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(generated from captions) No mercy from the judge of her partner. over a Sydney woman's mercy killing Sydney families voice their anger the State Government's mismanagement. at being made to pay the price for Yet again, ripped off! treatment that would save her life. Why this young girl is refusing I've made the right decision. had in store for Hugh Jackman And the surprise Baz Luhrmann in the movie 'Australia'. Good evening. her partner of 18 years A Sydney woman who killed with a euthanasia drug has escaped full-time jail, to serve 22 months weekend detention. ordered instead a scathing attack on Shirley Justins, But the judge launched claiming she was selfish and cruel of 75-year-old Graeme Wylie. for the way she planned the death said it was a mercy killing. Shirley Justins always had Alzheimer's, Her partner, Graeme Wiley, of a barbiturate. so she gave him a lethal dose the act was criminal, But a judge said whatever the ethical debate.

inadvertently gave Justins 22 years, After an initial stumble, where he to 22 months weekend detention. the judge sentenced her and, in fact, This was a man who wanted to die on behalf of Graeme Wiley it was an act of some selfishness he wanted that he got the peaceful death and left behind this bloody mess. took her own life two months ago. Caren Jenning, who imported the drug,

the driving force behind the killing. Justice Howie found she was That was not my mother. the mastermind behind all of this To be portrayed as a criminal and is abominable. it was Graeme Wiley's daughters But Justice Howie said in this case. who were the real victims planned Mr Wiley's death He said the two accused without telling his children, that was selfish and cruel. a decision to say goodbye to my father. I'm heartbroken that I wasn't able Tania says she remains convinced for his money. Justins killed her father In the end, justice is done. Jessica Rich, Nine News. highway robbery Many Sydney drivers are screaming over the new Harbour Bridge toll, doesn't seem to be listening. but the Premier the new congestion tax He's keen on spreading to all our city's motorways. It's as small scale as can be, car park at Wentworthville Station but the extension of this commuter is what Nathan Rees is proud of. for eight years The upgrade had been promised but never delivered, until now. no more nonsense. No more plans, no more strategies, This is about delivery. what we can afford and at the moment, But only, he says, and that isn't very much. of the mini-Budget - The most hated part the congestion surcharge - toll roads once they go cashless. which now could be extended to all A taste of potential things to come. to ease congestion, If we can move down that path we will look closely at it. But there's no timetable. Nathan Rees and Eric Roozendaal motorists across this city are about to mugged by angry Nine News can also reveal

buried in the mini-Budget. another annoying tax slug will rise by $10 Home insurance policies the State Emergency Service. to help pay for

It led to rowdy scenes in Parliament. for lunch today. Order! Order! I'm not sure what everybody had the Premier's mini-Budget, The Opposition even mocked marked as a failure. saying it should be to the Member for Clarence, I draw the Speaker's attention an 'F' for fail. who has been holding up to put it away. I will ask the Member for Clarence Kevin Wilde, Nine News. of families have to drive their cars. Across our suburbs, thousands There is no decent public transport to school. and they have to get their kids that means paying for the bus. And now, out of family finances, The mini-Budget has taken a big bite it's because they are an easy target. and many believe

for families in north-western Sydney. The school rush and Budget outrage every day, right to Circular Quay, My husband travels to the city we have the Tunnel, so we have the M2, we have the Bridge and return. thousands of dollars each year It definitely adds

to your cost of transport. and no free bus passes. Then there's higher green slip costs There's three children in my family.

There'll be five cars. in back-to-school allowances. And losing more I have at school right now. That's $100 for the two children things like that out of it. I get some pencils and pens and seriously out of pocket. The da Silva family is also to school, At the moment we walks them she'll be using the bus service, but next year so that's an added cost to us. our children, We then lose the allowance for both so yeah, we're worse off. feel ripped off by the Budget, All these families finances already at all-time highs. with the pressure on household for a mum, dad and two kids, And when you do the sums it seriously adds up.

on Harbour Bridge tolls, $200 more a year high school bus passes. $180 providing

for the scrapped school allowance, $100 more to make up $1,050 more for car parking. $20 more for green slips,

$1,500 worse off each year. So families like these are almost Yet again, we're ripped off. Joanna Townsend, Nine News. There was another reminder today

a Senate inquiry The Prime Minister is facing

of a confidential phone conversation into whether he leaked details with President Bush. accused Malcolm Turnbull The move came as the Government financial market "spivs and sharks". of operating on behalf of late this afternoon announced Family First Senator Steve Fielding

seriously embarrass Kevin Rudd. the move that could all concerns, all questions, A Senate inquiry so that at Kirribilli House regarding the phone call the President of the United States between our Prime Minister and can be fully investigated. The inquiry would investigate or a member of his staff whether Mr Rudd of the presidential phone call, leaked details angering President Bush from the US Embassy. and leading to protests

This is a very, very serious issue. The leaked report contained the claim that President Bush did not know what the G20 group of nations was. Mr Rudd has repeatedly failed to deny responsibility for the leak. If the Opposition gives support -

which it will if Senator Fielding agrees

to amend his proposed terms of reference - the inquiry will be set up. Meanwhile the Government claims Opposition attacks on Treasury Secretary Ken Henry and other key regulators are damaging Australia's economic interests. The suggestion that the Australian Treasury has been involved in cooking the books in publishing false forecasts, undermines world confidence. At the National Press Club today, it was clear Dr Henry had been stung by the Opposition comments. I think it would have been better had the comments not been made, they are inaccurate. The suggestion is that Treasury's latest economic growth forecast of 2% is over-optimistic and the result of political pressure. It has the smell of manipulation. Obviously there needs to be some explanation about it and it seems suspicious. These forecasts were produced by the Treasury with no political manipulation from the Government. In Parliament, the Finance Minister accused the Opposition of acting on behalf of: ...the shonks, the spivs, and the sharks. Laurie Oakes, Nine News. Australians were back at the Western Front last night, paying tribute to the sacrifice made by our soldiers during World War I. An all-Australian service at Villers-Bretonneux marked 90 years since the ceasefire, rounding off the day of commemoration here at home. Thank you for all who gave their lives in the fight against tyranny and in the pursuit of peace. Ordinary people who became heroes.

Our Governor-General Quentin Bryce attended an international service, along with Prince Charles, hearing the French President Nicolas Sarkozy honour Australia, saying his country will never forget our soldiers for helping France stay free. Now to the courageous story of 13-year-old English girl Hannah Jones. The determined teenager is terminally ill but has refused to have a heart transplant which could extend her life, saying she has already suffered too much. Hannah Jones is sick of being sick. Fed up with hospitals, doctors and surgery, the 13-year-old has said enough is enough. I've made the right decision at the moment and I'm not going to change it. When she was four, Hannah was struck down with leukaemia. Chemotherapy treatment then caused heart disease. In the past eight years, she's had more than a dozen operations and spent more time in hospital than out. I have had too many bad experiences in hospital, just don't want to go back there and stay there for another month or so, it doesn't seem right to me.

At the age of 13, she has the right to choose, and she chose not to have a heart transplant. But her wishes hit a legal hurdle - the hospital threatening to call in a judge to order the operation. He would then issue a court order

and if need be they would forcibly remove Hannah from us.

But the hospital had a change of heart after talking to Hannah. I put my point straight across. As I said, I have been in hospital too much. So, no more hospitals, but Hannah says she still has one more fight to win. There is a chance I may be OK and there is a chance I may not be as well as I could be, but I'm willing to take that chance. Damian Ryan, Nine News. Fly over our suburbs, and you see thousands of blue backyards. Sydney is a city in love with swimming pools. But too many pools have been a place of tragedy. Reporter Jodie Noyce joins us. And Jodie - fears many back yard pools are death traps? Mark, this is the fun side of having a back yard pool - children enjoying an evening dip.

But sadly, there's a tragic side as well, with many lives put at risk because pool fences don't do the job they are supposed to. 5-year-old Samuel Morris is the victim of an unsafe pool fence. More than two years ago, he suffered catastrophic brain damage after falling into his family's pool. I don't get hugs from him any more, I don't get to hear his voice, I don't get any smiles from him.

His parents thought the pool fence was secure, but Samuel managed to get through. You think it's safe - you're meticulous at closing gates, supervising the kids. Unfortunately, a panel at the pool fence was broken. And the Morrisses aren't alone. 16 children under the age of five died in backyard pools last year, 10 of those in NSW. Royal Life Saving says 85% of pool fences are unsafe because there's no compulsory checking system in place,

pointing out there are many things that can go wrong. You want to make sure that your latch is working properly. Just hold it open and let it swing back to the closed position, so you can see there unfortunately that didn't close properly. You can see that it's still open. You really want it to latch on the first go. We're quite lucky with this pool area. You can see it's all cemented in, but you'll see with other ones, particularly in dryer climates, where they've just got a dirt footing that will move, so again, that might mean that the gate doesn't close at all. We've got a chair that can be used as sort of a climbing -

you know, kids can use that, step up there and they're over and into the water. The Morrisses have their own advice. A fence is just the last barrier and the reality is there is no replacement for the supervision of the children.

With plenty of the talk about a last-minute new ending to the movie 'Australia', the director Baz Luhrmann is now teasing the audience about the finish to his epic. In fact, someone does die at the end of the film.

It's a surprise, I'm not saying who.

The rejected ending had Hugh Jackman's Drover making his mortal exit. Jackman jokes that he had to put his foot down.

Yeah, that was me fighting for a sequel. The actor and director were in New York last night, alongside Rupert Murdoch, as Luhrmann was being honoured for his work at the Museum of Modern Art. Across town, Nicole Kidman was being celebrated as one of 'Glamour' magazine's Women of the Year, as husband Keith Urban prepares for tomorrow's Country Music Awards. The whole celebrity gang will be back together soon, as 'Australia' has its world premiere in here Sydney next Tuesday. In the news ahead - how to go out in Sydney and stay out of trouble. And we're live -

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A report a horse has escaped

drowning in this river. Now, more on our series investigating the impact of binge-drinking. Tonight, reporter Chris Urquhart joins a group of 20-somethings for a night out on the town, discovering what they get up to and how they try to avoid becoming victims of Sydney's battle with booze. 21-year-old Lauren and her mates from Cronulla live for the weekend. During the week they study hard or hold down full-time jobs. Friday hits and you're like, "I'm so keen to go out for a drink. "I've worked hard, I deserve this." What they don't deserve is this sort of trouble. Tonight, they'll do their best to avoid it. For these boys, the only hit they're prepared to take is in the hip pocket. The reason why a guy spends $200 a night is a girl comes up to him and goes, "Can you buy me a drink?" and you go, "Sure thing," 'cause you're off your face. For the girls, though, the costs can be even higher. Her drink had been spiked. She got rushed off in an ambulance, nobody had a clue what was going on. She just collapsed on the floor. It is really scary. That's not all that's frightening. I know girls that go out on an empty stomach purposely

so they don't have to spend as much money as you would have to normally, just to get drunk.

This group prefers their local haunts to the mayhem of the city.

It's cheaper and easier to avoid the violence of drunken idiots. At nightclubs, they'll sip or skol beer, spirits and wine. Vodka and energy drinks are popular. They drink... Cheers. Happy birthday! ..and dance 'til the early hours. Everyone behave themselves tonight? Um...sort of. You don't want to be going home with people you don't know. You don't want to be in a situation putting yourself at risk. It's 3:30am and time to go home. Fortunately, Lauren and the boys have had a good night and managed to avoid any trouble. But there's no guarantee they'll avoid that hangover in the morning. Definitely, man. I'll get up and do nothing tomorrow. Lay in bed all day. Right at least until their next big night out. Chris Urqhart, Nine News. If successful art is meant to inspire, provoke or confuse, a gallery in Paddington might have got it right. Reporter Denham Hitchcock is there for opening night. And Denham, there's an exhibition almost daily in Sydney, what's different about this one?

Mark, I don't know much about art, and to be honest, I don't even know what I like, but one thing you can say about every piece in this room - is that you can't stop staring at it.

Down a small leafy lane in an ordinary gallery, a collection of extraordinary art

that held many between fascination and confusion. What's the meaning of it? But with art, the answer often leads to other questions. All my work is about the increasingly nebulous distinction between what we consider natural and what we consider artificial. First, there is what's called The Uprising, then The Abandoned Baby, followed by the so-called Long Awaited -

a child cradling a creature part dugong, part grandmother. The video exhibition gets a little creepy. And in case you shut your eyes, there's also a sculpture.

There is an alien concept of difference, but it's actually very beautiful and it's very tender. From chewed-down fingernails to hair planted one strand at a time, the detail is mesmerising -

although it helps if the eye of the beholder is also that of the artist. Are you saying she's beautiful? Yes, she's gorgeous, yeah, she is. It looks like it's breathing, nearly, doesn't it? Perhaps the best compliment of all is that it's hard to walk away. Denham Hitchcock, Nine News. In the news ahead - how to go out in Sydney and stay out of trouble. Mark, he speaks from the heart about something that almost broke it. Also - a big welcome home from the biggest fan of our new Test cricket star. As critics continue to slam Ricky Ponting's captaincy, the defiant skipper has not only defended his tactics against India, but vowed to do the same again. Although he and his new team-mates lost the series 2-0, one of the warmest welcomes home was saved for rookie spinner Jason Krejza. The new darling of Australian cricket, Jason Krejza's homecoming hugs were saved for girlfriend, Leah. The spinner's dream debut saw him return a hero. More subdued greetings in Sydney. Back from losing the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Ricky Ponting admits slow over rates were a simmering problem well before boiling over in the final Test. I've always felt it would come back to bite us. In a bid to boost the over rate, Ponting bowled part-timers

rather than go for the kill something he would do again. I still feel the decisions I made weren't negative at all. A family reunion in Brisbane - Matthew Hoyden calling for critics to keep the faith. Ricky Ponting is an absolute bloody champion. In the next six months he'll show you again why he can rebuild another Australian side. If the national selectors are looking for another bolter this summer, the NSW Blues may have already found him - a tall, teenage, fast-bowler who has already been hailed as the new Glenn McGrath. 17-year-old Josh Hazelwood is the youngest pace bowler ever picked to play for NSW. While McGrath came from outback Narrowmine, Hazelwood ia from tiny Bendemee in the State's north.

The teenager hoping such comparisons continue for years to come. Especially when Bendemeer sounds a bit like Narowmine, doesn't it? Yeah, both country boys and to follow in his footsteps would be absolutely great. Andrew McKinlay, Nine News.

investors just cannot be in her of them the 4th the first man of cricket calendar Been released. Kangaroos halfback Johnathan Thurston says he's trying to inspire his family with his World Cup performances to help them get over the murder of his uncle. He has told Nine News that the game, his team-mates and family have been his saviours during the most difficult time in his life. Until now, Johnathan Thurston hasn't been willing to talk on the eve of Australia's first World Cup game. He played against the Kiwis, but only after his family gave him its blessing. They all sat down and wanted me to play in that game. If they had wanted me to come home I would have came home, but that's not what my family wanted.

And he says that without football, at the moment he'd be lost. When you're away from the training paddock and, sort of, by yourself

is when it's been tough. Thurston knows he needs to keep playing for himself

but, more importantly, for his family. Put a smile on their faces through this time I suppose, makes it a little easier through this difficult time.

Thurston was named at halfback today to play against Fiji on Sunday night. The only change to the team that beat England, Craig Fitzgibbon comes in on the bench for Josh Purdy. Danny Weidler, Nine News.

Geoff ducal is coming out of

retirement four years after calling

it quits. A wish him all the best. To finance - and not much joy on the stock market today. After the break - Jaynie Seal with all the weather details. Tonight's viewer photo is from Bruce Winley, showing white water rafting at Penrith Lakes. Coming up on WIN News... The Federal Health Minister admits public hospitals are struggling but won't give the A-C-T a blank cheque to fix the mess.

And, safety concerns over a popular cycling pathway. At Optus, we think everyone deserves more this season, so with Optus Pre-Paid, you'll receive a $100 bonus credit when your first recharge is $40 or more on the Nokia 2630 with Bluetooth for $79,

the Sony Ericsson T303 with MP3 player for $99 or the Nokia 3120 with 2-megapixel camera for $199. So, drop into your local 'yes' Shop or Optus World store today. Optus - delivering more this season. MAN: Yes, we hear you. And now, here's Jaynie. And our run of blue skies is coming to an end? That's right, Mark - the timing is not that great, with showers and cooler weather for the weekend. But some more hot weather before then. Today was a mirror image of yesterday, perhaps just a degree warmer. The cloud burnt off in the morning and the sea breeze freshened around lunch time. Across the country - some extreme heat today. SA and Victoria had temperatures up to 14-above the average. Melbourne was 35 degrees, their hottest day since March. NSW - hot and dry for the inland. Showers in the same spot as yesterday up in the north-east, with nothing more than 10mm.

And tomorrow, the trough now in SA will move our way, making it to the south-west of NSW by tomorrow afternoon bringing showers and storms. That same trough will cause stormy weather to Adelaide by lunch time, and towards the evening for Melbourne. Sydney - no storms just yet, but it will be warmer with cloud slowly building and fresh north-easterlies along the coast later. So, surfers - up and at 'em nice and early. Tonight will be quite warm. Tops tomorrow of 30 in the west, 26 for the CBD.

Friday - our turn for storms, they should arrive later in the day. Then cooling down for the weekend with winds in from the south. Only a few showers on Saturday, 25 degrees. Much cooler on Sunday, Mark, only 20 degrees - you win some, you lose some! Finally - we paid a visit to Leppington Public School today. We had a very enthusiastic reception and the children had a chance to ask plenty of questions about the Nine newsroom. And play lunch never tasted so good - a chocolate mud cake, baked especially for the occasion.

We've added these pictures to our website: That's the news for this Wednesday. I'm Mark Ferguson. Goodnight.

Supertext captions by Red Bee Media Australia. www.redbeemedia.com.au The A-M-A paints a damning picture of our public hospitals. The Federal Government's FuelWatch scheme gets voted down. And, Canberra mothers push for eighteen weeks paid parental leave. Good evening Despite having the highest amount of health funding per person in the country, the A-C-T's public hospitals