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Tonight: the passing of Rugby

League ledge end, Arthur Beeston.

champion He was a role model. He was a

champion player. He's going to be

sorely mised in rugby league.

The ex-minister's sleep defence.

Ian McDonald tells the corruption

watchdog he noded off with Tiffany.

terror. Sam Ibrah -- Ibharhim describes her

NNYE celebrations. Sydney lines the long queues for

Good evening. Good

pay Also tonight: our pollies get giant

pay rises. Hot on the heels of

painful budget cuts. The three

Aussie debutants on the thick of

the summer. the action on the opening day of

But we begin with the death of one

of Rugby League's greatest, player, coach and commentator, Arthur coach

Beeston.

The 66-year-old suffered a heart

attack while riding his bike on the

Gold Coast. He's remembered as a

own. lovable bloke in a league of his

He was the man who put State of

Origin on the map. Arthur Beeston,

a rugby league immortal left his

sport in shock. We lost a great

footballer but a great friend and a

great friend of Rugby League.

He was a role model, a champion

player and he will be sorely missed.

He was a knock-out bloke. He loved

his league, his Queensland and his

loss will be felt by many.

Rugby League and sport has lost one

of its greatest and most affection

yait characters. He was the

backbone of State of Origin.

He was riding a bike not far from

his home this morning when he had a

heart attack. A local resident

tried to revive him before

ambulance officers arrived, but

there was nothing that could be

done. After starting at Balmain in

1966, he forged a career as the

best ball-playing forward in the

game. In 1974/75 he won two Premierships.

Arthur Beeston was going to his

friend's house to collect these

missed. photos. Frpbgts He will be sadly

missed. Particularly by me. They

will all be feeling the same way

that I do t side.

The league is considering ways of

honouring his contribution. I think

Arthur should have a statue. I do.

It will be a big statue. Clearly,

Rugby League will never be the same.

My life won't be the same without

him. A lot of blokes' lives won't

him. I'm sad. be the same without him. I loved

After spending several days

listening to sordi accusations of

his encounter with a prostitute t

former Energy Minister took the

stand at his corruption hearing.

denials. His evidence was peppered with

Confident after an hour in the

witness box, Ian McDonald decided

to walk for the cameras at

lunchtime, having admitted he was

in a hotel room with a woman. Under

intense questioning he said he was

in the Four Seasons Hotel for some

hours, and went there for a massage.

He was driven by Ron Medditch who

he assumed paid for the room and

the woman. He did not recall

kissing prostitute Tiffany, he

didn't know in she was on the bed,

couldn't recall if she was wearing

only underwear and didn't remember telling

telling her, "If only you knew who

I am you would be surprised". He

told the economic: "I took my coat

off, hopped on the bed and fell asleep."

He said he was drinking heavily and

was feeling sore. He asked Medditch

to arrange a p massage but denied

that was code for sexual services.

He had not repaid Medditch the $775

coast for the room and Tiffany. He

denied setting up an opportunity

for Medditch to make a business pitch for energy executives.

It will be up to the ICAC

Commissioner to decide whether his

admission that Medditch paid for

the hotel and the room and he

allowed him to make a business

executives, amounts to corrupt presentation to three energy

conduct. The wife of former Bikie

boss Sam Ibrahim gave a rare

insight. She held back tears as she

gave evidence at her huss bapbld's

kidnap case which heard if she's

jailed -- if he's jailed her family

would be vulnerable to attacks.

Sam Ibrahhim was convicted of

aggravated kidnapping in September.

Now John Ibrahim's oldest brother

is fighting for his freedom.

you worried? REPORTER: How you feeling Sam, are

Standing by him today was his wife

Karen, holding back tears and she

told the court she was living in

fear. In her bedroom and out the

back of her home she had CCTV

monitors which she said captured

strange mens staking out her house.

On one occasion she was so scared

of being shot, she hit a panic

button. So in 2009 when Sam Ibrahim

kidnapped a 15-year-old boy he

wrongly suspected of breaking into

his home, his lawyers claim he was

only trying to protect his family.

REPORTER: What do you see will

happen if Sam is jailed?

It was dark when the boy was

grabbed, shoveed in a car and

driven here to this park where he

was confronted by Sam and two other

men. But when Sam took the boy to

his wife, she said they had the

wrong person. Ibrahim let the boy

go and gave him $100 to keep quiet.

He went to the police. Psychologist

Tim Watson Munroe told the court

Sam has had post-traumatic stress

since being shot in January, adding

the former Bikie boss is seeking a

quieter life. He will find out if

that includes jail next Wednesday.

Our Federal politicians are set for

a huge preChristmas pay rise. A senior

senior Gillard minister admits it

is not a good look but insists

there is nothing the Government could do about it. Happy

rise. Happy or embarrassed? A little pay

Certainly, pay rises up to $90,000

are fodder for the tabloids.

Aparently more than the US

President, which I have a feeling

he has a bigger job. That's the PM

set to see a 23% pay hike.

With perks like a lifetime gold

pass travel and overseas study

tours, but they will go.

too They deserve it. If you pay them

too little you get idiots but you

get idiots when you pay them a lot.

Tuesday's budget wasn't festive

cheer. A bad look right now, but the independent tribunal

demonstrated how independent it is.

The headlines are speculation the

tribunal hasn't published its

determination. No-one denies Santa

is on his way. I will stand by the

determination of the ru muenation

as tribunal, as will the Parliament,

as will the opposition.

It's a yes from Tony Abbott. I think the remuneration tribunal

should be trusted to come up with a

better system. Even after the

increases, Australia's cricket

captain is still paid twice as much

as the nation's Prime Minister. The

seven times bigger. average pay of the top 20CEOs is

I think the responsibilities are

enormous and it is easy for people

to take cheap shots at politicians.

Tonight on Sydney Soapbox we are

asking how much should politicians

be paid?

Whatever her income, Julia Gillard

is in danger of being rolled by her

own party over same-sex marriage. Supporters

Supporters of law reform claim they

have the numbers to force a change to Labor's platform.

Two years ago they stormed the

gates, now they plan to crash right through.

There's strong support emerging

across Labor's factions. Queensland

became the latest state to legalise

same-sex civil unions. Order in the gallery.

This issue is fundamentally about

an issue of human rights. (CHEERING)

But parts of Labor's right have

drawn the battlelines, welcoming 100,000

100,000 signatures from conservative

conservative Christians opposed to

changes to the law. This issue of

gay marriage is the single most

important issue of the conference.

To change the Marriage Act needs

not only a shift in the Labor Party

platform but a binding vote on Labor MPs and Senators. The Prime Minister wants a conscience vote effectively sinking any reform. REPORTER: How do you see the numbers go? Look, that will They are promises a lot more to do with the bridge, waterfalls, different colours cascading and there is a new theme. This year it's called "time to dream". Get

your thinking caps on what that could mean to you. The other big changes are to do with music. For the first time the event has its own official anthem. It's called 'We Are The Light'. It is catchy. You can download it from iTunes with proceeds going to charity. And when it gets to midnight the firework also be synchronised to a

soundtrack made of Australian music.

We know ACDC and INXS will be

played but heaps of Indie artists

who don't know their music will be played

played on the world stage. It will

be a big surprise for them, a great

night for us and council is

promising it will be an environmentally-sustainable environmentally-sustainable event.

On top of Sydney's greenest

building, the Lord Mayor had a choir to help

choir to help sing the praises of a green New Year.

We try to ensure everything we do

is sustainable. That includes

hosting Australian Imperial

Services Australia's premiere --

Australia's Premier party. The

event price tag is up to $6.3

million. It's eight hours entertainment.

entertainment. So approximately $4

per person. That entertainment will

have a distinct Aussie feel. For

the first time the midnight sound

track will feature only local

artists but the play list is so

secret most bands haven't been told.

Trying to make people cry, jump,

get excited and have a party. There

is one other big surprise. What

will be front and centre on the

bridge is a secret, but this logo did appear

did appear at today's theme launch.

They call it the never-ending

rainbow, but to many people it may look look like a circle.

It represents the different layers

of our culture coming together for

one night. There's an uplifting

theme song to go with it.

# We are the light

It's very catchy and there are 30

days to go.

days to go.

Still ahead: some important medical

news: why scores of Australians are breathing easier, literally.

Also, the whistle that saved the

life of a stranded Sydney rock fisherman.

And the Bondi surfers more amped than usual.

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A man has been rescued from the

ocean in a dramatic operation.

Locals heard the 51-year-old

Locals heard the 51-year-old

screaming and blowing a whistle

after he was washed in last night.

He was pulled on to a police boat

more than an hour later.

The reason was he was wearing a

life vest. He tells us that without

it he would have drowned.

The experienced fisherman was

treated for shock and hypothermia.

There's blue sky around now, but

for most of today it was hardly beach weather for the start

beach weather for the start of

summer. Lifeguards have already been

been hard at work.

Day one of summer and an early

reminder of just how unforgiveing the ocean can be.

It's just pretty much unconscious, she

she was, when we got to her. This

woman was knocked off rocks at

North Bondi but rescued by a local.

It doesn't take much for a rogue wave to knock you

wave to knock you unconscious on

the rock. She was one of few at the

beach. There was little sign of the

sun. Summer? I had no idea. It's

freezing. It was 18 degrees on the

coast, but felt much colder because

of the wind-chill. A little bit

like home in the UK. By lunchtime

the sun poked its way through the

clouds but this remains a cold and

windy start to December. The bad news

news is the cooler temperatures

will still around for the next week at least.

The rest of summer won't be a

scorcher and it will be wet.

In the long-term we should see

average temperatures over summer,

with a 70% chance of above-average

rainfall. But expect some very hot

days and they will affect everyone

differently. Children and the

elderly are by far the

elderly are by far the greatest under threat.

Paramedics urge everyone to stay

cool and hydrated. As the

temperature soars and everyone is

out there, and the elderly in

particular using fans to cool the

house. There was no such need today.

Doesn't look like the first day

today, but bring it on, I love it.

Excuse me, I was hoping summer showed up

showed up somewhere, at some stage,

maybe soon. Tim joins us with more

details. Mix t news? Yes, well the

sky is the right colour this

afternoon. We have the blue of

summer, the temperatures are no

thank you. 22 in the Greater West x

seven below average. As we've heard,

doesn't look like temps will get

beyond 23 in the next week or so.

There is good news, the dams, up

There is good news, the dams, up

1.9% and we are sitting at 78.9%.

That's our best fall in around

about one year.

Now, what about this? Some terrific pictures.

This is night

This is night at Bondi with fluoro.

If you thought today was cold, what about

about the last night of spring in

that water? Beautiful stuff at Bondi last evening.

The weather will have blue sky, but the temps around 21.

Thank you. A taxi driver has been

charged over the discovery of a

critically injured British

backpacker in Manly. Daniel Moore

was found lying in a pool of blood.

Police spoke with the taxi driver

at the time, but took until today

to charge him with negligent drive

k. Mr Moore has

k. Mr Moore has since returned to

the United Kingdom.

The normally quiet town of Toukley

was anything but last night. A

Black Hawk helicopter was forced to

make an emergency landing. It

touched down on an oval in the

middle of town. Those who saw the

chopper was glad everyone was safe.

We could hear the propellers coming

down. Very noisy. The crew

down. Very noisy. The crew were

back in the air at midday.

Two million Australians have access

to new potentially life-saving

medication. The treatments for

chronic obstructive airway disease

could keep thousands out of hospital each month.

Luke's lungs are wrecked from years

of chronic Briton CITES and smoking,

making even

making even -- bronchitis and

smoking, making water dif -- walking difficult.

Luke and Barry have COPD, a group

of conditions causing damage to

breathing tubes and vital air sacs.

The patients find it difficult to

breathe, most can't get the air out,

they get short of breath. Every day

1,000 COPD patients occupy

Australian hospital beds

Australian hospital beds staying on

average seven days, costing almost

$4,000 per admission and almost $1

billion a year. To counter that

toll, the Government is subsidising

the first once-daily treatment to

die late and relax the constricted

air waves of COPD patients making

this affordable for all. It's a new

medication and it's not often new

medication and it's not often new

medications arrives. An anti-

inflammatory drug is now also

funded. It's a huge difference.

Chronic obstructive airwaves

disease is the common cause of

death and the sixth most don in women. If

If we can keep people out of

hospital, then that's a big step forward.

forward.

ComSec has the finance wrap next

including today's big surgeon the markets.

-- big surgeon the markets.

The shopping that makes things child's play.

And Britain's biggest strike in a generation.

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Welcome back. You're watching Ten

News at Five. Vic is our eye in the

sky. Tonight a serious accident sky. Tonight a serious accident at

Bexley is causing problems? It sure

is. We're live at Stoney Creek Road,

down from King George's. This

accident involving a four-wheel

drive and semi-trailer occurred a

little about 2 o'clock. All lanes

southbound went back to reopen one lane.

lane. There is the four-wheel drive.

Fresh investigation units are on the

the scene. A pretty big impact.

the scene. A pretty big impact. So

both directions, have been impacted

as a result of this crash. So

motorists heading towards the inner

suburbs should be avoiding this

area staying with the M5.

Get ready for a brand new shopping

experience - virtual change rooms

around Australia. are about to start popping up

around Australia. It has taken 15

years but one fashionista fantasy

is now reality. Retailers tried

every trick to win our business.

Could this be a game changer? We

launched it a year ago, there's a

out in Russia to version in Europe. It's been rolled

out in Russia to wave reviews. Now

local designers are tussling to be

first with swivel change rooms. The

beginning of the technology that

will make things so much more

exciting for people who want the clothing made.

The technology can be Taylored to

any brand and -- tailored to any

brand. It could allow customers to

try on a collection try on a collection without

stepping foot inside the store.

Retailers invest a lot of money in these

these locations. They are open for

a set period. Wouldn't it be

amazing, someone is walking down

the high street and they can have

an experience with your store when

the shops are closed? It

It could be a lifeline for

traditional stores feeling the heat

from the 24-hour convenience of

online shopping. And for those who

are spoiled for choice t new are spoiled for choice t new

technology also provides a virtual

opinion. shopping partner for that second

I would normally get my sister's

opinion. But she has to come along.

This way she doesn't have to come

along. I hate going shopping.

REPORTER: What do you hate about it? Too hard to choose.

Seems even the game won't change

the mind of some of our most

reluctant shoppers.

The Australian km markets rallied

for the -- Markets rallied for the

fourth consecutive session. The

major indexes closed up over 4%

with the Dow Jones up by 490 points. That was boosted by confirmation

agreeing that Global Central Banks are

agreeing to work together to slash

credit costs in Europe which will

help ease some debt concerns at least for now.

Our market closed higher by 2.6%, great

great day on the Aussie markets.

Thank you. Hundreds of thousands of

public sector workers in the United

Kingdom have walked off the job

over changes to their pensions.

Hospital workers and teachers were

among demon strayer demonstrators

at Britain's biggest --

demonstrators at Britain's biggest

mass strike in a generation.

Basically I think everyone deserves

a decent pension. Unions say the

changes will force employees to

work longer before they can retire.

The lawyer for The lawyer for the Newcastle teenager

teenager caught with drugs in Bali

rejected claims he could be released tomorrow. Prosecutors

decided not to appeal against the

boy's two-month sentence despite

initially pushing for three months

behind bars. His lawyer Anne

Rafferty has told Ten News the teen

-- M Mohammad Rifan has told Ten

Saturday. News he will stay there until

Tony Blair's former spin doctor

labelled Britain's press putrid.

Alastair Campbell told the inquiry

even looking into media ethics that not

even the Prime Minister's Office

was immune. He believes the only

news of Cherie Blair's most recent

pregnancy got out was through

hacking. I think we should defend

the genuinely free press. At the

moment I think we have a press that

has become frankly putrid. Mr

Campbell says a minority has

tarnished the entire industry.

Still ahead: our Soapbox question:

paid? how much should our politicians be

Also a timely warning. Dangerous

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Now the headlines. Rugby League

fans are toasting Arthur Beeston

after the 66-year-old died from a

heart attack.

Former Minister, Ian McDonald, told

the corruption watchdog he fell

asleep after going to a hotel room

with Tiffanie the prostitute.

Federal pollies are under fire for

getting massive pay rises.

Six years after the Macquarie

Fields riots a haven has opened for

troubled young people. Father Chris

Reilly worked his magic to create a

$7 million facility full of

opportunities. When Macquarie

Fields exploded, Father Chris was

drawn there. Six years on drawn there. Six years on his

dedication has paid off. This is a

statement to this community that

the young people are the most

important people and I hope that

these will be rolled out across

Australia. Full of promise t cepblter gives troubled youth a voice.

-- the centre gives troubled youth

a voice. I can record now. I

couldn't before, I had nothing. It's amazing.

# Up in the sky I fly high # Up in the sky I fly high

Father Chris Reilly's vision was

sparked by the riots. These two

youth workers remain the pain and

frustration of that fight. Their

futures were in lipbo. I would be

in -- limbo. I would be in jail or

not have a job. Now youth workers

it was fitting they hosted today's

opening. Frpbgts we were spotted by

Father, -- We were spotted by

Father as people who could give

back to the community.

Next year there will be Eden

College. It will take a couple of

minutes to realise why Father Chris

Reilly is nominated for Australian

of the year, but he says all he

cares about is being judged by the

kids. He's the man. I believe that

God gave us a real gift with him.

Parents are being warned about

dangerous presents that could turn

Christmas to a nightmayor. Hundreds

have been road tested to ensure

failed. they are safe. More than 100 have

They look like fun and games but

these toys are no laughing matter.

In young hands they could injury or

kill. Some are obviously dangerous.

It has the kapsty to take out someone's eye.

Others need no explanation. We have

the best gift for baby, not the

best gift for baby. Probably one of

the worst gifts. In total 117 lines

of toys were removed from shelves.

We inspected over 975 retail outlets.

outlets. In 236 towns across NSW,

we visited, to ensure no matter

where you live, you can protected.

Toys for big kids are in the

spotlight. International travellers

are being warned to be wary of what

they bring back to Australia. Know

before you go is the message. Know

what you can bring back into this country before country before you purchase a good.

High on the risk list, weapons,

laser pointers, fake perfume and animal products.

Tonight on Sydney Soapbox, we're

asking the question, how much

should politicians be pay snd let

us know your views on Facebook Twitter or e Marx ail. -- email.

First a view from Bondi Junction. I

think politicians should be paid

more than movie stars, they have to

be more popular and people are

giving them their taxes. I think

that should work for them. I think

they should be paid similarly what

others are paid based on how

complex the job is, how technical.

No more than $90,000. Probably on

average, as anyone in Australia

until they prove they can do the job.

You've got to offer the top money

for the top people. $50,000 a year.

If they're paid more we get better people.

MelissaHoya how much should

politicians be paid? I think when

you look at the

you look at the figures today, we

look at the increases, it's a lot

of money. We like to think they

should be paid a lot and it should

be the same as we're looking at in

the corporate world, but when you

see the figures on paper, we see --

we think no way are they worth that.

So you have to perform well to get

that sort of pay. And is it this

time about the timing? It seems

quite ordinary given everything

else that is going on and budget

reviews, the timing of what's made

people angry? The timing of this

announcement is appalling. There's

never been a worst time to suddenly

say, wow, Mrs Gillard, your pay has

increased by nearly $100,000, when

you have people who have not had a

pay increase for a couple of years.

It's a bad decision on behalf of the tribunal.

the tribunal. Thank you.

A new book reveals some behind-the-

scenes secrets from one of the most

loved movies. The seven actors who

played the Von Trapp children in

'The Sound of Music' have put

together a family scrapbook.

They were once the most famous

children on the planet. Now the

family has put together a book telling the

telling the story of what it was

like to be in 'The Sound of Music'.

We've got closets full of stuff,

private photographs, diaries,

letters, autograph books, that none

of these fans of ours have seen.

For 45 years they've supported our

movie, a billion people around the

world, it's about time we gave them

something back. We have these

wonderful behind-can-the scene

crazy videos of us, filming this

movie. No-one has ever seen them before.

Angela Cartwright is now a

successful artist in LA. Nicholas

living in Sydney. Hammond is an actor and writer

Nikki was gorgeous. I think I had a

bit of a crush on him.

# Adieu to ye and ye # Adieu to ye and ye and ye. Why

have none of the seven of you run

off the rails? We don't have the

drug problems, the scandalous lives.

It affected so many other child

actors? There were no divas in the

group of kids. We all were hard

workers. You had to be. I put it

good parents. down to parents. We all had really

And their 'The Sound of Music'

memories are all good ones.

It will show on television and

sometimes it will come on and I

sometimes it will come on and I get

suckered right in every time. I

don't get it. I've seen this movie

probably a thousand times.

A sad day with the passing of Arthur Beeston?

Yes. And after the break we will

career. take a look back and his incredible

from the Gabba. Also ahead, first-day highlights

from the Gabba.

cross-code player signings. Plus the Waratahs put a new spin on

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Welcome to Ten News Sports Tonight.

Tributes are pouring in for Rugby

League legend Arthur Beeston. The

66-year-old passed away this

morning while suffering a heart

attack, exercising on the Gold Coast.

Coast. ArtieBeeston -- Beeston changed the

face of rugby league. He entered as

a washed up reserve but he left

playing a legend after his stoush

with his team-mates.

State verses state was born. Artie's powerful

Artie's powerful performance sparking an unlikely victory that

inspired the Marrons -- Maroons for

decades. When he displayed the

courage he did at 35 to take the

opposition on single handed, I

thought I better help him out. In

his prime the hulking kid from the

Western Queensland cattle town was

considered the best running forward Australia produced.

Australia produced. Arthur Beeston'

weight was a subject for debate throughout his career and long after.

When I was doing my three or four

mile road runs. The same people

said I have a lack of discipline, I

never saw them out on the track

either. He left Balmain in 1971,

either. He left Balmain in 1971,

guideing the Roosters to two Premierships before taking over as coach.

He was controversially sacked as

Queensland Coach in 1990. They want

a normal person, someone who

wouldn't cost so much each year.

His Origin influence remained

powerful and his stature in the

state he loved. Named as a

after that Queensland Ambassador two decades

after that famous Origin experience.

Installed as rugby league's seventh

immortal, accolades flowed.

Australia's debutants have had an

impablt on the first Test against

amongst the wickets. New Zealand. Starc and Patten got

The three amigos arrived and inside

another three became the newest

members of the baggy green.

Pattison and Warner getting the nod.

Brendan McCullum took him apart.

packing. Then the debutants sent McCullum

Warner helped Starc to the perfect

beginning. Lyon made himself

familiar with a Gabba deck he'd

never seen before. Pattinson got

his first scalp.

New Zealand reeling at four for 94 at lunch it got worse

break. at lunch it got worse after the

But Australia left the chance to

their fingers. bury the visitors slip through

Michael Clarke what is going on?

The drop proved costly. Rain

insured there would be no more play.

insured there would be no more play.

Ashes-winning spinner Monty Panesar

says he'd love to play for NSW. He

international. hasn't ruled out becoming a dual

international. I may have to have a

word with the England rugby team

and you know, say I'm quick down

the wing, I could be that sort of missing link.

missing link. Panesar is living in

Sydney playing great cricket for Randwick Petersham.

There's new suits for our swimmers,

suit. with Speedo unveiling their new

World

World champions and Magnussen under

the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the

technology global parade unveiling the latest

technology designed to lower world

times. The sceptic also be there. I

think the exciting part is we're

going to a new era of swimming

again. The fast suits are gone t

fast skin is in. A three-piece

goggle, cap and suit system t result of

result of four years and 55,000

hours of testing. I've been

trialing it from the beginning. I'm

confident. It's legal to the

current guidelines and is approved

for 2012. Who knows what will

change in the future. The theory is

drag will be reduced, oxygen

economy will improve. Swimmers can

see world record also fall but

insists that is inevitable in an

Olympic year. At the end of the day,

we're wearing shorts f I break

we're wearing shorts f I break that

world record it's my own hard work,

not suit-assisted. This is pa pair

of the men's trunks, they're light,

not texture like paper, they're tight,

in a hurry. not the sort of costume you put on

It's about 15 minutes. There's

science in the goggles. Here is the

before and now the after through

blue the blue/grey tinted lens, they say

focuses them. blue calms the athlete, grey

confident. Probably world records. We will see impressive times we are

I said Fifa earlier and I meant

Fina.

I don't think I will wear one any

time soon. If you want me to.

Frpbgts I don't know.

I think Bailey would. He would.

I think Bailey would. He would.

We just couldn't find the season

today, it's called summer. We

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Tim joins us to talk about the

weather. With the kind of day we've

had to start summer, what are the

odds of a white Christmas?

Anything could happen. What

What is going to happen tonight,

hopefully is a bit of magic across

your television. We have the

Starlight Foundation on the TV,

round of applause for them.

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Very important. Their campaign to

Very important. Their campaign to

raise money this Christmas is an

ecampaighn. Joining me is Louise

bax xer, TEO. You must have a -- low

How will we raise the mon? We want

everyone around Australia to go to our our website and make whatever

donation they can, because

donation they can, because it's $6,000

$6,000 to grant one of these

lifechanging wishes. That means we

need to raise $600,000, at the

moment we're at $50,000. Folks, you

go to this website. Starlight Christmas.

You click on one of the stars and

that will give us some money to

help grant one of the kids a wish.

Louise doesn't want to go into a hospital

hospital in four weeks time on

hospital in four weeks time on

Christmas Eve and tell 10 or 20

kids they won't have their wishes

granted. Let's have a go. 100

wishes to be granted for seriously-

ill children. It is. A round of

applause for the cutest girl of the

day. Lulu. Have a look at her.

She can't believe she's talking to

a real-life chimpanzee. Well

a real-life chimpanzee. Well done

Lulu. It was meant to be Day 1 of summer. summer. What about that?

Three three below average in Sydney,

seven below in the greater west.

Warragamba Dam hits 80 per cent for

the first time in nine years. A beauty.

As we look for summer, I don't

think we will find it for a week. Thick

Thick cloud and a long trough is

generating rain and potentially

severe storms. Showers and storms

tomorrow in Eastern Queensland.

Isolated showers to the NSW Coast and Tassie. Rainfall, isolated showers.

So look at this, beginning to feel

a lot like Christmas. Lulu doing it

for the Starlight Foundation. Go to

the website and buy a star and

grant a wish.

Let's look at NSW tomorrow and a possible possible shower.

You are up to date with the Starlight Foundation.

Here is the News at six.

Thank you everybody. Making

Making headlines, the death of a League

League legend, tributes to player,

coach and commentator Arthur Beetson. Ian McDonald

Ian McDonald gives his side.

And a big fat pay rise for our

Federal politicians just in time for Christmas.

First Rugby League legend Arthur

Beeston has died. The 66-year-old

suffered a heart attack riding his

bike on the Gold Coast. He's remembered as a

remembered as a lovable bloke, who

was in a league of his own.

He was the man who put State of

Origin on the map, Arthur Beeston,

a Rugby League immortal left his

sport in shock. We've lost not only

a great footballer but a great friend,

friend, and a great friend of Rugby

League. He was a role model, a champion

champion player, he will be sorely missed.

He was a knock-about bloke from

country Queensland. He loved his

league and Queensland and his loss

will be felt by many.

Rugby league and sport has lost one

of its greatest and most affectionate characters.

He was the backbone of State of Origin. He was riding a

He was riding a bike not far from

his home this morning when he had a

heart attack. A local resident

tried to revive him before

ambulance officers arrived but

there was nothing anyone could do.

After starting at Balmain, he

forged the career as the best

ballplaying forward in the game. In

1974, 75, he won two Premierships

with John alongside him. He was going to

going to his house next week to

collect these framed photos.

He will be sadly missed,

particularly by me, but we had a

mighty side. They will all be

feeling the same way I do. He was

the first indigenous Australia to

captain his country in any sport.

The league is considering ways of

honouring his contribution. I think Arthur should have a statue.

Arthur should have a statue. It

will be a big statue. But clearly

Rugby League will never be the same.

My life won't be the same without

him. A lot of blokes' lives won't

be the same. I loved him. I'm sad.

After spending several days

listening to

listening to sordi accusations of

his encounter with a prostitute t

former Energy Minister, Ian McDonald

McDonald took the stand at his

hearing. His evidence was peppered with with denials.

Confident after an hour in the

witness box, Ian McDonald decided

to walk for cameras at lunchtime,

having admitted he was in a hotel

room with a woman. Under intense

questioning the former Labor Energy

Minister said he was in the Four Seasons Hotel for

Seasons Hotel for some hours. He

went there for a massage. He was

driven by Ron Medich who he assumed

paid for the room and the woman.

But that is where his memory failed.

McDonald did not recall kissing

prostitute Tiffanie. He didn't know in

in she was on the bed, couldn't

recall if she was wearing only

underwear and didn't remember

telling her, "If only you knew who

I am you would be surprised". He told the commission:

McDonald said he was drinking

heavily and was feeling sore. He

asked Medich to arrange a massage

but denied that was code for sexual services.

He had not repaid Medich the $725

total cost for the room and

Tiffanie. He denied setting up an opportunity

opportunity for Medich to make a

business pitch to State Government

energy executives but saw nothing

wrong for allowing Medich to speak with them at dinner.

It will be up to the ICAC

Commissioner to now decide if

McDonald's admission that Medich

paid for the hotel and the woman

and that he allowed Medich to make

a business presentation to three

energy executives amounts to corrupt conduct.

The wife of former Bike boss Sam

Ibrahim gave a rare insight into

her life of fear. Karen Ibrahim

held back tears as she gave

evidence at her huss bapbld's

kidnap case, which heard that if he

is jailed she said their family

will be vulnerable to attacks.

will be vulnerable to attacks.

Sam was convicted of aggravated

kidnaping in September. Now John's oldest

oldest brother is fighting for his

freedom in the face of a possible

25-year jail term. REPORTER: Hi Sam,

are you worried

Standing by him today was his wife

Karen, holding back tears. She told

the court in the lead-up to the

offence she was living in fear. In

her bedroom and out the back of her her bedroom and out the back of her

former home, she had CCTV monitors

which she says captured strange men staking

staking out her house. On one

occasion she was so scared of being

shot, she hit a panic button which

sounded an alarm. So in 2009 when

Sam Ibrahim kidnapped a 15-year-old

boy he wrongly suspected of

breaking in, his lawyers claim he

was trying to protect his family.

REPORTER: What do you see will REPORTER: What do you see will happen if Sam is jailed?

It was dark when the boy was

grabbed, punched in the face,

shoveed in the car, and driven here

to this park where he was

confronted by Sam Ibrahim and two

other men. But when Sam took the

boy to his wife, she said they had

the wrong person. Ibrahim let the

boy go and gave him $100 to keep quiet.

quiet. He went to the police. quiet. He went to the police. The

psychologist told the coast Sam has had post-traumatic stress since

being shot in January. He added the

former boss is seeking a quieter

life. He will find out if that

includes jail next Wednesday.

A taxi driver has been charged over

the discovery of a critically-

injured British backpacker in Manly.

21-year-old Daniel Moore was found in a pool

in a pool of blood in June. He suffered suffered a fractured skull and

internal bleeding. Police did speak

with the taxi driver at the time

but took until today to charge him

with neingli jepblt driving. Mr

Moore has since returned to the United Kingdom.

Christmas is coming early to kr

Federal politicians because they

are about to receive a pay rise. One Senior One Senior Minister admits it's not

a good look. Happy or embarrassed.

A little pay rise. Aparently it's

more than the US President, and I

feel he has a bigger job. That is

the PM set to see a 23 per cent hike.

Perks like the

Perks like the lifetime Gold Pass

Travel and overseas study tour also

go. Anyone who puts their hand up

to run the country, they deserve it. Tuesday's mini budget wasn't

festive cheer for the rest of us. A

bad look right now. The headlines

are speculation the tribunal has

not published its determination, though

though no-one denies Santa is on

its way.Ly Stapbld by the determination of the -- determination of the -- I will

stand by the determination of the

tribunal as will the Parliament and

the Opposition. A yes from Tony

Abbott. I think the remuneration tribunal

tribunal should be trusted. After

the increases, Australia's cricket

captain is paid twice as much as

the nation's Prime Minister and the

average pay of the top 20CEOs is seven times bigger.

I think it is easy for people to

take cheap shots at politicians.

take cheap shots at politicians.

It's been said Julia Gillard will earn

earn every cent of that pay if

she's to get her way at Labor's

national conference which starts

tomorrow. Leah joins frus the venue.

The next few days are looming as a

very testing time for our PM? Julia

Gillard says she wanted a robust national

national conference, but she could

be getting more than she bargained

for. Gay marriage is shaping to for. Gay marriage is shaping to be a

a divisive issue at this National

Conference. A Labor Lanebow

Alliance, they call themselves, say

they believe they have the numbers

to change the Labor Party platform

which would remove the definition

of "marriage" as between a man and

a woman. The big question is

whether they will step up this

fight and try to force this to be

Labor Party policy. This would

force Labor MPs to vote against force Labor MPs to vote against the

Marriage Act which currently bans

same-sex marriage. It wouldn't look

good for the Prime Minister because

it rejects her compromise position.

She wants to take a middle road and

offer MPs a conscience vote. This

is something that is supported by

some of the more conservative MPs who

who say they would never vote to

change the Marriage Act, even if

the party dictated it. Another

fiery issue we can expect is

whether Australia should sell uranium

uranium to India. This is something

that has aroused passions at Labor

conferences. The Labor left

generally opposes selling uranium to

to any country that hasn't signed a

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

But it the right says ipbld ya is

one of our closest allies and a

democracy. Julia Gillard could have

a win when it comes to this.

a win when it comes to this.

With 2012 approaching t veil has

been lifted on what we can expect

this New Year's Eve on Sydney Harbour.

On top of Sydney's greenest

building the Lord Mayor had a choir

to help sing the praises of a green New Year.

We try to ensure that everything we

do is sustainable. That includes hosting

hosting Australia's premiere party.

Even the crackers will be

biodgradable. One of the biggest in

the world. The event's price tag is

up to $6.3 million. It's eight hours

hours entertainment, so

approximately $4 per person. That

entertainment will be a distinct

Aussie feel for the first time and

the midnight soundtrack will

feature local artists.

feature local artists. The playlist

is so secret most fans have not

been told. It will make people get

excited. One other surprise. What

will be front and centre on the bridge

bridge is a secret. But this logo

appeared everywhere at today's

theme launch. They call it the

"never-ending rainbow" but for many

it may look like a circle. It

represents the different layers represents the different layers of

our culture coming together for one

night. There is an uplifting theme song.

# We are the light, we are the light

It's already catchy and there are

30 days to go.

Next up, thousands of Australians

take a rare deep breath. Find out why.

Also, the new gismo that Also, the new gismo that is

changing window shopping forever.

And we have the futuristic new look

for our swimmers heading to the London Olympics.

What you put in is what you get out of it, young lady. Keep your head and eyes to the front. VOICEOVER: We work hard to get into shape for summer.

All the way down, all the way up. Keep up the good work with a Chicken Teriyaki Subway Six-Inch Sub, just one of the low-fat subs from Subway Restaurants.

Vic joins us.

Still problems from an earlier

accident? Yes. We're at the King

Georges Road. Motorists get home,

it will be delayed. All three traffic

traffic lanes are pairly moving T

reason why it -- barely moving. The

reason why is because there was a serious

serious accident in Bexley. It is

blocking Stoney Creek Road. If you know

know anyone goes to Roselands, get

them to avoid those roads.

Two million Australians have access

to new potentially life-saving

medication. The treatments for

chronic obstructive airway disease

could keep thousands out of hospital each month.

hospital each month.

Luke Jossey's lungs are wrecked

from years of chronic bronchitis

and smoking, making walking

difficult. It takes effort and

repeated infections. Luke and Barry

Smith have Chronic Obstructive

Pulmonary p disease. It's a group of Pulmonary p disease. It's a group

of conditions damaging air sacs.

They get short of breath. Every day

1,000 patients occupy hospital beds.

To counter that toll t Government

is subsidising the first once-daily

treatment to die late and relax the

constricted airways of constricted airways of COPD

patients, making OnBrez affordable.

It's a new medication and not often new medications arrive.

And an anti-inflammatory drug

called Symbicort is also now funded.

A huge difference. Chronic Obstructive Obstructive Airways Disease is now

the fourth most common cause of death death in men death in men and sixth in women.

If we can keep people out of hospital

hospital and free of infections,

that's a big step.

Checking the finance news now. It's

been a good day for Australian shares.

Get ready for a brand new shopping

experience. Virtual changerooms

will pop up around Australia,

saving time, effort and for some

shoppers, their sanity.

It's taken 15 years but one fashionista fantasy has become reality.

reality.

Retailers have tried every trick to

win our business. Could this be a

game changer?

It's been rolled out in Russia to

wave reviews. Now local designers

are tussling to be first with

swivel changerooms. The beginning

of the technology that will make

things so much more exciting for

people who want bespoke clothing

made. The technology can made. The technology can be

tailored to any brand. If placed in

a shop window, it could allow

customers to try on a collection

without stepping foot in the store,

giveing a whole new meaning to window

window shopping. Retailers invest a

lot of money in these locations.

They are open for a set period.

Wouldn't it be amazing if someone

is down the high street and have an

experience with your store when the

shops are closed. It could a

lifeline to traditional stores

feeling the heat from the 24-hour

convenience of online shopping. And

for those spoiled for choice, the

new technology also provides a

virtual shopping partner for that second opinion.

I normally get my sister's opinion.

She has to come along, this way she

doesn't have to come along.

A lot of talk about Australia's

latest batch of cricket debutants.

Brad, they're doing well? They had

a terrific day, they had an impact

on a rain-affected first day of the

First Test. Mitchell Starc and

James Pattinson got amongst things. As the

As the three amigos arrived inside,

another three were the newest

members of the baggy Green

fraternity. PattinsonStarc and Warner.

Brendan McCullum took Pattinson apart.

Nicholas Siddle -- Peter Siddle

showed him how it was done. showed him how it was done.

McCullum was sent packing. Warner

helped Starc to the perfect

beginning. Matthew Lyon made

himself familiar with things.

Pattinson got his first scalp.

New Zealand were reeling at 4 for

94 at lunch. It was worse after the break. (CHEERING (CHEERING AND

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

But Australia let the chance to bury

bury the visitors slip.

Michael Clarke what is going on? The

The drop was costly.

From there he and Vettori added an

80 to an early tea break.

80 to an early tea break.

Ashes-winning spinner Monty Panesar

said he would love to play for NSW

this summer. He was doing cross- training

training with the Waratahs and has

not ruled it out. I may have to

have a word with the England Rugby

Team and say I'm quick down the

wing. He is living in Sydney wing. He is living in Sydney

playing Grade Cricket for Randwick-

Petersham. Our swimmers have been

given a turbo boost with Speedo unveiling

unveiling its answer to FINA's

tighter regulations. It is legal

but times will come under scrutiny.

World champions Phelps and Lachy in

New York, and distance Queen Rebecca

Rebecca in London.

Rebecca in London.

James Magnusson under the Sydney

Harbour Bridge. The latest

technology designed to lower world

times. The sceptic also be there regardless.

regardless. I think the exciting part

part is that we will going to a new

era of swimming again. Those banned

fast suits are gone t fast skin is

in. A three-piece suit system, the

result of four years and 55,000

hours of testing. I've been hours of testing. I've been

trialing it from the beginning. I

am confident now. It is legal

according to guidelines and is

approved for 2012. Who knows what

will change in the future?

The theory is drag will be reduced,

oxygen economy will improve,

swimmers can see world record also

fall but insist that is inevitable

in an Olympic year. At the end of

the day, we're wearing shorts, if I

break that world report it's my own hard work. In

hard work. In is a pair of the

men's trunks. They are light,

texture is like paper. They are

tight. They're not the costumes you

want to put on in a hurry. It's

about a 10-15 minute job. This is a

bigger test. And here are the new

goggles. They say blue calms the

athlete and grey focuses them. We

are confident we will see are confident we will see

impressive times from athletes. Probably world records. Practice

Practice for this weekend's Sydney

500 gets under way around the

streets of Sydney Olympic Park

tomorrow. While most of the

attention has surrounded Wincup and

Lownde's battle, the fight for

third sport will be intense with four

four drivers in contention.

So much can go wrong, we saw last year

year when we had a downpour, nine

of us went down on one corner. So

there's the potential for that. The

weather is hanging around.

Race 1 is on Saturday.

Vroom, vroom! Thank Thank you.

Stick around. Coming up next Tim

Bailey might have a weather update. Summer is missing.

This program is captioned live.

Time for somewhere venues. A pretty

cool start to summer?

cool start to summer?

Indeed. At about 1:30am, the bin

picked Sydney up. 65km/h. It will

not be out of the picture for three

or four days. Temperatures were

three below average in the city,

seven below in the West. It will be

worse tomorrow. We were not be able

to shake the showers or the wind.

If you happen to find somewhere

anywhere in the next few days, give me a ring.

That is the news for tonight, goodbye. Supertext captions

This program is captioned live.

Tonight: pollies pay rises. Could the timing be any worse?

Commemorating World AIDS Day. Can

dogs really sniff out cancer in

humans? And the man who juiced his

way to a brand new life. In is The Project.

Welcome to The Project. Chris Brown

here. We have Steve Price! (APPLAUSE)

Thank you for having me. We should

say Charlie was here. He came back

to work today, sitting on this desk

ready to go and he looked like he

would faint. He wasn't well at all.

We considered keeping here so he

collapsed live on air. We thought

better to send him home. We called

these two guys. You think you can

ring me up like this? How many sick

days have you had? None. You're

like a corkroach, indestructable. I

offered to check Charlie's

temperature and then he lest. --

left.

You can send Charlie a message on

our website or Facebook or Twitter.

The Prime Minister's pay packet

could soar by an extra $90,000 a

year. An independent tribunal is

recommending Julia Gillard get paid

$470,000 which means she will be

getting more than the US President.

Tony Abbott would get an extra

$74,000 a year. Rugby league great

Artie Beetson died on the Gold

Coast aged 66. He was the first

indigenous person to captain a

nati