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(generated from captions) a jury found her guilty of murdering her newborn baby

Tegan 14 years ago. The chief of

has defended lifting rates I

boof the official increase and

warned of more rises to

come. That's the news. The

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Welcome to the program. I'm

Heather Ewart. It was a shock

verdict which produced some of

the most dramatic court scenes in recent times. Former water

polo player Keli Lane collapsed

in the witness box screaming,

when a jury today found her

guilty of murdering her newborn

daughter Tegan 14 years ago.

During the four-month trial,

the prosecution said Keli Lane

had been so desperate to keep her

decided to kill her baby girl,

rather than risk having a world

of lies exposed. Deborah Cornwall reports. It was a

extraordinary dramatic end to an

extraordinary trial. With

paramedics rushed to the courtroom after Keli Lane

collapsed hysterical and

screaming as the jury delivered

its verdict. The courtroom was

cleared. But as we were

leaving, we heard the court

saying "Keli, open your eyes, officers attending Keli

Keli, can you hear me?" A

doctor was called for. It's

very difficult time for all of

us. We've got a sentence to prepare for. Justice for Tegan.

That's what I look at. It's

more than 14 years since Tegan

Lane lane, just two days old,

simply vanished. The last time

she was seen alive was with her hospital with her, then arrived mother Keli

home alone four hours later,

just in time to head off to a

wedding. If something's happened to the

the time to tell us. I don't

know. Nothing happened. Nothing

has happened to her. Even now,

only Keli Lane knows what

really happened to Tegan in

those crucial four hours. Back

then, her friends, family and the father of the child, former boyfriend Duncan Gillies,

had no idea she'd even been

pregnant and that Tegan was

gave birth one of only three children she

gave birth to in total

secrecy. Keli was a very

convincing liar. This is part

of her nice-girl image. She is

used to being believed. She's also somebody who is very

capable of painting herself as

being a victim and making

people feel sorry for her,

again so many don't ask her too

lane may invested have been many

noticed missing at all if it

wasn't for the third child Lane

tried to adopt out three years

later. A child protection

worker had been making some worker had been

routine checks, when he stumbled upon an astounding

discovery. Lane had failed to

tell authorities she'd already

had two other children. And

while the first child had been

adopted out in 1995, feegan,

born a year later, seemed to have

have simply have simply disappeared. Her answers to my questions about

Tegan were just "No". All she

that and then said "I don't said was "no", and repeated

know what you're talking about." It was just the

beginning of what would prove

to be a marathon 11-year police

investigation in which the

terrible secrets of Keli Lane would finally come back to

me anything? No. haunt her. Do you want to tell

the child? No, I did not! I did

not do anything like that!

Someone else? No! No! Keli,

like I said I'm going to have

to make a lot of inquiries

now. Please, don't. Keli Lane has always maintained she'd

hidden her pregnancies,

convinced that her friends and

family would a abandon her. But according to the Crown Prosecutor her been far more cold blooded.

Tegan and her other unwanted

babies, he said, had been a

threat to her career prospects

and her future as a water polo champion. Even more critically,

her image as the golden girl

and daughter of Robert Lane a local rugby hero and former

policeman in the fiercely

tribal beach community of

Manly. Lane, he said, told so

many lies, she tied up police

for years. Deliberately sending them on a wild goose chase. Her stories as to what happened at

Tegan range from "I took care

of her and breast fed her for

six months" to outright denial

that Tegan ever existed to

gave Tegan to a couple I met

just before she was born and I

think they live in Perth now."

In all, Lane gave eight different versions wlaf

happened to Tegan, prompting a nationwide dragnet, including

trawling through the birthdates

and school records of more than 86,000 86,000 children. But the

prosecution says it was her

final version to police that

she'd given away the child to a

man she'd had a brief affair

with that proved the most

absurd lie of all. With Lane em

broiderring details as she went

along, even mixing up the name

of the father between Andrew

Morris and Andrew Norris. I said

said to him "What about, can

you take her?" "Take it".

'Cause I didn't know. What did

he say? Well, he wasn't wasn't really ... he wasn't

really happy about it. He said

that I'd trapped him. And that Secretly recorded telephone

intercepts revealed even Lane's

own mother had trouble

believing she'd give away her

own child to a man she'd only

met a few times. And the

girlfriend he cheated

on. You've got to be telling the absolute truth, I'm telling

you, it's so unlike a young

bloke to want to raise a child.

That's the thing I just can't That's the thing

sort of grip. But obviously

that's what you agreed. Isn't

it? Yeah. I didn't really have

too many options. Summing up

the case, the judge had warned

the jury that just because

someone was a liar, didn't someone was a liar, didn't mean

Crown they were a murderer. But the

conversations showed that even

after the coronial inquest into Tegan's disappearance, Lane's

only concern had been for herself. Not Tegan. she must've known the child would not be found because

she'd killed her. I did make

stupid choices. And I make

continually stupid choices but

I can't tell you what sort of person I was then.

Lane didn't give evidence at

the trial, leaving her defence

barrister to speculate on a

range of scenarios on Tegan's

fate. But clearly, 11 of the 12

jurors simply didn't buy

it. She's never lost any of her

confidence or any of her

arrogance and this is someone who's facing a murder trial,

all the way along, she never -

she's like she owned the

place. Rachel Chin's book on the secret life now due to be published early

next year. But after five years

of trawling through legal

evidence and interviewing

friends, Lane, she says, still remains a complete mystery. In

the five years between the

coronial inquest and the murder

trial in 2010, Sandy and Robert Lane aged 20 years physically

took a big toll on them, you

could tell, the stress, but

Keli looked fresh. Even before

today's verdict, Keli Lane had

already lost her marriage was over, and

according to Rachel Chin, most

of her once huge band of

friends had abandoned her. But

it wasn't until today, when the jury declared her guilty, Keli

Lane finally gave way to her

grief. I'm quite sure there are

people in Manly who've known

Keli and the Lanes all their livers and they're looking

through photo albums of 21sts,

of nights out, other special

times in their lives and they

'd see Keli there and they

would think "Who are you?"

The WikiLeaks saga continues

to play out across the globe, with uncomfortable revelations

on everything

Afghanistan war to tensions

over Iran's nuclear

capabilities. In Australia, the

leaks are causing problems for the Gillard

the Gillard Government, which

is accused of having

conflicting positions on what support should be extended to

WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange.

Each new day brings unwanted

headlines for the government as

secret and very frank US

Embassy cables are revealed Embassy cables are revealed in

the press. Today's cables the press. Today's cables show Australia's intelligence

leaders feared Iran's nuclear

weapons program could lead to

nuclear war in the Middle East

and that at least one top spook

was concerned about Israel

launching a pre-emptive strike

on Tehran. I think the

Australian public should know

that the office of national

assessments has a more cautionary cautionary view in regard to

Iran's nuclear armament. It's

relevant for the Australian

Government to know about that debate within government. It's encouraging that our own

intelligence agencies are

forming their own view. We hear

a lot from Israel and the

United States that Iran is run

by people who are mad, bad and

dangerous to know, and they are

in fact very cautious in their

foreign policy. Clearly, not

everyone agrees. The WikiLeaks

document dump has been the

biggest story in the world. And

has made its Australian editor

in chief Julian Assange a marked man marked man in the United States. I think anything less

than execution is too kind a penalty. The extraordinary, unprecedented revelations have

been extra unwanted pressure for Julia Gillard's fragile

coalition government, which

denounced Mr Assange at the

highest levels. I absolutely

condemn the placement of this information on the WikiLeaks web site. It's a grossly

irresponsible thing to do. And an illegal thing to do. He

certainly is travelling as we

understand it on an Australian

passport, but there are both

issues in respect of serving a

notice of cancellation, but

there are also issues as to whether it would be

constructive or counter productive to the law

enforcement effort. I would find that especially disturbing. Quite frankly this

person deserves maximum

consular support. I don't see

at this stage that anything has

been established against him.

I'm not his brother or his

cousin. But quite frankly I

think he does merit the

Australian support at stage. I am very critical of

the line it has taken and I think it has misjudged think it has misjudged the public mood. The Prime

Minister's strident response has been

has been privately criticised by some Labor by some Labor MPs on the

party's left. One of the few

willing to go on the record is

veteran MP Laurie Ferguson, who

says he's been contacted by

many Labor Party members and

supporters who feel the same

way. They're appalled that the

government seems to be so hard

line on this matter. They think

like me most of what has come information. They believe that

the general public in any

nation shouldn't be basically

left to try and establish

truth, try and establish whether government policy

based on foundations. After

Prime Minister's Gillards

comments we received literally

thousands of emails from

Australians encouraging us to

take a stand. It seems our government wasn't willing to

stand up for Julian Assange as an Australian citizen. The

on-line activist group GetUp

has also moved to defend Julian

Assange with advertisements in newspapers world. We've had an

overwhelming response to this

campaign on WikiLeaks. It's

been the fastest growing

campaign ever. Over the weekend 85,000 Australians signed a

statement and they've chipped

in $350,000 to publish full-page ads in the 'New York

Times', in Washington and in

the 'Australian' here at home.

Its national campaign

director believes ministers has adopted different positions on

Mr Assange and that they can

force a change in the government's position. The

government has been all over

the shop in responding to the

WikiLeaks saga. Kevin Rudd has

been quite supportive of the right right of WikiLeaks to publish information, which is good,

because they are publishing

information in the same way

that respected mastheads like

the 'Sydney Morning Herald' and

'Guardian' and the 'New York

Times' do, but the Attorney-General and the Prime

Minister have failed to stand

up for Mr Assange's rights.

For its part, the opposition is denouncing the WikiLeaks

founder, but believes he may

not be guilty of a crime. The

opposition's view is that his

conduct is morally censurable and

having said that, we need to

make a clear and sharp

distinction in our own minds

between that which is morally reprehensible and that which is

illegal. But at least one Defence insider has become an

unlikely defender, and believes

public opinion is moving the

same way. There's more good

than harm. There is no doubt some adverse consequences of

material that's properly

classified being released. But

what we're seeing from the documents is which our governments are not

straight with us. Very recent examples - examples - ballistic missile systems, what they really think

is the outlook for Afghanistan.

With more and more cables set

to be released over coming days

and weeks and Julian Assange to

appear in court tomorrow, the

government's position on

WikiLeaks is sure to come under

more scrutiny.

Anxieties over planned reforms of Australia's banking

system were heightened today as

a Senate inquiry into

competition in the sector started in Sydney. Reserve Bank Governor Glenn

there could be unintended consequences from too much

government intervention. But

consumer groups were critical of the Reserve Bank's comments,

as they traded blows with the

large retail banks over whether

the government's reform package

released yesterday will make a

difference to interest rates. Business editor Greg Hoy reports. Great expectations. We

really think this is going to

be a turning point in terms building a more competitive banking system.

But as the Senate inquiry

into competition in the banking

sector opened at the New South

Wales Parliament today, a more

immediate focus was on alleged

bank bastardry. In contention,

were the banks justified in

jacking up loan rates more than the Reserve Bank? The banks

blame higher funding costs.

Critics scoff and point to

record profits. Do you agree

with the Treasurer's statement

that the banks had no

justification in lifting their

interest rates above the

official RBA cash rate in

November? Um ... I don't agree

with that statement, because I

think we did have justification

in the sense that our funding

costs were rising. But fair to

nuance the equation. What we

hadn't done is created an understanding amongst the

community that was the case. Do

you think the big four banks are ripping off Australians

with interest rates on

loans? Senator, it's a very

sort of pejorative way of

putting the question, isn't if? And I'm not And I'm not going to invite people to either feel ripped

off or not. There's a set of

facts about what's happened to

funding costs. The RBA doesn't

seem to be particularly looking

at the market from the point of

view of consumers. And that's a

great pity. So far, the Senate

inquiry has only further fueled the melee over release yesterday of the federal

Treasurer's 10-point plan to

revamp the banking system. This

has to be the start of a process. This has to be beginning of a much wider and

more comprehensive push to

reinject competition back into

the sector. We believe there

is strong competition in

Australian banking. We've seen

the major banks, for cut a whole range of unpopular

fees over the last 12 months.

They wouldn't have done that if they weren't

they weren't trying to attract

and retain customers. The

banking industry would say that

everything is fine, wouldn't

they? And we really would like

them to stop whingeing about

reform. The door for reform is

now open. They need to get in

the room. It was the Treasurer himself who'd raised great

expectations he'd up-end competition amongst the four big pillars of Australian

banking. The government is determined to see a in the banking system,

particularly based on our

mutual sector. Particularly based on our credit unions and

our building societies. They

are safe and they're very

competitive. So did Wayne Swan

you deliver? That depends on who

you ask. This is a very, very substantial package. It the road, to get a better deal.

Very substantial measures to

support lending by the smaller

lenders, by the mutuals, by the regional banks, by the regional banks, by the building

societies. The Treasurer now

says that his banking package

is going to reduce interest rates. This morning, the assistant Treasurer Bill

Shorten refused to back up that

claim. Now Bill Shorten is a

smart guy. He knows that what

Wayne Swan has done is he has

oversold this package. The

Treasurer has proposed measures as banning home loan

exit fees. But only for new

loans issued after mid next

year. That delay, a frustration

for consumer groups. Then

there's to be an investigation of how to make loans more

portable to make it easier to

switch banks. Not soon switch banks. Not soon enough,

say the critics. There will also be greater disclosure

required up front for bank fees and a boost to the power of the

ACCC to stop banks signalling

to each other any intention of

raising rates. The important thing is that the ACCC will by

this form of legislation be

empowered to least conduct an

investigation. But to improve

the access of smaller banks and second-tier lenders wholesale funding. Their wish second-tier lenders to

that the government ramp up its

investment in residential mortgage-backed securities was

granted. As was the application

to allow lenders to sell to

investors other securities

known as covered bonds. And

last but not least, the

building societies and credit

unions wish to call and market themselves as

banks came true. And now

government will help them

promote this. Changing the term authorised institution into authorised

banking institution, which will

help us explain to more

Australians that credit unions and building societies and

banks all meet the same

standards and all have the same regulatory protections to

really hilt the accelerator on growth and hopefully increase

the pressure on the big banks. The Reserve Bank Governor today expressing

government's plan to spend

another $4 billion on mortgage-backed securities taking

taking to 20 billion its

investment in funding for smaller banks and non-bank

lenders since the onset of the

global financial crisis. Take

due care with all these ideas,

because there can be and there

usually are from most policy interventions unintended

consequences down the track.

One bank critic had to be

forcibly ejected from hearing in Sydney. It's fraud!

He's stealing! You cannot have

variable interest rates! It is

the biggest fraud ever to be

perpetrated on this country and

these people are thieves!

Variable interest rates. It's

illegal. With emotions running

high on the subject of

competition in the Australian

banking sector, and as debate

continues over the government's

proposed reforms, and the

likely effect on them of a

there's surely one thing you

can bank on. There's a lot more

heckling to come. We made $4.6

billion profit in the year ending 30 September this year.

That is a big number. There's

no question. I can't sit here

and say $4.6 billion is not a

big number but what we look at

it from is what's the return on

the equity that our

shareholders have put into the


During the Great Depression, when there

cities and towns, many

Australians turned to fur

trapping to make a living. Now

in Tasmania, the controversial fur trade has been revived, in

an effort to control the

growing number of wild possums.

It's sparked renewed interest

in a unique part of the State's

heritage. And that's the

mountain huts where the hunters

and trappers worked during the winter. Martin Cuddihy reports

from the highlands of Tasmania.

The steep highlands of

Tasmania are a bush walker's paradise. Rugged ranges and winding creeks tra verse the winding creeks tra

landscape of the western tiers.

But these men aren't out here

to take in the scenery. They

want to preserve a unique slice

of Tasmanian history. The

average person out there is

ignorant of the fact that this

history even exists. These are

quite important buildings, really they don't exist

anywhere else in our current

form in Australia. Mountain huts represent a way of life

rapidly fading from living

memory. A century ago, hundreds

of rough and ready huts and

sheds were erected throughout

the wilderness. Now, a dozen or

so remain. They offered shelter

from. Elements and a place to cure the skins animals. That's a beautiful

fur. Be nice in a rug, that

fella. Basil Steers was one of the last trappers. He spent almost every winter of his

adult life in the highlands,

snaring possums and wallabies.

Sometimes his son Phillip would

go with him. Do you ever think

you would like to take up trapping like your dad? Not

full time. There you go, how

first time does that look? Today, for the

first time since he was a boy,

Phil Steers returned to one of

the huts his father built on

the February Plain. This end

really strikes ya, because yeah, that's - it's what it yeah, that's

was. The netting wasn't there.

We didn't worry about the birds

to start with, but bloody hell, yeah. To come back and to see

the hut built is, yeah, it's

pretty special. They have done

a terrific job. Phil Steers remembering helping his father

build the crude structures.

Sometimes it would only take a weekend. They were very

important. But they didn't have

to be Taj Mahal. And they're

not as you can see. The team

that's helping to protect these

buildings is the mountain huts

preservation society. It was

formed when they started to

fall down. To conserve the

remains and preserve this part of Australia's history. Many

people, including governments and government agencies, have

kind of pushed it into the

background and not given it

what it was due, I believe.

The man who are the staed the preservation society is

traditions historian Simon buildings is that they were Cubit. The value

quite a unique response to our

Tasmanian climate, and in many

ways, I would argue they're

more important in a heritage

sense than Georgian sandstone buildings. Eight huts have been

nominated for heritage list but

none of them have been assessed and it's not a priority. Some

of huts that have been

nominated have been nominated

for more than a decade. Is that

good enough? No, far from it.

A lot of the protected structures are 150-year-old sandstone buildings and stately homes. But the head of the

Heritage Council Michael Lynch insists there's no

preferencing. I don't know that

it's a matter of the huts being more important or less important than sandstone

buildings. I think that they

are important in their own

right. Most of them are on

public land. Some are in the

World Heritage area and come

under the jurisdiction of the

Parks and Wildlife Service but

Michael Lynch insists the real reason they're not on the

register is a lack of money and

time. At the level of resourcing that we've

now, it would take us somewhere

between 40 and 50 years to

assess all of those places in

the backlog. Some

private land could get a new

lease on life and once again

provide a base for hunters. In October, the Tasmanian Government introduced legislation that will once again allow the commercial

harvest of possums. They won't

be slaughtered for meat. But

furs and skins will start being sold shortly. People to realise it's not - it

shouldn't be politically

incorrect to wear fur. Why

sustainable use for these not? Well, there's a

animals. As I said, if you're

leaving them on the ground to

rot, they're not doing anyone

any good. The head of Tasmania's Field & Game

Association is Peter Darke. He

believes the numbers need to be

chromed. They do damage to trees.

the number of all wildlife and

there's a food chain, really.

And this fits into it. Whether

or not the huts once again become a base for the fur trade

remains to be seen. But Phillip

Steers is certain he won't Steers is certain he won't be

spending his winter s in the highlands. It's not something

that I'd be overly happy about,

going back and reliving. We had

it pretty tough, not as tough

as a lot of other people, but it certainly was a lot harsher

than what I've become accustomed to.

Martin Cuddihy reporting. And that's the program for tonight. We will be back at the same time tomorrow, but for

now, goodnight.

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