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Tonight - as the flood threat

eases now the massive clean up

headache. There's heaps of

people out there who suffered

the same problem as what we have. We're not alone. Kevin

Rudd goes on the defensive but

warns there's more WikiLeaks

pain to come. The old guard makes a charge at the Australian PGA championship. You've seen it that many times,

haven't you? And a feast for the eyes at the National Gallery's Ballets Russes

exhibition. Good evening,

Craig Allen with ABC News. Down

came the rain now out come the

mops. Residents across NSW have started the monumental task of

cleaning up after what are

being called the floods of a

lifetime. As the waters recede,

those in the worst affected

areas are tackling layers of

thick mud and debris in their

homes and businesses. ABC

reporter Nick Grimm was in the

town of Eugowra in the State's

central west when residents

were given the all clear to

return home. From this to this,

what a difference a matter of

hours can make as residents got

on with the massive task of

cleaning up today. You can't

put a food wrong around here

now, everyone chips in,

everyone knows we're in the

tucking in and doing it. The same boat so a

community's out this morning

cleaning up houses, helping

each other to move furniture

and getting the community back

to where it was prior to the flood. Locals were given the all clear to return to their properties after authorities

electricity connections. Cables checked water, sewage and

are fine, just gets into the business owners want to get plates that's all. Some

back on the job as soon as

possible. I was thinking about

putting the flag out now out

the front but might be a bit

cheeky just yet, there's a lot

to do. Local SES volunteer John

Anthes helped evacuate his

neighbours. Tooz he was sizing

up the damage at his own home. The water pressure blew

the front door open. When I

came back last night the front

would door was wide open so that

would have helped get a lot of

dirt in. Nearby another

resident was still in the

clothes he was wearing hen he

was forced to flee. When the

water comes out you've got to

be on top of it, hose house out as it recede house out as it recede creeds

so not much time to have a

shower at the moment. Some

locals had enough warning to

belongings remove their personal

belongings but others weren't

so lucky. This man had just when he was evacuated. Last been released from hospital

minute lifting that had to be foregone. And minute lifting of heavy things,

the floods have brought some

unwanted visitors. With the

water brings the mozzies and

aren't they big? aren't they big? They're they. Throughout the region beauties, aren't

property owners and farmers are

also counting the cost of this

week's deluge. Crop damage is

estimated to run into hundreds

of millions of dollars. The

floods are easing now but with

the ground still so saturated

across this region it won't

take much for the problems to

come back. There's no

significant rainfall forecast

for the coming week but that it's believed the for the coming week but beyond

Christmas/new year period could

see creeks and rivers like this

one bursting their banks all

over again. And thousands of residents remain isolated in

the State's north with 3 people

had to be rescued overnight.

The SES expects major flooding

to continue at Wee Waa and

Coonamble for at least a week.

The situation is easing in and

around Tamworth allowing some

residents to return to their

homes. The Peel River peaked at 5.4 metres this morning before

receding and is not expected to

cause any more problems. Minor to moderate flood warnings

remain in place for Gunnedah

and Dubbo. Foreign Minister

Kevin Rudd has shot back at critics saying as Prime

Minister he was always upfront

with the Australian public when

it came to his concerns about

the war in

Afghanistan. Documents released

by WikiLeaks this week quote Mr

Rudd telling US politicians

that the outlook in Afghanistan

scares the hell out of him.

Today during a tour of the

Middle East the Foreign

Minister admitted it's likely

there are more leaks to come.

Middle East correspondent Ben Knight reports Moses wandered around the

Kevin Sinai desert for 40 years,

Kevin Rudd wasn't here nearly

that long but he did offer these troops manna from

into it. Australia's heaven. Guys, beers are on, get

peacekeeping force in the

Sinai, which is monitoring the border between Israel and

Egypt, is one of our less known foreign deployments.

Afghanistan it's not, but Kevin

Rudd's leaked comments on the

Afghanistan war during his time as prime minister saying that

it scared the hell out of him have

have followed him all the way

to Egypt. Kevin Rudd denies he

was ever dishonest with the

Australian public. And just go

to the public record - grim, difficult, dangerous, bloody,

these are things that I

consistently said to the

Australian people back in

'08. Kevin Rudd is on a tour of

Asia and the Middle East. His

name has been all over the

international media in recent

days. His comments blaming the United States for the leaking

of cables was headline news

around the world. The repeatedly shone a torch on to

he says he's not alone his time as prime minister but

there. The subject of oun authorised release of cables is

a matter for debate in every

capital in the world right now. Foreign ministers, prime

ministers answering all sorts

of questions. There's no doubt

Kevin Rudd would rather be

talking about the

of his visit to like opening formal relations of his visit to the Middle East

with the Arab League or today's

meeting with the Egyptian President

President Hosni Mubarak but

once again WikiLeaks has stolen

the agenda and when it comes to Kevin Rudd it doesn't appear to be finished yet. WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange has been

moved into a segregation unit

at a London jail due to

concerns for his safety. A

lawyer for the 39-year-old

Australian says he's in good spirits. He's due to be

extradited to Sweden as early

as next week to face charges of

sexual assault. In Australia supporters of Julian Assange

and the WikiLeaks

to the streets again lashing

out at the Federal Government's

stance. The Government has to

hear that we are hear that we are affected and

that we're not going to stand

down, we're going to support

him through it all. Meanwhile

US banks are reportedly bracing

themselves for the possible release of release of damaging information from WikiLeaks. The website

claims to have secret documents

which could bring down several

banks and may post them online

next year. Treasurer Wayne Swan

is poised to reveal his much

anticipated shake up of the

banking industry. He says the

plan to be released tomorrow

will help families and small businesses deal with the

banking system by making it

fairer and more

competitive. This will be a

balanced package, it will have

a range of reforms both short

term, medium term and long term

but reforms which will be

enduring and make our system more competitive over time. The more than window dressing. I

don't believe that this

government can be trusted. I don't believe that this

Government has what it takes to

try to run a good economy. The

Treasurer says while he doesn't

expect the big four banks to be

happy with the plan he does expect to have significant support in parliament. There's

hope of a break through at the

United Nations climate change

talks in Cancun tonight. The

two-week session has gone down

to the wire and nearly 200

countries are still meeting

tonight as they consider a

draft proposal which for the

first time makes note of

emissions targets for both

developing and developed

nations. Not everyone likes the

deal and final points are still being ironed out but the

Climate Change Minister Greg

Combet has called it a historic step forward. North step forward. North America correspondent Lisa Millar

reports from Cancun. With so

much at stake and so little

time left protestors turned up the pressure on this final day. We are very, very

concerned that the negotiators

are floundering in the sea and

this is an attempt to push our

leaders in the remaining

hours to agree some building

blocks around forests, around finance and around protecting

the Kyoto protocol. There were

reports that progress had been

made during all night sessions

but as the morning's program

was delayed and then delayed

again, talk of a break through

seemed premature . It is really

a pity then the ping-pong game

between the US and China that

has damaged Copenhagen is

likely to damage again Kan

cue. Throughout the day the same disagreements played ow.

Rich and poor nations argued

how to cut emission, world's temperature rise under

2 degrees. The Europeans warned

against putting off hard

decisions until next decisions until next year's

meeting in South Africa. If we

do not get things done here in Cancun,

Cancun, then it's very, very

difficult to see how we will come from A to B. So some kind

of flexibility here is

needed. As the day wore on tensions rose. Young protestors

clashed with UN security before

being evicted. No-one wanted a

repeat of Copenhagen so the ambitions here were

deliberately lowered. Countries

did hope that at the end of the

two weeks at the very least the

process to tackle climate

change would be back on track.

As the talks went into overtime draft agreements were

released. They included details

of how the $100 billion green fund would be temperature target and offered payments to protect tropical

forests. It wasn't perfect but

better than most expected. Much

work lies ahead of us but this

would represent, I think, a

historic step forward. If the

nearly 200 nations sign off on

these agreements Cancun will seen as a success having built

momentum for a legally binding

global deal in the future. Imprisoned Chinese dissident

Liu Xiaobo has been celebrated

as the winner of this year's

Nobel Peace Prize. His family was prevented from travelling

to Norway for the ceremony and

for the first time in 75 years

the coveted prize was

symbolically placed on an empty chair. Beijing is furious about

the award labelling it a

political farce. Europe correspondent Emma albreech i reports. The ceremony all the reverence and sense of

occasion of previous peace

prize awards, the only thing

missing was the winner . We

regret that the laureate is not

present. He is in isolation in

a prison in north-east China.

Nor can the laureate's wife or

his closest relatives be with

us. Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese

dissident, is served 11 years

for subversion. He was praised

for his role in trying to find a

a peaceful solution to the 1989

Tiananmen Square protest and

for promoting human rights in China.

China. The chairman of the

Nobel committee called on China

to recognise that becoming a world power brought with it certain responsibilities. China

must be prepared for criticism

and regard it as positive. Liu

Xiaobo has only exercised his civil rights,

anything wrong. He must be

released. Amnesty International said members of Norway's

Chinese community were

pressured to join anti-Nobel

protests. China has accused

Oslo of interfering with its

internal affairs. After intense

lobbying by Beijing, 18 foreign

countries did boycott the

event. Most of those invited

did show up including 100 or so

Chinese dissidents living in Europe. American President Barack Obama who won the Nobel

Peace Prize last year also

called for Liu Xiaobo to be

released from jail. In a

statement to the committee he

also said that the Chinese

prodemocracy campaigner was far

more deserving of the award

than he had been. British

authorities are investigating

this week's student riots over

increased university fees and

just how the heir to the throne was caught in the middle of it. Security experts believe royal

protection officers were just

moments away from using their

firearms when rioters set upon

a limousine taking Prince

Charles and his wife to the

theatre. The Prime Minister

blames what he calls feral

thugs for the violence though police are also accused of

using excessive force. One key question beyond politics and

the cause of the riots has

seized the authorities - how

did royal security let this

happen in the middle of

London? Scum. Off with their

heads! Off with their heads zblnchtsds The protection

officers might have resorted to

fire arm and god knows what

might have happened. Here was

Prince Charles waving to a very

agitated crowd. Here was his

wife's window actually

down. Put the window up! Put

the window up! And And here is

the royal limo sent up Regent Street

had decided was OK. This is

an unprotected vehicle, it has

no ballistic qualities whatsoever, it's old, it's

virtually immovable in terms of

to escape or do a U turn or

whatever, it's virtually impossible in that

vehicle. Little wonder the

Duchess look ed terrified and

grabbed her husband's hand.

They got out of what Charles

might have termed a rather

tight spot. More than 20 police and protestors ended up in

casualties in violence that

built as a very divided Government voted to treble university fees in England. A

crowd behaving sometimes in an

absolutely feral way I think

people see that as an unacceptable thuggish behaviour. Supporters of Alfie

meadows turned the same on the

police. He was left with bleeding on the brain after

being hit by a truncheon. The

Liberal Democrats were split

down the middle on the vote on

increasing university fees that broke a preelection pledge. We've talked to each

other and the party has

discussed this in a calm and

respectful manner which I think

will now allow us to move

forward without rancour and in

a united way. Outside the party

voters would think I will never vote for thep,

ever. After the show at the

Palladium, the Prince did get

to meet the princess and his

own Princess got a bunch of flowers. On the streets

university students and protest

groups have promised more action to come. The US

pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has

taken its blood pressure drug

Thelin off the market following

the deaths of 3 people

overseas. The drug is used to

treat a rare and severe form of

hypertension but analysis shows

it could cause fatal liver

damage with few warning hypertension is a severely disabling condition, there's no

cure. People have swollen

ankles, shortness of breath,

but the time they're diagnosed

they're often very ill so

there's not many choice. One of

those options has now been

removed in. In a statement

Pfizer says it's concluded the overall benefit overall benefit no longer

outweigh s the risk in the general population of

patients. We've acted swiftly, we've acted

appropriately. Around 200

Australians use Thelin and the

Therapeutic Goods

Administration says it's had 10

reports of ab normal liver function. With those small

numbers it often, for the rarer

patterns of toxicity, it often

would take time for those

patterns to emerge and

unfortunately this has been the situation with Thelin. The Australian Medical Association welcomes the

welcomes the move saying lessons have been learned. This is a good example of a drug

We have had compamps in the

past where they didn't act fast enough for the courts and so

this is a good sign that

there's a quick response. Until

now Thelin's been approved for

use in the European Union,

Canada and Australia. Clinical

trials have been going on in

several other

including the USA and Japan

with a view to introducing the

drug there. Those trials will

now be stopped. Health

authorities are urging Thelin

patients to contact their

doctor as soon as possible to discuss the use of an alternative medicine. The

American golfer Bobby Gates has

maintained his one-shot lead

after the third round of the

Australian PGA championship on

the Sunshine Coast. Gates is being chased by New South

Welshman Aaron Townsend and the veteran Peters Senior and Fowler. What do you get when Fowler. What do you get when an American, American, a Chinese and an

Australian start the third

round of a PGA, the answer was

beyond a joke for two of them on the opening hole. He's hit

the chip and that could easily

have gone in the water. Liang

Wenchong and John Senden both started with double bogies. This is incredible.

Bobby Gates as struggling to

hang on to his lead while Robert Allenby wasn't playing like a 4-time champion. Andre

Stoltz shared the lead. Peter

Fowler was ready to party like

it was 1983 as he surged into a

share of the lead. Almost as

senior as Fowler, is a man with 19 victories on the Australasian tour. A 4-under

par 68 leaves Peter one shot off the pace as he

aims to win the tournament for

the third time. It's nice to be

in the hunt. I think the key to

today's round is I didn't miss

any short putts. Townsend gave

up a 2-shot advantage with

bogey on 3 of the last 4 holes.

A day of swinging fortune,

somehow ended the way it

started with Gates leading by

one. The tour match between Victoria and England is intriguingly poised as it goes

into its final day at the MCG. Victoria has a 310-run lead

with 4 second innings wickets

in hand. Earlier the tour is

declared 32 runs short of the

Bushrangers first innings

total. Captain Andrew Strauss

top scored for England with 66

and Ian Bell hit an unbeaten 60. England declared at lunch.

Its selection panel is probably

no closer to

fast bowler will replace the

injured Stuart Broad for the

third Test. All rounder Paul Collingwood took the bowling

honours ending up with 3

wickets. It's a rare night for

the A-League tonight. A marquee

game is attracting a big crowd

with the two Melbourne teams,

the Victory and the facing off. But there's little

doubt the competition is at a

cross road with crowds on the

decline and some clubs in

turmoil. The game's governing

body is now facing accusations it abandon ed the domestic

league to focus on the failed

World Cup bid. In a perfect

world every A-League match

would be like this one a crowd

of 20,000 plus watching two

teams packed with national and international stars fight it

out in a purpose built

stadium. But this is the

exception that proves the rule,

that the A-League is struggling. Football Federation

Australia is being accused of

neglecting the national neglecting the national league to focus on the ultimately

unsuccessful World Cup bid. When intellectual capacity, when you tie up your chief executive,

your chairman and any number of

senior managers and strategists

on a World Cup bid going back

for two years surely something

has to give. All too often this

season games have been played

out in front of almost empty

stadiums . Play midweek games

during school time, the weather

has been pretty bad, there's probably been less marketing

than normal, there's just a

whole range of issues I think

need to be fixed. We believe it

largely is because of a lack of

connectivity at the moment

between the A-League and the

people that care about football in this country. Connecting

with fans, even those who love

the game, has been the A-League's biggest challenge

but it's one the FFA has but it's one the FFA has vowed to take up. A new Cup

competition to start next year

involving A-League clubs and

the best State league teams is

one way of drawing in those

fans who have stuck with the

sides that made up the old

National Soccer League at the A-League's

there are disaffected fans all

around the country that haven't always signed up to the

A-League and if they're sticking with their State league clubs

league clubs that's fine, they

have every right to do that but of course it would certainly bring them to the table. The

FFA is also committed to

starting the season late tore

avoid the clash with AFL NRL finals. Time will tell whether the changes make a

difference. If they work,

scenes like this could become

the norm and not the exception.

In the WNBL the Canberra Capitals accounted for the AIS

by 40 points at Bruce last

night. The Capitals dominated

from the start winning the game

96-56. Captain Jess Bibby top

scored with 38 including a

record nine 3 pointers. The

Capitals have won 13 out of 14

games so far this season. The

Australian athletics community

is abuzz with the rise of a 16-year-old runner

than a decade ago was in a

refugee camp. Timas Harik was

born in Sudan. Already the

national under 18 800 metres

champion he's now set his

sights on winning Olympic gold

for Australia. Timas Harik was

9 when he came to Australia

a refugee camp in Egypt. He was

separated from his parents for

four years but now the family

is back together and thriving. This is my gift to

this country because the

country is - give me everything. At the national

championships last weekend

Timas ran the first of two

times needed to qualify for next year's world youth

games. The Olympics in London,

I should say, are probably a little early given his

age. Though his parents both

claim their genes have made

their boy one of the best

teenage runners in this

country, the runner himself says says it's all down to his

coach. Without him I couldn't

like - I'd be on the streets and starting all the troubles.

With his help I'm sitting on

pretty much the best school in Australia. He's received a

scholarship to Melbourne's St

Kevin's College and he's supported by a not for profit

group called Sports Without

Borders. Most of the children

we assist are from the horn of Africa which is where Timas is

from. Timas wants to inspire other African

Australians. Motivation comes

from here like the couple of

years Sudanese having a really

bad name but like now I'm just

trying to give out a different

name for the Sudanese community. A goal that this

athlete is already achieving.

More than 200 volunteers

descended on a Canberra charity

today as part of an annual

initiative to help those

need. Pegasus Riding for the

Disable ed at Holt was the

focus of the triple 6 spruce

up. Rooms were painted and

recarpeted and a garden that

stimulates the census was

expanded. The willing workers

were entertained with festive music performed by the 666

choir. The not for profit organisation Pegasus provides riding for around 100 people

each week. The exotic and dramatic designs

dramatic designs were ahead of their time when they were

unveiled at the dawn of last

century and now a collection of

avant garde co-tums made for the Ballets Russes is continuing to fascinate the public as part of the National Gallery's blockbuster

exhibition. In the world of

costume design these wearable

works of art are renowned.

They're the ground breaking

vision of Russian Sergei Diaghilev who Russes in 1911. Ballets Russes

collaborated with artists such

as Matisse who brought a painter's eye to the stage. The

costumes that are in a way

extend the dancer's body, that

allowed choreography to be much more expressive and much less traditional and formal. These cosmic

cosmic themes costumes from 1928 feature phosphorescent

paint. Overs reflect the

tumultuous time and Bolshevik ideals of the industrial

revolution. And there's plenty

of bling including 24 carat metallic thread. It's the

variety of the costume I just

love. The Eastern

influence. They're really quite

modern, they're very beautiful

colours, just gorgeous. But the

designs arrived before the

advent of

cleaning, lycra and colour fast

dyes. There is evidence that the dancers themselves actually

threatened to go on strike because the costumes, they

thought the costumes were unwearable, undanceable. The

National Gallery began the

collection in the 1970s. 50 of

the 150 pieces have never been

exhibited before. Their painstaking restoration

represents the largest textile

conservation project ever

undertaken in Australia. It

took 9 months just to salvage

this silk and metallic squid

from rags. With the sweat

stains, the dirt, the built up

grease, moth holes, silver

fish. It's a collection that's bound

bound to wow visitors and

influence a new generation of designers. Ballets Russes, the

art of costume, continues until

March. After a few weeks of

rainy, unsettled weather we had

a full day's sunshine with moderate winds around this

afternoon. It was a bit cool

overnight, around 10 or

11. Some cloud around the south-east today with 28

degrees in coastal parts. Koom

ark reached just 19, Goulburn 22. Around the capitals today:

On the cloud chart we can

clearly see the broadband

associated with the trough

that's produced the rain in

recent days. From Queensland

right down over the NSW coast. Over coming days the

trough will continue its track

off the coast and high pressure

system will start to dominate local weather. Around the capitals tomorrow: The trough will bring some

showers over tropical

Queensland and there will also

be a few showers over Victoria. Winds will be mostly

westerly around our region

tomorrow with most towns west

of the ranges staying

dry. Batemans Bay will have

some rain periods.

And that's the news for now. We'll leave you tonight with

the annual motorcyclist toy run

through Canberra. Thanks for your company, goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI