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Tonight - Julian takes to the skies

over flood-affected Lockyer Valley.

Dave sits down with Andy Murray and

his mum. And fundraising for the

floods as we whip around the nation.

This is the 7pm Project.

Hello and welcome. It's good to

have you with us. Joining mow at

the dev tonight, please welcome

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) back Nicole, And our other guests.

Guys, it's obviously been a big

week. Arguably the biggest week in

Australian news in riant history.

How has it been for you? It's so

devastating to see the images. I

feel pretty helpless from where I

live. I've watched Australia band

together in support and that's been

uplifting. It makes you roley proud.

The resilience of the people.

People were still quite resilient

in keeping their hopes up and

things which is great. Definitely.

Now it's time for the headlines. In

the news today. 16 people are

confirmed dead and another 53 are

still missing in the Queensland

flood disaster. Flood waters are

slowly receding, revealing sheer

devastation. Thousands of Brisbane

residents have started returning to

their homes as the mammoth clean-up

effort begins. I want to cry.

There's nothing that can be

salvaged. But there's good the residents of salvaged. But there's good news for

the residents of the town of

Goondiwindi, south-west of Brisbane.

Authorities are confident water

levels won't rise enough to flood

the centre of the town. But many

farming properties have been

destroyed. Some horrendous losses.

Loss of income. It's a very, very

wealthy cotton-growing area and we

can do without that. In Victoria,

more than 350 people have been evacuated from their homes as

torrential rainfall over the west

of the State. There are flood

warnings for residents. Oprah

Winfrey will be doing her bit for

Queensland when she airs her first

Australian show next week on

Channel Ten. The sun shine State

was her first stop -- Sunshine

State was her first stop when she

visited last month. She will be

telling viewers how they telling viewers how they can donate.

Oprah will do lot for us. But I'd

love to see her and Gayle there

waist-deep in sludge. It would be

better if Dr Phil was there. And

you tell him, "What you node to do

is keep digging, mate." The big

booming voice. Brisbane! Whether

she was here, six weeks ago, it was

in all its glory and now it looks

different. She does sell things

really well. And for Oprah fans out

there, you can catch her Australian

specials rights here on Ten

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and

Sunday from 7pm next week. With 53

people still missing, the job of

search and rescue continues in the

devastated Lockyer Valgy. Today,

Julian -- Valley. Today, Julian

went out there with the Defence

personnel. It's the biggest number

of troops deployed to a natural

disaster since Cyclone Tracey. They

all focused on the one job. I'm

about to get on to a Blackhawk

helicopter. We will fly directly to

the Lockyer Valley. This is a

search and rescue mission. The

flight in is terrifying. For

kilometres, the destruction is

unrelenting and it's tough to

imagine how this usually beautiful

part of the country could ever

recover. Probably the most

terrifying and exhausting work that

I've ever done. On the ground, up

close, you really get a sense of

how inescapable the torrent of

water that hit these parts

water that hit these parts must

have been. Just standing here, you

realise the term tsunami is not a

beat-up at all. There's debris

everywhere, boots, video cameras,

cars upended in trees. One can only cars upended in trees. One can

imagine the massive effort that

will have to be undertaken to

rebuild the city. Stories of

rescues and locals refusing to be

have beaten. For our troops, they too

have been inspired by what they've

seen. Nobody is shooting at us.

We're really helping the people in

our frontyard. It's the most

significant event I've been able to

help with. Julian, a great insight

with that story. How dangerous are

the rescue missions for these guys?

they're When military personnel tell you

they're terrified, you believe it.

They went in to Grantham on Tuesday,

in exceptional weather conditions.

They had to dive through clouds. It

was dark, driving rain. And they're

winching people off rooftops and

had HIH to be centimetre perfect.

They were not only putting their

lives at risk, but 3-year-old

children who were dangling with

their them. It was incredible hearing

their stories. Grantham was one of

the areas worst hit. What's it

looking like now? It is a scene of

utter derve station. I know it

sounds like a cliche but every step

you walk there's a piece of debris.

Whether it's a mobile phone or a

child's diary, you realise it's

come kilometres from the houses.

Houses that have been completely

recovery emptied and lives destroyed. The

recovery effort is going to take

months. Julia Gillard, our PM, made

it in to Grantham today, did you

get a chance to catch up with her?

I saw her plane. So I know she went

to rally the troops and they

probably need it because they're

all over Brisbane. We had eight all over Brisbane. We had eight

armoured personnel carriers pass us

before. The military are a big

before. The military are a big part

of this cleeb clean-up. -- clean-up.

It is great to see the Army are

down there doing a great job, but

what was it like hanging out with

those guys? The biggest part you've

ever been is part of the KISS Army?

That's right. You look at what

they're doing. This is just a

supermarket next to me. A local

supermarket. Talking to the owner,

he's saying, "It's not only the

money he's lost, because it's not

insured, all the garbage poses a

health risk." There is rotting meat

and a pungent smell in the air of

all these flood-affected areas.

It's almost add the stage where you

don't know where to start. Great

people on the ground. Let's hope

they make an indent. Thank you very they make an indent. Thank you very

much for chatting with us. Thanks.

Now, many other parts of the

country are also experiencing

extreme and weird weather. Is it

all related? The Eastern Seaboard

is awash from Queensland, NSW down

through Victoria, and in to

Tasmania. In the west, there's been

bushfires and floods. In the Top

End, freak storms and now a cyclone forming. It's hard

forming. It's hard not to think

it's all gone to... Experts fear

it's all down to a La Nina. Tassie,

tropical? It's not just Australia

in the grips of bizarre weather. Since the devastating Pakistan

floods in July, thoorz been Israeli

wild fires, snow storms in the UK,

even Russia has been hit with

extreme heat waves. Hundreds of

people were killed in Brazilian and

Sri Lankan flooding and landslides.

2010 was declared the world's

wettest year on record. There's a

few options here. One - just a

bizarre coincidence. Two - it's

weather as it's always been. Or

three - clime td change experts are

right and it's only going --

climate change experts are right

and it's only going to get worse.

We welcome you. Experts are blaming

La Nina, can you tell us what that

is? We have a seesawing in the

climate with El Nino and La Nina.

We have floods and drought in each

one. The temperature of the Pacific

Ocean on the other side near South

America. Whether the ocean is cool

there, we end up with floods over

here. Whether it's warmer there, we

end up with drought. I get it, it end up with drought. I get it, it

involves South America, but why do

we use the Spanish names? It wasn't

discovered by scientists. Fishermen

knew about this centuries ago. They

knew certain Christmases it was

quite hard to catch fish and that's

related to the ocean there. They

refer to it as El Nino, baby Jesus,

I guess, took the fish. When

scientists got involved, they

realised there was an opposite

phenomenon. They had to come up

with La Nina, the little girl. I

with La Nina, the little girl. I

like anti-Christ. We've been

hearing the terms for a while now,

is this La Nina worse than any

we've experienced before? It's a

bad one. It sounds scientific.

Sometimes warm and cold. But in

reality, it's not that predictable

and periodic. Sometimes you have

very strong El Ninos and

very strong El Ninos and La Ninas.

It's quite unpredictable. We're in

quite a strong one. Is there -l

this related to climate change?

That's the $6 million question.

Some of the computer models that

are looking at climate change say

that we could be in for more

extreme weather in the future. They

don't all say that. An indication

of how sneaky climate claifpg can

be. It plays in to these natural

systems that had an oscillation. If

it became more extreme, then small

increases in temperature could have

large consequences. It's an open

question. It could be affected by

the climate changes. Do you know

when it will be over? You can sort

of predict it to that extent

because you can measure the

temperature of the ocean in South

America. It looks as if there's

still a few months to go. Not great

news but we do appreciate your time

explaining it to us tonight. Thank

you. I don't want to be flippant

about the situation. But with that

name, La Nina, it sounds like thin

last couple of rounds of 'So You

Think You Can Dance'. And someone

says you have to dance to the La

Nina. There will be more after this.

Coming up - the small Aussie town

tackling high speed. And boys and

their mums. You Tweet? I do. I

don't follow her. Don't you!

Welcome back. Nicole, more news?

The brother of Kings Cross

nightclub owner John Ibrahim is

recovering in hospital after being

shot. Hang on. We

shot. Hang on. We went in. Sorry.

Welcome back to The Project. More

news for us. The brother of Kings

Cross nightclub owner John Ibrahim

is recovering in hospital after

being shot outside his home. He was

shot twice in the leg but his

condition is not life threatening.

A Victorian town is offering to

change its name to help reduce

Australia's road toll. A tiny town

called Speed north-west of

Melbourne will become Speed Kills

the campaign's Facebook page. for a month if 10,000 people like

the campaign's Facebook page. Phil

is a wheat and sheep farmer from

Speed and a supporter of the

campaign and joins us now via Skype.

How are you feeling about living in

a town called Speed Kills? Pretty

good. The community had a meeting

and we're all really much behind it

and glad to be part in the campaign

and hopefully make some difrps.

It's all too common on our country

-- difference. It's all too common

on our country roads and the

fatalities went up by 25% last year

on rural roads - is that part of

the motivation? We're behind thafpt

the TAC has run some really

effective campaigns in the past

with driving and road conditions.

We thought it would be an extra

part of that. With our unique name,

we thought why not go along with

it? Speaking of that unique name,

where does it come from, the name

Speed? A family name. Apparently Mr

Speed was a commissioner on the

railways around the 1900s. And it's

named after him. He had three sons

farmed in the Speed district. We

hear the 45 residents of Speed are

pretty excited about their town

being on the TV tonight - what are

the plans? We're pretty excited

alright. People will be glued to

their TV sets and very excited

about being on TV and part of this

campaign. We're really, really

proud of our town and proud to be

part of the campaign and hopefully

we can make a difference. There is

only 45 people in your town, so it

would be pretty close-knit. When

people start hooking up, is that

called Speed dating? Yeah, probably

rumours but we like to leave it to

ourselves. Thanks so much for

joining us. We hope enough people

find you on Facebook to get the

campaign up and going and good luck

with it. If you do want to support

the campaign, you can find the link

on our website. A bit of a gear

change. The Australian Open begins

on Monday, obviously. I got to chat

with last year's runner-up, Andy

Murray, don't want to make a big

thing of it, and I got to talk to

him and his mum and I took along

him and his mum and I took along a

very special guest. Andy Murray is

Britain's number one tennis player.

In rank and in popularity. The P

morbgs s can't get enough of him

and after charming Australia as the

runner-up to Roger Federer in last

year's Aussie Open, he has a win year's Aussie Open, he has a win in

his sights this year. I got to have

a chat with the Scottish champ and

his mum. His ex-coach and biggest

supporter. Not to be outdone,

though, I brought along my mum. Are

there times with Andy when you

thought, "Maybe you should study

accountancy or something?" Only

when he was two and kept missing

the ball. He kept saying, "More

ball." And more balls he got.

Beginning tournaments under 10, he

rose through the ranks and moved to

Spain at 15 to train professionally.

Spain, hey - sweet gig. It's

obviously very different lifestyle

in Spain as it is in Scotland. I

loved it over there. So you call a

siesta halfway through a match.

He's currently ranked number five.

Andy's a busy boy. With all that

tennis he's playing, what does his

mum do to pass the time? You Tweet?

I do. Do you get a bit of, "Mum is

Tweeting again?" I actually don't

follow her. Probably just as well.

I never Tweet anything about you.

Do you get nervous watching him

play? A mixture of nausea and a

heart attack rolled in to one. I

normally look up towards the box

and it's good to see people you're

familiar with and having your

family there definitely helps. So

it's pretty safe to say she's one

proud Mum, especially at last

year's Open. To sit there and watch

your child playing in one of the

biggest tournaments in the world

against possibly the greatest

player of all time was a massive

thrill. A thrill it was to watch

him thrash it out with Roger. But

it was what he said in his speech

at the end that got the whole

nation watching. I can cry like

Roger, but I can't play like Roger, but I can't play like him.

We never thought he would end up as

one of the great players in the

world. She did a good job, my mum. But Venus Williams is obviously

But Venus Williams is obviously

here for the Open. She's famous or

infamous for her outfits. Everyone

wants to know what she will be

wearing. What can we expect from

your outfit this year? I always

have the, not always, but a lot of

time Illusion. So more Illusion.

And also a bit of skin. More skin this

this year. We'll see. Illusion -

what's that? I've never heard of it

but I'd love to wear it. Perhaps

maybe make me five kilos lighter. maybe make me five kilos lighter.

I'm buying it tomorrow. It's a

weird statement like skin. How can

she show more skin than last year? (LAUGHTER)

This is to intimidate her opponents

or something? She was actually

wearing brown bike shorts under her

outfit. It was a little bit better

than we thought. I'm sure she was.

And we all love Aussie girl Alicia

Molik. No more evidently than Bruce,

as you can see her. Thank you. I've

teached you a bit today. Beautiful

girls in Australia, aren't they?

You're standing alongside one right

now. Can't say no, can you. Thank

you. Awkward. Awkward. More awkward.

There you go. Pull it in. There you

go, indeed. We're going to take a

break. Next week on 7pm, Charlie's

back with another look at life for

our Aussie soldiers in Afghanistan.

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Welcome back. Time to find out

what's happening around the nation

this weekend. Let's head back to

Brisbane now. Tim, hello. Hey, guys.

The good news is here the weather

is clearing. Some of the roads have

started to open again. And the

clean-up has begun. We're a long

way off getting back to normal.

Communities all over Australia are

getting together to raise fund for

Flood Relief. Al barbgs ny Creek

high have told you to join -- Al

barbgs ny Creek High have told you

to join the Zumba classes. 9:30

tomorrow doofplt you like my

special guest. $10 to do the class.

All proceeds going to Flood Relief.

Get involved, guys. Great cause.

All the best. Jason, what's

happening in Adelaide? Adelaide's

got a huge German tradition from

things to our poorly received

Eurovision entries. This is two

days of everything German. Look

behind me. They were slapping each

other before. It's fantastic. And

it includes two of my favourite

things - beer and people shooting

air rifles. You can't miss this.

Ellis Park in Adelaide. If you

don't know where it is, follow the

sound of guys slapping each other.

The Tour Down Under kicks off too.

If you drink and ride, (Speaks

German) You have ways of making

people dance. What's going on in

Melbourne? Melbourne's doing its

part to help out those affected in

Queensland. Just over here, you'll

see the Rod Laver Arena. The best

players will be playing for Rally

Relief. Feder, Hewitt, Nada --

Federer, Hewitt, Nadal. Circus Oz

performers too will be coming up.

And the campus dog show on earth,

taking place. Let's have a chat

here to the contestants. They're in

their leisure suits. You're not

going to win with that answer. Come

on down. Bring a picnic blanket. It's free. Bring your coins. See

you then. Sam, what's going on in

the west? We have a heap of stuff

organised to help out. Grant Smiley

has organised Dance Aid. Get along

to that. And in Kings Park, we have

Shakespeare in the Park. They're

performing my favourite play based

on a Dire Straits song, 'Romeo and

Juliet'. The pen is mightier than

the sword. They say the sword is

mightier. Let's see about that.

This is what I can do with a pen.

Thanks, Sam. Hey, guys. G'day. If

you want a laugh and raise money

for the Flood Appeal, come here to

the Sydney Comedy Store Sunday

night at 8 o'clock. Some of the

biggest comedians there. And we

have the boys from Axis of Awesome.

You have a bit of an announcement

you've been holding on to all week.

Can you tell everyone what it is.

You guys are starting your new show

on Nova. We didn't want to bring it

up. Thanks, guys. Thanks to all our

guests this week. It's been a big week. Have a