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(generated from captions) This program is LIVE captioned. for breakfast, I'm really sorry. If you're just joining us Undies keep things under control. at other people. You just like to laugh Yeah. (Shouts) Who's the best? time to wake up with friends. Right across Australia, it's again This is Sunrise on Seven. here's Mel and Mark. Now from Brekky Central # Put your hands in to the big sky # That's the stage in the Plaza from Brekky Central in Martin Place. a couple of blocks down to two big performances today - It will play home Switchfoot and Craig David. It's Friday 30 September. Good morning. Good morning.

planned for you. We have a busy morning

Fridays are great, with the concert

series. Series after 7.30, Apart from the Sunrise Concert today. we're back in footy finals mode This time it's Rugby League, here in the studio. and we have the NRL trophy

Have you tried to lift it yet? It

looks heavy. Actually, don't bother.

Why are there two guys hugging?

It's a special moment of NRL

history, Nat. I wasn't aware. They

won in the mud, something like

that? One of the great contests,

yes. That's norm Proban. That was a

great moment. It formed the basis

of the trophy. Some people might

not know that. The things you learn. And a little later on double passes to Sunday's big game. we're going to give away

These are probably the last tickets

available. They're great seats, too.

I'll show you where they are a

in your team's colours But you need to be here and dressed little later on.

for a chance to win.

One might be Kochie, which is why

he's not here, resting up for a big

weekend. Ben Davis is filling in

for Beretts, who's filling in for

Thanks for joining us. Kochie. Good to have you here.

and the footy, Now apart from the concerts

under the pump today. we'll put our Big Guns of Politics And we'll debate Shane Warne's claim is worse than the Poms. that the Aussie media

Let us know what you think on that

one. Sheridan drops by for a chat. Plus, Desperate Housewife Nicollette Now is she this one?

I just want to make sure this is her, so I know who I'm talking to later.

Is that Edie, Nat, is that right?

There's Mike. That's Edie. I just

want to make sure I recognise her

when she comes in. That's

definitely her, isn't it? Yes. There's Mike again. There's

something for all of us really on

this show. That's Nicollette? I

think she has the best role on that

show. I'll say she does. I look

forward to chatting with her. She

has the best character, she has the

best lines. We're looking forward

Right now, though, to meeting her a little later.

with Natalie Barr. it's time for the latest news Good morning, everyone. extending federal parliamentary terms The government is considering to four years electoral reforms. as part of sweeping The Australian newspaper reports its Senate majority the Coalition will also use identity checks at polling booths. to consider voluntary voting and he supports four-year terms Prime Minister Howard says the elected government because they allow to carry out its reform agenda. is expected to be held A referendum on the issue

at the next Federal Election. to affect the weekly shopping bill The rising price of petrol is about an extra 16 cents from Monday. with a litre of milk set to cost have forced them to raise the price Dairy Farmers say soaring fuel costs by up to 8%. of milk, cheese and yoghurt products Consumer groups warn will rise in coming weeks. the price of most fresh products around $12 a week more on petrol Australians are already spending than at the start of this year. the suspicious deaths Police are investigating in Sydney's far north-west. of two people a rural property in South Maroota Officers were called to late last night

and a woman inside a house. where they found the bodies of a man these deaths as suspicious We're certainly treating is yet to be carried out. and a full investigation

today. A postmortem will be carried out

has been killed A 56-year-old Darwin man second crocodile attack this week. in the Northern Territory's at Cobourg Peninsula north of Darwin The scuba diver was reported missing yesterday morning. from a beach near Cape Don Police recovered the diver's body several hours later.

with a croc attack. They say his injuries are consistent a British snorkeller was killed The attack comes just days after by a four-metre salt water crocodile. personal medical bills have risen New figures show of inflation over the past 10 years. at more than twice the rate report has found The Institute of Health and Welfare nearly $800 a year Australians are now paying in out-of-pocket health expenses. a total of $15 billion In 2003-2004, we spent and medical aids. mostly on drugs, dentistry To sports news now with Ben Davis, is struck down by injury. and one of the Tigers' best been flattened by a mystery illness Tigers captain Scott Prince has from the NRL grand final. just two days out at the grand final breakfast The halfback was unable to eat and required injections training session. to get through yesterday's Prince was also forced television appearance last night. to cancel a planned the playmaker's illness The club is hoping is just a 24-hour stomach bug. AFL premiers the Sydney Swans with a ticker-tape parade will be honoured of the harbour city today. through the streets are expected to line the route Tens of thousands of supporters of George and Alfred Streets which will begin at the corner

and finish at Town Hall. with the keys to the city. The team will also be presented has told the Australian selectors Cricket, and Matthew Hayden

to the shut the door it would be very unwise for them on his limited-overs career. from the Aussies' one-day side The Queenslander has been dropped

against the World XI. for the three-match series he still has a lot to offer. But Hayden says And in tennis, Australia will play Switzerland of next year's Davis Cup. in the first round and world no. 1 Roger Federer The tie means Lleyton Hewitt will face off against each other. The two stars were in action this morning. Hewitt and Federer both progressed to the quarter finals at the Thailand Open.

That's the sport we're waking up to

this morning. Maybe Scott Prince is

just nervous. He's a Queenslander.

You can't write him off yet. Maybe

that's a bit of the

toing-and-froing people have before

the grand final where people fudge

things. Have you two done your tips

for this morning? We've spoken to

people, Mel, haven't we? We're

hoping it won't. Good. Just checking. Let's get our first check of today's weather.

The Latin festival starts today in

Darling Harbour. To give us an

example of salsa work, welcome from

Dancing with the Stars Luda.

It's free all weekend this weekend

at darling harbour. It features

more than 400 of Australia's top

Latin American dancers and

musicians. Previously Luda -

currently this year she dances with

David Campbell, and previously

with Shane Gould and Katrina Warren.

There is 60 hours of free live

entertainment at Darling Harbour, a

vart of South American-inspired

food and arts and crafts. It starts

at 6.30 tonight. There's fireworks

at 8pm and about 300,000 people

expect to soak it up under a big

beautiful blue sky in Sydney today.

We look at the forecast. A high in the Tasman will keep the east mostly clear just a few showers just a few showers in the far south-east. Warm, northerly winds will redevelop over the interior. And a cold front will bring another burst of strong, showery winds to south-west WA later today.

A fine weekend is forecast for the Rugby League grand final

and quite warm too. Melbourne and Adelaide can expect fine conditions. Showers for Perth, clearing late on Sunday.

Join us with more musical entourage

today as we also have ... in the

plaza. I think we understand who we

have. What a way to get the day

started. Isn't that great? I think

we need more situps. Look at the

abs she has. You two have your abs

going. It's perfect. Stand by Stand by for two big names in music this morning. Switchfoot perform on the Plaza next hour. And Craig David, later in the show. But next, the part of sport which hits a sour note with Beretts. The footy tipping is into the final stretch after the break. The Sunrise Weather Wagon is brought to you by Big Pond Wireless Broadband. We have to ask - is there any need to take the footy tipping to its conclusion this weekend? By my reckoning, Nat and I have it all stitched up.

Yes, stitched. Depends on who you

ask, girls. So let's bring in the man who does have a chance - Greg Cary from Radio 4BC.

I think it's stitched. Good morning,

guys. Well done, girls. After

bombing last weekend, thank God we

made a few miles early on in the

season. We haven't been doing well

lately. There's plenty of time.

It's the last week. You have a plan.

I have a trap. I love a plan, okay.

Can the Tigers win it, Greg? They

sure can win, but so can the

Cowboys. We've been talking about

it all season. Anyone who tells you

with any certainty who'll win on

Sunday I think is having themselves

on. Either team can win. I'm

leaning towards the Cowboys. I'd

love their pack, good back row,

sharp five-eighth, good performing

tackling setters, sharp back three.

Having said that, Wests Tigers have

exactly the same. It will come down

to who take their chances, who drop

the ball. No team will be dropping

the ball 43 times, as happened last

week and as happened when the

Cowboys played the Tigers about

three weeks ago. I love momentum

going into big games, the Cowboys

have momentum, but so have the

Tigers. The last few weeks have

seen that, not necessarily

favourites winning, as we've

certainly seen. Any names either of

you reckon are the danger men? Well,

I think - see, people talk about

the little guys. They'll talk about

thirsten and Bowen and Williams and

for the Tigers Prince and marshall.

That's all good. It's the forwards,

Southern, Tronk, the big fellers

who lay the platform for the little

fellers to weave their magic. Then

they have the fellers coming off

the beverage. It will be a drop

ball here, decision here, decision

there. There are players all around

the field. We're in for a tight one.

Every Queenslander is on board with

the Cowboys, that's about right,

Greg, isn't it? Yes, the north

Queensland Cowboys have suddenly become the Queensland Cowboys this

week. The whole state is behind

them. Sometimes in the south-east

we forget about townsville and the

far north, beautiful parts of

Australia. This will be fantastic

for them, as a win for Sydney Swans

was last week for Sydney, should

they win, which I think they will.

Nat and I are:

This could decide it. It's come

down to this. It's decided, Beretts.

It will be fine. Let's check the

leader board, shall we? We're out

of time. It's wide open.

Based on the double points system

you could still draw with the girls

if the Cowboys win . Obviously

you're better at sport than maths.

You said earlier do we have a plan?

This is a tipping competition, so

we've extended through, used Rugby

League and AFL. Here's a couple of

matchs I'd like you to look at.

I'm going to go for Liberia. The

cricket will be a cracker. I'm

going for Trinidad Tobago in that

one. I respect your judgment. Girls,

there we are. That's double points

for international matches. Is it?

Okay. You need more than that,

buddy. Greg, thanks very much. Have

a great weekend. Have a lovely

weekend, guys. Take care. All week we have collected expert suggestions on how to spend the massive Budget surplus. After 7.00, we'll put them to our Big Guns of Politics. Next, I've been looking forward to saying this - we'll get the latest from Wall Street.

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I'm excited about finance today. I

get to update the overnight

financial markets. Susan Luscovicz

is on Wall Street. Good morning to

you. How are you and how is the

market trading? I'm fine and I

think you brought the market good

luck, Mel, because we have had a

string of really wishy-washy

sessions, not today. A really

strong rally, something we hadn't

seen in a while. I'm going to

attribute it to the Mel factor. One

market watcher even said Wall

Street prior to today was akin to

water torcher, with stocks taking

their c - an on again and off generally gained traction late in

the session, despite a modest rise

in oil prices. Helping to fuel the

buying today, a reading on

second-quarter gross domestic

product, which reaffirmed the US

economy was in good shape before

hurricanes Katrina and Rita. We got

a better than expected weekly

jobless claims number. The number

of Americans filing for first-time

unemployment benefits plunged by

79,000 last week, the largest

weekly decline in more than a

decade. At the closing bell the Dow

ended up 79 points, three-quarters

of a per cent, at 10,552, the

Nasdaq ended up 25 to 21.41, a gain

of about one and a quarter per cent,

a 6 per cent surge in E bay surge.

Pepsy Co a big winner, posting a

rise in operating profits, beating

the street's estimates. The company

also boosted its earnings outlook

for the rest of the year. Sheps --

shares rose by more than 2.5p per

cent, a nice day at the end in Wall

Street. Mel, thanks very much. The

Bulls thank you and I do as well.

Have a great weekend. You too,

Susan. Enjoy. We'll check in with you next week. Checking the markets in our region -

Just a quick mention, I have to

mention my nice T-shirt I'm wearing

today. This is the Ralph Lauren

pink pony campaign that's been

around for about five years.

October is breast cancer awareness

month. 25 per cent of the money

raised will go to the national

breast cancer foundation. There's a

scholarship and they're training

rural nurses in breast cancer

patient care and community-based

programs in rural areas. A really

worthy cause. If you can, buy a

T-shirt. Nice fabric. There's

purple and pink and blue. Are they

for girls only? You have green on

today, there's nothing to say you

couldn't wear this. Okay. Go and

have a look. I think I know why

Kochie may be away on secret

assignment, I think I've uncovered

the assignment. A late programming

change on Channel 7. On Saturday

night we'll be showing the sound of

music at 7.40. I think he's at home

getting the lonely goat heard

around the lounge room. -- herd

around the lounge room. The sound

of music on Saturday night. Listen

to this, you'll love it. You can go

to the 7 web site and print off the

words to all the songs, so

Eidelweiss, the hills are alive. Are

sound of music fan? I've found

around the hills of mount Cootea in

Brisbane, frolicing, singing.

That's the CD. Isn't that fantastic,

sound of music on Saturday

night,.40. You can print off the

words, a great night. I know one

bloke who will definitely be

watching that. Glued to the TV, he

will be. He knows all the words. Someone has let a massive lottery win go unclaimed. Find out more about the $23 million going begging later in the show. But next - we'll cross off news, sport and weather together. You're watching Sunrise across Australia.

We're just moments away from one of the biggest mornings ever in brekkie TV - an all-star double act for the Sunrise Concert Series. American super group Switchfoot will rock the plaza at 7.50. Then at 8.40, British R&B sensation Craig David will take centre stage with his new single All The Way. Find out why he's sold 13 million records worldwide. Craig David and Switchfoot, an all-star double act, today on the Sunrise Concert Series. And we can't wait for that.

You still have have time to get

into Martin place. Can you think of

a better way to kick off your

morning than with a bit of live

music. I reckon you could face

anything after that. Also still to come - has the Aussie media been too tough on Shane Warne? And Desperate Housewives' Nicollette Sheridan drops by for a chat. But now we're desperate to know the news. Here's Nat Barr. There's been another deadly crocodile attack in the Northern Territory.

Police recovered the body of a 56-year-old Darwin man

from a beach near Cape Don late yesterday. The man had disappeared while diving in remote waters off the Cobourg Peninsula. Police say the man's diving companion raised the alarm after his friend failed to surface and he noticed a large crocodile in the area. It's the Northern Territory's second fatal croc attack this week. Soaring petrol prices are about to make their mark at the supermarket with the cost of popular dairy products to rise. Dairy Farmers say rising fuel costs have forced them to increase the price of milk, cheese and yoghurt products by up to 8%. The average price of two litres of milk will jump by about 24 cents, while some cheeses could go up 32 cents. Consumer groups warn most fresh products will become more expensive in coming weeks. The Federal Government wants to extend parliamentary terms to four years under sweeping electoral changes. The Howard Government is also considering closing the electoral roll when an election is called and performing identity checks at polling booths. Prime Minister Howard says he supports four-year terms because it allows the elected government to carry out its reform agenda. A referendum on the issue is expected to be held at the next Federal Election. Prime Minister Howard's planned changes to unfair dismissal laws have come under fire. Under the changes, workers who believe they have been unfairly dismissed will be able to apply for $4,000 in legal aid.

Figures from the Industrial Relations Commissions show very few cases will qualify for the assistance. Labor and the ACTU say the government plan is a con. There has been a second night of violent protests in France. Demonstrators are angry at a government plan to privatise a State-run ferry operator. Around 500 people gathered for a march through the streets of Bastia. Many clashed with police. Officers used tear gas to disperse the crowd. Checking sports news now with Ben Davis, and another Tigers star is fighting to be fit for the grand final.

That's right, Nat. If you're a

Cowboys fan, it's all good news.

Tigers captain Scott Prince has been confined to bed suffering from a mystery illness

just two days out from the biggest game of his career. Prince was unable to eat at the grand final breakfast in Sydney and required injections to get through yesterday's training session. He was also forced to cancel a planned television appearance after club doctors ordered him to rest. Sydney will be turned into a sea of red and white later today. Tens of thousands are expected to turn out

to see the Swans parade the AFL premiership trophy through the streets of the harbour city. The celebrations will start at the corner of George and Alfred streets

and finish at the Town Hall. The team will also be presented with the keys to the city. Cricket, and World XI skipper Shaun Pollock says England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff will be his trump card during the Super Series against Australia. The South African hopes Flintoff's brilliant performances during the Ashes Series have scarred Ricky Ponting's men. I know Freddy was Michael Vaughan's turn to man and I can see myself turning to him on many opportunities. The first one-dayer is in Melbourne on Wednesday. Champion jockey Danny Nikolic looks set to miss the entire spring racing carnival. Racing Victoria stewards have suspended Nikolic for two months for what they deemed suspect handling of his horse Activation during a race at Flemington earlier this month. And Australia will play Switzerland in the opening round of next years Davis Cup. It means Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt will go head-to-head again.

Both men progressed through to the quarter finals at the Thailand Open this morning. Federer cruised past German Denis Gremelmayr in straight sets. While Hewitt won a third set tie breaker

to clinch his match against American Justin Gimelstob.

I'll be back soon, in about half an

hour, with more sport. Don't we

love the clashes between Federer

and Lleyton Hewitt. Unfortunately

Federer is winning. Last nine he

has won. Ouch. It's time to turn

the tables. It's all closing in on him. Grant is trying some spicy moves on the Plaza today.

Australia's biggest Latin

American festival is on in

Australia. It's in Darling Harbour

this weekend. It starts tonight. We

have wonderful dancing on the plaza

as we speak. Ricardo is here to

explain a little story behind

flamenco dancing. I'll be edwardo,

you can be Ricardo. I will tell us

the theme of flamenco. It's the art

form of the dance, which goes way

back with the jipsee culture that

came into Europe and symbolised the

bull fighting into the human form.

Bull fighting into dance form. In

which the male and female go

through a process in which they

fight and then try to confront and

try to show each other's passions

to that movement and the clapping

of that dance. How is it different

to salsa? There is a story and they

go in order. I could simplify by

saying this: Flamenco is before

roamance, salsa is after roamance.

That's why it's the sexy aftermath

of a wonderful relationship. Thank

you for telling us the story behind

it. It's a beautiful art form, very

much on display this weekend at

Darling Harbour, free all weekend

too. 400 of Australia's top Latin

dancers, musicians, 60 hours of

live entertainment on three outdoor

stages, it should be a lot of fun.

Food, arts and crafts as well.

If you like wasabe, this is still

not as hot as Luda and Csaba from

dancing with the stars. They're

coaching professionals on the

series. Luda, can I interrupt for a

second? Have you managed to turn

David from a rock star into a

twingle toes yet? I have, actually.

I don't know what the audience

think. Maybe if we get a few more

votes, that would be good. He's a

really good dancer. He's crook this

morning. We'll send out our best to

David. Does he like to bring a bit

of air guitar into his competition

at all? He likes to do anything

silly, actually. Best of luck in

the remainder of the series. Don't

miss it. The Latin American

festival at Darling Harbour. Thanks,

Grant. They are brilliant. Awesome.

Most blokes would think I wish I

had a stomach like Luda. Most

chicks would think it. SMS came in.

Someone would like to know what the

wooden carving is. It happens to be

the NRL Premiership trophy which

weighs about 28 tonne. 34 kilos.

Brisbane last had it in 2000 and we

weighed it. 34 kilos. These guys

throw it over their heads after

winning. We won't be moving it

anyway. That's with us today, the

NRL trophy. Fantastic. That was a

while ago when Brisbane had it.

2000. It hasn't been in Queensland

for a little while. Two Olympic

Games ago. There you go. Wait until

Sunday, we'll have another one in

our hands. Yeah, lots of sport

between these two. If you've just

joined us, Ben is filling in for

Beretts, who's filling in for

Kochie. The phone lines are now

open. and we want you to help out another viewer.

Another email has come in,

anonymous. "I was just wondering

what guys think about a woman

asking a man to marry her." What do

you guys think? I think we're fine

with it, it's great. In this day

and age if you feel that strongly

and think your guy is lagging a bit

of time, get in there and do it,

ask him. I think a bloke would be

flattered to be asked. A lot of

guys would need that bit of a...

No-one else needs to know. Girls,

seriously -- Would you be

embarrassed if word got out that

she... Don't give away the secrets.

Don't you think? Have you been

through it, let us know. Did

Rachael get on one knee when she

asked you. I got on one knee. Do

you think I would have got away

with her asking me. Let us know,

jump on the phone: If you think

it's okay for a girl to propose to

a guy or if you've done it or know

anyone who has, we'd love to hear

from you. Would you do it I

wouldn't say I wouldn't, but I like

the fact that John asked me. On the

traditional approach, did you say

yes straight away. Yes. Did you, Mel. Yes. We've been counting down to it all week, and next hour we'll have Switchfoot on the Plaza.

But next - a standout performer in showbiz goss, Nelson Aspen has the latest from Hollywood after the break.

You're looking at the Subaru WRX up for auction this week on eBay.

We are selling it to raise money for Father Chris Riley's Youth Off the Streets. It is valued at $40,000 and has been hotted up. Now, bidding has been going all week and it closes at 7.30 this morning, Sydney time. So you don't have long. To make a bid, visit ebay.com.au Remember - all proceeds go to one of our favourite Sunrise charities.

Put another bid if you have already. If you haven't, get to it. from around the country. Let's check the newspapers from around the country. The Courier Mail reports to work out who is treated first means testing could be used to work out who is treated first at Queensland's public hospitals. The Courier is getting in the spirit of the Rugby League grand final with a free Cowboys poster. The West Australian has interesting comments from WA's most senior Anglican Minister. Dean John Shepherd reckons Perth needs more pubs in the city

and deregulated trading hours to liven up the city's CBD. And the Sydney Morning Herald is covering the grand final fever.

Let us know what you think on that

one also. We'd love to hear from

you. Have a look at this house - brothers Justin and Daniel Hill have painted their place in Wests Tigers colours and even turned their lawn into a mini field.

They reckon it's perfectly to scale,

can have a game to it. I think

they're big fans. That's what is

making the papers today. This juicy gossip brought to you by V8 Fruit and Veg - a great start to every day. It seems celebrity weddings are in the air with yet another famous couple planning to walk down the aisle. To find out more, we are joined by Nelson Aspen in Hollywood. Good morning, Nelson. So who is tying the knot?

Well, we know they're a couple, we

know they're very serious, we know

they're engaged, Lance Armstrong

and Sheryl Crow, but some blaber

mouth - not me, I'm just the

messenger - has come out with

details about their wedding planned

for next April. Apparently,

according to this source, it will

happen at the Bacara Resort in

Santa Barbara. Sheryl will wear a

Ralph Lauren wedding gown. In fact,

Lauren is going to do all the

design for the wedding, right down

to the candles. They're saying no

comment, but that's what the

sources are predicting it will be,

April. Gorgeous. That's a wedding that Beretts even would be

interested in. We're reading lance

Armstrong's book at the moment for

our book club. It's fascinating. I

hope lance wears yellow down the

aisle. Maybe he'll wear spandex.

Either way. Let's talk about flight

attendants. Why are they going to

boycott Jodie foster's new film?

Her new movie Flight Plan opened

last weekend, number one at the box

office, great action thriller, and

everybody loves Jodie, except for

80,000 plus flight attendants

representing 23 different airlines.

It's an action thriller set on an

air flight when Jodie's daughter

goes missing and they can't find

her. The flight attendants are

concerned that the way their own

are portrayed in the movie is

negative, like the bad guys are the

flight attendant. They're saying

that in a post 9/11 world

passengers more than ever need a

good relationship with flight

attendants and this movie

jeopardises it. Disney, on the

other hand, says "hey we're just

trying to make a good action film".

What nobody is talking about is

this movie bears a striking

resemblance to a British film from

the 60s called "bunny lake is

missing". It's almost the same

movie, except not set on a plane.

If you want to support the flight

attendants, check out the old movie,

Bunny Lake is Missing. There you go,

a bit of history. Thank you, Nelson.

Great to talk to you. See you at

8.30. In the house on the front of

the paper, the one in the Tigers

colours, they'd be interested in

this. We have what we believe to be

the last four tickets to the NRL

grand final. We'll give them away

this morning, in the next hour.

Then in our last hour as well.

They're sensational seats. They are

right on the halfway line, just

back up in the stand. Anyway, there

they are. We're asking you to head

on down, come down to Martin place

this morning. Deck out in your

gears,. We're going to give them to

the most desperate and most

passionate supporters. We'll have a

trivia quiz and give them away

today. If you've been clawing for

tickets all week, they were snapped

up really quickly, they are so hard

to get, we'll give them away to the

most desperate fans to want them.

It's all happening in here. It's

been a big week. Later in the show - the importance of the right mindset in sport. Plus, our Big Guns of Politics are in just after 7.00. They'll pass judgment on our suggestions for spending the surplus. But next - I have a crack at Kochie's Joke of the Day. And don't forget - Craig David performs on the Plaza later this morning.

Talkback TV brought to you by AAPT - the telco who tells it like it is.

Well, talkback TV this morning,

we're helping a viewer, who has

written in asking if it's okay for

a woman to ask a man to marry her.

We've put it out to our viewers.

Janine, good morning to you, is it

okay for a woman to ask a man?

Definitely. I asked my husband to

marry me in 1998 and since 1998 -

we got married nine months later

and we've had four beautiful

children since then. He was cool

with it all, he didn't have

masculinity problems about it? No, I bought a little ring and

engraved it and slipped it on his

finger, he read it in the shower, I

think you're asking m me to marry

you, he rang three hours later and

he said I think we're getting

married, I'd better tell my mates

whether we are or aren't, and we

got married 12 months later. Janine,

thank you for that. Margaret from

Queensland says I asked and married

my husband back in 192. That was

progressive for '72. We're still

married today, so your question is

not a new idea, it was great then

and it's great today. Good on you,

Margaret. Cheryl, what do you

reckon, okay for a woman to ask a

man? Definitely. I asked my husband

about four and a half years ago.

Did he tell his mates that you

asked him? No, not really. That's

the theme going on here. Alright,

Cheryl, thank you so much for that.

I don't know why you boys aren't

proud of it, that a woman is

knocking down your door. The seven

times I was asked last month ...

They're lining up for Ben. I hope

that helps our anonymous viewer,

the answer is yes, go for it. It

happens much more than you would

think, doesn't it? I'm just saying

that it obviously happens a lot. Time now for the Thought of the Day and it was emailed in by Debbie Sampson from Queensland. "Life may not be the party we hoped for, "but while we're here, we may as well dance."

That's a good one. That's nice. I'm

nervous about doing the joke. Now I

know the pressure that Kochie goes

through. Accept that Nat won't

laugh. I think you should do it.

You all have to laugh, even if it's

not funny. This comes in from

David. "skat the minister decided

to do something different one

Sunday morning, today I'll say a

single word and you'll help me

preach. Whatever word I say, I want

you to sing whatever hymn comes to

mind. Cross, the congregation

started singing the old ruged cross,

I don't know how it goes. Then he

yelled out grace, they started

singing amazing grace, then power, the congregation sang there is

power in the blood, then he yelled

out sex, the congregation fell

completely silent, not a word,

everyone's in shock, they all

nervously looked at each other, all

of a sudden, way up in the back of

the church, a little 87-year-old

grandmother began to sing

"Memories". That was very, very,

very good. I was so nervous. That's

the only thing I've been nervous

about on the show for about three

years now. You should put out a

joke book. One page and that's Why is a $23 million lottery win still unclaimed after a year? Find out more from the newsagent who sold it later in the show. But straight ahead news, sport and weather. You're waking up with Sunrise. The ACT Government says Here's a little tip for ya. turn the gas off with the bottle.

We're just moments away from one of the biggest mornings ever in brekkie TV - an all-star double act for the Sunrise Concert Series. American super group Switchfoot will rock the plaza at 7.50. Then at 8.40,

British R&B sensation Craig David will take centre stage with his new single All The Way. Find out why he's sold 13 million records worldwide. Craig David and Switchfoot, an all-star double act,

today on the Sunrise Concert Series.

Oh, and look, the crowds are

building. They're screaming already,

Switchfoot will be on at 7.50, a

few footy fans thrown in the mix.

Looking forward to it, Craig David

about an hour later. Come on down,

you still have time. You can worm

your way through the crowd and get a front-row spot. Just ahead, we'll put our expert suggestions on spending the surplus to our Big Guns of Politics. And the morals of the Australian media go under the microscope. But now it's over to Nat Barr for the latest news. Good morning, everyone. The government is considering extending Federal parliamentary terms

to four years as part of sweeping electoral reforms.

The Australian newspaper reports

the Coalition will also use its Senate majority to consider voluntary voting and identity checks at polling booths. Prime Minister Howard says he supports four-year terms because they allow the elected government to carry out its reform agenda.

A referendum on the issue is expected to be held at the next Federal Election. The rising price of petrol is about to affect the weekly shopping bill with a litre of milk set to cost an extra 16 cents from Monday. Dairy Farmers say soaring fuel costs have forced them to raise the price of milk, cheese and yoghurt products by up to 8%. Consumer groups warn the price of most fresh products will rise in coming weeks. around $12 a week more on petrol Australians are already spending around $12 a week more on petrol than at the start of this year. A man and a woman have died in suspicious circumstances in Sydney's far north-west. Police were called to a rural property in South Maroota late last night. A search of the premises identified the bodies of two people who were obviously deceased. As such, the location was secured and investigations are under way surrounding the circumstances of those deaths. A postmortem will be carried out today. A 56-year-old Darwin man has been killed in the Northern Territory's second crocodile attack this week. The scuba diver was reported missing at Cobourg Peninsula north of Darwin yesterday morning. Police recovered the diver's body from a beach near Cape Don several hours later. They say his injuries are consistent with a croc attack. The attack comes just days after a British snorkeller was killed by a four-metre salt water crocodile. Fierce winds are fuelling bushfires, in Southern California. threatening homes in Southern California. Firefighters are struggling to contain the outbreak which has destroyed more than 3,600 hectares of bushland. At least one home has also been lost. The flames are threatening multimillion-dollar mansions in the San Fernando Valley. The cause of the blaze remains unknown.

Checking finance news -

To sports news now with Ben Davis, and bad news for the Tigers ahead of the grand final. Wests Tigers captain Scott Prince has been struck down by illness

just two days out from the NRL grand final. The club is adamant he'll be fit to play is still a mystery. but the cause of his condition is still a mystery. Scott Prince didn't eat much at the grand final breakfast and nerves weren't the reason. The Tigers skipper needed injections to get through yesterday's training session and was bedridden last night. Club doctors are hoping the mystery Club doctors are hoping the mystery illness is just a 24-hour bug, but with the biggest game of Prince's career just two days away, time is precious. Time is also running out for injured winger Pat Richards, but he is expected to play. Sunday night will be extra special for Benji Marshall. His grandfather Henry arrived in Sydney yesterday. It is his first trip outside of New Zealand. It is a special time, eh, a grandson in the grand finals.

What more can you ask for? Queensland isn't asking for anything more. they're still tops. Blinder or bummer, they're still tops. As far as we're concerned, they can do it. The entire State has united behind the League's former easybeats. Doesn't matter where you are,

The Cowboys are still the reigning

kings, no fear at all, they'll have plenty of support. The Cowboys are going to turn them Tigers into pussycats - meow meow! But enthusiasm will have to be toned down on Sunday if you're planning to go to Telstra Stadium. The Cowboys' novelty hats have been banned because they restrict others view of the game. And the Sydney Swans grand final celebrations continue today with a ticker-tape parade through the city's streets. The parade will go up George Street and end at Town Hall where the players will be given the keys to the city. Tens of thousands of fans are expected to attend.

Maybe they can come to Sunrise

first, get a chance to win the

grand final tickets. Huge day

today, Craig David down there, Switchfoot, Swans parade today. Grant

is getting set for the cons ert

series. While he's doing that, we

should take a quick look at the

weather.

A high in the Tasman will keep the east mostly clear just a few showers in the far south-east. Warm, northerly winds will redevelop over the interior. And a cold front will bring another burst of strong, showery winds

to south-west WA later today.

A fine weekend is forecast for the Rugby League grand final and quite warm too. Melbourne and Adelaide can expect fine conditions. Showers for Perth, clearing late on Sunday. At the start of the week we set ourselves a challenge. We wanted to come up with realistic ways of spending the bumper Budget surplus. Remember, the government discovered a budget bonus of over $4 billion. So we gathered suggestions from social and school groups, a water expert, even the treasurer's brother, Tim Costello. And today we're going to put those ideas to our Big Guns of Politics Human Services Minister Joe Hockey and Shadow Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Kevin Rudd. Good morning. Just before we start on the bonus surplus. We want to get your comments on reports John Howard is pushing for four-year terms and voluntary voting.

Joe, wouldn't longer terms make governments less accountable to voters?

No. Most States in Australia have

four-year terms now. I think

four-year terms represent some

commonsense. They give the

Government enough time to consult

widely in the community about new

initiatives, then to put the

legislation through parliament, and

then hopefully to see the results

of those initiatives before the

next election. It's a tradition in

Australia that governments might

consider these things and

oppositions oppose them, so I hope

the Labor Party, the Labor Party,

the Labor Party, which has

previously proposed four-year terms,

would support it. Kevin, would you?

We've always been supportive of the

principle of four-year terms. Let's

look at the detail of what they

come up with. The other bits

reported in the newspaper today

about lecktoral reform go to

voluntary voting and also the

possibility of changing disclosure

law for financial donations. When

it comes to accountabilityy, we

can't loosen up on the question of

the amount of money given to

political parties by private

corporations. I think that is going

down the wrong road altogether. On

voluntary voting, I just think we

don't want to Americanise our

system. Kevin, just a quick yes or

no, yes you'd support it? Let's

look at the text of whether it's

flixed or flexible. We don't know

yet, Joe would agree, I think, or

flexible four-year terms. It's not

fixed. Yes or no -- There will not

be fixed four-year terms. It would

need to be under the same or similar arrangements that exist at

the moment. Kim has indicated if

that's the case we'll take a

constructive look at this. Joe is

right, we've supported four-year

terms as a principle before. We

think governments should have the

right to govern. Alright. Let's

move on. We want to talk about the

surprise surplus we've been so

overoverjoyed. ACOSS want the

family tax benefit to low-income

families with kids on the youth

allowance. They say that $200

million over two years would cover

it. Joe, are you willing to suggest

that to cabinet? Well, the reason -

as I understand it, they said the

youth allowance cuts out at 16 at

the moment. The reason why is

people go into the youth allowance.

So there is a continual payment. If

you are eligible for welfare

payments at birth, there is a

chance that you could now spend

your entire life on welfare

payments. My view is we shouldn't

be extending welfare payments, we

should be better targeting welfare

payments to those most deserving.

Kevin, would you support that

change? Well, I think ACOSS have

raised a fundamental critique of

how the family benefit system works.

It's a complex area. Can I just say

this: We think that the criticisms

which have been levelled are valid.

We need to overturn the current way

in which family tax benefits are

paid because the current system in

part of it enables millionaires and

others to still get part of these

family tax payments. We don't think

that's the right way to go. We

support a new approach to this and

we think some of the criticism made

by ACOSS is quite valid. Joe, State

school organisations called for $1

billion a year to expand the

investing in schools program. That

would upgrade school buildings and

equipment. Should the Federal

Government take a bigger role here? Well, the Federal Government has

already taken a role that is quite

properly that of the States. The

States are responsible for State

schools and the Federal Government

here is saying, "Here already now

is half a billion dollars available

for funding for State schools from the Federal Government for State

schools". Of course, everyone will

say, "On all of these things,

everyone will say "Spend more

money". Everyone says that, all the

time. The bottom line is we are

spending $200 billion a year on

these sorts of things now. We get

an extra $4 billion because China

is sucking up the commodities out

of Australia at a rappid rate and

everyone says "spend it". There are

lots of grab bags. Santa clause

comes once a year. We have to be

careful about going crazy on

spending. I think a lot would agree

with you, Joe, but when it's a

windfall of our money and things

need fixing, you have to understand

people will want to put up their

hand and suggest ways. One of the

suggestions came from Tim Costello,

who reckons we put money into

foreign aid. He says by targeting

Muslim countries with that money,

we'd stamp out terrorism. Kevin, given your portfolio particularly,

do you agree with that idea, do you

think it's one way to address

terrorism? For a long time we've

argued we need to do more for

example in rebuilding Indonesia's

education system. The reason for

that is extremist Muslim

organisations, militant Muslim

organisations, are using poor

circumstances in local areas in

South-East Asia to recruit terist

organisations. We think those sorts

of proposals are practical. On the

earlier schools program you

mentioned, Kim Beazley yesterday

put out a schools blueprint. We

think it's time for the Federal

Government not just to buck pass to

the States but to invest more in

the new needs in terms of science,

trades and technology facilities in

our schools. We have to gear up for

the 21st century. Should we

increase the foreign aid or spend the surplus here in Australia on

projects here? Well, the Prime

Minister just announced a week ago

a multibillon dollar increase in

foreign aid. He announced it a week

ago in New York. He said Australia

is going to dramatically increase

its foreign aid. I can't recall the

exact figures, but by something

from 2 billion to 5 billion. Up to

4 billion. We welcome that. It was

a step in the right direction, more

than be done. The area Tim Costello

points to is a glaring need. The

final one, before we let both of

you go. We had a great gentleman on

yesterday, a water expert. He was

looking at ways we could solve our

current water crisis. He said each

mainland State should receive $1

billion to solve the water crisis

and States would have to match that

dollar for dollar. He talked about projects such as drilling

underground and using the vast

reservoirs we have underground,

rather than some of the current

methods that obviously aren't

working. Joe, is this the sort of

big picture stuff you reckon we

should be funding? I think it's big

picture stuff we should be talking

about, but I think we should use

our water better. We should think

carefully about the sorts of

products that we grow across

Australia, like coton and rice and

how much water that consumes, we

should think about it. I'm not

saying don't do it, but think about

it. We should also look carefully

in the cities about proper

recycleing of water. A bit of a

think tank. This requires a lot of

- sorry. It's a case of why throw

more money at it when we can

actually - we have to sit down and think about these things first,

rather than rushing in and spending

money. Kevin? The water challenge

for Australia is huge. It does

require a big vision. We're saying

- I spoke to our shadow Environment

Minister about this yesterday. We

need to take a bold approach to

this. We have problems on the

supply side. Joe said we have

problems in terms of demand

management. This is the driest

kontnent on earth and our per

capita usage of water is one of

the highest on earth. This can't go

on forever. We have to act. Anthony

is prepared to look at the proposal

put on your program yesterday. That

would be great. Kevin, can you stay

in touch with us. We certainly

thought it made sense. We have to

look at a bigger picture here.

Please tell Anthony to stay in

touch. We'd love to hear from him.

Thank you both for joining us. Mel,

can I just say hello to all the

people on Thursday Island and weepa

and up in the Tiwi Islands, where

I've been this week. It's amazing

how many Sunrise fans are there.

It's a great part of the country.

Here I am in Alice Springs and

there's a lot of Sunrise fans as

well. They all deserve a hello. If

I can go a little to the south-east

to the Cowboys supporters in

Townsville, go the Cowboys. Anyone

else, Say hi to the family, Joe,

too, you wouldn't have seen them

for a while. Have a great weekend. Now to a Sunrise special report. A Sydney war veteran is about to hear again 60 years after battlefield explosions put him on the path to deafness. 93-year-old Jeff Pring has become the oldest Australian to receive a cochlear implant. Marguerite McKinnon has the story. This former digger is used to making history. In 1940, John Pring joined the Army's artillery division, earning 5 shillings a day, but it cost him his hearing. Today John has become

the oldest person in Australia to have a cochlear implant. I was quite prepared to sort of say, "No, I'm too old, I'm not going in" but my wife and Phil Chang said, "Look, you're not too old. Do it." His doctor agrees age is no longer a barrier. Mr Pring's hearing will be close to normal hearing, and for 93 years of age, that will make a dramatic improvement in his life. As well as being easier to use, the fourth-generation cochlear implant is more powerful. Let's hope it is going to be a success. You don't need to hope. It will be, alright. You will do very well. While John was getting ready for surgery, his wife was planning a party to celebrate when he comes home. It'll be absolutely wonderful -

wonderful for him and wonderful for me! John's operation today has paved the way for other older patients to have access to this cutting-edge technology to overcome their hearing problems. I'll get into the Guinness Book of Records, perhaps!

A fantastic story. A lovely story.

Great to see those ones.

How intrusive is the Australian media? Shane Warne reckons journalists here are worse than those in Britain. Have a listen. You guys camp outside my house, you follow me around. I try and take my kids somewhere and you guys are following me. It doesn't happen over there. Is he right? To discuss the issue, we're joined by journalist Mark Day and former New South Wales Privacy Commissioner Chris Puplick. Good morning. Firstly Mark, are Aussie journalists worse than the Brits?

I think a lot less so, Mark, a lot

less so. The Brits invented it,

they have it down to a fine art.

They actually set people up in

stings to get their stories. We

have a code of ethics and wouldn't

do anything like that, ever. What

do you think, Chris? What sorts of

complaints have you had compared to

tactics that would have been used

particularly by Fleet Street I

think in general Fleet Street is

worse than the Australian media,

with one exception. It's been my

observation that the Australian

media are much more interested in photographing and following

people's children than is the case

in the UK, and as Privacy Commissioner most of the complaints

that I dealt with were people in

the public eye who were concerned

about the privacy of their children

- being followed at school, being

photographed at school, in the

playground, out shopping. I think

there is a difference qualitatively

between the way in which people's families, particularly their

children, are dealt with in the

Australian media than the UK media.

But generally the UK media is much

more intruceive and much more

vulgar about the way they go about

things. That intriguings me. I can

understand parents having concern

about this, but I've been in the

game a long time and I've never known any example where a

photographer or reporter have been

sent out in pursuit of the children.

That doesn't mean to say that

sometimes there's not collateral

damage, if you like, his soon to be

estranged wife walking around in

Spain quite recently, they had the

pictures in there, but that's

because the family were walking

around a tourist area and a public

place were photographed that way.

You just don't go and pursue the

kids. I've never heard any

photographic editor or news editor

say "Go and get those kids", but I

understand the parents' concern

about that. Absolutely. The

complaints that I dealt with were

largely on that basis. I think the

only occasion where matters were

taken to court were where Nicole

Kidman in fact complained about the

fact that her taking her children

to school, the children going to

school, the children in the school

playground were the subject of the

media's attention. I thought that

was unfair. I think that's an

improper intrusion into people's

lives. I would agree with you. Mark,

why is Warney such good fodder, why

are we so interested? He's a legend,

a great cricketer, his antics on

the field are fantastic. Somebody

has failed to tell him Craiket is

more about bowling maiden overs not

bowling maidens over. Those

offfield antics are what makes him

such wonderful copy. He does

nothing to support it - oh, not

much! He's right in the thick of it.

How much do they invite it? You

hear the Beckhams who say leave us

alone. You think everything they do

is in the public eye. They engage

the media the whole time. They want

everybody to have a look. Is that a

fair defence, Chris? I think

there's a different issue that

arises. When you know somebody is

under pressure - this is the same

matter that came up in the John

Brogden issue - when you know

somebody is personally under pressure, their domestic situation

is under pressure, you know that

they're living in a tense

environment, there's either a

domestic issue or there's something

essentially personal, the question

is how much additional pressure -

do you take one step back? Do you

accord them a little space as

fellow human beings? Kylie Minogue

was another one, Kylie Minogue free

zone we said when she was diagnosed,

no pictures. There are situations

like that when any decent human

being would say give them space and time. I think that's the balance.

The question is when you know that

people are in a vulnerable position.

It's why we had difficulty with

questions where occasionally

reporters or photographers have

tried to get into hospitals to

photograph people in hospitals or

to intrude in situations where

people are particularly vulnerable.

Of course the media has an

important job to do in terms of its

reporting and in terms of making

sure that we understand what's

going on in stories that are of

genuine public interest, but when

there's that personal issue, do you

take a step back and give people a

little space? There has to be

commonsense. I would say yes.

Humanity does exist in news rooms.

It's difficult sometimes, though,

to find where the line stops

between saying yes and no, pursuit

or non-pursuit. There is always

going to be a debate at that edge.

Rest assured our viewers will tell

us. Mark, Chris, thank you very

much for coming in. We really

appreciate it. We like it, that's

what you need, public feedback to

say "okay, guys, enough". We love

it when you let us know. Coming up - the goss from behind closed doors on Wisteria Lane. Nicollette Sheridan plays Edie on Desperate Housewives. She'll drop by for a chat at 7.40. We'll find out whether there's drama on the set as well as off it.

And Switchfoot performs for us on the Plaza. But after the break - news, sport and weather on Sunrise. And with 40% off Royal Club sheets and towels, get the latest styles for your home.

It's competition time now on Sunrise, and all week we're helping you to get healthy. We've joined forces with V8 Juices to give away some innovative household appliances from Fisher and Paykel. Today, it's a 520-litre stainless steel refrigerator. It has Active Smart technology to help keep your food fresh and safe and a double drawer dishwasher. It has separate controls for both drawers, so it's like two dishwashers in one. So, for your chance to win, you simply need one of our daily code words. Now that you have it, you can enter by either phone or SMS. And congratulations to yesterday's winner. Mark is with some footy fans in the Plaza.

We have the chance to give away two

grand final tickets. They're

beauties. We've found a Wests

Tigers fan in Nicole, and Graham is

down to support the Cowboys. We're

going to do a quick quiz. The first

one to three right gets the tickets.

For you, Nicole, your buzzer will

be the tiger sound. When you have

the answer, goal. Do you want to

practise? That's pretty good. For

you, Graham, your buzzer is yee-ha.

Yee-ha. Alright. Here we go. Good

luck. First question: Who coaches

the Cowboys? Yee-ha. Graham Murray.

One to you, well done, Graham.

Who's the Tigers coach Tim Sheens.

One all. Fantastic. When was the

last time the tigers won the

premiership? Yee-ha. '69. Oh,

Graham, good, two to you. When did

the Cowboys enter the competition?

Yee-ha '95. That's three, we hav