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(generated from captions) Sydney and Melbourne. possibly a Sunny and dry again in Perth 29. The afternoon showers Darwin. Sunny and warm again 29. The afternoon showers in

be mostly light temperatures will be warmer be mostly light and the

than today. Griffith can expect 32, Albury 30. Cooma and Goulburn 27. Down the coast it is almost worth taking a flexias it taking a flexias it will fabulous. Fine and sunny, light to moderate winds. A temperatures in the my 20s. For Canberra tomorrow, cannot get a flexidon't worry For Canberra tomorrow, if you

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Mack of 28. So enjoy it. Then the same again on and Friday with a sunny the same again on Thursday

and 30 expected on Saturday. and Friday with a sunny day

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the green plan! the green hat may be your plan! Our top story - Kevin Rudd has taken a whack in the approval rating polls. The Prime Minister's its lowest level since he approval rating has fallen to took the leadership but the Government still has an voters. Stay with us for the election-winning heed with

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Tonight on the '7.30 Report',

two months on the grim reality

facing Haiti's earthquake

children. I worked after the

war, I came here, it's

overwhelming. I worked in Kosovo. The Australian scientist who spent four

decades documenting the impact of climate change on the

world's coldest world's coldest continent. I've

always been impressed by the

sheer magnitude and starkness

of Antarctica, there's a beauty

about that.

Welcome to the program, first

up politics. While adrift in

the polls and engaging in a

difficult wrestling match to difficult wrestling match to

win State support for his

critical health reforms, Kevin

Rudd faces an unwelcome

complication. Elections in the

Labor States of Tasmania and

South Australia on Saturday

could see hung parmghts in both

places, as we - parliaments in

both places, as we previously

reported polls point to the

after Saturday the ran Greens holding the polls, but

after Saturday the ran

Government is gripped in an unexpectedly close struggle.

Four years look Labor was

returned to office in a

landslide and went to the

election with a good news story

for what has been a troubled

economy. The voters are turning

a deaf ear and polls show gains

by the Liberal Party under the

leadership of newcomer Isobel

Redmond. The Liberals need a

swing of 7% to claim office, swing of 7% to claim office,

but are increasingly

upbeat. Mike Sexton reports:

March in Adelaide is festival

season, and every corner of the

city is crammed with

performances from high art to

V8s. Amid the smorgasborg of

entertainment a State Election

campaign is waged. One wonders at the moment whether at the moment whether the Roman

Emperors is working against the

emperor, is he the one that

needs to get a bit of bite and

people go, "No, no, we are

going to the race", Friends, it

is my deep pleasure to

introduce to you now the

premier of South Australia, my

friend Mike Rann. The emperor

is Mike Rann, who lived South

Australian politics for more

than three decades. He's worked his way from worked his way from a media

advisor to Don Dunstan, through

to the front bench of the

Bannon Government, eight years

as Opposition Leader and eight

as premier, and finds himself

in a new role as incumbent

fighting for his political

life. It's down to the wire,

it's neck and neck. That's not

surprising we are coming up for

a third election, Don Dunstan

won his third election by a

handful of votes and one seat, so did John Bannon, so did John Bannon, it's hard

to win a third election. The

premier's overarching campaign

message is that his

administration created so many

jobs he should be able to keep

his. Since 2002 we have seen

the creation of more than

111,000 new jobs in our State.

It's all about jobs. Let's talk

about jobs, Leon, let's talk

about jobs. Today about jobs. Today I'm

announcing our commitment to

create a further 100,000 jobs

for South Australians over the

next six years. The premier is

telling anyone who will listen

that when Labor came to office, South Australia was in economic

decline as the manufacturing

industry, that it sustained the

state since the war struggled

to compete. It was known as a rust-bucket State. I rust-bucket State. I think 8-10

years ago we were concerned if Mitsubishi closed, for instance, for instance the last

person out would turn the

lights off. But the reality is

that we lost Mitsubishi at

Lonsdale and St Mary's. That

caused no impact in terms of

South Australian employment

growth. In addition to years of

National growth, the ran

Government diversified the SA Government diversified the SA economy, notably by winning

defence contracts and boosting mining. Michael O'Neill heads the Centre for Economic

Studies, and confirms the premier's boast that South

Australia has the lowest

unemployment rate in the

country and the jobs are across

the board. There's been big

jobs and growth in education

sector, in the services sector,

finance and so on and so on. We

changes in the South have seen underlying trend

changes in the South Australian

economy that's gin rise to this

equal split between full-time

and part-time growth and male

and female employment. Given

labours terrible legacy in 1990

and the State Bank collapse,

the Government of Rann and

been able to manage the Foley have been manage have

economy. Amid the sunshine the

premier is failing premier is failing to find

traction with the electorate.

Opinion polls suggest he could

lose his majority. The notion

of a hung Parliament a few

months ago was a fantasy. The

Liberals came through a

leadership change, they looked

in disarray and dis-You nited.

It looked like they could go

backwards. Now,ate months later

there's talk Labor could - now eight

eight months later there's talk

Labor could lose seats. I think

we deserve to win the election,

we have clear policies for the

future of State. We should win

on the basis of our

policies. Despite five Opposition Leaders failing to

make a dent on the premier's

dominance, the fight has been

taken up by former lawyer

Isobel Redmond. Last year she

found herself the surprise Liberal Leader after another

split in a traditionally split in a traditionally

divided party. So far so good.

Yes, the old theory goes that

the Liberals hate each other

more than the Labor Party. Not

this time around. Isobel

Redmond is ready, already

working to get things

done. Isobel Redmond's campaign

slogan is designed to convince

the electorate she's up to the

job and Labor's economic performance is questionable. Under the

Government not only have we seen the biggest seen the biggest increase in

taxes, we have gone up in taxes

by 66% under this Government,

and so we are now the highest

tax state in the Commonwealth.

The result of that is that

business cannot compete and we

believe that we need to have fundamental tax reform in the

State in order for business to

thrive. While the premier is

keen to talk about economic

successors, he's been dogged bied sideshow of Michelle bied sideshow of Michelle

Chantelois, a one-time

Parliament House waitress who

alleges a sexual relationship

with the premier and whose

husband assaulted Mr Rann. My

wife summed it up on the

weekend when she came up

publicly saying she's sick and

tired of hearing about it, she

has a great marriage, everyone

is sick and tired hearing about

it. There's an obsession with

the issue... No-one can the issue... No-one can tell

how the soap opera can affect

the vote. If the polls are

right. The hung parliament

won't be unfamiliar territory

who came to power with the help of independence and Conservatives. The interesting

thing with Rann having a

National Party leader in his

cabinet room and former

independent, Roh r, is that it

pitches to the centre of politics.

politics. After the bread and

circuses atmosphere, this Saturday the South Australian

electorate gives the emperor

the chums up or down. How many

people changed their vote, vote

down, a successful Government

in a successful economic time.

Mike Sexton reporting from

Adelaide. For the ror, Mike

made a number of attempts to

get an interview with the Opposition Leader during Opposition Leader during the

making of this story but was

unsuccessful. In the aftermath

of the outback Queensland's

recent deluge, a flood front is

working south to NSW. Through

the upper reaches of the Murray

Darling Basin. Most interest

focuses on how much water will

get across the ancient flood

plain to the Darling River and

eventually, perhaps, all the way to South Australia. It will take many weeks to do take many weeks to do that. But

now some of the Nation's biggest irrigators, in

Queensland's St George area,

including cubby station, the

grand-daddy of them all are

taking their fill as the

floodwaters pass. Paul Lockyer reports.

Here in Southern Queensland,

it's hard to see the rivers for

the water, as it spreads wide

across the floodplain, it seems

to inch across the landscape,

but such is its volume and

force, that it sweeps over

levees protecting the towns,

swamps the farm lanted, and

submerges roads and railway

lines. A flow powerful lines. A flow powerful enough

to breach big irrigation banks,

they have become a precarious

refuge for stock and wildlife.

As two Kangaroos discovered as

they were swept away when a

bang gave way. They eventually

worked their way out of the

torrent, back to safety. But at

Cubbie Station, Australia's

biggest irrigation property, biggest irrigation property,

all is going to plan. It's

massive storages are expected

to be full by next week. The

first time that's happened

since the place was built. It's

a realisation of our dream for

our community, it means so

much. Shire May junior Donna

Stuart sees the economic

windfall this water will

bring. ... more development,

it's invaluable. I think that

Cubbie has been

Cubbie has been very unfairly

treated in the past. I think

that people should remember

what it means to our local

economy. It breathes life into

our communities. Apart from

that, there's tremendous huge

injection of money into the

economy of Australia. It's

Cubbie's huge water

entitlements that made it a

lightning rod in the water lightning rod in the water

debate. Its dams can hold the

equivalent of a Sydney Harbour,

Cubbie and the other irrigation

farms have been accused of

taking the lion's share of

smaller floods that have come

over the past decade. Deny ing water to graziers across the

boarder in NSW. The issue we

had all along is with small and

medium sized flows, which can be impacted

be impacted severely by the

extraction upstream. There

should be more than enough for

everyone in this flood, a point

drummed home on the Queensland

side of the border. Earth

moving contractor Mick Barb

spoke bluntly for many With a

bit of luck it might shut the

whingeing buggers down there.

It's our water. If you wanted to stop

to stop in, in your wildest

dreams you couldn't. Barnaby

Joyce is watching the river

surge past his home in St

George. A flow that he believes

will certainly take the sting

out of the down stream criticism of the irrigation

industry. Well, they'll start

wish there were more irrigation

farms sucking more water out,

especially if it goes into

their house. There's nothing

you can do to stop it, it's so big, you can't

big, you can't stop it. South

of the border stock have been

moved to high ground. The whole

system has been primed by

earlier rain to ensure a big

flow all the way to the Darling

River. The river is flowing

well, the floodplain is wet. A

lot of the water will pass down

the floodplain. During long

years of drought grazier Ed

years of drought grazier Ed

Flessy watched Coolabahs die

along his country, he's

chairman of the lower Balonne

Floodplain Association, he's

one of many monitoring the

impact of the flow from

Queensland. It's really

interesting the number of phone

calls that South Australia has

put in to this area since the

water started to come. I

thought they depended on the

Murray and never heard of the Murray and never heard of the

Darling. But it's no simply

matter getting this water to

South Australia. It won't reach

Bourke at the top of the

Darling River until the middle

of next month and it will take

a month to reach the Menindee

Lakes storage system. When it

gets there, NSW has first

claims on the water, but has

already agreed to send 400

billion litres down the Darling billion litres down the Darling

to the Murray and on to South

Australia. It's a second big

flow to South Australia from

the Darling this year. The

first is still making its way

to the mouth of the Murray. I

understand some water will get

down there probably around about June, which will

certainly do some good. Rory is

waiting for the flood to sweep

past his property on the Nahr

river, south of the Queensland

border. He has been at the

forefront of the water debate

in this region and serves on a

committee helping to draft a

apart usage plan for the Murray

Darling Basin. As the big

irrigators in southern

Queensland top up from the

flood, he questions their

long-term viability, especially

that of Cubbie Station. I don't

think it's a particularly think it's a particularly good

model to rely on. I think

reliability of water is the key

to a successful irrigation

enterprise. The irony is this

water arrived after the weight

of Cubbie's financial problems

forced it into voluntary

administration. After years of

drought and low production, it

carried debts of more than $300

million, initial efforts to

tell sell the place failed.

This flood may well make a

difference. The big question is

how much more is Cubbie worth

with its dams fall and a

guarantee of production for the

next two seasons. I heard

figures of an extra 100 million

on what they were saying. So

I'm only guessing here, but

probably 400, 450 million. It's

15 years since we had anything approaching

approaching a flood of this

size much That may be the sort

of regime one has to look at if assessing purchasing the

property. Cubbie's

administrators say they are negotiating with three

interested parties. And if they

can't sell the place, they'll

try to sell some of the water to the Federal Government which

is now in the market. In the

short term though there's a multi-million cotton crop multi-million cotton crop to

harvest and enough water to

plant big next season. They

have never had this opportunity, never had this

water, never had full

production, so I say give them

a go. Even with Cubbie's

uncertain future, the St George

irrigation area is set to boom.

As is a vast area of inland

Australia that is now shaken

off the drought. Everywhere gets

gets a feed out of it, Greens,

graziers and cotton farmers, it

has to be good. Everyone gets a

feed out of it. That report

from Paul Lockyer. In the

aftermath of the January

earthquake, the devastated

Haiti, we reported on the

plight of two children who

symbolised the nation's

suffering, one lost his parents, the other pull parents, the other pull the

from the rubble after surviving

for more than a week. Two

months after the disaster ABC Correspondent Craig McMurtrie

went back to Haiti to try to

track them down and find out

what life is like for the chin

of the sprawling tent cities in

the devastated - children of

the sprawling tent cities in

the devastated capitals,

Port-au-Prince. How do you find

one child in a place where more

than a million people are

living out in the open?

One little boy among so many.

He doesn't know what to do.

He doesn't know anything. We

had first met Jimmy when he

appeared outside our compound,

naked and in shock, in the

chaos that followed the earthquake. His father is in

prison, and his mother he

doesn't know where she is. He

could tell us his name, but

little else. Who is looking

after him? He doesn't know

where his family is. Two months

on, hour Haitian producer had

tracked him down to this

camp. Do they know whereabouts Jimmy lives in this camp. It's

been weeks since the earthquake, but these tent

cities are growing. In the

ragged maze of shelters a

physical search was next to

useless. But word of mouth travel else

travel else like wildfire in an

overcrowded camp, and out of a

scrum of little boys, there he

was. Wearing the same clothes

we had given him weeks before.

He wants to go somewhere else.

He wants to live somewhere

else. School has re-opened

here, but he doesn't go, he

says, because he says, because he doesn't have

enough clothes. Jimmy shows us

where he's living in a dirt

floor makeshift tent with his

aunt and five others, including

his brother. He shows us his

one prized toy which he shares.

His aunt says his father wants

nothing to do with him. She

doesn't know where his mother

is. The truth is living in

camps like this is a matter of

survival. People tell us when

the camera is not around, Jimmy

is not as shy. Like many other

kids, he's become street wise,

his nickname according to other

children is the little rat

because during the day he's out

on the streets like so many of

the other children, begging.

They have to beg to earn money

to get clothes, whatever they

need to survive. The sense of

hopelessness is almost

overwhelming. We give them

money for food and Jimmy more

clothes. In the aftermath of the earthquake there was also

the story of 11-year-old Fedora

Sanu, pulled from the rubble of

her home after being trapped

for nine days. It's a miracle,

a success story, we have to

enjoy that. It's a blessed

girl. Two months on friends and

family still call her god's

miracle. She was sitting home

eating a potato chips. She

heard the noise. Then she says,

"Jesus is coming". She tells me

she's feeling fine, though her

legs are hurting. Her smile is

dazzling and she's something of

a local celebrity, but she has

nightmares. San r her mother

and four surviving brothers and

sisters share their shelter

with other homeless families,

her mother says she's

traumatised not only by the

quake but the new living

conditions. It's very

difficult, we didn't expect

this kind of living. It's

painful. It's - life is

hard. She would love for the

people of the world to turn

Haiti into a beautiful better

country by rebuilding the school and giving people that

are - have no home a place to

stay so they don't have to live

the way we live in this

place. Children make up nearly

half of the impoverished

nation's nation, and for many

young the earthquake left an

all-too visible mark. This

workshop run by handicap

international was only just

open. He was a runner, she was

a dancer until 12 January

changed everything. In the

crazy days after the

earthquake, there were

thousands of amputations and

little or no hospital records

kept. I worked in Kosovo after

the war, I was in Vietnam, I

came here, it's overwhelming

and the types of injuries, you

cannot imagine. In a corner

sits an inexpressibly sat

eight-year-old. His name is

Bahnave, part of the wall of

his house crashed the lower

left leg. The earthquake took

his mother, he lives with a

32-year-old aunt who lost her

husband and

husband and children. Balnave

stares, hardly saying

everything. It's impossible to

know what he's thinking as he's

asked to balance on his one

remaining leg and throw a ball.

Or as a caring stranger wraps

his stump. He's covered the

bony parts, Head of fibbu

law... Wendell Endley leads a

team from as far afield of

France and El Salvador, thanks to charitable taken aches,

their services, equipment and

the artificial leg they are

making are free. She feels good

about it, she had no money to

provide a prosthetic, they give him the opportunity to have

something he would not have had

ever. But she tells me that she

has no hope for their future,

they have nowhere to go, and

she says they have no idea how

Balnave will survive in Haiti

with one leg, which may be why

there's no smile as he stands

for the first time or takes a

first step. Like his broken

country, he needs so much. One

frightened and confused little

boy facing an uncertain

future. Just some of the

heartwrenching images of Haiti

after the earthquake from Craig

McMurtrie. Antarctica is one of

the world's last great

wilderness areas, explorers and

scientists have been drawn to

the frozen continent since the

days of Mawson Scott and

Shackleton 100 years ago. Ian

Allison has been walking in

their footsteps since the '60s,

assist as one of the world's

glaciologists, his research on

shrinking ice shelves and link

to climate change has been

lauded. Now he's calling it a

day after a stellar career,

this report from Martin Cuddihy

in Hobart.

The clean landscapes and

harsh environments of the

frozen continent are all but

untouched by civilisation. It's

those qualities that have drawn

Ian Allison to Antarctica for

over four decades. I'm always

impressed by the sheer

magnitude and starkness of

Antarctica, there's a beauty

about that. Ian Allison has

been in charge of the ice,

ocean, atmosphere and climate

program at the Australian

Antarctic Division for 22

years. Many years ago, being a

glaisologist was a weird thing,

now with the awareness of whether or not icesheets might

do, climate change, sea level rise, glaciologists are

sort-after items, and people

ring for your opinion all the

time. It's amazing. Time is

marching on, giving him the

opportunity for him to reflect

upon his career, he first

visited Antarctica 40 years ago

and spent a freezing winter

living in a snow-bound hut. You

forget the times when you can't

see from me to you, that the

wind is howling at 40 knots,

your hands are numb, you forget

those, you remember the great

times: during the numerous

visits in the intervening years

he has seen plenty of changes,

include ing the forced removal

of working his kiss in the

early 1990s, but for this scientist the biggest change

has been communications. Back

40 years ago your personal

communications was limited to

teleex. And you were allowed

375 words a month, both in and

out. Now you can get on the

Internet and the web. There's

no doubt that Ian is a very significant international

player in the glacier logical

community. Dr Tony Warby is

taking over from his colleague

and mentor and admits he has

big shoes to fill. Ian is a

great guy to spend time away

from the office, he's a great

guy to have a beer with, he has

so many fantastic stories. The

pair has experienced close

calls in the years they worked

together. In 1998 they were in

charge of an Antarctic voyage

when surrounded by pack ice the

transport ship's income caught

fire The lifeboats were over

the side of the ship. It was

serious. One of my most vivid

memories was walking on to the

bridge of the ship and hearing

a mayday distress call, that's

when I knew that it was

serious. I think we were lucky

that as many of the exing

bounds, the hall item tms went

off, if one fewer went off some estimated it may have been

harder to stop the fire. The

ship limped back to Hobart with

an ng and a relieved crew, it

wasn't the only time luck has

been on Ian Allison's side. In

1972 he was exploring the ice

sheet looking for a crevice, he

found one. I fell down about 5

metres, slid another 5 metres,

resting on the ledge with dark

blue below me. I shouldn't have

been there without being

roped. He survived the near

misses, and colleagues insist

it's Ian Allison's body of

climate work na carkises his

career, he's documented -

characterises his career. Ian

Allison was the lead author on

Intergovernmental Panel on the last report by the

climate change, and believes

what he as seen in Antarctica

is proof of global warming. We

are seeing retreating glaciers.

We are seeing decreasing snow

seasons in areas, and it's easy

to see what is happening to our

climate system by looking at

the ice. One of his biggest

admirers is American

oceanographer Dr Dave Karlsson

based at Cambridge in the

United Kingdom. He worked with

Ian Allison on the

international polar year. What

does it mean that Ian Allison

is retiring, it scarce all of

us. We thought you can't do

Antarctic science without Ian

Allison, we have to come to

that realisation. A realisation

has come to Ian Allison,

retirement means more time in

his garden, and as he catches

the last of the Hobart summer

sun, the last thing on his mind

is the freezing cold. I haven't

had time to think about it yet,

to tell the truth, maybe I'll

take a holiday for the next two

weeks and go where there's no

ice and think about it then.

Martin Cuddihy reporting from

Hobart. That's the program for

tonight. Join us at the same

time tomorrow, for now.

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