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News. I'm Virginia Good evening. Welcome to ABC

News. I'm Virginia Haussegger.

Britain's phone hacking scandal

may inspire tougher privacy

laws here in Australia. The

Federal Government has promised to fast track to fast track a discussion

paper on enshrining privacy as a statutory right. The opposition says it's a thinly

the media. Australia has no veiled attempt to intimidate

legislate ed right to privacy.

Three years ago the Australian Law Reform Commission

recommended it should and now

the privacy minister says the

time is right to revisit

idea. We've now seen with this

extraordinary scandal overseas

that there are questions about the

privacy is protected. The the extent to which people's

commission called for

protections against serious

interference with home or

family life. It also wanted to outlaw unauthorised surveillance. The government

says a public interest defence

is likely and a discussion

paper will be released freedom of the press. We will

two things can best work be seeking views on,000 these

together. Some fear it would

mostly protect the rich and powerful. I don't

want to go down the path of

what's occurred in France. They

have laws which protect the

wealthy more than anyone

else. I don't want to support a thinly

thinly veiled attempt to in-Tim

date the press. The review

comes amid a very public spat between the government and

publishing giant News bias. The Prime Minister says One minister accuses it of

the misdeeds of sister paper

'News of the World' means the

Australian operation should be

News Limited points out answering some hard questions.

been no evidence of any

wrongdoing, and says it's not

concerned by the latest

comments. We're not intimidated

by them. We don't think that

they were appropriate, but

we're happy to answer the

questions. The company has

launched an internal audit

overseen by two former judges

Greens for an inquiry into but it also faces a push

media ownership. Do you think

that News Limited should be

broken up in In the Australian context, that's something that should come out in inquiry. The bombshells may

have dropped in the UK. Now

reverberating around the world.

Minister David Cameron's In Britain, it was Prime

Minister David Cameron's turn

in the hot seat overnight. At a

special sitting of Parliament he was criticised for appointing a former 'News of

the World' editor as his chief media adviser. And he faced questions about his cosy relationship with top News Corp left Britain a man humbled

shocked. A newspaper closed, a broadcasting deal scuppered,

reputation tarnished. Now,

flying into the storm after a

truncated Africa trip, the Prime Minister David Cameron.

He's under pressure over his

previous support for his former

communications director Andy

Coulson, who has been arrested over0 phone hacking. With 20/20 followed, I wouldn't have

offered him the job and I

expect that he wouldn't have

taken it. But you don't make

decisions in hindsight, you

make them in the present. You

live and you learn and believe

you me, I have learnt. That

isn't good enough. Because

people - it's not about

hindsight, Mr Speaker. It's not

about whether Mr Coulson lied

to him. It's about all the information and warnings that

the Prime Minister ignored. In recalled Parliament, the whole issue of the government's

closeness to the Murdoch empire

was discussed, and the Prime Minister's friendship with the recently resigned Rebekah Brooks provoked this

response. I've never held a

slumber party or seen her in

her pyjamas. The fallout from

the Murdochs' appearance before the parliamentary committee

continued. After it was

revealed the private

investigator Glenn Mulcaire who

hacking was still having his was jailed four years ago for

legal bills paid for International. I don't know legal bills paid for by News

International. I don't know the

status of what we're doing or

whether his contract was. It appears whatever arrangement

was in place is now over. News was in place is now

International has now given the

law firm it engaged to evaluate

possibly incriminating

documents permission to talk to

the police. And they've had to

put on extra officers to properly investigate an

increasingly tangled web. There

are now more than a dozen

official inquiries into the

media the politicians and police, vital institutions media the politicians and the

under pressure as never before,

yet trust is an increasingly

short supply. A Canberra judge

has handed down a rare life has handed down a rare

sentence to a man who murdered

his two friends with a meat

years ago. Scott Alexander cleaver in Downer almost three

McDougall was found guilty of killing Struan Bolas and Julie Tattersall after drinking with

the pair. It's the first

maximum sentence for murder in

the ACT since police killer David Harold Eastman was

sentenced in 1995. Nothing will

bring them back but for the

families of Struan Bolas and

Julie Tattersall some closure

at last. Today I think was the

most just and appropriate

sentence that the judge could've handed down and my

family and I are really

grateful. It will probably help

us to move on but we'll never

be the same. In March, Scott

Alexander McDougall was found

guilty of murdering Struan

Bolas and Julie Tattersall a a

house in Downer in September 2008.

2008. Now he has been sentenced to life in jail. During his

trial last year, Scott

Alexander McDougall admitted to

killing his friends with a meat cleaver but pleaded not guilty

to the charges of murder. The to the charges of murder.

37-year-old said Struan Bolas

came at him and he acted in

prosecution called it a self-defence. But the

frenzied and ferocious attack . The judge agreed, describing the crime as falling

into the worst category of offence. The court heard the killer

had been released on parole

from a Queensland jail only

months before the murders. He

occasioning grievous bodily had been convicted of assault

harm for stabing a friend. I

believe he is extremely

dangerous and he is evil

personified. The victim's

family say they'll now focus on the good times we spent

together. He was a wonderful

parent. I feel very lucky to

have had him in my life for the

short time that I Attorney-General can ask for a

review of the sentence after 10

years. But the families say

their life sentence is forever.

The self-proclaimed human

headline Derryn Hinch has been

silenced by order of the courts. Hinch was today

sentenced for contempt of court

for breaching suppression orders. He was spared jail because he is recovering from a liver transplant but will serve five months' home detention.

Part of the punishment is a ban on any radio work or publishing. Two weeks after

his liver transplant, err

Derryn Hinch was clearly

struggling as he arrived at

court but that didn't stop him talking. What are you hoping

for today? Just get it over

with, whatever he does. It was

a different story on the way out after the magistrate

punished him for publicly names

two sex offenders in 2008 in breach of suppression

orders. No questions for Derryn, please. Court order s

say he must go home

immediately. Hinch has been banned from his and from giving interviews as

he serves five months' house

arrest. Also off limits are the

Internet and social media,

including Twitter, his much

loved source of commentary. The magistrate reprimanded Hinch

for deliberately breaking the

law as part of his push to have

the sex offenders Act changed.

He told Hinch it wasn't for him

to decide such issues. And had

it not been for his ill health,

he would've been sent to jail.

After years of campaigning against wholly suspended

sentences the irony of Hinch

being placed under house was not lost on either the court or the broadcaster himself. And with changes to

the law in the mix he could be the last the last person in Victoria to

serve home detention. No doubt

providing him with yet another headline. ACT police have

raided the Sydney headquarters

of Greenpeace in an operation

connected to last week's destruction of a genetically modified crop in Canberra.

Police removed material from

the office this afternoon after spending several hours there.

Last Friday Greenpeace took responsibility for scaling

fences and destroying a crop of

genetically altered wheat at a CSIRO facility CSIRO facility in Canberra's

north. The group says the

wheat, which was to be used in

human trials, could be harmful.

The CSIRO says the experiment

was safe, and did not introduce

any new genes to the plants.

Greenpeace says it's cooperating with the police and

is prepared to accept that some activists may be arrested.

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee

David Hicks says he relishes his opportunity to have the day

in court. The Commonwealth

Prosecutor has launched legal

action to seize the proceeds

from Hicks' memoirs. The book titled 'Guantanamo My Journey'

has sold about 30,000 copies.

Mr Hicks was captured in

Afghanistan in 2003 and spent

five years in Guantanamo Bay

before a US military tribunal

convicted him of providing

material support to terrorism. comment on the court proceedings, but in an

interview last May for a forthcoming special, he told the ABC's Australian story that

he looked forward to having

opportunity to tell his story in an Australian court. He says he's committed no crime. I

would relish the opportunity if

the government attempted to

take my money because it would

mean for the very first time I

get to go in front of a real

judge in a real court and to

have my case thrashed the government would have to

establish that I'd actually

breached a law or committed a

crime. Which has been hack

knowledged by all sides

involved, that I didn't. Mr Hicks has always maintained he

accepted the plea bargain

because he was desperate to be released from Guantanamo Bay.

Insurgents have carried out

another series of anaks in

Afghanistan as coalition troops

continue to hand over security

to local forces. Taliban

militants are warning of

further violence to further violence to disrupt the

transition. A suicide bomber on

a bicycle blew himself up a bicycle blew himself up in the northern city of

Mazar-e-Sharif. A child was one

of the victims. I was siting in

a shop when the explosion

happened. I saw one wounded

person who was dying. But in the south of the country coalition and Afghan troops

were out in force. Coalition

commanders handed over

responsibility for security to their the city of Lashkar Ghar in

Helmand province. This is the realisation of all that we and

our Afghan partners have fought

so hard to achieve. To enable

Afghanistan to stand on its own

again. Afghan officials

thanked international troops

for their sacrifices in the

long fight against insurgents.

And expressed hope their own

soldiers will hold the

line. And they will never allow

Afghanistan to become a failed

state or ungoverned area where

it can become once again a safe haven for terrorists. Seven

areas are being handed over to Afghan control in seven days.

The insurgents are threatening

to disrupt the ceremonies. transition process is symbolic

but it won't lead to any big changes straightaway. Coalition

troops are still in the country

and their Afghan

and their Afghan counterparts

are a long way off from having

to face the Taliban alone. The

Afghan commander handed a bunch

of flowers to his coalition counterpart as British troops

left in an armoured convoy. But But they won't be far

away. We're here until 2014.

Our response is going to be quick but it will be based on

their need and their asking. It

won't be - nothing that will

generated from us. The handover ceremonies are

scheduled to continue for the rest of the week. Serbian

authorities have arrested Goran

Hadzic the last man wanted on

war crimes charges in the

Balkans. Hadzic led Serb forces early 90s. He has been charged

with 14 upt coulds of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Most notably the

massacre of 300 men at Vukovic. Serbian officials say the 52-year-old was able to evade

them for so long by using a

false identity and changing his

appearance. A court in Belgrade

has already ordered his

extradition to the Hague where

he will join the Bosnian Serb

commander Ratko Mladic who was

arrested two months ago. The declared a famine in parts of

Somalia. Tens of thousands of people mostly children have

died over the past few months.

The worst-affected areas are in southern Somalia controlled southern Somalia controlled by Islamic militants linked to

al-Qaeda. Ongoing civil strife

has compounded the food crisis A warning, there are some

disturbing images in this

story. The warning signs have

been there for months.

Crippling drought and sky high

food prices. Now it's official.

Famine has been declared in two

regions in regions in southern Somalia. Across Somalia, nearly

half of the population, 3.7

million people, are now in

crisis. A crisis officially occurs when a third of of all children are acutely

malnourished and four out of

every 10,000 die daily. These

regions have hit that grim

threshold. This is clearly the

greatest humanitarian disaster

on the planet today. The last

time conditions were this bad

was 20 years ago. When hundreds of thousands

to death. The desperate search

for food has forced many to

flee to overcrowded refugee

camps in Kenya and camps in Kenya and Ethiopia. If

funding isn't made available

for humanitarian interventions

now the famine is likely to

continue and spread. It's a

huge challenge in an area still

in the grip of civil war, and

controlled by Islamic militants

linked to al-Qaeda. The rebels

say they've lifted a two year ban on security remains uncertain. Our

people are humanitarians. They

travel without any any protection in

protection in their deliveries

in an area that's extremely dangerous. The UN says $300

million US is kneeleded in the

next two months to make a difference. Australia has

pledged more than 40 million. Unfortunately,

Australia is one of the few countries

countries which has put enough

money on the table. We need other countries to follow

Australia and Britain's lead

and we need them to do so

urgently. With half the

children in the worst hit areas

can't come quick enough.

A great grandmother has appeared in appeared in a Sydney court accused of being a drug dealer.

The 74-year-old was arrested

last month on a busy street

after a police sniffer dog

alerted officers to something suspicious in her handbag. Noleen Edwards is marijuana. She won't be

speaking to the media today.

This was her first appearance

in court on charges of supplying and possessing

prohibited drugs. Police say sniffer dog being used in Sydney's Central Station picked

out the 74-year-old as she was

walking past last month. Officers found the 40 small

packets of marijuana in her

handbag. A subsequent search of

her Surry Hills unit found

more, bringing the total amount

of the drug seized to 5 1

grams. Mrs Edwards' husband died

before her arrest. He'd been

battling lung cancer for

several years. And took high-strength medication to

manage severe pain. Although no

formal plea has been entered

yet, Mrs Edwards' solicitor

told the court she will be defending the charges

vigorously and said there was a

very simple explanation as to why she had the marijuana. Mrs

Edwards' family say she is in

frail health and finding the

experience deeply upseting so soon after

soon after her husband's death.

Her bail conditions have been

report to police once a week.

She is due back in court next

month.

Military style drones could

be flying over Canberra's

streets within a decade. ACT

policing is eyeing off the

aerial surveillance technology

used by military and police

overseas. It says drones could

conduct police chases instead

of cars. They could also help

with search and rescues, and

traffic management. The

government supports the

investigation of the new

technology but says it's just

finance now. And share prices

edged higher, and the Australian dollar was steady,

ahead of a crucial European summit tonight to come up with

a new bail-out for Greece.

There were several hours of

talks last night between Angela

Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy at

the end of which the two

leaders had reached a common

position about Greece which

they'll present to an emergency

summit of the leaders of

European countries tonight. The

market seems to think they're

for bailing out Greece. European

European shares generally rose.

The Chinese economy is also

subdued. In fact it's sharply weaker. There weaker. There was a PMI

manufacturing survey out today,

down to below 50, which is the number that number that divides expansion from contraction. My second

graph tonight puts some context

around the US debt ceiling debate. While politicians argue

about cutting the government

debt, the people are already

doing it. The household debt to

GDP ratio is down from 100 to

90%. The ratio of consumer debt

payments to incomes is the best

since 1994, and mortgaged

delinquencies have dropped 30%

in two years. Don't forget you can find can find these graphs on Twitter, just search for my

name. The Australian dollar was

steady against the US dollar

today but the euro was a bit

stronger ahead of tonight's

summit. And that's finance.

Cadel Evans has retained second

place for tonight's 18th stage

of the Tour de France. In his quest to become the first

Australian winner of the

cycling classic, Evans moved to within 1 minute and 18 seconds of the yellow jersey.

He closed the margin during

stage 17, when the leader, Frenchman Thomas Voeckler, had

problems descending. Stage 17

produced another Norwegian triumph. Edward Boessen Hagen

underlined his class as he flew clear of a large breakaway

group. But the real race is further back in the further back in the field,

where Cadel Evans is doing

everything to keep his dream

alive. The Australian produced

a flawless day in when other contenders, defending champion Alberto

Contador and Luxembourg's Andy

Schleck attacked on the last of

the day's big climbs, Evans

kept them in sight and when an increasingly desperate Contador

joined forces with l fellow

Spaniard Sammy Sanchez in the

run to the line, Evans held

firm with the other key players to

to catch the pair in the home stretch. All this went on as

long-term yellow jersey holder

Frenchman Thomas Voeckler final descent. This could be

Voeckler's last podium in

yellow, Evans has cut his lead

to 1 minute and 18 seconds.

Another relationship is over for Tiger for Tiger Woods. Golf's former

No. 1 was parted company with

his caddy since 1999, New

Zealander Steve Williams. Woods

announced the break-up on his

web site saying it's time for a

change. I find it extra hoard

that someone would let you go

that's been incredibly loyal and stuck through a very

difficult period. Williams was on

American's big wins which included

included 14 majors and the

indiscretions which embroiled

Woods' life. He had to earn

back my respect. Slowly he was doing that. Australians will be hoping the Williams touch

remains. His ongoing assignment

is to attend to Adam Scott's

golf course needs. From short

priced favourite to well beaten

world champion. Danny Green

proved no match for 42-year-old

American Antonio Tarver.

38-year-old Green's career is

in the balance, after his rounds into his IBO cruiser weight title defence. He heard

me twice but he couldn't know

it. I want to thank him for

giving me an opportunity. He

always said 42 is nothing but a

number and he proved it. It

was the fifth world title belt

of Antonio Tarver's career. The

defeat was Green's fourth in 31

professional fights. Raiders prop David Shillington proposed second Brisbane team

if the NRL gives it the go

ahead. When the Raiders big man

re-signed until 2015, it was

thought he'd see out with the club. But the 29-year-old has a get-out

clause in his contract, which

would allow him to join any new

team in his home state from 2014. The Brisbane Bombers

launched a bid to join the NRL

last week. I'm quite happy here

at the Raiders. I have made my

mark down here and really feel entrenched into everything, but going back home to Brisbane is an exciting

prospect too. You gotta understand what's closest

understand what's closest to

you as well in this game, and

obviously he has all his family up there and is pretty close to

him. You can understand keeping that opportunity open. The

Raiders say the deal will not

set a precedent and was only

awarded to Shillington awarded to Shillington because

of his age and importance to

the club. Farmers with a taste

for the exotic may be

interested in a herd of animals

for sale in western They're more at home on the US

prairie and farming them is not

for faint hearted. This is a

farm in the heart of dairy country in south-western Victoria. But these animals are

a long way from home. They're

North American bison. I had an

order for 53 last year and I

only had 22. Barry McVilly

doesn't farm bison for animal

products. They're used to train

horses. For the quarter horse

industry. The drafters use them

for drafting. They're They're cunning. They'll do

speeds of around 53 to 56 ks an hour. Their speed as Barry McVilly slows down has prompted

him to put the herd up for sale and his phone is running

hot. (Phone rings) see what I

mean? A calf sells for about $4,000. This is unique, this

sale. Everyone in the district

knows that Barry has bison

here. So I've had a lot of

interest as far as calls and

people pulling up in the street

saying what's happened? We want to know what's happened to bison and all that. And a deal

has just been done. Thanks for that. What's the news? Yeah,

they're sold. Despite being fearsome-looking creatures, Barry McVilly

Barry McVilly swears they can

be trained. But he does warn

don't try to pat one. They will

turn around and kick, an

enormous kick. If you are

frightened of animals don't go

near them. But if you're a

farmer with a sense of adventure, perhaps you can run

dancing with wolves. some bison. It pays better than

Mark Carmody wants one of

those. Here he is with today's

weather. I'd like one of those instead of a dog. Thank you, good evening. It was overcast

and cool today with some of our north-western suburbs getting a few spots of rain this

to what's been falling in afternoon. But that's nothing

Sydney and down the coast. In

the last three months, Sydney

has received 358 mm. For the

same period, our airport has

received 40. So the garden dry, but our storage levels are

still a smidge over 97%.

Cloud covers the ditch between Australia and New Zealand and scattered clout

extends across the southern WA, and it's only

isolated showers. With a high

south of Tasmania, and a low in

the Tasman, the coast from

Gippsland to Yamba is getting a

battering, with heavy rain,

strong winds and big swells. So

around the State capitals

tomorrow:

Our Botanic Gardens also

look great. It always surprises

me down there. Look at this

blancoa or red bugle they me. It's a real beauty. It is

indeed a beauty. Thank you,

Mark. And that's the news for

now. You can keep up to date 24

hours a day on ABC News on-line. But on-line. But stay with us now

for 7.30 with Leigh Sales and

Chris Uhlmann. Goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI This Program is Captioned

Live. Tonight on '7.30', does

Australia need to toughen its

privacy laws in the wake of the

'News of the World' phone hacking scandal? People would

be asking themselves could that

happen here? Having an inquiry

into wicked journalists at

large I think is probably just a waste of time. And is there anything that can stop the

Facebook juggernaut? I don't think it's fundamentally healthy for general to have one person healthy for a company in

deciding absolutely everything,

which effectively, in the end,

is what happens at Facebook.

Welcome to the program. I'm Leigh Sales.

hacking and dodgy journalism

British threatened to topple the

British arm of one of the

world's most powerful media

empires. But does that mean

Australia needs a broad-ranging Australia needs a

media inquiry? The Government

and the Greens seem determined

to use News Corporation's traf

ails to put pressure on its

Australian arm. One media

inquiry is already under way.

There's talk of another and now