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Undies keep things under control. at other people. You just like to laugh Yeah, exactly! (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 # This program is LIVE captioned.

SONG: # Out there and at 'em, show

them your might.# Guess what, it's

frizday.

It's grand final eve, that one day in September, the day before and we're excited!

The atmosphere builds. You can't

help but get excited. warming up for the big clash. Beretts is in Melbourne are at your place tomorrow. We want to know what the rules

We want

do you have any specific rules? Do

you have a ritual, a tradition for

this one day in September? Have to

get out of the house at 2. I can't

come back before 5.30. With the

children? With the children, yep.

That's reasonable. Thanks. Unless

you'll be ong food or drink service.

Not with kids, because you can't

tell a 4-year-old, "Get out of

daddy's way." We have to go out of

the house this year. One of the important things is the preparation.

You have to have the he is key

filled early, the food set to go,

turn on early from 8 o'clock and

watch the lead-up to the day,

fantastic ritual. Closest friends

around, Kochie, no other

destructions. Do you have women?

Women can enjoy AFL, excuse me.

When we get up and yell at the TV,

you yell at us. You yell at us for

yelling at the TV, or the worst

thing is when a player kicks a ball,

you then ask, "Why did he do that"?

You write in and I'll hand them all

to him, you female AFL fans. It has

to be a male-free Joan -- Male-free.

and bench. Unless the women are serving food

the teams, We'll hear from the experts, and the footballers' girlfriends. Now away from the footy,

on Hurricane Rita. we'll bring you the latest We'll take a closer look to argue with your partner. at the right and wrong ways conversation we had yesterday. It comes after an interesting continues. Plus, the Sunrise Concert Series

We've got the concert series

continuing. You can see the plaza, the stage is just down from Brekky Central. That's the stage in the Plaza

will perform there at 7.50 and 8.40. Paul Mac and Sarah McLeod for the latest news with Nat. Right now though, it's time

if you're not in Sydney, don't

the house. worry. You'll have the best seat in

Good morning, everyone. have been charged overnight A man and a woman a six-year-old Sydney girl. with murdering

in a bedroom at Cattai on Sunday. The body of Rose Villeneuve was found

and 55-year-old man The 44-year-old woman were arrested yesterday. They've also been charged of a prohibited drug with possessing a commercial quantity and cultivating cannabis. The pair was refused bail Blacktown Local Court today. and will appear in are fleeing America's Gulf Coast More than a million people bears down on Texas and Louisiana. as Hurricane Rita

Forecasters are warning one of the most devastating on record the Category 4 storm could be with winds of more than 260km/h.

The exodus will continue throughout

the day. Even with a three-day

warning that a monster storm was

headed their way, no-one wants to

delay their escape. Yeah, this is

real. I'm going to make sure what

happened to people with Katrina

doesn't happen to me and my family.

They boarded buses in a mass

evacuation much better organised

than for Katrina. As people load up

with supplies, petrol is becoming

scarce. Experts recorded wind

speeds of 170 miles an hour, but

Rita may have peaked. It's already

downgraded to a Category 4 storm.

Computer predictions show a storm

surge which could completely

overwhelm Galveston, a city built

on a sand bar 8 feet above sea

level. A century ago it was almost

wiped out by a similar storm.

Although a sea wall protects much

of the city, it might not be high enough to withstand Rita.

is reportedly under pressure The Labor Party to dump its ban on new uranium mines. According to News Limited papers the Australian Workers' Union says to the 2007 Labor conference it will take a proposal its 20-year-old three-mines policy. urging the party to end

to reopen hostilities The move is expected

within the union movement. strongly oppose nuclear power. Several other powerful unions A fourth man has been charged London bombings on 21 July. over the series of unsuccessful from Italy to England overnight. Hussain Osman was extradited Within hours of his arrival was charged with attempted murder, the 27-year-old and explosives offences. conspiracy to murder charged over the failed attacks. Three other men have also been in November. All four are due to face court Supermodel Kate Moss over allegations she took cocaine. has publicly apologised three lucrative modelling contracts Moss has been dropped from and two others remain in doubt published photos after a British newspaper of her appearing to take the drug. In a statement, full responsibility for her actions the 31-year-old has accepted she needs to address, and admits there are various issues

acknowledging she used cocaine. but she stopped short of actually To sports news now with Mark Beretta, for the grand final parade. who is in Melbourne could lose another star to injury West Coast against Sydney. ahead of tomorrow's grand final Forward Phil Matera to prove he is over a groin strain has one last chance their final training session today. when the Eagles hold an unchanged side. The Swans have named

has unveiled its name and logo. Rugby League's newest team the launch of the Gold Coast Titans Hundreds of fans turned out to overnight. from Greek mythology, The name is borrowed super-strength gladiator. meaning an oversized, in 2007. They will become the NRL's 16th team from the A-League, In overnight action the New Zealand Knights Perth has beaten at North Harbour Stadium. in the 68th minute. Jamie Harnwell scored the winner Round five continues tonight taking on Sydney FC. with the Queensland Roar hold the upper hand The internationals

halfway through the opening day of the Presidents Cup golf tournament. They lead three of the six pairings. Mark Hensby and Vijay Singh are all square with Fred Funk and Jim Furyk. A great result for Australian cyclist Michael Rogers overnight. He won the time trial at the world championships in Madrid for the third straight time. Rogers is the only man to ever achieve the feat.

Both the Sydney Swans and West

Coast eagles have set up camp in

Melbourne. For the Swans it's a chance at the fourth Premiership,

the eagles the third. Essendon is

the most successful club with 16

Premierships, Collingwood second.

We have once again assembled the

grand final big band, here to take

us through the morning. Dave and

Anthony. We spend the bucks. Has

anyone turned up with a barbecue

yet, Brett? He can't hear me. See

you soon. He needs some breakfast.

No expense spared. Entertainment

and everything where Brett is here

today. A lot more where Grant is

today. This morning we find him in

Coffs Harbour, you can't go past

that Big Banana? Only one thing

matches the hype and craziness of

grand final eve and that is our

arrival in the icon of them all,

the Big Banana, Coffs Harbour.

You've seen Ayers Rock, the Bungles,

the whale sharks of WA, but this is

the tourist attraction of them all.

Somewhat unfairly in 1995 it was

cownd the most grotesque and

bizarre tourist attraction in the

world by some globe-trotting

travellers, which I think is unfair,

considering it edged out the penis

seat of Amsterdam. We're here to

explore all it has to offer and

some of the great delicacies as

well in Coffs Harbour. If you're in

town, join us. We'll have a lot of

fun at the Big Banana, ws we look

at the morning forecast. A low over WA is producing rain and isolated storms in the south of the State. Expect isolated showers and storms in eastern Victoria and south-east New South Wales. Westerly winds will maintain scattered showers in western Tasmania. The two-day outlook -

Staying fine in Brisbane. Showers developing late on Sunday in Sydney. There could be a storm in Canberra tomorrow afternoon. In Melbourne tomorrow, an early shower, clearing to a mostly fine day, but late rain possible. A rainy weekend is forecast for Adelaide. Fine in Perth.

We love big things in Australia.

This is the original. This is the

best, built in 1964. We'll be here

all morning. Don't miss it. See you

in 20 minutes with more weather

details. Thank you very much, Grant. Later this Sunrise your chance to win Bigpond broadband wireless and a weekend away. But next, our tipsters pass judgment on the footy finals. It's a quadruple points round when Sunrise continues.

No, no. We'll talk about that during the break.

The opening bounce of the biggest game on the AFL calendar is just over 24 hours away.

What have our tipsters predicted.

Beretts is in Melbourne. Greg Cary

is in Brisbane. No, double maximum.

Nat is here as well this morning.

Singles, back to singles. No, no,

we have to stick with doubles.

Doubles and no more. Greg, do you

see any weaknesses in Sydney or the

Eegfls? How do you think it will

go? I don't think there are too

many weaknesses. When you try to

find the defining strength here, it

might just be the psychological and

I think physical momentum the Swans

have going into this gaem, apart

from the overwhelming sentimental

support they have all over the

place. They've had virtually an

unchanged team for nine or 10 weeks.

West Coast have had all kinds of injuries. West Coast could win this

and no-one would be surprised. I

have a strong hunch, though - I go

back to the Geelong game. Sometimes

moments tell you it's an athlete or

team's year. Sydney should not have

won the game, there was no way they

could have won the game. I think

they're about to win the flag.

Thanks for going back to the

Geelong game, that's great. Just

came offer the top of your head,

did it? Nat and I were wondering,

Mark, if Phil Matera doesn't place?

Do you think West Coast will cope?

Yes, I think -- I do, Nat. I don't

think they're too fussed about

whether Phil Matera plays.

Obviously they'd love him to play.

They're a quality team. They can

cover him. You only have to look at

the way they polled during the

Brown Lowe. When they get the ball

and sweep through the midfield,

they're the best team in the

competition at doing it probably.

They've done it successfully all

year. I think this will be a really

great match-up of the two best

sides of the year. You couldn't ask

for any more in a grand final.

What Greg said this morning and Sam

Kekovichh said the other momentum,

when their backs are to the wall,

they can dig deep and win. That's

so important. They're full of

confidence. Let's look at our three tipsters

tipsters think will be the AFL premiers.

Double points alone. Let's talk NRL

now, boys. Can the Tigers beat the

Dragons? Can they, Mel? I think

they might just do it. They're the

slight underdogs, the team on fire.

Again, Mark talked about the

momentum. This team has all the

momentum. St George were fairly

unimpressive against the Sharks,

who they were expected to win

easily. They've had a bye. If

there's a danger of those Dragons

forwards. For my dear friend

Lorraine Cameron, I hope they win

for you. I have a hunch they might.

Everyone says the young Tigers, but

their average age is older than the

Dragons', which is fascinating.

Let's look at the tips in the NRL.

Double Berretta, double, nice try.

Could set it up for a cracker Could set it up for a cracker final weak in the tipping

competition. Have a terrific

weakend. We'll catch you Monday.

Coming up this morning, the right

and wrong ways to argue. We'll have

expert tips on solving your

disputes without the drama. But next, the drama and excitement of the finance world. We're off to Wall Street.

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Let's get an update on the overnight financial markets. Susan Luscovicz is on Wall Street. Good morning. Good morning. How's the market trading? It went better today, David. Wall Street continues to take its coups

from the Gulf of Mexico. When

hurricane Rita was downgraded to a

hurricane 4, oil prices reversed

course and went lower, so stock

prices also did an about-face.

Stocks rallied in heavy volume. The

margin between advancing and

declining stocks was narrow,

indicating the fears investors have

about a one-two punch in a region

critical for oil production. Rigs in the Gulf in the Gulf of Mexico are being

evacuated and several refineries

along the Texas coastline have been

shut, one-quarter in fact of US

refining capacity is located in

Texas. The Dow ended up 45 points.

That's a gain of about half a per

cent. The Nasdaq ended up four to

21.10. Corporate downsizing to tell

you about, Delta airlines plans to

cut up to

cut up to 9,000 jobs and reduce

employee pay, trying to save $3

billion. Electronics giant Sony

plans to slash about 10,000 jobs or

6 per cent of the global work force

in the next few years. Shares of

Sony lost 5.5 per cent today.

Before I go, I am on pins and

needles awaiting word

needles awaiting word on whether

Phil Matera will pass the fitness

test for the final this weekend. I

am one of those women rooting for

the West Coast eagles. Have a great

weekend, Kochie. Thank you, Susan.

We love those sorts of women. We

hope you're following the scores

over the weekend, as we are. Good

to talk to you. Have a great

weekend. We'll catch you next week. Likewise.

Likewise. What more can you say? Checking the markets in our region..

She's got a nice turn of phrase.

She's fantastic. Still Still ahead -

ahead this morning, the glamorous women behind the men in tomorrow's grand final.

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get set for the concert series

later this morning.

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This Sunday on Weekend Sunrise an all-star double act - teen sensation Hilary Duff and soapie graduate Heather Locklear. They'll tell us about playing mother and daughter on the big screen. Another Weekend Sunrise exclusive, from 8am this Sunday.

But ahead this morning, our preview of the AFL grand final. Mark Beretta is in Melbourne.

Great email from For Mark. You are

in trouble. "in my house it's the

wife who screams at the tellie. It

doesn't matter the sport, I usually

have to hide in the study with a beer

beer to avoid getting hit with --

My sort of woman I can't believe

its only 6 o'clock, and you've

already offended qim football

lovers all over the country. If I

wasn't allowed, I'd turn the beep

thing off. Okay. Well, a lot of

great women out there. That makes a

great woman, the one who cheers at

the footy? You know

the footy? You know how AFL sells

all the merchandise, do they have

beer wench outfit in the the club

colours you can buy for your wife

for Mother's Day? You can have a

G-string in your club's colours,

but a beer wench -- Can you?

Apparently. Port Adelaide, Power? Black and

Black and teel. Don't you reckon a

beer wench outfit would add to the

am beeance of the day? It's a good

idea . 40 per cent on average for

most clubs of the membership is

female. That's a lot of service

that you could get when you're

sitting around home, when you're at

the game. Nat and I will come up

with a beer boy outfit this with a beer boy outfit this morning.

I think it's fair. You could have a

toga for him. We Paul Mac will be on the Plaza for the Sunrise Concert Series. First though, it's news time with Nat.

Good morning, everyone. Hurricane Rita is expected to cross the US coast early tomorrow with forecasters warning the storm could be one of the worst on record. The huge system is approaching Texas and Louisiana with winds up to 270km/h.

Millions of people have been evacuated, as authorities warn residents to prepare for the worst. We don't want to be here, not right now, you know,

so we'll try to go somewhere where it's safe. Rita has been downgraded to a Category 4 but is still expected to cause major damage when it hits land tomorrow. Two people will face a Sydney court today, charged with the murder of a six-year-old girl. The 44-year-old woman and 55-year-old man were arrested yesterday. They have also been charged with possessing a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and cultivating cannabis. The body of Rose Villanuevauve was found in a bedroom at Cattai on Sunday morning. Demonstrators are causing traffic chaos in northern New South Wales. Truck drivers have blockaded the Pacific Highway at Macksville

in protest over rising petrol prices. It comes a day after a petrol summit warned drivers to get used to paying more at the bowser. The crisis meeting also called for ethanol-blended petrol, to avert a future fuel crisis. An Islamic militant says he will appeal after being sentenced to 10 years in jail for his part

in last year's Australian Embassy bombing in Jakarta. Syaiful Bahri was found guilty of helping to prepare the bomb which killed 12 people. Judges also found he provided assistance to the attack's alleged masterminds. who are still on run.

The Federal Government has welcomed the sentence. A man arrested over the 21 July failed London bombings

has been charged

after being extradited from Italy. Hussain Osman was flown from Rome to London overnight. The 27-year-old has been charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to murder and explosives offences. Osman is accused of trying to bomb London's Shepherd's Bush Underground station. Australians travelling to Asia are being urged to avoid contact with birds and ensure all poultry or eggs they eat are well cooked. The Department of Foreign Affairs warning has been issued as fears of a bird flu pandemic grow. Antiviral medicines are being stockpiled at Australian missions and offices in the 16 high-risk countries. The outbreak is still at a level three alert on a scale of six.

Australian idol winner Casey Donovan has added another accolade to her collection taking out Artist of the Year at last night's Deadly Awards. Ernie Dingo hosted the gala ceremony at Sydney's Opera House, which recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders for excellence in music, sport, entertainment and the arts. Last night's star-studded event attracted many familiar faces.

Checking sports news now with Mark Beretta who is in Melbourne for the grand final parade. Swans' coach Paul Roos has named an unchanged side for Saturday's grand final against West Coast. The team arrived in Melbourne last night and Roos says he'll let his side enjoy the build-up. Look, you have to enjoy it.

There's no point in being here and sheltering from the excitement but then it's certainly down to business when we get to the team meeting. West Coast forward Phil Matera will have a fitness test on his injured groin today but Roos expects the veteran to play.

North Queensland's Josh Hannay will be given until the last minute to prove his fitness

before Sunday's preliminary final against Parramatta.

The centre will fly to Sydney today with the rest of his Cowboys team-mates. If he doesn't recover from a shoulder injury in time, Ty Williams will move from wing to centre. The internationals lead the Americans halfway through day one of the Presidents Cup. They are in front in three of the six match-ups. One is tied. Trevor Immelman holed the shot of the day

with this long range putt at the fourth. COMMENTATOR: Oh my. Oh, it's coming back down the hill, and oh my, oh my, oh my. Australia's Adam Scott and South Africa's Retief Goosen are three up on Tiger Woods and

are three up on Tiger Woods and Fred Couples. And in soccer, Perth has snatched a hard-fought away win,

beating the New Zealand Knights 1-0. Jamie Harnwell scored the winner in the 68th minute of their match at North Harbour Stadium. The Knights looked like The Knights looked like holding on for a draw but their back four paid the price for some sloppy defending. COMMENTATOR: Touched, and the ball's gone in. Jamie Harnwell it is.

Essendon and Carlton are the AFL's most successful sides with 16 premierships each. But no matter who you go for, how about this.

This is a great way to get yourself

into the feel of grand final day.

You were stalking earlier about

getting involved. Play station have

released their new game,

Premiership AFL 2005. You can pick

your team. We could have the grand final that

final that should have been, Port

Adelaide versus Geelong. Oh, look

at that. Look at the big feller in

there. You can actually have your

head installed into the game, you

photograph your head, put it into

the game and away you go. It is

absolutely fantastic, isn't it?

Wow! Away you go. It is so good,

isn't it? All the action is there. isn't it? All the action is there.

What a way to set up your grand

final day. You whip down, grab the

new Playstation 2. Play it all

night tonight, get into the action

tomorrow. Bring it on. How is that?

Isn't it good? Isn't that a great

idea. Can Nat and I play it You're

there, but your teams aren't there.

It's the two teams that should have

been in the grand final. They're

giving us a rundown. They're the giving us a rundown. They're the

physios. Tell him he's dreaming.

See you, Beretts. See ya. That is

very cool. Stick your own mug on

there. That's good, isn't it? 6.37.

Let's check today's weather, where

Grant is at the Big Banana in Coffs

Harbour. Just done a little ripper

trip through the gift

trip through the gift shop here.

I've picked up a couple of corkers.

I have you the harm on ka banana.

You might want to give that one a

wipe when you're finished. I have

the banana egg holder for Nat. For

Mel I have the banana ear rings.

For Beretts I have the water pistol,

because he's a bit of a prank ster.

I have the spoon there as well,

which is for everybody. It's a wonderful

wonderful place. Thank you. The

reason why it's here is because so

many plantations are around locally,

the first ones shipped from Fiji in

about 1881. Since then it's one of

our greatest tributes to the banana

here at the Big Banana in Coffs

Harbour. Yesterday we discovered a wonderful little playground for

animals, particularly mammals, at

the ocean

the ocean airan, there's four

dolphins with the biggest smiles

you've ever seen. Two were born

here. Bucky is the star, calamity

the new mum of a baby Bella, and

Zip, Bella's dad. If they aren't

able to be returned to the wild for

their own health, they're kept here. There's a seal called There's a seal called Solomon, who

loves kissing. Every guest gets a

kiss. They have a reef tank and

native flora and fawna sanctuary,

also live sharks and peng begins.

You have to watch the kiss. It's tricky. It's another great local attraction

here, which props up the tourist here, which props up the tourist

industry, a big part of coming to

Coffs Harbour, of course. We take a

See you in half an hour with more See you in half an hour with more

weather details. Thank you, Grant.

He's getting there. Ahead this Ahead this morning, what does it take to be judged Australia's best home? We'll find out after 7.00. But next, today's newspaper headlines,

and Nelson Aspen in Hollywood.

Let's check the newspapers from around the country. The Australian says the Labor Party is under new pressure from some unions to dump its ban on new uranium mines. The controversial proposal would end the ALP's 20-year, anti-uranium stance.

The Courier-Mail says mothers have been offered up to $1,500 to give up their children in an apparent baby-buying racket. And the paper has stories from passengers on Flight 292,

the plane forced to land at Los Angeles.

What would you do if you were on

the plane for a couple of hours? The Sydney Morning Herald reports on the Prime Minister's new support for ethanol as a bio-fuel. That's what's making the papers today.

This juicy gossip brought to you by V8 Fruit and Veg - a great start to every day. Jennifer Love Hewitt has something weird in her neighbourhood. The Hollywood actress has called in a ghostbuster to help rid her house of spooks. Nelson Aspen has all the details. Good morning, Nelson. Did the ghostbuster find anything?

Actually, yes. Love, as she likes

to be called,

to be called, is working on a new

series you'll see soon called The

ghost whisperer.' she went out for

a day with a real-life ghost buster

to prepare for the role. She

mentions she thinks she had a

spurit in her own home, the lights

were flipping on and offer, she

thought she heard footsteps. The

ghost buster came over to Love's

house, had a look around, talked to the

the walls, and those kinds of

things. It turns out the spurit in

Love's house liked to watch her in

the shower and had a crush on her

which Love says grossed her out. So

the ghost buster did her thing and

told the spurit it was time for him

to leave, and apparently he did, so

everything is okay at the Hewitt

house. That's convenient, isn't it, public relations with the public relations with the launch.

Think about that when you're in the

shower. Alright. Now, there's been

a new poll of the best ever TV

smoochs. Who has topped the list?

The American TV guide magazine came

out with their list of top

memorable TV smoochs. First on the

list - I'll tell you the top 5 -

David Schwimmer and Jennifer an David Schwimmer and Jennifer an

ston, if you're old enough ston, if you're old enough to

remember the thorn birds when

Richard chaber lain and Rachel ward

had a steamy moment. Number 3 would

be Sam and Diane from Cheers,

number 4 any kiss between Carey and

Mr Big on sex and the city, number

5 Kate and Sawyer

5 Kate and Sawyer on Lost, when he

made her give him that passionate

kiss. I remember the episode where

Samy Davis junior kissed Archie

bunker, also on rosean, when Mariel

Hemmingway, the kiss drove all the

censers wild. None on Sunrise yet,

though, I don't think. Not though, I don't think. Not that I

can remember. Work on that. Don't

hold your breath waiting, either.

We'll catch you just after 8.30.

Don't sound so repulsed by the

idea. I'm not going to kiss you now

anyway. Did the national fuel

summit achieve anything? We'll ask

our big guns in politics after 7. And we'll get their footy tips! But next, a check of the Soapbox and Kochie's final Joke for the Week.

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Were you spell bound by the vision

yesterday of the plane landing in

Los Angeles just coming around and

the commentary of what was going

on? It was one thing for us to be

glued to watch it, but the people

on the plane were watching it on

the little televisions. It's great

because it all worked out well, but

what if it didn't? I don't get why

they showed it on the plane. It's been my greatest fear been my greatest fear when you're

in a plane and you have to make an

emergency landing and then you've

got to keep circling to get rid of

fuel, which they did. What would

you do for that hour, hour and a

half? Three hours they were up

there. Three hours, what would you

do in the three hours? I'd be going

another bottle of wine, another

bottle of wine. What would you be

doing? I don't know, watch a movie. Can't do Can't do much. Would you write a

note? I don't think a note would do

it. One of the passengers - we'll

show you - videoed it. He videoed a

little message to his girlfriend

and videoed everybody inside. Look

at this. I can understand that.

Really? Yes,. People video everything, as soon as something

happens. I reckon I'd have a heart

attack waiting. How stressed would

you be? They said you be? They said everyone was

pretty calm, but going internally

berserk maybe. Scary. I don't know

what I'd do - panic. Let us know.

We'll show some of that after 7

o'clock. It's amazing stuff. Footy,

you set them off. What are the

rules in your household for grand

final day. Sacha says ourselfen

month old loves to watch the footy

with her dad, one nursing a with her dad, one nursing a beer,

one nursing a bottle of milk. I'm a

woman and I reckon a beer wench

would be the ultimate. Everyone

should wear one on grand final day.

I reckon you're dead right. Karen

says Kochie, I agree completely,

men should be on their own for the

grand final at the pub, watch it

with all the other blokes and free

up the tellie for the up the tellie for the girls, get

your own snacks. You know how you

said women are only good for

getting the drifpbgs and the food

"in 'Our House' we get our own

drinks and food, mainly because we

have them near us because we don't

have to get up and leave." Get it

all ready before hand and have it

laid out. He is key You don't have

to get up to go to the fridge. to get up to go to the fridge.

That's the other big difference.

Blokes who have pies prepared,

girls will do dips. What's wrong

with dips? Andrew is getting pies.

You have to have pies. Dip and

crackers . Tell us the rules at

your place during the grand final.

I quite like dip and crackers. This

one was emailed - before the pies. one was emailed - before the pies.

'A clupbgs is the place where you

got tired of thinking'.

This is a cracker, though. Do it.

Little skinny guy gets into an

elevator next to a really big American guy,

American guy, afro American guy,

big footballer, that sort of stuff.

The big guy looks at the little guy

and says, "seven foot tall, 350

pounds, 20 inch you know what,

three pound left testicle, three

pound right testicle, turn a brown,

and all of a sudden the small man

faints and falls to the floor. The

big guy shakes him and says big guy shakes him and says 'What's

wrong?' the guy says 'What did you

say?' the big dude says 'Figured

I'd just give you the answer to the

questions everyone always asks me

when standing next to me, seven

foot tall, 3350 pounds, 20 inch

what's his name, left testicle

weighs 3 pounds, right testicle

weighs 4 pounds, and my name weighs 4 pounds, and my name is

turner brown, and the little guy

says 'Thank goodness, I thought you said turn around.'

coming up, more live music. She

told me to go that one. Paul Mac

will be out on the plaza. But

straight ahead news and weather.

We're live to Melbourne on grand

final eve. You're waking up final eve. You're waking up with

Sunrise. It's Friday. If petrol prices are

the millions of Chinese Students at Lake

From Brekkie Central, here's Kochie and Mel. A busy morning ahead. We'll cross live to Texas which is bracing for America's latest hurricane. We'll also fire up our Big Guns of Politics, and Beretts will preview the AFL grand final, live from Melbourne. Then, after 7.30,

the latest instalment in our Sunrise Concert Series. Paul Mac will be here to rock the Plaza. But right now, it's news time with Natalie Barr.

US officials are preparing for the worst as Hurricane Rita nears the Gulf Coast. The storm has been downgraded to a Category 4,

but forecasters are warning it could still be one of the most devastating on record. All through the night Texans inched their way to safety

along crowded highways. The exodus will continue throughout the day Even with a three-day warning that a monster storm was headed their way, no-one wants to delay their escape. Yeah, this is for real. This is the real McCoy. I'm going to make sure what happened to people down there with Katrina doesn't happen to me and my family. Those that don't have their own cars boarded buses in a mass evacuation which seems much better organised than that for Katrina. But as people load up with supplies, and fuel for their journey north petrol is becoming scarce. Experts recorded wind speeds of 170m/ph, but Rita may have peaked. It's already downgraded to a Category 4 storm. Computer predictions show a storm surge which could completely overwhelm Galveston, a city built on a sand bar just eight feet above sea level. A century ago it was almost wiped out by a similar storm.

and though a sea wall protects much of the city, it might not be high enough to withstand Rita.

A man and a woman have been charged overnight with murdering a six-year-old Sydney girl. The body of Rose Villanueva was found in a bedroom at Cattai on Sunday. The 44-year-old woman The 44-year-old woman and 55-year-old man were arrested yesterday. They've also been charged with possessing a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug

and cultivating cannabis. The pair was refused bail and will appear in Blacktown Local Court today. A fourth man has been charged over the series of unsuccessful London bombings on 21 July. Hussain Osman was extradited from Italy to England overnight. Within hours of his arrival the 27-year-old was charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to murder and explosives offences.

Three other men have also been charged over the failed attacks. All four are due to face court in November. New South Wales police are warning drivers to avoid the Pacific Highway near Macksville this morning or expect long delays. Truck drivers have set up a blockade at either end of Macksville bridge in protest against rising petrol prices. Police are calling on the truckies to move their vehicles.

A new survey has revealed people are moving away from New South Wales in their droves. According to the Bureau of Statistics, the State is struggling to keep pace with the national rate of population growth. The bureau found nearly 30,000 people left New South Wales last year most of them, to Queensland. The London tabloids say

they have uncovered England's secret weapon in the Ashes series. A British woman claims she had a five-hour romp with Shane Warne the night before the decisive fourth Test.

Julia Reynolds has told the Sun and Daily Mirror she left Warnie exhausted just hours before he was dismissed for a first-ball duck at Trent Bridge. The 37-year-old woman says the leg-spinner wooed her through a series of text messages.

Checking finance news. It was a flat day of trading on Wall Street.

Hurricane Rita continues to threaten Gulf refineries which has oil hovering at US$66 a barrel. To sports news now with Mark Beretta who is in Melbourne for the grand final parade. West Coast ruckman Michael Gardiner admits his team-mates are nervous ahead of Saturday's grand final against Sydney. It is the first time in 11 years the Eagles have made it to the AFL's biggest stage. I think the nerves will start now that we've got to Melbourne

but we've had a pretty relaxed week and everything's going to plan at the moment.

Phil Matera will have a fitness test on his injured groin at the Eagles' final training session today.

Swans' coach Paul Roos has named an unchanged side. The Gold Coast Rugby League team has officially unveiled its new name and logo. As expected the NRL's 16th team will be known as the Titans. The club will now ask the local community to help with the design of the jersey. We've see in our competition that the teams that get into the community are the teams where the community gets into the team and they've started that process well up here. The Titans will come into the competition in 2007. Adam Scott and Retief Goosen have won the first match at this year's Presidents Cup. The pair claimed the scalps of Tiger Woods and Fred Couples. Five matches are still in progress. Three are all square.

In the remaining two, Justin Leonard and Scott Verplank are three up on Peter Lonard and Stuart Appleby, while Trevor Immelman and Mike Weir are five up on David Toms and Stuart Cink.

Nat, as you mentioned, it is a big day

day in Melbourne. The grand final

parade coming up at lunchtime, and

DNA jazz, the sun rise final big

band are with us. Anthony's taken a

sicky from work so you can get into

the feeling of grand final day.

Strike it up, something for the

Eagles fans, if you don't mind?

She's pumped. She really is excited

underneath. She is. Cool extearor.

Trying to stay subdued. On the

Pacific highway in Coffs Harbour.

Big things are the heartbeat of

this big nation, the big potato, big prawn,

big prawn, big trout, and the one

that started it all, the big banana.

One thing that I didn't know,

although it's classically

iconically Australian, it was

conceptalised by an American, a

Californian was behind one of

Australia's most well-known tourist attractions. Didn't know that. A low over WA is producing rain and isolated storms in the south of the State. Expect isolated showers and storms in eastern Victoria and south-east New South Wales. Westerly winds will maintain scattered showers in western Tasmania.

From everybody here in Coffs

Harbour, see you in half an hour. P

It is a gorgeous part of the world.

Thank you, Grant. Talk to you soon. Now to some amazing pictures from inside that jet forced to land at Los Angeles. You've probably seen video of the plane touching down with a broken front wheel. In the cabin, the passengers were also watching it unfold live on TV. One of them had the nerve to film the life-and-death drama. George Lewis has the exclusive pictures. Shortly after flight 292 took off, the pilot informed the passengers he had a mechanical problem. A malfunctioning nose wheel on the Airbus A320 was turned sideways and couldn't be straightened out or retracted. The first unusual thing was

I woke up and the guy next to me said, "They're having a problem with the landing gear." On board, Dave Reinitz took out his camcorder and taped a farewell message to his girlfriend just in case. I love you and everything is going to be groovy but if anything happens, you know, take care of everything. Everything's yours and, you know, show this to my mom, family -

tell everyone that I love them. As the pilot circled southern California for those three hours, burning off excess fuel, the whole nation watched on television. So did the passengers, because jetBlue's planes have a satellite TV system

that picked up the news coverage. Once we saw that we'd made the national news on the little television screens provided by jetBlue,

things got a little bit more tense in the cabin. Some passengers held hands while others cried. Most of the people, according to those on the plane, remained calm. As the plane approached the runway at Los Angeles International,

on board, the passengers were ordered to brace. Brace, brace, brace! As the broken nose wheel touched the runway, a huge cloud of smoke and a shower of sparks shot up from all the friction,

but the plane did not catch fire and the pilot kept it straight down the middle of the runway

as it skidded to a safe stop. Then, for flight 292, the long ordeal was over. Good job, good job. Thank you.

Passenger Alexandra Jacobs, 6.5 months pregnant, was overjoyed to be back with her husband. My first thought was about my husband and I was concerned, I mean what a horrible thing if you lost your baby and me. But it all ended happily with no-one injured, and one of the passengers, this cat, slept through the whole thing.

What a skilful pilot. Yes. thank

goodness. Kept it straight. How

nerve-racking. That report from the

United States. 11 past 7. Now back to the US and Hurricane Rita. It's been downgraded to Category 4 but that's hardly reduced the threat. The powerful storm

is heading toward landfall somewhere in Texas or Louisiana. Jay Gray is on the Gulf Coast at Galveston. Jay, a downgrade to Category 4, but that's not much relief is it? Great to have you on Great to have you on again. Thanks

so much for your time. Tell us

about - it's been downgraded to a

Category 4, but it doesn't mean

much rae leaf at all, does it, Jay?

No, Mel, I don't think it's a big

relieve to anyone. Thousands of

people have evacuated. Let's talk

a little about the conditions right

now. They're going through a record

heat wave right now in Texas,

frustrating for those thousands of people

people in bumper to bumper traffic

tries to get away. As for the

hurricane itself, as we give you a

look at the Gulf, the waves are

beginning to crest here. The locals

say that lately this has been like

glass, the water has been very

smooth here. These are the first

signs this storm is on the way. It

is a category 4 storm, with

sustained winds at 145 miles an

hour, hard to imagine that that has

hour, hard to imagine that that has

diminished to 145 miles an hour.

This is still a massive and very

powerful storm and very capable of

doing severe damage here. Even if

there's no direct hit, they'll see

very strong hurricane-force winds.

There's also a concern that the

water could come up over the sea

wall. There are a lot of low-lying

areas in Galveston, so flooding

will be a big issue with the rain

that is sure to come with Rita. that is sure to come with Rita.

Kochie, Mel. Jay, how wide is this

hurricane and what other areas will

be affected? Houston is just 80 km

away. Are most people leaving there

as well? Yeah, especially in the

lower areas of Houston. We've seen

a massive evacuation out of the

Houston area. Louisiana is also in the bullseye,

the bullseye, so that is very

troublesome. New Orleans won't be

hit by the storm, but it is the

fringes of this storm. You talk

about how large it is. It was at

one point 60 miles wide. It

continues to change a bit as it

moves closer to landfall, but the

issue in New Orleans will be the

rain, of course. They are already

is a seeing rain there right now.

They can't take much rain. The

pumping system and the levees pumping system and the levees

aren't in shape after Katrina.

South-west Louisiana, Louisiana,

Texas, around Galveston, Houston,

that is the strike zone. That will

be the most significant wind damage.

They'll also see a lot of rain, so

water will be a big factor. On into

New Orleans, they'll see strong

bands of rain as well. That's also

a very serious concern. Guys. Jay,

30 seconds before we lose the 30 seconds before we lose the

satellite. Quickly, where are all

these people going? If we're

talking about a million people,

where it are they going, apbld are

you guys going to get out, or what

are you going to do? I think for us

we're actually - it may sound silly

- going to move east to get closer

to where the eye may hit. We have a

safe area, we'll be fine. As for

the more than a million people the more than a million people

evacuating, they're trying to find

friends and relatives, they're

going north, a lot to Dallas,

others into Arkensas, Mississippi.

The longer you wait to room, the

longer you'll have to travel to

find safety. I hope that safe spot

is really safe, Jay. Thank you very

much for joining us this morning.

Appreciate it. It's a quarter past 7.

Our pollies have taken a grilling over soaring petrol prices. Many of us can't understand why we're expected to pay through the roof when the Government's pocketing so much from excise.

State governments get more GST as

the petrol price rises. Everyone is

benefiting except us. Did yesterday's petrol summit achieve anything? And can we expect relief at the bowser any time soon? It's over to our Big Guns of Politics - Human Services Minister Joe Hockey and Shadow Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd.

Good morning, guys. Joe, why won't the Government cut the excise?

I know as soon as Kochie mentioned

State governments you were nodding,

but Federal can do something as

well. We already have, Mel. We cut

the excise in 2000, 2001. We

stopped the automatic CPI increase

in the excise. So it's effectively,

from a Federal perspective, from a Federal perspective, capped.

It's effectively capped. Then the

GST kicks in, which all goes to the

States. Some of the States, like

Queensland, give it back to

consumers. Queensland I think gives

a rebate of about 8 cents a litre

on fuel. None of the other States

do that, though. It's pretty

simple... Just to put it into

perspective, petrol being 80 cents

a litre, GST to each of the States

is eight cents; when is eight cents; when it's a 1.40,

it goes up to 14 cents. They're

making a 6 cent a litre windfall on

the GST just through rising petrol

prices. Why can't they, say, cap it

at the 80 cent mark? If the States

want to cap the GST on petrol,

we'll certainly help them. Is there

anything you can do to encourage

them? Right here on Sunrise, put it

up, get the States to do it. Queensland does it, Queensland does it, to their credit.

Queenslanders get 8 cents a litre cheaper petrol than anywhere else

in Australia. Why can't the other

States do it? They're getting the

windfall, they're getting all the

tax. Kevin? Joe, the big thing here

is coming out of what the Prime

Minister said yesterday, we Minister said yesterday, we still

don't have any action from the Government on this key question.

Why not get the ACCC to conduct an

inquiry into whether there's provetearing at provetearing at present by the

major oil companies. I don't understand why the Prime Minister

doesn't do it. The Treasurer, your

friend Peter Costello, has the

power to direct the ACCC to look at

this, find out whether there's

prove yet yearing. We've been

calling on the government to

undertake continued prices

surveilance of what's going on out

there. None of that is happening. I,

for the life of me, can't understand why understand why those sorts of

basic measures which lie within

your powers... Kevin, are your

State labour governments

proveteering It's a complex

equation, you have a lot of factors.

One is the oil companies. Nothing

is brought to bear by the

Government on the oil companies.

They have the power to do it by

getting the ACCC into harnass to do

it. Even Graham it. Even Graham Samual said the

other day something seems pretty

funny here when it comes to

refinery margins. Let's get to the

bottom of it. Taking oil companies

out of the equation, Kochie's

question. Are your State labour --

Labor Governments profiteering on

GST from petrol? My view on all of

this, Kochie, is all governments,

Federal and State, need to put their shoulders - their shoulders - seriously, I'm

not letting the State - hang on, if

you look at the totality tax tag

here on what you pay at the moment,

38 cents in the litre Federal

excise. You've got 12 cents a litre

which is GST. I think it's very

important, therefore, that you look

at the role which both levels of

government play in this. All we're

saying is the key to getting to the bottom of

We apologise for the temporary loss of captions.

I don't control the States. Before

we go, footy tips for the weekend,

a big weekend. Who are you going

for, Kevin? Well, for, Kevin? Well, for the weekend,

as far as the big game is concerned,

I'm backing the Swans, mainly

because here in Brisbane a couple

of years ago we knocked the Swans

out in the semis. I remember that

game very well. I went to Sydney to

watch it. Let's see this as a good

one for the Swans. Hope they can

pull it off. Joe? Swans by 35. Oh!

Swans by six goals!

Swans by six goals! Well, it's a

good number. Like your thinking. If

you're going to do it, go all the

way. Isn't that the Federal

Government petrol excise. That's a

number Kevin mentioned. I thought

that was a good number to tip the

Swans by. I beg your pardon. Let's

just have a go. I prefer red to the

other colours too, so... Have a

great weekend, guys.

Now here's Mark in Melbourne. In case you haven't noticed - it's final's time.

Everything is building up to the final, it's looking fantastic and

all set to go. It kicks off for the

players this morning. It's the AFL

grand final parade at lunchtime

today. From there on it gets

exciting. We thought we'd talk to a

done man who's been there before and

done it with the West Coast, Carl

Langdon joins us. We were going to

have Matthew Nicks from the Swans,

but he hasn't shown up. No, he

hasn't. Let's hope they don't turn

up tomorrow. That would be nice.

For you guys you prepare in Perth,

you're really under the moyck scope

in grand final week, you come to

Melbourne. What are the emotions

like when you arrive for the big

game? I think it's a relief because

of the build-up of the build-up in Perth. They've

-- the fans have made their way

here. The whole town shut down in

the good old days and they had a

ferocious focus on footy. It's

exactly the same. It's probably not

quite as dramatic as it was back

then because it was our first time,

the first time we'd been able to

maybe have a chance at steeling the

final hole owe great deal away. Grand

final day, for the players, a lot

of the first-timers, it's their

first taste of the grand final.

What are the emotions? I think it's

when you start to think about the

game, it's just around the corner,

it's your childhood dream , that's

why you play the game and prepare

over 22 weeks of footy. For them,

they'll get nervous. It's important

they don't play the game too early.

Soak up the moment, enjoy it. Going back to '92,

back to '92, a Geelong fan pulled a

pink dummy out of his baby's mouth

and thrust it out at me. I took it

and started sucking on it every

time I went past a Cats supporter.

Can you focus on the game, there's

so much destruction -- distraction

around? I knew I'd play across the

half forward game. My job half forward game. My job is to

stop my opponent getting the ball

that. Is your focus for every

player. That doesn't change. Most

of the guys will know who they're

playing on already. So really it's

just enjoying it. There will be

family and friends. I know there's

a lot of parents. For example I

came over on the same plane as Ben

Cousins father. They'll give the

this Eagles the support they deserve

this afternoon. I know you'll be

excited about tomorrow. excited about tomorrow.

excited about tomorrow. Who is your

tip and by how much? I've gong for

the West Coast Eagles. I'll be

calling the game, of course, my

third grand final as a commentator,

first with the West Coast Eagles.

I've gone for 19, my old number.

Eagles by 19 points. Thanks for

your time this morning. Enjoy the

weekend. There you go, guys, the

build-up is fantastic. The weather

is doing the right thing at the is doing the right thing at the

moment. The cloud has cleared, no

sign of showers. It will be a

butdful day. Back to you. Beretts,

can you do homework for me, my

brother is a mad Swans supporter.

While you can talk about what's

happening on the field and the

match-ups, he reckons the most

important influence on the game

will be the umpires. He whinges to

me that the Swans never get a

reasonable bite with the free kicks, that they always seem to that they always seem to be on the

bad end. Is he just whingeing or is

it fact? Can you find out for me? I

think he might have a case there.

I'll look at the stats and come

back to you with more solid

information. We'll have a look at

it. Thank you for that, mate. The stage is all set for today's outdoor concert. Paul Mac has a hit new song. It's called Sunshine Eyes. You'll see why it's marching up the charts when he performs here in the Plaza after 7.30. Also this morning, inside Australia's best homes. Joh Griggs will be our special guest.

But after the break, news, sport and weather on Sunrise.

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and a luxury Accor accommodation package. Today we're flying two people to Mt Buller via Melbourne. You'll stay two nights at Accor's Mt Buller Chalet. The package includes a three-course dinner for two on one evening. So this is a major daily prize - with a holiday, a computer and wireless broadband. To enter you need today's code word - Now you have it, you can enter via phone or SMS. Call the number at the top of your screen and follow the prompts or text the code word followed by your first and last name to the number above. Congratulations to yesterday's winner. Coming up, the hit new song from Paul Mac. He'll be headlining our Concert Series in this half-hour. And we'll head inside Australia's best homes. here's Nat with the 7.30 news. But first, here's Nat with the 7.30 news. Good morning, everyone. America's Gulf Coast is bracing for one of the most powerful hurricanes in history. Rita is expected to cross the Texas coast late tomorrow with winds up to 260km/h. Authorities are preparing for the worst

declaring a state of emergency and evacuating millions of people from Texas and Louisiana. This is a big storm and it's really important for our citizens there on the Texas coast to follow the instructions of the local authorities. Rita has been downgraded to a Category 4 but is still expected to cause widespread damage. A man has been killed and eight people injured

in a four-vehicle crash in Melbourne overnight. A car became lodged under a truck in a fiery collision which involved two other sedans. The accident happened on the Westgate Freeway in Spotswood just after midnight. Police and emergency services are still at the scene. The cause of the accident is not yet known. The mother and stepfather of a six-year-old Sydney girl

who died in mysterious circumstances last weekend have been charged with her murder. The 44-year-old woman and 55-year-old man

were arrested yesterday. They've also been charged with possessing a commercial quantity of a prohibited drugs

and cultivating cannabis. The body of Rose Villanueva was found in a bedroom at Cattai on Sunday morning. The Labor Party is reportedly under pressure to dump its ban on new uranium mines. According to News Limited papers the Australian Workers' Union says it will take a proposal to the 2007 Labor conference urging the party to end its 20-year-old three-mines policy. The move is expected to reopen hostilities within the union movement. Several other powerful unions strongly oppose nuclear power.

An Islamic militant says he will appeal after being sentenced to 10 years in jail for his part

in last year's Australian Embassy bombing in Jakarta. Syaiful Bahri was found guilty of helping to prepare the bomb which killed 12 people. Judges also found

he provided assistance to the attack's alleged masterminds. who are still on run.

The Federal Government has welcomed the sentence. A man arrested over the 21 July failed London bombings

has been charged after being extradited from Italy. Hussain Osman was flown from Rome to London overnight. The 27-year-old has been charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to murder and explosives offences. Osman is accused of trying to bomb London's Shepherd's Bush Underground station.

Australians travelling to Asia

are being urged to avoid contact with birds and ensure all poultry or eggs they eat are well cooked. The Department of Foreign Affairs warning has been issued

as fears of a bird flu pandemic grow. Antiviral medicines are being stockpiled at Australian missions and offices in the 16 high-risk countries. The outbreak is still at a level three alert

on a scale of six. Checking sports news now with Mark Beretta who's in Melbourne. aren't you? You're there for some footy game,

Have you managed to do any shopping

while you're down there, Mark? You

are