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The unexpected rise of prospective Senator Ricky Muir.I'm an everyday person so I'm in touch with the everyday person and I would like to be able to bring in a feel of the average everyday person to parliament.The tattoo craze that swept Australia has created a lucrative new industry with tattoo parlours multiplying all over the country. It's also been a bonanza for organised crime. It's heavily infiltrated the tattoo trade. A 7:30 investigation has found that outlaw motorcycle gangs have a stranglehold over the tattoo business. Arson, extOrption, money laundering, stand-over and drive-by shootings are commonplace and legitimate businesses are too scared to speak out for fear of retribution. Now police are launching a crackdown with new laws designed to force outlaw bikie gangs out of the business but the motorcycle clubs and their lawyers are fighting back. Alex Mann and Leslie Robinson have this report. It's completely booked to full capacity. Busy on Saturday. How are you? Come in. Welcome.Business is booming at Bondi Ink. We run it now like a hair and beauty salon. I think to run a successful business you've got to think outside the box and not run a tattoo shop like a tattoo shop.Husband and wife team Wendy and John Tadross are busy rebranding the art. It's cash only, darling.And mining tattoo's new-found universal appeal. Thinking about maybe getting a little tattoo to show the family we've come into the new generation. Usually Monday and Tuesday are our mums and prams day. People look at it as your body's a canvas now. On my legs I have two cartoon characters with their names. But alongside the glitz and glamour is an industry under the shadow of organised crime.It's like we've been tar would the same brush. If there's a shooting somewhere it's like, you know, bikies, tattoos. Police are investigating a fatal shooting... There are fears the fire-bombing of a tattoo parlour in Sydney's east could reignite the city's bikie wars. If A tattoo shop is linked to a motorcycle gang. Murder, arson, malicious damage, firearms offences. Tattoo parlours are synonymous with outlaw motorcycle gangs. Across Australia, outlaw motorcycle gangs are entrenched in the tattoo industry. Police conservatively estimate one in four tattoo parlours are bikie affiliated. In NSW alone, police have recorded 189 crimes at tattoo parlours over the last five years. We know that with outlaw motorcycle gangs, predominantly the way they make their income is through the manufacturing and distribution of illegal drugs and by having the tattoo parlours opening they can put some of the income derivered from those illegal practices and declare it as income through the tattoo parlture then legitimises that particular income. There's always been tattoo wars for years and years and years and now it's escalating. Tony Cohen is a legend of Sydney's tattoo scene. With 40 years in the industry, he's seen it all. Oh, beating each other up and annoying people and trying to get people out of business because they'd opened up next door or things like that. Tony Cohen's learned that if you want to stay in the game you keep your head down. I don't associate with other tattoo shops. This is a family business. We keep to ourselves. It's a tough industry. It always has been. A burnt-out police van torched last night in front of an inner city tattoo parlour controlled by an outlaw motorcycle gang.This attack took place just a few kilometres from Tony Cohen's studio. The former head of the Nomads bikie club went to jail for setting fire to a police van outside a tattoo parlour he owned. Sydney's in the midst of a serious bikie gang war.Just months later, security cameras capture another attack inside the same parlour. The intruder smashes the front window, quickly spreads fuel around the room and sets the place on fire. Within a minute the parlour is engulfed in flames, inevitably police investigating crimes like this come up against a wall of silence. The victims do not want to make any formal statements to police for fear of retribution by outlaw motorcycle gangs or organised criminal networks.Queensland's Gold Coast is facing the same problem. Police are investigating whether arson attacks on two separate Gold Coast tattoo parlours are linked to members of outlaw motorcycle clubs....shocked by a Gold Coast tattoo parlour overnight. Fortunately, they've got the message and have moved to other areas.Gold Coast MP Ray Stevens is pushing for a crackdown on bikie crime. He says tattoo parlours are just a front for money laundering. It is a great some
opportunity for them to clean some of their money and turn dirty money through private companies, pay the tax and then it becomes clean and they can invest that in legitimate businesses.Ray Stevens says the bikies in his electorate have created a culture of fear. I did have a solicitor ring me acting for his client who wanted to open up a tattoo shop and he was visited by some bikie fellows, scary bikie fellows, who told him he would have to pay a certain amount of money to open the shop and if he didn't pay the shop may catch fire. I reported that to the police. The police investigated and said, "We need names," and the client of the solicitor was not prepared to give his name and put his family in danger.Law enforcers around the country are watching closely what's happening in NSW. What we're trying to push in the industry is anyone who has a criminal record may be associated with outlaw motorcycle gangs. From October 1, all tattoo parlours will have to be licensed and police will have sweeping new powers to raid tattoo parlours and search for firearms, drugs and explosives. The new laws require everyone in this industry to provide detailed information about their personal associations and criminal history. We'll know who's operating the business. We will know who the tattoo est is working in the business. We will have access to their books and record and access into the tattoo parlers and look at the business books and records.But the bikies are fighting back. They insist they're being targeted unfairly. They claim club membership doesn't equate to criminality. They purposely ask the boys, even when they come down to get tattooed, that they wear normal clothing. I take the colours off and come to the shop with no colours as a sign of respect. Frank Perim is a long-time and proud member of the Finks, one of the most notorious outlaw motorcycle clubs. I've made no secret I'm a member, in fact when I spoke to the department of fair trading last week I brought it up with them that I'm a member of a club. Frank owns two tattoo stud yous on Sydney's Northern Beaches. He's also been recognised for his charity work and his support for surf life saving clubs. That culminate in the order of Australia in 2004 which was very humbling. Very humbling.Finks sergeant at arms Alex Martinez, also works in Frank's business.Do you think if you have to close down anyone's going to care? No, not at all. I care. I want to have an income, right, so where do I live? Go on the dole? That's what they want us to do, go on the dole? Frank applied for his licence more than six months ago. He's still waiting. Why do you think it's taken so long? I can't answer that. I can guess but I can't answer that and I don't want to guess.Another senior Finks officeholder, who goes by the name Ferret, runs Blacktown Tattoo. Given your associations and your criminal history, do you think you're the kind of person that the Government is trying to push out of the tattoo industry? I think that the Government's just trying to push anyone out of the tattoo industry that they don't deem a fit and proper person. And do you fall into that category? Under the Government regulation yz fall into that category, for being a member of a motorcycle club I feel into that category. With I had a criminal conviction or not, I'd still fall into that category.The crackdown comes as the number of outlaw bikies across Australia is growing and that's got police worried. In NSW alone we have just over 2000 members, prospects and nominees of outlaw motorcycle gangs, both nationally and internationally we know that recruitment and expansion is growing at quite a large rate.The bikies have already used the courts to overturn anti-association legislation in NSW and SA and they're engaged in a similar battle in Queensland. Now they vowed to take on the tattoo parlours act in NSW. If the reason a person has been refused a licence is solely because they're a member of a club or they have an association with somebody who's a member of a club then I expect we'll be taking that to the Supreme Court. What, if you're a bikie you can't have a business, you can't work? What's that going to create? It's going to create chaos. Things will be driven under ground. You're going to get people tattooing from home with no licences, there's going to be no quality control, using cheap machines, bad irnings.Back at Bondi Ink, this power couple is determine ed to stay in business and to mind their own. There's no dramas between me and the bikies. They're some of my good friends in bike clubs but that shouldn't discriminate against me but I think everybody knos a bikie.But for some tattoo artists, the new laws are already starting to bite. So are you going through the process of applying for licence? No, I'm going to leave the industry.Do you think there will be any sympathy for people in your situation given the reputation that the Finks have and given the criminal history that you and other members of the Finks have ? We're not asking for any sympathy. All we're asking for is to leave us alone and let us get on with our work that we pay taxes for.Alex Mann with that story produced by Leslie Robinson. There's more intrigue and number crunching behind the scenes in the Labor Party as the defeated Government moves towards picking a new leader to replace Kevin Rudd. So far just one con tender, outgoing Education Minister, Bill Shorten, has thrown his hat in the ring. If the other favourite, the current deputy leader, Anthony Albanese, puts his hand up t will force a ballot of both Caucus and Labor's membership. That could paralyse the party for a month. Meanwhile, as the new Abbott Government continues to settle in, the calm that's descended on Canberra is in stark contrast to the turmoil of recent years. As political editor Chris Uhlmann reports, it's reminiscent of an earlier era in Australian politics. She lied to you!The last three years have been a tumultuous and bitter time in Australian politics. But it is not the first time. On the heels of the sacking of the Whitlam Government in 1975, Malcolm Fraser was the most hated man in politics. Transport, welfare, all the areas that affect working people.Labor believed the press was in his pocket. And before Mr Fraser last week in the Senate set about his mangling of Australian democracy, he was in constant contact with the newspaper proprietors around this country.The message delivered very clearly was to them, "Go hard on Rudd. Start from Sunday and don't back off." At the '75 election, Malcolm Fraser pledged to restore confidence. A responsible government that understands and can manage the Australian economy is essential to Australian prosperity, to the revival of business confidence and to the well being and prosperity of every Australian. If you want strong economic growth, you know who to turn to, that's the Coalition. Malcolm Fraser also flagged large but obscure spending cuts. The 'Times' criticised the speech, in particular for its lack of specific details about how Government expenditure would be cut. The right time to release your final costings is when you have released your final policies. Above all, Malcolm Fraser wanted to signal a break from the recent frantic past. Will you be starting to move as quickly as perhaps Labor did back in 19 72 when they took office? I think it's very important that matters be done properly. The way you do things is very often as important as what you do. We're going to approach it calmly, steadily, purposefully, methodically. To get the right structure of Government so that we'll have the right framework for decision-making. I want the people to know that calm, steady, purposeful Government has returned. Bowled him.Malcolm Fraser famously said he wanted to put sport back on the front pages. Well, if I may say so, happy the country which is more interested in sport than in politics.Apart from its transition after the 1975 election, the Fraser Government isn't a model most of today's Liberals would care to emulate as it's widely seen by the Coalition as having wasted opportunities. Gentlemen, thank you for making yourselves available. The choreographed steps into office continued today with the Prime Minister-elect briefed by the Secretary of Defence and the service chiefs. I guess when you ask yourself the roles of Government, economic strength, social cohesion, national security and obviously you are at the heart of ensuring that we maintain our national security. Tony Abbott has spoken with the Indonesian President and they'll meet at an APEC summit in Bali. Defence is preparing to appoint a 3-star general to implement the coals's aggressive border security plan. I'm looking forward to a fruitful association with the service chiefs and with the military more generally. The vanquished Labor Party is counting it gaps in its ranks and suffering for a new leader. I'll support Bill. Bill's record of legislative achievement is exemplary. We will always be grateful for what you do.Outgoing Education Minister Bill Shorten has declared thattee will be a candidate for leadership. This is a bloke that took on the insurance companies in the aftermath of the floods, in cyclones in Queensland and elsewhere, got reform in the insurance sector. The other contender is deputy prime minister, Anthony Albanese, but he hasn't confirmed his intention to run. If he does, that will force a ballot of both Caucus and the 50,000 Labor members. If there is one candidate behind whom we can all unite, that's a good thing as well. But if aimately it does transpire to be a contest, it will be a very difficult choice between Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten but it's a wonderful choice and a choice to be celebrated. The process that now attends a leadership contest might dampen the celebration. It would take at least a month. In that time Labor will have an acting leader and here's a thought, what if Caucus votes one way and the membership another? The possibility of this getting very untidy very quickly looms large. There is already a brawl over whether to allow the Coalition to unwind carbon pricing. Frankly, the Liberal Party and the Greens have both voted down emissions trading systems in the past for their own political convenience and I don't really see why the Labor Party has to fight for the last drop of its blood in order to prevent the Liberal Party from making massive mistakes. Someone tell them they're deem dreaming. The national President of the construction union described Nick Champion as a muppet. One of the problems is we have no captain with their hands on the steering wheel at the moment so there's a bit of loose talk from backbenchers. The sooner someone assumes the leadership and imposes a bit of discipline, the better.If there is a ballot to appoint a captain, expect a whole lot more loose talk, much to the delight of the incoming Abbott Government. Political editor Chris Uhlmann. The man in the YouTube video flinging kangaroo poo at his mates may look like an unlikely candidate for the Senate but 32-year-old Ricky Muir from Gippsland in Victoria is now the hot favourite to secure a spot on behalf of the little-known Australian Motoring Enthusiasts party despite having secured just 12,000 votes. Unused to publicity , Mr Muir has kept his head down since the weekend but our reporter Greg Hoy tracked him down at home and found the unemployed father of five is just as surprised as everyone else that it seems he'll soon be heading to Canberra. A keen four-wheel driver and a driving force behind the little-known Australian Motoring Enthusiasts party, Ricky Muir hails from the back waters of swamp road, Denison, in Victoria's central Gippsland region where he grew up. The reason I live here is I like being out of town, I like the peace and quiet and open space. If you haven't much heard of Ricky Muir, you're not alone. Even in these quiet parts, Dianne Honey has run the nearby general store for nearly 7 years. Do you know Ricky Muir? No y don't know Ricky at all. I don't know how well known he is. I'm assuming because he's lived here for nab of years that there would be people who know him of course but I personally don't know him.Yet having secured just 12,000 votes and, somehow, a truck-load of preferences in Saturday's election, Ricky Muir seems set to become the nation's newest Senator. If so, he's raring to fight for more rights for four-wheel drivers. The four-wheel drive community often gets frowned upon by the actions of a minority and where the majority of us actually do the right thing so we want to educate the people who are doing the wrong thing to do the right thing and educate the public that most of us are out there respecting the environment.It was a four-wheel drive camp video of him hurling kangaroo crap at mates that really made him famous. Yum yum.It's a long way from swamp Road to the marble grandeur of Canberra's corridors of power. Have you got a suit? I've got some nice clothing but I have not got a suit yet but I will get one. Federal parliamentarians are chauffeured in Commonwealth cars, honourable Senators enjoy salaries of circa $1 92,000 a year. Ricky Muir, who has five children, has no income, having recently lost his job in a local sawmill. It shut down at a time where I was involved with becoming a Senate candidate so I survived off what we had to get through to where I am now and now I'm actively seeking work.You've survived off savings? Yes, we survived off savings.And so you're not on social security? I don't claim anything, no. How are you left thinking about the sort of salary paid to Senators these days?I'm not in it for the money. I'll survive without money. It's a surprise but I'm not interested. It's just money. So what is he getting himself into? The new Prime Minister needs all the help he can get in the Senate if he hopes to deliver on his election promises like axing the carbon tax just for starters. My personal opinion is if there's a better way to do things we certainly need to look at it. So carbon pollution, if there's a way to reduce it, why not. Do you have any preference between an Emissions Trading Scheme there or Direct Action? We'll speak about that further if we get elected, we'll speak about that further. There have already been plenty of barbs ply flying about the incoming Senators and it would no doubt be a steep learning curve for an unemployed sawmiller.What do you think you will be able to offer the national parliament? We want to bring balance to the Senate. We want uniform road laws, safer roads and driver education. Are they the only issues that are important to you? No, not at all.What are some of the other thing s? As far as policy goes, when legislation gets put - if we get elected, when legislation gets put in front of us at the Senate, we would then look at every - all the evidence that is put forward with that legislation and try to make a balanced decision which reflects on hopefully the everyday Australian. He might have to brush up on his camera skills a little. The majority of us sometimes's going to come out...But wanew suit, as the new man in the Senate, some think he might just be a breath of fresh air. Only today I had somebody come into the store who had employed Ricky for a number of years and he said, "Good, loyal, honest bloke," but he does feel he's going to be a fish out of water as a Senator.Greg Hoy reporting. It's been an exceptionally dry and warm winter at both ends of the country and the bushfires that took hold in Sydney yesterday could be an ominous sign of what lies ahead over summer. Ffs now have the upper hond - firefighters now have the upper hand on the blazes but their speed and ferocity were a shock to residents and authorities alike. As Adam Harvey reports, experts are predicting a brutal fire season in almost every State and Territory. The fire season has begun. Not with the faint whiff of smoke but with a red-hot inferno on the edge of Sydney. All it took was one hot, windy day. 7 weeks since any rain's fall We've had an unseasonally warm winter and combined with unseasonally warm conditions on the day. If you put all those elements together, when the fires did start they took off very quickly. We have had the warmest 12 -month period of record across Australia and the warmest winter on record in a number of states. If there's no meaningful rain in the next short period of time then it's inevitable we'll get more days like we had yesterday because it is so dry out there. That long without rain t is starting to get very, very dry, leaves are crunchy, there's no moisture left in the fuel.At the Rural Fire Service headquarters in Sydney's west, it's action stations. You'll see there that we have aircraft that fly over these fires if you can see that screen there x take images basically of that fire and work out exactly where it is and then we have operators that basically superimpose that over fire maps so that the firefighters on the ground can actually get the benefit of that absolute accuracy of where fires are.You can see the bright yellow, that's where the front is burning bright sns Yep, the brighter yellow is where the hottest part of the fire is.Without rain, what's happening here will spread across the country. The grim forecast is detailed in this year's national bushfire outlook which says we're facing an unusually bad fire season. It's inevitable, that's a taste of what's to come for the other states and Territories. I think really the entire east coast is preparing for potentially a difficult season.In Western Queensland, where temperatures could hit 40 degrees tomorrow, there hasn't been real rain for two years. The grass there is tremendously dry and so above average fire conditions through Western Queensland and probably into the central parts of Queensland as well.Victoria is also likely to have bad fires but rain this winter means they're not expected until early next year. If you live in Victoria, the risk will develop over the next two to three months and we should take heed of the warning from the NSW fires. Now is the time to start planning where your fire breaks are going to be, start mowing or spraying those fire breaks and fuel breaks. If you live in a household in a rural area, now is the time to start removing those firewood heaps, tidying up around the house. It's not only the eastern states that are in trouble. The Weather Bureau's worried about SA and WA. Probably particularly concerning for the West Coast of Australia so the western parts of WA where rainfalls really have been well below average for this time of year and through winter.This unseasonable weather makes burning off more perilous than normal. Yesterday's Blue Mountains fire probably began as a controlled burn lit inside the National Park earlier in the week. There is the chance that that did reignite. We are examining it but if it was so risk averse that if there was any chance of a fire going out we didn't do a hazard reduction, we wouldn't do many hazard reductions and then in summer you'll find more and more intense fires. This quick start to the fire season is likely to become a reg yarm event. That's what we've seen over the last 12 months, that our extremes have been becoming more extreme so we've had the hottest summer day on record, we've had the warmest winter day on record in Australia. We're setting these records unfortunately more frequently now than we were before so, yes, we would say it's a symptom of a warming Australia. Adam Harvey reporting and that's the program for tonight. We'll be back at the same time tomorrow but for now, goodnight.

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our H for holidays this evening, leaving behind Hertford,
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are the globetrotting Rich Hall! (Cheering and applause) The jet-setting Rob Brydon. (Cheering and applause)

The wanderlusty Bill Bailey! (Cheering and applause)

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it's time to hand in our homework. I've been rather fed up
with basically having to say things that are quite interesting to you
and I thought it was time that you said things to me
that are quite interesting.Right. I want you to interest me. I have
sent you all off on your holidays, as you will remember,
not at the expense of the BBC, at my own personal expense
I have sent you. So there's a special prize of
a half-day holiday if you can report on the most interesting thing in the
country that I've sent you to visit. Rob, you should start. Where
did I send you, where did you go? YousentmetoHungary.
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