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(generated from captions) For Carlene and Adrian, in over three years. it's their first proper house that's great. Oh, they've all got built-ins, Mummy's happy. Come on. But they are the lucky ones. more than 100,000 people Every night there are homeless across Australia.

we met dozens of them - While filming this story families who ended up on the street.

This is where we spent Friday night. Or stuck in caravan parks. there's nowhere else to go. There is nowhere else to go, Or living in pubs. of down Once you get to a certain point without somebody helping you. you just can't get up And sleeping in their cars. Goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI .

This program is captioned live. THEME MUSIC removed from his Sydney home, Paedophile Dennis Ferguson but only temporarily. Dennis Ferguson. I'm sure that isn't serial paedophile completely. Reminds me of someone else Who could it be? I'm Jonathan Holmes. Oh, welcome to Media Watch. Michael McGurk, Ever since Sydney businessman, the media coverage has plunged us was gunned down outside his home, allegation and conspiracy theory. into an ocean of speculation, and Sun Herald Fairfax's Sydney Morning Herald thanks largely to the inside running led the charge from the start, and Vanda Carson that reporters Kate McClymont had secured before McGurk's death. he feared for his life, but he: Not only did McGurk tell them Since then, worth about the secret tapes. everyone's added their two-bob's And it hasn't stopped there. has found himself in the headlines. Anyone remotely linked to McGurk Though, of course... right across the media. That's been the formula as long as you add: Name whoever you like, of the Brunei royal family There's no suggestion any member is involved in Mr McGurk's death. a few rocks of fact, aren't there? But in this murky sea, there are The Sydney Morning Herald revealed For example, early on for whom McGurk had worked: that Ron Medich, the developer the SMH told us, because of: We know this, The Herald didn't tell its readers and that since then, that the document was 18 months old

by everyone's Mr Fixit - despite intense lobbying

Graham Richardson - former federal minister Mr Medich's land rezoned applications to have have been knocked back, twice. Planning Department: Remarkably, according to the NSW to explain We asked The Sydney Morning Herald how their confidential document showed that the site had been "earmarked for commercial use". It responded... That's no doubt true, would have taken from the story. but it's not what readers had a scoop of its own. Next day, The Herald's biggest rival an anonymous MP had told police that: According to the Daily Telegraph, That one didn't last long.

told the media next day that: The speaker of the Parliament morning by The Sydney Morning Herald The Tele's source was outed the same as National Party MP John Williams: to Media Watch and added ruefully: Mr Williams has said the same

to police doesn't mean it's true. Just because something's reported to police, But as soon as it's reported it's been reported. the media can report Like this: The colleague, we're told, to the Police Integrity Commission. had made statements the tapes and told the PIC: He claimed to have transcribed

pointed out to Kate McClymont: But as radio host Wendy Harmer We absolutely need to know that, of an unnamed source, according to the statement between Michael McGurk unheard recordings of conversations dealings of an unspecified nature. and unknown people, reveal corrupt manufacturing stories all on its own. Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph was a certain Joseph Logozzo, The story concerned who was murdered seven years ago has been tried and convicted. and whose murderer after his death, According to The Tele, were sold to: 40 hectares of land Logozzo owned

of Michael McGurk. And Ron Medich is an associate That's the link. Though naturally, says The Tele: Nevertheless, The Tele tells us: to the links? And who had "alerted" them Well, The Daily Telegraph of course. "reopened their 2002 murder file?". And have police Ah, no. every day We can expect more of this stuff with McGurk's murder until someone is charged

drive the story back underground. and the sub judice rules

observant viewers write in Now, from time to time ads on commercial TV. complaining that there are too many

a couple of sample nights We thought we'd take channels, 7 and 9 and check. on the two most popular commercial task than you'd ever dream. It was a lot more complicated Code of Practice The Commercial Television Industry has a whole section on: at first glance: It seems straightforward enough, on average, it says, promotions must be limited to: paid commercials and program in any one hour of 15 minutes. .. per hour, with an upper limit slaved over a stopwatch Well, a Media Watch researcher on the 1st September, and found that on Channel Seven, to have been substantially exceeded. both those limits appeared we counted an average Between 6pm and midnight, and promos per hour, of 13 minutes 45 seconds of ads 13 minute average. instead of the mandated And in one of those hours, of ads and promos, we counted 16 minutes and 40 seconds well over the maximum allowed. output on the 6th of September, When we tabulated Channel Nine's a similar breach. we found what seemed to be minutes 30 seconds of ads and promos Between 9 and 10pm, no less than 17 more than the maximum limit. - two and a half minutes the average limit was exceeded too, Between 6 and midnight by more than 20 seconds per hour. But it's not as simple as that. in your living room doesn't count. For a start, what you actually watch the TV station's final schedule. What matters is what's on says the Code, so that: This provision was adopted,

And according to Seven,

to respond to our questions, which unlike Nine took the trouble showed its 'non-program content' its schedule for the 1st of September precisely hitting the allowable limits. And so on. The total for the evening, according to Seven, was almost five minutes less than we counted

and gave an average hourly total of precisely 13 minutes, the permitted maximum. So what's going on? Well, partly the discrepancy is because schedules are neater than reality.

But we might also disagree about what is "exempt non-program content". Stuff like this: Next, the miracle mum will have her life changed on domestic blitz, At seven thirty, 60 Minutes. That's a program listing on Nine. It's non-program material, but it doesn't count towards the maximum limit because according to the Code: exempt. So are a whole raft of other things. For example, surely this would count as a commercial: One cup of great coffee could win you a million dollars. Buy a new Royal Bean coffee for your chance to win a million dollars cash at doughnut king. Not necessarily.

It may look like an ad to you, but the broadcasters would probably claim that it's... ..and which according to the Code is exempt. Same with this one, on Nine, which lasted a whole 45 seconds: Woolworths fresh market update. You'll find plenty of continental and Lebanese cucumbers this week at your local supermarket or greengrocer. That's not an ad, it's an information segment, you see.

Exempt. The broadcasters would claim this isn't an ad either: Which would I choose? Can I just take them all? Fall in Love with Dairy Farmers Thick & Creamy Yoghurt today. See that? It shows that Dairy Farmers is a sponsor of the program, The Farmer Wants a Wife.

And the Code says that sponsors' announcements are exempt, so long as: And so on and on. It's hard to avoid the conclusion that the broadcasters are being very generous to themselves in interpreting the Code. Hardly surprising, when the regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, has made no rulings on some of these exemptions and isn't counting the minutes anyway. If you think there are too many ads on a particular night, you first have to formally complain to the channel and then, if you're unhappy with their response, to ACMA. If you want to try, good luck. Here's something that someone should complain to Nine about and take to ACMA too. If you're not going all that flash then maybe the enclosed newspaper story might interest you. This is the story newspaper story, it's a story about 107-year-old Malaysian woman called Wook Kondor or Kundor, who is looking for husband number 23, have you got any interest Sam? Yes, it's the AFL Footy Show's resident boofhead, Sam Newman. And this is what he had to say about Wook Kundor's new husband. What sort of monkey would be marrying that woman? Ah that monkey right there. You can't call him a monkey. This doesn't go to Malaysia this program, does it? That man's not long out of the forest. Yes, you heard him right. He really did say, "that man's not long out of the forest". And in case there was the slightest doubt that this was pure racism, a couple of minutes later Sam got on to the subject of Serena Williams and her argument with a line judge at the US Open. Let me just go back to...uh, let's just have a look at this... In a week when another ugly attack on Indian students has again put the international spotlight on racism in Australia, surely we can do without garbage like that? And according to The Herald Sun, Nine pays this drongo a million bucks a year. A nasty way to end the week. Sorry about that. Until next time, goodnight. THEME MUSIC Closed Captions by CSI This Program is Captioned


Good evening. Kevin Rudd is

holding high-level talks in New

York in a search for new ways

to break the stalemate on

climate change negotiations.

He's proposing a more flexible

deal for developing nations

which would allow them to

register how they would cart

emissions rather than

committing to specific targets.

Executive pay packets are again

under scrutiny after

revelations Qantas paid its

former chief executive Geoff

Dixon $11 million for five

months' work. Qantas profits

plunged 88% last financial year

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who won the right to die.

49-year-old Christian Rossiter

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refusing medication to treat an

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