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Tonight - system failure, how Canberra's emergency warning

system came a cropper.More belt

tightening to come despite a line. A new charge at the

check-out. Shoppers now have to

pay to use EFTPOS. Melbourne's

big weekend of footy kicks off with the grand final parade.

Gooefring, Craig Allen with

ABC News. The ACT Government's

demanding an explanation as to

why its emergency warning

system, part of a national

scheme, has failed its first

real test. 80% of warning phone

Mitchell chemical fire were calls to residents

never dialled and nearly a

third of the text messages

weren't sent. When a chemical blaze ripped through factory the blaze ripped through this

emergency alert system was put

to use for the first time. Two

weeks on blatant flaws have

been exposed. The system

clearly has some serious

limitations. I'm concerned limitations. I'm

about those limitations. The

warning system is a national

scheme designed to send

messages to landlines and Mobils within a certain area. The first small group of Mitchell residents was a success.

Problems surfaced in the second

warning to surrounding suburbs.

More than 86,000 landlines and 83,000 Mobils were identified

in the inner north but 80% of

the phone calls were never

dialled and almost a third of

text messages never sent.

Delivering all those calls and

messages would have taken seven

hours, by that time the fire

was contained. I want to

understand why that occurred,

why a system that to deliver over 1,000 phone

calls a minute could not

deliver even 30,000 in an hour.

The text message that head

been circulated was marred with spelling errors. That has

blamed on an operational let

down that saw the fond yettic

spelling sent out by spelling sent out by mistake. She simply was not

aware that the fond yettics of

incident and resident were

contained in the message. Emergency services

admit they were caught off

after a test a few months ago

what we didn't were successful We didn't know

it. Now we need to move forward

and better understand the

problem from a system perspective and policy and

procedural perspective and a training perspective. The Government should have asked the proper

contact all people in the ACT

in a timely fashion should an

emergency present? Clearly that

question was not asked. The minister says the problems will

Government. The Federal be discussed with the Federal

Treasurer is warning that it

will be tougher than ever to

get the budget back to surplus next financial year. That has

talking of belt tightening. The

latest budget update suggests

the deficit is not as bad as

predicted but the Opposition

says Labor will never deliver a

surplus branding the

Government's debt levels a

disgrace.Wayne Swan is the

minus $48 billion man. The

world's greatest treasurer is still smiling, Australia's

deficit and debt are dwarfed by

the red ink in other economies. This outcome shows that Australia's strongest in the developed world. The global financial instability and last instability and last summer's

disasters have buffeted the

budget bottom line. The Government raised around $2 billion less revenue than it

expected but it also saved more

than $3.5 billion mainly

through lower than predicted

disaster payments. Cash demand for health programs and

payments fell in real terms in

the 10-11 year. This is the

first decline in real spending

growth in more than 20

years. As a result the budget deficit deficit is $1.5 billion better

than expected. The opposition reckons Labor still has a

credibility deficit. We had the

spectacle this morning of Wayne Swan and Penny Wong patting

themselves on the back about

these disgraceful

numbers. Labor's real test is

to come. It has invested

enormous political capital in

the promise of a surplus in

2012-13 but it is starting from

a long way become and today's

only going to get more fine print suggests

difficult. I repeat our

determination to come back to

surplus in 2012-13. I make this

very clear point: We will deal

with the cards when they are

dealt. The job of finding new

savings is never finished. This

Government has never delivered

a surplus and I don't think it

will ever deliver a surplus. If

from MC Abbott. not, expect a song and dance

(Sings) # The eagle rock. Mark

Simkin, ABC News Canberra. Twin

bomb blasts have wounded five Australian soldiers in southern Afghanistan.

were hurt when an improvised

bomb struck their armoured

truck. Another exploded hitting

a foot patrol in the Mirabad Valley wounding two more

troops. The attacks happened

last week but weren't announced

until today. The men were taken

hospital. Four have been to the Tarin Kowt field

released but one is still being treated. 29 Australians have been killed and 199 wounded in

the wash. The day after Carl

Williams' killer was convicted

of murder questions remain

about how the prison

failed to keep him safe.

Multiple inquiries have been

held into the drug boss' killing inside a high security

prison unit but none have been

made public. Today Victoria's

prisons boss was tight-lipped

about how a murder could happen

in a maximum security jail

without any of the guards

noticing. Carl Williams was

history of attacking police housed

informers. Matthew Johnson

killed him because he was

helping police solve a double

murder case. Carl Williams was

in an environment that he was

comfortable with at that

particular time. His murder was

captured on CCTV cameras that

are supposed to be monitored

around the clock, multiple

feeds are watched by one guard. Nothing has been brought

to my attention around

corruption of prison

guards. The commissioner's

office has reviewed

its intelligence, procedures

and policies but won't make any

findings public. Again, in

terms of specifics I'm not

prepared to go into that the prepared to go into that given

think it is fair that the

coroner will turn his mind to

those sorts of issues. Any

inquest could be years off as police continue their

investigations. Earlier this

year detectives from the ethical standards department applied to the Melbourne

Magistrates' Court to speak to

the third man in the unit the

day Carl Williams was killed, convicted murder Tommyive van Victoria. The trial heard he

had closed dealings with former

drug squad Detective Paul Dale,

the same man Williams alleged

paid $150,000 for the 2004

shooting of police informer

Terrence Hodson. Paul Dale

maintains he had nothing to do with the Hodson murder.

Meanwhile the Premier says the detail surrounding Carl Williams' death will be made public eventually. I'm certainly prepared to make

public what it is appropriate

to make public but will take

advice on four separate inquiries remains

unclear. Qantas passion jers are facing more are facing more flight disruptions as baggage escalate industrial action.

Workers around the country

walked off the job again today

to decide their next move. If

the airline doesn't meet their demands a 24-hour strike

appears inevitable. This is what happened when baggage

handlers, ground crew and

caterers stopped work. At

Sydney airport Qantas were left to deal with a

backlog of bags, even

passengers themselves jumped in

to lend a hand. I want Qantas

to pay me something. When

companies make record profits and they try to offshore people's jobs overseas and

don't want to give them pay rises in line with inflation this is what happens, you have

strikes. At airports around

the country union members held

one hour meetings to decide

whether to step up industrial action. All in favour? fail the strikes will escalate. We will keep taking

these actions while they are

talking to us but don't be

surprised if we do end up with a 24-hour stoppage. They are targeting the busiest days in

the year, and school holidays,

we would ask them to stop taking this type of

action. This time nearly 29

flights were delayed affecting

8,500 passengers. While some

were supportive not everyone

felt the same. It is just not

good enough. Don't fly with back there is un-Australian. I

know they have a reason for why

they do it, they want their

voices heard so we just have to

deal with it. Qantas and the

union will hold more talks next week unless one party decides

to budge, passengers can expect

a bumpy ride. A group a bumpy ride. A group of

doctors and nurses in Bahrain

have paid a high price for treating wounded

anti-Government protesters

earlier this year. Some of the

medics have been sentenced to

15 years in prison. Human

rights groups have condemned the sentences States says it is Depply

disturbed. When the police

cracked down on the protesters

in March hundreds were rushed

to hospital.Some had gunshot wounds, others had been

severely beaten.These doctors

and nurses worked around the

clock to help the injured. They

were also witnesses to the

actions of the security forces.

They told the war about the bloody crackdown and that

dozens had died. Dr Fatima Haji

was one of those who spoke out. Now Now she is waiting to to jail.

In this special security

court 20 medical staff were found guilty of overthrow of the Government and

provoking sectarian hatred. The

convicted medics are all

Shi'ite Muslims, the Government is Sunni. They is Sunni. They attempted a coup

d'etat. No one above the law.

Not if you are a doctor or

nurse or a member of the royal

family. The law has to stick. Human rights groups say the

convictions are ludicrous and Bahrain's Western allies are

also not convinced. The United

States has its fifth fleet based in the gulf state says it is deeply disturbed that civilians, including

doctors, are being tried to military courts. The

international community called

for a for a peaceful dialogue but

these pictures reportedly

filmed last week show the

crackdown on the protest for

reform are continuing.Customers

may have to pay to use their

debit cards at shops and

restaurants under changes to

the EFTPOS system that take

effect tomorrow. The company that runs the electronic payment system changed the way

it operates so it fees. The change has consumers and small businesses worried.

Sam Anxiotis owns a busy inner

city news agency and the rising costs

costs of running his business

are fast adding are fast adding up. From

tomorrow he will be slugged for

nearly every debit card transaction. We are rising

costs through the rent and that

the last thing we need right

now. Another cost on top of our

expenses. EFTPOS is the most

popular debit card system. It

is run by ePAL, which is owned

by 12 banks and credit unions

and Woolworths and Coles. retailers will be charged a fee

every time a customer uses the

debit system for payments over

$15. Consumer groups are

worried customers will end up

paying. The last thing we want is these surcharges to be

expected and ordinary and part

of usual business. Any

surcharge has to justify itself

in the market. It may only be

10 cents but if you do hundreds

of sales that does mount up.

Some of the retailers may need

to look at it if they are in a have low margin area. Sam

Anxiotis is one of those small

businesses who will feel the

pinch. We will try to absorb

what we can but we won't be

able to absorb it across the

line. There will be some

products we will have to charge

a fee for. The Australian retailers social United Nations wants small wants small businesses to lobby

their own banks to absorb these

fees. In the meantime it might be

be consumers that notice these

charges adding up. I work hard

enough for Montagna any, I

don't need someone to charge me

to use it. It is another reason to shop online. EPAL declined

to comment but some banks

announced they won't pass on any any increased EFTPOS costs to existing merchant customers.

Germany has come to the

rescue of the euro debt doubling its contribution to

the bailout fund. Despite strong opposition from their

constituents they voted

overwhele emmingly to boost the

European union fund. Their

contribution to the package is

the biggest, around a third of

the total. I am really

relieved. It was a very strong signal of German commitment to European integration and to the

ror euro. Greece is the biggest recipient of recipient of aid from the fund

and provided it will stick to

its cuts to spending it will

receive the money it needs. Stressed out financial

markets took a breather today

as the successful German

bailout vote calmed nerves

around the world. The local

share market finished today on

a flat note but actually rose

quite strongly over the week.

It wasn't a bad week inned the end. The All Ordinaries rose

for the week having traded

steady today. It was a shocker

of a month down 7% after

falling 5% in August. Today's

session was flat because modest falls by the miners and the

banks were offset by things

like AMP and Woodside.

Commodity prices fell 11% in

September but there was a

recovery today across the

board. Food, precious metals,

energy and base metals did

okay. It is interesting to look

at the long-term picture. This is the broad commodity price index.

2007 was the band playing after

the titanic hit the iceberg.

Investment banks and hedge

funds were looking for

something else to play with.

Eventually it sank, bobbed up

again and is now back to the

range in which it traded for

two or three years leading up

to the silliness in 2007-2008. The Greek share

market went backwards last

night but that was the only one

in the world. There is only one

thing worse than being bailed

out by the Germans and that out by the Germans and that is

being bailed out by them. The

national median house

down 4% in August making it

2.3% for the year so far. Broad

picture - Australian house

prices are rolling over slowly

and gently. No crash yet. But

certainly no recovery. In some

markets like Melbourne, Brisbane

Brisbane and Perth the decline

seems to be quickening a bit.

Sydney praises are holding up

pretty well. As for the Aussie

dollar today it is down just a

bit. I will be back on Sunday

with inside business and the

chairman of ConnectEast Tony

Shepherd and Citi's head of Hynes. Until then go

Cats. China has taken a giant

leap towards releasing its

ambitions in space. It has

launched a rocket from launched a rocket from the Gobi

Desert carrying the first Desert carrying the first stage of an experimental space

station. Astronauts will be

able to live for months at a

time in a floating space laboratory. The United States

might be grounding its astronauts by China is heading in the other direction.Last

night from north western

Tiangong province it launched

the first stage op an

experimental space station. If

all goes well Chinese astronauts will astronauts will be living in space within nine years. TRANSLATION: To

establish this space lab we

have to first overcome

connection difficulties. The

main mission for Tiangong 1 is

to solve this problem. China

has to be able to dock vessels

in space if it is going to

operate a permanent operate a permanent station

avoid ing collisions in

is a major challenge. Once the floating test station is in

place an unmanned rocket will

attempt to link up with it in

the coming months. Then next year a manned spacecraft will

try and repeat this action. China's emerging space program,

seen as a measure of its growing

growing power, is making some other Governments nervous. Here

it is being celebrated as a considerable scientific

achievement. Chinese scientists

have been grappling with the

stars for centuries. As you can see from this old observation

tower here in Beijing. Now it

looks like the country is going

to have a permanent laboratory

in space, something the people

who built this who built this place could only

have dreamed off. TRANSLATION:

No matter whether you're in the

field of space science or not we are all watching this

closely. Everyone's happy that

step-by-step we are working

towards having our own space lab. Today China is one great

leap closer to achieving this goal.

Former Newcastle Knights

player Danny Wicks will spend 18 months in jail for drug

dealing. The

pleaded guilty to three charges of trafficking ecstasy and

methamphetamine. The judge said

Wicks had either lost his moral compass or failed to observe the consequences of his

actions. Central Melbourne came

to a standstill today as tens of

of thousands of football fans

lined the route for this year's is now less than 24 hours to

the first bounce and the

players, coaches and fans can't

wait. Go Cats! If it were judged on noise this Grand Final Parade might well be declared a

draw. Collingwooood! Go

Catters! The Magpie army is the

big nest the land and many would argue the most

passionate.But as the players

moved through the CityCats fan more than held their

is one of the lucky ones with a

ticket to the big game and

plans to do it in style. Hired

a limousine for the day and we

have to support our cats record. Others are forward to a quieter day

watching at home. No, just my

husband and I because I get too

excited. For the players the

parade is another potential

distraction in a crazy week. It is quite nerve-racking I guess.

I want it to hurry up and

happen and be out there playing. Just who hinge on whether Geelong

forward Steve Johnson can play

after doctors injected his

injured knee this morning he managed to get through a

fitness test. Providing I pull up well from

be a definite starter. Johnson

aside, the Cats have had the

perfect build up. We think we

are in as good a shape as we

can possibly be and play our

best football tomorrow. The

match will be Mick Malthouse's

last after 28 years as a coach.

But he insists his team won't be be distracted. I preach, and have done from year dot whether

it be as a player or coach, it

is not about the individual but

the team. May the best one win.

A Melbourne rugby player will line up against the Wallabies

tomorrow when Australia plays

Russia in their last pool Russia in their last pool match of the Rugby World Cup. It is a big moment for Rebels lock Adam

Byrnes whose Russian heritage

enabled him to join the Bears

in their first cup tournament.

We caught up with the team in Nelson on Nelson on the South Island. The

Russian rugby team is intent on

making a splash.It hasn't wob a

game in its debut tournament

but Melbourne Rebels lock Adam

Byrnes says it is only a matter

of time. As a race the Russian

people are very athletic and

strong and with the right

management and progress going

forward they have a massive

potential. The former

Queenslands Reds player can't

wait to take on some of his old team-mates in Saturday's match

against the not sing either anthem out of

respect and just focus on absorbing the at not fear and

having a look around and real liesing where I am at. Getting to the World Cup is no mean

feat for Russia which has given rugby a hard time. It was

bumped in the 1880s by the

Czarist police. They believed

rugby was brutal and could

incite riots. Now rugby is an

Olympic sport it is being

embraced as are Russian players in Nelson. We have come from

Brisbane to see them play. They should

should win the cup if it were

my size. In their downtime the

Russians are competitive.So are

team managers who are hoping to poach talent from other sports

in Russia. Why not, tour the

country and find some wrestlers

who would like to learn how to

catch a ball and help us guys

get to the next level. The

Bears are serious about winning

the Rugby World Cup, just There are serious concerns

over the health of New Zealand

rugby great Jonah Lomu. The

former All Blacks winger has spent the last six days in

hospital because of a kidney

disorder. Sources close to Lomu

confirmed the 36-year-old is

struggling with his condition.

Lomu had a kidney transplant

seven years ago but had been

training to remain in shape.

Jonah Lomu's health has always

been in question ever since he

was diagnosed with that

question. Although it may have looked

was doing well beneath it all

his health has been a concern to many New Zealanders,

especially him and his

family. Lomu made a name for

himself in the where New Zealand reached the

final. Some of Canberra's

promising young cricketers have

been named in the Canberra

Comets squad as they prepare

their title defence in the

national futures league. There

have been some big changes at

the Comets in the off season

with several players moving on opening

opening the door for six new faces in faces in the senior squad.From

last year's squad we have lost

a few batsmen and bowlers.

There are opportunities all the

way across the part. It is a

fantastic time for young people playing will be eager to emulate a

number of ACT players who have

made the jump to state and

international level in recent

years such as test spinner

Nathan Lyon. A lot of youth

pathways are opening up. The

Big Bash, the baby Barb a lot

of new contracts for younger

players. If you are able to take those opportunities at national levels who knows where

you can go. The come melts will

begin their season in three

weeks. Canberra's senior

citizens spoke out today and

they are hoping the they are hoping the ACT Government will Government will listen. 70

people ranging in age from 55

to 88 filled the Legislative

Assembly to thrash out issues

that concern them. They were

given some inspiration by one of Australia's senior

novelists.Today's special

sitting started with a big

bang. I got to tell you kids, it's time to be dynamite. Bryce

Courtney, who wrote his first

book when he was a youth full

55, urged the crowd to forget

the stereo types associated

with growing old. The first

problem of age of any sort is

laziness. Sitting on your bum

for too long. Well, 70 of them

did so today but only to

vigorously debate and vote an a

range of issues such as

transport and mobility. They also wrestled with the

challenge of finding

appropriate a call for the Government to

provide interest-free loans for people trying to downsize. To

enable them to get out of their

expensive older homes into a retirement village retirement village where they can get good-quality living,

security. It is a timely

discussion with one in five

Canberrans expected to be over

60 by 2020. But these community

elders aren't phased by the

prospect. Keep battling on for

things, all the different

things. From today I will things. From today I will put

MOPA after my name, member MOPA after my name, member of older person assembly. The Government will prepare a

response to today's sitting in

the new year. It is very much about Government taking seriously what comes today. I would like to see it

become an annual thing and I

hope I does. A future which may

well be guided by a parliament

of wise owls. Now with a look

at today's weather and Mark

Carmody is spending the evening

at flarry ahhed.

We have moved out of studio tonight. We are down

here at night fest at Floriade.

The theme for this year is a

feast for the senses. Have they

got a feast or two down here.

Plenty of sights, sounds and

smells along with terrific

colour. We have had some pretty lousy weather over the last

couple of days but the place

looks terrific. Today we

reached a top of 14 despite

strong cold westerlies. There

were showers but less than a

millimetre fell. It is still a

little breezy down here but not too bad but that is it. The

showers we have had have all

but disappeared. They will be

back tomorrow unfortunately.

Cloud moving into Adelaide

will bring more scattered

showers here over the weekend.

That cloud is associated with a

trough and a cold front that

will bring snow flurries to the

mountains which means we will

need some warm gear handy over

capitals tomorrow: the weekend.Around the state

I know you are wondering where the flower

you? There is a heap of flowers

here and we are down here at

the look and learn marquee

where the Canberra horticultural society is

putting on a familiar Laos

daffodil display. Why don't you

come down and enjoy it over the long

long weekend. A brief recap of

the top stories tonight. A

review of the Government's emergency phone has found massive failings

during the recent Mitchell

chemical fire. Wayne Swan warns

it will be tough to get the budget back budget back into surplus in

spite of figures showing the

deficit is less than expected.

That's the news for now. But

stay with us now for a special

retrospective edition of 7:30

ACT with Kathleen Hyland who

presented the very first 'Stateline' program 10 years

ago. Thanks for your company. Goodnight. Closed Captions by

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Hello and welcome to this anniversary edition of the

program. I'm Kathleen Hyland

and it is 10 years since I

first sat in this studio and

introduced the original local

'Stateline' program. It is

lovely to be back for the

occasion. Coming up - some high

ypgts from the past decade. A

couple of the award winning stories we hope might have a difference and some excerpts