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(generated from captions) Hello, and welcome to Today Tonight. I'm Naomi Robson. Tonight - to nab motorists on mobiles. We join police on a blitz they don't get the message. But even when they're caught out MOBILE PHONE RINGS Can I answer this? take over the supermarket shelves Also, home brands are going, going, gone. and Australian-made products Plus, a wedding-day disaster

ordered a wedding stopped. and how heavy-handed council officers Our guests scattered. what was happening. They didn't even know by our parents. And how we've been hoodwinked We expose some of the popular myths from generation to generation. handed down there has been so much publicity But first, and using a mobile phone about the dangers of driving conclusion than that it's hard to come to any other

drivers who do it are - a popular drink-driving commercial - to borrow a phrase from bloody idiots. no shortage of them, And there's certainly when she joined a police blitz. as Adene Cassidy discovered as Adene Cassidy discovered

How are you this morning? Morning, driver. mobile phone while you were driving. Just observed you using your to use your mobile phone Do you know it's an offence whilst you are driving your car? One hand on the steering wheel,

the other holding a mobile phone.

have you found yourself How many times and got away with it? in this exact scenario thought they would, too. Well, these law-breakers who think they can get away with it. REPORTER: There are a lot of drivers Are you one of them? No, no. It's just starting to ring. it rings, you answer it. It's just like an impulse thing - You're about to get a $230 fine. It looks like it, yeah. Did you realise that to cause an accident you are four times more likely when you are on the phone? or have an accident Excuse me. It's your phone going again. they can get away with it? And why wouldn't they think the resources Police simply don't have to catch even 1% of drivers sometimes even hourly, basis. who break the law on a daily, that white BMW. Like that car we just pulled over, and we were pretty much opposite him He was at that intersection there, that he is using the phone. and you can clearly see that he was just sitting there idly But he's that complacent he made a second phone call. and then turned around and went behind him It wasn't until we actually the rear vision mirror and saw us, and he looked in that he put the phone down. officer Sergeant Mark Stephens We hit the roads with highway patrol and fine drivers on their mobiles. out on a blitz to find It wasn't a difficult task. four drivers and spotted dozens more. In just two hours we stopped I didn't talk or anything. But I didn't use it, I just -

Did you have it near your ear? But you had the phone in your hand? Were you using the phone?

I didn't use it. and excuses are par for the course Accusations of revenue-raising who cops it all. for Seargant Mark Stephens but I didn't use the phone. I've got my phone in my hand You can check it. because I was using an earpiece. I didn't feel I was breaking the law Like many Australian motorists about what's legal and what isn't. Chris Kidd is confused Last year he was pulled over his mobile was resting on his lap. even though he was using an earpiece, what the police would have seen is As I drove through that intersection just as I'm speaking now. just my left hand to my ear that Chris wasn't holding his phone, It didn't matter police still booked him.

So he took the matter to court but lost. His fine was doubled to $500. I'm feeling very disappointed and the fine increased. having the decision handed down to find out what the rule was It's clearly noted I went to court and I still don't know.

As I was leaving the court I shared

the elevator with a prosecutor and

said "I don't know". I said what are the rules and he

hands-free kit in your car Now, if you've got a mounted or receive a call at any time. you can look down, dial a number with hands-free earpieces But for those of us it's really confusing. is open to police interpretation. The law or receive a call Some say you can't hold it to dial and it can't even be on your lap, to outlaw mobiles in cars altogether. which is why there's a push on a mobile phone? Is it worth making a call That call could cost you your life. Staysafe chairman Paul Gibson says can be a deadly distraction. even hands-free A recent university study revealed chatting on a hands-free mobile with a blood alcohol level of 0.08. was the equivalent of driving that should be outlawed - Look, one of the areas and it's a grey area at the moment - to your mobile phone when you have an earpiece mobile phone up and dial the number you still have to pick that and that's a great distraction. we write It's among the top three tickets to use them. but people still continue Even texting can be fatal.

Recent research showed out of their lane 63% more frequently young drivers would veer young drivers would veer

lane changes when text-messaging. and made 140% more incorrect Commander John Lipmen says New South Wales Traffic Services

are stepping up their campaigns. police If you do it, you'll get caught. Recently we ran a campaign were detected in one day and 580 people offences, which is disappointing. using hand-held phones amongst other Adene Cassidy reporting there. on our supermarket shelves. Now to the massive shake-up you probably will very soon. If you haven't noticed yet, are being squeezed out You see, Aussie products to make way for the generic brands.

Here's Helen Wellings. we have been forecasting is here - The revolution in our major supermarkets. massive changes have hit the shelves. Woolies-Safeway's new "own" labels This smart new one is called Select, the basic Home Brand range. and they have kept their new generic product ranges - Coles are just starting to introduce cheap, medium and expensive. the biggest thing that will happen I think this has been in most people's lives in supermarketing. Barry Flanagan of Retail World predicted new "own" labels will take over. Coles want 40% of their packaged goods to be new generics. The fear is they will be made of cheap imports. But Woolworths-Safeways chief Roger Corbett

told us in April this year Aussie products will be top of the list. It'll be a mixture. But our preference is first Australian produce, Australian products, wherever we can do it. So when we are looking for a new product we would first look to source it in Australia. But, just like many other things we buy, sometimes they're better sourced overseas. And they are reassuring us that 97% of fresh produce is Aussie. But those ads do not mention packaged food - where that comes from. Until now Aussie producers have been able to cope with generic ranges but with the flood of new generics they fear, with good reason, their cut of this $1.25 billion market in frozen and tinned foods

is about to end. We're bringing in peas and beans in frozen product, and selling on supermarket shelves straight out of China. Mike Rogers of FightBack Australia says most of the new generic canned and frozen foods are anything but Aussie. They're choosing to bring it in from overseas where we could be protecting jobs and growing it here. So exactly where all these new generics come from is quite a shock. Woolies' new Select range - tinned pears, peaches and mixed fruit are not from Australia but South Africa. Home Brand tinned fruit - not our Aussie pineapple, it's actually imported from Thailand. Apricots, pears and peaches - South Africa. Tinned vegies, the new Select garden peas and corn - they hail from Belgium. Sweet corn - Thailand. Asparagus - Peru. Beans and chickpeas come from Italy. Home Brand tomatoes and baked beans are from Italy too. Potatoes - Belgium. Water chestnuts from China. Pickled onions - also imported. Of 27 tinned foods we found in the Woolworths-Safeways new Select and Home Brand labels only two, beetroot and mushrooms, are Australian made. That is two out of 27. Woolies-Safeway Home Brand frozen foods - most, like these, come from China, USA, New Zealand and Belgium. These oils and noodles are also imported. And Coles? Their current generic Coles brand tinned food is a similar story which does not bode well for their new generics coming soon. From China - Coles brand tinned mandarins, strawberries, asparagus, beans, lychees, vegetables - all from China. Imported from Thailand - mangos, corn, pineapple and rice. Soup is from Scotland. A raft of imports. What the shelf label is about is What the shelf label is about is pointing out to the consumer products that are on our shelves that are Australian owned. I think it will change people's buying habits.

The large independent grocery chains Ritchies and Drakes are now giving a big push to Aussie products. Chief of Ritchies, Fred Harrison, says the labels have already increased sales 50% on Aussie lines. If you're going to get increased sales, that's more jobs back at the manufacturing end, more jobs back at the head office, so it's really about looking after Australian people, too. We're not in total favour about "Let's make our business generics"

because the reality is most generics are imported from overseas. Do you think supermarkets should be more supportive of Australian growers and producers? You can let us know on our web site at - Now, one very important player in the Steve Vizard trading affair had the last laugh today. It was the Federal Court judge who handed down his penalty. The judge disagreed with the prosecutors,

who recommended that Vizard be banned for only five years, and imposed a much harsher penalty. Rohan Wenn has this update. MOVIE CLIP: I know the perfect guy for you. Who? There's a hitch, but it sounds worse than it is. What is it? He's in prison. Rita, I would say that's a drawback. Nothing terrible, insider trading. He made a fortune on the market. In the film Crimes and Misdemeanours, insider trading was used as a punchline. Steve Vizard, your autograph - you promised. Not today, mate. Come on, you promised. But Justice Ray Finkelstein of the Federal Court made it clear today that Steve Vizard's disgraceful insider share deals

were no laughing matter. These were serious breaches of director's duties. he intended to profit. After working out a cosy deal with Vizard, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission

had asked the judge to fine the disgraced funnyman $390,000 and ban him from running a company for five years.

But, as corporate law expert Professor Ian Ramsay explains, Judge Finkelstein was not about to let Vizard off that lightly.

Instead, he doubled the ban to 10 years. A very important factor for the judge was what we call deterrence - in other words, you need to send a strong message to the business community that the sort of behaviour engaged in by Steve Vizard, "Gross breaches of trust, dishonest conduct" - there must be a serious punishment imposed for those. The judgment also reflects badly on ASIC's handling of the case. Many critics still wonder why Vizard was not charged with criminal offences. If ASIC and the DPP had brought criminal proceedings and those proceedings had been successful, the judge would have had the penalty of imprisonment as one of the options. The ban will not stop Vizard from working as a consultant or conducting business through a partnership or a trust. But whether anyone will trust the man with their business or money again, well, only time will tell. Steve Vizard, of course, effectively has no reputation left, in either the business community or the broader community. Still to come - the wedding day disaster and you won't believe what happened to leave the bride in tears.

And coming up, desperate to lose weight - the teenagers prepared to risk their lives to look good. I used to be 110kg, I'm now 75, so I've lost about 35kg and I feel great when I put on my old school skirt and see the difference. VOICEOVER: The deals are on us at our birthday bash. Plus a steel-tray wheelbarrow, $39.95. Adds up to 10 out of 10. And you can't beat 10 out of 10! Mitre 10. Catalogue out now. This great Fox movie brought to you by Kellogg's Corn Flakes. And this movie. And all these movies too! Collect six tokens from specially marked Kellogg's Corn Flakes packs and send $3.10 postage and handling for each DVD. I just started getting really sore teeth. It was pain when I had hot food, it was pain when I had cold food. It was just pretty much whenever I ate, I had painful teeth. I use Sensodyne Gentle Whitening toothpaste now. It gives me nice white teeth. I can eat anything, I can drink anything. I love going out for coffee with friends! It makes me feel very comfortable. I think they're nice and white, so, yeah, I think that's got a lot to do with my toothpaste. To have it all you must register for Land Development Agency's Wells Station ballot, to be held on July 30th. So don't miss out, call 1800 777 952 or visit our site office on Nullabor Avenue, Gungahlin. But hurry, so you have can have it all at Wells Station. Now to the big wedding day that the bride and groom will never forget, for all the wrong reasons. Their special day was ruined when council officers stormed their rose-garden wedding and wrongly accused the couple of having no permit to get married in the park. Susan Couhbor reports. Sandie and Chris have decided to seal their relationship with this ceremony. It does not bring good memories. So on their behalf I welcome you all here today. Our guests scattered. They didn't even know what was happening and they thought - and they all went, just took off. It was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives. It totally ruined it. In every marriage, at times it can be difficult... And the same, it seems, can be said for weddings, even the ones so meticulously planned you'd think nothing could possibly go wrong.

We weren't looking for a traditional church wedding. We decided on the park, rang the council, made inquiries about what we had to do about bookings

and that sort of thing. In January this year, at Memorial Park in Port Pirie, Chris and Sandie Willmott exchanged their vows. That much at least went off without a hitch. ..in declaring them to be husband and wife. It was the arrival of an uninvited guest shortly afterwards that they claim ruined their big day. We were over at the rose garden getting photos done and we were actually on our way back from the rose garden and we saw a bloke with his day-glow vest on - obviously a council worker of some sort - talking to the three truck drivers. As we came over, he came over to us and started going on about "What are you doing here? You've got no right to be here." "You haven't got a permit," and it's like, "Hang on, hang on, back up!" Chris and Sandie did in fact have a permit, authorised by the council in December, which allowed their three bridal cars or, in this case, bridal trucks access to the park. But according to them the council at the time couldn't find any record of it

and the council rep had been instructed to get them off the park. I even said to him, "There's a permit. "It's our wedding. "You go away and we'll sort this out on Monday.

"I will deal with it on Monday with the office. "Right now you're in the middle of our wedding." He didn't care. "Nah, get out now." By then, the bride was in tears and so embarrassed, the photographer couldn't finish the photos. All Sandie wanted was to skip the reception and go home. It put doubt into people's minds that we hadn't planned our wedding right, and we knew with all our heart that we did. But if the council had in fact made a blunder, the couple admit the situation wasn't helped by them parking their trucks on the grass. The Port Pirie Regional Council has refused to comment but Today Tonight understands that while it has defended its workers' actions Sandie and Chris have been offered some money towards legal costs and unfinished photos as well as a letter of apology Susan Couhbor reporting. Now to the growing number of teenagers wanting to look good, with some even prepared to undergo life-threatening operations to lose weight and look thinner. Michelle Tapper met one of the youngest Australians to ever undergo lap-band surgery to reduce the size of her stomach and allow her to shed a staggering amount of weight. You feel that the society is judging you and you don't fit in, type thing, and you always feel alienated by everyone. Nine months ago 17-year-old Jenna Burnes was obese, a size 18 tipping the scales at 110kg. But take a look at her now. Well, I used to be 110 kilos and now I'm 75 so I've lost about 35 kilos and I feel great when I put on my old school skirt and see the difference.

Desperate to lose weight the teenager went to drastic lengths, none of which she says worked. I've tried SureSlim, WeightWatchers, soup diets, low-GI diets, liquid shakes, fasting - everything. WeightWatchers, soup diets, low-GI diets, liquid shakes, fasting - everything. High-carb, low-carb - just everything, pretty much.

Her mum Sue says they tried it all, but genetics were against them. Jenna was diagnosed when she was about four years old with what they call metabolic obesity. Basically her body produces too much insulin, doesn't know what to do with it, and therefore turns it into fat. Pretty much before I turned 18 and started going clubbing and started going out and everything I wanted to look like them and fit in and be confident. So in a last-ditch effort to beat obesity Jenna resorted to life-threatening surgery - a lap band, where a piece of plastic tubing goes around the stomach to make it smaller she can eat. reducing the amount she can eat. It just was almost like a last-resort type thing so I wanted to give it a go and, yeah, I don't look back on it at all. But as one of the youngest in Australia to undergo the procedure it has raised some eyebrows. Surgery should definitely be the last resort. People should reduce their energy intake and also increase their activity levels either through exercise or even sometimes their sedentary behaviour. Obesity expert Dr Nic Kormas says surgery is a cop-out and parents should encourage their children to change their diet and exercise more. 99% of adolescents should lose weight using non-surgical methods. But now 35 kilos lighter, Jenna and her mum say the operation has been an enormous success. She's wonderful. She is a completely different person. She is so happy, she is so confident. She can walk into a shop, she can pick up something,

she can try it on and it fits. We don't have to worry about shopping in the men's department and looking at the XXL areas of shops.

Sue says even though Jenna is still a teenager she believes the $16,000 surgery was the right decision. Jenna ultimately made the decision herself and she was mature enough to do that and we allowed her to. She was given all the information. She made an informed decision. There is a risk involved and the risk with the lap band - the most obvious one is problems with the procedure and not surviving it and that risk is 1 in 2000. Dr Blair Bowden is a lap-band expert who has operated on hundreds of teenagers both here and in America and says his youngest patient was 15. 95% of the people who have the lap-band surgery will lose up to 35 kilos. The lap band isn't a miracle cure. It's got to be combined with dietary lifestyle modifications

to achieve a successful outcome. He says with more than half of children overweight and one in four obese weight-related diseases are on the rise and there's no doubt more teenagers will resort to surgery in the future. We're looking down the barrel of quadrupling the number of diabetics in the young population since 1992. I mean, the incidence in obesity since the '60s has tripled and is continuing to increase. For Jenna, a smaller stomach means she can only eat one small meal a day and she can't digest red meat, white bread or chicken but she says the lap band was the only she could stay on a diet and make it work. I miss out on some things but I mean it's a really small sacrifice to make

for that happiness that I have now and the confidence that I have. That report from Michelle Tapper. And coming up - Exposing some of the myths and old wives tales that have been handed down from generation to generation. VOICEOVER: The deals are on us at our birthday bash. Plus a Bosch jigsaw and sander twin pack, just $129. When you've got a heap to do and no time to do it, create a little K-time. SOUND PLAYS IN FAST-FORWARD SOUND PLAY IN FAS -FO ARD SOUND PLAYS IN FAST-FORWARD K-time Muffin Bar is oven-baked,

with a sprinkling of oats f strawbe ry and vanilla. and the luscious flavours of strawberry and vanilla. And less than 10% fat. Make it your time. BREEZY JAZZ MUSIC Create a little K-time. (Children shout happily) To describe the sensitivity that I had, it's like nails on a chalkboard, particularly if I was having a cold drink with eating something warm. You just get that tingling through your teeth. I thought it was just one of those things that happens to everyone, that you just live with. Sensodyne's what we have in the house as toothpaste now instead of normal toothpaste. After Sensodyne, I really don't have any sensitivity, so it's nice to be able to just have a refreshing cold drink without having to worry about it. It's just easy.

Now, true or false?

Does cold weather cause colds and flu? Well, we'll have the answer to that in a moment as we expose some of the urban myths, old wives' tales and notions that have been passed down from generation to generation. And to determine just how accurate some of the most popular myths are, we sought the opinion of Dr Andrea Horvath a curator in human biology and medicine at the Melbourne Museum. DOGS HOWL Cold weather doesn't really cause colds. What causes a cold are viruses, and the most common cold is a group of viruses called the rhinovirus which are essentially sort of nose-and-throat-type infections.

The influenza virus is something completely different and the symptoms for flu are, of course, much more severe. You can't get the flu from having the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is not an active biological agent. Some people have an allergic reaction to flu vaccines

so there'll be some people that get rashes

or more severe reactions to the flu vaccine, but that's very few people

and studies have shown that those that do have the flu vaccine are better protected. And I think your GP would definitely be telling you to not starve a fever.

In fact, when you have a fever, you're sweating more, you're losing more fluids, and your GP will be telling you to drink more fluids to replenish that fluid balance. Don't starve a fever. Now, I know a lot of parents will be swearing that sugar does actually make their children behave differently, and yet there've been lots of scientific studies on children, sugar and behaviour, and testing psychiatrically, intellectually, behaviourally, and I'm afraid to say there's no correlation, scientifically, between the sugar and children's behaviour. Science hasn't actually shown that copper bracelets will improve your arthritis. In fact, if you have too much copper in your system,

like if you had with, say, corroding pipes, you can get quite unwell. So we need to be a bit careful. It has also been shown that you can't really absorb copper through the skin.

Using your eyes will not generally ruin your eyes except if you look into the sun or directly into a laser beam. Don't do either of those. But it is a bit of a myth that sitting up close to the television or reading in dim light will ruin your eyes.

Look, there are millions and millions of hiccups cures, and some people swear by them. What hiccups are is they're a spasm in your diaphragm, which is an area under your lungs. It's a normal thing for humans, even foetuses will sometimes hiccup. The numbers of cures all seem to focus on trying to calm your breathing by focusing on something, or doing a certain activity. In actual fact, there really is no cure for hiccups. They just have to take their course. Yes, there is.

Scientists have found there is an amino acid called tryptophan which actually helps promote a bit of relaxation and sleepiness, but also a warm bath will warm up your body and, as the temperature drops, that also helps promote sleepiness.

The Internet has a lot of information. However, information needs to be interpreted. Information needs to be used for a certain context and it may be different for different individuals. Whilst the Internet has a lot of information, your GP, your health professionals are the people who can put it into context for you and interpret it for you. So there you have it. Now, to tomorrow night

and our special investigation into birthday-party battles where uninvited gatecrashers take control of homes and parents are powerless to stop them. Aren't you allowed in, either? We had to turn back 80 to 100 people in the last half an hour. The cops are just spoiling all our fun. Until you actually see it, you don't realise how bad they are. Hi guys. See ya. And that's one of the stories I'll have for you tomorrow night. I hope you can join me for that. Until then, I hope you enjoy your evening.

Please take care, and goodnight.

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