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This Program Is Captioned Live. Tonight, hidden damage in Sydney's precious water supplies. It's not just the swamps that are draining but the whole of the catchment in which those swamps lie. And open finding - the grieving family handed angst not answers. If there was a thorough investigation into Adam's death thorough investigation Adam's death on that night, the result would have been totally different. Plus corrupt dealings - all the fall-out different. Plus dealings - all the from Doyles Creek.First, day 26, the federal election campaign today erupted into a row over policy costings with senior department heads distancing themselves from Labor's claims of a $10 billion hole in Coalition costings. Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey pushed for an apology but failed to get it with Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, demanding the Coalition release full costings immediately. Heather Ewart reports. At last the finishing line nears. With just 8 days to go, Labor remains the self-proclaimed underdog. It certainly can't afford damaging headlines like these in newspapers around the country today. They have no shame. There's no sense of embarrassment and yet three of their top public servants have called them out for deliberately trying to mislead the Coalition's policies and costings.What Kevin Rudd and his economic costings.What Kevin his economic team thought
yesterday was a clever move to claim a $10 billion hole in Opposition costings back-fired badly. These $10 billion errors will of course need to be made up with other cuts before the election.In an extraordinary development, the Treasury and Finance departments and the independent Parliamentary Budget Office declared they hadn't costed Opposition policies, as implied. This dominated the campaign today, drowning out any other message as Kevin Rudd stuck to his guns. I stand by everything the Minister said yesterday and by my own statements because the fraud being perpetrated on the Australian people is by Mr Abbott leaving the full release of the tails of his costings and cuts until election eve. It's time to start telling the truth. Start being honest with the Australian people. Enough is enough. Please apologise for engaging this talk of fraud. When it comes to Mr Rudd's statements about budgetary matters, as long as his lips are moving he's not telling the truth. For weeks, Kevin Rudd and his team have hammered the Coalition's failure to release full costings and run a scare campaign about spending cuts. Any momentum they might have been gaining on that front is now gone. Instead, precious time in the crucial final stage of this campaign was lost to Labor today. It was on the defensive from the moment TV news shows began this morning. To prove that what the Government was presenting was wrong- How about sending them The
to the Australian people, Joe? The squabbling, the accusations and counterclaims continued all day. Here is our best estimate. What is your answer, Mr Abbott, to that estimate? Where are your cuts precisely going to fall? Where, as I said here, are these figures wrong and none of you here today will know the answer to that until Mr Abbott actually comes clean with his costings. We've provided costings for many of our policies and certainly all of the policies that we will release in this campaign have been fully costed and will be fully funded. When does the last piece of the puzzle get released? Next week. Which day? It will be when we've finished releasing policies and I suspect that will be towards the end of the week.The rest of this debate seems to be focused on allow ing, across the board, Mr Abbott to scuttle into a corner, not have any spotlight shone on him in terms of his costings and on his cuts for the future. And everyone the future. And to collectively shrug their the future. And everyone seems shoulders and say, to collectively shrug shoulders and say, "That's what the Liberal party does." what the The fact is it's a political tool that's The fact is it's tool that's been used by both sides in recent times. What's happened with the costings both parties have done. In 2007, Labor left their costings very late, the Coalition has left their costings late this time. Both parties do it and it's unlikely ever to change. But this former adviser to Julia Gillard believes it's time for all sides to take stock. The whole costings debate in this election has descend under to high farce and that's the case for the Coalition as well as Labor. I mean, what has happened is that the political parties have worked out how to gain on the system. They do that by holding off submitting their costings to Treasury and finance, they do that by getting alternative policy options of their opponents costed through the system and what you've seen now is the whole system becoming a confusing mess. A mess the Coalition clearly sees running in its favour. Its campaign remains disciplined down to the wire, while Labor struggles to cut through with yet another announcement on yet another new theme. Today I'm pleased to announce that if re-elected, the Australian Labor Government will appoint Australia's first Minister for Cities.(APPLAUSE) It's
where 80% of Australians Cities.(APPLAUSE) where 80% of Australians live. It's about time they had a look-in. And for good measure, another whack look-in. And for another whack at Rupert
Murdoch. Because it's a good-news story, you won't see it written in Mr Murdoch's newspapers it newspapers but that is another matter.The bad news for Labor is that opinion polls continue to point to a decisive Coalition victory. The one hope for the ALP is that its campaign launch in Brisbane this Sunday might at least give it a bounce and help save some of the furniture. Thanks, Heather. Disgraced, prosecutors will soon consider laying criminal charges against former Minister Ian Macdonald, former union boss John Maitland and his business associates Craig Ransley, Andrew Poole and Michael Chester. Today the Independent Commission Against Corruption found these men engaged in corrupt conduct through the awarding without competitive tend of a mining exploration licence at Doyles Creek. It's the latest in a series of the ICAC's explosive corruption findings. Ian, any comment? How do you reckon today went? Is this your home away from home? Every morning you have a smile. What's so mun funny? On his signature as Minister alone, Ian Macdonald awarded a coal exploration licence over Doyles Creek, creating an asset worth $100 million. That signature in which John Maitland, former national leader of the CFMEU, and two men who'd invited him to become chairman of Resco, their applicant company, Craig Ransley and Andrew Poole. Ransley and Poole approached Maitland because they knew he could open doors to Government, the ICAC found. Together, they lobbied Macdonald against the advice of senior public servants in mineral resources, the CFMEU executive, the mieBing industry and its mine safety advisers. They argued that the Doyles Creek EL could be issued without public tender because of their commitment to establish it as a training mine. In examining the key relationship, the ICAC found Ian Macdonald and John Maitland to be Labor Party factional mates. In 2006, Maitland supported Macdonald within the Left faction to retain his seat in the Upper House. Why did Macca issue the EL to Maitland's company? The ICAC found this

The ICAC found the proponents made or agreed to make and publish to Government false and misleading statements about the quantum of coal reserves, financial modelling, strategic alliances and community support, making false and misleading statements is a criminal offence. The decision to award the EL to Maitland's interests was extraordinary and unprecedented.

What happened now? All admissible What happened now? admissible evidence will be handed to DPP's Commonwealth and State for and State for consideration of criminal charges. And what should commissioner Ip recommend to Government on the future of the Doyles Creek exploration licence? Craig Chapman, a computer analyst, represents his family which has been farming at Doyles Creek for generations. I think he should make recommendation that - to immediately cancel this licence but based on the fact that it's shown by ICAC's own investigation that it was corruptly obtained. The licence was obtained through false means, through false statements to the department and through straight-out corruption, corruption involving the Minister. Last week we reported Premier Barry O'Farrell's apparent support for Nucoal, the listed entity which acquired the Doyles Creek's EL from the proponents. The innocent parties are the land owners and Nucoal. The ICAC is investigating the original grant of the lease, the involvement of the former Minister Ian Macdonald in that. I'm very surprised that the Premier would make that statement. We were very concerned when we heard that Nucoal had floated on the Perth stock exchange and not the Sydney stock exchange. It's a local company based in Newcastle. Why would you float a company on the Perth stock exchange and to my way of obvious
thinking, it was to avoid the obvious controversy that surrounding the Doyles Creek obvious controversy exploration licence they surrounding the Doyles exploration licence they were trying to obfuscate the Doyles Creek exploration licence and quietly float their company on the Perth stock exchange without the spotlight of the Sydney media. Reputationally damaged by this scandal is the union, the CFMEU. National President Tony Maher gave evidence to the ICAC. He says John Maitland left the union two years before Doyles Creek emerged. I'm asking you is there anything more you could have done because of your influence within the broader Labor movement, for example, to put your hand up and say, "This is crook. It must be stopped."? I wish I had warned more people but I was unaware that Maitland was going through his address book contacting everybody he's ever met trying to get pro forma motherhood statements letters of support. To give plausibility to the application? That's right and the commissioner today exonerated those people because they were lied and deceived. Could I have done more? I wish I had alerted those people. I have told Ian Macdonald the union's view was it should go to public tender. I did that much. The political fall-out from this scandal is continuing and highly damaging to Labor in this federal election. What I'm concerned about is whether any individual, through any substantial accusation of corruption or any proof corruption, brings the Australian Labor Party into disrepute and they should be dealt with not only, A, with the full force of the law, there is no place in the modern Australian Labor Party for any such people.But for the mining industry, the prospect of a Government cancelling exploration licences because they have been tainted by corruption is destabilising. Commissioner Ip will table his advice on mount Penny and Doyles Creek ELs, now found to be tainted by corruption, by year's end. It's absolutely clear that the licence should be revoked. There has to be a punishment and a lesson sent out. The industry should support that. The last thing they need as a mining industry is this terrible example of what can happen, the rorting that can occur with exploration licences and leases. It's in their interests that it be transparent and a good process that involves community stakeholders.When the NSW Coroner ruled that 27-year-old Adam his Adam Cecil committed suicide,
his family was in a State of disbelief, so much his family was in a State disbelief, so much so that they spent 8 years disbelief, so spent 8 years and hundreds of
thousands disbelief, so much so that they
spent thousands of dollars trying to find answers to the death of a thousands of dollars trying young man who had find answers to the death of young man who had much to live
for. This week a second inquest into Adam Cecil's death was completed but as Sharon O'Neill reports, the mystery of what really happened still remains. For the past 8 years, Lyn Cecil has been consumed by the death of her son, Adam. He was a jovial character. He had a good sense of humour. He was loved by all.She's on her way to the Glebe Coroner's Court in the hope she will finally get some answers to the mystery surrounding Adam's death. It's taken its toll. It's really taken its toll emotionally, my company's suffered because we're concentrating on this one thing only and that is seeking justice.But it's not the first time she's done this. In 2008, deputy State Coroner Paul McMahon found that 27-year-old Adam Cecil died as a result of multiple injuries sustained when he jumped from the roof of 3 Ozone Street, Cronulla, with the intention of taking his own life. What was your reaction to that? 1 of disbelief, totally shaking my head along with many of my family and friends. The Coroner's findings relied on a number of factors that appeared to support suicide. 6 months before his death, fallen from his balcony after an argument with this girlfriend. Some say it was a fall, some say it was a jump, some say it was a push. There's rumours flying around but Adam didn't want to talk about it. That relationship eventually ended just two days before he died. On 3 August, 2005, Adam Cecil had consumed a large amount of alcohol and prescription drugs. Police also found this note in his apartment, a hand-written will leaving his possessions to his brother Mark. Ever since I seen that note I always questioned it. There was also a text message saying, "It's all your fault," sent to his estranged father just three minutes before his body was found in the driveway by an off-duty doctor.

I spent the next 48 hours crying in disbelief then I had a clear mind to really put everything together, the sequence of events of that night, and then also I knew where Adam lived, obviously I'd been to his unit on several occasions and I thought, "Well, how would he get on to the roof?" The police investigation determined that Adam Cecil climbed on to the roof of his 3-storey apartment and jumped, a theory that was later accepted by the Coroner. But Lyn Cecil and her son, Mark, refuse to believe that Adam committed suicide.And there were many inconsistencies in the case that had them worried. Nothing outed up. To be a suicide jump from the roof, like, nothing.At considerable personal expense, Lyn Cecil sought the evidence of independent experts to examine the circumstances surrounding Adam's death. He did not jump off that roof.Professor Ian Coyle and Dr John Olsen, both forensic specialists, came to the same conclusion. There was no way Adam Cecil could have accessed the roof of his apartment and even if he had, the location of his body would have meant he had to sprint across a corrugated roof at night in work boots with a blood alcohol reading of 0.228. I'd regard the prospect of those things happening with the amount of alcohol, with the amount of digesic that he had on board as being remote to the point of fantasy.In October last year, the Supreme Court accepted this evidence and quashed the original coronial finding of suicide. A new inquest was ordered. The first word I heard was "quashed" and of course I was elated. That's all I wanted to hear.In July, a second inquest began. Deptle State Coroner Hugh Dylan went to the site almost 8 years after Adam' death. There were many questions to be answered. Could Adam have fallen from his balcony and crawled to the driveway where he was found unconscious? Was there any third party involvement? he take his own life? On he take his own life? Thursday, magistrate Hugh Dylan was unable to answer any of these questions. He found that Adam Cecil died due to multiple injuries he suffered in a fall from a from a height. He was unable to determine how that fall came about. So I can't understand how you can have a finding but you can't identify where he fell from. I am mystified, absolutely and utterly mystified. Lyn Cecil believes that if the original police investigation had been more thorough and had not immediately assumed suicide, she would know what happened to her son. Within 48 hours I said to police, "There are too many inconsistencies for this to be suicide." And I'm just going by my gut feeling. I said, "He did not jump off that roof." Lyn Cecil says despite the emotional and legal costs, which are in excess of $200,000, she has no regrets about her quest to find some answers. I would have liked a more positive answer but, no, I don't have any regrets because I know I've done everything within my capability for justice to prevail and the benefit is the fact that suicide was eso, yes, I would do it again.An expert gecologist is warning tonight again.An expert gecologist warning tonight that deep
underground coal mining is now irreversibly cracking Sydney's once pristine water catchments. While it's a major fine for individuals to enter these protected areas, the State's planning department says all mining damage is within prediction and with Government approval. Last week we accompanied conservationists on a visit to the Lake Cordeaux catchment to learn more. It's off limits, a bush wilderness preserved as part of Sydney's water catchment since the 18 80s where the Cataract, Cordeaux, Avon and Nepean dams provide water for 800,000 residential and industrial consumers. On Wednesday last week, with permission from the Sydney catchment authority, members of the Dendrobium mine community consultative community took us into the catchment. 300m under ground, BHP Billiton's Illawarra Coal has been operating planning department approved longwall coal mining. The company is required by its development consent to monitor surface and subsoil impacts. It posts monitoring results on its website. To the consultative committee, those impacts are now distressingly individual within the catchment. During our hike we encountered dead and dying vegetation. Two dried-out creekbeds. Gaping crack s, subssidence, water discolouration and contamination and a water depleted swamp. This is peat underneath you and you'll notice it's all very dry. The ground here is dry and it should be wet. If a fire came through here it would catch in the vegetation that's dead around it and then burn down into the peat itself.Einternationally renowned geomorphologists, Dr Ann Young, has found a number of upland catchment swamps now ecologically endangered. It's not just the swamps that aren't draining but the whole of the catchment in which those dry
swamps lie. If the wetlands do dry out, there are also breeding impacts for threatened local species especially local species amphibians like the amphibians like toadlet and giant burrowing frog. This toadlet and frog. This is called a pesometer, a pipe that down about pesometer, a pipe down about 1.5m into subsoil and it monitors the water subsoil and it monitors water in the subsoil and it can be water in the subsoil be measured quite water in the subsoil and it can This one, according to the data and the graphs that have This one, according to the tracked over and the graphs tracked and the graphs that have been the water tracked over time, shows that the water in this swamp has drained away, a fact now acknowledged by the mining company. With a changing ecological conditions, invasive species are starting to appear. There will be no going back for this swamp. It's gone.By far the most dramatic impact we saw was this subsidence on a now dry Wongawilli Creek
waterfall on a streamlet off Wongawilli Creek which feeds into the Cordeaux river. Illawarra Coal says this is a symptom of longwall mining and it is within prediction. Yes, it's always a minor impact. This is a minor impact. There's never anything even moderate or significant. It's always a minor impact because anything else would trigger a review and you can't have that because you've got to keep mining and you do not slow down profitability of the coal mining in this area.Is what has happen in this area as a consequence of this mining methodology catastrophic? It's certainly serious. It's certainly long-term and it's certainly irreversible and I believe irreparable so whether it's catastrophic for the water supply depends a bit on how extensive it continues to be, how much more of the area is devastated.Can it be remediated? Nearby at Waratah rivulet to the northeast, Peabody Mining did remediate a cracked creekbed, inject nothing to the cracks a synthetic substance like a grout. Costly for the mining company and considered an extreme measure by environmentalists. With more longwall mines under application for this catchment, hydrology impact is now the hottest issue. The lay-out of these mines should be changed completely. At the moment you have 300m-wide longwalls pellets
separated by very narrow chain pellets so you've got effectively a 2km width of complete removal of the coal and obviously that's going to the surface. If that means that the cracking will extend right up to the surface in many places, or very close to it, and so we need to have narrower longwalls, wider chain pillars, be careful to orient them so that they are not - their damage is not accentuated by the regional stress fields,o there are a whole series of well-known ways of reducing surface subsidence and therefore impact on the catchment which are not at moment being implemented. That would make mining in this area company's
uneconomic. That's the company's call. That's not the environmentalists' call. In a statement, BHP Billiton's Illawarra Coal said in part:

The southern coalfield is one of the world's richest sources of coking coal. More than 12 mining leases cover the bulk of the catchment and four major companies, BHP Billiton, X strata, Peabody Mining and Gujarat NRE plan to extract millions of tons of coal each year for decades to come. The economic benefits, State royalties, jobs and shareholder returns. When it comes to catchment protection, it appears the powers of the Sydney catchment authority, which can prosecute trespassers, is constrained when comes to mining impacts. Stakeholder groups have been removed from the SCA board. Pepe Clarke from the nature Conservation Council says this is perverse. The Sydney catchment authority is responsible for managing our catchments to ensure we have high-quality reliable water but that role is severely compromised by the fact that the Sydney catchment authority has no right to say no to coal mining or to coal seam gas development in our drinking water catchments. The decisions are made by the department of planning and time and time again the department of planning and the planning and assessment commission have put the economic interests of private companies ahead of the public interest in clean, reliable water.The next question - should longwall call Cole mining be allowed to continue across the catchment given the environmental damage? In a statement a spokesman for the planning department said:

It is not getting woun back, it It it is getting worse and it has it is getting worse and it to stop. An extended version to stop. of that story and to stop. An extended of that story and statements
from BHP Billiton and the planning department will be posted on posted on our website. Leigh Sales will host a 7:30 election special next Friday. Till our next show, bye-bye.

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On this edition of One Plus One, is Kate Ceberano Australia's Madonna. And yes, there is life after spin.

This Program is Captioned Live. Hello, I'm Jane Hutcheon, welcome to One Plus One. Pop star, TV host, actor, festival director, Kate Ceberano has led director, an impressive car in the world of entertainment but she is returning to her true love, releasing her first original album in a decade. She sat down with the ABC's Adrian Raschella and reveals after more than 25 years as a recording artist, only now is she happy with her voice.Kate Ceberano, welcome it's
to One Plus One.Thank you, it's a lovely to be here.You original
are back with your first original album in ten years. Why has it been such a long time between drinks?It has been a long time. The only answer I can give you was I had a gap year to have my child Gypsy. I didn't think it would take so long, not that I regret that, but the memory is strong, didn't realise
that's why I only have one. I didn't realise there would be so much of my subjective universe that would be consumed as you are as a mum. It didn't seem to be the right thing to do to indulge myself hours of writing, which often requires being alone, listening to one's self, engaging in one's own subjective thoughts when there's a child that needs you 24/7 and that you need to also learn how to be available for them. It was a really interesting process, actually,