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Tonight - air tush turbulence, the Qantas chief defends the Asian overhaul. We believe it's all important to do

do this to build a stronger

better Qantas. For a bunch of brainless bastards there would

be few people in the world that

would compare with them. How

to hit Australian stores. ACT about them apples? Kiwi fruit

police reveal plans to expand

their use of Tasers. And the

end of an era, Raiders stalwart Alan Tongue announces his retirement. When you work so

hard for something, you put so

much into it, it's hard to give

it up. Good evening, welcome

to ABC News, I'm Virginia

Haussegger. There's been a fast

plans to restructure its and furious reaction

loss-making international

operations. Unions and some loss-making international

Federal MPs have slammed the changes that include axing 1,000 jobs in this country and

a new airline based in Asia. A

restructure of this size was

never going to have a smooth

landing. Since unveiling the

controversial shake up the airline's boss has hard to sell it. Unless Qantas

changes, we will not see a

Qantas going into the

future. We have to change the business. We have to change. Qantas insists its

plans for a premium Asian based airline and a low-cost

operation in Japan are not

about moving Australian jobs

offshore. The company says

1,000 job losses here is a

separate issue, necessary

because it plans to axe long

haul routes that are losing

money. But unions and

politicians have been lining up to rubbish that claim. That just one great big fat lie.

This company are about to announce a $500 million

profit. Rather than trading on

the flying kangaroo, they've

decided to cull the kangaroo

back. For a bunch of brainless bastards there would be few

people in the would that - world that would compare with them. They say the domestic

operation can't go on subsidise

ing the international one. And

the restructure does have its they fall by the wayside as supporter. If they

many airlines have and will. Unconvinced, unions are

calling for an inquiry into

whether Qantas is breaching its

legal obligation to keep its main operational base in

Australia. Details of Madeleine

Pulver's collar bomb ordeal are finally coming to light but the case continues to baffle.

Police allege that Australian

businessman Paul Peters

attached a fake bomb to the

Sydney teenager in

extort money from her family.

Peters has appeared in court in

the US State of Kentucky where

he was arrested yesterday by a FBI swat team. correspondent Lisa Millar FBI swat team. North America

reports. Still wearing the

clothes he was in when he was

arrested, Paul Peters was also

burdened by handcuffs and leg shackles. Any words for Madeleine. I hope she's well. He spent his last night

of freedom at the home of his

ex-wife and mother of his 3 school-aged children. She

Westminster - wept as she sat

in court. The situation facing the family clearly overwhelming. She's handling this very poorly. This is hard

O'On her and her children. In

court her ex-husband spoke only once to acknowledge he understood his right to

silence. Police alleged the

50-year-old Australian

businessman launched the terrifying bomb hotion hoax

armed with a baseball bat, face hidden by a balaclava. armed with a baseball bat, his

They say it was an email trail

that led them to the

believe is the attacker. I

can't comment on the case. I can only talk about the extradition. The Sydney police

officers who came to Kentucky

to see the arrest made aren't

talking about the

neither is Paul Peters' lawyer but he is confirming the

Australian will fight the

charges. It's my understanding

that he's an attorney in good

standing in Australia and an investment banker in Australia

and he has no criminal history. The court documents

say Paul Peters once worked for

a company that had links to the

in custody until his next court Pulvers. Paul Peters will stay

appearance on October 14. Australian authorities have

until then to make the formal request for his extradition. The extradition

brief of evidence will contain

all the evidence that we've

obtained, that we will be

relying on for the charges. In

court the judge admitted

extraditions weren't part of

every day life in Louisville

but Sydney police say they've

got the process already under

way. The ABC's way. The ABC's North America

correspondent Lisa Millar filed

this report a short time ago

with details of some of the

charges Paul Peters is

facing. It was a terrifying crime that captured crime that captured the attention of Australia and

sparked a chase across two

continents. Now new details are

begin ing to emerge about the

accused, Paul Doug Peters. He

was educated at an elite Sydney

private school, had a law degree and ran an international

finance business. Now half a

world away he's saying he will that include break and entering plead not guilty

and kidnapping. In the end, it

was dogged detective work that

unravelled the complex scheme.

account, access to the library Court documents reveal an email Court documents reveal an

and a video store in NSW led

police to the man they believe is Madeleine Pulver's

could be on their way to attacker. New Zealand apples

Australia within days ending a

90-year hiatus. After reviewing biosecurity measures across the

Tasman, Australia's quarantine authority will allow Kiwi apple imports

honouring a World Trade

Organisation ruling made last year. New Zealand correspondent Dominique Dominique Schwartz reports. Boxed up and ready to go. This is a really great day

for us. We're really excited to

finally be sending apples to

Australia after such a long

wait. Biosecurity Australia has declared New Zealand apples safe for import as long as strict quarantine conditions we've got a top quality fruit

diseases to Australia. But without the risk of passing on

Australian growers still convinced. New Zealand Apples

were banned 90 years ago due to the disease fire blight. The

Australian industry thinks it's

still a risk. We see a significant hit in a disease sense to our production here

the flow on effects are massive

and they're in the hundreds of

millions of dollars to the

Australian economy. But not abiding by

abiding by the World Trade

Organisation ruling in favour of New Zealand more. Any attempt to prevent the implementation of this

decision would be extremely

damaging to Australian farmers.

New Zealand could retaliate against any Australian products

and they would be able to raise their tariffs on Australian goods by up to 100%. Four New

Zealand packing houses have

already been cleared as

exporters. They say the first

shipment could be just days

away. Kiwis love their

apples. On average they eat 18

kilograms a year, more than the average

Australian. So when their

apples finally do make it on to Australian shelves they're going to face some stiff

competition. A Labor back

bencher accused of using union

funds to pay for prostitutes

has revealed his party has

given him a financial bail out

to cover legal costs. Craig

Thomson got help from NSW Labor well aware a bankruptcy would

force him out of the hung

parliament. The admission

triggered a renewed assault by the Coalition a pledge of full support from the Prime Minister. Political

correspondent Greg Jennett

reports. He's not usually the

retiring type. A reluctant

knife fighter. But who can

resist? What's this one going

to turn into. When a Labor

opponent is swinging in the

breeze. I think that the member

for Dobell has quite a bit of

explaining to do. Craig

Thomson's held his marginal NSW

seat for 3.5 years but his

former life as a union

is proving very hard to live

down. We know that Craig

Thomson lived the high life on

the become - back of these

union credit cards. We know he got cash advances, we know he

got payments for escorts. He's

admitted signing off on union credit

credit card expenses including

escort services but denied he ever booked or used them. Given

that Thomson's mobile telephone

number was used to contact the

service provider and that his

driver's licence was produced to verify payment, how did he

credit card, driver's licence

and mobile phone find their way

into the possession of another

pressure isn't Craig Thomson's

only problem, his legal battle

to defend his name has left a

large bill, so large he's belatededly revealed to Parliament in this declaration

the NSW Labor Party has helped

pick up the tab. I have complete confidence in the

Member for Dobell. Of course

there's an obligation on all

members of the Parliament to

abide by the

party bailout Craig Thomson

could run the risk of

bankruptcy and disqualification

from Parliament. That's the end game for the Coalition, the tantalising prospect of a

by-election. It's why they will continue to demand answers and

why the Prime Minister has gone

for nothing less than complete

confidence in her backbencher. Order! Seat

changes are far simpler in the

Senate. After 15 years former

Liberal Minister Helen Coonan

is about to call it quits. John

Howard's former chief of Howard's former chief of staff, Arthur Sinodinos is touted as a

replacement. Bob Katter has

suffered a setback in his bid suffered a setback in his bid to register a new party based

around his own name. around his own name. The Independent Queenslander launched Katter's Australian

Party last month but the

Electoral Commission has

knocked it back because its

aprooefation, the Australian

party, could be confused with

other parties. He says he will

offer a new abbreviation and

try again. We're really surprised

surprised that we've managed to jump all of jump all of the hurdles bar the abbreviated name. As we

understand it the ALP is an

aprooefated name so we'll

probably say KAP. He plans to

have candidates ready

contest the next Queensland and federal elections. The Federal

Government is believed to be on

the point of a major water

buyback in the southern end of the Murray-Darling Basin. The

proposal would include the sale

of 84,000 hectares of land in

the lower Murrumbidgee

the lower Murrumbidgee mere Balranald in

top of that 310,000 maeg litres of water would be handed over to the Commonwealth. It's right

next to Yanga National Park,

it's where the wet it's where the wet lbds are

situated. I think if this

acquisition goes ahead it will

be the most significant purchase the Government would

have made for the environment

so far in this area. It's very

exciting. It's got this huge range of different wetland

habitats and because it's so

large it is undoubtedly one of

the most important areas in the Murray-Darling Government is also believed to be involved in negotiations.

Talks with all parties are

continuing. More Tasers will be

available for use by ACT police

officers from next week. The Territory is one of the last jurisdictions to make the

weapon available to front line

officers. The stun guns currently

currently only used by

specialist units but that's all

set to change. It's easy to

see why Taser use is controversial. (Screams) ACT

policing is rolling out 15

brand new Tasers bringing the

number of stun guns in the Territory to over 60. Currently

used by specialist units, they

will be able to general duties

officers with the promise they

will be used wisely and only by

the most experienced officers. You will have seen in other jurisdictions that there

has been some mission creep has been some mission creep in

the use of Tasers to ensuring

compliance. That's not the philosophy of the ACT

police. The Police Minister has

been criticised by the Greens informing the assembly today of

the roll out. What the assembly agreed last year decision was made on the roll

out of Tasers that I should

report to the assembly as soon

as practicable. Civil liberty groups are worried about how

the weapon will be used and say

the training won't prepare

officers for the more sensitive cases. These weapons are likely

to be used against the mentally ill, drunk people and people who are

who are under the influence of

drugs, hardly the most rational people. The will undertake a 2-day training

course while unqualified

supporting officers will

complete a half day awareness program. ACT Policing says the

boost in Taser numbers is no

indication of future trends. At

this stage I don't have an

intention to roll out Tasers to

every single general duties

officer. Taser use will be

reviewed in 12 months time with

police considering the introduction of cameras mounted

on the stun gun. The Murdochs allegations of dishonesty and a

cover up over the widespread

use of phone hacking. At the now

the World'. A letter by the

disgraced royal editor says

phone hacking was widely

discussed at editorial meetings

until the then editor banned any further discussion about

the practice. Who knew what and

when after the release of a

raft of new documents come

fresh questions over the chain of knowledge at News International. This, after jailed former 'News of the

World' royal reporter Clive

Goodman wrote four years ago

arguing why after serving his

sentence for hacking he should

keep his own job.

The editor at the 'News of

the World' was then Andy

Coulson, the Prime Minister's

former communications chief. A

man who's consistently said he knew nothing of the hacking. I can only assume there's been a

cover up. This letter is absolutely devastating. Clive Goodman's testimony shows that

he believed that others, every

member of the editorial team

was aware of phone hacking the police were not told about it. But there's more

conflicting evidence. During

the July hearings James and Rupert Murdoch testified they'd employed a legal firm,

Harbottle & Lewis, to look at

the extent of hacking in the

organisation. There's a key bit

of outside legal advice from provided to the company that

the company rested on. The

legal firm said it was hired to

conduct a very limited examination of specific

documents relating to Goodman

and did not give the organisation a clean bill of

health as assert bd I the

Murdochs. The critical question

for the Murdochs is the

question of whether or not in

time they will come to be seen

to have told the whole truth to

the parliamentary committee. The parliamentary

committee is expected to recall

some News International

employees past and present that The company says it will

cooperate as this enters a far

more forensic stage. The ACT's

whistleblower laws are

a shake up with Labor backing a

Greens push for a review of the

laws. The Greens motion calls

for an overhaul of public

interest disclosure laws, freedom of information

processes and complaints

handling within government

bodies. The Greens leader says the decades old laws are due

for an update. We need to ensure that it is legislation that protects those

people who had the courage to

come forward and to speak out

against what they see as impropriety impropriety or maladministration. The Chief

Minister agrees the laws could

be improved. I've certainly been involved in at least one

public interest public interest disclosure

where I felt that improvements

could be made both in the information that's made

available to the public at the end of those processes. Katy Gallagher say asdraft set of laws will public comment by spring. A

separate motion by the Liberals

calls for compensation for whistleblowers who whistleblowers who have been

mistreated failed to get

support in the assembly. Canberrans appear to

be switching off and unplugging

with households using less

power now than they were four

years ago. The Territory's

electricity provider says

household demand for power has

fallen 1% per year since 2007.

The decline is in line with the

national trend which shows a 2% a a year drop in household electricity usage over the past

four years. ACTEW AGL says

residents are becoming more conscious of their energy use. They're choosing more energy-efficient appliances, new dwellings have higher

efficiency ratings and there's

a move to higher density

housing and that tends to lend

itself to more higher energy efficiency ratings being achieved. Canberra's natural gas consumption has also declined since 2007 although this year's particularly cold winter has seen a slight

increase in demand on the

previous year. To finance now

and the local share market has

continued its stop/start recovery from the panicky falls

of the past few weeks of the past few weeks even

though Wall Street fell again

last night. Here's Alan

Kohler. With today's 1.25% rise

the All Ords has got back in

six days about half of what was

lost in the first six days of August. Telstra's now at its

highest price for a year.

Fairfax has clambered back

above 80 cents. Investors approve

doing, its shares are up more than

than 3% today and Boral fell 5% after

after agreeing to pay $530

million for the other half op an Asian plasterboard company.

Stocks fell on Wall Street last

night. European shares. Japan

traded lower this afternoon but

the Hong Kong market had a bit

of a run. Commodity markets saw

gold and base metals go up but

the West Texas intermediate oil

price fell again and on that subject here's a sent in by a viewer. How come the petrol price isn't falling

as much as oil. The answer from

RBS is that the Tapis crude

price in Malaysia is not

falling as much as WTI at the moment. For some reason a gap

has opened up between Malaysian

crude oil and the other stuff

and it's our misfortune to have

petrol prices tied to Tapis.

The Aussie dollar continued to creep higher creep higher against the US

dollar, nothing like the huge

moves we saw last week. There

was a small morsel of economic

data today. The quarterly wages index, broadly as expected. Interesting though that

including bonuses the rise was

much smaller so obviously

bonuses have been cut. There's

a lot of talk about productivity at the moment. Here's a chart with America, that is

Australian productivity as a

percentage of US productivity. Now it's always been less but

it did get up to 92% and for the past 12 years has been falling steadily. And that's

finance. New home construction

maybe in the doldrums in many

areas but there is one bright

light in the building industry - the renovation market. In

some States more money is now

being spent on extensions and

renovations than on new houses. If that trend continues it could fuel could fuel a critical shortage

of new homes and qualified

tradesmen to build them. It's a construction conundrum. The TV

screens are awash with hammers,

sanders and spirit levels. But they're not adding much to the

stock of new homes. In 3 States

more money's being spent on

renovations than new builds. All

a shortage of 100,000 homes

across the country. We're simply not building sufficient

homes in Australia to meet demands of our growing population particularly in NSW

and to a lesser extent Queensland and Western Australia. Tasmania's one of

the States where home renos are

outpacing new housing. An extension is cheaper than

buying a bigger home. To stay in an

way to go. But a rise in

renovations doesn't spell a

building Bo bsh building Bo bsh bonanza.

Businesses are taking price

hikes to stay competitive and there's a shortage of

apprentices. We're losing all

our young tradies to the

mainland or other industries

because there's not enough work

down here to keep them going. For those lucky enough

to have plenty of work on the

skill shortage is putting the opportunity's there for us to brakes on

there's take on so much work, if

there's a shortage of trades you're going to end up

disappointing your clients who expect certain construction to

frame. As for the next 12 happen in a certain time

months the Housing Industry

Association says the

Association says the outlook's

weak but renovations are tipped

to remain strong and could

account for 50 cents in every

construction within 5 years. dollar spent in housing

It's been a season filled

with bad luck and bad results

and today the Canberra Raiders announced yet

Captain Alan Tongue has decided

to draw a line under his NRL

career. Persistent injuries

forcing the fan favourite to

retire at the end of this season, one year before his

contract expires. The veteran

says he's confident his

decision is the right one for

himself and the team. After 11

seasons, 217 games, dozens of

tries and countless injuries,

Alan Tongue is ready to move on

and this year will be his last. For

always come first and this has been a huge factor in my

decision and I'm ready to move

on to the next part of my

team-mates over the past 13 life. I want to thank all my

years for your support and

commitment. I've always enjoyed

being part of a team

environment. Me as a coach he's

been, I suppose, a rock for

me. He's one of the best

players never to play State of

Origin or for Australia but his

legacy won't suffer for missing

remember those honours. For this club to

look at, you know, whether or

not he's represented NSW,

Australia, you have to look at

how he's represented the

club. Tongue took over the club. Tongue took over

captaincy in 2007. One year

later he was recognised as the

best captain in the league.

His preparation hasn't

changed. He's the first one on the field and he's the last one

off. Always a gentleman of the

game, the man they call Tonguey was was also a fan favourite. The

2011 season hasn't gone to plan

but Tongue believes next season

could bring a change in

fortunes for the Raiders.

Today's announcement means he will miss that success if it

comes but Alan Tongue says his

body has simply had enough. The

first seed was sown probably in

round 1 when I copped the AC

injury there. I think some of the injuries now are starting

to affect my performance and I

think that's starting to let myself down and more

importantly let my team-mates

it quits down. Tongue might be calling

but expect to see him in some

other role at the Raiders

before too long. Spent 13 years

here and some of the most enjoyable years of my life and I just want to help the club in

whatever way I can. Even in

retirement, it seems, he will still be part of the green

machine. Sri Lanka has kept

alive its one-day cricket

series against Australia with a

78-run win in game 3. Sri Lanka

in reply Australia could manage posted 286 off its 50 overs

only 208. Upul Tharanga blasted

his 4th one-day century as the

home side reached 9/286 off its

50 overs. It was a part of a

139-run opening wicket stand.

Lasith Malinga then took 5

wickets including Mike Hussey

who top scored for Australia. At the end of the

day I thought we did well to

restrict them to that score but

I thought we were disappointing with both bat and ball 5-match series will take place tonight. The 4th game of the

on Saturday. And now it's time

to take a look at the weather

and it's welcome to Mark. Thanks, Virginia, good

evening. Well, the rain did

start early this morning and it

was light and steady all day.

So far here at Dixon we've had

7 mm. It's just what the

gardens down at Floriade

wanted. A month out from the

tonight start and with more coming

tonight there they will be tickled pink. Top temperature

today was 11 after overnight

lows of 5 and 6. Currently the

winds are now north-easterlies

at 15km/h, it's still raining

and the temperature is 10

degrees. And it wasn't much

different across our border

today with showers falling

everywhere. Up in the mountains

it was particularly wet with

falls of 21 mm at Thredbo. Down

the coast the falls so far have

been around the 1 or 2 mm.

There will be more there tonight. Overnight were all above zero. The

maximums ranged from 12 in Yass

to 15 on the coast. The radar

is showing showers from the

Snowies to the sea and this pattern will continue pattern

overnight. So around Australia


No wonder the showers were so

widespread with cloud cover

border to Tasmania. The rest of extending from the Queensland

Australia is clear. A cold

front moved through the State

today hence the much lower

temperatures. A low now centred

in Bass Strait will continue to generate showers and strong winds tomorrow. The rainfall mostly along the coast and that

will move out to sea. Rain will

also fall around East Gippsland

and the mountains. Tomorrow it will be cloudy and the winds will be

which will will be mainly north-westerlies

which will average between 20

and 35km/h. As the rain moves

east wards from the coast

showers will move up through

the Snowies over our region. P so regionally tomorrow:

And for Canberra tomorrow we

will be cloudy and possibly wet as well and expect anything

between 3 and 10 mm. The winds

will be north-westerlies to

35km/h. 3 to 12. The sun will

get up at 6:40, setting at 5:34. Then frost and fog with

possible showers on Friday,

minus 2 to 14. And Virginia,

two daffs to remind us

there's only one day to go before Floriade begins. Thank you, Mark, can't wait. Before

stories tonight. There's been a we go a brief recap of our top

furious reaction from unions

and some federal MPs to plans by Qantas to shed 1,000 jobs.

The airline yesterday announced international operations in its restructuring its

bid to stem losses. And Raiders

captain Alan Tongue has

boots as a result of persistent announced he's hanging up his

injury worries. The fan favourite has favourite has played 11 seasons

and 217 games for the Raiders

and expects to take on another

role with the club before long.

And that's the news for now.

You can keep up to date 24

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Welcome to the program. I'm

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sheriff. And we meet the

winners from the Government's

Malaysia Solution. The

a Immigration Department has sent

a clear message to its a clear message to its political masters to re-think

department head has mandatory detention. The

politicians to consider if department head has asked

detention really is a deterrent. The Government's

also under pressure over the

way it's language is shifting

on its promised return to

budget surplus.

joined by Penny Wong shortly.

First political editor Chris

Uhlmann look at the day in