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Tonight - Labor accused of

marriage. Dozens unaccounted pandering to the Greens on gay

for after an explosion at a New

Zealand coal mine. Confirmation of a suicide pact

between Australian twins shot in the US. And General Motors

back from the brink of

bankruptcy.

Good evening. And welcome to

ABC News. I'm Virginia

Gillard, Haussegger. As the PM, Julia

Gillard, makes her way to Europe, she's left behind a simmering feud simmering feud in the Labor

Party over her Government's direction and beliefs. One of

the ALP's most powerful union

allowing leaders is incensed the party's

allowing a debate on gay

marriage. The right factions marriage. The right

Joe De Bruyn says the Government is drifting,

pandering to the Greens and risks losing the next election. Chief political

correspondent Mark Simkin.

As the PM flew off into the

sunset, she received a blunt,

long-distance message - don't

embrace gay marriage. Marriage

is actually a very important

institution we should be promoting. I think institution down even more. Joe gay marriage you tear the

De Bruyn is a powerful

right-wing voice on the national executive and while

other heavyweights want a

conscience vote on gay

marriage, he's warning of

political oblivion. Labor is in

election if it is seen to be election danger of losing the next

pandering to the Greens rather

than occupying the middle

ground. Which makes the split

about more than marriage. It's

a debate on the future

direction of Labor and what the

party stands for. They are

drifting at the moment and are

not seen to be fully in charge the way they ought to

be. That's not the case. The

Labor Party policy is

determined by Labor Party processes. Those prosecuteses won't satisfy everyone. A

separate union is spoiling for

a separate fight. With a woman

PM we would hope that we would

see equality of pay and fair

pay as a higher priority than a Budget surplus down the

track. So what

surpluses or services? In its

submission to a key test case,

the Government says it will put

the Budget before higher pay for female service

providers. The Government has

set out all of the conditions that Fair Work Australia will

need to assess to consider what should be a fair rate of pay

for social and community sector

workers. It comes down to

whether you buy a new fighter

jet or fund workers at the

front-line delivering services to the most disadvantaged in

the country. You make a

decision. I know which way I would decide. Senior Labor

sources aren't concerned about

the rise of the Greens, but are

confused. Some are advocating a

lurch to the left. Others say whatever the question the answer ant Green.

the centre of the Ozcar He was the public servant at

months on, former treasury political affair. Almost 18

learnt he won't face criminal official Godwin Grech has

charges. Mr Grech concocted an

email he claimed had come from

the Government and purported to

seek favourable treatment for a

Brisbane car dealer. The Commonwealth Director of Public

Prosecutions says there is

evidence to prosecute Godwin

Grech for unauthorised leaks

but after considering Mr

Grech's health he decided not

to prosecute. Asylum seekers

on Christmas Island have begun

sewing their lips together in

protest. Ten detainees have

stitched their lips and offered

medical care. They are part of

a group of 160 engaged in the

process. The minister says it

will not help secure a will not help secure a visa. A

protest designed to change the

result of refugee applications

will not work. The minister

says he expects tensions to

rise further as rejection rates for asylum claims increase. An

explosion at a coal mine in New

Zealand has trapped more than

30 miners underground. The

blast took place at the Pike

River Mine north of Greymouth

on the west coast of the South

Island. Two miners managed to

walk out from the processing plant after the explosion. They

are being cared for by

emergency service workers at

the scene. But it's not known

whether the other miners are

still alive. New Zealand

correspondent Dominique

Schwartz joins us. Details are

still sketchy but we do know

that there was an explosion at the mine this afternoon. We're

not sure what caused it,

possibly a gas leak. Now early

indications are that there indications are that there was

a power cut and police say that

somebody went into the mine to

investigate and found a loader

driver blown off, about 1.5km

of into the mine. Now he was one

out after the explosion. The of two men who managed to walk

two men who came out of the

site are being treated for

injuries but they walked out

under their own steam. The

nature of any injuries I can't

determine. Communications were

cut with the blast so rescuers

are not sure in what shape any

of the other miners

have been some reports that a

miner has been killed. These

are not confirmed reports as yet. Peter Whittall says the

operations as soon as possible company will be starting rescue

and will work through the night

and will do whatever they

can. We have all the emergency

services there now determining

what the next course of action

is to enter or not enter the

mine at this stage and to determine the extent of the

incident. The mine has had some

difficulties in the past but

the company says that safety is

paramount and it will do

everything it can. Obviously a

long and nervous night for the

families waiting for any news

of their loved ones. Police in

Colorado have confirmed that

two Australian twin sisters shooting incident at a firing involved in

range were carrying out a

suicide pact. One of the

29-year-old women died at the

scene. The other is in a

serious condition in hospital

with a head wound. Police say

the surviving twin was angry

and upset but agreed to be

interviewed. She did confirm

that she and her sister had

planned on committing suicide. In fact they did in fact shoot themselves. The

women who are from Victoria

were at the shooting range

practicing with small calibre

guns. Their parents are

expected to arrive in Colorado

tomorrow. An arrest warrant

has issued for the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on

suspicion of rape and sexual

molestation. A Swedish court authorised the

authorised the warrant to allow

questioning about a complaint

by two women and prosecutors say an international warrant

will now be pursued. We it is weak evidence. I don't

think if they went to trial

today I don't think they should

win the case with this evidence. I think they need

some more. The Australian who

is believed to be in England

has denied any wrongdoing. He

alleges the case is part

smear campaign over WikiLeaks's publication of classified US

documents on the wars in Iraq

and Afghanistan. General Motors

is on the road again, just a

year ago the US auto giant was

on the brink of collapse under

the strain of the global

financial crisis. It stayed

afloat thanks to an unpopular

Government bailout. Today GM

made a triumphant return to the Knox stock exchange with the

biggest share float in US

history. Craig McMurtrie reports. The New York Stock

Exchange opened full Exchange opened full throttle. Giving investors the

first chance to buy GM stock in more than 18 months. Large

hedge and pension funds, foreign investors, including

China's largest car maker and factory workers once facing layoffs, jumped in. 1.5 years

ago it was a sad day. Things

are on the are on the upside. I'm excited. GM shares climbed

above the initial price of $33

and held up, raising over $20

billion US. A massive turn

around and welcome news for a

bruised US President. Two years

ago this seemed impossible. In

fact there were plenty of

doubters and naysayers who said

it couldn't be done. After

cost-cutting the car maker is

making a profit for the first

time in years, returning to the

market after a controversial

$50 billion taxpayer-funded

bailout. President Obama says

the Government's 61% stake will

be nearly halved. We are finally seeing some of the tough decisions that

the midst of crisis pay

off. There was no pat on the

back from the next Republican

speaker. The bailout from the

Government I think could have

been handled in a more orderly

way by a bankruptcy judge

without the heavy hand of the Federal Government in the midst

of it. Despite the strong demand American taxpayers are

still in the red. The US

Government needs GM shares to

keep rising to be repaid in

full. But today was a

milestone. After bankruptcy and being derided as Government

motors, General Motors is back

posting a gain on the day.

Ireland has moved a step

closer to accepting an

emergency bailout from European

banks. It admits it will need a

lot of help to get its economy

back on track. The willing to accept tens of billions of dollars in

emergency loans to show markets

it has the capacity to overcome

its debt crisis. The comments

follow talks with the International Monetary Fund,

European banks and the Irish

Government. We're looking at

what the best options are both for Ireland and for for Ireland and for the Euro

area generally. We want to be

open and constructive with that

engagement. There are concerns Ireland's debt problems will

spread to other countries in

the Euro zone. Negotiations on

a bailout deal are expected to

continue through the weekend.

Telstra's shareholders have

made it clear they are not happy with where the company is

heading. At the annual AGM the

company executives defended the

floundering share price that

hit a new low N a controversial move,

move, Telstra's biggest

investors, the Future Fund,

voted against all the company's resolutions. Finance Sue Lannin. Telstra shareholder meetings are

normally fiery affairs and

today was no exception. You are

a smart bloke, but you are

letting yourself out to dry. I understand. Telstra's share

price fell to a record low this week after week after the lower house of Parliament passed a law to separate the company's

wholesale and retail arms,

clearing the way for the

National Broadband Network. The

chairman tried to pacify

investors. We need to do more

to protect shareholder value

because your board is very concerned by Telstra's undervalued share

price. Telstra's getting $11

billion from the NBN for its fixed

fixed line telephone network

and the company's hopeful the

deal can be completed by mid

next year. One of the very important benefits of concluding the NBN negotiations

is that we will be able to operate in an environment with greater regulatory certainty. Telstra's biggest

shareholder, the Future Fund,

showed what it thought of the

company's strategy, voting against against Telstra's resolutions. It said:

But one analyst thinks the

company's plan to maintain its

dividend payout to investors at

28 cents a share will help. I think the reason the share

price has rallied today is

we've had a very clear statement from the chairman,

Catherine Livingstone, that its most unlikely it will be

cut. Most investors liked what

the company said. Telstra

shares closed more than 2%

higher.

And still to come - Canberra property on the market for the first time. Federal

Police and customs officers

have intercepted more than 28

kilograms of elicit drugs, some

bound for schoolies on the Gold

Coast. Police say the drugs are

worth an estimated $10 million and were sent through the post.

They alleged meth and heroin

were hidden in ordinary mail

and packages. Staff at the facility discovered an

additional 400 grams of methylamphetamine methylamphetamine concealed

within a wedding dress. When

you look at the methods the

criminals go to to try and

elude detection you will find

it staggering. The authorities

have arrested two people but

say there are more to come. ACT

police are appealing for

community help to locate clandestine drug laboratories.

The pills, sings - syringes and

viles were seized from a Fadden

home earlier this week. They

say the seizure of elicit drugs

was the result of Operation

Unification. They encourage the

community to be vigilant for telltale

telltale signs. Unusual comings and goings. People

make purchases. The indications

of chemicals and so forth

around houses, the blackening

of windows. If you've seen, or

heard something, today is the

day to say something, whether it's cultivation or any other

criminal activity going

on. Anyone with information is

being urged to make anonymous tip-offs tocrime

stoppers. Canberra has precious

few historic homes but one of

the city's oldest is about to

be sold for the first time

ever. Westridge House was

built long before Yarralumla became the

it is today. As Craig Allen

reports, the sale is set to

reap the CSIRO millions of

dollars. On paper it's a house

that should smash all Canberra

sales records. I've been in the

Canberra market a long time and

this is the most

property I've ever had the

privilege of selling. For more

than 80 years it's been home to

principals from the

neighbouring forestry school and CSIRO executives. The Government agency's

rationalising property assets.

The historic home is surplus to

requirements and must go. The value would be up there with

the top of any real estate

residential in Canberra if it

was zoned that way or if it had multiple residence permitted.

It is zoned community

facility. That will keep the price down somewhere around the $3-$5 million of what it could be worth in

the hands of developers. I hope that a civic minded

philanthropist will buy this

building and hand it to an

organisation like the National Trust.

Trust. That is the true value. Westridge House originally home to Charles

Lane-Poole, the forest industry

pioneer who helped landscape the wind swept plains of

Canberra. His wife, Ruth

Lane-Poole was a formidable

social figure, furniture maker

and interior designer to prime ministers and

Governors-General. And the

home's landscaped grounds are

historic too. But after eight decades connection to

Australia's forest industry the

link is about to be

severed. It's very sad isn't

it. Very sad indeed that that

relationship is being lost and

I wish that the Australian Government had been able find a better solution than the

one that they've come up with here. Just how much the

property is really worth is

anyone's guess. It's never been

formally valued. So the agent

can't even say how much the annual rates bill will be. Those questions will have to wait until after Monday week's auction.

To finance now and the

Australian share market went

against the global trend today

and lost ground as bank shares

took a hit. As Alan Kohler

reports, commodity prices reports, commodity prices are still strong and wool is doing

particularly well. In particularly well. In US

dollars the wool price has

surged to a new record high.

Although thanks to the currency

moves it is yet to break

through the peak of 12000 cents

per kilogram reached in 2002.

What's behind the boom is not clear. Most of

clear. Most of the demand is

for superfine wool and it seems the Italians are back in the market in a big market in a big way. So I'm

thinking it's because of the US

Federal Reserve's money

printing designed to give cash to the banks. American bankers

are buying Italian suits again.

All commodity markets had a big

session last night. On the

medals exchange distinct and

copper - zinc and copper were

up. There were big gains

amongst silver and Palladium

and gold. At the centre of the

sudden resumption of confidence

last night were the share

markets in Ireland and Greece

where the indices went up 3.1

and 2.6% respectively. The

French was up and that mood

flowed through to Wall Street. The Australian market

has jumped out of the blocks

this morning rising 0.75% in half an hour

day went on and closed five

points lower. The main culprits

in that were banks and AMP, down across the board. As well

as the resources leaders.

Telstra, however, jumped more

than 2% after the than 2% after the company

confirmed it will keep paying

the dividend. Investors weren't put off by the raspberry from the Future Fund. The Australian dollar

dollar wobbles around 98.5 US

cents. I'll be back on Sunday

with 'Inside Business' and the

chief financial officer of Google in the US, Patrick

Pichette. Until then, that's

finance. A new report has found

progress towards reconciliation between indigenous and

non-Indigenous Australians has

stalled in recent years. Group 'Australians for Native Title

and National Reconciliation'

found there has been a lack of

progress, particularly on human

rights issues over the last

decade. We have to accept that

we have a shared history here

but we have to take that

history and create narrative about our

co-existence in Australia. The

national apology and bipartisan

support for the 'Close The Gap'

campaign were identified as

high points in the

reconciliation process.

There's been a dramatic increase in the number of

people going under the knife

for weight loss surgery in the

last ten years. New figures

from the Australian Institute

of Health and Welfare show

there were 500 operations in

199le. That jumped to 17,000 in

2008. The number of obese Australians increased during

that time but by nowhere near

as much. So I'm sure everyone

knows that people use diet and

exercise to try and reduce

their weight as well but the figures suggest more people

over the years are turning to

weight loss surgery. More women

opt for weight loss surgery

even though more men are obese. Gastric common procedure. The bulk of the operations were performed

in private hospitals at a cost

of more than $100 million. Soccer's governing

body, FIFA, has suspended two executive committee members,

including an Oceania

representative thought to be strongly supportive of Australia's 2022 World Cup

bid. The bans follow

allegations the Nigerian and ta heeshian delegates tried to

sell their votes during the

bidding process. They will take

no part in the host country

decisions. As decision day

looms for the 2018 and 2022

World Cup hosting rights, FIFA

is trying to rectify ethical

discomfort. Officials from

soccer's governing body has

been holding emergency sessions

to deal with corruption allegations against two of the

24 member committee.

secretly filmed by a British

Newspoll as they talked to

undercover reporters trying to buy votes. The buy votes. The Nigerian representative has been banned

for three years and fined

$10,000 for offering his World

Cup vote in return for Cup vote in return for cash. Oceania's Reynald Temarii was

banned for 12 months and fined

$5,000 for breaking FIFA's

rules. We monitor the bid process. This committee has

monitored and made decisions. Both men were

cleared of corruption but found

guilty of breaching FIFA's

confidentiality rules and failing to report illegal

approaches. We are in favour of

a healthy football. In favour of football as of football as something

positive. We don't want cheaters. With close ties to

the region, Mr Temarii was

considered a certain vote for Australia. Both men were likely

supporters of England for 2018. Australia's Football Federation wouldn't

wouldn't comment on FIFA's

actions. Australia's 2022

stocks are expected to rise

when FIFA released the detailed

bid valuation reports over the

weekend. Less than weekend. Less than a week out

from the first Ashes Test there

is brighter news on the

Australian cricket front. Michael Hussey, Mitchell

Johnson and Shane Watson

performed well in Sheffield

Shield games today. England is

on top in its match against

Australia A. The crowd was tiny

but the stakes were large at

the SCG as Australian incumbents and hopefuls tried

to impress selectors in the

NSW-Tasmania match. The game

itself was a thriller with the

Tigers needing 12 runs for the

win and the Blues one wicket Nathan Hauritz put down a

chance in the slips. It was a

frustrating game for the Test spinner over on the pace-friendly

pitch. All rounder Luke

Butterworth smashed a six of

Doug Bollinger to give the

visitors a win. Bollinger

didn't get a glowing review

from the captain. He would be

disappointed he didn't do more

damage. Bollinger's team-mate, Trent Copeland, has taken 54

wickets from eight games and

wouldn't be out of place in the

Test team according to catastrophish. Got no doubt.

Look how he bowled. Shane

Watson tuned up for the Ashes

with a five-wicket haul, as did

Mitchell Johnson in WA's game

against Victoria, a day after

scoring a century. Under

pressure to hold his place in

the Test team, Michael Hussey

made 118 for the Warriors. England's in a dominant

position in its game against Australia

Australia A. The tourists

amassed 523 in their first

innings with Sandra Bell making

192 and Paul Collingwood 189.

Tim Bresnan may have killed off Usman Khawaja's chances and

Callum Ferguson. Hughes was

unbeaten on 58 as Australia A

finished day three on 3/158, a

deficit of 165. Canberra's newest sporting

team has won its first home

game in the national

competition. There are high

hopes for the Cavalry which has entered the Australian Baseball

League with all the signs of developing a strong following

here in the capital. Last night they defeated the Melbourne

Aces at their newly refurbished home ground in Narrabundah. It's not quite yankee stadium but there was

revelry to set the scene. The

players got into the swing of

things against a setting sun.

And hefty mascot Sarj rallied

the troops. A crowd

gathered to watch the Cavalry

play at Narrabundah

ballpark. What a magnificent

addition this is. The ACT Government spent a million

dollars from the Budget to

snazzy up the stadium with

proper lighting, seats and

dug-outs. The campaign for a Canberra side in the national

competition began a year ago

and last night it was finally

batter up. The Melbourne Aces

were given a warm welcome. The

Cavalry saw them into the capital

capital and out of the

ballpark. The Aces returned

the favour, but as day became

night and the summer sun faded, so did Melbourne's hopes of victory. Two strikes. The

vocal home crowd spurred the

Cavalry on to a decisive maiden

victory, defeating the Aces

5-2. What may have seemed pie in

in the sky a year ago now has a

real chance of finding a new

home base.

And now with a look at the weather, here's Mark Carmody. Thanks, Virginia. Good

evening. Canberra awoke to a

cloudy morning with drizzle. It

was heavy enough to wet the

plastic wrapper on the paper.

The cloud and the wet stuff were brought to town by light

easterly winds. It didn't last

long and the cloud dissipated

before lunch when the winds

swung northerly. Due to the

cloud cover and wind direction

the maximum today was 20.

The cloud along the east

coast is associated with a

weakening trough and is moving

to the Tasman. Cloud moving

into the area is only

generating light showers. As

the trough weakens a ridge to our south will strengthen. It

will result in dry conditions

and a south easterly airstream at first

at first which will swing

north-westerly later in the weekend. Nationally tomorrow:

The weekend is going to be a beauty weather-wise, but find

time tomorrow to slip to St

James's church in Curtin and

visit the show. this flower is

a small sample

see. Thank you, Mark. I'll do

that, maybe. Before we go, a

brief recap of our top stories

tonight. 30 miners unaccounted

for following an explosion at a

coal mine in New Zealand and one of the

union leaders angered by the

party's decision to allow a

debate on gay marriage. That's

ABC News. Stay with us now for

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proud new parents with their

off spring at Melbourne

Aquarium. Have a great weekend.

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