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Tonight - the Prime Minister

stands by her man as the

pressure increases on embattled

MP Craig Thomson. First the mutiny, now the bounty, Libya's

rebels put up a price on

Gaddafi's head. The man who

gave the world the i ve iPod

and the iPhone steps and the iPhone steps down. He's

not just so much innovated

technology and caught the whole world's pretty much transformed society world's imagination, he's

in doing so. And a Canberra

company's mission to clean up

the final frontier. Good

evening, and welcome to ABC News, I'm Virginia has gone on the offensive in

the Craig Thomson affair. She's used

used parliament's last sitting

day for two weeks to try to turn the tables on Tony Abbott. turn the

Julia Gillard's accused the

Opposition of interfering in police processes by working

with the Liberal Government in

NSW. It gave her a brief

respite from a week of pressure

over Mr Thomson's use of a union credit card. Chief political correspondent Mark

in Simkin. Craig Thomson suffered

in silence. His boss didn't. Come in spinner, come

in, spinner. The Prime Minister

ended the sitting fortnight on

so the Leader of the the offensive. Can I say this

Opposition, another day and he

digs himself deeper into the

mud of hypocrisy on this

question. It was an absolutely

disgraceful performance by this

Prime Minister in question time

today. But as the Liberal Party

sinks in its stinking hole of mud and hypocrisy. A bristling, petulant performance. What this proves is the stinking

hypocrisy which is driving them

each and every day. One of the most extraordinarily graceless

prime pry ministerial performances

performances in question time. Labor's fightback was

fueled by claims of political

interference. It's emerged the

the NSW Police Minister who Shadow Attorney-General rang

then rang his police Missioner

who later announce Craig Thomson should be investigation into whether

investigated. Senator Brandis

ringing up his Liberal mate to

ring up a police commissioner, why would that be happening? She answered with

an allegation. We know they're

police officers because it's not above putting pressure on

happened before and now Senator

Brandis has got some explaining

to do. Somehow trying to

insist that George Brandis, of

all people, has questions to

for Dobell has answer and somehow the Member

for Dobell has not. The NSW

Government admits the calls

were made but denies there was any interference. Contacting

the Police Commissioner to say

he was about to get a letter

from a senator, there's impropriety being suggested there. Parliament has now risen

for two weeks, a break that

couldn't come quickly enough

for Labor. The Prime Minister

tried to regain the momentum

today but senior ministers

acknowledge the storm is a distraction and there's no

immediate way to end it. Union

month's massive job cuts have leaders reeling from

begun challenging the corner

stones of Australia's economy. They're questioning the

independence of the Reserve

quality of Bank, free trade policy and the

quality of the advice the

Government is getting. But a

trip to Canberra has left them

fall on in no doubt their requests will

fall on deaf ears. He shook the

foundations of a prime

ministership, now Paul Howes is

rattling the pill arse of the

economy. The Reserve Bank's got

a lot of questions to answer at

the

of 1,000 Bluescope Steel jobs

this week alone, the union boss is demanding a break in

workers' favour. When you have

people like the chairman of

Bluescope Steel sitting on the RBA board you would expect the

RBA board to be bringing

interest rates down. If not he

thinks the central bank could

well be due for review. They

don't need threats from the

likes of him in order to make

the best judgments from the

point of view of the broadest

well being of the Australian

people. The union's also baying

for the Treasury Paul Howes described some of

its work as dodgy. The its work as dodgy.

Government won't have a bar of

it. The Commonwealth Treasury

is a very professional outfit,

I'm going to reveal something

shocking, sometimes they don't

get everything right. Just to round out a trifecta, free

market economics is also out of

favour with the unions angry

over the damage a high dollar

is wrecking on manufacturing If

you don't think there is a

crisis going on you have got your head in the sand. Reserve

Bank independence, Bank independence, exchange

rates and free trade, nothing's

the targets are are at the off limits to union angst

heart of economic policy and

untouchable as far as the Government's concerned. We won't go down protectionist

paths. It's bad for Australia, it's bad for Australian

jobs. After all, open trade has

helped one exporter post a

record $22 billion

at least, flowing overseas, profit. Hundreds of millions,

that should be coming into this nation's own needs. Balancing

the 2-speed economy is Reserve Bank governor's dilemma. He gets his say

tomorrow. There's growing

pressure tonight on the Lybian leader Moammar leader Moammar Gaddafi to

surrender. Although his

whereabouts are unknown, the

Lybian opposition has offered

an amnesty and a big reward for

anyone who captures or kills

him. But the fighting in

Tripoli is not over yet with

rebel fighters continuing to

engage pockets of pro-Gaddafi

resistance. ABC correspondent Ben Knight is in

The hunt for Colonel Moammar

the leader himself remains in Gaddafi has intensified. While

hiding his soldiers are still

fighting a tough battle in the

capital Tripoli. For opposition catching Colonel capital Tripoli. For the

Gaddafi is still the ultimate

goal, not just because of the

new price on his head of

millions of dollars. I'll do

all I can to find him, to catch

him, to judge him, to put him

in a cage. The rebel leadership

had promised there would be no

through to everyone. When I blood retribution but that

feel free I see the blood of

Gaddafi on the ground then I

free and I can say like the

German I am the man, German I am the man, I am the man. Bunkers found inside

Colonel Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli have confirmed the

widely held belief here that

he's escaped using a network of

underground tunnels. But some

think he is still in the city. I think Gaddafi's here. I

mean there's a lot of tunnels

and stuff like hell, you know, he built it for this day to stay running away from people,

you know. Rebels have ransacked

the sea side villas of Colonel

Gaddafi's children. Finding the

recommend flants of their lives of luxury all left behind in

the rush to escape. A gold

statue with his daughter's

faces, thousands of dollars of

designer clothes and sports

cars all found and looted. You

see the place, you know, you

see this is expensive things here, this is the problem, this is why the

happened. For the rebels it

seems all roads in Libya now

lead to the capital. They're sending fighters to Tripoli from wherever

bringing them home to be

buried. Funerals like this

happen a lot here and they're

expecting there will be more.

Moammar Gaddafi will continue

to fight from neighbouring

African countries. In Tripoli

the situation is tense and

dangerous. On the road into the

capital 4 Italian journalists were

killed. There's no end in site

for this street battle, or indeed

indeed the civil war. And a short while ago the

Knight filed this update on the

tense and unpredictable situation in central

Tripoli. We just turned up at

one of the rebel compounds which is very close to the

heart of the city. It's an old

oil company but now a rebel

base. It's early in the morning

and because this is the holy

month of Ramadan normally this would be a today but for a very different

reason but it's not completely.

Just before dawn this morning

we were outside in our compound

and we were very quickly told

to get inside and shut doors because there was some

shooting outside. Very tense

here but there is some optimism

today from the rebels, whether

they wake up feeling that way

every morning I don't know. One

believes the fight willing be

over in a couple of hours today. Ben Knight there in

central Tripoli. Indonesian

police have arrested a

notorious people smuggler and are

extradite him to Australia to

stand trial. Sayyeed Abbas Azad

was detained early yesterday

morning. The head of Indonesia's anti-people

smuggling task force says Abbas

is accused of organising a boat that arrived at Christmas

Island 2 weeks ago with more than 100 asylum seekers on

board. Australia's chief

veterinary officer says the slaughter boxes at ind thesia's

abattoirs that were paid for by Australian taxpayers and the livestock

livestock industry are cruel.

He's found that they breach

almost every aspeckts of international standards. The Government has responded by

introducing a permanent ban on

the installation of the boxes in Indonesia. And a warning,

Philippa McDonald's report

contains images some viewers

may find distressing. The chief veterinary officer

veterinary officer couldn't

have been clearer about the use

of the mark 1 restraint box. "This

"This practice causes avoidable

suffering" and that its use is in breach of the world

organisation for animal health standards for the slaughter of

animals that restraint and

slaughter is carried out without causing undue stress to

animals. The chief veterinary officer found "The poor animal welfare outcomes associated

with the use of the box were

further exacerbated by lack of

competency in animal handling

and efficient sphrur, operational procedures, equipment and training." So

much money was spent on devices that are inherently cruel. The livestock industry Australian taxpayers spent $2

million providing the mark 1

boxes to Indonesian abattoirs. We don't believe

necessarily that it was an

overly cruel piece of

equipment. Prior to the mark 1

box being installed there was

virtually no infrastructure in

Indonesia. But there are more

than 100 of the restraint boxes

throughout Indonesia and only a

few have been modified to be more humane and almost 3 months

after the disturbing images

were broadcast on 'Four

Corners' the Government has installation of any

more. Australia has gone into Indonesia, introduced a system

that actually entrenches

cruelty in the slaughter process and process and has now said we're

not going to use that anymore

for Australian animals but they

will still be used for

Indonesian animals. We need to

go faster. We've agreed to

putting more money into the

program and we believe with the

rapid uptake of stunning that

we will get there as soon as possible. The live trade

resumed this month with the condition that independent

monitors keep an eye out for any cruelty any cruelty and that stunning become a common practice. In

Queensland the city of Logan is

in morning as it struggles to

come to terms come to terms with the loss of

11 people in a house fire. The

Tongan and Samoan communities

have rallied around the 3

survivors and relatives of the

2 families who were living in

the house. The calls of the

devastating fire is still under investigation. After such investigation. After such an

inconceivable loss there was comfort in community. As more

bodies were taken from the

charred wreckage of the Slacks

Creek house an honour guard was formed. The grief stricken had

traditional mourning mats for their loved one. As the van

moved away they struggled to

let go. Sam Taufa lost his

mother, sister aunt and nieces.

He rallied those who held vigil overnight. We've lost 11

members but we've gained

hundreds more. Over come by

grief, he had to be treated grief, he had to be treated by paramedics. The streets surrounding the house are

closed, a memorial wall has

been established. Police and

emergency workers paused to emergency workers paused to pay their respects. It's buoyant

for us working inside because

we can hear them singing and it

gives us a lift as well. The

wider community is also rallying. Both the Wallabies

and All Blacks sent messages of

support. I'm sure the Wallabies

will raise money for the family

as well but our thoughts go out to them. Disaster

identification experts say the victims

the house. But forensic teams

are still trying to work out

where it started. Probably

downstairs where several gas bottles were heard exploding. That's probably the

burning question everyone's mind. How did this fire start,

what was the cause and more specifically where was it and

what actually happened. The

coroner has visited the scene,

local residents say they won't leave until all the victims

have been taken from the house.

Few people can lay claim changing the world but Steve

Jobs may be one of them. The

CEO and cofounder of Apple,

creator of the iPad, the iPod Andi phone has resigned. It's

believed ill health has prompted the prompted the decision. The

question now is where to for

one of the world's most

prominent companies. His casual

clothes became a trademark, his

products became a phenomenon. We call it the

iPad. Few CEOs boast a legacy

like Steve Jobs. He's not just

so much innovated technology

and and caught the whole world's

imagination in what was a geeky

thing, he's pretty much transformed transformed society in doing

so. The 56-year-old's fought

pancreatic cancer since 2004 and took leave in January. His

resignation came in a letter to

Apple staff. The reaction was

swift. Apple shares slumped in after hours trading. It should

be said when he's left in

company in the past they

haven't done so well and he's

definitely leaving Apple at a time when they're more successful than ever. Steve

Jobs cofounded Apple in Silicon Valley garage in 1976.

His first major success was the

Apple-2. I'd like to show you

Macintosh in person. In 1984

the Mac introduced the mouse

and swept the world. Steve Jobs

then fell out with Apple

parting company until 1996 then

came the iMac, the iBook and in 2001 the iPod. It's got

buttons, voice over and play

list. The iPhone with the iPad

shot Apple to the top of the

second most valuable company

worth $350 billion. Apple

executive Tim Cook has taken

over as CEO. Most analysts

don't expect the company to

suffer. The warning bell of

Steve Jobs first going on

medical leave has meant that

really everything possible is

in place in terms of the people and the structures. Steve Jobs'

current condition isn't known.

He's staying on with Apple as

chairman. The ACT Government

has introduced a bill make it illegal to smoke in a

car if children are present. Under the proposed law drivers

will be fined $250 if they're caught smoking in a car when a

child under the age of 16 is a

passenger. The Chief Minister

has also launched an education campaign on the harms of

second-hand smoke on

children. Even with the windows down smoking in the car can be

like being in the worst

smokeyest pub you can imagine

and the harmful effects of those are obvious. So this is,

you know,

tobacco control measures. The

bill is expected to pass later

this year. There will be a

6-month adjustment period

before the law comes into force. Australian scientists

are are one step closer to

stopping the spread of the

mosquito-borne illness dengue

fever. Earlier this year they

unleashed thousands of

specially bred mosquitoes in 2 locations in northern

Queensland and the results of

the world first study have the scientific community

Professors Scott Ritchie and

Scott O'Neill the idea was an

itch that wouldn't go away, to battle a virus that affects

more than a third of the

world's population. 2.5 billion people live in dengue

transmission areas around the

world and more than 50 to 100 m million people get sick ooefr

erevery year. They found

infecting mosquitoes with a

natural bacteria Wolbachia

reduces their ability to grow

the dengue virus. Because the virus has to be transmitted by

the mosquitos if we can stop

the mosquito getting dengue we can stop it being

transmitted. Earlier this year

they released thousands of the modified mozzys within two

suburbs of Cairns. Within

months the bacteria had spread

throughout the local population. The people who

signed up for the trial didn't

mind sharing their homes for

the sake of the project. I was confident none of the

mosquitoes they released were

going to cause my family or me any

any harm. The results of the

world first study published in the scientific journal 'Nature' and the

researchers say they're

thrilled. At the very least we

suspect we're not going to have

big major epidemics anymore. it might be small smouldering

outbreaks instead of large

hundreds of thousands of

cases. Further trials are planned in Cairns as well as

the virus hot spots of

Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia

and Brazil where a simple

mosquito bite can be deadly. An unmanned the International Space Station

has exploded leaving the 6

astronauts without fresh supplies. Russian officials say

the craft called Progress

exploded 5 minutes after off falling back to Earth

somewhere in Siberia. Progress

was carrying more than 2 tonnes

of supplies for the space

station including water, food,

oxygen and fuel. We can go

several months without a

resupply vehicle if that becomes necessary. Until investigators find out what

went wrong there will be no more launches. The scrapping of

the USA shuttle program last

month means there's now no back

up spacecraft leaving the International Space

vulnerable in the event of a

serious problem. A Canberra

company has won a $3 million

contract to develop technology

that could help clean up space

debris. Electro Op tick Systems will work with an American

aerospace company to come up

with ways of preventing costly cosmic collisions. Every year

satellites are damaged destroyed by space junk. Here

at Stromlo Observatory Electro-Optics Systems is

working on ways to reduce those cosmic dangers. This contract

is the last step in

transitioning the technology to a full operational

capability. EOS says its laser

tracking telescopes can more

accurately pinpoint where space

debris is and help satellites

dodge flying objects. They will

also ensure satellites waste

less fuel when there's a false

the number of manoeuvres that a

satellite is making by giving

much more accurate debris

tracking then we have a 70%

improvement in terms of lifetime of the satellite. Accuracy is crucial

in airnautics. Only two years

ago incorrect data caused a US

communications satellite to

collide with Russian space

junk. EOS says its laser

technology is 10 times more accurate than the system's

currently in use. With radar

technology the positional

accuracy of tracking space objects is anything between 20

metres and 2 kilometres. But

with this laser surveillance

system flying objects could be tracked within 1.5

tracked within 1.5 metres. The company hopes its space tracking project will bring it

to worldwide, if not intergalactic attention. To

finance now and some of

Australia's biggest companies are feeling the pinch are feeling the pinch as consumers continue to save instead of spend. As Michael Rowland

in an unforgiving mood. Well

BHP Billiton may be swimming in cash but many other companies in the lower

economy are doing it tough.

Exhibit A is retail giant

Woolworths. Now it posted a

modest 5% jump in annual profit

but warned a particularly

challenging year lay ahead as

shoppers became increasingly

thrifty. A bargain could be had

though with Woollies shares.

They fell more than 5%. Also

struggling is Virgin Australia with a

but it pledged that earnings

were close to taking off sent

its share price soaring 15%.

And investors punished

engineering group Transfield

for its $20 million loss.

Shares plummeted 22%. Just as

well the banks and the miners

had a good day allowing the All

Ords to close nearly 1%

higher. Well, Steve Jobs wasn't

the only shock CEO departure

today. Troubled construction group Leighton Holdings

announced the resignation of

David Stewart after

in - months in the top job. David Mortimer also said goodbye. Investors were

stunned. Shares dropped 3%.

Gold's record-breaking run has come to an end. Prices have

tumbled more than 7% in 2 days.

A sure sign some investor nerve

usness is easing. The Australian dollar continues Australian dollar continues to

trade in a fight - tight range

against the greenback. The

Commonwealth Bank's latest

surveys of importers surveys of importers and exporters points to a currency high dollar is generally good

believe it will shoot well

above US $1.20 by the end of

the year. Exporters who are

being thumped by the strong

currency also fear more pain

on the way but they're praying for parity by the middle of next year. That's

finance. Ukraine is marking 20

years of post Soviet

independence but there are

signs of renewed political turmoil with increasing

opposition protests. There have

been growing demonstrations about the trial of former prime minister Yulia faces 2 years in jail on

charges of abuse of power. The

ABC's Norman Hermant reports.

This is how Ukraine's

Government wanted people to

celebrate 20 years of post-Soviet independence with

huge crowds in central Kiev but for thousands of opposition

supporters this was another day

for protest against the ongoing

trial of Yulia Tymoshenko, the

former prime minister and one-time co leader of the

democratic Orange Revolution.

Ms Tymoshenko's

occupied part of central Kiev

since she was jailed for

contempt of court nearly 3

weeks ago. Oxana has been here

for 10 days and like many

others has no plans to leave.

TRANSLATION: The people will

fight still the victorious end,

until Yulia is released. The

former prime minister is

accused of signing a natural

gas deal with Russia that wound

up costing Ukraine $200

million. The Government says an independent prosecutor, not

President Viktor behind this, but the foreign

ministry concedes that's been a

tough sell in the European

Union which Ukraine aims to join one day. We would have

wish ed it hadn't existed. It

would have been much easier for

us if there had been no charges against Yulia Tymoshenko. But

there's no sign the charges are

going away. This march was

stopped by a wall of stopped by a wall of riot police. The longer Yulia, as

she's known, remains in the

dock, the bigger these are likely get. For now

Ukraine's Government is holding

its ground but its position is

only going to get tougher. A

guilty verdict will only bring more condemnation from the

West, not guilty will be a

political loss at home. For Ukraine's President it seems

there's no easy way out. The

Wallabies have hoping to win

their first Tri-Nations rugby

title in 10 years when they

meet New Zealand in Brisbane on

Saturday. It's been such a long

time since the Wallabies have lifted the trophy Blacks coach, Graham Henry,

forgot about it all

together. Have they ever lifted it? Yes, 20016789 I do

apologise. Oh, they have done it. It hasn't happened that

often so I'm not sure when he started coaching but it hasn't happened while he's

coached. The All Blacks have

made 11 changes to the under

strength team that lost to the

Springboks on the weekend. It

will be a big moment for new

Wallaby's captain James ho ril

who will lead his country who will lead his country for the first time in international rugby. Now for rugby. Now for the weather. Good evening. It was another

lovely day in our town today

after a pretty cold start,

minus 3. And it was calm around about morning tea the

north-westerly wind picked up and freshened during the afternoon averaging to

30km/h. Top temperatures were

18 in Belconnen, 19 in Civic, 20 down in the Valley.

Currently it's fine and clear,

still a little breezy but they

will back off to almost zero a bit later on and the

temperature is 13 degrees. Locally today:

Cloud is moving off the

Queensland coast and there

might be some lingering showers

there tomorrow. But the west

coast of Tasmania will get rain

as a band of cloud will cross

there tonight. A series of high pressure

pressure systems across the

centre of Australia will keep

our region fine, dry and mostly

sunny while it will generate

moist, onshore winds along the coast. So if you're going interstate tomorrow:

And here in Canberra tomorrow

fog and frost again, then a

mostly sunny day with light

winds, minus 2 to 19.

The north-westerlies will The north-westerlies will be

stronger averaging to 20km/h

and lit be slightly cooler, 18

on Saturday, 17 on Sunday. So

this weather is transforming

our town. It's also having a

wonderful affect on botanic

gardens. Just look at these Albany daisies from WA. Crackers. They are very sweet,

but that's very de-Muir little

arrangement for you. Thanks,

Mark. Before we go, a brief

recap of our top stories tonight. The Prime Minister is standing by the beleaguered

backbencher Craig Thomson as

the Opposition keeps up the

pressure on him. Mr Thomson is

accused of misusing accused of misusing his union-issued credit card when

he ran the health services

Union. And pressure is growing

on the Lybian leader Moammar

Gaddafi to give himself up.

Opposition forces have offered

an amnesty and a big reward to

anyone who captured or kills

Colonel Gaddafi. And that's the

news for now. You can keep up

to date 24 hours a day on ABC

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Live Welcome to the program. I'm Leigh Sales. Tonight on

7.30, we look at how millions

of people are paying billions

of dollars for financial

services they don't even get.

never got financial advice and

to the best of my

to the best of my knowledge,

never met the financial

adviser. Are Australians being ripped off in their retirement.

? I find that and

obscene. Hitting a high note. It is a bit like Cadel Evans and what Evans and what he's just achieved. What we have achieved in the classical music

field is exactly the

same. Australia's Classical All Stars from around the world

return home for a once in a

lifetime gig. I think it's

going to be a lot of fun. Tonight politicians are

heading home from sitting weeks. There's been no

let-up in the opposition's pursuit of Labor MP Craig