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This is Seven's 4.30 News with Rebecca Maddern. This program is LIVE captioned. Good afternoon. In this bulletin - refuses medical treatment Kerry Packer in the weeks before his death. stranded off the coast of Vietnam. Two men describe their living hell, Rolex Sydney-Hobart race record. And celebrations for a new But first, Kerry Packer's doctor has revealed could have lived longer the billionaire media tycoon

but chose instead to die. he wanted to go with dignity, Friends and family say in his final days. refusing medical help of critical health problems The 68-year-old had a series a heart attack while playing polo. in the 15 years since he suffered He was diabetic, a kidney transplant, needed two major heart operations which was failing. "I'm running out of petrol," He said, and it was a good way of summing up in combination, all the organ failure "I'm not filling the tank again." and implied in that was,

share market opened this morning - PBL shares fell nearly 2% when the a better result than forecast.

It's the first time to Mr Packer's death shareholders have been able to react to take over the $7 billion empire. and plans for son James It's pretty much what we expected obviously had bought in because the major investors in PBL over the last year or so and were staying in could die at any time. in the expectation that Kerry Packer plans for a private funeral service. Mr Packer's family is now finalising to hold a public memorial They're also expected for the influential businessman. finished the day on the stock market We'll find out how PBL later in finance. stranded at sea Two sailors who survived 11 days off the coast of Vietnam have arrived back home to Australia. to be back on dry land, The two men were happy describing their ordeal as "hell". Here's some of what they had to say. now you're back in Australia? How do you feel I'm happy, yeah, so - fantastic. Oh, it's good. It's been a long time. Three sort of ordeals - and one on a little island one on the raft and one on a little island

over to the Australian Consul. and then the transfer And how did you get through it? those 11 days? How did you get through and... pretty hard this evening, We just stuck together so we just went through the routine. What did you talk about? Right through. Oh, many subjects. We went to hell and back, mate. no-one knew we were out there By the sounds of it, until we got rescued. we're happy to be home We'd just like to say, ah, the Vietnamese people more. and can't thank They were great. that saved us, The people on the island they gave us everything. It was only a poor island they gave to us, you know, and everything they had, so, yeah, that was a - yeah, it was an experience, anyway. has risen to 27 The national holiday road toll and another severely injured with one child killed a highway in Victoria's north-east. when they were hit by a car on A 35-year-old mother-of-three died and crashed into a tree after she lost control of her car north-west of Sydney. were slightly injured. Her three children

remains the highest in the country Queensland's holiday toll were killed in a three-car accident. after a mother and unborn baby is planning to appeal An Australian man to four years jail in Kuwait after being sentenced for terrorism-related offences. was among 37 Islamists on trial Tallaal Adrey from Sydney as members of a group Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network. believed to be linked to into confessing to the charges His lawyer says Adrey was tortured the claims were investigated. but the Australian Government says aren't medical experts Naturally, our consular officials to be in good physical health. but they observed Mr Adrey available to our consular official There was no physical signs

to see that he'd been tortured.

when his sentence is finished. Adrey will be deported to Australia access to the country Mr Billson says he can't be denied of restrictions on his return. but could face a number has launched its appeal The British Government The British Government

against a decision British citizenship. to grant terror suspect David Hicks the British High Court ruled Earlier this month, a passport as soon as possible the terror suspect should be granted was born in England. because his mother are still hopeful Hicks' legal team and family will secure his release the UK Government at Guantanamo Bay. from the US military prison the Rolex Sydney-Hobart record Wild Oats XI has broken by more than an hour, at Constitution Dock. and the celebrations are continuing just on 8am local time, The new super-maxi crossed the line 40 minutes and 10 seconds. finishing in one day, 18 hours, It beat the time set by Nokia in 1999 just kilometres from the finish. despite breaking a mainsail The toughest part of the bloody race up the harbour here. was the last bit and had all sorts of dramas. We blew our mainsail out too easygoing the whole way here But we thought it was just and it did. and something had to go wrong, But it doesn't matter - and broke the record we still finished

as you can see. and the boys are very, very happy, more than an hour back. Alfa Romeo finished second, for handicap honours. Wild Oats is also leading the race Nick Marshall-McCormack Seven News reporter Seven News reporter

and former America's Cup skipper spoke to Wild Oats' crew member Iain Murray at Constitution Dock. Thanks, Rebecca. Many sailors will tell you that they'd want to win. this is the one race in their life Joining me now is Iain Murray, an America's Cup-winning sailor. How does this compare, mate? Oh, look, this is a legendary event in Australian yachting. It's one of - like, it's a premium offshore racing event in Australia and, you know, to win it this year and to break the record, you know, it's... it's a big day. Take us through that moment. We're looking at it on TV and everyone was so excited looking at it from the chopper. What was it like on board, mate? Well, it was a moment of anticipation and relief, I guess, that, you know, that you sail so far and that things were not going well for us at the end. We've torn our mainsail and so we were sort of limping home with the jib only and to actually get across the finishing line was really, I think, a moment of relief after a reasonably tough night - quite strong winds and, you know, to finally get around the corner, find out that there was wind here and we could get up the Derwent River is always a concern, and then to have a few sail breakages and bits and pieces and finally get across the line - done. Yeah. That aside, mate, talk to me about the teamwork involved in getting towards the finish line. You know, people sort of drop off, lose energy. Well, luckily we had a - in this race, we had quite a soft start,

so we were able to get into the routine and people were able to get some good-quality sleep 'cause it wasn't too rough, and people were eating well and no seasickness or anything, so I think everyone actually had a pretty good first day

and the race is only a day and a half - you're over it, really. So I think everyone was okay, and this team has sailed together - many parts of the team have sailed together - for a very long period of time, and that's really important when it does get a little bit tough but you know what the other person's going to do and you know they're looking after you and your wingman's always there to help. What's the plan for tonight? A few orange juices?

Yeah, look, we'll probably have lunch and then I'll be on my way home. Thanks, mate. Cheers. Thank you. Thanks for your help.

Nick Marshall-McCormack reporting from Constitution Dock. The commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club, Geoff Lavis, has been keeping us updated throughout the race. He took a break from the celebrations to give us his thoughts to give us his thoughts on Wild Oats' record.

Hello, Geoff. It must be a great atmosphere there in Hobart. How is the crew of Wild Oats faring this afternoon? I think they're faring fairly well, Rebecca. They were in a pretty jovial mood this morning and I think they're ready to party, and they deserve to party. They've done a wonderful job. Just how big is this win for Wild Oats? Oh, it's a big win. Currently they have two out of the three golds, or actually three out of the four golds, because they were first out the Heads and they have line honours and they have the record. The only other one that they're still trying to achieve is the handicap honours with the Tattersall's Cup, and that will be decided over the next couple of days with boats that are still in contention out on the water right now. Were you surprised at the record time? Not really. These boats are a step ahead of what's been around before, and, yes, they certainly were able to attack this record, and they can do this faster than what they've done, in better conditions. Although there's been some breeze here today, the first night out, there were quite light airs. So given a constant breeze all the way down, yeah, there's plenty of time left in this record. Now, Geoff, we've obviously heard about the winners, but the race isn't over for everyone.

Where's the rest of the field? They're spread out up the Tassie coast, across Bass Strait. Some are actually still yet to enter the Strait. The likes of Berrimilla and such, small boats right at the back of the fleet, they're pushing their way down and we expect to see them early in the new year.

So it's well spread out. And talking about the other boats, there are still quite a few in contention for the Tattersall's Cup. Geoff Lavis in Hobart, thanks very much for your time. Thank you. Next in Seven's 4.30 News - Thousands protest the election results in Iraq. And be warned if you're thinking of selling unwanted Christmas presents online.

Get into Retravision before Saturday for unbelievable price busters,

like this Palsonic TV for a price-busting low of: Five days only. So hurry in for a price buster at Retravision today. # At Retravision, yeah, we'll do it. # This is the 4.30 News. 10,000 Sunni Arab and Shiite supporters have marched through the streets of Baghdad today. They're calling for a national unity government, claiming the recent election was rigged. It seemed almost festive. But behind it all, fears that Iraq's future government will be dominated by Shiite religious parties. In Baghdad, thousands joined a growing number of Iraqis accusing the Shiite parties of vote-rigging. In Baquba, similar demonstrations turned violent. The complaints were about fraud. But there was another fear about the influence of neighbouring Iran. "Iran, out, out" they cheered, "so Baghdad can remain free." What's the connection? That the Shiite parties that dominated the vote here support Iran's religious government

and operate militias trained by Iran. Many Sunnis, and some Shiites, worry if these Shiite religious parties dominate the next government, they'll push an Islamic pro-Iranian government. We demand Iran to not interfere in our affairs. Just leave Iraq alone. At the opposite end of the political spectrum, some think Saddam Hussein's influence has been growing since his trial began. Today, a leading US senator visited the court

where Saddam has called for more insurgent attacks. I am advocating that the court take positive steps to stop him from dominating the trial, to stop him from using it as a propaganda vehicle for his own purposes. Many Iraqis also want Saddam silenced, their bitterness still fresh, as, even today,

the remains of 31 Shiites killed in a 1991 uprising were discovered in a mass grave. California highway-patrol officers have been sent on a wild pursuit. Several police cruisers took turns chasing a car down an empty strip of highway. Road spikes were set up but the suspects' car easily dodged them. The chase ended when police rammed the car, forcing it to spin out of control, then back-up officers moved in. Two men were taken into custody. It was a little too late for a white Christmas, but many parts of England are now under a thick blanket of snow. Police are warning drivers to stay off the road. And while the conditions may be bad news for some, children and animals are making the most of the winter wonderland. Most of the snow has fallen in the country's east. Forecasters are expecting more snow over the next couple of days. Now, as much of the country swelters, maybe someone should take on board this idea from China. Food lovers are going to a new restaurant that's made entirely of ice.

Diners are rugging up for the -5 degree temperatures inside. Specially designed ventilation holes keep any excess heat out. Buying and selling online is becoming more popular. But a warning if you are thinking of using the Internet to get rid of unwanted Christmas presents, or buy someone else's -

many consumers are falling victim to crime, with authorities offering little protection. If you're planning to use eBay to sell unwanted Christmas presents or shop for the gifts you were expecting but never received, make sure you're not one of the growing number of people falling victim to rogue traders. People like accountant Dona Coley. He used eBay in good faith to buy a ?700 laptop only to find that the advertised item never arrived. The seller had been trading on eBay for the past four years. he had a positive feedback score of 1,381 points. And he wasn't hiding his details - he'd given us his name, his bank account. Some send out fraudulent emails impersonating eBay in order to lure victims into disclosing their personal account details. Others email losing bidders claiming that the winner's been disqualified or dropped out, and offer the losers the chance to bid again. Of course, it's all a big con. At the end of the day, if you win the auction all you have actually done is

won the opportunity to trade with somebody on the Internet that you've never met, and you don't know who they are. EBay's web site has clear guidelines to protect customers from online fraud. EBay, for example, will protect you to a certain amount of money on any transaction that's conducted using PayPal. So before you part with any hard-earned cash ask yourself the question - are you really winning the bid? Or are the fraudsters just winning their next victim? It's a dog-eat-dog world when it comes to animal actors. But a number have made their mark on the international stage by starring in Harry Potter. They came from all walks of life and are now almost as well known as the actors. Aarrrgghhh! Never work with animals. It's one of the golden rules of television. But tell that to Monkey... ..Crackerjack... ..Elmo... ..and Tellis. They're some of Hollywood's biggest stars, otherwise known as Fang, Crookshanks, Hedwig and the Ferret.

Stand still! Stand still! It all starts with target training, and basically, the target training is just every time they touch something with their nose, like this ping-pong ball, we click a clicker and we give them a treat. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

was their first film, the movie that made them stars. Okay. Then I get Fang. Fine. Just so's you know, he's a bloody coward. (dog whines) Monkey plays Hogwarts' four-legged friend. His rise to fame is a real rags-to-riches story. Like most of her animals, his trainer, Jules, found him in a rescue centre. He'd been starved. After being nursed back to health, he was soon on the road to stardom. Drooling is the biggest problem with this dog, and the more I feed him, give him treats, and the more excited he gets, the more he drools. And so, once in a while during a take, he'll shake his head, and the cast just get covered in slobber. Crackerjack's debut was in the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Lie down. Stay. Stay. He's a workaholic, and even has a body double. Just like their human co-stars, at times visual effects help them along. Mostly it's just hard work and, of course, animal instinct. Next in Seven's 4.30 News we'll take a look at the financial markets, check tomorrow's weather, and see what is making headlines around the country.

You're watching Seven's 4.30 News. Time to check the financial markets with Westpac senior economist Andrew Hanlan. Hello, Andrew. What happened today?

Well, while there was no official da

we did have positive economy news.

Consumers are spend ugagain, with

sales proving popular. Turning to the markets, the share market

continues toute-perform. Investors

shrugged off the Wall Street

weakness. Gains were evidence

across most of the industry groups.

Banks lifted our market. Gold did

particularly well, and PBL, while

it was weaker today, the reaction

was fairly muted. The share price

finished 1.3% lower today. The

dollar continues to come under

selling pressure, hitting a

14-month low overnight. Today it

moved just a little higher. Going

forward, there's an absence of data,

so the currency markets will be

looking off-shore for future

direction. Back to you. Now let's take a look at what the weather has in store for tomorrow. Rob Gell has the details. Rob. Thanks, Rebecca, and good afternoon.

It's a case of high summer across

the country at present. We have

this trough that brought a change

to Melbourne last night now moving

up the coast. A new high is

building in the south-east.

Senerally warm and sunny through

most areas. The next 24 hours shows

that trough maintaining instability.

We're likely to see storms and

sultry conditions in the Queensland

coast, but generally fine elsewhere.

A shower into Perth tomorrow night,

but not too much else to worry

about, and not much else. Here's the forecast for tomorrow - More weather details at 6.00. Rebecca. Thanks, Rob. Seven News coming up Seven News coming up in your capital city at 6.00, and these are some of the stories making headlines. Brisbane is home to a new cruise ship. The Pacific Star replaces P&O's troubled Pacific Sky, which suffered breakdowns, cancellations and engine failures during its time in Queensland. The latest vessel comes from Italy. It leaves this afternoon It leaves this afternoon on its maiden voyage - a New Year's Eve cruise. There's anger over a Sydney council's plan to charge spectators watching the New Year's Eve fireworks. Waverley Council plans to charge $10 a person or $25 per family to watch the display from a public park at Dover Heights. In Melbourne, two good Samaritans who went to the aid of a stricken neighbour have ended up in hospital after being mauled by dogs. As the elderly couple tried to help the man tried to help the man back into his overturned wheelchair, his two pit bulls attacked. Hordes of bargain-hunters have given South Australian retailers a much-needed boost after relatively slow sales in the countdown to Christmas. Shoppers were out in force when the doors opened just after midnight. They're expected to spend more than $100 million. And in Perth, a 69-year-old grandmother is facing serious drugs charges. Police say the pensioner received a package containing more than 3.5kg of cannabis. They allege the woman's son had mailed her the drugs from South Australia. We'll have those stories and more in State editions of Seven News at 6.00. But that's all from the 4.30 News team for this Wednesday. I'm Rebecca Maddern. I look forward to your company tomorrow. Captioned by Seven Network Email -