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company is losing its lucrative fixed line dominance? It's

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that benefit. They're very

much now going to have to lose

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Welcome to the program, I'm

Tracy Bowden. Those stories

shortly, but first Australia's

live sheep exports face renewed political scrutiny tonight

after animal welfare activists

cruel filmed graphic footage of the

an Islamic festival in Kuwait. One industry body, Meat and Livestock Australia, has

conceded the pictures are

appalling. They show sheep bound with wire and into car boots, live into car boots, live animals

dumped on top of the dead and

dying, and clumsy attempts to

slaughter the animals. The

industry says it's a problem

that occurs for only a few days

each year, but the animal welfare activists say it

involves many thousands of

animals and the $85 million

trade to Kuwait should be

suspended. This report from Tim Palmer

viewers may find disturbing. This is how Meat and Livestock

Australia portrays what happens

to Australian sheep once they

arrive in the Gulf States of

Kuwait and Bahrain.

Transported after moving freely

into proper trucks, taken to be slaughtered in abattoirs that

have been improved with the

help of Australian money, prize dish in the festival of

sacrifice. But Animals

Australia 'video shows a very

different fate for thousands of

Australian sheep sold in Kuwait for private slaughter. Lyn

White was involved in the

filming and says there was no sense from those mistreating

the animals that there was

anything to hide. They have

completely assumed these

practices are acceptable to us because we've been supplying

them with animals, millions of

animals for decades. From the moment that morning prayers

were over, animals started to be dragged to be dragged to slaughter. They

are thrown onto their sides and

their legs right throughout

this footage are Trussed with wire. The method of transportation routinely is in

a car boot. At one stage we

documented three sheep going

into a small car boot. We were

seeing animals Trussed up,

lying on top of dead and dying

animals awaiting their throats

cut. Rarely were we

just mass animal cruelty.

There's no other way to

describe it, and from knowing

Islamic principles as I there was no compliance Halal guidelines whatsoever. there was no compliance with

I'm appalled by the images in this footage and like all

Australians, I don't like to

see any mistreatment of any

Australian or animals, whether they're

Livestock Australia the Australian or not. For Meat and

pictures represent a PR

disaster. Not that it hasn't known about such years, and at first hand. We've

in got programs in place. I was

in Kuwait during Ead. I was

working up there and able to see some

first-hand in Kuwait and I'm

aware of the level of issue

there and I'm confident we can roll similar programs out in

Kuwait as we have in Bahrain and Qatar that will address

these issues. Animals

Australia says the exporters'

long-held position that

education will end the cruelty

failure. They are now saying over time has been exposed as a

that if we're present in the

Middle East we can improve

things, but the reality is that

happening that's still footage shows what is currently

happening after 30 years of exporting some 250 million

Australian sheep to that region

and so at some stage one has to

say enough is enough, we don't

want Australian animals treated

like this and we have to send

the right message to the Middle East. The industry says the

problem in Kuwait is largely limited to the festival period and to

animals on-sold for home

slaughter. While Animals

Australia says even the

abattoir practices fall short

of acceptable standards, Lyn

White says the industry could then start by banning the sales for home slaughter. Well,

animals are onsold from feed

lots all year round for home slaughter, but this is the

worst time of animal suffering in the region which is exactly

why we put a proposal to the

industry that they enter into agreements with importers for animals not to they could be protected from

this. That proposal had the support of the farmers

themselves and still they

didn't act on it, so much of

what we doumented would prevented if the industry what we doumented would be

stopped the onselling in the

region. -- documented. Our

work in the region has been a

great success. It's a big

challenge to change some of the

practices up there. We've got

a cultural barrier, a language

barrier, but we're able to work through

through that. We've got

trained experts throughout the

region coming in throughout the

the region. We're confident

that we have made a massive improvement. For example, we

see one of the sign s,

drag in sheep" in Arabic and

we see Australian merinos being dragged

dragged in a fairly brutal

fashion directly past that sign - that's a failure, isn't

it? It's a failure at this time

of year, this 3-day period,

this peak period where the

people we've trained in that

facility are not working and the

in to have animals processed,

so we do need to address

that. Animals Australia say the

model in the region is now

Jordan where under Jordan where under the patronage of Princess Alia bint al Hussein, slaughtering practices have been

revolutionised. The princess

was repulsed by the pictures of

the bloodbath in Kuwait. I feel quite ill actually and feel

really ashamed to be a human being. Princess Alia bint al

Hussein told the ABC that there

should be no concern that change would offend Islamic sensibilities. It has nothing

to do with culture and

being asked that, it's not,

it's sadly a sign of the times,

a sign of modern times, where

everything is too quick and people are becoming extremely insensitive

insensitive to all other

creation and they think also

people from your part of the

world approve of it, so we really need everyone. We need

Arabs and Muslims to reassert

and underline what our true

teachings are and on that and we also need you to

make a fuss about it

please. The last time there was

a fuss - here four years ago over abattoir practices in

Egypt - exports to that country were banned. The footage that

Animals Australia took in Egypt

in 2006 is very similar. In

some ways, identical to the

practices we documented in

Kuwait and that footage was acted upon by the Federal

Government and they instigated

a ban deeming that treatment

unacceptable. I would hope

that decision would now

translate across to Egypt scenario was very

different to this. There was

very poor, appalling animal

welfare practices being

undertaken at the abattoir

every day of the year in abattoir in Egypt. In Kuwait,

as I said, the majority of

livestock every day of the year

are going through a very humane system. Federal agriculture

system Joe Ludwig has seen the

vision. He's met with Animals

Australia and the exports

council but so far released

only a statement.

The industry concedes, as

things stand the bloody scenes

could be repeated again during

the next festival. I could make

possible to stop these images.

We'll move into Kuwait and then

move across the other markets

to make sure that we address this. It will this. It will satisfy people, that you're not saying

everything will be fixed next

year? I think what I can say is I'm confident that we are

making a massive improvement in animal welfare through the

Middle East. I think we need

time to make sure we get across

the region. We can't change

are making change. Tim Palmer

with that report. Where to now

for Telstra's long suffering

shareholders? Almost 1.5 million Australians have endured a gripping roller-coaster ride since

answering Canberra's call to

buy shares in the nation's

former monopoly telco only to

watch helplessly as the value

of shares plummetted. To graft

such heartburn shareholders

must try to digest the recent historic agreement in the

national Parliament, to chop

the company in two separating its retail services from its wholesale

infrastructure, which

Government intends to buy back as part of the new National

Broadband Network. Telstra

itself argues strongly that its future in the brave new world post-NBN looks bright, but

already great bickering has

broken out between some of its

major shareholders over the believability of Telstra's

optimism. Business Editor Greg

Hoy reports. Facing the jury. As Telstra east 11 directors

fronted out to greet the annual

general meeting they knew

patience had worn thin for 1.4 million shareholders fretting million

about the future of their

investment and dividend

payments. We share your

disappointment with our current

share price. The disappointment

obvious in a meet and greet session earlier on

keep losing money. We arrival. Yeah, but long-term we

understand. No, you don't

understand. Yes, I do, I'm a shareholder,

away 90% of profits into

dividends. Why don't you bring

it up in the meeting... What

has so humbled and old titan of Australian

Australian telecommunications

which still handled 4.1 billion

local calls last year, 15

billion mobile calls, reaping

$3.9 billion in profit. For starters, fear of the

inexorable approach of the NBN,

to prepare for which Federal

politicians have just agreed to

split Telstra in two halves,

retail arm to encourage

competition from smaller rivals. The Government has

delivered an historic win for Australian families and businesses through the

structural separation of Telstra. But regardless of more

than $11 billion payable to

Telstra to hand over its profitable wholesale copper

network to the NBN, Telstra

shares have dropped 8.7% in the

last 12 months alone, as high

profit fixed line customers switched to the less profitable

mobile market. Fixed line

revenues have bled almost $2

billion a year, with further

pledging to invest $1 billion falls forecast despite Telstra

to cut costs, improve service

and try to recapture lost

market share. We believe there

are several factors putting

pressure on the share price.

The first is Telstra's lack of

growth during the past year in

total sales revenue and

profits. Then, there is the uncertainty surrounding

ongoing NBN negotiations. Uncertainty about Telstra's

future strategy. Telstra's

future strategy is a big bone of contention, especially after

stinging criticism by its largest shareholder, the Government's Future Fund which

still owns 8.8% of Telstra,

though it's selling out as fast

as it can. Hardly helping the

share price, though its

chairman David Murray wasn't

available for interview. The

Future Fund that posed all meeting and expressed its management

concern both about the level of telecommunications experience

on the board and its scepticism about Telstra management's

future strategy, rankling other major shareholders. They've

obviously formulated quite a

aggressive strategy. Other institutions such as ourselves

may do it by writing letters to

Telstra, engaging with the

board or chairman. Every institution does things

differently and Future Fund

publicly have decided to do it very

unhappiness with what's publicly in terms of their

happening with Telstra. As head

of fund manager Investors Mutual, Anton Tagliaferro

controls close to 40 million Telstra Telstra shares and is one of

those who insist they're undervalued. Telstra has to

focus on its other operations.

It's got the largest share in

mobile, a 40% market share,

it's still got the Yellow Pages

business, owns 50% of Foxtel.

All those businesses should

experience growth of some form.

So overall it's not a terrible

picture. Are the glory days

gone for Telstra? They've certainly extracted tremendous

benefits from their dominant

position in the fixed access

network over the last 20 or 30

years. It's clear now they're

going to lose that benefit.

They're very much now going to

have to live on their wits .

They're going to have to do it

through clever design of

products. If so, Telstra's

destiny may be very much in the

hands of chief crystal gazer technology officer Dr

Hugh Bradlow and his merry mob

of technologists. I feel

optimistic that NBN creates an enormous the enormous opportunity to take the whole telecommunications

market forward, to deliver

these new experiences, new

services, new capabilities. The

man whose department boosted

Telstra's coffers by around $30

million since April since

introducing the broadband connected telephone connected telephone and broadband-connected telephone, Dr Hugh Bradlow and Telstra

executives now preach the

greatest technological

revolution is nigh, brought to you by faster broadband. In the

world of the future, some of

these new things will great even more remarkable

behavioural change. If you're getting simultaneous relevant

data about things that are

happening around you and you've

got a device on you that can

use that data it's just a

powerful way of changing the

way you behave. Everything

that can be connected will be connected, not just at home,

not just at work, but in

between as well. Everything

from phones, to cars, to

fridges, to televisions will be

connected. Telstra is banking

on a telecommunications bonanza

connecting machine with machine

that will in 10 years create 50

billion connections globally to

mobile networks and by 2030 up

to one trillion connections

across fixed and mobile

networks. As for the certain demise demise of fixed broadband, it's being greatly exaggerated Telstra insists, and others

agree. Our view is that fixed

broadband is going to have a very important role to play in

the future. The majority of

people are going to want both fixed and mobile brorn. We're

about to see a massive growth

in video communications and

being able to do that between businesses, between businesses

and their customers and between

consumers and I think that

journey is just about to take

going to change the way we off and it will be huge. It's

communicate much richer. And

if you think Telstra's head is

in the clouds you're quite

right. The telco is licking it

lips at what it hopes is the

golden opportunity of cloud computing which Telstra

predicts will downsize computers whose memory banks will

will be outsourced to service

providers like Telstra via the Internet, shifting Internet, shifting computing hardware into the Internet cloud. You've then just got a very simple appliance which doesn't require maintenance and doesn't

upgrading and updating and all

the intelligence is back in the network. Telstra dreaming - network. Telstra

question is, will Australians

continue to buy shares in Telstra's high tech vision,

once the rivers of revenue and

its old wholesale network have

run dry? Once Telstra has in

mind here is offering extra

value to households and in

doing so, making it more likely

customers in they can handonto those

the threat they face in that

market is that there are a lot

of device manufacturers. That

is a huge opportunity for

service providers such as

ourselves because business is taking technology,

complex technology and making

it work in an intuitive way for

you the consumer and we've been

doing that for the last 140-odd

years since Bell invented and

phone. Early tomorrow morning,

Australia will find out whether

its bid to host the 2022 World Last-minute jostling for

position has been under way in

Zurich as Australia battles it

out with the US, Qatar, South

Korea and Japan. The

now rests with the 22 members

of the FIFA executive. Just

one of the Australians eagerly

awaiting news is Ange Postecoglou, a former Socceroo

and Australian youth team coach

who now coaches Brisbane

A-League side the Roar. He

joins us live from Melbourne.

Ange Postecoglou, we should

hours have the news within seven

are Australia's chances of winning? Hi there, good

evening. It's an interesting

one. I'll give you the logical

Japan argument first, and that is

Japan and Korea

recently 2002. USA had it in

'94. Qatar, such a small

nation and really doesn't have

the infrastructure you'd think

to be able to hold such an

event. We must be amongst the

final two but logic is probably

the last thing these delegates

are going to consider and I

think our chances are good, but

still very much unknown at this the various presentation busy

the would-be host nations and

do you think that Australia did

a good job of selling itself? Yeah, I think Australia

orchestrated and slick did a great job. Very well

presentation. We used all the Aussie icons we could. Paul

Hogan, the glamour of Elle

MacPherson. Our biggest asset

is Frank Lowy. In his presentation he mentioned that

he knows business and I've got

a feeling with FIFA delegates

the bottom line is probably the

biggest factor. I thought our presentation came across well. There was

There was a point of difference with the others. again they think it's time that

it came to the Middle East and

there's a compelling argument

for it to go there and the US

as per usual had as per usual had a very slick presentation and again the

financial aspects of a

tournament in the US is quite

compelling as well. With Japan

and Korea they've done it

before. All varying points of

difference. I think from our

point of view , I think our biggest asset is probably Frank Lowy. How intense do you think

the lobbying would still be in

the final stages

competition? As we speak, the

2018 delegates are presenting

their case and then following

that it will be 2022, so right up up until the last-minute I'm sure there's heavy lobbying going on. Our presentation

will go ahead and the delegates

are whisked away. Mobile

phones taken away from them.

It's a secret ballot so any

promises that are made, there's no guarantee they'll be

following through. Until the

last-minute I'm sure no-one

knows which way this will

go. How big a blow has Australia losing the Oceania vote? It can be. Looking at

the process of the voting, the

magic figure is 12 votes, but you have to stay in in the early rounds. early rounds. The country's that's got the lowest votes

after the first round will get

eliminated. We don't have any delegates representing us, all

the other countries do. We're

relying on other countries to

support us in early stages and

that crucial vote from Oceania

which was compelled to vote for

us, I think in the early rounds

it would prove a difference. If we think it will have a huge impact. There is a perception

votes are for sale, there's

dodgy deals behind the scenes dodgy deals behind the scenes -

what's your view? I think it's

a pretty accurate perception.

Now with the scrutiny coming on the delegates themselves, I think they have to be a little

bit more careful. I think the outcome's

outcome's going to play a big

part in exactly how this voting

process was perceived. Qatar's

the interesting one. Their

president is also going to

contest Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency.? FIFA presidency.? there's all

sorts of politicking going on

there. Qatar if you take it on

face value shouldn't be in the final running, but there's been

all sorts of backroom deals

apparently or allegedly going

on and I think when the voting

process is said and done

England the final outcome... depending on which way it goes,

a lot of scrutiny will be put

on these delegates. FIFA

released a report released a report just in the last few days talking about the profitability of the would-be

host nations and Australia came

matter that soccer is not a huge sport here in Australia,

that all the big players go

overseas. I think Frank Lowy probably made a good argument

there. We're a part of Asia

now and Asia is the biggest growing economy in the world.

We're talking about 12 years

ahead. In terms of economic forecasts, they really are just

measure s of people guessing

and with Asia expanding so

much, particularly with the

Chinese market and Japan and Korea I think the whole that we sell ourselves as part

of Asia and I think when you

put it that way it is a

compelling argument. Ours can

be just as profitable as any

other nation's. As an A-League coach, what do you think it

will mean for the sport in

Australia if we don't get

it? Don't even ask me that

question. We're trying to be really positive. When you

think about the positive

outcome and what an effect it

will have on sport in this

country you can't help but swept away. There are contingency plans and league here is well structured

now. There is a strong

foundation regardless of

whether we get it or not. It

just means a massive spurt and

a kick-along if we get the vote

tonight and I'm sure FFA have got contingency plans in place

should we not get the World

Cup. As I sit here right now

there's just optimistic

thoughts running through my

head. The time zone issue, do

you think that is

think looking 12 years ahead, significant? Once again, I

market Asia could be the biggest TV

market out there and in terms

of things, I think FIFA will

take that into account. For

them it's more about the

revenue that will come revenue that will come in from

TV money. In 2022 Asia may be

the biggest market available to

FIFA. Once again, I think

those kind of arguments you can

put up pretty strong cases

against. Logic suggests we could overcome all those things, but obviously other things will be at play, as positive like an awful lot of

Australians tomorrow. Ange Postecoglou, thank you for speaking to us. Thanks. Still

on sport, here's John Clarke and Bryan Dawe on the battle for the Ashes.

Thanks for your time. My

pleasure. David Burn, thank you

for coming in as well. Ryan

Terry, thank you for your time.

Jamie Cox, thanks for coming in and Greg Chappell thank you

very much for coming in. My

evening. Gentlemen, what are we pleasure, good

going to do about series - you're the

selectors? Bryan can I just say

I've only been made a selector.

I've been there a month. I should give Merv should give Merv Hughes who

preceded me, he might like a

the chairman of run. Andrew Hilditch, you are

rotate the chairmanship. The selectors? Perhaps we should

first Test was a wake-up call,

I'm sure you'd all agree. What

are we going to do about this

Australian attack? Well, Bryan

yes we do frankly have some bowling problems certainly. Greg Chappell, what do you think the problems are

with the bowling? I don't want

to be too critical Bryan, we've

only seen one Test match. If

the English opening batsmen are going to going to behave as they did through the series. Behave like what? Refuse to go out. Did you

see the match at the Gabba? Of

course. Their first three got a

century. He was out there for

a day and a half selfishly

hogging the crease. Isn't this

the traditional role of a

opening batsman? I'm trying to

How can the answer your bowling question.

batting line-up if the openers

won't get out of the way - it's

selfish. Are you saying they should let the other batsmen

have a run? I don't want to be

critical, these people are

guests but I reckon it's

spoiling the game. Let me put

this another way, is there any

Australian bowlers out there

that could get this team

out? Well, yes frankly Bryan

there are other options we can

look at in bowling. Greg

Chappell, who for

example? Bollinger. What are

you doing on the weekend, can

you play? I can't, drop a new motor into my boat. We've got to do

something. Have you tried

Merv? Merv and a mate are

putting a roof on a shed. Are

you other guys all busy, or

what? If you and your mate help

Bryan drop a motor into a boat and put the roof on the shed,

you should be there by 11.

He's not as quick as he was he's an Australian. He'll go

alright. Good luck, dig a few

in short. That's the program

for the night and the week.

Don't forget 'Stateline'

tomorrow. Kerry O'Brien will

be back in the chair on Monday.

Until next time, goodnight.

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