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I would have had a better outcome I think if I had been removed earlier, and social living, you know, with schooling and work

and that sort of thing. socialising with other people and then brought back to Mum. I was removed several times, Um... Do you think that you should've been brought back? Hmm. No, probably not. and stuff like that, When Daniel's drawing and try to draw. he'll pull the book off him, gets a bit frustrated with it, And Daniel annoying brother, you know, 'cause it's like the little "I want to do it, too..." Melissa Botterill and James Furness and chaotic homes. were brought up in abusive

many, many things. Um... there was many, seeing my mum in a bath tub, I could remember and the bath tub full of blood. and her face all smashed up, I would have been probably six then. my dad choking my mum up the hallway I can remember while she was gurgling for help, would have been about ten. um... when I being too scared to help her, And I could remember, um... like, if I called the police, like, because my dad... Dad then is gonna be after me, and the police comes and get me, I didn't want him to hurt my mum. but at the same time,

When we'd finish school sometimes, to look was at the park, you know, the first place that we'd go that they'll be drinking. 'cause that's where we knew

movie, and have a bath, and dinner." It's not "go home, and watch a looking for Mum It was mainly going to the park to try to make us dinner. to drag her home she didn't even come home, Some nights, on the trampoline. and we had to sleep And our neighbour would feed us, and give us some food. like give us rice over the fence, a clean slate, and we write on them. Kids are innocent, and they're like write the wrong things on them, And, um... I think if you up with a bad picture at the end. do you know what I mean, you can end

on the streets by the age of 11. Melissa Botterill says she was living And James Furness was homeless at 14.

their own battles with alcohol, They have both fought their own separate families. and started to give their children a better life. They're determined that seemed to happen There was a lot of bad things you know, that sort of still come back, but I don't, yeah... to witness that sort of stuff. ..I don't want my kids to kick the... the demon drink? And how hard has it been for you It's... it's extremely hard. Um, I'm lucky I've got a partner,

that keeps me on a short leash. a good partner, repeated the history of your mother? Does it scare you that you almost Sorry.

Yeah, it definitely scares me. It still scares me now. to break that cycle? How determined are you I want to do the best that I can, With every bit of strength I've got, I believe that when you're drowning, and, you know, that you should reach out for help. I believe There's no doubt that sometimes, need to remove children. protective services The dilemma is when to intervene. How am I going to break the cycle? and the damage is already done. Remove the children too late, Remove them too early, to know great parents. and they could lose the chance

A big cuddle and a kiss for Brockie. * This program is not subtitled

physically, how are coping? Two years on from the accident, basically, I'm growing skin in my forearm, under the layer of the skin and I have a bladder between the muscle and the skin.

Wow! Yeah, so it's injected every week. You're growing a bladder? To what replace your own bladder? Yes. No. No, growing skin. from David Reyne. Another magical medical moment I'm Monica Attard. Hello, and welcome to the show. At some point - probably soon - an entire Media Watch we'll be able to bring you in medicine. on David Reyne's great moments an English clinical drug trial Remember David talking about that went wrong last year. understand what a placebo is, I don't really to have saved them. but it seems to have, And wouldn't it make sense like this takes place, that every time a trial

that there's a placebo on hand. an inactive agent. A placebo is just It's a pretend drug. a cure of some sort. I was thinking it was If only he could find a cure foot-in-mouth disease. for a bad case of persistent before the law, While everyone is meant to be equal

before the media. it seems not all judges are equal Accompanying that story travels around the globe, on how taxpayers fund federal judges' was this table. is cited as the biggest spender Chief Justice Murray Gleeson and Ian Callinan. followed by Dyson Heydon Johan van Vloten. Then, Michael Kirby and his partner, editor, Chris Merritt, And the 'Australian's legal affairs Mr Van Vloten in the article itself. made more than passing mention of Well, that's odd. Chris Merritt's article is based, Because in the document upon which

of information process, obtained through the freedom Justice Kirby's long-time partner companion isn't the only globe-trotting to travel on the High Court's expense account. and Mrs Gleeson. There's Mrs Heydon, Mrs Callinan with their High Court husbands. They all travelled overseas partner is cited by Chris Merritt. But only Justice Michael Kirby's Merritt did point out -

If it's perfectly legal, for special mention? why single out Johan van Vloten

Chris Merritt told us -

the remuneration tribunal's ruling. But there was nothing new about Alan Ramsey wrote in 2004 - The 'Sydney Morning Herald's

we're still left asking - Given that story is years old single out Mr Van Vloten? why did Merritt in a follow-up story. On Friday, Merritt tried to explain

that discrepancy was newsworthy, But if Chris Merritt believed in his earlier news story? why didn't he write about it under the headline But what was left in, "Judges $208,000 Travel Bill" allowed readers to wrongly conclude that only Justice Kirby, who happens to be the only homosexual judge on the High Court, travelled with his partner. That's a pity, given only days earlier Chris Merritt and the 'Australian' went front page with an article pointing to the essential unfairness of the Government's superannuation treatment of Justice Kirby. From the bench to the dock - and a couple of newsrooms covering a terrorism-related court hearing

seem to have adopted the approach that they all look the same to me. The 41-year-old man is expected to be extradited to Melbourne. Arumugan Rajeevan faces charged relating to raising funds for victims of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. That court drawing of Arumugan Rajeevan was also used on Sky TV news and on Seven News. The Federal police also arrested and charged a 40-year-old Sydney man today over alleged fundraising for Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers, a listed terrorist group here. But the artist, Bernd Heinrich, never saw the alleged terrorist. Heinrich arrived at the Sydney courthouse late and he missed the man's appearance in court. So instead he asked a reporter who was there what the man looked like.

TV newsrooms call in an artist to be the eyes in courtrooms where cameras are barred. If the artist doesn't see the subject, they're beyond being useful. But even though Bernd Heinrich told Seven and Nine he hadn't seen the alleged terrorist before drawing him, they still put it to air. Yes, but someone in Nine's newsroom knew. At least Seven admitted it was just a stuff-up. One much more recognisable face in court recently Matthew Newton. was that of actor, A Sydney judge overturned the recording of a conviction against Newton last week, leaving many in the media howling that he'd received special treatment. Even though he counts Matthew Newton's parents, Bert and Patti, as friends, Sydney radio 2UE's John Laws weighed in too.

A clear case of a celebrity escaping jail because of his position, if you listen to John Laws. A bit rich when you consider that only a few years ago, Laws himself narrowly avoided the clink because of his high profile. In 2000, he was given a suspended sentence

for soliciting information from a former juror.

Justice James Wood deemed that - The quality of mercy in his own case didn't seem to trouble John Laws. Though he doesn't much like a broadcasting authority ruling

that he declare, on air and online, who's paying him to spruik. Laws must disclose his sponsors as a result of the cash-for-comment enquiry of 1999. But what's the point of a disclosure if all you do is water it down with gushes of affection. And Qantas pays decent money for his affection. But is it true, as he protests, that his deal with Qantas makes no difference to his commentary on the company? When John Laws interviewed the head of engineering at his favourite airline, it was very much a business-class ride, peppered with assuring tones of agreement rather than interruptions. And Qantas would really have been feeling the love when Laws blamed the unions for the airlines woes. Qantas got a lot of bang for its buck with that interview. Though John Laws says he played it straight. Then there was the former Qantas engineer who called in to Laws' program.

It's hard not to think Laws regards the airline so highly because it pays him a lot of money.

He gave Mark lots of air time but as he ended the conversation, Laws had the last word. What's the saying? He who pays the piper calls the tune. Still, John Laws told us - And won't Qantas feel it. That's the show for tonight. Thanks for being with us and don't forget to visit our website at: for transcripts and vodcasts. Talk to you next week. This program is not subtitled CC

Good evening. Conservation groups

have attacked the Federal

Opposition's new forestry policy.

During a visit to Tasmania Kevin

During a visit to Tasmania Kevin Rudd announced that Labor won't extend

forest protection beyond current

agreements. He also unveiled plans

for a $20 million package to support

the forestry industry if Labor wins

Government. Labor's policy on the

issue at the last election cost them

votes. Critics say the turnaround

proves the party's dictated to by

proves the party's dictated to by the unions. The flooding crisis in

England is continuing, with the

country's two biggest rivers

threatening to burst their banks.

Water levels are still rising in the

Midlands and the south and some

Midlands and the south and some areas have lost power supplies and

have lost power supplies and drinking water. More than 1,000 people have

spent a second night in emergency

shelters. Insurers say the bill

shelters. Insurers say the bill could top $5 billion. A pilot's had a

top $5 billion. A pilot's had a lucky escape after his home-made plane

crashed into trees at an airport

north of Brisbane. The two-seater

plane had engine troubles as it came

in to land. It missed the runway and

slammed into trees. The 73-year-old

pilot from the Sunshine Coast was

pilot from the Sunshine Coast was the only person on board and wasn't hurt.

Tomorrow's weather - fine and partly

cloudy for most of the capitals.

Sunny in Adelaide and showers in

Perth. More news on 'Lateline' at 10: Perth. More news on 'Lateline' at 10:30pm.

Chevalier, bien sur, 'Dirty