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(generated from captions) Until next week, for now, goodbye. Closed Captions by CSI. This program is not captioned. This Program is Captioned Live.This Afternoon Live on ABC News 24, hello, I'm Kim landers. The Coalition maintains its landers. The maintains its election-winning
lead landers. The Coalition maintains lead as infrastructure takes the campaign spotlight.The Coalition is committed to a range of vital national infrastructure projects.That's what this Government is about, building our country's future. We'll have all the colour from the campaign trail and a wrap with our political reporter Nick Dole in a moment.Also this afternoon - workers at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant say radioactive water has been leaking since the disaster in 2011.Fears of a violent showdown in Egypt as the Government vows to remove protestors.An adventure company is fined over its role in the death of a Melbourne school teacher who was swept out to sea. And from PM to taxi driver, the nor weedge - Norwegian PM goes undercover to find out what voters really think.Kevin Rudd has declared himself the underdog in the election campaign and an opinion poll out today shows that's right.As week 2 of the campaign begins, Tony Abbott and the Coalition have cemented their election-winning lead. Both leaders have left the national capital far behind them after last night's debate. For the second time this campaign Kevin Rudd has visited the marginal seat of Bennelong in Sydney while Tony Abbott has been in the marginal Melbourne seat of Deakin. Mr Abbott has promised to deliver an annual update to parliament on infrastructure projects around the nation while Mr Rudd has been outlining a plan to help retrain manufacturing workers for the new industries of the future.For more about today's events on the campaign trail I'm joined now by political reporter Nick Dole who is Canberra.Nick, Kevin Rudd was in the electorate of Bennelong for the second time this campaign, why is that?Well, it's really a sign, I think, from the Labor camp, Kim, that they do think from the Labor they do think that this seat is a genuine possibility for them. Of course it's currently held by the Liberal Party but it was formerly held by Maxine McKew and before that by John Howard, the former PM. Obviously Labor is devoting some time to this. Kevin Rudd was visiting Labor's candidate Jason Lee. They went to nah quarry University and visited some research facilities there. One of the things Kevin Rudd announced was $35 million in new training programs so that people can transition do more modern industries and Kevin Rudd says this is really part of the Government's strategy to prepare Australia for the end of the mining boom. So Kevin Rudd really continuing that theme of a transitioning economy and keeping the focus on education. That was certainly his focus today but there are a number of questions, of course, Kim, about that election debate last night and some people probably described it as a little bit on the boring side but one thing that a lot of people seem to have picked up on was that Kevin Rudd was reading from notes. The rules did apparently stipulate that he wasn't to use notes but Kevin Rudd was asked about it today. He says no-one told him it was inappropriate and he says it's really perfectly appropriate because he likes to be clear on all the facts and figures that he's going to use. Let's hear a little from Kevin Rudd speaking earlier
from Macquarie University earlier today.If someone had said to me it was not proper to take notes along to a debate then sure, that's fine. I was in receipt of no such advice and it would be rather odd if you went to a platform watched by several millions of people thinking you could do something on the sly. You can't. I acted in good faith, I think everyone would accept that.Nick Dole, Tony Abbott's been putting a lot of focus today on infrastructure?Yes, that's right. And we've heard him use the phrase before that he wants to be known as an infrastructure prime minister and we saw him repeating that today, specifically road infrastructure though, Kim, because Tony Abbott's already made it clear that he doesn't really think a Federal Government should be investing in urban rail infrastructure. He's very keen on building new roads including the east-west link. So he's visited a number of marginal areas including Deakin today in Melbourne repledging his support for that. But also more broadly on infrastructure saying that there will be more accountability, he says, under an Abbott Government. He will deliver a yearly update to Parliament on the progress of infrastructure. He says that will mean that there's more focus on actual action wrath efr than records. Let's hear from Tony Abbott speaking in Melbourne today.As you know, the Coalition is range of the Coalition is committed to a range of vital national infrastructure projects. I think it's very important for confidence that think it's very confidence that we see cranes over think it's very important for over our cities, that we see bulldozers over our cities, that bulldozers on the ground. If we want to bulldozers on the ground. want to give the people of Australia a shot in the Australia a shot in the arm, if we want to convince them that things are happening there's almost nothing better than seeing new roads under way.Now Nick, tomorrow something that there's been a lot of anticipation about and that is the release of the preelection fiscal outlook PEFO, what's that expected to show?It has been hotly anticipated, Kim. It's likely to essentially confirm some of the things that we already saw in the recent Budget update that the Government gave, essentially that the surplus - sorry, that the deficit is far worse than expected and that unemployment is forecast to rise. So it's unlikely there will be any huge surprises. It would be a problem for the Government if there were to be any huge surprises because it would only show a further deterioration in the economy. From the Government's perspective Labor is using this as an opportunity to apply more pressure to Tony Abbott. The Bowen, Abbott. The Treasurer, Chris really saying that the Bowen, was out today and he's really saying that the arrival
of PEFO will further increase the pressure on the Opposition to release its policy costing detail and we've really heard the Treasury again continuing this theme that we've seen in the last few days from the Government suggesting that if there's not adequate detail from the Coalition as to where some of the savings will come from, that that really only leaves rise to much further cuts in the future. Let's hear from Chris Bowen firstly and then his opposite number Joe Hockey in Adelaide.Mr Abbott can't have it both ways. He can't say he's going to return the Budget to surplus, he's going to reduce taxes and there won't be any cuts to things like hospitals and school s.Don't bye Labor's lines. They are - Kevin Rudd is increase ingly shrill, he's hysterical, they're going for the big scare, for someone that was promising a positive campaign he's been incredibly negative.And that was the Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey. A final question, Nick Dole. The Opposition has renewed its attack on the Government's PNG asylum seeker solution.Yes, that's right. There's been fairly sustained attack but this time from a new front Scott Morrison, the Shadow Immigration Minister, says that the PNG solution is essentially meaning that asylum seekers are coming through a new route. This is because a couple of Somali men were picked up in the Torres Strait over the weekend. A number of other asylum seekers were spotted in the Torres Strait. The Opposition says this is really just meaning that people are trying to come to Australia through a different route. Scott Morrison says that that particular area around the Torres Strait is one of or post porous borders. From the Government's perspective, Jason Clare, says patrols have been increased in that area since the PNG solution was implemented and when it comes to deterrence Tony Burke says anyone coming to boat through those unconventional methods via boat will still be sent to Papua New Guinea for transferring. He says really those deterrence remain.Nick Dole, thank you. While boast leaders of the major parties is on the campaign trail, Chris toon Milne says she doesn't think Tony Abbott or Kevin Rudd won last night's leaders' debate.Last night's television debate was really a bore and a draw between the red and blue ties. The people of Australia really were the losers because it was really, as one journalist has suggested, a joint press conference between two people with the same policies but just to a different degree. Major differences of policy were not on show and that's why it needed to have the Greens there. The policy on treat there. The policy on how we
treat people our country is a treat people seeking asylum in our country is a case in point. Both Kevin our country is a case in Both Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott have Both Kevin Rudd and Tony have only cruelty on show, only trying to frame the debate in terms of border security when what we have is a humanitarian crisis and we need to approach that with compassion and generosity. What wasn't said was in many ways as significant as what was said. There was no discussion about reducing the gap between the rich and the poor, no discussion about getting people out of poverty, lifting Newstart, lifting the youth allowance or support for single parents let alone homelessness.Australia's peak welfare body is calling on major parties to make child poverty a top priority. The Australian Council of skach social Service has released a list of proposals for the incoming government. The document calls for a boost to welfare payments as well as comprehensive tax reform.We've had two decades of strong economic growth for Australia and yet extraordinarily we have seen a growth in the rate of poverty across the community. 1 in 8 adults and 1 in 6 children are now living below the poverty line. So what we're asking the election to focus on is both the economy and jobs and also making sure that we have the adequate social safety net to ensure that everybody, man, woman and child, is able to have a hopeful, happy, decent and prosperous life.There are just under 5 hours left to enrol to vote in the federal election. voters the federal election. Potential a
before 8pm if they want to cast a ballot on September before 8pm if they a ballot on September 7. It's too late to enrol via post. Phil Dyak from the Electoral Commission says 1.25 million people are missing from the role - roll.There's no doubt there's been an enduring issue over many years of participation not keeping up in that context with the total number of potential voters. So there will always be some people, for whatever reason, some of the groups are harder to reach. There's homeless people that are included in those figures. There's indigenous people who we don't have really, really accurate measures because we don't recall your heritage on your there of
enrolment but maybe around 50% there of the total number of voters on the role. So, you know, there are some enduring issues in terms of participation. But at the moment there's still a lot people can do between now and 8pm tonight to get on the roll, or indeed get back on the roll. If you've been overseas or interstate and you haven't really thought about your enrolment we may have removed you after several attempts to contact you.Now let's get a look at some of the other stories that we're following today with Richard Davies.Kim, good afternoon. Bushland in Melbourne's east is being searched as part of an investigation into the disappearance of a schoolgirl. 13-year-old Siriyakorn Siriboon, known as Bung, was last seen walking to school in Boronia just over 2 years ago. Police and SES volunteers are conducting a line search digging with an excavator in the area she vanished from. Police won't say what prompted the search but say it could take several days.There have been heated exchanges today at a high profile committal hearing in Sydney. Businessman Ron Medich is accused of organising the murder of his former business partner Michael McGurk.Former boxer Lucky Gattellari, who has already pleaded guilty to being an accessory to the murder, is in the witness box.Sparks have been flying here at central local court, even the ste nothing fer has - stenographer has been struggling to keep pace with the exchanges. Lucky Gattellari is by far the most important witness in the case. He said it was Ron Medich who ordered the murder of Michael McGurk. Barrister for Ron Medich has this morning repeatedly insisted that Lucky Gattellari answer his questions. At one point he says "You'll do as your told." To I which Gattellari replied, "No, about the evidence I won't." He was who was described in court as who was his enforcer and particular his enforcer and that had asked - that particular witness suggested had asked - that Gattellari had
asked him to had asked - asked him to have someone's legs asked him legs broken. Gattellari responded to that today by legs broken. saying he thought that witness had been watching too many godfather movies.Strong winds have brought down trees around Melbourne's northern and eastern suburbs this afternoon. eastern suburbs this The SES has already taken more than 350 calls for help.And parts of Sydney have also been hit with gusts of up to 100km/h bringing down a number of trees. Thousands have been left without electricity. Ausgrid says customers around southern and western Sydney and parts of the Central Coast are without power.A SA man has been refused bail over the vicious assault of his baby daughter's grandmother.38-year-old Benjamin Koch handed himself into police last night more than 16 hours after he fled his former partner's home in Mount Gambier. He took his 10-month-old daughter with him sparking a manhunt. Koch will remain in custody until he faces court again in November. A court has heard that the killer of a Melbourne woman begged police to lock him up for life. Stephen James Hunter has pleaded guilty to murdering 22-year-old Bacchus Marsh woman Sarah Cafferkey last year. The court heard the pair regularly drank and took drugs together. The crime happened just 9 days after Hunter eats parole period for another killing ended.An adventure company has been fined $180,000 over its role in the death of a Melbourne school teacher who was swept out to sea on a surf camp at Bells Beach in 2011. Paul Simpson was snorkeling with a group of caught in rough seas. He suffered a heart attack and couldn't caught in rough seas. couldn't be revived. West Coast Adventure pleaded guilty to failing to assess the conditions and failing to have proper safety equipment.A group of 8 Aboriginal men is suing Qantas for false imprisonment after being removed from a plane in Sydney 3 years ago.The men were returning from an indigenous leadership program in Cairns when they were allegedly locked in a bus on the tarmac for 1.5 hours. The District Court has today heard legal arguments over whether the group was bound by Qantas' conditions of travel given the Federal Government bought the tickets. A new report shows the rate of theft and robbery has fallen dramatically over the past decade. The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research analysed national robbery rates between 2001 and 2009. It found the robbery rate fell by almost half with NSW experiencing the biggest drop and Tasmania the that
smallest.But the report found that the Northern Territory and the ACT experienced an increase in theft.Checking tomorrow's weather now:

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news a little bit later this hour, Kim.Egyptian security officials say police will raid 2 sit ins by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. The Government says the protests have frightened Cairo residents and sparked violence. People are still out in force and rights groups fear more bloodshed is inevitable if police storm the camps.In the middle class district of Cairo this is the largest of two pro-Morsi camps that the interim government wants cleared. In a built up area against determined protestors, it's a high-risk operation.One retired general told Al-Jazeera that the security services have never been trained to deal with this type of urban confrontation. TRANSLATION: You can use water cannon and tear gas but if that doesn't work you have escalate things using maybe even live ammunition. But that would be a disaster because on the one hand they're not thinking strategically and on the other they're there to die for a cause. That's a recipe for disaster.Egypt's security forces have already shown their willingness to use deadly force. More than 250 people have been killed since ousting. TRANSLATION: Every time they've engaged with protestors and we've documented all of this has resulted in violence and the loss of life. In fact, what ended up happening was a systematic killing of protestors, such as what happened in front of Republican Guard and in Nasa happened in front of the City. Republican Guard and in City. Both of these incidents including City. Both of these including illegal and unlawful killing, not simply the breaking up of protest.When breaking up of makes its calculations, Egypt's interim government knows the world is watching. It also knows that more bloodshed risks creating more determined opposition.The people that live around here want normal life to resume. The problem for their security forces is that every passing day the fortifications inside the camp are strengthened as is the resolve of the protestors living in there, making it almost impossible to clear the site peacefully.Workers at the Fukushima nuclear plant say it's more than likely that contaminated water has been seeping into the sea since the disaster 2.5 years ago. Japan's nuclear watchdog has described the situation as a state of emergency and the Government has finally stepped in.Workers say another accident is inevitable if the company remains in charge.Mark Willacy reports from Fukushima.We have if this Fukushima nuclear worker was caught speaking if this worker was caught speaking to
me he'd pay a high price. TRANSLATION: If TEPCO knew I was speaking with you I'd be fired for sure. Speaking out is an act of suicide.Mr Fujimoto works in the decontamination program at the Fukushima plant. He works 12-hour shifts for which he's paid just $10 an hour.And he's watched as TEPCO the leak
has failed repeatedly to stop the leak of radioactive ground water with 300 tonnes of it leach - ing into the Pacific every day. most
TRANSLATION: We work in the most dangerous place in Japan. The other day steam came out of the building. TEPCO didn't tell us. I heard about it on the news after my shift.It's not just radioactive water leaks and mystery steam pouring from the plant, earlier this year a single rat managed to short out power to pools cooling thousands of used fuel rods. Even those supervising the Fukushima clean up can no longer hide their frustrations with TEPCO.These actions indicate that you do not know what you're doing and that you do not have a plan and that you're not doing all you can to protect the environment and the people.The Fukushima plant is just a few kilometres up the coast through the sea mist. That's where radioactive material is leaching into the sea every day. It has many Japanese calling for TEPCO to be sidelined and for outside help to be brought in to tackle this crisis once and for all.Suzuki san is a 12-year TEPCO veteran who says leaks of contaminated water into the ocean are nothing new. TRANSLATION: I believe it's been leaking into the ocean from the start of the crisis. TEPCO probably knew this but did nothing because they didn't want to cause an outcry.As contaminated water leaks out,
Japan's Government is pumping more money in to stop it. But TEPCO, despite its failings and its cover ups, is still in charge of what Japan's nuclear watchdog describes as a serious emergency.Funerals have been held for the victims of emergency.Funerals have volcano that erupted in Indonesia. Rescue workers have been battling to evacuate thousands of people from the small island of Palue. 6 people died when the volcano erupted at the weekend. Many roads have been blocked by ash and rocks which have been hampering the rescue efforts.Israel has announced plans to build another 1,200 homes for Jewish settlers in occupied Palestinian areas in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The decision comes just days before peace talks are set to resume. Palestinian negotiators say the move is deliberate attempt to scuttle any chance of a deal being reached.Who does these things? Determined to undermind the peace negotiations, are determined to force people like us to leave the negotiating table.Analysts say the decision was made to appease right-wing Israelis angered by their Government's decision to release Palestinian prisoners. Time now for business and finance with Michelle rafrty and some company information about Newcrest, it's been guarded about its future?It certainly is, Kim. The head of Newcrest Mining has defended the company's decision not to give vet - investors guidance on its project decisions beyond next year. Australia's biggest gold miner has posted a full year loss of $5.78 billion for the last financial year blaming a plunging gold price. The company's under investigation for possible breaches of disclosure rules after its share price dropped before it announced a major restructure due to that falling gold price. Managing director Greg Robinson says the gold price is too volatile for the company to announce its long-term decisions. Newcrest investors are obviously hoping for better times ahead. Despite that posted profit loss. The mining climb throughout the session
and are now up company shares continue to
climb and are now up more than 7%. Energy resources stocks are leading the broader market. BHP's up 2.25% and Rio Tinto's up around the same. But obviously not tracking as well as Newcrest.Now there's been a after
rally in the mining stocks after copper prices hit a 2-year high. The All Ords is up 47 points and the ASX 200 is up 46. Across the region: David Jones has teamed up with Dick Smith to ensure it still has home electronics and entertainment presence in its department stores. Both companies have signed an agreement which will see Dick Smith manage the sale of televisions, computers, tablet devices, home office supplies and audio visual and other digital products on its sites in most David Jones stores. Staff working in David Jones electronics department stores
will also be transferred to Dick Smith. David Jones' chief executive Paul Zara hopes the deal should transform DJ's under performing electronics section.The building materials firm James Hardie has posted a strong rise in its quarterly profit owing to the gradual housing market recovery in the US.For the first three months of the year until the end of June, James Hardie has made 142.2 million US after tax. That's up from $68.5 million from the same year before. Its underlying first quarter profit which excludes compensation payments to asbestos and victims of tax adjustments rose 19% to US $52 million. And Kim, we'll have more on how those new - Newcrest shares are tracking later in Afternoon Live.The threatened long-nose potaroo may be making a comeback with one of the shy marsupials photographed on a property near Beaudesert. The species is in decline but the owners of a Kerry Valley property say you can mix business with native treasures. The long-nose potaroo is a shy creature which survives on a diet of fungi, roots and bulbs. The nocturnal marsupial is found along the east coast of Australia but their numbers are dwindling along with their habitat.We're destroying their soils where they get all the food from and we're destroying the ground cover that they need to protect them from predators.Kerry Valley property owners Mark and Tracy Finnigan in south-east Queensland were using motion detecting cameras to audit their native animal population when they snapped a rare potaroo.Let's strap it on and then we can position it.The randomly past
potaroo just happened to wander randomly past one of the cameras we had set up here on the top of the hill.The couple's property is located near the Lambington National Park which is a stronghold for Habitat
the struggling marsupial. Habitat destruction isn't the only challenge potaroos face. There's also native predators including eagles and dingos. And then there's the introduced species which includes foxes, feral cats and wild dogs.We actually caught a fox on the same camera that we caught the potaroo on the same night which was kind of ironic.To make their property more potaroo friendly the couple accessed Government's caring for funding from the Federal country program. The money has been spent country program. The money been spent on fencing and reintroducing native vegetation.We've seen some habitat loss happen in south-east Queensland and it's really reassuring that here on a private property we've got potaroos back in the landscape.The Finnigans say propagating potaroos has become a passionate pursuit.Time to check the weather now and damaging winds have hit Melbourne and Sydney today, Graham?Yes, and we're also seeing very strong gusty conditions between those two cities. Now that includes around the ACT and it's all in association with a very strong cold front that's moving across the south-east and a trough that's ahead of that system and we had very warm conditions ahead of it and then these blustery winds moved through. Quite a bit of power outages through Melbourne and Sydney as well as tree damage in association with those gusty conditions.And another front's moving up to the south-west of WA. That will move through the south-east as a relatively strong system as we move in to Tuesday night and Wednesday.Most of the rainfall in Victoria is now contracting to the eastern parts of the State. There was a severe thunderstorm warning earlier but that's been cancelled. In NSW we've got plenty of showers about. Some thunderstorms with this. Now that's with the trough. The cold front still sitting a little bit further south at the moment but this system will clear the coast as we head into this evening. The strongest of the winds will be more likely through the south but we still have severe weather warnings for damaging gusts for many parts of NSW from about the Hunter to the central Tablelands down to Victoria and then for the entire Gippsland region. Now, at I said, we've got another band of cloud sitting further to the west and that's going to move through as we head into Tuesday night and Wednesday. It's going to bring some showers to the south-west of WA tomorrow. We've got strengthening northerly winds again ahead of this frontal system but at this stage probably won't reach Tasmania until very late in the evening. And we're looking at relatively clear skies returning to much of the east. Now that will lead to a very warm day in Brisbane with these northerly winds ahead of a gustier westerly wind change. Got cooler conditions for Sydney and Canberra but mostly dry. The showers at this stage should some strong and gusty remain mostly out to some strong and gusty winds for
Tasmania tomorrow afternoon in particular.OK, thanks very much, Graham.In Paris more than 200 extra police officers are patrolling major tourist sites. It follows a surge in pickpocketing and gang attacks aimed at foreign tourists.With its history and culture, Paris is irresistible to foreign visitors.And where there are tourists there's money which inevitably leads to petty crime. The Chinese are the latest nation to fall in love with Paris but they're under no illusions.When Chinese came to Paris they got robbed or stealed so I have to keep protecting my bag like this.Every time when we report to the police something lost and then police say "We don't take this report." Like a thief steal from you, no, we don't take this report. I don't know why.And if there's one thing the city of light doesn't want is bad publicity.Paris is the third most popular destination in the world among foreign visitors. Tourism brings in billions of dollars every year so it's clear to see why the city wants to preserve its reputation.The final straw came when staff at the world famous Louvre Museum staged a one-day strike to demand more protection against gangs of pickpockets.The Interior Minister visited the museum and other tourist sites to try to reassure visitors. TRANSLATION: The message is tourists and friends all over the world come to Paris. The security services are here to make sure you have the best possible stay in our The police have increased their presence. They hope this will act as a deterrent. They're on the look out for organised gangs of pickpockets who are often from Eastern Europe and for illegal street vendors, mostly from Africa.We have many patrols every day from the morning until very late in the evening and we have special reinforcements during the summer to help us to maintain security and to prevent thefts and assaults against the tourists.A patrol spots sop illegal vendors selling souvenirs but the vendors are quicker and they get away.As in all capital cities there's a big gap between the rich and the poor and the poor will always be looking for ways to survive. And don't forget that you can watch ABC News 24 at any time, even when you're away from your television. You will find the live stream at abc.net.au/news.Still to come on Afternoon Live - the WA Government backflips on its decision to halve its roof top solar panel subsidy.

The top stories on ABC News - the PM Kevin Rudd says he's not fazed by Labor being behind in the opinion polls. He's made a multimillion dollar pledge to begin workers. The Opposition Leader begin retraining manufacturing Tony Abbott has today been workers. The Opposition promoting the Tony Abbott has today promoting the Coalition's $1.5 promoting the Coalition's billion funding pledge billion funding pledge - pledge for Melbourne's east-west pledge for in Melbourne's east is being searched in the disappearance of a schoolgirl. 13-year-old Siriyakorn Siriboon, known as Bung, was last seen walking to school in Boronia just over 2 years ago. A line search is being conducted and digging with an excavator.An adventure company has been fined $180,000 over its role in the death of a Melbourne school teacher in 2011. 40-year-old Paul Simpson was snorkeling with a group of Year 10 students at Bells Beach when he had a heart attack in rough seas. West coast Adventure pleaded guilty to failing to assess the conditions.And nor way's PM has gone undercover as a taxi driver to hear voters' concerns ahead of a general election. Jens Stoltenburg discussed the issues facing Norway with his passengers. Some were unaware he was the PM.A hidden camera recorded people's reactions and it's being used as part of his campaign. Even a less than great debate can generate controversy. The Liberal Party is accusing Kevin Rudd of cheating because he took notes into the contest last night.The accusation has overshadowed the only real news from the head to head, a pledge on gay marriage.Political correspondent Greg Jenette reports.So, who was the winner?That's for the Australian people to decide. They'll sort that out.Look, it was a great opportunity to present some positive plans to the Australian people. I was happy to have that chance and I look forward to further debate. An amicable end to a somewhat unremarkable hour.The debate was unscripted. The rules said no notes. Yet Kevin Rudd arrived with them.Important for our democracy that we have debates.He read from from them.Under my prime ministership I offer a new way to secure Australia's future.And he left with them.Tony Abbott was note free all night and just in case you missed it...Not for Tony Abbott was the need to have cheat sheets like this so that he could get through the debate. No cheat sheets insight.The problem with the PM last night was not that he was reading from notes, it was more that the notes weren't worth reading, that was the problem last night.Kevin Rudd's still using notes today.There's a limit to sort of how much you can scribble down on the palm of your hand, there's a limit to how Mr Abbott's 3-word slogans you can actually get there to remember them all.The debate threw up only one new policy idea, Mr Rudd's promise to bring a bill for gay marriage to the Parliament within 100 days if he wins.Frankly in the year 2013 I think the time has come to put this acrimonious debate behind us.A future Coalition party room could allow a conscience vote but whatever position Mr Abbott might hold after a re-elected Rudd Government his conscience is clear.I support the existing position. I pride myself on being consistent and I intend to be consist ent.As week 2 whirrs into action Tony Abbott will not be unhappy with his position. Newspoll has the Coalition 4 points ahead after preferences. Labor's primary vote appears to have softened, not an encouraging sign for Kevin Rudd when campaigns are all about building momentum.

The TV networks were split in who they thought took out the first debate. Both sides claimed a winner from a debate labelled more tepid discussion than rigorous policy argument? Today News Exchange Votes is asking our televised debates still relevant in election campaigns? Do they influence your vote or is it time for something different, perhaps hosted online? You can get in touch: In breaks news, the ABC understands former Dandenong mayor Claire O'Neil has been endorsed as Labor's new candidate for the seat of Hotham. She replaces lawyer Geoff Lake who was dumped at the weekend after reports emerged that he'd verbally abused a fellow Monash City councillor in 2002. Our Victorian political reporter Frahn - Francis Bell joins me live. What can you tell us about the new candidate?There's no official announcement from the ALP yet but I've told Clare O'Neil has been endorsed this afternoon. She's a former mayor of Dandenong. She's a former full bright scholar and a graduate of Harvard University who now works for McKinzy and Co. She's backed by the NUW, the National Union of scam dch dp Work es which was the same union backing Geoff Lake and Simon Crean. We understand Clare O'Neil has won overwhelming backing from the national executive this afternoon.What happened to the former candidate, Mr Lake?Well Geoff Lake was the endorsed candidate for Hotham and went through a fairly torrid preselection process the first time around fairly torrid but it emerged on the weekend that through some reporting that Mr Lake had admitted verbally abusing a fellow former councillor at the Monash City Council 11 years ago in 2002. It was reported a t the time but obviously in the heat of an election campaign it was on the front page of the newspaper here in Melbourne on the weekend and once that was - that story came out again Kevin Rudd and the executives at ALP headquarters decided that he should no longer continue as the candidate for Hotham.Finally, a week of the federal campaign has already slipped by, what are Labor's chances of holding on to that seat?Well Hotham is a safe seat for Labor. They hold it by a margin of around 14%. So while this has been a very un welcome development in this particular seat it would be very unlikely that it would be so bad that Labor wouldn't be able to hold on to the seat. The new candidate Clare O'Neil will just have to hit the
ground running in terms of her campaigning over the next few weeks what's remaining of this election campaign.Alright, Frances Bell, thanks for joining u us. With the roll closing in just a joining u us. closing in just a few hours new research shows 18-year-olds have once again been slow to sign up. Associate Professor Lucas Walsh from Monash University joins me now via webcam. Why aren't 18 to 25-year-olds enrolling to vote?Well, in the longer term we've actually seen reasonably low levels of enrolment by people in that age group but there may be more recent factors at work. Factors relating to the general discourse of politics at the moment, one that many have seen to be something of a turn off. Young people have over the longer term expressed a wariness around the distance between themselves and politicians and expert politicians in particular.So are they getting less - are they less inclined as the years go on to actually enrol to vote?We have seen some negative shifts in their relationship to formal forms of participation. That's not to say that they're turning away from participation in general. In fact, what our research is showing us is that they are in fact engaging in other forms of political participation outside of formal institutions such as voting.But surely it's crucial to actually cast your ballot no matter how engaged you are. Does your research show whether or not geography or socioeconomic factors, for example, influence whether somebody takes that step and actually enrols to vote?Yes, there are factors related to non-enrolment and they are related to things such as a geographic background and those from low socioeconomic backgrounds are less incline ed to vote.What about the influence of parents and relatives, for example?Yes, parents and relatives do play a significant role and the reseshling - research over the years has shown that. Young people's voting behaviours form early and they are strongly influenced. However, we should note that recent research by the Australia Institute, for example, shows a significant proportion of young people don't actually know how their parents vote.A final quick question then from your research are you getting any clues about how to encourage people to actually enrol to vote? Every election, State, federal, there's always a big depain - campaign, you've got to enrol to vote, it's compulsory, but if we are still falling short what are some ideas for stopping that? Well you go to where young people live. We've had some concerted efforts to try to model, for example, participatery democratic behaviour in schools but these haven't captured the imagination of young people and often schools where this kind of behaviour can develop aren't necessarily creating opportunities for young people to learn and practice participation in practice. Moreover, in terms of connecting where young people live, media, has been quite live, be it through media, has this country although we have seen recent efforts in seen recent efforts in the last 2 campaigns to improve connecting with young people.Alright, well Lucas Walsh, the chances to enrol slip by in about 4 hours, I think it is, so hopefully maybe a few more people might actually decide to enrol to vote. Thank you very much for joining us today.It's my pleasure, thank you.The West Australian Government has dropped a plan to slash solar panel subsidies. The decision to cut the roof top solar subsidy from 40 cents to 20 cents was slammed by householders and described by some Liberal MPs as unethical and atrocious. On his way into cabinet this morning, the Treasurer Troy Buswell says he wasn't backing down. But in a statement a short time later the Premier, Colin Barnett said Cabinet has agreed to reverse the decision because it would be unfair to householders who had installed the panels.Kirsten Rose is the chief executive officer of the Sus sanable Energy Association of Australia and she joins me now live from Perth. Is this a victory for people power?It is absolutely a victory for people power. It really shows how the industry and the community came together to put an extraordinary amount of pressure on the politicians to change the decision.The WA Premier Colin Barnett said that the Government had egg on its face, it's sorry for the mistake, it's acknowledged that it's unfair. Why do you think there was such an outcry?Well, I think the Government wildly underestimated how angry this was going to make consumers and it made them angry on a lot of levels. First and foremost it was a massive broken promise. These people put solar panels on their roofs under an incentive scheme to do so and then less than 2.5 years later they were told they weren't going to get the patient - payments they were promised for 10 years.By halving that subsidy, would it really have made solar energy an unviable investment for home owners?It certainly would have made it challenging for some. The people that put their panels on their roofs in the early part of that scheme was when solar
was significantly more expensive than it is now. Some of expensive than it of them took out loans, for example, to put those panels on their roofs and did so under the assumption that they would be paid for the full 10 years. So reversing the decision is a great victory for So reversing great victory for them and it is certainly prevents what would have been financial hardship for some of them.A final quick question. Just how many households in WA have actually taken up this incentive to install the panels on their roof tops?Well, currently there's about 140,000-odd homes in WA with residential solar and almost half of those were ones that put them on in the time scale that we're talking about. So about 75, 77,000 households which is 180,000-odd people, so quite a lot.As you say, the WA Government has now admitted it was the wrong decision to try to slash that solar subsidy so it's reversed course today. Kersten Rose, thanks for joining us today.Thanks, Kim.Time for sport with Sasha MirzabegianThe PGA drew to a close?And Jason Dufner won his first major title despite a double bogey finish. Dufner fired a final round 2-under par, 68 to finish on 10 under. Jim Furyk was second on a final round there of 71.You know, today was the tough day. The golf course again played pretty tough. Guys were, you know, me and Jim it kind of came down to a 2-man race at the end. He's a great champion, he's played, you know, so well in so many majors and he's been there before so it was a tough test for me, the golf course was tough but, you know, like you said, my name will always be on this trophy and nobody can take that away from me. So it's a great publishment for - accomplishment for me and I'm excited about it. Yeah, it's definitely going to change my life but I'm determined it's not going to change me. There are a lot of things that are going to come up tournament wise, you know, different tournaments I can play in, different opportunities that will come my way and I'm going to have to deal with that. I've got a great circle of people around me from my management team to my caddy to my wife, to my coach that I'm looking for them to keep me in check to make sure that it doesn't change me.A century from Ian Bell has put England in a strong position after 3 days of the 4th Test against Australia. The day started poorly for Australia though as Brad Haddin and Chris Rogers went early and the tourists lost their last 5 wickets for 46 runs to lead by 32. England was once again in trouble as the top 3 failed again all to Ryan Harris but Bell steadied the ship for England as Shane Watson was forced from the ground with injury there. Pietersen and Bairstow contributed but it was Bell who pushed England's lead to 202 as he notched his third century of the series.Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt has reclaimed his 100 metres Moscow. The reclaimed his 100 metres world
title at Moscow. The result moves Bolt
one title at the championships in
Moscow. The one title closer to legend Karl Lewis's world championship haul of 8. The 100 metre and 200 metre world record holder can equal that mark if he retains his 200 metre title and helps ja - Jamaica win the 4 x 100m metre relay. The Gold Coast Suns mid fielder Campbell Brown is facing 3 weeks on the side line for a level 3 misconduct charge. Brown has been charged after his foot made heavy contact to the face of Melbourne's James Strauss in the Sun's win on the Sun's win on Saturday. Dustin Fletcher could miss 2 weeks with an early plea for rough conduct while Patrick Ryder may miss a game with the same charge.South Sydney forward Sam bur Jess is facing 2 weeks on the sidelines after he was charged with contrary conduct for allegedly grabbing the testicles of Melbourne's Will Chambers. Yes, I said it. The Storm player lay on the ground for a short time after the incident and appeared to be in some discomfort there. Souths have released a statement saying they haven't decided whether to challenge the penalty just yet.Elsewhere the Brisbane Broncos say Justin Hodges remains upbeat despite suffering a long-term injury in yesterday's match. Hodges ruptured his left Achilles tendon midway through the first half and .He came in this morning rkts he had a check up on the physio and the doc. I think he's got some scans today. He was in pretty good spirits considering. He's been there, done that before and he's the best time pretty confident sort of bloke. He's going to back his ability and his body to get back where it was.The last time he injured his Achilles Hodges missed more than a season. But he says he's very confident he would be back in 2014.Elsewhere in league Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter has slammed Benji Marshall for appearing in a video wearing an Aucklands Blue shirt while still playing for the NR L club. He appeared in the jumper 24 hours after the loss to Parramatta.Hi guys, Benji here. It gaves me great pleasure to announce I will be joining the Auckland Blues next year for the next 2 seasons. It's been a sad time leaving the Tigers and on that note I'd like to thank all my fans, not only from the Wests Tigers but from rugby league in general for all the support throughout the last 11 years of playing in the NRL.Mick Potter says Marshall's video appearance was in poor taste and was disrespectful to the Tigers and their fans. offer to the Roosters forward Sonny Bill Williams. The proposal specifies that Williams sees out his NRL season with the Roosters, play in the rugby league World Cup and return to the Chiefs next year. Media reports says Williams ultimate preference is to play for the Chiefs and be part of the All Blacks campaign at the 2015 rugby World Cup. There is flexibility in the offer, potentially allowing the multiskilled sports star to return to the Chiefs in 2015 as long as he signs well in advance to do so.Rafa Nadal has over powerred Milos Roanic to boost his confidence ahead of the US Open. Playing in his first tournament since his shock opening round loss at Wimbledon, the Spaniard easily won in just over an hour. The victory provided Nadal with his third win at the Rogers Cup. His 8th ATP title this year and his 25th Masters crown.Well, thank you very much. It was a very emotional victory for me many Montreal, second victory here in Montreal and important one after losing in the first round in Wimbledon and without having the chance to play in 7 weeks, come back and win a title is just amazing for me, very, very happy and I'm enjoying the 2013, it's been very, very special for me.There he is, Rafa Nadal. Kim, I know the Brisbane Broncos are very close to your heart there, Justin Hodges' Achilles tendon problem, it's a very bad injury to suffer.They're not doing well at all.They're not.Are they going to be in the 8?I don't know. Anthony Griffin, the coach, he did a good job to start with and now he's under a bit of pressure so stay tuned.Thanks, Sasha.Well he hadn't driven a car for 8 years and he had no qualifications for the job. So driving a taxi was perhaps a surprising second job for the Norwegian PM.But for Jens Stoltenburg it was the best way to find out what people really thought about him. His government, and the issues that were important to them. Europe correspondent Philip Williams reports.He certainly looked the part, a driver's uniform, a pair of sun glasses to hide his But the PM has been struggling in the polls and has also got an election in September and so he agreed to take the wheel of a car rather than the nation to hear from real people. It didn't take long before some of his customers realised there was something different about their Gabby cabbie. Understandably the conversations quickly shifted to politics. No-one, it seems was going to miss this opportunity to tell the PM a thing or two.

High office doesn't guarantee superior High office Jens Stoltenburg is hoping after 8 years voters give him another turn at the national wheel. Of course there are other elections in far away places to be sorted.So if your next cabbie is called Kevin or Tony, you've been warned.

Time now to check the weather and after damaging winds in Melbourne and Sydney have conditions improved Graham?The peak gusts have eased back but it's still very windy in both centres and very windy in between as well. Now the reason for all this wind, because it's actually going to hang around over the next couple of days, potentially well into next weekend or early next week, is due to a series of very deep lows sitting well south of the continent at the moment. Now around these lows we're seeing a series of cold fronts drawn through in a very vigorous westerly wind flow across the southern States. Now, with that westerly wind flow , it itself is strong but as the fronts move through we see increasing winds become very gusty with the front and then ease up a little bit this is the next little bit in behind it.Now this is the next significant
front. It will this is front. It will move into the
eastern this is the next significant
front. It eastern States around about Tuesday/Wednesday and it will affect the south-west of WA.Now with today's front we've had some mild temperatures through Victoria and we've seen even warmer conditions through NSW. Temperatures across Sydney around about the 25 to 27-degree mark. Similar story for the Hunter and further north we're also seeing very warm conditions around Brisbane.But now that this change has moved through, some cooler air developing in behind it and we will see some of that falling as snow about the Alpine area. There's been a bit of rain there. The temperatures not quite warm enough for widespread snow fall.The frontal system will move into the south-east. It's going to bring another burst of stronger winds, particularly for Tasmania tomorrow. The north-westerly winds will freshen ahead of it. We'll also start to see winds strengthening in SA and Victoria but it will be Wednesday that we really see those very strong and gusty conditions and then we'll see an increase in shower activity as well as that front moves through. The next cold front moves through in Perth. Behind it we're seeing fairly fresh north-westerly winds. That's going to maintain showers about the reedge dge - region ahead of the next cold front. That front moves across the south-east on Wednesday. It's going to see another burst of very strong and gusty expected and
conditions, widespread showers expected and the heaviest of the falls about the coastal fringe and we can still see milder conditions across the region but in behind that those temperatures will drop back, stronger winds, widespread showers and some of those will push up to Canberra as well.Thanks very much, Graham.You're watching Afternoon Live on ABC News 24 and when we come back we'll have more on the day's political stories as well head into week 2 of the election campaign.

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This Program is Captioned Live.This is afternoon live on ABC News 24, hello, ABC News 24, hello, I'm Kim Landers. Our top story today - Labor remains the underdog with the latest polls Labor remains the underdog the latest polls giving the Coalition an election-winning lead.The Coalition is committed to a range of vital national infrastructure projects.That's what this Government is about, building our country's future.We'll have the latest from the election campaign from Nick Dole in Canberra and our reporters following the party leaders.

Also this afternoon - police search bushland in Melbourne's east, investigating the disappearance of a girl more than 2 years ago.Removing the protest camps, Egyptian police set to move on pro-Morsi demonstrators.And the endangered marsupial making an unexpected comeback in south-east Queensland. Kevin Rudd has again declared himself the underdog in the election campaign and an opinion poll out today showed campaign
that's right. As week 2 of the campaign begins Tony Abbott and the Coalition have cemented their election winning lead. Both leaders have left the national capital far behind them after last night's debate. For the second time this campaign Kevin Rudd has visited the marginal seat of Bennelong in Sydney while Tony Abbott has been in the marginal Melbourne seat of Deakin. Mr Abbott has promised to deliver an annual infrastructure projects
update to Parliament on infrastructure projects around
the nation while Mr Rudd has been outlining a plan to help retrain manufacturing workers for the new industries of the future.Well for the latest I'm joined now by political reporter Nick Dole in Canberra. Nick, we'll get to the leaders' movements in a moment but first, Labor has some new Kan - candidates?That's right and first and foremost it's understood Clare O'Neil has been preselected by Labor to take over from Geoff Lake. Of course he dropped out of the race at the PM's request really, Kevin Rudd essentially dumped him after hearing about some reports of him verbally abusing a councillor some 10 years back or so. So Clare O'Neil, a young candidate in her early 30s, she was the former mayor of Dandenong in her early 20s, so a pretty dramatic rise to the dop for - top for her. Hotham is a very safe seat for Labor. Even though she's somewhat behind she won't have as much time to get her face and her name out there, she certainly does have a head start in that regard. It's also understood that Labor's in the final stages or perhaps has now preselected the former candidate in the seat of Kennedy as well. The candidate in Kennedy are running against Bob Katter, of course, dropped out of the race on the weekend for some comments he made about Tony Abbott. Two new candidates, not a lot of time for them. Kennedy really isn't a viable option for Labor but certainly Hotham is so it does appear that Clare O'Neil is much more likely than not to be the new member always the focus the new member for
campaigns but Kevin Hotham.Marginal seats are
always the focus campaigns but Kevin Rudd's been
twice now to always the focus on election
campaigns but Kevin twice now to Bennelong. Does
that mean campaigns but Kevin Rudd's been
twice now that mean he thinks he's in with a that with a chance or he's in trouble?Well, I think he certainly thinks that it is still an option for him. Of course this is a seat currently held by the Liberal Party but it's swung both ways in the last few years. Of course Maxine McKew held it for the Labor Party famously taking it back from John Howard. Now, Kevin Rudd was in the seat today. He visited Macquarie uni with the local candidate. He was there to emphasise a new training package, $35 million, that would help workers transition to more modern industries and Kevin Rudd really says this is part of the economy in transition and what he says is a Labor plan to help the economy transition from the mining boom fueled by China to cleaner, greener, more modern deck - technology-based industries. He announced that. That was certainly a key focus for the PM today but another real focus, particularly for some of the media there were the notes that he used in the debate last night. Kevin Rudd used a number of times some written notes Tony Abbott made his remarks off the cuff. Technically speaking the rules did deny the candidates a chance to use notes but Kevin Rudd says he doesn't really see a major issue with it. He says he always uses notes and he says no-one made that clear to him that notes were off limits.If someone had said to me that it was not proper to take notes along to a debate then sure, that's fine. I was in receipt of no such advice and it would be rather odd if you went to a platform watched by several millions of people thinking that you could do something on the sly, you can't. I acted in good faith, I think everyone would accept that.And Tony Abbott has also been visiting mar - marginal electorate today?That's right, he's been in Victoria and he was in the seat of Deakin today. He also was visiting the Vic Roads centre where he essentially reaffirmed his commitment to funding East-West Link, a major piece of road infrastructure down there in Melbourne. Something that Tony Abbott says will increase travel time for commuters. T Tony Abbott he was asked about Kevin Rudd's note use and he essentially says that it's not the fact that he used notes, he says that Kevin Rudd's notes weren't really worth reading. But infrastructure was really the focus for the Opposition Leader today, let's hear a little from Tony Abbott speaking in Melbourne today.As you know, the Coalition is committed to a range of vital national infrastructure projects. I think it's very important for confidence that we see cranes over our cities, that we see bulldozers on the ground. If we want to give the people of Australia a shot in the arm, if we want to convince them that things are happening there's almost nothing better than seeing new roads under way.Nick, the preelection fiscal outlook is due out tomorrow. When are we likely to see it and what is it going to lot
tell us?We're not getting a lot of detail about exactly when it will be. It's likely to just be a release from the Treasury but it's believed that it certainly will be in the morning so we'll have the best part of the day, at least, to digest it. In terms of what it's going to show us, it's likely to reaffirm some of the not too pretty pictures painted by the Government's economic update that it gave just a week or so ago, essentially confirming that the Budget deficit is much worse than expected and also that unemployment is on the rise. The Government is trying to be on the front foot here saying that the release of PEFO really increases pressure on the Coalition to release its policy costings. The Government's saying that there's a lot of spending that the Coalition is committed to but it says the savings haven't been revealed. The Opposition says that's nothing more than a scare campaign. Let's hear from the Treasurer Chris Bowen and his opposite number Joe Hockey.Alright, Nick, the gremlins have eaten Joe Hockey and Chris Bowen's homework but I'm sure we'll hear from them tomorrow. A final quick question though, the Opposition renewed its attack also on the Government's PNG arrangement for asylum seekers?Yes, that's right. And there's been a sustained criticism from Scott Morrison, the Shadow Immigration Minister, but today he is saying that essentially the Government has opened up a new front for asylum seekers, or for people to come by boat. This is because just over the weekend a number of people were seen in the Torres Strait. In fact 2 Somali men were picked up on an island in the Torres Strait. Scott Morrison says that essentially people are now just coming to Australia through another method and he says that the Torres Strait in particular is one of our most porous borders, let's hear from Scott Morrison.Not only our border crisis continue our border crisis coming across to coming into Ashmore coming across to Christmas
Island, coming into coming into Ashmore Island,
coming across to Island, coming into the Cocos and Keeling Island. Kevin Rudd's brilliant idea and Keeling Rudd's brilliant idea has just
opened up and Keeling Island. Kevin
Rudd's brilliant opened up another front.And opened Kim, from the perspective the Government says that patrols perspective the that patrols have increased in the Torres Strait since that patrols have increased the Torres Strait since the PNG the Torres Strait since the solution Immigration Minister, Tony solution was unveiled and Burke says the rules Immigration Minister, Burke says the rules apply no
matter how Burke says the matter how you try to come to matter Australia matter how you try to come Australia by boat or through ever Australia by boat or ever which root you anyone coming to Australia by ever which root boat will be sent to ever which root you come,
anyone coming to Australia boat will be sent to PNG for boat will be sent processing. So he said processing. So he said that real deterrent real exists.Nick Dole, thank you. The Greens leader The Greens leader Christine Milne was not part of last night's debate but nonetheless she says neither of the leaders actually won the contest and that the whole exchange lacked compassion. She says the most interesting thing about last night's debate between Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott was what the leaders chose not to talk about.Last night's television debate was really a bore and a draw between the red and blue ties. The people of Australia really were the losers because it was really, as one journalist has suggested, a joint press conference between two people with the same policies but just to a different degree. Major differences of policy were not on show and that's why it needed to have the Greens there. The policy on how we treat people seeking asylum in our country is a case Both Kevin Rudd and Tony our country is a case in point. Both Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott have only cruelty on show, only trying to frame the debate in terms of border security when what we have is a humanitarian crisis and we need to approach that with compassion and generosity.What wasn't said was in many ways as significant as what was said. There was no discussion about reducing the gap between the rich and the poor, no discussion about getting people out of poverty, lifting Newstart, lifting the youth allowance or support for single parents let alone homelessness.Australia's peak welfare body is calling on the major parties to make eliminating child poverty a top priority. The Australian Council of Social Service has released a list of proposals for the incoming government. The document also calls for a boost to welfare payments as well as comprehensive tax reform.We've had two decades of strong economic growth for Australia and yet extraordinarily we have seen a growth in the rate of poverty across the community. 1 in 8 adults and 1 in 6 children are now living below the poverty line. So we're asking the election to focus on is both the economy and jobs and also making sure that we have the adequate social safety net to ensure that everybody, man, woman and child, is able to have a hopeful, happy, decent and prosperous life.And now let's take a look at some of the other stories that we're following today with Richard Davies.Kim, good afternoon. Bushland in Melbourne's east is being searched as part of an investigation into the disappearance of a schoolgirl.13-year-old Siriyakorn Siriboon, known as Bung, was last seen walking to school in Boronia just over 2 years ago.Police and SES volunteers are conducting a line search and dicking with an - digging with an excavator in the area she vanished from. Police won't say what prompted the search but said it could take several days.Strong winds have brought down trees between Melbourne's northern and eastern suburbs. The SES has taken more than 350 calls for help. Parts of Sydney have been hit with gusts of winds up to 100km/h bringing down a number of trees. The balance - ambulance service says one woman in Punchbowl has been treated for lacerations when a tree fell on her head. Thousands have been left without electricity. Ausgrid says customers around southern and western Sydney and parts of the Central Coast are without power.A coronial inquest into the disappearance of a Bathurst schoolgirl has been told the initial police investigation was deficient. Jessica Small was last seen 16 years ago but it wasn't until today that an inquest into her disappearance got under way.It's been 16 years since Bathurst schoolgirl Jessica Small disappeared from the small country town of Bathurst at this courthouse behind Bathurst in country NSW. at this courthouse behind me an
inquest into at this courthouse inquest into her inquest into her disappearance began. It heard that the young girl began. girl who was only 15 at the girl who was only time was possibly girl who was only 15 at time was possibly Abduked - abducted, raped time was possibly Abduked abducted, raped and murdered.
Her best friend, Vanessa Conlon, has been the first to give evidence here today in this week-long inquest. She's told of the terrifying last moments that she saw her best friend when they both accepted a lift from a man in a white Commodore who was unknown to them, that he then set upon Vanessa who was able to escape but that her friend, who she thought was behind her, she's never seen from or heard from again.Now for the family of Jessica Small, this inquest has been a long time coming.It's taken a long