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Live. Tonight - as rumours grow

of a Labor rift, Kevin Rudd

urges the media to take a chill

needs to pop pill. Look, I think everyone

here. Emotions run high as the Government tries to sell its Malaysia deal.

Canberra's business leaders

rough it for charity. The rough it for

benefit we have is I know it is

only one night and I know I will go back to a warm bed

tomorrow. Counting down to

NASA's last space shuttle


Good evening and welcome to ABC News, I'm Virginia Haussegger. Kevin Rudd has dismissed rumours of Minister. He and Julia Gillard

were spotted in heated discussion yesterday setting

off claims of another breakdown

in their relationship. Today

the former leader tried to

douse the speculation publicly

urging the party to unite

behind the prime minister. It's

the story of the lady... Thank

you. And the tramp. Good morning everybody. Crawling out

for from a night on the concrete

prime minister's first order of

the day was to face a pressing

question. Was he dreaming of a

political comeback. Look, I

Mogadon here. The answer to think everyone needs to pop a

your question is no. This is

the photo that gives a glimpse

of the previous day's tension.

Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd

met in person to discuss the

cattle trade with Indonesia.

Rumours of arguments and

screaming matches followed. Of

course not. It's just, you know - it's is no denial of a policy split

Foreign Minister and the Prime at the highest level. If the

Minister of the country can't

have a constructive working

relationship obviously that is

a disaster for any government. By late morning

aware of the speculation, Kevin

Rudd was moving to shut it

down. I believe that we'll be under Prime Minister Gillard's

leadership through until we contest the next election. A statement once made about

him. The unease in government

ranks is the clear result of

weeks of policy difficulty, centrepiece, the carbon tax is

nearing completion but it too

is at a crucial point and policymakers are finding agreement elusive. At today's meeting the independent's voiced

voiced their disgust in the $12

million ad campaign and soon

after it was over amid claims

of a stalemate. Have you broken

up early then? Yep. Why's

that? Well, we finished our

negotiations early. The talks

will grind on through the weekend. minister has felt the full

force of a protest about his

asylum seeker deal with

Malaysia. Rowdy gatecrashers

shut him down midway through a speech at a qulun vertsty but

it did not stop Chris Bowen

vowing to complete his people

swap deal with Kuala Lumpur. Thanks ladies and gentlemen.

We'll just let the guests have

their say. They were hardly

guests. Racism no, detention

centres have got to dozen or more pressed and

pushed. And crammed and rammed

their way into the university lecture. Bowen shame. The

hapless minister stood his

ground until he could no longer leaving outnumbered police to

call in reinforcement and usher

the guests along.When calm was

restored Chris Bowen made his

start, again. It is an understatement to say refugee

policy in this country ignites this country. Recognising that a lot of fashion. Not only in

refugee and asylum seeker women

and girls in Malaysia face the terror of being questions on the safe guards in

his Malaysia people swap deal,

Mr Bowen again pledges there will

will be many and the promise of

a better life for the 4,000 who

come here. The Malaysia deal is

Chris Bowen's attempt to smash

the people smuggler business

model but now the crew, who

of sorts for sale for them, have had a win

in Australia's courts. After 14

months in detention three

Indonesian boys have been freed on bail by a Brisbaning many

Strait to determine whether children. Even at the most they're adults or

children. Even at the most ah

dent supporter of government

policies in relation to people

smuggling would accept you

should never ever place a child

in an adult prison. Tony

Abbott's faith in his Nauru

solution has

solution has been rewarded. The

Nauru Government has signed up

to the UN refugee convention. Now all it needs is Now all it needs is refugees.

The United States has vowed to

hunt down and kill the new head

of al-Qaeda. The long-time

deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri has

taken over the top job in the

wake of Osama Bin Laden's death. Ben Knight reports.

In this tape released last week, Ayman al-Zawahiri was essentially staking his claim

on the leadership of al-Qaeda.

It is almost surprising that he

had to do it. As Osama Bin Laden's deputy he should have been the

obvious successor but Ayman

al-Zawahiri is regarded as an

unpopular, even divisive figure

among Islamic extremists.

the West, however, he is still

regarded as a very dangerous

man. He and his organisation

still threaten us and as we did

both seek to capture and kill

and succeed in killing Bin

Laden, we certainly will do to

same thing with

al-Zawahiri. Ayman al-Zawahiri

began his career

and surgeon in Egypt but took

many more lives than he ever

saved after embracing militant

Islam. He went on to become the operational leader of al-Qaeda under Osama Bin Laden and

helped to plan some of the most

devastate ing attacks including

those on the Twin Towers in New

organisation it was back York. Al-Qaeda is not the

then. Financially the resources

are trying up. The operational space is confined by the drone

strike and the leadership is

being picked off. It has been uprising this year. The peaceful movements for change

around the world have done far

more for Muslim people than

al-Qaeda has ever produced. It

has been a bad year for senior

al-Qaeda figures. Apart from Osama Bin Laden, Al ledged

al-Qaeda leaders have been

killed in Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and Pakistan in

just the past few months. Ayman

al-Zawahiri is now clearly at

the top of the list.

The 27th Australian soldier

farewelled with full military

honours at an emotional funeral service in northern New South

Wales. Sapper Rowan Robinson's family described him as

adventurous and fun loving.

Fellow diggers repped - remembered a courageous hero

who died protecting his mates.

The seaside community of

Kingscliff joined Rowan

Robinson's family and the

Australian Defence Force to say

goodbye. To support the people

in Afghanistan, our fighting

people and to show the support to to them physically. The town

fell silent just before midday

as the casket was slowly

marched to the church. Prime Minister and Opposition

Leader were among the hundreds

of mourners. Many had never met

the 23-year-old. I have a son that

that age and I can't imagine

their loss. Inside the church

his father described a young

man who loved both his family

loo and his country. He was

fiercely loyal to his family

thousands of miles from home he

still organised flowers for

Mother's Day. He was a risk

taker to narrowly escaped shark attack while suffering

and walked away from a serious

car crash. He died 11 days ago

when shot by insurgents during an operation in southern

Helmand. It takes a very

particular kind of courage and

commitment to your mates to put yourself in that position and

you were one of the finest

examples. ('LAST POST' PLAYS)

A last military salute. (GUNFIRE)

Sapper Rowan Robinson began

his final journey, his

brothers, sister and parents

with him every step of the way.

The worst might be over but

hundreds of people are still

cut off and thousands more are

dealing with the aftermath of

the flooding on the New South

Wales mid-north coast. With

water levels dropping emergency services

services have switched from

rescue to recovery. The ABC's

Keith Breene has been to

Smithtown, one of flooded communities beginning

the big clean up. For two days

Smithtown was completely cut

off. The SES had to bring

emergency supplies in by boat but residents but residents woke this morning

to find they were once again

connected to the outside world.

The water has n't gone but it

has receded enough to allow the

clean up to begin. Houses,

emtied as the floods approached

are now being cleaned and

furniture returned. Some say

the flooding is the easy

bit. It is the aftermath, it is

the cleaning up, that's problem. So long as you prepare

it, get your gear up high, deal

wit when it all goes away,

which is what we are doing today. This mid-north coast town has flooded before. There

is a weary accept answer from

those who are going through now familiar routines. I like

living here but don't like the

floods. You have to do the best

you can. At least this time the

water hasn't lingered. The good

news is these floodwaters

appear to be falling almost as

quickly as they rose. Within

the next 24 hours or so the next 24 hours or so all the roads completely clear. The roads in completely clear. The problem

is what these waters leave

behind will take a lot longer

to deal with. Neighbours are

helping each other get through

the worst. That is

Smithtown is like, help each

other out mate. Many farmers are still trying to reach

stranded stock. This region has

around 60,000 head of cattle. The emergency servicers are

warning everyone in the area to

be especially cautious over the

coming days. Often they find

the number of call outs

increases as floodwaters go

down with many people taking risks on damaged waterlogged roads. They warn it

will be some days yet before

they can reach everyone.

One of the Bali 9 ringleaders

Andrew Chan has lost his final

appeal against the death sentence. Indonesia's Supreme

Court has turned down the

Australian's request for the

sentence to be commuted to

life. He was convicted of

trying to smuggle more than 8

kilograms of heroin out of Bali

in 2005. His last chance for

reprieve is a pardon from the

Indonesian president.

Victims of a former country

New South Wales doctor have

told a court the extent of the

trauma they have suffered at

his hands. One woman had her

genitals removed without her

permission. Today the

61-year-old GP faced a

sentencing hearing after being

convicted in March of grievous

bodily harm, fraud and indecent

assault. In 2002 Carolyn

Dewaegeneire underwent surgery

at a New South Wales country

pre-cancerous lesion. Just hospital to remove a small

before she went under a doctor,

who can't be named for legal

to reasons, told her, "I'm going

to take your clitoris too."

woke up in agony. Today she

wept in court while reading a victim impact statement.

The former doctor argued that the procedure was needed to

save her from cancer but a nurse told the court he said Ms

Dewaegeneire did not need her genitals anymore because her husband had died. The 61-year-old faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in jail

for a range of offences.

Another woman told the court: The Crown Prosecutor urged

the judge to impose a prison sentence because she said women

have the right to be protected when they the doctor acted with malice

but his defence team said jail

would be too harsh a punishment

because he was suffering from

depression. The former doctor

will be sentenced on June

30. We will wait and see.

Four years after the

introduction of a vaccine to

protect women against cervical

cancer the first study results

are in. The study in Victoria

shows that since the

vaccinations began the number of girls developing abnormalities has nearly

in 100 of these young women who

are being screened having a

high grade cervical abnormality

being diagnosed on biopsy to

now less than 1 in 200. There

were no significant changes in

women over 18. Researchers say

this study reinforces the

decision to vaccinate girls

before they start having sex.

They caution that further They caution that further work

is needed to prove the vaccine

is behind the decrease. There

are calls for a national

screening program to test diabetics for new report found type two

diabetes is the leading cause

of life-threatening kidney

disease. It recommends that a

cheap and simple test every 12

months could save lives

reduce the need for dialysis and transplants.

Type 2 diabetes is often

overlooked at the main cause of kidney disease. It is rarely

diagnosed until almost all

kidney function is lost. It

comes at a huge cost to patients and the healthcare system. Around

2010 was spent on hospital

services and other health care

services. That figure is

expected to double in the next

10 years according to a new report prepared

health Australia. It is a big

financial burden but one that

can be greatly reduced. The

good news is that kidney

disease can be detected in its

early stages through a simple and painless urine test. 5,000

Australians die of kidney

failure or start dialysis every

year. More than 40% of those

have diabetes. The recommends yearly screening of

type 2 diabetics aged over 50

to check their kidney function. We can save 1,800

lives and have around 1,300 people avoid a renal people avoid

replacement therapy which is very costly. 75-year-old Brian

Fidler was diagnosed with type

two diabetes eight years ago.

Three years later came kidney

disease and then dialysis. I

think that in my early 50s the

screen would have picked me up

had it been

available. Currently testimony

only federally funded screening

cervical and bowel cancers. programs are for

This report shows that a yearly

kidney function test would be

cheaper and effective. This is

an issue that needs to be taken

seriously and needs to be

addressed nationally. The job

now is to convince the Federal

Government to fund it.

After three decades America's

space shuttle program is about

to be mothballed and there's no

new mission on the horizon. In an interview with the ABC the commander of the last shuttle flight has political masters to act

quickly otherwise he warns

Americans will lose interest in

space exploration. Washington

correspondent Craig McMurtrie reports.

The 50-year-old native of

Philadelphia was originally on

a stand by mission. Chris

Ferguson never expected this. I

would like to think we were all

picked as the last crew. There

were several last crews and we happened to be lucky and happened to

fortunate enough to be in the

position we are in right

now. On paper it is just a

resupply mission to the space station but

much morse. NASA families were invited

invited to witness the last

shuttle roll out. After

Atlantis flies more workers and

contractors will be laid off. Thousands have already

gone. Booster ignition and lift

off. After 30 years the space

shuttles will soon be museum

pieces. For Chris Ferguson and

his three crewmates every test,

every simulation is a milestone. We probably did

about 200,000 practise shuttle

approaches out there at the

white sands missile range in the very last one. He plans to

stay with NASA even though it

is far from clear where human

exploration goes next. The US space agency dreams of a

mission to Mars, in cash strapped Washington funding and

a rocket to carry humans there

are far from certain. That is probably the most disconcerting

aspect of all of this. We have made such an abrupt change and

we had the shuttle and now we really have nothing. He says he

is too busy to be sad counting

the days to his scheduled 8th launch. Probably the

highlight will be that last

final wheel stop call when the

shuttle has finally stop

rolling on the runway for the

last time. As a followed the Apollo missions. last time. As a child he

Now he has the best ticket on

the shuttles' last ride. the shuttles' last ride. The prominent New York Democrat

caught up in a lewd internet

sex scandal has resigned. A

series of highly embarrassing

photos on are the source of Anthony

Weiner's woes. He finally

admitted responsibility after

first claiming he had been

hacked and initially held on to

his job. Pressure from

Democrats has now forced the

inevitable. Today I am

announcing he resignation from

congress. Yeah, pervert! So my

colleagues can get back to

work. He apologised again to

his pregnant wife and

supporters and didn't rule out

a return to politics. To

finance now and the local share

market closed flat today recovering very little yesterday's big fall. But the

Australian dollar continued to

lose ground as Greece's debt

problems prompted global

investors to seek safe investors to seek safe options.

Grease is half of 1% of the

world economy and no bank will go broke if its Government go

defaults on its debts so I

think this graph shows the real

reason markets are so jittery at the moment. The US Federal

into the American economy known Reserve's pumping of lick witty

as quantitative EADSing comes

to an end this month. Now it achieves QE securities from banks using

newly created money. This graph

shows the amount of securities

owned by the Fed in orange

charted against the S&P 500 commodity prices. You can see

the way markets went up quur QE

1 as it was called and went

down when it ended and rallied

again during QE2. This time the markets are falling in anticipation. Of anticipation. Of course Greece

and Europe for that matter are

in a world of pain of their

own. The Athens share market

conned to fall last night along

Wall Street went up a bit while

Japan fell back. In Australia

the market finished slightly

higher and with a few minutes

to go looked like being down

for another day. Woodside

shares slumped to 4% after the

new chief executive delayed the

start of the Pluto gas project

and said costs there had blown

out by $900 million. Rio Tinto

and BHP also fell and the index

finished higher because the banks

banks went up. Orica was the

best of the industrial leaders

up nearly 2%. Gold and oil were

continued to tumble, it has up slightly while wheat

fallen 20% this month and base

metals fell as well last night.

The Australian dollar is

slightly lower against most

other currencies tonight. I will be back at 10am will be back at 10am on Sunday

morning with Inside Business

when my guests will be Greg

Hywood of Fairfax and James MacKenzie, the chairman of

Pacific brands. The more used

to feather doonas and central

heatings but dozens of

Canberra's business leaders have swapped comfort to sleep

under the stars. They braved

sub zero temperatures to

highlight the issue of homelessness in the capital.

They raised nearly $400,000 for

charity in the bargain. It is a

long way from five star but

this man this man is bedding down for

the night. I think we can count

ourselves very fortunate and

lucky on a daily basis in providing rooms with heat and

luxury. I think it is a bit of

reality never hurts. 150 high

pro-file business leaders have

gone to ground to help the

homeless. I think it is

important for people who have

to get out of some of our

comfort and remind ourselves of how many people are struggling

in this world. There is a

concern in our community and they something about it and they challenge other people to do

something about it as well. For

those who have been there this

is a chance to tell it how it

is. A lot of people see

homelessness as the old guy

with his trolley in Civic on

the sidewalk but that is not

the case at all. The provisions

are meagre for Canberra's sub

zero provisions. There is a simple meal to fight off the

chill and come bed time three

sheets of cardboard and a

sleeping bag. It won't be

particularly comfortable. The benefit is one night and I will go back to

a warm bed tomorrow. It is

estimated every night in

Canberra between 80 and 100

people face the reality of

sleeping in the cold because

they have nowhere else to go.

More than 1,000 people are

homeless in the ACT. One homeless in the ACT. One night

of roughing it raised almost $400,000 poor the homeless, that is something worth

sleeping on. Primary schools

have been given a new resource to help them teach science and

encourage more student interest

in the subject. Australian's - Australia's chief

launched the DVD in program as

part of a wider program, 'Primary Connections'

'Primary Connections' that

helps teachers integrate science with it will are industry. Professor Ian Chubb

is concerned the nation is

slipping behind when it comes

to scientific education. The

way in way science interest and

science patterns of enrolment over

over the decade have gone,

which is to decline in

interest, is not a good outcome

for this country. He

teachers need support in

teaching subjects outside their

field of expertise.

Northern Ireland's Rory

McIlroy has made another strong

start to a major tournament taking the lead after the first

round of the US Open. McIlroy

is three shots in front of YE

Yang and US Masters champion

is the leading Australian.For

the third time in four majors Rory McIlroy tops the

leaderboard after day 1. He is

like the laser like the laser going down the

fair ways. The he fired a doggy

free 6 under par 65. It was a

good round of golf. I didn't

really put a foot wrong. So far

the Irishman has been unable to

convert his flying starts into a major victory. Scott Hend has

a world ranking of 377 but is only four shots only four shots from the lead.

What a shot! That is really

special. South African Charles

Schwartzel picked up from where

he left off at the US Masters and the three behind McIlroy.

Could Sam Stosur be set for something special at Wimbledon

next week. At the Eastbourne

event the Australian fought

back from loses the first set

and being down 2-4 in the

second set tie breaker to defeat the top seed Vera Zvonareva. Stosur will face former Wimbledon finalist

Marion bar tolly in the semifinalists. I think grass is

one of her best surfaces so it

will be tough but I will give

it my best it my best shot. The fallout from Simon Katich's axing

continues with Shane Warne

suggesting Ricky Ponting was

lucky to survive. Simon Katich

is an easy guy to drop if that

makes sense. Simon Katich is

harder than Ricky Ponting who

averages 25 at the moment and

is an outgoing captain. It is

easier to drop Katich than Ponting. It puts us 36-year-olds on notice. Ponting and Hussey will have a chance

to prove they are still viable selections when Australia tours

Sri Lanka in August. The

Australian artist Judy Cassab

has been recognised for her

lifetime of work by her mother

country Hungary. The Hungarian

ambassador award her the Gold

Coast of merit at her home in

Sydney. She survived the

Holocaust and then emigrated to Australia a. We thank all you have done for your country and art for everything. Thank you. The

90-year-old is the only woman

to win the Archibald Prize

twice. She no longer paints and is now in the process of

distributing more than 400

works to galleries around the

country. Now with a look at

today's weather here is Mark

Carmody. Sometimes in life it is a good

idea not to highlight things.

Last night I mentioned that the

winds had finally eased. Well the Brindabella biter was back

today with a veg against. A

cold west north westerly afternooninging between 25 and

30 kilometres an hour blew all

day. It was colder overnight

than expected.Then today,

although it was mostly sunny

the cold winds kept the

maximums to 12. Currently it is

still breezy out there with the

biter blowing at 15 kilometres

an hour. Mizzle is falling and

it is a cold 6 degrees. Locally today

today it was windy pretty well everywhere. Mostly west south-westerlies afternooning around 30 kilometres an hour.

Perisher got 4 millimetres of

rain. Along the coast it was

sunny with the temperatures in

the mid-teens. The tablelands

were frosty and sunny but

windy. Out west it was cloudy and windy.Around the country


The remainder of the

continent is clear of the cold

westerlies because a large high

is sitting over the majority of

Australia. A low would generate

showers over parts of the south-east, particularly

eastern Victoria and Tasmania

tomorrow. Nationally tomorrow:

There's tomorrow's winds that

will be pretty brisk all day.

And locally tomorrow, those

winds might push showers over

Wagga Wagga and Albury and

might even reach Yass.

Virginia, with all this wind

about the bow tannic gardens is

a good sheltered spot a good sheltered spot to visit

and see terrific plants like this Epacris Impressa,

Victoria's floral em-Bram. That

is news for now. Stay with us

for 7:30 ACT. We will leave you

with stunts from students from the National Institute of Circus

Circus Arts in Melbourne. Have

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Welcome to 7:30 ACT. Your local edition of the program,

I'm Craig Allen. Coming up the

story of Amy Fowler and her

family, and another on the

beauty of birdlife both in the

works of John Gould and in the

surrounds of the ACT. First, we

have all seen them on the hillsides around Lake George

and depending on your view they