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Tonight - birthday bouquets

from the Bulldogs but brick

bats as Labor leez loses the

first vote. This is the first day since 1941 when an

Australian Government has lost the vote on floor of the House of Representatives. Australians

in Delhi warned terrorists

could strike any time any

place. NRL star Brett Stewart

cleared of sexual the grand final. And the IVF could only liken it to winning

treatment that's leading to

more bouncing boys. Good

evening and welcome to ABC

The Federal Government news, I'm Virginia Haussegger.

given a harsh reminer of its vulnerability in the new

parliament. Today for the first

time in nearly 70 years the

floor of the House of Government lost a vote on the

Representatives. Two of the

independents who helped Labor

scrape into power threw their

support behind the Coalition over changes to parliamentary rules. Chief political correspondent Mark Simkin. The

Prime Minister got a birthday

bouquet from her footy team. You can't really do flowers in Bulldogs colours entirely. But expected birthday brick bats in question

time. I'm anticipating a rowdy participation. The queue s one. Punters shared

stretch pd out of the buildling.

(Sings) # Happy birthday to Julia. The Opposition crashed

the party reminding the

Government of its minority

status by handing its its first

defeat. Ayes 73, noes 72 the

affirmative zblsm It Is a question is resolved in

historic day because it is the

first day since 1941 when a

government has been defeated on

the floor of the House of Representatives. The procedures

that were agreed to were

themselves historic.

Shorter answers, follow up

questions, and more independent

speaker. The age of

Aquarius. Not quite. This is a

Government that is built on a

carbon tax before the election

but now... I understand the Opposition is going to invite

me to engage in a series of

rule in, rule out games and I'm

not going do it. This is a

prime minister who has misled

the Australian people in order

to save her own political skin.

This is a thoroughly dishorn yaubl

yaubl and deceitful

government. Please consider the

possibility of being a not a wrecker in possibility of being a builder

not a wrecker in the

parliament. Now we know what a

hung parliament looks like.

Question time was shorter and

more sooiflised than usual. The

real action will be in the

unpredictable votes as the Government discovered. The

foreign affairs dpted has again

updated its travel advice for Australians heading to the Commonwealth Games in Commonwealth Games in

warning of the high risk of India. The travel advice

terrorist activity and says cafes, restaurants and

entertain ment venues are all possible targets. The ABC's Michael Rowland is in

Delhi. Just days before the

opening ceremony the updated travel advice is reminder of the dangers facing

Australians in New Delhi. The

Government says it continues to

receive reports terrorists plan

fo attack public places like

markets and hotels during the

Games. It points out it's aware

of reports that two particular

groups are buying explosives

with the view of targeting

foreign teams and officials.

The Government says these reports are not credible. That said Julia Gillard is urging

all Australians in New Delhi to

exercise a high degree of

meant caution. This advice is not

meant as a slooigted on the

Government and people of India

who are our good friends and

partners. Our travel advice is

at best factual assessment of

the situation on the

here are taking that updated

advice in their stride. Gymnast Lauren Mitchell has told

reporters she's completely comfortable with the security

arrangements for the Australian

team. Steve Monaghetti say all

athlete have been

travel advice. They need to

make sure the places they are

going are with accredited

transport and to venues that

are secure. And to top all of

this off, India is bracing

itself for potentially violent

riots involving Hindus and

Muslims when the Supreme Court

here delivers a long-awaiting

verdict tomorrow on the

ownership of a disputed

religious site. Rugby league

star Brett Stewart has broken

down in tears after being found

not guilty of sexually

assaulting a 17-year-old girl. The footballer had told the

court that the girl approached

him after the Manly Sea

Eagles' launch in March last year. His lawyer and said they were always confident

Stewart would be acquitted.

This would be the last time Brett Stewart walked the

familiar path into Sydney's

District Court. The two weeks

the Manly full-back listened to

evidence for and against allegation has he forcibly kiss

and sexually assaulted a

his northern 17-year-old girl if front of

his northern beaches home. When

the last of 3 not guilty verdicts was read out Brett

Stewart through his head into

his hands and cry. There was spontaneous cheering and applause from his supporters. The investigation

and process took 18 months. The

jury took but 1.5 hours to

reach a conclusion. Manly coach

Des Hasler sat through much of

the trial and gave character

evidence. What was it like

hearing that not guilty

verdict? The best news. The man

who led the defence had fought

passionately for this

the outcome? Very result. How do you feel about

satisfied. Despite his legal

prepared to face victory Brett Stewart wasn't

and neither was his family. They always were

confident this would be the

result but naturally they're

grateful. Back at the Sea

Eagles club officials said they never doubted their star

player. The sheer relief and joy that was evident around

these buildings here this

morning when news of the

verdict came out was just unbelievable. I could only

liken it to winning the grand

final. Crown pros kutsor

Margaret Cunneen was described

as a star witness during the

trial and the club believes her

character evidence did help. No-one takes anything

like that lightly and I'm sure

it had an effect. Rugby league

boss David Gallop welcomed the

result saying he resisted calls

for Brett Stewart to be stood

down for the duration of the

case. He says disputed criminal

allegation s are a matter for authorities, not the NRL. Manly

says it will give Brett Stewart with what's happened but the

club is hoping he will make a successful return from injury next year. The ACT's next year. The ACT's Chief Justice has decision in the trial of a man

accused of murdering two men.

Russell Field's lawyers arguing

the 22-year-old had received

death threat and feared he was

going to be killed. The

prosecution told the court the

accused used deadly force

against two men who were

unarmed. In March last year

Russell Field gunned down Gregory Peter Carrigan in the

backyard of his Chisholm home. He then shot dead Richard John Robert assenior Rebels

Motorcycle Club member on the

street outside the dead men's

family and friends packed into the Supreme

the Supreme Court to hear the final submissions in the accused's accused's trial. Prosecutor

Alyn Doig told the court Mr Carrigan's injuries showed he had been trying to defend

himself when he was shot at

close range. He said Mr Roberts

was between 1 and 2 metres away

from the gun when it was fired

into his face. He argued that

both men had been doing home

renovations which supported renovations which supported the

suggestion that they'd gone to

Field's home to get a piece of

equipment. In summing up Mr

Doig told the court Field had

used deadly force on unarmed

men when he had options to

remove himself from the

situation. But Field's counsel

John Purnell SC said the

accused believed it was a case

of kill or be killed. He told

the court the 22-year-old had

received death threats from the

Rebels which had stemmed from a

break up with a woman who had

also been in relationships with

the two alleged victims. Mr

Purnell argued the accused had

acted in self-defence and

should be acquitted. Chief

Justice Terence Higgins has hand down his verdict at a

later date. A series of

landslides in Latin America has

left dozens of people dead or missing. Columbia about 30

people were buried in a mud slide triggered by torrential

rain. Most of the victims were bus passengers who had been

held up by an earlier mud slide

that had blocked the road at

the base of the mountainside.

Authorities say it could take

more than a week to recover if

bodies. Mexico has also been

hit by a series of landslides.

Officials initially said

hundreds of homes had been

buried but when rescuers reached the worst hit area they

reported that only about a

dozen people were missing. It's

one year since a devastating

tsunami swept across the South

Pacific killing nearly 200

people. Samoa bore the brunt of

the disaster and 12 months on

its recovery is well under But daily life there is still a struggle for many people. The ABC's Dominique Schwartz

reports from Samoa. It was once

a bustling seaside community of

200 but the tsunami turned it into a grave yard when it

swallowed the lives of 30 villagers, 20 of them children.

Saleapaga is now all but a ghost town.

ghost town. The ghosts of that

terrifying day one year ago

have driven most of the

residents up into the hills.

Shattered families and dreams

may never be rebuilt but the

community centre at the heart

of the new Saleapaga at least

is taking shape with the help of Australian and New Zealand

aid. Across Samoa the

rebuilding effort has sparked a mini economic boom. We're

definitely expecting 5% to 7%

growth this year which is very,

very good. Tourism has helped fuel the economy. The

Government says many resorts are are 80% to 09% full. Busier than before last year's

disaster. But business is far

from booming for Saleapaga's shop owner. The tsunami left

her with a big debt and

customers who buy on the

promise of paying later. We

haven't got any means of

earning the money. Other

residents face different

problems. Up until today we still have people saying that they haven't received the

assistance they were promised

many, many months ago. Despite

the difficulties of recovery,

the most striking aspect of

Samoan life one year on is the

resillance and grace of its

people. Joe Annandale has

rebuilt his resort after losing

his wife Tui. The catch phrase

now is live life. It's

precious. Every moment is

precious. I'm a lot more

positive now, like what we've

done here. If I don't become a

better person from this whole experience then Tui has died in

vain. On the day of the anniversary, Joe says he anniversary, Joe says he will be celebrating. Irrigators and environmentalists are squaring

off in the continuing water fight over the Murray-Darling Basin. The new plan will unveiled in a week revealing

the winners and losers in water

allocation. While those in the

lower end of the basin in NSW

and Victoria are expecting the

biggest cuts, irrigators in the

north say they can't survive

another hit. Environment reporter Sarah Clarke travelled

to Moree for this report. After

almost 10 years of drought the Moree district in the northern end of the Murray-Darling Basin

has been blessed with good rain

and this year is promising to

deliver a bumper wheat crop. It's been magic this year. We've had beautiful rain right through right through the whole growing season. Stewart Boydell's

family has been cropping an

growing cat until this area for

almost a century. He's lost up

to 25% of irrigation water

under NSW legislation. Now he's set to lose more under the

Murray-Darling Basin plan. It

will take some will take some water off us and

the community, I don't believe, can sustain that. That

sentiment is shared by the

local mayor. She says if you

lose water you lose people and

that means services will go. We

have these multimillion dollar

investments in our town, in our

region, in our shire that all being jeopardised because of

somebody else's need for

water. They will make some

small contribution to the south

but it's sort of incorrect to

think that we will take wauted

er from the north and solve all the problems of the southern

part of basin. The Wentworth

Group of Scientists have play

#5d key role in negotiations so far this end of the basin and over

the board inteer Queensland

should receive cut of 2% and

10% of water allocation if

balance is to be restored back

into the system. Without more water they argue the system

will not survive. So any cuts

in the north are really going

to be addressing the needs of

the environmental assets in the

northern part of northern part of the basin. The

real debate will begin in just

over a week when the basin plan

is finally unveiled. And still

to come on ABC News- - the

world's richest man says the national broadband network is

too expensive. Choosing the sex

of babies is not an option for

new mums and dads but Australian doctors have found that babies born through a

certain IVF technique are more

likely to be male. IVF babies make up around 4% of the

population and that number is likely to likely to rise. Peter Yacoub's

parents tried IVF more more

than 7 years before his mother

Paula finally got pregnant. She said gender wasn't a

priority. I wanted a girl and

my husband wanted a boy but at

the end of the day we both kind

of went, you know, as long as

the child is healthy and, you know a know a happy baby and we've

been really blessed with him.

He's just a little angel. But

new resrch reveals the Yacoubs

were more likely to have a boy.

For the first time researchers

at the University of NSW looked

at automatic the babies born

through IVF in Australia and

New Zealand from 2002 to 2006.

They found a new technique

where an embryo is implanted

five days after fertilisation significantly increases the

likelihood of the baby being

male. With that combination for

every 100 female there's are

128 males born. Scientists

aren't sure why more boys are being born. They think it's

something to do with how the embryo is grown in the we can find why there's an

increase in males that

potentially has some

implications in terms of if we

do want to have more males or a

couple wish to have more - a

male when they've got 3 females

it may be a way of helping them achieve their dream. The surprise finding is similar to

what happens outside the lab

where just over half of all

births are male. As for Paula

Yacoub, she's going to try AVF

again and says another boy is

fine. Close relatives of women

diagnosed with early breast

cancer are at a high risk of getting cancer themselves.

Doctors from the University of

Melbourne have found that close relatives of young women with

breast cancer were at risk of a

range of tumours including

breast, lung and prostate cancer. What we're hoping is

that by focussing on families

with these unfortunate

histories of cancer, not just

breast cancer but other cancers

we might be able to genes involved in cancer predisposition. Fathers an

brothers showed a fivefold

increase of prostate cancers.

Moers and cysters had a 4fold risk of breast cancer. Researchers were surprised to

find the link and research could result in increased screening for screening for affected family. Torres Strait Island

verse stepped up calls for the

Federal Government the save

their threatened home land.

Around one fifth of the

population of the island visited Parliament House today.

Their tiny corral a toll say

it's being threatened by rising

sea level an coastal erosion.

They're worried they may become

climate change reftion. A lot

of the elders are starting to become very frustrated. It

raises a level of anxiety in

the community because a lot of

funds from government are

research and reserk and that's

nothing being put to immediate

actions. We are being accepted

by the Parliament, the highest

office in Australia, and yet

our proposals are lying on the

floor of Parliament on the

tables of Parliament and not

being addressed. The islanders are calling for urgent funding

for sand dredging and the

construction of sea walls. But

they were unable to secure a meeting with the Indigenous

Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin. The world's

wealthyiest man has slammed the proposed national broadband

network saying it's just network saying it's just too

expensive. With a cool $60

billion, the telco and media magnate Carlos Slim Helu told a

business conference the NBN was

not the answer to improving the

nation's access to the Internet. The man says the Government's

proposed $43 billion broadband network

network is too expensive.

Carlos Slim Helu owns Telemex

and says $7,000 per home for

the new network is too

much. Not decide to invest so

much money because technology is changing every time. He criticised the Government's

decision to rely on fibre op

tick cabling. Fibre is not

enough, you need to have a good network of wireless. Meanwhile

Telstra's chief executive is

also talking NBN as he tries to

off-load the company's fixed

line network for $11 billion. I can't let this company be

totally transfixed with NBN. Telstra's investors though

are likely to be transfixed by

this year's 28 cent asshare

dividend. Next year though

could be a different story. If the strategy succeeds and they

turn the cash flow back to rising curve, then obviously

they will be able to cover that

in the future. Obviously if the

strategy doesn't succeed it's

going to be a lot tougher. And

that strategy is a combination of lower prices and better

customer service. To finance now, now, the Australian dollar

soared to more than 97 US soared to more than 97 US cents

today as the US currency took a

dive. The gold price also hit a

new record high. Here's Alan

Kohler. The US dollar is now

close to the lowest level in

history against the yen. Since

the middle of 2007 just before

the start of the credit crisis

it's devalued 32% against the

Japanese currency and the

Japanese are starting to get hysterical about it. Last night's drop was prompted by

much weaker than expected

consumer confidence in the United States but as this graph

shows the consumer confidence

index is basically been flat at

around 50 for nearly 18 Having recovered from Depression levels at the start

of last year. But the real

story is that consumers there

are half as confident as they

were before the crisis in mid 2007, around the time when the

US dollar hit the slippery

slope. And of course as a

result of the US dollar's plunge last night the Australian dollar has spiked to

above 97 US cents for the first

time since July 2008. Parity wa

the tumbling greenback is just

a twitch away. The other thing

we measure in US dollars going

up is gold, now at up $24 in

24 hours. It stels a rather

interesting story. They rose together during the European

sovereign debt crisis because

money was flowing into both of

them and out of euros but the

past month has seen a dramatic

divergence as money is pouring out of US dollars and into

gold, especially from sovereign

investors like central banks and China. Speaking more good economic news from China today just to contrast

with those poor Americans. A

purchasing manager's indecision

shows that manufacturing is

expanding. Stocks on the local

exchange fell 0.5% today.

Telstra lost 2 cents despite

the news that the dividend will

be held while retailers

banks all lost more than 1%. And that's finance. Abundant

winter rain means Canberrans

can partake in a bit of guilt free sphringe cleaning. ACTEW has relaxed has relaxed restriction allowing cleaning of paved

areas. Dam levels are over

their highest in a decade. Much of that is due to significant

rainfall Canberrans have also

been playing their part. We are

seeing people now understand

that you don't have to use water or your outside. Forecasters

are predicting more rain over

the coming months and ACTEW are

hopeful dams could reach 90% in the near future. It's golf's ultimate grudge ultimate grudge match and the

Americans are hoping the Ryder

Cup can inspire Tighor Woods.

The world number 1 is out of

form and has an indifferent

record in team events but Woods is confident he can help the

United States retain the cup

against Europe's best. An

injured Tiger Woods was missing

from the United States' 2008

Cup success. Since then the

golfing world has change and

Woods' no long ter game's

dominance force. I'm sure he

will get back to winning the

way he used to but for the

meantime I suppose a little bit

of that aura has probably gone. Wood influence on his team's chances. It's about us coming

together as a team and being a team

team and what happens outside

the team room, what happens in

the media or anything like that

it has no concern to us. The Europeans are determined to get

the Cup back on home soil. The

guys are excited, the guys are

up for it and we certainly want

to win the Ryder Cup

back. There's a burning passion

inside to go out there and to beat the USA team. The 3-day

event begins on Friday. Great

Britain's Emma Pooley has

within the women's time trial

at the world cycling

championships in Geelong.

Pooley finished 15 seconds

ahead of German Judith

Arndt. All you could do is ride your fastest and the fastest

person wins and I prefer to not

think about the other

competitor, just do the best

you can and then you see what

happens at the Gillow was the best of the happens at the end. Shara Gillow Australian contingent clocking

the 8th fastest time over the

23 kilometre course. The Opals needed big performances from

star duo Lauren Jackson and

Penny Taylor the remain unbeaten at the world

championships. Jackson top

scored with 19 points in the

Opals' 62-52 win over France. Jackson on the inside. Finishes. Taylor contributed 18

points as the Opals pulled away

in the closing stages. They

will play the United States

tomorrow in the final match

before the elimination stage.

Canberra Racing has launched

its spring season. More than $1 million

million in prize money will be

divided between the 7 major

races this year. The main event

will be the annual Canberra Cup

race day on November 28. It

follows on from the last meeting in Melbourne through

their spring carnival and we get horses always that are high quality

performers so that's the performers so that's the

$200,000 Cup, the Canberra Cup,

so we're hoping the Canberra

people will get out and support

their own Cup. The season isn't

just about the horses. This

year will also feature an event

called frock tober. A festival raising awareness for

ovarian cancer. The Canberra

International film Festival has unveil

unveil ed its line up for this

year. Now in the 14th year the festival will invite audiences

to see inside. With 53 films

from 26 countries the festival

director is keen to appeal director is keen to appeal to Canberra's multinational community. One of the thing

people expect is to see the

best cinema from around the

world, independent films you're not otherwise going to see. It will host several Australian

premiers and in a major coup

the event's opening night film fair game ahead of its international

release date. I saw the film at

Cannes and I knew it would be a perfect opening night film for

Canberra. The festival opens on

27 October. Time now for weather and Mark, I'm involved

with the Canberra International

Film Festival as we know and we

expect to see you there for

each of those 53 films. Well,

thanks, Virginia and if it's

half as good as it was last

year I'll be there with my pop

corn and ice yeem so you make

sure it. Is good evening. When

slinky went for his early

morning walk this morning his

little belly rubbed against

crisp cold grass as it was a

tad frosty. He's a dachshund,

you know, a sausage dog. That's

because we had a minimum of 2

across the city. After that it

was mainly cloud free and sunny this morning when we reached

our maximums of 14 and 15. northern suburbs extending to the airport and on to

Queanbeyan got hail and light

showers. Despite what's on the

screen, the screen, the airport received

0.4 mm. And those showers might

come back as there's a 10% of showers somewhere in the ACT tonight. After

they moved off to the north-east through Lake George

and on the Lake Bathurst. Apart

from those showers anywhere up

high got a frost this morning.

Cooma went down to minus 2.

Most places were sunny after

this but they remained cool. It

was 14s to our west, 16s and

17s on the coast. There was

storms around Brisbane today. Cloud the south-east and is

associated with some pretty

cold air. Those storms around

Brisbane are being generated by

a cloud mass along the

Queensland coast. The high in

the Bight should clear our

region for the next couple of

days but a weak trough will

develop just as we down tools

for the long weekend and we might get showers on Saturday and Sunday. Nationally


Friday's forecast is for a

mostly cloudy day after morning

frosts and fogs with a maximum

of 17. 18 on Saturday with

scattered showers developing

late morning. There's a

possibility of perhaps a couple

of millimetres. Then wet again on Sunday. Virginia, that

weather sounds like good movie

watching weather over the weekend which is good, as there's a couple of grand

finals on and the blossom,

flowering apple and I'm looking forward to the International Flower Festival - flower

Festival! Film Festival! Get it

right. Thanks, Mark. A brief

recap of our top story. The

Federal Government has lost a

vote on the floor of the Lower

House for the first time since House for the first time since

1941. New rules to overhaul the

way parliamentary business is

done only passed when the

Opposition won an amendment.

Stay with us for Stay with us for the '7:30

Report' and we'll leave you in

Hobart and the snow that's

companied Tasmania's recent cold snap. Goodnight. Closed

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You don't know what you're

missing until you come out

here. I would say, come and

have a look. How much should

we protect our kids? A special


dubbed the world's worst mum

for letting her son catch the

New York subway alone. Out job

is to keep our kids safe,

don't think the outside is so

unsafe that we have to regard

it as predators ball every time

you open the door. Welcome

to the program. Answers to questions in the Parliament

were shorter and more to the

point today, and the Gillard

Government lost its first vote

in the House of Representatives. Something it

may have may have to get used to. But

the Parliament did back most of

the Parliamentary reforms

brokered by the independents in

recent week. All sides still to be finding their feet

in the House of Representatives today. Although Tony Abbott

immediately went on the attack

in Question Time, accusing

Labor of breaking an element promise. Political editor