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Tonight - three men guilty but

two cleared of plotting to

Barracks. President Obama's attack Holsworthy Army

sweet victory at the end of a

year of defeat. South Coast

fishermen fear marine reserves will send them broke. Ricky

Ponting putting his hand up for the Boxing Day test.

Good evening. Welcome to ABC

convicted three Melbourne men News. I'm Siobhan Heanue.

of planning a terror attack on Sydney's Holsworthy Army Barracks. The court heard

they planned to shoot as many

people as possible until they

themselves were shot. The

trio will be sentenced next

month and are facing long month and are facing long gaol

terms. But as James Bennett

reports, two of their alleged accomplices were acquitted

today. After more than three months of evidence, one of

Australia's biggest terror

trials has reached a

verdict. What would you like to


What about the others that are

in the dock? Three men - 34-year-old Wisam

Fattal, 27-year-old Saney Aweys

and 26-year-old Nayef El Sayed

shootout at Sydney's Holsworthy were convicted of planning a

Abdirahman Ahmed and Yacqub Abdirahman Army Barracks. Two others -

Khayre - were arrested. The

quiktded men planned to fire

until they ran out of

ammunition or were shot.

Hundreds of intercepted telephone calls, many

translated from Arabic or

Somali, formed the basis of the prosecution's case. Federal

Police tapped the men's phones for more than for more than six months before

their arrest in August last year. Overwhelmingly apparent

throughout the trial was the

group's strong opposition to

Australia's involvement in the

wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Some said they would be willing

to become martyrs to advance

the cause of Islam. As he was

found guilty, Wisam Fattal

stood and thankeds the members

of the jury, saying to them 'Ladies and gentlemen, I

respect you, Islam is the

truest religion of them all

qutds'. It is not his first

outburst. During the trial, outburst. During the trial, he

abused the judge telling her he

wasn't listening. The

Attorney-General described the

trial as an example of how Federal and state and

intelligence agencies are

working together to combat

threat of terrorism. They

the community say they never

wanted to harm

Australians. The three guilty

men face up to 25 years in

prison. They will be sentenced

next year.

The US President has emerged

from a crisis ridden first two

years in the White House to

celebrate the fulfilment of a

string of campaign promises. A jubilant Barack Obama signed an

order lifting a 17-year ban on

gays serving openly in the US

military. While on Capitol Hill, Senators set aside

partisan grid lock and gave

their approval in a new nuclear

Craig McMurtrie reports. Yes, arms treaty with Russia.

we can. The President's last day in Washington before

Christmas was one to savour.

Thank you. Yes, we

did. There were hardly any

Republicans in the room to witness it but Barack Obama

delivered on his promise to end

the ban on gays serving openly

in the armed forces. No

longer with tens of longer with tens of thousands

of Americans in uniform be

asked to live a lie. After his

signature, the US military has

60 days to remove it. Soon

after, the Senate delivered his

top foreign policy priority.

Ratifying the long-stalled New

think it is fair to say this Start treaty with Russia. I

has been the most pruktdive post election period we have

had in decades. Instead of a lake lame-duck Congress, he

called it the season of process. But he also acknowledged the disappointments of his first

two years. Failing to close Guantanamo, overhaul

immigration laws and tackle

climate change. He isn't

giving up. One thing I giving up. One thing I hope

people have seen - I am persist

yentd. The President believes

the break in bipartisan can be

put down to in part the Republicans believing they will be more accountable. In the

New Year, he face as new

speaker and a majority in the

house. It is far from certain

if the spirit of cooperation

will last. But for Barack

Obama, after a gruelling year, today was a very good day.

After days of chaos, air

travel appears to be getting

back to normal in the United

Kingdom. Europe's busiest

airport, Heathrow, has reopened

both runways for the first time

since the weekend. The

airport's come under heavy criticism for its inability to

cope with the wintery

conditions. Tens of thousands of travel ers have been

stranded for days during the busy Christmas period. Today, a

sign of contrition from the airport boss. We have had

unacceptable conditions for

passengers in the last few

days. I am responsible. I

have decided not to take my

bonus for 2010. Eurostar train

services are returning to

normal but road conditions are

still treacherous. More snow is

expected over the next few

days. Residents of Camden in

Sydney's south-west are used to

planes flying overhead but

close for comfort. A student pilot was forced to make an

emergency landing in the back

yard of a family home. Both

men on board walked away with

minor injuries. Play time was

interrupted when a twin engine

light plane crashed into this

Camden back yard. My Camden back yard. My dad rang

up saying to my mum there's a

plane in our back yard and it

just crashed. We thought he was joking. A 62-year-old flight instructor and a

34-year-old student pilot were

on board. They were attempting

a training exercise when they

had to make an emergency

landing . We were both looking

out the window, the plane comes

down and just hits the ground and slides into our fence down

the back. Both men climbed out

of the wreckage unacysted as neighbours scrambled to call

am still shaking. Debris was for help. I was so shocked. I

left scattered of properties prompting at

least one resident to re

consider living under a flight

path. I thought 'Is it time

to move?'. It's very scary. Local police have

commended both men for avoiding

houses and power lines as they

tried to make an emergency landing. They did a fantastic

job in bringing it down with

minimal injuries to themselves

and no property damage apart

from fences. The 62-year-old

was taken to hospital suffering

back pain but there were no

other injuries. Given the time

of day, the kids weren't in the

back yard, they were up near

the house, but it could have been far worse. While the

emergency is over, it could be

days before the plane is

removed from the Lonergan's

back yard, much to the delight of curious neighbours.

Police have arrested four

Goulburn men in connection with an alleged drug ring to the Central Coast. Police. Don't move. Police. Police

searched two homes at Goulburn

and Yarra this morning. They seized

seized items including an unregistered firearm,

ammunition, cannabis and an rifle. They say a 71-year-old

man and his 36-year-old son

were involved in the supply of

$100,000 worth of speed. The

people arrested were involved

in an organised activity in

this local area, supplying

drugs not just to addicts but also encouraging young people

to try drugs for the first

time. Two of the four men faced

Goulburn court today and bail

was refused. They will be back

in court in February. A former Sydney brain surgeon has

pleaded guilty to the

manslaughter of a prostitute.

Suresh Nair was originally charged with murdering 22-year-old Su-Ellen Zaupa who died died after taking cocaine at

his Elizabeth Bay apartment.

Today, the murder charge was

dropped when Nair agreed to

jood mit to manslaughter. He

was charged with the

manslaughter of another

prosecutor, Victoria McIntyre -

prostitute, Victoria McIntyre. That charge was dropped but he

pleaded guilty to supplying her

with cocaine. He is remanded

in custody to be sentenced next

year. The NSW Premier is

calling it illegal but an up

per House inquiry into the sale

of State electricity assets as gone ahead. Kristina Keneally

says the inquiry has no legal

standing because she shut down Parliament yesterday. She won't

say whether the government will

take legal action to stop the

scrutiny of the $5 billion

sale. It was an inquiry

boycotted by State Labor but

the remaining members the remaining members pressed on with into the $5 billion sale of the State's electricity

asseting. Is a fire sale? A

charity give away? Is it

something to protect the

reputation of the government?

The Premier says the meeting was illegal because she

prorogued Parliament yesterday formally ending Parliament's

business two months earlier than scheduled Following the

provoguing of Parliament, they

have no standing to conduct

these businesses and they

cannot afford parliamentary

privilege to people who will

appear before them. I fear it

will end up in court if Kristina Keneally tries to

block the inquiry. The Chair of

the inquiry says the Premier's

timing is suspect. The only

explanation is the government

wanted to close down the

inquiry. I believe that's an abuse of their power. The

Premier says scrutiny of the

power sell-off will come from a

separate investigation but the

Auditor-General. Opponents say that will be too late, after the election and after

the deal is signed, sealed and

delivered. They are determined

to press on with the up per

upper House inquiry. The

advice is they can lawfully

meet, can require witnesses to attend, can summon witnesses if

necessary. On the witness list will be electricity Board

members who resigned en masse

at the first stage of

privatisation. That includes

one former senior Labor figure.

Current Board members will also be called over the two days of

hearing. The final report is

expected to be handed down by 31 January. Lawyers representing St Lawyers representing St Kilda

footballer Sam Gilbert say he

will sue a teenage girl who

allegedly posted nude photos of

AFL players on the Internet.

Today the Federal Court extended an order restraining the 17-year-old from publishing two players. The club alleges the

photos were obtained from Gilbert's computer. The

hearing will resume tomorrow

when the court will decide whether the girl should be

required to delete the photos.

This is only the start of the

legal process against her. The

next stage is seeking that this injunction becomes permanent

and suing her for damages and costs, breach of copyright,

breach of confidence and also

adding claims of deliberate

inflict ion of mental distress

and trespass. The girl wasn't

in court today but has agreed to attend tomorrow's hearing. The Federal

Government's proposed marine

presrfgs plan is being touted

as the biggest ever

environmental protection

decision. It involves a network

of marine reserves in

Commonwealth waters. Right now,

only 4% of State and Federal

waters are protected. Whileists - while environmentists support securing securing the areas, fishermen

say it will send them broke. It is early morning and Mark

McDermott is hard at work. We

are trawling for flat head,

trevalla. But he is worried a

push to set up a network of marine reserves in Commonwealth waters will cost him his

livelihood. I will probably

lose out $100,000 a year. The

Batesman Marine Park was set up

four years ago. As you can see

on the screen, we are restricted as it is. This third

generation jisherman says it -

fisherman says it cuts through

the fishing grounds. But

officials say fish stocks have

more than doubled. Around $10

million was paid out to most of

the coastal fishermen after the

no-take zones were established.

The park manager says those who

remain are reaping the rewards. We are save seeing a

higher percentage of fish in the zones. The Federal

Government has recognised the

need for protection and has

identified other areas assessment. If they don't

happen we are in trouble.

Certain species are at great risk. Some conservationists

want a marine network to

operate on similar levels to

the Great Barrier Reef. But

Mark McDermott remains un

convinced. Where does it stop?

Do they keep taking and not

giving? The Federal Government

says it is still working out

just how these new reserves

work here in Commonwealth waters.

waters. It says once the plans

are finalised, there will be time for more consultation. Still to come on ABC News -

let it be. A legendry zebra

crossing gets heritage status. What a difference

couple of years can make. Two

years ago in Zimbabwe, there

was no money, no food and

staying alive was a battle.

This Christmas is looking for

merry. Ginny Stein reports

from Harare. Santa is on the

loose in a suburban Harare supermarket. This store is

packed not just with produce

but with shoppers. Both rare

items in recent years. This year is a big

year. Locally-made produce is

finding its way back onto the

shelves. This year people aren't

something for Christmas. Chicken. I am a

soccer player so I need a new

kit. Things are busy. We

can't complain. Things are

looking good for us. Two years

ago, aside from no money and

nothing to buy, there was also

no electricity. This year, the Christmas

on in Harare. In Zimbabwe,

people's Christmas wishes are

simple - food rarely eaten like

chicken or rice or something

new to wear. In the rural

areas, strong rainfall has brought optimism about the year ahead.

ahead. Life here in the eastern

high lands is lived off the

land. There is few paying jobs

and cash is scarce. This

year, 23-year-old Elliah was

able to buy a pig to fatten for

profit. I would like to buy clothes, for the church,

this is where Elliah plans to

spend Christmas Day. Economic

prosperity may not have reached

here but after many years of drought there has finally been

some joy. In an area where past political violence has

claimed not just lives but

crops and livestock, that is definitely reason to rejoice. Australia Post says it has no

plans to close its Parliament

House shop front but says the

future of the Belconnen post

office is under review. It was

responding to criticism from

ACT Senator Gary Humphries who

says there is great community

concern over the future of the

two post offices. I am not sure

there has been any consultation

at all about these closures. Presumably,

Presumably, the people affected by them won't have

to give reasons as to why it

shouldn't have happened. The communications, electrical and

plumbing unions has similar

concerns about a lack of consultation and consultation and says it

believes both are under

threat. To finance now and the

Australian dollar is sitting

comfortably above parity with US dollar tonight. The local

share market is also higher

after global markets continued

to move ahead today. Here is

Alan Kohler.

It looks like Father

Christmas is going to bring us

parity this year. The Aussie

dollar went above $1 US at the

night. It feels like it will

be there on Boxing day. It is

also above 76 Euro cents for

the first time and above 65

British pence for the first

time in a long time. Global

markets are in holiday mode

already. On the local market,

the big news raised its bid for the

Riversdale Mining for $3.9 billion. The share market took

Riversdale's price above the

$16 because there is talk of a

consortium of Indian companies making a counterbid. The All

Ords finished a third of 1%

higher with BHP up. Overall,

this has been a year for small

cap stocks. My final graph compares the performance of what's called the small

ordinaries index. They were tracking together until September when invest ors

decided small is beautiful.

The small ordinaries is kiting

8% up while the 20 leaders have

for the year. But the finance

will go on. Have a great

Christmas and a happy new year.

I think I will spend some of

the cheap Euros and I will see

you in a few weeks. Until then,

that's finance. When it comes

to shopping online, the message

is buyer beware. The Department

of fair trading says more

people are logging on. While security ask improving, consumers are

consumers are being told to

stay on the lookout for scams.

Justin Stern has been buying goods online for nearly a

decade. He says dodgy sellers

are on the decrease but even

the most experienced web shoppers can get caught shoppers can get caught out.

You start getting anxious

about 'Where have my details

been?'. He says the most common

problem is when the seller runs out of stock and it is up to

the buyer to chase the goods or

a refund. Is it some guy

sitting in Sydney or in Africa or Asia as part of a pyramid

scheme. You have no idea. 57%

of Australians shop on the Internet spending around $25

billion a year. We have seen an

increase in recent years in

complaints about online

transactions. That may be

connected to the increase in the number of people using that

facility. The advice is

the reputations of web sellers

before you buy. There are

some sites online which are

looking to take your money and

may not give you anything in

return or damaged goods. Make

sure the web site as the

padlock like this one showing

the site is secure. Some

organisations are looking to

accumulate credit card

information and use that in a

variety of ways. Protecting

your information is very

important. Internet experts and

online sellers agree web shopping has become safer over

recent years. We are seeing a

lot more professional sellers

come online rather than people

garage. From the start of next

year, the Australian consumer

law takes effect. It will

make shopper protection laws

uniform around the country in a

bid to give consumers better

peace of mind. Ricky Ponting has shrugged off concerns about his fractured little finger

ahead of the Boxing Day test.

Ponting trained strongly in

Melbourne today, concentrating

on fielding and throwing drills. He says he will practise practise batting tomorrow

before making a final decision

on his fitness. John Hayes

Bell reports. His is almost

certainly the most talked about

and scrutinised pinky in world

sport. Three days before the

fourth test, Ponting has moved

towards being a starter. What

should be the final assessment

of his finger comes tomorrow in

the nets. The finger is good actually.

of playing the match. And

pain-free which will be

nice. While Ponting sent out a

reassuring message, his replacement, Usman Khawaja made

just two in a game against

Victoria. At the MCG,

everything is in preparation

for the crowd. MCG has never

been accused of being fast and

bouncy. It is more a wicket which offers a little bit

up-front and is quite flat

towards the end of towards the end of the match. The curator says it shouldn't matter which team

bats first but he has warned

batsmen on the opening day to

be wary of the ball coming

through slowly. Patience is a key ingredient here. If key ingredient here. If you

don't have that, you can be

four or five down earlier on

and the game over. The teams

shared centre stage outside a

cricket arena for the only time

this summer. The Southbank

gathering filled the air with

Christmas cheer. We are excited

about this. We have a great

chance to win the series.

Massive five days. I think he

said ourselves the standard of the the way we like to play cricket

in Perth. We have to make

sure now we keep touching on

that. In a series brimming with

momentum swings, the MCG is bound

bound to provide more. The

national zoo and aquarium has

welcomed new residents. They

are proving to be crowd

pleasers. Three meerkats have

joined the zoo. They are

attracting an audience. They

are quite interactive with the

crowd. If somebody comes over

to the exhibit, the meerkats

come running over and want to

have a look at what's going on. People get a thrill out of the

animal that is pay attention to

them. The zoo is hoping to add

a breeding male in the future. London's Abbey Road has

walked into history with a national heritage listing.

The zebra crossing was made

famous by a photo taken for a

Beatles album cover 41 years

ago. Musical pilgrims have flocked there ever since. A

palace, a Parliament, an an

Abbey. And another ab ie - Road that is. This Road that is. This zebra crossing has been a favourite

of Beatles fans, located just

outside the famous Abbey Road

recording studio. They come,

they cross and they stop.

Just as the Beatles did for

their record cover 'Abbey

Road'. Amongst the many thousands that do this Brisbane fan Lyn Kindt who saw

them perform in the 1960s. It

is the most office magnificent

day. It is not just those of a

certain age reliving their

youth. It is still great music. From

crossing is protected. No-one

can touch it, change it or move it without asking first. There

is potentially a problem. There

is some conjecture as to

whether this is the genuine

crossing, the one those four

guys crossed all those years

ago. This is definitely the

place, right next to the studio

which is a listed building

where the photograph was

taken. Local drivers are used

to this curious march but for

the uninitiated, it must be a

perplexing phenomenon. For Beatles fans it all makes

sense. If you are depressed,

listen to the song, you Pick you right up. Fans here

are happy this must do is now a

must-protect. An album-led

decision to let it be.

Now it is time for a look at

today's weather with Mark Carmody. Thanks. Good

evening. It got to 28 day. I

am glad it wasn't that this

morning as I was on top of a

ladder putting up Christmas

lights for a couple of doctor Cobbers of mine.

They were doctors after all

and one is a physio to boot.

The winds today were light but they have now turned more

easterly and the temperature is

dropping. It is now 21 degrees.

It is fine and clear. The sun

is still up, but it will set in

45 minutes which is good, as

some of the lights didn't Regionally today it was fine,

dry and sunny pretty much


Western Sydney was also warm.

Liverpool 31. The rest of the

coast was between 21 and 24.

Up over the range - Around Australia today -

As it moves out into Tasman, a trough will develop

over the central regions

bringing possible showers and

storms. Nationally tomorrow -

more rain for Brisbane. Onshore

winds might bring showers to

Sydney. Cloud will increase in

Melbourne. It will be fine,

dry and hot in Adelaide and Perth. Regionally tomorrow -

For Canberra tomorrow cialgs

it will be sunny with light

easterly winds at first. A

minimum of 11 overnight, 26

tomorrow. Due to the sunny

day, there is a UV alert

between 8:50 and 5:20. On

Christmas Day, the late storms

have gone and they will come on

Sunday. But there will be cloudy periods. It should reach

29 after a minimum of 10.

There will be showers and

storms on Boxing day. Talking

about Christmas lights, when the

from is in flower, it looks

like it is smothered in lights.

It is called Grevillea Robusta.

You don't need a ladder to hang

them. Alright, Mark, you stay

away from those ladders please.

That's ABC News. Stay with us

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news at ABC online. Enjoy your evening. Goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI it's as simple as been here to see me grandkids,

Tonighton oh on the '7:30 Report', giving the life at Christmas. It's a a gift

they're giving to my

daughter. I wasn't prepared

for first look outside in the

morning to see that Darwin had gone.

gone. Yeah, I will never

forget that. And three decades

after Cyclone Tracy, is Darwin

ready for the next big

blow? Unless we do something

about fixing up and designing

for houses strong enough, it will happen again. I agree with that view point. Buildings designed to the current standards, they've

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