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(generated from captions) Welcome to A Current Affair. Hello again. to Australia, Tonight, a new terrorist threat in the level of our security alert. but no increase live from Canberra in a moment. We'll talk to the Prime Minister, your tax dollars pay for And later, the community centre destroyed by hoons. what's happening here. It's disgusting It just breaks your heart. Also tO ight - f c ng th ?usic. Also tonight - facing the music.

behind the wheel The disqualified driver who got back his licence. only minutes after losing Plus Diva magic - that's won Australia's heart. the strapper's story of the horse

And unclaimed millions. to a slice of the riches. find out if you're entitled

This program is captioned live. and Prime Minister John Howard. First to Canberra,

Thank you for your time. Pleasure.

You're certainly scaring Australia

today whether you intended to or

not? I didn't set out to scare

anybody Ray. It's a question of,

you're damned if you do and you're

damned if you don't. We have, over you're damned if you do and you're

the past few days, received some

specific information from

intelligence and police sources

about a possible terrorist attack.

It's information that I have fully

shared with the leader of the

Opposition. And after consulting

all six State Premiers yesterday,

terrorism legislation we decided to alter the existing

to substitute

the legislation which says in order

to prove a charge, you have to

prove and establish preparation for

a specific terrorist act with a

more general pro vision, providing

for a terrorist act. I know that

sounds pedantic. It sounds legal?

I'm sorry, but in order to

prosecute people, you have to do it

legally and have the law on our

side. Does that make us safer

tonight if that's passed tomorrow?

The reason we've passed it through

the house of representatives, is

that we've been told by our law enforcement agencies and I'm

satisfied on the basis of the

information that I have, that

passing this law, making this

change would enhance the capacity

of the law enforcement agencies to

deal with the situation. I can't

guarantee that any particular thing

is going to happen. I can't go into

the detail of the information I

have. I understand. Why haven't you

felt the need to change the alert,

the terrorist alert system and kept

it as it always has been? Medium,

we might be advised any moment to

change that. But medium covers in a

sense, the current contingency, the

current situation which is that a

terrorist attack is possible. So we

could be advised any moment? Yes,

but you don't... I mean, this is a

very difficult balancing act. On

the one hand, we have to tell the

public why we're changing the law.

But on the other hand, if I go into

all the details of what I've been

given, I will prejudice the

operations and the security

services and the police. I'm sure

your viewers understand that. I

understand that. Are we in any more your viewers understand that. I

danger tonight than we were at the

weekend? Let me put it this way. I

have information tonight that I

didn't have at the weekend. And

that information concerns me and

that information has been shared

with the Labor Party. And in

general terms of the State Premiers

and has caused us to change the

law. That means that we are doing

everything we can, based on the information we have to

information we have to protect the everything we can, based on the

comuem. You know of course that

everything in politics is about

timing. Is it just coincidental

that the timing of the rush

announcement came at a time when we

have two of the most important

pieces of legislation in

Parliament? Absolutely. Absolutely.

Those who would argue that, and I

know you're not suggesting in some

way the police and the security

services are doing the Government's

bidding. What happens with these

situations is when security

services and police get information,

and a loft the police information

would have been shared with State

Governments. They bring it to

people in my position and the Attorney-General's position, tell

us the information. We discuss it

with them. And in this particular

case, advice was given that the

situation would be strengthened if

we could make this amendment. I

don't want to put it any more

strongly than that. But it is

purely coincidental. If I made the

calculation that I would put it off

a few days so people won't accuse

me of that, and something was to

happen, people would have every

right to condemn me unconditionally.

But you're saying tonight, don't

panic, but let's keep our fingers

crossed? I'm saying that the

Government is doing - in

co-operation with the security

agencies and the police - and also

on this occasion, with the

co-operation of the Opposition,

everything we can to protect the

community. All right Prime Minister,

thank you so much for your time, we appreciate it very much. We'll keep our fingers crossed. example of mindless vandalism. Alright, let's move on, to a shameful A community centre left in ruins. The people it was set up to help could give them a start in life. have been robbed of a place that the footing the bill again. And taxpayers are left footing walls, roof, windows, you name it. It's just everywhere - ripped up is the concrete floor. The only thing they haven't about charity. Ron Smythe knows a thing or two As a country music singer, to help others in need. he's forever donating his time That's why he's filthy about this. It's a write-off. you may as well build a new one. With the cost of repairing, this is happening in your community? Does it break your heart knowing Yeah mate, yeah. to find a base Ron was trying for his didgeridoo design company community centre in South Kempsey. when he stumbled upon this behind us, windows - Right through into the other room, there's not a panel you could save. it's everywhere, there's not a panel you could ave.

hand to young people doing it tough. It was supposed to lend a helping This is the rema s o the t ols has been trashed and robbed. The workshop next door are bolted to the ground. The only tools remaining the best. Expensive equipment - for dust and things, Plainers, air extraction systems and it's all top quality. bench saws, circular saws, Aboriginal building training program. This is that's left of the Kempsey this place was all about Essentially, to learn a trade giving young people the opportunity find a job later in life. in the hope that they will another glaring example But instead, it's just become of the juvenile justice crisis like this one. affecting so many rural towns Crime rate's too high. So what sort of crime is there? Stealing cars, break and enter. How many times have you been robbed? 11. In how long? Four months. That's a break-in every week. Smash repairer Gordon Matthews is counting the cost. To date, it's been $15,000. The most shocking incident has been the most recent incident

with a dog, so... What happened to your dog? We discovered it last week on the most recent break-in and it had been bashed to death and smashed through a car window. Someone robbed a bank down the corner, the butchers down the corner. So how often is there crime? Nearly every night, or every day The people up and down the road here have bought their homes

in good faith 20-30 years ago. Can't give them away now. Two months ago, it was a similar story in Dubbo - public housing turned into a dump. Bloody pathetic, isn't it? And earlier in the year, riots against police after a crackdown on crime in Macquarie Fields. Macquar e Fieldsn I think it's reached a stage where a lot of people are saying enough's enough. And John Bowell is just one of them.

This proud local councillor who's been in Kempsey for nearly half a centu y is also a victim of crime. Knocked me to the ground, put a headlock on me. He had a screwdriver in his hand and had that pointed at me neck. And he was trying to rob your place? Yeah, he had been robbing it over the last two days. When Bruce Hancock helped arrest the bloke who had been knocking off his bourbon, it didn't keep him off the streets. Within two days, the police told me he's held a bloke up in the street with a knife for his wallet. The only thing I was disappointed with - that it wasn't the judge being held up for his wallet. They go to court, they're out the following day, they get arrested again. Who is the parent and who is the child now? Lea Caspar reckons the absence of law and order can be put down to lack of parental power. And if you try to tell them what to do, they don't want to listen because they're all on drugs and alcohol, most of our juveniles. She says parents can land in trouble themselves if they try to force children off the streets and into school. So the kids are bored, so they run amok. And half their parents don't care. The parents are all busy on drugs and alcohol.

I've spoken to some of the Aboriginal elders and they are even horrified at the lack of supervision

that a lot of these young people are getting. They said, well, they can't do much about it because it's the way of the world today. Ben Fordham there. And if you've got an example of public property or taxpayers' money,

let us know through an email, a letter, or just give us a call. Now to this incredible disaster at Lane Cove on Sydney's North Shore. for people living in a block of flats in the dead of night They were dragged out of bed a huge hole. to find their units perched over Karen Bruce join us live. Rob Colqhoun and his partner

Welcome folks. As I was talking to

the Prime Minister earlier, I

looked off to one side and I saw

the bottom half of your flats

disappear? Yeah, it all dropped a

couple of minutes ago which we

hadn't expected to see whilst we

were here making a cameo

appearance. It dropped and took us were here making a cameo

all a bit by surprise. And I

presume it is your unit directly

presume it is your unit directly

above it, where the hole is now, is presume it is your unit directly

above it, where the hole is now, is that right? Yeah, we're on the top

floor. You can see with the BBQ up

there. And so, well we're not in

there. And so, well we're not in immediate danger yet, but we had a

pretty good view last night of a

fairly large hole. Is that right?

What woke you up at 2:00 in the

morning? The grinding did, the

grinding and the thumping. We

grinding and the thumping. We looked through the window and saw a

pipe burst of water which rose high

and then another greening and thump.

And we looked down and saw it all And we looked dow? and s w it all

And we looked down and saw it all gone. So basically, got dressed and

ran out. So you got dressed, did

you grab anything, your wallet or

your purse? No wallet, just keys

and a phone. Basically went door

out of the knocking telling everybody to get

out of the building, it was about knocking telling everybody to get

to collapse. What about a dog or a

cat, do you have one of those No,

my bird is up there though. She's cat, do you have one of those No,

still stuck up there in my room. So

she has no idea what's going on and

she's wondering where you are?

Definitely, and she's only a baby

and still needs to be fed. So I'm

hoping she will survive. You can and still needs to be fed. So I'm

send in the fire brigade or rescuers just

send in the fire brigade or

send in the fire brigade or send in the fire brigade or rescuers just to feed your bird?

rescuers just to feed your bird? rescuers just to feed your bird? That's right, I wish. So where did

That's right, I wish. So where did you get your clothes, you went

you get your clothes, you went shopping did you? I've got to say

that the people that we would like

to put up for a vote of thanks is

to put up for a vote of thanks is first of all the police and the

fire brigade. But also John Holland

have looked after us. They took us

have looked after us. They took us up to the shops and we were able to

get clothes. They're the tunnel

builders? Yes, and up until midday,

both of us didn't have a pair of builders? Yes, and up until midday, bu lders? Yes, and up unt l midday,

shoes. So we now have a pair of both of us didn't have a pair of both of us didn't have a pair of

shoes. What about getting back into

the flat. Does your insurance cover

this? We're not overly sure about

inshurance covering this at the

moment. Although we heard the Premier

Premier Mr Iemma saying that nobody moment. Although we heard the

would miss out and we're reasonably Premier Mr Iemma saying that nobody

confident. If you were a betting man would miss out and we're reasonably

or woman, what are your chances of confident. If you were a betting man

getting back in there do you think? or woman, what are your chances of

Certainly not this week. I would getting back in there do you think?

question whether this is next weak

question whether this is next weak and from then on, it is anyone's

and from then on, it is anyone's guess. Thank you for talking to us and I

guess. Thank you for talking to us and I hope your piece stays up

there. Thank you very much. Thank you so much. No-one who saw it is ever going to forget the Diva's fantastic win in yesterday's Melbourne Cup.

But some people have even more reason to remember it than the rest of us. It was only when I just heard the amazing roar from the crowd that she hit the front that I knew it was her, on the screen and I saw her white feet and I thought "come on girl". COMMENTATOR: Here's Makybe Diva.

A nation roars for a hero. She's starting to wind up. was making history yesterday, While the mighty mare of Flemington Racecourse sitting in a quiet corner Christine Mitchell. was a very nervous But a champion becomes a legend! COMMENTATOR: probably. I went expecting to get beat, it was just amazing. And when she won, Christine, as a strapper, to win a Melbourne Cup? how much of a dream is it for every strapper, it's a dream. Um, it was, I think it's actually become reality. And luckily for me, We have a pretty champion horse. No-one knows the Diva better than Christine. For the past year, she's been her strapper - feeding, grooming and mucking out her stable. Very, very honoured to have strapped her. I've pinched myself. She's such a good reason to get out of bed at 5:00.

That's been amazing. CHEERING Probably one of the highlights for me was when we got home and everybody who works here, and the track rider, like the farrier all turned up here

when she got off her float and were able to celebrate her basically. and cheer her into her stall, It was fantastic. for a few drinks And we all stayed around and had a good night. The three amigos! celebrating. It wasn't the only connections CHEERING I didn't know what to think. "Nah, it can't be true. I sort of thought, turn into that amount of money?" "How can $5 I can't believe it. It's still not sunk in. I was happy, but I was in shock. I was in shock. on a horserace until yesterday. Mandy Rasmus had never bet A random $5 punt on the Cup trifecta made the 25-year-old Adelaide woman one of the luckiest punters in the country. I put it in there and the guy sort of said, "Do you know how much money you've won?" And I said, "No." And he said, "You've won $37,000." Everyone in the pub was just clapping and everyone was happy and it was good. The best news I heard today was Tony Santic announcing was going to the paddock forever. that Makybe is another's nightmare. But one person's dream

lost on a $1 million bet. Bookmaker Michael Sullivan is that at Sportingbet, Look, all I know

on the horse. we lost over $4 million probably $20 million, Across the country, conservatively, well over $20 million. Everyone was backing her. Makybe Diva has been compared Already, to that other legend of the track. But which is best? Racing writer Max Presnall. can be comparable with Phar Lap. I don't think any standard in the same sentence with Phar Lap I think to be mentioned is credit enough. You can make up your own mind. Here are the stats. to the Australian racing public, To the people, she's one of the greats. It's as simple as that. All eyes are now on the next generation of Divas. Her foals are expected to fetch up to $4 million each. But for now, it's out to pasture. Retirement is lots of paddocks, lots of grass and a few boyfriends.

Ben McCormack there. Who could forget this bloke? The disqualified driver who just thumbed his nose at the law. A few weeks ago we caught him back behind the wheel of his car for the second time. just minutes after losing his licence over that piece of stupidity. Today, he was back in court

Back in June, here he was.

He'd just pleaded guilty driving-whilst-disqualified offence, to his second till 2013. and had his licence taken away The magistrate noted: or losing a licence, But that warning, wasn't even an inconvenience to Mr Im after he left court, because, just minutes he got into his car and drove off. was 150 hours community service. An added punishment Now don't think this was hard labour, a member of a road gang working in the blazing sun. No, it was here at the spiritual soul searching surrounds of a Hare Krishna temple.

Problem was, Mr Im put in a few hours and then stopped coming. He'd even given the court a false address, making it difficult for authorities to catch up with him. But he gave himself up last week after we kept putting his face on TV. It just shows that people who are disqualified will get caught in the end, and a person who flouted the law - we chased him down with your help, and we've caught him. Chief traffic cop of NSW John Hartley points out that drivers like Im are a danger to us all. over the last few years, We know that of disqualified drivers, over 100 deaths are as a result in NSW alone. so that's a fairly big figure in his latest court appearance, So today, he pleaded guilty to four offences.

he has been caught doing this - the third time

using an uninsured vehicle, using an unregistered vehicle, Why did you plead guilty today? Because you were caught red-handed? Ah, not only that - everyone saw my face and recognised me and just shame - and shame on me for doing that, shame completely ashamed no matter what excuses before. on December 7. Jung Woo Im will be sentenced And after all he's been through, something unexpected then happened outside the court.

I got a chance to meet you. In the beginning, I did kind of feel angry.

At me? Whoever filmed me. But then again, I realised what I had done and I deserve to be punished. Well, I think that's decent of you to say that and a lot of people out there may agree. Thank you.

Well, good luck. And enjoy public transport for the next few years. Yes. And yes, we can confirm,

definitely took the train. this time Mr Im

with a chastened Mr Im. Brady Halls there the court finally gives him. We'll let you know what sentence up for grabs. Up next - millions of your dollars

Welcome back to A Current Affair. Imagine how you'd kick yourself if you suddenly learned you just didn't know about. you'd been sitting on a small fortune Well, there's millions of dollars lying unclaimed in Australia. Some of that cash could be waiting for you in superannuation, lotteries and bank accounts.

Here's how you start looking. When I found out the money was mine, I was pretty happy. I found $4,000 of lost money I did not know I had. Steve Andrews couldn't believe his luck when a cheque came in the mail. I suspected that not all of my money had been rolled over from my previous employer. So I just made the phone call to find out. And how much was there? $4,000.

That's not a bad bonus.

And the good news is there are other bonuses like these waiting for one in three working Australians. There is over $7 billion in unclaimed super out there just waiting to be claimed. David Haynes from Unclaimed SuperFund, Ausfund, has reunited 500,000 Australians with their lost money. People leave their jobs, they change names,

they move addresses, and they don't let their super fund know.

It took me 5-10 minutes to track this money down. The super providers were right on the money with the funds that they knew where my money had gone. And it was very easily done. Steve earned his $4,000 in super while working part-time in retail. It all goes to your retirement fund, so you get it at the end of the day, and I was rapt. I was delighted. I found that there was nearly $1,400 sitting in an unclaimed super account. Working mother of two Lesley Wattson had no idea she had lost money floating in a super account. I was searching the Australian Tax Office's website and I happened to see that there was a searchable database for unclaimed monies and, just out of curiosity, I put in my details and just did a search and was really taken aback when I actually found an account there. David Hayes says it's simple to source your lost funds. You go to www.unclaimed and put in your details and voila. Within a few seconds,

you'll get a pretty good idea about whether any of that money belongs to you. While those super earnings account for almost a third of the lost money pool, they're not the only funds sitting in coffers waiting to be claimed.

There's a breathtaking $41 million in unclaimed first division lotto prizes. We certainly have had some fantastic stories about - the dog ate the ticket, or inadvertently being thrown out with the trash - there's been all sorts of reasons why the ticket is not in the hands of the lucky winner. Bill Thorburn is chief executive from Golden Casket Lotteries in Queensland, home to the largest unclaimed prize. ...Over $23 million. We're just wanting to give it away to some lucky punter. I honestly think that the ticket's been lost. The $23 million winning ticket was bought at this newsagency in Brisbane's Nundah more than a year ago. Owner Paul Dewicks says the untouched millions have locals in a frenzy. I've got the feeling it was a local. Although being the closest suburb to the airport, it could have even been an overseas traveller who bought it on speck and just gone overseas and taken the ticket with them. We do advise all players to have one of the registration cards that are available from all of the Australian lotteries. In that circumstance, if they do have a win, the cheque will be sent out to them if they forget to claim it. OK, so it might not be the jackpot. But there may be little leftovers you don't even know about tucked away in bank, building society and credit union accounts. There are plenty of Australians who are absolutely no doubt sitting on goldmines that they just know nothing about. You could have $300,000 in a bank account that you just haven't claimed. That's a lot of money. Clicking on, with any unclaimed money. can put you in touch But Lisa Tate from 'Choice' magazine has this warning.

Do it yourself. Five minutes spent online may be very, very lucrative. Don't actually fall for scams where people actually offer to do the search for you and take a commission, because you can go to places like the 'Choice' website and search yourself for free. I would have had no idea that money was there. It was a real surprise to find. Elise Mooney reporting,

and all the details you need to track down that lost money are on our website. Happy hunting. Up next - he chalked up 25 years of paying premiums as a loyal customer. But look at how this pensioner was treated by the big insurer when he made a claim.

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The home's the biggest asset most of us have got. So, you don't cut corners when it comes to insurance. This pensioner thought he had all the protection he needed. After all, he'd been paying premiums for 25 years. But when he lost his house to a bushfire, the real tragedy was the way the big insurer treated him.

Nearly four years down the track,

Nearly four years down the track, nothing has happened. I don't want nothing has happe?ed. I don t want nothing has happened. I don't want to not ing has happe ed. I don t want not ng as happ ? d I d t want n ng as happ ed do t want nothing has happened. I don't want not ing has happened I do 't want

nothing has happened. I don't want nothing has happened I don't want to get a new home built, I would

just like to see my just like to see y home to get a new home built, I would just like to see my home return today its former state. oday i s former state. just li e to see y home return oday its former state. I m today its former state. I'm worried just like to see my home return

today its former state. I'm worried that the roof will fall in. A wet

that the roof will fall in. A wet rotting house. Going backyards not forwards. Helen Kapalos with that exclusive story tomorrow night,

when we'll also expose the latest trick of the banks - how they're punishing customers who don't use direct debits. See you tomorrow. Goodnight. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre