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Live. Tonight - police arrest

the man believed to have bankrolled the asylum seeker

boat wrecked on Christmas

Island. Canberra's newest citizens celebrate Australia

Day. I belong now. I'm one of

you. The Australian of the Year

unfurls an old debate. Look,

my own view is that I think we

can do better than the flag we

have. And six of the best, as

the Socceroos book a spot in

the Asian Cup final. COMMENTATOR: It's Australia's

day on Australia Day. Good

evening. Welcome to ABC News. I'm Virginia

I'm Virginia Haussegger. The

man who allegedly sent more

than 100 asylum seekers to Australia on a boat that crashed on to Christmas Island

in December has been arrested

in Jakarta. Ali Hamid is known to authorities in both

Australia and Indonesia and was

arrested on an immigration

offence this afternoon. But in an extraordinary development,

Indonesian police believe Hamid

may be an Australian citizen.

Here's Indonesia correspondent

Matt Brown. This is the man thought to have organised the

deadly voyage to Christmas

Island last month. He's being interrogated now at police

headquarters in Jakarta. To

the refugees who've dealt with

him here, he's known as Ali

Hamid. He's thought to be from

Iran. However, in an extraordinary revelation, believed to be an Australian

citizen. TRANSLATION: This is

the result of very tight cooperation between Indonesian

and Australian police. We've

been following him for two

weeks and last night we

detained him. Indonesia does

not have a not have a people-smuggling law

and Ali Hamid is being held on

an immigration violation. The

police say they caught him with

around half a dozen mobile

phones and they're trying to

tie him to other smuggling

ventures. TRANSLATION: Based

on the investigation, Ali Hamid

was the organiser of some

people smuggling operations to

Australia. Working with him

was another man whose job it is

to find the location and arrange logistics for

departure. Working with him was

another man whose job it is to

find the location and arrange

logistics for departure.

Between 40 and 50 people died

crew have been charged with in the shipwreck on Christmas

people smuggling offences in WA. The Australian Federal

Police won't yet say if they'll

try to extradite Ali Hamid to

face the Australian courts,

where people smuggling can be

punished by 20 years in prison. Meanwhile, the Indonesian

police say he's asked to see an

Australian consular official.

The suspected people smuggler

Ali Hamid is believed to be of

Iranian descent. He was first

captured on camera by Four

investigation into people Corners last year during an

smuggling in Indonesia. The

ABC's Sarah Ferguson has more.

The ABC's Four Corners filmed the

the man alleged to be behind

the Christmas Island tragedy at

a clandestine meeting of people

smugglers in Jakarta last year. At the restaurant

Ali Hamid was planning his next

smuggling trip to Australia

with Abdul Kadem, one of

Indonesia's most powerful

smugglers. Both men have long

associations with Australia.

Kadem spent two years in prison

smuggling. Can in Australia for people

boat ready and send it? Yes. smuggling. Can you make the

Are you sure? Yes. Before his

arrest today, Hamid was known

as a skilled operator amongst

smugglers because of his ability to get boats out of

Indonesia undetected. He's my

friend. He knows every nook

and cranny in that area inch by

inch and he's reliable and

trustworthy. He's also

courageous. At the meeting,

Hamid and Kadem boasted about

the quality of their boat,

their crew and the engin.

These images were broadcast in

July and Ali Hamid's name was supplied to Indonesian authorities. But

the ABC understands no attempt

was made to disrupt the


operation. Canberrans have

united under a perfect clear

blue sky to celebrate Australia day in a myriad of ways, from

becoming a citizen to a

lake-side barbecue to a dip in Canberra's oldest pool, locals

made the most of a scorching

public holiday. On this most public holiday. On this

Australian of days, Canberra

welcomed 50 new citizens.

Barbara Tsarry arrived on these

shores by boat 57 years ago.

Today she's finally Australian.

I feel as though I belong now.

I'm one of you. For

sure. Coming from 21 countries,

they chose the national day to

take the oath of citizenship,

making the most of their moment

with the Prime Minister. For

realisation of a long-held some, it was

do dream. I've waited 25 years to

do this and I am very excited.

I call myself an ozAmerican.

It's hard to describe the

feeling. It feels great. It

feels like feels like home at the moment.

Before that I couldn't 100 Before that I couldn't

percent call Australia home,

now I can. For others like the Spanish and now Australian

family an unexpected joy. Very

special day for us and it's

something that we never thought

before becoming. So it's

really good present for us. For

all of them, it's something to sing about. Harbhajan Singh

Advance Australia Fair. But not

everyone saw the day as

something to celebrate, a

protest at the Aboriginal Tent

intervention to Embassy called for the NT

intervention to be lifted. We

won't ever give our country up

because we can't. But for most

Canberrans, today's public

holiday was more about cricket and a barbie. As hundreds

claimed their patch of shade

for a family gathering or a

hard-earned rest. This

Tidbinbilla picnic was the spot

for more unusual past times.

It's an Australian tradition.

It's been around for a long

time. And with temperatures

soaring to 37 degrees, water

became was popular. Manuka pool

became a grand old dame today,

celebrating its 80th birthday, with hundreds of splashing

locals. It's been in John taf

ner's family for more than 50

years, reflecting changing

times. The excitement of a

little tiny Canberra to

officially have a swimming

pool, it must have been

wonderful. It feels just as

good 80 years later. Australia

Day also celebrates the national spirit and today a recurring theme was helping

others, including Queensland's flood victims. from all walks of life have

been recognised in the

Australia Day honours list.

More than 400 awards have been

handed out, including handed out, including a Star of

Gallantry. A soldier known

only as Sergeant P was

commended for acts of

conspicuous gallantry in time of great peril during Operation Slipper Slipper in Afghanistan. Former

Treasurer Peter Costello is one

of only three people to deceive

the top honour. He's

recognised for his services to

Parliament and landmark economic reforms. Mr Costello

says he's devoted 20 years of his life trying to make a

difference. And I hope I did

make a difference and to have a

measure of recognition of that is something that humbles

me. This is the second honour

for Queensland Governor Penny

Wensley, who served her State

since 2008. The award also

recognises her work with the UN

in the area of HIV/AIDS.

make anyone feel very happy and

like celebrating, but I have to say, given everything that's

been happening in Queensland

and, indeed, in Victoria and

NSW as well, it takes the edge

off those feelings of happiness. An AC has also been

awarded to Lieutenant General

Ken Gillespie for his work as vice Chief of the Defence Force

and chief of army. In a

statement he said his thoughts

are with the families of those

killed in action. He said: High-profile neurosurgeon Dr

Charlie Teo pioneered minimally

invasive techniques. He says

his Cure for Life foundation has funded the first Australian

research into a cure for brain

cancer. With this funding and

with more time and devoted to trying to find a

cure, I am absolutely sure

we'll find a cure in my

lifetime. Former AMA boss

championed improvements to the

health system as both Dr And

patient after a vicious assault

meant he needed brain surgery three years ago.

I received as a participant of

the health care system showed

me how good our system is and

how wonderful our people are.

It also showed me our system is

under strain. ABC foreign correspondent Sally Sara has

been recognised for raising

awareness of international

issues with her reporting from

some of the world's most

devastating events. It's a

lovely surprise and a great

honour. I'm part of a team, honour. I'm part of a team, so

it's a joy to be able to celebrate with ABC colleagues

around the world today. And

former Australian cricketer

Carl Rackemann is also

recognised for his services to

the sport, as administrator, coach and coach and player. More than a dozen Canberrans have been

recognised with Australia Day

honours. Among them many who've devoted their lives who've devoted their lives to helping others. Lieutenant

General Ken Gillespie and ACT

police chief Roman Quaedvlieg

received special awards for

their years of their years of front-line duty, but the national honours also went to those who've helped at

a local level. Rhonda Obad has

run a home for young men with

nowhere else to go. It gives

them stability, a place that

they can call home, and a place

where they can relax and become

part of society. This special

place was born from tragedy. The foundation was formed

through the death of my son, I

needed to be active, I needed

to turn a negative into a

positive. And something that I

believed in close to my heart

was to help those who

really suffering. Whilst some

have worked extensively in one

field, there are those in the

region who've spread themselves

thin. Dorothy Horsman has

volunteered extensively in Yass

for 25 years. To me, if you've got

got the ability to do it, then

you do it. From those who've

worked with people

who've worked with the

environment, Dr Penny Olsen has

been honoured for her work conserving Australia's bird

life. I was very touched that

I was nominated and I take it

as a recognition of the importance of the natural environment to

Australians. Many of those

honoured have worked hard to

improve Canberra and the

region. David Marshal's been

busy selling it to the world.

Over the years, the tourism

champion has watched the city grow. Australians and

Canberrans appreciate it, but

probably not enough. It's a

wonderful city. Marketing the

national capital, now home to a

few more of the few more of the nation's honoured. Another Australia Day

and yet another debate and yet another debate about

our national flag. The newly installed Australian of the

Year has added his voice to

those pushing for a change to

the flag, but the politicians

are saying no. Here's Simon

Palan. Some of those proudly

holding the Australian flag are

also keen to see it change. I

personally would like to see it

changed. Union Jack should

probably be going, you

know. The newly installed Australian of the Year says

it's inevitable that Australia

will become a republic and once

that happens he'd be keen for a

new flag. My own view is that

I think we can do better than

the flag we have. And more than a dozen past Australians of the

year agree, but there are many

who like the current flag.

Recent polls have said that something

something like 65, nearly 70% of Australians are more than

happy with our Australian flag.

I reckon it's all right.

is. I don't want it to change.

It looks nice the way it is already. This British woman had

an interesting view. Keep the

flag, because you wouldn't be

nothing without us. Oh, don't

say that. There doesn't appear much appetite for change from

both sides of Government. We

love it, people carrying it

today, it's the Australian

flag, we'll be sticking with

it. Today is a day to rally

around our country, including

its symbols, and one of the greatest symbols of our country

is our flag. The proposal to change the Australian flag

comes after several unsuccessful attempts and supporters concede that coming

to agree on the design of any

new flag won't be easy. I

don't know what's uniquely

Australian. Like we have the

kangaroo and stuff, but we

can't put that on the flag. It

needs to be something that the

Australian people vote for and also represents where we've

been and the history of Australia. Those pushing for a change are change are now seeking commitments of support from former Australian Prime

Ministers. Still to come on

ABC News, a great Australia Day

for the nation's film industry, with five Oscar nominations

announced. A day after a deadly airport bombing in

Moscow, authorities say there's

still been no claim of

responsibility. Militant groups from the south are

believed to be behind the

suspected suicide attack at the

city's biggest airport. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir

Putin visited those who were

injured as a day of mourning

was observed for the 35

victims. Moscow correspondent Norman Hermant reports. Just

hours after the bombing that

killed dozens of people,

Moscow's Domodedovo Airport was

back to business as usual.

This small memorial was the

only hint of the carnage

inflicted just metres away. By

design, security was much more visible. Now, after it

happened, of course they've

toughened security, but they

probably should have thought

about it earlier. Investigators

are still weighing several

theories as to who detonated

the bomb and how, but they

believe Islamic militants will

soon claim responsibility for

the blast. the blast. Russia's tough-talking Prime Minister,

Vladimir Putin, has paid a well-publicised hospital visit

to some of those injured in the bombing and he has vowed that

whoever is behind this attack

will suffer. TRANSLATION: I

do not doubt that this crime

will be solved and that

retribution is inevitable. If,

as expected, this bombing is

linked to Islamic militants

from the north Caucasus, it

will only add to a growing list

of attacks that have brought

bloodshed to the very heart of

Russia. Time and time again

Russia's leaders have vowed to

crush the militants. Time and

time again they've failed.

Analysts say this attack is just

the often brutal tactics used

by Russia's security forces to

target Islamic militants in the

North Caucasus create a

terrible backlash, but very few

experts believe the politically

popular tough stance in the

Caucasus is going to change.

This is really a very sad and

alarming thing to say alarming thing to say about

your country, but I can see no

reason why Russia would become

a more secure place. It is

almost inevitable. This attack

won't be the last. At least three people have been killed

in a day of anti-government

protests across Egypt inspired

by the uprising in Tunisia. In

scenes not seen for years,

thousands of Egyptians took to

the streets across the the streets across the country demanding more food and the end of President

Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

Police used teargas and water

cannon as they tried to break

up the large crowds as pre

testers stepped up to confront

water cannon, another wrestled

the cannon operator to the

ground. We are Egyptian people here. These unprecedented

rallies have been driven by

social networking sites

inspired by the month-long street riots in Tunisia. After

his shellacking at the polls in

November, Barack Obama has used

the annual State of the Union

address to try to win back the

political initiative and set a

course to fix the economy. He

also warned of the threat posed

to America's economic and

global clout by the rise of China. North America

correspondent Lisa Millar. Mr Speaker, the President of the United States.

crowded, but there was one empty

empty seat, a sombre reminder

of the assassination attempt of

one of their own just two weeks

ago. In this newly divided

Congress, opponents broke with

tradition and sat side by side. What comes at this moment will

be determined not be determined not by whether we

can sit together tonight but

whether we can work together

tomorrow. Before a television

audience of almost 50 million,

Barack Obama devoted much of

his speech to the economy, warning Americans of the

economic threat posed by an

energised China and India.

Whether new jobs and

industries take root in this

country or somewhere else With 9.4% unemployment and $14

trillion in national debt,

President Obama announced a

five-year freeze on increases

in domestic spending and an end

to pork barrelling, but he also wants new education and infrastructure.

If we make the hard If we make the hard choices

now to rein in our deficits, we

can make the investments we

need to win the future. But

Republicans want deeper cuts in

Government spending, describing

the level of debt at this

moment in time as a tipping point for the US. Limited

government and free enterprise

have helped make America have helped make America the greatest nation on Earth. There

might be talk of compromise and

civility, but with this speech,

President Obama has set the

stage for a looming battle with

Republicans. Both sides of

politics believe fixing the

economy is the number one

priority. How they do that remains in dispute. World

number 5 Andy Murray is now

just one match away from a

second Australian Open final

after winning a tough four-set match against Ukraine's Alex the women's draw, Kim Clijsters and Vera Zvonareva meet in

tomorrow's semifinal after both

won through in straight sets

today. Once again, there were

plenty of Australians at

Melbourne Park on Australia Day

and, once again, none of them

were playing on Rod Laver Arena. Australians weren't the only thing lacking at the

venue. A competitive

quarterfinal contest was also

proving hard to find early.

Women's second seat Vera

Zvonareva moved into the second Australian Open semifinal of

her career with an effortless win

win over Petra Kvitova. The Russian managed to shut out a

host of distractions, which

included a spectator falling

down the arena stairs and the

Australia Day 21 gun salute,

dropping just six games in 75

minutes of play. Vera

Zvonareva is through to the semifinals. She wasn't the only

one flying high on day ten.

Kim Clijsters also looked on track

afternoon, taking the first set of her match against Paleface

Adios 6-3. But the Polish 12th seed battled back into the

match and despite failing to

serve out the second set at 5-4 undoubtedly brought out the

best in the Belgian, forcing

the set to a tie break which

Clijsters ultimately claimed

7-4. That was unbelievable.

Andy Murray was another made

to work for his place in the

semis, unseeded Ukrainan Alex

Dolgopolov forcing the world

number 5 to produce something

special to win. Murray

dropping his first set of the

tournament along the way, but

steadying to win in four tough

sets. Last night 2008 champion

Novak Djokovic offered

Novak Djokovic offered a reminder that this year's tournament is far from a

two-horse race, dispatching of

Czech 6th seed Tomas Berdych in

straight sets. The Socceroos

have stormed into the Asian final with a stunning

demolition of Uzbekistan in Doha this morning. Australia

won 6-0 to set up a decider against Japan. Duncan Huntsdale reports. After taking

118 minutes to score against

Iraq, the Socceroos were a team

in a hurry in a hurry against Uzbekistan. COMMENTATOR: Harry Kewell

scores. What a finish! Kewell's fifth-minute strike

was followed half an hour later by Sasa Ognenovski's

opportunistic effort. Instead

of protecting their two-goal

advantage, the Socceroos put the afterburners on. COMMENTATOR: David Carney. With Uzbekistan reduced

to ten men, the Australian

goals kept coming. Everton.

Uzbekistan have been dismantled. The Socceroos'

World Cup failure was a distant

memory, as Valeri and Robby

Kruse also got on the score

sheet. It's Australia's day on Australia Day. My team had a

fantastic game tonight and I

think I'm really overwhelmed

today. I think it's just

reward for a lot of good work

so far in the tournament and

now we're one win away from

possibly calling ourselves the

kings of Asia. While the Socceroos' victory was never in

doubt, the Japan-South Korea

semifinal hung on a knife's

edge, with the Koreans

levelling in the last minute of

extra time. It's a goal. South Korea's momentum

disappeared in the penalty

shootout when it couldn't score

a single goal. They've missed

everything now. The three-time

Asian Cup champion, Japan, moved into Sunday morning's

decider against the Socceroos.

Australia will have to make

300 in today's one-day clash with England to take an

unsailable four-0 lead in series. Trott's golden summer

continued, but tight bowling

from Australia's trio of

spinners limited what could

have been a much bigger run

chase. A short time ago Australia was 2/42 in reply. It

shaped as a tough afternoon

from the outset for the

Australians. It's going to be

five wides to start the five wides to start the England innings. Strauss's dismissal

stemmed a soaring run rate, but

the relief was only temporary. That's a

That's a lovely shot, up over mid-off. Lady luck was clearly

with the tourists as Jonathan

Trott survived almost being

bowled and run out in the same

ball. A big mix-up. Oh,

unbelievable, I think that

might be - was there interference down that end?

Matt Prior was in a merciless

mood. This is the sort of

thing you don't want to happen

often. With 300-plus target looking likely, Australia

desperately needed wickets.

Steve Smith obliged with three

in three

Trott played his customary role

as anchor en route to a well

deserved century. A little of

everything, but it's his measure that most impresses He fell

fell soon after to David

Hussey, as did Owen Morgan. That's a remarkable ... Paul Collingwood muscled back much-needed momentum. That's

out of the middle. Michael

Yardy joined the party, belting Australia's

Australia's opening pair during

the attack in the final power

play. Collingwood became first

England player to score 5,000 international runs and became

the third today to be out to

Hussey. Yardy finished

unbeaten on 39 to help set Australia 300 for victory. Australian actress

Jackie Weaver is one of five

Australians in the running for

an academy Award this year with her first Oscar nomination.

Weaver is in the running for

best supporting actress as a

crime family matriarch in the

acclaimed Australian film

'Animal Kingdom'. Geoffrey

Rush's performance as the

king's speech therapist earnt

him a best supporting actor

nomination and the film he

helped produce is up for best

film. That's very special, because it was a very

collaborative experience when

we were shooting the film. Nicole Kidman got best actress nomination for 'Rabbit

Hole'. Perth-born children's

book auth or Shaun Tan is

recognised for the short

animation based on his book

'The Lost Thing'. Visual

effects wizard on 'Iron Man 2'

is also in the running. Good

luck to them. And mark Carmody

was to be at Commonwealth park

right now, but he's been out in

the sun all day. For fear of

sun stroke, he popped back into the studio.

the studio. Mark. Yes, thanks

Virginia, good evening. It has

been a very warm wife announced this afternoon,

she's not going to go through another summer without

evaporative cooling, as she's

over ceiling fans. I can't

understand why. Top today 37.

The relative humidity this

afternoon didn't get above 25%

and we've had moderate north-westerlies all day,

averaging at 30km per hour.

It's still very warm outside, 35 degrees. The

north-westerlies have eased a bit and the barometer is

steady. It was not the only

place hot and dry around here,

also around most of the region.

The coast was very pleasant, 25s and 23s in Merimbula,

Southern Tablelands reached

high 30s as did most of the

Riverina. Highest temperature

in NSW was 44 at Bourke and tip

borough today. Nationally

today, a cold front brought

cooler temperatures and showers

to Melbourne and Hobart. All

the other capitals were fine

and mostly sunny, with Sydney

topping 31, Adelaide 29. On

the satellite

see a cyclone called Bianca

developing between port

headland and Karratha.

Everywhere else is mostly

clear. A trough over the

centre of NSW may bring

scattered showers, but

upper-level warm air generated

by a high in the bite will keep

them to a them to a minimum. So around the state capitals tomorrow,

sunny and warm in Sydney and

Brisbane. Cloudy and 27 in

Melbourne. Possible late

thunderstorms in Perth. Close

to home tomorrow, onshore winds might bring showers along the

coast, while west of the range

it will remain hot and dry and

a few degrees cooler than

today. Yass 35. Wagga Wagga

36. While the Bay will be very

pleasant, 28. And for Canberra

tomorrow, it will be a day of

very high fire danger. Sunny,

westerly winds to 25km per hour

and a temperature range of 17

to 34. Sunrise will be at and, as you'd expect, there's

an extreme UV index. Then on Friday you won't need an e evaporative cooler as it will

be cloudy in the morning and

expect a top of just 27.

Virginia, on Australia Day you

can only wear Australian native flowers and here's two of my

favourites, a ewk and wonderful Kangaroo paws. Thanks, Mark.

No-one needs evap rative

cooling in this beautiful

weather. I know you've been down at Commonwealth Park for a

lot of the day and had a beautiful breakfast Lovely

breakfast, very moving, the

citizenship ceremony and flag

raising, hornet s flying

across, terrific this morning.

It got a tad warm this

afternoon, believe me. I know,

but there's still many people

out and about. Let's hope they

thoroughly enjoy the rest of this Australia Day. this Australia Day. Now before

we go, a brief recap of our top

stories tonight - the man allegedly sent more than 100 asylum seekers to Australia on

a fish willing boat that

crashed on to Christmas Island

last month has been arrested in

Jakarta. It's understood

officers used information

shared by Australian Federal

Police to make the arrest. And

celebrations have been held

across the country to mark

Australia Day. More than 400

people have been recognised for their contributions in the Australia Day honours list,

including former Treasurer, Peter Costello, the chief of

the army, Lieutenant General

Ken Gillespie and ABC

correspondent Sally Sara.

That's ABC News. A hearty congratulations to each of

those Canberrans honoured today

with an Australia Day award.

You certainly do us proud.

Enjoy your evening. Good

night. Closed Captions by CSI This Program is Captioned

Live. On my passport it says

I'm Australian, in my heart I'm

a north islander. Paradise

lost. There are no more

cookies left in the cookie

jar. The island community

trading its financial lifestyle

for a financial lifeline from

the mainland. I do not want

it. It's not right place. Welcome to the program on this Australia Day

holiday. I'm Tracy Bowden.

While most of the nation spent

the day celebrating, it's a

different story in those parts

of the country still affected

by the devastating floods. In

Queensland, the clean-up is

well under way but there are growing concerns that another