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Tonight - a done deal, but no quick-fix for Australia's hospital system. Canberra's

police shooting rekindles the taser debate. Teething

problems in Egypt as new-found

freedoms are put to the test. And Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth crowned at the BAFTAs. Should they prepare

Oscar speeches? I feel a looseness of the jaw.

Good evening. And welcome to

ABC News. I'm Virginia Haussegger. The nation's

political leaders are working

to lower expectations of a

quick turn around in the health

system. Julia Gillard, the Ministers are all claiming Premiers and the Chief

their national agreement on

health funding will help, but

they are telling patients the

deal won't deliver a miracle

political correspondent, Mark cure for healthcare. Chief

Simkin. After eight hours of

talk... Great result. A $16

billion deal was signed but not sealed. That will require

several months of further

negotiation. We've got an

agreement signed yesterday.

Sure, details are to be nutted

out. A key element of Kevin

Rudd's passage is officially

dead. Instead of becoming a

majority funder, the Federal hospital cost increases. The

States and the Commonwealth

will pour their pentathlon spending into a national pool

with the money then flowing to

local hospital networks. In

return, the hospitals will face

tougher targets for emergency

department and elective surgery

waiting times. Yesterday we

signed an agreement that deals

with the progressive with the progressive phase-in

of targets. Yes, it will be difficult to reach the targets.

It's not easy. I cannot and do

not pretend that from tomorrow each and everything in the

health system will be fixed.

That is obviously not the case.

This is a long-term rebuilding

of the system. Julia Gillard

was a buyer in distress. She

wanted to buy an outcome at

COAG and she's somebody who the States have taken advantage

of. The States are happy with

the outcome, even Tony Abbott's

conservative counterparts. In

my view, this is gain for Victorian patients and

it is important to have all

States and Territories on board. As long as the States and Territories on

administrative arrangements and

the flow of funds is clear and

allows the States to

effectively run the hospitals

get a final agreement. Labor on a day-to-day basis, you will

and Liberal leaders went into the COAG meeting yesterday,

rolled up their sleeves and

worked together cooperatively. Julia Gillard

called 2011 the year of

decision and delivery, making a

health agreement imperative. Government sources say it's a

big win, especially considering

the latest opinion poll puts

Labor's primary vote at just


deliver a $260 million funding deliver The national health deal will

boost to the ACT. The

Government says the new

agreement is essentially the

same as the one reached last

year. The Opposition year. The Opposition cautiously

welcomed the deal, but said its

proof that the last one was a dud. The dud. The ACT Government

is confident the price is scoured the new health plan and

right. The ACT will have the

term of the agreement receive

$260 million more than we have

been receiving had the status quo retained. Healthcare

swallows a third of the ACT

Government's budget. It is a

growing cost burden and the

funding commitment promises

relief. It's a good outcome

we've cemented the agreement

reached last year, rejigged and

formulated. We've confirmed the

agreement struck last year. The

is no longer on the table. We

need to see a lot more

detail. I think we've always

been in favour of a national

agreement if we can get the

right conditions. The ACT

Government has also crunched

the numbers on the budget. The projected deficit

million this financial year and from $84 million to almost $6

that means room to move come

Budget time. The pressure I

think of delivering as many

savings as we were going to

have to do has eased. We could

look at returning the Budget to

surplus earlier. The result is

partly thanks to a larger than

expected tax return.

Canberra's latest police

shooting has set off a new debate about stun guns. Nathan

Doherty was killed by police in

Wanniassa yesterday. The second

in a violent confrontation. Police said they

had no choice but to fire the

fatal shot and a - are hinting

taser guns may have averted the

tragedy. Craig Allen

showdown that left no reports. It was a suburban

winners. We have to have every

sympathy for the man who has

died and his family and friends. But equally we have sympathy for the friends. But equally we have to

police. 27-year-old Nathan

Doherty was shot and killed by

a single police bullet after

he'd come at officers armed

with two kitchen knives after a

domestic disturbance. He had

run-ins with the law before in early similar early similar circumstances and was shot

was shot in the leg during a

violent confrontation in 2007.

Yesterday in this Wanniassa

street police again felt no

option but to shoot. Let's

allow the issues to be looked

at in detail. I don't think for a moment we can question police officers who were experience and skill of the

difficult situation. Senior dealing with this very

police say it might have had a different ending if only they'd

had tasers. On this particular

circumstance I think taser

would have been effective. The general duties police in the

ACT don't have the stun guns.

They reserved for the heavily

armed police officers. The policeman says a wider rollout

isn't his to make. The decision

to deploy tasers is a decision

Police because it is an for the Australian Federal

operational decision. Yesterday's tragedy raises questions over the lefl

dealing with the mentally of training for AFP officers in

ill. I think that we need to be concentrating on making sure responding to somebody in

crisis have the training they

need. The Police Minister says

AFP training has been improved

coronial inquiry into Nathan just in the last six months. A

certain to Doherty's death is almost

Egypt's new military rulers have suspended the constitution

, dissolved Parliament and announced they will stay in

power for six months or until

elections are held. As the army

struggled to get life back to normal, scuffles broke out

between soldiers and

demonstrators who refused to

leave Tahrir Square. Middle

East correspondent Ben Knight

reports from Cairo. Not

everyone in Egypt knows how to

cope with their new-found

freedom. But there are others who do. Already the souvenir

stalls are out, commemorating

what has become known as the

25th of January revolution. In

the centre of town, the

clean-up continued. The

clean-up of the square and the

entire area has gone to remarkable proportions in the

space of a couple of space of a couple of days. Even the curbing has been repainted

by voz. Not only that, but graffiti has been painted over

as well and in this case has

been replaced with new

graffiti. If you look at this

one here, this says, "As of

today, this is your country."

Don't throw rubbish, don't pay bribes, complain to whoever you

need to and do not accept

tyranny. The people of Cairo

are giving the city more care

and attention than it's seen in

many years. At first people

were against the idea of us painting on walls. They said we

are cleaning and you are painting. We are trying to

remove all of this. When they

found it nice, they started to

paint and everyone is painting

now. There are other deeper changes going on. Two days ago

all these books were banned

under the old regime. The

state-run newspapers have had a

remarkable turn around in their

editorial stance. With the

downfall of Mubarek they were

talking about how great are

these people. They are the same

persons who have changed their skins.

skins. Suddenly overnight... In Tahrir Square,

the army began moving out the

last of the protesters,

sparking scuffles as they

pulled down the tents. The

army's command is making the

first moves towards fulfilling

its promise to steer Egypt towards democracy. It has dissolved the Parliament and suspended the has set up a committee to

prepare a new constitution and

promised a vote within six

months. But managing the transition to democracy will

not be easy. Yesterday there

were spot protests around the city like these police officers demanding better pay. The suddenness of the change has left many people here

overwhelmed. After just two

days, the people of Egypt are

starting to get used to it. In

a mass protest against PM

Silvio Berlusconi, hundreds of

thousands of women have rallied across Italy. Demonstrators

took to the streets in more

than 200 cities and towns. The

women say Mr Berlusconi has disgraced Italy with a string

of sex scandals. They say

they've had enough of their

leader and carried banners demanding he resign. Others read 'Italy Is Not A Brothel'.

Mr Berlusconi is facing charges

for allegedly paying for sex

with an underage nightclub dancer. He denied the dancer. He denied the charges,

saying the allegations are

politically motivated. To some he's a traitor who stole

millions of classified US

documents and had them published by WikiLeaks. To

others, Private Brad Manning is

simply a soldier who believe

the public had a right to know.

Manning has been held in a

military prison for eight

months now. His supporters have

toll the ABC's 'Four Corners' program they believe US

authorities are trying to break

him in the hope he will implicate WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. (Phone rings) This rings) This is the only known

voice of the young army

intelligence analyst who

allegedly stole over 260,000

classified US Government cables

and leaked them to

WikiLeaks. For the past eight

months Private Brad Manning has

been held in a military prison.

Twice a month David House visits the 23-year-old. From

getting to know him and

watching his state degrade over

time the only conclusion I can

reach is this is torture. His supporters argue his solitary

confinement is designed to

break the 23-year-old and force

him to implicate the WikiLeaks

boss, Julian Assange. The

increase in the severity of his

treatment is an attempt to pressure him pressure him into trying to

embroil us in some sort of

espionage charge. It's like a

sledgehammer trying to crack a

small nut. The US Government is trying to put immense pressure

on him for him to crack open. Manning allegedly confessed to his confessed to his role in the intelligence heist in a chatroom conversation with a former computer hacker. Adrian Lamo says he was the

one who tipped off the

authorities. I felt that what

Brad Manning was doing was a

danger to national security and to

to the lives of others. Julian

Assange insists he doesn't know

the source of the leaks but one of his former WikiLeaks colleagues has written a book, critical of the organisation

and he's accused Mr Assange of hanging Brad Manning dry. Everyone should be talking about Manning and not Julian's

trouble in Sweden or Great

Britain or wherever. Manning is

facing a court martial and if

convicted he could spend 52

years in prison. You can see the 'Four Corners' program on Brad Manning and WikiLeaks tonight at 8:30. An Australian

soldier killed in Afghanistan

has been honoured at a memorial

service in his home town in Tasmania. The nation's

political and military leaders joined joined Corporal Richard Atkinson's family and fiancee

in Launceston. Soldiers from

the combat engineers

Darwin-based regiment formed a

guard of honour, presenting his

hat. He was killed by a bomb 22 days ago in Afghanistan. Words

will never do justice for who

Akka was. He will want to be

remembered with laughter in remembered with laughter in our hearts. It's through his

example that our future is in

good hands. Richard, you are

now an immortal Anzac. We're proud to have served with you mate. Corporal Atkinson will be cremated at a cremated at a private family service. Two months after the

Christmas Island boat disaster the first funerals are about to

be held for those killed in the tragedy. Several survivors have

been flown to Sydney to

farewell their loved ones but

they will only be allowed a

short time with their short time with their relatives

at the funeral and that has

refugee advocates

worried. Maisa al Gaderi has

found herself in the spotlight for the saddest of reasons. A

refugee herself, she lost her

close cousin, Maryam and her

baby son Sam on the rocks off

Christmas Island.

from Iran. I'm feeling very

sad. Always I thinking about her. Tomorrow she will see her

cousin's husband Hussein at the

burial of his 3-month-old son.

His wife's body has never been found. He spent the past two

months in detention on

Christmas Island. He doesn't

care about future because he

lost everything he love in this life. Several survivors who are detained on Christmas Island will attend two funerals tomorrow. For 28-year-old Oday

el Ebrahimy, who came here on a

refugee boat eight years ago,

it will be his first

opportunity since the accident

to meet face-to-face with his

brother, who lost his wife,

5-year-old son and

daughter. My brother's wife

was 23. My nephew is 5 years

old. He is missing. Can't find

him. Three of Odey's family

members are in detention. he says it's his brother he's most concerned about. My

younger brother, I love him to

come live with me. I look after

him. Refugee advocates say they are concerned that asylum

seekers will spend very little

time with family members,

possibly as little as an hour. The Government says it is

working with families to allow

them to observe their customs

and grieve for their lost

relatives. It was a right royal celebration at the BAFTA awards

in London with an Australian

getting in on the act. Geoffrey

Rush was named Best Supporting

Actor for his role BAFTA BAFTA's royal drama has picked up seven gongs at the British Film Awards is the. The film dominated the night with a total of seven BAFTAs, including Best Film. BAFTA BAFTA's royal drama has picked up seven gongs at the British Film Awards is the... BAFTA BAFTA's royal drama has picked up seven gongs at the British

Film Awards is the The BAFTA for supporting actor Geoffrey Rush BAFTA BAFTA's royal drama has picked up seven gongs at

the British Film Awards is

the... Geoffrey Rush didn't

collect the award in person. He was performing in New

York. It's also the American

music industry's big night with

the Grammy Awards in Las Angeles. Australian Keith Urban

was among the winners there. His award His award for Best Male Country

Vocal Performance is his 4th Grammy. Parents of children with disabilities are often

faced with a wrenching dilemma

as they grow older. How to

prepare their children for life

without them. In Woden a

community is being built scratch to address this

dilemma. Like any parents, they just want their children to have the best shot in life. Our biggest concern is what happens

for Daniel when we're not around. These parents of

disabled adult children took

their concerns to the Government and took Government and took along the

solution. They proposed an imaginative community where

their children could live

independently but not

alone. Certainly when the group

came to me I could see the

benefit and I could see the challenges that surrend it. The

Government has set aside $7 million to build 25 townhouses

here where three young disabled adults will live among public

housing tenants who have been

specially selected to become

part of the community. It's a

program that is already working

in other States and overseas. A

very informal type of supported living. It might be something like inviting them in for a

meal or assisting them if they

get locked out of the house and

lost the key or helping them

hang out their washing or take

out the garbage. Really

acknowledging them and saying hello. Sally Richards's

25-year-old son, Jackson West, will be one of the first

residents. In Canberra group

homes are the main option for

young adults with disabilities.

Even more common is Jackson's

situation where he's cared for

at home by his mum. This

complex when it is built will

only take the pressure of these

three families. There are many

more in the ACT who would like

to have similar options. But

for these families, this empty

block of land represents a

life-changing moment and the

hope is that more families can take part in the future.

To finance now and the peaceful

peaceful political transition

in Egypt has buoyed share

markets across Asia and Australia. Surprisingly strong

housing finance figures have pushed higher as well. Here's Alan

Kohler. Things are obviously

still uncertain in Egypt but

the euphoria in Tahrir Square has spread to global share

markets. In the first trading session since president Mubarek

scarpered to his holiday house on Saturday morning, every

Asian market was up 1%, so was

the Australian share market

leaving the 5,000 barrier far

behind and closing at a

10-month high. The significant fall was Commonwealth Bank,

quoted ex-dividend. The other

banks jumped and BHP jumped 2%.

the company came up with new

profit guidance.

Unsurprisingly, disaster claims

are way over budget but

apparently there are a lot of

car accidents going on in the

UK leading to heavy losses. Despite the rain increase,

housing finance jumped sharply

in December. The economists had

expected demand for loans to

fall. After all, consumer spending seems to have been

soft at Christmas, but not for houses. Here are the graphs. This shows borrowing by

investors, first homeowners and

upgraders. The demand is coming

from the upgraders. There was a

moment in early 2009 when all

three categories were the same.

About $6 billion a month. Borrowing to upgrade is more than four times that. There is

more non-bank competition

around than there used to be.

But not much. Home lending in

Australia is dominated by the

big banks, still. The increase

in housing finance had market

forecasters pencilling in a rate increase earlier rate increase earlier than they

were thinking so the Aussie dollar went above parity with

the US dollar. That's finance.

Downer EDI, the world's first

wind-powered electric car has

completed a virtual emissions

tree trip across Australia. The

futuristic vehicle was a

standout on the roads as it

made its way into Sydney after

a 5,000 journey across the Nullarbor from Perth. It is

powered by lithium batteries

which were charged up every

night by a portable wind

turbine. The maximum speed on

the trip was 80km/h and the

team completed the journey in

just over three weeks. We had a lot of lot of flat tyres and blew two

motors but the little car

proved you can cross Australia on $10 electricity. The car

weighs 200 kilograms, including

the batteries and wind turbine.

70 kilos heavier than combined weight of the two drivers. Matt Giteau will start

his final season at the

Brumbies holding the leadership reins. Giteau, still deciding

which French club he will sign

with next year, will lead the

Brumbies against the Chiefs on

Saturday night. For three new

Brumbies, this weekend won't

just be the first game of the

season, it will be their first

starting appearance in a super

rugby match. It's been a big

year for Coleman after winning

the Australian under 20 Player of the Year award. He will

start in the centre with Giteau. Ita Vaea and Henry Speight will make their super rugby debuts. Coach Andy Friend

hats kept faith in the 15 men he selected for Thursday

night's final trial match

against the Hurricanes. I was

happy with the 15 after that

game. They produced good rugby.

We took them out at the second

half and they showed their

confidence again. I think they

earnt the right to start. Matt

Giteau has been named at

fly-half and will lead the side

while regular captain Stephen Hoiles continues his recovery

from injury starting off the

bench. I've never done it. I am

looking forward to it. Earlier,

as I said, I'm proud. There's

been a lot of talk around the

Raiders's bullback Jash Dugan

after his performance in the (All) game on the weekend. Already touted for NSW

selection, Dugan was back at

training today getting some

tips from one of the Blue's

greats. Thinking about it

Origin, but not as much as

getting off to a good getting off to a good start. Joel Thompson has been

cleared of a broken rib, but

will sit out this weekend. The Raiders Tom Learoyd-Lahrs will

miss the game after taking a one-week ban for kneeing. Australia's batsman have been

warned they will have to improve against spin bowling to

avoid an early exit from the

World Cup. There were positives

in last night's 38-run loss to

India. Brett Lee continued his

form and Ricky Ponting made a solid return from injury. A dramatic batting highlighted Australia's vulnerability to spin. Mark

Douglas reports. The twists and

turns of subcontinent cricket

taught Australia some valuable

lessons last night.

We could face conditions like that elsewhere. I would like to think we will play better. The

bowlers weren't to blame. They

subdued the talented Indian

line-up. Despite a few moments

of brilliance from Sehwag, the Australians remained in control

in the field. Brett Lee has finally picked up the

wicket. The resurgeant paceman

grabbed two more as India were

held to a modest 214. The tourists looked to be cruising

to a warm-up win and the

captain seemed to be finding form after a finger form after a finger injury.

Then it all went wrong.

Australia's middle and lower order were spun out well short of victory. Hopefully some of

the younger guys in the middle

order can learn about starting in tough conditions. Australia

plays its second warm-up game tomorrow night against South

Africa. One trophy down, one

to go for the most dominant team in the A-League's short history. Newly crowned Premiers

Brisbane ride a 25-unbeaten

streak in the major semifinal this weekend against the

Central Coast. We've had a

target on our back for a while.

Every week we've had to rise to

a challenge. There is no love

lost between Victory and the

Gold Coast. They will meet in an elimination final, just just

six weeks after the Gold Coast

coach blasted them for dirty

tactics. I said it in the heat

of the match. But I back

said in the replay. Tiger

Woods's long winless drought

continued in the Dubai desert. 15 months after his

last victory, Woods slipped

well down the leader board

during the during the final round. Spaniard Alvaro Quiros

won with the help of a hole in

one at the 11th. Get in there!

The women's tennis world

number one rankings seems like a poison chalice. Caroline

Wozniacki held it but hasn't

clinched a Grand Slam title. Now Now her successor, Kim

Clijsters has lost her first

final since reclaiming the

spot. She went down in straight

sets to Salva Kiir at the Paris

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

happy Valentine's Day to you

all. What a lovely romantic day

it's been. Mostly sunny, light

easterly winds and a top

temperature of 24 at the

airport. In Queanbeyan, it was

the same. It's an ideal

evening to take your Valentine

for a walk. It was sunny and dry today. Nationally there was love

aplenty in all of the capitals,

except Darwin, as they were

fine and sunny and not too hot. Darwin was very wet Darwin was very wet with 20mm

falling to 3. You can see why

it was so wet as the whole Top

End is covered in cloud, particularly over the Tiwi

Islands and Arnhem Land. Cloud

covers the North Coast of NSW. There's

NSW. There's two troughs in

NSW, one to our west, the other

over the North Coast. The one

to our west will move westerly

before linking up with a cold front in the Southern Ocean.

The system will move over our region generating widespread showers and cooler temperatures. Nationally

tomorrow: And for Canberra tomorrow,

there's a 60% chance of

showers, but there is only an

estimated millimetre in it. It will drop to 12 overnight,

reaching 23 tomorrow. the

winds will average between 10

and 20km/h. The days are getting shorter.

A lot of people associate Valentine's

and chockies. But I reckon you

can't go past a flowering

wattle and a sweety. I found

this beauty on the Federal

highway near the Sutton Bridge

turn off. The sweeties are in the shop. Flowering wattle and

a sweety, you're easily

pleased. Before we go a recap

of tonight's top story. The PM

and the State and Territory

leaders are trying to lower

expectations of a quick turn

around in the health system.

And that's ABC News. Stay with

us now for the '7:30 Report'

and you can keep with the

latest news on ABC News 24.

I'll be back with an update at

8:30. Until then, goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI.

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public health system now for 25-odd years. There is no doubt Ef seen it crumbling before

my eyes. Tonight on the 7:30

Report - medical professionals

give their veshd on the new health funding deal. -

the new health funding

deal It's a hospital reform package. It is not about reforming our health

system. Doctors told me I

would never walk again. And 2

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Welcome to the program. I'm

Heather Ewart. After reaching a

late-night agreement with State

and Territory leaders, the Prime Minister has spent the

day selling the benefits of the

Federal Government's new health