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Tonight - power and passion -

threaten s a push for nuclear power

threaten s to divide the Labor

Party. Another setback for Australia's dream of hosting

the World Cup. Scientists urge

the Government not to go to

water on river reform. And a

Black Hawk in my backyard - a

quiet suburb's wake-up call. ABC News. I'm Virginia

Haussegger. Labor's internal

rumblings have gone nuclear.

Some senior MPs and senators

are calling for party to debate nuclear energy at the national conference next year. nuclear energy at the ALP's

The issue could split the party. And it's another

distraction for Labor at a time

when the Prime Minister wants

to focus on her reform agenda

and the economy. Chief political correspondent Mark

Simkin reports. Politics seems

to be about power. Star powish

in the shape of U 2, And the talk of war starts now. Solar

power with the government

announcing the phase out of its

solar subsidy and now nuclear

power is on the agenda Anything

that has the ability to reduce

prices for families, to reduce

costs for users is something we should look at and examine in a should

serious matter. The Senator

estimates 40% of Labor supports

nuclear power, argue ing the

party's current approach is outdate and contradictory. Sooner or later

the Government and the

Australian Labor Party are

going to have to address seriously the utility of

nuclear power in this

country. It won't do the party

any harm to actually have

debates around a range of

complex issues. Perhap, but

nuclear power could also

generate division. I am not a

great spoesh of it at all. Nuclear is too slow, too

Look at the situation we expensive and too dangerous.

currently von the Korean

peninsula. This is a debate which is obviously going to

tear apart the Labor Party over

the next 12 months or so. The

issue is likely to be debated at Labor's national conference.

I ang Loy with another

gay marriage. There's a potentially divisive issue -

reaction to the absolute

censorship that was imposed

under regime of the previous

Prime Minister in terms of discussion of ideas. The

debates on the left and the

right of the party reflect soul

searching about what searching about what Labor

standards for. Julia Gillard is

encouraging the discussions,

what the Government would although it does distract from

prefer to talk about. - the

economy for example. Even that

has gone a little soft. GDP

group grew by less than a per

bumps in cent in the quarter. There are

bumps in the road for our

economy. The good news - the

Reserve Bank's less likely to

hit the brakes. Interpol has

issued a global alert for help to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The

Australian-born former computer

hacker is wanted by Swedish

authorities on suspicion of

women. The 39-year-old denies rape and molestation of two

the charges. His whereabouts are unknown as the fallout from

his website's latest leak of US

cables continues to embarrass the United States and governments around the

world. But the US Defense

Secretary says the effect on

American foreign policy won't

be serious. The fact is

governments deal with the

United States because it's in

their interest. Not because

they like us, not because they

trust us, and not because they

believe we can keep secrets. The United States says

it's working closely with

Canberra to minimise any damage

from the clique s involving

Australia. - leaks involving

Australia. A Californian court has ordered the

honeymoon killer back to the has ordered the so-called

state of Alabama. Gabe Watson

was in court for the

extradition application in his

first appearance since being

arrested on return to the

United States from Australia

last week. The 33-year-old has

already served 18 months in a

Queensland prison for the

manslaughter of his wife, Tina, during a suba diving trip off

Queensland in 2003. Alabama

prosecutors have charged Watson

with two counts of murder. The

scandal-tainted race for

hosting the 2018 and 2022 World

Cups has entered the home

straight, and competing nations are pulling out all the stops.

The five countries vying for

2022 event will tonight make

their final pitches to FIFA's executive committee. And the

pressure is on Australia after

a study ranked the country's

bid as the least correspondent Phillip Williams profitable. European

reports from Zurich. With hours to go before reports from Zurich. With just

presentations, the hours to go before final

Governor-General, Quentin

Bryce, was arriving and soon

hard at work. Talking up

Australia before the

chiefs every pressure point Australia before the FIFA

being applied looking for those

elusive votes. have mounted a powerful pitch,

drawing on the charisma of

former President Clinton. The

United States of America - And

a bit of Hollywood star dust

courtesy of actor Morgan

Freeman. But perhaps one of the

surprise front runner is tiny gulf state of cat after.

with Population just 1.6 million but

with deep pockets and ambitious

plans for air conditioned

stadiums that could be re

the World Cup. But what about located to poor nations after

Australia? And the McKinsey

report rated our bid the lowest

in terms of revenue. Let me

tell you, if it gets to

Australia, '22 will be very,

very profitable. The Government

says the infrastructure cost of building and remodel ing

stadiums is an investment, not

a burden. We're looking at

something around 2.5 billion dollars to do the infrastructure. That is upgrading nine stadiums, that

is building three new

stadiumings, and the legacy for organisations, is going to be our country,

grate. - great. But even

before the presentations,

allegations of corruption aired

on the BBC involving three FIFA

executive members have cast another shadow over the FIFA

process. FIFA says the BBC

allocations are old and have

been dismissed in

years ago. For fief ya, it's

business as usual, nothing

appears will rede rail them and

the presentations and then the announcements. Any allegations

of corruption will just have to

wait. The heart appears to

be ruling the head in the Murray-Darling basin debate. According to a group of the

nation's top water

scientist. They say the draft plan negotiations have been

hijacked by concerns over short-term socioeconomic cost.

Environment reporter Sarah

Clarke. The debate so far has

been lively and emotional. But

scientists say the short-term

discussion is over what needs to be addressed. We've been concerned

as a group that's been working for a long time in the basin

that the debate about the basin

has been dominated by

socioeconomic discussion. With

that in mind, 58 of the

nation's top water scientist have signed a joint statement

calling for major reform. The group says the draft guide for the Murray-Darling Basin only

lays out the first much-needed step. We are incredibly

concerned that we might be

looking at irreversible change.

We feel we still have the

ability now if we can put water

back into the system. The draft

plan recommends 3,000 to 4,000 gigalitres be returned to the

environment. The sign -

scientists say deeper water

caught cuts may be needed long

tefrmt We believe the 3,000 to 4,000 gigalitres is a minimum. The scientists are

critical of the draft guide.

They argue while climate change

is mentioned, its forecasts are

Conservative and the outlook

may in fact be make these big adjustments,

there will be more and worse

adjustments needed later and

this's what the plan actually

says I wish it said it more explicitly. The final plan was

to be released by the end of

2011. The Federal Government has pushed that deadline back.

The year ahead promises to feed

that already lively debate.

Nano technology has been used in sunscreens for years. in sunscreens for years. But environmentalists say parents

should think again before slopg

it on their kids. Activists are rolling out an awareness campaign aimed at every child-care centre in Australia. They say sunscreens containing

nanoparticles may actually

increase the risk of cancer. Regulator, though, maintain the products are

safe. It's a controversial

topic, whether nanoparticles in

sunscreen can penetrate the skin and damage. Environmental

campaigners say a study

published earlier this year

suggested that children may be more at risk of nanoparticles

from sunscreen.

Sign. Scientists warn that in a

worst case scenario nano sun screens could of sun cancer. That's why we

need to be particularly

careful, especially with quids

who have thereiner skin and may

be at greater risk of exposure. The Friends of the

Earth is delivering a safe

sunscreen guide to every child

care centre in Australia. I

lists 47 brands of sunscreen

such as the Cancer Council's which don't have

nanoparticles. I think it's

fantastic. It will certainly

help up making informed decisions about safe products

to use for the children. Unlike Europe, the Australian

regulator, the Therapeutic

Goods Administration, doesn't

require manufactures to list

whether or not their products contain nanoparticles. Without labelling difficult for schools, child-care soernts parents who are concerned about

nanosunscreens to make a

nano-free sunscreen choice. The

TGA says sunscreens with

nanoparticles are safe. A

review of scientific evidence

found the particles didn't

penetrate down to viable skin cells but remained on the surface of the skin. The

sunscreen guide can be downloaded from the Internet. Opponents of the

controversial don't ask, don't

tell poll semithe US military

scored a victory today. A long

awaited Pentagon study found that repealing the ban on

openly gay soldiers would create no serious problems. The

President is now calling on

Congress to act quickly before

it adjourn s for the policies. Craig McMurtrie

reports. 17 years to the day

it came into force, tense of thousands of US members surveyed have told

their top brass that don't ask,

don't tell no long er matters. This is a policy

change that we can make. The US

Defense Secretary says

overturning the ban would be

disruptive in the short-term

but wouldn't be a wrenching

change. There's more resistance in combat units of if Army,

marines and special operations

but the Pentagon study found

only a low risk to military readiness, if the ban is overturned. I strongly urge

the Senate to pass this

legislation and send to it the President for signature before

the end of this year. Secretary

Gates says the Pentagon needs time to introduce the change,

which it won't get if Cock leaves to it the US courts to

decide. If a court ordered us

to do this tomorrow, I believe

the risk to the force would be

high Opponents of don't ask,

don't tell are you pinning

their hopes on the lame duck

session of Congress before

Republicans take control House next year. In a statement, Barack Obama is

calling on the US Senate to act

as soon as possible. Four weeks

after his self- described

mid-term shell yakking, the President and Republican

leaders finally met to find

some common ground. The

American people did not vote

for gridlock. They for gridlock. They didn't vote for unyielding

partisanship. Both sides called

it useful but their policy disagreements remain. Tighter security and identity checks

are being introduced for people

applying for protection visas.

From December, asylum seekers

lodging a paper-based

application will need to have a

digital photograph taken, as

well as a finger print scan.

People applying online will be

exempt for now. The new system

will first be trialed in 16

countries where a higher number

of fraudulent applications have been detected. The vast majority of applicant also

always be valid. The Jo vast

majority of applicants also

have no identity issues. But of

course this is an important

step in approving our ability to detect those people who wish to abuse our system. The defence white paper recommended

the new checks be introduced. They're already being used the US, the UK and Japan. A

normally Kwai it Sydney suburb

got a rude awakening last night. Residents very startled when Black Hawk helicopter s

swooped from the sky, heavily

armed troops abseiled down

guildings and grenades

exploded. It's not how you

typically get to Rosebery. But

always far from normal in Sydney's south-east.

Probably about an hour ago

there was what I thought was

thunder. And then just half an hour later crazy helicopter noises. Lots of noise and

everything and there were three

Black Hawk s nigh right past. Defence Force troops were

learning a key lesson - if at

first you don't succeed, use a

sledge hammer. The ADF released

a statement saying it's

committed to honing its

services in the Australian

public. I thought something was

going on in the media mess lab

or sun shots. Just crazy after

watching NCIS who knew what was going on

going on in my head! You didn't know what was going on. know what was going on. You

didn't know. You couldn't

think. My mum was going

crazy. The ADF says it aims to

minimise disruptions and thanks

local residents and businesses

for their patience during what

it calls this important training. There's no word yet

on how the estate agency is

taking that. Training exercises are continuing this evening in Sydney and they could be coming

to an area near you. To

finance now - and the

Australian dollar is trading below 96 But as Alan Kohler reports the local share market closed steady. But

steady. But first let's look in

detail at today's national

accounts. GDP growth for the

quarter was fair ly weak at

0.2% and 2.7% for the

year. That's in real terms

after inflation and it's the only weakness. Nominal GDP

growth is an extraordinary

9.6%. The difference is due to

the big increases in commodity

prices. Once of the interesting

stories in the data is that

non-farm GDP actually fell, and

overall national output was

kept in positive territory by

the nation's excellent farmer,

and the break of the drought.

Farm sector output rose an

incredible 21% in the September

quarter - the biggest increase

in 17 years. The other

interesting story is that both

domestic demand and savings are strong. Demand rose 0.6% in the

quarter to be up 4.4% in the year, well above average. And

at the same

more than 10% of income as well, which means dent is

coming down. Overall, here is a

the graph of GDP - not too hot,

not too cold, but just

right. And the falling

Australian dollar is good news

for the nation's producers as

well. It's good news for farmer, miners

manufacturers that the currency

is about 4% below parity and

looking weak because of the

European sovereign dent

quagmire, which is lifting the

US dollar. Global share markets

were also pretty soft today,

apart from Japan's which was up

a bit. & the All Ordinaries

Index closed steady with Rio

and BHP rise the same

percentage - 1.1%. Telstra'sed

a couple of cents an and has fallen five cents since Monday, possibly because of the confusion about the so-called

Telstra split bill that was

passed by Parliament. It

doesn't mean Telstra will be split into two soon. It just

means it that has undertake to

use the NBN use the NBN to car its traffic

instead its own copper wire,

which it's already done. One of

Canberra's oldest homes on two

hectares of grounds has been

sold for $3.2 billion at an

auction today. The historic Westridge House in Yarralumla

was built in the 1920s, long before the suburb became the

blue ribbon address it is

today. Originally owned bay prominent Canberra couple,

Charles and Ruth Lane-Poole,

the property also housed

principle - principals from the

nearly forest school and it's been

been sold to a private bidder

who will have to abide by

strict regulations aimed at

preserving its heritage

value. The property is zoned

community facility under the

national capital plan, that

sets out a range of uses. The purchaser

purchaser is free to apply for

a variation to the national

capital plan, that would need

to be supported by the National

Capital Authority and would need need to run its normal course. The new owners

intentions are not yet

known. It's the seven seven of

the medical world. A Queensland

study has been documenting the

lives of 4,000 women and their

children over 30 years. In the

project's latest phase, a team

of research serious trying to uncover what and environmental factors have

on mental illness. Angie Burton

has been the focus of a scientific study her entire

life. When her mother Murphy

was pregnant, she joined one of

the world's largest studies of mothers and their children. Not

knowing at that stage it was

going to be like 30 years down

the track. They've been asked to share information ranging from stories about family life,

health and substance abuse

every seven years. I don't

think that there's been a

subject not covered. And that's

given researchers inspiration

to broaden their study. to broaden their study. They're

now looking into the recovery from mental illnesses

like depression and

anxiety. Why these things

happen, what it is about the

lives of these people that

determines the onset, the

duration and recovery from

mental disorder. And what link

genetics might play. How a

genetic suss septibility to a particular problem is particular problem is impact

bade particular environment al

exposures. Providing

information that could even

benefit participants. I have

gone and seeked help for

different areas of my life,

family relationships, substance

abuse. But the study has room

to grow. We should look at not

only the way the health of the

mother influences the health of

the child, but now let's looked

at the grand child. A scientific evolution with

healthy benefits. Australia's

pace bowl ing puzzle is no

closer to days out from the second Test

incumbent trio Mitchell Johnson, Ben Hilfenhaus and

Peter Siddle didn't bowl.

They're still recuperating from

a grueling first Test to at the

Gabba. The pace attack that couldn't take a wick threat the

second innings in Brisbane took an extended rest in But their rivals were out to

impress. Doug Bollinger and

Ryan Harris thundered in for

about half an hour in front of selectors Andrew Hilditch and

Jamie Cox. Trying to bat in the

other net, didn't I! They're

both class acts, but we have to

pick the attack that we think

can take 20 wickets on a fret

write good batting

wicket. Clarke too did plenty

of work, including an intense

one on one session with his

skipper: I was a bit low in my

stance, so I just tried to

stand a little bit taller and

watch my net session I struggled at the

Katich walk s lap as his team

mate s went up through a

warm-up drill. He is expected

to play. As debate continues about

about Australia's line-up,

essential a model of

stability. We will be pretty

settled for the last year, so

the guys go get on well and

work hard for each other which

is the most important thing and the dressing loom Roo system a

good feeling at the moment. The

visitors were confined to train

ing indoors due to the wert. On the upside, rain could spice up the wicket that players an fans

are desperate to see produce a

result. This wicket might be a

bit difficult. It might not be

a batsman's paradise. The

second Test starts on Friday. Australian Open roertion

confident the event will tee

off as scheduled in Sydney

tomorrow. Even though rain has drenched the course,

appropriately known as the

Lakes. Wet weather force ed the

cancellation of today's pro yam but the rain is expected to

ease. Last year play was

suspended for five hours during

the second round of the

Australian Open due to the

strong winds. Today it was too

wet for the players to have a

practice round. Where did I

leave my umbrella? A quality

caddie will need to be an

octopus. Like one fam ous

octopus the tournament director

was making fearless

predictions. I am confident that with the deprain oj we've

got on sand we can get it

going. John Daly has got his

life going since giving up

alcohol and losing around 50

dill Kill yoes. But something else that's been missing since

2004 is a win Before it was

like 14 really good holes and

four bad once and no it's like

17 really good once and one bad

one so I'm getting there. Daly

is grouped with Australian's

Aaron Baddeley an Marc Leishman

forethe first two rounds. The Australians are preparing to

take on a full frent Great

Britain team at the World Cup

event which starts in Melbourne

tomorrow. I think it will be a

pretty good competition on

Saturday and we just have to

get together and see what we

with do, I guess. While the

British were missing some big name s at the Commonwealth Games, Australia dominated. The

times we did there were world

class and quicker than we did

at the worlds. More than 40 nation s will be represented in

Melbourne this week. This is

the first kind of chance for us

to get points, qualify

positions and stuff like that

for world championships which then there's the Olympics. The

first final tomorrow might be will be the women's team

pursuit and a knee injury has

ruled Steve Hooker out of the Australian athletics season.

The quement Olympic and world

champion is hoping to return in

April next year. After suffering drought for the best

part of a decade, Canberra has just

just had its wettest spring for

27 years. And so soaking is set

to continue. Weather bureau

says November was the for 15 years. And although

December has just begun, the

monthly average is expected to

be surpassed by the end of this weekend. More rainfall with

probably about a 60, 70% chance

of above average rainfall for

the ACT #12k3w4r679 the scaptd

's year to date total is also

overflowing with close to 800mm

recorded. The Bureau says 2010 is likely to be the ACT's

wettest in 36 years. And the

widespread rain from the

country's interior to the east

coast has consolidated a rare

phenomenon - outback greeng.

While that is great for the

farmers it is not so good for

those counting on a barren

landscape. As Geoff Sims

report, the rain means the new 'Mad Max' movie has got stuck

in the mud. The Darling you

you'd expect to come up but not

the rest of the near desert. Dry creek beds Dry creek beds have become supercharged, calving out new

water course. Everyone out here

loves the rain and it hasn't

been green like this since the '70s. Be But Broken Hill and

silverton have been cultivating

their film row Lowication about

as long Just before the rain it looked perfect. One man's medicine is another man's

poison ux. So much has been

ride tong making of Fury Road,

'Mad Max' 4 but it's now been

put off until 2012. 10 to 15 million dollars that they're proposing to leave in the region. And almost everybody is

sweating on it. In a place that

already looks like a film set.

All in the best All in the best possible

stais. We probably get 100,000

tourists near a year. But

probably would double that.

displaced pom is a 'Mad Max' junk junkie who has made a

museum of it: It's been a life-long obsession, I

think. But for a 'Mad Max'

movie, the scene is not quite

right. With moo cows where there should

there should be moon scape.

Technically all of

out here is described as semi

arid but not even with today's digital effecties can you make

this look like a desert. The

State Government and the local

council are throwing millions

at a disused power station to make it a film studio, impervious to the impervious to the weather. We

are talking about a major investment Fos tr international

studios and there's a multiplier effect through the economy. Baw film industry that

wants desert and deslation will

just have to wait for outback

to turn to dust again. And

now with a look at our weather here in the ACT, here is Mark

Carmody. And good evening.

We've already heard that this

year looks like it could be the

wettest one for a while and

after today's rain and what we

have had since Sunday you know

why. Since Sunday, the airport has received 70mm, Tuggeranong 72. But some suburbs have

received more than that. Slinky,

Slinky, the ABC weather dog has

had 105mm outside his kennel in

Holt. Despite Today's overcast

conditions we reached 19. That is one above the forecast. And

after a minimum of 14, and with this rain, the tomatoes are

growing as fast as Jack's

beans. Currently the rain has

stopped with we could get some

more before the night is out.

The wind is light easterly an

it's 17 degrees. It was wet

over most of our region over most of our region today,

with minor flooding in some

parts. scab

cloud stretches down the

eastern seaboard which will

generate more showers tomorrow

a. Nigh the southern Tasman is

generating mainly easterly winds which are providing

moisture for a trough that is

over central NSW. The trough

will stay almost stationery,

but will weaken closer to the

weekend. Nationally tomorrow:

I know you'll be pleased

that the temperatures are slowly rising and the rain

appears to be easing. And

has a very unfortunate name -

it's called scabiosa. It its

common name is belter - pin

cushion flower. And before we

go a brief recap of our top

stories - Labor's right faction is calling for a debate on

nuclear energy at the ALP's national conference but the

Prime Minister says a change of

policy is unlikely. And with

just two days to go,

Australia's bid for the World

Cup could be in trouble after a

study ranked it the study ranked it the least

profitable. And that's ABC

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