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each other, to this club, to

our supporters. The fault is

mine and I will carry that

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the sweetest victory of them

Victoria all. We thank the people of

have placed in us. We have

thrown our absolute all at.

This I shook his hand and

said, "Game on." Dead, buried,

cremated. To move Australia forward. Can forward. Can I say we live

in a lively and resilient

democracy. This has been a wonderful, wonderful experience

for Chile and a wonderful

experience for the world.

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Half the state is now

affected by the blood what ways r

r Chris assist with another day

bringing more mass evacuation h

Relief teams from New South

Wales and Victoria will arrive

next week to help with the recovery effort. The Prime Minister, Julia

toured the disaster areas

announcing more financial help

for those affected. But fears

remain for many towns, in

particular, Rockhampton.

massive volume of water is

headed for the city placing

thousands of homes at risk.

Shortly we'll cross live to

Rockhampton for the latest, but first this report from John

Taylor. Queensland's

unprecedented natural disaster is worsening as steadily as the

floodwaters are rising. The

army late yesterday was called

on to help forcibly evacuate

community of Condamine, the entire Darling

population 100. Remove them.

We want them out of there.

That's as simple as that.

Protect life at all costs. We

will gait them out. If he was sick or any of the kids were

sick, there was no way of them

getting in during the night or

anything like that. Yes, I

think it was a must for any

kids and sick people. An area

bigger than France and Germany

combined is now affected. 22

Queensland towns or cities are

either substantially flooded or

doing it very, very tough. doing it very, very tough. We

now have three major river

systems in flood. We have 17

evacuation centres active. We

have more than 1000 people in

those evacuation centres and

many more thousands staying

with relatives and friends

because they can't get back

into their own homes. A lot

of flooding in Queensland is

reaching all time highs. Some of them have never recorded this high in the past.

Again, it's really looking at

where is this going to be when

where we thought it was peaking it peaks. We've seen cases

and it's kept rising. Emerald,

west of Rockhampton, was

today's focus of concern. In a

city of about 12,000 people,

more than 1200 have been forced

suburbs are now from their homes. Whole

underwater. It's like a moving lake. The local Nogoa River is

running at 16 metres. The army

today had to set up a temporary shelter on safe ground for shelter

of the crisis is posing an displaced people. But the size

enormous logistical obstacle to

relief efforts. I had intended

to travel to Emerald today.

because the situation there is That is not possible today

a difficult one. Aviation fuel

supplies are short and we want

to make sure that those

for emergency purposes. The aviation fuel supplies are used

Prime Minister and Queensland's

premier instead inspected the

devastated community of

Bundaberg. You too. I Bundaberg. You too. I hope it

goes well for you after all of

this. Look after

yourself. Hundreds of homes and businesses in Bundaberg have

been inundated in the worst

flooding in 50 years. Here in

Bundaberg I'm very pleased to

see the water levels starting

to recede, but that is only the

beginning of the recovery task

still many people out of their here in

homes and not able to return for another few days. Nearby Bundaberg's famous rum

to be resilient. Oh, well, it's

not nice, but well, a flood like this probably happens one

in a 100 years or something.

So not the end of the world.

I haven't had a look downstairs

yet. You still can't get down

to the shower and bath ROM and

toilet and that. It will take

manage. It's what might happen a little bit, but

in Central Queensland's Rockhampton that's most alarming

alarming authorities. While

the rain has stopped falling,

it's what's coming through the catchment from elsewhere that threatens this city of 75,000 people. We'll be looking at implementing compulsory evacuation for those people who

need that assistance. We've

also had a system of voluntary evacuation that's evacuation that's been working

for the best part of a week.

The message very clear to

people out there watching this

on television that, we need

help but we need financial help

will be hit here are areas for the people, the areas that

where there's a low socio-economic base. The

Premier and Prime Minister met local authorities this

afternoon. The town could be afternoon. The

cut off by air and road

tomorrow, with hundreds of

homes inundated early next

week. It was no time for delicate

delicate words. Don't be slow

to ask. Everybody else is out

there with their hands up as

well. We don't want to find

out too late you needed

something. We're very happy to

make sure you get it as quickly

as it's possible to get

here. It's an anxious time for

many in Rockhampton. We're just

going to be careful and keep it

all right, just move everything

out and take it upstairs and look after everything we have and all that sort of stuff.

Very worried. Very worried. Considering

we're got nowhere to put our

stuff. We're going to lose

everything. Not mux we can

do. John Taylor with that

report and for the latest on

the flood crisis we now cross

live to Annie Guest, our

flew into the area today. What was the flood scene like from

the air? Tracey, as one

aeroplane passenger remarked to me as she me as she flew back into her

home town, people around here

are used to seeing great

stretches of brown dirt after a

seeing massive decade of drought, now they're

seeing massive sheets of brown

water as far as the eye can

see. That's exactly the scene

from the air. Dotted in the

water I could see stranded cars

with water up to their and people rowing around in

small boats. Elsewhere, people

were trying to lead their pets

and horses to safety and higher

ground. Then there are

next to their cars at the edge

of the waterway where the road

goes underwater. Surveying the scene where the road

disappears. In areas where

there is still roadway above

the surface, it looks like mere causeways surrounded by

water. What's the latest for

the rising floodwaters in the

area? Obviously each day it's changing and it changing and it seems the worst isn't over. The mighty Fitzroy River, which is Australia's

second largest catchment after

the Murray-Darling, is already

raging down this... Down

through the town behind me

here. In some areas it is

spanning 200 metres already

just near the CBD. The height

is expected to hit 9 metres

this weekend and 9.4 metres on

Tuesday. Just to put that

reach its record of nearly a

century ago, but it will match

its height of 1954 and go

higher than devastating in 1991. By Tuesday, the area

where I'm standing now is

expected to be well and truly

underwater. The businesses can

I see in front of me in the CBD

there will be vamed and purt

further out, 4,000 homes in

this community of 75,000 people

could go underwater. Also, the

airport that we flew be closed because that's

expected to go underwater.

They're closing the airport tomorrow. The people that

you've encountered, how are

they faring so far? We here

Queensland does have a lot of

flooding and many of these

people have seen flooding

before, but this is obviously

extreme. It is a mixed picture.

The feelings among The feelings among residents

divided just as the flood water

is dividing the town, really.

Those whose homes are on higher, drier ground are sight

seeing. They're coming down to

the river, looking at the

gauge, checking how this crisis

compares to the priestses

proceedingses source. A few

streets down the road, people are devastated. They're

packing what they can of their

belongings, taking them across

the water to cars from where

they're taking it to family and

friend's houses on higher

ground. They expect the rest

of their belongings that they've left behind to be

swamped by water and those streets, those communities

don't have flood insurance low-lying. Do you think that

most people will be prepared to

evacuate if that becomes

necessary or do you think that

some will resist? The people

that I spoke to today said that they were very prepared to evacuate because there were

babies involved. Babies and

their families. One woman said

to me she wouldn't have gone if

that had been the case. She

would have stayed as long as

she could before the power was

cut off, which is the next

step, but she said she would have at that prepared to go. I spoke to the

mayor, Brad Carter, a little

while ago and he said they hadn't needed to forcibly

evacuate anyone and he was

grateful that the community was

heeding the message to leave voluntarily, get prepared

early. From what you can see,

is everything as prepd as it

can be given that noun one

knows exactly what lies ahead?

Police and emergency services,

Red Cross and other volunteers

made a particular point of

getting into Rockhampton early,

partly because the closing tomorrow, but they also

had a chance to, as opposed to

some of the other areas in Queensland, because this is

like a slow-moving disaster that's unfolding and as the

flooding crisis looms on this

city, so they're in place and today, for instance, I saw

several electricity workers in

about five or six or seven

electricity vans cruising

around the streets. They said

they didn't have a lot to do at

this stage, just cutting off

power on a case by case basis.

ready for when the crisis

hits. Annie Guest, thank you

for that update. For many

people with a physical disability participating in a sport or hobby is a complicated

operation. Finding suitable

equipment is often the biggest

challenge, but a Perth charity

is trying to relieve that burden. The Dreamfit Foundation runs an annual design competition for engineering students that gives

them hands-on experience and a

chance to change lives. Danielle Parry reports from Western Anderson is a champion water

skier who has never let her

disability get in the way of a

day on the water.

absolutely the need for speed

is really there and this

fulfils it for me. It's me

that's controlling that ski and

making it turn and all of those

things. It's just really a

wonderful feeling and the

freedom. I'm free. She has

cerebral palsy but has been sit

skiing for 20 years. She says

finding suitable quilt has always been a struggle. You

cannot go and buy a pair of skis if you've got a

disability. You can't go into

a ski shop. You have to actually work out how to make

those skis work and each

individual is slightly

different. If use this ski

you must not be tied into the

ski and the reason for that the ski could then turn

upside down but you won't

drown. With the help of the

Perth charity Dreamfit, these students have been tasked with

designing a new sit-ski for designing a new sit-ski for the WA Disabled Waterski Club. The

club needs something that's

lighter and safer than its

current model. Heavy to get in

and out of the boat, takes two

people to lift in it in out. That's where Dreamfit has come

in and said we would like to do something better. It's part of

an annual competition engineers from the university

of WA to make recreation more accessible to people with disabilities. They are titled to have their fun and recreation. The things that

the general population enjoys,

the riding of a buy kel, going

out waterskiing, those sort of

things people with disabilities

enjoy those sort of things as

well. It is a perfect mix with

the engineering students to use

their time and energy to create those solutions. At years old, quadraplegic

Sladjana Majailovic is already

an accomplished artist who was

exhibited and sold many of her

works. It is something that she can express emotion without

even knowing it. It's

creative. She's quite creative

with her spontaneous marks and

things like that. She holds her

paint brush in her mouth but

needs constant help to

reposition her canvas and

change colours. Her teacher

have asked the due accidents

design an automated art easel

that gives her star pupil more

control. It is something that

makes her a lot more

independent. If she wants to paint, someone has to set her

up and she's on her way. She

can do what she wants to do. I

think that would just be

fantastic. The things that he

needs is provides stability for

him. He actually can't sit

there and he can't move his

legs. Imran Ariff has cerebral

palsy but loves

his local gym. The students working on his project are

finding out just how difficult

that can be for someone

confined to confined to an wheelchair.

Can I try the other foot as

well. He wants to go to the

gym at least three times a week

but for him to do that it's a huge exercise. The carer meets

him there, help his physically transfer from the wheelchair,

on to the piece of equipment,

strap him into place, hold him steady. With the help of mentors

mentors from the engineering industry the student's

challenge is design a fitness

station that's wheelchair friendly and friendly and multiple exercises

in one location. If we could

improve his life that would be

great. Like working out and

it's something simple that if

he could do it independently I

think he would enjoy it. It

would be good to help him to do

that, you know. We're looking

at the cycle. He slips out

because his knees come inwards and and his feet turn inwards. The competition is the brainchild of Perth engineer Darren

Lomman. He first became

interested in engineering for

the disabled when he was a

student after a chance encounter in a carpark with a man in a

wheelchair. He was a

national motor cross champion.

After his accident he was told

he would never ride again.

Owned his own shop. He said to

me if he had one wish it would

be to ride again. I was

looking for that project at the

time. I thought what a great

actually help someone and get my degree at the same

time. Dreamfit is based in

Perth, but ultimately hopes to get students involved around the country, giving them hands-on experience and a unique insight unique insight into what it's

like living with a disability. There's something

like 3.2 million people with

disabilities in Australia and

there's thousands on thousands

of student doing study that could working on these projects

with people with

products are impressive. Blight is showing off the

sit-ski she and her classmates have spent

have spent almost a year

building. We did pretty well.

In the ennui got it finished

after a few hassles. It was

good to get some hands-on

experience. They have done a

terrific job and we really take

our hats off to them because

they've listened and they've

come up with innovative designs and it's really been very rewarding for us. The

competition forces the students

to think outside the box. to think outside the box.

It's pretty amazing for second year engineering students to

come up with a whole easel by themselves. Their designs for

the painting easel range from mechanical devices mechanical devices controlled

by sucking and puffing air...

Through to this machine which saw Sladjana Majailovic can control by knocking with her paint brush. The winner was this computerised

model which she can operate

with a tap of her cheek. It's

going to make all the difference because she's painting for years and she'll

probably keep painting for

years and if she wants to grow

up and be an artist she can

paint independently. It might

change your artistic

career. Yes. You can do that.

Imran Ariff is thrilled his new one stop gym station

which will help him keep fit

and give him the indpen dense

he craves. It's been a wonderful experience working

with them. The competition has

been life changing and he couldn't be more grateful to

the students who've made it

happen. Thank you so much.

Thank you so much for making my

dream come true. That report from

time of year when we make new

year's resolutions and think

about what the future about what the future may

bring. But it's also a time

for reflection and what a

decade it's been. 10 years ago

September 11th was just another date on the calendar

and there was no such thing as Facebook. Since then, the

world has changed remarkably

with a global war on terror, a preoccupation with social networking, and climate change

recognised as one of the century's biggest challenges. What can we expect in the

decade to come? Richard

Slaughter is an recognised futurist and the

author of a new book, "the biggest wake-up call in

history." I spoke to him in our

our Brisbane studio. Which

trends or changes did you pick

in the last week Cade and which

did you not anticipate at all.

? I have to be honest but and

say I'm not really in the

interests of picking winners

and losers. Looking ahead is a

complicated task and the future

is a problematic subject.

There are a couple of things that surprised me. One is incredible spread of social

networks and their tremendous

penetration into populations around the world the clearly

that sparked something that

turns people on. That was one

of the big surprises. one has been the strength of

the opposition to getting ream

about global warming. That has

been a strange surprise. Given

the nature of the risk

involved, it would seem to me really strange people wouldn't

get the facts and understand

them and realise we have major

adjustments to get started on.

That seems to have taken a longer and still be taking

allot longer than one would

have thought. What do you think is the major issue in the years

ahead? To me, the central

issue that we're facing is how

to move from a trajectory of economic growth and the impacts

that go with that growth to

something more approaching a

steady state way of operating

on the earth. Clearly, at the

moment, we have exceeded some

global limits. We've with carbon and other things.

We look set to exceed others by

mid-century. Others are not so

easy to measure. We're locking at the acid indication of the

oceans. There are a lot of

Signals telling us that we have

to try to find new ways of

reducing human impacts on the

planet generally. That didn't

end of economic growth because

there are lots of ways of doing

things that are impact free,

particularly on the Internet. I think the notion of growth we

have to get to grips about and

understand that its day is

basically over. We have to

find new ways of doing

things. In terms of the global economic crisis, Australia has

survived thus Farrellively relatively unscathed. Do you

think that trend will continue

for Australia's economy? Do

you think it will stay strong?

I would tend to think that

Australia is in as good a

position, if not better, than

any country in the world. I just just read this morning, for example, in the paper that Queensland received something

like $10 million a day just

from the export of coal. If

you imagine all the other

things that are going out of the country on a

of course not right now with

the floods being so serious,

but on a normal basis, then Australia's still has

tremendous incomes from

resource exports and I imagine

will do so and has lots of other things going for it as well. On the other hand, I

think that we are kidding

ourselves if we can that a fossil fuelled economy can continue very much longer.

Clearly, we're living now in

the time when the supply of oil

cannot be much expanded.

demand for it continues to go

through the roof. We're going

to have to find new ways of weaning ourselves off this

what's been an amazing energy

source but which is no longer

infinite. That will have a big

effect on what we do and what

other countries try to

do. Terrorism was a big global

issue, certainly in the last years or so. Do you think that

will continue to be one of the

big issues? I think the real

issue is how do we get on with each other? How do understand the different value

systems that exist in different

cultures and the whole variety of of positions that can be legitimately held within those?

I think we have to get better

at incorporating others, the

other, the other sculptures,

cultures, other values of

seeing things and doing things

into our he was dy day life.

If were we to do that better

the things are driving

terrorism would wither away. I think terrorism would wither away. I

think that terrorism is terrible where and when it

happens, but it's actually

something that we can deal with

if we go about it in the right

way and these long-term

constructive ways. In your book

you paint a grim picture about

a number of issues in the

future. Is that the way you

approach the future with

caution? With caution, but I truly believe truly believe that

really think you understand a

difficult situation then that's

the beginning for dealing with

it. It seems to me really helpful to helpful to get really clear

what are the threats that face

us. That's why part one of the

book deals with what are these

issues and look at them one by

one, get our heads around them

and for me at least the more

I've come to understand what's really at sphak, really at sphak, take particularly with global

warning, as I've already

mentioned, instead of ending one

one a kind of gloom and doom outlook which I think is

actually quite a lazy way of

thinking about it, it's

challenging but the more we get

our heads around the detail,

the more we get our hands

around the options, more people

are working on that, the more

we work into that area, we find

a whole series of options opens

up, things we can do individually, collectively as a

world , that can actually take

us through this undoubtedly

challenging period. If you had

to give your top three things that we need to

better place, what would they

be? Top three. I guess I would like to see the

advertising industry dignified,

in a dignified retreat. I believe that we've been subject

to a kind of psychic assault

over the last several decades telling us things that aren't

very helpful, we need to buy

and consume more, our

and consume more, our identities

have rather than who we are.

We need to shift to what what

can I have but what can I be.

That's a much more productive

area. Secondly, as I've said,

we need to shift off the

growths path. We need to

understand that growth made a

complete sense over centuries

when humanity was getting

started and established,

learning how to live on this

planet. We've reached the point now where we

point now where we have to rein

that growth in or at least make

it less destructive. The third

thing I gist I'd is a shift in world view.

There's the self centred world view, there's the socially

centred world view. We centred world view. We need to

move to a global world view, an earth centred world view and

with that shift comes the ability to seeing

ability to seeing everything we

do on a daily basis, earning a

living, Ricking the roof, where

to go, how to travel, into that

global context, the global context environment that we live in and

now we've got the tools, the

methods, we've got tremendous ability

ability to analyse complex data and come up with clear

conclusions and with all that in

in our hand we can do a much better

better steering away from the

collapsed futures towards

futures that are sustainable

and humanly more desirable. There's food for

thought and possibly new year's

resolutions there. Thanks for talking to us Richard Slaughter. That's the for tonight and the week. We

will be back for the same time

on Monday. Enjoy your weekend

and for all of us here at the

7.30 Report, best wishes for a

safe and happy new year. Closed Captions by CSI.

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