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(generated from captions) This program is LIVE captioned. for breakfast, I'm really sorry. If you're just joining us Undies keep things under control. at other people. You just like to laugh (Shouts) Who's the best? Yeah, exactly.

time to wake up with friends. Right across Australia, it's again This is Sunrise on Seven. here's Kochie and Mel. Now from Brekky Central # Put your hands in to the big sky # Good morning, It's Tuesday, December 20th.

Are you all right? I was worried

about you yesterday. You so were

not. I saw the show. You did not.

Nat rang me and said, anything he

said, I had nothing to do with. I

was worried about you yesterday.

She said you were drinking at

Talia's birthday party, and I said,

I can't believe that, not our Mel.

Are you the one who made the cute

little girl at the end of the show

say, stay off the drink girl? You

warned her of that, did you? Are

you still going to get the hair of

the dog? Yes. She's got a little

glass of champers down there. Where

do you get thealer describe from?

John mowed the lawn, then it was

windy. It was blowing pollen around.

When you said the grass did it, I

thought - I'd go back to the grog.

Not very good. Hello, everyone.

Should I start again? It's Tuesday,

it's good to have your company. Christmas is coming up very fast! We don't need to tell you that

Christmas is coming up fast when

the use by date on the milk is 25th

December, and you things gee, it's

close. That's one way to tell. The

advent calendar has only a few days

So this morning to go.

for someone who's hard to buy for. we've got help with choosing a CD in how to wrap gifts. Later we'll get a lesson

When you walk into the stores, they

wrap them beautifully. You can't do

it like that at home. the kids occupied over the holidays We've also got ideas on keeping their own fun sometimes? but should they have to make Tell us what you think.

Just say, go out and make your own

fun. Is that what you used to do?

Yes. When the kids say, I'm bored,

you say, go out and play. You had

four They had someone to play with.

I a football team. Your only

ideas. personal creche. We would love some

Also this morning bid to hit an Aussie company, we'll explore the latest extortion in this year's Rolex Sydney-Hobart. and we'll meet some of the characters Plus, Katherine Tulich catches up and Catherine Zeta-Jones, with Zorro stars Antonio Banderas

become an obsession? and we'll ask when does a hobby the latest news with Natalie Barr. Right now though, it's time for Good morning, everyone. and his New Zealand first mate An Adelaide skipper hope to be home for Christmas lifeboat off the coast of Vietnam. after spending 12 days on a rubber in big waves two weeks ago. The men say their yacht capsized by local fishermen. They were rescued on Saturday and 30-year-old Steven Freedman 49-year-old Mark Smith and say willpower kept them alive. had no food or water will face a Sydney court today A suspected white supremacist charged with seven offences. The 25-year-old was detained smoke bombs, ammunition and knives after police seized a pistol, on his western Sydney home. during a raid white supremacists to be charged The man is the second of five alleged fire-bombing equipment in their car after police discovered

at Brighton-Le-Sands on Sunday. The arrest was part of Operation Seta to help stop racial violence which has been established following the Cronulla riots. to patrol high-risk areas An extra 800 police will continue until the end of January. has made a comeback in the polls The Howard Government just two months ago. after being at a four-year low The latest Newspoll shows on a two-party-preferred basis the Coalition has jumped three points to be just 2% behind Labor. the preferred prime minister John Howard remains up 1 point to 51%. to 27%. Kim Beazley has dropped 2 points

to help Australia Indonesia has agreed international crime syndicates investigate whether

in Australian waters. are behind illegal fishing Ian McDonald Federal Fisheries Minister who's funding the illicit industry says he wants to find out and where the fish are being sent to. Mr McDonald says for illegal fishing. Indonesia supports stronger penalties 250 illegal vessels this year Australia has seized and detained over 1,000 fisherman.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon from hospital later today. is expected to be released Sharon should make a full recovery Doctors say from yesterday's minor stroke. he'll stay for further testing Hospital staff say allowed to go home soon after, and if all goes well, he'll be but it's not known

enough to return to work. when the Israeli PM will be well US President George W. Bush to spy on suspected terrorists has defended his decision without court warrants. The President has come under fire data-collecting methods, for not revealing his government's to breach privacy laws. which are said

to renew America's Patriot Act, He's called on Congress the controversial wire-tap program. to give him the power to pursue In the war on terror this law for a single moment. we cannot afford to be without communications between US citizens The wire-tap program covers suspected of terrorism links. and people overseas The portrait 80th birthday next year to mark Queen Elizabeth's has been unveiled, and it has a distinctly Aussie touch. to paint the official portrait. Rolf Harris was chosen He admits he was nervous at first, but says the Queen put him at ease at Buckingham Palace. during their sittings by a family photo. He says he was inspired

I wanted her smile. by Prince Andrew of his mother I'd seen a photograph and she looked stunning. as "a very friendly painting". The Queen has described the portrait Sport is next with Beretts

If you were the Queen and you had

to choose a painter, Rolf Harris -

this is not to put Rolf down, but

he does not immediately come to

mind. You could have the board out.

Maybe he would do that while he was painting. I know she's getting on a

little bit, but I would want years

wiped off with my oil the painting,

I don't want it to be true to form.

Just use an old photo. Give him a

20 cent coin. Trust Rolf Harris?

Sure can! You need paint for your

house? What do you mean?

Christmas, got some work to do.

Beautiful. Sport:

from claiming victory Australia is just eight wickets away on day 5 of the first Test against South Africa at the WACA in Perth. Victorian Brad Hodge became the first batsman in over 20 years to convert his maiden Test 100 into a double ton. Hodge's 203 not-out set up the Aussie's second innings and left the Proteas chasing a mammoth 491 for victory. Could the unthinkable happen? The English press has reported that Lillee is on England's shortlist to take over as the nation's top bowling coach. He would replace fellow Aussie Troy Cooley who's back home after helping the Poms claim the Ashes series. Japanese football captain Sune Miyamoto says the Socceroos are the danger team in the group stages of next year's World Cup in Germany. The Aussies clash with Japan on 12 June and Miyamoto says both sides will be desperate for victory before meeting Brazil. Japan was eliminated in the second round of the 2002 World Cup when the country co-hosted the tournament with South Korea. Former Wallaby captain Phil Kearns says George Gregan is still the best man to lead Australia into the next World Cup. Gregan is under pressure to retain his job as Wallabies skipper after Coach Eddie Jones was sacked. Kearns says Gregan has been unfairly treated to offer the team. and still has a lot to offer the team.

Aussie golfer Adam Scott has dropped one place in the final golf world rankings of the year. Scott is down to No.9 after his poor showing in the Aussie Masters, and Stuart Appleby while countrymen Nick O'Hern and Stuart Appleby remain in 25th and 30th respectively. Tiger Woods is still the man to catch - a massive eight points clear of Fiji's Vijay Singh.

That's all the sport at 6:00. You

are pathetic. Doesn't Denis Lillee

help us? He does. Does he have a

proper job? He's involved in

coaching fast bowlers. He's also a

viewer. Denis, good morning. We'll

talk later. This is coming from

England. England is saying, we are

going to target Denis Lillee, not

him saying, I'm going Rod marsh is

a selector. They are going around

the world and picking the best. We

should be paying him a lot of money

... To keep us right here. Let's take a look at this morning's weather. Most of eastern Australia is dry and cloud free. There are some showers and storms in the northern tropics, and WA. A broad region of high pressure will bring fine and dry weather to much of the east. However that system will combine with a cold front over central Australia pushing some very hot and dry, northerly winds over South Australia. They'll extend into western NSW and Victoria later today. George W. Bush has appealed for more time in Iraq. Next hour we'll seek some reaction from our foreign affairs editor, Dr Keith Suter. But next an encore presentation of Monique's Everyday People. Take a seat and enjoy it, right after the break.

This Tuesday's Oz Lotto has jackpotted to $3 million. a truckload of cash! So you could win

We obviously touched the hearts of many viewers during Monique's Everyday People yesterday. She spoke to people at random, as they arrived at the international airport. The Soapbox response to this just blew us away

so we've decided an encore is in order. Here's Monique. # Could you whisper in my ear # The things you want to feel # I'll give you anything to feel it coming.

Where have you been? Israel. What were you doing in Israel? We went on a month programme with the two major Ish schools from Sydney. This is mum and dad. How is it to have her back? It's wonderful to have her back, absolutely wonderful. You know, you worry when your kids travel today, but we just thought she was in good hands, and it's great that she's back in the best country in the world. There is no country like this and we are so lucky to be living in Australia, with all these different cultures, and please keep it that way. You think that it's a good thing? To have all the cultures, it's what makes it so interesting. The food, the cultures, the religion, it's what makes it a big melting pot, and I just hope and pray that it will stay like that. Were you both born in Australia? We were born in South Africa, we came out here 25 years ago. We are very proud Australians now. Very proud. We have the Wallabies flag flying, the Swans flag flying, we have the Australian flag flying. We are absolutely dinky-di Australians - excuse the accent. I think we have to revisit the fact that we have had this hiccup, and semi-restart again and remind ourselves why we are the country that we are today. We are so grateful that this country took us so many years ago, to leave family behind for a new beginning. Why did you want the new beginning? I couldn't stand I couldn't stand the apartheid system and I really loved the freedom of everybody mixing here together. It was a different South Africa when we left and it wasn't safe and we wanted to stay safe in this country. We just felt that if we put our hands out to Australia, Australians would put their hands out to us.

It's a long time ago. We had our child here and it wasn't hard to assimilate, just go to the right footy games, go to the right cricket games, and people take you to their heart.

# I want to get married, run away.

You guys got engaged while you were away? Yes, in Prague. What happened? Got picked up by a Rolls Royce and got taken to the opera, balcony tickets. That's so romantic. Very romantic. Were you on holidays there? We were living in the UK for about a year and a half.

Did you know before you went on the trip to Prague

that you would ask her to marry you? Yes, it was all organised. Luke rang me at 3.00 in the morning to say, "Can I marry her? I want your blessing" and I thought that was so nice, at 3.00 in the morning. What did you say at 3.00 in the morning? I don't know. I said, "Yes, you've got my blessing!" We went to visit them and we were in London when the bombing occurred on 7 July. That must have been a pretty scary time? Yes, it was. That's what actually prompted our decision to come home. It was pretty scary. I was actually stuck underground for 30 minutes. The next day, I couldn't even leave the house, I didn't even go to work. How long did it take you to get back on the tube? I had to on Monday, but I just wasn't - always something comes into your mind. You look at someone's bag and you're thinking - it's a horrible thought.

Are you moving back to Australia for good now? Yes, for good. How are you feeling about moving back?

Good, yes. Nervous but good. What are you going to do? Do you know what's ahead of you now? We've got a wedding to plan. How do you feel about Australia? I love Australia. Flying in was beautiful.

# Run away, run away, run away.#

Fantastic. If you like Monique's

reports, watch next week when we

look back at the year that was -

Monique in China, London and in a suburb near you. But ahead this morning, the latest showbiz goss from Nelson Aspen.

We will replay the bits we loved

from 2005. Next we'll check the finance figures on Wall Street. Ahead, the show business

goes.

The Sunrise Finance Report is brought to you by AAPT. The telco that tells it like it is.

Let's get an update on the overnight financial markets. Checking the markets in our region.

We are having problems with the New

York satellite at the moment. The

head of the Italian central bank

resigned overnight, and it was a

bit of a surprise, but the banking

industry in Europe thinks it's

quite a good thing because he's

been a bit out of step with the

other central bankers throughout

Europe. All the other bankers are

together now They think that's good

for the Italian economy. Pushed him

aside. Your job is secure. The

boompinging community said, you

have our support. It's like being a

footy coach! Exactly right. Let's

go to a break. Ahead this morning -

I can't top that. Did you want to

do anything else? No, I was just

going to tell you about my day. We

have got plenty of soap boxes. We

are going to be talking later about

hobbies becoming an obsession, and

how you keep them under control.Ly

nor from New South Wales says, my

husband collects and restores old

cars. That's an expensive hobby.

And a big one. The collection keeps

growing. We moved to a one acre

property where he has built a huge

garage with 16 cars in it. It's

definitely an obsession. He who

dies with the most cars

dies with the most cars wins. He's

winning. We will will be talking

later about how to keep it under control. Ahead this morning should we be worried should we be worried about the power company extortionist? We'll rate the risks with Australia's leading criminologist. But next news, sport and weather together. You're watching Sunrise right across Australia.

Want some holiday resort bonuses from Retravision for Christmas? Every $500 you spend on airconditioners, fridges, plasma TVs or notebooks gets you a $500 resort cheque.

Details in the Retravision catalogue or in store. # At Retravision, yeah, we'll do it. #

Ever wanted to see Kochie in his PJs? Good morning. Nah, me neither.

Be watching next week as we look back at the best bits of 2005. The visual of you doing that. You'll see the adventures.

On behalf of Sunrise, we've conquered it. You'll see the concerts. # I was back stage at Sunrise, and that's the way I like it.

You'll see the stupidity. SCREAMING Our best bits from 05 thanks to Kresta's biggest-ever traditional New Year's sale. # Catch my disease...#

When you see that, you think it's

whacky. The show will be on live

next week, all the latest news to

keep you up to date, but we will

relive the best bits. We have been

flooded on e-mail, people wanting

to know the Nasdaq. The Dow is down

17 points, the Nasdaq down 18.

There you

There you go, you can now go about

your day with confidence: we will

check in this morning with Adrian

lions.

He is the farmer working to give the Conn orphans a future.

Right now though it's news time with Nat. Good morning, everyone.

The Federal Government's ban on cloning human embryos for scientific research could be lifted within months. An independent review has called for a relaxation of the laws. The finding is likely to trigger a conscience vote on the issue

The finding is likely to trigger a conscience vote on the issue when Parliament resumes in the new year. Under existing laws scientists are only allowed to use spare IVF embryos for stem cell research. Tourism groups and the New South Wales Government are urging people to go back to Sydney's southern beaches. Police say the beaches are now safe after one of Australia's biggest police operations in the wake of last week's race riots.

Officers from Operation Seta have raided several homes

and seized dozens of weapons and mobile phones. More than 200 charges have been laid. Many businesses affected by last week's riots are seeking compensation from the State Government. An Australian skipper and his New Zealand first mate have told how they survived 12 days stranded off the coast of Vietnam.

Mark Smith and Steven Freeman say they clung to their storm-battered life raft with no food or water after their brand new yacht sank in rough seas.

The men were rescued on Saturday

and hope to return home in time for Christmas. An Indonesian court is expected to deliver its verdict in Graham Clifford Payne's drugs trial

on Thursday. The Australian man was arrested in August for using crystal methamphetamine. Payne's lawyers have called on Sumatra's Medan District Court to be lenient, saying he was a drug user, not a trafficker. Prosecutors are demanding the 21-year-old be found guilty and jailed for a year. New research has found women in their late 20s and early 30s of the housing market. are being squeezed out of the housing market.

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland says statewide, the number of first homebuyers is down 50% since July 2000.

The Institute concluded property is too expensive in the areas most single women want to live. The study found many women fear if they move to the suburbs they'll probably stay single for longer.

Christmas may be the season to be jolly but it's also a high-risk time for food poisoning. Doctors blame careless food preparation and leftovers for the spike in hospital visits and a recipe for a potentially serious illness. Throwing another prawn on the barbie might be a great way to celebrate Christmas, but health experts say it's vital seafood is kept below 5 degrees until it's cooked.

Obviously more food is consumed

around Christmas, people are busy,

therefore the chances of food

poisoning are much greater. Each year over 5 million Australians suffer from a bout of food poisoning and about 120 people die. Many sufferers are affected at Christmas.

Older people who have continuing

ongoing medical problems can end up

in hospital and some people can die.

in hospital and some people can die. Authorities say the reason so many people get sick at Christmas is because food is out of the fridge for longer and it's summer. People should try to remember, even though they are keeping even though they are keeping their meat in coolers, it is not going to have the same effect as a refrigerator. He urges revellers to cook all turkeys, hamburgers, sausages and chicken right through. He also recommends

washing hands thoroughly before preparing food thawing frozen turkeys properly and separating chopping boards to avoid cross-contamination.

It's also recommended leftovers are eaten within two or three days and reheated food must be steaming hot all the way through. Sport is next with Beretts and Brad Hodge has won a few fans. His maiden double-ton has former players claiming he's the new middle-order warrior, taking up where Steve Waugh left off.

Hodge finished yesterday unbeaten on 203,

giving South Africa a world-record run chase to win the match. The Proteas will resume this morning at 2/79,

still requiring a further 412 runs for victory. The Socceroos continue to move up the world football rankings ahead of next year's World Cup in Germany. Australia is now up to 48th out of 205 countries, while world champion Brazil still tops the list from the Czech Republic from the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.

Our other Group F opponents, Japan and Croatia, are 15th and 20th respectively. Despite winning this year's Formula One title in a Renault, world champion Fernando Alonso will race for McLaren from 2007. Alonso says the huge offer was too good to refuse and will join his team after defending his title next year.

McLaren's current drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya, are still in contract negotiations.

Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters have been named the ITF World Tennis Champions. Federer is only the sixth man ever to claim the trophy in consecutive years after successfully defending his Wimbledon and US Open crowns. Clijsters just edged out Lindsay Davenport for the title after her US Open victory.

This time next week, one of the

Sydney Hobart fleet will be

powering towards line honours. They

are chasing the George Adams trophy

for the handicap winner. It is not

often it goes out of the CYC. That

is why Alex, the security man, is

here. They do not let it out of

their sight. All the winners are

there from 1946, 1957. . It's great.

There's not much room left on it.

They will have to start a new one.

That is a mermaid at the top.

That is a mermaid at the top. Very

intricate. Luring sailors towards

Hobart. This is gorgeous. Beautiful

gold leafing. I noticed the gold. I

thought you would have. $610 an

ounce this morning. You can imagine

what the trophy is worth. Alex is

starting to get

starting to get antsy. The start

after lunch-time, Boxing Day, here on 7.

More weather details in half an hour.

That is such an impressive trophy.

Good old roll ex-are sponsoring it.

They are a tremendous supporter of

racing, the Rolex fast net series

and the Sydney to Hobart. Look at

the time. It is not even subtle. I

have got a very old watch. Moving

right along - coming up this morning: did George W. Bush make the case for the war in Iraq? We'll get a Sunrise fact check from Keith Suter. But next today's newspaper headlines and Nelson Aspen in Hollywood.

Can Mel survive the Tower of Terror? How would Kochie look as a Wiggle? All will be revealed next Friday when Sunrise does Dreamworld.

Join us from the Gold Coast for our massive Christmas party with special guests Human Nature. Oh, and Grant cuts short his holiday. Sunrise does Dreamworld this Friday thanks to McDonald's - real brekkie, real fast and the Sofitel Gold Coast.

Live on Sunrise from Dreamworld,

the Sunrise Christmas party. Mel

will be doing all of those rides.

You didn't know that. I'm not doing

the tower of terror, I'm not

hanging upside down and dropping

out of the sky quickly. That cuts

down the options.

Let's check the newspapers from around the country.

The Australian covers the fresh controversy over workplace reforms but it also celebrates Brad Hodge's landmark double-century at the WACA. The Courier-Mail has the story of how Andie Kearns has been enjoying a holiday on the Gold Coast.

She's made a remarkable recovery after being run over 13 weeks ago. The Sydney Morning Herald reports on poll results, showing three-quarters of voters believe there is an underlying racism in Australia. It also reveals how Rolf Harris struggled to get a good likeness with his portrait of the Queen.

That's what's making the papers today.

She looks happy. I think it's a

good portrait. Rolf is very

talented. For the Queen to hand

pick you to do a painting, you've

made it. It's time to get all the talk from Tinseltown, so let's check in with Nelson Aspen. Good morning to you, Nelson. So what's happening in Hollywood?

I'm all smiles because love is in

the air, and we're on a wedding

watch. It's nice when I have some

happy smiling things to tell you

about. Somebody who is happy and

smiling is Nicole Kidman. This is

pretty cool, as my favourite boot

scooter, Keith Irvine, country star,

is in town for the radio music

awards, he will be performing there

tonight, and Ms Kidman took a

private flight into Vegas along

with her mum and some other friends,

limousines took them to their hotel,

with a separate van for their

luggage, so she's there in Vegas

and he's there, and some family

members are in Vegas and she was

spotted and playing blackjack and

winning, all smiles, they said she

looked radiant. There's that

conspicuous ring on her finger,

whether it means anything we don't

know, but they are there and happy

and winning big at blackjack. So we

are keeping close tabs on what's

going on. Are you thinking they

might elope in Vegas? It's Vegas.

If you're going to elope, that's a

great place to do it. Wouldn't that

be a nice Christmas? That would be

lovely. What else have you got for

us? One of our Desperate Housewives

may have rekickedled a romance?

About 10 years ago, nick let, after her her marriage

her marriage to Harry, who has

since moved on to Lisa Rinner of

the lips fame, has been seen out

with Michael Bolton. Sthats an old

picture. He has got the same sort

of hair did, but they have been

seen at the Eye ivy, which if you

are going to sneak around, that's

not where you go. They have gone

out for dinner and coffee. Maybe

she is just leaning on him during

this trying time where he is the

only one not nominated for a Golden

Globe, or rekindling their

relationship. It's all good stuff

today. I'm the only single one left

in Hollywood, me and Renee. We'll

match you up. Not Rene. We'll catch you after.30. We're on the final countdown to the Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race. In our next hour the famous Cup itself is here at Brekky Central. But next we'll see what's got you talking on the Soapbox and stand by for Kochie's Joke of the Day.

Ever wanted to see Kochie in his PJs?

Good morning. Nah, me neither. Be watching next week as we look back at the best bits of 2005. The visual of you doing that. You'll see the adventures. On behalf of Sunrise, we've conquered it. You'll see the concerts.

# I was back stage at Sunrise, and that's the way I like it. You'll see the stupidity. SCREAMING # Oh, please baby please

Our best bits from 05

thanks to Kresta's biggest-ever traditional New Year's sale. # Catch my disease...# We're looking forward to that

but of course we'll still be here next week live covering all the news and issues.

How cool is this! All the proportions are spot on aren't they. That is very clever. We get all sorts of questions, a Dear Mel.

The wife was sending out Christmas cards. The husband says the man's name should go first in the sign off. We always do the ladies first. I would naturally put the name of my friend first.

I would address to Nat and Andrew.

Whoever wrote it, you would put

your name first? I think she means

when addressing it and when signing

off. I think the traditional way is

the man. I think it's Mr and Mrs

Blah, what. When you sign off, do

you write love from Andrew and Nat

or Nat and Andrew? I think I

alternate. If you were sending us

one, would you write Mel and John

or John and Mel? I think I would

write John. I don't know. You are

am by dextrous. I think the correct

way is the man. If June dally

Watkins is watching. We need some

help. I thought you were supposed

to say Mrs David Koche, for Libby.

You write that on the envelope On

the envelope I write Mr and Mrs.

Dilemmas. I like it that yet

another e-mail confesses that it is

the woman that does the Christmas

cards. We did that yesterday and a

few men said they do it. Not many.

I would do it, but people can't

read my writing You would have to type yours. Time now for the Thought of the Day. Iif you have a thought, please go to our web site and email it to us. Today's was sent in by Kate from Geraldton. "If all my friends were to jump off a bridge, "I wouldn't jump with them, "I'd be at the bottom to catch them."

That's a nice caring one for

Christmas. Joke of the day: what

goes ho, ho, thump - Santa laughing

his head off. That's the best. Did

you know that the today Leila ma

has a gambling problem? He loss

Tibet. A couple of good ones today.

I'm a bit like the today Leila ma,

love to bet. They don't Ahead this morning, another Sunrise exclusive. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Antonio Banderas are riding again in Zorro. They'll share some stories in our next hour.

But straight ahead news, sport and weather. You're waking up with Sunrise and there are only five sleeps until Christmas.

I was off my mark, about a metre

away. Beretts, feels like more of a

kitchen table. You are on the wrong

side, Nat, I am missing you. It's

boy girl, boy girl. I asked for

that, because I thought you two

were ganging up on the boys.

Everyone felt sorry for them. I

don't reckon your shirt is a table

cloth. I got a rubbishing from Lou,

who said it's the worst shirt she's

ever seen Maybe she was thinking it

was a table cloth, because of the

table. It is unusual. It's usually

when someone says "interesting."

It's very you You're a dork. You

didn't have to say it. You're a

picnic Maybe that's the problem

with the desk. We have to go to the

news. We do. Here's Nat.

New figures show more than three-quarters of Australians don't agree with the Prime Minister's claim that there's no underlying racism in Australia. The ACNielsen poll also found 59% of people believe the Cronulla riots will damage Australia's international reputation. Meanwhile, a suspected white supremacist will face a Sydney court today, charged with seven offences. The 25-year-old was detained after police seized a pistol, smoke bombs, ammunition and knives on his western Sydney home. during a raid on his western Sydney home. The man is the second of five alleged white supremacists to be charged after police discovered fire-bombing equipment in their car at Brighton-Le-Sands on Sunday. A police strike force has been set up to investigate an extortion threat against New South Wales power supplier Delta Electricity. The monetary demand was made last week and included threats to damage the company's power stations. Delta says it's upgraded security at each of its four plants. It's believed the extortionist's deadline has passed. An Adelaide skipper and his New Zealand first mate hope to be home for Christmas after spending 12 days on a lifeboat off the coast of Vietnam. The men say their yacht capsized in big waves two weeks ago.

by local fishermen. They were rescued on Saturday by local fishermen. 49-year-old Mark Smith and 30-year-old Steven Freedman had no food or water and say willpower kept them alive. Indonesia has agreed to help Australia investigate whether international crime syndicates are behind illegal fishing in Australian waters. Federal Fisheries Minister Ian McDonald says he wants to find out who's funding the industry and where the fish are being sent to. Mr McDonald says Indonesia supports stronger penalties for illegal fishing. Australia has seized 250 illegal vessels this year and detained more than 1,000 fisherman. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is expected to be released from hospital later today.

Doctors say Sharon should make a full recovery from yesterday's minor stroke.

Hospital staff say he'll stay for further testing, and if all goes well, he'll be allowed to go home soon after, but it's not known

when the Israeli PM will be well enough to return to work. US President George W. Bush has defended his decision to spy on suspected terrorists

without court warrants. The President has come under fire

for not revealing his government's data-collecting methods, which are said to breach privacy laws. He's called on Congress to renew America's Patriot Act, to give him the power to pursue the controversial wire-tap program. In the war on terror we cannot afford to be without this law for a single moment. The wire-tap program covers communications between US citizens and people overseas suspected of terrorism links.

Checking finance news. Surging pharmaceutical stocks are keeping Wall Street afloat. The portrait to mark Queen Elizabeth's 80th birthday next year has been unveiled, and it has a distinctly Aussie touch. Rolf Harris was chosen to paint the official portrait. He admits he was nervous at first, but says the Queen put him at ease during their sittings at Buckingham Palace. The Queen has described the portrait as "a very friendly painting". Sport is next with Beretts,

and Shane Warne ready to tear into the Proteas. South Africa will be hoping Australia's greatest bowler doesn't fire when the final day of the first Test resumes at the WACA. The Proteas require a world-record 491 runs for victory, after Brad Hodge led the Aussie charge with the bat. Adam Gilchrist brief innings ended on 44, but there was no sign of a declaration from the skipper

as Brad Hodge was given the green light to chase his double ton. COMMENTATOR: There it is. Brad Hodge. Having done his fair share with the bat, Hodge's day just got better as he helped Shane Warne snare A.B. deVilliers for the first wicket.

Got him, he's out! Warne strikes again. Nathan Bracken then added to Proteas' woes having captain Graeme Smith trapped in front for 20.

Big shout. He's given him. Bad light stopped play with the Aussies holding all the cards, but it was Brad Hodge who was king.

It's nice to secure your spot for a

short period of time. I'm very much

looking forward to next week, at

home at the MCG, the home of my

correct. It will be a very special day.

Shabbir Ahmed has become the first bowler to be banned for a year. after ran independent assessment confirmed he bowled with an illegal action. The fast bowler was reported twice during the first Test against England in November.

Still on cricket and the English press has reported that Dennis Lillee is on the ECB's hitlist to join the old enemy as their top bowling coach. Lillee would replace fellow Aussie Troy Cooley who's back home after helping the Poms claim the Ashes series. DK says he won't be making a decision too quickly. A German interior designer is cashing in on the contents of a rubbish bin after finding the 32 scraps of paper

bearing the names of the World Cup finalists. He was cleaning up after the draw in Leipzig. He's planning to bung them on the net but FIFA is trying to stop him.

He was emptying the bins, he saw

the bits of paper and it was the

names out of the draw. He put them

in his pocket. He took them to the

pub to show his mates and was going

to throw them away and one of the

guys said, hey, put them on the net.

The set would be worth more - a

great investment. It's a bit harsh,

FIFA getting narky, they threw them

in the rubbish. One man's trash is

another man's treasure. This morning's wealth - Let's take a look at this morning's weather. Most of eastern Australia is dry and cloud free. There are some showers and storms in the northern tropics, and WA. A broad region of high pressure will bring fine and dry weather to much of the east.

However that system will combine with a cold front over central Australia pushing some very hot and dry, northerly winds over South Australia. They'll extend into western NSW and Victoria later today.

As we've heard, police are hunting yet another extortionist. This time the target is power supplier Delta Energy. How seriously should we be taking the threat? Professor Paul Wilson is a criminologist and forensic psychologist from Bond University. Good morning to you. How real is the threat?

I think any threat has to be taken

seriously, and this one had to be

taken seriously, both by the

company and by the police. The

threat was made last week , and

only revealed yesterday. Why is

that? Is that for security reasons,

to keep it under wraps for longs

possible? We have to recognise that

most threats are hoaxes - in other

words, nothing happens. It takes a

while for the police particularly,

and to some extent the company, to

work out whether it is a real

threat or not. Clearly, it took the

police some time to work out

whether it was a threat or not,

whether they should take it

seriously. There's been a series of

them over the last couple of years,

Mars bars, Multiplex, Herron,

Panadol. Are electricity companies,

power companies, that vulnerable?

Probably not as vulnerable as

supermarkets, pharmacies, where you

can inject poisons or whatever into

the products, because power

companies have pretty good security.

But any organisation is a possible

threat, so even though it has a

certain degree of security, you

cannot guarantee it is free from

threat. What would be in the mind

of an extortionist? What are their

motives? In this particular case,

there are sketchy details, but I

understand they are after money and

they made a threat to damage the

power station. Does that indicate

what their motive might be? Yes,

the motive in most extortion cases

is money, but behind that initial

threat is also other motives, such

as revenge. In some cases extortion

attempts or threats come from disgruntled subcontractors or

employees who have a grudge against

the company. It is not only money,

it is often revenge. It can be a

bit like arson in some situations -

power, the delight people get in

seeing the company fearful, the

public fearful, the police running

around. Does that demand indicate

where the threat might have come

from, if it is a threat to damage,

does that mean it is more likely to

come from a disgruntled employee,

as opposed to someone who is after

cash? You cannot rule out any

motive. I think the police would be

looking at disgruntled employees,

disgruntled subcontractors as being

the initiateors of the threat. They

would not rule out other

possibilities, though. We worry on

shows like ours, talking about this

stuff, whether this just fuels the situation, even though authorities

have kept it under wraps for a week

or so, us talking about it - and we

have to cover the news - does that

accentuate the problem and put

thoughts in people's minds? It's a

dilemma . As you say, you have to

cover the news, but when you cover

the news in too much detail and

give details of the hoax and look

at all the extortion threat or

whatever it is, and give details

about how past executorsists have

acted, then there is a danger. I do

not think we have done that. I

think there is a duty to inform the

public of what is happening, and

certainly that is what the police

think and that is why they have

released the details. We will leave

the details at that point.

Professor Wilson, thank you for

joining us. It's a pleasure. George W Bush is appealing for more time in Iraq. In a rare address In a rare address from the Oval Office, the American President spoke directly to his critics. Will it appease public concerns? Here to give us his view is our foreign affairs editor, Dr Keith Suter. Why has President Bush given this speech? Is he trying to detract from the furore surrounding spying allegations?

That's certainly part of it. The

president has given four or five

major speeches from November 11,

which is the veterans day in the

United States. He is trying to win

over what is obviously wavering

public support for the war. His own

popular standing is low at the

moment and there are rebellion from

some members of his own party,

including ex-Vietnam people, who

are saying, it is a bit like the

situation we were in in vees name

40-odd years ago, we are bogged

down, there is no clear exit

strategy, so they are demanding

some leadership from him. He is

having to say, we are in for the

long haul and we are helping to

rebuild. Thursday's election went

extremely election, very high

turnout, more Iraqis voted last

week than Americans voted in last

year's presidential election.

That's an interesting stat. Let's

look at what he had to say. It is

true that Saddam Hussein had a

history of pursuing and using

weapons of mass destruction. It is

true that he systematically

concealed those programs and

blocked the work of UN weapons

inspectors. It is true that many

nations believe that sad am had

weapons of mass destruction. But

much of the intelligence turned out

to be wrong. Admission a little too

late? Absolutely. We were saying on

this programme at the time, I was

very sceptical about the extent to which Saddam Hussein would still have had weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he

had them, we know that. Of course,

Australian scientists were part of

the inspection teams in the early

1990s that found the stuff, but a

lot of the weapons is have a shelf

life. You know that all medicines

have a use by date, they go off, to

use the standard phrase. The same

with biological and chemical

weapons, they go off after a period

of time and there was no way for

Saddam Hussein to replenish the

supply, which is why a number of us were sceptical at the time about

the weapons he would possess.

George Bush admitted the campaign

was tougher than he thought. The

work in Iraq has been especially

difficult. More difficult than we expected. Reconstruction efforts

and the training of Iraqi security

forces started more slowly than we

hoped. Does that mean the US took

the wrong approach? He suggest that

they had a long lead time. We were

talking about an invasion of Iraq

on the first anniversary of

September 11, so we are talking

2002. They do not go in for a much

longer time. They could have spent

that amount of time thinking

laterally. Abu Ghraib, the torture

centre used by sad a am Hussain,

has been used by Americans for

impris opening people. You say to

people, we are going to close down

the torture facility, we are going

to Lee open it as a computer facility, whereas the Americans

reopen it as a prison. They

criticised him for doing it. George

Bush gave us a status on the update

the campaign. My fellow citizens,

not only can we win the war in Iraq,

we are winning the war in Iraq. It

is also important for every

American to understand the

consequences of pulling out of Iraq

before our work is done. To retreat

before victory would be an act of

recklessness and dishonour and I

will not allow it. How do you know

the war is being won? You don't.

That is the problem with guerilla

warfare. In World War I or 2 you

knew how you were going, in a

guerilla war, the war is around you,

the front is everywhere. It is

difficult to know whether you are

winning or losing - this is the new

face of warfare. The pret might be

right that the Americans will win

the struggle. On the other hand, he

may be wrong because they will end

up with more people being killed.

Once they get a new government, the

government will be able to say to

the Americans, we want you to leave

and at that point it goes off the

front pages of the United States.

It will still be left in chaos, but

it is no longer a major issue for

presence, and the elections in mid next year. These are two of Australian sport's greatest prizes. The George Adams trophy

for the handicap winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart and the Illingworth trophy for the Line Honours' winner. In six days the fleet of 85 yachts will set off on the 61st Rolex Sydney Hobart.

So who's in contention for this year's coveted trophy?

David Kent and Catherine shanks -

you Guys were last to reach Hobart

last year in just over seven days.

What is the attraction of the race

for snu The attraction is getting

out there doing tment we know we

are not competitive in any way

whatsoever, we just have bait of

fun and perform the event. Do you

set yourselves goals as to when you

want to get to Hobart? We do. This

year we are setting ourselves a

goal of six days. We do not want to

pull into Eden, just go all the way

and see what our PB will be.

Katherine, this is your sixth race.

Does it get easier? I would not say

it gets easier. You learn better

how to cope with the conditions.

What's the hardest part on board

for those couple of days? The

hardest part for me is sailing with

a group of boys, and being the only

girl, the basic living conditions.

Going to the toilet is one of the

hardest parts. General things like

cooking becomes difficult, but the

sailing is the easy part. What

about being on board in a male

dominated sport? Do they treat you

well, do you feel equal on board? I

feel very equal, the boys treat me

very well. It's a challenge,

Katherine, because you are sailing

with boys, also with your father

and brother. How does that work

out? Not to bad. Normally I sail on

my father's yacht, but this year on

the yacht David is skippering, so a

bit different this year. I guess

you are looking at the weather. Any

feel for what the conditions might

be like for the fleet this year? No,

I am just hoping it will come in

from the north-east, like everyone

else That is your ideal race, get

the spinnaker up and away you go?

That would be ideal, yes, I said if

we get in before New Year's Eve

I'll shout the bar. Why do you do

this year after year, do you not

like Christmas cake? I often my

boat up for people in Canberra who

do not get the opportunity to do

offshore sailing. That's the reason

we are doing it, to give them

exposure and experience. Katherine,

we are well aware of the memories

of 1998 and we know the extensive

lengths that are gone to, to make

sure everyone is safe. Can you ever

be too prepared for what you are

about to do? Not too prepared. We

have gone to added lent since '98

in terms of preparing the boat and

the safety measures we put in place.

I do not think you can be too

prepared, no. The training is

extensive now for safety? It is

extensive, and I think it's better

for the sport. When I did it 20

years ago, there was nowhere near

as much safety consciousness as now,

and we still have a way to go. We

are looking forward to the start on

Boxing Day. What is the highlight,

the start or reaping constitution

dock and knowing you have done it?

For me it's not the start or the

finish, I just enjoy the good kite

runs down the east coast or across

the coast of Tasmania. We are

looking forward to it this year,

Seven will be televising the start

at lunch-time on Boxing Day. Good

luck, and look forward to seeing

you at constitution dock in Hobart. Thanks very much. Plenty still ahead on Sunrise,

including Catherine Zeta-Jones and Antonio Banderas, and later, some good news for the orphaned Conn Kids. But next, news, sport and weather together.

Ever wanted to see Kochie in his PJs? Good morning. Nah, me neither.

Be watching next week as we look back at the best bits of 2005. The visual of you doing that. You'll see the adventures. On behalf of Sunrise, we've conquered it.

You'll see the concerts. # I was back stage at Sunrise, and that's the way I like it. You'll see the stupidity. SCREAMING # Oh, please baby please Our best bits from 05 thanks to Kresta's biggest-ever traditional New Year's sale. # Catch my disease...# We're looking forward to that, but of course, we'll still be here next week live covering all the news and issues.

This e-mail from Sandra says huh

husband is obsessed with trains,

she had a photo taken on her

wedding day of a train in the

backyard. Two extra storage spaces

for his trains, one for the little

ones, one for the ride-on trains,

and her daughter knows the

difference between a passenger

train and a freight train - we live

on a train line. Mandy says her

husband collects Lego, has over

$10,000 worth. This one says, my

old man collect accordions, 400 of

them, stacked in the garage from

floor to ceiling. We will be

talking about that later in the

show. We have had an e-mail from a

viewer who is in dispute with her

husband - in fact her husband is

sulking over whose name should go

first on the Christmas kartdz, the

bloke or the woman. Lots on this.

Linda says, I am a 78-year-old

woman, educated in the UK, Nat is

quite right - thanks - we are told

the correct way to write to a

married woman is Mrs, initial of

husband, and name - like Mrs D

Koche. Christmas says the answer is,

what does it matter, sisy boy, for

God sake, is our world (Inaudible).

I love it. Jane says, I have a

casual job in the post office to

help with $Christmas. Anything goes,

some are Nan and pop, first names,

no names. We write Nana and pa when

sending cards and letters to Nana

and pa. . Michelle says, when you

are caesing cards you should start

with the head of the family first,

then run down the list. It's a dip kettle of fish - never assume. Shortly on the show, the best CD picks for Christmas, and we'll catch up with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Antonio Banderas. First though, it's news time with Nat Good morning, everyone. An Australian skipper and his New Zealand first mate have told how they survived 12 days stranded off the coast of Vietnam. Mark Smith and Steven Freeman say they clung to their storm-battered life raft with no food or water after their brand new yacht sank in rough seas. The men were rescued on Saturday and hope to return home in time for Christmas. Tourism groups and the New South Wales Government are urging people to go back to Sydney's southern beaches. Police say the beaches are now safe

after one of Australia's biggest police operations in the wake of last week's race-related riots. Officers from Operation Seta have raided several homes and seized dozens of weapons and mobile phones. More than 200 charges have been laid. Many businesses affected by last week's riots are seeking compensation from the State Government. The Federal Government's ban on cloning human embryos for scientific research could be lifted within months. An independent review has called for

An independent review has called for a relaxation of the laws. The finding is likely to trigger a conscience vote on the issue when parliament resumes in the new year. Under existing laws scientists are only allowed to use spare IVF embryos for stem cell research. An Indonesian court Graham Clifford Payne's drugs trial is expected to deliver its verdict in Graham Clifford Payne's drugs trial on Thursday. The Australian man was arrested The Australian man was arrested in August for using crystal methamphetamine. Payne's lawyers have called on Sumatra's Medan District Court to be lenient, saying he was a drug user, not a trafficker. Prosecutors are demanding the 21-year-old be found guilty and jailed for a year. A new official portrait of Queen Elizabeth has been unveiled at Buckingham Palace. The painting marks the monarch's 80th birthday next year and has a distinctly Aussie touch.

Up there in the palace, the Queen

of England is expecting me. He's

had a career nearly as long as the

Queen's. But on his way to a por

trait sitting with her, Rolf Harris

knew he was facing the biggest

challenge of his life. The setting

for his 80th birthdy portrait was

buckingham palace. He has strived

to be taken seriously as an artist,

but he is best known for his

cartoons and easy going TV manner.

Nonetheless, it turned out to be

the Queen cracking the jokes. You

are OK with the smell oftur pen

tine? We will tell soon. Rolf

Harris tried to capture this

informality, showing the Queen in a

relaxed pose and smiling I think I

have all the features in the right

place. I'm happy with the hands and

the pose looks totally relaxed,

like your favourite aunty. There

are more than 130 portraits done of

the Queen and she does not usually

give an opinion, but she said she

thought it was friend limit

I wanted it see Rolf with a paint

brush. It is interesting seeing how

he started on the canvass. He did a good job. Australia is just eight wickets away from claiming victory on day five of the first Test against South Africa at the WACA in Perth. Victorian Brad Hodge became the first batsman in over 20 years

to convert his maiden Test 100 into a double ton. Hodge's 203 not-out set up the Aussie's second innings and left the Proteas chasing a mammoth 491 for victory. Japanese football captain Sune Miyamoto says the Socceroos are the danger team in the group stages of next year's World Cup in Germany. The Aussies clash with Japan on 12 June

and Miyamoto says both sides will be desperate for victory

before meeting Brazil. Japan was eliminated in the second round of the 2002 World Cup when the country co-hosted the tournament with South Korea. Aussie golfer Adam Scott has dropped one place in the final golf world rankings of the year. Scott is down to No.9 after his poor showing in the Aussie Masters, while countrymen Nick O'Hern and Stuart Appleby remain in 25th and 30th respectively. Tiger Woods is still the man to catch - a massive eight points clear of Fiji's Vijay Singh.

Jeremy from New South Wales says

Mark's shirt looks like one of

Yasser Arafat's old headgear.

That's the final word. We are

wondering if it's because the shot

is closer, because we are all

inimate around the desk - his shirt

is so old. You say I'm not keeping

up with the trends? I'm going down

to the Boxing Day sales today.

What's with the sales already start

something Retail isn't looking too

healthy. When the sales start

before Christmas, you know retail

are in trouble. We should be down

there. We haven't told our husband

yet. Weather time now. More weather details in half an hour.

We are laughing at Beretts, the

credit card change, change, went

out how long ago? Women have one

quick draw. Then they say, your

card is not working. I don't know

why that's happened. Ever had it?

You are over your limit. They say,

it must be a really busy day, so

you feel better. How do you know

all of this? We have been told.

Ahead on the show - what happens when a hobby turns into an obsession. We'll seek some professional help. But next, after a CD for Christmas? We'll tell you what's hot.

If you're struggling for a last-minute Christmas pressie, CDs are always a good option, but how do you know which ones are suitable? Here at Sunrise, we've done the homework for you. Bianca Dye from Nova 969 is here to take us through her picks. Good morning.

CDs are a good choice, because

everyone loves music. Let's do

teenagers, they are the hardest to

buy for They are, but there's so

much in the market. Black Eyed Peas,

very popular, Monday business, my

humps is the new single. Fer give

is pretty sexy. They were just here

in Australia, sold-out tour. We had

them on the show. She's a little

pocket rocket. Look at her. She's

hot. Next one, Ben Lee. He has

definitely moved into the main

straim, awake is the new sleep is

the CD, catch my disease is the big

single. I heard he broke up with

Clare Danes because God told him to

in a dream. He's a little bit

unusual. The Rogue Traders, DJ

James and Natalie - here come the

drums is the CD, she has that alter

ego, because on Neighbours she is

blonde, then he at the arias we had

the black wig and the fish nets.

Know know have 19 is a great

compilation CD, with all the hot

hits from this year. Especially

when you are not sure of someone's

music tastes, a compilation is

better. Now mums and dads. Bruce

Springsteen, you can't go wrong,

the born to run DVD. This has

unseen footage on the video. Mums

will love this. The original E

Street band. Only Bruce Springsteen

could pull off a beanie like that.

Next, the man that will survive a

nuclear war. He's like a cock Roach,

he keeps coming back. I mean that

in a good way. The last tour was

the final tour - but there's

another tour coming up, on the

cards. He's done a cover of down

hearted on this, so that's cool.

They did that on the show, a really

good job. Can't go wrong. My mum

will be getting this, the rolling

stones, the bigger bang - is that

possible at their age? I don't know.

Another rocker who is not going

anywhere. Two new songs, under the

radar and don't want to go home,

can't go wrong with the Stones.

This is the best CD, songs of Tim

and Neil Finn, all the

classification, like better be home

soon, but sung by classic Aussie

chicks - it's a double CD, so the

original versions are on there as

well. That's my pick. Moving on to

the everybody ones - When you don't

know the taste of someone, we need

something that cuts across all God

old imagine, I was interviewing her

with Molly at the same time. She's

a cool chick. Except she won't tour

here. She might. She said no, too

far to go and not enough money. We

have to start a campaign to get

imagine down under. That's a good

idea. Her album, confessions on a

dance floor, debuted at number 1,

so she has some big fans here. Gone

back to what she does best, pure

pop. This is another pick for me,

I'mian nature. We have them with us

at Dreamworld on Friday They are

great. Number 1 on the aria charts,

gone mow town, reach out, these

guys do harmonys like no other,

heard it flew the grapevine. Moving

on,

on, James Blunt, biggest romantic

CD of 2005. One of the highlights

of the Sunrise for the entire year,

his performance. Love this, Bernard

Fa