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Tonight - Israel swaps 1,000

Israeli Palestinian prisoners for one

shareholders vote in favour of

the cash for copper NBN deal.

Gardeners work around the clock

to ensure Floriade's fit for

the Queen. And girls night out.

Sexist blokes get a roasting at the Ernie Awards.

Good evening. Welcome to ABC

News. I'm Virginia Haussegger.

Emotions are running high in Israel

Israel and the Palestinian

Territories, where an Israeli

soldier is about to be returned to his in captivity. Gilad Shalit was to his family after five years

a teenager when he was captured

by Hamas militants in 2006. He

has been freed in exchange for more than 1,000 Palestinian

prisoners. The first of the Palestinian inmates have been

released from Israeli jails.

Some have been behind bars for

decades, and several hundred

were serving life sentences.

Gilad Shalit was abducted by Palestinian militants who

tunnelled under the Israeli

Gaza border. It will be the

first time in 26 years that a

returned to Israel alive.

There's tension in Israel where

Gilad Shalit's freedom has come

at a steep price. Middle East correspondent Ben Knight sent this report from Gilad Shalit's

home town a short while ago.

It's morning here in Israel and from what we understand, the

prisoner transfer is under way.

That is, the first batch of

Palestinian prisoners has been

released from the Israeli

prisons and they're on their

way to Egypt and Gilad Shalit

himself is now out of Hamas captivity. So between Gaza and coming back

here to his home town. This is in the northern part of Israel.

You can see what's happened.

This is such a huge story here. Just about every Israeli news

channel has got their position

set up to catch the moment when

his car drives up this street

and down that one to the family

home. It's such a large story

here because of the price

that's been paid for his

release. 1,000 Palestinian

prisoners. The reason for that

is that Israel's army is a

conscript army. Most Jewish

parents here will be sending already to the army to serve their children

their two or three years,

sometimes in combat roles.

Israel prides itself on

bringing those people home if

they're captured or even if

they're killed, around 2.5

swap just to retrieve the years ago there was

bodies of two Israeli soldiers

that were taken into Lebanon. Obviously there are a lot of is

izs who do not agree with the

price being paid for the

release of Gilad Shalit. A lot

of those Palestinian prisoners

that are being released are the

master minds or behind some of

the worst terrorist attacks of the

the second Intifada. Dozens

hearing the like there was a High Court

hearing yesterday by some of

the victims' families to try to

stop this transfer. But it's

been rejected. So it is now

going ahead. At some point today, Gilad Shalit his parents his grandfather will be heading

home for the first time

together in more than five

years. Ben Knight reporting

there. Telstra shareholders have voted overwhelmingly to back the government's National

Broadband Network roll-out.

Share holders were told at the

AGM that separating the company

was the best option and provided certainty for since Telstra was private future. The deal is the biggest

advertised 14 years ago. It

still needs approval from the

competition regulator. It was

historic, it was packed and it

ratified a done deal. The

numbers are in and it'd be

silly to shoot yourself in the foot I think. I'd rather not

say yes but I think we're

committed to do just that. We

come from the country. We

wouldn't get a service without

Telstra or the NBN in the future. So I think really future. So I think that's joined the NBN sales effort at

today's AGM can displays

showing the advantages of optic cable and executives showing the advantages of fibre

working the room. Nice to see

you. Telstra had negotiated an

$11 billion deal with the

government and NBN Co to switch

off its old copper network. 99%

of the votes were in favour of

the plan. Most of them were

already in the bag before the

AGM. The NBN is a

transformational event in the history of this industry Shareholders were left in no doubt that the alternatives

were more costly and this deal offered a number of benefits. Better financial outcomes, including sustainable cash flows, cash flows, a more stable

regulatory environment in which

to operate, and greater

strategic flexibility.

There's also talk of the ditch

denld. One thing shareholders

can look forward to is a

continuation of the generous 28 c a

c a share dividend for the next

two years. The Prime Minister

promising 500 new jobs courtesy seized on the opportunity,

of the broadband roll-out for

the Illawarra. It's a region

steel industry. It was part of hard hit by job losses in the

a new 12-month roll-out plan. Now this work will be

happening around the country.

It will be happening at 49

sites in total. Connecting

half a million homes and


in An additional 14,000 homes

next year. The original plan

had 6,000 Gungahlin houses

being connected, but that's

been boosted to more than 20,000. Libya's interim government forces have finally liberated Bani Walid. Fighters

celebrated the capture of the

town which has been under siege for six weeks. They claim

they've driven out all the

Gaddafi loyalists. But fighting

still rages in the remaining bastion Sirte, with anti-Gaddafi city. Families have been retreating from parts of the

trapped for days without food and

and water have been rescued by

revolutionary soldiers. But aid

agencies say many sick women

and children are among 10,000

people still trapped. A large

part of the northern outskirts

of Bangkok has been evacuated

after a major breach in a flood

factories have been inundated. protection barrier. Homes and

And there are fears the

area could be under threat. The

water's still rising here and

while many people are still

wading out, army trucks are now being sent in urgently to

evacuate people from the deeper

areas. About 200,000 people

work inside this major

industrial estate, and many

live in here, too. It's pretty

extraordinary to think that we

were here just yesterday. And

this area was completely There was a massive sandbagging

operation going on to protect the industrial estate in that

direction. While we were here

though leaks sprang in the canal just behind the estate.

Water started flowing in and

workers were desperately trying

to plug that breach. Yesterday

afternoon, they had to admit

defeat. Water gushed into the

industrial estate and evacuations began. Today, those evacuations have been

continuing. A massive number of people

people work in this industrial

area, and also live here in low-income these people are in fact

migrant workers and workers

from northern Thailand who will

now have no choice but to

return to their homes and wait for their employers to call

them to say that factories are

back up and running and that

could be months. The Thai

government is now saying that

Bangkok may still be at risk

because this water is simply

breaching flood barriers around

the north and east of the city. The government's still pulling

out every tool it has to try to

stop that water from flowing

into the CBD. They've announced the building of a 7 km flood

wall around the east of the

city to try to protect that

side of town. But as you can

see, this crisis is really

escalating in terms of the outskirts of Bangkok at least.

The operation to remove oil

from the stricken cargo ship

off New Zealand is said to be

on a knife edge. The government

says the next 24 hours will be

critical. Fuel pumping has been

suspended and there has been

another oil spill. Dominique Schwartz reports from Tauranga

on the Bay of Plenty. Recovery

is well under way for these

little blue penguins which were

rescued covered in oil. The

'Rena' 'Rena' recovery operation is

not going so well. Again I just underline and stress that it

hangs in the balance in terms

of what happens over that next 24

24 hour period. No oil has been

pumped off the ship since late

last night. 4m swells and

strong winds made it too

dangerous. Bunker barge was longer able to remain safely attached to the rear of attached to the rear of the

'Rena'. 92 tonnes of fuel has

been removed. There's 1,200 to

go. At the current pumping rate

that will take two that will take two weeks

without a break. But more bad

weather is on the way. They

made the decision not to get

back on the ship at this point. The Prime Minister John

Key made his second visit to

Tauranga since the ship ran onto the reef two weeks ago.

The wildlife refuge has 230

birds in rehabilitation. Some bruisingly from an Australasian gannett

who did not appreciate being rehabilitated. The clean-up

has so far cost more than $3 billion. For the

the economy. We don't know what

the total cost will be, again

it will depend quite a bit on

how successful we are in

getting the oil off the ship.

Thanks to thousands of

volunteers, the beaches along

the coast here are largely

clean. But oil is still washing

ashore in small clumps. So the reality is that 100 km of

coastline is still

under threat. How much under

threat may be determined


A bitter split has A bitter split has emerged among returned servicemen over

plans to forge closer ties with

a former enemy. The RSL wants

Vietnam veterans to make peace

with a former Viet Cong. But

some veterans say it's a

betrayal and leaders of

Australia's Vietnamese

community agree. The war may be over but the fresh for these Vietnam veterans. You do see someone's

intestines all over the place,

you do try and put someone's

brains back in their head with

a field bandage so they can get

put on the stretcher to get

taken home for their family.

It's the horror. At a diggers'

book launch, veteranses were seeing red over the RSL executive's proposal to make peace with former Viet Cong

soldiers. I just felt that we'd

been dudded, how about that.

Nobody had come to us. Sort of cuts a bit deep to those of us

that have had service in Vietnam. The government

doesn't object and the RSL says

it's impossible to ignore the close economic and military

ties forged between the two

countries since the end of the

Vietnam War. We owe it to the

future to start building bridges or continue building

bridges of understanding

between those who fought on both sides during the Vietnam War. The RSL's National

President says it's an issue

that won't go away and four decades of hate hasn't achieved anything. 200,000

Vietnamese fled to Australia

after the war, including a after the war, including a then

teenaged Than Nguyen. He says

it's not a question of hatred

but history and continued human rights abuses in Vietnam. It

will send a very, very negative

message to the world that we Australians do not respect the

values of human rights. We do not stand up for the weak.

Rear Admiral Ken Doolan says he understands the sensitivities,

and answer vut rans marching side by side with former Viet

Cong soldiers is not on the


Qantas says the ongoing

industrial action by engineers is forcing it to take more

planes out of service. Another

two aircraft will be grounded

from next Monday, making it

seven in total . And more

nights will be cancelled. Engineers have

Engineers have offered to

remove some overtime bans to

help clear the backlog,

provided they're paid extra

money, but the airline says

that's not going to happen. We simply cannot be in a position

where we are incentivising a

union to continue industrial

action. We need this to end. We cannot insent viz continue. That just does not

make sense at all. The airline

says if the overtime bans

continue even more planes will be grounded. The ACT's

Community Services Minister is

feeling the heat from last

week's damning report on Child

Protection Services. Joy Burch

was today censureed in the

assembly for the way she

been seven years since the

minister was rebuked this way.

A minister under pressure, and

under fire. She deserves the

most serious punishment that this assembly can mete out.

The opposition is going for the jugular after last week's

scathing report on the state of

care and protection services. The Public Advocate found a dysfunctional system where

at-risk children were housed in appalling conditions with

unaccredited carers. They're system because they're supposed

to care for and look after

vulnerable children. They failed and they broke the law

24 times. And for that, the

Liberals today sought to strip Joy Burch of her ministry, with a no-confidence motion. We

found that it didn't meet the

test of no confidence. But it

certainly melt the test of

censure. The minister did not adequately

adequately administer her

department. The Public Advocate's report made some concern findings and I'm

working with my Cabinet and with the directorate shoo thaur we move through this quickly and have a comprehensive response and just

get on and make the system

right. The minister needs to

take responsibility. While take responsibility. While the minister refuses to do so she

says the directorate is already making changes. I've already

secured through Housing ACT a

property that can be used, so

situations where a property isn't checked isn't checked and may be in less than satisfactory condition won't happen

again. And the spotlight

remained on the the beleaguered Community Services Minister

today with the release of the

investigation into Bimberi and

the wider youth justice system.

Most of the 224 recommendations

have been accepted. And again,

the minister says she's

responding quickly. The ACT Government has

extended its temporary

counter-terrorism laws for

another five years. The legislation was introduced in

response to the 2005 London

bombings, and was due to expire

next month. It next month. It allows police to

detain a suspect for up to two

weeks without explanation or

charges. The Greens wanted to

remove that power from the Bill

but failed to get support. In discussions with the minister and

and the department, nobody has

been able to give us a scenario

where the existing laws are not

able to deal with the situation

that might be envisaged. Whilst

the laws have not been used in

the ACT we know they have been

used in other places around the

country, and the ACT cannot

think it is immune to the

possibility of a ter terrorist act. The law will be up for

review again in 2016. It's been Rupert Murdoch's intention all

along to make people pay to

read on-line news content.

Later this week, News will announce plans to start

karjing readers to view the 'Australian' newspaper web

site. It will be the first mainstream Australian newspaper

site to charge a subscription,

but nobody's sure whether it

will work. Newspaper executives

always suspected they couldn't

beat the digital revolution. So

at first, they cautiously

joined it by offering news content on-line. Now, News Limited is about to start

charging for it. It's brave for

News Limited to come out ahead of, you know, the Fairfax

Newspapers I guess their main

competitors has plans to charge for some of its on-line news content.

Analysts say with falling advertising ref nus the publishers have little

choice. It's what I call the

grand experiment, where the news organisation recognise

that they need some other

revenues. So on Thursday, News

Limited will announce plans to

make readers pay to view the

'Australian' newspaper site. Some content like

breaking news and basic stock

market data will remain free. But

But from later this month, only

subscribe ers who pay $2.95 per

week will get access week will get access to premium content. News Limited says

readers will be happy to pay

because the rise of mobile

Internet means they can view content wherever they are. Digital devices give newspaper publishers the

opportunity to reach readers

from the moment they wake up to

the moment they go to sleep.

Some newspapers overseas like the 'Wall Street Journal' have

managed to make managed to make readers pay for

on-line con 10 and here the

'Financial Review' web site is

subscription only but will it

work for Australian mainstream

mastheads? I don't think it's fair. There should be free

access to access to it. Jew'd find it

some other way for free anyway.

There is no point paying for it. Everyone is doing something to make a living. They're not a

charity are they? They've had a

good business model selling the

hard copy. I think people will

pay for digitally. The entire

newspaper industry will be watching closely.

To finance now. Both the share market fell back today,

but Telstra shares bucked the

trend. Here's Alan Kohler.

Someone from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office came out of bunker with a bucket of cold

water and threw it at the

markets, figuratively anyway.

He said everyone needs to get

over the dream that over the dream that the October

23 summit will take the crisis.

It will take much longer than that.

Look at the chart of Chinese

economic growth since 1975 when

the economy began to be

modernised. 9.1% GDP growth is

hardly a recession. In

Australia, the All Ordinaries

fell 2% and the curse of 4300 has struck always a good reason for it not

being able to get past that

level. But whatever the reason,

it's the little engine that

can't. 4300 is clearly the

level of discomfort when there's just the hope that

everything will turn OK rather

than evidence that it really

is. There were some very big

falls among the companies that

sell to China.

In what could be In what could be a last visit to Australia, the Queen

will land in Canberra tomorrow

for an 11-day official tour.

The monarch will stay in the

capital for most of her visit. It's a It's a special relationship.

Her Majesty has quite literally

held the key to Canberra. In a succession of royal visits

since 1954, the Queen has played ceremonial life of Australia's

capital. It is with great pleasure that I have returned

to Australia in this, the

Silver Jubilee reign of my year. And she's placed her

stamp on nearly all of Canberra's significant

institutions. It's an ongoing

reminder, just the importance

of the Queen to us here and it

just emphasises the national

nature of Canberra. But

there's one building of which

she's particularly fond. She

has I'm told a particular Canberra. She loves the grounds. She loves the

house. For the last few weeks,

staff at Government House have

been dusting vacuuming and

polishing the silver. But if

there's one thing the Queen

really enjoys, it's a garden.

She will have the landscape

grounds of Yarralumla to relax

in but there's also a visit to

Floriade which was officially

close tot public last weekend

but is getting a special

spruce-up for the royal couple.

And others have been brushing

up for the talked to my grandpa last night

and apparently we need to

curtsy and bow. It's just a

great honour, just to see her

in person. Although not everyone has always

the rules. The Queen will meet the Prime Minister Julia

Gillard in the drawing room at

Government House, but it's

strictly private. The one rule

of conversation is that it

remains secret and known only to participants. For the

public, the main event this

time will be a cruise on Lake

Burley Griffin, with other visits

including the War Memorial. All

perhaps part of a final glimpse

of a favourite part of


To a 16-year-old boy playing cowboys have been responsible

for the death of artist Vincent

Van Gogh? The story of the

erratic painter who cut off his ear

ear and committed suicide has

been told over and

over. Vincent, can I help? I know how it will end. not end well. But the authors

of a new biography claim Van

Gogh would regularly drink with

two teenage boys and one of

them accidentally shot him. I am absolutely convinced am absolutely convinced that

when he walked away from lunch

that day, and came back five

hours later with a gunshot

wound, that when he left, he

didn't intend to shoot

himself. The book says Van Gogh

claimed to have shot himself to

protect the boy. Some of the

biggest names in motor sport

have raised concerns about the

safety of IndyCar racing. The

debate has been fired by the death yesterday death yesterday of British

driver Dan Wheldon in Las

Vegas. The shock of yesterday's

fatal crash has started to

subside but the questions are

Wheldon was doing more than 300 only just beginning. Dan

kilometres an hour when his car

became airborne and slammed

into a offence in an IndyCar

event in Las Vegas. The fiery

crash involved 15 of the cars in the field. His death

has raised concerns about the

speeds the cars reach and the closeness of the racing. Open wheel cars can't touch each

other. It turned into the most

horrific accident I have seen

in 40 years of racing. Wheldon

was meant to compete in this

week's v.s 8 Supercars event on

the Gold Coast. The open

wheeler cars are a very difficult car to drive in a

sense. They're very much a pure

race car. When you have an

accident like that, it does

give you a reminder check. give you

Australian Formula One driver

Mark Webber knows only too well the dangers of open wheeler

racing. Short ovals with a lot

of cars on the of cars on the track. Obviously

very, very, very, very high

speed. They will look to learn

from his incident I'm sure.

Agreeing to race for at least

another year, Webber is back

home for a quick stopover ahead

of the season's final few

races. It'd be great to have a

get victory before the year is being named in Australia's out. 24 urs

against South Africa, squad for the Test series

18-year-old Patrick couple mibs

admits he is still coming to

terms with his call-up. The bag which green for Australia is obviously one of the coveted things in sport in Australia. Cummins will be out to impress in the one-day

in series which begins tomorrow,

in a bid to secure a place in

the Test XI. Ian Thorpe made

his name as one of the greatest

freestylers of all time but he

plans to keep his rivals about his comeback progress.

Thorpe returned to competition

next month in Singapore but he

won't be swimming any freestyle

events. Instead he will race

the 100m putter fly and the individual

Even by the standards of the

bearpit, it was a raucous gathering. Several hundred

women sitting down to rank and

roast the most sexist behaviour

of the year. The Ernie Awards

were held last night in the New

South Wales Parliament. The ABC

drew plenty series 'At Home With Julia'

Gold Ernie went to News Limited

writer Andrew Bolt for a column

he wrote about women joining

the army's front line. Does a

woman usually physically weaker

turn her male colleagues from turn her male colleagues

warriors into escorts? Tony

Abbott won the Political Ernie for standing in front of a

poster which described the

Prime Minister as a witch. Now

he's back looking fit and

happy. Mark Carmody with our

weather news. Thanks, Virginia.

Good evening. It's lovely to be back! But a As it was beautiful in Canberra

today, fine and sunny with a

top of 22. The only dark spot

is the lack of spring rain,

only 6 mm so nar this

where the average is 62.

There is cloud passing over

south west WA which gave south west WA which gave the

Perth area between 3 and 8 mm,

and there is some patchy cloud

over north east Queensland

while New South Wales is cloud free. That's because a huge

high-pressure system that very

slowly will move further into

the Tasman over the next few

days so Her Majesty will get a

sunny arrival today and also a

sunny day for the boat ride up to Floriade on Thursday. Virginia, this is Virginia, this is a banksia

connection, rose. It also has a royal

connection, named after Lady

Banks, wife of Joseph, which

you prune after it finishes

flowering and then again in

early Autumn. Thanks for that,

Mark. Lovely to have you home.

I know you came back just in

time to see the Queen. A brief

Israel recap of our top story tonight.

Israel has freed hundreds of change for Israeli soldier

Gilad Shalit who is abducted

five years ago. That's the news

for now. Coming up on 7.30, the

disturbing case of a man jailed for a traffic offence who ended

up dead from head injuries in

prison. From me for now, goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI This Program is Captioned


Welcome to the program, I'm

Leigh Sales. Telstra's 1.6 million shareholders have put the final piece in place for

the Government's broadband

network voting overwhelmingly

to surrender the telco's

lucrative fixed line monopoly

to the NBN. For the first time

it means Telstra will have to

compete on a level playing

field against fast-growing Kop

petters. All the players are

grappling to deal with rapidly

changing technology and many

analysts say Telstra dominance

is no longer guaranteed. It's

a colourful new world, isn't

it? The biggest sales and marketing organisation in

Australia is flexing its

muscles with 550 markets staff