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CSR is an iconic CSR is an iconic brand here

in Australia. So they're not

just buying into a small

company. Tonight on the 7:30

Report, China's bid for a sweet

investment down-under. Foreign

investment is a good think. The

concern you always have is when

the investment comes from a state-owned enterprise. That

is, it is an arm of the

government. When Mac was born

and put into my arms I thought,

wow I've got an albino. And the

rare genetic condition

affecting thousands of

Australians. It's a sig sphig

ma. In Africa they're hunted

for their body art parts. I

bawled my eyes out for hours

and hours.

Welcome to the program. I'm

Heather Ewart. It's already our

biggest trading partner, but

China's huge appetite for

Australian resources is

sparking an investment boom.

China has spent more than 20

billion dollars here in the

past year alone. Mainly in the

mining and energy sectors. Now,

it's set its sights on

Australia's lucrative sugar

industry. The board of sugar

giant CSR, one of the country's

oldest company, is expected to

meet this week to discuss a

$1.5 billion offer from a state-owned Chinese company to

buy the business. Tracy Bowden

reports. Australia's sugar

industry is booming. It's the

country's second country's second largest export

crop after white with a total

annual revenue of $2 billion.

Sugar prices are at 30-year

highs as demand out outstrips

fly, now China's state-owned

Bright Food Group wants a piece

of the action. For China to

grow and it is growing, they

resources need to have this pipeline of

resources coming in. And if

they don't have it at home they

need to go abroad and have a

look. Bright Food is Shanghai's

biggest food conglomerate. Its

largest sharehold ser the Shanghai municipal Government.

They've expected interest in

buying CSR Sugar for $1.5

billion. CSR is an iconic brand here in here in Australia so they're

not just buying into a small

company, they're buying into or

they leer look to buy into a

company that has a solid brand

name in an area that is of

interest to them. CSR was

formed back in 1955 as a sugar

company. But has since expanded

its interests. The offer from

China comes as CSR is in the

midst of plans to demerge its

sugar and renewable energy

units from its building

products businesses, a process

started last year. One of the

thing to realise with the

industry is that it's undergone

huge rationalisation in the

last seven or eight years from

being really a basket case to being clearly a worldwide leader. We wouldn't like leader. We wouldn't like to see

that position damaged because

of a focus on a particular

market or a direction of a

particular company. Bright

Food has said it would be open

to invieting Australia's cane

growers to take an ownership

interest in CSR Sugar but the

cane growers CEO Ian Ballantyne

says the association wants to

company would know much more about how the

company would operate. Very

clearly their management system

in Australia, what sort of

board and negotiating process

that we would need to act on

behalf of growers. But secondly

their marketing arrangement,

what transparency we could

seek. We've got to make sure

that the idea of state-owned

enterprises is clearly queried

because you can't buy shares in

state-owned enterprises. They

are by their nature owned by tr are by their nature owned by tr

state and their oel goel is the

long-term strategic goal of

that nation. Any deal would

require foreign investment re

viewboard approval. Queensland

senator Barnaby Joyce has des

croib Kangaroo - described the

potential bid as dangerous for Australia. The Labor Party and the Foreign Investment Review

Board must realise that if in

the future there is a

manipulation of prices or manipulation of prices or there

is a corruption of the basic

market principles, then those

responsibilities and that

outcome must lay at the feet of

the Labor Party and the Foreign

Investment Review Board. The

general public will see China

as the big bad wolf and they

China ease politics in the loo l look at Chinese - look at

past. Investment add - adviser

Mark Causer says Australia

shouldn't be a afraid of China's enthusiasm for shouldn't be a afraid of

Australian assets It's a

matter of educates the

Australian general public on

what's happening here and -

look past that and look to the

future for all these sort of

acquisition, be it mineral, be

it food, be it financial

services, be it coal, be it

whatever, and take advantage of

the Chinese capital injection

into Australia. Last year,

the state-owned metals

corporation Chinalco tried to

pull off the biggest foreign

investment deal in Australian

corporate his ris with an offer

of 18% of Rio Tinto. By

investing in Australia, Chinese

companies are looking for

long-term stable and reliable supply of energy

supply of energy and resources.

In keeping with the principles

of mutall benefit. The Chinese

company's bid to become the biggest shareholder in

Australia's lead ing iron ore

producer posed a political

headache for Australian

authorities, caught between the

interest of a vital trading

partner and a ground swell of

patry otdic protectionism. I've

before, the same seen government mistakes

before, the same thing I

believe is going to apply if

China gets control of our

strategic mining resources. It

will be something that

Australians in the future will regret. Businessman Ian

Melrose, who owns a national

eyewear chain, spent hundreds

of thousands of dollars of his

own money on advertising

campaigns like these. You sell

the milk, not the cow and we

should be selling the mineral,

nots mine. I am asking the Rudd Labor Government not to sell

the source of our wealth. They

argue that Chinese investment

is from state-owned enterprises

and will withdraw the mineral

resources to the detriment of

its national interest. Such

worries are un necessary

understandable but unnecessary. State-owned is not

State-owned is not

state-run. At the 11th hour,

Rio Tinto averted a poecialgly

explosive political issue by

spurning its Chinese surtor and

merging its Pilbara iron ore

operator with - operations with

arch rival BHP Billiton with a

venture worth more than $100 billion. This has been a

commercial decision reached by

Rio in terms of its evaluation of the

of the proposal put to it by

Chinalco. It is a commercial

matter. And I think it's very important that our friends in

China focus on that fact. As

for the sugar deal, for now it

is really no more than an offer

to hold discussion s, arriving

at a time when a CSR demerger

could be just weeks

away. Because of the timing of

the announcement and given it's so close to the so close to the shareholder

vote on the proposed demerger,

it's more likely to not get

over the line than it is to get

over the line. A CSR board

meeting is expected to be held

this week to consider a

response to Bright Food. Tracy Bowden with that

report. The Opposition Leader,

Tony Abbott's bid to overturn

Queensland's controversial Wild Rivers legislation Rivers legislation has sparked

warnings this could set a

preesz dent, affecting land management throughout the

country. His pledge to

introduce a private members

bill in the Federal Parliament

over riding - overriding the

State law has been dismissed as

a stunt by the Queensland State Government and the Federal Government says it won't

support the bill. But Tony Abbott maintains the Queensland

laws are denying many

indigenous people the right to

enjoy better lives. John Taylor

reports from Queensland.

Cape York in far North

Queensland is home to some of

the world's last so-called Wild

Rivers, a complex network of

waterways which have been

almost untouched by human

development. Five years ago,

the Queensland Government

passed the Wild Rivers Act to protect river systems in Cape

York and elsewhere in the State

from the excesses of tourism

and development. You don't see

problems that we see with other

rivers in Australia such as the

Murray. These are river system

s as a result of historic al,

very low levels of development

are virtually in their pristine condition. The Wild Rivers Act seeks to balance economic

growth with environmental

protection. But for Cape York

leader Noel Pearson, the

Government has gone too far and

is denying Aboriginal people an

economic future. You are

condemning us to a perpetual

life of welfare. And though the

welfare cheque comes welfare cheque comes in

recycled paper green, it's

still a welfare cheque. And

it's no good for our

people. For year, he's led a

national campaign against the

Wild Rivers Act. Federal

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott

has now joined the fight. Aboriginal people need

someone to stand up for

them. And the voice of

Aboriginal people on Cape York must be heard,

must be heard, and it will be

heard through my private

members bill. It's outrageous

what the Bligh Government has done. Tony Abbott was in Cairns

when he announced that he

intends to introduce private

members legislation into

Federal Parliament to overturn the Queensland Government's

Wild Rivers Act. The only way

to get the Queensland

Government to listen is to Government to listen is to

appeal to a higher authority.

It is now in the hands of the

national Parliament and the

national Parliament must be

involved in this issue. The

Opposition Leader says he would

seek to use section 51 of the

Constitution, which allows the

Federal Government to make laws

relating to people of any

race. It would take tens of

thousands of dollars to prepare

a proposal and to shepherd it

through this jungle of

bureaucracy and regulation. Aboriginal people haven't got

that kind of money. So what

they've done is they've effectively suffocated at birth

all proposals for the economic

development of Cape York.

Constitution al expert

Professor George Williams says

Australia has a long history of the Federal Government

overturning State laws. But he

says any challenge would likely see a lengthy legal

battle. This is a bit of a

reverse Franklin Dam scenario.

In 1983, the newly elected

Hawke Government used its

constitutional powers to

override State legislation to protect the environment. This

would be the converse where the Commonwealth would be seeking

to use its powers to lessen the environmental protection of State legislation and State legislation and to

empower developers perhaps just

indigenous developers to use

that lands. Professor

Williams says overruling Queensland's legislation could

also result in national parks

around the country being opened

up to development by Aboriginal

groups. For example, a general

Commonwealth law that provided for indigenous development

could apply not just in that

area but any area where area but any area where State

laws stymie the capacity for indigenous economic

development. If the

Commonwealth were to override

the State Queensland Government

here, that would just be the

thin end of the wedge and our

concern would be that we would see destructive development

like mining in narks partial -

national parks. The Wilderness

Society has been a key advocate

of Wild Rivers protection. I says

says it ro it is not unfair to

indigenous people. This is a

campaign that's been based on

misinformation and frankly

deceit. We've seen a lot of

disinformation and propaganda

being put around Cape York in

the last year about what Wild

Rivers is supposed to stop and

what it's stopped to prevent.

It's been claimed that it's stopping traditional practices and hundred dollaring and

fishing and so on. This is an

absolute nonsense. But for

years Wild Rivers opponent Noel

Pearson has said the laws are a

consequence of a political deal

by successive State Labor

Governments to obtain green

votes in the city. When Wild

Rivers was proposed we just

heard about it in the middle of

an election campaign. Bang. Out

of the blue. I hadn't even

heard the phrase "wild

rivers". Nobody can point to one development

one development that has not

gone ahead as a result of Wild

Rivers legislation knock those

projects back. The Queensland

Government is standing by its

Wild Rivers legislation saying

no-one has a right to build a

commercial project on the banks

of a river without some sort of

environment al assessment. It's

growing restless with claims

it's unfairly targeting

indigenous people but the indigenous people but the campaign against its

legislation shows no sign of

ending. When I hear allegations

being made that there is some

sort of racist element to Wild

Rivers, that treats indigenous people different from non-indigenous people in how

economic projects might get up

in the areas in which they

live, again, one it is a oh fencive but,

fencive but, two, there is no

evidence to support that

whatsoever. Aboriginal people

need someone to stand up for

them. And the voice of

Aboriginal people on Cape York

must be heard, and it will be

heard, through my private

members bill. John Taylor

reporting. Imagine never being

able to go out in the sun

without sunscreen, long sleeve,

long pant, a hat and sun

glasses. For estimated 17,000

people in Australia with the

genetic condition of 58

binnism, sum Kerr not end -

albinism, summer cannot end

soon enough. Lack of pigment is

the most obvious of the

condition. In Africa people

with albinism live in fear of

an attic because of a

traditional belief their bones have magical qualities. Brigid

Donovan reports. Putting sun

screen on small children is a

challenge at the best of times

but for 4-year-olds Mac

Debeljak and his 2-year-old

bother Giles it's a ritual they

will have to get used to for

the rest of their lives. Even

on cloudy days. For us, it's

constant glasses on, not

breaking your glass. Sun screen

two or three times a day, hat,

long sleeve, long pants. We've

made some modifications to the

house to help with the glare.

When Mac was born and put

into my arms I thought wow I've

got an al bean yoe. I used that

term in that point in time

because he was strikingly

silver white and fair. And

then he opened his eyes and

they were blue and I thought,

no, he has blue eyes he can't

be an al bean yoe. And I can't

articulate that thought to Simon and

Simon and two years later he

got a diagnosis and that's what

I thought when he was first

born. Al bin six a genetic

condition whereby the body

makes less melanin than normal.

That's what gives colour to our

scare and hair and it's

important for the development

of the vision path

yaes. Neither Julie nor I have

an m albinism but it's on her

genes and on mine. We're both

car yes, sir But there was no

family histories, so it wasn't

anything that we expected at

all. But once you have it, you

know, it's a one in four chance

every time you have kids. It

wasn't until Mac Debeljak was

nearly two years old that he

was finally diagnosed with

albinism. After a maternal

health nurse noticed unusual

eye movement he had to wear a

patch for seven hours a day to

save his sight in one hour. If

I see glou the park and you I see glou the park and you

have really blonde kids, am

more than likely to go going to

say my children have 58

binnism, do yours. It's a stig

marks it's a disability. If

you're a bit borderline or you

can get away with it, people

don't even want to know about

it themselves. A stigma

associated with being an albino

or a person with albinism as

they prefer to be known is not

helped by popular culture. The

reason why albinism is so

poorly understood in the

community is thanks a lot to

popular media and the popular

culture, particularly with hole

bode. There's been over 60 movies produced where the

person with albinism is cast as

the evil albino, and you think of 'The Matrix Reloaded', the

Dahdah, and on and on - 'The Da

Vinci Code' and on and d'oh on.

That's been prop gaetd through

Hollywood which doesn't help

with the general understand og

of the condition: But reality

is a long way from Hollywood.

An estimated 17,000 Australians

have albinism and their main

disability is vision impairment. But with modern

aids, there is no reason why

they can't lead normal

lives. However, if you're born

with no pigment in the harsh

environment of the Democrat

Republic of Congo, life is not

soez so easy. Now living in

Hobart, African refugee Liv

Casben said he had no money for

skin protection and his -

Mzawali Kasome said heed that

no money for skin protection

and he suffered a lot. I am not better like

better like them. I was told I

would not be married: They say

I look like pig. Not only was

treat as an an outcast. People

would come to me with scissors.

Why were they come to me with

scissors to cult my

hair. Sydney-based doctor Shari

Parker, also has Parker, also has albinism and

managed to gain a medical

degree despite being legally

blind. She met Mzawali Kasome through the Albinism Fellowship

of Australia. She was horrified

to learn there have been 30

brutal albinism murders

reported in Tanzania in recent


As well as the murders,

limbs have also been severed

from children as the body part

honourable senator highly

prized by witch doctors, who

believe the bones have magical

properties. Even there there is

the belief that a person with

albinism, their skin tissues,

their hair, their bone, when ground up

ground up and made into portion

s by the witch doctor can bring

good health and good fortune.

That sent an earthquake through

the Albinism Fellowship of

Australia. It just breaks our

hearts that our brothers and

sisters with albinism living in

Africa are treated in such a

way purely because they look

different. It's just awful. I

bawled my eyes out for hours

and hours after seeing it. The

albinism drn - Albinism

Fellowship wanted to help in a

practical way. They have

launched a national campaign to

gather doe flaetions of hats,

sun glasses an sun screen.

Transport companies have

offered to ship the goods to

Africa for free . We just said

to ourselves there's a horror

story going on with murders but

we can do something about

getting them sun protection. That's something That's something in Australia

everyone understands. We've got

enough stuff probably to help

about 1,000 or 1,500 people

with albinism now in Tanzania

alone there are 200,000 people

with albinism. Since coming to

Australia two years ago,

Mzawali Kasome has been lobbying hard to get support

for his sister. She also has

albinism and lives in a refugee

camp in and the ni ya. She's in

a really bad situation. But

there are many people who are

looking for them for her to cut

her by force and take her away

to do whatever they like. Late

last week, Mzawali Kasome and

his wife, Sherkeru Kisone,

finally received some welcome

news. The Department of

Immigration confirmed that

Tubaleke Byamungu Australian visa application has finally

been approved on humanitarian grounds. Albino people also

have the right to live. They

have the breath like every

people. Everyone has the right

to live fr lifz like the other.

Brigid Donovan with that

report. Australians have always

been enthusiastic gardeners,

and no plant is more popular in backyards

backyards than the rose. While

roses struggle to be at their

best in the humid conditions of

the north, the dry, hot summers

in SA are perfect. For this

reason, the State calls itself

the rose capital. And now the World Federation of Rose

Societies has awarded medals to

a trio of South Australians who

represent more than 200 years

of growing experience. Mike of growing experience. Mike

Sexton reports from Adelaide.

David Ruston has had two

enduring love affairs in his 79

years. One is with his home

town of Renmark on the Murray

River and the other is with the

roses that grow so well in this

part of the world. SA's been

the main provider of rose

plants far ahead of all the

other State s over the last

pretty well 100 years. David

Ruston began working on the

family's fruit block as a boy

and after caring for the grape

vines an fruit frees he would

plant roses. Then florists came

to me wanting roses and I liked

that. Then I was keen on flower arranging

arranging and I became a

florist and then most of the

nurselies in Australia wanted

budding eyes for propagation. So my hobby became my

business. The result is one of

the largest rose collections in

the worlds covering 11

hectares, 4,000 varieties and

hectares, 4,000 varieties and

50,000 plants. David basically

is a born rosarian. He has

starred Nefry aspect of rose

growing. David Ruston is known

well beyond the riverland. His

research into older varieties

started a worldswide heritage

rose movement and recently he

was awarded the lifetime title

of President Emeritus by the World Federation of Rose

Societies. That is the Societies. That is the highest award possible you can

get for service to the rose

from the world federation. But

David Ruston is not the only

South Australian recognised by

the federation for his

contribution. Another medal was

given to Dean Stringer, who

years ago turned his suburban

Adelaide backyard into a

plantation which at its peak

had 450 bushes. The difference

between the two is that while

David Ruston grows to enjoy,

Dean Stringer grows roses to

win. Fanatic! If you're not a

fanatic, you don't win. You

come into this garden the week

before a show and you will find

a whole heap ofical co 459s

over the top of plant s shading

them. You don't get Let the sun

gem Get on them, it might

bleach on them. You have to be

mad to show them. But if you

want to win that's what you've

got to do. Dean Stringer came

to rose growing late after a

stel life as a carpenter and a

football career that earned him

two premierships with North

Adelaide. He eventually won

three Australian chpts ABC admiration of the

industry. We're great friends.

Dean was a great xictor and a

good footballer too and he

likes to win. And I think

Walter and I love flowers, and

we're much more interested in

what our garden looks like all

the year than we are in

competing. Walter Duncan is

the third Australian recognised

by the World Federation of Rose

Societies, but while David

Ruston grows and Dean Stringer

show, Walter Duncan's gift has

been propagation. I've enjoyed

the growing side and the sheer

beauty of them. And the joy

that it gave people. And just

the thrill of being able to

help produce that. Obviously I

can't produce it but I can help

produce it. During his career

as a nurseryman, Walter Duncan

grew more than 1 million rose

bush that have filled garden

across the country. At 69 he is

no longer a commercial grower

but still works his property in

SA's Clare Valley. He loves blending other plants with his

roses and this's the test of a

good gardener, a great

gardeners. The collective work of these three South

Australians has been the

cornerstone of an industry that plays a significant part in the

State's economy. In rose

production, the industries is

worth well in excess of $15 million to the State every

year, in terms of plant

production and cut flower

production, in addition we've

got the thousands of visitors

who come to the State every

year from interstate and

overseas. Those Nowhere is the rose driven economy more

welcome than in Renmark y

drought continues to take a huge toll. David Ruston huge toll. David Ruston has

unspire an annual rose festival

that draws fanatic from across

the country. We think the

number of roses in the

riverland has tripleed because

of this and we get a lot of

visitors. Now, to acknowledge

his work, a group of admirers

is raising money for a

sculpture of David Ruston to be

built on the banks of the

river. When somebody has lived

in a place all his life, you

probably - he's already part of

the furniture and I think this

happens often. David has done

an amazing amount all his life

for everyone in Renmark. So all

going to plan at the next rose

festival David Ruston will be

one of a rare breed who sees a

statue erected in his honour in

his home town in his lifetime.

I was completely dumbfounded

but then I thought I've talk

and slept and read roses all my

life. I suppose it's been my

passion and I've thoroughly

enjoyed every minute of it. Mike Sexton with that

report. And that's the program

for tonight. If you'd like to for tonight. If you'd like to

check back on any of our story,

just go to our website. We're

back at the same time tomorrow

but, for now, goodnight.

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