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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. and thousands of fans Tonight - family, friends Peter Brock. farewell motor racing great,

I loved him, I'll just let him know that at the defence force Shelley Kovco lashes out into her husband's death. as new bungling hits the inquiry of inflaming anti-Muslim feelings. Sydney's Catholic Archbishop accused tried to gain. I don't know what the cardinal of Steve Irwin's final adventure. And exclusive video with Ian Ross. VOICE-OVER: This is Seven News Peter Brock has been farewelled Australian motor racing legend Good evening.

in Melbourne. with a State funeral to a father, a friend Thousands of mourners heard tributes and great bloke. put aside their differences, Even the two women in his life united in grief. Peter Brock's slowest ever. This ride was perhaps with that plate 'BROCKY'. But it was a Holden, a Statesman, And here to say goodbye - the fans, friends and family. St Paul's Cathedral. The queues wound around here to honour the greatest. A line of motor racing's greats of the rest of us ever appreciated. He was much more genuine than many

to think that he won't be around. how much somebody is appreciated I think you don't realise just until something like this happens.

is out of hospital. His partner in the fatal crash from the accident, I'm recovering pretty well I realise I got issues but, you know, for a while. I will be dealing with in Federation Square. 1,000 more gathered Men fighting back tears. our own royal family. I think Australia's lost its king, Their memories indelible. He signed it? He signed it, and then I went down and got it tattooed, yeah.

in the Australian flag and flowers, Brock's coffin was draped and helmet. flanked by his portrait They chose music both traditional... 'AMAZING GRACE' PLAYS ..and indigenous. DIDGERIDOOS PLAY who guarded his deepest feelings, Friends told of man but adored his kids. You guys had a terrific dad, as you are of him. he was as proud of you

and never quit. Brock lived life large So for Peter, for truly enhancing our lives. thank you very much spoke for the family. His daughter Alexandra that Dad would guide me. My mum wisely said to me I didn't want to talk for that long. But I said

She did so well. CROWD LAUGHS

I don't have my Dad's eloquence, that he deserves through words. so I can't really do the justice know that I loved him, we all did, But I'll just let him and I miss him, get to see and I miss the fact that he won't his grandchildren grow up. As his coffin left the church, at funerals - something you don't get spontaneous applause. RAPTUROUS APPLAUSE of digeridoos. And this - an honour guard Brock's women - Bev, his de facto of 28 years,

his partner of the last 12 months - and Julie, walked out together, for the one-time best friends. a brief display of unity

complete, With this very public ceremony of 12 Holdens, the family filled a convoy moment - and headed for a far more private in the city's northern suburbs. his cremation service who lived fast and died too young. He was the motor racing champion might not be his last. But this slow drive taking his ashes His family are considering at Sandown to the public memorial on Friday to give Brockie one final lap. In New South Wales, honoured their racing hero hundreds of Brock fans at Mount Panorama, King of the Mountain nine times. where he was crowned and held a low-key service, They signed condolence books, many shedding a tear. I think it was really important knows him from. because this is where everybody The tributes will continue at next month's Bathurst 1000 for the Peter Brock trophy. with drivers competing has broken down The widow of Private Jake Kovco his death was a horrible accident. while telling an inquiry Shelley Kovco says she doesn't blame anyone for the fatal shooting

in Baghdad last April, for its bungled investigation. but criticised the military military inquiry, Throughout the 3-month-long she's held her silence. finally got to have her say. Today, though, Shelley Kovco was a terrible accident," she said. "Jake's death when the fatal gunshot rang out His two room-mates there

weren't responsible. But the truth may never be known. can tell me what happened to Jake I don't believe this inquiry an Australian diplomat, But she does blame wishing he'd admit stuffing up Kovco's body at the Kuwait morgue, for failing to identify Private instead sending the wrong body home. her voice breaking with emotion, Tearful, at times, mistake after mistake. Shelley Kovco said there had been

another happened." "Just as I got over one, to admit to another. And today, the ADF was forced The inquiry had to be halted investigated whether a TV network as Defence Force officials

on broadcasting proceedings. breached the ban their belongings searched. Journalists were ordered to leave, to watching file pictures. Defence later admitted for the military. Another bad and damaging day don't blame the Defence Minister But Shelley Kovco's parents for all that's happened. I'll stick my neck out. Brendan Nelson should resign. I personally don't believe it's a systematic failure. I said on my statement Let the system fix it. later this week. The inquiry is expected to end have accused Cardinal George Pell Sydney's Muslim leaders by linking Islam with violence. of inflaming tensions, The Catholic Archbishop

to demonstrations against the Pope, was calling for an end a new religious war of words. but instead started Graffiti on a Sydney wall. Before it was covered, it read - "The Pope was right". The rest is unflattering to Muslims. Cardinal George Pell's call for religions to unify has done anything but. I don't know what the cardinal tried to gain by rekindling the whole matter once again. That matter is a reference by the Pope to a medieval text, linking Islam with violence.

Muslims worldwide protested, effigies were burned, a nun was murdered.

Australia's most senior Catholic says the reaction... Why, when somebody's of a Muslim background, we automatically associate the religion with these people? Australia's Muslim leaders believe the perceived link between

their religion and violence is mainly because the bad images are the only ones that make the headlines. I don't know why we're ignoring the interpretation of the scholars who understand the faith than focusing on the interpretation of the terrorists, who in every sense of the word are criminals. Cardinal Pell wouldn't talk today, but his sentiments were backed by Morris Iemma - a Catholic Premier serving a largely Muslim electorate. I support the moderates in the community asserting a leadership role to reign in extremists. One thing most can agree on. We need to step up and acknowledge there is a problem and let's deal with it. Stop sweeping it under the carpet. The Deputy State Prosecutor is under attack over claims he tipped off a child porn suspect. Greg Smith is being pressured to quit after becoming a Liberal Party candidate for the next election. But he denies claims of improper conduct. On Saturday, he celebrated victory over star candidate Pru Goward for Liberal preselection. Today, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Greg Smith, is embroiled in scandal for telling Crown Prosecutor Pat Power about child pornography found on his computer before alerting police. Instead of tipping off his mate, Mr Smith should have immediately rung the police. Mr Patrick Power were carried out in a correct and proper way in accordance with instructions from the New South Wales Director of Public Prosecutions Nicolas Cowdery, QC. Mr Smith made today's statement at Liberal Party headquarters. The Government says that's compromising the DPP's independence. You can't do both - be a political candidate and maintain the independence of the office of the DPP. I am very happy for Greg Smith to step down as soon as possible and get out there door-knocking. The Police Minister says officers aren't impressed. Certainly in relation to child sex offences, ever be informed before police. a person of interest should never,

In question time this afternoon, the Government's gloves were well and truly off. It found this judgment, which shows Mr Smith also recommended against prosecution of notorious paedophile Robert 'Dolly' Dunn because it was supposedly "grossly unfair". The Labor Party's going to trawl through every single case and find technical complications - that's the reality. James Hardie directors have been criticised

for trying to double their pay while asbestos victims wait for compensation. Protests were held, outside today's shareholders meeting in Sydney. Inside, the company confirmed it's still negotiating with the tax office over its compensation fund. These people and their families will not go unpaid. I say it again - these people and their families will not go unpaid. Hardies has rejected a call to appoint a victims' representative to the company board. One seat will remain empty at tomorrow's public memorial for Steve Irwin - his spot next to wife Terri and their children. They'll celebrate Steve's love of life, which was on show, as he left on his final adventure. Setting off from Port Douglas, Steve Irwin stood proudly on the bow of his boat, waving as he went, leaving this lasting image of a man giving his final goodbye. 'Croc One' then powered out to sea. We all know now that he would not return. After more than two weeks of tributes, Steve Irwin's final chapter will be played out tomorrow during a memorial service at Australia Zoo beamed live around the world, including on Channel 7 from 9am. We're estimating something like 200 million to 300 million people could be watching this service tomorrow, live. All 5,000 seats in the Crocoseum will be filled, except one. There will be one seat left alongside of the family for Steve, because he loved the Crocoseum, he built it. And his cap, his Australia Zoo cap that he always sat and wore. His Hollywood mates - Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Kevin Costner and Cameron Diaz - have made video tributes. Grieving widow Terri and daughter Bindi will wait until the last moment before deciding whether to speak. Plenty of tears are expected, and smiles, too, as we celebrate the life of not just a fearless Crocodile Hunter, but a great Australian. I want to share the person that I knew with the world.

Ahead in Seven News - the hidden cost of Sydney's high petrol prices. Also, scientists discover a shark that walks. And a facelift for the hotel behind a comedy classic. Are you going to do the car? In a moment, my little Piranha fish. SLOW FUNKY MUSIC Yeah... ..they're together at last - Optus Broadband and the latest Compaq notebook. It's so simple. From just $69.90 a month, that's only $16.15 a week, when combined with an Optus home phone or eligible mobile. Visit your local Optus World store for a demo. SONG: # Give me the simple life. # Yeah. Sydney's record petrol prices have eased in recent weeks, but consumers are still paying hidden extras according to a new survey. Businesses say transport remains a major cost and they have no choice but to pass it on. So far this week, filling up has been less painful. But for small business owners like Adrian Simonfi, the damage of high petrol prices has already been done. Whether it's putting on new staff, buying a new vehicle, I'm passing the costs onto the customer at the moment. Nearly half of all businesses surveyed by the NRMA

have reported profit cuts of 5% to 15%.

More than a third are cutting back on hiring staff and giving pay rises. They've also been forced to increase the prices of goods and services. The expectation is that fuel prices will go back up and we'll start to see the rise up before Christmas. So they're now taking steps to say "We gotta pass these costs on, we can't carry them any longer." The motoring group is calling for a Government subsidy for small businesses to convert their fleets to LPG. The same way private cars have been subsidised. $2,000 would go a long way for each vehicle because at the end of the day it's a lot cheaper. Australian car manufacturers are also accused of being part of the problem because of their refusal to make four-cylinder cars and more LPG-powered vehicles. The NRMA says the Government should withhold subsidies to the car industry until they catch up. The Government's actually got the power to force them to change their behaviour and I think they should exercise it. Anti-government demonstrations, have turned to riots in the Hungarian capital, Budapest. Hundreds of protesters stormed the state-run televison channel, setting fire to cars parked outside. Police then moved in with tear gas and water cannon.

At least 100 people were injured. The protests started over leaked recordings of the prime minister, admitting he's repeatedly lied about the state of the economy.

Marine scientists are celebrating after discovering dozens of new sea creatures off Indonesian West Papua, including a shark that walks on its fins. The metre-long epaulette shark is among 52 previously unknown species of fish, shrimp and corals. It's not very often that new species of sharks are found, and finding two of them within these two surveys is certainly very exciting. But the region, called Bird's Head Seascape, is under threat from fishermen using dynamite and cyanide. The English hotel, that inspired the comedy classic 'Fawlty Towers' has reopened after a facelift.

John Cleese stayed at Torquay's Gleneagles Hotel in 1971 and described its owner, as the most wonderfully rude man he ever met. But he would've been no match for Basil Fawlty. For you, Mr Fawlty? Ah, thank you, Polly. Are you going to do the car? In a moment, my little Piranha fish. Prunella Scales, the actress who played Sybill Fawlty was guest of honour at the gala reopening. Australian researchers have unveiled what's believed to be the world's first health watch - a wristband that keeps track of the body's vital signs. The device will help diabetics constant monitoring. and anyone else needing

It's not a fashion statement, but it could be a lifesaver. Former Richmond rover Dale Weightman, who's battled Type One diabetes for more than 20 years, will be among the first jostling for this device called the MD Keeper. This prototype can take your pulse, perform an ECG and assess blood oxygen levels, the information forwarded via wireless technology to medical experts. Instead of people having to go to hospital, having to see their GP, they can be monitored successfully at home. It's expected this technology will assist not only diabetics, but anyone requiring ongoing medical checks. A convenient device that just makes life a lot easier. Trials are still ongoing, but these devices are expected to be commonplace within about three years. They won't come cheap, but they will revolutionise health care in this country. Down the track, it's expected they will also have a blood sugar testing function and an inbuilt GPS to assist ambulances in locating any elderly patient. Taronga Zoo has shown off its newest attractions but you'll have to get up close to see them. These tiny veiled chameleons are the first to be bred in an Australian zoo. And they don't seem to mind being in the spotlight. One day, they'll grow up to be as big as their proud dad. Time for sport with Ben Damon, and Mark Gasnier ready to play through the pain barrier. The Dragons star says he's willing to have painkilling injections just to get on the park. Also, good news for the Bulldogs - Roy Asotasi has been cleared to play in Friday's clash with the Broncos. And Lleyton Hewitt's camp deny he's scared of Argentina. To think that Lleyton didn't want to come here is way out of the question. With twistier, creamier pasta, Continental is the only Pasta & Sauce Side Dish with the Heart Foundation tick, and has 40% less salt Dragons centre Mark Gasnier has been named to play against Melbourne on Saturday night but admits he may need pain-killing injections. The news is better at Belmore where Bulldogs prop Roy Asotasi has been cleared to play the Broncos. these days, He doesn't go anywhere without ice

but for Roy Asotasi it's been worthwhile after the specialist gave his knee the all clear. Everything's fine. My knees looking pretty good. It's stable and he's happy with it so he's given me the green light. While the Dogs had a closed session,

Asotasi admitted he didn't hold back. No, I was just running through the whole team, I guess. Had to do something. I can't hold back. Definitely out to build a bit of confidence there. It's the last thing the Broncos needed to hear. He's obviously a real leader for them. You look at their forward pack, and they're either playing for Australia or playing for New Zealand. The Dragons have named Test centre Mark Gasnier, but he's yet to test out his abdominal injury. We haven't done a thing, to be honest. Just rehabilitated it. Done a lot of pool work and iced it. So I think we'll put it through its paces hopefully on Thursday. Gasnier's prepared to play with pain-killing injections if they'll help. Oh, definitely. If they're needed 100%. You know, you've gotta do whatever it takes to get out there, but in saying that, you've gotta be able to last 80 minutes as well. And a week after they signed Wallaby Mat Rogers, the Gold Coast Titans are set to announce JetStar as their naming rights sponsor for next season. Wallabies captain George Gregan has denied he's gambling with his test future by opting to miss the spring tour. Gregan announced today

he won't be going to Europe in November - instead he'll stay home and train for next year's World Cup. But the 127 test veteran doesn't think his decision will backfire. You're giving someone an opportunity but I'm thinking towards next year and I just think this block of training is going to help me next year. Stirling Mortlock is expected to replace Gregan as tour captain. The absence of any Victorian teams in the last four of the AFL finals has prompted a cheeky suggestion from Sydney Swans fan Morris Iemma. The Premier joined coach Paul Roos at Telstra Stadium today to publicise Friday's preliminary final and delivered his proposal. It's time to play the Grand Final in Sydney. I'm not sure that'll ever happen. Roos will name the side to play Fremantle tomorrow. A record sixth-wicket stand between Mike Hussey and Brad Haddin wasn't enough to prevent Australia losing their Tri-Series clash with the West Indies in Malaysia last night. Hussey and Haddin added 165 but Brian Lara and Chris Gayle helped the Windies home by three wickets. Lara and Gayle were brutal in their 151-run partnership. COMMENTATOR: Oh, that's a big hit straight down the ground. All the way for six. Full toss. Take that! The Windies home with 16 balls to spare. Now Australia must beat India on Friday to make the final. The war of words is on again ahead of this weekend's Davis Cup semifinal between Australia and Argentina. The Argentineans say Hewitt never wanted to be in Buenos Aires, claiming his security concerns and knee problem were nothing but excuses. That's rubbish according to Roger Rasheed. To think that Lleyton didn't want to come here is way out of the question. He's extremely excited by it and he's got a good team backing him up. Workers are still finishing off the new stadium that will be used for the tie.

And if you're out on the harbour this summer, watch out for a speedy new boat. It's an 18-footer called 'Gotta Love It Seven'.

The racing skiff has already been put through its paces off 'Mrs Macquarie's Chair'. Its crew led by Australia's best-known sailor Ian Murray. over the weekend

and I think performed above all expectations. 'Gotta Love It Seven' will compete in the Australian Championships in October and the world titles in February.

Roscoe, we will hear from Nick

McArdle from ar general Tina. Not

quite the security presence around

Nick that is around Lleyton. Our

fingers are still crossed

fingers are still crossed for Lleyton. Checking finance now, and the share market fizzled out after a strong opening driven by the resources sector.

Telstra was the only bright spot, adding 3 cents a share. It felt like summer in Sydney today, but don't pack away the doona just yet. I'll have the seven-day forecast after the break. It was unseasonably warm across Sydney today. In fact, it was our warmest September day for six years. Temperatures reached 31 degrees in the city, 10 above the average. It will be fine in the other capital cities. Mostly sunny and warm in Sydney tomorrow. Temperatures will reach 26 degrees in the city and in the west. Partly cloudy and 19 in Katoomba. Dry and mostly sunny conditions are here to stay for the foreseeable future. Very warm until early next week, with some cloud likely later on the weekend. Thanks to the warm weather, the pollen count remains high tomorrow. And that's Seven News to now. I'm Ian Ross. Thanks for your company. Goodnight. Supertext captions by the Australian Caption Centre. Hello, and welcome to Today Tonight. I'm Naomi Robson. Tonight - This man is a war hero,

but his son has treated him like the enemy. See how he threw his 92-year-old father into a nursing home, stripping him of his dignity and then sold everything his father owned. Now the bitter family feud to get it all back. That story in a moment. Also, from a size 12 to a size 24. The eye-opening experiment which proves how differently larger Australians are treated. Plus, violent parents banned from school grounds as teachers fear for their safety. And, is it a ghost? See the footage that's stunned the skeptics and judge for yourself. But first to the son who dumped his elderly father in a nursing home and then stole from him. In fact, Ray Ede's taken everything his 92-year-old dad ever worked for and understandably, his actions have caused a bitter family dispute, as Rebecca Bergh reports. He's fought for his country. He has medals for bravery. Now, at 92 years of age, Francis Ede's only son has dumped him in a nursing home and sells off everything he's worked for. I consider it's extremely evil, extremely malice. To me as a person, it's something that I can't comprehend. Sandra Belcher is distraught her brother Ray Ede could treat their elderly father so badly. She claims Ray tricked her mum, before she passed away, and her dad

into signing a new will, giving her brother enduring power of attorney.