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This Program is Captioned Live.Tonight - asylum policy back on the campaign agenda with Tony Abbott planning to stop the boats by buying them. Suffer the children, the UN marks a grim milestone in Syria's civil war.Federal Police intercept $370 million worth of cocaine on an Australia-bound yacht.And a maiden century from Steven Smith puts Australia in control in the 5th Ashes Test.Live across Australia, this is ABC News 24, good evening, I'm Kumi Taguchi. Tony Abbott's come up with a new proposal to stop the bots - buy them. bots - buy them. He's unveiled the latest in the Coalition policy, a regional policy to to before
thwart boat trips to Australia before they begin.Tony Abbott's going commando.Getting down and getting dirt y not to mentioned soaked, sore and sweaty. The Opposition Leader jointed the 1 rs armoured reblingt for an eye popping workout.Well done, well done.Tough and uncompromising. The perfect warm up for another instalment of the Coalition's asylum seeker policy.A strong message that we're sending to the people smugglers, your game is up.Good to see you. How are you?Tony Abbott announced his regional deterrence framework at a naval base. The plans's wort more than $400 million over the forward estimates. The centrepiece is increased regional cooperation. The Coalition wants to deploy more federal police officers in 3 key countries. Their orders - disrupt people smuggling operations. Australia will spend $70 million giving Indonesia more search and rescue ships, crew and training. Along with increased air surveillance.Always do what you've always done, you will always get what you've always got.Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka haven't signed up to the plan but the Coalition's confident they will.Shouldn't pretend to be an admiral.Inside Indonesia, a community engagement program will be rolled out. It includes paying bounties for information, putting village elders on stipends and giving them communication equipment and a boat buyback scheme.We're talking about a buyback scheme in a market of 750,000 boats. Of all the mad ideas I've heard Immigration, I think boat buyback wins.Ministers are so bagging an old Labor policy in the process, talking about the cash for clunkers. As for the wider policy the Coalition believes it can pay for that by stemming asylum seeker arrivals.Kevin Rudd has gone on a one-day 5-seat spree through Sydney's west. He's promoting a new policy to cut paperwork for small business but Labor's been confronted by polls suggesting it's losing its grip on crucial seats there. Political correspondent Greg Jenette reports.Bliss on a blitz through Sydney's west. A moment to sit, a little serenity.: I've never known a baby that doesn't like to be rocked.Campaigns on the other hand don't like to be rocked.Save Australia, save Australia, get rid of the dopey Labor Party.Kevin Rudd's taking risks.Tell me why you waste so much money?Taking on the people, taking on the malls, taking on the doubters.We don't intend to give up. We don't intend to yield one inch.The PM's western whirlwind took him to electorates. western whirlwind took him to 5
electorates.2 were among those that Galaxy electorates.2 were are at that Galaxy polling suggests
are at risk Liberal hands. His policy weapon for their are at risk of falling into
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aimed at Liberal hands. His policy weapon aimed at small business.The aimed whole idea is just to reduce whole idea is just the paperwork.Firms with turnover below $20 million would be able to lodge their GST returns annually instead of quarterly.The beneficiaries of this nation wide would be 1.35 million Australian small businesses.All week Kevin Rudd has targeted Tony Abbott's big business levy and his paid parental leave scheme. It's an attack based on the idea that both would happen. Now a former Liberal finance minister's predicting neither will.Nick Minchin is no fan of the paid parental leave scheme.I don't see how this whole package, levy
including the tax cut and the levy is only ever going to get through the Senate.I suspect that if we are elected the Parliament of Australia, both houses will accept the mandate that we have.Disharmony in the Liberal family.Know that we're praying for you.That's heavenly manor for this man. The UN chief has sent his top official to Syria to push for access to the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack. World leader rrs calling on the Assad regime to inspectors
fully cooperate with UN inspectors and even Syria's ally Russia has called for an inquiry. ABC's cord - correspondent Philip Williams has the latest.What did happen in the Syrian capital? Was this a chemical attack and who was responsible?This boy describes seeing his family killed in front of him.My grandfather came downstairs and rushed into the bathroom. He started vomiting. Then convulsioning, he died.The Syrian Government denied it was culpable.Transtransevery time an international delegation comes to Syria to investigate something, countries that support the terrorism rush to fabricate a rebel Free Syrian Army says all areas rebel Free Syrian areas held by the Opposition forces are now in danger of chemical attack.Assad said today he had no red lines, he has nothing to lose. He wants today he had no red lines, to kill the revolutionists, whatever it takes.UN to kill the whatever it takes.UN weapons inspectors are in Damascus but so far the Syrian Government is denying requests to allow them to check for themselves.The French Foreign Minister warned if the Syrian Government is guilty of using chemical weapons it's time to consider using unspecified force. The British Government is keeping its options open, a conservative MP and Syrian expert says it's time to bomb the Assad regime into negotiations.This is going to be a negotiated settlement at the end of the day. Then I think the Russians and Assad will be taken the West seriously and then they will come to the negotiating table and ultimately we'll see an exit strategy for Bashar al-Assad.With the US show nothing appetite for leading a military response the global action may not mount to much more than stern words.The relentless violence in Syria is driving thousands of people into neighbouring countries every day. The UN says 1 million children are now trapped in refugee camps. And advocates are calling on Australia to step in.No choice but to flee, and more than half are children. A million have crossed Syrian borders since the conflict started. In the tide of asylum seekers Ruba Qadoura was 17 when she fled bitter fighting near Damascus.Because the rockets started hitting and then family members started passing away.So they took off .Ruba is married to an Australian and moved to the western Sydney suburb of Lurnea in April. She struggles with the memory of relatives killed and being separated from her parents and siblings who es - escaped to Lebanon. At least 7,000 children have been killed in Syria's 2.5-year long civil war.She's seen it there, how it is. So they can't stay there, it's obvious they can't stay there. Fleeing is better than getting killed.Very few Syrians are able to flee to Australia. The Government has issued fewer than 2,000 humanitarian visas to refugees in Syria.To my understanding only 90 have been admitted to Australia and they are from a certain sect and certain area.Australians are taking very small is unacceptable.The Government says it's provided visas to the most vulnerable and has given significant aid to support the refugee crisis. Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak has been moved from prison to a military hospital. He will be held there while he appeals against a life sentence over the killing of protestors during the 2011 uprising. Supporters rallied outside the prison chanting slogans of support and claiming life was better under Mubarak. His enemies though, say his release is a setback for the revolution.China's one-time political high flyer Bo Xilai is putting up a trial on corruption charges. In is putting up a fight in his a break from convention, trial on corruption charges. details of the trial are reported on details of the trial reported on Chinese social media. And Bo's own wife gave evidence today about corrupt payments he's alleged to have received.Stephen McDonnell is at the hearing.In Jinan, China's high level political drama continues to unfold at the city's main court building.Bo Xilai arrived for the second day of his trial where he's now well and truly set the cat amongst the pigeons. Instead of accepting his fate in China's notoriously rigged judicial system the one-time rising political star is denying he took bribes saying earlier confessions were induced during interrogation. He's personally cross-examined a key witness taking his testimony apart. Mr Bo even dumped his jailed wife into it saying she was the one with connections to this corrupt businessman.When recorded testimony from Bo Xilai's was played to the court reporters scrambled to hear what she was saying.She admitted to receiving gifts from the businessman but couldn't be sure that her husband was aware of this.It's been quite remarkable to see Bo Xilai fighting back the way he has. He will probably still lose but by making the case against him look weak he seems Government
determined to embarrass the Government for sending him down. Much of the trial content is being put up on the court's official social media site, official social media can
meaning the holes that Bo Xilai can punch in the case against him are can punch in him are there for all to see. An international law enforcement task force has seized a massive shipment of cocaine bound for Australia. The drugs with an estimated street value of $370 million were hidden on a yacht moored Australian
in Vanuatu. For 3 years Australian and US agencies have been tracking syndicates using yachts to carry cocaine across the Pacific from South America.An estimated 750 kg of cocaine was located, secreted on board the vessel. What I can say is that the cocaine was destined for Australia.This is just another example of the vastness of the South Pacific and how South American drug trafficking - syndicates continue to target Australia.Officers had to chisel through concretes and rocks to get to the cocaine in the lower engine compartment. Victorian police have confirmed they've called off a high-speed chase minutes before the car they were pursuing crashed, killing the driver instandly. It happened on the Hume Highway near Seymour north of Melbourne. A gun was also found in the wreckage.This is what's left of a Holden Commodore after it fled police and slammed through 20 metres of trees on the Hume Freeway. Around 1:00 this afternoon police were called to the Highway after receiving a number of 000 calls of a speeding motorist driving erratically. A highway patrol officer tried to intercept the motorist.At that point in time the driver of that vehicle actually increased his speed.Police say the pursuit before
lasted less than a minute before it was called off. Kilometres down the road and moments later police came across the wreckage. The sole occupant of the car had lost control. Witnesses tried to help but the driver was killed instantly. They were shocked with what they found inside the car.The handgun is from the vehicle. It was handed to the police officer when he arrived at the scene.Police say the man was known to them and they're still trying to contact his family. Profession standards command officers are investigating. Today the Hume Freeway remains closed in both directions as the major crash unit continue their work. Police say they don't know when the road will reopen, potentially after 10:00. Diversions are in place through Seymour adding travel time for thousands heading to the snow this weekend.Accused wife killer Gerard Baden-Clay has been indicted on a murder charge in the Queensland Supreme Court. It's been more than a year since the body of 43-year-old Alison Baden-Clay was found in a creek west of Brisbane. Her 42-year-old husband wasn't required in court. His trial will take place next year. The former
real estate place next year. real estate agent maintains innocence but his lawyer real estate agent wouldn't be drawn on any innocence but his aspects of the case.It's one of those rare occasions where it is just not appropriate to make any comment in the public via the media.Gerard Baden-Clay remains in custody. The killer of well known Melbourne stripper Jazzy O has been sentenced to 24 years in Brisbane. Stephen Constantinou was a client of the 65-year-old and originally claimed she strangled herself. It was part of a raft of courtroom lies as Peta Carlyon reports. For Joanna Martin's family it was an emotional and welcome end to the case.My mother's life was taken away from her and she didn't deserve this. Justice has now been served.Ms Martin's body was found wrapped in a blanket in Port Melbourne almost 2 years ago. In his police interview, and again in the Victorian Supreme Court Steve Constantinou first claimed the 65-year-old grandmother had strangled herself and then that she died in a sex game involving a dog collar gone wrong.She collapsed in my arms.But the jury didn't believe him. In sentencing Constantinou to 24 years in prison, the justice labelled his defence ul - utterly hopeless and time wasting.

Justice Priest said good character and he was prepared to view the murder as an aberration. But he said the fact Constantinou sold off Ms Martin's jewellery immediately after her death showed an callousness. There was little reaction from callousness. There was reaction from her killer in court today but outside the reaction from those closest to Ms Martin was one of relief.He's where he ought to be.With time already served Constantinou will be eligible for parole in 2031.To finance and global markets have rebounded thanks to some stronger manufacturing data from Europe.But as Neale wool witch reports concerns are mounting over markets in Asia.

Global markets were higher on news Europe's manufacturing index hit a 2-year peak. While the continent seems to be turning a corner at last one of the big themes of investors now is the health of emerging markets like Indonesia, Thailand and especially India. There's been a flood of money out of those nations and back into the US recently as the Federal Reserve signals that its money printing program might be scaled back in the next few months. As you can see, just the talk of tapering is pushing up both long-term interest rates in the US, the 10-year Treasury, and also the US dollar against a basket of emerging market currencies. India is the biggest worry after the interest rate on its 10-year government bonds climbed above 9% earlier this month. Back home today and the Australian dollar only moved a fraction against the major currencies but there were some healthy share price gains on the market despite some big falls in profit. Crown reported a 22% drop in earnings mostly because of a loss on its stake in rival Echo Entertainment. And Mirvac's profits tumbled by two thirds because of write downs on major projects in Queensland and WA which it flagged to the market in February. Gains were evenly spread across the rest of the market although Sydney Airport fell 1.8% after a newspaper report pointed out it had paid no company tax since it was private ised 10 years ago. We're now into the home straight in the corporate earnings season. 80% of companies have tabled their results and so far two thirds have increased their profits from a year ago while 39% have beaten market expectations. February
That's not quite as good as the February reporting season but still it's much better than it has been over the past few years.

Researchers at Adelaide's Centre for Innovation Cancer Centre, have looked at the barriers cancer survivors face returning to work. With the number of people beating the disease rising, more attention needs to be given to life after treatment. For Vicki working as an orthopaedic nurse
form ashuge working as form ashuge part of who she form That became all the form ashuge part of who apparent when she That became all diagnoseded apparent when she was
diagnoseded with in April last year and forced diagnoseded with breast cancer in April last year to take time off.I've been a nurse for to take time nurse for over 30 years so my whole identity is whole identity is sort of around that as well. And not having that it was very hard.After surgery and 5 grueling months of chemotherapy, Vicki was desperate to get back to work.But I just started gradually, like 2 days a week and I was very tired. I didn't realise how tired I would be.Vicki was fortunate to have income protection and a workplace that supported her gradual return. But not everyone is in that position.At present there's really no structured approach to help them return to employment and employment is very valuable for cancer survivors for a number of reasons ranging from identity to gaining an income.Professor Bogda Koczwara is the head of medical on oncolgy at Flinders Medical Centre and said there can be a wide variety of side effects.Stiements memory problems, difficulty concentration or just general fatigue which is very common Afrikaans er .The research is aimed at creating a program that would provide customised advice and support about returning to work for every cancer patient.What we try to do is recognise this could be an issue in the long run and try to address it early.It would include assistance with communicating with employers and would be coordinated by the hospital's existing cancer survivorship program. People will
receiving treatment at Flinders will soon have the opportunity to join the study.It's a case of animal cruelty that's dumped
shocked in RSPCA. A small dog dumped in a Brisbane bin and left for dead.It's an act of cruelty hard to fathom. This mini fox terrier was left for dead.There is no way Gyber the dog could have got out of that bin. Absolutely no way in a million years.He could have been there for up to a week before he was found by rubbish collectors here on Tuesday.It is a very serious matter and obviously the concern for the placed
health and why the dog was placed here in the first place.Covered in paralysed and vomiting, he was
rushed to a vet and then the RSPCA.Shocking, absolutely shocking. It's the lovelyiest little dog. I cannot see how little anybody could do this to an little dog. I cannot see animal.He's now at the Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre.Hee he's had a test to remove some fluid from around his spine so we can identify it and look at the cells and he's having a CT scan right now.Test results found the paralysis was caused by meningitis and Gyber is on the road to recovery. The RSPCA says if found the owners could face severe penalties.Potentially they could be up for $100,000 fine or 2 years imprisonment.Anyone who has information or who may know Gyber's owner is urged to call the RSPCA.And now to sport with Daniella Intili and swimming sanctions upheld by the swimming Olympic committee.That's right but a final warming. Borish, selfish, obnoxious and disrespectful, that's how 6 members of the swimming team have been described in the lead up to the London Games. The committee found the relay team's conduct during a bonding session, which included taking Stilnox, upset female swimmers and affected morale. Former head coach Leigh Nugent and other team officials were criticised for failing to report the incident. In April swimming Australia issued fines and gave bans to those involved. The AOC said that's punishment enough but any future transgression s could rule them out of competition in Rio.What we've done is given them a yellow card and they're on a very serious 3-year good behaviour bond.And Kitty Chiller has been named chef demission for the 2016 Rio Games. He's - she's the first woman to hold the position.Australia is looking to restrict England for a modest total on day 3 of the Ashes Test. The tourists declared their innings at 9/492 with Steven Smith making his maiden Test century.After a soggy first session the for
forecast was brighter but not for Siddle.Oh, bowled him.A low pressure system hampered Hadden.This was Smith's day to shine.He's thrown the bat at that.Haddin survived a laughable review from England.Smith was looking to take the aerial route to his first century.Between overs I said what do you reckon about just hitting him over his head and he said keep a clear mind and if it's there go for it. Oh, up in the air. Has he hit that for 6? I think he has. What a way to go to your debut hundred. Magnificent.It's a hundred. great feeling to get hundred. Magnificent.It's great feeling to get 100 in a
Test hundred. Magnificent.It's a
great feeling to Test match.Trott took a rare wicket but quick runs from the lower order helped Australia declare on 9/492 with Smith unbeaten on 138.The England openers made it to stumps as some started going bananas at the end of a long day. Australian coach darp Lehmann's out of sync with the ICC after criticising Stuart Broad for not walking in the first Test.That was just blatant cheating. I don't advocate walking but when you hit it to first slip it's hard. Give it to him right from the word go for the whole summer and I hope he cries and goes home.Lehmann's been fined 20% of his match fee.The Wallabies must beat the All Blacks in New Zealand tomorrow to keep their chances of winning back the Bledisloe Cup. A big crowd will be present with lots of attention given to a New Zealand debutante.He might have one of the more generic names in rugby but everybody's talking about Tom Taylor.Guy on debut in a play making position got to make sure you test out what's going on.The 24-year-old will start at number 10 nor the All 24-year-old will start number 10 nor the All Blacks in Saturday's test.Rooming with him actually. He's been great. Asking lots of questions and getting up to speed.Coming off a loss in Sydney, this encounter looms as an even greater Test for the visitors. Despite the prospect of a black sea of Opposition support the Australian skipper is looking on the bright side.I've one twice this year in New Zealand playing for the Reds so it's just another footy ground.Tactically it's about composure, according to fly half Will Genia.George's kicking into our half and putting us under pressure forcing us into mistakes so we've got to make sure we're smarter with how we use the ball in our half.Striking a balance between kicking and running is also a priority after the attacking rugby motto took precedence in Sydney.Fly half Matt Toomua is looking more comfortable in the green and gold after last week's debut. Wallaby fans hopeful there are no cases of stage fright in what stands to be a pivotal bled slow Test.

At last there's some relief for the south-eastern States as the high pressure system moves over the region. We're going to see cloud and showers particularly in the morning we will see it dissipate as the afternoon progresses. We've got some onshore winds about the north-east of Queensland, some isolated showers possible about the far northern tropical coast. Graham Creed with the weather there. I'm coupe - Kumi Taguchi, I'll be back in a moment with the headlines then stay with us for 'The World This Week'. You're watching ABC News 24.Captions by CSI Australia

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The top stories from ABC News. 'A mad idea' - that's how the immigration minister Tony Burke has described minister Tony Burke has described the coalition's boat buyback policy if elected. The coalition will purchase Indonesian fishing boats used by people smugglers. It will also spend $67 million on sending Australian police to co-operate with police to co-operate with authorities in neighbouring countries. The in neighbouring countries. The United Nations has described as shameful Nations has described as shameful the number of children who've had to number of children who've had to flee violence in Syria. A million violence in Syria. A million refugees under the age of 18 have now crossed the border. The figures have been released as the UN chief, Ban released as the UN chief, Ban Ki-Moon described the use of chemical described the use of chemical weapons in Syria as a crime against humanity. Australian customs and federal police have uncovered a $370 million haul of cocaine hiding on yacht moored in Vanuatu. Local media reports the yacht had been under surveillance since it was searched almost two years ago. When it's captain mysteriously disappeared. Its believed the drugs were bound for Australia. And Chinese Australia. And Chinese political high flyer, Boxilai has called on the prosecution to prove he took bribes. He's issued the challenge on day two of a trial into allegations he hid evidence that would implicate his wife in the plot to kill a British businessman. He also denies he corruptly accepted gifts of money corruptly accepted gifts of money and real estate. Those are the latest headlines from ABC News.

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