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Tonight - more greater isolation, Rockhampton

struggles to stay afloat.

Whaling waiver. Australia denies a secret deal with Tokyo. Store wars, the big retailers fight back against

Internet shopping and with bat

and ball Johnson maintains and ball Johnson maintains some hope for Australia.

Good evening. And welcome to

ABC News. I'm Virginia Haussegger. The central

Queensland city of Rockhampton

is bracing for tomorrow's flood peak as the Fitzroy River

continues to rise. Already

suburbs are awash in 500

families have abandon ed their

roads are shut, complicating homes. The airport and many

the task of ferrying in food

and supplies and as Donna Field reports, smaller communities are doing it

people of Rockhampton have been

living with the floodwater for

days, roads are cut and fishing

tinnies are the only way to get

around. The Fitzroy River is

yet to peak, making life

difficult for the swarms of

mosquitos power black out mosquitos power black out and

the threat of sewage

contamination. I stood on

something yesterday, don't know

what she was but took off in a

hurry. We got a 4-month-old

baby so there was not much

debate for us whether to stay

or go, because it's just

in this city and businesses are dangerous. 75,000 people live

doing it tough. This man's

printing shop has been here

since 1908. They've seen

flooding before but the

equipment is now electronic and

water will destroy it. The

community is rallying to try to

stop the torrent. In times are tough, people stressful time. We can't get

any paper, supplies in from

Brisbane and we can't deliver

any goods, so we can't send the

invoice out. Whole suburbs are

flooded the airport is shut and

the high wayway to the south is

a lake. We will have

significant water inundation

two disgleeks the highway to for the best part of another

the north is expected to remain open, allowing essential supplies flown from the south

to be trucked into the besieged industry. The mining industry

says the flooding and damage to

cost it more than a billion transport infrastructure will

dollars. It's going to be hard

work to get that back into full

production. Rockhampton is a

key service centre for the

mines and agriculture and the

mayor wants the city flood

proofed. This is a key service

adequate infrastructure. 22 centre, it needs to have the

towns and cities are caught up

in this flood crisis including

the tiny community of Jerry co,

the water has receded but

there's no food at the

shops. Can I please assure you

we've been meeting essentially

looking at all of the areas

that have been

affected. Supplies will be

replenished tomorrow. As the

water flows down stream

residents further south have

been told to prepare

to come. The town of St George

knows only too well the

devastation of floods, last

year many residents lost

everything. And they've been

warned that what's coming their

way could be the worst in

history. The alarming new flood

prediction has the residents of

St George in a panic. The Weather Bureau is warning the

Balonne River could peak at 14m

or higher early next week. That

could put 80% of the town under water. 14m will be overlapping

it all inside the the doorstep and

house Residents are doing what

they can to save their homes and belongings. Nervous.

Scared. I don't know what to do really. Authorities are plantically building levees to

try to shield as much of the

town as possible. The nursing

home is being evacuated and the

hospital has already moved some

patients. We have two big

helicopters on standby that are

capable of shifting people if necessary. The prospect fof

another big flood is taking its

toll on weary residents. We got

the last one in March, the last one in March, April,

last year, we said that was

first time in 120 years it had

been this high and we said we

can cop this every 120 years

but every nine months is a bit

much This how was ruined and

the residents were forced to

rebuilding flee. After months of

rebuilding they've only just

moved back in. Now ruin again. Friends and family

rallied there this morning to

pitch in. In a bid to avoid the worst. That's what happens in a

small community, people get

together and help each other in

times of need. This time, the

need in this small community need in this small community is

huge. And to other news now -

Australia's commitment to the

anti-whaling cause has been

called into question by the

latest WikiLeaks release. US

embassy cables suggest the

Government considered signing

up to a global deal to allow

Japan to hunt whales at a

reduced level. The issue is back in

back in the political frame as

the annual whale hunt GATTers pace. To the Japanese they're

the serial pests of the

Southern Ocean. But the Sea

Shepherd crew is not about to

back down. What they're doing is poaching and that's illegal

and it should be

should be sending patrol boats

down here to kick them out of

Japanese has this area Paul Watson cams the

Japanese has been on the run

for 700 miles but after the

high stakes confrontations of

recent years his band of

vigilante sailors is being warned warned to approach

carefully. People should not

lead to any form of violence. engage in anything that could engage in anything that

with this matter. WikiLeaks That is not the way to deal

cables have revealed that it has been effective. Last year,

Japanese officials complained

to the US that Sea Shepherd has

kept the fleet from reaching

its whaling quota. But it's

Australia's role in

international whaling talks

that's always frustrated Japan.

Publicly it's been a hard line

backed by legal action. There's

no need to kill whales. But

behind the scenes the US

embassy in Canberra reported

that a deal was possible Officials in the Environment

Minister's office have

suggested Australia could

accept a compromise. Allowing

reduced whaling with conditions. They have been dishonest, dishonourable and

they have simply been

deceptive. It's a double game

going on. The new Minister says his Government his Government has never waivered. Australia's position

is and has always been that

whaling should end. But was a

compromise ever discussed? We don't comment on leaked

cables. Australia's pushing on

with the legal case against

Japan at the International Court of Justice. A process

that could take years. In the

meantime the Japanese hope to

harpoon up to 1,000 more whales

this summer if if the activists

can be evaded. Some of Australia's biggest retailers

are fighting back against their

overseas Internet competitors.

They've launched an advertising campaign to persuade the

Government to end the GST

exemption on online purchases.

Consumer advocates say the

campaign is alarmist and driven

by self-interest. It was anything but a Christmas sales rush according to the

retailers and they claim one

thing digging deep into their profits is Internet shopping

driven by a strong Australian

dollar cup-week-old no GST on

purchases under purchases under $1,000. What's

happening is we're providing

free doiks overseas retailers

and off shore websites. So the

big retailers have taken their

case to the public, they want

the Government to exempt them

from the GST or force

international Internet

retailers to impose the tax. If

nothing changes they say, jobs

will go. We will have to as a first step look at reducing hours for staff. And Myer's

chief Bernie Brooks says he's preparing to set up the store's

own online shop in China. To

avoid the GST. It's unfortunate

but if you can't beat them you

have to join them. But the big

reltailers' campaign is being labelled extraordinary. Got to look at statistics. Only 3% of purchases by purchases by Australians are made online. The cost of

collecting that tax would be

greater than the tax which is collected. The usually high

profile retailers peak poddy ANRA is being surprisingly question electorate about

question electorate about this new campaign and there's

speculation that that's because

it's other major members, the

supermarkets are more concerned

about extended trading hours. Small businesses say they're the ones that are

hurting most. We've laid off

staff, we've had to make a few

other contractions in other areas. I don't think scurps

want to see small businesses

going by the wayside disgleeld the Productivity Commission is due there's an

Commission is due to report the

finding of its inquiry in September. Nearly 40 Australian

and international scientists

are sailing to Antarctica to

study a new iceberg measures more than 2 #30i6,000 square

kilometres. The scientists are

hoping to glean new insights

into climate change and they're

also on the look out for new

species. The voyage has taken on extra significance as other

expeditions remain stranded by

a breakdown in Australia's

Antarctic flight service. It's

rare to hear complaints about

Antarctica being too warm but

that's the problem for expeditioners waiting to fly to

the continent. Ice temperatures

at Australia's Antarctic runway

near Casey station have been

above 5 degrees making it unsafe for planes to land.

While planes have been held since mid-December the 'Aurora

Australias' has had no such

problems. The vesz sell heading

to an iceberg the size of the

Australian ACT Territory which

broke away from Antarctica's

east coast last January.

Scientists are heading south eager to discover exactly whpts

when 850 billion tonnes frozen fresh water gets added to the Southern Ocean. Usually

when we go out on a ship we can

measure what's happening on the

ocean but we can't move the ocean around or put an iceberg

here or over there. Nature has

done that for news this

case. The new iceberg wasn't

caused by climate change, but

it could help scientists better

understand the link between ocean currents and global

weather patterns. We're

studying how the ocean circulation works down south

and how it soaks up heat and carbon dioxide and therefore how it affects the climate. The

voyage will use special floats

which drift in the ocean

recording information before transmitting dwrat back to

scientists via Sensors and underwater cameras scientists via satellite. Sensors and underwater cameras

will be used to examine the new patch of ocean and coastline

created when the iceberg broke

away. The calveing of the

iceberg has exposed part of the

sea bed that haven't been able

to us for su if our life times

so we just don't know what we'll see under there The

expedition will return to

February. And still to come on

ABC News - tributes for the

actor Steven Spielberg once

described as the best in the

world. 2010 was a bad year on ACT roads. The Territory

recorded the second worst road

toll in a decade, that's

prompted the Government and the

police to review their approach

to road safety. Although some

say the toll increase may not be as serious as it seems. 2010

was a hosh horror year on ACT

roads. This clash in March

claimed four lives including a baby. baby. There were 18 road deaths

four more than the long-term average and

average and those who deal with

the tragedies first hand are

frustrated the safety message

isn't being heeded. It's a

simple message that we keep saying over and over

again. With the advantages that

we have as a city state that we should have rarely the lowist

prorata road death rate in the world. Alcohol, drugs and speeding continue to be the

main culprits but last year

also saw a spike in motorcycle accidents. However not everyone

is reading too much into the year's toll rise. The numbers

are small, the peaks can look

very awful. But the averages is

what to look at and our average

is a good average and it's

going in the long-term, it's

going down, not up. Police say

while the committeeterents will

remain new safety measures are

on the horizon along with a

broadening of their focus. We

call it the hidden road toll

where people are seriously we'll try and reduce that in

2011 as well. But for a long

lasting impact all agree a

cultural change is needed. We

must get people to accept personal responsibility, people

must accept that they must not

speed, people must accept that

they must not drink and drive,

but there is only so much

Government can do. And until the message the message reaches every single driver they'll continue

to be a toll. In finance,

concerns about insurance claims

in flooded Queensland are

taking a toll on the Australian

share market. The insurance

fears have overshadowed good

news out of the US which boosted other markets around

the region. The global mood was pretty good for the first

trading day of the year, but

after being up the ASX 200 was

sold off, the rest of the

region was heartened by region was heartened by the

latest US today yat showing manufacturing growing for the

17th straight month. It was

economic gauges like copper and

oil, it was also great for

resource stocks like Woodside

and BHP Billiton. Even some of

the coal companies came back.

The Queensland floods made

their mark on the insurance

sector like Suncorp and IA

gmplt. And retailers battling the Government over online shopping and the GST didn't do well either. Nor did Australia's manufacturers, the

red line is Australia's

performance of manufacturing

index, the index fell for the

fourth month in a row in

December as we heard the US,

the blue line is going up as is

Europe, the white line, it's

hardly surprising given the strong Australian dollar and higher interest rates here,

it's the opposite for the Europeans and Americans. What's

also interesting is that also interesting is that

Australia's red line was at the

bottom with Europe during the financial

financial crisis in 2009 and

has been slower to recover despite despite our miracle economy.

Here's the graphic

manufacturers and retailers

facing online competition don't

like to see - the Australian

dollar has weakened but remains

strong. Although some things are appreciating faster than the Aussie dollar like

FaceBook. A $450 million US

investment by merchant bank Goldman Sachs values the

private company around $50

billion. Apple comes in at

almost $300 billion, FaceBook

is worth about the same as visa

and $5 billion less than

General Motors and that's finance. Pete Postlethwaite the man Steven Spielberg once

hailed as the best actor in the

world has died aged

world has died aged 64. Postlethwaite's career spanned

theatre, film and television, and later political activism. In the 'In the Name of the Father' gave Pete

Postlethwaite a role that revealed his talent to the world. They arrested everybody

in the House. What? Conspiracy

to murder. Did you do it? Did you do it son? His 1993

performance earned him an Oscar

nomination. He was full of

life. Everybody object the

loved him. I was thinking about

that today, what stuck in my

mind is how brave he was to do 'In the Name of the Father'. Director Steven Spielberg described him as

possibly the world's best

actor. Praise he laughed off

with good humour. In 1 # 96

Postlethwaite had a starring

role in 'Brassed Off', the

story of a troubled colliery

brass band set near his home in

northern England. What did Eric

Morcam say? All the right notes

well not necessarily in the

right order. Former girlfriend

Julie Walters says even his

early stage performances enthal thraling and brilliant

but he didn't limit his work to

Britain and the United States.

There was also a role in the Australian film 'Strange

Bedfellows'. And more recently, he

he featured alongside activist Pat Dodson and singer Archie Roach in a documentary about Aboriginal injustice in Australia. Postlethwaite was

deeply affected by the story of

a friend's adopted son who was

murdered on his 1 #th

birthday. They are worth less,

they count less, they matter

less, they deserve less, than

we who have stolen their birth

right from them. I thought I was reasonably political savvy

but I didn't know that that

kind of situation was still current in modern Perth, modern

Western Australia in the 90s. Postlethwaite leaves

behind a wife, son and daughter. He was 64. Australia

fought hard but England remains

on top after the second day of

the fifth Ashes the fifth Ashes Test at the SCG. Mitchell Johnson and Ben

Hilfenhaus revived Australia's fortunes

fortunes with bat and ball.

They both chimed in with wickets after leading a

stirring revival in Australia's

first innings. At stumps

England trailed by 113. The sky

remained overcast and four

wickets were already down but's

hoped it could build a competitive total. Brad

Haddin's rash shot on six gave

England another good

start. Estrikes. He gave the

opportunity to Brad Haddin who simply

simply couldn't resist. The

bowling wasn't the only

irresistible mart of England's game. Another fine shot. Mike Hussey waited for the right

ball to hit, but just when Mike

Hussey seemed certain to be

there to try to see off the

second new ball Paul

Collingwood struck a telling

blow with the old one. Got 'em.

That's a big wicket. Cue

Mitchell Johnson. The big

left-hander swung the bat judiciously. Steve Smith was Hilfenhaus celebrated his

promotion to number 10 by

finding a way of sticking with

Johnson. After lunch, the pair

really feasted. He's gone for

it. It's gone long, very, very long. Both cleared the fence with sweet timing. This time he goes and goes and this is going, it's gone. Johnson reached 53 before bres bres beat him. Got 'em And

James Anderson dug one in to

end England's frustration.

Michael Clarke gave Johnson a

chance with the new ball, Cook cooks pounced. Strauss

dictated, the pressure swung

back on to Australia as the

openers put on 50 in ten

overs. And now Cook. Following

his captain's lead. That is crunched. Tea broke the

momentum, on 60 Strauss lost

his off stump to

Hilfenhaus. Bowls him. And a breakthrough finally for Australia Johnson chimed in to

take troot. That Ha will do But

Kevin Pietersen has an instant

taste for Michael Beer and when

the left arm spinner thought

Cook was his first Test scalp a

no-ball referral denied

him. England's in front but Kevin

keeps Australia in touch for

day three. Australia's top two

women's players Samantha Stosur

and Jarmila Groth face each other tonight in the second

round of the Brisbane International. In today's matches Spain's third seed

Fernando Verdasco was a shock

first round loser, while

Australia's Luca Cumani Luke

was beaten in straight sets.

Last night Jelena Dokic was an

impressive winner but fellow

Australian Marinko Matosevic was outgunned by Andy

Roddick. Much of Andy Roddick's

2010 campaign was marred by

illness. to the new year against Marinko

Matosevic. The world number 8

needed only two sets to see off the Croatian-born Australian

and send an early warning to

his own Open rivals. I feel healthy though and fit for

probably the first time since

May of last year. So that's a

good thing. It's the latest in

a long line of comebacks for Jelena Dokic and the

27-year-old turned back the

clock against Russian qualifier

Anastasia Pivovarova. Dokic was

equally impressive from both

sides of the court cruising

through to the second round in

straight sets. Overall been

working a London Tonight a lot

of different things and I

think, you know, it's starting

to pay off in matches. Fernando

Verdasco was a finalist in

Brisbane in 2009 but could only

win one game in the opening set

against Benjamin Becker. He

fought back to claim the second

in a tiebreak, but the world

number nine was well below his

best crashing out to 6-3 in the

third . After battling it out

for more than 11 hours in

lasteer's Wimbledon lasteer's Wimbledon epic,

American John Isner needed only

90 minutes to push rival Nicolas Mahut at the

Hopman Cup last night. The US

won the tie 3-nil. Australia

plays its second maf against top seeded Serbia tonight. The

prospect of the new Greater Western Sydney Giants club

playing three games each season

in Canberra has raised the

spirits of local AFL fans. But

another less heralded boost to

the game in the capital is just

around the corner. The AFL will

stage a 16 team Champions

League featuring some of the best second

best second tier clubs from

around the country. And a

Canberra club will get a

of the action. From Ainslie to

the MCG. All of a sudden a

football club from Canberra's

inner north could play on

Australia's biggest stage. Everyone's just jumping

out of their skin. It's not

really an opportunity that

everyone had thought about. AFL

Canberra Premier was invited to be in this competition so

there's 16 teams across the

country that have been invited

to be in the Champions

League. It's a best of the rest competition providing competition providing a club

like Ainslie with a chance to

leap introthe national

spotlight. All the games for

the Champions League will be

televised live as a courtain

raiser to an AFL game so again

it's another great opportunity

for the clubs involved to show

case their club. Or show case

the region. We just got to try

and put Canberra on the map and

Ainslie at the Ainslie at the forefront of

that. That won't be easy with

teams from Australian football

strong holds Victoria, Western

Australia and South Australia taking part. year before they join the

AFL. They'll be playing against

clubs that have got a number

offer this current or ex-AFL listed players so they will

certainly be up against

it. We'll put a lot of

importance on them because as a

smaller sort of AFL area we

want to prove ourselves to these other more natural

footballing states But in

Canberra winning would be a

bonus. Something pretty special

and something that the players

win lose or draw will come away with a great experience. A final draw or the competition

will be released in the coming weeks. Plenty of talented

musicians have to hold mundane

jobs to support themselves. But

one Israeli man is a real study

in contrasts. On tour he enthralls thousands in the

concert halls and cathedrals of

Europe and Asia, back home he's the local sounds for all the the local garbo. He sounds for all the world like the local garbo. He looks sounds for all the world like

the musical maestro he is. But

Roman Krasnovsky leads an

unusual double life. By night he's an he's an internationally renowned organist performing

Bach and the great Bach and the great composers in

world famous churches. But come

day light he steps out of his

tux and into a garbage truck to

become Roman Krasnovsky mild

mannered rubbish collector at

Carmiel in Israel's north.

TRANSLATION: I might be a

famous organist but at work I'm just like everybody else. APPLAUSE

Collecting trash was hardly

his chosen career but in a

Jewish state with a shortage of

church quality organs,

household trash household trash pays more than music. Roman Krasnovsky music. Roman Krasnovsky learnt

the organ in his native Ukraine and while his neighbours in

Israel might see him as just a

garbo, legion of fans have seen

him perform at St Paul's

cathedral in Monday, not ra dam

in pars and most recently to a

crowd of 3,000 in Taipei. I

don't tell anyone in the

audience before I perform

that's what I do. Whoever knows

knows and whoever doesn't,

doesn't. Even his work mates

are stunned when they learn of

his alter ego. I've been

working with him for seven

years and I didn't know how

important he is. And there's

still one venue he hasn't

played, at least not yet.

TRANSLATION: I haven't

performed in Australia, if I'm

invited I'll come even if it is

far away. Hope he gets an

invitation. Now with a look at today's weather here good Carmody. Thank you Virginia and today's weather here is Mark

good evening. It was mostly

cloudy in Canberra today

although the sun was a bit more

prominent this afternoon. The

cloud was pushed into town by

another easterly air stream

which averaged at between 11

and 15km/h. Due to the cloud

and the cool easterlies, it didn't quite make the forecast

maximum of 24 reaching 21 at the airport.

Cloud stretches from coastal

WA into South Australia and

it's currently generating

at roxby downs and An today,

mooka. A high, west of Tasmania, will move to the

south and strengthen,

eventually extending a ridge

over the NSW coast. Before that

a trough will move through resulting in showers and

thunderstorms tomorrow and Thursday. Around the State

capitals tomorrow - And doesn't look too bad either,

perfect weather for our

visitors to take a peek at the old Parliament House rose

gardens. Thank you Mark. And

that's ABC News. The '7:30

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shortly, but first to

Queensland where the flood

disaster continues. Rockhampton

remains the centre of remains the centre of the