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Tonight - one of Australia's

biggest-ever drug raids - major

breakthrough, or just scratching the the surface?

New Year's? Could Sydney Harbour go sober for

New Year's?

Which 7pm team member will be

appearing on 'Oprah'?

Black. And I go face to face with Jack

This is The 7pm Project.

Hello and welcome to The 7pm

Project. 'The Circle's Gorgi

Coghlan is with us all week. We get

just one night with Radio MTR's

Steve Price. You couldn't stand

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) (Cre. more. Steve Price. You couldn't stand any

Massive show of news. Gorgi, what's making making headlines?

In the news today, Tuesday,

November 23 - in breaking news,

North Korea has fired dozens of

shells at a South Korean border

island, setting buildings on fire

and killing at least one marine and

wounding 13 others. In what appears

to be one of the most serious

border incidents since the Korean

war in the '50s, South Korean

troops have fired back, and the

troops have fired back, and the

military has been put on its

highest non-wartime alert. Of

course, we'll try to bring you more

the as that story develops throughout

the show.

New Zealand rescuers have released

security vision of the underground

blast that trapped 29 miners five

days ago. The video shows a

powerful and sustained explosion

which lasted for more than 50

seconds. It's still too dangerous

to enter the mine, and rescuers say

the situation is bleak.

the situation is bleak.

We have to be frank about this

situation. The risk risk of a

secondary explosion is real, and is

a great risk where we're not

prepared to put other staff

underground to effect a riskue and

put their live in danger.

We will have an update on that

story later in the show.

Now to Cambodia, and we do need to

warn you may find some of the

following images distressing.

following images distressing.

More than 300 people have been

killed and another 400 injured in a

stampede. Thousands were packed

onto a small island in the capital,

Phnom Penh, for a festival when the

chaos broke out. Many tried to flee

over a bridge to the mainland, but

fell into the water and drowned. We

cross to an Australian survivor and

volunteer nurse, Sarah O'Neill, who

was in Phnom Penh. Sarah, when did

wrong? We you first know that something was

wrong? We were on our boat from

Dinar are, and our driver had told

us that a bridge had collapsed. He

told us 20 people had died. So we

asked him to take us to the

hospital, because I'm over here

doing volunteer work at another

hospital because I'm a nurse in

Australia, so I

Australia, so I thought maybe I

could help out. So he took us to

the hospital. Sarah, how have the

local hospitals coped with the

injured? They weren't really coping

at all. There was three people that

were dead, and then in an hour,

there would have been 50. You

turned around, and they'd be alive,

and then five minutes later they'd

be dead. No-one was really coping.

They just were all, I think, in

shock. The resources were really

poor. They didn't have any scissors

to cut the tape. So I was just

biting it off with my teeth.

Because of the lack of are

resources, um, I think quite a few

other people will pass away. Sarah,

Please stay safe. thank you so much for your time.

Yep. No worries.

On a lighter note, a Melbourne

opera singer has brought her

beloved pet back to life by giving beloved pet back to life by giving

it mouth-to-snout resuscitation. (LAUGHTER)

Jessica Yeo's bulldog Bella went

into anaphylactic shock after

swallowing a bee. Jessica says she

didn't hesitate to give the dog PCR.

Nothing says "hero" like the

Nothing says "hero" like the term

"mouth-to-snout." (LAUGHTER)

Jessica Yeo, her partner and

bulldog join us now. Thanks for

joining us. Jessica, you initial a

efainted when you heard about your

dog. You then came to. What

happened next? Yes. Well, basically

I flew down the stairs and put my

hand in her mouth and cleared her

airways, and with my other hand

pried open her jaws, and basically

put my head as far as I could in

her mouth, and pushed her cheeks

down around my mouth to create a

seal, and just breathed really,

really hard until I heard a pop,

and heard her - could see her lungs

filling with air. At which point

one of our friends had contacted

000 and they were able to locate a

vet near us, and we took her

straight down there very promptly,

and I continued to conduct CPR in

the car. Jessica, you're obviously

a massive hero. But Eugene, you

obviously love Bella as well. I

(LAUGHTER) believe you did bugger all to help.

Did you at least give Jessica a big

(LAUGHTER) pash after it was all over?

Yeah, look, I was probably the only

one that realised she was eating

her own poo for about 30 minutes

before it happened. (CROWD GROANS)

I wasn't going to get in there and

help out at all. I got right out of

there straight away. Well, Jessica,

Eugene and Bella, great to chat to

you. Ah, have a great night, guys.

Glad everyone's OK. (APPLAUSE)

very much. Cheers, guys. Thank you. Thank you

It has to be said, we're probably

the only news show on TV that opens

with North Korea bombing South

Korea but does an interview about a

dog that's been resuscitated. It's

a happy-news story. No wonder Eugene wasn't asked anyone

questions at all during the day by

anyone else. Would you be happy to

do that? I wouldn't think about it

for a second. If you are going to

resuscitate a dog, it's important

that it is unconscious when they do.

It because the neighbours get

freaked out otherwise. I would do

it as well. Absolutely. Do anything

to save our dog, Barclay. If you're

watching, mate, I'm on your team.

Gross. I wouldn't even give you

mouth to mouth to save your life,

let alone a bloody dag. If you

giving me mouth to mouth was the

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE) only option, just let me go.

Returning now, of course, to the

situation in New Zealand, where 29 situation in New Zealand, where 29

people remain trapped underground,

and we cross to the mayor of

Greymouth, Tony Kokshoorn. Tony,

what is the latest on the

situation? The latest on the

situation is we had bad news this

morning that really angered a lot

of the families when the robot went

in and was water-damaged. So we

actually pushed on from there, and

this afternoon in the briefing,

we've had some good breakthroughs

again. We've got a situation now

where they've got another robot on

site, and there's another two or site, and there's another two or

three comin' as back-ups. They're

also putting in another back-up

drill hole. The drill hole that

they're putting through is coming

through round around about --

around about now. They'll put in

cameras and check the gas levels in

that particular area in the mine.

The telling thing this afternoon

was they showed the families a

video of the blast itself from

outside of the mine, meaning there

was kind of a security camera that

recorded it all. Now, it wasn't so

much the velocity of the actual

wind that came out, which was quite forceful - it was the duration

forceful - it was the duration of

it. It actually lasted - this is

the blast - for 52 seconds. And

they really emphasised the fact

that it was a substantial blast in

the mine, and lasting that long was

a very, very telling thing. So that

really subdued the families and

they are really still hoping, but

you know, everything's sort of

diminishing. We seem to get a lousy

pack of cards dealt to us at the

moment. We go forward three steps

and back four, you know? So we're

hanging in there, anyway. Tony, a

lot of your community there are

miners, they know about mining. Are

they angry that there's not been

any human rescue attempt made, or

are they realistic and they

understand it's simply too

dangerous? No, I think they were

dangerous? No, I think they were

realistic and they know, with the

gas levels at that height, that you

can't possibly send more men in a

dangerous situation where you've

already got 29 miners. But what

they are hanging out for is some finalisation. They would just like

to see where their miners are, and

how they are, and what condition

they are. So the only way you can

do that is really getting in one of

these roare bots. That's the only

way you can get eyes into it. Until

they see their miners, one way or

the other, they are hangin' onto

hope that they're still somewhere

in that mine and can be got out.

Tony, it's a harrowing situation.

From everything we've heard about

Greymouth, it's a very close-knit

community. How are the community

holding up under this pressure?

Look, it's holding up extra well,

only because

only because we've pulled together

as a community. And internationally

and nationally, people have come in

behind us. These families and the

wider public are seeing that, so wider public are seeing that, so

it's keepin' em' going ahead with

hope. But every day, it goes by -

we're into our sixth day coming up

now - I mean, that hope is fading.

So they are just screamin' for good

news all the time. It's quite

news all the time. It's quite just

frustrating to them, and it's just

get-wrenching for them. But they're

holding on and hanging in for

everything. But they are certainly

subdued, and I don't know how long

they can go like this. Tony, our

thoughts are with you. We'll

continue to hold out hope. Thank

you so much for your time. Thanks for your support.

That's the most gut-wrenching

emotional story. I mean, we're

sitting here - there's 29 blokes

sitting here - there's 29 blokes -

we don't know whether they're alive

or dead. Can't imagine. All those

families down there just sitting

out in front of it... I just don't

know how they cope. Let's hope. You

never know. Let's hold on hope. We

have to take a break right now.

Don't go anywhere. There's more to. (APPLAUSE)

Coming up - one of 7pm's own joins

Oprah, plus star of 'Gulliver's

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Welcome back to The Project.

Dave, sleeping with the enemy?

Before we get heavy on the news,

let's go light for a second again.

'X Factor' finals on last night, you know?? Can't believe you

watched it. I was watching ghee

mainly, right? Sure, sure... The

winner was Elton, the guy who spent

some time in a cave recently. You'd

think if you won 'X Factor', you'd

be happy this morning, wouldn't

you? Delighted. 'Sunrise' were

doing their show from a pool, it

looked like. All very happy,

dressed in Hawaiian shirts. When

they asked Altiyan how he felt,

you'd think he'd be overjoyed...

Good morning. It's been a very

emotional morning for me, actually. (LAUGHTER)

Some of those emotions joy, mate?!

Give us something, Altiyan! He

needs to go back to the cave, I

think. Now for more on the breaking

story from South Korea and North

Korea, we cross to journalist

Natasha Exelby in Canberra. Natasha,

thanks for joining us. All we know

so far is that North Korea has

fired artillery into South Korea.

What more can you tell us? It

happened about two hours ago. North

Korea - we're hearing reports of up

to 200 shells. There's 14 South

Korean marines that have been seriously injured. There are

reports that one of those soldiers

is dead, but I can't confirm that

at this stage. South Korea fired

back up to 50 shells, and they're

in crisis talks at the moment in an

underground bunker in an

undisclosed location. Natasha,

there were suspicions than North

Koreans had fired on a South Korean

vesalfew months ago. What makes

this situation different to that?

There's a couple of things, Charlie.

The first thing is that this has

happened in the midolof the day - a

very brazen attack. The sheer

magnitude of it - 200 shells -

that's quite a bit. And also, it

comes off the back of the fact that

there's been more US research

indicating that North Korea is

doing more work on their nuclear,

they're doing smuggling syndicates

with Iran and Burma and Syria, and

they're obviously all countries

that are enemy of the West. Natasha,

you're in Canberra right now. Has

there been any response yet from

the Australian Government on the

matter? Sure. We did ask the Prime

Minister, Julia Gillard, about it

about an hour ago. She wasn't

commenting, and I've heard from Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd's

office that he is going to give a

statement in a little under an hour,

Charlie. We'll keep you up to date.

Natasha Exelby, thanks for joining

us from Canberra. (APPLAUSE)

That exchange really escalates,

doesn't it? We're talking

potentially about one soldier dead,

and firing on each other. This

story will have the world holding

its breath tonight, you'd think. No

doubt still talking about it tomorrow tomorrow night.

Moving on - 330 Victorian police

this morning raided almost 70 properties around the state and

smashed what they say is a

multimillion-dollar drug ring.

Two years in the making, Operation

Entity was launched this morning,

taking in 68 properties, netting 47

arrests and uncovering a hydroponic

cannabis-farm syndicate worth $400

million. It's the latest in a long

line of massive drug busts this

year, and authorities are claiming

another battle won in the war on

drugs. Those who profit from this

trade like to think their

involvement goes on unnoticed. I'd

tell them this morning you need to

think again. The Government spends

about $2.5 billion a year trying to

fight the drug trade. But almost 7

million Australians admit to having

used drugs recreationally, and 80%

of them say they're easy to obtain.

Internationally, hardline policies

are being rethought as evidence

increasingly shows

decriminalisation can actually

reduce the social costs of drug use.

Now, in Australia, serious drug

offenders are jailed, but even

their drug use is rife. If the war

on drugs can't be won inside a

prison, is it really a war that won

out in the community? For his

thoughts, we're joined by Ethan

Nadelmann, the executive director

of the Drug Policy Alliance in

America. Thanks for joining us.

Thank you for having me on.

Pleasure. From what you've seen

here in Australia, do you think

we're losing the war on drugs? It

seems that way. I mean, you're no

different than most other places -

spending billions of dollars a year,

meanwhile the drugs are widely

available. You take this raid in

Victoria this morning. The cops are

spending millions of dollars to put

together a raid like this. They

seize the marijuana plants. First

of all, it's probably not going to

make any difference on the

availability of marijuana. If it

does, it might lead to a brief blip

where people, you know, start to

use harder drugs instead. That's

been some of the experience in

other countries. I would guess

people applauding that raid aside

from police? Or are other criminals

seeing an opportunity to move into

the business? Police have to do

what they have to do, but this is

an awful lot like alcohol

prohibition. Let us get a word in.

I think that's a stupid and

ridiculous thing to say. That's

$400 million of marijuana that our

kids won't be smoking tonight. For

you to say that on a day when the

police went out there and raided

like they did - you are a dope

yourself, mate. I've gotta tell you something. First of all, $400

million - a fictional figure. They

made a wholesale operation and gave

it a retail value. Any economist

would tell you you're a jerk for

even thinking that. (LAUGHTER)

You think raids are gonna make any

difference like this? Let's keep it

civil. Quite simply, this is a huge

waste of taxpayer dollars and you

should grow up and adopt a more responsible policy. Mate, I was

going to ask a question a bit

Moraiti nicely. I personally know a

number of people who have lost the

plot because of marijuana. If it is

decriminalised, won't more people

be smoking marijuana? Don't think

it will be young people. In your

country and mine, 80% of young

people say it's easy to cub obtain.

In my country, young people say

it's easier to buy marijuana than

alcohol. If anybody is using

marijuana, it will probably be

people in their 40s to 80s. Is that

a terrible thing? It can be

addictive. Some people to use less

pharmaceutical drugs or drink less

booze - quite frankly when you look

at the costs and benefits of marijuana prohibition, in Australia

now, taxpayers are spending

hundreds of millions of dollars a

year trying to enforce an

unenforceable prohibition. Why not

tax it, control it, regulate it and

get smart about this already? That

is a nice idea, Ethan. What a lot

of people sitting watching this

tonight are going to ask is, does

that work? Has that worked in other

places where they have decriminalised and approached the

problem that way? Well, the closest

example is in Netherlands, which

decriminalised the possession and

retail sale of marijuana 30 years

ago. The consumption of marijuana

by both adults and young people

there is about half what it is in

the United States. I think it's

lower than it is in Australia. It's

roughly the same as it is in the

rest of Europe. Quite frankly,

almost nobody is getting arrested

for marijuana, the prices are not

as high as they are here. It seems

to me a wonderful example of

success. Meanwhile, the per cent of

young people who try marijuana and

go on to use harder drugs is lower

there because the Dutch have

effectively segregated the two

markets. The major thing holding us

back is we've all grown up with

marijuana being illegal. It's hard

to imagine controlling it like

alcohol. If we can use our

imaginations a bit and get a bit

smarter and more sensible about

this thing, we will head that way.

I will tell ya - in the United

States, I mean, I didn't think it

would happen this fast, but support

for legally regulating marijuana

like alcohol is increasing

dramatically - over 55% of people

in western states. We just narrowly

lost a ballot in California 2 years

from now, you'll probably see

marijuana getting legalised in some

states, and in six years a lot more

states. That got heated, but it was

definitely exciting. Thanks. That

was heat? Thank you. (APPLAUSE)

Why do we bother? You're right. Why

having blokes like that on? Steve,

the fact of the matter is, you can

fight the war it's being fought,

and it's a losing battle. Police

officers went out that... Why get a

Yank like that out here telling us

how to run drug policy snooze Often

the houses can be victims too.

Interesting approach, Dave. There

was an interview done with a woman

who used to own one of the houses.

She used to own one of the houses

raided today. Her story is

harrowing. My nan and pop rang me

to lel let me know my old house was

just raided. It was just a big

that house. (LAUGHTER) embarrassment. I absolutely loved

Just, yeah, just a big shame.

From now on, she's gonna be known

as the woman who used to own a

house that was raided by the police.

That's a shame. Naughty, naughty

house. After the break - Charlie

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Welcome back. Yesterday, I got to

chat to funnyman Jack Black. And

with Jack, you never know what

you're gonna get. So this is what I got.

There are very few actors working today

today that are as popular and

lovable as Jack Black. Even your

mum loved him in 'School of Rock',

and that woman is notoriously hard to

to please.

Whether it's comedy, action or

drama, Jack puts 100% into

everything he does. Including his

music career with band Tenacious D, and his new flick 'Gulliver's Travels'. Jack Black, welcome

Jack Black, welcome to Australia.

Thank you. Now, 'Gulliver's

Travels' - the book was written

around 1726. True. Not a new book.

But it is a new film based on an

old book. Why did it take you so

long to make the movie? Good things

take time. It took 300 years to

adapt the script. We started off

with Shakespeare. He couldn't crack

it. And did you have to wait for

the 3-D technology to be available

to do it properly? Exactly. That's what I meant to

what I meant to say. What is this

thing? I'm from the island of

Manhattan. Were you the president?

I was actually known as president

the awesome. In the movie, we see a

lot of topless action, a lot of

butt-crack action. Is that written

into your contract now that you

want to show the body to the world?

To be clear, it's just my topless

action. Kids and family-friendly

film weiring about here. Only man

boobs.

I'm invincible! The first acting

role I ever saw you do was the

Atari ad for 'Pitfall' I was like

13 years old. I wanted nothing more

than to show my friends at school

that I was a star! You nailed that.

I remember I thought if I could be

seen on television

seen on television by my friends at

school just one time, I would be

satisfyed and die and go to heaven

a happily. That wasn't the case.

Sort of a sad truth about the

industry. And about society as a

whole. If you want to get heavy

about it. Are you going to hold up

a mirror to society? This is a

heavy show, right? What's the show

called? The 7pm Project. Heaviness

in holowood, starring Jack Black.

in holowood, starring Jack Black.

12 messages. Mr Popularity. You've

played pandas, Mexican wrestlers,

music teachers, George Washington,

been Franklin. Who's left to play?

I'd like to play a genius, just to

make people realise "He's not just

a dumb arse." And I'd like to play

a crazy man, because I think I'd be

good at it. I'd also like to play a

kind supervillain. A Hannibal Lecter-y

kind of guy. I'd be an actor, a self-portrait going to kill

different TV show hosts. Yep. Um, I

mean I'm not seeing it... Yeah,

that's great. Great. I'd like... I like the, um... Supervillain...

Part of it... (APPLAUSE)

What a great interview! Oh, stop it.

'Gulliver's Travels' is out on

Boxing Day. We'll put the

Boxing Day. We'll put the full

version of my chat with Jack up online.

In final new, Oprah Winfrey will

host a special Australian-themed

episode of her show next week to

celebrate her tripped down under

next month. It will be aired here

on Ten on Tuesday night. For more,

we cross to Ten's entertainment

guru Angela Bishop. Ange, I've got

to cut in here. We need the goss

about the show. But also, there's a

rumour that one of our very own

cast members here is gonna be

involved somehow? What's going on?

You're onto it, Dave. First of all,

the special guests are Nicole

Kidman and Keith Urban. First time

they've been interviewed on the

same show. They revealed they will

be guest at the Opera House shows

on December 14. Two more audience

members won tickets to join the

other 300. They will go to Perth.

Importantly, forget Nicole and

Keith - Carrie Bickmore is going to

be on the show, special

be on the show, special Australian correspondent. (CHEEspondent. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

Meeting some crazey fans. Great

news. We'll chat more about