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(generated from captions) This program is LIVE captioned. for breakfast, I'm really sorry. If you're just joining us Undies keep things under. at other people. You just like to laugh Yeah (Shouts) Who's the best? time to wake up with friends. Right across Australia, it's again This is Sunrise on Seven. here's Kochie and Mel. Now from Brekky Central # Put your hands in to the big sky #

Good morning and thank you for

joining us. It is Thursday, 8

September and that means the day

has finally arrived.

Tonight at the overal Australia and

England will begin their fight for

the Ashes. Now I don't want to put

too fine a point on it - this is

it! Forget the form guide, forget

the other four Tests, even forget

that the last time the Poms won the

Ashes Margaret Thatcher was British

PM and Carlton won the VFL. It all

comes down to this - our boys need

your support so email or SMS them

and we will pass it on. Come on

Australia, get up to the wicket,

take the stands, our boys need us. Well spoken. Yes!

(APPLAUSE)

This is big. Put the protector on.

Come on, do it for the boys.

Are you a little passionate about

this this morning?

I'm nervous. I'm confident

We haven't been in this position

be for 58 years and we don't want to

Since 1987 was the last time the

Poms won. Tony Lockett won the

Brownlow for St Kilda the last time

the Poms won the Ashes.

I left school

Kicked 107 - my Georgie wasn't even

born. She is in year 11 doing her

tests right now

She has never known a period when

England held the Ashes?. No, in

fact today we will celebrate 1987

and remind you, the last time the

Poms ... Kylie Minogue

The time Loco motion was releesd,

that is how long ago the Poms won

the Ashes

Agree the cricket there are other

things happening in the world and

we will share those with you. We

have an overdue announcement on

Australia's worst highway this

morning. Plus we have got advice on

buying your first home and just on

that we want to hear from you, tell

us about your first home. What was

it like? Was it like mine, as big

as this table. We would move to

hear from you

You couldn't even swing a kitten in

ours let alone a cat it was so

small. Where did your money end up

from the tsunami appeal? Tim

Costello will report back. We

promised that at the start of the

year. He has been back four times

and he has just been to Banda Aceh

so we are looking forward to that.

News time. Here is Simon Reeve.

after Hurricane Katrina An Australian man missing may have been found. to St Gabriel, in Louisiana, Consular officials are travelling was located in a prison. after reports Ashley McDonald Seven News reporter Paul Marshall arrested for criminal trespass was told McDonald he may have been the night before Katrina hit. These are reports only soon. and we hope to have more information Australian Federal Police

and driver's licence had traced Mr McDonald's credit cards to a Baton Rouge hotel. It appears he had been mugged. Meantime, the New Orleans mayor of any remaining residents. has authorised the forceful removal to open the doors or what not, If they're refusing do what you gotta do. At least five people have died

with contaminated water after coming into contact

in the flooded city. Barnaby Joyce Queensland Nationals Senator his position on the sale of Telstra says he has not been told to rethink it is plagued by problems. despite revelations he has dudded shareholders Prime Minister Howard denies on the telco. by withholding a secret report it is a major government scandal. But Labor says it is a major government scandal.

of the secret Telstra report The explosive contents of the secret Telstra report

has triggered an intense blame game

ordinary shareholders as to why its 1.6 million

true state of affairs. were not told about the telco's or Finance Ministers So did the Communications of Telstra's concerns have prior knowledge more than 14 million faulty phones, which included of up to $3 billion, an underinvestment

from its reserves to pay dividends? and using $2.5 billion my ministers knew The question of what previously in relation to particular things, relation to those particular things I would have to speak to them in before I could answer that question. Mr Howard says information to the public the obligation to disclose not the government, lies with the company, and maintains for him to pass it on to anyone else. it would have been illegal to the Prime Minister There was no legal impediment and say, picking up the phone to Don Mc "Look, this is red hot. sensitive. You must release it." "This information is market may still be a long way off The full sale of Telstra continued support of Barnaby Joyce. but it's likely to have the We haven't had one call

in Queensland from any of the management committee

saying that they want to change it.

In China, has risen to 124 the death toll from Typhoon Talim with 31 people still missing. and landslides Talim has caused major flash-flooding a week ago. since it hit China's east coast with almost 400,000 homes destroyed. Several provinces have been affected, almost $30 million in relief funding. The Chinese Government has allocated Michelle Leslie Australian drug suspect a Muslim head dress has denied wearing the Indonesian legal system. to try to manipulate up to 15 years in jail The Sydney model faces two ecstasy tablets. if convicted of possessing a year ago Leslie says she converted to Islam she is trying to win favour and is hurt by suggestions by wearing a burqa. The 24-year-old says keeping her from going mad. her faith is the only thing is facing serious firearms charges A 15-year-old Perth boy to kill students with a gun. after allegedly threatening and police helicopter A tactical response group locked down Balga Senior High School yesterday afternoon. as they hunted for the gunman arrested at his home. The suspect was eventually which is believed to be a replica, Police later found the gun, near the school. New research has found nearly one-third of Australian university students will never be able to pay off their HECS debt. Labor says the Senate estimates figures, paint a depressing picture for students. The report predicts almost three of the $10 billion owed to the government through the Higher Education Contribution Scheme will never be repaid. Education Minister Brendan Nelson has defended the system, saying the HECS debt is proof the system is working. To sports news now with Mark Beretta. The biggest cricket match in recent memory gets under way tonight. It has been billed as the greatest Ashes decider ever. Glenn McGrath has passed a fitness test and will play in the match starting at The Oval tonight. He will be part of a three-pronged pace attack with Shaun Tait and Brett Lee. The anticipation in London has reached fever pitch.

Even soccer superstar David Beckham will be watching. We've already sent a message to all of the lads just to wish them luck. England won't name a replacement for paceman Simon Jones

until just before the toss. One of the AFL's leading umpires has been dropped from the finals roster in the wake of Sydney's controversial loss to West Coast last weekend. The League has admitted

Shane McInerney wrongly penalised Swan Leo Barry for an attempted shepherd on Eagle Tyson Stenglein, late in the last quarter. Sydney's finals campaign goes on the line against Geelong tomorrow night. The NRL Judiciary has suspended North Queensland's Carl Webb for six matches. The Cowboys' prop was unsuccessful in having his grade four striking charge downgraded. It means he'll miss the grand final if the Cowboys make it that far. If I could turn back the time I would, but I can't and I have to face the consequences. Parramatta's FuiFui MoiMoi was suspended for nine matches

for a reckless high tackle.

Alicia Molik and her doubles partner Svetlana Kuznetsova have been knocked out of the US Open. The pair lost their women's doubles quarterfinal against Anna-Lena Groenefeld and veteran Martina Navratilova this morning. Molik and Kuznetsova won the first set in a tie-breaker but lost the second 7-5. Navratilova and Groenefeld then took the third after almost three hours on court. Anthony Mundine has beaten Tanzania's Rashid Matumla in Canberra. The former Rugby League star knocked Matumla down in the sixth round and the referee called an end to the fight. After the bout he assured fans

his highly anticipated showdown with rival Danny Green would go ahead next year.

Boy it is all happening at the

moment in sport.Great to see

Martina still going around

How old is she?

I will check the records

48 or 49 - she is unbelievable

She is only young, a young

49-year-old. 49 is in the prime of

your life in more ways than one.

You reminded me of Big Kev this

morning, I was waiting for you to sell something

I think we should play you before the cricket

We have to pump for this. I know

there is a bit of doubt but wipe

that doubt out of your mind. We

will come through here. Peter

FitzSimons tells this great story

and I forget whether it was Dean

Jones had come back from the

hospital to play in a Test. He had

gastro and was than a drip and we

were desperate to win a test and it

was with Allan Border and Dean

Jones had hit 150, couldn't move

In India - he was throwing up on the pitch

Couldn't move and it was the

deciding Test and we were still

behind the 8 ball and he went up to

AB and he said "Mate, I really

can't go on any further. Can I

retire?" and Allan Border said "Yep,

sure, Dean, you retire, go into the

dressing room and bring me out an

Australian" and Dean Jones went on

to score 212 and we won the Test.

That is the type of history we have

got behind us and that is why we

are going to win this decider.

Love it

That is powerful

Exactly right. Grant is in the

middle of paradise again this

morning on Magnetic Island. Good

morning to you.

I have just found a ripper little

park here, I will leave the Weather

Wagon tied up to that post - hello

Magnetic Island. Take a look at

this. Cricket may be the big

talking point here today but as far

as I'm kerbed I don't even know if

they play cricket here on Magnetic

Island or have television. Who

needs a television when you have

nature's best TV show right there.

Look at that. Magnetic Island named

by Captain Cook because when he

sailed past he lost track of where

he was going. As it turns out that

was a little false when they had a

look at soil samples and there is

nothing magnetic about Magnetic

Island other than it has a lot of

attractions and we will show you

around later in the morning as we

look at the forecast. A cold front will cross south-west WA maintaining squally winds and widespread showers. Elsewhere, a ridge of high pressure will keep the east mostly dry, with warm, northerly winds. Isolated afternoon showers and storms for South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. The two-day outlook. Late showers for Sydney on Saturday. Showers and storms are possible in Canberra late tomorrow. Expect rain across Melbourne and Adelaide tomorrow, continuing on Saturday. Becoming fine in Perth.

We will see you from magnetic

island in just under 20 minutes. It

is windy but warm and we like it Later this Sunrise - what caused Hurricane Katrina? Dr Karl will explain the science. But next, the science of the build-up to the fifth cricket Test. We will go behind the hype and the headlines for a closer look at Australia's fight to the keep the Ashes.

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# How's that

We will see you

As we head around the country the

weather looks like this - a cold front -

That is the reason for the pregnant pause.

Never leave home without your

weather notes. It's crunch time. The fifth and deciding Ashes Test starts tonight. Will Australia's fortunes change? Or will England capitalise Or will England capitalise on its first chance in 26 years to get their mitts on the sacred urn? One man who reckons the Poms will win is Aussie bowling great Dennis Lillee. Beretts is here to tell us more. Good morning. Has Lillie committed treason?

What a big statement. We haven't

seen a series poised like this for

58 years. To be playing it on the

decider is incredible. It will be a

tremendous final. But let's listen

to denyies Lillee so we can get

this clear in our own mind

If you look at the whole of the

series they have looked the

stronger team overall in the whole

of the series. They are a new,

young, revitalised side that bowls

very, very well and very fast and

very accurate and they are batting

- it also has a nice edge about it

with a couple of new guys in there

that seem to have no fears about

some of the shadows or skeletons of

the past

Not a truer word spoken by the

great DK Lillee. He hasn't said

there the Australians will lose the

fifth Test but he is spot on, the

Poms have been fantastic, they

played with new spirit, they have

got confidence but are they under

too much pressure?

They played like us, aggressively, cocky

And we haven't played like us, we

haven't gone on the front foot and

hopefully tonight that is all going to change

So McGrath has been passed fit. Do

you reckon he will be at his best?

He he will be. If Errol Alcott the

physio gives him the thumb -

thumbs-up Errol Alcott knows his

body and Glenn knows himself, it is

a gruelling schedule he is about to

step in to for the next five days

and he will not put himself in

there for any risk so rest assured

Glenn McGrath is ready to go. He is

such a positive for the Australian

team. They intimidate England, they

don't like him and he could be the

X Factor.

Steve Waugh, captain courageous, he

has come out with advice, what is it?

He said go at it to Ricky Ponting.

We know what a great captain he is.

He said stick to the great three

Australian Ps. Pressure, patience

and partnership, so keep the

pressure on, be patient when you

have the opportunity and build good

strong partnerships. They are the

they Ps that Australia has built

its foundation ever successful cricket on

And we need one cog to go wrong,

people have not stepped up.

Gilchrist has been off. We haven't

had McGrath. You need one or two of

them to fire and it is all over red

rover and the Ashes stay where they belong

We need our top-order bats when to

stand up and take a hold of this. A

big night for the Aussies, they are

in Kensington having a quiet dinner

together bringing the team together

as we speak. They will step away,

head off, get in to bed, 8.15 in

the morning they are off to the

oval. They will get plenty of stick

from the English fans

I'm getting nervous too

This is a great occasion

When champions rise to the occasion

Will either of you get any sleep

tonight?

No, cricket will be the winner Thanks Beretts

Australia, if we win it!

Boys - okay. I won't say it is only

cricket. No, all right. Moving

right along. Thank you. Ahead on the show,

the desperate efforts of a Brisbane family to find a kidney. They have even resorted to letterbox dropping. But next, we will take you live to Wall Street. ALL: Kids just wanna have fun! want all kids to have fun and be active. So come running, jumping, throwing, But you have to be at least five. And register now with Little Athletics NSW. Where kids always come first! Now you can access the world with Grapevine - ActewAGL and TransACT's very own internet service provider - offering dial-up and broadband plans on the TransACT network.

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To find out more visit the Avis web site and look for the Sunrise icon. Let's get an update on the overnight financial markets. Susan Luscovicz is on Wall Street. Good morning. How is the market trading?

Hi David. It was just a shadow of

its self from the previous day but

it was a tall order considering the

types of triple digit gains we saw

on Tuesday but the subject on Wall

Street was again the Gulf Coast and

yet another estimate on the reach

and magnitude of Hurricane

Katrina's impact on the US economy.

Today the Congressional Congress

office says Katrina could cost the

US more than 400,000 jobs. The

storm could also shave up to 1% off

the nation's economic growth. Much

of the loss expected to come from

gas disrupted reaction and the

hurricane could increase inflation

risks in the near-term because of

the impact on the industries. He

indicated the Federal Reserve will

hike rates later this month. Crude

dropped by $1.50 for the third

straight session to chose at $64

and 37 cents but impressers not

impressed. The Dow ended up and the

Nasdaq ended up a quarter of a per

cent and that is a wrap from Wall

Street. And could bey, before I go

- go Aussies tonight in England!

Back to you

Well done Susan. We want you

rooting for us as well. We need all

the help we can get. Checking the markets in our region.

Why are we still pay incorporated

1.39 a pump when the oil price is

down to $64 a barrel, that is what

Susan said. The third consecutive

day of falls, come day of falls, come day of falls, come on oil companies

start dropping the price.

You know how they say it takes

seven days to drop it, does it take

seven days to raise it when the oil

price goes up?

No, seven hours! Funny that. Ahead this morning, Nicole Kidman has a new man in her life. Nelson Aspen will tell us who her new squeeze is. We will join Harry Connick Jnr in the flood zone of New Orleans. But next, news and sport, and Grant has the weather from Magnetic Island. You're watching Sunrise, across Australia. ALL: Kids just wanna have fun!

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jumping, throwing, it's the best fun every week. So call: Where kids always come first!

Always in need of a good night's sleep. Sunrise cast and crew choose to stay with Accor Hotels & Resorts. Accor - making travel easy. New time on Sunrise. Here's Simon. Good morning, everyone. Australian consular officials are on their way to St Gabriel in Louisiana following reports missing Melbourne man Ashley McDonald has been found in a prison. Our reporter Paul Marshall has been told he may have been arrested for criminal trespass the night before Katrina hit. Federal Police had traced Mr McDonald's credit cards and driver's licence to a Baton Rouge hotel. The 30-year-old's family is in America to find him. As water levels in New Orleans continue to drop

the threat of disease is rising. Health officials say at least five people have died after being exposed to contaminated water. The New Orleans mayor has ordered the forced evacuation of all remaining residents.

The pumps are now running and the

water is recreeding. Now only 60%

of New Orleans is under water. With

the levee shored up though it could

still take three weeks to three

month to remove all the water from

the city. Despite mandatory evacuation orders hundreds have

chosen to stay behind. Officials

are also concerned about

contamination, raw sewage, oil,

gasoline and dead bod quiz have

polluteed the waters

It is undergoing testing right now

to find out if there are any other

problems like chemicals or other

toxins that could be present

The search for survivors continues,

now 10 days into the disaster. In

Houston the Astradome continues to

be a refuge for evacuees, they are

now work toik get those displaced

into permanent housing

It is just really amaze I thank a

whole city is here, just spread

across our cub triwith nowhere to go 60,000 active duty and National

Guard troops are now in the Gulf

region and in Mississippi 10 city

triage units have been set up to

treat the sick and injured at

Ground Zero where the fierce storm

think it Gulf Coast. The Australian Securities and Investment Commission has reportedly seized confidential emails from Telstra executives. The corporate watchdog is investigating whether the telco breached disclosure laws by not releasing a damning report to the market or minority shareholders. The document was given to the government, but the Prime Minister says for legal reasons he couldn't pass it on. My obligation is to obey the law and the law says that information given to me and given to the government as a principal shareholder can't be disclosed to outsiders. Labor has labelled the Telstra turmoil as a major government scandal. A Melbourne mother remains on suicide watch in a psychiatric hospital this morning after both her sons were found dead at their Balwyn North home on Tuesday night. Police believe 11-year-old Thomas Fitchett and nine-year-old Matthew were poisoned. Police have taken DNA samples from 46-year-old Donna Fitchett as they try to piece together how the tragedy unfolded. New Government figures show higher education is one of Australia's most lucrative exports. The Federal Government is urging universities to continue recruiting in Asia where millions of students are seeking an education in English-speaking countries.

A government report found tertiary education is Australia's fourth biggest export

injecting almost $6 billion into our economy last year. Checking sports news now with Mark Beretta. All is in readiness for the deciding Ashes Test. Glenn McGrath has come through his final fitness test and will play in the Ashes decider starting at The Oval tonight. The Aussies will take four bowlers into the match

with Brett Lee, Shaun Tait and McGrath forming a three-pronged pace attack. He's a vital player in our side and someone that's done exceptionally well for us over the years and especially in big games and that's what this one's building up to be. The match is sold out, but for eager fans there's an alternative. This flat overlooks the ground and will cost you just over $55,000

to rent for the five days of the match. Rugby League - Carl Webb's season is over. The NRL Judiciary suspended the Cowboys prop for six weeks for punching Melbourne's Ryan Hoffman. the night's other case, Parramatta forward Fuifui Moimoi was suspended for nine weeks

for a reckless high tackle.

Tennis, and Alicia Molik's US Open campaign has ended. Molik and her partner Svetlana Kuznetsova lost their double's quarterfinal against Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Martina Navratilova. The pair took the first set in a tie-breaker

but lost the next two 7-5, 7-5. And Anthony Mundine has confirmed he'll fight bitter rival and fellow Australian Danny Green next year. Speaking after his sixth round knockout of Tanzania's Rashid Matumla in Canberra last night, the former Rugby League star said he hoped to sign the deal next week.

Speaking of Martina goal was quick

off the email she turns 49 on 18

October. So thank you for that. On

cricket, a couple of emails and we

are firing them off to the Aussie

camp. Jn oh the media guy is

putting them on the wall so when

the team walks out at 8.15 they

will see all the emails there which

is fantastic. Mark says maybe

Dennis Lillee is not a turn coat

but trying psychology. You can't

win it fires the team up to do

better. There is no sweeter sound

than the silence of an English crowd. Go the Aussies.

1987 was the year they stopped

broadcasting Count cap down. Is

there any greater name in

Australian sport than Fui

FuiMoiMoi? Let's get a check of

today's weather from Grant who is

on Magnetic Island in Queensland.

Look at the forces of Magnetic

Island, it is true what they say,

plenty of attraction as you can see

and we are soaking it up this

morning, welcome to Townsville's

island playground. This is just

remarkable. 8 kilometres offshore

is this island of a permanent

population of about 3000. Many are

Victorians and you don't blame them

for the migration when you realise

there are 320 blue-sky days here

overhead which is remarkable. Half

the area is national park and there

are 20 bays and beefes and this is

Horse Shoe Bay. We will chat to a

couple of people who know more than

me. What in your eyes makes this

place so special?

You only have to walk out your door

and look, haven't you? All the

water, the palm trees, not a lot of

people, five minute to the shop,

six minutes home because you stop

and talk.

Island life better than mainland

life?

Yes, much, much better

A lot of Victorians here. I under

the migration is pretty good but

you can understand why when there

are 320 sunny days

Yes and it is always freezing down

there

What is it like, you are on

holidays?

Lovely and peaceful down there.

Five minutes to walk home, plenty

to do, lawn bowls

Look at the beaches

It is a beautiful day today, really lovely

We will see some unique attractions

He ace persistent bloke and this

must be magnetic because I'm stuck

on you. Aren't you a lovely lady?

She came and gave me a hug

It is lovely to me you too

No it is lovely to meet you Thank you

Thank you!

See you in half an hour. Ahead this morning, Harry Connick Jr's emotional return Harry Connick Jr's emotional return to New Orleans. This is one story you don't want to miss. Also ahead, a long overdue announcement on Australia's deadliest road. We've campaigned for it. This morning, you'll see the result. But next, we're off to Nelson in Hollywood.

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Natalie Barr back on deck on Monday here on Sunrise. Let's check the newspapers from around the country.

The Australian says Telstra executives have been forced to hand over confidential emails. The ASIC raid is part of the corporate watchdog's investigation into claims the telco has breached corporations law. The West Australian says the Federal Government has stepped up its crackdown on building unions. Laws passed yesterday approved the set-up of a powerful new watchdog to make sure the construction sector toes the line. Melbourne's Herald Sun features probably the most important story of the day - the start of the Ashes decider tonight at The Oval.

Bring it on indeed. Nelson Aspen in Hollywood. Bought to you by V8, the hardest-working fruit and veg on earth. She has dated some of the world's most eligible men,

but it seems Nicole Kidman is getting back to her Australian roots. To tell us more, we are joined by Nelson Aspen in Hollywood. Good morning. What's going on?

You know they keep saying they are

just friend but Nicole Kidman and

Keith Urban keep getting spotted

together. We are just coming off a holiday weekend here and they

apresident partsly spent the

weekend up the country in new

England in a cosy cafe and came

back for lunch and people who had

an Eagle eye and spotted them said

they were very intense and if body

language is any indication it was

supposedly very romantic. We will

see. I wish they would come out and

tell us. If that is the case, we

would be very happy

What a good-looking couple, she is

beautiful and he ace major spunk

I will quote you on that "Keith

Urban major spunk" according to Mel

Tell us about the Emmys, a

sing-along?

Yes, they may have heard Simon an

Beretts singing the Gilligan

island's theme song and for the

entertainment they will have

celebrities singing famous TV theme

songs and people can phone in or

Test in their vote for the best one.

The list is hilarious, Christian

Bell will sing the theme song from

Fame, William shat near will team

up with the opera singer and sing

the theme from 'Star Trek'. Donald

Trump will do Green Acres and Gary

from CSI and placey Grey will sing

Moving on Up from the Jeffer sons.

They didn't talk about Gilligan's

Island but with the passing of Bob

Denver I'm sure they will add to it the list

We will send Simon over with Beretts.

Professor and Mr Howell

See you after 8.30. If you're in the market for a new home, keep it locked on Sunrise. We have some tips which could save you thousands. Also this morning, the Howard Government hits back at claims it's cheap on foreign aid. But next, Kochie's Joke of the Day.

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Good to see you are passionate

about the start of the decider for

the Ashes cricket series. Some

great emails and SMSs. Narelle says

cricket C'mon Aussie come on, do

your cricket ancestors proud, bring

home the Ashes boys. That is it

Narelle.

They will all be there for the team

when they wake up - this from Paul

says England have just been beaten

by Northern Ireland in their World

Cup soccer qualifying match may

their day of misery continue. From

Paul too that match where Dean

Jones got 212 with the al-an border

comment that was the tide Test

match between India and Australia.

This says when the first session,

remember the 1% that got you to the

top, tall best baggy greens

We have to win the toss

And get in and bat and get

aggressive

Come out fighting

If they play like they did in the

final session of the fourth Test

it will be all over in three days

Come on Gilly, you have to fire as well

We will send all the emails on.

Speaking ever emails, have you ever

sent an email that you lateed

regretted? You might have seen

there has been an email doing the

round originate from a couple of

law firms in Sydney and it has

basically gone around everybody,

how embarrassing. The women - the

conversation started by one women

saying my lunch has been nick from

the fridge has anybody seen it,

somebody said maibt is the wrong

fridge. It got so nasty. The other

one is saying, I wont trade places

with you, I don't want you figure.

Let's not get personal, I have got

a boyfriend, a new car, a great job,

a high-paying salary - the other

says I'm laughing you have been

with so many guys, so what? I have

got five guys at the moment. It has

become this full-on bitchy

interchain and it has been - well

they got sacked after it all. Let

us know what you think - have you

ever sent an email that has

skyrocketed

Has an email in the office gone

around, an email war - especially

when it says Reply All. But this is

so nasty and petty

That will take some beating. Hard to top that. Time now for the Thought of the Day. It was emailed in by Robyn. "How long a minute is "depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on."

Gerard from South Australia joke of

the day - what do you call two robbers? A pair of knickers

Well done Jarrod you will get a book. We laughed on the inside

I hate it when I law alone. Coming up, tips on choosing the perfect wine. Jamie Oliver's personal expert will be here at Brekky Central. Also this morning,

Mel pushed for that "We have got to

do a wine tasteing" you could hear

the strain in her voice "Please!"

Someone gave me a bottle of wine as

gift "Dear Mel, I heard you like a drop!"

We have the paramedics on stand-by

Won't need the bucket for Mel. Also this morning, Harry Connick Jnr's rescue mission in New Orleans. But next, news, sport and weather together. You're watching Sunrise on Seven.

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to be back in the Plaza for the concert series

Evermore tomorrow, I have to wear

comfy shoes to run down to the

stage and back

We have the big ampitheatre outside

If you can join us live that would

be fantastic but if you are at home

don't worry because you will have

front-row seats and you will not

get your ears blown out. But ahead this morning, we join Harry Connick Jr in flood-bound New Orleans. The Federal Government will also hit back at claims aired here yesterday that it's not giving enough in foreign aid.

You may remember, the United Nations was quite critical we're donating overseas. of the amount we're donating overseas. We'll here from the Howard Government shortly. And we can finally report some good news about Australia's deadliest road. The Minister in charge will be here with a major announcement. First though, here's Simon with our 7am news. Good morning, everyone. The Federal Government says a Melbourne man who has been missing since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans may have been located. Consular officials are on their way to St Gabriel in Louisiana following reports Ashley McDonald is in prison there. It is believed the 30-year-old may have been arrested for criminal trespass the night before Katrina hit. In New Orleans, there are growing concerns about the threat of a disease outbreak. At least five people have died after coming into contact with contaminated water.

The city's mayor has authorised the forceful evacuation of remaining residents. The Prime Minister is refusing to discuss the contents of a secret Telstra report even though it has now been made public. John Howard maintains he was legally gagged and could not pass on the information to other shareholders.

Debate over the full sale of the telco is set to intensify when more legislation is introduced in parliament today. The explosive contents of the secret Telstra report has triggered an intense blame game as to why its 1.6 million ordinary shareholders were not told about the telco's true state of affairs. So did the Communications or Finance Ministers have prior knowledge of Telstra's concerns which included more than 14 million faulty phones, an underinvestment of up to $3 billion, and using $2.5 billion from its reserves to pay dividends? The question of what previously my ministers knew in relation to particular things, I would have to speak to them in relation to those particular things before I could answer that question. Mr Howard says the obligation to disclose information to the public lies with the company, not the government, and maintains it would have been illegal for him to pass it on to anyone else. There was no legal impediment to the Prime Minister picking up the phone to Don McGauchie and say, "Look, this is red hot. "This information is market sensitive. You must release it." The full sale of Telstra may still be a long way off but it's likely to have the continued support of Barnaby Joyce. We haven't had one call from any of the management committee in Queensland saying that they want to change it. Australian drug suspect Michelle Leslie denies wearing a Muslim headdress to try to manipulate the Indonesian legal system. The Sydney model faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted of possessing two ecstasy tablets. Leslie says she converted to Islam a year ago and is hurt by suggestions she is trying to win favour by wearing a burqa. The 24-year-old says her faith is the only thing keeping her from going mad. A Queensland man will face court today charged with the attempted murder of his teenage girlfriend.

The man allegedly bashed the 16-year-old with a steering-wheel lock

after an argument on a Gold Coast motorway. The 28-year-old then took her to hospital where she remains in a critical condition. Police are examining a car and the weapon believed to have been used in the attack. Spiralling petrol prices across Australia are being blamed for a slump in the retail market. An Access Economics report says the hike at the bowser

is one of the reasons why retail sales have slowed down in the past year. Other factors include the end to the housing boom, the March interest-rate rise and warmer weather. Checking finance news. Wall Street closed stronger. To sports news now with Mark Beretta, and national pride goes on the line tonight. It is being billed as the greatest Ashes decider ever. Glenn McGrath has passed a fitness test and will play in the match starting at The Oval tonight. He will be part of a three-pronged pace attack with Shaun Tait and Brett Lee. The anticipation in London has reached fever pitch. Even soccer superstar David Beckham will be watching. We've already sent a message to all of the lads just wishing them luck. England will not name a replacement for paceman Simon Jones until just before the toss. One of the AFL's leading umpires has been dropped from the finals roster in the wake of Sydney's controversial loss to West Coast last weekend.

The League has admitted Shane McInerney wrongly penalised Swan Leo Barry for an attempted shepherd on Eagle Tyson Stenglein late in the last quarter. Sydney's finals campaign goes on the line against Geelong tomorrow night. The NRL Judiciary has suspended North Queensland's Carl Webb for six matches. The Cowboys' prop was unsuccessful in having his grade four striking charge downgraded. It means he will miss the grand final if the Cowboys make it that far.

If I could turn back the time I would. But I can't, and I have to face the consequences. Parramatta's FuiFui MoiMoi was suspended for nine matches for a reckless high tackle. Alicia Molik and her doubles partner Svetlana Kuznetsova have been knocked out of the US Open. The pair lost their women's doubles quarterfinal against Anna-Lena Groenefeld and veteran Martina Navratilova this morning. Molik and Kuznetsova Molik and Kuznetsova won the first set in a tie-breaker but lost the second 7-5. Navratilova and Groenefeld then took the third after almost three hours on court. Anthony Mundine has beaten Tanzania's Rashid Matumla in Canberra. The former Rugby League star knocked Matumla down in the sixth round and the referee called an end to the fight. After the bout he assured fans his highly-anticipated showdown with rival Danny Green would go ahead next year.

Some emails hot off the press this

morning and Geoff and Kate say we

are not disappoints would the

Aussie cricket team, just surprised.

Come on boys, time to rally and

leave the Poms thinking about what

may have been. From Kim and Jazz go

guys, Aussies, eat Poms for

breakfast go hard and bring home

the Ashes. TK says - if the Poms

are so confident they booked the celebration in Trafalgar Square,

booked the bus, the whole works,

make the Ashes available for the

winner to keep. If you are so

confident you are going to win put

them up let the winner take them

home

1987 was the last time the Poms won

the Ashes and Jason Donovan one an

Emmy and Hey Dad was on TV. Grant

is enjoying Queensland hospitality

again this morning from Magnetic Island.

Just 8 kilometres off Townsville

and I think you touched on it there,

hospitality is the key because it

is the people who make the

experience wherever you go on

holidays and I will give you an

idea of how fun and friendly the

locals are. Up there on the

sandbank is BS Bob which stands for

Big Story Bob who lives on a

houseboat and he is a great

colourful local who enter taints

tourists with his stories and one

is that he trains dolphins out in

this bay to carry nuclear warheads

around the island. That old wacky

BS Bob is quite a kidder but a great

bloke and this place is full of

Victorians because this is such a

great island get-away with 320

sunshine days a year. And you can

understand why they call it Magnetic Island because you never

want to leave. A cold front will cross south-west WA maintaining squally winds and widespread showers. Elsewhere, a ridge of high pressure will keep the east mostly dry, with warm, northerly winds. Isolated afternoon showers and storms for South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. The two-day outlook. Late showers for Sydney on Saturday. Showers and storms are possible in Canberra late tomorrow. Expect rain across Melbourne and Adelaide tomorrow, continuing on Saturday. Becoming fine in Perth.

In some part of this island the

coreal is just a couple of feet off

the beach, that is how close the

proximity of everything is here -

my goodness, it is Barry Hall. We

have uncovered the secret train I

acknowledge ground of the Sydney

Swans as they take on Geelong this

weekend Beretts. Is there something

you want me to do to big bad Bazza?

We got your measure See you soon Grant. Now to the clean-up from Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans is a special place for many people. Singer-actor Harry Connick Jr is one of those who love the Big Easy. He has returned to his father's neighbourhood for the first time since Katrina hit and took our cameras along.

This is Harry Connick Jr in his own words. We're driving in a boat down Broadway.

It just doesn't seem right. I feel like somebody needs to pinch me. I can't believe this. I wonder how many people are in these houses. I don't even know how to respond to this. It's not so much the flood and the hurricane, it's what happened after with that levee - just all these people being trapped in here. It's going to be a long time before you can pump this water out of here. The smell around here is not that pretty. How are they gonna clean this up? It's hard to believe. We are on the corner of Audubon Boulevard and Claiborne Avenue.

This is my dad's street. This is where I stay when I come home. Can I talk to my dad? Well, I'm in just about waist-deep water.

Is there anything you absolutely need me to get? This is my dad's house. Everything looks like it's pretty dry so we were very, very, very lucky. I know my dad and my step-mum will be happy to hear that. We're gonna get you out of there. Get you some clothes and something to eat, okay? How far do I gotta to go? Just a couple of blocks.

We're going put you in a car and take you some place and get something to eat. We got ya. You just sit. We can pick you up okay.

My friend said he saw somebody u on

the porch and we found this guy

laying out there so we put him on a

boat and we are going to get him

some help - good luck to you. You

will be all right. Arthur Burns I

think his name was. God bless him.

He is an old man. A lot tougher

than I will ever be. Sitting out on

his porch, couldn't even find a

vein to give him an IV. Man, I can't think about music right now. I was following the streets. I was gonna write a song about it. I forgot I was a musician for a minute. This is just so much bigger than me. It's so much bigger than all of us. There's one thing that's not bigger and that's the spirit of the people.

You can flood it. You can make the people run out. This is a great city. It's my favourite city in the whole world. And it will come back. It will come back stronger, too. You'll see.

Some devastating I am averagees

there. Harry Connick junior going

back to his home in New Orleans,

girls settle down.. What a man

Back home now though - and finally some action is being taken to reduce the number of fatal crashes on a notorious section of the Pacific Highway.

Since 2002, 13 people have been killed at Bonville near Coff's Harbour in northern New South Wales. Five of those deaths Five of those deaths have happened since June. Understandably, locals have had enough and want something done now. New South Wales Roads Minister Joe Tripodi is heading to Bonville this morning

to inspect the area and announce several changes. The minister has dropped in to the studio on the way. Good morning. What changes will be made at Bonville?

Today we are announcing temporary

measures until the Bonville

deviation is constructed. There are

930 kilometre zones that will be

reduced to 830 kilometres. 80

kilometre zones will be reduced to

60 kilometres and that will take

effect tomorrow. I have instructed

the RTA to make sure it happens

tomorrow and also we will have speed cameras installed by

Christmas. So that is what the

local mayor Keith Roads asked for

when I met with him last week. I

had the RTA review that request and

today I'm announcing those temporary measures

That is a terrific step forward.

There was also a suggestion to put

up a concrete barrier. Will that go ahead?

Yes, that was explored and there

are some local business Tasmania

are against that. It is something

that has been looked at but these

measures are something that

everyone will embrace

You met with him last week. With

all due respect, don't get me wrong,

I'm glad it is happening but any

reason it has taken that long to happen?

I have only been the Roads Minister

for a couple of weeks and as soon

as that request came through from

the local mayor I'm going up there today

Great to have the action. RTA

chief executive has been on the

show and we have been following

that as an issue and Paul Ford was

saying there is a deviation around

the Bonville. Is there any chance

that can be brought forward?

The work is $127 million that has

been allocated. We are in the

tender process at the moment. Once

a tender has been selected there

will be a lot of detailed design

work that needs to be some, some GA

technical work but we have

instructed the RTA to make sure

that happens as quickly as possible

but obviously that requires the

private company also to be

accelerate tinge program

The New South Wales bit is your

responsibility and obviously past

the border we need to talk to the Queensland government. How much

more road there is to complete to

make dual carriage way, once the

Bonville bit is taken care of?

By the end of this financial year

there will be either - 222

kilometres of road complete or

under construction. That is out of

670-odd kilometres of road. You are talking about a third

Yes, 1.6 billion dollars that has

been invested by the State

Government over the last 10 years.

The commonwealth has assisted with

600 million on top of that. The

State Government has put in almost

three times the commonwealth

commitment so the State Government

is very much committed to trying to

action sell trait works there. But

obviously the budget constraint is

something we are fighting

You are making a fortune out of

petrol at the moment!

The GST revenue we hope comes in

but the reality is in New South

Wales ...

There is not a hope that it will

not come in

The commonwealth gives us $10

billion of the $13 billion that we

pay as taxpayers in New South Wales

which is a challenge we hope comes

through and fit does ...

You are getting a windfall and it

is 14 cents a litre now, GST. Do

taxes on petrol go in to roads or

does it just go into the general government coffers?

It is paid to the commonwealth and

then they will give it back to us

so we don't know where that source

comes from. It doesn't matter

No, but where do you - what do you

do with it? Does it go in to

general revenue, that is the GST on

petrol we should by rights put that

in to roads

It is something we would like to do

but it is a commonwealth decision

as to how much they give back to us

Once you get it it goes into

general revenue or in to roads?

Sometimes there is a specific

agreement on roads that the commonwealth specifically nominate

So it is up to them to nominate if

it goes into roads

Yes, and they are nominateing

certain roads they want to have upgrade

Can you put your hand up and say

you want to put it on to roads?

Yes, we have our own budget. At the

moment we are putting $160 million

per annum and the commonwealth is

putting in $60 million an annum so

we have been calling for the

commonwealth to match us for a long time

A great step forward on Bonville.

Thank you for bringing us up-to-date. Yesterday on Sunrise we aired criticism about the level of aid our Federal Government gives to other countries. A new United Nations report claimed Australia is not contributing its fair share. The report's author told us

other developed countries leave us for dead. Take a look.

They committed they would give 0.7%

of their GNI every single year as

aid, countries like nor way, Sweden,

Denmark have already reefed that

target. Australia needs to live up to its commitments. After that interview went to air, the government wanted to have its say. So joining us is the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Bruce Billson. Good morning. Australia gives less than one quarter of 1% of our income in foreign aid. You don't dispute those figures do you?

No, that is right. It is 0.28 an

amount that has been increasing.

In fact the last five federal

budgets have seen substantial increases in foreign increases in foreign aid

But in dollar Thames it has

increased but as a per cent average

of our income it has actually

dropped

Yes, it has also increased in that

percentage. It was 0.26 last year

and it is 0.28 this year and

hopefully by showing that aid is

effective and making a real

difference we can continue that positive trend

The criticism yesterday was that we

are not doing enough. Do you think

we are living up to our commitments?

We have signed on to the millennium

development goals and we have as a

target meet I thank 0.7 figure,

what we are doing is working

towards that 0.7 figure

recognising that there are other

influences on the budget that we

need to work cowsly with our

partners in developing countries to

see what they need. It is not

always direct Carr, but know-how,

expertise to help build up the

capacity of those countries but we

have signed up and there have been

solid gains made

When do you reckon we will get to

that 0.7% because that is what the

U. N has said is fair from a

development country, we the third

most prosperous country and we are

doing it well but less than half of

getting to that target

The 0.7 target has been held out as

a 2015 target and we are making

gains in that direction. We have

not nailed down a specific fixed

timetable because things vary. One

of the things we have and it is a

nice problem to have, is that our

economy is actually growing so

those ratios actually need

additional money provided to them

just to the actually stand still

but we are going beyond that. We

are very commit Dodd helping the

developing countries particularly

in our region where two-thirds of

the world's poor actually live and

we have seen innovative ways of

making our aid work effectively as

well as making sure we can partner

developing countries to optimise the resources they have and the opportunities they have to support

the needs of their own citizens

Taking it to 0.7 at the outside

you said it will be 2015, it may be sooner

That is the target that has been

set. That is where the

international community has come to

- together saying there is a

partnership between developed and

fortunate economies like ours and

developing economies

There are undertakings there and we

are working towards fulfilling them

and I'm optimistic further gains

will be made in the future

We should explain that the UN is

very active in the area. Next week

is the UN world summit. Five years

ago they set these millennium

development goals, 8 goals to focus

the developed world on trying to

reduce poverty in underprivileged

countries. Are you going to stick

to those goals or are you not going

to side with the US who really want

to break them down next week?

Yeah, I think there is a bit of

misunderstanding about some of the

work that is going on leading up to

the UN summit in New York next week.

It is not so much a discussion

about change in oral terribling

commitments to those goals because

there have been good gains made and

I think the international community

is right to say we need more

The US are putting up 750

amendments and they want to get rid

of the goals completely. They were

described at a conference yesterday

as being terrorists towards the UN

and taking the focus right away.

If that goes through, that will

destroy the millennium development

goals. You can't support that

I saw some of those comments and

they were frankly surprising

because the US is doing exactly the

same thing as many other countries

are doing, trying to amend the Test,

trying to have the Test water downed

They want to water it down

Whatever happens in New York next

week will not actually change the

commitments to the millennium

development goals. They are there

and international consensus has

been arrived at. We know there are

too many people living in deep

poverty. We know we can make a

contribution not only in cash but

ineffective aid and in know-how

We have an assurance from you that

you will not support the change

fresh the US?

There are a number of changes there.

We are not sure exactly which once

the US are being held up and

ridiculed for. There is a number of

changes there at the moment. We

have got our priorities. We want to

see a piece building commission as

part of the UN framework. We want

to see that when there is to see that when there is harm to see that when there is harm

being done with people within

countries not necessarily across

borders that things happen and we

want to see some reforms to the UN

Every head of every aid agency in

Australia say the amendments the US

is pushing for will destroy the

goals of the UN in the millennium

goals. Let's see what happens next

week suffice to say you are really

under a focus here because if they

destroyed you have a lot of

explaining to dofrpblgts sure, but

we are committed to the goals and we

will keep working towards them

Might check in next week

It is really important because you

know how you have the Live 8

concerts on poverty and things like

that, they are terrific to build

awareness but the UN sets these

goals, these focuses and you have

the US now trying to water them

down and we need the international

community to get behind the UN and

to achieve something. It is great

to have a concert but you need

governments to be serious about it

so we will follow it

Stick it on the R.O.S. Wall next

week. Very important meeting. A quick reminder now about tomorrow's show. Outdoor concerts return to breakfast television. Evermore will be performing live on Sydney's Martin Place. Don't miss it at 7.40 and then a second song at 8.50.

That's tomorrow, but only on Sunrise. Ahead this morning, the science behind Hurricane Katrina. Can we expect worse? And we'll get a visit from the property experts.

They have tips on finding the perfect buy. But after the break, news and sport, and the weather from paradise. You're watching Sunrise on Seven.

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Can't move on without a move of

Harry Connick junior

I thought he had a gut

You are jealous.

He is covering it up

He took his shirt off to give it to

a man he found abandoned in his

home an I'm sure I'm not the only

one swooning. Emma says he she I

totally inspired, amazing to watch,

not many famous people would take

the shirt off their back. Good on

him. One of the heart-touching

scenes I have seen from this

devastating hurricane

Good on you Harry

Time for the news with Simon. I it's news time with Simon. Good morning, everyone. Prime Minister Howard is denying he dudded Telstra shareholders by withholding a secret document outlining a range of problems. The report was given to the government almost a month ago but not ordinary shareholders.

It claims the telco is underinvested by $3 billion and has dipped into its reserves to pay dividends.

Hoewver, the full sale of Telstra is likely to have Barnaby Joyce's continued support. We haven't had one call from any of the management committee in Queensland saying that they want to change it. Debate on the telco will intensify today when the government introduces more legislation in parliament. Australian consular officials in the US are working to confirm reports that missing Melbourne man Ashley McDonald has been located in a prison. It is believed the 30-year-old It is believed the 30-year-old was arrested for criminal trespass the night before Hurricane Katrina hit. Federal police had traced Mr McDonald's credit cards and drivers licence to a Baton Rouge hotel. In flood-ravaged New Orleans, the threat of disease is adding further urgency to relief efforts. Health officials say at least