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Tonight, travel plans in chaos

as the Chile ash cloud returns

with a vengeance. Tony Abbott's pollution plebiscite runs out of puff. of puff. Behind the burqa, NSW

ponders issues of identity. And an Origin cloud over Johnathan

Thurston has Queenslanders

screaming blue murder. If these bugs can't win fairly

they'll win foul. Good evening, welcome to ABC News. I'm

Virginia Haussegger. It back

and it's worse than last week.

Tens of thousands of passengers

are facing delays as a volcanic

ash cloud from Chile disrupts

cancelled all flights in and

out of Canberra, Sydney and

Melbourne. Virgin has done the

same and meteorologists warn

the problems may continue up

for to 48 hours. If your flight

was still running, it was worth

doing the same as the ash cloud

close said in on Australian air

space, it closed down one

service after another. The major carriers had already

cancelled flights in and out of

Adelaide but it soon became

clear the ash was going to cause far

see if they'd get away in time.

But an ever-increasing number

were told it was too late. I'm originally from earth and

trying to get a back for my

wedding dress fitting. That's

not happening. The band of

ash, seen here as the thin

green line, doesn't look big

but its impact is more severe

than last week because then the

cloud was higher up. We were

able to get alternative flight

paths which we were

This week we're in a more

difficult position because it's

very low ask we're not

comfortable to fly at those

levels. Initially, it looked would escape the like international flights

cancellationwise only some

diversions. That soon changed. Some departures were brought

forward. We've had to come

here three hours early to catch

the flight to Bangkok. But by

mid afternoon, international

flights were being cancelled

too. Some visitors were

unfazed. We used to ash clouds

in Europe. Tens of

passengers are now stuck a-and

that will continue to be the

case tomorrow. So there will

be no operations into and out

of Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. We've made those decisions due to the ash plume.

Advice from experts indicate we won't be able to operate in

these areas. Most seem to

understand. better overkill

than to have a plane come down

or something. That patience will be severely tested. Tony

Abbott's push for a national vote on the carbon tax has come

undone. Even before making it

to parliament. The

cross-benchers are frustrating

him again. This time it's Senators Steve Fielding, who's dismissed stunt. But undeterred, the dismissed the plebiscite as a

Opposition mounted a rowdy attack on the Prime Minister during Question Time. Mark

Simkin reports. He's only just

got his campaign started. Got

a bit of forward momentum. But it's already hit a dead end. It is a political stunt a-and I won't be backing it. Steve

Fielding know as thing or two about political stunts. He's an about political

ETS critic but also opposes a

carbon tax plebiscite.

Seriously, why should we waste

$80 million on a florified got a problem? I don't think

you can assume that this matter

is settled. I don't think you

can assume that at all. It

certainly sounds settled. Without Steve Fielding's support, Tony

support, Tony Abbott's bill

can't get through parliament. He's actually proved incapable over the

pulling a stunt. Can't even

is the Prime Minister competently pull a stunt. Why

frightened of the people's

vote? No! No! No! No! You are

a joke. You do not deserve to

be the alternative Prime

Minister of this country. In

some parts of Australia they

refer to it as bovine

Australia they call it defecation. In other parts of

bullshit. On more serious

bovine matters, the Northern brought a group of graziers to

town. They're demanding the

immediate resumption of the

Indonesian live cattle trade.

Apart from being financially crippling, it's very

emotionally crippling. We lie

awake at night stressing about the situation. Several cross-benchers have introduced bills to end the industry

altogether. How dare these people introduce legislation

that would throw people out of

work in the Northern Territory

without even bothering to pick

up the phone and talk to The Government acknowledges it

can't force Indonesia to stun

cattle before killing them.

That's raised the possible of another back bench another back bench uprising and

unhappy MPs told the ABC the

trade should only resume if

stunning is compulsory. Syria's

President Assad has broken his silence on

silence on the unrest gripping

his currently, promising reform

if forgiveness for anti-Government demonstrators but as Ben no-one seems to be taking the but as Ben Knight no-one seems to be

President serious ly. A at

first, it looked like President

Assad was following the same

script as other failed dictators. There is great

hatred. They had sophisticated

weapons, weapons that were not

there before. Sophisticated communications technology. But

then he began to sound like the

reformer that many had hoped he

would be when he took over

power afrom his father 11 years

ago. He announced the beginning

of a national dialogue for

change and says he's already been talking to seargens from all walks promises to reform the mass media, to

media, to introduce a multiparty political system,

even to change the

constitution, to do it all

within months. But Assad has

probably left it all too late.

If he'd left this speech even a

year ago and followed through

on his promises, Syria might

have avoided being caught up in

the Arab uprisings, but more

than 1,000 civilians are now

dead at the hands of his army.

wounded, arrested or fled for Thousands

the border so when Syrians

watching the speech in Turkey

heard their President's calls

for them to come home, they

were skeptical. He hasn't done

anything or changed anything.

It's lies. What's required in

Syria is action not words. Not

promises that reform will come

in some period in the

future. Assad has gone further than any other Arab leader this

year in making concessions

towards democratic reform but

the early signs are that his

opponents simply don't trust him to him to deliver, especially while he's still using the army

to crush their protests. In

Tunisia, the President has been

sentenced to 35 years jail for corruption. Zine al-Abidine Ben

Ali and his wife were Ali and his wife were tried in absentia. In a statement from

exile, the deposed leader

denied any wrongdoing in his

years in office. For the second

day running, NATO has been

accused of killing civilians in

air strikes in Libya. The

Gaddafi regime says 15 people

were killed including 3

children when NATO planes

bombed a house in the capital

Tripoli. NATO initially denied

responsibility and later

confirmed it carried out the raid. It says the house was

being used as a command centre and was a legitimate target. Burma's Opposition Leader, Aung

San Suu Kyi has has compared

her campaign with democracy

with the uprisings in the

Middle East but unlike Egypt

and Tunisia, she said brm

Burma's army has fired on the

people and would do it again.

In berm aa the feeling of fear

is terrible. People don't feel secure

secure but they're frightened.

The Nobel prize winner said democracy could still democracy could still be

achieved without forcing a

confrontation with the A plane has plough under to a

motorway in north-western

Russia, killing 44 people. The

crash was captured on amateur

video. The plane came down just

short of the runway where

was supposed to land rirchltz

not clear if bad weather forced

the pilot's hand. There were eight survivors including a

10-year-old boy. Muslim women

who file complaints with NSW

police while wearing full face

veils may be fingerprinted to confirm their identity. Yesterday, Carnita Mathews escaped a jail term for falsely

accusing a policeman of trying

to remove her burqa. The judge

ruled her identity couldn't be

proved because police

her face. Jayne Margetts

reports. It's a divisive issue

which has seen tempers flare

but now the State Government is taking its own hard line.

Everybody, regardless of their

religion, regardless of their race, regardless of their

gender, is required to obey the

law. Hear,

laws of other religions or

other countries. Yesterday, a

Muslim woman escaped a jail

term for making a false

complaint about a police officer. Carnita Mathews

accused the officer of removing

her veil during a random breath

test but the judge found there

was no proof that she had was no proof that she had made the complaint because no-one

saw her face. I believe his

decision has made a joke of

both the court and the police

who've carried out their duties. I believe duties. I believe most thoroughly. Whether wearing a clown's mask, a

motorcycle helmet, a face veil

of any form, police can and

have the power to demand you

remove it. The Islamic Council doesn't

doesn't have a problem with

that. The police should be

able to do that for purposes of

security and identification in

a sensible and sensitive way.

But the Police Minister

concedes there's confusion over

when and where those powers

should be used. I think it's

fair to say they are not

clear. And he says more could

be done to confirm the identity of someone making a complaint.

When the person elects not to

remove their facial covering

they could provide a

fingerprint as a means of identification. In meantime, police are

considering their next move.

NSW police has asked the Director of Public Prosecutions

if there are grounds for an

appeal but it wants to see the

reasons for the judge's

decision before taking the

matter any further. They'll be

revealed in the District Court tomorrow. A charges battle between the ACT and

and Queanbeyan city council has

reached the High Court. The

stoush involves millions of

dollars in annual water charges levied through the Territory's

Government-owned water provider, ACTEW.

Queanbeyanments the hike to

declare the charges invalid

under the constitution with the

argument today focussing on whether water related payments

are effectively a tax. The from ACTEW to the Government

have far-reach ing consequences cross-border water war could

and similar charges

Australia-wide. These types of

charges on water increasing

over time and if the states are

locked out from levying in the

future it will have a big

impact on the bottom line. Nuclear inspectors have

agreed to screen a shipment of

cars arriving from Japan this

week to check for radiation.

Two months after a meltdown at

the Fukushima nuclear plant, shipment of Japanese cars sent the Fukushima nuclear plant, a

to Chile was found to contaminated with radiation.

Until now, Australian

authorities are only been testing food imported from

a-Japan. We don't know whether

contamination of cargoes but there's radioactive

no-one can tell us there isn't

and we think there needs to be

a proper inspection process.

The nuclear safety agency says

it doesn't expect to find elevated levels of radiation

when the cars arrive at Port

Kembla south of Sydney. It says

it's doing the tests to

reassure dock workers and the public. The commander forces in South Korea is public. The commander of forces in South Korea

warning the communist North is

likely to launch more military

was commenting during strikes against the South. He

American-led exercises in

western Pacific. The Australian

frigate HMAS 'Darwin' is taking

part. A north Asia correspondent Mark will aacy

took a first-hand look. It's a

floating war machine, moment to

5,500 people and more than 70

aircraft. After six months of

maintenance, the nuclear'

is starting its 2011 patrol of

the Western Pacific. This is

our third year on patrols here.

I look forward to working with

all the countries, Australia,

been there a few times. This

patrol is also designed to

sharpen up piloting skills and

test new fighter jets. Just a

few kilometres from the 'George

Washington', HMAS 'Darwin' is

also taking part in this drill.

The captain of the guided

missile frigate says working

with an aircraft carrier is the pinnacle of air Defence

training for the Australian

navy. It's exciting driving up

carrier with as many aircraft alongside a massive aircraft

like a small airport at sea. as our Air Force and looking

For the Americans and their allies, maintaining peace and security here in north Asia is

paramount. Not only is there

the rising military threat of

China but now South Korea is warning the North could once

again be preparing for another

strike. Last year, North Korea

was blamed for the sinking of

one of Seoul's warships with

the loss of 46 lives. Then in

November it opened fire on a

killing tive people. After both incidents, the 'George Washington' was deployed to

conduct exercises with the

south Korean navy but the

carrier's skipper is relucten

to discuss just how much of a

clear and present danger the

regime in Pyongyang remains. I

won't talk about a specific threat. Whatever the threat,

this floating fortress seems

more than equipped to deal with

it. Early tomorrow morning our

time, the Government of Greece faces a vital confidence vote.

If it manages to parliament will be asked to If it manages to survive,

pass another round of austerity

measures. Greece's Euro zone neighbours are demanding further spending cuts before

bail-out. Prime Minister George they agree to a second

Papandreou says he's determined

to push the measures through

but as Philip Williams reports,

they're proving deeply

unpopular. What does a country

that's broke look like? Well,

maybe something like this. strike by electricity company maybe something like this. A

workers over the proposed sell-off of created chaos in a parts of the

capital where the power went

off. This fish monger said it

throw was a catastrophe. He had to

throw everything out and in the

nearby deli it was all too

much. We are very unhappy. We

can't work. We don't have customers. It very difficult. Difficult and likely

to get worse. The sale of

everything from utility

companies to airports is facing fierce opposition, not just

from the unions whose members stand to lose their everything off," says this jobs. "They're selling

woman, "What's going to happen

in its place? It's chaos." But

chaos is precise ly what the

attempting to avoid by pushing Prime Minister warns he's

ahead with deep cuts to

spending demanded by IMF and

Euro zone countries. Those

paying the bills are running out of patience. Parliament has to this has to be -

that this has to parliament has to known know

not... The British Government's that this has to be done. If

warning was a little more

direct. Our view is that any

support for Greece is for the

Euro zone and for the IMF not for for the United Kingdom. Up

until now the Euro zone

countries have appeared to

solidly back Greece but with

another 1 billion-plus rescue

package needed, default is seen

as an increasingly real

possible and the IMF says if

Europe doesn't get its act

together it could trigger another global financial

crisis. To finance now and the

big London-based brewer SAB

Miller today launched a $10 billion takeover offer

Foster's which the Australian

brewer quickly rejected but as Alan Kohler reports, the bid

prompted a strong rally on had

local share market. Nowhere

near enough said Foster's directors and investors

agreedic tagging Foster's share

price well above the bid value

of $4.90 per share. For

Peroni, Grolsch and Miller's, moment, SAB Miller, maker of

is the only one with its hand

up to take over Foster's. It

helped put froth on the rest of

the market as Wine Estates, the other part of

Foster's spun out a few week uz

go, jumped 4% in anticipation

of a bit from a global wine player. Resources stocks recovered some recent losses

and the banks went up 1.5%. The Australian Dollar struggled

up to 105.8 US cents and

falling against the Euro and pound. I think the was because

the Reserve Bank put out the minutes

minutes of its last meeting

today. This is what I think is

the key phrase. "While there's

been more evidence of the

coming pick-up - read boom - in resources investment, other

parts of the resources economy

re main quite subdued. And when

the Reserve Bank uses the

adjective quite, you know you're in trouble. For the

moment, the world focused on Greece. Greece's deficit a 8.3

of GDP, America's is 10.oith% which is not just a little bit

more. As you can see from the

great graph of the history of

US Budget deficits, it's as bad

as it was in the civil war.

That's finance. Retailers have

won their 16-month battle to

employ high school students for 90-minute shifts. Fair Work Australia says from next month, young people will no longer young people will no longer be

subject to a minimum three

hours. This was particularly

targeted at young people who

are looking to combine school

with opportunities to get involve would the world of

work. Unions have slammed the

new laws saying employers will cut back on adult shifts while taking advantage of young

people. The Chief Minister Katy

Gallgher has released an action

plan for the next 12 months

outlining goals and dead lines for her Government. She calls

it an ambitious agenda with targets voters can judge the

new leader by. Coinciding with the release of the Government agenda, there was

also a new face in the assembly

today with the MLA for yin yin

Chris Bourke sworn in - gin

gin, Chris Bourke sworn in. A

traditional welcome for the

country's first Indigenous MLA,

sweeping away any bad spirits for a fresh start. Then from an

ancient ceremony to a modern

one. I Chris Bourke solemnly affirm I will faithfully serve

the people of the Australian capital Territory. The Canberra dentist won the spot

through a countback with the

man he succeeded watching from

an unfamiliar part of the chamber. In his maiden speech, Chris Bourke acknowledged the

rarity of his position. It is

an important event, not just

for Canberra's Indigenous community, but

community, but also the half a million Aboriginal and Torres

Strait islanders in Australia who continue to be

underrepresented in our democracy.

democracy. Bringing an Indigenous perspective to assembly, Dr Bourke pledged his

commitment to healing the

wounds of the past. For me,

the purpose of reconciliation

is nation-building. But he

also promised to help build

better Canberra. It was a day

of new beginnings not just for Chris Bourke. Katy Gallgher

released a list of about 50

projects to be tackled during

the next 12 months. A access to

health care, housing options

and improved public transport

among the eight priority

headings. I think it is an ambitious agenda. also important at this point in my time as Chief Minister very

early on to be clear about what

my priorities are and the fact

I I am prepared to be measured against them. Putting all

sorts of dead lines on this Government

Government when it hasn't even

been able to deliver the most

basic infrastructure and the

most basic services, it's

difficult to take it seriously. But Katy Gallgher

is likely to take it very

seriously, with an election now

just 16 months away. Former Brumbies coach Andy

Friend is undertaking a

marathon bike ride to raise awareness of people suffering

brain injury. The 5,000km journey from Cooktown to

Canberra will raise funds for brain injury Australia and Outward Bound. Andy Friend's

wife Kerri Rawlings suffered a

brain injury in a cycling

accident last year. Took the

wind out of our sails for a little while there. As you can

see, Kerri's going really well.

It's part of that

rehabilitation and on top of

awareness and do ideally raise

some funds for two organisations. Ms Rawlings says

she has No Doubt her husband

will complete the challenge.

You're strong. You'll do it. He'll begin the ride in

September. In Queensland, it's

being viewed as a conspiracy to

help NSW win the State of

Origin series. Maroons halfback

Johnathan Thurston has been charged with a grade 2 offence

for colliding with a referee. Queensland coach Mal Meninga

says the severity of the

is ludicrous and he's been

supported by former league

greats on both sides of the

bOrpeder. Unless hees wins at the

Thurston will lose his place to

play in Darren Lockyer's Origin farewell. The rules are clear,

it's up to the player to avoid

contact with the referee. What

has the Maroons up in armicise

the grade 2 charge for a collision they maintain was accidental. He probably had

his eyes on the play of the

football not the referee so I

think every Queenslander's got a case for Jonathan. Everyone' talking about it at the moment

but in my best interesticise

not to comment. There are many talking, including the coach. We're all for the protection of

referees but to give a grade 2

charge on that I find hard to fathom. Thurston's flight plooit hyzven become a

political - plight has even

become a political hot potato.

If these buggers can't win fairly

fairly they'll win foul. For

disgruntled Queensland fans,

the grass is greener on other side after new turf was

laid a at Lang Park for game

three. Wests Tigers will be without Benji Marshall this

Friday after today he

out with a knee injury. Losing

Benji is a bit of bad luck but

we've got a great squad. Manly

has moved to second after last night's victory over

Parramatta. The Eels led 18-16

with three minutes left before

Kieran Foran broke their

hearts. Foran gets there! The Sea Eagles Sea Eagles take on the Dragons

next Monday night. Five

Australians, including Sam

Stosur and Lleyton Hewitt, are

expected to be in action

tonight at Wimbledon tonight at Wimbledon after

after only half the scheduled

matches were completed after a wet

wet opening day. Jelena Dokic

bowed out and women's number

two seed Vera Zvonareva won

after a struggle. Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal advanced. Dokic took Francesca Schiavone

to three sets but the 6th seed

after a rain delay. 5-time

winner Venus Williams had an

impressive win, showing no

signs of her recent hip injury. And the number 4 seed And the number 4 seed Andy

Murray didn't drop a game in

the third and fourth sets after surprisingly losing the first.

Now with all our weather news

it's time to welcome Mark

Carmody. Thank you and good evening. Icy cold north-westerly winds blew across the capital today and

ruffled more than just a few

hair dos. It was minor tree damage Parliament House was fully stretched all day. The maximum

gusts were around 70 km/h. Rain

fell as well and the totals

were around 10mm and it was

cold. That 11 was recorded at 9

this morning and then the

temperature went up and down

like a share market graph.

Currently - don't go outside -

although the winds have died

away there's still the odd

shower about and it's cold, 3

degrees.

Cloud has moved through the

southeast and it's now over the

northeast. Following that is a

pool of cold air so tomorrow the showers will ease but it

will be cold. The cold front is

now over the northeast of the

State and a high centred over

the southwest will slowly move

eastwards over the next couple of

weather to our local region but

not to the southern capitals of

Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart

who are all expecting showers

tomorrow. Virginia, this rain and wind will finish any remaining

roses. This one is called Madam President from the Old

Parliament House rose gardens.

Looks very presidential on indeed. Thank you, Mark. Before

we go, a brief recap of our top

stories tonight. Tens of thousands of passengers face

delay as the ash ash cloud from

Chile's volcano again cripples flights. Canberra airport was

badly disrupted today and will

be closed tomorrow along with a

Sydney and Melbourne. And Tony

Abbott's push for a

scuttled. It needed the support

of cross bench Senator Fielding

but he dismissed it as a stunt.

That's the news for now. Coming

up on 7:30, the cybercrime wave

pounding everyone from the CIA

to Google. That's next but

we'll leave you now with a

blanket of snow out near Orange. Goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI

Tonight - on a day when thousands of Australian businesses have

hack attack, can we win the war

against cyber crime? If you

were to put it in terms of a

sports score, police 1, sports score, police 1, law

enforcement 1, cyber criminals

10. This Program Is Captioned

Welcome to the program. That

story shortly. But first, it

could be another 48 hours

before tens of thousands of Australians are able to resume

their travel plans. That

troublesome ash cloud from the

Chilean volcano is wreaking havoc on Australian airports

not to mention costing the

economy millions. The

disruption is so huge that there are now calls for

Australia to adopt a monitoring