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Tonight - as flood costs

climb the Prime Minister floats

the idea of a new tax. We will

be rebuilding Queensland making

good the damage that's been

done by floodwaters. This levee

is completely

unnecessary. Victoria braces

for more misery while

road to recovery. The Queenslanders take the slow

University of Canberra moves to

footprint. Exactly the same reduce its

product is available free without

without damage to the environment. And another big

name crashes out of the Open in

straight sets. Good evening, Craig Allen with ABC News. The

Prime Minister has raised the

prospect of a special tax to

pay for flood damage. Julia

Gillard says the cost of rebuilding in flood-devastated

areas is so great that extraordinary measures need to

be considered. But the Opposition says the Government

should be cutting its own

spending instead of slugging taxpayers. Julia Gillard's preparing for her first

Australia Day as Prime Minister

by drawing on the spirit of flood victims. This Australia Day more

Day more than anything else we

know, mateship lives. When

stick things get hard Australians

stick together. We just do. That

as the Government grapples with

the cost of the clean up. After

days of stepping around the

issue, Julia Gillard's now openly considering a one-off

tax or levy to help fund the flood's

flood's reconstruction. Making

good the damage that's been done by done by floodwaters, that means

there will be spending cutback,

it may also mean that there will be a levy. The Opposition Leader was back in Queensland

helping out. Takes a bit of el

bow grease. But with a familiar

refrain. We are totally opposed

to the great big new taxes to

sadly addicted. The former which this Government is so

prime minister John Howard used

levies to pay for a range of

one-off costs including the gun

buyback scheme. The Howard

Government had levies because

they were necessary. If a levy

was good enough to fund gun

think it's buybacks, why would someone

help the people of Queensland in this their toughest hour. The Government's testing

public reaction to a levy as it

waits to see how big the

reconstruction costs will be.

It's already combing the Budget

for spending cuts with all

options on the table. For its

part the Opposition says those Budget cuts should

focus is on small business recovery costs. Tony Abbott's

calling for temporary tax

breaks. The Government says

it's already doing so for

flood-affected regions and it's

willing to do more. In western

Victoria a huge community

effort has held back the

Wimmera River and while mindful

of the heart ache the flooding

had caused there's joy at

seeing parched lakes and rivers

return to their former glory.

From Jeparit James Bennett

reports. Each town downriver

seems determined to outdo the

one before it. Jeparit lock

also erected concrete barriers

normally used for storing

grain. The SES was worried

ageing levee I may not hold

back the volume of water coming

down the Wimmera River. That's

created some friction. Locals

working on this weak point had

been told their sandbags should

be saved for the 19 houses considered at risk. We weren't

allowed to put sandbags on the

levee bank at all yesterday,

they told us. We went and done

it. We got permission sort of

partly. Throughout these floods

locals and officials haven't

always seen eye to eye on the

best way to hold back the water. We're having huge issues

with people who are building

their own levee banks, who are

doing their own diversions of

appears to have worked. This water. This diversion though

is the weir downstream of

Jeparit which locals were

concerned was holding too much

water back around the town. Now a second channel has been dug

to allow more of that water to

flow out into Lake

Hindmarsh. The lake at

Hindmarsh probably hasn't had

water in since about '93 so

we're hoping now with this

amount of water going in it, it

may fill Lake Hindmarsh. That

will be a boon for

wildlife. Now with this water

coming through here now that will get a huge regeneration happening, I'm hoping. While

many farmers are still counting

the cost of ruined crops,

season ahead. Yes, definitely. they're also relishing the

There's a loft moisture out there but it's putting subsoil

moisture down. So we've got a good start. And plenty of optimism. The recovery efforts

in Queensland are gathering pace with the release of

payments from the Premier's

disaster relief fund. But

thousands of Queenslanders

could remain homeless for

months as they try to rebuild

their lives. The Queensland disaster management meeting

today and her conclusion was sobering. Since 30 November

Queensland has seen a total of 33 deaths associated with flooding incidents somewhere

across the State. Thousands of

Queenslanders have had their

homes and livelihoods washed

away. Many have nothing to

return to but there is hope

with emergency housing on its

way. We've got factory built

housing on a truck on its way

to Emerald. Baker Street there

will be one or two located there. We're trying to scatter there.

these houses, not create villages. Owners of ruined

homes can apply for emergency payments from the Premier's

$127 million relief fund. Adults will get $2,000,

children $1,000 but business misses out. If you have

business failures on the back

of this flood we're going to

have more devastation caused by unemployment. Businesses took

another hit as a king tide

swamped low-lying suburbs

swamped low-lying suburbs of

they Brisbane today. We'd love it if

they could do something about

it. It does affect us as far as the staff is concerned. The

city council's promising to see

if there's anything they could

have done about last week's

flooding launching an

independent review. We actually

sit down and have a proper,

careful review of how this all went and what we

better in the future. But it's the immediate future that's

haunting Brisbane's flood

homeless with the closure of the evacuation centres. The

Kidarne's rental home on the

south side was swamped with

flood waters last

week. Everything is very damaged. Very, very

difficult. The family of 7 fled

war-torn Eritrea several years

ago and now they're displaced

once again. I'm going to miss

my friends and school. But they

say like every Queenslander

who's lived through this disaster they disaster they will carry on.

The personal loss and grief

still being experienced in

regions and cities across

Queensland is immeasurable.

Police say the search for

bodies in the Lockyer Valley

could take months. 9 people are still still unaccounted for. Today

the people of Grantham buried

one of their own and allowed the media into their flood-ravaged homes. From

Grantham Matt Wordsworth

reports. Ken and Fran Aunt have lost almost everything. They

escaped the fast-rising water

with the clothes they were

wearing sheltered in a tree for

3 hour and returned to a house

condemned. All this stuff down

here, like this is all buggered

and like lounge, that beautiful

big bloody thing we had in here

is all buggered, you know. So I

don't know what we're going to

do. All they could salvage were

the photos on the wall and a

pair of golf shoes. There's no mud on buggers out. It's a similar

tale across the town. Tony

Moore had barely enough time to

clamber on his neighbour's

roof. Very had, very hard to

start over again. Got to keep

moving forward. He faces a breaking task of clearing mud.

The emotional wounds run deep. 14-year-old Catherine Godly was trapped in her home while her

parents were away and watched

helpless o as her horses were

washed away. I was crying

through the whole thing on the

phone to Mum screaming. She

saved as many other animals as

she could. Her own home takes a

little more help. The army has

been a God send here. They've

been very good. I don't think

we'd do it by ourselves. But

there's anger at insurance

companies which are threatening to knock back claims. I hope you fellows get into you fellows get into it. Add to

that the sadness of burying one

of their own. 88-year-old gene

was buried in her home that

night. Today she was farewelled. She wouldn't have

had a chance. It was all so

quick. There is hope that the

town is finally beginning to recover. We spoke to recover. We spoke to Kel Wood the morning after the disaster

and again today. Probably won't

ever be the same again. It will

be landscape wise differently

and I'm sure people won't come

back but people I know serl

people I spoke to yes, we want

to stay here, yes, we want to

rebuild. Lit be Grantham but it

will be different. It's a process that could process that could take years.

And you can see an ABC News special

special community forum after

tonight's bulletin. Leigh Sales

will speak to Brisbane resident

about how they're coping with

the aftermath of the Queensland

floods. That's at 7:30 here on ABC 1. ABC 1. One man is dead and a

second is in a critical

condition after a sand bank

collapsed at Stanwell Park

Beach north of Wollongong late

this afternoon. Three ambulance

helicopters an rescue crews

rushed to the beach just before

4:00 but paramedics were unable to save a 70-year-old man who

died at the scene. A 25-year-old man suffered

cardiac arrest but was

resuscitate and taken to St

George Hospital. 3 women suffered respiratory distress

and have also been taken to

hospital. At the time the

sandbank collapsed there were

about 40 people in the water.

There are concerns that others

may still be missing in the

surf Place s placing a loved

one in aged care is a difficult

and confusing issue for many Australians. But an overhaul of the system could

giving the elderly more choice

in the type of care they receive and how it's funded

. Pa - Patricia Reeve has just

navigated the system to find a

nursing home for her 96-year-old

96-year-old mother. She said

finding care options at the

same time as copping to grips in in the change in her mother's life was

overwhelming. No-one put my mer

at the centre of what was

happening. I had to try to run

around and put all the bits

together as well as support her and myself. That could all be

simplified in a major overhaul

of the sector propose fwid Productivity Commission. The

draft report proposes a single gateway entry to the system.

Fees proportion nal to the consumer's ability to consumer's ability to pay,

although no-one would pay for

more than 25% of their,

government limits removed on

the number of aged care places

available. Increased options

available. Increased options of

services and providers and the

aged care commissioner replaced

with a new regulatory agency

with broader power. The proposed changes have welcomed by the council of the ageing. We're very pleased that

the commission has said we

should move from a

rationed-based aged care system

to an entitlement, which is

what we have with Medicare, for

example. And nah will see

consumers have much greater control and control and get immediate

access to their care. Aged care

providers say the draft reforms

could reduce the number of

people needing to sell their homes to enter care. The commissioner recommending that the Australian Government put

in place a loan scheme so

people can borrow against the

value of their home without

needing to sell it. The report proposes that if people do choose to sell, part of the

capital can Mr B placed in a

benction bond that is exception from pension means testing.

Aged care workers supported

many aspect of the report but

says it fell short on guaranteeing fair pay and conditions for staff. It fails to

workload issues and still mix issues. For consumers like

Patricia Reeve and her mother

the reform would herald new

changes. The US arrested more

than 120 suspected Widespread raids across the country's north-east have

netted some of America's most

wanted fugitives who now face charges including murder ,

extortion and drug trafficking. This is one of the

largest single day operations

against the mafia in the FBI's

history, both in terms of the

number of defendants arrested

and charged and the scope of

the criminal activity that is

alleged. Despite the apparent

success of the raids the FBI

warns that even taking out the

mob's leaders won't be a fatal blow to organised crime. The

alleged mobsters are all appear in Federal Court in the

coming months. The University

of Canberra is to ban the sale

of bottled water on campus

reducing the number of bottles

thrown away from 140,000 each

year to none. The year to none. The University

hopes the move will help students and staff healthier

and greener. The University

hopes this will replace this. Basically it's about

habit. Exactly the same product is available free

without damage to the

environment. From today the

sale of bottled water on campus

will be fazed out.. Instead

student an staff can fill up

for free at bubbler or shell

out for iced water at these Ma

Sheens. It's in the name of

reducing the University's environmental impact. Oil used in

in the bottle, water wasted in transportation. Students came

World Cup the idea and

convinced university management

to help them implement it. As a

uni student I don't want to be spending money on unnecessary

things. I'd rather it go

towards my text book or a night out on Thursday. Perhaps surprisingly university retailers are retailers are supportive of the

ban. Until I found out the full

story there was trepidation but

when you work out you when you work out you always want to do something good for the environment and they

brought in a team of people

that made it commercially

viable to do something good so

in the end it was a no brainer. It's not a first. The

town of Bundanoon banned bodles

18 months ago and last year two schools followed suit but the universities will be the widest

ban in Australia as it affected

13,000 people. This is all part

of an education campaign. We

want people to be healthy as well as environmentally

sensitive and universities should be taking the lead in

this kind of thing. And while

there are still a few endangered specieses to be

found in this cafe are numbered. All sales will

cease on March 22. The last of Australia's big four bank

bosses has fronted an inquiry

into if sector. Westpac's chief

executive Gail Kelly told the

committee that the global financial crisis was caused by

banks falling over each other

to lend money and that mortgage

exit fees are good for competition. Last but certainly

not least, Gail Kelly's the

boss of Australia's second

biggest bank and she's blamed overzealous competition or

bringing the global financial

system to its knees. Where

there was a ten dency of

lenders here to look offshore

at the subprime at the subprime markets. But

that's bad management. It's

driven by - the competition

because there was so much way

the way of funds available. At

least one senator didn't buy it. You're redefining competition for your own and points. It was driven by an

intense - Competition did not

drive the GFC. Anyway we might beg to differ on that. Westpac

had about $280 billion worth of

home loan customers and it

Khans exit fees for the first

four years if customers don't

pay a set up fee. The bank chief defended that move too. You know, I think this is

great for competition, I really

do. I think it's at the heart

of competition, the different organisations have different

propositions for their customers. The corporate regulator acknowledged banks

have lifted their game in helping people switch but

weren't anxious to brag about

it. And it's very difficult to compel an institution to

advertise to its customers the

fact that it will give them

help to leave. ASIC also gave cautious approval to proposals

for account numbers to be

transferred to another bank to make

make it easier to switch. If

finance fears that the battle

to control inflation is far

from over, has unsettled equity

markets around the world. Australian investors also

received the latest installment

of flood damage numbers from the Government's peak resources

forecaster. Here's Philip Laskar. We had Laskar. We had more flood

numbers today. The Australian

bureau af agricultural and resource economics says coal ex

ports earnings may fall by as

much as $2.5 billion. Farm

output could be down by up to

$600 million and this doesn't

include damage to asset and infrastructure. The global talking point though is China's growing economy and the need to

slow it down to curb inflation.

That's what's making equity

markets around the world edgy

right now. The UK markets had

their biggest 2-day drop in 8 months but not Shanghai.

Problem? What problem? St Australian market fell line and fell for the week

making this month look much

less impressive. Generally

lower commodity prices had the predictable effect on resource

stocks. Woodside said fourth

quarter sales were down 8% from

the previous year. BC iron was

up because major shareholder

region Pacific has offered to

buy the company but airline

Virgin Blue wasn't helped by

Air New Zealand's purchase of a

near 15% stake. Is it any wonder Asia Pacific carriers

are seeking alliances and

expanding anyway think can?

Investment bank Credit Suisse

says Middle Eastern airlines

will be expanding their fleets to take advantage of their

location as a mid point between

Asia and Europe. It's aimed at

destroying the profitability of

European and Asia Pacific

airlines on long haul routes. Speaking of destruction, or perhaps self-destruction,

Europe's emission trading spot

market has closed for a week

because of because of widespread theft. Computer hackers stole about

delor 4 million worth of

emissions permit. Foreign

exchange markets were secure

but volatile. Those China fears

took another slice out of the

currency. It's back below 99 US cents and that's finance. The NSW Government has given the go

ahead for the State's biggest

solar farm to be built at

Bungendore. The $150 million

project will cover 100 hectares

and will be built alongside the capital wind farm. It will

produce up to 50 megawatts of

energy, enough to power 10,000

homes. About 160,000 panels

spread out along the plain

behind me here and something

which will really make a great

contribution to low emission energy or clean energy in our region. The project 's received

funding under the Federal Government's solar flag ships

program. Last year's Australian out of the tournament after

losing to the 23rd seed Svetlana Kuznetsova . Samantha

so stur moved into the third

round. In past years Henin and Svetlana Kuznetsova

would have met much later in

the tournament. Henin had won 16 of her 18 matches against

the Russian but this time it was Kuznetsova who called the

shots. There were glimpses of

the famous Belgian backhand but

Kuznetsova held her nerve in Kuznetsova held her nerve in a

tense tie breaker to book a fourth round match with

Francesca Schiavone. Denmark's

Caroline Wozniacki isn't the

most high profile world number

1 and tried to change that by offering some post match thoughts on global warming. Use

the buses, the trains instead of taking the car. You know,

just a few things. The Open hit

a flat spot on one of the show

courts. Fears of an unplayable

surface proved unfounded with the humble drill removing an air pocket caused by the heat.

The 2008 champion Maria Sharapova took 3 tough sets to

take the air ouft challenge

from the German Julia Georges. Roger Federer's 57th

victory bettered that of Stefan

Edberg. Andy Roddick looked for

a short day at the office but

Robin Haase made a remarkable

recovery to take the first set.

Roddick tries to remove Haase's

head and by the third set the

Dutchman was hurting himself.

Mate, he's lost it. He has

totally lost it. What was he

thinking there. The American

won in 4 sets. Last night

Samantha Stosur cruised to

victory against Russian Vera Dushevina. Her third round

opponent will be Wimbledon

semifinalist Petra Kvitova. In cricket Shaun cricket Shaun Marsh has made

the most of his return to the

Australian one-day side with a match-turning century against

England at Bellerive Oval. Deep

cracks were exposed in the top

order as Australia crumbled to

4/33 but Marsh made sure a

competitive total was reached.

Set 231 to win, England was

2/36 after 8 overs. A sell out

crowd saw Australia sent in and

there was a bit of early swing.

And seam. And he's gone.

Shane Watson chops it Shane Watson chops it back. The

Melbourne match winner and his opening partner Brad Haddin were copycat

him. Another inside edge. Shahzad is the damager at the moment. England bowled with

venom and Australia slumped to

3/21. The captain Michael

Clarke gave away his wicket on

10. It was difficult to

swallow. Got that one. David Hussey Hussey provided some

cheer. Smashed over point. But Australian spirits quickly

plummeted again. A partnership was desperately needed. Cameron

White and Shaun Marsh provided it. With Mike Hussey battling

to be fit for the World Cup,

Marsh showed he'd make the perfect replacement. Michael

Yardy ended the pair's century

stand. White fell for 45 and

Australia collapsed. Doug Bollinger offered more than

tail-end resistance, displaying

better foot work than the top

order and with successive fours

and a six, Marsh posted his second

second one-day century. That is making the most That is making the most of an opportunity. Australia was all out for 230. That's all

over for Australia. Brett Lee

made Matt Prior's return to the

England opening position forgettable. Straight to Watson. The tourists with a

challenge to level the series

1-1. Victorian Cameron Meyer

has claimed the leader's ochre

jersey after winning stage 4 of

the Tour Down Under in South Australia. The national time

trial champion was part of a

breakaway but managed to hold

off a fast finishing peleton in

Strahalbyn. Matt Wilson in the

break was with me was just

unbelievable. I mean I wouldn't

have stayed away without him

I'm very happy to take my first

Pro tour victory. Meyer leads

Dutchman Laurens ten Dam by 10

seconds overall with Matthew

Goss a further 2 seconds back.

Belarusian Thomas De Gendt

leads the race for the sprinter's sprinter's jersey and Luke

Roberts retains the king of the

mountain kolors. The ACT looks

set to lose one of its leading sporting identities with Matt

Giteau likely to leave the Brumbies. Giteau is off contract with the club at the

end of this season is and is expected to head to Europe.

It's not all bad news with

Wallaby's captain Rocky Elsom

today indicating he'd like to

stay on in Canberra. He's one

of the Brumby's best but the

ACT club and Australian rugby looks set to lose playmaker

Matt Giteau at the end of the

year. Giteau's 2-year contract

with the club expires at tend

of the superrugby season and

the World Cup is also expected

to be his final Wallaby's

while he was overseas and he confirmed that he hadn't

changed his mind, he was

looking to move over there. For

us that makes perfect sense.

He's played by the end of the

year he probably will have

played 100 Test matches and over 100 super rugby games. The

Brumbies has confirmed Giteau

hasn't sought another contract with the club but the playmaker

is remaining tight lipped on

his future. You never know. As

I say, just looking forward to

the golf again. It's been a

tough week, enjoyable week, a

good one to get away. I'm just

focussing on the Brumbies at

the moment. Players took the

day off today for a round of

golf in Bowral after a hectic

week of preseason training on the south coast. Yeah, it's

been a really positive week.

Been down there now since

Sunday afternoon and a lot of

training. We got through a

lot. Giteau is one of 15

players off contract at the end

of this season. The Brumbies have already started

discussions with Adam Ashley Cooper,

Stephen Moore while they begin

negotiations with Wallaby's

captain Rocky Elsom in the coming week. Contracts are

something you sort of do by

yourself and everything else is

with the team so it's always

tricky period. Are you going to

look to stay on? I'd like to

stay. I'm enjoying my time here. It's likely Giteau will

follow in the footsteps of past

Brumbies George Gregan and

George smited and head to

France. He's expected to

announce his decision before

the start of the super rugby

season on February 19. To the

weather and Canberra's had a

hot, mostly sunny day with some

storm clouds building through

the afternoon but it stayed

mainly dry in the region.

The satellite shows a

familiar scene, heavy cloud in

the tropics following the line

of low pressure and there's

more cloud down through central

WA. The low pressure trough is well entrenched through the Top

End. There are two more troughs

down through WA and NSW. There

will be more showers and storms

for the east and capitals

tomorrow.

The south-east will start

bhoesly dry but see increasing

showers and storms as the day

wear on. The the rain will be

pretty widespread in the

afternoon.

That's ABC News. Stay with us

for the ABC special community

forum live from Brisbane. And

we'll leave you in Hobart with

the brand new museum of old and new art. Thanks for your company. Goodnight. Closed

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Hell o I, I'm Leigh Sales in Brisbane. Welcome to this ABC

News special. As you can see behind me the floods clean-up is continuing here and tonight we will look at how one

community is managing in the

aftermath. A week ago, this is what Graceville looked like. It's on the banks of the

river in Brisbane's suburbs. And it's one of the

city's worst affected

areas. Hundreds of homes below

the flood line were partially

or completely swamped last Thursday, affecting thousands of people. A lot of residents

here lived through the 1974

Brisbane floods as well. As in so many neighbourhoods, the

water had barely peaked before the community was quickly

pulling together to clean up. There's people here I

don't know that I'm so grateful

for. Coming in and giving us a hand. An impromptu hand. An impromptu operation centre sprang up at Graceville