Pitch and Putt. Now police believe one of

them is linked to the brutal

murder of 72-year-old Irma

Palasics. She was tied up,

gagged and beaten to death

during a McKellar home invasion

12 years ago. We're not saying

they are involved in the murder

in 1999. It is a link that we

have - we have made in between

the two crime scenes. There is

a $100,000 reward for

information that helps solve

the murder. Canberra's

shortage of bulk billing

doctors will be eased a little

when a new clinic opens in

The West Belconnen Health Tuggeranong early next year.

Co-operative has decided to

expand its services with a

clinic in Chisholm. Under the

Co-op model, patients will have

to pay a small annual

membership to access the free

services. We will start with

two doctors and we hope to grow

that to four through - through

the course of 2013. We will

have nurses, nurse practitioner

and a range of community and

allied services. The ACT

Government has provided

$200,000 to help with the

clinic's start-up costs. The

Victorian Premier has demanded

an urgent report from the State's building watchdog on

the dispute between the

building giant Grocon and its unionised workers. Today,

hundreds of members of the

consider consider returned to

the scene of yesterday's clash

with police to continue

picketing Grocon's billion

dollar development. It was a

subdued gathering outside the

Emporium development at dawn

but the resolve of consider

consider members to pressure

Grocon hasn't changed. To the

construction workers it is

important to build to work context construction and walk

onto the site and say you're a

member of the union and you

shouldn't be sacked for

it. Union been picketing the

work site for a week, claiming

been intimidated and harassed

by the company. Yesterday, the

situation came to a head when

police arrived to escort Grocon

employees onto the site.

Mounted and riot police clashed

with hundreds of protesters and

were forced to back down.

Industry insiders say it is all

part of a battle for control on

construction sites and the

building watchdog says unlawful

behaviour in the industry is

rife. Each State capital is not

without its problems of

organised crime. There is no

doubt in my mind that Melbourne

has been the worst for a

considerable time. We don't

know who they are, we can't

point fingers and say who they

are. Maybe in Nigel Hadgkiss

knows who they are, he should

point the finger. The Premier

has asked Mr Hadgkiss to

provide a report on the ongoing

dispute. The people of Victoria

and the people of Australia got to see yesterday the consider

consider at work. Thuggish

behaviour, unruly behaviour and

unlawful behaviour and

blockading a legitimate

building site. The CEO of

Grocon Daniel Grollo and the

consider consider have agreed

to meet at Fair Work Australia tomorrow. The issues in dispute

here are only and best resolved

through negotiation and

discussion and certainly should

not be the subject of some of

the scenes which we have seen

in last 48 hours. But union

members say they will be back

at the picket line tomorrow.

To finance now and the local

share market eased slightly

today after some sizeable falls by the big mining

companies. Here's Alan

Kohler. There was no obvious

cause for it but a wave of

pessimism about the Chinese

economy and specifically the

iron ore price hit the share

prices of the big miners. Between them, those three

stocks were responsible for the

entire fall in the All

Ordinaries index today plus

some more. Without them the

market would have gone up.

Global markets mostly traded

lower. The news out of Europe

last night was that the Spanish

region of Catalonia has gone

broke and has asked for a

bail-out. There wasn't a big

reaction on the Spanish market

and in the rest of Europe.

Perhaps they're getting immune

to that now. The Australian

dollar is flopping around,

partly because there is no

consensus about what is likely

to happen with interest rates.

It is becoming clear that

monetary policy really doesn't

work as well as it used to.

This is a chart of housing

finance approvals which is the

tans mission mechanism or one

of them for interest rates to

affect the economy. The yellow

line is the average of what has happened in past interest rate

cutting cycles. The orange line

is this time. It is actually

declining even though the rate

are being cut. Here is the

reason. Household debt is at a

high record relative to income.

In 1960 debt was 30% of gross

income, now it is 172%. The

Reserve Bank can cut rates all

it wants, Australians have

enough debt already thanks.

That is flowing through to

construction as well.

Engineering work is rising

thanks to the resources boom

which is not dead but

residential construction offset

it. The trade's apprenticeship

system is set for a major

overhaul. Instead of

apprentices graduating after

usually four years, they will

soon be able to start full-time

work once they're judged to be

ready. The competency based

system could cut apprenticeships by more than a

year. The idea is to better

prepare them for the work force and stop so many quitting

before they finish. They

usually drop out because of frustration. He area serving

time and not gaining the skills and sitting around and not

being recognised for the

competencies that they have

developed. The scheme will

start with 3,000 engineering

trades apprentices and maybe

expanded across the board. They

are a rich collections of

sounds that provide an insight

into our nation. Pop hymns,

radio drama, comedy and ancient

indigenous language and AC/DC's

pub rock anthem 'Long Way To

The Top'. Today 10 diverse

recordings were added to the

National Film and Sound

Archive. Psh Traditional

elder Mick McLean shared this

song about his Simpson Desert

birth place with linguist Luise

Hercus almost 40 years ago.

The song which is on the

heritage listing actually is a

song to stop the wind, to stop

the storm. He said all the

time I am recording it not just

for you but - so they will

know. By they I think he must

have meant his own people as

well as white fellas. The rare

recording is one of 10 judged

worthy of being added to the

national registry. The registry

wants material which is

culturally appropriate or

culturally outstanding,

historically outstanding and

has great aesthetic background.

Although the late Jimmy

Little recorded an American

gospel song 'Royal Telephone'

at the height of Beatlemania,

it was still a best seller. It

was the first time an indigenous Australian got onto

the charts. It hit No.1 in

Sydney. The fifth album by

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

'Tender Prey' also made the

cut. It was probably one of his

big breakthrough albums after

leaving Australia. It was

probably about a year before

the Berlin wall came down and

Nick was living in Berlin at

that time. (Sings) # It's a

long way to the top if you want

to rock'n'roll. And there's one

of Australia's most

recognisable rock anthems. This

is just a great bit of

recording. The minute that rhythm guitar starts up from

Malcolm Young you know what it

is. AC/DC's enduring 'Long Way

To The Top', a phrase which has

entered the Australian

vernacular and who could forget

the bagpipes. What more can you

want? Pace bowler Mitchell

Starc has continued his

excellent form with a career

best effort in Australia's win

over Pakistan in Sharjah. The

left armer took 5/42 as

Australia recorded a four

wicket win in the opening game

of the three-match series.

The Sharjah pitch provided a

Starc contrast to the usual

spin friendly surfaces. What

a catch. 22-year-old speed

sisters Mitchell Starc and

James Pattinson have taken 15

wickets between them in two

games. Starc's maiden five

wicket haul... Restricted

Pakistan to 198. The best

figures in one-day international for Mitchell

Starc. Michael Clarke's 66 was

his second half-century from as

many games. Second gamer Glenn

Maxwell shared a valuable

54-run partnership with George

Bailey who was unbeaten on 57

as Australia won by four

wickets with 10 balls to

spare. 150 from Hashim Amla

helped South Africa beat

England by 80 runs to become

the first country to be ranked

No.1 in all three forms of the game. They are now the Kings

of world cricket. The Proteas

tour Australia this summer.

After dropping the first set,

Bernard Tomic found his rhythm

to defeat Argentina's Carlos

Berlocq in the first round of

the US Open. If I continue to

play like this, there is not a

lot of players that can hurt me

from the ground. I am playing

very good and I am confident

with myself today. The

Australian's next opponent will

be crowd favourite Andy

Roddick. The former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki was the

biggest first round casualty,

losing to Romania's

Irina-Camelia Begu. Three time

champion Serena Williams hardly

raised a sweat against fellow American Coco Vandeweghe.

London's Olympic fever is

hotting up again with the

Paralympics Opening Ceremony

hours away. Thousands of athletes are about to put years

of training to the test. Here's

Europe correspondent Phillip Williams.

It was a welcome the

invitees will not easily forget, by the Governor-General

most of the 161 Australian

athletes and many of the

officials arrived for the

village warming party. It

wasn't all frivolity, there was

a solemn moment. The raising of

the flag a reminder, though

none here needed it, that this

is a national as well as

individual competition. What

started as a simple therapy for

injured soldiers in 1946 has

evolved into an international

event watched by hundreds of

millions around the world. I

called what I call the

Paralympics virus, it is called

inspire. I love that theme for

our athletes, inspire, because

that is what they do for us.

They inspire us in so many ways

with their awesome ability and

talents. For the hosts all of

this is every bit as important

as those other Games that ended

a couple of weeks ago. There exactly the same buzz of

excitement and yes, there is a

difference. There is a spirit

and there is a generosity about

the Paralympic Games and I

think is quite unique. This

is the fun end of the Games and

there is still the Opening

Ceremony to come. After this, these athletes have to get down

to the serious business of

doing the best they possibly

can. I have been training for

the last five years for this so

it has all come down to the

next five days is my main

event, the 150 IM. I can't wait

for that. The competitive

juices are running hot?

Absolutely, they're boiling up

inside. I need to let them

out. We can't wait to race. The

wait is nearly over, the Games

start on Thursday. From the

schoolyard to the stage, a

program in Sydney's west is

moving with the times, using

street dance styles to explore

issues facing every day

teenagers. The work has

culminated in a new production

which touches on themes from

bullying to cultural identity.

Telling the story of their

lives through dance is second

nature for this group of teenagers. When things have

gone wrong in your life and you

need to express yourself, dance

is always there. The yard is

the creation of choreographer

Shaun Parker. He was approached

by the Catholic diocese of

Parramatta four years ago to

change the way dance was being taught in several western

Sydney schools. We moved away

from textbook dance which we

still refer to in our process

but we also make it more

practical, perhaps the syllabus

needs to be enlivened and made

more contemporary. Inspired by

the William Golding classic

'Lord Of The Flies', the

production depicts the daily

schoolyard politics of

conflict, peer pressure and

issues of gender and ethnicity.

Parker has incorporated a variety of dance styles into

the work, from ballet to

hip-hop, interwoven with the

culturally diverse dance

backgrounds of newly arrived

students. Contemporary dance

for them is tutting, jerking

and Crumping and it is a

contemporary dance language.

When I think of contemporary

dance I think of those styles

and they live these styles. All

of it comes with a heavy dose

of swag. Swag is something, an

individual has that makes them

unique, makes them stand out,

makes them for money and open. We definitely have

swag. A hip new look for the

old schoolyard. Onto the

weather now. The front arrived

this afternoon bringing strong

winds and a few showers. 17 was the airport's top while Tuggeranong was a couple of

degrees lower than that.

A low pressure trough has

brought cloudy skies to the

south-east and showers, with

snow falling at higher

elevations. We will see strong

westerly winds, cold

temperatures and showers during

the next few days as the front

moves through, before a high

brings a return to fine and sunny weather.

Before we go, a brief look

back at our top stories. The

Federal Government has

announced a $4 billion scheme

to subsidise dental services

for millions of children. An

air and sea search but Indonesian authorities failed

to find an asylum boat which

reported it was in distress and

heading for Christmas

Island. That is the latest from

the Canberra newsroom. If you

would like to look back on any of tonight's local stories, you

will find the videos shortly on

the web site. Next up '7.30'

with Leigh Sales. Thanks for

your company. Good night. Closed Captions by CSI.

Tonight - biting the

bullet. The government finds $4

billion to fix the teeth of children and low income

earners. People won't have to

wait until they have rotting

teeth or abscesses. They will

be able to get prevention. And

- the inspirational journey 'The Blade Runner', South

African Olympian Oscar Pistorius. I remember back in

2004 being the 17-year-old

lining up on the starting

blocks. I didn't really understand much about

international sport. I was just there to enjoy this experience. This Program Is Captioned


One by one, the Federal

Government is wheeling out big

spending promises, even though

it's committed to delivering a

budget surplus and actually

needs to find spending cuts.

Today it's announced a $4

billion plan to provide