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(generated from captions) Hello, and welcome to Today Tonight. Now this man was financially ruined, and medical expenses paying child support for a baby that didn't exist.

how someone could be so callous, I don't know to do something like that. would stoop that low? What sort of a woman I had six kids, I could have told him he probably would have believed me. Charming. I'm Naomi Robson, in a moment. I'll have that story for you in a moment.

Aussie-style - Also, getting your driver's licence, Aussie-style -

and English is no longer required. 19 languages catered for, So how can they read the road signs?

We are compromising road safety. of the Aussie Bali victims. Plus, a cruel blow to schoolmates And a simple-to-follow guide with flying colours, on how to pass the end-of-year exams

and beat those nerves. into paying child support But first to the man who was tricked for a baby that never existed. He was anything but a deadbeat dad. He happily paid child support of dollars to pay for medical bills. and even handed over thousands

But, as Chris Simond reports, nothing more than an elaborate con by the time he discovered it was all by his former girlfriend, he was left broke and devastated. pregnant and apparently it was mine. She told me that she'd fallen What was your reaction to that?

going to be a father. Ecstatic -

and he would've believed me. I could tell him anything I had six kids to him in one year I could have told him would have believed me. and he probably of that fact, I shouldn't have taken advantage but the fact is, I did. of your partner's child, Imagine doubting you're the father to prove paternity, and you plan a DNA test

you receive shattering news - but just before going ahead, but worse - there never was a baby not only that you're not the father, out of tens of thousands of dollars. and, worse still, you've been fleeced Losing the money by someone I thought cared about me. wasn't as bad as being conned After a brief fling, fell out. Mathew Wojtavic and Deborah Dalton

Debra's dance of deception. And so began I have a problem. I lie a lot. Debra refused to see Mathew, and that he was the father. but told him she was pregnant Months later he was told - and that she was giving birth. She had gone to hospital, I said I wanted to be there.

she didn't want me there. I was told that on a daily basis almost? So you'd be ringing her Yep. Mathew ran up a $2,000 phone bill to track down Debra in a frantic attempt and the baby he believed was his. Whilst in hiding, from the Child Support Agency - she sent him claims for maintenance produced on her home computer. all forgeries And it didn't stop there. disorder for her imaginary baby. Debra then created a chronic kidney a hospital in New York. I had a letter that was from off the Internet She'd copied the letterhead saying our child, with his name - and used it in the letter, having this medical problem. and it costs quite a bit of money." "He will need a transplant To back up a lie, you need evidence, would need to actually believe me. so I created the evidence that he with no sign of remorse, Cold and calculating, hundreds of documents over two years. Debra admits she forged "What's the baby's name? He kept asking me, "What's the baby's name?" Reese James Wojtavic, Debra even created a false identity, of the non-existent baby. sending Mathew photos I got photos in frames. I received photos.

"To Daddy." I even got an album once saying, So who was the child? No idea. the identity of another child She'd sort of borrowed

into believing this was your son? to hoodwink you I believe so.

fake baby's medical expenses. So you paid her money for this How much? It started off around $800.

Every... Every fortnight. Did you pay her? $800 every fortnight. they were for medical bills. I thought the trumped-up medical expenses, On top of

in bogus child support payments. Mathew paid $23,000

how much did you shell out? So all up, over $50,000. I've given her - and lost - $50,000? Ask any compulsive liar - they will tell you, that can happen to you. being found out is the worst thing

by the time she appeared in court, Debra was charged with fraud, but to a new partner. she had given birth to a real baby,

was expected, And while a prison sentence the court showed her sympathy. I was quite disgusted and outraged only 150 hours community service. when I found out she'd ended up with Mathew got into financial strife. With mounting debts,

landed himself a bad credit rating. His car was repossessed and he Not giving up, he went back to court

to recover money from Debra. and won the right But she hasn't repaid one cent since. callous to do something like that. I don't know how someone could be so have been just a little gullible Do you believe now that you might this child really existed? in believing that Very gullible. and you want something to be true, When you're attracted to someone that it might not be. you're blind to the fact that it might not be.

Basically, all I can say about it - and, to a degree, it was my stupidity for doing it it was his stupidity for letting me. before her first court appearance, In this interview with Debra just for Mathew she showed little sympathy and what she put him through. about Debra Dalton now? So what do you think I don't really care. I don't think about her. it can drive you crazy. If I keep on dwelling on the facts,

and wanting to get on with his life, Mathew, now married

has had enough. of pursuing Debra for the money. He's given up on the idea financially and personally. It will only cost him more, for any doubting fathers. But he has this advice Make sure you know where you stand. Make sure the child exists. or he or she is yours. Make sure that he is yours, And it won't end up costing $50,000 like it did for you?


You just don't know who to trust these days. Now, when the last terrorist bombings rocked Bali, few people felt it more than the staff and students from a school in Newcastle

who lost three friends. But now they're dealing with another unexpected blow. David Richardson reports. I thought it was cruel and insensitive to the whole set-up that had gone down - this whole terrible tragedy that had gone down, these extraordinary circumstances for these kids - to cancel. Just working all year to get their money and we don't even get our deposit back. It's just unbelievable. It's not fair. The money, I realise, can't come back to us. It's a deposit and that's what it is, but they shouldn't really be profiting out of a lot of people's tragedy and a lot of people's pain.

If there's one group of kids who deserve a break, it's this one.

They're still reeling from the loss of three members of their tightknit school community in the latest Bali bombing. It made it really real and, like, that could happen to you like it's not such a distant kind of thing. These five kids can't understand or accept the senseless deaths of three parents from their school, St Francis Xavier's College in Newcastle. Yeah, we know these people, or we know their families, or people who know them, and I think, "We're going there in two months - that could have been us." It so easily could have been us. Now that Bali tragedy has hit them personally, and in the hip pocket. Shaken with fear, they've cancelled their schoolies holiday which they had planned for Kuta. But they can't get a full refund from their travel agent,

a major Australian travel chain - their local Flight Centre. How big a group were you? 24. But there were also other groups from our school, I think, as well. So there would have been a lot of us over there. Dean, Prue, Grace, Bianca and Nathan had booked their 12-day package holiday in January this year. The trip was worth about $1,400 and they paid the Flight Centre a $220 deposit. It was money they scraped together themselves. I think all of us worked for it. I'm pretty sure everyone paid their own. Then came the horror of a second Bali bombing. Immediately, thousands cancelled their Bali trips, the Francis Xavier schoolies among them. But while some school groups were given a full refund, including deposit by the Flight Centre, this group did not because one month was considered more dangerous than another.

If I had booked before 31 October, I would have got a full refund. Because we were travelling on 29 November,

there was no way of us getting a refund

because October was deemed more dangerous than November. You've got the disappointment of not being able to go, and then, to add insult to injury, they then wouldn't redeem them their $220 deposit. Mick Alban is a relieved father, knowing his daughter Ashleigh is no longer planning on spending schoolies week in Bali. But he's furious at the Flight Centre's refusal to pay her back her deposit. If they cancelled for some inane reason or another, whatever,

fair enough, you'd do your deposit. But in extraordinary circumstances, extraordinarily tragic circumstances like this, I thought someone needed to make a noise about it. For Ashleigh, who squeezed long hours of part-time work into her final school year, it's a slap in the face. This money is like all I have, really. All I have through savings, like, for years, and the money that I worked so hard for, I don't even get all of it back. These kids' parents have now called on the Flight Centre to extend its full refund period and cut these grieving kids some slack,

while they plan a safer schoolies week on home soil. If they gave you the money back, what would you do with it? I would definitely donate it back to Bali as well. I think we all would. Yeah, we've all agreed that we couldn't take the money after what has happened. But we do want to give it back, if we get it back. The insensitivity of these big corporations - they're driven by profit and they're after profit, and I can understand that. But sometimes how you get your profit is open to question and I think this is certainly open to question. And as a result of our interest in that story, late this afternoon Flight Centre agreed to refund half of students' deposits, saying the remainder covers fees that need to be paid to airlines and hotels. Now, if you've ever gone shopping and spent more than you expected, it may not be entirely your fault. You see, retailers have resorted to using music and smells to entice us to part with our money -

and often we don't even realise what they're up to. Music's important because it connects with the shopper.

It's the next generation in marketing. Forget sales... ..forget stocktakes ..retailers are launching a psychological battle

to get a slice of your hard-earned cash

and it's all about getting customers to come to their senses. More and more retailers are realising that music is a critical element of the marketing mix. If you've been to a shopping centre recently, chances are you've been accompanied by the music blaring overhead and although it may appear subtle the science behind it is the formula to make you spend. The right music gets the customer to stay in the store and, more than that, come back to the store again and again. Hi, Kathy. Hi, Chris. DMX Music's Chris Furtado knows better than anyone how to extract a sale through music. His team of experts create and design the soundscape for many of Australia's biggest retailers. If you play the wrong music in the store environment you'll find that your shoppers will stay away.

Latest research suggests he's absolutely right. In a recent survey customers said they enjoyed the store environment much more after the introduction of appropriate music. They also thought customer service improved, as did queue length, when they had a tune playing in the background. But your ears aren't a retailer's only target. We've forgotten our basic instincts -

sense of smell is our second most important sense. Con Zanthopolous can smell a sale.

He's from ScentAir, a company selling fragrances to retailers in a bid to get their tills ringing. You're creating a certain environment, a comfortable environment, an enhanced environment. And it appears tactics like these are working a treat.

According to these latest supermarket trends, Australian consumers are becoming more and more loyal to their store of choice. In 1994, 44% of us shopped at only one grocery store. By 2002, that number grew to 57%. Are we becoming creatures of habit or victims of smart retailing? There's a real battle for the hearts and minds of the shoppers and the smart retailers realise that and they spend a lot of attention to all elements of the marketing mix. Adene Cassidy reporting. Coming up, dealing with the end-of-year exams -

the seven-week plan to help students improve their grades and overcome their nerves.

And, after the break, getting a driver's licence, Aussie-style, where English is no longer required. So how do they understand the road signs?

If they don't understand them, they're going to be a hazard. I think the whole thing's bizarre - given a driver's licence and they can't read, let alone speak, English.

Now, getting your Australian driver's licence has never been easier if you don't speak English. In fact, you can sit the exam in 19 different languages. Now, last night, we brought you a story about the calls for people to pass an English test

before they can call Australia home. Well, now road safety experts are saying the same principles should apply to licence testing. Laura Sparkes has this report.

We are compromising road safety, I believe, by acceding to those sorts of ideas and demands to satisfy the needs or the demands of minority groups.

English is not their mother tongue and I think that, at times, that can create problems out there because it means they're not able to make an instantaneous decision about what they're supposed to be doing. Learning to drive - it's an important and stressful time and one that can be dangerous. Reading road signs is imperative for safe driving. How is it, then, that up to 19 different languages

are offered to learner and provisional drivers taking the written-knowledge test around Australia? If there are problems with people understanding language, and adding that on top of all the other things they've got to learn, then we do have problems and I think we need to be able to do something about that. These are called advisory signs. Geoff McDougall is president

of the Australian Driver Trainers Association. He's also a director of Trent's, the biggest driving school in the country. He is worried that by catering to migrants who can't understand English, we're adding to the dangers on our roads. If they're not understanding enough in English, it is a frustrating thing, but it's also a worrying thing because those people are out there driving and they may be getting into situations that they just don't understand or can't grapple with.

While English is spoken in the driving tests, the written tests for learners and provisionals can be done in another language in most States. Admittedly, the road signs are all written in English

but the questions and the answers for the tests are in the chosen language. Because if they don't understand them, they're going to be a hazard because they'll be hesitating and they won't know what they're supposed to be doing when they're out there and meet situations. when they're out there and meet situations. Don't forget to check over your blind spot. That's it. Geoff is one of many driver trainers across Australia worried about the licensing of drivers. Their concerns were sparked by a story last week where a Sydney councillor suggested parking signs should be written in Chinese due to huge numbers of parking fines in Cabramatta, Australia's Vietnamese capital.

We think an education process is what it's all about, and if signs make a difference, let's do the signs. How are they to know which road to turn off to go to a particular destination?

What a road says about slowing down? Schoolchildren ahead? Do they go through a built-up area where it says,

"School ahead, slow down, children crossing"? Congratulations, and well done! Federal MP Alby Schultz was shocked when he found out

drivers' licences are so easily obtained in other languages. We shouldn't be lowering our standards, we should be lifting our standards, and people have to remember if they come to live in this country we should be lifting our standards, and people have to remember if they come to live in this country they have to comply with the rules and regulations and the language that is predominant in the country of the day

that they've come to live in. Former Senate National Party leader John Stone is an ardent critic of multiculturalism and believes, as a nation, we cater too much for the needs of migrants. I think the whole thing is bizarre that people can take and be given a driver's licence and they can't read, let alone speak, English. If you are driving along and you can't read signs, is there a greater risk of an accident? Yes, I think there is a greater risk. I don't know in what proportion, how proportionately greater is it, but it's a greater risk. The critics aren't worried about the average stop and give-way signs. The critics aren't worried about the average stop and give-way signs. Their concerns lie with the more complicated ones,

like these ever-changing, ever-moving electronic boards warning drivers of road closures and accidents ahead, to move into another lane. and asking drivers to move into another lane. They change all the time. They're not just a single message you can learn by heart, so to speak. They're always different and if you can't read them, how the hell can you do what you're asked to do? I think the signs, even if they're variable, are quite simple to understand. So I believe the majority of people will understand them but those who don't would apply commonsense and follow the drivers in front of them. Sydney's Fairfield Councillor Thanh Ngo is angered at the criticism aimed at all non-English-speaking drivers, claiming no studies have been done to prove these drivers cause more accidents. People may be able to speak English but they'd prefer to do it in their own language because, let's face it - it's a test. They want to make sure the tester understands what they're trying to say. The second issue is if they don't understand English, it doesn't mean they can't drive or they don't understand what "No standing" or "No stopping" means. Geoff McDougall has slammed driver-training schools

who employ trainers to teach learner drivers in their own language, concerned that these teachers may not fully understand English themselves.

Because they're always being explained in their own tongue what that sign actually says, then I think there's issues there

where it could lead to problems with them becoming involved in a crash or a hazard or something they can't handle. So what should happen? Councillor Ngo is adamant the languages have to be offered, but the critics disagree. We should scrap it and get it back to what it was originally - just putting out a booklet in plain English. I think it's important they have enough knowledge of English to be able to read the kinds of signs that come up. Fair enough, but I guess that means any Aussies driving overseas will also have to start to learn some foreign languages as well. So do you think taking a licence test in another language compromises road safety?

Well, you can let us know your thoughts on our web site or you can give us a call. And coming up, the seven-week program to help students and parents deal with exam stress. I think the kids are under a lot of pressure nowadays. It's just dog-eat-dog competition. You need to really teach young people how to be de-stressed before you can teach them how to study appropriately.

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Well, it's that time of year again for thousands of schoolkids. The end-of-year exams are looming, and it can be a rather stressful time for everyone at home. But it doesn't have to be all doom and gloom, because, as Rohan Wenn found out, because, as Rohan Wenn found out, an educational expert has come up with a seven-week plan to help students improve their grades and overcome some of the nerves. I think the kids are under a lot of pressure these days. Courses only select Courses only select a small group of people each year and when you're trying to get that place, and it's just dog-eat-dog competition. Like thousands of Australian teenagers,

for Jess Wriedt, these next few weeks have the potential to make her or break her. It can get a bit daunting. There's a lot of pressure placed on you. Talking to her class-mates,

it seems that could be an understatement. Competition for uni places has never been more intense, and at just 16 and 17 these kids are facing some of the toughest years of their lives.

How many of you feel that if you mess up your exams, you could mess up your life? The exams mean everything. So, if you don't do your exam right, then you don't get the score, then you don't get into your course, then you don't get the career and life you want. It's a pressure-packed situation that has been getting worse and worse over the years as tertiary entrance scores get higher and harder to achieve. To get into courses such as medicine today you really do have to achieve almost perfect scores.

You really need to teach young people how to be de-stressed before you can teach them how to study appropriately.

Karen McGraw is a psychologist who helps young people cope with the pressure of final year exams. She says if you are going to survive your end-of-year exams you have to take care of yourself. Step one is - Eating is really important, drinking lots of water.

Just playing basketball once a week, just to get away from the normal routine of the study is really important. Sadly, kids, you also need to cut down on TV. We know that young people who have been quite successful in VCE have tended to reduce their TV intake down to half an hour a night.

We know that more than 10 hours a week in a part-time job is detrimental to success in year 12. Our students say family support is also immensely important. Me and my mum, we're pretty good friends, so if I'm worried about anything I talk to her about it. Also, there are teachers that you can talk to and they're willing to help you out and they're always happy to help you with extra work or any help that you need.

Karen has also come up with this seven-week plan designed to help students stay on track as the exams draw near. She says - in week one Getting past exam papers is probably one of the most powerful tools that young people have. In week two, Karen says - You want to pick out the main points and the secondary points. And some of the things that are best to do around that are - to highlight in a different colour or make one of them in a bigger font than the other, or put them in a format that stands out for you. In week three - you should be making lists of the main points for each subject. Those are all really helpful, and because they're quick and easy you can use them repetitively during your study time. In week four - Mini answers are just a way to revise Mini answers are just a way to revise and remind yourself of what you might be confronted with. Week five - Repetitiveness is really a key issue. In week six, Karen says - It's good to be able to bounce off answers. So, if all the kids are doing this, they come to the forum they come to the forum with their mini answers. They can rely on each other and bounce off ideas with each other.

Finally in week seven as you start the exams - to make sure your years of study are reflected in your results. It's important to stay in the rhythms of life during this time. With the help of a tutor, Alex Catts followed a similar program and the results saw him land a place in a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree that he had never dreamt he would be able to get into. It really sorted out my life and unmuddled the mess that it had sort of - it had become. But, of course, it is the week after exams that Jess and her friends are looking forward to the most. End of exams. My last exam, I'll be out there, having a party. I'm looking forward to it, yes. Yes, I can imagine. Rohan Wenn reporting there. Now to one of the stories I'll have for you tomorrow night, and the outrage as Telstra shareholders pay $1.5 million to send employees and their partners on a luxury island junket. You having a good holiday? A tough world. A tough world indeed. It's the shareholders' money, and they have no right to spend it that way.

And I'll have that story for you tomorrow night. So I look forward to your company for that. And until then, I hope you have a great evening. Please take care, and goodnight. Captioned by Seven Network Email -