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Tonight - a man claiming to

have a bomb barricades himself

in a lawyer's office with his

young daughter.

The Prime Minister's public

support hits a record low. I

don't do this job as Prime

Minister because I want to see

it reflected in opinion polls.

Documents Gaddafi left behind reveal embarrassing links with

western governments. And the

heavy price paid by New York's

courageous 9/11 firefighters.

Good evening. Welcome to ABC

News. I'm Virginia Haussegger.

As we go to air tonight a siege

drama is still playing out at

Parramatta in Sydney's Parramatta in Sydney's west A

man who claims to be carrying a

bomb has locked himself inside an office with his young

daughter for the past 10 hours.

Police say they're seriously concerned for the child's

welfare. What was to become the

most tense of days began with a

clear signal of one man's

contempt for the Just moments earlier he burst

into the office of the Arthur

Philip Chambers with a teenage

girl believed to be his

daughter. He then went to the

"Call the Attorney-General's front of the building and said

And tell Department. Call this person.

And tell them I have a bomb in

my backpack." He has said that

he has a device in the bag.

Until we can prove otherwise

delicate and dangerous we're treating it as a very

situation. The office clerk,

too afraid to show her face,

says he was looking for a man

she'd never heard of. I said to him I'm not here. And then he picked up

the book out of the library and

threw it and then he started to

walk down to the front of the office. That's when he

snapped. Police evacuated the building. The heart

Parramatta was brought to a standstill and then another

signal. First aggression, then

peace, or perhaps a lack of

willingness to communicate. He has made a number of demands. has made

We're working through those

demands with him. Police say no

against the specific threats are being made

against the girl. The negotiation team has spoken

with the well. She is as well

as can be expected. Meanwhile

in Parliament a Greens MP

revealed the man visited him yesterday. And he spoke to me

for about five minutes about

legal issues. He said he had

information he wanted to show the Attorney-General. He didn't clearly articulate his

issues. Late this afternoon, as

heavily armed police surrounded the building, a note thrown

from the window. This man's

every move remains under the watchful eye of police. A

troubled backbencher and a torpedoed asylum

torpedoed asylum seeker policy

Gillard Government's have dealt heavy blows to the

popularity. The latest Newspoll

puts support for the Prime

Minister at record lows. The

ministers admit the times are very tough but Julia Gillard says democracy isn't about fortnightly opinion polls.

Julia Gillard isn't running

away but she is taking off. She

is leaving the country as the

in nearly two decades. I don't most unpopular Prime Minister

do this job as Prime Minister

because I want to see it

reflected in opinion polls. I

do in job as Prime Minister

because I want to do what's

right for the nation's future.

What are being reflected in the

polls are the Malaysia

non-solution and the Craig

Thomson affair. The coalition

now hold as landslide Labor in a much position than when Kevin Rudd got rolled. I

don't think anybody would be surprised with the opinion polls we've seen today given the last couple of weeks that

we've had. Insiders aren't surprised but they surprised but they are

despondent. In the year since

Julia Gillard became Prime

Minister her approval's plunged

while her disapproval rating

soared jumping another 7 points

in a fortnight. Who they stick

out front as

is irrelevant. The mangled

carving on the front of a

government backbenchers are sinking boat. Who cares? Some

predicting electoral oblivion although the ministers remain

on message. Julia Gillard is

tough as nails. Prime Minister

Gillard is one of the toughest ladies ever to enter

politics. I think she has a

vision, she's start and she's

tough. But not popular. Certainly not compared to the man she deposed as Prime Minister. We made our chase

about leadership. There's no suggesting that that be vacancy. No-one

disturbed. No-one is seriously

suggesting that. Although some

of the more disgruntled Labor

MPs aren't ruling it out in the future. As one future. As one told the ABC,

self-preservation is the only

God politicians bow down to.

New the meantime the government

is governing. It will introduce the carbon tax Bills to Parliament next Tuesday and is trying to stitch together a new

asylum seeker policy. Julia

Gillard's offered Tony Abbott a previousing --

situation. a briefing on the legal

It's a small step toward as

bipartisan solution but hardly

a breakthrough. Julia Gillard is spendingth

next three days in New Zealand

with Pacific island leaders. As

Melissa Clarke reports from

Auckland, the Prime Minister's likely to be a subject of asylum seeker problems are

discussion. New Zealand offers Julia Gillard some respite from

the intense political battle in Canberra but Although not on the Pacific

Islands Forum agenda, it may feature in so side meetings the

Prime Minister is having with

the leaders of several Pacific the leaders of several

nations. If leaders want to

raise the issue with me then I

will discuss it with them. But

it is premature for me to be pursuing that agenda here at

this forum. The New Zealand

Prime Minister says it's an

issue worthy of discussion but

he has made it clear it's far

from his top priority. Over the

next three days, the Pacific

Islands Forum will climate change, trade and aid

and development, but it's not

the main game in town. Auckland

is in the grip of World Cup

fever. Julia Gillard fever. Julia Gillard will meet

the Wallabies on Friday. A team

that proves poor performance

needn't be permanent.

The New South Wales Treasurer

has delivered his first budget

and it takes the state into

deficit. At least 5,000 public

there will be record spending sector jobs will go as

on infrastructure and the government has promised more

teachers, nourishes and police.

Brigid Glanville reports this

was billed as the

infrastructure budget with the

government convinced that's

what voters want. We're trying

to improve the services that

the State is desperate to see.

We're trying to build the infrastructure we've been waiting for at the same time of

the we're trying to look after

toast vulnerable in our sew. Transport will receive

$6.3 billion a jump of 9% on last year.

In total, there be 4,000

extra teachers, police and

nurses. This spending will send

the budget into deficit by $718

million. That's despite savings

of $8 billion. 5,000 public

sector jobs will be cut. unions believe that's just the

start. It's a big question mark what natural attrition actually

means. I think 5,000 is just

the start and we can see

somewhere between 5 and somewhere between 5 and 10,000

jobs going in the New South Wales private sector over the

coming years. The government

hopes to raise up to $3.5

billion from leasing out Port

Botany and the Sydney

desalination plant to the

private sector. The opposition says this will lead to more job

cuts, but industry has welcomed

the move. We'd say the lift in infrastructure investment is it

a good thing. The government

is also closing several jails

and will consider privatising

others. First home buyers will be disappointed with the

budget, unless they're buying a

newly built house or unit, from

January next year they will

have to pay stamp duty. At the moment any home under $500,000

is exempt. Obviously forward, we're not offering all

of the same concessions we were previously. That's part of the

fiscal challenge we're dealing

with. So it's not an easy decision. Mining royalties are

set to increase. says this is needed to offset the cost of the Federal

Government's carbon tax for the State's power generators.

Households will also to have

pay for a blow-out in Labor's

solar bonus scheme with electricity bills expected to

increase by $12 a year. The

government is forecastingth

budget will return

next year. But not by much. And with global economic

uncertainty, the government

says it may have to revise the figures in the next budget.

Documents left behind by the

Gaddafi regime are shedding

more light on links with foreign governments. There are claims that Britain's claims that Britain's MI6

agency colludeed in the illegal

extradition of suspects. This office in Tripoli as Libya's intelligence headquarters. It's here that documents were found that

allegedly support the story of Britain's collusion in secretly

and illegally transferring

suspects opposed to the Gaddafi

regime. Among them, Abdul Hakim commander of Libya's rebel

troops N 2004 he was detained

in Malaysia then taken to

Bangkok before suffering what

he claims was six years of

abuse in a Libyan jail. Now he

wants an apology from the UK's

MI6 spy agency for helping in

his capture and detention.

What happened to me is illegal

and deserves an apology. Especially from people who work in human rights. Britain has always denied

any involvement in the practice of rendition. Rendition

effectively is the unlawful

kidnap of people car reek them

across borders an putting them

into jurisdictions where it is

known perfectly well they will

be mistreated. The British

Government also condemns that

which is why it would be so

serious if it turned out that agencies answerable to the British Government had been

engaging in that sort of

behaviour. In the House of

Commons the Prime Minister said an inquiry examining Britain's role in role in the torture of terrorist Suggs terrorist Suggs pecks overseas

would also delve into these

latest claims. These

revelations paint an

embarrassing picture about just

how close Britain's former

Labour Government became to

Colonel Gaddafi's regime.

Tempers have boiled over

outside the trial in Cairo of

Hosni Mubarak. It was orderly

enough when the deposed

Egyptian President arrived on a

stretcher for the resumption of

proceedings but the move soon by a new ban on television cameras at the trial. Riot police

police were deployed against

the crowd of mostly

anti-Mubarak protesters and

family members of those killed during the spring uprising.

Mubarak is accused of

corruption and of ordering the

killings of protesters. He

faces the death penalty if

found guilty. The corruption trial

trial of former French

President Jacques Chirac has begun in

ruled the 78-year-old will not

be required to attend. His

lawyers had argued he was

suffering from memory

lapses. The ruling is in a way

the one that President Chirac was hoping for. He said all

along that he wanted to be

tried even if he didn't take part in the hearing. The

former leader's non-appearance has angered campaigners who've

accused defence lawyers of

exaggerating his condition. The

charges relate to his time as

mayor of Paris. Mr Chirac has

denied any wrongdoing. He faces up to 10 years up to 10 years in jail if

convicted. A Melbourne jury was

today shown graphic security

footage of the fatal bashing of gangland boss Carl Williams in

Barwon Prison last year.

Williams' former cell mate Matthew Johnson is standing

trial for his murder. Johnson maintains he acted in

self-defence saying it was a

case of kill or be killed. The

trial of Matthew Johnson has

heard Carl Williams' death was

one of absolute necessity. In

April last year, as he sat

reading a paper in the day of his prison unit, the underworld figure was

bludgeoned to death by his

fellow inmate. The attack

lasted less than three minutes.

Williams was found unconscious

in his cell 28 minutes later.

Defence lawyer Bill Stewart

told the court Carl Williams' reputation as a ruthless

businessman who tired assassins

ultimately led to his own

death. He told the court

Johnson was told the day before

the killing that the underworld

boss was going to bash his head in

balls. It was a case of kill or

be killed, Mr Stewart

contended. There could be no

running from Carl Williams,

there could knob hiding

Carl Williams. Graphic vision of the

of the killing played in court

showed Johnson attacking Carl

yams from behind. He hit him with the stem of

with the stem of an exercise

bike. The force of the blow knocking Carl Williams to the

floor where Johnson then hit

him another seven times.

Johnson then placed a white

towel over Carl Williams' face before dragging his

back to his cell. Prosecutor

Mark Rochford arcked Johnson

didn't like the fact Carl

Williams was assisting police with investigations. He said Williams had been open about

that to his fellow inmates, and

it was known throughout the prison system. Prison

management will testify they

had no knowledge of any threats

or problems between the pair.

Johnson is planing to take the

stand to explain why he bashed Williams to set down for four weeks. The

husband of the New South Wales Community Services Minister Pru

Goward may face more firearms charges. Barnett was charged after a

routine inspection of his Yass

home last month uncovered a loaded gun and ammunition

stored together. In Yass court today, police asked for more

time to get a ballistics report

on other items seized,

including gun magazines. But

it's likely to be six months before before Mr Barnett will know if

because of delays in ballistics

testing. The case will return

to court in December. Global financial turmoil is heavily on the Reserve Bank's

interest rate decisions. The

RBA today kept rates on hold

for a 10th straight month, but

said the outlook for the world

economy is less clear than it

was a few months ago. Analysts

are convinced interest rates

will stay where they are for some time. The ebullient rhetoric about the global economy seems to have diminished considerably. Most

economist s expect the next

rate rise to be early next year. To finance

were more heavy falls on stock

markets around the world today.

As Europe's financial system

lurched closer to crisis. After what happened last night there

was no chance of rate hike in

Australia today. Basically

European bank shares were dumped as fear of a financial was sparked by statements from

the head of Deutsche Bank, who

remarked that it remarked that it all reminded

him of 2008, which was a bit alarming. alarming. So Deutsche Bank

shares fell nearly 10%. And banks all over Europe saw their

share prices plummet. The Frankfurt share market fell

more than 5% overall and prices

on the other big European

markets fell almost as much.

Something similar probably would've happened on Wall

Street, but was closed for

labour Day. Here is a graph the

German index called the DAX.

It's not just last night, it's fallen 30% in fallen 30% in a month. Which is rather shocking for the

strongest economy in Europe. It's now becoming clear that

most European banks are

technically insolvent. If they

properly valued the loans they've made to countries like

Greece, Spain and Portugal. They don't want to do that of

course because then they'd have

to raise more capital and the markets don't want to give them

any. So it does feel a bit like 2008. The local market fell

1.5% getting it back towards

the August lows. Financials and banks were hardest hit because global funds were just selling

any banks they could lay their hands on.

fell 4%, Westpac 2.5, resources

stocks were sold off and so

were media companies like Seven with a lot of debt. The ACT Government is

defending its handling of

elective surgery waiting lists

after a COAG report found it

was the country's worst

performer. In the six months to

December the Territory four key benchmarks set by the

Commonwealth, resulting in a

Ross of around $900,000 in

reward funding. The Chief

Minister says the bonus system

is unfair and States and

Territories should be judge on the total number of the total number of patients

they treat. More people are

getting access to operations no. Nobody can argue about

that. The question is to we

manipulate the lists in order to deliver a particular

outcome? And I don't feel

comfortable with doing that.

Even if it means we missed out

on some money. Katy Gallagher negotiated this deal with feng and she -- with the Federal Government and

she said this was a good deal.

Now she is complaining because

she failed to meet the target. Ms Gallagher is to deal with

the backlog of people who've

been waiting for surgery rather

than meet arbitrary target

funnings. Their courage in the

aftermath of the 9/11 terror

attacks is the stuff of legend

but 10 years on, firefighters, police an construction workers

are paying a heavy price for their heroics at Ground They say the toxic air they

breatheed is now killing them.

Jeff Stroehlein was a New York

firefighter. Now he is

recovering after a bone

transplant. Last March the 47-year-old started suffering

serious headaches On March 18 I was diagnosed with brain

cancer. He blames the week he

spent the Ground Zero in the aftermath of September 11. With

planes and cabinets and body

parts and all this stuff you're telling us it's fine to

breathe - I mean, what do you

take people for? Congress has

approved $4 billion to help

people suffering from illnesses linked to 9/11 but it doesn't include cancer treatment. Over

1,000 Americans who worked at

the site have died since. That includes hundreds of cancer

cases. A Long Island clinic specialises in World Trade

Center patients. It has will establish that relationship but it will take a

period of time to do so. What does it mean

does it mean for your patients? My patients, I they'll suffer as a result of that. The New York City Fire

Department has put out a report

this month that shows in the seven years after 9/11, 3,000

firefighters took early

retirement because of disability. 1400 of those cases

were traced through injury and

illness back here to time they

spent at the World Trade Center site. The cost to the

struggling city pension fund an

additional billion dollars and remember that's just

firefighters. Tens of thousands

of people came here to work at Ground Zero. The Stroehlein

family has insurance but his

bone marrow transplant cost

$200,000. He doesn't know if

it's covered. They're still

dying. First responders are

dyke. People are dying. They're

just kinda being ignored. He

that's had to retire from a job he loved, one that 10 years

ago made him feel like a hero.

The US Open top seeds Novak

Djokovic and Caroline Caroline Wozniacki were given fourth-round scares today

before progressing to the

quarterfinals. The great rivals

Serena Williams and Roger

Federer found the going easier.

has spent almost a year as the

world No. 1, but still awaits a

Grand Slam singles trophy. Her

chances of a maiden win in 2011 were fading against Russian

Svetlana Kuznetsova. But the

21-year-old winner of 18

women's tour titles swept the Russian aside in the third set.

The former world No. 1 Serena Williams closed in what could

be a fourth US Open singles

crown with a comfortable win over Ana Ivanovic. Novak

Djokovic found himself locked

in an uncomfortably long first

set tie break. He won it 16-14,

and went on to take the second

and third sets 6-4, 6-2. He

will meet fellow Serbian Janko

Tipsarevic in the quarterfinals. Roger Federer had to wait almost until midnight before taking to court

but he lost only three games against Argentina's

Monaco. Federer has confirmed

he will lead the Swiss team in

next week's Davis Cup World Group play-off against

Australia in Sydney.

children and golf tournaments

usually don't mix but American professional Webb Simpson's

toddler James could be forgiven

for making a fuss when his dad

rolled in a long putt to stay

alive in today's US PGA Tour

event. Simpson made another

good putt to clinch a against another American Chez

Reevey. This time young James

and his mum were more subdued.

Australian Jason Day was third.

The Matildas lost 1-0 to Japan

in the Asian qualification

tournament in China. And the

Boomers and Opals national

basketball teams are hoping

they can both qualify for

London in their series against New Zealand. They've developed into a have pro DVD in many ways that

only lifts the level of

competition. The teams play

double headers over the next

five days in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

The Wallabies have arrived

in enemy territory, primed for

World Cup action. Touching down

in New Zealand, the Australians confirmed they will be fielding

an unchanged side for their

opening match against Italy on Sunday. Coach robbie Deans has

stuck with the same squad that

clinched the Tri-Nations Brisbane.

There was plenty of green

and gold at Auckland airport but were they fair dinkum fans? Who thinks Australia's

gonna do well? Yeah! Whoo! And

do you think they're gonna win

the Cup? Yeah ... Nah! They are

really supporting Samoa and

Tonga but they're quite happy

to support Australia for the day. Particularly Pacific talent in the Australian line-up. Prop Sekope Kepu's sister has no problem with divided loyalties. with divided loyalties. She's a Wallaby. I reckon they'll get

to the finals and beat the All

Blacks. If the dubious nature of the fan base worried the

players, they weren't showing

it. I was able to see some

people in Australian jerseys.

Great support and a chance for

all them to come out. James

O'Connor had another reason to

smile today. While he's still

not back in the Wallabies starting the sin bin and on the bench

for the team's match against

Italy this Sunday. For Rugby World Cup first-timers and

that's most of the squad, it's

exciting. It's very special. It's one of those things that's

a dream come true. It's important

important that we're not

surprised by the intensity of

it and the passion. That every

side will bring. With the

niceties almost completed, the Wallabies are keen to to business. The business of

winning. Not friends, but the

Webb Ellis trophy. Here's Mark with today's

weather. Thanks, Virginia. And good evening. The weather

couldn't quite make up its mind

today. Light showers first

thing, then sunny spells before

we turned to overcast skies and

showers this afternoon. So far,

the falls have been varied.

Two bands of cloud are

kroing the south-east and they're producing this rain but

look behind them.

air and it's coming here. It's

associated with a trough and a cold front which is currently

crossing over the bight and

moving in a north-easterly

direction. Along with that,

there's a front over the north

of New South Wales. So in the State capitals State capitals tomorrow:

As you know, spring showers make beautiful flowers, like

this yellow camellia. It's

called brush fields yellow.

It's a cracker. Before we go,

a brief recap of our top story tonight. A tense stand-off

continues in Sydney. bailed up in a Parramatta

barrister's office saying he has a bomb. He's keeping his

11-year-old daughter with him.

That's the news for now. Next

on 7.30 Chris Uhlmann will question the imoperation minister over the government's

plans for asylum seekers. From me for now, goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI This Program is Captioned

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just built around football.