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Tonight, a court hears a priest's

confession, pleading guilty a state

high alcohol reading. The New

Year's booze ban - more dry areas

to stop drunks spoiling the fun. 99

per cent of people are good. The

good food warning, new guidelines

to reduce the nation's growing

waistline. And top of the class,

New South Wales' best students

celebrate their HSC results.

Despite any engineering award I

doctor. want to do medicine and become a

Good evening. I'm Hamish Macdonald.

And I'm Natarsha Belling. Also

drops tonight, a moul mouthed minister

drops the F-word on television. And

proving nothing is impossible, Kurt

Fernlea is in training for an

inspirational Sydney to Hobart

journey. First tonight, a Catholic

priest has pleaded guilty to one of

the state's highest readings behind

the wheel. The priest was almost 7

times above the limit. Father Jones

is used to delivering sermons but

today he was the one being preached

to. Wearing his collar he faced

charged court on the state's north coast

charged with high range drink

driving. He is doing all in his

power to rectify his mistake. The

court heard that mistake was

getting behind the wheel so drunk

his BAC was off the chart. He was

pulled over by police, who saw the car

car Chris crossing lanes at Harwood

at 1 pm. When breath tested he

blew0.5, 10 times the legal limit.

He was taken to a nearby police

station where he blew0.341. The

court heard he had his first drink

just 45 minutes before he was court.

He was convicted of high range

drink driving 11 years ago.. It's

come back to bite him. A year ago

he needed a triple heart bypass. The

The Catholic Church is believed to

own the car he was driving. It's

been confiscated by police. The

today church didn't return our calls

today to discuss the priest's

future. His lawyers are fighting to keep

keep the priest out of jail. That's

the role of the imagine Strait

after he examines all the facts.

Father Jones will be sentenced next

year. If you're heading out to

watch the 'New Years Eve' fireworks

be prepared to celebrate without

the bubbles. A big booze ban has

been is extended to more harbourron

is at that stage - vantage spots.

It's meant to be about this but too

often too much of this ruins the

night. This year as the crackers go

off harbour-side councils are being extraing

extraing down on alcohol. If you

want to have a drink sit at home

and watch it on the television.

After years of dealing with drunks

many councils have had enough,

Leichardt the latest to impose alcohol-free

alcohol-free zones. Residents want to

'New to get back to the family friendly

'New Years Eve' they are used to.

North Sydney council implemented a

blanket ban last year. So drunk

they were starting fights with

sure people injured. This about making

sure that 'New Years Eve' particularly in Sydney and particularly

surrounds

surrounds is there for everyone,

not just for a drunken hand..

That's great vantage points back on

to residential areas and councils

say they are dealing with growing say they are dealing with growing

local concerns about levellers

urinating and even having sex in

people's gardens. This 'New Years

Eve' alcohol is banned at more than

40 popular viewing sites. I can see

that maybe people do get carried

away with their drinking. I'm not

quite sure if this is the solution.

99 per cent of people are really

good. It takes away from a grown up

responsibility celebration. We've got a

and responsibility to look after people

and that's what we have had to do.

That's the subject on Sydney's soapbox

soapbox tonight. We're asking

should alcohol be banned on the harbour harbour foreshore on 'New Years

Eve'. Your views shortly.. Our

incoming Attorney-General appears

to be spoiling for a multi billion dollar fight with the tobacco

industry. She says tobacco

companies should pay more of the

health costs from smoking. Nicola

rock son plans to step up her war

with big tobacco. This is a really

important fight for the country. For

For a second day sh eis stepping

out with the American campaigner who

who forced tobacco to pay hundreds

of billians in the US in health care compensation. It's inevitable

there will be discussions about

whether tobacco companies should

contribute more to that cost. But

the shadow Attorney-General has

accused her of being an on

successive social engineer putting

pet causes ahead of an Attorney- General's proper priority of General's

national security. Maybe in a national

depirl thing but I think it's

possible to do more than one thing

at a time. She will now direct the

legal fight for plain packaging

legislation. Two separate tobacco

giants are challenging the plain

packaging laws and they hope for a

hearing in the High Court early in the

based the New Year. Their arguments are

based on what what say are their intellectual

intellectual property rights. They

are completely untrue. Julia

Gillard is hipting there could be

more changes before the next

election. The communications

minister might have made himself a

candidate, dropping the F-bomb

today on national television. If a

tax goes up that is sovereign risk.

But if a tax goes down that's

(Beep) fantastic. Not bad from the

man who polices broadcasting

standards. Let's go live to

Canberra. Hopefully no swearing

were Hugh Riminton. The PM said no

one threatened to quit over the

reshuffle but it's clear some were not

not happy. They are even saying -

well, Kim Carr put in a statement

saying it's a move not of his

choosing but he is saying he is

honoured to be in the outer

ministry. Robert McClelland is

moved saying it was not his chies to be

moved on from the prime post of

Attorney-General. A lot of people

are putting on brave faces publicly.

Thank you, Hugh Riminton. Extra

help is being called in from

interstate as police step up their

search for fugitive Malcolm Naden,

who has been on the run since

shooting an officer at a remote

camp site last weekment he is

wanted over the murder of two

relatives in 2005. Today more

tracking teams arrived to expand

the search area. Let me just make

it clear, we still believe that man is

is still in that area and that's

why if anything we're intensifying

our search. Police believe Naden is

still travelling on foot. Well,if it's

it's true we are what we eat then

the vast majority of Australians

might need a rethink. New dietary

guidelines show most people eat too

much junk and nowhere near enough

greens. At this inner city sporting

complex there are plenty of active

families and plenty of healthy canteen

canteen snacks. Why then with so

many healthy options are

Australians still unfit and

unhealthy? I think it's more difficult

difficult outside of the home

because you come to places like this

this and there are lolly pops and

ginger bread men. When you come

home from work and you have to get dinner

dinner on the table now some of

those foods are easier to prepare.

A study by the NHMRC has found most

of us need to change our diets

drastically. Foods such as chips,

lollies and softdrink now make up

35 per cent of the average adult

diet. Next time you head to the

supermarket keep this in mind. The

study revealed the average

Australian needs to eat 470 per

cent more green beepbs, 460 per

cent more low fat dairy and 350 per

cent more seeds and nuts. It's

certainly food for thought. If

you're looking to improve your diet

it's back to basics. Certainly

include a number of serves of fruit

and vegetable every day. Make sure

you get enough protein through

poultry or nuts or legumes. I think

it's about teaching parents what

options to give them. Sometimes I

think they don't know how to go about

about it. Last week's interest rate

cut has failed to lift Sydney's

property market, with auction

clearance rates at their lowest

level all year. It's a further sign

that buyer confidence is fragile

despite a drop in-house prices.

It's enough to bring a tear to an agent's

agent's eye. Barely half of all the

properties up for auction last

weekend sold. The 50.5 per cent

clearance rate is the worst result

all year. No real surprise. We have

seen auction clearance rates

falling over the last couple of

weeks. Other than first home buyers the

the Sydney housing market is

running out of team at the end of

the year. The number of people

buying their first home is at the

highest level over the past couple

of years. No one else it seems is

bothering. They are looking for a

better 2012, when we get the full

impact of falling interest rates

and some increased economic

activity. The upper price range has

been specially hard hit but buyers have

have deserted across the board

despite falling prices. Over the

past year the Sydney median house

price has fallen by about 2 per

cent, which isn't too bad

considering some of the other

capital city markets have fallen up

to 7 per cent. Sydney is still the

most resilient housing marketed in

Australia. But it's not all doom

and gloom. Some areas are bucking

the trend like Canterbury and in

the Hills district as families continue

continue to buy homes but search

for better value. New research

points to a better mood next year.

It finds that Australians are finally feeling much more

comfortable with their finances.

There are sure to be some nervous

teenagers across New South Wales

tonight with HSC results due out

first thing tomorrow morning. There

has already been good news for some

with the first in course awarded

today. They are the top students in

each HSC subject and they still

can't quite believe it. It's not

something I expected. I was shocked.

I thought something was wrong with

my HSC result. These intelligent

teens are every bit deserving as

they are humble. Languagess king

Harry topped two Greek subjects and

a Latin one. It seems to have

turned out are the all right.

Daniel came first in maths

extension 1 and he is only in year

11. Nice to get to one up on the

older guys. The drama prize went to

Ashley who has landed a spot at the

Western Australian academy of performing

performing arts. A great two days.

Kiery was first in course for

construction. I walked up onto the

stage and thinkingwhat are people

going to be picturing here. But

there you have it. Girl. The

students mere today might have

topped their subjects but they will have

have to wait until 6 am tomorrow

just like every other HSC student

to find out how they did overall.

Most have big plans for their

future and the motivation to make

them happen. Despite my engineering

award I want to become a doctor.

Mainly dump truck driving. That will

will be the start to my life. Hopefuly

Hopefuly it will be a good one.

Still to come tonight - a new life

or desk task for the state's police. Old

Old foes farewell a man who helped

heal the nation. And deck the

aisles the boughs of holly,

Sydney's buses get into the spirit

of the I learnt maths from my dad... Are you coming? No. ANNOUNCER: Willpower is like a muscle. The more you use your willpower, the stronger it gets and the easier it gets to resist cigarettes. So, over time, you get used to not smoking. Every cigarette you DON'T smoke makes your willpower stronger. (QUIETLY) Hey! (SOMBRE PIANO MUSIC) Hi! Nice to see you. How have you been? Good.

we could not talk about. They let

us do a show just for the troops, basically.

of Australian special forces guys sitting on a fuel truck smoking!

Welcome back. An accountant accused

of fleecing Sydney families of

almost $50,000 in tax return has

been released on bail. 35-year-old

Jesse James - Marryann James was

arrested yesterday trying to board

a plane for the Philippines. Police

allege she stole thousands from

customers whose returns she

processed in Campbelltown. Her bail

was on condition she surrender her

passport. There are new procedures

to deliver organs to transport

patients. Police will assume

control of transport, leaving

doctors to prepare for surgery.

They are the mercy dashes where

every minute can make a difference.

Now in a new effort to streamline

delivery of donor organs police

will assume a central transport

role in the often complex task of

getting to the hospital on time.

The medicos don't have to from now

on worry and concern themselves

about the logistics aspect of the

operation. That will be left to a

central state office, a single

point of contact, to liaise with highway

highway patrol, hospitals and

airports. To ensure that the organs

arrive safely and in a timely

fashion. And let medical teams prep

for surgery. Let's hope the changes

will decrease transport time and

save more lives. Beyond four hours

the chances of it not working perfectly

perfectly increase. Organ

recipients are grateful. Jessica

has a new pair of lungs thanks to a

donor. If this saves one more life

than before it's a great thing. A

naval officer who spanked a female

soldier has been found guilty of

seven acts of indecency. Lieutenant

Commander John Allan Jones

repeatedly spanked the sailor

between February and October last

year while he was a supply officer.

The court marble heard he made the

soldier lie across his lap and

spanked her on the buttocks several

times. A who is who of federal

politics paid tribute to Sir Zelman

Cowen. He was remembered as a man of

of towering intellect who helped

heal a nation in turmoil. It was a

state funeral which drew leaders

from around the nation. Three

former Prime Ministers and the

current one, three former Governors

general and the incumbent.

Politicians and generals came to

pay their respect to the man who became

became the head of state in the

aftermath of the sacking of the

Whitlam government by predecessor

Sir John Kerr. Today really

belonged to his family in the last

public act of a public life....

Rebuilt and healed a divided nation

and throughout his life constantly

sought consensus. Married to lady

Anna for 66 years. As he said years

later, "I look at her with wonder."

And then his eyes would fill with

tears. His giant intellect came

with humour when he broke the

Jewish holy day to see his beloved

St Kilda win the grand final by a

point in 1966. A friend said it was

worth it, wasn't it? The old man

replyed, "It's too soon to tell.

"Medals carried by a great grandson

marked a life of service.

Parkinson's disease claimed Sir

Zelman. The job he did of healing

the nation after the trauma of 1975

was remarkable. A man who filled

the office with a natural charm as

well as intelligence. He was

certainly better than I think

anyone else for his time. Time for

a check of the weather now.

Magdalena Roze is standing by.

Pretty cool day today in Sydney?

The cool summer continues with the

city reaching only 23 today.

Southerly winds would have made it

feel a lot cooler. I'm joining you

from the beautiful Cook and Phillip

Park for Swim Safe week. We should

see some good weather, probably

better than most people are

expecting. It won't be hot and

sunny. Temperatures are still

staying in the low 20s but there

will be lots of sunshine on

Thursday and Friday. It will be a

lot more pleasant than the forecast

makes out. The rain has cleared as

well. Tomorrow the slight chance of

an isolated coastal shower. Apart

from that you can get your washing

done. Tash has been asking me about

this for the past couple of days.

Get it done before Sunday because a major

major rain event is on the way.

Hamish, maybe you can let your mum

know. Get done before Sunday. I

think mum is watching. Get your mum

to do it. That's nice! Santa has

made a pre-Christmas stop in

Australia, arriving in Sydney

airport this morning, while some

children were very excited to see

the big bearded man, er0s were a

little more hesitant. There was a

slight wardrobe malfunction when

Santa lost his belt. Perhaps he is

losing weight because he is so busy.

Hello! By chance, Santa also

happened to run into a long lost

nephew. You need concentrate on the

washing, I think. The state's bus

drivers have shown off their

Christmas cheer with three of the best

best buses put on display. Leukaemia

Leukaemia patient Leticia Velez had

the honours of picking the winner

and chose this bus from the

Kingsgrove depot. Not much room for

passengers though. Coming up,

European fears cause our stocks to

plummet. That's next. Also, were

journalists really to blame for

deleting a dead girl's voice mail?

And the baby polar bear that wasn't born

born free, the David Attenborough

controversy is next.

Fiona Smith joins us from the traffic

traffic helicopter. How are the

roads looking tonight Very sunny,

which is nice for a change. There

is a broken down truck conked out

southbound on Lane Cove Road. The

M2 is a little slow mainly it could

uto sun glare. An earlier accident

at Glenwood has Old Windsor Road in

not so good shape. That's the

latest on the traffic. Let's bring

you up to date with some breaking

news now. A Sydney teacher will

appear in court tomorrow accused of

sexually assaulting students.

Police will allege he

inappropriately touched an 11-year-

old girl and the primary school. He

is accused of assaulting two other

girls aged 11. He has been released

on bail. Generous solar subsidys

could soon be cut. The government

says they are pushing up the price of

of electricity. The inconvenient

truth of global warning led to the

government introducing generous

solar schemes. They are forcing up

the price of energy and we need to

have a hard look at their continued

existence. This meter earns 46ens

for every kilowatt of electricity

gifted by the sun, the subsidy

pushing up the price to other

householders as government budgets

feel the strain. Absolutely agree.

As the cost has come down the need

for massive incentives isn't there

today. The industry says there is

no need for subsidys any more. They

have a simpler solution. A very simple

simple fix is to allow people's

meters to spin backwards. Green

groups have attacked the white

paper for being renewable energy

unfriendly. Martin Ferguson says

the carbon price will let the

market choose cost efficient lower

emission technologies, but former

Prime Minister John Howard thinks

the climate debate has been

hijacked by zealotss. The way in

which the progressive left has got

their grip on the commanding

heights of education. Mr Howard was

launching a new book by climate

change skeptic Ian Climber. But

don't call him a denyer. You're

talking about the people who deny

the deaths of 6 million Jews. Yesterday's

Yesterday's improvement was like a

single Ray of sunshine trying to

squeeze its way through an

otherwise cloudy sky. That's

because the Aussie market

completely wiped out yesterday's impressive

impressive gains. Last night share

markets around the globe didn't do

very well and part of the reason

was that Moodys expressed its

concern with the situation in

Europe. There are three major ratings ratings agencies including

standards and poors, Moodys and

Fich, a French based company. We

had a report today showing

Australian businesses remain cautiously cautiously optimistic regarding the

state of their finances and also

the broader economy. Part of the

reason for this was the fact that

interest rates were cut last week.

The Aussie market didn't do well,

falling 1.4 per cent today. Most

sectors lost ground. Telstra fell

by a third of a per cent. The

mining sector struggled but Woolies did

did well, gaining close to 1 per cent.

Disgraced tabloid the 'News of the

World' may not be to blame for

deleting messages from a murdered

British schoolgirl's phone. The

admission was made by a police

lawyer at an inquiry into British press

press standards. The most likely

explanation is that existing

messages ought toe matterically

dropped off from the mailbox after

72 hours. The relevant phone

network provider confirmed this was

a standard function. Reporters and

a private investigator working for

the 'News of the World' had been

accused of hacking into Milly

Dowler's phone. The veteran

broadcaster David Attenborough has

rejected claims he miss led viewers

on the hit series 'Frozen Planet'.

Footage supposedly of wild bears

was actually tpwimed in a zoo. But

on these slopes beneath the snow

new lives are beginning. It may

sound like an ininnocuous statement

from the 'Frozen Planet' but it's a

line causing a stir. David

Attenborough's comments suggest the

cub is giving birth in the Arctic

snow. It was in fact here where

pictures were mixed of wild and

captive polar bears. If you had tried

tried to put a camera in the wild

in a polar bear mother's den she

would either have killed the cub or

she would have killed the cameraman,

one or the other. It's out of the

question. But many feel Sir David's

defence misses the point. The

audience wasn't informed the

footage came from a zoo. The broadcasting

broadcasting regulater is now investigating

investigating a number of

complaints over the issue, but the

BBC is emphatic on this. It says

the narration was carefully worded

so as not to miss lead and talked

in general about bears in the wild.

The producer it says even detailed

about how and where it was filmed

on the website. This wasn't part of

the story we could leave out of 'Frozen

'Frozen Planet'. There really was

only one way to approach it. But

how many of the eight million viewers watched this explanation

online and how many will now feel

the corporation has been at best

disengeneralious. Some of

Australia's best musicians have put

on a right royal show in London. A

chamber orchestra was given the

rare honour of performing for

Prince Charles inside the historic

St James's Palace. Australia's

finest performed some of Britain's

best. Inside the sprawling Queen Anne

Anne room, Australia's revered

chamber orchestra stages a private

show for the Prince of Whales. It

rounds out performances in 343

cities since the chamber first

assemblesed in 1975. Some of these

instruments are worth more than a

million dollars but it was the

brush with royalty that had these

performers anxious. The thing I'm

most nervous about is curtseying. I

don't think I have ever done one in

my life. Better start practising.

No need to worry, though. His royal

highness was clearly impressed. I

did notice him look at his watch at

one point. Maybe he was hoping it

would keep going. Prince Charles

marking the end of a successful

three-week European tour, which has

seen our orchestra named the

greatest in the world. In London,

Brett Mason, Ten News. Still to

come, Sydney Soapbox, should

alcohol be fanned from - banned

from the harbour foreshore on 'New

Years Eve'? Your views are next.

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Grab an entry today.

Our top stories - a priest has

pleaded guilty to high range drink

driving, blowing almost 7 times the

legal limit. The Catholic Church is now

now fighting to keep him out of

jail. Councils are cracking down on

New Year's Eve drunks, extending

alcohol bans around much of the

harbour for the fireworks

spectacular. Australians are eating

too much junk food and not enough

greens. If Sydney's terrible

weather has been getting you down

and you're struggling to get into

the Christmas spirit tonight we may

have the solution. Researchers have found

found the simple act of giving will

make you feel better and could

actually improve your health.

Lisa's shift from the corporate

world to charity work has clearly

paid off. I can get up in the

morning and go to work and feel

that I am making a difference and I have

have a purpose in life. It's

changed everything for me. She is

paying it forward. She is part of a

team rescuing spare cafe find

delivering it into the hands of

those in need. It feels great. We

know people are out there and

needing some food. So good to

contribute. The benefits of

thankless goodwill can be hard to

quantify but all involved in the project

project report expressing kindness

in this way leaves them feeling

good. There is mounting evidence

that that feel good feeling known

as the helper's high has huge

health benefits and not just

psychologically. The centuries old

idea has science to back it up.

Recent studys in Sydney showed heightened

heightened anti-bodys in the saliva of

of soup kitchen volunteers. Their

ability to fight off the flu

increased. Other rewards include

pain, insomnia and stress reduction

and even living longer. But do the

health giving benefits of giving

extend to Christmas gifts? Those

people who give and do not expect

anything in return are happier and

healthyer and more content. Tonight

on Sydney Soapbox we ask: should

alcohol be banned on the harbour

foreshore this New Year's Eve? You can

can let us know your views on

Facebook, Twitter and email. But

first here are your views from

Circular Quay. You would probably

have to try to ban the consumption

of alcohol prior to visiting the

foreshore area. I don't know that banning alcohol down here will

lessen any of the problems. A lot of

of people will suffer. Just for a

couple of minoritys who misbehave.

It's a good idea definitely. It

will decrease a lot of violence. If

it's a family area maybe it's not too

too bad but it's really expensive

to get into the clubs so that's not

fair as well. I would not like to

see drunken people around my kids.

There are drunken shrobs everywhere.

Let's talk to Melissa Hoyer. Is

this the case of the minority

ruining it for the majority? The minority

minority have made it -

uncomfortable now for the majority.

Most of us are not alcoholics or

drunks. It doesn't mean we should

not go to the harbour foreshore,

have a glass of champagne, be with the

the kids and have a good time.

There are some people who make it

uncomfortable and these people have made

made it bad for the rest of us. It's

It's a bad decision. Of course we

don't want to see a whole lot of

drunks around the city of Sydney. But

But if the policing really works on New

New Year's Eve they should be able

to control those who really are off their

their tree. I'm guessing there

won't be that much to write about

in the social pages if there is no

booze on New Year's Eve? I imagine

there will be some blank pages.

Let's face it, alcohol - and not in

a bad way, people do drink also to

just have a nice time. It's not about

about getting really drunk. We should

should not equate getting drunk

with drinking all the time.

Australians do have that down pat.

We like a drink but most of us can

really control it. On New Year's

Eve, let's hope everyone controls

what they drink. Thanks so much for

your time tonight. Moving on, a

playful pup has been given a second

chance after surviving an injury

that shocked even vets. The mall

tease poodle's spine snapped when she

she walked into a wall. Because the

spine was unstable and the injury was

was unstable she could have died at

any point. The surgery was so

successful 10 months old Tilly will

have no lasting effects. Hollywood heartthrob

heartthrob Mr George Clooney has

snuck out of Sydney with just as

little fanfare as he arrived. He

was speaking at a global peace conference

conference at Darling Harbour. The

sexiest man alive hosted a lunch

for mostly females who paid $1100

for the privilege. You put in a

line in, didn't you? No. Sport is

next. No surprises really. A bit of

a fall-out from the cricket loss?

Yes, the great Shane Warne as - has

called on selectors to pick younger

players for the test match against

India. We hear from him next. Next

it's the media's turn to test out

the defence of opener Phil Hughes.

And why the high seas of the Sydney

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Welcome to Ten News 'Sports

Tonight'. Australian coach Micky

Arthur has given a vote of

confidence to struggling veterans

Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey

declaring they will play in the

boxing day test against India but

it hasn't stopped growing calling

for a major shake-up of our test

team. Burning his bowling hand

while cooking bacon didn't put

Shane Warne off today's breakfast.

Australian selectors it seems have

much less palatable options. Some

brave decisions need to be made.

Yet another Australian batting

collapse has put young opener

Phillip Hughes firmly in the firing

line. Calls are growing louder for

selectors to give Ricky Ponting and

Mike Hussey a tap on the shoulder.

I'm sure they will be hurting from

what happened yesterday. But at the

same time Hus played beautifully in

vapbga. It's the fix kel nature of

test cricket. I think they have to

say who is available, who can take

their place k we make the team

stronger? While Australia's test

players are now in Twenty-20 Big

Bash mode. The way the schedule is

now it doesn't help the guys

preparing for the Indian series.

Half the Indian team is already

here, the other half on the way.

Australia's first home loss to New

Zealand in 26 years duly noted. At

the end of the day they have some

good cricketer there is who are out

of form. We just have to keep them

out of form. A painful back injury

could force Stewart Appleby out of

this week's Australian Masters

preventing him from defending his

title. Barely able to practise he

will seek treatment right up until

tea time Thursday in a does prad

bid to play. I don't quite maybe

know my body well enough to know

whether I can manufacture something

from an ad hoc swing or whether

it's a futile fight. Appleby has

ruled out surgery and is hoping

with rest he can return to full

fitness by the start of next year.

Chelsea has handed Manchester its

first defeat. City got off to a

blistering start scoring inside the

first two minutes through Mario

Balotelli. The Blues hit back two

minutes before half-time to level

the scores. City lost a player just

before the hour mark. Gael Cleeshy

was sent off. A penalty in the 82

and minute sealing the result for

Chelsea. There is not much that

Kurt Fernley won't tackle. The

Sydney to Hobart is no exception. He

He will crew for Investech Loyal

and says it's excellent preparation

for the London games. He has set

his sights on a 4th paralympic gold

medal. You could be forgiven for

thinking Kurt Fernley had done it.

All. But now he is signing up for a

spot on one of the blue water

favourites despite a lack of blue

water experience. I've had five

days worth of sailing on the boat.

Even though he has had less than a

week on board, it's clear he offers

this crew much more than knowledge

that comes with years on the water.

Every time somebody is whinging

about hard work or toughing it out

you just have to look to him. He is

handy around the buttons on the

boat. A good guy to have around.

It's this campaign to Hobart that

he hopes will help him come London

next year. In Kakoda I crawled

every day. This is one of those

things that will make you that

little bit tougher that could be

the difference next year. His

initiation included the annual big

boatrace around the harbour. Hang

on tight. The atmosphere here is

intense and it's only a practise

run. When it gets to Boxing Day

these boys know one wrong move

could cost them line honours in the

Hobart. A mistake cost Investech

Loyal in this preview. Kurt Fernley

is unstoppable. My call is they

will win. So inspirational. See you

soon, Adam. Magdalena Roze is back

right after this short break with

all the latest weather details. The

cool summer continues for Sydney

and New South Wales but there is a

lot of sunshine on the way so make

the most of it, because a major

rain and thunder storm is on the

way from this weekend. The details

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Joining us now with the latest

weather details is Magdalena Roze.

Good evening once again. You have

all the weather details in a moment

but you also have a very important

message for summer? Absolutely.

It's Swim Safer Weekment this time

of year it's so hot everybody wants

to be at the beach. But you guys

would swim at any time of year,

wouldn't you? Yeah! What can

parents do to make sure kids are

always safe? Bring them to the

Aquatic Centre for swimming lessons.

That's step 1. Step 2 is layers of

protection, supervision, barriers, swimming

swimming skills and learning CPR.

Excellent stuff. Do you want to

wave to everybody at home. To your

brothers and sisters. Hi, friends.

Let's head to the weather now. It

will get a bit sunny over the next

few days and maybe the kids will

want to hop in the water. The cloud

has cleared across eastern parts of

Australia. That low pressure system

moving in towards New Zealand.

There won't be much rain around for

Queensland and New South Wales.

Lots of cloud through the tropics

and parts of inland WA with rain and

and storms in a low pressure trough.

Further ahead, a high pressure

system will nestle itself across

much of south eastern Australia,

with clear skies. Rainfall will be

hitting the western side of the

South Australian border. Patchy

light falls for areas of WA and

South Australia not as heavy as

we've seen today. Very isolated

falls for the east coast and patchy

falls across the WA and South

Australian border. Interstate

tomorrow, a shower for Brisbane, 26.

Sydney siders will see some sun

developing. The forecast for tomorrow.

Further ahead. Really beautiful

days. You can still get your

washing done before Sunday, when

some rain will develop. We'll see

some very heavy rain between Sunday

and Tuesday. Now here is the news at at 6.

Making headlines tonight - a

priest's shameful confession,

pleading guilty to one of the

state's highest levels of drink

driving. No budgets, no troubles -

the Sydney harbour booze ban

extended for New Year's Eve

celebrations. And the diet tree

overhaul, new food guidelines to

get Australian waistlines back into

shape. A Catholic priest has

pleaded guilty to one of the

state's highest blood alcohol

readings behind the wheel. Father Peter

Peter Jones was almost 7 times the

legal limit when pulled over by

police. Father Peter Jones is used

to delivering sermons but today he

was the one being preached to.

Wearing his collar he faced court

on the state's north coast, charged

with high range drink driving. He

is doing all in his power that he

can to rectify his mistake. The

court heard that mistake was

getting behind the wheel of his

Toyota Camry so drunk his BAC was

off the chart. He was pulled over

by police who saw the car Chris

crossing lane lanes on the Pacific

Highway at 1 pm. When breath tested he

he blew0.5, 10 times the legal

limit. He was taken to a nearby

police station where he blew0.341.

The court heard he had his first

drink just 45 minutes before he was

caught. He was convicted of high

range drink driving 11 years ago. A

year ago he needed a triple bypass.

He is currently on medical leave

and in rehab. The Catholic Church

is believed to own the car he was

driving and it has been confiscated

by police. The church didn't return

our calls today discuss the priest's

priest's future. His lawyers are

fighting to keep the priest out of

jail. That's the role of a magistrate after he examines all

the facts. Father Jones will be

sentenced next year. Two some

breaking news now - a Sydney - a

Sydney teacher will appear in court

tomorrow accused of sexually

assaulting students. Police will

allege the 46-year-old

inappropriately touched an 11-year-

old girl at a primary school in the

city's east. He is accused of

assaulting two other girls aged 11.

Police believe human remains found

near a popular tourist walk in the

Blue Mountains could be those of a

missing woman. Skeletal remains

were found near the Echo Point

look-out at the weekend. Police are

awaiting the results of DNA tests.

Extra help has been called in from

interstate as police step up their

search for fugitive Malcolm Naden,

who has been on the run since

shooting an officer at a remote

camp site last week. Today more

tracking teams arrived to expand

the search area. Let me make it

clear, we still believe that man is

still in that area and that's why if

if anything we're intensifying our

search. Police believe Naden is

still travelling on foot. If you

are heading out to watch the New

Year's Eve fireworks be prepared to

celebrate without the bubbles. A

big booze ban has been extended to

more harbour vantage points. It's

meant to be about this but too

often too much of this ruins the

night. So this year as the crackers

go off, harbourside councils are

cracking down on alcohol. If you

really want to have a drink you

will have to sit at home and watch

it on the television. After years

of dealing with drunks, many

councils have had enough. Leichardt

the latest to impose alcohol-free

zones. The residents are wanting to

get back to the family friendly

type of New Year's Eve they are

used to. North Sydney council

implemented a blanket ban last year

fed up with drunks spoiling the fun.

Getting so drunk they were starting

fights and people were injured.

This is about making sure New

Year's Eve particularly in Sydney

and surrounds is there for everyone,

not just for a drunken handful.

These great vantage points back on

to residential areas and councils

say they are dealing with growing

local concerns about levellers

urinating and even having sex in

people's front gardens. This New

Year's Eve alcohol is banned at 40

of the most popular viewing sites.

I can see maybe people do get

carried away with their drinking.

I'm not quite sure this is the

solution. 99 per cent of people are

actually good. It just takes away

from a grown up celebration. We

have a spwoblt to look after people.

That's what we've had to do. Our new

new Attorney-General appear tonnes

spoiling for a multi billion dollar

fight with the tobacco industry.

Nicola rocks son says tobacco

companies should pay more for the

health costs of smoking. From

tomorrow she is a former Health

Minister but Nicola rix son plans

only to step up her war with big

tobacco. This is a really important

fight for the country. For a second

day she is stepping out with the

American campaigner who forced

tobacco to pay hundreds of billions

of dollars in the US in health care

compensation. It's inevitable there

will be discussions about whether

tobacco companies should contribute

more to that cost. But the shadow

Attorney-General George Brandis has

accused her of being an onest sif

social engineer, a high priestest of

of principles. Maybe this is a girl

thing but I think it's possible to

do more than one thing at a time.

She will also now direct the legal

fight for plain packaging

legislation. Two separate tobacco

giants are challenging the

packaging laws. Here at the High

Court they hope for a hearing early

in the New Year. Their arguments

are based on what they say are the

intellectual property rights tied

up with their brand. Today the PM

denied reports two ministers

threatened to quit if they were

dumped from cabinet. The

communications minister might have

made himself a candidate, though,

dropping the F-bomb on television.

If a tax goes up that's a sovereign

risk but go it goes down that's

(Beep) fantastic. An accountant

accused of fleecing Sydney families

of almost $50,000 in tax refunds

has been released on bail. 35-year-

old Marryann James has arrested

yesterday at Sydney airport. Police

allege she stole thousands of

dollars from 15 customers whose tax

returns she processed at an agency in

in Campbelltown. Get (Beep) away

from her. Ms James was bailed on

the condition she surrender her

passport. If it's true we are what we

we eat, the vast majority of

Australians might need a rethink.

New dietry guidelines show people

eat far too much junk and nowhere

near enough greens. At this inner

city sporting complex you will find

plenty of active families and

plenty of healthy canteen snacks. Why

Why then with so many healthy

options are Australians still unfit

and unhealthy. It's more difficult

outside of the home. You come to

places like this and there are

lolly pops and ginger bread men.

When you come home from work and

you have to get dinner on the table

now some of those foods are easier to

to prepare. A study by the NHMRC

has shown most of us need change

our diet drastically. Foods such as

chips, lollies and soft drinks now

make up 35 per cent of the average

adult diet. The study revealed that

the arrange Australian needs to eat

470 per cent more green beans,460

per cent more low fat dairy and 350 per

per cent more seeds and nuts. It's

certainly food for thought. If

you're looking to improve your diet

it's back to basics. Certainly

include a number of serves of fruit

and vegetable every day. Make sure

you get enough pro-toon through

poultry or nuts or legumes. I think

our lot is to teach parents what to

give and give them options. I think

sometimes they don't know how to go

about it. Last week's interest rate

cut has failed to lift Sydney's property property market with auction

clearance rates at their lowest

level all year. It's a further sign

that buyer confidence is fragile despite

despite a drop in-house prices.

It's enough to bring a tear to an

agent's eye. Barely half of all the

properties up for auction last

weekend sold. At 50.5 per cent, the

clearance rate is the worst result all

all year. No real surprise,

although it was low. We've seen

auction clearance rates falling

over the last couple of weeks.

Other than first home buyers the

Sydney housing market is running

out of steam at the end of the year.

The number of people buying their

first home is at the highest level

for a number of years largely

because stamp duty relief on

established homes runs out at the

end of the month. I think they are

waiting for a better 2012 when we

see the full impact of decreased interest

interest rates. Buyers have deserted

deserted across the board, despite

falling prices. Over the past year the

the Sydney median house price has

fallen by around 2 per cent. Which

is not too bad considering some of

the other capital city markets have

fallen by 5, 6 and 7 per cent.

Sydney is still the most resilient housing

housing market in Australia. But

it's not all gloom and doom. Some

areas like Canterbury are bucking

the trend and in the hills district

as families continue to buy homes

but search for better value. New

research may point to a better mood

next year. ME Bank has found

Australians are throwing off the

glam of the global economy and are

finally feeling more comfortable

with their finances. There are sure

to be some nervous teenagers across New

New South Wales tonight with HSC

results due out first thing tomorrow

tomorrow morning. There has already

been good news for some with the

first in course awarded today. They

are the top students in each HSC

subject and they still can't quite

believe it. There was a bit of

squealing. It's not something I

necessarily expected. I was shocked.

I thought something was wrong with

my result. These intelligent teens

are every bit deserving as they are

humble. Languagess king Harry Stratten

Stratten topped two Greek subjects

and a Latin one. Strepsils and

high-wire and walking eggshells but

it seems to have turned out a bit.

Matthew topped the class in maths 1

and he is only in year 11. It's

amazing. I got the call the day before

before this. It was a a great two

days. Edging out the boys Kiery was

first in course for construction. I

walked up onto the stage thinking

what will people be picturing here. There

There you have it. I'm a girl. The

students here today might have

topped their subjects but they will

have to wait until 6 o'clock

tomorrow morning just like every

other HSC student to find out how

they did overall. Most here already

have big plans for the future and

the mot vaigs to make them happen.

Despite my engineering award I want

to become a doctor. Mainly dump

truck driving. Yeah, that will be

the start to my life. Hopefully it

will be a good one. Coming up next,

why giving Christmas presents can

actually make you healthyer. And by

George he is finally leaving - a

Hollywood superstar jets out after

a flying visit. And embattled

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Now to Fyona Smith in the Traffic

Helicopter. It's very slow. It's an

absolute crawl. Northbound and also

southbound. Avoid those if you Kent

There's a lot of traffic. In it

looks like west ban on meat M4

there has been a break down. It's

very slow all the way back to

Parramatta Road. The best run is

across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

If Sydney's terrible weather has

been getting you down, and you're

struggling to get into the

Christmas spirit, tonight, we may

have the solution. Researchers have

found that the simple act of giving

will make you feel better and could

actually improve your health.

Lisa went from the corporate world

to charity and that has paid off. I

can get up and go to work and feel

that are making a difference. It's

changed everything. She pays

forward with part of the team

rescuing spare foot from cafes and

delivering it to those in need. If

feels great. We know that people

are out then needing foot. It's

good to contribute. The benefits of

the goodwill can be hard to

quantify but they are all involved

in this project and the report

expressing this kind mess leaves

them feeling good. This evidence them feeling good. This evidence

that feeling good as a helper has a

huge health benefits. Not just

psychologically. The centre has an

old idea with neuroscience backing

this up with studies in Sydney

showing height and antibodies in

saliva of volunteers. In means the

ability to fight off a common cold

or flu will increase. Other rewards

include pain, insomnia and stress

reduction even living longer. Do

these benefits extend to Christmas?

Those people that Eve and don't

expect anything in return other

ones we see good results from. They

are healthier, happier and more

content. So don't feel so guilty

now. Thank you very much.

In finance, some steep falls on the

All Ords today. Telstra and BHP

Billiton were both down while

Woolworths was one of the few to defy the trend. Hollywood heart-throb George

Clooney has snuck out of Sydney

with just as little fanfare as he

arrived. The actor was in town for

only two days to speak at a global

peace conference at Darling Harbour.

The 'sexiest man alive' also hosted

a lunch for a mostly female crowd,

who paid $1,100 for the privilege.

Clooney is on his way back to LA.

A reprieve for Ricky Ponting?

Ricky Ponting will play in the

Boxing Day Test against India.

That's according to Australia coach

Micky Arthur. But, it hasn't

stopped growing calls for a major

shake-up of our Test team.

Burning his bowling hand while

cooking bacon didn't put Shane

Warne off today's breakfast.

Australia's Test selectors, it

seems, have much less palatable options.

Some brave decisions, I think, need

to be made in the interests of

Australian cricket, to make sure

that the best things happen and

Australian cricket is strong.

Yet another Australia batting

collapse has put young opener

Phillip Hughes firmly in the firing line.

Are you wonder a lot of pressure?

It just part of it. Calls grow

louder for selectors to give former

captain Ricky Ponting and fellow

veteran Mike Hussey a tap on the

shoulder. I'm sure those two guys

in particular will be hurting from

yesterday. Hussey played well in

Sri Lanka. That's the fickle nature

of test cricket. I think they have

to see who's available. You'll either

either make the team stronger, or

have we hung onto someone too long?

Hopefully for us it's about having

stability. Picking some younger

players and stick with them gives

us a chance. While Australia's Test

players are now in Twenty20 Big

Bash mode. The way the scheduling

is now, it certainly doesn't help

the guys prepare for the Indian

series. Half of the Indian team is

already here, the other half on the

way. Australia's first home loss to

New Zealand in 26 years, is duly

noted. At the end of the day

they've got some good cricketers

there who are out of form. We've

just got to be wary of that and try

to keep them out of form.

Chelsea has handed Manchester City

its first defeat of the English

Premier League season, with a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

City got off to a blistering start,

scoring inside the first two

minutes through Mario Balotelli.

The Blues then hitting back before

halftime to level the scores.

He pulls it back, and he's there to equalise!

City lost a player just before the

hour mark with Gael Cleeshy sent off.

A penalty in the 82nd minute then

sealing the result for Chelsea.

There's not much that Kurt Fearnley

won't tackle, and the Sydney to

Hobart is no exception. The

Paralympic star will crew for the

100foot 'Investec Loyal' and says

it's the perfect preparation for

next year's London games. He's

conquered Kokoda, won 31 marathons,

and set his sights on a fourth

Paralympic gold medal.

You could be forgiven for thinking

Kurt Fearnley had done it all. But

now, he's signed up for a spot on

one of the bluewater classic

favourites, despite his lack of

sailing experience.

Ohh, uhh, I've had about five days

worth of sailing on a boat.

Even though Kurt's had less than a Even though Kurt's had less than a

week on board, it's clear that what

he offers this crew is something

much more than the knowledge that

comes with years on the water. Every time someone's whingeing

about hard work on the boat or

toughing it out, you just have to

look at Kurt to get inspired. Yeah,

I mean he's an inspiration to all

of us and he's pretty handy, so a

good guy to have around.

And it's this campaign to Hobart

that Kurt hopes will help him, come London next September.

The thing that has kept me going in

marathons the last few years has

been Kokoda, and knowing that I

kept crawling every single day, so