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Troubled torch arrives in Australia -

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MIKE BANNERMAN: The Olympic public relations disaster otherwise known as the torch relay will have
its Australian leg in Canberra tomorrow. The authorities are planning for the worst as
demonstrators descend on the national capital. The barricades are in place and the police are ready
to guard against the kind of trouble that's followed the flame since it went to London. What
precisely will happen tomorrow is not clear but Olympic authorities are naturally very concerned as
the flame continues to be a rallying point for anti-Chinese sentiment. 7:30's Olympic reporter Paul
Lockyer reports from Canberra.

PAUL LOCKYER: How could this go so wrong? The flame which was meant to foster peace and unity on
its way to Beijing has brought division and protest.

TENPA DUGDAK, TIBETAN SPOKESMAN: I think it's perfect, getting more attention now than the last 50

JOE STANHOPE, ACT CHIEF MINISTER: My anxiety now is that the imagery that the perception will be
that not so much of a peace relay but a police relay.

PAUL LOCKYER: The torch relay was to herald an event which would showcase a new economic powerhouse
of China to the world. Instead, it has become a target for those intent on highlighting China's
lingering human rights problems fuelled by the recent crackdown in Tibet.

Law enforcement agencies in London knew there would be trouble when the torch arrived there but not
on the scale or the ferocity that occurred. After that, the passage of the flame descended into
farce, as the security cordon was tightened around the runners, often vigorously protected by tough
Chinese paramilitary police, the so-called flame attendants.

Their role has been the subject of negotiations that continued even after the flame arrived in
Canberra. The Australian Federal Police insist that they will have total control of security, but
it's now confirmed that each torch bearer will be accompanied by three flame attendants who are
described by the Beijing Games organise organisers as proud members of the Olympic family.

QU YINGPU: These flame attendants are part of the Olympic movements. They do not only represent
China, they represent a kind of ideal.

MIKE PHELAN, AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE: Torch attendants themselves have no authority, no powers
whilst they're here. So they actually can't exercise any sort of police powers.

PAUL LOCKYER: In Sydney's beachside suburb of Dee Why, the arrival of the torch in Australia has
been dominating discussion amongst the Tibetan refugees who have made their homes there for the
past 10 years.

They number about 300, the biggest Tibetan community in Australia. Tenpa Dugdak is their spokesman.

TENPA DUGDAK: The Olympic torch is covered with the Tibetan blood. Peace and harmony that they have
written on the plane carrying that flag and as a Tibetans we are saying this message is not true.

PAUL LOCKYER: Stung by the criticism levelled at their homeland, members of the Chinese community
have promised to travel to Canberra in big numbers to defend the torch relay.

CHINESE STUDENT: We are the descendants of a proud and ancient culture. We are Chinese!

PAUL LOCKYER: Susan Zhuang, a Canberra University student, has been chosen to car write the flame
or the Chinese community.

SUSAN ZHUANG, TORCH BEARER: It's just a fantastically amazing event and I'm very honour and I think
it's a time when I can be proud of my Chinese heritage at the same time as celebrating what the
Olympics is about and cheering on the Australians.

PAUL LOCKYER: The violence in Tibet has already brought one late withdrawal from the Canberra torch
relay. The head of Uniting Care and the Australian Council of Social Services Lin Hatfield-Dodds.

LIN HATFIELD DODDS, ACOSS: Choosing not to run is making a very clear and unambiguous statement, I
hope, on behalf of myself but also on behalf of the Uniting church and ACOSS that we will always
choose to stand with those who are the least and the most vulnerable.

PAUL LOCKYER: But there are no second thought force Susan Zhuang, a law student with ambitions to
become a human rites campaigner.

SUSAN ZHUANG: I think the Olympics is more a universal celebration and it's not really a political
forum, it's sporting event. To punish the fans and the people who are just excited about this event
that is going on really isn't going to achieve anything in the long run.

DOLMA SANG MO: Because the Chinese killed the Tibet people in Tibet, many, many, many people, so
and that's why we really were really upset.

PAUL LOCKYER: Dolma Sang Mo and her husband, Jigme Dorjee, fled Tibet after spending three years
behind bars. They claim they were persecuted for following the Dalai Lama and will now join other
Tibetans in the Canberra torch protest.

JIGME DORJEE: We are not against the torch, we are against in Tibet the human rights.

TENPA DUGDAK: More than 50 per cent have first-hand experience being a prisoner, so there could be
War would be a lot of emotion and some spontaneous action from the community members.

JUDY PATCHING, TORCH BEARER: It's just a shame and I really believe that it's not doing the cause
of the Tibetans any good. It's just aggravating a lot of people instead of getting their

PAUL LOCKYER: 91-year-old Judy Patching isn't fazed by threats of trouble tomorrow. He's been
chosen as a torch bearer in recognition of his long service to the Australian Olympic movement as
an administrator. He's no strange to controversy, having supported the moves by the Fraser
government to impose an athletes boycott on the 1980 Moscow Olympics because of Russia's invasion
of Afghanistan.

He now believes his stand was wrong.

JUDY PATCHING: The people that really suffer in the long run are the athletes that have devoted
themselves to the cause of becoming Olympian, which is something that they've strived for, for
years and years and years.

PAUL LOCKYER: The International Olympic Committee always had concerns about Beijing's plans to
embark on the longest re lay ever attempted. Now its best hope is that further damage to its
tarnished symbol can be minimised by the huge security operation in Canberra.

JUDY PATCHING: The way it's going at the moment, it's creating an abyss where people are saying
this is no good, and lots of things are happening. So it's not doing any good.

JOE STANHOPE: The enduring national and international image through this relay won't be one of
peace and harmony and beauty in the Olympic spirit. It will be an image of something else. That's
my anxiety.

MIKE BANNERMAN: Paul Lockyer with that report.