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Tonight - managing the

Murray-Darling, an inquiry

finds communication is key. If

you engage with the community

it's not hard to get more water

back into the system. A young man fights for his life after

being stabbed in north

Canberra. Seeing red, the share market takes its biggest in nearly a year. And

Australian story, the National Museum unveils its newest

gallery. Some of the individual

stories help us see history as

something much more personal

to ABC News, I'm Virginia and rich. Good evening, welcome

Haussegger. The key Independent Tony Windsor has helped broker a possible compromise deal over water rights in the

Murray-Darling Basin. The parliamentary committee he

leads has handed down a

unanimous report calling for a

slow down in water buybacks. If

adopted it could settle fears that regional communities would

ruined by have their farms and economies

ruined by a lack of water.

Bronwyn Herbert reports. There was white hot anger basin. Take it back, that's what it reserves. When regional communities first heard of plans to slash water allocation

s. Get out of here. But 8 months and a parliamentary

inquiry later. Comes a road map

to peace. Some of it requires

money, some requires change in

policy, some requires some

change in governance but there is a way through this. The

report makes 21 recommendations

to bring the basin back to

health without wrenching water It's something everyone can rights away

agree on. The Coalition in

being part of this document is

saying if the Government takes

that up we'll have a win/win

outcome. This was a unanimous

report. The plan's centrepiece was water-saving infrastructure

both on and off the farm.

Coupled with audits to ensure

river flows reach their mark.

The committee wants to limit

water bea - buybacks to large

water kept in the rivers. It's or strategic acquisitions and

the most efficient and

effective way of recovering water for the environment that

it program should not be delayed,

it should not be stopped. As

well as those who would sell

their allocation s. There will

be people who want to go into

the market to sell water and would certainly affect their opportunity to do that. It's now up to the Murray-Darling

Basin Authority to decide how

and how much water needs to be

reliance on Tony Windsor and

the fact that he's found much

needed political consensus,

today's report is likely to

carry great weight. The Windsor

report has given some hope to

those towns vigorously fighting

major water cuts under the new

basin plan. The region around

Hay in south-west NSW depends

on irrigation and farmers are

pinning their hopes on a water sharing arrangement that

cuts. From there environment protects them from any

reporter Sarah Clarke reports.

Perched on the Murrumbidgee

River Hay is a typical farming

town in the basin. After a

prospect of losing more water, decade of drought and with the

it has big concerns for the

future. We're just kept in the dark

dark basically at the moment.

Until the Murray-Darling Basin

plan is released our future's a

bit uncertain. The town's

football club were once winners

of the local premiership, now

they're fighting to field a team. That's our

problem. In the last 5 or 6

years all the 18 to

left the district. That's it in 25-year-olds have virtually

a nutshell. Hay is still a busy

regional centre but its population is falling and over

the last 5 years the local

primary school's lost a third

of its kids. Really that's just

basically due to the drought, I

guess. And I guess what the

worry for us with the basin

plan is if that water is going

those numbers are not going to to be permanently

rebuild. Hay is like most communities along the basin.

this long and controversial They're keen to put an end to

process and find out what the future holds and that's when residents hope investments will

start rolling in. The Windsor

report has given the town some

hope and residents are urging the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to take the

recommendations on board.

They're pretty serious plight.

Real estate has dropped by 25%, 30%. If these happening in the city there

would be a tumultuous

scream. The release of the new

water sharing plan is expected next month. What's old is new again. Julia Gillard's dusted

off a Labor luminary to help

sell her carbon tax. Former

prime minister Bob Hawke e has

defended the current leader's about face on the tax. He questions parts of the

Government's sales pitch but

reserves his sharpest criticism

for Tony Abbott. He's as mad as a cut snake. He is on this

issue. He is on this issue. I mean totally

irresponsible. Julia Gillard's

commitment that there will be no carbon tax under the Government I lead was as honest

a statement as the former prime

minister Bob Hawke's that by 1990 no Australian child will

be living in poverty. A group

of religious leaders has also backed putting a price on carbon.

carbon. Malaysia is playing

Government over hard ball with the Federal

deal to swap refugees. The ABC's 'Lateline' program has

strict new conditions obtained documents outlining

Malaysia's demanding for the

agreement to go ahead. Malaysia wants to decide which asylum seekers it accepts, it wants

Australia to cover nearly all

costs and it's insisting on sending 4,000 refugees to

Australia regardless of how

many asylum seekers it takes in

return. And Malaysia doesn't

want the UN refugee convention

to cover its side of the shows that Malaysia is seeking

to avoid any clear and concrete

commitment to meeting

rights standards. Tonight's international refugee and human

'Lateline' also reveals Malaysia has revealed all reference to human rights in

the revised document. A 17-year-old boy has faced court charged with the attempted

murder of a teenager in

Canberra's north last night.

Police were called to the

Scullin shops around 7:00 after

an 18-year-old man was found with multiple stab was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical

condition. Police say the man

was stabbed a t a block of

flats and then staggered to the nearby shops. He es scaped from

the flats himself and was

followed by the other males.

Once he was at the shops they

then left the area and he was

rendered - given assistance by the shop keeper

there. 23-year-old Hayden Tuck

of Scullin also faced court

today charged with abading,

aiding and abetting attempted murder. bail and will face court again

at a later date. Australia is

calling on the United Nations's

Security Council to refer

serious pres - Syria's present

to the International Criminal

Court. It comes on the day the

brutal tor chur and death of a

13-year-old boy has emerged as a powerful symbol of the

country's uprising. And a

warning this story contains images some viewer may find

disturbing. This is now the face of the uprising in Syria.

Emblazened on banner s across

Damascus, he's Hamza al-Khatib.

The 13-year-old was brutally

tor chur and kill afrd

to a protest against the Syrian

regime. The horrific video was

posted on the Internet and has

inflamed protests across Syria. The boy's neck was broken, genitals cut

genitals cut off and bullet

holes all over his body. The

story about Hamza have been The alleged tor chur has

angered world leaders. I can

only hope that, you know, this

child did not die in vain but

that the Syrian Government will

end the brutality and begin a

transition to real dhockcy. Australia has

tightened sanctions against

Syria and wants Bashar al Assad to be referred to the International Criminal

Court. The Opposition is

calling for the Government to

go further. It is time that

Australia consider refusing

credential the new Syrian

ambassador designate in

Canberra. The ambassador who I understand is close to President Assad should be given the opportunity to tell

President Assad directly about

the depth of the depth of feeling

here. Thousands in Syria are

now mourning the death of Hamza

al-Khatib. They hope this will

be the turning point against President Assad's regime. The

man accused of master minding

Europe's worst massacre

World War II will appear before the United Nations War Crimes

Tribunal tomorrow. Former

Bosnian Serb General Ratko

Mladic spent his first night

behind bars in a UN detention

centre in The Hague. The

69-year-old will appear before

UN judges on genocide and war

crime charges. A week after he

was arrested in Serbia. Mladic is accused of master minding

the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of

about 8,000 Muslim men about 8,000 Muslim men and

boys. He's also charged over the 44-month the 44-month siege of the

capital Sarajevo in 1992 in

which 10,000 people died. A new

Australian discovery could lead

to the first ever drug treatment for people battling

the most aggressive form of

breast cancer. Basal breast

cancer mostly affects younger

women and there's currently no

targeted treatment, only

are hoping their work with a

molecule known as Hedgehog will

soon make a big difference. Scientists at

Sydney's Garvan Institute have spent almost spent almost 5 years

investigating the Hedgehog

molecule. We've found that high

levels of this Hedgehog

molecule were associated with

quite aggressive tumours called basal-like breast

cancer. Researchers made the discovery after analysing tumour samples from 279 women with advanced breast cancer.

They went on to produce high levels

which developed tumours that

grew and spread rapidly. But

when the molecule is blocked

the tumours shrank and... One

of the most striking things we saw in our studies was that

blocking Hedgehog really dramatically reduced the ability of cells to

metastasise. So to leave the

primary tumour and go to other organs. The finding are significant for the sufferers who have basal-like tumours.

They can only be treated with chemotherapy. When that fail

there's are no other options. Drugs for silence ing the Hedgehog molecule are already undergoing clinical

trials in other types of

cancer. Researchers are hoping

to test those drugs in cancer patients within 3 years We're very excited about

the results. Obviously it's

early days but the fact that

there are drugs out there that

do target its pathway will hopefully give some hope in the not too distant future. The

next challenge is to develop a specific job for basal-like

breast cancer to Hedgehog. That could be ready in 5 years. Salt water

inundation, loss of bio

diversity and damage to the

tourism industry, the latest

report on climate change predictions for Kakadu National

Park tells a depressing story.

By the Prime Minister's being accused of making political

capital out of the report to

help her carbon tax. It paints

a bleak picture of one of the Northern Territory's most

famous national parks. A

report's been released on the

impact of climate change on Kakadu. This is telling us that salt water intrusion into

Kakadu would change its

ecology, would damage its

tourism potential. The report

says within 19 years sea water

will flood into Kakadu's fresh

water wetlands. Birds, fish and

animals will gradually be lost.

Storms will damage rock art and

bush tucker plants will be

wiped out. No-one's disputing the findings but Julia Gillard's being accused of

using them as a ploy in her battle for a carbon tax Using Kakadu and the salt water

intrusion is just plain scare

mongering and if it's just to

sell a tax it will do nothing whatsoever to stop any intrusion of water. Green

groups say the public won't be

hoodwinked either. They want Australia and the world to start cutting emissions, not

just producing more reports

saying how bad it's all going

to be. The timing's not good

for the Northern Territory's tourism industry. The report

says salt water crocodiles will

expand further into more swimming holes. And access to

the park's biggest draw cards

will be cut but at a tourism expo in Darwin the industry's

putting on a brave face. We're

always constantly facing challenges and this is just

another one. It is a long way off before we'll start to see potential impacts of that

magnitude. But a bigger than

usual wet season this year has already caused havoc in the Top

End. Many of Kakadu's iconic

sites are still closed. sites are still closed. The the

status as a world heritage area could be under threat. New

retail sales figures have given

a struggling sector reason to hope. Consumer spending grew at

its quickest pace in almost 2

years in April. But analysts

say it's just a blip on the

radar and the outlook for

retail sales remains bleak. Weak consumer

sentiment, rising living costs

and a boom in online shopping

from overseas websites

triggered early half-yearly

sales, all the signs were pointing to weak retail data

for April but a surprise. The

latest numbers are going to be encouraging for a lot of retailers, particularly department stores who have had

a very tough time over the last

5 years. Retail spending has tripled expectations,

increasing by 1.1% to 20 $20.7

billion. Some say the retailers

have the cooler temperatures to think That cold weather meant they were out buying

overcoats. Others say the sales spike comes spike comes courtesy of extra

holidays. There are a number of

would have been in favour of

retailers because it was giving people more of an opportunity

to get out and spend. Today's

stronger than expected retail sales figures don't alter the retailer's view that their sector is hurting. They're pleading with the Reserve Bank

to leave interest rates on hold when it meets next week. We

hope there won't be a rate

increase next week. We hope

that the RBA looks at these

issues and says we need to give

this part of the economy a chance to recover. The clearance sales don't appear to be sparking any recovery. We

can have sales going

off or under cost and it doesn't seem to draw people

in. And there's more evidence

of a struggling retail of a struggling retail sector.

The last 9 Australian Borders

book stores will close after no

buyers were found for the

debt-laden company. More than

300 staff will lose their jobs

and the fate of 59 Angus &

Robertson stores remains

uncertain. To finance now and

share markets around the world slumped today. Here in

Australia the plunge was more.

Investors were spooked by

weaker than expected economic

signals from the United States. Well it's strange, isn't it? Yesterday isn't it? Yesterday we learned that the Australian economy went backwards at the fastest rate for 20 years and the share

market was steady. Today the

market's learned that the US

economy is not growing quite as much as previously thought and

our shares are down 2.2%. The

tone was already negative in

Europe with falls around 1%

there but it turned into a rout

after Wall Street opened and

the main indices fell another

1% on top of that. The key reason was a what's called the ISM, the Institute of Supply Managers Survey which is used as a predictor of GDP. Basically markets had got ahead of

themselves with US growth. The

ISM is now predicting growth of

about 4% but that's still less

than what analysts had been

factoring in so all the computer models are now spitting out new share price

forecasts. Tens of billions of

dollars were wiped off local

share prices as a result which of course makes no sense at

all. BHP sells to China, not

America. Our banks don't there but Brambles does do

business in the US. To some

extent last night's falls were

probably a delayed reaction to US house price data that came

out the other day showing that

prices are still falling steeply. This is the big reason the

the US economy is under achieving and why share markets

around the world cannot get lift off. Oh, and then there's sovereign debt in Europe and inflation

inflation in China, of course. Commodities

Commodities were sold off last

night as well. Oil and wheat

more than 2%, base metals 1% to

1.5%. And the Aussie dollar,

stability, but not down as much

as the share market. Less than

1 cent against the US dollar

and the euro. And that's finance. The National finance. The National Museum of Australia has unveiled a new

gallery that tells the landmark

tales of Australian history.

During the so-called history

wars of the Howard era, critics called for changes to the museum's displays. That was 8

years ago but the museum is only

only just beginning the long

process of regeneration. It a battle that brought politics

straight into the capital's

cultural heart. Enjoy the museum? Yes. That's very

good. In 2003 some board members said the members said the new museum wasn't telling Australian

history properly. A commissioned report wasn't quite as scathing but it

criticised the profusion of

objects of conology. An

original display was pulled out

and today its replacement

called Landmarks has opened. I think

think over the past 10 years we've developed a much more history, there's lots of indigenous stories in this

exhibition, interwoven with settler stories. There's a

strong focus on farming and on

mining as the forces that built

Australia. A new object is this

15-tonne rock shovel still

encrusted with dirt from Rio Tinto's mines. There are

displays on the gold rush,

convict history and the Opera House. With monumental relics

as well as multimedia displays, some of its critics as well as

keep moving forward with the

times. I already has the prime

spot right by the lake in the middle of Canberra but there's

still a lot of work ahead before it can stamp its place in

in the heart of all Australians. And it's up to

the task. Great thing about us

being a younger museum that's

still growing and developing is

that we're not - we've kind of

got a great openness about the

way we can interpret

objects. The individual stories

help us to see history not in

these kind of big opposing

camps but as something much more personal and rich. Rich

veins of a story that's still

being told. The hunt being told. The hunt is on for

the best technology to rebuild

earthquake-damaged crooirs

church. A trans-Tasman research

venture thinks it has a few answers using laminated wood. It doesn't look like at Canterbury University but like

is inside. We have a frame which could be used for a

2-storey building or a 10-storey building and the

secret is that we've got this very high strength wood product

which is tied together with high strength steel. A frame

which can withstand some

serious shaking. In the lab 20

simulated major quakes. And

then outside in February the

real deal. And it shook and

there was no damage at

building uses laminated veneer lumber. Which is taking big trees which are peeled into

thin veneers and then the

veneers are glued back

together. You can get 3 or 4 times the strength. Beams are

then skewered with post tension steel

steel rods - the bounce factor.

Until now the design philosophy

has been designed to ensure buildings

buildings don't fail cat

strofically.. In an earthquake

if they do that and people get out safely that's fine. Researcher here

to be able to bounce back,

literally. It's a quality that has applications from the quake zone to Australia's cyclone-pummelled north. What's

good for seismic resistance is

easily adapted to be very good

for high wind load resistance

which is a characteristic of

northern Australia at least so

we think it has great

apublicability to Australia. For now though the

focus is on Christchurch and drafting plans for its rebuilding. Sepp Blatter has

been re-elected unopposed as

the head of football's world

governing body. After a series of corruption scandals Blatter

promised to overall the way

FIFA is run. I do not expect

any more battles why we should

expect that? Now we are going

into a new period of the FIFA

transparency and the FIFA controlling system. He plans to have future World Cup hosts

selected by all of FIFA's members rather than a small

executive committee. The host nation for nation for the 2026 competition

will not be decided for at

least 6 years. For the first

time in 5 years the top 4 men's seeds will meet in the

semifinals of a grand slam. In

the women's draw Li Na and

Maria Sharapova won their

quarter final matches. In the men's 4th seed Andy Murray and

world number 1 Rafael Nadal

joined Novak Djokovic and Roger

Federer. Rafael Nadal seems to be timing his run just right. I

did a lot of things very good

today so at the same time it

was positive. It had the

measure of Robin Soderling

earlier on in their quarter

final match. He's the only

person to beat Nadal at Rolland Garros but a repeat never

looked likely. With shot making

like this Nadal has every

chance to collect his 6th

French Open title. But there's

no guarantees for the world

number 1. number 1. He'll have to get

past Andy Murray in the semis

and then either Djokovic or

Federer in the final. Murray booked his place with a

straights set win over Juan

Ignacio Chela. Maria Sharapova

won the grunting contest and

the match against another high

volume competitor Andrea Petkovic. Petkovic. Sharapova will play

Li Na who's become the first

Chinese woman to reach the

French Open semifinals. It may be a new look Socceroos squad

but there will be no change in style for Sunday's against New Zealand in Adelaide. Holger Osieck's

attacking expansive approach on

show at the Asian Cup is likely

to be retained in what's shaping as a fiery

encounter They're going to want

to knock us off, it's a scalp

that they will want to take from us but we've got to make

sure we don't let that

happen. Tim Cahill's taking a

break from national duties to juggle family commitments but the 31-year-old has no

intention of walking away from

the Socceroos. I want to play

in the next World Cup and if my

body prevails then I'll be there. One of the most

celebrated careers in American

basketball has come to an end.

Shaquille O'Neal used twit tore

break the news to his followers

The 19 years, baby, that's very

very much. That's why I'm

telling you first I'm about to

retire. He played on 4 championship winning teams and

at his prime was the most

dominant player in the game. A

stretch in jail after what he

now acknowledges was a silly

stunt. He rode his skate board

into Melbourne's Burnley tunnel during this morning's during this morning's peak hour and at one stage veered into

the path of a truck. The police

were not amused. And as Lisa Maksimovic reports they've

charged him with reckless

conduct and confiscated his

passport. Dominic had plans to

see Australia's most famous

sites but this journey is one he's unlikely to forget. Trying to take the quickest route to

his Melbourne hotel the 21-year-old tourist nipped into the Burnley tunnel. In Switzerland we have a lot of

signals that says don't drive

with the bi cycle through the

tunnel, here is nothing. I say

OK, let's go through the tunnel. Somehow these must have been lost in translation. Motorists who

spotted him in the peak hour

traffic called 000. I think a

lot of people have got more

common sense. I mean a lot of people are doing a lot of people are doing a lot of silly

things these days but that just

about tops the

ride came to an end when he

took a tumble. Police allege he

rode into the middle lane of

the tunnel into the path of a

B-double truck. One of those strokes of strokes of luck, I suppose for

him, that he didn't get hit and

killed. There are certainly no second chances in this instance. You get hit in there you're dead. I will never do it

again and please, all the guys

out there, don't do it. It's

(Bleep) crazy. Crazy and

illegal. The stunt could now

land him behind bars. He

pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates Court to reckless conduct endangering serious

injury. His passport has been

confiscated while he awaits to

appear again in 2 weeks. Now to

the weather but unfortunately

Mark can't be with us so it will be brief tonight. It's

been a warm but overcast day, a

top of 18 degrees and a low of

6. Like Canberra it was mostly

cloudy around our region. Tops

of 18 and 19 along the

To the satellite image and scattered cloud over eastern NSW is due to a slow-moving

offshore low. That cloud over

southern WA is bringing some

rain. On the synoptic chart a

trough will bring patchy light

rain, thunder and a cooler change to South Australia, Victoria

Victoria and Tasmania. A high sunny and mild weather to the Northern Territory, Queensland

and NSW.

And before we go, a brief

recap. An inquiry led key Independent Tony Windsor

has backed irrigators calling

for a slow down in water buybacks in the Murray-Darling

Basin. If adopted it could ease the fears of regional

communities worried that their

farms and economies will be

ruined by a lack of water. And that's the news for now but

stay with us for '7:30' with Leigh Sales and Chris Uhlmann. Goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI Tonight on 7.30, are Australian soldiers suspicious

of the Afghan army after the murder of a digger? I think

that would be a natural

reaction. They must think that way. In his first TV

interview the new military chief defends the Afghan

mission. Foul play. Has Australia missed the chance to reform world football's

governing body? FIFA is an

to it that goes to its very

core. And - the $2 million

piece of wood that has

Australia's top musicians in

raptures. You really raptures. You really feel that

the violin is more telling you how to play it.