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Welcome to A Current Affair. Hello again. in a maximum security prison Imagine being shut away and armed robbers. with hardened killers, rapists if you weren't supposed to be there Imagine how you'd feel but you go through hell for a month you're innocent. because no-one will believe

The sheer frustration of knowing

you're right buteer in a cell. The sheer frustration of knowing he sheer f ustration of kn#wing

set to marry on a Bali beach. the Aussie paramedic and nurse can't beat love. Even the terror they've just seen defying an of cial o e Plus, dolp in lovers defying an of cial o der

these wonderful creatures. that says they can't feed And - don't throw it away. Cash in on it. than you think. Your trash may be worth far more It's a frightening prospect - in one of our toughest jails being locked away inmates in the country with some of the most dangerous to deserve it. especially when you've done nothing All that was bad enough,

who made this terrible mistake but now the bureaucrats of it. just seem to want to wash their hands

to understand I want people out there to anyone in their family. that it could happen to end up in Silverwater You don't have to be a criminal and it is as simple as that. to look after his puppy. Today, David Turbit is free 30 days treated like a dog, in here. Two months ago, he says he spent absolutely terrified, I was terrified, absolutely terrified in there. Maximum security at Silverwater Jail for criminals. isn't meant to be a holiday home for David Turbit No-one would feel sorry if that's where he was meant to be. it got it terribly wrong. But the department now has admitted "Your situation was caused in the administrative process. "by a breakdown and anxiety caused." "I apologise for the inconvenience

So where did it all start? of drink-driving. In 2000, I was convicted really stupid in 2001 I, um, subsequently did something and drove again. and convicted. I was caught doing that weekend detention. I was sentenced to nine months

he was eligible to apply But David Turbit found changed to home detention. to have his weekend jail sentence started to go belly up. This is where Turbit's case David's weekend detention on hold The Parole Board put for home detention. while they assessed his application refused home detention, But, after Corrective Services his original sentence David was ordered to resume of weekends in Parramatta Jail. he was told to go away. But, when he turned up, at Parramatta Jail I was turning up for the weekends saying that I wasn't on the list. only to be sent away,

to Parramatta Jail David says he fronted three times. to serve his periodic detention

to fix the problem. He even called Corrective Services

I was in the right. I wanted to make sure I wanted to fulfil my obligation. David tried to tell them, Four years after discovered the Department of Corrective Services from weekend detention. he was missing pure hell. And that is when life became incarceration He ended up in full-time People are raped regularly in there. in maximum security at Silverwater.

in maximum security at Silverwater. People are raped regularly in there. it is not funny. There's so much drugs in the jail,

And no-one wants to listen to you. They refuse to listen to you. The guards laugh at you. They think it's fantastic. with Mr Turbit If this mistake can be made with anyone watching tonight. it can be made Terry O'Gorman is the president for Civil Liberties. of the Australian Council To have him in jail for a month to be there, when the court didn't order him of justice for Mr Turbit, not only represents a miscarriage

to be conducted but calls for an inquiry as to how Mr Turbit's cries for help that jailed him to the very department while he was there. went unanswered for most of the time of course. Wrongful imprisonment is not new, Our most famous case involved for murder, Lindy Chamberlain's conviction later overturned with a pardon. More recently, 11 weeks in the can. this well-known Aussie citizen spent when an error is made. They don't care at all People just have to wear it. for compensation. Pauline is now fighting and virtually throw away the key, If you lock me up you have to be accountable. Don't destroy my life. While in theory you can sue, a compensation payment, in reality, if you ask for of the government of the day. it's up to the whim there is no current legislation Terry O'Gorman says of victims unlawfully detained. designed to guarantee the rights or Pauline Hanson When people like Diane Fingleton Lindy Chamberlain seek compensation, or, 20 plus years ago, made by Cabinet, not by the courts. it's a political decision, a court decision, Compensation should be not a political decision. wrongfully imprisoned? Was David Turbit may have been made It appears that a number of mistakes into full-time custody. that have led to him being admitted Department of Corrective Services. Michael Woodhouse is from the in Silverwater Jail How long was David he was wrongfully imprisoned? after the department acknowledged I can't answer that question. for the investigator. Again, I think it is a matter isn't very much, They might think a day a couple of hours in Silverwater, but I'd like them to spend just just to see how much fun it is. $60,000 in compensation The department offered David Turbit of his periodic detention and cancelled the remainder

on the condition he spoke to no-one. The money offer has now been withdrawn. a confidentiality agreement, in forcing Mr Turbit to sign to the people of NSW, in effect, are saying from the media. "We are going to hide this "We are going to prevent these sorts of cases "from coming to public attention, "by forcing people to sign confidentiality agreements." David Turbit will now have to sue to win compensation.

He says $60,000 came nowhere near the mark anyway. Just the sheer frustration of knowing that you're right but you're still sitting in a cell. b t you're still sitting in a cell.

And when they finally do realise you're right, they send you this little note saying, "Oh, sorry for the inconvenience caused." Inconvenience is when you lock your keys in the car, not when you're locked in Silverwater for a month. James Thomas there. The Department of Corrective Services is now promising an independent investigation into what went wrong.

Last night we told you about the crazy situation where a group of killers could end up with their victim's life savings. Nurse Fiona Fitter was murdered by her husband and her son

but because they were found to be "criminally insane", they're still entitled to claim her superannuation payout. And they're doing just that - believe it or not -

with the help of Legal Aid.

She said that she knew she wouldn't

survive. That her time was

ultimately numbered.

Four years on, this tragedy is

still playing out for Fiona's

sister, Ann. Who would believe

someone when they're saying, "My

sister has been murdered. The

people that did peop e that did

sister has been murdered. The people that did that crime are

going to get her money." Who would believe that? Well there's been a development today. The New South Wales Government now plans to change the law to prevent the criminally insane from making a profit from their crime. So Fiona's killers won't get the money after all. The pity is Fiona's sister will get no compensation for all the money she spent trying to make things right. But at least the politicians have finally woken up. OK, now to Bali and a remarkable Aussie couple. Julie Spencer and Darren Hodge have been called "the angels of mercy" for their work in last few days with victims.

Julie Spencer and Darren Hodge have been called "the angels of mercy" for their work in last few days with victims. This weekend, they're staging their own act of defiance -

they're getting married on Kuta Beach, not far from where one of the bombs went off.

Nice to talk to you the two of you.

I guess the message is that love

beats terror every time. It's

important we get married here. It's

important for the people here and

us. That's why we came. We'll go

through and get married here. Local

newspapers here refer to you as the

angels of mercy, going down to help

in the hospital. Is that how you

see yourselves? No. No. We were

quite embarrassed by that. It's a

quite embar assed by that It s a case that we thought we had

something to offer and we could

never have lived with ourselves had

we not tried. It's the Australian

thing to do - go down e n t t ied. It's the Australian xhi g to do - go down and we not tried. It's the Australian thing to do - go down and help out

your mate. What's your most vivid

image from the last couple of days?

Walking into the ICU and seeing the WA gentleman lying on the WA gent eman lying on the Walking into the ICU and seeing the WA gentleman lying on the bed and

WA gentleman lying on the bed and he looked ashen, near dead and I

he looked ashen, near dead and I thought, - Oh, my God. What's

happening here?" You're talking

about Terry Fitzgerald and his

family. Your family were there. It

must have been heartbreaking for

must have been heartbreaking for you dealing with them knowing what

you dealing with them knowing what happened to them. They kept asking

happened to them. They kept asking about where the brother was.

Obviously we don't know anything

but we didn't feel it was our place

but we didn't feel it was our place but we didn't feel it was our place to tell them that. They didn't need

to tell them that. They didn't need to know it at that time. They were

pretty unwell. We elected to - Tell

a white lie. In fact it wasn't

because they didn't know where

because they didn't know where because they didn't know where their brother was. We said they

were looking for them. I guess it was honest but was onest but we was honest but we felt it would be

better for them to be surrounded by

loved ones this to hear that. It's

enough to make you enough to make ou co scious loved o es this to hear that. It's

loved ones this to hear that. It's enough to make you conscious of how

precious your children and family

precious your children and family are? Absolutely. Young Jessica was

13 and we've got an 8-year-old son

and you sit there for a long enough

time and you can see you could

time and you can see you could switch positions with them. It

would be heartbreaking. I know

you're humble about your role but

you're humble about your role but we need to thank you for what we need to thank you for what

we need to thank you for what you've done. Take care. Thanks for

you've done. Take care. Thanks for talking to me. Pleasure. Thanks, Ray. On the Queensland Coast, for more than 30 years, there's been a bit of a love-in between humans and dolphins at Tin Can Bay. Now the Government - as they often do - has to go and spoil the fun. Earlier this year we told you they were thinking about banning people feeding the dolphins. Well, now it's official. But locals and tourists are refusing to toe the line. This magic moment where heaven and earth meet - the feeding of these wild creatures - has now been declared illegal. It's now a crime, punishable by substantial fines.

They're even saying we could be sent for jail for this. Why are we being stopped? Has there been a problem in 31 years? No. Never. It's an absolute joke. This drama is unfolding in the tiny hamlet of Tin Can Bay on the Queensland coast ? r h on the Queensland coast north of Noosa. It's a place where people don't even worry about last names. Take Clive, a dolphin volunteer. Mystique comes up to me and rolls on her side and I have tears running down my cheek and I cannot put words to that. When you get your fish out, you've got to hold it by the tail and place it underwater like so. At the centre of this ruck of regulation is Steve Walker, a Kiwi and ex-rugby front rower and truckie. This year, he took over the licence for Barnacles cafe and almost immediately Queensland Environment Minister Desley Boyle

and the Environment Protection Agency began to demand

he stop organising the dolphin feeding

that's been going on here for 31 years. Three ute loads of EPA jackboot officers turned up with a ute load of tools, crowbars, screwdrivers and walked on to the premises to remove signs with no permission at all.

They've now taken to monitoring, videotaping and gathering evidence at the regular morning ritual. Steve's been told that they will fine him $3,500 every single time he steps into the water. with closure of our fuel supply. We've been threatened with closure of our hire boats and they have virtually threatened to shut our shop down. Why? Well, the authorities claim they're concerned for the welfare of the dolphins.

Every time someone goes to feed a

dolphin, they must wash their hands

in a sanitising fluids. Strict

controls cover the controls cover thD

controls cover the amount of food,

controls cover the amount of food,

controls cover the amount of food, the type of food and the quality of

food we give.

The feeding of dolphins in Queensland is apparently OK if it's a commercial activity, like at Tagalooma in Moreton Bay, but here, the public may face fines of $250 for handing a dolphin a fish. I wouldn't pay it, of course. Why do you think it's allowed there and not here? It's GST inclusive in the price, isn't it? I think any chance for people to have contact with wildlife in this setting when it's run by the community should be applauded. But Steve Walker and his family are note going to give up their angels of the sea.

At the end of the day we've

discussed it and I said to all d?scussed it and I said to a l y discussed it and I said to all my

kids, "What are we going to do?" and they and hey all k ds, "What are we going to do?" and they all and hey all said kids, "What are we going to do?" and they all said, unanimous, "We'll fight".

"We'll fight". Politicians do some dopey things. David Margan there in Queensland. What do you think about the ban? Let us know about that and any other rules or regulations that get on your goat. Alright, still to come - you may think it's trash, but it could be someone else's treasure. Why not cash in? And up next - making guaranteed savings in your weekly budget.

Think first. You'll find everything to tackle your project in the Bunnings Warehouse spring catalogue. Garden spade or fork, a low $6.98. GMC 14.4-volt cordless drill kit, only $79. 4-burner barbecue, a hot $149. Watering can, only $4.97. If you happen to find a cheaper price on a stocked item, we'll beat it by 10%. Lowest prices are just the beginning.

Welcome back. Higher petrol prices are really starting to bite for many people. Certainly shopkeepers are feeling the pinch. So there's never been a better time to save money on the weekly budget. This is where I get my bargains. With petrol prices soaring, families like the Pinders are looking for ways to drive their dollar further. My tips - get in the kitchen and start cooking some great no-name cake mixes. You can do that. Basically just be more of a community and rather than go to a restaurant, gather at someone's house and don't be afraid to ask people to bring something along. Don't be looking at name brands for everything. Some of the shopping centres like the outlets have some really fantastic bargains. With petrol tipped to hit $1.60 by the end of the year, it'll cost more than $100 to fill the average family car. We have got to consider

actually downsizing the vehicles that we drive and maybe even become a one-car family. And mother of twins Suzie says the cost-cutting does not stop there. We take the children to sporting events and we will car pool now so everybody has a go at driving the kids rather than just one car with two children in it. In fact, a National Australia Bank survey of 500 credit card-holders shows, despite surging petrol prices, families are reluctant to keep the car in the garage, instead cutting costs like using shopper dockets, buying no-name groceries

and even leaving out life's little luxuries

like that early-morning coffee. While there are other things we just can't live without - There is one thing I won't do and that's go without my cut and colour. People really need to look at their budgets and decide where they are going to spend their discretionary dollars. There's certain items that you have no choice but to spend. Then there's other items where you choose to spend. And they're the ones you've got to look at very, very closely. And question if you really, really need them. Financial planner Scott Brouwer, with the budget crunch.

You could cut back on the amount of money you spend on alcohol. not only will it kill you, Cigarette smoking - a lot of money. it will also cost you a couple of nights a week, If you're eating out maybe cut back on that. Look at taking your lunch to work. Cut back on buying coffee. isn't that bad at all. Maybe your old instant coffee But instant purchases are bad. Scott says avoid all impulse buys. that you don't need. Don't buy things Think before you spend every dollar.

with long arms and short pockets. It doesn't mean that you walk around what you spend your money on It just means think about what do you really need. and prioritise consider paying with cash. And if you really need it, For people who have cash, to be looking now is a really good time and negotiating with the stores because, if the stores are struggling to get customers,

then the customers have the power. Retailers really have to respond to market forces and one of those market forces is the increase in fuel prices and the reduction in the consumer spend. And the only reaction is to get the customer back in the store. And good news for shoppers - the best way to tempt them back into stores is through sales. the National Retail Association. Colin Broadbent from of the mid-year sales going on. the lengthening Who knows when they might finish?

going on for some time, I think. But we can rest assured they will be So there is a very thin silver lining for consumers? to increased petrol prices Perhaps for the consumer. it is more of a black cloud. For the retailer, Elise Mooney are prepared to make. with some of the sacrifices people thinking about adding a few dollars Maybe it's also a good time to start to the household bankroll. If you're having a spring clean - why not try and cash in on them? instead of just throwing things away, If you're having a spring clean - why not try and cash in on them? instead of just throwing things away,

from trash. You can make a lot of cash You can. It's so easy. You just have to get out there and do it. Chances are, if you don't want your item, someone else will. So the old barbecue has seen better days. You have a new telly. Surely no-one will want this? Well, think again. Think of it as they are paying you to take it away. They're paying you to get it out of your garage, your home.

Michelle Dever is the queen of knowing the value of unwanted junk. and see how much I could make you. Get out there at a garage sale, After making a small fortune do the same. Michelle now helps others You've got a boogie board. You've got noodles over here. that would go for a fortune. There's a workbench playing cricket out here. Cricket bat - I haven't seen anyone in your backyard doing nothing. Maree, you've got about $200

Sounds pretty good. How does that sound?

from a lot of stuff? Did you realise you could make money to be honest. No, I didn't really think about it but there's no pool. See, you've got stuff for the pool, (Laughs) I can imagine. potential treasures in the garage. And Michelle uncovered more

Maree, look at all this stuff. of opportunity here. There is hundreds of dollars worth You've got photo frames, heaters, exercise equipment, sewing machines. Maree, you've got a skateboard here. If you got $5 for it, it's $5 you didn't have before.

A kettle that's not being used. A heater - you've got two in there. You don't need this one. Baskets, women love these. eBay research shows that Australians on average are sitting on $1,800 each on unwanted items around their home. While garage sales are still the most popular way

to unload that unwanted book or bike, online selling is not far behind. Angie Cursley from Ebay says that you don't want any more, You can take a photo of an item write a description about it, and register as a member, go to ebay.com and watch the bids roll in. list the item for an auction It's that easy. And now you've got cash. to sell online, Costing as little as 30 cents the five most popular items sold every day on eBay

that old couch you no longer like are iPods, Tupperware, handbags, you've already watched. and those DVDs The key to selling your trash don't outweigh is to make sure the costs what you are going to get in. says Effie Zahos from 'Money' magazine for the odd item... online selling is great But, if you are selling hundreds, then maybe your garage sale is a better way to go. The good old garage sale still works. We don't need it, get rid of it. Don't throw it away, just sell it. (Laughs) Easy. David Eccleston there, turning trash into treasure as usual. And if you'd like more information about this, then check out our website. Coming up - some good news on Dubbo the dog.

that touched your hearts. It was her image Dubbo the Dog - disgracefully trashed by the tenants. abandoned in a house which had been along with us and the RSPCA, Hundreds of people,

this little battler a good home. have offered to give Well, we've got some great news. But first, a reminder about Dubbo.

A little Jack Russell left home

alone. For two days she waited but

nobody came. It's very bewildering

for the dog. It's very upsetting for

our staff, upsetting for anybody who

cares about an mals. For this

little one, things are looking up.

Her neighbour may be anxious but

she's safe and well. She'll be Her neighbour may be anxious but

she's safe and well. She'll be

ready for a new home in about eight she's safe and well. She'll be

days subject to her veterinary and ready for a new home in about eight

her behaviour assessment. days subject to her veterinary and Well, tonight we can tell you that Dubbo the Dog has a new owner. He'll be heading to Yvonne Rolf's farm in the ACT - plenty of room there for Dubbo to run around. Plenty of loving attention too.

Alright, it's being hailed as the wonder drug for Australia's baby boomers. 60-year-olds using it claim they now feel like they're 30 again. But, can it really reverse the ageing process?

I call this my fountain of youth. I call this m fountain of youth.

It's enhanced my mental attitude, It's en anced my ental attitude, I call this my fountain of youth.

outlook on life. Growing old is outlook on life. G owing old is It's enhanced my mental attitude, outlook on life. Growing old

o look on lif . Growing old is

unnatural too. I do feel like I'm outlook on life. Growing old is outlook on life. Growing old is

unnatural too. I o feel li e I'm

turning back the clock. Who wants unnatural too. I do feel like I'm

to go into a nursing home?

Our investigation

of youth claims into those controversial fountain

tomorrow night. against time to save his wife. We'll also have a husband's race and he needs some help. It's a superhuman effort Thanks for being with us. See you tomorrow. Goodnight.

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