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Tunnel vision - solve the Cross City crisis? will the gamble of halving the toll a Sydney driver's fatal mistake. Carpark plunge -

It's an absolutely tragic accident. for the Aussie contingent Lone Winner - just one Oscar statue as Heather Ledger misses out again. into fashion on the red carpet. While elegance comes back This program is captioned live.

Good evening. controversial Cross City Tunnel The decision by the owners of the to halve the toll as an act of goodwill - is being described tonight

depending on who you ask. or desperation - keeping an eye on traffic flow Damian Ryan is in the 9 News chopper Kicking off at midnight, was certainly inviting. the half-price sale And this driver almost took the bait. But thousands this morning did. There were first-timers. I think its fantastic. I hope they keep it. but definitely it was an incentive. I used it 'cause I had to use it And some old hands, on the discount. who were actually dirty it will put more in the tunnel? REPORTER: Do you think I hope not. I like it the way it is. While business was up, by how much. the tunnel operators weren't saying from his third floor office After last week's brief appearance had his blinds drawn today the newly appointed CEO to the Premier. and the talking was left a better relationship This is part of building and the motorists between Government, the company workable solution. to get a long-term a short-term political fix. It's clearly just a cheaper ride, And while motorists will enjoy have been given a lousy deal, transport groups say commuters dumping of six new city bus lights. as the changes will lead to the of the Cross City Tunnel The whole idea was to improve things in the city

to flow smoothly. and make it possible for the buses It hasn't happened. Forever, it seems, under siege, themselves three months tunnel operators have given to turn it all around. It's likely to be a mammoth task. what they've done. I think it's a shemozzle not until they fix the roads up. I don't think it will work - Damian Ryan, National Nine News. It's been a long summer for residents which partially collapsed last year of the Lane Cove unit block on the Lane Cove Tunnel. because of work whether they can move back in But they should learn tonight due to discuss their plight. with the local council The engineers say it is safe. wouldn't want to go back in myself. If I was a resident, I probably

But it's their call. which can't be lived in But some of those in the front units are not offering a fair price say the tunnel builders to buy them out. for a Carlingford man A horrifying death last night at Haymarket who drove off a second floor carpark and plunged 10 metres to the ground. serious questions The accident has raised of the carpark's safety barriers. about the suitability at the Carlton Crest carpark today, It was business as usual accident scene except for the cordoned-off

in their tracks. which was stopping pedestrians That's really shocking. into this park. The man was reversing his car His wife was guiding him in that we don't know yet, and, for what ever reason the car's accelerated. of just two metres, So fast that, in the space of just two metres, So fast that, in the space to jump a cement block, it had enough speed and fall 10 metres onto a seat below. break through a steel guard rail It's an absolutely tragic accident. in Sydney - Car park plunges are not uncommon often caused by a jammed accelerator onto the wrong pedal. or a foot slipping is with the coroner. The cause of this latest accident railings provide enough safety. The coroner will ask if these

this could happen again. The big question is

to a cement floor The rail was bolted but it gave way in six places. particularly, you know, along there. It's a bit dangerous having seats

Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, That's also a concern for the for the open space below. which is responsible Carlton Crest refused to comment. Dale Paget, National Nine News. for the murder of a Sydney woman A former police officer is on trial to kill her lover's wife. who allegedly hired him he shot the woman, a $300/h escort, Michael Wallace admits to her murder. but he's pleaded not guilty to a married man 33-year-old Zoe Zou had a child and she wanted his wife dead,

$20,000 to take care of it. so she allegedly paid Michael Wallace with two bullets in her head But, instead, she ended up near Lithgow. and her body dumped in bushland found abandoned near Manly hospital. Her 1-year-old daughter, Yasmin, was Two days before she disappeared, on security camera with Wallace Ms Zou was captured near her Haymarket apartment. He allegedly left in her car, at Little Bay. which was later found burnt out four months after Ms Zou vanished - When the 55-year-old was arrested he has her remains were in his car. from Lithgow He'd allegedly retrieved her bones and was planning to dump them at sea. What he didn't know had gone to police was an associate of his his every move. and detectives were watching Today Wallace's lawyer said: will show he was provoked. but claimed future evidence Zuni Wilding who introduced the pair. It was brothel owner because Ms Zou was depressed. She told the court she did so Allison Langdon, National Nine News. for nine's Oscar coverage tonight, If you're saving yourself for a while. you may want to look away Academy Awards ever seen. But it's been one of the most even taken out by six different movies Six top categories as smaller budget pictures carved up the glory.

But while Australia's celebrating Oscar success, it's not the fancied Heath Ledger, but cameraman Dion Beebe. Robert Penfold begins our Oscar coverage from the red carpet. For many, the Oscars is as much about the fashion as the films. I think I look fabulous. And so too did Naomi Watts - stunning in a Givenchy gown. And Jessica Alba - This is Versace. There was Uma in soft pink. While JLo was a greenie. I found it. I like it. I wear it. This year competing, even sometimes beating the gowns for attention, the tens of millions of dollars worth of diamonds on show.

I think they are beyond carats. I was just saying I think it's like a vegetable garden. $4 million on this dress but I can't tell the difference from a rhinestone and a diamond, can you? And that is Oscar's dirty little secrets. Almost none of it is owned by the movie stars.

After the ceremony it all goes back to the jewellers. The real winner - the diamond industry, getting publicity right around the world. Nicole came via the red carpet while boyfriend Keith Urban slipped in the back door. And there's a no comment on that. No, no. Of course the lads in basic black and white can't possibly compete in the fashion stakes but as for grabbing attention - well, boys will be boys. Stop tripping, man, you've been bumping in to me all night! Robert Penfold, National Nine News. After the glitz of the red carpet it's easy to forget that the real show is inside. The night started with a crowd pleaser. Australia's Nicole Kidman presenting the first gold statue but first-time nominee and darling of Hollywood. The Oscar goes to George Clooney for 'Syriana'. With the same humour that has made him one of the industry's most loved movie stars, Clooney was happy to add an Academy Award to his string of achievements. Oscar winner George Clooney, sexiest man alive 1997. But the big one - Best Actor - was what most Australians were waiting for, including Kidman, finally joined by her date. Heath Ledger was nominated for playing a gay cowboy in 'Brokeback Mountain', but it wasn't to be. Philip Seymour Hoffman. He won for his acclaimed portrayal of writer Truman Capote, the win dedicated to his mum. I'm proud of you. We're here and it's so good. Thank you. This year, gone are the blockbusters - pushed aside by small films tackling big issues. In fact, not one of the best picture nominees has come even close to taking $130 million at the box office, which, in Hollywood, is considered the benchmark for a hit movie. A film about racial hatred in Los Angeles

that cost less than $9 million to make took out the academy's top prize.

Even Jack Nicholson seemed surprised, with many believing 'Brokeback Mountain' had a better chance. 'Crash'. Best Actress went to Reese Witherspoon, who played June Carter, the wife of country singer Johnny Cash

in 'Walk the Line'. I'm just trying to matter and live a good life

and make movies that mean something to somebody. Of the four other Australians nominated for behind the scenes work, there was just one winner - cinematographer Dion Beebe, for 'Memoirs of a Geisha'.

It'll be a beautiful part of my life forever.

Make up artist Nikki Gooley - nominated for 'Star Wars' - missed out amid controversy. The prize went to 'Chronicles of Narnia'. Gooley also worked on Narnia and won a British award for it last month, but her name didn't make the Oscars list. If there were three spaces for Oscars, it would have been Nikki Gooley as well. While just one Australian walked away with a gold statue, there were many more on stage - Russell Crowe, Eric Bana, Naomi Watts -

all presenters reportedly receiving a gift bag worth $130,000. But it's not to be underestimated - it can be a tough job on a slippery stage as Jennifer Garner found out. I do my own stunts. In Hollywood, Christine Spiteri, National Nine News. And you can see the full and exclusive coverage of all the drama tonight on the Nine Network, starting with the red carpet presentation at 7:30. In the news ahead - calls for a revamp of child care. Prime Minister Howard opens the door for uranium sales to India. Also - showing respect - alcohol and rock music banned at the Gallipoli Anzac Day service.

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The nation's leading social welfare organisation wants child care services completely overhauled - starting with axing the tax rebate. The Council of Social Service claims the current system is biased in favour of high income earners. ACOSS says getting rid of the tax rebate would give all parents an even break. It could inflate the cost of child care because it's those people who are earning the most money who'll be able to take most advantage of the tax rebate. But that's not how these mothers - enjoying a child care centre's picnic day - saw things.

For those mums and dads who have to work,

I think the tax rebates would be a good idea. I know for myself that, at one stage, I worked out that whether it was worthwhile going back to work, and for $20 a week, its not worth it. Mal Brough, the Minister for Family Services, says chopping the tax rebate would simply backfire on the people who need it most. Far be it from favouring the wealthy.

It in fact gives the majority of the assistance to the low and middle income earners.

One of the mothers at today's picnic, Federal MP Jackie Kelly. She wants the Government to give the tax breaks to the people who provide jobs. Having an employer whom will take up the child care costs - that's just a terrific incentive to going back to work. At last count, about 800,000 children and their parents were involved in child care. Very soon it will be a million and more.

And right now, says ACTU president Sharan Burrow, there are at least 750,000 women who want to work

but simply can't find a child care place, or just cant afford one. India has confirmed it wants to buy uranium from Australia. Such a move would require a major policy shift by Canberra but the issue has been spoken about openly as John Howard was welcomed on his first visit to the country. In recent weeks India has welcomed a procession of foreign leaders. Now John Howard, like the others, hoping to forge new ties

with the rising economic giant. Now is the right time to achieve what you might call a quantum leap in the relationship. India needs energy to keep alive its stunning economic growth and is hoping a new nuclear power deal with the US will encourage suppliers like Australia to sell it uranium.

We would like to trade with Australia in all, in all areas,

and we are short of uranium. We would very much like Australia to sell uranium to India. For 30 years, Australia has aligned its uranium policy with the non-proliferation treaty. Only countries that sign and accept the nuclear inspections that go with it get Australian uranium. Now Mr Howard is discussing uranium with a country that refuses to sign. I'd be very happy to talk about the issue. Just last week Foreign Minister Downer seemed firm on no uranium sales to India. That was before the US deal here. Now, at least, John Howard's comments open up the possibility of a uranium policy change, though for now Mr Howard insists the no-sell policy remains. But that doesn't mean that you don't take note of what's happened between the Americans and the Indians, you don't listen to what the Indians are going to put to us. The Australian leader laid a wreath at the tomb of Mahatma Ghandi today. In New Delhi, Tim Lester, National Nine News. If you're travelling to Gallipoli for the dawn service on Anzac Day, don't expect the party atmosphere of last year's gathering. Alcohol and rock music have been banned.

There'll be new crowd control measures and each visitor will be given a garbage bag. Other improvements planned for this year include better food vending arrangements,

a substantial increase in the number of toilet facilities and an improvement in their location. The changes are in response to the outcry by veterans groups over behaviour at last year's service. Commonwealth Games organisers have unveiled what the athletes will be competing for from next week. These are the medals. The designers have stuck to a traditional look

with the Royal crown on one side and Melbourne 2006 on the other.

And Melbourne itself is going for gold. I tell you what - all the organisation that's gone in to it leads us to believe it will be the best Games. And with just nine days until the Opening Ceremony, one of its secrets is out - it'll feature a tram with wings, but will it fly? We'll all have to wait and see. Ken with sport next and the Tigers have named their new captain. Yes, Mark, its Brett Hodgson. We'll have more on that. Also, Sydney FC party hard after their stunning victory in the A League. And race rage - drivers getting hot under the helmet. about country NSW One of the great things is the diversity it offers.

People that come out and visit just end up having the best time, discovering new places, meeting the locals. It's just quite amazing. Look, you get off the beaten track and you'll find these fantastic little towns like Hill End and Gulgong. There's a real authenticity about going out into the country. West of the Divide, from the Murray north to the border - the heart of country NSW. the eart of country NSW. There's no place like it. Getting enough fibre during the day can be difficult. That's why we've put 100% natural fibre into a capsule. New Metamucil fibre capsules - the convenient way to clean your insides.

Brett Hodgson has been named the Tigers' new captain - his appointment confirmed as the premiers prepare to kick off the NRL season against St George Illawarra on Friday night. The 28-year-old fullback replaces Scott Prince, who is off to the Gold Coast Titans next year, Hodgson a popular choice among team-mates. Hodgson says he won't be changing anything about his game - he just wants to lead by example. Before more than 42,000 fans the domestic soccer game received a major boost as a result of last night's grand final. Sydney FC won the new A-League competition with a gripping 1-0 victory over the Central Coast Mariners, but the game itself kicked a huge goal. Oh, what a feeling. And the triumphant Sydney FC players they had every reason to feel good about themselves after winning the best ever Australian domestic soccer season. The new A league had delivered in spades. Star City turned on a star turn. Part owner of the franchise Anthony LaPaglia was pinching himself. To see 40,000 on the stands today was beyond my wildest expectations.

The games battlers from the Central Coast had fully extended the glamour club but great players need only a moment in time. Dwight Yorke is one of the gifted. He mesmerised and tantalised before delivering a pass that demanded to be netted. COMMENTATOR: A goal, laid on the place by Dwight Yorke. The 0-0 deadlock had been broken and no matter how much the Mariners refused to capitulate, Sydney FC had the right stuff to hold on for a memorable win. Well, the sky blue mission is complete. As sweet as the victory was, FC acknowledged they were a little lucky. They probably didn't deserve to lose certainly on the first half but its all about taking your chances.

That fact hurt the Mariners more than anything else but if its any consolation, they were an integral part of giving domestic soccer long-awaited credibility and respect.

Just two days after slumping to one of its most embarrassing defeats ever, Australia has blasted back to form in the third one-dayer against South Africa at Port Elizabeth. Skipper Ricky Ponting made a triumphant return from injury, while man of the match Brett Lee finished with a 4-wicket haul in a 24-run win that keeps the series alive. After the humiliation of game two, this time the world champions were right on their game. Some brilliant fielding by De Villiers ended Katich's run - one short of his half century. COMMENTATOR: Outstanding! Absolutely outstanding! That is freakish. But back from a stomach strain, the skipper was inspirational,

smashing 62 to give Ponting top score in his first game of the series. That's a good shot. Martyn was the next best with 51. He's cracked that one. While Michael Clarke chipped in with 25. Brilliant shot. Hussey then made a whirlwind 22 off just 10 balls as Australia set South Africa a target of 255 to win. What a cricketer. Lee struck form with the ball for the first time on tour. But some big hitting from Pollock. Straight back over the top. And De Villiers had the game in the balance. And he's hit that superbly! Until Brad Hogg brought back memories of John Dyson's memorable catch way back in 1982. Oh, what a catch - what an unbelievable catch! That is one of the best you'll ever see. That is one of the best catches you're ever likely to see. Although, it was a bit like John Dyson's because he misjudged it a lot at the start and then made late ground and took a screamer. Paul Crawley, National Nine News. Lleyton Hewitt must be wondering what he has to do to win another tournament. In today's final in Las Vegas, Hewitt went down in three to James Blake. In six previous matches, Hewitt had never lost to the American, but that all changed with some stunning play in the decider. COMMENTATOR: Oh, what a shot by Blake! It's now been 14 months since Hewitt last pocketed a winner's cheque. In American sports car racing, road rage has earned some time out for two drivers after a crash at the Rolex Series in Mexico City. As soon as a steward had checked that both were okay, the men were out of their cars and fighting. Obviously some serious agreement as to what went on on the racetrack there. Thanks to the helmets no bloody noses but each has been suspended from the next event and placed on probation for the year.

Imagine what they'd be like if they

had to contend with Sydney's road

system. Enough anger to churn out a

whole new tunnel. One that works! After the break - finance, then Jaynie with the weather details. (Sighs) (Pants and sighs) (Sighs) New UP EnerGI from Tip Top is Australia's first low-GI white bread. It's the bread kids love to give them the sustained energy they need. Why does St. George have more satisfied customers Oh, I can't believe we're in our new home!

And because we didn't need to save a deposit, we can afford... To have kids now. 'IF IT MAKES YOU HAPPY' BY SHERYL CROW PLAYS SONG: # If it makes you happy... # Let's talk:

A more efficient way to recycle household water can be seen in the eco-living exhibition,

Majura Rise Estate, Roma Mitchell Crescent, North Watson.

In finance, Fairfax, the publisher of the 'Sydney Morning Herald', has moved to compensate for a fall in newspaper earnings, buying New Zealand's largest Internet site Trade Me. Today the company announced a $125 million profit. On the markets: Our hottest day since New Year's Day in the city. We hit 35 degrees, which is 10 above the average. Hot in the west and it hasn't cooled down. But the sea breeze has dropped the CDB to 27. The high in the south has kept most of us dry today. Showers and isolated storms for the north-east tonight with flood warnings still in force. A southerly change is moving up the NSW coast, set to hit Sydney by around 9pm, but not expected to be too noticeable and may bring us a light overnight shower. Tomorrow will be cooler for most of us -

showers over the north coast and ranges, heavy rain continuing for the tropics from the monsoon trough. Perhaps a southerly change moving in late Saturday at this stage. But we'll keep you posted on that one, Mark. That's National Nine News for this Monday. I'm Mark Ferguson. Goodnight. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre

Tonight - amazing video inside a house fire. It's life or death in minutes, and what you learn here could save your family.

Plus, Oscar fashions - who were the red carpet winners and losers? And supermarket price comparisons - where you live really does affect how much you pay. This program is captioned live. Hello. I'm Tracy Grimshaw. Welcome to A Current Affair. Most of us think of home as the safest place in the world. But it's also the most likely place you'll die in a fire. Too many house fires in Australia end in tragedy, particularly for children. But, as you'll see in this remarkable video evidence, there are important lessons we can all learn

to help our families survive. The shock when you arrive at homes well alight and families may have lost a loved one or somebody is missing and they say to you, "We just didn't realise how quickly this could happen." ARCHIVE MATERIAL: They were beautiful boys. They were never naughty - they were always good. The fire broke out in the lounge room of the house, where the eldest child, Tyler, had been sleeping. My son's in there. Despite all the tragedies, all the warnings - we still don't get it. Despite all the tragedies, all the warnings - we still don't get it. Nah, not working. But this may be the reality check that saves your life.

It's real, it's not pretend, it's real. These experiments are based on real cases that claimed real victims. With the help of science, we can determine how quickly a fire turns fatal. After putting a pot on the stove, 36-year-old Anthony Hands falls asleep in the lounge room. It takes seven minutes for the oil to ignite.

45 seconds later, it's out of control. There's no smoke detector. Well, when you're asleep your sense of smell doesn't work as effectively so you're not going to smell the smoke and the products of combustion. The carbon monoxide are poisonous - they'll put you into a deeper sleep