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Tonight - the man who's damaged

Pauline Hanson's election battle.

A Nine News exclusive - the drivers

under attack on our buses.

Also - haunting images of the world

swept away by Japan's tsunami.

Heavy snow, big surf - take your

pick for the long weekend.

And the Duchess of Cambridge stuping in a shimmery dress.

-- stunning in a shimmery dress.

Kingston. ANNOUNCER: Nine News with Wendy

Good evening.

Pauline Hanson's legal fight to

prove she was cheated out of

victory in the state election is

tonight under a cloud. Her star

witness has admitted he lied about

his real identity, raising serious

questions about the credibility of his claims.

Meet the man who gave Pauline

Hanson hope she could win a place

in parliament by challenging the

vote- count in court. My name is

Sean Castle. I have represented

myself as being Michael Rattner.

Firstly, I sincerely apologise to

the Supreme Court for my conduct in

not attending the court. The

married teacher from Glendinning

had invented a fake identity. A

construction worker from Queensland

who had a make-believe girlfriend.

He worked at the Electoral

Commission and had stumbled across

a conspiracy not to count votes for

Pauline Hanson. The Greens'

He will give evidence on Tuesday

afternoon. How damaging is this to

Pauline Hanson? Extremely damaging.

Even before she'd launched this

amazing court challenge, she'd

never met the man - her legal team

had never met him as well. That was

desperate, sloppy and reckless - an

amazing lack of jult from a

politician. I think she wanted this

to be true so much, she went along

with it. In the end, it's all ended

in tears, I think, on Tuesday for

her. All right. Kevin, thank you.

A Sydney bus driver has told Nine

News has he feared for his life

during a vicious attack from a

group of teenagers in Baulkham

Hills. The union now wants security

guards to protect drivers from a

growing culture of violence on public transport.

It was a cowardly attack - an angry

passenger repeatedly kicks his bus

driver in the head. He even swings

up on the railings to inflict more

pain. This man was sent to prison

for his crime, but there's many

more who get away with it. Bus

driver Ron Hart has been earning a

living driving for 16 years. I was

quite fearful for my life. This is

how he fared after he was set upon

by a group of drunk teenagers one

night in Baulkham Hills. I was

getting kicked in the ribs, punched

in the face... Ron suffered bruises,

a chipped tooth, and cuts to his

head. Now, he won't get behind the

wheel after dark. Youths don't care.

Drivers have been hit with bottles

and threatened with knives. In

March this year, there were five

serious attacks in just two weeks.

The transport union says more

Government funding would make a

safe us safer. Funding for security

guards in high-risk areas where

things like machete attacks are

occurring. Latest crime figures

show there were 273 attacks on the

state's buses in the last year.

It's a shocking number, which has

stayed fairly consistent for the

last three years. The new

government blames Labor for

neglecting to get cops onto our

public transport system. The focus

has been on trains. But they've

seemed to have left ferries and

buses all alone. Ron says tougher

penalties would stamp out the crime.

Households could be left more than

100 dollars out of pocket after 18

councils across the state were

allowed to increase their rates.

It's sadly becoming a familiar

ritual - military mates farewelling

a fallen Australian soldier.

Sydney-born Sapper Rowan Robinson

died in Afghanistan on Monday, and

home. today, he began his final journey

Sapper Rowan Robinson, just 23, and

on his way home. Killed by

insurgent fire, and today,

surrounded, remembered and honoured

by his mates - for the man he was,

for what he did, for the life he

gave. The only reason we can walk

ordrive through the more hostile

areas of this country is because

first. you had the courage to walk there

first. We know, and we will never

forget. They trudged a far too

well-worn path down to the aircraft

that's bringing Robbo home for the

final goodbye. And at home, another

funeral -


Hundreds farewelled Lieutenant

Marcus Case, the 27-year-old

chopper pilot killed when the

chinook he was a passenger in

crashed last week. We are very

thankful and fortunate that he was

born into our family. The Prime

Minister, Tony Abbott, Defence

chiefs, soldier mates...


Supporting another family left

inconsolable. And there'll be so

much more grief tomorrow when the

nation farewells, and salutes,

Lance Corporal Andrew Jones, shot

by an Afghan national.

There's been another major

disturbance at the detention centre

on Christmas Island. Federal Police

fired beanbag bullets to restore

order after around 100 asylum

seekers staged a protest over

treatment of an inmate.

The man who brought Sydney traffic

to a standstill when he climbed the

Harbour Bridge has pleaded not

guilty to a string of charges.

Michael Fox scaled the bridge to

protest over child-custody issues,

and says he has no regrets. There's

50,000 kids each - new kids each

year, on top of last year, and next

year, getting exposed to family

separations. At least half of those

go through a troubled break-up. The

former soldier is now able to see

his bail conditions. his children because of a change in

Haunting new images have emerged of

the destruction wrought by the Japanese tsunami. Three months

after that disaster, they paint a

chilling picture of the moment that

time stood still.

It was the world's most documented

disaster - cameras capturing every

shocking moment when the waves

marched across villages and farms.

A day when the sea swallowed and

destroyed entire towns. Now, a

different perspective. Japanese

divers went to sea to try to find

missing victims. What they found

was an underwater time capsule. The

twisted skeletons of buildings,

furniture torn from a house, items

all remarkably intact. An entire

home drowned, but with sliding

windows still in place.

Divers came across the cabin of a

truck, one of thousands that was

swept away. Perhaps most poignant

of all, a photo lying on the seabed

- a man smiling at a young child.

Did they survive, or were they

swept away? We showed the video to

Australian tsunami survivor Geoff

Fear. Incredible scene. It's

actually give me goose bumps. Geoff

drove for his life when the tsunami

hit his car-parts yard in Sendai.

Somebody would love dearly to have

that photo back. It really stirs me

inside. It's like a little museum

for people's lives. Geoff knows

first-hand how devastating the

tsunami was - his apartment was

recently found - 3km from where it

originally stood.

As of tomorrow, the 3-month mark,

the 8,198 people still missing will

be classified as dead. That means

their families can finally access

insurance and other benefits.

According to the Japanese

Government's website, that will

bring the total number of deaths

from the double disaster to 23,571.

There are still more than 154,000

homeless. While the situation at

the Fukushima nuclear power plant

remains serious, a 20km exclusion

zone remains in place. But many

residents are still refusing to leave.

A change of pace now - it's shaping

up as a great long weekend for

thrill-seekers. There've been big

dumps of snow across perisher and

Thredbo, while surfers can enjoy

huge swells.

The ski season officially starts tomorrow, but Perisher just

couldn't wait. Long-weekenders

heading for the mountains are in

for a treat after three week of

solid falls. Great start to the

year, and the mountain's covered,

and really excited to be here! For

surfers, there's no need to go

anywhere, with huge winter swells

already hitting the coast. At Dee

Why, big enough to go night surfing

in the swimming pool. We'll see

waves over the next 24-48 hours

hitting up to 2.5-3m along the

coastline. Conditions will be

particularly dangerous for swimmers,

surfers and definitely for rock

fishermen. For surfers, that

warning is like a red rag to a bull.

Bring it on! (LAUGHS)

You know, that's what we're here

for. I'll be staying here, mate.

That's good news for us. Not so

good news for the rock fishermen.

For those seeking sunshine,

Queensland is the obvious choice.

Last year, more than 1.2 million

people from NSW headed north. Their

recent advertising blitz should

entice a few more this year. Some,

though, like to stay closer to home

- the Reegans have swapped Prospect

in the city's west for Narrabeen.

Bit of fishin'. Probably have a

couple of tinnies. Just relax.

Their biggest challenge may be

staying dry - the bureau says

there'll be a few showers over the

3-day break, with tops of only 17

and 18 degrees.

Let's go to Tim now at North Sydney.

Tim, how's the long-weekend traffic

going so far?? Wendy, Friday

afternoons and evenings are

generally pretty busy. Add a little

rain and the usual public-holiday

exodus into the equation, and it's

slow going right across Sydney. The

biggest headache at the moment is

on the M7. A truck rolled over

there early this afternoon near the

Richmond Road exit and blocked all northbound traffic, and traffic

banked back there about 5km. They

have been able to reopen parts of

those northbound lanes in the last

30-45 minutes, it will take a long

while yet for that traffic to clear.

The RTA says the Hume and the M4

are also especially bad. Just a

reminder that double demerit points

are now in effect, and will be so

until Monday. Police warn they will

be out in numbers over the next

three days. Wendy. Tim, thank you very much for that.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

have made a first-class start to

their life of public duty. William

and Kate were the star attraction

at a clarity gala dinner - their

first official engagement since

their wedding.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge -

the term "guests of honour" barely

describes their popularity here.

Princess Catherine looked stunning,

as usual, this time in a shimmering

floor-length gown coated in

Swarovski crystals by Jenny Packham.

This dynamic team were in demand,

mingling with guest whose were

charmed by a prince, while

Britain's newest royal exuded a

confidence that is only growing by

the day. 900 guests turned up for

this charity gala, each of them

paid about $15,000 for a ticket.

That's a lot of cash that will be

given to underprivileged children.

It is in this spirit that my

brother, Catherine and I hope to

use our philanthropy as a long-term

catalyst for meaningful change. The

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have

kept their public appearances to a

minimum since they got married, but

that will all change soon, because

in a few weeks' time, they will

leave for their first official

overseas trip together. They'll be

in Canada and the United States.

Prince Harry was also on the feel-

good beat as he met up with war

veterans - one of chem cheekily

asked when he was getting married.

A surprised Harry replied, "Not for

a long time."

In the news ahead - fears about new

tagging technology on Facebook!

Plus - why you should really turn

off your mobile phone when you fly!

And the magnificent muster for a million-dollar mare!

How will you react to the amazing taste of our new McWings? Succulent, tender chicken in a crispy coating

seasoned in spicy onion, garlic and pepper, then cooked until golden and bursting with flavour.

There's a warning flag on a new

Facebook program! Users are

concerned about new facial-

recognition technology which scans

group pictures and automatically

tags the names of everyone in the

photo! Perhaps photographs they

don't want to be tagged in, don't

want to be identified as being part

of, are now going to be tagged with

their identities. Facebook users

can opt out of the program, but

it's being rolled out worldwide

without explicit warning, and the

installation is automatic. The

company agrees it should have given better notification.

We are all told to turn off or

mobile phones when we board a plane

- and now, it seems, for very good

reason. An airline industry report

out of the US has revealed 75

separate incidents believed to be

linked to the use of electronic devices midair.

It could tell you that you are to

the right of the runway when in

fact you were left of the runway.

Or just completely wipe out the

signal so that you didn't get any

indication of where you are coming

in. Among the problems - autopilot

disengaging by itself, GPSs not

reading correctly, and rapid

changes in altitude.

We all know the story of Banjo

Paterson's 'The Man From Snowy

River'. Today, a modern bush

adventure unfolded, but instead of

searching for a wild colt, it was

actually a million-dollar mare.

Nine's Roz Kelly joined the ride.

It's not the Snowy Mountains -

ratheren, the rolling hills of

Scone. And yes, there was plenty of

movement at this station. Henry,

are you a tried and noted rider? I

wouldn't say that. Just here for a

good day. The tale's not as

romantic as Banjo would have rin

written it, but it goes like this -

on the search for a mare, they

retired to the bush a couple of

years ago, who suddenly has become

valuable again. I personally let

her down the road and she trotted

off. I thought, "I wonder if I'll

regret this." As it turn out, we

are. Her name is No Finding. Since

her last foal, turn it 'Up', charge

under to favouritism for tomorrow's

Queensland derby, all they've

they've wanted to do is find her.

She might not look like this

anymore? Pretty cold up there. This

is Dad. He'd be happy to find her

as well. Us modern-day bush-riders

travelled up. The mare could be

anywhere in this 2,000 acres of

bushland. Whoever finds her today

get a 30% share. So the race is on!

It's rough and wild in the hills...

We'll be finding her. There's no

chance of not finding her. At times,

there was hope, but none of these

horses were the one we're after. It

seems No Finding is living up to

her name - at least for another day.

Great story! Cameron is next with

sport. How are the Dragons going to

go without their Origin stars?

That's the big question tonight,

Wendy - the ultimate test for the

premiers. We'll cross live to

Kogarah for the last-minute news.

And the Blues reveal why they're so

hung tree win Origin II.

And Simon Katich gives selectors an

almighty spray.

And the long weekend is finally

here - will the weather hold up?

I'll have all the details, shortly.

Can the Dragons win without their

Origin stars? That is the big

question they face against the

Titans in Friday Night Football.

They've got six stars out on rep

duty, plus Brett Morris and Matt

Cooper on the injured list. Phil

Gould is at Kogarah for the game.

Chilly out there tonight, Gus. I'd

imagine that John Cartwright will

be thinking the Dragons are

vulnerable? It's a great chance for

the Gold Coast side, isn't it? All

those players out of the Dragons'

side either injured or on rep duty.

It's not Gold Coast weather here -

absolutely freezing. Joined by John

Cartwright, the Gold Coast coach.

They are vulnerable, aren't they?

Well, they're gettable, mate. We

came here last year with full

strength and got 'em. That's the

mentality we're taking in. How do

you prepare for a team with so many

changes as the Dragons? It's been

focusing out about us. Our game

hasn't been good enough to beat

many sides at the moment. It's

about getting our side right. You

gave up as assistant coach of the

Origin side this week. Tough call?

It was tough. Really enjoyable job

and learning curve for me as well,

but I'm needed at the Titans. What

did you make of Game 1 in the

Origin series? Very close. A lot of

confidence out of that. I think

they can get 'em. Only one game on

Channel Nine tonight - should be a

beauty! Dragons against the Titans.

Thanks, mate. Stay warm.

Today, the Blues were promoting the

Black Dog Institute to help raise

awareness of mood disorders. Greg

Bird had this to say about the

Blues' dismal record lately in

Origin. I've known nothing in my

Origin career but defeat. And to be

honest, I think you've all got the

jack of it. Hear, hear. The

Queenslanders limbered up by

indulging in a yoga session, tuning

body and mind for whatever the NSW

tough guys will throw at them.

Dumped Test opener Simon Katich has given Australian cricket officials

one heck of a serve, after they

decided not to renew his contract.

The 35-year-old will continue to

play for NSW, but he's accused

national selectors of inconsistency

and indecision.

This was one occasion Katich was in

no mood to play a straight bat. I

know I've earned the right to play

for Australia through my

performance. And to have that taken

away for a reason that I don't

agree with, I just think is

blatantly wrong. Despite averaging

45 in 56 Tests, Katich is sure

selectors looked at just one number

before making the decision to dump

him. I've got a massive feeling

that my age played a big part in it.

He denied a dressing-room altercation with Michael Clarke

played any role in his axing. I'm

not going to shy away from the fact

that we had incident a couple of

years ago. I think we've both been really professional in handling

that in the last two years. It

hasn't been a problem. Katich

described the Australian selection

policy as ridiculous, and said it

was partly to blame for our Ashes

defeat. A week or two before the

Ashes, a squad of 17 was named. Now,

in my opinion, if you can't know

what your best XI is a week or so

before our biggest Test series that

we play in the Ashes, then that, to

me, reeks of indecision. Cricket

Australia boss James Sutherland

says he understands Katich's anger.

I sincerely wish him the very best,

and encourage him to put lots of

runs on the board and do what he

can to prove the selectors wrong.

That's one cat they might regret

letting out of the bag. Origin II

is a sell-out. The only place you

can watch it is right here on Nine.

Can't wait. Thank you, Cam.

Amber is next with the weather. We

saw a few showers along the coast

this afternoon? We certainly did,

Wendy. Unfortunately, it does look

like there are more on the way. All

the weekend weather details, next.

Coming up on WIN News... The multi

million dollar payout for a man, involved involved in a police

shooting. And Steve Whan elected

into the NSW Upper House.Join me into the NSW Upper House.Join me fo

all the details next.

After a sunny morning, the clouds

rolled in, bringing a few showers.

Fresh and gusty winds made it feel much colder.

The low over

The long weekend is here. Grab a

copy of 'Best Weekend' magazine in

tomorrow's 'Daily Telegraph'. You

can get your big wing on and head

back to the '60s, because

'Hairspray: The Musical' has

arrived in Sydney. In Darling

Harbour, there's a 3-day jazz and

blues festival. On Monday, the

botanical garden is celebrating its

birthday. Whatever you, do you

might want to pack a brolly. Sounds

like it! Thank you very much for

that, Amber. That is Nine News for

this Friday. I'm Wendy Kingston.

From all of us here, have a

and, ... Tonight ... A man left

quadriplegic after a police quadriplegic after a police shootin

- receives 8 million dollars in

compensation. Steve Whan' s second

chance - elected to the New South

Wales Upper house And: Yass Valley

booming. Officially the fastest

growing area outside Sydney. Good

evening, I' m Danielle Post, After

more than nine years of heartache -

a family believes it' s reached

justice, over a police shooting which left their son a which left their son a quadriplegic

Today, the ACT Supreme Court

awarded Jonathan Crowley an 8

million dollar compensation payout. This has been a long fight for This has been a long fight for th

family. In December 2001, Jonathon

Crowley was shot by a police Crowley was shot by a police office