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(generated from captions) is shared by Carl. Becky's relief that all has gone well he would react after the operation. Both had been secretly worried about

for her, showing them to me, CARL: I know that was a thing

my reactions would be. she were worried what

I didn't know what to expect. I was a bit worried meself about it, turning out fantastic, But the end result has ended up

better than anybody expected. she's over the moon, So, yeah, I know showing them to everybody. 'cause she won't stop So...yeah, it's been brilliant. Hello, Judith. Hello!

Oh, thank God. We brought you loads of chocolate. Oh, my God, yes. And some pressies! Look at the balloons and things! Flowers? to see my boobs, I'm sorry. You're going to have I'll have to show you. Hey, beautiful. I feel really good. and I was laughing and smiling, I think I came around from the op 'cause I was that happy to wake up, I was like, "Oh my god! and I saw these for the first time, from?" "Oh bejesus, where've they come (All laugh) And I will in two seconds. but you can...are you ready? There's a bit of blood and stuff, Are you sure? ALL: Yes.

No. (Laughs) Go on. They don't look any different! Oh, wow! Oh, my god! Oh, they're brilliant! They're huge. Oh, my god! They're unbelievable. They're amazing! (Friends clamour) They're absolutely amazing, Becky! looked down and saw these puppies. Can you imagine when I woke up and They've got to grow yet. They look brilliant. (All talk at once) to make the most of everything, I just hope that from this, I learn and I think I will. I think I've already got that in me, myself as much as I can push myself, but I'm gonna make sure that I push and make the most of everything. has taught me anything, Because I think if this one chance, it's taught be that you've got a great chance, and I've been given make the most of it, totally. and I'm going to Then he kicked her out? LAUGHTER "Your driving's appalling..." And he was like, she had the faulty gene, The years of worrying whether operation are now at an end. and the months waiting for the It's time to look forward. that I wasn't any different - The minute I woke up, I realised even looked down at that stage, I was still me, no matter, I hadn't I was still the same person no nothing, but I knew as I was before I went in,

and I was really happy about that. She would be a nightmare. Fantastic! (Laughs) my own fate, my own destiny, really. I have changed, sort of, If this had of been me 20 years ago, I'd have probably had breast cancer. in another five years time, I've been given a choice, I feel very honoured that the major thing that's kept me going you know, and I think that's been is that I've got a choice. You know, it's my choice. destiny's not making it for me, Nobody else is making it for me, you know, nothing else - it's mine. To Becky. Here's to Becky. GLASSES CLINK Aww... ALL CHEER And to Becky's boobs! presentations on selected topics. Four Corners now offers broadband about the future of oil at: You can find the latest special

This program is not subtitled This program is captioned live. Nine News with Jo Hall. ANNOUNCER: This is National Good evening. Justin Koschitzke Another scare for St Kilda ruckman an umpire in a VFL reserves match after he clashed heads with this morning. No, we're not kidding. Melbourne evening news last weekend, That was the lead story on Nine's with the news while other networks led in Lebanon. of the rapidly escalating war

I'm Monica Attard. Hello and welcome to Media Watch. Aberrations like that aside, there's been major media attention some of it very good - on the Middle East conflict - the usual overemphasis though we can't help noticing in the war zone. on Australians trapped on the dangers close to home, It seems we always prefer to focus

in our schools. like the nasty weapons are being taken to school Police have revealed hand guns by Sydney students. Children as young as 10 including knives. have been caught using weapons, The Opposition says a presence in the playground. police need to have Scary story and scary pictures from schoolkids. but these weapons weren't seized as part of a crackdown They were seized by NSW police on street crime and November 2002. between July 1998 Here's the ABC's camera tape NSW police press conference from the 2003 on display. showing the same weapons

get away with this. Seven also thought it could Tamra Smith, Now, when a mother of 12, was diagnosed with leukaemia,

the well-being of her 12 children her main concern was for and it was her dying wish to stay together. that her kids would be able And I do so miss them. That's the hard part. is Tamra? What sort of a wife and mum anything better. Oh, you couldn't get Yeah. Just... I suppose you'd call her. angel, It's a tragic story. in April 2005 Those interviews were filmed after Tamra and her family approached 'Today Tonight' a matching bone marrow donor. looking for help to find Lesley Rantall: According to Tamra's mother, kept their promise But while Tamra and her family exclusively for 'Today Tonight', to keep the story

their end of the deal. 'Today Tonight' didn't keep They left the story on the shelf. According to Tamra's husband, Brian: their situation changed. And while the family waited, Tamra came out of remission. Her health deteriorated. separated She and her husband, Brian,

a fact that wasn't made clear when 'Today Tonight's' story finally went to air in November. Most important of all, Tamra died in October. The original reason why the family agreed to the interviews - to find a bone marrow donor for Tamra - was gone. So why did 'Today Tonight' finally put the story to air seven months after they filmed the interviews? Because of this. Australia's super granny. I made a promise to my dying daughter that I would look after her children. Raising 11 grandchildren against amazing odds. I'm doing the best I possibly can. Her inspiring battle to honour her daughter's dying wish. They were her life. Tamra's mother, Lesley, had agreed to let Channel Nine's 'A Current Affair' film a story on her struggle to raise Tamra's 11 children. But 'Today Tonight' didn't want the competition beating them with this heart-tugging yarn,

so they took their Tamra story off the shelf. Copying your rivals is such a regular part of commercial current affairs that it has a name - it's called 'a spoiler'. But it's rarely as ugly as this. 'Today Tonight' didn't even tell the family that they were finally running Tamra's story. The family heard it from Channel Nine. Lesley Rantall called

'Today Tonight's executive producer, Neil Mooney. 'Today Tonight's Neil Mooney says that Lesley was put up to complain by 'A Current Affair'. He says she wouldn't listen when he tried to explain why his program hadn't run Tamra's story while she was still alive. Mooney says 'Today Tonight' was concerned about the state of family relationships and: He won't spell out any more of the reasons so what are we to make of a tabloid television program hiding behind journalistic ethics and telling us it knows more about what Tamra wanted than even her family? Well, if you want to read more of Neil Mooney's explanation, you can look them up on our web site. But when we look at the facts, we think that this is unforgivable.

But there's no doubt they really miss their mum and we wish the family all the very best for the future. Lesley is now taking her complaint to the Australian Communications and Media Authority. And, in case you're wondering, she's also making sure that none of the children see tonight's Media Watch. The upside of stories on 'A Current Affair' and 'Today Tonight' was the public generosity that flowed to the family. Bringing up 11 kids isn't easy or cheap, but as you can see, things have to be pretty desperate before you'd trust your story to tabloid television. Two weeks ago the 'Australian' launched a campaign to improve the quality of information provided to investors,

with an editorial on copper prospector CuDeco-AMI.

CuDeco claims to have made a massive copper discovery near Cloncurry in Queensland. CuDeco shares began rising steeply in May, as reports about the size of the ore body came out. But the 'Australian's editorial didn't mention the paper's own role in the dramatic rise of CuDeco. On July 4, it published this article: Fair enough to report the tenfold jump in the share price and the company's claims about its copper find - because that's news. But what set investors running were two other newsworthy tips in the article - unsourced rumours of a takeover bid. And a mention of an unpublished report from an unnamed broker that described the project as:

According to the 'Australian' that broker also predicted

the stock would eventually increase in value eightfold to $25 a share. The rest of the media spread the exciting news and next day the 'Australian' could report: Once again the article cited the bullish predictions of the anonymous broker and his unpublished report. And the 'Australian' had an exclusive with CuDeco's boss. It was all good news - the drills were turning up big nuggets of copper, CuDeco was a "likely takeover target", big Australian and international companies were knocking at the door. The excitement of a new Poseidon overwhelmed this warning from the paper's Criterion column on the same page. The Australian Stock Exchange was also concerned about all the excitement over an unproven mineral deposit. The shares opened at $5.25 on the day of that second 'Australian' article and peaked at $10 before the ASX suspended trading of the shares at $7.11. But a couple of days later, the 'Australian' reported that Wayne McCrae remained confident. Maybe - but we won't know how good the pudding is for some time. With the shares suspended the 'Australian' was taking a more tempered approach, but editor Michael Stutchbury insists that his paper has reported responsibly all along. But there was some information they didn't provide. Last week's 'Financial Review' painted a very different picture of CuDeco. It cast doubts on the broker's report, highlighted potential conflicts of interest and noted unfavourable court decisions involving chairman Wayne McCrae. Quite a different perspective from the 'Australian's. The ASX eventually forced CuDeco to reduce its claims about the size of the copper deposit

and when the shares came back on the stock exchange last week

they took a dive. But the frenzy around CuDeco has already burnt a lot of investors. And the 'Australian' certainly added to that frenzy, though this weekend, the paper found someone else to blame. Hopefully the small investors who relied on the bullish claims of the 'Australian' have also learnt not to believe everything they read in the newspaper. Until next week, goodnight. Closed Captions produced by Captioning and Subtitling International Pty Ltd This program is captioned live. Good evening. The US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, is due to arrive in the Middle East in the next couple of hours. She says there's an urgent need for a cease-fire, but conditions have to be right. With no let-up in the fighting,

a senior UN official says he believes Israel's bombardment violates humanitarian law.

Australia is warning its citizens in Lebanon

that rescue ships won't be available forever. The Government's telling would-be evacuees to leave the country immediately. Three ships have been booked to take people out tomorrow,

and they could be the last. The Federal Government has accused the Opposition Leader of doing a back flip. Kim Beazley says he wants to end the Party's policy, limiting uranium mines. Mr Beazley says Labor can't ignore the economic benefits of increased uranium production. And a piece of Australia's military history

has gone under the hammer tonight, setting a new world record. The nation's last privately-owned VC fetched $1 million - almost twice the previous record. It was won posthumously by Captain Alfred Shout who fought at Gallipoli. It'll now be displayed at the Australian War Memorial. Now, tomorrow's national weather - showers for Sydney, a few showers also in Brisbane, light rain in Canberra, and a shower or two in Perth, but fine in the other capital cities. There'll be more news on 'Lateline' in an hour. Goodnight.

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