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Captioned. Tonight ton the '7.30 Report'

are, Robert de Castella's

personal quest to unearth an indigenous marathon

champion With a little bit of

luck, who knows, we may find a

real gem. A good opportunity

to train. I thought I would

give it a crack. And the

bottom line is that the

President will go to the UN,

this is the vote to commence

military intervention. 'In The

Loop', a new British satire on

the absurd side of politics and

war. It's office politics, but

the decisions they make in the

office can kill people.

Welcome to the program. I'm

Chris Uhlmann. One of the most

remote places on earth becomes

the backdrop for an

increasingly dangerous game of

cat and mouse. In the Great

Southern Ocean a ship from the

Japanese whaling fleet sheered

the bow off the boat from the

Group, dramatic images made Sea Shepherd Conservation

headlines around the world. The

whalers say they were trying to

take evasive action,

environmentalists branded it

attempted murder. A number of

investigations have been

launched but there are calls for the Australian Government

to send an observer ship. Di

Bain reports. The SS whale meat

remove yourself from these

waters, you are in violation of

international conservation

regulation. What started as a

fight to save the whales turned

into a multi-million reality

television saga.

There is a line. Let's

go. The lines are going across. International documentary

maker, 'Animal Planet' is

making the real-life drama on

the high seas into a TV show.

And Hollywood heavy hitters are

now funding the Sea Shepherd

and its team of ecowarriors.

But the reality nearly turned

to tragedy yesterday when the

organisations futuristic style

trimarane was nearly run over.

There's no question that life

could have been lost. This was

within a couple of metres of up

to six lives being lost in icy

waters off the Antarctic. The

reality is the Southern Ocean

is a remote inhospitable

region, where the risk of

adverse incidents is high.

The likelihood of a successful

search and rescue is low. Just

a day after the crash, which

occurred 1300 nautical miles

south of Tasmania, in icy cold

Antarctic waters, and two very

different stories have

emerged. Oh, my god. Wow. They

hit it. Yes, they hit it. The

Japanese, also filming at the

time claim it was the Trimara,

in that crashed into them.

TRANSLATION: We just collided.

It obstructed our navigation,

and 'Ady Gil' collided. 'Ady

Gil' tried to cut across.

(Crashing sound). This season

Japan is permitted to catch

almost 1,000 whales. It's a

situation the Australian

Government says is unsatisfactory. We continue to

forcefully put our position to

the Japanese Government, and we

continue to forcefully put that

in a prop proper and legal

way. Given Japan is a top

trading partner of Australia,

it argues a diplomatic solution

is best If ultimately the

matter about whaling cannot be

resolved diplomatically then we

reserve our rights to initiate

international legal action It's

been threatening legal action

for two years now. In the

lead-up to the 2007 election,

as the Opposition spokesman for

the environment, parrot

outlined Labor's whaling

policy. The difference between

us and the Government on this

issue is that we would actually

actively civil and monitor the

Japanese fleet instead of it

being a face of non-government

organisations being down there

on the high seas doing it, and

we would take steps through the

international tribunals... Two

years on, the cost toned down

its position. The Government

isn't making decisions about

sending vessels at this point

in time. We'll give due

consideration to whether any

additional measures, actions or

statements need to be

taken... Greg Hunt the

spokesman wants the Government Opposition's environment

to send a vessel to monitor the

clashes. We should have an observation vetsel down there

for the pada gownian toothfish

operations and the whaling operation and make sure there's

no loss of life at sea, on the high sea insist Australian

waters. International law

specialist Don Rothwell has

been watching the footage of

the collision at sea, and says

it's not clear whether any laws

have been broken, but there should be an Australian presence monitoring both sides. Clearly Sea Shepherd are

outraged over the events of yesterday, they proclaimed it

to be a war. We don't want

these tensions escalate. I

think if the Government is

concerned about safety of life

at sea, there needs to be some

positive action and response by

the Government. Some suggest

the 'Oceanic Viking' would be

good for the job, it returned

from Indonesia after being

involved in a lengthy stand-off

with Sri Lankan asylum seekers,

and berthed in Fremantle

harbour in Western Australia.

It's the one thing Japan and

the Sea Shepherd team agree

on. If they are down to help

prevent Sea Shepherd from

stopping what is a legal

research program, a program recognised legally by New

Zealand and the IWC, if they

send a vessel helping preventing Sea Shepherd

interrupting it, it would be

good. It's a vessel equipped to

go into Antarctic waters, it's

been there in the past and captured footage of whales

killed in Australian waters, in

the Antarctic Australian

economic exclusion zone. A

5-week journey to sea will cost

millions, and roth says there's

few - Don Rothwell says there's

few vessels available to do the

job. If Australia is to

continue to face these issues,

asserting sovereignty we need

to have maritime assets to deal with patrolling issues. Meanwhile the Government's Maritime Safety Authority and the Defence

Department will help New

Zealand authorities investigate

the incident. Ho already, my

god. It's important to end

the paralysis, stand up for

Australian waters and show the

world what is occurring whilst

also acting as a buffer to calm

things down. We made it clear

it's not a blank cheque or

excuse for endless delay. If

the diplomatic effort do not

succeed, clearly we are

reserving our rights to use the

evidence collected in an international legal action. We

sought an interview with the

Environment Minister parrot,

but he declined. Dibane with

the report. The outcry

continues on the subcontinent

in relation to the stabbing

death of an Indian student in

Melbourne. The Indian media

targeted comments by Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard

and Acting Foreign Minister

Simon Crean. The Victorian

Government showed off stop and

search powers in a bid to curb

violent knife crime. The powers

introduced despite the fact it

Krogh eens that state's human charter. Josephine Cafagna


It's one of the biggest she K

temples in Australia, providing

meals for prayers after a

congregation. The temple is a

gathering point for members of

the Indian community to seek

help and vent views. Their

biggest worry - violence

against Indian students. Last

night it was viked's Opposition

Leader who listened to their concerns. I have seen

discrimination on the streets.

I have seen discrimination at

work place and I have seen

discrimination at a cricket

match. It's not the majority. I

say the majority of Australians

are nice people. South Asian

community like other

communities that are part of

multicultural Victoria feel

alienated and are cynical about

police investigation. The

Indian community is so big and

important, why can't the two

parties sit and put a full

package in to give us the

Indian police on the beat,

support for the student unions

and all the extra supports for

the students. He was not mugged

or robbed. It was a clear cut

assault, a bash and a killing.

It was finish. We have a

problem with weapons in

metropolitan Melbourne. That's

an apolling message. That is -

appalling message, that's what

happens if a culture gets out

of control. We are tough on

crime and the course of crime.

That's what the Government and any decent Government should be

about, tough on crime and the

causes of crime. This is how the Victorian Government is

demonstrating its tough on

crime. New stop and search

police powers being used for

the first time at a western

suburban rail station. The

state and Federal Governments

hope these images will placate

the rising anger in India over

Australia's response to the

weekend stabbing and recent

spate of violent attacks

against Indian students. Voices

of dissent against Australian

Government is getting louder

with not only Indians, but Australians themselves saying

that there are racist

undertones in some parts. There

has been an apology, but far

from admitting to racist

horror. Australia has now come

up with an outrageous explanation, Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard in

fact brushed aside the recent killings as common acts of

violence. Yes, in big cities

around the world we do see acts of violence from time to time.

That happens in Melbourne, it

happens in Mumbai, it happens

in New York. A diplomatic row

has erupted between the two

countries. Australia's Acting Foreign Minister Simon Crean

has accused India of fuelling

hysteria over the death. The

message I gave to the High

Commissioner today is that we

are a welcoming state, we are a

safe state, and we, indeed, are

very keen for people from right

around the world to come here,

to visit, to study, to work and

to live. What I'm saying is I

don't believe in general that

racist or racism is the driver

of these. Yes, from time to

time we have had some incidences were there has been

an indication that racism is

behind it. But as a general

theme, no, I don't believe it

is the case. Do you know why

you were being searched. Because of the murder

a few days ago, the Indian

student got stabbed or

something. Legal aid groups

watched the police

operation. We are monitoring

how the police are using their

powers. They are among a number

of groups, including the Human Rights Commission saying the

legislation breaches Victoria's Charter of Human Rights, a charter the Federal Government

is looking at replicating. In

Victoria it seems to be a token

bill of eights. It's the same

with the ACT. I think the

Federal Bill of Rights may be a

token symbolic Bill of Rights

rather than a genuine

traditional protection of basic

libertiesism Yes, it's true

parts of the legislation are

incompatible with the charter,

we have made that public. The

Government, despite that made a

decision that this legislation

is required. The real question

is how many police are there,

and how many patrols are there

around our streets. You can

give the police as many powers

as they want, but unless they

come across a potential

offender or come across the

person who murdered that Indian

student, these powers will be

absolutely useless. The answer,

therefore, is not to give them

increasing powers, but have

more police in the first place

to patrol the streets. In a

further display of of what is

done to solve the Nitin Garg

murder police set up a caravan

at the crime scene seeking

information to help solve the

killing. It's a few metres from

where Nitin Garg was headed,

his place of work. Meanwhile

the leader of the Blackburn

John Seeck temple urged his -

seikh temple urged his congregation to seek justice. We must request things

to be done for us to make this

country and state safe. That report from Josephine

Cafagna. Well, it's a sport

dominated by the African

nations of Kenya and Ethiopia,

one former marathon great kand

understand why Australia

doesn't produce more distance

running champions, Robert de

Castella embarked on a scheme

to develop a culture of marathon running amongst

Aboriginal Australians, and

completed a recruitment drives

across the country seeking six

young indigenous athletes he'll

train to run this year's New

York Marathon, their progress

documented in a film 'Running

to America'. Kirrin McKechnie

reports. It's an ambitious

goal. To take six young

Indigenous Australians with no

athletics training, and in just

one year turn them into elite

runners. Then put them to the

ultimate test, running this year's New York Marathon. I'm

absolutely confident we can get

them to the finish line. It may

not be pretty, it will be hard

work, and, you know, I don't

think we'll have anybody in the

top 10 or top 20. But running

is basic. Running - it's not

that complicated, put the left

in front of the right foot and

keep doing it. Robert de

Castella hits the front. Robert

de Castella is perhaps a little

modest. In the 1980s, he was

propelled to the world stage

winning gold at the Brisbane and Edinburgh Commonwealth Games. Since then no

Australians have come close to

his international marathon

success. He's hoping to change

all that. I see around the

world the marathon is dominated

by the African countries. My

dream or my hope is that our

Australian indigenous youth and

athletes may have similar

genetic and similar abilities

to what some of the other

African athletes have from

around the world. With a little

luck who knows we may find a

real gem. Push your knee

towards the road. Over the past

few months he's been

prospecting for that gem in indigenous communities across

the top end and central desert

and enlisted coach and former

runner John Bell. You can hang

on to someone if you like or

put your hands on hips like

this. The pair has been putting

a team of potential athletes

through its paces at selection

trials in als. Just six will -

Alice Springs, just six will

make the final cut. Those

selected will head to the

Institute of Sport to train

alongside other top athletes,

in Canberra. Training will be

intense. There'll be a lot of

tears along the way, lots of

doubts, and there's going to be

lots of shoulders needed for

the lads and girls to cry

on. Keep your form, knees up,

use your arms. Robert de

Castella has his eye on Joseph Davies. There's lots left

yet. The 18-year-old from Kununurra in Western

Australia's remote north has

just completed high school. He

is keen to pursue his passion

for running. It's just like

pretty much a good opportunity

to try your stuff once in a

lifetime, you know, probably won't see nothing like this

again. I thought I would give

it a crack. He's under no

illusions the year ahead will

be easy. It's a challenge I'm

willing to take. I'll do my

best. Don't let anyone down,

just do what I came to do. Do

it hard. See how far I go. It's

not just his obvious athletic

ability that will decide if

Joseph Davies has what it takes

to get to New York.

Particularly for those from

remote parts, adequate support

structures back home will mean

the difference between success

or failure. Now it's about

getting out there, and looking

at the talent, looking at the

commitment and the motivation,

and the determination, and

whether we believe that they'll

be able to do the training and

hang in there because it's, you

know, it's a big ask, it's not

going to be a walk in the park,

it will be hard work. That's

not the least of it. These young Australians are training

in the searing heat of the

central desert. In 10 months

they'll be competing during a

frosty New York winter. For Roberta Long, that means

wearing shoes. I'm used to

running without shoes. Because

it feels a little bit heavy

when you have shoes on because most of time I run without

shoes. The 22-year-old hails

from a tiny indigenous community on the Northern Territory Queensland

border. Good girl, use your

arms. That's it. She knows

she'll have to lift her game to

get her fitness up to

competition standard. I was

pushing myself. Really trying

hard to get to the next level.

But for Robert de Castella,

and John Bell, this program

goes far beyond simply getting

their chosen six across the

finish line in November. They

are trying to develop a deep

culture of health and fitness

in indigenous communities, and

create a new generation of role models. Once you provide that

little window of opportunity,

provide the culture of distance

running, which is a very

specific isolated lonely sort

of running culture in one

sense, but a wonderful

fraternity, brotherhood and a

sisterhood of running on the

distance scene, once they get

that opening and see it, then

it's game on. I think that the

sense of self-worth and

personal pride and achievement

that they'll feel when they

cross the finish line in New

York will be absolutely

spectacular, and I'm sure

they'll believe that after

having done that they can do

anything. Well done. Kevin

reverse with that report. The

thick of it is one of the BBC's

TV's most bleak and bitter

political satires featuring

feeble politicians and vicious staffers in the Prime

Minister's Office, it gained a

cult following for its critique

of the political spin cycle and

bullies, its creator and writer

Armando Iannucci is in

Australia to promote his latest

film 'In The Loop', tracing the

path of Britain and America and

the war in Iraq. I spoke to him

in Sydney today. When you look

at the series 'In The Loop',

and the series that inspired it

'In The Thick of It' do you see

politics as bad, bleak. Yes,

these things are comedies, when

you make a comedy, deliberately

you exaggerate. You make things

up, you are distorting. But the

surprising thing is whenever we

have come up with a completely fictional story-line, putting

it in the program or the film,

a politician will come up

afterwards and say, "How did

you find that out, we kept that quiet?", that's the frightening

thing about it really. I think

a lot of people go into

politics because they have

noble intentions. What

fascinates me is how the

intentions are subtly

transformed by just the day to

day grind of trying to get

something done. It seems though

to become about the message,

and not about the substance.

The key figure in this is

Malcolm Tucker, a brutal

Communications Director, more

powerful than a Minister who

appears in it, is that the way

you think politics has gone in

the West. Politics becomes more

centralised so you have instead of a sort of Cabinet

Government, you have the

figurehead, the Prime Minister

or the President, who surrounds

themselves with just one or two

special advisors, and that is

where all the power resides, so

suddenly all the Junior

Ministers become little

underlinks, really, who are

told what to say and do. That,

I think, is a trend in international politics in the

last 10-15 across. It's

stupid, it's ridiculous

because, in fact, no-one can

run every Department and

micromanage to such an extent

without going completely mad.

OK, when you go to America, Dr

Khan Clarke. I'll give it a

well. Keep away from Linton

Barack, he's pushing the

war. I'll deal with him. Using

a live Hand grenade as a paperweight. I won't talk to

him Talk to as few people as

possible. That'll be best. Who does create the political

weather. I had a Minister in

Canberra complaining to me

before the debate over boat

people that was intense here,

particularly towards the end of

the year where he said, "It's

your fault, it's the 24 hour

media cycle, we respond to

you.", is it the media to

blame, the politicians or a bit

of both. He would say that, but

he's the one watching the media

and has an army of media

monitors there to write little

responses to whatever story

comes up. Part of Blair's

problem when he got into power

was he had a guy, Alistair

Campbell, the Communications

Director, who would - as soon

as a news report was out, he'd

ring the editor of the news

program and shout at them

saying they'd get sacked

because they didn't put a story

about farming subsidies on

first, but instead decided to

go with a hurricane. Is Malcolm

Tucker Alistair Campbell, that's clearly who you based

him on. Alistair Campbell

reviewed the film and said it

was nothing like him. Do you

think it's like him? It's

partly based on him, it's not

meant to be an impression of

him. It's based on the vast

number of media controlling

ork, is that politicians employ

to tell people what to do. Now

this movie, of course is about

two people, a Prime Minister

and a president who do want to

do something, go to war, and

most of the other people in the

movie don't think it's a good

idea but try to ensure it comes

about. Is this based on the

Iraq War. Of course it is,

clearly it is. What I didn't

want to do is say, "This is how

Iraq happened", when Tony Blair

went to Washington to have his

meetings with Bush, the State Department weren't told what

was going on, they thought the

only way to find out was to

invite Blair over and ask him

to give them an account of what

went on. Every time they

invited him over, they said he

was so dumb struck with

excitement he became

inarticulate. And they had - he had what they called White

House Lock jaw, which is when

they say, "What happened in the

meeting with the President?",

and he'd say, "Well, uh,

uh". If you look at the facade

of Washington, it's on a huge

scale, it's roam, it is made so

the potent other nations come

and shudder. In Washington you

see Ionic buildings, grand powerful looking from the

outside, and I think all these

buildings, the thing about them

is you see them, and they are

like the banks, actually, from

the outside you look at them

and think the people in there

must know what they are doing,

must surely to work something

like this then you step through

and realise it's a warren of

rather bland-looking white

offices. That's the beauty of

this satire, it strips away the

facade, leaving it with

ordinary people like you and

me, but ordinarily people like

you and me that have to make extraordinary decision, that's

the frightening part. Exactly,

it shows you it's office

politics, but the decisions

made in the office can kill

people. Hello there, hi Is

war unforeseeable,

Minister? Look, all sorts of

things that are likely are also

unforeseeable. For the plane,

in the fog, the mountain is unforeseeable, then it is

suddenly very reel and

inevitable. Now, a lot of your

work is confronting, it will be

seen as edgy and confined to a

niche audience, do you think

people don't give a main stream

audience credit, that the

audience is smarter than the

people who program comedy

are. I always said you must

never underestimate the

intelligence of the audience, I

think the audience relishes

stuff that has content and

makes you think. One of the

joys of having, you know,

taking this film around the

world is seeing the kind of

response it's been getting.

Everyone told us in America

there'd be - you know, they

wouldn't get it, like it, it

would be seen as cynical. I had

a great reception in America.

And I know it's already been on

at the Sydney film Festival

before Christmas and went down

well. I'm really intrigued to

see how it goes down in

Australia. Satire isn't easy,

it's something you are got at.

Where do you start. How do you

begin, do you start with an

idea and script or people that

might be right in the roles or

a mixture of things? I never

hunt around thinking, "Who

shall I make fun of next?", I

ask myself, "What do I think,

what gets me angry, annoyed,

uptight or what makes me

laugh?", it has to start with a

feeling, it has to be genuine.

So I rather shy away of doing,

you know, here is 10 jokes

about the Prime Minister and

here is 10 jokes about the

Leader of the Opposition, and

I'd rather ask myself what is

it that is really, really

bothering people. Why are they bothered. One of the other

things I want to ask you about,

we can't have you without

talking about British politics.

You go to the polls, it's rare

in Britain, once every five

years. You are seasoned at

it. We do it more often, we are

better practised, I don't know

about the results we get. It's

likely it would appear there'll

be a change of Government. Yes,

it's closer than people

imagine, and we might end up

with a Coalition. I think it

will be like having a knee operation, you sort of feel it

will have to be done, and I

probably would enjoy it. But I

might as well get it done as

soon as we can. Certainly the

new Labor brand is very old

now. Yes, and, indeed, as we

speak there are moves afoot to

unseat the Prime Minister by

text, apparently. That is the

way things are done these days.

Sounds like a great topic for

satire. There you go. Armando

Iannucci, thank you Pleasure. 'In The Loop'

will be released next week in

Australian theatres, that's the

program for tonight. We'll be

back the same time tomorrow,

for now. Goodnight. This program is not subtitled

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