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(generated from captions) This program is LIVE captioned. in the Rolex Sydney Hobart. A new race record This morning, and the records tumble. Wild Oats wins he chose to die. Kerry Packer's doctors reveal

to inherit an empire. Now son James prepares And the events that shaped 2005. Today we look back Australia's political landscape. at a year that changed with Chris Reason. This is Seven's Morning News Good morning. the Rolex Sydney Hobart record Wild Oats XI has broken by more than an hour at Constitution Dock. and the celebrations are continuing just after 8.00 am local time The new super maxi crossed the line this morning. Here we go, tack right very soon. and you'll hear the cannon fire of the back of the bow The flag's coming out is about to cross the line. as Wild Oats on the Rolex Sydney Hobart! A new race record

set by Nokia in 1999 Wild Oats managed to beat the time just kilometres from the finish. despite breaking a mainsail Alfa Romeo finished second, just over an hour ago. arriving at Constitution Dock on handicap. Living Doll remains the leader Nick Marshall-McCormack Seven sports reporter Adrienne Cahalan spoke with Wild Oats XI navigator

just after their spectacular win.

What an amazing race, we have just

come into dock, and on board,

Adrienne Cahalan, the navigator,

what a race It was a very exciting

race. We concentrated on line

honours, but when we realised the

record was in our sights, that was

a real bonus. When did you realise

you could break the record? Just

coming to Tasman island last night,

because the Derwent can throw

anything at you, once we saw the

forecast and realised we would have

wind all the way, we thought we

could do it. The Derwent threw your

main Sal off We were getting 35

knots, but other times you watch

boats pass you, so it wasy to have

some wind. The journey from Sydney, what were the highlights and low

lights? I love going out the heads

on Boxing Day, with all the peel

and the excitement of the start,

and then last night we had some

beautiful sailing in 30 knots, that

was fantastic. Coming into Hobart

is special, because lots of boats

come down, you finish the race, and

to win and break the record is

probably one of the most special

days. How long do you think the

race record will stand for? Nokia's

record was tough. We had a good

forecast to get down here, so I

think it will be tough to beat,

because most races you beat some

time during the race. It might

stand for a while. How does the

champagne taste? Great.

Congratulations. What an amazing

race, new race record. at Constitution Dock in Hobart. The celebrations are continuing Joining us from there now the Cruising Yacht Club, Geoff Lavis. is the commodore of Good morning, Geoff. at the start of the race When we spoke conditions weren't in their favour has finally fallen. but Nokia's 1999 line honour's record

Yes, it has, quite clearly. These

guys did an excellent job bringing

the boat down that quickly to

Hobart. The conditions were not

ideal all the way, it was quite

difficult on the Monday night, but

they prevailed and they deserve to

have the race record. There was

some speculation that she might get

the golden fry effect ta, line

honours, race record and the

handicap, but that's not the case

yet. No, there are a number of

boats to finish, still over 80

boats on the water. At the moment,

the handicap winner for the

Tattersalls cup is Living Doll, so

we will see when she comes into

dock. The conditions have changed a

bit since Wild Oats XI finished,

there is a very strong south-west

change come through, so that will

affect placings as the day

progresses. We hear about the

Sydney-Hobart who has the bigger and

better boat, but Wild Oats and Alfa

Romeo were almost identical yachts.

Was it simply a case of better sea

manship from Bob Oatley's crew? No,

not seamanship, I think the after

navigation of Adrienne Cahalan,

placing their boat in more

favourable conditions on the first

night. I was speaking to Neville

Crichton and he regrets that he

went where he did. He was bee

calmed, watching Wild Oats sail

away. But that's racing, you make

the decisions and you have to live

with them. That is racings. Thanks,

Geoff. 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 a series of critical health problems The 68-year-old had a heart attack while playing polo. in the 15 years after he suffered two major heart operations He was diabetic, needed which was failing. and a kidney transplant Just before Christmas, he said, what I want to eat, "Look, I can't eat I can't go where I want to go.

"Son, what am I doing here?" the kidneys gave in. Kerry's system gave in, to the party and say, Now, the doctors could come we'll hook you up again," "We'll plug you in, "Look, I've had enough of this. and Kerry said, and so many transplants." "There's only so much medication So he then accepted no aid, "This is my time." and I think his words were, for a private funeral service His family is now finalising plans

to hold a public memorial but they're also expected for the influential businessman. big impact on the business landscape. Kerry Packer's death will have a personal fortune of almost $7 billion The media mogul amassed a The media mogul amassed a

and business assets of much more. of the Packer empire. His son, James, now takes the reins joins us now. Michael Pascoe from the Eureka Report Good morning, Michael. What's been the reaction? The share market is open now.

Pretty much as expected. The PBL

share price is down less than 2%,

down 31 cents to $16.30 after the

first half hour trading, which is a

bit of a wobble or a dip out of

respect to Kerry Packer, but no

serious selling. It is pretty much

what was expected, because the

major investors bought in over the

last year or so in the expectation

that Kerry Packer could die at any

time. They have invested in the

company and the management team,

not just the figure head and the

man who has driven it for the past

30 years. The focus is shifting to

the future of the business under

the control of James Packer. He

headed into PBL headquarters this

morning. What sort of changes do

you expect to see now? Nothing

immediate. There are already plans

under way at PBL, everyone is

guessing about what is going on.

They we have had up their executive

fire power lately, with enough

executives at the top to float off one part of the organisation if

they wanted to, there is a lot of

speculation about that, but no-one

knows. A lot depends on cross media

other laws and what changes might

come about. There is no point doing

something until you know the rules

you are playing under. There is a

possibility they could make a play,

but we have to wait and see. Going

into the offices this morning in

Park Street, nearly everyone is on

holidays, so it would be a fairly

lonely and thoughtful experience

for James going into his father's

office in the corner, where he has

run a company and built up an

empire over the past 30 years. It

comes down to motivation. The

One.Tel inquiry has given us a fascinating insight into the

relationship between James and

Kerry. James once said, "I would

rather be sitting on a beach but I

can't, I want to be a bill air, but

in another exchange he complained

of his father having nine lives. I

can't tell whether he wanted his

father to be there or not? You have

to remember, that time was put

forward in an adversarial case, and

most kids have a whinge about their

parents at some stage. James had a

real affection for Kerr rirks he

was not an easy father, but

everyone wants to establish

themselves in their own right. The

market have accepted he has moved

on and has what it takes and they

are willing to find out, and the

PBL team is not a one-man band. Kerry Packer was 68 when he died and it's been revealed today that he made the choice himself not to go ahead with dialysis treatment which may have been able to prolong his life. There is obviously no greater or more difficult decision a person can take but some this morning are questioning whether it was the right decision. Ethicist Nick Tonti-Filippini joins me now. Good morning, Nick.

I want to start by pointing out that not only are you a professional ehticist, you've also been undergoing dialysis treatment for the last 14 years. Now, for Mr Packer to chose not to continue dialysis, he effectively decided to end his life.

Was that right and should his doctors have let him?

I don't know all the details of his

treatment, so I can't comment

directly on exactly what decision

he made. My concern here is to

simply address people who, like me,

are dependent on dialysis or, like

me, have cardiac problems, and

point out that this is a difficult

decision to make. You make it on

the basis of that treatment being

very burdensome and taking a lot of

time and being complicated, and a

lot of people will make the

decision eventually when a number

of conditions catch up with them,

when you start getting heart

disease, you may develop cancer,

and decide that dialysis not worth

continuing with. That is a

legitimate decision to make but a

difficult one. It is a difficult

thing to deal with, in the

logistics of your week? That is

right, it takes a long time. My

thoughts in relation to Kerry

Packer - I wrote to him at the time

he first had renal failure and then

a transplant and at the time he

said dialysis was not for him. I

wrote to him saying, give it time,

everybody finds it very difficult

to start with. You adjust to it

over time, your body adjusts to it

over time. It was a bit of

gratuitous advice and I got an

acknowledgment from him, but that

is my thoughts, that I do not know

that he had ever given dialysis

enough of a shot. I simply want to

say to people who may be starting

on dialysis or experiencing

difficulty with it, to give it time,

you adjust your lifestyle to it,

your body adjusts to it and it

works over time and it is always a

difficult choice between further

dialysis or transplantation. That

is an important message to reveal. Thank you, Nick. Next in Seven's Morning News. Australia looking for some quick wickets on day 3 of the second Test. And the British government to fight a citizenship claim by David Hicks.

The national holiday toll has risen to 23 after the deaths of two women after the deaths of two women in Queensland and Sydney. A 35-year-old mother-of-three was killed north-west of Sydney when she lost control of her car, crashing into a tree. Her three children received minor injuries. In North Queensland, a 32-year-old pregnant woman has died in hospital after a three-car accident on the Flinders Highway. The UK Government has launched its appeal against a decision to grant David Hicks British citizenship. Earlier this month the British High Court ruled the terror suspect should be granted a passport as soon as possible because his mother was born in England. Hicks' legal team is still hopeful the UK government will secure his release

from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay. To sport now. Play has just begun on day three of the second Test between Australia and South Africa at the MCG and the Aussies will be hoping for some quick wickets. For an update we're joined now from Melbourne

by Seven reporter Heath O'Loughlin. Good morning, Heath. How is South Africa looking this morning?

They are looking pretty solid. They

are at 2/175 at the moment, with

Herschelle Gibbs digging in, he

made a half century yesterday, and

with Kallis, who has not made a lot

of cricket, it will be interesting

to see how he goes. They will be

looking to get past the 355 of

Australia on the back of the

Michael his y 100, but everyone is

talking about Glenn McGrath, who

stayed down the other end for two

hours, to put on a 107-run

partnership with Hussey, a history

making 10th wicket stand. Thanks,

Heath, back to the best job in the world. The NBL had its All-Star match last night in Sydney. Australia was too good for the world team producing a 151-116 victory. Chris Anstey was the game's top scorer with 22 points, while point guard Darryl McDonald was named Most Valuable Player. Australian Open runner-up Lleyton Hewitt is back in training ahead of next week's start to the summer of tennis. Hewitt will play at the Adelaide International before attempting to win the Sydney International for a fifth time. The world No.4 hasn't played competitively since the Thai Open in September. Next in Seven Morning News we continue our look back on the events that shaped 2005. Today, changes in the halls of power, the year that was in the world of politics.

We continue now with our review of some of the big with our review of some of the big events that shaped our lives of 2005. Today we look back at what has been a monumental year in politics in Canberra and around the States. The year saw a changing of the guard in New South Wales, with leaders of both major parties resigning.

First John Brogden stepped aside and then attempted suicide after referring to then Premier Bob Carr's wife as a mail-order bride. Mr Carr opted for private sector dollars and made way for his successor Morris Iemma. In Victoria, the Liberal Party expelled MP Andrew Olexander after he crashed his car. He was driving while drunk. In Queensland, Premier Peter Beattie was forced to call a Royal Commission after revelations patients had died at the hands of Doctor Jayant Patel, who became known as Dr Death. Health Minister Gordon Nutall resigned. In Western Australia the Gallop Government was returned to power in the State election. He won easily after the Opposition leader Colin Barnett self-destructed during the campaign. An election, too, for the Northern Territory. Chief Minister Clare Martin says a commitment to health and education helped her get victory. And in South Australia, the Health Minister had to resign after a series of controversies in her portfolio. There have also been plenty of big changes in Canberra. In July the Howard Government took control of the Senate - the first time in more than 20 years that a government has controlled both Houses. It wasted no time using that majority. Telstra will now be sold, John Howard's getting his way with industrial relations reforms

and compulsory student union fees will be scrapped, but it hasn't been all plain sailing. The Government was damaged by revelations that it had appointed businessman and Liberal Party donor Robert Gerrard to the Reserve Bank Board despite knowing he was subject to a multimillion-dollar tax fraud investigation. Labor has also had its share of problems starting the year with the resignation of leader Mark Latham. It got worse. Latham launched an unprecedented attack on the current leadership in his diaries.

in Federal Politics is serious. Not everything Mark Riley Seven News political editor on Weekend Sunrise used his last diary to look back at some of the moments would perhaps rather forget. those in the halls of power has its night of nights Well, Hollywood pats itself on the back, when the movie industry but what about the bunch of actors Aussie dream factory, who people our very own Parliament House? make an extended acceptance speech, Now, if any of our winners want to with this bloke. they're going to have to deal this week. He welcomed the PM to Pakistan (prolonged) Aah! is for a performance this week, Our first award by a politician in a sporting role. which we judged to be the best Oh, have another go, PM! Oh, that really is tragic cricket! How about a bat? CHEERING There you go! in a foreign language. Next, the best performance for this one. There were plenty of nominees

Tra-hil-lo. Mr Tra-hee-le-yo.

Tra-gil-lo. Tra-jul-lo. Tra-jil-yo. Tra-who-le-yo. Let's call it Tro-hee-yo. responsible for Telstra in the House, But the winner is the minister

Peter McGauran. Mr Tra-who-le-yo. in forgetting your lines, And the worst performance Kim Beazley.

What are your thoughts RADIO ANNOUNCER:

to Michelle Leslie? on what's happened Oh, well, I'm glad she's out - is it? well, ah, Michelle Lee, I think, Leslie? Michelle Leslie.

a moment ago. She's the girl that was in the news Um, I wasn't listening, sorry. Oh, right. in an independent production, So to best performance Barnaby Joyce. It's like getting married, isn't it? Do you ever walk, is totally the right thing to do? have this 100% happiness that this is best fictional screenplay. Our next award Mark Latham. Only one nominee, a clear winner, To quote Bridget Jones, are just full of crap. everyone knows diaries a personal favourite, And so to our final award, the best performance in a musical, Alexander Downer. (sings out of tune) the world can wait...# # It's now or never, next year. Now, that's going to be hard to top will do it. Maybe a bit of Dancing with the Stars will do it.

hooray to Pollywood for the year And so it is that we say home to their long-suffering families and as our political players head for the silly season, we wish them all the best sort of way. in a traditional Pakistani (prolonged) Aah!

Fark! Oh! And the same to you, sir.

Tomorrow

our look back on 2005 we will continue with a review of the highlights of sport. from a very busy and exciting year up next in Seven's Morning News. The weather from around the country The meal was spectacular - the salad crisp and fresh, the meat tender and juicy, the vegetables firm and tasty. the tea towel was dirty, Unfortunately, the cutting board unwashed, and not cold enough, the fridge stacked incorrectly PERSON VOMITS which made the night unforgettable.

at the national weather. Taking a look across most of New South Wales A total fire ban is in place for extreme temperatures. as the State braces and South Australia Firefighters in Victoria are also on high alert.

Expect storms across the Top End. To the satellite.

Hot, north-westerly winds in the south-east will keep temperatures high in the south-east

ahead of a front. early showers and storms That should bring and southern New South Wales. to Tasmania, Victoria A trough will also trigger storms and northern New South Wales. over inland Queensland That's Seven's Morning News to now. throughout the day We will keep you up to date at 4.30 and 6.00. and in our bulletins We leave you now Wild Oats' record-breaking finish with some of those pictures from

at the Rolex Sydney Hobart. I'm Chris Reason. Have a great day. Thanks for your company. Email - captions@seven.com.au Captioned by Seven Network ..miny...mo. ..let...it...go.