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Tonight - the Milat

connection - a relative of the

mass murderer charged over a killing in Belanglo State

Forest. The New Zealand mining

preparing for the worst. A town hoping for

vice captain Michael first Test fitness cloud over

Clarke. And the scientist who

eradicated small pox and

achieved control of a rabbit plague, Frank Fenner, died.

Good evening. Welcome to ABC

News. I'm Virginia Haussegger.

A generation ago the words Ivan Milat and Belanglo State

Forest sent a shudder through

the nation. Now they are making

headlines again. A relative of

serial killer Ivan Milat has

been charged over the death of

a teenager whose body was found

overnight in the Belanglo

forest between Canberra and

Sydney. He's one of three

teenagers charged over the

the family connection is not killing. However, police insist

relevant to this

investigation. The notorious

Belanglo State Forest is again

the scene of a murder investigation. And again there

is a connection to serial

killer Ivan Milat. It appears

that a male in his late teens,

not yet formally identified, he

has been murdered and his body

has been somewhat shallowly

buried and intentionally kored

in debris down at the Belanglo

State Forest. An 18-year-old has faced court in Pickton over

the death. He's charged with

being an accessory to murder. A second 18-year-old has been

charged with the same offence.

The third person charged is an

unnamed teenager who has faced court accused of the murder. He

is a relative of Ivan police say it has no bearing on the case. It's not relevant at

all what relations any of our

three arrested people have with

anyone else. It's not relevant

to our investigation. Detectives made

an application in court to use

forensic sampling to get swabs

off the teenagers hands and

fingernail clippings and use

photographs of scratches on his

body. Late this afternoon

police were searching in the

Southern Highlands for an

object believed to be the

murder weapon. He appears to

have head injuries and does not

appear to be from a gunshot

wound. ABC has been told the

victim was celebrating his 18th birthday. Police alleged he was

murdered some time between

Saturday and Sunday night. It

would appear they certainly are friends and know each

other. The men will appear in

court later this week.

Hopes are beginning to fade

Zealand for the 29 men trapped in a New

explosion. Rescuers are still

unable to enter the Pike River

Mine and authorities are now

openly talking about the

possibility of fatalities. They

are activating a range of

high-tech options they hope may

give the men a chance of survival. ABC survival. ABC correspondent

Dominique Schwartz reports from

Greymouth near the mine site.

It wasn't a death roll call,

but it felt a bit like but it felt a bit like

one. Alan John Dickson, age

59. The names of the missing miners officially announced by police. Among them are

Queenslanders Joshua Ufer, a

25-year-old whose partner is expecting their first child next year. And 49-year-old

father of two William Joynton,

who has been living in a small

town nearby. Police say it's

still a rescue operation but

now they are also talking about recovery. We still remain keeping an open mind but optimistic. We are still

planning for all outcomes. Part of

of this process is planning for the possible loss of

life. Rescuers hope this robot

will provide them with vital

information about what is

happening underground. It may

go into the main tunnel dragging a fibre optic cable as

early as tonight. They've been

practicing all day with the

cable to ensure it can drag it

2.5km into the mine. As far as

we're concerned once we

device, we'll deploy. Rescuers mitigate the risk posed by the

hope to finish drilling a new

borrow hole which should allow

them a clear picture of what is

happening below the debris. We

have one sampling point. This

will give us a second sampling

point. We'll have an opportunity to but laser

imaging gear down the hole which can be used to gather

data. Greymouth turned on a sunny

of the New Zealand PM and he

did his best to keep the mood

bright. It is tremendously

challenging. We will get

through this and do everything

we possibly can to get the men

out alive. That's the single

and sole focus of our attention

at the moment. It was a message from Australia's PM. Understandably the miners

loved ones are becoming more

and more anxious as each hour

passes. Our hearts go out to

them because there could be

nothing worse than living

through those hours. For the

present, we wait and we hope. And the residents of Greymouth do whatever they can

to show their miners are not


The three days left in the

parliamentary year may not be

enough for the Federal

Government. It wants to pass a bill to split Telstra Broadband Network. But one

Independent Senator is holding

out, threatening to reject the

bill unless he sees a key

report first. Chief political

correspondent Mark Simkin.

It's been a very long year in politics. Sit down. (Laughter) Both sides are

staggering towards the finish

line. This is the last week of

Parliament. Hooray! In the time remaining, the Government's

priority is a bill to split

Telstra, laying the foundation

for the National Broadband

Network. In front of the Senate

important piece of at the moment is an incredibly

legislation. But it's not clear

the bill will pass the Senate.

The Greens are on side, won

over by a deal making it more difficult to privatise the

network. Isn't this a further

example of how the Government

is losing its way and the Greens are Government. The Opposition, inside the Gillard

bitter, negative, determined to wreck... That Opposition means

the Government needs both of

Independents in the Senate and

at least one is waivering. That got my back up instantly. The

ABC has been told Nick Xenophon

is willing to scuttle the bill

unless the Government releases the vote. I would have thought the NBN business plan before

the more information the

Government provides the easier

it would be for this

legislation to get through. In

return for a private briefing

on the NBN, the Government

wanted to impose a 7-year gag on crossbenchers. That's a

longer time frame than people

get for murder in this

country. It now looks like the non-disclosure period will be a

few weeks. For its part, Labor

is targeting Malcolm Turnbull.

He's got a multimillion-dollar

investment in an IT company, a

company that thinks the NBN

will be good for business. Most

politicians get asked to put

their money where their mouth

is. We ask Wentworth to put his mouth

where the money is. The

disgraceful suggestion that I

should act corruptly and

dishonestly by, "Putting his

money where his money is"

speaks volumes about the

standards of those who have made that disgraceful

suggestion. A suggestion that

really raised eyebrows is that

Parliament might have to be

recalled to debate the NBN.

Air safety authorities have

failed to find the cause of a

mid-air incident on a Qantas

flight two years ago. The

Boeing 747 was flying from Hong

Kong to Melbourne when an

oxygen cylinder exploded in the

cargo hold. It tore a hole

through the plane's fuselage and forced an emergency landing

in the Philippines. After two

years studying similar oxygen

tanks, investigators say they

can't explain why it exploded

but they are confident it won't

happen again. What we have here

is a unique, serious but unique event. We are satisfied design,

manufacture and maintenance of

cylinders meet the safety

standards and do not need to change. They say the investigation was difficult

because the cylinder the bottom of the South China Sea. Emergency department doctors say overcrowding and

bed shortages in hospitals are

costing lives. A snapshot of 76

emergency departments one day

in September found more than a

third of patients were waiting

to be transferred to a ward.

The study shows no improvement

in waiting times. In fact, they

are getting worse. The

build-up of patients waiting in the

the emergency department to be

admitted to a ward is called

access block. According to

Australian doctors, it's proving fatal for some

patients. Patients who are admitted

departments at times where the

hospital is access blocked, are

20% to 30% more likely to die

within ten days than patients

admitted without an access

block. The immortality amounts

to 1,500 a year. The latest data shows one-third of

patients in emergency were

waiting to be transferred to a

ward and the problem has

worsened since a similar study

in May. Two-thirds of the people waiting for beds had

been in the emergency department more than eight

hours, which is the definition

of access block. It's a common

problem. A study earlier this

year found three-quarters of

Australian hospitals were

experienced access block. Many patients were waiting eight

hours with some stuck in

emergency for more than 24

hours. Doctors say the problem

isn't being properly addressed. This will require a

paradigm shift by in-patient

services to run hospitals, not 5-day-a-week 9-5

hospitals. They say the goal of

patients being seen and

discharged within four hours is still a

still a long way off.

If you were asked to If you were asked to identify Australia's biggest drug

problem, you would probably nominate heroin or

methylamphetamines. But the

answer is something of a surprise. It's alcohol. This

year has seen another big surge in the number of alcohol-related admissions to

one of the country's leading

drug rehabilitation services.

At the rehabilitation centre

Odyssey House, the phones are

running hot. When was it that we spoke to you initially? In

past years, people seeking help

for methylamphetamine or heroin

addiction have dominate td the calls for help. This year, alcohol has topped the list. The people who have

nominated alcohol as their principle drug of concern entering in our program has

increased 50%. The believes the problem is increasing because binge

drinking is becoming part of Australian culture. It's a

message all the more relevant as schoolies week gets under

way. There are more people

seeking help. There is probably

more people drinking and a greater availability certainly

of alcohol again. The binge

drinking problems were acknowledged today by the

Australian Hotels

Association. We need an acknowledgement this is a cultural problem we have to

target. These young kids aren't

allowed on licensed venues. To

them it's a right of

passage. Hotels joined a

leading brewer in an initiative

to promote drinking in moderation. We target problem

drinking rather than all

drinking. Training videos will

be sent to venues to encourage

staff to offer water. Those at the coal face are sceptical. I

don't necessarily think being

realistic if I was running the pub

pub that I would try people to drink water as opposed to alcohol. Odyssey House believes the problems

will remain until there is a

halt to the relentless

marketing of alcohol.

The latest report card on the

planet's pollution levels has

delivered a gloomy Last year the global financial

crisis led to a small reduction

in emissions growth. But now

with the economy recovering,

that's been offset by an upward

trend in fossil fuel emissions

and 2010 is expected to be a

record year. In 2010 we

expect emissions to revert to

the significant growth rates

that they've shown for most of

the past decade. Growth rates in

in the order of 3% per year or

a little more. And the main

reason of course for that is

continuing economic growth.

There is some good news though - global emissions from

deforestation have fallen by

25% over the governments implement policies to stop mass clearing of

forests. The Australian scientific community is

mourning the death of one of

its most eminent researchers.

Frank Fenner came to Canberra

to work at the ANU in 1949. And while

while he served with global research research bodies in a number of

posts, most of his work was

done here. In fact colleagues say he was at the ANU for a

conference just three weeks

before his death. He died this morning aged 95. Jessica Nairn looks back on Professor

Fenner's life. Frank Fenner

pioneered the way in scientific

innovation. When the day's come

up I've seized it. Most seizes

have been happy ones. Fortunate ones. Professor Fenner

originally wanted to become a

geologist but after advice from

his father, chose medicine. His

long life dedication to medical research began during the

Second World War where he

studied the malaria parasite. high point was when he and others famously others famously injected themselves with the myxomatosis

virus. In 1967 Professor Fenner

was appointed head of the

Australian National University's John Curtin School

of Medical Research. He

maintained and created maintained and created a very lively work environment with

many researchers coming from

all over the world and from

Australia to work here to give

talks. Almost a decade later he declared the global eradication

of smallpox to the United

Nations World Health

Assembly. This is a major

achievement. One of the most

important medical achievements

in human history. He was the

person who oversaw that. In his

later years he turned his attention to the environment founding the ANU's Centre For Resource and Environmental

Studies. He's never really retired, writing retired, writing books,

attending lectures and visiting

the university until quite recently. Frank had friends from our young high-flying

undergraduates to our holder

high-flying staff. He leaves a

great legacy. One that can be

seen across Canberra. Frank did

a great many things within the

ANU and Canberra community, for

Australia and Australia and the world. Unassuming individual

you would ever come across. You

wouldn't realise he made these wonderful contributions . Until

you look at the awards -

including the Albert Einstein

World Award for Science and the

PM's Science Prize. He's

survived by his daughter, two grandchildren and a


Australia's second biggest

share float went public today

and investors were in the money. QR National,

Queensland's rail-coal freight

entity was valued at $6

billion. Despite gloomy

predictions from some quarters, the share price finished higher. Not much looks good in a post-GFC world, but

transporting coal to China and

India is almost as good as India is almost as good as it

gets. The brokers did a very

good job marketing the company. Shares in Australia's

second biggest IPO after

Telstra initially fell 2 cents

below the $2.55 issue price

before hitting a high of $2.68.

It closed 10 cents up at $2.65. Retail investors who

bought for $2.45 made more than

8% on their money today. We've

been encouraged by the depth

and breadth of interest. Foreign investors

impressed by QR National's big

name customers and their

exposure to China were huge

traders in the stock. An

aggressive London hedge fund

emerged as the second largest

shareholder with more than

6%. But it was the biggest shareholder, the Queensland

Government, which was the focus of questions because of its

controlling 34% stake in

QR. They are going to be an

owner of the company who is an investor in the company in the

true sense of the word, rather

than somebody who is exercising

control. But that Government

stake, how it's used and when it's sold worries some investors. As does the depend

on China's extraordinary

growth. With QR you are paying

for the growth. The risk is they don't achieve it. Today

was QR's chance to take a shot at the sceptics. No staining

has board or management been distracted by external commentary. If Telstra's sell-off is a guide, the

commentary has only just begun.

Last week it was speculation,

now it's fact. Ireland has

asked the European Union for

financial help to tackle its

banking and Budget Government in Dublin didn't

want to do it but caved into

pressure from the EU. Philip Williams reports on the second

country to be bailed out by the

EU. This was the bailout the

Irish Government said it

neither wanted nor

neither wanted nor needed.

After days of pressure from

European leaders and

institutions, finally the public face of public face of defiance turned

to ak wee essence. I want to

assure the Irish people we have

a better future before us and we act in the national interest. I can confirm that

the Government has today

decided that it will apply for

financial assistance at the

European Union. When the global

financial crisis hit two years

ago the Irish Government was

quick to guarantee bank

deposits. With a collapse in

housing prices, the defaults

have hollowed out the banks and

the Government coffers with

it. One newspaper called on the

Government to resign, accusing

it of lying to the Irish people

about the true extent of the crisis. We need a change of

Government. There is no

credibility in the current

Government or faith in them.

This man wasn't holding back,

blocking a ministerial car

outside the Parliament. His

frustration mirrors many who

feel betrayed by the Government

and the banks. This is not a

simple bailout. The Government

needs billions to keep aexploit

and the banks who have lost

more than $30 billion in

deposits in the last three

months needs tens of billions more to stay open. I believe

this Government has brought us

to the point through failures to

to sell the truth over the last

week and failure to bring in

policies that were realistic

and we are here today. While

the immediate pressure is off

Ireland for the moment, it is

feared investors may turn their attention to other vul rabble

nations like Portugal and

Spain. That the con-Age ant

affect may be far from over. To finance now and the

Australian currency got back

above 99 US cents as the successful QR National float

and the Irish bailout helped

spark a modest recovery on the local share market. Here's

Alan Kohler. Well, it was a

day for industrials on the share market share market as QR National's

4% stag profit made the pulses go

go a little faster. Telstra,

Orica and CSL all went up by

more than 1% while Woolworths

and Qantas fell about the same.

The net result was a ride of

one third of one per cent by

the jaurd. Little wonder share

prices are having problem gaining momentum. This graph

shows average return on equity

has fallen back from the 18%

average for three years to 2008

to 13.5%. Return on equity is

profit as a percentage of the

capital invested in the business. Equivalent to the interest rate get on their money, though some

of it is kept in the business

for re investment and not paid

out as dividend. 13%? Ordinary

given the risks. The other big

problem is we're in the middle

of another food shock. The oil shocks of the 1970s caused rampant inflation and recessions and something similar has been happening with

food. Right now the world bank

food price index is at its

second highest level on record.

Something else to worry about.

Soaring food prices are

contributing to the strength of

the Australian dollar. Tonight

it's nearly a cent higher than

Friday at 99.25 US cents,

though it fell against the Euro

because Ireland put its cap in

its hand and asked for help

from the European Union. Asian

markets have been stronger

today after a small rise on Wall Street on Friday. Though

Chinese and Hong Kong stocks

fell as a result of the

increase in stamp duty in Hong Kong designed to crack down on

property speculation. That's finance. And in a developing

story, Australia's richest

woman has become a major

shareholder of the Ten Network.

Gene ahienheart revealed today

she has more than 10% of the broadcaster. The billionaire

owner of WA's Hancock Prospecting joins Lachlan Murdoch and James Packer as

major shareholders. Michael

Clarke is still in doubt for

the first Ashes test after failing to train with his

team-mates today in Brisbane. Clark's back problem

has prompted selectors to call

up Usman Khawaja as a stand by player. The Australians are

turning to technology in their

preparations but a key member

of the middle order was reduced

to a speculator. Michael Clarke

spent most of the session on

the physio table and is racing

the clock to be fit. He didn't

train today. Until he bats

tomorrow, we can't be tomorrow, we can't be 1000%

sure. Degenerative disks in his

back flared up ten days ago. It

will be important to see how I

go during and pull up

afterwards. I'm in good hands

with Alex. Our physio is a

magician. He did do everything

in his power. He's in his power. He's been there before. The selectors aren't taking any chances. New South Welshmen Usman Khawaja will

join the Australian squad tonight in Brisbane. England

woke to a warm welcome in the

press. Former Australian leg

spinner Shane Warne claimed

there was a split in the ranks

with star batsman Kevin Pietersen on the outer. He's

anything but an outcast. He is

a good guy to have in the

dressing-room, a great player

to have on your side. The Australians

Australians targeted the middle

order badzman as a key in the

series. Both sides will look at

the Gabba pitch tomorrow.

Australia's Joel Parkinson has made a perfect return to

professional surfing after a 6-month injury layoff. He

cruised to victory in the

Hawaiian Pro, the first event

of surfing agency lucrative

triple crown. The 29-year-old

has recovered from a debilitating foot debilitating foot injury.

What happens in your life and

around your life, you can ride

a wave and drop everything. Parkinson pocketed

$20,000 for the win and is well

placed to defend his triple

crown title. An early

Christmas gift today from the

National Library of Australia. Personal access to historical historical copies of the

Australian Women's Weekly. The

entire first 50 years of the

Weekly has been posted Weekly has been posted online,

including the first issue in

1933 and the final Weekly issue

before the magazine became a monthly in 1982. the collection came from the

library's archive while public

donations fuelled some of the gaps. The content is a real

highlight of Australia over

time, particularly over the

20th century. We see things from the 30s and 40s, particularly in the advertisements. We've seen a

lot of change. A sample collection was posted today.

But the entire 2,600 issues are

expected to be online by the

end of December. Nearly half

of all Australian artists are

indigenous. But nation-wide

only a handful of Aboriginal

people are involved in the administrative

administrative side of the

arts. Earlier this year the

National Gallery launched a

bold plan to change that and

today a fellowship

today a fellowship program

aimed at fostering more indigenous involvement in the

arts world welcomed its recruits. When the National Gallery went searching for

strong voices to steer

indigenous art into the future,

they found everything they were looking for in 27-year-old

Jirra Harvey. I was raised to

believe I could do whatever I

point my mind and heart to,

particularly if particularly if I keep the community at heart. I think the

only thing holding us back is

when we forget that. A Yorta

Yorta Wiradjuri woman, she grew

up in a strong community of

artists in Melbourne. Part of

it is passion. Part of it comes from

from telling your own story and when

when you are telling a story

that comes with generation of history. The National Gallery

has established a program to

make sure those stories make sure those stories are heard. There are two 2-year

fellowships for indigenous arts

leaders and for ten others a

shorter training program. Today

all the recruits came together

for a whirlwind tour of the gallery. There are a lot of

skills to pick up, management skills, training skills, a lot

of employment. We would like to

see more indigenous people working in the centres. Glenn Iseger-Pilkington Iseger-Pilkington i will use

his fellowship to divide the

gap. I really like work that

challenges people's notions of

what it is to be an indigenous

person, how they live and to

challenge romantic notions of Aboriginality. Indigenous art

injects more than $500 million

into the Australian economy

every year. The hope is that

indigenous arts leaders can

have a greater say in how and

where the money goes. To the

weather and it was such a

lovely day today. Wild horses couldn't

couldn't drag Mark Carmody in

doors. We hit a pleasant top of

26 with plenty of sun and a

little wind. That was the theme around the region.

The satellite shows cloud building

building across the eastern interior triggering showers and

storms. Ragged cloud crossing

southern parts of WA and a

trough delivering storms. On

the synoptic chart, that lovely

splash of yellow and red indicates warm temperatures

across the nation. There are

warm northerlies ahead of a

trough which will trigger showers in western NSW,

Victoria and SA. we can see

showers forecast for tomorrow

stretching from Townsville to

Brisbane. That's ABC News. Stay with

us now for the '7:30 Report'.

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Welcome to the program. I'm

Tracey Bowden. There's still no

relief in sight for the anxious

families awaiting news

29 miners trapped in a remote area of New Zealand's South

Island. 72 hours after an

explosion tore through the Pike

River Mine, authorities e say

it's still not safe to send a

rescue team underground and

they're now plan are for all

outcomes including loss of

life. Meanwhile the operation

continues, with a borehole being drilled to expected to be completed

overnight. This narrow passage

will allow air samples to be

taken and laser imaging

equipment and video cameras

lowered down to give a clearer

picture of the situation. In

addition, a Defence Force robot

has been deployed to help with