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This program is captioned live. The battle for press freedom hits the headlines as Britain's Leveson Inquiry prepares to publish its findings.

Enough of the press regulating themselves that's what's led to all these abuses. The Australian Parliament rises, but not before the knives are sharpened for its final session.

Calling stumps on his career - Australian cricket legend Ricky Ponting announces his retirement, reducing his team-mates to tears.

The boys are obviously hurting at the moment. He's been an amazing player for a long time.

Claiming their place in the Aria hall of fame - the groundbreaking indigenous musicians who found worldwide success.

Hello, I'm Yalda Hakim, welcome to the late news. The biggest fight for press freedom in British history will begin in the next two hours. The long- awaited findings into the way the British newspaper industry should conduct itself is being published. The year-long inquiry was sparked by the phone hacking scandal which engulfed the 'News of the World'. After briefly meeting the Amir of Kuwait, the British Prime Minister was locked behind doors to evaluate his advance copy of the Leveson Report. Later in Parliament he gave no indication of how he would respond when the recommendations are formally released tonight. The status quo, I would argue, does not need just updating. The status quo is unacceptable and needs to change.Ministers are divided. Those who should be upmost in our minds are the victims of previous media intrusions.A free press is a necessary strong counter balance to a strong State. But, there is some optimism. I think we should try and work across party lines on this issue. It's right to meet with other party leaders on this issue. I hope we can work on an all party basis. This is a once-in-a- generation opportunity for real change.That change is what the Leveson Report is meant to address. The current system of self- regulation has failed and government regulation has been rejected by all main political parties. Independent regulation seems to be in favour, but what exactly does that mean and will there need to be a new law to enforce it? Actor and phone hacking victim Hugh Grant has been leading a campaign, calling for a free and accountable press.A YouGov poll shows that 80% of the population now back the idea of an independent regulator for the press, backed by statute. 90% of them say enough of the press regulating themselves. But, conservatives and most newspapers hold this view.

The regulation of the press is like pregnancy, just as either you're pregnant or not pregnant. You either have state regulation or you don't, and there's no alternative third way. Mr Grant wants to see cross-party action now to avoid procrastination by Mr Cameron before the issue is swept away by the next election. That's what a statesman would do. This is the test for the Prime Minister. It's hoped a response can be formulated to formally end what is seen by many, as an all-too-cosy relationship between politicians, newspapers and police. Politicians are heading home tonight with parliament now in recess until next year. There was a steady stream of MP's leaving Parliament House in Canberra this evening. The year wound up in fiery debate, with the Opposition Leader accusing the Prime Minister of breaking the law when she worked as a lawyer and Julia Gillard demanding he apologise. Tony Abbott seized on new allegations published in today's newspapers to accuse her of conduct unfit for a Prime Minister. Last day of Parliament. Things got a little heated, literally and politically.If the Prime Minister had any respect for the Parliament, for the Australian public, for the Labor caucus she would resign as Prime Minister today. I think those sort of statements are absolutely ridiculous. The Opposition Leader went further She misled the WA Corporate affairs Commission, and that is obviously a very serious matter that would certainly appear to be in breach of the law. Today's newspapers contain previously redacted sections of an interview then lawyer Julia Gillard had with her employers at Slater and Gordon. The newspapers allege she wrote to the Corporate Affairs Commission backing the bonafides of an association set up by then boyfriend, union official Bruce Wilson and his offsider, Ralph Blewitt. Through the association, the men then set up a slush fund from which money was misappropriated. The letter itself has disappeared. On Monday, the Opposition asked: Will the Prime Minister confirm that, as a partner of Slater & Gordon, she wrote to the commissioner in 1992 vouching that the association complied with the legal requirements of the Associations Incorporation Act, even though she knew it did not? The claim has been made but no correspondence has ever been produced.

They think they've got a smoking bazooka here. But when they pull the trigger, what they've got is a popgun. At Question Time, the Prime Minister fired back, forcing Tony Abbott into a 15-minute address to prove his allegation or apologise. She has been involved in unethical conduct & possibly unlawful behaviour. At the very least, this is conduct unbecoming. Let's have the judicial inquiry that will finally get to the bottom of this whole squalid affair.

Conduct unbecoming, that's where he's backed off to. This morning he went out and accused me of a crime. Back it up or shut up. The Government's drawing parallels with Malcolm Turnbull's 2009 call for then prime minister Kevin Rudd to resign, based on allegations by Treasury official Godwin Grech, later found to be false.

I'm not going to give Mr Abbott leadership advice. He's been handling his leadership of the party very, very well. Tony Abbott asked how Julia Gillard could claim she wasn't involved in incorporating the association.As I have said on numerous occasions I did nothing wrong in this matter. Parliament rises tonight until February. It's been a busy last sitting day for Parliament. The Prime Minister introduced legislation for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The lower house passed a bill regulating poker machines. It was amended to delay the roll-out of machines that allow players to limit their losses, and postpones the start of the voluntary pre- commitment system. Although they are much less than they may have been and what has been agreed to after the election and much less with hopeful, but think it's important to celebrate the success with had. Clubs Australia says the amended legislation is a vast improvement on Mr Wilkie's earlier proposals. Liberal MP, Mal Washer has crossed the floor, to support a Greens' push for Labor to set a date to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. The motion was soundly defeated with just three MPs supporting it - Independent MP, Andrew Wilkie, Dr Washer and the Greens' Adam Bandt. A Senate inquiry has acknowledged that the Newstart allowance is inadequate, but has stopped short of recommending it be increased. Labor Senators called for an urgent $50 boost to the payment, despite the government trying to rein in spending. Egypt's highest court has upped the ante in its power struggle with President Mohammed Morsi. The Constitutional Court says it will soon rule on whether to dissolve the Islamist-led assembly Morsi has vowed to protect. But in a countermove - the Assembly is now rushing to finalise a draft constitution - which is at the centre of Egypt's political crisis.

(MAYHEM AND SHOUTING). Mohamed Morsi's opponents clash with security forces in a sixth day of protests. As Egypt's judiciary piled its own pressure on the President - the highest appeals courts now on strike The Constitutional Court is also defiant.

On Sunday, the court says, it may dissolve Egypt's constituent assembly - the Islamist-led body charged with drafting the new constitution, at the heart of this crisis.

But, President Morsi is also standing firm. Sensing a move against the Assembly, a group accused of leaning toward sharia law at the expense of civil rights. A draft constitution is expected as soon as tonight. That would allow Morsi to immediately call for a referendum, circumventing the court. If this escalates the power struggle with a judiciary he wants to temporarily override and he talks of steering the national ship through a transitional period.

In an interview with Time magazine, Egypt's first democratically- elected leader declared Egyptians We're learning how to be free.

The former engineering professor scoffed at claims he wants to become a "new pharaoh". "Can I be" he said. "I've been suffering, personally." His spokesman stressing opponents would get a hearing. He will not deny them the dialogue. He actually has an open-door policy. He will meet with them and discuss all the clarification that is needed. In a bid to seize momentum, Muslim Brotherhood supporters who marched in Alexandria - flagged another rally in Cairo for Saturday, raising the prospect of clashes with opposition forces camped there.

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has confirmed he's retiring from test cricket after a 17-year career that made him the world's second-highest run scorer. The third and deciding Test against South Africa starting tomorrow will be his last. His departure will leave a huge hole for Australia, in a career that has scaled the heights as a batsman - and as a leader. Joined by his wife and children, Ricky Ponting called time on a career that has few parallels in international cricket.

There have been a few sleepless nights over the last couple of days but I am very comfortable with the decision I have made. He had struggled against South Africa. The 37-year-old was used to playing like a winner. Over the last couple of weeks my level of performance has not been good enough to do that. His retirement comes 17 years since his debut against Sri Lanka at the WACA. Even then the class and the trademark pull shot were clear to see. Then his first book. In 167 Tests he has scored more than 13 thousand runs, second only to Sachin Tendulkar. He scored 41 centuries and had a test average of 52.21. I could sit here all day and reflect on my career and reflect on the teams I have played and the great players I have played against. But I believe that is for another time. (APPLAUSE).He will forever hold a unique place among those who have worn the baggy green. Yeah, the boys are obviously hurting. He has been an amazing player for a long time.People will miss his me.People will miss his performances and we do wish him well for what the future brings. hat the future
brings. His fiery temperament sometimes attracted criticism but no one would doubt his competitive streak. Even on the eve of his last test it still burned bright As I said to the boys this morning I am hungrier than ever to win more than any game I have ever played in. His final match will equal Steve Waugh's Australian record of 168 tests appearances.

Still ahead - concern over the health of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Plus - wild winds, heatwaves and fire bans. The extreme weather lashing Australia.

There are fears tonight for the health of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Mr Assange is said to have developed a chronic lung infection and requires constant medical attention. Ecuador's envoy to Britain says if he doesn't leave Ecuador's London embassy soon, his condition could get much worse. For five months Julian Assange has been holed up at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. His contact with the outside world, limited to a balcony appearance and media interviews.I am not here to talk about that.I will ask you this question.I have heard that.The Wikileaks founder is said to be suffering the effects of stress, and now, the effects of confinement. Ecuador says he has an on-going lung infection, made worse by his living conditions.

She says Mr Assange receives visitors after embassy staff finish work. Mr Assange sought protection from Ecuador in June to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he's wanted on sexual assault allegations. He was granted asylum two months later, but not given safe passage out of Britain. If Mr Assange leaves the Embassy he faces arrest extradition to Sweden, where he could handed over to the United States and prosecuted for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents. Ecuador says it's waiting for a meeting with top British officials to discuss Mr Assange, whose condition, she says, won't be helped by the approaching cold and dark London winter.

A severe heatwave is bearing down on large parts of Australia prompting warning from health officials. The east coast sweltered today as temperatures pushed the 40 degree mark and meteorologists warn it's going to get hotter. In the west, Perth has been lashed by heavy storms and gale-force winds, which has claimed the life of one person, so far. Perth was buffeted by heavy rain and wind gusts up to 125km/h. It brought down power lines and lifted roofs. A man died in Waroona just south of Perth after a tree fell on a caravan park during the storm. Over east it was severe weather of a different kind. A heatwave is slowly moving across the country bringing scorching weather. Today, Victoria and South Australia bore the brunt. Temperatures are likely to peak in the mid 40s today, in those parts and then tomorrow we're likely to see temperatures into the 40s through much of NSW.Northern Victoria saw the worst of it with temperatures almost reaching 45 in Mildura - the city's hottest since 1980. It forced farmers to abandon harvest.It's getting too hot for the machines and the fire risk is just too risky so we'll knock off and have the afternoon off.Many headed to the beach for relief, or for those inland, to the river. In NSW the beaches don't necessarily hold any relief. The hot humid conditions are perfect for algal blooms. It has closed down a few beaches. Well that red tide is on the move and a number of other beaches in the state have been closed to the public, like this one here in Mona Vale. It's going to get worse tomorrow and emergency services are warning residents to prepare.Historically, it's been shown that heat wave accounts for more deaths and more trauma than any other natural hazard. We've activated the state's heat plan. But, we're told relief is on the way.When the change does come through it's likely to be associated with some fairly decent showers and storms.In the southern states the cool change should arrive by tomorrow morning. But NSW and south-east Queensland will smoulder well into the weekend. A Scottish GP who aimed to run seven ultra marathons on seven continents in seven days, didn't quite achieve the feat - instead, he outdid that goal and ran them in five. Touching down in Sydney, Andrew Murray immediately donned his track shoes for the 50-kilometre final leg. All part of a campaign to draw attention to the importance of physical activity.

We know that only 30 minutes back to BT that can be running or cycling anything, five times each week, can you 30% pop or premature death.His own odyssey covered 41,000 kilometres in the air, and 3,500 on the ground. He didn't ask as much from those supporting him, just that they walk, run or cycle five kilometres for each day he's away. An international police investigation has uncovered the largest theft of credit card information in Australia's history. A Romanian syndicate is accused of hacking the details of tens of thousands of credit cards, costing Australian banks more than $30 million. This is the moment when police raid the syndicate. This footage, shot by Romanian Police, shows authorities discovering cash, computer servers and guns. Seven men have been charged with organised crime offences.As a result of this activity, the criminal syndicate's operations have now been terminated.The investigation began in June last year when a bank noticed suspicious transactions. Police found credit card information had been stolen from up to 100 businesses.This has been a major breach not of bank systems but of the systems of number of Australian retailers. It's alleged the syndicate scanned the internet and found a flaw in the retailers' computer security. It potentially gave them access to the details of nearly half a million Australian cards. They were then using those credit card details to either create false credit cards and sell those false credit cards, or to sell the credit card details online for other people to then commit the frauds with. Tens of thousands of Australian cards were misused around the world.Approximately 30,000 are confirmed to have been used in fraudulent transactions amounting to approximately $30 million.Retailers have now upgraded their security.That vulnerability has since been patched and we haven't had any recent compromises in Australia. Banks and credit unions have repaid around $30 million to customers. But some may not have noticed their cards have been misused.So if you see something that's unusual then let your bank know.There's still the risk of further fraud.Those credit card details may be still out in the environment. The banking sector says victims won't be left out of pocket. The CEO of Australia's biggest company BHP Billiton has told shareholders at its annual general meeting China will continue to underpin growth in commodities demand.

Marius Kloppers expects the Chinese economy to grow by as much as 8% in coming years. He also acknowledged the recent fall in commodity prices, attributing that to a pick up in low-cost suppliers.

China's in beak industrialisation and urbanisation associated with that continues to give us confidence in the long-term outlook. Chairman Jac Nasser addressed speculation of Mr Kloppers' tenure following the elevation of Graham Kerr to the role of CFO. He said succession planning is an ongoing and thorough process. Staying with finance, let's check the finance figures.

The Australian share market closed at a three-week high, despite a report which showed a fall in planned mining investment over the next year. The major banks led the broader market higher. ANZ climbed more than 1%. The miners rose. Rio Tinto said that it plans to make more than $5 billion in savings by 2014, to rein-in unsustainable costs.

The Nikkei finished up 1%.

Markets in Europe advanced at the start of trading. Wall Street made solid gains, spurred by hopes there will be a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff of tax hikes and spending cuts.

The Australian dollar is stronger against the greenback, weaker against the New Zealand dollar and also down across other major currencies.

Gold is down. Oil is up a little.

The weather is next.

Plus - the indigenous musicians claiming their place in the hall of fame.

All the glitz and glamour from the Australian Recording Industry's night of nights.

(CREAKING)

Hey, babe, we gotta go over that
bush fire survival plan today. Um, I'm kind of busy. Uh, why don't we just
do it tomorrow some time? Yeah, alright, I'll pencil it in. Thank you, sweetheart.
(GLASS SMASHES) Do you want a cup of tea?
I'd love one. (FLAMES CRACKLE AND ROAR)

Pop superstar Gotye and The Temper Trap were among the big winners at tonight's Australian Recording Industry awards. Gotye took out the publicly-voted ARIA for Best Live Act, as well as Best Pop Release for his album 'Making Mirrors.' The Temper Trap took out two awards - Best Group and Best Rock Album for their self-titled record.

Kimbra was named Best Female Artist for the second year running. Indigenous group Yothu Yindi is also celebrating after being inducted into the ARIA hall of fame. The band used the occasion to push for Aboriginal recognition in the Australian constitution. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the song Treaty - which shot Yothu Yindi to worldwide stardom. It was written after former Prime Minister Bob Hawke's pledge in 1988 to recognise Indigenous Australians. Politician and former Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett thanked the group for its contribution to Australian music.

To the world weather forecast now. Storms for Darwin, Sydney and Melbourne.

Sunny for Brisbane. A shower or two for Hobart and Perth. Thunder for Nadi. Wet in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland. Fine in Phnom Penh and Port Moresby. Drizzle in Denpasar and Jakarta. Storms for Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. Cloudy in Hanoi, Seoul and Shanghai. Fine for Beijing. Showers clearing for Manila and Tokyo.

Foggy in Baghdad and Delhi. Partly cloudy for Beirut and Jerusalem. Thunder in Tehran. Fine for Islamabad. Snow expected for Moscow, Stockholm and Warsaw. Drizzle in Madrid. Rain in Rome. Partly cloudy in London. Showers for Addis Ababa, Algiers and Nairobi. Storms for Johannesburg and Lagos. Partly cloudy in Dakar. Rain for Casablanca. Thunder for Asuncion and Buenos Aires. Partly cloudy in Bogota and Lima. Fine in Rio de Janeiro. Partly cloudy in New York and Chicago. Fine for Washington DC. Showers in Los Angeles and Vancouver.

That's the world this Thursday evening. There's more news and analysis on our website. I'll be back tomorrow with a shorter news update at 9:35, before our coverage of the Walkley Awards, so don't forget to tune in then.

From all of us on the news team, goodnight.

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FUNKY RETRO MUSIC

Pretty, bouncy, cute, popular,
American...

And maybe promiscuous.

Pretty women, noise making, cheers,
chants...

Pom-poms.

Hot.

A good time.
Well, you had a good time.

She's all American,

like sugary donuts, salty canned
soup, and oversize cars.

In Quebec they call her clack leader,
in France, pom-pom girl.

The cheerleader.

You can find her in movies,
and if you live in the US,

in everyday life, and sometimes even
from very, very close up.

(Chant)

A little stupid, a little depraved,
like all pop icons,

the cheerleader
lives and dies by cliches.

But what's
left when we look deeper?

A very old gender stereotype
that's like the girls
cheering for the guys.

Reflecting the complexity
of America, not just Midwest,

not Sarah Palin's America,
for example,

but maybe
Barack Obama's America.

They're pretty useless.
All right...

I mean, it's just like
it's eye candy for guys.

Watching the same thing as like,

the Girls Next Door,
the Playboy Bunny Show?

We're not Playboy bunnies!

No, but you, it's the same thing.

I think all Americans think of
cheerleaders as pop culture icons

because cheerleaders embody
the super, hyper, femininity

and enthusiasm and it's so easy
to make fun of that.

And I think that

it's just an archetype
that will always be interesting

because it represents America
at its best and at its worst.

It's in the reality of the American
heartland that the myth lives on:

where there are more trees than
residents, where it's cold.

Where every Friday, thousands of
American football games happen.

Welcome to Idaho,
one of those nights.

We're meeting up with
the local university cheerleaders.

They're here to support
their team during a big game.

Yelling, jumping, encouraging,
being a cheerleader

is a full-time job that
starts well before kickoff.

BAND PLAYS 'YMCA"