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Live. Tonight - two close to

hung Parliament. It will be call. Victoria on track for a

very close. I think

Victorians are looking for a

change. Growing frustration for NAB customers who still can't

get hold of their money.

Bearing witness to the world's

conflict. How film changed the

way we remember. And a century

day three of the Ashes. That's each for Hussey and Haddin on

a match winning partnership

this one. What they're standing at Gabba. Good evening, Craig they're standing at the

Allen with ABC News. The

voting booths are closed and counting is underway in the Victorian State Election. It

could be some time before we

know the result. For the first

time in this campaign, the polls are tipping a Bailieu over Labor's John for Coalition leader Ted

Brumby. Today both leaders

cast their votes, but as Nick

Parkin reports, it wasn't all

smooth sailing. After four

weeks of official campaigning,

and months of unofficial

politicking, the final votes

are being cast. John Brumby

seeking to be elected Premier

in his own right expects

tonight's count to go down to

the wire. It will be very,

very close, very tight, and hopefully we'll get a result

tonight, but I can't tonight, but I can't guarantee

that. The Opposition leader remains confident. How are you

feeling, Ted. Good, very positive. And says Labor

doesn't deserve a fourth term

in office. I think Victorians

are looking for a change. They

know the only change they're

going to get if they vote for a

Coalition. The Premier was

forred to make a last minute

change of venue to cast his

vote after a protest by a

community group in the Prahran

electorate allegedly caught attention of attention of Labor

staffers. You I was constantly

hassled by Mr Lupton staff. I was feeling very stressed. Adding to the stress

for voters, were at times long

queues and some typical

Melbourne spring weather. For

some the pressure was too much:

for most election day traditions kept the mood

cheerful. Particularly if

people are sanding in a queue

they might as well as S have

one of our succulent gore way

sausages. A late swing to the

Coalition. The Age kneel poll puts the Coalition ahead of

Labor. While Newspoll have the

Coalition in the lead 51 to

49. It's not my intention today

to talk about the polls. You

know what, we've got an

interesting poll today. It is

an even bigger poll. With polls

suggesting the election result

will be extremely tight, many

seats will be decided by votes

cast at pre-polling centres.

Those votes, some half a

million of them, won't be

counted until Monday many, many

candidates have a long week

ahead. One seat likely to have a close result is Bronwyn

Pike's electorate of Melbourne

which is under threat from the

Greens. I've waited well over a

week in the last two elections,

so it might be that story

again. Look, I think we'll go

well. Whether or not we

actually get over the line, that's now up to the

voters. Voters have had their

say, now it's time for

counting. Nick Parkin, ABC News, Melbourne. South

survived a move to push him Australia's Premier

from office. Mic ran was a

costed by protesters as he arrived at the Labor Party

state conference. Union groups are

are demanding the political

scal ps of Mr Ran and his Treasurer Kevin foally

declining polls and a series of

public sector budget cuts. This

stinks from the head down and

it is clear that the ran

leadership group is on the

nose. There's a difference

between being responsive and being dictated to. A formal

motion calling for a change of

leader ship in the Labor Party

was defeated. It has been a turbulent few weeks for

Qantas's A380 but finally the

first of the fleet is flying

again. The airline grounded

the Jumbos earlier this month

after an engine on one of the

planes exploded in mid-air over

Indonesia. QF 31 from Sydney to London took off late afternoon, carrying nearly 450

passengers and crew, among them

Qantas chief Alan Joyce. The

ABC's Barbara Miller was there

for take off. Come fly with me,

an invitation one passenger on

QF 31 was taking literally.

Is there any chance of up front with you? Come Is there any chance of getting

on. The Qantas boss is on board

the first leg of the flight to Singapore. I thought it was actually a good thing to

demonstrate in this case, in

this service we had 100 per

travel on the aircraft. It's cent commitment behind and

been three weeks since Qantas

grounded its A380 following a

mid-air engine explosion on a

Singapore to Sydney flight.

Technical problems over the

next two weeks forced the turn

around of several more flights

and cast a shadow over the

airline's 90th anniversary

celebrations. All Rolls Royce

Trent 900 engines fitted to 8 ans in the Singapore Airlines

are being inspected. On this

aircraft today is an example

two of the engines have been

replaced, two of the engines

were okay, but two new engines

were put on to this aircraft.

As the machine goes wrong, they

fix them, it will be sure

everything will be fine. I've

been very anxious since the

engine failure happened particularly because it is the

same route and it doesn't make

me feel any different having

the CEO on the plane or

not. Complete confidence and

faith in them. Qantas says it will gradually reintroduce the

A 3 8 #0s to its network. By

the inof the year the airline

hopes to have four of the

Superjumbos in operation, but

in line with what Qantas calls

its conservative approach to

safety, the aircraft won't

initially be used on routes requiring full engine

thrust as a precaution and thrust. We are reducing the

that's all it is, a precaution. As Allen was per cent confident otherwise I

wouldn't be here today. Very, very comfortable with it The

drama may be over with the

passengers. The discussions

between Qantas and Rolls Royce

about a possible

about a possible compensation

deal haven't even begun. For a third day angry customers have

queued you had up at National Australia Bank branches trying

to get access to their own

money. A computer glitch which

happened on Wednesday Kay night

is still delaying fund trns

first into and out of accounts.

Many of the banks's 11 million

customers have been unable to

get cash or pay their bills. The National Australia

Bank opened far more branches

than usual for a Saturday to

deal with frustrated customers

who still can't get at their

money. Bills are piling up

and overdue and I keep checking

the machine. I'm going to have

to ask my boyfriend to borrow which is a bit haven't been able to buy food

or pay their bills. I have to

go in there and get they give

you a little bit out. But a

small cash advance can't solve

some problems. Workers to pay,

just pissed off. The the

corrupt come sewer file that

stopped wages and Centrelink payments showing up in hundreds

of thousands of accounts on Wednesday night

Wednesday night have been

fixed. There's backlog of transfers to be processed. We

are optimistic that we should

have most people's accounts up

to date over the course of the weekend. Meanwhile, many

customers face penalties now because

because they've been unable to pay off their bills and credit

cards, made mortgage payments

and settle house payments. We

would ask people to contact us

and we'll fix it up. While

there are lots of terms and

companies in the bank contracts

that give them a lot of wiggle

room, we would hope they would

be as leanient and open minded as possible restitution to people. The

National Australia Bank says

this is a very rare event and

it will be working hard to make sure

sure it never happens again.

It does raise the question of

why such a large financial

institution with millions of

customers across Australia and

the world can be so vulnerable

to a computer glitch. The

question is also being asked whether other banks might be in

a similar position. Deborah

rice, ABC News. US law enforcement agencies say

they've thwarted an attempt to

detonate a car bomb at an

annual Christmas tree lighting

ceremony in the sate of Oregon.

The chief suspect is a

19-year-old Somalia born US

citizen. The teenager was

arrested by the FBI and local

police after he attempted to

blow up what he believed was an explosives laden van in the

centre of the city of Portland. South Korea has held funerals

for the two soldiers killed during North Korea's artillery

attack earlier this week. The

soldiers, along with two civilians, died during the strike

island of Yeonpyong. It is the heaviest bombardment since the

Korean war after half a century

ago. South Korea and United

States are said to begin four

days of naval war games in the

region tomorrow even region tomorrow even though

North Korea has warned this

will push the region to a brink

of war. The Russian Parliament

has accepted blame for one of

the worst mass murders of the

20th century. It is the first

time Russia has official

admitted guilt for the massacre

of 22,000 Polish officers in

1940. The Parliament declared

that Joseph Stalin ordered his secret police to execute the

Polish officers, doctors,

police and civil servants

around the Katyn forest in

western Russia. US President

Barack Obama is now sporting 12

stitches in his lip because of

a basketball injury. The

president was elbowed face by an opposing player

during a game with friends and

family. The first lady and

their daughters were left to

receive delivery of the White House Christmas tree while the

president watched from a window

nursing his wound. The

collapse of the country's

largest forestry investment

scheme has triggered fresh

doubts about the security of

business ventures on Aboriginal land across Australia. A 30,000

30,000 hectare timber plantation on the Tiwi Islands

north of Darwin was supposed to

create jobs for indigenous

workers and make millions in

profits, but it's headed for

courts with investors claiming

the Tiwi Land Council has taken $180 million worth of assets from them. These woodchip

plantations were cast off when

Australia's biggest forestry investment scheme Great

Southern collapsed. With lease payments no longer being

the local Aboriginal land

council took over. But the

original investors are furious.

They made a grab for money

which is overturned the basic principles by which they

engineered the arrangements in

the first place. The investors say they put say they put $180 million into

the plantation and they're

preparing Supreme Court action

to try to get their leases and

share of the profits back. But

the plantation operators say

the land council acted within

its rights and court action

would be a waste. Tiwis say

to us they feel very sad for

those people, but the reality is those people will never going going to make money. I think

the projections Great Southern projections were just

extraordinary. Investor say if

they lose their leases permanently it will scare off

others from investing on

Aboriginal land. The investors and environmentalists are worried that if the plantation isn't managed isn't managed well, it could

burn. It's continuing to seed

and invade the bush and be

prone to massive wildfires. It

is just a time bomb waiting to

go off. The Tiwis say they'll

be able to get the plantation

to harvest for half of what

Great Southern predicted it

would cost. They're flying for

a Federal Government loan. The

Tiwis say this plantation Tiwis say this plantation will never bring in the many millions of dollars that were

originally promised, but they

say it will be sustainable and

it will provide real jobs. In

a place where few locals have

work, a job is no small dream.

Katrina Bolton, ABC News, Tiwi

Islands. For US shoppers and

businesses it the biggest retail event of the year, black Friday, the day after

Thanksgiving, is seen as an

important test of consumer

confidence. But despite

millions of people lining up

for holiday bargains, high unemployment threatens to

dampen the spending mood. David Lewis reports. These

bargain hunters aren't holding

back despite that nagging voice of reasoning. Stop. There's

no question of the consumers

are in a different place they

were three years ago. With the

US economy still struggling con

sulers need all the

encouragement they get and

staff are equate smiles with sales. Come back again. Tourists are back again. Tourists are back again, including Australians taking

advantage the of the weak

American dollar. I decided I

may as well buy an extra suitcase and fill it up before

I go home. All positive signs

for anxious retailers. Last

year they came in, got their gifts, had a budget and they

were out. This year they're

starting to spend a little bit

more on themselves. We're

excited we're off to a excited we're off to a strong start. Away from Manhattan

people are less optimistic.

The national unemployment rate

is still at is still at 9.6 per cent. People think this is going to be season and that people are going to be spending more

again. That's not experience with myself or my friends. Do I have money

have money to spend? Yes. Is it neglects other


Absolutely. There is no extra money. If extra found and spent, retailers say there are long-term benefits

for the economy. We tail and restaurants represent one in five jobs in America, so if we

do well, if we grow, then we're

going to be the ones that are

going to start to lead us into

a recovery. Perhaps then

Americans will truly have

something to parade about. David Lewis, ABC News. While the traditional Gold Coast Schoolies week celebrations

roll on, a growing number of school leavers in New South

Wales are shunning the party

scene in favour of quieter

destinations. More sedate

holiday spots like Avoca and Jervis Bay are waking up to

the fact that well behaved

teenagers can be very good for

business. Heidi Evans is

bracing for an influx of 70

teenagers this weekend. Her

Avoca Beach business on the state's Central Coast is taking

the plunge and accepting Schoolies for the first time.

It's good for business. It is

outside school holidays and a

full week booking, booking out

most of the property. End of

year celebrations are expected

to spread to places like The Entrance, var advice bay and

Coffs Harbour this year.

Tourism operators say more and

more businesses are lifting

bans on school leavers to cash in on a growing trend. They've

opened their doors and they're taking and accepting the

bookings. They've put in

provisions to make sure it is a

safe environment for

them. Heidi Evans is employing a full time security guard and taking substantial bonds. We've gone to a little bit more

effort in making hoor we are

ready for them and make sloor

they have a great time as well. Briony Visser and her

friends say heading to the Gold

Coast to celebrate wasn't for

them. Avoca Beach is much more

their kind of thing. We

wanted to finish school and have fun.

have fun. So we wanted to do it in a quiet place where we

could get way from our parents. Mum and dad of course

still have a bit of

influence. My mum had all consultation. Perhaps

unsurprisingly, they were only

too happy to see their children

giving the Gold Coast a wide berth. Bridget Brennan, ABC

News. With the reality of war routinely beamed into routinely beamed into our

homes, it's eseasy to forget

how Shocking battle images were

for audience in the early 20th century. Now an

internationally a historian says early films of the western

front played a big part in the

post war healing process. He

says the silver screen entire nations mourn their

dead. Film was only in its

infancy when the Great War

erupted cross Europe. The

public never sawed true nor

milt of the conflict. The

silent films rarely bearing witness to the war's brutality.

At war's end, there were 9 million soldiers dead. In a lecture at the War Memorial today Professor Jay Winter

spoke about how silence in war films helped people with

mourning after the war. Many

people in the dark together

with either a appropriately

spiritual music or no sound at all, would see images of the

men who would not come back

again. This was a very powerful

powerful way of collective mourning. Move forward a

century and the sights and

sounds of war are ubiquitous.

Nightly beamed into pour living

out of the vehicle right now. Today we watch as the

predator stalks and kills his

prey. Kill truck. I think we

should think twice, three times

what it is we're seeing.

There's an element of voi rich, sometimes of pornography of

killing which is very remote

about the way soldiers talk

about. Film and cinema emerged in the same period as the First

World War and I think the

cinema itself became the most

powerful medium that actually

gave the war image to people.

It was the war as it was

remembered and the war as it

was imagined. Today, just a

fraction of the silence is preserved. It is left to the

minute's silence observed on

Anzac Day and Remembrance Day to to help in pour collective

mourning of our war dead, past

and present. Gordon

ABC News, Canberra. To sporting

news now and Australia's

remarkable record of having

never lost a test in Brisbane

since 1988 looks set to

continue after the home side pummelled England's attack at

the Gabba today. Both Michael

Hussey and Brad Haddin posted

brilliant centuries in a record partnership at the ground.

England at stumps were none for

19 trailing Australia by 202 runs. With the game in the

balance at the start of day

three, James Anderson almost

breakthrough in just the third

over. It was a spot on call

from Mr Cricket as the delivery

had pitched outside leg stump.

There was the odd long face in

the crowd, but they must have been English after Michael

Hussey survived a confident

appeal for LBW that replace

showed was out. Finally, after 50 50 minutes Brad Haddin broke

the shackles. From there the


flowed. Haddin. Anderson was getting hot under the collar, even more so when had dit

brought up 50 in the same over.

No sooner had Haddin rejoiced

it was Michael Hussey's turn.

What an innings it was,

Hussey's 12th century and his

finest. Like an English dinner the bowlers the bowlers were with serving

up tripe. A fourth test century beckoned for Haddin, a

lot offed drive brought up a

brilliant test hundred. Does it

go all the way. Yes he does.

What a ripper. England had

their chances to force a

breakthrough. Oh, put

down. Whereas Australia took

theirs as Hussey fluid fluently towards another milestone. Drives there's miss

field. That will do Hussey.

That's 150. Graeme Swann

finally forced the breakthrough

after tea. Just five runs short of a double ton, Hussey lost wonderful innings we've witnessed today from Mr

Cricket. With the partnership

broken, England quickly mopped

up the tail. In their second

dig, England had crawled to

none for 19 at stumps. Glen

Palmer ABC News. Four of the

five top ranked players in

men's tennis have qualified for

the semifinals of season ending

AP it P tour finals in London.

Serb Novak Djokovic moved into

the final four with a

comfortable win over Andy

Roddick. And world number one

Rafael Nadal moved through

after a tough battle with Czech Tomas Berdych. Nick Bailey

reports. While the venue for

this year's tour finals was a

bit too much for some to take in, Tomas Berdych had no

trouble settling in to send ter court and the assignment of

taking on the world number 1.

In a closely contested first

set, the Czech brought the best

out of Rafael Nadal. The

Spaniard claimed the set in a

tie-breaker. A fired up powered through the second set

and booked a date with Andy

Murray in the semifinals.

There was a more relaxed

atmosphere in the day's second fixture Novak Djokovic and Andy

Roddick. Roddick needed to win

in straight sets to keep his

semifinal hopes alive but that

never looked likely, as Novak

Djokovic recorded a

straightforward 6-2, 6-3 vek

try. The Mercury is plummeting on the other side of of the

channel as the Wallabies

prepare for the last test of

their spring tour against

France. The subzero temperatures predicted for

tomorrow morning's kick off in

Paris don't have the Australian captain all that

concerned. Just because we're

not used to doesn't mean it a big disadvantage. You build up

a bit of heat out there running

around. Hopefully that

counters it. A sellout crowd of more than 80,000 fans is

expected for the match with

France slight favourites to

break a four match losing streak against the Wallabies. As Christmas

approaches and the weather

turns warmer many of us are dreaming of a break at the

coast. The Raiders are no

different and have hit the

beach to regroup ahead of the

2011 season. A rough few weeks

which ended in the departure of

disgraced player Joel Monahan the team welcomed back their

internationals for a pre-season

training camp. Jennifer

Browning reports from sur of beach near Batemans Bay. They've spent the off

season in the Kangaroos' camp

but today Australian forwards

Tom Learoyd-Lahrs and David Shillington dived back into

life with the Raiders. The

team left Canberra behind to

ramp up their pre-season

training with an Iron Man

challenge on the South Coast.

It's good to get back here with

all the boys, especially dord.

We had a fun day, bit of

surfing, team activities. It

is good to be mixings amongst

the boys again. New Zealand

representative Harris sob has

his team took out the

Four-Nations title. It's great gracious winner at the moment. I'm sure that will change over

time. It's been an emotional

few weeks for the club and the

trio put their holidays

non-hold to show their support for their team-mates. You don't

like to see these things

happen. It is good we can band together. We look today to the

2011 season. The team tried

their hand at surfing. Some

should stick to their day jobs.

It is important to keep the

variety in their training.

Precise sons are stuff. If we

can stimulate them by changing

up a bit that's important for

getting them through the pre-season. Terry Campese also found a way to join in the fun. Set our goals yesterday

and we're down here team bonding, get

bonding, get to know all the

new fellows in the sport and

all the younger fellows

well and it's good to get out

here butt on good weather for

us. After tough times recently,

the Raiders will be hoping the

new season is plain sailing. new season is plain sailing.

Local runner Patrick et yol

has won the Queenian gift. Elliott edged out Stawell Gift

runner-up Richard Hankin and Canberra runner Brendan Matthews in a tight finish. Richard Hankin. Elliott

took home $16,000 in prize

money. The women's event was a photo

photo finish after an agonising

wait, Sydneysider Christine

Wearne emerged as the winner

just pipping Laura-Jane

Hilditch and Jacinta Doyle to

take home the $7,000 women's

prize. It is volunteer program

for those looking for something more challenging than pulling

pints on their next working

holiday. The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum in Western

Queensland needs help

processing a massive backlog of

dinosaur fossils. In Winton Kirrin McKechnie discovered

what could be a one in a 100 million year experience. Lying beneath this vast landscape

near Winton in Western

Queensland are the remains of

countless prehistoric beasts.

The material which is out there

on the planes behind me is

eroded down to 100 million

years ago. We're looking at

remains of creatures that lived

100 million years ago. This

modest building is reportedly

the largest fossil processing filth in the Southern

Hemisphere. There are so many

Spedley mens here there's a

dinosaur bone backlog. We only hold a three week big he was reyear and those three weeks

we're checking enough material

we can't possibly prepare it in

several years. As the storage containers full of fossils tack

up, the Australian age of dine

saurs museum is looking for volunteers to pitch in. We rely heavily on them the more people coming through the faster all

this happens. At first

volunteers must pay for the

privilege until they're trained

up. A volunteer can't come in

and pick up one of these tools

and start working like that.

It takes a bit of training

otherwise they'll do more harm

than good. David Elliott says

the volunteer program is all

for a good cause, unveiling Australia's prehistoric past I

want to talk Australia ae's 4.5 billion years history. People come, they see what's happening, they say would you

what a great thing to be doing,

what a great thing that's

happening and I want to be part of it. Working on a dinosaur production-line. Kirrin McKechnie, ABC McKechnie, ABC News, Winton. And now on to the

weather and we started off with

a clear and sunny morning but the

afternoon was a preview of some

unsettled conditions to come. Temperature

Temperature rise, we reached 27 offer 28 degrees after an

overnight low of around 10. It

was mostly dry around the

south-east today, but with

cloud building during the day.

On the coast 25 degrees

Batemans Bay, 24 for Merimbula,

Cooma had 25 today and Goulburn

27. The cloud over the region

is thanks to a trough and that

system will bring increasing showers and the odd thunderstorm

thunderstorm overnight and again over the coming few days. Around the Capitals today,

Sydney had 27 degrees,

Melbourne 24, Hobart 22, Perth

just got into the 30s and

Adelaide had 20. A trough over western New South Wales is

moving east and there are plenty of showers associated

with that as well. It will

stay pretty well stationary until mid-week, rain continuing on and off for

the next few days. The end

result of that trough will be

showers and storms right up and

down the east coast with Sydney

shooting for 26 degrees,

Brisbane 28. Melbourne and Hobart

Hobart 18 and Adelaide 20 tomorrow. East of the trough

line, the wins will be mostly

northerly and south southerly

winds to the west of that line

and there'll be plenty of cloud

over the viewing area tomorrow.

You'll see showers and possible

storms through much of the

south-east with south-east with temperatures

town a bit on today, 21s and

22s in the west, through to 25

at Nowra, 24 at the bay and

Bega. Cooma and Goulburn will be cooler

be cooler with tops of 19. For Canberra, a few showers tonight

and the chance of a storm and tomorrow will

tomorrow will be cloudy with

rain and says isolated storms

as well. A top of 19 degrees.

Sunrise will be at around 5.42, sunset at a minuted after

eight. Monday and Tuesday will

see the see the chance of storms again

then some more tank filling

showers on and off all week.

That's the news for now. You

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