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Live. Tonight - Customs clears itself over the Christmas Island asylum boat tragedy.

Any people-smuggling operation

is a tragedy waiting to

The renewable energy plan that's tearing a community

apart. It divides the

community, it splits it. Relationships over generation s

are being destroyed. The ADHD

bounce that's given rice to the

Ritalin generation. Another upset as fourth Soderling crashes out of the Open. Good evening. Welcome

to ABC News. I'm Virginia

Haussegger. An internal Customs inquiry into December's

Christmas Island has shipwreck disaster off

there was no firm intelligence,

suggesting the doomed boat suggesting the doomed boat was

heading for Australia. Almost

50 asylum seekers died when

their boat crashed into cliffs

in heavy seas. 40 others were

rescued. Today's report made a

number of recommendations,

including the implementation of

a land-based radar surveillance

system on Christmas Island. Stephanie Kennedy reports. Just

over a month ago, a people

smuggler boat crashed on to

rocks at Christmas Island and

broke up, leaving dozens of terrified asylum seekers

clinging to debris and hope.

41 people were pulled from the

safety on his own. 30 were not

so lucky. Another 20 are

presumed dead. Now an internal Government inquiry into the

boat, labelled SEIV 221, has

cleared officials on the

question of how the wooden boat reached Christmas Island

undetected. We had

intelligence saying that that undetected. We had no

vessel had departed and would

arrive at that time. SEIV 221

was in rough seas to the north

of Christmas Island near Rocky

Point. The Customs boat

'Triton' and 'HMAS Pirie' were both carrying asylum seekers

and sheltering to the east when

the drama began to unfold. They quickly headed north and

But the high seas hampered dispatched inflatable boats.

their rescue efforts and many

risked their own lives. My

people had to carry bodies

across the water to take them

to Christmas Island. But I can say to

with them, they were all so say to you that

proud of what they'd

eight recommendations, achieve. This report has made

including testing a land-based radar surveillance system to identify

identify asylum seeker boats

arriving in bad weather.

There's no guarantee that it

would have been effective, but

it's certainly something worth trialling. The Government has trialling. The

agreed to an urgent upgrade of radio and safety equipment on Christmas Island. The

opposition supports all the

recommendations, but argues the Government hasn't gone far

enough. The Government must

step back and take a look at

their web of failed policy when

it comes to border protection and immigration in this

country. This is just one of a

string of inquiries into this

disaster. The Government says

the criminal prosecutions are

on the horizon, warning that

any people-smuggling operation

is a tragedy waiting to happen

and more lives could be lost.

An Indonesian military tribunal has gaoled three tribunal

soldiers filmed torturing

Papuan civilians last May. The

men did not face direct charges

of torture, but were instead

convicted of disobeying orders.

They've been sentenced to

between 8 and 10 months gaol,

lighter sentences than the

prosecutors wanted. No

investigation was immediately

launched when the footage was

first posted on YouTube in

October, but military officials

eventually changed their stance

after being pressured by US and

Government and industry Australian diplomats.

plan Queensland's economic leaders have met in Brisbane to

recovery from the devastating

floods. In a sign that life is

slowly returning to normal,

almost half a million

Queensland children headed back

to school today. But for some

the floods are still disrupting

daily life. These students are

starting the term in surroundings after three

schools in Brisbane were too

damaged by the flood to take

students. There were some

tears ... while others got

straight to work. Oh, that's how you build it,

Oscar. Teachers and parents

hope school will be a security blanket for blanket for kids who've

witnessed frightening images of

the floods. This will probably

give them a sense of normality

they'll come back, be with friends, run around and play as

they're doing now. It was a

meeting of minds in the big end

of town as the flood recovery

task force discussed the

rebuilding effort. No-one around this underestimates the enormity of around this table

the task at hand. This is, in

economic terms, the biggest

natural disaster in our

history. And they need more

help to do it. 145 million has

so far been raised

so far been raised from

donations. More is needed. So

businesses are being urged to

open their wallets wider.

Corporate Australia is already

them step being generous. I want to see

you haven't dug deep, it's time

to do so. The Prime Minister is still undecided about

introducing a levy to help fund

the recovery. We still don't

know what the total damage bill

is. Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey

says spending cuts are the answer. A flood levy is going

to be an additional burden on

all Australians, including some

of those affected by the flood.

So they'll have to pay

twice. Customers are still

paying more for their fruit and vegetables as producers get

back on their feet. It's

prompted the Government and Opposition to call on customers

to buy local. If your

zucchini's got a blemish on it,

get over it, buy it. For

retailers to remain loyal. To

make sure we don't simply use

this as some sort of excuse to substitute Queensland product

for imports. Even if that means the perfect pick of the crop may be harder to find. From

the south-east corner of Queensland to Victoria's

north-east, where rising waters

are threatening more than 200

properties. The city of Swan

Hill is still days away from a

flood peak, but residents there

are sandbagging areas thought

to be at risk. The ABC's Kerri

Ritchie has spent the day at

what is effectively the flood

frontline south-east of Swan

Hill. Murrabit is usually a

sleepy place. Not today. Running on little or no sleep,

locals have been battling to

save their own farms as well as

the homes of complete

strangers. Haven't got a clue

whose house it is. We just

came a while ago. As you can

see, the water's coming into

the back of the house. We

thought we'd better do something. Two excavators have

been working non-stop to try to

divert the rotten floodwaters

and spare this house. Nearby

levees prove no match for the

wall of water. It's a race

against time and water from Benjaroop Benjaroop to Murrabit. I can

feel water coming up under my

feet just standing here.

Locals believe the battle to

save this house behind me has

been lost. Across the road,

this farmer is trying to get

2,000 hay bails to higher

ground. Five kilometres away

all appears lost. Lake Charm

has turned into a swamp. The

owners of this house only moved

in at Christmas. Just next

door Ken Baulch believes he's the luckiest bloke in

Australia. With friends' help,

he Mced to save the home he's

lived his whole life in. When

it was time to evacuate, he

couldn't get his boat started.

Can't swim very well. Common

joke around here. But I'm the

brunt of it, so I can take

it. Locals say they've never

seen anything like this sea of

putrid water. What you see on

the other side of the levee

bank, it's only small, small

part of the whole business.

No, it's really frightening. Ken Baulch says

it's ironic he spent his whole life irrigating these paddocks. Tasmania has a new

Premier. The State's first

female leader. Lara Giddings

has taken over the top job

after David Bartlett stepped

aside yesterday. She'll have her work cut out navigating a

power-sharing deal with the

Greens and overseeing an

economy at the cross-roads.

Anne Yard reports. It's a dream come true for Lara Giddings,

sworn in as Tasmania's 44th

Premier. As the first woman

Premier of the State, and that

historic aspect does not go

past me. I'm very proud. Her predecessor quit yesterday,

saying he wanted to spend more

time with his family. At 38,

Ms Giddings is single and

without children, but not without

without regrets. But I'm

hopeful that one day I will

meet that right man and have a very happy life

partner. Her parents say partner. Her parents say the

fascination with politics began

as a toddler and family uproar

over the dismissal of Gough

Whitlam. So as a little

three-year-old I'm obviously

wondering what's gone wrong that my mum's so upset. Her mother says

mother says she blamed liberal

leader Malcolm Fraser. To me,

I think that was a pivotal

moment. The young Labor

idealist became an MP at 23.

Now a seasoned politician,

she'll be tackling poor

polling, a budget in trouble

and an economy at the

cross-roads. She's already

committed to maintaining the

alliance with the Greens that

keeps Labor in power. I don't

believe voters want to be

rushing back to the polls.

But, instead, they want

stability. Her deputy is Brian

Green, who returns to the job

after stepping down over a

deals for mates scandal. He

faced two Supreme Court trials,

but juries in both couldn't

reach a verdict and the was dropped. I did make a

mistake, I accepted that

mistake. I'm a better minister

for that. The liberal

Opposition has attacked the Greens

Greens for supporting the promotion.

promotion. Totally

incompetent. Now they're

happily calling him the

deputy. The Premier has three

years to win over voters. A

sight for sor eyes or an

eyesor. Plans for a large wind

farm near Canberra are causing controversy and creating deep

divisions within the local

community. Opponents say

they're worried about the

effects on their health and the

value of their properties. The

tiny town of Collector is set

to join the renewable

revolution. With plans for up

to 80 turbines to be built

along these hills overlooking

the village. But it's a

controversial plan. That's the visual amenity destruction of

the village of Collector, not just Wherever they put these things in, they're an eye

sore. Residents are worried about the effect on property

prices and on their health, but

the company says research by

the national health and medical research council has found

there is currently no published

scientific evidence to

positively link wind turbines with adverse health effects.

But one consequence of the

project that's certain is the

division it's creating between

those who are set to host the

turbines on their land and the

rest of the community. We're

told signed agreements up to

five years ago, secret

agreements, that nobody else in

the town knew about, to put these turbines on their land.

It divides the community, it

splits it. Yeah, relationships

over generations are being

destroyed. Frank Hannan farms a

1,000-acre property on 1,000-acre property on the outskirts of the town and says

the view from his house is set

to turn from this ... to this. The huge visual impact it will

have on this landscape, it will

turn it into an industrial

zone. It's like mate versus

mate now and neighbour versus

neighbour, where one neighbour

has the turbines on his

property and another neighbour hasn't, they don't talk

anymore. The mayor is urging

residents to play the ball and

not the man. What not the man. What they need to

do is to be fighting the

industry itself and the

developers. And that's exactly

what Friends of Collector are

doing, taking that fight to the

highway and beyond. There has

been a huge jump in the number

of children being treated for attention deficit hyperactivity

disorder, or ADHD. New figures

show prescriptions for the most

widely used drug, Ritalin, have

risen by 300% in the past seven years.

years. Some doctors say that's a

a major cause for concern.

When children are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity medications such as Ritalin are

often prescribed, and they're

becoming more popular. Figures from the University of Queensland show that the number

of scripts for all stimulant

medications has increased by

almost 90% over seven years.

Between 10 and 14 years of age

there's about 1% of boy s and

0.5% of girls. So that's 100

boys and 1 in 200 girls aged

between 10 and 14 years taking

medicine for ADHD. The latest

figures have sparked debate

about whether the drugs are

being overprescribed. I do

think we need to watch a trend.

If it continues upwards, we'd have cause to be concerned. Some doctors believe

the study confirms too many

children are being med Kated.

Medication prescribed for ADHD

is increasing is a concern,

because it's never really been

demonstrated that these drugs

are effective in the long

likely to be given drugs for ADHD.

ADHD. Researchers said girls

were less likely to display

hyperactivity, which often led

to medication being prescribed.

Doctors are concerned that

alternative treatments, such as counselling, are being ignored. And still ignored. And still to come on

ABC News, moving pictures, how

cameras are helping Haiti's

youngsters recover from last

year's earthquake. An Israeli inquiry has declared last

year's deadly commando raid on

a Gaza-bound aid flotilla to be

lawful. Nine Turkish activists

were killed in the attack,

which has already been

condemned by the United

Nations. Middle East correspondent

correspondent Ben Knight reports from Jerusalem. The

raid on the flotilla was a

disaster for Israel. For a

start, its highly regarded army

botched the operation

They were attacked by activists

before they'd hit the deck.

Then nine of those activists

were killed in the fight that

followed. The raid was

internationally condemned, but a commission set up by the Israeli government has found that it was legal. TRANSLATION: TRANSLATION: There were

regrettable results, including

loss of life and wounded.

Despite that, and including a

small number of incidents that

we haven't reached a conclusion

on, it's been found that the

actions that were taken were

legal and in accordance with international law. The Turkel

commission was made up of Israeli jurists and two international observers. It

spent five months investigating the incident, taking testimony from Israel's Prime Minister,

its Defence Minister and chief

of the army, but not from

soldiers who took part in the

raid. The Commission says

Israel was entitled to stop the

ships because they were trying

to break through its three-year blockade on goods and going in and out of the Gaza

Strip. That blockade has been

called collective punishment,

but Israel says it's about

trying to limit the number of

rockets fired out of Gaza into

its Territory. We are closely

watching the ongoing inquiries,

as is the United Nations. But

this report has no value

credibility for me. But such

was the pressure on Israel

after the raid it began easing

its restrictions on Gaza. But

the blockade continues and so

does the international

criticism of Israel. Its once close relationship with Turkey

has collapsed and this report

is unlikely to undo that

damage. The Irish Government is in crisis after the country's

green party announced it was

pulling out of the ruling

coalition. The Greens pulled out a day after the Prime Minister, Brian Cowan, announced he'd stand down as

leader of the ruling Fianna

Fail party.

party have stood back in the

hope that Fianna Fail could resolve persistent doubts about

their party leadership. A

definitive resolution of this

has not yet been possible. And

our patience has reached an

end. Mr Cowan had hoped to stay

on as Prime Minister until a

general election scheduled for

11 March, but that poll will

now almost certainly be brought

forward. It means there might

not be enough time to pass crucial finance legislation

required as part of Ireland's international bailout. To

finance now, and investors are back in

back in the market after last week's selloff. There are also

signs of benign inflation, but

it didn't help supermarket

giant Woolworths. The retailer

suffered its biggest fall in 18

months after a profit

downgrade. Here's Phillip

Lasker. They say Queensland

will need to rebuild kilometers of roads, enough to

circle the globe twice. So we

shouldn't take too much notice

of this, the producer price

index whole sale inflation was

a mild 0.1% in the December quarter. Rebuilding Queensland, which is still

ahead of us, is expected to put

more pressure on

round. Mind you, the

Australian dollar was generally

softer because of the PPI

number because it reduced

expectations of an interest

rate hike next month, although

this graph shows the PPI, the

orange line, is more volatile

than a relatively poor

indicator of the CPI or

consumer prices, which we'll

find out about tomorrow. The

share market was unaffected by

it all, rising 30 points.

Investors piled into financial

and some resource shares.

Fosters was up on reports that SABMillers may face fewer

hurdles if it bids for Fosters'

beer business. On the other hand, Woolworths faces more hurdles, hurdles, the first profit

downgrade in 15 years courtesy

of a less confident consumer,

floods in Queensland and

earthquake in New Zealand. The

floods may mean higher food

prices, which is usually a

positive for supermarkets, but Woolworths says it's more

worried about consumers facing higher interest rates if inflation goes up. This graph compares high-flying metals

prices with agriculture. You

can see that since the middle

of last year the green line,

the standard and poor's

agriculture index, has climbed

steadily and is above the other

metals indexes. Lots of

countries are boosting food imports, reducing stockpiles

and limiting sales to curb food

inflation, not a great time to

be importing food. And that's finance. There's been a major

upset in the men's draw of the

Australian Open, with fourth

seed Robin Soderling eliminated

by Ukrainan Alex Dolgopolov in

five sets. Elsewhere, fifth seed Andy Murray progressed in

straight sets, as did women's

second seed Vera Zvonareva.

But as Nick Bailey reports, it

was Soderling's departure that

drew the most attention on day

8. Having not dropped a set and facing only three break points

in his first three matches at

Melbourne Park, it looked to be

another short day at the office for fourth seed Robin Soderling

when he took the first set in

just 21 minutes. But it was

warming up, the Ukrainan Alex Dolgopolov who was just

rolling through the second and

third sets in an hour. After a

wobble in the fourth, he held

his composure to win in five.

The number 4 seed is out of the Australian Open. Things

don't get easier for Dolgopolov

in the next round he'll face

Andy Murray, who booked the

place in the quarters with a straight-sets win over Austrian

Jurgen Melzer. The 2010

finalist looks every bit the

title contender, as the

tournament enters its second

week. In the women's draw,

Samantha Stosur's third-round conquerer Petra advanced to her second career

grand slam quarterfinal with a

three-set win over Flavia

Pennetta. She'll face Vera

Zvonareva, who breezed past

Czech. Late yesterday history

was made with Francesca

Schiavone and Svetlana

Kuznetsova completing the

longest women's match in grand

slam history. At some was like 'what's the score, slam history. At some stage I

who's serving, what's going on anyway here? ' Francesca Schiavone prevailed in the

third set 16 games to 14 after

four hours and 44 minutes of

play. In the night session two

former world number ones

suffered upset defeats. Maria

Sharapova was no match for the fancy footwork of Andrea Petkovic and Andy Roddick might

be used to losing in straight

sets to a Swiss, but this time

it was doing the damage. He'll

take on Roger Federer in the draw. Australia's mood within one win of one-day series against England

despite another shaky batting

performance. After losing

early wickets, Mike Hussey and

Brad Haddin held the innings

together to guide the home side

to a four-wicket victory last

night. Mark Douglass

reports. Australia's on a roll for the first time for the first time this summer,

but the smile still hides some

troubling signs. A routine run

chase lurched off course early

in the innings. COMMENTATOR:

Worth a shout. Michael Clarke's

wretched run of form also

continued. COMMENTATOR: Now

he is out. The captain scored

just 55 runs in the series so

far. Maybe he is trying too

hard when it comes to batting.

I'm sure - he's a classy

player If not for Brad Haddin's

blazing 50 and Mike Hussey's

steady hand, the home team may

have fallen short. Good night! Australia's problems, though, England's sudden decline since pale in significance to

the Ashes. The tourists are

hoping the return of Anderson will change their fortunes. Haven't seen the first three

games, I don't think we're that

far away from a win. Game 4

will be played in Adelaide on

could be without star striker Australia Day. The Socceroos

Tim Cahill for the Asian Cup

semifinal against Uzbekistan.

He's still struggling with a

thigh injury. It's likely to

place more pressure on Harry

Kewell to lead the attack on

Wednesday morning. There's no

point in coming this far and

not going the whole way, so

Uzbekistan will be a hard

challenge, but I think the boys

will be up for it. It's a short turn around for Australians,

who are still trying to recover

from the extra time win over

Iraq on Sunday. Organisers of

the Tour Down Under are

promising next year's race will

be bigger and better. Lance

Armstrong won't be back, but Tour deFrance contend ers

Schleck and Evans could be in

the field. We've already had interesting possibilities, I nice

think. It's going to be - if we can attract some of those

guys, it will be

terrific Organisers hope an Australian professional Australian professional team

may debut at the tour next year. Brumbies hooker Huia

Edmonds will play his final season with the club this year

after signing with the English

club Saracens. Edmonds still

has one year remaining on the

contract, but opted to take an

early out. The 29-year-old, who debuted for the Wallabies

last year, is hoping to make

the squad for this year's World

Cup before going overseas. But

his long-term future with the national side was one of the main reasons behind Edmonds'

decision to leave the

Brumbies Had a few chats to a

few people before I signed.

They were looking at a younger

front row personnel after the

World Cup. So I think for me this is the right time to

leave. 15 Brumbies players are

off contract this year. Fellow

team-mate and Wallabies front rowers Ben

rowers Ben Alexander and

Stephen Moore are yet to decide

on their future. A highly

unusual aid project in Haiti is capturing international

attention. The child support group Plan International has

found a new way of reaching teenagers traumatised by last

year's earthquake. They were

given cameras and told to get

snapping. ABC correspondent

Craig McMurtrie reports on their moving pictures. Haiti is

a nation of children. Almost

half the population is under

18. Everywhere they go there

are reminders of the day their

world turned upside-down.

They've survived an earthquake and food and fuel shortages.

17-year-old Marie says most

schools in Port-au-Prince are

broken down. There are

thousands of aid groups in Haiti handing out tents, food

and medical supplies. Plan

international gave Marie and 20

other teenagers cameras. Most had never held a

camera before. Like

14-year-old Daphnika, who says

it allowed her to express

herself. They worked in groups

and were trained in picture

composition and using light.

They were told to take pictures

of anything they felt

passionate about. And they

did. There are images of

camps, but surprisingly few pictures of earthquake damage.

17-year-old Ricardo says people

aren't living the way they want

to. He says he took his

pictures because he wants to

see change. Most of images are a tribute to

resilience. 20-year-old

Wilbert says not everyone was

destroyed after January 12.

The group's favourite pictures

are of a girl in a hat and a

boy with a trumpet.

200,000 dead, a million still

living in tents or tarps,

millions of cubic metres of

rubble still to be removed. But

But these teenagers wanted to

show outsiders their Haiti, not

just the version in the

headlines. The worst part of

the experience - having to give

the cameras back. To the

weather now, and it seems my

dear friend mark Carmody hasn't

quite made it back from the

beach, so I'll push on without

him. It was a lovely sunny

summer's day in Canberra today,

with a top of 30 throughout the

Territory. It was even warmer to the north to the north of the region. 35

in Sydney. 31 at Wollongong

and Goulburn. Then a few

degrees less as we move down

the coast. 27 at Batemans Bay.

Around the nation, a sunny

reprieve up north. Clear and

31 in Townsville and 29 in Brisbane. Much cooler down

south, though. Hobart reached

only 19 today and Melbourne 22.

The only capital to record rain

was Darwin, where the mercury

topped 30. On the satellite

image, we can see a trough of

cloud over the south-east,

causing just a few showers over

parts of Victoria, Tasmania and

NSW. The synoptic chart is

showing hot northerlies over

the south-east inland and a

tropical low will generate

heavy rain and winds on the

Kimberley coast in the west.

Around the nation tomorrow, less sun and more less sun and more rain,

although fine in Brisbane

a top of 31, Sydney showers and

30, wet in Hobart and

Melbourne, and Adelaide dry and

a hot 36. Showers too in our

region along the coast.

Batemans Bay possible early

showers with a top of 29.

Inland, fine and warmer, a

of 38 in Griffith and 33 at

Goulburn. Closer to home,

around Canberra, clear and

sunny, a top of 32 is expected

tomorrow. And the sun will burst through at 6.14am

tomorrow morning and sunset is

8.17pm. The outlook for the

next few days, warm and sunny,

early 30s, cooling off late in the week, then hot again by

Sunday, with a top of 31.

That's ABC News. You can keep up with the latest news at ABC

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today as the first female I am proud to stand

premier of Tasmania. Tonight

on the 7.30 Report - Tasmania's

historic day. The challenges

facing the State's first female leader. Tasmania has a huge

budget deficit. It's about a

$200 million hole in the

budget. The public sector has

grown around 30% in the last 10

years. It will need years. It will need to be cut back.

We've lost that ability helped us produce great We've lost that ability that

champions. And - the search

for Australia's next tennis

star. I love training. I love

hitting tennis balls. I love

competing.